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Detritus
Issue #632
Week of December 10, 2012
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Patrick Brower, Editor
pwbrower@gmail.com

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http://www.lakeoffire.net/
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Tim Wadzinski, Owner
tsw512@yahoo.com

Steve Shumake, Co-owner
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http://www.last.fm/user/VonGoober
http://www.youtube.com/VonGoober
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-We were being all festive and listening to Christmas music over the
weekend, and I slipped on Halford’s WINTER SONGS. My wife hates when I
do that. 🙂 – Tim

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-Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund $100K Gift To The
T.J. Martell Foundation Brings Donation Total To $300K

Monies Raised From Recent Awards Gala And Celebrity Guitar Auction
Will Help Fund T.J. Martell Foundation’s Gastric Cancer Research
Efforts

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is certainly doing
its part to raise money, spread awareness, and, hopefully, one day
find a cure for the same illness that took the life of one of rock’s
all-time great vocalists, Ronnie James Dio.

The Dio Cancer Fund, upon its formation two years ago, pledged a total
of $300,000 to the TJ Martell Foundation (an organization founded by
music industry senior executive Tony Martell — who lost a son to
leukemia — which raises funds for cancer research) and had already
donated $200,000 to the Foundation. The remaining $100,000, which will
be presented shortly, is earmarked for the gastric cancer research
efforts at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, TN. These
monies were raised from the Dio Cancer Fund’s recent annual Awards
Gala and Celebrity Guitar Auction.

Tony Martell recently stated, “The T.J. Martell Foundation is honored
to work with Wendy Dio and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout
Cancer Fund. We are all working together to fund important stomach
cancer research at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center that will lead
to new discoveries and hope for patients and their families. Ronnie
James Dio was a friend of mine. I know he would be proud of the
progress being made in his name.”

On Saturday, December 1st, at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, a
celebrity guitar auction was held benefiting the Dio Cancer Fund,
which featured over 80 instruments donated by some of rock’s biggest
names, including Slayer, Def Leppard, Eddie Van Halen, Brian May,
Aerosmith, Slash, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Tony Iommi, the Foo
Fighters, and many others.

“Ronnie James Dio was such a force in music and his memory continues
to conjure thoughts of rock royalty,” said Darren Julien, Founder &
CEO of Julien’s Auctions. “It was an honor for Julien’s Auctions to
host the recent guitar auction that benefited The Ronnie James Dio
Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. Dean Schachtel and the Ronnie James
Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund Board Members put their heart and
soul into the event, and the passion of all the celebrities and
musical artists who donated their guitars was phenomenal. Because of
this we were able to raise much needed funds for an exceptional
charity and cause.”

As Dio’s widow and founder/president of the Fund, Wendy Dio, explains:
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the musicians and
managers who donated guitars for our auction. Many thanks to Darren
and everyone at Julien’s Auctions for printing such a beautiful
catalogue and working so hard on our behalf. Thanks to Dean Schachtel
and my very hardworking Board of Directors — together we raised an
amazing sum for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
We will be presenting the T.J. Martell Foundation with a check for
$100,000 which, in turn, will go to the Vanderbilt Research Center for
studies in gastric cancers. Ronnie would be so very proud of all of
you. Early detection saves lives, and one day, with your help, we will
find a cure.”

The Dio Cancer Fund, a privately funded 501C3 charity organization
dedicated to cancer prevention, research, and education, also hosted
its annual Awards Gala on Halloween night at the Avalon in Hollywood,
which raised additional funds for its work.

As the singer of some of the most iconic bands of the hard rock/heavy
metal genre — Rainbow, Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell, and Dio — Ronnie
James Dio’s vocals can be heard on such all-time classics as “Man On
The Silver Mountain,” “Long Live Rock n’ Roll,” “Neon Knights,”
“Heaven And Hell,” “Rainbow In The Dark,” “Holy Diver,” and “The Last
In Line,” among countless others. Dio passed away on May 16, 2010
after a battle with stomach cancer, at the age of 67.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:

http://www.diocancerfund.org/
http://www.tjmartellfoundation.org/
http://www.ronniejamesdio.com/
http://facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio

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-Saxon Update

[Note: This comes from the band’s latest e-newsletter. – Tim]

Special News

Saxon – HEAVY METAL THUNDER – THE MOVIE – Special Bundles

The silver eagle has finally landed for audiences worldwide!

After enjoying a limited “Fan Club Only” UK release, HEAVY METAL
THUNDER – THE MOVIE, Saxon’s wonderfully unfiltered and intimate
account of their ascent to the upper echelons of heavy metal, will
finally enjoy an international release this December.

Rivetingly honest, and including the frank memories of every musician
who has played in the band, HEAVY METAL THUNDER – THE MOVIE pieces
together the earliest incarnations of Saxon, from front man Biff
Byford’s teenage years in the coal mines of Yorkshire and Son Of A
Bitch (the first incarnation of Saxon) all the way through to top 10
hits and world tours. Nothing is forsaken and nothing skipped.

HEAVY METAL THUNDER – THE MOVIE will entertain, engage, and charm fans
and non-fans alike.

That’s a truth as honest as the film itself…

The exclusive fan packages contain not only the Blu-Ray or 2 Disc-DVD,
but also a Saxon HEAVY METAL THUNDER – THE MOVIE T-shirt!

Order NOW online at:
UDR Shop: http://www.udr-music.com/index.php/en/saxon-products
Digital Stores: https://store.digitalstores.co.uk/saxon

Latest News

Saxon Prepare To Deliver Their Latest Album SACRIFICE, In February
2013

With a storming new stomp in their boots and a renewed, lithe swagger
to their legendary sound, Saxon will release SACRIFICE, in February
2013 through UDR. Taking a sharper, re-invigorated approach to the
production, on this, their 20th album, Saxon have produced 10 of their
strongest, heaviest and most inspired songs for many a year, and a
more than worthy successor to their last album A CALL TO ARMS.

“Less tricks, more power!” roars front man and founding father Biff
Byford. “My brief to the band was to be raw, be real and not be afraid
to look back at the old classic material for inspiration.”

The album was recorded at LS Studios in Yorkshire and was produced by
Byford with Andy Sneap mixing and engineering by Jacky Lehmann. It
fairly bristles with muscular metallic intent, Paul Quinn’s and Doug
Scarratt’s guitar work the best it’s ever been, while Biff’s vocals
sound fresher and livelier. The songwriting too harks back to a
classic era in Saxon’s history, with the likes of “Warriors Of The
Road,” “Wheels Of Terror,” and “Stand Up And Fight” evoking the
halcyon days of yore with a contemporary twist, the classic Saxon
sound absorbing the snarl, ferocity and attitude of contemporary bands
(and fans) such as Megadeth, as evidenced by the crunching title cut
“Sacrifice.”

“It’s certainly been done from a more early ’80s thrashier
perspective,” explains Biff, “and it’s not just guitars bashing away
willy-nilly, they’ve got a fresh drive, purpose and perspective.”

Besides the new material, Saxon will also be adding some unique
recordings of revisited classic to certain formats of the release,
also produced by Byford and mastered by Andy Sneap, including an
orchestrated version of “Crusader” and an acoustic version of “Frozen
Rainbow.”

“From the songs to the production, I wanted to focus on the raw
aspects which made us great in the first place,” concludes Biff, “And
living in that rawness, combined with some great classic Saxon
songwriting, has in my opinion made Saxon fresher than ever.”

Formats:
• UDR 0152 CD – a standard jewel case CD
• UDR 0150 CD – a limited edition deluxe digi-book (including a bonus
disc featuring the revisited classic tracks)
• UDR 0153 LP – a vinyl LP picture disc
• UDR 0156 D2C – a Direct to Consumer (D2C) fan package available
exclusively for online order from online retailers)
• UDR 0155 – a digital download plus one bonus song, “Luck Of The
Draw” (on iTunes exclusive)

In Stores:
EUROPE: February 22nd, 2013
UK: February 25th, 2013
USA: February 26th, 2013

Track Listing:
1. Procession
2. Sacrifice
3. Made In Belfast
4. Warriors Of The Road
5. Guardians Of The Tomb
6. Stand Up And Fight
7. Walking The Steel
8. Night Of The Wolf
9. Wheels Of Terror
10. Standing In A Queue
Bonus Track:
Luck Of The Draw (on iTunes only)

Bonus Disc:
1. Crusader (Orchestrated version)
2. Just Let Me Rock (Re-recorded version)
3. Requiem (Acoustic version)
4. Frozen Rainbow (Acoustic version)
5. Forever Free (Re-recorded version)

Tour Dates

07.12.2012 CH Bern – Metal Christmas Festival
08.12.2012 NL Haarlem – Patronaat
09.12.2012 NL Roermond – ECI

SACRIFICE WORLD TOUR 2013

16.03.2013 CA Bahamas – Monsters of Rock Cruise
17.03.2013 CA Bahamas – Monsters of Rock Cruise
18.03.2013 CA Bahamas – Monsters of Rock Cruise
19.03.2013 CA Bahamas – Monsters of Rock Cruise
20.03.2013 CA Bahamas – Monsters of Rock Cruise
18.04.2013 UK Leamington Spa – Assembly Rooms
19.04.2013 UK Nottingham – Rock City
20.04.2013 UK Newcastle – Academy
21.04.2013 UK Glasgow – ABC
23.04.2013 UK Manchester – Ritz – St. Georges Day
24.04.2013 UK Leeds – Academy
26.04.2013 UK Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
27.04.2013 UK London – Shepherds Bush Empire
28.04.2013 UK Bristol – Academy
07.06.2013 SE Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
28.06.2013 BE Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
12.07.2013 DE Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival

More dates to follow!

