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Detritus Issue #645

Issue #645
Week of March 18, 2013

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-Okay, Mother Nature, it’s spring now… Cut with the wind chills and snow and stuff… – Tim

*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-MelodicRockFest 3

Chicago’s Arlington Heights, will become rock n roll central this September, as some of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the melodic rock world descend on the city for MelodicRockFest 3.

Three years on from the last gathering of the melodic faithful, MelodicRockFest 3 has upped the ante, with 26 bands to be featured over three days at one of Chicago’s newest and best music venues, H.O.M.E. Bar ( http://www.homebarchicago.com/ ) Friday September 27 – Sunday September 29, 2013.

Appearing at MelodicRockFest 3 ( http://www.melodicrockfest.com/ ) will be some very familiar names, some appearing for the third time in a row, others making their MelodicRockFest debut.

MRF3 organizer Andrew McNeice; “We wanted to change the script up a little this year. We wanted to give some up-and-coming artists a chance to finally be seen and heard as well. So over the weekend, talent will not only come from some of the pioneers of the scene, but also from some great young talent that need to be heard.”

Steve Augeri (formerly of Journey), Ted Poley (of Danger Danger), House Of Lords, Eric Martin (of Mr. Big), Kelly Keeling (of Baton Rouge), Glen Burtnik (formerly of Styx), 7th Heaven, Canadian legends Harem Scarem, Swedish hotshots Eclipse and W.E.T. (featuring industry veteran Jeff Scott Soto) will all deliver knockout “best of” sets for the fans gathered.

Joining them will be some cult names in the melodic rock scene, such as the reformed AdrianGale, AOR heroes Mecca (with special guest Fergie Frederiksen), Tango Down (featuring Bangalore Choir vocalist David Reece), Brett Walker, Robert Tepper, Sweden’s ColdSpell, Bombay Black and Newman — all the way from the UK. Rounding out the weekend is some of the brightest new talent around will be showcased in one place for the first time. Australia’s power pop hopefuls The Radio Sun, melodic metallers Inner Siege and Crossing Rubicon, plus rising stars Evolution Eden and Chicago’s own Loveblast.

2010’s MelodicRockFest 2 saw all bands present bring their A-Game. Some of the fan feedback for that weekend included:

Jody P: “I feel so honored to have been a part of what is sure to become a melodic rock institution! The first Melodic Rock Fest was such a great time, and I felt so lucky to have been chatting with music legends, and listening to them rock the stage all on the same weekend! Can’t wait for MRF3!”

Steve Neruda: “MRF2 provided value unheard of in the music industry. In days when a single act commonly asks upwards of $150 a ticket, the fact I saw two days of awesome band after awesome band — some of whom I never expected to see live at any price — for less than that is utterly amazing. It is simply an opportunity to good to pass up. I still have the ticket stubs in the visor of my car!”

Kimberly Pinto: “MRF2 was the best time I have ever had and can’t wait till September fit MRF3.”

Charlie Kaus: “MRF2 was the single greatest concert experience of my life!”

Max Kligman Roitman: “MRF2 was an awesome atmosphere! Mingling with the artists at the venue and outside was amazing! It was a Rock’n’Roll fest just the way I like them, intimate, friendly and comfortable!”

Doug Vogel: “You know it’s an event when the bands stay to watch other bands in the crowd.”

Kip Frazier: “Both previous MRFests were simply amazing! This is a three day Fest that shouldn’t be missed by any hardcore Melodic Rock Fan!”

MelodicRockFest 3 will be another very special weekend, not only for the fans gathered, but also for the artists involved:

Jeff Scott Soto: “We missed MRF2 but we’re making it up by showing this time to MRF3!! Thanks to Andrew for getting W.E.T. over to debut in the US, could be the start of something big… see you all in September!!”

Eric Martin: “Howdy Melodic-rockers, EM here in Holland waiting in the airport for the next flight to Austria. I’ve got a lot on my plate this year with this acoustic tour and the upcoming Avantasia Mystery Of Time tour, I’m a lucky man that’s for sure. But I’m saving my strength for the main course in Chicago this September. I am so excited to be sharing the stage with all these great performers; I can bet that the atmosphere will be full of wild energy Yee to the haw!!! For me it’s going to feel like a Rock & Roll High School reunion (without the platform shoes and bellbottom jeans).”

Pete Lesperance (Harem Scarem): “Hey y’all! I can’t tell you how excited we are to be back and playing at Melodic Rock Fest 3 in September! Seems like to perfect gig to start the 2013 MOOD SWINGS reunion tour! This time I promise we’ll make sure our Visas are in order and actually show up. Oops!”

Ted Poley: “I am very proud to be a part of the upcoming MELODICROCKFEST! This event is a MUST for any fan of Melodic Rock, it’s a rare opportunity to see many of their favorite artists that simply do not tour on a wide scale. Anyone who attended the last one knows that this is an event not to be missed! See you there!”

Joe Vana (Mecca): “The last MR fest was an honor and a blast… the guys in Mecca and I very much look forward to doing this show and meeting the fans again! Oh yea, one thing more… Fergie Frederiksen is firmly back at the helm with me! We now get to do material from Mecca I, Mecca II, Fergie’s solo career and of course some Toto tunes from his tenure with that Amazing Band… We are coming to kick ass!!!”

Richie (7th Heaven): “It is an honor to be a part of Melodic Rock Fest 3. What a great lineup of great acts with great songs, I hope everyone can make it out. We, 7th Heaven, are looking forward to a great rocking set. See ya there!”

Vic Rivera (AdrianGale): “Pumped to be playing at my third MelodicrockFest — on behalf of all of AdrianGale, we are looking forward to seeing you all in Chicago in September for what will be a truly awesome event!”

Scott Miller (Tango Down): “We have played a lot of shows over the last two years, from festivals (indoor and outdoor) to clubs and even theatres. But playing MelodicRockFest 3 will be an event to remember!! Thank you for having us Andrew. It doesn’t get any better than playing your show and along with some of the most awesome bands around. Again, an event to remember. (Pre Beer drinking!)”

In order of appearance, THE COMPLETE LINEUP DETAILS ARE:

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27 (Acoustic Night)

– Eric Martin – Fresh from his European solo acoustic tour, Eric will bring the best of his solo career and all the Mr. Big hits to the stage for this headlining appearance.

– Kelly Keeling – The Baton Rouge vocalist will be performing a “best of” set including songs from his main band, plus others from his time with Michael Schenker, Heaven & Earth and John Norum.

– Glen Burtnik – One of the greatest songwriters of our time has agreed to do a solo “best of” set, which will include songs from his legendary HEROES & ZEROES and TALKING IN CODE albums plus more!

– Robert Tepper – The ’80s AOR star will perform songs from his cult classic NO EASY WAY OUT album and new material.

– Gary Schutt – Often a one man band in his own right, the popular Jeff Scott Soto Band bassist, guitarist, songwriter will be at his entertaining quirky best.

– The Radio Sun – Out of the ashes of Square One comes a new band ready to make a statement. They will perform acoustically Friday and a full electric set to open Saturday.

– Line Of Fire – One of the best new AOR acts out of America, here to play songs from their first two albums.

– Bonrud – By popular request, we are sneaking in these guys to close the night with an electric set to rev fans up for the weekend ahead. And there may be more… as we have no curfew to adhere to!


– Harem Scarem – After missing MRF1 due to visa issues, the band has a mission to blow fans away with their high energy set and infectious songs. The Canadian melodic rock legends will be touring to promote the 20th Anniversary of their classic MOOD SWINGS release. This is their first US show in 20 years and the only one for now!

– W.E.T. – The melodic rock “supergroup” consisting of Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Eric Martensson (of Eclipse on guitars) and Robert Sall (of Work Of Art on guitars/keyboards) plus members of Eclipse will perform their first ever USA show and are set to blow fans away just as they did last year in the UK and earlier this year in Sweden with one of their rare live appearances.

– Mecca+ – Mecca is Joe Vana and his powerhouse professional band of Chicago natives. But this time around they are bringing a very special guest with them — Toto’s Fergie Frederiksen, who was an integral part of the Mecca debut. The set list will comprise of tunes from Mecca (old and new) and also Ferge’s time with Toto.

– AdrianGale – No one saw this one coming, but Vic Rivera, Jamie Rowe and Co. are back together. What better place to re-launch this great act, along with a new album (on Kivel Records) than at MRF3! So expect a “Hit” infused set, with some killer new material!

– Tango Down – The band is becoming a well-seasoned live act and vocalist David Reece promises a set heavy on material from their new album and classic Bangalore Choir tunes!

– Brett Walker – He delivered the cult classic NEVERTHELESS album, so on the eve of a brand new studio release, Brett will bring his band to Chicago for a dose of old and new Americana melodic rock.

– Newman – The acclaimed British rock outfit are finally set for their USA debut. Expect a set featuring songs from all eras of the Newman legacy.

– 7th Heaven – These guys need no introduction, being at MelodicRockFest 1 and 2. For #3 they have a new singer and a new album — expect a killer high-energy set.

– Evolution Eden – One of the newcomers featured this weekend. This powerhouse trio will impress, no doubt.

– The Radio Sun – Plugging in and cranking it up to get Saturday off to a flying harmony filled start.


– Steve Augeri – Best known for his time bringing Journey back to the masses and fronting the amazing ARRIVAL album; he’s also fronted Tall Stories and Tyketto. The man himself will be in the house with his backing band Valentine for a set filled with everything you’ll be hoping for.

