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Detritus Issue #634 Happy 2013!

Detritus
Issue #634
Week of December 31, 2012
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-Well, we made it back a little quicker than I expected. Happy New Year to all! – Tim

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-Saxon Prepare To Deliver Their Latest Album, SACRIFICE, On Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

With a storming new stomp in their boots and a renewed, lithe swagger to their legendary sound, Saxon will release SACRIFICE, on Tuesday, February 26th, 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 frontman 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 classics 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.”

Confirmed track listing:

01. Procession
02. Sacrifice
03. Made In Belfast
04. Warriors Of The Road
05. Guardians Of The Tomb
06. Stand Up And Fight
07. Walking The Steel
08. Night Of The Wolf
09. Wheels Of Terror
10. Standing In A Queue

Bonus Disc:

01. Crusader (Orchestrated version)
02. Just Let Me Rock (Re-recorded version)
03. Requiem (Acoustic version)
04. Frozen Rainbow (Acoustic version)
05. Forever Free (Re-recorded version)

Formats:

• UDR 0150 CD a limited edition deluxe digi-book (including a bonus disc featuring the revisited classic tracks)

• UDR 0152 CD a standard jewel case CD

• 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

http://www.saxon747.com/

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-Black Star Riders: New Band, New Album, Touring Plans!

Featuring: Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Marco Mendoza, Jimmy DeGrasso

In October 2012 Thin Lizzy announced that they would not be recording new material under the Thin Lizzy moniker. The last incarnation of the band — Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Darren Wharton, Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson and Marco Mendoza — would be looking to form a new project.

Step forward Black Star Riders…

24th December 2012 sees the announcement of the new band formed by Thin Lizzy alumni Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso on drums (Alice Cooper, Megadeth, David Lee Roth, Suicidal Tendencies). The change in personnel came about as Brian Downey didn’t want to commit to the touring cycle a new album would entail and Darren Wharton wanted to concentrate on Dare and other music and film projects.

Black Star Riders is set to enter the studio in Los Angeles in January 2013 to start recording their debut album with the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush). The album will feature material the band wrote whilst touring as Thin Lizzy and the sound retains that classic feel but is very much its own as well. The Black Star Riders record is the next step in the evolution of the Thin Lizzy story.

“We are all very excited about the music that we have created for Black Star Riders. The synergy between the five of us has been phenomenal and I can’t wait for the world to hear these songs.” – Ricky Warwick

The new, as yet untitled, album will be released in May 2013 through Nuclear Blast — the label behind acts such as Anthrax, Nightwish and Meshuggah. Black Star Riders are one of the first bands signed by Monte Conner — the former Roadrunner A&R guru who has signed acts such as Slipknot, Machine Head, Sepultura and Rush. Conner recently joined Nuclear Blast as the president of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, a new US partnership he co-founded with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger.

Says Conner: “As a lifelong Thin Lizzy fan, I was floored by this lineup’s new material. Not only do the new songs sound like Thin Lizzy but they sound like CLASSIC Thin Lizzy. Black Star Riders totally captures the essence of what was great about the original band while at the same time adding something totally fresh and modern. Even when I heard the band decided to change their name, my interest in signing them did not waver for one second.”

The band are looking to support their May album release with European festivals shows in the summer of 2013 and follow this up with worldwide touring. The set list will consist of material from the new album and classic Thin Lizzy material.

Black Star Riders are:
Ricky Warwick – Vocals
Scott Gorham – Guitar
Damon Johnson – Guitar
Marco Mendoza – Bass
Jimmy DeGrasso – Drums

Visit Black Star Riders online at:
http://www.facebook.com/BLACKSTARRIDERSOFFICIAL

BSR’s official homepage http://www.BLACKSTARRIDERS.com/ launched December 24th.

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-Avantasia: First Samples Of THE MYSTERY OF TIME Online!

Finally! On http://www.tobiassammet.com/ you find the first audio samples, plus a view into the recording studios of Avantasia’s upcoming record THE MYSTERY OF TIME, which will be out in March 2013.

Tobi comments the 2-minute trailer with even more information:

“Hey friends, as you know I am currently working on a new Avantasia album. It’s a lot of work, but I am so proud of what we are creating right now — it’s amazing stuff. As my little Christmas gift to, and to make Christmas even a little more exciting for you, I’ll reveal some secrets today: Of course, Michael Kiske is on board again! I bet you expected this, you can hear him loud and clear, and he is still the number one vocalist in that range — unbelievable! But, what is really new: For the first time in the history of Avantasia, we’re working with a real symphonic orchestra: The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg! You may remember it, they have worked with Rammstein, Bryan Adams, Shania Twain, and also with Edguy on the HELLFIRE CLUB album. It’s an enchanting fairytale we are working on, so we really have no choice but to finally have a real orchestra — after all it’s an epic Rock, or probably Metal Opera! If you click on the clip below, you can check out the orchestra recordings and also, you’ll hear a little sample, a rough mix of what’s to come in March 2013: THE MYSTERY OF TIME! Enjoy… and Merry Christmas! – Tobi”

Watch the clip at: http://www.tobiassammet.com/

THE MYSTERY WORLD TOUR 2013

European leg:

13.04.2013 (CH) Pratteln – Z7
14.04.2013 (CH) Pratteln – Z7
16.04.2013 (I) Milan – Alcatraz
18.04.2013 (D) Ludwigsburg – MPH Arena
19.04.2013 (D) Kaufbeuren – All – Karthalle
20.04.2013 (D) Fulda – Esperanto Halle
22.04.2013 (D) Berlin – Tempodrom
23.04.2013 (D) Hamburg – Große Freiheit
25.04.2013 (D) Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
26.04.2013 (D) Lichtenfels – Stadthalle

http://www.tobiassammet.com/

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-earMusic/Eagle Rock Entertainment Kick Off 2013 With Deep Purple LIVE IN PARIS 1975

~Re-Mastered CD Reissue Hits Stores January 29~

NEW YORK, NY — 2013 will be a momentous year for Deep Purple. Not only is the band’s new album on the way (to be released April 30 via earMusic/Eagle Rock Entertainment), but 10 classic recordings from the Deep Purple canon will be exhumed, starting with the 2CD/digital release of LIVE IN PARIS 1975 on January 29 [2CD MSRP $17.98].

