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Detritus Issue #638

Detritus
Issue #638
Week of January 28, 2013
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-I think 2013 must be the Chinese “Year Of The Big Issue” or something. Thirty-four press releases?! – Tim

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-Queensryche Signs Record Deal With Cleopatra

New Lineup For 25th Anniversary MINDCRIME Tour Now Set In Stone With Addition Of Drummer Simon Wright And Guitarist Robert Sarzo

Queensryche — featuring original lead singer Geoff Tate at the helm — have just signed a worldwide record deal with Los Angeles-based independent record label, Cleopatra Records.

Although a lineup was originally announced in the fall of 2012, things have changed.

The band will now feature Tate along with bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Dio, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche 1998 – 2001), keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth), drummer Bobby Blotzer and stellar new additions, guitarist Robert Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Hurricane) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio, Rhino Bucket). Wright will be in the studio and on the road with the band, while Blotzer will be primarily utilized in the studio.

Queensryche, with all members cited above, will soon be entering the studio for the first Cleopatra effort due out later this year.

The recording will mark the band’s thirteenth studio album and its first with this particular lineup.

Legendary guitar slinger K.K. Downing of Judas Priest fame will be making a special guest appearance on the forthcoming CD.

“I try to surround myself with the best players available and feel our longtime fans deserve nothing less,” states Geoff Tate. “I expect the forthcoming effort to be one of our best yet.”

New member Simon Wright expressed his excitement by stating, “I’m very much looking forward to being involved in the Queensryche project with Geoff. I’ve always admired his singing and songwriting and working with Rudy Sarzo again is going to be cool! Between this and my other project, Dio Disciples, I look forward to a very busy year!”

Beginning in early April, Queensryche will be hitting the road to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band’s epic 1988 release, OPERATION: MINDCRIME, performing all fifteen songs from the album (including “Revolution Calling,” “Operation: Mindcrime,” “I Don’t Believe In Love” and “Eyes Of A Stranger”) along with other well-known hits and rarities from the catalog they’ve compiled over the past 30 years (see list of scheduled dates below).

Last November, Tate released his first solo CD in over a decade titled, KINGS & THIEVES (InsideOut Music) and toured with his solo band in support of the CD, which included dates with the legendary Alice Cooper.

For additional information, please see Queensryche’s official website at http://www.queensryche.com/ .

25TH ANNIVERSARY OPERATION: MINDCRIME TOUR 2013*

April 6 – Peppermill Casino in West Wendover, Nevada
April 9 – Belly Up in Aspen, Colorado
April 11 – Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado
April 12 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 13 – Chrome in Las Vegas, Nevada
April 14 – Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona
April 16 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
April 17 – The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
April 18 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
April 19 – Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California
April 20 – Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California
April 21 – Fillmore in San Francisco, California
April 22 – Ace of Spades in Sacramento, California

*More dates to be announced.

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-Blind Guardian: Update On The Orchestra CD!

[Note: This is from NuclearBlast.de. – Tim]

For many years, the members of Blind Guardian have talked about it — finally lead singer Hansi Kürsch gives a certain update about it: the orchestral CD! Hansi published the following news on their homepage:

Hi there,

…first a late, but still fresh, Happy New Year to everyone. After getting rid of some bonus pounds gained over the last few months due to live abstinence we are now getting ready for a very busy and exciting year of creativity and efficiency. Wishful thinking, you think? Blasphemy, I would reply! As most of you may have recognized, we have been busy all during 2012 with some additional touring activity and some extra missions, such as the completion of A TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO SPACE AND TIME, which is a great legacy. It features all of our material from the Virgin era in a new and accurate framework, beautifully designed by Felipe Machado. The whole box offers a great insight about that particular part of our career. Even though it took us more time than expected, we are really pleased with the final result. It’s something we are really proud of and something which you hopefully are going to enjoy as much as we do. I just got my sample yesterday, and am really blown away.

This, of course, has not been the only thing we were doing during the last year. For the sake of fun and leisure we were working on new stuff and progressed far quicker than we would have expected. Not that this means a lot in the generous production time frame of Blind Guardian. But it might secure a late 2014 release for at least one BG album. As you may have read in interviews we are intending to bring a long story to a well deserved and hopefully happy end. As already announced with A TWIST IN THE MYTH and also with AT THE EDGE OF TIME, apart from a regular album there finally will also be the release of the orchestral album. Why am I so sure about not being wrong again this time? I have no idea. Nothing new here, one could say.

The difference might be that throughout the last 18 months we have recorded 7 songs in Prague. There probably is a handful of additional songs to record during this year, but they are also already finalized with regard to composition. In theory we do not need any further songs for this album but ideas simply seem to flow endlessly… The reason why this album is still far from being released is partly based on the regular album, which we definitely would like to release first. At this point in time I am in a very tricky situation. How to continue from here? I think it is probably easiest to simply continue by telling you something about the regular album since this would be next anyway. Keep in mind that “next” is relative!

Well, we have started working on four songs and already were able to finish two songs musically. The working titles are “Encrypted Time” (I think this title is inspired by Andre’s passion for “World Of Warcraft” or so — I can only guess…) and “The Ocean” (here, Andre has been inspired by my undefined mumbling in the song). “Encrypted Time” is a modern speed metal song with some tribal aspects and some ’70s inspirations, while “The Ocean” is a very progressive (this time I talk about ELP meets Savatage art rock when I say progressive) orchestra dominated song which will give you a further glimpse of what to expect from the orchestral album. I am clueless about the right story board for “Encrypted Time” but “The Ocean” could be used as a theme opener for the orchestral project. We will see… The other four songs seem to turn out very special and obviously very different. Working titles: “The Irish Hill,” “Prophecies,” “Soundtrack 2” and “Midtempo Song.” I cannot tell you exactly about how many times we have had a song over the years which was first called “Midtempo Song.” I am pretty sure we are not the only band abusing this spectacular title over and over again. Thank God, the title is not copyright protected, yet. We would be in trouble then. Maybe it is and that’s the reason why it barely ever ended up as a title on the album.

Out of those tracks “Prophecies” is the one which is developed the most. It is almost straightforward, has a very strong pre and main chorus and offers some “Queensrychish” prog (this time I do mean Queensryche when I say prog) elements in combination with some Blind Guardian fantasy metal. A nice one. I’ll keep it short from here: “Irish Hills” might be a surprise with some Irish melodies, which none would expect in a song with such a name… “Midtempo Song” is a great song of misunderstandings and technical failures, the result so far is a little surprising to everyone involved and has nothing to do at all with a song entitled “Midtempo Song.” I enjoy this one a lot, because I cannot remember us doing something like this. The song is still in a very early phase and Andre has kept it hidden from me for a while now. “Soundtrack 2” has been the first song fragment for the new album. We had put that aside for a while, but it contains some very heavy elements, almost thrash metal like. Let’s see how this is going to end up. You see, there is a lot in the pipeline already. But there certainly will be more new stuff during the year. Even though we have already started to record some drums for the album at the end of the last year, the whole thing is going to keep us busy until the spring/summer of 2014 for sure.

Going to Prague to see how the orchestra songs come alive is a very special and intense moment for us. Thanks to “Sacred Worlds” and “Wheel Of Time” I can say that we have learnt a lot about scoring, recording and mixing when it comes to such music. You will notice a great improvement when you listen to the final result of this adventurous trip we have started so long ago. Last week some of us went there again to record “The Ocean,” a pure orchestral song called “Misty Mountain” and some more stuff. We once again had to realize how ambitious this whole project is and how time demanding! Luckily, everyone who is involved has understood, that there will be no compromises. We would never accept “second best” or “we fix it in the mix” here. This means that even though we can see the end of the road here, it still is a long and winding one and will demand our full concentration for the next 12 to 18 months. Charlie (Bauerfiend) and I already did some demo recordings for four of the earlier recorded orchestra songs sometime last year. We all consider this session and its result a very promising experience. Now I am ready to start proper album recordings for this one. I will do my best to finish most of the vocals during the year. This seems a very ambitious goal but is not impossible. I say that in the first days of January… Apart from the music and the concept we will also work on some additional surprises. Keep yourself prepared. One thing is for sure there will be nothing comparable to this on the market. It’s not a typical soundtrack, a typical musical, nor it is a rock opera. It is typical Blind Guardian — more or less without band. At that point, I would say this is going to stay unique until we will release part 2. The good thing: we already have some material for it and another 15-17 years before it has to be released. CHINESE DEMOCRACY was yesterday. 🙂

Cheers,
Hansi

http://www.blind-guardian.com/

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-Sebastian Bach’s DVD/Live CD Package Release Date, Cover Art And Track Listing Revealed

ABACHALYPSE NOW Due Out In March Via Frontiers Records

Iconic rock vocalist Sebastian Bach’s brand new CD/DVD package ABACHALYPSE NOW has now been set for release on March 22nd in Europe and March 26th in North America via Frontiers Records. The ABACHALYPSE NOW Ultimate CD/DVD Edition includes never-before-seen footage from this year’s GrasPop Festival in Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully re-mixed and re-mastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos. The DVD contains a running time of nearly 160 minutes. ABACHALYPSE NOW will be available in two configurations: the Ultimate CD/DVD Edition (2 CDs + DVD) and a standalone DVD; the respective covers can be accessed at http://www.frontiers.it/news/10616/ . Please see below for the complete track listing.

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

Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a 5-season recurring role on the CW’s hit series “Gilmore Girls,” starring roles on Broadway (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and national touring companies (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.

