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Detritus Issue #647

Detritus
Issue #647
Week of April 1, 2013
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-Delayed April Fool’s… You thought we were skipping a week, didn’t you? 🙂 – Tim

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-Judas Priest Celebrates 40 Years Of Heavy Metal Dominance With EPITAPH, 23-Song Live Concert Blu-Ray/DVD

Closing Night Of “Epitaph World Tour” — The Band’s Final World Tour — Recorded At London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo In May 2012

Blazing Live Versions Of At Least One Song From Each Of Judas Priest’s 14 Classic Albums From 1974 To 2008

Blu-Ray Or Separate DVD Available Everywhere May 28, 2013, Through Legacy Recordings

Judas Priest, the heavy metal legends whose influence on generations of musicians and metalheads is incalculable, celebrate their 40th year as recording artists this year with the release of the live concert EPITAPH. A unique live career retrospective, EPITAPH will be released on Blu-ray and separate DVD on May 28th through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. This release precedes a new studio album by Judas Priest which the band are working on now.

Judas Priest’s current lineup comprises lead singer Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis. Heavy metal historians will regard EPITAPH as the most far-reaching live concert recording in the band’s career. The set revisits the climactic closing date of the 50-week “Epitaph World Tour,” captured live at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on May 26, 2012. Adding to the drama is the fact that this was Judas Priest’s final large-scale world tour ever. EPITAPH’s 23 tracks represent at least one song from every one of the band’s 14 studio albums, from 1974’s ROCKA ROLLA (“Never Satisfied”) to 2008’s NOSTRADAMUS (“Prophecy”).

In the special case of BRITISH STEEL, four songs are featured: “Rapid Fire,” “Metal Gods,” “Breaking The Law,” and perennial set closer, “Living After Midnight.” Others exempted from the one-song-quota are the LPs which appeared before and after BRITISH STEEL. The first of these is 1979’s HELL BENT FOR LEATHER (UK title: KILLING MACHINE) which lends the title song as well as “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown).” The other LP is 1982’s SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE, source of “The Hellion,” “Electric Eye,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.”

“They have epitomized the genre with their Harley riding front man, rapid-fire guitar assaults, and spectacular stage shows,” wrote journalist Bryan Reesman in his liner notes for 2004’s leather-bound, metal-spiked METALOGY box set. “Influential, innovative, and exuberant in expression,” he wrote, “they are the true Metal Gods who have been as unwavering in their desire to expand the boundaries of their music as they have been in crossing international borders to deliver it to their disciples.”

“Unabashedly committed to their cause, and unrepentant in proclaiming themselves a true heavy metal band even when others have shied away from the term, Judas Priest have forever been defenders of the faith.”

EPITAPH by Judas Priest
(Columbia/Legacy: Blu-Ray 88765481119, DVD 88883715539)

Selections: 1. Battle Hymn (L) • 2. Rapid Fire (F) • 3. Metal Gods (F) • 4. Heading Out To The Highway (G) • 5. Judas Rising (M) • 6. Starbreaker (C) • 7. Victim Of Changes (B) • 8. Never Satisfied (A) • 9. Diamonds And Rust (C) • 10. Prophecy (N) • 11. Night Crawler (L) • 12. Turbo Lover (J) • 13. Beyond The Realms Of Death (D) • 14. The Sentinel (I) • 15. Blood Red Skies (K) • 16. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (E) • 17. Breaking The Law (F) • 18. Painkiller (L) • 19. The Hellion (H) • 20. Electric Eye (H) • 21. Hell Bent For Leather (E) • 22. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (H) • 23. Living After Midnight (F).

Album index:
A – from ROCKA ROLLA (originally issued 1974, on Gull Records)
B – from SAD WINGS OF DESTINY (originally issued 1976, on Gull Records)
C – from SIN AFTER SIN (originally issued 1977, on Columbia Records)
D – from STAINED CLASS (originally issued 1978, on Columbia)
E – from HELL BENT FOR LEATHER (originally issued 1979, on Columbia; aka KILLING MACHINE in UK)
F – from BRITISH STEEL (originally issued 1980, on Columbia)
G – from POINT OF ENTRY (originally issued 1981, on Columbia)
H – from SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE (originally issued 1982, on Columbia)
I – from DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH (originally issued 1984, on Columbia)
J – from TURBO (originally issued 1986, on Columbia)
K – from RAM IT DOWN (originally issued 1988, on Columbia)
L – from PAINKILLER (originally issued 1990, on Columbia)
M – from ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION (originally issued 2005, on Epic Records)
N – from NOSTRADAMUS (originally issued 2008, on Epic)

Visit:
JudasPriest.com
LegacyRecordings.com

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-Iron Maiden’s MAIDEN ENGLAND ’88 Concert Released On DVD, CD & LP

Now available for the very first time on DVD, this live show was filmed across two sold-out nights at Birmingham N.E.C Arena, UK in November 1988 during the band’s SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON World Tour. Disc one contains the concert which has been specially upgraded and extended from the existing 1989 long-form VHS release and now includes three previously unreleased encores: “Running Free,” “Run To The Hills,” and “Sanctuary,” thereby completing the full concert with a total running time of 110 minutes. Maiden’s own Film Producer and Director Andy Matthews went back to the 1988 edit and painstakingly re-mastered each shot digitally.

Disc two is an extensive bonus disc featuring an exclusive documentary charting Part 3 in the HISTORY OF IRON MAIDEN. This 40-minute film comprises recent interviews with the five band members and manager Rod Smallwood. Other special extras on the bonus disc include TWELVE WASTED YEARS. First released as a long-form VHS in 1987 and available for the first time on DVD, this documentary includes archive interviews and dynamic live footage from the band’s beginnings in the now legendary Ruskin Arms pub, via London’s Marquee club and three World Tours. Five promo videos for the singles from the aforementioned albums are also featured.

The MAIDEN ENGLAND ’88 concert soundtrack is also available as a 2-CD set, limited edition double vinyl picture disc, and digital download formats. The double CD offers a total of five tracks previously unavailable on CD, making this the first full and complete audio recording release of this historic tour.

Disc One – MAIDEN ENGLAND ’88
Set List –
Moonchild
The Evil That Men Do
The Prisoner
Still Life
Die With Your Boots On
Infinite Dreams
Killers
Can I Play With Madness
Heaven Can Wait
Wasted Years
The Clairvoyant
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
The Number Of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden
Run To The Hills*
Running Free*
Sanctuary*

*previously unreleased.

Disc Two – THE HISTORY OF IRON MAIDEN PART 3
The History Of Iron Maiden – Part 3
12 WASTED YEARS
“Wasted Years” promo video
“Stranger In A Strange Land” promo video
“Can I Play With Madness” promo video
“The Evil That Men Do” promo video
“The Clairvoyant” promo video

For more information, visit http://www.ironmaiden.com/ .

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-Kiss: Announcing The 2013 North American MONSTER Tour

20 Dates In Canada In July, Presales Start Today

It’s the announcement the Kiss Army has been waiting for!

The Hottest Band in the World has just announced a North American tour that will take the band all over Canada, beginning July 5 in Victoria, BC. Most tickets go on sale this Friday, April 5 so be sure to check the tour page for all the details.

http://www.kissonline.com/tour/

Kiss Army Fan Club members have access to the exclusive presale beginning today. Members also get first shot at the ALL NEW VIP packages, including Meet and Greets.

Check out the presale schedule below and if you’re not already a member of the Kiss Army Fan Club and you want access to these presales, PLUS great member benefits, click here:

http://www.kissonline.com/service/subscribe/

PLEASE NOTE: Fan Club members should log in to KISSonline and read all of the instructions at the top of the tour page when accessing the presales.

