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Detritus
Issue #640
Week of February 11, 2013
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-We were gonna do a special “Luv ‘n’ Kisses” issue of Detritus for Valentine’s Day, where you could win a dream date with Steve, but then he was all like, “Dude, my wife will kill me…” so we had to scrap EVERYTHING. Oh well. – Tim

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-International Powerhouse Rock Group W.E.T.’s Brand New Video “Learn To Live Again” Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Noisecreep

New Album RISE UP Due Out Later In February Via Frontiers Records

Hard Rock lovers worldwide can click here to witness the Worldwide Premiere of the video for international powerhouse Rock group W.E.T.’s brand new track, “Learn To Live Again”:

http://www.noisecreep.com/2013/02/07/w-e-t-learn-to-live-again-video/

The video was shot on location last month in an industrial barn outside Stockholm, Sweden under bone-chilling weather conditions. “Learn To Live Again” is taken from W.E.T.’s forthcoming album, RISE UP, due out in Europe on February 22 and North America on February 26 via Frontiers Records. The album is already receiving early critical praise, with Sweden’s Hallowed declaring, “…this is the best ever melodic rock or AOR album,” while the UK’s Planet Mosh avowed that W.E.T. are “at the top of their game and raising the standards for others…” Click http://www.frontiers.it/download/WETrise%20upCOVER.jpg to download cover art for RISE UP.

W.E.T. is the union (and corresponding acronym) of some of the world’s most accomplished musicians. W.E.T. is Robert Säll (“W” = the keyboardist/guitarist from Swedish melodic rockers Work Of Art), Erik Mårtensson (“E” = from Swedish hard rockers Eclipse; Mårtensson plays guitars, bass, keyboards and lead vocals) and Jeff Scott Soto (“T” = from Talisman, the highly-celebrated American vocalist, also known for his work with Yngwie Malmsteen, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Journey), along with members Magnus Henriksson (guitars) and Robban Bäck (drums), also from Eclipse. W.E.T.’s self-titled debut album in 2009 was one of the rare occasions when a band created by the vision of Frontiers Records President/Founder Serafino Perugino managed to create such a wave of enthusiasm and interest from fans and the media alike that it went beyond the band’s own expectations.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.facebook.com/TheBandWET
http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Frontiers Records News

Great White

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce that during the week of the release of Great White’s forthcoming live album 30 YEARS – LIVE FROM THE SUNSET STRIP (planned for February 22nd in Europe and February 26th in North America), a newly re-mixed version of the band’s latest studio album ELATION will be made available for digital download sales across the board at the special price of 4.99 USD / 3.99 GBP / 3.99 EURO. The album was re-mixed by George Tutko known for his work with such artists as Rod Stewart, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, John Mellencamp and more. After the first week, the album will go back to normal price.

In the meanwhile the band’s latest video “Hard To Say Goodbye” is officially in rotation on MTV.com. The song is also #8 on the Classic Rock Radio media charts. This is indeed a major milestone for the band!

“When I assembled this band in 1979 that eventually became Great White in 1982, to have it still be around 30 years later is a complete blessing,” guitarist Mark Kendall said. “The music and fans is what keeps us rocking. From ON YOUR KNEES to ELATION the music has been for the fans. We decided to celebrate by taking it back where it all started for us, and that is on The Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California. Being a big part of our history, The Key Club in Hollywood, California, was the perfect venue to record this live album and celebrate our 30 years of making music together.” Drummer Audie Desbrow added: “A big thank you to all the fans, past present, and future, we could have never done it without you!”

Great White Artist Page:
http://www.mtv.com/artists/great-white

Official video link:
http://www.mtv.com/videos/great-white/876641/hard-to-say-goodbye.jhtml

http://www.greatwhiterocks.com/

Pink Cream 69

Wanted: virtual actors for a new music video!

Germany’s international rock band Pink Cream 69 will be shooting a new video for their new single “Special” (from their brand new album CEREMONIAL which entered the national album charts in Germany in the week of release at number 83). We are looking for people that would be willing to act as Internet users/chatters. The lyrics in “Special” are about people pretending something they are not in the social networks, visually and mentally.

If interested please make a short video of yourself in front of a computer doing “stuff” and send it to: special@pinkcream69.com . The best short videos will make it to the actual video with a length of 1-2 seconds max.

You should be looking funny, crazy, weird or sexy. You will be chatting with the video’s main female character. We are looking forward to your videos!

http://www.frontiers.it/

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-The Big Teutonic 4: 10″ Mini LP To Be Released February 15!

A while ago, German Legacy magazine included an exclusive four-track compilation CD of The Big Teutonic 4 in their issue no. 82 (1/2013) that included brand new cover versions of heavy metal classics by Iron Maiden and Motorhead.

Now, Germany’s “big 4″ — namely thrash legends Kreator, Tankard, Destruction and Sodom — will also release this terrific tribute in the form of a 10” mini LP. It’ll be available in black as well as in red and yellow (the latter two exclusively available via the Nuclear Blast mail order) and will contain a different song by Sodom as compared to the compilation CD.

The track list reads as follows:

Side A:
Kreator – “The Number Of The Beast” (Iron Maiden)
Sodom – “Ace Of Spades” (Motorhead)

Side B:
Destruction – “The Hammer” (Motorhead)
Tankard – “The Prisoner” (Iron Maiden)

Order your copy of this very special limited release here: http://smarturl.it/TBT4

Moreover, for the very first time in history The Big Teutonic 4 will share one stage on the same night: at the Beastival festival in Geiselwind, Germany, that’ll take place from May 30 to June 1, 2013. Make sure not to miss this memorable event! Secure your tickets at the Nuclear Blast web shop: http://www.nuclearblast.de/suche/beastival

For further information, visit: http://www.beastival.com/ .

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-R-Mine Metalfest 2013 Confirm Festival Lineup

R-Mine Metalfest 2013 is scheduled for June 21th – 23th in Tongeren, Belgium. A new trailer for the festival can now be seen below:

http://youtu.be/K5uY3VdRQOQ

Symphony X recently announced as headliner with Rhapsody Of Fire and Hell.

Acts confirmed for the festival include:

Friday 21/06 – Rhapsody Of Fire, Jorn, Nightmare, Evil Masquerade, Fate, Voodoo Highway, Ex Libris, Ethernity, Azylya (tickets presale 25€ – atd 30€ – combi ticket 3 days 65€)

Saturday 22/06 – Symphony X, Freak Kitchen, Secret Sphere, Raven Lord, BloodBound, Tainted Nation, Tore St. Moren feat. John Macaluso & Nic Angileri, Sunburst, Max Pie, Arhythmia, Magnacult, Scarlet Anger, Keyrah, Hell City, Pulver One (tickets presale 30€ – atd 35€ – combi ticket 3 days 65€)

Sunday 23/06 – Hell, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Holocaust, Savage, Demon, Cloven Hoof, Fireforce, Attic, Wizz Wizzard, Voltrage, Civilian, Valkyre (tickets presale 25€ – atd 30€ – combi ticket 3 days 65€)

Tickets for R-Mine Metalfest 2013 are available at http://www.mymusicevents.be/ and all Free Recordshops in Belgium & Holland: Giga Swing Hasselt, Metal Zone Shops Belgium, Moonlight Shop Tongeren, etc.

Real metal fans will have a good time at the R-Mine Metalfest 2013 with the Metal Market + Meet & Greet area.

http://www.facebook.com/events/123709357795939
http://www.mymusicevents.be/
http://www.r-mineproductions.be/

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-Covered Call To Release IMPACT March 28 On AOR Heaven

Covered Call: An expression used in financial circles depicting a picture of Wall Street, big cities, and the frenzy of the stock market. Covered Call the band, however, was born in a small carpentry shed in the dark, deep forests of Sweden. The contrast couldn’t be greater between the band and their name.

Covered Call was formed by drummer Ronny Svanströmer and guitarist Joel Carlsson. Subsequently, second guitarist Morgan Rosenquist joined the band and the material rapidly started taking shape.

The band immediately landed a deal and released their debut album MONEY NEVER SLEEPS internationally in 2009. During the recording sessions for the band’s second album bassist Andy Loos (ex Glory, Lion’s Share) was recruited as a full member in the lineup.

Andy had previously been working with Göran Edman (ex John Norum Band, Yngwie Malmsteen), who was soon after recruited to complete this stellar lineup.

The new album, entitled IMPACT, was recorded by Covered Call along with Studio Fredman (Arch Enemy, HammerFall, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames) and was mixed by Lars Chriss of Lion’s Share (who also performed a guest solo on the track “Hold On”) at LS Studio.

The band has left their suits behind and is ready to deliver unforgettable rock music in the true AOR spirit!

This new musical constellation together with vocalist Göran Edman now sound stronger than ever and with fantastic new material Covered Call will prove, once again, that their brand of hook-layered rock is a force to be reckoned with.

Track List:
1. Lorraine
2. When The Lights Are Out
3. Think About All Times
4. Look Into Your Mind
5. Hold On
6. Make A Wish
7. Nothing Lasts Forever
8. Wake Up
9. When I’m Gone
10. Live It Up
11. Last Goodbye

Lineup:
Göran Edman – Lead vocals
Joel Carlsson – Guitars
Morgan Rosenquist – Guitar
Andy Loos – Bass
Ronny Svanströmer – Drums

Sound clips in advance:

“Hold On” (Edit)
http://www.metalheaven.net/soundbytes/AORH00079_COVERED_CALL/Covered_Call_Hold_On_edit.mp3

“Lorraine” (Edit)
http://www.metalheaven.net/soundbytes/AORH00079_COVERED_CALL/Covered_Call_Lorraine_edit.mp3

“When The Lights Are Out” (Edit)
http://www.metalheaven.net/soundbytes/AORH00079_COVERED_CALL/Covered_Call_When_The_Lights_Are_Out_edit.mp3

Web:
http://www.coveredcall.se/
http://www.facebook.com/coveredcallrock
http://www.metalheaven.net/

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-Code Of Silence DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON Track-By-Track Video Posted Online

British melodic metallers Code Of Silence — who are fronted by Brazilian vocalist Gus Monsanto (Revolution Renaissance, Adagio, Symbolica, Lord Of Mushrooms) posted a track-by-track album breakdown video provided by band leader and bassist James Murray who also supplied the debut album’s historical theme of the Knights Templar at the time of the Crusades. The video can be viewed here:

http://youtu.be/bIHTfdsCmgY

James says: “Although the album is thematic each song can be enjoyed in its own right separately away from any concept.”

Code Of Silence recently released their debut video “Sky Is Falling Down” — which has gained in excess of 15,000 views since posting — and an informative EPK introducing the band:

“Sky Is Falling Down”
http://youtu.be/FSPtR8ote-I

EPK
http://youtu.be/NhzffB91RdU

“Taken in the round, this is a fabulous rock album. As a debut album it’s simply stunning.” Get Ready to ROCK!

A guitarist who wants to go to Japan, a drummer who thinks political leaders should settle arguments over a few beers, and a Brazilian who likes Scottish breakfasts. These are some of the fascinating facts you will glean from Code Of Silence’s newly launched website — http://www.codeofsilence.co.uk/ .

The album — DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON — has been written and produced by Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and mixed by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Eden’s Curse, Hardline, Lionville). Stylistically it covers a range of genres from hard rock to progressive, fused with highly melodic metal.

The band includes seasoned vocalist Gus Monsanto, who has worked with Stratovarius vocalist Timo Tolkki (Revolution Renaissance) and Adagio, and guitarist Ben Randall who for a time was with Power Quest. Scott McLean on keys (Concept Of Time and Falloch) and John Clelland on drums (The Jack) complete the lineup.