ABACHALYPSE NOW track listing:

DVD:
Live At Hellfest, France, June 16th, 2012
Live At Nokia, Los Angeles, CA, August 2nd, 2012
Live At Graspop, Belgium, June 24th, 2012
Bonus Music Videos: “Kicking & Screaming,” “TunnelVision,” “I’m Alive”

CD1 – Live At Hellfest, France, 2012

CD2 – Live At Nokia, Los Angeles, CA 2012

Set lists:
Live At Hellfest, France, June 16th, 2012
1. Slave To The Grind
2. Kicking & Screaming
3. Here I Am
4. Big Guns
5. Piece Of Me
6. 18 & Life
7. American Metalhead
8. Monkey Business
9. I Remember You
10. Youth Gone Wild

Live At Nokia, Los Angeles, CA, August 2nd, 2012
1. Big Guns
2. (Love Is) A Bitchslap
3. Piece Of Me
4. 18 & Life
5. American Metalhead
6. Monkey Business
7. I Remember You
8. TunnelVision
9. Youth Gone Wild

Live At Graspop, Belgium, June 24th, 2012
1. Kicking & Screaming
2. Dirty Power
3. Here I Am
4. Big Guns
5. 18 & Life
6. American Metalhead
7. Monkey Business
8. I Remember You
9. TunnelVision

Bach on the web:
http://www.sebastianbach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/sebastianbach
http://www.twitter.com/sebastianbach
http://www.reverbnation.com/sebastianbach
http://www.frontiers.it/

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-earMusic/Armoury Records To Release Glenn Hughes’ LIVE IN WOLVERHAMPTON

2CD And Digital Audio Due February 12, 2013

NEW YORK, NY — On February 12, 2013 LIVE IN WOLVERHAMPTON, a 2CD set from bassist Glenn Hughes will be released (earMusic/Armoury Records). [MSRP $17.98].

Recorded in June 2009, this two-night celebration of Glenn Hughes’ music took place in his English hometown of Bilston, Wolverhampton. These nights were packed with hits and favorites culled from his rich musical career.

The first night included cuts from Hughes’ time as lead vocalist in Deep Purple. “Crave,” “Muscle & Blood,” “Don’t Let Me Bleed,” and “Mistreated” were all served up to an enthusiastic audience. The second evening, themed “You Are The Music: An Evening Of Trapeze,” was the first time that Hughes has performed songs preceding his days in Deep Purple. Tracks such as “Touch My Life,” “Black Cloud,” “Coast To Coast,” and “You Are The Music” were all unearthed from the Trapeze repertoire. Performing this music struck an emotional chord with Hughes, as former Trapeze guitarist Mel Galley had recently passed away. It proved to be a fitting remembrance to perform these songs, and the emotion of the night is captured beautifully on LIVE IN WOLVERHAMPTON.

From deep cuts to world-beloved legendary hits, LIVE IN WOLVERHAMPTON is a definitive live collection of Glenn Hughes history.

Hughes currently performs in Black Country Communion, a band he founded in 2009 with guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa.

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:
http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt
http://www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews
http://www.youtube.com/user/eaglerocktv

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
1. Muscle & Blood
2. You Got Soul
3. Love Communion
4. Don’t Let Me Bleed
5. What’s Going On Here
6. Mistreated
7. Crave
8. Hold Out Your Life

Disc 2:
1. Way Back To The Bone
2. Touch My Life
3. Jury
4. Coast To Coast
5. Seafull
6. Good Love
7. Your Love Is Alright
8. Medusa
9. You Are The Music
10. Black Cloud

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-Circle II Circle: New Track Stream Hosted By BW&BK

Popular Brave Words & Blood Knuckles today brings fans a preview of “Killing Death” from American metal ministers Circle II Circle. The track stream comes in anticipation of the band’s forthcoming SEASONS WILL FALL full-length, set for North American release via Armoury Records on January 29, 2013.

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, SEASONS WILL FALL is a commanding fusion of metal and hard rock, powered by his passionate melodic rock vocals. Colossal Pop calls Stevens, “one of the best vocalists in the rock world,” while Hardrock Haven opines: “This is a must-have album your music collection, especially if you are a Circle II Circle or Savatage fan or checking out the progressive metal scene for the first time.” The Age Of Metal agrees: “Circle II Circle have indeed exceeded their potential, and challenged their capabilities to the most on this record. A great hard rock album full of heavy riffs, high note vocals, and a pure rocking attitude all around it. One of the greatest albums to begin this 2013, no doubt.”

Details Stevens of the theme behind the track “Killing Death:” “The lyrics are basically about taking control of something that is detrimental or that may be shortening your life. It’s about ridding yourself of the things that you know are making your days numbered before they wind up actually killing you.”

Check out “Killing Death” at http://www.bravewords.com/news/197758 .

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 a full European jaunt set to follow later this year.

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

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-Krokus: The New CD DIRTY DYNAMITE Is Slated To Be Released February 22nd, 2013

[Note: This is from http://www.krokusonline.com/ . – Tim]

Lineup:
Marc Storace – vocals
Chris Von Rohr – bass, vocals + producer
Fernando Von Arb – guitar + vocals
Mark Kohler – guitar
Mandy Meyer – guitar

Guests:
Kosta Zafiriou – Drums
Mark Fox, Tommy Heart – Vocals

For almost 40 years now Krokus has stood for high-quality, honest-to-goodness, hand-made power rock. No other Swiss rock band sells albums and its back catalogue worldwide like Krokus. The band has already sold over 14 million records, toured the world and received gold and platinum record awards including the USA and Canada. The milestones in their rock career are dotted around the world: from Australia and the USA to Mexico, Russia, Japan and China.

But it hasn’t all been one long “high:” death, sickness and internal strife have pushed the band to the brink of collapse. The story of Krokus is like no other. Dotted with highs and lows, sell-out stadium concerts and sweaty club gigs, these five musketeers of rock have outlasted trends and survived treacherous US managers, tough splits, bad deals, shady lawyers, drugs, awful fast food, endless bus trips, disco, grunge, grotesque record companies and double-dealing advisors.

Today they are back in their original lineup plus Mandy Meyer and are stronger than ever on their new album DIRTY DYNAMITE. The band spent a whole two years working on the new album under the watchful eye of bassist and original founder Chris Von Rohr. “We didn’t spend all that time on golf courses or tennis courts. No, we just wanted to make the best album yet, the magnum opus of the new Krokus era,” says the hit producer. Guitarist Mark Kohler has this to add: “This is not just another Krokus album. I think we have definitely passed another rock milestone with this record.”

To reach this goal, no expense was spared. The band booked into the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. Krokus went back to their roots, back to where it all began with the Stones, the Beatles, the Free, the Who and the Bluesbreakers. Back to where the band headlined concerts in the Hammersmith Odeon, celebrating their first international success. “The atmosphere there is very special and we wanted to make the most of that,” says vocalist Marc Storace. Guitarist Fernando Von Arb is quick to add: “With DIRTY DYNAMITE we have recorded the urgently needed dirty kind of rock that no one plays in this country.”

http://www.krokusonline.com/

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-Avantasia: Song Titles And More Guests Announced!

After Biff Byford (Saxon), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance) another guest star has been revealed: legendary former Deep Purple, Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Joe Lynn Turner will appear on the new Avantasia album THE MYSTERY OF TIME (to be released by the end of March).

Lyrically it marks a conceptual story again, and the track list reads as follows:

1. Spectres
2. The Watchmakers’ Dream
3. Black Orchid
4. Where Clock Hands Freeze
5. Sleepwalking
6. Savior In The Clockwork
7. Invoke The Machine
8. What’s Left Of Me
9. Dweller In A Dream
10. The Great Mystery

You can see Avantasia Live at the following shows:

12.04. B Moens – PPM Festival

THE MYSTERY WORLD TOUR 2013
13.04. CH Pratteln – Z7
14.04. CH Pratteln – Z7
16.04. I Mailand – Alcatraz
18.04. D Ludwigsburg – MPH Arena
19.04. D Kaufbeuren – All-Karthalle
20.04 D Fulda – Esperanto Halle
22.04. D Berlin – Tempodrom
23.04. D Hamburg – Große Freiheit
25.04. D Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
26.04. D Lichtenfels – Stadthalle

10.05. D Amsterdam – Melkweg
31.05. ES Madrid – Sonisphere
01.06. ES Barcelona – Sonisphere
08.06 S Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
21.06 F Clisson – Hellfest
23.06 RU Moscow – Milk
25.06 ARG Buenos Aires – El Teatro
27.06 CHI Santiago de Chile – Teatro Caupolican
29.06 BR Sao Paolo – HCBC Hall
13.07 D Ballenstedt – Rock Harz
14.07 CZ Zlin – Masters Of Rock
10.08 UK Derbyshire / Catton Park – Bloodstock Festival

http://www.tobiassammet.com/

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-Rhapsody: Long-Term Collaboration With Symphonic Orchestra And Choir!

On their way to sound more cinematic than ever before, Rhapsody are proud to announce a special long-term collaboration with the amazing Czech conductor Petr Pololanik and his Capellen Orchestra & Choir. Nominated for Hollywood Music in Media Award in 2011, Petr and his orchestra worked for acclaimed music composers (Thomas Bergersen, Trevor Morris, Jo Blankenburg, Henry Lai), leading trailer music companies (Two Steps From Hell, Position Music, Audiomachine) and revolutionary sample libraries (Garritan, Sonokinetic, 8Dio). His recordings were featured in award winning movies and videogames (“Sim City 4,” “Transformers” and many others).

