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Issue #642
Week of February 25, 2013

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-Chaos man, chaos! Work has been off the rails, and here we have a huge issue. No rest for the wicked I guess. 🙂 – Tim

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-Rock Against MS Benefit Concert — Marky Ramone, Glenn Hughes, Lemmy, John 5, Blasko (Ozzy), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Steven Adler And Many More

KLOS & The Key Club Present ~
Rock Against MS Benefit Concert
The Key Club Hollywood
9039 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Wednesday, March 27

Hosted By: Bob Coburn & Gary Moore of KLOS

Featuring: Marky Ramone, Glenn Hughes, Lemmy, John 5, Blasko (Ozzy), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Steven Adler, Kenny Aronoff, Ginger (Rob Zombie), Wayne Static, Tommy Victor, Phil Buckman (Filter), Jack Russell, Jeff Pilson, Jeff Young And Many More!!

More Artists To Be Announced And Some Big Surprise Guests Too!

Silent Auction 8 p.m. To 10:30 p.m. – Signed Guitars From Rick Springfield, Paul Gilbert, Rare 1/2-hour Lesson From Steve Stevens, Clothes From Josie Loves Jay Valentine, Rock n Roll Jewelry, Rockstar Baskets From Foreigner, Warrant, Gary Hoey And MORE!!

HOLLYWOOD, CA — These artists are coming together to support a longtime friend and publicist Nancy Sayle, who was struck with Primary Progressive MS in 2009. This is a severe version of the disease and only 10% are inflicted with this level. She was also diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor 2012. Visiting her close and dear friend as well as client, Steve Stevens and his wife Josie Stevens, she informed them of this news and all the medical issues. Knowing that she would not be working as much and facing large amounts of medical bills, Stevens suggested that a benefit was in order to help her. This is an amazing selfless gathering with a lot of love as well as creating the much needed awareness.

About Multiple Sclerosis
o Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
o MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.
o Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
o Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.

MS affects more than 400,000 people in the US and 2.1 million worldwide.


Doors – 7:30
Show – 8:00

Pre-sale tickets:

$35 general
$100 – meet & greet/general ticket
$150 – VIP pass/meet & greet – limited 50 tickets only
Reserved tables buys – inquire @ (818) 795-6198

Purchase @ The Key Club Box Office (310) 274-5800 OR online at Ticketfly: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/230923

Day-of tickets:

$40 general
$110 – meet & greet/general
$175 – VIP/meet & greet – if available

** Tickets that include the Meet & Greet — Please note that the Meet & Greet is at 5 p.m. Pre-show during sound check! You will be escorted in and out. Please bring only one item to be signed.

Sponsors: Schecter Guitars, D’Addario/Evans, Key Club Hollywood, KLOS, Majik Box

Contact: Jodie Wilson | Cheating MS | info@cheatingms.com | 707.543.6071

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-Stratovarius: NEMESIS Album Samples Posted

Record Sees North American Release This Week!

In celebration of the upcoming release of their new full-length, NEMESIS, melodic metal legends Stratovarius are offering up sound/video snippets of its eleven tracks. Produced and mixed by guitarist Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studios), NEMESIS will be released in North America via earMUSIC in conjunction with Armoury Records on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

From the signature power of “Abandon,” and the aggressively energetic “Stand My Ground,” to the folkish elements of “Out Of The Fog,” and the title track “Nemesis,” which boasts medieval melodies and double bass drumming, NEMESIS delivers new elements fused with the traditional melodic power metal for which Stratovarius is known. In an early review of the record, Metal Underground dubs NEMESIS, “one of the finest releases in the band’s history,” while Metal Reviews gushes, “… NEMESIS is pure epic! It is grandiose, majestic, melodic yet heavy when it needs to be. It’s an unexpected return to form for Stratovarius. It’s what power metal should sound like, period! It is without the shadow of a doubt Stratovarius’ best album in ages… Album of the year award? You betchya! If you are a fan of this band, you can’t afford to miss this incredible album.” Metalholic, in a perfect 10/10 rating, notes, “NEMESIS has a lot of the traditional Stratovarius power metal edge, but they’ve managed to evolve and develop their sound to a much more rounded, matured, and polished heavy metal… This album hit the very depths of my core, my will, my heart, and my soul… This is more than music, it’s a masterpiece, and should go down in the book of heavy metal as one of the best heavy metal albums of all time,” while About.com adds, “NEMESIS finds the band recapturing the magic of their glory days. Most importantly, the songwriting is excellent as the band seems determined to capture memorable songs that sit alongside the best of their catalog.”

Hear for yourself at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUzKNn1SxrLobzWemQ9HItNA .


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-Saxon Update

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

Special News

Pre-Order Has Started!!

Saxon SACRIFICE – limited D2C fan-package

Attention all Saxon fans, the wait is over. The limited edition SACRIFICE D2C fan package can be pre-ordered NOW!

With a storming new stomp in their boots and a renewed, lithe swagger to their legendary sound, Saxon will release SACRIFICE in March 2013 through UDR.

On this, their 20th album, Saxon have produced 10 of their strongest, heaviest and most inspired songs for many-a-year, recorded and produced by Biff Byford with Andy Sneap mixing and mastering.


For collectors and fans there will be a strictly limited “Direct-To-Consumer Fan Edition” of Saxon’s new studio album available in two versions:

Standard Version:

Packaged inside a black cardboard box embossed with the Saxon Logo are the following specialties:

• the CD Album SACRIFICE Digi-book Edition (including the Bonus Disc with five classic tracks in new versions)
• exclusive Saxon Live CD LIVE IN HAARLEM with 14 live tracks, recorded live at the Patronaat in Haarlem, December 8th, 2012
• exclusive limited Saxon Hooded Sweatshirt, selectable in 4 different sizes (M, L, XL, XXL)

AND: 15 Meet & Greet – Package are randomly added to the Boxed Packages, which will allow the lucky winner to experience:

• free entrance to a Saxon Concert in 2013 (excluding festival appearances)
• experience soundcheck before the actual concert begins
• a Meet & Greet opportunity with Saxon
• a photograph together with the band
• a signed autograph card

This fan-package is limited to 500 units worldwide and it is only available at the UDR Shop and Digital Stores.

Deluxe Version:

For those of you who want to have it a little more exclusive the UDR Shop has a very special offer to make. 50 units of the D2C – Fan – Package will be available in an extra limited edition, which includes besides the components of the normal D2C, a very special item.

Gold Smith Ulli Ehlers (Skull Jewels) has designed a handmade belt buckle in shape of the Saxon “S” Logo as seen on the SACRIFICE album cover artwork. There are only these 50 units available. And it is exclusive to the special D2C Box.

Grab your copy and pre order now!