LIVE IN PARIS 1975 has been digitally re-mixed and re-mastered from the original multi-track recordings, sonically transmitting all the power and electricity of Deep Purple’s live stage prowess. Originally released via Purple Records, this historic concert is now presented in stunning, updated audio quality.

Recorded on April 17, 1975 at the Palais des Sports in Paris, this was the very last concert with famed guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who was leaving Deep Purple to form Rainbow. Blackmore, vocalist David Coverdale, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, keyboardist Jon Lord, and drummer Ian Paice roared with strength on such classics as “Burn,” “Stormbringer,” “Highway Star,” “Space Truckin’,” and the smash hit “Smoke On The Water.” Immersed in high energy solos and noteworthy improvisations, LIVE IN PARIS 1975 captures a significant moment in time in the band’s history, and is essential for any Deep Purple fan.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/eaglerocktv

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-Circle II Circle To Release SEASONS WILL FALL On January 29

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

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

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

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

SEASONS WILL FALL will be released in North America via Armoury Records on January 29, 2013.

Track List:
01. Diamond Blade
02. Without A Sound
03. Killing Death
04. Epiphany
05. End Of Emotion
06. Dreams That Never Die
07. Seasons Will Fall
08. Never Gonna Stop
09. Isolation
10. Sweet Despair
11. Downshot
12. Only Yesterday

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

http://www.circle2circle.net/
http://ww.ear-music.net/
http://www.eaglerockent.com/
http://ww.facebook.com/earMUSICofficial

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-Twenty Years In The Making… Roxy Blue Returns With 3 New Releases!!!

In 1992, Hard Rock fans were hit broadside with a momentous hard rock album, entitled WANT SOME?, that seemed to come out of nowhere. The band was Roxy Blue, and while they were relatively unknown outside of their hometown of Memphis, music industry insiders knew that there was something about this band that set them apart from all the pretty boy hair bands that were currently being signed on a daily basis. So much so that everyone wanted to work with Roxy Blue and be a part of their magic! When the smoke cleared, Motley Crue’s management team was chosen to head the ship, Guns N’ Roses Producer (Mike Clink) was chosen to produce their debut album, and Geffen Records was the label that would release it.

Word spread quickly that Roxy Blue was the hottest new band around and they became the darlings of the hard rock media. Management was gearing up to break Roxy Blue as “The Next Big Thing.” With constant comparisons to Van Halen, Warrant, and even Motley Crue everyone was feeling the energy and momentum surrounding this band. The band’s album, WANT SOME?, immediately broke the Top 40 on Billboard’s AOR chart and was even reported to be the “Most Spun Rock Record Of The Summer” by Record and Review Magazine. A tour with Babylon A.D. and Wildside kicked off the summer party while MTV constantly kept the band’s videos in rotation on shows like the “Top Twenty Countdown,” “Most Wanted,” and “Headbanger’s Ball.” The band was on a rocket-ride winning masses of fans in the process.

Just like a summer love affair, Roxy Blue was here and gone in the blink of an eye. It all came and went too quickly and fans were left wanting more! But something funny was going on in the music industry and a whole legion of hard rock hair-band fans were left scratching their heads as a genre they heavily supported was systematically being deconstructed… And the band would be left holding the distinction of “The Last Successful Hair Band Of All Time” according to the novel “The History Of Rock-n-Roll.”

Where did it all go? How could a band with such a huge momentum and powerful live show and tons of fans all of a sudden be gone? The fans were definitely left Wanting Some More; and twenty years later that’s what the fans are getting with the release of WANT SOME MORE, STRIPPED, and LIVE AT NIGHTMOVES all available through FnA Records ( http://www.fnarecords.net/ ).

FnA Records has formed an alliance with Roxy Blue to pick up where they left off. The best way to do this is to raid the vaults and pull out all the unreleased studio recordings, demos, B-sides, rarities, and live tracks recorded before and during the early Roxy Blue days.

FnA Records is proud to bring you these three albums available individually, as a three-pack (at a reduced price), and as autographed fan packs with a limited edition Roxy Blue guitar pic. However, as a present to the die-hard fans, anyone buying a three-pack (all three albums) prior to Christmas will receive a limited edition Roxy Blue guitar pic as well.

The first album WANT SOME MORE can best be described as an extension of the classic WANT SOME? album. Definitely not throw away tracks, the album is comprised of songs that could easily replace any track on the 1992 album. There are eleven solid never-before-heard tracks that will excite and titillate not only fans of Roxy Blue, but fans of good solid ’80s style hard rock. Following the eleven tracks are three demos for “Love’s Got A Hold On Me,” “Times Are Changin’,” and “Rock-A-Bye Baby,” and a live version of “Rob The Cradle” — all of which are fan favorites from the debut album.

The second release is an album called STRIPPED. Anyone who enjoyed the Unplugged Acoustic MTV type of shows will definitely enjoy this album. The majority of the tracks are all acoustic and in most cases in different tempos. Five of the thirteen tracks will be different versions of memorable tunes featured on the 1992 WANT SOME? album, while the remaining tracks will all be unheard tracks (stripped down and electric/wired up) from the band’s vault. Tracks like “Merry Go Down,” “Mississippi Moon,” “Blind By Belief,” “Cruisin'” and many others will fill the long lost desire for more material from this band. Some tracks may even illicit a double take… but you’ll only know that secret if you hear the album.

The last album is a live album called LIVE AT NIGHTMOVES. This show was recorded just prior to the band leaving to Los Angeles to record their debut album. This was a sort of farewell and see you soon with a new album show for the fans that supported the band throughout the years. The cool thing about this live disc besides the energy and onstage banter between songs is that there are a handful of songs (“All Tied Up,” “Outta Control,” and “Way Down In Dixie”) that were played during this show but were never recorded anywhere else period! Additionally, eight of the thirteen tracks were tunes that didn’t even make it to the debut album.

FnA Records, LLC
http://www.fnarecords.net/

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-Exodus’ “Desperados Stagedive Special” Online Now!

In April of 2012, dyed-in-the-wool thrashers Exodus toured South America. Now fans are granted the chance to be close to the thrashing on- and off-stage action — through a two-part “Desperados Stagedive Special”!

