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Issue #607
Week of September 5, 2011

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-I mean, c’mon… The Cubs have been soooo bad this year that I still
haven’t bothered to sit down and watch a full game. And both times I
managed to watch more than two innings, they lost the games in
spectacular fashion. It’s funny, but it’s not. – Tim

*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Hurricane Irene Destroys Doro’s House On Long Island!

Rude shock for Doro Pesch. Yesterday morning the rock singer took the
plane from Düsseldorf to her second home New York. When she arrived at
her domicile on Long Island, instead of her neat house on the beach
Doro only came upon a heap of ruins — the results of Hurricane Irene
which had been raging over New York on last weekend and had brought
big floodings to the east coast of the US.

“The damage is disastrous,” Doro states mournfully. “The whole ground
floor was flooded. It stinks, electricity failed and everything’s
wrecked inside of the house. From the TV to the fridge to the
furniture. Everything’s grime-stained, defective, unusable.”

Doro continues: “The worst thing is that pieces of my stage costumes
and lots of my souvenirs and presents from fans from all around the
world are lost forever now.”

Actually the rock queen wanted to prepare for her two live shows in
New York and Chicago on Long Island calmly, which she’ll play next
week over the course of her jubilee DVD’s release Doro – 25 YEARS IN

Doro: “The shows will take place of course. For now, I’ve found
accommodation in a hotel in New York and will have to see where things
will go from here. I saw the pictures of Irene on TV when I visited my
mother in Germany on the weekend. When a red rubber raft appeared
canoeing through a road on Long Island, I’ve already assumed the

And the fears were even surpassed. In spring, Doro Pesch had sat by
the pier in front of her house to make use of the idyllic atmosphere
for writing songs for her new album that will be released in 2012.


*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Black Country Communion To Release Double Concert DVD LIVE OVER
EUROPE On October 24, 2011

The 2-DVD live set was filmed with 14 HD cameras and 5.1 surround
sound during the band’s debut tour in the summer of 2011. Over three
nights, playing to packed venues in the German cities of Hamburg,
Munich and Berlin, the 18-song set list (17 originals and 1 cover)
hits on both of BCC’s albums — 2010’s debut and 2011’s sophomore
release 2, which The Sunday Mercury praised, “This is classic rock
goes large, an album that lives up to its heritage. It may not be
bettered this year.” Live Over Europe highlights include the songs
“Black Country,” “One Last Soul,” “Save Me,” “Man In The Middle,”
“Cold,” and “Song Of Yesterday,” which fans can sign up to receive as
a free audio track download, available Sept. 8, here:
http://bit.ly/bcclive . Bonus features include an exclusive 28-page
collector’s booklet and DVD with a 20-minute “behind the scenes”
featurette and photo collection.

Producer Kevin Shirley explains, “We saw that this live act could be
an awesome force of nature to behold; one that promised legendary
performances like those of our heroes of Classic Rock. The plan was to
get them out there for the entire world to hear. Records allow a
certain musical finesse, but live performance promises so much in the
very transient nature of a gig; chances are taken, boundaries are
crossed and the most exciting performances explode. Two studio albums
built a repertoire big enough for a full concert which allowed us to
unleash the monster for all the world to see and feel.”

BCC recently completed their debut tour, visiting a select number of
cities in North America and Europe. On June 10, the band played to a
near sold-out crowd in Anaheim, CA where The Orange County Register
exclaimed, “The four members of BCC truly recast the heavy rock of the
’60s and ’70s and yank it into the 21st century as well as anyone in
recent memory.” At the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, The Birmingham Mail
called their performance “rip-roaring” and “breath-taking.”

As part of J&R Adventures’ strategy to use social media as an integral
part of the initial marketing launch of LIVE OVER EUROPE, they created
the Facebook BCC Event Page. Facebook members can join the page here
http://on.fb.me/loebcc to receive an exclusive glimpse of the new DVD
and a chance to download the live free track “Song Of Yesterday.”

Black Country Communion

Disk One:
Revolution Of The Machine (intro)
Black Country
One Last Soul
Save Me
The Battle For Hadrian’s Wall
Song Of Yesterday
I Can See Your Spirit
The Ballad Of John Henry
The Outsider
The Great Divide
Sista Jane
Man In The Middle
Somestack Woman (credits)

Disk Two (Bonus):
Bonus Features –
– o Forging BCC – The Making Of LIVE OVER EUROPE
– o Photo Collection – Live On Tour
– o Photo Collection – Behind The Scenes

DVD Trailer:


*** PRESS RELEASE #3 ***
-Knights, Maidens And Metal — Blind Guardian Featured In The New
Trailer For “The Cursed Crusade!”

Fantastic metal met a fantastic game at the gamescom. Marcus Siepen
and André Olbrich, the two guitarists of the legendary metal band
Blind Guardian from Krefeld, visited the exhibition stand of dtp
entertainment AG not only to convince themselves of the qualities of
the hack’n’slay entitled “The Cursed Crusade,” but also to take time
to chat with the numerously congregated fans and to sign autographs.

Not only the metal icons caused shining eyes, but also “The Cursed
Crusade” met the taste of the gathered metal fans. While relentless
fights and infernal impressions were on the box, many music and game
fans came to the exhibition stand, which attracted people with its
medieval style, fair maidens, martial knights and brute game scenes.

The new trailer for “The Cursed Crusade” doesn’t only show new in-game
scenes but also awakens the memories of this huge event of the gaming
scene for everyone who attended the fair. For everybody else, who
couldn’t make it to the gamescom this year, it offers a great preview
of dtp’s action highlight.

The video featuring impressions of the trade-fair appearance, Blind
Guardian’s visit at the exhibition stand and game scenes can be here:


*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Sinner: ONE BULLET LEFT Will Be Released On September 9!

Sinner is back! Three years after their convincing power album CRASH &
BURN and a lineup renewal, the new Sinner album ONE BULLET LEFT will
be released on September 9 via AFM Records. A surprisingly fresh,
ambitious and biting album…

Since the middle of the ’80s the name Sinner is the epitome of rock
solid in the hard & heavy scene. Despite band leader Mat Sinner’s
involvement as musician and producer in bands and projects like Primal
Fear, “Rock Meets Classic” and many others, every now and then the
band luckily finds the time to write and record what their fans are
impatiently waiting for: a new Sinner album! This time a pleasant
makeover and return to the band’s roots are what put the stamp on the
new album ONE BULLET LEFT. Of course you can expect the Sinner-typical
guitar harmonies and a high-quality base of tradition and honest,
handmade Rock music, celebrated in a fresh and gutsy way.

The new Sinner lineup will make you listen up: beside band leader Mat
Sinner and guitarist Christof Leim, now powerhouse drummer Andre
Hilgers (Rage), Tarja/Farmer Boys guitarist Alex Scholpp, and the
returning Alex Beyrodt (guitars) complete the 2011 lineup. Yes, now
three guitars. That’s one louder!

The usual little break between two releases is over now. And ONE
BULLET LEFT just picks up where CRASH & BURN ended: more forceful,
strong and with an outstanding display of delight in playing. Sinner
at their very best! The new production will satisfy all supporters for
sure, and it’s likely that Sinner will win over a lot of new fans.
Beside 12 brand new songs (14 on the limited edition) also an amazing
cover version of the Steve Stevens song “Atomic Playboys” can be found
on the album. ONE BULLET LEFT was recorded and produced in several
studios in Europe by Mat Sinner, mixed and mastered then by Achim
Köhler. For the first single “Back On Trail” the band filmed a video
clip with director Martin Müller and his team (RCN TV), in September
then Sinner will be on tour in Europe. SINNER IS BACK!