Pre-Order NOW online at:
UDR Shop: http://www.udr-music.com/index.php/en/saxon-products

Tour Dates


16.03. – 20.03.2013 – CA – Bahamas – Monsters Of Rock Cruise
24.03.2013 – MX – Mexico City – Plaza Condesa
26.03.2013 – BR – Sao Paulo – A Seringueira
28.03.2013 – AR – Buenos Aires – El Teatro Flores
30.03.2013 – VE – Caracas – Gillmanfest
18.04.2013 – UK – Leamington Spa – Assembly Rooms
19.04.2013 – UK – Nottingham – Rock City
20.04.2013 – UK – Newcastle – Academy
21.04.2013 – UK – Glasgow – ABC
23.04.2013 – UK – Manchester – Ritz – St. Georges Day
24.04.2013 – UK – Leeds – Academy
26.04.2013 – UK – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
27.04.2013 – UK – London – Shepherds Bush Empire
28.04.2013 – UK – Bristol – Academy
01.05.2013 – IR – Dublin – Academy
03.05.2013 – IR – Belfast – Mandela Hall
05.05.2013 – UK – Oxford – Academy
06.05.2013 – UK – Falmouth – Princess Pavilion
07.06.2013 – SE – Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
08.06.2013 – DK – Copenhagen – Amager Bio
10.06.2013 – CZ – Brno – Fleda
11.06.2013 – AT – Vienna – Arena
12.06.2013 – SL – Ljubljana – Cvetlicarna
14.06.2013 – IT – Florence – Viper
15.06.2013 – IT – Rome – Orion
16.06.2013 – IT – Milan – Magazzini Generali
18.06.2013 – ES – Barcelona – Bikini
19.06.2013 – ES – Madrid – Sala Arena
21.06.2013 – FR – Clisson – Hellfest Festival
22.06.2013 – DE – Sankt Goarshausen – Metalfest
23.06.2013 – CH – Lucerne – Konzerthaus SchĂĽĂĽr
24.06.2013 – CH – Solothum – Kofmhel
26.06.2013 – DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos Saal
27.06.2013 – DE – Memmingen – Kaminwerk
28.06.2013 – DE – OsnabrĂĽck – Halle Gartlage
29.06.2013 – BE – Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
12.07.2013 – DE – Bahlingen – Bang Your Head
27.07.2013 – UK – Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – Steelhouse Festival

More dates to follow!

More information:


*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Stryper News

Christian Rockers Stryper released today “Bleeding From the Inside Out,” the first digital single off the forthcoming album SECOND COMING due for release on Frontiers Records on March 26 in North America. The song is one of the two original tracks which can be found on this new release (with the other being “Blackened”). The other 14 songs making out the new album are brand new recordings of Stryper classics taken from the band’s first three albums THE YELLOW AND BLACK ATTACK, SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND and TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL. SECOND COMING is produced by Stryper front man Michael Sweet.

The single can be ordered for download via iTunes ( t.co/jncC4QST20 ), Amazon and other fine shops and can be streamed digitally through Spotify ( http://open.spotify.com/album/5nFgnOZxxRca1bT2ZLK75R ).

At the same time it is possible to watch the video EPK that the band prepared for the new album following this link:

Artwork for the single “Bleeding From the Inside Out”, can be downloaded via this link:

*** PRESS RELEASE #5 ***
-Testament’s Chuck Billy Greets German Fans!

Chuck Billy, singer for thrash legends Testament, has recorded a short video message for all fans around Germany and the surrounding countries the band will tour in March.

Check out the clip at: http://youtu.be/XNm6M7kPftA

Testament will tour Europe in support of their latest studio effort, DARK ROOTS OF EARTH, which was released in Summer 2012 and marked the band’s highest chart entries around the world.

Testament Live 2013
16.03. I Reggio Emilia – Tempo Rock Club
17.03. D NĂĽrnberg – Rockfabrik
18.03. D Dresden – Schlachthof
20.03. D Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
21.03. D Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
22.03. D Hamburg – Docks
23.03. D Köln – Live Music Hall
25.03. D MĂĽnchen – Backstage
26.03. CZ Prag – Nova Chmelnice
27.03. PL Krakau – Studio Club
28.03. D Berlin – Huxley’s
30.03. NL Schijndel – Paaspop Festival
31.03. F Paris – La Machine de Moulin Rouge


*** PRESS RELEASE #6 ***
-Death Dealer Signs Endorsement Deals With ESP Guitars!

Death Dealer, the new band fronted by former Manowar founder Ross The Boss, is excited to announce a partnership with ESP guitars.

Both guitarists Stu Marshall and Ross The Boss have a long history with ESP.

Featured as a clinician for ESP guitars, Stu Marshall has completed numerous clinics for the brand in Japan, as well as in Australia.

On a recent promotional trip to Japan, Stu met with ESP artist president Makoto Suzuki in Tokyo to discuss the deal.

Stu Marshall states, “It’s a great feeling to have Death Dealer associated with ESP guitars. I have a relationship spanning 10 years with the brand, and exclusively used my stable of ESPs to record the debut CD. ESP are working on a custom model for me which I can reveal is very aggressive and metal orientated. It’s a very exciting time.”

From Ross, “I first started playing ESPs in the ’80s when they were a small company based in N.Y.C., located on the legendary 48th street. I was impressed by the super playability of the instruments, even easier to play then my vintage Gibsons. Since then, ESP has grown into the preeminent guitar company brand for hard rock and heavy metal guitarists.”

ESP guitars will be launching their newly labeled E-II guitars in mid 2013, with Death Dealer to be a featured artist of the new product.

For further information please visit:

*** PRESS RELEASE #7 ***
-Kreator Releases Free Smartphone Application!

German thrash titans Kreator have released an exclusive and free smartphone application for their fans to stay up to date about all things Kreator.

As of now the app is available for iPhone and iPad, on versions for Android and Windows 8 is being worked and will follow soon.

Get the app at:

Commented main man, guitarist and singer Mille Petrozza: “We are happy to announce our new Kreator app. Get breaking news, tour dates and more directly to your cellphone. You can find the app which runs on the iPhone and iPad in every app store for FREE! Enjoy!”


*** PRESS RELEASE #8 ***
-Raven Lord Announces New Drummer

International metallers Raven Lord have announced the addition of current Power Quest drummer Rich Smith to the group’s ranks.

The chance to challenge himself in a different field with Raven Lord was an opportunity he did not want to miss. Rich will finish the two shows for Power Quest’s farewell tour by the end of May.

Commented Smith: “…I’m delighted to of been offered the throne to drum for Raven Lord. I can’t wait to get in the rehearsal room with these guys and hit the road to play some kick ass shows I’d like to thank all the guys in the band and the management for this opportunity…”

Ex-drummer Larry Paterson on his leave: “…It is meant as no disrespect to any of you at all — and I wish great success for everybody. To cut a long story short, things are pretty tough right now as I have another band, a book and a documentary to make. All of this is running on a very tight schedule which WILL definitely get in the way of Raven Lord…”

Singer and band leader Csaba Zvekan commented “I’m saddened to see Larry go from Raven Lord but if dates are clashing there is not much any of us can do. The good thing is me and Larry Paterson will continue working on another band project called Exorcism which is expected to be released in 2014. Well, you know what they say; the show must go on! And with Summer shows in the pipeline we had to act fast and find another drummer as a permanent solution. Rich Smith is highly motivated to be the next Lord drummer and with Power Quest calling it quits it was obvious that he was available for grabs. We took the opportunity and welcome Rich Smith to Raven Lord.”

The complete Raven Lord lineup is:

Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine) – Vocals
Joe Stump (HolyHell, Reign Of Terror) – Lead Guitar
Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin Band) – Bass
Rich Smith (Power Quest) – Drums
George Karafotis (Vermillion Days) – Guitar
Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) – Keyboards

Raven Lord recently got confirmed for the R-Mine Metalfest 2013 in Tongeren, Belgium followed by some shows in the Netherlands and Spain. The summer show dates shape up as follows.

15. June Palma de Mallorca, SPAIN, T.B.A.
22. June R-MINE METALFEST 2013, Tongeren, BELGIUM
28. June P3, Purmerend, NETHERLANDS
29. June The Mix, Uithoorn, NETHERLANDS

more shows to be announced very soon.

