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Detritus
Issue #660
Week of February 10, 2014
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-So, really… Can we cease and desist on this cold weather??? – Tim

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-Black Star Riders Announce Plans For Second Studio Album

2013 was a fantastic year for Black Star Riders. It saw the release of their fan and critically acclaimed debut album, ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE. The album charted well all over the world and the hot single “Bound For Glory” appeared on the tops of many year end best-of lists from outlets all over the world!

The band toured throughout Europe and Scandinavia, bringing their raw edged sound to thousands of fans. The energy has been intoxicating! Now it is time for the guys to continue with this momentum and create a follow-up album. Scott Gorham sums it up, “The fan response has been better then we could have hoped. I haven’t had this much fun in years!”

When it comes to the team behind the soundboard, Black Star Riders decided to change things up this time around. Taking over the production reins will be Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott. Adding to the dream team will be long time Leppard sound guru Ronan McHugh. Ricky Warwick chimes in on the reason Joe was tapped for this album. “Joe Elliott’s passion, enthusiasm for music, as a fan, artist, and friend is unquestionable and Ronan McHugh is a phenomenal engineer. Personally having worked with these guys before, it was a no-brainer when they said they would like to produce the new BSR album. We are confident that this will be a huge leap forward in the evolution of BSR.”

Joe Elliott adds, “Having worked with Scott on the Thin Lizzy re-mixes a few years ago and having produced Ricky’s first two solo albums, I’m looking forward to taking our musical journey together even further. We’re aiming to make a serious leap forward with the next album and I’m proud to be able to contribute to the next chapter in the BSR story.”

Black Star Riders are set to enter the studio in Dublin, Ireland in October 2014 to start recording their follow-up release. Damon Johnson adds “We are all excited about working with Joe, he is like part of the family. And recording this album in Ireland is a special treat for us.”

The new, as yet untitled, album will be released in the spring of 2015 through Nuclear Blast — the label behind acts such as Anthrax, Nightwish, and Meshuggah.

Black Star Riders are one of the first bands signed by Monte Conner — the former Roadrunner A&R guru who has signed acts such as Slipknot, Machine Head, Sepultura, and Rush. Conner recently joined Nuclear Blast as the president of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, a new US partnership he co-founded with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger.

Members
Ricky Warwick (Vocals)
Scott Gorham (Guitar)
Damon Johnson (Guitar)
Marco Mendoza (Bass)
Jimmy DeGrasso (Drums)

http://www.blackstarriders.com/

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-Edguy Release Cover Artwork, Announce European Tour

On April 18th Edguy’s 10th studio album SPACE POLICE – DEFENDERS OF THE CROWN will hit the stores worldwide, followed by a world tour starting in September.

The band have just released the cover artwork for this upcoming album.

Last Saturday several journalists had the chance to listen to an un-mastered version of the new album and the reaction was overwhelming:

“Consistent and yet consistently different — Edguy defend the crown in German Metal with the greatest of ease… and as always: tongue in cheek”
– METAL HAMMER

“Amazing, heavy album. Reminds of the first albums with an advanced touch. Very good!”
– HARDLINE

The tour management has just confirmed the kick off date for the European “Space Police Tour” on September 19th. In Hamburg, Germany Edguy will headline the Hamburg Metal Dayz.

As said the show will mark the kick off to the band’s first full-fledged headlining European tour after the successful Age Of The Joker Tour 2011.

The Metal Dayz will be the band’s only festival show in Germany, further tour dates will be announced soon.

Stay tuned for more information!

http://www.edguy.net/

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-Y&T / Meniketti Update

[Note: This is from the band’s February 2014 newsletter. – Tim]

A huge thank you to all the wonderful Japanese fans who came out in droves to Y&T’s four shows in Japan. It was a great way to start the year! Now the boys of Y&T are amped to hit the road for the upcoming US tour in this special 40th anniversary year… looking forward to seeing you out there.

Home Sweet Home

Facebook & Twitter are cool and all, but if you want the down & dirty on Y&T tour dates, head on over to Y&T’s newly revamped web site. Check out the tour dates and surf around the site for much more.

http://www.yandtrocks.com/

Y&T At The Historic Fillmore… 40 Years And Counting

On Saturday, March 8, Y&T plays San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore. Don’t miss this special 40-year anniversary show on Y&T’s home turf.

Cool news… Ron Keel opens! Look forward to an awesome night!

Fly The Colors

Celebrate Y&T’s 40-year anniversary in style with our brand new design — drop by our web store and scope out this hot shirt. While you’re there, take a look at our long sleeve shirts and awesome new hoodies to help keep you warm during the winter blues. Many items are available exclusively in the Y&T web store. Visit us online:

http://store.meniketti.com

Monsters Of Rock — Sold Out

Very exciting that the 2014 Monsters Of Rock Cruise from Miami (brand new ship!) to Monster Island and Nassau, Bahamas is sold out. For those of you who have tickets, Y&T look forward to rockin’ out with you and the many other acts on board, such as Cinderella, Ratt, Kix, Tesla, Winger, FireHouse, Slaughter, Jake E. Lee, Loudness, Doro, Mike Tramp, Great White, Quiet Riot, London Quireboys, Winery Dogs, Faster Pussycat, Femme Fatale, Ron Keel, Rough Cutt, Tyketto, Love/Hate, and more.

Y&T Shows

Details for each of the shows below are on the Tour Dates page of the web site.

http://www.yandtrocks.com/tour/

Stay tuned! Many more 2014 tour dates to come!

2014
US
February 28 ~ Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre (all ages)
March 1 ~ San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Co
March 8 ~ San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (all ages)
March 14 ~ Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
March 15 ~ Tempe, AZ – 93.3 KDKB’s Mike Gaube’s HEADBANGERS 3-Year Anniversary Show outside @ 910 Live
March 19 ~ Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon Room
March 20 ~ Dallas, TX – Trees
March 21~ San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
March 22 ~ Houston, TX – Concert Pub North
March 29 – April 2 ~ Monsters of Rock Cruise — Sold Out
April 4 ~ Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
April 5 ~ New York, NY – Stage 48
April 6 ~ Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall — Sold Out
April 7 ~ Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
April 8 ~ Cranston, RI – 1150 Oak Bar & Grill
April 11 ~ Etobicoke, Canada – The Rockpile West
April 12 ~ Toronto, Canada – The Rockpile East
April 13 ~ Akron, NY – Braun’s Concert Cove
April 16 ~ Pittsburgh, PA – Deadhorse Cantina & Music Hall
April 17 ~ Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Agora
April 18 ~ Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
April 19 ~ Bolingbrook, IL – Tailgaters
April 21 ~ Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
April 22 ~ Minneapolis, MN – The Belmore / New Skyway Lounge
April 25 ~ Lakewood, CO – Eck’s Saloon
May 8 ~ Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club
May 9 ~ San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House
May 10 ~ Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke

Europe
June 7 ~ Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
October 9 ~ Madrid, Spain – Shoko Live
October 10 ~ Bilbao, Spain – Cafe Antzokia
October 11 ~ Calella, Spain – Calella Rockfest
October 12 ~ Seville, Spain – Sala Custom

Schedule subject to change. Be sure to verify with each venue.

Check the web site Tour Dates page for the most up-to-date concert information.

Thanks for your support!

Weblinks:
http://www.YandTRocks.com/
http://www.facebook.com/YandTRocks
http://www.twitter.com/YandTRocks
http://www.Meniketti.com/

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-Sweden Rock Festival: Billy Idol And Two More Bands Confirmed!

BILLY IDOL (UK)

At SRF 2010 the rain took away some of the fun. That’s another reason to attend Billy Idol’s performance on SRF this year as well. Besides, obviously, to enjoy once more the outstanding hit collection that the legendary Brit, né William Broad, has gathered. Billy Idol was first discovered by his countrymen as a member of Generation X. In 1981 he moved to New York, joined forces with master guitarist Steve Stevens — and a brilliant solo career took off. “White Wedding,” “Dancing With Myself” (originally by Generation X), “Rebel Yell,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “To Be A Lover,” “Cradle Of Love,” and more classic songs turned the rebellious singer wearing his love of punk, pop, and glam on his sleeve, into one of the biggest rock stars of the ’80s. At present he’s working on his eighth studio album, while his old hits remain as beloved as ever.

BLACK STONE CHERRY (US)

Black Stone Cherry from Kentucky is arguably the most successful band in the younger generation of Southern rockers. They also rank among the genre’s bringers of renewal. Apart from the traditional ingredients, they have also experimented with the addition of stoner rock and contemporary radio rock. Since 2006, Black Stone Cherry has released three studio albums and the fourth, MAGIC MOUNTAIN, will be released in May. In the US, eight of their singles have charted so far and their star is steadily on the rise in Europe as well. Not least in the UK and — lest we forget — Sweden.