Track List:

1. The One You Left Behind
2. Back on Trail
3. Give & Take
4. One Bullet Left
5. 10 2 Death
6. Haunted
7. Atomic Playboys
8. Suicide Mission
9. Wake Me When I’m Sober
10. Mind Over Matter
11. Mend to be Broken
12. Rolling Away
13. Still Unbroken (ltd. ed. digi-pak only)
14. My Final Day (ltd. ed. digi-pak only)


*** PRESS RELEASE #5 ***
-Vain Finishing New Album ENOUGH ROPE

MusicBuyMail.eu is pleased to announce the release of a new Vain album
entitled ENOUGH ROPE in October 28th.

Davy Vain has a list of accomplishments under his belt few artists
today can rival. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Davy began
his rise as the front man/songwriter/producer for the band Vain. Their
debut record, NO RESPECT (originally released by Island Records),
continues to receive critical acclaim worldwide having landed them on
the cover of such notable music publications as Kerrang! and BAM. It
is clearly evident from the praise garnered from the music press and
more importantly other musicians, that Davy has an incredible knack
for writing great songs.

As the music industry progressed and changed, Davy explored his
creativity and musicianship even further. Remaining true to his
musical integrity each of his recordings is filled with catchy hooks
and choruses, rampant with melodies, and loaded with fresh and
creative guitar sounds. Davy’s voice is one of the most unique,
hypnotic and original voices in rock and roll. It invokes and inspires
you with a style that is entirely his own. His recorded and live
performances are electric, raw, and infused with a power and magic
that is as rare today as it was when Davy first started playing out.

The new amazing album ENOUGH ROPE follows on seamlessly from the glory
days of their debut NO RESPECT. Even the upcoming film “Rock Of Ages”
with Tom Cruise pays respect to Vain by featuring posters and music of
this all-time classic band.

Track list:

1. Greener
2. Enough Rope
3. Stray Kitten Burns
4. Hot Stage Lights
5. Distance Of Love
6. Cindy
7. Treasure Girl
8. Solid Gold
9. Worship You
10. Vain
11. Triple X

The album is being released on CD and digital format in Europe & USA
by Music Buy Mail (with an online ltd. ed.) and in Japan by Spiritual
Beast / Universal followed by a tour in early 2012.

*** PRESS RELEASE #6 ***
-Magic Circle Music Update

Your Chance To Win FREE Admission To A Manowar Show, And More! Send Us
Your Video/Photo For The UK/Ireland Tour Facebook Challenge

Thanks to all of you who have sent us your submissions for the UK/
Ireland Tour Facebook Challenge! Tons of great recommendations for all
metal brothers and sisters from all over the UK, Ireland and the world
who will be storming the tour cities on the Manowar BATTLE HYMNS 2011
UK/Ireland Tour!

But we want MORE material!

The deadline for submissions to Challenge # 6 is Thursday, September
8. Use the time! Go out, roam the streets of Belfast, Cardiff, Dublin,
Glasgow, Leeds and London with your cell phone or camera and shoot a
video (or photo) that tells us and all Manowarriors worldwide, why
your city is the best Metal City in the entire UK and Ireland! Post
your video or photo in answer of Challenge # 6 on our Facebook wall —
http://www.facebook.com/manowar .

If your submission is entered into the voting for “Metal Ambassador”
of one of the tour cities you can win free admission to the respective
Manowar show, a massive surprise gift package AND a personalized
“Metal Ambassador” certificate autographed by the band and handed to
you on stage! For more details about this challenge go to
http://www.facebook.com/manowar?sk=app_128953167177144 .

Hail & Kill
See you on tour!

BATTLE HYMNS 2011 UK/Ireland Tour Challenge # 6

To all our brothers and sisters in Glasgow, Leeds, London, Cardiff,
Dublin and Belfast: Tell us why your city is the best Metal City in
the entire UK and Ireland.

Tell your brothers and sisters all over the world why they should come
to Manowar’s show in your town and help to make it the biggest,
heaviest metal party of the year!

Be creative. How about a cool video showing us your town? Photos and
text are of course welcome too. Post your video, photo or text answer
to today’s challenge on our Facebook wall —
http://www.facebook.com/manowar .

This is the last challenge of our BATTLE HYMNS 2011 UK/Ireland Tour

The best submissions of all challenges will be entered into the voting
for “Metal Ambassador” of their respective town.

The prize for the lucky winner:
– Free admission to the Manowar show in the city he/she submitted
entries for
– A massive surprise gift package
– A personalized certificate, signed by Manowar

And your gifts will be handed to you ON STAGE BY THE BAND!

To learn more about the challenge, go to
http://www.facebook.com/manowar?sk=app_128953167177144 .

Special Offer For Our Sisters Of Steel! For Limited Time Only!

As a special offer to the best female metal fans in the world the
Kingdom Of Steel has prepared an exclusive “Manowar Power Package —
Sister Of Steel.” But brothers: This is not “For Ladies Only!” Buy
this as a perfect gift for your Pleasure Slave!

The “Manowar Power Package — Sister Of Steel” contains:

1 Manowar Ladies’ Tank Top With Manowar Logo In Silver. Featuring the
classic Manowar logo printed in silver, this item will make you feel
sexy as you show your support for the Kings of Metal and drive the
boys wild. This item is only available as part of this Power Package!

1 Manowar Ladies’ Tank Top With Manowar Logo In White. Comfortable,
casual, edgy and dangerous, this sexy shirt is revealing enough to
show off your Manowar tattoo and fashionable enough in black to go
with any clothing ensemble.

1 Manowar Dog Tag BATTLE HYMNS. A perfect addition to complete your
Sister Of Steel outfit. This item is exclusively available in this

Three items with a combined value of more than $50.00 for only $19.99!

This Package will only be available for a limited time and while
supplies last (please check Terms & Conditions in the store).

Get your Power Package today. And don’t miss to check in regularly for
new Power Packages and further great offers!

And don’t forget this: For any order of $30 or more, you will also get
a FREE Manowar Tote Bag.

See you at The Kingdom Of Steel

Magic Circle Music


*** PRESS RELEASE #7 ***
-Hammers Of Misfortune Release First Single, Artwork, And Track
Listing For New Full-Length Album 17TH STREET Out October 21/24!

With a newly-rejuvenated lineup and their signature sound intact, San
Francisco’s Hammers Of Misfortune have returned with 17TH STREET, a
brash and heartfelt song cycle, blending the best elements of NWOBHM,
Thrash, Doom, and American Folk music while somehow sounding unlike
any of these.

17TH STREET takes the band’s inimitable sound to a new level, creating
an emotional gravity that only further accentuates the band’s
formidable songwriting chops. “I can see how someone could find it an
upbeat record,” says John Cobbett, guitarist and producer of the band,
also of underground metal legends Ludicra and Slough Feg. “There are
glimmers of hope there. But if you listen carefully to each song,
you’ll find that each one has it’s own point of view; you might find
hope, or something very different, very dark.”

From September 7th on you can hear the first single “The Grain,” which
has been made into a lyric video, here:


Fans can now preorder a copy of the album, which is available on both
CD and double LP gatefold vinyl.

17TH STREET track listing:
1. 317
2. 17th Street
3. The Grain
4. Staring (The 31st Floor)
5. The Day the City Died
6. Romance Valley
7. Summer Tears
8. Grey Wednesday
9. Going Somewhere

Stay tuned for more information on Hammers Of Misfortune and their
upcoming release 17TH STREET, available in Europe on October 21/24!

Hammers Of Misfortune are:
John Cobbett: guitar
Chewy Marzolo: drums
Sigrid Sheie: organ, piano, vocals, flute
Leila Abdul-Rauf: guitar, vocals
Joe Hutton: vocals
Max Barnett: bass


*** PRESS RELEASE #8 ***
-No Sky Today Announces USA Tour Dates!

The USA Metal / Hard Rock formation No Sky Today has just revealed
their upcoming USA Tour Dates:

09/14: Route 33 Rhythm and Brews – Wapakoneta, OH
09/15: Czars 505 – St. Joseph, MI
09/16: Penny Road Pub – Barrington Hills, IL
09/17: The Cruise Inn – Wausau, WI
09/18: Smokin Joe’s – West Allis, WI

All details can be found on the bands official sites (incl. full songs
and samples of the latest album):


No Sky Today is Wayne Findlay (Michael Schenker Group/Slavior) on
Guitars/Keyboards, and Paul Jones (Robot Lords Of Tokyo) on Vocals.

