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Detritus Issue #631

Issue #631
Week of December 3, 2012

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-I’ve been on an old Gamma Ray kick. Why? Who knows? These things just sort of happen to me. – Tim

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-Iconic Rock Front Man Sebastian Bach To Release DVD / Live CD Package: ABACHALYPSE NOW Due Out In Spring Via Frontiers Records

Legendary rock vocalist Sebastian Bach is currently working on the upcoming release of a brand new DVD/live CD package: ABACHALYPSE NOW is scheduled for release in Spring, 2013 via Frontiers Records. The DVD/CD includes never-before-seen footage from this year’s GrasPop Festival in Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France, and the fully re-mixed and re-mastered Club Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV). The exact track listing and table of contents is forthcoming. Bach commented, “I am so excited for all of you to witness and experience ABACHALYPSE NOW. We have included three recent concerts and the footage is totally kickass! It’s re-mixed and re-mastered for full audio and video quality. The performances and energy of the crowds are killer throughout the DVD and you really feel like you are at the shows. Prepare yourselves for the coming ABachalypse — now!”

Sebastian Bach’s latest album, KICKING & SCREAMING, was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter) and debuted in the Top 75 of the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Outburn declared, “Sebastian Bach delivers a balls out gang of mountainous hooks, titanic grooves, and straight down the middle hard rock,” while Revolver avowed, “Bach’s voice is in particularly fine form on KICKING & SCREAMING, boasting more color and range than most…” Bach was recently named one of the 100 greatest living rock stars by Revolver.

Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/song writer/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a FIVE-season recurring role on the CW’s hit series “Gilmore Girls,” starring roles on Broadway (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and national touring companies (“Jesus Chris Superstar”), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.

Bach on the web:

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-Jeff Scott Soto: DAMAGE CONTROL In Europe 2013

It doesn’t take too long for news to break in the music business and already the social media is beginning to buzz with details of a forthcoming tour by American melodic Rock Star Jeff Scott Soto — his first full European tour since 2009. Although it’s been in the planning for months, the singer’s organization is only now ready to release the outline of what promises to be a stunning road trip right around Europe.

Details of some venues are yet to be announced but what follows is the tour listing (check Jeff’s website http://www.jeffscottsoto.com/ ):

04/04/2013 Thursday – UK – Belfast – The Empire (TBC)
05/04/2013 Friday – UK – Birmingham – The Asylum
06/07/2013 Saturday – UK – London – Camden Underworld
07/04/2013 Sunday – UK – Rotherham – Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival
11/04/2013 Thursday – NL – Kerkrade – Rock Temple
12/04/2013 Friday – NL – Vosselaar – Biebob
13/04/2013 Saturday – DE – Hamburg – Headbangers Ballroom (TBA)
16/04/2013 Tuesday – DE – Essen – Turock
17/04/2013 Wednesday – FR – Cergy Vaureal (Paris) – Le Forum
19/04/2013 Friday – DE – Lichtenfels – Paunchy Cats
20/04/2013 Saturday – HU – Budapest – Club 202
22/04/2013 Monday – SRB – (TBC) – (TBC)
24/04/2013 Wednesday – BG – Sofia – (TBC)
25/04/2013 Thursday – GR – Thessaloniki – 8ball
26/04/2013 Friday – GR – Athens – Kyttaro Live
29/04/2013 Monday – IT – Milan – Blue Rose Saloon
02/05/2013 Thursday – ES – Barcelona – Sala Razzmatazz 3
03/05/2013 Friday – ES – Valladolid – Sala Porta Caeli
04/05/2013 Saturday – ES – Santiago de Compastella – Sala Capitol
05/05/2013 Sunday – ES – Madrid – Sala Caracol

Jeff will be touring with the most recent band lineup comprising: Jorge Salán (Guitar), Fernando Mainer (Bass), “BJ” (Guitar/Keys and vocals) and Edu Cominato (Drums/Vocals) and will be showcasing his current solo album, DAMAGE CONTROL, as well as tracks from across his solo and front man roles right across his outstanding career.

Also, Frontiers Records has officially issued the third and final video from the DAMAGE CONTROL album, “NeverEnding War.” The song was written by JSS and Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger) and also features Jeff’s son Jason and stepdaughter Grace within the contents of the video. Click the link below to enjoy the clip:

To add to the excitement of this particular tour, the majority of dates will be supported by none other than his guitarist Jorge Salan’s solo trio as well as an exciting new band from Athens, Greece called Danger Angel!

Soto recorded vocals to one of Salán’s songs on the CHRONICLES OF AN EVOLUTION album back in 2007, which is what led to bringing him into JSS’s band, and Jorge’s newest album, SEXTO ASALTO (Sixth Assault) will be available along with his other releases at each show. To watch the latest video/single “Cero 16,” visit http://www.jorgesalan.com/ .

Danger Angel came to Jeff’s attention back in 2009 when he was asked to participate on a track for their 2010 debut album. The band parted ways with their vocalist and brought in a more prominent vocalist named “MT” to help them find a new direction and focus, recruiting Soto to produce their follow-up album, REVOLUTIA, of which Jeff was “beyond proud to be a part.” Jeff also sings most of the backing vocals on the album as well as sharing some lead vocals on the single “When I’m Gone.” Visit http://www.dangerangelband.com/ for more details about this upcoming new band.

It is with great pride that Jeff is “presenting” these two acts as a sort of “Soto-palooza” road show in which he implores: “EVERYONE to be on time for a great night of music and many surprises throughout the show, it will be an evening of great rock ‘n roll, fun and memories so get there at the time the venues say to get there!!”

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-HammerFall’s GATES OF DALHALLA Out Now!

Today is the release of the new HammerFall Live DVD/2CD, Blu-Ray/2CD GATES OF DALHALLA.

It is an extraordinary 135 minutes long 15-year anniversary show that took place on the 28th of July on the historic open-air stage Dalhalla, built in an old quarry near the small Swedish village Rättvik.

Prominent guests included original HammerFall lineup members Jesper Strömblad and Mikael Stanne, as well as ex-guitarist Stefan Elmgren, among others, which made the show unforgettable — also for the musicians themselves.

The DVD was recorded and directed by Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, Children Of Bodom, In Flames, a.o.). It will be released as a DVD/2CD and Blu-Ray/2CD.

German iM1 – TV will broadcast a 1-hour special about the DVD on the following dates:
December, 13th (22.00 – 23.00 CET)
December 18th to 19th (00.00 – 01.00 CET)

1st Trailer: http://youtu.be/Z_NpPKYDuHs
2nd Trailer: http://youtu.be/6xBq9SGDT5E

Video Clip “Threshold”: http://youtu.be/0ntbExKqZuk
Video Clip “HammerFall”: http://youtu.be/BF-WYdnCB1Q

Songpier: http://songpier.com/hammerfall

Free MP3: HammerFall – “Threshold” (live)

HammerFall Desktop Wallpapers, Screensaver, and Firefox persona:


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-Avantasia: Legendary Kiss Guitarist Bruce Kulick Plays On The New CD!

