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Issue #609
Week of September 19, 2011

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-Here’s a song for ya: “Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to David, Happy Birthday to you.” – Tim

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-David Coverdale Celebrates His 60th birthday On September 22nd

“I’ve retired more times than Frank Sinatra — but it never lasts for very long…”

Legendary Whitesnake singer David Coverdale is going to celebrate his 60th birthday on September 22nd. His latest studio record FOREVERMORE, released on March 25th, shows experience, musical maturity and a personality that is far from jaded after an almost 40 year career. Also it is an evidence that Whitesnake’s career is far from finished, even if Coverdale evoked the end quite a few times in the last years: “I’ve retired more times than Frank Sinatra — but luckily I didn’t tell many people.” he laughs. “The music business can be so exhausting & destructive on a person, which makes you think sometimes, that you have to step back & take stock of your situation & circumstances,” Coverdale confessed.

Today David Coverdale is happy that he never threw totally stepped away. He recently wrote a song called “Best Years” that he says still perfectly fits describes his life with him turning 60 years old. He explains: “It’s great that I’m able to still work as a musician. And with it came consistency in my career and also in my private life. I really am experiencing the best times of my life these days, & believe me, I’ve seen a lot.”

FOREVERMORE is Whitesnake’s eleventh album released on Frontiers Records. The band is still known as one of the most successful acts of all times with several platinum awards. Through his eloquent, always cultivated, British-charming personality David Coverdale is not only known as a rock patron, but a highly regarded gentlemen within the rock business. There are not many other musicians that deal with love and passion in their lyrics like he does. And also there are just a few acts that are able to highlight lyrics perfectly and successfully with thrilling blues and soul anthems like he does.

Before Coverdale, who’s originally from Saltburn-by-Sea area, founded Whitesnake, he was the lead vocalist for Deep Purple. When Coverdale celebrates his 60th birthday on September 22nd he’s able to look back at a musical career that is almost 40 years long. “I’m going to celebrate my birthday with my private family & my musical family,” he reveals, “I will party several times on several different continents. Even if it sounds a little un-rock & roll, I will use the day to reflect and be thankful for what I achieved in my life so far. I’m incredibly grateful to still be experiencing professional success & to be so physically active in what I do, after all these years.”

Web: http://www.whitesnake.com/
Label: http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Lizzy Borden’s “Death Takes A Holiday Tour” 2011

After blazing through the US and Canada on the “Summer Of Blood Tour,” Lizzy Borden have announced the “Death Takes A Holiday Tour” 2011.

Lizzy Borden will kick off the holiday tour with Megadeth in Guadalajara on November 19th at the Hell And Heaven Festival, then on to Europe for the Christmas Metal Festival with HammerFall, Lordi and Saxon in Lichtenfels, Germany on Nov 25th. A much anticipated performance at this year’s Hard Rock Hell festival in the UK will follow on December 2nd with Ace Frehley, Magnum and the Quireboys.

Lizzy Borden’s “Death Takes A Holiday Tour” also includes headlining shows throughout Europe, (all tour dates below).

Starring: Lizzy Borden, Joey Scott, Marten Andersson, Dario Lorina and AC Alexander.

Full tour dates are as follows:

19 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Hell And Heaven Festival (with Megadeth)
23 – Eindhoven, Holland – The Rambler
25 – Lichtenfels, Germany – Christmas Metal Festival (with Saxon, Lordi)
26 – Uster, Switzerland – Rock City
27 – Munich, Germany – Garage De Luxe
28 – Vienna, Austria – Escape
30 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Channel Zero

1 – London, England – Camden Underworld
2 – Prestatyn, North Wales – Hard Rock Hell Festival (w/ Ace Frehley, the Quireboys)
3 – York, UK – The Duchess
5 – Helsinki, Finland – DOM
9 – Sala, Sweden – Rockland
10 -Trollhattan, Sweden – Backstage
11 – Copenhagen, Danmark – The Rock

In a career spanning 28 years, Lizzy Borden was created in 1983 in Hollywood California, Spitting venom, stage blood and dripping grease paint while breathing life into Theme oriented creations; LOVE YOU TO PIECES (1985), MENACE TO SOCIETY (1986), VISUAL LIES (1987), MASTER OF DISGUISE (1989), BEST OF (1994), DEAL WITH THE DEVIL (2000), and APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH (2008).

Lizzy Borden produced spectacular performances in North America, Japan and all through Europe on the main stages of some of the biggest festivals like, Sweden Rock (Sweden), Wacken (Germany), The Reading Festival (UK), Bang Your Head (Germany), Kobetasonic (Spain), Rocklahoma, Rock In America (USA) all to rave reviews.

Lizzy Borden will be performing all of the classic songs like “Me Against The World,” “American Metal,” and “Master Of Disguise,” as well as songs from the latest Lizzy Borden full length album APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH, along with some new surprises in the show just for this holiday tour.

Go to http://www.Lizzyborden.com/ for additional dates and presales in your area.


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-Manowar: Feel The Powers From Hell!

Time for a new Power Package from The Kingdom Of Steel — The only official store for original Manowar merchandise! And you better hurry! The Sister Of Steel Power Packages were sold out fast!

This week’s special is the perfect way to prepare for the upcoming Manowar tour with their two legendary double live albums. Feel the unlimited power that Manowar unleash on stage in your own home and let the earth shake in true Manowar style! As owner of this package you can show your passion for the best music on earth by proudly wearing an original Manowar T-Shirt that the Kingdom Of Steel will pick for you.


This special offer “Manowar Power Package – Blow Your Speakers” contains:

1 Manowar CD Double HELL ON STAGE LIVE
1 Manowar Single “Die With Honor:” This item is exclusively available in this package.
1 Manowar T-Shirt: Our pick from a range of Manowar T-Shirts, all in the excellent quality you know from the Kingdom Of Steel!

Four items with a combined value of more than $60.00 for only $35.00!

This Package will only be available for a limited time and while supplies last (please check Terms & Conditions in the store at http://store.magiccirclemusic.com/page/7/Terms-and-Conditions ). 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: For any order of $30 or more, you will also get a FREE Manowar Tote Bag.

See you at The Kingdom Of Steel


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-Wolfpakk’s All-Star Debut Due October 11 On AFM Records

Artist: Wolfpakk
Label: AFM Records
Release: 11 October 2011

Alpha Wolves of the Heavy Metal project Wolfpakk are the full blooded musicians Michael Voss (ex-Casanova, Mad Max) and Mark Sweeney (ex-Crystal Ball). Voss and Sweeney had planned on starting a project together one day, so when Voss was chosen as the producer for Sweeney’s second solo album in 2009, it became the perfect time for this collaboration to take place.

The goal was not only to have the guest musicians on the album but also to feature their respective characteristics and strengths. Thanks to Voss’ extensive network gathered over the years as a producer, within a very short time 30 musicians from all over the world joined the project now called Wolfpakk.

All ten songs, including the lyrics, were written by Voss and Sweeney, who also shared in the vocal duties as well as handling all production and mixing. Joining Michael Voss and Mark Sweeney on this release was an international cast including:

Vocals: Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath), Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Paul Shortino (ex-Quiet Riot), Mark Fox (ex-Shakra), Michaela Schober (Tanz der Vampire), Jean-Marc Viller (Callaway), Pearl, and Molly Duncan

Bass: Tony Franklin (ex-Blue Murder, Robert Plant), Mat Sinner (Primal Fear), Matthias Rethmann (ex-LeeZ, Silver), Nils Middelhauve (Xandria), Neil Murray (Whitesnake), Barend Courbois (Vengeance)

Guitars: Igor Gianola (U.D.O.), Marco Wriedt (Axxis), Andy Midgeley (Power Quest), Ira Black (ex-Vicious Rumors, Lizzy Borden), Torsten Koehne (Eden’s Curse), Doc Heyne (BISS), Tommy Denander (Dan Reed, Paul Stanley), Nadja Kossinskaja (Peter Maffay), Freddy Scherer (Gotthard), Olaf Lenk (At Vance), George Solonos (Tommy Lee)

Keys: Alessandro Delveccio (Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice), Ferdy Doernberg (Axel Rudi Pell, Rough Silk)

Drums: Gereon Homann (Eat The Gun)

On WOLFPAKK the parts for every guest vocalist and musician seem to be tailor-made, and in combination with the traditional songwriting and the impressive production, this has become a very special debut album and has turned out to be a “must-have” for every fan of hard rock and traditional metal.

Track list:
1. Sirens
2. Dark Horizons
3. Lost
4. Slam Down The Hammer
5. The Crow
6. Wolfpup
7. Let Me Die
8. Reptile’s Kiss
9. Ride The Bullet
10. Wolfony


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The release of Gotthard’s live album HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO is coming closer and with that also the unavoidable ending of an era within the band’s history — the era of Steve Lee.

The recordings of the concert which took place on the 17th of July 2010 in Lugano — the band’s home town — portray one of the last shows with the charismatic exceptional singer before his tragic accidental death later that year and will occupy a special position in Gotthard’s complete works always and evermore.

Bassist Marc Lynn puts the album’s magic into moving words: “Lugano was where it all began and so the circle is closed of all that we’ve experienced with our friend Steve Lee. The memories of the past 20 years on stage with Steve are brought again to life intensively with this album. They reflect the memorable times that we were able to enjoy on the Mount Olympus of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

The enclosed bonus DVD shows chosen recordings of another historical concert of Gotthard: On the 31st of December 1999, the rock group played a gig over the course of the millennium — which also took place on the local piazza in Lugano and can be seen as one of the band’s most exceptional shows to date.

Find the trailer for HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO here:

The album will be released on September 30!

Currently, Gotthard are still in search of a new singer, but soon a new chapter of the band’s history will be opened…


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-Guitar Guru Richie Kotzen Record Release Party October 23rd At The House Of Blues Hollywood

24 HOURS To Release 11.11.11 On Headroom-Inc.

First Single “24 Hours” Available On iTunes Now!

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Join Richie Kotzen at the House Of Blues Hollywood, Sunday October 23rd for his record release party for his new album 24 HOURS.

Tickets are now on sale for Richie Kotzen at House of Blues Sunset Strip on Oct 23rd! Get yours today at:

OR purchase the VIP package at:

After two years of extensive international touring, guitar virtuoso, singer/ songwriter Richie Kotzen is back to unleash his new album 24 HOURS, releasing November 11 on Headroom-Inc.

24 HOURS reflects the guitar style’s that has defined his career as a virtuoso, while taking it to another level of playing. “I feel like I have reached a new level of soloing on the opening track ’24 Hours,'” explains Kotzen. “I stopped using a guitar pick on electric a few years ago and my playing has evolved in a different way. Some of the solo lines I play on the song ’24 Hours,’ and others as well, are lines I would have never been able to play with a guitar pick. So I would say the solos on this CD are at a different level than previous recordings.”