Press Quote: “…Raven Lord and one of the best power metal albums in the last couple years… the power metal masterpiece that is DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD …” (Metal Delirium)

Raven Lord recently released their debut album, DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD worldwide via Mausoleum Records. The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Nightrage, In Flames, Dream Evil, Opeth) and was mastered by US mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum (Sepultura, Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Angra, Dokken). The cover artwork was created by Brazilian artist Caio Caldas of CadiesArt, who has previously worked with Doro, Paul Di’Anno, Seven Kingdoms, Dominanz and Violet Sun among others.


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-Bullet To Tour Spain Together With ’77 In March

Swedish rock’n’roll riders Bullet have just announced a small tour through Spain together with their Spanish genre buddies of ’77 that’ll take place in early March, comprising the following dates:

06.03. E Madrid – El Sol
07.03. E Valencia – Rock City
08.03. E Barcelona – LA[2]
09.03. E Bilbao – Azkena

Bass player Adam Hector comments: “We are excited about going back to Spain to play a few shows! Spanish crowds are amazing, dedicated and give a lot of energy to us as a band. We remember the amazing show at Sonisphere in Getafe a few years ago very well. Plus, ’77 is absolutely one of our favorite live bands and they are great people and friends. See you on the road — vamos cojones!”


*** PRESS RELEASE #10 ***
-Docker’s Guild Unveil “Darwin’s Tears” Short Film

Docker’s Guild have just released the much anticipated short film for “Darwin’s Tears,” taken from the band’s critically acclaimed 2012 debut release THE MYSTIC TECHNOCRACY PART 1: THE AGE OF INNOCENCE.

The 10-minute short film for “Darwin’s Tears,” shot and produced by Silos Production (the same team that produced 011 by Therion) was film in black and white in the style of 1920’s German Expressionism and movie serials of that time, and represents a video concept unlike any other seen before in a rock setting.

The “Darwin’s Tears” short film is available worldwide via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqXuW74y19c .

Further information on the band can be found at:

Docker’s Guild Official YouTube Channel:

Docker’s Guild Official Facebook Page:

Docker’s Guild Official ReverbNation Page:

Buy the album from Lion Music:

Buy the album on iTunes:

*** PRESS RELEASE #11 ***
-Hardcore Superstar Releases “Above The Law” Video Clip & Digital iTunes Single; Announce Tour Dates

Swedish street metallers Hardcore Superstar, whose new album C’MON TAKE ON ME — produced by themselves and mixed by Randy Staub (Metallica, Motley Crue, The Cult) — will be released on March 1, proudly present the brand-new kick-ass video clip for the second single “Above The Law”! Watch it at http://bit.ly/YcPGnP .

The digital “Above The Law” single is OUT NOW via iTunes — get it at http://bit.ly/hcssband .

Moreover, Hardcore Superstar will return to Europe’s stages soon, starting on the album’s release date. Check out the recently uploaded tour trailer at http://bit.ly/UMyC8l .

Join the Swedes’ famous excessive live parties on the following occasions:

01.03. S Göteborg – Sticky Fingers
02.03. S Malmö – Kulturbolaget
08.03. S Borlänge – Lijan
09.03. S Bollnäs – Tuppens Danskrog
15.03. S Mariestad – KG5
16.03. S Göteborg – TrädgĂĄrn
21.03. S Sälen – ICE
22.03. S Stockholm – Tyrol
23.03. S VästerĂĄs – Sigurdsgatan 25
27.03. FIN Ă…bo – Klubi
28.03. FIN Joensuu – Kerubi
29.03. FIN Tampere – Pakkahuone
30.03. FIN Helsinki – Tavastia
20.04. S Jönköping – Zaragon Rock Club
26.04. S Kalmar – Sandra
27.04. S Vara – Vara Konserthus
25.05. S Ă–rebrö – Metallsvenskan
08.06. FIN Helsinki – Kivenlahti Rock
15.06. UK Castle Donington – Download Festival
21.06. F Clisson – Hellfest
29.06. CZ SpálenĂ© Porici – Basinfirefest
03.07. S Karlstad – Putte I Parken
03.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air
15.08. S Falun – Rockstad Falun

More dates to be announced shortly!


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-Edge Of Paradise Debuts Single “Break Away” Off Of Upcoming Release PERFECT SHADE OF BLACK On AOL’s Noisecreep

View It Here:

Buy It Here:

Edge Of Paradise obviously have a tireless work ethic and the Los Angeles-based combo are already at work on their next album, PERFECT SHADE OF BLACK. Working with producer Bob Kulick (Kiss, Motorhead, W.A.S.P.), the band has partnered with Noisecreep to bring you a taste of what they have cooking with “Break Away,” a song from the new sessions. Oh yeah, none other than Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy, Dokken, Accept) mixed the stuff!

View the YouTube lyric video here:

Edge Of Paradise is looking forward for people to hear the “next level” music. “Our sound has grown since the debut CD MASK, our writing has solidified, we have followed the direction where our sound has been evolving and we feel like we’ve captured something special.

“‘Break Away’ carries the underlying theme of PERFECT SHADE OF BLACK, which explores the survival of humanity. The Idea, that we will bring ourselves back to the primal state of existence and rise again from the dark.”

You can expect a music video from the group as well as tour dates, soon to be announced!

Find out more about Edge Of Paradise on their Facebook page!

Visit Official Website

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-Nightbitch: Connecticut Metal Tyrants To Unleash New 12″; Lyric Video Hosted By Invisible Oranges Available

Connecticut metal tyrants Nightbitch will unleash their latest Danzigian/Blackmore-driven bone metal anthems with the three-song CHAINMAKER 12″. Set for release on March 26, 2013 via Ear One Productions, CHAINMAKER serves as a precursor to the band’s upcoming full-length.

Elaborates guitarist Ryan “His Emissary” Adams of the offering: “CHAINMAKER is the bastard offspring of the nudie mag in your dad’s closet and the KILLERS tape in your older brother’s Firebird. It’s what’s in your Walkman on your way to meet the cheerleader with the red hair under the bleachers after detention so she can show you her new tattoo. It’s what happens when you grow up with your Priest vinyl a little too close to your Lisa Ann VHS tapes. Misfits and Samhain original pressings and Jess Franco laserdiscs on your bedroom wall. Denim and Hell. Riffs and sleaze. F*CK OFF NOWADAYS HEAVY METAL!”

CHAINMAKER will be released as a one-sided vinyl 12″ in a limited quantity of 250 and available digitally via iTunes and bandcamp.

In celebration of its impending release, Invisible Oranges is currently hosting the “Chainmaker” lyric video. Point your peepers to this location and embrace the sleaze:


CHAINMAKER Track Listing:
1. Chainmaker
2. Disrober
3. Into The Fire (Deep Purple cover)

Coalescing a mission statement of “wicked women, unholy passions and fire nights” with influences musical, aesthetic, chemical and carnal, Nightbitch are “purveyors of some of the finest occult-themed, sleazed-out, trad-flavored metal around” (CT Indie).

Nightbitch formed in the Summer of 2009 when Ipsissimus guitarist Ryan “His Emissary” Adams sought an outlet to reconcile his late-bloomer discovery of Ritchie Blackmore’s majestic emanations with his obsession for sleazy ’70s occult / exploitation films and plagiarized Danzig riffs. Adams soon hooked up with celebrated doom metal vocalist Phil Swanson (Hour Of 13, Seamount, Vestal Claret and many more) through mutual friend Bill Connnolly (whose No Visible Scars label would expose the world to Nightbitch via the SEX AND MAGIC cassette). The band was quickly rounded out by the formidable rhythm section of longtime friends and veteran CT musicians Chris Taylor (Kingdom Of Sorrow) and Mark Else (De Omega) on drums and bass, respectively.