PRESALES BEGIN TODAY, APRIL 2 AT 9 A.M.:
July 5 – Save On Foods Memorial Center (Victoria, BC)
July 6 – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena (Vancouver, BC)
July 8 – Prospera Place (Kelowna, BC)
July 12 – Rexall Place (Edmonton, AB)
July 14 – Credit Union Centre (Saskatoon, SK)
July 18 – MTS Centre (Winnipeg, MB)
July 29 – Bell Centre (Montreal, QC)
July 31 – Harbour Station (Saint John, NB)
Aug 1 – Metro Centre (Halifax, NS)
Aug 3 – Mile One Stadium (St. John’s, NFLD)
Aug 4 – Mile One Stadium (St. John’s, NFLD)

PRESALES BEGIN TODAY, APRIL 2 AT 10 A.M.:
July 25 – Scotiabank Place (Ottawa, ON)
July 26 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (Toronto, ON)
July 27 – Budweiser Gardens (London, ON)

PRESALES BEGIN TOMORROW, APRIL 3 AT 10 A.M.:
July 10 – Enmax Centre (Lethbridge, AB)
July 13 – Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary, AB)
July 16 – Evraz Place (Regina, SK)
July 17 – Keystone Centre (Brandon, MB)
July 23 – Sudbury Arena (Sudbury, ON)

See you this summer!

https://www.facebook.com/KISS
https://twitter.com/KissOfficial

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-Dio Disciples Rock “Monsters Of Rock Cruise,” Raise Money For The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund

The lucky fans that were able to attend this year’s Monsters Of Rock Cruise (which ran from March 16-20, and set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, before taking in such gorgeous tropical locales as Nassau and CocoCay), witnessed performances by countless renowned metal acts — including Cinderella, Tesla, Saxon, Lita Ford, etc. But certainly one of the top standouts of the cruise was Dio Disciples, comprised of members Mark Boals – vocals, Craig Goldy – guitar, Scott Warren – keyboards, Simon Wright – drums, Bjorn Englen – bass, and Oni Logan – vocals.

As Wendy Dio explains, “We want to thank Larry Morand, Mike London, Harlan Hendrickson, Joe Wright, Billy Deavers and all the staff and WONDERFUL fans on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise! Dio Disciples put on an AMAZING SHOW!”

In addition to a great set by the band, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund raised over $16,500 for cancer research, education and to help find a cure! Some of the events that raised funds for the charity on the ship were a live auction that featured a signed Tony Iommi Gibson Guitar, ESP Guitar, Schecter Guitar, Dio Memorabilia, Memorial T-Shirts and Wristbands and a Ronnie James Dio Photo Book! Rock Star Bingo was a huge success that featured members of Dio Disciples, Stryper, Y&T, Cinderella and Eddie Trunk calling Bingo Numbers! 100% of the proceeds raised from these events go directly to the charity.

Be sure to keep an eye out for when the next Monsters Of Rock Cruise will set sail — this year’s voyage was a blast!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
http://www.diocancerfund.org/
http://www.facebook.com/DioDisciples
http://www.ronniejamesdio.com/
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio

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-Death Dealer Offer Fans Killer WAR MASTER Pre-Order Pak

“Classic power metal with the brutal edge of thrash, speed, and precision.” A fitting description from guitarist Ross the Boss about his new project, Death Dealer. Comprised of Ross, as well as vocalist Sean Peck (Cage), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike Davis (Rob Halford, Lizzy Borden), and drummer Rhino (Manowar), Death Dealer will be dropping their debut full-length, WAR MASTER, some time this summer.

The cover artwork was generated by Marc Sasso who has done previous work for Dio, Halford, and Adrenaline Mob, among others. Close ups of this highly detailed piece can be viewed at http://www.marcsasso.com/ .

But for collectors that want to add a truly unique and special piece to their collection, the “Death Dealer Ultimate Warrior Pre-Order Pak” is the way to go. The pak will only be made available through the official Death Dealer website — http://www.deathdealer.co/site/store.htm — and will not be sold to distributors. For only 35 bucks, you will receive the following:

• Liner note sketch art booklet, with additional sketch art from Marc Sasso [who has previously worked with Dio and Halford], detailing the genesis of the cover art and characters. Also included are liner notes from each of the band members with insider notes and comments about the band and songs, and the cover concept sketch.

• Death Dealer sticker pak, including the band’s logo, symbol, and a hi-gloss cover art decal.

• Death Dealer patch — yellow on black for your jacket, vest, or hat.

• Guitar pick set — three full-color guitar picks of Ross the Boss, Stu Marshall, and Mike Davis.

• Personalized hand-signed band poster — made out to you in your name, signed by Ross the Boss, Rhino, Mike Davis, Stu Marshall, and Sean Peck.

• Full-color mini-poster of the cover art.

Additionally, the first 250 orders will receive a Death Dealer VIP full-color tour laminate, so the band can easily identify the early adopters — the first of the faithful — so when the band sees you at one of their shows, you shall be treated accordingly! And as Sean explains, the pre-order pak will include some true one-of-a-kind items. “The idea for the cover was to create an image that portrayed power, venom, justice, and something iconic. Marc Sasso was nice enough to include other samples of the ‘War Master’ character in various poses and some other pieces of his magic for us to enjoy, so we included them in this sketch book and liner notes package.”

Stu – “The album WAR MASTER really represents a true power and return to the days of bands being able to play live what goes on the album. Apart from being the best album I have ever been involved with, I am working with some of the most talented guys on the planet. I remember the excitement of the new metal album coming out, I think some of those days had gone over the last 10 years in the industry and now it’s time to bring it back.”

Sean – “Making this album with this incredible lineup of guys was just a freaking great time! I cannot wait for everyone to hear it. This album really has it all in my opinion, soon to be metal classic songs that are heavy, hook-laden, and packed full of lots of guitar, drum, and vocal fireworks. When you look at who is in the band, I think the metalheads out there will be thrilled to know that without any hesitation I can assure them that the album sounds as badass as they would hope and expect it to be.”

Mike – “Since I’ve been in both Halford and Dramarama for the past ten years and having put 100% into both bands, I’m extremely excited and looking forward to working with some new, very talented musicians who share the same passion for music, and WAR MASTER more than stands on its own as a vicious greeting to the metal world.”

Rhino – “I am very excited about being in this band and getting this first album out. I really feel at home with this lineup. All the guys really formed a bond as we put the band and album together. Recording and writing with Ross and the guys really flowed naturally and the results are amazing. I am really proud of everything about this record and it reminds me of the glory days of heavy metal. We all love metal and metal is or lives, and because of that, I know the diehards are going to freak out when they hear this record.”

Ross – “It’s been a long time since a CD like WAR MASTER has come around. This is a great CD but only the tip of the iceberg for Death Dealer.”

Death Dealer – WAR MASTER Track Listing:

1. Death Dealer
2. Never To Kneel
3. War Master
4. Children Of Flames
5. Liberty Or Death
6. Hammer Down
7. Devil’s Mile
8. Curse Of The Heretic
9. Heads Spikes Walls
10. Wraiths On The Wind

Japanese bonus tracks:

11. Judge Jury And Executioner
12. Triumph And Victory

For more information, visit:
http://www.Deathdealer.co/

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-Burning Rain’s New Video For “My Lust Your Fate” Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Noisecreep

EPIC OBSESSION Due Out In May On Frontiers Records

http://www.noisecreep.com/2013/04/02/burning-rain-my-lust-your-fate-video/

Fans of bluesy hard rock and killer riffs can click above to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the sexy new video for Burning Rain’s track “My Lust Your Fate” on Noisecreep. The single is taken from the forthcoming album, EPIC OBSESSION, which will be released on May 17 in Europe and May 21 in North America via Frontiers Records and can be pre-ordered at http://www.frontiers.it/us or http://www.frontiers.it/album/5131/ . Burning Rain is current Whitesnake axe man Doug Aldrich, singer Keith St. John (ex-Montrose), Sean McNabb on bass (ex-Quiet Riot, Dokken, House Of Lords) and Mat Starr on drums (Ace Frehley). EPIC OBSESSION comes after a long hiatus from the release of the band’s second album, PLEASURE TO BURN, in 2000. Click here to access the album art for EPIC OBSESSION:

Frontiers Records will also reissue the long out-of-print first two albums from Burning Rain, the self-titled debut (released in 1999) and the aforementioned PLEASURE TO BURN. Both albums will be repackaged and re-mastered and will contain two added bonus tracks to each respective album. Burning Rain’s previous efforts received great acclaim in Japan and the UK prior to Aldrich being tapped as guitarist for Whitesnake in 2002, with Melodic Rock.com declaring, “Great quality song writing… fantastic production that rivals any others out there. For fans of classic blues influenced hard rock there will be few albums to rival this record…”

For more information, please visit:
http://www.burningrain.net/
http://www.facebook.com/BurningRain

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-dUg Pinnick Of King’s X Releases NAKED On May 7

The Leader Of The Legendary Hard Rock Trio Announces His Latest Solo Album

dUg Pinnick, front man for legendary hard rock trio King’s X, releases his latest solo album, NAKED, on May 7, 2013, through RockArmy Records with worldwide distribution through MVD.

NAKED is a deeply personal release that represents Pinnick — who wrote, played, recorded, and produced the album alone at his own dUgtone Studio — at his most primal. Each of NAKED’s 11 guitar-heavy tracks are overflowing with Pinnick’s unmistakable tone, groove, and heart-wrenching vocals, including the singles “What You Gonna Do?” — which took YouTube by storm with a self-shot video that Pinnick created and unleashed in late 2012 — and “That Great Big Thing.”