The album is released in Europe on 25 February and in North America on 9 April via Mausoleum Records. It was released in Japan via Rubicon Music on 23 January. There is a limited pre-order offer before release date at the band’s website.

http://www.codeofsilence.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/codeofsilenceuk

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-Swedish Sleaze Rockers Crashdiet Brand New Video “California” Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Noisecreep Today; North American Headlining Tour Dates Announced; New Album THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND Just Released Via Frontiers Records

Hard rock lovers worldwide can click http://www.noisecreep.com/2013/02/06/crashdiet-california-video/ to witness the worldwide premiere of the video for Swedish sleaze rockers Crashdiet’s brand new track, “California.” The song is taken from their latest album, THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND, which was just released worldwide via Frontiers Records and debuted at #2 on the Swedish album charts. Next month, Crashdiet are set to take their fiery live show to the masses in North America with a headlining tour kicking off on March 15th at Hooligans in Albuquerque, NM. Please see below for confirmed tour dates.

A leading force in the Swedish “sleaze rock” scene of the 2000s, Crashdiet harkens back to the glam metal movement of the 1980s, with a more pronounced punk element. Crashdiet has earned an international following of diehard fans through extensive touring, with stints supporting the likes of Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne and more. Crashdiet overcame tragedy early in their career when original lead singer Dave Lepard committed suicide. Determined to carry on Lepard’s legacy, Crashdiet has endured and has become an example of determination to their fans. Crashdiet is Martin Sweet (guitars), Peter London (bass), Eric Young (drums) and Simon Cruz (vocals).

Crashdiet North American tour:

MARCH
15 – Albuquerque, NM – Hooligans
20 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky A Go Go
25 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
26 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl – Hard Rock Hotel Casino
30 – Arvada, CO – Jammin Joes

APRIL
2 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
4 – Chicago, IL – Double Door
5 – Detroit, MI – Hard Rock Cafe Detroit
6 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club Theatre
7 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
9 – Montreal, QC – Petit Cafe
11 – West Chester, PA – The Note
13 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
16 – White Marsh, MD – House Of Rock

For more information, please visit:
http://www.crashdiet.org/
http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Metal Church, Overkill Confirmed For Headbangers Open Air!

Good news is coming from the Headbangers Open Air Camp:

Metal Church has been confirmed to perform an exclusive Headliner Show on HOA Saturday. They will play the complete first album plus many more highlights, which will be a 100+ minute set.

Overkill has just been announced as the headliner for the HOA Thursday!

And in other news: Blaspheme (FR) will play one of their farewell shows at HOA. Persian Risk (a NWoBHM pearl) has also been added to the bill and Axxion (CAN) will attend the Warm-Up Gig.

The 16th edition of Headbangers Open Air will take place from July 25 – July 27, 2013 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen (Germany).

The 2013 lineup is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
77 (ESP)
Blaspheme (FR)
Bloodfeast (USA)
Demon (UK)
Forte (USA)
Game Over (IT)
Heretic (USA)
Iron Savior (D)
King Leoric (D)
Kissin’ Dynamite (D)
Metal Church (USA)
Midnight Priest (POR)
Muro (ESP)
MX Machine (USA)
Overkill (USA)
Persian Risk (UK)
Praying Mantis (UK)
Rival (USA)
Savage (UK)
Skiltron (ARG)
Sleepy Hollow (USA)
Stormwitch (D)
Trespass (UK)
Vicious Rumors (USA)

Confirmed for the Warm-Up Show in Lauschbar, Itzehoe, Germany for Wednesday July 24, 2013:
Hobbs Angel Of Death (Aus)
Axxion (Can)
Wild (Es)

Confirmed for the After Show in Lauschbar, Itzehoe, Germany for Sunday July 28, 2013:
Rezet (Ger)
Skiltron (Arg)

Presales are going strong, tickets remain 48,- Euro, the X-mas Packet (Metallticket + T-Shirt) for 53,- Euro. Shirt sizes: S, M, L, XL & Girly M.

Presale points:
http://www.headbangers-open-air.de/
http://www.hellionrecords.de/
http://www.Metaltix.com/
VonGestern Elmshorn
RemedyRecords Hamburg
AD Ticket + Ticketmaster
note: buy your tickets from our official pre-sale partners only

No entering of the campsite without a valid ticket… (no more just camping…)
Preorder your private Dixi for 60,- Euro (1 cleaning included)
Headbanging puppet for 18,95 in our shop.
From 2013 no more glass on HOA (just plastic bottles and cans)

For all info:
http://www.headbangers-open-air.de/
http://www.facebook.com/HeadbangersOpenAir
http://www.twitter.com/HOAGermany
http://www.myspace.com/headbangersopenair

\M/ MAKE THE GARDEN BURN \M/

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-Nightmare Records And Power Prog Join Forces!

Our cooperation has existed for a while, but now we raise our successful relations to a new peak…

Nightmare Records will act as exclusive distributor for all Power Prog releases in North America from this point on!

These albums are available as CD and digital download from February 22, you can pre-order them immediately at http://www.nightmarerecords.com/

Age Of Artemis – OVERCOMING LIMITS
http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store/pgxso-product-details/prx-1033/ctx-2

Lothlöryen – RAVING SOULS SOCIETY
http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store/pgxso-product-details/prx-1034/ctx-2

Rygel – IMMINENT
http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store/pgxso-product-details/prx-1035/ctx-3

Still Alive – KYO
http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store/pgxso-product-details/prx-1036/ctx-3

Nightmare Records is an indie Prog power metal label distributed by Sony/RED, want more info on Nightmare? Join us.

Feel free to pass this on to friends you think may enjoy!

Nightmare Records
7751 Greenwood Drive
St. Paul MN 55112
http://www.nightmarerecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nightmare-Records/132869800174
http://www.www.myspace.com/NightmareRecords1
http://www.twitter.com/NightmareRecord
http://www.www.youtube.com/user/MEGALOUD

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-Doolittle Group Is Proud To Announce Two Releases For March 2013

Shadows Past – PERFECT CHAPTER

Artist: Shadows Past
Title: PERFECT CHAPTER
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Melodic Metal
Catalog #: DOOCD007
EAN: 7320470167168
Copyright: Doolittle Group 2013
Label: Doolittle Group

Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 29.03.2013

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

Track List:
1. Wherever I Go (4:20)
2. Perfect Chapter (4:18)
3. Cry No More (5:26)
4. An Old Enemy (4:42)
5. Ladder Of Life (4:34)
6. The Scars Run Deep (4:10)
7. Impressed (4:07)
8. Who Am I (5:12)
9. The One (5:51)
10. Believe (6:12)

Melodic metal with great attitude from Sweden. Vocalist Ola Halén, former Insania Sweden, is fronting this power unit. Style-wise you can compare Shadows Past with Symphony X, Kamelot and Helloween.

Shadows Past was formed in 2005 by singer Ola Halén and guitarist Jonatan Berg. It happened that Ola had a Tony MacAlpine tape running in his car when giving Jonatan a ride from the music school where Ola worked and Jonatan studied, and they discovered their similar taste in music. Prior to that, the name Shadows Past had been used by Ola for some of his solo projects on the side of Insania — the band for which he had been the singer and front man since 2002. The band saw various members come and go during the first few years. Among them drummer Johnny Sandin (who eventually had to focus solely on his other band Seventh Wonder) and bass player Niklas “Nille” Sandin, now in Katatonia.

Several demo recordings were made during these first years, with the first official one being released in 2009, containing the songs “Perfect Chapter,” “Cry No More” and “Who Am I.” By this time multi-instrumentalist Staffan Lindroth had joined the band on keyboards, soon to be joined by his brother Olle Lindroth on drums, who fittingly returned to Sweden from living in Spain when the need for a permanent drummer arose. To further solidify the musical foundation, one more change in lineup was made and Patrik Berg, Jonatan’s brother (and a talented musician) was brought in on bass, thus making it two pairs of brothers in the band.

Shadows Past had continuously been playing live, mostly throughout the Stockholm club scene and continued to do so during 2009 when the band also took part in the pan-European music contest “Emergenza” which culminated in a final performance at the final show at Debaser Medis in Stockholm. In 2009 new songs were also written and rehearsed and pre-production and recordings for the debut album could begin in 2010. The process of finishing the album was delayed by the decision to scrap some of the studio recordings for technical reasons, but in late 2011 everything was finally on tape (or disk rather) and the task to mix, master and set the sound of the debut could be delegated. For this job Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T., Seventh Wonder etc.) was chosen and during the spring of 2012 the album was finalized.

Later in 2012 Christian Liljegren and Doolittle Group got to hear the album and decided to invite Shadows Past into their roster of bands.

Style-wise, Shadows Past have always had a strong foundation in melodic metal. The emphasis never strays from strong melodies, put in a framework of heavy riffing and musically intriguing details. Comparisons to bands like Helloween, Stratovarius and Symphony X have been made, but there is no denying that Shadows Past have a powerful voice of their own that will carry on to be heard, both on and off the stages of the world.

Lineup:
Ola Halén – Vocals
Jonatan Berg – Guitar
Patrik Berg – Bass
Olle Lindroth – Drums
Staffan Lindroth – Keyboards

Join Shadows Past on Facebook for frequent updates, or check them out through any of the other channels.

http://www.facebook.com/shadowspast
http://www.shadowspast.com/
http://www.twitter.com/shadowspastband
http://www.youtube.com/doolittlegroup
http://www.youtube.com/shadowspastofficial

My Endless Wishes – MY ENDLESS WISHES

Artist: My Endless Wishes
Title: MY ENDLESS WISHES
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Melodic Hard Rock
Catalog #: DOOCD008
EAN: 7320470167175
Copyright: Doolittle Group
Label: Doolittle Group

Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 29.03.2013

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

Track List:
1. Follow The Light (3:41)
2. Cry For Deliverance (4:11)
3. A Part Of Me (4:22)
4. Lost Without You (4:15)
5. Angel (3:36)
6. Waiting For A Sign (3:26)
7. Paradise (3:21)
8. Searching For A Hero (3:20)
9. Before I Say Goodbye (3:38)
10. Stronger (3:27)
11. Silent Tears (3:49)
12. Once Again (3:57)

Bombastic, true sound, with real strings for fans of Evanescence, Nightwish, Within Temptation.

My Endless Wishes was created in 2005 by Frida and Martin Viberg, married since 2006. Musical influences have always been melodic metal, bands such as Evanescence, Nightwish, Within Temptation, etc. Joined by some local musicians they entered a studio in 2008, and recorded and produced a demo named NEVER WALK ALONE, which contained nine tracks, and was released in 2009. The song titled “Never Walk Alone” was also released on MySpace and got so much attention that it was released on a CD compilation named ULTRA POP OVERDOSE in the USA.

At this time the only permanent members where Frida and Martin, My Endless Wishes did not have a solid foundation and were struggling to create that unique sound. The band played a lot of gigs during the summer of 2008, among those a Ukraine mini-tour, which was the result of an earlier Ukraine gig from 2006.

In 2009, two more permanent members enters the band, Magnus Källström on bass, and Fredrik Pernros on guitar, both with a shared vision about the wanted sound, and a long background in the Hard Rock/Metal scene, but something was missing. There had been several drummers in the band through the years, and this slowed the progress down, but when Erik Ekestubbe auditioned, late in 2009, it was absolutely clear that the band was now complete, and the goal to take the sound to a higher level came within reach. Late 2011, the sound was bigger, heavier and more distinct — the seed that would grow to the band’s breakthrough and the co-operation with DOT Music AB and Doolittle Group, where they got in touch with Frippe Eliasson, Niclas Eliasson, and Christian Liljegren (known from Narnia, Golden Resurrection).

