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Detritus
Issue #610
Week of September 26, 2011
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Patrick Brower, Editor
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-Happy Hump Day, y’all. – Tim

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-Rage: First Information On The New Album

After more than 18 months of constant touring through about 20 different countries over the course of their current album STRINGS TO A WEB, Peavy, Victor and Andre have now started writing songs for the follow-up record. The recordings will take place from mid-October on in the Twilight Hall Studios, Grefrath under the time-proven direction of Charlie Bauerfeind (Saxon, Blind Guardian, HammerFall, Helloween, et al.). As a direct consequence of the decision to release orchestral compositions under the banner of the project Lingua Mortis Orchester in the future (the first album release is scheduled for 2012), the guys will fully concentrate on their metallic fortes on the 21st record within the band’s history. Therefore, one can justifiably look forward to the hardest Rage album to date. The release is planned for March of 2012. Watch out for it!

http://www.rage-on.de/

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-Lizzy Borden Announces “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 European part of the tour in the Netherlands (Eindhoven) on November 23rd, then on to Germany 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).

Full tour dates are as follows:

November
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

December:
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

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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-HolyHell Announce John Macaluso As Their New Drummer With A Free Song Download For Their Fans!

[Note: This combines content from two different press releases. – Tim]

New York based Rock/Metal/Gothic band HolyHell have announced veteran John Macaluso as their new drummer and celebrate their new arrival with a free download of one of their first live appearances together.

HolyHell and Macaluso first played together in March 2011 with performances in sold-out shows in Worcester, MA and Cleveland, OH.

“The energy was so amazing, you can hear it effortlessly in the performances,” said HolyHell front woman and songwriter Maria Breon. “We want to share this experience with our fans! Join us on Facebook — and on the road!”

Macaluso has been the recording and touring drummer for world-renowned acts, such as Yngwie Malmsteen, ARK, James LaBrie (Dream Theater), TNT, Riot, Powermad, Starbreaker, Chris Caffery and KRS-One. Also known as “Johnny Mac” he is endorsed by Paiste Cymbals, Evans DrumHeads, Vic Firth Drum Sticks and GMS Drums. Learn more about John Macaluso at http://johnmacaluso.com/bio.shtml .

“Playing with ‘Mac’ has been a revelation and a pleasure for the whole band. He’s a monster drummer with impeccable timing and a strong sense for the music,” said musical director Francisco Palomo.

“‘Johnny Mac’ is a perfect fit for HolyHell. The band sounds killer!” adds Joe Stump.

HolyHell have earned high praise for their debut album HOLYHELL. The 13-song concept album taps into the dichotomy of its namesake, as HolyHell explore, lyrically and musically, the eternal struggle between darkness and light, life and death, evil and divine. HolyHell have gathered a growing following with their live performances in Europe and the US over the last couple of years.

The band is working on their new album, set for release in 2012.

The next opportunity to witness the infernal energy of HolyHell & Macaluso are two upcoming shows in November: Nov. 18, at the Dublin Pub in New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY and Nov. 19, at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.

Go to http://www.facebook.com/holyhell and get your FREE live version of “Revelations” from our album HOLYHELL now.

Go to the tab “HOLYHELL” on the left side of the screen and download the song that was recorded live at the Agora, Cleveland on March 12, 2011.

And tell all your friends to do the same! Thank you all for your constant support! You are the greatest!

For more info:

http://www.facebook.com/holyhell
http://www.holyhell.com/
http://www.magiccirclemusic.com/

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-Illdisposed, StormWarrior, Supreme Pain, Wizard: Massacre Records Announce Four October Releases Via New North American Distribution

German metal label Massacre Records has secured new North American distribution through AFM Records’ deal with E1 Entertainment, and are preparing to bring four of their strongest 2001 releases stateside on the 25th of October, 2011, including the latest albums from Illdisposed, StormWarrior, Supreme Pain, and Wizard.

Among the oldest of Denmark’s metal bands, longstanding extreme metal act Illdisposed are preparing to set loose their colossal eleventh full-length album THERE IS LIGHT (BUT IT’S NOT FOR ME) on North American soil, also marking the band’s 20th anniversary together!

Surging with over 40 minutes of groove-laden thunder that elevates Illdisposed’s style, transcending from their old-school death roots up through their contemporary sound, everything is bigger, louder and stronger on THERE IS LIGHT (BUT IT’S NOT FOR ME), showing that the past two decades together definitely haven’t been a waste of time. Produced and mixed by one of Denmark’s most experienced sound engineers Tue Madsen (Suicide Silence, Heaven Shall Burn, Sick Of It All), this is the band’s most thoroughly prepared album since their 2004-released 1-800 VINDICATION.

THERE IS LIGHT (BUT IT’S NOT FOR ME) Track Listing:

1. Your Own Best Companion
2. Heaven Forbid
3. Our Words Betrayed
4. The Taste Of You
5. As The Day Rottens
6. Reality To Fall
7. Step Onto My Winter
8. Rape
9. Sunday Black
10. We

Since catching the attention of Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray/ex-Helloween) for the recording of their 2002 debut full-length, Northern Germany’s StormWarrior have become well known for their ’80s metal influences based on tales of Nordic mythology. They’ve toured their way across Europe countless times and have shared the stage with metal’s biggest names at prestigious festivals, and cranking out multiple full-length albums amidst a live record and an array of EPs and smaller releases over the past decade.

Now, with their fourth full-length album HEATHEN WARRIOR, StormWarrior are raising the bar once more. Not only staying true to their roots, they managed to evolve their already unequaled musical prowess with the most catchy yet intricate guitar work, earwig-melodies and pushing drum and bass attacks. The band once again worked with their trusted companion Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Rage, Wuthering Heights, etc.) once again, who mixed the album at Jailhouse Studios.

HEATHEN WARRIOR Track Listing:

1. …Og Hammeren Hæves Til Slag…
2. Heathen Warrior
3. The Ride Of Asgård
4. Heirs To The Fighte
5. Bloode To Bloode
6. Fyre & Ice
7. The Returne
8. Wolven Nights
9. Ravenhearte
10. The Valkyries Call
11. And Northern Steele Remaineth

Dutch death metal maniacs Supreme Pain are prepared to drop DIVINE INCARNATION on North American audiences, their third and strongest album to date, and the band’s debut for Massacre Records.

The brutalizing quintet features a cast of death metal militia including vocalist Adrie Kloosterwaard (Sinister, Infinited Hate, ex-Houwitzer), drummer Paul Beltman (ex-Sinister, ex-Judgment Day, ex-Infinited Hate, ex-Fondlecorpse), bassist Alesa Sare (ex-Sarcasm, Root ‘A Balluta) and guitarist Bas Brussaard (Fondlecorpse, ex-Infinited Hate). This lineup culminates massive talent with the ranks of Supreme Pain, who break out their heaviest weaponry to date on their third full-length DIVINE INCARNATION. Produced at Soundlodge Studio by Jörg Uken (God Dethroned, Dew-Scented, Defloration), DIVINE INCARNATION is the band’s most epic and evil atmospheric album to date, but not by weakening their groove-laden, aggressive death metal.