Pinnick has been a pivotal figure in heavy music for over 30 years, most notably as the vocalist and bassist for the still-active King’s X, whose influence looms large over everything from the progressive metal movement (Dream Theater, et al) to the grunge scene — with Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament famously stating that “heavy music didn’t start in Seattle, it started in Katy, Texas, with King’s X” — and who are also one of the few bands in the history of rock ‘n’ roll to mark 25-plus years of playing together with the original lineup intact, with no signs of slowing down.

Since 1998, Pinnick has released two solo albums under the moniker Poundhound and three others (including a collection of home demos featuring more than a dozen fan-favorite King’s X songs) under his own name. Additionally, Pinnick has joined forces with a who’s-who of veteran rockers — including Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Eric Gales, Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta, The Memorials), Bruce Fanklin (Trouble), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Timothy Drury (The Eagles, Stevie Nicks), Reb Beach (Winger, Dokken), Kip Winger (Winger), Living Colour (with whom he toured Europe as temporary vocalist in 2008), Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Sheehan, 24-7 Spyz, Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Vince Neil), Tribe After Tribe, Carmine Appice, and many more — and young hotshots, including the Austin-based metal band RAZR13 (whose album was produced by RockArmy Records owner Paul Soroski and featured a guest appearance by Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera) guitarist Marzi Montazeri.

NAKED combines the vibe and the songwriting of a classic King’s X album with the raw energy of a musician who feels like he’s got something to prove and isn’t afraid to do it. Without question, NAKED is the sound of dUg Pinnick at the top of his game.

Link to Pre-Order:
http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MVD5819A

Hi Res Cover Art:

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-Celebrate John Taglieri’s New EP And Win Your Very Own Trip To Southern Paradise!!

KEY WEST, FL — To celebrate the release of the new John Taglieri EP SOUTHERN PARADISE (coming 4/16/13 via Leap Dog Music), he’s giving away a trip to Key West, FL. All you have to do is purchase SOUTHERN PARADISE during the presale between 2 April 2013 & 15 April 2013 and you’re automatically entered to win. Details are as follows:

– Trip for two to Key West, FL.
– Must purchase the SOUTHERN PARADISE EP during the presale for $10.00 (plus shipping & handling).
– All contestants must be 21 years or older to enter

Automatically entered to win the following:
– a trip for two to Key West, FL in August 2013
– round trip airfare for two from anywhere in the continental US to Key West, FL
– two nights lodging (hotel to be determined)
– an Autographed copy of SOUTHERN PARADISE
– two John Taglieri T-shirts (sizes TBD by winner)
– a free download of THE VERY BEST OF JOHN TAGLIERI… THE SONGS THAT SHOULD HAVE MADE ME RICH!!!
– dinner for two at LaTrattoria Restaurant on Duval St. in Key West, FL
– a trip on The Fury Boat (either a day snorkel or a sunset cruise. Winners Choice)
– a welcome bag from Key West Welcome Bags with an assortment of goodies and local discounts
– VIP Treatment at a John Taglieri show at Irish Kevins!

(**Winners must live in the lower 48 United States**)

Trip length is three-days/two-nights (Winners can extend this stay at their own expense.)

Winner(s) must be available to travel to Key West, FL In August 2013.

Winner(s) will work with Leap Dog Music to make all travel arrangements.

That’s it… pretty simple. Purchase the CD during the presale and you’re entered to win. If you purchase more than one copy of the CD, you will be entered the number of times you purchase. Winning name to be chosen from a blind drawing and completely at random.

To purchase the SOUTHERN PARADISE Presale simply send $13.50 ($10 + shipping) via PayPal to John@JohnTaglieri.com or visit John’s Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/JohnTaglieriMusic for details on how to enter.

Taglieri says, “Thanks! GOOD LUCK to everyone that purchases during the presale!! I’m as excited to pick a winner as you guys are to win! Hope to see you in my Southern Paradise!!

Watch for John’s new EP, SOUTHERN PARADISE, coming on 4/16/13 and get ready to sit back and soak it in… and let it take you to your own personal Southern Paradise!

Trip Sponsored by:
The Fury Boat – Key West
LaTrattoria On Duval
Key West Welcome Bags

Relevant Links:

http://JohnTaglieri.com/
http://Facebook.com/JohnTaglieriMusic

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-Scanner’s First Two Albums Reissued On Divebomb

Germany could be considered the birth place for what is now known as Power Metal. Bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray and Blind Guardian first forged this path in the ’80s, but there was one band that never seemed to get their just due. Scanner’s 1988 debut concept album, HYPERTRACE, was as good as any album out at the time, if not better.

Conceptually speaking, HYPERTRACE was an intriguing tale of space travel and the bettering of humanity, while sonically it was filled to the brim with charging thunderous riffage and ear-piercing vocals (thanks to special guest backing vocalist, Ralf Scheepers — Gamma Ray, Tyran Pace, Primal Fear).

Despite the fact that it flew under the commercial radar, HYPERTRACE is still beloved by cult metal aficionados today and ripe to be discovered by legions of younger power metal fans curious of the movement’s origins.

Divebomb Records’ HYPERTRACE Record Store Day limited edition contains brand new mastering exclusive to this physical reissue as well as a new interview with band founder, Axel Julius. For the fans, by the fans.

Scanner’s 1988 debut, HYPERTRACE, placed the band on the right trajectory for success, but soon after its release, their vocalist quit. Quickly picking up S.L. Coe (ex-Angel Dust) to fill the vacated spot, the band forged onward with 1990’s TERMINAL EARTH.

Decidedly not following the previous album’s concept, Coe struck out on his own lyrically with solid tracks like “From The Dust Of Ages,” “Wonder,” “Not Alone” and “The Law.” Musically speaking, Scanner marched forward continuing to carry the torch of power metal across the globe pushing the genre into new markets. But even with these two impressive albums in their repertoire, and the flourishing power metal scene growing so rapidly, it would seem the plague of continued member departures would spell out disaster for Scanner when this era of the band came to a close in 1990.

Axel Julius did eventually resurface six years later with a new lineup and album, MENTAL RESERVATION, continuing to push the Scanner legacy forward. Thankfully, Scanner are still going strong to this very day.

TERMINAL EARTH has been out of print for nearly 20 years, and not surprisingly, fetching high dollar collector prices online. Divebomb Records’ TERMINAL EARTH Record Store Day limited edition contains brand new mastering exclusive to this physical reissue as well as a new interview with band founder, Axel Julius. For the fans, by the fans.

BOTH RELEASES LIMITED TO 1,000 UNITS FOR RECORD STORE DAY – 4/20/13.

NO PARTICIPATING INDIE RECORD STORE IN YOUR AREA? ORDER DIRECT HERE:
http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/

Divebomb Records
http://www.divebombrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/divebombrecords
http://twitter.com/tribunalrecords
http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/divebomb-records-563/

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-Isengard – New Single Release

Isengard – “Sail Into Orion”
Release date: April 1st

Catalouge Info:
ISENCD02
ISENCD03 (EP)

Track List:
1. Sail Into Orion
2. Heart Of A Lion
3. Farewell
4. Sail Into Orion – Instrumental (EP)
5. Heart Of A Lion – Instrumental (EP)

Lineup:
• Peter Högberg – vocals
• Fredrik Broman – guitar
• Ronnie Andreson – guitar
• Jamie Tillman – Bass
• Uffe Tillman – Drums

CD Credits:
All music by: Isengard
Recorded by: Isengard
Mixed & Mastered by: Magnus Stenbäcken at Riverking Studios
Cover art by: Timo Sivonen
Layout by: Janne Tillman
Piano on “Farewell”: PeO Lövholm
Female voice on “Farewell”: Helena Ă…ström

Isengard has been a band since 1988 but their idea about their music has always been the same: Melodic and Epic Power Metal.

A history that starts 25 years ago in Vikingstad, a small town outside the city Linköping, Sweden.

The story of “Sail Into Orion” starts around 2009 when Uffe Tillman starts a music project of his own. The plans were then to do a Viking story in music. When also Peter Högberg (vocals) joined Isengard in 2011, we could take the level of music even higher. Peter has a great voice and he fit Isengard’s Power Metal perfect. The recording of “Sail Into Orion” was done in four home studios. It then mixed by Magnus Stenbäcken in Riverking studios. The music of Isengard is still recognizable, still with the mysterious medieval atmosphere, but also with the speed and the easily sung choruses.