After the deal was signed in February 2012. My Endless Wishes entered the studio during autumn and winter 2012 to record the self-titled debut album. The album is recorded at Production House Studio, Örebro, produced by Fredrik Eliasson. The sound is really bombastic hard rock with an edge. Real strings are also used on the album and creates a great atmosphere!

My Endless Wishes is all about delivering a positive message, and doing so with a great sound!

Lineup:
Frida Viberg – Vocals
Martin Viberg – Guitars
Magnus Källström – Bass
Fredrik Pernros – Guitars
Erik Ekestubbe – Drums

http://www.myendlesswishes.com/
http://www.facebook.com/myendlesswishes

Doolittle Group
http://www.doolittle.se/
http://www.facebook.com/doolittlegroup
http://www.youtube.com/doolittlegroup

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-Frontiers Records Signs State Of Salazar

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of the Swedish Melodic Rock newcomers State Of Salazar. The band was formed in 2010 by five students from the Malmö Academy of Music who wanted to play rock music made for the big arenas. The band’s singer and songwriter, Marcus Nygren, began thinking of the concept of having a band like State Of Salazar in 2009 when he wrote a couple of songs that did not fit his metal based band 8-Point Rose.

State Of Salazar released their debut EP LOST MY WAY in the summer of 2012, it spread fast in magazines and blogs and created a flood of praise. The Swedish quintet has received a lot of positive critique from all over the world during a very short period of time. “This is something that can grow really big;” “…State Of Salazar will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the genre;” “…this EP is an extremely polished piece of art…;” “The performances and the production are superb…,” and so on. Considering bands such as Toto, Queen, Journey, Survivor and especially Bill Conti and Vince DiCola have influenced them, State Of Salazar have a lot to prove. But they handle all this pressure with their honor intact and their heads held high.

“I think this is an amazing opportunity for us in State Of Salazar and I can’t think of a better record company for us to sign with. I remember when Marcus and I had conversations about the band’s future a couple of years ago and that we thought that Frontiers would really be a great place to wind up,” says guitar player Johan Thuresson, while singer Marcus Nygren adds: “To be able to release our first full-length album with Frontiers is simply a dream coming true. I can’t wait for you all to hear these great new songs we’re working on. You don’t want to miss this one when it hits the stores!”

One of the bonus tracks from the EP, “I Believe In You,” will be re-recorded from scratch and also included in the debut album, which has a working title of ALL THE WAY. You can check the original version on the YouTube clip at http://youtu.be/0eVxt0yxGeI or tune in on the Frontiers webradio at http://www.frontiers.it/webradio to start enjoying the music from these amazingly talented guys.

There is no mistaking that State Of Salazar delivers “feel good” music, and it is no wonder, since one of the biggest influences is “training montage” music from the “Rocky IV” movie. This is just one of many reasons why they actually stand out from many of the other bands in the same genre. State Of Salazar is not a retro band, or a walk down memory lane. They write songs and play music that strives forward and not backwards. Their songwriting, arranging and instrumental performance show that this is a band that wants to develop and contribute to the Melodic Rock genre.

State Of Salazar’s debut album is scheduled to be released later this year — look out for a another winner in the amazing Frontiers Records roster of bands!

It will be possible to follow progress on the album’s recording via the band’s websites:

http://www.facebook.com/stateofsalazar
http://www.youtube.com/stateofsalazar

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-AFM Records News

Shakra: SAVE YOU FROM YOURSELF Video Clip!

On January 11th, Swiss Power Rockers Shakra were releasing their ninth studio album POWERPLAY.

For their new video clip, filmed for the song “Save You From Yourself,” the band teamed up with Nina Burri, well-known for her “snake woman” appearances in several TV shows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTLCIDgI0Rw

Ill Nino Announce European Tour / Ektomorf To Support!

Latin Metal force Ill Nino is preparing to spread an epidemia over Europe. On their upcoming tour, in support of their latest studio album EPIDEMIA which was released in October, the band will be supported by Ektomorf and Shadows Fall.

Ill Nino “European Epidemic Tour”:

March 14 – Barcelona, SPAIN – Salamandra (Ill Nino & openers)
March 15 – Madrid, SPAIN – But (Ill Nino & openers)
March 16 – Barakaldo, SPAIN – Rockstar (Ill Nino & openers)
March 18 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Werk (feat. Ektomorf)
March 19 – Vienna, Austria – Szene Wien (feat. Shadows Fall & Ektomorf)
March 20 – Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage (feat.Ektomorf)
March 22 – Winterthur, Switzerland – Salzhaus (feat.Ektomorf)
March 23 – Romagnano, Italy – Rock N Roll Club (feat.Ektomorf)
March 24 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm (feat. Shadows Fall & Ektomorf)
March 25 – Berlin, Germany – SO36 (feat. Ektomorf)
March 26 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle (feat.Ektomorf)
March 27 – Essen, Germany – Turock (feat. Ektomorf)
March 29 – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie (feat.Ektomorf)
March 31 – Cologne, Germany – Underground (feat.Ektomorf)
April 2 – Southampton, England – Talking Heads (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 3 – Stoke, England – Underground (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 4 – Nottingham, England – Rescue Rooms (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 5 – Birmingham, England – Academy 2 (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 6 – London, England – The Garage (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 7 – Manchester, England – NQ Live (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 9 – Cardiff, Wales – Bogiez (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 10 – Plymouth, England – White Rabbit (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 11 – Brighton, England – Concorde 2 (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 13 – Minsk, BELARUS – Club Republic (Ill Nino & openers)
April 14 – Moscow, Russia – Milk (Ill Nino & openers)

Helker: “No Chance To Be Reborn” Video Clip Released!

Argentina’s finest Power Metal band, Helker, is preparing for their first international album release SOMEWHERE IN THE CIRCLE (out on February 15th), which was produced by Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, Sinner).

The band just finished working on their brand new video clip “No Chance To Be Reborn.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D674JznAYZA

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

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-Lion Music: Latest Label And Artist News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

Opposing Motion Signs To Lion Music

Lion Music is proud to announce the signing of the progressive metal outfit Opposing Motion for the release of the upcoming debut album LAWS OF MOTION.

Opposing Motion is comprised of Ludovic Desa (vocals), Joe McGurk (guitars), David Deplanche (bass) and Kevin Deplanche (drums) and their sound is reminiscent of iconic bands such as Royal Hunt, Seventh Wonder, Fates Warning, Symphony X, Crimson Glory and also newer power/prog bands a la Circus Maximus, Pagan’s Mind, Above Symmetry.

With the release of a self-released debut EP recorded at the famous Robannas Studios in Birmingham 2010, Opposing Motion has rapidly become known in the prog metal genre at the national and international levels. Composed of experienced musicians, all active on the UK and France session scene, the band weaves highly melodic and orchestral tapestries mixing technical pieces, intricate musicianship and offering a fresh outlook on the prog genre bringing together flamenco, classic rock, NWOBHM and progressive rock influences.

With several top-tier high street magazine features and numerous excellent reviews on the international metal scene, THE ILLUSTRATION EP (2010) set the foundations for their eagerly awaited full-length debut album.

2012 saw the band record its first debut album entitled LAWS OF MOTION, and Opposing Motion has now teamed up with prog metal specialists and recognized label Lion Music to bring its music to the scene on 11th May 2013.

Full details on LAWS OF MOTION to follow shortly.

http://opposingmotionband.co.uk/
http://www.reverbnation.com/opposingmotion
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Opposing-Motion/344411237711
http://fr.myspace.com/opposingmotion

19 April 2013 Releases Announced

We can now confirm that our 19 April releases are:

Mastercastle – ON FIRE

ON FIRE is the smoldering new album from Mastercastle, and is home to nine tracks of melodic heavy metal with neo-classical influences from a band that has rapidly forged a glowing reputation thanks to its previous three releases. This forthcoming release also marks the recording debut of new member, drum legend John Macaluso (Ark, Malmsteen, James LaBrie).

Ashent – FLAWS OF ELATION + BONUS

Following on from the recent success of INHERITANCE, the latest release from Italian progressive metal outfit Ashent, Lion Music are pleased to offer up a timely reissue of the band’s long out-of-print 2006 debut album FLAWS OF ELATION. In addition this new print comes with all-new artwork and the additional bonus of the band’s very first ultra-rare 2003 four-track demo!

Lion Music Sign Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite

Lion Music are proud to announce the addition of Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite to the label’s roster for the release of the epic GALAHAD SUITE.

With a sound that runs across progressive rock/metal, melodic and hard rock grounds with equal measure, Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite is the result of an idea that has been in the head of former Mister Kite member Anton Johansson for almost 30 years and features an array of talented musicians including Linus Abrahamson (guitar and bass), Carl Lindquist (vocals), Mats Bergentz (Drums), Sebastian Berglund (Keyboards), Anna Forsvall Lundmark (Cello) and backing vocal by Evelina Andersson, Ellen Abrahamson and Mikael Cederhag.

The album also boasts notable guest performances by guitarists Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen, Freak Guitar), Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Allen/Lande, Starbreaker), Jonas Hansson (Silver Mountain), Dennis Post (Star*Rats) and Magnus Kristensson (Mister Kite, Planet); along with keyboards by Lalle Larsson (Karmakanic, Agents Of Mercy, Electrocution 250) and additional vocals by Alf Wemmenlind (Mister Kite, Fifty Grand Suicide).

Project mastermind Anton Johansson, born 1960, started playing piano when he was nine years old, guitar at 12 and bass at the age 15. Like everybody else he nursed the dream of becoming a rock star and played in lots of local bands. In the mid ’90s he founded Lion Music act Mister Kite with whom who he recorded and toured with supporting acts like Bruce Dickinson, Dio and Saga. In 2007 he joined forces with Linus Abrahamson (Andromeda, The Codex) to finish the long-time coming project The Galahad Suite.

Lion Music are pleased to confirm Anton Johansson’s GALAHAD SUITE will be released on 11th May 2013.

An album preview can be viewed now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmu-9YLn5-8 .

Full details on Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite to follow shortly.

http://www.galahadsuite.com/
http://www.facebook.com/GalahadSuite
http://www.youtube.com/GalahadSuite

For full details on all artists mentioned visit http://www.lionmusic.com/ .

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

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-Kingcrow Announces North American Tour; New Track Available

Italian progressive metal troupe Kingcrow proudly announces the band’s forthcoming return to North America this Spring!

Kingcrow’s fifth studio full-length IN CRESCENDO is nearing release this Tuesday, February 12th via prog linchpin Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge. Produced by the band at Sound Under Pressure in Rome, the massive album was then mixed by Giampiero Ulacco and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, the nearly hour-long opus reaping acclaim from heavy metal critics worldwide preceding its street date.

Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles has hosted an exclusive stream of “This Ain’t Another Love Song,” the second track from In Crescendo. Listen to it at http://www.bravewords.com/news/198494 .

Previously, PureGrainAudio released the album’s opening track “Right Before” at this location:

http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/kingcrow-right-before-song-stream-exclusive-world-premiere

After a triumphant display at 2012’s massive annual ProgPower USA festival, Kingcrow will return to the continent in support of IN CRESCENDO. The trek will begin April 28th with a one-off in Atlanta, Georgia, before hooking up with Pain Of Salvation for the main tour. With more dates still being locked down, the tour will traverse through Virginia and Maryland before hitting the annual RosFest in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania ( http://www.rosfest.com/ ) alongside The Flower Kings, Shadow Gallery, Riverside and more. Following the festival the tour will hit New York City, then head into Canada for shows in Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto, then drop back into the US for shows in Chicago and Minneapolis. Stay tuned as new tour updates are announced in the coming weeks. Check out a teaser for the tour and more here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/02/07/kingcrow-announces-north-american-tour-new-track-available/

KINGCROW North American Tour:
4/28/2013 The Local – Atlanta, GA w/ Halcyon Way, Imminent Sonic Destruction

KINGCROW w/ Pain Of Salvation, Imminent Sonic Destruction:
5/01/2013 Empire – West Springfield, VA
5/02/2013 House Of Rock – White Marsh, MD
5/03/2013 RosFest Afterparty – Gettysburg, PA [KINCROW ONLY]
5/05/2013 The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
5/07/2013 Le Cercle – Quebec City, QC
5/08/2013 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
5/09/2013 The Mod Club – Toronto, ON
5/10/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
5/11/2013 Station 4 – Minneapolis, MN

Having evolved from a mostly progressive metal direction, Kingcrow has increasingly expanded the scope of their sound to encompass elements of rock over recent years, nowadays culminating strong atmospheric components similar to Riverside, Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd but also bearing a heavier, metallic semblance to Opeth and Dream Theater.