To rock fans and musicians alike he made himself a name as the guitarist of Meat Loaf during the BAT OUT OF HELL tour in 1978. After that he also joined Michael Bolton, but it wasn’t until the mid eighties that he gained worldwide notoriety by joining Kiss during their unmasked era for a relationship that was to last 12 years. In those years he put his lead guitar stamp on hits such as “Crazy, Crazy Nights” and “God Gave Rock And Roll To You II.” We’re speaking about the one and only: Bruce Kulick!

Bruce has just been in the studio to record some lead guitar tracks for the forthcoming Rock Opera of Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia project, due in March 2013. Bruce had already appeared on the previous Avantasia album while Tobias sang guest vocals on Bruce’s last solo album BK3, which also featured guests such as Gene Simmons of Kiss and Steve Lukather of Toto.

Tobias says: “Bruce and I have been friends for some years now, he is a lovely person and an amazing guitarist. It was really obvious I would ask him to come on board for Avantasia once again. Two of the tracks he plays on are more than 10 minutes long, and they include screaming and whammy-bar driven stuff as well as anthemic Meat Loafish type melodies. I love it because it’s got such an old school quality, and Bruce just has it! Class act!”

Avantasia will also hit the stages again in April 2013, right after the release of the new CD.
Tobias’ tour management is currently working on a headlining indoor tour for Avantasia in April. They will also play a few chosen summer festivals, and a South American and Asian tour is planned for late summer.

Tobias comments: “I know I once said we weren’t gonna do it again, but then I don’t see a reason to let this die. I wanna put on the biggest thing you have ever seen, I wanna bring more vocalists, play longer shows, and just make it a giant Rock Opera. I love to headline festivals, you run over people in 90 minutes and kick ass. But I also like to do our own Avantasia indoor tour because we can make it much more Avantasia oriented and play almost three hours without caring about anything else but Avantasia. So we said, we have to do a giant indoor tour as well, and it’s going to happen in April. I am so looking forward to it. The stage designer has just showed me his stage and light design, and it looks absolutely killer. It will be huge. 2013 will be a major year for Avantasia, and people don’t have a clue how big things are actually going to be! I am very excited — the album will be amazingly epic, and the tour will be too!”


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-Testament Announces US Headlining Tour!

Bay Area thrash metal legends, Testament, are proud to announce their first US headlining tour since their phenomenal chart success with their new album, DARK ROOTS OF EARTH. The trek promises to be one of the best thrash metal lineups of the year, with support coming from the world renowned Overkill and Flotsam And Jetsam, as well as Australian thrashers 4ARM.

“It’s a thrill to announce our upcoming dates with Overkill and Flotsam And Jetsam,” commented guitarist Alex Skolnick. “It’s a tour that brings together three different metal bands from three different regions: West Coast, East Coast, and Southwest. All three bands sound very different from one another yet are highly compatible. All have been around the block (and the world) a few times and all have managed to keep a sound that feels current. This tour will be a ‘must see’ for fans who remember the early days of thrash/speed metal as well as those whose age is younger than the genre itself.”

30.01. USA San Francisco – The Filmore*
31.01. USA Anaheim – House Of Blues*
01.02. USA Tempe – The Marquee*
02.02. USA Hollywood – House Of Blues*
04.02. USA Albuquerque – Sunshine Theater*
05.02. USA Austin – Emo’s
06.02. USA Houston – House Of Blues
07.02. USA Dallas – House Of Blues
09.02. USA Atlanta – Masquerade
10.02. USA Charlotte – The Filmore
12.02. USA Silver Spring – The Filmore
13.02. USA Philadelphia – Trocadero
14.02. USA New York – Best Buy Theatre
15.02. USA Huntington – The Paramount
16.02. USA Worcester – The Palladium
17.02. USA Buffalo – Town Ballroom
18.02. CDN Toronto – Phoenix Concert Theatre
20.02. USA Cincinnati – Bogart’s
21.02. USA Grand Rapids – The Intersection
22.02. USA Milwaukee – The Rave
23.02. USA Minneapolis – First Avenue
25.02. USA Denver – The Summit Music Hall
26.02. USA Salt Lake City – In The Venue
27.02. USA Reno – Knitting Factory
28.02. USA Sacramento – Ace Of Spades


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-Jorn Goes SYMPHONIC Offering His Fans A New Retrospective On His Career

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of a very special album from Jorn entitled SYMPHONIC on January 25th in Europe and January 22nd in North America.

SYMPHONIC is not a proper new album, but rather a selection of tracks taken from Jorn’s previous studio releases, which have been carefully selected by the Norwegian singer himself and painstakingly re-mixed in order to add a grandiose classical orchestra arrangement to the existing Hard Rock structure.

“I didn’t want to choose the most obvious Jorn songs, as I didn’t want this album to come out as a typical ‘best of’ release,” explains the Norwegian singer. “Some songs that are not too typical in a Jorn context, were chosen simply because some great songs often tend to be forgotten and therefore deserve a second chance.”

Tracks like “I Came To Rock,” “Burn Your Flame,” and “Behind The Clown” especially are presented in a very intriguing and different new dressing, which enhances the variety and depth of Jorn’s classic song writing and performance style. In Jorn’s words: “‘I Came To Rock,’ might now even remind the listener of a Broadway musical, not coming from a heavy rock band like Jorn. The new version of ‘Behind The Clown’ shows how much as a young boy I have been fascinated by Kate Bush. ‘Burn Your Flame’ instead came out really fresh and different, compared to the original version on SPIRIT BLACK from 2009.”

SYMPHONIC also includes an unreleased track: a cover version of Dio’s “Rock And Roll Children.” “I hope you will enjoy the album and maybe you will even rediscover some songs you had forgotten…” concludes Jorn.

SYMPHONIC track listing includes:
1. I Came To Rock
2. Rock And Roll Children
3. The World I See
4. Burn Your Flame
5. Man Of The Dark
6. My Road
7. Time To Be King
8. Black Morning
9. Like Stone In Water
10. Vision Eyes
11. War Of The World
12. Behind The Clown
13. A Thousand Cuts
14. The Mob Rules


The first single off the album “I Came To Rock” can be exclusively listened in streaming on the Frontiers Records webradio. Tune in at http://www.frontiers.it/webradio .

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-British Hard Rock Super-Group Snakecharmer Debuts With A Self-Titled Album On Frontiers In January

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Snakecharmer’s self-titled debut album on January 25th in Europe and January 22nd in North America.

Originally founded in 2011 by former Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray, the Snakecharmer super-group also includes Chris Ousey (Heartland), Laurie Wisefield (ex-Wishbone Ash, Tina Turner), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne), and Harry James (Thunder). With members gigging record breaking tours, earning double platinum selling albums, and playing to crowds of 100,000.

“I met up with Neil Murray a couple of years ago and we spoke about playing a few gigs together for fun and old times’ sake,” says Micky Moody. “The obvious choice was early Whitesnake material, so when Neil suggested Laurie Wisefield and Harry James I jumped at it. Chris Ousey was highly recommended and Adam had depped for Company Of Snakes some years back. We went out as Monsters Of British Rock mostly performing the songs of early Whitesnake, Thunder, Heartlands, and a Laurie Wisefield original, and we caught the attention of Martin Darvill, head of QEDG Management, who suggested we record an album of original material, which we did. The result is Snakecharmer on the Frontiers label.”

