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Detritus
Issue #625
Week of October 22, 2012
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-A number of folks have written in to say “Welcome back!” and although I haven’t had time to respond to everyone individually, I do want to say I appreciate it whenever someone takes the time to drop me a note. Thank you!!! – Tim

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-THE VERY BEAST OF DIO VOL. 2 Conquers The Charts

There is an obvious reason why the first volume of THE VERY BEST OF DIO has been certified gold in the US — it features one of hard rock/heavy metal’s greatest all-time voices, the late/great Ronnie James Dio. And the recently released THE VERY BEAST OF DIO VOL. 2 picks up right where its predecessor left off — both musically and popularity wise, as it has made an impression on the charts straight away.

Released on October 9th via Niji Entertainment, the 17-track compilation has debuted at #192 Billboard Top 200 Current Albums, #19 on the Hard Music Charts, #13 on the Hard Music Core Stores Charts, #51 on the Indie Charts, and #75 on the Indie Store Charts. In addition to featuring such latter-day Dio classics as “Killing The Dragon,” “Push,” and “Fever Dreams,” the compilation also includes several rarities that fans have long requested on a single disc — “Electra” (which previously was only a part of the ultra-rare TOURNADO box set), “Prisoner Of Paradise,” and “Metal Will Never Die.” Also featured are liner notes from longtime Dio fan and friend, Eddie Trunk.

Supporting the release of THE VERY BEAST OF DIO VOL. 2 will be a run of US dates from the all-star group, The Official Dio Band, Dio Disciples, from October 20th through November 20th. Comprised of singers Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest) and Oni Logan (Lynch Mob), guitarist Craig Goldy (Dio), bassist Bjorn Anglund (Yngwie Malmsteen), keyboardist Scott Warren (Heaven & Hell), and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC), the group will be playing all of the expected solo Dio classics, as well as gems from the Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Heaven & Hell eras.

Few metal collections do as masterful a job of balancing the classics that newer fans will recognize, as well as harder-to-find selections that longtime fans have craved for years. And now, all Dio fanatics will get the best of both worlds with THE VERY BEAST OF DIO VOL. 2.

Track Listing For THE VERY BEAST OF DIO VOL. 2:

1. Killing The Dragon
2. Push
3. The Eyes
4. Along Comes A Spider
5. Better In The Dark
6. Fever Dreams
7. Black
8. Feed My Head
9. Shivers
10. Hunter Of The Heart (Live)
11. One More For The Road
12. Lord Of The Last Day
13. Electra (Bonus Track)
14. As Long As It’s Not About Love
15. This is Your Life
16. Metal Will Never Die (Bonus Track)
17. Prisoner Of Paradise (Bonus Track)

Confirmed Dio Disciples Tour Dates:

10/20/2012 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10/21/2012 – San Luis Obispo – Slo Brew
10/23/2012 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/24/2012 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne
10/26/2012 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock on Strip
10/27/2012 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
10/28/2012 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
10/30/2012 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
10/31/2012 – Hollywood, CA – The Avalon – The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund 2nd Annual Gala
11/4/2012 – Dallas, TX – Trees
11/8/2012 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
11/10/2012 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
11/13/2012 – Portland, ME – Asylum
11/15/2012 – Sayerville, NJ – Starland
11/16/2012 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met
11/17/2012 – Amityville, NJ – Revolution
11/18/2012 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
11/20/2012 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock

For more information, visit:

http://www.ronniejamesdio.com/
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio
http://www.facebook.com/nijientertainmentgroup

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-Neal Schon Continues On His Journey With The Release Of THE CALLING

New Solo Album Out Now

“The Calling” Video Makes Worldwide Premiere On CBS’ “The Insider”

Iconic rock guitarist Neal Schon has a lot to celebrate! Schon’s highly-acclaimed new solo album THE CALLING hits streets worldwide today via Frontiers Records. The video for the title track just premiered on CBS’ “The Insider” and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVvWxiP4_xs . Neal once again teamed up with Dan Barnett (Journey: LIVE IN MANILA) to co-produce the video. Filmed entirely in San Francisco and Marin County, “The Calling” video also features Schon’s fiancée, Michaele Salahi (the couple just became engaged when Schon popped the question on stage during a Journey concert). The video can be purchased at iTunes, while the full album can be purchased at iTunes and Amazon:

video
https://itunes.apple.com/us/music-video/the-calling/id567777388

album
https://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/the-calling/id543558307
http://amzn.to/R4KYDn

THE CALLING has been receiving rave reviews from the international media, with the US’ Guitar Player declaring, “It’s a thrilling, edgy, ballsy, inspiring, and beautiful work that sounds as purposely constructed as a symphony piece. Less-blessed composers and guitarists can now take a moment to cry…” and the UK’s Classic Rock proclaiming, “…a musical masterclass.” THE CALLING is produced by, and features, Neal Schon on all guitars and bass, and reunites Schon with former Journey band mate, Steve Smith, who lends his virtuoso drum talents to all 12 tracks on the new album. In addition, Grammy® Award-winning special guest Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra,) recorded Moog synthesizer solos on two tracks — “Fifty Six (56)” and “Tumbleweeds” — and Igor Len, an accomplished classical, jazz and film composer who has previously collaborated with Schon, is featured on acoustic piano throughout the album. Recorded at Berkeley’s famed Fantasy Studios during a break from Journey’s busy touring schedule, Neal completed the album from start to finish in just four days.

Neal Schon has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. As the only member to record on all of Journey’s albums, Schon continues to lead the band today in its latest incarnation. In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schon uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars ( http://www.prsguitars.com/nealschon/specs.php ) made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.

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-Y&T To Melt Your Face Again With LIVE AT THE MYSTIC — Released In Europe In November On Frontiers!

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the international release of Y&T’s latest live album LIVE AT THE MYSTIC on November 23rd in Europe.

Following original bassist Phil Kennemore’s untimely passing from lung cancer in early 2011, the band carries on the legacy that is Y&T. With Brad Lang on bass and vocals, Y&T prove their continued strength with LIVE AT THE MYSTIC, a new double live CD recorded at the legendary Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, California, one of the most popular venues that Y&T play every year.

Singer and lead guitarist Dave Meniketti recalls “Like all Mystic Theater shows, this particular weekend was special. Having just returned from a near 2-month tour of Europe and the UK, we were very tight and energized to be playing for our home crowd again.”

This 2-CD set includes 22 songs recorded over 2 nights in November of 2011, including many songs never before released on any other live Y&T CD. “The amazing heat to the tracks showcases the power of the band as it currently sounds, playing songs from FACEMELTER as well as all the hits and fan favorites. Songs like ‘Dirty Girl,’ with its extended solo section of John Nymann and myself tearing into a nearly 3-minute back and forth solo, was especially a great performance,” says Meniketti. “Also many of the classic tunes like ‘Black Tiger,’ ‘Don’t Wanna Lose,’ and ‘Mean Streak’ were very well played and show some of the best live performances of these songs we’ve ever recorded. But I also feel strongly about our more mastered performances from our latest FACEMELTER CD. The energy and much more refined versions of these songs, now that we’ve really had some time to hone in the vibe of these tunes, make it that much more special of a live recording.”