These two founding members are the core of the No Sky Today sound.
With Wayne Findlay writing and producing the music, and Paul Jones
writing the lyrics and vocal melodies, these two have really made a
sound that stands on their own, as the next band to watch out for.

Within a month of releasing their debut CD, it was chosen by
Touchtunes digital jukeboxes to be played in 40,000 nightclubs,
restaurants and bars across America. Not an easy task for an
independent band!

No Sky Today have already begun refining the band and have recently
made some changes to the lineup.

Now adding bassist/engineer Joe Viers (Robot Lords Of Tokyo) and B.Rad
Dettmer (FNR) to the mix, they are gearing up for some upcoming tours
this year. The second No Sky Today CD is already being written and
will begin to be recorded in the next few months!!

NO SKY TODAY track listing:

1. No Sky Today
2. She’s On Fire
3. Final Hour
4. Heavy Is The Debt
5. Another Goodbye
6. Escape
7. Break Up
8. Intermezzo
9. Real Life
10. Into The Sun
11. Pieces
12. Gear Grinder

No Sky Today is:
Paul Jones – Vocals
Wayne Findlay – Guitars & Keyboards
Joe Viers – Bass
B.Rad Dettmer – Drums

*** PRESS RELEASE #9 ***
-Heavy Metal Band Snew Records Latest Album With Music Industry

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Having gained a loyal following for their raw,
electrified monster rock and roll, hard rockers Snew recently visited
Redondo Beach, CA’s Total Access Recording to track songs for their
upcoming release, accompanied by producer Bobby Owsinski and engineer
Ken Scott.

Owsinski, a pioneer in the art of surround sound music mixing, is a
respected author, speaker and music industry advisor whose production
credits include projects for Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young and
Chicago. Owsinski also produced Snew’s much-praised debut SNEW YOU
(2008) and WE DO WHAT WE WANT (2010).

“Bobby is a guru in the music recording industry,” says lead singer
Curtis Don Vito. “He’s a master at capturing that raw high energy
sound that defines Snew. We’re really fortunate to have him on this

Ken Scott is a legendary engineer/producer who has recorded many of
rock’s seminal albums, including The Beatles’ White Album, David

“Ken is truly a wizard when it comes to getting great drums sounds,
and any other sound for that matter,” says drummer Mark Ohrenberger.
“I’ve never heard my drums sound so amazing in the studio.”

The band recorded four new songs that will appear on their third
album. The tracks feature a guest appearance by classic metal bassist
and Black Sheep front man Willie Basse.

Snew’s new album is scheduled to be released by the end of this year.
Several singles will precede its release.


*** PRESS RELEASE #10 ***
-Metal Blade Records Signs Worldwide Deal With Swedish Heavy Metal
Force RAM!

Announces DEATH As Title Of Forthcoming New Album!

Metal Blade is proud to announce the signing of one of the leading
forces in Swedish Heavy Metal, RAM!

Comments RAM: “We are very pleased and proud to sign with a metal
label that has done so much for Heavy Metal and has such an amazing
legacy. We are also very pleased to become label mates with our good
friends and fellow Swedish old school headbangers Portrait and In
Solitude. Now with the Blade of metal behind our backs the conquest of
demolition continues! HEAVY METAL TYRANNY!”

RAM was created back in ’99 and released their first EP SUDDEN IMPACT
in 2003. After playing numerous festivals and a support tour for
Sebastian Bach they released their first long-player FORCED ENTRY in
late 2005 which brought the entire old school Heavy Metal community to
its knees. RAM hit the road with Dark Tranquillity, did some
Scandinavian shows with Gamma Ray and played gigs and festivals all
over Europe.

In 2008 the band returned to the studio with producer Johan Reivén to
record the album LIGHTBRINGER which was released in 2009 via AFM
Records. This time they really took the time to explore the true heavy
metal sound. The recording of the album took 10 months of nothing but
strife for pure Heavy Metal perfection. RAM also headed out on a
headline European tour to promote the album.

In 2011 RAM went back into the studio to record their third album
DEATH. This time they worked with producers Per Stålberg and Olle
Björk to create their best album to date by far. Live shows as support
for Swedish extreme black metal band Watain followed as well as
destroying some festivals.

Metal Blade and the World tremble in fear before the early 2012
release of the Metal behemoth that is DEATH.

RAM are back! Necks will be broken!

RAM is:
Oscar Carlquist – Vocals
Morgan Pettersson – Drums
Harry Granroth – Guitar
Daniel Johansson – Guitar
Tobias Peterson – Bass

More details on RAM and their new album DEATH will be posted in the
weeks and months to come!


*** PRESS RELEASE #11 ***
-Metal Blade Records Signs Pasadena, California’s Gypsyhawk!

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of Gypsyhawk, a
band who hails from Pasadena, CA and is part of the Modern Wave of
Classic Heavy Metal. Combining the sound of Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind and
Deep Purple with contemporaries like The Hellacopters, somehow just a
few average dudes with a penchant for riffs have set out to return
music to the people that really appreciate it. Gypsyhawk is a band’s
band, a fan’s band, and a flat-out rock and roll band when music needs
it most.

The band comments: “Metal Blade Records has been making the hits since
before most of us were born. They inherently had a latent inspiration
on all of us, cranking out some of the most inspirational sounds to
come out after the ’70s. To be part of this family doesn’t leave much
to be desired. In the mean time we’ll be doing our best to live up to
the Metal Blade legacy and couldn’t be more eager for everything we’ve
been working for during the last two and half years.”

“Gypsyhawk captures the epic ’70s hard rock riffs of such great ’70s
bands as Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest with their own updated twist. We
are excited to be working with such a gifted band and look forward to
their first album on Metal Blade,” comments Michael Faley of Metal
Blade Records.

Fronted in true Phil Lynott style by singer/bassist Eric Harris
(former bassist of Ohio blackened thrashers Skeletonwitch),
Gypsyhawk’s foursome is rounded out with guitarists Andrew Packer and
Erik Kluiber, and drummer Ian Brown.

Gypsyhawk is:
Andrew Packer – Guitars
Eric Harris – Bass and Voice
Ian “P.P. Rider” Brown – Drums
Erik “Ron Houser” Kluiber – Guitars

About the band:
In a time when music is shoveled down listeners’ throats, Gypsyhawk
backs up the walk with rock, and maybe a little swagger but that’s all
for good showmanship as much as the sake of the song. The Pasadena,
Calif. foursome has been honing its sound, sharpening its riffs and
showing the promise it holds in the palm of their hands since the
band’s mid-2009 inception through perseverance, practice, and an ever-
increasing number of shows both at home in Southern California and
across the US.

Fronted in true Phil Lynott style by singer/bassist Eric Harris,
having already put in his time with Ohio blackened thrashers
Skeletonwitch before moving to California, Gypsyhawk’s foursome was
initially rounded out with guitarists Andrew Packer and Scotty Conant,
and drummer Joe Fabio. The band’s promising self-recorded January 2010
demo caught Bay Area-based Creator-Destructor’s attention, which in
turn led to the July 2010 release of PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE, a
full, 12-track debut mixing melodies, musicianship, monstrous riffs,
and the all-important guitar solo.

Recorded in April 2010 in Oakland with producer Zack Ohren (All Shall
Perish, Light This City), Gypsyhawk enlisted artist Dan Lerner to
create a fitting visual representation of the band’s manifest, which
Harris and company think Lerner more than accomplished, mixing eerie
vibes with hippy mentality, suiting for the band’s brand of harmonies
and hard rock. With PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE and subsequent early
praise for such a new band, Gypsyhawk hopes to keep spreading the love
for melody and riffs — and the solos — and everything that made the
’70s era of super rock so fun.