More information:
http://www.saxon747.com/
http://www.ics-woa.de/
http://www.saxon.udr-music.com/

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-Y&T / Meniketti Update

From everyone in the Y&T Family — Band, Management, and Crew… A
Merry & Happy Christmas to all, and our very best for a warm Holiday
season and New Year celebration. See you all again in 2013! Cheers to
everyone,

Dave Meniketti, John Nymann, Mike Vanderhule, Brad Lang
Jill Meniketti
Tom Size, Rolf Pfau, Chrys Roberts, Mark White

New Shows Added For 2013!

Check the tour dates section for newly added shows in Las Vegas,
Tempe, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, plus the East Coast, and Midwest.
More 2013 dates to come.

http://www.meniketti.com/tourdates.html

Give the gift of Y&T to your favorite rocker for the Holidays…

Sleigh Bells Bling, Are You Listening…

The new Y&T earrings are a hit! Give your special someone a pair of
these stunning, handcrafted earrings that feature a silver Y&T logo on
black pick/plectrum with a really cool chain design. The Y&T earrings
are available exclusively on our web site.

http://store.meniketti.com/

Visions Of Sugarplums

Well, maybe not sugarplums but chocolate for sure! FACEMELTER
chocolate bars make great stocking stuffers. Also, our extremely
popular long sleeve FACEMELTER shirts are back in stock just in time
for the colder weather.

http://store.meniketti.com/

Double Your Fun For The Holidays

The perfect gift for any Y&T fanatic, LIVE AT THE MYSTIC gives you TWO
discs of Y&T tunes! This 2-CD set includes 22 songs recorded over two
nights at The Mystic Theatre in November of 2011, with many songs
never before released on any other live Y&T CD. The amazing heat to
the tracks showcases the power of the band as it currently sounds.

http://store.meniketti.com/

“Even if you had to wait a quarter of a century on it: The Ultimate
Y&T live album is finally here!”
-Rock Hard Magazine, August 2012

Black Is Back

We have a limited supply of BLACK TIGER shirts left. Choose from two
styles:

1) 30th anniversary of the BLACK TIGER album featuring a brand new,
never before used Black Tiger design for the front of the tee and tour
dates on the back.
2) BLACK TIGER 30th Anniversary shirt with the tiger on the front and
the song titles on the back.

Once these designs are gone, they’re gone, so get yours while we still
have them.

Visit our online store: http://store.meniketti.com/

Monsters Of Rock

Y&T sets sail again on the 2013 Monsters of Rock Cruise from Fort
Lauderdale to Coco Cay and Nassau. Come rock out with Y&T, Cinderella,
Saxon, Queensryche, Kix, Great White, Tesla, Lita Ford, Stryper,
Loudness, Nelson, Keel, TNT, London Quireboys, and many more! On sale
now. To partake in any special discounts & deals, tell them Y&T sent
you! http://www.YandTRocks.com/

Y&T Shows

Details for each of the shows below are on the Tour Dates page of the
web site.
http://www.meniketti.com/tourdates.html

2013
Stay tuned! Many, many more 2013 tour dates to come!
January 31 ~ Modesto, CA – Fat Cat Music House
February 1 ~ Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre
February 2 ~ Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
March 1 ~ Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
March 2 ~ – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
March 5 ~ Dallas, TX – Trees
March 8 ~ San Antonio, TX – BackStage Live
March 9 ~ Houston, TX – The Concert Pub North
March 16-20 ~ Monsters of Rock Cruise (FL-Bahamas)
March 22 ~ Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
March 23 ~ New York, NY – Stage 48
March 24 ~ W Greenwich, RI – Rock Junction
March 28 ~ Akron, OH – Ripper Owens Tap House
March 29 ~ Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
March 30 ~ Bolingbrook, IL – Tailgaters

*Schedule subject to change. Be sure to verify with each venue.* Check
the web site Tour Dates page for the most up-to-date concert
information.

Thanks for your support!

The official Y&T and Dave Meniketti web site.
YandTRocks.com
Meniketti.com
5255 Stevens Creek Blvd, Suite #233
Santa Clara CA 95051 USA

Weblinks:
http://www.YandTRocks.com/
http://www.facebook.com/YandTRocks
http://www.twitter.com/YandTRocks
http://www.myspace.com/YandTRocks

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-King Diamond Signs Worldwide Deal With Metal Blade Records!

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce that Grammy Award nominated
King Diamond has signed a new three-album worldwide record deal with
the label.

“This is gonna be awesome! Another perfect piece of the puzzle. We
have the full backup of Metal Blade, and there’s an understanding
between us that goes much, much deeper than before. Our new business
setup will noticeably benefit the fans in so many ways. You must have
already noticed some of all the cool new stuff that is happening. Now
we can’t wait to get out there and start touring again!”

Stay Heavy,
King Diamond

King Diamond is quite possibly the most recognizable and prolific
personality ever in heavy metal. Revered by icons as big as Metallica
and Pantera to inspiring new upstarts like Goatwhore; King Diamond,
the man and the band, have left an indelible mark on the history, and
now again, the future of heavy metal.

In August of 2008, King Diamond joined Metallica on stage at Ozzfest
in Dallas to perform the Mercyful Fate medley made famous from the
GARAGE, INC. album. Additionally, King Diamond was featured alongside
Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister as a playable character in “Guitar Hero:
Metallica” in 2009.

By 2012, King Diamond was prepared to return to the stage for a select
number of shows. The band’s triumphant return to the stage were the
highlights of both the Hellfest and Sweden Rock festivals in France
and Sweden. Fans at these festivals were treated to the largest and
most involved stage production in the band’s storied history. Horror
concepts from multiple albums were used in the décor; fans can rest
assured that this show will only get larger and more impressive at
future performances.

King Diamond’s 30+ year musical career is one of the most storied in
history of heavy metal, but the tale is not yet over. The most recent
release, 2007’s Grammy nominated album GIVE ME YOUR SOUL… PLEASE,
stands as one of the most critically-acclaimed albums in an already
iconic discography. Future albums will feature entirely new horror
stories, concepts, haunting orchestrations, and the band’s signature
brand of heavy metal from the mind of King Diamond and the talented
group of musicians in tow: Andy La Rocque, Mike Wead, Hal Patino, and
Matt Thompson. Many more albums, tours, and ventures lay ahead.

For news, updates, and all things King Diamond, go to
http://www.kingdiamondcoven.com/ .

Official King Diamond links:

http://www.kingdiamondcoven.com/
http://www.emp.de/kingdiamond
https://twitter.com/realkingdiamond
http://www.youtube.com/realkingdiamond
https://www.facebook.com/kingdiamondofficial
http://www.facebook.com/kingdiamondmercyfulfateofficial

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-Swedish/American Super-Group W.E.T. To Release Their Anticipated
Sophomore Album RISE UP In February On Frontiers

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of W.E.T.’s new
studio album RISE UP on February 22nd in Europe and February 26th in
North America.

The W.E.T. debut album in 2009 was one of the rare occasions when a
band, created by the vision of a record label president, managed to
create such a wave of enthusiasm and interest from fans and the media
alike. Not only did it go beyond the band’s own expectations, but it
pushed the musicians themselves to raise their own game, when in the
beginning they thought “no one would care except maybe the die-hard
fans from the three bands the name W.E.T. came from.”

The key element to the success of W.E.T. was to create a modern
Melodic Hard Rock sound and drive it into the future with powerhouse
rhythm and production, making it an equally classic and contemporary
release.