PURE POWER METAL

“Sail Into Orion” on YouTube:

“Sail Into Orion” released as a download on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon MP3, Nokia OVI, Rhapsody, etc.

http://www.isengard.se/
http://www.myspace.com/isengardswe
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Isengard/112704352120968
https://twitter.com/Isengard_sweden
hq@isengard.se

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-Voodoo Highway Releases “This Is Rock’N’Roll, Wankers!” Video

Italian hard rockers Voodoo Highway have released the new video for the track “This Is Rock’N’Roll, Wankers!” The mafia styled video can be viewed below:

“This is Rock’N’Roll, Wankers!” comes off the band’s second album SHOWDOWN, the worldwide release only download and physical in GAS is scheduled for April 26 via Dust On The Tracks Records through Sony (Europe), Audioglobe (Italy), Suburban (Benelux), Border (Scandinavia), MVD (USA), April 29 – Proper Music (UK), Universal (Canada).

SHOWDOWN track listing:

1. This Is Rock’N’Roll Wankers!
2. Fly To The Rising Sun
3. Midnight Hour
4. Could You Love Me
5. Wastin’ Miles
6. Church Of Clay
7. Mountain High
8. Cold White Love
9. A Spark From The Sacred Fire
10. Prince Of Moonlight

Bonus Tracks:
11. Till It Bleeds
12. Broken Uncle’s Inn

Voodoo Highway will stage a release party to celebrate the release of their new album, SHOWDOWN, on May 26 at Rockafe in Malborghetto (Ferrara), Italy.

After the lucky outset of their first album BROKEN UNCLE’S INN back in 2011, the band is ready to strike the world with a massive amount of rock n’ roll once again.

Voodoo Highway is a powerful new quintet featuring Federico Di Marco (vocals), Filippo Cavallini (bass), Matteo Bizzarri (guitars), Alessandro Duò (keyboards) and Vincenzo Zairo (drums).

Have been indicated as one of the new revelations worldwide and defined as “the new Deep Purple” from such a big name in music as the former Rainbow/Black Sabbath/Gary Moore bassist Craig Gruber.

Now known to most for the outrageous stage presence, crashing executions, a style that hovers between Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and The Darkness and for smashing instruments on stage.

The year 2013 will see Voodoo Highway marching straight to Hell!

http://www.facebook.com/WhoDoHighway
http://www.youtube.com/TheVoodooHighway
http://www.myspace.com/voodoohighway

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-Killing Joke: Exclusive Track Premiere Hosted By Decibel Magazine

North American Tour To Commence This Month

In celebration of their soon-to-be-released three-disc anthology and long anticipated North American tour, Decibel Magazine is offering up a rare stream of Killing Joke’s “Timewave” demo! Previously unreleased, the track was recorded during the ABSOLUTE DISSENT studio sessions and comes by way of THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1979-2012.

Capturing Killing Joke’s enormous ever-evolving story with a series of dark, apocalyptic songs that have successfully combined disco, funk and shamanic wisdom with the dark side of the punk rock fall-out, THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1979-2012 offers up 33 career-spanning singles over two CDs with an additional third disc of rarities, including previously unreleased studio tracks. The three-CD version will be limited in number, reverting to two CDs containing the singles tracks. THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1979-2012 is set for release via Spinefarm/Universal on May 14, 2013 with the digital version dropping two weeks prior on April 30.

Check out “Timewave” courtesy of Decibel Magazine:
http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/streaming-unreleased-killing-joke-timewave/

For the full track listing, point your browser here:
http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/03/27/killing-joke-exclusive-track-premiere-courtesy-of-decibel-magazine-north-american-tour-to-commence-next-month/

As a precursor to the release, Killing Joke will embark on a North American run of live dates set to commence April 19 in New York City. The special tour will coast through ten more cities before coming to a close on May 5th in Los Angeles. See the updated itinerary below.

Killing Joke – The Singles Tour 2013:
4/19/2013 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
4/20/2013 Paradise – Boston, MA
4/21/2013 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
4/23/2013 Cafe Campus – Montreal, QC
4/24/2013 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
4/26/2013 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
4/27/2013 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
4/30/2013 Neumos – Seattle, WA
5/1/2013 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
5/3/2013 Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
5/4/2013 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
5/5/2013 Henry Fonda – Los Angeles, CA

With a fierce intelligence combined with a thirst for esoteric knowledge that matches a sound that is visceral and almost spiritual in its primal spirit, Killing Joke are like no other. This is a group spawned from punk rock that set out on one of the most remarkable and idiosyncratic journeys ever. Their influence has been enormous, with an unlikely roll-call of musicians taking their cues from the KJ catalog, from Nirvana to most modern American metal to many DJs and dance music mavericks. With their original lineup of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth and Big Paul continuing to hold firm, Killing Joke have something sulphurous and strong that few bands have come close to matching the band’s innate power. Details on a new full-length to be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned.

http://www.killingjoke.com/
http://www.facebook.com/killingjokeofficial
http://spinefarmrecords.com/usa
http://www.facebook.com/SpinefarmRecordsUS

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-Death Angel To Enter Studio This Month!

Legendary Bay Area thrash metallers Death Angel will enter AudioHammer Studios this month to begin recording the follow-up to their 2010 release, RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION. Guitarist Rob Cavestany recently checked in to give the following update:

“After nearly three years of nonstop touring for RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION, we are about to enter the studio to record our seventh album! We are playing the final show of the RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION Tour on March 31 in Holland, fly home for a few days of final pre-production rehearsals in Oakland, then begin tracking in Florida on April 8.

“RELENTLESS turned out the way we wanted so we we’re taking it to the next level with the same team. The new album will be done at AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof and I producing. We had a blast doing the last record there and now we know each other better and how well we work together… plus the album cover art is being done by Brent Elliot White who did RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION. Let’s just say we have a good feeling about this one.

“It was our idea all along to go directly into the studio following the end of this tour, without taking time off. We always take a break after an album’s touring cycle ends. You basically have to after spending so much time on the road, traveling and performing constantly. But not this time! This tour is the longest one we’ve ever done and that live energy is in our new songs! The glory and the heartache, it’s all there.

“That said, all the music has been written — much of it on tour buses during the past couple of years, the rest of it in the studio over the past few months. This is some of the heaviest, fastest, most powerful material we’ve ever created! There’s something really dark in it too… music is and always will be our outlet to vent and release the built up pressure that life deals. In the world today we need it more than ever!!!

“Currently the new record is slated for release in October 2013. Of course a massive tour will follow! It’s our mission to deliver, we ain’t f*ckin’ around! Thank you all for your support! Big Hug!”

Lineup:
Mark Osegueda – vocals
Rob Cavestany – guitar
Ted Aguilar – guitar
Damien Sisson – bass
Will Carroll – drums

http://deathangel.us/

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-The Unclean: New Album From Ohio Rock Trio Streaming At This Is Not A Scene

Tune in — the second album from Akron, Ohio-based classic rock trio The Unclean is streaming in its entirety. Following its recent digital release, the mighty riff-laden THE EAGLE soars with nearly 40 minutes of The Unclean’s blues-based classic American rock and roll, fusing their ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy and Motörhead influences with lyrics drenched in blue-collar pride and struggles of everyday life.

Get down with the good times and the bad with all nine jams from THE EAGLE via This Is Not A Scene right here:

http://www.thisisnotascene.com/2013/earsplit-pr-and-thisisnotascene-team-up-to-stream-the-latest-album-from-the-unclean/

The Unclean has also locked down several new regional gigs to bring some of the newest tunes to the stage over the coming weeks, with more engagements into the Summer months to be announced shortly, alongside the pending CD pressing of THE EAGLE.

The Unclean Live:
3/29/2013 Stone Tavern – Kent, OH w/ Lo Pan, Mockingbird
4/7/2013 Annabell’s – Akron, OH w/ Hammer Fight, The Great Iron Snake
4/13/2013 The Outpost – Kent, OH w/ Asphyxian, The Great Iron Snake, The Most Beautiful Losers [Coats for Kids Benefit]
5/11/2013 Ruby Tuesday – Columbus, OH w/ 1Point3
6/1/2013 Annabell’s – Akron, OH w/ Against The Grain, The Swingin’ Dicks, Dead Ethics

Known for trolling Akron’s dive-bars and tattoo shops, The Unclean’s members come forth from acts including Rue, Fistula, Sofa King Killer and more. Having self-released their debut album NO EXCUSE NECESSARY in the Fall of 2008, and have since honed their soulful tunes even further on-stage regionally alongside local and touring acts. At the end of 2012 the trio shacked up in the studio to lay down the thunder that would culminate into their second full-length. The drums were recorded at Studio Time in Akron, Ohio (former Black Keys studio) by Jason Tarulli (current mastermind behind Black Keys’ live sound), and the rest of the album written, recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by the band in their own Unclean Studio. Now completed and available to the public once again in totally D.I.Y. fashion, The Unclean proudly offer their most honest and lively material yet with THE EAGLE.

https://www.facebook.com/theuncleanakron
http://www.myspace.com/theuncleanjunkie
http://www.reverbnation.com/theunclean

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-Ensiferum: Finnish Folk Metal Merchants On Paganfest

Finnish folk metal merchants Ensiferum have returned to North America as headliners of the fourth edition of Paganfest! The ceremonies commenced in Denver and will plunder through 21 cities with an included evening of pillaging at this the fifteenth addition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts. Among the strongest Paganfest lineups assembled thus far, support will be provided by Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott.