DIVINE INCARNATION Track Listing:

1. Dawn Of A New Era
2. The Dark Army
3. Damned Creation
4. Treasonous Disease
5. Trapped In Heresy
6. Spiritual Sickness
7. Divine Incarnation
8. Putrefied Beauty
9. The Fallen Kingdom
10. Towards Hell

Celebrating their 23rd year together as a band, and over these years having become one of Germany’s leading traditional/speed metal exports, Wizard will release their ninth full-length, …OF WARIWULFS AND BLUOTVARWES, on North American soil this October.

A concept album based on a trilogy of fantasy novels by German writer Andre Wiesler, …OF WARIWULFS AND BLUOTVARWES boasts nearly 50 minutes of the band’s trademark true, epic heavy metal, recorded at Magic Hall Studio by the band’s bassist Volker Leson and produced by Wizard, before being mastered by Achim Köhler (Primal Fear, Sinner, etc.). Wholly infusing influences from a wider range of metal’s subgenres than ever before, this album is the most well-executed and professionally recorded release in the band’s catalog.

…OF WARIWULFS AND BLUOTVARWES Track Listing:

1. … Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes
2. Undead Insanity
3. Taste Of Fear
4. Wariwulf
5. Messenger Of Death
6. Sign Of The Cross
7. Fair Maiden Mine
8. Hearteater
9. Hagr
10. Bletzer
11. Hagen Von Stein

http://www.illdisposed.com/
http://www.stormwarrior.de/
http://www.myspace.com/supremepainofficial
http://www.legion-of-doom.de/
http://www.massacre-records.com/
http://www.myspace.com/massacrerecordseurope

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-Arrayan Path: IRA IMPERIUM

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

We are thrilled to announce the release of Arrayan Path’s third album, which as previously announced will be titled IRA IMPERIUM. A follow-up to last year’s highly acclaimed TERRA INCOGNITA (nominated for IMPALA’s European Independent Album of the Year Award) IRA IMPERIUM can only be described with one word: MASTERPIECE! Fans of melodic epic power metal should brace themselves!

IRA IMPERIUM features a guest appearance by the legendary Tony Martin (ex Black Sabbath) and also sees the return of Vagelis Maranis (Sanvoisen) lending his voice on several songs. The main voice throughout the album remains the same of course; that of Nicholas Leptos, the driving force behind Arrayan Path whose unmistakable charismatic voice is the finishing touch to the brilliantly passionate sound of Arrayan Path. Completing the lineup are Socrates Leptos and Alexis Kleidaras on guitars, Vagelis Maranis on bass, George Kallis on keyboards and Stefan Dittrich on drums.

Recorded and mixed at Maranis Studios in Germany, IRA IMPERIUM is released worldwide on November 4th (November 7th in the UK) with a bonus track featured on the CD version. Also through major MP3 stores, while a limited edition will also be available for die-hard fans, details of which will be revealed later.

Subscribers to the Pitch Black Records mailing list already had the chance to check out an exclusive free download track off the album and that track can now be downloaded by clicking here:

More free download tracks will be announced soon.

Track listing:
1. Dies Irae
2. Gnosis Of Prometheus
3. Ira Imperium (The Damned)
4. Kiss Of Kali
5. Katherine Of Aragon
6. 77 Days ’til Doomsday
7. Emir Of The Faithful
8. Hollow Eyes Of Nefertiti
9. Amenophis
10. Lost Ithaca
11. I Sail Across The Seven Seas
12. The Fall Of Mardonius
13. The Poet Aftermath

Arrayan Path would like to especially thank Nicholas Sampson and Behind The Mirror for contributing towards the making of this album.

Pitch Black Records
http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/
http://twitter.com/pitchblackrcrds
http://www.myspace.com/pitchblackrecordsmetal
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pitch-Black-Records/162944690417465
http://www.reverbnation.com/label/pbr

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-Z Records News

Prophet Confirmed For Z Rock 2012

It Is with great pleasure that we can confirm the addition of Prophet to the Z Rock 2012 lineup. The band are highly regarded in rock circles and their appearance will be Prophet’s first on English soil. Prophet’s RECYCLED will be rereleased on October 24th via Z Records.

The confirmed line for Z Rock 2012 on May 5th is now as follows… Paul Sabu, Prophet, Arabia, Legion, Vanden Plas and Shakra with one further act to be confirmed.

Tickets can be purchased at a special discounted rate of £38 until November 30th when they revert to £45. Visit http://www.zrecords.net/ to obtain yours!

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-Hostile

Hostile, formed in 2006 by A.J. who was brought up in a graveyard house in the heart of the Black Country (the birthplace of heavy metal).

The lineup consists of vocalist Jay, the guitar duet of A.J. and Matt, Alex Hill (son of Ian Hill, Judas Priest) on bass duties and Gunga on the drums.

Having become regulars on the UK live circuit, playing renown venues such as The Wolverhampton Civic and gaining support to big acts such as Soulfly and Morbid Angel, Hostile managed to gain the attention of metal God and founding member of the mighty Judas Priest, K.K. Downing, who caught the band live at his local venue. Impressed by the potential of the band, K.K. not only agreed to produce the band’s debut album but to also write a song for the band titled “Addiction” which is very unique as this is the first time K.K. has written a song outside Judas Priest.

As a taste of things to come, Hostile then hooked up with top London booking agent Rod Macsween of I.T.B. who went on to book the band for the Download Festival at the historical Donington Park venue, gaining excellent reviews such as KERRANG! ‘kkkk’ review and also packing out the Gibson stage tent to which they went down a storm. The band then went on to support the newly reunited brothers Max and Igor Cavalera in their new band Cavalera Conspiracy at the sold-out London Astoria gaining stunning reviews and again going down a storm with the London crowd.

Hostile then re-grouped with K.K. Downing and headed down to The Old Smithy studios where Judas Priest recorded ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION (2003) and their latest masterpiece NOSTRADAMUS (2008) to start work on Hostile’s debut album which was also to be engineered by Richard Wood who had worked with Judas Priest on their latest work NOSTRADAMUS.

Writing the album and working with K.K. has been an invaluable experience for Hostile and they certainly can now understand why K.K. says metal is in his veins, Hostile are also proud to say that they too hail from the cherished birthplace of heavy metal. “We live and breathe Heavy Metal!” says A.J.