Musically this debut album is everything you would expect from musicians with such a pedigree: a finely crafted Hard Rock album with Blues and Melodic overtones, akin to Whitesnake (1979-81 era), Bad Company, and with hints of early Foreigner as well.

“The songs on our debut album reflect the kind of music that the members of the band want to play, which is melodic rock with a blues influence,” adds Neil Murray. “Each of us has played many different styles of music, and our influences are varied, but Snakecharmer originally came together to play mainly early Whitesnake songs, so that is our starting point. There wasn’t a deliberate plan to write songs in a particular style; each song on the album started as a basic idea by one or two band members, and if the other guys were enthusiastic about the idea, then the song would be worked up into a finished song.”

Snakecharmer’s debut album is therefore shaping up as an unmissable purchase for the classic Hard Rock lovers. You can enjoy the band’s EPK following the link below:

SNAKECHARMER track listing includes the following songs:
1. My Angel
2. Accident Prone
3. To The Rescue
4. Falling Leaves
5. A Little Rock & Roll
6. Turn Of The Screw
7. Smoking Gun
8. Stand Up
9. Guilty As Charged
10. Nothing To Lose
11. Cover Me In You
12. White Boy Blues (bonus track)


The first song off the album “Accident Prone” can be exclusively listened to, streamed on the Frontiers Records web-radio. Tune in at http://www.frontiers.it/webradio/ .

Chris Ousey – lead vocals
Micky Moody – guitar, slide guitar, vocals
Laurie Wisefield – guitar, vocals
Adam Wakeman – keyboards, vocals
Neil Murray – bass
Harry James – drums, vocals

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-Upcoming Releases From Doolittle Group

Artist: Golden Resurrection
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Neoclassical Power Metal
Catalog #: LRCD0014
EAN: 7320470167137
Copyright: 2012 Doolittle Group
Label: Liljegren Records | Doolittle Group
Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 18. January 2013

Official Artist Website:

Track List:
1. The Temple Will Remain (4:54)
2. Spirit War (5:06)
3. One Voice For The Kingdom (3:58)
4. Night Light (5:12)
5. Golden Resurrection (5:12)
6. Can’t Slow Down (4:50)
7. Heavenly Metal (4:04)
8. God’s Mercy (4:02)
9. Born For The Strangers (5:57)
10. Moore Lord (5:46)

Christian Liljegren – Vocals
Tommy ReinXeed – Guitars & Vocals
Steven K – Bass
Alfred Fridhagen – Drums
Svenne Jansson – Keyboards

Golden Resurrection is one of the leading neoclassical power metal band today! Featuring members from Narnia, DivineFire, Audiovision and ReinXeed. For fans of: Yngwie Malmsteen, Stratovarius, Dio, Rainbow, Rob Rock, Impellitteri, and Narnia.

“With the third studio album we wanted to present a more “in your face” metal approach than before,” Christian says. “With the new lineup in MK 3 we had all the possibilities to succeed,” he continues. With this newly found energy the recording sessions started in July 2012.

And the third album is for real, ONE VOICE FOR THE KINGDOM brings in more of the neoclassical power metal elements than ever before. “We found back to the sound and melodies from GLORY TO MY KING without having to re-use anything,” Tommy explains.

“We have had opportunities to try out some of the new material as well,” Christian continues. “We have done a few shows just for the fun of it and the audience has given us great support.”

The response from media, over Golden Resurrection MK 3 live, has been “neoclassical power metal in the finest form,” “Extremely competent,” and “What a performance.”

Now, with a powerful show and great songs — including excellent guitar solos, drum solos, and keyboard solos — together with Christian’s powerful voice and stage presence — This is the perfect metal show!

The band has tried to invent musical influences from neoclassical and power metal legends such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Pretty Maids, Stryper, Rainbow, Helloween, Stratovarius, Masterplan, and Gary Moore.

One major thing to improve the sound production on ONE VOICE FOR THE KINGDOM comparing to previous albums was to involve Ronny Milianowicz in the album mix. He has worked with many artists, such as: Primal Fear, Cans, HammerFall, Michael Kiske (Helloween), Amon Amarth, Wolf, Dionysus, Fergie Fredriksen (Toto), Saint Deamon, and many many more.

What also makes the album unique today is that there are no triggers at all on the drum kit. We were looking for a powerful, natural, acoustic drum sound.

“Well, when you have Alfred behind the drums, you don’t really need to correct anything after the recording session, so the trigger’s rendered obsolete…” Tommy laughs.

“The whole album is metal ‘in your face’ and we tried to deliver the energy and fire that Golden Resurrection is all about on the stage, live,” Christian says.

In September 2012 the band also made an agreement with personal manager to get to the next step.

Golden Resurrection are now very excited for the new chapter of the band’s history.

The album will be released in Japan on November 21st – 2012, in Japan. The release for the rest of the world will be January 18th – 2013.

The Golden Resurrection story continues…

Artist: Lancer
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Melodic Metal
Catalog #: DOOCD004
EAN: 7320470167120
Copyright: 2012 Doolittle Group
Label: Doolittle Group
Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 18. January 2013

Official Artist Website:

Track List:
1. Purple Sky (4:08)
2. The Exiled (5:41)
3. Young And Alive (4:43)
4. Seventh Angel (7:25)
5. Don’t Go Changing (3:56)
6. Dreamchasers (3:33)
7. Mr. Starlight (5:11)
8. Deja Vu (5:22)
9. Between The Devil And The Deep (6:42)

Isak Stenvall – Vocals
Peter Ellström – Guitar
Fredrik Kelemen – Guitar
Emil Öberg – Bass
Sebastian Pedernera – Drums

Classic melodic heavy metal in the vein of Iron Maiden, Helloween & Gamma Ray.

With the EP PURPLE SKY, Lancer invaded the Swedish metal scene, during the spring of 2012. The love and passion for melodic metal was obvious, and fans of Iron Maiden, Helloween, and Gamma Ray were not disappointed!

The five guys in the band met at the Music Academy of Ingesund, Arvika in Sweden back in 2009, and the common interest for metal made it unavoidable to form the band.

Ever since then Lancer have performed at several pubs and Swedish festivals, collected the top-position in a Swedish competition for unsigned bands in 2011.

With an energetic show and technical brilliance on stage these young rockers leave no one untouched. Through the positive response in reviews world wide, the PURPLE SKY EP rendered in a record deal with Swedish label Doolittle Group AB managed by the well-known metal vocalist Christian Liljegren (Golden Resurrection, ex-Narnia).

By Jan. 18th 2013 (Dec. 26th 2012 in Japan) their self-titled debut album, produced by Tommy ReinXeed and mixed by Ronny Milianowicz, will be released and the band will set out to conquer the power metal scene!

The sound of Lancer is often compared to a mix between Iron Maiden and Helloween with a little touch of the typical Swedish melodic metal sound.

Lancer’s image stands out from the crowd with futuristically designed metal costumes mixed with a large amount of the ’80s metal scene, along with an armed battle ostrich as their mascot.

