Detritus Issue #651 – Happy Holidays!
Week of December 9, 2013
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-Like Smaug descending on the hapless, unsuspecting townspeople of Lake-town, Detritus is BACK! Hello and welcome to our Super Winter Wonderland Issue. It’s been a long time, and as always these days I don’t know if/when/how long we’ll be around, but here ya go. Our best to you and yours this Christmas and holiday season. – Tim
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-Award Winning Guitar Legend Michael Schenker Returns With Brand New Album BRIDGE THE GAP, Unites With Old Friends
It’s universally agreed that Michael Schenker is one of the greatest heavy metal/hard rock guitarists of all-time, as the amount of renowned guitarists that list him as a prime influence is off the charts. And on his newest release, BRIDGE THE GAP, this German guitar great has united with his old rhythm section from the Scorpions days — bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell — as well as enlisting ex-Rainbow singer Doogie White, plus guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay. And if that wasn’t enough metallic star power, none other than Don Dokken lends his vocals to an exclusive track (“Faith”) only available on the album’s “deluxe edition.”
Produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss (and engineered by Voss), BRIDGE THE GAP will be released in the US via the inakustik label on January 7, 2014 (and credited to “Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock”), with the traditional 13-track release features such fierce rockers as “Where The Wild Winds Blow” and “Horizons.”
BRIDGE THE GAP will be released in three configurations:
2. Deluxe Edition w/ media book packaging, plus o-card with high relief and partial gloss coating of the Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock logo; extended booklet with signatures of all band members; bonus track, “Faith,” sung by Don Dokken
3. 180 gr LP
Check out a trailer for the album here:
Michael Schenker will kick off the first round of 2014 dates with a US trek, which will feature a lineup comprised of Schenker, White, and Findlay, as well as bassist Rev Jones and drummer Pete Holmes, before the “album lineup” will take over for a World Tour starting in Japan in March.
And now, a word from Schenker himself:
“I am very much looking forward to touring the States in Jan/Feb, and to introducing my new singer, Doogie White, and material from our brand new album, BRIDGE THE GAP. Doogie, Wayne Findlay and myself will be promoting our new album in the States before teaming up with the album lineup for a World Tour starting in March in Japan. We are all looking forward to rock you. ‘Til then, keep on rocking.
Get ready to rock with Schenker’s latest killer set of guitar wizardry, BRIDGE THE GAP!
Michael Schenker Bridge The Gap US Tour 2014
Jan-09 LAS VEGAS, NV – LVCS
Jan-10 CORONA, CA – M-15 CONCERT THEATRE
Jan-11 RAMONA, CA – RAMONA MAIN STAGE THEATRE
Jan-14 DENVER, CO – ECKS SALOON
Jan-16 LIBERTYVILLE, IL – AUSTINS
Jan-17 LIBERTYVILLE, IL – AUSTINS
Jan-18 TORONTO, CANADA – ROCKPILE WEST
Jan-19 TORONTO, CANADA – ROCKPILE EAST
Jan-20 ENGLEWOOD, NJ – BERGAN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Jan-21 LONDONBERRY, NH – TUEPELO MUSIC HALL
Jan-22 NEW YORK, NY – BB KINGS CONCERT HALL
Jan-24 SAYREVILLE, NJ – STARLAND BALLROOM
Jan-25 POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – CHANCE THEATRE
Jan-27 SELLERSVILLE, PA – SELLERSVILLE THEATRE
Jan-28 CLEVELAND, OH – AGORA BALLROOM
Jan-30 OAKLAHOMA CITY, OK – CHAMELEON BALLROOM
Jan-31 HOUSTON, TX – CONCERT PUB NORTH
Feb-01 SAN ANTONIO, TX – BACKSTAGE LIVE
Feb-06 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – YOSHI’S
Feb-07 ORANGEVALE, CA – BOARDWALK
Feb-08 PORTLAND, OR – TBA
Feb-09 SEATTLE, WA – EL CORAZON
Feb-12 HOLLYWOOD, CA – HOUSE OF BLUES
Feb-15 SAN JUAN, CAPISTRANO, CA – THE COACH HOUSE
Feb-16 HERMOSA BEACH, CA – ST ROCKE
1. Where The Wild Winds Blow
3. Lord Of The Lost And Lonely
4. Rock n Roll Symphony
5. To Live For The King
6. Land Of Thunder
7. Temple Of The Holy
8. Shine On
9. Bridges We Have Burned
10. Because You Lied
11. Black Moon Rising
12. Dance For The Piper
13. Faith (Bonus Track — Deluxe Edition only)
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-Primal Fear’s New Single / Video “When Death Comes Knocking” Premieres!
Primal Fear premiered their anticipated new video clip “When Death Comes Knocking” via this YouTube link: http://youtu.be/qv3WvK6Amg4
“When Death Comes Knocking” is the first single taken from Primal Fear’s forthcoming album DELIVERING THE BLACK which will be released on January 24th in Europe and January 28th in North America in regular CD configuration and deluxe edition in digi-pak, including three audio bonus tracks and a bonus DVD featuring a 20-minute “making of the album” documentary and two bonus videos for “When Death Comes Knocking” and “King For A Day.”
The album will also be available in limited vinyl edition and a super-deluxe edition strictly limited to 666 copies including an eagle sculpture (15x16x14, 5 cm) made of synthetic resin and of course the CD/DVD edition in cooperation with Soulfood Music.
With nine studio albums released, two live products and a Best-Of, Primal Fear are certainly one of nowadays’ most beloved and respected worldwide Heavy Metal bands. Their last studio album UNBREAKABLE became their highest chart entry in Germany on Pos. 31 and charted in 7 more countries. The forthcoming new album combines the strongest Primal Fear moments ever, with a well-balanced typical Primal Fear trademark riff-vibe crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys. Singer Ralf Scheepers says: “We worked hard to create our best album ever. I already felt the vibe during the pre-production, that we were working on something very special this time! And now the result is just an amazing Metal album, I’m extremely proud of.”
Producer/bassist Mat Sinner adds: “The songs, the production, the sound — this album is a very special one for me and my career. In my view everybody in the band just did a killer job and Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Amaranthe) was fantastic choice to mix the album!”
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Rock Hard presents: Eagles & Lions Tour 2014
Primal Fear, Bullet & Messenger
23.01.14 D-Hamburg – Rock Cafe
24.01.14 D-Regensburg – Airport Oberstraubling
25.01.14 D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
26.01.14 D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
28.01.14 D-Nuernberg – Hirsch
29.01.14 CH-Pratteln – Z7
31.01.14 ES-Madrid – Penelope
01.02.14 ES-Bilbao – Santana 27
02.02.14 ES-Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
06.02.14 D-Mannheim – Alte Seilerei
07.02.14 BE-Vosselaar – Biebob
08.02.14 D-Bochum – Matrix
09.02.14 D-Munich – Feierwerk
10.02.14 D-Berlin – K17
12.02.14 PL-Warsaw – Progresja
13.03.14 PL-Katowice – Megaclub
14.02.14 SK-Bratislava – Majestic Music Club
15.02.14 CZ-Zlin – MOR Cafe
16.02.14 SK-Kosice – Collosseum
Primal Fear on tour with Rock Meets Classic feat. Alice Cooper, Uriah Heep & more!
09.03.14 BERLIN – Tempodrom
11.03.14 FRANKFURT – Jahrhunderthalle
12.03.14 NEU-ULM – Ratiopharm Arena
13.03.14 NÃœRNBERG – Arena
14.03.14 WÃœRZBURG – S.Oliver Arena
16.03.14 PASSAU – DreilÃ¤nderhalle
18.03.14 MANNHEIM – SAP Arena
19.03.14 KEMPTEN – Big BOX Allg
20.03.14 MÃœNCHEN – Olympiahalle
22.03.14 REGENSBURG – Donau-Arena
23.03.14 CH – ZUERICH – Hallenstadion
25.03.14 F – STRASSBURG – Zenith
26.03.14 AT – INNSBRUCK – Olympiahalle
27.03.14 INGOLSTADT – Saturn Arena
29.03.14 HALLE – Gerry Weber Stadion
30.03.14 LEIPZIG – Arena
01.04.14 HAMBURG – O2 World
02.04.14 ESSEN – Grugahalle
04.04.14 STUTTGART – Porsche-Arena
05.04.14 DRESDEN – Messehalle 1
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Primal Fear – North America 2014
29.04.14 USA Baltimore – Soundstage
30.04.14 USA New York – Stage 48
01.05.14 CAN Quebec – Le Cercle
02.05.14 CAN Montreal – Petit Campus
03.05.14 CAN Toronto – MOD Club
04.05.14 USA Cleveland – Agora Theater
06.05.14 USA Joliet, Illinois – Mojoes
07.05.14 USA Lawrence, Kansas – Granada Theater
08.05.14 USA Denver – Bluebird Theater
10.05.14 USA Seattle – El Corazon
11.05.14 CAN Vancouver – The Venue
12.05.14 USA Portland – Hawthorne Theater
14.05.14 USA San Francisco – DNA Lounge
15.05.14 USA Anaheim California – The Grove
16.05.14 USA Tempe, Arizona – Club Red
18.05.14 USA Dallas, Texas – Trees
19.05.14 USA Houston, Texas – Scout Bar
21.05.14 USA Atlanta – The Masquerade
22.05.14 USA Louisville – Diamond Pub
23.05.14 USA Pittsburgh – Altar Bar
24.05.14 USA Rochester – Montage Music Hall
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-HammerFall: The Templars Return In Force In 2014!