Now with their debut album EVE OF DESTRUCTION complete, Hostile hope to aspire to be the most important band from Birmingham/Black Country since their mighty predecessors Judas Priest and Black Sabbath themselves.

http://hostile1.net/

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-Napalm Records News

Nachtblut: “Antik” Clip

ANTIK is out on 30 September and Nachtblut present their fans with the clip to the title track! Fans may view the clip at http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords !

http://de-de.connect.facebook.com/Nachtblutgefluester
http://www.myspace.com/nachtblutgefluester
http://www.nachtblut.com/

Van Canto: Rock “Runes Of Magic”

Attention a cappella friends and “Runes Of Magic” players: click http://www.runesofmagic.com/de/Rock_Taborea_Der_Musikvideo_Contest.html to find out all the details about the music video contest that brings together Van Canto and the fantastic worlds of the online role-playing game! In addition, fans may want to watch the BREAK THE SILENCE track- by-track and studio outtakes at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exLGKAvJoZM ! BREAK THE SILENCE is available now!

http://www.facebook.com/vancantoband
http://www.myspace.com/vancanto
http://www.vancanto.de/

Out Of The Dark Tour 2011

Xandria, Van Canto, Tristania & Serenity

30.09.2011 DE – Karlsruhe / Substage
01.10.2011 CZ – Prague / Abaton
02.10.2011 HU – Budapest / Club 202
04.10.2011 IT – Milan / Alcatraz
05.10.2011 CH – Pratteln / Z7
06.10.2011 FR – Paris / Le Bataclan
07.10.2011 NL – Haarlem / Patronaat
08.10.2011 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob
09.10.2011 UK – London / O2 Academy Islington
11.10.2011 DE – Cologne / Live Music Hall
12.10.2011 DE – Munich / Backstage
13.10.2011 DE – Neu-Isenburg / Hugenottenhalle
14.10.2011 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
15.10.2011 DE – Dortmund / FZW

Napalm Records
http://www.napalmrecords.com/

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-Out Now! Folk Metallers Scythia Release New Album …OF EXILE (Pay What You Want)

Vancouver’s folk metal clan Scythia are proud to announce the official release of their sophomore album …OF EXILE on September 23, 2011. In celebration of the release, the band is offering a special combo package (CD with a limited release Fierce Riders T-shirt) along with the digital album available as a pay what you want at the following link:

http://scythia.bandcamp.com/album/of-exile-out-september-23-2011

“…OF EXILE is a fantasy concept album that blends storytelling with neoclassical and progressive metal. The album features 10 tracks that are linked together with cinematic sound effects and lush narration showcasing a range of different styles at play from medieval folk to ’70s rock and all the way to full-blown power metal,” commented vocalist/ guitarist Dave Khan.

Scythia is also offering two free downloads “For The King” and “Voice Of The Sword” at the following links.

“For The King”
http://scythia.bandcamp.com/track/for-the-king-free-download

“Voice Of The Sword”
http://scythia.bandcamp.com/track/voice-of-the-sword-free-download

…OF EXILE Teaser Video:

Track Listing:

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

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

About the band:

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

So what is Scythia?

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

In 2010, Scythia released its debut, …OF WAR (originally with violin) which was produced by Shaun Thingvold who has engineered on projects with SYL, Fear Factory, Darkest Hour and many more. Now, following some lineup changes, Scythia has released its second album …OF EXILE, again produced by Shaun Thingvold, on September 23, 2011.

Upcoming Show Dates:

November 19, 2011 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (Nerdfest)

http://ScythiaFolkMetal.com/
http://www.myspace.com/scythiafolkmetal
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scythia/254231525306
http://twitter.com/scythiametal
http://www.youtube.com/scythiaband
http://www.reverbnation.com/scythia
http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/Scythia

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-Atlantean Kodex: New Album From Epic German Metal Outfit Underway

Germany’s Atlantean Kodex have been hard at work over recent months, writing their sophomore full-length album, which at press time remains untitled. The follow-up to their heralded debut album, THE GOLDEN BOUGH, is surely one of the most anticipated albums for fans of grand, epic and pure heavy metal.

Stated guitarist Manuel Trummer this week on the progress of the writing process: “The new album is slowly starting to take shape. So far we have around 30 minutes of all new, unreleased material. There won’t be any demo songs or older songs from previous releases on the album. Regarding the general direction, you can expect the same sound and atmosphere as on THE GOLDEN BOUGH. There won’t be any change in style whatsoever. The stuff we have written so far ranges from nice headbanging up-tempo anthems to some of the slowest and most epic stuff we have done… it’s safe to say that our key coordinates still are INTO GLORY RIDE-era Manowar, VIKING-era Bathory, arcane ’80s US Metal served with a healthy dose of NWOBHM, folk and ’70s vibes. All regressive, all Atlantean Kodex.”

Atlantean Kodex will be focusing on the writing of this opus year until they are 100% sure the album is a worthy successor to THE GOLDEN BOUGH, being planned for release sometime in late 2012 or early 2013.

THE GOLDEN BOUGH, released by Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music in 2010, took fans of the most epic classic, power and doom metal by surprise, reaping incredible acclaim from critics and publications of all caliber and from diehard fans of pure heavy metal worldwide, and closing out the year on countless year-end lists.

Read Trummer’s full statement with much more detail on the album’s progress at Cruz Del Sur Music’s website here, and stay tuned for more details on the album to emerge through the coming year.

http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/index.php/2011/09/atlantean-kodex-new-album-under-way/

http://www.atlanteankodex.de/
http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/cruzdelsurmusic
http://www.myspace.com/cruzdelsurmusic

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-The Texas Hippie Coalition Unleash Their Brand Of Fury On The US

THC — Gearing Up For Tour Now!!!

Select Dates With Black Label Society

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

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

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

Tour Dates:

September
Wed 28 – Worcester, MA – The Lucky Dog
Thu 29 – Seabrook, NH – Chop Shop
Fri 30 – Auburn, ME – Club Texas

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

November
Fri 4 – Rochester, MN – Wicked Moose
Sat 5 – Mankato, MN – Buster’s
Wed 9 – Kearney, NE – The Garage
Thu 10 – Omaha, NE – The Hideout
Fri 11 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s Grill And Reverb Rock Garden
Sat 12 – Illiopolis, IL – Bunker’s Bar
Mon 14 – Urbana, IL – The Stop City
Wed 16 – Fargo, ND – The Nestor Tavern

** Denotes date with BLS

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

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-Kobra & The Lotus: Tour Dates December

Vocal Warrior Queen, Kobra Paige returns this December to warm are souls and bang are heads hard with her band Kobra And The Lotus they are one of the most successful and influential new metal bands emerging out of Canada. Fronted and formed by powerhouse vocalist Kobra Paige, the band’s popularity is due to their high energy, molten metal live show that continues to define them. Their first album, OUT OF THE PIT, produced by Kevin Shirley, was launched in March 2010. In the following 16 months the band performed 168 gigs, across five countries including seven festival stages. With a heavy fist full of great reviews …

“Brittany Paige, singer and co-songwriter of Kobra And The Lotus. This smiling bit of sunshine just has to open her mouth and this powerful Metal voice of charisma just fills the room with euphoria with no effort. Truly a gift which she shares with us.” … http://www.metaltalk.net

“Kobra And The Lotus are the fire-breathing, female-fronted heavy metal bombshell. Classic, Priest-loving riffs. Powerhouse drummer. Singer who can belt the Halfordian high-notes … these Canadian headbangers can’t return soon enough for us.” Classic Rock Magazine

The band has recorded their second album, produced by Julius “Juice” Butty, scheduled for release in early 2012. A pre-release of their music video “Welcome To My Funeral” point to an undisputed evolution in the band; the music is stronger, meaner and heavier. “Touring for OUT OF THE PIT had a huge influence on us in terms of realizing which direction we wanted the new music to take,” says Kobra. “We really wanted to create new music that would portray the large amount of energy we put forward in a live performance.”

Kobra And The Lotus will be hitting the UK again this December. The new live show is largely based on the upcoming album.