In September 2010, after gigs opening for such heavyweights as Pentagram, Black Pyramid, Earthride and Midnight, Nightbitch traveled to Dublin, Ireland as the back-up band for Hour Of 13’s live debut at the Dublin Doom Day, playing its own gig as a part of the warm-up festivities. The band brought with it the SEX AND MAGIC cassette, which would sell out of all 100 copies within a month of its release. Upon returning from Dublin, Nightbitch and Swanson amicably parted ways and Taylor assumed vocal duties. In December, Cyclopean Records issued SEX AND MAGIC on vinyl limited to 350 copies, which also sold out in one month’s time. Analog formats exhausted, SEX AND MAGIC has since entered the digital realm via Austria’s Psychedoomelic Records, where it counts the godly Reverend Bizarre among its label mates.

With Taylor at the helm, Nightbitch has composed eleven infernal odes to comprise its full-length debut and is set to release the CHAINMAKER EP to showcase the depravity to follow.


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-Napalm Records News

Delain: A Winter Adventure In Eisenerz

Last week, Delain’s Charlotte & Martijn hopped on a plane to Austria, in order to pay the Napalm Records headquarters a visit and to sign a worldwide contract. The new partnership was celebrated by hitting the snowy and icy slopes surrounding Eisenerz, where Austrian and Dutch racers met in a friendly competition. As behind the microphone, Charlotte gave 110% and broke her arm while racing to a well-deserved victory. Don’t worry though, she’s fine and Delain is the latest addition to the ever-growing Napalm Records family! Welcome!

Delain: “We are so much looking forward to the cooperation with Napalm Records. This is the perfect label for us, and this cooperation makes it possible for us to build on, and reach out to our fans.”

Thomas Caser, Head Of A&R: “Having been a fan and follower of the band since its beginning, I personally am extremely proud that Delain are now part of our roster. The band shares our visions and together we will bring Delain to the top!”

Delain Official Website

End Of Green: On Tour & New Album

Alternative, Metal, Goth or Rock’n’Roll — may others give it a name. Michelle Darkness, Kerker, Lusiffer, Hampez and Sad Sir have been following their path since the beginning: loud, intense and full of wild passion. Already three albums from End Of Green went straight into the German Long-play Charts, HIGH HOPES IN HIGH PLACE even climbed up to number 17 in the German Charts. At the moment, End Of Green are working on their yet untitled eighth album, which will be released via Napalm Records in the summer of 2013!

End Of Green – Live
Presented by Sonic Seducer
13.07.13 DE – MĂĽlheim, Ruhr / CASTLE ROCK
20.07.13 DE – Höchstadt, Aisch / SCHLOSSHOF FESTIVAL
10.08.13 DE – Hildesheim / MERA LUNA FESTIVAL
16.08.13 DE – DinkelsbĂĽhl / SUMMER BREEZE FESTIVAL
17.10.13 DE – NĂĽrnberg/Hirsch
18.10.13 DE – Berlin / C-Club
19.10.13 DE – Dresden / Tante Ju
25.10.13 DE – MĂĽnchen / Backstage
26.10.13 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos Saal
01.11.13 DE – Bochum / Matrix
02.11.13 DE – Hamburg / Knust
08.11.13 DE – OsnabrĂĽck / Rosenhof
09.11.13 DE – Köln / Underground
16.11.13 DE – Stuttgart / LKA Longhorn

End Of Gree Official Website

Ex Deo: Nominated For Juno Award

Ex Deo’s latest masterpiece CALIGVLA has been nominated for a Juno Award in the category “Metal Album Of The Year!” The Juno Awards are the equivalent to the Grammy Awards.

Juno Award Nominees

Grave Digger: Updated Live Dates

22.02.2013 RU – St. Peterburg / Avrora
23.02.2013 RU – Moscow / Club Moskwa Hall
24.02.2013 RU – Voronez / 100 Ruchev
26.02.2013 RU – Krasnodar / Arena Hall
27.02.2013 RU – Stavropol / Mazhor
28.02.2013 RU – Rostov-na-donu / Podzemka
01.03.2013 UA – Kharkov / Zhara
02.03.2013 UA – Ilyichevsk / Metropolis
06.04.2013 PL – Sczecin / Rock in Sczecin 2013
30.05.2013 BR – Porto Alegre / Becos Bar
01.06.2013 BR – Varginja/MG – 15° Roca “N” Roll Restival
02.06.2013 BR – Sao Pulo / Bar Manifesto (Special Unplugged Show)
22.06.2013 DE – Dischingen / Rock am Härtsfeldsee
11.07.2013 CZ – Vizovice / Masters of Rock Festival
13.07.2013 DE – Dorsten / Dorstival
20.07.2013 IT – Cenate Sotto (BG) / Metal for Emergency
02.08.2013 DE – Wacken / Wacken Open Air
24.08.2013 CZ – Loket / Metal Loket 2013
31.08.2013 CH – Diegten / Boom Openair
German Metal Attack Part II 2013
02.10.2013 DE – OsnabrĂĽck / Rosenhof
03.10.2013 DE – Bremen / Aladin
04.10.2013 DE – Magdeburg / Factory
05.10.2013 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser

Grave Digger Official Website

Napalm Records

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-Pump Announces New Vocalist

German heavy rockers Pump have announced the addition of vocalist Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band, Ripe, D.I.M) to the group’s ranks. “Tear Down The Walls,” a brand new song snippet with the new vocalist Oliver Weers can be viewed at http://youtu.be/wu0m86ZG0O4 .

Commented Pump bassist Michael Vetter: “We had many candidates for the vacant position, among them a number of really good musicians, and having to reject them really wasn’t easy. We want to thank all the applicants, thank you for your understanding and we wish you all lots of success in the future!”

Guitarist Aki Reissmann has to say: “We are extremely excited to announce and welcome Oliver Weers into the band as vocalist. Oliver has really been a breath of fresh air for us, and in the first week of jamming with him we were able to finish the recoding of the new album WAITING FOR THE RAPTURE soon. Oliver’s voice add new dimensions to our sound. Thanks for always supporting Pump, and keep your ears open for hot news in 2013”

Marcel “Selly” Bernhardt – Guitars
Andreas Minich – Drums
Oliver Weers – Vocals
Axel “Aki” Reissmann – Guitars
Michael Vetter – Bass

Oliver Weer’s Biography can be downloaded here:


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-Free Fall: Album Out Now! Announce Video Premiere And European Tour In April/May!

POWER & VOLUME, the stunning debut album by Swedish freedom rockers Free Fall is OUT NOW! Get it via http://www.smarturl.it/FreeFallCD (physically) and http://smarturl.it/ffpvitun (digitally).

Furthermore the band soon will premiere the video clip for the song “World Domination!” WATCH OUT!

Free Fall have also just been confirmed to be touring Europe in April/May alongside fellow Nuclear Blast label mates Witchcraft and Orchid:

Witchcraft/Orchid/Free Fall
26.04. Lichtenfels (DE) – Paunchy Cats
27.04. Berlin (DE) – Desertfest (FREE FALL tbc)
28.04. Warschau (PL) – Progresja
29.04. Krakau (PL) – Lizard King
30.04. Wien (AT) – Szene
01.05. Darmstadt (DE) – Steinbruch Theater
02.05. MĂĽnchen (DE) – Backstage Halle
03.05. Siegen (DE) – Vortex
04.05. Paris (FR) – Trabendo
05.05. Wuustwezel (BE) – Puntpop Festival
06.05. Tilburg (NL) – O13
07.05. Aarau (CH) – Kiff
09.05. Barcelona (ES) – Razzmatazz 3
10.05. Madrid (ES) – El Sol
11.05. San Sebastian (ES) – C.C. Intxaurrondo *
12.05. Toulouse (FR) – Le Saint des Sains *
13.05. Milano (IT) – Lo Fi Club *
14.05. Rome (IT) – Traffic Live Club *
15.05. Bologna (IT) – Freak Out Club *
16.05. Dornbirn (AT) – Schlachthaus *
17.05. Stuttgart (DE) – Universum
18.05. Hamburg (DE) – Markthalle
19.05. Gelsenkirchen (DE) – Rock Hard Festival (ORCHID only)
* without FREE FALL


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-Soen: Debut From Progressive Supergroup To See Stateside Release This Summer

Soen, the progressive metal supergroup featuring drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis, are pleased to bring their COGNITIVE debut stateside this Summer.