Robert Säll (the “W” from Work Of Art), Erik MĂĄrtensson (the “E” from
Eclipse), and Jeff Scott Soto (the “T” from Talisman), along with
returning Eclipse members Magnus Henriksson and Robban Bäck, accepted
the daunting task to create a follow-up, that could live up to the
expectation of thousands of fans across the globe.

The album’s release will be anticipated by the release of the single
“Learn To Live Again” on December 17th — an unbelievably radio-
friendly song, which features for the first time a vocal duet between
MĂĄrtensson and Soto.

RISE UP presents again a massive production and equally impressive
songwriting, which updates the term “classic rock” into the new
century. “The songs were written between December 2011 to February
2012 and were recorded between March through May. We then wrote/added
three more songs in September, recorded them in October and the whole
album was finally mixed and mastered,” says Erik MĂĄrtensson. “To me
this album sounds more like a ‘band’ verses the first album,” adds
Jeff Scott Soto. “The first album was great as it had a lot of great
songs but this one has great songs and a band personality which shows
growth as far as I’m concerned.”

Hook after hook, RISE UP is another one of these albums where you can
enjoy the dynamics of a brilliant partnership bringing out a unique
result. Melodic bullet rockers are followed by haunting ballads and
fabulous arena rockers in an album that will leave listeners in awe
from start to finish.

“We took what we all loved about the first album and built the
songwriting and sound from that. We wanted to give the band more of an
identity and tried to find ‘our’ own sound. I really think we achieved
it with this album. Heavier and darker than the first album which we
all in the band love. It’s melodic rock for a new century!,” tells
MĂĄrtensson. Soto adds: “Strangely my faves are the more up-tempo songs
and ballads on this album, W.E.T. do great AOR stuff naturally but to
have more strength on some tracks and then get emotionally charged in
others made those songs the more interesting for me.”

W.E.T. plan to launch the new album through a special live show in
Stockholm at the Debaser Club on January 17th, 2013. The band so far
has made only one live appearance at the annual Firefest event in the
UK in October 2011, but in this new and special concert appearance,
they will be showcasing for the first time new songs as well as
digging some tracks from the now classic debut, plus some cool
surprises. Tickets can be bought in advance following this link:
https://secure.tickster.com/Intro.aspx?ERC=89TYN1LGME921HT

RISE UP will be released in February, but it will be very difficult to
envision anything better to come out during the year to beat the
“Melodic Rock album of the year” for 2013!

RISE UP track listing includes:
1. Walk Away
2. Learn To Live Again
3. Rise Up
4. Love Heals
5. What You Want
6. The Moment
7. Bad Boy
8. On The Run
9. Broken Wings
10. Shot
11. Still Believe In Us
12. Still Unbroken

“Learn To Live Again” sample can be heard following this link:

W.E.T. is:

Jeff Scott Soto: Lead Vocals
Erik MĂĄrtensson: Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Robert Säll: Keyboards, Guitars
Robban Bäck: Drums
Magnus Henriksson: Guitars

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-Stratovarius: NEMESIS Cover Art Unveiled; “Unbreakable” Audio Sample
Available

Today melodic metal unit, Stratovarius, reveals the cover artwork and
final track listing of their forthcoming new studio offering, NEMESIS.
Produced and mixed by guitarist Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika
Jussila (Finnvox Studios), the 11-track NEMESIS will be released in
North America via Armoury Records on February 26, 2013.

Comments Kupiainen of NEMESIS: “I have more or less lived in the
studio for four months, obsessing over every detail. I feel very
relieved that we are done and I am very happy with the material and
the sound.”

Adds vocalist Timo Kotipelto: “It has a darker more modern sound. We,
as a band, have gone through a lot and have matured as songwriters.
Making the album this time was easier because we gave it as much time
as it needed. We have worked our asses off to make this and we hope
the fans will like it.”

From the signature power of “Abandon,” and the aggressively energetic
“Stand My Ground,” to the folkish elements of “Out Of The Fog,” and
the title track “Nemesis,” which boasts medieval melodies and double
bass drumming, NEMESIS offers up new elements fused with the
traditional melodic power metal for which Stratovarius is known.

Fans can check out a sample of track two, “Unbreakable,” as well as
the Nemesis cover at this location:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2012/12/05/stratovarius-nemesis-cover-artwork-unveiled-%E2%80%9Cunbreakable%E2%80%9D-audio-sample-available/

Notes Kupiainen of the tune: “‘Unbreakable’ is a very important song
to me and the lyrics have a lot of personal meaning. Sometimes you can
snap out of you day to day fog and see what is important. And when you
are in that special moments, when you have that special feeling, you
are invincible, unbreakable; you should really stop and enjoy the
feeling. Even if the whole world falls apart tomorrow.”

NEMESIS Track Listing:
1. Abandon
2. Unbreakable
3. Stand My Ground
4. Halcyon Days
5. Fantasy
6. Out Of The Fog
7. Castles In The Air
8. Dragons
9. One Must Fall
10. If The Story Is Over
11. Nemesis

http://www.stratovarius.com/
http://www.facebook.com/stratovarius
http://www.myspace.com/officialstratovarius
http://www.eagle-rock.com/

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-Zakk Wylde And Members Of Sevendust, Candlebox, And Black Label
Society Join The Infinite Staircase To Record Song For Victims Of
Hurricane Sandy

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, ex-Ozzy
Osbourne), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), Kevin Martin
(Candlebox, The Gracious Few), John “JD” Deservio (Black Label
Society, Cycle Of Pain), and New Yorkers The Infinite Staircase will
be teaming up to write and record a song in an effort to help raise
money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Architekt Music, the state-of-the-art recording facility where
Sevendust recently tracked BLACK OUT THE SUN and The Infinite
Staircase continue to record their new album, located in Butler, New
Jersey, has, along with recording engineer Mike Ferretti, graciously
agreed to donate their services to help make this project come to
fruition.

The song will be released, as an iTunes exclusive, via Vanity Music
Group on 8 January 2013.

Each musician involved in this project has very close ties to the New
York and Jersey area, having either grown up there, having very close
friends and family who currently live there, or in the cases of JD
DeServio and Lenny and Jeff Cerzosie of The Infinite Staircase, still
residing in the storm damaged areas.

This storm has touched the lives of so many… Everyone’s hearts are
in the right place.

Heading into the studio this week, expect more details on this project
and its release to be announced shortly.

Zakk Wylde and John “JD” DeServio just came off a very successful run
of shows in both Canada and South America with Black Label Society who
have recently announced that a new DVD, titled UNBLACKENED will be
recorded in 2013. JD has also been producing projects on the side as
well as continuing work on the next Cycle Of Pain album.

Kevin Martin has been touring non-stop with Candlebox in support of
their most recent release, LOVE STORIES AND OTHER MUSINGS, with plans
to continue touring in support of the album in 2013 as well as the
possibility of releasing new material with The Gracious Few, his other
project with fellow Candlebox cohort Sean “Memphis” Hennesy and Chad
Taylor, Chad Gracey, and Patrick Dahlheimer of Multi-Platinum band
Live.

Morgan Rose certainly has had his hands full in 2012 forming a new
project with fellow Sevendust brethren Clint Lowery, called Call Me No
One, whose debut album, LAST PARADE, was released June 5th on 7Bros
Records which was followed by a tour as well as a Sevendust tour. Rose
has also had his hand involved with producing many projects, not to
mention writing and recording a brand new Sevendust record, BLACK OUT
THE SUN, which is set to be released on March 26th, 2013.

The Infinite Staircase has been busy recording their first new album
of original material, since 2009’s THE ROAD LESS TAKEN, with Morgan
Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One) producing and playing drums on it as
well as recording a collection of cover songs with John “JD” DeServio
(Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) titled THE DEAD CRICKET SESSIONS,
both expected to be released some time in the beginning of 2013. In
addition to Rose, the album of new material also features
collaborations with Black Label Society & Cycle Of Pain’s JD DeServio,
Sean “Memphis” Hennesy of Candlebox and The Gracious Few as well as
Troy Cromwell from Cycle Of Pain. The band promises more
collaborations to be announced in the near future.

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-Heavy Metal Television Hits With Bang

PHOENIX, AZ — Launched a mere three weeks ago Heavy Metal Television
is the talk of the Internet. Since the launch, the station has
garnered over 30,000 unique visitors with praise such as, “Thanks for
this channel from the bottom of my heavy metal heart!,” “You have
become the soundtrack to my house,” and “Heavy Metal Television is my
new addiction” being plastered on the station’s official Facebook
page.

