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Detritus Issue #624

Detritus
Issue #624
Week of October 15, 2012
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*** CAST OF CHARACTERS ***
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Patrick Brower, Editor
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Sean P. Gahgan, Editor
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Tim Wadzinski, Owner
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Steve Shumake, Co-owner
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http://www.last.fm/user/VonGoober
http://www.youtube.com/VonGoober
http://www.facebook.com/4EvilGenius

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-The house my great-grandfather built has finally left our family, after five generations having spent time there. There are so many memories that keep flooding my mind… Some musical highlights would have to be 1) hearing the name “Ozzy Osbourne” for the first time during one of my uncles’ parties, back around 1980, and thinking with a name like that he just *had* to be some flamboyant black guy dressed in a bright white sequined jumpsuit; 2) watching one of my uncle’s buddies air guitar a Judas Priest song on a wooden crutch while another guy worked a strobe light; 3) turning my friend Arnie on to Dream Theater’s “Pull Me Under” in 1992; and 4) making music videos with my buddies in the basement. Bittersweet man, time marches on… – Tim

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-A Message From Lynch Mob & Dio Disciple Vocalist Oni Logan

A note to all Lynch Mob listeners,

The Lynch Mob is on hiatus, for how long? I don’t know.

Without getting long winded, truth is I haven’t left Lynch Mob, I’m just taking the time in pursuing other projects that I would like to be a part of.

I’m sure we’ll regroup somewhere down the road.

Other projects…

One being The Dio Disciples US tour dates that start on October 20th at the House of Blues in Anaheim CA as a guest vocalist.

I had been asked by the band to join them in paying homage to Dio’s music and legacy. I have many great memories of Ron, I first met him in 1989 in West Palm Beach Florida, we had spoken for a couple of hours back stage which led to the bar, by the end of the night I told him that I was interested in coming out to California to catch the dream.

His answer was, “Well, come to L.A. then,” as easy as that, I couldn’t help but chuckle as to how easy he made the journey appear to me but I did, I took his advice, it had been one of the best pieces of advice anyone has ever given me.

As fate would have it, we would become family friends in sharing Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas holidays as well as Halloween and New Year’s Eve parties together, sort of surreal to think about it now, he always was such a great host and organized the best New Year’s Eve parties every year, those were and still are some great memories.

Ron had such a great quality in how he was able to engage with people, no matter who you were he always made you feel like you were the only person in the room, I believe this had been one of the reason why his arms had reached so many people across the globe. It’s an honor to have been asked to represent a friend’s legacy and music, I truly believe he would have wanted his songs to continue being celebrated in all four corners of the globe through his fans, fellow musicians, friends and family and loyal band members… we’ll all keep on singing his songs.

Oni Logan

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-Geoff Tate Kicks Off Solo Tour Supporting Release Of New Record KINGS AND THIEVES This Wednesday!

[Note: This is from Geoff Tate’s website newsletter. – Tim]

Hello Fans!

Geoff Tate; the voice of Queensryche is kicking off his solo tour to promote his second solo album; KINGS AND THIEVES next week! Hear a full electric set of your favorite Queensryche songs and some of the new solo tunes as well.

To pre-order his new CD click here –> http://tinmanmerchandising.com/geofftate/

Geoff will be playing material off of both his solo albums as well as Queensryche hits. See below to check if Geoff is coming to a city near you:

10/17/12 – Newton, NJ @ Newton Theatre
10/18/12 – New York, NY @ The Jewel
10/19/12 – Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall
10/20/12 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/21/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ JC’s Washington House
10/22/12 – White Marsh, MD @ House of Rock
10/23/12 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/24/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
10/25/12 – Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live
10/26/12 – Amityville, NY @ Ollie’s
10/27/12 – Chesterfield, MI @ New York New York
10/28/12 – Akron, OH @ Ripper Owen’s Tap House
10/29/12 – Akron, OH @ Ripper Owen’s Tap House
10/30/12 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop Concert Lounge
10/31/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
11/01/12 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
11/02/12 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
11/03/12 – Bolingbrook, IL @ Tailgater’s Grill
11/07/12 – Calgary, AB, Canada @ Southern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)
11/08/12 – Saskatoon, SK, Canada @ TCU Place (*with Alice Cooper)
11/09/12 – Moose Jaw, SK, Canada @ Mosaic Place (*with Alice Cooper)
11/11/12 – Medicine Hat, AB, Canada @ Medicine Hat Arena (*with Alice Cooper)
11/13/12 – Dawson Creek, BC, Canada @ EnCana Events Centre (*with Alice Cooper)
11/14/12 – Edmonton, AB, Canada @ Northern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)
11/16/12 – Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (*with Alice Cooper)
11/17/12 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/21/12 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
11/23/12 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/24/12 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/27/12 to 12/1/12 – ShipRocked Cruise (see all details at http://www.getshiprocked.com/ !)
12/4/12 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
12/5/12 – Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live
12/7/12 – Destin, FL @ Club L.A.
12/8/12 – Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre
12/9/12 – Sunrise, FL @ Toys in the Sun Run

http://www.geofftate.com/
http://www.queensryche.com/

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-The Best Way To Finish The Year? Enjoying A Perfect Day — The Labyrinth Members’ New Band’s Debut Out In November

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of A Perfect Day’s self-titled debut album on November 19th in North America and November 23rd in Europe.

The concept of A Perfect Day came about when Andrea Cantarelli — guitarist and co-founding member of the Italian Heavy Metal band Labyrinth — presented the new songs and riffs he was working on to his band mate Roberto Tiranti. The musical direction was evidently different from what they have been developing on Labyrinth’s recent releases, more in line with Hard Rock rather than Power Metal.

Roberto immediately loved the music that Andrea played him and started to work on songs and melodies which during 2011 and 2012 brought life to the debut album which finally sees the light of day now on Frontiers Records.

“Labyrinth is my band, but now it is not enough,” says Cantarelli. “APD is what I need today. I need another band, a real band in order to express my creative juices. Musically speaking we are now in Hard Rock territory, however I have tried to give the sound a more dynamic and modern edge, not far away from acts like Alter Bridge or Stone Sour.” But melody still plays a leading role in A Perfect Day music. Although, on the one hand, melodies are sometimes very relaxed, they are in contrast, with the wall of sound created by the heavy guitar riffing.

