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Issue #630
Week of November 26, 2012

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*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-First Four Maiden Picture Disc Reissues Out Now!

Special Limited Edition Iron Maiden Vinyl Picture Disc Albums

First FOUR Available Now!

A series of special limited edition Iron Maiden vinyl picture disc albums are being released by UMe! Comprised of the first eight albums of Maiden’s career, all released in the 1980s, each picture disc will be packaged in a gatefold sleeve with full color printed inner bags and the heavyweight vinyl will be cut from the original album master tapes.

The albums are being released chronologically from now through February, starting with the following four releases which are available now!

To open the New Year, POWERSLAVE and the double album LIVE AFTER DEATH will be released in January, with the final two titles, SOMEWHERE IN TIME and SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON coming out in February 2013.

Available Now:

1. Prowler
2. Sanctuary
3. Remember Tomorrow
4. Running Free
5. Phantom Of The Opera
6. Transylvania
7. Strange World
8. Charlotte The Harlot
9. Iron Maiden

KILLERS (1981)
1. The Ides Of March
2. Wrathchild
3. Murders In The Rue Morgue
4. Another Life
5. Genghis Khan
6. Innocent Exile
7. Killers
8. Prodigal Son
9. Purgatory
10. Twilight Zone
11. Drifter

1. Invaders
2. Children Of The Damned
3. The Prisoner
4. 22 Acacia Avenue
5. The Number Of The Beast
6. Run To The Hills
7. Gangland
8. Total Eclipse
9. Hallowed Be Thy Name

1. Where Eagles Dare
2. Revelations
3. Flight Of Icarus
4. Die With Your Boots On
5. The Trooper
6. Still Life
7. Quest For Fire
8. Sun And Steel
9. To Tame A Land

For more information, visit http://www.ironmaiden.com/ .

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-Michael Schenker’s TEMPLE OF ROCK – LIVE IN EUROPE To Be Released On January 15, 2013

Released on three formats & Limited Deluxe Edition:

o Ltd Deluxe Edition (2 CD, 1 Blu-ray, 1 Bonus DVD)
o Blu-ray Edition (1 Disc)
o CD Edition (2 Discs)
o DVD Edition (1 Disc)


Inakustik will release Michael Schenker’s TEMPLE OF ROCK – LIVE IN EUROPE on CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and Limited Deluxe Edition, on January 15, 2013 in North America.

This essential live rock’n’roll release includes songs performed live in Tilburg, The Netherlands in May 2012, plus songs performed at London’s 2011 High Voltage Festival.

Visit the official TEMPLE OF ROCK – LIVE IN EUROPE Microsite: http://temple-of-rock-live.com/ and pre-order at http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=INAK2012 .

At the ripe age of 15, after a very early start in his professional music career recording his first album with the Scorpions and after joining UFO age 17, Michael Schenker focused exclusively on lead guitar and pure self-expression.

The second chapter in his career was focused on experimenting and developing his expertise on a more musical and personal level. With excellent musicians, friends, and fans from all over the world, this live recording is part of this celebration.

Michael Schenker sees his music as a building block in the construction of the Temple Of Rock.

“The Temple Of Rock is almost finished,” explains Michael Schenker. “The foundation was laid in the ’60s by Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Jeff Beck, and Cream. In the late ’70s, the pillars were then built by bands like UFO and AC/DC. By the ’80s it was further reinforced by the likes of Judas Priest and the Scorpions, and many other influential rock bands.

“There’s not much new left to expect, but I am glad to be a part of this temple,” says Michael. “It’s unbelievable fun and an honor to share a stage and make music with some of the world’s best musicians.”

A concert from Tilburg, the Netherlands was recorded in May 2012 that noticeably distinguishes itself from previous releases due to the lineup that includes Michael Schenker (lead guitar), Doogie White (vocals), Herman Rarebell (drums), Francis Buchholz (bass), and Wayne Findley (rhythm guitar, keyboards).

In addition to this Tilburg concert, fans can experience extracts from London’s 2011 High Voltage Festival with Michael Voss (vocals), featuring awe-inspiring guest appearances from Schenker’s friends and musical companions including his brother Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions) who plays rhythm guitar on “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “Hanging On,” and “Doctor Doctor,” UFO’s Pete Way who plays bass guitar on “Doctor Doctor,” and vocalists Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey), and Doogie White, who jointly sing on “Doctor Doctor.”

All in all, there has never been such extensive and high quality material from Michael Schenker for your viewing and listening pleasure.


1. Into The Arena
2. Armed And Ready
3. Lovedrive
4. Another Piece Of Meat
5. Hanging On
6. Cry For The Nations
7. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
8. Coast To Coast
9. Assault Attack
10. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
11. Lights Out
12. On And On
13. Let It Roll
14. Shoot Shoot
15. Rock You Like A Hurricane
16. Rock Bottom
17. Holiday
18. Blackout
19. Doctor Doctor


Michael Schenker (lead guitars)
Doogie White (lead vocals)
Herman Rarebell (drums)
Francis Buchholz (bass)
Wayne Findlay (keyboards, guitars, backing vocals)
Michael Voss (lead vocals, guitar – Special guest on “Hanging On”)


1. Armed And Ready
2. Another Piece Of Meat
3. Rock You Like A Hurricane (feat. Rudolf Schenker)
4. Hanging On (feat. Rudolf Schenker)
5. Doctor Doctor (feat. Rudolf Schenker)


Michael Schenker (lead guitars)
Michael Voss (lead vocals, guitar)
Herman Rarebell (drums)
Wayne Findlay (keyboards, guitars, backing vocals)
Elliott Dean Rubinson (bass)


Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar on “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “Hanging On,” “Doctor Doctor”)
Pete Way (bass guitar on “Doctor Doctor”)
Jeff Scott Soto (vocals on “Doctor Doctor”)
Doogie White (vocals on “Doctor Doctor”)


Recording from 2012’s Tilburg, Netherlands concert
Recording (extracts) from London’s 2011 High Voltage Festival

Recording from 2012’s Tilburg, Netherlands concert
Recording (extracts) from London’s 2011 High Voltage Festival
Bonus Footage: Before the show (Tilburg)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, dts, Stereo

Recording from 2012’s Tilburg, Netherlands concert
Recording (extracts) from London’s 2011 High Voltage Festival
Bonus Footage: Before the show (Tilburg)
Bonus Footage: Soundcheck (Tilburg)
Audio: DTS HD Master, Stereo

Includes 2 CDs, 1 Blu-ray, 1 Bonus DVD
Bonus DVD includes the following content:
Brighton Rehearsal
Doogie’s Video Impressions

*** PRESS RELEASE #3 ***
-Gamma Ray: German Power Metallers To Release SKELETONS & MAJESTIES LIVE CD In North America Next Month

Legendary German power metallers Gamma Ray will unleash SKELETONS & MAJESTIES LIVE as a two-CD set next month via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records. Set for North American release on December 4, 2012, SKELETONS & MAJESTIES LIVE is a near two-hour magnum opus spanning the band’s history and includes classics as well as tracks which were under-represented to date. A DVD version will be released stateside in January. SKELETONS & MAJESTIES LIVE was recorded and filmed during the band’s 2011 European tour at the legendary Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland and is the first properly HD-filmed live video production of the band’s epic 20+ year career.

“The [2011 released] EP, SKELETONS & MAJESTIES, is practically a continuation of our Skeletons In The Closet concept, in other words: new versions of songs which didn’t receive the attention they deserve, as well as unplugged versions of some of our classics,” notes founding vocalist/guitarist Kai Hansen.

The DVD offers up a thoroughly gripping performance, from the dynamic openers “Anywhere In The Galaxy” and “Men, Martians And Machines” to the furious finale/Helloween cover “Future World.”

As a special bonus, to accompany the Hansen-penned Helloween classic on stage, Gamma Ray enlisted the services of former Helloween frontman Michael Kiske. In addition, Kiske can be heard and seen on “Time To Break Free” and “A While In Dreamland.”

The release of SKELETONS & MAJESTIES LIVE will mark the beginning of an eventful 2013 for Gamma Ray: After Hansen stayed true to his word and spent 2012 concentrating mainly on his second band, Unisonic, he and his three colleagues, guitarist Henjo Richter, bassist Dirk Schlächter, and new addition, drummer Michael Ehré (the Firewind/Love.Might.Kill drummer has replaced Daniel Zimmermann, who left the Gamma Ray fold on friendly terms) are now focusing exclusively on Gamma Ray once again. A co-headlining European tour with Helloween has been scheduled for March and will also mark the arrival of a new Gamma Ray studio recording. Stay tuned for release dates and further details.

“Gamma Ray will have top priority in 2013,” comments Hansen, “and SKELETONS & MAJESTIES LIVE is the perfect harbinger of this!”

1. Welcome (Intro)
2. Anywhere In The Galaxy
3. Men, Martians and Machines
4. The Spirit
5. Wings Of Destiny
6. Farewell
7. Gamma Ray
8. Money
9. Time To Break Free
10. Rebellion In Dreamland (Acoustic)
11. Send Me A Sign (Acoustic)
1. Induction
2. Dethrone Tyranny
3. Watcher In The Sky
4. Hold Your Ground
5. A While In Dreamland
6. Rise
7. Brothers
8. Insurrection
9. Future World

1. Anywhere In The Galaxy
2. Men, Martians And Machines
3. The Spirit
4. Wings Of Destiny
5. Farewell
6. Gamma Ray
7. Money
8. Time To Break Free (w/ Michael Kiske)
9. Rebellion In Dreamland (acoustic)
10. Send Me A Sign (acoustic)
11. Dethrone Tyranny
12. Watcher In The Sky
13. Hold Your Ground
14. A While In Dreamland (w/ Michael Kiske)
15. Rise
16. Brothers
17. Insurrection
18. Future World (w/ Michael Kiske)


*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Circle II Circle Join The Armoury Records Roster

New Album To See Release This Winter; Cover Art And Track Listing Revealed

Armoury Records, in conjunction with Hamburg, Germany-based earMUSIC, will release the sixth studio album from American metallers Circle II Circle this Winter. Led by former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens, the 12-track SEASONS WILL FALL promises to be the band’s strongest album to date both musically and sonically blending Stevens’ history and unique “Savatage style” with the fresh sounds he’s meticulously developed with CIIC — a commanding fusion of metal and hard rock, powered by his passionate melodic rock vocals. From the howling guitar riffs of “Diamond Blade” and “Killing Death” to the energetic sound of “Never Gonna Stop,” the album contains everything you want from a heavy rock album.

earMUSIC/Edel and Zak Stevens have enjoyed critical acclaim and commercial success together over the years with Savatage’s DEAD WINTER DEAD (1995) and THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN (1997), true milestones of hard rock/heavy metal and some of the highest charting metal success stories of the ’90s.

Comments Stevens of the new label home and forthcoming full-length: “With earMUSIC releasing our sixth album, we are exactly where we need to be at this point in our career. We have the right album along with a fantastic new label. The timing of all this will take the upcoming world tour to an entirely new level. We are very much looking forward to the release of SEASONS WILL FALL. This is an album that will strongly define the identity and place of hard rock and heavy metal music in the world today.”