Heavy Metal Television beat Apple, Microsoft and Google in a race to
start the first 24 hour web television network on Earth and people are
talking. “We’re getting eMails from people who are basically marveling
at how someone in Los Angeles is watching the same exact thing at the
same moment at someone in Stockholm,” says a station spokesperson.
“Not 3 hours apart, not 8 hours apart and not on-demand but at the
exact same moment forever. That speaks volumes. The music video is
reborn. 24 hour music videos on the world’s only true music video
channel has gone viral!”

Heavy Metal Television has no log ins, no passwords, minimal
commercials, zero pop up ads and it’s forever free. Go see for
yourself at http://www.heavymetaltelevision.com/ .

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-Foghat: Rock Legends II Cruise

Join Foghat and over 20 other bands on the Rock Legends Cruise II
January 10-14, 2013 out of Fort Lauderdale!

http://rocklegendscruise.com/

We did it last year, and we had a great time and so did everyone on
board! So join us. There are still some cabins available.

In addition to our three shows, we will be doing a Meet n’ Greet on
Friday 1/11/13 at 5:30 p.m.

We have made these special Long Sleeve Cruise Shirts and Warm Knitted
Hats for those cool breezy nights! If you order a shirt before the
cruise, we will enter you into our raffle to win two bottles of Foghat
Cellars wine! (Three winners will be selected at the meet n’ greet and
wine will be given at that time)

Order Shirts & Hats at http://www.foghat.net/merchandise.htm .

Go to http://www.foghatcellars.com/ for info on how to get our wine.

http://www.foghat.net/
http://www.facebook.com/foghat

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-AFM Records Update

Special AFM Christmas Campaign With Price Reductions From December 7th
– January 7th!!! Many Top Albums, DVDs, Vinyls, Shirts Starting 4,99
Euro

General Price Reductions In Merchandise, Vinyl, Compilation, And DVD
Sections; Many Merchandise Articles Added This Week:

http://shop.afm-records.de/index.php?mp=main&file=shop&language=eng&cPath=40

Dear customers,

Thank you very much for your support and trust in us all over the
years. We had a successful 2012 with many major releases and as a
special THANK YOU to all of you we have launched a special Christmas
price campaign in our webshop, ending January 7, 2013. Many major
releases, DVDs, vinyls, and compilations drastically reduced in price
starting 4,99!

Visit the shop: http://shop.afm-records.de/
Visit the download shop: http://afm.musiclogistics.net/?lang=en

Enjoy the Christmas break, stay healthy, stay heavy and a happy new
year to all of you and your families!

Your AFM team from Hamburg, Germany

Mors Principium Est: Full …AND DEATH SAID LIVE Album Streaming!

On December 14th, …AND DEATH SAID LIVE, the new studio album of
Finland’s Melodic Death Metal masters Mors Principium Est, will
finally be released after six long years of waiting.

On the homepage of Finland’s Inferno magazine, the full album is
available for streaming.

http://www.inferno.fi/uutiset/inferno-tarjoaa-kuuntele-uusi-mors-principium-est-levy/

Mob Rules: “Lost” Video Clip Released!

German melodic metallers Mob Rules have unleashed the second video
clip off their newest album CANNIBAL NATION, which was released on
October 19th. Watch the “Lost” clip here:

A Life Divided: New Album & Single On The Way!

The successor to A Life Divided’s critically acclaimed debut album
PASSENGER is ready to be released: on January 18th THE GREAT ESCAPE
will see the light of day. The album’s first edition will come as
digi-pak (incl. bonus track). “Escape can be motivated by emotions,
anger, liberation, resignation, or by hope — and usually it is
somewhere in between,” says JĂĽrgen Plangger, vocalist and songwriter
in A Life Divided and takes us right into the central theme of the new
album.

On December 14th, a single called “The Last Dance” will precede the
album release.

Rhapsody Of Fire Signs With AFM Records!

AFM Records is proud to announce the signing of legendary Italian
Symphonic Power Metal band Rhapsody Of Fire to a worldwide deal.

Rhapsody Of Fire’s signature sound, consisting of Power Metal,
soundtrack-like elements and classical influences gave a new meaning
to the word “epic” since the release of LEGENDARY TALES in 1997 and
was a formula that many bands tried to copy — but never came even
close.

Commented the band: “After playing the ‘From Chaos To Eternity World
Tour 2012′ all around Europe, Canada, North America, and Latin
America, we became even more excited and motivated to continue
building our career and creating new exciting music. So now we are
finally proud to announce that Rhapsody Of Fire signed with a great
label such as AFM. That’s a new great epic start and we already
started working on different projects. More news to follow.”

Solution .45: Anders Edlund Leaves The Band!

“As of 11.12.2012 we have some very unfortunate news to share.
Solution .45 and Anders Edlund have decided to part ways,” the band
comments. “This is very much a mutual split, based on a mutual
understanding. With that said, we’d like to thank Anders for his
contributions and years in the band, wishing him good luck in his
future endeavors. Although our musical journey ends our friendship
will stay intact.”

Here’s Anders’ statement:

“Ladies and Gentlemen!

“A sad moment has appeared in my musical life. This is the moment when
I say farewell to the job as bass player in Solution .45. I entered
the band in spring 2008 after being asked to join by my good, old
friend Christian Ă„lvestam. When he played the demo tapes, that would
later lead to the album FOR AEONS PAST, I knew instantly that it would
be a real privilege for me to handle the pulse in this band. Great
songs with diversity and epicenes mixed with Christian’s fabulous
voice. Amongst the best I’d ever heard. Solution .45 started out as a
“not-knowing-what-will-happen” band. Five guys that didn’t have a clue
how people would react to the music. But with time we received new
members (Patrik) new fans and opportunities. Now, all of us have come
to the conclusion that we need to put more effort into Solution .45.
Meaning more rehearsals, gigs, etc. It’s just that… for me it’s
impossible right now. My private situation makes it impossible to put
as much effort into this machinery needed and as I would want to in
order to make the best possible outcome. And in order not to be a
hindrance for the other guys on their journey I simply choose to stand
aside. I have to state that I’ve loved every moment throughout the
years with this band and I had the privilege to sum it all up with the
show at ProgPower USA in September 2012. Where we, not only made a
hell-of-a show, also met fans and new friends that I hope I will have
for the rest of my life. I have the biggest respect for my Swedish and
Finnish brothers in S.45. I’m sure they will keep this machinery going
and there are no hard feelings between us at all since this is a
decision made through mutual understanding. I simply just want them to
continue spreading the fabulous music of Solution. 45.

“To my brothers Christian, Patrik, Tom, Rolle, Jani: Best of luck with
the band and thank you for four fantastic and memorable years with
moments I’ll never forget. It’s time to turn the page, though.
Solution. 45 fan: Keep supporting this Nordic Alliance. And thanks to
all of you who supported me and the band from day one. You’re the ones
making it all worth, in the end. Hopefully one day our roads will be
crossed because one thing is for sure… I won’t stop playing the
music I’ve loved for so long. So don’t be surprised if you see me in
some other constellation in the future. When my personal situation is
different.

“Yours sincerely!
“Anders Edlund”

Feuertanz Festival DVD 2012 — Trailer Available!

The Feuertanz Festival, which is held yearly at Castle Abenberg
(Germany) is THE season’s festival highlight for all fans of Medieval
& Rock music.

In 2012’s edition of the popular event, acts like Subway To Sally,
Letzte Instanz, Mono Inc. Faun, Feuerschwanz, and many more.

A trailer for the Feuertanz 2012 DVD is available now.

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

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-Gypsyhawk Debuts New Video For “State Lines!”

Pasadena, CA’s Gypsyhawk recently filmed a video for their song “State
Lines” from REVELRY & RESILIENCE. The video was filmed, in true DIY
fashion, on their headlining tour in August at a house party in South
Lake Tahoe, CA. The video, as well their tour dates with The Sword,
can be seen now at http://www.metalblade.com/gypsyhawk/ .

Gypsyhawk’s REVELRY & RESILIENCE is available now in stores and
online. Fans can preview and purchase the album now on iTunes and
Amazon, as well as pick up the CD and LP at record stores nationwide.
For a list of stores, head to http://www.metalblade.com/gypsyhawk/ ,
where you’ll also find guitar demonstration and song concept
description videos!