The show’s host Carlos Martinez reports exclusively as part of Exodus’ road crew. Straight through the jungle they make their way to the rock clubs of Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Chile, including trips to desert islands, ray fishing and much more.

Part 1
http://www.bunch.tv/news/desperados-stagedive-special-exodus-tourdoku-teil-1

After a short review of Rock in Rio 2011, part 1 starts with the band opening their Brazilian tour at the Metal Open Air in Sao Luis and the Abril Pro Rock Festival in Recife. The next destination is the megapolis Sao Paulo, where the first club show takes place and Carlos experiences the tough touring routine from a roadie’s perspective.

Part 2
http://www.bunch.tv/news/desperados-stagedive-special-exodus-tourdoku-teil-2

In part 2, the band enjoys a few days off to recharge the batteries for the upcoming shows — they use the time for exploring desert islands and for ray fishing. Club shows in Curitiba and Buenos Aires follow. On the road, the Californians have many a memorable experiences and share quite a few anecdotes of their touring life. As a grand finale, Exodus rock the Metal Fest in Santiago de Chile before heading home.

Exodus:
Rob Dukes (vocals)
Tom Hunting (drums)
Lee Altus (guitar)
Gary Holt (guitar)
Jack Gibson (bass)

http://www.exodusattack.com/

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-The New Swedish Melodic Rock Sensation Diamond Dawn To Unleash Their Debut Album OVERDRIVE On The Melodic Rock World, Out On Frontiers In February

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Diamond Dawn’s debut album OVERDRIVE on February 22nd in Europe and February 26th in North America.

Hailing from Goteborg, Sweden Diamond Dawn are easily one of the most promising Melodic Rock bands to come out from the Scandinavian underground scene. They came to the attention of the fans thanks to the digital release of the song “Standing As One,” which created a very nice buzz around the band’s abilities.

In a world where rock n roll seems to lack a certain positive nerve, the band stands for a vision of conveying energy and excitement through their pompous and melodic, yet hard rocking songs. With a clear vision of how melodic rock is supposed to be delivered, Diamond Dawn is ready to bring back the excitement to the music!

“Our intention is to have a good time, and make people wanna have a good time!” says guitarist Olle Lindahl. “We wanted to write some great music and release a rockin’ debut album; we definitely think that we managed to capture the positive energy that Diamond Dawn is all about. OVERDRIVE is the album that we would want to go out and buy and tell the world about!”

Musically the band has not changed the coordinates that were possible to envision in “Standing As One” (a re-recorded version of the song will also appear on the new album), however, as Olle tells, “We’re not doing what we do or sound like we do for the purpose of keeping something old alive. We’re a bunch of guys that love to play together and when we do, the sound and output comes naturally. Our music is very melodic and pompous rock with a strong positive nerve. Each band member comes from a different musical background and that is what definitely makes the sound what it is. There is no way to control that as long as you do what you feel like!”

So get the party started and enjoy OVERDRIVE which will probably end up being on many people’s best of list of 2013 even if the album will be released almost… at the beginning of the year!

Anticipated by the digital release of the awesome first single “Take Me Higher” on January 17th, OVERDRIVE final track listing will include the following eleven tracks:

1. Into Overdrive
2. Take Me Higher
3. Crying
4. Standing As One
5. California Rush
6. Indestructible
7. Turn It Up
8. The Hunter
9. Give It All
10. Don’t Walk Away
11. Powergames

Turn it up loud and enjoy a “Take Me Higher” sample following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwaHGhbwI8Q

Diamond Dawn
Olle Lindahl – Guitar/backing vocals
Alexander Strandell – Lead Vocals
Efraim Larsson – Drums/backing vocals
Jhonny Göransson – Guitar
Mikael Planefeldt – Bass
Niklas Arkbro – Keyboards

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

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-Covered Call Taps Lion’s Share Guitarist Lars Chriss For New Album Mix

Swedish melodic rockers Covered Call 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 sophomore album IMPACT will mark the recording debut of their new singer Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum, Madison), and new bass player Andy Loos (Lion’s Share, Glory).

“To hear Göran belt out the vocals made me shiver. It was exactly what I pictured the songs like,” says founding member and drummer Ronny Svanströmer.

Covered Call will prove, once again, that their brand of hook layered rock is a force to be reckoned with.

Band Links:
http://www.coveredcall.se/

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-Upcoming Releases From Lion Music

Airless – CHANGES
14 February 2013

Track List:
1. Start Again
2. I Don’t Care
3. Upstream
4. Dead Inside
5. Changes
6. Till The End Of Time
7. Rescue Me
8. Gone Too Far
9. Reach For You
10. Come Back Home
11. Latest Prophecy

Lion Music are excited to announce the release of CHANGES, the new album from Spain’s leading melodic hard rock act Airless, on 14 February 2013.

Five years after the release of FIGHT album, Airless are once again rocking on all levels, lush vocal melodies combine flawlessly with the stellar guitar work of Robert Rodrigo; all backed up by a hard working rhythm section.

The new album sees keyboard parts now played by a dedicated keyboardist in guest musician Diego Rois, and this has given a stronger aspect to this side of the bands sound. Elsewhere legendary vocalist Danny Vaughn (Tyketto / Waysted / Vaughn) performs guest vocals on the title track.

CHANGES is the sound of a band full of confidence and at the top of their game. Four albums into their career the band have formulated a signature sound, no doubt aided by the first class guitar work of Robert Rodrigo, one of Spain’s best known rock guitarsts and endorser of Ibanez Guitars, Orange amps and DiMarzio pickups.

The band’s sound, whilst based on the classic American melodic hard rock sound, has featured more European hallmarks in certain chord progressions and melodies. If you have a penchant for bands in the mould of Hagar era Van Halen, White Lion and Harem Scarem then Airless are a must hear.

Born in January 2002 Airless soon signed with the company Vinny Records. Their self titled debut album was released in June 2002 and produced by Carlos Creator, it was released worldwide.

Airless’ second album, 2ND ROUND (2005), was also produced by Carlos Creator and released by Lion Music (Mellow Music / Japan). Promoting 2ND ROUND, Airless shared the stage with renowned bands like Riot, Tyketto and Dare.

The band’s third album, FIGHT (2008), was once again released by Lion Music. During the promotion of FIGHT, Airless played on several Hard Rock/AOR Fests, and shared stage with bands like Vega, Serpentine, Houston, and Reckless Love.