PAIN OF SALVATION (S)

Pain Of Salvation is one of the most important bands on Sweden’s progressive rock scene. Since their 1997 debut they have released eight studio albums, each a concept record and each musically different to all the others. The common feature is, in short, the band’s and specifically front man/band leader Daniel Gildenlöw’s love of music in all forms. As a result, Pain Of Salvation have gained admirers both among traditional progressive rockers and prog metal fans. They even left their mark with “ordinary” listeners, when the ballad “Road Salt” performed admirably in Sweden’s national final for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.

Sweden Rock Festival 4-7 June 2014: Confirmed bands:

Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, W.A.S.P., Alter Bridge, Megadeth, Transatlantic, Rob Zombie, Q5, The Rainmakers, Magnum, Queensrÿche, Emperor, m.fl. Totaly 84 band!

Tickets:
http://www.swedenrock.com/

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-British Super Group Asia Set To Release The New Studio Album GRAVITAS In March On Frontiers

Asia, the legendary British band, moves into the next phase of its extraordinary career with GRAVITAS, a brave new album that explores different musical landscapes while embracing its familiar musical past. Produced and written by band members John Wetton and Geoff Downes, GRAVITAS is deeply introspective within a clearly accessible sound. The album also introduces the world to Asia’s new guitarist, Sam Coulson, who came at the recommendation of Mr. Big’s Paul Gilbert.

Scheduled for release on Frontiers Records on March 21 (Europe); and March 25 (North America), the album will be available in two configurations: a standard CD and a Deluxe Edition, that will include two bonus tracks and a DVD containing the “Valkyrie” music video, a promotional film, and footage of classic live Asia tracks such as “Heat Of The Moment,” recorded with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.

From the title track, “Gravitas,” which chronicles a man’s struggle in the battlefield of life, to the powerfully compelling tale of unrequited love, “The Closer I Get To You,” the album is a tour de force for the band whose music has become a staple to rock fans.

“Pure, unadulterated and stereotypical Asia, with raw energy, enthusiasm, and free from impurities,” says John Wetton. “It conveys the spectrum of emotion and color from real life agonies to ecstatic fantasy of escapism. Great songs, fabulous performance. GRAVITAS is Asia by Asia. At last.”

“With the addition of Sam it allowed us to take the band in a slightly different, and perhaps tougher, direction,” says Carl Palmer. “As a band we have been able to grow, while at the same time, remain true to the classic Asia sound that our fans know and love.”

Asia’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in April,1982, and was the best selling album in the world of that year. Featuring Geoff Downes on keyboards; Steve Howe on guitar; Carl Palmer on drums; and John Wetton on lead vocal and bass; Asia was the logical successor to their collective bands of the ’70s — Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK, and The Buggles. The original Asia reformed in 2006 for the first time in 23 years.

“It always was a great live band, but this time the dragon has awakened with fresh energy, direction, and purpose,” says Wetton. “As with any new Asia album, putting it all together presents something of a challenge,” says Geoff Downes. “Everyone involved rose way above and beyond this challenge. There is a renewed energy when we step on stage now; we can feel it and I know the fans can feel it.”

For Asia long-devoted fans, the band’s return to the concert stage can not come soon enough. As Palmer says: “Performing on stage is where this band truly comes into its element. Seeing the fans reacting to our music is what makes it all worthwhile. It is the fuel that drives this train we call Asia.”

Track listing:
Valkyrie
Gravitas
The Closer I Get To You
Nyctophobia
Russian Dolls
Heaven Help Me Now
I Would Die For You
Joe Di Maggio’s Glove
Till We Meet Again
The Closer I Get To You (Acoustic)*
Joe Di Maggio’s Glove (Acoustic)*

DVD (*):
Valkyrie (video clip)
EPK
Heat Of The Moment (Live in Plovdiv with Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra)
TBA (Live in Plovdiv with Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra)
TBA (Live in Plovdiv with Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra)

* Available only on the Deluxe Edition

Preorder Asia’s GRAVITAS at:
Regular Edition: http://smarturl.it/GravitasRegAmazon
Deluxe Edition: http://smarturl.it/GravitasDlxAmazon

For all things Asia, please visit: http://www.originalasia.com/
Follow Asia on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/asiatheband

Asia is:
John Wetton – lead vocal and bass
Carl Palmer – drums
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Sam Coulson – guitars

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-Rock Against MS: Online Rock Auction Announced

John 5, Jerry Cantrell, Scott Ian, Mike Inez, Pearl Aday & Rita Haney-Signed Schecter Bass

Zakk Wylde, Jeff Loomis, Syn & Johnny (Avenged Sevenfold), Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer), Jinxx (Black Veil Brides), Keith Merrow & All Of BLS-Signed Schecter Guitar

HOLLYWOOD, CA — We are honored to have so many amazing supporters for Rock Against MS. The latest being two donations — one from a private donor of this amazing Schecter Bass signed by John 5, Jerry Cantrell, Scott Ian, Mike Inez, Pearl Aday, and Rita Haney.

The second is a guitar directly donated by Schecter Guitars from their 2014 NAMM show party featuring Black Label Society — this guitar is signed by Zakk Wylde, Jeff Loomis, Syn & Johnny (Avenged Sevenfold), Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer), Jinxx (Black Veil Brides), Keith Merrow, and of course all of Black Label Society — Zakk drew a picture too!

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About Multiple Sclerosis

Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.

MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.

Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.

Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.

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

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-Threshold Studio Update Posted!

After announcing to start working on a new record in early November 2013, British progressive metallers Threshold have now issued an update from the studio. The band is currently recording their tenth album at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, England.

Commented Keyboarder Richard West: “All the drum and bass parts have been recorded and work is now underway on guitars and keyboards.”

The provisional track list is as follows:

Watchtower On The Moon
Unforgiven
The Box
Turned To Dust
Lost In Your Memory
Autumn Red
The Mystery Show
I Wish I Could
Siren Sky

The as yet untitled album is due for release on Nuclear Blast Records later this year.

In the meantime you may also check out the following video of Threshold’s appearance at the 2013 Rock Hard Festival:

http://www.wdr.de/tv/rockpalast/extra/videos/2013/0519/threshold.jsp

Threshold’s most current album MARCH OF PROGRESS was released on August 24, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. With MARCH OF PROGRESS the British band did not only come to the end of a five-year interlude since putting out DEAD RECKONING in 2007, but also reached the following chart positions on its release in 2012: #28 Germany, #30 Switzerland, #43 Sweden, #55 Austria, #70 Netherlands, #102 France.

http://www.thresh.net/

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-Legendary Jack Bruce To Release First New Studio Record In Ten Years

SILVER RAILS Release Date: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Esoteric Antenna is proud to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio album by the legendary Jack Bruce, one of the greatest popular musicians Britain has ever produced. A supremely talented instrumentalist and vocalist, eminently respected by his peers, Jack’s pioneering bass playing style has influenced successive generations of bassists, including such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius, and Sting, alongside more contemporary musicians such as Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He is also the possessor of one of the most powerful voices in modern music and a composer of some of the most original and influential music of the past 45 years. As a songwriter he has written some of popular music’s enduring classics such as “Sunshine Of Your Love,” “White Room,” “I Feel Free,” and “Theme From An Imaginary Western.”

Released on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, SILVER RAILS is Jack’s first studio in 10 years, recorded at the world famous Abbey Road studios. Produced by Rob Cass, SILVER RAILS is a splendid collection of carefully crafted songs written in partnership with lyricists Pete Brown, Kip Hanrahan, and Margrit Seyffer. He is joined on the album by a host of celebrated instrumentalists including Phil Manzanera, Robin Trower, Bernie Marsden, Uli Jon Roth, John Medeski, Malcolm Bruce, and Cindy Blackman Santana. SILVER RAILS is the next chapter in the recorded legacy of one of popular music’s most respected innovators.

Jack Bruce begins a UK tour on March 13th, 2014.

Jack Bruce: SILVER RAILS
Esoteric Antenna EANTCD 1028
Released: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

1. Candlelight
2. Reach For The Night
3. Fields Of Forever
4. Hidden Cities
5. Don’t Look Now
6. Rusty Lady
7. Industrial Child
8. Drone
9. Keep It Down
10. No Surrender

Also available

Jack Bruce: SILVER RAILS
Limited Digi-pak 2-disc deluxe edition with DVD of THE MAKING OF SILVER RAILS
Esoteric Antenna EANTCD 21030
Released Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Jack Bruce: SILVER RAILS
Limited 180 gram vinyl LP edition
Esoteric Antenna EANTLP 1028

Side One:

1. Candlelight
2. Reach For The Night
3. Fields Of Forever
4. Hidden Cities

Side Two:

1. Don’t Look Now
2. Rusty Lady
3. Industrial Child
4. Drone
5. Keep It Down

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-Hellion: TO HELLION AND BACK THE ANTHOLOGY – 2CD ANTHOLOGY 1983-2014

Release Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Los Angeles-based female-fronted metallers Hellion have inked a contract with London-based HNE/Cherry Red Records. The first of three Hellion albums set for release this year is a two-disc anthology entitled TO HELLION AND BACK, which will be released on April 1, 2014, and the first 1,000 copies will be autographed by the band’s singer, Ann Boleyn.