“a stunning blend of fantasy and science fiction-inspired lyrics set
against a backdrop of booty-shaking Thin Lizzy-inspired heavy rock” –
LA Weekly

“recalling the pounding ’70s shredding of UFO, or even Thin Lizzy
(especially on a track like ‘The Fields’).” – The Onion’s AVClub.com

“Gypsyhawk’s new album, REVELRY & RESILIENCE, is stuffed with twin-
guitar melodies around every turn and instantly memorable hooks.” –
Noisecreep.com

http://www.facebook.com/Gypsyhawkusa
http://twitter.com/gypsyhawkusa
http://www.youtube.com/gypsyhawkofficial

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-Z Records News

AfterDreams Release Set For February 2013

AfterDreams will release WILDFIRE via Z Records on February 18th. The
Argentinean act’s album also features Russell Arcara (Prophet, Surgin)
and Thomas Wikström (Talk Of The Town) on guest vocals. Sound samples
will be made available during early January.

“Rock Forces” Show To Be Made Available On Podcast

The “Rock Forces” show which was launched during November on Classic
Rock Radio has had a tremendous response. Hosted by Z Records’ Mark
Alger the show goes out every Sunday 9 a.m. – noon (UK Time) and
repeated same times in the evening. From December 10th each week’s
show will be available as a podcast for five days after transmission
at http://www.z-records.com/ and http://www.rockforces.com/ .

Tune in live at http://www.classicrockradio.eu/ on Sundays from 9 a.m.
– noon UK time, or the repeat from 9 p.m. to Midnight.

Z Records
http://www.z-records.com/

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-Radiant Records Update

Radiant Records Tour Announcement

Neal Morse And The Flower Kings – Tour 2013

Radiant Records and InsideOut Music are proud to announce the Neal
Morse/The Flower Kings European tour for February/March 2013.

Not only will this tour start in Stockholm and end in London, but each
show will be nearly 3 1/2 hours long and full of everything “prog”…

All of the details and ticket sales are still coming together, so keep
an eye out, and the minute ticket sales begin, we will let you know.

We will also be offering a limited number of VIP packages to each show
which will include:

o Early entry to the show
o Exclusive VIP Tour Shirt
o Collectible VIP Tour Laminate
o VIP Meet & Greet

Once we have the details on ticket and VIP sales, you will be the
first to know.

Mark your calendars.

*The dates are listed below and are subject to change and additional
shows may be added.

Upcoming Gigs
February:
FRID 22 – SWEDEN – STOCKHOLM – Bryggarsalen
SAT 23 – SWEDEN – MALMOE – KB – Kulturbolaget
MON 25 – GERMANY – HAMBURG – Markthalle
TUES 26 – GERMANY – COLOGNE Music Hall
WED 27 – SWITZERLAND – PRATTELN – Z7 Konzertfabrik
THUR 28 – ITALY – MILAN – Live Club

March:
FRID 1 – SPAIN _ BARCELONA Razz 2
SAT 2 – SPAIN – MADRID – Caracol
WED 6 – HOLLAND – ZOETERMEER – Boerderij Culturpodium
THU 7 – ENGLAND – LONDON – Electric Ballroom

The Ultimate Gift!

We have recently received a limited number of Red Spock’s Beard – THE
LIGHT on 2 LP Vinyl.

As a special offer, you can get a Collectible copy that is signed AND
personalized by Neal!

We only have 10 copies and they will go VERY fast, so once they sell
out, they are gone. They will be priced at $100 and will include
shipping.

This album will go on sale at 12:00 NOON CST on Wednesday, December
12, at Radiant Records.

*Remember, you must be logged in to purchase from Radiant Records, so
log in early if you plan to order.

Spock’s Beard THE LIGHT Black 2 LP

We also have in stock the Black 2 LP of Spock’s Beard – THE LIGHT.

We have a limited supply and these are the original THE LIGHT artwork
high quality vinyl.

These albums are available now at Radiant Records.

Thank you for your continued support in 2012 and we hope to make 2013
even more incredible.

Chris Thompson
Radiant Records
http://www.radiantrecords.com/

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-Raven Lord Complete Touring Lineup With Alessandro Duo

Multinational Metal Behemoth Raven Lord have chosen Alessandro Duo
(Voodoo Highway) as their keyboarder to complete the band. Italian
born Alessandro Duo will be playing keyboards on all Raven Lord’s
touring schedule in 2013 as well as coming up future recordings.

Band leader Csaba Zvekan issues the following statement: “Alessandro
is a true Raven Lord and fits the bill like a glove. His musical
skills are excellent and he makes a great addition to the band. We’re
all happy and excited to have a complete band and are ready for our
upcoming Tour in 2013 and Summer Festivals.”

Raven Lord’s debut album DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD will be released on
February 1st, 2013 Worldwide except North America on February 12th,
2013 and March 6th, 2013 for France via Mausoleum Records.

New song “Black Friar”:

While the band is priming themselves for some touring in Spring 2013
followed by Summer Festivals as well as some high profile shows.

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

Raven Lord are:

Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine) – Vocals
Joe Stump (HolyHell, Reign Of Terror) – Lead Guitars
George Karafotis (Vermillion Days) – Guitars
Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin Band) – Bass Guitars
Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) – Keyboards
Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (Blaze Bayley, Iron Knights) – Drums

Raven Lord and Rock N Growl recently launched a worldwide fan video
contest for the track “Black Friar.” It comes off their forthcoming
album DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD.

The winning contestant will be publicly announced in a press news and
wins 300€ for the efforts. The video chosen will be the official music
clip for the upcoming album release in January 2013. Go there:
http://www.rockngrowl.com/raven-lord-announces-fan-video-contest

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

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-Swedish Punk, Sleaze & Metal Bastards Sister Kicking Ass In May 2013
Supporting Crashdiet On A Full European Tour!

Sweden’s most dangerous Rock’n’Roll outfit Sister will be supporting
their fellow countrymen Crashdiet on a full European tour in May of
2013. First dates are confirmed by now, more to follow soon!

CRASHDIET
+ SISTER
09/05/13 – DE – Hamburg – Logo
10/05/13 – DE – Dortmund – FZW
11/05/13 – DE – Berlin – Magnet
12/05/13 – DE – Frankfurt – Nachtleben
13/05/13 – DE – MĂĽnchen – Backstage
14/05/13 – CH – Bern – Rock City
16/05/13 – IT – Rome – Circolo Degli Artisti
17/05/13 – IT – Milano – Factory
18/05/13 – IT – Ravenna – Rock Planet

Comments Sister: “The tour you all have been waiting for is finally
here! Sweden’s Crashdiet and Sister on the same stage, destroying
Europe together. This trip of living hell will blow you away. Now, the
Swedish invasion of Europe is a fact. We can’t wait to hit the road
again and this time is gonna be something special! This will be the
last part of Sister’s HATED Over Europe Tour. Next time we will be
back with a new album. C’mon out and show us your hate one last time.
Let Europe burn! See you on the field.”

http://www.sisteronline.net/
https://www.facebook.com/sisterband
https://twitter.com/sister_official

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-Code Of Silence Signs With Mausoleum Records/Rubicon Music

British Melodic Metallers Code Of Silence, fronted by Brazilian
vocalist Gus Monsanto (Timo Tolkki’s Revolution Renaissance / Adagio /
Symbolica / Lord Of Mushrooms), have signed with Mausoleum Records and
Rubicon Music.

Produced by Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and mixed and mastered by
Italian hot shot producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Eden’s Curse /
Hardline / Lionville) the band’s debut album DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON
is a grandiose thematic album based upon the tales of the legendary
Knights Templar during the period of the Crusades.

The album is scheduled for release on January 23 in Japan, February 25
in Europe, and April 9 in North America.

The band also filmed a promotional video for their first single “Sky
Is Falling Down” in early December 2012 in Glasgow with Mycho Films,
which is due to be premiered in Spring 2013.

A 2-minute sample of the song “Sky Is Falling Down” can be streamed
below:

Alongside the experienced Monsanto, the band features young virtuoso
guitarist Ben Randall (Power Quest) who turned heads when he won “The
Most Promising Young Guitarist” award at the 2008 inaugural Guitar
Idol competition in London at just 17 years old. With a field of over
750 international entrants, Randall wowed judges who commented on “his
level of technical virtuosity at such a young age, coupled with a
level of phrasing beyond his years,” a hallmark of his playing
throughout the Code Of Silence debut.

The rest of the band consists of keyboardist Scott McLean (Falloch /
Concept Of Time), drummer John Clelland (The Crows / The Jack / Karma
/ The Troubleshooters), and bassist and band leader James Murray.