24 HOURS is an absorbing collective blend of Kotzen’s musical influences and diversity. 24 HOURS takes you on an inspired, musical journey as the opening track sets the tone that falls stylistically somewhere between early Van Halen and Sly & The Family Stone. Kotzen also brought in his talented daughter, August Kotzen and friend Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains, to complete the album. “My daughter, August is singing with me on a few songs and is playing electric piano on the song ‘Stop Me,'” states Kotzen. “My friend Jerry Cantrell is singing backgrounds on ‘Love Is Blind’ and does a very cool lead vocal ad-lib in the final chorus of the tune.”

24 HOURS was recorded and produced in Kotzen’s studio Headroom-Inc. 24 HOURS will be released on 11.11.11. Expect the first single, title track “24 Hours” to hit airwaves sometime soon. For more information go to http://www.richiekotzen.com/ .

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-Golden Resurrection – MAN WITH A MISSION

Release Date: October 26, 2011
Catalogue No. CD: LRCD008
Label: Liljegren Records / Doolittle Group
Style: Melodic Metal
Origin: Sweden
Territory: Worldwide (excluding Japan)

Selling Points:
Golden Resurrection — The melodic metal kings from Sweden are back with the second album called MAN WITH A MISSION with a big bombastic production, good compositions, virtuoso guitar, keyboard, drums & bass playing and on top of that vocal arrangements that few bands can deliver!

Golden Resurrection’s guitarist & vocalist Tommy ReinXeed performed on primetime on Swedish National TV August 9, 2011 in front of two million viewers and now more and more fans wants to know more about Tommy ReinXeed.

Golden Resurrection continues the Swedish melodic metal explosion they successfully started with their debut album GLORY TO MY KING.

Both Golden Resurrection & ReinXeed’s latest albums got fantastic reviews all over the world and went straight into the Japanese Metal Charts.

Track List:
1. The Light Overture
2. Man With A Mission
3. Identity In Christ
4. Golden Times
5. Finally Free
6. Generation Of The Brave
7. Standing On The Rock
8. Metal Opus 1 In C# Minor
9. Are You Ready For The Power
10. Flaming Youth
11. Point Of Know Return (Kansas tribute – digital release only)
12. The End Of The World (Gary Moore tribute – digital release only)

After the success on primetime on Swedish National TV August 9, 2011 in front of 2 million viewers and 30,000 in the audience when they saw Golden Resurrection’s amazing guitarist & vocalist Tommy ReinXeed performing “The Look” (Roxette) & “Money Money Money” (ABBA). It was a success and after the show big artists and movie stars in Sweden were stunned by Tommy’s guitar playing and singing and now the rest of the world wants to know more about Tommy ReinXeed and his bands Golden Resurrection & ReinXeed.

Golden Resurrection continues the Swedish melodic metal explosion they successfully started with their debut album GLORY TO MY KING.

Both Golden Resurrection & ReinXeed’s latest albums got fantastic reviews all over the world and went straight into the Japanese Metal Charts.

MAN WITH A MISSION is the second album by the Swedish metal band Golden Resurrection. First album GLORY TO MY KING got great reviews all over the world and fans was happy that vocalist Christian Liljegren was back with a new fresh band following in the great melodic tradition of his former band Narnia.

Since Christian Liljegren & Tommy ReinXeed formed Golden Resurrection in 2008 they have been very productive, involved in many album productions by Golden Resurrection, 7Days, DivineFire, Audiovision, ReinXeed & Swedish Hitz Goes Metal.

The songwriting process for MAN WITH A MISSION has been really exciting and the songs just came with a passion and a great flow. You will of course hear the melodic neoclassical & symphonic elements with big bombastic vocal arrangements. With this album they have really found a unique sound for Golden Resurrection.

Both Christian & Tommy are big fans of ABBA, Europe, Kansas, Queen, Rainbow, Malmsteen, Stratovarius, & Dio and of course you can hear these influences in their music as well as influences from their respective bands Narnia, DivineFire, & ReinXeed.

Lots of fans all over the world have been following the singer and composer Christian Liljegren (Narnia & DivineFire) and guitarist, singer & composer Tommy ReinXeed (ReinXeed) and the reaction on their videos this year 2011 with Golden Resurrection, ReinXeed & Swedish Hitz Goes Metal on YouTube have been tremendous. Hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube so the interest is huge.

In March this year Golden Resurrection made a charity single & video called “Pray For Japan” to support their friends and fans in Japan. Japan has a very special place in the hearts of Golden Resurrection & ReinXeed.

ReinXeed latest album 1912 released in May in Japan reached their best position ever on Japanese metal charts, peaking at position 9 and SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL reached position 22 on top 50. Both albums charted in the same month. In Sweden the success has been fantastic for Tommy ReinXeed. He performed the songs “The Look” (Roxette) & “Money Money Money” (ABBA) from the SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL album in August in front of 2 million people on national TV and 30,000 people in the audience. After Tommy’s performance on TV the SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL album have reached top positions on the Swedish charts this summer and media are very interested in Golden Resurrection & ReinXeed as well.

Here’s more information about the members of Golden Resurrection:

Christian Liljegren – Lead & backing vocals & main composer in Golden Resurrection has reached achieved success in the past with his bands Narnia, DivineFire, & Audiovision and sold over 200,000 albums all over the world. He’s toured in places like Japan, Mexico, Europe and Israel to name a few, together with big bands like Dio, Stryper, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, and many more.

Tommy ReinXeed – Guitars, keyboards &vocals. 23 years old and a great guitar player and a wonderful vocalist. Tommy is following the good tradition of great guitar heroes like Gus G, Yngwie Malmsteen, Chris Impellitteri, John Sykes, Jake E. Lee, John Norum & Gary Moore.

Tommy ReinXeed has an exceptional technique of playing shredding guitar with a fast, heavy style, with a great melodic tone and with lots of feeling in his guitar playing and composing. Gary Moore is his biggest influence and on the Japanese edition of MAN WITH A MISSION you will hear the song “The End Of The World” as a bonus track, complete with the intro guitar solo and a vocal duet between Tommy & Christian. This song will also be included in the live set as a tribute to our lost guitar hero Gary Moore.

Tommy ReinXeed is also the vocalist, guitarist & band leader for Swedish melodic metal band ReinXeed and the band has built up a strong fan base especially in Japan. Their latest album release 1912 & SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL was praised in Burrn! Magazine and went into the metal charts in Japan.

Rickard Gustafsson is our powerful drummer of Golden Resurrection and he is also involved in the Swedish band Pantokrator who plays more extreme metal, still with lots of melodies. The band has done several albums and toured all over Europe. Few knows that Rickard is also a great vocalist and have some secret musical projects where he is both the guitar player and lead vocalist with strong influences from the hair metal style of the ’80s.

Steven K is our bass player and he’s been touring a lot, playing many different kinds of music. His skillful bass playing blends perfectly into the music of Golden Resurrection.

Kenneth Lillqvist is the newest member and keyboard player of the band and he joined the band because former keyboard player Olov Andersson (Grand Stand) had to leave the band due to health problems. We are really happy to welcome Kenneth into the band. He is from Finland and has studied composing and studio engineering on a professional level. These skills will be very useful in Golden Resurrection. He is also a great vocalist.

We wish Olov the best of luck and pray for his health. Olov is a long time friend of Christian and many of the musical ideas and visions Christian have had in the past comes from their shared passion for dramatic and powerful music. Olov will always be the member beside the band.

All members of the band have been involved in the harmony vocals on the album as the vocal arrangements are a key element together with the melodic virtuoso guitar playing in Golden Resurrection’s music.

We also show our dedication to our musical heroes and make our Golden Resurrection versions by our lost musical hero Gary Moore and the song “The End Of The World” and “Point Of Know Return” by symphonic progressive rock kings Kansas. These songs only available on digital release of the album and they are bonus tracks on the Japanese edition.

The mastering of the MAN WITH A MISSION album was done by Michael Lind at Masterplant, Sweden and he has done many great productions with crystal clear mastering for DivineFire, ReinXeed, Dio, Candlemass, Talisman, The Poodles and many more.

The lineup of Golden Resurrection:
Christian Liljegren (Narnia & DivineFire) – Vocals
Tommy ReinXeed (ReinXeed & Swedish Hitz Goes Metal) – Guitars, Keyboards, Lead & Backing Vocals
Steven K – Bass & Backing Vocals
Rickard Gustafsson (Pantokrator) – Drums & Backing Vocals
Kenneth Lillqvist – Keyboards & Backing Vocals

The new Swedish melodic neoclassical metal explosion is here again and it is spelled Golden Resurrection!!!

Golden Resurrection – GLORY TO MY KING – LRCD003
ReinXeed – THE LIGHT – RRCD036 – Rivel Records
ReinXeed – HIGHER – RRCD040 – Rivel Records
ReinXeed – MAJESTIC – LRCD002 – Liljegren Records
ReinXeed – 1912 – LRCD007 – Liljegren Records/Doolittle Group

Liljegren Records / Doolittle Group Web:

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-Rat Pak Records Set To Release Sophomore Album LORDS OF THE EDGE From Metal Church Singer Ronny Munroe Produced By Stu Marshall (Empires Of Eden)

Classic power metal is still alive and well! Ronny Munroe’s (voice of Metal Church) new CD LORDS OF THE EDGE is hands down his finest work to date. Featuring the guitar mastery of Stu Marshall (Empires Of Eden), Chris Caffery (TSO/Savatage), and Michael Wilton (Queensryche), LORDS OF THE EDGE is a true metal offering that delivers an onslaught of fist-pumping, guitar-driven heavy metal.

LORDS OF THE EDGE gives us 12 new solid tracks of melodic metal that can only be described as one of those rare albums that captures the magic of the classic metal era. “We wanted to create something that was totally new, but at the same time, true metal fans could hear everything that we were influenced by growing up in the classic metal era,” says Ronny on the recording of the new CD. “LORDS OF THE EDGE sounds a little bit like what would happen if you put Metal Church’s LIGHT IN THE DARK CD into a blender with Queensryche’s first EP and Judas Priest’s PAINKILLER, then mixed it with some present day themes and a shot of pure adrenaline.”

The opening tracks, “Just Breathe” and “Full Circle,” offer fast and furious guitar assaults with high energy vocals, while tracks like “The Vision” and “Touched By A Demon” take on a more haunting melodic approach that set up the listener for the gritty, power-metal influenced tracks like “Let Them Feed” and “Rock And A Hard Place.”

With 12 strong tracks on this CD, it is a fantastic offering that deserves to be in every metal fan’s music collection!