– Ted Poley – Mr. Energy will deliver another fabulous set of high energy rock n roll, from his solo tour to all the Danger Danger hits and a few rarely heard tracks for the die-hards!

– House Of Lords – The James Christian lead lineup that has delivered four amazing melodic hard rock albums in the last several years will be delivering a knockout set of hits and current favorites.

– Eclipse – Sweden’s favorite melodic hard rock act will be in the mood to rock, giving tracks from all albums a spin — especially the brilliant current album BLEED & SCREAM.

– Bombay Black – A party favorite for any occasion and MRF3 will be a party. So who better to warm up the crowd!

– ColdSpell – Another class act from Sweden, these guys are building their profile and delivering more each time. Get ready for a dose of Scandi hard rock.

– No Love Lost – A new American act that is making some waves and will no doubt make their presence felt at MRF3.

– Crossing Rubicon – One of two heavier bands for the day. American melodic metal band Crossing Rubicon will help make up the crowd after what will no doubt be a long night Saturday.

– Inner Siege – A touch of progressive metal mixed with a melodic edge will get the crowd over any hangovers from the night before.

– Loveblast – Chicago’s own ’80s melodic hard rock band will show why they are a star on the rise with a set that is bound to convert fans gathered for the show.

All these bands and more will rock your world at MelodicRockFest 3. Already several special guests are lining up to be in attendance and will no doubt try and talk their way onto the stage in one form or another. This is going to be an EPIC weekend and the venue has an early morning curfew, so we will rock as long as physically and mentally possible!

On top of the musical entertainment planned, there will also be a number of vendors on hand for your every merchandise wish. Merchandise will be located in two different areas, with a range of vendors on hand to offer that full rock n roll event atmosphere. Also expect some surprises, giveaways, and a lot more! Not only that but there is going to be the raffle to end all raffles, with so much gear and prizes to give away, it just can’t be listed in one place.

MelodicRockFest is planning to make this event a really “different” weekend than your usual concert going experiences. We are attempting to raise the bar a little to increase the fun factor and experience as a whole.

Also, make a point to stop by the MRF3 Event Booth! There will be plenty of other options to buy a whole range of MelodicRockFest gear, new and old MelodicRock Records CDs and MRCD Compilations and more.

Frontiers Records – http://www.frontiers.it/
Kivel Records – http://www.kivelrecords.com/
Escape Music – http://www.escape-music.com/
ARfm – http://www.arfm.co.uk/
ClassX Radio – http://www.classxradio.com/
CSR Music Promotions – http://www.csrmusicpromotions.com/
Rock The Stage NYC – http://www.rockthestagenyc.com/
Rock My Wood – http://www.facebook.com/RockMyWood?fref=ts
Metal Mayhem Music – http://www.metalmayhem.com/
Laser Engrave Art – http://www.laserengraveart.com/
RPM Vocal Studios – http://www.rpmvocalstudio.com/

Friday (Doors at 5 p.m.) $55.00
Saturday (Doors at 12 p.m.) $65.00
Sunday (Doors at 12 p.m.) $65.00


Includes – three-day MRF3 ticket / Exclusive “Blue VIP” T-Shirt / Exclusive “Blue VIP” Laminate Pass / Event Poster / Friday after-show Meet & Greet with artists (exact details TBA)

TICKETS ON SALE NOW at: http://www.melodicrockfest.com/ (PayPal sales) or via TicketWeb/H.O.M.E. Bar using the following links:

BLUE VIP ($220) – http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3450014&pl=home

FRIDAY ($55) – http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3446814&pl=home

SATURDAY ($65) – http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3446984&pl=home

SUNDAY ($65) – http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3446994&pl=home


*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Kiss Army Spring Break In Los Cabos!

The Kiss Army Is Invited To Join Paul Stanley And Gene Simmons For A Rock And Roll Weekend In Los Cabos March 22 And 23 For The Grand Opening Of Rock & Brews

Paul and Gene are heading South of the Border to open their Rock & Brews™ restaurant in San Jose del Cabo March 22 and 23.

Kiss Army Fans are invited to join the celebration at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos, the rockin’ AAA Four-Diamond host resort for the event, which is offering a Kiss Army Rock & Brews weekend package to welcome them.

The Kiss Army Rock & Brews package includes a two-night stay in a deluxe room with a Jacuzzi and private terrace (double occupancy) March 22 and 23, two tickets to the invitation-only Rock & Brews grand opening on March 22, a private seaside reception and photo opportunity with Gene and Paul at the resort’s Five Star Diamond De Cortez restaurant prior to the opening event, a breakfast buffet for two at the resort’s Tomatoes restaurant, and a Rock & Brews T-shirt for $749 (including tax, based on availability). The rate code is KISARRB. For more information, or to make reservations, please visit http://www.sheratonloscabos.com/ , or call (011) 52-624-145-8000.

The new Rock & Brews Los Cabos features a unique concert themed-atmosphere, complete with giant murals of classic rock artists, album and tour art. Guests can take advantage of the al fresco dining offered, or enjoy sitting indoors in an authentically themed backstage concert site. The restaurant features a full bar and the largest selection of craft beers in Los Cabos. It is set to be a main late-night attraction for locals and tourists alike, as after the dinner rush, a DJ will be spinning tunes nightly.


*** PRESS RELEASE #3 ***
-Deep ?urp!e Reveals Song Titles And Artwork Of Their First Studio Album Since 2005

NOW WHAT ?! To Be Released On April 30

NEW YORK, NY — NOW WHAT ?! is produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Kiss, Alice Cooper).

NOW WHAT ?! is Deep Purple’s 19th studio album. It was recorded in Nashville, TN and combines a fresh and modern production with the original spirit of ’70s Deep Purple. “PERFECT STRANGERS meets MADE IN JAPAN.”

NOW WHAT ?! is the name of the tour that will bring Deep Purple all over the world.

NOW WHAT ?! follows the release of “All The Time In The World” and “Hell To Pay.” A ballad and a classic Purple rocker. Two of the many faces to discover on the articulate and inspired new studio album. Available on all digital service providers April 2.

NOW WHAT ?! features 11 songs:

1. A SIMple sOng
2. WeiRDistAN
3. OUt of HANd
4. HELL to Pay
5. BOdyLinE
6. AbOVe aNd bEYOND
7. BLOod froM a StoNe
8. UNcomMon MaN
9. aprÈS VOus
10. ALL the tiME in thE WORld
11. VinceNt PRiCE

NOW WHAT ?! will also be released in a limited quantity with a bonus track and a bonus DVD featuring Deep Purple in conversation plus additional audio material.

NOW WHAT ?! will on top be released as double vinyl LP containing 11 tracks plus bonus track, as in the limited edition CD.

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*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Whitesnake’s Video For “Fool For Your Loving” Taken From Upcoming CD/DVD Package Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere Un Ultimate Classic Rock

MADE IN JAPAN Due Out April 19 In Europe And April 23 In North America Via Frontiers Records

Whitesnake fans worldwide can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for “Fool For Your Loving,” taken from their forthcoming CD/DVD package MADE IN JAPAN:


The new DVD/live CD package is set for release on April 23 in North America and will be available in several formats: a deluxe 2CD/DVD edition, Blu-ray and a standalone DVD. The performance footage is shot in stunning HD in 5.1 and stereo and is taken from Whitesnake’s co-headlining set at the Loud Park festival on October 11, 2011 held at Saitama Super Arena in Japan during their “Forevermore World Tour.” The performance was initially recorded only for Japanese TV and future Loud Park promotions, but after three songs were broadcasted on a Loud Park highlights program in Japan, Whitesnake received unprecedented requests for this performance to be made available to the general public. Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyo0eGhcr4g to check out the official EPK; click http://www.frontiers.it/us to pre-order MADE IN JAPAN.

MADE IN JAPAN contains songs from Whitesnake’s most recent studio album, FOREVERMORE, as well as classic hits such as “Is This Love,” “Still Of The Night” and “Here I Go Again.” The bonus CD also includes never-before-heard outtakes and acoustic versions of material from the award-winning FOREVERMORE album that were recorded during sound checks on the 2011 Japanese tour. Additional DVD content includes various band photo slideshows and fan-shot videos. Click http://www.frontiers.it/us to download the cover art for the deluxe combo version, http://www.frontiers.it/download/whitesnake_japan_DVD.JPG for the DVD edition and http://www.frontiers.it/download/whitesnake_bluray.jpg for Blu-ray edition.

Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary David Coverdale, Whitesnake carry a rightful reputation as one of the world’s leading rock bands. Coverdale’s blues roots, combined with a feral sense of rock and roll, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound along with Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable musicianship. Whitesnake’s ascent to the very top of the rock n’ roll heap was confirmed with 1987’s self-titled mega-platinum album, which saw two massive Top 10 hits, two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” and a virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the world. David Coverdale was recently named one of Revolver’s “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” and the UK’s Kerrang voted Coverdale the “Last Great Rock Star.” Musicians on MADE IN JAPAN include David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass), Brian Tichy (drums) and special guest Brian Ruedy (keyboards).

For more information, please visit:

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-Avantasia: New Album Trailer And More Tour News!

On March 29 the new Avantasia epic THE MYSTERY OF TIME will hit the stores. Many journalists have already stated, that the album might be the most enchanting and complete Avantasia adventure of all times.

Enjoy the first impression of the masterpiece here:

On April 12 a giant all-star ensemble will set off on the Mystery World Tour 2013, which will bring them to Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Japan, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia and England. Now Avantasia are also set to play Costa Rica for the first time.