Initially released digitally via Spinefarm Records last Winter, COGNITIVE was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed And Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, etc.), mastered by JoĂŁo Carvalho, and features ten tracks of what Lopez describes as “melodic, heavy, intricate and different.” View the band’s video for “Delenda,” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KbWahoNCvVQ .

COGNITIVE Track Listing:
1. Fraktal
2. Fraccions
3. Delenda
4. Last Light
5. Oscillation
6. Canvas
7. Ideate
8. Purpose
9. Slithering
10. Savia

When Lopez joined forces with DiGiorgio, Ekelöf, and Platbarzdis, it was obvious that this collaboration would not be another name-dropping, substance-deprived “super project.” The foursome paint their musical canvas with broad strokes that on first listen may appear gray and sullen, but the true power of the music lies clandestine, just a little below the monochrome surface. More than just a sum of its rather esteemed parts, Soen weave an intricate network of melody and melancholy. While Soen may sound Opethian at times, it features none of the guttural vocals and full-on death metal wall of sound of Lopez’s former group. Nothing more is needed however when Ekelöf’s somber voice, Platbarzdis’s transcendent guitar work, Lopez’s trademark drum beats and DiGiorgio’s exquisite bass lines collaborate to build a pensive tide waiting to wash over you.

COGNITIVE isn’t an instantaneously accessible album but with a bit of listening patience, can prove to be one of the most rewarding pieces of “thinking man’s metal” you will ever come across. In a world full of super-compressed albums waging the loudness war, COGNITIVE breathes with ease thanks to the warmth of Platbarzdis/Lopez production and the masterful mixing work of. Like rain on a windowpane, translucent and free of form, COGNITIVE breathes like a living entity. The colors are there, lingering within the grays. It’s just up to you to find them.

Further information on Soen to be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

“The instrumental prowess of each of the members aside, the thing that ultimately makes COGNITIVE a success is the high caliber of songwriting from beginning to end, a triumph in rhythmic and melodic interplay between all instrumentalists and vocalist Joel Ekelof… a brilliantly executed album… sure to stand up to repeated listening for a long time to come.” – Ultimate-Guitar

“For a debut album, this is really something to behold. The production is even, the music thematic and smart, and the musicians eager to share every second with the other. Most remarkable is that SOEN simply appear to be on the exact same page.” – The Metal Observer

“…a fantastic record, and these talented musicians pull off this sound with proficiency. We could all use a melancholic and intelligent rock record that is equal parts melodic and progressive.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy


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-In The Silence: Sensory To Release Album From Ominous California Prog Act

Sensory Records this week confirms the upcoming release of A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD, the sprawling debut full-length from Sacramento, California-based dark/progressive quartet, In The Silence.

Founded in 2007 by guitarist/vocalist Josh Burke, the talented crew of musicians forming In The Silence had an instantaneous chemistry, which saw the outfit playing area shows almost immediately. Musically comparable to the emotional output of Katatonia, Porcupine Tree and Opeth but boasting a more progressive nature than said acts, In The Silence surges with incredibly moving riffs and otherworldly atmospheres, boasting a huge mid-tone clean vocal performance atop a thunderous display of technical metal percussion.

After tracking several demo songs, the band settled into hometown Fat Cat Recording Studios and recorded their debut album A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD with producer Jack “Jay” Trammell. The record’s 45-minute lifespan possesses massive, pristine production, even further magnifying In The Silence’s skilled approach. The band released the album themselves, and when the initial run of 120 digi-paks sold out right away, the issued a 300-run eco-sleeves pressing. The album immediately reached journalists at popular metal webzines worldwide, including Blistering.com who called it, “A startlingly mature album that belies the band’s relative inexperience and fresh-face… certainly one of the more alluring dark/atmospheric albums to hit in 2012,” and Metalstorm.net, issuing in part, “…nothing short of remarkable. The beautiful yet haunting atmosphere, intricate songwriting and talented musicianship displayed throughout this album will leave you spellbound. This may well just be one of the best debut albums of the year. A must for all fans of progressive metal.”

Sensory Records, a division of progressive linchpin The Laser’s Edge, will give A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD the proper distribution and attention it deserves, having penned a striking digi-pak version of the album, as well as high-quality digital download, for official worldwide release on April 9th, 2013.

Check out the stunning artwork from Spanish artist Nacho Galacho and listen to several tracks from A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD at http://inthesilence.bandcamp.com/ .

In The Silence also recently signed with Intromental Management who will be breaking them out on tours and festival appearances throughout North America in 2013. Already confirmed is a performance at the massive annual ProgPower USA XIV festival in Atlanta, Georgia, where they’ll share the stage with Circle II Circle, Rhapsody, Wolverine, Soilwork, Shadow Gallery, Wolf, Circus Maximus, Armored Saint and more. Stay tuned for additional imminent tour plans to be announced in the coming days.

In The Silence lineup:
Josh Burke: vocals, lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars
Nate Higgins: lead and rhythm guitars
Dennis Davis: bass
Niko Panagopoulos: drums

1. Ever Closer
2. 17 Shades
3. Serenity
4. Beneath These Falling Leaves
5. Close to Me
6. Endless Sea
7. All the Pieces
8. Your Reward


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-Paganland Premieres New Track On Decibel Magazine’s Website

“A stirring and atmospheric album” – Zero Tolerance
“Certainly worth of the attention of those into earlier works by Nokturnal Mortum and Drudhk” – MetalReviews.com [8.6/10 rating, “Surprise Of The Month”]
“One of the better such debuts I have heard in recent years” – Blogcritics.org
“Bring something new to pagan metal” – Graveconcernsezine.com
“Well worth hearing” – Destructive-Music.com
“A must-listen” – Absolute Zero Media webzine

Today, Paganland premiere the new track “Wind Of Freedom” on Decibel magazine’s website. The song is the title track of the band’s debut album, WIND OF FREEDOM, set for international release on March 4 through Svarga Music. A celebration of pagan pride and a show of metal might, WIND OF FREEDOM carries the listener on a windswept journey like no other — verily, to a mystical Paganland — and already, the buzz is starting to circulate, as the band have done interviews with Zero Tolerance, Rock Hard (Slovenia), and Parat magazines. Presented by North America’s ONLY monthly metal magazine, Paganland’s “Wind of Freedom” can be heard exclusively here:


Track listing for Paganland’s WIND OF FREEDOM:
1) Wheel Of Eternity (Intro)
2) Shadows Of The Past
3) Power Of Spirit
4) Chornohora
5) Podolyanka
6) Night Forest
7) Fogs And Twilights
8) Wind Of Freedom

Paganland was founded in 1997 by Ruen and Bilozor in Lviv — one of the most beautiful Ukrainian cities, whose developed traditions incorporated the European cultural spirit of the last millennium, and every stone breathes with centuries-old history of decline and revival, wars and temporary rest. The natural mysticism hidden in the Carpathians’ greatness, the dense woods, and pure mountain sources could not but affect musicians with a pagan outlook. Therefore, Paganland’s debut demo GODS OF GOLDEN CIRCLE (1999) and the demo SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS (2004), one way or another, had been nearly related to pagan metal. The lineup changes, routine of rehearsals, and hardships of concert activity caused Paganland’s breakup in 2005, but three years later, the group reformed and in 2011 recorded the first full-length album, WIND OF FREEDOM, having resumed their concert activity.

