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Issue #601
Week of July 18, 2011

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-Yeah, okay, enough with the heat already… – Tim

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-Hear Ronnie James Dio’s Rock Roots On Forthcoming AND BEFORE ELF… THERE WERE ELVES Release

Over the years, legendary singer Ronnie James Dio fronted some of the most popular/enduring hard rock/heavy metal bands of all-time, including Rainbow, Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell, and Dio. But before all of these bands, there was Elf. Described as a “Rock/Honky Tonk/Blues band” a forthcoming release, AND BEFORE ELF… THERE WERE ELVES will prove that Ronnie could easily handle other rock-related styles.

Released on October 11th via the Niji Entertainment Group, AND BEFORE ELF will feature 12 previously unreleased tracks (all from 1971), comprised of both live in the studio and live on stage tracks. The album will feature a striking Lenticular/3D/Hologram cover, that when you turn it, you will see two alternating images — Ronnie from the first Elf LP, as well as a vintage group shot from 1971. And although these recordings are 40 years old, the sonic quality still passes the test, as longtime Dio engineer Wyn Davis re-mastered the original tapes.

Formed in 1967 in Cortland, New York, The Elves also featured other members that would carve a niche for themselves in the hard rock world! Guitarist David “Rock” Feinstein (Dio’s cousin) would go on to front The Rods. Elf would last for a trio of albums, before Ronnie exited the group in 1975, to co-form Rainbow with ex-Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

Ronnie James Dio always had the golden touch as a masterful singer and front man. And upon hearing AND BEFORE ELF… THERE WERE ELVES, you’ll discover he possessed his one-of-a-kind voice from the very beginning of his career.


1. You Shook Me
2. Stay With Me
3. Four Day Creep
4. Buckingham Blues
5. Wakeup Sunshine
6. Driftin’
7. Smile For Me Lady
8. You Felt The Same Way
9. Simple Man
10. Drown Me In The River
11. Cold Ramona
12. Little Queenie

For more information, visit:

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-Accept Are Going To Film Their Bang Your Head!!! Show

The legendary Bang Your Head!!! festival is just around the corner.

The anticipation of the headliner Accept couldn’t be bigger. In view of the upcoming show, the band decided without further ado: A DVD will be created in Balingen, to document one of the present era’s highlights with its lineup being rapturously acclaimed all over the country and the new masterpiece BLOOD OF THE NATIONS.

Manager Gaby Hoffmann comments as follows: “The show in Balingen is the only one in the new life of Accept that is going to be filmed! I expect the Bang Your Head!!! to be both the ending and the highlight of Accept’s exciting comeback. Neither one of us — or the people who helped us — expected Accept to be welcomed by the fans in this way. We’re grateful and happier than anyone else and would like to close this chapter — with a cinematic documentation which shall capture the atmosphere in Balingen.”


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-Anthrax: WORSHIP MUSIC Cover Art Revealed

The long drought is officially over. For all of those Anthrax fans who have been waiting for the band to finally release new music, “Fight ’em ‘Til You Can’t,” the first track available from the upcoming album WORSHIP MUSIC, has just gone on sale at iTunes. WORSHIP MUSIC is the first new studio album from Anthrax in eight years, and the first with vocalist Joey Belladonna since 1990’s PERSISTENCE OF TIME. What a way for the band to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

The “classic Anthrax-sounding” “Fight ’em ‘Til You Can’t” is a song about killing zombies, and is the one new track that Anthrax — Belladonna, guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, drummer Charlie Benante and bassist Frank Bello — has played live since they Belladonna rejoined the lineup a year ago. Anthrax offered the track as a free download last month, and fan comments in chat rooms have been overwhelmingly ecstatic.

In addition, Anthrax is revealing the CD cover artwork for WORSHIP MUSIC. Renowned comic book artist Alex Ross, who has worked with Marvel Comics and DC Comics and is known for his “Marvels,” “Kingdom Come,” and “Astro City” illustrations, created the original painting for the cover. Ross also did the original artwork for Anthrax’s WE’VE COME FOR YOU ALL and MUSIC OF MASS DESTRUCTION albums.

The early feedback from press on WORSHIP MUSIC has also been simply stellar: Alexander Milas, Editor of Metal Hammer called the album “a riff-sh*tting, fire-breathing, doubt-crushing monster of a record. Welcome back, boys!,” while VH1/”That Metal Show’s” Eddie Trunk said, “This album is f*cking amazing! Metal album of the year so far! Congratulations. Just killer.”

Anthrax will play the Heavy T.O. Festival in Toronto on July 23, and the Heavy MTL festival in Montreal on July 24.


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-VH1 Classic To Celebrate “National Metal Day”

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

In case you haven’t heard, “National Metal Day” is planned for November 11 (11-11-11), and headbangers of all kinds are ready to go to 11 on this new holiday. VH1 Classic is right there with them; the cable channel is planning a bunch of special programming to celebrate.

VH1 Classic will turn the holiday into an 11-day event (from November 1-11), with concerts and specials that feature Black Sabbath, Metallica, Judas Priest and many other metal titans. November 11 also will see the debut of “Behind The Music Remastered: Megadeth.”

But the highlight might be an all-new, 11-part series titled “Metal Evolution,” which will chronicle the history of all things metal. Episode one will debut on November 11 and focus on proto-metal artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. Subsequent installments will focus on the new wave of British heavy metal, glam metal, thrash metal and more.

“Nobody is more metal than VH1 Classic,” said Ben Zurier, executive vice president of programming strategy at VH1 and VH1 Classic, in a statement. “Celebrating National Metal Day on 11-11-11 gives us a platform to honor metal artists, and take metal music one step further than anybody has before.”

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-Kamelot’s “Pandemonium Over North America 2011” Is Coming!

Pandemonium Over North America 2011

The long awaited North American Tour, to support the Billboard Charting Epic POETRY FOR THE POISONED (Peaking @ number 74 in the US on Billboard’s Top 200!), has been solidified.

Along for the ride, are folk/power metalers Alestorm, who are happy to bring their brand of “Pirate infused Metal” to the Kamelot Legions. Also, aboard are Canada’s ferocious Blackguard and the The Agonist.

Hello Kamelot Fans!

Well time is nearing for the upcoming North American Tour. After the success and reaction of the European and South American Tour, the band is more than ready to party with all of you. “We are dying to get back out on the road, the European and South American tours went so killer, now it’s time to tear it up in the US and Canada,” adds Kamelot bassist Sean Tibbetts. Kamelot will be bringing an all-star cast along with them, with Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire) on lead vocals as well as Elize Ryd (Amaranthe). Fabio Lione adds: “So great when I think that soon I’ll be on the road again with the Kam-guys!!! I’m sure we’ll do great shows together as we did in South America and Europe!!! We’ll give the best shows possible to the fans in North America… great set list and great people… get ready for a blast with one of the best bands of our time… see you all… soon on tour!!!” In addition female singer Simone Simons (Epica) will join the band on the entire run. Commented Simone, “I hope you come and pay a visit and have a great time.” She adds, “I’ll be singing ‘The Haunting,’ a familiar song, and I’m just looking forward to having a good time with the KAMELOT family.”

The North American Tour kicks off August 26th in Atlanta, Georgia and runs though Sept 23rd with support from the bands Alestorm, Blackguard and The Agonist.



26 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
27 – West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
28 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
30 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
31 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium

2 – Montreal, QUE – Club Soda
3 – Quebec City, QUE – Imperial De Quebec
4 – Toronto, ONT – Mod Club
6 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
7 – Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
8 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
9 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4
12 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
13 – Portland, OR – Peter’s Room
14 – San Fancisco, CA – Slim’s
15 – West Hollywood, Ca – House Of Blues
16 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
17 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
18 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
20 – Dallas, TX – Trees
21 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
23 – Orlando, FL – The Club At Firestone

For more info go to TOUR Section:


Filmed video of Kamelot with Fabio Lione from the SOLD OUT Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway:

Kamelot On the Road Series:

Amazing Cover Of “Ghost Opera”
Senior Recital By: Ittiporn Supreechakorn and Phubet Pensook
Featuring Mahidol University Rock Orchestra and Libera Canto Symphonic Choir
At Music Auditorium, College Of Music, Mahidol University Thailand

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-Doro Pesch Announces Two US DVD Release Shows This Fall

In 2008, legendary metal queen, Doro Pesch, celebrated her 25th anniversary concert at the ISS Dome in her hometown of Dusseldorf, Germany. With over 8,500 people in attendance, the magical, full-documented performance included guest appearances by Overkill’s Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, Grave Digger’s Chris Boltendahl, former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen, Scorpions’ Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker, Liv Kristine (Leaves’ Eyes), Floor Jansen (After Forever), Axel Rudi Pell and many others. The set was recorded in its entirety and resulted in the mammoth 25 YEARS IN ROCK 2-DVD/CD set which includes the once-on-a-lifetime concert as well as outtakes from Doro’s 2,500th concert and more. 25 YEARS IN ROCK will finally be available to North American fans on September 13, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records.

In conjunction with the Stateside release, Doro will perform two special shows — her previously announced appearance in New York City on September 9th and an additional show in Chicago on September 11. Both nights will include clips from the DVD, limited edition merchandise and an autograph session followed by a performance by the metal queen herself. Tickets are on sale now through all local ticket outlets!

Doro Pesch 25 YEARS IN ROCK US Release Shows:

9/09/2011 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
9/11/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

In related news, Pesch recently did a short run of shows in Spain with Dio Disciples filling in for singer Tim “Ripper” Owens. Dio Disciples is the new project featuring former Dio members Rudy Sarzo (bass), Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar) and Scott Warren (keyboards), along with Owens and additional singer Toby Jepson, who pay tribute to legendary vocalist, Ronnie James Dio. Owens was unable to make the Spanish shows to celebrate his daughter’s wedding.

Watch fan-filmed footage of DORO performing “Don’t Talk To Strangers” here:

More Doro news to come. In the meantime, be sure to check out Doro’s new (and official) fan page:


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-Current News From Iced Earth

The US American Power Metal heroes Iced Earth announced their upcoming Europe tour for the end of 2011.

With the new singer Stu Block the band will play its biggest tour so far.