The first shows are nearly sold out, if you don’t want to miss out on the hottest metal event of the year, make sure you get your tickets!

Avantasia on tour:

12.04 – B – Moens – PPM Festival
13.04 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
14.04 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
16.04 – I – Mailand – Alcatraz
18.04 – D – Ludwigsburg – MPH Arena
19.04 – D – Kaufbeuren – All-Karthalle
20.04 – D – Fulda – Esperanto Halle
22.04 – D – Berlin – Tempodrom
23.04 – D – Hamburg – Große Freiheit
25.04 – D – Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
26.04 – D – Lichtenfels – Stadthalle
10.05 – NL – Amsterdam – Melkweg
31.05 – ES – Madrid – Sonisphere
01.06 – ES – Barcelona – Sonisphere
08.06 – S – Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
21.06 – F – Clisson – Hellfest
23.06 – RU – Moscow – Milk
25.06 – ARG – Buenos Aires – El Teatro
27.06 – CHI – Santiago de Chile – Teatro Caupolican
29.06 – BRA – Sao Paolo – HCBC Hall
03.07 – CRC – San Jose – Peppers
05.07 – MEX – Mexico City – Circo Valador
10.07 – J – Tokyo – Shinagwa Prince Stella Ball
13.07 – D – Ballenstedt – Rock Harz
14.07 – CZ – Zlin – Masters Of Rock
08.08 – SLO – Snina – Festival Rock Pod Kamenom
10.08 – UK – Derbyshire / Catton Park – Bloodstock Festival

Also watch:

“Invoke The Machine” Lyric Video:



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-Chevy Metal – With Members Of The Foo Fighters Joins: 95.5 KLOS & The Whisky A Go-Go ~ Rock Against MS Benefit Concert

The Whisky A Go-Go
8901 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Wednesday, March 27

Hosted By:
Bob Coburn & Gary Moore of 95.5 KLOS

Marky Ramone, Glenn Hughes, Lemmy, John 5, Blasko (Ozzy), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Steven Adler, Kenny Aronoff, Gilby Clarke, Brian Tichy, Ginger (Rob Zombie), Piggy D, Tommy Victor, Phil Buckman (Filter), Brent Scallions (Fuel), Jack Russell, Jeff Pilson, Teddy Zigzag, Tim King (Soil), Jeff Bowders, Jeff Young, Chas West


Meet & Greet – 6:00 p.m. – Must have purchased this ticket – PHOTO ONLY – Not a signing
Doors – 7:30 p.m.
Show – 8:00 p.m.

Pre-Sale Tickets:
$35 – General
$100 – Meet & Greet/General Ticket
$150 – VIP Pass/Meet & Greet – Limited 50 Tickets Only

Purchase online at Ticketfly:

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 6 p.m. Pre-show during sound check! You will be escorted in and out. PHOTO ONLY – not signing.

Monster Energy Drink, Schecter Guitars, D’Addario/Evans, Whisky A Go-Go, 95.5 KLOS, Majik Box/DW Drums

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-Timo Tolkki Returns With A Stunning Symphonic Metal Opera — THE LAND OF NEW HOPE — Due Out On Frontiers In May

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon’s stunning new Metal Opera entitled THE LAND OF NEW HOPE on May 17 in Europe and May 21 in North America.

Hailed by fans and press as one of the forefathers of the Power Metal genre with his songwriting for the band Stratovarius in the late ’90s and early ’00s, Timo Tolkki has been silently preparing his musical revenge. Following a call in August 2012 from Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino, Tolkki quickly cancelled all plans and started writing new music following an original concept discussed years ago between the artist and Perugino. The idea was to have a magniloquent metal / rock opera with some cinematic orchestrations to bring back the Stratovarius original sound in a more symphonic and grandiose fashion. “I sort of rediscovered myself musically in the process of making this album,” explains Tolkki. “I wrote the story first and started composing the music after that. My aim was to write memorable songs with good melodies that would support the story. In Stratovarius back in early ’90s, I was one of those who were there in creating the whole Power Metal genre, so it is natural that people may associate this music style to me. But on this album you will find a lot of different dynamics as well with some songs that are fully orchestrated and sound very very big.”

For this unique album, Tolkki managed to gather some of the most renowned singers around including Michael Kiske (Unisonic), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation) and Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica).

Rounding up the stunning lineup of this album are: Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire) on drums and Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion), Mikko Härkin (Sonata Arctica) on keyboards, with Tolkki taking care of all guitars and bass recordings and of course production duties.

Anticipated by a sequence of YouTube trailers which have already ignited the interest among the fans, THE LAND OF NEW HOPE opens a new chapter in Tolkki’s career and perspectives, with the Finnish artist regaining full artistic credibility with his own music and performances. Tolkki says: “The LAND OF NEW HOPE album is one part of the story, the end of it actually. The story is longer and goes back to the time before this album’s story, so two more Metal Operas are likely to follow to complete a trilogy. In generally, I find the Metal Opera concept fascinating and logical to me at this point of my career. I love classical music and just like in Classical Opera, in the Metal Opera you can also create stories and have almost limitless possibilities musically. It is not so easy to stay fresh after 25 years career, but this album is truly something special.”

A stunning artwork was specially created for this project by Stanis W. Decker which will be released in two versions — regular CD and deluxe edition with a bonus DVD include a 30-minute documentary “making of the album” and two promotional video clips.

THE LAND OF NEW HOPE final track listing includes:
1. Avalanche Anthem
2. A World Without Us
3. Enshrined In My Memory
4. In The Name Of The Rose
5. We Will Find A Way
6. Shine
7. The Magic Of The Night
8. To The Edge Of The Earth
9. I’ll Sing You Home
10. The Land Of New Hope

The first single “Enshrined In My Memory” (sung by Amaranthe’s Elize Ryd) will be released digitally worldwide on March 25. You can enjoy a full EPK presentation of the album at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HoyZll5j0c .


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-Russ Dwarf Releases New Album WIRELESS On March 18

Russ Dwarf, the two-time Canadian Juno Award nominee and founding member the Killer Dwarfs, is pleased to announce the release of his latest album, WIRELESS, on March 18. Having stripped back ten of his most recognizable hits from his thirty plus year career, Russ has delivered an album high on raw emotion and inner beauty. Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Bumblefoot, lends a hand with a blistering solo on the album’s closing track, “Driftin’ Back.”

To support the new album, Russ has launched the all new website, http://www.RussDwarf.com/ where fans can pre-order the album and be kept up-to-date on all his latest news. The album is available worldwide as of March 18 via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all other distribution channels.

The track listing for WIRELESS is:

1. Keep The Spirit Alive
2. Stand Tall
3. I’m Alive
4. Startin’ To Shine
5. Doesn’t Matter
6. Comin’ Through
7. Dirty Weapons
8. Look Around
9. Four Seasons
10. Driftin’ Back

Russ is currently on tour supporting the new release and is hard at work on a documentary film about his life tentatively called “Tall Tales.” The movie with an accompanying book of the same title is set to be released in early 2014.


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-Eagle Rock Entertainment Presents Rainbow – LIVE IN MUNICH 1977 On 2CD, Vinyl, And DVD

~Featuring Classic Lineup Of Blackmore, Dio, And Powell~

~April 30, 2013~

NEW YORK, NY — On April 30, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Rainbow: LIVE IN MUNICH 1977 on 2CD, DVD, and 2LP. [Pre-book Order Date April 5, MSRP $34.98 2LP, $17.98 2CD, $14.98 DVD]

Captured during the band’s 1977 European tour, LIVE IN MUNICH is the only full live concert ever filmed with the classic Ritchie Blackmore/Ronnie James Dio/Cozy Powell lineup. With newly re-mastered sound, this is also the first time this complete concert is available on vinyl.

Rainbow was the brainchild of legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, created in 1975 after his departure from Deep Purple. A string of hit albums ignited immediate success, which persevered until 1983, when Blackmore disbanded the group (and re-joined Deep Purple). Featuring the lineup of Blackmore, Cozy Powell (drums), Bob Daisley (bass), David Stone (keyboards), and premiere Rock and Roll vocalist Ronnie James Dio, the excitement in the air during this night was electric. This might be due, in part, to Blackmore’s late arrival to Munich just before the concert, after being smuggled out of Austria after trouble with the police at a gig two nights earlier. This seemed to inspire both the band and the audience to create a truly remarkable gig.

The DVD includes original promo videos for “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “Gates Of Babylon,” and “L.A. Connection,” a photo gallery, slideshow with audio commentary, interviews, and the “Rainbow Over Texas ’76” feature, which includes additional interviews and performance footage. Truly, LIVE IN MUNICH 1977 is a brilliant showcase of the primal electricity of Rainbow.

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.

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-Watch Out For The Unruly Dogs Coming From Sweden! The Poodles Are Ready To Rock The House With Their New album TOUR DE FORCE Out In May On Frontiers!

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the anticipated return of The Poodles with the release of the band’s fifth album TOUR DE FORCE on May 17 in Europe and May 22 in North America.

TOUR DE FORCE is the eagerly awaited follow-up to their Swedish No. 1 album from 2011, PERFORMOCRACY. Behind the wheel, taking on the duties of producer for a fourth time, will be Mats Valentin and once again the band wishes to underline with the album title their superb entertaining abilities both as Hard Rocking studio unit and as live act. “When writing and creating music we try to do something that we would love to listen to ourselves. It’s always been important for us to do music close to our hearts,” says bass player Pontus Egberg. “I do feel however that there’s a newly found playfulness about a lot of the tracks. I’m not quite sure what it is myself but it’s great!”