TO HELLION AND BACK chronicles the band’s beginnings from 1982, to the present, and features new music from Hellion. In 1983, when the term “female metal singer” did not exist, Hellion’s demo recordings (released as a self-titled Mini-LP) climbed to Number 6 in England’s rock charts. In America, Hellion however was regarded by the corporate music world as “too heavy” for a band with a female singer. Despite never releasing an album on a major record label, Hellion was the first female-fronted metal band to be featured on MTV and VH1 and was also the first US metal band to perform in the former Soviet Union on a Monsters Of Rock festival.

TO HELLION AND BACK features a collection of fan favorites, hard-to-find recordings, and previously unreleased tracks. Among the collection are also two songs that were produced by Ronnie James Dio at the legendary Sound City recording studio.

The musicians enlisted by powerhouse vocalist Ann Boleyn for the new Hellion include drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Queensrÿche, Dio, Dio Disciples), keyboardist Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell), Swedish import bassist Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen, Dio Disciples), and up-and-coming lead guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle.

Hellion’s new tracks were produced by legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who has produced iconic albums, including David Bowie’s HUNKY DORY, THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS, ALADDIN SANE, and PINUPS. A top producer at Abbey Road Studios, Scott is also acknowledged as one of the five principal engineers for The Beatles. He has engineered countless classic works, including George Harrison’s ALL THINGS MUST PASS and Elton John’s MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER, HONKY CHATEAU, and DON’T SHOOT ME I’M ONLY THE PIANO PLAYER. Other credits include gold and platinum albums by Supertramp, David Bowie, Missing Persons, Kansas, and more. Scott recently said of the comparison between working with David Bowie and Ann Boleyn: “Working with Bowie or working with Ann of Hellion, you’ve got sheer talent.” Acknowledging Boleyn as the driving force propelling the band, Scott notes: “Over the years, the musicians have changed. The one musician that has always been the same is Ann. So once again, it’s new musicians. The one constant thing about Hellion is Ann, and her incredible voice.”

Says Wright of working with Boleyn and Hellion: “She’s tried to stay true to that heaviness and a certain darkness. She’s sticking to the same formula, just different musicians though.”

Hellion will tour in Europe, and the UK in 2014 and are expected to appear on a number of major festivals. The cover artwork was designed by Italian artist Gaetano Di Falco and inspired by the photography of P.G. Brunelli.

Track Listing:

Disc One
1. Backstabber
2. Driving Hard
3. Don’t Take No For An Answer
4. Break The Spell
5. Up From The Depths
6. Run For Your Life
7. Get Ready
8. Witching Hour
9. Screams In The Night
10. Upside Down Guitar Solo/
11. The Hand
12. Bad Attitude
13. Tower Of Air

Disc Two
1. Nevermore
2. Exciter
3. The Evil One
4. Breakdown
5. The Black Book
6. Living In Hell
7. Stormrider
8. Demon Attack
9. Resurrection/Will Not Go Quietly
10. Sh*t (Is Gonna Hit The Fan)
11. Dead And Gone
12. Dream Deceiver
13. Hell Has No Fury

Lineup:
Maxxxwell Carlisle (guitar)
Simon Wright (drums)
Bjorn Englen (bass)
Ann Boleyn (vocals)
Scott Warren (keyboards)

The TO HELLION AND BACK CD will be available through The Omega Order for pre-order, by visiting here:
http://www.theomegaorder.com/hellion

To view Hellion’s video blog, visit here:

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-John Taglieri And SOUTHERN PARADISE Take Rockwired Radio’s “Best EP” Award

Hits ReverbNation’s Top Spot In Boston

HANSON, MA — 2014 has started off huge for singer/songwriter John Taglieri. It was announced on 27 January that John won the Rockwired Radio Music Award for Best Recording (EP) for his release SOUTHERN PARADISE (Leap Dog Music / Vanity Music Group). Taglieri’s 11th effort, released in April ’13, has been selling steadily and helped Taglieri find a bit of a new audience with its pop country feel. Peaking at #5 on Amazon.com’s Hot New Releases chart and with radio airplay and a video with nearly 5,000 views, the EP has made a solid name for itself. He won the Best Recording nod in a viewers voted poll on Rockwired Radio, which makes it even sweeter.

“Knowing that this was decided by fans makes it really special to me…” says Taglieri. “I’ve been doing this a long time and to still be here and making music that people connect with means the world to me.”

On top of that, Taglieri has also hit #1 on the ReverbNation Rock Charts for the Boston area. Living just south of Boston puts him in an area of great talent and great bands and artists. With all of his touring, promotion, and sales, the web traffic he’s created has driven him up to the top spot, with a steady stream of plays and people visiting his page.

“Southern Paradise” (single) has also broken through on the Hi-Tracks Top 100 Charts in The Netherlands. Entering the chart at #88 two weeks ago, the song is picking up steam and has moved up a couple of spots to #86 this week.

You can view the video for “Southern Paradise” here:

Relevant Links:

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

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-Therion: Live Video From ADULRUNA REDIVIVA AND BEYOND Posted!

With the release of their brand new DVD ADULRUNA REDIVIVA AND BEYOND set for the end of this month, Swedish symphonic metal masters Therion have just put up a live video of their song “Wisdom And The Cage” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel. Check it out here:

The video is taken from their upcoming DVD ADULRUNA REDIVIVA AND BEYOND which will be out on February 28, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. You can pre-order your copy at the following address:

http://smarturl.it/THERION-Beyond

The band recently posted a trailer on ADULRUNA REDIVIVA AND BEYOND which is available to watch here:

The track list will read as follows:

DVD 1:

1. The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah
2. Son Of The Sun
3. Midgård
4. Asgård
5. The Wine Of Aluqah
6. Wisdom And The Cage
7. Kali Yuga I
8. Kali Yuga II
9. Kali Yuga III
10. Lemuria
11. Via Nocturna
12. An Arrow From The Sun
13. Typhon
14. Ginnungagap
15. Preludium
16. To Mega Therion
17. Cults Of The Shadows
18. In The Desert Of Set
19. Interludium
20. Nightside Of Eden
21. Opus Eclipse
22. Invocation Of Naamah
23. The Siren Of The Woods
24. Grand Finale / Postludium
25. Adulruna Rediviva
26. Black Funeral

DVD 2:

1. Sitra Ahra
2. The Wine Of Aluqah
3. Typhon
4. Perennial Sophia
5. Hellequin
6. Nifelheim
7. Clavicula Nox
8. Voyage Of Gurdjieff
9. Ljusalfheim
10. Dies Irae
11. Ginnungagap
12. Kali Yuga III
13. Call Of Dagon
14. Siren Of the Woods
15. The Wild Hunt
16. Blood Of Kingu
17. Lemuria
18. Abraxas
19. The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah
20. To Mega Therion
21. Quetzalcoatl

Bonus DVD 3:

1. 011 – An Adventure With Therion
2. 011 – Documentary And Behind The Scenes
3. Amazing Voice

http://www.megatherion.com/

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-Eden’s Curse Announces UK Headlining Tour

Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden’s Curse are delighted to announce their debut headlining club tour of the United Kingdom which will take place this coming May. The “Symphony Of Sin UK Tour” will visit Scotland, England, and Wales stopping at Glasgow, Bolton, Wakefield, Wolverhampton, Grimsby, Swansea, and London.

The dates are as follows:

19/05/14 Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, Scotland, w/ Stormzone & Estrella
20/05/14 The Railway, Bolton, England, w/ Fahran
21/05/14 Snooty Fox, Wakefield, England, w/ Fahran & Skin&Bone
22/05/14 Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, England, support t.b.a.
23/05/14 Yardbirds, Grimsby, England, Co-Headline w/ Absolva plus Babylon Fire
24/05/14 Static, Swansea, Wales, w/ Tainted Nation & Mayhem Messiah
25/05/14 Underwold, London, England, w/ Tainted Nation & Dendera

Tickets for all shows are now on sale and can be purchased from the venues directly or online at http://www.edenscurse.com/uktour .

The band naturally are very excited about headlining as bassist Paul Logue confirms “Absolutely! This is a real challenge for the band and dare I say it, quite a gamble in many ways! We have been so used to going out as the opening band for such great acts like Dream Theater and Stratovarius and now it’s our time to stand on our own two feet. So I guess you could say the feeling is more of nervous excitement! How many kids dream of standing up on a stage playing a headline set to their fans? I’m sure it will be amazing just getting the opportunity to play an extended set for our extremely loyal fan base that has waited patiently for this to happen. This tour is 100% for them.”

Paul goes onto explain how vital the Eden’s Curse fans are to the success of not just this tour but future endeavors. “They are absolutely key! We have such amazing and passionate fans in the UK and they have always delivered in the past for us. This however, is without question when we really need them the most! I appreciate that some of the shows are midweek and some people may have to travel to get there, but my experience as a regular concertgoer in this country is that Rock music knows no boundaries! However the harsh reality of today’s music business is that if we want to tour again in the UK we need our fans to show up in numbers to these shows and I have every faith that they will! If you are coming, bring a friend and let’s have a party!”

