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Issue #617
Week of November 14, 2011
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-I took my kid to the local library on Saturday for “National Gaming Day,” where they had free open board games for a couple hours. There was NOBODY there besides us and the librarians. I guess everyone must have been hung over and sleeping in after National Metal Day the day before… – Tim

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-Black Sabbath Reunites To Record First New Studio Album In 33 Years And Launch Massive World Tour In 2012

Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler And Bill Ward Unveil Plans On 11/11/11 At A Los Angeles Press Conference At The Whisky A Go-Go, Where The Band Performed Their First Los Angeles Date Exactly 41 Years Ago

After much speculation, the original four members of Black Sabbath — Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums) — have reunited to record their first new studio album in 33 years with producer Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year) and to embark on a massive world tour in 2012.

Osbourne, Iommi, Butler and Ward as well as Rubin all gathered today on 11/11/11 to announce the news at a Los Angeles press conference at the legendary club, the Whisky A Go-Go, the site of the groundbreaking and influential band’s first L.A. concert exactly 41 years ago (Nov 11, 1970). The event was hosted by the revered musical and spoken word artist Henry Rollins who has said that “Any band worth their weight in napalm wishes they had written ‘War Pigs.'”

Selling over 70 million albums together, the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have signed a new record deal worldwide with Vertigo and Vertigo/ Universal Republic in the US, the band’s original label. Black Sabbath is now in the studio recording the as-yet-untitled new album for release in the fall of 2012 (exact date TBA). It will mark their ninth studio album together and their first since 1978’s NEVER SAY DIE!

Next summer, Black Sabbath will headline the mammoth multi-day UK Download Festival in the UK on June 10. The new album will then be supported with a worldwide headline arena tour (dates TBA).

Black Sabbath also announced today the launch of http://www.blacksabbath.com/ , the first-ever official Black Sabbath website for all authorized Black Sabbath news. In addition, the band’s online presence will also be supported by social media via Facebook and Twitter — again, marking the band’s first-ever foray into the social media world.

Black Sabbath released their self-titled debut album in 1970. “Black Sabbath is credited with creating heavy metal,” according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “The success of their first two albums — BLACK SABBATH and PARANOID — marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock. Not until Black Sabbath upended the music scene did the term ‘heavy metal’ enter the popular vocabulary to describe the denser, more thunderous offshoot of rock over which they presided.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also noted, “…they remain one of the most misunderstood bands in rock history,” adding: “The band’s musicality was generally overlooked, but they possessed an inventiveness and fluency that, in hindsight, makes them seem as much of a progressive-rock band as a heavy-metal one.”

In 1998, Black Sabbath released REUNION from their 1997 concerts in Birmingham, England, a two-CD live set that featured two new studio songs. The band has also sporadically reunited for shows in 1999, 2002 and 2004; in 2005, the four performed concerts together when they toured Europe and then headlined the 10th anniversary of Osbourne’s namesake festival OZZfest. Also in 2005, they were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Brian May of Queen. This was followed by their induction in 2006 into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on them by Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

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-Queen: DAYS OF OUR LIVES — The Definitive Documentary On The World’s Greatest Rock Band Is Coming To DVD And Blu-Ray

To Be Released by Eagle Rock Entertainment Through Eagle Vision

“This fantastic and moving two-parter tells the story of the finest live band in the history of rock. There’s archive footage of past performances, interviews with the members and, best of all, plenty of insider anecdotes; the choicest being Elton John’s reaction to Bohemian Rhapsody: ‘Are you off your head? You’ll never get that played.'” – The Guardian/UK

In 1971, four college students got together to form a rock band.

Since then, that certain band called Queen have released 26 albums and sold over 300 million records worldwide. The popularity of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon is stronger than ever 40 years on. On November 6, 2011, in front of an estimated TV audience of 1.2 billion they were honored with the Global Icon Award at the 2011 MTV EMA.

But for Queen the journey was no bed of roses. No pleasure cruise. Queen had their share of kicks in the face, but they came through — and this is how they did it.

Set against a backdrop of brilliant music and stunning live performances from every corner of the globe, Queen: DAYS OF OUR LIVES — available in both Blu-Ray and standard DVD formats, brings Queen’s 40th Anniversary year to a close in suitably regal style.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES began as a two-part documentary produced by long-term Queen collaborators and life long fans Rhys Thomas (the comedian who famously broke the Mastermind all-time record points score with a specialist subject of Queen) and Simon Lupton, and directed by the renowned director Matt Casey. After 10 years of making Queen DVDs, Lupton and Thomas were asked by the band to produce the definitive 40th Anniversary documentary and after almost a year of painstaking research and editing, this was the result.

Split over two episodes, Part One covering 1970 – 1980, Part Two 1980 – present day, the documentary is a genuine rollercoaster of rock and roll history.

In this film, for the first time, it is the band that tells their story. Featuring brand new interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor and unseen archive footage — including their recently unearthed first ever TV performance — it is a compelling story told with intelligence, wit, plenty of humor and painful honesty.

Rhys Thomas comments, “We set out to make the definitive Queen documentary. It’s a funny, honest, inspiring and ultimately tragic account of ‘a certain band called Queen,’ as told by the band themselves. We tell the story of four students who met in West London, slogged hard and conquered the world, ultimately changing rock music forever.”

When originally broadcast in the UK on BBC 2 across two nights in May of this year, Queen: DAYS OF OUR LIVES was the highest rated TV show on in its slot, beating every other channel and peaking with three million viewers. It has been widely regarded as one of the finest rock documentaries made and the critical reaction was outstanding. “Funny that,” says Thomas, “considering Queen were always denounced by the press!”

“The Boys did a fantastic Job on this documentary … with little interference from us! I think this one will set the bench mark for years to come,” said Brian May.

Thomas explains the transfer of the original BBC documentary to DVD release: “When originally making the series it wasn’t easy condensing 40 years of Queen down to just two hours. In fact, there was so much more to be said and so much more to be seen. Thanks to Blu-Ray and DVD, so much more of that story can now be told… As the two documentaries worked so well, we resisted the idea of making an epic three-hour ‘Extended Cut.’ They are always boring, and as Freddie said to his manager Jim Beach in his last days: ‘Do anything you want with my music dear, but never make me boring!’

“So rather than simply dump a load of ‘deleted scenes’ onto the DVD and Blu-Ray, Simon and I decided to edit them all with as much love, time and care as we put into the main documentary. What we have as a result is a great companion to the main story and some real gems, most notably covering the formation of the band and the making of the last three albums which was only touched upon in the televised version. For instance, we learn from Brian how John Deacon made a cut in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for the record company and Freddie’s reaction; the revelation that Freddie was not sober during the making of ‘Spread Your Wings’/’We Will Rock You’ in Roger’s back garden, and a hilarious sequence about Queen and their love of Scrabble.

“As well as the new sequences, there are seven new videos. Excerpts were featured in the main documentary, but we have completed them, and here on DVD and Blu-Ray they appear in full.”

The Blu-Ray format allows for additional bonus material and therefore differs in content to the Standard DVD release. Please check credits for each release.

Queen: DAYS OF OUR LIVES Blu-Ray & Standard DVD content descriptions:

Documentary Part 1 – 59 mins.
Documentary Part 2 – 59 mins.

Additional Videos – Blu-Ray and Standard DVD (24 mins.):

“Seven Seas Of Rhye” 2011
A compilation of all four “Top Of The Pops” and “Rainbow Live” performances from 1974 – all unseen

“Killer Queen” 2011
A compilation of two “Top Of The Pops” performances, one the familiar 1974 Christmas Special, the other — discovered in the late British comedian Dick Emery’s private collection, hasn’t been seen since 1974, the original master tape wiped from the BBC archives.

“Somebody To Love” 2011
This is a new edit of the video using the four takes shot on the day, most of which has never before been seen.

“We Are The Champions” 2011
In 1977, cameras filmed Queen recording a new version of the song for the promo video. This video shows the band performing and mixing this unreleased version in two live takes. An instrumental version of this closed Part One of DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Here for the first time the video can be seen in its entirety.

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” 2011
A new edit of the video compiled from the rushes including outtakes and unseen angles.

“Under Pressure” 2011
A new video intercutting Queen’s first live performance of the song in Montreal 81 and Queen + David Bowie at the Freddie Mercury Tribute.

“Radio Ga Ga” 2011
This new video includes unseen color footage from the 1984 “Radio Ga Ga” video shoot plus rushes and outtakes.

Bonus Sequences – Blu-Ray (59 mins.) / Standard DVD (21 mins. only):

Queen: The Beginning
A detailed look at how Queen formed in 1971. Covering Smile, finding John Deacon, and the early struggles of the band.

