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Issue #611

Issue #611
Week of October 3, 2011

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-Stay tuned for a mini-issue Friday with my special report on the Dio Disciples. – Tim

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-Rock, Drink And F*ck — New Manowar Power Package On Sale Now!

[Note: We strategically placed an asterisk throughout this press release. If you want to follow the URL below, change it back. 🙂 – Tim]

Manowarriors & Pleasure Slaves, watch out! Now you can truly live the Manowar motto. The Kingdom Of Steel has restocked one of their most popular items: The Manowar “Warrior’s Shield” Condoms! The perfect way to have ultimate fun in a responsible way.

As a special treat we have created a new Power Package for you that provides all the tools you need to enjoy life the Manowar way:


The Manowar Power Package “Rock, Drink And F*ck” contains:

1 x Manowar “Warrior’s Shield” Condoms (set of five condoms) — Make sure you have them with you for your next Manowar show. You never know…

1 x Manowar Lanyard With Bottle Opener — A handy tool in any situation

1 x Manowar HELL ON EARTH V DVD — Over three hours of ultimate Manowar live performances!

A combined value of almost $60.00 for only $44.95.

All items, including the restocked “Warrior’s Shields” are also available as individual items at the Kingdom Of Steel.

Have fun and be safe!

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


Don’t wait too long. Our Power Packages sell out fast! And don’t miss to check in regularly for new Power Packages and further great offers!

See you at The Kingdom Of Steel.

Magic Circle Music


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-Seven Witches Guitarist Jack Frost Featured In New Instructional Course

Band To Open For Armored Saint This Fall

“Epic Rhythm Guitar Power,” the new instructional DVD course from Guitar Control features Seven Witches main man/guitar wizard Jack Frost giving in-depth lessons on “the four big secrets to epic rhythm guitar power.” The epic three-DVD/26-page tab package is broken down into four sections:

Big Rhythm Secret #1 – “Borrow From The Legends”
Big Rhythm Secret #2 – “Create An Epic Wall Of Sonic Power”
Big Rhythm Secret #3 – “Master The Right Hand”
Big Rhythm Secret #4 – “Bring On The ‘Frostitude'”

Check out a video sample at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3434 .

For more info and to order, go to http://ws1.rhythmguitarpower.com/main.php .

Seven Witches will be supporting legendary metallers Armored Saint on three special East Coast dates later this fall.

Commented Frost: “I am stoked to do this run of dates with my brothers in Armored Saint. This is a killer paring for the East Coast, but for me it’s a dream come true. Not only am I a fan of Saint’s music, but there are so many family ties with those guys since Joey Vera for several years played bass — on albums and live — in Seven Witches and he has mastered, engineered, and/or mixed on all the Witches albums since EXILED TO INFINITY AND ONE in 2002. It’s gonna be a fun night and Witches will try our best to warm you all up for the mighty Saint. This is also a very special for us because it will be a one-time run with this special lineup. We will be playing new music from our latest album CALL UPON THE WICKED, the classics we are known for, plus dusting off a few we haven’t played in a while.”

Seven Witches w/ Armored Saint:
11/30/2011 Ollie’s Point Bar – Amityville, NY
12/02/2011 Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA
12/03/2011 The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY

Seven Witches touring lineup (for AS dates)
Alan Tecchio (Hades, Non Fiction, Autumn Hour) – Vocals
Paul Marciano (Die Hard Till Death, ex-Belladonna) – Drums
Mike LePond (Symphony X) – Bass
Jack Frost (Bronx Casket Co., ex-Savatage, Lizzy Borden, Belladonna) – Guitar

Seven Witches recently released their CALL UPON THE WICKED full-length in North America via FrostByte Records. CALL UPON THE WICKED was recorded at Lickman Studios by Frost with co-producers Mike LePond and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), who also mixed the record.

“Seven Witches is a major force in keeping this style and the roots alive and in ass kicking headbanging metal, this is pure heavy metal thunder the ’80s way, anthemic, hellraising, and adrenalizing…” — Hellride

“CALL UPON THE WICKED is solid, especially if you’re looking for potent prog-power metal.” — Metal Underground

“…a keeper for those who appreciate classic metal.” — Sea Of Tranquility


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-Official Statement Of Edu Falaschi

[Note: This is from http://almah.com.br/eng/ . – Steve]

Dear friends,

At last I would like to clarify some facts about my voice with all the sincerity, humility and integrity that I may have.

For over 20 years I have worked without a day off in the Heavy Metal style, and we all know how difficult and technically demanding it is. Joining Angra I had to fit a particularly high way of singing, which was totally out of my range, and of the vast majority of the singers! At the time I took the responsibility and faced all the pressure. But 10 years ago it was much easier due to the physical factor, excitement and age. I started to feel, year after year, gradually, the difficulties of singing something so high and out of my natural trait. I fought to the end! I did everything possible to continue to sing the songs, particularly the old ones, always in high pitches, because the melodic metal audience has ever “demanded” this of us singers. But unfortunately, today, older and more experienced, I assume that I am no longer able to sing so high. I am extremely tired and feeling the weight of all that in my voice, including the region that has always been the most comfortable for me! I’m a baritone singer who dominates the mediums and lows, with drive, singing with a more aggressive chest voice, as I did in Symbols and do in Almah. I have conquered many things and built much of my story with my own style.

Therefore, I made a decision, thinking only and exclusively about the health of my voice and integrity of my career, which I have built with so much struggle and dedication. After fulfilling all the promotional activities of MOTION, scheduled until the end of the year, I will stop indefinitely to finally rest and be able to deal properly with my health. But I have to point out that from today on I’ll just sing whatever is in my natural range, be it in Angra or any other band, for my own good! I want to be who I really am, instead of being what people want me to be! In the meantime, I’ll continue with my activities as a producer and composer, which are things I love doing, and will not harm at all the progress of my recovery.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the fans who always supported me and defend me unconditionally! I will always do my best writing and singing good music for you guys, with all my truth and emotion! This is the first step to a new time in my life! I have confidence in the future and will always be passionate about the greatest music ever, HEAVY METAL!

Edu Falaschi

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-Gotthard: Steve Lee’s Dream Will Live On

Day of death has its first anniversary on the 5th of October — Steve will live on through the live album HOMEGROWN and the continuation of the US bike tour.

LUGANO — Gotthard will release the long-since announced and highly anticipated live album entitled HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO on the 30th of September. The album comes out only a few days before the first anniversary of Steve Lee’s day of death on the 5th of October. At the same time, bassist Marc Lynn has already travelled to the USA to follow Lee’s dream through: in commemoration of the exceptional artist he will drive along the route again that was planned one year ago, together with the other friends that were present on the fateful day in 2010.