Two years ago, Swedish Heavy Metal Templars of HammerFall announced a creative break after celebrating their 15th anniversary of their legendary debut GLORY TO THE BRAVE. “We are taking a pause to ensure that we have another 15 years ahead of us,” said Oscar Dronjak back then. “The plan is to use the year off to recharge our batteries and come back more vital than ever with a new album in 2014,” added singer Joacim Cans.
HammerFall’s anniversary show in Dalhalla was recorded and released afterwards on DVD, followed by the final show at the Wacken Open Air. The German festival was the first show HammerFall ever did outside of Sweden, and marked the beginning of the long and passionate relationship the band has enjoyed with the German metal fans. And where the story started, the first chapter ended, there will also be the return: HammerFall are proud to announce their performance at the 25th anniversary of the 2014 Wacken Open Air. And the show won’t be a standard one! Oscar Dronjak explains: “It’s very fitting that, when Wacken celebrates its 25th anniversary, they will get a proper GLORY TO THE BRAVE anniversary show. This will be a throwback show to the European gig that launched it all for us: Wacken Open Air 1997. The set list will consist of all the songs from the first album and we’ll of course add some newer songs at the end. We will do this very unique show at Wacken and nowhere else, so if you miss it, you missed it.”
In August 2014 also the new and yet untitled studio album of HammerFall will be released. There will also be a single — released on vinyl and digitally — up front in June. Oscar Dronjak reveals: “We’ve all kept ourselves busy with various projects of a musical nature, but, man, it feels good to finally announce that we’re going to release a new HammerFall album next year! The album is set for an August release, and we have already begun writing songs for it. It’s always difficult to tell which direction we will end up going in when you’re in the middle of it, but it feels like this will be a mix of the very best of what we have done over the years. The time off has given us perspective on a lot of things, and the new material seems to reflect this. We’re all super excited to get this going again and bring you a revitalized and reenergized HammerFall!”
This new album will mark a return to Fredrik Nordström, who worked with the band in their early days. Joacim Cans explains: “It’s a great honor to have Fredrik Nordström back as the main producer for HammerFall. As the father and founder of ‘The Gothenburg Sound’ as well as the producer of GLORY TO THE BRAVE and LEGACY OF KINGS we are confident that he will take our music to new and yet unreached levels.”
James Michael who had co-produced the band’s latest studio album INFECTED will once again take over the vocal recordings: “In order to maintain the high vocal standard set on INFECTED we will return to USA and record with multi-talented SIXX:AM vocalist James Michael. Never have I experienced such great set-up and environment as when we recorded the previous album. Even though things will be different this time around since he is relocating in Los Angeles, I am damn sure he will make my vocal chord deliver like never before.”
This won’t be the only return to the bands roots. The artwork of the new record will be created by no one else, but Andreas Marschall, who actually was the founder of Hector, to be seen on GLORY TO THE BRAVE and many other great HammerFall artworks.
“There has never been any doubt in our minds that we would be back, and the moment we made the decision to take a much-needed break, we already had a strategy for the future of the band. A new album in 2014 has always been the plan, and when Joacim and I started to discuss the parameters for the next HammerFall album we found that one of the first points we immediately agreed on was that we should consider asking Andreas Marschall to do the cover artwork. Andreas is responsible for the first three HammerFall albums, and it seemed like the perfect time to let him interpret Hector again,” comments Oscar Dronjak.
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-Book About All Those Times Kiss Visited Sweden (1976-2013) Released
Alright World! You wanted the best…
It has arrived! “Kiss In Sweden 1976-2013″ — The Book about all those times Kiss visited Sweden. A book for anyone who loves Kiss, filled with exciting stories, interesting facts and almost 1,000 pictures!
The authors have one thing in common — our passionate interest in the rock group Kiss, and we hope and trust that you will feel this passion and feel your heart rate increase when you have the book in your hands and open it for the first time…
Our story begins when Kiss lands at Torslanda Airport just outside of Gothenburg around 4PM on the 25th of May 1976. They arrive by plane unmasked and a Swedish photographer takes a few shots as Kiss are about to embark on their first tour in Sweden, a tour which has generated scandalous headlines in the media long before the plane even landed. Kiss will come back to visit Sweden again in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2008, 2010, and 2013 and the band or parts thereof have made promotional visits here in 1982, 1985, 1987, 1992, and 1994. The story of Kiss in Sweden ends as Gene and Paul board an aircraft taking off from Kristianstad Airport in Everöd at 4PM on the 8th of June 2013, bound for Norway.
The goal with the book has from the very start been to document all of Kiss’ visits to our country as thoroughly as possible. We searched far and wide for all the cool pictures that were forgotten or ended up gathering dust in an attic somewhere. We talked to those who met the band, privately or professionally, and we spared no dime uncovering the facts and unknown stories which has until now remained undocumented. We set out to do a book that we ourselves would like to read and we think we have succeeded. We are sure that all Kiss fans will enjoy our book!
Johan Falk & Roney Lundell
The book has 336 pages and weighs in at 1,7 kg. It is filled with almost 1,000 pictures (over 600 photos and most of them have never been published before). Order it at: http://www.kissisverige.com/
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[Note: This combines two separate press releases. – Tim]
Mille, Hansi Kürsch, And Udo Dirkschneider Rocking Out With The Metal Queen
When Rock legend Doro celebrates her big anniversaries, she will traditionally welcome several true heroes of the Rock and Metal scene. The Scorpions, Motörhead, or Saxon — all of them have been on stage with Doro in front of thousands of fans.
And this will also be the case for her 30-years stage anniversary. Doro will be playing two shows on May 2 and May 3, 2014 at CCD-Stadthalle, where her fans can look forward to seeing many superstars.
Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian has already confirmed his appearance. As of today it is also confirmed that Miland “Mille” Petrozza of Kreator and Udo Dirkschneider, the former Accept shouter, will come to Düsseldorf to celebrate Doro’s anniversary together with her.
Udo on this: “Of course! For Doro I will always be up front. Actually I was planning on being part of her show in Wacken this summer, but I could not make that date.” Thus there will be a return visit on May 2 and May 3, 2014 — as DORO has been sharing stages with Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O. at their stage anniversary in 2012.
“I have the most awesome friends and colleagues,” Doro bursts out about the Teutonic trio. With this, the guestlist for the celebratory events won’t be closed.
Doro fans that can hardly wait till May 2014 have the chance to see the Metal queen this very year. The Doro Christmas tour starts on December 14, 2013 and will feature the following dates:
14.12.2013 GER Karlsruhe Knock Out Festival
15.12.2013 SWI Pratteln Z7
16.12.2013 GER Nürnberg Hirsch
17.12.2013 GER Saarbrücken Garage
19.12.2013 GER Hannover Capitol
20.12.2013 GER Leipzig Haus Auensee
21.12.2013 GER Magdeburg Factory
02.05.2014 GER Düsseldorf 30th anniversary show
03.05.2014 GER Düsseldorf 30th anniversary show
13.05.2014 GER Speyer Halle 101
15.05.2014 AUT Wörgl Komma
16.05.2014 GER Regensburg Airport
17.05.2014 GER Memmingen Kaminwerk
19.05.2014 GBR London O2 Islington Academy
21.05.2014 FRA Paris Le Trabendo
22.05.2014 FRA Montauban Rio Grande
24.05.2014 ESP Madrid Shoko
25.05.2014 ESP Barcelona Razzmatazz 2
30.05.2014 GER Geiselwind Out & Loud Festival
01.06.2014 TCH Plzen Metalfest
19.07.2014 GER Fritzlar Rock am Stück
09.08.2014 SWE Gävle Get Away Festival
29.08.2014 GER Wörrstadt Neuborn Open Air
30.08.2014 GER Schleswig Baltic Open Air
Reigning Metal Queen Launches Signature Champagne & Wine
Legendary metal maven, Doro Pesch, has joined the ranks of the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Motörhead, and Slayer in the bottled liquid category and proudly presents two very special rock ‘n’ roll drinks: Doro Hero Cava Brut Reserva Champagne and Herzblut [Lifeblood] Vino Tinto Red Wine.
“It was my wish for my 30-year stage anniversary — which I will be celebrating on May 2nd and 3rd, 2014 in my hometown of Düsseldorf [Germany] — to present unique drinks to the fans that represent my own taste and quality standard,” comments Doro. “We went to a great old wine region in Spain to pick the right product for me and I discovered a very fine red wine there.”
View Metal & Wine’s eight-minute “making-of” video of these two very special and commemorative drinks at:
“Hero” is a track off of Doro’s 2012 album, RAISE YOUR FIST, which was dedicated to one of the all-time greatest vocalists in rock and metal, Ronnie James Dio. “Herzblut [Lifeblood]” was released as a single in 2009. The HERZBLUT EP contains German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese versions of the song.
