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Issue #615
Week of October 31, 2011

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Tim Wadzinski, Owner

Steve Shumake, Co-owner

-Has everyone come down from their Halloween candy sugar high? – Tim

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-Megadeth Announces Gigantour 2012!

[Note: This is from . – 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: Megadeth has also teamed up with to provide fans with Ultimate VIP packages, including premium tickets, meet and greets, exclusive gifts and more. Go to 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

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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!

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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!

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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!”

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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—Live

“Dream On” – Live at Magic Circle Festival 2008—Live

“Rising Force” – Live at Magic Circle Festival 2007—Live

“Phantom Of The Opera” – Live at Magic Circle Festival 2007—Live

LIVE COVERS COLLECTION (“Holy Diver” / “Dream On” / “Rising Force” / “Phantom Of The Opera”)—Live-Covers-Collection



Magic Circle Music

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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 , 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 and for info on the event for to or .

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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 .

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.

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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”

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 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 ( ), 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.”

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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

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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. :

“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 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

Visit the Dane Wolf Facebook Group at 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.” 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

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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 (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:

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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.

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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 — ). 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:

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:

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-“Lost” Self Portrait EP Released

Available now via iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets

FORMAT: Digital EP (8 Tracks)
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

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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 .

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

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!

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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:

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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:


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

CynNormal Lab Recordings Facebook

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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:

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,, Jamster, Napster, Musciload, etc.

“Running Around” video:

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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 , 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:

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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:

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.*ckfalsemetal

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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.

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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.”

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

The Heavy Metal Music Association Of Canada (H.M.M.A.C.) and 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 at the following link here and type in promo code: 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 –

For more info on HMMAC please email – HMMACanada(@)!/HMMACANADA

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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”
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.


All Too Human
Progressive/ Power Metal from TX-USA

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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 – Montreal, QC @ Théatre 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 and .

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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 .


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

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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. 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:

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

-Check out a “Retro Recommendation” feature on AC/DC’s POWERAGE at .

-All Else Fails’ latest single from THE ORACLE: WHAT WAS, IS, AND COULD HAVE BEEN, “Rebirth,” is streaming at and , and the whole album is streaming at . A free download of the track “This World In Flames” is available at . The fourth episode of season five of the band’s “Studio Spaces” webisode series is now online at . Finally, the band will co-headline this year’s first annual Blankfest Calgary clothing fundraiser for the homeless on November 5; see for more. Check out 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 .

-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 . See 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 , , , and for more.

-Check out a Halloween message from Crystal Viper’s Marta Gabriel at . See 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 – Röhre, Stuttgart, Germany
2/8 – Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
2/9 – Lagerhalle, Osnabrück, Germany
2/10 – Musikzentrum, Hannover, Germany
2/11 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
2/12 – Underground, Köln, 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 . See for more.

-Check out the song “She” from “Dutch occult rockers” The Devil’s Blood at . The track is from the upcoming Metal Blade release THE THOUSANDFOLD EPICENTRE. And there’s a FaceCulture video interview with guitarist SL at . 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 . 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 , , and 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 . See 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 .

-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 .

-Rob Halford still has the “$10 Off Metal God Apparel With 2nd Shirt Purchased” sale at 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 . 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 and .

-Lance King’s A MOMENT IN CHIROS will be released November 8 on Nightmare Records. Check out “Manifest Destiny” at Noisecreep, at , and a Metal Insider interview with King featuring “Awakening,” at . See (Facebook), , , and 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 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 for more. In band news, check out 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 for more.

-Check out a medley of Adam Lambert’s songs from the PARAMOUNT SESSIONS release at . See , , and for more.

-The Dutch metal band Lord Volture has posted its first video podcast, entitled “NEVER CRY WOLF Album Recordings,” at . 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 . See , , , and for more.

-Check out a new Manowar video about their new sound system at .

-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 . Roadrunner Records’ final exclusive band interview, with Dave Mustaine, is online now at–Megadeths-Dave-Mustaine-23662.aspx , and there’s a cool “Megadeth’s Greatest Deep Album Cuts” feature at . See 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: .

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

-Nightmare Records has a 15% off sale until November 7. Use coupon code HAUNTED at to get the discount.

-Check out a couple new Nightwish teaser videos at and . The new album IMAGINAERUM is due December 2, and will be preceded by the single “Storytime” on November 11. See and for more.

-Oz’s new song “Seasons In The Darkness” is streaming at . 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 , and see 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 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 . 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 . 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 for more.

-Check out an album trailer for Stahlmann’s upcoming QUECKSILBER, due January 20 on AFM Records, at .

-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 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 . See 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 .

-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 .

-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 . See for more.

Thanks to Lion Music, Andy Craven, Bryan Reesman, Axel Wiesenauer,, 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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-Here’s a great quote from the Mustaine interview at, 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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Issue #614 Happy Halloween!

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Issue #614
Week of October 24, 2011

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-Everyone getting their Halloween playlists together? – Tim

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-Accept Announces First Dates For Spring 2012 Tour!

Accept were surely the biggest international surprise of the last 24 months in the hard rock and metal business. After a lengthy absence, the band returned to the heavy metal oligarchy with the stellar and highly acclaimed BLOOD OF THE NATIONS album, a collection of new Accept classics that has gripped the media, concert promoters and fans all over the world by their proverbial balls. BLOOD OF THE NATIONS charted worldwide, including peaking at #4 in Germany and #11 in Europe. Accept received press coverage from most international mass media outlets like CNN, BBC and of course all major metal publications. BLOOD OF THE NATIONS won many awards as it was ranked “Album of the Year” more than 50 times, making it the most successful recording by the band in its already celebrated history.

Accept also spent the last two years touring worldwide, appearing on stages in front of a million metal fans around the globe with more than 180 heart stopping shows in Europe, the US, Central & South America and Asia.

Accept are now ready to announce their return to the stage, starting in Paris in April 2012. Fans can look forward to more of the elaborate, commanding and polished live excitement — no pain, no gain, no mercy… that is Accept’s motto! As always, the battles will be won on stage with Accept’s ultimate live performances and a sweaty, enthused audience by their side. They take no prisoners!

The confirmed tour dates for April 2012, presented by Rock Hard, iMusic1, Blast, Piranha, Musix & Noizeletter:

06.04.2012 (F) Paris, Bataclan
07.04.2012 (BE) Mons PPM Fest
08.04.2012 (NL) tbc, Festival
10.04.2012 (GER) Kempten, Big Box
11.04.2012 (GER) Stuttgart, Filharmonie
13.04.2012 (GER) Straubing, Messehalle
14.04.2012 (GER) Geiselwind, Event Center
15.04.2012 (CH) Pratteln, Z7
17.04.2012 (GER) Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
18.04.2012 (GER) Hamburg, Große Freiheit
19.04.2012 (GER) Berlin, Huxleys
21.04.2012 (CZ)Zlin, Euronics
22.04.2012 (PL) Warschau, Stodola

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-Riot Returns With Late ’80s Lineup On “Sins Of The Father” — Song Premiere

Although that late ’70s New York City music scene is recognized more for its punk and new wave artists, that doesn’t take anything away from Riot’s importance on the heavy metal movement. Their trifecta of ROCK CITY (1977), NARITA (1979), and FIRE DOWN UNDER (1981), helped influence a legion of hard rock musicians throughout the ’80s and beyond.

Lead by founding guitarist Mark Reale, Riot has continued to write and record their anthemic brand of metal throughout the next few decades, no matter what the trends of the day might be. Next month the group will release IMMORTAL SOUL, their 14th studio album.

Noisecreep has teamed up with Riot to bring you the world premiere of “Sins Of The Father,” a scorching track off of IMMORTAL SOUL.

For IMMORTAL SOUL, Riot has reunited the classic THUNDERSTEEL (1988) and THE PRIVILEGE OF POWER (1990) lineup of vocalist Tony Moore, bassist Don Van Stavern, drummer Bobby Jarzombek and Reale, along with guitarist Mike Flyntz who played in the live band at that time.

IMMORTAL SOUL will be out on Nov. 22nd via SPV/Steamhammer.

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-Sweden Rock Festival 2012: Tickets Available, First Bands Announced

Today, the 3- and 4-day tickets for Sweden Rock Festival 2012 are made available. We are also happy to announce the first seven confirmed bands for next summer: Motley Crue, Blue Oyster Cult, Dimmu Borgir, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Danko Jones and Pentagram.


Sweden Rock Festival, located in Sölvesborg, Blekinge in southern Sweden, is the biggest rock festival of the Nordic countries and has been sold out every time the last few years, which means 33,000 visitors. Today at 9 a.m. CET the 3-day tickets (for the main festival days) and 4-day tickets (including the Wednesday opening) are made available through .

The first 5,000 ticket buyers will receive a Sweden Rock T-shirt which will not be available anywhere else. The design has been made by British artist Sleba, known for his work with Led Zeppelin and “Star Wars,” among others. Also, we will be running competitions each week until New Year’s where everyone who has bought a ticket has the chance to win electric guitars signed by bands and artists such as Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Zakk Wylde, Saxon and The Cult.


Around 70 bands will perform on our five stages next summer. Seven of them have been confirmed. First up is an act that year after year continues to be one of the most wanted by our visitors, namely Motley Crue who made a big impression with their SRF 2005 headlining show. Seven years later, it is time for Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars to deliver another powerful show filled with classic songs.

Among our first batch of bands we also find legendary ’70s rockers Blue Oyster Cult, and the world’s biggest black metal band at the moment, Norwegian Dimmu Borgir. Two of the power metal genres greatest, Kai Hansen’s Gamma Ray and Tobias Sammet’s Edguy, are also coming to Sölvesborg, as well as Canadian rock ‘n’ roll trio Danko Jones. Last but not least, we are proud to present the Sweden Rock Festival debut of American cult doom band Pentragram.

Another 60+ bands are waiting to be confirmed, so keep watching our website for further announcements.

More detailed info about the bands can be found at . There, you can also find info about ticket prices, the festival’s history and more.

Welcome to Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, 6-7-8-9 June 2012!

Sweden Rock Festival
Nygatan 27
294 34 Sölvesborg

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-Armored Saint’s DELIRIOUS NOMAD Reissued By Rock Candy Records

[Note: This is from the Rock Candy Records website. – Tim]

When the history of Heavy Metal is finally written, Armored Saint will be remembered as a band that should have joined the elite platinum club, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer. Tipped by those who know such things, they displayed both the promise and the talent to springboard them to worldwide success yet, for a number of frustrating reasons, it was not to be.

MARCH OF THE SAINT, the band’s debut album, was a competent introduction for sure, but was hampered by an arguably incompatible production, and a label not fully versed in the fine art of marketing metal to the masses. Taking matters into their own hands for DELIRIOUS NOMAD, they enlisted the help of seasoned producer Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth) and set to work creating the album that they should have recorded all along. Taped in Los Angeles, the sessions progressed well but not without a degree of angst, particularly when guitarist Phil Sandoval was asked to step aside, reducing the band’s compliment to a quartet.

For all that, DELIRIOUS NOMAD remains, for most people, the band’s high point, in a career that has lasted on and off for the best part of 30 years. Max Norman’s production is crisp yet crushing, whilst the band’s attack and energy level is through the roof. That the songs are truly impressive is indeed the icing on the cake.

24-bit re-mastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, two bonus tracks, new interview with the band and additional photos spread out over a 16-page full-color booklet.

Track Listing:
1. Long Before I Die
2. Nervous Man
3. Over The Edge
4. The Laugh
5. Conqueror
6. For The Sake Of Heaviness
7. Aftermath
8. In The Hole
9. You’re Never Alone
10. Released
Bonus Tracks:
11. The Laugh (demo)
12. You’re Never Alone (rough mix)

Armored Saint

Rock Candy Records

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-World’s Greatest Prog Rock Band & Grammy Award Winners Yes To Release New Live 2CD/DVD Package On Frontiers

Frontiers Records proudly announces the latest live release from the most influential and ground-breaking progressive rock ‘n’ roll band in history, Yes. New album IN THE PRESENT – LIVE FROM LYON will be available on 2CD/DVD package from November 29th in North America and December 2nd in Europe.

Recorded in Lyon, France, on December 1st 2009, IN THE PRESENT – LIVE FROM LYON is an outstanding collection of hidden gems and unforgettable classics, with new singer Benoit David breathing new life into each of the evergreen tracks. The package comes with a 55-minute DVD containing excerpts from the live performance, candid interviews and behind the scenes footage. The cover art features an original design by Roger Dean, author of most Yes album covers including classics FRAGILE, CLOSE TO THE EGDE and DRAMA.

Yes’ powerful compositions influenced a generation of musicians. They have a hugely successful and indelible catalogue of masterpieces; songs like “Roundabout,” a seminal hit which consistently appears on “the best songs of all-time” lists, and the group’s #1 hit “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” taken from the Yes album 90125, saw Yes top the UK and US album charts simultaneously.

Yes are the pioneers for the use of synthesizers and sound effects in modern music and produced a multitude of timeless, symphonic-rock masterworks; they continued to push the cutting edge of art-rock music to their limits, selling over 30 million albums and reaching platinum status multiple times worldwide. Yes’ latest studio album FLY FROM HERE — the first in 10 years — hit the Top 10 on the Rock Charts and was declared as their “best work since the ’70s” (Paste Magazine).

IN THE PRESENT – LIVE FROM LYON will be released in a gloss digi-pak edition. The final track listing includes:

CD 1: Siberian Khatru; I’ve Seen All Good People; Tempus Fugit; Onward; Astral Traveller; And You And I; Corkscrew (Acoustic Solo)

CD 2: Owner Of A Lonely Heart; Southside Of The Sky; Machine Messiah; Heart Of The Sunrise; Roundabout; Starship Trooper

DVD: Interviews, Excerpts from the Live Show, “Roundabout,” “Machine Messiah” (running time approx. 55 mins.)

A limited edition gatefold sleeve three-LP vinyl release (only including the audio portion of the album) will be exclusively available in the European markets.

A trailer of the DVD can be enjoyed following this link:

IN THE PRESENT – LIVE FROM LYON lineup features:

Benoit David: vocals
Steve Howe: guitar
Chris Squire: bass
Alan White: drums
Oliver Wakeman: keyboards

Catch Yes on tour in Europe – Fall 2011
11/03 Lisbon, Portugal Coliseum
11/04 Madrid, Spain La Riviera
11/05 Barcelona, Spain St. Jordi Club
11/08 Cambridge, UK Corn Exchange
11/09 Sheffield, UK City Hall
11/11 Birmingham, UK Symphony Hall
11/12 Glasgow, Scotland Clyde Auditorium
11/13 Manchester, UK Apollo
11/15 Brighton, UK Dome
11/16 Bristol, UK Colston Hall
11/17 London, UK Hammersmith Apollo
11/19 Paris, France Olympia
11/20 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique
11/21 Nijmegen, Holland Vereeniging
11/23 Zurich, Switzerland Volkshaus
11/24 Milan, Italy Teatro Smeraldo
11/25 Trieste, Italy Palazzetto di Chiarbola
11/27 Vienna, Austria Koncerthaus
11/29 Dresden, Germany Kulturpalast
11/30 Stuttgart, Germany KKL Hegensaal
12/02 Nuremberg, Germany Meistersinger Hall
12/03 Munich, Germany Tonhalle
12/04 Bielefield, Germany Ringlokschuppen
12/06 Copenhagen, Denmark Amager Bio
12/07 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
12/09 Stockholm, Sweden Solnahallen
12/11 Helsinki, Finland Circus
12/12 Tallinn, Estonia Nokia Kontserdimaja
12/15 Moscow, Russia Crocus City Hall

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-Z Records News

Pre-Orders Now Being Taken For Prophet’s RECYCLED

Prophet’s third album will be re-released on October 31st fully re-mastered and with amazing new artwork. The album can be pre-ordered at the Z Online Store at .

Z Rock 2012 Welcome To Our Extended Family

Z Rock 2012 are proud to announce their supporters for the forthcoming show.

Once again our good friends at Marshall are with us for the fifth year as are our good friends at Fireworks Magazine, Mayfair Mallzine,, Phoenix Radio and Rockunited.

We’d like to welcome our latest backer . Rock Forces’ website was launched recently by some highly respected journalists and is a whole new experience — check it out!

Tickets sales are moving well with less than 40% of the allocated tickets at discounted rate left available. Don’t forget they are £38 instead of £45 and on a first-come first-served basis at .

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-Death Angel To Play At Metalfest 2012!

Long-established thrashers Death Angel just confirmed their participation in Metalfest 2012!

Having been one of the youngest bands ever to storm the metal genre, Death Angel have become one of the flagships of the thriving Bay Area thrash metal scene in the early 1980s. An era when one could even see Metallica’s Cliff Burton in front of the stage of Ruthie’s Inn, banging his head to Death Angel’s inventive style, and speedy, complex arrangements.

Now you’ll get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience a true uniqueness in metal history, for Death Angel will raise hell at Metalfest 2012 by performing an exclusive song selection of their ’87 classic THE ULTRA VIOLENCE!


1. Thrashers
2. Evil Priest
3. Voracious Souls
4. Kill As One
5. The Ultra-Violence
6. Mistress Of Pain
7. Final Death
8. I.P.F.S

Of course there are some more members of the Nuclear Blast family who are going to play at Metalfest 2012. You can look forward to:

Blind Guardia*
Kreator – exclusive festival shows 2012!
Hypocrisy – exclusive festival shows 2012!

and many others!

*Blind Guardian will not play at Metalfest Dessau!

Metalfest 2012 dates:
31.05.-02.06.2012 Mining, Metalfest Austria
31.05.-02.06.2012 Dessau, Metalfest Germany/East
01.06.-03.06.2012 Jaworzno, Metalfest Poland
02.06.-05.06.2012 Zadar, Metalfest Croatia
05.06.-07.06.2012 Milan, Metalfest Italy
07.06.-09.06.2012 Loreley, Metalfest Germany/West
07.06.-10.06.2012 Pratteln, Metalfest Switzerland
08.06.-10.06.2012 Plzen, Metalfest Czech Republic

Further information and tickets:

Death Angel

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-Ulterium Records To Release Theocracy’s AS THE WORLD BLEEDS On November 25

o The long-awaited third album from the US melodic power metal band Theocracy
o Mastered by Mika Jussila [Stratovarius, Nightwish, Children Of Bodom]
o Artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Iced Earth]

Track list:
1. I AM
2. The Master Storyteller
3. Nailed
4. Hide In The Fairytale
5. The Gift Of Music
6. 30 Pieces Of Silver
7. Drown
8. Altar To The Unknown God
9. Light Of The World
10. As The World Bleeds

Theocracy is a metal band from Athens, Ga., whose melodic style has more in common with their European contemporaries than with most of their US counterparts. Characterized by huge choruses, epic arrangements and progressive elements, Theocracy’s music is both immediate and deep, managing to be instantly catchy and memorable, yet revealing new levels of intricacy and depth with each subsequent listen.

The self-titled debut album from Theocracy was released at the end of 2003 on Metal Ages Records, to fantastic reviews and worldwide acclaim within the metal community. After the release the band started playing shows (including the prestigious ProgPower USA) and working on new material. After years of hard work, Theocracy signed with Ulterium Records and released their second album MIRROR OF SOULS.

MIRROR OF SOULS was definitely a huge breakthrough for Theocracy and it received fantastic reviews from press around the world, and it was released in Europe, North America and Japan. The European live debut took place at the Elements of Rock festival in Switzerland 2009 in front of 500 crazy fans.

Besides playing shows in the US opening up for bands like Sonata Arctica, Blind Guardian and Circle to Circle, Theocracy also did their first European headliner tour during fall 2009.

Theocracy now present their third magnum opus entitled AS THE WORLD BLEEDS. The album is mastered by Mika Jussila [Nightwish, Stratovarius, Children Of Bodom] and features artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Iced Earth].

AS THE WORLD BLEEDS is definitely the strongest album from Theocracy so far, and will be loved by fans and critics in the scene. The band is going to Europe once again this fall for another headliner tour, and the future of Theocracy is exciting for sure!

Matt Smith: Vocals
Val Allen Wood: Lead Guitar
Jonathan Hinds: Guitar
Jared Oldham: Bass
Shawn Benson: Drums

2011: AS THE WORLD BLEEDS [Ulterium Records]
2008: MIRROR OF SOULS [Ulterium Records]
2003: THEOCRACY [Metal Ages]

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-Andromeda’s MANIFEST TYRANNY Due Out November 25 On Inner Wound Recordings

Specials: New masterpiece from the Swedish progressive metal masters Andromeda.

Track list:
1. Preemptive Strike
2. Lies ‘R’ Us
3. Stay Unaware
4. Survival Of The Richest
5. False Flag
6. Chosen By God
7. Asylum
8. Play Dead
9. Go Back To Sleep
10. Antidote

Artwork by: Markus Sigfridsson [Darkwater, Harmony]

The origins of the Swedish quintet Andromeda can be traced back to 1999. Nowadays Sweden’s Andromeda with several albums and tours under their belt is definitely one of the most successful progressive metal bands in Scandinavia and Europe. Albums like EXTENSION OF THE WISH, II=I and CHIMERA are considered classics in the scene, and the DVD PLAYING OFF THE BOARD shows how talented this Swedish guys really are. This is something Andromeda also have proved over the years with appearances at festivals like ProgPower USA and Europe, Bloodstock UK and shows together with Evergrey among others. With amazing media support and great accolades from fans all around the World, Andromeda now found time to write their sixth and most mature effort ever; MANIFEST TYRANNY which we hereby present to you.

This fall Andromeda have performed at festivals like Generation Prog Festival, Denmark Rock Festival and Slottsskogen Goes Progressive, and when the new album hits the shelves many more shows will be announced. Already confirmed for 2012 are the Fused Festival in UK and the PPM Fest in Belgium.

Stronger than ever Andromeda is here to show you something you have not heard before. Dark, brutal, energetic and intelligent.

Open your ears and you too will transcend into the multifaceted galaxy of Andromeda!

Andromeda lineup:
Johan Reinholdz – Guitar
David Fremberg – Vocals
Thomas Lejon – Drums
Martin Hedin – Keyboards
Linus “Mr. Gul” Abrahamson – Bass

EXTENSION OF THE WISH [Century Media 2001]
II=I [Century Media 2003]
CHIMERA [Massacre Records 2006]
THE IMMUNITY ZONE [Nightmare Records 2008]
MANIFEST TYRANNY [Inner Wound Recordings 2011]

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-Swedish Melodic Metal Band Oriz Returns With II November 13 On Doolittle Group/Liljegren Records

Selling Points:
Oriz – Classic new melodic metal in the finest way from Sweden. If you like bands such as Rainbow, Deep Purple, Whitesnake but also newer bands such as Jorn, Gotthard & Edguy.

The mastering process was done by Micke Lind known for his great work with Dio, Talisman, Lion’s Share, Golden Resurrection & DivineFire.

Alexander Oriz – Lead Guitar
David Mauritzon – Guitar
Mattias Eriksson – Vocals
Emil Eriksson – Drums
Christopher Davidsson – Bass

Track List:
1. Forever Free
2. Desert Rider
3. Put Out The Flame
4. This Feeling
5. Captured
6. Your Lies
7. Broken
8. The Cage
9. Glimpse Of Light And Denial
10. Living

Oriz is a new melodic metal band from Sweden formed in late 2009 by the music producer/multi-musician Alexander Oriz from Huskvarna, Sweden.

All members of Oriz are very talented musicians who have a lot of musical experiences in different metal bands. Some of the members of Oriz have been touring abroad and also been support act for larger bands such as (Paul Di’Anno Ex-Iron Maiden) and (White Lion). Most of the members also have degrees in the music business.

The music Oriz delivers is influenced by melodic classic hard rock/heavy metal from the ’70s-’80s, especially bands like Rainbow, Deep Purple, and Whitesnake, but also newer bands such as Jorn, Gotthard, Edguy, and more.

Oriz signed a deal for the their self-titled album with the small label Blue Topaz Records in 2010 but due to poor distribution channels they wanted find a new label for their second studio album.

Oriz started looking for a new label to release their second album and in January 2011 A&R Christian Liljegren at Doolittle Group in Sweden showed interest for Oriz. Christian is also known for his good work as vocalist/composer with Narnia, DivineFire, Audiovision, and his latest band Golden Resurrection.

Christian heard the potential in Oriz and before the summer the deal was signed with Doolittle Group and Oriz started recording the album. The mastering process was done by Micke Lind at Masterplant known for his great work with Dio, Talisman, Lion’s Share, Golden Resurrection, DivineFire, and more.

All great graphic design is done by Markus Sigfridsson at Tenement Design in Sweden, also a guitarist in 7Days, Harmony, and Darkwater. He has done great covers and artwork for DivineFire, Audiovision, Golden Resurrection, Swedish Hitz Goes Metal, ReinXeed, Grimmark, and many more.

The new Oriz album, simply titled II, delivers a melodic metal production with a clear and soaring sound that Swedish bands are known for. The Oriz story continues…

ORIZ – Blue Topaz BTR 61
II – Doolittle LRCD009


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-Rob Mancini To Release New Album ROCK N ROLL CIRCUS!

The new album ROCK N ROLL CIRCUS could best be described as a reflective but modern influenced crossover between the roots of late ’80s and early ’90s melodic rock. Think Bon Jovi with a Nickelback kick, infused with his own signature, a powerfully stomping rhythm guitar section, addictive keyboards and catchy melody lines sung by lead vocalist, guitarist and “Rock Doc” Rob Mancini.

Track listing:
1. Carnival Of Fools
2. Rock N Roll Circus
3. Edge Of A Broken Heart
4. Every Time You Cry
5. Running Up That Hill
6. Lay Down The Law
7. Weak As I Am
8. Stranger In Paradise
9. Too Late To Die
10. The Reaper
11. United We Stand
12. Time Stops For No One But You
13. Edge Of A Broken Heart (Radio Edit)

The album was recorded at Rob’s GMG Studio One in Ireland, featuring 13 tracks including a cover version of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” and was mastered by Harry Hess at Vespa Music Group Canada. Tour dates are in planning for 2012.

After almost a decade of recording abstinence, touring the Irish Club scene, Ireland’s German-Italian born rock musician and producer, Rob Mancini is back on track with the smash hit, “Edge Of A Broken Heart” and the powerful ballad “Every Time You Cry” from his new album ROCK N ROLL CIRCUS.

Promo trailer “Edge Of A Broken Heart”

Promo trailer “Every Time You Cry”

Rob played extensively on the international rock circuit in the mid ’90s with Hotwire and Crush, recording several albums and sharing the stage with artists such as Victory, Thunderhead, Dare, etc. before moving to Ireland in 2001 to work as studio and session musician.

For more information, updates and sound samples of the new album please check the following:

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-Daylight Dies’ IDLE (SPECIAL EDITION) On Divebomb Digital

We originally signed Daylight Dies in 2000 and immediately caused quite a stir within Tribunal Records’ fledging and predominantly metalcore fan base. Daylight Dies were the first true metal band on our roster and we couldn’t have been happier to welcome them aboard all those years ago. Now 11 years later, Daylight Dies has achieved worldwide success and released numerous critically acclaimed albums via Relapse Records and Candlelight Records. They have toured with Katatonia, Moonspell, Lacuna Coil and were main support for Emperor during two capacity crowd reunion shows in New York City. They have come a long way since the initial release of IDLE in 2000 and we couldn’t be more proud of them.

IDLE has been out of print for nearly 10 years and unavailable digitally. So we here at Divebomb are excited to present a newly re-mastered digital special edition of the EP with special bonus track available via all our normal digital re-sellers.

Track List:
1. Unending Waves (6:47)
2. Piano Interlude One (0:41)
3. Forfeiture Of Life (6:44)
4. Piano Interlude Two (1:07)
5. Stronger Days (8:09)
6. In The Silence (Original Version) (6:22)

“Unending Waves” on SoundCloud:



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-Napalm Records News

The Sorrow: Signs To Napalm

The Austrian metalcore band The Sorrow has joined the Napalm ranks and is currently working on their fourth album, which will be released in early 2012! The Sorrow has played more than 300 shows and festival gigs (including Wacken, With Full Force, Summerbreeze, Masters Of Rock, Gods Of Metal, FME, etc.) in the past four years, making them one of the most active internationally-renowned German live acts around.

Andy Mäser: “We are thrilled about the cooperation with the entire Napalm team and are happy to have found a new ‘partner in crime’ after numerous successful years in the business.”

Win With Napalm Records: Name Our Mascot!

Name our mascot and win with Napalm Records! The sky is the limit, so let your imagination fly. Just make sure the name is as badass as our Napalm eagle! Look for details on Facebook!

