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Detritus
Issue #615
Week of October 31, 2011
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Patrick Brower, Editor
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-Has everyone come down from their Halloween candy sugar high? – Tim

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-Megadeth Announces Gigantour 2012!

[Note: This is from http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/ . – Tim]

Gigantour — the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by esteemed metal titans Megadeth — will make its highly anticipated return for the first time since 2008. The multi-artist bill — with metal heavyweights Motorhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil all personally picked by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine — will kick off January 26 in Camden, NJ. Before wrapping February 28 in Denver, CO, the tour will make stops all across the US and Canada including a January 28 show in New York and February 24 in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale beginning November 4. For more information visit: gigantour.com. Megadeth has also teamed up with VIPNation.com to provide fans with Ultimate VIP packages, including premium tickets, meet and greets, exclusive gifts and more. Go to megadeth.com for all the details.

Gigantour is a chance to, as Mustaine says, tour with like-minded artists “that play heavy music in a high-energy environment,” with a fan-friendly ticket price. He founded the tour in 2005 and invited such artists as Anthrax, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Lamb Of God, Opeth, Static-X and In Flames to join Megadeth.

Lemmy, frontman of the legendary Motorhead, looks forward to performing at this year’s Gigantour amongst all the other talented musicians. “We’ve done festivals in Europe with Lacuna Coil and they’re workaholics as well! Volbeat are great too; the whole bill is pretty diverse and I advise everyone who likes being deaf, and/or can lip-read already, to come out and see what the stuff that doesn’t get any MTV Video Awards sounds like! Gigantour is just that!” He goes on to say, “Megadeth are one of the greatest bands to tread a stage anywhere and me and Dave have been promising each other we’d tour together ever since we met! Volbeat and Lacuna Coil are interesting choices and I think it’s gonna be incredible trying to understand each other backstage! Come and see what eclectic means! (look THAT up in your Funk & Wagnall’s)! See you!”

Volbeat vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen said the band couldn’t refuse Mustaine’s offer to join the tour. “This is something you don’t think twice about; it’s a must and a blessing. They [Megadeth and Motorhead] are two of the world’s biggest/best and most important bands in heavy rock history. Since the beginning, Megadeth and Motorhead have been a huge inspiration of my/our musical careers. To have the opportunity to go on the road and share the stage with these two legendary rock bands, is another dream come true in the Volbeat adventure. We are very thankful and cannot wait to play in front of these two legendary bands’ audience for some intense minutes of Volbeat rock!”

Lacuna Coil is eager to return for their second Gigantour; they first performed as part of the 2007 tour. “When we were invited to join Gigantour once again, we were really happy as it seems like the perfect way to start the DARK ADRENALINE album cycle in the US,” says co-vocalist Andrea Ferro. “Our new album will be released during the tour and it’s gonna be great. We will be playing alongside metal legends like Megadeth and Motorhead and it’s gonna be awesome. It’s a great touring package with two classic bands and two younger bands who each have a unique sound like Lacuna Coil and Volbeat. Can’t wait!”

Co-vocalist Cristina Scabbia agrees. “WOW! Gigantour! I am super excited!! I mean are you kidding me? A tour with Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat and us? This is going to be so crushing that I think the walls are gonna fall down in some of the venues!! Are you guys ready? I definitely am!”

Here are the tour dates:

Jan. 26 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Jan. 27 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Jan. 28 – New York, NY – Theater at Madison Square Garden
Jan. 29 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Arena
Feb. 01 – Glens Falls, NY – Glens Falls Civic Center
Feb. 02 – Quebec City, QC – Colisee Pepsi Arena
Feb. 03 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Feb. 05 – Kingston, ON – K-Rock Centre
Feb. 07 – Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre
Feb. 08 – Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
Feb. 09 – Auburn Hills, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
Feb. 10 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
Feb. 12 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
Feb. 14 – St. Paul, MN – Myth
Feb. 16 – Saskatoon, SK – Prairieland
Feb. 17 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre
Feb. 18 – Calgary, AB – Big 4 Building
Feb. 20 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Ent & Sports Centre
Feb. 21 – Kent, WA – Showare Center
Feb. 23 – San Jose, CA – Events Center
Feb. 24 – Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre
Feb. 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Feb. 26 – Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum
Feb. 28 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium

http://www.gigantour.com/
http://www.megadeth.com/

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-Royal Hunt To Release New Single

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the worldwide release on November 14th of “Hard Rain’s Coming,” the first single taken from the forthcoming — 11th — Royal Hunt studio album SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE.

The single will only be available digitally. It will also include an unreleased live version of “Martial Arts” recorded at the ProgPower Festival 2009 in the USA.

The first sample from the new Royal Hunt can be listened to following this link:

Royal Hunt’s new album presents the return of American singer DC Cooper in the lineup to continue the magic of Royal Hunt and goes back to the classic sound which put the band on the map in the first place, all the way back in 1991.

Founded in Denmark in 1989 by keyboardist Andre Andersen, Royal Hunt has gone through numerous personal changes since their inception. Though certainly the two albums that they have released with American singer DC Cooper; have stood the test of time: MOVING TARGET in 1995 and the subsequent concept album PARADOX in 1997. In the beginning of 2011, Andre and DC got in touch once more to see if they could cooperate again, which resulted in a small reunion tour. It was a great success and consequently led to the mutual decision of DC rejoining the band.

The new album SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE brings back Royal Hunt at force 10 with an highly melodic sound and rich, lush arrangements and stellar production. With the amazing new lineup, the fans as well as the critics, are about to get a fresh taste of the powerful and rejuvenated Royal Hunt!

http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Steelheart 19 Years After Halloween Stage Accident

Oct 31, 1992 Halloween night; exactly 19 years ago tonight in Denver Colorado a horrible tragedy took down one of Rock’s premiere bands during a live concert. Steelheart led by Miljenko “Mili” Matijevic arguably one of the best male rock vocalist to ever grace the stage miraculously survived the tragedy, however the band Steelheart as we all knew it died that night.

After successful tours of Asia and Europe Steelheart flew home to tour the US in support of the band Great White. On the last leg of the tour they were invited to perform one last show as the opening act for the band Slaughter. Steelheart was performing “Dancing In The Fire” from the TANGLED IN REINS album when the accident occurred. Matijevic decided to climb a lighting truss which was for some reason improperly secured so as Matijevic climbed the rig it broke free. Matijevic tried to dodge the 1,000 pound piece of equipment to no avail; it hit him in the back of the head, driving him face first into the stage. The outcome of the accident was a broken nose, cheekbone, jaw, twisted spine, and severe memory loss. Matijevic miraculously found the strength to walk off the stage and was immediately taken to the hospital. It was to be the last time the original lineup of Steelheart would ever perform together.

Matijevic had a long, pain stricken, difficult road to recovery as the accident did far more damage than anyone could have known at the time of the accident which left Matijevic to fight this battle alone for a long time. Over the span of four years Matijevic fought the good fight and while he lost everything he never gave up and in his words… “…I had lost my family, my home, and my money, but I had found myself.”

Today Oct, 31, 2011 Miljenko “Mili” Matijevic is alive and well with a voice that still places him in the category of “One Of The Best Male Vocalist Of All Time”… and he is pumping out some outstanding work so stay tuned because Mili is just warming up!

To mark this day Steelheart has unveiled a new website filled with music, videos, reviews, news, blogs, photos, podcasts and so much more. Steelheart just wrapped up a very successful tour over the summer with rave reviews. A new album is expected to be released in 2012 with all new music and a world tour to support it.

Steelheart promises to please their long time die-hard fans as well as gain the interest of many new fans!

Stop by and check out our new website… if it’s Steelheart you will find it on this site! Hope to see you at a future concert!

http://www.steelheart.com/

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-Grave Digger Have Renewed Their Contract With Napalm Records

“After releasing two very successful CDs and our THE CLANS ARE STILL MARCHING DVD, we are happy to share the good news with our fans: YES, we will continue! Over the past three years, a business cooperation turned into a friendship which can hardly be found in today’s music industry. Napalm is a small and hard-working team that is as effective and productive as a company of 70 people. Always reachable and competent, they work with their artists individually. These are the strengths of Napalm, and that is why we have signed a deal for three more records under the Napalm banner. Long live rock ‘n’ roll — long live Napalm and Grave Digger.”

Max Riedler (Managing Director Napalm Records): “Chris Boltendahl and the members of Grave Digger are an exception in the music business. They are always professional, reliable and furthermore, they find words of appreciation for Napalm. That’s when the hard work turns into joy! We motivate each other and face new challenges as a team. Thanks for your trust, we look forward to the new songs!”

http://www.grave-digger-clan.com/
http://www.facebook.com/gravediggerofficial
http://www.myspace.com/gravediggerclan

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-Magic Circle Music Update

Get Ready For The BATTLE HYMNS 2011 UK/Ireland Tour

The band and the fans are ready to kick off the BATTLE HYMNS 2011 UK/Ireland Tour with the first show in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1st.

Supported by the Destroyers Of All Systems — D.A.S. Audio — and their ground-shaking Aero 50 P.A. series (especially imported from the Spanish factory!) Manowar are once again ready to blow you away with your favorite hymns and ultimate killer sound.

Brand New Manowar Merchandise Available On UK/Ireland Tour

Christmas comes early for those who attend the upcoming UK/Ireland Tour! The Kingdom Of Steel will introduce a series of brand new merchandise items that will be available on the upcoming tour. The new range includes spectacular HAIL TO ENGLAND T-Shirts, zip hoodies and patches, a KINGS OF METAL Girlie T-Shirt, messenger bags with the classical SIGN OF THE HAMMER logo, and much more.

Due to the demand of the faithful a limited quantity of Manowar “Warrior’s Shield” condoms, and a brand new patch with the life motto for every true Manowarrior “Born to rock, drink and f*ck!” are waiting for you.

Please note that on this tour only cash payment will be possible at the merchandise booth — no credit cards. Thank you for your understanding.