Watch the video trailer for LORDS OF THE EDGE here:

Track listing:

1) Just Breathe
2) Full Circle
3) Pierced By The Maiden
4) The Vision
5) The Fear Of What’s To Come
6) Let Them Feed
7) Rock And A Hard Place
8) Blood Red Skies
9) Lords Of The Edge
10) Touched By A Demon
11) Still Alive
12) Goodbye To The Black


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Jackie Rainbow Records #CD6076
File under: Hard Rock
Order #: CD6076
EAN: 4024572481391
Release: 28. October 2011 (31. Oct. 2011 – UK)

Specials: Featured in the upcoming Tom Cruise movie “Rock Of Ages”

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

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.

Davy Vain – vocals, guitars
Jamie Scott – guitars
Ashley Mitchell – bass
Tommy Rickard – drums
Danny West – guitars

Additional musicians:
Louie Senor – drums
Fraser Lunney – bass


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-Charred Walls Of The Damned Release Second Single “Ashes Falling Upon Us” Of New Album COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS!

Charred Walls Of The Damned returns with the follow-up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut! Richard Christy, Tim “Ripper” Owns, Jason Suecof and Steve DiGiorgio once again join forces to bring to life Christy’s latest body of work, COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS. The writing process for the new album actually began while the band was mixing their 2010 debut. Richard Christy used his experience on the first album to write songs that catered not only to each member’s playing style, but to Jason Suecof’s production style. The result: demos that turned out nearly identical to what ended up on the album!

With 12 songs clocking in at 58 minutes, fans are getting a lot more music this time around. Recording 12 songs in a short amount of time is no easy feat, but one that was accomplished because of the stellar talents in the band. Christy elaborates further: “I wanted to get a natural sound out of this album, I wanted everyone to be well rehearsed, not that I wanted the album to be rushed, but I wanted the spontaneous live feel and not over think anything too much.” Richard Christy describes COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS as a “perfect storm of producing” — Audiohammer’s Jason Suecof produced and Mark Lewis mixed, while mastering was handled by Alan Douches at West Westside.

Fans can hear the second single, “Ashes Falling Upon Us,” as well as place pre-orders now on http://www.metalblade.com/cwotd .

1. Timeless Days
2. Ashes Falling Upon Us
3. Zerospan
4. Cold Winds
5. Lead The Way
6. Forever Marching On
7. Guiding Me
8. The Beast Outside My Window
9. On Unclean Ground
10. Bloodworm
11. Admire the Heroes
12. Avoid the Light

COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS will be released October 7th/10th via Metal Blade Records in Europe!


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-Z Records News

Legion In Studio To Record Third Album NEMESIS

Legion have entered the studio to begin work on their all new album entitled NEMESIS. The band’s third release via Z Records will be released February / March ahead of their appearance at Z Rock 2012.

Z Rock 2012 Offer Still Available For A Short Time

A big thank you to everyone whom has taken advantage of the ticket offer exclusively at http://www.zrecords.net/ . We have tickets still available from the allocated 200 at just £38 a saving of £7. This offer is on a first come first served basis so do not delay.

The confirmed lineup for May 5th, 2012 is Paul Sabu, Arabia, Legion, Vanden Plas and Shakra, all of which are exclusive UK appearances. A further two acts will be announced shortly.

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-Pegazus Reveals Very Special Touring Lineup And Confirms More Tour Dates!

The Australian Metallers of Pegazus have just announced some very special news concerning the touring lineup for the upcoming shows for the IN METAL WE TRUST tour.

Due to the fact that both Ange Sotiro (Drums) and Cory Betts (Bass) will not be available for touring duties because of serious working-related issues, the band has asked two well-known names from the past to join the band for the upcoming shows in Melbourne and Europe!

Ange Sotiro will be replaced by no one other than co-founder of Pegazus and former drummer Robbie Stoj! Johnny and Robbie Stoj created Pegazus in 1993 and Robbie was the drummer from its beginning till 2003, when he had to unfortunately leave the band due to a serious hand injury. In the past few months he has felt very comfortable and back into the groove of being back behind the drum kit again and will now replace Ange for the upcoming shows. Robbie Stoj comments on the recent events: “Looking forward to getting back to Europe, seeing old and new friends and fans. Great to be back touring, especially with Pegazus. This lineup has got a lot to be seen to be believed. These will be really great shows.”

And the surprises will continue as Cory Betts will be replaced on bass by the former Pegazus vocalist Rob Thompson! After Rob left the band in 2008, he always stayed in close contact with his former band mates. The band knew that Rob is a great guitarist and bass player as well, so without any doubts he was asked to replace Cory Betts for the tour. Rob Thompson about his “return” for the upcoming shows: “When I was asked if I was interested to do these shows with Pegazus as their bass player, it was a no-brainer for me. I have always loved the band and it makes no difference to me if I’m the lead singer or the bass player. Being on stage with those four guys is all that matters and it’s a unique opportunity which I never thought would happen. The rehearsals so far have shown already that this lineup is gonna kick some ass and you’d better not miss this!”

It has taken the band 13 years to finally return to Europe and the excitement is overwhelming. Founder and guitarist Johnny Stoj comments on the tour and the two guest appearances from Robbie Stoj and Rob Thompson: “It’s definitely been a long time coming and I can’t wait to finally be back in Europe rippin’ it up on stage with the boys. Having both Robbie and Rob on this tour is going to be a BLAST!”

Also vocalist Justin Fleming is thrilled with all the recent happenings: “I’m really pumped to go to Europe and destroy some PA’s over there. I hope the fans will not miss the opportunity to see this very special lineup. For Rob and myself, it will be the first time to hit the stages in Europe and being able to do that with this line-up will be an experience none of us will ever forget.”

The band has confirmed the following dates for the IN METAL WE TRUST tour:

Oct 14, 2011 – Central Club – Melbourne, Australia
Oct 22, 2011 – Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival – Manifesto – Hoorn, Holland
Oct 28, 2011 – De Rots – Antwerp, Belgium
Nov 3, 2011 – Livestage – Innsbrück, Austria
Nov 4, 2011 – Rock City – Uster, Switzerland
Nov 5, 2011 – Steel Fest – Estragon – Bologna, Italy
Nov 9, 2011 – Exit-Us – Prague, Czech Rep
Nov 11, 2011 – JUZ, Jugend- und Programmzentrum – Kaiserslautern, Germany (w/ Ivory Night)
Nov 17, 2011 – Garage De Luxe – Munich, Germany
Nov 18, 2011 – Hapa Haole – Witten, Germany
Nov 19, 2011 – Downstairs – Worblaufen-Bern, Switzerland (w/ Ivory Night)

More tour dates are expected to be added, so keep a close eye on all official band sites.

Touring Lineup:
Justin Fleming – Vocals
Johnny Stoj – Guitars
Rob Thompson – Bass (Former Pegazus vocalist 2000-2008)
Robbie Stoj – Drums (Former Pegazus drummer 1993 – 2003)

For All Info:

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-Scandinavia’s Finest Secret The Magnificent Is Unleashed To The Unsuspecting Melodic Rock Crowd!

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the self-titled debut album from The Magnificent on November 4th in Europe and November 1st in North America.

With Scandinavia becoming more and more the promised land for quality Melodic Rock bands, it was just natural that Frontiers would dig deep in the scene to find and expose the best new talents around. Then imagine if two of the most gifted guys from the Prog Metal scene in two different Scandinavian countries decided to join forces in a monumental new band project. The result should be nothing but stunning right? Then get this: Circus Maximus singer extraordinaire Michael Eriksen from Norway and Finnish producer/guitarist Torsti Spoof (of Leverage fame) have decided to join forces together in a new Melodic Rock band aptly called The Magnificent.

With the help of musicians including Rolf Pilve on drums, Sami Norbacka on bass and Jukka Karinen on keyboards, The Magnificent offer a monster Melodic Rock album, a record melting the contemporary sound of Brother Firetribe and classic Europe, with obvious hints to the fathers of the genre: Journey and Foreigner.

Songwriting contributions also come from Pekka Heino (Brother Firetribe, Leverage), Tomppa Nikulainen (Brother Firetribe), Tuomas Heikkinen (Leverage), Mats Haugen (Circus Maximus), Kimmo Blom (Urban Tale) and others.

Torsti Spoof said: “A lot of my musical influences come from the ’80s and I always wanted to make an album in that spirit. Now the dream has came true! This one was truly a joyride. Great musicians, songwriters and an AMAZING Michael Eriksen! I think together we’ve made a perfect blend of the old school songwriting with a big up to date sound.” Michael Eriksen added “I grew up in the ’80s and with this album the ’80s are BACK! Working together with Torsti has been a privilege and I believe together we have created a rock album that will apply to all fans of rock music out there. So turn up the volume and enjoy!”

The resulting debut album oozes class, stunning melodies and fabulous arrangements. Eriksen’s powerful vocals perfectly complement the spectacular musical landscape created by Spoof and his cohorts. THE MAGNIFICENT is an album that screams for the attention of all Melodic Rock fans.

THE MAGNIFICENT includes the following tracks:
Holding On To Your Love; Cheated By Love; Memories; Angel; Satin & Lace; Love’s On The Line; Bullets; Smoke & Fire; Tired Of Dreaming; If It Takes All Night; Lost; Harvest Moon.

“Cheated By Love” can be listened in full on the Frontiers webradio on http://www.frontiers.it/webradio .

The Magnificent:
Lead and Background Vocals: Michael Eriksen
Lead Guitars, Keyboards and Background Vocals: Torsti Spoof

Drums: Rolf Pilve
Bass: Sami Norbacka
Keyboards: Jukka Karinen
Backing vocals: Antony Parviainen

Except on:
“Memories:” Guitar, Bass, Keyboards: Mats Haugen / Drums: Tommy Jacksonville
“Satin & Lace,” “Bullets,” “Harvest Moon:” Guitars: Tuomas Heikkinen
“Tired Of Dreaming:” Bass: Torsti Spoof


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-Lion Music Label & Artist News

New Releases From Gronholm & Niels Vejlyt Out Now

This month’s new releases:


Home to 10 tracks full of infectious vocal melodies over dynamic musical backdrops; SILENT OUT LOUD is an impressive collection of song craft all topped off with a powerful production and mix.

Gronholm the band is built around the song writing skills of Mika Gronholm (guitar, bass and keyboards) with vocals once again by Markku Kuikka (Status Minor) and drums from Tom Rask. This core trio of musicians are joined by “special guests” Billy Sherwood (ex Yes) and Marco Hietala (Nightwish / Tarot) who add some extra dynamics to backing vocals, and in the case of Sherwood help add his trademark lush “Yes style” vocal harmony sheen to the likes of “Out From The Nest” amongst others.