Have a look at the tour dates:

Iced Earth

15.07.2011 GER Neukirchen-Vluyn Dong Open Air
16.07.2011 FIN Joensuu Ilosaarirock
06.08.2011 GER Wacken Wacken Open Air
30.10.2011 GER Bochum Zeche
01.11.2011 NED Amsterdam Melkweg
02.11.2011 NED Uden De Pul
03.11.2011 BEL Antwerp Trix
04.11.2011 GBR London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
05.11.2011 GBR Birmingham O2 Academy
06.11.2011 GBR Bristol O2 Academy
08.11.2011 FRA Paris Alhambra
09.11.2011 FRA Lyon Transbordeur
10.11.2011 ESP Barcelona Salamandra 1
11.11.2011 ESP Madrid Sala Heineken
12.11.2011 ESP Bilbao Rock Star Live
14.11.2011 ITA Milano Alcatraz
15.11.2011 ITA Rome Alpheus
18.11.2011 GRE Athens Gagarin 205
19.11.2011 GRE Athens Gagarin 205
20.11.2011 GRE Thessaloniki Principal Club
21.11.2011 BUL Sofia Yubileina Hall
22.11.2011 ROM Bucarest The Silver Church
23.11.2011 SER Belgrade SKC
24.11.2011 HUN Budapest Club 202
25.11.2011 SVK Bratislava Majestic Music Club
26.11.2011 POL Warsaw Stodola
27.11.2011 LTU Vilnius Forum Palace
29.11.2011 RUS Moscow Tochka Club
01.12.2011 FIN Helsinki Nosturi
03.12.2011 DEN Copenhagen The Rock
04.12.2011 GER Hamburg Markthalle
06.12.2011 GER Herford X
07.12.2011 GER Köln Essigfabrik
08.12.2011 GER München Backstage Werk
09.12.2011 GER Geiselwind Christmas Metal Festival
10.12.2011 SWI Pratteln Z7
11.12.2011 GER Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik
13.12.2011 TUR Istanbul Refresh The Venu

In a statement Jon Schaffer said: “This is a new beginning. Iced Earth is going to record and tour like it never has before. The band is really amped-up and ready to hit the ground running in November.”

Moreover the Band published a trailer about the upcoming DVD on their homepage:


There are also news about the forthcoming album. Jon Schaffer revealed at the band’s website that the album will be called DYSTOPIA.

For more information about Iced Earth and their tour dates check out http://www.icedearth.com/ !

Save your tickets in the run-up to be present at one of Iced Earth’s great shows!

Tickets are available at http://www.metaltix.com/ !

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-Escape Music To Release New Ilium Album

Escape Music – ESM229
File under: melodic metal
EAN: 5031281002297
Release: 26. August 2011

Specials: feat. Mike DiMeo – vocals (ex-Riot, ex-Masterplan)

Track List:

1. Kinaesthesia
2. Littoria
3. Grey Stains The Rainbow
4. The Immortality Gene
5. Ephemeral
6. Genetic Memory
7. Hostile Sky
8. Fevered Tongue
9. Neanderthal Within
10. Ghosts In Flesh
11. Irrinja

Ilium is a melodic power metal band from Newcastle, Australia with strong roots in the classic heavy metal sound as purveyed by the likes of Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. The band has already released four albums and is currently poised to release their fifth album GENETIC MEMORY on Escape Music.

Guitarist Jason Hodges and original vocalist Mark Snedden formed the band as Iliad in 1998 having previously played together in Oracle in the early 1990s. This embryonic version of the band also included former Oracle guitarist Kris Arendse and the final Oracle bassist Michael Noonan, as well as drummer David Pearson. With the introduction of Adam Smith (also formerly of Oracle) on guitar, the band changed its name to Ilium, with Kris leaving the band after a brief stint with three guitarists. In 2002 the band commenced work on their eponymous debut EP produced by Lord Tim, but Michael Noonan played on only two tracks before leaving the band, with Adam Smith completing the bass duties and yet another former Oracle member Matthew Woodland joining the band shortly before it’s release. The EP, which included a cover of the Fleetwood Mac/ Judas Priest classic “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown),” gained the attention of several notable labels, including Sentinel Steel boss Denis Gulbey, with Italian label Adrenaline’s metal label Steelheart signing the band for the release of their debut.

Ilium then began recording the debut album SIRENS OF THE STYX with Dungeon’s Lord Tim producing and Steve Moore playing drums. The album was released on 18 December 2003. It contained the track “Incipience: Beowulf Defeats Grendel,” part one of a trilogy centred around the Beowulf legend. (Parts 2 and 3 are included on VESPERTILION.)

PERMIAN DUSK was released in November 2005. The album won a particularly strong review from German metal magazine Rock Hard!, which gave it a score of 9.5/10 and led to reviewer Wolfram Kueper claiming it to be the best power metal album of 2005.

The band’s third release VESPERTILION was released in December of 2007 and again has been given very favourable reviews by Rock Hard! and other publications. This album was the last to feature vocalist Lord Tim; Ilium recorded their fourth album, entitled AGELESS DECAY (ESM191) with vocalist Mike DiMeo, a legend in metal circles being the longest serving vocalist for New York legends Riot before succeeding Jorn Lande as the lead vocalist for Roland Grapow’s post-Helloween project Masterplan. The album was mixed and mastered by the Danish power metal legend Tommy Hansen, who practically wrote the book on power metal production with the godfathers of the genre, Helloween.

AGELESS DECAY was a breath of fresh air for the band, with Mike DiMeo fitting into the lead vocal slot in an effortless manner. The music is more dynamic than before and flows along with magnificent guitar leads and bold keyboards. This is Power metal like you have never heard before, totally professional and so infectious, the hooks will leave you spellbound from the start.

It’s now 2011 and Ilium have recorded 11 brand new songs, which are so infectious they will have you hooked from the start. That powerful metal tone is still there with bags of melody to back it up. This time Swedish mixer extraordinaire Martin Kronlund is twiddling the knobs, making this fifth outing more special than ever… Ilium is maturing fast into a formidable power metal band that will leave you drooling for more. This new CD is their finest hour.

Mike DiMeo – vocals (ex Riot / ex Masterplan)
Jason Hodges – guitar
Adam Smith – guitar, bass, keys
Tim Yatras – drums

Escape Music

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-Music Buy Mail: New Releases

Holy Force – HOLY FORCE

File under: Melodic Metal
Order #: CD6081
EAN: 4024572497187
Release: 09. September 2011

Specials: feat. Members of Manowar, Yngwie Malmsteen and Symphony X

Track List:
1. Holy Force
2. Flying
3. Breathe
4. Seasons
5. A Country Good Or Bad
6. Power Of Life
7. Sky Etude
8. We Are The Warriors
9. Moonlight Fantasy
10. The Wings Of Forever
11. Chasing The Dream
12. Emperor
13. Waiting
14. See You In The Future

Ango Chen (Mike Vescera) – Guitars
Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Royal Hunt) – Vocals
Mike LePono (Symphony X) – Bass
Rhino (Manowar, Angels Of Babylon) – Drums

Ango Chen is an established guitar player from Taiwan and has collaborated with musicians like Mike Vescera (Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Stump, Loudness vocalist) and more. He is the founder of his band named Holy Force.

Mark Boals is noted most for his work with Yngwie J. Malmsteen. As a young child he learned to play the piano and bass guitar, but he is best known for his singing abilities: Mark is known as a master of the A above high C (A5) note, which he hits in many songs, but has additionally spanned high range up to the C# above soprano C (C#6) and low range down to the D above low C (D2). Boals is the founder and vocalist for the band Ring Of Fire and serves as the vocalist of Danish neoclassical/progressive metal act Royal Hunt and the US progressive band Seven The Hardway.

Mike LePond started playing bass at the age of 13. He played in numerous unknown bands until 1999 when he became a member of Symphony X. Since his acceptance into the band, he has appeared on the following Symphony X releases: THE NEW MYTHOLOGY SUITE, LIVE ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER, THE ODYSSEY, and the current PARADISE LOST. Mike has also worked with other bands such as Seven Witches, Operatika, Chakrah, Architect, and Daniel Fries. As One of the most well known bassists in the progressive metal scene today, Mike continues to receive numerous accolades for his fast, furious, yet precise playing style.

Kenny (Rhino) Earl grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital of the world, but knew early on that Heavy Metal was in his blood. Hitting the drums at the early age of 9, the self-taught double bass powerhouse spent hours playing along to all his favorite Heavy Metal albums. He spent years playing the local club scene and it was here that Manowar discovered him in 1989 playing with his band Arch Angel. Impressed with his double bass, timing and speed, he was asked to join Manowar, and in 1991 recorded THE TRIUMPH OF STEEL album with them, their best selling album to date. Touring Europe multiple times and Japan between 1992-1995. Rhino left Manowar in 1995 to pursue personal interests and he returned to Nashville. For the next 10 years he wrote, recorded and cataloged his music. He continued to play his drums with various local bands. In 2005, HolyHell was formed and the band recorded their EP and did a tour throughout the US, which included such venues as B.B. King’s and House Of Blues. In 2008, Rhino rejoined Manowar for their 25th anniversary tour, which included a record breaking non-stop 5 1/2 hour show in Bulgaria. Wanting to do more creatively, in 2007 Rhino decided to form Angels Of Babylon, and with the release of the debut album KINGDOM OF EVIL in 2010, he is off to a great start.

The Wheel – THE WHEEL

MBMCD #6083
File under: Hard Rock
CD Order #: CD6083
EAN CD: 4024572504229
Release: 16. September 2011 (19. Sept. 2011 – UK)

Specials: for fans of Led Zeppelin, Free and Van Halen

Track List:
1. Stand Up
2. Into The Water
3. Love
4. Tellin’ No Lies
5. Sparks
6. Lost Soul
7. Comin’ On
8. Walk On Out
9. Cry Of The Night
10. All This Time

Let’s be honest. There are few bands around the circuit today which are totally original. They don’t present a completely new sound, or something that people never ever have heard before. In 2011, bands that make a name for themselves has the perfect combination of inspiration from different rock genres.

Enter The Wheel. And, for the record, they didn’t invent it. But after years and years of lending their ears to the people who were there when it happened, The Wheel has learned their lesson.

Combining blistering guitar riffs from ’70s references like Led Zeppelin, Free and Van Halen they also give a nod to ’80s acts like Badlands and ’90s acts like Alice In Chains and Soundgarden. The Wheel takes rock history into our time with great pride, and they’re playing like they are an army of classic rock soldiers.

Since forming in 2007, they have been recording their debut album while building a name in the live circuit. Playing alongside UFO, Ken Hensley and The Quireboys at festivals has gained them a reputation of a rock solid live band. Now lend your ears to their debut album, and if you are a true rock ‘n’ roll fan there should be elements from many of your favorite bands right there.

The Wheel has just started to roll…


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-Stala & So. To Release IT IS SO. Through So Music Finland

Stala & So. – IT IS SO. (So Music Finland)
File under: Hard Rock
Order #: CD6082
EAN: 6430025801568
Release: 16. September 2011

Specials: featuring members of Lordi and ex-Hanoi Rocks!