A Perfect Day lineup is completed with Alessandro Bissa (Labyrinth, Vision Divine) on drums.

The guys plan to have their live debut around the release of the album. “If there will be opportunities to promote the album live we will take them!” concludes Andrea Cantarelli. “We are aware if will not be easy but we are working on it.”

A Perfect Day’s self-titled debut album includes the following tracks:
Another Perfect Day; Now And Forever; Long Road To Ruin; Alone And Free (Rockblind); Silent Cry; Under The Same Sun; Here We Are Again; Waiting On The Edge; Warm Embrace; We Only Say Goodbye

Samples:



Enjoy NOW APD’s first single “Silent Cry” streaming on the Frontiers Records webradio at http://www.frontiers.it/webradio .

A PERFECT DAY
Roberto Tiranti: Vocal – Bass
Andrea Cantarelli: Guitars
Alessandro Bissa: Drums

Weblink: http://www.facebook.com/APDBand

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-Threshold – Definitive Editions Of EXTINCT INSTINCT & CLONE Out Now!

After the phenomenal reactions to Threshold’s new amazing progressive metal masterpiece MARCH OF PROGRESS (out since the 24th of August), Nuclear Blast is now happy to offer you the “Definitive Editions” — a series of reissues of the entire Threshold discography (except for the band’s 2007 Nuclear Blast debut “Dead Reckoning”), including extensive bonus material! Guitarist and founding member Karl Groom states: “It is exciting to see Nuclear Blast releasing the Definitive Editions of each album now. This is where it all began and where Threshold set its style!”

The “Definitive Editions” of EXTINCT INSTINCT (1997) and CLONE (1998) are OUT NOW! Order your copies at the Nuclear Blast web shop: http://bit.ly/Q8NKqp or digitally via iTunes: http://bit.ly/PMFq3S .

EXTINCT INSTINCT
1. Exposed
2. Somatography
3. Eat The Unicorn
4. Forever
5. Virtual Isolation
6. The Whispering
7. Lake Of Despond
8. Clear
9. Life Flow
10. Part Of The Chaos
11. Segue
bonus tracks:
12. Mansion
13. Virtual Isolation (Radio Version)
14. Smile At The Moon

CLONE
1. Freaks
2. Angels
3. The Latent Gene
4. Lovelorn
5. Change
6. Life’s Too Good
7. Goodbye Mother Earth
8. Voyager II
9. Sunrise On Mars
bonus tracks:
10. Freaks (Live In Paris)
11. Change (Live In Paris)
12. The Latent Gene (Uncut Version)

The “Definitive Editions” of WOUNDED LAND (1993) and PSYCHEDELICATESSEN (1994) are already out since the 7th of September. HYPOTHETICAL (2001), CRITICAL MASS (2002) and SUBSURFACE (2004) will follow on the 16th of November 2012.

http://www.thresh.net/

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-Wanted: Gotthard And Joiz Are Looking For The Best Cover Version Of Their New Single “Shine”

ZURICH — The cult rock band from Tessin and the cross-media TV broadcaster joiz have a new mission together: “I Shine With Gotthard.” Whoever can create the best cover version of the rock ballad will win a chance to perform at a Gotthard concert.

After the extremely successful Gotthard Day at joiz last June (including the loudest rock and roll show ever in the studio), Gotthard and joiz are getting together again. This time they are giving musicians from all over Switzerland the chance to share the big stage with them. What do the musicians need to do? They must produce their own live cover version of the new Gotthard single “Shine,” make a video and send it to joiz. It can be rock, hip-hop, folk music, jazz, classical whether children’s choir, alphorn club or dialect garage band — the three bands/performers with the most creative new interpretation and the most votes from the public will reach the final. Or, to be more precise Gotthard will come to your home! It’s not a joke: Using the Gibson tour bus, the rockers will pay a visit to your home and test the live quality of your cover performance. But the decision will not be made then. In the joiz programme on 20th. November, the top three finalists will compete against each other in front of an audience and perform their version of “Shine!” The winner will take the big prize: to stand on the Gotthard stage before thousands of fans and play the winning cover song. The motto: “I shine with Gotthard” …

“We know that there are many good musicians in Switzerland, who put their hearts and souls into the music,” says bassist Marc Lynn. “It is exactly this potential in our national scene that we want to draw out. From solo performers to male choirs, no matter from which musical corner they come, young or old! It is also exciting for us to see how others perceive our music and what they make out of it. It is exciting for all of us!”

6. September 2012: Competition call “I Shine With Gotthard.”

31. October 2012: Competition closes.

15/16/19 November 2012: Broadcast “Gotthard-Tourbus-Action” on joiz.

20 November 2012: Final in the live show “Home Run” on joiz.

November/December 2012: Appearance of the winning band at one of the CH-concerts of Gotthard.

GOTTHARD CH-TOUR 2012 (Special Guest: THE ANSWER – Opening act: FOX
30.11.12 CHUR, Stadthalle
01.12.12 BERN, Expo Halle 4.1
06.12.12 LAUSANNE. Metropole
07.12.12 WINTERTHUR, Eishalle Deutweg
08.12.12 SURSEE, Stadthalle

What is joiz?
joiz is a HD-TV Sender, which produces interactive, multi-media entertainment programmes for the younger generation and also classic TV with online, mobile and social media mixed in, The detailed programme of Gotthard and further information can be found at http://www.joiz.ch/ .

Further information:
http://www.joiz.ch/
http://www.gotthard.com/

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-Lion Music News

Anthriel Currently Recording Follow-Up To THE PATHWAY

Finn symphonic progressive metal outfit Anthriel are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to their blistering 2010 debut THE PATHWAY. Lead vocalist Simo Silvan has checked in with the following update.

“I thought that it’s high time to tell all of you what’s happening at the moment in the World Of Anthriel! As many of you might have noticed we are indeed recording a new album as I write this update to enlighten the near future of what’s to come. All the songs to the second album have been written already and now we are just recording and adding more elements to fulfill the ambition we have towards our second album, which by the way already has a title and a track list but I’m not going to tell about those things… yet!

“The past few months has gone by, by recording the drum tracks. Jari has indeed done a fantastic job behind the drums, as always, and there will be lots and lots of new cool stuff happening in the drum world during the whole album. In my opinion Jari has pushed the envelope, so to say, even further, and by doing that he has raised the bar quite high for all of us in the band. Yet that’s a good thing of course.