This album screams out to be a classic Y&T CD to have in your collection. Prepare to have your face melted!

LIVE AT THE MYSTIC track listing includes:

CD1:
Prelude
On With The Show
Black Tiger
Dirty Girl
Mean Streak
Girl Crazy
Shine On
Blind Patriot
Winds Of Change
Straight Thru The Heart
Gonna Go Blind
Surrender
I’m Coming Home

CD2:
Hungry For Rock
Don’t Wanna Lose
Don’t Bring Me Down
Hurricane
I Believe In You
Eyes Of A Stranger
Rescue Me
Squeeze
Forever

Enjoy a special EPK presentation on YouTube:

Listen now to “Black Tiger” on the Frontiers Records webradio at http://www.frontiers.it/webradio .

Weblinks:
http://www.yandtrocks.com/
http://www.frontiers.it/

Y&T
Dave Meniketti (guitar/lead vocals)
John Nymann (guitar/vocals)
Mike Vanderhule (drums/vocals)
Brad Lang (bass/vocals)

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-Frontiers Records Update

De La Cruz

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of Australian band De La Cruz for the release of their forthcoming debut album which will be entitled STREET LEVEL.

Described by Geoff Barton of Classic Rock Magazine: “like a Pomptastic, Hyper-active Leppard!” De La Cruz debuted with a self-financed six-song EP which caused a stir in the Hard Rock scene Worldwide.

Founded in 2011 after Gold Coast guitarist Casey Jones met with Auckland-born singer Roxxi Catalano, the guys immediately had the vision to start an ’80s style rock band. Casey knew the best musicians to complete their lineup: Lacey Lane on drums, Grant Daniell on bass, and the second guitarist Rory Joy.

De La Cruz came to the attention of Frontiers Records in the winter of 2012 and they finally decided to join forces. Frontiers will release the band’s first full-length album entitled STREET LEVEL in early 2013. In the meanwhile all fans of classic Leppard, Skid Row, Kiss, and Motley Crue should immediately check out the new album teaser following this link:

Get ready for one of the most exciting new sensations for the new year!

Don’t forget to “like” their Facebook Page. Check them out at:
http://www.facebook.com/delacruzaustralia

Magnus Karlsson

Swedish axeman Magnus Karlsson has started working for a new solo album under the working title of FREE FALL. Karlsson, best known as guitar player for Primal Fear and Last Tribe and producer and composer for the popular studio project Allen / Lande and Bob Catley’s last solo album IMMORTAL, has been writing songs for the past few months which he decided to use for a personal project which he has been considering for some time now. Karlsson has confirmed that some special “friends” agreed to take part to the album and particularly such singers as Tony Harnell, Ralf Scheepers, Mark Boals, and Russell Allen. More guests will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Musically speaking all fans of Karlsson’s work with Last Tribe, Starbreaker’s first album, and Allen / Lande will enjoy the new musical creation from the “Swede.”

Pink Cream 69

German melodic rock legend Pink Cream 69 are in the studio to mix the songs which will end up on the new album that will follow the release of the band’s 10th album IN10SITY. The title will be CEREMONIAL and some of the songs working titles include “Big Machine,” “Passage Of Time,” “I Came To Rock,” and “Special.”

Musically the fans can expect a classic PC69 album from the David Readman-era (beginning with ELECTRIFIED). The band will embark on a full-scale tour after the release of the album which is planned for early 2013. Stay tuned for more news!

Pretty Maids

The Danish Melodic Metallers Pretty Maids are hard at work in the studio to give birth to the successor of PANDEMONIUM. The title of the new album will be MOTHERLAND and the band has not changed the winning production team which worked on the previous record with Jacob Hansen at the production helm. Some of the song titles in the works are “Mother Of All Lies,” “I See Ghosts,” “The Iceman,” “Why So Serious,” “To Fool A Nation,” and the title track.

The fans can expect the usual dose of heavy guitar riffs and superb hook lines in the finest tradition of the band musical style. Release date is expected in the spring of 2013.

Frontiers Records
http://www.frontiers.it/
http://www.facebook.com/frontiersrecordsofficial
http://twitter.com/frontiersrec
http://www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords

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-Impera’s LEGACY OF LIFE Out On Escape Music

Impera – LEGACY OF LIFE
Escape Music – ESM244
File under: Hard Rock
EAN: 5031281002440
Release: October 19, 2012

Specials: feat. J.K. Impera (Bruce Kulick, Graham Bonnet), Tommy Denander (Toto, Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper), Matti Alfonzetti (Jagged Edge, Red White & Blues, Road To Ruin), Mats Vassfjord (Vinnie Vincent, John Corabi, Grand Design)

Track List:
1. Turn My Heart To Stone
2. Kiss Of Death
3. Break The Law
4. Shoot Me Down
5. Sunset Rider
6. Tell Me
7. More Than Meets The Eye
8. Is This Love
9. Show Me The Money
10. Deadend Street

Bio:
Buckle up and get ready. The band you always wanted to experience actually exists. The perfect amalgamation of everything that makes rock ‘n’ roll with the punches. You wanted the best, well you’ve got it. The whole package. A guitar player who, seemingly effortlessly, delivers stunning solos and riffs of that classic, timeless grit you thought were killed off by grunge. Pounding bass that will put you through the wall. Blistering drumming that’s as solid as it is technically challenging. And on top of all that, add a vocalist that sings circles around the competition. There’s no keyboard player, no nonsense, no fuzz — just rock and roll!

To twist things around even further, the band is the brainchild of drummer J.K. Impera who acts as the commander in chief in this state of rock.

“I started the band three years ago, and originally ex-Motley Crue vocalist John Corabi was on board to handle vocal duties,” J.K. says. “However, our schedules couldn’t be matched, so I opted for a good friend of mine, who also happens to be one of Sweden’s best rock vocalists ever, Matti Alfonzetti.”

The whole band consists of solid musicians who have earned their wings through hard work with an impressive number of world-class stars over the years. Their combined CV reads as a who’s who in today’s rock. In various constellations they have played with Vinnie Vincent and Bruce Kulick from Kiss, Brian Robertson from Thin Lizzy, John Levén from Europe, and many more. Guitarist Tommy Denander alone has played with almost everyone. His track record is jaw-dropping, having made solo albums with key members of Toto and performed on albums with Michael Jackson, Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Ricky Martin, and Celine Dion. He recently toured Japan and Europe with Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow/Malmsteen fame, Toto’s Bobby Kimball, and Chicago’s Bill Champlin. He is considered one of the world’s best session players and has contributed his axe work on an unsurpassed 2,000+ albums. He is honored with his own signature VGS guitar which features the innovative Ever tune bridge system and True Temperament frets.