Kobra Paige – Vocals
Chris Swenson – Guitars
Griffin Kissack – Drums
Peter Dimov – Bass
Timothy Vega – Guitars

video link:

Tour Dates:
Date & Show Time – City – Prov/State – Country – Venue
December 1, 2011 19:00 – York – UK – Fibbers
December 2, 2011 12:00 – Prestatyn – UK – Hard Rock Hell V Festival
December 4, 2011 19:00 – Birmingham – UK – HMV Institute
December 6, 2011 19:00 – London – UK – Barfly
December 8, 2011 19:00 – Newcastle – UK – Trillions
December 10, 2011 19:00 – Glasgow – UK – Stereo

http://www.kobraandthelotus.com/home/tour

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-Byron Nemeth To Pay Tribute To Jimi Hendrix During L.A. Amp Show

LOS ANGELES, CA — Scottsdale, AZ-based guitar hero Byron Nemeth plans to commemorate Jimi Hendrix’s burial date of Oct. 1 1970 during his appearance at L.A. Amp Show Oct. 1 and 2.

Nemeth will be heading to the roof of the Airtel Plaza Hotel at approximately 4:20 p.m. to play “The Star-Spangled Banner” as performed by Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock and to light a guitar on fire in Hendrix’s memory. “Honoring Hendrix by replicating his very controversial rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ on electric guitar is the most important political rock statement that needs to be done today to wake people up to new music,” says Nemeth. “This delivery of screaming guitar and ballistic feedback will shock and inspire listeners to a new vision of what modern rock should be instead of the watered down corporate drivel we have been force-fed in recent years.”

Byron will be representing Moore Amps and the company’s new model Mooresound 1013 Amp Class A 20 Watt Single Channel All Tube Amplifier throughout the weekend.

Relevant links:
http://www.byronnemeth.com/
http://www.mooresound.com/
http://www.airtelplaza.com/
http://www.ampshow.com/

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-Jägermeister Presents Tour With Co-Headliners Unearth & Chimaira

[Note: This combines two updates. – Tim]

Since the band’s genre defining release THE ONCOMING STORM, Unearth has continuously crisscrossed the globe, becoming one of the hardest — and most consistent — touring bands in all of hard rock. With DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT, their fifth full-length, the quintet have delivered their most honest, powerful, and compelling statement to date, driving a fist into the collective gut of every image-obsessed metal band currently cluttering up the landscape, and setting a new standard when it comes to marrying precision brute force and exhilarating melody.

Earning themselves Top 200 Billboard Chart entries for all four of the band’s Metal Blade releases (THE ONCOMING STORM, III: IN THE EYES OF FIRE, THE MARCH, and DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT), Unearth is once again prepared to take the world by storm when they hit the road this fall with Cleveland, Ohio’s Chimaira. The tour will be joined by Athens, Ohio’s Skeletonwitch and Las Vegas, Nevada’s Molotov Solution.

Jägermeister, the brand that’s synonymous with music, has a long history of supporting bands, both from a local and basement level to national amphitheater acts. The brand has spent almost two decades developing artists and has seen many go from obscurity to the top of their fields. “Both bands symbolize the attitude that Jägermeister shares with hard rock and metal music,” says Bill Henderson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising at Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. “Chimaira and Unearth have both worked with our brand for several years and it’s great that we can continue the relationship with this tour.”

“We are incredibly pleased to announce this fall’s Jägermeister tour in North America,” says Trevor Phipps of Unearth. “We will be supporting our new album DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT and are anxious to play more tracks from that album. Hitting the road with us will be our old friends in Chimaira, Skeletonwitch and soon to be new friends in Molotov Solution. We would like to thank Jägermeister for supporting this tour and we look forward to seeing you all on the road! Let’s make this a fall tour to remember!!! Cheers!!!”

Tickets are on sale to the general public through each venue’s ticketing outlet. Please check local listings or Unearth’s website ( http://unearth.tv/tour-dates/ ) for more details.

Jägermeister presents Unearth/Chimaira tour
with Skeletonwitch & Molotov Solution:

11/13/2011 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/14/2011 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
11/16/2011 Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
11/17/2011 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
11/18/2011 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
11/19/2011 Wally’s Pub – Hampton Beach, NH
11/20/2011 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
11/21/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
11/22/2011 Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
11/23/2011 House Of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
11/25/2011 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/26/2011 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
11/27/2011 Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL
11/29/2011 Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/30/2011 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
12/01/2011 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM*
12/02/2011 Mesa Theater & Club – Grand Junction, CO
12/03/2011 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO*
12/04/2011 Top Deck – Farmington, NM
12/05/2011 The Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ*
12/07/2011 Glass House – Pomona, CA*
12/08/2011 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
12/09/2011 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
12/10/2011 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA*
12/11/2011 The Republik – Calgary, AB
12/12/2011 Starlite – Edmonton, AB
12/14/2011 Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
12/16/2011 Wheelhouse – Cedar Falls, IA
12/17/2011 The Barrymore Theater – Madison, WI
12/18/2011 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI

* Skeletonwitch will not be appearing on these dates

“DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT is a maelstrom of melodic riffs, screamy shouts and enough noodling to keep ‘Guitar Hero’ nerds happy. But it’s not chasing maidens and slaying dragons; Unearth have enough of the ’90s straight-edge hardcore scene still left in their blood to give the lyrics an impassioned warrior cry against corrupt politics and wavering faith. 4/5” — Alternative Press Magazine

“strong, dynamic songwriting… it highlights Unearth’s strengths superbly.” — Decibel Magazine

“Meet metalcore’s AC/DC, a band who consistently showcase what the genre can deliver.” — Total Guitar Magazine (UK)

“…faster and fiercer…” — Revolver Magazine

“Hot Damn! This is the best record I’ve heard this year.” — PureGrainAudio.com

“Unearth have found the perfect distillation of their sound, and in doing so deliver their defining moment. 4/5” — Kerrang Magazine

“…crushing, catchy, and exhilarating.” — Metal Hammer Magazine

“…this album takes the best elements from every album released so far and pushes them to their limits… Unearth’s writing at its finest. 9/10” — Ultimate-Guitar.com

“Unearth have never let their fans down before, and their new album, DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT, is no exception.” — MetalSucks.net

“Tight riffing, varying from technical pedal-style patterns to twin-harmony Maiden/At The Gates worship, plus all the brutally chugging breakdowns, will surely serve to inspire many a karate kick in the pits come tour time.” — Fangoria Magazine

“The music hits like a baseball bat to the kneecap and the guitar work from Ken Susi and Buz McGrath is the best to date by the duo.” — About.com Heavy Metal

“…absolutely jaw dropping…” — HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com

“DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT penetrates through you with this array of melodic tones that seamlessly melts with the aggressive metal assaults and guitar work that is blistering.” — TheDailyRock.com

“…their most powerful statement to date, slamming their proverbial fists into the head of the listener, track after track.” — TheMetalDen.com

In related news, Unearth recently posted additional footage from their spot on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest and Heavy MTL in Montreal, Canada this summer. Check it out at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3406 .

Keep up with Unearth at the following locations:

http://unearth.tv
http://www.facebook.com/unearthofficial
http://www.youtube.com/unearthofficial
http://twitter.com/unearthofficial
http://www.myspace.com/unearth

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-Ecliptyka Signs To Rage On Stage Management

Collectively, Ecliptyka was fused in 1998, by members Helena Martins (main vocals), Hélio Valisc (guitars and backing vocals), Guilherme Bollini (guitars and scream vocals), Eric Zambonini (bass) and Tiago Catalá (drums).