“I had the chance to know my friend Petr some years ago, while I and my old band mates were recording some orchestral parts for the Rhapsody album SYMPHONY OF ENCHANTED LANDS – PART 2,” says Luca Turilli. And adds: “In the meantime he and his orchestra became a ‘must’ for many Hollywood composers and in the last couple of years, also thanks to his new recording studio featuring cutting-edge technology, he established himself as one of the ‘main men’ of the whole soundtrack-related music scene. Therefore it is a true honor for me, Alessandro, Patrice, Alex and Dominique, to have joined our forces with such an inspiring and wonderful person.”

Alessandro Conti, the singer, continues: “This magic collaboration will lead to many artistic surprises and special live and studio events that will be revealed in the months to come. Moreover our fans will have the possibility to enjoy the majestic sound of the full orchestra and choir, featuring all in all more than 100 people, on our next full-length release! Yes, I am speaking about the new Rhapsody album, planned to be released by Nuclear Blast in the late spring of 2014. Be ready and STAY CINEMATIC!”

http://www.ltrhapsody.com/

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-Threshold’s Official “Staring At The Sun” Video Clip To Premiere On ProgRockMag.com!

A few months ago, British progressive metallers Threshold held a fan video contest for the song “Staring At The Sun,” taken from their new highly acclaimed album MARCH OF PROGRESS. In the end, the amazing effort by Achim Bieler from Germany saw him winning the competition. Check out the original clip here: http://bit.ly/RCSSEm .

Since winning the competition, Threshold and Achim conceived a plan to shoot additional footage in order to edit a new, even more impressive version of the video. For this, Threshold’s vocalist Damian Wilson met Achim and his crew in South Germany to record the new footage. Finally the time has come to unveil the magnificent outcome — the new, official video clip for “Staring At The Sun” will premiere next Wednesday January 30 at 11 a.m. GMT / 12 CET on the website for UK magazine, Classic Rock Presents Prog.

Mark the date, set your alarm clocks and stay tuned to http://www.progrockmag.com/ to see the exclusive premiere of “Staring At The Sun.”

Don’t miss Threshold live on tour in March:

01.03. UK London, Underworld
02.03. NL Helmond, Lakei
03.03. NL Rotterdam, Baroeg
04.03. D Hamburg, Markthalle
05.03. D Berlin, C-Club
06.03. PL Warsaw, Progresia
08.03. A Kufstein, Kulturfabrik
09.03. CH Aarau, Kiff
11.03. SLO Ljubljana, Orto Bar
12.03. D Augsburg, Spectrum
13.03. D Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal
14.03. D Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
15.03. D Essen, Turock
16.03. D Osnabrück, Bastard Club
17.03. B Vosselaar, Biebob
11.05. UK Kingston Hippodrome, Celeb8 Festival

Get MARCH OF PROGRESS in the Nuclear Blast Online Shop:
http://smarturl.it/ThresholdCD

http://www.thresh.net/

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-Tainted Nation: “Loser” Video Released

Tainted Nation, the new modern Rock/Metal outfit, are pleased to announce the release of the first video clip “Loser” to promote their brand new album F.E.A.R. The video can be viewed below:

The band — somewhat an “all-star” lineup of Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse) on vocals, Mark Cross (ex Firewind, Helloween) on drums, Pontus Egberg (The Poodles) and Ian Nash (Lionsheart) — release the debut album on January 25th 2013 through Massacre Records.

Vocalist Pete said, “This is a major achievement for the band and we are very proud of what we have done thus far. We believe the album is pushing Rock and metal into 2013 and further and that it has something new to offer. It was a pleasure working with Independent Element ( http://www.independentelement.co.uk/ ) for the video, and it was nice to break away from the standard formula of video clips around today. Hopefully it shows a band chemistry, a humorous side and a musical side to boot. Album reviews for F.E.A.R. have been pretty overwhelming to say the least and I am pleased to say we seem to be getting talked about. We look forward to the future.”

Tainted Nation are already booked for R-Mine Metalfest 2013 in Tongeren Belgium in June ( https://www.facebook.com/events/123709357795939 ) alongside Jorn Lande, Rapsody Of Fire, Nightmare and Raven Lord to name but a few.

Mark Cross added, “We plan on doing dates around the UK and Europe, which to us is very important… live shows are what this band is about.”

For information on ordering the new album F.E.A.R. visit http://www.taintednation.co.uk/ and hit the merchandise tab. The band are offering a variety of packages.

http://www.taintednation.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/officialtaintednation
http://www.youtube.com/TaintedNationUK

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-Enforcer Video Clip’s Online Premiere On RockHard.de!

From 15.00 CET on German Rock hard magazine premiers the new Enforcer video clip for “Mesmerized By Fire” on their homepage:

http://www.rockhard.de/megazine/praesentationen/enforcer-mesmerized-by-fire.html

“We shot a music video for the song ‘Mesmerized By Fire’ together with our long time friend director Gustav Öhman Spjuth. We really feel we have something special to show this time, and it’s definitely not just any other video,” says Olof Wikstrand of Enforcer.

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

Free download for “Mesmerized By Fire” here:
http://www.nuclearblast.de/en/label/music/band/about/2782176.enforcer.html

The limited vinyl 7″ for “Mesmerized By Fire” was released on January 18 and includes the non-album track “You Can Be.”

Order the single, and pre-order the album and merchandise here: http://www.nuclearblast.de/suche/enforcer

Enforcer
http://www.enforcer.se/

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-My Soliloquy: Debut From UK Prog Metal Magicians Out Now

Full Album Streaming Via This Is Not A Scene

The debut album from English progressive metal magicians My Soliloquy, THE INTERPRETER, is officially in stores across the globe today through Sensory Records.

With praise of My Soliloquy’s diversified and creative professional approach rolling in from trustworthy prog/metal media outlets via reviews of THE INTERPRETER, the long-awaited debut has already clearly helped solidify the band’s name within the upper ranks of contemporary progressive metal.

To celebrate its release, today online metal portal This Is Not A Scene is streaming My Soliloquy’s THE INTERPRETER in its entirety. Check it out here:

http://www.thisisnotascene.com/2013/thisisnotascene-earsplit-pr-team-up-to-stream-debut-album-from-my-soliloquy/

Formed by multi-instrumentalist Pete Morten of British prog metal legends Threshold, the essence of My Soliloquy is pure forward-thinking metal — symphonic keyboards, shredding guitar leads, soaring vocals — all finely woven together through a blend of intricacy and melody. Following a pair of demos and an EP, Sensory is proud to finally unleash the newly-completed first full-length from this act. With nearly all instrumentation on the recording executed solely by Pete Morten, minus the drumming, THE INTERPRETER flows with over fifty minutes of grand musicianship, expertly mixed and mastered by Rob Aubrey, a mainstay of Marillion’s camp for many years.

“…sure to spark the interest of Threshold’s fans and they won’t be disappointed once they hear My Soliloquy’s excellent modern progressive metal… this release is more diverse throughout. 4.5/5” – Sea Of Tranquility

“…an exceptional album of progressive metal and strongly recommended. 4.5/5” – Dangerdog Music Reviews

“…there are echoes from Zero Hour, Silent Force, Manticora & obviously and influence from association with Threshold… with most of the songs clicking in at 6-7 minutes, there is room for this band to move around and really break the rules of simple song structures, yet honoring the knack to create hooks and catchiness. 4/5” – Ytsejam

http://www.mysoliloquy.net/
https://www.facebook.com/mysoliloquy
https://twitter.com/MySoliloquyUK
http://www.lasersedgegroup.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge

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-Eden’s Curse Begin Recording New Album

Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden’s Curse are currently in the studio working on their as-yet-untitled fourth album which is scheduled for worldwide release via AFM Records in late Summer 2013.

English drummer Pete Newdeck entered the studio in mid January and has now completed recordings on all fourteen tracks at Higher Studios in Tewkesbury.

German virtuoso guitarist Thorsten Koehne began guitar recordings this weekend at COP Studio in Bielefeld, Germany.

Among the fourteen songs selected for recording are “Evil & Divine,” “Break The Silence,” “Unbreakable,” “Great Unknown” and “Devil In Disguise.”

Mixing duties will once be performed by the band’s long time engineer, Pink Cream 69 and Unisonic bassist, Dennis Ward, whilst German graphic designer Thomas Ewerhard (Edguy, Avantasia, Jorn) completes the same winning team who worked on the band’s previous album, 2011’s critically acclaimed TRINITY record.

The fourth album will be the first to feature the band’s new vocalist, who at this point has yet to be named, from a meticulous audition process.

“The plan was never to rush this appointment,” states bassist Paul Logue, who further adds “Our aim is to find the best possible voice and personality for Eden’s Curse. Getting to know these guys is a fun but slow process and we are extremely excited about the quality on show.”

Further studio video diaries and news will be posted on the bands official sites at:

http://www.edenscurse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/edenscurseofficial

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-Corrosion Of Conformity Writing New Material

Corrosion Of Conformity has begun writing material for their next album, the follow-up to the well-received self-titled record released via Candlelight Records late February 2012, the reissue of their EYE FOR AN EYE debut, and recently released Scion A/V EP MEGALODON. The album, untitled at this time, will again feature the trio of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woodroe Weatherman, and drummer Reed Mullin.

Last week the band announced their first live performance for the New Year at the annual Metal Fest Chile on April 13th. It will be the first Corrosion Of Conformity appearance ever in Chile. Mike Dean comments, “We have been talking about going to South American forever and with Chile being a big source of so much of our Facebook traffic, I know it’s going to be epic. Another chance for us to do a festival with Down is always a very good thing.”

The festival follows the completion of the band’s recent US tour that concluded in southern California alongside High On Fire. The trio was also a featured participant on Barge From Hell that left Florida shores on December 7. Dean notes, “The cruise was pretty awesome. We had Rick and Jonathan from Torche masquerading as our crew and watching their antics alone was worth the trip. The seas were calm so there was no hurling over the bow.”

