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Detritus Issue #646

Issue #646
Week of March 25, 2013

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-At the dollar store the other day, I saw plastic Easter Eggs decorated with a camouflage pattern. Wow, that will annoy the kids. “Good luck on the hunt Little Johnny — IF you can find anything, you can keep it!” – Tim

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Dio – FINDING THE SACRED HEART – LIVE IN PHILLY 1986 May 28, 2013 On DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD, Digital Audio, Digital Video And First Time On Vinyl

Fully Restored Film Footage Of The Complete Concert Available For The First Time

NEW YORK, NY — Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the release on May 28, 2013 of FINDING THE SACRED HEART – LIVE IN PHILLY 1986 on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD and 2LP from Dio [Pre-book order date May 3, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $17.98 2CD, TBA vinyl]. The DVD and Blu-ray versions offer fully restored film footage of the complete concert available for the first time. The audio on the 2CD and double LP is fully re-mastered.

FINDING THE SACRED HEART – LIVE IN PHILLY 1986 was recorded at The Spectrum in Philadelphia on June 17, 1986 during the second leg of the SACRED HEART tour, which featured new guitarist Craig Goldy. The show was issued in an edited form first on VHS and then DVD. Now for the first time, the full concert is being released as a double LP in the original running order and with re-mastered sound. It’s an extraordinary live show with a giant animatronic dragon towering over the stage and spectacular lasers and pyrotechnics. The lineup for the show is Ronnie James Dio (vocals); Vinny Appice (drums); Jimmy Bain (bass); Craig Goldy (guitar); Claude Schnell (keyboards).

The show features the Dio classics “Holy Diver,” “Don’t Talk To Strangers,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children,” “Sacred Heart,” “Stand Up And Shout,” “Rainbow In The Dark,” and “We Rock” plus other classic tracks from Ronnie James Dio’s career including “Heaven & Hell,” “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and “Man On The Silver Mountain.”

Bonus Features [on DVD and Blu-ray] include a SACRED HEART tour featurette, an interview from ’86 and a separate interview with Ronnie & Craig, as well as the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children” music video and a “Behind The Scenes” feature.

Ronnie James Dio and the band deliver a blistering live performance featuring tracks from their first three albums alongside Black Sabbath and Rainbow classics. For those who never got to experience the powerful vocals and mammoth stage prowess of Ronnie James Dio before his passing in 2010, this is the perfect opportunity to view this legendary icon in all his glory.

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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Track Listing:

1) Draco Ignis
2) King Of Rock And Roll
3) Like The Beat Of A Heart
4) Don’t Talk To Strangers
5) Hungry For Heaven
6) Medley: The Last In Line / Children Of The Sea / Holy Diver / The Last In Line (reprise)
7) Drum Solo
8) Heaven & Hell
9) Keyboard Solo
10) Guitar Solo
11) Sacred Heart
12) Medley: Rock ‘n’ Roll Children / Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll / Man On The Silver Mountain / Rock ‘n’ Roll Children (reprise)
13) Time To Burn
14) Stand Up And Shout
15) Rainbow In The Dark
16) We Rock

Side A: 1) Draco Ignis 2) King Of Rock And Roll 3) Like The Beat Of A Heart 4) Don’t Talk To Strangers 5) Hungry For Heaven 6) Medley: The Last In Line / Children Of The Sea / Holy Diver / The Last In Line (reprise)

Side B: 1) Drum Solo 2) Heaven & Hell 3) Keyboard Solo 4) Guitar Solo

Side C: 1) Sacred Heart 2) Medley: Rock ‘n’ Roll Children / Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll / Man On The Silver Mountain / Rock ‘n’ Roll Children (reprise)

Side D: 1) Time To Burn 2) Stand Up And Shout 3) Rainbow In The Dark 4) We Rock

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-Sebastian Bach’s Video For “18 & Life” Taken From CD/DVD Package Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Ultimate Classic Rock

ABACHALYPSE NOW Out Now In Europe And North America Via Frontiers Records

Sebastian Bach fans worldwide can click http://ultimateclassicrock.com/sebastian-bach-video-premiere-2013 to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for “18 & Life,” taken from the CD/DVD package ABACHALYPSE NOW; the set is out now in Europe and North America via Frontiers Records.

The ABACHALYPSE NOW Ultimate CD/DVD Edition includes never-before-seen footage from last year’s GrasPop Festival in Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully re-mixed and re-mastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos. The DVD contains a running time of nearly 160 minutes. ABACHALYPSE NOW will be available in two configurations: the Ultimate CD/DVD Edition (2 CDs + DVD) and a standalone DVD; the respective covers can be accessed here:

You can check out the official EPK at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gMznWeujDU and order the set at http://www.frontiers.it/us .

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

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

Bach on the web:

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-Timo Tolkki’s Avalon: First Single Released

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital release today of “Enshrined In My Memory,” the first single off the Timo Tolkki’s Avalon’s new Metal Opera THE LAND OF NEW HOPE. The song is available for download and legal streaming through all fine shops such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify all over the World. It is also possible to enjoy the video clip of the song, shot by Patric Ullaeus (Europe, Amaranthe, Kamelot, etc.), at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98mD8hvKKso .

With a stunning vocal performance from Amaranthe singer Elize Ryd, the song shows the more melodic side of Tolkki’s songwriting and sets the pace for the wide variety of musical styles that it is possible to find on the full album. THE LAND OF NEW HOPE is Tolkki’s glorious return to music in full force. He managed to gather an amazing cast of singers and performers 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 (Rhapody 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.

You can enjoy a full EPK presentation of the album at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HoyZll5j0c .

THE LAND OF NEW HOPE will be released on Frontiers Records on May 17 in Europe and May 21 in North America.

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-Overkill To Release Limited Tour Edition Of THE ELECTRIC AGE!

Over the course of their upcoming European tour, followed by several festival shows, legendary US thrash metallers Overkill are going to release a very special limited tour edition of their latest masterpiece THE ELECTRIC AGE — only available for a short time!

The ltd. 2CD tour edition will be released on April 19, 2013 and comprise the regular album as well as four additional live tracks on a bonus CD, recorded at The Metro in Sidney, Australia, on September 25, 2010.

The track list reads as follows:

1. Come And Get It
2. Electric Rattlesnake
3. Wish You Were Dead
4. Black Daze
5. Save Yourself
6. Drop The Hammer Down
7. 21st Century Man
8. Old Wounds, New Scars
9. All Over But The Shouting
10. Good Night

CD 2 – LIVE FROM OZ – recorded in Sidney, Australia, (The Metro, Sept. 25, 2010):
1. Horrorscope
2. Long Time Dyin’
3. Necroshine
4. Walk Through Fire

Make sure to get it, before it’s gone:

Catch Overkill live on tour in spring and summer (# = together with Lost Society):

17.04. FIN Tampere – Pakkahoune (#)
18.04. FIN Helsinki – Tavastia (#)
19.04. FIN Joensuu – Kerubi (#)
20.04. FIN Oulu – Club Teatria (#)
21.04. FIN Rytmikojaamo – Sinajoki (#)
22.04. EST Tallin – Tapper
23.04. LV Riga – Meina Piektdina
24.04. LT Vilnius – New York
25.04. PL Warsaw – Proxima
26.04. D Hamburg – Markthalle
27.04. DK Copenhagen – Amager Bio
29.04. S Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
30.04. N Oslo – John Dee
01.05. S Stockholm – Debaser Slussen
02.05. N Haugesund – Karmoygeddon Festival
03.05. N Grimstad – Bluebox
05.05. TR Istanbul – Headbangers Weekend
08.06. HR Zadar – Burning Sea Festival
29.06. B Dassel – Graspop
22.07. SLO Tolmin – Metal Days Festival
25.07. D Brande-Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air
09.08. CZ Jaromer – Brutal Assault Festival
10.08. I Chiaromonte – XIX Agglutination Metal Festival


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-Threshold: Making Of “Staring At The Sun” Online!

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

Since winning the competition, Threshold and Achim conceived a plan to shoot additional footage in order to edit a new, even more impressive version of the video. For this, Threshold’s vocalist Damian Wilson met Achim and his crew in South Germany to record the new footage. The magnificent outcome — the new, official video clip for “Staring At The Sun” — can be watched at http://bit.ly/14ZVQtn .