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-Juke Kartel Helps Fight Breast Cancer

“Brightest Star” Official Campaign Song For The Susan G. Komen Foundation

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Charting rock band Juke Kartel fights back on breast cancer. “Brightest Star” is currently this year’s official campaign song for the Susan G. Komen Foundation For The Cure. When you download this song from iTunes, you will be helping fund the cure for breast cancer, as well as provide specific communities of women the resources they need for early detection. Every download makes a difference! Watch the video here:

“This song was created from a vision I had five months ago when our drummer Jay turned up to sound check, at the Hotel Cafe in L.A., in tears,” explains Toby Rand, singer of Juke Kartel. “He explained that his mum (Fransie) had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer and it was spreading. The news really shook us and the night’s performance was memorable as Jay played through the tears. It got me thinking… music helped Jay to nurture his pain and sorrow and he used it to move an entire room full of people. So, I thought a song about Fransie and her battle would be a great way to redirect the energy and focus on recovery.”

Please watch the video and download now! For more information on Juke Kartel or Susan G. Komen visit or .

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-Evile – FIVE SERPENT’S TEETH Limited Edition Out Now In North America!

Greetings rockers and metalheads!

FIVE SERPENT’S TEETH, the incredible new album from British thrashers Evile, is out now North America!

FIVE SERPENT’S TEETH is Evile’s third full-length release and is already receiving rave reviews around the world. The album is available now in stores, and is also available online from FYE with an exclusive free band photo signed by the members of Evile themselves!

Grab FIVE SERPENT’S TEETH with this highly collectible item now at .

*** Hurry, this killer freebie is only available while stocks last!!!

See an image of the exclusive signed band photo at .

FIVE SERPENT’S TEETH is also available from the Earache Webstore on CD and limited edition colored vinyl, as well as in special “Serpent Cult” fan packs with a range of exclusive extra merchandise, at .

The album is also available now on iTunes at .

And don’t forget to check out Evile’s new music video for the track “Cult!” Watch the video now at .

Enjoy rocking out to FIVE SERPENT’S TEETH!

Earache Records

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-All Else Fails Comment On Performing At Blank-Fest Calgary For The Homeless

Lead vocalist and guitarist Barrett Klesko of St. Albert, AB based melodic metallers All Else Fails commented on the band performing as one of the headliners at this year’s first annual Blank-Fest Calgary, which raises awareness and winter clothing Calgary’s homeless and shelter The Mustard Seed.

“We’re truly honored to be asked by the organizers to perform at Calgary’s first ever Blank-Fest. It’s truly a great cause especially how we all know how cold Calgary can get in the winter months and just living in Canada in general can be a complete freeze over, and for those living on the streets to keep them warm is the least we can do to help.”

Blank-Fest Calgary is about the homeless, nothing more and nothing less that is the simple message it presents in its first annual clothing fundraiser for Calgary’s homeless shelter The Mustard Seed. The charity event will take place on November 5th at the Blind Beggar Pub and is spearheaded by Leanne Harrison who runs the national tour booking agency, The SIN Agency, and has brought together the local music scene for the great cause to help those who live on Calgary’s streets during the below zero winter months and are exposed to dangers such as frostbite.

Details on Blank-Fest Calgary can be found at the following links:

Blank-Fest Calgary

Facebook Event (please share)

The Mustard Seed

Blind Beggar Pub

For more information, contact event organizer Leanne Harrison at or (403) 863-5100.

Event Details:

Tickets or reservations are not required. Simply bring one or more blankets to the event.

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011

Time: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Venue: Blind Beggar Pub, 5211 Macleod Trail Southwest
Calgary, AB

Cost: Admission to the event is a donation of a blanket or winter clothing, or pay what you can monetary donation. All proceeds collected will be donated to The Mustard Seed.

Band Lineup:

Grime House (Airdrie AB)
Hip Hop/ Metal

Stella (Vancouver BC)
Alternative/ Metalcore

All Else Fails (Edmonton AB)

Inside It Failed (Vancouver BC)
Alternative Hard Rock

Dreams of Reason (Calgary AB)
Alternative Rock

Alkatine (Calgary AB)
Hard Rock

King Dylan (Calgary AB)
Pop/ Hip Hop

Jung People (Calgary AB)

Bloom (Calgary AB)
Reggae/ Dub/ Blues

Septembryo (Calgary AB)
Pop Alternative

Million Dollar Fix (Calgary AB)

Same Monkey (Calgary AB)

About Blank-Fest:
Documentary I –
Documentary II –
Documentary III –

Blank-Fest is an annual benefit concert, usually held one-to-two weeks before Christmas, which raises blankets for the homeless. It was founded in 1997 in Nyack, NY (a suburb approximately 20 miles outside of New York City) by Kenn Rowell who is the front man for the NYC-based band, The Baghdaddios.

Over the years Blank-Fest has collected over 5,900 total donations for the homeless. With the exception of one year (2001) donations in every year has increased. Much of this growth can be attributed to increased exposure through local radio, the Internet and the press, including featured articles in the New York Daily News and mentions in the New York Post. In addition there have been satellite shows that have been formed in other states, cities and countries. So numerous have donations been in recent years that volunteers have had to split the distribution/delivery of blankets to the less fortunate on multiple nights, starting on Christmas Eve. Often excess donations are distributed to homeless shelters as well.

Efforts to duplicate the successes of the early Nyack shows proved elusive at best until New Jersey-based independent artist activist, Richard Kubicz read about Blank-Fest’s efforts in the Daily News and proposed a “sister show” at a local club in Garwood, NJ. The first Blank-Fest NJ, promoted extensively through Kubicz’s D.I.Y. music website Let’s Rock America was a resounding success, netting 200 blankets which were donated directly to a neighboring homeless shelter in Cranford and garnered notice in the Bergen County press in 2006. Last year’s second annual Jersey show produced similar results. Similarly, Blank-Fest UK was founded in Nottingham, England after a local recording studio owner heard an interview with The Baghdaddios on the British Armed Forces Radio Network, BFBS Radio One during the group’s Summer 2007 tour of England. Upon hearing about both the American and UK efforts Ontario-based photographer Gaynor Fletcher approached Rowell regarding the formation of a Blank-Fest Canada show. Also, debuting in 2007, in Guelph, ON, the inaugural Canadian event featured popular Canadian folk artist James Gordon and was covered extensively by the Canadian media, raising well over 100 blankets.

In addition to these shows former Baghdaddios bassist, John Sidoti joined forces with local Internet radio personality Ron Purtee to develop the first-ever Blank-Fest Wisconsin, also in 2007, in the Milwaukee-area suburb of Racine.

Currently, there are eight Blank-Fest shows serving seven major metropolitan areas in three countries. In addition to those mentioned previously, 2008 has seen the addition of three additional shows: Blank-Fest Florida, which is hosted in Northern Florida (Lake City, near Gainesville, FL) and Blank-Fest VA, which is hosted in Richmond, VA.

In addition, promoters in Bridgeport, CT as well as Ottawa, Canada have begun work for premiere Blank-Fest shows in December 2009. The first Blank-Fest Quebec (which was also the first “post-Holiday Season” Blank-Fest show) which took place on Saturday evening, February 21, 2009, garnered approximately 503 total donations.

Currently plans are in development to expand Blank-Fest even further. There has been talk of shows in Texas, Northeast Pennsylvania, Ohio and Atlanta, GA. Several additional popular artists have been approached regarding future such shows. Quoted in a newspaper interview in 2000, Rowell maintained that “as long as there is the issue of homelessness we will continue to have a Blank-Fest,” further adding that he wishes “we didn’t have to hold these shows” but that, until the situation dramatically improves, everyone involved understands that they really have no other choice.

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-The Devil’s Blood: Metal Blade Records To Release Band’s New Full-Length To North American Fans This January

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce its union with The Devil’s Blood, a hard rock band inspired by vintage metal and underground psychedelic rock of the days of yore. Metal Blade will be releasing the band’s upcoming full-length album, THE THOUSANDFOLD EPICENTRE, in North America on January 17, 2012. THE THOUSANDFOLD EPICENTRE features 11 tracks produced with the help of Pieter Kloos at Void Studios (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).

Says founder and band leader SL: “We are very pleased to be able to announce our partnership with a partner so deeply rooted in tradition and at the same time willing and able to extend their borders to include The Devil’s Blood. This industrious quality makes us feel we have chosen a partner who shall not sit idly by as their seeds are growing, but instead shall water the orchard with love and passion so the fruits may become sweet as damnation’s wine. Our cult is growing, growing fast, and with the addition of Metal Blade to our family we shall endeavor to make the whole world dream the dreams of Death.”

Adds Metal Blade Records head Brian Slagel: “The Devil’s Blood has a sound that is quite unique in today’s scene. Reminiscent of the classic metal and psychedelic rock bands of the ’60s and ’70s, The Devil’s Blood has created a dark and haunting world made up of intriguing music, strong vocals and musicianship, reflective artwork, and a theatrical stage show that is not to be missed. We are extremely excited to be working with The Devil’s Blood and look forward to releasing their upcoming full-length THE THOUSANDFOLD EPICENTRE in North America this January.”

SL comments further on the upcoming release: “THE THOUSANDFOLD EPICENTRE has become a beautiful and horrible child, a child that is about to be offered up unto the Bull headed God. Within the flames of its creation we have heated our irons for the branding of the world. Within its words and music lies the entrance to the path towards the crossroads, towards the unending singularity and beyond. Our children for Moloch! Hail Satan!”

Check out an art teaser clip for the song “Within The Charnel House Of Love” as well as a stream of “She” at .


1. Unending Singularity
2. On The Wings Of Gloria
3. Die The Death
4. Within The Charnel House Of Love
5. Cruel Lover
6. She
7. The Thousandfold Epicentre
8. Fire Burning
9. Everlasting Saturnalia
10. The Madness Of Serpents
11. Feverdance

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-Untimely Demise: Full Album Streaming At Metal Underground

Band Confirm Ontario & Quebec Shows

The headbangers at Metal Underground are hosting a stream of CITY OF STEEL, the debut full-length from Saskatoon thrash metal trio, Untimely Demise, recently released worldwide via Sonic Unyon Metal. Grab a cold one and crank up the face-melting 32-minute scorcher here:

In support of the release of CITY OF STEEL, Untimely Demise have confirmed a string of tour dates through Ontario and Quebec commencing late this month.

Untimely Demise Canadian Assault:

10/27/2011 This Ain’t Hollywood – Hamilton, ON w/ Fatality
10/29/2011 Bloodbucket Metalfest VIII – Toronto, ON w/ Piledriver, Spewgore
10/30/2011 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON w/ Fatality
11/03/2011 Bar Le Trash – Ste-Hyacinthe, QC
11/04/2011 Scanner Bistro – Quebec City, QC
11/05/2011 Cafe Chaos – Montreal, QC
11/06/2011 Bar Le Magog – Sherbrooke, QC

Stay tuned for plenty more Canadian and American live appearances from the band to be announced throughout 2012.

“CITY OF STEEL is a confident debut, seven tracks of slick physicality and some mighty impressive shredding… Just one album in, and they’re already looking like Saskatchewan’s best metal export since Into Eternity.” – Decibel

“…think Annihilator meets Kreator with a touch of Chuck Schuldiner” – Terrorizer

“This intense strain of blackened thrash shows that Canadians really love their metal and take its exercise seriously.” – Hails & Horns

“Untimely Demise have pulled off the impressive trick of making their complex music sound easy.” – Metal Hammer

“…seven tracks of decently written and decently played old school thrash metal that reminds most of Kreator and Destruction” – Blabbermouth

“… these guys are diehard enthusiasts with impeccable agility.” – Exclaim! Magazine!/UntimelyDemise1

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-Unearth: New iTunes App Unveiled!

Band To Begin North American Tour Next Month

Massachusetts molten metal troupe Unearth are excited to unveil a new iTunes app! Created by Rebel Monster Inc., the app will keep fans up to date on everything Unearth including news, tour info, bios, new merch and more! Additionally, push notifications from the band will let you know what’s going on before anyone else! Check out the free app at .

Commented front man Trevor Phipps: “We wanted to design a free app for our fans that is useful and informative. The one that our friends at Rebel Monster put together gives you breaking news, tour dates, sound clips from all of our albums, full streaming songs in our ‘radio’ icon, photos, webstore access, Twitter and Facebook feeds, YouTube channel, bio info and more! We didn’t want to half ass it and put out a useless app. This one is everything you need from Unearth besides seeing the band live! It’s simple to use and it is FREE, so why not check it out?”

Unearth will kick off their co-headlining trek with Chimaira next month. The band will be touring in support of their fifth full-length, DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT, released this past summer via Metal Blade Records.

Unearth/Chimaira tour
with Skeletonwitch & Molotov Solution:
11/13/2011 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/14/2011 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
11/16/2011 Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
11/17/2011 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
11/18/2011 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
11/19/2011 Wally’s Pub – Hampton Beach, NH
11/20/2011 JAXX – Springfield, VA
11/21/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
11/22/2011 Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
11/23/2011 House Of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
11/25/2011 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/26/2011 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
11/27/2011 Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL
11/29/2011 Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/30/2011 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
12/01/2011 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM*
12/02/2011 Mesa Theater & Club – Grand Junction, CO
12/03/2011 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO*
12/04/2011 Top Deck – Farmington, NM
12/05/2011 The Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ*
12/07/2011 Glass House – Pomona, CA*
12/08/2011 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
12/09/2011 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
12/10/2011 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA*
12/11/2011 The Republik – Calgary, AB
12/12/2011 Starlite – Edmonton, AB
12/14/2011 Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
12/16/2011 Wheelhouse – Cedar Falls, IA
12/17/2011 The Barrymore Theater – Madison, WI
12/18/2011 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
12/19/2011 TBA – Buffalo, NY (No Chimaira)
* Skeletonwitch will not be appearing on these dates


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

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

“…faster and fiercer…” — Revolver Magazine

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

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

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

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-Out Now! Trombone Metallers Fallstaf’s BASTARD SONS OF A PURE BREED

Fallstaf, the Montreal, QC based thrash / hardcore band whom have hired a Hitman with a trombone to execute their “Brass Metal” assassinations, are proud to announce that their full-length album, BASTARD SONS OF A PURE BREED is available now.

“You’ve waited long enough you bunch of BASTARD sons, the album is now available so go and get it before the Hitman gets you!” commented bassist Ben Forte.

In celebration of the release the band is offering the album exclusively for the special price of $6.66 on this week, which can be found here:

The album features 11 tracks of fury; self-produced by Fallstaf, and mixed and mastered by Kevin Jardine (Slaves On Dope) of Uplift Studios and is the follow up their 2009 EP THE HITMAN PLAYS TROMBONE. Blending aggressive trombone with heavy rock, thrash and hardcore influences, Fallstaf are excited to unleash a new sound to the metal family tree, which was born out of their other more soften music collective North East Bistro.


1. Dark Days
2. The Cost
3. Eulogy
4. Not Welcome
5. Pull The Knife
6. My Demons (acoustic version)
7. 10 Years In Flames
8. The Hounds
9. F*ck The Fence
10. My Demons
11. Violent As Violence Can Be


Teaser Video

Music Video – “The Cost”

Show Dates:
November 5, 2011 – Bar Vieux Beauharnois – Beauharnois, QC w/ Slaves On Dope, Buffalo Theory, Avery’s Descent, Kintra

“Prepare for a full-out thrash-death onslaught, as Montreal’s Fallstaf sets the metal bar high with their rampaging brand of trombone brutality. BASTARD SONS OF A PURE BREED will kick your ass!” – Evie’s Underground – CKCU 93.1FM – Ottawa

“HORN-ED BEASTS! Not Every band can claim to have forged their own genre, but that’s exactly what local quartet Fallstaf (and their trombone) have done. Get your head around ‘brass metal’ when they launch their album BASTARD SONS OF A PURE BREED.” – Montreal Mirror

“Fallstaf describe themselves as ‘brass metal.’ It makes sense since they’re pretty heavy, with a ski-masked trombonist on top, just to f*ck sh*t up… And don’t forget to check out their deliciously creepy video for ‘The Cost.’ Groovy, sonic violence for ugly children.” – Hour (Montreal)

R.I.Y.L. – Mushroomhead, Hatebreed, Sepultra, Five Finger Death Punch, Cavalera Conspiracy, Ihsahn!/fallstafmetal

-Check out a “Retro Recommendation” feature on Accept’s self-titled debut at .

-Acid For Blood — featuring singer/guitarist Paul Sabu, guitarist Linkan Andersson, bassist Martin Karlsson (Eucharist), and drummer Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot) — will release its debut album OUT FOR BLOOD next year. Tracks set for inclusion are “Rock The Nation,” “Cracked The Sky,” “Out For Blood,” “Thanks For Nothin’,” “Turn Up The Music,” “Red White And Blues,” “Desolation,” “Kill Shot,” “Rocket UP!,” “The Fear Is Gone.” Check out samples and get more information at .

-Check out a five-minute track-by-track preview of Arrayan Path’s new album IRA IMPERIUM at .

-The latest Sebastian Bach coverage:

MTV Sweden video interview with Maria Mroxx’s metal moments of 2011

Salford City Radio interview (UK radio) @ iTunes

All Access Magazine

DarkScene Q&A (in German & English)

-Rumors abounded a couple months ago that Ozzy Osbourne rejoined his Black Sabbath band mates — Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward — for “secret rehearsals” to test the waters for a possible reunion/farewell tour. It appears the rumors might be true, according to an Iommi piece at Terrorizer, at . Iommi is also reportedly planning another collaboration with Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan. See for more.

-Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, opened a charity restaurant called The Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ, through his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. It’s a “pay-what-you-can” restaurant that “provides gourmet-quality meals to the hungry while enabling them to volunteer on community projects in return without the stigma of visiting a soup kitchen. Paying customers are encouraged to leave whatever they want in the envelopes on each table, where the menus never list a price.” For the complete story, check out and .

-Chinawhite has a “buy one get one free” sale on their CDs, at . Also be sure to check out a new version of one of their songs, featuring John Neessen (90 Day Jane) on vocals, at .

-Deathwish, billed as “classic UK thrashers,” will reissue DEMON PREACHER next year on Divebomb Records. Check out a track at .

-Doro has the following shows lined up for a “Winter In Rock” tour of Germany:

12/8 – Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany
12/9 – Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
12/10 – Backstage Werk, München, Germany
12/11 – Capitol, Hannover, Germany
12/13 – Kreuz, Fulda, Germany
12/14 – Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany
12/16 – Rosenhof, Osnabrück, Germany
12/17 – Festhalle, Herxheim, Germany
12/18 – Docks, Hamburg, Germany

Check out a new video interview at , and see for more.

-Check out a video interview with DragonForce’s Dave Mackintosh and Frederic Leclerq, filmed October 21 prior to the band’s first US show with new singer Marc Hudson, at .

-Edguy’s Tobias Sammet has a “Digital Playlist” feature at Attention Deficit Delirium, at .

-ESP — the Eric Singer Project featuring Singer, Bruce Kulick, and John Corabi — has some unplugged European shows scheduled for December:

12/1 – Bar Vague à l’Ame, Veysonnaz, Switzerland
12/3 – Aula Chantemerle, Moutier, Switzerland
12/4 – Rockfabrik, Nürenberg, Germany
12/7 – TBA, Toscany, Italy
12/8 – TBA, Milano, Italy
12/9 – TBA, Oslo, Norway
12/10 – TBA, Wroclaw, Poland

See and for more.

-Ace Frehley’s “No Regrets: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir” is due out November 1. The guitarist has the following book signings scheduled:

11/3 – Barnes & Noble, New York, NY (555 5th Avenue at 46th Street @ noon)
11/4 – Bookends, Ridgewood, NJ (@ 6:00 p.m.)

See for more.

-Hardcore Superstar’s THE PARTY AIN’T OVER TIL WE SAY SO is an “extensive best-of album . . . that provides a great overview of almost 15 years of their unique style.” It’s due out October 28 on Nuclear Blast. Track list: “We Don’t Need A Cure” (new song), “We Don’t Celebrate Sundays,” “Moonshine,” “My Good Reputation,” “Wild Boys,” “Someone Special,” “Dreamin’ In A Casket,” “Into Debauchery,” “Here Comes That Sick Bitch,” “Last Call For Alcohol,” “Beg For It,” “Liberation,” “Bastards,” “Medicate Me,” “Standin’ On The Verge,” “Still I’m Glad,” “Have You Been Around,” “Shame,” “Honey Tongue,” “Run To Your Mama.” “We Don’t Need A Cure” is available at iTunes at , and there’s an album teaser at . Get a free MP3 of “Cry Your Eyes Out” at . See for more.

-Check out Iron Savior in the studio, performing “The Savior,” at . THE LANDING is due out November 18 on AFM Records.

-New Judas Priest interviews… Glenn Tipton with at , and Rob Halford with the Las Vegas Review-Journal at .

-Kiss is assembling Kiss Fan Mosaics, using tiny fan photos to render images of the band members’ faces and the Kiss logo. 2,500 fans can upload their photos to . See for more. In related news, the second “Eric Carr Through The Years” video, featuring Lydia Criss and Bruce Kulick, is available at . (The first, with Seether drummer John Humphrey and the late Bill Aucoin, is still available at .) The Carr 20th anniversary tribute/solo CD UNFINISHED BUSINESS — featuring rare Carr recordings, live performances, re-mixes, and interviews, plus great artwork and layout — is selling well at (where orders include a free guitar pick, while supplies last). Check out an UNFINISHED BUSINESS album trailer at .

-Check out a Richie Kotzen interview at .

-There’s a new interview with The Last Vegas singer Chad Cherry at Twisted Rose Magazine, at . Stay tuned to — get it? 10/30/11? — for info on the band’s new single and video. See for more.

-There’s an interview with Manowar’s Joey DeMaio, about the band’s upcoming UK tour, at .

-Megadeth’s TH1RT3EN — the first studio album with David Ellefson on bass since 2001’s THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO — is due out October 26 in Japan and November 1 in North America. Track list: “Sudden Death,” “Public Enemy No. 1,” “Whose Life (Is It Anyways?),” “We The People,” “Guns, Drugs & Money,” “Never Dead,” “New World Order,” “Fast Lane,” “Black Swan,” “Wrecker,” “Millennium Of The Blind,” “Deadly Nightshade,” “13.” The iTunes pre-order version includes a bonus live version of “Head Crusher.”) Roadrunner Records is leading up to the release with an exclusive series of weekly band member interviews; Dave Mustaine’s will appear next Monday, October 31, but the others are available as follows:

Chris Broderick

Shawn Drover–Interview-With-Megadeths-Shawn-Drover-23563.aspx

David Ellefson–Megadeths-David-Ellefson-23608.aspx

There’s also a video interview with Ellefson, filmed in Atlanta over the summer, at , and a cool “History Of Vic Rattlehead” feature at–The-History-Of-Vic-Rattlehead-23558.aspx . The band will tour South America and Latin America starting in November as follows:

11/9 – 11/10 – Estadio Cubierto Malvinas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
11/12 – Maquinaria Festival, Club Hipico, Santiago, Chile
11/14 – SWU Music & Arts Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
11/16 – 11/17 – Jose Cuervo Salon, Mexico City, Mexico
11/19 – H&H Metal Fest, Calle 2, Guadalajara, Mexico
11/20 – Banamex Auditorium, Monterrey, Mexico
11/23 – Coliseo El Campin, Bogota, Colombia
11/25 – Estadio Rafael Mendoza Castellon, La Paz, Bolivia
11/27 – Live Ace Arena, Asuncion, Paraguay
12/1 – Rosabal Cordero Stadium, Heredia, Costa Rica

See for more. reported on a rumor that Metallica “is planning to self-finance a 3D feature film,” with producer Charlotte Huggins (“Journey To The Center Of The Earth,” “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”).

-Morton’s COME READ THE WORDS FORBIDDEN is streaming at . The track “Brotherhood Of Light” can also be downloaded at that link. The album is out now in Europe on AFM Records.

-Nightwish has a “making of” video for its new album IMAGINAERUM at . The new single “Storytime” is due out November 11, and the album is due out December 2. See for more.

-Poison is being sued by former members of a 1980s Chicago band, Kid Rocker. Billy McCarthy and James Stonich claim “guitarist C.C. DeVille auditioned for Kid Rocker in 1984 before he joined Poison, was shown completed and formatted songs and was lent master-recorded studio tapes,” and allege Poison’s songs “Talk Dirty To Me,” “I Won’t Forget You,” “Fallen Angel,” and “Ride The Wind” were stolen from Kid Rocker tracks “Hit And Run” and “Wham Bam Slammin’ Romance,” among others. Kid Rocker was briefly signed to Atlantic Records in the early 1980s. Check out the full report from The Hollywood Reporter at,0,4762161.story .

-Radiant Records has a new clip from Neal Morse’s TESTIMONY 2 LIVE IN LOS ANGELES DVD at . New releases available at the site include (Roine Stolt’s) Agents Of Mercy – THE BLACK FOREST, The Flower Kings – TOUR KAPUTT (DVD/2-CD set), 3rd World Electric – KILIMANJARO SWEET BREW, and Karmakanic & Agents Of Mercy – THE POWER OF TWO.

-Rhapsody Of Fire — now consisting of singer Fabio Lione, guitarists Roberto De Micheli and Tom Hess, bassist Oliver Holzwarth, keyboardist Alex Staropoli, and drummer Alex Holzwarth — “has started booking some more concerts for the upcoming world tour which will be announced later this year.” See for more.

-The new Riot song “Still Your Man,” from the upcoming IMMORTAL SOUL, is available at .

-Running Wild is back and set to release SHADOWMAKER in April 2012 through Steamhammer/SPV. Main man Rock’n’Rolf Kasparek got the spark to restart the band after working on a few new songs for a “best of” album. (The last studio album was ROGUES EN VOGUE in 2005.) Some of the tracks set for inclusion on SHADOWMAKER are “Piece Of The Action,” “Dracula,” and the title track. See for more.

-Saxon recently played B.B. King’s in New York City; check out a review and a photo gallery at and , respectively.

-Here’s the breakdown on who performs what on Michael Schenker’s newie TEMPLE OF ROCK (aside from Schenker on guitar): “Intro” – speech by William Shatner; “How Long” – Michael Voss on vocals, Neil Murray on bass, Simon Phillips on drums; “Fallen Angel” – Voss, Pete Way on bass, Herman Rarebell on drums; “Hanging On” – Voss, Way, Rudolf Schenker on additional rhythm guitar, Paul Raymond on keyboards, Rarebell; “The End Of An Era” – Voss, Elliott “Dean” Rubinson on bass, Don Airey on Hammond B3, Carmine Appice on drums; “Miss Claustrophobia” – Voss, Way, Raymond, Rarebell, Michael Schenker on Howler; “With You” – Voss, Rudolf Schenker on additional rhythm guitar, Way, Raymond, Rarebell; “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead” – Doogie White on vocals, Rubinson, Wayne Findlay on keyboards, Brian Tichy on drums; “Storming In” – Voss, Chris Glenn on bass, Chris Slade on drums; “Scene Of Crime” – Voss, Way, Findlay, Rarebell, Michael Schenker on flute and additional backing vocals; “Saturday Night” – Voss, Way, Rarebell; “Lover’s Sinfony” – Robin McAuley on vocals, Way, Findlay, Rarebell; “Speed” – Voss, Glenn, Slade; “How Long (3 Generations Guitar Battle Version)” – Voss, Murray, Phillips, with Leslie West and Michael Amott joining Michael Schenker on guitar. See for more.

-Sonata Arctica’s new trailer for the LIVE IN FINLAND DVD is available at . Get a free MP3 of “Flag In The Ground” (live) at . The DVD is due out November 11 and can be pre-ordered now at the Nuclear Blast web shop. See for more.

-Excellent new Chicago-area cover band TrashCan Symphony’s next gig will be November 19 at the Brink Street Restaurant & Bar in Crystal Lake, IL, with two new songs in the set. See , , and for more.

-Last week it was confirmed that Twisted Sister main man Dee Snider will appear on Season 5 of “Celebrity Apprentice,” which will air on NBC early next year. The other cast members are: Teresa Giudice, Victoria Gotti, Aubrey O’Day, Cheryl Tiegs, Dayana Mendoza, Tia Carrere (schwing!), Patricia Velasquez, Debbie Gibson, Lisa Lampanelli, Adam Carolla, Arsenio Hall, Clay Aiken, George Takei, Lou Ferrigno, Marco Andretti, Paul Teutal, and Penn Jillette.

-U.D.O. will record a live DVD at its November 16 show at the Hristo Botev Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria. See for more.