Corrosion Of Conformity continues to promote the self-titled album in interviews with media as well spreading word on their recently released MEGALODON EP. The EP, sponsored by the amazing folks at Scion A/V, is available for free now via various outlets. Dean says, “The EP was written, recorded, and released in two months time. It really challenged us in a good way. It feels good to get two releases out in one year and I expect that we will continue that level of productivity.” Continuing he shares, “The self-titled album is holding up very well for me. There is a wide variety of material there. It’s all definitely COC but at the same time everything is really a stretch for us. Within the realm of never being totally satisfied, I am very happy with how it came out.”

Formed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982, Corrosion Of Conformity quickly transformed heavy music. Politically charged and socially aware, the band has influenced countless others and today remains humble about their accomplishments. With over 1.1 million albums sold in the United States alone, the band continues to find new fans via non-stop touring.

“Thirty years into an expansive and rollercoaster career, Corrosion Of Conformity have done the major label song-and-dance and survived, and markedly changed musical directions more than once. Their latest isn’t a comeback album or an example of diminishing returns. It’s a testament to immense talent and the elusive endowment of staying power.” – Invisible Oranges

“In an era when doom metal keeps growing bleaker and artier, and hardcore skews ever more dire, Corrosion Of Conformity serves as a reminder that swagger, soul, and song craft still have a place in the heavy-rock underground. Corrosion Of Conformity, indeed.” – Pitchfork

“Corrosion Of Conformity will challenge as many fans as it excites. And that, of course, suits COC’s legacy, no matter which era holds your allegiance.” – Indy Week

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

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-Falconer Post Band Update!

Guitarist Stefan Weinerhall of the Swedish folk metallers Falconer has just posted a band update.

“The Falconer is awake from slumber. After the darkest year yet I am once again in a writing mood, and what a mood! I guess something good really can come out of something bad after all. After rebooting musically from a year of creative vacuum there is a fresh hunger and optimism.

“The six songs completed so far are harder and faster and with more of an attitude again, some of the songs sound like they’re taken from the first album. After reading a book about deciphering and reading the language of runestones I really got some lyrical inspiration too!

“I must say that it hasn’t been this rewarding and promising for many years to write for a new album, without being carried away too far. The future plan is to concentrate on writing, re-writing and rehearsing for the new album, being sure it is as good as it can and not re-using too many patterns. All songs will be in English this time.

“We are just to begin rehearsing once again after a two-year break and I can’t wait to put Mathias through some tests and find out the speed limit of Karsten.

“Hails from Stefan and the falcons!!”

http://www.falconermusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/falconermetal

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-SPRING BREAK Promises To Rock With New BlancaWhite EP Featuring Singers Jeff Paris And Paul Shortino

Bring on SPRING BREAK! On the heels of their critically acclaimed debut album, RESURGENCE OF ROCK, BlancaWhite has announced the release of two great new singles and an EP that are dedicated to one thing: “This year Spring Break is going to ROCK!”

The single and title track “Spring Break” is a total beach party, southern fried, boogie boarding, hard drinking, girls-in-bikinis rocker about spring breaks remembered and those yet to come. “Uno Mas!” is a rock anthem to those times when you need just one more: One more drink … One more score … One more party! The two singles headline BlancaWhite’s new EP, SPRING BREAK, which also includes four great party rock songs originally released on the RESURGENCE OF ROCK album. The EP is on sale now for $3.99 on iTunes.

“The new EP is the ultimate rocking soundtrack for spring break,” says BlancaWhite’s Ken Savage. “This is vintage BlancaWhite: hard partying, fun-loving rock with no other purpose than to have a good time!”

Following the model used on the RESURGENCE OF ROCK album, songwriters Savage and Austin Schell enlisted the talents of renowned veteran rock vocalist Jeff Paris (Cinderella, Vixen, Slash, and Keb Mo) and Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt, and King Kobra) to sing lead vocals on the new singles. Paris brings his trademark energy and humor to “Spring Break.” Shortino and his distinctively hard rock pipes absolutely rock it out on “Uno Mas!”

BlancaWhite has also launched official lyric videos for the two new singles on their YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/resurgenceofrock .

BlancaWhite is named after the world-famous bar in Matamoros, Mexico, just across from the Texas border where Savage and Schell grew up. The band’s signature style is ’70s and ’80s “classic” rock, sung by legendary performers from that era, with lyrics and themes for the modern day.

With “Spring Break” and “Uno Mas!,” BlancaWhite delivers two of its greatest songs yet, destined to appeal to the younger crowd heading out for Spring Break 2013. “This is what BlancaWhite is all about,” says Savage. “Making music that resonates today using the style and talent from rock’s greatest era.”

Mixed at Yellow Dog Studios (Green Day, Charlie Sexton, Meat Puppets) in Austin, Texas and mastered by Dave Collins (Black Sabbath, Quiet Riot, Linkin Park) in Los Angeles, BlancaWhite’s two new singles and EP were released on January 22, 2013 as digital downloads only on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other digital outlets worldwide. Additionally, BlancaWhite has posted official lyrics videos for the two singles on YouTube.

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-Mad Association Is Proud To Announce The Release For March 2013: Shannon – CIRCUS OF LOST SOULS

Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Hard Rock
Catalog #: MAD-0001-2012
EAN: 401899623730 6
Copyright: 2013 Mad Association
Label: Mad Association
Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 01. March 2013
Distribution: Music Buy Mail.eu

Finest Hard Rock from France, featuring guest musicians: Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), Tony Mills (Shy, TNT), Paul Sabu, Praying Mantis & Sideburn

Track List:
1. Ride To Live (3:19)
2. Forever Now (4:08)
3. Halfway To Heaven (3:38)
4. Can’t Stop The Rain (4:46)
5. Don’t Get Me Wrong (3:26)
6. Dust To Dust (4:25)
7. Death On The Run (5:43)
8. Let’s Make Rock (3:23)
9. Kick It Down (3:48)
10. I Don’t Need You Anymore (4:08)
11. In Your Eyes (6:05)
12. Drive Me Crazy (4:27)
13. Smalltown Boy (cover)

Formed in the beginning of 1998 by Patrice Louis (guitar) and Thierry Dagnicourt (keyboards), Shannon plays melodic hard rock that sticks to the skin. During the spring of 1998, the band enrolled ex-Jannylee singer Olivier Del Valle behind the microphone, then bassist Claude Thill (ex-Der Kaiser) and drummer Maxence Pilo (ex-Heavenly) to finally complete the lineup.

Shannon’s eponymous debut album was released in November 2003 on the Anvilcorp label and distributed by Wagram. It has been unanimously praised and was regarded by the international press as one of the most impressive and brilliant records of the year in the classic ’80s US melodic rock style. With catchy hook lines, infectious choruses and a groovy and powerful rhythm section, Shannon is the perfect alchemy between classic US melodic hard rock and typical European influenced NWOBHM sound, delivering a music as powerful as melodic.

In the middle of 2005, Shannon saw their first lineup changes with the departure of Claude and Maxence, immediately replaced by Nicolas Fixy (bass) and Benjamin Bergerolle (drums), both formerly in the French progressive outfit Tai Phong.

WORLD OF DESIRE, a five-track demo EP, was released in 2007. The band played several shows to present the new songs and were selected to play before Gotthard at the Raismes Festival. ANGEL IN DISGUISE was released in 2007, the band’s second full-length album, even more powerful than their debut.

Prior to beginning CIRCUS OF LOST SOULS Nicolas and Benjamin decided to leave the band and were replaced by ex-Square Philippe Sassard and Jean-Marc Anzil.

Some rocking guests have made awesome backing vocals and duet on this release: Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), Tony Mills (Shy, TNT), Paul Sabu, Praying Mantis & Sideburn members.

Official Artist Website:
http://www.shannon-rock.com/

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-Scorpion Child Signs To Nuclear Blast, Announces Album Details!

Attributes in music are known to be cyclical. Every few years, a band comes along who borrows just enough from the revered past to bring a new infusion of vitality to the musical present. Scorpion Child’s sound invokes a time when guitar-driven rock ruled radio’s airwaves, when being hypnotized by a front man and his band mates in a concert arena was one of life’s ultimate main events. A five-piece from Austin, Texas, Scorpion Child have spent the last few years perfecting both their songwriting and stage show. Guitarists Chris Cowart and David Finner deliver their finessed twin guitar attack with experience older than their years; bassist Shaun Avants and drummer Shawn Alvear are steadfast sentinels of their driving rhythm section; and lead singer Aryn Jonathan Black fronts the psychedelic rock cavalry with a passion & voice reminiscent of the early eras of Robert Plant and Ronnie James Dio.

“I’ve always wanted to hear new musical ingredients within a classic heavy sound,” states vocalist AJB. “It’s great to witness captivating performances where both the live show and the band’s recorded material can complement one another. The heavy-prog sounds of Uriah Heep, Hairy Chapter, and the epic delivery of early Rainbow showcases these crossovers brilliantly and gave us all honest — yet relentless — sonics to aspire to. That’s why it’s important for us as a band to maintain spontaneity while putting a special emphasis into integral hooks.”

This May, Nuclear Blast will release Scorpion Child’s self-titled, full-length debut. Produced and arranged by Chris “Frenchie” Smith (The Answer, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead…), the album uses analog recording technology to organically capture a hybrid of nine hook-filled chapters of heavy psych rock. The goal? To breathe new life into a neglected yet still important musical heritage.