The vocalist Isak Stenvall has a very powerful and personal tone in his voice, inspired by Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween) and Joacim Cans (HammerFall). On stage he is an energetic and charismatic front figure that always spellbinds the audience.

The two guitarists Peter Ellström and Fredrik Kelemen form a perfect unit of heavy guitar riffing and innovative melody harmonies that brings an old fashioned heavy metal touch to the power metal sound.

The bass player Emil Öberg has an aggressive, technical, and fast style of performing, with a lot of inspiration from Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) to Dirk Schlächter (Gamma Ray). Emil’s bass figures bring a whole extra dimension to the sound of the band.

The drummer Sebastian Pedernera has his roots in the Swedish death metal scene but draws his inspiration from everything between extreme metal to Swedish underground jazz. His varied and forceful style of playing forms the very foundation which Lancer’s music stands upon.

The trademark of the band will always be the songs and their feeling for making hit melodies, over technical virtuosity.

Lancer brings new air to the power metal scene — keeping the spirit and legacy of European power metal alive, with well written songs, great musicians, and a fantastic live show!

Artist: Black Rose
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Melodic Hard Rock / Metal
Catalog #: DOOCD006
EAN: 7320470167151
Copyright: 2012 Doolittle Group
Label: Doolittle Group
Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 18. January 2013

Official Artist Website:

Track List:
1. My Enemies (4:11)
2. Rise Again (3:14)
3. Turn On The Night (4:00)
4. Never Let Me Down (3:21)
5. We Were Winners (5:14)
6. Hunter (3:05)
7. The Bold And The Beauty (4:29)
8. Busted (3:31)
9. Our Wisdom (3:48)

Peter Thederan – Vocals
Thomas Berg – Guitars
Anders Haga – Bass
Peter Haga – Drums

Scandinavian Metal in the vein of Pretty Maids, Malmsteen, Europe.

Black Rose was formed in 1990 in Fagersta, Sweden. After a couple of member changes the first year, the lineup was stable for almost ten years. Their debut album FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE was released by Bums Records in 1993. Black Rose played lots of gigs in Sweden and released a couple of mini-CDs and demos during the following years. In December 2001 Shark Records got in contact with the band and the self-titled CD was released late March 2002. The follow-up CD, entitled EXPLODE, was released in 2004. Both releases on Shark Records got great reviews. Late 2007 two new (well, Thomas is the original Black Rose guitarist, so he isn’t that new…) members joined: guitarist Thomas Berg and powerhouse vocalist Peter Thederan.

Black Rose opened for Fate, The Poodles, and Pain Of Salvation. Even a gig, backing up the lead guitarist from Europe, Kee Marcello was completed… And of course several headlining shows. The band started writing new songs and recorded nine tracks that were presented to Doolittle Group AB. Christian Liljegren (Golden Resurrection, Narnia, Audiovision, DivineFire, etc.), label manager at Doolittle, liked what he heard and a new record as well as management deal with DOT Music was signed. The brand new CD TURN ON THE NIGHT will be released in January 2013. Black Rose’s style of music has been constant, even through all different music trends that have come and gone. The style is Melodic Hard Rock/Metal, often compared to the likes of Rainbow, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Pretty Maids, Talisman, Pink Cream 69, and Europe.

Artist: No Possession Blues
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Blues Rock / Rockabilly
Catalog #: DOOCD005
EAN: 7320470167144
Copyright: 2012 Doolittle Group
Label: Doolittle Group
Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 18. January 2013

Official Artist Website:

Track List:
1. Final Nail In The Coffin (4:03)
2. Oil Pit Shuffle (3:06)
3. Pattern Ridge Blues (3:19)
4. Raising Hell (3:41)
5. Head In The Sand (2:28)
6. One Night Stand (4:09)
7. Give Away Grove (3:29)
8. Go It Bad (3:03)
9. Little Miss Right (5:37)
10. The Day I Die (3:39)
11. No Possession Blues (3:25)

Danne Pettersson – Lead Vocals, Harmonica, Rhythm Guitar
Micko Ylinikka – Lead Guitar
Mattias Vestlund – Bass, Vocals
Mikko Karppinen – Drums, Vocals

Jury’s Choice and People’s Choice at the Scandinavian Blues Contest!

No Possession Blues is a live blues/rock, rockabilly quartet based in Vaggeryd, Sweden. Founded in ’09 the band focus on live performances as well as writing their own brand of blues rock and aim to entertain anyone tired of the commercial scene.

The band members are:

Micko Ylinikka – lead guitar player from Vaggeryd. With a long history of music creation Micko has a writing and riff structure ability that pleases the ear, all thanks to his love for the Rolling Stones.

Second band member: Danne Pettersson – lead vocals, harmonica, and rhythm guitar. Born and raised in the Swedish north he started his musical career listening and playing down to earth Swedish folk music. Now an energetic entertainer, his stage persona is big and bold.

Third band member: Mikko Karppinen – drums and impulsive back ground shouting. He started his musical career by air drumming to AC/DC and listening to progressive rock and metal. Mikko had never played in a band before No Possession Blues but holds the rhythm section down with his influential styles.

Fourth and last band member: Mattias Vestlund – bass guitar and additional vocals. Even though he’s the youngest doesn’t mean he lacks the skills — especially when playing the bass. On his spare time he also loves to growl as front man of metal outfit Dethrone.

During the three years playing together the band has recorded two albums at their DIY headquarters, Oil Pit Studio.

The NPB live performance experience can be described as spreading a contagious energy to all who are listening and has become the essence and heart of No Possession Blues. To this date the band has played numerous gigs around Sweden, both headlining in various blues clubs or bars as well as supporting a variety of artists and bands including Peter Lundbladh, Sliding Slim & Jimmy Z, and Swedish rockers Graveyard.

In 2011 the band entered the Scandinavian Blues Contest which resulted in a double victory — Peoples Choice and The Jury’s Choice! The Jury’s feedback was: “A tight band who plays in a relaxed manner performing their music where they have fun on stage, which rubs off on the audience. The band has the ability to express their blues with genuine feeling, audience contact and energy without playing too loud.” This resulted in three amazing gigs. Two of them at the 2012 Mönsterås Blues & Roots Festival and later this year they got the privilege to go to the 2012 Blue Wave Festival in Binz, Germany — the biggest blues festival in Northern Germany.

In the fall of 2012 NPB signed a contract with Doolittle Group AB and Dot Music AB and got Lena Andersson (from Mönsterås Blues & Roots Festival) as the band’s personal manager. The upcoming album will be released in early 2013 worldwide with the future looking bright. Spread the word!

Doolitte Group AB
P.O. Box 1542
SE-701 15
Örebro, Sweden

DOT Music AB
Ph: +46-19-611 70 00

Sweden – Sound Pollution, Norway – VME, Finland – Supersounds, Denmark – VME, Germany/Austria – Rough Trade, Switzerland – Non Stop, Italy – Audioglobe, France – Soundworks, UK – Plastic Head, Poland – Mystic Productions, Czech Republic – Mystic Productions, Spain – Avispa, Benelux – Suburban, Greece – Sound Forge, Bulgaria – Wizzard, Russia – Soyuz, USA/Canada – Super D, South America – Hellion

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-Gotthard Update

Gotthard – Swiss Tour 2012!