Doro’s 30 Years Strong And Proud Tour launches next year. Her career in music spans three decades, 16 studio albums, 11 EPs, countless tours, a worldwide fan base, and even includes various movie roles. This year, she was the recipient of the Metal Hammer Award in Berlin and the Golden Gods Award in London — both in the “Legend” category.
The two-night live concert party in May 2014 celebrating Doro’s multi-decade career already includes the participation of Blind Guardian, Mille Petrozza of Kreator, and Udo Dirkschneider of U.D.O./ex-Accept. “I have the most awesome friends and colleagues,” Doro shares with a wide smile.
RAISE YOUR FIST — which features musical guests Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead and Ozzy/Firewind guitarist Gus G. — debuted at #65 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart in November of last year and can be purchased from the Nuclear Blast Webshop.
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-Concert Tribute For Rock Guitar Legend Ronnie Montrose Heading To DVD
When Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3, 2012, friends and musicians immediately wondered what they could do to pay homage to one of rock’s all-time legendary — and influential — guitarists. The result was some of music’s most renowned artists uniting for a concert only a month and a half later (April 27) and performing Ronnie classics throughout the evening — which will now make its official DVD release on December 10, 2013, CONCERT FOR RONNIE MONTROSE – A CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE IN MUSIC.
Recorded in San Francisco at the historic Regency Ballroom and mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the DVD features performance by Ronnie’s past band members in Montrose (Sammy Hagar, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church with Joe Satriani), Gamma (Davey Pattison, Denny Carmassi and Glenn Letsch with Marc Bonilla), performing both groups’ hits.
Additionally, Ronnie’s colleagues and people he mentored and produced over the 40 years of his career are featured as well, including Neal Schon (Journey), Ricky Phillips (Styx), Steve Smith (ex-Journey), Ed Roth, Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks), Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger), Tesla, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and more.
The DVD will also include interviews, bonus features, a photo gallery, and an additional set of Ronnie’s hits by an all-star band featuring Chuck Terpo, Mario Cipollina, Tal Morris, Dave Meniketti and the members of Y&T. This was recorded and filmed at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios.
A trailer can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgM02u1EM6M
The iconic and legendary Ronnie Montrose has been called the Father Of American Hard Rock — an innovator and an incendiary guitar genius. In his short time with Van Morrison Ronnie created the iconic guitar riff for the classic song “Wild Nights.” In the Edgar Winter Group he left even a bigger mark with his catchy heavy-handed riffs on songs like “Free Ride” and “Frankenstein.” But it would be his self-titled release, MONTROSE, that would become the cornerstone of American hard rock. This debut in 1973 crafted such classics as “Rock The Nation,” “Bad Motor Scooter,” and “Space Station #5.” It laid the groundwork and became the template for bands like Van Halen and countless subsequent musicians. His musical journey lead him to the creation of Gamma where he crafted songs like “Voyager,” “Thunder And Lighting,” and “Ready For Action.” Ronnie was always searching and reinventing himself musically. Venturing through a brief instrumental period he brought us both “Open Fire” and his masterpiece version of “Town Without Pity.”
And now, fans will be able to experience the music of Ronnie once again, with the new DVD, CONCERT FOR RONNIE MONTROSE – A CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE IN MUSIC.
2. Open Fire
3. Town Without Pity
4. I Don’t Want It
5. Little Suzi
6. One Thing On My Mind
7. Free Ride
9. Thunder And Lightning
10. Razor King
11. No Tears
12. Ready For Action
13. Fight To The Finish
16. One And A Half
17. Rock The Nation
18. Space Station No. 5
From TRI Session
1. Good Rockin’ Tonight
2. Rock Candy
3. Oh No You Don’t
5. Paper Money
6. Wild Night
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-House Of Lords’ New Album Brings Back The Magic Of The Band’s Classic Sound!
PRECIOUS METAL Worldwide Release On Frontiers In February!
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated House Of Lords brand new studio album entitled PRECIOUS METAL on February 21st in Europe and February 25th in North America.
PRECIOUS METAL is House Of Lords’ ninth studio album, following up the critically acclaimed BIG MONEY. This brand new release, recorded and produced by the band’s singer and mastermind James Christian, again has a stellar sound, with solid and baroque songwriting mixed with unique melodic sensibilities and amazing musical skills.
Musically PRECIOUS METAL shows a return to the roots of the band’s sound. James Christian as usual sings his heart out and he sounds better than ever on these new songs. Guitarist Jimi Bell shines with heavy, but melodic riffs throughout the album, with Chris McCarville and B.J. Zampa bringing a solid and powerful rhythm foundation to the House Of Lords sound.
In James Christian’s words: “When we started to write this record, we knew after the first song that we were on to something special. The energy level was off the charts for all of us. Jimi Bell came out swinging and B.J. and Chris were just crushing it. Recording this album was very easy as the songs already had arrangements that were complete. PRECIOUS METAL is a testament to years of being a band that loves what they do and has so much more to offer in the years to come.”
House Of Lords debuted in 1989 with the release of the self-titled album, a monumental Arena Hard Rock release which showcased the soaring vocals of James Christian and instrumental capabilities of the band (which featured ex-Angel and Giuffria Gregg Giuffria, along with such luminaries as Lanny Cordola, Chuck Wright and Ken Mary), reminiscent of such frontrunners as Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Van Halen, immediately brought the band to the attention of the media and fans. After another two albums released until 2002, House Of Lords went into hibernation until the original lineup came back together in 2000, releasing the controversial POWER AND THE MYTH, an album which featured a sound leaning more towards Progressive Hard Rock with ’70s rock influences.
After a short European tour, singer James Christian decided to go back to the trademark Arena Rock sound of House Of Lords, putting together a new lineup. Since 2006 the band has a stable lineup featuring Jimi Bell on guitars, B.J. Zampa on drums and Chris McCarvill on bass which has been delivering impressive shows and fine releases such as WORLD UPSIDE DOWN, COME TO MY KINGDOM, CARTESIAN DREAMS, and the recent BIG MONEY.
PRECIOUS METAL track listing includes the following:
2. I’m Breakin’ Free
4. Live Every Day (Like It’s The Last)
5. Permission To Die
6. Precious Metal
7. Swimmin’ With The Sharks
9. Enemy Mine
11. Turn Back The Tide
12. You Might Just Save My Life
It is possible to enjoy an EPK presentation of PRECIOUS METAL following this link: http://youtu.be/ydKINDdQWy8
House Of Lords have already confirmed the following tour dates in Europe (more are in the works):
March 8 – Oslo, Norway – Untouchables
March 9 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Venue TBA
March 13 – Barcelona, Spain – Luz De Gas
March 14 – Madrid, Spain – Venue TBA
March 15 – Irun, Spain – Sala Tunk
March 17 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
March 19 – Blyth, UK – The Blyth & Tyne
March 20 – London, UK – The Garage
March 21 – HRHAOR2 Festival – Wales, UK
March 22 – Bradford, UK – The Gaswork
March 23 – York, UK – Fibbers
March 24 – Bliston, UK – The Robin 2
July 19 – Vasby Rock Festival, Sweden
House Of Lords:
James Christian – Lead Vocals
Jimi Bell – Guitars
Chris McCarvill – Bass
B.J. Zampa – Drums
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-Boston Releases Christmas Digital Single “God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen” On iTunes
Highly-Anticipated New Album LIFE, LOVE & HOPE Out Now Worldwide
Multi-platinum band Boston is celebrating the holiday season with the release of a rocking twist on a Christmas classic titled “God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen.” This festive song, produced by Boston mastermind Tom Scholz, is available on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/BostonGodRestYe and features Kimberley Dahme on bass and lead vocal, Gary Pihl and Scholz on vocals and guitars, along with Tom Hambridge on drums. Fans can visit the band’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/bandboston , for more information and how to listen to a stream of the track.
Scholz said about the song, “This was my chance to Boston-ize one of my favorite Christmas carols. I had so much fun with this one, I think I’ll have to try a few more.”
Boston is currently conquering the airwaves as “Heaven On Earth,” the lead single from the newly released LIFE, LOVE & HOPE, climbs Mediabase’s Classic Rock chart. Written and produced by Scholz, “Heaven On Earth” features David Victor on vocals with special guest Louis St. August.
More than a decade in the making, the highly anticipated new album LIFE, LOVE & HOPE was released worldwide and is available now for purchase at Amazon and iTunes. The collection of brand new tracks, recorded at Scholz’s very own Hideaway Studio II, was produced, arranged, and engineered by Scholz and is Boston’s first release since 2002’s CORPORATE AMERICA. In addition to Brad Delp and Victor, current Boston singer Tommy DeCarlo, Kimberley Dahme and Scholz himself, contribute vocals on the new album. Diverse yet cohesive, the long-awaited album has something for everyone and will fulfill the expectations of existing fans, while exposing a new generation to one of rock and roll’s great acts.
Boston burst onto the music scene with their eponymous best-selling debut album in 1976, and never looked back. With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as “More Than A Feeling,” “Peace Of Mind,” and “Smokin’,” rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second effort, DON’T LOOK BACK, was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by THIRD STAGE, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, “Amanda.” With over 31 million albums sold to date, Boston’s music has stood the test of time, as evidenced by live Boston audiences that span generations.