But it doesn’t stop here! Achim also edited a highly entertaining “making of ‘Staring At The Sun'” video that lets us take a look behind the scenes of the set and grants us detailed insight on the post production works. Check it out at http://bit.ly/11ioSGp .

Catch Threshold live:

11.05. UK Kingston Upon Thames – Celebr8 Festival
17.-19.05. D Gelsenkirchen – Rock Hard Festival
05.-08.06. S Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival

Get MARCH OF PROGRESS at the Nuclear Blast web shop: http://smarturl.it/ThresholdCD


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-Children Of Bodom Reveal Album Title, Cover Artwork And Track List!

Finnish metal superstars Children Of Bodom have named their eighth studio album HALO OF BLOOD and have unveiled the album artwork.

Cover art was created this time by Sami Saramäki (FOLLOW THE REAPER, ARE YOU DEAD YET?, HATE CREW DEATHROLL).

Mastermind Alexi Laiho commented:

“HALO OF BLOOD is the eighth studio album from Children Of Bodom and believe it or not but we still managed to keep it fresh and new while still maintaining the elements that make COB sound recognizable. It’s got the fastest and the slowest song we ever made and lyrics wise there are themes we had never had before. Its 10 new songs of pure Nordic metal and whether you enjoy it with a beer or a glass of water, I’m sure you will have a good time.”

Bass player Henkka Seppälä states about the artwork:

“We wanted to have a winter scene. Somehow it fits well with the atmosphere of the music and the composing session. It could be Lake Bodom actually, frozen, with people trapped under the ice. Very Finnish looking scene. We were really happy how Sami created the whole imagery!”

The HALO OF BLOOD track listing:
1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. The Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man’s Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle And A Knee Deep

HALO OF BLOOD will be released June 7 via Nuclear Blast.


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-AFM Records News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

U.D.O.: “Anniversary Editions” Of Classic Albums Available Now!

With LIVE IN RUSSIA and BEST OF available now, the U.D.O. “Anniversary Edition” re-releases series is now completed.

Among the 10 reissued albums (many of these not available regularly for many years) are all U.D.O. albums beginning with the debut ANIMAL HOUSE (1987) to MAN AND MACHINE (2002).


Meanwhile, U.D.O. are preparing for their first tour on US soil since 2001 and prepare latest details for the release of their new studio album STEELHAMMER which will be released on May 24 (USA: May 21).

U.D.O. 2013 — with new guitar players Andrey Smirnov und Kasperi Heikkinen.

The New Black’s “Sharkpool” Video Released!

It does look a little different, indeed: Germany’s The New Black have released the video to their new single “Sharkpool,” and it shows the band going up against sharks, mermaids, seabed beer drinking and chess-playing crabs. All underwater. What an adventure! As the band comments:

“Yes, we actually look like that sometimes…”


Gothminister: Cover Artwork & Track Listing Of UTOPIA Unveiled!

When Gothminister release their new album UTOPIA on May 17, the fans will get a lot more than “just” a new piece of work by one of Norway’s premiere Metal acts: the concept of UTOPIA gives insight to the schizophrenic world of band leader Bjørn Alexander Brem: working as a lawyer at daytime, Brem’s second personality, the Gothminister, takes over at nighttime.

UTOPIA will be released as CD and limited CD including a bonus concert/movie DVD. Here the album’s concept is presented in a visual way too.

Track listing:


1. The New Beginning
2. Someone Is After Me
3. Utopia
4. March
5. Horrorshow
6. Nightmare
7. Afterlife
8. Helldemon
9. All Alone
10. Purgatory
11. Eternal
12. Raise The Dead
13. Boogeyman

+ Bonus DVD on ltd. Edition

1. Rapture (Intro-Movie)
2. Purgatory (live)
3. Eternal (live)
4. Someone Is After Me (live)
5. Stonehenge (live)
6. Beauty After Midnight (live)
7. Dusk Till Dawn (live)
8. The Possession (live)
9. Devil (live)
10. Afterlife (live)
11. Helldemon (live)
12. Liar (live)
13. Monsters (live)
14. Darkside (live)
15. March (live)
16. Horrorshow (live)
17. Happiness In Darkness (live)
18. Utopia (live)
19. The Resurrection (Outro-Movie)

+ NRK Lydverket 31.10.2012
Halloween Special
UTOPIA – Behind The Scenes

Rhapsody Of Fire To Release Live Album On May 3!

Italian Symphonic Metal kings Rhapsody Of Fire will release LIVE – FROM CHAOS TO ETERNITY on May 3 (USA: May 7).

It will be available as 2-CD digi-pak and as limited 3-vinyl set. The material (a mixture of old classics and newer tracks) was recorded on the band’s latest European tour in Spring 2012.

Alex Staropoli comments:

“We wanted to deliver a live album that can actually be called a LIVE album. Not one single part was re-recorded in studio as most of bands do. Personally I am always looking for perfection but in the case of this live album I truly believe it had to sound live and maintain both live playing and feeling at 100%.”

Vocalist Fabio Lione adds:

“This live album it’s the concrete proof that this band is strong and willing to keep playing and producing music for all our fans out there for the years to come.”

Track list:

CD 1

1. Dark Mystic Vision
2. Ad Infinitum
3. From Chaos To Eternity
4. Triumph Or Agony
5. I Belong To The Stars
6. The Dark Secret
7. Unholy Warcry
8. Lost In Cold Dreams
9. Land Of Immortals
10. Aeons Of Raging Darkness
11. Dark Reign Of Fire
12. Drum Solo

CD 2

1. The March Of The Swordmaster
2. Dawn Of Victory
3. Toccata On Bass
4. The Village Of Dwarves
5. The Magic Of The Wizard’s Dream
6. Holy Thunderforce
7. Reign Of Terror
8. Knightrider Of Doom
9. Epicus Furor
10. Emerald Sword
11. Erian’s Lost Secrets
12. The Splendour Of Angels’ Glory (A Final Revelation)

D-A-D Signs With AFM Records!

AFM Records proudly welcomes another legendary act: Danish cult rockers D-A-D have signed a worldwide (except Scandinavia) record deal.

As the first release of their new collaboration, D-A-D’s 2011 studio album DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK is available from today on as an extensive Deluxe Edition, which comes as 2-CD in digi-pak format and includes a 16-track live CD beside the regular album.

SuidAkrA: ETERNAL DEFIANCE Cover Artwork & Track Listing Unveiled!

German Celtic metallers SuidAkrA have issued another update on their upcoming new album ETERNAL DEFIANCE. The cover artwork (once again created by Kris Verwimp) and the album’s track listing have been unveiled. ETERNAL DEFIANCE will be released on May 24.

Track listing:

1. Storming The Walls
2. Inner Sanctum
3. Beneath The Read Eagle
4. March Of Conquest
5. Pair Dadeni
6. The Mindsong
7. Rage For Revenge
8. Dragon’s Head
9. Defiant Dreams
10. Damnatio Memoriae
11. Mrs. McGrath (Bonus Track)

AFM Records

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-Running Order For Sweden Rock Festival 2013

Running Order Sweden Rock 2013! Time To Buy Ticket And Fix Accommodation!

The running order for this year’s festival is now available on our website. Some of the confirmed acts do not have set stage times yet and have been marked “TBC” (to be confirmed) in the running order. As soon as those times have been confirmed we will update the running order. The same goes for the three acts that are yet to be announced. The eight NEMIS acts (up and coming bands handpicked by the Swedish national schooling association Studiefrämjandet) will be announced later this spring.

Thanks to our partnership with musical instrument retailer 4Sound, the stage previously called Zeppelin Stage (and before that Dio Stage, Spendrups Stage and the demo stage) will be named 4Sound Stage this year. Apart from the name, everything about the stage will remain the same.

Kiss have requested to start playing at 23:00 instead of 23:30 on Thursday June 6. Because of this, we have postponed the Corroded slot on the 4Sound Stage so that our guests will be able to see the lion’s share of both shows.

Rush are bringing a production that takes a long time to build. Because of this, only one other act will perform on Festival Stage on Saturday June 8. Also, Rush have requested to start playing at 21:30 instead of 23:30. To be able to fit in Rush and their big production while having as many slots in the schedule as usual, we have added slots on Rock Stage, Sweden Stage (2) and Rockklassiker Stage that day.