The band began work on the composition of new material for their fourth album during 2009 and 2010 before taking a sabbatical in 2011. The band reconvened in 2012 to finish the album CHANGES is set for release on CD and Digital Download on 14 February 2013 once again on Lion Music.

Early Cross – PATHFINDER
14 February 2013
LMC335 / EAN6419922003350

Track List:
1. Ashes & Yarrow
2. Cry Havoc
3. Hymn To The Fallen
4. In The Half Light Of The Canyon
5. Cairn
6. The Pilgrimage
7. The Fog

Lion Music are proud to introduce the debut album PATHFINDER by Japanese atmospheric rock/metal outfit Early Cross on 14 February 2013.

Early Cross are a four piece band comprising of Natasha Vaichuk (Vocals), Hiroaki Kato (6 & 12 String Guitars, Bouzouki, Pianos, Mellotrons, Organs), Yugo Maeda (Bass) and Yushi Soutome (Drums).

With a sound much bigger than the sum of their parts, PATHFINDER is a strong label debut full of carefully crafted music, depth, musical richness and emotion with a dark foreboding presence that will find favor with fans of Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Day Six, The Gathering, The Wishing Tree, etc.

Home to a clean and powerful production, Early Cross are set to make a powerful impact on the rock and metal world outside their native Japan and the band are looking to tour in Europe in 2013.

The album’s creation started with the band writing the music at the end of 2010 and worked on it little by little in parallel with playing at several rock festivals. Work on the lyrics, commenced in 2011 under the consultation of Mustumi Tanamura who was in charge of the lyrical and vocal direction for the album, which have been soulfully delivered by the bands vocalist Natasha Vaichuk.

In 2011, Japan was struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, which saw the band activities temporarily suspended. Thereafter, the band restarted their activities by joining Lion Music’s benefit album EMBRACE THE SUN which saw all profits go to the Japan Red Cross Appeal.

In summer 2012, recording the album began at Studio NEST. Jan Erik Liljeström from Anekdoten participated as a guest musician. The album was mixed by Christer-André Cederberg (ex-Animal Alpha, ex-In The Woods…) who has been nominated five times in the Norwegian Grammy Awards and is well-known for working with Anathema, Circus Maximus, New Empire, Petter Carlsen, et al.

The mastering of the album was done at Propeller Mastering, Oslo, Norway by Chris Sansom who has been in charge of a number of masterpieces by Anathema, Jaga Jazzist, Motorpsycho, Bernhoft, Enslaved, Bertine Zetlitz, et al. This excellent team, one of the best Norwegian production teams, led the album to its completion.

The artwork was created by Takashi Miyamoto, a truly talented graphic designer who has been involved in the production of “Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn,” Otomo Katsuhiro’s “Farewell To Weapons,” etc.

Early Cross prove that there is a burgeoning metal scene pushing the envelope of styles in their homeland and PATHFINDER will give listeners worldwide the chance to taste metal by one of Japan’s most promising acts.

Musicians:
Natasha Vaichuk – Vocals
Hiroaki Kato – 6 & 12 String Guitars, Bouzouki, Pianos, Mellotrons, Organs
Yugo Maeda – Bass
Yushi Soutome – Drums

Guests:
Jan Erik Liljeström – Spoken Words on “The Fog”
Mutsumi Tanamura – Spoken Words on “The Pilgrimage”
Shigetsugu Hagiya – Additional Guitar on “The Pilgrimage”

Credits:
Music by Hiroaki Kato
Lyrics by Natasha Vaichuk, Mutsumi Tanamura, Louis Sesto
Produced by Hiroaki Kato
Co-produced by Ryota Omachi
Mixed by Christer-André Cederberg
Mastered by Chris Sansom at Propeller Mastering – Oslo, Norway
Recorded at Studio NEST – Chiba, Japan, June-July 2012
Engineered by Kenji Kikuchi, Naoki Kikuchi, Minoru Uchida
Additional Recording at Gryning Studios – Chiba, Japan
Lyrical & Vocal Direction by Mutsumi Tanamura
Artwork, Logo & Photographs by Takashi Miyamoto

Official Websites:
http://www.earlycrossband.com/
http://www.facebook.com/earlycrossband/
http://www.twitter.com/early_cross/
http://www.youtube.com/EarlyCrossOfficial/
http://www.earlycross.bandcamp.com/
http://www.lastfm.jp/music/EARLY+CROSS/

Lion Promo Page:
http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/pathfinder.htm

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

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-Napalm Records News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

Gloryhammer: For The Glory Of Dundee

Alestorm mastermind Christopher Bowes is ready to conquer the Scottish highlands with his new band Gloryhammer!

Greetings my friends and fellow warriors,

Today we can announce that Gloryhammer’s debut album TALES FROM THE KINGDOM OF FIFE will be released on March 29th 2013, through Napalm Records. We are also thrilled to show to you the album artwork, painstakingly handcrafted by Dan Goldsworthy (responsible for the album covers of Accept, Hell, Sylosis, and many more). The art depicts the great hero Angus McFife, questing valiantly through the frozen highlands, wielding the Hammer of Glory. A truly magnificent piece, I’m sure you’ll agree. We can also reveal to you for the first time, the track listing of the album:

1. Anstruther’s Dark Prophecy
2. The Unicorn Invasion Of Dundee
3. Angus McFife
4. Quest For The Hammer Of Glory
5. Magic Dragon
6. Silent Tears Of Frozen Princess
7. Amulet Of Justice
8. Hail To Crail
9. Beneath Cowdenbeath
10. The Epic Rage Of Furious Thunder

There will also be a “Limited First Pressing Heroic Edition” of the album, presented in a luxurious digi-pak format with alternate artwork, featuring the bonus track “Wizards!” Like the name suggests, this version will only be available in limited quantities, so get your copy fast! FOR THE GLORY OF DUNDEE!

https://www.facebook.com/gloryhammer

Summoning: New Vinyl Available

Summoning fans! To shorten the wait for the new album of Austria’s Epic Black Metal legend, we worked hard for you and can proudly announce the release of the band’s 2001 masterpiece LET MORTAL HEROES SING YOUR FAME for the FIRST time ever on vinyl!