Together with Marc Lynn, his wife Anja and 18 other friends, the helmet that Steve Lee wore to the last will go on the journey with them. Lee had bought him shortly before his death in the USA and wore him on his last day. Since then, it acts as a memento for his parents — now it’ll go on a motorbike trip one last time, in place of Steve Lee. “The trip shall help us digesting the inexplicable and finally putting Steve’s death behind ourselves,” states bassist Lynn. “We’ll remember him, cry over him and for sure will be able to laugh at many a beautiful memories.”

The album HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO that will be released on the 30th of September also bears witness to strong amicable ties. It contains audio footage of the concert that took place on the 17th of July in Lugano, which was recorded over the course of the band’s concert in their hometown. It was one of the last concerts with Steve Lee.

“Music has allowed us to travel round the whole world together during the last 20 years,” guitarist Leo Leoni summarizes. “In doing so, we’ve shared lots of unforgettable moments that rank among the best times of our lives. Anyhow, returning to Lugano has always been something special. It’s the place we belong to and where we have strong and deep roots.”

HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO marks the end of an era for Gotthard. Currently, the band is searching for a new singer and will soon start a new chapter in the band’s history.

Meanwhile, Marc Lynn and his companions experience what has always been Steve Lee’s dream: riding the motorcycle through the Southern states of the US for two weeks. He was only able to live this dream for 1,000 kilometers. “We owe him bringing this ambition to an end now,” comments Marc Lynn. “That trip has really been his biggest dream.”


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-Rhapsody Of Fire Announces New Second Guitar Player

Rhapsody Of Fire proudly announces the name of the second guitar player who will join them on stage: Italian guitar player Roberto De Micheli.

After weeks of considering whom among thousands of guitar players would be chosen to join the band on their upcoming world tour, Rhapsody Of Fire had finally selected the very best guitarist out of many great guitar players wanting to tour with them.

Alex Staropoli says: “With so many very good guitar players to chose from, it took time and great care to find the absolute best guitar player for us. In the end, we decided on Roberto De Micheli due to his complete mastery of the guitar, his unique abilities to amaze all those who hear and watch him play live, and his complete dedication as a musician. I have known Roberto De Micheli since the early 1990s. The decision to finally chose him over all other guitarists in the world to play with us became very obvious and natural the more we considered all our options. After so many years, he is still highly devoted to his instrument. He remains passionate and enthusiastic about rehearsing and playing music many hours every day. He is also a perfect fit for Rhapsody Of Fire because he continues the band’s tradition of being a truly professional, polite and a positive person to work with. Roberto De Micheli and Tom Hess are already working together on their guitar parts for the upcoming Rhapsody Of Fire tour, that’s just very exciting! The huge anticipation of the band’s new lineup, sound and upcoming world tour has been something much greater and more exciting than we have ever experienced before from fans all over the world.”

Stay tuned for more information coming soon!


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-Iced Earth: World Dystopia Tour

[Note: This is from a Metaltix newsletter. – Tim]

Just a few weeks left until Iced Earth are going to start their upcoming “Dystopia World Tour.” During the end of the year you can see them life performing the new album in different cities in Europe.

As special offer Iced Earth provides VIP tickets on their homepage! Besides the normal ticket these VIP packages includes a Meet & Greet with Iced Earth, a signed tour poster, a shirt and some different gimmicks. For more information about the VIP package you can have a look here: http://www.icedearth.com/tour

As support on the European parts of the tour Fury UK and White Wizzard will hit the road with Iced Earth.

Tour dates:

Iced Earth [Fury UK, White Wizzard]

30.10.2011 GER Bochum Zeche
01.11.2011 NED Amsterdam Melkweg
02.11.2011 NED Uden De Pul
03.11.2011 BEL Antwerp Trix
04.11.2011 GBR London O2 Islington Academy
05.11.2011 GBR Birmingham O2 Academy
06.11.2011 GBR Bristol O2 Academy
08.11.2011 FRA Paris Alhambra
09.11.2011 FRA Lyon Transbordeur
10.11.2011 ESP Barcelona Salamandra 1
11.11.2011 ESP Madrid Sala Heineken
12.11.2011 ESP Bilbao Rock Star Live
14.11.2011 ITA Milano Alcatraz
15.11.2011 ITA Rome Alpheus
18.11.2011 GRE Athens Gagarin 205
19.11.2011 GRE Athens Gagarin 205
20.11.2011 GRE Thessaloniki Principal Club
21.11.2011 BUL Sofia Yubileina Hall
22.11.2011 ROM Bucarest The Silver Church
23.11.2011 SER Belgrade SKC
24.11.2011 HUN Budapest Club 202
25.11.2011 SVK Bratislava Majestic Music Club
26.11.2011 POL Warsaw Stodola
27.11.2011 LTU Vilnius Forum Palace
29.11.2011 RUS Moscow Tochka Club
01.12.2011 FIN Helsinki Nosturi
03.12.2011 DEN Copenhagen The Rock
04.12.2011 GER Hamburg Markthalle
06.12.2011 GER Herford X
07.12.2011 GER Köln Essigfabrik
08.12.2011 GER München Backstage Werk
09.12.2011 GER Geiselwind Christmas Metal Festival
10.12.2011 SWI Pratteln Z7
11.12.2011 GER Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik
13.12.2011 TUR Istanbul Refresh The Venue
15.12.2011 CYP Nicosia Pavilion

Tickets for the shows you’ll find here!

For more information have a look on the Iced Earth homepage!

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-Arrayan Path New Album — IRA IMPERIUM

Features A Guest Appearance By Tony Martin; Free Track Available For Download

Pitch Black Records is 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 diehard 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 is now available at http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/ . 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 (CD bonus)


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-Z Records News

Prophet Reveal All-New Artwork For RECYCLED

Prophet’s third classic album RECYCLED will be reissued by Z Records on October 24th. The long deleted album has been re-mastered and serviced with all-new artwork can be pre-ordered and viewed at http://www.zrecords.net/ .

Prophet have also been added to the Z Rock 2012 festival in England on May 5th. Tickets are currently available at the Z store at a special discounted rate for a short period so check it out.

Paul Sabu Studio Update

Paul Sabu has entered the studio in L.A. immediately after the success of his CALL OF THE WILD release by Z Records during July this year. Paul is now hard at work on new material in the vein of his classic HEARTBREAK and ONLY CHILD releases, something that has been on many fans’ wish lists for many years.

The all-new album currently has the working title BLOODY HELL and may feature such titles as “Back To Back,” “Rock In The Road,” “Bite Til It Hurts,” “Read My Eyes,” “Bang It Out” and “Bangkok Rules” when released during March 2012 to coincide with Paul’s debut appearance on UK soil on May 5th at Z Rock 2012. Further details can be found at http://www.zrecords.net/ .


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-Charred Walls Of The Damned Full Album Stream Of COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS Up On Website Of Rock Hard Magazine, Germany! Album Out In Europe October 7th/10th!

Charred Walls Of The Damned is teaming up with Rock Hard Germany for the streaming of the entire new album COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS! Please surf over to Rock Hard magazine to listen to the album! The album stream is live from the 3rd of October until the 10th of October!