At the conclusion of their successful “Firebirth” world tour, starting today Gotthard rock Switzerland!

30.11.12 CHUR, Stadthalle*
01.12.12 BERN, Expo Halle 4.1.*
06.12.12 LAUSANNE, Metropole**
07.12.12 WINTERTHUR, Eishalle Deutweg*
08.12.12 SURSEE, Stadthalle*

* Special Guest: The Answer; Opener: Fox
** Special Guest: The Answer

Real Emotions From Chile; Chilean Fans Give Gotthard A Clip!

Just in time for the start of the Swiss tour and on the last part of their successful “Firebirth” world tour 2012, Gotthard heats things up with “Give Me Real,” their new fan video!

What usually requires long days of shooting with countless takes was made in Chile in an afternoon “First Take.” The result is pure emotion! Like hardly any other clip it captures the magic between the band, fans, and live performance.

The video was shot spontaneously at the start of the Tour during the sound check. It was only the second show with singer Nic Maeder and is the fastest video shoot of the band’s history. The director from South America only needed one run-through. The film was shot in Chile, home of creative TV talent. In addition to the band, two known South American actors can be seen, the only 25-year-old Leon Bravo and the 24-year-old Paula Pardo.

“We were immediately enthusiastic about the idea when the director came up with the idea of making the clip on tour in Chile,” says bassist Marc Lynn. “We were all curious to shoot in South America and to work with a local team. Also the fact that we were on tour and did not have two whole days as usual for a video shoot but only a few hours in the afternoon, was an exciting challenge. We got to know a lot from the people there and their sweeping, spirited way of working.”

Link to video:

Winners: “I Shine With Gotthard” Contest

The Drum Orchestra Jenaz is the winner of “I Shine With Gotthard” competition. The five students and their teacher will make an appearance in front of the home crowd with their own version of “Shine” at the Gotthard concert in Chur.

Link to the “home visit” by Gotthard with Gibson Bus:


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-Overkill To Tour Scandinavia!

US thrash veterans Overkill have announced their first Scandinavia run in a long time, also including several dates in Finland where the band hasn’t really toured in almost 30 years.

Commented the band: “Well the wait is over… We are finally coming to Finland to do our first tour in almost 30 years of touring thru Europe and we could not be more psyched! We have done the Tuska Festival twice before and the crowds there were always tremendous. We are really looking forward to the entire Scandinavian tour and will be pulling out a bunch of old tunes as well as the new! See ya on tour!”


17 – Pakkahoune, Tampere, Finland
18 – Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
19 – Kerubi, Joensuu, Finland
20 – Club Teatria, Oulu, Finland
21 – Seinajoki, Rytmikojaamo, Finland
22 – Tapper, Tallin, Estonia
23 – Meina Piektdina, Riga, Latvia
24 – New York, Vilnius, Lithuania
25 – Proxima, Warsaw, Poland
26 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
27 – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
29 – Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden
30 – John Dee, Oslo, Norway

1 – Debaser Slussen, Stockholm, Sweden
2 – Karmoygeddon Festival, Haugesund, Norway
3 – Bluebox, Grimstad, Norway

Tickets will be on sale from Dec. 1, 2012 on.


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-Vanderbuyst: New LP From Dutch Trio Streaming Now; FLYING DUTCHMEN To See Release This Friday

In advance of its worldwide release this Friday, December 7th, the entire new FLYING DUTCHMEN album from raging rock trio Vanderbuyst is now streaming in its entirety via major Dutch website 3voor12.

Crank it up RIGHT HERE!

FLYING DUTCHMEN will hit be publicly available on CD, LP, and digital download this week by Germany’s Ván Records, also virtually responsible for discovering and releasing albums from The Devil’s Blood, The Ruins Of Beverast, Year Of The Goat, and others into the cult spotlight over the last decade, in addition to having released Vanderbuyst’s self-titled debut LP and sophomore album, IN DUTCH.

With the release of FLYING DUTCHMEN, Vanderbuyst continue their tireless quest to save the world from flaccid rock. Much like their ancestors before them, Jonkman, Van Esbroek, and Verbuyst have achieved an amazing feat of reclamation. Vanderbuyst have restored the heart and soul to hard rock without any gimmicks or ironic hipster attitude. This is the real deal.

“Vanderbuyst prove the classic hard rock genre can produce vibrant song writing in 2012… FLYING DUTCHMEN takes their sound even further up the class ladder than they’ve already established. 5.5/6” – Imhotep

“Vanderbuyst are such a good band I have hard time putting words to paper. If you were to look for a template for a classic rock power trio, this bunch are it.” – Blogcritics

“Vanderbuyst worked hard and made something I think is beyond their expectations. The Thin Lizzy influences — more than obvious — along with a touch of NWOBHM gave a catchy feeling to the songs while the dirty production add an old-school layer. 9/10” – Metal Kaoz

“One thing that strikes me about this record is the genuine virtuosity of the guitar solos, born out of rock n roll in general but every now and again some metal and some other genres rear their influence in the recordings bringing a vintage feel to the table, this will certainly appeal to Uli Jon Roth era-Scorpions fans.” – Ave Noctum

“…they succeed in creating catchy songs and minimize the risk of losing their audience during long musical intermezzos and endless jamming.” – Metalrage


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-Lance King’s Radio Show “The S.H.O.P.P.” Gets A UK Affiliate

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

In addition to being the owner of Nightmare Records and a singer Lance also hosts his own weekly syndicated radio show, “The S.H.O.P.P.” (Stellar Hour of Progressive Power). “The S.H.O.P.P.” is sponsored by Nightmare Records focusing on the artists on Nightmare and artists on other labels Nightmare distributes. The show features yet to be released albums, new releases, and some older things now and again. The Weekly show is replayed several times throughout the week on different stations; new shows start on Sundays. Since the show started originally on MetalExpressRadio as “The Sunday Hour Of Progressive Power,” it’s blossomed out to many other stations now, and continues to grow. For a list of affiliates click here:


Today Lance is pleased to announce that his show will now be syndicated in the UK on EKR Internet Radio, http://ekr.net/rockstream/ . The show will start airing Friday December 7th at 11:00 p.m. UK time and will re-air at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning UK time.

Lance is very excited to bring “The S.H.O.P.P.” to British audiences:

“I’m excited about getting an affiliate in Great Britain, it’s one of the places I spent a lot of time while in Balance Of Power, more so recording and hanging out, and exploring doing shows, but did a few of those too. EKR is an extremely pro-run Internet station, all those working there come from Broadcast backgrounds, and they’ve taken the best of what both mediums offer or have offered, and bring that to the listeners. Since they are Internet, they’re another international station for ‘The S.H.O.P.P.’ so one can hear it anywhere… (just a matter of time conversion computations) which we happen to have on our schedule pages to help (since it confuses the hell out of me personally haha).”

Lance’s Links!
http://tinyurl.com/LanceKingVox (Facebook)
http://tinyurl.com/S-H-O-P-P-Facebook (S.H.O.P.P. Facebook)

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-AFM Records News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

U.D.O.: European Chart Success For LIVE IN SOFIA; Re-Releases Of classic Albums In December!