You can now pre-order these strictly limited DLP colored gatefold editions through our online shop! The album is available in two editions — limited to 200 copies DLP gatefold gold vinyl + hand signed photo card by Protector himself and limited to 300 copies DLP gatefold yellow vinyl without the photo card.

http://www.napalmrecords.com/

Napalm Records: Exclusive X-Mas Compilation

Every year at Christmas, Santa Claus brings us presents and that’s why Captain Napalm will follow this generous tradition and presents the fans with an exclusive label compilation. The sampler offers 15 singles from Napalm’s current artists like Tiamat, Grave Digger, The Sorrow and many more. The compilation is available digitally for a great price at numerous digital vendors. Take that, “Last Christmas”!

https://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords

Summoning: OLD MORNINGS DAWN

The new Summoning album is entitled OLD MORNINGS DAWN. We will present you with a teaser consisting of brand-new material soon. In the upcoming weeks, we will let you know the release date of the approaching Epic Black Metal masterpiece once Silenius has recorded his vocal lines.

http://www.summoning.info/

Powerwolf: First Live Dates For 2013

11.-13.07.13 DE – Neunkirchen-Vluyn / Dong Open Air
26.07.13 SI – Tolmin / Metal Days
27.07.13 DE – Chemnitz / Rock im Betonwerk
01.-03.08.13 DE – Wacken / Wacken Open Air
15.-17.08.13 DE – Dinkelsbühl / Summer Breeze Festival
15.-17.08.13 SE – Falun Rockstad / Falun

http://www.powerwolf.net/

Moonspell: North American Tour

Legendary dark metallers and Napalm Records recording artists Moonspell will be joining the “Voices From The Dark” tour, touring alongside Marduk, Inquisition, Death Wolf, and The Foreshadowing. Sponsored by Hails & Horns magazine and currently spanning 24 dates across North America, the “Voices From The Dark” tour begins February 20th in Springfield, Virginia and concludes March 16th in Atlanta, Georgia. Here are the CONFIRMED dates/venues thus far:

“VOICES FROM THE DARK” North American Tour
MOONSPELL, MARDUK, INQUISITION, THE FORESHADOWING, DEATH WOLF
20.02.13 US – Springfield, VA @ Empire
21.02.13 US – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
22.02.13 US – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
23.02.13 US – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
24.02.13 CA – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
25.02.13 CA – Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
26.02.13 US – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
27.02.13 US – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
28.02.13 US – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
01.03.13 CA – Winnipeg, MB @ Osborne Village Inn
02.03.13 CA – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
03.03.13 CA – Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
04.03.13 CA – Calgary, AB @ Dickens
05.03.13 CA – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
06.03.13 US – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
07.03.13 US – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
08.03.13 US – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Opera House
09.03.13 US – Los Angeles, CA @ The Vex
10.03.13 US – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
11.03.13 US – Albuquerque, NM @ TBC
12.03.13 US – Dallas, TX @ Tomcats West
13.03.13 US – San Antonio, TX @ Korova
15.03. 13 US – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
16.03.13 US – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

Moonspell vocalist/founder commented on his band’s upcoming North American tour: “The time for a North American tour is finally up, and we are proud to return overseas to bring you all the darkened magic of our Portuguese legend and sound, a rebellion made of passion and communion with the fans. We invite you all to witness the charm and power of ALPHA NOIR and OMEGA WHITE, but also to celebrate with us our 20th anniversary as a band and time-travel with us to WOLFHEART, IRRELIGIOUS, and songs never played before in the American territory. The time has come to gather the pack — let the games begin!!!”

Moonspell’s ALPHA NOIR and companion OMEGA WHITE albums were released by NAPALM RECORDS in North America this past May. For more info, consult http://www.moonspell.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/moonspellband , http://www.myspace.com/moonspell , http://www.twitter.com/#!/moonspell , http://www.soundcloud.com/moonspell , and http://www.napalmrecords.com .

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

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-Famous Underground Signs With Dust On The Tracks Records

Canadian Metallic Hard Rockers Famous Underground has just inked a worldwide two-album deal with German label Dust On The Tracks Records (DOTT). The debut album which is slated for April 2013, will be released through Sony (Europe), MVD (USA), RSK (UK) and Universal (Canada).

Nicholas Walsh says “It’s great to know that our music can reach many people. We had multiple labels interested in the band, and ultimately went with DOTT due to their understanding of our music and how and where it needs to be exposed.”

Laurie-Anne Green states “Under the stable of Rock ‘n’ Growl Management and DOTT Records we feel that we have a great team to propel us forward into the New Year.”

The lineup is:
Nicholas Walsh – Vocals/Guitars
Laurie-Anne Green – Bass/BG Vocals
Rick Corvese – Guitars
Darren Boyd – Guitars
Desche Sparboom – Drums

Famous Underground’s sound and music is edgy, melodic and hooky bringing a paradigm shift to the arena of rock. It’s been said that they have created something fresh and exciting in an otherwise stagnated genre. With the conclusion that no-one has definitive comparisons, Carl Begai, writer with elite hard rock/metal magazine BW&BK, describes the new recording as “it’s a darker if-Metallica-were-Guns-N’-Roses direction with this brand new album.”

Famous Underground’s self-titled studio release was produced by Nick Walsh and mixed by Darius Szczepaniak (Sum 41, Black Crowes, Big Sugar, Sacrifice) at Rouge Valley Studio in Toronto. The new recording takes Walsh’s writing to a more defined state where the lyrics delve more into the complexities of the real world.

These musicians have independently garnered critical acclaim supporting such acts as Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Kid Rock, Black Sabbath, Billy Talent, Yngwie Malmsteen, April Wine and many other international acts.

http://www.facebook.com/famousunderground
http://www.famousunderground.tv
http://www.myspace.com/revolvercanada
http://www.youtube.com/nicktoxik
http://www.twitter.com/famousundergrnd

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-7th Heaven Welcomes Anthony Fedorov

We are happy to announce Anthony Fedorov as our new lead singer. Anthony has an amazing story and an incredible accomplishments list. Not only was he a season 4 finalist on “American Idol,” but the things he has done since that time really sets him apart from many others. His amazing voice and ability to sing in so many different genres and languages, makes him a strong asset to 7th Heaven. We are taking no break, as we start up with Anthony on our private shows in two weeks. We will have our first public show with him on February 15 at John Barleycorn in Schaumburg. We have a solid schedule booked up and will release our dates thru May in our next newsletter in a couple weeks. Furthermore, our website is currently being re-designed from the ground up, so it will be a basic splash page with a video of Anthony’s journey to 7th Heaven! Please give him a big Chicago welcome on February 15. Thanks for your support.
– Richie – 7th heaven

Check out the video we did to introduce him here:

The video will also be available on our website around 3 a.m. January 1, 2013 (Chicago time)

Thanks for all your continued support.