Since we have 83 bands playing on five stages, we often have two, sometimes even three, bands playing at the same time. As much as possible, we have tried to avoid scheduling bands in similar styles at the same time. However, touring schedules, flight departure times and other factors sometimes come into play, and as always we have had to make a few compromises. We hope that as many of you as possible will still be happy with this year’s running order.

The following bands are also confirmed but has no confirmed show time yet: Morgana Lefay, Survivor, Asia, Treat, Newsted, Amaranthe

Click here for the running order!

See you June 5th-8th!

/The festival management team

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-Tarja To Release New Material Via Armoury Records Later This Year

Following the sensational success of ACT I, the first ever live solo offering from legendary Finnish songstress/former Nightwish soprano, Tarja Turunen, Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC, is delighted to announce the renewal of their collaboration for an exciting set of new releases spanning the next few years.

Set to commence with the long-awaited new studio rock album, the following months will entail many musical adventures for the versatile and talented artist, including the spectacular Beauty And The Beat 2013 tour, scheduled to be filmed later this year, and a first-ever all-classical studio offering which follows the success of her award-winning HARUS – LIVE AT SIBELIUS HALL release.

In addition, Tarja fans will be pleased to know that the follow-up to 2010’s WHAT LIES BENEATH will hit stores later this Summer. The as-yet-untitled album, mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2), is set to be the iconic vocalist’s next milestone for symphonic heavy rock thanks to a stellar lineup and a state-of-the-art production. Further details including a new single, video and extensive worldwide tour will be announced in the coming weeks.

ACT I topped charts throughout Europe, with a sensational no. 5 in Germany’s General Charts (an unusual result for a live album). The video version held steady for over two months at the peak of the Finnish music video charts. Fans can follow Tarja’s work and musical journey to her new album via her website at: http://www.tarja2013.com/ .

“Tarja has an extraordinary voice and is an extremely charismatic singer, qualities that ACT 1 shows off extraordinarily well. Her voice has deepened and darkened is recent years while losing none of her upper range, resulting in a tone that can be treacle dark and syrupy, rich and warm and velvet but also silvery light and nimble, as each song demands.” – About.com

“A finely honed release from the undisputed queen of symphonic metal. 4.5/5” – One Metal

“Tarja’s voice is simply stunning and this album shows that she can perform live just as perfectly as she can record in the studio — which is how it should be but some singers do struggle with live shows, particularly of this length, yet there’s none of that here — Tarja sounds flawless throughout.” – Planet Mosh

“…an excellent live metal release…” – Sea Of Tranquility

“‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ said Lao Tzu. And this is especially true for ACT I. It is also a Step I, the first live album Tarja has produced since her days in Nightwish and a statement that her solo career will continue at all costs.” – Reflections of Darkness


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-John Taglieri Visits SOUTHERN PARADISE On His Eleventh Release

HANSON, MA — When John Taglieri abruptly quit his lucrative day job in 2005 to become “a professional musician” people thought he was out of his mind. Literally. I mean, who quits a steady paycheck to play music for a living in the 21st Century, right? More than half a decade later Taglieri is having the last laugh because he’s made it on his terms and his terms alone. It’s not a spiteful laugh, though, more along the lines of “hey, let’s head down to Florida and have a little party on the beach” type of chuckle.

Now, stealing a few chapters from the book of Jimmy Buffett for his new EP, SOUTHERN PARADISE, John has the beach party bit down to a science. Not that he’s copping Jimmy’s musical style, mind you, just his “fun at all costs and always have a margarita in each hand” happy go lucky attitude. “On this record I wanted to do things differently. I have a great balance in my life right now, and it’s lots of fun! This is my eleventh release, I live in Key West, FL half the year and get to play music for a living… what’s NOT to LOVE about that!??!” says John. Songs such as the title track talk about his own Southern Paradise and how life can be truly fun when you do what you love. “When I Think About” (written with Nashville writer Bobby James) and “Days Of Night” (written by Sean Mormelo) all show a marked maturity and balance in Taglieri’s material. This is his eleventh release overall and tenth of all new music.

Working with the up and coming Nashville based production team of Sean Mormelo and Mark Cohn of Illusionati Entertainment, and mastered by multi Grammy Award winning Richard Dodd (George Harrison, Keith Urban, Green Day, Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty), the team has crafted a feel good record that sounds and feels like summer, no matter what your weather outside may be. “Sean and I go back about 10 years as writers and touring acts. We’ve always wanted to work together and this seemed like the right time. His partner, Mark Cohn was on board from the start and we brought Richard in to master the tracks. I think we put an amazing team together and put out a great product both musically and sonically!” said Taglieri.

Not only does 2013 bring John’s new EP to you, it also marks the year he reached the milestone of 20,000 sales. Starting with the release of LEAP OF FAITH in 1999 thru his VERY BEST OF collection from late 2012, and through relentless touring in the last 10 years, on March 8, 2013, Taglieri went over 20,000 units and downloads sold as an indie artist running his own record label. Taglieri had this to say about it… “I’m amazingly proud of this milestone. As a guy putting out my first CD in 1999 from a home studio, I never thought I’d have gotten this far, but here I am, and things are still moving better than ever. 20,000 is an amazing number to me and one that makes me proud of all the hard work its taken to get this far.”

Watch for John’s new EP, SOUTHERN PARADISE, coming on April 16, 2013 and get ready to sit back and soak it in… and let it take you to your own personal Southern Paradise!

Relevant Links:


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-Critical Solution Reveals Full Details On Debut Album!

Last week, the Norwegian Thrash Metallers from Critical Solution announced the special appearances of Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) and Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) on their upcoming album. This week, the band reveals the full details for this debut full-length.

Critical Solution’s debut CD is titled EVIL NEVER DIES and the release date has been set for May 16, 2013!

This debut full-length is a concept album and tells the story of Wallace Green: Wallace and his company are sailing to Sad Hill, where he assassinates the king, with his own life to follow. After Wallace’s death, he makes a deal with the devil to live again and becomes the Soulmaker. He does his evil agenda and spreads terror across the world…

The band recorded again 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 album.

Vocalist/Guitarist Christer Slettebø about the whole experience: “To release this album is absolutely amazing! One of many dreams is coming true for us. Also to be so honored to have both Whitfield Crane and Andy LaRocque on the album as guests, well its f*ckin’ rad! So it is great to finally get the album out and we hope people will like it!”

Today, the band also reveals for the first time the new cover artwork and track list!


I. God Of Anarchy
II. Sad Hill
III. Crime Of Passion
IV. Wallace Green
V. This Burning Hate
VI. The Execution
VII. Dead Man Walkin’
VIII. Evil Never Dies
IX. Soulmaker
X. Hell’s Warrior
XI. War Machine

Bonus Tracks:
XII. Speed King (Deep Purple cover)
XIII. Killed By Death (Motörhead cover)*
XIV. Seek And Destroy (Metallica cover)**

* Featuring Whitfield Crane & Andy LaRocque
** Featuring Andy LaRocque

Also, today a sample for the song “God Of Anarchy” has been uploaded!

Teaser for “Killed By Death” (feat. Withfield Crane & Andy La Rocque):

Andy La Rocque’s Coffee Break #1:

Andy La Rocque’s Coffee Break #2 in the studio with Critical Solution:

For all Critical Solution info:

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-Mastercastle Unveils New Promotional Video For “Chains”

Italian metallers Mastercastle return on 19 April 2013 with the red hot new album ON FIRE released through Lion Music.

Home to nine tracks of melodic heavy metal with neo-classical influences, Mastercastle have been honing their trademark sound since their debut THE PHOENIX (2009) and refining it through LAST DESIRE (2010) and DANGEROUS DIAMONDS (2011). Led by the powerful vocals of Giorgia Gueglio, the virtuoso guitar of Pier Gonella and the driven bass lines of Steve Vawamas, ON FIRE marks the band’s first release with one of the metal world’s most respected drummers behind the kit, one John Macaluso (Ark, Yngwie Malmsteen, and James LaBrie). Macaluso’s addition has given the band a kick up the proverbial backside taking their unique brand of metal to an even higher plateau.

On the band’s newest member Pier Gonella comments, “John gave us great energy because from the first time he heard our music he was really impressed. He participated in the composing process of ON FIRE and his vast experience was a great help for the album’s production as well.”

To give fans a taste of the upcoming album a promotional video has been produced for the track “Chains” and is streaming now at http://youtu.be/eETgaC6IeJ0 .