Track List:
1. The Show By So.
2. Got To Believe
3. One Nite Stand
4. She
5. (Won’t Let You) Down Again
6. Pamela
7. Bye Bye
8. Shout
9. My Happy Day
10. Woman
11. Spring Romance
12. Everything For Money
13. E Major

Founded in 1997, So. is known for melodic rock tunes and a positive attitude and is fronted by their charismatic vocalist, Stala. The band has had the freedom to follow their own direction in their music and live performances while entertaining audiences and gathering lots of fans along the way. Other musical projects sadly forced the band to be on hold for a while but now they are back… even more colorful than before!

The ’70s and ’80s glam rock bands, such as Sweet, T-Rex and ZIGGY STARDUST-era David Bowie, have had the strong influence to the band’s image. So. is making music professionally and also having fun with it. The late Finnish comedian, Spede Pasanen, said: “The main thing is to have FUN!” This has been, and continues to be, the guideline for So. as well. No one is left cold by the show by So.!

In the beginning of 2011 the band took part in the Finnish Eurovision Song Contest under the name of Stala & So. They made their way to the national finals with nine other artists and performed on the live TV show in front of nearly a million viewers. There is also one ESC 2006 winner in the band’s lineup. Stala & So. is now ready to go with their debut album, IT IS SO. The band has written, recorded and produced the album themselves!


Stala – vocals
Nick Gore – bass
Sami J – lead guitar
Pate Vaughn – rhythm guitar
Hank – drums

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-CellOut Release Their Debut CD SUPERSTAR PROTOTYPE World Wide July 22 Through Nuerra Records

Swedish metal/rock band CellOut is about to release their debut CD SUPERSTAR PROTOTYPE world wide July 22 through Nuerra Records. It was produced by CellOut and Michael Phelan, mixed by Ulrich Wild (Pantera, Deftones, Static X), and mastered by Dave Collins (Linkin Park, Soundgarden). SUPERSTAR PROTOTYPE is getting tremendous response from metal communities all over the world! You can pre-order SUPERSTAR PROTOTYPE right now.

Check out their sites for more info.

Artist/Band: CellOut
Music style: Metal
Label: Nuerra Records
Release date: July 22, 2011

*High Priority Release by Nuerra Records
*Debut recording from upcoming Swedish metal band
*Mixing by Ulrich Wild (Pantera, Deftones, Static X)
*Mastered by Dave Collins (Linkin Park, Soundgarden )
*Produced by: CellOut and Michael Phelan
*11 great tracks of heavy guitar combined with solid melodies and good songs having a mainstream demand.
* Key Tracks – “Breathe,” “Dark Days” and “Blow”

Sweden knows riffs. From obtuse garage punk to anthemic pop to despondent death metal, the Scandinavian stronghold boasts countless crossover acts that consistently blow minds stateside. Their latest export fits into exactly none of the aforementioned categories, yet are so expert at their craft that they conjure all of them and more. Stockholm hard rock quartet CellOut are poised for bi-continental dominance on the eve of their Nuerra Records debut, SUPERSTAR PROTOTYPE. Flaunting infectious melodies that are this unapologetically this heavy young band’s trademark, PROTOTYPE’s title is as ambitious as its content, aspiring to be “the blueprint which all metal/rock records will set as standard,” according to front man Percy Mejhagen. “I believe that the intelligence of a songwriter shows in how dynamic he or she dares to be,” adds Mejhagen. “No matter how ‘hard’ or ‘fast’ a song is, it still has [to have] that big fat chorus, which I hope will be CellOut’s trademark in the future.”

Percy Mejhagen – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Robert Monegrim – Guitar
Anders Sevebo – Bass
Martin Karlsson – Drums

Track List:
1. Dark Days
2. All My Demons Inside
3. The Gift
4. Flooded
5. Set Things Straight
6. Blow
7. Breathe
8. As I Fall
9. Fake
10. In My Arms
11. The Tragedy In You

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-The Stick People Unleash Debut Album, MADNESS

Nowadays, it’s becoming increasingly hard to find rock bands that refuse to be pigeonholed to a single style. But The Stick People are certainly an exception, as they manage to fuse together elements of hard rock, alternative rock, and punk rock — as evidenced by their full-length debut, MADNESS. Released July 19th via EFM Records/Bungalo Records/Universal Music Group Dist., MADNESS is available for purchase via the iTunes, Amazon.com, and Loudtrax websites, or by following these links:


Also, the album’s first video, “Think About That,” can be viewed on YouTube, or by following this link:

There’s a reason why The Stick People are so adept at touching upon a variety of styles — its members are rock music veterans, having learned their skills playing with quite a few renowned names. Case in point, guitarist/vocalist Mike Stone has played with Queensrÿche, Klover, Bret Michaels, and Peter Criss, guitarist Bernie Godwin with credits including a track on the latest “My Name Is Bruce” soundtrack with Bruce Campbell, and bassist Billy Close has played with the Drop Kick Murphys and Klover. Rounding out the lineup is lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Stephen D. Duffy and drummer Frankie Anthony.

And The Stick People themselves are confident they have a winner on their hands with MADNESS. “We’re excited for the release of MADNESS, says Duffy. “It’s been many months in the making and we hope our fans like it as much as we do!” And while the group just came off the road (two solid months of touring from Milwaukee to Houston), The Stick People will be back touring from August to October, so stay tuned for details.

MADNESS Track Listing:

1. Open Up
2. Waiting
3. Madness
4. I Am The Rain
5. Bulletproof
6. Think About That
7. My Everything
8. The Box
9. Hello, Goodbye
10. Flip
11. Matter Of Time
12. Trust
13. Misery’s Angel


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-New Stuff From Radiant!

Hello Everyone!!

It’s been a while! Well, we finally got the new Radiant site sorted out and a few new products you may want to check out.

Neal Morse – TESTIMONY Audio Book

Over six hours of Neal reading his book with his own feeling and style. Many of the song lyrics he spontaneously sings while also adding interesting bits, insights and humorous additions along the way! Complete with music clips from the original albums by Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard and his own solo albums, Neal enhances his story in an intimate way that is touching, funny and intensely personal. He “puts you there” in a way that only an author can.

Over six hours of great quality audio!

Downloadable immediately upon purchase!

Neal Morse – TESTIMONY Book (German Edition – mein Lebenszeugnis)

It’s really here! This is a full German version of the original book excellently translated by Werner Geischberger. Complete with all the same photos and layout as the original, this book is a great way to get to know Neal’s story in a deeper way, and to share it with others.

Order now at http://www.radiantrecords.com/ .

Inner Circle News!

The July Inner Circle disc is T2…FOR YOU!, a DVD of great fun behind the scenes and concert footage from the recent Neal Morse TESTIMONY 2 tour. Featuring both the USA and European bands, this DVD spans the entire tour. It is rather “homemade” and there will be a “real” DVD later on, but this one is a great look at the whole experience. (We are running late on this one so we will ship on August 1.) To receive this great disc you must join the IC by July 27. To join the IC go to http://www.nealmorse.com/ , click on the Inner Circle icon, and follow the sign-up instructions.


Cherie Morse
Radiant Records

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-Byron Nemeth Group’s THE FORCE WITHIN Reissued Through Digital Nations

ENCINO, CA — Digital Nations Music, a division of world renowned record label, Favored Nations, has reissued the acclaimed fourth album from the Byron Nemeth Group, THE FORCE WITHIN.

Initially released in 2007 via Pacifica Records, THE FORCE WITHIN established Nemeth as a force to be reckoned with and put him amongst the ranks of up and coming guitarists such as Rob Balducci, Dave Weiner, Matthias IA Eklundh, Eric Mantel and Neil Zaza, amongst others.

On signing with Digital Nations, Nemeth says, “With so many digital distribution options available to artists these days what I like about Digital Nations is that it has a set of unique qualities that sets it apart from others. Digital Nations has supreme world wide digital coverage and by being a DN artist one gains the prestige of being a part a label in the music industry that is spearheaded by Steve Vai. The press opportunities, radio interviews, endorsements opportunities and personal DN page that being a DN artist brings makes it a logical label for my music to be a part of.”

Nemeth was bitten by the musical bug at the age of 5 when he first heard The Beatles and was then turned onto the likes of Randy Rhoads, Michael Schenker, Jimmy Page, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, all of whom influenced his playing, along with Dream Theater, Rush and jazz and classical music. When he was 18 Byron formed his first band, Sacred Heart and played the Cleveland club circuit up to N.Y.C. landmarks such as CBGB and The Cat Club. Nemeth began making a name for himself as a guitarist to keep an eye on throughout this time period.

On the future Byron foresees working on writing a new metal album with a vocalist. “This new direction will feature lots of guitar driven compositions in the mix with great vocals and a brand new line up for the band,” he asserts. “The songs will have great hooks, over the top guitar playing and great singing with thought provoking lyrics that move people, I want the new music to sound very authentic and exciting to listen to. It’s time to bring back great songwriting with great playing that’s been missing from the scene for a long time.”

THE FORCE WITHIN can be found on iTunes and Amazon at:


Byron Nemeth’s page on Digital Nations is at:


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-Voodoo Highway Update

[Note: This combines two updates. – Tim]

Voodoo Highway Signs Management Deal With Rock N Grow

Italian classic hard rockers Voodoo Highway inked a management deal with Rock N Growl Promotion. The band’s new album, entitled BROKEN UNCLE’S INN, is released by the band now and promoted by Rock N Growl.

Axel W. of Rock N Growl – “Great to have this young outrageous hard rock band in my roster!”

Track list:

1. Intro (Since 1972)
2. Till It Bleeds
3. The Fire Will Burn Away
4. J.C. Superf*ck
5. Window
6. Running Around
7. Broken Uncle’s Inn
8. Heaven with No Stars
9. Gasoline Woman
10. In Fact It’s the Worst

First quotes BROKEN UNCLE’S INN:

Queens Of Steel – “El debut de Voodoo Highway es, simplemente, delicioso y una de las mayores sorpresas del año dentro del Rock, por no mecionar que es una de las mayores sorpesas de los últimos años en salir de Italia.”

Trash Head – “The Rock world be advised ’cause there is a new legion on the march from Italy!”

Rockoverdose – “Energy, madness, power is the album.”

Reflection Of Darkness – “The synths come out directly from the ’70s and they deliver this I-don’t-give-a-flying-f*ck feeling, similar to the we-sold-our-souls-for-rock’ n roll.”

Rock En Cuba – “En fin, es un disco maravilloso, para todos los amantes de los sonidos añejos, y si tu eres uno de ellos.”

BeRock Live – “A style that is defined by most as a perfect cross between the sounds of the ’70s Deep Purple and Rainbow, and the issues of most modern bands.”

Voodoo Highway Announces New Drummer

Italian premier classic hard rockers Voodoo Highway welcome a new band member on the drums: Vincenzo Zairo.