Since the release of PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE, and several tours in
support of the record, Gypsyhawk has finally capitalized on the hard
work the band has burdened their shoulders with in its brief, but
bubbly and budding, existence. Now supplementing founders Packer and
Harris are guitarist Erick Kluiber and drummer Ian Brown, injecting
some fresh blood into the four-piece, long-haired outfit.

Up next: another nation-wide tour in support of PATIENCE — all booked
themselves in true D.I.Y. fashion, whereupon Gypsyhawk is unveiling a
handful of new songs which will surface on a second full-length, so
fans will get a preview before the tunes are laid down in the studio.
Turn down the lights and turn up the tunes indeed!

Music video for the song “Gypsyhawk”:


*** PRESS RELEASE #12 ***
-The Texas Hippie Coalition Unleash Their Brand Of Fury On The US

THC Gearing Up For Tour Now!!!

Select Dates With Black Label Society

HOLLYWOOD, CA — The Texas Hippie Coalition will hit the road to
unleash their brutal fury of hard driven Southern Fried Metal across
the US. THC will start their journey in Las Vegas, September 12th at
the Crown Theater in the Rio Hotel.

Asked whether THC are rock ‘n’ roll, heavy metal or southern rock —
or a bastardization of the three, the band will tell you one thing,
they are a wrecking crew of BRUTALITY! “We’re as southern as southern
can be,” says “Big Dad” Ritch, the behemoth front man and driving
force behind Texas Hippie Coalition. “Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet,
ZZ Top, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson — we’re as outlaw as we can
get, while at the same time having the power of that Texas groove,
like Pantera. We’re metal with a southern rock and roll spirit. We are
a band of outlaws.” Big Dad Ritch (vocals) leads this driving force
along with Randy Cooper (lead guitar), Wes Wallace (rhythm guitar),
John Exhall (bass) and Tim Braun (drums).

THC will join the much anticipated Black Label Society select shows
dates while they trek the US with their guns blazing across the US.
THC will have latest release available ROLLIN’ on Carved Records.

Tour Dates:


MON, SEPT 12 – Las Vegas, NV – The Crown Theater/Rio Hotel
THURS, SEPT 15 – Davenport, IA – Redstone Room/River Music Experience
FRI, SEPT 16 – Merriam, KS – Aftershock
SAT, SEPT 17 – Glendale Heights, IL – Shark City
SUN, SEPT 18 – Covington, KY – The Mad Hatter
TUES, SEPT 20 – Fredricksburgh, VA – Q Balls Billiards
WED, SEPT 21 – Sarver, PA – Peter B’s
THURS, SEPT 22 – Watertown, NY – Fatboys
FRI, SEPT 23 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
SAT, SEPT 24 – Tupper Lake, NY – Old Northern Pub
WED, SEPT 28 – Worcester, MA – The Lucky Dog
THURS, SEPT 29 – Seabrook, NH – Chop Shop
FRI, SEPT 30 – Auburn, ME – Club Texas


SAT, OCT 1 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
SUN, OCT 2 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
TUES, OCT 4 – Morgantown, WV – 23 Pleasant Street
WEDS, OCT 5 – Reading, PA – Reverb Rock Garden
FRI, OCT 7 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom **
SAT, OCT 8 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall **
SUN, OCT 9 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues **
FRI, OCT 14 – San Antonio, TX – Jack’s Bar
SAT, OCT 15 – Houston, TX – Flamingo Room
THURS, OCT 20 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
FRI, OCT 21 – Gallup, NM – The Juggernaut
FRI, OCT 28 – Georgetown, OH – Victory’s Sports Bar


FRI, NOV 4 – Rochester, MN – Wicked Moose
SAT, NOV 5 – Mankato, MN – Buster’s
WED, NOV 9 – Kearney, NE – The Garage
THURS, NOV 10 – Omaha, NE – The Hideout
FRI, NOV 11 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s Grill & Reverb Rock Garden
SAT, NOV 12 – Illiopolis, IL – Bunker’s Bar
MON, NOV 14 – Urbana, IL – The Stop City
WEDS, NOV 16 – Fargo, ND – The Nestor Tavern

** Denotes date with BLS

THC plan to go back in studio after this extensive tour and record
their new material for a 2012 follow-up release, yet to be titled. For
more information on THC go to http://www.thcoutlaw.com/ or
http://www.carvedrecordds.com/ .

*** PRESS RELEASE #13 ***
-Canadian Folk Metallers Scythia Post Free Download “Voice Of The
Sword” From Upcoming Album …OF EXILE

Vancouver’s folk metal clan Scythia whom have just returned from their
recent “Summer Siege” tour have announced they will sharing with fans
their latest track “Voice Of The Sword” for free download from their
upcoming album …OF EXILE set to be released September 23rd.

Free download link for “Voice Of The Sword” available via their
YouTube stream of the track:

…OF EXILE is a story album that that tells the tale of a Scythian
king deceived by those closest to him and his journey to reclaim his
throne with his possessed sword and remaining loyal knights. Forging
musical influences from folk and prog metal along with classical
complements from instruments such as the Oboe of Death, cello and
trumpet, …OF EXILE takes the listener on a musical adventure to the
land of Scythia. The record was produced and mixed by Shaun Thingvold
who has engineered on albums with (Strapping Young Lad, Zimmer’s Hole,
Lamb Of God, Fear Factory).

Summer Siege Tour Video Pt. 2:

…OF EXILE Teaser Video:

“For The King” Free Download:

Track Listing:
1. Prelude
2. Spirit Of The Quest
3. Sleeping Village
4. Forgotten Forest
5. Fallen King
6. Voice Of The Sword
7. For The King
8. Fortress
9. Dies Irae II
10. Hobarth’s Inn


*** PRESS RELEASE #14 ***
-Cornerstone Signed With Rock N Growl; New Album SOMEWHERE IN AMERICA!

AOR Pop Rocker Cornerstone from Austria signed promotion deal with
Rock N Growl Promotion for the new album SOMEWHERE IN AMERICA!

Enjoy this unhip, uncool and un-sexy music! Rock, Pop and Indie with a
big dose of AOR, big guitars and big vocals, destined for US Airplay!

1. Stay
2. Rise And Shine
3. Breathing For You
4. Right Or Wrong
5. Like A Stranger
6. Follow You, Follow Me
7. Being Unaware
8. Oblivious
9. High And Low
10. Strut

Patricia Hillinger – Vocals
Michael Wachelhofer – Bass, Keyboards and Vocals
Steve Wachelhofer – Guitars and Vocals
Mike Pawlowitsch – Drums and Percussion

“Cornerstone caught my attention with their excellent material, an
unusual focus on arrangement details, and progressive melodic hooks…
sounds like the the recipe for a hit to me!” – Beau Hill, Producer
(Alice Cooper, Winger, Europe, etc.), USA

“This Band is very good and very, very tight.” – Dennis Stratton, Iron
Maiden/Remus Down Boulevard, UK

“A fabulous band from Austria!” – Steve Price, Radio ARFM, UK

2011-09-30 :: AT, Concert (Rock the HBA, Brunn am Gebirge)
2011-10-01 :: AT, Concert (Mulligans, Deutsch-Wagram)
2011-11-05 :: AT, Concert (Indian Dreams Saloon, Vienna)
2011-11-18 :: AT- Concert (Die Werkstatt, Imst)
2011-11-11 :: AT- Concert (American Roadhouse, Graz)
2011-11-12 :: AT- Concert (Die Werkstatt, Rankweil)
2011-11-25 :: AT- Concert (Mulligans, Deutsch-Wagram)
2011-11-26 :: AT- Concert (Artefakt, Mistelbach)
2012-02-17 :: AT- Concert (Raymans, Neunkirchen)


*** PRESS RELEASE #15 ***
-California Rockers Crowned By Fire Are PRONE TO DESTROY

LOS ANGELES, CA — Los Angeles based hard rock ruffians Crowned By
Fire have recently issued their debut album, PRONE TO DESTROY, via New
York based upstart label Digital Media Records.