-The limited edition of Vain’s ENOUGH ROPE includes a DVD entitled OFFICIAL BOOTLEGS 1989-1995, a sticker, and an autographed post card. The album is due out October 28.

-Vic’s Drum Shop in Chicago will have a Grand Opening Event this Saturday, October 29, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Hype: “Drummer Vic Salazar brings a dedicated drum and percussion shop to Chicago offering the most comprehensive selection of gear anywhere.” There will be “thousands of dollars in giveaways, artist performances, and complimentary cocktails.” The following drummers are schedule to appear: Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, Dream Theater), Jimmy Chamberlin (Skysaw, Smashing Pumpkins), Todd Sucherman (Styx), Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa), and more. Upcoming events include a Simon Phillips drum clinic at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago on November 4, and “Thomas Lang’s Intense 3 Day Drumming Boot Camp” at Vic’s in December. See for more.

-W.A.S.P. has a new album in the works, and to celebrate the band’s “30 Years Of Thunder anniversary tour” — which features an hour of songs from the first four albums, a 25-minute suite of material from THE CRIMSON IDOL complete with “the movie accompaniment,” and a third set of “everything else” including new material — Blackie Lawless is publishing a 15-part diary at . The September and October entries are up now. The diary will “chronicle the real events of the band and give fans all a little better insight to the last thirty years in their history.” See for more.

-The folks behind the Wacken Open Air are asking fans for their votes in the European Festival Awards, in the “Best Major Festival” category. Cast your vote at , and you’ll be entered to win free tickets. The W:O:A Full Metal Shop has a special Halloween discount available all day October 31; use voucher code FMSHW11 at to receive 6.66% off all orders above 15€. See for more.

-There’s a new interview with Warrant singer Robert Mason at Twisted Rose Magazine, at .

-Whitesnake’s “Is This Love?” has been covered by “dance diva” Stacey Jackson, who is supporting the single “as she plans to tour the US and perform some of the top clubs in New York City, Los Angeles and Vegas.” Hype: “‘Is This Love?’ has quickly caught the listeners of some interesting industry leaders to which advanced Stacey to propel her into promotion off the back of her already UK success. After finishing her video for this cover with famed Director Luke Biggins who is best known for working with over 200 artists such as Ludacris, Styles P, Cassidy, Estelle, Dizzee Rascal, Daniel Beddingfield and Sway, the video was prime for promotion. With such a successful industry leader behind the video it was in quick demand and was leaked early to the chagrin of Jackson and her team, but this story had a happy ending as the excitement for this video caught the eyes of AOL and Female First which found its home and will be the exclusive global launch for the singer’s upcoming single. The video brings the sassiness and fun sexuality that Jackson possesses, ‘I wanted to recreate a time that was full of carefree behavior. One of my most favorite videos that I believe evokes this is the Eric Prydz video “Call On Me” and I wanted mine to share that same sentiment. I hope that my fans love it and I hope to gain more as it was definitely fun making it!’ gushes Jackson.” See for more.

Thanks to Bruce Kulick, Mitch Lafon, Bryan Reesman, Matt Rudzinski, Peter Cox, Wayne Parry, Doug Elfman, Alison Richter, Henry Northmore, Pitch Black Records, Chris Thompson, Dan Marsicano, Music Buy Mail, Jeff Treppel, Peter Cox, Jessica Berek, Earsplit PR, Thomas Jensen, the Illinois Entertainer, Nuclear Blast, Jeff “More Cowbell” Adee, and Eric “Aqua Net” Helgeson for help gathering some of this information.

by Tim Wadzinski (

-For those of you keeping score at home we now have “Bear Metal” and “Brass Metal,” a.k.a. “Trombone Metal.” WTF, you may be asking? Svölk’s SVÖLK ‘EM ALL (cool title, and umlauts, too!), due out next month on Napalm Records, is billed as “Bear Metal / Stoner Metal” with this hype: “From the city of Oslo, Svölk is shaking things up with their unique brand of bear metal. The genre delivers a riff-heavy mix of stoner rock and metal, as well as a generous dose of Nordic redneck attitude. The 12-track debut is marked by unrestrained and penetrating power in which the guitar takes on the lead role. SVÖLK ‘EM ALL catapults Svölk to the scene’s forefront, where songs like ’52’ or ‘Anchor’ will soon become the talk of the town. Knut Erik Solhaug could be easily mistaken for Glenn Danzig, if Glenn were wearing Norwegian flannel, and his vocals encourage his fellow band members to reach for new heights. SVÖLK ‘EM ALL is a genuine powerhouse of first-class riffs and grooves!” Check ’em out and get down with your own bad ursine self at , , and . Then there is Fallstaf, whose press release we ran above. So sayeth their press kit: “Hiring a hit man can sometimes to be seen as a means to an end, but not for Montreal, QC metallers Fallstaf. With their aggressive tendencies and energetic approach to lay it all out in the mosh pit, these brawlers realized that hiring a hit man with a trombone is the means to fuel the fire and only the beginning of what has become. Forming their own new genre dubbed ‘Brass Metal,’ out of their other more soften music collective North East Bistro. Fallstaf is the angry brother who has melange the trombone assassinations of the hit man with their brand of aggressive / heavy hitting metal that ranges in influences from heavy rock, thrash and hardcore.” Fallstaf’s debut full-length BASTARD SONS OF A PURE BREED is out this week.

-So did you watch the “Kiss Inc.” segment on “CNN Presents” this past Sunday? According to the show Kiss has sold $500 million — half a BILLION dollars, people! — worth of merchandise through LiveNation in the last 15 years. And they now have over 3,000 different pieces of merchandise. Gene Simmons estimated the band’s brand’s worth as between “one and five [billion dollars].” That roughly equates to one dollar for every time they’ve released “Rock And Roll All Nite.”

In related news, as part of the build-up to Halloween I watched “Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park” with my six-year-old the other day. (Although I guess, *technically*, what we watched was the European theatrical release entitled “Attack Of The Phantoms,” since that’s the version included on the KISSOLOGY DVDs.) My kid got a huge kick out of the fight scenes, and Gene’s growling. 🙂 “Rip And Destroy!”

-I’m not the world’s biggest Jon Bon Jovi fan, but his Soul Kitchen restaurant is an awesome thing. I hope it is wildy successful. Kudos!

-Welcome back, Rock’n’Rolf!

-In my current playlist: Brainstorm – ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT (AFM Records), Arrayan Path – IRA IMPERIUM (Pitch Black Records), Lord Volture – NEVER CRY WOLF (Lord Volture Records), Vain – ENOUGH ROPE (Jackie Rainbow Records), Swedish Hitz Goes Metal – s/t (Doolittle Group).

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Issue #613
Week of October 17, 2011

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-Starting a new streak of 1 week in a row with getting an issue out on a Wednesday. – Tim

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-Ace Frehley Update

[Note: This is from the newsletter. – Tim]

Brand new VIP Packages for multiple dates are now available:
Go to:
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Ace Autobiography, “No Regrets,” Available November 1st, Pre-Order Today

Ace Merchandise Discounts:
Both the ANOMALY CD and the BEHIND THE PLAYER DVD together for only $15!

Tour Dates Below:

October 25, 2011: New York, NY, B.B. King’s
October 26, 2011: New York, NY, B.B. King’s
October 28, 2011: Atlantic City, NJ, House of Blues
October 30, 2011: Centereach, NY, Mulcahy’s
October 31, 2011: Foxboro, MA, Showcase Live
November 5, 2011: Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony
November 6, 2011: Allentown, PA, Crocodile Rock
November 8, 2011: Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
November 9, 2011: Chicago, IL, House of Blues
November 11, 2011: Milwaukee, WI, The Rave
November 13, 2011: Green Bay, WI, Oneida Casino
December 1, 2011: Cardiff, Wales, Coal Exchange
December 3, 2011: Pontins Prestatyn, North Wales Hard Rock Hell Festival
December 4, 2011: London, England, Islington Academy

There is also more merchandise here:

Ace Frehley

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-“Eric Carr Through The Years:” An Exclusive Four-Part Interview Series From &

As the 20th anniversary of legendary Kiss drummer Eric Carr’s untimely passing approaches, many of his fellow musicians and friends share their most memorable Eric moments. Some are bound to make you laugh while others will show the warmth of man who loved his fans and his music.

The interviews series will include a video segments entitled, “Eric Carr Through The Years.” Friends and special guests featured are Bruce Kulick (his longtime Kiss band mate), drummer John Humphrey (Seether and is included on Eric’s new CD UNFINISHED BUSINESS’), close friend (the late) Bill Aucoin, Lydia Criss, and many more.

The video’s four installments in all will be released over a three week period. Stay tuned to and for all the details. The videos will also be serviced to most of your favorite Kiss and rock sites. It will also be available to view on YouTube.

You may also sign up for our special e-mails notifications at

Join us for the special interviews that are a testament to a man whose personality and heart were as big as his enormous talent. Eric Carr’s spirit is still alive and well in all of his fans’ hearts and minds.

Mitch Lafon,

Visit or mail Beth Jordan at

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-Threshold Studio Update!

British progressive metallers Threshold have just completed pre-production and are currently at Thin Ice Studios (DragonForce, Pendragon) in Surrey, England recording drum tracks for their ninth studio album.

“We’ve got about 75 minutes of music at the moment so there’s plenty to do,” states keyboard player Richard West, who is producing the album alongside guitarist Karl Groom, who adds: “I’m very pleased with the way this album is coming together. It is particularly good to see contributions in writing from more band members.”

The voice of original Threshold vocalist Damian Wilson (Headspace, Star One) will be heard once again. He rejoined the band in 2007 following the departure of Andrew “Mac” McDermott who sadly passed away on the 3rd of August 2011.

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

Expect the new Threshold album in 2012.

Visit Threshold online at:

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-D-A-D Album Title Announced + Stream & Tour Dates!

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

The Danish hard rock legend D-A-D just announced the title of their meanwhile eleventh album. DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK is the name of the newest output which will be released at the 11th of November 2011. The album was produced by Nick Foss who also helped the band in the past with records like NO FUEL LEFT FOR THE PILGRIMS, SYMPATICO, EVERYTHING GLOWS, and SOFT DOGS.

Here is the first single “I Want What She’s Got” as free stream:

In February the guys from Copenhagen will hit the road with their “Fast On Wheels 2011” Tour

Check out the tour dates:
05.02.2012 GER Frankfurt Batschkapp
06.02.2012 GER Nürnberg Hirsch
07.02.2012 GER Stuttgart Röhre
08.02.2012 GER Berlin kl. Postbahnhof
09.02.2012 GER Osnabrück Lagerhalle
10.02.2012 GER Hannover Musikzentrum
11.02.2012 GER Bochum Zeche
12.02.2012 GER Köln Luxor
16.02.2012 GER München Backstage
17.02.2012 GER Schweinfurt Stattbahnhof
18.02.2012 CZE Zlin Masters of Rock cafe
20.02.2012 HUN Budapest Club 202
24.02.2012 ITA Novara R’n’R Arena
25.02.2012 ITA Ravenna Rock Planet
26.02.2012 SWI Pratteln Galery
29.02.2012 GBR London Underworld
01.03.2012 F Savigny le Temple L’Empreinte
02.03.2012 NED Kerkrade Rock Tempel
03.03.2012 GER Hamburg Markthalle

Tickets for German shows at
Ticket-Hotline: +49 (0) 4627 – 18 38 0

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-Beggars & Thieves Keep Their Comeback Promise With Their New Album WE ARE THE BROKENHEARTED

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the anticipated new Beggars & Thieves album entitled WE ARE THE BROKENHEARTED on November 29th in North America and December 2nd in Europe.

Beggars & Thieves debuted on Atlantic Records in 1990 with their self-titled album, a record that was critically acclaimed with the first single appearing in the top 40 Billboard Magazine Album Rock Charts and being added to rotation on over 100 Parallel One AOR radio stations. The change of musical climate, and the advent of grunge, halted the band’s rise to the stardom when their new label Epic Records decided not to release Beggars & Thieves second studio album LOOK WHAT YOU CREATE, written and produced in collaboration with Jim Vallance (Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, The Scorpions, Heart, etc.).

In the late ’90s Beggars & Thieves finally independently released LOOK WHAT YOU CREATE followed by THE GREY ALBUM in 1999, before going into hibernation until 2004 when the founding members — singer Louie Merlino and guitarist Ronnie Mancuso — started to play again in the Sin City All-Star’s with guitarist, Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat) and drummer, Lez Warner (The Cult), opening shows for Tesla, Vince Neil, Ratt, Slaughter, and Skid Row. “That and the amazing Internet support from the European Melodic Rock community pretty much set the stage for reforming Beggars,” recalls Ronnie.

Indeed one of the highlights during the last five years was Beggars & Thieves’ participation at Firefest 2010 in Nottingham, UK. “I don’t think we realized that our music meant so much to so many people. The first time we played Firefest and everybody was singing the lyrics, it just blew Louie and me away,” continues Mancuso. “Right from the start we had offers to do another album, but it wasn’t until I partnered up with producer/engineer Kevin Churko while he was producing Ozzy, that I knew by combining our studios and his engineering and mixing skills, we could make an album that competed on the level of anything being released at the time.”

The resulting new album WE ARE THE BROKENHEARTED promises to firmly position the band on the map for all Hard Rock fans worldwide. In Merlino’s words: “We wanted to make a Pink Floyd DARK SIDE OF THE MOON or a U2 JOSHUA TREE and that is a huge commitment. I’m not saying we achieved it. But that was the level of passion and effort that was put into making WE ARE THE BROKENHEARTED. I think the new songs show our potential to be a truly classic band and we both feel strongly that this is the best work we have ever done. We just hope people get the chance and take the time to really listen and absorb this as an album: This is an album designed to be listened to as a whole entity, not in shuffle mode on an iPod.” WE ARE THE BROKENHEARTED proves that great music is timeless. It’s as fresh as it is familiar. Merlino continues: “This isn’t just some guys trying to have a little fun reliving the past. We got a good ten years left, we aren’t messing around, we are deadly serious. We want to compete with the big boys,” and with the quality of this album they just might get their chance!

WE ARE THE BROKENHEARTED includes the following tracks: We Come Undone; Oil & Water; Innocence; Never Gonna See You Again; Beautiful Losers; Seven Seconds; Stranded; Wash Away; Midnight Blue; We Are The Brokenhearted.

The first single “We Come Undone” can be exclusively listened in full streaming on the Frontiers Records web radio. Tune in at .


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-Z Records News

Shout It Out Loud On The Net With is totally new rock experience on the ‘net. Formed by some of England’s most respected journalists is a site with a different approach. Industry politics is swept aside and the Music is president. England’s top Melodic Rock radio show “The Hair Metal Haven” with Chris Nelson will be podcast every week so it can be listened to at home, in work or basically anywhere for up to seven days. The first show will be available from 9 p.m. on Saturday. Check out the Site at .

In Rock We Trust!

Z Rock 2012 Announces Opening Act

Z Rock 2012 has announced the unsigned band whom will open the event on May 5th 2012. Aftermath will be known to those among you who follow Vanden Plas, the band will have a 30 minute set. One final sign act will be announced soon, You won’t be disappointed when they are announced so watch this space.

Meanwhile tickets sales are moving well with less than 50% of the allocated tickets at discounted rate left available. Don’t forget they are £38 instead of £45 and on a First come first served basis at .

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-Surgeland Records Releases First Single From Kelly Keeling Tribute CD

Carmine Appice, Tony Franklin Collaborate With Georgia Vocalist/Guitarist/Arranger Anthony Z’sler To Modernize “Perfect Day”

Surgeland Records, a division of the Georgia-based Serge Entertainment Group LLC, has released the first single from the upcoming Kelly Keeling tribute CD TUNE IN TO MIND RADIO. The single is a modernized version of the melodic rock song “Perfect Day” which appeared on Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus projects and also on Keeling’s solo CD GIVING SIGHT TO THE EYE. The song is performed by Carmine Appice & Friends, and introduces Georgia musician Anthony Z’sler who arranged, mixed and mastered the tune, and also performed lead/background vocals and played acoustic guitar. Legendary drummer icon Carmine Appice, a co-writer of the song, plays drums and percussion along with Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, The Firm, Kenny Wayne Shepherd) on bass. Another Georgia musician, Charlie Gilbert, plays lead guitar. The track was written by Keeling, Appice, and Franklin. “Perfect Day” is available at:

About songwriter Kelly Keeling

If ever there was a powerful rock vocalist that has gone through so many incarnations and evolutions, it is Kelly Keeling. From his days with Baton Rouge and on to the band Blue Murder. To writing, singing and performing with guitarists John Norum (Europe) and Michael Schenker. Then joining forces with Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus and vocalizing with some of the most renowned guitarists in the world like Yngwie Malmsteen and Vivian Campbell. The next incarnation was the Deep Purple-sounding band Heaven & Earth. Mascot Records released Keeling’s first solo project in 2005 and he later became a vocalist for Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In 2008, Surgeland Records released END OF RIDE REVISITED by Paris Keeling, a reissued project on which Keeling worked with guitarist/songwriter Marty Paris. Kelly Keeling is a Louisiana-born multi-instrumentalist and has been the principle songwriter in every band he has ever been in. He is always in demand as a songwriter, vocalist, producer and guitarist. More info is available at .

Musician Bios

Carmine Appice
Author, clinician, drummer… Carmine Appice first came to prominence as the percussionist with the late 1960s psychedelic band Vanilla Fudge. He contributed distinctive background harmonies with bassist Tim Bogert, adding to the group’s high decibel sonic assault. After five albums, Appice and Bogert left Vanilla Fudge to form the blues rock quartet Cactus with vocalist Rusty Day and guitarist Jim McCarty. Eventually, Appice left Cactus with Bogert to join Jeff Beck in the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice, and then later joined Rod Stewart’s backing band in 1977, co-writing hit songs such as “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” and “Young Turks.” In 1978, Appice played drums on Paul Stanley’s first solo album. He was a member of KGB featuring Ray Kennedy, Rick Grech, Mike Bloomfield and Barry Goldberg, and has recorded with Stanley Clarke, Ted Nugent, and Pink Floyd. He was the drummer for the bands King Kobra and Blue Murder, and toured with Ozzy Osbourne. Appice worked with Keeling in several projects including Blue Murder, King Kobra, and Guitar Zeus.

Anthony Z’sler
Born and raised in the metro Atlanta area, Anthony Z’sler began his musical journey at the age of 15. The first time he picked up the guitar, he knew that he was destined to write and play music. For the next few years, he played in different bands, using this opportunity to develop a unique personal style. In 2003, while playing local acoustic gigs, he realized that he wanted to pursue a career as a solo artist. A few months later he began recording his first solo project. His debut CD COUNT THE STARS released in 2005 is loaded with heart-driven, hair-raising melodies that touch on love, relationships and faith. He began working with Serge Entertainment to promote COUNT THE STARS, which received considerable airplay and highly favorable reviews as he continued gigging throughout the Southeast including a stop to open for the legendary band Kansas. Since then, Z’sler has discovered his love for recording, mixing and producing. He recently released his second solo album titled DANCE WITH ME and is working on a new pop/dubstep/dance album. Z’sler continues to record and mix local artists in his studio and hopes to soon release his new pop/dance album worldwide.

Tony Franklin
A born performer who first took the stage at age 5, Tony Franklin got his big break in 1984 as bassist in stellar super-group The Firm, with guitar legend Jimmy Page, vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Chris Slade (AC/DC, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band). Franklin’s signature fretless growl was a distinctive and instantly recognizable element of the band’s first hit, “Radioactive.” After two hit albums with The Firm, Franklin subsequently performed with Blue Murder (John Sykes, Carmine Appice), David Gilmour, Kate Bush, Whitesnake, Donna Lewis, Gary Hoey, Pat Travers and many others. An in-demand session bass ace, he has appeared on more than 150 albums. Franklin has released two solo albums, BRAVE NEW TOMORROW and WONDERLAND, and a bass instructional DVD. Franklin is currently on tour with guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Charlie Gilbert
Charlie Gilbert (guitar/piano/singer/song writer) began playing at the age of 5 studying guitar, drums, and piano. He grew up indulging in all genres ranging from Blues, Rock, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, Classical, Progressive Metal, and everything in between. He spent most of his youth performing in church playing Contemporary and Gospel music, until he reached 20 and started playing in many different cover bands. Gilbert is a completely self-taught musician/teacher and music has been the one constant throughout his life. Gilbert brings to the table a unique musical blend which works perfectly to create the edge that can cross every genre.

“Perfect Day” is available at:
Also available soon on iTunes

Official Web Sites

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-Martyr Launches Second Single “Insensible Scream” Of Upcoming New Album CIRCLE OF 8 Exclusively Via!

In collaboration with Dutch heavy metallers Martyr present the second single “Insensible Scream” of their upcoming new album CIRCLE OF 8 to you! Please surf over to to check out the song!

Make also sure to surf over to the landing page at to listen to the title track “Circle Of 8” and to check out the pre-order options!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Martyr is:
Rick Bouwman – guitars
Wilfried Broekman – drums
Rop van Haren – vocals
Marcel Heesakkers – guitars
Toine van der Linden – bass

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-Special Edition Of The Cyprus Rock Times On Arrayan Path

With the release of Arrayan Path’s IRA IMPERIUM just a few weeks away, the premier rock/metal portal of Cyprus, , is dedicating its entire new electronic issue to the band and their new album.

Packed inside an enjoyable read (in English), the site’s visitors can check out an extended interview with Nicholas Leptos, the voice and mastermind behind Arrayan Path, the editor’s first impressions of the album (track-by-track) after a listening party organized in September, an “All things Arrayan Path” info section and last but not least FOUR new songs taken off IRA IMPERIUM.

Everyone is invited to visit and find out why the editor thinks that “this is an album that will simply make many international ‘best-of 2011’ lists” and why he feels “extremely privileged to have witnessed the birth of this masterpiece!”

Arrayan Path’s IRA IMPERIUM is the band’s third album, due to be released in November 4th/7th (World/UK) through Pitch Black Records.

For more info visit .

Pitch Black Records
PO Box 28522 Nicosia,
Strovolos 2080

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-Napalm Records News

Napalm Records continues to defy expectations with two new records set for North American release on November 22nd: Svolk’s SVOLK ‘EM ALL and Nemesea’s THE QUIET RESISTANCE! Svolk are the world’s first “bear metal” band, and Nemesea maintain a more alt-rock flair, but together these two newcomers are an exciting addition to the Napalm arsenal — check ’em out for yourself, as hearing is believing!!!

From the city of Oslo, a new band is shaking things up with their unique brand of bear metal. The genre delivers a riff-heavy mix of stoner rock and metal, as well as a generous dose of Nordic redneck attitude. The 12-track debut is marked by unrestrained and penetrating power in which the guitar take the lead role. SVOLK ‘EM ALL catapults Svolk to the scene’s forefront, where songs like “52” or “Anchor” will soon become the talk of the town. Knut Erik Solhaug could be easily mistaken for Glenn Danzig, if Glenn were wearing Norwegian flannel, and his vocals encourage his fellow band members to reach for new heights. SVOLK ‘EM ALL is a genuine powerhouse of first-class riffs and grooves!

THE QUIET RESISTANCE is the third album by the Dutch formation and offers a more mature, modern, and contemporary approach than that found on Nemesea’s two previous efforts. Although the band continues to stay true to its characteristic style, they do not shy away from including new elements and details to refresh their sound. The guitars and Manda Ophuis’ outstanding vocals continue to be the driving force behind Nemesea. Manda perfectly understands which web of emotion to weave for each particular track and how to make use of her fantastic vocal lines to breathe life into the lyrics. With extremely appealing songs like “Afterlife,” “Caught In The Middle,” or the beautiful ballad “If You Could,” the alternative rock quintet have several surefire hits from the get-go. Nemesea’s THE QUIET RESISTANCE offers intense and soulful alternative rock complete with a subtle breath of gothic and loudly demands the attention the band undoubtedly deserves.

Candlemass: Three Decades Of Doom & Farewell Album

Napalm Records is very proud to announce that the Swedish doom metal legend Candlemass has joined their ranks. The band is currently working on material for their farewell album, which is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2012 release.

Candlemass: “Now it is official, Swedish doom ‘meisters’ Candlemass have signed with Austrian Napalm Records for their 11th and last studio album. The band is very happy and excited about this and are looking forward to work with such a great and growing label as Napalm, home of cool bands like Monster Magnet, Karma to Burn, and Isole.”

Candelmass are currently working on new material and will do one last recording in December, for a spring release. The famous Stockholm doom metalists plan to do numerous shows around the world on a farewell tour that hopefully will take them to uncharted C-mass territories such as Australia, Japan, China and Asia, as well as to the great European summer festivals, USA and South America.

Candlemass have had a long and very successful career. Inventors of doom in 1986 with the colossal EPICUS DOOMICUS METALICUS and worldwide breakthrough the year after with NIGHTFALL. The band disbanded in 1993 after eight years and six albums that today have reached legendary status.

In 2004 Candlemass reformed with their classic lineup featuring the fearsome monk Messiah Marcolin. Massive success again! The white reunion album (2005) took the band to new levels of sales and fame! With KING OF THE GREY ISLANDS (2007) and DEATH MAGIC DOOM (2009), Candlemass cemented their reputation… owned the the record of the month lists, played packed halls all over the world, and celebrated 25 years as a band more popular than ever! Texan Robert Lowe took over the vocal duties in 2007. Candlemass — Three Decades Of Doom!

My Sleeping Karma: Good Karma

The German instrumental psychedelic rock band, My Sleeping Karma, is the latest addition to the Napalm Records roster. Fans should have their lava lamps and incense sticks ready to go, as something big is coming our way!

“My Sleeping Karma are very thankful and excited for the opportunity to work with one of the most important record labels in the independent heavy/rock scene. During several meetings, Napalm’s representatives always gave us the feeling of real understanding in My Sleeping Karma’s musical journey. We were impressed by their open-minded thinking, as it is surely not usual to give an instrumental psychedelic rock band a chance. The band wants to extend a big THANK YOU to all the people supporting us over the years. This step would not have been possible for us without you!”

Napalm Records

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-Adam Lambert & Steve Cooke To Release PARAMOUNT SESSIONS On December 6

The Complete And Only Official Pre-“Idol” Recordings From Adam Lambert

Grammy-nominated singer Adam Lambert (“American Idol”) and Hollywood award-winning singer Steve Cooke powerfully and soulfully interpret 10 rock ballads each on this exclusive double deluxe collection PARAMOUNT SESSIONS with Madonna and Seal’s backing band.

The re-mixed and mastered songs feature new tracks, extended plays and out takes from Adam Lambert and Rocking vocals from Steve Cooke.

On guitar Monte Pittman (Madonna, Adam Lambert) on bass, piano and keyboards Marcus Brown (Seal, Madonna) and drummer Steve Sidelnyk (Seal, Madonna) on lead guitar is Phil X (Bon Jovi) with additional drumming from Brian Frasier-Moore (Madonna).

The album was produced and mixed by Grammy-Winner Bob Cutarella (also produced for Slash, Les Paul and Celine Dion) and 2x Grammy-winning engineer Alfonso Rodenas.

Adam Lambert captured the hearts of Americans during his amazing performances in “American Idol,” singing songs from Johnny Cash to Queen. Steve Cooke’s vocal performances embrace the tones of INXS, Zep and the Stones.

The album is an easy listening epic of 20 songs accompanied by two music clips: “Radio” and “Gravity.” “Radio” features Steve Cooke and Adam Lambert’s band, with Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty) on drums.

This show keeps rolling with two nominations for this year’s Hollywood Music and Media Awards, with “Radio” for Best Video and “Gravity” for best song in Adult Contemporary.

This is the complete and only official pre-“Idol” recordings from Adam Lambert.

Steve Cooke’s statement on the release:

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-Circles Unleash New Video And Single “Eye Embedded”

Australian progressive Metallers Circles have announced they are to release their first single “Eye Embedded” taken from their debut EP THE COMPASS on November 14th, which comes with a re-mix edition, two B-sides and an instrumental arrangement. The band will be unleashing a brand new promo video alongside the single release.

The band have also put together exclusive footage that not only chronicles the making of the video for the track but gives fans a taster of the video to come. View behind the scenes here:

Comments Circles drummer and video director Dave Hunter: “Shooting our first official video was something we’ve always looked forward to doing. Once it was all over, we were completely drained. It’s like playing a show for 10 hours straight, except your set list only consists of one song. Overall it was a great experience. So far, the response to THE COMPASS has been quite overwhelming. Hopefully we can push it further with this video.”