With songs like “Shut Up,” “Happily Ever After,” “Kings And Fools” and “Going Down,” The Poodles stay true to their legacy of powerful, melodic Metal while at the same time stretching into a new, more playful arena, flirting with influences from the past but always with a watchful eye on the present and in to the future.

In May 2013 the World Championships of Ice Hockey will be held in Stockholm, Sweden and the official theme song for the Swedish team will be performed by The Poodles! “The Swedish team wanted a great song to help cheer the team and the fans on during the games. Apart from a great song they also needed an artist/band to perform the song that could put some fire in to it,” tells Pontus. A fruitful collaboration between songwriters Anders Wikström (Treat) and Fredrik Thomander (Scorpions, Treat, Gotthard) and The Poodles came about and it resulted in the powerful sing-along, raise-your-fist-in-the-air rocker “En För Alla För En” which will be impacting at Swedish radio and TV on March 27 and is an exclusive bonus track for the physical edition of the album.

Another single from TOUR DE FORCE — “40 Days And 40 Nights” — a song which promises to entice both Poodles fans and anyone with a passion for rock n’ roll, will impact at radio and available for digital sales on April 26.

TOUR DE FORCE will include the following tracks:

1. Misery Loves Company
2. Shut Up!
3. Happily Ever After
4. Viva Democracy
5. Going Down
6. Leaving The Past To Pass
7. 40 Days And 40 Nights
8. Kings & Fools
9. Miracle
10. Godspeed
11. Now Is The Time
12. Only Just Begun
13. En För Alla För En (bonus track – physical edition only)

More good news is that The Poodles will be on the road to promote the new album! “We are kicking off the tour by doing three dates in Spain April 25-27. Then we are going to start touring mainly in Sweden in May and all through the summer. We are playing the H•E•A•T-festival in Germany in November and we are working on more European dates during the fall,” says Pontus who looks forward to rock The Poodles’ fans all over the world: “We love you, missed you, it’s been far too long, we hope you’ll love the new album as much as we do and we are looking forward to seeing you all soon on tour!”

After the gold and platinum records and the top chart results The Poodles achieved in their home country Sweden, now it is time for them to take on the world!

The Poodles:
Jakob Samuel – vocals
Pontus Egberg – bass
Christian Lundqvist – drums
Henrik Bergqvist – guitars
Produced by Mats Valentin & Rickard Nilsson


Tour Dates:
April 25 – Explosivo! Club, Zaragoza (Spain)
April 26 – Salamandra 2, Barcelona (Spain)
April 27 – Sala Rockitchen, Madrid (Spain)
November 3 – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg (Germany)

More dates TBA!

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-AFM Records Newsletter

U.D.O.: STEELHAMMER Album Cover & First Teaser Available!

STEELHAMMER — that’s the name of the upcoming new album of legendary German Metal band U.D.O.

On May 24 (USA: May 21) STEELHAMMER will be released as CD, ltd. digi-pak, ltd. 2-Vinyl and ltd. Fan Package.

A first album teaser is available here:

Udo Dirkschneider comments on the cover artwork:
“Our new album is a real battering ram,” Udo says. “That’s why we have chosen this cover. It really shows best that U.D.O. is pure heavy metal! U.D.O. is back!”

STEELHAMMER was produced by Udo Dirkschneider and Fitty Wienhold.

Lordi Enters European Charts With New Album!

The Finnish monster rockers Lordi invade the European charts with their new album TO BEAST OR NOT TO BEAST:

#8 in Finland
#56 in Germany and
# 95 in Switzerland.


Ektomorf: New Video Clip “Black Flag” / On Tour With Ill Nino!

Hungary’s neo thrash masters Ektomorf will embark on a tour with Ill Nino soon.

But before, they present their brand new video clip, filmed for the title track of their latest album, BLACK FLAG:

Ektomorf on tour with Ill Nino:

18. March – München, Germany – Backstage Werk
19. March – Wien, Austria – Szene Wien (w/ Shadows Fall)
20. March – Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage
22. March – Winterthur, Switzerland – Salzhaus
23. March – Romagnano, Italy – Rock N Roll Club
24. March – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm (w/ Shadows Fall)
25. March – Berlin, Germany – SO36
26. March – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
27. March – Essen, Germany – Turock
28. March – Eindhoven, Holland – Effenaar
29. March – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
31. March – Köln, Germany – Underground


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-Vindictiv: New Album Details Revealed

Swedish metallers Vindictiv will release their new album CAGE OF INFINITY on May 10 via Escape Music. The cover artwork was done by Carl-André Beckston and the CD was mixed by Lars Chriss (Lion’s Share), and mastered by Mike Lind.

CAGE OF INFINITY track listing:
1. The Chosen
2. Cage Of Infinity
3. Down In A Black Hole
4. Choices
5. Astronaut
6. Human Emergency
7. Resistance
8. Orphans
9. Son Of Fate
10. The Encounter
11. Screaming For Answers (bonus track)

Stefan Lindholm: Guitars
Marco Sandron: Vocals
Pontus Larsson: Keys
Nalle Påhlsson: Bass
Henrik Hedman: Drums

Vindictiv released two albums so far — the self-titled debut in 2008 and GROUND ZERO in 2009. Band leader and guitar wiz Stefan Lindholm has been a successful soloist on a number of albums, among them record producer Tom Galley’s international project Phenomena and Soulspell. Other great vocalists Stefan has worked with include Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Oliver Hartmann (At Vance, Avantasia), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) and Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire).


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-Code Of Silence Offers Free Track Download: “Tame The Tempest”

UK-based melodic metallers Code Of Silence are offering a free download of the track “Tame The Tempest.” The song is taken from the band’s debut album DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON which has already received glowing reviews. This track is now available as a free download for signing up to the band’s Reverbnation mailing list. Just go to: http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/16625691

The track started out as a piece written by guitarist Ben Randall and ended up a collaboration with Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse, Tainted Nation).

Get Ready To ROCK! reviewer Alan Jones wrote about the track: “an opportunity for Randall to thrust himself forward as the new guitar hero for the next generation. Plenty of raw meat for guitar wannabes to get their teeth into and an absolute shoo-in for Riff Of The Year.”

The first single “Sky Is Falling Down” (also available at Reverbnation) is a four-minute burst of pop metal — catchy, re-playable, and engaging — the promo video is available at the band’s website http://www.codeofsilence.co.uk/ and has gathered an amazing 200,000+ views since February: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSPtR8ote-I

The brainchild of respected UK melodic rock producer/ musician / songwriter Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and James Murray (bass), Code Of Silence is completed by John Clelland (drums), Scott McLean (keys), guitarist Ben Randall and vocalist Gus Monsanto (Revolution Renaissance, Adagio).

The album DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON is released by Mausoleum Records in Europe (February 25) and North America (April 9) in Japan by Rubicon Music.

The band will be sharpening their spurs in late September playing selected UK dates including the inaugural Skyfest on September 21, 2013. (See http://www.facebook.com/events/543811352308788 for more on Skyfest.)


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-BritWeek Celebrates British Rock ‘N Roll With UK Celebs In West Hollywood

The British invasion is back and is leading the charge at this year’s BritWeek event on May 4 in West Hollywood.

Molly Malone’s – 575 S Fairfax Ave – Los Angeles, CA 90036
Doors @ 7:30 p.m. – Show @ 8 p.m.

Imagine stepping back into the ’70s, but you are still in 2013 and feel that a new time for music has started…

On May the 4th it will be time to turn up the volume and enjoy some British rock n’ roll! A highly charged group of renowned British players, including Steve Cooke on vocals, will perform at this year’s BritWeek musical event. Previous BritWeek performers were Joss Stone and Duran Duran.

Founded by Nigel Lithgoe, BritWeek hosts a program of events promoting British creativity, innovation and excellence in California. They attract support from thousands of people, including international celebrities like Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jane Seymour, as well as business and political leaders like Sir Richard Branson and Tony Blair.

Steve Cooke, whose musical background includes renditions of The Who’s TOMMY and Led Zeppelin’s THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME will be leading the audience through the night with his powerful vocals and twelve-string guitar playing.

Cooke is best known in Los Angeles for his Americana Rock song “Working For The USA,” which won him Best Song and Best Rock Album last year. He is now concentrating on his new sound with strong British influences and will be joined with special guest performances by legendary British drummer Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Average White Band) and Kofi Baker, son of legendary drumming icon Ginger Baker (Cream). The group will also be joined by a well known British guitarist, TBA.

This will be a powerful two-hour show featuring new rock songs and classic British rock favorites.

To buy tickets:

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-Tombstone Highway Shares Some “Old Blood”

Italy’s Tombstone Highway has just released a new track entitled “Old Blood” exclusively at Rue Morgue magazine’s website. The song can be streamed at this location:


RURALIZER, the band’s southern rock-inspired doom metal album, will hit the shops on April 16 in North America. The release is out now in Europe.

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

The album will feature guest appearances by electric guitar virtuoso Mario Percudani (HungryHeart, Mitch Malloy), Hammond maestro Paolo “Apollo” Negri (Wicked Minds, Black Widow, Hasselvander) and Razor SK (Forgotten Tomb).

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

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

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

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

Tombstone Highway Facebook:

More music from Tombstone Highway:

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-Korpiklaani: Accordionist Leaves Band!