LIVE IN SOFIA is ruling the European DVD charts, a.o. #4 in Germany, #7 in Sweden, and #1 (!) in Finland!

Another live clip (for the Accept classic “Screaming For A Love-Bite”) is available for streaming here now:

On December 7th a series of U.D.O. classic album re-releases will be unleashed, starting with MAN AND MACHINE, HOLY, SOLID, and NO LIMITS (all incl. bonus material). More titles to be re-issued in 2013.

Feuertanz Festival 2012: DVD Compilation Will Be Released On December 14th!

The Feuertanz Festival is one of the most popular and important middle-ages music festivals in Europe. Every year selected acts are invited to perform at Castle Abendburg in Germany, to amaze the crowd.

This year’s edition of the festival came up with Subway To Sally, Feuerschwanz, Mono Inc., Faun, Letzte Instanz, Coppelius, Vogelfrey, Saor Patrol, The Sandsacks, Ignis Fatuu, and Das Niveau, all featured on the new Feuertanz DVD 2012 which will be released on December 14th! The DVD contains three hours of material, including live recordings of all bands, interviews, and festival impressions.

Paradox: “Brutalize” Lyric Video Available!

On December 14th, German cult thrash force Paradox will release their new album TALES OF THE WEIRD.

A lyric video for the song “Brutalized” is available now:

nulldB: “Endzeit” Video Released!

They are Germany’s hot new Rock band: nulldB play versatile, heavy, groovy Rock/metal with German lyrics. On December 14th, the young talented band will release their new album ENDZEIT.

The video clip, filmed for the title track is available here:

Onslaught’s THE FORCE To Be Re-Released On November 30th!

Onslaught’s THE FORCE, undoubtedly one of THE thrash metal classic albums!

Now this genre milestone will be re-released because of the band’s 30th anniversary in 2013. All tracks are re-mastered and the album got a slightly changed cover artwork, too. THE FORCE re-release is out now!

AFM Records

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-Grand Magus & Enforcer On Tour Together With Angel Witch!

The Swedish heavy metal trio Grand Magus team up with the latest Nuclear Blast signing, the ultimate metal maniacs of Enforcer, to tour along with NWoNHM legend Angel Witch.

“Hellfire! 2013 starts with metal on metal. Can you take this? We will bring our latest album THE HUNT on the road and conquer Europe. Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Holland — be prepared for some mighty headbanging tunes and sweaty riffs. The Magus is thrilled to have our brothers from Angel Witch with us on this venture and Enforcer opening up the fight! Remember: Blood will stain the land — as the hunt will take command! See you all in February,” says JB of Grand Magus.

Olof Wikstrand of Enforcer continues: “After toured both Scandinavia and UK together it’s a big pleasure for us to join forces again with Angel Witch to set Europe in flames. This time joined as well by one of the most prominent Swedish metal bands, Grand Magus, gonna make this tour to something of the highlight of the year. With a new Enforcer album out we are gonna make sure to make our appearance something you’ve never seen before!”

Grand Magus’ THE HUNT, is out now on Nuclear Blast Records
Enforcer’s DEATH BY FIRE, will be out on February, 1st 2013, on Nuclear Blast Records

“Hunting Across Europe – Tour”
07.02. – D – Hamburg – Markthalle
08.02. – D – Berlin – C-Club
09.02. – D – Bochum – Matrix
10.02. – D – Stuttgart – Universum
12.02. – A – Vienna – Viper Room
13.02. – I – Milan – TBA
14.02. – D – Munich – Backstage
15.02. – CH – Aarau – Kiff
16.02. – D – Würzburg – Posthalle
17.02. – NL – Rotterdam – Baroeg

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-Enforcer: Sign With Nuclear Blast Records And Announce New Album!

The Swedish Heavy Metal bloodbrothers of Enforcer recently signed a new worldwide record deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Their new album is called DEATH BY FIRE and will be released on February 1st.

Band leader, vocalist, and guitar player Olof Wikstrand comments: “It feels great to finally have finished this long awaited third Enforcer record. Now with Nuclear Blast on board we’re gonna make sure to spread it to every corner of this planet. You can expect nothing but the total, self defining Enforcer record.”

Nuclear Blast head of A&R, Andy Siry says: “We’ve been following the career of Enforcer since their debut album, because from there on, they formed the spearhead of a new, young generation of traditionally influenced metal. We’re impressed by the band’s consequent and authentic appearance, whether on stage, concerning their sound, their image, and so on. This reminds of the atmosphere of departure and the rebellion heavy metal represented at the beginning of the ’80s. Enforcer have got that special something, represent their ideals, and they know what they want. We’re looking forward to the upcoming CD and a long successful cooperation.”

Olof Wikstrand (Vocals, Guitar)
Jonas Wikstrand (Drums)
Joseph Tholl (Guitar)
Tobias Lindqvist (Bass)


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-Tellus Requiem Launch New Website

INVICTUS (THE 11TH HOUR) Due Out January 22, 2013; Artwork And Track Listing Revealed

In celebration of their upcoming album release, Norway’s Tellus Requiem has launched a brand new website. The website is located at http://www.tellusrequiem.com/ and features upcoming tour dates, news merchandise, media, social network links, and more. The band described the website’s design and meaning:

“The homepage is based on the artwork for our upcoming release; INVICTUS (THE 11TH HOUR) done by Mr. Thomas Ewerhard. He has worked with other great artists like Symphony X, Toto, Avantasia, Therion, HammerFall, among others.”

Nightmare Records will release Tellus Requiem’s new album INVICTUS (THE 11TH HOUR) on January 22, 2013. Today the artwork and track listing have been revealed. INVICTUS (THE 11TH HOUR) can be pre-ordered on Amazon and the Nightmare Records website.

In additional Tellus Requiem news, the band has confirmed that they will be playing a handful of acoustic dates in Turkey before the holidays. These special shows feature music rearranged from the band’s self-titled debut and the new album INVICTUS (THE 11TH HOUR) to fit acoustically and with a three-man orchestra. Guitarist Stig Nergård commented on the upcoming shows:

“We are really looking forward to finally doing some live shows abroad. I could not think of a more perfect place to do some acoustic shows ‘Tellus Requiem-style,’ than where the West meets the East.”

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

INVICTUS (THE 11TH HOUR) track listing
1) Ab Aeterno
2) Red Horizon
3) Eden Burns
4) Reflections Remains
5) Twilight Hour
6) Sands of Gold
7) Tranquility
8) Redemption
9) Invictus
10) Dies Irae

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

Tellus Requiem Live Acoustic:
12/10: @ Ruhi Bey, Ankara, Turkey
12/11: @ Piano Plus, Ankara, Turkey
12/12: @ Manhattan, Ankara, Turkey
12/13: @ Rock Station Radio, Ankara, Turkey

For More Info Visit:

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-Swedish Metal Sensation CrashDiet Return With Their Fourth Album THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND Out In January On Frontiers

Lead Single “Cocaine Cowboys” Is Out 12th Of December

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of CrashDiet’s anticipated new studio album THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND on January 25th in Europe (excl. Scandinavia) and January 22nd in North America.