Since their critically acclaimed debut EP was released in May this year via Basick Records, Circles have been hard at work building their profile worldwide — their studio jam video for “Clouds Are Gathering” reached the No. 1 spot on Scuzz TV, reached No. 3 on the Australian Metal iTunes chart, swept the review boards worldwide with praise for THE COMPASS and all whilst continuing to play countless gigs in their native homeland and begin work on their follow-up record!

“This might be the best new band you’ll hear all year. Truly epic.” – Metal Hammer
“Beyond world class.” – Blunt Magazine
“Circles are here to make a point.” – Rock Sound Magazine
“Melodies so catchy they are probably illegal in some countries.” – Terrorizer Magazine

Track listing for “Eye Embedded” single:

1. Eye Embedded
2. Eye Embedded (Big-F remix)
3. Silence (Prelude demo)
4. Beautiful Fascination (Prelude demo)
5. The Design (Instrumental)

The single “Eye Embedded” from Circles will be released by Basick Records on November 14th, available online via iTunes and all good online digital retailers.

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-Havok: Denver Thrashers To Kick Off Tour With Exhumed!

New Drum Cam Video Posted

Denver road dogs Havok are ready to lay waste to another section of North America, this time alongside headliners Exhumed and Goatwhore. The band will play two warm-up shows in Colorado on October 21st and 23rd before joining Exhumed in Amarillo, Texas where the chaos will officially commence. The band will be touring in support of their critically-lauded TIME IS UP full-length, released earlier this year via Candlelight Records. Said vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez: “I hope everyone is ready for a sore neck! This tour is gonna be a rager! We’ll supply the tunes, you guys bring the mosh!”

In related news, Sick Drummer Magazine is currently hosting the second of three drum cam videos featuring Havok basher Pete Webber, who Popdose aptly crowned “a f*cking monster on the skins,” crucifying his kit. Check out footage of Webber playing “Scumbag In Disguise” here:–produced-video/havok-scumbag-in-disguise-pete-webber.html

HAVOK Headlining Dates:
10/21/2011 The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
10/23/2011 Hodi’s Halfnote – Fort Collins, CO

HAVOK w/ Exhumed, Goatwhore:
10/27/2011 Sorority House – Amarillo, TX *
10/28/2011 The Conservatory – 1H – Oklahoma City, OK
10/29/2011 FuBbar – St. Louis, MO
10/30/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
10/31/2011 I-Rock Nightclub – Detroit
11/01/2011 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
11/02/2011 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
11/03/2011 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
11/04/2011 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
11/05/2011 Rock Cafe Le Stage – Trois-Rivieres, QC
11/06/2011 L’Agitee – Quebec City, QC
11/08/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/09/2011 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
11/10/2011 Championships – Trenton, NJ
11/11/2011 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
11/12/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
11/13/2011 The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
11/14/2011 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/15/2011 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
11/17/2011 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
11/18/2011 Korova/Goregrowler’s Ball – San Antonio, TX w/ Suffocation
11/19/2011 The Juggernaut – Gallup, NM*
11/20/2011 Orpheum Theatre – Flagstaff, AZ *
* = no Goatwhore

“I do not know why they are not opening the Big Four tour.” — Stereokiller

“…one of the best slabs of thrash revivalism in an era swamped with bands wanting to sound like Testament and Exodus… with solid songwriting, insane chops, and crushing production — not to mention the youthful enthusiasm of the group itself — TIME IS UP pays homage to the ’80s while feeling completely fresh and vital.” — AV Club

“Havok have emphatically outdone their previous effort and come up with a thrash masterpiece…” — Metal Assault

“Everyone should be worshipping at these Denver natives’ altar as they have the flashy skill, ridiculous song-writing chops and prodigious lead guitar work that’ll have even the most jaded ears saying, ‘Okay, just this last one…'” — Rock Sound

“This is a damn good thrash album. Call it retro, new thrash revival or whatever, Havok have the chops and the ability to prove that they have the staying power to last in this genre.” —

“…for those who feel Metallica wussed out, Megadeth got too corporate, Anthrax too modern and Slayer too, well, the same as always, Havok should be a great reminder as to what made thrash so damn cool in the first place.” — Hardrock Haven


Candlelight Records USA

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-Rough Angel To Announce EP HEAR THE ANGELS ROCK!

US Heavy Metal weights Rough Angel have announced to release their recordings from 1993. Recorded at Paramount Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA and engineered by Csaba Zvekan himself. These recordings originally intended for promoters and industry are now available for the public.

The “lava” like music is lush and heavy with aggressive vocals hovering over the music. In the “grunge” era it is a true classic and can be compared with bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin.

Csaba Zvekan who re-mastered these recordings had to say: “It’s unbelievable how these recordings are almost two decades old and still have the power to convince the listener. The music and lyrics are still current especially these days. I got goose bumps re-mastering this piece of music. It definitely is a gift for all the friends and fans that are out there.”

The players on the EP are:
Csaba Zvekan (Raven Lord, Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) – Vocals
Jimmy Z. – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Marc Mougavero – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Ross Manzo – Bass Guitars
Dave Kappos – Drums

The song tracks that have been put together are as followed:

1. Standing By Mirrors
2. Defiance
3. Let It Burn
4. Hear The Angels Rock

Rough Angel EP – HEAR THE ANGELS ROCK official teaser:

Rock N Growl Management signed Csaba Zvekan in March 2011 to its roster. So it comes to no surprise that these “lost and found” recordings will be published in close collaboration. Rough Angel’s EP HEAR THE ANGELS ROCK will be available under Rock N Growl Records. The digital release date is set to November 30st, 2011.

On the latest release label boss Axel Wiesenauer of Rock N Growl Records said: “I’m really excited about expanding into label work. And so it always starts with a first release. Well, here it is Rough Angel HEAR THE ANGELS ROCK! Enjoy these great tracks.”

Rock N Growl Records can be contacted under promo(at)

More info can be found at:

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-X “The Unheard Music” Silver Anniversary Special Edition On DVD And Blu-ray December 13

“The punk-rock era’s ‘Last Waltz’… assembled with Scorsese-like care…” – BOSTON GLOBE

The iconic L.A. band X changed the face of punk music with their vibrant, original style…

We see the band at its peak in this legendary film, which took five years to make. As vital today as the day it was released 25 years ago, “The Unheard Music” — preserved by the Sundance Collection as a “seminal independent film” — provides an indelible record of underground America in the Age of Reagan. This innovative and unconventional film puts us inside the world of X using a striking, visionary style reflecting the uncompromising passion and raw energy of their music. Includes 17 X classics from their critically hailed first four albums: LOS ANGELES, WILD GIFT, UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN, and MORE FUN IN THE NEW WORLD.


“White Girl”:

Available for the first time in HD, this Silver Anniversary Edition of one of the greatest rock films ever made includes a new film transfer and 5.1 mix, plus never-before-seen Xtras: a 25th anniversary dialogue with John Doe & Exene Cervenka; an inside look into the making of the film with Angel City Productions (circa 1983); a raw outtake of a live performance of the song “Some Other Time”; the original theatrical trailer; and a replica of the original souvenir song book.

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-Scythia To Headline Nerd Fest In Vancouver — November 19th

Nerd Fest Returns for its second year of showcasing that the world of knights and dragons is more than fantasy, it’s the new cool!

Nerd Fest, a night of medieval fantasy returns to Vancouver on November 19th at the Rickshaw Theatre with local folk metal clans Scythia, Eye Of Odin and Celestial Ruin. Scythia will be headlining the fest as they have just released their second studio album …OF EXILE last month to rave reviews and have topped the Canadian college loud charts at #1.

Fantasy metal won’t be the only entertainment at Nerd Fest; the festival also incorporates everything from sword fighting, tattoo artistry, burlesque dancing (Tiffany Truth), fantasy multimedia (films), a costume contest and a multitude of vendors whom will be present to showcase their unique local-made crafts for medieval enthusiasts.

Dave Khan vocalist/guitarist of Scythia and one of the event organizers of Nerd Fest commented on what fantasy fans can expect.

“Nerd Fest is a night dedicated to celebrating our love for all things fantasy. And we will celebrate by making it sexy with burlesque and cool with some really prominent local fantasy bands. We are really stoked to be putting on a multimedia variety night with a theme. It’s been a blast organizing it because it’s been really easy to garner support. The idea seems like something that really resonates with the sponsors and performers that we are recruiting.”

Event Details:

Saturday, November 19, 2011
6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

The Rickshaw Theatre
254 E Hastings
Vancouver BC (Downtown)

Min. Age: 19+

Dress Code: Costume preferred
Music: rock, medieval, metal…

Admission: $15

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*** PRESS RELEASE #17 ***
-Autumn Launches Second Single “Black Stars In A Blue Sky” Of Upcoming New Album COLD COMFORT Exclusively Via Metal Hammer Germany!

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

Please surf over to the website of Metal Hammer Germany to check out the second single “Black Stars In A Blue Sky” here:

Make also sure to check out the title track and first single “Cold Comfort” and the pre-order options at .

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

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

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

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

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

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

*** PRESS RELEASE #18 ***
-Bolero Announces Tour Dates With Russian Pagan Metallers Arkona + Post Free Download “O’Hail To The Northlander”

Symphonic Celtic death metallers Bolero are proud to announce they will be joining Russian pagan metal band Arkona for two Canadian dates in Toronto on November 12th and Ottawa on November 14th.

In welcoming the Russian pagan metallers to Canada, Bolero have posted their latest track “O’Hail To The Northlander” for free download at the following link:

The track is from Bolero’s debut full length VOYAGE FROM VINLAND released earlier this year along with the support of their music video “Pints Held High,” which can be found at the following link:

Upcoming Show Dates:

Saturday November 12th – Toronto @ The Annex Wreckroom with Arkona and Talamyus

Monday November 14th – Ottawa @ Mavericks with Arkona, Talamyus and Sonburst

Saturday, November 26 – Montreal @ Club Saphir with Aegnymist

-About Heavy Metal’s “Essential Progressive Metal Albums” list is online at .

-Almah’s MOTION (AFM Records) is out now, featuring singer Edu Falaschi, guitarists Marcelo Barbosa and Paulo Schroeber, bassist Felipe Andreoli, and drummer Marcelo Moreira. Track list: “Hypnotized,” “Living And Drifting,” “Days Of The New,” “Bullets On The Altar,” “Zombies Dictator,” “Trace Of Trait,” “Soul Alight,” “Late Night In ’85,” “Daydream Lucidity,” “When And Why.” Hype: “Despite of the fact that since the very beginning Almah experimented with heavier and aggressive parts in the vein of melodic metal, MOTION is an album full of surprises, and the main one is that Almah is not a typical melodic metal band anymore! The musicians tried to tread a new, more modern way, without losing Almah’s recognizable touch with those shredding solos, romantic and strong powerful vocal lines among heavy guitar riffs, groovy bass and swift drums. Many special features have been used for this CD. The guitar parts were recorded with 7-strings instruments, half-step down (B flat), and the rhythm guitars were played four times for extra punch. No wonder that the result is very solid and heavy!” See and for more.

-Anvil’s career-spanning retrospective MONUMENT OF METAL: THE VERY BEST OF ANVIL is out now through The End Records. Track list: “Metal On Metal” (re-recorded version from THIS IS THIRTEEN), “Winged Assassins” (re-recorded), “666,” “Thumbhang,” “School Love” (re-recorded), “Heat Sink,” “March Of The Crabs,” “Plenty Of Power,” “Mothra,” “Sins Of The Flesh,” “Jackhammer” (live), “Juggernaut Of Justice,” “No One To Follow,” “Mad Dog,” “Bottom Feeder,” “Race Against Time,” “American Refugee,” “Fire In The Night,” “Park That Truck.” See for more.

-Previews from Arrayan Path’s IRA IMPERIUM are now available through Amazon MP3. Check ’em out at .

-The latest interviews and features from Sebastian Bach, as he continues to promote KICKING & SCREAMING…,,20535312,00.html

Fox News

CBS New York Street Date Radio Interview (video)

“Elliot In The Morning”

“Opie & Anthony”

Artisan News promo videos

video interview from Malmo, Sweden

Q104.3 New York’s Classic Rock (video interview)

Icon vs. Icon

See for more.

-Check out some samples from Beggars & Thieves’ WE ARE THE BROKENHEARTED as follows:

“We Come Undone”

“Oil & Water”

“Never Gonna See You Again”

“We Are The Broken Hearted”

See for more.

-Crystal Viper is working on a new album for AFM Records. The band is also set to play its first Italian gig ever — the 2011 Steel Fest on November 5 at the Estragon Club in Bologna, Italy, with Virgin Steele and Angel Witch.

-The Dio Disciples’ North American is over, but before it ended the band filmed their show at the South Texas Rock Fest on October 11 at the Sunken Gardens in San Antonio, TX, for a possible future DVD release. (Saxon, Warrant, Quiet Riot, UFO, Pretty Boy Floyd, Lita Ford, and Stephen Pearcy were also on the bill.) The set list: “Stand Up And Shout,” “Holy Diver,” “Kill The King,” “Egypt (The Chains Are On),” “Catch The Rainbow,” “The Mob Rules,” “All The Fools Sailed Away,” “The Last In Line,” “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Man On The Silver Mountain,” “Heaven & Hell,” “We Rock.” Check out an excellent report from San Antonio Metal Music Examiner Jay Nanda for all the details, including an interview with Tim “Ripper” Owens, a concert report, and photos, at . See and for more.

-Dragonland’s UNDER THE GREY BANNER is due out November 18 on AFM Records. Track list: “Ilmarion,” “Shadow Of The Mithril Mountains,” “The Tempest,” “A Thousand Towers White,” “Fire And Brimstone,” “The Black Mare,” “Lady Of Goldenwood,” “Durnir’s Forge,” “The Trials Of Mount Farnor,” “Throne Of Bones,” “Under The Grey Banner,” “Ivory Shores.” Check out “Fire And Brimstone” now at .

-Earache Records’ Winter Catalogue — “full of the latest CDs, vinyls, T-shirts, hoodies and other merch. The catalogue also features loads of great exclusive offers, including free UK shipping on everything!” — can be downloaded at When you do you’ll also get a free 13-track Winter Sampler album, featuring tracks from Earache artists Rival Sons, Evile, White Wizzard, Savage Messiah, Cauldron, Diamond Plate, The Browning, Wormrot, Cerebral Bore, SSS, The Soulless, Hour Of 13, and Woods Of Ypres. Check out the European and North American webstores at and , respectively, and see for more.

-Epica announced it hit the 1 million fan mark on Facebook. Guitarist Mark Jansen commented, “We are very happy about it! It shows us that we’re still on the right track and that following your heart while making music is the best thing to do. We have seen many bands coming and going but we’re still around and we thank all our fans from all over the world for believing in us and supporting us!” See , , and for more.

-Famous Underground’s upcoming Canadian tour dates:

10/19 – Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON (w/ Yngwie Malmsteen)
11/4 – Revolutions Night Club, Kingston, ON
11/5 – Club Saphir, Montreal, QC
11/26 – Rockpile, Toronto, ON
12/3 – The Green Bottle, Oshawa, ON

See for more.

-Glyder — with a revamped lineup of singer Jackie Robinson, guitarists Bat Kinane and Pete Fisher, bassist Graham McClatchie, and drummer Des McEvoy — is back with BACKROADS TO BYZANTIUM on SPV. Track list: “Chronicled Deceit,” “Long Gone,” “Fade To Dust,” “Even If I Don’t Know Where I’m Gonna Go,” “Don’t Make Their Mistakes,” “Down And Out,” “Something She Knows,” “Two Wrongs,” “End Of The Line,” “Motions Of Time.” Hype: “The album takes the listener on a road trip that has a hint of Americana and progresses to the re-emerging troubles on the streets of Northern Ireland to being homeless on the streets of London. Other themes on the album concern the evils of the tabloid press and global warming. The album ends off in a reflective mood about mortality and how it’s not the end. Yes Glyder are back to stay! This new band members all in their 20’s has added a new fire to the band. New singer Jackie Robinson has a unique rock voice that sometimes hints at Paul Rodgers and Phil Mogg.” Check out clips of three songs at . See for more.

-Halford’s LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA is on sale at as follows: Blu-ray: $15.99, DVD: $10.99, CD: $13.05. Also, use coupon code METALGOD at to get 20% off a digital sale, where you can get 60+ new Fight and Halford video singles for $.79 each, and Halford and Fight albums for $5.59 each. See for more.

-Hammers Of Misfortune’s 17TH STREET is streaming in full at, at . Track list: “317,” “17th Street,” “The Grain,” “Staring (The 31st Floor),” “The Day The City Died,” “Romance Valley,” “Summer Tears,” “Grey Wednesday,” “Going Somewhere.” The album is due out October 21/24 through Metal Blade. See , , and for more.

-The Iron Maidens have the following gigs on tap, including the “No Prayer For Texas Tour ’11”:

10/22 – Roland/Boss Loop Station National Championship 2 @ Musicians Institute, Los Angeles, CA (free show)
10/28 – The Can Club, Garden Grove, CA (Halloween show; all ages; costume contest)
10/29 – Marquee 15 Concert Theater, Corona, CA (Halloween show; all ages; costume contest & “Coffin Case” giveaways)
11/5 – BroadAcres Market Place & Event Center, North Las Vegas, NV (all ages)
11/11 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
11/12 – El Cajon Grand, El Cajon, CA
12/1 – House Of Rock Live, El Paso, TX
12/2 – Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX (all ages)
12/3 – Smokin Aces, Mission, TX
12/4 – The Meridian, Houston, TX
12/10 – The Ruby Room, San Diego, CA

See , , and for more.

-Iron Mask’s BLACK AS DEATH, with Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire) on vocals, is due out December 16 on AFM Records. Check out a preview of the new song “Broken Hero” at .

-Check out Iron Savior’s new song “Heavy Metal Never Dies” at . THE LANDING is due out on AFM Records on November 18.

-Toby Jepson (Little Angels, Fastway, Gun, Dio Disciples) has some solo acoustic shows planned for the UK and Northern Ireland:

10/27 – Corporation, Sheffield, UK
10/29 – Fibbers, York, UK
10/31 – Bootleggers, Kendle, UK
11/12 – Diamond Rock Club, Ballymena, Northern Ireland

See for more.

-Kimball Jamison (or is it Kimball/Jamison?) is the new project featuring singers Bobby Kimball (Toto) and Jimi Jamison (Survivor). They’ve previously sung live together with the Legends Of Rock and Voices Of Classic Rock projects, and their new self-titled release features songs written by Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Jim Peterik (Survivor, Ides Of March), Randy Goodrum (Steve Perry, Toto), John Waite (The Babys, Bad English, solo), Erik Martensson (W.E.T.), and Robert Sall (Work Of Art), among others. The band consists of guitarist Alex Beyrodt (Sinner, Silent Force), bassist Matt Sinner (Sinner, Primal Fear), keyboardist Jimmy Kresic, and drummer Martin Schmidt. Sinner and Kresic also co-produced the album. Track list: “”Worth Fighting For,” “Can’t Wait For Love,” “Sail Away,” “Chasing Euphoria,” “Find Another Way,” “Get Back In The Game,” “I Did Everything Wrong,” “Shadows Of Love,” “Hearts Beat Again,” “We Gotta Believe,” “Kicking And Screaming,” “Your Photograph.” A bonus DVD includes a “making of” feature and the videos for “Worth Fighting For” and “Can’t Wait For Love.” Hype: “‘Hold The Line,’ ‘Rosanna,’ ‘Burning Heart’ — these songs from Toto and Survivor are true musical evergreens and are still played on radio stations all over the world. The soaring vocals that kept these melodies in so many fan’s minds come from two amazing singers: Bobby Kimball (Toto) and Jimi Jamison (Survivor). For the first time in their career, Bobby and Jimi have joined forces together for a ‘duets’ album. The album features Kimball and Jamison’s signature vocal styles in a familiar musical environment…” Check out clips of all the songs and the video for “Can’t Wait For Love” at , and an EPK at . See , , and for more. has tons of coverage on the Kiss Kruise that took place October 13 – 17. The band played three rarities-filled shows — one unplugged and without makeup — on the ship filled with over 2,500 fans. Skid Row also performed. Kiss’ set list from the Thursday afternoon “Unplugged At Sea” / “Unmasked Sailaway Show”: “Hotter Than Hell,” “Calling Dr. Love,” “Sure Know Something,” “Christine Sixteen,” “Do You Love Me,” “Shandi,” “I Love It Loud,” “Forever,” “See You Tonight,” “Black Diamond,” “Hard Luck Woman,” “Beth,” “Everytime I Look At You,” “Just A Boy / I / Mr. Blackwell” (medley), “Anything For My Baby,” “Two Timer,” “C’mon And Love Me,” “Rock And Roll All Nite.” From the Friday night full show: “Room Service,” “Two Timer,” “Comin’ Home” (for the first time in its full, original version), “Strutter,” “Nothin’ To Lose,” “Love Her All I Can,” “She,” “Take Me,” “Goin’ Blind,” “Parasite,” “Rock Bottom,” “All The Way,” “Got To Choose,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Lick It Up,” “C’mon And Love Me,” “Hard Luck Woman,” “Beth,” “Rock And Roll All Nite.” From the Saturday night show: “I Stole Your Love,” “Getaway,” “Room Service,” “Two Timer,” “Comin’ Home,” “Strutter,” “Nothin’ To Lose,” “Love Her All I Can,” “All The Way,” “She,” “Take Me,” “Goin’ Blind,” “Parasite,” “Rock Bottom,” “C’mon And Love Me,” “Got To Choose,” “Lick It Up,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Hard Luck Woman,” “Beth,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Rock And Roll All Nite.” Check out for complete coverage, photos, and videos of a Q&A session, “Hard Luck Woman” (unplugged), “Room Service,” “Two Timer,” the band walking the halls of the ship, “Getaway,” “Comin’ Home,” and “Take Me.” This Sunday, October 23, CNN will premiere “Kiss Inc.: The Band And The Brand” at 8 p.m.; check out a preview clip at Universal Japan will reissue ANIMALIZE (1984), ASYLUM (1985), CRAZY NIGHTS (1987), and HOT IN THE SHADE (1989) in “high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players).” HOT IN THE SHADE is the first in the series and will be available January 18. In related news, the first of the four “Eric Carr Through The Years” videos is available at . See for more. Former guitarist Bruce Kulick has a feature interview in the October 2011 issue of Italy’s Guitar Club Magazine; see and for more.

-Lord Volture’s NEVER CRY WOLF can now be pre-ordered at . The pre-order package “features bonuses such as exclusive MP3 downloads, custom guitar picks, stickers and an autographed band picture.” Check it out at . An album release party will take place November 11 at B-Town in Boxtel, The Netherlands, with special guests Red Eyes from Amsterdam. Check out the flyer at and . See for more.

-Manowar’s Joey DeMaio appeared on “Eddie Trunk Rocks” back on September 30. Check out the three-part interview at , , and . See for more.

-Morton’s COME READ THE WORDS FORBIDDEN is due out October 21 in Europe on AFM Records. Track list: “Calling For The Storm,” “Eaglemark,” “Brotherhood Of Light,” “Sleeping King,” “Losing Faith,” “We Are The Shades,” “Oblivion,” “Grimoire,” “Burning Prisoner,” “Werewolf Hunt,” “Black Witch,” “Azrael,” “Weeping Bell.” The band and label are running a contest now; to get the chance to win a Morton fan package simply go to , “Like” the post about the contest, and “share it on your wall and/or suggest [the] page to all your friends.” Check out the full album streaming now at . See for more.

-Check out Myrath’s video for “Merciless Times” at .

-Check out Oz’s “Turn The Cross Upside Down” (2011 version), from the upcoming BURNING LEATHER, at . The band’s comeback album for AFM records will feature six new songs and five re-recorded older songs. BURNING LEATHER is due out November 18.

-Reckless Love’s ANIMAL ATTRACTION is out now on Spinefarm Records. Track list: “Animal Attraction,” “Speedin’,” “Born To Break Your Heart,” “Hot,” “Fantasy,” “Dirty Dreams,” “Dance,” “Fight,” “Switchblade Babe,” “On The Radio,” “Coconuts.” The UK version has the bonus track “Young’n’crazy.” Hype: “Reckless Love exploded onto the melodic rock scene last year and their brand of infectious commercial party rock made them instant favorites with fans! With a sleazy image and huge hair, you’d be forgiven for thinking these guys had just walked of a stage on L.A.’s Sunset Strip circa 1986, but believe it or not these guys hail from Finland! Musically these guys create awesome hook-filled songs which are infectious. If you like party rock with anthemic stadium rock choruses this is for you.” See , , and for more.

-There’s a new Redemption interview at .

-The Scorpions’ TAKEN BY FORCE is the subject of a “Retro Recommendation” feature at .

-Dee Snider will portray Pontius Pilate in Motionless In White’s new video for “Immaculate Misconception,” off the album CREATURES (Fearless Records). In other news, Snider has been leaking tidbits of his upcoming DEE DOES BROADWAY album via Twitter ( see ). The album should be out next year and will include Snider’s duets with Patti LuPone, Cyndi Lauper (on “Hey Big Spender”), and others, and possibly “Sweeney Todd.” Seems Snider rather enjoyed his stint on Broadway last year in “Rock Of Ages.” Snider also has an autobiography due through Simon & Schuster. See for more.

-Spiritus Mundi’s AMERICAN DYSTOPIA is due December 1. Track list: “The Evils Of The World,” “Breeding Ground,” “Culture Of Corruption,” “Merchants Of Cool,” “Down The River,” “Atrocities,” “Patriot Attack,” “Illusion Of Control,” “All Out War,” “Wake Up Or Die,” “Born Into Captivity,” “The End Is Near,” “All Quiet On The Western Front.” Hype recommends the band to fans of Iron Maiden, Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax, and Black Sabbath. More hype: “Original, aggressive, passionate, lyrically driven. Formed from a host of unique talents from across the globe, this technological virtual dream band stands on the shoulders of countless Metal giants, creating a very unique sound of its own. By combining influences of the past with modern elements of present day music, this aggressive yet melodic style maintains a balance between darkness and light. Loaded with melodically heavy riffs, catchy choruses, political and social observations and insightful commentary sung with conviction, this is one hard-hitting chunk of Metal that offers no apologies and gives no sympathy.” The album is available at . See , , , , and for more.

-There’s a new Suicidal Tendencies interview at MetalSucks, at .

Thanks to Michael R. Wopshall, Allyson B. Crawford, Nightmare Records, Earsplit PR, Dan Marsicano, Pat Prince, Axel Wiesenauer/Rock N Growl, and Chad Bowar for help gathering some of this information.

by Tim Wadzinski (

-Man, those Kiss Kruise set lists look awesome. “All The Way?” “Getaway?” “Room Service?” “Anything For My Baby?” Wow. When “Lick It Up” from 1983 is the *newest* song — and by a wide margin, at that! — you know there were some golden oldies played. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love when bands do this sort of thing. And don’t even get me started on the unplugged show where they did an “ELDER” medley of “Just A Boy,” “I,” and “Mr. Blackwell.” Hopefully they played more than just, like, one line of each. 🙂

-If you have the bonus DVD that came with Sebastian Bach’s KICKING & SCREAMING, a hidden Easter Egg is Bach’s video for the song “Battle With The Bottle” from 2008’s second season of the “Gone Country” reality show/contest. Find the video as follows: go to the “Music Videos” section, highlight “Kicking & Screaming,” and press right on your remote. Thanks to @blakkmail for this one.

-I had no idea singer Andrew “Mac” McDermott (Threshold, Sargant Fury) died in August. I loved his voice, and I’ve recently been on a Sargant Fury kick for some reason. I saw Threshold and met Mac at ProgPower USA in Atlanta in ’02 and he was totally cool and funny. R.I.P.

-Seems like there’s a lot of these lately — Morton’s “Werewolf Hunt” is the latest song title I’ve seen that takes me back to when I was a 13-year-old budding metalhead. That song *has* to be cool, right? 🙂

-A Kelly Keeling tribute album? Wow. Now don’t get me wrong here — I actually do really like his voice and have many of he albums on which he’s appeared, but a tribute album?

-Yeah, I know, Adam Lambert… I debated the idea of including that press release but I figured, hey, he *did* perform with Kiss on “American Idol” after all.

-Funny tweet from Gene Simmons, during last night’s wedding marathon of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” on A&E: “Alcohol tastes like piss. And not good piss.”

-Is D-A-D’s 2012 tour really called the “Fast On Wheels 2011” Tour?

-In my current playlist: Gary John Barden – ELEVENTH HOUR (Escape Music), Anthrax – WORSHIP MUSIC (Megaforce Records), Holy Force – s/t (, StormWarrior – HEATHEN WARRIOR (Massacre Records), Vargton Projekt – PROGXPRIMETAL (Lion Music).