Formed in 2001, Circle II Circle has released five albums to date consistently progressing into something more powerful with each offering without sacrificing the signature sound fans around the globe have grown to adore. The turning point for CIIC came in 2012 with their monumental performance of THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN in its entirety at Germany’s legendary Wacken Open Air Festival. What followed was a sold-out European club tour with full European jaunt set to follow in 2013.

SEASONS WILL FALL will be released in North America via Armoury Records on January 29, 2013. View the cover art here and stay tuned for further details.


1. Diamond Blade
2. Without A Sound
3. Killing Death
4. Epiphany
5. End Of Emotion
6. Dreams That Never Die
7. Seasons Will Fall
8. Never Gonna Stop
9. Isolation
10. Sweet Despair
11. Downshot
12. Only Yesterday

Circle II Circle:
Zak Stevens – Vocals
Mitch Stewart – Bass/Vocals
Bill Hudson – Guitars/Vocals
Christian Wentz – Guitars/Vocals
Henning Wanner – Keyboards/Vocals
Adam Sagan – Drums


*** PRESS RELEASE #5 ***
-Tainted Nation Streaming New Song “Loser”

UK’s modern hard rocker Tainted Nation has posted a new song online titled “Loser” which the band co-wrote with Max Martin & Alexander Kronlund. The band’s debut album, F.E.A.R., will be released on January 25th, 2013 via Massacre Records. The song “Loser” can be streamed using the YouTube player below:

The group, which recently signed with Massacre Records and a worldwide management deal with Germany’s Rock N Growl Management, consists of the following musicians:

Pete Newdeck – Vocals (Eden’s Curse, Grim Reaper, Killers, Steve Grimmett)
Pontus Egberg – Bass (The Poodles, Lions Share, Zan Clan)
Ian Nash – Guitar (Steve Grimmett, Lionsheart)
Mark Cross – Drums (Firewind, Outloud, Helloween, Kingdom Come)

Tainted Nations’ music can be described as a commercial, modern and powerful sounding rock mix.

A sample of the song “Dare You” can be streamed below:

Pete Newdeck, UK based drummer, singer, and song writer, who is mostly known for his work with Eden’s Curse and bands like Grim Reaper, Killers, and Steve Grimmett, started writing songs with band mate and friend Ian Nash, also Steve Grimmett’s guitar player in 2009.

Being on tour with Eden’s Curse supporting Scandinavian band Stratovarius and Firewind in May 2009 on their UK tour, Pete and Mark Cross, drummer of Firewind at the time, also Outloud, ex-Helloween, Kingdom Come), became close friends and talked about the idea of forming a new band, only this time with Newdeck as the lead singer.

Newdeck’s vocal abilities were truly convincing and in spring 2010 Pontus Egberg, bass player of Sweden’s rock sensations The Poodles, completed the lineup.

Newdeck, Nash, Cross, and Egberg recorded their debut album in the UK and mixed and mastered it in Germany under the supervision of Dennis Ward, producer of many successful international artists and Tainted Nation was brought to life.


*** PRESS RELEASE #6 ***
-Escape Music To Release Edge’s HEAVEN KNOWS

Artist: Edge
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Hard Rock
Catalog #: ESM247
EAN: 5031281002471
Label: Escape Music
Release Date: 25. January 2013

Distribution: Benelux: Bertus, Germany: H’Art, UK and Ireland: Cargo, Italy: Frontiers, Spain: Goi Music, Switzerland: Non Stop Music, Scandinavia: Sound Pollution

Track List:
1. Little Girl (3:57)
2. How Long (3:55)
3. Nowhere To Hide (4:46)
4. Get Over It (4:03)
5. I Believe In Love (4:27)
6. There Is No Other Way (3:46)
7. I Could Never Live (3:34)
8. Right Now (4:54)
9. To Hell And Back (4:08)
10. Through That Door (3:35)
11. The End Of The World (3:12)

Featuring Tobias Andersson (Shadowland, Seven Wishes) & Tommy Denander – guitar solo on “How Long.”

Edge is an exciting new AOR/Melodic Rock band from Karlskoga, Sweden. They started out as a project by two friends sharing the same dream. Having played together in different bands off and on since the mid nineties, Jonas Forss and Tobias Andersson (Shadowland, Seven Wishes) knew each other by heart. Strangely enough they hadn’t written any original tunes together before, even though they had recorded dozens of covers in different shapes and forms.

About two years ago Jonas came to Tobias’ house with an idea for a song and the rest as they say is history. “We found our sound almost immediately. It was as we hadn’t done anything else but writing songs together. It all felt very natural, as it was meant to be…” They both agreed upon writing an album without compromise. No account to what others might think, just the album they both wanted to hear; melodic, interesting harmonies, variation, power, and depth. The songs should mean something and speak for themselves.

Their own brand of melodic hard rock derives from lots of different influences ranging from classical music to metal and beyond. “We always loved music where real musicians actually play for the song and not for themselves if you know what I mean,” Jonas states. “Yeah, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t shred from time to time,” Tobias adds, “but always within the context of the song of course. ;-)”

The two guys recorded 12 songs on their own but felt there was something missing, that extra ingredient to take it over the cliff so to speak: Musicians!!! They knew exactly who to call. Torbjörn Brogren (Heads Or Tales) and Olle Rodehn (Shadowland) both accepted with a smile and contributed a great deal to the final sound of the album. “They added the extra depth and live feeling we needed so we decided to re-record everything and Edge, the band was born.”