Richard Christy, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Jason Suecof and Steve DiGiorgio once again joined 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!

In other news Richard Christy has partnered up with Modern Drummer Magazine to premiere his studio performance video for the song “Admire The Heroes.” Richard filmed his drum takes while recording COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS at the Hit Factory Criteria in Miami, FL earlier this year. Those takes from two different cameras were edited into the video you can see on ModernDrummer.com here:


Christy’s approach to this record was that he wanted a more organic and spontaneous sounding album. Amazingly, drums were recorded in a mere two days and the video is evidence to his ability to record the songs in an entire, contiguous take.


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-Voodoo Highway BROKEN UNCLE’S INN Worldwide Digital Album Release

The Italian hard rockers Voodoo Highway are going to release their debut album BROKEN UNCLE’S INN (physical edition already sold out) on October 14th 2011 — digital distribution worldwide.

BROKEN UNCLE’S INN is actually defined by most as a true revelation in the classic rock scenario and contains a concentrate of the best ’70s and ’80s hard rock…

– “BROKEN UNCLE’S INN is literally fabulous and totally ROCKS!!” (Fireworks Magazine – UK)
– “Energy, madness, power is the album.” (Rockoverdose – Greece)
– “A style that is defined by most as a perfect cross between the sounds of the ’70s Deep Purple and Rainbow, and the issues of most modern bands.” (BeRock.com)

The band’s LP will be available all over the world on the major distribution channels like iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, MTV Music, HMV, Napster, Roadrunner Records Music, Vodafone and many more for a total of about 250 shops all over the globe.

Voodoo Highway would dearly like to thank their manager Axel W. at “Rock N Growl” for the great work with the band.


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-Twisted Tower Dire: Virginia Power Metallers To Headline NC Metalfest

Virginia-based power metal heavyweights Twisted Tower Dire perform as one of the main headliners of the NC Metalfest in Wilson, North Carolina. Scheduled to take place Saturday, October 8th, the full-day affair features three stages, with 30 bands from across the country performing, and showcasing Twisted Tower Dire will headlining the festivities alongside Widow, Blatant Disarray and more.

Twisted Tower Dire features guitarists Scott Waldrop (While Heaven Wept) and Dave Boyd (Volture), bassist Jim Hunter (Revelation, October 31, While Heaven Wept), drummer Mark Stauffer (Krass Judgement), and vocalist Johnny Aune (Viper) now replacing previous singer Tony Taylor, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in February 2010.

Released in May via Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music, Twisted Tower Dire’s latest full-length MAKE IT DARK showcases some of the most matured and well-honed material in the band’s 16-year history, culminating their pillar elements of rock/metal above the general standards into a classy, high-energy, eight-song masterpiece.

Stay tuned for more news in the coming months as Twisted Tower Dire schedule more live appearances and begin work on the follow-up to MAKE IT DARK.

“Along with bands like Jag Panzer and Pharaoh, they’ve championed the American style of power metal…” – Decibel

“…a terrific release that signals Twisted Tower Dire’s emphatic return to the forefront of traditional heavy metal. 9/10” – Metal Assault

“MAKE IT DARK is everything a traditional metal album should sound like. 9/10” – Hardrock Haven

“…one of the best hidden traditional metal acts in America today.” – Metal Army America

“…the band’s new material is top notch, over the top and well above that of their peers in the American underground traditional heavy metal genre. 4.5/5” – Metal-Rules

“MAKE IT DARK will make unbelievers, believers.” – Blistering


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-Dan Swanö & Nightingale Return To The USA For OhioProg 2012

[Note: This was received in a private message from http://www.last.fm/user/nacho220 . – Steve]

I apologize if you received this news already. I’m trying hard to spread the word about OhioProg 2012 and may have contacted people multiple times.

I wanted to share this information about a new progressive rock festival we have started here in the US which sees Nightingale return to the USA for OhioProg 2012, Ohio’s premiere progressive rock festival. A total of eleven bands from five countries including Arena, Persephone’s Dream, FM and more. It will be held September 7, 8 & 9 of 2012 at the Canton Palace Theatre in Canton, Ohio.

Tickets are available exclusively though the OhioProg 2012 “Pledge Your Ticket” program via Kickstarter starting November 4th, 2011 to January 2, 2012. Be sure to tell all your friends who might be interested as well and tell them to Pledge Their Ticket!

Hopefully you’d be interested in attending! We’d love to see you there. We hope that you can help spread the word also. Maybe someone you know would be interested if you weren’t interested yourself. Please, if you are interested sign up for the OhioProg mailing list on the website and/or “like” us on Facebook to receive updates about the festival and information about the bands as well as information about tickets from our “Pledge Your Ticket” program.


Take care,

Allen Thompson
Operations Director, Co-Founder OhioProg

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-Hammers Of Misfortune Title Track Exclusively Streaming On Pitchfork.com! The New Full-Length Album 17TH STREET Out October 21st/24th!

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

Fans can now check out the title track off 17TH STREET exclusively at http://www.pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/12480-17th-street/ .

You can still listen to the first single “The Grain” and check out the pre-order options at http://www.metalblade.com/hammersofmisfortune/ .

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

17TH STREET will be released October 21st/24th on both CD and 180 gram double LP gatefold vinyl!

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


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-Myon Signs With Rock N Growl

Finland’s melodic rockers Myon have inked a worldwide deal with Rock N Growl Management/Promotion.

Myon band: “Myon proudly presents the new management deal in courtesy of Rock N Growl Promotion! With this new management deal we expect great international success with our forthcoming album; VITALWORKS! We expect a great increase in live performances and touring. Also it is to be expected, that we will establish a more permanent and secure place within the European Central markets. And with this, more media visibility.”

The band’s fifth full-length album VITALWORKS is ready to release in 2012.

Myon’s fifth album VITALWORKS (COUNTDOWN TO GROUND ZERO) is done. With this album, you have access to the biggest unused resource — unique album with unique sound — in the music industry today. As earlier albums has proved, Myon’s tracks works for everybody involved in the rock scene. GROUND ZERO is a strong package of genius songs made with the highest level of professional touch.

The new single “After It’s Gone” proves that all once again. Myon is taking music to the new direction and brings the rock to the new era 2011. The VITALWORKS era has begun.

“After It’s Gone” video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLBLGsLxj0M

Jukka Nummi – vocals
Mika Pohjola – keyboards
Jyrki Laiho – guitars
Keijo Koivikko – bass
Matti Torro – drums


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-Line Of Fire/ARfm Special Offer: Free WORLDWIDE Shipping

In conjunction with ARfm, American Melodic Rockers Line Of Fire and Tribunal Records are launching a special offer in honor of its most loyal UK fan base. Beginning now, Line Of Fire’s second album MOMENTUM is being offered internationally for $13.99 USD with FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING DIRECT FROM THE BAND!! That’s right, regardless of where you live in this great, big world, you can get MOMENTUM directly from Line Of Fire and Tribunal Records with FREE SHIPPING!

