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Detritus Issue #664

Issue #664
Week of March 10, 2014

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-Had a Shamrock Shake yesterday. The tradition lives for yet on another year. – Tim

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-The Legendary Alice Cooper Welcomes YOU To His Nightmare!

Submit Your Questions Now For The “Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice Anything” Q&A

Submit Q&A Questions Via SuperDuperAliceCooper.com

Forthcoming Official Documentary “Super Duper Alice Cooper” Premiering At The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

Watch The Official Trailer Here: http://youtu.be/65LiL6R9L3I

NEW YORK, NY — Banger Films, in association with Eagle Rock Entertainment, presents Alice Cooper in “Super Duper Alice Cooper,” the brand new official Alice Cooper documentary distributed by SpectiCast (“As The Palaces Burn,” “Aerosmith: Rock For The Rising Sun,” “Morrissey 25: Live”).

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and will hit theaters nationwide beginning May 30, 2014. The film is the first ever “doc opera” — a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera that will cement forever the legend of Alice Cooper.

In order to make “Super Duper Alice Cooper” as interactive for his devoted fans as he possibly can, Alice Cooper is putting together a special pre-recorded “Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice” Q&A that will run following each theatrical screening. In order for Alice to give some wild answers, he’ll require some burning questions from fans, so he’s inviting YOU to ask him anything now via http://www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com/ (click the “Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice” graphic). Once the submission period is closed, Alice will personally handpick select questions and answer them via video, serving as the aforementioned Q&A. So, do you want your question to be answered in the pre-recorded Alice Cooper Q&A running after each and every screening in the US? Of course you do! Submit your questions now via http://www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com/ .

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the ’60s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the ’70s to his triumphant comeback as ’80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s soul. Alice’s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider.

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of “Iron Maiden: Flight 666” (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film “Monkey Warfare.”

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Alice Cooper needs no introduction. Still touring the world, with over 100 concerts scheduled in 2014, and hosting his internationally syndicated “Nights With Alice Cooper” radio show five nights a week for over a decade, Alice shows no sign of slowing down.

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Deep Purple – LIVE IN CALIFORNIA 74 On CD And Digital Formats April 1, 2014

40th Anniversary Of This Eponymous Concert

NEW YORK, NY — In honor of the 40th Anniversary of the historic California Jam Festival, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Deep Purple – LIVE IN CALIFORNIA 74 for the first time on CD and Digital Audio on April 1. [MSRP $13.98]

By the mid-seventies, Deep Purple was one of the biggest selling rock acts in America, and LIVE IN CALIFORNIA 74 demonstrates exactly why. Taking place at the end of their 28-date tour promoting BURN, the CD showcases the band performing before 200,000 people as the headliner of the Cal Jam Festival. Closing their trek with a triumphant climax, the potent lineup of Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), David Coverdale (vocals), Glenn Hughes (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards), and Ian Paice (drums) pummel through an explosive set of songs from BURN, as well as classics like “Space Truckin'” and “Smoke On The Water.”

40 years later, this set still resonates as a concert for the ages. Previously released on DVD in 2006, the LIVE IN CALIFORNIA 74 album is an absolutely must-have for any Deep Purple fan’s collection.

Track Listing:
1.) Burn
2.) Might Just Take Your Life
3.) Lay Down, Stay Down
4.) Mistreated
5.) Smoke On The Water
6.) You Fool No One
7.) Space Truckin’

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum, and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris, and Hamburg.

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-Timo Tolkki’s Avalon To Release Sophomore Album ANGELS OF THE APOCALYPSE With An Amazing Cast Of Singers! Out In May On Frontiers!

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon sophomore album, ANGELS OF THE APOCALYPSE, on May 16th in Europe and May 20th in North America.

Following the release of the debut album THE LAND OF NEW HOPE, the “Metal Opera” was met with critical and fan acclaim, entering the national album charts in seven European countries, including a top 10 entry in Tolkki’s home country, Finland. In August 2013, Tolkki flew to Greece to seek the right inspiration for the follow-up album and upon his return he managed to develop a sound that is even more grandiose and symphonic and yet heavier and darker in direction as compared to the debut album. “In August 2012 I planned to release a Metal Opera that had to be a trilogy. I am following a specific storyboard in a musical format and this time the musical direction is heavier and darker than the previous Avalon,” says Tolkki. “This was deliberate since the Apocalyptic scenes described in the lyrics demanded that.”