Whilst the new offering aside from a greater emphasis on guitar has a sound not too dissimilar to its well received predecessor EYEWITNESS OF LIFE. The new album sees Mika take a heavier approach to his song writing utilizing a down tuned B tuning for all stringed instruments. On the change Mika comments, “All the songs on SILENT OUT LOUD are tuned down to low B. Sometimes B-tuning is used for roaring vocals or lighting fast guitar parts, but no, not this time. With this tuning I was seeking more power and energy to my riffs.”

SILENT OUT LOUD’s first six tracks are all up-tempo numbers where the new tuning is given a fine showing between the heavy packed hard rock riffs with some prog influenced melodies. As the album nears its conclusion we see an instrumental offering in “Giant Step” which clears the mind’s palette for the acoustic flavor that is heard on the final three tracks with album finale “Away” also getting an orchestral arrangement.

Promotional Videos:
Grönholm – “Cross Of Mind”

Grönholm – “Out From The Nest” (featuring Billy Sherwood)

Full Promo Page With Online Ordering:

Niels Vejlyt – STHENIC (CD+DVD dual pack)

Best known as the guitarist and driving force behind metal outfit Infinity Overture, Danish guitar virtuoso Niels Vejlyt is about to make his mark on the guitar instrumental scene with his powerful solo debut STHENIC on 16th September 2011 fully loaded with a bonus DVD!

Already no stranger to guitar fanatics worldwide thanks to numerous instructional DVDs, books and his own online guitar school, STHENIC is a long awaited release for Neils Vejlyt’s legion of fans worldwide and is also sure to attract many newcomers.

With a sound reminiscent at times of instrumental offerings from Jeff Loomis, John Petrucci and Steve Vai, etc., STHENIC sees Vejlyt serve up eight tracks that blend intricate heavy riffs with exciting grooves and chord progressions over which Niels’ formidable lead technique takes the album over the edge!

With a strong core backing band of Jakob Vand (Infinity Overture) and bassist Kris Gildenlow (ex Pain Of Salvation), Niels has taken the live approach of a classic three-piece and worked from that basic premise adding further textures and rhythm guitars to build a strong wall of sound. This live feel to the music manages to bring a direct sound often lacking in “overdub city” guitar offerings and also make the album more palatable for even the most hardened cynic.

Mixed and mastered by the legendary Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Jørn Lande, Circus Maximus) STHENIC boasts a strong and powerful production which further enhances the listening experience and makes this a true scorcher of a release for guitar fans worldwide.

Promotional Video:
Niels Vejlyt – “Die Today”

Full Promo Page With Online Ordering:

Lion Music

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-Trillium Debuts With ALLOY

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of ALLOY, the anticipated debut album from Trillium the new Metal Project masterminded by American Singer Songwriter Amanda Somerville on November 4th in Europe and November 1st in North America.

ALLOY is an album that’s charged with emotion and exploration and a very personal statement from Amanda and certainly the listener can enjoy very different musical atmospheres on the album. “Since I’m an eclectic and diverse person and musician, that certainly comes out in this album,” says Amanda. “I think that the diversity is what is going to set this album apart from other stuff that’s out there right now. It’s got big choruses and epic symphonic hits, guitar solos you could imagine being played on a mountain top with an aerial camera view, but it’s also got a lot of soul added to the raise-your-fists-in-the-air-and-make-a-mean-face vibe.”

Musically Trillium melts Rock and Metal in a new, interesting and different way from anything Amanda has worked on so far. ALLOY is also graced with the talents of several musicians with whom Amanda had the honor of working in the past. Sander Gommans (ex After Forever, HDK) and Sascha Paeth (Kamelot, Avantasia, Epica, After Forever, etc.) were the main songwriters together with the American singer on this album. They have brought a lot to the project and have certainly allowed the sound to be a lot richer and stronger.

“Sander is all around an awesome songwriter and guitar player, and he’s especially good at coming up with riffs and movements of a song, while Sascha is a fantastic producer who can play any instrument there is — and play the hell out of it — and his sense of songwriting is really strong!” tells Amanda.

Other contributing musicians include Miro Rodenberg who did all of the orchestral and keyboard arrangements, Robert Hunecke on drums, Olaf Reitmeier on acoustic guitar, Simon Oberender on keyboards (and mastering). But more surprises are on this record: “Working with Mat Sinner on KISKE-SOMERVILLE established a solid professional relationship and I also found a good friend in him,” says Amanda. “We co-wrote ‘Love Is An Illusion’ together for this album and it was a pleasure working with him once again!”

And last, but in no way least, Jorn Lande has lent his epic voice to the song “Scream It.” Ms. Somerville tells the story: “I actually wrote that song with Jorn in mind not for his status in the scene, but because I absolutely love his voice, he’s a wonderful friend of mine through working together on Avantasia and he was the perfect ‘actor’ to play the character in the song. And he nailed it!”

With touring plans in Europe in the first quarter of 2012 and a rousing excitement surrounding Trillium, you can bet the world is finally ready to enjoy the talents of one of the most interesting, creative and gifted singers and songwriters of today’s entire Rock scene.

ALLOY will be exclusively released in a lavish digi-pak CD edition and will include the following songs:

Machine Gun; Coward; Purge; Utter Descension; Bow To The Ego; Mistaken; Scream It; Justifiable Casualty; Path Of Least Resistance; Into The Dissonance; Slow It Down; Love Is An Illusion*. *bonus track

While a video clip for the song “Coward” is in the works, you can now enjoy a video presentation of the album following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7KQITdzezc

Stay tuned for more exciting news regarding Trillium!

Amanda Somerville – Lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Sascha Paeth – Guitars, Bass, Keys, Drums
Sander Gommans – Guitars
Miro – Arrangements & Keys
Olaf Reitmeier – Acoustic Guitar
Robert Hunecke – Drums
Simon Oberender – Keys
Jorn Lande – Guest Lead Vocals on “Scream It”



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-Artwork And Track Listing Revealed For Damian Wilson Retrospective!

Damian Wilson (Threshold, Landmarq, Ayreon, etc.) has revealed the artwork and track listing for the upcoming compilation album I THOUGHT THE WORLD WaS LISTENING. 1997-2011 to be released on October 28th.

This 31-track, two-disc album features re-mastered tracks from throughout Wilson’s solo career, re-recorded versions of important songs and previously unreleased new material.

Disc 1

1. Disciple
2. Commune
3. Beating Inside
4. Please Don’t Leave Me ‘Til I Leave You
5. Never Close The Door
6. One Life
7. A Long Way Home
8. Naturally *
9. Homegrown (original demo version)
10. Adam’s Child
11. Quietly Spoken *
12. When I Leave This Land
13. She’s Like A Fable (feat. Rick Wakeman)
14. Spin **
15. See You There ***
16. Wedding Song **

Disc 2

1. Array Of Lights **
2. Brightest Way
3. Light In The Middle
4. Smile
5. For The One I Long **
6. Warning Light
7. Moment Of Your Doubt **
8. Naked
9. Subway
10. Fine Weather *
11. Nothing In This World Remains The Same *
12. Just The Way It Goes
13. Feels Good
14. Nothing Without You
15. Part Of Me *

* New version
** Previously unreleased
*** Hidden track on DISCIPLE

I THOUGHT THE WORLD WAS LISTENING. 1997-2011 will be released on CD and as digital download. An acoustic solo tour in support of this release is being planned for November.

The album can be pre-ordered until October 10. The Pre-Order Package includes:

– A signed copy of the CD
– A bonus CD as digital download, featuring the live set Damian did in 2006 with Stream Of Passion
– A Damian Wilson Band T-shirt – two designs to choose from
– A Damian Wilson Band stick-on tattoo

To pre-order this package or for more information, visit the only official Damian Wilson website, http://www.damian-wilson.net/ .


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-Forbidden’s Drummer Search Continues While Band Announces Plans For Live DVD

Craig Locicero, guitarist / songwriter / founding member for the reactivated Bay Area thrash band Forbidden, has issued the following band update:

“After getting kicked in the balls last month, we’ve managed to land on our feet and keep running. We’re already starting to think about the next record now and will be choosing a drummer sometime in October. I would call that progress! Ever since we started our quest for a new drummer, we’ve been walloped by videos from some pretty amazing players as well as offers from more established guys. It’s been fun looking at the videos objectively and imagining what these hopeful dudes could do with Forbidden if given the chance. There will be a lot more videos posted on our YouTube channel and we’re still taking video submissions through the end of September. Some of the most impressive guys aren’t all from the US; some drummers from abroad have to be taken seriously. We’ll announce our decision as to who gets to come out and jam with us soon. Stay tuned for that.

“We performed at Belgium’s Alcatraz Festival in late August with Gene Hoglan on the drum kit. It was an incredible night. The fan reaction was a huge lift to our spirits. That gig may have been one of our BEST shows since we’ve gotten back together! Getting to play there after cancelling our European tour was pretty special, and hanging out with our friends in Death Angel, Helstar, Anacrusis, and Vicious Rumors was way too much fun. Seeing them on the side of the stage while we were playing was good motivation! Thanks to everyone involved with the festival and all of the fans that came from different parts of Europe to see us. We still have a tour to make up!

“We’ve been invited to play the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta this weekend. This will be another show with Gene behind the kit. We’re getting spoiled! There are many cool things about playing this gig, but the coolest one is that we’ll be filming it for a live DVD to be released some time in the near future. Our fans have been hounding us about when we’re going to do something like this; the time is now. Those of you fortunate enough to be there on Saturday will be a part of our history! We will be playing a few songs we have not brought out in years, too. Maybe even something off of 1995’s DISTORTION? We shall see…”

Drummers interested in online auditions should send their name & contact information plus their video via a Dropbox, Fileblaze, or Mediablaze download link to: forbiddendrummer2011@gmail.com. NOTE: Your submission means you are granting your consent to having your video file uploaded onto the Forbidden Drummer 2011 YouTube channel and other social media sites for comments.

Visit Forbidden’s YouTube Drummer Auditions channel here:


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-Napalm Records News

Saltatio Mortis: Storm The Charts

Sensational news to report: Saltatio Mortis’ latest album STURM AUFS PARADIES has skyrocketed into the German long-player charts and made it to number 3! In addition, the band also entered the Swiss and Austrian long-player charts, reaching number 84 and 60 respectively. A big “thank you” goes out to all fans for their dedication and support!


Tiamat: New To Napalm

The legendary Tiamat are the latest addition to the Napalm Records family. The band is responsible for classics such as WILDHONEY or A DEEPER KIND OF SLUMBER and is currently working on new songs. Mastermind Johan Edlund:

“We are very proud to announce that Tiamat have signed to Napalm Records, home of great bands such as Monster Magnet, Seventh Void, Leaves’ Eyes & many more. We are very excited about this new collaboration and are working on our new album which will be released in 2012.”