Queen On Tour 1974-1975
Featuring Queen at the Rainbow and unseen footage of the band touring Japan for the first time. Includes excerpts of “Now I’m Here,” “Killer Queen” and “In The Lap Of The Gods” live.

Bohemian Rhapsody
Brian reveals how John Deacon made a cut in “Bohemian Rhapsody” for the record company, only to be dismissed by Freddie: “Either it’s released in its entirety or not at all!”

Working Together
The Band discuss their working relationship, including unheard archive of Queen having a “creative discussion!”

Leaving John Reid
An in-depth account of how the band left manager John Reid and set up Queen Productions — plus the revelation that Freddie was not sober during the making of “Spread Your Wings”/”We Will Rock You” in Roger’s back garden.

Don’t Stop Me Now
Brian and Roger discuss “Don’t Stop Me Now” and the “Guitar Version” discarded by Freddie.

Flash Gordon
A short sequence on the making of Queen’s first film soundtrack, “Flash Gordon,” plus an alternate promo video.

Making Videos
The band discuss the video making process, featuring lots of unseen outtakes.

Scrabble Wars
A hilarious sequence about Queen and their love of Scrabble. You will just have to watch!

From Magic To The Miracle
In the three years between A KIND OF MAGIC and THE MIRACLE, the members of Queen went through some life changing experiences in their working and personal lives. This chapter sheds light on what went on behind closed doors.

Going Slightly Mad: The Making Of Innuendo
In 1991 Queen hit the charts with a No. 1 album and single, INNUENDO. Creatively the band were reinvigorated, their material better than ever, but beneath the surface, they all had to face the fact that Freddie was seriously ill and time was running out.

Made In Heaven
Roger and Brian talk about the making of the last Queen album, MADE IN HEAVEN, working with Freddie in his final weeks, as well and working with the material he had recorded after he had passed away and the emotional distress it caused.

Return To Imperial
Brian returns to Imperial College and shows us around the college where he and Roger first met, formed Smile and ultimately Queen.

Bonus Interviews – Blu-Ray (19 mins). Not included on Standard DVD:

The Bonus Interview section contains various interesting, funny and insightful footage that didn’t fit into any particular sequence but was too great to leave on the cutting room floor.

Blu-Ray:
Documentary Part 1 – 59 mins.
Documentary Part 2 – 59 mins.
Additional Videos – 24 mins.
o “Seven Seas Of Rhye” 2011
o “Killer Queen” 2011
o “Somebody To Love” 2011
o “We Are The Champions” 2011
o “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” 2011
o “Under Pressure” 2011
o “Radio Ga Ga” 2011
Bonus Sequences – 59 mins.
o Queen: The Beginning
o Queen On Tour 1974-1975
o Bohemian Rhapsody
o Working Together
o Leaving John Reid
o Don’t Stop Me Now
o Flash Gordon
o Making Videos
o Scrabble Wars
o From Magic To The Miracle
o Going Slightly Mad: The Making Of Innuendo
o Made In Heaven
o Return To Imperial
Bonus Interviews – 19 mins.

DVD:
Documentary Part 1 – 59 mins.
Documentary Part 2 – 59 mins.
Additional Videos – 24 mins.
o “Seven Seas Of Rhye” 2011
o “Killer Queen” 2011
o “Somebody To Love” 2011
o “We Are The Champions” 2011
o “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” 2011
o “Under Pressure” 2011
o “Radio Ga Ga” 2011
Bonus Sequences – 21 mins.
o From Magic To The Miracle
o Made In Heaven
o Going Slightly Mad: The Making Of Innuendo

Official website:
http://www.queenonline.com/

“This evocative chronological profile is strong on anecdote, performance and unseen footage, with astute and amusing contributions from John Deacon, Brian May and Roger Taylor — the surviving champions of the world.” – Sunday Times

“A rich colourful history celebrated here in this essential documentary.” – The Times Weekend

“This film celebrates (Queen’s) career, picking apart their grandiose approach to making music which singled them out as a satin-robed breath of air at a time of denim-clad rock.” – Mail On Sunday

Product Details:
STANDARD DVD: DVD
Format: DVD-9
Standard: NTSC
Region Code: Playable in all Regions
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo (documentaries) LPCM (Videos)
Selection #: EV304009
Catalogue #:801213040094
MSRP: 14.98
Duration: 164 minutes

BLU-RAY: Blu-Ray
Format: Blu-Ray 50
Standard: (NTSC)
Region Code: Playable in all Regions
Audio: LPCM
Selection #: EVB334079
Catalogue #:801213340798
MSRP: $19.98
Duration: 221 minutes

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

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-GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE DVD Set For November 15 Release Via Eagle Rock Entertainment

NEW YORK, NY — Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce the November 15 release of GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE on DVD and Blu-ray.

Shot over the course of three years, GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE is an unrivalled look into the mind of legendary rock icon Ozzy Osbourne. GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE tells the life story of Ozzy, as seen through the eyes of his youngest child, Jack Osbourne, who worked alongside directors Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli. During the documentary, Ozzy recounts his troubled youth, his early career with Black Sabbath and the impact of fame and addictions on his first marriage. Viewers will also witness the second chapter of his life as a family man with Sharon, during which his addictions grew to a frightening level, as well as hear Ozzy and his children explain his attempts at staying clean, ultimately resulting in more than five years of sobriety. Music fans will also see live performances from around the world, including rare behind the scenes clips of Ozzy on and off stage, in his dressing rooms pre-show, to his nights in a series of hotel rooms. Throughout GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE, audiences are given an inside look into the life of a rock star, from the good times to the bad.

The DVD and Blu-Ray of GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE also features additional previously unseen footage not seen in the theatrical release including new interviews, classic archive footage of Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne, along with a Q&A with Ozzy and Jack Osbourne and behind the scenes footage from the Tribeca Film Festival.

The New York Times (4-15-11) has described it as a movie that “unblinkingly chronicles the chaotic life and times of rock’s most notorious cut-up, from his miserable working-class childhood… to his latter-day sobriety.”

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy – MADE IN STOKE 24/7/11 On CD & Special Edition CD/DVD Set

Hit Stores In The US On November 15, 2011

NEW YORK, NY — Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the US release of Slash’s first ever live solo album MADE IN STOKE 24/7/11. The double-disc CD, and a special-edition 2CD+DVD package (featuring five bonus tracks and an exclusive interview with Slash) hits stores November 15.

The iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter Slash has perfected the science of the six-string for over 20 years as an integral component of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver and as a hugely successful solo artist. On July 24, 2011, he made a very special visit to Stoke on Trent, England, where he was raised, at the end of the 2010-2011 tour in support of his globally chart topping and critically acclaimed self-titled solo debut.

Captured at Victoria Hall as part of an intensive world tour, this 21-song set is a celebration of a legendary career. Joined by Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge on vocals, Slash ripped through cuts culled from his GN’R days, Velvet Revolver, Slash’s Snakepit, and his solo album, (including the single “By The Sword”). His band lineup included bassist Todd Kerns, drummer Brent Fitz and guitarist Bobby Schneck.

With favorites like “Back From Cali,” “Slither,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” and many more reverberating the crowd-filled rafters, this proved to be one rockin’ homecoming.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, & Paris.

The track listing for both the CD and the Special Edition DVD is
1. Been There Lately
2. Night Train
3. Ghost
4. Mean Bone
5. Back From Cali
6. Rocket Queen
7. Civil War
8. Nothing To Say
9. Starlight
10. Promise
11. Doctor Alibi
12. Speed Parade
13. Watch This
14. Beggars & Hangers On
15. Patience
16. Godfather Solo
17. Sweet Child O’ Mine
18. Slither
19. By The Sword
20. Mr. Brownstone
21. Paradise City

Bonus DVD:
1. Ghost
2. Back From Cali
3. Beggars & Hangers On
4. Been There Lately
5. Starlight
Interview with Slash

About Slash:
Slash is widely considered one of the greatest rock guitar players of all time. He has received countless accolades and awards including a 2007 induction into Hollywood’s RockWalk (located in front of Guitar Center in Hollywood) alongside his idols Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. An original member of iconic rock band Guns N’ Roses, the Grammy-winning Slash helped the band create signature sounds like the guitar riff of #1 hit “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” The band dominated the 1980s and ’90s music scene selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and ushered in a decade of hard charging rock music. After leaving the band, Slash went on to critical acclaim in his personal project Slash’s Snakepit, and global success with super-group Velvet Revolver. He has been widely sought after by the biggest musicians of all time, performing with everyone from Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles. Slash recently landed on the top of the charts with his first true solo album, SLASH. In addition, Slash was just honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce who named him as an official selection for 2011 to receive a star on Hollywood’s iconic Walk of Fame. In February 2011, he performed at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show, seen by more than 106 million people, becoming the most-watched program in US television history (Nielsen Co.). Slash is currently in the studio working on his second solo album due for release in 2012.

