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Issue #661
Week of February 17, 2014

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-I managed to stay healthy all winter long, and now on the first sunny, 40-degree day in what seems like forever, I’m sick. Love that. – Tim

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-Lillian Axe Will Be Releasing Their Thirteenth Album, The Acoustic Live ONE NIGHT IN THE TEMPLE, On April 15, 2014 Via CME Records!

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Louisiana Music Hall of Fame members, Lillian Axe, will be releasing their thirteenth album, the acoustic live, ONE NIGHT IN THE TEMPLE, produced by Steve Blaze, on April 15, 2014 via CME Records / Sony Music (RED) in the USA and Canada and via Melodic Rock Records / Cargo Distribution for the world.

Performed acoustically in an intimate setting housed in a Masonic Temple in the Bayou, with their most diehard fans, ONE NIGHT IN THE TEMPLE, features all their hits including, “True Believer,” “Show A Little Love,” “Crucified,” “Misery Loves Company,” “Ghost Of Winter,” “The Great Divide,” “Bow Your Head,” “Waters Rising,” and the crowd favorite “Nobody Knows.”

Lillian Axe founder Steve Blaze reflects, “When I first had the idea of putting this show together, it was originally going to be a private 20-person show with acoustic guitars, vocals and no production, however, it took on a life of its own.”

ONE NIGHT IN THE TEMPLE will be released as three-disc set (2CDs/1DVD and 2CDs/1Blu-Ray), housed in an elaborate digi-pak. Filmed in high definition, the Blu-Ray and DVD will contain the acoustic performance, fan question and answer session, videos for the songs “Caged In” and “Death Comes Tomorrow,” live concert footage from their July 4, 2013 performance at the Paragon Casino, and behind-the-scenes footage.


Disc 1:
Waters Rising, Death Comes Tomorrow, Ghost Of Winter, See You Someday, The Great Divide, Nocturnal Symphony, Sad Day On Planet Earth, Bow Your Head, Show A Little Love, Misery Loves Company

Disc 2:
Crucified, The World Stopped Turning, Dyin’ To Live (Shades Of Blue), Until The End Of The World, The Day I Met You, The Promised Land, Nobody Knows, My Apologies, True Believer, Nobody Knows (Crowd Version)

Lillian Axe is Brian Jones (lead vocals), Steve Blaze (guitar and vocals), Sam Poitevent (guitar and vocals), Eric Morris (bass guitar), and Ken Koudelka (drums).

Lillian Axe will be touring to support this release this summer.


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-Doro: Details On Anniversary Shows And Special Box Set Revealed

In honor of her 30-year stage jubilee, internationally successful Rock singer Doro Pesch will celebrate with fans from all over the world and two separate yet unique shows on May 2, 2014 and May 3, 2014 at CCD Stadthalle of her hometown Düsseldorf. In addition Doro has given a press conference at Relexa Hotel, Düsseldorf/Ratingen.

Doro on this: “We came up with something very special for our 30-year stage anniversary, with two totally different shows, that cover the entire creative spectrum of my band and me — from emotional and soft, to hard, raw and heavy.”

The first anniversary show on May 2, 2014 will be dedicated to Doro and the Classic Night Orchestra. Accompanied by brass, strings, and her band, Doro will perform her most beautiful, emotional ballads like “Für Immer,” “1000x Gelebt,” and “Let Love Rain On Me” in the stylish surroundings of CCD Stadthalle. At this night big hits like “All We Are,” “Metal Tango,” and “Burn It Up” can’t be missing, that shine even brighter as they now receive a classical overdo by the orchestra. Fans have been waiting for this to happen for the past 10 years, since Doro’s last performance with the Classic Night Orchestra was in 2004, after her album CLASSIC DIAMONDS has been praised by fans and critics alike.

At the second anniversary show on May 3, 2014 Doro will let out the rock lady in her. On this night the blonde superstar will travel through all of her 30 years of an incredibly successful carrier, delivering a three-hour high voltage set with all things Rock’n’Roll she has to offer. Fans can look forward to all hits, hymns, and many surprises. On both days Doro will welcome several fantastic guests that will give their honors to the Metal-Queen on this big event. Amongst them of course Biff Byford, vocalist of legendary band Saxon as well as Chris Caffrey (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O.; ex-Accept), and Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kürsch.

Commented Doro: “You all know how important my fans are to me. That’s why I really want to have a fan choir with me on stage at one song. Best song for this is our Wacken Anthem ‘We Are The Metalheads,’ that will be accompanied by a dozen of fans on May 3.

“I’m specially looking forward to this.”

Just in time for the celebration Nuclear Blast will release a Doro box set.

The singer on this: “This is a 30-year special edition containing two CDS and a whole of fan memorabilia, I’ve chosen just for this purpose. CD 1 will be a covers album with a collection of my very favorite songs of all time like ‘Touch Too Much’ from AC/DC, ‘Egypt’ from Dio, and ‘Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You’ from Led Zeppelin.”

Doro continues: “CD 2 is a reissue of my most current record RAISE YOUR FIST, which is very important to me, because, in my opinion, it includes some of the strongest tracks I’ve ever done. For instance ‘It Still Hurts,’ my ballad with Motörhead’s Lemmy. There is a second, still unreleased version of that song, that will also be part of the covers album.”

A suitable temporary home for musicians, crew and fans during the big Door celebration is also available: Doro and her entourage will stay at Relexa Hotel, Düsseldorf/Ratingen on May 2 and May 3. Hotel director Tim Zerr explains: “It is a huge honor for us to be offering a home to Doro Pesch, a living legend. We’re looking forward to her band, guest musicians, and fans from all over the world staying at our house. They will feel right at home.”

As a special service for all fans, Relexa Hotel will offer a shuttle service from hotel to CCD-Halle (and back). Additionally Doro fans will have special conditions. Rooms can be booked at +49 (0)2102 4580.

Tickets for both shows are available separately or combined with a discount at all known pre-sale shops and at http://www.metaltix.com/ from € 49,00.


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-Legendary Canadian Metallers Anvil To Embark On US Tour!

NEW YORK, NY — Legendary Canadian metal group Anvil have paved their own path throughout their three-decade-long career, revered by the likes of Metallica, Motörhead, and Guns N’ Roses, the band has 15 studio albums under their belts, have gone on countless tours around the world, and even starred in their own award-winning documentary “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil.” Now Anvil are excited to announce their upcoming National US tour; kicking off in New York at Santo’s Party House, the group will travel the country hitting key market cities from March 26 to April 29.

WED 3/26 – New York City, NY @ Santo’s Party House
THU 3/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub
FRI 3/28 – Albany, NY – @ Bogies
SAT 3/29 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
MON 3/31 – Providence, RI @ Dive Bar
TUE 4/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Barbary
THU 4/02 – West Springfield, VA @ Empire
FRI 4/04 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
SAT 4/05 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
SUN 4/06 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
TUE 4/08 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Club Vision
THU 4/09 – Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
FRI 4/11 – Orlando, FL @ Bombshells Tavern
SUN 4/13 – Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
MON 4/14 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
TUE 4/15 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
WED 4/16 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
SAT 4/19 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
SUN 4/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar
TUE 4/22 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
FRI 4/25 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
SAT 4/26 – Boise, ID @ The Shredde
SUN 4/27 – Reno, NV @ The Alley
TUE 4/30 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater


2013 marked the release of Anvil’s 15th studio album HOPE IN HELL; the album presents guitarist/vocalist Steve “Lips” Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner, and their new bassist Sal Italiano in top form, highly dynamic and full of energy from the first to the last note. “We’re really proud and already love the new album just as much as our early releases from the beginning of the eighties, because HOPE IN HELL sounds like Anvil live on stage: natural, honest, unvarnished, never over-produced and straight from the heart.”