Soon after they finished up in the studio they started pitching for a record deal. “It all happened very fast. We sent one song to five different labels and four of them wanted to sign us right away which felt very good indeed. Escape Music in England pulled the longest straw because of their genuine interest in our music and passion to the industry as a whole.” HEAVEN KNOWS is the title of their debut album, and What A Way To Start the New Year 2013!

Escape Music

*** PRESS RELEASE #7 ***
-Greek Symphonic Metallers Nightfall Post Cover Artwork, Track List, And Lyric Video For New Album CASSIOPEIA!

CASSIOPEIA to be released 18th of January, 2013!

Greek symphonic metallers Nightfall have launched a landing page featuring the artwork and a new song off their upcoming new album CASSIOPEIA!

Please surf over to http://www.metalblade.com/nightfall/ to check out the pre-order possibilities and the lyric video for “Oberon & Titania!”

Singer Efthimis Karadimas regarding the concept of CASSIOPEIA: “CASSIOPEIA has a specific thesis and though its name is linked to both the constellation and the mythical character of Andromeda’s mother, it refers to arrogance as leading characteristic of the human race; the outcome of this and the overweening state of affairs are so popular these harsh days everywhere. The entire world seems to be shifting from its previous position to a new one and all and each one of us that used to feel like masters of our destiny are now starting to wonder about when, where, and how this transition will end. It may be a punishment like Cassiopeia and Andromeda who claimed themselves more beautiful even to nereids suffered, or it may be just another change. Time will certainly tell.”

And about “Oberon & Titania:” “The song is based on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’ couple; He is the king of fairies and She is the fairy queen. Despite their apparent close relationship, they end up forcefully using their powers and skills against each other; like maniacs blinded by light of passion and haughtiness they drag themselves to the lowest dungeons of nature. It is the ceaseless passion between two beings; passion that unites before it destroys anything around it once unleashed. It is true we are nothing when it comes to sustaining our gratefulness in front of desire. We are born broken in a dilute world poets’ admiration cannot disguise. And none can break the broken.”

CASSIOPEIA will be released the 18th of January, 2013 via Metal Blade Records in Europe!

The recordings for CASSIOPEIA took place in four different places, something Nightfall is quite familiar with. Vocals and keys were recorded in Greece (Soundflakes studios & Cyberia) while the drums got hammered down in Germany in the Soundlodge studios. Guitars and bass were recorded in the US in Nashville, Tennessee in the Boomcave studios.

More than on the previous album ASTRON BLACK & THE THIRTY TYRANTS, in CASSIOPEIA the spirit of old school Heavy Metal larks in almost every riff, with Mercyful Fate’s and King Diamond’s guitar style having its top notch, always the Nightfall way.

CASSIOPEIA track list:
1. Phaethon
2. Oberon & Titania
3. Colonize Cultures
4. The Nightwatch
5. Stellar Parallax
6. Hubris
7. The Reptile Gods
8. Hyperion
9. Akhenaton, The 9th Pharaoh Of The 18th Dynasty
10. The Sand Reckoner
11. Astropolis

Efthimis Karadimas – vocals
Evan Hensley – guitars
Constantine – guitars
Stathis Ridis – bass
Stathis Kassios – keys
Jörg Uken – drums


*** PRESS RELEASE #8 ***
-Mystery Blue: Album Release Date, Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

French heavy metallers Mystery Blue will release their seventh album, CONQUER THE WORLD, on December 21 worldwide via Road Show Productions. A rough studio version of the track “Running With The Pack” featuring Andreas Babuschkin of Paragon can be streamed using the YouTube player below:

The new album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Uwe Lulis (Grave Digger, Rebellion) at Black Solaris Studios, Frankfurt, Germany. The artwork and booklet was created by Jobert Mello, Sledgehammer Graphix (Sabaton, Primal Fear, Thunderbolt, Benedictum). Andreas Babuschkin (Paragon) feat. special guest vocals on the song “Running With The Pack.”

CONQUER THE WORLD track listing:

1. Conquer The World
2. Innocent Crime
3. Running With The Pack
4. Evil Spell
5. Cruel Obession
6. Ticket To Hell
7. Keep On Dreaming
8. Road Of Despair
9. Behind Those Walls
10. Guardian Angel
11. Accroche-Toi À Tes Reves (bonus track)

Mystery Blue’s current lineup includes female singer Nathalie Geyer, guitarist Frenzy Philippon, bass guitarist Matt Gabnai, and drummer Vince Koehler.

The foundation of Mystery Blue dates back to 1982…

Originally founded by the guitarist Frenzy Philippon, Mystery Blue rather quickly became a household name in the world of Hard Rock, as we called Metal in those pioneering days. The band released two successful albums, the eponymous debut long-player MYSTERY BLUE (Axe Killer Records), followed by CIRCLE OF SHAME (Dream Records/CBS), and toured Europe with big guns such as Motorhead, Def Leppard, Saxon, Vengeance, and fellow “Frenchies” H-Bomb and Satan Jokers… Read more at http://www.mysteryblue.com/home/bio/ .

Video teaser of CONQUER THE WORLD:

Today True Metal doesn’t get any better than Mystery Blue. Get ready to bleed!


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-Napalm Records News

Powerwolf: Album Update

Powerwolf have issued an update with regard to their upcoming studio effort for Napalm Records:

“It’s been mysteriously silent in the wolves’ camp during the last few months. The reason for that is the best possible one: We have been more than busy writing the follow up album to BLOOD OF THE SAINTS. And after five intense months of blood, sweat and… even more blood, we can proudly tell you that most of the song writing is done and there’s a truely monstrous piece of wolfish metal insanity on the way. There will be fast stuff, heavy stuff, and epic stuff as well as some unholy little surprises — and all of that in the most typical, Powerwolfish way you can imagine. Only six weeks to go until we enter the studio — can’t wait to bring these songs to life. Be prepared for some kind of studio diary whenever we find a minute in between the studio work.”