As for the players on the album, Tolkki finally managed to reunite the legendary Stratovarius DREAMSPACE lineup, calling Antti Ikonen and Tuomo Lassila to play keyboards and drums, respectively. “It was really nice and brought good vibes and freshness to the album,” tells Timo. “Definitely the right move.”

The amazing cast of vocalists appearing this time includes Nightwish singer Floor Jansen — who takes care of the lead vocals on the first single “Design The Century” — along with Simone Simons (Epica), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire), David DeFeis (Virgin Steele), Zachary Stevens (ex-Savatage, Circle II Circle), plus Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) — who appears again after contributing to the first album — and the stunning Chilean singer Caterina Nix, who is working on her debut album which is also produced by Tolkki. “Some songs were written with a specific singer in mind, while for some others I decided based on the knowledge that I had on how he or she would perform. I am particularly happy of how this record sounds especially two songs ‘You’ll Bleed Forever’ and the 10-minute title track are among my favorite ever,” says Tolkki.

Once again the stunning artwork is provided by the French artist Stanis W. Decker and the first pressing of the physical edition will be available in a glossy digi-pak.

ANGELS OF THE APOCALYPSE final track listing:
1. Song For Eden
2. Jerusalem Is Falling
3. Design The Century
4. Rise Of The 4th Reich
5. Stargate Atlantis
6. You’ll Bleed Forever
7. The Paradise Lost
8. Neon Sirens
9. High Above Of Me
10. Angels Of The Apocalypse
11. Garden Of Eden

The first single “Design The Century” (featuring Nightwish singer Floor Jansen) will be released digitally worldwide on April 7th.

You can enjoy a 20-second snippet from the album at this link: http://youtu.be/jIyw90HPjT4


Timo Tolkki: guitars, bass and keyboards
Tuomo Lassila: drums
Antti Ikonen: keyboards
Nicholas Jeudy: orchestration
Floor Jansen, Simone Simons, Fabio Lione, David DeFeis, Zachary Stevens, Elize Ryd, Caterina Nix: vocals

Produced by Timo Tolkki

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-Toto And Eagle Rock Entertainment Announce April 29 Release Of 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – LIVE IN POLAND 2CD, DVD, Blu-ray, And Deluxe Edition

Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, And Williams Working On Studio Album For 2015

NEW YORK — Toto and Eagle Rock Entertainment have announced a April 29th release date for the band’s 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – LIVE IN POLAND. The title will be available in configurations that include 2CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and a deluxe edition featuring all formats with a 60-page book (Pre-book Order Date April 4, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $17.98 2CD, $79.98 Deluxe Edition).

Filmed on June 25, 2013 in Lodz, Poland, the offering captures the band in the midst of a standing-room-only European tour. The two-hour plus performance features Toto’s hit-stocked repertoire alongside other favorites. The complete track listing is: Intro, Medley: “On The Run” / “Child’s Anthem” / “Goodbye Eleanor,” “Goin’ Home,” “Hydra,” “St. George And The Dragon,” “I’ll Be Over You,” “It’s A Feeling,” “Rosanna,” “Wings Of Time,” “Falling In Between,” “I Won’t Hold You Back,” “Pamela,” “99,” “The Muse,” “White Sister,” “Better World,” “Africa,” “How Many Times,” “Stop Loving You,” “Hold The Line,” and “Home Of The Brave.” The set also includes behind-the-scenes bonus content. Eagle Rock Entertainment has premiered the band’s performance of “Hold The Line” which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibxxkNRumN4 .

The 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – LIVE IN POLAND release captures Toto’s European tour that hit 29 cities staging successful concerts Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Toto World Tour 2013 featured Luke, David Paich, Steve Porcaro on keyboards, and singer Joseph Williams, who sang the hits “Pamela” and “Stop Loving You” on the worldwide platinum release THE SEVENTH ONE (1988). Williams is also featured on the platinum certified FAHRENHEIT (1986), TOTO XX (1998), the track “Bottom Of Your Soul” on FALLING IN BETWEEN (2006), and the multi-platinum release PAST TO PRESENT 1977-1990 issued in 1990.