The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:
1. OmertĂ 
2. Bitter Sweet Paradise
3. Sky Is Falling Down
4. Tame The Tempest
5. Dark Skies Over Babylon
6. Seventh Seal
7. Witches Of November
8. Black Abyss
9. Knights Of The Crimson Cross
10. Midnight Cathedral (Veritas)
11. Here To Heaven

Links:
Band Website: http://www.codeofsilence.co.uk/
Band Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/codeofsilenceuk
Band Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/codeofsilenceuk
Mausoleum Records: http://www.mausoleum-records.net/
Rubicon Music: http://www.rubicon-music.com/

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-Secret Sphere: Japanese Promo Tour In Planning

Secret Sphere’s Aldo Lonobile (guitars) and Michele Luppi (vocals)
will be in Tokyo, Japan for a promo tour from December 15th to 20th.
They will be meeting with some of the country’s best known metal
publications, like Burrn! Magazine, Young Guitar, and Geki Rock, and a
special acoustic gig is planned for December 17th. More details will
be revealed soon.

PORTRAIT OF A DYING HEART, the new album featuring the new singer
Michele Luppi, has been acclaimed all over the world as one the best
melodic metal releases of the year!

The band’s current lineup consists of:
Aldo Lonobile – rhythm and lead guitar
Michele Luppi – vocals
Andrea Buratto – bass
Gabriele Ciaccia – keyboards
Marco Pastorino – rhythm guitars
Federico Pennazzato – drums

PORTRAIT OF A DYING HEART track listing:
1. Portrait Of A Dying Heart
2. X
3. Wish & Steadiness
4. Union
5. The Fall
6. Healing
7. Lie To Me
8. Secrets Fear
9. The Rising Of Love
10. Eternity
11. Legend 2012 (Japan Bonus Track)

The Japan CD Edition feature a 40-page booklet, including the novel
“She Complies With The Night” on which the album is based and the
European CD Edition a 28-page booklet. PORTRAIT OF A DYING HEART was
released October 24th via Warner Music (Japan) and through Scarlet
Records (rest of the world) on November 25th.

Secret Sphere — a name guaranteed to make every Power Metal freak’s
heart beat faster with excitement and anticipation!

Secret Sphere manage to honor the heritage of big names in the metal
scene creating their very own brand of Symphonic Power Metal: catchy
refrain, majestic arrangements, and a multitude of musical influences
(from hard rock to progressive metal) are the main ingredients of
their musical recipe!

Secret Sphere was founded in summer 1997, by the talented guitar
shredder Aldo Lonobile. With six albums under their belt,
collaboration with labels like Nuclear Blast, Avalon/Marquee, Scarlet
Records, Warner Music Japan; extensive tour and great live shows
around the world supporting one of the most well know metal acts in
the scene, such us King Diamond, Gamma Ray, and Edguy among the
others; Secret Sphere are one of the most relevant Metal band from
Italy.

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

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-Enforcer Release Cover Artwork And Track List Of DEATH BY FIRE!

The new Enforcer album DEATH BY FIRE will be released on February 1st,
2013 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Today also the cover artwork of DEATH BY FIRE will be released. Olof
Wikstrand comments it like this: “The cover is drawn by our longtime
friend Jonathan Hultèn of Necromantic Art. It captures pretty much
everything we wanted from a cover. Simple and direct!”

The track list will be like this:

1. Bells Of Hades
2. Death Rides This Night
3. Run For Your Life
4. Mesmerized By Fire
5. Take Me Out Of This Nightmare
6. Crystal Suite
7. Sacrificed
8. Silent Hour / The Conjugation
9. Satan

Directly after the release of the new record, Enforcer will be touring
along with label mates Grand Magus and the NWoBHM legend Angel Witch.

GRAND MAGUS / ANGEL WITCH / ENFORCER
“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 – WĂĽrzburg – Posthalle
17.02. NL – Rotterdam – Baroeg

Members
Olof Wikstrand – Vocals, Guitar
Jonas Wikstrand – Drums
Joseph Tholl – Guitar
Tobias Lindqvist – Bass

http://www.enforcer.se/

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-Vindictiv Taps Lion’s Share Guitarist Lars Chriss To Mix New Album

Swedish metallers Vindictiv have tapped producer/engineer Lars Chriss
(Lion’s Share) to mix their brand new studio CD, tentatively due in
early 2013 via an as-yet-undetermined record label.

The band’s third album CAGE OF INFINITY will be the debut for new
singer Marco Sandron (Eden’s Curse), and will see the band head in a
more straight-ahead heavy metal direction.

“I made an effort to make the album cohesive, but as a notorious
shredder I couldn’t restrain myself completely,” laughs guitarist and
band leader Stefan Lindholm.

BAND LINKS:
http://www.stefanlindholm.net/

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-The New Black 7 To Release New Mini Album On Vanity Music Group

DES MOINES, IA — Iowa based Southern Rock newcomers The New Black 7
will release their new mini album, HANGOVERS & HEARTBREAK on 22
January 2013 through upstart label Vanity Music Group.

The eight song affair, recorded at Chandler Limited Studios in Shell
Rock, IA, was produced by singer / guitarist Tory Stoffregen and Wake
Goeke and mixed by Cedrick Courtois (Destiny’s Child, Beyonce,
Earshot). With songs like “Crazy All Over Me” (“The upside down
relationship song everyone can all relate to! Growing up and living in
a small town we all know this person and maybe it is even one of us
who gets a little crazy when it comes to the opposite sex. We have all
seen those friends and have surely been that friend at one time or
another”), “That Don’t Sound Like Country” (“Inspired by a radio DJ
who told us we weren’t country enough on the first CD, We turned on
country radio and to this day wonder what he was listening to. Growing
up we were all exposed to all different kinds of music and it all
mixes together to make The New Black 7. Call it what you want”), and
“Closing Time” (“A scandalous romp through every bar in America on a
Friday night! A fun song that would make Dwight Yoakam or The Beatles
equally as proud”), as well as a red dirt style cover of Motley Crue’s
classic “Kickstart My Heart,” made up of equal parts Shooter Jennings,
Blackberry Smoke, and .38 Special, HANGOVERS & HEARTBREAK is designed
to give you a swift kick to the backside.

“Everything about this record came together very organically,” says
drummer Brentt Arcement. “HANGOVERS & HEARTBREAK is what I consider a
quintessential follow-up for an indie band. Considering we wrote,
produced, engineered, and recorded the whole record ourselves, I think
we did a great job not letting our creative flow become compromised by
wearing all the hats!” Front man Tory Stoffregen adds, “Everything
about this CD just came together perfectly. The songs are all real
pieces of my life. Recording them ranged from heartbreaking to
laughing out loud and jumping up and down with excitement, I think all
those emotions really show through when you’re listening to these
songs.”

HANGOVERS & HEARTBREAK will be preceded by the band’s first single,
“Crazy All Over Me,” on 8 January 2013.

Relevant Links:
http://thenewblack7.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheNewBlack7
https://twitter.com/TheNewBlack7
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheNewBlack7

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-“The Melodic Buzz” To Celebrate 100th Show

PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ — On Saturday, December 15th at 10 a.m. (MST)
“The Melodic Buzz” radio show will celebrate its 100th show. For
nearly two years “The Melodic Buzz” has rocked the airwaves of KBUZ
The Buzz (Prescott Valley’s Only Rock Radio Station) and online at
http://www.zonarocks.com/ the station’s website.

“The show is a labor of love,” states show host Johnny G. “I believe
in the music that is played on the show and I love bringing tunes to
people who may have never heard of most of these bands.”

The bands frequently heard on “The Melodic Buzz” get very little
airplay in the Unites States, but Johnny G. hopes that changes. “There
is no reason, in my opinion, that bands like Crashdiet and Eclipse
can’t be played on stations nationwide that play artists like Motley
Crue and Poison. Or that a similar station can’t sandwich H.E.A.T. in
between Whitesnake and Journey.”

“That’s why I started ‘The Melodic Buzz’ in the first place,” he
continues. “To give airtime to bands from all over the world who are
still releasing quality melodic rock music.”

“The Melodic Buzz” is a one-hour radio show heard every Saturday
morning at 10 a.m. (MST) on KBUZ… The Buzz in Prescott Valley,
Arizona and worldwide on the station’s website
http://www.zonarocks.com/ .

For more information on “The Melodic Buzz” check out
http://www.facebook.com/melodicbuzz .

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-Power Thrashers Edge Of Attack Announce Release Of Self-Titled Debut
Album

Grande Prairie, AB power-thrash five-piece Edge Of Attack are proud to
announce the official release of their debut self-titled album via
Halifax based label Spread The Metal Records on Tuesday, February 19,
2013, which is now available for pre-order at
http://spreadthemetalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/edge-of-attack , along
with the first single “Forever,” which can be heard in the band’s
latest music video at http://youtu.be/yL1diclz8tM .