Eleven songs laced with pure piss and vinegar, PRONE TO DESTROY is an
in-your-face sonic masterpiece produced by Chris Collier and recorded
at Larione 10 Studios in Florence, Italy. Front man John Fitterer
says, “We were flown over to Italy by a label called Molten Metal
Productions who we were signed to for the European territories. We
actually stayed on an ancient Tuscan estate for five weeks and
recorded. It was an amazing experience.”

Formed in 2006, Crowned By Fire made a name for themselves playing
throughout Southern California alongside such notable bands as Saint
Vitus and Trouble as well as playing events including The Body Art
Expo (both Los Angeles and San Francisco) and the Seattle Doom
Festival. They most recently played the Las Vegas Doom Festival in
June of this year.

PRONE TO DESTROY can be purchased at:


*** PRESS RELEASE #16 ***
-Kut U Up “Reunite And Record” Kickstarter Campaign Launch

The dudes who made a documentary about their 2003 “Pop Disaster” tour
with Green Day, Blink 182, and Jimmy Eat World return with new
material and a plan.

After several long years, Kut U Up has decided to get their sh*t
together and reunite. Applauded for their innate ability to cause
havoc, concern authorities, and leave destruction and laughter in
their wake, they’ve been busy writing new songs, with new concepts,
themes and ideas, and now they need to record.

Kickstarter Campaign:

It’s been a long journey for the band known by many as those crazy
guys who made a documentary about their 2003 “Pop Disaster” tour with
Green Day, Blink 182, and Jimmy Eat World. The result, “Riding In Vans
With Boys” was unfettered, sh*t-faced, start-to-finish hilarity mixed
with real-life drama. A lot has changed since those days, but the
band’s passion to perform has not.

Kut U Up was honored when Andy Irons (RIP) chose their song “Make It
Out Alive” to accompany his winning “Video Part Of The Year” segment
in “Campaign.” An incredible accolade for a band so close to the
surfing community.


The official reformation of the band was marked by their reunion
performance in San Diego on July 21. This momentous occasion was used
to announce the launch of this Kickstarter campaign, thus opening a
new chapter in the band’s ever-evolving story.

Kut U Up would like the opportunity to record all of their new
material in a good studio… That’s what this campaign is all about.
The majority of the funds raised will go towards recording and
mastering expenses, with the remainder being used to create merch and
promote the new album (which is yet to be named).


*** PRESS RELEASE #17 ***
-Kvelertak: Announce Special Edition Release + US Tour Dates

Norway’s Kvelertak will release a limited-edition, deluxe CD/DVD
reissue of their genre-defying self-titled debut via Prosthetic
Records on September 27th in North America. The package includes four
live audio tracks, two demos, three music videos, five live videos,
documentaries, extended artwork, a poster and more.

Produced by Kurt Ballou and mixed by Alan Douches with artwork by John
Baizley and guest appearances by Hoest (Taake), Andreas Tylden (JR
Ewing and Altaar), Ivar Nikolaisen (Silver), and Ryan McKenney (Trap
Them), Kvelertak was certified Gold in Norway and one of 2010’s most
acclaimed underground releases. The new deluxe version is limited to
5,000 copies worldwide. Pre-orders for North America is available at
http://shop.indierecordings.us/ .

In addition, Kvelertak recently confirmed a string of US dates around
the annual CMJ Festival in New York City, this October!

Kvelertak – US Tour 2011

10/19/2011 The Early – Atlanta, GA
10/20/2011 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
10/21/2011 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
10/22/2011 Rocks Off Cruise – New York, NY
10/23/2011 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
10/25/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
10/26/2011 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
10/27/2011 The Pyramid Schene – Grand Rapids, MI
10/28/2011 Belvedere’s – Pittsburgh, PA

The converted:

“Kvelertak lives up to expectations, and is one of those CDs you can
put on repeat and enjoy all day long.” — About.com

“Rock ‘n’ roll, metal, and punk all collide to form an absolutely
raucous first album that’s loud, confrontational, largely
indecipherable, and most of all, huge, huge fun.” — Popmatters

“Kvelertak the album abounds with such richness, openness, joy and
hedonism. It somehow captures an entire history in its 49 minutes. It
is timeless and multitudinous, but so urgent and immediate that it
could not have existed in any other instant except this one.” — Long
Island Press

“…the erudite and unstoppable three-axe riff barrage and leather
razor strop vocals of Erlend Hjelvik make this a release that will
fire up the polemics machine.” — Hellbound

“the best Norwegian band since A-Ha,” — Kerrang! Magazine

..”an absolute monster of a record…” — Blistering

“…this record is the vinyl that’s spun at the height of hedonism,
these songs blast of blasphemy made flesh where the chemical-spiked
Jager (don’t try that at home) flows as freely as water while the
record spins at maximum volume for maximum impact.” — Brave Words &
Bloody Knuckles


*** PRESS RELEASE #18 ***
-Havok: New Drum Cam Video Posted Courtesy Of Sick Drummer Magazine

Today Sick Drummer Magazine hosts an exclusive drum cam video of Havok
basher Pete Webber destroying his kit to “Time Is Up,” the title track
off their current full-length out now on Candlelight Records. The
video is part one of a series of drum cam videos that will lead up to
the band’s upcoming North American tour later this fall.

Commented Webber: “We filmed these videos so you can get up close view
of the drums that you don’t always get to see! Hope everyone enjoys!”

To view the video, point your browser here:


The Denver thrashers will embark on another punishing support trek in
October alongside headliners Exhumed, Goatwhore and Cephalic Carnage.
Set to commence on October 26 in New Mexico, the tour will lay waste
to nearly two dozen cities and come to a close in Flagstaff, Arizona
on November 20. Confirmed dates below.

w/ Exhumed, Goatwhore, Cephalic Carnage
* = no Goatwhore
10/26/2011 The Juggernaut – Gallup, NM *
10/27/2011 Sorority House – Amarillo, TX *
10/28/2011 The Conservatory – 1H – Oklahoma City, OK
10/29/2011 FuBbar – St Louis, MO
10/30/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
10/31/2011 I-Rock Nightclub – Detroit
11/01/2011 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
11/02/2011 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
11/03/2011 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
11/04/2011 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
11/05/2011 Rock Cafe Le Stage – Trois-Rivieres, QC
11/06/2011 L’Agitee – Quebec City, QC
11/08/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/09/2011 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
11/10/2011 Championships – Trenton, NJ
11/11/2011 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
11/12/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
11/13/2011 The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
11/14/2011 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/15/2011 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
11/17/2011 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
11/18/2011 Korova/Goregrowler’s Ball – San Antonio, TX w/ Suffocation
11/19/2011 TBA *
11/20/2011 Orpheum Theatre – Flagstaff, AZ *

Sick Drummer Drum Camp

As previously announced, a limited edition, hand-numbered, color vinyl
pressing of TIME IS UP will be released via Restricted Release to
coincide with the upcoming tour. Stay tuned for details!


*** PRESS RELEASE #19 ***
-Black Cobra Unleash New Track From Upcoming Album Via MetalSucks

Bay Area gruesome twosome Black Cobra today unleash “Avalanche” — the
opening track from their upcoming fourth full-length release, INVERNAL
— along with the public’s first look at the album’s intense cover

Check out the frozen carnage at this location now!


Set for release via Southern Lord Recordings on October 11th in North
America — Black Cobra’s sophomore album for the label — the
thunderous INVERNAL was recorded in eight days this past July at
Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou’s God City Studio and mastered by John
Golden (Neurosis, Melvins, Weedeater, countless more). The theme to
the entire record is based on a post-apocalyptic trek to a nuclear
infested and mutated Antarctica, inspired in part by the treks of
English researcher Ernest Shackleton.

