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Detritus Issue #639

Detritus
Issue #639
Week of February 4, 2013
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tsw512@yahoo.com

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http://www.last.fm/user/VonGoober
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-Welcome to February! – Tim

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-New Single “Primal Surge” From Neal Schon’s Highly-Acclaimed Solo
Album THE CALLING To Go For Adds At US Classic Rock Radio This Week

Schon Introduces New Signature PRS Guitar Models

“Primal Surge,” the second single from guitar icon Neal Schon’s latest
solo album, THE CALLING (Frontiers Records), is now set to go for adds
at Classic Rock radio this week in the US. “Primal Surge” highlights
Schon’s beautiful sweeping guitar lines and eclectic fusion sound. Of
the track, Schon commented, “This is a great song for sports channels!
I love the embodied melody in the song.”

THE CALLING has been receiving rave reviews from the international
media, with the US’ Guitar Player declaring, “It’s a thrilling, edgy,
ballsy, inspiring, and beautiful work that sounds as purposely
constructed as a symphony piece. Less-blessed composers and guitarists
can now take a moment to cry…” and Vintage Guitar avowing, “THE
CALLING, has some of his most vibrant playing to date… epic textures
and some of the most stellar guitar tones Schon has ever recorded.”
The UK’s Classic Rock proclaimed, “…a musical masterclass,” while
Guitarist stated, “stratospheric playing!” Neal Schon graces the cover
of the February issue of the US’ Goldmine, on stands now.

In other news, PRS Guitars recently announced the introduction of two
new Neal Schon signature models, NS-14 and NS-15. Schon was intimately
involved in the design of nearly every aspect of the instruments. For
more information, please click here. Schon just appeared at the NAMM
trade show in Anaheim, CA to personally introduce the new guitars.

http://www.prsguitars.com/news/story/prs_guitars_introduces_neal_schon_signature_models

Neal Schon’s THE CALLING is produced by, and features, Neal Schon on
all guitars and bass, and reunites Schon with former Journey band
mate, Steve Smith, who lends his virtuoso drum talents to all 12
tracks on the new album. In addition, Grammy® Award-winning special
guest Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra,) recorded Moog
synthesizer solos on two tracks — “Fifty Six (56)” and “Tumbleweeds”
and Igor Len, an accomplished classical, jazz and film composer who
has previously collaborated with Schon, is featured on acoustic piano
throughout the album. Recorded at Berkeley’s famed Fantasy Studios
during a break from Journey’s busy touring schedule, Neal completed
the album from start to finish in just four days.

Journey, one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, of
which Neal Schon is a founding member, has earned 19 Top 40 singles
and 25 gold and platinum albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend
Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, and received a
star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. As the only member to record on
all of Journey’s albums, Schon continues to lead the band today in its
latest incarnation. Schon will be on a world tour with Journey in
2013.

For more information please visit:
http://www.schonmusic.com/

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-Doro To Kick Off North American Tour; Trailer Posted

Legendary metal maven Doro Pesch will kick off her long-awaited North
American tour tonight in Tampa, Florida following an explosive
performance at this year’s edition of the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise.
Doro will be touring in support of her RAISE YOUR FIST full-length,
released worldwide via Nuclear Blast late last year. Featuring guest
appearances by Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and Ozzy/Firewind guitarist
Gus G, with artwork by British artist and longtime Doro collaborator
Geoffrey Gillespie, RAISE YOUR FIST debuted at #65 on the American
Billboard Heatseekers chart upon its first week of release and was
commended by Outburn in an 8/10 rating for delivering “50 minutes of
expertly crafted Teutonic metal.”

Advance ticket links are available on Doro’s Official Facebook Page
and check out some words about the tour from the Metal Queen herself
here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/01/31/doro-to-kick-off-north-american-tour-tour-trailer-posted/

Doro North American Headlining Tour 2013:
2/01/2013 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
2/02/2013 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/03/2013 Empire – West Springfield, VA
2/04/2013 B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York, NY
2/05/2013 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
2/07/2013 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
2/08/2013 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
2/09/2013 Ace Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
2/10/2013 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/12/2013 Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
2/13/2013 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
2/14/2013 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/15/2013 Spicoli’s Grill And The Reverb – Waterloo, IA
2/17/2013 Moe’s – Englewood, CO
2/19/2013 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/20/2013 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/21/2013 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
2/22/2013 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
2/23/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ

“On her 12th solo album, German metal maiden Doro Pesch sounds more
assured than ever, particularly as a songwriter on these 13 taut,
Teutonic tunes.” – Revolver

“…probably the classiest lady in metal.” – Outburn

“RAISE YOUR FIST is a solid outing for Doro Pesch and at this stage in
the game, would expect nothing less from her. She still manages to
savor that hard rock image and make it work for her and I hope she
never stops doing this. I say raise your fist in the air babe, and
never let it go.” – Blistering

“RAISE YOUR FIST will put a smile on all of Doro’s fans’ faces, many
years after she first appeared Heavy Metal still has plenty to give
thanks to those like Doro.” – Sea Of Tranquility

“There is no doubt in my mind that Doro is a pioneer in her field of
music, one that does what she loves best, and gives her fans all.
That’s what I call dedication. Do I recommend RAISE YOUR FIST, most
definitely.” – Metal Titans

“RAISE YOUR FIST is a confident, well crafted, classic metal album,
which offers a slab of horn-throwing anthems, with just the right
amount of sentiment. Doro heads into a new decade with another load of
rock and roll ammunition in her arsenal.” – The Examiner

“For a quarter century, Doro has been defying stereotypes and putting
out old-school metal that never fails to recall the days when the star
of heavy metal burned brightest. Time may not have been the kindest to
the style of music Doro has always stood for, but it has been kind to
her. The accomplishment of staying relevant in the scene for so long
is not something to be taken for granted, and it’s something indeed to
be proud of.” – Bloody Good Horror

http://www.DORO.de/
http://www.facebook.com/DOROOFFICIAL
http://www.Twitter.com/DOROOFFICIAL
http://www.YouTube.com/DOROOFFICIAL
http://www.myspace.com/DOROBAND
http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/
http://www.nuclearblast.de/

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–Y&T / Meniketti Update – February 2013

[Note: This is from the band’s newsletter. – Tim]

Our boys have just played the first shows of the year and kicked
serious butt, including another SOLD OUT show in Modesto. The band are
very much looking forward to hitting stages around the globe the rest
of the year. If you don’t see a city near you listed below or on our
web site Tour Dates page, hang tight, as there are many more shows to
be announced for this year.

She’s Got A MEAN STREAK!

The MEAN STREAK 30th anniversary shirts are here! Get yours to
celebrate the 1983 release of the MEAN STREAK album. The front of the
tee features the popular MEAN STREAK snake along with the original Y&T
logo from that release. The back of the tee features elements from the
original back cover album art. We’re releasing this shirt in two
different colors — the traditional Black, plus a limited edition
Cardinal Red shirt as a flashback to the original red MEAN STREAK
shirt we released for the 1983 tour. The Cardinal Red is a deeper
color than the traditional red shirt and we believe it complements the
MEAN STREAK artwork better than the original red did. The red shirt is
planned as a limited release online only, so if you’re attracted to
this shirt we suggest you order yours soon to ensure you get one
before we run out.

We also have a handful of BLACK TIGER shirts left. Once these popular
designs are gone, they’re gone, so get yours while we still have them.

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

And The Oscar Goes To…

OK, not quite the Oscars but nearly as exciting — British radio
personality, Ally Lee, interviewed Dave Meniketti on-air last
September and that interview won the year-end radio awards show by a
landslide! As a result, Y&T blasted from radios in the UK. Kudos to
“The Roots, Rock, Riot Show” with Ally Lee and the UK’s Lionheart
Radio 107.3 FM for their dedication to doing creative interviews and
airing good music.

Bring The Kids!

We have some “all ages” shows this year, including Texas, Maryland,
Canada, Michigan, and California, with more in the works. Bring the
kids to share in the Y&T live experience.

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

Y&T Shows

Details for each of the shows below are on the TOUR DATES page of the
web site.

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

Stay tuned! Many more 2013 tour dates to come!

March 1 ~ Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
March 2 ~ Tempe, AZ – Club Red
March 5 ~ Dallas, TX – Trees (all ages show)
March 8 ~ San Antonio, TX – BackStage Live (all ages show)
March 9 ~ Houston, TX – Concert Pub North (all ages show)
March 16-20 ~ Monsters of Rock Cruise (FL-Bahamas) SOLD OUT!
March 22 ~ Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage (all ages show)
March 23 ~ New York, NY – Stage 48 (18+ show)
March 24 ~ W Greenwich, RI – Rock Junction
March 26 ~ Etobicoke, ON, Canada – The RockPile (all ages show)
March 28 ~ Akron, OH – Ripper Owens Tap House
March 29 ~ Flint, MI – The Machine Shop (18+ show)
March 30 ~ Bolingbrook, IL – Tailgaters
May 9 ~ Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club (all ages show)
May 10 ~ Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
May 11 ~ San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House (all ages show)
May 18 ~ San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (all ages show)

*Schedule subject to change. Be sure to verify with each venue.*

Check the web site TOUR DATES page for the most up-to-date concert
information.