Keeping the bass at a level where earthquake sensors go haywire, Mats Vassfjord is no stranger to bands, having toured with Scaar, and Grand Design, and Laney’s Legion.

Alfonzetti has been a sought-after voice for years with domestic success with Bam Bam Boys, Road To Ruin, and Skintrade, as well as international stints with Red White & Blues, Scott Gorham from Thin Lizzy, and British band Jagged Edge with whom he shared stages with the likes of Lita Ford, David Lee Roth, Vixen, and Dan Reed. He has also taken time to record solo albums.

J.K. Impera himself can brag about having played with a number of Kiss members, Graham Bonnet, and John Corabi, to mention a few.

The name is Latin for “ruler,” and Impera rules for sure. The members share a vision: to be the greatest band in the world. No easy task, but they only have to look at their common childhood heroes — Kiss — to realize that it is feasible. “We all started to play because of Kiss,” J.K. states. We’re huge Kiss fans and collectors and even good friends with them. Kiss is the reason we discovered how great rock and roll is.”

And following their tradition, you can count on a stage show that will take your breath away, complete with fireworks, smoke, fire, and all hell’s breaking loose! The amount of powder used in a single show would put the defense of a small European country to shame.

In a departure from their icons, only J.K. wears makeup on stage, but it’s nothing like the trademark Kiss characters. “It’s my way of showing that I’m the ruler,” J.K. laughs. “Every band needs a leader, and in this band it’s me. I’m the Yngwie in Impera. But that’s not to say we’re not a band — we are, and we’re here to rule the world!”

Impera’s style lies firmly on a classic hard rock ground with a dose of strong melodies collected from the AOR world. All packed in a warm and punchy production by Lars Chriss of Lion’s Share fame. Signed to UK label Escape Music, the first album LEGACY OF LIFE will be released in 19th October 2012 with tours to follow. “We’re looking at a summer of festivals next year,” J.K. states. — Let’s hope they’re insured. —

For more info:
http://www.impera.org/

Lineup:
J.K. Impera (Bruce Kulick, Graham Bonnet, Vinnie Vincent, John Corabi, Brian Robertson) – drums
Tommy Denander (Toto, Paul Stanley, Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper) – guitar
Matti Alfonzetti (Jagged Edge, Scott Gorham, Skintrade, Road To Ruin, Red White & Blues) – vocals
Mats Vassfjord (Vinnie Vincent, John Corabi, Scaar, Grand Design, Laney’s Legion) – bass

Label:
Escape Music
info@escape-music.com
http://www.Escape-Music.com/

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-Coming Soon To A Digital Device And Computer Near You: Heavy Metal Television

PHOENIX, AZ — Heavy Metal Television is finally here. With television, the Internet, and phone service all now intertwined, we can use the available technology to create an all Heavy Metal TV station.

A live television station, streaming worldwide 24 hours a day in hi-def video and hi-fi audio, Heavy Metal Television brings the classic MTV format back to life with favorites such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden as well as newer bands like Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown. Newer technologies are emerging everyday (i.e., Roku, Hulu, Vimeo, etc.) to more easily and quickly stream video thru your flat screen TV… The technology is so new, Internet television station licenses are not even available… yet.

The format will simply play conceptual videos presented by talented young V.J.’s with short segments of rock news and interviews sprinkled throughout with Heavy Metal promos of all kinds driving the content. Concerts will be shown Saturday nights. Specialty programming is being developed.

Sponsors will enjoy banner ads, 10-15 second motion graphic commercials (produced by us and approved by the label and management), and specially tailored to our sponsors’ promotions and giveaways. The sponsors can also use the graphics and content we develop for them for use on their own sites or promos as well. All with any kind of Internet connection.

No need for satellite TV anymore. Heavy Metal Television is a new and unique way to break a new band or promote a product to the most dedicated fan base any where in music, anywhere in the world: Hard Rock and Heavy Metal fans.

On November 15, 2012 be sure to point your browser to http://www.heavymetaltelevision.com/ .

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-Corrosion Of Conformity – EYE FOR AN EYE Reissue Due November 6 On Candlelight Records

Candlelight Records today confirms November 6 as the North American release date of Corrosion Of Conformity’s EYE FOR AN EYE. This special reissue has been re-mastered/packaged and includes the EP SIX SONGS WITH MIKE SINGING. Both titles have been out of print for years. It follows the successful release of the band’s self-titled album earlier this year. A deluxe digi-book edition of the album, limited to 1,000 for North America, will be available at limited retailers and via Candlelight’s official webstore. The digi-book version includes extended liner notes and a rare pictorial gallery.

Twenty-six songs showcase the early sonic years of the North Carolina-based band. Far more punk than their later recordings, the album found an immediate fan base. Amazon customers over the years have called the album an “undisputed classic,” while noting it is “for the true skaters of the mid-to-late-’80s,” and “brings me back to a good time of hardcore/punk.” Guitarist Woody Weatherman comments, “We were just kids when we wrote and recorded these tunes.” Vocalist/bassist Mike Dean notes, “Making that album was our dream and we worked hard to make it happen because it was the vehicle to allow us to go out and play two hundred shows a year, like the bands we looked up to — Black Flag, Bad Brains, D.O.A.”

Originally released in 1984, EYE FOR AN EYE featured the original lineup of Weatherman, Dean, drummer Reed Mullin, and vocalist Eric Eycke. Reissued to incorporate the 1989 EP by Mike Dean (who left the band between 1987-1992), EYE FOR AN EYE is raw in sound but focused on message. The years that followed would see the band rise to worldwide popularity with breakthrough and Billboard-charting releases BLIND and DELIVERANCE.

Formed in Raleigh 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, the band continues to find new fans via nonstop touring.

“We had a lot of fun doing it and it’s great to have this album officially back out there again,” says Weatherman. “I had basically written this off as being our sloppy beginner’s effort but listening to it now, I really hear a few songs that hold up well,” adds Dean.

Track List:
1. Tell Me
2. Minds Are Controlled
3. Indifferent
4. Broken Will
5. Rabid Dogs
6. L.S.
7. Rednekkk
8. Coexist
9. Excluded
10. Dark Thoughts
11. Poison Planet
12. What
13. Negative Outlook
14. Positive Outlook
15. No Drunk
16. College Town
17. Not Safe
18. Eye For An Eye
19. Nothing’s Gonna Change
20. Green Manalishi
21. Eye For An Eye
22. Center Of The World
23. Citizen
24. Not For Me
25. What
26. Negative Outlook

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

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-Alestorm Tour With Epica Starts This Week!!!