To make a very long, convoluted story as short as possible, we had some missteps and mishappenings with our distributor, which were completely out of Tribunal’s control, at the time of original release. As an unfortunate result our album was by and large not available at all to our non-American brothers and sisters. We only found this out, as did Tribunal Records, way after the fact. You can read the full story here, if you’d like:


So, we took matters into our own hands, went to the label, and they more than graciously agreed to offer FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING outside of the USA! Many thanks to ARfm, Steve Price, Paul Nicholls, and all of our global fans who have shown us love and support these many years! We apologize to all the international fans who contacted us not being able to get the album through their normal channels. This one’s for you, we hope it helps!

MOMENTUM was released in August 2010 received a 90/100 from Andrew McNeice @ MelodicRock.com as well as glowing reviews from Fireworks magazine and HardRockHaven.net, and SleazeRoxx.com.

You can view the “Making Of MOMENTUM” documentary here:

To order your copy of MOMENTUM with FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING, go here:


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-Metal Blade To Release Reissue Of Cirith Ungol’s SERVANTS OF CHAOS As Double Digi-Pak Three-Disc Package And Three-Gatefold-LP!

On November 18th/21st Metal Blade Records Europe will release a reissue of Cirith Ungol’s SERVANTS OF CHAOS. Since there is still a huge demand for this long out of print rarity compilation, Metal Blade has decided to make the album available again.

In collaboration with Cirith Ungol drummer Robert Garven Jr. the album will be released as a double-digi-pak featuring the two original CDs plus a bonus DVD. There will be a limited three-gatefold-LP version available as well!

The bonus DVD features the Cirith Ungol live show that took place the 9th of November, 1984, when the band performed at the Wolf & Rissmiller’s Club in Reseda, California.

Track listing bonus DVD:
Cirith Ungol – Live at Wolf & Rissmiller’s Country Club
November 9, 1984
1. I’m Alive
2. The Black Machine
3. Master Of The Pit
4. King Of The Dead
5. Death Of The Sun
6. Finger Of Scorn
7. Frost & Fire
8. Cirith Ungol

Tim Baker – vocals
Jerry Fogle – guitar
Robert Garven – drums
Michael “Flint” Vujea – bass

This live DVD is the first live relic ever to be released by Cirith Ungol!

Comments Robert Garven Jr.: “This amateur video was never meant to be released. The audio was taken off the mixing console. As we were an opening act, we had little or no sound check, room on stage, and restricted access to the lighting and sound. Even though, this rare and primitive video is one of the few ever taken of the band!”

Track listing SERVANTS OF CHAOS:
CD 1
1. Hype Performance
2. Last Laugh
3. Frost And Fire
4. Eyes
5. Better Off Dead
6. 100 MPH
7. I’m Alive
8. Bite Of The Worm
9. The Twith
10. Maybe That’s Why
11. Ill Met In Lankhmar
12. Return To Lankhmar
13. Darnkess Weaves
14. Withdance
15. Feeding The Ants
16. Obsidian

CD 2
1. Death Of The Sun
2. Fire
3. Fallen Idols
4. Chaos Rising
5. Fallen Idols
6. Paradise Lost
7. Join The Legion
8. Before The Lash
9. Atom Smasher (live)
10. Master Of The Pit (live)
11. King Of The Dead (live)
12. Last Laugh (live)
13. Cirith Ungol (live)
14. Secret Agent Man
15. Ferrari 30SQV


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-Sister Supporting Gwar On Upcoming European Tour In January!

Yes, it’s true! After securing highly attractive support slots for Fozzy and U.D.O., Swedish sleaze and punk influenced metal band Sister have now been confirmed as support act for the European tour of the mighty Gwar, starting the 11th of January, 2012!

Comments the band: “When the rumors of a tour supporting Gwar first started circulating the whole band got excited right away! They are a band that really stands out from the rest and has been doing that for a long time. A cult band really!! Secondly it’s great to finally infect the UK with our presence and to round it all up back home in Stockholm couldn’t be better. Sister will kick it harder than ever and we’re looking forward to see all of you Gwar-heads and Sister supporters in January! F*ck, the tours just keep on coming our way. We love it!!”

11/01/12 – BE – Antwerp – Trix
12/01/12 – UK – Bristol – Bierkeller
13/01/12 – UK – London – Electric Ballroom
14/01/12 – UK – Coventry – Kasbah
15/01/12 – UK – Manchester – The Ritz
16/01/12 – UK – Belfast – Spring & Airbrake
17/01/12 – IE – Dublin – Button Factory
18/01/12 – UK – Wrexham – Central Station
20/01/12 – UK – Swansea – Sin City
21/01/12 – UK – Nottingham – Rock City
24/01/12 – UK – Portsmouth – Highlights
25/01/12 – DE – Bochum – Matrix
26/01/12 – DE – Bielefeld – Forum
27/01/12 – DK – Copenhagen – The Rock
28/01/12 – SE – Gothenburg – Brewhouse
29/01/12 – NO – Oslo – Rockefeller
30/01/12 – SE – Stockholm – Klubben

More Sister live dates:

15/11/11 – DE – Köln – MTC
16/11/11 – NL – Kerkrade – Rock Temple
17/11/11 – DK – Copenhagen – The Rock
18/11/11 – DE – Berlin – White Trash

24/11/11 – NL – Zwolle – Hedon
25/11/11 – DE – Pirmasens – Quasimodo
27/11/11 – DE – Berlin – C-Club
30/11/11 – BE – As – GC Drieschaar
01/12/11 – DE – Recklinghausen – Vest Arena
02/12/11 – DE – Burglengenfeld – VA Zentrum
03/12/11 – DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
04/12/11 – DE – Köln – Essigfabrik
06/12/11 – DE – Langen – Neue Stadthalle
07/12/11 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
09/12/11 – DE – Balingen – Volksbankmesse
10/12/11 – DE – Memmingen – Stadthalle

About the band:
Sister, who hails from Stockholm/Jönkoping Sweden, formed in early 2006 working hard to build up a name as a strong act both live and in the studio. Sister consists of four members — Jamie on vocals, Lestat on guitars and backing vocals, Rikki on bass and backing vocals, and Cari on drums and backing vocals — who combine the sounds of Punk, Glam, Rock, and Metal with an end result sounding something like the bastard child of G.G. Allin and Guns N’ Roses.

Sister’s Metal Blade debut HATED has been released the 3rd/6th of June, 2011!


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-Bolt Thrower: Established 1986!

2011 is the year of the 25th anniversary in the history of Bolt Thrower. It’s about time for an update from the band:

“Anniversaries are kind of easy to achieve. For a band, just don’t split up and you’ll reach one, whether it’s 10, 20 or 35 years. And this year we’ve reached 25 years of not splitting up!