Paganland is a group of persons holding the same views, who respect and love their native land, their nation, their language, and who are convinced that the Ukraine is the cradle of all Slavonic people with improbably interesting history forgotten and distorted for the last ten centuries. Megaliths and petroglyphs of Kamennaya Mogila (the Stone Grave), the sanctuary-observatory of Khortyt’sia, the ancient observatory of Mavrinsky Maidan, the mysterious zone of Suppert… the runes of “Veles’ Book” and runic manuscripts from the library of Anna Yaroslavna (Queen of France and Princess of Ukraine)… secret knowledge of molfars and volkhves… how many people around the world have even heard about all of this?

Paganland’s members try to express their love of the native land, the nature in their lyrics and music, as well as draw attention of their listeners to the fact that not only money and lies rule the world in the period of the Epoch of Pisces. Human beings can — and must — stand up for the truth, and the truth of life has been established long ago by our ancestors. All meaning of Paganland’s creative activity is tribute to their land, their ancient culture, their history.

Paganland Discography
2013 – WIND OF FREEDOM (full-length CD)

Paganland Lineup
Volodymyr – vocal
Ruen – keyboards
Yor – drums
Stanislav – bass
Vladislav – guitar

More Info:

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-Pitch Black Records News

New online store (and 50% off exclusive offer)! Free mobile app also.


We are happy to announce that our new online store is now LIVE! It features lots of upgrades, some of which include:

o Better stability, security and ease of use
o We have secured the entire site with strong 256-bit security
o Compatible with mobile phones and devices
o More shipping options
o Easier login and checkout — just use your Facebook, Twitter or Google account (safely and securely)
o Downloads section coming soon (including freebies as well!)

We invite you to check it out and we would love to hear your thoughts on it (good or bad). If you find something that doesn’t work quite right please do let us know about it. We’ll even send you a free CD if you do find something!

In other news, our free mobile app has just gone live! For now it’s only available for Android devices from Google Play but the iOS version will be arriving very soon so stay tuned.



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-The Unclean: Ohio Rock Trio Drops Second Full-Length

Ohio-based trio The Unclean has this month self-released their sophomore full-length album, in the process unleashing some of the most classic but contemporary, polluted but pristine rock n’ roll the underground has to offer.

Known for trolling Akron’s dive-bars and tattoo shops, the members of The Unclean collective pulled their resources together in 2007. Hailing from predominantly sludge/doom-scene acts including Rue, Fistula, Sofa King Killer, with this act the members crank out solid, no-frills, riff-heavy, blues-based rock anthems. With influences and comparisons tracing to classic acts like ZZ Top, Humble Pie, Thin Lizzy, Motörhead, the band self-released their debut album NO EXCUSE NECESSARY in the Fall of 2008, and have since honed their soulful tunes even further on-stage regionally alongside other hard-working local and touring acts.

At the end of 2012 the trio shacked up in the studio to lay down the thunder that would culminate into their second full-length. The drums were recorded at Studio Time in Akron, Ohio (former Black Keys studio) by Jason Tarulli (current mastermind behind Black Keys’ live sound), and the rest of the album written, recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by the band in their own Unclean Studio. Now completed and available to the public once again in totally D.I.Y. fashion, The Unclean proudly offer their most honest and lively material yet with THE EAGLE. Boasting nearly forty minutes of ballsy, bluesy, beer-swilling anthems about good times and bad, guitarist/vocalist Bremmy (ex-Sofa King Killer, Honkeytonk Damnation), bassist Burns (ex-Rue, Nailblack, Fistula, Sofa King Killer), and drummer Frank The Tank (ex-Search Block) play it straight from hip, loud and in your face.

After releasing THE EAGLE this month digitally via all the usual online suspects (iTunes, Spotify, EMusic, Google Play and more), The Unclean will drop a CD version in the coming months alongside regional shows and sporadic touring in support of the record. Stay tuned for further info in the coming weeks.

THE EAGLE Track Listing:
1. On We Go
2. Live For The Day
3. Million Dollar Jezabel
4. Away Too Long
5. Not So Bad
6. Strange Kind Of Living
7. Been Gone
8. Nothing Left To Say
9. The End


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-Prog Rockers Fen Release New Music Video “A Long Line Final” + Performing Telus Ski & Snowboard Festival Kickoff

Bass: Jeff Caron
Drums: Nando Polesel
Lead Guitars/Backing Vocals: Sam Levin
Guitars/Vocals: Doug Harrison

Vancouver progressive rockers Fen have released their latest music video “A Long Line Final” from their fifth and latest album OF LOSING INTEREST, released last summer via indie label Ripple Music to follow up their fourth release TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM. The band will also be performing at this year’s Telus Ski & Snowboard Festival Kick Off on March 21st at the Electric Owl (926 Main St.) in Vancouver, BC. (show details below)

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

To view the video, please visit the following link:

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

Show Details:
March 21, 2013 – The Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC w/ Marching Mind, Porn For The Blind (kick off show for the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival, coming to Whistler April 12-21) put on by Powder Rocket http://powderrocket.com/about/ and Streetkore http://www.streetkore.com/about/

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

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

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


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-Melodic Death Thrashers Chariots Of The Gods Announce Tour Dates + New Video “Tides Of War”

Ottawa, ON’s melodic death thrashers Chariots Of The Gods are proud to announce they will performing the following Quebec and Ontario tour dates in support of their recently released full-length album TIDES OF WAR.

Produced by award winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson 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 and a FREE DOWNLOAD of the title track — and both can be heard and purchased with the album at the following locations on bandcamp and iTunes.


Music Video – “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

Tour Dates:
March 8, 2013 – Le Petit Chicago – Gatineau, QC
March 15, 2013 – The Doors Pub – Hamilton, ON
March 16, 2013 – D.C. Music Theatre – Etobicoke, ON (Toronto) METAL FEST w/ Adversary Number 7, Livid And Blood Thirsty, War And Hate, All Else Failed and more
March 23, 2013 – Woodstock Bar – Sherbrooke, QC w/ Made Up A Reason, Black Absinthe
March 29, 2013 – Carleton University – Ottawa, ON

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

Twitter: @chariotsotgods

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-The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV Welcomes Paganfest + Enter To Win A VIP Flyaway Package

As the massive fifteenth edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival continues to expand, the legendary event is pleased to welcome the coming of Paganfest! The annual caravan, notorious for its wealth of folk-loving, mead-swilling, Pagan-centric musical exports, this year features Finnish folk metal heroes/headliners Ensiferum, alongside Faroe Islands natives TĂ˝r, Dutch Pagan metallers Heidevolk, Norway’s Trollfest and California thrashers Helsott. Paganfest will be making a stop at The Palladium on April 20th.

Additionally, the founders of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are proud to add GreenVans as official sponsors of the event. Founded in 2008 by musicians for musicians, GreenVans offers eco-friendly affordable, reliable and safe tour transportation and are a reoccurring sponsor of NEMHF. For more info, go to http://rentgreenvans.com/ .