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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-Teodor Tuff – SOLILOQUY

Teodor who? TEODOR TUFF.

So who is hiding behind this bizarre name? Well, Teodor Tuff is the Norwegian band behind one of the most exciting progressive power metal releases in 2012.

“Expect big things from this band in the near future”
– Themetalpit.ca

The album, SOLILOQUY, has received great reviews from all over the world.

Dangerdog.com – 4.5/5.0
Blackwindmetal.com – 4.25/5
Metalmusicarchives.com – 5/5
Themetalpit.ca – 8.0/10
Metalkaoz.com – 8/10
Heavymetal.about.com – 4/5
Metal-rules.com – 4.5/5
Metal.it – 8,5/10
Stormbringer.at – 4/5
Truemetal.it – 79/100
Chromatique.com – 7/10
Metal Hammer Germany – 5/7
Norway Rock Magazine – 4/6
Lordsofmetal.nl – 91/100

Can all these magazines be wrong? I think not !!!!!

“This is the strongest album I’ve heard in a long time and SOLILOQUY is easily a contender for my top 20 of year.”
– Metalrules.com

Do check out the album from Fireball Records/Nightmare Records.

“What’s this Tuff? This is great!”
– Gaesteliste.de

Tour Dates – European Tour with Jorn

October:
26 – Bjugn Kulturhus – Norway
November:
23 – Kulturakademin, Motala – Sweden
24 – Brewhouse, Gothenburg – Sweden
26 – Progresia, Warsaw – Poland
27 – Od zmierzchu do switu, Wroclaw – Poland
29 – Masters Of Rock, Zlin – Czech Republik
30 – Novachmelnice, Prague – Czech Republik
December:
1 – Nürnberg Rockfabrik, Nürnberg – Germany
2 – Club 202, Budapest – Hungary
5 – The Theatre, Milano – Italy
6 – Jailbreak Rock Club, Rome – Italy
7 – Extensia, Prato – Italy
8 – Z-7, Pratteln – Switzerland

Biography
After a long hiatus Teodor Tuff resurfaced with its self-titled debut album in 2009. The album was well received and entered the Norwegian charts. The album had clear references to the ’70s, both in the music and in the lyrics.

The band subsequently did support shows for both Whitesnake and Deep Purple.

Teodor Tuff is, however, a band in constant change. Upon the departure of three members in 2010, the band was joined by Christer, Rayner, and Terje Harøy, lead guitarist, bass player, and vocalist, respectively. Christer and Rayner are brothers, and also happen to play in Divided Multitude. Terje is their cousin.

The band’s sound has now changed dramatically, and Teodor Tuff comes across as a pure metal band with its own distinct sound; guitarist Knut Lysklætt’s inspiration from classical music, rock opera, musicals, and even Middle East folk songs, is mixed with the Harøy clan’s thoroughbred metal. As a result, Teodor Tuff’s second album — SOLILOQUY — is a truly exiting release!

The following guest performers have contributed to the album: Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Martin Buus (Mercenary), Eskild Kløften (Divided Multitude), Jacob Hansen, and Tonje Harøy. The four guitar solos in rapid succession on the epic track “Heavenly Manna,” where Harøy, Buus, Waters, and Eklundh do their best to outdo each other, must be certainly be up there among the greatest guitar solos of all time.

The album is mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Mercenary, Pestilence, etc).

Cover photographs were shot by Frode Pedersen and the cover art and cover design was created by Mattias Norén.

http://www.teodortuff.com/

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-Kilmara Completes Recording Drums For New Album

Spanish heavy metallers Kilmara has to announce that drummer Javier Morillo has finished the recording of the drum tracks of the new record LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES. The drum kit used was the Sonor of Bubinga that Ingo Schwichtenberg, the legendary Helloween drummer who sadly passed away, used to record albums like KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS and WALLS OF JERICHO.

During October and November Kilmara working with the guest musicians and arranging the demos at Wolf’Olive Studios in Barcelona, Spain. In December the rest of the band will travel to Grapow Studios (Slovakia) to end the recordings of the album.

Comments Kilmara: “We don’t know how to thank you all the support you are giving to the band at the social network, that’s why we want to give you the opportunity to download for free all Kilmara’s albums. Please connect to http://www.kilmara.com/ to download it and enjoy our music!”

Kilmara recently entered the Roland Grapow (Masterplan and ex-Helloween) studios in Slovakia to recording their third album for an early 2013 release.

Kilmara is: Christian Wolfgang Kohl (vocals), Jonathan Portillo (guitar), Enrique Torres (guitar), Javier Morillo (drums), Raul Ruiz (bass guitar).

Guests on the new album are Dave Imbernon from Enuma Elish on keyboards and Kaleb from young Spanish pagan death metal band Drakum on the violin.

LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES will probably be the heaviest Kilmara album up to date and finally make the breakthrough on European and International level.

http://www.facebook.com/kilmaraofficial
http://www.twitter.com/KILMARA_DFTW
http://www.kilmara.com/
http://www.myspace.com/kilmara
http://www.youtube.com/kilmaraofficial
now in Instagram searching for Kilmara_official

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-Voodoo Highway – SHOWDOWN New Album Preview Available

Audio samples of the tracks that will appear on SHOWDOWN, the forthcoming second album from Italian hard rockers Voodoo Highway, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. After the lucky outset of their first album BROKEN UNCLE’S INN back in 2011, the band is ready to strike the world with a massive amount of rock n’ roll once again.

SHOWDOWN preview:

The CD was produced/mixed by Italian producer team Dysfunction Productions (Anthony Phillips, John Wetton, Logan Mader, etc.) and mastered by US senior mastering engineer Ue Nastasi (Gojira, AC/DC, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc.) from Sterling Sound Studios. The album artwork for the effort feature the hand of UK graphic designer Mr. Storm Thorgerson, who has previously worked with Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, Audioslave, among many others.

The band comments, “Please pump up the volume to the top and enjoy this taste of rock n’ roll!”

Voodoo Highway is a powerful new quintet featuring Federico Di Marco (vocals), Filippo Cavallini (bass), Matteo Bizzarri (guitars), Alessandro Duò (keys), and Vincenzo Zairo (drums).

Have been indicated as one of the new revelations worldwide and defined as “the new Deep Purple” from such a big name in music as the former Rainbow/Black Sabbath/Gary Moore bassist Craig Gruber.

Now known to most for the outrageous stage presence, crashing executions, a style that hovers between Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and The Darkness, and for the now-obsolete (but very cool) custom of smashing instruments on stage, Voodoo Highway are becoming a cult in their murky underground territory.

The Voodoo has already infected Europe, South America, USA, and Japan on radio and it’s actually blasting Italy with some of the most outrageous and long time no seen concerts ever.