Support on the tour will come from various established Hard Rock acts such as Tainted Nation (fronted by Eden’s Curse drummer Pete Newdeck), Stormzone, Fahran (new band of former Serpentine lead vocalist Matt Black), Estrella, Skin&Bone (formerly Tara’s Secret), and Dendera. Whilst the show at Grimsby will be a co-headline with Absolva (ex-Fury UK) and Babylon Fire.

Check http://www.edenscurse.com/uktour for further information and details.

http://www.edenscurse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/edenscurseofficial

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-Tuomas Holopainen Update

[Note: This combines two press releases. – Tim]

Video For “A Lifetime Of Adventure” Released!

With the release of its debut single “A Lifetime Of Adventure” on February 7, 2014, Nightwish mastermind Tuomas Holopainen has now revealed the official music video on the track. The video was directed by Ville Lipiäinen and includes Mika Jussila’s photos of Tuomas Holopainen and Don Rosa in the recording studio.

You can watch it here:

Commented Tuomas:
“The director, Ville Lipiäinen, and me went through some options of how to approach the video and soon agreed to shoot a sort of ‘making of’ clip of the song. The idea of someone dressing up as Scrooge McDuck, and then filming him digging gold and riding an emu on an Australian desert felt just a tad corny. Ville then followed us to London’s Angel Studios and later Petrax Studios to film some shots from the orchestra, vocal, guitar, and piano sessions. The hero of the video is Don Rosa himself. His presence and facial expressions always put a big smile on my face. I hope you’ll enjoy this adventure as much as we did!”

“A Lifetime Of Adventure” that is sung by Johanna Kurkela has already been out on the Nightwish FanPOD tablet-computer app on 23 January 2014, two weeks before its world premiere.

New Single “A Lifetime Of Adventure” Out Now!

Tuomas Holopainen has released his debut solo single, “A Lifetime Of Adventure,” from his highly anticipated upcoming album MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE. The vocals on “A Lifetime Of Adventure” are done by Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela. The guitars were played by Finnish Jazz musician Mikko Iivanainen, whose wife Johanna did the backing vocals.

The single is available on CD, colored vinyl and digital!

Order the single here: http://bit.ly/1kYuvQh
Or via iTunes here: http://georiot.co/TuomasLivetime

“A Lifetime Of Adventure” is taken from the upcoming solo debut MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE which will be out on April 11, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork on both the single and the album is by Don Rosa, the illustrator of Disney’s Duck characters.

You can pre-order your copy of MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE at the following address:
http://media.nuclearblast.de/shoplanding/2014/tuomas-holopainen/music-inspired-by-the-life-and-times-of-scrooge.html

http://www.tuomas-holopainen.com/

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-Death Angel’s “Left For Dead” Music Video Released!

San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans Death Angel have released a brand new video clip for the track “Left For Dead” at http://www.deathangel.us ! The song is taken from the band’s recently released seventh studio album THE DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD, and comes on the verge of their upcoming tour with Children Of Bodom. Commented guitarist Rob Cavestany:

“We would like to present to you our new video for the song ‘Left For Dead’ — the opening track off our latest record THE DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD. Directed by none other than Tommy Jones at VideoHammer Studios, it is comprised of footage filmed at AudioHammer Studios in Florida during the recording of the album. Catch a glimpse into our world in the recording studio as we create, collaborate, lay down tracks, and attempt to survive the insane madness of making a Death Angel album! Hope you enjoy this little morsel that we proudly serve up to you as an appetizer — catch the main course when we hit your town on tour! Eight weeks across North America — plenty of chances to feast upon us… bon appétit and see you in the pit!”

“Halo Of Blood Over North America” Tour:
CHILDREN OF BODOM, DEATH ANGEL, TÝR

2/06/14 Lost On Main – Chico, CA (Death Angel only)
2/07/14 Star Palace Ballroom – Fresno, CA (Death Angel only)
2/08/14 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA (Kirk Hammet Horror FestEvil – Death Angel only)
2/09/14 The Shredder – Boise, ID (Death Angel only)
2/10/14 The Railyard – Billings, MT (Death Angel only)
2/13/14 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON – CANADA (Death Angel and Týr only)
2/14/14 Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
2/15/14 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
2/16/14 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
2/18/14 Crocks – Thunder Bay, ON – CANADA
2/20/14 The Garrick – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
2/21/14 Louis Pub – Saskatoon, SK – CANADA
2/22/14 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
2/23/14 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
2/24/14 Level Nightclub – Kelowna, BC – CANADA (Death Angel and Týr only)
2/25/14 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
2/26/14 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/27/14 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (Death Angel and Týr only)
2/28/14 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
3/01/14 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
3/02/14 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
3/03/14 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
3/04/14 Vinyl – Las Vegas, NV (Death Angel & TYR only)
3/05/14 The Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
3/06/14 Summit Theater – Denver, CO
3/07/14 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
3/08/14 Tricky Falls El Paso, TX
3/10/14 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
3/11/14 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
3/12/14 House of Blues – Houston, TX
3/13/14 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA (Death Angel and Týr only)
3/14/14 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/15/14 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3/16/14 The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
3/18/14 Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
3/19/14 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
3/20/14 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA (Death Angel and Týr only)
3/21/14 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
3/22/14 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/23/14 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
3/24/14 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
3/25/14 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
3/26/14 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY (Death Angel and Týr only)
3/27/14 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
3/28/14 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
3/29/14 Irving Plaza – New York, NY

http://deathangel.us/

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-Tankard Recording New Album R.I.B.

Iconic thrash metal band Tankard are set to enter Studio “23” in Frankfurt/Germany to start recording this week.

Taking inspiration from the motto “never change a winning team,” the guys kick off the recording again with producer Michael Mainx (Böhse Onkelz, Der W, D-A-D, Disbelief), who also produced the last album. The new album will be titled R.I.B. and is set to be released in summer 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

Michael Mainx commented:
“Three time’s the charm — I’m totally looking forward to have my hands on the controllers for Tankard for the third time in year ‘2’ after the band anniversary! Only a few more days left before we will take off recording R.I.B. at Frankfurt Studio. This is gonna be interesting…”

Band leader Gerre added:
“We can hardly wait to be nailing down 10 new songs with Micha and are looking forward to a hopefully productive collaboration!”

Of course we’ll keep you in the loop. Stay tuned!

http://www.tankard.info/

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-Total Metal Festival: Kreator And Behemoth!

A surprise announcement completes the “high” part of TMF2014’s Bill!

After the bands already confirmed, including sacred monsters like Annihilator, Moonspell, and Death Angel, and especially after the surprising revelation of a low price of admission (only 40 euros for two days!), will be certainly in many to jump from my chair with the announcement of two (not one … two!!!) superbands which complete the upper bill of Total Metal Open Air Festival that calls to arms none other than the legendary German thrashers Kreator and one of most glorifying death/black metal band of the world, Behemoth!

It is patently clear by now that the 19 and 20 July 2014, in the town of Bitonto, close to Bari, there will be an event that will take an epochal importance for the development of the Heavy Metal scene in southern Italy! With this amazing Edition, in fact, the TMF rises head-on in the panorama of the best Heavy Metal festival of the “Bel Paese” offering not only a generous handful of world-famous band, but also many other musical realities coming from almost every corner of the world as Americans Coldsteel and Aggravator; Israelis Desert; Greeks Acid Death, Sorrowful Angels, and Mindtreath; Swedish Days Of Anger; Italians Riul Doamnei, Dangerego, Symbolyc, Andromeda, Carboncoke, Embryo, and many other bands that the organizers will announce in the coming months for a total of nearly 40 bands in two whole days of festival!

And if this wasn’t enough to define the magnitude of this event, the organizers also add the free camping and an outline of games, rides, and extra-musical activities that will entertain the audience throughout the festival!

If you still can’t believe it, we reiterate: the tickets of the Total Metal Open Air Festival only cost 40 euro and are for sale on all circuits Ticketone, Bookingshow, and Metaltix! What are you waiting for to get yours?