Toto has revealed plans for 2014 that deliver what fans have been waiting years for. The band will record a new studio album planned for release in 2015, their first since FALLING IN BETWEEN (2006). Keyboardist and founding member David Paich recently shared, “The repertoire is coming together so naturally it is as though we never took a break from creating as Toto in the studio. For the fans who have been waiting patiently and continually showing the band support and love over the last decade or so, this one’s for you. Collectively we can’t wait to share these recordings with The World.”

This April, they return to Japan for a seven-show headlining sold-out arena tour that takes them through Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Sendai, and Sopporo. In August and September, Toto will hit the road as co-headliners with Michael McDonald, for their most comprehensive North American tour in years.

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5,000 albums that together amass a sales history of a HALF A BILLION albums. Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.

With over 35 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top-selling tour and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.

Band members have been “South Park” characters, while recently Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake offered a light-hearted homage via a comedy sketch around the band’s hit “Africa.” They are pop culture, and are one of the few ’70s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles, and more than 35 years in to a career enjoy a multi-generational fan base.

Toto also continues to raise awareness for ALS, for their brother and friend, Mike Porcaro, who has been diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The band commits energies towards fundraising for Police and Fire Departments of California and the Fallen Heroes initiative ( http://www.fallenheroes.org/ ), and help the United Nations in their humanitarian endeavors through music.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award-winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum, and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris, and Hamburg.

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-New Live Album From Donnie Vie

Artist: Donnie Vie
Genre: Rock/Songwriter
Label: Livewire/Cargo Records
Format: CD Live Album + DVD Live
Release date: March 14, 2014

One of the most gifted yet underrated songwriters of our generation, Donnie Vie is best known as the main song writer and voice of ’90s pop sensations Enuff Z’nuff.

Their Atlantic Records debut spawned the hits “Fly High Michelle” and “New Thing,” regular favorites on MTV’s “Dial MTV” and both of which charted in Billboard’s Top 50. Over their 25-year career, EZN has produced a discography of 16 international releases, been invited and played on “Late Night With David Letterman” (two times), become Howard Stern’s favorite band, and toured the world over and over again. You can still hear their songs on Sirius/XM Radio EVERY DAY!!

It’s not really The Donnie Vie Band these days. It’s Donnie Vie and a little help from his friends.

GOODBYE: ENOUGH Z’NUFF is a brand new live album and DVD from the former Enuff Z’nuff songwriter. The live album was recorded on 2013’s “Magical History Tour” and features many of the EZN trademark classics. The accompanying DVD captures Donnie and Baz Francis (Magic Eight Ball) on the tour as well as Donnie talking about and performing acoustic versions of many of his songs. The music video is also included for each song. Donnie Vie will release a brand new studio album later in 2014 called ALL IN on Livewire/Cargo Records.

CD: Live “Magical History Tour 2013”
1. For Now
2. Holly Wood Ya
3. These Daze
4. You Got A Hold Of Me (feat. Baz Francis)
5. The Beast
6. Rainy Day
7. You And I
8. Fly High Michelle
9. If I Can’t Have You
10. There Goes My Heart
11. New Thing (feat. Baz Francis)
12. Time To Let You Go
13. Someday (feat. Baz Francis)
14. Goodbye (feat. Baz Francis)
Recorded in the UK by Lewis John and Baz Francis, All songs written by Donnie Vie

Donnie Vie – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Baz Francis – Backing Vocals

“Magical History Tour 2013” featurette/The Enuff Z’nuff video collection:
My Dear Dream (Montage/New Recording)
I’ve Fallen In Love Again (Clip – Lucca)
Daddy’s Girl (Live – Cremona)
Altered States (Live – Ahoghill)
I Touch Myself (Clip – Englefield Green)
Big Star (Live – Camden)
Black Coffee In Bed (Clip – Lucca)
These Daze (Live – Ahoghill)
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Clip – Camden)
Red Hair Wrapped Around Her Neck (Live – Leicester)
Cat Scratch (Clip – Englefield Green)
That’s What Love Is (Live – Englefield Green)
Sanibel Island (Live – Englefield Green)
Barrie Anne Lost His Baby (Clip – Englefield Green)
Local Girls (Live – Camden)
Time To Let You Go (Live – Englefield Green)
Home Tonight (Live – Englefield Green)
Saying farewell (Clip – Englefield Green)
Goodbye (Live – Englefield Green)
New Thing (Intro and video)
Fly High Michelle (Intro and video)
She Wants More (Intro and video)
Baby Loves You (Intro and video)
Mother’s Eyes (Intro and video)
Right By Your Side (Intro and video)
You Got A Hold Of Me (Intro and video)
Bullet From A Gun (Intro and video)
Life Is Strange (Intro and video)
Wheels (Intro and video)
Freak (Intro and video)
There Goes My Heart (Intro and video)