“…from start to finish, on IN CRESCENDO, Kingcrow weaves an immensely entertaining tapestry of music, a fine merger of melodic heavier rock with its progressive rock and metal counterparts. 5/5” – Dangerdog Music Reviews

“…Kingcrow bring this album to a triumphant conclusion with so much great and complex at times music and as with the other seven songs the vocals are also very inviting. 4.5/5” – Sea Of Tranquility

“…a very fine mixture of modern progressive metal and mellow progressive rock, which is sure to please fans of both genres… 8/10” – My Global Mind

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

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Pat Metheny Group’s WE LIVE HERE – LIVE IN JAPAN March 12, 2013 On DVD And Digital Video

NEW YORK, NY — Eagle Rock Entertainment is delighted to announce the release of the WE LIVE HERE – LIVE IN JAPAN DVD from Pat Metheny Group on March 12, 2013. Featuring the classic trio of Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays and Steve Rodby, this title is being reissued on Eagle Vision after being deleted for many years. [Pre-book Order Date February 8, MSRP $14.98]

The Pat Metheny Group reconvened in 1995 to release the album WE LIVE HERE, six years after their previous studio album. Following the release of the album, the group embarked on a world tour during which this concert was filmed in Japan. Many of the tracks from the WE LIVE HERE album are included along with others from their various ’80s albums. This was the first of a set of three (QUARTET, 1996 and IMAGINARY DAY, 1997) that the band referred to as the “triptych.”

The full lineup for this show boasted the talents of Pat Metheny (guitar, guitar synths); Lyle Mays (piano, keyboards); Steve Rodby (acoustic & electric bass); Paul Wertico (drums); David Blamires (vocal, various instruments); Mark Ledford (vocals, various instruments); Armando Marcal (percussion). Included in the DVD are short interview segments with the band members inserted between some of the songs which give an insight into the creation of the album and life on the tour.

WE LIVE HERE – LIVE IN JAPAN features some incredible musicianship from a band at the height of their powers.

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:
1) Have You Heard
2) And Then I Knew
3) Here To Stay
4) First Circle
5) Scrap Metal
6) Farmer’s Trust
7) Episode D’Azur
8) Third Wind
9) This Is Not America
10) Antonia
11) To The End Of The World
12) Minuano (Six-Eight)
13) Stranger In Town

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-Napalm Records News

Devildriver: European Tour

There’s no excuse to miss Devildriver on their upcoming European tour, which kicks off in Oulu, Finland on Saturday, February 9! Be ready, when Dez and his crew come to your town! Updates with regard to the new studio effort will be issued soon. The new long-player by the Los Angeles metal outfit is tentatively scheduled for a worldwide release in August 2013!

DEVILDRIVER
Co-Headliner Cannibal Corpse
Support by The Black Dahlia Murder and Winds Of Plague
09.02.13 FI – Oulu / Teatrie Oulu
10.02.13 FI – Tampere / Pakkahoune
11.02.13 FI – Helsinki/ Nosturi
13.02.13 SE – Stockholm / Gota Kallare
14.02.13 SE – Gothenburg / Brewhouse
15.02.13 DK – Copenhagen / Amager Bio
16.02.13 DK – Aarhus / Train
17.02.13 DE – Hamburg / Gruenspan
19.02.13 NL – Tilburg / O13
20.02.13 DE – Cologne / Essigfabrik
21.02.13 DE – Karlsruhe / Substage
22.02.13 DE – Geiselwind / Music Hall
23.02.13 BE – Antwerp / Trix
24.02.13 FR – Paris / La Bataclan
26.02.13 IT – Milan / Alcatraz
27.02.13 CH – Lausanne / Les Docks
28.02.13 CH – Zurich / Komplex 457
01.03.13 DE – Chemnitz / Suedbahnhof
02.03.13 CZ – Ostrava / Garage Club
03.03.13 DE – Berlin / Columbia Club
05.03.13 DE – Munich / Backstage
06.03.13 DE – Saarbrucken / Garage Club
07.03.13 UK – London / The Forum
08.03.13 UK – Nottingham / Rock City
09.03.13 UK – Manchester / HMV Ritz
10.03.13 UK – Glasgow / ABC

Devildriver Official Website
http://www.devildriver.com/

Xandria: New Bassist

Xandria is thrilled to introduce their new bassist Steven Wussow to their fans! According to the band, he is the perfect candidate and more than ready to perform live and to record the follow-up to the critically acclaimed chartbreaker NEVERWORLD’S END! Check the band’s official website for the full statement. Stay tuned for more updates!

Xandria Official Website
http://xandria.de/

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

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-Total Metal Festival 2013: New Location!

The most important Heavy Metal Festival in southern Italy moves and enlarges!

The organizers of the Total Metal Open Air Festival announce a new location! The Italian festival, already announced for Saturday July 13, moves to the town of Bitonto, always in the province of Bari to an impressive and huge new outdoor location.

The manager of the TMF Luigi Pisanello says: “Although at first we had confirmed the location of the last edition, for a variety of good reasons this year we had to opt for a change and, in all likelihood, this time it could be the ‘definitive’ one because the way it is structured leaves many possibilities for expansion and development of the festival for future editions.”

In fact the new location not only is wider than the last one, but also offers the possibility to improve some logistics aspects. There will be several news in fact, among these: a wider and organized car park, a camping within the Festival place and an area dedicated to bikers. Of course not even the innovations already included in the last edition will be missed, as the Soft Air area and the medieval village where everybody can engage in historical fencing, archery and crossbow and many other activities.

Everybody is still waiting for the most important news — who will be the “special guest” of this year edition — but the organizers promise that the wait will be short because the Headliner band of TMF2013 will soon be announced!

To stay updated about the Total Metal Festival, connect with its official Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TotalMetalFestival or visit the official website http://www.totalmetalfestival.com/ where you can also find many interesting photos of previous editions.

Keep in touch for some more news!

For further information:
Vivo Management (organizers)
http://www.vivomanagement.it/
info@vivomanagement.it

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Peter Frampton’s LIVE IN DETROIT

Fan Favorite Frampton Concert Receives First Time Blu-Ray Release On DVD, Blu-Ray And Digital Video March 26, 2013

NEW YORK, NY — On March 26, 2013, Peter Frampton’s LIVE IN DETROIT will be reissued on DVD and Digital Video, as well as receive its first Blu-ray release, via Eagle Rock Entertainment [Pre-book Order Date March 1, MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 Blu-ray].

This incredible night was filmed in high definition at the Pine Knob Amphitheatre on July 17, 1999 and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound. The DVD, originally released in 2000, has been touted as a fan favorite. Supported by one of his most classic bands — John Regan (bass), Chad Cromwell (drums), and the late Bob Mayo on keyboards — this Grammy Award winning guitarist/recording artist presents two hours of gems culled from his extensive career. “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Do You Feel Like We Do,” “Show Me The Way,” “Somethin’s Happening,” “(I’ll Give You) Money,” and many more are all brilliantly on display here.

Additionally, LIVE IN DETROIT includes a bonus interview with Peter Frampton and previously unseen rehearsal footage of “Boot It Up,” from the recent “FCA! 35” tour.

Eagle Rock Entertainment recently released FCA! 35: AN EVENING WITH PETER FRAMPTON on DVD and Blu-ray, and THE BEST OF FCA! 35 3CD. These releases are stunning examples of Peter Frampton’s live expertise and musical excellence.

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.

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

Track Listing

1) Somethin’s Happening
2) Lying
3) Lines On My Face
4) Show Me The Way
5) All I Wanna Be (Is By Your Side)
6) If You Say Goodbye
7) Oh For Another Day
8) Penny For Your Thoughts
9) (I’ll Give You) Money
10) Nassau
11) Baby, I Love Your Way
12) Can’t Take That Away
13) Do You Feel Like We Do
14) Off The Hook
15) You Had To Be There
16) I Don’t Need No Doctor
17) Gemini (credits)

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-Reign Of The Architect Sign To Pitch Black Records

The progressive metal band Reign Of The Architect have signed a deal with Pitch Black Records who will be releasing the debut album, RISE, in spring 2013.

Reign Of The Architect is the brainchild of Yuval Kramer, and was formed in 2008 in Israel. Although starting out as a studio project, the band and the creation of their debut album has snowballed to incorporate performers from all over the world and features several guest appearances. Among those lending their talents to the release are Jeff Scot Sotto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey), Mike LePond (Symphony X) and Joost Van Den Broek (After Forever).

Regarding the recent signing of contracts, Reign Of The Architect released the following statement:

“After a long time working on our debut album, and six months of performances, we are proud to start a new chapter in the band’s life; becoming a part of the Pitch Black Records roster — we’re really looking forward to working with them. This is a great way to start this year. Stay tuned cause lots of things are being cooked inside ROTA’s lair… Let it Reign!”

An introduction video from Reign Of The Architect can be viewed at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYMS7ZJxiCU

Pitch Black Records owner Phivos Papadopoulos commented: “Working with newcomer artists who are first and foremost talented and passionate musicians has always been a core element of Pitch Black Records. Reign Of The Architect is another fine example of this and we are very excited to welcome them to the constantly growing Pitch Black Records family. We are certain that their talent and passion in music will be quite evident from first listen and will not disappoint!”

Pitch Black Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 and based in Cyprus; it is home to artists such as Arrayan Path, Marauder and Illnath. Reign Of The Architect are represented by Jon Knight at Extreme Management Group — a New York Based management agency with clients including Suffocation and Aborted.

More info on ROTA at http://www.reignofthearchitect.com/ .

Upcoming shows:
8th February 2013 – The Reading Club, Tel Aviv (Progstage Mini Winter Fest)

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-Orange Goblin To Release First Live Set

Orange Goblin
A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012
Candlelight Records
Release: 12 March 2013

Track List:
1. Red Tide Rising
2. The Filthy & The Few
3. Ballad Of Solomon Eagle
4. Time Travelling Blues
5. Some You Win, Some You Lose
6. The Fog
7. Round Up The Horses
8. Acid Trial
9. They Come Back
10. Blue Snow
11. Quincy The Pigboy
12. Scorpionica

Candlelight Records today confirms March 12 as the North American release date for A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012. The CD/DVD is the first proper live recording from Orange Goblin and will be released in tandem with the band’s first full stateside tour in over eight years. The special recording kicks off a planned year of non-stop touring and continues the success found in 2012 in which the band appeared/topped countless “Best Of” magazine and fan generated polls.

A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012 includes Orange Goblin’s complete performances professionally recorded at Bloodstock Open Air Festival (England – August 11, 2012) and Hellfest (France – June 15, 2012). The DVD further includes the official Tom Cronin directed videos for “Red Tide Rising” and “Acid Trial,” the latter courtesy of Scion A/V, plus the Matt Chance directed “Red Tide Rising Documentary” and Gaetan Chataigner directed “Highway To Hellfest Documentary.” Art and design was once again provided by Jimbob Isaac under the direction of vocalist Ben Ward.