For further information:
http://www.totalmetalfestival.com/
http://www.facebook.com/TotalMetalFestival
http://www.ticketone.it/

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-Exorcism Unveils I AM GOD’s Cover Artwork, Track List, & Release Date

Doomy heavy metallers Exorcism will release their debut album, I AM GOD, on April 25 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Mario Bouffier (Sacred Reich, Megaherz, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop), additional editing by Axel Wiesenauer (Killing Machine, Raven Lord) from Rock’N’Growl and Logo made by Anestis Goudas (Dimmu Borgir, Riot, Kreator, Raven Lord, Zvekan), and can be seen at this link:

http://www.rockngrowl.com/exorcism-unveil-i-am-god-artwork-tracklist

Recordings: All drums by Garry King recorded at La Foret Groupe Studio, France. All guitars by Joe Stump recorded at “The Dungeon,” Boston, MA, USA and edited and processed by Franciso Palomo, private studio, Boston, MA, USA. All bass guitars by Lucio Manca recorded at Total Master Sound, IB, Spain. All vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, and additional rhythm guitars recorded and edited by Csaba Zvekan, slide guitar on “End Of Days” by Csaba Zvekan, additional rhythm guitars on “Voodoo Jesus” by Csaba Zvekan at Total Master Sound, IB, Spain. Mixed and Mastered by Csaba Zvekan at Total Master Sound studios, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Track Listing:

1. End Of Days
2. I Am God
3. Voodoo Jesus
4. Last Rock’N Roll
5. Master Of Evil
6. Exorcism
7. Higher
8. Stay In Hell
9. Fade The Day
10. Zero G

“…As the Sun turns black … the end of days are near…”

Csaba Zvekan (Raven Lord, Zvekan, ex-Killing Machine) – Vocals
Joe Stump (Raven Lord, HolyHell) – Guitar
Garry King (Achillea, Zvekan) – Drums
Lucio Manca (Raven Lord, ex-Solid Vision) – Bass

Exorcism’s music is doomy and lush while it flows lava like down your spine, it features dark-themed lyrics and melodies that could haunt you for life.

Exorcism recently released a video teaser for the song “ZERO G” at:

“God created the heavens, while man creates his own Hell”

http://www.exorcism13.com/
http://www.facebook.com/exorcismband
http://www.youtube.com/user/ExorcismMetal

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-Saliva Return With New Singer, Label, Single, Album, And Tour

If you counted Saliva out when you heard that they had parted ways with singer Josey Scott, you have been proven dead wrong — all you have to do is give a listen to the group’s upcoming single, “Rise Up” (impacting radio and available for purchase via all digital stores on February 18th), and album of the same name (April 29th, via Rum Bum). And with new singer Bobby Amaru firmly in place, it appears as though there is a bright future for the new-look Saliva lineup, which also includes guitarist Wayne Swinny, bassist Dave Novotny, and drummer Paul Crosby.

“We’re lucky to have found him,” says Swinny about his new band mate. “We discovered him through one of our old crew guys. He really energized the rest of us. He’s a great songwriter, and a top-shelf producer in his own right.”

With acclaimed producer Bobby Huff (Papa Roach, 3 Doors Down, Tim Finn) on board, all the pieces seem to be in place. And Saliva has delivered with their new single, “Rise Up.” “‘Rise Up’ …it’s a statement on where we’re at,” adds Swinny. “The title just has that fire to it.”

And if you are a longtime Saliva fan, you are sure to be extremely pleased with the full-length RISE UP — a bold record full of big hooks, swagger, and plenty of guitars. And, outside of the ballad “Lost,” it’s first and foremost a rock record. These are songs that kick hard, from the immediacy of the aforementioned “Rise Up,” to the slow build of “Choke,” and the rollickin’ “Redneck Freakshow,” a song the band seems particularly proud of.

Saliva has already debuted a number of new songs live, with Amaru seamlessly working his way into the lineup. “The audiences have been great,” says the singer. “I think we have a whole new energy on stage.” Expect to see the band on tour the rest of the year and well into next. “It’s definitely a throwback, fun, party rock show,” adds Swinny. “And Bobby’s putting his own spin on the older material.”

Another piece to the puzzle has been uniting with a new independent label, Rum Bum Records, founded by Luis Bacardi, based in Miami, FL. Led by a team of industry veterans dedicated to finding original talent of all genres, the label offers worldwide distribution, and provides artists with the resources necessary to develop and expand their careers. By utilizing a variety of platforms including imaging, video production, marketing, social media, and publicity, Rum Bum Records is able to create versatile portfolios for talent, opening the doors to as many opportunities as possible. Additionally, the label has a full state-of-the-art HD Film studio to successfully build an artist’s image and brand identity into one that is fully recognized and sought after by the public.

There’s certainly a lot of revitalized energy on display throughout RISE UP. And despite his late arrival, Amaru thinks he knows why Saliva in 2014 sounds as vital as they were in 2001. “We’ve just gone back to the basics. You know, ‘being a rock band.'”

Saliva:
Wayne Swinny – guitars
Dave Novotny – bass
Paul Crosby – drums, percussion
Bobby Amaru – vocals

RISE UP track listing [subject to change]
1. Rise Up
2. She Can Sure Hide Crazy
3. No One But Me
4. Lost
5. 1000 Eyes
6. Redneck Freakshow
7. Choke
8. Army
9. Closer
10. In It To Win It
11. The Enemy
12. I Don’t Want It

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
http://www.saliva.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Saliva
http://www.rumbumrecords.com/

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-Scorpion Child Announces New Lineup

Austin classic rock sensation Scorpion Child have added a new face to their lineup: drummer Jon “Charn” Rice, formerly of Job For A Cowboy. Scorpion Child bassist and founding member Shaun Avants shares the following:

“Scorpion Child is excited to announce some recent lineup changes within the camp. As with any team or group, decisions must be made that are vital to the overall attitude, creativity, quality, and lifespan of a shared and common goal. Any decision we make is and always will be for the betterment and advancement of this band.

“That being said, we have decided to move forward as a four piece — at least for now — as we say goodbye to our friends [rhythm guitarist] Tom Frank and [former drummer] Shawn Alvear. We wish them the very best in any and all of their future endeavors and it should be noted that their contributions were not without their merits.

“We are pleased to announce that Jon ‘Charn’ Rice (ex-Job For A Cowboy, 1349) will be taking the position as our new drummer. He exemplifies ambition, hard work, and the general personality that gives this band the potential to function as a tighter unit. His handful of performances with Nonpoint and the Shiprocked cruise earlier this year only solidified our faith in his abilities and filled us with an overwhelming excitement for the coming possibilities.

“Thank you to all of our fans for weathering the seas of change. We’ll see you all very soon. Bigger. Better. Faster. Stronger.” Before heading out to the UK for nine shows starting March 16th, Scorpion Child will have a showcase at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Date & time will be announced soon.

SCORPION CHILD
16.03. UK Bristol – Exchange*
18.03. UK Colchester – Arts Centre**
20.03. UK Birmingham – O2 Academy 3*
21.03. UK Sheffield – Corporation**
22.03. UK Glasgow – King Tuts*
23.03. UK Newcastle – O2 Academy 2**
25.03. UK Nottingham – Rock City*
26.03. UK London – Underworld*
27.03. UK Manchester – Roadhouse**
* = MONSTER TRUCK headlining
** = SCORPION CHILD headlining

Check out Scorpion Child’s unfiltered hard rock on YouTube:

• “Polygon Of Eyes”

• “Liquor” lyric video

http://www.facebook.com/scorpionchild

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-Israeli Metallers Switchblade Signs With Rock’N’Growl

Israeli heavy metallers Switchblade signed a worldwide management deal with Germany’s Rock’N’Growl Management. Switchblade aims to attain the same sparkles and enthusiasm that made the ’80s Metal scene so great in a sense that it will sink in deep in today’s perception of Metal music.

Switchblade are:

Lior “Steinmetal” Stein – Vocals
Fede “FedeRock” Taich – Lead, Rhythm Guitars
Venedict Pavlovic – Rhythm, Lead Guitars
Boris Siper – Bass
Moshe “Moshpit” Sabah – Drums

Iced Earth performing for the first time in Israel. Switchblade, along with their local peers, Prowlers, will support the American Heavy/Power Metal giants.

Since 2005 the Israeli Switchblade has been trying to find the right Metal image that will be sufficient for its members. Six years later, along with shifting Metal subgenres, several unofficial releases, a few gigs with various of groups within the Israeli Metal scene, plenty of lineup changes, and a few bruises, Switchblade found its right purpose and direction. With a talented solid lineup that shared the same devotion to the classic years of Metal, the Switchblade group began playing their material with strong accordance to their true worship, ’80s Heavy Metal. 2011 saw the release of the first official digital single, “Endless War/Euphoria,” announcing a newfound landmark for the band. Less than a year later, Switchblade issued its second digital single, “Metalista,” which was highly perceived by the local and foreign Metal scenes. After finalizing its performance in the finals of the local 2012’s Wacken Metal Battle, Switchblade began working on its debut album HEAVY WEAPONS.

Switchblade’s emergence wasn’t with the purpose of reinventing the vintage steel, it came to relive it and keep the old fires burning. Among a few blinks towards progression, Switchblade aims to attain the same sparkles and enthusiasm that made the ’80s Metal scene so great in a sense that it will sink in deep in today’s perception of Metal music. HEAVY WEAPONS consisting of nine tracks, a few from the band’s past along with fresh material, might become one of the pillars of the old burning flame of Heavy Metal.

http://www.facebook.com/SwitchbladesOfSteel
http://www.switchblade-metal.bandcamp.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/SwitchbladeMetal

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-All Else Fails Comments On Nomination Edmonton Music Award “Metal Recording Of The Year”; Alberta Show Dates

Announcing the return of drummer Ryan Biggs (2010, touring member 2011/2012) last month, All Else Fails is proud to announce more great news for 2014 with their nomination for “Metal Recording Of The Year” at this year’s Edmonton Music Awards.