Nervosa: New Drummer & Album Recordings

Nervosa has announced the departure of drummer Fernanda Terra due to personal reasons and incompatibility of ideas. The band’s new drummer will be Jully Lee. Despite this change in the lineup, Nervosa’s future plans will not be affected, and the band will hit the studio in January to record their debut album. The release is scheduled for May 2013!


Napalm Records

COMING SOON: Finsterforst, Mammoth Mammoth, Hate, Audrey Horne, Powerwolf, Heavatar, Atrocity
LATEST NAPALM KILLERS: Tiamat, The Sorrow, Paragon, Skalmold, Beyond All Recognition, My Sleeping Karma, Glowsun

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-Metal Blade Re-Signs Swedish Doom Metallers Memory Garden And Releases New Album In Early 2013!

Metal Blade Records is happy to announce the signing of Swedish Doomster Memory Garden! Memory Garden have just finished the recordings for their yet untitled new album which is now in the hands of Dan Swanö for mixing purposes.

Comments the band: “We are back where we belong! Memory Garden and Metal Blade Records are finally back together and we are really excited to be a part of the family again and to have them release our new album. The album is almost finished and will be mixed by Dan Swanö for an early 2013 release so better be prepared for another massive dose of Swedish Heavy Doom Metal!”

Memory Garden was found in 1992 in Sweden and have since then released four albums, two of them under the flag of Metal Blade Records (VERDICT OF POSTERITY in 1998 and MIRAGE in 2000).

Excellent guitar harmonies and the classic clean vocals of Stefan Berglund are the outstanding trademarks of this highly talented outfit.

Memory Garden:
Stefan Berglund – Vocals
Simon Johansson – Lead Guitars
Andreas Mäkelä – Guitars
Johan Fredrikson – Bass Guitar
Tom Björn – Drums


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-Happy Holidays From Radiant Records



Neal Morse – “Sing It High” Songbook

Learn to play your favorite Neal Morse songs with the new “Sing it High” Songbook!

At last… A collection of many of Neal’s most requested songs in one music book. Master musician Peter Crighton has taken Neal’s classics and written them out with all melody lines, lyrics and chords. He even included the entire guitar solo from “Sing It High!” The Songbook features great songs like “Bridge Across Forever” and “We All Need Some Light” from Transatlantic as well as “Wind At My Back” from the Spock’s Beard SNOW album, and also has many favorites from his solo career.

There is also an optional SING IT HIGH SONGBOOK CD, with all the songs on one great CD. If you’ve ever wanted to play any of these timeless songs, this will be something that will bless you for a lifetime.

Click here for full details and song listing!


Save 10%

To say “Thank You” for another successful year, we would like to give you a 10% discount on your entire order, now through December 31, 2012, on EVERY item in stock.

Simply use coupon code ‘holiday2012’ during checkout, and 10% will be taken off your entire subtotal.

Offer Expires: December 31, 2012. *Offer excludes Inner Circle Memberships.

Holiday Blessings,
Chris Thompson
Radiant Records

*** PRESS RELEASE #12 ***
-Voodoo Highway Signs With Dust On The Tracks Records

Italian hard rockers Voodoo Highway have signed a two-album deal with the German label Dust On The Tracks Records. Work on the band’s second LP, SHOWDOWN, is completed and its worldwide release is scheduled for March 2013. Audio samples of the forthcoming second album, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below:

The new album 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.

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.

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 smashing instruments on stage.

The year 2013 will see Voodoo Highway marching straight to Hell!


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-Axemaster Album Update

In our last update letter we mentioned that technical problems were delaying the production of the new Axemaster album. As it turned out, the problems with the studio computer were rather serious as it had to be completely wiped clean and have a new operating system as well as a new version of the multi-track program installed. Everything had been backed up so fortunately all the original sound files were saved. However, all the original multi-track templates (through which each song is mixed) are no longer able to be used and many of the audio effects levels (as well as some of the audio effects themselves) were totally lost. So for a while now the majority of work has gone to building new templates for each song and completely re-mixing them. There is still a lot of work to be done at this, it’s a long and difficult process, but progress is slowly being made.

We hope everyone understands the reasons that it’s taking a while for this album to be produced. But rest assured, no matter how much work, time, and effort it takes to finish this project, the new Axemaster album WILL be a reality. We ask for everyone’s patience as this will be by far the best Axemaster release to date, it will just take some time!!!!!!

In other news, the independent film “Metal Maniac” that includes Axemaster music has been released. You can check out more about it at http://www.facebook.com/metalmaniacmovie .


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-Historic Online Music Icon Closes Doors

At close of business EDT December 12, 2012 Diskery.com, the iconic and omni-present music retailer will close its doors forever, just shy of its 15th anniversary.

Started in December of 1997 Diskery.com was one of the first pioneering retailers to sell music online. Back then it was state of the art with a modern dynamic database, music samples, photographs, accepted every credit card going, and delivered the goods lightning fast. After several modifications and upgrades it continued on through the years expanding its distribution and catalog, reaching its height as the crown jewels of parent company Emperor Multimedia Corporation in 2006.

Since then it has been a struggle says company president and founder Derek McDonald, “Diskery was one of the first to sell music online but this business is a fickle one and since then it has been a struggle. As of late we have had the perfect storm with CD sales on a free fall decline, music piracy continues uncontrolled, world economies in recession, and the ever present relentless drive of new technology makes this a difficult trade. In order to continue we would need to invest a massive amount of capitol and time to re-write our computer code, upgrade the servers, obtain new warehousing, you name it! Selling MP3s is out as Apple cornered that market, vinyl was not recovered to its former levels, cassettes are all but gone, and CDs are on the way out. Invest all of that effort to sell what? With this knowledge we were forced to conclude that perhaps we should get out while we still can.”