About Vincenzo Zairo:

Vincenzo Zairo was born in the deep south of the Italian peninsula and after having spent a happy childhood he moved with his family in the wetlands east of Emilia Romagna. In his teenage years he grows his passion for drums and rock ‘n’ roll in all its different forms, being inspired from bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Scorpions and many other bands also from the ’80s such as Pantera. With such different inspirations he’s able to create a mix of technical, expressive and really personal style. He starts his career in a cover band (The Random) when he was 16 years old, playing songs of bands like Queen, Toto, Deep Purple, Kansas, etc. Vincenzo takes several lessons and drums master with prominent artists in the Italian music scene as Stefano Peretto and Iarin Munari. The bands in which he’s played are: The Random (cover band), Twilight Hall (heavy/power metal band), Didgeridoo (The Funky), F*ckheroes (cover band). He currently plays in Altair (power/prog metal band) and has just joined, thanks to the proposal of his friends Matteo Bizzarri and Filippo “Gonzo” Cavallini, the hard rock relation act from Italy, Voodoo Highway.


Matteo Bizzarri – Guitar, backing vocals, breaking guitars
Filippo Cavallini – Bass Guitar / Vocals – backing vocals
Federico Di Marco – Vocals and rhythm guitar
Vincent Zairo – Drums
Alessandro Duo – Organ, guitar, backing vocals


“J.C. Superf*ck” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WivHr-mCPI
“Broken Uncle’s Inn” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQg5w2grCXQ
“Till It Bleeds” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhpa-F4lP24

Voodoo Highway:



Rock N Growl

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-Gandalf’s Fist – Jive Tolkein

Many new bands break onto the scene claiming that there latest album is unique. But few can have as much behind such claims as Cumbria’s finest purveyors of sinister fantasy space prog-rock Gandalf’s Fist.

The band — essentially a collaboration between old friends and musical adventurers Dean Marsh and Luke Severn — may have been formed as recently as 2005, but its origins go back much further. They start, depending on your point of view, with the golden era of prog in the 1970s, the birth of English folk centuries before or, even in the time before time inhabited by Tolkein’s characters in “Lord Of The Rings.”

However it all started, what Gandalf’s Fist have done with the release of second album ROAD TO DARKNESS is to propel the apparently old-fashioned notion of the concept album firmly into the 21st century. And for that, they should be applauded. Because in an age of digital downloads and instant gratification, ROAD TO DARKNESS reminds music lovers that the album is a format worth savouring every single groove of.

It is not just a collection of songs, but an entire symphony; a story; and even a statement of intent from two guys who insist they make music simply “for the love” of doing so. Hear hear.

ROAD TO DARKNESS tells the story of a young girl transported to the alien world of Io by an evil sorcerer. It is by turns sinister, funny, inventive, scatological and brilliant. Musically, it recalls everything from Pink Floyd and King Crimson to traditional English folk song, while thematically — besides the obvious Tolkein influence — there are elements borrowed Arthur C. Clarke, the “Back To The Future” films and even a huge nod to the creator of “The Wizard Of Oz,” L. Frank Baum.

There is even a song — “Untrodden Ways” — that pays homage to the greatest English lyricist of all, William Wordsworth.

In many ways, that homage is typical of what Gandalf’s Fist are about. They are unashamedly English, unashamedly in thrall to the rich tradition of storytelling that snakes right through from Wordsworth to the Floyd and beyond.

And musically too, they are adept. Despite having little training, Dean’s multi-instrumental skill is astounding while Luke offers a unique and beguiling vocal performance. Meanwhile, their supporting cast of musicians are never anything short of top quality.

ROAD TO DARKNESS is certainly not an album for anyone who slavishly laps up Simon Cowell’s latest production line pop princesses. But for anyone who loves music to be about great storytelling, it’s essential.


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-Danny Neubecker’s Debut HERE I AM Continues The Great Tradition Of Swedish Melodic Pop/Rock That Sweden Is Known For

Artist/Band: Danny Neubecker
Title: HERE I AM
Release Date: August 25, 2011
Catalogue No. CD: FBRCD320
Price Code CD:254
Format: CD
Barcode No. CD: 7320470145470

Label: Feedback Records/Doolittle Group
Style: Melodic Pop/Rock
Origin: Sweden
Territory: Worldwide except Sweden

Selling Points:
HERE I AM is a good debut album by new Swedish act Danny Neubecker and he continues the great tradition of Swedish melodic pop/rock that Sweden are known for since the big success of ABBA, Roxette & Europe.

Track List:
1. You Light Up My Life
2. Believe Again
3. Here I Am
4. All I Keep Doing
5. I Need You
6. Everything You Say
7. The Time Is Now
8. We Belong Together
9. Unforgotten

Danny Neubecker is a new act from Sweden with a big heart and a passion for music. He started his career in his teens and did different styles of music but his what he loved most was melodic pop/rock with catchy hooks. After a while he really wanted to fulfill his musical visions to be an artist to record and release albums and make concerts. In 2009 when Danny just turned 21 he really decided that now is the time and let the music talk.

The writing process took place with different composers with one goal in mind to make a great melodic pop/rock album. The musical influences comes from melodic pop/rock artists from both American and UK bands and the list in endless but of course with a Swedish touch.

In 2010 the recording sessions started in Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden, and Danny worked very hard during 2010 to complete the songs for his debut album HERE I AM.

He understood the need of to have a marketing and promotional plan. YouTube, Facebook and other social media are important tools these days to reach out with your music and message and Danny stuck to his plan.

Finally after nine months of searching A&R Christian Liljegren at Doolittle Group received and heard the material and saw the potential in Danny and offered him a deal.

Danny is now on the same rooster as ReinXeed, Swedish Hitz Goes Metal, Golden Resurrection, Indigo, and 7Days.

Danny also signed for Dot Music who will be Danny’s booking agency as we all know it is touring who makes the album spinning around.

Danny will entertain and make people happy with his music and hope this album make your life happier… See you on the road!


HERE I AM – Feedback Records/Doolittle Group 2011

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-Scythia Announce Summer Siege Tour Dates

The pillaging folk metallers of Vancouver’s Scythia have announced they will be trekking across western Canada for their Summer Siege Tour in promotion of their upcoming 2011 release …OF EXILE.

Having been in studio for the last few months putting the finishing touches on the sophomore release, the follow-up to their 2010 debut release …OF WAR (originally with violin). The Canadian folk metal contingent, following some lineup changes, is looking forward to unleashing its second album …OF EXILE (with the Oboe of Death), again produced by Shaun Thingvold who has engineered on projects with SYL, Fear Factory, Darkest Hour and many more.

Scythia captain Dave Khan commented on the tour and the upcoming album.

“We are really excited about touring this summer to visit some of our favourite places to play in Western Canada and be a part of the Metal Mountain Fest. This tour is an opportunity for our fans in smaller towns to get an advance preview of our upcoming record.”

About: Formed in the latter half of 2008, Scythia is a five piece band that combines haunting folk melodies (emphasized by keyboards and oboe) with the driving force of modern progressive metal to form a raw and powerful sound that is their own. Scythia is not your older brother’s metal band. Unless that band had an oboe of death, echoes of thunder, and a knack for writing folk metal tunes.

Taking its name from vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan’s infatuation with a painting of Nordic/Russian warriors riding bears while brandishing swords, Scythia not only “gives the painting musical significance,” but it is also “the name of an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia, and even into eastern Scandinavia. The melodies used in our music have a very ancient, sometimes medieval sound, so I wanted to attribute them to an ancient civilization,” says Khan.

Summer Siege Dates:

Facebook Event – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=191496110905310

July 27, 2011 – Red Room – Vancouver, BC
August 5, 2011 – The OAP Hall – Chilliwack, BC
August 6, 2011 – Knights of Columbus Hall – Kelowna, BC (All Ages)
August 7, 2011 – Third – Prince George, BC
August 8, 2011 – Better Than Fred’s – Grande Prairie, AB
August 12, 2011 – Hinton, AB – Metal Mountain Fest
August 13, 2011 – Amigos Cantina – Saskatoon, SK
August 14, 2011 – DV8 Tavern – Edmonton, AB
August 15, 2011 – TBA – Lloydminister, AB
August 18, 2011 – The Distillery – Calgary, AB
August 20, 2011 – Grand Forks Hotel – Grand Forks, AB
September 5, 2011 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

“Having already garnered a lot of attention on the local scene for their energetic live show and distinctive take on the folk metal genre, this up and coming six-piece got the show started right… an entertaining performance and leaving a strong impression.” – ABORT Mag

“I highly recommend catching them… Scythia’s fun and catchy folk metal, it’s a fantastic show that’s sure to put your fist in the air and a grin on your face.” – Hellbound.ca – Live Review

“Folk-Metal with fiery conviction” – The Argus (Thunder Bay) – Live Review


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-Two Side Moon/SLW Promotions Update

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team Seattle’s S.Y.F.T.

Please find below the text press info for the new album NEW BEGINNING.

Artist: S.Y.F.T
Label: Independent
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal

http://www.facebook.com Keyword: SYFT

Armed with their unique blend of hard rock and metal, relentless self-promotion, and an unrivaled spirit of hustle, S.Y.F.T (pronounced “sift”) fought their way through to the top tier of Seattle’s legendarily crowded music scene.

Following the release of their debut album, LAST CHANCE FOR A LEGACY, they’ve spent the last two years filling Seattle’s largest venues and dazzling them with signature high-energy shows. Never the same show twice, S.Y.F.T often pulls from Seattle’s vast talent pool to bring audiences fun and interesting guest musicians presented in a unique forum. This includes once using a jazz horn section to fill out a cover of Faith No More that brought the house down.

The band has been featured many times and continues to count among their supporters local rock giants KISW 99.9 and Portland’s KUFO 101.1. Their music has also been played on an array of college and Internet radio stations throughout the country. They have been lucky enough to share the stage by supporting national tours like Powerman 5000.

S.Y.F.T’s brand of rock music has gone to the next level with their sophomore effort NEW BEGINNING, produced by Grammy-winning producer/engineer Justin Armstrong. With the hard-driving single “Ten Ton Brick” at the forefront, the band is working with Static Management to bring New Beginning to music fans all over the United States.

Band Lineup:

Sean Ingalls – Lead Vocals
Taylor Klise – Guitar
Eric Sorensen – Bass
Nick Switzer – Drums

Track Listing:
1. Ten Ton Brick
2. Scream At Me
3. Suicide Kings
4. Tonight
5. New Beginning
6. Dead Like Yesterday
7. Sold Me Out
8. Reckoning
9. Signals

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team Progressive Rocker’s Orion’s Departure.

Please find below the text press info for the new album THE LIGHT.