INVERNAL Track Listing:

1. Avalanche
2. Somnae Tenebrae
3. Corrosion Fields
4. The Crimson Blade
5. Beyond
6. Erebus Dawn
7. Abyss
8. Obliteration

In support of INVERNAL, Black Cobra’s rigorous touring season has
begun as well. The band recently bombed those in attendance at the
massive The Power Of The Riff festival in Los Angeles, immediately
following that performance as direct support for High On Fire in
Oakland. This week Black Cobra will be performing at the MusicFest
Northwest festival in Portland, Oregon alongside Kylesa, Witch
Mountain and more, followed immediately by a direct support slot for
Kylesa in Seattle, Washington.

Black Cobra Live:

9/08/2011 Dante’s – Portland, OR @ MFNW
9/09/2011 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Kylesa
9/22/2011 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – San Francisco, CA

Black Cobra tour actions will continually be announced through the
rest of 2011 as this band hits the road hard once again.


*** PRESS RELEASE #20 ***
-Toxic Holocaust: North American and European Tour Update

Metal/punk road warriors Toxic Holocaust have added new Long Beach and
Los Angeles dates to their current, six-week North American headlining
tour. The band has also added 11 Nordic (Norway, Sweden, Denmark,
Finland) dates to their upcoming European run this winter alongside
Kvelertak, Trap Them and Wolves Like Us. A listing of confirmed Toxic
Holocaust tour dates can be found below.

Toxic Holocaust recently released the first video from their brand new
album, CONJURE AND COMMAND. The video, for the track “Judgment Awaits
You,” can be seen here:


CONJURE AND COMMAND is out now internationally and available across
several formats including a limited edition, deluxe CD and DVD set
that includes a full Toxic Holocaust live show. A preview of the live
show can be seen at this location:


In addition, CONJURE AND COMMAND is streaming in its entirety here:


Toxic Holocaust Tour Dates:
w/ Holy Grail, Krum Bums
9/06/2011 The Fire Escape – Sacramento, CA
9/07/2011 The Metro – Oakland, CA
9/08/2011 DiPiazza’s – Long Beach, CA
9/09/2011 The Shakedown – San Diego CA
9/10/2011 The Black Castle – Los Angeles, CA

w/ Kvelertak, Trap Them, Wolves Like Us
11/08/2011 Ole Bull Scene – Bergen, Norway
11/09/2011 Stavanger – Folken, Norway
11/10/2011 Rockefeller – Oslo, Norway
11/11/2011 Samfundet – Trondheim, Norway
11/12/2011 Strand – Stockholm, Sweden
11/14/2011 Tavastia – Helsinki, Finland
11/15/2011 Pakkahuone – Tampere, Finland
11/17/2011 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, Sweden
11/18/2011 Logo – Hamburg, Germany
11/19/2011 Underground – Koln, Germany
11/20/2011 Doornroosje – Nijmegen, Holland
11/21/2011 02 Academy 2 – Oxford, UK
11/22/2011 02 Academy 3 – Birmingham, UK
11/23/2011 The Speakeasy at Queens – Belfast, Ireland
11/24/2011 ABC – Glasgow, UK
11/25/2011 Roadhouse – Manchester, UK
11/26/2011 Underworld – London, UK
11/27/2011 Muziekodroom – Hasselt, Belgium
11/28/2011 Le Ferraileur – Nantes, France
11/29/2011 Le Nouveau Casino – Paris, France
11/30/2011 Substage – Karlsruhe, Germany
12/01/2011 Abart – Zurich, Switzerland
12/02/2011 New Age Club – Roncade, Italy
12/03/2011 Szene – Wien, Austria
12/04/2011 Conne Island – Leipzig, Germany
12/05/2011 Exit Chmelnice – Prague, Czech Rep.
12/06/2011 Festsaal Xberg – Berlin, Germany
12/07/2011 Colos Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany
12/08/2011 Backstage – Munchen, Germany
12/09/2011 Hirsch – Nurnberg, Germany
12/10/2011 Sputnikhalle – Munster, Germany
12/11/2011 Voxhall – Aarhus, Denmark
12/12/2011 Vega – Copenhagen, Denmark
12/13/2011 Kulturbolaget – Malmo, Sweden


-Check out a new interview with Anubis Gate vocalist/bassist Henrik
Fevre at
http://www.metalunderground.com/interviews/details.cfm?newsid=71456 .

-Arch/Matheos’ SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE (Metal Blade) is “Album Of The
Month” in Germany’s Rock Hard (review: 9/10) and Heavy (review: 12/12)
magazines. Other great reviews are rolling in at Legacy magazine
(14/15), Metal.de (9/10), and PowerMetal.de (9.5/10). Check out track-
by-track video descriptions of the album’s songs at GuitarWorld.com.
See http://www.archmatheos.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/archmatheos
, and http://twitter.com/archmatheos for more.

-Sebastian Bach appeared on Eddie Trunk’s radio show on August 29;
check it out at http://youtu.be/yGmgxq266L8 (part 1) and
http://youtu.be/hFFnrE4mvBQ (part 2). There’s also a new Radio Metal /
France interview with Bach at

-Check out Backstage Heroes’ new video for “Anybody” at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9iaIGh4AVI . Hype from Uberrock: “A
band worthy of slotting into your CD collection between Babylon A.D.
and Backyard Babies.” Hype from Rockunited: “It’s raw, noisy, dirty,
sleazy, complete with gang-like vocals in the background and screaming
guitars, What more do you need?”

-Brainstorm’s ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT is due September 30. Track
list: “Below The Line,” “In The Blink Of An Eye,” “Temple Of Stone,”
“In These Walls,” “Still Insane,” “Dark Life,” “No Saint – No Sinner,”
“Where Your Actions Lead You To Live,” “A Life On Hold,” “My Own
Hell.” Check out bootleg fan-shot video of the new song “Temple Of
Stone” at http://www.brainstorm-web.net/ . The video for “In These
Walls” will premiere on September 7 at http://im1.tv/rocks . An album
release party and show, featuring a concert, meet & greet, giveaways,
special merchandise, etc., will take place September 30 at the “Rock
It” Club in Aalen, Germany.

-Furyon’s GRAVITAS is out now. Track list: “Disappear Again,” “Stand
Like Stone,” “Souvenirs,” “Don’t Follow,” “New Way Of Living,” “Voodoo
Me,” “Fear Alone,” “Wasted On You,” “Our Peace Someday,” “Desert
Suicide.” Hype: “Furyon is taking the first tentative steps towards a
successful future. What they have created here is nothing sort of
spectacular. It is initially available direct from the band themselves
with a view to a full release later this year, but in fact it’s a
travesty that a major Label hasn’t already snapped them up. Slots on
the Bloodstock and Hard Rock Hell festivals later this year will
certainly do the band no harm, and will hopefully culminate in some
serious Label attention. Given the right promotion GRAVITAS could be a
dark horse for album of the year. Do yourself a favor and be there
from the beginning, you won’t regret it.” Check out clips of three
songs at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=34620 , and see
http://www.myspace.com/furyon for more.

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

9/10 – Malone’s, Santa Ana, Ca
9/17 – Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet, Santa Fe Springs, CA (all ages)
10/1 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA (10-year anniversary show)
10/15 – Pala Resort and Casino, Temecula, CA (free show)
10/22 – Roland/ Boss Loop Semi-Finals @ Musicians Institute,
Hollywood, CA (free show)
11/5 – BroadAcres Market Place & Event Center, North Las Vegas, NV
(all ages)
11/12 – El Cajon Grand, El Cajon, CA
12/10 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA

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

-Iron Mask has signed with AFM Records.