Thanks for your support!

The official Y&T and Dave Meniketti web site.
http://www.YandTRocks.com/
http://www.Meniketti.com/
http://www.facebook.com/YandTRocks
http://www.twitter.com/YandTRocks
http://www.myspace.com/YandTRocks

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-Nightwish: German Movie Premiere Of “Imaginaerum By Nightwish” In
Berlin!

The long-awaited Nightwish movie “Imaginaerum” will have its German
premiere at the “Kino in der KulturBrauerei” in Berlin, on February
11, 2013.

Screening in German cinemas will start on March 18.

Eagerly anticipated around the world, “Imaginaerum” creates a musical
fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Cirque du
Soleil. The movie is an innovative mixture of story-telling and music,
an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination… and what’s
ultimately important in life. Shot and post-produced in Canada, the
movie was directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Films, and
features appearances by all Nightwish members. The screenplay is based
on a wild vision that Tuomas Holopainen, the mastermind of the band,
devised after the album DARK PASSION PLAY came out in 2007.

The official soundtrack of the movie, IMAGINAERUM BY NIGHTWISH – THE
SCORE was released already. The album features 13 grandiose,
unreleased re-interpretations of “Imaginaerum” tracks by Petri Alanko.

Nightwish have sold over seven million albums internationally and
received over 60 Gold and Platinum awards, making them the most
successful Finnish Rock band of all time.

More details about the German premiere:

Monday, February 11th, 2013
Kino in der KulturBrauerei, Berlin
19:30 CET doors open, 20:00 CET start

Tickets will be available soon, here:
http://www.cinestar.de/de/quickfinder/berlin-kino-in-der-kulturbrauerei

Nightwish
http://www.nightwish.com/

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-Pre-Order “The Pride” Featuring Zakk Wylde, Kevin Martin, Morgan
Rose, JD DeServio & The Infinite Staircase; Artwork Revealed

NEW YORK, NY — “The Pride” featuring Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society,
Ozzy Osbourne), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), Morgan
Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), John “JD” DeServio (Black Label
Society, Cycle Of Pain) & The Infinite Staircase, the song written and
recorded for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, is now available for Pre-
order on iTunes with the official release date set for February 5th,
2013.

Pre-order the song here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pride-feat.-zakk-wylde-morgan/id598185653

“The Pride” was recorded at Architekt Music in Butler, New Jersey with
engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Call Me No One) at the helm and was
mastered by Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes) at West West Side Music
in New Windsor, New York.

“The Pride” will be released as an iTunes exclusive via Vanity Music
Group and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Carl V.Bini
Memorial Foundation for distribution to those affected by Hurricane
Sandy.

A music video is also in the works with details on its release
expected soon.

The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund was founded in honor of Firefighter
Carl V. Bini, a member of the FDNY tragically taken during 9/11. The
fund’s mission is to memorialize the heroism of its fallen hero by
providing aid to those who so desperately need it now and in the
future.

Cover art designed by Michelle Volpe.

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

A few months ago, British progressive metallers Threshold kicked off 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 TODAY at 11
a.m. GMT / 12 CET on http://www.progrockmag.com/ . Make sure to watch
it!

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 at the Nuclear Blast web shop:
http://smarturl.it/ThresholdCD

Threshold
http://www.thresh.net/

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-Z Records News

[Note: This compiles multiple updates. – Tim]

Z Records Announce The Arrival Of Chase The Ace

It’s with great pleasure that Z Records announce the signing of Chase
The Ace. Chase The Ace originate from Israel and as far as the label
are aware they’re the first Israeli rock act to sign to a European
label.

The band’s material totally kicks ass and reeks of such influences
ranging from ROCKS-era Aerosmith, to Motley Crue / Shotgun Messiah but
with an extra twist. The band’s self-titled debut will be released
April 2013.

After six years of singing only in Hebrew under the name Koex, the
band decided to expand their horizon and go global.

During those six years as Koex they put out five albums (including a
live album), played over 400 gigs, featured in the biggest daily
papers and news websites in Israel, along with many radio appearances.
Chase The Ace have also built a fan base who are dedicated to keeping
rock music alive. The video for the last single “Rockstar” gained
30,000 hits on YouTube within the first week. All this has been
achieved whilst staying true to their music style by being a
completely self-sustained indie rock band.

The band made the following comment regarding signing their
multi-album deal with Z:

“The whole thing came to us as a total surprise.

“We started promoting CTA about two months ago and everything is going
really quick and smooth! It’s funny because just a few weeks ago we
started talking about making a press kit and sending them to record
companies and we really wanted a company from the UK. Then, before we
even started working on it, Mark sent me an e-mail saying he wants to
work with us. At first we thought it was a cruel prank from one of our
friends but it quickly turned out to be what we were hoping for. Z
Records is a great label for us and Mark seems like an ace guy so
we’re really excited about what’s gonna come. We’re going in the
studio in a few weeks to finish our first album. We got some bitchin’
songs for you guys and we can’t wait for all the rockers in the world
to check them out!”

Chase The Ace have released their first promo video to support their
debut album. Check out the video at http://youtu.be/lMoQoX_T9dM .

Australia’s Finest Babyjane To Release MAKE IT SICK This Month

Babyjane will release their awesome MAKE IT SICK on February 25th.
Already proclaimed by their label Z Records as Australia’s finest
melodic rock act in years the band’s prolific MAKE IT SICK features
the first promo single “She’s Just A Liar.” Check out the promo video
at http://youtu.be/TeieT0l63o0 .

Updated Z Records Release Schedule

Feb. 25
Kidd Glove – s/t + bonus tracks
Babyjane – MAKE IT SICK

Mar. 25
Escape – BORDERLINE
Afterdreams – WILDFIRE

Apr. 22
Prophet – LIVE
Chase The Ace – s/t

May 20
Legion – V

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

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-AFM Records News

Voodoo Circle’s “Cry For Love” Video Clip Released!

Classic Hard Rock masters Voodoo Circle have just released their new
video clip, filmed for the track “Cry For Love,” which is taken from
the band’s upcoming album MORE THAN ONE WAY HOME.

“Cry For Love” is also available as digital single now.

http://afm.musiclogistics.net/releases/23771?lang=en

MORE THAN ONE WAY HOME will be unleashed on February 22nd, available
as CD, ltd. digi-pak (incl. two bonus tracks & video clip), ltd. 2-
Vinyl & ltd. special edition (incl. digi-pak, a high-class compass &
certificate of authenticity).

The New Black To Release III: CUT LOOSE On March 15

III: CUT LOOSE will be the title of the new album by Germany’s heavy
rockers The New Black. It will be released on March 15 via AFM.

Mixing duties were handled by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids) who
commented:

“These guys completely floored me with their stylish mix of both
modern metal and vintage rock ‘n’ roll. This is a band that could get
big if things are done the right way!”

III: CUT LOOSE was once more recorded and produced by the band
themselves. Making-of footage from the studio can be found at
http://www.facebook.com/thenewblackofficial . The album will be
released in different configurations, among them a big fat digi-pak
with loads of bonus tracks. There’s also talk of guest singers, free
downloads and video clips with nasty spiders and middle fingers…
Details to follow.

In April, The New Black will embark on the “Rock’n’Roll Overdose” tour
alongside Psychopunch, Motorjesus, ’77 and Supercharger. Dates can be
found at http://www.rocknrolloverdose.de/ . The trek will conclude on
April 28th, when the whole package joins Der W in Neu-Isenburg for a
big indoor show.

III: CUT LOOSE finds the band fine-tuning their signature style while
keeping heaviness and catchiness fully intact. Their music has been
described in the past as such: “This is our kind of party: Black Label
Society bring the booze, Pantera spice it up, Thin Lizzy add some
taste, and Alter Bridge smooth it over before Metallica turn it black.
And you can be there, too!”

The debut album THE NEW BLACK was released in 2009, after the pre-
production was named “Demo Of The Month” in four major music magazines
in their native Germany. The sophomore effort II: BETTER IN BLACK
dropped in 2011. The New Black have played alongside acts as Volbeat,
Alter Bridge and Black Label Society, they have rocked all major
festivals like Wacken or Rock Am Ring and supported AC/DC in front of
65,000.

http://www.thenewblackofficial.de/

Gothminister: On The Way to Eurovision Song Contest? / New Single
Available!

The Norwegian lawyer Bjørn Alexander Brem and his band Gothminister
are in for a possibly shockingly different show in the Norwegian EVS
semifinals in Larvik, today, February 2nd — prepare for some visual
surprises with zombies and undead… the winners of tonight’s
semifinal will participate in the Norwegian final later, whose winner
then will represent Norway at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in
Malmö (Sweden).

The brand new Gothminister song “Utopia” (which will be performed by
the band in the semifinal) is available now as digital single.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/utopia-edit/id595408859?i=595408860&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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

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-The Highly Anticipated Second N.O.W. Album

Escape Music are excited to announce the upcoming release of the
highly anticipated second N.O.W. album, titled BOHEMIAN KINGDOM,
across Europe on March 22.