Comments the band: “Only one day to go before the most anticipated tour of the year begins! Needless to say, we are really pumped for this one because it’s been way too long since we raised pints with our North American brothers and sisters. With such a great lineup, Paganfest will take no prisoners and leave no heroes unsung. So, fellow sword bearers, are you with us?! See you all on the road!”

Ensiferum: Paganfest America IV
w/ Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest, Helsott
3/30/2013 The Summit – Denver, CO
4/1/2013 901 Live – Tempe, AZ
4/2/2013 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
4/3/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
4/4/2013 The Alley – Reno, NV
4/5/2013 Hawthorne – Portland, OR
4/6/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/7/2013 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
4/9/2013 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
4/10/2013 The Exchange – Regina, SK
4/11/2013 Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
4/12/2013 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN
4/13/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
4/14/2013 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
4/15/2013 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
4/16/2013 The Note – Philadelphia, PA
4/17/2013 Opera House – Toronto, ON
4/18/2013 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
4/19/2013 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
4/20/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal & Hardcore Fest)
4/21/2013 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

Ensiferum will be touring in support of their mammoth UNSUNG HEROES full-length released in North America last Fall via Spinefarm Records US. Produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Apocalyptica), with special guest appearances by members of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and legendary Finnish singer/actor Vesa-Matti Loiri, UNSUNG HEROES continues to earn praise from critics and fans domestically and abroad. “…Mount the longboats, light the torches, and prepare for battle,” warns Metal Injection, while Outburn gushes, “UNSUNG HEROES is a totally solid entry into the hallowed halls of Valhalla made by a band that knows what it’s doing,” commending its “epic scope and reliance on catchy melodies.” Stereokiller boasts, “This is nothing short of amazing, beautiful in every way possible.” Elaborates Blistering in an 8/10 rating: “Ensiferum weren’t necessarily the first band out of the epic/folk gate, but they’re probably the best… One jaunt through 2009’s thoroughly captivating FROM AFAR supports that notion, as the Finns were able to brandish a mighty sonic sword that kept the speed on 10, the jovial acoustics ‘a hustling, and above all else, managed to bring a sort of mild sophistication to a style that is usually anything but. Essentially, Ensiferum doesn’t play the stupid, folk metal game, and on UNSUNG HEROES, they manage to stay the course with sterling results.”

View the band’s video for “In My Sword I Trust” at this location. The epic clip was shot late last year in Wrocklaw, Poland and directed by Rafal Szermanowicz of Grupa#13.

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/03/29/ensiferum-finnish-folk-metal-merchants-to-kick-off-paganfest-saturday/

Noted Ensiferum bassist Sami Hinka: “The ‘In My Sword I Trust’ shoot took place in really nice medieval castle and it went really well even though it rained pretty much the whole time. It was great to work with such a professional team and we were lucky to get such great actors to help us out. The video tells about how ordinary town people rise up to rebel against a greedy and cruel king and the upper class. There are swords, corpses and drinking; pretty much all you need for a great video! Folk on!”

http://www.ensiferum.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum
http://www.spinefarmrecords.com/usa

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-Napalm Records News

Napalm Records: Brand-New Online Store

Finally, it’s done! On the 4th of April 2013, our brand-new online store will open its gates to the public. The new shop will provide a whole new experience for every customer, because you will be able to find and order your favorite articles faster and more comfortable than in the past. To make the transition as smooth as possible for you, we will close our old online shop on the 3rd of April 2013. As a birthday present for our brand-new shop, you will receive a 10% discount on every order exceeding 20€ placed on the 4th of April 2013! Happy Shopping!

Napalm Records Online Store
http://www.napalmrecords.com/

Serenity And Mortillery – New Clips Online

Click on the links below to watch the new clip from Serenity to their sweeping anthem “Wings Of Madness” and the video to Mortillery’s Thrash Metal neck-breaker “F.O.A.D.!”

Serenity – “Wings Of Madness” clip

Mortillery – “F.O.A.D.” clip

Tristania Reveals Artwork To DARKEST WHITE

Tristania reveals the artwork to their upcoming masterpiece DARKEST WHITE! The new long-player will be released in North American on June 6! Expect more updates with regard to this Gothic Metal jewel in the coming days! Check out the band’s website for the full scoop on the artwork! Furthermore, Anders has finished the extensive first part of the studio report. Make sure to click on the link for a look behind the scenes!

Tristania Studio Report
http://www.tristania.com/2010/index.php/studio-report-by-anders-part-i/

Tristania Official Website
http://www.tristania.com/

Huntress – Live@Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

Huntress returns! Huntress will be releasing a new album before the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, where they will be performing all summer long! The tour features Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Children Of Bodom & more. They will be going into the studio in the upcoming weeks with renowned producer ZEUSS. Make sure to check out the promo video for the Mayhem Festival featuring Huntress!

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Trailer

Huntress Official Website
http://huntresskills.com/

Hate On Tour With Hypocrisy

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

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

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

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-Divided Multitude To Release FEED ON YOUR MISERY

Divided Multitude
FEED ON YOUR MISERY
Nightmare / Fireball Records
Release: 16 April 2013

Track List:
1. Esperanto
2. Feed On Your Misery
3. What I See
4. Scars
5. The World Is Watching
6. Crimson Sunset
7. 2 4 7
8. Vicious by Heart
9. Seconds
10. Transparent
11. Reborn

“A progressive power metal war horse, Divided Multitude would be best described to the uninitiated as a hybrid of In Flames, Nevermore and, due to Eskild Kløften’s stunningly effective keyboard work, Dream Theater.”

Divided Multitude are back with a brand new album FEED ON YOUR MISERY.

Street dates are:
Release date for Europe: 19th. Of April – Fireball Records
Release date for the US: 16th. Of April – Nightmare/Fireball Records

The album is recorded in @ Home Studios, Black Lodge and Eidegården Studio; mixed and mastered by the amazing Jacob Hansen. The cover art and cover design are done by Per Spjøtvold.

Divided Multitude started up back in 1995. After releasing two demos, STRANDED and TALE OF TOMORROW, they signed with Sensory Records for the release of their debut album INNER SELF. The album was released in 1999, and the band toured Norway and Denmark with the Swedish band Hollow.

Divided Multitude’s second album, FALLING TO PIECES, was released in 2002.

This led the band into a festival tour, and the band played numerous festivals, and the tour was highlighted by the band playing ProgPower Europe.

From 2004 the band entered a period of low activity, and the members concentrated on other bands and projects. Bands such as Triosphere, TalRusha and Wattamezz featured members of Divided Multitude. In 2007 the band decided to get back together to record something again, and a new demo GUARDIAN ANGEL was recorded. This really gave the band inspiration to work harder than ever, and Divided Multitude’s third album was recorded late 2008 in Skansen Lydstudio and @home studios. For mastering the album was sent to the very skillful Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios. This really gave the band the sound they were looking for.

Divided Multitude teamed up with Silverwolf Productions, and they released the album GUARDIAN ANGEL in 2010. The cover art was done by Mattias Norèn (Evergrey, Ayreon, John Petrucci), and the cover design by Per Spjøtvold (Goat The Head, Third Kind).

The album received good reviews from all over the world, and the band toured Norway and later Europe in the aftermath of the release.