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-Magic Circle Music Update
[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]
Special Rewards From The Kingdom Of Steel
Manowar and The Kingdom Of Steel wish to reward their loyal supporters with sensational new benefits, very special offers and a brand new second online store!
Welcome to Valhalla
We welcome you all to enter Valhalla — The Kingdom Of Steel’s reward for their loyal Manowarriors!
From November 27, 2013, all Manowarriors who make a purchase at The Kingdom Of Steel Online Store will be inducted into the hall of Valhalla. This is The Kingdom Of Steel’s exclusive reward program to thank the most loyal fans in the world. Starting November 27, 2013 Manowarriors will be credited 10 Warrior Rewards for every USD 1.00 product value, spent on all orders of USD 20.00 product value and more.
Warrior Rewards can be redeemed in different ways, ranging from selected free products to discounts on your orders. You can even get a Giclée print in exchange for your Warrior Rewards!
Reward offers will change! So don’t forget to check out the Valhalla section in the store on a regular basis.
As a special welcoming gift, every member that enters Valhalla will receive a starting credit of 500 Warrior Rewards.
And best of all: Valhalla is completely free of charge! As a customer with a valid login to The Kingdom Of Steel Online Store you will automatically be inducted into Valhalla and will be able to redeem your Warrior Rewards at your discretion.
For details about Valhalla go to http://www.thekingdomofsteel.com/valhalla/ .
Grand Opening: The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe)
On December 13, 2013 The Kingdom Of Steel will open its gates to The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe) at http://www.thekingdomofsteel.eu/ .
The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe) will ship from Germany to customers in and outside Europe. Please check the shipping rates in the stores’ Terms & Conditions section to determine if you prefer to place your order at The Kingdom Of Steel (US) or at The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe).
The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe) may not always offer the same range of products and special offers as The Kingdom Of Steel (US), so be sure to check out both stores on a regular basis.
Please note that due to technical reasons customers will need to have a separate customer account for the two stores. Warrior Rewards can be earned in both stores but must be redeemed in the online store where they were collected.
Massive Holiday And Black Friday Sale At The Kingdom Of Steel (US)
Get ready for the massive 2013 Holiday And Black Friday Sale at The Kingdom Of Steel (US)!
Sensational special promotions, including:
– T-Shirts starting at $4.95
– CDs starting at $4.95
– Zippers starting at $24.95
– all new Power Packages starting at $34.95
Check out all special offers here:
Fantastic brand new products, including:
– Baby Bodysuit
– Kids Shirt
– Ladies Shirt
– Long Sleeve Shirt
Check out all new products here:
– 10% OFF on orders up to $50: (USE CODE: 10OFF)
– 20% OFF on orders $50-$100: (USE CODE: 20OFF)
– 30% OFF on orders over $100: (USE CODE: 30OFF)
Of course, all orders placed at The Kingdom Of Steel during this sale will earn you Warrior Rewards for Valhalla.
The Kingdom Of Steel (US) 2013 Holiday And Black Friday Sale starts November 27, 2013 and ends December 15, 2013. Offers are valid while stocks last.
Everything for the greatest fans in the world!
See you at The Kingdom Of Steel!
The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe) Has Opened Its Gates!
As of Friday 13, 2013 the new Kingdom Of Steel (Europe) is shipping orders from Germany to customers in and outside Europe. Please check the shipping rates in the stores’ Terms & Conditions section to determine if you prefer to place your order at The Kingdom Of Steel (US) or at The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe). The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe) may not always offer the same range of products and special offers as The Kingdom Of Steel (US). We recommend you check out both stores on a regular basis. For The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe) go to http://www.thekingdomofsteel.eu/ .
New At The Kingdom Of Steel (US): Stainless Steel Ring “Guitar & Bass String Style” (+ Gift Box)
New! This stainless steel ring with the signature Manowar logo engraved on the inside looks great on Brothers Of Metal and Sisters Of Steel alike. The metal strings, inspired by Manowar’s guitar and bass strings, are tightly wrapped around a timeless metal band. Available in multiple sizes. Comes in a leather gift box with Manowar logo embossed. Go to http://www.thekingdomofsteel.com/ring/ .
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-Heart’s FANATIC LIVE FROM CAESARS COLOSSEUM CD And DVD To Be Released On Frontiers In February
Heart’s classic hits including “Barracuda,” “Crazy On You,” “These Dreams, “Alone,” and “What About Love” are featured along with songs from their most recent FANATIC CD.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Heart’s FANATIC LIVE FROM CAESARS COLOSSEUM in North America as CD and DVD deluxe edition, Blu Ray and DVD standalone on February 21st in Europe and February 25th in North America.
The history behind this recording began in 2012, which was a year of major achievements for Heart. In addition to Ann and Nancy’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and news that they had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, the year was filed with musical accomplishments. Ann and Nancy Wilson combed their archives for a definitive four-CD box set release in the early part of the year, and in the fall of 2012, released their FANATIC album to strong critical and fan acclaim. To support the release of FANATIC, the band embarked upon a major North American headline tour, which ended with a magnificent performance at Caesars Colosseum in Windsor, Ontario, which was filmed by AXS-TV. Heart will be performing shows in February, March and April, 2014 as a continuation of the FANATIC tour.
“Heart is one of my personal favorites,” said Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino, “and it is more than a pleasure to have them joining the Frontiers family. We look forward to a great partnership together!”
Heart has long been associated with Canada having broken out in Vancouver in 1976 with the release of DREAMBOAT ANNIE and their return to Canada for the FANATIC tour was greeted with the kind of enthusiasm the Canadians save for their own. Ben Mink, who produced the FANATIC CD and is another great Canadian musician, joined Ann and Nancy on stage at Windsor, playing fiddle and leading a string ensemble.
In addition to songs from the FANATIC album which were performed for the first time for the television viewing audience, FANATIC LIVE FROM CAESARS COLOSSEUM also showcases many of Heart’s classic hits including “Barracuda,” “Crazy On You,” “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” and many more.
FANATIC LIVE FROM CAESARS COLOSSEUM will be released in Deluxe edition CD/DVD (housed in a glossy digi-pak) and Blu Ray and DVD standalone editions which can be pre-ordered via Amazon.com at http://www.smarturl.it/Heart_CDDVDAmazon (CD/DVD), http://www.smarturl.it/Heart_DVDAmazon (DVD), and http://www.smarturl.it/Heart_BLURAYAmazon (Blu-Ray). A digital download is also available via iTunes and includes an instant download of a new rendition of the Heart classic “Dog And Butterfly.”
CD audio track listing will include:
Fanatic, Heartless, What About Love, Mashallah!, Even It Up, 59 Crunch, Straight On, Dog And Butterfly, Walking Good, These Dreams, Alone, Dear Old America, Crazy On You, Barracuda.
DVD/Blu Ray track listing will include:
Fanatic, Heartless, What About Love, Mashallah!, Even It Up, 59 Crunch, Straight On, Dog And Butterfly, Walking Good, These Dreams, Alone, Dear Old America, Crazy On You, Barracuda.
You can preview the release and enjoy a personal Ann Wilson presentation by clicking on the link below:
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[Note: This comes from the band’s newsletter. – Tim]
Gotthard “Merry Xmas” Live In The Glass Box, JRZ 2012 — Tradition Close To Their Hearts
In 1999, Gotthard supported the campaign for donations of the Telethon foundation with “Merry Xmas.” Last year, the band performed unplugged, for the first time with Nic Maeder, accompanied by G-Strings Quartet, live in the Glass Box, for the JRZ 2012 event. It is important to the band to carry on with this tradition and to help children in need.
This unique live recording from “Merry Xmas” will be available as a free download from 2nd. to 31st. December on the Gotthard website. At the same time, the band wants to appeal to their fans to support this year’s campaign “Jeder Rappen zählt” 2013 for children in slums.
“Jeder Rappen zählt” 2013: for Children in slums:
At this point, Gotthard would like to thank their fans, especially those who have stood by them in all the years through highs and lows and have always supported them. The band wishes them and their families a pleasant Advent and happy festive days!
Intensive Work On The New Album
Currently in Ticino the cables are getting hot. Gotthard is working at high pressure in their Yellow-House-Studio to complete the successor to FIREBIRTH, and the second studio album with Nic Maeder. It is co-produced by Charlie Bauerfeind and Leo Leoni. It will be mixed in the Wisseloord Studios with Ronald Prent, who was also responsible for the successful albums LIPSERVICE and DOMINO EFFECT.
The album will be distributed worldwide for the first time by PIAS, the Partner label of Musikvertrieb. The publication of the new album is planned for the beginning of April 2014. After that the band will be rocking at summer festivals all over Europe, followed by a Headliner World Tour in the autumn!
In 2013, Gotthard played seven shows, which included the 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise in the Caribbean, the Tollwood Festival in Munich, the Rock’n’Road happening in Bellinzona in front of more than 12,000 fans, and at the Lighthouse Gala in the opera house in Zürich. But most of the time, the band were occupied with song writing and studio work and now they can hardly wait for next year to present their new album live on stage and to warm up their fans again.
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-Floor Jansen Is The Main Vocalist On Avalon II, The Album And European Tour Planned For May 2014
The Nightwish/ReVamp singer Floor Jansen will appear in the leading role on the next album of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon Metal Opera.