At age six, Alec Mendonça stumbled across the Boston debut album along
with some old Beatles records which changed his life forever. When he
turned 14 he started playing more professionally and got a Luthier
home made bass. At age 18 his grandmother bought him his first fender
Jazz Bass special, even recording an album in 1996 that had some air
play in Brazil but then it all came to a halt due to sickness in the
family. After a hiatus of 14 years taking care of family business,
Alec Mendonça was finally back to the world he loved, the music world.

N.O.W. was born then, and by joining forces with stellar Brazilian
keyboardist Jean Barros, all the basis of the songs were done in
Studio 430. After three months Alec put down 12 songs! Alec had to
travel to the studio so many times he lost count of that, sometimes
spending the whole day away from home for months, but it was worth it.
With the demo CD in hand, he only wanted the right vocals to do it and
although Alec can sing, his voice is more of a background voice.
Taking his chances, he decided to send the tapes to some people he
knew through the Internet and caught the attention of gifted vocalist
Philip Bardowell (ex-Peter Criss, Ace Frehley from Kiss, ex-Beach
Boys, ex-Unruly Child) who loved the songs so much that he decided to
sing the songs for Alec.

FORCE OF NATURE the debut in 2010 (ESM204) is indeed a force to be
reckoned with and has so many twists and turns you will so easily get
wrapped up in its universal appeal. The reviews were astounding with
magazines praising how good the band sounded.

After three years in the making a new lineup was required for Alec to
achieve his so sought-after sound. So Alec found what seemed to be the
main ingredient for his sophomore album; the guitar player Juno
Moraes. Juno is all heart and melody and his licks are to die for. A
new drummer was also required and this time Lars Chriss (Lion’s Share)
was called to mix and master the album. Lars gave the new album the
punch and life it needed so bad to sound like a real winner. During
the recordings of the second album Alec also lost a very close friend
who was the close we can get to an Angel at the tender age of 17 due
to Leukaemia, these are the times one wonders if there’s a God… and
so the result was a much darker and moodier album. Alec also found the
need to transmit all the rage and pain he went through after his
friend’s passing and wrote a song to exteriorize his feelings, this
song is “No One Can Feel It’s Over”… It also has to be said that the
N.O.W. sound has leanings towards Foreigner and Rainbow in places…
no bad thing.

If you liked the first album for all the right reasons and Foreigner
and Journey, then we can guarantee a Magical Mystery Tour with this
second installment, full of surprises, hooks, choruses and loads of
layers of guitars. N.O.W. are back with a second album that will just
set the pace again, this is a much stronger release than the debut and
is bound to impress both fans old and new.

Album preview “I’m Alive”:

Escape Music
http://www.Escape-Music.com/

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-Napalm Records News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

Upcoming Releases From Gloryhammer, Visions Of Atlantis, Serenity, &
Arkona

Gloryhammer – TALES FROM THE KINGDOM OF FIFE

Release Dates:
29.03.2013 G/A/S & Benelux
27.03.2013 ESP/FIN/SWE/NOR
01.04.2013 Rest of Europe
09.04.2013 USA/CAN

Gloryhammer is the new project of Christopher Bowes, the mastermind of
the Pirate Metal sensation Alestorm. TALES FROM THE KINGDOM OF FIFE is
a concept album and tells the story of an alternate-history medieval
Scotland, a realm of dragons, wizards, magic and dark sorcery. It is
the legend of the glorious hero Angus McFife, who wages a long war
against the evil wizard Zargothrax, in order to free the people of
Dundee. Gloryhammer clads these stories in a symphonic Power Metal
armor, which will take the listener by storm and will transport them
right into the midst of an epic adventure. Pounding double bass,
enthralling riffs and bombastic orchestral parts turn songs like “The
Quest For The Hammer Of Glory” or “Angus McFife” into catchy songs
that will leave you craving for more. Gloryhammer creates the perfect
balance between in-your-face speed tracks and epic Metal hymns. A real
highlight comes in the form of vocalist Thomas Winkler (Emerald),
whose magnificent voice guides you through the adventure. The album
was recorded and produced by Lasse Lammert at the LSD Studios — the
same studio that brought you the classic Alestorm long-players! Metal
fans should make sure to enter the legendary world of Angus McFife and
Gloryhammer! Prepare for epic battles!

Visions Of Atlantis – ETHERA

Release Dates:
22.03.2013 G/A/S & Benelux
27.03.2013 ESP/FIN/SWE/NOR
01.04.2013 Rest of Europe
09.04.2013 USA/CAN

The band revolving around the enchanting and strong-voiced front lady
Maxi Nil did not rest on their laurels after releasing their
successful album DELTA and playing numerous concerts (e.g. Wacken Open
Air, Novarock, Masters Of Rock). Instead, the musicians focused on the
songwriting sessions for a new long-player. The mystical title ETHERA
stands for an extraordinary and diverse Symphonic Metal masterpiece
and presents the listeners with bombastic orchestral tracks as well as
touching and dreamy ballads. The band is a master in capturing these
different moods and thus creating a tightly arranged album, that
offers a magical atmosphere from the first to the last song. It is
important to point out that the vocal performance of Maxi Nil and
Mario Plank sounds so harmonic and sweeping, just like they were
singing together from the very beginnings of the band’s career. ETHERA
is a mythical and bombastic journey into the heart of Atlantis!

Serenity – WAR OF AGES

Release Dates:
22.03.2013 G/A/S & Benelux
27.03.2013 ESP/FIN/SWE/NOR
01.04.2013 Rest of Europe
09.04.2013 USA/CAN

On their fourth album, the Austrian Symphonic Metal band dives deep
into long forgotten centuries and draws the listeners attention to
historical personalities like Henry VIII of England, Napoleon or
Alexander the Great. Numerous concerts have matured the band’s
songwriting skills and the interaction between the individual
musicians. This is the reason why WAR OF AGES is filled with excellent
and characteristic compositions and world-class refrains, for which
the term “catchy” would be an understatement. The mixture of
remarkable riffs, perfect timed variations from symphonic passages up
to ballads, shows Serenity’s ability to write haunting songs. The band
has reached their musical and lyrical height and in particular Georg
Neuhauser impresses with his best vocal performance so far! Friends of
Avantasia or Kamelot have to make sure to give this album spin!

Arkona – DECADE OF GLORY – LIVE

Release Date:
1 March 2013

In the beginning of 2012, the Russian Pagan Metal sensation Arkona
celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special concert at the P!PLE
Concert Hall (Moscow). Supported by numerous guests, for example a 9-
piece choir, a string quartet and two background vocalists, the band
classics were turned into real monuments. Furthermore, the interplay
between typical folk instruments and the Metal foundation gives Arkona
its unique character. Once more in the center of the attention is
front lady and mastermind Masha Scream, who pushes herself and the
band to the limit. DECADE OF GLORY offers a brilliant journey through
the musical works of Arkona.

Legion Of The Damned: RAVENOUS PLAGUE

Legion Of The Damned has issued a major update with regard to their
upcoming album RAVENOUS PLAGUE! Head right over to the band’s official
website to get the full scoop! We can already tell you that Andy
Classen will be producing the new songs. A release date for RAVENOUS
PLAGUE has yet to be confirmed — stay tuned!

Legion Of The Damned
http://www.legionofthedamned.net/

Tristania: Album Teaser

Tristania released a musical teaser from their upcoming album! Please
click on the link below! The new album is scheduled for a May 2013
release!

Tristania
http://www.tristania.com/

Hate To Support Hypocrisy

Polish Extreme Metal Machine Hate announced a European Tour in support
of their latest album SOLARFLESH. The band will be the direct support
for Swedish Death Metal titans Hypocrisy. Please see below for the
dates!

Hate to support Hypocrisy
28.03.13 DE – Essen / Turock
29.03.13 BE – Namur / Cinex
30.03.13 NL – Leeuwarden / Romein
31.03.13 NL – Eindhoven / Effenaar
01.04.13 FR – Paris / Trabendo
02.04.13 FR – Saint Etienne / Le Fil
03.04.13 CH – Geneve / L’Usine
04.04.13 CH – Winterthur / Salzhaus
05.04.13 DE – Stuttgart / LKA
06.04.13 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
07.04.13 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
08.04.13 DE – Berlin / K 17
10.04.13 PL – Krakow / Kwadrat
11.04.13 CZ – Prag / Nova Chmielnice
12.04.13 DE – Dettelbach / Metal Franconia Festival
13.04.13 DE – München / Backstage
14.04.13 AT – Wien / Szene

Hate
http://www.hate-metal.com/

Niflheim Festival

Let the festival season begin! The Niflheim Festival will take place
in Stutthart on March 2. Napalm Records will be not only be
represented by two bands (Finsterforst and Ereb Altor) but also by a
sales booth. Good live music and a great selection of CDs and
merchandise are guaranteed!

Running Order:
14:00 Doors
15:00 – 15:30 Andras
15:50 – 16:20 Ancestors Blood
16:40 – 17:20 Ereb Altor
17:40 – 18:30 Finsterforst
18:50 – 19:50 Fjoergyn
20:10 – 21:10 Vreid
21:40 – 23:25 Ensiferum
23:45 – 00:45 Helheim

Niflheim Festival
http://www.niflheim-festival.com/

Nervosa: Recording New Album

Nervosa has announced the beginning of the recording of their new
album, which commenced on January 26. The production, recording,
mixing and mastering will be in charge of the experts Heros Trench and
Pompeu, both are in the band Korzus. The production will take place in
the traditional studio Mr. Som, in which Nervosa recorded their first
EP, 2012, last year.