HOPE IN HELL track listing:
1. Hope In Hell
2. Eat Your Words
3. Through With You
4. The Fight Is Never Won
5. Pay The Toll
6. Flying
7. Call Of Duty
8. Badass Rock ‘n’ Roll
9. Time Shows No Mercy
10. Mankind Machine
11. Shut The F*ck Up
12. Hard Wired (Bonus Track)
13. Fire At Will (Bonus Track)


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-Monster Energy Drink & The Whisky A Go-Go Presents: “Rock Against MS All-Star Benefit Concert” At The Whisky A Go-Go Wednesday, March 26

Featuring: Lita Ford, Cherie Curry, Kenny Aronoff, Gilby Clarke, James Lomenzo, Jack Russell’s Great White, Phil Buckman, August Zadra, Bobby Rock, Marty O’Brien, Mitch Perry, Erik Eldenius & More!!

Many More To Be Announced In The Coming Weeks!!

Guitar Player Magazine Presents Lita Ford With The “Certified Legend Award”


HOLLYWOOD, CA — Second annual Rock Against MS returns to the Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood with yet another amazing All-Star lineup. The second annual has the Rock Stars returning in support of longtime friend and publicist, Nancy B. Sayle. This rock-fueled concert is to help raise awareness and funding for Sayle and her new foundation benefiting those living with MS.

Guitar Player Magazine is in the house to present Lita Ford their top award — Inspired by Chet Atkins’ phrase “Certified Guitar Player” — and typically bestowed at NAMM during Muriel Anderson’s All-Star Guitar Night — this award debuted in 2003 with Les Paul as the first recipient. Since then, GP has honored Duane Eddy, Nokie Edwards, Dick Dale, Larry Carlton, Tommy Emmanuel, Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Joe Perry, and others. “Lita Ford slugged it out with the boys club in an era where female musicians who liked to rock hard had very few heroes,” says Guitar Player Editor-in-Chief Michael Molenda. “But Lita was there, and man, did she cut a heroic figure. She was tough. She was smart. She could write a good song. And she could shred. Stinging bends. Fierce vibrato. A great sense of melody and phrasing. Since the Runaways in the late 1970s, and throughout her solo career, Lita has been a beacon of cool, and an inspiration for girls AND boys who want to express themselves through the guitar. She is the definition of a Certified Legend.”

In its finishing stages, the Rock Against MS Foundation will provide services from a three (3) grant resource system, which will provide daily care, quality of life needs, and emergency funding, while assisting people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to live independent and full lives. Additionally, a brick and mortar facility we will call The Rock House is in the planning stages, and will provide, free of charge, multiple programs and opportunities designed to heal the mind, body, and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by MS.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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About Multiple Sclerosis

o Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
o MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.
o 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.
o 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.
o MS affects more than 400,000 people in the US and 2.1 million worldwide.

For more information go to http://www.facebook.com/rockagainstMSfoundation .

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-Sonata Arctica’s “The Wolves Die Young” Video Clip Released

With the release of their new record PARIAH’S CHILD coming up, Finnish Melodic Metal quintet Sonata Arctica have now put out the official music video on the track “The Wolves Die Young.” The video is available to watch here:

Commented front man Tony Kakko: “‘The Wolves Die Young’ was pretty much born to be a single. And it is. It also paved the road for the rest of the album. Set a mood in a way. It just felt real good to start with. 2014 is a year of a wolf.”

The video shoot for “The Wolves Die Young” took place in January 2014 at Sibelius House in Lahti, Finland. The clip was produced by Patrick Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company.


Studio trailer 1 featuring drummer Tommy Portimo, click here:

The second one with Pasi Kauppinen can be seen here:

And their third studio trailer, featuring Elias Viljanen, here:

Studio trailer #4, featuring Henrik Klingenberg. Watch it here:

On March 28 the new Sonata Arctica album PARIAH’S CHILD will be released.

The track list reads as follows:

1. The Wolves Die Young
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do In The War, Dad?
7. Half A Marathon man
8. X Marks The Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

The album was recorded and produced by the band at Studio 57 in Alaveteli, Finland. The mix was done by the band’s new bass player Kauppinen.

Pre-order PARIAH’S CHILD here:


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-Eagle Rock Entertainment Proudly Presents The Who’s SENSATION — THE STORY OF TOMMY — An Epitaph Of Rock History Explored — On DVD, Blu-Ray, And Digital Formats March 11, 2014

NEW YORK, NY — Eagle Rock Entertainment is about to explore one of rock music’s shining masterpieces: The Who’s TOMMY. SENSATION — THE STORY OF TOMMY will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats on March 11, 2014. [Pre-book Order Date February 14, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD]

Fully supported and endorsed by The Who, SENSATION — THE STORY OF TOMMY explores the background, creation, and impact of this seminal album. Through brand new interviews, the film unveils the history and cultural impact of TOMMY through new interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, archive interviews with the late John Entwistle, contributions from engineer Bob Pridden, artwork creator Mike McInnerney, plus others involved in the making of the album, as well as journalists who assess the album’s historic and cultural impact. Originally aired on BBC TV in August 2013, this version includes additional material not featured in the TV broadcast, as well as a bonus 33-minute feature from the 1969 German TV show “Beat Club.” This feature, which includes previously unreleased footage, includes tracks from the album and interviews with band members.

Released in 1969, TOMMY was a milestone in rock history, and marked a new chapter in the band’s career. Selling over 20 million copies worldwide, the double-album established Pete Townshend’s prowess as not only a musician, but a composer, and further solidified Roger Daltrey as one of rock’s foremost front men. A concept album exploring the story of a blind pinball ace, TOMMY proved that rock music was a viable vehicle for storytelling, and was the first album to be overtly billed as a rock opera. It was later re-imagined as a film by Ken Russell in the mid-seventies, and a touring stage production in the early nineties.

The direct-to-consumer store for SENSATION — THE STORY OF TOMMY is now live at http://www.myplaydirect.com/the-who , which includes exclusive bundles with the DVD or Blu-ray, T-shirt, and an 18×24 poster. Fans have until February 20 at 12:00 p.m. EST to pre-order one of several bundles, and have his or her name included on the poster.

For a sneak peak of SENSATION — THE STORY OF TOMMY, here are some video clips:

“Making People Feel” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o596qXRP90
“Screening Interview” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIXLwyfKNao

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.

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:

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-British Hard Rock Is Alive And Kicking! Three Lions To Debut With Their Self-Titled Album On Frontiers In April

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the self-titled debut album from British Hard Rockers Three Lions on April 18 in Europe and April 22 in North America.

Three Lions are — like the name itself implies — a power trio featuring the familiar faces of former Ten and Dare members Vinny Burns on guitars and Greg Morgan on drums, along with the talented singer / songwriter Nigel Bailey. The band came about when the three musicians were introduced to each other by Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino. The guys hit it off straight away and immediately set about writing new material for an album which soon was commissioned, with Alessandro Del Vecchio who was called in to produce.

Musically THREE LIONS is British Hard Rock at the very best! Mixing the melodic approach of early Ten with the classic musical heritage of UFO, Thin Lizzy, and Whitesnake, these guys are about to take the Melodic Hard Rock scene by storm!

Nigel Bailey says, “We were all determined to make the best album possible and are immensely proud of the songs that have made it onto the final record.” From the eastern influenced “Kathmandu,” to the driving power of “Hellfire Highway” and “Twisted Soul,” to the heartfelt ballads “Made For One Another” and “Don’t Let Me Fall.” This new album in the works promises to deliver passionate performances from the guys. “This album allowed me to show a different side to my playing whilst retaining the familiar sound and feel fans of Dare and Ten will recognize,” says Vinny Burns.

Recordings were completed during 2013 and Three Lions already made their live debut supporting Snakecharmer in June 2013 and are set up to play their first international live show at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Trezzo (Milan), Italy on May 1. Hear The Roar!!!

An EPK of the album can be enjoyed following this link:

THREE LIONS track listing includes the following songs:
Trouble In A Red Dress; Hold Me Down; Twisted Soul; Winter Sun; Just A Man; Holy Water; Two Hearts Beat As One; Kathmandu; Made For One Another; Magdalene; Don’t Let Me Fall; Hellfire Highway; Sicilian Kiss

Three Lions:
Nigel Bailey – lead vocals and bass
Greg Morgan – drums
Vinny Burns – guitars, keyboards

Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio


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-Gotthard: BANG! Release Party Show On April 11 In Volkshaus, Zürich

It all began in 1992 when Gotthard first appeared in the Volkshaus as a support group for the British band Magnum. Two decades and three million albums later, it happens again. The Zürich cult location is again the showplace for a crashing happening! On April 4, the platinum band from Ticino will present their new album BANG! After a year of intensive studio work, the high-class rockers are looking forward to appearing live again.