Hate: Signs To Napalm

Polish extreme metal machine Hate has inked a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. The band’s front man ATF Sinner has issued the following statement:

“We are really proud to have found a new partner with Napalm Records for our future endeavors! Even though we have been touring intensively in support of our latest album EREBOS, we have already started writing new material for a 2012 release. It sounds very promising to me, and with this new record deal, I am quite sure it will definitely signify a step in the right direction. At the same time, I’d like to show my appreciation for our previous record label, Listenable Records, for their dedication and assistance we experienced throughout the years of collaboration. I wish you all the best!”

Hate has announced a headlining European tour to begin on 16 September in Copenhagen. The band will be supported by Vesania, Negura Bunget, Inferi, and Livarkahil. In November, Hate will return once again to North America for a tour with Mayhem that will consist of 37 shows. A full list of dates is available at the band’s MySpace site .


New Songs: Thulcandra

In order to prepare their fans for the upcoming album, Thulcandra present their audience with TWO new songs from UNDER A FROZEN SUN. Black metal disciples should check out the band’s Facebook page.


Napalm Records: Streaming Sites

In light of recent events, we would like to announce that Napalm Records will no longer offer its products via streaming sites such as Spotify, Simfy, etc. As previously reported on various online publications, the income generated through streaming is so insignificant that neither we, as a record company, nor our artists are able to further support this method of distribution. We have absolutely nothing against innovative software or new methods of distribution, but do object to price models that endanger our existence and that of our bands. We hope that our customers and fans will understand the necessity of this decision. If possible, we will continue to offer snippet versions via streaming sites, enabling fans to preview two songs of our current and upcoming releases.


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-7th Heaven Newsletter September 2011

Welcome To The 7th Heaven September Newsletter

Summer is winding down and we still have a bunch of all-age festivals for you all to come to. We have had a great summer so far. We just shot a full live concert DVD in HD to be released by the holiday season. Here’s some updates and news for you in our world.

7th Heaven – POP MEDIA

Our new CD POP MEDIA is now available. We have been playing songs off our new CD all summer, did you get a copy yet? The CD is available at all shows, on Apple iTunes, Amazon and our website. For our fans in the UK / Germany you can get it at Music Buy Mail. For our fans in Germany you can get it on AORHeaven. For our fans in Japan you can get our CD starting next week on Hitman Records in Japan.

7th Heaven #1 On The Billboard Charts For Four Weeks

We have been charting #1 in the midwest market on the Billboard Charts for 4 weeks now!!! Thanks to you!!! We are also #31 in the Heatseekers. Update, I got word that we rose to #13 on the charts now in he heetsekers charts, which come out next week.

7th Heaven Heard At Abercrombie & Fitch

We just signed a deal with Abercrombie & Fitch to play our new song “Sing,” off our new CD POP MEDIA, in all the 325 stores worldwide. So if you are in any Abercrombie & Fitch in a mall around the world, listen for 7th Heaven and let us know you heard it.

“Sing” Music Video

Check out our new music video we just shot for our song “Sing” off our POP MEDIA CD. This is the song we just started to promote to radio. The video was shot 16:9 in HD, so when you watch it, make sure to choose the higher resolution. Do us a favor and pass this video onto every person you know and tell them to pass it on. Let’s see if we can get over 10,000 views by Halloween. Can you help us do that?

You can also see the video in HD on our website as well. (give it a minute to load).

7th Heaven On Radio

Over the past two months we have been stopping by multiple radio stations to do performances and/or interviews. We stopped by The Mix 101.9, Star 96.7, Star 105.5 and WJOL AM 1340. We also have been heard on ClassX, B85 in DeKalb and The Best Radio You’ve Never Heard Podcast. Starting this weekend, tune into 102.3 XLC and listen for “Sing.” We are just starting to get spins at more radio stations. Help us out by calling your favorite radio station and tell them to play 7th Heaven – “Sing.”

7th Heaven Street Team

Join our new “street team” and help 7th Heaven keep growing. We could use more help in areas of promotion, marketing and creative ideas to keep building the bands popularity. We will send out email blasts on things we are working on and could use help with. We have other fun ideas that we are working on for the street team. Sign up for the street team by emailing: streetteam@7thheavenband.com

7th Heaven LED Screens, Light Show & Glow

Have you been out to see our new video screens? We have been using them for over a month now and have been getting great feedback on them. People are really liking the addition it makes to our show. We are about to go into phase 2 of them, so stay tuned for that.

New Merchandise

We have a bunch of brand new merchandise, as well as our new newsletters available at all full band shows all summer long. Look for limited edition POP MEDIA shirts, custom die-cast keychains, cool new guitar pick cards, lighted dog tags, wristbands and more… Make sure to check the merchandise table at every show, as we add new products every week. We also just re-released a couple older products we had in the past that have been out of print for a while now, so make sure you check the merch table to see all the new stuff.


We just re-released our CD FACES TIME REPLACES with an added unreleased DVD in a digi-pak for $5.00. This lineup had: Tony DiGiulio, Richard Hofherr, Nick Cox, Danny Weymouth and Dan Miller. From the year 2000. This CD is a little heavier than the style we currently have. The DVD has unreleased videos of 7th Heaven on Jenny Jones’ TV show (twice), as well as our in’s and out’s to commercial, as well as a few music videos. With a bonus video of our tribute to 9/11 with our song “I Don’t Know.”


In 2005 we shot a live concert of only original songs at Durty Nellies. This DVD and CD was not available for a long time, as it sold out right away and the band changed lineups. I decided to re-release a short run of them, as I would love our fans to see and understand a little of the band’s history. This DVD has excellent audio right off the mixing board and was shot with 13 cameras, many which were fan cameras. This product is $5.00, available at shows and our website.

7th Heaven Is Getting Close To 12,000 Fans On Facebook

Help us get over 12,000 fans/friends on our official Facebook page. We utilize that page for last minute updates, new merchandise and other cool info that we want to share with you on a regular basis. So “Like” our band’s Facebook page so we can keep you updated as things happen in the 7th Heaven world. http://www.facebook.com/pages/7th-heaven/38789126903

7th Heaven Cruise – Announcement Coming Soon

If you are looking to join us on the next 7th Heaven cruise, we’ll be finalizing the info within the next couple weeks. If you were thinking of going, let us know and we’ll let you know when we are ready to start booking. The time frame will be in next February 2012, so start saving your money now.

New Year’s Eve Is Confirmed

The Hyatt Regency Chicago have asked us to return this year to celebrate New Year’s Eve with everyone. The Hyatt Regency Chicago will be the place to be this New Year’s Eve. Details coming soon.

Some Changes To Our Schedule

A few of our dates have changed since we released our schedule, so be aware of the new updated dates and always check the website and Facebook if you are unsure.

September 21 – Carlucci’s
September 24 – Huntley Fall Fest
October 1 – Grundy County Corn Festival
October 2 – Long Grove Apple Fest
October 6 – Evviva
October 7 – John Barleycorn
October 8 – Scarecrow Fest
October 9 – Tony LaBarbera Benefit at Shark City
October 13 – McCarthy’s
October 14 – Rivers Casino – Des Plaines
October 15 – Durty Nellies
October 19 – Snuggery – Edison Park
October 20 – Blues Bar
October 21 – Bourbon Street
October 22 – Shark City
October 23 – Honor Ride & Run Festival – Barrington
October 27 – Thirsty Whale
October 28 – The Lodge
October 29 – Chicago City Limits
November 3 – Evviva
November 4 – Vipers Alley
November 9 – Snuggery – Edison Park
November 10 – Lucky Monk
November 11 – 191 South
November 12 – Tailgaters
November 18 – Total Sports
November 19 – Joe’s On Weed Street
November 23 – Turkey Testicle Festival
November 24 – Bourbon Street
November 26 – Tilted Kilt
November 30 – Snuggery – McHenry
December 1 – Evviva
December 2 – Chicago City Limits
December 3 – Angelman Syndrome Benefit
December 8 – Blues Bar
December 9 – John Barleycorn
December 10 – Private Corporate Event
December 14 – Snuggery – Edison Park
December 15 – Lucky Monk
December 16 – The Lodge
December 17 – Durty Nellies
December 22 – Thirsty Whale
December 29 – Bourbon Street
December 30 – Shark City
December 31 – Hyatt Regency Chicago

Thanks for all your continued support. We love playing and as long as you keep coming out to see us play, we’ll continue to be there.

Richard Hofherr
7th Heaven

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-Industrial Melodic Metal Band Edge Of Paradise Gear Up To Wreak Havoc On The World With Forthcoming Debut Release MASK!

The Los Angeles based female-fronted metal band, Edge Of Paradise, are ready to set the world aflame, with the worldwide digital sales premiere on Loudtrax of their debut CD, MASK!

Check it out here: http://www.loudtrax.com/Artist/EdgeOfParadise

Edge Of Paradise is fronted by the stunning Margarita Monet who delivers potent yet melodic vocals along with virtuoso keyboard playing that adds a unique classical flair to the band’s sonic metal assault. Combine that with the ferocious fretwork of guitarist Dave Bates who intertwines compelling leads and bombastic riffs and you’ve got a band that offers something highly refreshing in today’s modern metal sound-scape. MASK also features guest appearances by renowned session drummer Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Don Henley and major session drummer for hit-TV and movie soundtracks) and bassist extraordinaire Tony Franklin (The Firm, Glenn Hughes, Blue Murder, Roy Harper) who prove to be the ultimate rhythm section when it comes to the hard-edged rock sounds contained on the debut recordings. Other guests on the CD include bassist Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen), drummer Craig Anderson and backing vocals from Robin McCauley (MSG) who also co-wrote most the songs along with Dave and Margarita, and cutting-edge songwriter Ryan Jones.

Edge Of Paradise was formed in the beginning of 2011 from the ashes of Dave Bates’ former band Bleed, which was fronted by Robin McAuley. The influences on the CD are incredibly diverse, and have been pegged as “Industrial Melodic Chaos.” Margarita states, “It has always been my vision to create music that will be around for a while and I feel like we have really achieved that with MASK.” The band plans to tour the US at the start of the year 2012, to promote MASK. Along with Margarita and Dave, drummer Kevin Katich and bassist Steven Cook will round off the live band.

MASK features nine stellar tracks, highlighted by “Falling Down,” “Tail Of The Gun,” the title track “Mask,” and modern-day power ballad “We Breath.”