“Now as almost all of the drum parts have been played we’ve been able to do other things also and that means Timo’s rhythm guitar parts. I have had the pleasure of being around listening many times when Timo has laid down his tracks and I really must confess that those guitar parts are something really fantastic! Lots of cool heavy riffs and rhythmic changes and odd time signatures… It’s quite overwhelming to listen to what he’s got to say with his guitar.

“Antti has also started to make his magic with the keyboards. It really is quite awesome to hear all the musical landscapes building up bit by bit. All those bright piano parts, dramatic strings and a lead sound that just blows the listener away as the solo parts take place… yet there is much more to say about this thing so I better leave it to Antti.

“Also any day soon now Klaus will start playing his bass parts in so all the young and old bass players out there be aware.

“I also started my musical journey in the Vocal World a while ago. First thing that I realized was that this album is going to need huge amounts of nuances because the music is so versatile and full of harmonies and chord progressions…

“This music we compose is somewhat like a twisted playground to a singer. Sometimes I’m just overwhelmed by all the beautiful harmonies we are making yet during the very next second it turns to a total nightmare. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I’m doing! By saying nightmare I’m really referring to the fact that there are moments when all the easy singing parts turn upside down and I must give all the sense of nuances and power and emotion out at the same time yet still being able to not to cross the line into sounding something terrible.

“Ok. That’s what’s basically happening now. We’re gonna publish more detailed Studio Diary updates from all of us in the near future and add also so pictures from the sessions… maybe even video clips.

“But I hope you are all well and stay tuned for more news from the world of Anthriel!

“Yours, Simo Silvan”

Docker’s Guild Video Biography Part 3 Streaming Now

Featurette 3 – “The Order Of The Universe,” which takes a deeper look at the background and structure of the Docker’s Guild project and “The Mystic Technocracy” storyline, is now available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MElTwUnaFOI .

Lion Music
http://www.lionmusic.com/
http://twitter.com/lionmusic
http://www.facebook.com/LionMusicRecordLabel

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-Jeff Lynne Scores A Hat-Trick! Three LPs In The UK Top Ten

Man of the moment, Jeff Lynne, celebrates his return with three LPs in the UK top ten!

LONG WAVE — Jeff’s first solo record in over 20 years — has entered the UK Top Ten album chart at No. 7 (and the Independent chart at Number 1); ELO’s MR. BLUE SKY has landed in at No. 8 (and the Independent Chart Number 2). Both new albums have been released last week on Frontiers Records, while ALL OVER THE WORLD – THE VERY BEST OF ELO holds the No. 10 spot for the second week running.

Jeff has been all over the small screen with the UK TV debut of “Mr. Blue Sky: The Story Of Jeff Lynne And ELO” documentary airing as part of BBC Four’s “Jeff Lynne Night” and other appearances including “BBC Breakfast.”

Jeff will appear on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 show “The Tracks Of My Years,” Monday October 22nd.

Jeff Lynne and ELO’s albums have entered in Europe in the national album charts in the Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark.

http://www.elo.biz/

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-Alestorm To Tour Alongside Epica!!!

THE premiere “pirate metal” band, Napalm Records recording artists Alestorm, will be setting sail to North American waters once again, touring the United States and Canada this month and next as direct support to Epica! The 28-date tour begins on October 23rd in Washington, DC and concludes November 24th in Baltimore, with three headlining Alestorm shows along the way. Also joining the tour will be Insomnium, System Divide, and Destiny Potato. Here are the confirmed dates/venues:

10/23 Washington DC @ Howard Theater
10/24 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom (HEADLINE SHOW)
10/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
10/26 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/27 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10/28 Ottawa, ONT @ Maverick’s (HEADLINE SHOW)
10/29 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
10/30 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/31 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
11/1 Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe’s (HEADLINE SHOW)
11/2 Cleveland, OH @ TBA
11/3 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
11/4 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
11/5 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
11/7 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
11/8 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
11/10 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
11/11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11/12 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11/14 San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center
11/15 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/16 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues Sunset Strip
11/17 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
11/19 Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/20 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
11/21 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
11/23 Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
11/24 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage

Freewheeling front man/keytar-player Chris Bowes had the following to say: “Ahoy there, you bunch of filthy North American pirates! This fall, Alestorm is gonna be coming back to your shores for a huge-ass party and maybe a few shows, if we manage to stay sober long enough. Last time ’round during the Paganfest USA tour, we had a hell of a lot of fun, and this one is gonna be even better! Prepare to have your presidential elections ruined, and our sweaty scurvy-infested testicles smeared all over your Thanksgiving dinners! See you soon!”

Alestorm’s most recent album, BACK THROUGH TIME, was released domestically June 14th, 2011. For more info, consult http://www.alestorm.net/ and http://www.facebook.com/alestormband .

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-Raven Lord: Cover Artwork Revealed, New Song Available For Streaming

Multinational heavy metal band Raven Lord have revealed the cover art for their debut album, DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD. A brand new song “Black Friar” can be streamed below. The track comes off the band’s new album, DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD, which will be released due in December 2012.

Raven Lord – “Black Friar”:

The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Nightrage, In Flames, Dream Evil, Opeth) and mastered by US mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum (Sepultura, Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Angra, Dokken). The cover artwork for the effort was made by Caio Caldas “CadiesArt,” who has previously worked with Doro, Paul Di’Anno, Seven Kingdoms, Dominanz, and Violet Sun, among others.

Raven Lord just recently added Joe Stump (HolyHell, Reign Of Terror) as their lead guitarist to their ranks.

Unashamedly wearing their heavy metal roots on their leather-studded sleeves, Raven Lord combine the classic metal feel of the past with the fresh aggression of the present. Thunderous bass lines, pounding drums and explosive riffs blend with distinct heavy, melodic vocals to create driving and memorable songs.