“We had a super and exciting year in the studio, but the time is now right to raise our adrenalin levels on the stage!” Marc Lynn and Leo Leoni add: “We have always wanted to return to the cult location — the Volkshaus is legendary and there is no atmosphere like it anywhere in Switzerland — it’s the ideal place to celebrate our new album with our fans!”

The opening shot of the Gotthard BANG! world tour begins on April 11, 2014 in the Volkshaus in Zürich. Hit songs, hot guitar riffs, and irrepressible lust for playing — with these ingredients it is expected that the Release Party Show of the Swiss hard rockers will bring the Zürich concert temple to bursting point. Bang!

Check out Ticketcorner for tickets a.s.a.p.


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-Eden’s Curse Announces New Drummer

Eden’s Curse are disappointed to announce the departure of Pete Newdeck from the band. Pete has been the drummer of the group since its formation in 2006 and has been a key member of the writing team during those eight years together. However he announced to the band just before Christmas that it was his intention to leave the group due to personal and family commitments as well as wishing to concentrate on Tainted Nation, whom he fronts as their vocalist, and his activities as the drummer for UK AOR act Newman.

Bassist and founding member Paul Logue comments, “We are extremely disappointed to lose such a talent as Pete, but fully understand his reasons for moving on. We are very proud of what he has built with Tainted Nation and in particular for stepping out from behind the kit with such consummate ease. Without question we will all remain great friends with Pete and wish him and Tainted Nation nothing but the greatest of success for the future ahead.”

Pete himself adds, “This was a difficult decision to make, yet one that was made easier due to the compassion, understanding, and support I was shown by the other guys in Eden’s Curse. It’s basically a case of having an array of commitments, some personal and some musical, that I felt I had to prioritize. I am sure the band will not see this as a setback and I wish them the continued success they deserve and to build on the acclaimed album we just released.”

The bond between both parties is further demonstrated by Eden’s Curse announcing that Tainted Nation will support them on several of their upcoming shows on their “Symphony Of Sin UK Tour” in May.

In the words of the late great Freddie Mercury “The show must go on” …

It is with great pleasure that Eden’s Curse announces that Scotsman John Clelland (Code Of Silence) is the band’s new drummer.

Hailing from Edinburgh, John has been working with bassist Paul Logue on several album productions over the past few years, most notably the DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON album by Code Of Silence, and was on obvious choice it seems. “John and I have worked together for a few years on various musical projects, especially the Code Of Silence album that I wrote and produced. I always found him a pleasure to work with. He is extremely methodical and approaches things in a very studious and professional manner. You always know when working with John that you will get absolute quality back in abundance and not just your run-of-the-mill typical drum parts either — they are typically well thought out, crafted, and executed with great precision. He is a great player and an even better person and when Pete told me that he was leaving there was only one choice in my mind. It was just a case of convincing the rest of the band what I already knew and that John would fit the ethos on what Eden’s Curse stands for today,” stated Paul.

John himself beamed, “I’m honored and delighted to be the new drummer in Eden’s Curse and to be part of the team. I’m really excited about touring the UK with the guys in May and working on new EC material in the future. I’ve been told how great the Eden’s Curse fans are and I’m looking forward to meeting them all. I think you will be impressed by the set of songs that the guys have selected for the band’s first headline tour. I’m looking forward to forming an all-Scottish solid rhythm section!”

An introductory video to John Clelland can be viewed below:

Eden’s Curse will be undertaking their first headline tour on the UK leg of the “Symphony Of Sin Tour” which will hit Britain this coming May.

The dates are as follows:
19/05/14 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
20/05/14 – The Railway, Bolton
21/05/14 – Snooty Fox, Wakefield
22/05/14 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
23/05/14 – Yardbirds, Grimsby
24/05/14 – Static, Swansea
25/05/14 – Underworld, London

More information and ticket links can be found at http://www.edenscurse.com/uktour .


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-While Heaven Wept Reveals New Album Title; Celebrates 25th Anniversary

After two years in pre-production, the Virginia-based epic metal band While Heaven Wept have entered the studio to begin recording the first of two new albums, the first of which is entitled SUSPENDED AT APHELION, which will be released via Nuclear Blast Records in late 2014.

Founding member, guitarist, and song composer Tom Phillips provides more insight into what is clearly the single greatest work of the band’s career so far:

“If 2011’s FEAR OF INFINITY was our CARESS OF STEEL, SUSPENDED AT APHELION is without question our 2112 — and anyone familiar with the stories behind those Rush albums will understand that where we’re coming from is very similar both musically and circumstantially. SUSPENDED AT APHELION is the culmination of 25 years and embodies everything that While Heaven Wept has ever represented — yet so much more; it’s everything we’ve got to give in our hearts and souls.”

“The album really is, quite simply, the greatest EPIC in our canon in that it is a single, 40+ minute monolith divided into 11 parts — in the tradition of the aforementioned 2112 and our own ‘The Furthest Shore,’ ‘Finality,’ and ‘Thus With A Kiss I Die,’ amongst others,” Phillips continues. “Yet, musically, while clearly this is While Heaven Wept, it’s very much beyond anything else we’ve ever done… VERY progressive, but in a harmonic sense more than the technical. The bottom line is, if you enjoyed those aforementioned ‘mini-epics’ — or the VAST OCEANS LACHRYMOSE album for that matter — then this is the elevation and evolution several years beyond those. We’ve approached this one as if it were to be our last — so again, it’s everything we’ve got!”

While the FEAR OF INFINITY lineup remains intact, the recording will feature some additional, highly-esteemed musicians including the extraordinary drummer Mark Zonder of Fates Warning and Warlord fame, as well as world-renowned classical guitarist Christopher Ladd, whom Tom has known since childhood. Both will be performing throughout the entire album and more details regarding their involvement will follow.

While Heaven Wept have once again aligned with Gustavo Sazes for the cover art — the man responsible for the stunning FEAR OF INFINITY cover, in addition to engineer and co-producer Kevin 131 — who worked with the band on 2003’s OF EMPIRES FORLORN album.

States Phillips: “The team we have assembled to realize this mammoth work is nothing short of incredible, and I cannot think of a better way to commemorate a quarter of a century of While Heaven Wept than to release the definitive statement of the band. Prepare yourselves for an epic journey far beyond anything you’ve ever known from us!”

Lead singer Rain Irving adds: “Never before have I been so proud to be associated with a musical endeavor. No disrespect to any of our works in the past, but this one is special and worth every ounce of excitement I feel inside. This is the kind of record that will allow me to ‘rest peacefully’ — if you will — the day I decide I’m done with my career.”

Tom Phillips (Guitars, Keyboards, Voice)
Jim Hunter (Bass)
Trevor Schrotz (Drums)
Scott Loose (Guitars)
Rain Irving (Lead and Harmony Voices)
Michelle Schrotz (Keyboards, Harmony Voices)
Jason Lingle (Keyboards and Voices)

Visit While Heaven Wept online at: http://whileheavenwept.com/
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-John Taglieri Hits Billboard Chart

HANSON, MA — With his eleventh release, SOUTHERN PARADISE, Boston based singer / songwriter John Taglieri has hit the Billboard charts. Fueled by his residency at Irish Kevins in Key West, FL, where he performs every other month, the combination of Taglieri’s electrifying stage show and the benefit of a new crowd every day, as well as his constant touring schedule around the Eastern US, has pushed John’s sales to #134 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart. With a solid combination of live and online sales, the CD has established itself as one to be noticed.

“I’m so truly excited to have finally hit the Billboard charts!” said Taglieri. “We’ve worked really hard for a long time to make a career to be proud of and it’s nice to see that things are still moving in such a positive direction. I have an amazing fan base and they just keep me going.”