We love playing and as long as you keep coming out to see us play, we’ll continue to be there.

Richard Hofherr
7th Heaven
http://www.7thheavenband.com/

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-Raven Lord Announces Release Date Of Debut Album

Heavy Metal weights Raven Lord announce in their second Episode of “Raven Lord TV” video podcast the release date for their debut album DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD. The singer for the band, Csaba Zvekan, reveals in the video that February 1st 2013 is to be the start date for European Sales. On the North American market it will be available on February 12th 2013.

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

“Raven Lord TV – Episode 2 – Release Date And Shows” can be watched online here:

Raven Lord recently added Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) as their keyboarder to the band.

The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström and was mastered by US mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum. The cover artwork was created by Brazilian artist Caio Caldas of CadiesArt, who has previously worked with Doro, Seven Kingdoms, Dominanz and others.

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

“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.”

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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-Vamp And Brett Walker Reissues Available Now On Divebomb Records

Originally released in 1989, Vamp’s THE RICH DON’T ROCK album should be held in the same regard as other classic hard rock albums of the era. Produced by Tony Platt (AC/DC, Foreigner) and stuffed to the rafters with arena-ready choruses, hooky guitars and Tom Bellini’s ballsy vocals, THE RICH DON’T ROCK was a creative triumph for the German group. But like the other artists we’ve made part of the Divebomb Records family, Vamp were victims of their record label’s shortsightedness and their album went nowhere commercially.

Being the hard rock fiends we are, Divebomb Records has tracked down the members of Vamp and we’ve partnered with the band to bring THE RICH DON’T ROCK back with the love and attention it deserves.

THE RICH DON’T ROCK has been unavailable since the late ’80s and this Divebomb Records Deluxe Edition features newly re-mastered band-supplied audio, 15 unreleased professional studio demos, 2012 interview with the entire band and archival live photos.

Vamp – THE RICH DON’T ROCK (DELUXE EDITION)
CD/Digital
1/8/13

Track List:

DISC 1
1. Heartbreak, Heartache
2. Like I Want
3. The Rich Don’t Rock
4. Love Games
5. Renegade
6. All Nite
7. Lonely Nights
8. Stand By Me
9. Bleeding
10. Talk Is Cheap
11. Shout
12. Why

BONUS TRACKS
13. The Rich Don’t Rock (12″ EP Version)
14. Why (12″ EP Version)
15. Shout (12″ EP Version)

DISC 2
ONE SMACK KILLER – DEMOS

1. Little Bit
2. Love Starved Woman
3. Dead In The Backseat
4. Junkyard D.O.G. (Dirty Old Geezer)
5. One Smack Killer
6. Gimme Some Lovin’
7. I Don’t Know
8. The Big Mess

THE RICH DON’T ROCK – DEMOS

9. Lonely Nights
10. What About Love
11. Down And Dirty
12. Waste Of Time
13. Love Games
14. Don’t Bite
15. Talk Is Cheap

For Fans Of:
Europe, Helix, Cinderella and Britny Fox

Originally released in 1994 on Swedish independent label, Empire Records, American singer/songwriter Brett Walker’s debut NEVERTHELESS impressively charted in Scandinavia’s Top 40. Brett Walker, who was following up his chart success with Alias’ Top 10 smash “Waiting For Love,” delivered 12 tracks of sure fire melodic rock magic.

Besides once again flexing his own masterful writing muscle with single “Lecia” (which would crack the Top 10 in Europe), he found himself teaming up with industry heavyweights Jonathan Cain (Journey, Bad English), Jim Peterik (Survivor), Stan Bush and Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch) hoping to strike commercial gold once again. These partnerships proved extremely successful with tracks like “Bad Time For Goodbye,” “More Than A Memory,” “Hard To Find An Easy Way,” and “Take Me Home” all becoming immediate fan favorites and remaining completely relevant in today’s music market despite the passage of nearly 20 years. NEVERTHELESS is a timeless album for a timeless style of American melodic rock.

NEVERTHELESS has been unavailable since the mid-’90s and this Divebomb Records edition features newly re-mastered audio, a 2012 interview with Brett Walker conducted by Line Of Fire’s Shawn Pelata and personal photos from the album’s recording sessions.

Brett Walker – NEVERTHELESS
CD/Digital
1/8/13

1. Hard To Find An Easy Way
2. Lecia
3. Everything I Want To Do
4. Take Me Home
5. Never Gave Roses
6. Quicksand
7. Didn’t Mean To Say Goodbye
8. Bring Back The Night
9. No Fire Without You
10. Bad Time For Goodbyes
11. More Than A Memory
12. Give A Little Love

BONUS TRACK
13. Midnight Angel (2012 Remix)

For Fans Of:
Bryan Adams, Journey, Def Leppard and Daughtry

Divebomb Records
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http://twitter.com/tribunalrecords
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-Kingcrow: Atmospheric Prog Band To Release Fifth Album Via Sensory

The progressive metal aficionados at New Jersey-based Sensory Records this week announce the pending release of the newest album from Italy’s Kingcrow, IN CRESCENDO.

While working in a mostly progressive metal direction in the earlier days, Kingcrow has increasingly expanded the scope of their sound to encompass elements of rock, nowadays rounded-out in a culmination of strong atmospheric component similar to Riverside, Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd but also bearing a heavier, metallic semblance to Opeth and Dream Theater. This is boldly present on the band’s fifth studio full-length, IN CRESCENDO, the new album encompassing nearly an hour over eight epic movements. Produced by the band’s own Diego and Thundra Cafolla at Sound Under Pressure in Rome, the massive album was then mixed by Giampiero Ulacco and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

Over the past two years Kingcrow has expanded the band’s fanbase through European tours in support of both Redemption and Jon Oliva, in addition to performances at ProgPower Europe and ProgPower USA. Plans for a US tour are being devised for 2013 in support of IN CRESCENDO.

Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge, will release IN CRESCENDO in North America on February 12th. Stay tuned for further updates as the new album nears release and as Kingcrow takes to the road in the New Year.

IN CRESCENDO Track Listing:
1. Right Before
2. This Ain’t Another Love Song
3. The Hatch
4. Morning Rain
5. The Drowning Line
6. The Glass Fortress
7. Summer ’97
8. In Crescendo

Kingcrow Lineup:
Diego Cafolla – guitars
Ivan Nastasi – guitars
Diego Marchesi – vocals
Thundra Cafolla – drums
Francesco D’Errico- bass
Cristian Della Polla – keyboards

http://www.kingcrow.it/
http://www.lasersedgegroup.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge

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-Secret Sphere’s New Video “Lie To Me” Posted Online

Italian power/progressive metal band Secret Sphere posted a new music video for the track “Lie To Me.” The track appears on the band’s latest LP PORTRAIT OF A DYING HEART. Directed by Ludovico Galletti & Sam Skenia for LAB35 films featuring as actress Chiara “Dirty” Brambilla from Ladydiabolika Dolls. The new video can be streamed below:

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 – Rythm and lead guitar
Michele Luppi – Vocals
Andrea Buratto – Bass
Gabriele Ciaccia – Keyboards
Marco Pastorino – Rythm 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, 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 album 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, 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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-Kilmara: More Video Footage From Recording Sessions

Spanish metallers Kilmara has been recording between September and December the music from band’s new record LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES at Grapow Studios (Slovakia) with Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween) as producer. The video from the recording sessions can be streamed below:

In January Christian “Wolf” Kohl will travel to Slovakia to finish the vocal recordings. The new album will be released during the first half of 2013.

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

LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES will feature guest appearances by Dave Imbernön from Enuma Elish on keyboards and Kaleb from young Spanish pagan death metal band Drakum on the violin.

http://www.facebook.com/kilmaraofficial
http://www.twitter.com/KILMARA_DFTW
http://www.kilmara.com/
http://www.myspace.com/kilmara
http://www.youtube.com/kilmaraofficial

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-Enforcer: Free Download Of The New Track “Mesmerized By Fire”

In advance of their new studio album DEATH BY FIRE (out: February, 1st), Enforcer release a free download for their new track “Mesmerized By Fire” today.

Click here:
http://www.nuclearblast.de/en/label/music/band/about/2782176.enforcer.html

On January, 18th “Mesmerized By Fire” will also be released on a limited vinyl version:

Track list:
A: Mesmerized By Fire
B: You Can Be (non album track)

Olof Wikstrand comments:
“‘Mesmerized By Fire’ is more or less the title track from the DEATH BY FIRE album. I think within four minutes it captures pretty much everything about Enforcer: intensity and power mixed with a touch of melody and melancholy. The B-side is a cover of Nagazaki’s ‘You Can Be.’ It is a track with mega potential from a band that unfortunately never made it in the ’80s.”

Enforcer on tour 2013:

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 – Würzburg – 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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-Power Thrashers Edge Of Attack Premiere New Track “In Hell” Off Upcoming Self-Titled Album on MetalUnderground.com

Grande Prairie, AB power-thrash five-piece Edge Of Attack have teamed up with MetalUnderground.com to premiere their latest single “In Hell” from their upcoming self-titled album set for release on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 on Halifax metal label Spread The Metal Records.

To hear the track please visit:
http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=87411

Album pre-order available at:
http://spreadthemetalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/edge-of-attack

Produced by EAO guitarist/vocalist Jurekk Whipple, the debut features ten tracks of haunting vocals, shredding guitars, complex bass lines, 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

“Forever” Music Video

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

Bio:
No good could possibly come out of the frigid Northern lands of Alberta, you say? Well, sorry to tell you, there’s an exception to every rule. Enter smoldering power-thrash five-piece Edge Of Attack.

Combining haunting vocals, shredding guitars, complex bass lines, furious drumming and choral and symphonic arrangements with surprising depth, Edge Of Attack has not only taken the metal scene by storm, but also by surprise. Having been featured in Revolver magazine, you’d think the band has surely been around for years, but truth be told, they’ve accomplished all this while releasing no more than two singles.

Representing the changes that have taken place and the reinvention of Edge Of Attack’s sound, the self-titled album, which was produced by guitarist/vocalist Jurekk Whipple himself and is soon to be released with Spread the Metal Records, is, simply put, a reawakening and rebirthing of power metal with thrash creeping its way into the picture.

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-Volbeat To Play Hove 2013

Danish rock band Volbeat is confirmed to play Norwegian festival Hove next summer. The Copenhagen group has over the years gathered a large fan base in Norway and will play the festival on Wednesday, July the 3rd.

Says Toffen Gunnufsen, head booker at Hove:

“Volbeat has developed into one of the biggest rock acts in Scandinavia and the rest of the world, and we know they have a big and devoted following in Norway. They rank very high on our audience’s wish list.”

Volbeat has since year 2000 released four albums and recently confirmed that their new album will be released during 2013. Their fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal, punk and rockabilly and their energetic live performances have gained them a worldwide reputation as a live attraction, and the group has shared stage with names such as Metallica, Motörhead, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax.

Hove Festival 2013 will take place from 2nd of July – 5th of July, in beautiful surroundings on the island of Tromøya, situated on the south coast of Norway. Other artists confirmed so far are among others Kings Of Leon, Bullet For My Valentine, Stone Sour, Asking Alexandria, Enter Shikari and Torche.