2011 was a year of writing new material, and playing festivals like Rebel Heart Rock Festival and Denmark Rock Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/DividedMultitude
http://www.myspace.com/dividedmultitude

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-Paganland: Debut Album Out Now, Premiere New Track On PureGrainAudio.com

“A stirring and atmospheric album” – Zero Tolerance

“An epic debut that encompasses the essence of their homeland” – About.com [4/5 rating]

“Certainly worth of the attention of those into earlier works by Nokturnal Mortum and Drudkf” – MetalReviews.com [8.6/10 rating, “Surprise of the Month”]

“If you want to try out some so-called ‘pagan metal,’ this would be a good place to start” – Metal-Observer.com [8.5/10 rating]

“One of the better such debuts I have heard in recent years” – Blogcritics.org

“A definitely varied but also smooth and thoroughly enchanting whole” – Seaoftranquility.org

“A cracker of a debut” – Metal-Rules.com

“Pretty epic” – Metal-Disciple.com

“Bring something new to pagan metal” – Graveconcernsezine.com

“A must-listen” – Absolute Zero Media webzine

At last, Paganland release their long-brewing debut album, WIND OF FREEDOM, through Svarga Music. A celebration of pagan pride and a show of metal might, WIND OF FREEDOM carries the listener on a windswept journey like no other — verily, to a mystical paganland — and the critical response has been overwhelmingly positive. To capitalize on this critical acclaim across the world, Paganland’s new track “Chornohora” is now streaming at PureGrainAudio.com, and can be heard exclusively here:

http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/paganland-chornohora-song-stream

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

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

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

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

Paganland Discography
1999 – GODS OF GOLDEN CIRCLE (demo)
2004 – SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS/CARPATHIA (split CD w/ Tini Zabutyh Predkiv)
2013 – WIND OF FREEDOM (full-length CD)

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

More Info:
http://www.facebook.com/paganland.ua
http://www.svarga.eu/

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-Havok Premiere New Video As They Continue Work On New Album

Denver thrashers Havok have premiered their latest video for the song “From The Cradle To The Grave” from their 2012 EP, THE POINT OF NO RETURN, via the band’s official Facebook page. The video, directed by Roy Warner, was filmed on location in Detroit during the band’s final tour of 2012 alongside Skeletonwitch. The premiere coincides with the band’s continued work on their anticipated Terry Date-produced third full-length album.

To view “From The Cradle To The Grave” click https://www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial .

Discussing the song’s lyrical inspiration, vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez says, “‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ is about America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. In the late 1800s, in Chicago, Holmes built a hotel specifically with murder in mind. It included doors that opened up to brick walls, staircases that lead to nowhere, and one-way rooms that once you entered, you never came out. He was a religious man and firmly believed that since he was born, the Devil was at his side. That being said, bang your head.”

Havok hit the road this week, teaming with Goatwhore and The Casualties. The dates will feature new bassist Michael Joseph Leon. Sanchez notes, “as many people have already heard, we recently parted ways with bassist Jesse De Los Santos. It was a mutual split and we wish Jesse all the best. I’d like to thank Jesse for the four years of killing it in studio and on stage. With that being said, we’d like to introduce our new four-string monster, Mike Leon. Mike is a fantastic bassist and a veteran of the road from his years of touring with The Absence. We are very happy to have him on board.”

Leon comments, “I’m completely honored to be a part of such a well-oiled machine and to have the opportunity to play with these dudes is a dream come true! Not only is Havok one of my favorite new heavy metal bands out in the scene, but the guys in the band are a few of the best dudes I know! You can definitely look forward to us kickin’ lots of ass together this year, and for many years to come.”

Havok expect to complete all work on their new record in the coming weeks. Album information and special pre-order details will be announced shortly.

Havok
w/ The Casualties, Goatwhore:
4/1/2013 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
4/2/2013 Rocky Point – Tempe, AZ
4/3/2013 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
4/4/2013 The Vex – Los Angeles, CA
4/5/2013 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV w/ Goatwhore only
4/6/2013 The Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
4/7/2013 The Alley – Reno, NV
4/8/2013 The Branx – Portland, OR
4/9/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/11/2013 The Venue – Boise, ID w/ Suffocation, Exhumed, Jungle Rot, Rings Of Saturn
4/13/2013 In the Venue – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Suicidal Tendencies

Havok is guitarist/vocalist Dave Sanchez, bassist Michael Joseph Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webb.

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

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-In The Silence: Sensory Records Debut Now Confirmed For Early May Release

A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD, the debut album from Sacramento, California-based dark/progressive quartet, In The Silence — initially confirmed for official release via Sensory Records this month — has been moved back several weeks. Due to a manufacturing mishap, the final product has been delayed, and the record will now be in stores for its new street date, Tuesday, May 7.

Musically comparable to the emotional output of Katatonia, Porcupine Tree and Opeth but boasting a more progressive nature than said acts, In The Silence surges with incredibly moving riffs and otherworldly atmospheres, boasting a huge mid-tone clean vocal performance atop a thunderous display of technical metal percussion. A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD’s 45-minute lifespan possesses massive, pristine production, further magnifying the band’s skilled approach. The band self-released the album in two very limited runs, and when both pressings were immediately vanquished, they decided it was time for the album to have an official release. Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge, will give A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD the proper worldwide distribution and attention it deserves, with updated digi-pak and digital download versions coming in early May. Preview several songs from the album and more at http://inthesilence.bandcamp.com/ .

In The Silence will tour in support of A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD throughout the year, including a performance at the massive annual ProgPower USA XIV festival ( http://www.progpowerusa.com/ ) in Atlanta, Georgia, where they’ll share the stage with Circle II Circle, Rhapsody, Wolverine, Soilwork, Shadow Gallery, Wolf, Circus Maximus, Armored Saint and more.

http://www.inthesilence.net/
http://inthesilence.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/inthesilence
http://www.reverbnation.com/inthesilence
http://www.lasersedgegroup.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge

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-Surgeon: New Track From Philly-Based Epic Metal Unit Playing At Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles

Street Date And Release Show Confirmed

As the second full-length from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based metal outfit Surgeon nears its triumphant release onto public ears this Spring, today the band releases another brand new track from the opus, entitled CHEMICAL REIGN.

While Surgeon’s output may be simply classified as “progressive metal” to some, the band ventures into foreign territory for most by-the-books classical and fusion acts of the progressive metal umbrella. Perhaps simply “epic metal” is a more defining tag, as the talented crew seamlessly blends a variety of rugged post-death and post-doom elements into their craft, infectiously creating a sound all their own, but undoubtedly in the vein of notable bands including Pharaoh, Atlantean Kodex and Slough Feg.

Today, longtime international metal media outlet Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles have posted an exclusive listen to the title track to Surgeon’s new album… unleash “Chemical Reign” right here:

http://www.bravewords.com/news/201531

The band also previously released the album’s second track “Watching You,” available at their official Soundcloud page:

Additionally, Surgeon has confirmed the official release date of CHEMICAL REIGN as May 19, the same day the band will perform a local record release show for the album at Philly hotspot Johnny Brenda’s, alongside Ominous Black, Swarm of Arrows, and Skeleton Hands.

Surgeon – CHEMICAL REIGN Record Release Show:
5/19/2013 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ominous Black, Swarm of Arrows, Skeleton Hands

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. 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, 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.

http://surgeonband.net/
https://www.facebook.com/Surgeonmusic
https://twitter.com/surgeonband

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-Toxic Holocaust Releases Lyric Video For “Agony Of The Damned”

FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION Collection Drops

Portland’s favorite punk/metal delinquents Toxic Holocaust recently unleashed a new lyric video for “Agony Of The Damned.” Initially featured on the band’s 2011 CONJURE AND COMMAND full-length, “Agony Of The Damned” makes an “updated” appearance on the FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION compilation, set for release via Relapse Records.

Elaborates band mastermind Joel Grind: “This version of ‘Agony Of The Damned’ was recorded in September of 2010 with a drum machine a few months before we stepped into the studio to record the one that appears on CONJURE AND COMMAND. When making an album, I usually demo out the entire thing before I step into a studio. This keeps costs low and gives me time to sit with it to iron out the details. Since CONJURE AND COMMAND was the first Toxic record to feature a full band, this demo served the purpose of familiarizing everyone with the new material and is previously unreleased.”

Lay your peepers on the video at this location:
http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/03/27/toxic-holocaust-releases-lyric-video-for-%E2%80%9Cagony-of-the-damned%E2%80%9D/

FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION is a gargantuan 22-track anthology that compiles over a decade’s worth of Toxic Holocaust rarities into one raging compilation of antagonistic bliss. Amassing the band’s many contributions to various comps and vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight and others, alongside demo versions of treasured Toxic classics, FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION is a historic romp through the history of one of today’s most revered, gritty, old-school metal bands.

FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION will see release through Relapse Records on April 2 in North America, March 29 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland and Benelux and April 1 in the UK. Additionally, you can check out the FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION teaser video and ordering info at http://bit.ly/toxicashes .

Toxic Holocaust is currently in the studio working on the as-yet-untitled follow-up to their 2011 CONJURE AND COMMAND full-length. Praised for its “nuclear reactive riffage and Repo Man punk attitude,” by Revolver and commended for its “tar-thick riffage, staggering breakdowns, and a corroded dose of self-loathing,” by The Onion’s A.V. Club, CONJURE AND COMMAND continues to reap hails from fans and critics globally. As an added bonus, the band closed the year with the honor of having the song “Bitch” rear its sonic apocalyptic menace in an episode of high-rated FX drama series “Sons Of Anarchy” (season 5; episode 11).