ON FIRE is home to the following tracks:

1. Silver Eyes
2. Chains
3. Platinum
4. Quicksilver
5. Gold Violet
6. The Final Battle (instrumental)
7. Leaden Roads
8. Titanium Wings
9. Almost A Fantasy (instrumental)

Full album information and pre-ordering link can be found at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/onfire.htm .

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-Escape Music Is Proud To Announce The Release For May 2013: Vindictiv’s CAGE OF INFINITY

Style: Metal / Rock
Release: May 10 2013

Specials: Featuring members of Therion, Treat, Zan Clan and Last Autumn’s Dream!

Artist: Vindictiv
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Hard Rock
Catalog #: ESM252
EAN: 5031281002525
Label: Escape Music
Release Date: 10. May 2013

Benelux: Bertus, Germany: H’Art, UK and Ireland: Cargo, Italy: Frontiers, Spain: Goi Music, Switzerland: Non Stop Music, Scandinavia: Sound Pollution

Track List:
1. The Chosen (3:58)
2. Cage of Infinity (4:36)
3. Down In a Black Hole (3:55)
4. Choices (3:23)
5. Astronaut (3:28)
6. Human Emergency (3:53)
7. Resistance (4:41)
8. Orphans (4:29)
9. Son Of Fate (5:05)
10. The Encounter (5:30)
11. Screaming For Answers (3:53)

Marco Sandron: Vocals
Stefan Lindholm: Guitars
Pontus Larsson: Keys
Nalley Pahlsson: Bass
Henrik Hedman: Drums

Produced by: Stefan Lindholm
Mixed and Mastered by: Lars Chriss

Featuring members of Therion, Treat, Zan Clan and Last Autumn’s Dream!

Every brilliant musician feels the need to push boundaries further: to progress and to find new challenges and outlets for his or her talents. Swedish guitarist Stefan Lindholm has now reached that defining moment in his career. As the founder and musical backbone of Vindictiv, he is responsible for some of the most exquisite examples of contemporary neoclassical metal.

However, the Gothenburgian constellation’s newest effort CAGE OF INFINITY marks a certain departure from the progressive leanings of their two previous albums, VINDICTIV (2008 ESM164) and GROUND ZEOR (2009 ESM190). This time round Vindictiv have challenged themselves to get their point across not through complexity, but through forthrightness. “I’m no longer the same person as I used to be,” says Stefan, “so now I am going for a simpler approach and it’s more in your face.” Stefan also explains “CAGE OF INFINITY definitely contains a lot of immediate hooks and choruses. At the same time, I think it just may be more metallic than previously. Possibly a tad Judas Priest-ish, but I’ll leave that for the listener to decide!!!”

It is indeed, albeit a new and exciting Vindictiv. Stefan’s guitar playing is as stellar as ever and the core of the band is intact, featuring the exceptional talents of keyboard player Pontus Larsson and bassist Nalle Påhlsson (Therion, Treat, Zan Clan, Last Autumn’s Dream). There are two new faces to the lineup: drummer Henrik Hedman is an excellent addition to the Vindictiv family tree, but the man with the biggest shoes to fill is undoubtedly the new lead singer Marco Sandron who has dared to accept the torch passed on by legendary journeyman Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, Glory, Kharma, Xsavior). Marco is the Italian ex-vocalist from multinational power metal sensations Eden’s Curse and whose vocal skills have turned an apparent suicide mission into a raging triumph. Marco’s performances on CAGE OF INFINITY are nothing short of spectacular, comparable even to the great Jørn Lande and marking the beginning of a new era. Vindictiv has turned over a new leaf, a more predominantly song-based one, without sacrificing any of their defining characteristics which include the usual blistering guitar solos and great vocal work.

So we have a new breed of “Vindictiv” and we are very sure that you will love the sound that has been created here. Certainly a band to watch for as they rise continuously upwards through the ranks of the rock music world… essential!

Escape Music

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-Raven Lord Offers Free Download Of “Perish” Track

Multinational heavy metallers Raven Lord celebrate their second anniversary. As a birthday present a gift is made to the fans and the supporters in the form of a new song called “Perish” as FREE DOWNLOAD. Raven Lord presents their very first metal ballad and thank all their friends, fans, press and supporters who gave such a great momentum after the release of their debut album DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD. The new song “Perish” can be downloaded below:

The singer of the band Csaba Zvekan comments: “I am thankful to you all who helped us the past few months to achieve such a great success. We want to give something back to our fans so we can all celebrate together. Let’s enjoy our first ballade together with a rather dramatic topic called ‘Perish.’ Thank you so much!”

The track “Perish” comes from the same production batch as DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD and is produced by Csaba Zvekan. It is mixed by Swedish metal producer Fredrik Nordstrom and mastered by Los Angeles based Maor Appelbaum.

Lyrics “Perish”

When you think you are forever
Every generation fades
On the end of your endeavour
Million miles away from home

You rise up to holy and the glorious
You rise up to be in heaven and hell

When the time has come to leave the stage
And turn the page
And perish forever
And the world keeps on turning
Forever yearning
When you say your last goodbye

Nothing ever lasts forever
Disappear in the unknown
As you think you are together
When in fact you are alone

You rise up to holy and the glorious
You rise up to be your heaven and hell

When the time has come to leave the stage
And turn the page
And perish forever
And the world keeps on turning
Forever yearning
When you say your last goodbye

Your lifelong tribulation
And your final retribution


When the time has come to leave the stage
And turn the page
And perish forever
And the world keeps on turning
Forever yearning
When you say your last goodbye

When the time has come to leave the stage
And turn the page
And perish forever
And the world keeps on turning
Forever yearning
When you say your last goodbye

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

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.

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 Gate, 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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-Tainted Nation Announces New Guitarist

UK’s modern hard rockers Tainted Nation have announced the addition of guitarist Joel Peters (Fury) to the group’s ranks.

Commented Tainted Nation drummer Mark Cross: “We’d like to introduce to you and welcome Joel Peters, former guitarist of the band Fury, to the Tainted Nation family. Since we started rehearsing and playing live with the band, we realized how important a second guitar was, especially for our live performances. We had Joel along since day one, but recently invited him to become a member Joel is an extremely gifted guitar player and great singer and brings a fourth dimension to our set up. Joel will be on tour with us, check http://www.taintednation.co.uk/ for all details. See you all soon on tour!”

Tainted Nation are:
Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse) – vocals
Mark Cross (ex Firewind, Helloween)- drums
Pontus Egberg (The Poodles) – bass
Ian Nash (Lionsheart) – guitars
Joel Peters (Fury) – guitars

Tainted Nation recently released the first video “Loser” at http://youtu.be/UILFu8hf5NE .

Tainted Nation – F.E.A.R. over the UK Tour 2013

19.04.13 “THE YARDBIRDS” Grimsby, UK
20.04.13 “THE DIAMOND” Mansfield, Sutton in Ashfield, UK
10.05.13 “THE VINE BAR” Workington, UK
21/22.09.13 “SKYFEST FESTIVAL” Mansfield, UK

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


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-Battle Beast Unveils BATTLE BEAST Cover Artwork And Track List!

The beasts are back! After last year’s release of their brilliant debut record STEEL and highly celebrated European tours together with Nightwish and Sonata Arctica, Battle Beast — Finland’s finest in heavy metal — return with new astonishing lead vocalist Noora Louhimo and their second full-length album. Produced and mixed by the band in JKB Studios Helsinki and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios, the new record will simply be entitled BATTLE BEAST and is set for a release via Nuclear Blast on May 17, 2013.

Today, the band proudly presents the new album’s amazing cover artwork, created by Claudio Bergamin (Halford, Arjen A. Lucassen, Magica — http://www.claudiobergamin.com/ ).

The band has uploaded a video in which lead guitarist and vocalist Anton Kabanen shares his thoughts on the artwork. Watch it at http://bit.ly/14bNu4y .

The track list of the ltd. BATTLE BEAST CD version reads as follows:

1. Let It Roar
2. Out Of Control
3. Out On The Streets
4. Neuromancer
5. Raven
6. Into The Heart Of Danger
7. Machine Revolution
8. Golden Age
9. Kingdom
10. Over The Top
11. Fight, Kill, Die
12. Black Ninja
13. Rain Man
Bonus track
14. Shutdown

Watch the previously posted album trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-c-Fmy89-o .