“Forever” Song Stream
http://soundcloud.com/edgeofattack/forever

Produced by EAO guitarist/vocalist Jurekk Whipple, the debut features
ten tracks of haunting vocals, shredding guitars, complex bass lines,
and furious drumming plus choral and symphonic arrangements along with
guest artists by solo artist Ivan Gianinni, Ryan Boivard (Hallows
Die), and Pellek (Damnation Angels).

Vocalist Roxanne Gordey comments:
“We have been looking forward to this for so long! For us, this album
represents our dedication to our fans. They have shown the utmost
loyalty and patience, so we hope that our efforts have an opportunity
to shine with this release. Our journey through these songs has
spurred a creative evolution of Edge Of Attack, and with that we hope
our self-titled LP will mark our place in the metal community.”

EDGE OF ATTACK track listing:
1. In Hell (4:36)
2. The Haunting (5:08)
3. Demon (Of The Northern Seas) feat. Ivan Giannini (5:04)
4. Take Me Alive (4:24)
5. In The Night (4:27)
6. Edge Of Attack (5:07)
7. Rise Above (5:55)
8. Forever (3:46)
9. The Damned feat. Ryan Bovaird (6:01)
10. Set The World Aflame feat. PelleK (8:29)

Album Credits:
Release Date – Feb. 19, 2013
Label – Spread The Metal Records
Distribution – 24 Hour
All songs performed by – Edge Of Attack
Written by – Edge Of Attack
Produced by – Jurekk Whipple, Edge Of Attack Studios
Mixed by – Sheldon Zaharko, ZED Studios
Mastered by – Sheldon Zaharko, ZED Studios

RIYL = Nightwish, Epica, Kamelot, Symphony X, Blind Guardian, Kobra
And The Lotus, Unleash The Archers, Evanescence, Paramore

For more info on Edge of Attack please follow the band at these links:
http://www.EdgeofAttack.com/
https://www.facebook.com/edgeofattackofficial
@EdgeOfAttack

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-Australian Metallers Circles End 2012 With Early Christmas Present
For Fans

Circles have released their stunning new music video for the track
“Another Me,” as well as a free download of the track, both of which
are premiering now exclusively at MetalHammer.com.

The track, which received its debut airplay on BBC Radio 1’s
“Rockshow” last week, is the band’s first single and video from their
as-yet-unnamed forthcoming debut album, due for release via Basick
Records in Spring 2013.

Watch the video for “Another Me” now on MetalHammer.com and don’t
forget to grab your free track download!

http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/circles-another-me-video-premiere/

Vocalist Perry Kakridas comments on the new track: “This song marks a
new, yet familiar direction for Circles. ‘Another Me’ may be one of
the heaviest songs that we’ve written to date. However, as always
we’ve managed to produce a stark contrast to this, with our melodies.
I’m proud of this song and the story that goes with it. To me, it
signifies a rebirth for me as a member of Circles, as a musician and
as a person. Simply put, there is another me.”

The video for “Another Me” was filmed by director Dave Hunter, who is
also the band’s drummer. Dave explains about the video concept:

“This video was a different experience for us, because we hadn’t
tackled a storyline element before. The story came from an idea for a
short film I was working on a few years back. After some tweaking with
the guys, it all fell into place quite nicely. Especially with the
lyrical content of the song.

“In true Circles form everything was produced in house. I filmed and
edited the video (except for the shots of me actually playing) and Ted
Furuhashi, Circles guitarist, recorded/mixed and mastered the track,
as he will be doing for the album. We even got a good friend of ours
to make the masks from scratch.”

Circles have been hard at work promoting their brand of Australian
metal worldwide, basking in worldwide press attention since the
release of their critically acclaimed debut EP THE COMPASS in May
2011. Their videos for “Clouds Are Gathering” and “Eye Embedded” have
premiered internationally on the American metal channel Metal
Injection in the USA and Metal Hammer Magazine and Scuzz TV in Europe
with both videos subsequently reaching the No. 1 spot on Scuzz TV,
their EP and single reached No. 1 and No. 5 on the Australian Metal
iTunes chart simultaneously, sweeping the review boards worldwide with
praise and picking up airplay worldwide including regular national
airplay on BBC Radio 1 in the UK and TripleJ in Australia.

Throughout 2012 the band have been on the road touring across their
homeland of Australia, whilst also creating and writing much of their
new material. The result is a debut album that is set to take the band
into previously unchartered waters with a fresh sound that is uniquely
Circles. Mixing up cutting edge production techniques and innovative
progressive metal that pushes the boundaries of the listener’s
experience, the album is dripping with melody throughout, with hidden
elements of electronica, topped off with some of the finest vocal
delivery since Mike Patton’s lungs arrived on the musical landscape.

The band has a final message for fans: “Merry Christmas to all you
Circles fans out there, we wanted to end the year on a high with a
special gift for everyone who has supported us so far and we hope to
be seeing you all real soon… literally!”

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CIRCLES

Watch the Video
http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/circles-another-me-video-premiere/

Circles Website
http://www.circlesband.com/

Circles Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/listentocircles

Circles Twitter
http://twitter.com/listentocircles

Circles Merch
http://circlesstore.bigcartel.com/

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-Farewell 2 Fear Gives Back

Join Farewell 2 Fear and give back this holiday season. Join F2F and
Vi Cares For The World’s Largest Giving Day.

Starting December 1st – 15th, Farewell 2 Fear will donate proceeds
from downloads of their NEW self-titled F2F EP or any single song
downloads from the F2F EP. Farewell 2 Fear’s goal is to generate 5,000
downloads by December 15th, which equates to meals served to children
in need through our contribution to Vi Cares Feed The Children.

One 99 cent download could mean the difference of having food or not
for a hungry child.

Farewell 2 Fear is passionate about empowering people through our
music and dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others.
Please help us in our efforts to care, share and give back this
Holiday Season.

Click on the link below to download the new F2F EP today and start
giving. Share this information/link with others to help further our
efforts in the World’s Largest Giving Day.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/f2f-ep/id579874699

“Fire” lyric video

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-Mongrel Bassist Steps Down; Fill-In Named

BOSTON, MA — New England area female fronted, punk/metal band Mongrel
has announced Micah Maltais, who has been the band’s bassist since
Summer 2011, will be stepping down after this Saturday’s show at The
Chop Shop in Seabrook, NH in order to pursue non-music related
endeavors. The bassist role will be covered by longtime friend and
veteran of the Massachusetts music scene, Michael Mariano, who the
band knows well from his time as the guitarist in singer Jessica
Sierra’s prior band, Affliction. Mariano has filled in on a few dates
with Mongrel over the past month and will take over bass duties
starting Saturday, December 22nd at Charlee Bravos in Putnam, CT,
where Mongrel will be sharing the stage with Green Jelly!

In regards to Micah’s departure, Mongrel guitarist Adam Savage stated,
“Micah was a great asset to the band and brought a great sense of
humor and a ton of energy, enthusiasm and intensity to the band when
he joined up with us. Unfortunately for us, other directions in life
take precedence for him right now.” Jess added, “On behalf of the band
we wish the best to Micah in any and all paths he chooses to take and
are saddened to see him go but we certainly support Micah’s decisions.
Respect and love for the time we shared on stage!”

Commenting on Mariano’s coming into the bass role Savage stated,
“Mike’s covered for us a few shows recently when some scheduling
issues arose, and actually filled in with us a couple of years ago for
one show. We’ve known him for years now and with him rejoining Jess
(Sierra) on stage with us, it’s a family reunion of sorts. It really
was the most natural choice to carry on with him on bass while we
determine the long-term state of the bassist position.”

Mongrel released their new full-length album RECLAMATION through THC-
Music (home of American Head Charge, Black Light Burns, Attika7, etc.)
on September 25th, 2012 along with a music video for lead-off track
“Bored To Death” which along with the album was produced by Red13Media
(Sully Erna of Godsmack, Nullset, POD, Graveyard BBQ, etc).

Relevant Links:

Mongrel – aggressive rock/punk/metal
http://www.MongrelBand.com/
http://www.myspace.com/Mongrel
http://www.facebook.com/MongrelOfficial
http://www.facebook.com/MongrelBand
http://www.twitter.com/MongrelBand
http://www.reverbnation.com/MongrelBand
http://www.youtube.com/adamMongrel
http://www.sonicbids.com/Mongrel

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-Free Download: AxisOfMetal.com Presents: THE AXIS OF THE UNDERGROUND
VOL. 2 Compilation Album

After the tremendous out pouring of support for Volume 1, you, the
Axis Of Metal community have spoken loud and clear and they’ve
answered the call, and countered with Volume 2. Volume 2 features more
emerging artists, and is more encompassing of the metal world than the
previous release.