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Eric Carr “Unfinished Business”

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This 20th anniversary commemorative collection features 18 rare Eric Carr recordings including unreleased music, live performances, remixes, and interview clips. Along with Eric are performances by fellow musicians and friends, current and former members of KISS, Twisted Sister, Europe, Grand Funk Railroad, Ted Poley, Seether, ZO2, Benny Doro, Marcia Juell and more!

Go to for more info about this great CD. And keep your eyes on us, as Detritus has interviews lined up with the folks who worked on the CD, and we’ll also be giving copies away!

Issue #612.5 SAXON Interview

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-I missed the band’s Chicago-area show last weekend (and I am still bitter!) but thankfully I was able to speak with Saxon’s Biff Byford a couple of days ago. – Tim

by Tim Wadzinski (

-Interview w/ Biff Byford (Saxon)
October 12, 2011

Saxon, one of the original NWOBHM bands, has been kicking ass for 35 years, releasing albums regularly since 1979. The current lineup — singer Biff Byford, guitarists Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt, bassist Tim “Nibbs” Carter, and drummer Nigel Glockler — has been stable for a number of years and is making some of the best music of the band’s storied career. The excellent latest album, CALL TO ARMS, was released overseas back in June, and on September 27 in North America, and the band is currently touring here to support it. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the classic DENIM AND LEATHER album, so there is certainly quite a bit going on in the Saxon camp these days. I was able to chat with Mr. Byford this week to get caught up.

[Note: Biff had a busy day of press and I was his last interview. When the call scheduled for 7:30 was late, I got a little worried. I emailed the PR folks at 7:47 — Saxon joke there!!! — but then the phone rang a few minutes later and off we went. Phew… – Tim]

DETRITUS: First of all, congratulations on a spectacular new album. I really, really like CALL TO ARMS quite a bit.

BIFF BYFORD: Thank you very much. It’s doing well. It took us by surprise a bit, really, the way people love the album. Even moreso in the US, actually, it’s really great.

D: What led to a full North American tour this time out? You guys don’t tour here for every album.

BB: No, we sort of delayed the album in America so we could tour on the release date. That’s what we wanted to do. Because you can tour here, and we do all right, but it’s much better when the album’s out. You get the full force of the promotion, all the PR people working on it. It gives everybody something to talk about, doesn’t it? Rather than just talking about the band all the time. Yeah, we like the album, and I think this album seems to be a little bit special. We’re obviously in a good place at the moment, really.

D: Unfortunately the only time I ever got to see you was back in 1998 when you were touring the US for UNLEASH THE BEAST. Have you done a number of full-length American tours since then?

BB: Not really, we usually just come in and play our strongest cities, like we’ll come in and do New York and a few shows in Texas, and then usually go off down to South America. We really wanted to make an effort this year to tour in America on the album’s release. Actually the attendance and the reception has been fantastic.

D: As far as the set list, I was supposed to see your Chicago-area show but I couldn’t make it, so I don’t know what you played. I know this is a big year with the 30th anniversary of DENIM AND LEATHER…

BB: Yeah!

D: I know you played it in its entirety in some places. But when you come here, since you don’t get to tour very often, do you do something different with the set?

BB: Well we play for about two hours, for a start. We do a couple of songs off of [1983’s] POWER & THE GLORY, you know we just feature that, we do a bit of [1985’s] INNOCENCE IS NO EXCUSE, and obviously we do all the big hits from the ’80s, really. Because we don’t tour often, we really want to please the audience. And we are playing five or six songs off the new album. It’s difficult, really, to do a set list.

D: I imagine! I was just looking over your discography. In my review of CALL TO ARMS I said Saxon is one of the few bands that really has been consistent and strong for so long, supporting true heavy metal. I wonder if you ever come across US fans who want you to play more of the newer stuff, and not just the ’80s stuff.

BB: We do, we do. We get people who want us to play “Battalions Of Steel” off the last album [2009’s INTO THE LABYRINTH], “I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)” off [2007’s] THE INNER SANCTUM. But, you know, we can’t play for five hours. (laughs) But you know what I mean? It’s difficult, really, for our American fans. We played “Battalions Of Steel” in Chicago, and some of the newer stuff. We are trying to make it a good mixture of songs.

D: I don’t envy that task… Getting back to the new album, I see you co-produced it with Toby Jepson.

BB: Yeah.

D: How did you cross paths with Toby, and why did you choose to work with him?

BB: Well Toby used to sing with a band called Little Angels, who were like what they call “Brit Rock,” in the ’90s. He was a huge Saxon fan when he was young, a teen-ager basically, or actually smaller than that — he’s from a different generation. He had some great ideas. I had the idea to do this album a bit more organic, you know, with less samples and less Pro Tools jury-bunkery [I really do think that’s what he said. – Tim], less keyboards and choirs and, you know, a hundred guitar overdubs. He wanted us to make an album more in the spirit of the ’80s, which has got more of a “live” feel. So things are worked out before and the songs are written in such a way that when you record them in a big room, you know, it sounds great. And that’s what we did. He controlled the performance of the band and I controlled the arrangements and what parts people played. So it was a great partnership.

D: It was interesting to me because I’m familiar with his work in Little Angels, and I just saw Dio Disciples here in Chicago…

BB: Yeah, he’s on that tour, singing four or five songs. He’s not singing enough, actually. He’s great. Toby is a bit of a cross between Robert Plant and sort of a, I dunno… He’s a really great singer.

D: I had no idea he was a metalhead, but here I see him working on your album, which sounds great, and I saw him doing the classics with Dio Disciples.

BB: He’s a total metalhead! He likes that early blues rock influence, you know, and the punk influence that we had back in the ’80s. So he wants us to go back to that because he thinks that’s what the fans want. And obviously he’s right. (laughs) I can’t really argue with that. The album’s already sold nearly twice as many [copies] as our last one. So really there’s no contest there.

D: Wow, great — congratulations. Let’s talk about some of the songs on the new album. The lyrics of “Back In ’79” make it seem like a sequel to “Denim And Leather.”

BB: Yeah, it is. It’s “Denim And Leather” revisited, because that’s what we wanted to do. I wanted to sort of go back there in the zone of that working class person in a rock band. You know, we’re obviously talented musicians but we’re still within the ranks of our friends and the people that are out there on the streets. I just wanted to get back to that. Toby wanted me to get back to that style of writing, like “Back In ’79,” “Ballad Of The Working Man,” “Surviving Against The Odds,” that type of thing.

D: “Mists Of Avalon” is one that stuck out to me, because I’ve been on a King Arthur kick. Throughout all your albums, and being British of course, is this really the first time you’ve ever written about Arthurian legend?

BB: Yeah it is actually, it was kind of fun to do. I was gonna call the album — thing is, Iron Maiden came out with a song on their last album [2010’s THE FINAL FRONTIER] called “Isle Of Avalon,” and I thought, “Aw, sh*t.” I was gonna call the album EXCALIBUR but that sounded a little bit cheesy. So the record company encouraged me to go with the “Mists Of Avalon” idea that I originally had. So I’m sort of glad I did, really. But yeah, it tips its hat a little bit to the prog rock thing, you know? I love that song. I love playing it live, ’cause I get to sing different styles in that song.

D: The songs “When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)” and “No Rest For The Wicked” are going to be in a movie?

BB: Yes, they’re going to be in a movie that goes into production next year. They’re just waiting for the actors to become free. But yeah, “Hybrid Theory” it’s called. It’s a British film and the director [James Erskine] is a huge fan, and thought that we should be on some film soundtracks.

D: So they sought you out and requested a couple of tracks?

BB: Yeah, they sought us out. We’ve had a bit of success on some video games, like, you know, “Grand Theft Auto” and things. They just wanted a British band — more of a “cult” band than, say, AC/DC, ’cause they get a lot of soundtrack stuff — so yeah, it’s really great.

D: Then there’s a song like “Afterburner” that just comes out and kicks your ass for a few minutes. Is it easier for you to write a song like that, rather than something that has more parts, or is more progressive?

BB: For me, lyrically, I have to have a topic. That topic is about an aircraft carrier; that’s what’s really where the song originates from. You know, the planes taking off from an aircraft carrier with the afterburners on full thrust. But yeah, it’s that sort of thrashy, thrash metal stuff that we write a lot, from “Motorcycle Man” [on 1980’s WHEELS OF STEEL] to “To Hell And Back Again” [on 1980’s STRONG ARM OF THE LAW], all that sort of quite punky, thrashy stuff. We still love to write it, really.

D: You’ve always been the band’s chief lyricist, right?

BB: That’s right, yeah.

D: With all your albums and all your songs, is there anything you haven’t written about that you really want to?

BB: I don’t know… I might do a song about the Mayan / Incan empire on the next album. (laughs) Not to set you up, where it goes… I mean, the guys have to come up with a fantastic riff which sort of brings me to that point, you know what I mean?

D: Is there any topic that you would just never write a song about?

BB: Eh, we don’t do a lot of “sleaze rock,” you know what I mean? Yeah we don’t do a lot of, what can I say, “sleaze rock,” basically. We tend to really… It has to be about life, or anthemic, that means things to people. That’s what we seem to be good at. On this album that’s where we tried to stay. In fact “Hammer Of The Gods” is a classic Saxon track. Fantastic Paul Quinn riff that opens the song. It’s a Doug Scarratt riff on the verse, so the two styles blend together perfectly. It’s a song about Vikings, you know, so it’s a classic Saxon song, really.

D: What is the glue that holds the band together? You’ve been doing this so long with remarkable consistency, as I said earlier.

BB: It’s probably me that holds it, that glues the band together. (laughs) I’m really enthusiastic about everything to do with the band, and music. It’s probably me. I don’t mean that in a sort of, you know, macho way, but it’s probably me that keeps everybody on their road to awareness.

D: It doesn’t seem like you guys ever take breaks. You’re always on the road or working on an album.

BB: We’ve got 10 days after South America. That’s all right. (laughs) We’re gonna take January off, I think, and have a rest. Then we’re gonna write a few new songs, I got a few ideas in my head. So we’ll write a few new songs in January, and then try and get back into America. That’s the plan, maybe to keep the album out there, floating around, you know, selling a few copies every day. That’s what we need to do.

D: So there are — hopefully — no retirement plans in the foreseeable future, like some of your contemporaries?

BB: Not at the moment, unless somebody gets ill — that’s always a problem. But at the moment, no. We’re still climbing mountains.

D: I’m glad you said that!

BB: (laughs)

D: As far as the 30th anniversary of DENIM AND LEATHER… A lot of bands have done the 25th or 30th anniversary thing lately, where they re-release an album or play it live in its entirety. You put out an album a year, basically, throughout the ’80s. So are you going to do 30th anniversary celebrations for each, over the next few years?

BB: Well, we’ve done two or three shows with a full album. It’s generally just a section within the set that we play — ’cause these albums are only 23 minutes long anyway. (laughs) So it’s just a section within our set where we play an album. So it’s not really [where] we go on stage, play the album, and then go home. It’s just integrated within the set. I suppose in that respect it’s easy for us to do it. There’s no plans to do it in the near future. We did it in Japan — we did the DENIM AND LEATHER album a couple of months ago — and we did it on the cruise to Miami we did. [Note: The band played WHEELS OF STEEL and STRONG ARM OF THE LAW in their entireties on this cruise. – Tim] But apart from that we’ll probably do it on special occasions, maybe.

D: That was the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise. What was that gig like? Was that your first one?

BB: Yeah, that was the first time we’ve ever played on a ship. It was a bit… Yeah that was a bit crazy. It was great, though. I mean it was really sort of a fantastic experience actually. I’d recommend it to anybody if they can afford it. (laughs)

D: Were you able to interact with the fans?

BB: Yeah, we got to wander around the ship meeting the fans. There was no VIP area or anything — I suppose that’s the only thing you could do, really. We had a great time. We were partying with our mates. I mean, a lot of bands on there were our friends — Blind Guardian, Uli Jon Roth, and people like that.

D: I saw some of your UK live dates back in April were done in conjunction with charities. Can you talk about that?

BB: For charity, yeah. We did quite a bit for the children’s charity.

D: What was the band’s connection to the Nordoff Robbins and ChildLine charities?

BB: Well it was actually Rod Smallwood, Iron Maiden’s manager who we’re mates with, who put me onto it. They wanted me to do a bike ride across Cuba but I couldn’t do it because we were doing the Miami cruise thing. So to make up for that I’d come up with the idea of doing a charity where people come in and watch the soundcheck and have photographs taken, and they just pay, you know, £10 or I think it was £15, £15 cash on the day. So they came in and saw the soundcheck and took photographs. Yeah, it was really successful, actually. We were really surprised.

D: I thought that was a great thing. Had you done charity work in the past?

BB: Yeah, we’ve done a little bit with record sales and things. But no, we’d never done anything [like this] — I think we’re the probably the first ones to do it, actually. We might roll that out again next year. It was quite successful. We raised about $15,000 or something. Not too bad, yeah?

D: That’s great — well done! Let’s end with a cliche question. What’s your all-time favorite Saxon song, and why?

BB: My all-time favorite Saxon song? I dunno… It’s got to be “Princess Of The Night” [on 1981’s DENIM AND LEATHER] probably. It’s just a great song.

D: I thought you might say that one. I just read somewhere those lyrics were inspired by some childhood memories?

BB: That’s right, a train at night used to cross from our village. I used to sit and watch it. I was fascinated by the fire and the steam and power. That’s really what the song’s about. We play that song around the world and everyone knows it.

D: Thank you very much for your time!

BB: Ah, great. Thank you very much for doing the interview. Let’s just keep whacking at the new album. (laughs)

D: Take care and have a great rest of the tour. Come back to Chicago — I won’t miss it next time.

BB: Yeah, that would be great if we could. Okay, cool — nice talking to you.

-So there you have it, proof that Biff Byford has had heavy metal in his blood since he was a wee lad. 🙂 Thanks to Biff, Saxon, Leo Loers, and Chipster PR for arranging this interview.

Relevant links:


“Hybrid Theory” (film)

Toby Jepson

Nordoff Robbins – Music Transforming Lives


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Issue #612
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-Judas Priest Celebrate Stellar Metal Career With Two Compilations And Upcoming North American Epitaph Tour

Judas Priest’s contribution to the world of heavy metal can never be understated, as there are few metal bands that appeared in their wake that can match the group for their influence on the genre, and the amount of classic albums and anthems they created. And soon, fans will be able to re-experience Judas Priest’s all-time classic recordings with two compilations.

On October 18th, fans will have 20 discs of Priest to sink their teeth into, when SINGLE CUTS arrives. The box set presents all of the group’s UK 7″ and 12″ A and B sides from 1977 through 1992 (a total of 51 tracks), and each single will be featured as a vinyl-replica disc, and housed in a wallet featuring the original artwork. Additionally, the set will feature track-by-track notes by Kerrang! founder Geoff Barton, as well as rarely seen photos.

SINGLE CUTS will be made available as a limited edition set, and pre-orders are now being taken via , or via this direct link:

And for those metalheads who are looking for a stellar single disc of Priest classics, THE CHOSEN FEW will certainly fit the bill. Released a week earlier than SINGLE CUTS, THE CHOSEN FEW is comprised of 17 Priest classics, chosen by some of the biggest names of the hard rock/heavy metal community (including Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield, Slash, and Alice Cooper, among countless others). The result is a release that manages to include the obvious choices (“Breaking The Law,” “Living After Midnight,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” etc.) with the less-than-obvious, but just as rocking (“Dissident Aggressor,” “Rapid Fire,” “Turbo Lover,” etc.).

And last but not least, US fans will soon be able to experience these Priest classics one last time on a nearby concert stage, as the group will be launching their Epitaph Tour on October 12th, in San Antonio, TX.

As Priest’s vocalist, Rob Halford, recently told Rolling Stone about the upcoming dates, “We’re pulling out all the stops. We’ve built a brand new stage set, we’ve got all the effects that people love us for — the lasers, the fire, the bombs, the smoke, new costumes, and the bike. It’s just a full-on metal extravaganza.”

SINGLE CUTS Track Listing:

Diamonds And Rust
Dissident Aggressor

Better By You, Better Than Me

Evening Star

Before The Dawn
Rock Forever

Take On The World
White Heat Red Hot (Live)
Starbreaker (Live)

Evening Star
Beyond The Realms Of Death (Live)
The Green Manalishi (Live)

Living After Midnight
Delivering The Goods (Live)
Evil Fantasies (Live)

Breaking The Law
Metal Gods


Don’t Go
Solar Angels

Hot Rockin’
Breaking The Law (Live)
Living After Midnight (Live)

You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
Exciter (Live)

(Take These) Chains
Judas Priest Audio File (Biography)

Freewheel Burning
Breaking The Law (Live)
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (Live)

Turbo Lover
Hot For Love

Locked In
Desert Plains (Live)
Freewheel Burning (Live)

Better By You, Better Than Me

A Touch Of Evil
Between The Hammer And The Anvil
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (Live)

Night Crawler
Breaking The Law (Live)
Living After Midnight (Live)

THE CHOSEN FEW Track Listing:

1) Diamonds And Rust (1977) – chosen by Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
2) Dissident Aggressor (1977) – chosen by Steve Vai
3) Exciter (1978) – chosen by Accept
4) Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) – chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
5) Delivering The Goods (1979) – chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)
6) The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) – chosen by David Coverdale (Whitesnake) & Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)
7) The Ripper (1979) – chosen by Ozzy Osbourne
8) Victim Of Changes (1979) – chosen by James Hetfield (Metallica)
9) Breaking The Law (1980) – chosen by Lemmy (Motorhead)
10) Rapid Fire (1980) – chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera & Hell Yeah)
11) Grinder (1980) – chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
12) Living After Midnight (1980) – chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
13) Screaming For Vengeance (1982) – chosen by Slash (Guns N’ Roses)
14) You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982) – chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
15) The Sentinel (1984) – chosen by Chris Jericho
16) Turbo Lover (1986) – chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)
17) Painkiller (1990) – chosen by Joe Satriani

Confirmed North American Tour Dates:

12 October – AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
14 October – Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, TX
15 October – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
16 October – Allen Event Center, Dallas, TX
18 October – Ava Amphitheater, Tucson, AZ
19 October – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
21 October – AZ State Fair, Phoenix, AZ
22 October – San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA
23 October – Hard Rock, Las Vegas, NV
25 October – TO BE ADVISED
27 October – Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, CA
29 October – WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA
30 October – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
1 November – Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, AB
2 November – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
4 November – Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT
5 November – 1STBANK Center, Denver, CO
8 November – US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
9 November – Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL
10 November – The Family Arena, St. Louis, MO
12 November – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Chicago, IL
13 November – Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
15 November – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
16 November – The Armory, Rochester, NY
18 November – Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
19 November – Cambria County War Memorial, Johnstown, PA
20 November – Paul E. Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA
22 November – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
23 November – Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, QC
24 November – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
26 November – Sovereign Center Arena, Reading, PA
27 November – Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC
30 November – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa
1 December – Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami
3 December – Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel & Casino, Biloxi

For more information, visit:

*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***

Metal God Records and Rob Halford are pleased to announce a new 5.1, multi-camera, HD Live-Concert film: Halford – LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA debuting in DVD and BD worldwide October 10th and 11th.

Also releasing: Halford – LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK (CD) debuting worldwide November 21st & 22nd.

Halford – LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA features Rob Halford – Vox, Roy Z. – Guitars, Mike Chlasciak – Guitars, Mike Davis – Bass and Bobby Jarzombek – Drums.

The band returned to Japan October 10, 2010 debuting new tracks from Halford IV – MADE OF METAL. LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA features fifteen (15) 5.1 Surround-Audio Recordings spanning The Metal God’s Halford, Fight and Judas Priest catalog. Track Listing provided below.

Halford – LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA is the band’s first Hi-definition, 5.1 Surround-Audio Production. LIVE AT SAITAMAM SUPER ARENA Blu-ray (BD) release features Exclusive Footage with Rob Halford commentary.

Halford – LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA DVD & BD are available October 10th and 11th. Visit, or your favorite E-tailer for more details.

Track List:
1. Resurrection
2. Made In Hell
3. Locked And LoadeD
4. Drop Out
5. Made Of Metal
6. Undisputed
7. Nailed To The Gun
8. Golgotha
9. Fire And Ice
10. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)
11. Diamonds And Rust
12. Jawbreaker
13. Cyber World
14. Like There’s No Tomorrow
15. Thunder And Lightning

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-Wild Eye Announces Rare 35mm Screening Of “Trick Or Treat” In Brooklyn!

This Halloween, Wild Eye invites you to bang your head against the movie screen with a rare, 35mm screening of 1986’s heavy metal classic “Trick Or Treat” plus a slash n’ grind trailer show!

Prepare to get caught in a 35mm mosh pit as Wild Eye Releasing presents “The Heavy Metal Horror Show!” Appearing at Brooklyn’s own Nitehawk Cinema for two nights only: Friday, October 21st and Saturday, October 22nd, starting at Midnight.

Headlining the bill is the 1986 head banging horror classic, “Trick Or Treat,” directed by Charles Martin Smith. Experience the mysterious death and backwards record-induced return of rock n’ roll superstar Sammi Curr (Tony Fields) as he haunts his biggest fan Skippy, er, we mean Eddie (Mark Price). Watch as Curr shreds till everyone on screen is literally dead, with special guest appearances by Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.

And as if that isn’t enough to satiate your sick minds, make sure to show up early to catch opening act “The Ghost Of The New York Grindhouse Trailer Show” performing a full hour of spine tingling horror and exploitation trailers from the ’60s and ’70s that will raise your hair, but without that can of Aquanet.

So cancel your Dungeons & Dragons game and raise your devil-horns as we bring heavy metal to the silver screen in its purest form, with the entire evening’s events being screened from original 35mm prints and the volume turned up to 11.

Avoid price-gouging scalpers and get your tickets now! Advance tickets are available at the Nitehawk Cinema box office and at .

*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Royal Hunt — The Neoclassic Metal Kings Are Back On Their Throne!

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Royal Hunt’s 11th studio album entitled SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE on November 29th in North America and December 2nd in Europe.

Royal Hunt have been recently rejoined by D.C. Cooper, the American singer that marked the two most successful releases of the band in the ’90s: MOVING TARGET and the concept album PARADOX. “We started chatting on Skype from time to time and that’s how the idea of doing a mini tour came about,” tells Royal Hunt founder, songwriter and keyboards player Andre Andersen. “After playing some shows we realized that the chemistry was still there and we decided to continue… recording a new album — first…” And you can certainly hear the results on SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE. The new material is described as “highly melodic with rich, lush arrangements and stellar production,” this will certainly please the fans of neoclassical yet progressive music. Andersen continues: “The new songs are continuing right from where we left it in the first place, so far it sounds great. It will have some qualities of our previous albums MOVING TARGET and PARADOX, but you can certainly expect some cool updates and new twists!”

Founded in Denmark in 1989 by Andre Andersen, Royal Hunt has gone through numerous personnel changes since the inception. Though certainly the two albums that they have released with American singer D.C. Cooper; are the ones that mostly stood the test of time: MOVING TARGET in 1995 and the subsequent concept album PARADOX in 1997.

While Andre Andersen — a musical genius who can virtually play any instrument, compose, write lyrics and produce all at the same time — is undoubtedly the powerhouse force that drives the entire ensemble forward like a bulldozer, it’s also sure that D.C. is one of the top singers in the entire hard rock world. The extension and warmth of his vocals are the key elements that can bring back Royal Hunt to the throne of nowadays Hard Rock scene.

Once again recorded and produced at NorthPoint Studios in Denmark, 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!

SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE final track listing includes:

Introduction; One More Day; Another Man Down; An Empty Shell; Hard Rain’s Coming; Half Past Loneliness; Show Me How To Live; Angel’s Gone.

As a companion to the new album release, Frontiers Records will also release on the same day a double DVD entitled FUTURE COMING FROM THE PAST. This double package serves as a celebration of the return of singer D.C. Cooper to the lineup, and makes finally widely available two very rare items which were only released in Japan back in the day.

The first DVD is entitled 1996 and was recorded live in Japan just after the release of the band’s MOVING TARGET album. 1996 is an excellent summary of Royal Hunt’s career up to that point. The band offers a great mix of songs from their first three studio albums. The band was in top form for this show, with D.C. leading the way.

The second DVD PARADOX – CLOSING THE CHAPTER was recorded in 1998 and marked the end of the original D.C. Cooper era for Royal Hunt. It is essentially a complete live performance of the band’s amazing studio album PARADOX, their most successful album to date. It is a very solid performance and D.C. delivers the goods, while the band’s playing is superb. To complete the package is a 50-minute documentary which shares stories of life in a Rock band.

FUTURE COMING FROM THE PAST table of contents include:

DVD1 – 1996
– Concert: Flight; 1348; Wasted Time; Stay Down; On The Run; Stranded; keyboard solo; Martial Arts; Far Away; Last Goodbye; Land Of Broken Hearts; Makin’ A Mess; Clown In The Mirror; guitar solo; Step By Step; drums & bass solo; Running Wild; Epilogue; Age Gone Wild; Ten To Life; Legion Of The Damned; Kingdom Dark; Time.
Total length 150 mins.

– Concert: The Awakening; River Of Pain; Tearing Down The World; Message To God; Long Way Home; Time Will Tell; Silent Scream; It’s Over.
– Documentary.
Total length 100 mins.

Format: NTSC Region Free – Screen 4:3 – Stereo

While Andre Andersen says “We’re taking it one step at the time — let’s finish the new album first, release it and see how the reaction of our fans is,” you can anyway certainly expect to see Royal Hunt playing in a town near you in the first months of 2012.

Royal Hunt current lineup includes:
André Andersen – keyboards
D.C. Cooper – vocals
Allan Sørensen – drums
Andreas Passmark – bass
Jonas Larsen – guitars

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-Iced Earth: Premieres “Dystopia” From Forthcoming Iced Earth Album

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — DYSTOPIA — Iced Earth’s 10th studio album — won’t be released until October 18th, but Revolver readers will get a taste of the sonic onslaught to come with an exclusive airing of “Dystopia,” the album’s title track. The song can be heard here:

“I’m proud to debut ‘Dystopia’ on,” said Iced Earth founder Jon Schaffer. “I hope Revolver readers like it as much as we do.” If the rave reviews piling up worldwide are any indication, they will:

Rock Hard Magazine “Album of the Month.”
Metal Hammer Germany “…the album is a classic…”
Powerplay (UK): “…DYSTOPIA is a great album from a re-energized band…”

Although DYSTOPIA is not a concept album, founder Jon Schaffer admits there are unifying themes to several of the songs — and even an appearance by band mascot “Set Abominae.” “I’ve always been fascinated by the darker side of life,” Schaffer said. “Movies like ‘Metropolis,’ ‘Brazil,’ and ‘The Matrix’ resonate with me. The same for albums like 2112, THE WALL, and of course OPERATION:MINDCRIME. Their images of a soulless, repressive society stuck with me over the years. It must be the sci-fi fan in me.”

In much the same way HORROR SHOW (Iced Earth’s tribute to classic characters from literature and movies) was born, Schaffer said his interest in dystopian themes in music and movies led him to try his hand at that genre as well — even paying homage on the new album to the movies “Dark City,” “V For Vendetta,” and “Soylent Green.” The end result is Iced Earth meets the nightmarish offspring of “Brave New World” and “Blade Runner.”

Of special interest to long-time fans are two songs on DYSTOPIA (the title track and “Tragedy And Triumph”) that feature the return of the “Something Wicked” storyline and “Set Abominae.”

Track List:
Boiling Point
Anguish Of Youth
Dark City
Days Of Rage
End Of Innocence
Tragedy And Triumph

DYSTOPIA is scheduled for release in Europe on October 17th, and in the US on October 18th both via Century Media. Two bonus tracks have been recorded for inclusion on special editions of the album.

The release of DYSTOPIA will be followed by the most extensive world tour Iced Earth has ever undertaken. The European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour has been posted on the band’s official web site, and all official social-media sites. The tour begins October 30th in Bochum, Germany.

Schaffer formed Iced Earth in Tampa, Florida, in 1984. Since then, he has released nine studio albums, one live album, two compilations, three boxed sets, and several DVDs — the most recent of which is FESTIVALS OF THE WICKED. With worldwide sales in the millions, Iced Earth has earned a seat in the pantheon of America’s most successful heavy metal bands.