Dangerous guitar riffs, soul-ridden bass lines, and thunderous drums with powerful rock vocals as lead conductor convey the on-stage swagger of Scorpion Child and will prepare you for the live experience awaiting you when the band tours the US and Europe throughout 2013.

To watch the lyric video for “Polygon Of Eyes” or to stream the song, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYw9hFeonW8 or surf to http://www.facebook.com/scorpionchild and “like” the band!

SCORPION CHILD track listing is:
1. Kings Highway
2. Polygon Of Eyes
3. The Secret Spot
4. Salvation Slave
5. Liquor
6. Antioch
7. In The Arms Of Ecstasy
8. Lover’s Leap
9. Red Blood (The River Flows)

Members:
Aryn Jonathan Black (Vocals)
Shaun Diettrick Avants (Bass)
Christopher Jay Cowart (Lead)
Shawn Paul Alvear (Percussion)
David Finner (Guitar)

http://www.facebook.com/scorpionchild
http://www.nuclearblast.de/scorpionchild

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-Divebomb Records: FIVE YEAR CAMPAIGN (Free Download/Streaming Sampler)

Divebomb Records is celebrating five years in operation with this massive 43-song digital compilation featuring a track from nearly every release we have done so far, plus some tracks from forthcoming releases scheduled for later in 2013.

Download/stream here:
http://tribunalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/divebomb-records-five-year-campaign

Track List:
1. Vamp – “Stand By Me” (4:51)
2. Vamp – “Little Bit” (ONE SMACK KILLER – Demo) (4:21)
3. Brett Walker – “More Than A Memory” (3:22)
4. Deathrow – “Events In Concealment”* (5:32)
5. Slammer – “Tenement Zone”* (4:27)
6. Toranaga – “Food Of The Gods”* (5:57)
7. Raped Ape – “Land Of Broken Promises”* (4:16)
8. Scanner – “Warp 7″* (4:31)
9. Scanner – “The Law”* (4:18)
10. Forte – “One Flesh”* (3:47)
11. Grinder – “Just Another Scar”* (4:11)
12. Inner Sanctum – “Regression”* (7:01)
13. Tyrranicide – “Hiding Under White”* (5:12)
14. Night In Gales – “Deathaddiction” (Unmastered)* (3:38)
15. Manta Ray – “Lords Of Atlantis” (Unmastered)* (5:02)
16. Midas Touch – “Sepulchral Epitaph” (4:03)
17. Dead On – “Beat A Dead Horse” (5:43)
18. D.A.M. – “My Twisted Mind” (5:23)
19. D.A.M. – “Human Wreckage” (3:50)
20. WatchTower – “The Eldritch” (3:16)
21. Epidemic – “In Fear We Kill” (4:36)
22. Solstice – “Transmogrified” (3:46)
23. Fly Machine – “Victimize” (5:13)
24. Cyclone Temple – “Down The Drain” (4:41)
25. Confessor – “The Secret” (5:37)
26. Deathwish – “Demon Preacher” (5:21)
27. Ironchrist – “World War Three (Crack Party Weekend)” (2:34)
28. For The Love Of – “Beastman” (2:31)
29. Forte – “Dementia By Design” (3:38)
30. Anacrusis – “Terrified” (5:00)
31. Leather – “All Your Neon” (4:20)
32. Chastain – “For Those Who Dare” (4:07)
33. Elysium – “Inspired Hatred” (5:54)
34. Line Of Fire – “Paradise” (4:59)
35. Widow – “Reunion” (3:40)
36. Oracle – “Witches & Warlocks” (6:03)
37. Casanova – “The Girl Is Mine” (4:19)
38. Uncle Slam – “Up From Beneath” (5:01)
39. Solitude – “Alter The Red” (4:50)
40. Dominance – “Resurrected” (5:01)
41. Sargant Fury – “Me” (3:45)
42. Dimage – “Running For Cover” (4:25)
43. TKO – “I Wanna Fight” (Remix) (3:57)

We are offering this sampler to everyone for FREE. Yes, 43 songs, for FREE. Download it, stream it, share it, play it for your friends. We appreciate all the support over the last five years and we hope to be around for many more fun filled years.

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

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-The New Australian Rock Sensation De La Cruz To Unleash Their Debut Album STREET LEVEL, Out On Frontiers In March

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of De La Cruz’s debut full-length album STREET LEVEL on March 22nd in Europe and March 26th in North America.

Hailing from the Gold Coast, Australia, De La Cruz are easily one of the most promising Arena Hard Rock bands to come out of underground scene. They came to the attention of the fans when Geoff Barton of Classic Rock Magazine described their sound: “like a Pomptastic, Hyper-active Leppard!” in his review of the band’s self-financed EP.

De La Cruz are born from the meeting between guitarist Casey Jones — a guy born and raised with ’80s Rock Music — with Auckland born singer Roxxi Catalano. With Catalano’s air-raid siren vocals, street level attitude and Jones fretboard melting riffs and string-searing shred, the pair instantly clicked musically and through a shared passion for ’80s arena-style rock and musical respect the dream was started, Jones and Catalano going on to record several demos via the Internet over the next few years, until they put together the right lineup, adding Rory Joy on guitar, Grant Daniell on bass and Lacey Lane on drums.

“This album talks about our highs, the lows, the parties and all of the crazy times we’ve had!,” says guitarist Casey Jones. “We aimed for a killer album to introduce De La Cruz to the world and this is the height of our musical existence thus far and we cannot wait for everyone to have the CD in their hands — This is De La Cruz!”

The band has kept the musical coordinates of their debut EP and developed into something new and exciting. “De La Cruz means anthemic Rock!” continues Casey, “We make Hard-hitting-YELL- IT-OUT-LOUD-arena-rock with a blast from the past and a twist of something new!” So get the party started and enjoy STREET LEVEL which promises to be one of the Hard Rock highlights of the season and certainly puts on the map one of the most promising bands of the globe.

Anticipated by the digital release of the awesome first single “Cherry Bomb” on February 4th, STREET LEVEL’s final track listing will include the following tracks:

1. Street Level
2. Girls Go Wild
3. Turn It Up
4. Legions Of Love
5. Gimme Love
6. Cherry Bomb
7. Dreaming
8. Invincible
9. Worlds Collide
10. S.E.X.
11. Set The Night
12. Shine

Turn it up loud and enjoy a sneak peak at the songs of the new album following this link: http://youtu.be/AqhJ7-7FR9o

The band shows no sign of stopping with the boys currently setting their sights firmly on rocking the global arena into 2013. “De La Cruz will be hitting the road real soon! We’re going to be heading to the USA Mid this year on a coast to coast tour! We’re also looking to tour Europe, Japan and Australia shortly after! It’s going to be a wild ride!” concludes Casey.

Get ready to Rock and Roll!

De La Cruz:
Roxxi Catalano – Lead Vocals
Casey Jones – Guitar
Rory Joy – Guitar
Grant Daniell – Bass
Lacey Lane – Drums

http://www.delacruzofficial.com/

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-Livewire / Cargo Records Is Proud To Announce The Release For January 2013: Wildside Riot – NO SECOND TAKE

Catalog No.: LW033-2
Format: CD
Price: £5.00
Release Date: January 28
Label: Livewire/Cargo
Barcode: 5055300356765

Fronted by the Godfather of Glam, the one and only Rocky Shades. The former front man of the Titans of Trash — Wrathchild UK!

Wildside Riot are a new five piece melodic sleaze band based in the Midlands who combine a heavy edge to instantly infectious songs. They are fronted by the Godfather of Glam, the one and only Rocky Shades. RS is the former front man of the Titans of Trash — Wrathchild UK. Wrathchild were one of the forerunners of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and many of today’s leading Glam/Trash/Sleaze bands admit to being heavily influenced by the band’s imagery and music.

Wildside Riot have an incredible live energy and bring an exciting attitude and energy to an at times lackluster scene. The band have recently performed at Hard Rock Hell and have two London shows early in ’13, firstly supporting John Corabi (The Scream / Motley Crue) at the Underworld on 24th January and with Bai Bang at Surya Kings Cross on 15th February. Look out for press and additional dates.

Track List:
1. All Hail The Wasted
2. Wildside Riot
3. Broken Toys
4. Fukk Em
5. Candiis Gone Bad
6. That’s What Sunday Mornings Are For
7. Babe I Gotta Go
8. Angel On My Back
9. My Paradise
10. Glitter-Tramps
11. Wasted Lust
12. My Woman
13. There Is A Bullet For Each Of You

Official Artist Website:
http://www.wildsideriot.com/

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-Australia’s Babyjane Ink Deal With Z Records

We are proud to announce that Australia’s Babyjane have inked a multi-album deal with England’s Z Records. Upon hearing material that was sent into the label an offer was immediately made after the album instantly grabbed everybody’s attention at Z’s office. Fans of Lillian Axe’s classic LOVE + WAR album will drool over the forthcoming album MAKE IT SICK which will be released during March 2013.

Babyjane, Australia’s most explosive hard rock act, have come out of the rusty gate with all guns blazing…

Andy Smith (no singer comes closer to the swagger of Jagger and the presence of Plant than THIS one); John Gerasolo (rock’s next guitar hero — forget the Top Hat); Paul Judge (a moody Sid Vicious who can really play the bass) and Nik “Animal” Kats (the bombast of John Bonham meets the terror of Tommy Lee) unleashed their debut scorcher ARE YOU LISTENING in 2011. Mixed by famed American producer Michael Wagener (Metallica/Janet Jackson/Ozzy Osbourne/Extreme), it’s hard rock at its absolute best (including “can’t stop singing it” classic “Can You Keep a Secret?”).