Combined with winning Rockwired Radio’s “Best Recording Of The Year 2013 (EP)” (announced 1/27), as well as currently sitting at #1 on ReverbNation for the Boston Area, and charting on Hit-Tracks Top 100 Charts in The Netherlands at #61, 2014 has started off with a bang for Taglieri. SOUTHERN PARADISE also charted at #5 on Amazon.com’s Hot New Releases with the single for “Southern Paradise” also hitting #13 on Amazon.com. The video for the single also has nearly 5,000 views on YouTube.

SOUTHERN PARADISE was released in the Spring of 2013 via Leap Dog Music / Vanity Music Group and has broken new ground for Taglieri in the pop and country genres. “I worked with producers Sean Mormelo and Mark Cohn out of Nashville for this release and we naturally gravitated to a more pop/country vibe. It was a very comfortable place song wise and style wise for me. I’ve always sort of been on that line of rock & pop country and we just wrote some great songs in that vein,” relates Taglieri.

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

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-Anubis Gate Announces New Album With Album Art, Track List, And Release Date!

Finally the eagerly anticipated sixth album of Danish Prog-Metallers Anubis Gate is on the Horizon. They’re new album HORIZONS is unquestionably the band’s most mature work to date. Combining their signature epic songwriting with the brilliant production team of Kim Olesen and Jacob Hansen yet again. Being released on Nightmare Records distributed by Sony/RED, release date is April 15, 2014.

Anubis Gate hit the studio the summer of 2013 recording their new opus HORIZONS which is unmistakably Anubis Gate’s sound yet goes again to new places. Places perhaps one would call daring. From the liquid grooves to uneven time signatures, trademark soundscapes and heavy, sometimes even thrash metal riffing you will know this is both in the tradition of the band yet breaks new ground. Anubis Gate blend ’80s melodic heavy rock, epic ambience, and a contemporary dark layered progressive metal. Inspired by the likes of Savatage, Genesis, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, King Crimson, Iced Earth, Crimson Glory, Fates Warning, Lord Bane, and Tad Morose yet always sounding completely unique. New guitarist Michael Bodin’s heavy riffing works exceptionally well in a duel with long time guitarist Kim Olesen. The forward driving drums, courtesy of new drummer Morten Gade Sørensen, are a treat in themselves. Henrik Fevre’s melodic vocals are even more amazing and heartfelt than ever before. HORIZONS showcases the band on its highest peak. Anubis Gate 2014 is: Henrik Fevre, Kim Olesen, Michael Bodin, and Morten Gade Sørensen.

Anubis Gate recording the HORIZONS album:

Track List:
1. Destined To Remember
2. Never Like This (A Dream)
3. Hear My Call
4. Airways
5. Revolution Come Undone
6. Breach Of Faith
7. Mindlessness
8. Horizons
9. A Dream Within A Dream
10. Erasure

UPC: 734923006602
Cat #: NMR-577
Style: Rock/Metal/Progressive

Pre-order now at http://www.NightmareRecords.com/ .

*** The CD version will contain a hidden fan treasure not found on the digital sites. There will be a CD-ROM EP recorded live in 2005 that includes four tracks and dedicated artwork. The tracks are live versions of songs from their first two albums PURIFICATION and A PERFECT FOREVER.


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-Doolittle Group Is Proud To Announce The Release Of Azoria’s SEASONS CHANGE For March 2014

Label: Doolittle Group
Style: Power Metal
Release: March 14, 2014

Track list:
1. Just Like The Phoenix (3:49)
2. Inside My Heart (4:50)
3. Seasons Change (4:32)
4. Prophecy (3:19)
5. To The Land Of Glory (3:45)
6. When You Sleep (4:23)
7. Love It Loud (5:30)
8. Starlight (3:24)
9. Peace Of Mind (2:57)

Specials: Featuring Alex Oriz, Tommy ReinXeed, Chris David (ReinXeed), Snowy Shaw (Therion, King Diamond, Sabaton), Mike Andersson (Cloudscape)

Azoria was founded in early 2013 by the band leader and lead guitarist Alexander Oriz. Alex Oriz had worked hard the last years as a producer, songwriter, and as a guitarist in the bands ReinXeed and Oriz! Alex Oriz is also one of the guitar players in the successful power metal band ReinXeed who has just released their great studio album A NEW WORLD, which has received fantastic reviews in metal media around the world! In Azoria we also find Chris David, the bass player of ReinXeed and Oriz! Chris came back from the US in 2012 to join ReinXeed after a year of studying and touring with the band Sledge Leather who also features the awesome keyboard player Scott Warren (ex-Dio!). We also find Simon Jonsson on rhythm guitars in Azoria! Simon has also been a touring member with ReinXeed during the 1912 and WELCOME TO THE THEATER tours! On drums we find no one else than Emil Eriksson from the bands Oriz and J.D. Miller! Emil is an excellent drummer who has a ton of experience as a touring/studio musician in different acts!

The debut album by Azoria called SEASONS CHANGE is featuring a fantastic all-star team with different vocalists just like Avantasia, to make the best possible result for each song! The band landed a deal with King Records in Japan (same label as ReinXeed), and for the rest of the world Liljegren Records/Doolittle Group will handle the release of Azoria’s excellent debut album SEASONS CHANGE. On the opening song “Just Like The Phoenix” and on the song “Inside My Heart” we find no other than Sweden’s power metal front man Tommy ReinXeed from the successful bands ReinXeed/Golden Resurrection on lead vocals! Tommy does a great job on this album and takes this two songs to a higher level! Vocalist Mikael Dahl from the great Swedish Heavy Metal band Crystal Eyes is singing in a majestic way on the title track “Seasons Change,” a fantastic melodic power metal song that goes excellent with Dahl’s heavy vocals! Mike Andersson with the great vocal pipes from Full Force, Cloudscape, & Ayreon is singing on the songs “Prophecy” and the marvelous “To The Land Of Glory!” Mike really rocks and make this two songs as his own on this album! Another great rock star on the album is Snowy Shaw! Snowy is known for his great work in Sabaton, King Diamond, Dream Evil, Therion, Dimmu Borgir, etc. Snowy Shaw sings on the songs “Peace Of Mind” and “Starlight!” Snowy also performs Alphaville’s classic “Big In Japan” in a rocking metal version that will be the Japanese bonus track on Azoria’s debut album! Snowy is a fantastic vocalist and musician that makes an excellent contribution to Azoria’s debut album! On the album we also find Mike E Gunnardo! Mark is A great metal singer from the bands Nordic Mist and Jawbreakers. Mark sings on the songs “Love It Loud” and “Inside My Heart” on Azoria’s debut album!

We also find a female vocalist on this album! Matilda Eriksson from the Swedish town Borås, and known from Swedish Television broadcast TV4-Körslaget, is singing the awesome song “When You Sleep.” Matilda has an incredible voice that makes this song into a masterpiece! Azoria will please many metal fans in Japan but also around the world, especially all followers of ReinXeed as the connection is strong and you will hear great music elements and inspiration from ReinXeed, Iron Maiden, HammerFall, and Edguy on Azoria’s debut album! Azoria is right now in preparations for their live shows and very excited to perform live and start touring in 2014!


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-Anette Olzon: New Video From Former Nightwish Front Woman Now Playing At Bravewords.com

In celebration of her forthcoming debut solo outing, SHINE, former Nightwish front woman, Anette Olzon, is pleased to unveil the official video for the track “Lies.”

Directed by Patrick Ullaeus (Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil, In Flames, Sonata Arctica), the striking visuals perfectly complement the enormous range of Olzon’s velvety vocal serenades. “‘Lies’ is actually a divorce song,” Olzon elaborates. “When I entered Nightwish, my [now] ex-husband wanted to divorce me. So in the middle of becoming a big singer in a big band and having my dreams fulfilled, I also had to go through a very hard divorce with a little son. I think I needed to write a song about that.” However, a song like that can work on different levels, she agrees. “That thing with Nightwish was also like a divorce, a really hard divorce. It’s always like that when people separate and go in different directions with hurt feelings.”

View “Lies,” currently playing at Bravewords.com, at http://www.bravewords.com/news/218140 .

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 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, crossing the borders between melancholy and hope; fragility and power.