Diskery is one of a handful of music e-tailers who never charged artists a fee to join their system, and furthermore there has never been a big named commercial artist in the database; it was a system for indies by indies and with its closure so goes one of the last independent online retainers in Canada and one of a declining stock in the world.

With the closure of Diskery it leaves Emperor Multimedia with only one other investment in music as all other divisions were sold off or closed. Diskery.com for its part will be re-purposed for use by the soon to be renamed RRCA (to now be called “Diskery Music Archives”), and Emperor Multimedia will progress to new projects.

All sales transacted by close of business December 12, 2012 will be honored. All artists who have work on sale at Diskery are asked to contact: mcdonaldd02@gmail.com or by postal letter to the corporate HQ by December 31 to arrange collection of their unsold wares. Final payment for sales will occur beginning of January. To prevent fraud: ID or copies of your Diskery Sales Agreement may need to be presented.

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-Ashes You Leave: New Song “For The Heart, Soul, And Mind” Available For Streaming

“For The Heart, Soul, And Mind”, a brand new song from Croatian Doom/Gothic metallers Ashes You Leave, can be streamed using the SoundCloud or YouTube player below:

“For The Heart, Soul, And Mind” comes off Ashes You Leave’s sixth studio album, THE CURE FOR HAPPINESS, which is scheduled for release on November 29 worldwide via Rock N Growl Records.

Ashes You Leave recently signed with Rock N Growl Records.

The CD was recorded in the G.I.S. studios, under Matej Zec’s watchful eye. The record will see the enchanting Ms. Giada “Jade” Etro behind the microphone. Be prepared to hear the perfect soundtrack to your suicide!

Track listing:

1. Devil In Disguise
2. Only Ashes You Leave
3. For The Heart, Soul, And Mind
4. The Ever-changing
5. Meant To Stray
6. Summer’s End
7. Reality Sad
8. The Cure
9. …For Happiness

THE CURE FOR HAPPINESS will be available as digital download and the CD only at Rock N Growl Records: http://www.rockngrowl.com/

Now it’s time to rewrite the history! The band’s sixth album, THE CURE FOR HAPPINESS, will be the heaviest record in the band’s career! The waiting is finally over, The Funeral Band is back!

The band’s lineup will consist of Giada “Jada” Etro – lead vocals, Berislav “Bero” Poje – vocals & lead guitar, Matija Rempesic – guitar, Marta Batinic – violin, Luka Petrovic – bass guitar, and Sasa Vukosav – drums.

Ashes You Leave was formed back in ’95 all the odds were against them. Back in those days dreaming about music success in war torn Croatia was just one step from being classified as a lunatic. A few young doom metal fans had a different idea. They actually decided to beat the odds and formed, what later became the biggest Croatian metal band of all times — Ashes You Leave.


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-Tombstone Highway Debut Album Details Revealed

Italy’s Southern hard rock act Tombstone Highway is to release a debut studio album entitled RURALIZER on the February 26th, 2013 in Europe/UK and March 19th, 2013 in the USA on Agonia Records. Album details are available below.

The music of Tombstone Highway is a classic blend of feisty stoner/Southern rock and doom metal, with catchy guitar solos and old-school heavy metal parts that may remind of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Corrison Of Conformity, Pride And Glory, Down, Black Sabbath, or even ZZ Top riffage. Apart from hard rock instruments, the band uses also a banjo and Hammond organs.

RURALIZER will consist of eight original songs and a cover of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen,” with a playing time of almost 50 minutes and will be made available on digi-pak CD and digital download. It was recorded at Elfo Studios by Daniele Mandelli, who is also in charge of mix and mastering.

The band commented: “We’re very proud of how the album came out, and we strongly believe it’s the perfect way to begin our legacy. People into heavy, ballsy Southern-tinged hard rock should take note!”

Three songs from RURALIZER can be heard at Tombstone Highway’s Reverb Nation profile at http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/1814120 .

Track list of RURALIZER:
1. Old Blood
2. Acid Overlord
3. Graveyard Blues
4. Hellfire Rodeo
5. Ruralizer
6. Bite The Dust (And Bleed)
7. At The Bitter End
8. Mississippi Queen*
9. Hangman’s Friend

*Mountain cover

Tombstone Highway Facebook:

Agonia Records

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-Kilmara: Video Footage From Demos Recording Sessions

Spanish heavy metallers Kilmara posted a video from the demos recording sessions of the new album LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES online. Kilmara will travel to Slovakia, December 2nd in order to finish recordings of the band’s third record at Grapow Studios with Mr. Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween). The video can be streamed using the YouTube player below:

The album release of LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES is scheduled for early 2013.

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.


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-Do You Like Australian Heavy Music?

Australia’s only dedicated 24/7 online rock/metal radio station AndrewHaug.com was officially launched this week.

The station is now accepting music submissions from signed & unsigned bands. Find all the information at http://andrewhaug.com/contact/ .

This station pays royalty licence fees, please support the artists, buy their music!