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

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

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-Conny Ochs’ BLACK HAPPY Out Now; Full LP Streaming At American Aftermath

The enigmatic German guitarist/vocalist Conny Ochs is slowly but undoubtedly infecting the masses, the man’s ability to create infectious anthems and ballads in the vein of classic singer/songwriters to be considered Americana — namely citing Woodie Guthrie, Neil Young, John Jacob Niles and Townes Van Zandt — boasting tales of woe and sadness, as well as redemption and moving on past those things in life that hold us in the rotting grooves of tribulation.

Ochs reaches a stark authenticity that draws you in, bearing all with raw emotion through his captivating vocal and melodic guitar style, delivered with finesse both in the studio and on the stage as an international voyager. What is channeled into his music, tone and lyrics are indisputable personal truths, the kind that are deeply rooted in the blackened parts of the human soul. Following his cult but potent solo 2011-release debut, RAW LOVE SONGS, followed by last year’s amazing collaborative LP and international touring with doom icon Scott “Wino” Weinrich, the second LP from Conny Ochs — the already-iconic-to-diehards opus entitled BLACK HAPPY — is out now worldwide via Exile On Mainstream, available on LP, via digital download, and in a limited wooden box CD edition.

To commemorate the release of BLACK HAPPY, today the massive Ochs fans that run badass outlet American Aftermath have published an in-depth interview with the soloist, alongside an exclusive stream of the entire album; check it out here:

http://americanaftermath.net/2013/04/02/aftermath-exclusive-stream-conny-ochs-new-album-black-happy-now/

Also check out a captivating full live set from an Ochs show in Warsaw, Poland in February and more right here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/04/02/conny-ochs%E2%80%99-black-happy-out-now-full-lp-streaming-at-american-aftermath/

“These songs are tiny gems, made polished by the strength of Ochs plaintive voice and bright chiming guitar.” – This Is Not A Scene

“I became infatuated with his style and execution and when word came down about his latest album BLACK HAPPY… Continue to get your mind bent backwards.” – American Aftermath

“Conny Ochs has created something to be treasured with his latest and greatest opus BLACK HAPPY. Going in to the very roots of music with his acoustic guitar as his primary weapon, Conny will prove someone who divides opinion but will always leave an impression as he creeps in to the wider musical platform.” – The Sleeping Shaman

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

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-Crimson Shadows Announce Ontario Tour Dates

Crimson Shadows will be touring with Vesperia, doing several dates all over Ontario and Quebec over the next four months leading up to a West coast tour where both bands will be touring out to Victoria, BC.

Drummer Cory Hofing comments:
“We are really excited to be hitting the road once again with our brothers in Vesperia! Seeing as myself and our bassist Morgan Rider play in both bands it makes sense to save on gas and time to tour together. Yes, this does mean we will be playing two sets back-to-back every night but we have done it before and I’m sure we shall do it more in the future!”

Upcoming Ontario dates for Crimson Shadows:
*March 30th – Belleville @ Belles Pub drs @7pm (Benefit for Red Cross )
April 6th – Brampton @ All Stars Sports Bar (Headlining set)
*April 12th – Oranageville @ Hogey’s Pub
*April 13th – North bay @ Granite Curling Club
April 29th – Toronto @ Wreckroom W/ Arkona and Valfreya
*May 3rd – Brantford @ Charlies 43 Oak St.
*May 4th – Kitchener TBA
*May 10th – Hamilton TBA
*May 11th – London TBA
(*shows with Vesperia )

Crimson Shadows will be releasing a new, soon-to-be-titled EP in the coming months, which is currently being mixed and mastered by Jonathan Lefrançois-Leduc at SilverWing Studios. They have just released a studio video from their first day of recording at Ice House Studios with engineer Thomas Ireland. To view the video, please visit the following link.

Crimson Shadows EP (NEW 2013) – Studio Day 1 – Drums

For more info on Crimson Shadows, please visit these links.
https://www.facebook.com/CrimsonShadowsBand
http://www.reverbnation.com/crimsonshadows
https://twitter.com/_CrimsonShadows
http://www.youtube.com/crimsonshadowsmetal

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-Eolian Empire KEEP OUR HEADS Compilation: 26 Portland Bands, 99 Minutes Of Bedlam

The Obelisk Streaming New Diesto Track As Comp Preview

Recently out of hibernation, Portland’s extreme/outsider label Eolian Empire is preparing to release the most ambitious and dedicated project on their diverse roster this Spring, with the newly-completed KEEP OUR HEADS label compilation.

The tiny D.I.Y. label more focused on maintaining a kinship with their regional underground music scene than attaining national acts or breaking into charts, the clan at Eolian has literally dedicated thousands of hours to arranging, collecting, compiling, mixing and preparing this massive offering of what they consider the best of their local underground, with KEEP OUR HEADS. Aligning metal, sludge, doom, prog, punk, rock, thrash, hardcore, noise and unclassifiable anti-genre acts from across the region into a herculean 99-minute soundtrack to the Portland heavy underground, KEEP OUR HEADS bears 26 exclusive tracks from stalwarts in the scene, like some twisted, many-headed beast raised on the soundtracks to River’s Edge, Lost Highway, and Repo Man, practically all the tracks recorded in Portland specifically for this release.

KEEP OUR HEADS features acts: Acre, The Ax, Big Black Cloud, Crag Dweller, Diesto, Drunk Dad, Fist Fite, Gaytheist, Gone To Croatoan, Honduran, Hot Victory, Humours, Ix, LKN, Lord Dying, Nasalrod, Norska, Order Of The Gash, Palo Verde, Prizehog, Rabbits, Redneck, Sei Hexe, Sioux, Tiny Knives, and Towers. The comp will see release digitally and on a limited-run cassette on May 1, the cassette run including both a digital download and a slick beer koozie. View the full track/band listing below, and place preorders at http://eolianempire.bigcartel.com/keep-our-heads .

As a public preview to KEEP OUR HEADS today The Obelisk has released a brand new track from riff-crushers Diesto — a precursor for the band’s upcoming LP on Eolian this Summer — alongside a peek at what is going on with this comp… Click here to jam:

http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2013/03/28/diesto-arrows-track-stream-keep-our-heads-comp/

Eolian has confirmed two record release shows to bust the mixtape out onto the public, with a kinky back-to-back duo of galas at Slabtown late in April. Friday, April 26 will rage with sets from Acre, Ix, Norska, Hot Victory, Big Black Cloud and Gaytheist, and the next night with Redneck, Sioux, Palo Verde, Towers, Honduran, Rabbits.

This Summer Eolian will be releasing new noise from sludge-f*ckers Drunk Dad, avant punks Big Black Cloud, hardcore savants Honduran, harsh noiser Redneck, and prog-doomsters Diesto, all featured on KEEP OUR HEADS. Stay tuned for more news on all.

KEEP OUR HEADS Release Shows:
4/26/2013 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ Acre, Ix, Norska, Hot Victory, Big Black Cloud, Gaytheist
4/27/2013 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ Redneck, Sioux, Palo Verde, Towers, Honduran, Rabbits

KEEP OUR HEADS Track Listing:
side X:
Honduran – “No Man’s Land”
Diesto – “Arrows”
Fist Fite – “Bitches Leave”
Humours – “In The Court Of The Corn-Eyed King”
Drunk Dad – “S.O.U.”
Palo Verde – “Swimming In The Royal Academy”
Big Black Cloud – “Reptile Brain”
Lord Dying – “The Value Of Pity”
Norska – “Eostre”
Towers – “Hell”
Tiny Knives – “Winter”
Redneck – “Princess”

side Y:
Sioux – “Ascension”
IX – “Robocrastinatortron”
The Ax – “Luminaries”
Prizehog – “Irrevelant”
Hot Victory – “The Cog”
Gaytheist – “Gimme Black My Blow”
Rabbits – “Drink, Drank, Drunk”
LKN – “Freedom Shot”
Nasalrod – “Suicidal Propaganda”
Crag Dweller – “The Animal”
Gone To Croatoan – “Poor, Poor Little Man”
Acre – “Heavy Day”

http://eolianempire.bigcartel.com
http://www.eolianempire.com/
http://digital.eolianempire.com
http://blahg.eolianempire.com
http://www.facebook.com/eolianempire
http://twitter.com/eolianempire

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-E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr Premiere New Track From Svart Debut

Today, kosmische interlopers E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr premiere the new track “Sonnenaufgang” at tastemaking web-portal CvltNation.com. The track hails from the group’s debut album, KOMETENBAHN, released internationally this week by Svart Records on LP and as a digital download. Featuring members of Reverend Bizarre and Lord Vicar, among others, E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s “Sonnenaufgang” can be heard in its entirety here: http://www.cvltnation.com/e-musikgruppe-lux-ohr-stream/

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s long-awaited studio album, entitled KOMETENBAHN, is a compilation of six original sonic pieces that mirror both hemispheres of the band. While E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s quest for cosmic experiences is proudly inspired by German kosmische musik of the 1970s, the band also boldly pursues to probe frontiers that have remained unchallenged for four decades. KOMETENBAHN is a journey into organic atmospheres, warm analogue timbres, and melodic sequences that bring the sound of the pioneers into the 21st century.