Raven Lord is:

Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) – Vocals
Joe Stump (HolyHell, Reign Of Terror) – Lead Guitar
George Karafotis (Vermillion Days, Operation X) – Guitar
Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin) – Bass
Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (Blaze Bayley, Stuka Squadron) – Drums
[to be announced] – Keyboards

Details of live dates, including some high-profile shows for the Summer 2013, are expected to be announced soon.

http://www.facebook.com/ravenlordmusic
http://www.raven-lord.com/
http://www.myspace.com/raven-lord
http://www.youtube.com/user/ravenlordmusic/videos

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-AFM Records Newsletter

Kissin’ Dynamite: “Six Feet Under” Video Clip Released / European Tour Kicked Off!

No rest for the wicked, as they say… right after their appearance on German national TV last Saturday (“Bülent Ceylan show” on RTL TV) sleaze heavy rockers Kissin’ Dynamite went on to rock the “Masters Of Rockantenne Festival” in Munich, before kicking off the European tour with DragonForce and Huntress (see dates below). But not enough: also the brand new video clip for the song “Six Feet Under” is released now!

Kissin’ Dynamite Tour Dates w/ DragonForce & Huntress

10.10.2012 BE Vosselaar – Biebob
12.10.2012 DE Hannover – Capitol
13.10.2012 DE Köln – Live Music Hall
14.10.2012 DK Copenhagen – Amanger Bio
15.10.2012 NO Oslo – Rockefeller
16.10.2012 SE Stockholm – Tyrol
19.10.2012 FI Helsinki – Nostui
22.10.2012 SE Gothenberg – Brewhouse
23.10.2012 DK Arhus – Train
24.10.2012 DE Hamburg – Markthalle
27.10.2012 DE Wuppertal – Die Börse (Börsencrah Festival * KD only)
30.10.2012 DE München – Backstage Halle
31.10.2012 DE Berlin – Postbahnhof
01.11.2012 DE Dresden – Reithalle
02.11.2012 DE Erfurt – HsD
03.11.2012 DE Bochum – Zeche
05.11.2012 DE Frankfurt – Batschkapp
06.11.2012 AT Wien – Arena
07.11.2012 CH Zürich – Komplex
09.11.2012 IT Florence – Viper
10.11.2012 IT Treviso – New Age
11.11.2012 IT Milano – Alcatraz (small room)
12.11.2012 CH Solothurn – Kofmehl
15.11.2012 ES Barcelona – Salamandra 1
16.11.2012 PT Lissabon – Cine Teatro Corroios
17.11.2012 ES Madrid – Arena
18.11.2012 ES Bilbao – Rock Star Live
21.11.2012 FR Brodeaux – Rockschool Barbey
22.11.2012 FR Paris – La Cigale
23.11.2012 FR Strasbourg – La Laiterie
24.11.2012 FR Lille – Le Splendid
25.11.2012 NL Amsterdam – Melkweg Max
01.12.2012 CZ Prag – Exit Chmelnice (KD only / Headliner Show)
14.12.2012 DE Esslingen – Komma (KD only / Headliner Show)
15.12.2012 DE Mörlenbach – Live Music Hall (KD only / Headliner Show)
22.12.2012 NL Kerkrade – The Rock Temple (KD only / Headliner Show)

Magica: CENTER OF THE GREAT UNKNOWN Album Trailer Available!

On Friday (October 12th) the waiting is over: a little more than two years after DARK DIARY, Romanian female-fronted melodic metallers Magic release their new album CENTER OF THE GREAT UNKNOWN. In this trailer video you can listen to excerpts of all album songs.

Paradox Unveil Cover Artwork & Track List Of New Album!

The new Paradox album TALES OF THE WEIRD will be released on December 14th.

It was produced by Charly Steinhauer, mixed & mastered by V. Santura at Woodshed-Studio, Landshut, Germany.

TALES OF THE WEIRD also includes guest appearances by Bob Katsionis (Firewind) & Gus Drax (Sunburst), the cover artwork was created by Claudio Bergamin.

TALES OF THE WEIRD track listing:

1. Tales Of The Weird (9:19)
2. Day Of Judgement (4:15)
3. Brutalized (5:27)
4. Fragile Alliance (6:24) (w/ Gus Drax)
5. Escalation (4:15)
6. Brainwashed (7:33)
7. Slashdead (4:53)
8. Zeitgeist (1:53)
9. The Downward Spiral (3:42)
10. A Light In The Black (7:18) (bonus track) (w/ Bob Katsionis)

Orden Ogan: Title Song “To The End” Available for Streaming & Free Download!

Another teaser for Orden Ogan’s new album TO THE END (released on October 26th): the album’s title song is available for streaming and as FREE DOWNLOAD (just visit http://www.afm-records.com/free and enter with the Code “MG52K2V”).

Metal Hammer Presents: Mob Rules CANNIBAL NATION Album Streaming Countdown!

To make the time until the release date of Mob Rules’ new album (October 19th) more enjoyable, Metal Hammer Germany will present you a brand new track from the album daily from now on! The first track available is the album opener “Close My Eyes.”

Furthermore, the title song “Cannibal Nation” is available as FREE DOWNLOAD now (just visit http://www.afm-records.com/free and enter with the code “MG52K2V”).

CANNIBAL NATION will be released as CD, ltd. digi-pak (incl. bonus track) and ltd. LP (180 grams vinyl, gatefold sleeve).

AFM Records
http://www.afm-records.de/

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-Napalm Records News

Tiamat: “The Scarred People” Video Premiere

Watch the clip to Tiamat’s latest hymn “The Scarred People” on our YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords — the clip will go online on Friday, October 12th at 8:00 a.m. EST! The new album THE SCARRED PEOPLE will be released in North America on November 6th and can be pre-ordered at http://tinyurl.com/TIAMAT-Merch !

http://www.facebook.com/tiamat
http://tinyurl.com/TIAMAT-Merch
http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

Hate: Finished Recording Of SOLARFLESH

Extreme metal warriors Hate have just finished recording their new opus entitled SOLARFLESH. The follow-up to highly acclaimed EREBOS (2010) will be released early next year via Napalm Records.

The band’s front man ATF Sinner comments: “We have just done mixes and mastering on the new material, our first album for Napalm. I believe SOLARFLESH is the most insane and haunting record we’ve done so far. It’s nothing but pure darkness… We’re extremely satisfied with this 61-minute monster (12 songs) that we’ve put to life. Now we’re working on a documentary about the creation of SOLARFLESH, its ideological sides, the band’s history, touring, etc. It’s going to be much more than just a studio report. We want it to be an in-depth interview revealing some unknown facts, hidden meanings, etc. I’m sure people will find it interesting.”