A rousing support gig with Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach in 2008 left the word on everyone’s lips that Babyjane “are the band to watch.” Recently, they’ve gone from strength to strength — securing airplay on American radio, global release of AYL, regular rotation on WA’s number one radio station 96FM and over 5,000 YouTube views of their clip single (“Are You Listening”).

Now, Babyjane have stepped it up a notch. The 11-track second album, MAKE IT SICK, was recorded in Nashville, 2012 with Michael Wagener taking the reigns from start to finish — the end result is what one industry insider has described as “the most balls-to-the-wall rock album since Guns N’ Roses’ APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION,” with one-time Motley Crue/Union singer John Corabi making a screaming guest appearance on the title track.

#1 rock website Blabbermouth.net has made Babyjane front-page news three times (covering Corabi’s appearance and previewing the album). Featuring a sound only a world-class producer can muster, hugely hooky tracks like “Bad Woman” and “Ruby Roulette,” and a well-oiled four-piece band behind it, Babyjane are ready to step up to the big league.

For further info visit http://www.z-records.com/ .

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-King’s Call Recruit New Lead Singer

GERMANY — The search is over for German based rockers King’s Call, they have recruited Mike Freeland to sing on their forthcoming new album LION’S DEN.

King’s Call is a melodic rock outfit that’s the brainchild of Greek-born Alex Garoufalidis (guitars, vocals), who is joined by Azerbaijan native Asec Bergemann (drums) and Germany’s Andreas Kramer (bass), and now the lineup will be completed with Mike Freeland hailing from the UK.

King’s Call’s search for a new singer went on from Germany, Scandinavia to the States and even Brazil but found Mike Freeland basically in their backyard. As it turns out while laying down the tracks producer Chris Tsangarides introduced Mike Freeland to the guys and they hit it off straight away.

Mike Freeland is known for his work fronting legends Praying Mantis, also the band More, and takes on this new challenge. The new adventure with King’s Call will not interfere with Mike’s other bands and he is looking forward to work with his new band mates and help them to conquer the melodic rock scene all over the world.

The Euro rockers recorded the new album LION’S DEN in the Ecology Studios with top producer Chris Tsangarides (Gary Moore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy) and are in the final stages of mixing their next epic. The new recording will be the follow-up album to their 2011 debut album DESTINY (Mausoleum Records). More news about the release date will follow shortly.

See the band’s video from the single “All You Can Do” on YouTube:

DESTINY is still available through Mausoleum Records or the band’s website.

http://www.kings-call.com/
http://www.myspace.com/kingscallrock

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-Lost Society Presents First Single Of FAST LOUD DEATH!

17, 18, 19, 19. No, that’s not today’s lottery numbers, but the age of the band members of Finland’s most promising contemporary newcomer combo — Lost Society! Crafted under the aegis of famous producer Nino Laurenne (Amorphis, Ensiferum, Lordi) in the prestigious Sonic Pump Studios (Finntroll, Sonata Arctica, Omnium Gatherum), the band’s debut entitled FAST LOUD DEATH will be released via Nuclear Blast on March 15, 2013. Already in the first quarter, this record can doubtlessly be ranked among this year’s best releases of its genre!

Today, the thrashing youngsters proudly present the album’s first single entitled “Trash All Over You” — a song that perfectly captures what Lost Society are all about: speed, toughness — and huge fun! Band leader Samy Elbanna comments:

“Many people have asked us why we misspelled the song title — we always give the same answer: It’s not about the thrash genre, but depicts how the whole world is collapsing on you. All the problems in the world seem to pile up and you get trashed all over. The song carries the feeling of being mad at everything and everyone at the same time — it’s something we all can relate to.”

Find out why even no less a figure than legendary Mille Petrozza of Kreator praises Lost Society to the skies — listen to “Trash All Over You” via the official band page on the Nuclear Blast website and download the track for free: http://www.nuclearblast.de/lostsociety !

Members:
Samy Elbanna (Guitar & Vocals)
Arttu Lesonen (Guitar)
Mirko Lehtinen (Bass)
Ossi Paananen (Drums)

http://www.youtube.com/user/lostsocietyfinland
http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland
http://www.myspace.com/lostsocietyfinland

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-Ensiferum: Finnish Folk Metal Merchants To Headline Paganfest America IV

Finnish folk metal merchants, Ensiferum, are pleased to announce their return to North American soil as headliners of the fourth edition of Paganfest America. The epic jaunt will commence March 30th in Denver and pillage through 21 cities and includes a slot on this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts. Among the strongest Paganfest lineups assembled thus far, support will be provided by Tyr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott.

Comments the band: “Finally, Ensiferum will to return to North America! It’s been way too long since we shared wild Paganfest nights with our brothers and sisters across the ocean. We will not come to pillage your cities alone; it’s a great honor to join forces with Tyr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott for this once-in-a-lifetime tour.”

Ensiferum: Paganfest America IV
w/ Tyr, Heidevolk, Trollfest, Helsott
3/30/2013 The Summit – Denver, CO
4/01/2013 901 Live – Tempe, AZ
4/02/2013 TBA – Los Angeles/West Hollywood, CA
4/03/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
4/04/2013 The Alley – Reno, NV
4/05/2013 Hawthorne – Portland, OR
4/06/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/07/2013 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
4/09/2013 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
4/10/2013 The Exchange – Regina, SK
4/11/2013 Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
4/12/2013 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN
4/13/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
4/14/2013 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
4/15/2013 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
4/16/2013 The Note – Philadelphia, PA
4/17/2013 Opera House – Toronto, ON
4/18/2013 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
4/19/2013 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
4/20/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal & Hardcore Fest)
4/21/2013 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

Ensiferum will be touring in support of their mammoth UNSUNG HEROES full-length released in North America last Fall via Spinefarm Records US. Produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Apocalyptica), with special guest appearances by members of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and legendary Finnish singer/actor, Vesa-Matti Loiri, UNSUNG HEROES continues to earn praise from critics and fans domestically and abroad. “…Mount the longboats, light the torches, and prepare for battle,” warns Metal Injection, while Outburn gushes, “UNSUNG HEROES is a totally solid entry ionto the hallowed halls of Valhalla made by a band that knows what it’s doing,” commending its “epic scope and reliance on catchy melodies.” Stereokiller boasts, “This is nothing short of amazing, beautiful in every way possible.” Elaborates Blistering in an 8/10 rating: “Ensiferum weren’t necessarily the first band out of the epic/folk gate, but they’re probably the best… One jaunt through 2009’s thoroughly captivating FROM AFAR supports that notion, as the Finns were able to brandish a mighty sonic sword that kept the speed on 10, the jovial acoustics ‘a hustling, and above all else, managed to bring a sort of mild sophistication to a style that is usually anything but. Essentially, Ensiferum doesn’t play the stupid, folk metal game, and on UNSUNG HEROES, they manage to stay the course with sterling results.”

http://www.ensiferum.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum
https://www.facebook.com/SpinefarmRecordsUS
http://www.spinefarmrecords.com/usa

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-Swedish Doom Metallers Memory Garden Finish Recordings On New Album And Announce Album Title!

Swedish epic Doom Metallers Memory Garden has finished the recordings for their upcoming fifth album DOOMAIN!

DOOMAIN was recorded Annoying Sound Factory & SolnaSound Recording by the band with a little assistance engineering from Mike Wead (King Diamond) during the lead guitar sessions. The mix was done by Dan Swanö at Unisound.

Comments the band: “The recording of DOOMAIN must be the most relaxed album session we’ve ever done. We recorded most of the album ourselves in our own studio and took the time we wanted and needed to get it done. Dan Swanö helped us getting the rig together and he provided us with the tools to do it and from there we did it ourselves. The lead guitar sessions were done at SolnaSound Recording by Simon & Mike Wead. When it all was done it was sent to Dan Swanö and Unisound for mix and mastering. The final album is amazing and we are so thrilled to get it out to all of you.”

And about the album title: “We wanted a short and effective title to this album. It’s a little game of words referring to the style of music we play ‘Doom metal’ and the actual word Domain. We see this album as a statement of what Memory Garden stands for music wise and this album is certainly down our alley, it’s in our DOOMAIN.”

DOOMAIN will be released the 12th/15th of April via Metal Blade Records in Europe on vinyl and as a Digi-CD!

Memory Garden just recently resigned to Metal Blade Records.

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

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

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

The landing page for DOOMAIN featuring the album art and the first new song will be released soon. Stay tuned!

http://www.memorygarden.se/
https://www.facebook.com/memorygardenofficial

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-Folk Metallers Scythia Nominated For SiriusXM Indie Award For Metal Group Of The Year

Canada’s favorite purveyors of folk/prog metal, Scythia, are proud to announce they have been nominated for Metal Group Of The Year at this year’s SiriusXM Indie Awards during Canadian Music Week this coming March in Toronto, ON.

Scythia is nominated with the following Canadian bands:

http://indies.ca/nominees/ (online voting begins January 28)

METAL ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Bison b.c. (Metal Blade Records)
Derelict (Independent)
Devin Townsend Project (eOne Music Canada)
Mares Of Thrace (Sonic Unyon Records)
Scythia (Independent)

Event Details:
Date: Friday, March 22, 2013
Venue: Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay E.)
Doors: 7:00 p.m.
Show: 8:00 p.m.
All Ages / General Admission
Ticket Link: http://indies.ca/buy-tickets/

Vocalist / guitarist Dave Khan comments:
“Scythia is honored to be nominated for an Indie Award. It’s great to know that our fellow Canadians appreciate our unconventional take on metal. It’s killer to be doing this alongside such heavyweights in the scene and this is the fuel to keep going and push this project further!”