SHINE track listing:
1. Like A Show Inside My Head
2. Shine
3. Floating
4. Lies
5. Invincible
6. Hear Me
7. Falling
8. Moving Away
9. One Million Faces
10. Watching Me From Afar

SHINE will be released in North America via Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMusic, on April 8, 2014.


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-Escape Music To Release Debut From Linda & The Punch

Linda & The Punch – OBSESSION
Label: Escape Music
Style: Hard Rock
Release: March 21, 2014

Track list:
1. What A Shame (3:21)
2. Cold Cold World (3:36)
3. Welcome To London (3:47)
4. Wake Up Dreaming Of You (3:44)
5. Nothing Of Anything (3:18)
6. Bite (4:25)
7. Looking Out For Number One (3:10)
8. Kill The Lights (3:46)
9. Lost For Words (3:51)
10. Love Kills Me (3:11)
11. Because The Night (3:41)

Specials: Linda is 21 years old and hot to rock! The songs are written by Steve McEwan (Robbie Willams, Foreigner, Roger Daltrey), Herman Rarebell (Scorpions), and Tommy Denander (Paul Stanley). Produced by Michael Voss (Michael Schenker, Mad Max)!

Wow! Linda is 21 years old and hot to rock! After finishing successful her school exams “Linda” has devoted her life to music and now with her band The Punch she is ready to take over the world. The songs are produced by Michael Voss (Michael Schenker, Udo Lindenberg, etc.) and Linda has collected some great international writers for her album such as Jeff Franzel (Taylor Dayne, NSync, Chuck Wicks), Steve McEwan (Robbie Willams, Foreigner, Eminem, James Blunt, Roger Daltrey), Herman Rarebell (Scorpions), and Tommy Denander (Paul Stanley, Swedish Teen Idol).

With special guest appearances by Mark Schulman (Pink) and Pascal Kravetz (Maffay, Bruce Springsteen), Linda and her band have done a great cover version of the anthem “Because The Night” once sung by Patti Smith.

Her style is fresh and wild and can be described as “Pink meets Pat Benatar.” We have hard-hitting choruses and powerful riffs backed with a solid rhythm section and great production. Songs like “What A Shame” and “Bite” are standout examples of what to expect from this talented young lady.

Linda & The Punch are like a breath of fresh air in today’s complex rock world, and this brand new 11-track album is just what we all need to liven up the scene.

Escape Music

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-Lost Society Releases Brand New Track “Lethal Pleasure”

Lost Society, one of the most promising Finnish newcomer bands of our times, have just released the first song of their upcoming new album TERROR HUNGRY. Check out “Lethal Pleasure” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRLJl4XMYng .

Mastermind Samy states: “‘Lethal Pleasure’ was one of the first songs we wrote for the new album and it has very traditional speed metal feel to it with some killer shred solos and some groove! The song is one of the less dark themed songs on the album, it just makes you wanna scream and f*ckin’ bang your head! The song is basically about what we’re doing, thrashing out is our lethal pleasure!! Enjoy this killer tune everybody! Lost Society is back: faster and louder than ever!!!'”

Check out the Nuclear Blast fan interview with the guys:

Part I:

Part II:

The new album TERROR HUNGRY is set to be released April 4 and the four newbies have set their own standards even higher. 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.

The track list of TERROR HUNGRY reads as follows:

1. Spurgatory
2. Game Over
3. Attaxic
4. Lethal Pleasure
5. Terror Hungry
6. Snowroad Blowout
7. Tyrant Takeover
8. Overdosed Brain
9. Thrashed Reality
10. F.F.E.
11. Brewtal Awakening
12. Mosh It Up
13. Wasted After Midnight
14. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll


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-Author Chris Akin Donates Portion Of “Little Victories” Proceeds To Crisis Hotline

CLEVELAND — Chris Akin, author of “Little Victories: A Tale Of Divorce, Debauchery And Finding Happiness,” will donate 25 percent of proceeds from the sale of his newly-released memoir to Common Ground, a crisis hotline that provides the majority of its services free of charge.

“‘Little Victories’ is not only the tale of my bad year and the struggle I had to go through to get through it,” he explained. “In very large part, it also tells the story about how I had such a great circle of core friends, who I call the ‘Core 9.’ These friends were there for me at every step of the process. When looking for a charity, I chose Common Ground because I simply realize that everyone does not have that luxury of a close circle of people to talk to.”

Common Ground provides a lifeline for individuals and families in crisis, victims of crime, persons with mental illness, people trying to cope with critical situations, and runaway and homeless youths. Helping people in need for more than 40 years, Common Ground serves more than 50,000 individuals per year. 93 percent of every dollar received goes to direct service.

“I am happy to help in some very small way to give back to an organization that provides the kind of service I so desperately needed when I was in the middle of my breakdown,” Akin said. “Common Ground offers a number of services for people going through depression. They offer 24/7 phone support, but also offer online chatting and even text support for people going through emotional struggles and depression.”

“Little Victories,” Akin’s first book, is a raw, emotional look at a year that saw not only a shattering divorce, but a rebirth of a person who had spent his whole life raging against everyone. It profiles the victories as well as the defeats, from a near-suicidal depression to a final transformation into a stronger, healthier, and happier person.

For over 20 years, Akin has been a larger and louder than life character in the Cleveland media. He currently hosts the “Classic Metal Show,” a no-holds-barred Internet program that airs every Saturday from 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.

“Little Victories” is available in paperback and digital editions from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Read Chris Akin’s in-depth interview in the Cleveland Scene at http://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/anger-is-a-gift-local-rock-writer-chris-akin-channels-his-rage-into-a-memoir/Content?oid=3781479 .


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-NYC Metallists Martyrd Announce Tour Dates With Thrash Metal Trailblazers, Metal Church

Fresh off the release of their newest single and video “Faceless,” New York City’s Martyrd has announced that they will be doing several shows with Metal Church — a band that is often considered to be one of the trailblazers of the thrash metal movement, and responsible for penning such headbanging classics as “Watch The Children Pray.”

“I love Metal Church!” exclaims Martyrd guitarist, Michael Andreas. “Their heavy melodic sound has definitely had a huge influence on me as a musician, and I’m really honored to be able to go out and share the stage with them on this tour.” And as singer Aaron Pollard adds, “F*** yeah! I can’t wait to get on the road again in 2014, what better way to do that than with Metal Church!”

Comprised of singer Pollard, guitarists Michael Andreas and Mike Kitsos, bassist Brian Nichols, and drummer Randall Lee, Martyrd has quickly made a name for themselves on the US east coast. And 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.”

THE MORTAL COIL also reached #14 nationally on the CMJ Loud Rock Charts, while the group also completed their successful “Fall Of The Faithful” fall-winter tour; and enjoyed a strong performance of the album’s single, “Pain Of Reason.” Additionally, Martyrd has shared the stage with countless renowned heavy metal acts, including Children Of Bodom, Black Dahlia Murder, Sonata Arctica, God Forbid, Testament, Death Angel, Ensiferum, and many more.

“‘Faceless’ is my new favorite,” explains Andreas about one of the band’s standout new tracks. “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. Its 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 view the music video for “Faceless” on YouTube ( http://youtu.be/jsFQfmchMRM ), and can purchase the song on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/album/faceless-single/id772047179 .

And from March 2-9, Martyrd will be spreading the word throughout the east coast of the US. Don’t dare miss this hard-hitting evening of metal madness!


3/2 – Montage Music Hall, Rochester, NY
3/4 – St. Vitus, Brooklyn, NY
3/5 – JB McGinnes, New Castle, DE
3/6 – Revolution, Amityville, NY
3/7 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
3/8 – Empire, Springfield, VA
3/9 – Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH


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-Scorpion Child Video Premiere: “Kings Highway”

The video for the first track on Scorpion Child’s self-titled debut album, “Kings Highway,” has made its world debut:


Opening with the sound of cicadas, the “Kings Highway” video was directed by award-winning stop-motion animator Jess Cope (Steven Wilson, Storm Corrosion, Devin Townsend) of Owlhouse Studios, whose talents have been seen in the short film “The Astronomer’s Sun,” the British children’s television series “Postman Pat,” and Tim Burton’s feature film, “Frankenweenie.”