Stay tuned for further details to be revealed soon!


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-Inner Wound Recordings Is Proud To Announce The Release For May 2013: Saffire – FROM ASHES TO FIRE

Artist: Saffire
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Metal / Rock
Catalog #: IW83026
EAN: 4018996237344
Label: Inner Wound Recordings
Release Date: May 17 2013

Scandinavia: Sound Pollution, Finland: Supersounds, Germany: Cargo, UK: Cargo, Italy: Frontiers, Benelux: Bertus, France: Season Of Mist, North America: Nightmare

Track List:
1. Magnolia (4:00)
2. Kingdom Of The Blind (4:45)
3. Freedom Call (6:13)
4. End Of The World (4:25)
5. What If (3:40)
6. A Symphony Unheard (3:58)
7. Paralyzed (6:15)
8. Modus Vivendi (5:24)
9. The Betrayer’s Fate (6:14)
10. She Remains a Mystery (6:19)
11. Say Goodbye (4:28)
12. The Redemption (5:32)
13. Stormy Waters (6:06)

Tobias Jansson – Vocals
Victor Olsson – Guitars
Anton Roos – Drums
Dino Zuzic – Keyboards
Magnus Carlsson – Bass

Mixed by: Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman [At The Gates, In Flames, HammerFall]
Mastered by: Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios [Symphony X, Opeth, Kreator]
Artwork by: Anders Fästader at A Trailermade Production [H.E.A.T., Hardcore Superstar, The Poodles]

Specials: A perfect mix between ’70s and ’80s hard rock and metal, with a progressive twist. Perfect for fans of Rainbow, Dio, Whitesnake and Van Halen!

Saffire was formed in Gothenburg during 2006 by Victor Olsson and Dino Zuzic. They had played together in a funk rock band before, but now wanted to do something different and heavier. Magnus Carlsson soon joined in on bass and during the coming years they also found drummer Anton Roos and vocalist Tobias Jansson who both joined the band.

The guys started to play the Gothenburg club circuit and built a good reputation. It became known that Saffire was an excellent live band, and thanks to that their fan base kept growing. Saffire recorded three demos [released 2007, 2009 and 2011] and after the last demo they felt they had enough material to record a really strong debut album, which they did.

The debut album FROM ASHES TO FIRE was mixed by Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman [At The Gates, In Flames, HammerFall] and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios [Symphony X, Opeth, Kreator]. Needles to say, the production on FROM ASHES TO FIRE is excellent. The artwork for the album was created by Anders Fästader at A Trailermade Production [H.E.A.T., Hardcore Superstar, The Poodles].

Saffire are inspired by the ’70s and ’80s rock and metal bands like Rainbow, Dio, Whitesnake, Van Halen and Black Sabbath. The sound of Saffire can be described as a mix of those bands with a progressive twist, something that makes them stand out in the scene.

Victor Olsson’s intelligent songwriting and impressive guitar playing together with the band’s excellent musicianship and the powerful and emotional vocals from Tobias Jansson, Saffire is a dangerous five piece with an exciting future ahead of them.

Saffire is for sure a breath of fresh air into the melodic rock/metal scene, don’t miss out!


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-Dio Messiah: New Song Available For Streaming

Dio Messiah is Csaba Zvekan (Raven Lord, Exorcism) and Jay Parmar (Exorcism) playing straight up Dio songs. The idea came to play all possible Dio songs from the Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell era. A new approach of today’s recording technique with a modern style and still keep true to the original. The band presents the new song “Rock N Growl Children” and gives an idea on how the band sounds like. The song can be streamed below:

Dio Messiah is currently seeking a bass player, drummer and keyboardist to complete the band. Serious parties are asked to send a video or link of themselves playing any song to the management: promo@rockngrowl.com


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-Soen: Track Streaming At Decibel Magazine

Debut From Progressive Super-Group To See Stateside Release This Summer

The fine folks at Decibel Magazine are hosting a stream of “Savia” from progressive metal super-group, Soen. The tune comes courtesy of the band’s COGNITIVE debut initially released digitally via Spinefarm Records last Winter. Featuring the all-star lineup of drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis, COGNITIVE was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed And Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, etc.), mastered by João Carvalho, and features ten tracks of what Lopez describes as “melodic, heavy, intricate and different.”

Dubbed “a glorious and transcendent final epic, complete with that old familiar nautical feeling that gives off a peaceful vibe,” by Metal Army America, the sophisticated offering has been raising the eyebrows of North American critics in-the-know since its preliminary release. Opines Ultimate-Guitar, “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.”

Experience album closer, “Savia” courtesy of Decibel Magazine at this location:


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’ former group. Nothing more is needed however when Ekelöf’s somber voice, Platbarzdis’s transcendent guitar work, Lopez’ 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.

COGNITIVE will see a proper Stateside release this Summer. Further information on Soen, including official release dates, to be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

“There you have it, a band that managed to blend together two of the greatest bands of progressive music, creating their own structure on the way, adding great musicianship and technicality and, most importantly, managing to bring great songs. Tracks like ‘Canvas,’ ‘Purpose,’ and especially the closing track of the album, ‘Savia,’ are a testament that progressive music can have unconventional structure and be straightforward at the same time!” – Scene Point Blank

“This is a style of music that we need more of. This is an album that’s a great listen with no weak songs on it.” – No Clean Sinnging

“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

“…a pretty damn great record.” – AngryMetalGuy

“Simply put, this album kicks ass.” – Bloody Disgusting

“…COGNITIVE finds Soen head and shoulders above their peers in terms of musicianship and song craft.” – Sputnik Music

“There is much more on Soen’s debut release than a first casual listener observes. Yes, at first they do sound a little like Tool but as you immerse yourself into their world there are a myriad of different influences that help give them an awesome modern prog/metal sound.” – Sludge Factory


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-Napalm Records News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

Heidevolk To Begin First North American Tour This Week, Alongside Ensiferum, Tyr

Critically acclaimed Dutch pagan metallers Heidevolk will embark upon their first North American tour starting later this week! Touring alongside the esteemed Ensiferum and former label mates Tyr as well as hot newcomers Trollfest and Helsott, Napalm recording artists Heidevolk will proudly take part in Paganfest America Part IV, which will roll through 21 cities across the United States and Canada. Presented by Rock The Nation America, the Paganfest America Part IV tour will be hitting the following cities/venues:

3/30 – Denver, CO @ The Summit
4/1 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
4/2 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
4/3 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/4 – Reno, NV @ The Alley
4/5 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
4/6 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/7 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
4/9 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
4/10 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
4/11 – Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret
4/12 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/13 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
4/14 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
4/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Note
4/17 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/18 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
4/19 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre
4/20 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium (NE Metalfest)
4/21 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

A statement from Heidevolk to their North American fans reads: “Pagan brotherhood of Vinland, your shores beckon! We are preparing to cross the mighty waves of Aegir’s realm to pay you a visit! Once there, our heathen legion will join forces with the tribes of Ensiferum, Tyr, Trollfest, and Helsott to form a horde of unsurpassed power! Hail the gods, hail to Vinland! See you at Paganfest America!”

Heidevolk’s BATAVI was released by Napalm Records in North America last March. For more info, consult http://www.heidevolk.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/heidevolkofficial , http://www.napalmrecords.com/ , and http://www.facebook.com/paganfestusa .

Venomous Maximus Signs With Napalm Records, Prepares Summer Release

Today, Napalm Records announces the signing of Texan doom occultists Venomous Maximus. The label will be releasing the band’s debut album, BEG UPON THE LIGHT, worldwide this summer, with their first new album for Napalm slated for 2014. Says vocalist/guitarist Greg Higgins, “We are pleased to announce that we’ve signed with Napalm Records. They are going to release BEG UPON THE LIGHT this summer and another new full-length we are working on in 2014. All of this comes to a surprise, because this project was meant to be something that no one would ever hear about. So as time went on and we started to be successful, we always agreed to do everything ourselves, to keep it our way. The only way we were ever going to work with anyone was if we knew they were dedicated to worship the past as we were. Now that we are here with Napalm, we will continue to create this hidden message. But with their help, they will be revealing this to the masses, and we are okay with that now. Because of the records we first created only for ourselves will be released with everything we dreamed from the beginning, destiny has come for us to work with Napalm Records. Our hearts are in Texas but our souls come from Europe. Now having a family in Europe that takes care of the land where we arose, our spirits fly, where we are able to focus on the beautiful.”