HolyHell Release Most Popular Live Tracks

Four of HolyHell’s most demanded live performances are now available as MP3 download, exclusively at The Kingdom Of Steel. At $0.99 each or as a LIVE COVERS COLLECTION at only $3 for four songs, following classics are now available:

“Holy Diver” – Live at Norway Rock Festival 2009
http://store.magiccirclemusic.com/product/1202/HolyHell-MP3-Audio-Holy-Diver—Live

“Dream On” – Live at Magic Circle Festival 2008
http://store.magiccirclemusic.com/product/1204/HolyHell-MP3-Audio-Dream-On—Live

“Rising Force” – Live at Magic Circle Festival 2007
http://store.magiccirclemusic.com/product/1203/HolyHell-MP3-Audio-Rising-Force—Live

“Phantom Of The Opera” – Live at Magic Circle Festival 2007
http://store.magiccirclemusic.com/product/1205/HolyHell-MP3-Audio-Phantom-Of-The-Opera—Live

LIVE COVERS COLLECTION (“Holy Diver” / “Dream On” / “Rising Force” / “Phantom Of The Opera”)
http://store.magiccirclemusic.com/product/1206/HolyHell-MP3-Audio—Live-Covers-Collection

Manowar
http://www.manowar.com/
http://www.facebook.com/manowar

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

Magic Circle Music
http://www.magiccirclemusic.com/

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-Richie Kotzen — Charity Concert — Last USA Show Of The Year

KLOS And The Avalon Hollywood Presents:
2nd Annual Humanity Thru Music
Concert And PAWsta Dinner
A Benefit For Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, A 501(c)3

Sunday, November 13th @ The Avalon Hollywood

Multi Platinum Singer/Song Writer Richie Kotzen To Headline The Concert
TV Star Gretchen Bonaduce To Open With Her ’80s Band Ankhensenamen
Hosted By Pet Celebrity Trainer Harrison Forbes

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Come join us for the Second Annual Humanity Thru Music fundraiser in benefit of the Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, a non-profit organization dedicated to the safety and welfare of animals. KLOS and the Avalon Hollywood is hosting this year’s Humanity Thru Music Green Carpet and “PAWsta” dinner, which promises to be even more sensational than last year’s event.

This year’s event is bigger and better with more celebrities and more excitement! Strut down our Celebrity Green Carpet, and wag your tail while you rock-out at Hollywood’s most historic landmark, the Avalon Hollywood, on November, 13th.

This is the Second Annual “Humanity Thru Music” and our concert lineup is a howling good time with celebrity Gretchen Bonaduce and her ’80s band Ankhensenamen opening for Multi-platinum recording artist Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big/Poison). The night will be hosted by celebrity pet trainer and radio host Harrison Forbes from radio show “Pet Talk.”

The first 100 tickets sold get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a HUGE Def Leppard package. The package includes: Signed guitar by the whole band, signed 11×17 portrait of Def Leppard by their private photographer Ash Newell, and a signed bass drum head by the whole band!!

The night starts with a Pawsta dinner buffet, cash bars, HUGE silent auction and raffles all in benefit of Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 dedicated to much needed animal welfare in California. Tickets are $35 for General and $50 for VIP. To buy tickets and for more information on the ticket levels go to http://www.wantickets.com/ , http://www.ticketfly.com/ or call 818.398.0340.

Humanity Thru Music is a fundraising celebration for the safety & welfare of animals as well as the environment. Our Goal is to build the first fully solar/wind powered no-kill sanctuary in California where high-kill shelters still exist and animal cruelty runs. We are currently fundraising to buy land and build homes where animals can live in healthy surroundings until they are adopted. This environment will protect and allow all animals to live to see their full potential. Humanity Thru Music encourages people to participate in the fight for a No-Kill Nation and Solar World. We want our guests to walk away having been empowered to make a difference in the world.

For more info on F&FAS go to http://www.furfeather.org/ and for info on the event for to http://www.955klos.com/ or http://www.avalonhollywood.com/ .

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-Z Records News

Tony Mills Answers Z Rock 2010 Call!

Z Rock 2012 welcomes Tony Mills (Shy, TNT) to the proceedings on May 5th, 2012. Z Rock 2012 will be Tony’s fourth Z Fest after his previous appearances in England and Germany with Shy and then most recently in 2006 with TNT. Tony Mills will be performing the essential Shy classics plus tracks selected from his extensive back catalogue. Tickets are now on sale at http://www.zrecords.net/ .

Shy Classic Gets Reissue

UNFINISHED BUSINESS has been praised by the press and fans the world over as UK AOR legends Shy’s finest hour. Shy’s 2002 opus UNFINISHED BUSINESS will now be reissued by Z Records fully re-mastered, repackaged and with two bonus tracks. The album will be released on December 12th.

Arabia Set To Make 2012 Their Year

Arabia are now writing new material for their follow-up to this year’s critically acclaimed WELCOME TO THE FREAKSHOW. Arabia’s charismatic frontman John Blaze stated “our new album will be a return to the 1001 NIGHTS sound, it just feels so right with the new lineup and things are flowing well so expect a new album late summer 2012.” Arabia are of course scheduled to return to Europe for the UK’s Z Rock 2012 festival on May 5th.

Z Release Schedule Nov. 2011 – Jan. 2012

Nov 21st Prophet – CYCLE OF THE MOON +1 (re-mastered)
Dec 12th SHY – UNFINISHED BUSINESS +2 (re-mastered)
Jan 21st Prophet – PROPHET (re-mastered)

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-Threshold Announce Album Pre-Release Shows

British progressive metallers Threshold will perform a handful of pre-release shows in April 2012 to promote their forthcoming album. The band will play a set featuring songs from the new album which is due for release through Nuclear Blast Records in 2012.

The following dates have been announced:
07/04/2012 House of Progression, Kingston, England
11/04/2012 Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
12/04/2012 Hedon, Zwolle, Netherlands
13/04/2012 Rock Ittervoort, Ittervoort, Netherlands
14/04/2012 Zeche, Bochum, Germany

Threshold are currently at Thin Ice Studios (DragonForce, Pendragon) in Surrey, England recording their ninth studio album. The new album sees the return of original Threshold vocalist Damian Wilson (Headspace, Star One) who rejoined the band in 2007 following the departure of Andrew “Mac” McDermott who sadly passed away on 3 August.

Threshold’s previous studio album DEAD RECKONING was released in 2007 and featured guest vocals by Dan Swano (Nightingale, Bloodbath). The album entered the charts at position 64 in Germany, 95 in The Netherlands and 37 in the UK rock chart.

http://www.thresh.net/

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-Nils Lofgren To Release OLD SCHOOL On Tuesday, November 1st

First Full Studio Album In Five Years Features Such Music Icons As Lou Gramm, Sam Moore And Paul Rodgers

Listen to “Ain’t Too Many Of Us Left”
http://www.nilslofgren.com/OldSchool_AintTooMany.html

It’s been five years since the release of Nils Lofgren’s last studio album featuring his own songs and, with his forthcoming release titled OLD SCHOOL, he’s got something to say.

An effort that’s been in the works since the culmination of Springsteen’s Working On A Dream Tour in November of 2009, Lofgren’s OLD SCHOOL covers a variety of topics including desperation, self-doubt, true love, departed friends, holding on to your dreams and the world gone mad… along with a tribute to the late, great Ray Charles.

“These songs reflect characters with some radical feelings and beliefs,” states the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lofgren. “They’re definitely thought-provoking.”

The CD — due out on Tuesday, November 1st — will be his eighth studio release on Vision Music, the label also responsible for 2008’s THE LONER – NILS SINGS NEIL (an homage to Neil Young, whom Nils started his career with over four decades ago) and 2006’s SACRED WEAPON.

“OLD SCHOOL has many different types of songs and feels… some rough, bluesy tracks to haunting acoustic songs,” continues Lofgren. “There’s some interesting and controversial characters in these songs and I look forward to everyone’s reaction.”

The album starts off with the controversial title track, “Old School,” which features former Foreigner lead singer Lou Gramm.

“our spineless Congress should all be fired
get some women and men
with balls and sense hired
child rape and murder
one strike and you’re down and out
with our kid’s lives at stake what’s to figure out
oh no ain’t no old school anymore…”

It’s not for the timid.

OLD SCHOOL features a total of a dozen songs (see below for track listing), all produced by Nils with the exception of the song, “Why Me,” which was produced, recorded and mixed by Brian Christian (Alice Cooper/Kiss/The Babys fame).

The song, “Amy Joan Blues” features legendary vocalist Paul Rodgers while the cut “Ain’t Too Many Of Us Left” features Rock Hall Of Fame inductee Sam Moore from the popular ’60s duo Sam & Dave.

Sam Moore comments about the collaboration, “It hit me when I was in the studio with Nils that we’ve lost so many of our friends, peers and colleagues in the past few years… The Big Man, Billy Preston, Wilson Pickett, George Harrison, Solomon Burke, Johnny Cash, Isaac Hayes. It hit me how true it is that there ‘ain’t too many of us left.’ I was flattered and honored that Nils asked me to join him to pay a little honor and remind everyone in some way to remember our dear but departed friends and loved ones.”

“Ain’t Too Many Of Us Left” has been made available as a free download at http://www.nilslofgren.com/ for fans to enjoy and the entire CD can be pre-ordered on the site as well.

Also appearing on OLD SCHOOL is the song, “Irish Angel” (written by the great Bruce McCabe) that Nils has been singing for years at his acoustic shows along with a ballad Nils wrote with an old friend and great DC-area artist, Root Boy Slim, called, “Let Her Get Away.”

“I’ve always wanted to share that particular song but never got it together until now,” says Nils. “Sadly, Root Boy’s not with us any longer, but I know there are fans out there that will appreciate this touching, haunted country-type ballad of ours.”

Speaking of old friends near and dear… Old School is dedicated to Nils’ dear friend and band mate, Clarence “Big Man” Clemons.

As an integral member of the Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band since 1984, Nils has remained consistently busy as part of the group, and as a solo artist.

In addition to songwriting and performing, Nils also devotes substantial time to his online guitar school ( http://www.nilslofgren.com/Lessons07.html ), which has garnered tremendous response from guitar players all over the world. Beginner lessons are offered in English, Spanish and Italian…

In early September, Nils released “When You Are Loved” (via free download on his site), a 9-11 song that honors heroes, victims and families.

Beginning today, Nils hits the road for a few dates (see full itinerary below) to talk up the album and have some fun.

He’ll travel from town-to-town, playing his favorite songs in intimate venues, talking to friends and fans… something he’s enjoyed for 43 years now.