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-TWISTED SISTER FROM THE BARS TO THE STARS: THREE DECADES LIVE Out Now

[Note: This is from http://www.jambase.com/Articles/53319/Twisted-Sister-5-DVD-Box-Set . – Tim]

Twisted Sister will celebrate Christmas early this year with the release of TWISTED SISTER FROM THE BARS TO THE STARS: THREE DECADES LIVE, a 5-DVD boxed set, on November 8. The lavish package comes complete with curios such as a Twisted Sister Christmas ornament, an official “New York Steel” backstage pass, a classic two and a half-inch Twisted Sister pin and a reproduction of the first-ever SMF Fan Club letter.

Over eight hours long, FROM THE BARS TO THE STARS has to be considered the ultimate Twisted Sister boxed set. One of the five DVDs, TWISTED XMAS: LIVE IN LAS VEGAS, is a total exclusive, having never before been released in any format. This 2009 concert showcases the band performing such beloved holiday fare as “White Christmas” and “Come All Ye Faithful” next to “Burn In Hell” and “Deck The Halls” as only Twisted Sister can. In fact, Jay Jay French, Dee Snider, Mark Mendoza, A.J. Pero, and Eddie Ojeda, have made this holiday merriment a metal tradition for the past few years.

LIVE AT READING was filmed in 1982 at England’s biggest rock festival. A bonus 2011 band interview is included.

DOUBLE LIVE juxtaposes an early Long Island, New York show (North Stage ’82), filmed just prior to the band breaking internationally, and NY Steel ’01, the New York City 9/11 benefit they headlined.

LIVE AT WACKEN documents the band’s 2003 Wacken Open Air Festival reunion appearance in Germany. Complete with behind-the-scenes backstage footage and band interviews about their 1980s rise to world domination, break-up and reunion, it also contains their entire set on the big stage at this most prestigious of European Heavy Metal festivals.

Any SMF would agree — This is one boxed set no Twisted Sister fan can do without.

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-Germany’s Heavy Metal Finest Primal Fear To Release Their Anticipated Ninth Studio Album UNBREAKABLE

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Primal Fear new studio album entitled UNBREAKABLE on January 20th 2012 in Europe and January 24th in North America.

After a sensational tour through South America in spring 2011, more dates in Europe plus an outstanding appearance on the 2011 edition of the Wacken Open Air, the band was fired up to enter the recording studio to start tracking their ninth studio album. The target was crystal clear — producer & bassist Mat Sinner: “After touring for two years without breaks, the guys realized the fan favorites very well and we wrote an untamed, powerful and crushing album together.”

UNBREAKABLE combines the skills of the strongest Primal Fear lineup ever, with a well-balanced “back to the roots” vibe and an ambitious learning process during their longest tour so far. Classic and ultra-fresh Primal Fear riff-rockers like “Strike,” “Give Em Hell” or the high speed track “And There Was Silence” will hit the bulls-eye, like the rhythm paced metal anthem, first single and new video clip “Bad Guys Wear Black.” Less experiments, more rock! But there will be a nine-minute epic journey with a lot prog approach named “Where Angels Die,” a classic wonderful ballad “Born Again” and the melodic power bomb “Metal Nation.” Singer Ralf Scheepers adds: “the plan was to record an album for the fans with rough metal riffs, screaming vocals and good melodies … and finally it became a monster — a tough ‘bang-your-head’ metal album called UNBREAKABLE.”

Magnus Karlsson and Alex Beyrodt are worldwide respected guitarists — together they are unbeatable! Ralf Scheepers’ vocal performance shines bright on a new level on all new songs. And what can go wrong if you’re backed by one of the best rhythm sections in metal with Randy Black and Mat Sinner? Plus backing vocals by the “Fantastic Four:” Ralf Scheepers, Mat Sinner, Erik Martensson and Oliver Hartmann. You can hear the result on Primal Fear’s new statement called UNBREAKABLE!

UNBREAKABLE was produced by Mat Sinner, engineered and mixed by Achim Koehler & the House Of Music studios and some more studios in Germany & Sweden between summer and autumn 2011 and will include the following tracks: Unbreakable (Part 1); Strike; Give ‘Em Hell; Bad Guys Wear Black; And There Was Silence; Metal Nation; Where Angels Die; Unbreakable (Part 2); Marching Again; Born Again; Blaze Of Glory; Conviction; Night Of The Jumps (Bonus Track)*; Bad Guys Wear Black (Video)*

* Only available in the first pressing in digi-pak

UNBREAKABLE will be anticipated by the digital only release of the single “Bad Guys Wear Black” which will be available for download and streaming on December 5th 2011. The single will also include “Metal Nation” in an exclusive single mix.

Don’t miss the German Metal Commando when they’re coming to your town!

Primal Fear
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
Magnus Karlsson – Guitar, Keyboards
Randy Black – Guitars
Mat Sinner – Bass & Vocals

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-Y&T / Meniketti Update

“The Evolution Of Metal”

Fans in America, on 11/11/11, VH1 Classic premiered “Metal Evolution.” If you missed the first episode, check your local listings for reruns. Meanwhile, set your DVRs and keep your eyes peeled for Y&T in this series. Two years ago, Dave did an extensive interview for this, so we’ll see what made the cut. To join in the discussion and see the trailer, go to the Y&T forum at http://www.meniketti.com/vforum/ . Fans around the globe may be able to catch it on one of their local music channels. We’re guessing that at some point it might be released on DVD.

Mystic Weekend

This year’s magical Mystic Theatre weekend is Friday & Saturday, November 18 & 19. Saturday night is SOLD OUT, but as of the writing of this email, there are still some tickets available for Friday night. If you don’t have yours yet, go to the TOUR DATES page of the web site and click the Mystic Theatre link for Friday. http://www.meniketti.com/tourdates.html

Chocolates That Melt Your Face

Now that the cooler weather is here, we’ve put the FACEMELTER chocolate bars back online. You can choose from milk chocolate or dark chocolate with sea salt. These popular chocolate bars are available at Y&T shows in the US and now online, once again. See them in our store: http://store.meniketti.com/

Finally ~ Y&T Long Sleeve Shirts!

You asked for it, you got it! We have new long sleeve Y&T shirts. Check out the web site store for this new shirt.

We also have a new Y&T sticker design available in the online store and at shows.

Fans around the world are calling Y&T’s 2011 tour shirt one of their favorite shirt designs. We still have some in-stock, as well as a few EARTHSHAKER anniversary shirts. But once these designs are gone, they’re gone, so be sure to get yours now. Visit our web site store: http://store.meniketti.com/

All of these items are available exclusively on the Y&T web site. Note: All shirt designs will not be available at all shows.

Cruisin’ With Y&T

Last we checked, there were still some cabins available on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise. Get your special discounts & deals by using the Y&T promo code: YTMOR. Join Y&T with Cinderella, Tesla, Night Ranger, UFO, Kix, Stryper, Lynch Mob, FireHouse, Helix, Black ‘N Blue, Bang Tango, Faster Pussycat, Keel, XYZ, Rhino Bucket, John Corabi, Eric Martin, and more, as we all rock and cruise to the Bahamas & Key West on February 25-28, 2012.

Y&T Shows

Details for each of the shows below are on the TOUR DATES page of the web site. http://www.meniketti.com/tourdates.html

November 18 ~ Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
November 19 ~ Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre – SOLD OUT
December 10 ~ Brooks, CA – Cache Creek Resort

2012
February 25-28 ~ Monsters Of Rock Cruise
Book with the special Y&T promo code to get deals & discounts: YTMOR

February 29 ~ Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
March 1 ~ Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
March 2 ~ New York, NY – BB King Blues Club
March 3 ~ Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
March 4 ~ W Greenwich, RI – The Rock House
March 7 ~ Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
March 9 ~ Westland, MI – Token Lounge
March 10 ~ Bolingbrook, IL – Tailgaters

*Schedule subject to change. Be sure to verify with each venue.*
Check the web site TOUR DATES page for the most up-to-date concert information.

Thanks for your support!

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-Lance King Offers Free Song Download At Debut Of His Official Artist Website

Lance King is world renowned in the underground as a melodic metal vocalist, singing on over 25 worldwide releases over the last 21 years. This fact is impressive in itself, but what is truly special about Lance is his ability to morph his voice to fit any mood and intensity of a song, he’s proved this over the years by adding a very “special something” to every album he has been a part of.

Today Lance King is proud to unveil his brand new website. The web page is http://www.lancekingvox.com/ . In conjunction with launch of his new site, Lance is offering a free MP3 download of his song “Awakening,” which comes from his new album A MOMENT IN CHIROS which is available now on Nightmare Records through Sony / Red in North America.