Jansen is the main vocalist on the album and sings lead vocals on the first single and promotional video. The release date for both single and the video is planned for March. The recordings are currently taking place in East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Jansen joins the cast that already includes Epica singer Simone Simons and the reunion of the early Stratovarius lineup: Tuomo Lassila on drums (the founder of Stratovarius) and Antti Ikonen on keyboards (the original keyboard player of Stratovarius).
A European Tour is also planned for May 2014, to coincide with the release of the album. More details on the live lineup and dates will be revealed later.
Timo Tolkki comments straight from the studio: “I am right now recording probably the best vocalist I have worked with in my whole career. This has been a jaw-dropping experience and I thought I have already seen it all. Floor has proven me wrong. For example in the 10-minute title track of the album, she delivers in my opinion the best vocals of her career so far. This song is probably the biggest sounding of my whole career and Floor simply makes it an astonishing, almost breathtaking experience! We are both surprised of how amazing this has turned out to be and both very happy to hear how amazing it sounds.”
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-GWAR Debuts Video For “Madness At The Core Of Time”
Sure they may have just finished the first leg of their most brutal tour to date, but the Intergalactic Warlords are not ready for a break just yet. People have been asking when there will be a video for a song from GWAR’s latest masterpiece BATTLE MAXIMUS and now they have an answer. Today your Lords and Masters bring to you the video for “Madness At The Core Of Time.” Check out the video at http://www.metalblade.com/gwar/ and pick up your copy of BATTLE MAXIMUS. (Seriously if you haven’t gotten it yet, what the F*CK are you waiting for? Oderus needs drug money.)
“We made a video? I have been so busy touring, getting loaded, and mouthing off I didn’t even notice. But I am sure it’s the best video ever, simply because GWAR is in it.”
In other GWAR news, for the last two years animators Myke Chillian and Tommy Meehan have been working with the members of GWAR to create a “GWARtoon” that was appropriately disgusting and objectionable enough to most accurately represent the most dangerous band in rock and roll history. After all this long and hard work, last week Funny Or Die finally premiered “The Animated Tales Of GWAR”. Check it out here:
GWAR’s BATTLE MAXIMUS, out now on Metal Blade Records, features 12 brand new tracks that not only honor their departed ally, but tells the story of GWAR’s latest struggle against what may be their greatest enemy yet… the insidious “Mr. Perfect,” who has travelled through time itself to steal the power of GWAR — the power of immortality, and use this power to mutate the human race into his twisted vision of what the “perfect” human should be. Once again GWAR finds themselves as the only thing standing between the human race and the latest super-powered sh*thead bent on the destruction of GWAR and the enslavement of their worshippers.
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[Note: This combines multiple press releases. – Tim]
Classic Rockers Foghat To Unleash New DVD, LIVE IN ST. PETE, On December 10th, 2013
Fans will soon be able to experience the high energy of a Foghat concert from the comfort of their living room, with the DVD release of their performance at Jannus Landing, LIVE IN ST. PETE. While most classic rock bands have made it due to monster-selling studio albums, Foghat has always been an exception to that rule with their 1977 FOGHAT LIVE album being their biggest seller! (Double Platinum). And this holds true to this day as Foghat still tours relentlessly with their thunderous blend of blues, boogie, and rock n’ roll. They hit the stage with all cylinders firing and still remain one of the best live bands today with not only as much energy but with 40+ years of additional experience.
One concert review stated “There is so much talent in this band it is ridiculous.” The man who we have to thank for keeping Foghat going and never stopping is founding member Roger Earl who treats the fans to a wicked drum solo. Incredible bassist Craig MacGregor has been a Foghat member since 1975 and played on some of their most successful albums in the ’70s including FOGHAT LIVE, NIGHT SHIFT, and STONE BLUE. Lead/slide guitarist Bryan Bassett is an alumni of both Wild Cherry and Molly Hatchet, while vocalist/guitarist Charlie Huhn played with Ted Nugent, Gary Moore, and Humble Pie.
All of Foghat’s classics are included in this DVD — “Fool For The City,” “I Just Want To Make Love To You,” “Stone Blue,” “Drivin’ Wheel,” “My Babe,” and of course, “Slow Ride,” among many others.
Fans can get an exclusive first look at the DVD by checking out the band’s performance of “I Just Want To Make Love To You” over at UltimateClassicRock.com:
A stellar review of this show states: “We were in the front row which proved to be a dangerous situation as we were directly in Bassett’s ‘shred zone’ and our faces were completely melted off. He played a cherrywood Gibson SG and was a Jedi Slide Master. Overall, the concert was exactly what you would expect from Foghat. Lengthy guitar solos, mostly the hit songs that they are known for, playing to the crowd and a 15-minute ‘Slow Ride’ encore!”
Perhaps the editor of the popular Classic Rock Revisited website, Jeb Wright, sums it up best in the DVD’s liner notes: “‘Brilliant Simplicity’ is the term I use to describe the music of Foghat. As a band, they do not try to dazzle you with their virtuosity, or baffle you with their bullsh*t. Instead, as this DVD proves, they simply rock you to your core and put a smile on your face.”
LIVE IN ST. PETE track listing:
1. Road Fever
2. Take Me To The River
3. My Babe
4. Drivin’ Wheel
5. Stone Blue
6. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ / You Need Love
7. Terraplane Blues
8. Fool For The City
9. I Just Want To Make Love To You
10. Slow Ride
“Winter Wonderland” — Merry Christmas To Our Friends!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our friends!
Here is a Rockin’ instrumental version of our new release “Winter Wonderland.”
We did have a good time doing this!
Watch & Listen here!
Available at Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby.
The all-instrumental tune is in digital-only format, and was released on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, via Foghat Records.
As Roger Earl explains, “I wasn’t so sure about doing a stinkin’ Christmas song. Bah Humbug! But once the band all got together it turned out to be alot of fun. Towards the end, we had a few glasses of wine and everything was fine. Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas everybody!”
Bryan Bassett, who does some amazing slide playing on this track, also pointed out that he pays tribute to a legendary guitarist on the tune: “We decided to do a fun interpretation of a holiday classic and for my part I wanted to give a nod to one of my favorite guitarists, Lowell George of Little Feat.”
“We’re still not sure where the inspiration for this came from. It probably involved wine!” adds bassist Craig MacGregor. “Hope you all enjoy it, but don’t play it loud next to your tree… everything falls off! Happy Holidays!!!”
We hope you enjoy it! Feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!
Thanks and Happy Holidays!
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-Armoury Records To Reissue Five Of Derek Sherinian’s Solo Albums On February 11, 2014
NEW YORK, NY —
New York, NY (December 9, 2013) — On February 11, 2014, Eagle Rock’s rock label Armoury Records is delighted to be reissuing five of Derek Sherinian’s solo albums. [MSRP $13.98 each] As one of the most talented, respected and in-demand keyboard players in rock, he is known for attacking, confident and instantly recognizable style. A former member of Dream Theater and Black Country Communion, he has also played with Alice Cooper, Kiss, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Black Label Society. He is also a member of the super-group Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine, Sherinian, (PSMS).
The first of Armoury’s reissue series is INERTIA, which was Derek Sherinian’s second solo album, originally released in 2001. It marks the start of his long-term collaboration with Toto drummer Simon Phillips and includes contributions from Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, and Tony Franklin. BLACK UTOPIA was the third solo album, originally released in 2003. It features contributions from Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, Billy Sheehan, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Al Di Meola. The track “Axis Of Evil” features a stunning guitar duel between metal icons Zakk Wylde and Yngwie Malmsteen.
Fourth came MYTHOLOGY, originally released in 2004. It features contributions from Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Stevens, and a rare guest appearance by John Sykes. BLOOD OF THE SNAKE was Derek Sherinian’s fifth solo album, originally released in 2006. It features contributions from Billy Idol, Slash, Zakk Wylde, John Petrucci, Simon Phillips, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Steve Lukather among others. MOLECULAR HEINOSITY was Derek Sherinian’s sixth solo album, originally released in 2009. This album features contributions from Zakk Wylde, Virgil Donati, Brian Tichy, and Tony Franklin.
Armoury’s reissue of these five Derek Sherinian solo albums represents their release at mid-price for the first time and is the perfect way to enjoy this incredible talent, described by Guitar World as the “King Of Keys.”
Additionally, a direct-to-consumer store will be available with all five CDs and an exclusive shirt bundle. Click here to view link: http://www.theomegaorder.com/DerekSherinian
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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-Anette Olzon: Former Nightwish Front Woman To Release First Solo Album Next Year Via Armoury Records
It is with great pleasure that Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC, welcomes Anette Olzon to their expanding roster of powerful front women.
Best known for her time fronting symphonic metal brigade Nightwish for five years before fleeing the band in 2012, the Swedish born songstress has established herself as a true apex among female rock singers globally and will continue the trend with her forthcoming solo release entitled SHINE. Produced by Stefan Örn and Johan Glössner, co-produced by Olzon alongside Johan Kronlund and mixed by Kronlund, Nicklas Flykt, and Ronny Lahti (known for his work with Loreen and Roxette), SHINE is a logical next step in Olzon’s flourishing musical journey.