The station has also just released its very own iPhone app so you can take the station with you wherever you may roam:


Other smartphone users can download the Free TuneIn App by searching AndrewHaug.com:


For Advertising contact ads@andrewhaug.com
For General Enquiries contact info@andrewhaug.com

Official YouTube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/AndrewHaugRadio
Official Twiiter Page – http://twitter.com/AndrewHaugRadio

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-NameSame To Finish Off 2012 With A Tour Trek With R5

Currently On Tour With Everclear And Eve6

Debut Album BORDERS & FENCES Out Now On Imagen Records

“Rock was meant to be an escape and medium to get off on and NameSake is all over that. Their debut, BORDERS & FENCES, is a massive release that does not conform to your run of the mill expectations for bands, Imagen took the right chance on them and now they will be your fav new band”
–The In Crowd

Imagen Records band NameSake has had a monumental year with the release of their debut album BORDERS & FENCES produced by James Paul Wisner (Paramore, Underoath, New Found Glory) and national tours with Allstar Weekend, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Sparks The Rescue, Eve6, and Everclear to name a few. Now the band is excited to end 2012 with a trek of dates with R5 kicking off on December 18 at New York’s Highline Ballroom.

NameSake is: Will Crafton (singer), Brad Wagner (guitar), Troy Harmon (guitar), Seth Van Dusen (bass) and Kevin Nordeste (drums).

The band’s DIY resolve has not gone unnoticed; Substream Music Press said “NameSake will accomplish great things by continuing on their current path. This band proves that nothing stands in the way of determination,” and Melodic says their debut album is “energy filled Pop/Rock ready for the charts” while Guitar International calls it “raw emotion” and Pure Volume said “they work through each thoughtful verse with thunderous percussion, massive guitar riffs, deeply melodic vocals and an unwavering sense of spirit.”

With their distinctive mix of edgy, punk, and power pop NameSake could be on the verge of altering the punk pop genre.

See them live with Everclear and Eve6:
11/28 – Club LA, Destin, FL
11/29 – Culture Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/30 – Freebird, Jacksonville, FL
12/1 – Beacham Theater, Orlando, FL
12/2 – Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
12/5 – Emporium, Patchague, NY
12/6 – Rams Head, Baltimore, MD
12/7 – Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
12/9 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA

With Eve6:
12/10 – The Note, Philadelphia, PA
12/11 – Up Or On The Rocks, Hartford, CT

With R5:
12/18 – Highline Ballroom, NYC, NY
12/19 – The Fillmore, Washington, DC
12/21 – Capitol Theater, Clearwater, FL
12/22 – Plaza Theater, Orlando, FL
12/23 – Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
12/26 – Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
12/28 – TLA, Philadelphia, PA
12/29 – Encore Events Center, Freehold, NJ
12/30 – Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
12/31 – First Night Festival, Syracuse, NY


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-The Devil: Self-Titled Debut Available Now

The self-titled debut full-length from London-based cinematic metal sextet The Devil is out now worldwide via Candlelight Records. Recently underworld music portal The Obelisk hosted an exclusive stream of a new track from THE DEVIL, the ominous “Alternative Dimensions.” Listen in at this location:


Earlier this year, The Devil launched the album campaign via two select videos, which have received over a half a million hits via YouTube thus far. View the visual depictions of “Universe” and “Extinction Level Event” and more on the mysterious musical collective right here:


Not a typical metal band, the anonymous masked and cloaked musicians which embody The Devil combine traditional/classic heavy metal with select historical, political, and conspiracy-laden oracles, presenting a cinematic soundscape that is sure to strike the fancy of the curious. The 13-track album was crafted at six different recording studios and possesses a sound that is unlike any other you will encounter.

Two songs from THE DEVIL have already been tapped for soundtrack inclusion; “Extinction Level Event” was licensed to the upcoming film “E.S.P.,” expected before the end of 2012, and “Divinorium” has been licensed to the upcoming film “The Fury.” “The Fury” is being directed by James Colmer (“Superman Returns,” “House Of Wax,” “See No Evil”) and features Erica Leerhsen (“Blair Witch Project,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) and is expected early 2013.

“…a debut album of dark, cinematic metal that’s rife with political and conspiracy-theory overtones.” – Alarm Magazine

“The masked band are committed to mystery even to the point of remaining instrumental, letting various samples do the talking for them throughout THE DEVIL’s 13 component tracks, which vary some in approach but stick largely to a cinematic style touching on the dramas of ’90s Euro doom.” – The Obelisk

“The Devil has clearly scrawled a crooked left hand path.” – Metal Review

“With the Dystopian heavy narrative and chaotic creation this is defiantly an album to give a listen to if searching for a new style.” – Metal Rules


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-Demon Lung Signs To Candlelight

Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of Demon Lung. The Las Vegas-based quartet, featuring guitarist Phil Burns, bassist Patrick Warren, drummer Jeremy Brenton, and vocalist Shanda Fredrick, is scheduled to begin recording of their full-length debut at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California with producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire, Eyehategod) in the coming weeks. It is anticipated for a Spring 2013 release date.

Metal Hammer called the band’s self-released four-song demo PAREIDOLIA, “earthy yet horror-themed doom metal a la Candlemass with an Acrimony Groove.” The magazine calls Fredrick a “wild-eyed, satanic songstress.” Popular music and film site Ave Noctum notes, “Demon Lung has a deft touch and solid sound. Their music is clearly from the soul. Fair to say they are a welcomed addition to the ranks of the doomed.” Teeth Of The Divine adds, “Fredrick has the requisite sultry pipes that keep a steady, hazy tone. She has a deep, bluesy voice that fits the languid music perfectly.”

The band comments, “we are very honored to join the Candlelight roster. To be included among such talented artists is very humbling, and we thank the great people at Candlelight for giving us the opportunity.”

Demon Lung has shared the stage alongside Pentagram, High On Fire, Jucifer, Witch Mountain, and Castle and will resume performing once recording has been completed.