Metal Insider recently sat down with Lance King for an exclusive talk about his new album, as well as being the president and head of Nightmare Records. Lance spoke at length about A MOMENT IN CHIROS and the responsibilities that come with being an artist and a label head at the same time. Check out the interview here:

http://www.metalinsider.net/interviews/singernightmare-records-founder-lance-king-discusses-new-solo-album-and-effects-of-technology-plus-we%E2%80%99re-streaming-the-song-%E2%80%9C222-awakening%E2%80%9D

A MOMENT IN CHIROS is available to order here:

http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store/pgxso-product-details/prx-866/ctx-1

Stream the ENTIRE ALBUM NOW at AOL Music Listening Party here:

http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds#/25

On the last day of June, 2011 Lance decided to invite some of his musical friends to co-write songs with him as he ventured into his first solo album. An act of faith only knowing their work, never working with them before in creating music. In just two months, those involved had created an epic masterpiece, quite a feat indeed based on the quality of this release.

In under three months, A MOMENT IN CHIROS was mixed and mastered and off to the presses, perhaps the fasted created music in history? This album was meant to be out by 11/11/11 and is destined to stand the test of time.

For those fans not in North America the worldwide release is now scheduled for November 25th. It will be available from the following distro’s: Bertus (BeNeLux), FioMusica (Portugal), Firebox (Finland), Hammermusic (Hungary), Indie (Norway), Insanity Records (Poland), Mad Lion (Poland), Masterpiece/Andromeda (Italy), NonStopMusic (Switzerland), PHD UK (UK), Record Heaven (Sweden), Rockextremum (Slovakia & CZ), Rock Off (Estonia), Sound Pollution (Sweden), Soundforge (Greece), Twilight – Vertrieb (Germany), Lethal Conflict (Czech Republic), Underclass (France), Wizard (Bulgaria)

Lance has chosen “Human Trafficking” (sex slavery), one of the fastest growing criminal activities worldwide as the charitable cause he would like to champion, profits from this album will go to efforts to abolish this slave trade worldwide through an organization called “NOT FOR SALE”!

http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/about/slavery/

Boasting great creativity and performances by these fine musicians: Jacob Hansen (Beyond Twilight, Invocator & Anubis Gate), Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate), Michael Harris (Darkology, Thought Chamber), Tore St Moren (Jorn), Fred Colombo (Spheric Universe Experience), Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater / Harmony), Kevin Codfert (Adagio), Michael Hansen & Shane Dhiman (Phonomik), Morten Gade Sørensen (Pyramaze, Wuthering Heights), Elyes Bouchoucha, Malek Ben Arbia, Anis Jouini (Myrath) & Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson and MANY others).

Produced by: Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate) & Jacob Hansen, (Volbeat, Heathen, TYR, Amaranthe, Communic, Mercenary, Onslaught, Rob Rock, Blotted Science, Raunchy, Pretty Maids, Cryoshell)

Track List:
111. A Sense Of Urgency
222. Awakening
333. Manifest Destiny
444. A Given Choice
555. A Moment In Chiros
666. Dance Of Power
777. Kibou
888. Infinity Divine
999. Joy Everlasting
10:10 Sacred Systems
11:11 Transformation

Lance’s Links!
http://tinyurl.com/LanceKingVox (Facebook)
https://www.twitter.com/lancekingvox
https://www.myspace.com/lancekingvox
https://www.NightmareRecords.com/
https://www.youtube.com/megaloud

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-Nightwish: “Storytime” Single Out Now, “Making Of” Trailer Online, Announce Exclusive IMAGINAERUM Online Game!

“Storytime,” the brand new single by Finnish symphonic dark metal masters, Nightwish, has just been released.

Order your copy now through the Nuclear Blast mailorder: http://bit.ly/sqLBic or get the digital version via iTunes: http://bit.ly/rRykZ2 .

The official video clip for “Storytime” can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g8ykQLYnX0

Furthermore the band just released a making of “Storytime” trailer — check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yww85NDvPQ8

To complete a day of good news, the first episode of an exclusive online game for IMAGINAERUM will be launched on November 18 — WATCH OUT!!!

The entire album, IMAGINAERUM, which will be released December 2, 2011, can also be pre-ordered at the Nuclear Blast Mailorder. The album will be available as several exclusive editions: http://bit.ly/suOkUR

Nightwish also announced the first leg of their extensive IMAGINAERUM world tour 2012-2013:

10.04.12 SE-Gothenburg, Lisebergshallen
11.04.12 DK-Copenhagen, Falconer Theater
13.04.12 NL-Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall
14.04.12 DE-Düsseldorf, ISS Dome
16.04.12 BE-Brussels, Forest National
17.04.12 FR-Paris, Bercy
18.04.12 FR-Nantes, Zenith
20.04.12 FR-Lyon, Halle Tony Garnier
21.04.12 LU-Luxembourg, Rockhal
23.04.12 DE-Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle
24.04.12 CH-Zurich, Hallenstadion
25.04.12 IT-Milano, Forum
27.04.12 AT-Vienna, Gasometer
29.04.12 HU-Budapest, Budapest Arena
30.04.12 CZ-Prague, Tesla (T-Mobile Arena)
01.05.12 DE-Leipzig, Arena
03.05.12 DE-Hamburg, O2 World
05.05.12 DE-Nuremberg, Arena
06.05.12 DE-Stuttgart, Schleyerhalle
08.05.12 SL-Ljubljana, Križanke

http://www.nightwish.com/

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-James Murphy Has Brain Tumor Relapse; Donations Welcome

James Murphy, former guitarist of both Death and Testament, as well as founding member of the death metal band Disincarnate, has had a relapse of the brain tumor that sidelined him back in 2001. Murphy stated that the tumor had returned but that it was non-malignant and being treated pharmacologically. Unfortunately, those medications have serious side effects that have left him unable to work. The option for different medications is available, but at a cost of over $1,000 a month and he needs a minimum of six months of medication for treatment to be effective. With his medical expenses extremely high and James not being able to work due to the side effects of the current medications, the metal community is being asked to come together and help one of their brothers and donate to help him beat this once and for all.

Click HERE to Donate
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=K5US6GPL4MNNA%20http://www.facebook.com/jamesmurphyproducer

http://safehouseproduction.bandcamp.com

In August 2001, Murphy was discovered to have a massive tumor growth near the base of his brain (on the pituitary gland) and was quickly scheduled for an urgent life-saving operation. James underwent surgery on September 17, 2001, involving a Maxillary Swing procedure that made entry through the left side of the face. An incision was made underneath the left eye, along the side of the nose, and finally through the middle of the upper lip. The facial tissue was then pulled back and the cheekbone removed. They then cut through James’ sinus and made entry below the orbit of the eye to remove a portion of the growth. More was removed through an incision made in the soft pallet inside the mouth. About 70% of the tumor was removed, the remainder being too close to vital structures to risk further damage. The sinus was then packed with fat tissue taken from the lower abdomen via an incision below the navel and reattached. The cheekbone was set back in place and held with two small titanium plates. The facial tissue was then sutured closed along with the soft pallet. His mouth was fitted with prosthesis to protect the pallet tissue while it healed. The remaining 30% of the tumor was treated with a medication called Parlodel (Bromocriptine) to shrink it called which James was told he would have to take for the rest of his life. This treatment was more or less successful for nine years. A spike in the hormone indicator for the tumor, as discovered by a blood test that was followed up by an MRI to confirm, showed that the tumor was again active, and had grown a bit. Luckily not enough to require surgery, but radiation treatment was still on the table. The decision was made to defer the radiation treatment for six months, during which time the tumor would be attacked pharmacologically, increasing the dose of the drug used to hinder its growth to a level which leaves James wiped out, overly fatigued, nauseous, and unable to work to earn his living at full capacity. A better drug, one that has less side-effects, and would require a much smaller dosage is available, but considerable vastly more expensive.

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-Metal Blade To Reissue Flotsam And Jetsam’s Classic Album DOOMSDAY FOR THE DECEIVER As 25th Anniversary Vinyl Edition In January!

All Flotzillas and Hammerheads out there will be happy to hear that Metal Blade will reissue the Flotsam And Jetsam classic DOOMSDAY FOR THE DECEIVER on vinyl as a two-Gatefold-LP!

The 25th anniversary vinyl edition of this classic album — to be released January 13th/16h, 2012 — will feature a bunch of bonus tracks! Here is the track listing:

Side A:
(re-mixed and re-mastered versions 2006)
1. Hammerhead 06:13
2. Iron Tears 03:50
3. Desecrator 03:48
4. Fade To Black 02:04
5. Doomsday For The Deceiver 09:08
total 25:03 min.