Scorpion Child front man Aryn Jonathan Black shares the following about the video: “Jess Cope’s work for our new ‘Kings Highway’ video is masterful! We are enamored by her artistic eye and ability to create a fantasy trip with an ethereal visual that’s captivating and timeless.”

Don’t miss Scorpion Child live:

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

+ HORISONT + Support
28.03. BE Brussels – AB Club
29.03. D München – Droptune Festival
31.03. CH Pratteln – Z7
03.04. AT Innsbruck – Weekender
04.04. D Esslingen – Komma
05.04. AT Wolfsberg – JUZ
06.04. D Lichtenfels – Paunchy Cats
08.04. AT Wien – Arena 3 Raum
09.04. D Darmstadt – Steinbruch Theater
10.04. DE Saarbrücken – Garage
12.04. NL Tilburg – Roadburn Festival (SC only)
13.04. D Rheine – Hypothalamus
15.04. DK Kopenhagen – Beta
16.04. D Berlin – Comet
17.04. D Dresden – Scheune
19.04. D Essen – Turock


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-Calgary’s Every Hour Kills Streaming New Single “Chosen” Produced by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Emmure, Of Mice & Men)

There’s a new sound exploding out of Calgary, AB’s rising metal scene. Every Hour Kills is the new modern melodic metal band featuring ex-Divinity guitarist Sacha Laskow, bassist Brent Stutsky (Breach Of Trust), and drummer Rob Shawcross (ex-Out Of Your Mouth), along with vocalist Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster (Walk As Chaos, Out Of Your Mouth, Autobody).

Over the last two years, the band has been busy in the lab working on recording new songs to be unleashed to the masses. Last year saw their first single “Deliver Us” exposed to the world and set the path for their next knock-out force, “Chosen,” produced by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Emmure, Of Mice & Men, We Can As Romans).

“It was an awesome experience working with an outside producer this time, especially one as talented as Joey. Usually we’ve done everything ourselves, so it was really interesting getting an outside perspective from someone we respect. We are all beyond stoked with the results; Joey definitely added some of his magic to our vision and took the song up to a higher level. Lyrically the song is basically about rising up in the face of adversity, struggling to make our goals and dreams a reality amidst the chaos of the world and other people trying to drag us down. We are all ‘Chosen’ for something, to take our own path and create our own lives,” comments guitarist Sacha Laskow.

To listen to “Chosen,” please visit the following links:

YouTube Stream



Soundcloud – “Deliver Us”

iTunes – “Deliver Us”

Lyric Video – “Deliver Us”

Every Hour Kills plans to continue with their song writing, recording, and preparing for show dates in 2014.

Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster – Vocals
Sacha Laskow – Guitar and Programming
Brent Stutsky – Bass
Rob Shawcross – Drums

Upcoming Show Dates:
Fri, May 2 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W. (Wacken Metal Battle Canada) w/ Moosifix, Train Bigger Monkeys, Burning Effigy, Exit Strategy

For more info, please visit the following links:

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-Chainfist Confirmed For Germany’s Jübek Open Air 2014

Danish metallers Chainfist to be confirmed for Germany’s Jübek Open Air 2014, which takes place August 8 – 10 in Jübek. Chainfist will play the main stage Saturday, August 9, 2014. Other bands confirmed include: Scooter, J.B.O., Malleus, Itchy Poopzkid, Go Go Berlin, The Love Bülow, and Victor & The Blood, to name a few.

Chainfist is currently recording their second album at Hansen Studios with Jacob Hansen, which will be even bigger, more aggressive, and heavier.

Chainfist’s latest video for the song “Mass Frustration” can be viewed at http://youtu.be/6MoRWdfPu1k .

Chainfist are:

Jackie Petersen – Vocals
Michael Kopietz – Guitar
Thomas Hvisel – Lead Guitar
Braca Pedersen – Bass
Jesper Heidelbach – Drums

Based in Denmark, their roots firmly planted in the Hard Rock soil, Chainfist’s music sends out tentacles in various directions inspired by none other than themselves.

Chainfist is a unique live experience, giving a professional live show, a frantic and charismatic stage performance for which they have received much credit. The audience is simply carried away by vocalist Jackie Petersen who is always at the edge of the scene with a cut-through-steel-voice, the aggressive solos from Michael Kopietz, backed with a solid, heavy rhythm section by Jesper Heidelbach and Braca Pedersen.

Metal that makes the world go round, your neck break, and your body bounce. Nothing more nothing less.


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-Million Dollar Fix Premieres Upbeat, Killer New Track “Hoptical Illusions” At The Obelisk!

Calgary, Alberta’s Million Dollar Fix have timed the release of their new track perfectly, as the cold-winter blues have set in across most of the Northern Hemisphere and the party-it-away attitude this band brings to the table is excellent medicine. Armed with some seriously upbeat glam riffs and classic stoner-metal breakdowns, “Hoptical Illusions” is here to put a smile on your face and a beer in your hand.

The Obelisk’s H.P. Taskmaster says: “While such ideas as positivity, creative energy, and sharing in meaningful experiences with others seem utterly foreign — and if I’m honest, a little terrifying to my perception — the vigor in ‘Hoptical Illusions’ serves to remind that, yes, these things exist, however old and out of place the notions might make me feel.

“Million Dollar Fix, whose hometown release show is set for March 14 at the Palomino Smokehouse in Calgary, prove themselves to be more than capable songwriters on PSYCHEDELEPHANT, and showcase the malleability of heavy rock to demonstrate more than just the usual round of blues-derived misanthropy. In short, they’ve come to party. They’d like to party with you. See more at: http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2014/02/18/million-dollar-fix-psychedelephant-track-stream/#sthash.ROQKIFRa.dpuf

“An upbeat hook, multi-vocal chorus, weighted low-end groove, and classically swaggering riff permeate the charge in Million Dollar Fix’s ‘Hoptical Illusions.’ . . . The four-song self-release [PSYCHEDELEPHANT] is due March 11, and follows Million Dollar Fix’s 2012 full-length debut, BILLYGOAT, with a buy-us-drinks-ready 22-minute set that takes riffy cues from classic metal and adds a shuffle born of ’70s heavy but given an edge and sense of freshness that can only come from a new generation’s interpretation.”

Experience Million Dollar Fix’s “Hoptical Illusions” at this location:


Preorders for PSYCHEDELEPHANT EP, out March 11 on CD/DD, are now live here:



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-Teramaze Announces New Album, Release Artwork And Track List

Teramaze Returns With Fourth Full-Length Album: ESOTERIC SYMBOLISM

After completely grabbing the attention of the underground Thrash and Prog-Power Metal fans with their 2012 release ANHEDONIA, Teramaze returns with ESOTERIC SYMBOLISM — an even stronger offering that blends amazingly tight and speedy syncopated guitar/drum riffs and rhythms, with melodic hard vocals, for a very unique brand of metal. Creating a Testament & Tool meets Pantera & The Police in a dark sci-fi video game vibe. Teramaze burst out of Australia in 2012 and received well-deserved critical acclaim worldwide with their release ANHEDONIA.

The album on Nightmare Records will be distributed by Sony/RED coming to the world April 15 — on TAX DAY!


Their music conjures such adjectives as “Innovative,” “Progressive,” and “Groove-laden” but most notably, “Engaging.” Keeping the fundamental elements of metal alive, Teramaze pushes metal into unchartered territory with guitar work that is incendiary with powerfully aggressive vocals that drive the song.

“Esoteric Symbolism screams at the men behind the curtain, shining a spotlight on the establishment in an attempt to share their secrets.”

For fans of Pantera, Tool, Metallica, Devin Townsend, & Soilwork… but faster and more melodic. (Think Dream Theater on steroids without the extended wankery.)

Produced/Mixed by Dean Wells and mastered by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Stuck Mojo).