Call it “Old School.”

Item Info:
http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=VI21016

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Track Listing:
1. Old School
2. 60 Is The New 18
3. Miss You Ray
4. Love Stumbles On
5. Amy Joan Blues
6. Irish Angel
7. Ain’t Too Many Of Us Left
8. When You Were Mine
9. Just Because You Love Me
10. Dream Big
11. Let Her Get Away
12. Why Me

http://www.nilslofgren.com/

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-Beloved Metal Guitar Tech & Tour Manager Needs Help!

Dane Wolf, known to many throughout the metal community as a skilled guitar tech, tour manager, and overall kind & hardworking human being, was badly beaten in Denver, Colorado last week while on the Death Angel/Testament/Anthrax tour. As a result, he had to drop off the tour and was recently released from the hospital in Denver. Dane’s mother, Jenna Wolf, issued the following statement on Dane Wolf’s Give Forward fundraising page. http://www.giveforward.com/danewolf :

“Please help in whatever way you can by assisting with his medical bills and upcoming travel expenses to and from Colorado when things go to court. There will be additional medical costs in the future as well, as he continues to recover and requires follow-up care. The goal has now been raised due to the amazing response of Dane’s friends and family. Thank you so much for your continued support, and for sharing the link, and his story!”

The goal is to raise $7,500.00 to pay Dane’s medical & travel expenses. Thus far, $3,760 (50%) has been raised. YOU can help a metalhead who worked a metal tour you attended by visiting http://www.giveforward.com/danewolf and donate what you can. Every dollar helps!

Monday’s online update from Dane Wolf:

“The doctor’s appt. went well today, and I have been deemed travel ready and will be finishing my recovery with my Mother who has been worried sick, and kitty cat in Saint Louis! I leave on my first flight in a few hours.

“My brain IS there, and looks alright 🙂 stitches come out in another week, chicks dig scars, right? I am trying a different pain medication to see if it can reduce side effects, as I am still battling major headaches as my fractures heal and the swelling subsides. I will be meeting with a specialist in Saint Louis to determine if I will require surgery to repair my orbital socket, fingers crossed.

“None of these options would have been available without your help, I am so grateful to spend the rest of my recovery with Mom, because we all know that no one takes care of you like mom does.

“The many positive actions this week so far outweigh the negative in my mind, that I can’t help but look forward to getting healed and paying it back to others. I will be back in The Bay with all you crazy f*ckers when I’m fully Dane again, and back out on the road with my brothers and sisters when duty calls. Thanks to my Uncle Brad, cousin Brandon, doctors, nurses, police, and friends in Denver for watching over me 🙂 I will welcome seeing my Saint Louis friends as soon as my body tells me I’m ready to do so, as I will be strictly following doctor’s orders to give it the full opportunity to rest and recover as I have been.

“Thank you all, so much, once again.

“Much Love
“Dane”

Visit the Dane Wolf Facebook Group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/257168300996038/ and post some get-well messages. Every positive word helps!

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-Corrosion Of Conformity Signs To Candlelight Records; Album Planned For Early 2012 Release

Candlelight Records today proudly announces the worldwide signing of Corrosion Of Conformity. Since early this year, the band — featuring the esteemed ANIMOSITY lineup of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin — has been working with long-time producer John Custer. Now nearly complete, their still untitled eighth studio album is planned for release early in the New Year.

Gathering last summer to jam as a trio for the first time in over a decade, the treasured threesome quickly rekindled the magic that originally united and ultimately bound the musicians on a journey that today continues to impress both fans and critics. It is the efforts of this lineup that Decibel Magazine recently called “a crucial stylistic lynchpin in the bridge between metal and punk. Corrosion Of Conformity irrevocably reshaped crossover’s sonic possibilities.” AllMusic.com notes, “C.O.C. weren’t following any trends. They just incorporated all the things they liked about thrash, punk and ’70s metal originators Black Sabbath into their constantly evolving sound. It secured them artistic and commercial credibility.”

Candlelight’s Steve Beatty says of the signing, “ANIMOSITY is one of my favorite records ever. To have C.O.C. on Candlelight with that lineup is simply mouth-watering. I saw the band in London recently and they did not disappoint. This hungry child can’t wait for the record.” Candlelight’s Edward Christie adds, “we are extremely excited to welcome the band to the label and are looking forward to an amazing album. We are all huge fans and this is truly a memorable day for all of us.”

The band shares the excitement the immediate future holds. Woody Weatherman comments, “writing and recording this new record as a three-piece has been a blast. Having Reed back in the fold with Mike and I brings it around full circle. I’m really looking forward to all that lies ahead this upcoming year.”

Reed Mullen adds, “Mike, Woody and I essentially learned how to play music together and cultivated our own style, sound, and unspoken language. Re-bonding with them musically has been the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me.”

In addition to intense work on the album, Corrosion Of Conformity has kept busy in 2011 touring throughout the US and abroad. One of the main attractions at this year’s Maryland Death Festival, the band mesmerized a salivating capacity audience. Sean Palmerston, editor for Canada’s online magazine Hellbound, said, “I lapped this set up. It was like the tastiest comfort food after a hard day’s work. I haven’t listened to those classic C.O.C. albums in a long, long time. It put a smile on my face.”

Mike Dean says of the new songs, “we have been overdubbing vocals and guitars in between our live dates for the better part of a year. Now it’s time to mix. The process we started back in April is finally coming to fruition. The results should reflect all eras of the band’s existence filtered through our current reality. This is a beast we can’t wait to set free.”

Formed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982, Corrosion Of Conformity quickly transformed heavy music. Politically charged and socially aware, the band has influenced countless others and today remains humble about their accomplishments. With over 1.1 million albums sold in the United States alone, the new album will be their first since 2005’s IN THE ARMS OF GOD. On release, Billboard Magazine called the album a “riff-fueled set that ranks with (the band’s) best work.”

The band’s final performances for 2011 will be alongside Clutch December 27 through 31. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster and venue box offices.

12/27/2011 House of Blues – Boston MA
12/28/2011 State Theater – Portland ME
12/29/2011 Westcott Theater – Syracuse NY
12/30/2011 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville NJ
12/31/2011 Trocadero Theater – Philadelphia PA

http://www.coc.com/
http://www.facebook.com/corrosionofconformity
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/

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-Pegazus’ New Webstore Up And Running!

Pegazus has just launched their brand new webstore filled with new items, including the debut album and other hard-to-find items. We also have added the official 2011 IN METAL WE TRUST Tour shirt! Go to http://www.pegazusofficial.com/ (Store) and have a look!

The band has just kicked their European tour off with a gig in Holland. the response was awesome and it felt great to be back on European ground. Make sure you get to see one of the shows!!

Remaining IN METAL WE TRUST Tour dates:

Nov 3, 2011 – Livestage – Innsbrück, Austria (w/ Fireforce)
Nov 4, 2011 – Rock City – Uster, Switzerland (w/ Fireforce)
Nov 5, 2011 – Steel Fest – Estragon – Bologna, Italy
Nov 9, 2011 – Exit-Us – Prague, Czech Rep (w/ Roxor)
Nov 11, 2011 – JUZ, Jugend- und Programmzentrum – Kaiserslautern, Germany (w/ Ivory Night)
Nov 12, 2011 – Orto Bar – Ljubljana, Slovenia (w/ Use Less)
Nov 17, 2011 – Garage De Luxe – Munich, Germany (w/ Ivory Night)
Nov 18, 2011 – Hapa Haole – Witten, Germany (w/ Ivory Night)
Nov 19, 2011 – Downstairs – Worblaufen-Bern, Switzerland (w/ Ivory Night)

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

For all info:
http://www.pegazusofficial.com/
http://www.myspace.com/pegazusmusic
http://www.twitter.com/pegazusmusic
http://www.facebook.com/pages/PEGAZUS/56974008938
http://www.youtube.com/user/pegazusmusic
http://www.ivorynight.de/

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-Nuclear Blast And Wacken Open Air To Cooperate With “Metal Battle”

The “Metal Battle” which was started in 2004 by the founders of the world’s biggest heavy metal festival — the Wacken:Open:Air — as a newcomer contest to support up-and-coming bands from all over the world will go into its ninth round in 2012 — with Nuclear Blast Records and Wacken Open Air joining in!

What initially started out as a small contest with six German bands and five bands from other countries grew and grew over the years, so that there was a total of 29 international newcomer bands performing during the festival in 2011 and striving for the first place after having won the preliminary decisions in their respective countries. In the past, the first prize was a record deal with Wacken Records. For 2012, Nuclear Blast and Wacken Open Air have announced their participation, meaning that the winning band of “Metal Battle” 2012 will win no less than a record deal with Nuclear Blast — the biggest independent heavy metal label worldwide!

A&R manager Andy Siry states: “We’re looking forward to this cooperation with the W:O:A ‘Metal Battle’ and Wacken Open Air. Supporting young talents means paving the way for a diverse and prosperous international heavy metal scene in the future. Plus it’s always great to see how many musical rough diamonds are out there, who deserve much more attention than they currently receive.”

All is set for the next exciting newcomer hunt! More information to follow in good time.

http://www.nuclearblast.de/
http://www.ics-int.de/
http://www.metal-battle.com/
http://www.wacken.com/

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-Strange Karma Set To Rock The US In November

“Australian rock” is a genre that music fans hold in high regard, as some of the greatest rock bands of all time (AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, The Saints, Radio Birdman, etc.) hailed from the land down under. And the latest hard rocking Australian band that is turning heads is Strange Karma.

Comprised of brothers Martin Strange (singer) and Paul Strange (guitar), as well as Doe Prijono (bass), and Jason McDonald (drums), Strange Karma has just issued their kick ass debut, VOLUME 1 (via FNA Records — http://www.fnarecords.net/ ). And soon, US fans will get a chance to catch this fast-rising act.

On Wednesday, November 2nd, Strange Karma will be playing the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, CA, and on Saturday, November 5th, will be playing the Rock n’ Roll Cantina in Las Vegas, NV. Then, on Wednesday, November 30th, the quartet will perform another show at the Whiskey A Go Go.