“I am so thrilled to finally release my first solo album,” comments Olzon. “I’ve been working on it for a long time. The album is very personal with songs I’ve been writing since 2009 but there are also very recent songs. The overall message of the album is that life can be really dark and filled with hardship and sadness, but you can always choose to see some light coming through, to make you stronger and full of life, making you shine… no matter what.”
Indeed, SHINE crosses the borders between melancholy and hope; fragility and power. It showcases an artist who refuses to rest on her proverbial laurels but heads boldly into the future.
SHINE will be released in North America via Armoury Records this February. Further info, including track listing and teasers, to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
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-Lion Music Record Label Newsletter
Marcus Jidell Unveils “Huldra” Promo Video
Lion Music is pleased to unveil a video for the track “Huldra” taken from PICTURES FROM A TIME TRAVELLER; the incredible debut instrumental album from guitar master Marcus Jidell (Avatarium, ex-Evergrey, ex-Royal Hunt).
View the video now at http://youtu.be/b9f-oDns1Yc
Marcus wanted something a little different to the thousands of “mimed” guitar videos and with the help of video producers Steff Granström and Andreas Hillerborg came up with a video which both manages to deliver the feel of this particular track but also give fans something new. Marcus Jidell has the following to say about the video:
“To catch a different vibe I brought a mobile studio and a Marshall stack to the country side one early morning in November where we recorded and filmed a one take of ‘Huldra.’ I didn’t want the regular ‘mimed’ video thing so I just played it once again, I wanted it to be raw and honest and to show how I improvise around themes when playing guitar live. I think that we captured the spirit of the song both playing wise and with the way it was filmed and I hope people who see this will think the same.”
Lion Music and Marcus would like to say a big thank you Steff Granström and Andreas Hillerborg for making this video and would also want to thank Martin “E-type” Eriksson for providing the location and Sigge Viking for assistance.
PICTURES FROM A TIME TRAVELLER is out now on Lion Music with full album info (plus online ordering links) at http://lionmusic.com/cd/timetraveller.htm .
“Year Of The Hunger” – A Short Film By The Moor 17.12.2013
Italian metallers The Moor are about to release the official video for the song “Year Of The Hunger.”
A short film starring Italian premium actor Guido Laurjni; Enrico Longhin, vocalist/guitarist of the band and director of the short film (together with Andrea Livieri and Alberto Businari), says:
“We shot the video exactly one year after the release date of the album YEAR OF THE HUNGER, and this video represents what everyone of us is forced to do everyday… It’s a metaphor about life and struggle. The best thing was to work with such a great artist like Guido Laurjini, he acted in several famous Italian movies, theatres, musical and also TV commercials, he’s a really eye-catching actor. On the other hand we had the pleasure to work with one of the best photographer around, Andrea Livieri, just to give you the best result we can afford, like The Moor does every time.”
The video will hit online networks on December 17th.
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-Crystal Viper’s “Prophet Of The End” Video Clip Available!
Are you ready for some exorcism? Crystal Viper gives you just that with their brand new video clip “Prophet Of The End.”
The song is taken from band’s forthcoming studio album POSSESSION, which will be released on Friday 13, December 2013, via AFM Records as a CD, limited edition LP, and as a digital download. “This is probably the most unusual song I ever wrote, I sometimes think it’s even the best song I ever composed. We decided to film a video clip for it, as it’s different than everything Crystal Viper did in the past. So while people expect straight heavy metal from us, and as we of course deliver such tracks on the new album, this song shows we didn’t say last word as a band yet,” says vocalist and guitarist Marta Gabriel.
“While working on this video clip, we wanted to achieve similar atmosphere to this one from ‘Paranormal Activity’ movies, or from the ‘Fourth Kind’ with Milla Jovovich, and basically reveal something from the story told on the album. We filmed this clip in Germany with guys from the 3D Maximal company, I think they did a great job and the final result is really cool!” she adds.
“Possession” track listing:
1. Zeta Reticuli
2. Voices In My Head
3. Julia Is Possessed
4. Fight Evil With Evil
5. Mark Of The Horned One
6. Why Can’t You Listen?
7. You Will Die You Will Burn
8. We Are Many
9. Prophet Of The End
CD bonus track: 10. Thundersteel (Riot cover song)
LP bonus track: 10. Night Prowler (2013)
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-Miracle Master Signs With GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music
German • Danish Hard Rockers Miracle Master have just signed a worldwide record deal with Golden Core Records/ZYX Music. The new band, featuring Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band) on vocals, was formed out of the ashes of Pump. The release of the debut album TATTOOED WOMAN is planned for spring 2014.
Recordings were done at Studio 22; Germany. Produced, mixed and mastered by Miracle Master & Axel Heckert (Brainstorm, Symphorce).
Miracle Master recently signed a worldwide management contract with Germany’s RockNGrowl Management.
Miracle Master are:
Oliver Weers – Vocals (Oliver Weers Band)
Aki Reissmann – Guitars (ex Pump, Downspirit)
Selly Bernhardt – Guitars (ex Pump, Tales Of Sorrow)
Andy Minich – Drums (ex Pump, Unfroynd)
Michael Vetter – Bass (ex Pump, Chinchilla)
You can expect nothing more than KICK ASS HARD ROCK.
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-Sister Announces DISGUISED VULTURES Release Date And Launch Landing Page!
Swedish hard rock act, Sister, has announced its new album — DISGUISED VULTURES! The record was recorded with Martin Sweet and Linus Birbrant and features the previously released single, “Sick.”
DISGUISED VULTURES will be released on January 21 in North America and January 24th in UK/Europe. Fans can listen to “Sick,” watch videos, and pre-order DISGUISED VULTURES at http://www.metalblade.com/sister .
European fans were able to get their hands on a limited colored 7″ of “Sick” while the band was on tour with Wednesday 13 throughout Europe. A limited number of singles are still available from emp.de at http://www.emp-online.com/art_271802/ .
DISGUISED VULTURES emphasizes what the band is all about: heavy, raw sound, and attitude. Fans will find plenty more of what Revolver Magazine described as “a genre-bending amalgam of street punk attitude and glam-inspired melodies” on this new album.
More music and videos will be made available leading up to the release of DISGUISED VULTURES, so keep an eye on metalblade.com/sister as updates are posted!
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-Divebomb Bootcamp: Second Wave Coming 12/10 (Project: Roenwolfe, Everthrone, Eradikator & Electric Age)
Bootcamp Second Wave Is Here!
Our Divebomb Bootcamp series’ second wave begins shipping on 12/10! This second wave provides an outlet for independent bands to get their previously “Do It Yourself” releases the attention they deserve. This is new blood for the new breed. Are you ready to join the army?
The second wave consists of four new up and coming bands — Everthrone (USA), Eradikator (UK), Project: Roenwolfe (USA) and Electric Age (Brazil) — and they are available individually or as part of a package deal at a discounted price per unit. You can stream them via our Bandcamp page as well. Release-specific information is below for all four releases. These are limited to 500 units worldwide so be sure to not delay.
Buy Now Direct:
Bootcamp Series #6
Listening to Project: Roenwolfe, it’s clear that the project was borne from two minds with no regard for musical genre restraints. Although its two members — Tony C. and Patrick “Hoyt” Parris — live on separate sides of the US, the musicians’ shared vision is apparent in their unique blend of power metal and thrash.
The fruits of the duo’s labor are on full display on NEVERWHERE DREAMSCAPE, Project: Roenwolfe’s stunning debut album. Whether it’s the dizzying guitar riffs and skyscraping vocals of “Split The Rings Of Saturn” or the marching rhythmic onslaught of “Proclamations For Devastation,” the album already has a classic feel to it, despite its young age. By the time the epic “Universal Mind” closes out the album, there’s zero doubt that PROJECT: ROENWOLFE are the genuine article.
Comrades In Arms:
Iced Earth, Helstar, Control Denied, Artillery, Heathen, Nevermore, and Jag Panzer
o includes two bonus tracks not found on digital edition
o limited edition CD — only 500 units pressed worldwide
o full-color eight-page booklet with lyrics
Bootcamp Series #7
When it comes to reissuing classic UK thrash metal, Divebomb Records has already established itself as one of the world’s leading boutique labels. Our roster includes heavyweights such as Deathwish, Slammer, D.A.M., and Toranaga, but we’ve decided that it’s time to infuse some fresh blood into the mix.
The British band’s debut album, DYSTOPIA, definitely brings to mind the best elements of the golden era of thrash, but Eradikator never find themselves simply re-hashing the past. Instead, the four-piece combo combine their superb talents and treat the listener with a seemingly never-ending barrage of neck-snapping guitar riffs and vocals that are as authoritative as they are memorable, resulting in a fresh-sounding set of songs. In the end, DYSTOPIA pulsates with old-school spirit but never sounds dated. We wish we could say that about many of their so-called “re-thrash” contemporaries.