*** PRESS RELEASE #6 ***
-AFM Records North American Release Update: Brainstorm, Sinner, Wolfpakk

Following the band’s first album under the AFM banner with 2009’s lauded MEMORIAL ROOTS, German power metal kings Brainstorm will set loose their sophomore full-length for the label with the North American release of ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT on November 8th. An AFM label priority, the newest product of this fine German export — the band’s ninth full-length release to date — ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT is an incredible power metal album, that more than ever emphasizes the exceptional status of Brainstorm within the diehard power metal communities of the world. Showcasing the band’s musicianship on all levels, the record takes their majestic power metal energy to greater heights with an incredibly layered 10 anthems, recorded by Axel Heckert in Ludwigsburg, Germany’s Studio 22. Brainstorm’s tight-knit lineup of vocalist Andy B. Franck, guitarists Torsten Ihlenfeld and Milan Loncaric, bassist Antonio Ieva and drummer Dieter Bernert remains solid.


1. Below The Line
2. In The Blink Of An Eye
3. Temple Of Stone
4. In These Walls
5. Still Insane
6. Dark Life
7. No Saint – No Sinner
8. Where Your Actions Lead You To Live
9. A Life On Hold
10. My Own Hell

Hard rock kings Sinner, who have been engaging the scene with their blistering tunes since the mid-’80s, are back with a brand new album, and are preparing to unleash ONE BULLET LEFT onto North American fans this November 8th. The usual cycle of long gap between Sinner albums is over, as ONE BULLET LEFT sees release only three years after their persuasive CRASH & BURN album. Coming back hard on this album with a renewed lineup, of course you can expect the Sinner-typical guitar harmonies and a high-quality base of traditional heavy metal and honest, handmade rock, celebrated in a fresh and gutsy way. Band leader, bassist/vocalist Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, etc.) has rounded out the new Sinner lineup with drummer Andre Hilgers (Rage), returning guitarist Alex Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, etc.), and two additional guitarists Christof Leim (The New Black) and Alex Scholpp (Tarja, Farmer Boys)… yes, three guitarists this time. Recorded and produced in several studios in Europe by Mat Sinner, mixed and mastered then by Achim Köhler, some might say Sinner are at their very best on ONE BULLET LEFT.

ONE BULLET LEFT Track Listing:

1. The One You Left Behind
2. Back On Trail
3. Give & Take
4. One Bullet Left
5. 10 2 Death
6. Haunted
7. Atomic Playboys
8. Suicide Mission
9. Wake Me When I’m Sober
10. Mind Over Matter
11. Mend To Be Broken
12. Rolling Away

The self-titled debut from Wolfpakk is out now in North America. The brainchild of musicians Michael Voss (ex-Casanova, Mad Max) and Mark Sweeney (ex-Crystal Ball), the goal of Wolfpakk was not only to feature their respective characteristics and strengths, but also to be joined by guest musicians on the album from all over the hard rock and traditional metal scenes. Within a very short time over 30 musicians from all over the world had contacted the ambitious Sweeney and Voss to take part in the project, and an album was constructed. Simply dubbed WOLFPAKK, all 10 songs were written by Voss and Sweeney, who also shared in the vocal duties, in addition to handling all production and mixing. Joining Michael Voss and Mark Sweeney on this release was an international cast including Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath), Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Paul Shortino (ex-Quiet Riot), Tony Franklin (ex-Blue Murder, Robert Plant), Mat Sinner (Primal Fear), Neil Murray (Whitesnake), Igor Gianola (U.D.O.), Marco Wriedt (Axxis) [view full list of guest musicians at .]

WOLFPAKK Track Listing:

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

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-House Of Shakira Announces Sixth Album Title

With the announcement in 2010 of lead vocalist Andreas Novak joining Swedish melodic rock stalwarts House Of Shakira, the band have wasted little time putting together material for what marks their sixth album, the simply titled HOS.

Now nearing the final stages of production, HOS represents the end of one cycle and the start of a new dawn in the band’s history, and also marks the debut for other new members Basse Blyberg on bass/backing vocals and Martin Larsson on drums.

House Of Shakira – HOS is set for an anticipated release date of 27th January 2011 on Lion Music with full album details to follow soon.

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-DC4 And Odin Join The First Annual Monsters Of Rock Cruise

LOS ANGELES, CA — Metal Blade Recording Artists DC4 have been invited to participate in the first annual Monsters Of Rock cruise from February 25 – 28, 2012. Named after the legendary hard rock festival held at Donington Raceway near Birmingham, England, this time the Monsters Of Rock will wreak havoc on the high seas from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and (hopefully!) back again.

Along with DC4, the legendary Hollywood hellraisers, Odin, (featuring Jeff and Shawn Duncan from DC4) have been added to the bill, capping off a stellar year of return performances for the band, which formed in 1983. On both bands being asked to take part in the festivities, drummer Shawn Duncan says, “It’s an honor for DC4 to be recognized and included on this bill as we support our new album, ELECTRIC MINISTRY. And, as for Odin, does this mean we’ve finally ‘made it?,'” he asks. “I mean, it’s not that million dollar check I was counting on but this sure ain’t bad, either!”

Both bands join Cinderella, Tesla, Kix, Keel, Stryper, Lynch Mob, UFO, Y&T, FireHouse, Black ‘N Blue, Faster Pussycat, Bang Tango, XYZ, Mr. Big’s Eric Martin, John Corabi of The Scream and Motley Crue, Helix, Rhino Bucket and Night Ranger on the three day trip.

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All hail the “Supremacy Of Steel”! Cage has once again struck gold and forged their sixth release of pure Metal magic. Entitled SUPREMACY OF STEEL, Cage has leapt forward another giant step on the path to Metal greatness by once again delivering a Heavy Metal monstrosity. This is set for worldwide release on November 25th, 2011 through Music Buy Mail in Europe and Heavy Metal Media in the US and rest of the world.

Known for crafting great memorable songs, capturing the essence of the classic NWOBHM sound, and always sounding unique and modern, Cage somehow effortlessly shows how the limits of the genre can be pushed without losing what makes the Heavy Metal sound a worldwide calling for the faithful. Throughout the 11 tracks, all the smashing Cage elements are found along with fresh new surprises that are tastefully sprinkled about in just the right fashion.

From the blast beats in the opening scream fest “Bloodsteel,” to the eerie King Diamond-like falsettos in “Annaliese Michel,” Cage fans new and old will be banging their heads with horns in the air throughout this entire long player for decades to come. SUPREMACY OF STEEL also contains the epic, long awaited sequel song “Hell Destroyer Vs. Metal Devil” and a remake of their unreleased cult classic song, “Braindead Woman.” Anthems like “Metal Empire” and “King Of The Wasteland” will have all Metal fans unable to resist such true, convincing Metal emotion.

Their latest and greatest lineup yet includes the hulking frame of riff master Dave “Conan” Garcia, the unmatched vocal diversity and range of singer Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck, drummer Norm “The Legend” Leggio also of Psychotic Waltz, and debuting the new additions of thunder-thrash guitarist Steve “Bloodsteel” Brogden and the amazing bass playing of one America’s best, Pete “Hands Of” Stone.

All the power and speed from their previous award winning albums has once more been ramped up with faster drums, blazing leads and riffs that will stay with you into the night, and the highest of inhumanly impossible supersonic screams. This is all pointless without great songs but Cage has always had their song writing as their greatest strength and SUPREMACY OF STEEL is absolutely no exception. Cage has carved yet another stone to fit into the foundation that reinforces their title as the American Power Metal Kings.

As always, Cage has spared no expense when it comes to the presentation and packaging of their products. The amazing artwork of Marc Sasso (Dio, Halford, Marvel Comics) depicts the band in a live setting with the very Metal Godz themselves looking down upon the mayhem! The 16-page interior booklet is second to none with various artists chronicling the contents of each song in vivid color and truly has to be seen to be believed. It may be the finest looking metal booklet ever and that is no exaggeration!

Voted best new band in 1999 in Rock Hard’s UNERHORT competition, Cage has gone on to win album of the month and album of the year awards with each subsequent release, in various publications and web sites all over the world. True Metal fans all over the world have embraced Cage as one of the few that can consistently deliver the magic that only this kind of sound can give. Having ramped up their touring over the last four years more and more people have gotten to experience the Cage sound live and thus the fan base for them has grown greatly in recent times.

Formed in 1992 at the height of the grunge era in San Diego California was no easy task for Cage. Their thirst for metal glory was unshaken during these metal dark ages and thus their commitment to the genre is equaled only by few. Opening for the legends Iron Maiden, Dio, and Judas Priest had them forging their sound in the hottest of Viking fires. Their amalgamation of all that is good in metal is worn proudly on their black leather and glittering steel sleeves. Defying all that would have them believe that heavy metal was dead, Cage not only showed America the “Supremacy Of Steel,” but they have taken that message around the world as well. Now, almost two decades later, perhaps their finest work is here for you to experience!

The special pre-order packages are available at and have been extended until October 31st. These will include both bonus tracks, a special sticker, a full color poster, a CD-R with unreleased versions and bonus tracks, and other Metal goodies.

Cage – SUPREMACY OF STEEL track listing:

1. Bloodsteel (featuring guest artist Bitterfrost)
2. The Beast Of Bray Road
3. King Of The Wasteland
4. Metal Empire
5. War Of The Undead
6. Flying Fortress
7. Doctor Doom
8. Annaliese Michel
9. Braindead Woman
10. The Monitor
11. Hell Destroyer Vs. Metal Devil
Bonus track for Europe:
12. Skinned Alive
Bonus track USA and rest of the world:
12. Blood White And Blue

Below is a link to the song “Bloodsteel” from the SUPREMACY OF STEEL album which features guest artist Bitterfrost on guitar. He can be found at .

Listen to “Bloodsteel”:

Cage official website:
Cage on Facebook:
Follow Cage at
Official video channel:

Distribution In Europe:
Music Buy Mail

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-Lance King To Release A MOMENT IN CHIROS November 11th On Nightmare Records

Artwork And Track Listing Revealed For Lance King’s New Album A MOMENT IN CHIROS — In Stores 11/11/11

“Etheric Progressive Power Metal from the former voice of Pyramaze, Balance Of Power, for fans of Redemption, Dream Theater and Symphony X with a nod at greats Led Zeppelin”

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.

Said to have the golden touch, Lance’s voice just seems to connect the dots making head banging metal also into a good song.

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.

The album’s concept is based on the 11:11 time prompt phenomena happening to over 75 million people around the world, Lance is one of these people, and has dived in deep to find more about what it’s all about. This album is one man’s journey as a seeker of truth looking for answers to the world’s greatest mysteries.

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!

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), Malek Ben Arbia (Myrath) & 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! (Facebook)

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-Talon – III

Escape Music – ESM234
File under: Hard Rock
EAN: 5 031281 002341
Release: 25. November 2011
Produced by Ty Sims

Guest Musicians:
Jeff Scott Soto: Lead and Backing Vocals on “Take You All The Way”

Track List:
1. Crying To Me
2. The Last Time
3. Did You Have To Say
4. Everytime
5. Take You All The Way
6. Maybe One Day
7. You Don’t Know Me At All
8. Walk Away
9. Brothers
10. When Will I
11. You Got What It Takes
12. Jane

An American band and based in California, Talon was born from the ashes of Voxen — a band that achieved international success with their release SACRIFICE, which included a track that was used in the major motion picture “Outbreak” starring Dustin Hoffman.

Soon after, a new vision was brought forward with the recruitment of Michael O’Mara (Joshua Perahia, EFX) and demos were soon recorded and then the band signed on with Now & Then/Frontiers Records which culminated with the release of their self-titled debut. The CD was produced by Mikey Davis (Kiss, W.A.S.P., Slaughter). Upon release, the CD was wildly praised and was on countless top 10 lists for the year. Soon followed major live shows, including The Gods Festival in the UK. Talon also had the privilege of being Stan Bush’s backing band at The Gods Festival and the subsequent DVD release. After a break of working on individual projects, Talon recorded new demos and ultimately signed with Kivel Records and then recorded their next release FALLEN ANGELS. With a closer vibe to an AOR feel, New York native Chandler Mogel was brought on board and more live shows — including Firefest 5 — were performed. FALLEN ANGELS was a huge success and brought Talon into the forefront of the Melodic Rock field.

Upon mutual agreement, Chandler Mogel went on to front the Greece outfit Outloud and with a new group of songs, Talon were on a quest to create the ultimate album and added some serious quality to the band — Shawn Pelata (Line Of Fire) and Eric Ragno (China Blue, Takara, etc.). Now the band have just signed to Escape Music for the release of this classic slab of Melodic Rock — III — which is scheduled for release in November, 2011!

Talon’s III recently completed mixing at The Recovery Room by Ty Sims (Far Cry, Tango Down) and is full of classic hard rock songs and ballads that the band describes as “really a return to the sound, vibe and energy of our debut self-titled release.” “This latest CD was a total labor of love and we all feel this will be our strongest release to date! We pulled out all the stops and really think the results speak for themselves and is an excellent follow-up to our recent FALLEN ANGELS release.” In addition, premiere vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Talisman, JSS) has a guest appearance on the album with some amazing lead vocals on the hard-driving track “Take You All The Way!” The best musicians contributed their best talents to help create an outstanding release!

Shawn Pelata – Lead and Backing Vocals
Kory Voxen – Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Jim Kee – Lead Guitar
Phil Keller – Bass Guitar
Eric Ragno – Keyboards
John Parker – Drums

*Guest Musicians: Jeff Scott Soto: Lead and Backing Vocals on “Take You All The Way”
Produced by Ty Sims / Co-Produced by John Parker and Kory Voxen

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-Nightwish: IMAGINAERUM World Tour 2012 – 2013!

The fans of Nightwish had to be patient for a long time. Finally the time has come. After more than four years, Nightwish will release their long-desired fifth studio album entitled IMAGINAERUM on the 2nd of December 2011. At the same time, the album serves as the soundtrack to a movie that will involve an old balladeer with an incredible power of imagination as its protagonist. IMAGINAERUM appeals to our fantasies and long forgotten desires from a magical world. The anticipation is huge, for it’s been three and a half years now that the Finns raised the roofs of sold-out stadiums. Nightwish are known for their exceptional special effects and brilliant stage and light shows. The creative work of Nightwish is bombastic, their sound epic, passionate and breathtaking. How their new album sounds and in what way it’ll be effectuated visually can be experienced on the IMAGINAERUM world tour in spring.

IMAGINAERUM World Tour 2012 – 2013
support: Battle Beast + Special Guest

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

More dates follow on October, 24th

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-Sonata Arctica: LIVE IN FINLAND Video Teaser Online!

A video trailer for Sonata Arctica’s LIVE IN FINLAND 2 DVD + 2 CD set is available for viewing here.

In it, keyboard player Henrik Klingenberg says the following about the band’s epic show on April 15th, 2011 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland: “Basically everything we have done for the past two years has been leading up to this night… we’ve been working on this for a long time.”

LIVE IN FINLAND will be released in Europe on November 11th. It includes bonus DVD material and bonus audio CDs.

The track listing for LIVE IN FINLAND reads as follows:


1. Intro (Everything Fades To Gray)
2. Flag In The Ground
3. Last Amazing Grays
4. Juliet
5. Replica
6. Blank File
7. As If The World Wasn’t Ending
8. Paid In Full
9. Victoria’s Secret
10. Instrumental Exhibition
11. The Misery
12. Full Moon
13. In Black & White
14. Mary-Lou
15. Shy
16. Letter To Dana
17. Caleb
18. Don’t Say A Word
19. Outro (Vodka / Everything Fades To Gray)


Sonata Arctica Open Air 2 in Kemi, Finland – August 8th, 2009

1. White Pearl, Black Oceans
2. Draw Me
3. In Black & White
4. Don’t Say A Word

Bonus Content & Extra Features:

– Making of “Flag In The Ground”
– Latin-American (Tour Documentary)
– Made In Finland (Tour Documentary)

Music Videos:

– Don’t Say A Word
– Paid In Full
– Flag In The Ground

Acoustic live set at Alcatraz, Milano

The “FITG” cover Contest

Photo Gallery

CD1: Sonata Arctica Live in Finland

1. Intro (Everything Fades To Gray)
2. Flag In The Ground
3. The Last Amazing Grays
4. Juliet
5. Replica
6. Blank File
7. As If The World Wasn’t Ending
8. Paid In Full
9. Instrumental Exhibition
10. The Misery
11. In Black & White
12. Letter To Dana
13. Caleb
14. Don’t Say A World / Everything Fades To Gray

CD2 Bonus: Sonata Arctica Open Air

1. Paid In Full
2. 8th Commandment
3. Replica
4. Tallulah
5. Caleb
6. White Pearl, Black Oceans
7. Draw Me
8. Fullmoon

*** PRESS RELEASE #14 ***
-Z Records News

Z Unleash Six Free MP3 Downloads To Fans

Turn on the news and it’s doom and gloom. Well those nice people at Z Records have decided to brighten up your day by giving you six — yes six — MP3s totally free of charge!!

Check out Paul Sabu, Prophet, Arabia, Legion, Omega and Steele for yourself by visiting the podcast page at and simply download the tracks.

Come join Z Revolution!

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-Andromeda To Release MANIFEST TYRANNY Through Inner Wound Recordings

Inner Wound Recordings 2011 – IW83015
File under: Progressive Metal
Order #: CD6086
EAN: 7320470150542
Release: 25. November 2011

New masterpiece from the Swedish progressive metal masters Andromeda.

Track List:
1. Preemptive Strike
2. Lies ‘R’ Us
3. Stay Unaware
4. Survival Of The Richest
5. False Flag
6. Chosen By God
7. Asylum
8. Play Dead
9. Go Back To Sleep
10. Antidote

The origins of the Swedish quintet Andromeda can be traced back to 1999. Nowadays Sweden’s Andromeda with several albums and tours under their belt is definitely one of the most successful progressive metal bands in Scandinavia and Europe. Albums like EXTENSION OF THE WISH, II=I and CHIMERA are considered classics in the scene, and the DVD PLAYING OFF THE BOARD shows how talented this Swedish guys really are. This is something Andromeda also have proved over the years with appearances at festivals like ProgPower USA and Europe, Bloodstock UK and shows together with Evergrey among others. With amazing media support and great accolades from fans all around the World, Andromeda now found time to write their sixth and most mature effort ever; MANIFEST TYRANNY which we hereby present to you.

This fall Andromeda have performed at festivals like Generation Prog Festival, Denmark Rock Festival and Slottsskogen Goes Progressive, and when the new album hits the shelves many more shows will be announced. Already confirmed for 2012 are the Fused Festival in UK and the PPM Fest in Belgium.

Stronger than ever Andromeda is here to show you something you have not heard before. Dark, brutal, energetic and intelligent.

Open your ears and you too will transcend into the multifaceted galaxy of Andromeda!

Johan Reinholdz – Guitar
David Fremberg – Vocals
Thomas Lejon – Drums
Martin Hedin – Keyboards
Linus “Mr. Gul” Abrahamson – Bass

EXTENSION OF THE WISH [Century Media 2001]
II=I [Century Media 2003]
CHIMERA [Massacre Records 2006]
THE IMMUNITY ZONE [Nightmare Records 2008]
MANIFEST TYRANNY [Inner Wound Recordings 2011]

Artwork by: Markus Sigfridsson [Darkwater, Harmony]

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-Theocracy’s AS THE WORLD BLEEDS Due November 25 On Ulterium Records

Ulterium Records 2011 – ULTCD020
File under: Heavy Metal
Order #: CD6087
EAN: 7320470150535
Release: 25. November 2011

o The long-awaited third album from the US melodic power metal band Theocracy
o Mastered by Mika Jussila [Stratovarius, Nightwish, Children Of Bodom]
o Artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Iced Earth]

Track List:
1. I AM
2. The Master Storyteller
3. Nailed
4. Hide In The Fairytale
5. The Gift Of Music
6. 30 Pieces Of Silver
7. Drown
8. Altar To The Unknown God
9. Light Of The World
10. As The World Bleeds

Theocracy is a metal band from Athens, Ga., whose melodic style has more in common with their European contemporaries than with most of their US counterparts. Characterized by huge choruses, epic arrangements and progressive elements, Theocracy’s music is both immediate and deep, managing to be instantly catchy and memorable, yet revealing new levels of intricacy and depth with each subsequent listen.

The self-titled debut album from Theocracy was released at the end of 2003 on MetalAges Records, to fantastic reviews and worldwide acclaim within the metal community. After the release the band started playing shows (including the prestigious ProgPower USA) and working on new material. After years of hard work, Theocracy signed with Ulterium Records and released their second album MIRROR OF SOULS.

MIRROR OF SOULS was definitely a huge breakthrough for Theocracy and it received fantastic reviews from press around the world, and it was released in Europe, North America and Japan. The European live debut took place at the Elements Of Rock festival in Switzerland 2009 in front of 500 crazy fans.

Besides playing shows in the US opening up for bands like Sonata Arctica, Blind Guardian and Circle II Circle, Theocracy also did their first European headliner tour during fall 2009.

Theocracy now present their third magnum opus entitled AS THE WORLD BLEEDS. The album is mastered by Mika Jussila [Nightwish, Stratovarius, Children Of Bodom] and features artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Iced Earth].

AS THE WORLD BLEEDS is definitely the strongest album from Theocracy so far, and will be loved by fans and critics in the scene. The band is going to Europe once again this fall for another headliner tour, and the future of Theocracy is exciting for sure!

Matt Smith: Vocals
Val Allen Wood: Lead Guitar
Jonathan Hinds: Guitar
Jared Oldham: Bass
Shawn Benson: Drums

2011: AS THE WORLD BLEEDS [Ulterium Records]
2008: MIRROR OF SOULS [Ulterium Records]
2003: THEOCRACY [Metal Ages]

Mastered by: Mika Jussila [Nightwish, Stratovarius, Children Of Bodom] at Finnvox
Artwork by: Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Iced Earth]

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-Dutch Heavy/Power Metal Band Lord Volture Joins Rock N Growl Promotion!

Lord Volture’s sound and style is said to resemble US power metal masters Jag Panzer, Iced Earth, Cage and Vicious Rumors.

The band’s second full-length album NEVER CRY WOLF is scheduled for release on 11 November 2011. The 11 tracks cover over 67 minutes of pure delicacy for the steel-hearted. Master vocalist Sean Peck from US power metal crusaders Cage sings along on one of the songs.

Track listing:
1. Never Cry Wolf
2. Taiga
3. Wendigo
4. Celestial Bodies Fall
5. Korgon’s Descent
6. Minutes To Madness
7. Necro Nation
8. I Am King
9. Into The Lair Of A Lion
10. Brother
11. The Wolf At Your Door

David Marcelis – lead & backing vocals
Paul Marcelis – lead, rhythm & acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Leon Hermans – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Simon Geurts – bass, backing vocals
Frank Wintermans – drums, backing vocals

Guest musicians:
Sean Peck – vocals on “Into The Lair Of A Lion”
Mark Bogert – guitar solo on “Minutes To Madness”
Sinem Cangir, Yuma van Eekelen and Bart Hennephof – backing vocals

Album Info:
o Music and lyrics by David Marcelis, music in “Brother” by Paul Marcelis and David Marcelis
o Produced and mixed by Bart Hennephof, Yuma van Eekelen and Lord Volture
o Mastered by Bart Hennephof and Yuma van Eekelen
o Recorded at Excess Studio, Rotterdam and Final Focus Studio, Tilburg
o Artwork by Bas Wijers

Lord Volture — The majestic of a lordship, the velocity and power of an electrical charge and the beastly ruggedness of a scavenging vulture!

Lord Volture is a heavy metal band hailing from The Netherlands founded by vocalist David Marcelis. After an explosive take-off in 2010 with the release of their debut album BEAST OF THUNDER and an intensive touring schedule, the band rapidly rises to find themselves in the frontier of Dutch Heavy Metal. The album thunders through the global metal community and reviewers worldwide count BEAST OF THUNDER among the major releases of 2010 (e.g. 10/12 Ancient Spirit, 88/100 Digital Steel, 85/100 Mario’s Metal Mania, 4/5 Maximum Metal, 9/10 Maxirock, 8.5/10 Metal District, 4/5 Metal Rules, 86/100 Metal To Infinity, 87/100 Metalfan, 5/7 Mindview, 8/10 My Global Mind and 80/100 Zware Metalen). Lord Volture’s sound and style is said to resemble US power metal masters Jag Panzer, Iced Earth, Cage and Vicious Rumors. The band’s ever growing reputation opens doors to many headline performances, as well as support shows for Blaze Bayley (UK), James Rivera’s Sabbath Judas Sabbath (US) and Conquest Of Steel (UK).

With the release of the band’s second full-length NEVER CRY WOLF in autumn 2011 Lord Volture progresses to the next level without abandoning their traditional sound nor the uncompromising energy that characterizes the debut album. Containing upbeat thrash tracks, grandiloquent epics as well as catchy rockers the new album is even more dynamic in nature. The tradition to invite a renown guest set on BEAST OF THUNDER with Annihilator’s Jeff Waters is being continued on NEVER CRY WOLF with no one less than Cage singer Sean Peck. But also the Lord Volture members themselves show their worth. The piercing mid and high register of singer David, the shredding solos of guitar duo Paul Marcelis/Leon Hermans and the pounding rhythm machine of bass player Simon Geurts and drummer Frank Wintermans deliver all ingredients for the ultimate metal sound. For all who bear a heart of steel, Lord Volture is a definite MUST!

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-Dark Forest: Anticipated Sophomore Full-Length From NWOBHMers Due In November

On Tuesday, November 8th, Cruz del Sur Music will release DAWN OF INFINITY, the sophomore full-length offering from recent label signing, UK traditional metallers Dark Forest, onto North American soil. Featuring ten triumphant NWOBHM-styled compositions, DAWN OF INFINITY soars with over 50 minutes of glorious, unfiltered, heartfelt traditional heavy metal fans of Dark Forest throughout the underground have embraced since the band’s formation in 2002.

Two tracks from DAWN OF INFINITY are now available for streaming via the label’s official Facebook page. Check out the tracks “Light Years On” and “Under The Greenwood Tree” at this location:

Cruz Del Sur Music signed Dark Forest in June of this year as the band entered the studio to record DAWN OF INFINITY, after watching the young Birmingham, England-based outfit evolve over the last few years. Bearing a strong appreciation for the forefathers of the genre, and producing the full-blooded sound of a distinctly English brand of heavy metal, the new album fulfills the expectations placed on one of the most interesting bands in the UK’s contemporary traditional metal scene, infusing British folklore and Celtic inspiration into their craft.


1. Hourglass
2. Light Years On
3. Green Knight
4. Seize The Day
5. The Tor
6. Through The Glass Darkly
7. The Stars My Destination
8. Under The Greenwood Tree
9. Black Delta
10. Deadly Premonition

Stay tuned for more news on Dark Forest through 2012 in support of the new album.

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-Hammers Of Misfortune’s “The Day The City Died” Streaming Exclusively On AOL’s Noisecreep!

17TH STREET Available On CD, Vinyl And Digitally On October 21st/24th!

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

Fans can now check out “The Day The City Died” exclusively on

Along with hearing the new track, fans can also watch a video of John Cobbett responding to Noisecreep’s inquiries about the concept of the song, lineup changes in the band and more. Watch and listen now at .

You can still listen to the first single “The Grain” and check out the pre-order options at .

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

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

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

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-New York Dolls’ LOOKIN’ FINE ON TELEVISION To Be Released On DVD On November 22, 2011

Bob Gruen’s Amazing Archival Footage Of The Legendary New York Dolls In The Early ’70s

In the early ’70s, Rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya purchased a portable video recorder. In a period of three years, they shot over 40 hours of New York Dolls footage. This footage became the critically acclaimed documentary “All Dolled Up.” For LOOKIN’ FINE ON TELEVISION more footage has been edited to create 15 live music video-style clips.

“Lookin’ For A Kiss” Video Clip:

These 15 clips include footage from the Dolls’ early shows in NYC at clubs such as Kenny’s Castaways, and Max’s Kansas City as well as their West Coast tour: Whisky-A-Go-Go, the Real Don Steele Show, Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco, and more.

All the fan favorites are here including ripping versions of “Personality Crisis,” “Who Are The Mystery Girls?” “Babylon” and more. See the incredible early days of the band that influenced generations of punks and rockers.

Track list:
Jet Boy
Personality Crisis
Bad Girl
Human Being
Bad Detective
Subway Train
Vietnamese Baby
Lookin For A Kiss
Who Are The Mystery Girls
Private World
Jet Boy

Ultra rare 1976 Lisa Robinson interview with David Johansen and Johnny Thunders

Item Info:

Hi Res Cover Art:

Bob Gruen has photographed some of the most famous names in Rock and Roll including John Lennon, Led Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Rolling Stones, and most major rock acts from Muddy Waters to Green Day. He has just published a monograph of his 40 year career titled Rock Seen and has frequent gallery exhibits.