Ecliptyka has a unique sound with straightforward, no-nonsense vocals by Helena Martins with occasional blending by Hélio Valisc … finishing along aggressively are the vocals of Guilherme Bollini. Symbolic barreled guitar riffs spun by driving drums and quick snappy-back bass lines bring the foundation from the floor to the stage, clearly elevating their musicianship to a level not seen or heard before.

The band is influenced by many styles from Metal, Heavy Metal to Death Metal and Metalcore, however to try and fit them in any specific genre would be insane because you can still even find a progressive influence as demonstrated on WE ARE THE SAME and its obvious the lyrics, as well as the band directs expressed feelings and ideas, altogether trying to convey awareness about current world issues.

The band Ecliptyka has shared the stage with important heavy metal greats, such as Dr. Sin, Tuatha De Danann, Mindflow and others, and took to the stage in shows throughout São Paulo state. At the end of year 2007, the band released its first independent CD called THE FIRST PETAL FALLS and in July 2008, the band went on a tour throughout Europe, where they took part in major festivals with noted European greats. Ecliptyka then gained attention from the international media and carried on to give interviews to Brazilian TV, radio shows and was considered one of the best national bands of 2008 by the columnist Costábile Salzano Jr from TV Tribuna and was asked to perform at top Brazilian festivals and recently was a supporting act band for the touring Dutch band Delain, Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish), The Agonist and Revamp in São Paulo.

Currently, Ecliptyka constantly tours throughout Brazil to promote their new album called A TALE OF DECADENCE, released in Brazil on March 2011 via Die Hard Records and in Japan on Radtone Music in September of 2011. This album has a much updated concept, with lyrics about destruction of the Planet by humans, cruelty against animals, politics and war …

In August 2011, Ecliptyka signs with Rage On Stage Management from the USA, which is now responsible for all their business relations worldwide. Helena says, “We couldn’t be happier with the signing to Rage On Stage Management. It’s an amazing opportunity for us to collaborate with Frank James and spread our music throughout the world. We are very excited and look forward to working together with the ROSM family and making all our efforts worth it!” Frank from ROSM quotes, “We anticipate the arrival of Ecliptyka for a US tour in July of 2012” as well as the release to a new video in September this year!

You can visit Ecliptyka at these sites;

http://www.reverbnation.com/ecliptyka
http://www.facebook.com/ecliptyka
http://www.myspace.com/ecliptyka

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-Rumpelstiltskin Grinder Signs To Candlelight Records

Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of thrashers Rumpelstiltskin Grinder. The Philadelphia-based band is already working on their new album, titled GHOSTMAKER, expected for release early spring 2012. The four-piece tested some of their new material via a string of regional shows this past weekend and expect to tour in support of the album once released.

Guitarist Ryan Moll comments, “we are psyched to be on Candlelight.” Sharing details about the ongoing recording he notes, “Right now we are in the studio working on our third and most intense release to date. This album promises to be the fastest, darkest, most relentless and insane album yet. It will contain some of the most bone-crushing, graveyard stomping, Frankenstein/Dracula/Wolfman hate-f*ck riffage written thus far.”

Guitarist Matt Moore adds, “Our wretched new masterpiece will be finished soon enough. Each song has its own distinct and strange aura of speed, darkness, brute strength, violence, cunning, and power. Like any respectable band, we have raised the bar and taken on musical and lyrical concepts that would drive commoners insane. Faster. Louder. Darker. Crazier.”

Formed in 2002, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder dropped several underground releases, including a split 7″ inch and a live album, before signing with Relapse for their studio debut, BURIED IN THE FRONT YARD, released October 2005. Blabbermouth called the record “a dynamic thrash album with roots in crossover, a musically talented cast, and loads of tongue-in-cheek cleverness.” The band would keep busy with additional split recordings, SPEED N SPIKES VOL. II (2008) and URINE TROUBLE / NOTHING DEFEATS THE SKULL (2008) before getting back in to the studio for their second full-length, LIVING FOR DEATH; DESTROYING THE REST also released by Relapse January 2009. The band supported Absu for a 22-date US/Canadian tour in April 2009, a tour with Deceased in 2010, and have been performing regionally since.

Rumpelstiltskin Grinder currently features guitarist/vocalist Matt Moore, bassist/vocalist Shawn Riley, drummer Pat Battaglia, and guitarist Ryan Moll.

http://www.rumpelstiltskingrinder.com/
http://www.facebook.com/RumpelstiltskinGrinder
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/
http://www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa

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-The 3 Guitar Heroes tour — featuring Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, and Leslie West — has been postponed until early 2012 due to West’s leg amputation. More info will be made available at a later date. See http://3-guitar-heroes.ulijonroth.com/index.html for more.

-About Heavy Metal’s list of “Essential Power Metal Albums” is available at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Don7 .

-AFM Records’ planned 15th anniversary two-CD compilation has now been upgraded to a three-CD set. The 50+ tracks include material from Doro, U.D.O., Destruction, and many others including “great newcomers.” The set will have a “low price” and is due out October 28. Fans set to attend the label’s 15 Years Metal Addiction festival on November 26 at the Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany, will get the compilation for free. See http://www.afm-records.de/ , http://www.facebook.com/afmrecords/ , http://www.myspace.com/afmrecordsgermany , and http://www.youtube.com/afmrecords for more.

-Check out new interviews with Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna at http://www.rockconfidential.com/inside/2011/09/exclusive-interview-joey-belladonna-from-anthrax/ and http://www.bryanreesman.com/blog/2011/09/27/joey-belladonna-back-with-anthrax/ .

-Arch/Matheos’ SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE debuted at #13 on the Billboard New Artist Chart and at #36 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart. The album also landed at #27 in Germany, #67 in Austria, and #78 in Switzerland. Guitarist Jim Matheos stated: “John [Arch] and I would like to thank everyone who has purchased the new Arch/Matheos CD so far. We received word today that SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE entered the German charts at #27, our highest debut ever! A lot of time and effort went into the making of this record and we had no idea how it would be received, particularly after having been away so long. The response so far has been overwhelming and is much appreciated.” See http://www.archmatheos.com/ for more.

-Armored Saint has three shows scheduled on the East Coast for the first time in 20 years, with Seven Witches:

11/30 – Ollie’s Point Bar, Amityville, NY
12/2 – Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA
12/3 – The Studio @ Webster Hall, New York, NY

Bassist Joey Vera said this in a press release: “In July, we held a poll asking fans to choose their favorite Saint songs and we compiled a list of the top 10. At recent gigs in Los Angeles and in Germany, we would allow fans to come up and choose one of the top 10 songs for us to play, right there on the spot. We did this three times during our set. It was such a good time that we’re going to do this again for our tri-state shows. John Bush will stop the show at three different times and choose someone from the crowd to come up and pick what song we play next. So come down and be a part of choosing our set list for the night!” See http://www.armoredsaint.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/armoredsaint for more.