Comrades In Arms:
Xentrix, Metallica, Megadeth, Onslaught, Deathwish, Slammer, Toranaga, and D.A.M.
o brand new bonus track (Thin Lizzy’s “Cold Sweat”)
o limited edition CD — only 500 units pressed worldwide
o band supplied photos
o full-color 12-page booklet with lyrics
Bootcamp Series #8
Everthrone’s journey began back in 2005 while operating under a different moniker, releasing two highly acclaimed EPs by the end of 2009. It wasn’t until the metamorphosis that resulted in Everthrone being born that the band was truly firing on all cylinders. On their Jamie King-produced debut album, EVIL TONGUES, the group take their progressive metal sound and underscore it with a synth-driven rhythmic thrust that was so prevalent during the golden age of darkwave in the ’80s.
The marriage of forward-thinking heavy metal arrangements and synth-pop might sound a bit risky, but not only does Everthrone make the unlikely stylistic combination work, they also make it all feel seamless and natural, a testament to the group’s profound talents. In an age of fly-by-night, Internet hype-driven metal acts, Everthrone march to the beat of their own drummer, giving hope to those who care more about song writing mastery than the flavor of the week.
Comrades In Arms:
Dream Theater, Amorphis, Tears For Fears, Fates Warning, Symphony X, and Warlord
o produced by Jamie King (Between The Buried & Me)
o limited edition CD — only 500 units pressed worldwide
o new artwork
o band supplied photos
o full-color eight-page booklet with lyrics
o includes cover of Real Life’s smash hit “Send Me An Angel”
Bootcamp Series #9
Initially starting out as a Deep Purple tribute band, Brazil’s Electric Age has evolved into its own hard rock wrecking machine. The quartet’s chemistry is undeniable and their arena-worthy live show has already garnered the band accolades, winning several festivals in the São Paulo region along the way.
With ’70s flavored guitar heroics from Luiz Felipe Cardim and a locked in rhythm section in drummer Nico “The Boss” and bassist Otavio Cintra, Electric Age is rounded out by powerhouse front man Junior Rodrigues, a singer who channels the power of Michael Kiske (Helloween, Place Vendome) and channels it with an earthy soulfulness that suits their tunes perfectly.
Joining forces with Divebomb Records for the label’s Bootcamp Series, Electric Age is set to release their self-titled six-song debut EP. Featuring arena-ready tracks like “Snake Eater” and “Echoes Of Insanity,” it’s clear Electric Age will bust out of the Brazilian scene and become a worldwide concern in the coming year.
Comrades In Arms:
Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Rainbow, UFO, and Blue Öyster Cult
o limited edition CD — only 500 units pressed worldwide
o new artwork
o band supplied photos
o full-color 12-page booklet with lyrics
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-NYC Metallists Martyrd Return With New Single/Video, “Faceless,” Plot 2014 Tour
There are few metal bands at the moment that manage to merge melody with technicality as expertly as New York City’s Martyrd does. And as evidenced by their new single/video, “Faceless,” the band continues to grow stronger with each successive release. Produced at Westfall Recording Company with engineers Anthony Lopardo and Raymond Marte, it doesn’t take long to discover that “Faceless” is a brutal whiplash of power and precision.
Comprised of singer Aaron Pollard, guitarists Michael Andreas and Mike Kitsos, bassist Brian Nichols, and drummer Adam Birula, Martyrd has quickly made a name for themselves on the US east coast, and with extensive touring projected for 2014, plan to spread the word far and beyond. Their last album, 2012’s sophomore effort, THE MORTAL COIL, saw the group on tour with six-string legend Yngwie Malmsteen, while gaining praise from the metal press, including Guitar World Magazine, which proclaimed Martyrd was “A melee of blistering riffs and soaring vocal melodies sure to please fans of both Kreator and Symphony X.”
“‘Faceless’ is my new favorite,” explains Andreas about the new track. “We had so much fun writing, recording, and listening to it. We’ve been writing a ton of new material since we released THE MORTAL COIL, but ‘Faceless’ just sort of came together on its own, very quick. It’s no-nonsense — it comes in pounding right off the bat, and then makes a statement with that heavy verse riff. There’s definitely a lot of heaviness, in fact, I think Aaron in particular has never sounded so heavy. But there’s also harmony and melody — that chorus is just asking you to sing along. This song is what Martyrd’s all about; it’s heavy and pounding and aggressive, but also melodic and kind of catchy. It’s just really fun to play and listen to. We can’t wait to take it out on the road and really see our friends and fans get into it!”
Fans can purchase the song on iTunes ( https://itunes.apple.com/album/faceless-single/id772047179 ), as well as view the accompanying music video for the track, by following this link: http://youtu.be/jsFQfmchMRM
“We were worried about shooting a video,” adds Andreas. “It’s a chance for us to reach so many more people at once than we can live, but we knew it had to have the same intensity and excitement that our live show does. We wanted to make sure that there were not going to be any compromises in who we are and what we deliver. Anthony Lopardo (at Westfall Recording Company) has worked with us since THE MORTAL COIL, and actually did the tracking for ‘Faceless’ as well. When he showed us the video work that he had done, we knew that he was the right choice. And he definitely did not disappoint.”
“The shoot itself was a lot of work, but it was a blast also. We spent the whole day filming in this dark, grimy warehouse. Actually, the place had giant windows that we spent about two hours covering with tarps, to make sure the place STAYED dark and grimy! And Anthony was amazing throughout the whole thing, I don’t think there is anyone else who could have helped us accomplish what we did, and still had so much fun doing it. And we’re completely stoked on the finished product — we want every single living human to see it, at least twice.”
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-Silencer Premieres New Video “I Am Thunder!” On GuitarWorld.com
NEW YORK, NY — Denver metal veterans Silencer have just released their new video for the track “I Am Thunder!,” premiering it via guitarworld.com. The video can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1cngx4e
Produced by AE Films and pulled from the band’s new album, THE GREAT BEAR, the video “was filmed at a special in-store appearance at the famous Ernie November record store in Cheyenne WY. Celebrating our love for all things brick & mortar record store and heavy metal, we saw the opportunity to film the video in this unique setting,” says Silencer front man, Keith Spargo.
In other Silencer news, the quartet will play a 15th Anniversary Show on 11 January 2014 at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver, CO alongside their friends Arise In Chaos, Cellador, and others. The band is currently heating up the Loud Rock charts on CMJ with “I Am Thunder!” getting spins across the country on stations such as KGAR in Lemoore, CA, KFSR in Fresno, CA, WFCS in New Britain, CT, WXCI in Danbury, CT, WARC in Meadville, PA, WCAL in California, PA, KIWR in Council Bluffs, IA, KXCI in Tucson, AZ, KAOS in Olympia, WA, KFAI in Minneapolis, MN, WRBC in Auburn, ME, WRSU in New Brunswick, NJ, KMSA in Grand Junction, CO and the mighty WSOU in South Orange, NJ, amongst others.
THE GREAT BEAR is out now worldwide via Vanity Music Group.
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-Indica’s “A Definite Maybe” Digital Single Released
As the first single, Indica released “A Definite Maybe” on iTunes. The emotional track is out of their upcoming new record SHINE, coming up on January 24th, 2014.
You can order the track here:
Indica – “A Definite Maybe” (digital only single): http://georiot.co/Vif
The lyric video clip is also available at the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:
Four long years have passed since A WAY AWAY, their sixth studio album and also the band’s premiere in the English language, came out. Now the ladies are back and stronger than ever. The basics for SHINE reach back to 2011, when Jonsu started working on songs — based on a dream of hers. The result is a conjuring essential Symphonic-Pop creation, with sparkling character, beautiful catchy melodies and lots of soul.
SHINE will be released on January 24, 2014 via Nuclear Blast, giving you a real kick-off start for the New Year. One thing can already be stated without any doubt: Indica has never been better. And SHINE shimmers as bright as the beautiful musicians themselves high in the music sky.
You can pre-order your copy of SHINE here: http://smarturl.it/INDICA-Shine
Jonsu – vocals, violin, guitar
Heini – bass, vocals
Sirkku – keyboards, vocals
Jenny – guitar, vocals
Laura – drums
*** NEWS/RUMORS ***
-Check out Anvil’s new video for “Badass Rock N Roll” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw0aDmz4-K0 . Their new album HOPE IN HELL is out now. See http://anvilmetal.com/ , https://www.facebook.com/anvilmetal , and https://twitter.com/AnvilMetal666 for more.
-Darkside’s new website is http://www.darkside.co.at .
-There’s a new interview with Heaven & Earth singer Joe Retta at Hardrock Haven, at http://hardrockhaven.net/online/2013/12/joe-retta-of-heaven-and-earth-interview/ .
-The Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2014 takes place March 15-16 in Mexico City. The lineup on the 15th includes Kiss, Korn, Twisted Sister, Carcass, Trivium, Misfits, Suicide Silence, Suffocation, Brujeria, Obituary, Destruction, Flotsam And Jetsam, and others. The lineup on the 16th includes Guns N’ Roses, Rob Zombie, Lamb Of God, Opeth, Testament, P.O.D., DragonForce, Deicide, Angra, Tankard, and others. See http://www.hellandheavenfest.com/ for more.