Check out .

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-A Rhyme And A Reason For Chris Ousey’s Solo Debut

Escape Music are pleased to announce the long awaited solo debut for Heartland/The Distance/Virginia Wolf vocalist Chris Ousey. The album RHYME & REASON will be released across Europe November 11.

o All songs are written by Chris Ousey and Tommy Denander.
o Produced and Mixed by: Mike Slamer.
o Co-Produced by: Tommy Denander
o Mastered by: Christoph Stickel at MSM-Studios Germany.

Track List:
1. Mother Of Invention
2. Motivation
3. To Break A Heart
4. Bleeding Heart
5. A Chemical High
6. Give Me Shelter
7. The Reason Why
8. Any Other Day
9. Don’t Wanna Dance
10. Watch This Space
11. By Any Other Name
12. A Natural Law

The Band:
Chris Ousey – Vocals
Mike Slamer – Guitars and Keyboards (City Boy/Streets/Seventh Key/Steelhouse Lane)
Tommy Denander – Guitar and keyboards (Radioactive/Robin Beck/Spin Gallery)
Neil Murray – Bass (Whitesnake/Gary Moore)
Gregg Bisonette – Drums (Dave Lee Roth/Ringo Starr)
Backing vocals: Billy Trudel and Kristoffer Lagerström

Chris Ousey’s career goes from strength to strength. His first main achievement was with Polygram recording artists Monroe with guitarist Gary Sharpe, but Chris never made it to the album as he was snatched in the pre-production stages by John Bonham’s son, Jason, for his new band of the moment, Virginia Wolf. The band notched up 250,000 album sales between two records in the form of their self-titled debut (produced by Queen’s Roger Taylor) and PUSH (produced by Keith Olsen).

Most will associate Chris with the band Heartland which was actually formed by Chris with Gary Sharpe and their self-titled debut on A&M Records in the early nineties was produced by James “Jimbo” Barton. Since then Chris has notched up 10 releases with Heartland, and recently BEST OF (ESM221) is a great reminder of the work he has done over the years.

Nicknamed by the press as “The Man with the Golden Tonsils” Chris has always been loved by the rock audience, simply because of his amazing voice and his uncanny vocal range. So, for the first time we have a solo album from the man himself, and are we all in for a treat. Produced by none other than the famous Mike Slamer, RHYME & REASON is a superb slice of melodic hard rock that will have you singing every chorus after the first spin. Songs Like “Mother Of Invention” (available as a Digital download on 5th October) and “The Reason Why” are two great examples of songs from the album, but there is not one single weak track here. Chris has a knack of writing great lyrics and with Tommy Denander writing the music then it is a match made in heaven… and just wait till you hear the collaboration of two great guitarists Mike Slamer and Tommy Denander and the combination is just pure magical!!

RHYME & REASON is a great album and highlights just how Chris has matured over the last two decades.

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-New Halcyon Way — INDOCTRINATION — Available From Nightmare Records

Artist: Halcyon Way
CAT #: NMR-556
UPC : 734923006381
Genre: Metal / Prog / Power
Key Markets: USA, Europe
North American Release Date: Oct 25, 2011
European Release Date Oct 28, 2011

The new CD, INDOCTRINATION is the sequel to BUILDING THE TOWERS and continues the sound and theme of that album. It features five brand new original tracks, a cover of “Stand Up” by Steel Dragon, a radio edit of “The Age Of Betrayal,” and an industrial remix of “The System.”

Aurally combining the heaviness of bands like Testament, the technical prowess and attitude of Evergrey and both soaring and death vocals, Halcyon way creates a new metallic hybrid.

Halcyon Way is Atlanta’s premiere heavy metal band. Known for their explosive live shows, intricate yet pounding rhythms and live showmanship hearkening back to the glory days of arena rock. They are back with a new album despite adversity. After releasing released their debut full-length album, A MANIFESTO FOR DOMINATION, in 2008 through Nightmare Records worldwide. Produced by James Murphy (Testament, Death, Obituary, etc.), the album received rave reviews, the band returned to the studio to record the second album, before departing to do a full scale UK tour with the band Fozzy, featuring wrestler Chris Jericho and members of the band Stuck Mojo.

INDOCTRINATION, like BUILDING THE TOWERS, is produced Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Svartsot). Vocalist Steve Braun delivers another great vocal performance on this one. Topped by a stunning artwork courtesy of Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth etc.), the album is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Just days before the release of BUILDING THE TOWERS, as well as two weeks before Halcyon Way was to embark on a full European tour with Stuck Mojo, founding member and guitarist Jon Bodan was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and the band was forced to cancel the tour so Jon could be treated aggressively. In spite of this adversity, Halcyon Way performed at the Florida Powerfest with Blind Guardian in December 2010, and with Atheist in March 2011. He is now in remission, and the band is preparing to return with a vengeance to the touring circuit in late 2011.

Track List:
1. On Black Wings
2. Our Finest Hour
3. IndoctriNation
4. Revolution Is Now
5. The Wages Of War
6. Stand Up
7. The Age Of Betrayal (radio edit)
8. The System (karbonBlack RMX-Remixed-Bodan)

2010 – BUILDING THE TOWERS – Nightmare Records
2008 – A MANIFESTO FOR DOMINATION – Nightmare Records

Steve Braun – vocals
Jon Bodan – guitars
Zane – guitars
Kris Maltenieks – bass
Ernie Topran – drums

Halcyon Way: (Official Website) (Twitter) (Facebook)

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-7th Heaven Update

[Note: This is from the band’s October newsletter. – Tim]

Fall is here, Colors are changing and 7th Heaven has a few things going on that we want to let you know about.

7th Heaven Cruise – Now Booking!!!

Join us on the next 7th Heaven cruise, set to sail on January 28, 2012 for 7 days of fun in the sun on Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis Of The Seas.” This cruise will be sailing the eastern Caribbean sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with stops at St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Nassau, Bahamas. At this point we are not sure if we will be performing on the ship and all band members will be on the ship, but we will still travel as a group. Besides dining together, we will have a bunch of events thru the entire week that we will be doing as a group. The last sailing we had 80 people and we had a great time. There will also be a pre-cruise party to go over documents and answer questions as well. Since this was just confirmed we do not have a website up yet on the info. We will have that soon. You can learn more at We have a limited amount of rooms reserved, so book ASAP. Booking form is available here:

7th Heaven – POP MEDIA

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

“Sing” Music Video

Check out our new music video we just shot for our song “Sing” off our POP MEDIA CD: . This is the song we just started to promote to radio. The video was shot 16:9 in HD, so when you watch it, make sure to choose the higher resolution. Do us a favor and pass this video onto every person you know and tell them to pass it on. Let’s see if we can get over 10,000 views by Halloween, we are almost half way there at 4,500 views… Can you help us do that? You can also see the video in HD on our website as well. (give it a minute to load).

7th Heaven On Radio

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

7th Heaven Street Team

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

Two More All-Age Shows

We have two more all-age shows left this year. This weekend we play at St. Charles Scarecrow Fest in downtown St. Charles. We expect a great turnout with the warm weather. We play 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. On Sunday October 23, we play the “Honor Ride & Run” fest in downtown Barrington by the train station from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. These will be our last All-Age Shows for a little while, so make sure you plan to come out. Make sure you also stop by the merch table, as we’ll be having some clearance sales going on.

Halloween Show

Start thinking about your costume now! Join 7th Heaven and our guests He Said, She Said for a great Halloween party at Chicago City Limits on Saturday December 29. Get there early as the place will be crowded. Also enter to win some prizes in the costume contest. Let’s see your creativity.


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


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

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

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

7th Heaven Heard At Abercrombie & Fitch

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

New Year’s Eve Is Confirmed

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

October 7 – John Barleycorn
October 8 – Scarecrow Fest
October 9 – Tony LaBarbera Benefit @ Shark City
October 13 – McCarthy’s unplugged
October 14 – Rivers Casino in Des Plaines
October 15 – Brew Moon Fest – Beer Tasting Fest
October 15 – Durty Nellies
October 19 – Snuggery – Edison Park
October 20 – Blues Bar
October 21 – Bourbon Street
October 22 – Shark City
October 23 – Honor Ride & Run Festival in Barrington
October 27 – Thirsty Whale
October 28 – The Lodge
October 29 – Chicago City Limits
November 3 – Evviva
November 4 – Vipers Alley
November 5 – Chord on Blue
November 9 – Snuggery – Edison Park
November 10 – Lucky Monk
November 11 – 191 South
November 12 – Tailgaters
November 18 – Total Sports
November 19 – Joe’s on Weed Street
November 23 – Turkey Testicle Festival
November 24 – Bourbon Street – Special Thanksgiving show for the Food Depository
November 26 – Tilted Kilt
November 30 – Snuggery – McHenry
December 1 – Evviva
December 2 – Chicago City Limits
December 3 – Angelman Syndrome Benefit
December 8 – Blues Bar
December 9 – John Barleycorn
December 10 – Private Corporate Event
December 14 – Snuggery – Edison Park
December 15 – Lucky Monk
December 16 – The Lodge
December 17 – Durty Nellies
December 22 – Thirsty Whale
December 29 – Bourbon Street
December 30 – Shark City
December 31 – Hyatt Regency Chicago

Thanks for all your continued support.

We love playing and as long as you keep coming out to see us play, we’ll continue to be there.

Richard Hofherr
7th Heaven

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-zebrahead GET NICE On Their 11th Studio Effort Overall

La Habra, CA’s zebrahead have unleashed a new offering of explosive pop-punk called GET NICE on September 27th. Although this is the group’s 11th release overall, it will be their first to be released via the Niji Entertainment Group for North and South America. Two videos have already been filmed (one for the title track and one for the song “Ricky Bobby”), both of which can be viewed via these links:

Just released:
“She Don’t Wanna Rock” video from the album GET NICE!

zebrahead is comprised of vocalist/rapper Ali Tabatabaee, vocalist/guitarist Matty Lewis, guitarist Greg Bergdorf, bassist Ben Osmundson, and drummer Ed Udhus, and has been rocking since 1996. In the process, zebrahead has sold 1.5 million copies of their albums (800,000 in the USA alone), and even received a Grammy nomination. Additionally, zebrahead has toured around the world since 1996, both headlining clubs and festivals, including the Vans Warped Tour and opening for bands like Green Day and 311.

There is an interesting connection between zebrahead and heavy metal greats Motorhead. When nominations for the 2000 Grammy awards were announced, Motorhead was named among the nominees for Best Metal Performance for a cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” However, upon further review, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences amended the nomination, adding the So Cal punk outfit zebrahead to share the nod for the “Enter Sandman” cover. The song can be found on ECW EXTREMEM ENTRANCES CD. Both bands share the same management as well.

GET NICE was produced by Jason Freese (Jewel, Death by Stereo, and plays with veteran outfit Green Day) and mixed by Andy Carpenter (Dwarves). As with past releases, zebrahead will be touring heavily behind it, including dates in the US, Europe, Japan, and their first-ever visit to Australia. In fact, the album hasn’t even been released yet, and the new single, “Get Nice,” is in the Top 4 on Japanese Radio and in the Top 10 on the European International Artist Radio Chart!

According to Tabatabaee, GET NICE is the finest zebrahead release yet. “I think this album will definitely win a Nobel Peace Prize, get you a raise, and get your girlfriend pregnant all at the same time. It’s that good!”

GET NICE Track Listing:

1. Blackout
2. Nothing To Lose
3. She Don’t Wanna Rock
4. Ricky Bobby
5. Get Nice!
6. The Joke’s On You
7. Nudist Priest
8. Galileo Was Wrong
9. Truck Stops And Tail Lights
10. I’m Definitely Not Gonna Miss You
11. Too Bored To Bleed
12. Kiss Your Ass Goodbye
13. This Is Gonna Hurt You Way More Than It’s Gonna Hurt Me
14. Demon Days

For more information, visit: [sponsored and fully ran by Nokia]

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

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

Check it out here:

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

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

MASK features 9 stellar tracks, highlighted by “Falling Down,” “Tail Of The Gun,” the title track “Mask,” and modern-day power ballad “We Breath.”

The complete track listing for MASK is:

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

For more information visit:

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-Orphaned Land: New Trailer Available For Orphaned Land’s Debut DVD THE ROAD TO OR SHALEM

A second video trailer is now available to preview premier Middle Eastern progressive metal crusaders Orphaned Land’s debut DVD, THE ROAD TO OR SHALEM. Click here to check it out:

The compelling live performance DVD will be released in North America on November 1st via Century Media Records. The DVD documents the band’s incredible mission to unite warring factions in their home region through the power of music. Filmed in Tel Aviv, Israel in December, 2010, THE ROAD TO OR SHALEM features nearly two hours of live performance, as well as a second bonus DVD. The bonus DVD material includes additional live footage, a behind-the-scenes documentary and video clips.

Formed in Israel two decades ago, Orphaned Land’s unique style of Middle Eastern progressive metal or Jewish Muslim metal has amassed a huge fan base of both Jews and Muslims worldwide. The band’s signature sound features multilingual vocals (English, Hebrew, Arabic, Yemenite and more) along with standard instruments, as well as countless Oriental and traditional instruments such as: saz, santur, Arabian flutes, bouzouki and cumbus. The result is an exotic, heavy and fascinating mix. Orphaned Land live shows feature flags from both Israel and Lebanon prominently displayed, with fans from all ethnic and religious backgrounds singing along in both Hebrew and Arabic. These same fans proudly bear Orphaned Land tattoos, although this potentially puts them at risk in their home countries. Orphaned Land’s most recent release (their fourth), THE NEVER ENDING WAY OF ORWARRIOR, is in stores now. Orphaned Land is: Kobi Farhi – leading chants, growls, narrations, choir & backing vocals; Uri Zelha – electric & acoustic bass; Yossi Sassi Sa’aron – electric & classic guitars, saz, bouzouki, chumbush, choir vocals, piano and Matti Svatizky – electric & acoustic guitars.

For more information, please visit or .

Orphaned Land THE ROAD TO OR SHALEM DVD track listing:

DVD 1:
1. Halo Dies
2. Birth Of The Three
3. Olat Hatamid
4. The Kiss Of Babylon
5. A Never Ending Way
6. Disciples Of The Sacred II
7. Bereft In The Abyss
8. The Storm Still Rages Inside
9. Sapari
10. From Broken Vessels
11. Ocean Land
12. M I?
13. New Jerusalem
14. Vayehi Or
15. The Warrior
16. Baraka
17. Codeword: Uprising
18. El Meod Na’ala
19. In Thy Never Ending Way
20. The Beloveds Cry
21. Norra El Norra
22. Ornaments Of Gold

DVD 2:
1. Bakapaim (with Yehuda Poliker)
2. Halom Layam Hatihon (with Yehuda Poliker)
3. The Path Part 1 – Treading Through Darkness (drums & percussion solo)
4. Seasons Unite (from the album SAHARA)
5. Thee By The Father I Pray (from the album EL NORRA ALILA)
Documentary – Vayehi Or
Videos – “Sapari,” “Norra El Norra,” “Ocean Land”
Slide show/band photos

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-Rough Angel To Release Re-Mastered EP HEAR THE ANGELS ROCK!

The music is “doomy,” “lava” — like and heavy metal with tuned down guitar riffs that sounds like a brick wall is coming down on you. Aggressive high pitch screams with oriental type melodies forge these recordings and give it the ultimate experience on a pure metal meltdown.

The recordings never got published until now when Csaba Zvekan re-mastered the songs to a first official worldwide release “only digital” scheduled for 30th November 2011 under Rock N Growl Records.

The title of Rough Angel’s EP is called HEAR THE ANGELS ROCK and has following tracks:

1. Standing By Mirrors
2. Defiance
3. Let It Burn
4. Hear The Angels Rock

The lineup is as follows:

Csaba Zvekan – Lead & backing Vocals
Jimmy Z. – Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Marc Mougavero – Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Ross Manzo – Bass Guitar
Dave Kappos – Drums (on recording)
Mike Rangel – Drums (live later after Dave Kappos left the band)

US Heavy Metal weights Rough Angel have been around for more than two decades. Originally found in Hollywood, Los Angeles by Jimmy Z. and Johnny G. the band quickly built up a fan base and followers. Rough Angel were playing the Sunset Strip up and down and eventually moved to Las Vegas. The band got nominated as the best local band in Las Vegas, Nevada. Eventually Johnny G. left the band as he moved to Hawaii. So the spot for a singer was vacant and Csaba Zvekan has gotten the job. In 1993 Rough Angel have decided to record four memorable songs for an EP.

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-Exclusive Isole And Lonely Kamel Track Premieres On The Obelisk!!!

The Obelisk ( ), THE purveyors of all that is doomed-out and low-ended on the Internet, are now streaming exclusive track premieres from Isole and Lonely Kamel’s respective new albums. Set for North American release on October 25th thru Napalm Records, both Isole’s BORN FROM SHADOWS and Lonely Kamel’s DUST DEVIL are slaying the critics with their differently doomed sounds, proving that Napalm’s a new force in all things slow, deep, and hard.

The exclusive track-stream for Isole’s “Born From Shadows” can be found here:

The exclusive track-stream for Lonely Kamel’s “The Prophet” can be found here:

A mere smattering of the good word going ’round both Isole and Lonely Kamel’s forthcoming new records:

• “Any fan of the band will be dismally gratified to have this record in their collection, particularly with the colder months quickly approaching” – [8/10 rating]
• “Slow and heavy, dark and melancholic, haunting and epic, Isole’s BORN FROM SHADOWS is the epitome of quality doom metal” – [4.5/5 rating]
• “Simply impressive” – Absolute Zero Media webzine
• “Have carved an identity for themselves” –
• “Not many have this kind of craft with the weaving of the epic and the mournful dark” –
• “Sets that perfect doom mood” –

• “Fans of original southern rock, heavy rock and proto-metal are bound to enjoy this album” – [4/5 rating]
• “An album so sludgy, dirty, groovy and blues-heavy, you’d have to be a zombie to not move to this album” – [4/5 rating]
• “You could literally get high just listening to this record… epic” –
• “Come off like graduates from the University of Roadsaw (with a minor in Sixty Watt Shaman), infusing loud, driving heavy rock with a sensibility straight off the Delta” –
• “A superlative album… The band manage to sound timeless, without sounding dated, and are to be commended for it” –
• “Brings back retro like only the Scandinavians can… I cannot get enough of this one these days” –

For more info, consult , , and .

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-The Living Fields: Full Album Streaming Via Hellbound

For two weeks, Ontario-based metal site Hellbound is hosting a full album stream of The Living Fields’ sophomore album, RUNNING OUT OF DAYLIGHT.

Check out the brilliant release in its entirety at this location:

Enriching their symphonic, epic metal through the use of piano, violin, viola, cello, and acoustic guitar and more, The Living Fields take their distinctive style to great new heights on RUNNING OUT OF DAYLIGHT, the album released in late July via Candlelight Records. While the members of the band are scattered across multiple continents, having never played a live show or even recorded a full release in the same session, their talent and creativity are unstoppable when combined. The new album has received acclaim form media outlets worldwide helping elevate this underground act’s name higher into the ranks of metal’s contemporary elite.

“It’s a fine line between brilliance and mediocrity when trying to do something like this, but The Living Fields manage to do what they do exceptionally well.” – Hellbound

“One of progressive metal’s most tantalizing prospects… a genuinely evolutionary way of songwriting.” – Terrorizer

“…one of the year’s more somber and striking efforts…” – Blistering

“I can’t think of another band that sounds much at all like them, and that’s one hell of a compliment in today’s saturated consumer climate.” – Metal Review

“…one of the best metal albums of 2011.” – Teeth of the Divine

-About Heavy Metal’s list of “Essential Thrash Metal Albums” is online at .

-Almah’s new video for “Late Night In ’85” is online at . The track comes from MOTION, due October 14 on AFM Records. See for more.

-New Sebastian Bach interviews/features as follows…

Fox News “Face2Face”

Toronto Sun

“The Larry Flick Show” / Sirius XM

Please note the last one is explicit… See for more.

-Brainstorm’s ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT (AFM Records) hit #59 on the German media control chart. See for more.

-Check out Divine Ascension’s video for “Answers” at .

-Doro had to cancel two shows in Slovakia — in Kosice and Bratislava — “due to problems with the local promoter.” Front woman Doro Pesch stated: “Dear Fans, unfortunately the two shows in Slovakia got cancelled due to promoter issues. It’s a shame that we aren’t able to play in Kosice and Bratislava. We are extremely sorry, we were so excited and were really looking forward to it. We hope to be able to play in the near future. For further information please get in touch with the promoter or venue. We love you guys – Doro & Band” See for more

-Emerald Sun will play the following shows in Greece this month:

10/27 – Bat City, Athens, Greece
10/29 – Eightball, Thessaloniki, Greece
10/30 – Polyxoros-Agora, Ioannena, Greece

-Check out a funny video of a toddler crying for some Iron Maiden at .

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

10/22 – Roland/Boss Loop Semi-Finals @ Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA (free show)
10/29 – Marquee 15 Concert Theater, Corona, CA (Halloween show)
11/5 – BroadAcres Market Place & Event Center, North Las Vegas, NV (all ages)
11/11 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
11/12 – El Cajon Grand, El Cajon, CA
12/1 – House Of Rock Live, El Paso, TX
12/2 – Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX
12/3 – Smokin Aces, Mission, TX
12/6 – The Meridian, Houston, TX
12/10 – The Ruby Room, San Diego, CA

See for more.

-Judas Priest was the musical guest last Friday on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Check out their performance of “Breaking The Law” at , and the web-only exclusive performance of “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” at . In related news, Halford’s new video single for “Resurrection,” from the LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA DVD, is online now at .

-There’s a “Retro Recommendation” feature on Kiss’ HOTTER THAN HELL at . Former guitarist Bruce Kulick has a nice write-up on the Gene Simmons/Shannon Tweed wedding at his site, in the “Message” section of . And speaking of the wedding, check out “exclusive merchandise from the rock ‘n roll wedding of the year!” — such as glass coasters, T-shirts, shot glasses, beer steins, keepsake plates, guitar picks, etc. — at . And in related news, the video trailer for late, former drummer Eric Carr’s 20th anniversary commemorative CD UNFINISHED BUSINESS at has samples of some of the CD’s tracks. Part 1 of an exclusive four-part interview series, from and, is online now at . It features Kiss’ former manager, the late Bill Aucoin, and Seether drummer John Humphrey talking about Carr. The rest of the parts will feature Bruce Kulick, Lydia Criss, and others, and will be released over a three-week period. Sign up for special e-mail notifications at

-Lord Volture’s song “Minutes To Madness,” from NEVER CRY WOLF and featuring Mark Bogert on guitar, is streaming at . NEVER CRY WOLF is due out November 11. See for more.

-A track-by-track breakdown of Morton’s COME READ THE WORDS FORBIDDEN (AFM Records) is online at , and the live video for “Brotherhood Of Light” is online at .

-The “mailorder edition” of Nightwish’s IMAGINAERUM, available only at Nuclear Blast’s mailorder, is a limited and numbered (1,000 copies) boxed set that includes the double digi-pak CD, a single for the “Rest Calm” demo (featuring Marco Hietala on vocals), and an exclusive Nightwish IMAGINAERUM mirror. See for more.

-A new, “previously unreleased (slightly different) director’s cut version” of Oz’s video for “Dominator” is available now at . The band’s comeback album BURNING LEATHER is due out November 18 on AFM Records.

-Check out “Metal Messiah,” a sample from Pegazus’ new album IN METAL WE TRUST, at .

-Redemption — featuring guitarist Nick Van Dyk and singer Ray Alder (Fates Warning) — has THIS MORTAL COIL out this week. Hype: “Redemption have made a name for themselves as one of the premiere prog metal bands to come out of the past decade. The band, featuring Fates Warning singer Ray Alder, has toured with fellow prog legends Dream Theater and are highly admired for their aggressive yet melodic sound. However, it’s been a challenging time for Redemption following the release of 2009’s SNOWFALL ON JUDGMENT DAY, as guitarist/founder Nick van Dyk had been diagnosed with blood cancer. While it appears that Dyk is now cancer free after intense therapy, it’s understandable that the band’s new album THIS MORTAL COIL would reflect the dark times the guitarist went through these past few years.” Track list: “Path Of The Whirlwind,” “Blink Of An Eye,” “No Tickets To The Funeral,” “Dreams From The Pit,” “Noonday Devil,” “Let It Rain,” “Focus,” “Perfect,” “Begin Again,” “Stronger Than Death,” “Departure Of The Pale Horse.” The limited edition version has a second CD of cover songs, called A COLLECTION OF SONGS ORIGINALLY RECORDED BY OTHER ARTISTS THAT ONE WOULD NOT EXPECT WOULD BE PERFORMED BY A PROGRESSIVE METAL BAND – PART THE FIRST. Track list: “Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” (Elton John), “Jane” (Starship), “Hold The Line” (Toto), “Edge Of The Blade” (Journey), “Love To Love” (UFO), “Precious Things” (Tori Amos). Metal Insider is streaming the full album at . See and for more.

-Riot — singer Tony Moore, guitarists Mark Reale and Mike Flyntz, bassist Don Van Stavern, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek — had to pull out of the European tour with HammerFall “due to complications from Tony’s emergency oral surgery,” which he needed to deal with a “deeply infected root canal.” Check out statements from him and the band at and . Vicious Rumors has replaced Riot on the HammerFall tour, but Riot plans to “visit Europe as soon as possible.” The band assured its Asian fans that the Japanese dates in 2012 are unaffected by this turn of events, and is planning a US tour for early next year. The band’s reunion album, IMMORTAL SOUL, has this track list: “Riot,” “Still Your Man,” “Crawling,” “Wings Are For Angels,” “Fall Before Me,” “Sins Of The Father,” “Majestica,” “Immortal Soul,” “Insanity,” “Whiskey Man,” “Believe,” “Echoes.” The limited digi-pak version has two bonus tracks, recorded live at the 2009 Sweden Rock Festival: “Johnny’s Back” and “Metal Soldiers.” There will also be a double gatefold LP on blue vinyl.

-Sacred Heart’s PROPAGANDA is out now. Hype: “The general vibe the listener can get from PROPAGANDA is positive, no questions asked, since the band shows they have belief in their skills mixing traditional minor-scale British Hard Rock with more fresh American Rock elements, not avoiding a slice of AOR touch in some of their musical pieces.” Track list: “Everybody Falls” (instrumental), “Propaganda Part One,” “Can’t Breathe,” “Nothing At All,” “Paldies Thank You,” “Never Let You Go,” “With Open Arms,” “Spit,” “Goodbye,” “We Stand Hand In Hand,” “You’re The One,” “Propaganda Part Two.” The version with bonus tracks has these extra songs: “Propaganda Part One” (edit), “Crazy World” (demo), “Enough” (demo), “You’re The One” (2003), “Hand In Hand” (2004). See and for more.

-Mike Tramp And The Rock N Roll Circuz are gigging in the UK this week:

10/13 – The Purple Turtle, London, UK – w/ Crimes Of Passion
10/14 – The Corporation, Sheffield, UK – w/ Crimes Of Passion
10/15 – The Yardbirds, Grimsby, UK – w/ Crimes Of Passion & Serpentine

-Sick Of It All, Machine Head, and Coroner have been added to the lineup for the Wacken Open Air 2012. Moonspell will also perform an “Exclusive Orchestral Acoustic Show,” entitled “Sombra” and featuring guest musicians. See for more.

-White Wizzard’s FLYING TIGERS is out now on Earache. Hype: “Flying the flag for classic metal with a singular vision and unflinching belief in the power of great riffs and earth-shattering vocals, L.A.’s finest exponents of the genre return with all guns blazing on FLYING TIGERS. From the rallying cry of ‘Fight To The Death,’ through the emotive arena rock power of ‘Starchild,’ to the multi-layered concept nature of the album’s closing side (the last six tracks form an epic, progressive concept piece), the spirit and class of the song writing is topped with the world beating vocals of Wyatt Anderson. Taking in visits to downtown Tokyo, sultry L.A. hangouts, ancient Egypt, outer space and beyond across the course of twelve killer tracks, FLYING TIGERS gives traditional classic metal a huge shot in the arm.” Track list: “Fight To The Death,” “West L.A. Nights,” “Starchild,” “Flying Tigers,” “Night Train To Tokyo,” “Night Stalker,” “Fall Of Atlantis,” “Blood On The Pyramids,” “Demons And Diamonds,” “Dark Alien Overture,” “War Of The Worlds,” “Starman’s Son.” Check out clips of three songs and a video at . See for more.