Discussing the album, Ward says, “for years people have been asking us to release a live album. It’s a warts and all recording to highlight exactly what you get at an Orange Goblin show. It’s not over-produced; you can hear the bum notes and the forgotten lyrics as well as the energy and power emanating from the stage. And the crowd! I think that’s what a good live album is all about. It’s just the sound of us getting up on stage, plugging in and going hell for leather. Crack open a beer, turn it up loud and bang your head.”

England’s Classic Rock Magazine says, “put simply, Orange Goblin are the best metal band in Britain.” A permanent fixture on the metal landscape since their formation in 1995, Orange Goblin recordings have been embraced by fans the world over. Their live performances have been hailed as one of the best. Kerrang! says, “Orange Goblin shows are very predictable… you know they are going to be brilliant before they even hit the stage.” Orange Goblin signed to Candlelight Records late 2008 and immediately began writing new material for the first time in over five years. Teaming with producer Jamie Dodd and two-time Grammy-nominated engineer Andy Jackson (Pink Floyd), the band completed recording of A EULOGY FOR THE DAMNED late September 2011. The record was released February 14, 2012 entering the UK Top 200 at 96 and landed on Billboard’s Heat Seekers chart at 38. The album hit the top of CMJ’s Loud Rock album chart on March 7 and ended the year at position 6 on the Top 50 Year-End Album chart. Decibel Magazine called the album, “maximum riffage, turbo-doom biker rock… awesome!” Hellbound proclaimed, “this dish is one spicy meatball.” Popdose confirmed, “possibly the best record from start to finish that they have released yet.”

A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012 features songs that span the band’s extensive repertoire including fan favorites “Stand For Something,” “Scorpionica,” “Quincy The Pigboy,” “Blue Snow,” “Time Travelling Blues,” and the album’s single “The Filthy & The Few” which is set to impact loud rock radio on February 26.

Orange Goblin w/ Clutch:
3/08/2013 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
3/09/2013 Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
3/10/2013 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
3/11/2013 Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom – Little Rock, AR
3/12/2013 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
3/14/2013 Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX
3/18/2013 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
3/19/2013 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
3/21/2013 House Of Blues – W. Hollywood, CA
3/22/2013 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
3/23/2013 Hard Rock Café – Las Vegas, NV
3/24/2013 House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
3/26/2013 Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
3/27/2013 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
3/29/2013 Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
3/30/2013 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
3/31/2013 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
4/01/2013 Wilma Theater – Missoula, MT
4/02/2013 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
4/03/2013 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
4/05/2013 Flames Central – Calgary, AB
4/06/2013 Odeon Events Centre – Saskatoon, SK
4/07/2013 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
4/09/2013 Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB
4/10/2013 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
4/11/2013 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
4/12/2013 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
4/13/2013 Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
4/15/2013 Wescott Theater – Syracuse, NY
4/16/2013 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
4/18/2013 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
4/19/2013 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
4/20/2013 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD

Orange Goblin is vocalist Ben Ward, guitarist Joe Hoare, bassist Martyn Millard, and drummer Chris Turner. The band delightfully use/endorse Meinl Cymbals, Lace Pick Ups, Fender Guitars, Marshall Amps, Vater Sticks, Orange Amps, Natal Drums, Rotosound, and Jagermeister.

http://www.orange-goblin.com/
http://www.facebook.com/orangegoblinofficial
http://www.myspace.com/theorangegoblin
http://www.youtube.com/orangegoblinofficial
http://candlelightrecordsusa.com/

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-Just In Time For Valentine’s Day: Player’s New Video “I Will” Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Ultimate Classic Rock Today

TOO MANY REASONS Due Out In February Via Frontiers Records

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Player fans worldwide can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for the romantic track “I Will.”

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/player-i-will-video-premiere/

The song is taken from Player’s forthcoming set, TOO MANY REASONS; the album is due out on February 22 in Europe and February 26 in North America via Frontiers Records. TOO MANY REASONS is Player’s first album in nearly 20 years and is written and produced by Peter Beckett. To pre-order TOO MANY REASONS, please click http://bit.ly/ULnbih (for North America) or http://www.frontiers.it/album/5113/ (for Europe).

Player was formed in 1977 when Englishman Peter Beckett met J.C. Crowley at a Hollywood party. Beckett had come to the United States after the demise of his popular English band Paladin. The band was completed by Ronn Moss and John Friesen and the four became the founding members. After many rehearsals and songwriting sessions, Player was born. In 1978, the band had an international number one hit with first single “Baby Come Back,” which was co-written by Beckett and J.C. Crowley and sung by Beckett. The first album entitled simply PLAYER went platinum and the band toured extensively, including support stints with Boz Scaggs, Eric Clapton, Heart and Kenny Loggins, consistently playing to sold out arena audiences. Four albums followed spawning four more hit singles, including “This Time I’m In It For Love,” which reached number eleven on Billboard’s chart. Player “redux” consists of founding members Peter Beckett (guitars/lead vocals/keyboards) and Ronn Moss (bass/lead vocals).

Peter Beckett has written hit songs for such artists as Heart, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Poco, Janet Jackson, The Commodores, Cliff Richards, Survivor, Grace Slick, and most recently Vanessa Hudgens. He has numerous movie credits as artist, producer and/or writer, including “The Karate Kid,” “Two Of A Kind,” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Major League,” “St. Elmo’s Fire” (Grammy nomination), “Frankie And Johnny,” “Rock Star,” “Terminator 3,” “Basic Instinct,” “Beyond Borders,” “Life Or Something Like It,” “Dirty Dancing 2,” and “Transformers.” From 1989-1997, Peter was a featured member of Little River Band and has written several singles for them.

Since the mid ’80s, Ronn Moss has also gained worldwide stardom with his other career: 25 years as Ridge Forrester, the male lead in the CBS television series “The Bold And The Beautiful,” a role from which Moss recently elected to depart to allow him time to devote to Player and other film and TV roles. “B&B” consistently ranked as the most-watched television series in the world, averaging more than 26 million viewers per day, and garnered more than 500,000 Twitter followers for Moss. He has also appeared in numerous feature films and television commercials, and took second place on the Italian version of “Dancing With The Stars.”

For more information, please visit:
http://www.player-theband.com/
http://www.frontiers.it/
http://www.ronnmoss.com/
http://www.facebook.com/PeterBeckett.player
http://www.facebook.com/ronnmoss1
@ronnmoss

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-Raven Black Night Streams Third Single “Fallen Angel” Exclusively Via Stormbringer.at Online Mag!

New Album BARBARIAN WINTER Out This Friday!

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

In collaboration with Austria’s Heavy Metal online mag #1, stormbringer.at, Raven Black Night has now posted the third and final single “Fallen Angel” taken off BARBARIAN WINTER. Surf over to stormbringer.at at this location to check out the exclusive premiere!

http://www.stormbringer.at/news_37301/raven-black-light-fallen-angel-bei-uns-exklusiv-im-stream.html

Surf over to this location to check out the second single “Lips Of Desire!”

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

Check out the album artwork and the first single “Morbid Gladiator” and the pre-order options 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 on 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, 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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-Conny Ochs: Sophomore LP From German Singer/Songwriter To See Release

Following his debut solo album, as well as a collaborative LP with doom legend Scott “Wino” Weinrich, German singer/songwriter Conny Ochs is now gearing up to release his second solo studio full-length, BLACK HAPPY, once again via Exile On Mainstream. Having produced music for over a decade, local fans have endorsed and worshiped the man’s efforts for years. Yet, it was Ochs’ album co-written with Wino and the heavy touring across Europe and North America in support of the record that put him on the international map.

This leads into this new album BLACK HAPPY, the title an absolute indication to the atmospheres Conny Ochs is able to create. Deeply rooted in the blackened parts of the human soul he carves a mixture of melancholy and catharsis into the rough edges of songs that come out so natural, so organic and sonically sparkling. While keeping his approach pure to the heart and the creation limited to just him and his guitar Ochs reaches a stark authenticity that can only be worshipped. It draws you in, makes you a part of the music and leads to a deep admiration of the tunes, the pain and beauty relatable to everybody who hears them.

Bound to a tradition and history of great acoustic craftsmanship drawn from but not limited to the American continent, Conny explores the realms of what of your inner self can sonically portray once you are on your own and armed with a guitar and voice. The path has been walked by many before, but that doesn’t make it a worn-out road.

Just like his previous solo album RAW LOVE SONGS and the HEAVY KINGDOM album with Wino, BLACK HAPPY was engineered, mixed and mastered by Thommy Krawallo in Berlin in pure analog fashion. The album is set for official release in Germany on March 1st, throughout the rest of Europe on March 4th, and in North America on April 2nd, on LP, via digital download, and limited wooden box CD. Preorders are available at http://www.mainstreamrecords.de/news/conozzpreorder .

Conny Ochs is currently embarked on a European tour in advance of the album’s release, with many more live excursions to be confirmed in the coming weeks. View the current list of dates at http://connyochs.com/cms/website.php?id=/live.htm .

BLACK HAPPY Track Listing:
1. Exile
2. No Sleep Tonight
3. Die In Your Arms
4. Faces In The Crowd
5. Stable Chaos
6. Trust In Love
7. Borderline
8. Phantom Pain
9. Lead-Out
10. Blues For My Baby
11. Mouth

http://www.connyochs.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Conny-Ochs/112536815501097
http://www.mainstreamrecords.de/

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-Toxic Holocaust To Unleash FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION Collection This April; Teaser Video Posted

Portland punk/metal derelicts Toxic Holocaust are pleased to unleash FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION this Spring. The mammoth 22-track anthology collects over a decade’s worth of Toxic Holocaust rarities into one raging compilation. Amassing the band’s many contributions to various comps and vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight and others, together with demo versions of treasured Toxic classics, FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION is a historic romp through the history of one of today’s best old-school metal bands.

FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION will see release through Relapse Records on April 2 in North America, March 29 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland and Benelux and April 1 in the UK. Peep the FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION teaser video at:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/02/07/toxic-holocaust-to-unleash-from-the-ashes-of-nuclear-destruction-collection-this-april-teaser-video-posted/

To pre-order, point your browser to http://bit.ly/toxicashes .

FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION Track Listing:

1. Intro
2. Metal Attack
3. Deathmaster
4. Created To Kill
5. Ready To Fight
6. Arise From The Cemetery
7. Thrashing Death
8. Send Them To Hell
9. Never Stop The Massacre
10. Army Of One
11. Death Camp
12. Reaper’s Grave
13. Death Brings Death
14. In The Name Of Science
15. Nuke The Cross
16. Suicide Eye
17. 666
18. Bitch
19. Agony Of The Damned
20. A.T.O.M.I.C.
21. We Bring ‘Em Hell
22. Altar-ed States

Following a solid year of relentless stage pollution, Toxic Holocaust will enter the studio later this Winter to record the as-yet-untitled follow-up to their 2011 CONJURE AND COMMAND full-length.

“After taking a much-needed break from touring and finally being able to enjoy life outside the confines of a van,” details band mastermind Joel Grind, “things have come back in full swing and I’ve been working nonstop writing the new Toxic record for Relapse Records. Things are coming along great it’s a bit too early to tell for sure but it seems like this record will encompass all of Toxic’s past recordings while building on that as well and moving forward. I can’t wait to get into the studio to record this!”

Praised for its “nuclear reactive riffage and Repo Man punk attitude,” by Revolver and commended for its “tar-thick riffage, staggering breakdowns, and a corroded dose of self-loathing,” by The Onion’s A.V. Club, CONJURE AND COMMAND continues to reap hails from fans and critics globally. As an added bonus, the band closed the year with the honor of having the song “Bitch” rear its sonic apocalyptic menace in an episode of high-rated FX drama series “Sons Of Anarchy” (season 5; episode 11).