The year 2012 will see Voodoo Highway marching straight to Hell!

http://www.facebook.com/WhoDoHighway
http://www.youtube.com/TheVoodooHighway
http://www.myspace.com/voodoohighway

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-Aeon Zen Sign With Nightmare Records

New Album ENIGMA Slated For Release January 22, 2013

English progressive-metallers Aeon Zen are back with their latest opus entitled ENIGMA, which is an ambitiously creative and powerful concept album featuring nine continuous tracks showing the strengths of the band, as well as two bonus tracks.

ENIGMA will be released January 22, 2013 on Nightmare Records.

On working with Nightmare Records, Aeon Zen’s creator Rich Hinks said, “Nightmare Records is without a doubt one of the strongest labels for progressive music and we’re delighted to be working with them. Aeon Zen released our last two albums independently and this is a great step for us.”

Aeon Zen are:
Rich Hinks – Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Andi Kravljaca – Vocals
Matt Shepherd – Guitar
Shaz – Keyboards
Steve Burton – Drums

ENIGMA features guest vocals by:
Nate Loosemore (Lost In Thought)
Atle Pettersen (Above Symmetry)
Jonny Tatum (Eumeria)

Produced, mixed & mastered by Rich Hinks

For More Info Visit:
http://www.aeonzen.com/
http://www.nightmarerecords.com/

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-Dead On And Midas Touch Reissues Coming November 6 On Divebomb Records

Long Island’s Dead On took a major risk and decided to self-finance the recording of what would become their debut album, DEAD ON. Enlisting top producer Roger Probert (Fates Warning, Loudness) the band recorded their album independently hoping to land a deal. They landed a deal quickly and at the behest of their new label, mixing engineer and industry heavyweight Max Norman was brought in to finish the album. Nine tracks of immaculate, sometimes macabre, American heavy metal. Inspired by classic acts like Iron Maiden and Mercyful Fate the band also infused influences of the thrash/speed metal dominated era to develop a style that was all their own. Not necessarily aggressive enough to be called thrash, but much heavier than the classic styles of heavy metal — this was Dead On.

The album has been out of print for years, but now with the release of this limited DEAD ON (Deluxe Edition) not only do fans get the classic album and three music videos, but also their ALL FOUR YOU EP, unreleased cover of “Turning Japanese,” plus ultra rare demo tape, THE LIMIT. For the fans, by the fans.

POINTS OF INTEREST:
+ NEW INTERVIEW WITH GUITARISTS – MICHAEL CARONIA & TONY FRAZZITTA
+ ALSO CONTAINS UNRELEASED DEMO TAPE & COVER SONG PLUS OUT-OF-PRINT EP
+ THREE MUSIC VIDEOS INCLUDED
+ ARCHIVAL PHOTOS/SHOW FLYERS PROVIDED BY BAND (16-PAGE BOOKLET)
+ PRODUCED BY ROGER PROBERT (FATES WARNING & LOUDNESS)
+ MIXED BY MAX NORMAN (MEGADETH, OZZY OSBOURNE & MALICE)
+ LIMITED EDITION
+ NEW MASTERING BY JAMIE KING
+ LAYOUT/RESTORATION BY ADAM PETERSON (SOLSTICE, EPIDEMIC, D.A.M. and WATCHTOWER)

Dead On
DEAD ON (Deluxe Edition)
CD/Digital
11/6/12

Disc 1
1. Salem Girls
2. Beat A Dead Horse
3. The Widower
4. The Matador’s Nightmare
5. Full Moon
6. Escape
7. Merry Ship
8. Different Breed
9. Dead On

Enhanced CD
Full Moon (Music Video)
Different Breed (Music Video)

Disc 2
ALL FOUR YOU EP
1. One For You
2. Every Day On Earth
3. Lost At Sea
4. Do What You Want
5. Turning Japanese (Previously Unreleased)

THE LIMIT (Demo – 1987)
6. Medusa
7. Third Reich
8. Comin’ Back
9. No Clue

Enhanced CD
Lost At Sea (Music Video)

For Fans Of:
METALLICA, OVERKILL, MEGADETH, SANCTUARY, and MERCYFUL FATE

Unlike San Francisco, New York City and Germany, Sweden was never quite the hotbed for thrash activity in the ’80s, but there was one band that made plenty of “Noise” with their first demo tape, GROUND ZERO. The self-released cassette from Uppsala’s Midas Touch rapidly made its way through trading circles and as such attracted attention from a prominent German metal label Noise Records. The label that counted acts like Helloween, Vendetta, and Coroner on their storied roster, eventually signed Midas Touch on the strength of their demo.

Producer Roy M. Rowland (Laaz Rockit, Kreator, Testament) was brought in to work on what would become Midas Touch’s sole album, 1989’s PRESAGE OF DISASTER. A rollicking romp of technical thrash in the vein of Deathrow, Sabbat, and D.B.C., the album garnered raves from the metal literati, eventually gaining sales in excess of 60,000 units.

But along the pathway to assured success Midas Touch’s flame was extinguished, ending their run while demoing material for their unreleased second album, THE DELIBERATE STRANGER. As unfortunate as their early demise was, Midas Touch unquestionably still left its mark on the metal world with their menacing debut, PRESAGE OF DISASTER.

The album has been out of print for nearly 20 years and fetching high dollar collector prices online, but Midas Touch has remained a cult favorite with die-hard thrash fans. This PRESAGE OF DISASTER deluxe edition contains brand new mastering and a redesigned 16-page booklet with scrapbook style memorabilia clippings of the band’s history plus a new interview and essay. It also includes two never before released pre-production demos from the band’s personal vaults and their debut GROUND ZERO cassette. For the fans, by the fans.

Keep up with the members of Midas Touch on Facebook!!
http://www.facebook.com/midastouchswe

POINTS OF INTEREST:
+ NEW INTERVIEW WITH PATRIK SPORRONG (Bass)
+ NEW ESSAY FROM PATRIK WIREN (Vocals)
+ CONTAINS UNRELEASED DEMO TAPE & NEVER BEFORE HEARD DEMOS FROM UNRELEASED SECOND ALBUM
+ ARCHIVAL PHOTOS/SHOW FLYERS PROVIDED BY BAND (16-PAGE BOOKLET)
+ PRODUCED BY ROY M. ROWLAND (SABBAT, LAAZ ROCKIT, KREATOR, TESTAMENT)
+ LIMITED EDITION
+ NEW MASTERING BY JAMIE KING
+ LAYOUT/RESTORATION BY ADAM PETERSON (SOLSTICE, D.A.M. and WATCHTOWER)