-KISSOnline reported CNN will air a special called “Kiss Inc.” on
October 23. Hype: “CNN’s Poppy Harlow goes inside the world of Kiss —
on board the band’s plane on the way to a concert, to exclusive
backstage access. She also visits the homes of Gene Simmons and Paul
Stanley to explore how Kiss has become one of the most branded names
in the world.” In other news, Simmons and Shannon Tweed have set
October 1 as their wedding date; see GeneSimmons.com for a summary of
coverage from various tabloids and gossip magazines. Simmons has also
stood by his comments regarding Michael Jackson’s personal life; check
out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m75XsY8g8MQ for his recent
appearance on “Showbiz Tonight.” Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer is in the
October issue of Golf Magazine; check it out at
http://www.golf.com/golf/tours_news/article/0,28136,2090235,00.html .

-Majesty, featuring vocalist Tarek “MS” Maghary, has a new two-disc
set on Massacre Records entitled OWN THE CROWN. The band had changed
its name to Metalforce, but is now Majesty again. Hype: “OWN THE CROWN
is the long awaited comeback album of Majesty containing two CDs
packed with immortal heavy metal hymns. On the first disc you find all
the greatest Majesty hits of the band’s career so far. Besides of the
two new songs “Own The Crown” and “Metal On The Road” the second CD
features lots of rare songs and re-recorded material which most of the
fans have never heard before.” Track list: CD 1: “Metal Law” (feat.
Udo Dirkschneider), “Sword & Sorcery,” “Reign In Glory,” “Hail To
Majesty,” “Guardians Of The Dragongrail,” “Keep It True,” “Aria Of
Bravery,” “Fields Of War,” “Hellforces,” “Son Of Metal,” “Heavy Metal
Battlecry,” “Sons Of A New Millennium,” “Into The Stadiums,” “Metal To
The Metalheads.” CD 2: “Own The Crown” (new song), “Metal On The Road”
(new song), “Snow Is On The Mountains” (2011 version), “Freedom
Warriors” (2011 version), “Halloween” (2011 version), “Geh Den Weg
(re-mastered), “Make It, Not Break It,” “Guardians Of The Dragongrail”
(orchestral version), “Troopers Of Steel” (live), “Pray And Die”
(demo), “Into The Night” (demo), “We Will Ride” (demo), “Guidance To
Death” (demo). The last four tracks are taken from the band’s first,
self-titled demo from 1998. Check out an album trailer at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzeckyT8ZcA , and see
http://www.majesty-metal.de/ and http://www.facebook.com/majestymetal
for more.

-Mastercastle’s new video for “Sakura” is available at
http://t.co/OgETAOA .

-Metallica and Lou Reed will release LULU on November 1. Track list:
“Brandenburg Gate,” “The View,” “Pumping Blood,” “Mistress Dread,”
“Iced Honey,” “Cheat On Me,” “Frustration,” “Little Dog,” “Dragon,”
“Junior Dad.” The collaboration features songs Reed wrote for “a
Berlin production of the ‘Lulu Plays,’ a pair of plays written by
German playwright Frank Wedekind.”

-Myrath’s new song “Merciless Times” is streaming at
http://www.noisecreep.com/2011/09/01/myrath-merciless-times-song/ .

-Guitarist Byron Nemeth’s video for his instrumental cover of The
Beatles’ “I Am The Walrus” is online at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUmJVo0bmbs . The clip was produced and
directed by Steven Ezparz and Robert Turchick, and co-stars
Scottsdale-based model Cathy Rankin.

-Night Ranger will perform at a special acoustic benefit show on
September 11 at the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville. The show will benefit
veterans and their families and is presented by 105.9 The Rock and
Hard Rock Cafe. According to the band’s website: “All proceeds from
the show will go to Not Alone, a nonprofit organization that provides
no-cost counseling to returning combat veterans impacted by post
traumatic stress disorder and their families.” General Admission
tickets cost $30, and VIP tickets cost $50; VIP tickets include a copy
of the new album SOMEWHERE IN CALIFORNIA and a chance to meet the
band. See http://www.1059therock.com/ and http://www.notalone.com/ for
ticket info. Also, check out a new Q&A with Brad Gillis at
http://www.nightranger.com/news/qa-brad . See
http://www.nightranger.com/ for more.

-Nightwish’s first single from IMAGINAERUM, “Storytime,” is due out
November 11. The title of the album (and corresponding movie) was
recently changed from IMAGINARIUM to avoid confusion with other
projects having that name. See http://www.nightwish.com/ for more.

-Check out a new video interview with Doro Pesch at
http://www.pattys-pit.com/seenoevil_doro.php .

-Sabaton’s first live album, WORLD WAR LIVE – BATTLE OF THE BALTIC SEA
(Nuclear Blast), entered the charts as follows: #7 in Poland, #26 in
Germany, #26 in Sweden, and #62 in Switzerland. See
http://www.sabaton.net/ for more.

-Seven’s FREEDOM CALL is out now via Nuclear Blast, and has been
favorably compared to Rage and Brainstorm. Hype: “FREEDOM CALL offers
dynamic and honest full throttle metal with powerful riffs and sing-
along qualities.” The release is available at the Nuclear Blast online
shop at http://bit.ly/nguhw5 and via iTunes with a digital booklet at
http://bit.ly/sevenfreedom . Check out the new video for “Get It”
(featuring live footage from the band’s show at this year’s Masters Of
Rock festival) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLL1ne3xDu8 . See
http://www.sevencz.com/ for more.

-Check out four new songs — “The One You Left Behind,” “Haunted,” “10
2 Death,” and “Back On Trail” — from Sinner’s new album ONE BULLET
LEFT (AFM Records) at
http://soundcloud.com/afm-records/sets/sinner-one-bullet-left .

-Sister’s updated list of tour dates:

9/16 – Rock City, Uster, Switzerland
9/17 – Paunchy Cats, Lichtenfels, Germany
9/18 – Sottotetto Sound Club, Bologna, Italy
9/20 – Thunderbird Lounge, St. Etienne, France
9/21 – La Mécanique Ondulatoire, Paris, France
9/22 – De Verlichte Geest, Roselare, Belgium
9/23 – TBA, Arlon, Belgium
9/24 – TBA, Köln, Germany

supporting Fozzy
11/15 – MTC, Köln, Germany
11/16 – Rock Temple, Kerkrade, The Netherlands
11/17 – The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark
11/18 – White Trash, Berlin, Germany

with Sister Sin, supporting U.D.O.
11/24 – Hedon, Zwolle, The Netherlands
11/25 – Quasimodo, 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.myspace.com/sisteronline ,
http://www.twitter.com/sister_official , and
http://www.youtube.com/sisterofficial for more.

-Skull Fist — featuring Jackie Slaughter on vocals and guitar, Casey
Slade on bass, and Alison Thunderland on drums — has HEAD OF THE PACK
out now through Noise Art Records. Hype: “Hailing from Canada, Skull
Fist is one of the more promising of these new traditional metal
bands. Skull Fist is a band that worships at the altar of Judas
Priest, Iron Maiden and the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, Accept,
Dio, Exciter and the like. It’s an old school sound with a modern
energy.” Track list: “Head Of The Pack,” “Ride The Beast,” “Commanding
The Night,” “Get Fisted,” “Cold Night,” “Tear Down The Wall,” “Commit
To Rock,” “Ride On,” “Like A Fox,” “Attack Attack,” “No False Metal.”
Check out clips of three songs at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=34528 .
See http://www.myspace.com/skullfisted and
http://www.myspace.com/noiseart for more.

-Wayne Static’s new video for “Assassins Of Youth” premiered as an AOL
Exclusive on September 7. See http://www.waynestatic.com/ for more.