Following the success of their 2010 …OF WAR and 2011 …OF EXILE albums, Scythia unleashed their 2012 scorcher, FOR THE BEAR. The short but sweet seven-track EP departs from the orchestration and central concept of its predecessors, instead representing a leaner, faster, sharper folk metal machine.

The FOR THE BEAR EP is now streaming at http://soundcloud.com/scythia-metal/sets/for-the-bear along with their latest music video “Video Game Medley,” which can be viewed at:

http://www.scythia.ca/
http://www.facebook.com/scythiametal
http://twitter.com/scythiametal
http://www.youtube.com/scythiaband
http://www.reverbnation.com/scythia
http://radio3.cbc.ca/%23/bands/Scythia

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-Mike Oldfield Releases New Studio Album TUBULAR BEATS

Re-Worked And Re-Mixed Together With Producer Torsten “York” Stenzel, On February 5th, 2013 Via earMUSIC

Album Includes Brand New Song “Never Too Far” Featuring Tarja Turunen

NEW YORK, NY — earMUSIC/Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce the release of TUBULAR BEATS, the brand new re-mix album by Mike Oldfield. The album will be released on February 5th, 2013 and will include the most popular songs by Oldfield who has worked on new arrangements and new sounds for his compositions. [MSRP $13.98]

All tracks have been re-worked from the original multi-track recordings and re-mixed together by Mike Oldfield and multi-platinum awarded German producer Torsten “York” Stenzel. Having previously worked together, the duo fused their style in a full elaborate project for the first time, embellishing Oldfield’s most famous songs with the aid of modern electronic music.

Newly recorded guitar parts by Oldfield have been added to the mix, and a brand new song featuring ex-Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen closes the album on a high note.

Classics like “Tubular Bells,” “To France,” and “Moonlight Shadow” shine again through fresh and danceable new versions. Mike Oldfield kept creative control throughout the whole production and despite the “new dress” the songs managed to keep the original melodies and structure intact, being brand new at the same time.

“Never Too Far” is a brand new song featuring singer Tarja Turunen who not surprisingly is offering one of her most emotional performances ever, as Oldfield is one of the singer’s heroes.

Tarja explains: “It was such a pleasure to work with Mike Oldfield. The song turned out to be even better than I could have ever expected. Mike has a vast career and experience in pop, instrumental and electronic music. I love his music and his personal guitar sound.

“My work in this song was inspired by Mike’s ‘Islands’ featuring another of my youth idols: Bonnie Tyler,” continues Tarja. “A way to thank them for the nice melodies I grew up with was to add a line from their hit. And I believe Mike liked the idea too. That’s how ‘Never Too Far’ was born. Hope that you enjoy the song as much as I do.”

Track Listing:
1. Let There Be Light (York Remix)
2. Far Above The Clouds (York Remix)
3. Ommadawn (Mike Oldfield & York Remix)
4. Guilty (Mike Oldfield & York Remix)
5. Tubular Bells (Mike Oldfield & York Remix)
6. To France (York & Steve Brian Radio Mix)
7. Northstar (Mike Oldfield & York Remix)
8. Moonlight Shadow (York & Steve Brian Radio Mix)
9. Guilty (York & Mike’s Electrofunk Remix)
10. Tubular Bells 2 (Mike Oldfield & York Remix)
11. Never Too Far (new song, with Tarja Turunen)

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:
http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt
http://www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews
http://www.youtube.com/user/eaglerocktv

http://www.mikeoldfieldofficial.com/
http://www.ear-music.net/
http://www.youtube.com/earMUSICofficial
http://www.facebook.com/earMUSICofficial
http://www.twitter.com/earMUSICedel

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-Raven Black Night Stream New Single “Lips Of Desire” Exclusively Via Rock Hard Germany!

New Album BARBARIAN WINTER Out February, 15th/18th!

Australian epic Heavy Metal warlords Raven Black Night will release their Metal Blade debut BARBARIAN WINTER February, 15th/18th!

In collaboration with Rock Hard Germany Raven Black Night has now posted the second single “Lips Of Desire” taken off BARBARIAN WINTER. Surf over to Rock Hard Germany at this location to check out the exclusive song premiere!

http://www.rockhard.de/megazine/praesentationen/raven-black-night-lips-of-desire.html

Check out the album artwork and the first single Morbid Gladiator at http://www.metalblade.com/ravenblacknight !

BARBARIAN WINTER will be released as a CD, double gatefold vinyl and digital download. The double gatefold vinyl will feature two exclusive bonus tracks, “Metal Martyr” and “Love Is Holy!”

BARBARIAN WINTER track listing:
1. Fire In Your Eyes
2. Morbid Gladiator
3. Mystery Woman
4. Fallen Angel
5. Black Queen
6. If You Choose The Dark
7. Warriors Call
8. Barbarian Winter
9. Changes
10. Lips Of Desire
11. Nocturnal Birth
12. Angel With A Broken Wing
13. Metal Martyr (vinyl exclusive!)
14. Love Is Holy (vinyl exclusive!)

About Raven Black Night:
It was late 1999 when Jim Petkoff, The White Knight (guitar/vox), and Rino Amoriono, The Raven (guitar), met over a cold beer in Adelaide, South Australia: the city of churches and where AC/DC found Bon Scott. This would mark the beginning of Raven Black Night’s campaign to bring their traditional metal sound to a worldwide audience.

After deciding to form a doom/heavy metal band, they enlisted Matt Spencer, The Black Knight (bass), and Jeremy, The Godfather (drums). They began building a formidable live reputation, with a style of metal that appealed to many varieties of metal heads in their home town. With their stage adorned with swords, shields, and candles, they spent 2003-2006 criss-crossing Australia, performing at various metal festivals and underground clubs. Drummer Joe Toscano was brought into the band and their first album, CHOOSE THE DARK, was recorded and released in 2005.

CHOOSE THE DARK garnered praise throughout Australia and Europe culminating into an invitation in 2007 to perform at the 10th annual Headbangers Open Air in Germany, where they band performed with Candlemass, Rage, and many others.

Several years of touring and festival appearances were to follow: Hard and Heavy summer nights, the Hamburg Ballroom, and more dates throughout Australia. In 2011 Jim and Rino, with Chris on bass, enlisted Matt Enright to record new material for their long-awaited follow-up CD.

Jim and Rino are prepared to take the Raven Black Night sound of true metal/doom rock to a global audience. A new partnership with Metal Blade Records and a new album will firmly place Raven Black Night on the world map of true heavy metal.

http://www.facebook.com/ravenblacknightofficial
http://www.facebook.com/rinoamor
http://www.reverbnation.com/ravenblacknight
http://www.youtube.com/jimpetkoff

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-Power Thrashers Edge Of Attack Post Behind The Scenes Video For “In Hell”

Grande Prairie, AB power-thrash five-piece Edge Of Attack whom are gearing up for the release of their self-titled debut album next week on Tuesday, February 19th via Halifax metal label Spread The Metal Records, have posted behind the scenes video from their upcoming music video directed by Karen Michelle Meola in support of their second single “In Hell.”

To view the video please visit the following link:

In addition, the band has posted a video teaser on Blank TV, which can be viewed here:

Album pre-order available here:
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).

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)

“Forever” Music Video

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.

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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-Tombstone Highway Premieres New Song From Agonia Debut

Italian Southern rock/doom metal act Tombstone Highway have premièred a new song off their debut album, RURALIZER, coming out February 28th in Europe/UK and March 19th in North America on Agonia Records. The song entitled “Bite The Dust (And Bleed)” — featuring guest appearance by electric guitar virtuoso Mario Percudani (HungryHeart, Mitch Malloy) — can be streamed at the following location:

Apart from Mario Percudani, RURALIZER will also feature guest appearances by Hammond maestro Paolo “Apollo” Negri (Wicked Minds, Black Widow, Hasselvander) and Razor SK (Forgotten Tomb).

Joe Hasselvander (ex-Pentagream / The Hounds Of Hasselvander) commented on the release: “Absolutely cool! Good old swamp-infested blues metal!”

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

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

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

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

Tombstone Highway:
http://www.facebook.com/Tombstone.Highway
http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/1814120

Agonia Records:
http://www.agoniarecords.com/
http://www.myspace.com/agoniarecords
http://www.facebook.com/agoniarecords
http://www.youtube.com/user/AgoniaRec
https://twitter.com/agoniarecords
info@agoniarecords.com (general info and order inquires)

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-Prog Rockers Fen Post New Video “Of Losing Interest”

Vancouver progressive rockers Fen have posted a video for their title track from their fifth and latest album OF LOSING INTEREST, released last summer via indie label Ripple Music to follow up their fourth release TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM.

“The song ‘Of Losing Interest’ broke new ground for us. We didn’t try to shape it into some convoluted or grandiose structure. We just let the riff be a riff and do its job and we kept the dynamics fairly steady throughout. At one point I considered titling the song ‘The Grump,’ based on the fact that the lyrics are from the perspective of someone who detests social interactions and does what he can to either cut them short or avoid them altogether. Overall, the video is a lo-fi attempt to reveal what might be inside his head,” comments vocalist / guitarist Doug Harrison.

To view the video, please visit the following link below.

“Of Losing Interest”

Their heaviest and most technical album to date, OF LOSING INTEREST is an album that revisits the band’s harder edged metallic past while retaining the melodic sensibilities that made TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM so alluring. Co-Produced by Mike Southworth, his fourth with the band, OF LOSING INTEREST is a contrast of technical virtuosity layered against warm low end organics.