“We managed to stop others from making a big fuss about it, and didn’t give in to the numerous offers and suggestions on how we should cash in on it! But it has made us appreciate the opportunities we’ve been given since 1986, and that we’ve been able to do everything we wanted to do without compromising in any way. We’ve been lucky enough to have played a lot of killer shows with great bands and met a lot of very cool people over the years, and we think that’s the stuff that deserves some kind of celebration.

“So, we want to organize a Bolty Birthday Bash, where we can reunite with some of these bands and invite you, the people who have supported us over the last 25 years. We were hoping to have everything worked out by now, but it turns out organizing a free show comes with its own unique problems, but we’ll get there in the end! Well, that’s all we can say for now, there will be more news to come soon, so keep checking back.

“Bolt Thrower”


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-Two Side Moon/SLW Promotions Update

TSM are delighted to announce the new release from Alternative Rock Band Dirtswitch from Slovenia.

Please find below the text info for the new album PHOENIX DOWN.

Artist: Dirtswitch
Label: Self-released / copyright managed by SAZAS
Street Date: Sept. 7th 2011
Genre: Alternative / Modern rock


About Dirtswitch
Based in Naklo, Slovenia, modern rock/post-grunge band Dirtswitch formed in early 2009. Immediately focusing on writing their own material, the band hit the studio in February 2010. Their debut album PHOENIX DOWN was released on Sept. 7th, 2011. The record features 12 tracks, seamlessly passing from high-octane mayhem of “Restaints” and “Too Much” to the enchanting fading chords of “Today.” The album is available internationally on iTunes.

Heavily influenced by the grunge, modern rock and post-grunge artists of the past two decades, such as Alter Bridge, Soundgarden, King’s X and Shinedown, the band’s trademark sound is comprised of heavy, down-tuned riffs combined with powerful and memorable vocal lines.

Dirtswitch have successfully promoted their music both home and abroad, appearing at some of Slovenia’s biggest rock festivals (Majske Igre, Schengenfest) as well as securing eighth place at the International Live Award on Maifest 2011’s rock stage in Vienna, Austria.

The Band:
Lead Vocals – Luka Lamut
Guitar / Backing vocals – Jani Nendl
Bass – Rok Seifert
Drums – Uros Markic

Track Listing:
1. Restraints
2. Too Much
3. Sulfur
4. Another Breath
5. Looking Back
6. Comatose
7. Over & Over
8. Innocence
9. Overhang
10. Forever
11. Today

TSM/SLW Promotions

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-Alaric: Entire Debut Album From Oakland Dark Punk Act Now Streaming

As of today, Washington State-based 20 Buck Spin is hosting a full album stream of the self-titled debut LP from the Bay Area’s dark punk collective Alaric, set for release next week, on Tuesday, October 11th.

Alaric boasts nearly 50 minutes of creepy, mid-paced, utterly infectious ’80s-influenced darkwave punk rock, resulting in a brilliant, vintage-sounding convergence of Killing Joke, Rudimentary Peni, Christian Death and Joy Division, performed by a lineup comprised of former and current members of Noothgrush, Enemies, Cross Stitched Eyes, Dead & Gone, UK Subs and other notable acts.

Stream Alaric’s full self-titled album right here:

Alaric’s hometown record release show takes place on Friday, October 28th, with more regional performances as well as stateside touring in the devising stages for the months ahead.

Alaric Record Release Show:

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

“Morbid, threatening, and obsidian, this is the best original music I’ve heard this year… Album Of The Year by a long shot. 5.5/6” – Zero Tolerance Magazine

“… 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

“… 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

“…often discordant, unashamedly retro at times, and on the whole sonically apocalyptic, but most of all it is a release that completely feeds and pleasures the senses with its twisting manipulating hooks and dark shadowy atmosphere.” – This Is Not A Scene


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-The Fall’s ERSATZ G.B. To Be Released On CD In The US On December 6, 2011 Via Cherry Red Records And MVD

“Everything that you get sort of disintegrates in your hands nowadays if it’s made in Britain, doesn’t it?”

(Mark E. Smith on ERSATZ G.B. – MOJO, October 2011)

ERSATZ G.B. is the new studio album from The Fall, the 29th in their impressive canon. As with any Fall recording, ERSATZ G.B. retains many of the group’s most distinctive elements, whilst offering a fresh take on Mark E. Smith’s familiar style and subject matter.

The lineup on the album remains the same as for the last few Fall releases: Peter Greenway (lead guitar), Keiron Melling (drums), Elena Poulou (keyboards, vocals), Mark E. Smith (vocals) and David Spurr (bass).

ERSATZ G.B. is The Fall’s first album for Cherry Red Records and it will be released on CD, limited edition vinyl and digital formats, preceded by a double A-side 7″ single.

There aren’t very many groups that have been together longer than The Fall and it’s difficult to think of any who, like The Fall, have released brand new material almost every year. Formed at the height of the punk rock movement in Manchester in 1976, The Fall is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. The group’s music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years but it is often characterized by an abrasive, guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith’s distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics.

The Fall were long associated with BBC disc jockey John Peel, who championed the group from the very early days and often cited them as his favorite group, famously opining, “they are always different; they are always the same.”

Track Listing:
Cosmos 7
Taking Off
Nate Will Not Return
Mask Search
Happi Song
Laptop Dog
I’ve Seen Them Come
Age Of Chang

Item Info:

Hi Res Cover Art:

MVD Entertainment Group
PO BOX 280
Oaks PA 19456

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-Black Cobra: Full Album Stream At BrooklynVegan

With the deadly release of Black Cobra’s fourth full-length INVERNAL set for official North American release this Tuesday, October 11th, today BrooklynVegan have hosted a stream of the brutally-charged sludge-core monolith in its entirety. Check out all of INVERNAL from now through Tuesday when the album is released:


Black Cobra will hit the road across North America supporting Kyuss Lives! and The Sword for three weeks this November and December, which will be followed by the band’s first full-on headlining tour supporting the new album and a continuous stream of fresh dates to be announced through the coming months. Stay current with all of the band’s activities through the Winter months at the newly revamped Black Cobra website, where fans can now preorder INVERNAL and more.

The fantasy-inspired tales woven about a post-Apocalyptic and mutated Antarctica on INVERNAL not only bear some of the most story-driven themes from Black Cobra to date, it also bellows with some of the most diverse, thunderous amplification from the outfit yet.

“…eight tracks of bulldozing sludge accompanied by a pounding drum assault.” – BrooklynVegan

“As the band marks its 10th anniversary in 2011, they do so with their greatest achievement yet. This is what metal should be.” – The Obelisk

“…like a shotgun blast of thumb tacks, gravel and raw amphetamine — point blank to the face.” – The Bone Reader

“…a band that seems to always improve on its punishing formula.” – Music Emissions


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-Uneven Structure Partner With Metal Hammer To Unleash Debut Video “Awaken”

French Progressive metallers Uneven Structure have partnered with Metal Hammer magazine to exclusively debut their new video for “Awaken.”