Juho Kauppinen, accordionist of Finnish traditional folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani, has decided to leave the band. Please find enclosed his official statement:

“I have decided to set my goals elsewhere, as a result of which Korpiklaani will go on without me from now on. Korpiklaani was a prominent part of my life for long, but after these eight and a half years I played in the band I have come to realize that I currently want to experience and pursue something else. Accordion has never been my primary instrument. I also understood that performing in front of an audience is not exactly what I hugely enjoy. Strange as it sounds, what I most want from making music nowadays is playing guitar at home. That is what I find relaxing and free of stress. Some people love touring, but because I am a very private person I found living and traveling on the tour bus for four weeks in a row a little challenging. Nevertheless, I got to experience many things I am deeply grateful for and want to thank all Korpiklaani’s listeners, fellow bands, crew members and our staff who enabled all of this. I am glad that the band has now found a truly professional accordionist to take the place of me to take care of the future tours and shows as planned. I wish everyone well. The journey has just begun.”

The band announced that there’ll be no show cancellations due to Juho is leaving the band.

If you want to see Korpiklaani live you better make sure to remember these dates:

10.04.2013 – Gdansk, Parlament – Poland
11.04.2013 – Wroclav, Alibi – Poland
12.04.2013 – Cracov, Kwadrat – Poland
13.04.2013 – Warsaw, Progresja – Poland
15.04.2013 – Copenhagen, Pumpenhuset – Denmark
16.04.2012 – Aarhus, Voxhall – Denmark
17.04.2013 – Lübeck, Treibsand – Germany
18.04.2013 – Dordrecht, Biebelot – Netherlands
19.04.2013 – Durbuy Rock – Belgium
20.04.2013 – Bremen, Tivoli – Germany
21.04.2013 – Leeuwarden, Romein – Netherlands
22.04.2013 – Berlin, K17 – Germany
23.04.2013 – Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal – Germany
24.04.2013 – Cham, L.A. – Germany
25.05.2013 – Memmingen, Kaminwerk – Germany
27.04.2013 – Losheim, Hexentanz festival – Germany
01.06.2013 – Geiselwind, Beastival – Germany
02.06.2013 – Plzen, Metalfest – Czech Republic
23.06.2013 – Clisson, Hellfest – France
15-17-08.2013 – Falun, RockFalun – Sweden
15-17.08.2013 – Dinkelsbühl, Summer Breeze – Germany
26.07.2013 – Volosianka, Carpathian Alliance Festival – Ukraine
7-8.12.2013 – Siembra y Lucha 2012 – Costa Rica
19.12.2013 – Pratteln, Z7 – Switzerland
20.12.2013 – Stuttgart, Kleine Schleyerhalle – Germany
21.12.2013 – Giessen, Hessenhallen – Germany
22.12.2013 – Dresden, Alter Schlachthof – Germany
26.12.2013 – Bielefeld, Ringlokschuppen – Germany
27.12.2013 – Fürth, Stadthalle – Germany
28.12.2013 – Bochum, Ruhrcongress – Germany
29.12.2013 – Bremen, Pier 2 – Germany
30.12.2013 – Potsdam, Metropolis Halle – Germany


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-“Last Shop Standing” — Official Film Of Record Store Day 2013 Coming To DVD On April 20

Featuring Interviews With Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley & Clint Boon

Based on the successful book of the same name, “Last Shop Standing” is a 50-minute documentary that was released on 10 September 2012. It is a celebration of the unique spirit of comradeship and entrepreneurial ingenuity that has enabled so many shops to keep operating successfully against the backdrop of massive changes in the music industry, the biggest recession in years, the growth of online file sharing and the explosion of choice in music consumption.

Not long ago there was a record shop on every high street, but over 500 independent record stores have closed during the last few years. Record shops were always more than retail outlets, they are part of our culture; they support new bands and local talent. A place for musicians and music fans to congregate, to browse away a few hours, to walk away with music they didn’t know existed.

The film features appearances by musicians and industry insiders including Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, Nerina Pallot and Richard Hawley, but the real stars are the record shop owners, their stories are the stuff of folklore! The film tells the full story, holds back no punches, but also celebrates and promotes our great independent record stores.

“An essential watch…” – Mark Searby, MTV

“Punchy and engaging!” – Stevie Chick, MOJO

“4 stars” – John Mitchell, RECORD COLLECTOR


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-The Stick People Gear Up To Release Debut Album

MADNESS Out On Tuesday, April 23 Via EFM Records/Bungalo/Universal Music Group

The Stick People are Stephen Duffy – vocals, Mike Stone (Queensryche/Klover/Criss) – guitar, Bernie Godwin – guitar, Frankie Anthony (Ozzy/WWIII) – drums and M.’. d’Ziur – bass, their debut album MADNESS produced by Dito Godwin (No Doubt, Kiss, Motley Crue) to be released on April 23 via EFM Records / Bungalo / Universal Music Group.

The band formed in 2008, signed their deal in 2009 but do to industry hold-ups they have been biding their time, writing and recording and are now poised and ready to bring MADNESS to the masses. The quintet is making plans to hit the road with reckless abandon and tour throughout 2013, the first song to infiltrate the airwaves will be the forceful punk rock assault on your senses “Think About That.”

The Stick People are a hard driving alternative punk rock band who bind together a diverse mix of influences to create a sound all their own. While mixing elements of old school punk with alternative and a touch of pop MADNESS delivers a rock and roll package that strikes a chord at first listen with its infectious riffs and explosive melodies. Expect to see this show on the road later this summer.


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-Reign Of The Architect To Release RISE

Reign Of The Architect will release their debut album, RISE, via Pitch Black Records on April 16 (everywhere except the USA where it will be released on May 14).

The album features guest appearances from Jeff Scot Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey), Mike LePond (Symphony X) and Joost Van Den Broek (Ayreon, After Forever). The fifteen tracks, spread over three “acts” on this album make up what is part one of a two-part concept, telling a tale of love, destruction and survival in the aftermath of this power struggle.

The mastermind behind Reign Of The Architect, Yuval Kramer comments:

“The storyline is an allegory of the powers that rage inside the human soul. Titles like ‘good’ and ‘evil,’ ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ are subjective terms which we only use to legitimize our actions. We wanted to focus on the survival instinct, which, in times of need, forces us to victimize ourselves and bend the rules just to turn the scale. Then we have to destroy this self and rebuild a new one who will eventually do exactly the same in the next similar situation. We wanted to point out this eternal battle between creation and destruction that wages inside the human psyche since the beginning of time, to grasp this feeling of being alone when it is most crowded.”

Based in Israel, and formed of musicians from several countries, Reign Of The Architect is a progressive metal band that has created a masterful debut album with rich soundscapes incorporating traditional folk instruments and soaring vocals which would appeal to fans of Blind Guardian, Ayreon, Pain Of Salvation, Kamelot and Devin Townsend.

Album trailer and a song available for streaming and free download available at http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/ .

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-Critical Solution Taps Whitfield Crane & Andy La Rocque For Upcoming Debut!

The Norwegian Thrash Metallers from Critical Solution have just finished recording their debut album in Andy La Rocque’s Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden.

Mid 2011, the band worked already with Andy La Rocque, when he produced and mixed their EP EVIDENCE OF THINGS UNSEEN. Also, this time, Andy La Rocque is responsible for the production, recording, mixing and mastering of this upcoming full-length, which will contain 14 tracks!

Critical Solution is revealing today two very special guests who will appear on their debut album! For their cover of Motörhead’s “Killed By Death,” guest vocals are contributed by Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) and Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) delivers a guitar solo on the same song!

The band has uploaded a teaser for “Killed By Death” (feat. Withfield Crane & Andy La Rocque) to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvUGifYKSv0 .

The new album has a tentative release date for Spring 2013. Stay tuned for much more news to come soon!

For all Critical Solution info:


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-Reverse Grip Announced As EU Support Act For Lordi

Canadian hard rockers Reverse Grip have been confirmed as the tour support for Finnish overlords of Metal Lordi when they grace the stages over Europe in April 2013. The Reverse Grip Spring Tour announcement video teaser can be viewed at http://youtu.be/cyuIuSxmjZs .

Reverse Grip is a Super High Energy Hard Rock Band formed by Dru, Sean and Dylan Broda, three real Brothers from Toronto, Canada. Brothers, Dru Sean and Dylan Broda, along side Kramer White, pack a super hard hitting, High Energy brand of ’80s influenced Hard Rock. With a live show that is sure to knock you on your ass and all the drive you’d imagine, Reverse Grip is on their way up!

Reverse Grip is:
Dru Broda – Vocals
Sean Broda – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Dylan Broda – Drums and Percussion
Kramer White – Bass Guitar & Ginger Hair

Lordi EU Tour – Tour Beast Or Not Tour Beast Tour 2013 with Reverse Grip

03.04.2013 D – Hamburg, Markhalle
04.04.2013 D – Geiselwind, Eventhalle
05.04.2013 D – Memmingen, Kaminwerk
06.04.2013 D – Offenbach-Bieber, TV Turnhalle Bieber
07.04.2013 D – Mannheim, Alte Seilerei
09.04.2013 F – Savigny-Le-Temple, L’Émpreinte
11.04.2013 D – Köln, Essigfabrik
12.04.2013 D – Burglengenfeld, VAZ
13.04.2013 D – Leipzig, Hellraiser
14.04.2013 D – Berlin, K 17
16.04.2013 CH – Pratteln, Z 7
18.04.2013 ITA – Bologna, ZR Club
19.04.2013 ITA – Rome, Orion Club
20.04.2013 ITA – Treviso, New Age Club
21.04.2013 ITA – Milan, Alcatraz
23.04.2013 ES – Valencia, Alzire
25.04.2013 ES – Madrid, Penelope
26.04.2013 ES – Pamplona, Sala Tottem
27.04.2013 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
28.04.2013 ES – Burgos, Sala Hangar
30.04.2013 BEL – Antwerpen, Trix
01.05.2013 NED – Uden, De Pul

Full tour details are available at http://www.lordi.fi/tour/tour-2013 .