More info on the upcoming album will be unleashed soon, so stay tuned!

http://www.facebook.com/HATEOFFICIAL

Napalm Records: “The Most Metal Label Of 2012”

Captain Napalm needs your support! VOTE for Napalm Records as “The Most Metal Label Of 2012” in the Hails And Horns reader’s poll for 2012:

http://www.hailsandhorns.com/featuresandinterviews/readers-poll-what-was-the-most-metal-label-of-2012/

Grave Digger; German Version Of “Home At Last”

Grave Digger shot a video for the German version of “Home At Last!” “Zuruck Nach Haus” ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfv7a9u_7hY )is an exclusive bonus track on the limited edition of the band’s brand new album CLASH OF THE GODS! The latest album and merchandise is available at http://tinyurl.com/GraveDigger-Merch .

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

The Sorrow: Album Trailer

Check out the trailer to the The Sorrow’s upcoming album, MISERY ESCAPE, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juAxlXSvA5A ! MISERY ESCAPE will be released in North America on November 6th and may be pre-ordered at http://www.napalmrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=15204 .

http://www.thesorrow.net/
http://www.facebook.com/thesorrowofficial

Huntress: EPK & On Tour

The heavy metal sensation Huntress is about to set forth and conquer Europe this fall! The hottest newcomer of 2012 will join melodic metallers DragonForce on their upcoming live dates hitting Europe’s major cities. The warriors revolving around charismatic front woman and vocal banshee Jill Janus have tasted blood during their recent live shows and are ready to claim their crown! There is no excuse for missing this fantastic package! Get ready to be enthralled by the haunting mix of heavy guitar riffs and ancient spells woven by masters of their craft! Also joining this fantastic tour are German sleaze heavy rockers Kissin’ Dynamite. The EPK to SPELL EATER is available at http://youtu.be/_rxlWIH7T4Q .

Huntress comments:
“Huntress is honoured to join our friends DragonForce on tour once again. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to travel through Europe, performing our entire SPELL EATER album for those who’ve had faith in us from the start. Spread it, shred it, behead it!”

12.10.12 DE – Hannover / Capitol
13.10.12 DE – Cologne / Live Music Hall
14.10.12 DK – Copenhagen / Amanger Bio
15.10.12 NO – Oslo / Rockefeller
16.10.12 SE – Stockholm / Tyrol
18.10.12 FI – Seinajoki / Rymikorjaamo
19.10.12 FI – Helsinki / Nosturi
22.10.12 SE – Gothenburg / Brewhouse
23.10.12 DK – Arhus / Train
24.10.12 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
30.10.12 DE – Munich / Backstage
31.10.12 DE – Berlin / Postbahnhof
01.11.12 DE – Dresden / Reithalle
02.11.12 DE – Erfurt / HsD
03.11.12 DE – Bochum / Zeche
05.11.12 DE – Frankfurt / Batschkapp
06.11.12 AT – Vienna / Szene
07.11.12 CH – Zurich / Komplex
09.11.12 IT – Florence / Viper Theatre
10.11.12 IT – Treviso / New Age Club
11.11.12 IT – Milano / Alcatraz
12.11.12 CH – Solothurn / Kofmehl
15.11.12 ES – Barcelona / Salamandra 1
16.11.12 PT – Lisbon / Cine-Teatro de Corroios
17.11.12 ES – Madrid / Sala Arena
18.11.12 ES – Bilbao / Rock Star Live
21.11.12 FR – Bordeaux / Rock School Barbey
22.11.12 FR – Paris / La Cigale
23.11.12 FR – Strasbourg / La Laiterie
24.11.12 FR – Lille / Le Splendid
26.11.12 NL – Amsterdam / Melkweg Max

http://www.facebook.com/HuntressKills
http://huntresskills.com/
http://tinyurl.com/Huntress-MERCH
EPK: http://youtu.be/_rxlWIH7T4Q

COMING SOON: Beyond All Recognition, Tiamat, My Sleeping Karma, Glowsun, The Sorrow, Paragon, Skalmold

LATEST NAPALM KILLERS: Ex Deo, Grave Digger, Svölk, Liv Kristine, The Graviators, Striker, Dust Bolt, Mortillery

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

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-Introducing St. Prostitute

HERE COME THE PROSTITUTES A “Power-Packed Debut Romp” – Classic Rock Magazine

Band: St. Prostitute
Album Title: HERE COME THE PROSTITUTES
Label: Gateway Music
Barcode: 5707471021705
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Hard Rock
Web: http://www.stprostitute.com/

The Debut Album…
The album is recorded, mixed & mastered at Medley Studios, Copenhagen with producer and engineer Soren Andersen. The mix of St. Prostitute and Soren Andersen turned out to be a so-called “match made in Rock *N* Roll heaven,” determined to make one of Denmark’s best rock albums! Producer Soren Andersen realizes the potential & star quality of the band, saying “St. Prostitute is a unique band compared to many other bands that currently are on the road. Basically because the band is capable of writing good and strong melodies with a hook — and that is crucial!”

The album has gained great reviews across the world. Especially the legendary and well-respected Classic Rock Magazine was pleased with the album and credited it with 8 out of 10, with the comment “All hail the new kings of Denmark.” Furthermore St. Prostitute has been in the Top 10 on “Track Of The Week” at Classic Rock Magazine with the single “I’m Not Falling,” and Geoff Barton has the album HERE COME THE PROSTITUTES on his Top 5 “Album Of The Year 2012.” The first single “Dreaming Of You” gained heavy rotation on Danish national radio P4 during March and April. Another national radio station (P6 Beat) played the single during some of the rock radio shows in March and April.

The Story…
The band was founded back in 2007 under the name L.A. Prostitutes by four guys sharing the same passion for Rock ‘N’ Roll and the time when rock stars were rock stars. Change of name to St. Prostitute took place in November 2012.

Besides the Korsholm Brothers (Fussy – Lead Vocal, Morten – Lead Guitarist), St. Prostitute includes the hard hitting drummer Jack Andy and the bass player Kim “Finn” Mikkelmann, making the band an explosive cocktail of uncompromised, melodic & extremely powerful Rock ‘N’ Roll!!