Artist: Orion’s Departure
Album Title: THE LIGHT
Label: Independent
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Progressive Rock


Orion’s Departure formed in the spring of 2009, when each member of the group was under the age of 17. Even though it took almost two years to come up with a name, Orion’s Departure immediately began creating original music. No one outside the band had even heard the music until August 2010, when they opened for Randy McStine’s Lo-Fi Resistance. After a great reception, the group teamed up with McStine and began recording THE LIGHT, which was released in May. THE LIGHT blends many different styles into one cohesive concept album, ranging from psychedelic to straight guitar rock.

The band has had very successful live shows in the New York area and has already begun working on new material for their next studio album.

Band Lineup:
Taylor Chadwick – Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Spencer Rowell – Guitar, Vocals
Brendan Duran – Bass
Pete Gierlach – Drums

Track Listing:
1. Shiver
2. Orion’s Departure
3. Andromeda
4. Tearing At The Seams
5. Nebula
6. Beautiful Dream
7. Epilogue
8. Fog
9. The Light

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team Florida’s Mandara.

Please find below the text press info for the new EP EMPTY HEARTED.

Artist: Mandara
Label: Independent Records
Genre: Rock/Progressive Rock/Hard Rock
Street Date: Out Now

Purchase URL: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mandara

Born in New York and raised in the South, as a Buddhist in the Tennessee Bible Belt, Mandara grew up facing much religious persecution. This ostracization soon became the foundation for her music. By age 16 she had already dedicated most of her young life to encouraging people through her voice. Mandara was invited by Pepsi two years in a row to sing at Freedom Hall with audiences numbering over 100,000 people, as well as the first and second World Peace Concert at the Beck Black Heritage Center, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.

Mandara’s early realization was to sing out, using the purity of her youth and the power of her legacy as the granddaughter of the heroic Imre Kovacs — leader of the People and freedom fighter, to charge into the culture and awaken the seeking spirit of those who have become bound in hopelessness. Wherever she sings people tell her she touches their inner lives and inspires them. Since she was 10 when a room full of rockers pounded the air with their fists for her, and when at 14 after her performance at the National Cherry Blossom Festival a Chinese family ran over to say how much she affected them; how different she was, or when just one Rolling Thunder member cried on her shoulder — Mandara has known what it feels like to provoke courage and create a bridge to their own future victories for those who listen.

As mentioned, Mandara is the granddaughter of Imre Kovacs, Hungarian Freedom Fighter, revolutionary, esteemed author, and Senior Editor of “Radio Free Europe,” who had established a democracy in Hungary, was threatened with execution by the authorities who felt his books provoked human rights, and escaped to America. He has a monument placed in Budapest and this year his biography was published. “My grandfather has always been a strong symbol for me and I carry his legacy close to heart,” says Mandara.

Mandara is unique in rock music because she writes and performs songs that speak out for the protection of our civil liberties, overcoming the intolerance of our times, and strive to provoke in her audience the strength to overcome all personal obstacles. Infused in her music is the determination to be catalystic; encouraging individuals who hear it to be courageous and spiritually free. Each song she releases makes it to the top of independent music charts, two of which went to #1. Mandara states, “I have had fans from America and different countries throughout the world such as Greece, France, Israel, Germany, Iran, Indonesia, Pakistan, Australia, Norway, England, North Africa, and India contact me saying my music has impacted them greatly. One individual stated that one of my songs saved his life. This has thrilled me and sustains my determination.”

She has experienced first hand the non-sleeping bigotry still fierce, hungry, and very much alive today. Her persona has grace and grandeur; her voice projects the power of her heart to uplift. Therefore, she has set out to reassure our nation and encourage the world, through the conviction, power, and enlightenment of Mandara, that from this moment on there can be a new beginning.

“Her new promising rather enjoyable self-titled EP. The band play modern alternative rock with a progressive twist entwined with a retro vibe on such as the excellent ‘Destiny Is Now’ with its deep thought provoking lyrical content, musically the song comes over in the vein of Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin” – Fireworks Magazine, UK

Track Listing:
1. Empty Hearted
2. Dragon’s Fly

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team Switzerland’s Minsk Security.

Please find below the text press info for the new album REIGN OF INIQUITY.

Band: Minsk Security
Label: Quam Libet Records
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Melodic Thrash Metal


Blistering amp-tubes, nearly breaking membranes, splints being continuously scraped off the drum sticks, sweat in the air and the cops are about to knock on the door due to noise disturbance. When Minsk Security — whose band name, by the way, does not indicate the origins — let go, nothing stays in place.

Lead singer Marc grabs his audience live and on tape with extraordinary energy and passion, while the guitarists Oliver and Michael lay their guitar riffs precisely on Simon’s driving beats and Andy’s tight bass.

Since the foundation in 2003 they have played nearly 100 concerts both at home and abroad, had titles on three compilations and next to a demo tape they have already recorded one album with very good critics. Being rooted in the alternative and punk genre cannot be denied when listening to the melodic thrash metal of the five Swiss but in comparison to their debut album REBORNATION (2008) they act much more tough-minded, condensed and catchy on their new album REIGN OF INIQUITY. From January 2010 to June 2010 the 11 songs (including intro and outro) of REIGN OF INIQUITY were recorded and mixed in the band’s own sound studio by licensed sound engineer and band guitarist Oliver Schneider.

After Quam Libet Records was the perfect partner for selling the whole first edition of 500 copies of REBORNATION in the small Metal Market in Switzerland without high expenses on advertising and marketing, the band has decided to again release their new album through Quam Libet Records in April 2011.

Excerpts from reviews:

“The production sounds pretty balanced and definitely doesn’t need to hide for a self-produced record. Musically, Minsk Security offer a wide range from growl vocals to catchy parts to skullbreakers, everything a lover of heavy music wants to hear.”

“The base of the songs is in my ears the variable vocals, ranging from evil screeches to a catchy lead voice, which would also fit good in a hard rock band. Musically there are a lot of metal standards, which are often broken up by unusual sounds.”

“Thanks to their (variable) vocals Minsk Security are perfectly suited for everyone who always wanted to listen to metal, but never really dared…”

“On REIGN OF INIQUITY they celebrate melodic thrash metal, which thanks to the insertion of other metal styles sounds multilayered and complex”

“…I can’t help to claim, that Minsk Security belong to the best, that Swiss thrash metal has to offer.”

“The songs are not too complex und not constantly fast, so besides the typical hammering the listener always gets some nice mid tempo parts which enhance the overall sound further.”

Band Lineup:
Marc Reichen – Vocals
Oliver Schneider – Lead Guitars & Backing Vocals
Michael Suter – Lead Guitars
Simon Burkhard – Drums
Andy Schaufelberger – Bass

Track Listing:
1. Chapter II
2. The Prostration
3. Behind Triviality
4. Dirge Of Men
5. Ungenesis
6. A Life By The Sword
7. Through The Eyes Of A Martyr
8. Become The Legend
9. Monoliths
10. An Ode To Agony
11. Chapter Closed

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team UK Progressive Rocker’s Split Sofa.

Please find below the text press info for the new album THE GATHERING.

Band: Split Sofa
Label: Independent
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Rock Progressive Rock/Retro/Psychedelic


Split Sofa is a psychedelic pop band based in Doveridge (Derbyshire) by singer songwriter Lewie Docksey in 1999.

The band record their own material under a genre they call “Sofa Rock” and have released to date six albums and two EPs.

Formation (1999-Present)
October 1999 saw the band release their debut maxi EP called ANGERLISTIC PILLOW which contained all original songs. Between 2000 and 2001 the band built their own recording studio in Doveridge called The Shack. The band then set about recording their first full album of original material, called THE DAY AFTER THE DAY BEFORE. It featured Mick Strode (Band of Joy / Forevermore) on lead guitar, and the album was picked up by local DJ Paul Baker on Burton On Trent’s “Phoenix Radio” and was played with Lewie being invited to talk about Split Sofa and tracks played on the afternoon show.

2005 saw the release of THE SORCERERS LULLABY which again featured Mick Strode on lead guitar. This again was played on “Radio Phoenix” with another visit to the studio; again the album was full of original songs. The album signified a change in direction which Lewie was not happy with and as soon as the release date came around Lewie decided to write another album with a much harder edge.

The finished product was DRAYLON released in 2006. With the departure of Mick Strode in 2005 Lewie bought in Martin Gilman to work on the next album THE SEVENTH LEVEL and also bought in Gareth Williams on bass guitar.

Up until now the band were just a recording band and plans were set in place to get the band out there and perform their own songs to the public. An EP was written while in the middle of recording THE SEVENTH LEVEL, called DARK DAZE; the band switched to Overdrive Studios to record this.

THE SEVENTH LEVEL was released in 2007 and was sent out to over 80 celebrities including Jamie Oliver, Pete Townsend, Chris Evans, Prince Charles & William & Harry. The band were delighted to hear off some of the celebrities who said that they liked the sofa sound, this gave the band a major boost and Sofa started to do live work in 2007 with a few gigs booked. The band went down really well and people really embraced the new original material.

By June of 2008 the band decided to take the band a step further at getting a publishing deal and formed Operation Duvet. The plan was to blanket bomb every single publishing company in the UK and the six month project was undertaken with a brand new EP called A MYSTICAL REASON, a publishing package being printed and sent off. Over 120 publishing companies were contacted with a few getting back to them telling them that even though they liked the songs and product times were hit hard in the music business and they should continue to push their music on the Internet and live work. With this in mind Sofa contacted CD Baby and put the EP on their site, which in turn ended up on iTunes and various other downloadable websites.

With live work now being the focus the band started to get booked for music festivals and pub venues; this still continues today. With the feedback from the music publishers Split Sofa decided to set up their own record label and publishing company called Daisy Chain Songs in 2009 while still continuing to push there songs on the Internet.

By 2010 the band again released another album called THE GATHERING which CD Baby and iTunes helped to distribute and is still selling well. After the release of the album the band have pushed to get live work with festivals lined up for 2011 and at the moment working on their seventh album COLOURED DREAM with no released date set the band are continuing to push to get their unique sound heard.

Band Lineup:
Lewie Docksey – Vocal, Guitar, Piano, Organ
Gareth Williams – Bass, Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Martin Gilman – Acoustic Guitar
Joe Nicklin – Lead Guitar
Dave Shipley – Drums

Track Listing:
1. Circles
2. Shadowman
3. U Will C Me
4. Run From The Dawn
5. I’m Following
6. Wate My Time
7. Take Me There
8. So Long Ago
9. All That You Know
10. Before The Storm

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team Switzerland’s Roadfever.

Please find below the text press info for the new album WHEELS OF FIRE.

Band: Roadfever
Label: Eigenproduktion
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Hard Rock


Having played in several bands since the ’80s, it is in 2004 that Manou and David meet up again! After sharing some musical ideas they decided to form their own band, Devil’s Daughter, which turns out to be Roadfever in 2005.