Some quotes on the album:

“Edgy melodic tunes with quality production all add up to a great modern prog/metal album. Excellent guitars, vocals, keyboards, drums, bass — not a weak link in the Teramaze chain! Highly recommended!” – Ted Kirkpatrick / Tourniquet

“Awesome. I love the songs, production is great and the guitars sounds incredibly tight. Love the instrumental opener, some cool voicings. Very modern and punchy. And the most important thing is that it sounds original. I’m definitely a fan.” – Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie, Jordan Rudess, Virgil Donati)

PRE-ORDER now at http://www.NightmareRecords.com/

UPC: 734923006619
Cat #: NMR-578
Style: Metal / Progressive
RELEASE DATE: April 15 – Tax Day!

1. All Seeing Eye
2. Line Of Symmetry
3. Transhumanist
4. Bodies Of Betrayal
5. Parallels-Dual Reality
6. Spawn
7. Punishment By Design
8. Dust Of Martyrs
9. The Divulgence Act *
10. Esoteric Symbolism
11. vi Order Out Of Chaos
12. vii Darkest Days Of Symphony
13. viii In Vitro

* CD version includes track 9 “The Divulgence Act” not available on digital release of the album.


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-The Strigas: Debut Album For Southern Brigade Records

The Apulian label launches on the market a promising new gothic metal band.

The young band The Strigas will approach for the first time the international market next 28 February with the debut album A POISONED KISS TO REALITY, edited by Southern Brigade Records (Natron, Godyva, Golem) and distributed worldwide by Scarlet Records.

The Italian combo offers a sound that takes inspiration with wisdom from Gothic Rock and that supports deeply incisive melodies and choruses with powerful Heavy Metal guitars made at the highest level from a powerful production. The album was recorded between 2012 and 2013 at the renowned Golem Dungeon Studios in Bari (IT) and will consist of 12 tracks for a total duration of about 45 minutes.

Apart from all the specialty shops of the world, you can buy a digital version on all major download platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and CDBaby.

For further information:


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-Volume IV To Release Ripple Music Debut, LONG IN THE TOOTH, In March 2014!

Atlanta’s Volume IV, featuring Joe Carpenter of Nihilist, have just announced the release of their Ripple Music debut album, LONG IN THE TOOTH, which will be coming out in the US on March 11, and is scheduled to hit the European stores on March 14 of 2014!

With equal parts elegant beauty and steamrolling aggression, Volume IV serve up a piece of ear candy for the ages with LONG IN THE TOOTH. This first release with Ripple Music is a concise, 36-minute thrill ride of swampy metal heroics, featuring heavy grooves, classic bluesy stoner riffs, and an overall impending sense of doom. These boys bring back the old school attitude of musical sensibility, working hard to master your instrument, and taking pride in creating a wide pallet of musical styles: Thunderous drumming locked tight within the pocket, bass guitar providing a dense foundation for the thick guitar, and gritty yet melodic vocals that lay on top. In a world where everything is mechanized, click-tracked and auto-tuned, Volume IV does it the only way, the honest way, straight from the gut, which is what we need to make music human again and separate the men from the boys.

Individually the members of Volume IV have shared the stage with legendary acts such as Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Danzig, Mastodon, Corrosion Of Conformity, and Down just to name a few. Led by singer/guitarist Joe Carpenter and filled out by bassist Blake Parris and drummer Troy King, Volume IV is set to stun the music world with one of the most anticipated releases of the year!

For Fans of Black Sabbath, Corrosion Of Conformity, Orange Goblin, Monster Magnet, Down, and Pentagram!

Volume IV – LONG IN THE TOOTH track list:
1. Looking Low For A High
2. Utero/Long In The Tooth
3. Wager
4. Blackwater
5. Save Your Servant
7. Cabal
8. Awake The Dreamer
9. Save Your Prayers
10. Locust Have No King

Volume IV is:
Joe Carpenter – Guitars/Vocals
Troy King – Drums
Blake Parris – Bass


*** PRESS RELEASE #26 ***

Up and coming multicultural blues rockers Blues Pills have released the brand new live EP LIVE AT ROCKPALAST.

LIVE AT ROCKPALAST features four songs from the band’s euphorically celebrated gig at Germany’s WDR Rockpalast on October 18, 2013 and is available as a lavish slipcase MCD as well as on high quality 10″ vinyl in various colors.

The track list for LIVE AT ROCKPALAST reads as follows:

1. In The Beginning
2. Black Smoke
3. Little Sun
4. Mind Exit

Commented the band: “Thanks to Rockpalast for letting us release some of the material from the show we did back there in October 2013. We wanted to give our fans a piece of the Blues Pills live experience to have on vinyl or CD.”

Order LIVE AT ROCKPALAST via: http://bit.ly/19IhnLH
Or as MP3 download here: http://bit.ly/BluesPillsLiveMP3

More on Blues Pills:

“Devil Man” lyric video:

European Tour 2014
presented by Rock Hard (FR), This Is Rock (ES), Blast! (GER), Classic Rock (GER), Visions (GER), Metalnews.de (GER)
01.04. FR Lille – La Peniche
02.04. FR Angouleme – La Nef
03.04. FR Nantes – La Scéne Michelet
04.04. FR Bordeaux – Le Bootleg / Make It Sabbathy
05.04. ES Barcelona – Razzmataz 3
06.04. ES Murcia – Garaje
08.04. PT Lisbon – Stairway Club
09.04. ES Madrid – Lemon
10.04. ES Bilbao – Sonora
11.04. FR Bayonne – La Magneto
12.04. FR La Roche Sur Yon – Le Fuzz Yon
13.04. FR Paris – Le Point Ephemere
16.04. FR Mulhouse – Le Noumatrouff
17.04. FR Chambery – Brin d’Zinc
18.04. FR Lyon – Stone Rising Festival
19.04. CH Zürich – Mascotte
25.04. UK London – Desertfest
26.04. BE Antwerpen – Trix
27.04. NL Drachten – Iduna
29.04. DE Brilon – Kump
30.04. DE Osnabrück – Bastard Club
02.05. DE Leipzig – Moritzbastei
03.05. DE Weil der Stadt – JH Kloster
05.05. AT Salzburg – Rockhouse Bar
06.05. AT Innsbruck – Weekender
07.05. DE Augsburg – Spectrum
08.05. IT Bologna – Freak Out Club
09.05. IT Montecchio Maggiore (VI) – E20 Underground
10.05. IT Milano – Lo Fi Club
11.05. AT Graz – Explosiv
13.05. PL Warsaw – Progresja
14.05. PL Gydnia – Desdemona
16.05. DK Aalborg – 1000 Fryd
17.05. DK Lyngby – Templet

Festivals 2014
29. – 31.05. DE Out & Loud Festival, Geiselwind
29. – 31.05. DE Freak Valley Festival, Netphen-Deutz
05. – 07.06. SE Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg
07. – 08.06. DE Gelsenkirchen, Rock Hard Festival
19. – 21.06. DE Metalfest Loreley, St. Goarshausen
20. – 22.06. FR Hellfest, Clisson
31.7. – 3.8. DE Burg Herzberg Festival, Breitenbach am Herzberg


*** PRESS RELEASE #27 ***
-Mothership Launches Indiegogo Campaign To Fund Their Second Record And European Tour

Ever wanted to have a Skype jam session with Mothership? A performance in your back yard? An original drum skin? Then this is your chance!

Texas-born rock-and-rollers Mothership are preparing to record their second record, MOTHERSHIP II, which will be released on Ripple Music (on CD, DD and LP), AND they’re also about to head out on their first-ever, two-week European tour with Wo Fat, which will span across Switzerland, Germany, France, and Spain. The band is also confirmed to make their festival debut at Freak Valley Festival in Netphen, Germany. But they need your help. The goal is to raise $10,000 in 40 days to cover recording and transportation, and there are prizes and perks involved for those who donate, including the finished record.