Singer and bassist Fernanda Lira comments:
“We really liked the result we were able to reach with them for our EP
and there was no reason that could stop us from keeping such a high
quality work. We are really anxious to record it and, obviously, to
show our new songs to the people who keep up with our work!”

“With these new songs the band will show a more original identity,
once it has 100% of participation of Fernanda Lira on the songwriting.
The natural maturing will be evident on this CD, which we are more
than excited to record and release,” comments Prika Amaral, the band’s
guitar player.

More details will be issued soon!

Nervosa
http://www.nervosa.com.br/

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

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-Martyr To Film Music Video For The Song “D.I.”

For further promotion of the latest release of Martyr, CIRCLE OF 8,
the band is currently recording a new music video for the opening
track of the album called “D.I.”

With an extreme cold temperature of more than minus 10 degrees Celsius
in an old factory in Groningen, the band shootings are already done.
In association with Limelight Productions and Dream Project Studios
the Dutch metal legends are working on the sequel of the script with a
story to match the lyrics of “D.I.” which is mainly about the madness
that may occur in the inner of every single human.

Striking and accidental detail in these extreme cold weather
conditions is that parts of the clip are also shot by the camera crew
of one of Holland’s most famous Dutch weather channels!

The release of the video for “D.I.” is expected mid to late February.

Find Martyr music and videos at http://www.metalblade.com/martyr .

http://www.martyronline.nl/
https://www.facebook.com/MARTYRONLINE

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-Grand Magus’ “Hunting Across Europe Tour” Trailer Online!

Swedish riff lords Grand Magus are going to hunt across Europe
together with Enforcer and Angel Witch.

The band has just uploaded an official tour trailer:

Hunting Across Europe Tour with Enforcer and Angel Witch
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

UK-Shows
21.02. UK Bristol – Fleece
22.02. UK Glasgow – Cathouse
23.02. UK Belfast – Stiff Kitten
24.02. IRL Dublin – The Pint
26.02. UK Manchester – Moho
27.02. UK Cardiff – Bogiez
28.02. UK Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
01.03. UK Weymouth – Pavillion
02.03. UK Southampton – Talking Heads
03.03. UK London – Camden Underworld

Check also the lyric video of “The Hunt” here:

The Nuclear Blast “Fan Interview” with Grand Magus:

Grand Magus
http://www.grandmagus.com/

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-Battlecross To Enter The Studio Next Month; New Album Scheduled For
Summer Release!

Detroit Thrashers Battlecross have announced that they will enter the
studio next month to record their follow-up to their 2011 Metal Blade
debut PURSUIT OF HONOR, which topped the Sirius XM Liquid Metal
charts, garnered great reviews and earned the band high profile tours,
including last summer’s Trespass America Festival Tour with Five
Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage and Trivium. The band will begin
recording immediately after the “Another Year, Another Tour” with In
Flames, Demon Hunter and All Shall Perish for 27 North American dates
that begins on February 2 in Ft. Lauderdale.

Battlecross will look to Mark Lewis and crew at Audiohammer Studios in
Florida to record their follow-up to 2011/2012’s breakout album,
scheduled for release in summer 2013. Lewis, responsible for the
production and/or engineering for bands such as The Black Dahlia
Murder, Trivium, Devil Driver, and Deicide said, “I can’t wait to be a
part of Battlecross’ next record. From the moment I heard the band I
knew I wanted to be a part of their development. Hearing the new music
has only solidified that feeling. Working with our good friends at
Metal Blade and bringing great new music to the masses is what it’s
all about.”

Eyal Levy will handle engineering duties on the record and Armored
Saint’s Joey Vera, who mastered the band’s cover version of Pantera’s
“F*cking Hostile,” will master.

Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says the band is “stoked to be working
with a prolific studio and producer at Audiohammer. We’re so focused
on making a killer follow-up album and we feel that Mark Lewis will
help bring our raw, live sound to life.”

Metal Blade President Michael Faley said, “2013 is destined to be big
year for Battlecross starting with a tour with In Flames in February,
followed by recording the new album with Mark Lewis in March and
April. We have high expectations for the band’s sophomore effort which
will be released to coincide with a massive tour this summer (stay
tuned for details). We are excited by the band’s ‘non-stop’ approach
which has landed them on significant tours and support from Jose
Mangin at Sirius XM Liquid Metal. Thanks for all the support from the
metal community.”

In addition, festival organizer Scott Lee, recently announced the
addition of Battlecross to the 15th annual New England Metal &
Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts. This will be the band’s
first appearance and will join Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Opeth and
many more.

PURSUIT OF HONOR’s three singles — “Push Pull Destroy,” “Man Of
Stone” and “Breaking You” — spent more than 50 combined weeks on
Sirius XM Liquid Metal’s “Devil’s Dozen” list of most requested songs,
with “Push Pull Destroy” at the top spot for five weeks last spring.
The accompanying video has racked up more than 1.5 million views on
YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miZLob1Hi4I ) and was the
break-out track for these high-energy thrashers.

http://www.metalblade.com/Battlecross
https://www.facebook.com/battlecross

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-Witchcraft & Orchid Embarking On A Eurpean Tour!

Attention, heavy rockers, doomheads, retro aficionados, hippies or
simply lovers of timeless rock music: rejoice! Two absolute giants of
’70s riff worshipping sound will embark on a tour together in April
and May of 2013 — Witchcraft and Orchid!

Swedes Witchcraft were one of the first bands who started to recreate
the sound of old heroes like Pentagram around 2000 and who only had
one goal in mind: to revive the ’70s sound with landmark releases such
as FIREWOOD. They returned with LEGEND in 2012 and proved their status
as leaders of a whole subgenre once more!

Orchid from San Francisco are more of a recent phenomenon: the four-
piece made quite a bunch of heads turn with their debut EP THROUGH THE
DEVIL’S DOORWAY in 2009 before they firmly established themselves as
the rightful heirs to Black Sabbath’s throne with their album
CAPRICORN in 2011. Their second full-length release will be upon us
early 2013.

WITCHRAFT & ORCHID live!
Presented by Rock Hard, Musix, Metallian Magazine (FR), Rock Hard
(IT), LA Heavy (ESP), Mariskal Rock (ESP), Noiseletter, Metalnews and
Blast!

26.04. Lichtenfels (DE) – Paunchy Cats
27.04. Berlin (DE) – Desertfest
28.04. Warschau (PL) – tbc
29.04. Krakau (PL) – Lizard King
30.04. Wien (AT) – Szene
01.05. Darmstadt (DE) – Steinbruch Theater
02.05. München (DE) – Backstage Halle
03.05. Siegen (DE) – Vortex
04.05. Paris (FR) – Trabendo
06.05. Tilburg (NL) – O13
07.05. Aarau (CH) – Kiff
09.05. Barcelona (ES) – Razzmatazz 3
10.05. Madrid (ES) – El Sol
11.05. San Sebastian (ES) – C.C. Intxaurrondo
12.05. Toulouse (FR) – Le Saint des Sains
13.05. Milano (IT) – Lo Fi Club
14.05. Rome (IT) – Traffic Live Club
15.05. Bologna (IT) – Freak Out Club
16.05. Dornbirn (AT) – Schlachthaus
17.05. Stuttgart (DE) – Universum
18.05. Hamburg (DE) – Markthalle
19.05. Gelsenkirchen (DE) – Rock Hard Festival (Orchid only)

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-Havok: “Point Of No Return” Video Premiere Hosted By Bloody
Disgusting

Havok’s latest video has premiered today via Bloody Disgusting. “Point
Of No Return” is the title track to the band’s EP, released last
Spring as a tide-me-over while the band continued their non-stop
touring. The video was directed by Roy Warner and filmed on location
in Detroit, Michigan.

Discussing the video, vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez elaborates, “The
lyrics of ‘Point Of No Return’ are highly interpretable, but the
message of the video pretty simple: The world as we know it is a
delicate place and we have never had such a high capacity to destroy
the human race as we do now. At some point, our self-made concoction
of nuclear/biological weaponry, ancient superstitious beliefs,
nationalism, corruption, ignorance, and conflicting ideologies is
going to become lethal, on a global scale. We live in a time like no
other and it’s obvious that if we don’t change our behavior, it’s only
a matter of time before the world is extinguished at the hand of
fanatics. It’s literally within everyone’s power to leave the world a
little nicer than we found it. Don’t believe everything you’re told:
Think for yourself.”

Director Roy Warner notes, “Working with the guys from Havok was
great. They had awesome ideas to start out with and build from;
wanting to showcase real life as the concept. It really illustrates
the depths of human depravity in the past, present and what we can
expect from the future if attitudes don’t change.”