“We are so excited and thankful to have been nominated for an Edmonton Music Award Metal Recording of the Year for our track ‘AntiMartyr’ from F*CKTROPOLIS. Big congrats to our friends who also got nominations as well at the awards (Death Toll Rising, Russ Dawson, and Thrill House). We are really proud of this recording and thank everyone that had a part in making it happen,” comments vocalist/guitarist, Barrett Klesko.

Metal Recording Of The Year:
o All Else Fails – “AntiMartyr”
o Death Toll Rising – “Malice Incarnate”
o Dieuponaday – “Enlighten”
o Monarch Sky – “Circles”
o Villainizer – “Twin Tower Two-Step”

Nominees List:
http://2014edmontonmusicawards.blogspot.ca/2014/02/and-nominees-are.html

AEF released their latest EP F*CKTROPOLIS on Suicidal Bride Records during summer 2013 and recently released their latest music video “A Most Unwanted Reprieve.”

“This new video is different for us because it’s all live footage filmed during our set at Loud As Hell Metal Fest in Drumheller, AB last summer and obviously the fans played a big part in how it came out. We are also debuting our new VEVO channel with this one. We’d like to wish all our fans a Merry F*cking Christmas from All Else Fails!” comments All Else Fails vocalist / guitarist and video director Barrett Klesko.

VEVO:
http://www.vevo.com/watch/all-else-fails/a-most-unwanted-reprieve/QMGR31302965

YouTube:

The fourth release since 2007 , F*CKTROPOLIS is the follow-up to the band’s 2012 release THE ORACLE, WHAT WAS, IS AND COULD HAVE BEEN that received world wide praise from industry publications around the world along with their music video “This Burden Of Life” added to rotation on Canada’s largest music channel Much Music, expanding their Canadian fan base dramatically.

Making their mark around the world for their aggressively dark brand of metal that is breaking the traditional ideals of their genre and drawing comparisons to bands like As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, Killswitch Engage, and Lamb Of God. All Else Fails infuses their music with a variety of elements that includes experimental, classical, synth lines, and spoken word sampling to accent a unique blend of heavy as hell screams and shiver inducing clean vocals.

Their high energy live show sets them apart from their peers and has garnered them appearances on numerous high level festivals over the years, including Van’s Warped tour, Boonstock, and opening support slots for artists like Protest The Hero, Cancer Bats, Dayglo Abortions, 3 Inches Of Blood, Fear Factory, Threat Signal, Decapitated, Suffocation, and Arise & Ruin.

F*CKTROPOLIS – Track Listing:
1. AntiMartyr
2. Better Left Undead
3. La Demencia Violenta
4. Obedience At The Altar Of Sacrifice
5. A Most Unwanted Reprieve

Upcoming Show Dates:
March 1, 2014 – Whiskey Lounge & Night Club – Drumheller, AB w/ Maimed Wolf
April 26, 2014 – The Vat – Red Deer, AB – w/ Ninjaspy

F*CKTROPOLIS can be purchased on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and most online retailers.

Music Videos:
“Better Left Undead” – http://youtu.be/Msj1GgtJNbg
“This Burden Of Life” – http://youtu.be/9IOIWddofYE
“Obsidian Walls” – http://youtu.be/MZ4PZuzQq_g
“Rebirth” – http://youtu.be/BGov6ji_72s

For more info, please visit these links:
http://www.AllElseFails.ca/
http://www.facebook.com/AllElseFailsCanada
Twitter: @allelsefailsca
http://allelsefails.bandcamp.com/

R.I.Y.L. – Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Alexis On Fire, Cancer Bats, Five Finger Death Punch

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-Asher Media Relations Offers FREE Valentine’s Compilation CUPID METAL! LOVE HURTS! LOVE SCARS! VOL. 1

Oh love… how it hurts, how it scorns, makes us dreamy eye… and once in awhile… lets us fall for the one we’ve been waiting for. With the success of their last three volumes of their holiday sampler HAPPY METAL ANNIHILATION, Asher Media Relations is proud to unleash their very first special Valentine’s Day compilation. CUPID METAL! LOVE HURTS! LOVE SCARS! VOL. 1 is now available for FREE download and features 15 metal/rock tracks to love and hate that special someone. I \m/\m/ you!

“I love the holidays! Especially a heartwarming one like Valentine’s Day, share the love and the music!” comments Jon Asher, music publicist and founder of Asher Media Relations.

Asher Media Relations is PR company based in Montreal, QC that aids bands getting heard and read about in rock and metal media for over half a decade. The sampler is a free download, which features tracks from the talented artists AMR has the honor to work with.

FREE DOWNLOAD
https://ashermedia.bandcamp.com/album/cupid-metal-love-hurts-love-scars-vol-1

Track List:
1. P.S.S. – Happy Valentine’s Day (:06)
2. BornBroken – Anger of The Day (3:34)
3. Deathpoint – Sinister (4:04)
4. All Else Fails – Anti Martyr (5:49)
5. Death Toll Rising – Crack Open A Cold One (5:15)
6. FATALITY – Bleed Me Useless (3:49)
7. Trainwreck Architect – Dream Pariah (3:31)
8. Edge of Attack – Forever (3:46)
9. Until Dawn – DNR (5:59)
10. Breached – Happy (3:17)
11. Psychostick – My Clingy Girlfriend (5:02)
12. Kill Matilda – Pomegranate (2:46)
13. THE IN’n’OUTS – Scorpion On My Pillow (4:09)
14. MIRE – Catalan Atlas (5:05)
15. Unbeing – Zomb!

For more info on Asher Media Relations, please visit the following links:
http://www.AsherMediaRelations.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Asher-Media-Relations/165495083464661
http://twitter.com/AsherMusicPRGuy

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival: New Round Of 2014 Lineup Additions Includes Sam Black Church

The latest round of additions to the continually-expanding lineup for 2014’s installment of the long-running New England Metal & Hardcore Festival has been disclosed, including one of this year’s fest highlights: Massachusetts’ own ’90s hardcore punk legends, Sam Black Church.

Confirmed as one of the main headliners of the event’s third night, Saturday, April 19th, Sam Black Church’s set at NEMHF 2014 will mark only the third performance since they initially disbanded at the turn of the century, and first in Central Massachusetts since the late ’90s. Stated the band upon being asked to take part in the massive event this Spring, “It is amazing what the man we used to know as Ogre has done with the New England Metalfest! We are f*cking excited to be a part of it once again!”

Formed in Boston, in June of 1988 by Jesse “Jet” Crandall (vocals), Ben Crandall (guitar), Richard G. Lewis (bass), and J.R. Roach (drums), Sam Black Church was known for their energetic live performances, playing a frenetic blend of hardcore, metal, and thrash. Over the years sharing bills with bands as diverse as Bad Brains, Clutch, Motörhead, Cro-Mags, Fear, and Helmet, they were one of the most popular hardcore bands in the Northeast United States during the 1990s. After releasing three full-lengths on Taang! Records, they left to join Wonderdrug where they remained until they retired in 2000 after releasing a total of seven albums. Since disbanding, Sam Black Church reunited for a sold-out show on September 22, 2007, at The Roxy in Boston, and played a another sold-out performance at Hometown Throwdown #16 with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at House Of Blues in Boston on December 29th, 2013. A documentary of their career by Duncan Wilder Johnson entitled “Leave Behind A Groove In The Earth” is scheduled for release in 2014.

Also now confirmed to invade this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are Oceano, Scars Of Tomorrow, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, InDirections, and Julius Seizure on Thursday, April 17th, and Reflections on Friday, April 18th. The setup for Saturday, April 19th has also been lengthened with Texas In July, Obey The Brave, and the aforementioned Sam Black Church performance.

Featuring two stages, the legendary New England Metal & Hardcore Festival continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the iconic Worcester Palladium. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, this year’s edition will take place on April 17th, 18th, and 19th. Watch for additional updates in the coming days and view the already massive confirmed lineup below.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now — including three-day passes, VIP packages and more — available for purchase at http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/tickets/ .