In April 2011, St. Prostitute got the honor of opening Fredags Rock In Tivoli, Copenhagen. In front of more than 12,000 excited audience members the band supported the legendary Danish veterans Pretty Maids.

Through the years St. Prostitute has played some of Denmark’s most respected venues (see the tour list below).

In January 2010, St. Prostitute was on a PR Tour in California, USA playing The Viper Room, Whiskey A-Go-Go in Hollywood, and Wasted Space (Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas) as the first Danish band ever.

Later that year the band was asked to play at the In The Palace Festival in Bulgaria.

The Music…
St. Prostitute’s music is described as uncompromised and powerful Rock ‘N’ Roll with a strong focus on a good melody.

Live…
St. Prostitute is a live band — to the very core! Their shows are filled with high octane energy, passion, and a lead singer doing what it takes to make the rows in the back of the audience a part of the show! You are guaranteed a Rock ‘N’ Roll show, played as loud as F¤#K!! With eye liner, tattoos, rock ‘n’ roll outfit & Rock clichés…

The album HERE COME THE PROSTITUTES was released 12 March, 2012 via GateWay Music in Denmark & on iTunes worldwide!

Purchase the album on CD: http://www.imusic.dk/

Press:
“This power-packed debut album is so leering, sneering, seething and sordid, it makes a romp in the Reeperbahn look like a visit to Legoland, it’s all killer, all thriller. Kicking off with the relentless title track (‘Are you ready? F*ckin’ ready? Here come the prostitutes!’ roars front man Fussy Korsholm) there’s barely a flaccid track in sight. ‘Schizophrenia’ and ‘Hell Yeah!!’ are similarly blistering, while bleak ballad ‘A Bitter Man’s Lullaby’ provides an emotion-charged change of pace. Why, the band might even have a hit on their hands with the hyper-dramatic ‘I’m Not Falling,’ which features guest femme-vox from Danish diva Line Krogholm” – Geoff Barton (8/10), Classic Rock Magazine UK

“Simply put, St. Prostitute try to emulate the ’80s greats throughout the disc, but do so in a convincing and enjoyable manner all-around. It’s a sleazy, hook-driven approach to basic rock ‘n’ roll that spreads out into larger-than-life rock anthems that recall the timeless classics by bands like Bon Jovi through similar, arena-filling melodies and instantly catchy choruses” – PP (7.5 / 10) – http://www.rockfreaks.net/

“This band’s pure rock sound is sure to make waves as they start the trek to reach platinum status. The title track ‘Here Come The Prostitutes’ starts things off with pulsating rhythms, power chords and a high voltage that I haven’t heard for some time. Fussy Korsholm’s lead vocals are prominent and explosive as he demands total attention from the listener. The fast-paced guitar work by Morten Korsholm shuns the typical metal masters as they meet higher standards. This is true in-your-face rock that will awake the dead as they sleep! This is one helluva debut album that needs to be added to your collection” – Brian Rademacher (4.5 / 5) – http://www.rockeyez.com/

Band Lineup:
Fussy Korsholm: Lead vocal & rhythm guitar
Morten Korsholm: Lead guitar & backing vocals
Kim “Finn” Mikkelmann: Bass & backing vocals
Jack Andy: Drums & backing vocals

Track Listing:
1. Here Come The Prostitutes
2. Say When It’s Over
3. I’m Not Falling
4. Dreaming Of You
5. The Highway Hitcher Murder Blues
6. Hell Yeah
7. Medicine
8. A Bitter Man’s Lullaby
9. Schizophrenia
10. Crisis

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-Secret Sphere’s New Song “Healing” Available For Streaming

“Healing,” a brand new song from PORTRAIT OF A DYING HEART, the next album from Italian metal band Secret Sphere, can be streamed exclusive at SpazioRock.it using the link below.

Secret Sphere = “Healing”
http://www.rockngrowl.com/SECRET%20SPHERE%20%22HEALING%22

http://spaziorock.it/mp3pop/index.php
http://spaziorock.it/news.php?&id=8564

Secret Sphere recently announced Michelle Luppi (ex-Vision Divine, ex-Thaurorod) as new vocalist to their ranks.

PORTRAIT OF A DYING HEART, the band’s seventh LP, is scheduled for a 2012 release date through Warner Music (Japan), October 24, 2012 and Scarlet Records (Rest of World), November 25, 2012. The CD will feature a 40-page booklet, including the novel “She Complies With The Night” on which the album is based.

The track listing for PORTRAIT OF A DYING HEART is as follows:

1. Portrait Of A Dying Heart
2. X
3. Wish & Steadiness
4. Union
5. The Fall
6. Healing
7. Lie To Me
8. Secrets Fear
9. The Rising Of Love
10. Eternity

The band’s current lineup consists of the following:
Aldo Lonobile – Rhythm and lead guitar
Michele Luppi – Vocals
Andrea Buratto – Bass
Gabriele Ciaccia – Keyboards
Marco Pastorino – Rhythm guitars
Federico Pennazzato – Drums

According to a press release, “Secret Sphere, a name guaranteed to make every metal freak’s heart beat faster with excitement and anticipation. Crediting bands like Helloween, Angra, Dream Theater and Savatage as their biggest influences, Secret Sphere manage to honour the heritage of such big names while creating their very own brand of METAL.”

http://www.secretsphere.org/
http://www.facebook.com/secretsphere

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-Tellus Requiem Signs With Nightmare Records

New Album THE 11TH HOUR Due Out January 22, 2013

Norway’s Tellus Requiem have signed with Nightmare Records to release their debut album THE 11TH HOUR. The album will be available January 22, 2013. These progressive up and comers are sure to blow minds with the music they have created.

Tellus Requiem consists of five members who all came from diverse musical backgrounds, which can be recognized immediately by their distinct sound. From the very first crunchy guitar wail with juicy leads your ears are battered with a progressive metal onslaught. Combining these elements with beautiful melodies and harmonies Tellus Requiem delivers their breathtaking debut THE 11TH HOUR.

Lineup:
Ben Rodgers – Vocals
Vidar Lehmann – Drums
Stig Nergård – Guitars
Ivar Hagen Bøe – Bass
Anders Sundbø – Keys

For More Info Visit:
http://www.facebook.com/tellusrequiem
http://www.nightmarerecords.com/

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-Sweden’s Confidence Reveals Details Of New Album!