A leading force in the Swedish “sleaze rock” scene of the 2000s — a revival of the glam metal of the 1980s, but with a more pronounced punk element — CrashDiet for the first time manage to release their brand of down and dirty Rock and Roll simultaneously all over the world.

In April of 2010 the band’s third album GENERATION WILD pretty much summed up the extraordinary but yet tragic history of a band, determined to never give up their dream. CrashDiet has become known as a band with a huge following of diehard fans, and the massive interest for them never seems to fade.

There has been extensive touring during the course of GENERATION WILD and the absolute highlight saw the band conquer Hollywood and New York City with sold out shows at Whisky A Go Go and Webster Hall. The band also supported their heroes Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne. “Supporting Motley Crue in Helsinki and headlining Whisky A Go Go have been the highlights of the GENERATION WILD tour,” says guitarist Martin Sweet.

With the new studio album THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND, recorded during summer/autumn 2012 in native Sweden, the band has their minds set to break through on a worldwide basis with a tour that will see the band going back to the US as well as going to Japan for the first time. “We will put a lot of effort into the US for our new tour. We will start in Scandinavia in February, then we head to the US and Canada. Coming back end of April to do UK and then Europe and Japan will follow with Festivals in the summer and then South America to kick off in the autumn,” continues Sweet.

The new album sees CrashDiet going in a heavier and more live direction musicwise. “THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND is our playground, it’s the beginning and the end, it’s the place where we eat and breed,” says Martin Sweet. “We thought the time was right for us to do an edgier and not so polished sounding album, kinda like what we sound like live. It’s more organic and rough sounding. And of course we’re always evolving as musicians and like to try new ways of expressing ourselves, and that can most definitely be heard this album.”

Anticipated by the release of the cracking first single “Cocaine Cowboys” on December 12th, THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND will include the following tracks:

1. Change The World
2. Cocaine Cowboys
3. Anarchy
4. California
5. Lickin’ Dog
6. Circus
7. Sin City
8. Got A Reason
9. Drinkin’ Without You
10. Snakes In Paradise
11. Damaged Kid
12. Excited
13. Garden Of Babylon


Martin Sweet – guitar
Peter London – bass
Eric Young – drums
Simon Cruz – vocals

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-Hardcore Superstar Announces New Album!

Hardcore Superstar — Swedish inventors of what is known and loved today as “Street Metal” — are happy to announce the release of a new album via Nuclear Blast in early 2013! The record is entitled C’MON TAKE ON ME, was produced by the band, mixed by no less a figure than Randy Staub (Metallica, Motley Crue, The Cult) and will be out on the 1st of March 2013.

The band comments on the recording process: “We found this cool abandoned studio that we took over, where we spent the entire summer tracking songs in between the shows. Speaking of shows — we’ll start rehearsing in January so that we’ll be ready to play live everywhere again soon. If there’s a stage, we’ll rock it!!!”

Stay tuned for further news on the new record and upcoming touring activities!

Joakim “Jocke” Berg – Vocals
Martin Sandvick – Bass
Magnus “Adde” Andreasson – Drums
Vic Zino – Guitars


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-Inner Wound Recordings To Release Vandroya’s ONE

Artist: Vandroya
Title: ONE
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Progressive Power Metal
Catalog #: IW83022
EAN: 4018996237214
Copyright: 2012 Inner Wound Recording
Label: Inner Wound Recordings

Release Date: 18. January 2013 (EU/USA), 19. December 2012 (Japan), 04. February 2013 (Brazil)

Scandinavia: Sound Pollution, Finland: Supersounds, Germany: Cargo, UK: Cargo, Italy: Frontiers, Benelux: Bertus, France: Season Of Mist, North America: Nightmare

Official Artist Website:

Track List:
1. All Becomes One (1:50)
2. The Last Free Land (5:18)
3. No Oblivion For Eternity (6:01)
4. Within Shadows (5:30)
5. Anthem (For The Sun) (5:57)
6. Why Should We Say Goodbye? (5:24)
7. Change The Tide (5:18)
8. When Heaven Decides To Call (5:34)
9. This World Of Yours (4:06)
10. Solar Night (7:38)

Daísa Munhoz – Vocals
Marco Lambert – Guitar
Rodolfo Pagotto – Guitar
Giovanni Perlati – Bass
Otávio Nuñez – Drums

2013: ONE [Inner Wound Recordings]

o Perfect for fans of Kamelot, Symphony X, Angra, and Sonata Arctica
o Artwork by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Iced Earth)
o Guest appearance by Leandro Cacoilo (ex. Eterna)

Vandroya is definitely one of the most exciting new names in metal today, as well as one of the best kept secrets from Brazil. Led by the fantastic vocalist Daisa Munhoz (Soulspell) they bring something new to the melodic metal table with their epic progressive power metal.

Formed in 2001, Vandroya started as a band of young musicians that were all very passionate about heavy metal. Initially focused on playing cover versions of the bands that inspired them, the increasing involvement with the metal scene in Brazil led them to record their first demo. The WITHIN SHADOWS EP was released in 2005 and helped the word of Vandroya to be spread and to get shows around Brazil.

Late 2010 Vandroya started to record their debut album ONE that we now present to you. The album was mixed and mastered by Heros Trench (Korzus) and the artwork is created by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Iced Earth). Special guest on the track “Change The Tide” is Leandro Cacoilo (ex-Eterna).

Each member of Vandroya is doing an impressive job and everything from song writing to performance and production is top-notch. The tracks are all bound together with the Vandroya sound, but contains different moments like for example the powerful ballad “Why Should We Say Goodbye?,” the furious power metal track “The Last Free Land,” and more progressive oriented tracks like “No Oblivion For Eternity” and “Solar Night.”

Vandroya and Daisa have set a very high standard with their debut album ONE and it will be truly exciting to follow them and see what will come next. Fans of bands like Kamelot, Symphony X, Angra, and Sonata Arctica will love ONE.

Vandroya is definitely a force to be reckoned with during years to come!

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-Earthen Grave: Chicago Doom/Metal Rockers Announce New Drummer

Chicago’s Earthen Grave welcomes Chris Wozniak (Lair Of The Minotaur) as the band’s new drummer. Wozniak replaces previous drummer Scott Davidson.

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Chris “Woz” Wozniak has performed on drums in a variety of rock, folk, and metal bands for over 20 years. He has played with local acts Trifog and Blood Of Martyrs, and is currently the drummer for national acts I Klatus and Lair Of The Minotaur. In reference to LOTM’s 2008 release WAR METAL BATTLE MASTER, Decibel Magazine described Woz as being “skilled at treating his drum kit like trash cans that must be killed.” It’s this very intensity which made him the perfect fit for Chicago’s epic doom collective.

Bassist Ron Holzner will be guest DJing on Diane Farris’ Peer Pressure segment of her radio program on WFMU TODAY (Thursday, November 29th). Listeners will be able to ask Holzner questions via the live interactive playlist. Holzner’s appearance is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST. WFMU can be heard on 91.1 FM in NYC and East/Central NJ, 90.1 FM in the Hudson Valley, Lower Catskills and Western NJ, and worldwide streaming on http://www.wfmu.org/ . An archive of this program will be permanently available by later Thursday evening.