-Steel Panther’s third album, BALLS OUT, is due November 1. Track
list: “In The Future,” “Supersonic Sex Machine,” “Just Like Tiger
Woods,” “17 Girls In A Row,” “If You Really Really Love Me” (single),
“It Won’t Suck Itself,” “Tomorrow Night,” “Why Can’t You Trust Me,”
“That’s What Girls Are For,” “Gold Digging Whore,” “I Like Drugs,”
“Critter,” “Let Me Cum In,” “Weenie Ride.” See
http://www.steelpantherrocks.com/ for more.

-Titans Eve, from Vancouver, BC, have another tour blog from their
recent North American tour. This one “chronicles their adventures from
Philadelphia to Vancouver.” Check it out at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmQD0H6_oYc . In other news, there’s a
new interview with vocalist/guitarist Brian Gamblin in the September
issue of Metal Hammer Germany. The band’s debut album THE DIVINE EQUAL
is also up for Album Of The Month in the magazine. See
http://titanseve.bandcamp.com/ , http://www.reverbnation.com/titanseve
, and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Titans-Eve/53568260495 for more.

featuring “re-imagined versions of some of their older songs, plus
some new tracks.” The first six songs feature the current lineup, with
guitarist Dave Rude, and the latter six feature the last session (from
2005) with original guitarist Tommy Skeoch. Track list: “Into The
Now,” “Hang Tough,” “2nd Street” (new), “Edison’s Medicine,” “What You
Give,” “Better Off Without You” (new), “Shine Away,” “I Love You”
(Climax Blues Band cover), “Changes,” “A Lot To Lose,” “Caught In A
Dream,” “Song And Emotion.” Check out a new interview with singer Jeff
Keith, where he discusses the situation with Skeoch, at
. See http://www.teslatheband.com/ and
http://www.facebook.com/teslatheband for more.

-Niels Vejlyt’s video for “Die Today,” from STHENIC (Lion Music), is
online at http://t.co/MsKCn4U .

Thanks to Carlos Ramirez, Dave Tedder, Nicky Baldrian, Nancy B. Sayle,
LordsOfMetal.nl, Jon Asher, and Nightmare Records for help gathering
some of this information.

by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-I really wonder what the heck LULU, that Metallica/Lou Reed album, is
going to sound like. The final track, “Junior Dad,” clocks in at a
whopping 19:28! And “Cheat On Me” (11:26), “Dragon” (11:08),
“Frustration” (8:33), “Little Dog” (8:01), “Pumping Blood” (7:24), and
“Mistress Dread” (6:52) are no slouches in the running length
department, either! I’m not really up on my Lou Reed lore so take this
for what it’s worth, but to my knowledge the last rock/metal band he
collaborated with was Kiss for 1981’s MUSIC FROM “THE ELDER.” See
where I’m going with this? 🙂 Yes, I know his involvement with “THE
ELDER” was minimal, as he only co-wrote three songs, but still.

-This is way old by now, but I just found it… Here are links to
Judas Priest’s May 24 press conference:


-Wow, man, Sister is hitting Köln, Germany, three times later this
year. And Berlin twice in the span of nine days. That’s sure covering
the market. 🙂

-I can’t WAIT to get me one of those Skull Fist “Get Fisted” T-shirts.

-And I know Steel Panther is a joke, but c’mon…

-In my current playlist: Bill Leverty – SPANISH MOON (SINGLE) (indie),
Infinita Symphonia – A MIND’S CHRONICLE (SAMPLER) (End Of The Light
Records), Bridger – s/t (Escape Music), Brute Forcz – KICK ASS HEAVY
METAL (indie), R.U.S.T. – FORGED IN THE FIRE OF METAL (indie).

*** REVIEWS ***
FIREHOUSE – FULL CIRCLE (B) FireHouse Music, 2011
11 tracks, RT: 49:44
[ http://www.firehousemusic.com/ ]
[ http://www.leverty.com/ ]
Here we go with the current FireHouse lineup’s — singer C.J. Snare,
guitarist Bill Leverty, bassist Allen McKenzie, drummer Michael Foster
— slab of re-recorded material. Generally I can see both sides of the
coin when it comes to albums like these. On the con side: 1) I’d
rather see a studio album of new material, and 2) the re-recordings
can lack the “magic” of the original versions. On the pro side: 1) The
sound quality is almost always better, and 2) since artists usually
get screwed somewhere along the way by a record company, there’s
nothing wrong with the band making new recordings that they own and
can do with whatever they see fit. Unsurprisingly, most (eight) of the
songs on FULL CIRCLE come from FireHouse’s first two and most widely
known releases: 1990’s self-titled debut and 1992’s HOLD YOUR FIRE.
So, it’s basically a “greatest hits” album. (Yes, video hit “Don’t
Treat Me Bad,” fave rockers “Overnight Sensation” and “Reach For The
Sky,” and uber-ballads “Love Of A Lifetime” and “When I Look Into Your
Eyes” are all here.) The disc also features the ballad “I Live My Life
For You” from 1995’s 3 and the hyper-catchy, groovin’ love song “You
Are My Religion” from 1996’s GOOD ACOUSTICS. The disc closes with
“Christmas With You,” a wistful acoustic track previously available
only on a Japanese EP. (No doubt, the band wisely included this rarity
to entice buyers who already have the original versions of the other
songs.) So adding it all up… On the con side: 1) longtime fans may
feel a *bit* of “here we go again” since some of these songs were
already redone once on GOOD ACOUSTICS; 2) one can quibble about the
track list (personally, I’d have taken “Hold Your Fire,” “Helpless,”
“Oughta Be A Law,” and/or “Lover’s Lane” over “Shake & Tumble”); and
3) there’s still that matter of wanting an all-new album… 🙂 (It’s
already been eight(!) years since the band’s last album, PRIME TIME,
fer cryin’ out loud.) On the pro side: 1) FULL CIRCLE’s sonics are
great, as expected; 2) Snare’s voice still sounds fantastic after 20
years (kudos!); and 3) Leverty & Co. play the tunes relatively
straight, a little raw, and with a few extra licks and minor tempo
changes thrown in for a bit of variety. Bottom line: A great song is a
great song, and FULL CIRCLE shows off some of the best from these
guys. FireHouse has sold a ton of records for a reason! Maybe your old
CDs are worn out, maybe you just need a “best of,” maybe you
overlooked the band back in the day — whatever the reason, pick this
up knowing you’re in for high-quality melodic hard rock.
– Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

11 tracks, RT: 43:35
[ http://www.saxon747.com/ ]
[ http://www.saxon.udr-music.com/ ]
All hail Saxon! Outside of Iron Maiden/Bruce Dickinson and Accept/Udo
Dirkschneider, who else has so consistently and so continuously flown
the flag of classic heavy metal for so long? CALL TO ARMS marks the
start of Saxon’s fifth (!) decade of making studio records and
touring, and it rocks hard and well throughout. The up-tempo opening
salvo “Hammer Of The Gods,” instantly air guitarable “Surviving
Against The Odds,” and quick in ‘n’ out pounder “Afterburner” are fist
pumpers, and “Mists Of Avalon” is a killer mid-paced bounder about
Arthurian legend. On the more “rock” side, “Back In ’79” is a stomping
anthem tailor-made for the stage, and “Chasing The Bullet” and “Ballad
Of The Working Man” are groovin’ swaggerfests. Back-to-back tracks
“When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)” and “No Rest For The Wicked”
were written for the film “Hybrid Theory,” and expertly add ominous,
dark vibes to the mix. Finally, the gut-wrenching title track appears
in two versions, regular and orchestral, and will make you want to
thank and shake the hand of the next military serviceman or woman you
meet… (And as a bonus the limited, first edition digi-pak CD version
of the album comes with a second disc entitled LIVE AT DONINGTON 1980
featuring seven re-mixed and re-mastered concert recordings:
“Motorcycle Man,” “Still Fit To Boogie,” “Freeway Mad,” “Backs To The
Wall,” “Wheels Of Steel,” “Bap Shu Ap,” “747 (Strangers In The
Night).”) Chalk up another triumph for Biff and the boys.
– Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

*** OUT ***

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