A video for the song “Lament Code” is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5y39x8-dhI . The clip was directed by Dustin Mills, the mastermind behind The Puppet Monster Massacre.


-Guitarist Warren Appleby (Blacktask, River Eden) has his new holiday CD SNOWBOUND on sale through December 24. Nab it for $5.00 at CD Baby, http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/warrenappleby5 . Individual tracks are available there for 79 cents each. See http://www.warrenappleby.com/ for more.

-The lyric video for Bullet’s “Running Away,” the second single from FULL PULL, is online at http://youtu.be/sPIiBXetw74 . Check out a new band interview from Germany’s “RockInvasion TV” at http://www.rockinvasion.de/video/bullet . See http://www.bullet.nu/ for more.

-The CARNIVAL OF SOUNDS II sampler is available for free download at http://www.carnivalofsounds.com/ . Track list: In Flames – “Ropes,” The Devin Townsend Project – “Lucky Animals,” Stealing Axion – “Solar,” 7 Horns 7 Eyes – “Divine Amnesty,” Nachtmystium – “Silencing Machine,” Napalm Death – “The Wolf I Feed,” Paradise Lost – “Crucify,” Fozzy – “Blood Happens,” Jeff Loomis – “The Ultimatum,” Destiny Potato – “Dark Side Of You,” Monuments – “97% Static,” Vildhjarta – “Shadow,” Borknagar – “The Earthling,” 3 Inches Of Blood – “Leather Lord,” Iced Earth – “Dystopia,” Geoff Tate – “Take A Bullet.”

-Great White’s official video for “Hard To Say Goodbye,” from ELATION, is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bocMlqKxNIg .

-A free promotional CD of Halford – LIVE IN LONDON is included with any order of $18 or more at http://www.EMASMerchandise.com/ .

-A short teaser clip for Kreator’s “Civilization Collapse” 7″ single and music video is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nLMlBM4IDI . The band is touring Europe now behind PHANTOM ANTICHRIST, and the December 1 show in Berlin will be broadcast live at 10:00 p.m. CET via Spiegel Online ( http://www.spiegel.de/ ) and TapeTV ( http://www.tape.tv/ ). Check out the broadcast trailer at http://www.tape.tv/vid/374221 . See http://www.kreator-terrorzone.de/ for more.

-A live clip of Nightwish featuring Floor Jansen (ReVamp, ex-After Forever) performing “I Want My Tears Back” is online at http://youtu.be/GCm2WTrAfCk . The video comes from the band’s November 10 showcase at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. See http://www.nightwish.com/ for more.

-Novella is the new side project of All Else Fails singer/guitarist Barrett Klesko, and the new video for “The Whispers In The Night” is online at http://youtu.be/9pYLL08evxU . Novella also features All Else Fails drummer Shane Tym; Klesko and Tym filmed and directed thhe video, and the project’s debut album is due in 2013. See https://www.facebook.com/Novellaplaysmusic for more.

-Check out samples of all the tracks from Michael Schenker’s TEMPLE OF ROCK – LIVE IN EUROPE at http://temple-of-rock-live.com/cd-bluray-dvd-en/#deluxe_edition . See http://www.michaelschenkerhimself.com/ for more.

-Trick Or Treat’s RABBIT’S HILL PT. 1 is out now via Metalville. The band features singer Alessandro Conti (Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody), guitarists Luca Cabri and Guido Benedetti, bassist Leone Villani Conti, and drummer Luca Setti. The 12-track disc is a concept album based on Richard Adams’ novel “Watership Down.” Track list: “Dawn Of Times,” “Prince With A 1,000 Enemies,” “Spring In The Warren,” “Premonition,” “Wrong Turn,” “False Paradise,” “Between Anger And Tears,” “Rabbits’ Hill,” “The Tale Of Rowsby Woof,” “Sassospasso,” “I’ll Come Back For You,” “Bright Eyes.” Hype: “2012, Trick Or Treat are a crazy bunch of musicians: they are one tight power metal band and they sure deliver the goods on stage, but they also like to share some fun with their audience — that’s why everybody loves them.” Check out an album trailer at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=37668 , and see http://www.hipband.net/TrickOrTreat/ for more.

-Vicious Rumors’ new live album LIVE YOU TO DEATH is out now via SPV. Track list: “Replicant/Digital Dictator,” “Minute To Kill,” “Murderball,” “Lady Took A Chance (intro)/Down To The Temple,” “Abandoned,” “Let The Garden Burn,” “Hellraiser,” “Soldiers Of The Night,” “Don’t Wait For Me,” “Sign Of The Southern Cross” (studio), “Running Wild” (studio). Hype: “The legendary US metal band Vicious Rumors are back with a thundering new live CD called LIVE YOU TO DEATH. The power of the band’s live show is now finally caught on CD. 2011 was the year the band stormed European stages with their highly acclaimed studio album RAZORBACK KILLERS playing 92 shows in 12 months! This new live album was recorded last December on the European tour with the mighty HammerFall. It features eleven songs, nine classics, and two very special studio recordings of ‘Sign Of The Southern Cross’ (Black Sabbath) and ‘Running Wild’ (Judas Priest). Vicious Rumors is known for their wicked live performance and LIVE YOU TO DEATH captures the fire and energy of Vicious Rumors live and in your face. This live CD is a high speed hammer that’s razor sharp!” See http://www.viciousrumors.com/ for more.

-Check out a “Retro Recommendation” feature on NWOBHM band White Spirit’s self-titled 1980 release — featuring guitarist Janick Gers — at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/I02%5B .

Thanks to Jon Asher, Chad Bowar, Dan Marsicano, and Music Buy Mail for help gathering some of this information.

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