New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2014:

Thursday – April 17, 2014
All That Remains
Bleeding Through
Broken Hope
Cop Problem
Emmure
Enabler
Fallujah
Gideon
InDirections
Julius Seizure
Kublai Khan
Oceano
Rivers Of Nihil
Scars Of Tomorrow
The Last Ten Seconds Of Life
Years Since The Storm

Friday – April 18, 2014
1349
Behemoth
Bent Life
Black Crown Initiate
Born Low
Carnifex
Colin Of Arabia
Cruel Hand
Erra
Fire And Ice
Fit For An Autopsy
Goatwhore
I Declare War
Inquistion
Malfunction
Naysayer
Obey The Brave
Reflections
Slapshot
Suburban Scum
The Acacia Strain
The Mongoloids
Thy Art Is Murder
Warhound
Whitechapel
Within The Ruins

Saturday – April 19, 2014
All Out War
Alpha & Omega
Barrier
Battlecross
Counterparts
Discourse
Gift Giver
Harm’s Way
Iced Earth
Indirections
King Nine
Lionheart
Loyal To The Grave
Nails
Nile
Ramallah
Reign Supreme
Revamp
Sabaton
Sam Black Church
Scars Of Tomorrow
Sylar
Texas In July
The Last Ten Seconds Of Life
Those Who Fear
Twitching Tongues
Will To Die

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-Wacken Metal Battle Canada Announces 2014 Battle Lineup! One Band To Rule Them All!

One band will rule them all! After reviewing over 400 submissions, Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce its selection of 103 independent Canadian metal bands to participate in this year’s 2014 battle lineup for Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. The bands will compete during the months of March, April, and May in 22 qualifying rounds, six semi-finals, and an Alberta final along with the national final being held on June 7 in Toronto, ON at Opera House. One independent Canadian metal band will be chosen to represent the nation with highest honor at this year’s 2014 international battle at the world’s most prestigious metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany.

The finals will have the following representation and will be judged along with all other rounds by a panel of music industry representatives:

o 1 finalist from Vancouver, BC
o 1 finalist from Alberta (Calgary & Edmonton will face off in Alberta final)
o 2 finalists from Toronto, ON
o 1 finalist from Montreal, QC

Last year’s battle was witnessed to Toronto, ON’s epic power/death metal band Crimson Shadows not only winning the 2013 Canadian final but conquering the international final and performing in front of thousands unknown to their behemoth sound. (Video of that champion set can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgAu_xzQAzM .) The band joined a list of Canadian heavyweights such as Voivod, Exciter, Razor, Annihilator, Anvil, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, 3 Inches Of Bloods, Despised Icon, and Danko Jones who have performed at the festival in years past.

Submissions were open from December 5, 2013 to January 31, 2014.

Rules: http://metalbattle.ca/rules.html
Wacken Metal Battle Canada Promo Video: http://youtu.be/gQcxqsxchkQ

For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:
http://www.metalbattle.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/MetalBattleCanada
http://twitter.com/MetalBattleCAN
http://www.youtube.com/user/WackenMetalBattleCAN

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit:
http://www.wacken.com/

Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2014 Lineup:

TORONTO
Sat, March 8 @ Hard Luck, 772a Dundast St. W.
The Parallax
Sovereign Council
Oneiromancy
Pariah
Psycho Mad Sally

Fri, March 14 @ Hard Luck, 772a Dundast St. W.
Our Covenant
Operus
Protokult
The Fiction In Folklore
Endemise

Fri, March 21 @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St W.
Burning The Day
The Curse Within
SludgeHammer
Empyrean Plague
My Hollow

Fri, March 28 @ Hard Luck, 772a Dundast St. W.
Beg For Mercy
Tsargrad
At Dawn’s Edge
Shattered Remains
Santuarium

Fri, April 4 @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St W.
Shotgun Cure
The Blackcloud Syndicate
Dawn Vally
Wretchedpain
Final Trigger (Special Guest Headliner)

Toronto – Semi-Finals:
Sat, April 26 @ Hard Luck, 772a Dundast St. W.
Sat, May 3 @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St W.

National Final:
Sat, June 7 @ Opera House, 735 Queen St E.

MONTREAL
Sun, April 27 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
NearGrey
Sudden Spawn
Fanachronic
Eclipse Prophecy

Thur, May 1 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Kruhl
Warsenal
Mutank
Chemical Way

Wed, May 14 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
The Catalyst
Forbidden Sin
Ogenix
Evertrapped

Wed, May 21 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Hidden Pride
Dark Century
Tunguska Mammoth
Uriel

Montreal Semi-Final:
Wed, May 28 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

CALGARY
Sat, Jan 25 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W.
Shark Infested Daughters
Krepitus – WINNER
Zipgun Wisdom
Dethgod
Druidus
Video – Calgary Battle One – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU2_jT9elUI

Sat, March 1 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W.
Derailed
Penitentz
Osyron
Skymir
Breed Of War
False Flag

Sat, March 22 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W.
The Archon Prophecy
The Cadavar Dog
Morbidly Depraved
Vile Insignia
Hell Hounds

Sat, April 26 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W.
The Reckless Heroes
Anakronis
Black Pestilence
Hammerdrone
Slagduster
Scythia

Fri, May 2 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W.
Moosifix
Train Bigger Monkeys
Burning Effigy
Exit Strategy
Every Hour Kills

Calgary Semi-Final:
Sat, May 3 @ Lord Nelson’s Pub, 1020 8 Ave SW.

Alberta Final:
Fri, May 23 @ Dicken’s Pub, 1000 9 Ave SW.

EDMONTON
Wed, March 5 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.
Bring Us Your Dead
Immunize
Quietus
These Colors Don’t Run
With Malice

Wed, March 19 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.
Black XIII
Death Assembly
Display Of Decay
Samandriel
Arrival Of Autumn

Wed, April 2 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.
BLËED
Earth’s Ashes
Eye Of Horus
Netherward
This Is War

Wed, April 23 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.
Death Toll Rising
Dieuponaday
Ides Of Winter
Fear The Living
Kryosphere

Edmonton Semi- Final:
Wed, May 7 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.

Alberta Final:
Fri, May 23 @ Dicken’s Pub, 1000 9 Ave SW., Calgary, AB

VANCOUVER
Wed, March 5 @ Red Room Ultra Bar, 398 Richards St.
Crucifliction
Dead Asylum
Omnisight
Without Mercy

Wed, March 12 @ Fortune Sound Club, 147 E Pender St.
Celestial Ruin
Hallowed Catharsis
Witch Of The Waste
The Fifth Circle

Wed, March 19 @ Red Room Ultra Bar, 398 Richards St.
Lethal Halo
Mournir
Over The Coals
Scimitar

Sun, March 30 @ Venue Night Club, 881 Granville St.
Neck Of The Woods
88 Mile Trip
Unleash The Archers
Xul

Vancouver Semi-Final:
Sat, May 3 @ Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings St.
Special Guest Headliners: Mitochondrion and Aevangelist

Sponsors:
Rehearsal Factory – http://www.rehearsalfactory.com/
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Boonsdale Records – https://www.boonsdalerecords.com/
TicketFly – http://www.ticketfly.com/
H.M.M.A.C. – https://www.facebook.com/HMMACANADA
Dungeonworks – https://www.facebook.com/dungeonworksprods
The Invisible Orange – http://www.theinvisibleorange.com/
Concertworks – http://www.concertworks.ca/
Big Nate Productions – http://www.calgarymetalfest.com/

Media Sponsors:
Abort Mag – http://www.abortmag.com/
Absolute Underground – https://www.facebook.com/groups/10034445807
Asher Media Relations – http://www.ashermediarelations.com
Beatroute Magazine – http://www.beatroute.ca/
Bravewords – http://www.bravewords.com/
Broken Neck Radio – http://www.BrokenNeckRadio.com/
Camuz – http://www.camuz.ca/
Chronic Aggression – https://www.facebook.com/ChronicAggressionRadio
CJLO – http://www.cjlo.com/
CJSR – http://www.cjsr.ca/
Exclaim! – http://www.exclaim.ca/
Governor’s Ball – http://www.thegovernorsball.com/
Hellbound – http://www.Hellbound.ca/
Metal Master Kingdom – http://www.metalmasterkingdom.com/
Montreal Music Scene – http://www.montrealmusicscene.com/
Metal Nation Radio – http://www.metalnationradio.com/
Metal-Rules – http://www.metal-rules.com/
MusikUniverse – http://www.musikuniverse.com/
Ondes Chocs – https://www.facebook.com/OndesChocs
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LiveVan – http://www.livevan.com/

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-About Heavy Metal’s “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1985” list is at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Nhjj .

-Beneath — the “Swedish Thrash Metal project” consisting of Christoffer Binnberg on vocals, Emil Kyrk on bass and vocals, and Mats Tornebohm on drums — has a new lyric video for “Vengeance I Breathe” online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_FrLIr-XM4&list=HL1391626759 . The album ANTIDOTE is due out March 7. Hype: “Beneath’s music can best be described as melodic and brutal, beauty and beast, acoustic and distorted, singing and growling. Take the aggression of thrash metal and the melancholy of twin guitar harmonies, add traditional songwriting and the furiosity of hard core and you might get the picture.” ANTIDOTE track listing: “Vengeance I Breathe,” “Reasons Undefined,” “Blissfully Numb,” “Harvest Of Mankind,” “Fear Vs Hate,” “In The Shadow Of The Beast,” “Everything Ends,” “Killed In The Womb,” “The Antidote.” See http://www.beneath.se/ , http://www.facebook.com/beneathband, http://www.twitter.com/Beneathband , http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD9zI6UVo8o0ErIqgVzSdMg , and http://www.reverbnation.com/beneath4 for more.