The Swedish rockers from Confidence have presented the details for their second release today. After the great success of their debut album PRELUDE, the band is ready for the next step and follows a tight schedule of two releases a year.

Confidence will release their second digital release SEEDS on November 23, 2012 through all popular download platforms.

Track List SEEDS:
1. Nail Me Down
2. Collective Perspective (full version now online on Confidence Facebook)
3. The Walking Man
4. Seeds

The artwork is once again from the hands of Merlijn Zeeders from Blacklake Design, who was also responsible for the PRELUDE artwork.

Last week, it was already announced that the band tapped Kevin Churko to mix the SEEDS release. Kevin Churko is a Canadian record producer/engineer and songwriter that has worked for some of the world’s biggest names including Ozzy Osbourne, Shania Twain, Ringo Starr, Five Finger Death Punch, Hinder, In This Moment, Britney Spears, and many more. He currently lives in Las Vegas where he works out of his private studio “The Hideout” on Las Vegas Blvd., where also the new Confidence songs have been mixed.

This four-track SEEDS release is presented as a “digital release” and not as an EP.

Lead singer Emil Kyrk about the concept behind the band concerning releases: “It is a new world we live in, the old world of record companies, album releases and CDs are dying. Internet has effectively worn down the old dinosaurs in the music industry, it’s time to embrace the new technology instead of trying to get the old days back.

“This is the reason why Confidence will not release our material on a traditional label or on physical media. Instead, we will use the digital channels that exist today. And why release a full-length album where half of the songs are poorly produced because of the very slim budget today’s record companies can offer, when you can release songs whenever you want, when they are done, through digital channels?

“As with our music, we will go our own way as it comes to releasing songs. Each digital release will contain four or five songs, with at least two releases a year. Our fans will always be able to enjoy new and fresh Confidence songs.”

For all Confidence info:

http://www.confidenceofficial.com/ (brand new design)
http://www.facebook.com/confidenceofficial
http://www.twitter.com/ConfidenceSWE
http://www.reverbnation.com/confidenceofficial
http://www.youtube.com/user/ConfidenceOfficial

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-Anubis Gate Announce New Guitarist

Michael Bodin (of Third Eye) replaces Jesper M Jensen in Anubis Gate.

Anubis Gate commented on former guitarist Jesper leaving the band:

“Jesper’s decision to leave the band to pursue other musical interests has been some time in the making, actually Jesper announced his leaving to the band 3 months ago, leaving us with good time to the difficult task of finding the right replacement. We feel it’s important for everybody to know that Jesper’s exit has nothing to do with personal differences, in fact we are still the best of friends. Jesper simply found that now was the right time to try something new. We are of course sad that he is leaving but respect his decision and wish him nothing but the best.

“We are happy to announce Michael Bodin as Jesper’s replacement. We know Michael from his works with Third Eye and nineties prog metal band Northern Empire. He is a fantastic player who can contribute with very interesting material, in fact he is already writing great new stuff for the new album which we expect out late 2013. We are looking very much forward to presenting the new lineup for you both on stage and on record.”

Anubis Gate is:
Henrik Fevre – vocals, bass
Kim Olesen – guitars, keyboards
Michael Bodin – guitars
Morten Srensen – drums

Albums:
PURIFICATION (2004)
A PERFECT FOREVER (2005)
ANDROMEDA UNCHAINED (2007)
THE DETACHED (2009)
ANUBIS GATE (2011)

For more info visit:
http://www.anubisgate.com/
http://www.nightmarerecords.com/

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-Introducing Frank Johansen – DESTRUCTOR “Digital Only”

Please find below the text press info for the group’s new rockin’ DIGITAL ONLY album DESTRUCTOR!!!!!

Band: Frank Johansen
Album Title: DESTRUCTOR
Label: Not Signed
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Progressive, Metal

Web:
http://www.thedualdragons.com/ (Under reconstruction)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Johansen/123673187706791
http://www.youtube.com/xdoomriderx
http://www.reverbnation.com/doomrider#
http://www.thedoomrider.newgrounds.com/

DOWNLOAD THE ALBUM HERE:
http://www.thedualdragons.com/Frank%20Johansen’s%20Destructor%20Album.rar

Born in Sweden back in 1981, Frank Johansen is originally a Norwegian citizen and he has been composing music for 12 years. Frank is one half of the composer/writer duo known as “The Dual Dragons” which also features his brother Dan Johansen making up the other half.

The duo are most known for our remixes of classic video game tracks and their individual efforts on newgrounds and YouTube.

The brothers have written two screenplays but due to how the business works no one has currently read them. Stupid rules and regulation hinder creativity in this world and it is really a sad thing that makes their blood boil.

The past years the brothers have had more focus on solo efforts and in 2010 Frank released his first album called A.M.D DIMENSIONAL DISTORTION, a progressive metal sci-fi story based concept album. Frank tried to spread the word but it didn’t become a “big seller” so to speak.

Now Frank’s second album is complete, and is a more direct and brutal album filled with anger and hate. The album is a Metal/sci-fi setting about destroying the world and the universe. The concept was born from all the hate, suffering and corruption that surround us in this so-called civilized world.

The cover was made by Felipe Machado Franco from the band Vorpal Nomad. Felipe has created covers for many bands such as Blind Guardian and Rhapsody Of Fire.

The album was released as a free download due to past experiences but people can still buy the digital only release on CD Baby. The most important thing is to spread the music and that people can enjoy it. Music is not something that Frank does as a business, it is what he does and he loves it. Giving the world music makes Frank feel better then a million bucks could ever do.

Frank focus is on delivering original music and not do what many others do. He creates his own sound and follows his heart in doing so in order to give a unique feel to the projects he is involved with. Frank likes to see himself as a musical rebel and he does not follow the “rules” of composing.

Frank mixes electronic elements with heavy guitars, soft guitars, clean guitars, orchestral, basically anything goes in order to portrait and support the project in order to give it a distinct and memorable touch unlike any other. He sees everything as sounds that can be used in music any way he wants to.

Frank’s future goals for the future are to compose for video games, and get into the business with the dream of creating video games where he writes, composes and designs the games together with his brother.