Midas Touch
PRESAGE OF DISASTER (Deluxe Edition)
CD/Digital
11/6/12

Disc 1
1. The Arrival
2. Forcibly Incarcerated
3. Sinking Censorship
4. When The Boot Comes Down
5. True Believers Inc.
6. Reminiscence
7. Sepulchral Epitaph
8. Lost Paradise
9. Accessory Before The Fact
10. Aceldama – Terminal Breath
11. Subhumanity (A New Cycle)

THE DELIBERATE STRANGER Demo Sessions – 1990
12. The Deliberate Stranger
13. Source Of Discontent
14. So Shall You Reap

Disc 2
NOISE RECORDS DEMO – 1988
1. Forcibly Incarcerated (Involuntary Custody)
2. Pow Wow
3. True Believers Inc.
4. When The Boot Comes Down
5. (The Shape) Of Rage

GROUND ZERO (Demo Tape – 1987)
6. Pow Wow
7. (The Shape) Of Rage
8. When The Boot Comes Down
9. Subside Vision
10. Strikezone
11. M.A.D. (Armed For Justice)
12. The Dice
13. Masquerade
14. Instant Blaze
15. Tatsch Tooo Matsch

For Fans Of:
METALLICA, VENDETTA, DEATHROW, and KREATOR

Divebomb Records
http://www.divebombrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/divebombrecords
http://twitter.com/tribunalrecords
http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/divebomb-records-563/

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-Critical Solution Taps Andy La Rocque For Upcoming Full-Length!

The Norwegian Thrash Metallers from Critical Solution will enter next week the Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden to work again with King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque for their upcoming full-length release.

Mid 2011, the band worked already with Andy La Rocque, when he produced and mixed their EP EVIDENCE OF THINGS UNSEEN and delivered a guest appearance on this album where he was featured doing a guitar solo on the Metallica cover “Seek And Destroy.”

Also this time, Andy La Rocque will be responsible for the production and the mixing of this new release.

Vocalist/Lead Guitarist Christer Slettebø on working again with Andy La Rocque: “Last time we worked with Andy was absolutely amazing, like every other time we worked together! He welcomed us with open arms after listening to a sh*tty demo tape, but he saw something in us and then made us better than we could ever imagine. Andy brings out the best in us! He takes ideas to the table and we have that chemistry only a few can have. People can expect a punch-in-the-face album. Old school thrash, fast as hell! Guests appearances will be including La Rocque himself. The chemistry within the band can be felt in the songs and it’s tight as hell! The band is better than ever before. We will keep you updated about all progress on our social media sites, so stay tuned for some thrashing news!”

The new album has a tentative release date of mid 2013.

For all Critical Solution info:

http://www.facebook.com/CriticalSolution
http://www.twitter.com/criticalsoluti1
http://www.reverbnation.com/criticalsolution
http://www.youtube.com/user/Criticalsolution1

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-Earthen Grave Parts Ways With Drummer

Chicago’s epic doom metal act Earthen Grave announces that the band has parted ways with longtime drummer Scott Davidson. Davidson played on the group’s 2009 DISMAL TIMES debut EP and recently-released full-length album EARTHEN GRAVE.

The band issued a collective statement this week: “We wish Scott all the best with his many other projects including his long time running “Chicago’s Rebel Radio” ( http://www.rebelradio.com/ ), his Sabbath/Dio tribute band Heaven & Hell Chicago ( http://www.facebook.com/heavenandhellchicago )and all his future endeavors.”

Earthen Grave is currently auditioning drummers for Davidson’s replacement.

In the meantime, the band has confirmed a headlining gig at the Double Door in Chicago on November 30th.

Earthen Grave was founded in 2008 by guitarist Jason Muxlow (The Living Fields, Wintering) bassist Ron Holzner (formerly of Trouble, Debris Inc., Place Of Skulls), and drummer Scott Davidson (ex-Stonehenge, “Rebel Radio”). The trio recruited vocalist Mark Weiner (Trifog), guitarist Tony Spillman (Spillage), and renowned classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine who performs on extended range electric flying V violin. In late April of this year, Earthen Grave released its mammoth first album titled EARTHEN GRAVE. Produced by Ron Holzner, and released via his own Claude & Elmo Music, this layered opus showcases the range and diversity of the band’s epic and commanding material.

Stream the entire self-titled album at Earthen Grave’s Bandcamp page: http://earthengrave.bandcamp.com/

Earthen Grave Live:
11/30/2012 The Double Door – Chicago, IL w/ Red Rebel County, Skank, The Root Cause, Bill Ura Dik

“…one of the year’s most promising debuts… Earthen Grave sounds old school without being retro, managing to go through every element on which lesser bands usually fail with exquisite grace and solemn subtlety…” – Terrorizer

“…the integrity and honesty of the musical endeavor shines through, making this a thought-provoking, melancholic metal creation with some real magic…” – Zero Tolerance

“Simply put, EARTHEN GRAVE is a modern doom metal classic that will live beyond a mere best-of-the-year bestowing. 4.5/5” – Metal Underground

“…a unique and refreshing take on the doom metal genre. 8/10” – Doommantia

“…they take the Black Sabbath/Pentagram/Witchfinder General formula to another level by adding in Pine’s lovely violin work, which gives these crushing songs an almost Kansas-ish feel to them in spots. 4/5” – Sea of Tranquility

“…one of the year’s best doom newcomers.” – Blistering

“…one of the most unique doom sounds I have heard in a long time. This Chicago based band has certainly offset themselves from their peers. 9/10” – This Is Not A Scene

http://www.earthengrave.com/
http://earthengrave.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/earthengrave
http://www.twitter.com/earthengrave

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-Power Thrashers Sonic Pulse Posts New Music Video “Bong Zombies”

With Halloween nearing in just a week, what better timing for the boys of Boston’s Sonic Pulse, the beer-fueled, power thrashing super group featuring members of Razormaze, Skull Hammer, Ravage, and Vindicator to unleash their new music video “Bong Zombies,” the directorial debut by vocalist Dan Hammer.

“Directing the video was actually one of the most fun things I’ve ever done. There’s nothing more fun than trying to keep 10 metalheads, most of who have likely have some form of ADD, on task and trying to keep track of the shots that need to be taken at the same time. The graveyard scenes were filmed secret-agent style by sneaking into a graveyard with 40 lbs. of dry ice along with a fake bong and lighting equipment at night, with the rest being filmed at or around my house and in an abandoned room in a warehouse. You’ve gotta use guerrilla tactics if you want to save money on production lol!” comments Dan Hammer.

The video is in support of SP’s new album LAGER THAN LIFE, which is now available digitally and on CD at the band’s bandcamp and will soon be released as a limited edition vinyl with only 500 copies via a soon-to-be-named label.

Music Video – “Beer Zombies”

Bio:
In the depths of a dingy basement littered with instruments, recording equipment, and empty beer cans, Dan Hammer (known for his antics in Skull Hammer) and David Carlino (heir to the Razormaze fortune) decided it was time to spawn a new project — Sonic Pulse.