-The Lingua Mortis Orchestra’s new video for the track “Cleansed By Fire,” from LMO, is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hvVlKvoY18 . German tour dates, featuring support from Majesty:
12/18 – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
12/19 – Stadthalle, Memmingen, Germany
12/20 – Löwensaal, Nürnberg, Germany
12/21 – Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
12/22 – Neue Stadthalle, Langen, Germany
-Manowar’s “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” World Tour next year now includes US dates and German dates, and a revised date for Krasnodar in Russia as follows:
2/7 – Royal Oak Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
2/8 – Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
2/9 – Mill City, Minneapolis, MN
2/13 – The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
2/15 – House Of Blues, Houston, TX
2/16 – House Of Blues, Dallas, TX
2/18 – Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
2/20 – Regency Theatre, San Francisco, CA
2/22 – Fox Theatre, Pomona, CA
3/18 – Olymp Palace Of Sports, Krasnodar, Russia
3/21 – Luzhniki Palace Of Sports, Moscow, Russia
3/23 – Yubileyny Sports Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia
3/25 – Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
3/27 – Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia
3/29 – Teatro Arena, Vilnius, Lithuania
5/21 – Hangar 11, Tel Aviv, Israel
5/24 – Metal Summer Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
6/13 – 6/15 – Legacy Open Air At Waldstadion, Weismain, Germany
7/25 – 7/26 – Magic Circle Festival, Helsinki, Finland
1/14/2015 – Grugahalle, Essen, Germany
1/16/2015 – Zenith, Munich, Germany
1/17/2015 – Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
More dates will be announced soon. Hype: “Manowar’s KINGS OF METAL album, a milestone in metal history, was first released on November 18, 1988, followed by a world tour in 1989. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of these events, Manowar will release a brand new special version of the album, KINGS OF METAL MMXIV in early 2014, and then hit the international stages with the ‘Kings Of Metal MMXIV’ World Tour.” About the US dates: “We are excited to tour on American soil again! Our American fans have loyally stood with us, united as one. Many of them have traveled across the continent and even to Europe to celebrate with us. These shows will be unforgettable, massive feasts of True Metal with everyone’s favorite Manowar hymns!” said bassist Joey DeMaio. About the German dates, DeMaio said: “We are thrilled to return to Germany! The German Manowarriors’ loyalty and support from the first time we set foot on German ground is legendary. Returning for this special celebration of KINGS OF METAL will reunite us with the greatest fans in Germany. We are calling our Manowarriors in Germany, but also those in the nearby countries, to join us for some unforgettable shows of unparalleled and face-melting metal!” The headlining show at the Legacy Open Air will be Manowar’s only performance in Germany in 2014; see http://www.legacy-open-air.de/ for more on the festival, and see http://www.manowar.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/manowar for more on Manowar.
-MelodicRockFest 4 is set for next October 3-5 at H.O.M.E. Bar in Chicago, IL. The lineup for the 3rd includes Stan Bush, Work Of Art, AdrianGale, Johnny Lima, Maxx Explosion, Faith Circus, Crossing Rubicon, and 7th Heaven. The lineup on the 4th includes H.E.A.T., Mitch Malloy, LaVerdi/Ramos/Shotton, Mecca+, Lost Angeles, Paul Laine, Loud Lion, House Of Shakira, Talon, and Romeo Riot. The lineup on the 5th includes The Poodles, Guardian, Heaven’s Edge, Shooting Star, Tango Down, Bombay Black, Grand Design, Degreed, and The Radio Sun. Tickets go on sale January 15. See http://www.melodicrockfest.com/ for more.
-Red Dragon Cartel is Jake E. Lee’s (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands) new band; Lee is joined by Darren Smith on vocals, Ron Mancuso on bass, and Jonus Fairley on drums. The band’s self-titled debut was co-produced by Mancuso and Lee, is due out January 28 via Frontiers, and features guest spots from Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Paul Di’Anno (Iron Maiden), Rex Brown (Pantera), Todd Kearns (Slash), Brent Fitz (Slash), Maria Brink (In This Moment), Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch), and Scott Reeder (Tool, Kyuss). A few dates have been lined up so far:
12/14 – The Marquee Theater, Tempe, AZ (w/ Queensryche)
12/15 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
12/20 – Count’s Vamp’d, Las Vegas, NV
3/29 – 4/2/2014 – Monsters Of Rock Cruise
The band’s set list will include new songs (“Feeder,” “Deceived”), Ozzy songs (“Shot In The Dark,” “Bark At The Moon,” “The Ultimate Sin”), and Badlands songs (“Dreams In The Dark,” “High Wire”). Hype: “A real band in the truest sense of the word, Jake E Lee’s ‘Red Dragon Cartel’ is about to blast off. This amazing virtuoso guitarist with his new band will once again grace the rock world with the lights shining even brighter.”
-2014 European Sepultura/Legion Of The Damned/Flotsam And Jetsam/Mortillery tour dates:
2/7 – Matrix, Bochum, Germany
2/8 – Backstage, München, Germany
2/9 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
2/10 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2/11 – Tobakken, Esbjerg, Denmark
2/12 – Rosenhof, Osnabrück, Germany
2/13 – C-Club, Berlin, Germany
2/14 – Megaclub, Katowice, Poland
2/15 – Alte Spinnerei, Glauchau, Germany
2/16 – Masters Of Rock Club, Zlin, Czech Republic
2/18 – Smerr Club, Zilina, Slovakia
2/19 – Arena, Wien, Austria
2/20 – Rockhouse, Salzburg, Austria
2/21 – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
2/22 – Z 7, Pratteln, Switzerland
2/23 – Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany
2/24 – CCO Villeurbonne, Lyon, France
2/25 – Bikini, Toulouse, France
2/26 – Salamandra 1, Barcelona, Spain
2/27 – Arena, Madrid, Spain
2/28 – Paradise Garage, Lissabon, Portugal
3/1 – Totem, Pamplona, Spain
3/3 – Cargo, Caen, France
3/4 – L’Antipode, Rennes, France
3/5 – Trabendo, Paris, France
3/6 – Paard, Den Haag, The Netherlands
3/7 – Atak, Enschede, The Netherlands
3/8 – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
3/9 – Effenaar, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
-Sinbreed, now featuring guitarist Marcus Siepen (guitar), has signed with AFM Records. (Love this hype: “Their Melodic Speed Metal . . . comes across without keyboards, but with strong choruses and balls.”) The band’s second album will be released through the label in 2014. The full new lineup is Herbie Langhans on vocals, Flo Laurin and Siepen on guitar, Alexander Schulz on bass, and Frederik Ehmke on drums.
-Sinner will celebrate its 30th anniversary with special “Sinfest” concerts in Germany, with special guests Voodoo Circle and The New Black, as follows:
12/27 – Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
12/28 – VAZ*, Burglengenfeld, Germany
12/29 – Kaminwerk, Memmingen, Germany
-Stryper’s new video for “No More Hell To Pay” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7ecl6Hm0Mk .
-Stud’s new video for “Lovers In The Night” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQIrLSjOgs0 . The Finnish band features singer Ari Toivanen, guitarist Mika kansikas, bassist Matti Jalonen, and drummer Stenda Kukkonen. The song comes from OUT OF THE DARKNESS, which was released in October. See http://www.stud.fi/ , http://www.twitter.com/stud_online , http://www.facebook.com/STUDofficial , and http://www.youtube.com/user/studtheband for more.
-Eleven Joe Stump albums — including THE ESSENTIAL SHRED GUITAR COLLECTION, ARMED AND READY, 2001: A SHRED ODYSSEY, and CONQUER & DIVIDE (by Joe Stump’s Reign Of Terror) — are now available “in 111 territories on all continents” through iTunes.
-Upcoming Y&T shows:
1/4 Hard Rock Café Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI
1/10 – Kawasaki Rock City 2014 @ Club Citta’, Tokyo, Japan (40th Anniversary Special Show)
1/11 – 1/12 – Kawasaki Rock City 2014 @ Club Citta’, Tokyo, Japan – w/ Winger & FireHouse
1/13 – Namba Rock City 2014 @ Namba Hatch, Osaka, Japan – w/ Winger
1/31 – Fat Cat Music House, Modesto, CA
2/1 – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
2/28 – Tower Theatre, Fresno, CA
3/1 – SLO Brewing Co, San Luis Obispo, CA
3/8 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
3/14 – Vamp’d, Las Vegas, NV
3/15 – 93.3 KDKB’s Mike Gaube’s HEADBANGERS 3-Year Anniversary Show Outside @ 910 Live, Tempe, AZ
3/20 – Trees, Dallas, TX
3/21 – Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX
3/22 – Concert Pub North, Houston, TX
3/29 – 4/2 – Monsters Of Rock Cruise
4/4 – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
4/5 – Stage 48, New York, NY
4/6 – Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH – SOLD OUT
4/7 – Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH
4/8 – 1150 Oak Bar & Grill, Cranston, RI
4/11 – The Rockpile West, Etobicoke, ONT, Canada
4/12 – The Rockpile East, Toronto, ONT, Canada
4/13 – Braun’s Concert Cove, Akron, NY
4/16 – Deadhorse Cantina & Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA
4/17 – The Rock Factory, Akron, OH
4/18 – The Machine Shop, Flint, MI
4/19 – Tailgaters, Bolingbrook, IL
4/21 – High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
6/4 – 6/7 – Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, Sweden
Thanks to Stuart Smith, Magic Circle Music, Silverstar Entertainment, John Erigo, Alexandra Mrozowska, and Marjo Verdooren for help gathering some of this information.
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