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr has performed in various venues ranging from rock clubs to art museums, libraries and movie theaters. All music of E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr is made to be played live, and also many of the album tracks have evolved in live performances and jam sessions.

The four space cadets of E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr are: Pertti Grönholm, synthesizers, sequencers and samplers; Jaakko Penttinen, synthesizers and sequencers; Kimi Kärki, guitar, e-bow and effects; Ismo Virta, Memotron, guitar and effects.

All the band members have been active in various underground music scenes for a long time. Kimi Kärki is the founder and guitarist of doom metal bands Reverend Bizarre and Lord Vicar and psychedelic progressive band called Orne. Ismo Virta leads a folk prog band called Kosmos and also makes up a dark ambient duo Dystopia with Pertti Grönholm. Besides Dystopia, Grönholm is known for his techno, house, and ambient projects such as Corporate 09. Jaakko Penttinen has a background in various punk bands such as Forca Macabra, but nowadays is better known for his ambient and space music projects such as Galactic Travellers (with Ismo Virta and others).

Track listing for E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s KOMETENBAHN
1) Prolog Im Himmel
2) Nachtgeist
3) Durch Den Kosmischen Dunst
4) Sonnenwind
5) Mythos
6) Sonnenaufgang

http://www.e-musikgruppeluxohr.bandcamp.com

http://www.facebook.com/EMGLuxOhr
http://www.myspace.com/luxohrkult
http://www.svartrecords.com/

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-Avantasia’s THE MYSTER OF TIME is out now, featuring guest stars such as Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Bob Catley (Magnum), and Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep). Check out an album trailer at http://youtu.be/JTq8Q94eLDk and studio reports at http://youtu.be/k8tFi-8zyUk . Main man Tobias Sammet talks about the album’s guest stars at http://youtu.be/OdsSoPjqYTY and http://youtu.be/WdhVXZ20irc . As for videos, “Sleepwalking” is at http://smarturl.it/SleepwalkingVideo and a lyric video for “Invoke The Machine” is at http://youtu.be/WfQEclxbQrs . There’s also a new interview with Sammet at http://rock-and-metal-4-you.blogspot.com/2013/03/interview-with-tobias-sammet-avantasia.html . See http://www.tobiassammet.com/ for more.

-Guitarist Richie Sambora will sit out the upcoming Bon Jovi tour. Various reports lists reasons ranging from Sambora wanting to concentrate on his solo career to Sambora being upset with the way Jon Bon Jovi treats him.

-Chariots Of The Gods — the “melodic death thrashers” from Ottawa, ON — have a new tour video online at http://youtu.be/hIEAfO6hSvQ . The band consists of Renaud Jobin on vocals, Mathieu St-Amour and Dimitri Gervais on guitar, Payam Doryani on bass, and Rich O’Neil on drums. They released TIDES OF WAR in January; check out the video for the title track at http://youtu.be/3Z8YEQd98Uo .

-A trailer for Children Of Bodom’s upcoming HALO OF BLOOD is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INzpnD1HyNA . Info: “The video resulted from the listening session of the new album, which took place at the Nuclear Blast headquarters in Germany on March 16th, and shows the first impressions of the international press.” HALO OF BLOOD track list: “Waste Of Skin,” “Halo Of Blood,” “Scream For Silence,” “Transference,” “Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming),” “The Days Are Numbered,” “Dead Man’s Hand On You,” “Damage Beyond Repair,” “All Twisted,” “One Bottle And A Knee Deep.” See http://www.cobhc.com/ for more.

-Fatality — the “Toronto thrash heavyweights” — are heading out on a “4/20 mini-tour” in Ontario and Quebec:

4/19 – The Brass Monkey, Ottawa, ON – w/ Old James & Eagleson
4/20 – The Pirahna Bar, Montreal, QC – w/ Protocol, Warsenal, Insight & Chemical Way
4/21 – The Atria, Oshawa, ON – w/ TBD; FREE SHOW

The band is working on a new studio album; check out a blog update at http://fatalitythrash.blogspot.ca/2013/03/recording-full-length.html . See http://www.fatality.ca/ , http://fatality.bandcamp.com , and http://www.facebook.com/fatalitythrash for more.

-Upcoming shows for The Iron Maidens:

4/6 – Titanic Metal Bar, Managua, Nicaragua
4/13 – Shamrock, Chino Hills, CA
4/19 – Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA
4/27 – Tropicana Express, Laughlin, NV
5/11 – The Slidebar, Fullerton, CA (3:00 p.m. matinee)
5/17 – Happy Hour Bar & Grill, Loveland, CO
5/18 – Jammin Joe’s, Arvada, CO
5/25 – The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
6/8 – TBA, Toronto, ON
6/15 – 105 Brigada De Infanteria, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
6/22 – Club 366, Ogden, UT
6/28 – The Music Room, Dubai, UAE

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

-Lost Society’s FAST LOUD DEATH debuted at #25 on the charts in Finland. Here’s a statement from singer/guitarist Samy Elbanna: “Myself, Arttu [Lesonen – guitar], Mirko [Lehtinen – bass] and Ossi [Paananen – drums] would like to give out an enormous thanks to all of the Lost Society supporters who have bought the album and supported us all the way! It has been amazing hearing all the great feedback and getting into the charts in Finland on #25! We are all really extremely happy about this and we are all so lucky to have such amazing fans! Thank you all!” See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-No Consequence’s IO is out on Basick Records. Track list: “So Close To Nowhere,” “Name Your Price,” “All That’s Left,” “Enemy Of Logic,” “Ether,” “Bury The Debt,” “Sentient,” “Illusion Of Choice,” “Coerce: Conform,” “What Is Dead May Never Die,” “Vela,” “Unify.” Check out the video for “Coerce: Conform” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06Sbz_oM5sg . See http://www.facebook.com/noconsequenceband for more.

-The first annual Paper City Music Fest will take place May 4 at the Putnam Fair & Expo Center in Palatka, FL. Bands set to appear include Molly Hatchet & Friends, the Jimmie Van Zant Band, Blackfoot, Shanytown, and Rusty Shine. See http://www.papercitymusicfest.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/pcmusicfest , and http://www.ticketfly.com/ for more.

-There’s a new interview with Pretty Maids front man Ronnie Atkins at http://rock-and-metal-4-you.blogspot.de/2013/04/exclusive-interview-with-ronnie-atkins.html .

-About Heavy Metal has a new interview with Saxon front man Biff Byford at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/JCQp .

-John Taglieri’s new view for “Southern Paradise” — the title track from his upcoming new EP — at http://bit.ly/10wnXx6 . Info: “Directed by Anthony Mario Piccone for Savior Productions and shot on location throughout John’s part time residence of Key West FL at Durty Harry’s, Island Dogs, as well as other venues, and along Duval Street, as well as in the Atlantic Ocean & The Gulf Of Mexico, the storyline of the video focuses on ‘good times, good friends and a damn good party,’ relates John.” The EP is due out April 16 through Leap Dog Music. See http://JohnTaglieri.com and http://www.facebook.com/JohnTaglieriMusic for more.

-Toxic Holocaust’s new 22-track anthology FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION (Relapse) is streaming in its entirety now at http://www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-toxic-holocaust-stream-new-album-from-the-ashes-of-nuclear-destruction.html . Hype: “The monolithic 22-track anthology compiles over a decade’s worth of Toxic Holocaust rarities into one maniacal compilation of hostile bliss. Amassing the band’s many contributions to various comps and vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight and others, alongside demo versions of timeless Toxic classics, FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION is a historic romp through the history of one of today’s most revered punk metal deviants.” The release can be ordered at http://bit.ly/toxicashes . See http://www.facebook.com/ToxicHolocaust , http://www.toxicholocaust.bandcamp.com , and http://www.relapse.com/ for more.

Thanks to Dave Tedder, Chad Bowar, and Jon Asher for help gathering some of this information.

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