Adds Sebastian Muench, A&R for Napalm Records, “Sometimes, very seldom, you get the chance to discover a band that brings back the same feelings you first had when you listened as a teenager for the first time to Metallica’s RIDE THE LIGHTNING or Black Sabbath’s PARANOID — you just know you’ve found something very magical and you are hooked for life. Venomous Maximus is such a band, and and we are thrilled, excited, and tremendously honored to call them part of the Napalm family.”

In the meantime, the video for Venomous Maximus’ “Path Of Doom” (from BEG UPON THE LIGHT) can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NBA8oxoKJM .

The North American release date for BEG UPON THE LIGHT shall be announced shortly. For more info on Venomous Maximus, please consult http://www.facebook.com/venomousmaximus , http://www.myspace.com/venomousmaximus , and http://www.venomousmaximus.bandcamp.com .

Deadlock Signs With Napalm Records

We are proud, that the German Metalheads from Deadlock will release their predecessor for BIZARRO WORLD via Napalm Records! With albums like EARTH.REVOLT, WOLVES, MANIFESTO and BIZARRO WORLD, Deadlock is known as one of the best and most successful bands in the Metalcore Genre! The band is currently working in the studio to create a new Metalcore Masterpiece!

“Dear friends and supporters, we found a new home and entering a new chapter of Deadlock. We are thrilled to announce, that we’ve got signed by the mighty Metal-Powerhouse Napalm Records to release our new album. Since Napalm started in 1992, they have proven to be a high demanded record label and it’s an honor for us to be on a roster amongst many other great bands. We couldn’t be more excited to start working with the guys and unleash the best and most intense record Deadlock did so far. Love, DL”

Tour dates:
06.07. Sunstormfestival, Nordheim
27.07. Traffic Jam, Dieburg
30.08. Hellskitchen Festival, Velburg
more dates coming soon!


Russkaja – “Energia” Clip

The Russian Turbo Polka Metal missile Russkaja releases their newest clip for “Energia,” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVWfqOSdzs4 .

Feel free to pre-order the album ENERGIA! Just click on the link below!


Legion Of The Damned Studio Update

Hereby we would like to start showing you our new album cover in a countdown jigsaw puzzle. The album will be entitled RAVENOUS PLAGUE and is set to be released on July 26 on Napalm Records.

The band is genuinely proud to announce that composer and mastermind Jo Blankenburg has written a piece for this album as well, exclusively for Legion Of The Damned.

Jo Blankenburg is a German composer based in Los Angeles. He writes music for film and motion picture advertising. Some of his most popular tracks have been used in the advertising campaigns of “The Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows,” “X-Men: First Class,” and “How To Train Your Dragon,” among many others.

If you are into soundtrack and trailer music, we highly recom mend you to check out his album ELYSIUM! ( http://www.joblankenburg.com/ )

The band is on schedule in the studio with finishing the bass tracks, vocals are on the planning next week.

Tour Dates:

23.05.2013 – ExtremeFest
20.06.2013 – Clube Atlantico De Olinda – Recife – Brasil
21.06.2013 – Yankee Bar – Curitiba – Brasil
22.06.2013 – Via Marques – Sao Paulo – Brasil
23.06.2013 – Groove – Buenos Aires – Argentina
25.06.2013 – Bar Oxido – Santiago – Chile
21.07.2013 – 27.07.2013 – Metaldays
02.08.2013 – Wacken open air
08.08.2013 – Party San open air
29.08.2013 – 31.08.2013 Queens of metal open air

Official Website

Exclusive Gloryhammer Pre-Listening On The Napalm App!

Get the Napalm smart phone App for free — and listen EXCLUSIVELY to the new and unreleased track “Quest For The Hammer Of Glory” — at http://mobileroadie.com/apps/napalmrec .


“Angus McFife” Video:

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-Nightbitch: New Track Streaming At Decibel Magazine; Live Takeovers Announced

In anticipation of its impending unveiling, Decibel Magazine is currently hosting a stream of “Chainmaker” from Connecticut occult metal conjurors Nightbitch! The tune comes by way of the band’s 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 Decibel: “Any song that kicks off with a full-blast Danzig riff followed by the line, ‘Down in the workshop, baby, all dressed in black…’ is total tits in our book. Somehow, Connecticut wolf-runners Nightbitch suspected this all along and wrote ‘Chainmaker’ just for us. And, okay, the other handful of Danzig fans who have a sense of humor. (Danzig not included, obviously.) Their new 12″ single… is named after the song, and also includes smoking-hot stripper jam ‘Disrober’ and a cover of Deep Purple’s ‘Into The Fire.'”

Rock the bone metal at this location where you’ll also find a candid conversation with guitarist Ryan “His Emissary” Adams, who further details the band’s mission of “wicked women, unholy passions, and fire nights:”


Additionally, the molten metal trio will celebrate the release of CHAINMAKER with a short run of live rituals including a special record release show tomorrow in Wallington, Connecticut alongside Magic Circle and Thrillhouse, the honor of opening for NWOBHM legends Diamond Head in April on their smallest, most intimate show in 15+ years (only 100 tickets available!) and a slot on this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore Fest pre-party with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

Nightbitch Live Ceremonies:
3/23/2013 – Cherry St. Station – Wallingford, CT – CHAINMAKER Record Release Party w/ Magic Circle, Thrillhouse
4/14/2013 – Dewey’s Pub – Seymour, CT w/ Diamond Head (Smallest show in 15+ years; Only 100 tickets available!) & Cauldron
4/18/2013 – New England Metal And Hardcore Fest Pre-Party @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ The Acacia Strain, Revocation, A Life Once Lost, Fit For An Autopsy, The Greenery, To The Wind, Abiotic, & Surrounded By Teeth
5/2/2013 – Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA – Metal Thursday 7th Anniversary Party w/ Abnormality, Thrillhouse, & Engorged
7/28/2013 – Something Bloody Metal Fest @ Dusk – Providence, RI

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

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.

“Nightbitch have garnered an identity of their own perhaps because of the sleaze element, something which not a lot of bands go for these days, not successfully anyway. Nightbitch’s musical style, artwork, lyrics, and song titles very cohesively bring forth this element… Nightbitch’s CHAINMAKER is a fantastic offering for all fans of heavy music. Highly recommended!” – Metal Assault

“…you cannot listen to CHAINMAKER only one time, so get your hands on this one when you can.” – Wicked Channel

“The biggest and only problem I have with the CHAINMAKER EP, which will likely be a lot of people’s main gripe is that, well, it’s just too damn short! I want more Nightbitch and I want it soon. Until then, I’ll have this on regular rotation. The Walking Dude gives Nightbitch’s CHAINMAKER two opposable thumbs up.” – The Walking Dude


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-Iron Tongue: Arkansas Southern Rock Miscreants Join Neurot Recordings; Album Details Revealed

Neurot Recordings is pleased to release the debut from Arkansas southern rock collective Iron Tongue! Fronted by Chris “CT” Terry, the founding front man of sludge legion Rwake, Iron Tongue formed when a group of veteran players with diverse musical backgrounds found a common interest in the need to get down and dirty and way, way gone.

Churning a soulful blend of girthy, heavily amped, blues-based rock, Iron Tongue aren’t singing of magical moonlit escapades. The band offer up songs of pain, regret and heartache that recall everything from the proto-metal stomp of Blue Cheer and Grand Funk to the darkest hours of Kiss, Deep Purple, Buddy Guy and ‘Skynyrd. Having spent over three years performing steadily throughout the South, Iron Tongue has traversed the Midwest and East Coast with Memphis kindred spirits The Dirty Streets, in addition to sharing bills with the likes of Black Tusk, Scott Kelly, The Sword, High On Fire, Crowbar, The Body, Lita Ford and fellow Arkansans Pallbearer. A split 7″ with The Dirty Streets, featuring a ballsy version of Kiss’ “Two Timer,” served as a precursor to the creation their debut full-length for Neurot.