-Deathpoint will perform an “Anti-Valentine’s Day show” on February 14 at Red Papaya in Guelph, ON, with Seducing Medusa, Killitorous, This Is Identity. Hype from singer Tom Emmans: “What better way to say f*ck Valentine’s Day than being in the pit with your closest of friends and the closest of strangers. This holiday, spend it with Deathpoint — Love stinks, but the music doesn’t have to.” The band also announced guitarist Bill Elliot (Battlesoul), bassist Tiny Basstank (A Sin For A Prayer), and drummer Steve “The Animal” Mitchell (Burning The Day) have been added to the touring lineup. Check out the video for “Between The Lines” at http://youtu.be/43mh1Dmputw , and the whole album SINISTER streaming at http://deathpoint.bandcamp.com/album/sinister . See http://www.facebook.com/Deathpoint.metal , http://instagram.com/deathpointmetal# , and http://www.soundcloud.com/Deathpoint for more.

-Andi Deris And The Band Bankers — featuring the Helloween singer backed by young guns Nico Martin (guitar), Jezoar Marrero (bass), and Nasim López-Palacios (drums) — has MILLION DOLLAR HAIRCUTS ON TEN CENT HEADS out now in North America via Armoury/earMusic. Track list: “Cock,” “Will We Ever Change,” “Banker’s Delight (Dead Or Alive),” “Blind,” “Don’t Listen To The Radio (TWOTW 1938),” “Who Am I,” “Must Be Dreaming,” “The Last Days Of Rain,” “EnAmoria,” “This Could Go On Forever,” “I Sing Myself Away.” (Released in 2013, the Japanese version also has the bonus track “The Time Of My Life,” and the limited edition European two-disc version has a bonus CD featuring demos of “Behind Dead Eyes” (unreleased), “Little Lies” (unreleased), “TWOTW 1938 (Don’t Listen To The Radio),” “Must Be Dreaming,” and “EnAmoria.”) This is Deris’ third solo album overall, and first since 1999’s DONE BY MIRRORS. Hype: “Written and composed by Andi Deris himself, MILLION DOLLAR HAIRCUTS ON TEN CENT HEADS has a crispy, modern sound to it. The diverse, high class production is snotty, dirty, and brutally honest — a healthy mixture of recent Helloween records combined with MASTER OF THE RINGS tradition (Deris’ Helloween debut) and it features some extra ordinary Hendrix-like guitar sounds.” Deris co-produced the album with Jeronimo Errecart. See http://www.andideris.my-board.org/ , https://www.facebook.com/andiderisofficial , and http://www.eaglerockent.com/ for more.

-Hardcore Superstar — the “Swedish Hardrock bad boys” — has a new video for “Last Call For Alcohol” online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Htk40fRczI . See http://www.hardcoresuperstar.com/ for more.

-Killwhitneydead is streaming another new track, “Sound The Alarms,” from the upcoming SUFFER MY WRATH at http://youtu.be/1u_UjrviApo . Hype from vocalist Matt Rudzinski: “I was a teenager in the mid ’80s and have always been influenced by thrash metal and hardcore. It was an amazing time back then with the rise of the crossover scene erasing all previous boundaries that kept the scenes apart. Bands like Leeway, Cro-Mags, and Suicidal Tendencies are still in constant rotation in my house. I am just happy that we were able infuse more of those influences into the KWD sound.” SUFFER MY WRATH track list: “A Prelude To War,” “Sound The Alarms,” “Demons Consume,” “Tyrant Enthroned,” “Evil Lives Within,” “Tip Of My Tongue,” “Sugartooth (Mundus Vult Decipi – Part I),” “Serpents & Lies (Mundus Vult Decipi – Part II),” “Living Hollow,” “Replicate To Survive,” “The Death Of Celebrity.” The album can be pre-ordered on LP, CD, and digitally at http://suffermywrath.bigcartel.com/ . See http://www.KWDSUX.com/ and http://www.tribunalrecords.net/killwhitneydead/ for more.

-Check out part one of Lost Society’s recent Facebook Fan Interview online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K3lhjyuPlo . The band will release TERROR HUNGRY through Nuclear Blast on April 4. Track list: “Spurgatory,” “Game Over,” “Attaxic,” “Lethal Pleasure,” “Terror Hungry,” “Snowroad Blowout,” “Tyrant Takeover,” “Overdosed Brain,” “Thrashed Reality,” “F.F.E.,” “Brewtal Awakening,” “Mosh It Up,” “Wasted After Midnight,” “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll” (bonus track). Hype: “Produced by Nino Laurenne (Amorphis, Ensiferum, Lordi) at the renowned Sonic Pump studios (Finntroll, Sonata Arctica, Omnium Gatherum), the Finns shred their way through the new record with the energy and speed of an out-of-control freight train, rolling downhill on the way to Thrash-Olymp.” See https://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-CNN and Manowar? The band gets a mention in an article about a European Space Agency speaker setup that simulates the rigors of space flight. Check it out at http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/tech/2014/02/10/worlds-loudest-speaker-orig-cfb.cnn.html .

-The UK’s Messenger has a new video for “Somniloquist” online exclusively at PopMatters.com, at http://www.popmatters.com/post/178980-messenger-the-somniloquist-video-premiere/ . The track comes from ILLUSORY BLUES, which is due out March 31 on Svart Records. See http://www.facebook.com/messengerbanduk for more.

-Miracle Master’s new video for “Tattooed Woman” is online now at http://youtu.be/IfxfY9D5jOs . The song is the title track from the new album, due out March 7 through GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. Hype from the band: “Expect real kick ass, in-your-face Hard Rock on the new album, recorded with huge balls and heavy rockin’ guitar sounds!” Miracle Master features ex-Pump members Aki Reissmann (guitar), Selly Bernhardt (guitar), Michael Vetter (bass), and Andy Minich (drums) along with singer Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band). See http://www.miracle-master.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/MiracleMasterBand , and http://www.youtube.com/user/MiracleMasterTV for more.

-The Montreal-based progressive rock/metal band Mire will appear on the Musique Plus channel’s “Top Musique” show at 6 p.m. local time on Friday, February 27. The band will perform and be interviewed. Hype from singer J.P. LaChapelle: “Musique Plus has always crossed my mind in terms of establishing myself as a public figure, even when I wanted to become a VJ Host as a kid. I didn’t expect to be on air behind the microphone growing up, but it’s great to grow out of some stereotypes. Now I understand that every stroke of the brush gets us closer to popping up on the map in terms of people’s interest. So it’s a real honor to get invited for a live interview, and we look forward to delivering a kick-in-the-chest performance at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 28. Turn up the volume on your TV.” Mire also has two upcoming shows:

2/15 – Club Soda, Montreal, QC
3/20 – Underworld, Montreal, QC

See http://www.musiqueplus.com/emissions/top-musique-1.950700 for more on Musique Plus, and http://www.MireMusic.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/miremusic , and https://twitter.com/MireMusicCan for more on Mire.

-The all-female Brazilian thrash crew Nervosa will release VICTIM OF YOURSELF on Napalm Records in late February/early March, depending on territory. Track list: “Intro,” “Twisted Values,” “Justice Be Done,” “Wake Up And Fight,” “Nasty Injury,” “Envious,” “Morbid Courage,” “Death,” “Into Mosh Pit,” “Deep Misery,” “Victim Of Yourself,” “Uranio Em Nos.” Hype: “The all-female Thrash Metal combo pushes the pedal to the metal and offers the listener high-speed riffs, furious drumming, and raging leads. The songs have a brutal and raw energy and are crowned by murderous hooks and the aggressive vocals by bassist Fernanda Lira. Nervosa will take the Thrash Metal scene by storm!” The band has received accolades from such thrash luminaries as Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill) and Schmier (Destruction), among others.

-Sonata Arctica’s new single “The Wolves Die Young,” from the upcoming PARIAH’S CHILD, is out now; it can be ordered on CD or digitally at http://bit.ly/1k35KED and http://georiot.co/SonataArcticaWolves , respectively. Three album studio trailers featuring various band members are online as follows:

Part 1 – drummer Tommy Portimo

Part 2 – bassist Pasi Kauppinen

Part 3 – guitarist Elias Viljanen

PARIAH’S CHILD is due out March 28 and can be pre-ordered at http://smarturl.it/SONATA-Pariah . Track list: “The Wolves Die Young,” “Running Lights,” “Take One Breath,” “Cloud Factory,” “Blood,” “What Did You Do In The War, Dad?,” “Half A Marathon Man,” “X Marks The Spot,” “Love,” “Larger Than Life.” See http://www.sonataarctica.info/ for more.

-There’s a new Within Temptation interview at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Nhjh .

Thanks to Axel Wiesenauer, Jon Asher, Marjo Verdooren, Jon Freeman, Chad Bowar, and Eric “No Posers” Helgeson for help gathering some of this information.

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