Reverse Grip is dedicated and has a do-or-die attitude when it comes to music and life (which are the same thing if you ask them). Whether you call it Hard Rock, Sleaze, Metal or just plain old Rock N’ Roll. The boys from Reverse Grip have a tight GRIP on their dreams and wont let go! Sometimes you have to go back to go forward, so. STICK IT IN REVERSE!!

Reverse Grip World Tour 2013

Mar 16th @ The RockPile, Etobicoke, ON, Canada, w/ Gilby Clarke (GNR)
May 31st @ The Bar Fly, Campo Grande, Brazil
Jun 01st @ Sleazy Zone Party, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Jul 05th @ The Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
Jul 12th @ Rude Boy Club, Bielsko Biala, Poland
Jul 13th @ Trinec Festival, Trinec, Czech Republic

More show dates for Brazil, Europe, Australia and Japan in 2013 to be added soon.


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-Blacklist Union Hit The Road In Support Of Third Release

LOS ANGELES, CA — Rising California hard rockers Blacklist Union are set to hit the road in two weeks supporting their newest album, TIL DEATH DO US PART. Pre-empted by a few warm-up gigs in Seattle and Las Vegas, the band’s 16-date run kicks off at the legendary Club Red in Tempe, AZ on Friday, March 22 and then travels east from there. The band will headline all dates, teaming up with regional and local acts along the way.

TIL DEATH DO US PART, Blacklist Union’s third effort, was released via BLU Records in 2012. It was produced and mixed by Chris Johnson (Buckcherry, Evanescence, Goldfinger, etc.) and recorded at Skip Saylor Recording and The Village in Los Angeles, CA. The album takes the listener on a dark, disturbing and exhilarating run through songs like “Alabama Slammer” (a tragic love story that started off beautifully only to have a bitter crash and burn at the end), “I Do” (a song about “waking up after having your head in your ass for years,” says front man, Tony West) and the album’s title track (about loving and living your life to the fullest before we all “cross over”).

West says, “It’s been awhile since we last hit the road and I am very excited about it. We’re gonna show people that there is still kick ass rock ‘n’ roll out there in a big big way.”

TIL DEATH DO US PART is in stores now.

Blacklist Union Dates:

Mar 22 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
Mar 23 – El Paso, TX – Gallery 127
Mar 24 – Albuquerque, NM – Hooligans Nightclub
Mar 25 – Dallas, TX – The Boiler Room
Mar 27 – Little Rock, AR – The Downtown Music Hall
Mar 28 – Memphis, TN – Newby’s
Mar 29 – Janesville, WI – The Backbar
Mar 30 – Madison, WI – CC Rider’s Clubhouse
Apr 1 – Chicago, IL – The Abbey Pub
Apr 3 – Crest Hill, IL – Bada Brew
Apr 4 – Lansing, MI – Uli’s House Of Rock
Apr 6 – Detroit, MI – The Ritz
Apr 9 – Cincinnati, OH – Whiskey Bar
Apr 10 – Atlanta, GA – The Claremont Lounge
Apr 12 – New Orleans, LA – Hangar 13
Apr 13 – Houston, TX – The Concert Pub

Relevant Links


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-Napalm Records News

Lacrimas Profundere: Re-Signs With Napalm Records

After the release of THE GRANDIOSE NOWHERE in 2010 and the following tour in 16 countries around the globe, including destinations like South America, China and Spain, where the band experienced unforgettable memories and groundbreaking events, the guys revolving around mastermind Oliver Niklas took a break to concentrate on the arrangements for songs on the new album. Amid festival gigs in Wacken, the Mera Luna Festival, ARTmania, the WGT and many others, the band has been working hard on the 10th studio album, which will be released in May 2013, which is the 20th anniversary of the band. In addition, Napalm and Lacrimas Profundere renewed their co-operation with a new record deal.

Thomas Caser / Head Of A&R:
“We are very glad to announce the renewal of the contract with Lacrimas Profundere. In these modern and short-lived times, we appreciate this longtime relationship and are very proud, that the band will go their successful path with Napalm Records in the future! A fantastic album is about to be released!”

Oliver / Lacrimas Profundere:
“We are happy, that with Napalm Records — who are now the home for our idols Moonspell, Tiamat and Monster Magnet and for our most successful albums AVE END and FILTHY NOTES FOR FROZEN HEARTS — we have found a partner and friend for our 10th album. The record will surprise with unusual parts and heavy riffs, but not without the typical Lacrimas melodies and due to the collaboration with our idol Ricky Warwick and a guest appearance with our ex-singer Christopher, it will be our most varied and hardest album we made since 10 years. The record will be perfect for our anniversary and we cannot wait to share it with you. GOTH ‘N’ ROLL!”

Official Website

Hate: New Clip For “Alchemy Of Blood”

Polish Extreme Metal machine Hate produced a clip to the song “Alchemy Of Blood,” which is taken from the latest album SOLARFLESH.

“Alchemy Of Blood” Clip:

Official Website

Visions Of Atlantis – ETHERA Pre-Listening

Click on the link below to listen to the album preview of Visions Of Atlantis’ latest long-player ETHERA. Furthermore, you can pre-order this Symphonic Metal gem via our mail order!

Listen to ETHERA

Pre-Order ETHERA

Delain & Visions Of Atlantis: “The Dames Of Darkness” Festival

Dutch Symphonic Metal act Delain along with fellow label mates Visions Of Atlantis have joined the lineup for “The Dames Of Darkness Festival.”

The festival, which takes place on Saturday, May 11 at the award winning Robin 2 venue near Wolverhampton, features eight bands from the UK and across Europe.

For further information visit the festival’s Facebook page:

Delain Tour Dates / US Tour With Kamelot

“The good news just keep on coming! After announcing our Japanese tour, and our South American dates, we are really excited to announce that we’ll be joining Kamelot on a full-blown North American tour! It has been way too long since our last tour with our friends from Kamelot! We’re hugely looking forward to joining them on tour this fall and we’re hugely looking forward to meet YOU on our first ever full-blown US Tour. See you there, you don’t want to miss this!”

Tour Dates:
18.03.13 JP – Tokyo / Club Quattro
19.03.13 JP – Osaka / Akaso
13.04.13 NL – Hilversum / Vorstin
20.04.13 SU – Paramaribo / Unkies Open Air
23.04.13 AR – Buenos Aires/ Salon Reducci
24.04.13 BR – Sao Paolo / Carioca Club
05.05.13 NL – Zwolle / Bevrijdingsfestival Overijssel
11.05.13 UK – Wolverhampton / Dames of Darkness Festival
18.05.13 NL – Uden / De Pul
01.06.13 NL – Nijmegen / Fortarock
22.06.13 NL – Dokkum / Dokk’em Open Air
12.07.13 DE – Ballenstedt / Rockharz Festival

Delain on tour with Kamelot in North America:
02.09.13 US – Columbus, OH / Alrosa Villa
03.09.13 US – Baltimore, MD / Soundstage
05.09.13 US – Philadelphia, PA / The Trocadero Theatre
06.09.13 US – New York, NY / Stage 48
07.09.13 US – Worcester, MA / The Palladium
08.09.13 CA – Montreal, QUE / Club Soda
10.09.13 CA – Toronto, ON / The Opera House
12.09.13 US – Chicago, IL / Mojoe’s
13.09.13 US – Kansas City, KS / The Granada
14.09.13 US – Denver, CO / Bluebird Theater
15.09.13 US – Salt Lake City, UT / In The Venue
17.09.13 US – Seattle, WA / El Corazón
18.09.13 US – Portland, OR / Hawthorne Theater
20.09.13 US – San Francisco, CA / Slim’s
21.09.13 US – Anaheim, CA / The Grove
22.09.13 US – Phoenix, AZ / Joe’s Grotto
24.09.13 US – Dallas, TX / Trees
25.09.13 US – San Antonio, TX / Backstage Live
27.09.13 US – Louisville, KY / Diamonds
28.09.13 US – Atlanta, GA / The Masquerade
29.09.13 US – Orlando, FL / House Of Blues

Official Website


Napalm Records

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-Swedish Doom Metallers Memory Garden Release Second Single of New Album DOOMAIN Exclusively Via Website Of Metal Hammer Germany!

Limited First Edition Digi-CD With Bonus CD! DOOMAIN Out April 12!

Swedish epic Doom Metallers Memory Garden have launched the second single and title track taken off their upcoming new album DOOMAIN exclusively via the website of Metal Hammer Germany! Click here to check out the title track “Doomain!”


Make sure to also surf to http://www.metalblade.com/memorygarden to check out the front art and the first single “The Evangelist!” At the same address you can pre-order your copy of the album, be it a Digi-CD or LP, there’s also a T-shirt available! DOOMAIN will be released April 12/15 via Metal Blade Records in Europe!

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

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

DOOMAIN will be released the 12th/15th of April via Metal Blade Records in Europe on vinyl, as a standard jewel case CD and as a limited digi-CD with bonus CD!

The bonus disc features unreleased and rare tracks and pre-production recordings for the album VERDICT OF POSTERITY. Comments Memory Garden: “It’s two pre-production recordings for the VERDICT OF POSTERITY album. Both sounding better than the actual album which turned out quite disappointing sound wise. It’s not polished, but it’s raw and energetic. Mike Wead has just recently re-mastered these six songs.”