Pascal and Jessie join the band in 2006 and 2007. All the members of Roadfever have been giving energy-raising gigs since the ’80s with their numerous bands. Together, Manou and David compose the 11 titles of the album WHEELS OF FIRE which is finalized in March 2009. Roadfever are adepts of Power Rock and their rage sends us to the vital electricity of bands like AC/DC, ZZ Top, Blackfoot, or Van Halen with vocals influenced by singers like Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin.

In May 2009, Roadfever signed an exclusive distribution contract for Switzerland with Irascible Distribution (CH) and the album WHEELS ON FIRE is available on websites throughout the world through the retailers AOR Heaven (DE), and Rock Papas (DE) who are also in charge of their promotion.

Personal Bios:
Manou: Has been greasing her voice since the ’80s with several bands including: Sharper, State Of Mind, Manou and the Moneymakers Band before forming Roadfever in 2005. David: Has been “Zakking” his guitars since the ’80s, with several bands, his most recent being Sideburn before forming Roadfever in 2005. Jessie: Has been playing his strings since 1977 with several bands: Arrow Head, Scrambled Eggs and Blackswan before joining Roadfever in 2007. Pascal: Has been drumming since the ’80s with several bands including: Rash Panzer, State of Mind, The Persuaders and The Red Eyed Farmers before joining Roadfever in 2006.

With Roadfever we welcome a new Swiss sensation, because their CD WHEELS ON FIRE is a very strong record that basically contains the typical Swiss Melodic Hard Rock style we are all familiar with (Shakra, Gotthard, Krokus, Crytal Ball…). It is done very well, both the production and the included 11 tunes, while the band is also featuring a very strong female lead singer (Manou Pike) and a guitarist (David Pariat) who can shred quite well. What strikes me is the very strong use of some supertight melodies and harmony vocals in each of the included songs, which contributes to the overall sound, even making this Roadfever a sensational Melodic Hard Rock band. They were formed during the mid 2000s and released this album already in 2009, so it took some time for me to discover them, but I am glad I now am able to hear and review their impressive debut CD that can easily compete with Shakra and Gotthard. Songs like “Do The Right Thing,” “Can’t Feel Your Soul” and “Burnout” are definitely picture-perfect Melodic Hard Rock songs with excellent vocal and guitar work, so basically we have here a highly recommended band.
– Gabor Kleinblosem, Strutter’zine – Holland, http://www.strutter.8m.com/

Band Lineup:
Manou Pike – Lead Vocals
David Pariat – Guitar/Vocals
Jessie B – Bass
Pascal Bavaud – Drums

Track Listing:
1. Wheels On Fire
2. Do The Right Thing
3. Break Down The Walls
4. Can’t Feel Your Soul
5. Runaway Train
6. Outside
7. Burnout
8. City Of Angels
9. Hellbound
10. Roadfever
11. Death Valley

TSM/SLW Promotions

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-zebrahead GET NICE On Their 11th Studio Effort Overall

La Habra, CA’s zebrahead are gearing up to unleash a new offering of explosive pop-punk, GET NICE, on September 27th (and in Europe and Japan in late August). And although this is the group’s 11th release overall, it will be their first to be released via the Niji Entertainment Group for North and South America. The album’s release may still be a ways off, but two videos have already been filmed (one for the title track and one for the song “Ricky Bobby”), both of which can be viewed via these links:

zebrahead is comprised of vocalist/rapper Ali Tabatabaee, vocalist/guitarist Matty Lewis, guitarist Greg Bergdorf, bassist Ben Osmundson, and drummer Ed Udhus, and has been rocking since 1996. In the process, zebrahead has sold 1.5 million copies of their albums (800,000 in the USA alone), and even received a Grammy nomination. Additionally, zebrahead has toured around the world since 1996, both headlining clubs and festivals, including the Vans Warped Tour and opening for bands like Green Day and 311.

And there is an interesting connection between zebrahead and heavy metal greats Motorhead. When nominations for the 2000 Grammy awards were announced, Motorhead was named among the nominees for Best Metal Performance for a cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” However, upon further review, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences amended the nomination, adding the So Cal punk outfit zebrahead to share the nod for the “Enter Sandman” cover. The song can be found on the ECW EXTREME ENTRANCES CD. Both bands share the same management as well.

GET NICE was produced by Jason Freese (Jewel, Death by Stereo, and plays with veteran outfit Green Day) and mixed by Andy Carpenter (Dwarves). As with past releases, zebrahead will be touring heavily behind it, including dates in the US, Europe, Japan, and their first-ever visit to Australia. In fact, the album hasn’t even been released yet, and the new single, “Get Nice,” is in the Top 4 on Japanese Radio and in the Top 10 on the European International Artist Radio Chart!

According to Tabatabaee, GET NICE is the finest zebrahead release yet. “I think this album will definitely win a Nobel Peace Prize, get you a raise, and get your girlfriend pregnant all at the same time. It’s that good!”

GET NICE Track Listing:

1. Blackout
2. Nothing To Lose
3. She Don’t Wanna Rock
4. Ricky Bobby
5. Get Nice!
6. The Joke’s On You
7. Nudist Priest
8. Galileo Was Wrong
9. Truck Stops And Tail Lights
10. I’m Definitely Not Gonna Miss You
11. Too Bored To Bleed
12. Kiss Your Ass Goodbye
13. This Is Gonna Hurt You Way More Than It’s Gonna Hurt Me
14. Demon Days


http://www.zebrahead.com/ [sponsored and fully ran by Nokia]
http://www.zebrahead.com/gossip [to view GET NICE album cover]

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-Killer Metal Records: New CD Releases

Hi friends and fans of Killer Metal Records!

Three new CDs have seen the light of day!

KMR-CD008 The Order Of Chaos – BURN THESE DREAMS
The Order Of Chaos are fronted by the lovely and talented Amanda which voice shows you all feelings and shades in Metal — roaring like a beast, wailing like a whore! Their new album brings great tunes like the astonishing “Chaos In Cairo,” “Darklord,” and “A Torturer’s Apprentice” among a bunch of other great songs — what an album! The debut album will also be re-editioned on Killer Metal Records later. “Chaos In Cairo” will be on the next Legacy mag CD!

Cyanide Scream do US Metal the old way, heavy, melodic and catchy, reminding a lot on the early steps in US Metal and bands like Roit or Anvil sometimes. “Now Or Never” or “Already Gone” will catch you for weeks!

Well known in Poland with a strong following are sending their new Thrash-grenade ANIMAL KILLSTINCT to Germany, the rest of Europe and all over the world! Reminding on old Metallica this is for everyone who breathes Metal!!! Be sure!!!

You can order from us or Twilight Distribution at http://www.twilight-distribution.com/ .

The Order Of Chaos did their CD release party in Edmonton/Canada, you can see the full set (75 min.) on YouTube, here is the link for the first four songs:

(songs: “Chaos In Cairo” – “For Another Moment” – “Get In The Pit” – “Invictus”)

Check that one out!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great!!!!

Coming soon:
KMR-CD009 Taipan – SNAKES CD
…this is like bringing coals to Newcastle… WHO of you is NOT familiar with their famous four-tracker on the Bullet Records label from 1981. 30 years later — now! Now they release their SNAKES album with Killer Metal Records! The album has two re-recordings of two of the songs from the EP. A band I always loved so beware: they are back and also expect their next album METAL MACHINE from Killer Metal Records!!!

KMR-LP011 Damien Thorne – END OF THE GAME LP
Also remember THE SIGN OF THE JACKAL done in 1986 by Damien Thorne? END OF THE GAME is their new album, CD was done directly by the band, vinyl is coming on Killer Metal Records!

Killer Metal Records
Wolliner Str. 1
D-26215 Wiefelstede
eBay: killermetalrecords
distributed by: http://www.twilight-distribution.com/

Check our website for new releases!

new CDs out now: Testor – ANIMAL KILLSTINCT / Cyanide Scream – UNFINISHED BUSINESS / The Order Of Chaos – BURN THESE DREAMS (interview soon in LEGACY! + song on CD)

out soon: Taipan (CD) – Damien Thorne (LP)

still hot: Predatory Violence – Veritate – Metal Or Death – Colossus – Anihilated – Dark Mirror – After All

*** PRESS RELEASE #22 ***

One of Canada’s premier independent rock bands (based in Winnipeg, Manitoba and originally from Edmonton, Alberta) has just released their third album SOMETIMES A CIGAR… IS JUST A CIGAR. The new album features the single “Floating On Freud” and follows their highly successful release SEARCHING FOR ADJECTIVES which received rave reviews worldwide and resulted in a very successful tour and radio play in Canada, US and India.

The album SOMETIMES A CIGAR… IS JUST A CIGAR was recorded and co-produced in Saskatoon, Canada by Ryan Andersen (Nickelback’s THE LONG ROAD, Theory Of A Deadman, Moist, etc.,) and mastered in Los Angeles by Rob Beaton (CHINESE DEMOCRACY’s “Sorry” and “Shackler’s Revenge,” Buckethead, “The Whole Nine Yards” and trailers for “Lord Of The Rings” and “Batman Begins”).

This enhanced CD contains eight songs with driving guitars and elegant intensity, a mix of alt/rock with modern sensibility, member bio, lyrics, pictures and behind the scenes studio video footage.

Some of the reviews of Q.E.D’s last album are:

“Smart, slick, powerful, strange, heavy, esoteric, haunting, experimental… out of the deep blue comes one of Edmonton’s strongest rock bands. The songs are filled with layers of sound, melding electronics with hard rock grooves and themes inspired by science fiction.”
Mike Ross – The Edmonton Sun

“Both the band and the CD are getting rave reviews at every stop along the way. The band might best be described as thinking man’s hard rock… combination of crunching heavy guitars and strong vocal melodies alongside hypnotic bass grooves and atmospheric texturing. Ra has a great sense of melody and a compelling vocal style. Writing intelligent and challenging rock music is becoming a lost art and I found SEARCHING FOR ADJECTIVES to be a refreshing change.”
Craig West – Soo Today

“Many lyricists can’t tell an adjective from a pecan, and Ra quotes Arthur C. Clarke… carefully organized, even orchestrated. Solid, entertaining fare for fans with degrees.”
Todd Babiak – Edmonton Journal

“Their live show will blast you out of your chair. It’s enthusiastic rock entertainment at its best.”
Al Knowing – The Reminder

“Their live show is more than just four guys on stage playing their instruments. Q.E.D’s songs have a deeper quality to them, an undescribed spirituality.”
Wayne Arthurson – Vue Weekly

After constant and extensive North American tours Q.E.D has established a reputation for setting the standard for performance.