The track comes from the band’s forthcoming debut album FEBRUUS which will be released on October 31st via Basick Records. The release is a 13-piece concept spanning across two discs, mixing lush soundscapes with fierce polymetric Metal, think Pink Floyd’s creativity meets Meshuggah’s brutality with a side serving of Devin Townsend’s progressive charm. Two special edition pre-order packages are currently available from Play.com (2 CD and signed poster pack) or from Basick Records store (CD and T-shirt pack).

View the video here:

Filmed on location in Switzerland, guitarist Igor Omodei gives us an insight to the imagery behind the video: “The track ‘Awaken’ takes place at the very beginning of the album, it’s the start of a journey. The music video is meant to metaphorically re-transcribe this and to help the viewer get acquainted with the physical representation of the FEBRUUS universe, visual codes and characters.”

Filmed over two days on location in Switzerland by Patrick Haberli (Proghippie.com) and Christophe Mosconi (Qatlaq), the concept, artwork and post production was completed by guitarist Igor Omodei.

Since forming in 2008 Uneven Structure have become a truly exciting prospect for the future of heavy music by disassembling and reconstructing the Metal genre in their vision, creating contemporary atmospheric movements that are all at once dripping with seductive cinematic ambiance and groove-laden riffs.

Uneven Structure will appear at Euroblast Festival which takes place on Oct 21/22 in Germany. Debut album FEBRUUS is released via Basick Records on October 31st.


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-TesseracT Release ONE Instrumental

Progressive metallers TesseracT go back to their roots with the release of an instrumental version of their highly acclaimed debut album ONE. Fans from the guitar forum days, where founder Acle Kahney and TesseracT begun, have been requesting instrumentals ever since the band rose from the internet to the clubs, and they will not be disappointed!

Check out a preview here:

Bassist Amos Williams explains:

“TesseracT began as an instrumental project in Acle’s filthy cat ridden bedroom, so it has always had quite a strong instrumental focus. That’s not to say that we don’t enjoy vocals, we love them! But, it is worth noting that with every song we write, we like for it to be able to stand up on its own with or without vocals. We’ve always had the mind to, about six months after the initial release of ONE, to then release the instrumental version. It’s something that the fans have always asked us to do, and we felt now was the correct time to do so.”

ONE instrumental is out now via iTunes.

TesseracT set off on the European leg of the Lowering The Tone tour (with Vocals!) on Saturday 15 October with Chimp Spanner, and then head to the US for the Saints And Sinners tour with Between The Buried And Me and Animals As Leaders.


-Accept is working on the follow-up to BLOOD OF THE NATIONS with producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, etc.). Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann stated: “Accept and Andy Sneap have the perfect synergy. This was so clear with BLOOD OF THE NATIONS and we are excited to continue on that path. Andy is not only an amazing and prolific producer, but also a very good friend who has long become a member of the Accept family.” See http://www.acceptworldwide.com/ for more.

-AFM Records’ three-CD set, 15 YEARS AFM RECORDS – METAL ADDICTION will be available for a special price starting October 28. The set includes brand new songs from Iron Savior, Dragonland, Morton, and Iron Mask, plus classics by U.D.O., Edguy, Masterplan, Avantasia, Danzig, and more. Track list: CD 1 – “24/7” (U.D.O.), “Avantasia” (single version) (Avantasia), “The Black Mare” (edit) (Dragonland), “Broken Hero” (Iron Mask), “Soulburn” (Masterplan), “Temple Of Stone” (Brainstorm), “Brotherhood Of Light” (Morton), “Heavy Metal Never Dies” (Iron Savior), “Watching In Silence” (Circle II Circle), “Night Of The Sin” (Crystal Viper), “Dominator” (Oz), “The Evil In You” (At Vance), “The Evil Beside You” (Jon Oliva’s Pain), “Back On Trail” (Sinner), “Astral Hand” (edit) (Mob Rules), “Lost In Your Eyes” (Heavenly), “Drop The Bomb” (Bloodbound), “My Last Goodbye” (Squealer). CD 2 – “Celebrate” (Doro feat. Biff Byford/Saxon), “No Solution Blues” (Voodoo Circle), “Vain Glory Opera” (Edguy), “Trinity” (Eden’s Curse), “Batteries & Rust” (The New Black), “Heart On Fire” (A Life Divided), “Devote Yourself To Nothing” (Dark Age), “Obsessions” (Epysode), “Stahlwittchen” (single version) (Stahlmann), “The Regret” (Lyriel), “On A Wicked Night” (Danzig), “Farewell” (Orden Ogan), “The Divided Heart” (Elvenking), “B True B You” (Shakra), “Human Condition” (Triosphere), “Hold On Tight” (Magica), “Storm” (Theatre Of Tragedy), “Böse Mädchen” (Eisbrecher). CD 3 – “Godhead” (Onslaught), “Bladed Vaults” (Solution .45), “Powershifter” (Fear Factory), “Redemption” (Ektomorf), “Rectifier” (Tankard), “The Vanir Tribe” (Black Messiah), “Dowth 2059” (SuidAkrA), “Zombie Blitzkrieg” (Debauchery), “Buried Alive” (Byfrost), “Raise Your Soul” (Korzus), “Midnight Madness” (Lake Of Tears), “Ashlands” (Rev 16:8), “Soul Collector” (Destruction), “Collision Course” (Paradox), “God Is For The Dead” (Ill Nino), “Bestseller” (Betzefer), “Angel Of The Fall” (Athorn), “The Bait” (Buried In Black). See http://www.afm-records.de/ and http://www.facebook.com/afmrecords/ for more.

-Anthrax’s WORSHIP MUSIC charted as follows: Finland #6, USA #12, Germany #13, Sweden #24, Czech Republic #28, Switzerland #28, Austria #30, Canada #33, Australia #35, Italy #37, France #43, England #49, Ireland #62, Belgium #65, Spain #70. Drummer Charlie Benante said “A big thank you to our fans for coming out strong and making WORSHIP MUSIC a huge success worldwide! See you soon for the celebration!” See http://www.anthrax.com/ for more.

-Check out a preview of Arrayan Path’s new album, IRA IMPERIUM, at these links:


English translation

-Sebastian Bach’s KICKING & SCREAMING hit #30 on the BBC UK Top 40 Album Chart. Check out the latest interviews/features:

NOW Magazine (Toronto)


Upcoming tour dates:

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
11/12 – The Asylum, Portland, ME
11/19 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA

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

-Boguslaw Balcerak’s Crylord has a new video for “Warrior’s Moon” (featuring Carsten “Lizard” Schulz on vocals), from BLOOD OF THE PROPHETS, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmTgSU6kU1k . The album is due out October 14 from Lion Music. Check out full album info at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/bloodoftheprophets.htm and an MP3 album sampler at http://soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/boguslaw-balceraks-crylord .