DOOMAIN track listing:
1. The Evangelist
2. Latent Lunacy
3, Daughters Of The Sea
4. Barren Lands
5. Violate & Create
6. Doomain
7. The King Of The Dead
8. A Diabolical Mind
9. Misfortune

CD 2 (ltd. edition):
“Covers recorded in 1998/1999 (unreleased / rare)”:
1. The Needle Lies (Queensryche)
2. Nightmare Be Thy Name (Mercyful Fate)
3. Country Girl (Black Sabbath)
“Original Recording 1 (1998)”:
4. Carved In Stone
5. Outward Passage
6. The Sum Of All Fear
“Original Recording 2 (1998)”:
7. Awkward Tale
8. Tragic Kingdom
9. Shadow Season

Memory Garden will be playing a release show on the 20th of April in Örebro, Sweden!

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

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

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


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-Surgeon: Philadelphia Prog Metal Trio Prepares To Release Sophomore Album

Amidst the plethora of extreme punk, hardcore and metal acts to come from within the underbelly of Philadelphia’s thriving music scene comes a bold new name to the progressive metal genre, in the form of Surgeon.

A shockingly unknown band outside of the local scene until now, Surgeon propels an organic, flowing style of progressive metal with bold rock buildups, which also merges into the realms of epic, classic doom. Comprised of vocalist/bassist Sean Bolton, lead guitarist Lydia Giordano and drummer Ruston Grosse (ex-Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, ex-Woe, Master tour drummer), the band recorded their debut album ANGRY GUEST at Electrical Audio in Chicago by Steve Albini, self-releasing it onto the masses in 2008. Their energy and attitude carries through both in the studio as well as on-stage, a feature that has helped the three seasoned musicians become known across the Philadelphia region, with Surgeon having shared the stage with Stinking Lizaveta, Howl, Black Cobra and others.

Crafting each song as an individual piece of art, blending their infectious hooks with intricate melodies Surgeon’s alloy of metals shines more than ever on the band’s ambitious second opus, CHEMICAL REIGN. Boasting nearly 50 minutes of material recorded with Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey (Mike Portnoy, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Number 12 Looks Like You, Russell Allen of Symphony X), Antreassian was able to capture the band’s live dynamics, the band unlocking new potentials only grazed upon before during previous recording sessions. Surgeon will be self-releasing CHEMICAL REIGN on May 19, 2013 digitally and on CD, the massive album undoubtedly something fans of Pharaoh, Atlantean Kodex, Slough Feg and early Iron Maiden should be proud to broadcast.

Hear the album’s second track “Watching You” as well as studio and live footage of Surgeon and more at these locations:

“Watching You” studio video:

“Greed” live video:

1. The Creeple
2. Watching You
3. Deadly Are The Words
4. Greed
5. Chemical Reign
6. Animals
7. Hamburger Factory
8. The Only Constant
9. Tomorrow
10. Waves


*** PRESS RELEASE #26 ***
-Lair Of The Minotaur Declares New EP & Release Show For Record Store Day

Celebrating ten years of clear-cut maliciousness through Greek mythology and unchecked riff savagery in 2013, Chicago trio Lair Of The Minotaur will storm back with a new EP this Spring.

While the members of Lair Of The Minotaur have been skulking around in the back-alleys of the underground over recent months, the band has been far from dormant. To commemorate a full decade of demolishing eardrums on record and on stage this year, the band will hammer their fan base with a brand new EP for this year’s Record Store Day. Entitled GODSLAYER, the new 7″ release bears two new tracks, with the surge of “Godslayer” opening up, and the monolithic “The Black Heart Of The Stygian Drakonas” on the B-side, both tracks mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer). A limited edition of 300 copies will be pressed as a 7″, in addition to the digital download through iTunes, Amazon MP3 and the like, and as with their latest album EVIL POWER will be released on their own The Grind-House Records with distribution from previous label home, Southern Lord, for Record Store Day this April 20th.

Check out the GODSLAYER cover art designed by visual artist Tom Denney — artist for LOTM’s CARNAGE EP, ULTIMATE DESTROYER LP and s/t demo covers, and known for works for Kylesa, Sourvein, Soilent Green, Saint Vitus, Yakuza, Black Cobra, Rwake, Samothrace, Weedeater among others — and other Lair action right here:


In conjunction with GODSLAYER’s release, Lair Of The Minotaur will storm stages once again in April, starting with a free hometown Record Store Day show at Reckless Records in Chicago’s Wicker Park.

Lair Of The Minotaur Live:
4/20/2013 Reckless Records – Chicago, IL (FREE Record Store Day/Record Release Show)


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-Kadavar: First Part Of Track-By-Track Commentaries!

Today, Berlin-based classic/psychedelic hard rock trio Kadavar presents the first part of the track-by-track commentaries for its upcoming second studio album ABRA KADAVAR, to be released via Nuclear Blast on April 12.

Let vocalist/guitarist Lupus Lindemann, bassist Mammut and drummer Tiger provide you with background information on the album’s first four tracks:

1. – Come Back Life
“On ‘Come Back Life’ we’ve tried to write similar melody lines for the vocals and guitar. After the song was done, I got the impression that someone had twiddled with out time machine and had sent us back to 1969!” (Tiger)

2. – Doomsday Machine
“It’s both the second track on the album and the second song that was written for it, probably showcasing our trademark sound best. Between changes in tempo, single note riffs and guitar solos, the lyrical concept deals with destruction — inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s movie ‘Dr. Strangelove.'” (Lupus Lindemann)

3. – Eye Of The Storm
“After playing this six-minute piece, my fingers always glow like fireflies — a rough storm on the high seas! One of the songs that might be most fun to play live, due to its multifacetedness. Not a single second of rest for your ears, if you don’t want to miss one of the song’s great twists and turns!” (Mammut)

4. – Black Snake
“This song is about a friend of ours who’s been living in a small cave in the middle of Paris without water supply for about 10 years now. The cave is solely lighted by candles and filled with taxidermied animals and voodoo puppets — one for each of his ex-girlfriends. Try to recall a dark acid trip and multiply it by 10 — that’ll give you a rough idea…” (Lindemann)

Stay tuned for the upcoming second track-by-track part!

In the meantime, check out “Doomsday Machine,” the first single of ABRA KADAVAR:

ABRA KADAVAR will be available as a limited digi version including a bonus track as well in different vinyl versions. Pre-order your copy at http://www.smarturl.it/kadavabrakadav .

Kadavar are:
Lupus Lindemann – vocals & guitar
Mammut – bass
Tiger – drums

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival Adds The Acacia Strain, Every Time I Die

In the ongoing propaganda campaign for the upcoming fifteenth annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, this week the promoters proudly announce the latest round of acts confirmed for the massive gathering. The previously unannounced special guest for the festival’s pre-party kickoff show on Thursday, April 18 has now been confirmed as The Acacia Strain, and the special guest for the first main day of the festival, Friday, April 19, will be Every Time I Die.

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. Celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the historic Worcester Palladium, the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV will take place April 19th, 20th and 21st with a special pre-fest party in the upstairs room at the Palladium on April 18.

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


-There’s a new interview with 220 Volt (in Swedish) at http://www.afairjudgement.com/2013/03/17/intervju-220-volt/ .

-Anvil’s new album HOPE IN HELL is due out May 28 on The End Records. Track list: “Hope In Hell,” “Eat Your Words,” “Through With You,” “The Fight Is Never Won,” “Pay The Toll,” “Flying,” “Call Of Duty,” “Badass Rock’n’Roll,” “Time Shows No Mercy,” “Mankind Machine,” “Shut The F*ck Up.” The limited edition digi-pak version has two bonus tracks: “Hard Wired” and “Fire At Will.” Check out a short promo clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeFf12GJAsk&feature=youtu.be , and see http://www.anvilmetal.com/ for more.

-Beyond Fear — featuring singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, guitarists John Comprix and Matt Sorg, bassist Ed Stephens, and drummer Eric Elkins — is working on a new album.

-Drummer Clive Burr passed away March 12 at the age of 56. From a statement at IronMaiden.com: “We are deeply saddened to report that Clive Burr passed away last night. He had suffered poor health for many years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and died peacefully in his sleep at home.” Burr joined the band in 1979 and played on IRON MAIDEN (1980), KILLERS (1981), and THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST (1982); he also played in Samson, Trust, Praying Mantis, and Dee Snider’s pre-Widowmaker band Desperado, among others.

-Double Threat — described as “Greek hard ‘n’ heavy rockers” — will release their debut album WANDER THIRST on April 5 through Sleaszy Rider Records. Hype: “The band sounds like a perfect mix of classic rock albums as BAD COMPANY (Bad Company), BURN (Deep Purple), LEFTOVERTURE (Kansas), DOUBLE VISION (Foreigner) and HEAVEN AND HELL by Black Sabbath!” Check out the band’s new website, http://www.doubletreatband.com/ , and http://www.sleaszyrider.com/ for more.

-Edge Of Paradise’s new single “Break Away” is out now. Check out a new interview with Edge Of Paradise singer Margarita Monet at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/J3ts .

-Escape will release BORDERLINE March 25 on Z Records. Hype: “Described as the jewel in the crown of English AOR by Rob Evans of Classic Rock AOR and Powerplay, Escape have produced a superb follow-up to their 2012 debut UNBREAKABLE.” Track list: “Lost And Found,” “Coming Home,” “Marianne,” “Restless Heart,” “Don’t Leave Me Lonely,” “Where Are You Now,” “Borderline,” “Take Me To The Limit,” “Angel Eyes,” “Young Guns Dream,” “Calling Out To You.” See http://www.z-records.com/ for more.