Unlike many other up-and-coming bands, Strange Karma is already a road-tested unit, having performed extensively in their home country, as well as embarking on tours of both England and the US. Additionally, the group has collected an impressive amount of accolades and accomplishments, including amassing nearly 100,000 friends on MySpace, which has led to over 200,000 plays of their songs via their MySpace site. Also, Strange Karma has received coverage on such respected hard rock/heavy metal sites as Sleaze Roxx and Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles.

The band has also filmed a video for the lead-off single from VOLUME 1, titled “America,” which can be viewed here:

Also, VOLUME 1 can be purchased via these links:

http://www.amazon.com/Vol-1-Strange-Karma-Strange/dp/B004OMFJK6/
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/strangekarma

Hollywood and Las Vegas area rockers and beyond, get ready to welcome the next wave of loud n’ proud Australian rock n’ roll this November!

Upcoming Strange Karma US Tour Dates:

Wednesday, November 2nd: Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood
Saturday, November 5th: Rock n’ Roll Cantina, Las Vegas
Saturday, November 12th: Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago
Wednesday, November 16th: Sullivan Hall, New York City – 10:30 p.m. set time
Saturday, November 19th: Harpo’s, Detroit – w/ Art Of Dying
Wednesday, November 30th: Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood

For more information, visit the following sites:

http://www.strangekarma.net/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Strange-Karma/157783670932214
http://www.myspace.com/strangekarma

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-“Lost” Self Portrait EP Released

Available now via iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets

CATALOG #: PPR004
RELEASE DATE: 11/1/11
FORMAT: Digital EP (8 Tracks)
RECORDED: 2004
RIYL: Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World, Anberlin and Fall Out Boy

In 2004, Self Portrait was an upstart North Carolina band making the rounds with aspirations of making some serious waves in the alternative rock community. Somewhere along the line the band, which featured members of Bloodjinn and a now-current member of Colossus, imploded and nothing became of the original sessions recorded at The Basement Studios. These recordings which were released in limited format to those close to the band, but never officially, are now finally available to all.

Jamie King has re-mixed the original four tracks and we have also included the original mixes (which would basically be considered Self Portrait’s demo). These are songs we have long cherished and decided it was time for them to be released so that the original Self Portrait fans can enjoy the music and memories they shared together. These songs are as relevant now as they ever were with bands like Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday still topping the charts.

Preview Track – “The Last Time” streaming here:

Pretty Plastic Records
a digital division of Tribunal Records, Inc

http://www.facebook.com/PrettyPlasticRecords
http://www.tribunalrecords.net/
http://www.facebook.com/tribunalrecords
http://myspace.com/tribunalrecords
http://twitter.com/tribunalrecords

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-Cirith Ungol Launch Landing Page for The Release Of Their SERVANTS OF CHAOS Double CD+DVD Digi-pak/3-Gatefold LP!

Ventura, CA’s Cirith Ungol, one of the most underrated bands from the early ’80s metal scene, released four albums between 1980 and 1991. Cirith Ungol’s catalogue is being celebrated through the release of a collection of rare and live tracks on the 2 CD/1 DVD double digi-pak album, SERVANTS OF CHAOS. SERVANTS was originally released exclusively in Europe back in 2001 and a DVD has been added to augment the already stellar collection of music. The DVD contains an entire, rarely seen live show, shot on November 9th, 1984 at the storied, and now defunct, Wolf And Rissmiller’s Country Club in Reseda, CA. The CD/DVD digi-pak and triple vinyl will be available on November 18th/21st, 2011.

The name Cirith Ungol is pronounced “kirith ungol” and is an Elvish phrase meaning “pass of the spider,” which is something that “Lord Of The Rings” fans will surely recognize. The name is, of course, indicative of the band’s fantasy-oriented lyrics, themes and beautiful album artwork.

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!”

Check out the live clip of “I’m Alive” taken off the bonus DVD and make sure to have a look at the pre-order options at http://www.metalblade.com/cirithungol .

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 Twitch
10. Maybe That’s Why
11. Ill Met In Lankhmar
12. Return To Lankhmar
13. Darkness Weaves
14. Witchdance
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
10. Master Of The Pit
11. King Of The Dead
12. Last Laugh
13. Cirith Ungol
14. Secret Agent Man
15. Ferrari 308QV

DVD
Live at Wolf And 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 And Fire
8. Cirith Ungol

SERVANTS OF CHAOS available on November 18th/21st as a 2-CD/1-DVD double digi-pak package and on triple gatefold-LP!

http://www.metalblade.com/cirithungol

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-Candlelight Red Confirmed For A String Of Dates With Sevendust As Debut Single “Closer” Continues To Climb Radio Charts

With Candlelight Red’s debut recording for the Imagen label, THE WRECKAGE, recently released digitally (September 27th), it has just been confirmed that the group will be supporting metal veterans Sevendust on a string of dates from November 22nd through December 10th. Additionally, Candlelight Red will be headlining their own show on October 29th, before playing a one-off show with Puddle Of Mudd on November 16th and as part of 2 Broke To Rock with Texas Hippie Coalition on November 19th.

“I would call Candlelight Red’s music heavy, melodic and emotion-driven rock,” guitarist Jeremy Edge recently told the America Online Noisecreep website. “There are a lot of big hooks, but we’re always aggressive.” Joining Edge in the band is vocalist Ryan Hoke, bassist Jamie Morral, and drummer Josh Hetrick.

The Williamsport, PA-based group has had plenty of road experience this year promoting THE WRECKAGE, sharing the concert stage with established and well-known hard rock acts, as Candlelight Red has opened for Kiss, 10 Years, Saving Abel, Egypt Central, and Rev Theory.

The quartet has had the good fortune to work with Grammy-nominated producer David Ivory (whose credits include Halestorm and the Roots, among others) on THE WRECKAGE, which has resulted in the album’s debut single, “Closer,” flirting with the top 40 active rock radio. Candlelight Red has also received airplay on Octane, Music Choice, and Hard Drive.

And strong reviews have only added to the group’s progress, including the Centredaily site, which raved “If you enjoy your rock ‘n’ roll hard, heavy and hummable but aren’t a big fan of Monster Energy drinks or jean shorts, you’ll appreciate Candlelight Red’s welcome twists to the somewhat erroneously named ‘alternative metal’ genre.” Also, the Heyreverb site paid Candlelight Red a compliment about their live show in a review of a recent show they played alongside 10 Years and Novus Folium — “10 Years was paired with bands that matched their sound and style. They weren’t too heavy, too trendy or too pop-punk — every act on the bill was a polished rock band and the progression of music was on point.”

And soon, rock fans will be able to experience what the buzz is all about on a concert stage near you, when Candlelight Red hits the road with Sevendust!

Upcoming Candlelight Red tour dates:

Additional confirmed dates forthcoming with Sevendust.

Wednesday, November 16th – Fort Wayne, IN – Pierre’s. – w/ Puddle Of Mudd
Saturday, November 19th – Spokane WA – Knitting Factory. – KHTQ FM – 2 Broke To Rock w/ Texas Hippie Coalition.
Tuesday, November 22nd – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall. – w/ Sevendust
Tuesday, November 29th – Dayton, OH – McGuffy’s House Of Rock. – w/ Sevendust
Wednesday, November 30th – Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero. – w/ Sevendust
Friday, December 2nd – Detroit, MI – Harpos. – w/ Sevendust
Saturday, December 3rd – Flint, MI – Machine Shop. – w/ Sevendust
Sunday, December 4th – Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s. – w/ Sevendust
Wednesday, December 7th – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion. – w/ Sevendust
Saturday, December 10th – Milwaukee, WI – Rave. – w/ Sevendust

For more information, visit:

http://www.facebook.com/candlelightred
http://www.imagenrecords.com/

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-Abnormal Thought Patterns: Zero Hour Trio Form New Band & Label

A trio of progressive metal enigmas, all core and founding members of heralded technical act Zero Hour have formed a brand new outfit, Abnormal Thought Patterns, and are about to unleash their recently-recorded debut EP.

Formed by Northern California-based brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton (both also of Cynthesis) and Mike Guy (Zero Hour), the instrumental act is arguably the most mind-melting display of technical proficiency from this closely-knit trio to date. Having performed together for over eight years in a variety of well-known progressive metal acts, Abnormal Thought Patterns fuse angular riffs, intricate time signatures and intense solos, generally at a very high velocity, constantly creating highly intense and invigorating song structures. In order to complete the live sound, the trio recruited longtime friend and talented guitarist Richard Sharman; a student of Jasun’s for many years and a great addition to the group.

Together these four gifted musicians have created a blazing self-titled debut EP, which will see release on November 29th via the band’s own, newly-formed CynNormal Lab Recordings. The four-part epic “Velocity And Acceleration” and bass-only track “Ulnar Nerve Damage” were mixed by talented producer/engineer Dino Alden (Marty Friedman, Zero Hour), but due to Dino’s carpal surgeries the band reached out to Matt LaPlant (Sikth, Nonpoint) to mix the tracks “The Machine Within” and “Electric Sun.” The EP was mastered by Alan Douches (Between The Buried And Me, The Dillinger Escape Plan) and the cover artwork commissioned to Erick “Wurm” Pollard.

Check out an early teaser for the record, comprised of several clips taken from throughout the ABNORMAL THOUGHT PATTERNS EP, at this location:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3692

ABNORMAL THOUGHT PATTERNS EP Track Listing:

1. The Machine Within
2. Velocity And Acceleration Movement 1
3. Velocity And Acceleration Movement 2
4. Velocity And Acceleration Movement 3
5. Velocity And Acceleration Movement 4
6. Ulnar Nerve Damage
7. Electric Sun

Abnormal Thought Patterns lineup:

Jasun Tipon – Guitars & Keys
Troy Tipton – Bass
Mike Guy – Drums
Richard Sharman – Live Guitars

Stay tuned for more updates on the band through the new year.

Abnormal Thought Patterns Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/#%21/pages/Abnormal-Thought-Patterns/160108597365964

CynNormal Lab Recordings Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/CynNormal-Lab-Recordings/177487832338036

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-Voodoo Highway – BROKEN UNCLE’S INN New CD Edition!

Due to the fast sold out of the first edition of Voodoo Highway’s debut album BROKEN UNCLE’S INN, the hard rock band is actually going to print a second edition of the album with some bonus contents.

The new edition will be available from November 2011 and it will contains new graphics and some extra live bonus tracks.