Side B:
(re-mixed and re-mastered versions 2006)
6. Metalshock 08:16
7. She Took An Axe 05:16
8. Der Fuhrer 05:44
9. Flotzilla (instrumental) 06:09
total 25:25 min.

Side C:
10. U.L.S.W. (rem. version 2006) 04:19
11. Iron Tears (Iron Tears demo) 04:06
12. I Live You Die (Iron Tears demo) 06:07
13. Hammerhead (Metal Shock 1985) 06:34
14. The Evil Sheik (Metal Shock 1985) 05:27
total 26:33 min.

Side D:
15. I Live You Die (Metal Shock 1985) 06:26
16. The Beast Within (Metal Shock 1985) 04:09
17. Children Of The Night (live ’85 – unreleased) 04:15
18. The Executioner (live ’85 – unreleased) 05:42
19. Those Who Defy (live 85 – unreleased) 03:43
20. On The Attack (live 85 – unreleased) 03:38
total 27:53 min.

http://www.flotsam-and-jetsam.com/
http://www.facebook.com/flotsamandjetsam.official
http://www.myspace.com/fandj

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-Hail! Announces Russian Tour Dates

Hail! — the super-group featuring a rotating list of musicians, including current and former members of Sepultura, Judas Priest, Testament and Megadeth — will play nine shows in Russia in December. The dates are as follows:

Dec. 02 – Megapolis, Irkutsk
Dec. 04 – Che Guevara, Krasnojarsk
Dec. 05 – Moscow, Kemerovo
Dec. 06 – Che Guevara, Barnaul
Dec. 07 – Rock City, Novosibirsk
Dec. 09 – Tele Club, Ekaterinburg
Dec. 10 – DKZhD, Magnitogorsk
Dec. 11 – Xleb, Moscow
Dec. 12 – Planetaryi, Ryazan

Hail!’s lineup for this tour will include drummer Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Testament, Exodus, Forbidden), vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Beyond Fear), bassist James Lomenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society, White Lion) and newest member, guitarist Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond, Testament).

“After seeing how crazy the Russian fans were when we played here in June 2010, we’re certainly excited to come back,” said Lomenzo.

“Consistent with the Hail! philosophy of constantly expanding into new territories, we are playing in six new cities this year (plus returning to Moscow, Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk).

“Touring with Hail! is a lesson in world geography!”

Added Bostaph, “James and Glen had their Megadeth reunion a few weeks ago in Turkey and it’s been awhile since I played with Glen, so I’m looking forward to our Testament reunion. We’re going to have a great time, so dress warm, grab a bottle of vodka and come join for a night of mayhem!”

In other Hail! news, dates have been confirmed in February for the band’s first shows in Brazil. Additionally, they are evaluating possibilities for March 2012 and interested promoters are invited to contact band management at kingabba@aol.com.

http://www.myspace.com/hailtheworld
http://www.hailtheworld.com/

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-Strangeways – AGE OF REASON

Label: Dangerous Dog Records
Style: Melodic Rock
Release: December 12, 2011

Specials: “I think this is the album our fans have been waiting for” – Terry Brock

MUNICH — December 12th 2011 sees the release of Strangeways’ eighth studio album AGE OF REASON. Formed in the early ’80s, Strangeways have been around the block a time or two. Crooked managers, departing singers and a somewhat hostile business have conspired to keep them one of the UK’s best kept secrets.

Even so, eight studio albums, one greatest hits and one live album later and they have received much acclaim from fans and the rock press and as if to prove the point, they are still around. Having been support act with the likes of Bryan Adams, The Kinks, Meat Loaf, Europe, Glenn Hughes, The Hellecasters, Gino Washington and many more, Strangeways have performed successfully to a varied audience. Reunited last year with American singer Terry Brock and now with the return of bassist David Stewart, AGE OF REASON is promising to be a classic Strangeways affair.

Always shrugging off any attempt to pigeon hole them, with influences as varied as Prince, Chilli Peppers, The Tubes, Miles Davis, Hank Williams, Journey, Thin Lizzy, John Prine, Steve Earl, Frank Zappa, etc., Strangeways have pushed their musical boundaries to mixed reviews but always remained true to themselves and their roots in rock music.

After a brief flirtation with the business for their comeback album PERFECT WORLD Strangeways have again decided to release AGE OF REASON on their own Dangerous Dog Records label and are looking forward to promoting it live in early 2012.

What’s been said about AGE OF REASON so far:

“I think this is the album our fans have been waiting for” – Terry Brock

“OMG!” – Steve Price” – Arfm

“Yeehaw” – Kieran Dargan – Firefest

Track list:
1. The Sentinel
2. Run
3. Playin’ It Over
4. As We Fall
5. Call
6. End Of The Day
7. Alive Again
8. Silver Moon
9. Frozen
10. Long Road

Label:
Dangerous Dog Records
17 Heathmans Road
London SW6 4TJ

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-Candice Night Of Blackmore’s Night Releases Debut Solo Album, REFLECTIONS

NEW YORK, NY — Candice Night, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, has stepped outside of Blackmore’s Night, the group she’s fronted for 15 years with Ritchie Blackmore, to release REFLECTIONS (Minstrel Hall Music).

This debut solo album, composed and arranged by Night, shows an artist secure in her vision, executing flawlessly a myriad of styles from powerful pop-rock balladry and irresistible whimsy, to rock ‘n’ roll, symphonic post-folk and even a modernistic take on girl-group soulfulness (“Gone Gone Gone”). Between the constantly shifting soundscapes of haunting melodies and thought-provoking lyrics and the lush evocative musical bed upon which they lie, REFLECTIONS is revelatory. Night’s melodic inventions on this album are pristine, rooted in centuries-old folk strains that she has absorbed in a lifetime of listening and learning.

“Now And Then,” for instance, has the kind of vocal that stays with the listener long after the song ends. In a voice quivering… vulnerable… sensual, Night nails this tale that was originally intended for Blackmore’s Night. On “Dangerous Smile,” the guitars bespeak a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility that has been ingrained within her yet now can take center-stage. The pumped-up percussion adds volumes… as does Candice’s lyric and attitude.

And we thought we knew Candice Night!

From the preternaturally pretty “Robin Red Breast,” which continues her career-long fascination with nature, to the Symphonic-Folk (do we have a new genre here?) of “For You,” Candice Night has delivered a career statement of startling proportions. The satisfyingly full production of single “Call It Love” earned her the #7 spot on the FMQB/AC Mainstream chart, nestled between Lady Gaga and Coldplay. She recently released a video for the totally haunting impossible-to-forget “Black Roses.”

Candice Night — international role model, a life-long advocate for numerous charitable causes, animal activist, superstar princess on the Renaissance Faire circuit, recent mom, and the ultimate Classic Rock muse in a career that has been impossible to define — adds yet another chapter to her long saga of female empowerment on REFLECTIONS.

Click here to view the “Black Roses” video:

For more information on Candice, please visit http://www.Candice-Night.com/ , or http://www.facebook.com/jodilyn10211/candicenightreflections .

Track Listing:
1. Wind Is Calling (Hush The Wind)
2. Gone Gone Gone
3. Black Roses
4. Now and Then (2011)
5. Dangerous Smile
6. For You
7. Call It Love
8. Robin Red Breast
9. Alone With Fate
10. In Time

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-RAM Launch Landing Page For Upcoming New Album DEATH And Post First New Song “Defiant”! Reveal Album Cover And Track Listing!

DEATH To Be Released January 27/30 On CD And LP!

Swedish Heavy Metal tyrants RAM make a return with their fourth album DEATH, to be released January, 27th/30th, 2012 via Metal Blade Records in Europe!

Surf over to the landing page at http://www.metalblade.com/ram where you will find the pre-order options and the new song “Defiant!” DEATH will be available on CD and on vinyl! A shirt bundle is also available there!

Comments RAM singer Oscar Carlquist: “DEATH is some sort of a rebirth for us, since it is the first album to feature our new bass player Tobbe Petterson and our first on Metal Blade Records. This album is filled with a dark, sinister energy that comes from beyond music and heavy metal. We are very excited about this album because it’s truly RAM caught in its raw essence, we recorded it live in the studio to try to offer our soul upon this altar of sonic steel. Beware we have brought DEATH upon the world!”

Track listing DEATH:
1. Death
2. Comes From The Mouth Beyond
3. I Am The End
4. Release Me
5. Defiant
6. Frozen
7. Under The Scythe
8. Hypnos
9. Flame Of The Tyrants
10. 1 7 7 1

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

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

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

The world trembles in fear before the release of the metal behemoth that is DEATH. RAM are back! Necks will be broken!

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

http://www.facebook.com/pages/RAM/128575340510564
http://www.myspace.com/rammetal
http://www.metalblade.com/ram

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-Napalm Records News

Huntress Signs To Napalm

The Californian band revolving around lead singer Jill Janus has joined the Napalm family! The US metal outfit will release their debut in spring / summer of 2012.