-The three finalists in Foghat’s “495 Boogie” lyrics contest are in. Check out the versions as follows:

Daniel Ney – “State Of Rock ‘N Roll”

Tom Mix – “Boogie Train”

Phil Dessinger – “4-9-5 Boogie”

Vote once for your favorite lyrics by emailing contest@foghat.net.

-Gamma Ray’s MASTER OF CONFUSION EP is out now via earMusic. The release includes the new tracks “Empire Of The Undead” and “Master Of Confusion,” covers of Holocaust’s “Death Or Glory” and Sweet’s “Lost Angels,” and six live tracks: “The Spirit,” “Wings Of Destiny,” “Gamma Ray,” “Farewell,” “Time To Break Free,” “Insurrection.” The Japanese version includes the bonus track “Sag Mir Bescheid” (German version of “Send Me A Sign”). The live tracks were recorded in Bochum, Germany, and originally appeared on the SKELETONS & MAJESTIES Blu-ray. See http://www.gammaray.org/ for more, including video clips related to the EP.

-Hand Of God, featuring “Greek guitar hero” Theodore Ziras, will release THE HAND OF GOD through Sleaszy Rider Records later this year. Hype: “Hand Of God is a female-fronted power/melodic gothic band featuring, besides Theodore, vocal sensation Marissia!” Sample audio is available at http://www.myspace.com/handofgodband . See http://www.sleaszyrider.com/ for more.

-Heaven & Earth — singer Joe Retta, guitarist Stuart Smith, bassist Chuck Wright, keyboardist Arlan Schierbaum, and drummer Richie Onori — will release DIG through Quarto Valley Records on April 23. The disc was produced by Dave Jenkins (Metallica, Tower Of Power) and features guest spots from Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), and David Paich (Toto). Track list: “Victorious,” “No Money, No Love,” “I Don’t Know What Love Is,” “Man & Machine,” “House Of Blues,” “Back In Anger,” “Waiting For The End Of The World,” “Sexual Insanity,” “Rock & Roll Does,” “A Day Like Today,” “Good Times,” “Live As One.” The official video for “No Money, No Love” was directed by Glen Wexler, includes a guest appearance by Calico Cooper, and is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WB1iW0thik . Hype: “The video features performance footage of the band, along with an old hotel packed with a motley crew of midgets, magicians, and scantily clad temptresses.” Check out a new interview with Smith at http://unskinnypop.com/2013/03/interview-with-stuart-smith-of-heaven-earth/ , and a review of DIG and an interview with Wright at http://drmusic.org/Review_Of_The_Week.html . See http://www.heavenandearthband.com/ , https://www.facebook.com/officialheavenandearth , https://twitter.com/HeavenEarthBand , and http://www.youtube.com/user/HeavenandEarthBand for more.

-In Killer Dwarfs-related news, there is much more in store for us than Russ Dwarf’s new acoustic solo album WIRELESS. Russ has another new “rock” solo album in the works, there’s an album of unreleased Killer Dwarfs songs called START @ ONE, and much more. Check out a nice piece at Michael Brandvold’s blog that briefly discusses all this, at http://michaelbrandvold.com/blog/2013/02/russ-dwarf-of-the-killer-dwarfs-connects-with-michael-brandvold-marketing-for-digital-strategy-on-upcoming-release-wireless/ .

-Kiss’ full March 9 show from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOhg38p7e3g . In related news, check out Three Sides Of The Coin, http://www.threesidesofthecoin.com/ , for a blog entry on Bruce Kulick where he talks about wearing Ace Frehley’s makeup, working with various producers, and the unreleased REVENGE-era track “Do You Wanna Touch Me.”

-LaValle’s DEAR SANITY is due out this month on Kivel Records. Check out a “brief behind the scenes highlight reel to the beginning creation process, of what will become the artwork” for the album at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTN2GOS7op4 . The artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard and the video was filmed at Kent Miller Studios last year in New York City. See http://www.kivelrecords.com/ for more.

-Lost Society’s FAST LOUD DEATH is out now on Nuclear Blast. Check out the band’s final track-by-track feature, covering “Fatal Anoxia” and the bonus track “Escape From Delirium,” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4rc5BYk_Eg . Another video that will let you “get an impression of what thrash metal legends like Mille Petrozza (Kreator) or Schmier (Destruction) as well as renowned music magazines” think of the album is available at http://bit.ly/XfD137 . The “Thrash All Over You” video is available at http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/ and a “making of” clip is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dow7iF_OB8w . See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-Check out a promo video for Melodic Rock Fest 3 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig0AlNxz89U . For ticket info and more, see http://www.melodicrockfest.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/melodicrockfest .

-LiveMetallica.com is now offering more Australian Soundwave Festival shows, from earlier this month. Soundwave Festival, Melbourne, Australia 3/1/13 set list: “Hit The Lights,” “Master Of Puppets,” “The Four Horsemen,” “Harvester Of Sorrow,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Leper Messiah,” “My Friend Of Misery,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Fade To Black,” “All Nightmare Long,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo #2, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Creeping Death,” “Damage, Inc.,” “Seek And Destroy.” Soundwave Festival, Adelaide, Australia 3/2/13 set list: “Hit The Lights,” “Master Of Puppets,” “No Remorse,” “Harvester Of Sorrow,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “The Thing That Should Not Be,” “Wherever I May Roam,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “The Unforgiven,” “Orion,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo #2, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Creeping Death,” “Motorbreath,” “Seek And Destroy.”

-Orchid’s THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS is due out April 26 through Nuclear Blast. Check out a trailer featuring singer Theo Mindell talking the album’s artwork at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNslhPDg_Jg . Hype: “Orchid have been named ‘The best and most important doom band of the past five years’ by Rock Hard Germany’s chief in editor Goetz Kuehnemund and Behemoth’s legendary main man Nergal stated “Black Sabbath should do an album like THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS!” Check out the “Wizard Of War” lyric video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0nFQxXmmx4 and the “Capricorn” video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTygdeTwZ9U . See http://www.orchidsf.com/ for more.

-Queensryche added a date to its current tour: July 13 at Fiesta Days in Peterson Park, in McHenry, IL.

-Metal Kaoz has a new audio interview with Raven’s John Gallagher, at http://www.metalkaoz.com/interviews/9477-raven-john-gallagher-audio.html , where he talks about a new album, a new DVD, and how the band will no longer be opening for Diamond Head in North America. In happier tour news, Raven is celebrating the 30th anniversary of ALL FOR ONE with the “All For One Forever” string of dates in the US, which so far stands at:

4/19 – Empire, Springfield, VA
4/20 – Dead Horse Cantina, Pittsburgh, PA
4/21 – St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY
5/11 – Encore Event Center, Freehold, NJ (w/ Anvil & The Rods)

-Tango Down, featuring vocalist David Reece (Bangalore Choir, Accept), has a pair of dates scheduled for this coming weekend:

3/22 – Bleachers, Bristol, CT (w/ Crossing Rubicon)
3/23 – Dingbatz Venue, Clifton, NJ

-Tombstone Highway’s entire RURALIZER album is now streaming at http://metalrecusants.com/2013/03/20/tombstone-highway-ruralizer-full-debut-album-stream-metalrecusants-exclusive/ See http://www.facebook.com/Tombstone.Highway for more.

Thanks to Andrew McNeice, John Kivel, Michael Brandvold, Chad Bowar, Tolis G. Palantzas, Music Buy Mail, BraveWords.com, John Erigo, and Hawk for help gathering some of this information.

by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-I was at a gaming convention over the weekend and spent a fair bit of time chatting with a few well-known artists, including David S. LaForce (a.k.a. “Diesel”) and Jeff Easley, who have been drawing and painting for “Dungeons & Dragons” and other games for decades. I was curious if there was any crossover or inspiration between their fantasy artwork and metal music; as it turns out, for these two men in particular, the answer was basically “not really” but I did found out Easley did a Rhapsody Of Fire album cover — 2006’s TRIUMPH OR AGONY. Very cool!

-So after I joked about The New Black 7 last week, Steve poked me and said their front man, Tory Stoffregen, is also Enuff Z’Nuff’s guitarist. Did not know that. So now I *totally* do not feel guilty about hyping a “midwestern country rock” band in Detritus. 🙂 Check out https://www.facebook.com/tstoffregen and https://www.facebook.com/Enuff.Znuff.Official for more.

-I was checking out info on Gamma Ray’s MASTER OF CONFUSION EP — 10 tracks and 60 minutes of material makes for quite an EP! — and I saw on their website ( http://www.gammaray.org/) that the track list is divided into Side A (the two new songs), Side B (the two covers), and Side C (the live tracks). That’s kinda funny. 🙂

-Yes the punctuation in the Deep Purple press release annoyed the heck out of me. Who do they think they are, the KiLLeR DWaRfS?

-Come on Mr. Coverdale… MADE IN JAPAN is — to say the least — a kind of lame and uninspired title.

-Hey, look! Whitfield Crane sighting!

-In my current playlist: Serenity – WAR OF AGES (Napalm Records), N.O.W. – BOHEMIAN KINGDOM (Escape Music), Beatallica – ABBEY LOAD (Oglio Records), Ensiferum – UNSUNG HEROES (Spinefarm), Victor Griffin’s In-Graved – s/t (Svart Records).

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