-Check out the trailer for Black Country Communion’s LIVE OVER EUROPE DVD at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP32V9hwaY4 . A free download of the track is available at http://bccommunion.com/soy . The DVD will be shown theatrically in the UK on November 1; see http://www.myvue.com/bcc for more information.

-AFM Records has re-released Bloodbound’S BOOK OF THE DEAD with new artwork (from the initial Japanese edition) and the bonus track “Rivers Of Pain.”

-Bolero’s latest single from VOYAGE FROM VINLAND, “When The Legends Die,” is available for free download at http://bolerometal.bandcamp.com/track/when-the-legends-die . Upcoming live dates:

11/12 – The Annex Wreckroom, Toronto, ON – w/ Arkona & Talamyus
11/14 – Mavericks, Ottawa, ON – w/ Arkona, Talamyus, & Sonburst
11/26 – Club Saphir, Montreal, QC – w/ Aegnymist

See http://www.myspace.com/bolerometal and http://www.facebook.com/pages/BOLERO-OFFICIAL/35972167012 for more.

-Chickenfoot’s webcast from last Tuesday, featuring in-studio performances, is available at http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=163930 .

-Cornerstone’s new video for “Stay,” from SOMEWHERE IN AMERICA, is available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZf0M4sZ4H8 . See http://www.cornerstone.co.at/ and http://www.youtube.com/cornerstoneaustria for more.

-The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is staging its 1st Annual Awards Gala on November 1 at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, California. The honorees are Tony Martell – Man On The Silver Mountain Award, Mike Carden – Rainbow In The Dark Award, Geezer Butler – King Of Rock ‘N Roll Award, Sandeep Kapoor, M.D. – Sacred Heart Award, Danny Zelisko – Killing The Dragon Award, and Rita Haney – Stand Up And Shout Award. Asia Featuring John Payne will perform, and there will be “commemorative photos and tours of the mansion Grounds and world famous grotto, gourmet cuisine prepared by celebrity chef, full hosted bar, [and] valet parking and shuttle service to the mansion provided.” See http://diocancerfund.org/events/ for more.

-Edguy had to postpone German shows this past weekend in Essen, Fulda, and Bamberg “due to a virus infection and an acute laryngitis that Tobias Sammet has been diagnosed with.” Sammet’s statement: “I am really sorry, it is the second consecutive tour this sh*t happens to me! I have just returned from the phoniatrics unit of the university hospital Essen, because I so desperately wanted to play those shows this coming weekend, but my throat just says ‘no.’ It doesn’t work. I sincerely apologize to all of you who might be disappointed, be sure I must be the most disappointed one myself. We’ll do everything to reschedule those dates after the regular tour is finished, we keep you updated regarding the dates.” The shows have been rescheduled for Essen on 10/25, Fulda on 10/26, and Bamberg on 10/27, and tickets remain valid. See http://www.edguy.net/ for more.

-Fiona is back after a 19-year hiatus with UNBROKEN (Cargo). The release was produced by James Christian (House Of Lords), and the “mostly all new songs” were written by Fiona, Christian, Tommy Denander, Holly Knight, Marc Tanner and “UK pop production team, The Elements.” The lineup consists of Fiona on vocals; Tommy Denander, Bobby Messano, Paul Jones, and Dai Smith on guitar; Christian on bass and backing vocals; Jeff Batter on keyboards; James Jamal on drums; and Robin Beck on backing vocals. Track list: “Loved Along The Way,” “Broken,” “I’ve Released You,” “Shadows Of The Night” (Pat Benatar cover, with DL Byron’s “original dark lyrics”), “Badge Of Love,” “Wild One,” “This Heart” (duet with Robin Beck), “Get Yer Kix,” “Salt On My Wings,” “I Love You But Shut Up,” “Everything You Are” (Prophet cover). See http://www.fionarock.com/ for more.

-Graveyard is set to support Motorhead’s German tour in November. Statement from the band: “This year is getting more and more unbelievable for us. As it if it wasn’t enough that we got the chance to open for Maiden in our hometown, now we’re gonna go on tour with the essence of rock ‘n’ roll — Motorhead!! Once again we feel deeply honored to get a sort of approval to step into rock history by opening for Motorhead. And when you’re talking about Motorhead, there’s no way of getting around talking about Lemmy. That cat has always been an inspiration to us, all the way from Sam Gopal to Motorhead. Not only musically through his combination of psychedelia, rock and punk. But also through his relentlessness, something we hold very high in the Graveyard camp. But let’s not forget that we also get to go on tour with a fellow Gothenburger — Mikkey Dee — the magic stikks wizard!” Dates:

11/23 – Coulmbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
11/24 – Haus Auensee, Leipzig, Germany
11/26 – Zenith, Munich, Germany
11/27 – Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
11/29 – Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
11/30 – Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany

See http://www.facebook.com/graveyardofficial for more.

-Hull’s new album BEYOND THE LIGHTLESS SKY (due October 11 in North America on The End Records) is streaming in full via AOL Music, at http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/10 . Hype: “The Brooklyn sludge rockers again emerged with a creation to outlive the ages with a Mayan-based epic that takes the listener through a division of two brothers and the struggles they are faced with. One finds salvation amongst the stars and the wisdom of a stranger, while the other is mesmerized with the bloodthirsty belief of sacrifice and self mutilation. In silence lies a realm that exists outside the plane of fear.” See http://www.hullorhighwater.com/ for more.

-Iron Savior’s new album will be called THE LANDING, and is due out November 18 on AFM Records. Bassist Jan-S. Eckert has returned to the fold, meaning the CONDITION RED-era lineup is back together. (His previous stint with the band ran from 1997 – 2003.) Check out the new song “Heavy Metal Never Dies” at http://www.soundcloud.com/afm-records/iron-savior-heavy-metal-never .

-John 5’s new single “Welcome To Violence,” from GOD TOLD ME TO, is now available at “all download sites like iTunes and Amazon.” See http://www.john-5.com/ for more.

-Singer Lance King (Balance Of Power, Pyramaze, Avian, Gemini, etc.) is working on a solo album for a November 11 release. It will feature contributions from Tore Moren (Jorn), Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson), Morten Gade Sorensen (Pyramaze, Wuthering Heights), Michael Harris (Darkology, Thought Chamber), Fred Colombo (Spheric Universe Experience), Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater, Harmony), Michael Hansen (Phonomik), Shane Dhiman (Phonomik), Malek Ben Arbia (Myrath), Anis Jouini (Myrath), and Elyes Bouchoucha.