The dynamic duo set out to rid the world of people who take themselves too seriously and don’t know what it means to party, working meticulously to perfect their craft, diligently recording songs over and over again, writing, drinking, playing video games, and chinning people.

On the fast track to achieving their goal, Sonic Pulse will release their debut album, LAGER THAN LIFE, in the fall, finally unveiling the carefully crafted fusion of power metal and thrash they’ve worked so hard to achieve.

Fraught with peril and uncertainty, the story of LAGER THAN LIFE unfolds, leading you on a quest to, what else, get beer.

Sonic Pulse can only be summed up one way — good music for bad people.

Sonic Pulse – LAGER THAN LIFE
Official Release Date: TBA

Track Listing:
1. Sonic Pulse (5:15)
2. Queen Of Beers (4:45)
3. Bong Zombies (5:58)
4. Eye Of The Beerholder (6:14)
5. Demoniac Spell (6:55)
6. Beyond The Black Hole (5:54)
7. Adventure Time (1:31)

http://facebook.com/sonicpulse
http://sonicpulse.bandcamp.com
http://twitter.com/sonicpulsemetal
http://www.youtube.com/sonicpulsemetal
http://www.reverbnation.com/sonicpulse

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-Thrash F*ck Thrash Bash 4 Offer Free Download Compilation With Fatality, Aggressor, Mastery, Lethal Voltage, Eternal Judgment

“Nov 3 – Toronto – Blacktooth Ent. Presents: Thrash F*ck Thrash Bash 4 w/ Fatality, Aggressor + more”

Following the undeniable success of the last three Thrash F*ck Thrash Bashes, Blacktooth Entertainment is proud to bring fans the highly anticipated fourth installment on Saturday, November 3 at Hard Luck Bar (772 Dundas Street West).

A slew of bands, including Fatality, Aggressor, Mastery, Lethal Voltage, and Eternal Judgment will take to the stage while DJ Cyndi Z will be spinnin’ classic vinyl records all night, giving all show goers what is bound to be an epic music hangover.

Blacktooth Ent. is now offering a FREE DOWNLOAD compilation of all the kickass bands performing at this year’s TFTB 4, which is available at the following link and features the following tracks.

Download Link – http://thrashbash4.bandcamp.com

Thrash Bash 4 – Track Listing
1. Fatality – Thrash F*ck Eat Sleep (5:25)
– Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNaYiUm6ze4
2. Fatality – Bleed Me Useless (3:49)
3. Aggressor – Chopper (5:01)
4. Aggressor – Unto The World (6:19)
5. Mastery – Ashes Of Epiphanies (4:56)
6. Mastery – Faithful Trust (4:26)
7. Lethal Voltage – Lethal Voltage (7:31)
8. Lethal Voltage – Seeds Of Evil (6:52)
9. Eternal Judgment – Fatal Virus (3:57)
10. Eternal Judgment – Kill To Survive (3:40)

Show Details:
Thrash F*ck Thrash Bash 4 – http://www.facebook.com/events/157027787769941
Featuring: Fatality, Aggressor, Mastery, Lethal Voltage, Eternal Judgment, and more TBA!
DJ CYNDI Z spinnin’ classic vinyls all night!
Sat. Nov 3rd @ Hard Luck Bar – 772 Dundas Street W.
All Ages – More details TBA

FATALITY
http://www.facebook.com/fatalitythrash

AGGRESSOR (Return show!)
http://www.facebook.com/aggressivemusic

MASTERY
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mastery/160638577320942

LETHAL VOLTAGE
http://www.facebook.com/lethalvoltage

ETERNAL JUDGMENT (Montreal)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eternal-Judgment/112880535392018

+ DJ CYNDI Z spinnin’ classic vinyls all night!

*MORE TBA!*

http://www.facebook.com/BlacktoothEntertainment
http://www.facebook.com/HardLuckBar

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-Kamelot’s 10th album SILVERTHORN — the first with new singer Tommy Karevik — is due out October 30. Check out new interviews with guitarist Thomas Youngblood at these links:

http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-10-questions-kamelot-guitarist-thomas-youngblood
http://www.hailsandhorns.com/featuresandinterviews/kamelot-guitarist-thomas-youngblood-talks-about-their-new-vocalist-and-shares-his-thoughts-on-long-songs/

See http://www.kamelot.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/kamelotofficial for more.

-Check out a new interview with Kill Devil Hill bassist Rex Brown (Pantera, Down) at http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-former-pantera-and-down-bassist-rex-brown-talks-gear-influences-and-kill-devil-hill . See http://www.killdevilhillmusic.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/killdevilhillmusic for more.

-Killer Bee’s new video for “Step Into My World,” from the album FROM HELL AND BACK, is now online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTZBb2NPakg .

-Check out Kiss’ “Helping Parents 2 Rock” PSA from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ReGFRm4zM&feature=share , and footie pajamas at http://www.JumpinJammerz.com/kiss-footed-pajamas.html . Gene Simmons appeared at least week’s Rock Fantasy Camp at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, along with former guitarist Bruce Kulick and a ton of other famous counselors and special guests, including Sebastian Bach, Vince Neil, Kip Winger, Rudy Sarzo, Zakk Wylde, Lita Ford, Richie Kotzen, Phil Soussan, Rod Morgenstein, Kane Roberts, Mark Farner, Teddy ZigZag, Dave Rosenthal, and John Moyer. Check out some photos from Mark Weiss at http://www.markweiss.com/fantasy_camp_vegas_01_site/ , and a write-up from Soussan at http://philsoussan.com/ . In related news, original guitarist Ace Frehley will appear at the Chiller Theater Expo at the Sheraton Parsippany in Parsippany, NJ, which runs October 26-28; see http://www.chillertheatre.com/ and http://www.acefrehley.com/ for more. (The ton of other guests includes Frehley’s Comet guitarist Richie Scarlet and fantasy artist Ken Kelly, who did the covers for DESTROYER and LOVE GUN.) Original drummer Peter Criss’ website http://www.petercriss.net/ has been revamped to coincide with the October 23 release of his new book “Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss,” co-written with Larry “Ratso” Sloman. Check out a lengthy excerpt at http://books.simonandschuster.com/Makeup-to-Breakup/Peter-Criss/9781451620825/excerpt . He will make the following signing appearances:

10/23 – Barnes & Noble, New York, NY @ 12:30 pm
10/24 – Bookends, Ridgewood, NJ @ 6 pm
10/27 – Barnes & Noble, Eatontown, NJ @ 7 pm
11/2 – Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ @ 6 pm
11/16 – Days Of The Dead Convention @ Chicago-Schaumburg-Marriott, Schaumburg, IL @ 12 pm

Criss will appear October 21 in Point Pleasant, NJ, for the Walk Against Breast Cancer. See https://www.facebook.com/petercrissdrums for more, including info on a contest to win a free copy of “Makeup to Breakup.”