-Autumn — billed as a “Dutch heavy rock collective” — has a video teaser for its new album COLD COMFORT online at http://www.metalblade.tv/tv/teasers/autumn-cold-comfort-album-trailer . COLD COMFORT is due out on Metal Blade Records in November. Check out the title track and pre-order options at http://www.metalblade.com/autumn . See http://www.autumn-band.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/AutumnBand , and http://www.myspace.com/autumnband for more.

-Sebastian Bach’s KICKING & SCREAMING is out this week via Frontiers. The full album is streaming at http://music.aol.ca/new-releases-full-cds/#/4 . Check out a German TV commercial for the album at http://im1.tv/rocks/video?ContentId=1002 . And here is the latest round of new Bas interviews:

Australia Triple M Radio (Audio)
http://www.triplem.com.au/melbourne/music/news/blog/former-skid-row-frontman-sebastian-bach-reveals-he-plans-to-tour-australia/20110916-eihr.html

NYC.com
http://www.shortandsweetnyc.com/2011/09/sebastian-bach-talks-life-after-skid-row-his-new-album-kicking-screaming-and-much-more/

New AU (Australia)
http://www.theaureview.com/interviews/sebastian-bach-new-jersey-usa

Gibson.com
http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/sebastian-bach-0921-2011/

Italy SpazioRock
http://www.spaziorock.it/intervista.php?&id=389u&eng=1

Classic Rock Revisited
http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/INTERVIEWSBACH.htm

Glide Magazine
http://www.glidemagazine.com/articles/57641/sebastian-bach-rocking-rolling-again.html

Rock Confidential
http://www.rockconfidential.com/inside/2011/09/exclusive-interview-sebastian-bach-2/

Fox News Live (video)
http://video.foxnews.com/v/1183656189001/sebastian-bach-still-kicking–screaming/

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

-Brainstorm’s “Where Your Actions Lead You To Live,” from ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT, is currently streaming at http://soundcloud.com/afm-records/brainstorm-where-your-actions . The album is due out September 30 on AFM Records.

-Charred Walls Of The Damned’s COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS is due out next month on Metal Blade Records. Track list: “Timeless Days,” “Ashes Falling Upon Us,” “Zerospan,” “Cold Winds,” “Lead The Way,” “Forever Marching On,” “Guiding Me,” “The Beast Outside My Window,” “On Unclean Ground,” “Bloodworm,” “Admire The Heroes,” “Avoid The Light.” Check out “Admire The Heroes” at http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=72058 . See http://www.richardchristy.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/charredwallsofthedamned , and http://twitter.com/cwotd for more.

-Chickenfoot’s III is out this week. Check out the full album streaming at http://music.aol.ca/new-releases-full-cds/#/3 . The band — with Kenny Aronoff subbing for Chad Smith, who is busy with the Red Hot Chili Peppers — will conduct a short five-date “road test tour” in November, with venues to be disclosed on October 3:

11/1 – San Francisco, CA
11/2 – Los Angeles, CA
11/4 – St. Louis, MO
11/5 – Chicago, IL
11/8 – New York, NY

-Colossus is hitting the road:

10/6 – The Get Down, Asheville, NC
10/7 – The Radio Room, Greenville, SC – w/ MEH, Divulgence, Larval Stage
10/8 – The Milestone, Charlotte, NC – w/ 25 Minutes To Go, Towering Pyre, Boolow
10/22 – Kings Barcade, Raleigh, NC – w/ Deceased

-A re-mastered version of Consortium Project’s CRIMINALS & KINGS is due November 18 from Lion Music. Check out the title track at http://soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/consortium-project-criminals .

-Dragonland’s UNDER THE GREY BANNER is due out November 18 through AFM Records.

-FireHouse’s Bill Leverty posted a link to the band’s performance of “Love Of A Lifetime” from the September 17 Rock In Arena Fest in Puerto Rico: http://youtu.be/szcnPNx-kSk .

-The Iron Maidens’ 10-year anniversary show is this Saturday, October 1, at Paladino’s in Tarzana, CA. The first 100 people who come to see the band will receive a “*SPECIAL 10 Year Anniversary Gift.” Other upcoming tour dates:

10/15 – Pala Resort & Casino, Temecula, CA (free show)
10/22 – Roland/ Boss Loop Semi-Finals @ Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA (free show)
10/29 – Marquee 15 Concert Theater, Corona, CA (Halloween show)
11/5 – BroadAcres Market Place & Event Center, North Las Vegas, NV (all ages)
11/12 – El Cajon Grand, El Cajon, CA
12/10 – The Ruby Room, San Diego, CA

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

-Iron Savior has signed with AFM Records for the follow-up to 2007’s MEGATROPOLIS. The band’s new song “Heavy Metal Never Dies” will debut tonight, September 28, on “The Metal Madman Radio Show” sometime between 7 and 10 p.m. EST at Themetalmadman.com.

-Did you know there’s a picture of Kiss hidden on the back of Nirvana’s NEVERMIND album? Read all about it at http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/amplifier/89911/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-nirvanas-nevermind .

-L.A. Guns’ ACOUSTIC GYPSY LIVE is streaming at http://music.aol.ca/new-releases-full-cds/#/12 . Track list: “Crystal Eyes,” “One Way Ticket,” “Decide,” “Dreamtime,” “Electric Gypsy,” “It’s Over Now,” “Never Enough,” “Over The Edge,” “Little Soldier,” “Sex Action,” “These Arms Of Mine,” “Love Hurts,” “The Ballad Of Jayne,” “Rip And Tear.”

-There will be a benefit show for ailing legendary Chicago promoter Tony “Shark” Labarbera (of Shark Entertainment, Silver Fin Records, and Chicago Rocker newsletter fame), to raise money to help pay his mounting medical expenses. The show will take place October 9 at Shark City in Glendale Heights, IL, and is set to include 7th Heaven, Cougar, Veilside, and Friction. Tickets cost $15; they can be bought, and donations can be made, at http://www.sharkbenefit.com/ . Contact sharkbenefit@yahoo.com for more information. For more on the Rocker, see http://www.chicagorocker.com/ . For more on the bands, see http://www.7thheavenband.com/ , http://www.cougarrocks.com/ , http://www.veilsideband.com/ , and http://www.frictionchicago.com/ .

-Check out the title track from Mastercastle’s DANGEROUS DIAMONDS, due November 18 through Lion Music, at http://soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/mastercastle-dangerous .

-Morton, a power metal band from Ukraine, has signed with AFM Records. The members are singer Max Morton, guitarists Alexander Rudnev and Roman Skorobagatko, bassist Andrey “Kull” Karpov, and drummer Dmitry Smotrov. Hype: “This incredible new band offers a perfect blend of classic heavy/power metal with an up-to-date attitude and sound.” The group’s debut album COME READ THE WORDS FORBIDDEN is due October 21 in Europe. Track list: “Calling For The Storm,” “Eaglemark,” “Brotherhood Of Light,” “Sleeping King,” “Losing Faith,” “We Are The Shades,” “Oblivion,” “Grimoire,” “Burning Prisoner,” “Werewolf Hunt,” “Black Witch,” “Azrael,” “Weeping Bell.” “Brotherhood Of Light” is online at http://soundcloud.com/afm-records/morton-brotherhood-of-light . See http://www.myspace.com/maxmorton and http://www.afm-records.de/ for more.