The complete track listing for MASK is:

1. Falling Down
2. Tail Of The Gun
3. Mask
4. We Breath
5. Thrown It All Away
6. Walk The Line
7. Shredenstein
8. I Come In Peace
9. Fire


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-Dragonsclaw Release Three Tracks From Forthcoming Debut Album On Official Facebook Page

Traditional Metal act Dragonsclaw has uploaded three tracks to its official Facebook page streaming audio player as a preview from their forthcoming debut release PROPHECY, which features guest vocals from Blaze Bayley (of Iron Maiden / Wolfsbane fame) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge Of Forever, Eden’s Curse, and who has also worked with Ian Paice, Roger Glover & James LaBrie).

The tracks can be streamed at this location:

Dragonsclaw is a four-piece Heavy Metal outfit that features guitarist Ben Thomas, already an established name with his work with Paindivision and his guest appearances with Empires Of Eden, and vocalist Giles Lavery who brings an immense vocal range and an ear for melodies in the tradition of the classic metal genre. The band is also made up of bassist Aaron Bryn Thomas and Ray Martens on keys… The band is recruiting a full time drummer shortly for live dates.

Guest vocalist Alessandro Del Vechio has the following to say regarding his appearance on the album:

“Even if I’m not the typical ‘metal’ singer, as I am known for my melodic stuff, I grew up on the right stuff like Dio, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath so I really enjoyed getting the call from Dragonsclaw. It’s music I normally don’t sing every day so my performance was genuine and fresh… and that’s how a performance should be when you’re a guest on a record. Really wish these guys the best!”

The debut album which was recorded over the last 12 months and mixed and mastered by Producer Stu Marshall (Empires Of Eden/Pain Division/ex-Dungeon) is a true celebration of traditional metal.

Vocalist Giles Lavery gives a run down of the three tracks below:

“Darkness Within”

“This track opens our album, it is a heavy ‘Balls to the wall’ fast powerful dose of metal, it already seems to be favorite amongst those who have heard it and is very much in that Judas Priest style … who are of course one of our favorite groups, we think this will be a stormer live too.”

“Angels In White”

“Probably our most melodic track on the CD, the guitar harmonies and the chorus really stay with you after listening … this was a very late addition to the album, we were working on a track that wasn’t quite coming together and then this one just came out from an idea guitarist Ben Thomas had, He’s great, he is a never ending supply of riffs and song ideas, We laid this one down in two nights and it is a fine addition to the CD, needless to say the other track got left behind very quickly… it is very early ’80s sounding and hopefully will find favor among the fans of that NWOBHM or early US Steel scene”

“Unknown Horizon”

“Another fantastic riff from Ben, and we called upon Corey Wyer from Australian band The Cursing Stone for lyrics here, I have known Corey for years and he’s always been a great lyricist … he did a great job here and this track is a face melting power metal anthem about a deadly entity from another world descending upon earth … would we survive, I think not?”

The band is currently working on securing a label for the debut and is in the process of coordinating the release for different territories.

Giles added “We have a really strong set of songs here, We need the right label and the right folks behind it, we also have a Promo video for another track due in the coming week put together by Filmmaker and band photographer Jeremy Belinfante.”

Some early reviews of the album describe the work as a mix of Judas Priest, Helstar, Symphony X, & early Kamelot, one of Europe’s leading online metal sources Forgotten Scroll had the following to say:

“The album rules simple as that. This band came out of nowhere and they are actually handing a Metal bomb full of inspiration, passion and power, that should be released as soon as possible. For those who are after some high quality Metal this is the record they should look for. It is already on my top ten list for the best albums of the year.”

Any interested labels, radio shows, websites, ‘zines, or journalists should contact the band at dragonsclaw@live.com.au.

The full review can be read here:


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-Martyr Announces Details And Reveal Front Art Of Upcoming New Album CIRCLE OF 8! New Song Posted!

Dutch old school metallers Martyr have posted the first song of their upcoming new album CIRCLE OF 8! Surf over to the landing page at http://www.metalblade.com/martyr to listen to the title track “Circle Of 8” and to check out the pre-order options!

Martyr is a pure Heavy Metal force from The Netherlands. During the five years that Martyr was alive and kicking (1982-1987), the band released two albums that are considered cult in the Metal scene of today! FOR THE UNIVERSE (1985) and DARKNESS AT TIME’S EDGE (1986) are classic Metal, a delight for those who love strong melodies, speedy riffs and a high level of technicality.

In those years, Martyr appeared on compilation albums from Roadrunner and Metal Blade, was voted Holland’s best new metal band in Aardschok magazine, has toured with several international acts and appeared on Sky Channel’s Monsters Of Rock.

Martyr disbanded in 1987, but reunited in 2001 to play the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival. Four years later, the band revived almost the complete 1982 lineup to play the Headbangers Open Air and Keep It True festival. The flame has been burning again and the band continued to play live ever since. December 2008 Martyr supported US shock rockers Lizzy Borden on their European tour. But also in 2009 and 2010 Martyr hit the European stages supporting great acts like Flotsam And Jetsam, Vicious Rumors, Jaguar, Evergrey, a.o.

In 2009 the first new Martyr record in almost 25 years has been released. That’s when the new EP FEAR was coupled with a re-release of the classic FOR THE UNIVERSE album as a double digi-pak entitled FEAR THE UNIVERSE on Rusty Cage Records (RCR0017).

In 2010 and 2011 Martyr re-entered the studio between the live shows, by working on the successor for FEAR. A complete new album called CIRCLE OF 8, which will be released by Metal Blade Records in November 2011 worldwide, will be a significant impulse in Martyr’s revival. And by signing with Metal Blade again, the clan is back home!

Comments the band: “Martyr is really pleased to have the new album CIRCLE OF 8 released by Metal Blade Records. It feels like a reunion with metal friends for us after the METAL MASSACRE VI release in 1986!”

CIRCLE OF 8 contains 11 new tracks and one oldie and fan favorite, “Speed Of Samurai,” which has been re-recorded.

Track listing CIRCLE OF 8:
1. D.I.
2. Afterlife
3. Art Of Deception
4. Circle Of 8
5. All Warriors Bleed
6. The Uninvited
7. Insensible Scream
8. Scene Of Hell
9. Fake
10. Justified Killing
11. Locked
12. Speed Of Samurai

CIRCLE OF 8 will be released November 4th/7th via Metal Blade Records in Europe!

Martyr will play a release show on the 4th of November in Club Azotod in De Meern (near Utrecht), Holland. Presale tickets are 8 Euro and two support acts are yet to be announced!

Martyr live:
04/11/11 – NL – De Meem (near Utrecht) – Club Azotod (release show)
26/11/11 – CH – Uster – Rock City
01/12/11 – UK – London – The Underworld

Martyr is:
Rick Bouwman – Guitars
Wilfried Broekman – Drums
Rop van Haren – Vocals
Marcel Heesakkers – Guitars
Toine van der Linden – Bass


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-Metal Blade About To Release Vinyl Reissues Of Three Bold Thrower Albums!

MMA Strikeforce Fighter Josh Barnett Shows Support To Bolt Thrower!

On the 21st/24th of October, Metal Blade Records Europe will reissue the three Bold Thrower albums MERCENARY, HONOR VALOUR PRIDE, and THOSE ONCE LOYAL on vinyl. All three albums will be released as Gatefold LPs in colored vinyl, limited to 1,000 units each.

The band members themselves feel honored to get support from the “War Master” Josh Barnett: “Congratulations to, the mighty ‘War Master’ Josh Barnett, who ground and pound his way into the final of the MMA Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix after choking his opponent Sergei Kharitonov into submission in the first round of his fight on Saturday night. So, massive congrats to Josh, we’re very grateful and honored to be able to play a very small part in the reign of ‘The War Master.'”

Karl, Jo, Baz, Gav and Kiddie

Bold Thrower live:
15/10/11 – DE – Straubing – Metal Invasion Festival


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-Cyco Miko: Suicidal Tendencies Front Man To Release New Album This October

Suicidal To Play Three Special East Coast Shows This Weekend

From the mind of the original Cyco, Suicidal Tendencies/Infectious Grooves mastermind Mike Muir takes us on a journey into his world with the release of THE MAD MAD MUIR MUSICAL TOUR. With a 63-minute run time, the album features new tracks from Cyco Miko, as well as previously unreleased Infections Grooves tunes that highlight where the band has been as well as where the band is headed. THE MAD MAD MUIR MUSICAL TOUR features 14 tracks and includes appearances by Robert Trujillo (now with Metallica), Fletcher Dragge (Pennywise) and Brooks Wackerman. View the cover art at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3320 .


1. MMM
2. Happiness
3. All The Way
4. Got Feeling
5. Alone
6. Slightly
7. Done Gone Stupid
8. Full Of It
9. Hang On (The Fight Song)
10. Logical Thoughts Of A Lunatic
11. Who’s Next
12. What It Is!
13. S.lo Death
14. Soulvation

THE MAD MAD MUIR MUSICAL TOUR will be released in North America on October 11, 2011 via Suicidal Records via Fontana Distribution.


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-Re-mastered Axemaster Now Available

Selected re-mastered songs from Axemaster’s catalog are now available through the band’s new ReverbNation page at http://www.reverbnation.com/axemasterofficial . Since being re-mastered the material now sounds much better than it did on any of the releases it previously appeared on, especially the songs from DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR and 5 DEMOS. In all there are 16 songs available (one never before released) and the cost is only $0.75 per MP3.

Progress continues toward finishing the writing of the new Axemaster release. Every small detail is being taken into account in order to be sure that this CD will end up being as good as it can possibly be. This is an extremely important release and the band is treating it as such by taking the time to do everything properly. The final product will definitely reflect this.


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-Juke Kartel To Release Newly Recorded Single

“If Only” Hitting The Airwaves And Charts!

HOLLYWOOD,CA — Following up their #50 ranked Pop single, “If Only,” Australian natives Juke Kartel are breaking out single number two from their Carved Records release, LEVOLUTION. “Soulshaper (Come With Me)” has become a fan favorite and the newly recorded single will hit Top 40 radio in mid-September.

The band went back into the studio with Grammy nominated producer Curt Cuomo (Kiss), and Grammy winning producer and engineer Ed Cherney (John Mayer, the Rolling Stones) to re-record the acoustic ballad and turn it into an upbeat electric track.

Juke Kartel vocalist, Toby Rand had this to say: “‘Soulshaper’ is a word created to show that even in the depths of despair, when you feel your soul is crushed, there is a way to change for the better — by allowing yourself to forgive your past and shape it into a new beginning.”

Adds bassist Tommy Kende, “To me, ‘Soulshaper’ shows our continued growth as individuals and as a band of brothers. Originally, the song in its acoustic form was written to showcase our harmonies and acoustic strengths. The new and improved rock version takes you on a journey and gives you insight into what Juke Kartel is all about.”