To view “Point Of No Return” click here:
http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3215831/exclusive-watch-the-premiere-of-havoks-new-music-video-point-of-no-return/

Havok, called “the finest thrash band in existence” by PopDose,
released their full-length debut, BURN, mid-2009. The record found an
immediate fan base and the curiosity of media around the globe. TIME
IS UP would follow in 2011. “Havok have hit their stride,” said
Decibel Magazine in review of the album. “Havok is everything that is
great about thrash,” added Terrorizer. Now with the band busy at work
recording their new full-length, anticipated for early summer release,
Havok fans can expect the Denver-based thrashers to keep an active
schedule for 2013. Sanchez says, “We’re currently wrapped up in the
studio writing our new album. We should be finished recording in March
and then, in usual Havok fashion, we’ll tour practically all year!
There are lots of exciting things coming up in 2013. Keep an eye out
for tour dates and we’ll see all of you on the road soon! Until then,
spread the word and support heavy metal.”

Havok is guitarist/vocalist Dave Sanchez, bassist Jesse de los Santos,
guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webb.

https://www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/

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-Lost Society’s “Behind The Scenes At The GBOB World Finals” Video
Online; Digital Single To Be Released February 8!

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!

On the 9th of December 2012, Lost Society went to London to play at
the world finals of the renowned “Global Battle Of The Bands” (GBOB).
In order to share their great memories of this thrilling trip with
you, they’ve now uploaded a hilarious behind-the-scenes video. Make
sure to check it out here:

Love the song that’s playing in the video? Then here’s something for
you: On February 8, the digital two-track single “Trash All Over You”
will be released via iTunes, including the following songs:

1. Trash All Over You
2. Braindead Metalhead

Order it right away: http://bit.ly/116PGJN

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

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-Intöxicated Announce Release Date For Hells Headbangers Debut

Today, Hells Headbangers announces May 14 as the international release
date for Intöxicated’s debut album, ROCK N ROLL HELLPATROL. Fueled by
sex, drinks, and Satan, Intöxicated are coming to terrorize your town
with their ROCK N ROLL HELLPATROL! Encompassing the entire spectrum of
dirty, sleazy metalpunk from ancient times, Intöxicated’s ROCK N ROLL
HELLPATROL debut charges forward like a motorcycle out of hell,
billowing toxic smoke and violently shaking the foundations of
everything it passes on its way to the next party to dominate and
destroy. Each song here — whether it’s “Crush Your Local Disco,”
“Lock Up Your Daughters,” or the penultimate “Slutanic Speed Metal” —
is an anthem of annihilation, a harbinger of hedonism, a manifesto of
maximalism: you can’t escape the ROCK N ROLL HELLPATROL!

Track listing for Intöxicated’s ROCK N ROLL HELLPATROL:
1. Sex Drinks Satan
2. Metal Porno Slut
3. Lock Up Your Daughters
4. Suffering For Löve
5. Rock N Roll Hellpatrol
6. Crush Your Local Disco
7. Slutanic Speed Metal
8. Break Your Limits
9. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch (Motörhead cover)

More info:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Int%C3%B6xicated-official/192396997448637
http://www.myspace.com/intoexicated
http://www.reverbnation.com/int%C3%B6xicated

Hells Headbangers
http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/
“When you need metal, go to hell!”

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-Two Side Moon Promotions Update

Requinox – THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD

Label: KingRock Records
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Heavy Metal

Web:
http://www.requinox.net/
http://www.myspace.com/requinox
http://www.facebook.com/requinox
http://www.twitter.com/followrequinox
http://www.reverbnation.com/requinox
http://www.numberonemusic.com/requinox

Requinox is a smashing heavy metal band from Norway with the most
powerful riffs you could possibly imagine. The band delivers edgy,
melodic hard rock and metal at its best. The five musicians compose
melodic metal in the style of their influences in Iron Maiden,
Metallica and Black Sabbath. Musically they focus on heavy riffs and
melodies that engage the audience in an experience which brings out
energy and feelings from the listeners. The musicians have played in
other bands before, and have participated different venues in Norway
which have taken them to many of the biggest stages in Oslo. Requinox
was established in 2010. They have received great attention for their
live shows since then and have always been wanted back from the
promoters. They have played several venues in Norway, Sweden, Austria
and Latvia.

As a help to promote the band, the vocalist founded an organization
called “Rockealliansen” (Rockalliance) in Norway. Today that is an
official organization that includes several bands that cooperate,
share experiences and the manager is booking many venues throughout
the year. Two venues have been successfully arranged at John Dee in
Oslo, with Requinox as the headline artist. The band created a three-
year plan that they wanted to follow to see how far they could take
the band. First year, compose music to make a long live set and tour
several cities. Second year, promote the band, continuing touring and
make an album. Third year, work with PR, more touring and gain
festival venues.

In 2011 the band was ready for touring and played many concerts in
Norway. Some of the places were played two or three times due to
request from the promoters. They went to Vienna and played concerts in
the city. At Amistahl the band headlined a festival for upcoming
bands. They later took the trip to Stockholm in Sweden for live gigs.
In 2012 Requinox started their tour in Latvia, and they were booked
right away to return for three more gigs later that year, including
headlining Fontaine Palace in Liepaja. Most of the year went to record
and EP and their first full-length album. They recorded both at Niss
Studios in Oslo. In the process they spent a lot of time working with
Rockalliance, helping other bands getting concerts and reach more
audience. On the 21th of December 2012 the band released the album,
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD. They had a release party in Oslo the
same day, which sold out the venue with several guest artists
appearing on stage.

The booking for 2013 is currently in progress and venues in Norway
have been confirmed. Requinox is following their plan and work on
reaching more people, promoters and connections which will lead to
more live shows, hopefully in several countries in Europe.

Band Lineup:
Vocals – Kenneth KingRock Fjeldstad
Guitar – Terje SpeedKing Teigen
Guitar – Eirik Avalanche Grue
Bass – Ola Bassanova Øverli
Drums – Kim RogneRock Rognerud

Track Listing:
1. Mr. Mad Murderer
2. Literally Horror
3. Diabolical Equinox
4. Jack The Ripper
5. Jackie The Stripper
6. Dance Of The Dragon
7. Shadowland
8. True Barbarian
9. Fall Of An Empire
10 End Of The World
11. Shadowland (acoustic)

Messenger – YOU CHOOSE

Label: Indie
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

Web:
http://www.MessengerMetal.com/
http://www.myspace.com/MessengerDC
http://www.facebook.com/aaaconcerts

Artist Showcase:
http://www.twosidemoon.com/featured/messenger.htm

Messenger is a four-piece original hard rock band with a strong
message. Their sound arises from Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and
Progressive Rock influences, from Black Sabbath and Rush to Alter
Bridge and Hinder. The original storyline lyrics are set in ethereal
and progressive style metal and then sometimes just simple, hard rock
and blues.

They started with the present lineup — founder Frank Clifton Herring
on vocals, guitar and synths, Tim “TNT” Tieff on drums, Roy Richardson
on bass and Vlad Gurin on lead guitar — in late 2008, publishing
their first CD together at the turn of the next year. Frank started
two years before that to get the right talent, partly because of the
different direction they would take and partly because of a desire for
a high level of skill and talent. The bold message and quality
musicianship Messenger puts out leaves no question that this is
something different from anything else being done today.

The new CD, YOU CHOOSE, started production the Summer of ’11 as a band
collaborative work allowing Vlad more input in the music writing than
the first. Paris Hollins, as Producer, worked with Messenger on the
YOU CHOOSE CD as he was engineer and co-producer on the first one. At
Vlad’s Studio Vovka in Springfield, VA, Vlad engineered the capture
tracking and co-produced with Frank as Paris in Studio House North in
Churchton, MD mixed, produced and mastered the songs. CD release date:
Oct. 23, 2012.

Messenger has sold hundreds of CDs and DVDs since the turn of 2009 and
has found Internet and broadcast radio airplay in America, Australia,
Cyprus and Greece. Since April ’09 http://www.MessengerMetal.com/ has
had tens of thousands of visits and their MySpace profile (
http://www.myspace.com/MessengerDC ) has had tens of thousands of
views in the four years they have been together — hits from all over
the world.

They bring a great show with good music and loud guitars. The music,
the musicianship, the melodies, the songwriting and growth are all a
part of a larger effort to expand their audience and reach many with
their songs. Working with the best professionals in the music
business; public relations, venues, promoters and hopefully a great
label soon, will allow Messenger to achieve that goal.

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals – Frank Clifton Herring
Lead Guitar – Vlad Gurin
Bass Guitar – Roy Richardson
Drums – Tim “TNT” Tieff

Track Listing:
1. The Sacrifice
2. The End Of Time
3. Paradise
4. Christian Rocker
5. The Back Of My Mind
6. Come Home
7. Power
8. Rulemaker
9. The Cave (Intro To The Risen Christ)
10. The Risen Christ

As seen in Fireworks Magazine.

The Wake Of Man – THE WAKE OF MAN EP

Label: Unsigned
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Artistic Melodic Rock

Web:
http://www.thewakeofman.com/

The Wake Of Man was originally founded years ago by vocalist Darin
Watson and drummer Jordan Pipka. But before its conception, the band’s
past has always been intertwined and close for years before everyone
came together. After a few member changes, the fall of 2011 brought a
new face behind the name, along with a new sound and message.