“Huntress is honored to be part of the Napalm family. We share the same vision. We’re thrilled to have this opportunity and look forward to recording an epic debut album!”

http://www.facebook.com/HuntressKills
http://www.myspace.com/huntresskills
http://huntresskills.com/

Xandria: Release Dates & Studio Diary

Xandria has issued the first major update with regard to their upcoming album. The band is happy to announce the release dates of their still-untitled new long-player. Fans may view the dates below! Furthermore, Xandria is sharing a “Making-of” documentary with their fans. The first part — drum recordings — is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmSewWYHUVE ! More installments, as well as updates, will follow soon!

GER / AUT / SUI / BENELUX / ITA: 24 February 2012
ESP / FIN / SWE: 22 February 2012
Rest of Europe: 27 February 2012
USA / Canada: 6 March 2012

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Xandria/22990570888?ref=ts
http://www.myspace.com/xandria
http://xandria.de/

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

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-Prototype Announces New Album Title And Track Listing

Los Angeles based progressive/aggressive metal band Prototype will release their third full-length album CATALYST in early 2012 via Nightmare Records. Nearly two years in the making, CATALYST is a science fiction-themed concept album featuring 12 tracks and over 60 minutes of all new music. The effort was produced by Prototype and is currently being mixed by Neil Kernon. CATALYST will be mastered by Alan Douches and artwork will once again be created by Travis Smith. The official release date for the album will be announced soon.

Prototype’s last album CONTINUUM was released in 2006 and featured the song “The Way It Ends,” which appeared in the best-selling music video game of all time “Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock.”

Prototype – CATALYST track listing:

1. Inceptum
2. Catalyst
3. Cynic Dreams
4. The Chosen Ones
5. Illumination
6. My Own Deception
7. Into Oblivion
8. Impetus
9. Gravity Well
10. The Ageless Heart Of Memory
11. Exiled
12. Communion

Prototype is:

Vince Levalois – vocals/guitar
Kragen Lum – guitar
Kirk Scherer – bass
Pat Magrath – drums

http://www.prototypeonline.com/ (Official Band site)
http://www.facebook.com/protoadmin (Official Band Facebook)
http://www.myspace.com/prototypeonline (Official Band MySpace)
http://www.reverbnation.com/prototypeonline (Official Band promo)
http://www.twitter.com/prototypeonline (Official Band Tweets)

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-Aliases Preview Live Video Ahead Of First UK Tour With Textures/The Ocean

Manchester based Aliases have released live video footage filmed at their recent Euroblast Festival appearance, as they get ready to take their unique brand of progressive tech metal on the road for their first full UK tour in little over a weeks time — with Textures and The Ocean (sponsored by Terrorizer Magazine).

View the fan filmed footage on the bands YouTube account here: http://youtu.be/jCXBImSJc1I

Comments guitarist Pin: “After recently tearing it up at Euroblast in Germany, we are well and truly ready and in the mood for the Textures and The Ocean tour. Having known the Textures boys for several years now and talking about, but never managing to hook up a tour, the time has finally come and we are definitely going to make the most of it. If you’ve bought our EP SAFER THAN REALITY, then get out to support us at a show near you, we want a huge Aliases turnout and we’ll see you at the front, for plenty of partying!!”

UK Tour Dates:

24-11-2011 JOINERS, SOUTHAMPTON
25-11-2011 GARAGE, LONDON
26-11-2011 RESCUE ROOMS, NOTTINGHAM
27-11-2011 ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER
28-11-2011 CATHOUSE, GLASGOW
29-11-2011 02 ACADEMY 2, NEWCASTLE
01-12-2011 02 ACADEMY 2, BIRMINGHAM
02-12-2011 THE HAUNT, BRIGHTON

For tour info and where to buy tickets, visit Aliases’ tour page:

https://www.facebook.com/aliasesband?sk=app_123966167614127

Check out Aliases’ official video “What’s Left For Us?” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMF41D8h1kE and visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/aliasesband .

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-Ultimate-Guitar is hosting the premiere of Arch/Matheos’ new video for “Midnight Serenade” at http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/ . It’s the first video from the band’s debut, SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE, and was directed by David Brodsky of MyGoodEye (The Devin Townsend Project, Amon Amarth, Kylesa, Helmet, etc.) See http://www.archmatheos.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/archmatheos , and http://twitter.com/archmatheos for more.

-There’s a new interview with Arrayan Path front man Nicholas Leptos at http://www.metal-temple.com/site/catalogues/entry/musicians/arrayan-path.htm , wherein Leptos reveals the band is already working on STIGMATA, the follow-up to the current release IRA IMPERIUM.

-Sebastian Bach will hook up with Guns N’ Roses on the following dates:

11/19 – Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT
11/20 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, PA
11/23 – Times Union Center, Albany, NY

Check out these new Bach features online:

Sebastian Bach Picks His Top Five Fashion No-No’s
http://www.revolvermag.com/news/sebastian-bach-picks-his-top-five-fashion-no-nos.html

Martyr Magazine interview
http://www.martyrmagazine.ca/2011/11/a-drunk-dial-with-a-sober-sebastian-bach/

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

-Banshee has reformed with original members Terry Dunn (guitar) and Chuck Hopkins (bass), with George Call (ASKA) on vocals. No word yet on the drummer. See http://www.bansheerocks.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/BansheeRocks for more.

-Check out http://www.black-sabbath.com/ for links to the Black Sabbath reunion’s “Official Announcement Video” and a 45-minute livestream video where Tony Iommi answered questions online.

-Cheap Trick plans to “curate” Cheap Trick Chicago, “a museum and music venue” on Record Row in Chicago. According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times last week, the band’s manager David Frey stated it will be “a one-of-a-kind eatery, unique musical instrument museum, radio station, and performance space as well as rooftop and outdoor and event space in the future Music Row in Chicago.” The address is 2245 S. Michigan Avenue. The museum could exhibit the extensive instrument collections of guitarist Rick Nielsen and drummer Bun E. Carlos, and Cheaptrickradio.com may launch as part of the venture. Read the full article at http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/8717979-421/cheap-trick-plans-museum-concert-venue-on-record-row.html .

-Track list for D-A-D’s newie, DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK (3R): “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,” “We All Fall Down.” Hype: “This is album number eleven, but D-A-D sounds like four boys who have just discovered rock’n’roll. They are indeed reached right into the rock core, and therefore the album also named after the band itself. It betrays the band now. The album represents a reunion with producer Nick Foss, who has previously been behind D-A-D masterpieces as NO FUEL LEFT FOR THE PILGRIMS and EVERYTHING GLOWS.” Check out a new interview with front man Jesper Binzer at http://www.metal.de/rock/interview/d-a-d/48069-interview-with-jesper-binzer-on-dic-nii-lan-daft-erd-ark-english/ .

-In Ronnie James Dio news, Niji Entertainment Group announced it will reissue Elf’s self-titled debut December 13 as a “Deluxe Vinyl Collectible Picture Disc,” in a limited edition, numbered run of 2,500 copies. The discs will primarily be available in the US through independent record stores, and via Dio’s webstore to international buyers. The Elves’ AND BEFORE ELF… THERE WERE ELVES is out now, featuring unreleased tracks recorded in 1971; the disc comes with special “3D/Lenticular cover” artwork. Check out a 30-second ad at http://vimeo.com/30398755 . See http://www.ronniejamesdio.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/nijientertainmentgroup for more.

-Fastway’s EAT DOG EAT is out now on SPV. Track list: “Deliver Me,” “Fade Out,” “Leave The Light On,” “Loving Fool,” “Dead And Gone,” “Sick As A Dog,” “Freedom Song,” “Do You Believe,” “Love I Need,” “On And On.” EAT DOG EAT features singer Toby Jepson (Little Angels, Gun, Dio Disciples) alongside main man “Fast” Eddie Clarke. Check out clips of three songs at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=35280 , and see http://www.fasteddieclarke.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/fastwaymusic for more.

-Fate’s sixth studio album GHOSTS FROM THE PAST is out now through AOR Heaven in Europe and Rubicon Records in Japan. The band’s current and revamped lineup consists of singer Dagfinn Joensen, guitarist Torben Enevoldsen, bassist Peter Steincke, keyboardist Mikkel Henderson, and drummer Jens Berglid. GHOSTS FROM THE PAST was mixed by Jacob Hansen (Pretty Maids, Volbeat). Track list: “Children Of The Night,” “Miracle,” “Seeds Of Terror,” “Fear Of The Stranger,” “At The End Of The Day,” “All That I Want,” “Follow Your Heart,” “Daddy’s Girl,” “Moving On,” “Murder,” “The Last Time,” “I Believe In Rock N Roll,” “The Other Side.” Check out clips of three songs at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=35328 . See http://www.fatetheband.com/ for more.