“Soulshaper (Come With Me)” is already making waves in the radio world with early adds from WERO, WIXX and KVLY. The new single became available for digital download September 13, 2011. Look for Juke Kartel on tour with stops in California and North Carolina, along with an upcoming radio tour taking them all over the country.

Come hear the band that is the new rising star to music in an intimate performance at the Viper Room in Hollywood ~

09/30/2011 West Hollywood. CA – Viper Room

For more information go to http://www.jukekartel.com/ and get a free download too!

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-Autumn Announces Details And Reveals Front Art Of Upcoming New Album COLD COMFORT! New Song Posted!

Dutch heavy rock collective Autumn makes a return to the front line with its new album, COLD COMFORT, to be released November 4th/7th via Metal Blade Records in Europe!

This is the band’s fifth full-length effort, its third for Metal Blade Records. It offers a collection of striking songs blended into a diverse and yet surprisingly compact album, one that Autumn considers to be its most personal and meaningful to date.

While Autumn’s roots remain firmly planted in heavy rock/guitar-oriented soil, its branches are stretching out to more progressive musical genres and alternative approaches to the sound of individual songs. Guitarist Jens van der Valk elaborates: “In terms of sound we realized there were still leaps to be taken out of our comfort zone and into unthought-of possibilities. As a first step in the right direction, our main focus was on a more open, transparent sound, one through which the often multi-layered nature of our songs would be optimally channeled.”

Autumn needed not look far for a man to put at the helm with the right pioneering philosophy for the band to begin taking leaps: Erik-Jan Dodd, Autumn’s live sound engineer since the My NEW TIME era, envisioned a more vintage approach for COLD COMFORT. An experiment the band was all too eager to embrace, explains guitarist Mats van der Valk. “If there’s anyone who knows what we’re all about and more importantly: what we could potentially be all about, it’s E-J.”

COLD COMFORT will be released November 4th/7th in Europe as a limited first edition digi-pak CD including two bonus tracks!

Track listing COLD COMFORT:
1. The Scarecrow
2. Cold Comfort
3. Black Stars In A Blue Sky
4. Retrospect
5. Alloy
6. End Of Sorrow
7. Naeon
8. Truth Be Told (Exhale)
9. The Venamoured
10. Changes For The Bitter (Digi-bonus)
11. The Mute (Inhale) (Digi-bonus)

Check out the title track and first single COLD COMFORT and the pre-order options at http://www.metalblade.com/autumn .

Autumn is:
Marjan Welman – vocals
Jerome Vrielink – bass
Jan Munnik – keyboards
Jan Grijpstra – drums
Mats van der Valk – guitar, grunts and backing vocals
Jens van der Valk – guitar and backing vocals

Confirmed Autumn live shows:
04/11/11 – NL – Sneek – Bolwerk
05/11/11 – NL – Hoorm – Manifesto
11/11/11 – NL – Roermond – Azijnfabriek
17/11/11 – NL – Amstelveen – P60
18/11/11 – NL – Den Haag – Bazart
19/11/11 – NL – Zierikzee – Brogum
26/11/11 – NL – Zeist – Peppel


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-Toxic Holocaust To Release Benefit Split 7″ With Midnight

Portland, Oregon’s metal-punk warriors Toxic Holocaust has teamed up with Cleveland, Ohio’s Midnight for a split 7″ to benefit the victims of the Japanese tsunami disaster.

The 7″ is limited to a one-time pressing of 1,000 copies on Japanese-flag colored heavy-weight vinyl, and features tracks from both bands (“A.T.O.M.I.C.” by Toxic Holocaust, “Destroy Tsunami’s Power” by Midnight) exclusive to this release. The split also features exclusive artwork by Daniel “Sawblade” Shaw (Toxic Holocaust, Insect Warfare, Coffins). All proceeds will go to the Red Cross relief efforts for victims of the tsunami disaster. The 7″ can be ordered at http://www.relapse.com/japanese-benefit-7.html .

Toxic Holocaust recently released the first video from its brand new album, CONJURE AND COMMAND. The video, for the track “Judgment Awaits You,” can be viewed at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3346 .

Additionally, Toxic Holocaust heads to Europe for a five-week winter tour alongside Kvelertak, Trap Them and Wolves Like Us. A listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

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


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-Alaric Premiere New Track Via Pitchfork

With the release of Bay Area dark punk act Alaric’s self-titled debut full-length nearing release early this October, today Pitchfork Media have unveiled a song from the forthcoming album to the public. The third track from ALARIC, the ominous “Your God” showcases some of the prime examples of how Alaric infuse their Anarcho punk roots with Gothic, post-punk stylings formulaically creating a unique take on these vintage styles.

Meet “Your God” right here:

Featuring former and current members of Noothgrush, Enemies, Cross Stitched Eyes, Dead & Gone, UK Subs and more, Alaric perpetuate classic ’80s dark post-punk elements, with influence from Killing Joke, Rudimentary Peni, Christian Death and Joy Division showing through. The immediately infectious songs and revamped classic/retro nature of the album sets Alaric’s sound apart from any other contemporary act under the banner of punk rock.

Alaric Record Release Show:

10/28/2011 First Church Of The Buzzard – Oakland, CA w/ Nezzy Idy, Hollow Mirrors, Young Lions

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“… looks toward 1980s dark punk, goth, and crust then brings it intensely to the present.” – Pitchfork

“…the band delivers a signature sound: heavy on the reverb guitars, gorilla drums, and surely scowling angry vocals.” – Music Emissions

“The production can be suitably ethereal, the drums delicate and otherworldly, the guitars can drone and swirl behind the vocals which sit at a level in the mix to suggest that each of these elements is as important to the whole as each other.” – Alternative Matter

“This burrowing style sets Alaric apart as an act whose refusal to bow to any current trends should be admired and supported, particularly with the end results of their self-titled debut being this good.” Metal Army America


-There’s a new video update on Aerosmith’s next album, featuring bassist Tom Hamilton, at http://www.aeroforceone.com/ .

-All Else Fails’ fourth episode from the band’s webisode series “Studio Spaces” is now online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXMu60nhsdM . This one “follows the band during a tour van jacking of vocalist / guitarist Barrett Klesko’s laptop while on tour this summer and their adventures around Vancouver to file a police report.” See http://www.facebook.com/AllElseFailsCanada for more.

-There’s a new interview with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Dk%5Dt .

-There’s a new interview with Arch/Matheos singer John Arch at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Dk%5Dv .

-Arrayan Path’s next album through Pitch Black Records will be called IRA IMPERIUM.

-Athorn’s new bassist is Björn Spier. Check out a video introduction at http://youtu.be/BbBTILqEcwM .

-There’s a free MP3 of Sebastian Bach’s “Kicking & Screaming” at his Facebook band page, http://www.facebook.com/sebastianbach?v=app_178091127385 . This week’s batch of new interviews:

Loud Mag Australia

Blogs N’ Roses

“May The Rock Be With You” Australia

Metal As F*** (replace the “***” with you-know-what)

These tour dates were just announced:

11/5 – Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
11/8 – Showcase Live, Foxborough, MA
11/10 – Irving Plaza, New York, NY
11/11 – Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA

See http://www.sebastianbach.com/ for more.

-Check out Guitar Interactive Magazine’s interview with Joe Bonamassa (Black Country Communion) at http://www.iguitarmag.com/issue4 . Hype: “This amazing interactive guitar magazine goes through Joe’s history, gear, guitar lick lessons, latest album and the future.”

-Alice Cooper’s WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE (Hip-O Records) came out last week. Track list: “I Am Made Of You,” “Caffeine,” “The Nightmare Returns,” “A Runaway Train,” “Last Man On Earth,” “The Congregation,” “I’ll Bite Your Face Off,” “Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever,” “Ghouls Gone Wild,” “Something To Remember Me By,” “When Hell Comes Home,” “What Baby Wants,” “I Gotta Get Outta Here,” “The Underture.” The version selling at Best Buy has four bonus tracks: “Under The Bed,” “Poison” (live at the Download Festival), “No More Mr. Nice Guy” (live at the Download Festival), “Black Widow” (live at the Download Festival). Check out Alice’s track-by-track rundown of the album at http://youtu.be/pWBXuv_H6ns . Upcoming “No More Mr. Nice Guy Tour 2011” dates:

9/22 – The Trusts Stadium, Henderson / Auckland, New Zealand
9/24 – Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia
9/26 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
9/29 – Palais Theatre, St. Kilda Melbourne, Australia
9/30 – Palais Theatre, St. Kilda Melbourne, Australia
10/2 – Challenge Stadium, Perth, Australia
10/5 – The Coliseum – Hard Rock Hotel, Sentosa, Singapore
10/7 – EX Park-Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
10/12 – Atlantico, Rome, Italy
10/13 – Gran Teatro Geox, Padova, Italy
10/14 – Live Club, Milan, Italy
10/16 – St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland
10/17 – Steiermark Halle, Graz, Austria
10/18 – Gasometer Wien, Vienna, Austria
10/20 – Stadthalle (Grosser Saal), Chemnitz, Germany
10/21 – EWS Arena, Göppingen, Germany
10/22 – Rosengarten (Mozartsaal), Mannheim, Germany
10/23 – Silverdome, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
10/25 – Oval Hall, Sheffield, UK
10/26 – Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
10/27 – IA Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
10/29 – Alexandra Palace, London, UK
10/30 – O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, UK
10/31 – Clyde Auditorium, Finnieston Glasgow, Scotland
11/2 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
11/3 – Zenith, Lille, France
11/5 – Zenith, Toulouse, France
11/6 – Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France
11/8 – Zenith, Paris, France
11/9 – Zénith De Rouen, Rouen, France
11/10 – Liberté, Rennes, France
11/12 – Pier 2, Bremen, Germany
11/13 – RWE Halle, Mülheim An Der Ruhr, Germany
11/14 – Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
11/17 – Oktyabrsky Concert Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia
11/19 – Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia
11/27 – Keith Albee Theatre, Huntington, WV
11/30 – The Palace Theatre, Albany, NY
12/2 – House Of Blues – Atlantic City, Atlantic City, NJ
12/3 – The Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport, CT
12/6 – Centre In The Square, Kitchener, ON, Canada
12/9 – Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, IN
12/10 – Warner Theatre, Erie, PA
12/12 – Taft Theater, Cincinnati, OH
12/13 – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, GA
12/14 – Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL

Check out all tour-related info, including details of VIP packages, at http://alicecooper.com/tour-terror . See http://www.alicecooper.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/AliceCooper , http://www.myspace.com/officialalicecooper , and http://www.youtube.com/user/officialalicecooper for more.

-Down & Dirty’s video for “Taste Of Rock And Roll” is online at http://youtu.be/TYZWWFJZ-ZQ .