Coincidentally enough, Darin and Jordan’s first show ever with their
first band was with Casey’s previous band, who later on, was joined by
Airik and continued to all play shows together for years. Also during
that time, Jordan and Airik lived in an apartment together, which is
where the band’s initial ideas started flowing.

Once additional members Casey Hollyfield and Airik Denton joined the
group, they immediately entered the studio with producer, Geoff
Rockwell (Forever The Sickest Kids, Artist Vs. Poet, Memphis May Fire,
These Kids Wear Crowns) in Fort Worth, Texas.

While in the studio for several months, they formulated their own
unique blend of “polyrhythm, complex meter, bitonality, and counter-
melodic material” into what they describe as artistic melodic rock.
Each instrument equally shares the spotlight on every song while still
contributing to the overall groove. Each song’s thought-provoking
lyrics, dueling guitars, intense percussive rhythms, and soaring vocal
melodies grab your attention and always keeps you guessing throughout
every listen.

THE WAKE OF MAN, a 30-minute self-titled EP features seven songs
involving both light and dark themes with a lasting hopeful concept of
perseverance, and making it through any situation, especially the most
difficult ones. Life is a journey, and these songs definitely take you
on one of your own.

Paul Leavitt (Conditions, Circa Survive, All Time Low, Versa Emerge,
Senses Fail) of Valencia Recording Studio mixed and mastered the
release, with additional mastering by Nolan Brett from Crystal Clear
Studios.

Influenced by creative groups such as Circa Survive, Minus The Bear,
Thrice, and The Receiving End Of Sirens who have always strived to
stand apart amongst the other copycat and branded groups that have
over saturated today’s society.

The Wake Of Man is currently looking for support on all levels of
promotion, booking & management, while continuing to build a fan base
on a local and regional level booking shows with other driven artists
throughout Texas.

The band’s future plans for 2013 will be to record and perform as much
music as possible and will be continuing to experiment with more types
of instrumentation, incorporating even more styles into their music,
and continuing to push their limits as musicians.

Band Lineup:
Darin Watson – Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Casey Hollyfield – Guitar
Airik Denton – Bass Guitar
Jordan Pipka – Drums, Percussion

Track Listing:
1. The Course Of Perseverance
2. Policy Of Hypocrisy
3. An Act, A Phase
4. We Are Both,We Are Neither (The Light)
5. Where We Came From
6. The Outcome I Despise
7. I Can Still See Your Face

When They Wake – BE YOUR OWN HERO (double album)

Label: TSM/Independent
Street Date: February 2013
Genre: Rock

Web:
http://www.whentheywake.com/
http://www.facebook.com/whentheywake
http://twitter.com/whentheywake

http://www.youtube.com/whentheywake

BE YOUR OWN HERE is the name of the new double album of When They
Wake. The album title could hardly be more fitting for the band:
Whereas at the start a simple album had been planned, the idea of a
double album emerged from the inexhaustible wealth of creativity of
the three musicians (Stephan Kaiser, Jonathan Geiger and Silvan
Stirnimann).

Passion, precision and dedication shape their artistic work. And this
is what makes the band so outstanding: their striving for quality,
professionalism and their willingness to invest a great deal of time
and effort.

In 2008, the band When They Wake was founded by singer Sven Ehmes and
guitarist Stephan Kaiser. What started as occasional jam sessions
developed into the EP THE PROGRESSION (April 2010), which is a symbol
for the musical awakening of the musicians. Once awoken, so many ideas
for new songs arose that they soon were planning another album.
Simultaneously to their musical development, they fitted out their own
studio where they produced their first EP.

In spring 2011, the band parted company with singer Sven Ehmes. In
addition to the songwriting Stephan Kaiser now takes on the lead
vocals. For their double album, they did not only record in their
studio in Zug, but also travelled to Berlin and Hamburg to record the
piano and drum parts. The band has been getting about a lot for their
gigs: Besides their shows at the Swiss festivals and Rock Oz Arènes,
they count their shows at the Backbooth and the Lyrica at the Florida
Music Festival among their highlights. This experience reinforced
their inspiration and joy for experimenting, which is expressed in the
contrasts on their new album: on the one hand melancholic, hard rock-
style, aggressive music and on the other hand melodious, emotional and
varied tunes.

The song “Satellites” — which is on their double album — stands
symbolically for their development. The expressive texts and catchy
melodies on the new album are emphasized by melancholic piano
interludes as well as cello, violin and choir recordings. Their album
shows influences from bands such as Bullet For My Valentine, Red,
Breaking Benjamin, 30 Seconds To Mars, Linkin Park and Story Of The
Year. BE YOUR OWN HERO is about loneliness and lack of orientation;
the album shows how this can be overcome with a great deal of courage
and will. Or just with music.

Once they have awakened, everything is possible:
Be it hard guitar riffs and rocking texts carrying away the crowd and
getting them to sing along or sentimental ballads, which make people
swing their lighters to the beat — When They Wake know how to capture
their audience. Full speed ahead has been the motto for the band, who
was elected “Best Talent” in a contest by the Swiss radio station
Radio SRF 3 in December 2012, since the release party of their debut
album BE YOUR OWN HERO (27th October 2012). Supported by various Arts
Councils of the Canton Aargau, the natives of Muri Stephan Kaiser
(vocals, guitar), Jonathan Geiger (bass, piano) and Silvan Stirnimann
(drums, piano) have claimed a place in the playlists of the big Swiss
radio stations and so they have won the hearts of the listeners. Two
things in particular make the trio stand out: their diversity and
their drive to create the unusual. Once awakened, they really go for
it — the name says it all! Thus, with their debut record they went
straight for a double album where on one disc they show their rocky
and energetic side and on the other their calm and sensitive side. But
they are far off from being purely a studio band — they have already
had some live experiences as a festival band at the freestyle
festival, as a newcomer act at the Florida Music Festival, at the Rock
Oz Arènes festival and at countless other gigs and festivals. Their
enormous musical variety makes them versatile and perfect for any
occasion. You should bookmark the name When They Wake, as you will
hear a lot more.

Band Lineup:
Stephan Kaiser (vocals, guitar)
Jonathan Geiger (bass, piano)
Silvan Stirnimann (drums, percussion, piano)

Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Feel Alive
3. Not Alone
4. Unbroken
5. Wake Me (When It’s Over)
6. Falling Star
7. Unstoppable
8. Waiting For A Sign
9. Save Me
10. Let Go
11. Getting Over You
12. Last Way Out
13. Satellites
14. War Is Over (feat. Sifecta)
15. Change This World
16. Without You
17. Interlude
18. Until The End (feat. Sifecta)
19. Hold Me
20. Miss You
21. Be Your Own Hero
22. Satellites (re-mix by Benny Richter)

Two Side Moon Promotions
http://www.twosidemoon.com/
http://www.myspace.com/nickyaor

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*** PRESS RELEASE #19 ***
*
-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV: More Bands Announced

Enter To Win 2 VIP Passes To The Festival Including Hotel + Airfare
Courtesy Of F.Y.E.

This week the promoters of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
are pleased to welcome two new additions to this year’s fest in the
form of crossover legends D.R.I. and technical death metal battalion
Job For A Cowboy!

This follows last week’s unveiling of Mission Quest to Metal Fest.
Formed to aid a few of this year’s acts to and from NEMHF this year,
the fourth annual tour curated by MassConcerts unifies Expire, Alpha &
Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues and Antagonist A.D. on a ten-date
assault leading up to their individual performances at the event. See
confirmed dates below. Further audio annihilation will come from the
third annual Metal Alliance Tour featuring Exodus, Municipal Waste,
Holy Grail and Friday headliners Anthrax performing their iconic AMONG
THE LIVING full-length in its entirety. Additional headliners include
Hatebreed, Opeth and Suicidal Tendencies and nearly fifty more acts
from all walks of the extreme music spectrum!

The three-day event will take place the weekend of April 19th, 20th
and 21st at the historic Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts marking
its 15th anniversary. Info on the kick-off party on Thursday, April
18th will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition, NEMHF has partnered with F.Y.E. to offer a VIP Flyaway
package for the event! One lucky winner will get two (2) VIP passes to
the festival as well as airfare and hotel accommodations

F.Y.E stores are currently offering an assortment of pummeling metal
CDs for $9.99, each on a NEMHF endcap. Any purchase of these titles
will receive a free NEMHF CD Sampler featuring tracks from Hatebreed,
Holy Grail, Shadows Fall, Continents, Sister Sin and many more!

Enter to win the contest and grab some great metal CDs from F.Y.E.
here:
http://www.redmusic.com/metalandhardcorefestival

Continuous updates will be made and coverage opportunities for the New
England Metal & Hardcore Festival are available via Earsplit PR, an
official sponsor of this year’s event.