BROKEN UNCLE’S INN is physically available on:

Voodoo Highway’s online shop:
http://www.voodooitaly.altervista.org/shop/shop.html

Rock n’ Growl Distro, AOR Heaven, MyGraveyard Productions, NEH Records, Wishing Well Entertainment, MusicBuyMail, etc.

BROKEN UNCLE’S INN is digitally available on:

iTunes, Amazon, Virgin, Meteli.net, Jamster, Napster, Musciload, etc.

“Running Around” video:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/VOODOO-HIGHWAY/107889722591097
http://www.youtube.com/TheVoodooHighway
http://www.myspace.com/voodoohighway

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-Blotted Science Update

[This combines two press releases. – Tim]

Basick Records Welcomes Blotted Science To The Family!

Basick Records is more than a little bit excited to announce that the legendary Blotted Science have joined their ever growing family of forward thinking and progressive metal acts!

Featuring the talents of guitarist/mastermind Ron Jarzombek (WatchTower, Terrestrial Exiled, Spastic Ink), bassist Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal), and new arrival, drummer Hannes Grossmann (Obscura, Terrestrial Exiled), Blotted Science produce some of the most extreme technical music known to man.

Ron Jarzombek, guitarist and evil genius behind Blotted Science commented:
“I’m really excited to be partnering with Barley and the Basick Records crew on the new Blotted Science record, THE ANIMATION OF ENTOMOLOGY. They are a young, exciting company on the cutting edge, whose roster is very much compatible with what Blotted Science is all about, so I feel like this will be a great home for us. Feeding THE ANIMATION OF ENTOMOLOGY into their distribution channels should noticeably improve our retail visibility and availability compared to THE MACHINATIONS OF DEMENTIA. I’m looking forward to working with Basick and maximizing our potential to the fullest in Europe!”

Basick label owner Barley, also comments:
“Having been a huge admirer of Ron’s output for a number of years, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Blotted Science to the family! I can’t wait to get this record out to all our dedicated fans in Europe!”

Set for release via Basick on November 28th 2011, Blotted Science’s EP THE ANIMATION OF ENTOMOLOGY (the follow-up to the band’s highly acclaimed 2007 THE MACHINATIONS OF DEMENTIA) will once again raise the bar for extreme, instrumental progressive metal.

Blotted Science Release Creepy New Video: “Vermicular Asphyxiation”

Acclaimed progressive extreme metal all-stars Blotted Science have posted the horror infused “Vermicular Asphyxiation” visual companion piece http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRYpsCsjnXk , the second in a series of four videos in conjunction with the forthcoming THE ANIMATION OF ENTOMOLOGY EP which will be released throughout Europe on November 28th by Basick Records.

Commented Ron Jarzombek: “OK, all you ghouls and goblins out there — here is our little contribution to the Halloween festivities. No giant spiders and nasty worms battling heroic humans in a primordial pit of death this time around, just a clandestine home invasion of the slitherin’ kind. If you decide to stay in from the trick or treating tonight, be sure to lock your windows and shut your mouth. You never know what may be trying to get in.”

The follow-up to the band’s highly acclaimed 2007 THE MACHINATIONS OF DEMENTIA full-length album was produced and mixed by Ron Jarzombek and recorded in San Antonio, Texas; Tampa, Florida; and V. Santura’s (Obscura, Triptykon) Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany where the drums were cut. Mastering duties were once again handled by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Destruction) at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark.

THE ANIMATION OF ENTOMOLOGY will get a European release through UK-based Basick Records on November 28.

Pre-order a copy of THE ANIMATION OF ENTOMOLOGY from Basick Records store today.

Blotted Science online:
http://www.ronjarzombek.com/BlottedScience.html
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blotted-Science/78922582770
http://store.basickrecords.com/product/blotted-science-the-animation-of-entomology-cd

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-Loincloth Sign With Southern Lord; Two Tracks From Forthcoming Full-Length Posted

Riff-mangling instrumental/progressive act Loincloth have inked a deal with Southern Lord Recordings for the release of their debut full-length, aptly dubbed IRON BALLS OF STEEL on January 17th, 2012. Brooklyn Vegan are helping us spread the word like the plague this week by streaming two tracks from IRON BALLS OF STEEL.

Tune in and crank “Underwear Bomb” and “Sactopus” up, right here:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2011/11/loincloth_have.html

Formed following the demise of Raleigh, North Carolina-based death/doom act Confessor at the turn of the century, drummer Steve Shelton and guitarist Cary Rowells were recruited by Richmond, Virginia-area guitarists Tannon Penland (Kenmores, Koszonom) and Pen Rollings (Breadwinner, Honor Role, Butterglove). The Loincloth lineup was now fully realized, and the madness began to unfold.

The idea behind the formation of Loincloth was to create a band that focused only on the things that made the members’ favorite form of music inspiring and powerful, steering clear of cliché formulas, and choosing instead to carve its name out sheer force of will. Punishing riffs and a mean rhythm section were all they were interested in; no acoustic parts, no pointless leads, no repetition and no vocals! To them, metal was getting punched in the face by sinister riffs while a tight rhythm section kicked them with counter-beats to the gut!

Loincloth released their first four-song demo in 2003, which was met with immediate interest from Southern Lord Recordings. The ‘Lord used two of the tracks from the demo, and with another track added, released the tracks as part of the 7″ Of Doom series. Another track from the demo was included on a Swami Records SWAMI SOUND SYSTEM VOL 1 compilation that year as well.

With the current band lineup now a simplified power trio comprised of Penland, Shelton and Rowells, the first output from Loincloth since 2003 will hit the streets in January, in the form of their first full-length, IRON BALLS OF STEEL. Representing years of sifting through ideas, constantly crafting and reshaping riffs into no-nonsense metal brutality, the album serves as an offering to all who feel that metal allows for more freedom of expression than other forms of music. Metal accepts extremes. In fact, metal is nothing without extremes! To create pure metal you have to push yourself, and Loincloth meant to do just that. IRON BALLS OF STEEL is about metal’s promise to kick your ass, and Loincloth is keeping that promise!

Stay tuned for further updates on Loincloth and the final, confirmed release info for IRON BALLS OF STEEL in the weeks ahead.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Loincloth/266521466700945
http://www.myspace.com/f*ckfalsemetal
http://www.southernlord.com/
http://blog.southernlord.com
http://twitter.com/twatterlord

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-Mastery — Featuring Billy Milano — Set To Unleash New Record

This past June, Toronto metal troupe Mastery entered Studio 57 at Music Lab in Austin, Texas with producer Tim Gerron and recorded their as-yet-untitled full-length. The album was mixed by Tim Gerron and Dan Korneff at House Of Loud Studios in Elmwood Park, New Jersey last month. Mastery fuses the blazing aggression of hardcore thrash with the technical prowess of progressive metal, leaving fans with a balls-out assault that relives the majesty of old school metal with a sense of originality.

Mastery was founded by guitarist Markus Armellini in Toronto. With no luck finding a vocalist that could complement the intensity and aggression of the music, the band’s debut, LETHAL LEGACY, was unleashed as an instrumental in North America in 2006 and in Europe one year later. Following the release, Mastery toured the States extensively. It was at a show in Austin where the band met legendary vocalist Billy Milano of M.O.D./S.O.D. Combined with Armellini, drummer Mike Harshaw, bassist Tim “Tank” Casterline, and lead guitarist Kelly Fitzsimmons, Matery is finally ready to scorch the ears of unsuspecting metallers globally.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mastery/160638577320942
http://www.reverbnation.com/masterymetal

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-Bolt Thrower Vinyl Reissues Available Now!

On the 21st/24th of October, Metal Blade Records Europe finally reissued the three Bolt Thrower albums MERCENARY, HONOUR VALOUR PRIDE and THOSE ONCE LOYAL on vinyl. All three albums are out now as gatefold LPs in colored vinyl!

Make sure to purchase your copies ASAP since orders are going fast!

Bold Thrower comments on their 25th Anniversary: “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.”

http://www.boltthrower.com/

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-Free Download: CANUCK METAL VOL. 1 Presented By Loudtrax.com & Heavy Metal Music Association Of Canada (H.M.M.A.C.)

The Heavy Metal Music Association Of Canada (H.M.M.A.C.) and LoudTrax.com have teamed up to present Volume 1 of CANUCK METAL, a free download compilation part of series to showcase Canada’s up and coming head banging talent.

CANUCK METAL – VOLUME 1 features the following bands and tracks:

3 Mile Scream – “Everything Slips Away”
22Hertz – “Detonate”
All Else Fails – “This World In Flames”
Avery’s Descent – “Rock ‘n’ Roll Bitch”
Bolero – “Pints Held High”
Dissension – “Set To Kill”
Endast – “Black Cloud”
Fallstaf – “The Cost”
Fatality – “Thrash F*ck Eat Sleep”
Kill Matilda – “Geisha With A Switch Blade”
Ninjaspy – “Skaingkh (The Skank)”
Scythia – “For The King”
Slaves On Dope – “No One To Blame”
Tantrumn – “Coward”
Titans Eve – “Becoming The Demon”

To download the free compilation please visit Loudtrax.com at the following link here and type in promo code: HMMAC

http://www.loudtrax.com/hmmac

About HMMAC: HMMAC is dedicated to supporting established and upcoming talent in the Heavy Metal genre and its subgenres and promoting the overall practice of music. The Association will also help with promotional tour support, informing its members of grant support and new and upcoming information concerning the ever evolving music industry of today. We will be representing our Association through Trade Shows, Conferences and Seminars, and our own events.

HMMAC Newsletter – Signup – http://hmmac.fanbridge.com/

For more info on HMMAC please email – HMMACanada(@)gmail.com

http://www.facebook.com/HMMACANADA
http://www.youtube.com/HMMACANADA
http://twitter.com/#!/HMMACANADA
http://www.myspace.com/hmmac
http://www.loudtrax.com/

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-All Too Human Releases Single “Thorn In My Side”

I am pleased to announce the release of “Thorn In My Side” by All Too Human. The track is the first single taken from their upcoming third release, JUGGERNAUT, produced by All Too Human, mixed by Chris Lucci, and mastered by Chris Lucci and Grammy-nominated producer, Eric Zimmermann (Fates Warning, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Buckcherry, Suicidal Tendencies, Images Of Eden, etc.) which will have a tentative release date of the first quarter of 2012. JUGGERNAUT is the long-awaited follow-up to 2002’s ENTROPY, featuring special guest keyboardist, Derek Sherinian (ex- Dream Theater).