-There’s a new interview with Edguy main man Tobias Sammet at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Dk%5Du .

-Check out Greenthief’s new video for “Vultures” at http://www.youtube.com/greenthiefband#p/a/u/0/ECWJ6iKtpS4 . Hype from Ben Hughes’ review of the band’s album RETRIBUTION, at Uber Rock.co.uk: “Greenthief have a way of creating music using space and dynamics, with clever arrangements and a top notch production job courtesy of legendary producer Steve James, it’s a joy to experience. Yes, it’s progressive and experimental in places but not in a self indulgent, over the top way.”

-Haken’s second full-length concept album, VISIONS, is due out in North America on October 25 through Sensory Records. Statement from singer Ross Jennings: “We are confident this album will not disappoint fans of AQUARIUS. As well as pulling some signature stunts, we are also trying to raise the bar with our compositions, and as individual players. We poured everything we’ve got into this album; it’s been a really emotional year for us and hopefully that comes across in these songs.” Track list: “Premonition,” “Nocturnal Conspiracy,” “Insomnia,” “The Mind’s Eye,” “Portals,” “Shapeshifter,” “Deathless,” “Visions.” See http://www.hakenmusic.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/pages/HAKEN/102787549743 , http://twitter.com/Haken_Official , and http://www.myspace.com/hakenmusic for more.

-Halford’s upcoming LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA is available for pre-sale at http://www.metalgodshop.com/ . The CD version is $9.99, the DVD is $11.98, and the Blu-ray is $19.98. The Blu-ray and DVD pre-sales both include a bonus download of a “five-song digital promo including a LIVE performance video single from LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA.” Mr. Halford is having another big online sale as well. Check out HalfordMusic.com for $.99 video singles (.MP4 format files) taken from Halford’s RESURRECTION WORLD TOUR: LIVE AT ROCK IN RIO III and LIVE IN ANAHEIM and Fight’s WAR OF WORDS – THE FILM and LIVE IN PHOENIX. The site also has MP3s of Halford and Fight studio albums for $6.99, live albums for $10.99, and Halford’s SILENT SCREAMS – THE SINGLES for $2.99 and a “singles & videos bundle” from Halford’s LIVE IN ANAHEIM for $4.99. The MetalGodApparel.com site has a deal where you can get $10 off when you buy a second T-shirt, using coupon code SUPERARENA. Finally, the site MetalGodShop.com is selling other physical discs for cheap as follows: Halford’s METAL GOD ESSENTIALS VOL. 1 and Fight’s K5 – THE WAR OF WORDS DEMOS for $4.99, Fight’s WAR OF WORDS – THE FILM DVD for $5.99, and Halford’s LIVE INSURRECTION – REMASTERED two-CD set for $9.99. See http://www.RobHalford.com/ for more.

-Hull’s BEYOND THE LIGHTLESS SKY is due in North America on October 11 through The End Records. The band will play a special record release party on October 10 at the Mercury Lounge in New York City. See http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com/event/64757 for more on the event, and http://www.hullorhighwater.com/ for more on Hull.

-Iron Lamb’s THE ORIGINAL SIN is due out September 27 through Pulverised Records. Track list: “Rotten Wood/Original Sin,” “Dubious Preacher,” “Our Demise,” “Poison” (Motorhead cover), “Suicide,” “I Don’t Wanna Be Like You,” “I Don’t Like You,” “Iron Lamb, Dead Inside,” “Another Miserable Day” (bonus track), “TBC” (bonus track). See http://www.myspace.com/ironlambofficial for more.

-Check out the first page of the upcoming Kiss/Archie comic book at http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/09/19/first-look-at-archie-meets-kiss/ . In related news, Gene Simmons was in Toronto last weekend for Rally For Kids, “a chairty event benefiting kids with cancer.” Check out an interview at http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110916/110916_Simmons_Video/20110916/?hub=CP24HomeRallyForKids.Com .

-Korpiklaani — the “Finnish folk metal ambassadors” — have replaced violinist Hittavainen with Teemu Eerola. Hittavainen had to step down because “his personal health issues made the constant touring and recording impossible.” The band is heading out on tour later this month. See http://www.korpiklaani.com/ for more.

-Four clips from The Magnificent’s s/t are available as follows:

“Holding On To Your Love”

“Cheated By Love”


“Satin & Lace”

-Mystic Prophecy’s next album, RAVEN LORD, is due out November 25. Track list: “Ravenlord,” “Die Now,” “Eyes Of The Devil,” “Cross Of Lies,” “Endless Fire,” “Wings Of Destiny,” “Damned Tonight,” “Hollow,” “Reckoning Day,” “Back With The Storm,” “Miracle Man” (Ozzy Osbourne cover) (bonus track). There will be a hand-signed “digi-pak + limited gatefold vinyl edition” limited to 500 copies. Check out the title track at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHkEiTIkqXQ . The band will tour Europe in February and March of 2012. See http://www.facebook.com/mysticprophecy and http://www.myspace.com/mysticprophecy for more.

-Check out a backstage interview with Night Ranger’s Jack Blades, Kelly Keagy, and Brad Gillis at http://youtu.be/6C374J0VEQY .

-Oz’s BURNING LEATHER is due November 18 through AFM Records.

-The lineup for next year’s ProgPower USA XIII festival, set for September 2012 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA, has been announced. Friday: Sinbreed, Kingcrow, Solution.45, Serenity, Primordial, Redemption, Epica (headliner). Saturday: Above Symmetry, Lanfear, Amaranthe, Mystic Prophecy, Mayan (with special guests), Pretty Maids, Symphony X (headliner). See http://www.progpowerusa.com/ , http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/progpower-usa-120/ , and http://www.facebook.com/ProgPowerUSA for more.

-The Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse festival is set for September 30 – October 1 at Bada Brew in Crest Hill, IL. Friday’s lineup: Question Of Madness, Ghost In The Ruins, Degradation, Hessler, Skullview (coming out of retirement for one night only), Obsession. Saturday’s lineup: Iron Finger, Furnaze, Catalano, Sacred Oath, Helstar (only Midwest appearance), Cage. VIP ticket holders are entitled to a meet-and-greet with the bands, and will be treated to a private screening of Cage’s new album SUPREMACY OF STEEL. See http://www.ragnarokkrmetal.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/RagnarokkrMetal , and http://www.myspace.com/badabrewbar for more.

-Saxon is set to hit the road on the CALL TO ARMS tour, with support from Borealis in North America, Anvil and Crimes Of Passion in Europe, and HammerFall in the UK. Dates:

9/28 – The Key Club, Los Angeles, CA
9/30 – The Avalon, Santa Clara, CA
10/1 – The Last Day Saloon, Santa Rosa, CA
10/2 – The Galaxy, Santa Ana, CA
10/3 – The Crown, Las Vegas, NV
10/4 – Club Red, Tempe, AZ
10/6 – Stereo Live, Houston, TX
10/7 – Sunkin Gardens, San Antonio, TX
10/8 – The Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL
10/9 – Blondies, Detroit, MI
10/10 – Foufounes Electriques, Montreal, QC
10/11 – Mod Club, Toronto, ONT
10/13 – B.B. King’s, New York, NY
10/14 – Jaxx, Springfield, VA
10/15 – Bourbon Street, Baltimore, MD
10/18 – New Rockola, Santiago, Chile
10/20 – Barraca Biruta, Fortaleza, Brazil
10/22 – HSBC Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
10/23 – Masterhall, Curitiba, Brazil
10/25 – El Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
11/15 – Sesia Rock’n’Roll Arena, Romagnano, Italy
11/17 – Konzerthaus Schüür, Luzern, Switzerland
11/19 – Gemeindesaal, Kundl, Austria
11/20 – Rockhouse, Salzburg, Austria
11/21 – Arena, Vienna, Austria
11/23 – Schorre, Halle, Germany
11/24 – Aladin, Bremen, Germany
11/25 – Christmas Metal Festival, Lichtenfels, Germany
11/26 – Metropool, Hengelo, The Netherlands
11/27 – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
11/29 – Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
11/30 – Trädgårn, Gothenburg, Sweden
12/2 – Munchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden
12/4 – Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland
12/7 – Club Studio, Krakow, Poland
12/8 – Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
12/10 – Knock Out Festival, Karlsruhe, Germany
12/11 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
12/13 – O2 Academy, Oxford, England
12/14 – O2 Academy, Leicester, England
12/16 – Picturehouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
12/17 – Mandela Hall, Belfast, Ireland
12/18 – O2 Academy, Sheffield, England
12/20 – Koko, London, England

See http://www.saxon747.com/ for more.

-Sinner’s ONE BULLET LEFT (AFM Records) hit #65 on the official album charts in Germany.

-Sister’s new video for “The Unlucky Minority, from HATED (Metal Blade), is available at http://www.metalblade.tv/tv/music-videos/sister-the-unlucky-minority/ . Hype from the band: “We filmed this video for ‘The Unlucky Minority’ in one evening without any major plans really but with a lotta sweat and beers instead! Keep it simple and keep the Sister approach to it all. This video represents us and just like the album, we’ve captured the raw and dirty feeling in it. This is a straight rock n’ roll video with no f*cking around. Just pure Sister.” See http://www.sisteronline.net/ for more.

-Next year’s Sweden Rock Festival is set for June 6-9, 2012, in Solvesborg. The 3-day and 4-day ticket packages will go on sale October 24 at 9:00 CET. The 1-day tickets will be released next spring. The first 5,000 ticket buyers will receive an exclusive T-shirt. See http://www.swedenrock.com/ for more.

-Check out some song clips from Trillium’s ALLOY at these links:

“Machine Gun”


“Scream It”

See http://www.amandasomerville.com/ for more.

-UFO — Phil Mogg, Vinnie Moore, Paul Raymond, and Andy Parker — has more North American tour dates, still supporting last year’s BEST OF A DECADE (SPV/Steamhammer), with Mindflow opening:

9/21 – The Fat Cat, Modesto, CA
9/23 – Boulder Station Casino, Las Vegas, NV
9/24 – The Key Club, Los Angeles, CA
9/26 – Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA
9/27 – Warnor’s Center For The Performing Arts, Fresno, CA
9/29 – The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA
9/30 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
10/4 – The Rock, Tucson, AZ
10/6 – House Of Blues, Dallas, TX
10/7 – Warehouse Live Studio, Houston, TX
10/8 – Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX

The band is working on a new studio album for next year. See http://www.ufo-music.info/ for more.

Thanks to Nicky Baldrian, the Illinois Entertainer, Nightmare Records, Earsplit PR, Metaltix, AFM Records, Axel Wiesenauer, Jon Asher, and Chad Bowar for help gathering some of this information.

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