The members of Q.E.D are:
• Ra – Lead vocals, guitar, sequencing, keyboards
• Shawn Nelson – Guitar, vocals
• Wade Buettner – Bass, Vocals
• Sandy Fernandez – Drums, percussion

SOMETIMES A CIGAR… IS JUST A CIGAR is available online/stores at http://www.dynastyrecords.com/ , http://www.indiepool.com/ (includes storefronts iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, Verizon, Rhapsody, Jango, etc.)

Information on tour schedule and the band can be found at http://www.myspace.com/qedrocks , http://www.facebook.com/QEDMUSIC , http://www.qedmusic.com/ , and http://www.sonicbids.com/QED .

*** PRESS RELEASE #23 ***
-Dead By Wednesday’s THE LAST PARADE DUe September 9 On Mindsnap Music

Dead By Wednesday – THE LAST PARADE
Mindsnap Music
File under: Metal / Hardcore / Punk
Order #: CD6075
EAN: 616892149460
Release: 09. September 2011

Specials: For fans of Pantera, classic Metallica, Lamb Of God, Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, etc.

Track List:
1. God Like Feeling
2. Swallow, Chew, Spit
3. This Is What I’m Dying For
4. Will To Fight
5. Sick In The Head
6. You Gracious F*ck
7. All The World Is Waiting
8. Rat
9. The Message You’re Missing
10. T.M.I.
11. The Words I Cannot Find
12. Can’t Find A Scapegoat?
13. The Watchers
14. The Prelude
15. The Last Parade

In 2005 Dead By Wednesday made their first mark by releasing their debut CD DEMOCRACY IS DEAD on Jasta of Hatebreed’s Stillborn Records. Then in 2008 came THE KILLING PROJECT, the sophomore full-length CD. THE KILLING PROJECT demonstrated with a punch to the face, New Haven, CT’s very own aggressive hybrid of metal, punk, and hard core. With songs of urgency and importance regarding ideas on religion, current world affairs, race and equality, THE KILLING PROJECT on Eclipse Records was destined to make an impact. And it did. With 13 bone-crushing songs including a memorable guest performance by Carley Coma of Candiria on “The Chosen,” as well as bonus tracks and more. Shortly after, the video for their single “Pawns” by Grammy nominated producer David Brodsky of My Good Eye, N.Y.C. went into rotation on MTV2’s “Headbanger’s Ball,” Music Choice and Havok TV on demand, Sirius Satellite’s “Liquid Metal” radio show, “Rock Band” (the game), and UFC. Now in 2011 the band is currently working on all new brutal unreleased material and in the studio recording their most important junior LP CD with long time friend and producer Enoch Jensen at East Lake Recording Studios in Massachusetts. Dead By Wednesday were focused on making “their MASTER OF PUPPETS” dubbed THE LAST PARADE dropping September 9th (EU) and September 13th (USA).

Welcome to 2011… It may be our last year on Earth, but it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate! So come join the parade!! THE LAST PARADE, being the junior LP release by the US band Dead By Wednesday, hailing from New Haven, CT (who have worked closely with Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed and Carley Coma of Candiria among others), is a brutal yet intelligent blend of metal, hardcore and punk. Anthemic cries for humanity and apocalyptic images can be heard between ripping guitar riffs, machine gun drumming and intricate bass lines. For fans of Pantera, classic Metallica, Lamb Of God, Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, etc. This may very well be the world’s farewell party and DBW’s THE LAST PARADE will be the last metal album you will need to own!


Ceschi Ramos – vocals
Marc Allan – vocals
Opus – drums
Mike Modeste – bass
Ross Ragusa – guitar

“Dead By Wednesday is a band that holds the future of hardcore metal in the palm of their hands” – Paul Gargano (Metal Edge Magazine)

“Dead By Wednesday’s riffs are catchy, their breakdowns make you wanna break stuff, and basically, they don’t suck, in a world full of bands that do!” – Phil Freeman (Metal Edge Magazine)

“DBW has a new and total original sound that’s guaranteed to set the world a blaze!” – Marc Rizzo (guitarist of Soulfly/Calvera Conspiricy/ex-Ill Nino)

“Heavy, thrashing and hardcore. Perfect!” – Dave Ellefson (bassist of Megadeth)

“A metal mosh massacre fueled by shredding guitars, double bass, catchy melodies and lyrics that actually make you think.” – Beattie (bassist of Hatebreed)

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-Pro-Pain: New York Legends Celebrate 20 Years With CD/DVD Release

Legendary New York metal/hardcore outfit Pro-Pain are proud to be celebrating their 20th year in existence in 2011!

Since the band’s inception in 1991, Pro-Pain have toured the world countless times, dominated the stages of the world’s largest metal fests and infiltrated the hearts and lives of millions over the course of their incredible, and still heavily active, career. Their massive back-catalog bears 13 full-lengths and a plethora of other releases including singles, DVDs and a live album and two greatest hits compilations to date.

Pro-Pain now proudly unveil the details for a special release designed specifically in celebration of their 20-year anniversary; the massive CD/DVD combo appropriately titled 20 YEARS OF HARDCORE. Set for North American release on August 30, 2011 via AFM Records, this behemoth collection of material is much more than just a “greatest hits” or random compilation of tracks. The CD kicks off with four brand new tracks to get things moving! The disc also contains four re-recorded tracks (featuring Pro-Pain alumni Rob Moschetti, JC Dwyer, Mike Hanzel and Eric Klinger), cover songs, and a 14-song live set filmed in the Czech Republic, in total bearing over 78 minutes of material! The DVD that joins the disc contains over 90 minutes of additional material, including tons of live footage featuring several full concerts, as well as fan-filmed footage and tons of extras, making this an absolute must-have for any fan of Pro-Pain’s patented, groove-laden thunder.

20 YEARS OF HARDCORE Track Listing:

New Tracks:
1. Damnation
2. Hands In The Jar
3. Someday Bloody Someday
4. True Liberation

Re-recorded Tracks:
5. Foul Taste Of Freedom 2011
6. Make War (Not Love) 2011
7. Denial 2011
8. Shine 2011

Cover track:
9. Keine Amnestie Für MTV

Live In Brno (CZ)
10. Unrestrained
11. Three Minutes Hate
12. Can You Feel It
13. UnAmerican
14. Neocon
15. No Way Out
16. F*ck It
17. Draw Blood
18. The Shape Of Things To Come
19. In For The Kill
20. Let The Blood Run Through The Streets
21. Foul Taste Of Freedom
22. All For King George
23. Destroy The Enemy

Beograd Concert – SKC 1998:
1. Shine
2. Make War (Not Love)
3. State Of Mind
4. The Stench Of Piss
5. Life’s Hard
6. Get Real
7. Time
8. Foul Taste Of Freedom
9. Crush
10. Box City
11. Blood Red
12. Bad Blood

Live at With Full Force:
1. Casualties Of War – 2002
2. UnAmerican – 2005
3. F*ck It – 2007

Live At Lausitzring 2005:
1. Neocon
2. One World Ain’t Enough
3. Left For Dead
4. Life’s Hard
5. Get Real

Fan Filmed Footage:
1. Iraqnophobia 1993
2. Johnny Black 1996
3. Act Of God 1999
4. Smokin’ Gun 1999
5. Implode 2005

Rare Clips From The Vault: A montage of old rare footage

Official Promo Video: “Down For The Cause”

Aggressive, meticulous, passionate, righteous — all distinguishing traits that have come to symbolize the fundamentals of metal/hardcore pioneers Pro-Pain. Since their crushing debut album FOUL TASTE OF FREEDOM stormed onto the scene in 1992, Pro-Pain have become a household name of heavy music listeners around the globe. Their successful and enviable career has perpetually prospered throughout its course and yet they still manage to find room to improve, and more importantly, impress.

Formed by vocalist/bassist Gary Meskil (ex-Crumbsuckers), Pro-Pain have over the years benefited from substantial support from an ever-growing and loyal fanbase, international extreme music press and media, hard rock radio, MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball,” and more, helping the band’s worldwide catalog sales approach one million units to date.


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-Totimoshi: New Track Stream Brought To You By The Obelisk

Today, The Obelisk is hosting an exclusive premiere of Totimoshi’s “Waning Divine,” the final track off the California trio’s soon-to-be-released new full-length, AVENGER. A tune about growing old, “Waning Divine” is an surefire epic featuring Brent Hinds (Mastodon) and Scott Kelly (Neurosis, Shrinebuilder).

Check out the track here:


AVENGER is set for release on August 16, 2011 via At A Loss Recordings. The record was produced by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Shrinebuilder, Tool), mastered by John Golden (Melvins, Mike Watt, OM) and includes appearances by HInds and Kelly as well as Dale Crover.

In conjunction with the release, Totimoshi will kick off a near-month long U.S. tour this August. Confirmed dates (with more to be added) below:

Totimoshi US Tour 2011 (more dates to be announced shortly):
8/04/2011 Chaser’s – Scottsdale, AZ w/ Greenhaven
8/05/2011 The Due Return – Santa Fe, NM
8/06/2011 3 Kings Tavern – Denver, CO w/ Ume, Self Service
8/07/2011 Duffy’s – Lincoln, NE
8/08/2011 Off Minor – Dubuque, IA
8/09/2011 Garibalid’s – Milwaukee, WI w/ Sleestak, Like Like The Death Deaths
8/10/2011 The Frequency – Madison, WI
8/11/2011 Ultra Lounge – Chicago, IL
8/12/2011 Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI
8/13/2011 Stone Tavern – Kent, OH w/ Rebreather, The Unclean
8/14/2011 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
8/15/2011 TBA – Montreal, QC
8/16/2011 Daniel St. – Milford, CT
8/17/2011 O’Brien’s – Cambridge, MA
8/19/2011 TBA – Providence, RI
8/20/2011 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
8/21/2011 Golden West – Baltimore, MD
8/22/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
8/26/2011 Milestone – Charlotte, NC w/ Music Hates You
8/27/2011 The Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA w/ Zoroaster
8/28/2011 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
8/29/2011 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
8/30/2011 The Mink – Houston, TX
8/31/2011 Scoot Inn – Austin, TX w/ Vaz, Pygmie Shrews
9/01/2011 Korova Basement – San Antonio, TX
9/03/2011 Vaudeville – Tucson, AZ

Founded in Oakland, CA in 1997 by Aguilar and Meg Castellanos (bass, vocals), Totimoshi went through a slew of drummers before joining visions with Kansas City’s Chris Fugitt. Fugitt, a ferocious drummer who’s part John Bonham, part Keith Moon, part Elvin Jones, further ignited this volcanic trio into what it is today. Their albums are a journey into the soul. Their live sets are pure energy slowly smoldering into combustion. Past releases MYSTERIOSO?, MONOLI, LADRON, and MILAGROSA have received countless rave reviews and new album, AVENGER, will no doubt satisfy fans and critics alike once again.


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-Black Cobra Complete Recording Of Fourth Album; Title Revealed

The Bay Area’s devastating duo Black Cobra have completed the recording process of their upcoming fourth full-length album, set for release in the Autumn months ahead.