All Too Human
CD Single: “Thorn In My Side”
Website: http://www.alltoohuman.net/
Official Release Date: October 4, 2011

RIYL: Iron Maiden, Sevendust, Alice In Chains, Tool, Nevermore, Soilwork, Symphony X

Musical Description/Biography
All Too Human is a progressive metal band from the United States which is influenced by many diverse artists and musical genres. They have released two self-produced and self-financed CDs: FOREVER AND A DAY (1998) and ENTROPY (2002). Both CDs were recorded in Texas and released by R/R Records. A European version of ENTROPY (which includes bonus tracks) was released in 2004 by Steelheart Records from Italy.

The band has just finished their third studio CD entitled, JUGGERNAUT which will be released in the first quarter of 2012. Their first single (“Thorn In My Side”) from the CD has been released via the band’s website, CD Baby, and iTunes. The band is presently continuing efforts to land deals with labels for release and distribution in the US, Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, South America, and other markets. The new material is heavier with an emphasis on shorter and more melodic song structure. The band is hoping to gain exposure for their released work and find interest in their projects from labels, rock magazines, webzines, and fans from all around the world.

As soon as the band can procure a deal for JUGGERNAUT, they will begin working on a future release and finalize plans to play live shows wherever possible. Amongst other shows, All Too Human performed at ProgPower Europe in 2004 and hopes to be invited back to the festival soon. The band is very interested in performing in the States, Europe, South America, Japan, and in any other interested markets.

Cheers!

All Too Human
Progressive/ Power Metal from TX-USA
http://www.alltoohuman.net/

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-Renowned Russian Pagan/Folk Metallers Arkona To Tour North America For The First Time!!!

Today, Napalm Records confirms that Arkona will be touring North America for the first time, first as headliners and then as direct support to Nuclear Blast recording artists Korpiklaani. Supporting their brand-new (and critically acclaimed) Napalm album SLOVO, the renowned Russian pagan/folk metallers will begin a string of headlining Canadian dates on November 11th and then join up with Korpiklaani on the 25th, as they enter the United States, and then finally conclude back in Canada on December 18th. Here are the CONFIRMED dates/venues thus far:

November 11 РMontreal, QC @ Th̩atre Plaza*
November 12 – Toronto, ON @ WreckRoom*
November 13 – London, ON @ Music Hall*
November 14 – Ottawa, ON @ Maverick*
November 16 – Quebec City, QC @ Bar l’agité*
NOvember 17 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar le Magog*
November 18 – Drummonville, QC @ Salle Gaston Mandeville*
November 19 – Saint-Hyacinthe, QC @ Bar le Thrash*
November 25 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
November 26 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
November 27 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
November 29 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
November 30 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
December 01 – Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
December 02 – Calgary, AB @ The Distillery
December 03 – Vancouver, BC @ TBA
December 04 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
December 05 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
December 06 – Oakland, CA @ The Pound
December 07 – Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
December 08 – Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
December 10 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
December 11 – New Orleans, LA @ The Hangar
December 12 – Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
December 13 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
December 14 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
December 15 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
December 16 – Reading, PA @ The Reverb
December 17 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
December 18 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater

* = Arkona headlining

In a prepared statement by the band, Arkona had the following to say: “After a long absence due to endless touring worldwide and recording a new album, SLOVO, Arkona tours North America for the first time. Again and again, traveling thousands of miles and visiting dozens and dozens of cities, Arkona brings the ‘Word’ — or ‘Slovo,’ in Russian — to every soul which respects the legacy of their ancestors and those still-sleeping hearts which are still alive with the will of our fathers. After more than 300 concerts, two years of hard work went into our new creation SLOVO, which has received positive reviews worldwide, thus giving the group the ability to rise one more step up. Moreover, this tour will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the group, which means that in addition to the presentation of new songs from the album SLOVO, you will get to hear classic songs from all Arkona albums. By tradition, Arkona invites all brothers and sisters to a grand celebration!”

For more info, please consult http://www.arkona-russia.com/ and http://www.napalmrecords.com/ .

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-Orange Goblin Announce New Album Release Dates And Full UK & Ireland Tour

Orange Goblin will release their brand new studio album, A EULOGY FOR THE DAMNED, on Monday February 13, 2012 in the UK/rest of world and February 14, 2012 in the US. This date is the same day as Black Sabbath released their self-titled debut album in 1970!

A EULOGY FOR THE DAMNED is the band’s seventh studio album but first for new label home, Candlelight Records. The ten-track offering was recorded at The Animal Farm studio in South London, UK, produced and engineered by Jamie Dodd and mastered by two-time Grammy-nominated Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson at Tube Mastering. A EULOGY FOR THE DAMNED will be released on CD and limited edition colored vinyl in gatefold sleeve. Check out the cover art at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3644 .

A EULOGY FOR THE DAMNED Track Listing:

1. Red Tide Rising
2. Stand For Something
3. Acid Trial
4. The Filthy & The Few
5. Save Me From Myself
6. The Fog
7. Return To Mars
8. Death Of Aquarius
9. The Bishops Wolf
10. A Eulogy For The Damned

To celebrate the release of the new album, Orange Goblin will hit the road in April 2012 for the A Eulogy For The Damned UK & Ireland Tour. Dates for this are as follows:

4/7/2012 Desertfest @ The Underworld – London
4/8/2012 The Fleece – Bristol
4/9/2012 The Old Bell – Derby
4/10/2012 Classic Grand – Glasgow
4/11/2012 Sound Control – Manchester
4/12/2012 The Garage – Swansea
4/13/2012 The White Rabbit – Plymouth
4/14/2012 o2 Academy – Oxford
4/20/2012 The Pint – Dublin
4/21/2012 Spring & Airbrake – Belfast

Orange Goblin will also be appearing live at the following locations later this year (with more festivals to be announced soon):

11/13/2011 Candlefest – Moho Live, Manchester
12/03/2011 Hard Rock Hell V – Prestatyn, North Wales
12/17/2011 The Underworld – Camden, London
01/14/2012 Club Zeljeznicar – Zagreb, Croatia
06/15-17/2012 Hellfest – Clisson, France (Exact date TBA)
08/11/2012 Bloodstock Open Air Fest – Derbyshire

http://www.orange-goblin.com/
http://www.facebook.com/orangegoblinofficial
http://www.myspace.com/theorangegoblin
http://www.youtube.com/orangegoblinofficial
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/
http://www.candlelightrecords.co.uk/

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-Led Zeppelin 2 Head West; New Live Footage Available

Led Zeppelin 2 — the ultimate Zeppelin tribute band — will head to the west coast next week where the band will continue to floor audiences with their flawless Led Zeppelin reenactment.

Far more than a typical cover band, Bruce Lamont — most widely recognized for his saxophone and vocal work fronting Chicago-based Yakuza — and his cohorts allow fans to experience Led Zeppelin as Zeppelin would have played in front of an audience. LZ2 sold-out venues across the US in 2010 and the early part of 2011 and continue to draw rave reviews for a “spot-on” Zeppelin performance, playing deep cuts and classic tracks from the entire catalog, and occasionally entire Led Zeppelin performances from specific shows and sets from the band’s storied history.

Superskum.com recently conducted an interview with Lamont during their stop in Engelwood, Colorado earlier this month. Check out the interview, as well as some killer live footage, here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3660

Led Zeppelin 2 Fall 2011 Tour Dates:
11/03/2011 Yost Theater – Santa Ana, CA
11/04/2011 Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA
11/05/2011 The Key Club – West Hollywood, CA
11/08/2011 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
11/09/2011 The Foundry – Phoenix, AZ
11/11/2011 Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
11/12/2011 Slim’s San Francisco, CA

“Their whole performance was just spot on all night long, including double neck guitar, playing guitar with a violin bow and the occasional breaks to pour down some Whiskey to oil that throat.” — Superskum

“…the best Zep band going anywhere.” — Time Out New York

“There are a lot of Zep tributes out there, but this one’s our favorite, not least because its members fully immerse themselves in the musicianship and style of the four classic-rock heavyweights. That Yakuza howler Bruce Lamont does a mean Robert Plant is icing on the cake.” — Time Out Chicago

“…these imitators get the Led out in a way your battered copy of PHYSICAL GRAFFITI never will, right down to the unearthly tones of guitarist Paul Kamp’s bowed Les Paul solos. Sure, purists are still holding out for the real deal’s tour, but even if that happens, it’s doubtful that Robert Plant can wail the opening lines of ‘Black Dog’ as well as his Led Zeppelin 2 counterpart, Bruce Lamont,” — The Onion

“The band is on its way out of the minor leagues, and is now playing bigger venues for a generation of fans too young to have ever experienced the genuine article.” — The New Yorker

“…these guys sound f*cking exactly like Led Zeppelin!” — Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett

“…the closest thing to seeing the real Led Zeppelin.” — Dallas Observer

“…such authentic raw flair, the entire crowd bought it, no questions lingering… It was nasty… hard to believe how balls-out fantastic they are.” — Atlanta’s Backstage Beat

“Bruce Lamont and Paul Kamp (of Yakuza and Busker Soundcheck fame, respectively) and the killer rhythm section of Ian Lee and Chris Klein bill themselves as Led Zeppelin 2, and they do as good a Zep as Zep ever did back in the day.” — The Chicago Sun Times

http://www.ledzeppelin2.com/

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-Check out a “Retro Recommendation” feature on AC/DC’s POWERAGE at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/E9ZU .

-All Else Fails’ latest single from THE ORACLE: WHAT WAS, IS, AND COULD HAVE BEEN, “Rebirth,” is streaming at http://soundcloud.com/sin_agency/09-rebirth-by-all-else-fails and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnXP06ThUXc , and the whole album is streaming at http://thenewreview.net/all-access/album-stream-all-else-fails-the-oracle-what-was-is-and-could-have-been . A free download of the track “This World In Flames” is available at http://allelsefails.bandcamp.com/track/the-world-in-flames-free-download . The fourth episode of season five of the band’s “Studio Spaces” webisode series is now online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXMu60nhsdM . Finally, the band will co-headline this year’s first annual Blankfest Calgary clothing fundraiser for the homeless on November 5; see http://ashermediarelations.com/2011/10/11/1st-annual-blankfest-calgary-november-5-its-about-the-homeless-nothing-more-nothing-less/ for more. Check out http://www.allelsefails.ca/ for more on All Else Fails.