Mission Quest to Metal Fest
w/ Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues, Antagonist
A.D:
4/08/2013 The Underground – Phoenix, AZ
4/09/2013 The Studio – Tucson, AZ
4/10/2013 The War Room – El Paso, TX
4/12/2013 The Low Key Parts – Hot Springs, AR
4/13/2013 The Hatch – Evansville, IN
4/14/2013 Skate Naked – Columbus, OH
4/15/2013 907 Lincoln – Ann Arbor, MI
4/16/2013 Funeral Home – Buffalo, NY
4/17/2013 West Side Park – Wilkes Barre, PA
4/18/2013 Moose Lodge – Glen Cove, NY
4/19-21/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal &
Hardcore Fest XV

Friday, April 19th: Anthrax, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Exodus,
Municipal Waste, Black Breath, Holy Grail, VYGR, Multilation Rites,
Trap Them, Death Before Dishonor, Xibalba, The Mongoloids, Power Trip,
Expire, Twitching Tongues, Alleageon, Suburban Scum, Rude Awakening,
The Greenery, Disgrace, Antagonist AD, The Greenery, Battlecross

Saturday, April 20th: Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Katatonia,
Trollfest, Tyr, Hellsot, Heidevolk, Ensiferum, Alpha & Omega, Born Of
Osiris, After The Burial, Dead By Wednesday, The Contortionist,
Legion, Erra, Fit For An Autopsy, Born Low, MurderDeathKill, Sworn In,
Reflections, Mouth Of The South, Ark Of The Covenant, Those Who Fear,
Saving Grace, Years Since The Storm, King 810

Sunday, April 21st: Suicidal Tendencies, Miss May I, Texas In July,
Trapped Under Ice, Glass Cloud, Your Memorial, No Mercy, I Declare
War, Foundation, Remembering Never, Bracewar, Mother Of Mercy,
Agitator, Incendiary, Thick As Blood, Dark Sermon, To The Wind,
D.R.I., Job For A Cowboy

New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2013 Ticket Prices/Packages:

Weekend Pass For All 3 Days – $90
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7410867

Thursday, April 18th – Kick Off Party – $12 In Advance/$15 Day-Of
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7418257

Friday, April 19th: $35 In Advance/$40 Day-Of
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7418258

Saturday, April 20th: $40 In Advance/$45 Day-Of
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7418262

Sunday, April 21st: $35 In Advance/$40 Day-Of
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7418266

VIP Three-Day Package – $165: Includes one three-day NEMHF Pass, entry
to Thursday’s pre-party, an NEMHF T-shirt, 18 x 24 NEMHF poster, NEMHF
sampler CD, exclusive meet and greets with artists all weekend, early
entry each day, NEMHF guitar picks, NEMHF button pack, raffles for
exclusive gear, NEMHF beer koozie, NEMHF + Shock Clothing key chain,
free Monster energy drink at the signing tent.
http://www.soundrink.com/products/3-day-weekend-vip-pass

VIP One-Day Pass – $80: Includes one NEMHF day pass for Friday,
Saturday or Sunday, a NEMHF T-shirt, 18 x 24 NEMHF poster, NEMHF
sampler CD, exclusive meet and greets with artists all weekend, NEHMF
guitar picks, NEMHF beer koozie, NEMHF + Shock Clothing key chain,
free Monster energy drink at the signing tent.
http://www.soundrink.com/products/one-day-vip-passes

https://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest
http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/
https://twitter.com/moshfest
http://www.massconcerts.com/

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*** PRESS RELEASE #20 ***
*
-Jess And The Ancient Ones Premiere New Video

Today, Jess And The Ancient Ones premiere the new video “Astral
Sabbat” at MSN Entertainment. Set for international release on
February 22nd through Svart Records, “Astral Sabbat” is the title
track of Jess And The Ancient Ones’ brand-new EP, ASTRAL SABBAT. The
video for “Astral Sabbat” can be viewed exclusively here:

http://social.entertainment.msn.com/music/blogs/headbang-blogpost.aspx?post=62eb4cea-be16-4901-b393-ba757c38d773

Although it’s been only nine months since the release of their
brilliant and spellbinding debut album on Svart, Finland’s Jess And
The Ancient Ones have already moved on. After a split 7″ with Spain’s
Deadmask last November on Doomentia, the band is already gearing up
for something new: a three-song EP titled ASTRAL SABBAT — to be
released on CD, LP, and digital download via Svart Records — is
expected to shatter most of the preconceptions some already held
against the band. Track listing follows below.

Once again recorded with Swedish sonic wizard Tore Stjerna of
Necromorbus Studio in their hometown of Kuopio, ASTRAL SABBAT sees
Jess And The Ancient Ones pushing forward the boundaries of the sound
established on their debut full-length and forging their own path, as
personified by the rather unusual choice of cover song: “Long And
Lonesome Road,” originally written and recorded by Dutch rock outfit
Shocking Blue, mostly known for their mega-hit “Venus.”

“We wanted to give these works a space entirely their own,” reveals
guitarist Thomas Corpse, “so that listeners are able to focus on them
completely. For this purpose, we consider an EP the perfect means.
Regarding the surprising choice of cover, I had heard the song at a
very young age. And now, after travelling many roads, it returned to
me. It is a timeless song, and I hope someone discovers Shocking Blue
through us.”

With its cover art designed by Adam Burke of Nightjar Graphics, its
accompanying video (a first for the band) that will be released to the
public on February 6th, and its epic “More Than Living” that swallows
the entire B side on the vinyl version, ASTRAL SABBAT will prove that
Jess And The Ancient Ones are now way beyond all those occult, prog,
or retro-rock tags and playing a game on their own.

Preorder for CD:
http://www.svartrecords.com/shoppe/releases/1715-jess-and-the-ancient-ones-astral-sabbat-mcd.html

Preorder for LP:
http://www.svartrecords.com/shoppe/home/1716-jess-and-the-ancient-ones-astral-sabbat-lp.html

Track listing for Jess And The Ancient Ones’ ASTRAL SABBAT:
1. Astral Sabbat
2. Long And Lonesome Road
3. More Than Living

More Info:
http://www.facebook.com/jessandtheancientones
http://www.jessandtheancientones.com/
http://www.svartrecords.com/

*
*** NEWS/RUMORS ***
*
-220 Volt is back. Sony/BMG recently digitally reissued the band’s
first five albums — 220 VOLT, POWER GAMES (with bonus material), MIND
OVER MUSCLE, YOUNG AND WILD, and EYE TO EYE (with bonus material) —
and a revamped lineup and new music is on the way for later in 2013.
Check out http://www.facebook.com/pages/220-Volt/359383687415864 for
an ongoing series detailing the band members’ recollections of each
album in their discography.

-Anthem is back with a new website, http://www.heavymetalanthem.com/ ,
and a deal with Universal to release BURNING OATH. Check out the video
for last year’s single “Evil One” at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PjN2dVksec . The three-track single —
featuring “Evil One” plus live-in-the-studio versions of “Empty Eyes”
(from BOUND TO BREAK) and “Shadow Walk” (from NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE)
— can be ordered at
http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=UICN-5001 . Drummer
Hirotsugu Homma didn’t participate fully in the album as he was
recovering from a 2008 car accident; the rest of the lineup consists
of Eizo Sakamoto on vocals, Akio Shimizu on guitar, and Naoto Shibata
on bass. Shibata was recently diagnosed with gastric cancer; the band
had to postpone a Japanese tour but he has successfully undergone
surgery and everyone hopes to return in time for the Japanese OZZfest
in May. Follow @anthem_official on Twitter for the latest updates.

-Crimson Glory news… According to a statement last week at his
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jeff.lords.5 , bassist Jeff
Lords has “taken a leave of absence” from the band, emphasizing he has
not quit but has “decided to simply step away and pursue other
interests for the time being.” One of the reasons Lords cited is that
although he does not disapprove of singer Todd LaTorre joining
Queensryche, Lords believes Crimson Glory “has been around long
enough, is unique enough, and has paid their dues long enough” that it
shouldn’t have to share with another band. He hopes to reconvene with
Crimson Glory at a future date.

In related news, drummer Dana Burnell is also now in A Persuasive
Reason. Check out a “behind-the-scenes look & interview” featuring
Burnell and bassist T.J. Jones talking about the band’s debut, SPIRE,
at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wx-caOrY1M&feature=youtu.be . See
https://www.facebook.com/dana.burnell.5 ,
http://www.apersuasivereason.com/ ,
https://www.facebook.com/APersuasiveReason ,
https://twitter.com/apersuasivereas , and
http://www.reverbnation.com/apersuasivereason for more.

Finally, guitarist Ben Jackson’s band Avenging Benji has posted a
couple more songs online:

“Tired”

“Again & Again”

The former comes from GOLD & DRAGONS and “tributes Rock’n’Roll idols
who have lost their lives due to drug or alcohol related
circumstances;” the latter is a love song from Jackson to his wife.
See https://www.facebook.com/pages/Avenging-Benji/152611988155826 ,
http://www.reverbnation.com/avengingbenji , and
http://us.myspace.com/avengingbenji for more.

-Alberta-based “power thrashers” Edge Of Attack — featuring Roxanne
Gordey on vocals, Jurekk Whipple on lead guitar and vocals, Dallas
Dyck on rhythm guitar, Denver Whipple on bass, and Trevor Swain on
drums — have released their video for “In Hell” at
http://youtu.be/qBRj84u-i50 and
http://blanktv.com/index.php/component/content/article/320 . The track
comes from the band’s upcoming self-titled debut, due out February 19
on Spread The Metal Records. See http://www.EdgeofAttack.com/ ,
https://www.facebook.com/edgeofattackofficial , and @EdgeOfAttack for
more.