As previously announced, NEMHF has partnered with F.Y.E. to offer a VIP Flyaway package! One lucky winner will get two (2) VIP passes to the festival as well as airfare and hotel accommodations. F.Y.E stores are currently offering an assortment of pummeling metal CDs for $9.99, each on a NEMHF endcap. Any purchase of these titles will receive a free NEMHF CD Sampler featuring tracks from Hatebreed, Holy Grail, Shadows Fall, Continents, Sister Sin and many more!

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

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the historic Worcester Palladium. The festival takes place April 19th, 20th and 21st with a special pre-fest party in the upstairs room at the Palladium on April 18th. Since 1999, the festival has showcased a vast array of metal and hardcore acts across two stages, while also providing merchandising and promotional areas for record labels and other vendors.

Check out the array of ticket packages and the full festival lineup at http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/ .

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


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-Orchid’s WIZARD OF WAR EP Out Now!

As an appetizer for their upcoming second full-length album THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS (out on April 26, 2013), San Francisco-based doom rockers Orchid have released the WIZARD OF WAR EP!

The EP contains the following tracks:

1. Wizard Of War
2. Demon’s Eye
3. Albatross

The track “Wizard Of War” is taken from THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS, while “Demon’s Eye” was solely released on an underground Halloween compilation before and “Albatros” was previously released on the band’s debut album CAPRICORN.

The music press is enthralled:

“Dark, heavy, tricky — but yet highly gettable!” Classic Rock (D)
“Naturally a must-buy!” Legacy (D)
“Whets the appetite for the upcoming album big time!” Metal.de (D)

WIZARD OF WAR is available on 10″ vinyl in black, purple and light green — get yours now at the Nuclear Blast web shop:


26.04. Lichtenfels (DE) – Paunchy Cats
27.04. Berlin (DE) – Desertfest (FREE FALL tbc)
28.04. Warschau (PL) – Progresja
29.04. Krakau (PL) – Lizard King
30.04. Wien (AT) – Szene
01.05. Darmstadt (DE) – Steinbruch Theater
02.05. MĂĽnchen (DE) – Backstage Halle
03.05. Siegen (DE) – Vortex
04.05. Paris (FR) – Trabendo
05.05. Wuustwezel (BE) – Puntpop Festival
06.05. Tilburg (NL) – O13
07.05. Aarau (CH) – Kiff
09.05. Barcelona (ES) – Razzmatazz 3
10.05. Madrid (ES) – El Sol
11.05. San Sebastian (ES) – C.C. Intxaurrondo *
12.05. Toulouse (FR) – Le Saint des Sains *
13.05. Milano (IT) – Lo Fi Club *
14.05. Rome (IT) – Traffic Live Club *
15.05. Bologna (IT) – Freak Out Club *
16.05. Dornbirn (AT) – Schlachthaus *
17.05. Stuttgart (DE) – Universum
18.05. Hamburg (DE) – Markthalle
19.05. Gelsenkirchen (DE) – Rock Hard Festival (nur ORCHID)
* without FREE FALL


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-Florida’s Raped Ape Sees Collection Surface On Divebomb Records

When people reflect on the Florida metal scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s, groups like Death, Obituary and Solstice instantly spring to mind. Yet there’s one band that, despite never achieving the same glory some of their contemporaries enjoyed, is still adored and respected amongst cultist metal fans all these years later. We’re talking about Lake Worth thrash heathens Raped Ape. Named after car mechanic slang for a motor that runs hard and fast, Raped Ape did precisely that within the South Florida metal scene, releasing three demos (1988’s IN APE WE TRUST, 1990’s PERPETUAL AGGRAVATION and 1991’s LOST IN MIND) and playing shows with some of the biggest heavy bands at that time (Sepultura, Biohazard, Coroner, Morbid Angel and many more).

Eventually, the group entered the famed Morrisound Recording studios with producer extraordinaire Scott Burns to track their Independent EP, 1993’s TERMINAL REALITY. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, this new Divebomb Records collection combines not only the original TERMINAL REALITY EP, but also four of the band’s long sought-after demo tapes, all of which culminated in their signing to Century Media Records.

A must-own for any fan of underground thrash, this LAND OF BROKEN PROMISES limited edition set contains brand new mastering from original source tapes and a massive 16-page booklet with member-supplied scrapbook styled memorabilia encompassing Raped Ape’s entire history. As a bonus, Divebomb Records has included an enhanced portion containing seven archival live videos of the band in their prime.

Raped Ape

For fans of: Sepultura, Overkill, Anthrax, Solstice and D.R.I.

Points Of Interest:
+ 20th anniversary for TERMINAL REALITY EP
+ first official CD release of all 4 demo tapes
+ 7 bonus live videos
+ liner note accolades by members of Cannibal Corpse, Solstice, Pro-Pain
+ TERMINAL REALITY produced by Scott Burns (Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Solstice)
+ out of print since early ’90s
+ changed name to Paingod & released one album via Century Media
+ limited edition
+ new mastering by Jamie King
+ layout/restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic and Solstice)

Track List:

Disc 1
1. Land Of Broken Promises
2. Victim Of The Game
3. Voice Of Reason
4. Remembrance
5. Who’s In Control
6. Return To Nothing

7. The Krusher
8. Shrouded In Darkness
9. Kill Thy Neighbor
10. Circle Of Blood
11. S.T.D. (Socially Transmitted Death)
12. Pieces Of Aggravation

LOST IN MIND – Demo (1991)
13. Hypothermia
14. Lost In Mind
15. Monkey See, Monkey Do
16. Feet First
17. Wastoid (Drooling Pigdogs Lineup)

Bonus Track
18. The Krusher (Live)

Disc 2
THE STUCK – Demo (1994)
1. Stuck
2. Future Tense
3. Drag
4. Mass Population

PAINGOD – Demo (1995)
5. Paingod/Sicklife
6. Not A Moment To Spare
7. Blind Vision
8. Easy Way Out
9. Self Made Man
10. One And The Same

Enhanced CD – Live Videos

Due Process
The Krusher
Who’s In Control
Mass Population
Future Tense
Circle Of Blood

Download/stream the track “Land Of Broken Promises” here:

Divebomb Records

*** PRESS RELEASE #27 ***
-Kadavar Reveal ABRA KADAVAR Cover Artwork & Track List!

Kadavar — Germany’s most authentic and passionate psychedelic hard rock combo of today that already casted a spell on all fans of solid riff-driven yet doom-like ’70s hard rock Ă  la Black Sabbath or Pentagram — reveal the cover artwork and track list of their second full-length album ABRA KADAVAR that will be out via Nuclear Blast on April 12, 2013!

The photo for the cover artwork was taken by photographer / ex-Stereolab drummer Joe Dilworth ( http://www.joedilworth.com/ ). Kadavar’s front man Lupus Lindemann states: “Joe had already worked with us for our debut album. He’s one of the best photographers I know and always understood our ideas which is why we wanted to cooperate with him again. He proudly brought an old camera from the ’60s and a color film that had been expired for ten years to the shooting — hard to get and highly coveted, because it causes unpredictable deviants as far as color and contrast are concerned. As one can see: We’ve used this very film!”

ABRA KADAVAR will be available as a ltd. digi version incl. bonus track as well in different vinyl versions. The track list reads as follows:

1. Come Back Life
2. Doomsday Machine
3. Eye Of The Storm
4. Black Snake
5. Dust
6. Fire
7. Liquid Dream
8. Rhythm For Endless Minds
9. Abra Kadabra
Bonus track:
10. The Man I Shot


*** PRESS RELEASE #28 ***
-En Route To Heavy MTL: Round 3: Death Metal Night Guest Judges Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault) & Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy)

Following the success of the inaugural edition in 2012, Dungeon Works Productions and Evenko are proud to present En Route To Heavy MTL 2013 and the selected twenty bands that will be battling it out over the next five months to win one of two opening slots at this year’s 2013 HVY MTL.