-Armored Saint’s 1985 release DELIRIOUS NOMAD was just re-mastered and reissued by Rock Candy Records, complete with two bonus tracks and an expanded booklet with never-before-seen photos and liner notes by UK journalist Malcolm Dome. For more info on the bonus tracks — “The Laugh” (1983 demo) and “You’re Never Alone” (original version rough mix) — see http://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint .

-Awake recently performed “Closing The Doors” live on Cambridge, UK’s Affinity Radio’s “The Saturday Breakfast Show.” The song is from the current release FOREVER MORE, and the live version is available at http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2384403362334 . See http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/forevermore.htm for more on the album.

-Lars Eric Mattsson is almost done with the Book Of Reflections project’s third album, which should be out next spring. Mattsson’s hype says the material will be “a neo-classical speed metal attack!”

-Contrive’s final shows for 2011 are as follows:

11/4 – The Barwon Club, Geelong, Australia – w/ Hatchet Dawn, The Mercy Kills, & Zelorage
11/12 – The Palace Theatre / House Of Rock, Australia

The band members will soon begin work on the follow-up to 2010’s THE INTERNAL DIALOGUE. Bassist Tim Stahlmann said this about the upcoming album: “Where are we headed on this next album? Good question, we’re definitely going to forge ahead on our own path and avoid repeating previous works. We’ll just play what we like to hear plain & simple, its worked for us thus far!” See http://www.facebook.com/contriveaus , http://www.myspace.com/contriveaustralia , http://www.reverbnation.com/contrive , and http://www.youtube.com/ContriveAustralia for more.

-Check out a Halloween message from Crystal Viper’s Marta Gabriel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O36F5BtBH5U . See http://www.crystalviper.com/ for more.

-Track list for D-A-D’s newie, DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK: “I Can’t Explain,” “I Want What She’s Got,” “The Last Time In Neverland,” “New Age Moving In,” “The End,” “Wild Things In The Woods,” “Breaking Them Heart By Heart,” “Fast On Wheels,” “My Lips Are Sealed,” “The Place Of The Heart,” “I Won’t Find Out.” The band’s upcoming 2012 tour dates:

2/5 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
2/6 – Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany
2/7 РR̦hre, Stuttgart, Germany
2/8 – Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
2/9 – Lagerhalle, Osnabrück, Germany
2/10 – Musikzentrum, Hannover, Germany
2/11 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
2/12 РUnderground, K̦ln, Germany
2/16 – Backstage, München, Germany
2/17 – Stattbahnhof, Schweinfurt, Germany
2/18 – Masters Of Rock Cafe, Zlin, Czech Republic
2/20 – Club 202, Budapest, Hungary
2/24 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Arena, Novara, Italy
2/25 – Rock Planet, Ravenna, Ravenna Italy
2/26 – Galery, Pratteln, Switzerland
2/27 – Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany
2/29 – Underworld, London, UK
3/1 – Le Temple L’Empreinte, Savigny, France
3/2 – Rock Tempel, Kerkrade, The Netherlands
3/3 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Tickets for the shows are available at http://www.metaltix.com/item_list.php?item_cat=3965 . See http://www.d-a-d.dk/ for more.

-Check out the song “She” from “Dutch occult rockers” The Devil’s Blood at http://soundcloud.com/metalbladerecords/the-devils-blood-she/s-ZLMXE . The track is from the upcoming Metal Blade release THE THOUSANDFOLD EPICENTRE. And there’s a FaceCulture video interview with guitarist SL at http://www.roadburn.com/2011/11/the-devils-blood-video-interview-with-sl-subtitles/ . About the interview: “This mini-documentary about SL was shot at his home in Eindhoven and Speedfest, which was held in the same city. Lemouchi talks about taking control over his own life, struggling with drugs, alcohol and depression, writing music and painting, ratio versus instinct, blood sacrifices and death amongst others.”

-In Dio-related news, Wendy Dio plans to reissue Hear ‘N Aid’s “Stars” single and video on CD and DVD, and the video will include outtakes. The Hear ‘N Aid project was conceived by then-Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell and bassist Jimmy Bain, and Ronnie James Dio spearheaded the effort to get a huge team of all-stars — including members of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Queensryche, Motley Crue, Dokken, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ted Nugent, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P., Y&T, Night Ranger, Rough Cutt, Blue Oyster Cult, and Spinal Tap — to record the track as a way to “raise money for famine relief efforts in Africa and around the world.” Check out a report and the “Stars” video at http://loudwire.com/wendy-dio-reissue-hear-n-aid-stars/ . In Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund news, the first Awards Gala was held November 1 at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, CA. Other upcoming events include a January 31 bowling benefit and a huge guitar auction in April “featuring over 100 donated guitars.” There will also be a two-disc Ronnie James Dio tribute album, reportedly set to include contributions from Rob Halford, Glenn Hughes, Dave Grohl (on “The Mob Rules”), Asia’s John Payne, Killswitch Engage, and others. See http://www.ronniejamesdio.com/ , http://diocancerfund.org/ , and http://www.facebook.com/nijientertainmentgroup for more.

-Divine Ascension’s AS THE TRUTH APPEARS is out on Nightmare Records. Check out an interview with guitarist Robb Inglis and drummer Luke Wenczel at http://www.powerofmetal.dk/interviews11/divine_ascension_interview.htm . See http://www.divine-ascension.com/ for more.

-Ace Frehley performed at Mulcahy’s in New York on October 30. Check out video of the first 30 minutes of the set at http://heavyrocktheplaylist.blogspot.com .

-There’s a cool, short Sammy Hagar interview at Attention Deficit Delirium, where he boldly declares he’d like to manage a “classic Guns N’ Roses” reunion. (Who wouldn’t???) Check it out at http://www.bryanreesman.com/blog/2011/10/26/sammy-hagar-ill-manage-a-classic-gnr-reunion/ .

-Rob Halford still has the “$10 Off Metal God Apparel With 2nd Shirt Purchased” sale at MetalGodApparel.com. But two shirts and use the coupon code SUPERARENA to get the discount.

-Iron Mask’s new song “Broken Hero,” featuring Mark Boals on vocals and taken from the upcoming BLACK AS DEATH, is streaming at http://soundcloud.com/afm-records/iron-mask-broken-hero-2011 . BLACK AS DEATH is due out December 16 on AFM Records.

-Kill The Pain is a new duo featuring Matt on drums and Moti on guitar and bass. Hype: “hard hitting raw true music, a collaborative duo from Europe, Los Angeles inspired.” Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/killthepainband and http://www.myspace.com/killthepainmusic .

-Lance King’s A MOMENT IN CHIROS will be released November 8 on Nightmare Records. Check out “Manifest Destiny” at Noisecreep, at http://www.noisecreep.com/2011/10/27/lance-king-manifest-destiny-song/ , and a Metal Insider interview with King featuring “Awakening,” at http://wp.me/pvE8X-7bH . See http://tinyurl.com/LanceKingVox (Facebook), https://www.twitter.com/lancekingvox , https://www.myspace.com/lancekingvox , and https://www.NightmareRecords.com/ for more.

-In Kiss news, Paul Stanley underwent successful vocal cord surgery on October 25. He is expected to make a “swift and complete” recovery. See PaulStanley.com for all the details. Gene Simmons will host the Classic Rock Awards in London on November 9, where Jeff Beck will receive the Legend Award. See GeneSimmons.com for more. In band news, check out http://blogs.suntimes.com/hoekstra/ for Chicago Sun-Times’ journalist David Hoekstra’s report on the Kiss Kruise and follow-up interview with manager Doc McGhee. The Kiss/Archie comics start coming out November 30, with two covers — a standard Archie art version and a variant version — for each. See http://www.kissonline.com/ for more.

-Check out a medley of Adam Lambert’s songs from the PARAMOUNT SESSIONS release at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG5KmViu6I8 . See http://www.youtube.com/paramountsessions , http://www.facebook.com/paramountsessions , and http://soundcloud.com/paramountsessions for more.

-The Dutch metal band Lord Volture has posted its first video podcast, entitled “NEVER CRY WOLF Album Recordings,” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejWraLa3ql8 . The piece “covers the recording process of the forthcoming NEVER CRY WOLF album. The album was recorded in Excess Studio and Final Focus Studio with producers Yuma van Eekelen (drummer for Pestilence) and Bart Hennephof (guitarist for Textures).” NEVER CRY WOLF will be released November 11 and can be pre-ordered now at http://www.lordvolture.com/merch . See http://www.lordvolture.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/lordvolture , http://www.myspace.com/lordvolture , and http://www.rockngrowl.com/ for more.

-Check out a new Manowar video about their new sound system at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hALjzPnH9H8 .

-Megadeth’s TH1RT3EN is out this week. The band performed live — in costume — Halloween night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” doing “Public Enemy No. 1” and “Symphony Of Destruction.” Check it out at http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/news/Video-Megadeth-On-Jimmy-Kimmel-Live-23665.aspx . Roadrunner Records’ final exclusive band interview, with Dave Mustaine, is online now at http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/news/EXCLUSIVE-Interview–Megadeths-Dave-Mustaine-23662.aspx , and there’s a cool “Megadeth’s Greatest Deep Album Cuts” feature at http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/news/EXCLUSIVE-Megadeths-Greatest-Deep-Album-Cuts-23628.aspx . See http://www.megadeth.com/ for more.

-METAL WARRIORS is the name of an upcoming compilation featuring indie metal bands, to be distributed through Def Jam in January. The roster: Edge Of Paradise, Burning Black, Seks, Curtis, Fetal Zombie, Black Pope, Panic Room, Johnny Cakes And The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypso, Revel 9, Death Bed Confession, Lisa Smith’s Powerhouse, and In His Blood. See the Shred Rock Records site for more: http://www.shredrockrecords.com/ .

-Morton’s COME READ THE WORDS FORBIDDEN is available from the AFM shop for only 9,99€ (plus shipping). See http://shop.afm-records.de/ for more.