-Enforcer’s DEATH BY FIRE is out now through Nuclear Blast Records,
and streaming at the UK’s Terrorizer magazine site:
http://terrorizer.com/2013/01/29/terrorizer-exclusive-stream-the-new-enforcer-album
. Hype from Metalassault.com calls it “the perfect dose of traditional
metal,” adding “Fans of early Maiden, and fans of speed metal, pick up
Enforcer’s DEATH BY FIRE as soon as you can, because this flawless
traditional metal album is worth its weight in gold.” Track list:
“Bells Of Hades,” “Death Rides This Night,” “Run For Your Life,”
“Mesmerized By Fire,” “Take Me Out Of This Nightmare,” “Crystal
Suite,” “Sacrificed,” “Silent Hour / The Conjugation,” “Satan.” Check
out the video for “Mesmerized By Fire” at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYUJkg2SiZA . The band is currently
touring Europe with Grand Magus and Angel Witch. See
http://www.enforcer.se/ for more.

-Issue #54 of Frontiers Records’ free Melodic Rock Fanzine is
available now on Frontiers’ official site, http://www.frontiers.it/ ,
at http://issuu.com/frontiers_records/docs/mrf54 , and “all over the
world through record shops, mail orders and every fine dealer carrying
the Frontiers Records releases.” The issue spotlights W.E.T.,
Crashdiet, Snakecharmer, Hardcore Superstar, Rage Of Angels, Vandroya,
Great White, Diamond Dawn, Player, Pink Cream 69, Jorn, and more.

-Frontiers posted a new 28-second instrumental teaser at
http://youtu.be/8AGBu0cFTYc , with the caption “Tune in on February
11th for more news.”

-There’s a new Greek-language interview with Great White vocalist
Terry Ilous at
http://www.rockway.gr/synenteykseis-world/item/4694-great-white .

-FireHouse guitarist Bill Leverty’s new solo album, DRIVE, will be
ready to ship on February 8. Fans on his mailing list can pre-order an
autographed copy and a combo pack at a discount; check out
http://www.leverty.com/ for more on how to sign up. According to
Leverty “DRIVE is a cover tunes CD of songs that influenced me before
I started playing guitar. These are 10 of my all-time favorite songs,
and they made me who I am as an artist.” Track list: “Fortunate Son”
(Creedence Clearwater Revival), “Spanish Moon” (Little Feat), “Free
Ride” (Edgar Winter Group), “One” (Harry Nilsson / Three Dog Night),
“I Shot The Sheriff” (Bob Marley / Eric Clapton), “Fire” (The Ohio
Players), “No Time” (The Guess Who), “Jesus Children Of America”
(Stevie Wonder), “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” (Steely Dan), “I Just
Want To Celebrate” (Rare Earth). Leverty also has a free new app for
iPhone and Android as follows:

iPhone:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/levertymusic/id590939838?mt=8

Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_levertymusic.layout&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5hcHBfbGV2ZXJ0eW11c2ljLmxheW91dCJd

See http://www.firehousemusic.com/ ,
http://www.facebook.com/LevertyMusic , and http://twitter.com/Leverty
for more.

Thanks to Jon Asher for help gathering some of this information.

*
*** ROCK HARD RIDE FREE ***
*
by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-That Gloryhammer album TALES FROM THE KINGDOM OF FIFE, from
Alestorm’s Christopher Bowes, has to be a joke right? You saw the hype
above: “TALES FROM THE KINGDOM OF FIFE is a concept album and tells
the story of an alternate-history medieval Scotland, a realm of
dragons, wizards, magic and dark sorcery. It is the legend of the
glorious hero Angus McFife, who wages a long war against the evil
wizard Zargothrax, in order to free the people of Dundee.” I certainly
dig me some Alestorm, and I anticipate I’ll dig Gloryhammer, but this
just sounds kind of sideways.

-The Crimson Glory news with bassist Jeff Lords broke last week, and I
was totally bummed, but really not surprised. Nothing ever seems to
come easy for this band. I’m just crossing my fingers they can regroup
sooner rather than later and unleash some new music. What’s Wade Black
up to? I swear these guys are cursed…

-I asked one of our folks (who shall remain anonymous) to check out
Intöxicated, saying “They are probably Motörhead Jr., right?” His
response after listening to some samples: “They WISH they were
Motörhead Jr.” Not good. I do like the song title “Crush Your Local
Disco” though.

-I’m looking forward to Bill Leverty’s covers album DRIVE. Many of the
tracks have been available as singles for a while — “One” and “No
Time” are particularly cool — but it will be nice to have them all
collected together.

-Okay, that Requinox album THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD is funny. The
track “Jack The Ripper” followed up by “Jackie The Stripper?” Good
stuff.

-New Serenity album! Yeah!

-In my current playlist: Circle II Circle – SEASONS WILL FALL (Armoury
Records), Mortillery – ORIGIN OF EXTINCTION (Napalm Records), Aeon Zen
– ENIGMA (Nightmare Records), Kingcrow – IN CRESCENDO (Sensory
Records).

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*** REVIEWS ***
*
SAXON – SACRIFICE (A-) UDR/EMI, 2013
CD 1: 10 tracks, RT: 39:28
CD 2: 5 tracks, RT: 22:48
[ http://www.saxon747.com/ ]
[ http://saxon.udr-music.com/ ]
Saxon just keeps on rollin’, eh? The last studio album CALL TO ARMS
was pretty good, then fans were treated to last year’s pile o’ Wacken
live stuff, and now we have the band’s 20th album, SACRIFICE. There
are several formats for this release and my promo apparently is the
“limited edition deluxe digi-book” version, in that it contains the
standard 10-track CD plus a five-track bonus CD. The album opens with
“Procession,” an ominous intro piece that sounds like credits music
for a horror or fantasy movie. The title track then kicks off with
crunchy, aggressive riffing, a fast, stomping beat, and great guitar
work complete with cool fills and a two-part solo. “Made In Belfast”
features banjo (or fiddle?) in the intro and later on in the
background for atmospheric effect; the mid-tempo rocker has more of
that crunchy guitar that’s featured throughout the album. “Warriors Of
The Road” is a pretty straightforward up-tempo “AC/DC on speed” kind
of thing. “Guardians Of The Tomb,” my personal favorite, is another
up-tempo aggressive rocker with a doubled vocal line and top-notch
choruses and riffing; for some variety it slows down a bit for the
solo section. “Stand Up And Fight” opens with a slick little guitar
solo before resuming the crunchy riffing; it has plenty of nice guitar
fills, too. “Walking The Steel” is predominantly a mid-paced chugger
that serves as an ode to 9/11 and the World Trade Center; it features
a very well-executed slow, emotional breakdown section right before
the solo. “Night Of The Wolf” is sort of a mini-epic packed into only
4:20; there’s a stellar mix of aggressive soloing and riffing in the
choruses, clean guitar in the melodic, mid-tempo verses, and some
flavorful church hymn/chant sounds in the background. “Wheels Of
Terror” — yes, Biff is still singing about wheels! — has more
crunch, impassioned vocals from Mr. Byford, and a downright awesome
sped-up solo section with sweet harmony parts. The closer “Standing In
A Queue” has more of a groovin’ Krokus vibe, with funny lyrics about
— you guessed it — waiting in line. 🙂 Andy Sneap’s production is
crystal clear; no muddy waters here. SACRIFICE is just another in a
long, long line of quality heavy metal albums from Saxon. It seems to
blow by quickly with the not-quite 40-minute running time, but that
just means there’s no filler, right? (And, the iTunes version is
buffed out with a bonus track called “Luck Of The Draw.”) The bonus
disc of “revisited classic tracks” wisely doesn’t cross paths with the
previous release of re-recordings, 2002’s HEAVY METAL THUNDER. The re-
recorded versions of “Just Let Me Rock” (from 1984’s CRUSADER) and
“Forever Free” (from 1992’s FOREVER FREE) are perhaps a bit pointless;
yes, they certainly sound better with bigger production, but to these
ears they’re just played straight. I will take “Forever Free” because
it certainly rocks out, but “Just Let Me Rock” has always struck me as
kind of dumb… The other three tracks are more worthy of your
attention. The “orchestrated version” of “Crusader” is really well
done; it has an epic vibe and is freshened up with acoustics, strings,
and — of course — better, modern production. Reaching way back to
the 1979 SAXON debut, there’s an acoustic version of “Frozen Rainbow,”
featuring a really nice solo. The highlight of the bonus disc is the
acoustic version of SOLID BALL OF ROCK’s (1991) “Requiem (We Will
Remember)” — here titled “Requiem.” This is one of those songs that
just flat-out works as either electric or acoustic. I am extremely
happy the band dug this one up, and I envision them playing it live,
with the first half unplugged before kicking in electric! Overall the
bonus disc has some inspired choices for re-workings and is worth
seeking out.
– Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

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*** OUT ***
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