-Music Buy Mail has new releases out now — Stala & So.’s IT IS SO., Holy Force’s s/t, and The Wheel’s s/t — and Vain’s ENOUGH ROPE is due next month. Stala (Stala & So., ex-Lordi) and Davy Vain are visiting Germany for a promo tour and meet & greets in early October. Hype from the label: “It’s a unique opportunity for all fans to talk with the artists, get autographs, or even a souvenir photo shoot. Both artists will perform some songs from their latest albums. Check out the schedule below and if you come to our office we also have a lot of current, reduced and rare CDs, DVDs, CDs and T-shirts in stock you can browse through.” The schedule:

10/4 – 5:00 p.m. @ Hot Shot, Nordmannpassage 1, 30159 Hannover
10/5 – 5:00 p.m. @ Saturn Hansa am Alex, Alexanderplatz 3, 10178 Berlin
10/6 – 5:00 p.m. @ Music Buy Mail, Truderinger Str. 13, 81677 München, (Souterrain)
10/7 – 5:00 p.m. @ Saturn Hansa, Neusser Straße 39, 47798 Krefeld

For the October 6 date at Music Buy Mail’s office, attendance is limited to 40 people. Pre-registration is advised, by contacting news@musicbuymail.eu. See http://www.musicbuymail.com/ for more.

-Check out Night Ranger’s Jack Blades’ appearance on Sean Hannity’s TV show at http://public.media.foxnews.com/091911/hannity_fred_WMPG4.mp4 . The band is now asking fans to “Like” their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/nightranger . If you do you’ll get “a special Discount Code for use in the Official Store on any purchase of our amazing selection of shirts, hats, stickers and a ton of other Night Ranger items including the BRAND NEW BANDANA as well!” Check out the store at http://nightranger.cinderblock.com .

-Radiant Records is now taking pre-orders for Neal Morse’s TESTIMONY 2 – LIVE IN LOS ANGELES and Transatlantic’s MORE NEVER IS ENOUGH – LIVE IN MANCHESTER AND TILBURG. According to the site, “the 1st 100 BUNDLES sold will be autographed by both Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy!!!” See http://www.radiantrecords.com/ for more.

-Riverdogs’ WORLD GONE MAD is out now through Melodic Rock Records. Track list: “World Gone Mad,” “Big Steel Town,” “Best Day Of My Life,” “Just A Little Higher,” “For You,” “This Empty Room,” “Glitter Town,” “No Matter What” (live). Hype: “Riverdogs! What a great band — Rob Lamothe, Vivian Campbell, Nick Brophy and Marc Denzeisen reunited in 2003 to record a new album that never was completed and for a few shows. However, thanks to Andrew McNeice, the band finished the songs and recorded two new songs for a release in 2011. The album also includes a cover of Badfinger’s ‘No Matter What,’ still we only get seven new Riverdogs tracks which is better than nothing. The new songs are great, this is what classic rock is all about — a little bluesy, riffy, rootsy and very melodic with Lamothe’s splendid voice over it. The title track ‘World Gone Mad’ belongs on a Best Of collection no doubt, just as much as the amazing ‘Best Day Of My Life.'” See http://www.melodicrockrecords.com/ for more.

-Two more Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camps are scheduled, for New York City from October 27-29 and for Hollywood from November 10-13. The NYC camp is only open to 40 Citi Bank customers and includes jamming/rehearsing at the Gibson Showroom, an opening night party at the Core Club, and a final-night show at the Cutting Room. Singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue), guitarists Lita Ford and Bruce Kulick (Kiss), bassists Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio) and Kasim Sulton (Todd Rundgren, Meat Loaf), keyboardist Teddy Andreadis (Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper), drummers Simon Kirke (Bad Company) and Marky Ramone (The Ramones), and producer/song writer Mark Hudson (Aerosmith, Ringo Starr), as well as “more surprise guests,” are set to participate. Two packages are available: the Rocker Package for $999 and the Groupie Package for $399. See http://www.rockcamp.com/rrfc_newyork_2011.php for more. The Hollywood camp includes a jam with Paul Stanley, an acoustic concert at the Gibson Showroom in Beverly Hills, and a final-night party and performance at the Playboy Mansion. Stanley, Sarzo, Ford, Hudson, Andreadis, and Kulick will appear, along with Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath), Howard Leese (Heart, Bad Company), Kip Winger (Winger), Chris Slade (AC/DC, Manfred Mann), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth), Nils Lofgren (E Street Band, Neil Young), Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie), Willie Basse (Black Sheep), Phil Soussan (Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne), and producer Eddie Kramer (Kiss, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin). A wide variety of packages are available, including the Recording Star ($8,499), Headliner ($5,999), and Groupie ($1,599), as well as varying levels of tickets, including the $50,000 Monster Cabana, the $10,000 VIP Cabana, and the $1,000 VIP, $1,500 Rock Star, and $1,800 VIP Couples ticket packages. See http://www.rockcamp.com/rrfc_playboy_2011.php for more. See http://www.rockcamp.com/ for more on the camps overall.

-Guns N’ Roses, Heart, and Joan Jett are among this year’s first-time nominees for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Small Faces/Faces were also nominated.

-Saxon’s CALL TO ARMS is streaming in full at http://music.aol.ca/new-releases-full-cds/#/18 . Check out a new interview with vocalist Biff Byford at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Don8 . See http://www.saxon747.com/ for more.

-There’s a new interview with Suicidal Tendencies front man Mike Muir at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3376 . See http://www.suicidaltendencies.com/ for more.

-The Sweet’s 2009 live album LIVE! IN AMERICA has been picked up for release by a label. The band will throw a “special CD Release performance party” at the Key Club in Los Angeles on October 26. Radio station KLOS 95.5 is partnering on the show; the station has a special $9.55 ticket and the first 95 ticket-holders through the doors will receive a copy of the CD. See http://www.keyclub.com/event/67229/ for more on the show, and http://www.thesweetband.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sweet/47432377093 for more on the band.

-The Andy Timmons Band — featuring the onetime Danger Danger guitarist along with bassist Mike Daane and drummer Rob Avsharian — will release THE ANDY TIMMONS BAND PLAYS SGT. PEPPER through Timstone Records in October. The release has been called “a strong guitar-based reworking of the album minus vocals.” Check out a brief Timmons interview with insight into the release at the Beatles’ Examiner site, http://www.examiner.com/beatles-in-national/exclusive-band-readies-power-version-of-sgt-pepper-for-release-this-fall . The band will also tour Italy in October, playing 10 shows. Hype: “You can expect to hear lots of songs from the new CD, new original material as well as old ATB favorites. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!!!” There will also be clinics scheduled amid the band’s tour dates:

10/14 – Dragon Music, Forli, Italy (Mesa Boogie clinic)
10/15 – Musicarte, Chiaravalle, Italy (Mesa Boogie clinic)
10/17 – Citta Della Musica, San Giovanni Teatino, Italy (Mesa Boogie clinic)
10/19 – Il Faro, Catania, Italy (clinic & band show)
10/20 – Go West Saloon, Roccaforzata, Italy
10/21 – Oddly Shed, Caserta, Italy (w/ Cirro Manna)
10/22 – Jailbreak, Rome, Italy (w/ Cirro Manna)
10/25 – Essemusic, Montebelluna, Italy
10/26 – Accademia Del Suono, Milano, Italy (clinic)
10/26 – Land Of Live, Legnano, Italy
10/27 – Baricentro, Verona, Italy
10/28 – Borderline, Pisa, Italy
10/29 – Lapsus, Torino, Italy

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

-Chicago-area cover band TrashCan Symphony has a new contest where fans who suggest songs for the band to learn can potentially win “a most excellent prize.” See http://www.trashcansymphony.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/pages/TrashCan-Symphony/212930548717143 for more.