-Nightmare Records has a 15% off sale until November 7. Use coupon code HAUNTED at http://www.NightmareRecords.com/ to get the discount.

-Check out a couple new Nightwish teaser videos at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdnYd2f3JSQ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABoeKGWtEBY . The new album IMAGINAERUM is due December 2, and will be preceded by the single “Storytime” on November 11. See http://www.nightwish.com/ and http://www.nuclearblast.de/nightwish for more.

-Oz’s new song “Seasons In The Darkness” is streaming at http://soundcloud.com/afm-records/oz-seasons-in-the-darkness . It is taken from BURNING LEATHER, due November 18 on AFM Records.

-PUSHBoXX — or maybe PushBoxx, or maybe Pushboxx (get a proofreader!) — is a “Nationally Sponsored Jagermeister Band” from Danielson, CT, featuring “a compilation of fiery guitar hooks powered by energetic vocals, palpitating bass lines and stout drum beats.” The lineup consists of Kimber Ley on vocals, Steve Beaudeon on lead guitar, David Conaway on rhythm guitar, Colin Cantalupo on bass, Lenny Peruti on keyboards, and Mike “Spud” Haniffy on drums. Check out the tracks “Imortal,” “Falling Up,” “Forsaken,” “Little Bit,” and “Don’t Want To Say Goodbye” at http://www.reverbnation.com/pushboxx , and see http://www.pushboxx.com/ for more.

-As a special 25th anniversary Halloween treat, Queensryche performed 1986’s RAGE FOR ORDER in its entirety at an October 31 show at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. See http://www.queensryche.com/ for more.

-Rush’s TIME MACHINE 2011: LIVE IN CLEVELAND (two-CD and DVD) is due out next week. Check out the live version of “Tom Sawyer” — plus the “absurd short film that accompanied it during the band’s concerts” — at http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/news/Video-Rush-Performs-Tom-Sawyer-Live-23638.aspx . The set can be pre-ordered at iTunes now.

-The Scorpions will release COMEBLACK, featuring seven re-recorded classic songs plus six new cover versions, on November 4. It will be available in CD and double vinyl formats. Track list: “Rhythm Of Love,” “No One Like You,” “The Zoo,” “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “Blackout,” “Wind Of Change,” “Still Loving You,” “Tainted Love” (Gloria Jones), “Children Of The Revolution” (T. Rex), “Across The Universe” (The Beatles), “Tin Soldier” (Small Faces), “All Day And All Of The Night” (The Kinks), “Ruby Tuesday” (The Rolling Stones). Check out a sample of the new “Still Loving You,” re-titled “Still Loving You – Je T’Aime Encore” and featuring guest vocals by French “Pop Idol” winner Amandiner Bourgeois, at http://www.chartsinfrance.net/Scorpions/news-75961.html . According to the Heavy Rock – The Playlist blog, this track “is expected to appear” on the French version of COMEBLACK. The band also recently released a new live two-CD set and 3D Blu-ray entitled GET YOUR STING & BLACKOUT, which according to Classic Rock was recorded in Saabrucken, Germany this past April 15. Track list: “Sting In The Tail,” “Make It Real,” “Bad Boys Running Wild,” “The Zoo,” “Coast To Coast,” “Loving You Sunday Morning,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “Send Me An Angel,” “Holiday,” “Raised On Rock,” “Tease Me Please Me,” “Dynamite,” “Kottak Attack,” “Blackout,” “Six String Sting,” “Big City Nights,” “Still Loving You,” “Wind Of Change,” “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “When The Smoke Is Going Down.” See http://www.the-scorpions.com/ for more.

-Check out an album trailer for Stahlmann’s upcoming QUECKSILBER, due January 20 on AFM Records, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3laXPTMVUJk .

-The 2012 Sweden Rock Festival has added Lynyrd Skynyrd to the lineup, which also includes Motley Crue, Blue Oyster Cult, Dimmu Borgir, Gamma Ray, Edguy, Pentagram, and Danko Jones. See http://www.swedenrock.com/ for more.

-Tribunal Records will celebrate its 100th release later this month with a compilation called TRIBUNAL RECORDS 100: COVER TO COVER. Hype: The album will feature 19 cover songs performed by current and former acts on Tribunal Records’ roster. The eclectic range of artists covered on the compilation includes everyone from Megadeth and Coroner to Coldplay and Seal.” Songs set for inclusion are The Feds – “Barracuda” (Heart), Blatant Disarray – “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due” (Megadeth), Aria – “Clocks” (Coldplay), Vanisher – “Of Wolf And Man” (Metallica), Age Of Ruin – “Buried Dreams” (Carcass), A Secret Death – “Welcome To The Machine” (Pink Floyd), Killwhitneydead – “Sacrifice” (Inside Out), Slowmotion Apocalypse – “The Razor’s Edge” (AC/DC), Line Of Fire – “I Will Remember” (Queensryche), Jonin – “Caffeine” (Faith No More), He Is Legend – “Wounded” (Third Eye Blind), Sargant Fury – “Maniac” (Michael Sembello), Century – “A Kiss From A Rose” (Seal), Canvas Solaris – “Arc Lite” (Coroner), Enemy Is Us – “Stockholm Syndrome” (Muse), Swift – “Unbelievable” (EMF), Vanisher – “Superbeast” (Rob Zombie). A pair of bonus tracks will be Slowmotion Apocalypse – “Be Quick Or Be Dead” (Iron Maiden) and Killwhitneydead/Jonin – “Vote With A Bullet” (Corrosion of Conformity). Check out Vanisher’s “Of Wolf And Man” video at http://www.noisecreep.com/2011/10/28/vanisher-unveil-their-cover-of-metallicas-of-wolf-and-man/ . See http://www.tribunalrecords.net/ for more.

-According to a Lion Music update: “UK traditional metal outfit Vendetta have just delivered the masters for their third album. We are happy to report that the new album is another slice of metal awesomeness. Artwork is being finished up as this goes to press and we should have more preliminary info for you shortly. Expected release is first quarter of 2012.”

-Venturia, the French metal band, is mixing its third album with Kevin Codfert (Adagio). Check out photos “from the album’s creation process” at http://www.facebook.com/Venturia .

-VH1 Classic’s “Metal Evolution” is an 11-episode series “based on the ground-breaking ‘Heavy Metal Family Tree.’ This 26 sub-genre genealogical chart reveals the vast complex progeny of heavy metal — from Early Metal and Shock Rock to Thrash, from Progressive Metal to Grunge and Nu Metal. Using the Chart as his road map, host/producer and metalhead turned anthropologist Sam Dunn, crisscrossed the globe exploring the vast history of heavy metal across its 40+ year history and beyond. From bars and back alleys to the biggest open air festivals, Sam will visit the pioneers of British and American hard rock who laid metal’s sonic foundation, as well as the current leaders of contemporary metal. Whether you love metal, documentaries or just great stories, Metal Evolution is the ultimate examination into the history of Heavy Metal music. Drawing on the expertise of a whole team of musicians, journalists, academics, and producers, Sam will explore the questions heavy metal fans have always wanted to ask. A highlight of the series will be Sam’s in-depth discussions with many of heavy metal’s most important and influential personalities. From Alice Cooper to Slash, Lemmy to Rob Zombie and members of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Slayer, Van Halen, Def Leppard, The Stooges, ZZ Top, Motley Crue, Poison, Rage Against The Machine, Alice In Chains, Korn, and many more, Sam will investigate the history, myths and intricacies of Metal.” It will premiere on National Metal Day, November 11. Check out the trailer at http://vimeo.com/30796602 .

-The cover of Whitesnake’s “Is This Love,” by Stacey Jackson, will be available for purchase and download on November 15. Check out the video on AOL Music at http://music.aol.com/video/is-this-love/stacey-jackson/bc:1247461623001 . See http://www.staceyjackson.com/ for more.

Thanks to Lion Music, Andy Craven, Bryan Reesman, Axel Wiesenauer, HeadbangerNYC.com, Dan Marsicano, Andrew Haug, Jon Asher, Zach Shaw, Jeff Treppel, Jessica Berek, and Mary Ouellette for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Here’s a great quote from the Mustaine interview at RoadrunnerRecords.com, about what it takes now to sell records: “And now it’s like, you have to have songs, and videos, and give away T-shirts, and you can win dinner at my house, and it’s like, when did we try so hard? When did music get so crappy that you had to give somebody a back rub with it?” Along those lines I went to an FYE store by my office the other day to pick up TH1RT3EN, and saw a sign promising a “free Megadeth lithograph” with purchase, while supplies last. I was happy to see the album had sold out. Good for Megadeth. And in related news, I was at my local library’s used book sale recently and saw, amid the opera and piano and classical music books, a copy of Mustaine’s autobiography. 🙂

-That Cirith Ungol SERVANTS OF CHAOS thing intrigues me. I remember seeing the band name in the old Circus and Hit Parader magazine ads back in the mid-’80s, and not knowing the Tolkien connection, I figured it was some satanic thing I wanted to stay away from. 🙂 Years later I learned that wasn’t the case, but by that time their stuff was impossible to find. I hope I can find SERVANTS OF CHAOS somewhere.

-I’m not 100% clear on that Hear ‘N Aid reissue mentioned above. I’m fairly certain it will only be the “Stars” single, and not the entire album which featured the single plus live tracks from Accept, Dio, Kiss, Motorhead, and Rush, and a studio track from Y&T. There are probably way, way too many record company hurdles in the way of getting the full album reissued.

-So Lynyrd Skynyrd and Dimmu Borgir will both be at the Sweden Rock Festival next year. Can you imagine them crossing paths back by the catering table? “Uh, nice makeup, y’all…”

-What does math metal guitarist Ron Jarzombek have with stains? Some of his bands are Spastic Ink and Blotted Science. What’s up with that?

-Wow was that Loincloth press release funny… Childish, yes, but funny. “Underwear Bomb” and “Sactopus,” har har har…

-I really, REALLY wish I could’ve see that Queenryche RAGE FOR ORDER show. Man…

-In my current playlist: Sinner – ONE BULLET LEFT (AFM Records), Mastercastle – DANGEROUS DIAMONDS (Lion Music), Shy – s/t (Escape Music), Andromeda – MANIFEST TYRANNY (Inner Wound Recordings), Voivod – WARRIORS OF ICE (Sonic Unyon Metal).

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