Entitled THE DOGS HAVE BARKED, THE BIRDS HAVE FLOWN, the seven-track offering was recorded and produced by soundsmith Billy Anderson (Melvins, Sleep, Neurosis, etc.) at Iron Tongue guitarist Jason Tedford’s Wolfman Studios. Called “a solid slab of balls to the wall shameless rock, with a power and an edge and soul that rarely exists in music today,” by Neurosis’ Steve Von Till, THE DOGS HAVE BARKED, THE BIRDS HAVE FLOWN is set for release via Neurot Recordings on May 27 in Europe and May 28 in North America.

Comments drummer Stan James of joining the Neurot family: “Iron Tongue is excited and honored to be a part of the Neurot team! We are looking forward to working hard every step of the way and we are committed to making music that everyone will be proud of.”

1. Ever After
2. Witchery
3. Skeleton
4. Moon Unit
5. Lioness
6. Seven Days
7. Said ‘n’ Done

Iron Tongue:
Jason Tedford – Guitar
Mark Chiaro – Guitar
Andy Warr – Bass
Stan James – Drums
CT – Vocals
Stephanie Smittle – Backing Vocals

Further info on Iron Tongue, including tour dates, will be announced in the coming weeks.


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-Prog Rockers Fen Announce FREE T-Shirt Giveaway! Time To Make Room For New Merch!

Vancouver progressive rockers Fen have announced they will be giving away FREE band T-shirts to make room for new merchandise as they encourage their fans to share their tunes and increase their social media presence.

The band has commented the following:

“Dear Grumps,

“We’re clearing out our merch closet and using it as a shameless excuse to pull a few more listeners out of the woodwork. We’ll give away 10 T-shirts if we reach 1,000 Likes on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/fenmusic . After that, we’ll give away five shirts for every additional 500 likes until supplies are gone. The selection will be made on April 12.

“And how will we make the crucial decision of who gets the shirts?

“We’re still sorting that part out. We’re considering a kind of ritualistic monkey dance that will involve the four of us uprooting house plants then hurling our feces at the computer monitor. Whichever names get covered up on our Facebook page, we’ll contact those people and mail the shirts to their homes.

“Shamlessly yours,
“Doug, Jeff, Sam & Nando”

In additional news, Fen recently 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 ( http://www.ripple-music.com/ ) to follow up their fourth release TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM.

“A Long Line” video:

“Miracle” video:

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

OF LOSING INTEREST audio stream:

TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM audio stream:

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


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-Jann Klose’s New Album MOSAIC Spring 2013

Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter In Jeff Buckley Biopic, “Greetings From Tim Buckley” Releases New Album, June 7, 2013

Jann Klose’s new album MOSAIC, due June 7, 2013 can easily be called a sonic, lyrical and emotional mosaic from an artist, who is known as one with multi-cultural roots and an equally widely-faceted career and a voice that Public Radio’s Barb Heller says, “could sing the phonebook.”

“Greetings From Tim Buckley” director Dan Algrant realized that when he hired Jann as a featured vocalist and guitarist in the Jeff Buckley biopic that stars Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots. The movie will be released April 16, 2013 by Tribeca Film / Focus World. Recently Entertainment Tonight Online interviewed Jann about the film.

Jann’s album MOSAIC follows the indie success of REVERIE (2008) and SACRIFICE EP (2010) and the music video for “Doing Time.” Produced by Grammy winner James Frazee (Esperanza Spalding, Blondie, My Morning Jacket) and David Bendeth (Paramore, Bruce Hornsby, Elvis Presley) MOSAIC was recorded between Fall 2011 and Winter of 2012/13. Double Grammy-winner Warren Russell-Smith mastered MOSAIC.

MOSAIC’s songs tackle personal and topical subjects and bring together a variety of instruments, musical and lyrical styles from street influences of reggae and punk to calypso, to classic rock, and the folk and Afro-beat that has addicted fans of all ages to Jann’s music. Songs include Jann’s originals “Still,” “Make It Better,” “Four Leaf Clover,” “On And On,” “Falling Tears,” and a playful duet “Beautiful One” with Rounder Records’ Carrie Newcomer. The album ends with a stunning a cappella cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren.” Jann’s band The Edukators — Chris Marolf on bass and banjo, drummers Rob Mitzner and Patrick Carmichael, keyboardist/accordionist Lars Potteiger, and violinist Leah Potteiger — worked on the album and contributed to the arrangements. Other featured guests include guitarists Florian Opahle (Ian Anderson, Greg Lake) and David Bendeth, flautist Tia Roper and oboist Megan Marolf (Phillip Glass, Roger Waters).

Jann’s been as comfortable performing with pop and folk singer-songwriters from The Voice’s Rebecca Loebe and Brett Dennen to Suzanne Vega and Pete Seeger, as he has with jam bands including his friends in Rusted Root and songwriting partner Gary Lucas. He’s performed with acts rooted in jazz and blues such as Vonda Shepard, Michael Kaeshammer and the late Les Paul, and classical rockers Renaissance (both with Annie Haslam and the group’s co-founder Jim McCarty, also of The Yardbirds). Critics have placed him in the chamber pop as well as the singer-songwriter genres, and Jann welcomes their varied reflections, “There are no limits when it comes to making music. I’m defined by who I am and what I do, not how some marketing executive pigeonholes me. It’s melodic, lyrical, and rhythmic music. Music is about what the listener hears.”

Born in Germany, raised in Kenya, South Africa, and Hamburg, Jann came to the States as an exchange student in Cleveland, and performed in a wide range of musical projects including the Cleveland Opera Chorus, touring productions of Broadway shows (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “Jesus Christ Superstar”) as well as portraying The Pinball Wizard in The Who’s “Tommy” before he started his band.

Jann’s music is heard on the Grammy-nominated HEALTHY FOOD FOR THOUGHT, on “MTV Cribs,” and the movie “Dead Broke” (Warner Bros.) featuring Paul Sorvino. He maintains a steady touring schedule of about 75-100 shows a year in the US, Europe and Asia.


March 23: TRINITY UMC for Epilepsy Awareness w/ Gary Hoey, Jeffrey Gaines, Ewing, NJ
May 17: OUTPOST IN THE ‘BURBS, Montclair, NJ
June 1: TBA, w/ David Wilcox, Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Niagara Falls, Ontario
June 8: PETERS PLAYERS w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Gravenhurst, Ontario
June 13: THE BOP SHOP w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Rochester, NY
June 14: TBA, Woodstock, NY w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Woodstock, NY
June 16: CLUB PASSIM w/ Jim McCarty John Hawken, Boston, NY
June 23: TBA, w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, special guest, near Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 3: TBA w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Twickenham, UK


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-Kadavar: Second Part Of Track-By-Track Commentaries / Tour Dates Announced!

Today, Berlin-based classic/psychedelic hard rock trio Kadavar presents the second 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 and drummer Tiger provide you with background information:

5. Dust
“I came up with the idea for this song while strolling through Berlin, when I suddenly looked into the hollow eyes of a man who was loitering at a supermarket near our studio. He’s hanging around there with his friends every day, drowning his sorrow in alcohol. At this sight I was wondering what he was waiting for and if there were any prospects left for him — or if he just wanted to return to the dust he’d once emerged from…” (Lupus Lindemann)

6. Fire
“Our first true love song. When the riff struck my mind, I first imagined the song to sound like an early Stooges tune. However, once the track was finished, there was not much left of this.” (Tiger)

7. Liquid Dream
“This song’s about the trips we experienced during the past year. It’s hard to find the right people for it, but once you’ve found them, one can leave this world and dive into more exciting and colorful spheres together — far away from the grey city.” (Lupus Lindemann)

8. Rhythm For Endless Minds
“Krautrock is still a major influence for us. This track sounds different than a typical song of Amon Duul or Can, but then again, what’s typical Krautrock anyway?” (Tiger)

9. Abra Kadabra
“That’s what it sounds like when we don’t plan in advance what to record. First the rhythms for bass and guitar emerged. Afterwards we set up guitars, percussion, synthesizers etc. and just got started!” (Tiger)

Experience the magic of Kadavar’s soundscapes live on stage on one of the following occasions:

12.04. D Stuttgart – Keller Club
13.04. F Lyon – Stone Rising Festival
14.04. F Paris – La Maroquinerie
15.04. F Nantes – Le Ferrailleur
16.04. F Angers – Le Chabada Club
17.04. F Belfort – Impetus Festival
19.04. NL Tilburg – Roadburn Festival
26.04. UK London – Desertfest
27.04. D Berlin – Desertfest
30.04. E Barcelona – Razzmatazz 3