-Ace Frehley’s autobiography “No Regrets” debuted at #10 on the New York Times Best Sellers List in the “Hardcover Non-Fiction” category. Check out a review of Frehley’s November 9 show at Chicago’s House Of Blues at http://fb.me/AccE34dc .

-Furyon’s new video for “Don’t Follow” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPoA-ee3O9Y , and is featured “on the Metal Hammer UK covermount [in] this month’s issue!” Hype: “The UK’s best new metal band! Imagine the darkness of Alice In Chains, uplifting anthems of Alter Bridge and classic swagger of Iron Whitesnake in the mix and you have a helping of Furyon’s sonic feast.” See http://www.furyon.net/ and http://www.rockngrowl.com/ for more.

-There’s new “drum cam” footage of Havok’s Pete Webber, courtesy of SickDrummer, at http://lnk.ms/XCd3F .

-Iron Mask’s BLACK AS DEATH will be released as a limited edition double vinyl set with gatefold sleeve, with an exclusive bonus track. The total running time will be 75 minutes. BLACK AS DEATH is due December 16 on AFM Records.

-Judas Priest at Attention Deficit Delirium… Check out a “Digital Playlist” feature on Rob Halford, and a brief chat with Glenn Tipton — where he talks about possibly scoring films and doing another solo album — at these links:

http://www.bryanreesman.com/blog/2011/11/16/digital-playlist-rob-halford/
http://www.bryanreesman.com/blog/2011/11/15/glenn-tipton-film-composer/

-Killing Machine’s new song, “Hellraiser,” is streaming now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAPVwWj-GQM . The band’s new album FREE NATION is due out next year. The band’s current lineup is guitarist Peter Scheithauer (Belladona, Temple Of Brutality), bassist Jari Kainulainen (Devils Train, Symfonia, Stratovarius, Evergrey), and drummer Jon Dette (Slayer, Testament). Former singer Csaba Zvekan left the band earlier this year to form Raven Lord. See http://www.killing-machine.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/killingmachinemusic for more.

-Kiss’ Gene Simmons is auctioning a personal meeting, an Axe bass, airfare, and a hotel stay in Los Angeles as part of a Memorial Auction to benefit the Dan Wheldon Memorial Trust, which was set up after the Indy Car driver died recently. See http://r.ebay.com/AKfU6f and http://www.DanWheldonMemorial.com/ for more.

-The “Message” section of Bruce Kulick’s website, http://www.kulick.net/ , has nice write-ups on his recent trip to Brazil, where Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) sat in on a performance of Kiss’ “Love Gun,” and his appearances at a pair of Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camps, where he worked with Lita Ford and Vince Neil (in New York City) and with Paul Stanley (in Hollywood). There’s also a new interview with Kulick at http://www.legendaryrockinterviews.com/ . See https://www.facebook.com/officialbrucekulick for more.

-Lord Volture’s NEVER CRY WOLF is out now and can be ordered at http://www.lordvolture.com/merch . Hype: “A delicacy for the steel-hearted with upbeat thrash tracks, grandiloquent epics as well as catchy rockers that will definitely get some heads bangin’.” The album features a guest appearance from Cage singer Sean Peck and the CD comes in a “deluxe digi-pak and 16-page booklet with superb artwork.” Track list: “Never Cry Wolf,” “Taiga,” “Wendigo,” “Celestial Bodies Fall,” “Korgon’s Descent,” “Minutes To Madness,” “Necro Nation,” “I Am King,” “Into The Lair Of A Lion,” “Brother,” “The Wolf At Tour Door.” See http://www.lordvolture.com/ and http://www.rockngrowl.com/lord-volture for more.

-Lords Of The Trident’s new video for “Face Of The Enemy” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8yKa_7FxlI .

-Magnum’s EVOLUTION is out now on SPV, featuring new material and re-recordings/re-mixes of older material. Track list: “That Holy Touch” (from BREATH OF LIFE), “Just Like January” (from BREATH OF LIFE), “Brand New Morning” (from BRAND NEW MORNING), “Immigrant Son” (from BRAND NEW MORNING), “When We Were Younger” (from PRINCESS ALICE & THE BROKEN ARROW), “Out Of The Shadows” (from PRINCESS ALICE & THE BROKEN ARROW), “All My Bridges” (from INTO THE VALLEY OF THE MOONKING), “Blood On Your Barbed Wire Thorns” (from INTO THE VALLEY OF THE MOONKING), “The Visitation” (from THE VISITATION), “Wild Angels” (from THE VISITATION), “The Fall” (new), “Do You Know Who You Are?” (new). Hype: “The lineup of guitarist/songwriter/producer Tony Clarkin, vocalist Bob Catley, keyboard player Mark Stanway, bassist Al Barrow and drummer Harry James, have excelled themselves on EVOLUTION, one of the strongest and most unusual best of albums in their illustrious (near-40-year) history to date.” The band has the following live dates scheduled:

11/30 – The Robin 2, Bilston, UK
12/1 – Junction, Cambridge, UK
12/2 – Hard Rock Hell V, Prestatyn, UK
5/25 – 5/27 – Rock Hard Festival, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

See http://www.magnumonline.co.uk/ for more.

-Mob Rules will play a special Christmas show with Love.Might.Kill and support act Blacksite on December 26 at Janhalle in Nordenham, Germany. Hype from the band: “It’s going to be a great rocking XMAS-party! But the best of all: For all of you who got some money from Santa and don’t know where to spend it, we will have a buy-out with all our old merch-stuff for really special prices!!! Better don’t miss it!”

-There’s a Glide Magazine interview with Night Ranger guitarist Joel Hoekstra at http://www.glidemagazine.com/articles/57826/joel-hoekstra.html .

-Oz’s new album BURNING LEATHER (due November 18 on AFM Records) is streaming in full at http://www.inferno.fi/inferno-tarjoaa-kuuntele-uusi-oz-levy-6279/ .

-Kelly Padrick’s new video for “Piercing” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWMDXt1V31Y .

-Portrait from Sweden — featuring singer Per Karlsson, guitarists Richard Lagergren and Christian Lindell, bassist Joel Pälvärinne, and drummer Anders Persson — will be direct support on Evile’s upcoming 2012 European tour, which is also set to feature Dr. Living Dead. The dates:

1/10 – Modra Vopice, Prague, Czech Republic *
1/11 – Club 202, Budapest, Hungary *
1/12 – Mega Club, Katowice, Poland *
1/13 – Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
1/14 – Estrada, Bydgoszcz, Poland
1/15 – Alte Zuckerfabrik, Rostock, Germany
1/17 – Backstage, München, Germany
1/18 – Bitte Club, Milan, Italy
1/19 – Rock It, Aalen, Germany
1/20 – Jugendhaus, Wangen, Germany
1/21 – Kiff, Aarau, Switzerland
1/22 – Werkstatt, Köln, Germany
1/24 – La Scene Bastille, Paris, France
1/25 – Café Central, Weinheim, Germany
1/26 – 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands
1/27 – Atak, Enschede, The Netherlands
1/28 – Midwinter Meltdown, Randers, Denmark
1/29 – Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
1/31 – Bastard Club, Osnabrück, Germany
2/1 – Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany
2/2 – Schweinebarmann, Braunschweig, Germany
2/3 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
2/4 – Live Club, Bamberg, Germany
2/5 – Vortex, Siegen, Germany

* no Dr. Living Dead

-Check out a 90-second sample of Primal Fear’s new single “Bad Guys Wear Black” at http://www.frontiers.it/m/uploads/audios/primal_fear_-_04_-_bad_guys_wear_black.mp3 .

-Rage’s studio update #2 is now online at http://www.rage-on.de/ .

-Paul Sabu has drummer Frankie Banali in the studio this week, working on Sabu’s upcoming album for Z Records.

-Sandstone’s CULTURAL DISSONANCE is out now on Limb Music. Hype: “Already enjoying a healthy underground reputation in their native Ireland, Sandstone’s mix of tight Power Metal, spiced with a decent dash of melodious Progressive is riveting and reminds one of a mix Fates Warning, Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Guns N’ Roses. On their latest album, CULTURAL DISSONANCE, Sandstone dare and manage the almost impossible, creating a versatile, exciting, and unique style.” Track list: “Reckless Thought,” “Little Forgeries,” “Fading,” “Leaning On An Arrow,” “Carefree Moment,” “Silent Suicide,” “Black Skies,” “No More,” “Sleep,” “Trick Of Mind.” Check out clips of three songs at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=35164 , and see http://www.sandstonerocks.com/ for more.