Earthen Grave will perform in June at Days Of The Doomed 3 ( http://www.daysofthedoomed.com/ ) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with additional live actions to be confirmed in 2013. Stay tuned.

“…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 endeavour shines through, making this a thought-provoking, melancholic metal creation with some real magic…” – Zero Tolerance

“…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 [Rachel Barton] 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. 9/10″ – This Is Not A Scene


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-Boston Power Thrashers Sonic Pulse To Release 12″ Black Vinyl With Horror Pain Gore Death Productions

BOSTON, MA — Boston Power Thrashers Sonic Pulse have signed with Horror Pain Gore Death Productions who will be releasing their debut album LAGER THAN LIFE on 12” Black vinyl on December 18th.

Boston Power Thrash “super-group” Sonic Pulse feature both past and present members of bands such as Razormaze, Skull Hammer, Vindicator, Ravage, Seax, and Jaded. Their fusion of Thrash with epic Power Metal is described as “a cross between the beer-fuelled Thrash Metal of Tankard and the finger burning speedy Power Metal of DragonForce” (MyGlobalMind.Com). LAGER THAN LIFE on 12″ Black vinyl is a limited edition pressing and can be pre-ordered through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions at http://sonicpulse.bigcartel.com and http://hpgd.comoj.com/store/hpgd055.html and will be available December 18th. For fans of Blind Guardian, Cryptic Slaughter, DragonForce, Formicide, Iced Earth, Meliah Rage, Metal Church, Municipal Waste, Murphy’s Law, Rage, Revocation, Tankard, Wargasm, and Wehrmacht.

Official Vinyl Release Date: December 18th, 2012

Dan Hammer – Vocals
David R. Carlino – Guitars
Mick Mayer – Guitars
Lauren Cain Kowal – Bass
Joe Bollettiero – Drums

Track list:
1. Sonic Pulse
2. Queen Of Beers
3. Bong Zombies
4. Eye Of The Beerholder
5. Demoniac Spell
6. Beyond The Back Hole
7. Adventure Time

“Sonic Pulse’s LAGER THAN LIFE is a killer album of lightning fast, bit thrashy, power metal. Fast enough to smoke the mighty DragonForce? Could be.” – Dangerdog.com

“Let me tell you, you are in for one catchy, sweaty, puntastic, alcohol-laden thrash record that puts Municipal Waste to shame.” – Axis of Metal

“Insane riffs that are catchy as hell and solos that are reminiscent of DragonForce at times, make light speed look like an elderly women driving 20 in a 40” – Global Thrash Assault

“The 7-song disc is a sprawl of booze, bongs, and zombies — and to not pledge allegiance to fast ‘n’ amped metal is to be cast out of Sonic Pulse’s world… ‘Queen Of Beers’ and ‘Eye Of The Beerholder’ revel in the band’s lust for lust, while ‘Beyond The Black Hole’ shows Sonic Pulse in touch with its inner space-fantasy geek.” – Mass Metal Blog

“Sonic Pulse is the Tankard of Power Metal.” – Carmine Blades of Seax

Link to Sonic Pulse “Bong Zombies” music video:


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-Subjektive Album Release

Raw, Honest and in your face!!

Power trio Subjektive have made something of a statement with the release of their debut EP MY PERCEPTION in late 2010. Playing large shows since their EP release and the band’s formation, Subjektive have been steadily gaining a large loyal fan base worldwide.

These guys put a unique spin on heavy rock / metal and the band have been likened to a mix of such bands as Machine Head, Mudvayne, Sevendust, and Pantera.

Subjektive have arrived with an explosion of sound, full of infectious melodies and, above all else, the attitude of a band that knows integrity, honesty, and loyalty to their music and fans is paramount.

The band has even coined its own name for the particular style of music they play — Rock Driven Metal. It’s the perfect description of music that is both a melodious form of metal combined with a powerful, in-your-face attitude.

Subjektive’s album is out NOW through Alliance entertainment and RDM entertainment as well as iTunes, Amazon, Google play, CD Baby, and many more online and retail stores (special order). For more information on where you can purchase the album go to http://www.subjektive.com/ .

-About Heavy Metal’s list of “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of The 1990s” is online at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/I4N2 .

-Halford’s new double live CD LIVE IN LONDON was actually recorded back on December 6, 2000, at the Astoria Theatre with the original Halford lineup. Track list: “Resurrection,” “Made In Hell,” “Locked And Loaded,” “Into The Pit,” “Nailed To The Gun,” “Stained Class,” “Jawbreaker,” “Running Wild,” “Savior,” “Silent Screams,” “Cyberworld,” “Night Fall,” “The Hellion/Electric Eye,” “Riding On The Wind,” “Genocide,” “Beyond The Realms Of Death,” “Metal Gods,” “Breaking The Law,” “Tyrant,” “The One You Love To Hate” (bonus track; from LIVE INSURRECTION). It’s available at Amazon and MetalGodShop.com. See http://www.robhalford.com/ for more.

-Holy Grail’s second track-by-track feature describing its Nuclear Blast debut RIDE THE VOID (due January 18) is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h42EbGjQYhY . (The first episode is still available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOsyI50vYq4 .) A digital single for “Dark Passenger” is due out December 7 and can be pre-ordered at http://bit.ly/TJbzH7 . See http://holygrailofficial.com/ for more.

-Until December 10, orders of $40 or more at the Kiss store, http://kiss.fanfire.com , will get a free 2012/2013 Kiss Calendar.

-Scanner’s HYPERTRACE and TERMINAL EARTH will be reissued by Divebomb Records next April 20 — which happens to be Record Store Day 2013. Each reissue will have exclusive re-mastered audio and be limited to 1,000 CD copies. The HYPERTRACE disc will include the bonus track “Galactos.”

-Threshold will tour Europe next March as follows:

3/1 – Underworld, London, UK
3/2 – Lakei, Helmond, The Netherlands
3/3 – Baroeg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
3/4 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
3/5 – C-Club, Berlin, Germany
3/6 – Progresia, Warsaw, Poland
3/8 – Kulturfabrik, Kufstein, Austria
3/9 – Kiff, Aarau, Switzerland
3/11 – Orto Bar, Ljubljana, Slovakia
3/12 – Spectrum, Augsburg, Germany
3/13 – Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
3/14 – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany
3/15 – Turock, Essen, Germany
3/16 – Bastard Club, Osnabrück, Germany
3/17 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium

See http://www.thresh.net/ for more.

-Tribunal Records and Divebomb Records have a 50% off sale going through December 23 on select label titles, including releases from Sargant Fury, Vanisher, Line Of Fire, Canvas Solaris, Widow, Elysium, The Feds, and Solitude. See http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/category/holiday-50-off-sale-use-sale50-coupon-code for the list of eligible titles. To get the savings, use coupon code “SAVE50” or “SALE50” at checkout. See http://www.tribunalrecords.net/ and http://www.divebombrecords.com/ for more.

Thanks to Matt Rudzinski and Chad Bowar for help gathering some of this information.

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