-Tribunal Records’ new DIGITAL LABEL SAMPLER compilation is available for free download at http://www.tribunalrecords.net/home/free-digital-sampler . Track list: Colossus – “The Mountain That Rides,” KONG! – “Mind Eraser,” Forte – “This Unholy War,” Vanisher – “The Architect,” Blatant Disarray – “Down & Out,” Killwhitneydead – “Sound The Alarms (Teas’n Pleas’n Mix),” Line Of Fire – “Obsession,” Inferi – “The War Machine Embodiment,” The Feds – “Welcome To America” (previously unreleased), Enemy Is Us – “My Cross To Bear,” Canvas Solaris – “When Solar Winds Collide,” Vanisher – “Reaction (Joey Sturgis Mix),” Vale Of Pnath – “…A Disoriented Blur,” Six Reasons To Kill – “Observer,” Iron Thrones – “Still Waters,” A Thousand Times Repent – “A Band Of Hunters Stalk In Edo,” Woe Of Tyrants – “Hail The Count,” Heartscarved – “Subsiding The Floods Of Indifference (Redux Version),” Azazel – “Habitual Murderer (Redux Version).” See http://www.tribunalrecords.net/ for more.

-U.D.O.’s set list from the September 24 show in Kraków was posted on the band’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/udoonline . It includes three songs suggested by online fan voting: “Rev-Raptor,” “Dominator,” “Independence Day,” “Leatherhead,” “Break The Rules,” “Thunderball,” “Screaming For A Love Bite,” “Heart Of Gold,” “Vendetta,” “Princess Of The Dawn,” “I Give As Good As I Get,” guitar solo, “Neon Nights,” “Protectors Of Terror,” drum solo, “Man And Machine,” “Renegade,” “Two Faced Woman,” “Metal Eater,” “The Bogeyman,” “Metal Heart,” “Balls To The Wall.” The band is now selling audio from its concerts on USB sticks, the same night as the show. See http://www.udo-online.de/ for more.

-Check out Vangough’s video for “Drained” streaming at http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/7685/vangough-drained-premiere . The album KINGDOM OF RUIN is due out October 25 through Nightmare Records.

-Warrant’s next video from ROCKAHOLIC will be “Home.” See http://www.warrantrocks.com/ for more.

Thanks to Stuart Smith, Matt Rudzinski, Steve Marinucci, Clint Weiler, Chad Bowar, Marcus Jervis, Dan Marsicano, Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Bryan Reesman, Music Buy Mail, and the Illinois Entertainer for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Lots of new stuff these last few weeks, with recent releases from Anthrax, Alice Cooper, and Dream Theater all coming out on the same day, and now the new Sebastian Bach and Chickenfoot are out this week. The new Anthrax threw me with its goofy track list. I bought it, tore it open, and dialed up track #8 — “Judas Priest.” I figured it was “an homage” to the mighty Priest Beast and I *had* to hear it. Well, it didn’t sound anything like or related to Judas Priest… Turns out the back of the CD shows tracks 1-11 but there really are 13, two of which are short “hymn” instrumentals that threw me off. Here’s the correct track list, if you care: “Worship,” “Earth On Hell,” “The Devil You Know,” “Fight’em ‘Til You Can’t,” “I’m Alive,” “Hymn 1,” “In The End,” “The Giant,” “Hymn 2,” “Judas Priest,” “Crawl,” “The Constant,” “Revolution Screams.” What’s more, the final track includes a ghost track that kicks off at the 11:08 mark — a cover of Refused’s “New Noise.” Oh, and yes, “Judas Priest” is what I thought it was. 🙂

-Do yourself a favor and download that Tribunal Records compilation mentioned above. There’s some death-y / core-y stuff you may wish to skip, but I’d heartily recommend Colossus’ “The Mountain That Rides,” Line Of Fire’s “Obsession,” Vanisher’s “Reaction (Joey Sturgis Mix),” The Feds’ “Welcome To America,” Forte’s “This Unholy War,” Blatant Disarray’s “Down & Out,” and Canvas Solaris’ “When Solar Winds Collide.” Not bad at all. For free.

-I didn’t have a column last week so I’ll say this now… Here’s the description of Ronny Munroe’s (Metal Church) new album LORDS OF THE EDGE: “[It] 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.” Intriguing, no?

-Don’t forget, Chicago-area metalheads — the Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse festival is this weekend at Bada Brew in Crest Hill, IL. I can’t make it and it’s killing me… I’d love to see Obsession, Sacred Oath, Helstar, Cage, and the others. Check out the details at http://www.ragnarokkrmetal.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/RagnarokkrMetal .

-The name “Rumpelstiltskin Grinder” cracks me up… I had a buddy in junior high who had trouble pronouncing my last name and would call me Rumpelstiltskin instead. 🙂

-Grab those free Arrayan Path and Scythia downloads, too — killer stuff.

-In my current playlist: Alice Cooper – WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE (UMe), Wolfpakk – s/t (AFM Records), Michael Monroe – SENSORY OVERDRIVE (Spinefarm/Universal), Stala & So. – IT IS SO. (So Music Finland), Lionville – s/t (Avenue Of Allies), Crash Street Kids – SWEET CREATURES (Vanity Music Group/Hot City Recording Company).

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BYRON NEMETH GROUP – THE FORCE WITHIN (REISSUE) (B+) Digital Nations Music, 2011
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Here’s an interesting instrumental for you — originally released on Pacifica Records in 2007, Byron Nemeth’s THE FORCE WITHIN now gets a well deserved 2011 re-launch. Normally this type of album would fall under the “shred” umbrella — and with things starting off with a homage to Joe Satriani called “Satrianimal” you could be forgiven for assuming that’s what you’re in store for — but shred is simply not an accurate term for what THE FORCE WITHIN offers. Byron clearly has a variety of influences including rock, metal, progressive and fusion, and he blends them in creative ways to construct cool entities such as “Chocolate Factory,” “Snake Charmer,” “Be” and the title track. Indeed, many of the passages sound like the missing link between instrumental Rush and Gamalon, with great use of tricky drumming, atmospheric keyboards and agile bass work. What’s nice about THE FORCE WITHIN is the almost complete avoidance of shred cliches, Byron opting for effectively spacey themes and dynamics instead of “watch what I can do” theatrics. The only real drawback is the production, which often buries the rhythm guitars. Check this out, if you enjoy instrumental excursions but have grown weary of guitar acrobatics you might find THE FORCE WITHIN takes you off the beaten path, in a good way!
– Neal Woodall (MysticX9@gmail.com)

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