For more information:
http://www.hovefestivalen.no/

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-Sammal Announce Release Date For Debut On Svart

Today, Svart Records announces January 18th, 2013 as the release date for Sammal’s self-titled debut, to be available on both CD and LP formats. A mesmerizing and often gorgeous amalgamation of Finnish prog and ’70s rock, the first revelation of Sammal’s SAMMAL can be heard/viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2LPKc5tIpk. Track listing is as follows:

Track listing for Sammal’s SAMMAL:
1. Puolikuu
2. Esox Lucius
3. Jäniksen Vuoksi
4. Kaikki Kortit
5. Näennäiskäännännäinen
6. Lehtipuiden Alle
7. Jokainen Pysyköön Uskossaan
8. Veneenrakentaja
9. Kylmää Usvaa

Sammal is that good old friend you’ve never met. Free from the confines of a scene or part of any genre wave, like the wild moss their name translates to. They have conjured a rare album, quite of its own but nostalgic in only the best way. A band that manages to capture a sense of golden moments in Finnish music, naturally and without pretensions. Vocals that soar confidently and warmly with beautiful lyrics which, though sung entirely in Finnish, are utterly relatable due to the passion in the voice and beauty of the compositions, made more arcane by the sentiments the sound evokes. Lyrics translated inside the booklet are a magic discovery of a band that inspires more about their culture and heart than most well-known Finnish bands today.

“Sammal began when we were staying at our singer’s summer cottage one autumn, listening to classic rock and prog LPs with a barely functioning vintage turntable,” comments guitarist/keyboardist Jura Salmi. “We had played in English language bands for some years, and that night we discussed our common interest to write songs in our native language and to follow the freely flowing creative spirit we heard on these records. We wanted to use music and the Finnish language to paint landscapes that are completely alien to modern-day stress and musical pigeonholing. Free association and freedom of expression are still at the core of Sammal.”

Touching on these deep themes, rarely does a voice emote and sound so ubiquitous or wiser in modern rock. Through their riffs, solos, and vintage keys, you can find traces of everything that made Love Records and Finnish prog so beloved, not only in their home country but abroad. Sammal give the same impression of a band Finns can be proud of, while doing a great service to their musical culture and heritage. They have a masterful natural command of classic rock music that surpasses their age with nods to Thin Lizzy, Camel, Birth Control, Budgie, and the epic guitar journeys of the Allman Brothers, while all along carving their own unique path. Redefining the term “modern classic” in an age of lesser pretenders. One of the greatest modern interpretations of classic Scandinavian progressive rock we have ever come across. Sink into the forest rock moss with Sammal!

More Info:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sammal/109324700030
http://www.svartrecords.com/

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-Check out a promo trailer for Circle II Circle’s upcoming SEASONS WILL FALL at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxBl_sDUUfM . See http://www.circle2circle.net/ for more.

-Eden’s Curse will release its new album via AFM Records this summer. The first studio video diary features guitarist Thorsten Koehne, drummer Pete Newdeck, and bassist Paul Logue, and deals with songwriting sessions, focusing on the track “Evil & Devine.” Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1FoCDNV1mk . The band is in the running for an appearance at this year’s Sweden Rock Festival, and is asking for fan votes at http://www.swedenrock.com/index.cfm?lg=2&pg=82 . For more info, check out http://www.EdensCurse.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/edenscurseofficial , and http://www.twitter.com/edenscurse .

-HammerFall’s live set GATES OF DALHALLA entered the official DVD charts in Sweden and Germany at #4 and #6, respectively. Check out videos of “Threshold” at http://youtu.be/0ntbExKqZuk and “HammerFall” at http://youtu.be/BF-WYdnCB1Q , and get a free Songpier app at http://songpier.com/hammerfall . See http://www.hammerfall.net/ for more.

-Check out an interview with HeavyMetalTelevision.com’s Eric Braverman at http://www.hangar19radio.com/interview-eric-braverman-of-heavymetaltelevision-com/ .

-There’s a new 10-minute video interview with Helloween’s Andi Deris and Sascha Gerstner, from TVRockLive.com, online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EssK7ma_Dg0&feature=youtu.be .

-All five of Holy Grail’s track-by-track features are now online at http://bit.ly/V7viVC , http://bit.ly/R6EF78 , http://bit.ly/SUY8pL , http://bit.ly/U8B3zU , and http://bit.ly/VPQTMF . The band’s Nuclear Blast debut RIDE THE VOID is due out January 18. The digital iTunes single for “Dark Passenger” is available at http://bit.ly/TJbzH7 , and the song’s limited “Dark Passenger” 7″ vinyl single (which includes the non-album track “Go Down Swinging”) is available at http://www.nuclearblast.de/suche/holy_grail_dark_passenger . Holy Grail consists of singer James-Paul Luna, guitarists Eli Santana and Alex Lee, bassist Blake Mount, and drummer Tyler Meahl. See http://holygrailofficial.com/ for more.

-For a brief yet informative take on legendary actor Christopher Lee’s forays into the world of heavy metal music, check out Attention Deficit Delirium’s piece at http://www.bryanreesman.com/2012/12/25/its-a-christopher-lee-christmas/ .

-Lowside — featuring former Lillian Axe members Ron Taylor and Darrin DeLatte along with Craig Cowsert and Mel Bittick — digitally released its 11-track self-titled debut in December. Track list: “Here And Now,” “Fear For You,” “Better,” “Numb,” “All But Gone,” “Change My Mind,” “Good Reason,” “Rise Above,” “Any Day,” “Of This Earth,” “Allow Me.” The album is available through iTunes, Amazon, and Rhapsody, and a trailer/sampler is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT-hH9tShoE . See http://www.lowside.net/ , https://www.facebook.com/pages/LOWSIDE/50717003334 , and http://www.reverbnation.com/lowside for more.

-The Sweden Rock Festival announced Survivor has been added to this year’s roster; it will be the band’s first-ever appearance in Scandinavia. The fest’s updated lineup: Kiss, Rush, Europe, Status Quo, Saxon, Accept, Krokus, Survivor, Five Finger Death Punch, Candlemass, UFO, Amon Amarth, Sonata Arctica, Kreator, Doro, Demon, Raubtier, Leningrad Cowboys, Hypocrisy, Threshold, Firewind, Jon English, Paradise Lost, Hardline, Manilla Road, Vader, Ihsahn, Amaranthe, Satan, Tankard, Crazy Lixx, Naglfar, Bullet, Sister Sin, Axxis, Morgana Lefay, Witchcraft, Nine Below Zero, Civil War, Audrey Horne, Huntress, Leprous, The Scams, Martin Prahl’s Skelter Wheel. See http://www.swedenrock.com/ for more.

Thanks to Ron Taylor, Bryan Reesman, Axel Wiesenauer, and Earsplit PR for help gathering some of this information.

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