01.05. E Zaragoza – Rockinhouse
02.05. E Madrid – El Sol
03.05. E Gijon – Acapulco Centro
04.05. E San Sebastian – Cultural Larratxo
05.05. DK Copenhagen – Heavy Days In Doomtown
07.05. D Leipzig – UT Connewitz
08.05. D Dresden – Groovestation
09.05. D Bremen – Lila Eule
10.05. D Kiel – Pumpe
11.05. D Hamburg – Klubsen
12.05. D Düsseldorf – Stahlwerk
13.05. D Nürnberg – Zentralcafé
14.05. D Munich – Backstage
15.05. D Frankfurt – Das Bett
16.05. D Köln – Underground
17.05. B Brussels – Magasin 4
18.05. NL Rotterdam – Rotown
19.05. NL Nijmegen – Doornroosje
31.05. D Mannheim – Maifeld Derby

01.06. D Creuzburg/Eisenach – Fun Rock Festival
05.06. HR Zadar – Burning Sea Festival
07.06. D Ellerdorf – Wilwarin Festival
21.06. D St. Goarshausen – Metalfest Loreley

12.07. LT Anyksciai – Devilstone Fest
13.07. D Hannover – BootBooHook
18.07. N Trømsø – Bukta Festival
20.07. D Breitenbach – Burg Herzberg Festival

02.08. D Beelen – Krach am Bach
03.08. D Schierling – Labertal Festival
10.08. A Döbriach – Sauzipf Rocks Festival
17.08. D Plattenburg – Aquamaria Festival
24.08. P Moledo – Sonicblast

Also check out “Doomsday Machine,” the first single of ABRA KADAVAR, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2SdzgPj3_o .

ABRA KADAVAR will be available as a limited digi version including 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


-Check out About Heavy Metal’s list of “Best German Heavy Metal Bands” at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/J87q .

-The special edition of Anthrax’s WORSHIP MUSIC, with the bonus ANTHEMS EP, is out now. Check out a 3.5 minute video featuring song snippets and band commentary at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt9Em_Zo_AE . ANTHEMS is also available separately on CD and vinyl via Nuclear Blast mail order at http://www.nuclearblast.de/suche/anthrax . ITunes has the complete special edition at http://bit.ly/anthraxwmse and ANTHEMS separately at http://bit.ly/anthraxanthems . ANTHEMS track list: “Anthem” (Rush), “T.N.T.” (AC/DC), “Smokin'” (Boston), “Keep On Runnin'” (Journey), “Big Eyes” (Cheap Trick), “Jailbreak” (Thin Lizzy), “Crawl,” “Crawl” (re-mix). Check out viral videos for “T.N.T.,” “Anthem,” and “Jailbreak” at http://youtu.be/Csx2KbWIR4o , http://youtu.be/Pq-OPoNXf-Y , and http://youtu.be/lu3wHBW0GdI , respectively. Anthrax will be on tour as follows:

5/10 – Teatro Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
5/12 – El Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5/15 – HSBC, Sao Paulo, Brazil
5/17 – Hell & Heaven @ Sala De Armas, Mexico City, Mexico
5/18 – Hell & Heaven Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico
8/2 – Woodstock, Przystanek, Poland
8/3 – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
8/11 – Bloodstock, Derbyshire, UK
8/17 – Open Air Festival, Hamburg, Germany
8/18 – X Rockfest, Herford, Germany

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

-Avantasia’s new single for “Sleepwalking,” from the upcoming THE MYSTERY OF TIME, is out now digitally; see http://bit.ly/avantasiasleepwalking for ordering info and check out the video at http://smarturl.it/SleepwalkingVideo . Hype: “The video was shot in a magical forest in Germany on a snowy winter’s night. Tobias [Sammet] comments: ‘It was far below freezing. And there we were, standing in the snow storm for hours, walking through a haunted forest. It felt a bit like “Sleepy Hollow” meets “Brothers Grimm,” but the pictures that came out were really great and compensated for the torture.'” See http://www.tobiassammet.com/ for more.

-Black Star Riders — featuring Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Marco Mendoza, and Jimmy DeGrasso — have their first single, “Bound For Glory,” out now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/blackstarridersbfg . Check out a “24-minute compilation of behind-the-scenes video reports from the band’s studio time in Los Angeles” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEx9gD8RPz8 . The debut album ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE is due out May 24 through Nuclear Blast. Upcoming festival dates:

6/1 – Hi Rock Festival, Inzell, Germany
6/2 – Hi Rock Festival, St. Goarshausen, Germany
6/8 – Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, Sweden
11/29 – Hard Rock Hell, N. Wales, UK

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

-Dust Bolt’s new video for “Toxic Attack” premiered on MSN Entertainment. Hype: “Hailed by Metal Hammer as ‘neck-snapping fun’ and recommended by MSN Entertainment ‘if you’re into excellent thrash metal that honors its roots rather than sound like a limp imitation,’ Dust Bolt demonstrate with VIOLENT DEMOLITION that they are hungry, bursting with energy and highly explosive! The love for Bay Area thrash metal is evident in the songs of the German quartet, but the use of modern elements gives their sound a highly unique character. The band even corralled Sepultura’s Derrick Green to participate on the track ‘Deviance’ for the perfect finishing touch, with Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste) providing the fitting artwork.” Check out the video at http://social.entertainment.msn.com/music/blogs/headbang-blogpost.aspx?post=e296622a-4301-4e38-a213-094fdfe942c7 .

-Eden’s Curse has a new video diary from the studio sessions for its upcoming fourth album. The nine-minute video features “bassist Paul Logue in his home studio in Scotland recording the bass tracks for the brand new album and in particular the new track called ‘Evil & Divine.'” Check it out at http://youtu.be/5Mk3xpw6o-g . The 14-track album will feature the band’s new singer, will be mixed by Dennis Ward, and will include the songs “Evil & Divine,” “Break The Silence,” “Unbreakable,” “Great Unknown,” and “Devil In Disguise.” See http://www.EdensCurse.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/edenscurseofficial for more.

-Check out a preview of Escape’s BORDERLINE (Z Records) at http://youtu.be/OZn1N4x1XoU .

-Graveyard bassist Rikard Edlund has returned, after a stint in rehab. He rejoins band mates Joakim Nilsson (vocals, guitar), Jonatan Ramm (guitar), and Axel Sjöberg (drums, percussion). Live dates are being planned. See http://graveyardmusic.com/s/ for more.

-There are new interviews with Heaven & Earth guitarist Stuart Smith at http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/show_interview.php?id=953 and http://www.rockmusicstar.com/heavenearth/ .

-Bill Leverty recently did an interview with Guitar World magazine; check it out at http://www.guitarworld.com/drive-firehouse-guitarist-bill-leverty-discusses-new-album-classic-cover-songs .

-Lost Society’s new video for “Trash All Over You” is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvFjkijf0lo . See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-LiveMetallica.com now has available the band’s final Australian Soundwave Festival show, from March 4 in Perth. Track list: “Hit The Lights,” “Master Of Puppets,” “Ride The Lightning,” “Harvester Of Sorrow,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Through The Never,” “Of Wolf And Man,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Fade To Black,” “The Memory Remains,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo #2, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Creeping Death,” “Metal Militia,” “Seek And Destroy.”

-Queensryche’s new song “Redemption” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w4RfoUv9KU . [Note: This is the Todd La Torre-fronted version of the band! – Tim) A new album is due out through Century Media on June 10 in the EU and June 11 in the US. See https://www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial for more.

-The Rock Against MS benefit scheduled for March 27 at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, CA, has added Rick Springfield to the lineup. See http://www.ticketfly.com/event/230923 for ticket info.

-Swirl — featuring Alfred Ramirez on vocals, DT Jones on guitar, Shane Carlson on bass, and Brian “Bam Bam” Jones on drums — is back with five new songs: “Fourth Of July,” “Spell,” “Rise Up,” “We Are Alive,” “Message.” The band has asked fans to check out samples of each at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swirl/251414922081?id=251414922081&sk=app_2405167945 , and vote (via posting a comment) for the one the want most to be posted in its entirety. See https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swirl/251414922081 for more.

Thanks to Jeb Wright, Duane T. Jones, Axel Wiesenauer, Nathan Birk, Chad Bowar, Thomas S. Orwat, Jr., Jodie Wilson, and VQ PR for help gathering some of this information.

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