OF LOSING INTEREST Track Listing:
1. Riddled (3:55)
2. Of Losing Interest (4:59)
3. Nice For Three Days (4:04)
4. A Long Line (4:43)
5. The Glove (3:23)
6. Drunken Relief (4:26)
7. Light Up The End (3:34)
8. Pilot Plant (6:03)
9. Snake Path (3:17)

Show Dates:
March 21, 2013 – The Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC w/ Marching Mind, Porn for the Blind
(kick off show for the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival, coming to Whistler April 12-21)

About:
In January of 1998, in the mountain shadows of Nelson, British Columbia, a creatorship emerged called Fen. The road has been long for this dark-leaning band, which after more than a decade of obscurity, was finally ushered into the prog and metal fan’s psyche. This occurred in 2010, when Fen signed to California label Ripple music and released their fourth album TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM. The album garnered impressive reviews from bloggers and print magazines worldwide, including mention in the UK’s Classic Rock magazine and a perfect 16/16 score from the US authority on prog: Progressions Magazine. To follow up this attention, in May of 2011, the management of UK/Israeli prog veterans Blackfield invited Fen to open for them on the Vancouver stop of their North American tour.

To date, Fen’s music has sold in more than fifteen countries, and with the help of dedicated bloggers, two AAA-radio campaigns, and a music video for the single “Miracle,” the band’s following continues to expand. In surprising contrast to the dark nature of Fen’s music, their songs have been placed on HGTV (Home & Garden Television) and Animal Planet’s “From Underdog To Wonderdog,” among others. The song “Through The Night” will soon be available on the video game “Rock Band.”

Fen has performed at clubs and festivals throughout BC, and in the summer of 2011, took part in the Forest Symphony at UBC’s Pacific Spirit Park. Fen’s fifth album, OF LOSING INTEREST, will be available in August 2012, and is a return to the heavier aspects of the band’s sound. It is their second release under the Ripple Music label, and it brings together a band lineup first assembled in 1999.

http://www.fenmusic.ca/
http://www.facebook.com/fenmusic
http://twitter.com/fenmusic
http://www.youtube.com/user/ingrowth
http://www.reverbnation.com/fen
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/fen/id255360979
http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Fen

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-Art Development Productions Is Proud To Announce The Release For February 2013: Øl – CORELLO MOTELLO

Released Formats: Download
Style: Rock – Pop
Catalog #: ADP 0138
EAN: 4260090090138
Copyright: ADP 2012
Label: Art Development Productions
Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 28. February 2013
Distribution: Kontornewmedia

Track List:
1. Intro (:57)
2. Feeling (4:00)
3. Heartbeat (3:27)
4. Come On Come On (3:45)
5. Hold Your Hand (3:16)
6. Long Way (4:07)
7. Just Like You Just Like Me (3:55)
8. Girlfriend (3:52)
9. Out There (4:14)
10. Ballad Of Wild (3:56)
11. Touchdown (3:21)
12. You Say (4:18)
13. Somebody Else (2:54)
14. Sun In My Hand (4:20)
15. All In All (11:19)

With the acclaimed release of their latest album THE MERGING, Øl (a.k.a. Oel) celebrated a rebirth which they subsequently put live on stage impressively.

Since then two years have passed and the time has come for the first “real” result of the new Øl lineup. CORELLO MOTELLO is a production, showing at first hearing that here each of the five musicians have left their mark. CORELLO MOTELLO is packed full of catchy tunes in crisp alternative rock and pop songs that despite their catchiness never appear boring or constructed. A foretaste was already released in June with the “EM” single “Heartbeat,” which various radio stations used as their official EURO song. Live Øl’s 2012 show is a show back to the roots, without loads of gimmicks. Just five guys who, after a year of production time are hot to perform the new songs live on stage.

Official Artist Website:
http://www.oel-music.de/

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-World War IX Set To Release OFF THE WAGON, A New Five-Song EP And Collectible Comic Book

“WWIX doesn’t radically invent punk, but they do fill the needed gap for nasty, sloppy, reckless abandonment that seems to have declined with the rise of the Internet.”
– John Gentile, PUNK NEWS

WWIX – “Carrera Con El Diablo” – OFF THE WAGON EP:

It’s a double shot from your mentally ill cousin’s favorite punk rock and roll band, World War IX.

These NYC slingers of sleaze have got your eyes and ears covered with a sick-tastic, brand new, bomb-blastic dual release comic book and five-song EP.

You can read about the band’s brush with destruction and subsequent triumphant resurrection in guitarist Justin Melkmann’s latest comic, “Earaches & Eyesores” #4.

Then, prepare yourself for band’s latest sonic slab of arrogant audio audacity, OFF THE WAGON.

“Brooklyn-based trash punks World War IX play sing/shout-a-long riddled, snarky-themed songs that are rarely longer than a minute and thirty seconds.”
– STEREOKILLER

“…Sardonic, hardcore punk in the spirit of DAMAGED-era Black Flag.”
– BROOKLYN ROCKS

Website:
http://www.worldwarix.com/

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/World-War-IX-WWIX/122625501170653

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-There’s a 15-minute audio interview with Sebastian Bach, captures at the Hellfest open air in France last June, at http://soundcloud.com/user4667961/interview-sebastian-bach .

-The Salt Lake Tribune reported Great White will play at the Ride For A Cure benefit in Salt Lake City, UT, this June. The band’s third single from ELATION, “Hard To Say Goodbye,” hit #10 on the classic rock radio Mediabase chart.

-There’s a new interview with Helloween guitarist Michael Weikath at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/IaY%5D .

-There’s a cool article called “40 Years Later: The Story Of Kiss & Makeup” at http://ca.music.yahoo.com/blogs/awards/40-years-later-story-kiss-makeup-205254089.html .

-Check out the video for Krokus’ “Dirty Dynamite” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEg4rNH09rM&feature=share . See http://www.krokusonline.com/ for more.

-Lizzy Borden is embarking on the “Thirty Years Of American Metal” tour, complete with “a brand new show, we will be doing songs from each and every Lizzy Borden record plus songs we never performed live,” according to bassist Marten Andersson in his latest newsletter. The dates so far:

1/28 – 2/1 – 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise
4/13 – Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood, CA
4/25 – Changes Nightclub, New Castle, PA
4/26 – Dead Horse Cantina Music Hall, McKees Rocks, PA
4/27 – Spring Stampede @ House Of Rock, White Marsh, MD

See http://www.lizzyborden.com/ for more.

-The Maximum Rock Festival will take place indoors this year, at the 2,000-capacity Turbohalle in Bucharest, Romania. The fest will be held October 25-26. See http://www.maximumrock.ro/ and http://www.facebook.com/MaximumRockFestival for more.

-Detritus fave Lyden Moon (Chicago/Wisconsin-area instrumental guitarist) will open for legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (and Matt Meyer & The Smooth Riders) on February 15 at the Brat Stop in Kenosha, WI. Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/450011678386418/ . Roth will be playing a 40th anniversary Scorpions set plus selections from throughout his career. See https://www.facebook.com/lydenmoon for more on Mr. Moon, and http://www.ulijonroth.com/ for more on Mr. Roth. (Congrats Lyden! – Tim)

-A live clip of Nightwish’s “Ghost Love Score” is now online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4V_eoR6r1Tw . It was filmed last December 14 at Teatro de Flores in Buenos Aires, Argentina. See http://www.nightwish.com/ for more.

-Pretty Maids’ new video for “Mother Of All Lies” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98yioLUluzk . See http://www.prettymaids.dk/ and https://www.facebook.com/prettymaids for more.

-Queensryche — the Todd LaTorre-fronted version — will play the Wolfman Jack stage at this year’s Sturgis Music Festival, on August 2 at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, SD.

-Attention Deficit Delirium has a brief write-up (with photos) on last week’s Stratovarius NEMESIS listening party in New York City, at http://www.bryanreesman.com/2013/01/28/stratovarius-idle-hands/ .

-Check out a new interview with Voivod drummer Michel “Away” Langevin at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/IaYa , that covers the band’s new album TARGET EARTY — the first with new guitarist Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain (Martyr) and returning bassist Jean-Yves “Blacky” Theriault.

Thanks to Bryan Reesman, Chad Bowar, David E. Gehlke, David Burger, Lyndsey Parker, Eric Helgeson, and John “Midnight Maniac” Erigo for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-I haven’t done a column in a while but this was just too good to pass up. 🙂

Everyone knows I’m a huge Kiss fan. I mean, I was aware of them in the ’70s but I really fell for them hook, line, and sinker when I saw the video for “I Love It Loud” back in 1982. I was just starting to really seriously get into music, and that (now, admittedly, very cheesy…) video was just soooo cool. Then I saw the CREATURES OF THE NIGHT album cover with the awesome dark blue theme and glowing eyes artwork, and that was IT! I was floored when the CD version first came out sporting a dumb photo from the band’s makeup-free era on the cover. WTF?! I actually went out and found a vinyl copy of the album just so I could have a large size version of that killer original cover. (Luckily the band fixed this error when the album was re-mastered, as they restored the original cover art.)

So anyway, last week we were at my kid’s school for the annual used book sale fundraiser, and I found a little paperback book from 1979. Check out the cover:

Resemble any album art you know? 🙂 I was floored again. Did Kiss really rip off a children’s book for their cover??????????

And yes, I bought the book for a quarter.

-I was happily surprised to find the new Saxon CD, SACRIFICE, in my mailbox the other day. It sounds good after one spin. Watch for a review soon.

-And seriously now, what is Geoff Tate doing?

-In my current playlist: Saxon – SACRIFICE (UDR/EMI), Helloween – STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL (Sony/The End).

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