Toxic Holocaust mutated into existence in 1999, when Joel Grind merged his love for classic punk and metal and the flash of L.A. hard rock into his ideal band. Like his influences — Bathory, Venom, English Dogs, Possessed, Broken Bones — Toxic Holocaust offers up blazing riffs, gravel-throated vocals, and a deadly fixation on the evil in man and a post-apocalyptic world wrapped in a DIY attitude.

“If The Exploited and Nuclear Assault had a kid, Toxic Holocaust would take its lunch money and toss it in the dumpster.” – Hails & Horns

http://www.facebook.com/ToxicHolocaust
http://www.myspace.com/toxicholocaust
http://www.relapse.com/

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-Barbarian Twins Release HOUSE OF ILL FAME

Please find below the text press info for the group’s brand new album HOUSE OF ILL FAME!

Label: Rapid Records
Genre: Rock

Norwegian rockers Barbarian Twins started up in 2005 as a trio. The band soon made its mark in the US, with the single “44,” winning the American music contest “Make A Star” the same year. In the early days, Barbarian Twins made an impact on the underground scene in Oslo with a different show. Their opening number was performed behind a curtain, where the band was soundtracking a car chase from the projected film, “Bullitt,” with their own instrumental “Backstreet Stalker.” The band’s sound gradually developed from cinematic, funky ’70s rock to a more black music-based rock ‘n’ roll, where the band kept its unique sound, whether the song was a blues, a funky tune or a straight rock ‘n’ roll number.

To this day, the band’s influences are heavily drawn from the blues, soul, funk and Caribbean music, albeit dressed in a hard ’70s rock sound. Fans describe the music as “The inevitable encounter between Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.” In 2008, the band signed with the American label D And M Records, releasing the very rootsy rock album WON’T BOW DOWN, that was received extremely well in Norway. The band toured in America shortly after the release in 2009, to stellar reviews. Performing a full live set during the tour, for a million listeners on the WLUW channel in Chicago, helped making a name in America. After the US tour, the band’s sound became harder and more rooted in rock ‘n’ roll. Adding a second guitar player, as well as a very vital Buddy Rich-esque drummer, helped in developing the new sound.

Barbarian Twins started recording their second album HOUSE OF ILL FAME in 2009 in Sunflower Recording Studios in Oslo, Norway. Due to the mentioned personnel changes, the band decided to scrap the finalized album, and chose to re-record it, as well as including a few new songs, to fit the soundscape of the new and bigger sound of the current lineup. In 2012, Barbarian Twins signed with the Norwegian label Rapid Records (well-known in Norway for its comet, Andrea Dahle), and collaborated with the label’s manager Henrik Moy Askildsen, who played on the album as well as co-produced it. In the middle of the recording process, “the Twins” were approached by American glam rockers L.A. Guns, asking if they would tour in Europe with them in February/March the same year.

The famous founder of both Guns N’ Roses and L.A. Guns, Tracii Guns, was impressed by the Norwegian band, stating that it was one of the most authentic rock ‘n’ roll acts he’d ever heard. He even came on stage playing on a rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” with them in Amsterdam. Barbarian Twins did 15 shows in Europe with L.A. Guns, rapidly growing their fan base in countries like Germany, UK, Holland, Poland, Austria and Switzerland. Going back to the studio in March 2012, to record HOUSE OF ILL FAME, the band was hot after touring, and put down eight tracks in a few weeks. Conceptually, the album is about being on the run, escaping and having trouble dealing with difficulties. The symbol of that destination is “the House Of Ill Fame.” The music spans from creepy gospel with a country flavor (the title track), via rough Texas blues with a sing-along chorus (“Can’t Hide Your Love”), hard, melodic rock (“Heads Or Tails,” “Free Your Mind”), haunting ballads (“Running From The Cold,” “Final Destination”) to long guitar jams (“So Sad You’re Gone,” “Getaway”).

Barbarian Twins will be touring Norway in May this year, with an entourage of four other bands from Norway and the United States. The show is called “The Rock Of Ill Fame Circus.” HOUSE OF ILL FAME and the single “Can’t Hide Your Love”/”Heads Or Tails” are out now.

Band Lineup:
Bård Andersson: Lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
Ziggy Espedal: Guitar, backup vocals
PK: Bass, backup vocals
Big Bill Lucas: Drums, percussion
Line Pedersen: Backup vocals

Track Listing:
1. House Of Ill Fame
2. Can’t Hide Your Love
3. Heads Or Tails
4. Running From The Cold
5. Free Your Mind
6. Getaway
7. So Sad You’re Gone
8. Final Destination

Web:
http://www.barbariantwins.com/
http://www.facebook.com/barbariantwins
http://www.myspace.com/barbariantwins
http://www.youtube.com/user/BarbarianTwins
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/BarbarianTwins1
http://www.reverbnation.com/barbariantwins

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-Melodic Death Thrashers Chariots Of The Gods Unleash New Music Video “Tides Of War”

Releasing their debut their full-length album TIDE OF WAR on Tuesday, January 29, Ottawa, ON’s melodic death thrashers Chariots Of The Gods are proud to unleash their new music video in support of the annihilator on BlankTV at the following link below.

“Tides Of War”
http://pop.www.blanktv.com/index.php/component/content/article/317

Produced by award-winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson ( http://www.glenrobinson.com/ ) who has worked with names such as The Ramones, AC/DC, GWAR, Annihilator and Voivod, COTG’s new album delivers 14 epic, crushing tracks to follow up their well received 2010 debut EP REVERENCE, which the band aggressively toured in Quebec and Ontario, sharing the stage with names such as Misfits, Voivod, Despised Icon, Kataklysm, Blind Witness, Misery Index, Martyr, F*ck The Facts, Blackguard, Neuraxis, The Agonist, Reanimator and Insurrection.

The metallers have released two singles off the album: “Unbound” featuring guest vocals by Aleksi Sihvonen of Norther ( http://www.norther.net/ ) and a FREE DOWNLOAD of the title track. Both can be heard and purchased with the album at the following locations on Bandcamp and iTunes:

http://chariotsofthegods.bandcamp.com/
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/tides-of-war/id597619046

“Tides Of War” Free Download:
http://chariotsofthegods.bandcamp.com/track/tides-of-war

Track Listing – TIDES OF WAR

1. Overture
2. Seventh Weapon
3. Blind Assassin
4. Ambrosian Wings
5. Tides Of War
6. Revillusion (1905)
7. Snow Falls On The White River (1914)
8. Severing The Bloodline (1917)
9. Collapse Of An Empire
10. Red Skies
11. Nebula
12. Starborn
13. Unbound (feat. Aleksi Sihvonen)
14. Annihilation Of The Gods

Lineup:
Renaud Jobin (vocals)
Mathieu St-Amour (guitar)
Dimitri Gervais (guitar)
Payam Doryani (bass)
Rich O’Neil (drums)

About:
Riding out of Canada’s capital, Chariots Of The Gods has one sole mission — to deliver straight-up, balls-to-the-walls, in-your-face heavy metal. On the road since 2008, spreading its music to the masses, Chariots Of The Gods has become known for blistering solos, gripping melodies, rioting vocals and drums that just won’t quit because, after all, that’s what it’s all about.

Having played with bands such as Misfits, Voivod, Despised Icon, Kataklysm, Blind Witness, Misery Index, Martyr, F*ck The Facts, Blackguard, Neuraxis, The Agonist, Reanimator and Insurrection and released a debut EP, REVERENCE, in 2010, Chariots Of The Gods is now ready to unveil its latest masterpiece — TIDES OF WAR.

Produced by musical legend Glen Robinson (Queensryche, GWAR, Annihilator), the band’s debut full-length is set to storm the metal scene until there is nothing left, except Pure. Heavy. F*ckin’. Metal.

For more info on Chariots Of The Gods please follow them at these links:

http://www.chariotsofthegods.net/
http://www.facebook.com/chariotsofthegods
Twitter: @chariotsotgods

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-Unitopia Releases COVERED MIRROR VOL 1: SMOOTH AS SILK

Please find below the text press info for the group’s brand new CD COVERED MIRROR VOL 1: SMOOTH AS SILK.

“Undoubtedly the best covers collection album I’ve heard and while, you want to listen to the whole album over and over, rather than dip in and out to hear the Uni take on an old personal fave. Which is very clever indeed. If you’ve never heard Unitopia, start here, you’ll instantly want to hear more — and you won’t be disappointed.”
– Steven Reid, Sea Of Tranquility

“This is by far the best cover version album I have heard ever! An amazing release, that belongs in every serious music lovers collection”
– Tonny Larsen, ProgPlanet

“Come… Enter this Garden of sound and sit back and enjoy the discoveries you will find. If you know all the songs already… take in the new spin these brilliant musicians have added to the menu”
– Mark Johnson, Sea Of Tranquility

“COVERED MIRROR is an opportunity to relax in the warmth of Mark Trueack’s vocals and the band’s virtuosity”
– John Simms, Flight Of The Skypilot

“A definite ‘one to purchase’ sticker on this one, and, I feel certain that anyone doing so and hearing Unitopia for the first time will soon plunder their back catalogue”
– Prog Rock Music Talk

“COVERED MIRROR has the vibe of something captured in a moment in time, for it is a whole new studio record, retaining the powerful symphonic pop tinge rock of this prog supergroup”
– Tommy Hash, Ytsejam.com

Band: Unitopia
Album Title: COVERED MIRROR VOL 1: SMOOTH AS SILK
Label: InsideOut Music
Genre: Progressive Rock/New Art

Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Unitopia endeavors to draw from the heart and soul of the listener thought-provoking topics such as environmental awareness, political and social upheaval and the hectic pace of life and human relationships in a positive and uplifting light. Using progressive themes as a framework, Unitopia’s music includes elements of world, classical, jazz, heavy rock, and groove.

Mark Trueack (composer / lead vocals / producer), Sean Timms (composer / keyboards / backing vocals / producer) and Matt Williams (guitars / backing vocals / producer) form the nucleus of the band. To complete them, they chose the combined drum/percussion batteries of David Hopgood and Tim Irrgang, Craig Kelly on bass and Daniel Burgess (sax, clarinet, flute, piccolo, didgeridoo). They signed their first album deal in 2007 with Canadian Label Unicorn Digital and released MORE THAN A DREAM. In 2008, Unitopia signed a three-album deal with InsideOut Music, Germany. THE GARDEN, an ambitious 15-track double CD released in November 2008, firmly established the band as one of the premiere progressive rock acts in the world. In 2010, Unitopia released their third album, ARTIFICIAL. Based on the themes of artificial intelligence, this new CD consolidates Unitopia’s position as one of the most exciting progressive rock acts to emerge since the 1970s.

Progrock.com has chosen ARTIFICIAL as Best Album and “The Great Reward” as Best Track for their 2010 awards. ARTIFICIAL was proclaimed Album of the Year 2010 by AiiRadio.net, paperlate.nl and nominated by the international Jury of Progawards in Italy for Best Foreign Record and Best Production. Mark Trueack also won the honor of second best voice of 2010 on Classic Rock magazine. Their 2010 European tour brought them to the UK, The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. The critics were unanimous; “Unitopia has been one of the best live acts on the Progressive Rock scene in the last few years.” They have been invited by TV Limburg to do a television performance and also filmed one of their performances which have been released on October 2011 as an Indie DVD and a live CD production.

On October 31, 2012, Unitopia just released their fifth album, COVERED MIRROR with Musea Records France. Thirteen songs from different bands are revisited with Unitopia’s unique touch and already nominated by Paperlate.nl as best album of 2012! Unitopia is known for supporting worthy causes. “321,” from THE GARDEN, was created as a touching tribute to the courage, ordeal and eventual rescue of the Beaconsfield miners. The track gained nationwide exposure including a segment on “60 Minutes.” In May of 2007, with support and funding from the West Tamar Council, the band launched the single “321” at the one year anniversary memorial in Beaconsfield, Tasmania to an audience of nearly 3,000 people.