-Bill Leverty (FireHouse) has released two more tracks in his excellent series of solo cover tunes: “Free Ride” (Edgar Winter Group) and “I Shot The Sheriff” (Bob Marley & The Wailers). They are available at Amazon and iTunes as follows:

“Free Ride”
http://www.amazon.com/Free-Ride/dp/B009NW5TMU/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/free-ride-single/id566847610

“I Shot The Sheriff”
http://www.amazon.com/I-Shot-the-Sheriff/dp/B009TKZPFM/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-shot-the-sheriff-single/id572174288

Leverty produced, sang, and played guitar on the tracks, and is joined by bassist Keith Horne and drummer Andre LaBelle. See http://www.leverty.com/ for more.

-Yngwie Malmsteen’s new album SPELLBOUND is due out December 5. He’s also working on an autobiography entitled “Relentless” for an early 2013 release; check out a nine-minute trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7-0fZPGj0c . He also has a new instructional website at http://www.relentlessshred.com/ . See http://www.yngwiemalmsteen.com/ for more.

-Manowar’s THE LORD OF STEEL is out now on Magic Circle Music. Track list: “The Lord Of Steel,” “Manowarriors,” “Born In A Grave,” “Righteous Glory,” “Touch The Sky,” “Black List,” “Expendable,” “El Gringo,” “Annihilation,” “Hail Kill And Die,” “The Kingdom Of Steel.” Check out clips of three songs at http://www.musicbuymail.eu/?i=37350 . See http://www.manowar.com/ for more.

-Napalm Records created a presentation to show their new distribution partner, Universal, and it’s now online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuRX9x494Mk . Hype: “Ever wondered who works 24/7 to get the hottest and loudest bands right to you? Now is your chance to find out and take an exclusive look behind the scenes! Have a peek at the inner workings of Europe’s rock & metal empire Napalm Records! Get ready for swords, riffs, handcuffs, axes, a wild chase, and a deafening explosion!” See http://www.napalmrecords.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords , and http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords for more.

-Nightmare Records’ YouTube channel has new clips from German Pascual (“If The Sky Would Fall”), Scelerata (“Rising Sun”), Seven Kingdoms (“After The Fall”), Spheric Universe Experience (“The Day I Died”), and Cloudscape (“Your Desire”). Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/user/MEGALOUD?feature=mhee . See http://www.nightmarerecords.com/ for more.

-There’s a preview of Paragon’s FORCE OF DESTRUCTION, due out November 6 in North America, on Napalm Records’ YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq0U2pbwPxk . See https://www.facebook.com/paragonmetal for more.

-The Power Of The Riff is an all-ages festival slated for December 20 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Hype: “According the Mayan calendar, civilization as we know it will see its apocalyptic downfall as 2012 comes to an end. So to celebrate these end-times with full force, The Power Of The Riff is throwing one last bash for the year.” Bands set to perform include High On Fire, Sunn 0))), Corrosion Of Conformity (whose set will feature ANIMOSITY and EYE FOR AN EYE material), Black Breath, Dead In The Dirt, Loincloth, and Void Ov Voices. Tickets are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/09004953DDA37884 . See http://www.thepoweroftheriff.com/ , http://twitter.com/#!/TPOTR , and https://www.facebook.com/ThePowerOfTheRiff for more.

-Classic ’80s Canadian metal band Sword is back and working on a new album. Check out their Facebook for all the updates, tons of videos, etc. There’s also word of an upcoming contest: “Hey Sword fans! Just letting you know we are putting together a MEGA contest. ‘What’s the prize?’ you ask. A Sword collector edition package including autographed CDs, T-shirts and more… Stay tuned, Details coming.” See http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sword/ .

-Ten’s new video for “Gunrunning,” from HERESY & CREED (Frontiers), is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcOT5Czb7rI .

-Check out a New York Post article about Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider’s mansion at http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/realestate/residential/twist_and_shout_oNUpNZ52c912yWDNmLFzeN .

-There’s a new interview with Warrant guitarist Erik Turner at http://retropulse.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/rock-legend-erik-turner-talks-wine-and-music-industry/ .

-There’s a video interview with the members of Witches Mark, from Robb Chavez’s “Metal Works,” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ4JTDjN_no . The band’s new album, entitled WITCHING METAL RITUAL, features guest spots from Ross The Boss (Manowar, The Dictators), Jack Starr (Virgin Steele, Burning Starr), Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, WatchTower, Ignitor), and Martin Debourge (Damien Thorne, Head Transfer Process), and has this hype: “WITCHING METAL RITUAL incorporates a ‘heavier, darker, more sinister musical direction’ while retaining the ghastly melodies the band is known for.” Check out live rehearsal footage of “Bringers Of Heavy Metal Death” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD7pQqBAmRM . See http://www.facebook.com/witchesmarkband , http://www.reverbnation.com/witchesmark , and http://www.myspace.com/witchesmark for more.

Thanks to Music Buy Mail, Dave Reffett, Jon Freeman, Larry Getlen, Brian Davis, Mark Alger, Josh Hart, Nathan Birk, Robert Williams, Chris Shapiro, Dave Brenner, Hawk, and The Master for help gathering some of this information.

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DIO – THE VERY BEAST OF DIO VOL. 2 (B+) Niji Entertainment, 2012
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Two years have already passed since we lost arguably the greatest voice in heavy metal, and I must say the void left by the incomparable Ronnie James Dio is tremendous. Now I’m not sure about the place of “Best Of” collections in a streaming and digital download world but THE VERY BEAST OF DIO VOL. 2 is a splendid selection of some of Dio’s best post mid-’90s material. Kicking off with the excellent “Killing The Dragon,” we also get great sounding re-mastered versions of such gems as “Better In The Dark,” “Fever Dreams,” “Shivers,” and “One More For The Road.” Collectors will probably be most interested in the bonus tracks, which include rare cut “Electra” from the TOURNADO box set, “Metal Will Never Die” from cousin David “Rock” Feinstein’s BITTEN BY THE BEAST solo album, and MASTER OF THE MOON Japanese bonus track “Prisoner Of Paradise.” Halloween ready artwork and a nice insert featuring liner notes from Eddie Trunk complete the package. To me Dio’s preeminent work will always be his ’80s classics, but having said that there were a lot of great tracks recorded after his heyday, many represented here. Like with virtually all “Best Of” albums, I would have chosen several different songs (e.g., MASTER OF THE MOON’s “I Am” and KILLING THE DRAGON’s “Scream”) but overall this does the job, especially for collectors and those who are only familiar with Dio’s ’80s catalog. A potent but sad reminder of what the metal world has lost…
– Neal Woodall (MysticX9@gmail.com)

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