-Stormzone — featuring singer John “Harv” Harbinson, guitarists Keith “K2” Harris and Steve Moore, bassist Graham McNulty, and drummer Davy Bates (Sweet Savage) — has its third album ZERO TO RAGE out now via SPV. It was produced and engineered by Moore and features these tracks: “Where We Belong,” “Zero To Rage,” “Jester’s Laughter,” “This Is Our Victory,” “Fear Hotel,” “Beyond The Grave” (or possibly “Hail The Brave”), “Uprising,” “Last Man Fighting,” “Empire Of Fear,” “Monsters,” “Voice Inside My Head,” “Cuchulainn’s Story.” The band has the full support of legendary UK DJ Neal Kay, who offers this hype: “A righteous storm force of an album from Belfast’s men of steel Stormzone. Linking their classic roots & Celtic heritage with the present, the old to the new, this is THE CD & THE BAND that I have been awaiting for 30 plus years!!!” See http://www.myspace.com/stormzoneuk and http://www.reverbnation.com/stormzone for more.

-There’s a new interview with Strange Karma guitarist Paul Strange at http://fb.me/MOzRnlvR .

-Chicago-area cover band TrashCan Symphony has a big show — something like 300 songs over 20 hours — planned for this Saturday, November 19, at the Brink Street Restaurant in Crystal Lake, IL. (Just kidding there, but they will indeed play for several hours.) Check out http://www.trashcansymphony.com/ , http://twitter.com/TCSymphony , and http://www.facebook.com/pages/TrashCan-Symphony/212930548717143 for more.

-U.D.O. announced the show being recorded November 16 in Sofia, Bulgaria, will be released on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray next year.

Thanks to Joe Siegler, Axel Wiesenauer, Earsplit PR, Music Buy Mail, John Parks, Jim Ryan, Kiriakos Athanasiadis, Leslie Michele Derrough, Pitch Black Records, Bryan Reesman, Nicky Baldrian, and Dave Hoekstra for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-I went to Ace Frehley’s book signing for “No Regrets” last Thursday in Chicago. There were about 150 or 160 people in line, and all things considered it went pretty well. It was one of those typical “keep ’em moving” deals where he only signed the book and you basically had no time to really interact with him — although a few people did jump in for real quick photos. It was still cool, though, because I talked to him for a brief second, and now I only need Peter Criss to complete my quest to meet all four original members of Kiss. 🙂

-Despite not being a total surprise, that is pretty cool news about Black Sabbath reuniting. Here’s hoping the album lives up to all the hype! Same goes for you, too, Van Halen!!! (And hey — didn’t Van Halen open for Sabbath on the tour for NEVER SAY DIE!, which was Ozzy’s last album with the band? Maybe they can do it again. hahaha) 2012 ought to be pretty interesting, what with new albums from these guys, Kiss, and possibly Judas Priest. What decade is this again?

-That Joel Hoekstra, he’s a busy guy. Besides Night Ranger he’s touring with Trans-Siberian Orchestra and he appears in the musical “Rock Of Ages.” And I also learned from that interview mentioned above that he’s from the Chicago area, and he looked up to members of the local band scene back in the ’80s. I do have to admit — the local scene around here was pretty cool back then…

-I’m not sure if I knew Heathen guitarist Kragen Lum was also a part of Prototype. That’s such a cool rock name: Kragen Lum. I wonder if he runs onstage to the a loud intro: “Unleash the Kragen!”

-Who here is surprised Sebastian Bach managed to hook up with Axl Rose to open a few dates for Guns N’ Roses? Yep, nobody. 🙂

-Wow does that new Queen DVD/Blu-ray set look awesome and comprehensive…

-Banshee with George Call on vocals! That better be killer!!

-In my current playlist: The Elves – AND BEFORE ELF… THERE WERE ELVES (Niji Entertainment Group), Cage – SUPREMACY OF STEEL (Heavy Metal Media / Music Buy Mail), ReinXeed – 1912 (Liljegren Records/Doolittle Group), Consortium Project – I – CRIMINALS & KINGS (REMASTER) (Lion Music), Talon – III (Escape Music).

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THE ELVES – AND BEFORE ELF… THERE WERE ELVES (B/B-) Niji Entertainment Group, 2011
12 tracks, RT: 52:34
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The late ’60s/early ’70s era of Ronnie James Dio’s career saw his band morph from The Electric Elves to The Elves to Elf, which then actually released albums. The promo I received had no booklet or list of band members, so I went on a ‘net hunting expedition. Since these songs, which include covers, are from 1971 I presume we have here Mr. Dio on bass and vocals, Dio’s cousin David “Rock” Feinstein (later of The Rods) on guitar, Doug Thaler on piano, and Gary Driscoll on drums. (But outside of Dio and Rock I could be wrong…) This previously-unreleased material is all live, both in the studio and in concert, and Wikipedia indicates some or all of it comes from an old bootleg. Onward… The first four songs — “You Shook Me,” “Stay With Me,” “Four Day Creep,” “Buckingham Blues” — are bluesy rockers with lots of piano, and the latter pair shows off Dio’s grittier voice that would become so popular in the future. The middle five songs showcase the band’s less hard-edged sides, again with ample piano work, acoustic guitars, and smoother vocals. I was struck by how much Dio sounds like Freddie Mercury in “Wakeup Sunshine” and particularly “Driftin’,” and by the simple elegance of “Smile For Me Lady.” “You Felt The Same Way” and “Simple Man” then feature plenty of piano under the vocals. I believe the closing trio is in-concert material, with all of ’em — “Drown Me In The River,” “Cold Ramona,” and a medley of Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie” and “Johnny B. Goode” — relatively raw and honky-tonked. So is the average Dio fan going to bust this one out for regular listens? Truthfully, probably not. But the 40-year-old material on this release sounds surprisingly good, as it’s been re-mastered by Dio’s longtime engineer Wyn Davis, and makes for a nice addition to any diehard’s collection. Hopefully there are some killer liner notes in the retail version, to make it even more worthwhile.
– Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

FREE REIGN – HEAVIER THAN METAL (B+) DC Rightside Music, 2011
8 tracks, RT: 28:31
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[ http://www.youtube.com/freereignband ]
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Can the NFL rock? Does it? The answer doesn’t lie whether or not you like football. If the judgment is made solely on the basis of the recently formed band called Free Reign, the answer is yes. Those familiar with the NFL may recognize the names Marc Colombo and Cory Procter as Miami Dolphins players, and Leonard Davis from the Detroit Lions. These are fact, but more importantly to the band Free Reign, Colombo handles vocals and guitar duties, Davis is on bass, and Procter is in charge of skins — no reference at all to the team from Washington. The band is completed by Justin Chapman on lead guitar, who holds no professional football position. Gimmick? You might think so, until you take the time to listen to HEAVIER THAN METAL, and I’ll bet you’ll be as surprised as I was. In fact, I was surprised on two counts: one, that they had decent ability, and two, that this was some of the heaviest music I listen to, and I really enjoyed it. (I even asked one of my biggest skeptics to listen with me, and even she was impressed.) Forgive my somewhat limited exposure to the genre as I try to give you some kind of category to make your own decisions; I’d sat there are elements of power metal, metalcore, traditional, and even nu metal (is that how they really classify a band like Disturbed?) in many of these cuts. It should be noted that HEAVIER THAN METAL is not their first release — that would be the EP titled TRAGEDY, released in 2010 — and it’s produced by their own label, DC Rightside Music. In their bio Colombo says of the decision to form a label, “A great chunk of the year is spent playing on our respective teams, so we felt it best to take matters into our own hands in order to expedite the process.” Will that hurt their momentum in the unpredictable world of music nowadays? Only time will tell, as the band admits that most of their time is spent on the playing field as opposed to studios or on the road touring. However, all that may just make the wait between releases and tour dates worth the while. “All In Vain” is the perfect opener to prepare the listener to have their face melted — and any skepticism whether or not NFL’ers can lay down the gauntlet will be erased. “Last Goodbye II” is the mellowest of all the songs, but doesn’t loose strength in vocals or the power of the supporting bass line. “Rise Up” seems pretty predictable, but is worth a listen, and gets my vote as Most Likely to Breakthrough to Mainstream Radio. Not everything is a winner here, either. “In Your Head” and “Ruins” are the weaker tracks, with “Bleed From Me” and “Tragedy” following closely — though the mid-section of “Tragedy” showcases some excellent guitar work. The clearest winner here for best song is “One Step Away.” There’s an element of classic format and sound. It’s powerful standing on its own, and yet can also withstand acoustic treatment without eliminating any of the impact (see video of the acoustic version at http://www.reverbnation.com/freereignmusic ). I’d be willing to see Free Reign live, and I definitely recommend this release.
– Jan W. (jw4jzon@hotmail.com)

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