Unitopia has also allowed the use of other songs for Charity causes such as “Stomp Out Cancer” in 2008, “Songs For Haiti” in 2010, and “Strengh” for Japan in 2011. They also donated part of the proceeds from ticket sales of one of their concerts in Adelaide to the Childhood Cancer Foundation.

As lead singer Mark Trueack says, “Music is the doctor!”

Band Lineup:
Mark Trueack
Sean Timms
Matt Williams
Tim Irrgang
Daniel Burgess
Craig Kelly
David Hopgood

Track Listing:
1. “Signs Of Life” Prelude
2. Calling Occupants Of – Interplanetary Craft
3. Easter
4. Man Of Colours
5. Genesis Medley
6. Rain Song
7. Even In The Quietest Moments
8. Can We Still Be Friends
9. Speaking The Truth (Interlude)
10. Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime
11. Yes Medley
12. To One In Paradise
13. The Way The Waters Are Moving

Web:
http://unitopiamusic.com/
http://unitopianstore.com/
http://www.myspace.com/unitopiaband
http://reverbnation.com/unitopia
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unitopia/22985966625
http://powerofprog.ning.com/profile/Unitopia
http://twitter.com/unitopiaband

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-Upcoming Releases From Svart Records

Two special releases here from Svart Records, both set for a March 22 release! Oh, and two words: VICTOR GRIFFIN!

Victor Griffin’s In-Graved
VICTOR GRIFFIN’S IN-GRAVED
Svart Records
22 March 2013

Track List:
1. Digital Critic
2. What If…
3. Late For An Early Grave
4. Fading Flower
5. Thorn In The Flesh
6. Teacher
7. Love Song For The Dying
8. Never Surrender

In~Graved, the new band led by former Pentagram and Place Of Skulls guitarist Victor Griffin, will release their self-titled debut album in Europe and the UK on Friday, March 22 via Svart Records and in the US on Tuesday, March 26 via Veritas Records.

The debut self-titled album was produced by Travis Wyrick (Place Of Skulls) and founding guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin (Death Row, Pentagram, Place Of Skulls). The album was recorded at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville, Tennessee and engineered by Travis Wyrick and Mike Dearing (Place Of Skulls) with cover art by Richard Schouten (Place Of Skulls, Massacre).

While closing the books on Pentagram and Place of Skulls in 2012, Victor Griffin invited drummer Pete Campbell (60 Watt Shaman, Place Of Skulls) to join him in the studio to record a new album. With no name, no members, and a batch of unfinished material… they cranked out eight tracks in just under a week and Pete went home. But much was left unfinished. An invitation was then extended to some of the best bass players around with Guy Pinhas (The Obsessed, Acid King, Goatsnake), Ron Holzner (Trouble, Earthen Grave, Debris Inc), Greg Turley (Pentagram), Marty Swaney (Death Row, Pentagram), and Dan Lively (Sweet Cicada) accepting. Meanwhile, keyboardist Mike Puleo (Orodruin) was making his contribution. Then with great enthusiasm… the timing was right for Jeff “Oly” Olson (Trouble) to join and bring the Hammond organ alive on the rest of the album!

In-Graved will play a full Euro tour in April 2013, including appearances at famous festivals such as Roadburn, Doom Shall Rise and Desertfest.

Touring lineup is as follows:

Victor Griffin – Guitar/Vocals (Death Row, Pentagram, Place Of Skulls)
Pete Campbell – Drums (60 Watt Shaman, Place Of Skulls)
Guy Pinhas – Bass (The Obsessed, Acid King, Goatsnake)
Jeff “Oly” Olson (Trouble, Retro Grave)

High Priest of Saturn
HIGH PRIEST OF SATURN
Svart Records
22 March 2013

Track List:
1. Protean Towers
2. Kraken Mare
3. Crawling King Snake
4. On Mayda Insula

Stuck up on the icy western coast of Norway, Trondheim might not be the easiest way to embark on intergalactic voyages but it surely does hold an incredibly versatile metal and rock scene whose latest avatar is ready to take you on a hell of a trip.

Self-described as a psychedelic doom act inspired by classic stoner bands and ’60s and ’70s psychedelic rock, High Priest Of Saturn are a three-piece that consists of guitarist Martin Sivertsen and guitarist-drummer Andreas Hagen’s slow-pounding riffs and beats, and Merethe Heggset’s eerie vocals, which seem to resonate from another dimension. The entire opus then is drenched with swirling, menacing vintage organ sounds, played on the album by Ole Kristian Malmedal.

Groovy yet epic (none of the four tracks presented here are below the nine minutes mark!), High Priest Of Saturn’s debut full-length is a trip. Not only does it fulfill the many promises offered by their 2011 demo (whose two songs have been re-recorded here in even heavier and more mesmerizing versions), but it also propels this trio towards the same league as Sleep and Acid King, towards the sky and beyond.

High Priest Of Saturn are:
Merethe Heggset – Bass Guitar and Voice
Martin Sivertsen – Guitar
Andreas Hagen – Guitar and Drums

Recorded by High Priest of Saturn in the Mindmade Moonlit Passage
Keyboards played by Ole Kristian Malmedal

Cover image: Espen Solheim
Photography: Ørjan W. Saur

http://www.highpriestofsaturn.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/highpriestofsaturn

Svart Records
http://www.svartrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/svartrecords

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-The Wounded Kings To Be Featured In “Smells Like Sweat” Documentary

England’s The Wounded Kings are one of several artists to be featured in the upcoming documentary “Smells Like Sweat.” Filmed at 2012’s inaugural Heavy Days in Doomtown Festival, the film was compiled by Unknown Factor, a DIY collective of progressive artists. The 30-minute film will be premiered at the Denmark-based festival’s warm-up weekend planned in Stockholm on February 22nd with an encore showing in Copenhagen on February 23rd. The Wounded Kings are set to perform at the premiere in Copenhagen.

Regarding the film, The Wounded Kings guitarist Steve Mills says, “When we were asked to play the festival, we were one of the first bands to be approached and we all really liked the DIY ethos behind it so we signed up immediately. Little did we know it was going to turn into such a beast! Along with the crowd on the 23rd, this will also be the first time we will see the documentary. If the festival was anything to go by then the film will be loud, heavy and f*ckin’ killer.”

A trailer for Smells Like Sweat can be seen at:
http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/02/06/the-wounded-kings-to-be-featured-in-smells-like-sweat-documentary/

Last month it was announced The Wounded Kings had signed with England’s metal powerhouse Candlelight Records. Questioned on the choice of label partner Mills shares, “When we were looking at new labels we were convinced that walking straight into one that focused primarily on doom wasn’t the way to go for us. We all felt it would have been kind of limiting. So we are totally stoked to be able to call a diverse label like Candlelight our new home.” Discussing plans for the band’s still unrecorded fourth album, Mills says, “at the moment we are aiming towards a July recording but nothing is set in stone. We have a working title of SEVEN VEILS. Rehearsals so far are shaping up. Expect this album to be our most expansive and heaviest yet.”

The Dartmoor-based five-piece has released three full-length studio albums and a split album with Richmond, Virginia’s Cough since forming in 2005. The two-time Roadburn Festival performer has been finding a growing American audience since the release of their 2011 album, IN THE CHAPEL OF THE BLACK HAND. The first album to feature new vocalist Sharie Neyland, MetalSucks noted her “voice is like ice water and mercury dripped down the small of your back in a darkened room. She’s like a post-apocalypse metal Grace Jones or Eartha Kitt.” Terrorizer Magazine called the album, “absolutely monstrous and essential.”

The Wounded Kings are guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mills, vocalist Sharie Neyland, guitarist Alex Kearney, bassist Al Eliadis, and drummer Myke Heath.

https://www.facebook.com/thewoundedkings
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/
http://www.facebook.com/candlelightrecordsusa
http://www.twitter.com/candlelightusa
http://www.candlelightrecords.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/candlelightrecords

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-Extreme Irish Metallers Chosen Announce New Album RESOLUTION; Offer FREE Download Of Song “Engines Of Belief”

Lineup:
David McCann (Drums & Percussion)
Paul Shields (Vocals/Guitars)

Irish death metallers Chosen are proud to announce their debut album RESOLUTION set for release on March 30 as a FREE DOWNLOAD on their official website http://www.chosen.ie/ along with it being available on CD in two special editions.

The Deluxe Special Edition is a double CD that features a nine-track bonus disc of unreleased songs, rough mixes, drum and bass tracks taken from their album sessions along with a detailed album booklet.

The Collector’s Edition is a spawn of the Deluxe Special Edition that includes a beautiful 60-page, full-color soft-cover booklet, extensive liner notes, lyrical themes and illustrations for each song, rare photos, studio diaries and more, all exhibited within an exquisite tapestry of expanded album artwork courtesy of Fiaz Farrelly making it a must-have item for those who want something a little more tangible to add to their music collection.

Chosen will also be holding a competition on the album release day, where they will be giving away three copies of the Deluxe Special Edition. To enter, contestants must email their full name to competition@chosen.ie for their chance to win, with the option of having a personal message of your choice inscribed inside the booklets if they choose.

The winners will be announced the day of the album release on March 30. The closing date for entry is March 28.

Produced by Alwyn Walker ( http://www.alwynwalker.com/ ), RESOLUTION is a reflection of sheer perseverance and innovation, brimming with top-notch musicianship, well-crafted arrangements and inventive hooks. Merged with a rich audio production value, void of the sterile, homogeneous and plastic instrumentation factor, which currently dominates the commercial metal market, this debut album from one of Ireland’s noteworthy metal bands is a truly refreshing piece of work.

Drummer / Percussionist David McCann comments:
“Our hope is to put our music out there, make it as accessible as possible, and simply let people discover it in their own time, free of charge. While we do respect the rights of other bands and artists who want to charge for their music upfront, we believe in this new method of exposure and it’s something we are willing to explore for the foreseeable future in this digital age of abundance.”

Chosen is now streaming and offering their first track off “Engines Of Belief” as a FREE DOWNLOAD.

Download:
http://chosen.ie/01%20Engines%20of%20Belief.mp3

Streaming:
http://youtu.be/_3yh5QitXjY
http://soundcloud.com/chosenmetal/01-engines-of-belief

Track Listing of Album:
1. Engines Of Belief
2. Defective Prospection
3. The Narcissism Epidemic
4. Mental Clarity
5. Diminishment
6. Instinct
7. Asch’s Paradigm
8. Metaphysical Contradiction
9. The Departure Lounge

• All songs performed by: Chosen
• All music / lyrics written by: Paul Shields and David McCann
• Sound F/X Synth: Paul Allen/Chosen/Alwyn Walker
• Backing Vocals: Alwyn Walker/David McCann
• Additional Vocals: Jackie McNally
• Fiddle: Fiona Morrin
• Produced by: Alwyn Walker – Westland Studios, Dublin Ireland
• Mixed by: Alwyn Walker – Westland Studios, Dublin Ireland
• Mastered by: Darrell Walker – MSB Mastering
• Available: March 30, 2013
• CD Cover, Album Artwork: Fiaz Farrelly

Behind The Scenes In Studio With Chosen:
http://youtu.be/PwNkRLpmmh0

“Crossing the groove of Meshuggah with overt Death and Nevermore influences, their demos to date have been nothing short of impressive.” [Terrorizer Magazine]

“A band that has worked hard and under unusual discipline to produce what very few other bands in the country would be capable of.” [Metal Ireland Webzine]

“These guys know how to knock the sh*t out of a song; they do it with skill, originality, aggression, and undeniable talent.” [Scene Point Blank]

“Get the word out. Chosen is one of the best bands you’re likely to hear this year and they deserve it.” [Scene Point Blank]

“In short, this is material that deserves attention from any metal fan on the planet.” [Metal Revolution]

http://www.chosen.ie/
http://www.facebook.com/chosenmetal
http://www.twitter.com/chosenmetal
http://www.youtube.com/chosenmetal
http://www.reverbnation.com/chosenmetal
http://www.soundcloud.com/chosenmetal
http://chosenmetal.bandcamp.com/

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-Psychostick Announce Dates For “Our Tour Can Beat Up Your Tour”; New Video “Dogs Like Socks”

The originators of humorcore, Psychostick whose latest single and music video “Dogs Like Socks” has hundreds of thousands of views within weeks of posting, are proud to announce “Our Tour Can Beat Up Your Tour,” which includes various dates with Polkadot Cadaver and Downtown Brown.