-Kiss’s Gene Simmons married Shannon Tweed over the weekend at the Beverly Hills Hotel. KISSonline.com has all the poop, including links to People magazine’s photos and “Entertainment Tonight’s” video coverage. At the reception Simmons’ son Nick sang a cover of The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues” with Paul Stanley’s son Evan on guitar. Then Kiss played “Lick It Up,” “Shout It Out Loud,” and “Rock And Roll All Nite.” In related news, the new season of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” began this week on A&E. The 2011 Chicago Kiss Fan Expo is this Sunday, October 9, at the Best Western Hotel in Hillside, IL. KISSOnline will have a booth with “the latest Official KISS merchandise.” Money will be raised at the Fan Expo to benefit Pink Lotus Breast Center via donations and the sale of “signed ‘Family Jewels’ Banners and signed Kiss pics and posters” that were donated by Tweed. In related news, former guitarists Bruce and Bob Kulick will appear at Kiss Fest 2 in Brazil on November 2-3. Bruce will then appear with John Corabi at the Kiss Army Spain’s event at Sala Ramdall in Madrid, Spain, on November 25; check out a brief promo video at http://youtu.be/oAn2WbtSRr0 and see http://www.kissarmyspain.com/kissnoticias/noticias.htm for more. Both Kulicks and Corabi will then appear at the 3rd Annual Helsinki Kiss Expo on November 26 . See http://www.kulick.net/ for more on Bruce. Finally, November 24 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of former Kiss drummer Eric Carr. To celebrate his memory his family will release a CD called UNFINISHED BUSINESS featuring unreleased music, live performances, remixes, and interview clips, with contributions from Carr, Bruce Kulick, Ted Poley (Danger Danger), A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister), Kee Marcello (Europe), ZO2, members of Seether, and others. Hype: “This CD is a testament to a man whose personality and heart were as big as his enormous talent. Eric’s spirit is alive in each and every song.” Tracks include “Shandi” (with Carr singing; from his Kiss audition tape), “Trouble’s Inside You” (by Carr and Mitch Weissman), “No One’s Messin’ With You” (by Carr and Kulick; an alternate version of Kiss’ “Little Caesar” from HOT IN THE SHADE), “Elephant Man” (by Pero, Marcello, Bob Gilmartin, and Carr’s sister and niece on background vocals; the lyrics were written by Carr and the music was written in 2006), “Dial L For Love” (by Carr; from the CRAZY NIGHTS era); “Just Can’t Wait” (by Poley and Kulick; vocals were added to a song originally released as an instrumental in 2001), and “All Hell’s Breaking Loose” (by ZO2). The CD can be pre-ordered now at EricCarr.com for $14.99 plus shipping & handling, and orders in the USA will include a free, exclusive guitar pick; orders will ship starting October 15. Check out a promo video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vJswJyOgQQ and see http://ericcarr.com/rockheads/UnfinishedBusiness.html for more.

-Masterplan is working on a new album.

-Morton’s video for “Sleeping King” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut4kd5qcdgk . COME READ THE WORDS FORBIDDEN is due out in Europe on October 21, via AFM Records. See http://www.maxmorton.com/ for more.

-Check out a nice Metal-Rules.com article/interview on Oz at http://www.metal-rules.com/zine/content/view/2326/92 . The band’s comeback, BURNING LEATHER, is due out November 18 on AFM Records. The new video “Dominator” is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX-0Lit2vPw . See http://www.ozofficial.com/ for more.

-Axel Rudi Pell will tour Europe next year as follows:

4/20 – Capitol, Hannover, Germany
4/21 – De Bosuil, Weert, The Netherlands
4/22 – Underworld, London, UK
4/24 – Neue Stadthalle Langen, Langen, Germany
4/25 – Garage, Saarbrucken, Germany
4/27 – Hirsch, Nurnberg, Germany
4/28 – All-Karthalle, Kaufbeuren, Germany
4/29 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
5/1 – HsD, Erfurt, Germany
5/2 – Columbia Club, Berlin, Germany
5/4 – 5/5 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
8/2 – 8/4 – Wacken Open Air

See http://www.axel-rudi-pell.de/ for more.

-Radiant Records has a new preview of Neal Morse’s TESTIMONY 2 live DVD at http://www.radiantrecords.com/ . The label will continue to post new clips from releases by Morse and Transatlantic every week.

-Scythia’s second album …OF EXILE hit #1 on Earshot’s Canadian Loud Charts. See ScythiaFolkMetal.com for more.

-Toxic Holocaust’s CONJURE AND COMMAND is out now on Relapse Records. Hype from Crave’s review: “…the best thing Toxic Holocaust has done thus far. This isn’t a subtle record or an album filled with nuances. This album runs up behind you with a baseball bat and doesn’t stop beating you until you’re dead.” The album is streaming at http://toxicholocaust.bandcamp.com/ , and a preview of the deluxe CD/DVD set is at http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/7360/toxic-holocaust-war-is-hell-live . See http://www.facebook.com/ToxicHolocaust , http://www.myspace.com/toxicholocaust , and http://www.relapse.com/ for more.

-There are free Tribunal/Divebomb Records digital samplers available now, with a combined 40 songs. The Tribunal sampler features Killwhitneydead’s new song “Sound The Alarms,” Vanisher’s “Reaction” (mixed by Joey Sturgis), Forte’s new song “This Unholy War,” and The Fed’s unreleased album track “Welcome To America.” Get it at http://www.tribunalrecords.net/home/free-digital-sampler . The Divebomb sampler features preview tracks from forthcoming reissues by Confessor, Cyclone Temple, Fly Machine, Ironchrist, and Solstice. Get it at http://www.divebombrecords.com/site/free-digital-sampler/ . See http://www.tribunalrecords.net/ , http://www.facebook.com/tribunalrecords , http://www.myspace.com/tribunalrecords , http://twitter.com/tribunalrecords , http://www.divebombrecords.com/ , and http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/category/trb-distribution for more.

-Van Canto — the German “a cappella metal band” featuring five singers and one drummer — has a new video for “Primo Victoria,” off of BREAK THE SILENCE (Napalm Records). The track is a Sabaton cover and the video features Sabaton front man Joakim Broden. Check it out at http://youtu.be/agWwSsCP6KI . See http://www.vancanto.de/ for more.

-Check out the EPK for Warrant’s ROCKAHOLIC at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-9ahi1nqbA . The band has newly designed CHERRY PIE and ROCKAHOLIC T-shirts available exclusively at http://warrantrocks.cinderblock.com/ . Upcoming tour dates:

10/7 – Sunken Garden Theater, San Antonio, TX
10/14 – Wild Bill’s, Duluth, GA
10/15 – Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival, Gulf Shores, AL
11/4 – Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, CA
12/2 – Medina Entertainment Center, Medina, MN
12/9 – 12/10 – Cactus Pete’s, Jackpot, NV

See WarrantRocks.com for more.

Thanks to Loretta Caravello, Jon Asher, Matt Rudzinski, Arto Lehtinen, Nancy B. Sayle, Earsplit PR, Axel Wiesenauer, Pitch Black Records, and Bill “Big Foot” Kotowski for help gathering some of this information.

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