-Upcoming Y&T shows:

10/14 – The Garage, London, England – w/ Stampede
10/15 – Coal Exchange, Cardiff, Wales
10/18 – L’Empreinte, Savigny-le-Temple, France
10/20 – Sala Capitol, Santiago De Compostela, Spain
10/21 – Sala La Vaca, Ponferrada, Spain
10/22 – Teatre Ateneu, Cerdanyola Del Vallès, Spain – w/ Wishbone Ash
10/23 – Rock Star Live, Bilbao, Spain
10/25 – Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
10/26 – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany
10/28 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
10/29 – De Pul, Uden, The Netherlands
10/30 – Hedon Podium, Zwolle, The Netherlands
11/1 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
11/3 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
11/4 – Underground Cologne, Koln, Germany
11/5 – Blues Garage, Isernhagen, Germany
11/18 – 11/19 – Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA
12/10 – Cache Creek Resort, Brooks, CA
2/25 – 2/28 – Monsters Of Rock Cruise, Bahamas & Key West
2/29 – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
3/1 – Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
3/2 – B.B. King’s Blues Club, New York, NY
3/3 – The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY
3/4 – The Rock House, W. Greenwich, RI
3/7 – Diesel, Pittsburgh, PA
3/9 – The Tangier, Akron, OH
3/10 – Tailgaterz, Bolingbrook, IL

“Special discounts & deals” for the cruise can be had by booking with the Y&T promo code: YTMOR. See and for more.

Thanks to Music Buy Mail, Nightmare Records, Pitch Black Records, Mitch Lafon, Axel Wiesenauer, AFM Records, Rupert Withers, Chad Bowar, Thomas Jensen, Jeff “Big ‘Orra” Adee, and Eric “Parallels” Helgeson for help gathering some of this information.

by Tim Wadzinski (

-Last Friday I ran my interview with Dio Disciples members Tim “Ripper” Owens and Craig Goldy. I left a few Owens-related tidbits out of that write-up because they didn’t directly pertain to the Dio Disciples project. Owens told me the next Beyond Fear album has been “done” — presumably he meant “written” — for a year, and it should be out soon, once he gets it finished off. He also left open the possibility of doing another solo record but said that his solo project is mainly a touring concern. I also asked Goldy about any of his upcoming solo ventures, but he graciously declined to discuss them. I’m hoping to touch base with him separately about this soon.

-I was all set to go see Saxon and Borealis in St. Charles, Ill., last Saturday but I came down with a *nasty* sinus infection that morning. I was supposed to do an in-person interview with Biff Byford and it absolutely KILLED me to send an email saying I couldn’t do it, because I had to stay home sick. Ugh… Please note it pretty well takes an Act Of God for me to miss a show and interview like this! I’m bummed about missing the show but on a happier note I was able to do a phoner with Mr. Byford last night. Stay tuned.

-My friend Bill sent me these funny lists of the worst metal albums of all time and the worst metal album covers:

-What’s up with Starship’s “Jane?” Funny that two bands — Talon on III and Redemption on the bonus disc for THIS MORTAL COIL — just covered this tune. (And bonus points of you remember The Burnpool’s cover from its 1995 self-titled debut.)

-I listened to Lord Volture’s song “I Am King.” It sounds like a Scorpions tune with a cross between Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin and Blaze Bayley singing. Weird.

-I don’t know why but I actually *was* a little surprised to see Gene Simmons selling memorabilia from his wedding…

-If I was in N.Y.C. I would totally go to that screening of “Trick Or Treat.” Awesome.

-Get those free Z Records MP3s — Steele’s “Tricks Up My Sleeve” is a *killer* song.

-In my current playlist: Saxon – CALL TO ARMS (UDR Music/EMI), FireHouse – FULL CIRCLE (FireHouse Music), Golden Resurrection – MAN WITH A MISSION (Liljegren Records / Doolittle Group), Argus – BOLDLY STRIDE THE DOOMED (Cruz Del Sur Music).

*** REVIEWS ***
JUDAS PRIEST – THE CHOSEN FEW (B+) Columbia/Legacy, 2011
17 tracks, RT: 1:17:05
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You read the press release above; the idea of having other rockers hand-pick their favorite songs for your compilation album is pretty cool, but ultimately, the result is just another compilation album. This one has tracks from most of Priest’s Sony/Columbia catalog, with BRITISH STEEL (1980) having the most at four, and POINT OF ENTRY (1981), PRIEST…LIVE! (1987), and RAM IT DOWN (1988) being ignored. And of course there’s nothing from ROCKA-ROLLA (1974) or SAD WINGS OF DESTINY (1976), but there are live versions of the latter’s “The Ripper” and “Victim Of Changes” taken from PRIEST IN THE EAST (1979). The booklet starts off with a surprisingly cool “foreword” written by Gene Simmons, and includes thoughts from this complete list of folks who selected the tracks: Joe Elliott, Steve Vai, Geoff Tate, Accept, Lars Ulrich, Kerry King, David Coverdale, Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God), Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield, Lemmy, Vinnie Paul, Zakk Wylde, Alice Cooper, Geezer Butler, Slash, Klaus Meine, Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Chris Jericho, Jonathan Davis (Korn), and Joe Satriani. So logistics aside… this *is* a pretty good overview of Priest’s impressive output from 1977 – 1990, with all of the *really* big hits on display, and a handful of surprise inclusions in “Dissident Aggressor,” “Exciter,” “Rapid Fire,” and “The Sentinel.” (The latter has always been a favorite of mine; I’m glad to see it get its due here.) For me, it was big fun to read through the liner notes and think back to when I discovered Priest as a teen-ager, and first heard these songs. (I swear I had this conversation with a buddy in 8th grade: “What’s ‘The Green Manalishi’ about?” “I think it’s about a car, or a demon… Or maybe a woman.” “Cool.” “Did you know it’s a cover?” “No!” “Yep, it’s a Fleetwood Mac song.” “Wait… what? FLEETWOOD MAC??”) So, I suppose diehards/fanboys like me will go for this release, as will casual fans who aren’t yet sick of “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking The Law.”
– Tim Wadzinski (

*** OUT ***

Issue #611.5 Dio Disciples!

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by Tim Wadzinski (

-Interview w/ Craig Goldy & Tim “Ripper” Owens (Dio Disciples)
September 29, 2011

One of the greatest rock voices of all time was silenced on May 16, 2010, when Ronnie James Dio passed away. The rock and metal worlds mourned long and hard, and various tribute songs and projects started popping up almost immediately. But there’s one that stands head and shoulders above the rest: Dio Disciples. Although Ronnie was most active with Heaven & Hell in the months leading up to his death, his solo band was still intact. Earlier this year, under the aegis of Ronnie’s wife and manager Wendy, those musicians — guitarist Craig Goldy, bassist Rudy Sarzo, keyboardist Scott Warren, and drummer Simon Wright — decided to recruit not one but two singers — Tim “Ripper” Owens and Toby Jepson — and head out on the road, to celebrate Ronnie’s life by bringing his music to his fans. I was able to speak to Goldy and Owens prior to the Chicago stop on their leg of US dates. I was curious to find out more about how the project coalesced, and what the future holds. Read on…

DETRITUS: What was the spark that originally brought this thing together?

CRAIG GOLDY: It was originally from Wendy. Ronnie passed away — he’s family to us — so when any important family member dies a family will do something at least once or twice a year in remembrance of that person. It’s similar to this. Wendy wanted to do something to keep his music alive, you know? And a lot of people took it upon themselves to start doing Ronnie’s music — I’m sure some of them had a good heart and some of them didn’t — and she wanted to wait a little bit. I can’t speak for her but from my perspective it seemed like she wanted to wait for the dust to settle from all the cockroaches and everything. (laughs) You know, for when it was the proper time for us to actually do it. But it was basically Wendy’s idea.

D: Obviously the core band was Ronnie’s band, but there had to be a vocalist search.

CG: Yes.

D: And for not only one, but two. How did that unfold? Who decided there should be two?

CG: Well in my world it was always Tim. Ronnie’s always believed in Tim, and so did Wendy. In fact Wendy has been managing Ripper for quite a while. So when this started he was automatically the first one we thought of, just because he’s so good. Honestly, I called him up one time — I’d seen something on YouTube — and we were just gonna see how things would seem, you know? I saw him doing some Rainbow and Black Sabbath stuff and said, “Man, this is gonna be so badass.” ‘Cause I get embarrassed when I hear other singers try to sing Ronnie’s music. Because he’s such an amazing vocalist they often embarrass themselves. Tim has just been amazing.

D: So you got a phone call…?

TIM “RIPPER” OWENS: Well we were always talking from the start. Wendy mentioned it to me and said “We’re thinking about doing this. Do you want to do it?” It wasn’t even, you know… they didn’t really even have to ask me. I’d had some summer solo tours lined up, and some other things lined up, and I just emptied out my schedule, period. Being a friend of Ronnie’s, and not only having Wendy be my manager but be a friend of mine, and knowing these guys it was an honor to do this, and to celebrate Ronnie. So there was no doubt I would do it. I was excited. I thought right away that we should look into another singer as well because I didn’t want in *any* way for it to look like — at least from my point of view — someone was trying to replace Ronnie. I think that bringing Toby in makes it more of a celebration. It has more of the spirit of what we’re doing.

D: I admit I haven’t kept up with Toby’s career. I know he was in Little Angels a while back, and didn’t he just produce the latest Saxon album? Is he more behind the scenes now?

TRO: He’s sung for Fastway for years now; he just did the new Fastway record. And yeah, he does a lot of producing and stuff like that now. He’s still out there — the difference is he was bigger in the UK than the US. That’s what’s even more exciting for me when we did the European leg of the tour. I don’t think at that time we were positive what we were gonna do on this US leg — if we were gonna have Toby, or an American, or we were gonna have somebody else — but once we did that leg of the tour, I came back and the first thing I did was call Wendy and say “There’s no question Toby has to do this. He gets it and he’s great to be with.” So even if, over here, he didn’t have as big of a following, it was a no-brainer to me. He’s great and he’s fun to be with.

D: It makes sense that you would be with these guys, due to all the history between you, Wendy, and the guys. But what was the connection with Toby? Were some of you friends with him? Did you admire his work?

TRO: Originally I think it was an agent who was booking the European tour. We were talking about it and he kinda said “You know, I got a guy. You should check into Toby Jepson.” I think that’s what did it.

CG: Yeah. We were considering who we could have as a guest vocalist. And when he found that out, it was exactly as Tim said — he said, “I got a guy for you.” (laughs)

D: The “I got a guy…” thing. (laughs)

CG: “I got a guy!”

TRO: “I got a guy who knows a guy who has a friend who knows a guy…” (laughs)

D: How did you decide what songs to play? I’ve seen set lists from some European shows, and I’m assuming it was the same set every night, where it looked like a “best of” type set. Was there ever an idea to pull out some more atypical songs?

TRO: We did!

CG: Yeah, we did. At first we were gonna go out and do all the songs that we hardly ever did, as a special treat for the fans. But then little by little, as we were putting everything all together, one, and trying to make it special for the fans, two, the more we thought of it it was like what Tim was saying — it’s a celebration of Ronnie’s music. And then Wendy decided it should be more of the classics, especially when we first started, to pay more honor to Ronnie’s music that, you know, unifies everybody — everybody knows these particular songs. And then like Tim had said, this time around we snuck in a couple of songs that we haven’t played before, ever. Depending on how things go — we’re supposed to be doing more in January and February — and I’m sure we’re gonna be slotting in a few more surprises here and there. Especially with YouTube, you don’t want to do the same set every time because people will say, “Why should I go? I can just watch it on YouTube.”

D: Well, that may be true but something like this project is pretty unique…

CG: Very. It’s an experience that any Dio fan should do. You can talk about what it is, and the true heart behind it — we have true and pure intentions and everything — but once you see the crowd actually start to connect with the band, we’re reuniting Ronnie’s fans with his music, live. There comes a special moment every single night where the crowd and the band just kind of unifies and becomes one. It’s a great connection. It’s *such* a great experience. It’s just really beautiful.

D: So what was the process? You get the list of songs but now you have to decide who sings what, or maybe there will be some duets. How did that work?

TRO: It just came together. It was funny ’cause we started with one idea, then we started rehearsing and it started changing. We had to figure out which ones fit the voice, and you know, it really started at the first rehearsal. I mapped it out originally, kinda thought about it, and then when we started rehearsing it changed right away. Sometimes we actually mix it up; we change it up anyways. We even change it up now. I used to sing “Man On The Silver Mountain” by myself, but I said to Toby, “Why don’t you sing this with me?” So we mix it up a lot, but we try to get a game plan and work on it.

D: Craig, I came across a statement you’d made online — I’m not sure how long after Ronnie had passed that you made it — where you basically said he was the reason anyone even knows who you are.

CG: That’s right.

D: It was very heartfelt and profound. I know what you said earlier about this being like a family, and celebrating a lost loved one, but was there ever any reluctance, or fear that this project might not come off well?

CG: Oh, of course. Yeah. It’s just the human factor alone, there’s that “Is this going to be what we hope it can be?” There was plenty of that at first. (laughs)

D: You all seem pretty easygoing, and you’re veterans of this lifestyle. Is this fun, like a normal band would be on tour, or is there more pressure than a regular tour? How is this different?

TRO: I don’t feel any pressure. It’s fun in different ways. Obviously it’s more emotional than any tour that you would do. I mean, on stage every night emotions just pour out of you, really. It’s amazing how they come out every night.

CG: I know.

TRO: Right? We did a whole European tour and then last night I *really* had some emotions. It’s just like, you know, everybody has a sense of humor, everybody gets along, we’re all friends, we’ve known each other for years. Then you get Toby to come in, who’s like somebody who’s known each other for years. The crew, management, Steve [Mignardi] the tour manager, everything… So it’s a mixed thing. Yeah we have fun but on the other hand, you know… These guys — for me to turn around and see these guys doing it — I think it’s probably what makes it even more emotional for me, ’cause you’re standing on stage with Ronnie’s band… What I’d usually do is load my equipment up before Ronnie played and open up for him, you know? (laughs) I’d rather be doing that now. But I think that’s probably even more of the emotions — I tell you, you can just channel him, you can feel him looking down going “You just did that wrong, Tim.” (laughs)

CG: (cracks up)

TRO: You know? Right?

D: Do any of you feel like you have to be perfect every night, to be true to the legacy?

CG: There’s a little bit of that, yeah, but I mean…

TRO: Well I do that for myself anyway.

CG: Exactly.

TRO: I’m my own worst critic. Being perfect, I would want to do that for every show, whether it’s singing at my restaurant or singing at Bob’s Grill, or an arena.

CG: That’s right. Yeah. It’s a little bit of both.

TRO: (pointing to Craig) He *is* perfect every night.

CG: (laughs)

D: You touched on this a bit. I read some of the European reviews and every single one commented on how emotional the whole evening was, from the people outside waiting in line before the show to the looks on your faces while you’re playing. Does that get any easier to deal with?

CG: Not for me. It just switches. One night it might be one song and the next night it might be another song. Or it might be a moment because of memories. It might be because I see someone in the crowd breaking down. It’s just different every night.

TRO: Yeah, you really see it in people’s faces, but it does change with different songs. (pauses to think) I can’t remember which one it was last night but I remember talking between, the song ended… I dunno. I do a lot of staring upwards during the show.

CG: (laughs)

TRO: There’s a lot of pointing to the sky, horns held high…

D: Tim, obviously everyone knows your background now. You followed one legendary singer when you joined Judas Priest. And this is very different — as you said earlier, you are not replacing anyone here — but how does it feel to be walking in another legend’s shoes?

TRO: It’s totally different with this one, due to the fact that I’m not replacing anyone. I sing… You know, my voice fits the songs.

CG: Yes.

TRO: But it’s me singing like myself. So I don’t feel it. Once again I feel more pressure of just singing the songs well, as I want to sing as my own self. You know, listen… there’s only one Ronnie. You can take an army — you can take a choir of singers — and they’re not gonna be Ronnie up on the stage. I’m just there being myself and celebrating. That’s all I want to do. And good night or bad, it’s always from the heart up on stage. That’s all I can do, is get up there and do that.

CG: That’s right.

TRO: But it is *totally* different doing the Judas Priest thing, and now, because I was always going to be in that shadow, of Rob, and fill his shoes. But this is not even the same thing.

D: Has anyone criticized this project?

CG: At first — that’s what ties back in to the earlier questions about worries or pressure about pulling this thing off the way we hoped to. There were a lot of naysayers. There’s always going to be those types of people, who think we’re in it for the wrong reasons. It was nice, though, because afterwards the reviews were really very flattering.

TRO: It stopped it.

CG: A lot of it stopped.

TRO: A lot of it stopped once that first [show happened]… It was nice. ‘Cause they *saw* it.

CG: Yeah, yeah. Exactly. And we would say stuff like that in the interviews sometimes. We’d say “Once you see the looks on our faces…” Because you can read and you can hear but when you see it face-to-face, one-on-one so to speak, then you know whether it’s real or not. You’re always gonna know if it’s real or not. But you have to go and see for yourself. You can’t just sit back on a couch and make judgment calls when you haven’t even experienced it, or met someone, or been there firsthand.

D: This is probably a dumb question but was anybody surprised by the global outpouring when Ronnie passed away? If you were online at all you saw statements coming out every day from every band, every musician. Other performers have passed away — and this year has also been kind of ugly — but I’ve never seen anything like what happened with Ronnie.

CG: Well just because of knowing him, and him being such a nice person, he gave his all to everybody. Every single person he met, he would give his all to that person. And he never stopped. So to someone who didn’t know him it would probably seem quite surprising that he touched so many lives and was such a big deal. But being with him in his band for so many years, and all the guys — Scott, Simon, and Rudy, and everybody that’s ever been in his band and worked with him on a daily basis — had all seen the same thing. We’d see how much time he put in to his fans and how much time he’d put into people. You just don’t forget that kind of thing.

D: Are there any plans to record and release something, maybe to raise money for cancer research? A live DVD or something?

CG: I think we’re getting ready to do something like that.

TRO: We’re in the works, figuring it out. We’re taking it one step at a time, and making sure we do it right. The Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is something different than Dio Disciples, and if Dio Disciples does do something for that, we’d put it out there saying in big bold letters that we’re doing something. But at this moment it’s a different entity. But we are looking, at the end of this American run, to get a concert on DVD, and doing some interviews. But like I said, you know, we just to make sure we do it right. Even tour-wise we just get one tour at a time and don’t look down the road too far.

D: It just seems like a logical thing to do, given Ronnie’s past record of helping people, with Hear ‘N Aid and other endeavors. It would seem to be another cool way to honor him.

CG: That’s right.

TRO: Wendy really does a great thing with the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. It’s really amazing. She has so many big, big, big things coming up — it’s just amazing what she’s doing with that, it really is. This next year there are a lot of big things coming up. I know she’s looking at doing a record the right way, with big celebrity guests and artists, and doing concerts. But those are things she’s doing, the right way. It’s amazing, the money she’s already raised on that, and I can’t imagine how much money she’s going to raise this coming year.

D: You’ve mentioned there are more Dio Disciples tour dates coming. But would you consider recording a studio album?

CG: If it made sense, yes. But it’s just like Ripper was saying — we’re doing everything just as long as it’s right, and we don’t really look too far down the road. You do have to treat this thing a special sort of way because we’re honoring his legacy. So if that’s the next step we take in the natural course of honoring his legacy then that answer would be yes. But we don’t want to do something that looks to people like, “Okay, here we go! Let’s go try to make some money off this thing!” ‘Cause that’s exactly what people would think — that’s what they thought when we first started this. So little by little we want to let it take its natural course and let it grow its natural way. If that’s the course it takes then that’s what we’ll do. It would be great to do something like that — I mean, the talent that’s on this stage with Ripper and Toby, and Rudy Sarzo and Simon Wright and Scott Warren — it would be a shame not to. But like Ripper was saying, at the same time it needs to be done right if it’s gonna be done at all.

D: Of course. I just wondered about the future of this project. Tim, are you still with Yngwie Malmsteen’s band? He’s got a tour coming up. Then there’s a new Charred Walls Of The Damned record coming out.

TRO: Yeah, I’m on that Yngwie tour. And the thing about Charred Walls Of The Damned [with drummer Richard Christy] is it was a very well-received album — the first one got good reviews; the new one comes out in October, and it’s getting great reviews again — but it doesn’t really take up my time because we don’t tour. It’s out on Metal Blade and the album does fairly well, but we both kind of have other things. The Yngwie thing doesn’t really take up time, either; it’s just a little bit of a tour. The things that take up most of my time next year, especially, would be Dio Disciples and then my solo stuff. I’ll probably tour solo most of the time. But this is gonna be the big one for me.

D: The reason I asked about a studio album is because I want to know if there could be something related to Ronnie. There have been rumors that MAGICA 2 was in the works.

CG: Yes, he and I were writing that together.

D: Or would you consider forming a “new” band without any obvious reference to the past?

TRO: What I think would end up happening is, well, obviously you can’t have a band name with the word Dio in there, and I think Disciples is probably already taken…

CG: (laughs)

TRO: Whatever we do, you know, we’ll figure out a name using all the letters from our last names. It will make no sense whatsoever — we’ll make up our own word so someone can’t take the name.

CG: So someone can’t take the name…? (laughs)

D: I heard there was a show canceled on this tour?

CG: Yeah, Minnesota tomorrow night.

TRO: I’m not exactly sure what was going on…

CG: Actually, we’re not getting along but we just decided to make it seem like everything’s cool. (laughs)

TRO: Yep, Chicago is it!

CG: No, we really don’t know why but it wasn’t our call.

TRO: I think Ronnie looked down and said, “Ninth show in a row? Let’s get rid of that!” (laughs)

I think Ronnie would be proud of these guys. Take a look at the various live videos all over YouTube if you still need convincing that they mean it, and are in it for the right reasons. And stay tuned to the Dio Disciples Facebook page for announcements of new tour dates.

Relevant links:


Dio Disciples

Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund

by Tim Wadzinski (

-Dio Disciples/The Last Vegas
House Of Blues, Chicago, IL
September 29, 2011

I never got to see Heaven & Hell so with Ronnie James Dio’s passing last year I figured that, outside of a band covering a song here or there, I’d heard the last of Dio’s music in a live setting. Then came word of the Dio Disciples tribute/celebration project earlier this year — hope was not lost! I thought it was cool Ronnie’s band reconvened to do this, but I admit I was extremely curious about the selection of co-singers Tim “Ripper” Owens and Toby Jepson (Little Angels, Fastway, Gun). I’m a fan of Owens, but I wondered how he’d hold up under the scrutiny of Dio’s ardent followers, and I had no idea how Jepson would fit into the vocal mix with Owens. Could these guys really pull it off? And would anyone be overcome with emotion? So many questions and expectations for this night…

The Last Vegas (40 mins.)

I’m sorry to say I’d never heard of this Chicago band, but they definitely have my attention now. Their fun, rocking nine- or ten-song set was full of brash, catchy, sleazy hard rock in the vein of vintage Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, and Skid Row, with a little Jet-like rock and Motorhead-like speed/punk sprinkled in for good measure. Singer Chad Cherry kept me guessing all night; at first I actually thought he was the Mick Jagger-clone contestant from CBS’ old “Rock Star: INXS” TV show. I mean, wow, this guy had all the slippery swagger of the Stones front man. His vocals were all over the place, in a good way. He’s got (at least) two distinct voices like an Axl Rose or Sebastian Bach, and at times he also sounded a lot like Tesla’s Jeff Keith. And he paid homage to Dio’s demonic mascot Murray by pointing back at the huge DIO banner and saying “That thing used to scare me as a kid!” Any way you slice it, he was a very charismatic and capable front man. Guitarists Adam Arling and Johnny Wator ably traded off on the solos, bassist Danny Smash held everything together, and drummer Nate Arling pounded and kept me amused with his old-school style.

Put it this way — I liked what I saw and heard so much that after The Last Vegas’ set I scurried back to the merch area to pick up their 2009 release WHATEVER GETS YOU OFF (co-produced by the band and heavyweights Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba, and Marti Frederiksen) and chat briefly with Cherry. I certainly hope to see more of this band, and a new album is due very soon.

Dio Disciples (95 mins.)
intro / Stand Up And Shout / Holy Diver / Don’t Talk To Strangers (w/ short drum solo) / The Shed (Subtle) / Kill The King / Egypt (The Chains Are On) / medley: Catch The Rainbow/Stargazer / The Mob Rules / Discovery (tape) / Magica Theme / Lord Of The Last Day / All The Fools Sailed Away / band intro’s / The Last In Line / Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll / Man On The Silver Mountain / Heaven & Hell // Rainbow In The Dark / We Rock

Here we go… I’d seen the set list from a couple of recent European shows so I thought I knew what I was in for. The curtain parted and there was the band: guitarist Craig Goldy, bassist Rudy Sarzo, keyboardist Scott Warren, and drummer Simon Wright. After a short, taped intro featuring Ronnie’s voice speaking some of his song and album titles poetically, Tim “Ripper” Owens walked out and they broke into a trio of classics from HOLY DIVER. Immediately, I was happily surprised at how easily Owens’ voice melded into these songs. He’s not a mere Dio clone by any stretch of the imagination, and it just *worked*. The opening salvo ended with a brief solo by Wright. Then it got interesting…

I expected Toby Jepson to come out for the next song but instead Owens introduced a “Rainbow classic” that I just did *not* recognize. It started with a tasty solo from Goldy, and then opened up into a stomping groove. I was at a loss and only found out much later that the track was “The Shed (Subtle)” off of 1978’s LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL. Deep cut, there, eh? (Okay, so, I just proved I’m not a true Dio Disciple — a Dio Acolyte, perhaps?) Rainbow burner “Kill The King” ensued, and Jepson finally emerged, to duet with Owens. Killer, indeed.

After another nice Goldy spotlight solo, Jepson took center stage for “Catch The Rainbow” and did a great job. His warmer tone was a nice contrast/juxtaposition to Owens’ more metallic bent. He fit in seamlessly, too, with no hints of apprehension at all. In fact, he commanded the stage and got the crowd going even more than they already were. Owens came back out during the medley with “Stargazer.” Of course there was a medley — it *is* a celebration of all things Dio, right?

Owens and the band ripped through the first Black Sabbath tune of the evening, “The Mob Rules.” This classic rocker was always a highlight of Dio’s live set for me, and the Disciples’ rendition held true to form. Next up was a parcel of material from Dio’s concept album, 2000’s MAGICA, complete with intro tape “Discovery” and lush instrumental “Magica Theme,” followed up by the plodding “Lord Of The Last Day,” sung by Jepson. Then came the lone DREAM EVIL track, “All The Fools Sailed Away,” with both singers sharing the load.

After a brief pause to introduce the band members and catch a breath, Jepson sang the mellow intro to “The Last In Line” before Owens took over when it kicked in. Awesome, simply put. These guys were kicking ass and taking names, all in the name of Ronnie. Owens handled “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll,” with its requisite crowd sing-along, before another duet on the final Rainbow song, “Man On The Silver Mountain.” The second and final Sabbath track, the epic “Heaven & Hell,” closed the main part of the set and, curiously, did *not* include the extra section that Ronnie always added in live versions. Afterwards the band left the stage but we knew it wouldn’t be for long…

The guys came back out after a pretty short break. Someone in the front row handed Owens a Budweiser tall boy, with which he promptly proposed a toast to Ronnie, and the crowd happily joined in. He then sang a great version of “Rainbow In The Dark,” before pointing out Ronnie’s widow Wendy in one of the opera boxes overlooking the stage. He asked the crowd to wave, say “Thanks, Wendy!,” and blow her a kiss. And we did. 🙂 The night ended with one more duet, on the smokin’ “We Rock.”

So if you’re keeping score at home, the European set lists I saw included “King Of Rock And Roll,” “Neon Knights,” “Straight Through The Heart,” “Children Of The Sea,” and “Killing The Dragon,” but we got “The Shed (Subtle),” “Kill The King,” “The Mob Rules,” “All The Fools Sailed Away,” and the MAGICA suite. An interesting trade, to be sure.

But more important than dissecting the set list, I just want to say that these guys did a fantastic job of keeping Ronnie’s spirit alive without letting anything overwhelm them. This was still a rock ‘n’ roll party, not a funereal occasion. (Rudy Sarzo’s animated, finger-licking antics put an exclamation point on that. :)) There were numerous acknowledgements of the fallen icon, with metal horns galore and Owens gazing upwards from time to time, but the guys struck an excellent balance between reverence and celebration. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the evolution of this project.

Relevant links:


Dio Disciples

The Last Vegas

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