Josh “The J” Key, Guitarist comments:

“It’s about time we toured with Polkadot Cadaver! And the funniest band we’ve ever toured with, Downtown Brown, too? All I can say is: if you hate fun, don’t go to this show… you might have such a good time that you could suffer a brain aneurysm.”

Psychostick’s fifth and latest release SPACE VAMPIRES VS ZOMBIE DINOSAURS IN 3-D is now available at http://psychostick.com/music .

To view the video “Dogs Like Socks,” please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swmuqGWgZCc .

DATES – “Our Tour Can Beat Up Your Tour”
* with Polkadot Cadaver
** with Polkadot Cadaver and Downtown Brown
*** with Polkadot Cadaver, Downtown Brown, and Nonpoint
March 7th in Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
March 8th in Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard Music Hall
March 9th in Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
March 16th in Corpus Christi, TX @ Theo’s
March 19th in New Orleans, LA @ Hangar 13
March 20th in Pascagoula, MS @ Thunder’s Tavern
March 21st in Orlando, FL @ Bombshell
March 22nd in Jacksonville, FL @ Brewster’s Pit
March 23rd in St. Petersburg, FL @ The Local *
March 24th in Cocoa, FL @ The Hippodrome *
March 26th in Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade **
March 28th in Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater **
March 29th in Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of Rock **
March 30th in Toledo, OH @ Lucas County Rec Center ***
March 31st in Muskegon, MI @ Club Envy **
April 2nd in Waterloo, IA @ The Reverb **
April 3rd in Madison, WI @ The Frequency **
April 4th in Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s **
April 5th in Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews **
April 9th in Denver, CO @ Moe’s **
April 12th in Sauget, IL @ Pop’s **
April 13th in Kansas City, KS @ The Aftershock **
April 17th in South Bend, IN @ Cheer’s Pub
April 18th in Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock
April 19th in Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
April 20th in Sandusky, OH @ The Underground
April 21st in Mansfield, OH @ Planet Rock
May 2nd in Reading, PA @ The Reverb **
May 3rd in Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s **

For more info, music and tour dates, please visit the following links:

http://www.psychostick.com/
http://www.facbeook.com/psychostick
http://www.twitter.com/psychostick

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-The cover art for Avantasia’s upcoming THE MYSTERY OF TIME comes from “highly-acclaimed British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Thin Lizzy, Asia, Nazareth, Magnum).” From Avantasia’s Tobias Sammet: “It is a great honor for me to have Rodney create the artwork . . . Since the new album is a conceptual album and its story has a magical and enchanting atmosphere, there was no other painter I could think of to create the artwork. I’ve had several creative conversations with Rodney during the process and I had the feeling that the concept was inspiring to him right from the start. I put a lot of energy into producing a very detailed and fascinating album, and Rodney had that same enthusiasm to create an artwork just as detailed and fascinating. This is a new chapter in Avantasia’s history and I think it didn’t deserve less than a magical painting by my favorite painter and childhood hero: The one and only Rodney Matthews!” Avantasia studio updates are available at http://www.youtube.com/AVANTASIAOFFICIAL . See http://www.tobiassammet.com/ for more.

-Singer Todd La Torre has resigned from Crimson Glory. In a detailed statement at http://www.bravewords.com/news/198498 , he maintains his involvement with Queensryche did not contribute towards the lack of progress towards a new Crimson Glory album. Guitarist Ben Jackson released a statement of his own at his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ben.jackson.7505 , saying the band members “remain good friends with Todd and support him completely,” and that Crimson Glory “absolutely can go on to make a new record/records and finding a suitable and talented vocalist will not be an impossibility for us. There are many and numerous outstanding vocalists around the world who strongly desire to work with C.G. Recovering from the loss of Todd is not as big an obstacle as some think, after all we never even made a record with him.” The statement ends on an up note: “The next record and chapter of C.G. will be monumental, magical and a masterpiece. Many thanks to all our fans and friends who have supported us and continue to support us throughout our journey. The legend and legacy of Crimson Glory will triumph and continue on.” See http://www.officialcrimsonglory.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/crimsonglory for more.

-Check out a live clip of Enforcer performing “Roll The Dice” during the Diamonds On The Road World Tour 2010-2012 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voGQfuLnGAE . The video was filmed at Daikanyama Unit in Tokyo on January 30, 2011. See http://www.enforcer.se/ for more.

-Free Fall has posted its first track-by-track video for the upcoming debut album POWER & VOLUME, featuring drummer Ludwig Dahlberg and guitarist Mattias Bärjed, at http://youtu.be/VQFmYHBlv48 . There is also a new, free SongPier app for iOS and Android devices at http://songpier.com/freefall . POWER & VOLUME is due out February 22 through Nuclear Blast. See http://www.facebook.com/freefallpowerandvolume for more.

-Frontiers Records has another teaser/sampler labeled “THE NEW METAL OPERA!” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkICOKp9TWE , with accompanying text reading “TUNE IN ON FEBRUARY 18TH FOR MORE NEWS!” See http://www.frontiers.it/ for more.

-There’s a “Retro Recommendation” feature on Hellion’s SCREAMS IN THE NIGHT (1987) at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/IizY . The piece includes a link to the “Bad Attitude” video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMfZEXWXPI0 .

-Helloween’s STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL debuted at #2 in Japan on the international album charts; #4 in Germany, Finland, and the Czech Republic; #6 in Sweden; and #10 in Hungary.

-The Iron Maidens are set to make their “big screen theatrical debut” this summer. Check out a sneak peek at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqkW_Df6HVE . Upcoming tour dates:

2/23 – Pure Platinum, San Diego, CA
3/16 – TBA, Ogden, UT
3/23 – El Cajon Grand, El Cajon, CA
3/30 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
4/6 – Titanic Metal Bar, Managua, Nicaragua
4/27 – Tropicana Express, Laughlin, NV
5/3 – Flying Elephant, Carlsbad, CA
5/17 – Outlaw Saloon, Cheyenne, WY
5/18 – Jammin Joe’s, Arvada, CO
6/1 – 105 Brigada De Infanteria, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

See http://www.theironmaidens.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/TheIronMaidensOfficial , and http://www.myspace.com/theironmaidens for more.

-Judas Priest’s US webstore is now open at http://shopjudaspriest.com/ .

-Kiss will perform during ArenaBowl XXVI weekend in Orlando, FL, on August 16. A two-part interview with Paul Stanley will air on the nationally-syndicated radio program “Nights With Alice Cooper” on February 13 and February 21. See http://www.nightswithalicecooper.com/ for more. In other Kiss news, the band is taking fan requests for the Kiss Kruise III’s Acoustic Unmasked Deck Show; each kruiser can request one song via a special email, and the band will create the set from the list. See http://www.kissonline.com/ for more.

-Young Finnish thrashers Lost Society have posted the first in a series of track-by-track discussions about the upcoming Nuclear Blast debut, FAST LOUD DEATH, due out March 15. All members — Samy Elbanna (guitar, vocals), Arttu Lesonen (guitar), Mirko Lehtinen (bass), Ossi Paananen (drums) — appear in the clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmDNf9vmkqQ , talking about the album’s first three tracks: “N.W.L.,” “Trash All Over You,” and “E.A.G.” See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-Check out a 16:00+ audio interview with Lowside’s Ron Taylor and Darrin DeLatte at PodOmatic, at http://mountainproduction134177.podomatic.com/entry/2013-02-04T14_47_39-08_00 .

-Raven Lord guitarist George Karafotis is now endorsed by VGS Guitars, playing a VGS Eruption Pro Black Burst Faded Guitar. Karafotis stated, “I am very honored and proud to be endorsed by VGS Guitars. These are such beautiful instruments with a killer tone and a build of pure professional quality. Definitely one of the best guitars I’ve ever played.” See http://www.vgs-guitars.com/ for more. Raven Lord’s DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD is out now on Mausoleum Records. See http://www.raven-lord.com/ for more.

-Sabaton will open for Iron Maiden in European stadiums this summer as follows:

6/29 – Open Air Arena, Singen-Aach, Germany
7/6 – KöPi Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
7/10 – Stadion, Malmö, Sweden
7/16 – New Arena, St. Petersburg, Russia
7/18 – Olympinsky Stadium, Moscow, Russia
7/20 – Polympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland

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

-Tainted Nation — featuring Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse), Ian Nash (Lionsheart), Pontus Egberg (The Poodles), and Mark Cross (Firewind, Helloween) — has a new video for “Million Dollar Teaser” at http://youtu.be/XLFvBSkjO5o . The track comes from the band’s debut, F.E.A.R., which was released last month on Massacre Records. Video hype from Egberg: “For this, we wanted to show that we do have fun playing rock ‘n roll! We all feel the same pleasure working together with such great chemistry.” From Newdeck: “There was no expense spared making this creative masterpiece of a teaser clip under the supervision of Cross. It oozes class! In all seriousness, we are having a ball and blown away by almost every album review. So far, so good.” See http://www.taintednation.co.uk/ , http://www.facebook.com/officialtaintednation , and http://www.youtube.com/TaintedNationUK for more.

-Australian proggers Unitopia hit #1 on the UK’s Radio Caroline Album Chart with COVERED MIRROR VOL 1: SMOOTH AS SILK. The release features “re-interpretations and covers” of songs by Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Supertramp, Icehouse, and more. Singer Mark Trueack stated: “We’re really proud of what the album has achieved so far and extremely satisfied that we’ve been able to create a wonderful collection based on the music of some of our favorite artists.” The band is working on a new album entitled TURN LEFT for 2014, with a tour to follow. See http://www.unitopiamusic.com/ for more.

Thanks to Darrin DeLatte, Axel Wiesenauer, Chad Bowar, Dan Marsicano, and Nicky Baldrian for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Was anyone shocked by the Crimson Glory announcement? Man oh man, I just hope the remaining guys can pull it together. I mean, it sounds like they really want to, but there’s just so much uncertainty. I know they’re all “real people” with lives, families, etc., but as a fan I selfishly want, like, five more awesome albums from those guys. Fingers crossed this all ends up well…

-How is it that Raven Black Night has now released three singles off of BARBARIAN WINTER, and the album isn’t even out yet? Am I the only one that thinks that’s a little odd?

-If anyone wants to sponsor me a trip to the R-Mine Metalfest 2013 in Belgium or the Headbangers Open Air in Germany, I’ll do it. Seriously. 🙂

-I can’t say I spend a lot of time over at MTV.com, but it’s cool to see they are giving Great White some love.

-My new favorite song title is “Quincy The Pigboy” by Orange Goblin. I *must* hear that song.

-In my current playlist: Stratovarius – NEMESIS (Armoury Records), Gypsyhawk – REVELRY & RESILIENCE (Metal Blade), My Soliloquy – THE INTERPRETER (Sensory Records), Paganland – WIND OF FREEDOM (Svarga Music).

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