Volume 2 will treat your eardrums to the thrashiest of metal, heinous
black metal, putrid death metal, empowering traditional metal,
methodical doom metal, boundary pushing progressive metal, the
grooviest of groove metal, avant-garde madness, and bouncy folk metal
among many other genres and incarnations of heavy sounds.

They’ve loaded their heavy metal shotgun and are discharging the most
comprehensive of compilations to satisfy even the pickiest of
naysayers and nitpickers.

If you’re wondering who crafted the sublime cover art, Axis Of Metal’s
good friend Kartigan has stepped up to the plate and donated his time,
effort, and patience and delivered the goods. If your band needs any
sort of artwork, please don’t hesitate to contact him at
contact@axisofmetal.com and they can put both parties into motion.

Axis Of The Underground is their way to give back to the genre that
has brought all of us years and years of elation and enjoyment. So sit
back, crack a cold one, or roll a herbal cigarette and hit play on the
bandcamp link below, and be prepared to be whisked away to a heavy
metal nirvana.

FREE DOWNLOAD
http://axisofmetal.bandcamp.com/album/the-axis-of-the-underground-vol-2

AXIS OF THE UNDERGROUND VOL. 2 Track Listing:

1. Obduracy – Virtue And Vice
2. Razorwyre – Knights Of Fire
3. Wings Denied – Clockwork
4. Desultor – Black Monday
5. Monsterworks – Freewill
6. Rusted Brain – Caught In The Fire
7. Scythia – Sailor’s Accolade
8. Symptom – Into The Scalding Spring
9. Eryn Non Dae – Hidden Lotus
10. Lich King – In The End, Devastation
11. Cultfinder – Archangel Burial
12. Derelict – Shackles Of Indoctrination
13. Infiltrator – Crush The False
14. Mares Of Thrace – The Gallwasp
15. Cryptopsy – Damned Draft Dodgers
16. Entropy – Encryption
17. Auroch – From Forgotten Worlds
18. Fatality – Thrash F*ck Eat Sleep
19. Gypsy Chief Goliath – St. Covens Tavern
20. Adrenechrome – Titans Fall
21. Invective – Systemic
22. Dire Omen – Deserving Of Ash
23. Mortor – Under The Flag
24. Bushwhacker – Forest Lord
25. Abstract Violence – S.N.M.
26. Seprevation – Sea of Thoughts
27. Luna Azure – Meadows Of Spring

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT ONCE THE *FREE* DOWNLOAD CREDITS RUN OUT, THE
COMPILATION WILL BE UPLOADED TO A FILE HOSTING WEBSITE. **** DO NOT
UNDER **ANY** CIRCUMSTANCE PAY **ANYTHING** FOR THIS COMPILATION! THIS
IS **100% FREE**

*** ONCE THE CREDITS RUN OUT AND IT ASKS FOR PAYMENT PLEASE DOWNLOAD
THE COMPILATION IN 320 K MP3 HERE OR HERE *** DO NOT PAY FOR THIS
UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE ****

http://www.freefilehosting.net/axisofmetal-theaxisoftheundergroundvol2
https://rapidshare.com/#!download|439p7|2153364673|Axis%20Of%20Metal%20-%20The%20Axis%20Of%20The%20Underground%20Vol.%202.zip|305710|0|0

AxisofMetal.com

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-Year Of The Goat: Swedish Occult Metal Outfit’s Debut Album Out Now

Stream All Of ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS Now At This Is Not A Scene

ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS, the infernal debut album from
Östergötland/Norrköping, Sweden-based quintet Year Of The Goat, is
available now worldwide via Ván Records, the gang liable for bringing
The Devil’s Blood, The Ruins Of Beverast, Nagelfar, and others into
the cult spotlight over the last decade.

Blazing with over 50 minutes of supreme, metallic occult rock, ANGELS’
NECROPOLIS has been reaping mass acclaim, with an arsenal of perfect
scores and major features infiltrating print and online media outlets
worldwide, and setting the Year Of The Goat name up for best-of 2012
listings abroad.

In commemoration of its unleashing upon the planet, This Is Not A
Scene and Earsplit are hosting a stream of ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS, so
celebrate the Year Of The Goat as loud as possible right here:

http://www.thisisnotascene.com/2012/year-of-the-goat-debut-angels-necropolis-on-thisisnotascene/

Mainstream German news site Spiegel posted a colossal feature on Ván
Records’ new December releases — including Year Of The Goat,
alongside label mates Vanderbuyst, Gold, Attic, and more — where
European readers can stream the album(s) as well at this location:

http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/musik/amtlich-metal-alben-von-attic-gold-year-of-the-goat-vanderbuyst-zueuel-a-870698.html

Preceded only by two short EPs, also released by their comrades at Ván
Records, ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS is a brilliantly infectious album
highlighting the classic metal/occult rock harmonies Year Of The Goat
seemingly permeate the air around them with, rather than “perform” or
“execute” said riffery. The atmospheric permeation of the eight
rituals which comprise their ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS offering form the
proper conditions to transport the listener to another plane of
existence for over 50 minutes; a meditative state in tribute to
Lucifer and his legions.

“Album Of The Month” – Metal Hammer Greece

“The time is now for an end to the cynical exploitation of the occult
by the apparent legion of frauds. Year Of The Goat and their peers are
laying the foundation for an extremely exciting movement and, as a
shot across the bows, this is as powerful an opening gambit as there
has ever been. Doubters will be silenced…” – Lurker’s Path

“…Sinners, thieves and liars, get ready for the ultimate occult
magical Sabbatic Rock release of 2012… 10/10” – Metak Kaoz

“…a wildly dynamic record imbued with rich, vintage tones and
ritualistic songwriting and lyrics. 9/10” – Soundshock

“Ein tolles Werk, wenn man sich ihm gegenĂĽber öffnet und es entdecken
möchte. Ich prophezeihe dann allerdings Suchtgefahr! Sagt nicht man
hätte euch nicht gewarnt! 10/10” – Hell Is Open

https://www.facebook.com/yearofthegoat
http://www.facebook.com/vanrecs
http://www.van-records.de/

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*** NEWS/RUMORS ***
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-Check out About Heavy Metal’s “Heavy Metal Gift Guide 2012” feature
at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/I8k6 .

-Eden’s Curse will make its debut performance at the UK’s Firefest,
next October 18 at Rock City in Nottingham, England. The show will
also mark the band’s 10th anniversary. See http://www.edenscurse.com/
for more.

-Free Fall — the “Swedish freedom rockers” — has a new video for the
single “Power & Volume” is online now at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xFYmCfZcyE . The band’s debut, POWER &
VOLUME, is due February 22 via Nuclear Blast. Check out a lyric video
for the title track at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGf0-7ypEBE .
See http://www.facebook.com/freefallpowerandvolume for more.

-Hardcore Superstar — the “Swedish street metal inventors” — will
release C’MON TAKE ON ME March 1 via Nuclear Blast. Check out the
single “One More Minute” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aSnb656-Wk
, and get a free download at
http://www.nuclearblast.de/hardcoresuperstar . See
http://www.hardcoresuperstar.com/ for more.

-Hemina’s new single “Haunting Me!” is available for free download at
http://hemina.bandcamp.com . The single features a re-recorded version
of “Haunting Me!” from SYNTHETIC, plus the “epic B-side” entitled
“Otherworldly.”

-Holy Grail’s RIDE THE VOID is due January 18 from Nuclear Blast.
Three track-by-track videos are now online at http://bit.ly/V7viVC ,
http://bit.ly/R6EF78 , and http://youtu.be/UX5x7qXNozw , with a fourth
coming soon. The new digital single “Dark Passenger” is available from
iTunes at http://bit.ly/TJbzH7 , and an instructional guitar video for
the song, featuring Eli Santana, is available from Music Radar at
http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/holy-grail-dark-passenger-tutorial-568190
. See http://holygrailofficial.com/ for more.

-Old school alert! A “Retro Recommendation” feature / review of
X-Caliber’s WARRIORS OF THE NIGHT (1986) is online at
http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/I8k9 . Check out the video for the title
track at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xYJGlMzFpg .

Thanks to Chad Bowar, Dan Marsicano, and Dougie Skene for help
gathering some of this information.

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