Battle 3 of the BOTB will take place on Thursday, March 7th at Les Katacombes (1635 St-Laurent Blvd) with special guest judges Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault) & Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) along with local music industry for the death metal night.

Competing bands: Death Metal Night





Event Details:
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/538264052860653/

Ticket Purchase:
La Boutique Labyrinthe: 486 Ste. Catherine Ouest

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time: 8:30PM
Cost: $12 Advance / $15 Door

sponsored by:
Budweiser – http://www.budweiser.ca/
Jagermeister – http://www.jagermeister.ca/
Galaxie – http://www.galaxie.ca/
Revolutionary Longboards – https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionaryLongboards
Godin Guitars – http://www.godinguitars.com/
Delta Hotels – https://www.deltahotels.com/Hotels/Delta-Montreal
ItalmĂ©lodie – http://www.italmelodie.com/
La Boutique Labyrinthe – http://www.labyrintherock.com/
Slick Styled Steel Tattoo & Piercing – http://www.slickstyledsteel.com/
HMMAC – https://www.facebook.com/HMMACANADA
Absolute Underground Magazine – https://www.facebook.com/groups/10034445807/

For more info, please visit http://www.dungeonworksprods.com/ & http://heavymtl.com/en/jouer-heavy/ .

Rounds to come!

Prog/Power/Epic Metal Night:
Transcend – http://www.reverbnation.com/transcendband
Eclipse Prophecy – http://www.facebook.com/eclipseprophecy
Kalter (Quebec City) – http://kalterofficial.com/
Unbeing – http://www.unbeingmusic.com/

Deathcore Night:
Rosewood – http://www.facebook.com/RosewoodMTL
Self Collapse – http://www.reverbnation.com/selfcollapsemetal
Pandora’s Wake – http://www.facebook.com/pandoraswake
Death Lullaby – http://www.deathlullaby.com/

*** PRESS RELEASE #29 ***
-Joel Grind Announces Release Date For Debut Album On Hells Headbangers

Today, Hells Headbangers announces May 28 as the international release date for the CD version of Joel Grind’s THE YELLOWGOAT SESSIONS debut. The solo project of the selfsame Toxic Holocaust founder/front man, Joel Grind’s THE YELLOWGOAT SESSIONS bears many similarities to the early days of Toxic Holocaust — especially the CRITICAL MASS demo — but goes down a darker, dirtier, decidedly more primitive route. The (toxic) result is 10 tracks of raw and fuzzed-out rock ‘n’ roll / metal / punk in the vein of the first Bathory album and early Motorhead. Says Joel Grind, “If you are looking for over-produced sh*t that passes as ‘metal’ today, this is NOT for you!”

Track listing for Joel Grind’s THE YELLOWGOAT SESSIONS:
1. Ascension
2. Hell’s Master Of Hell
3. Vengeance Spell
4. Foul Spirit Within
5. Cross Damnation
6. Grave Encounters
7. Black Order
8. The Eternal One
9. Hail To Cruelty
10. Descension

More Info:

“When you need metal, go to hell!”

-The U.S. Bank National Association has claimed Ace Frehley stopped paying the mortgage on a home in Yorktown, New York, “nearly two years ago,” and has asked a court to order the house be sold to pay off he loan. See http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/02/kiss-it-goodbye-rocker-ace-frehley-accused-of-not-paying-mortgage-may-lose-home/ for more details.

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

3/16 – Club 366, 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.

-Lost Society’s second track-by-track feature, covering the songs “KILL (Those Who Oppose Me),” “Bitch, Out’ My Way,” and “Fast Loud Death” from the album FAST LOUD DEATH (Nuclear Blast), is online now at http://bit.ly/XrgPQx . Part 1 is still available at http://youtu.be/kmDNf9vmkqQ , and the video for “KILL (Those Who Oppose Me)” is online at http://youtu.be/_VYaSmFcfVM . See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-The former members of Raped Ape will play a show March 10 at Propaganda Lake Worth in Lake Worth, FL, with their current bands — Ferocious Stones, JP Soars & The Red Hots, and The Mobile Homies — and then close out the night together “with a short set of classics from South Florida’s Heaviest, Raped Ape!!” See https://www.facebook.com/RapedApeOfficial for more.

-Slayer has replaced drummer Dave Lombardo with Jon Dette, stemming from a financial dispute. Read more at http://www.examiner.com/article/slayer-drummer-dave-lombardo-replaced-by-rocker-jon-dette .

-We must’ve missed these when they came out, but here are links to several Testament “making-of” videos about DARK ROOTS OF EARTH, featuring the listed band members:

Eric Peterson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VDEzxQ2uiM
Alex Skolnick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fjdhnWLwew
Chuck Billy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kT8OK4aQ2k
Greg Christian: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C756lGyLBBI
Gene Hoglan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mPVJNPsJm4

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

-Timo Tolkki’s Avalon is the act Frontiers has been mysteriously promoting with a short (1:17) YouTube clip at http://youtu.be/MOaWC8yecQI . (At press time this clip was just showing a slate of upcoming Frontiers releases, though.) Avalon is a metal opera project set to release THE LAND OF NEW HOPE through Frontiers on May 17 in Europe and May 21 in North America. Tolkki’s guest stars include Michael Kiske (Unisonic ex-Helloween), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe, Kamelot), Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob), Rob Rock (Driver, Impellitteri), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion, ex-Dream Theater), and Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire). Hype: “The year is A.D. 2055 and planet Earth has almost been destroyed by a series of earthquakes, tsunamis and natural catastrophes. A small group of survivors leave on a quest to find a sacred place called The New Land Of Hope.”

Thanks to Matt Rudzinski, Hawk, and Roscoe for help gathering some of this information.

by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-My friend Bill alerted me to what looks to be a very somber, riveting documentary web series on the deadly fire that occurred at a Great White show at The Station in Rhode Island a decade ago. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/thestationwebseries . The first episode, “Gina Russo ‘Black Rain’,” and several trailers are online now. See TheStationMovie.com for more. It’s hard to believe 10 years have already passed… This event struck a little closer to home for me because a couple of weeks before the Station fire my brother and I had seen Great White at a club in Milwaukee, and we were surprised when they used a sparkling pyrotechnic prop in such a small venue.

-I was shocked and saddened to read about Nancy Sayle’s struggles with Multiple Sclerosis. We here at Detritus have had a great relationship with Nancy and her PR company for many, many years. She’s sent us tons of CDs to review and arranged many great interviews for us. That MS benefit at the Key Club next month sounds totally cool and I hope they raise a ton of money to help the cause. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy, her company, her colleagues, and her family. God bless.

-In happier Ace Frehley news, check out Chris Holmes’ (no, not *that* Chris Holmes) list of “Top 10 Ace Frehley Songs (Kiss And Solo)” at http://popdose.com/top-10-ace-frehley-songs-kiss-and-solo/ . The feature includes MP3s and videos, and gets major kudos from me for 1) including “Save Your Love” from Kiss’ DYNASTY, and 2) excluding “New York Groove.” (Thanks again, Bill!)

-In my current playlist: Vamp – THE RICH DON’T ROCK (DELUXE EDITION) (Divebomb Records), Early Cross – PATHFINDER (Lion Music), Evil Army – I, COMMANDER (7″ EP) (Hells Headbangers), Jess And The Ancient Ones – ASTRAL SABBAT (Svart Records).

*** OUT ***

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