For the recording of this, the band’s second release for Southern Lord Recordings, Black Cobra recently ventured across the continent to pound out their anticipated new album, the follow-up to 2009’s massively well-received CHRONOMEGA. This time around the outfit enlisted the talents of Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou and his God City Studio in Salem, Massachusetts for the first time. After a brutal week-and-a-half in the notorious lair, ‘Cobra hammered out what will soon be known to the world as their almighty fourth full-length album, the album title now confirmed as INVERNAL. A full track listing, album art and other specific details will be announced in the shortly, but from an advance listen to the un-mastered output of this savage outfit, we are confident in confirming that this is Black Cobra’s most honed and diversified material to date, and will definitely tear your face off completely.

While Black Cobra’s full-on tour cycle for INVERNAL has not yet began, as it undoubtedly will very shortly, the band have in the meantime been confirmed for several shows over the coming weeks, including an appearance at The Power Of The Riff Festival in Los Angeles on August 18 alongside Eyehategod, Pentagram, Winter, Pelican and more, a direct support spot for High On Fire in Oakland on August 27, an appearance at MusicFest Northwest festival in Portland and more. A rigorous amount of touring will continually be announced through the rest of 2011.

Black Cobra Live:

7/30/2011 El Rio – San Francisco, CA w/ Hot Lunch, Lecherous Gaze, Hightower
8/13/2011 Echo/Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power Of The Riff
8/27/2011 Uptown – Oakland, CA w/ High On Fire
9/08/2011 Dante’s – Portland, OR @ MFNW
9/22/2011 Yerba Buena Center For The Arts – San Francisco, CA

Formed by drummer Rafa Martinez (ex-16, ex-Acid King) and guitarist/vocalist Jason Landrian (ex-Cavity), Black Cobra catapulted themselves onto the scene in 2001 with their ravenous, upbeat and ultimately unique style of punk/hardcore-fueled sludge metal. They were picked up almost immediately by indie At A Loss Recordings (Rwake, Minsk, 16, Dark Castle, etc.), becoming the band’s label home for the release of their debut full-length, BESTIAL, and follow-up album, FEATHER AND STONE. By 2009, with the band then virtually a household name to the tens of thousands of fans who’ve seen their flooring live performances over the years, Black Cobra signed with juggernaut Southern Lord Recordings for the release of CHRONOMEGA, the band’s most diverse material to date.

The incredibly hard-working two-piece unit have endured near inhuman amounts of touring over the past few years, both headlining and supporting on countless tours, and including shows alongside international acts such as Mastodon, Sleep, Baroness, High On Fire, Pelican, The Sword, Kylesa, Weedeater, Torche and many others. They’ve also hit the festival circuit worldwide including Hellfest, Dour Fest, Stoned From The Underground, Scion Fest, and The Missing Link Festival and more.

Stay tuned for more live updates on Black Cobra, and for more info on INVERNAL as the album nears release this Fall.


-7th Heaven’s latest release, POP MEDIA, is out now. The 22-song set is “a collection of fun pop rock dance songs that can transcend numerous generations. A great feel-good CD.” POP MEDIA is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and 7thHeavenBand.com, and at all shows. Preview all the songs and check out lyrics, production notes, and credits now at http://www.7thHeavenBand.com/ .

-About Heavy Metal’s “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1985” list is online at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/DCDl .

-Candlelight Red’s debut single “Closer” has hit #59 at active rock radio, at Media Base. The band is currently touring with Saving Abel and will release THE WRECKAGE (produced by David Ivory) through Imagen Records later this year.

-Norway’s Communic is streaming “Denial,” from the upcoming THE BOTTOM DEEP, at http://listn.to/nuclearblasteurope . See http://www.communic.org/ for more.

-Contrive has two shows in Vietnam later this week, making it the first Australian metal band to play that country:

7/22 – Hard Rock Cafe Ho Chi Minh City / Kumho Asiana Plaza
7/23 – RockFanClub Cafe, Ho Chi Minh City

See http://www.myspace.com/contriveaustralia and http://www.facebook.com/contriveaus for more.

-Daedalus, a progressive metal band from Genoa, Italy, has released MOTHERLAND through Galileo Records. The band’s third album “contains 11 songs pervaded with strength, melody, contemplation. The lyrics offer different points of view concerning the uneasiness in today’s world and analyze some peculiar elements that may lead to an inexorable crumbling of the modern society.”

-Fatality’s third episode from its series “The Fatality Show” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDBTal_uqvc . The episode is narrated by vocalist/guitarist Spencer Le Von and “chronicles their adventures from their Eastern Intoxication tour that took place this past May across east coast Canada and USA.” For more on the band’s touring, see the Fatality Thrash Blog at http://fatalitythrash.blogspot.com/ . The latest dates on the Western Annihilation Tour:

7/20 – Pogue Mahone, Kamloops, BC
7/22 – Funky Winkerbeans, Vancouver, BC – w/ Skull Hammer
7/23 – The 2 Bit Saloon, Seattle, WA
7/24 – Kelly’s Olympian, Portland, OR – w/ Excruciator & Order Of The Gash
7/25 – Johnny B’s, Medford, OR w/ Sumerian & Excrutiator
7/28 – The Riff Haus, Fullerton, CA
7/29 – Burnt Ramen, Richmond, CA
7/30 – The Boulevard, Los Angeles w/ Bonded By Blood
7/31 – The Metaphor Cafe, Escondido, CA
8/1 – The Ruby Room, San Diego, CA
8/2 – ICYC, Phoenix, AZ – w/Vektor
8/3 – Amped Performance Center, Albuquerque, NM
8/4 – Moe’s Original, Denver, CO
8/5 – Johnny’s Sidebar, Collinsville, IL
8/6 – The Fallout, Chicago, IL – w/ Mortifier

See http://fatality.bandcamp.com , http://www.reverbnation.com/fatalitymetal , http://www.facebook.com/pages/FATALITY/97224729901 , and http://www.myspace.com/fatalitythrashf*ck for more.

-Graveyard’s self-titled debut will be reissued by Nuclear Blast on August 19, in CD, vinyl, and digital editions. Check out the track “Evil Ways” at http://listn.to/nuclearblasteurope . See http://www.myspace.com/graveyardsongs for more.

-Havok just finished touring with Forbidden, Revocation, and White Wizzard, and released TIME IS UP earlier this year on Candlelight Records. Check out footage of the band performing at Studio 7 in Seattle on June 13 and the “Covering Fire” video at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=2819 . See http://www.myspace.com/havok and http://www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial for more.

-Danko Jones’ drummer Dan Cornelius has left the band, and Atom Willard (Rocket From The Crypt) will join for the band’s upcoming summer tour. See http://www.dankojones.com/ for more.

-Former Motorhead guitarist Mick “Wurzel” Burston died July 9 after battling heart disease. He was 61.

-The Romanian Rock Meeting will take place October 9 in Bucharest, at Arenele Romane. Pain Of Salvation will headline, and other bands will be announced soon. See http://www.maximumrock.ro/ , http://www.promusicprod.ro/concerte , and http://www.promusicprod.ro/ for more.

-A track from Sabaton’s upcoming WORLD WAR LIVE: BATTLE OF THE BALTIC SEA is available now; check out the live version of “Cliffs Of Gallipoli” at http://listn.to/nuclearblasteurope . See http://www.sabaton.net/ for more.

-Sister will support U.D.O., along with Sister Sin, on a dozen European tour dates. The band stated: “Udo and Accept has been a big influence for the members in Sister for a long time and to open for U.D.O. is f*cking great for sure! We’re really looking forward to it all and this is one of many things that we wished for at this stage in our career. With the new album HATED out this summer the only thing we want to do is to hit the roads! Germany has been our ‘second home’ the last years and has except for Sweden been the country we undoubtedly done most gigs. It’s always been a blast down there. This will of course be no exception and we will see all of you bastards when the time comes. We promise a riot on stage and thank U.D.O. and the organization around him for this opportunity! Cheers!” The dates:

11/24 – Hedon, Zwolle, The Netherlands
11/25 – Quasimod, Pirmasens, Germany
11/27 – C-Club, Berlin, Germany
11/30 – GC Drieschaar, As, Belgium
12/1 – Vest Arena, Recklinghausen, Germany
12/2 – VA Zentrum, Burglengenfeld, Germany
12/3 – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
12/4 – Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
12/6 – Neue Stadthalle, Langen, Germany
12/7 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
12/9 – Volksbankmesse, Balingen, Germany
12/10 – Stadthalle, Memmingen, Germany

See http://www.sisteronline.net/ , http://www.facebook.com/sisterband , http://www.twitter.com/sister_official , http://www.youtube.com/sisterofficial , and http://www.myspace.com/sisteronline for more.

-Check out a new podcast featuring Unearth vocalist Trevor Phipps, where he talks about “the band’s upcoming new full-length, DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT, their slot on this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest, his love of poker, joke tracks, tour pranks, The Boston Bruins and more,” at http://www.metalblade.com/podcasts/podcast_06_28_11.mp3 or http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/metal-blade-records-podcast/id113680727?i=95262247 . The band’s label, Metal Blade Records, has teamed up with Calyp, Blue Calypso’s “free loyalty and rewards program,” to “say thanks to Unearth’s fans.” Hype: “Unearth fans who are interested can join Calyp by downloading the free App and ‘endorse’ the band by sharing Unearth’s campaigns with friends through personal texts, posts and tweets. For their participation fans earn cash from Calyp along with VIP perks and band related prizes from the label and others. Unearth will be the first on Metal Blade’s roster to be a part of the program, with the label promoting the band’s upcoming record DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT and their performance on this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival . . . Unearth’s Calyp program will last throughout the summer giving fans the chance to win some cool items like signed CDs and DVDs, discounts on Unearth merch, tickets to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and the chance to win a BBQ with the band at one of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival stops.” See http://calyp.com/ for more on the Calyp App, and for more on Unearth see http://www.darknessinthelightalbum.com/ , http://www.unearth.tv/ , http://www.facebook.com/unearthofficial , http://www.twitter.com/unearthofficial , and http://www.myspace.com/unearth .

-Wacken announced its final act, Frei.Wild, billed as “South Tirol’s most successful ‘Deutsch-Rock’ band.” Frei.Wild will celebrate its 10th anniversary by taking one of the headline slots on the Blackstage. Check out the open air’s complete running order now at http://www.wacken.com/nc/en/woa2011/main-bands/running-order-2011/ .

Thanks to Thomas Jensen, Cole Bernstiel, Richard Hofherr, Jon Asher, Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Andrew Haug, Kimmie M. Sharon, Nelu Brindusan, Chad Bowar, and Metaltix for help gathering some of this information.

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