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals: Frank Johansen
Guitar: Frank Johansen

Track Listing:
1. The Doomrider
2. Primal Rage
3. Leave Me Alone
4. Judgment Day
5. Planet Genocide
6. Heart Of Darkness
7. Neo Hell
8. The Destructor
9. Damnation Pt.1 Blood
10. Damnation Pt.2 End Of Time

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-According to an AP article, on October 10 Alice Cooper was in Sioux Falls, SD, to “help kick-off a 6,000-square-foot rock ‘n’ roll academy for local Boys & Girls Club members.” The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy has a recording studio, rehearsal and performance spaces, music lesson offerings, and instruments from members of Warrant and Kiss. See http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/71111/group/homepage/ for the full article, and http://www.alicecooper.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/AliceCooper for more on Alice.

-Destruction’s lyric video for “Cyanide” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnD0shmY2Ec&feature=youtu.be . See http://www.destruction.de/ for more.

-Check out an interview with Dio Disciples drummer Simon Wright at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Ha0N . The band — now featuring singer Oni Logan and bassist Bjorn Englen along with singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, guitarist Craig Goldy, and keyboardist Scott Warren — is hitting the road the next two months. See http://www.facebook.com/DioDisciples .

-The Divebomb Records forum is now open at http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/divebomb-records-563/ . Hype: “Amongst the various topics at your fingertips you can discuss current, past and possible future reissues and interact with fellow music enthusiasts like yourself. Who knows what exclusive goodies we will post there in the future so just come say hello and hang out with us. For the fans, by the fans.” See http://www.divebombrecords.com/ for more.

-Frontiers Records’ latest publication, issue #52 of Melodic Rock Fanzine, is available now for free “all over the world through record shops, mail orders and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases.” Features include “reviews and interviews of Dokken, Ten, Kix, Impera, Bonrud, Andy Rock, Soulspell, Night Ranger, Pride Of Lions, Neal Schon,” and more. The free online version is available at http://www.frontiers.it/ and http://issuu.com/frontiers_records/docs/mrf52 .

-Graveyard’s LIGHTS OUT is due out October 26 from Nuclear Blast, and band just completed the video for the track “Endless Night.” The video for the first single, “Goliath,” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8jqUHYiSl0&feature=youtu.be , and the lyric video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRH9dvbmKcM&feature=youtu.be . See http://www.facebook.com/graveyardofficial for more.

-Issa’s new video for the title track from the upcoming CAN’T STOP (due next month on Frontiers Records) is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfIGTMXa2LQ . See http://www.frontiers.it/ for more.

-Kiss’ MONSTER made these debuts on the charts: #2 – Norway, #3 – US, #4 – Sweden, #6 – Germany, #7 – Australia, #17 – Holland, #21 – UK. According to KissOnline, “The very first Kiss Army Night at Los Angeles’ Rocktoberfest will take place on October 18 at Nokia Plaza in LA Live. You can count on live entertainment, German beers on tap and a selection of Wolfgang Puck’s Oktoberfest dishes. Gene Simmons will also perform at an all star jam session at 8:30 p.m. You can expect other Kiss band members to be in attendance. Visit http://www.rocktoberfest.com/ for more information.” See http://www.kissonline.com/ for more.

-Scelerata’s new video for “Rising Sun,” from THE SNIPER (Nightmare Records), is online now at http://lnkd.in/xwpbYv . See http://www.scelerata.com/ , http://www.myspace.com/scelerataband , and http://www.facebook.com/ScelerataOfficial for more.

Thanks to Kiss Fan Site, Lance King, Matt Rudzinski, Chad Bowar, and Dirk Lammers for help gathering some of this information.

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SAXON – HEAVY METAL THUNDER – LIVE (A) UDR, 2012
DVD: RT: 2:57:01
CD 1: 15 tracks, RT: 1:03:59
CD 2: 9 tracks, RT: 56:02
[ http://www.saxon747.com/ ]
[ http://www.saxon.udr-music.com/ ]
Between the various concert DVDs, live albums, bonus tracks, etc., there is certainly *no* shortage of live Saxon material. So what makes this new set, subtitled EAGLES OVER WACKEN, special? First off, the DVD is a whopping three-hour, 30-song compilation of “best of” moments culled from the band’s 2004, 2007, and 2009 performances at the famed Wacken Open Air festival. Included are tracks from every studio album except 1988’s DESTINY and 1992’s FOREVER FREE (and 2011’s CALL TO ARMS, which obviously wasn’t out when these shows took place… but more on that later), which will undoubtedly please collectors and fans of bands that are proud of their entire history. (People like me, in other words!) The heavier, more metallic newer stuff (“Attila The Hun,” “Witchfinder General,” “Killing Ground”) fits seamlessly with the older stuff (“Wheels Of Steel,” “Dallas 1 PM,” “Solid Ball Of Rock”) that, as always, is markedly punchier live. Of particular note is “Power And The Glory” — this version kicks all sorts of ass, with a great Doug Scarratt guitar solo and wicked bass lines from Tim “Nibbs” Carter. The footage is all pro-shot with tons of camera angles, and edited well so as to blend without fadeouts between songs. There is some weird blue lighting that distracts from the ’07 material, though. The bonus features are standard but amusing, including a slideshow and a 10-minute interview where the band reminisces about Wacken. Second, the “bonus audio CD” portion of the set is a two-disc, two-hour, 24-song concert recorded last year in Glasgow on the CALL TO ARMS tour. There’s some overlap between the DVD and CDs, but the ’11 show features several CALL TO ARMS tracks plus a few older nuggets not seen on the DVD. The first disc/hour is a nice mix of old and new, but the second is a total trip back in time, with the “newest” track being 1984’s “Crusader.” Ageless, charismatic main man Biff Byford is in fine form and voice throughout, and the stalwart band members once again prove themselves to be one sorely underrated and under-appreciated group of bashers. Seriously man, what other bands have rocked so consistently for so long? There aren’t many. Hail! (Note: There are a total of six various versions/formats of this release: the one reviewed here; a single DVD; a two-CD set of the full ’09 show; a three-record set of the full ’09 show; a two-disc set with the DVD and a single-disc ’11 concert; and a massive, limited box set featuring the DVD reviewed here, the ’11 concert on CD, three more DVDs featuring the full ’04/’07/’09 shows, and other extras.)
– Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

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