Check out the following message from the band:

To donate to Mothership’s indiegogo campaign and become a crucial part of their second record and European tour, click here:


The minimum amount of $10,000 will help pay for:
• 40 – 45 hours of recording sessions at Crystal Clear Studios in Dallas, TX
• Mixing
• Mastering
• Airfare and baggage fees to and from Europe
• Van and driver fees in Europe
• Merchandise fees in Europe
• Promotion and publicity
• Album artwork design


*** PRESS RELEASE #28 ***
-Vornth Streams Entirety Of Iron Tyrant Debut At Halifax Collect

Ultimate Heavy Metallers Vornth stream the entirety of their self-titled debut album, recently released by Italian cult-metal stronghold Iron Tyrant, at taste-making cultural journal Halifax Collect. With a history that stretches back to the dawn of the millennium as well their members’ deep roots in the underground, Vornth at last deliver their debut album, simply titled VORNTH. The 12-track, 57-minute monster is at once warmly familiar and distinctly refreshing. Far from a rote “retro” act, Vornth cobble together all that was great about ’80s speed metal and thrash, as well as proto-black metal sounds, and proceed to unleash epic after headbanging, fist-pumping epic. There’s violence & force, for sure, but there’s also keen attention to nuance and dynamics here across VORNTH, the quartet absolutely hysteric in their deliver yet locked-in and tighter than even the most tech-savvy metal bands. Cloaked in hellfire, choking on sulfur, yet mindful of the eternal, evil power of total HEAVY METAL, the coven of Vornth recalls the likes of classic Razor, Destruction, Exciter, Kreator, and Sacrifice whilst sounding totally, eternally Vornth. Hear for yourself exclusively HERE while reading an exhaustive interview with band, including a track-by-track analysis of VORNTH.


Track listing for VORNTH:
1. 2740°
2. Evil Blood
3. Rapid Death
4. Rip Rip Rip
5. Darkness And Steel
6. Spit Black Fire
7. Devil
8. Bleed
9. Metal Skies
10. Axemurder
11. Death’s Horse
12. Grave Of The Living


-About Heavy Metal’s “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1986” list is online at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/NoTf .

-Blackmore’s Night will tour Europe as follows, in support of DANCER AND THE MOON:

8/1 – Burg Linn, Krefeld, Germany
8/3 – Amphiteater, Hanau, Germany
8/6 – Kloster Hirsau, Calw, Germany
8/9 – Festung Mark, Magdeburg, Germany
8/10 – TBA, Chemnitz, Germany
8/16 – Domplatz, Merseburg (Saale), Germany
8/21 – Kloster Wiblingen, Ulm-Wiblingen, Germany
8/23 – Zitadelle Petersberg, Erfurt, Germany
8/26 – Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany
8/28 – Zabreze, Katowice, Poland
8/31 – TBA, Prague, Czech Republic

The album can be ordered at http://smarturl.it/itunesdtm (iTunes) and http://smarturl.it/dancercd (Amazon). See http://www.blackmoresnight.com/ for more.

-Grand Magus’ TRIUMPH AND POWER hit the following spots on the European charts: Germany #21, Austria #36, Switzerland #59, UK #129. Check out the album trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mjq9kKQ9vrE , and track-by-track videos at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KRz5grUaYY , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AzqC_VChLs , and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-aM7RgVvrc . See http://www.grandmagus.com/ for more.

-The first trailer for Tuomas Holopainen’s (Nightwish) solo album THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OCA96KBM3E . The album can be pre-ordered at http://smarturl.it/HOLOPAINEN-SCROOGE and has this track list: “Glasgow 1877,” “Into The West,” “Duel & Cloudscapes,” “Dreamtime,” “Cold Heart Of The Klondike,” “The Last Sled,” “Goodbye, Papa,” “To Be Rich,” “A Lifetime Of Adventure,” “Go Slowly Now, Sands Of Time,” “A Lifetime Of Adventure” (alternative version) (bonus track). See http://www.tuomas-holopainen.com/ for more.

-Killwhitneydead fans voted for the song “Tyrant Enthroned,” so it is now streaming at http://youtu.be/QrlxuczZU6c . The song comes from SUFFER MY WRATH, due out March 31.

-Madmen And Dreamers are getting some airplay on Chicago-area radio station WVLP-LP 98.3 FM — “ValpoRadio – The Voice of Valparaiso since 2001.” Listen online to DJ ProgKing’s show “Progression: The Music is All That Matters” at http://www.wvlp.org/ . The band is also “frantically busy getting [their live] show ready for a spring sing through in NYC.” See http://www.madmen-and-dreamers.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=126910890109 , http://www.myspace.com/madmenanddreamers , and http://twitter.com/MadmenDreamers for more.

-Miracle Master’s TATTOOED WOMAN is due out March 7 through GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The band features former Pump members Aki Reissmann (guitar), Selly Bernhardt (guitar), Michael Vetter (bass), and Andy Minich (drums) along with singer Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band). There will be a special album release party on March 15 at Rock Cafe KISS in Hechingen, Germany. Check out a video teaser for the event at http://youtu.be/hcGf5W0N8z8 . The band will play the album in its entirety, and there will be an after-show party. TATTOOED WOMAN track list: “Come Alive,” “Fly Away,” “Stay With Me,” “Forgive Yourself,” “Miracle Master,” “Will To Survive,” “Why Religion,” “Tattooed Woman,” “Highway To Heaven,” “Tear Down The Walls,” “We All Touch Evil.” Check out the video for the title track at http://youtu.be/IfxfY9D5jOs . See http://www.miracle-master.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/MiracleMasterBand , and http://www.youtube.com/user/MiracleMasterTV for more.

-Rhapsody Of Fire’s new video for “Dark Wings Of Steel” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3_OzLpBysU .

-Saving Abel’s new single, the Justin Rimer-produced “Love Like Suicide,” features new singer Scotty Austin and is available for free download at http://www.reverbnation.com/savingabel/song/20113638-love-like-suicide .

-Sinbreed’s second “making of” video for their new album SHADOWS — due out March 28 via AFM Records on digi-pak CD and limited edition vinyl — is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quOjUsoRRVY .

-There’s a new interview with Slough Feg singer/guitarist Mike Scalzi at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/NoTe . The band’s new album DIGITAL RESISTANCE is out now in Metal Blade.

-Solstice’s comeback, DEATH’S CROWN IS VICTORY, is out now via Into The Void Records. Check out the track “I Am The Hunter” streaming now at http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/16659-i-am-the-hunter/ . Band hype: “The legacy of England’s Solstice has remained untouched, and their crown unobtainable even by the few bold enough to try. However, a stirring from the sinistral depths awoke the epic metal behemoth Solstice from their slumber, and in the last three years, the band have been rehearsing, writing, and gigging around Europe and solidifying a full working lineup. Founder member Rich Walker originally put the band on ice in 2002, but began putting the pieces back together in 2007, although it took him until 2011 to begin to find musicians who were of the same mindset and not faint-hearted. Joined by Andy Whittaker (ex-The Lamp Of Thoth), Paul Kearns (ex-Arcane Sun), Ian ‘Izak’ Buxton (ex-Chorus Of Ruin), and James Ashbey, Solstice in 2014 live by their motto: NEVER SURRENDER – NO REMORSE.” Album hype: “Unleashing their first new recording in 13 years, the band have created a mini-LP of unparalleled and peerless heavy metal cutting and slashing its way through a scene of hopeless and hapless pretenders, turncoats, and the feeble. DEATH’S CROWN IS VICTORY is not a return to form; it is a statement of further intent, an undeniable clarion call to arms.” See http://www.solstice-englander.blogspot.co.uk/ , http://www.facebook.com/pages/Solstice-Englander/ , and http://www.solstice-englander.bandcamp.com/ for more.

-Tankard’s first studio report video for the upcoming album R.I.B. is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdFdqY4-WoY . Check it out to see “manager Buffo and drummer Olaf explain the recording progress and reveal some new details of the album.” R.I.B. is due out June 20 through Nuclear Blast. See http://www.tankard.info/ for more.

-Another live video from Therion’s three-DVD set ADULRUNA REDIVIVA AND BEYOND (Nuclear Blast) has been posted online; check out “Kali Yuga Part I” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RARWGujbPMc . The DVD is due out February 28. See http://www.megatherion.com/ for more.

-Vanishing Point’s DISTANT IS THE SUN is due out through AFM Records on February 21 (outside the US) and March 4 (US). Check out the title track at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsMdsla0ju8 .

Thanks to Silent Majority Group, Axel Wiesenauer, Mark A. Durstewitz, Matt Rudzinski, and Chad Bowar for help gathering some of this information.

*** OUT ***

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