Donnie Vie – Live Solo Acoustic – Bannermans Bar – Edinburgh – July 22, 2013


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-BLP Music Releases 12th Baltimoore Album

Swedish Hard Rockers Baltimoore Are “BACK FOR MORE”

“Musically, I think it’s where this band should be — loud guitars along with Hammond organ and a vibrant rhythm section”
– Björn Lodin

BLP Music is pleased to announce the 12th album from Swedish hard rock outfit Baltimoore, entitled BACK FOR MORE, is out now and available on all leading digital music platforms.

Home to 10 new tracks and led as always by enigmatic vocalist Björn Lodin, BACK FOR MORE sees the band deliver a fresh take on the Baltimoore sound for 2014 with some new and old faces in the current lineup.

On his fellow musicians Lodin comments, “My main man for this release is guitar player Mats Attaque. He was actually in a band with me right before I started Baltimoore (Ready Steady). Several of the songs from the first album we also played in that band. Teaming up with him again has been truly inspiring… He’s a great guitar player and singer — a great musician! We grew up in the same area and share a lot of the same rhythm interpretation, coming from the folk music around these parts of Sweden. Drummer Klas Anderhell, long time session player and The Guy you call when you need to get the job done. Having him joining us is a treat. Weine Johansson (bass) and Örjan Fernkvist (organ) are returning and nothing pleases me more. I’m proud of this band!”

Song writing for the album originally began back in 2011 with some ideas being considered for what would have been Lodin’s third release with Hungarian rock outfit HARD.

“It originally started out as a new HARD album, but as the songs developed I knew this had to be for Baltimoore. It’s been a slow process since starting in October 2011. I had the songs written before I got the final lineup together and as players came along, putting their skills and input to them, it all fell into place. I just ignite and feed off others… We’ve been recording on and off since early 2012 but the album gained momentum in late 2013 and here we are… finished.”

On the album’s style Bjorn continues, “Musically, I think it’s where this band should be — loud guitars along with Hammond organ and a vibrant rhythm section. Lyrically, I don’t know… I bitch, bark, and moan about whatever comes to mind, like always. However, there’s an ongoing story in our songs… I seem to end up in same ‘place’ over and over… That’s something I want to take further and explore with visual stuff eventually.”

BACK FOR MORE features the following tracks.

1 Cry Out For Innocence
2. Don’t Say No
3. Until The End Of The Line
4. Are You On To Me?
5. Break Into Something New
6. Means To An End
7. Gun Of Doom
8. Sunshine In The Rain
9. Say It Like It Is
10. Back For More

An album sampler can be heard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ul3QkQg-n8

Hear online via iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/album/back-for-more/id828891875
and CDBaby – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/baltimoore

Baltimoore Official Website – http://www.baltimoore.net/
Baltimoore on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/Baltimoore.official

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-Acclaimed British Rock Icon And Drummer Carl Palmer’s DECADE Concert DVD, “The Solo” Art Film, And Newly Expanded 2-CD DO YA WANNA PLAY, CARL? Anthology All Due On March 11th 2014

Palmer’s World Tour Continues Throughout 2014

Carl Palmer, among the most renowned drummers in rock history and a founding member of both ELP and Asia, will be featured in three global releases by Music Video Distributors. Being released worldwide on March 11 will be DECADE (which chronicles the 2011 tour show and celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy band); “The Solo,” an acclaimed art film by British director Andrew Cross which presents Carl Palmer’s drum solo as a form of physical art; and the newly expanded 2-CD anthology, DO YA WANNA PLAY, CARL?, a compilation covering 50 years of recordings by Carl Palmer with Emerson Lake & Palmer, Asia, Carl Palmer Legacy, The Craig, PM, Mike Oldfield, and other acts he has worked with.

“I am very excited to have these titles coming out and available finally for my fans,” says Palmer, who has been touring since his group launched its 2014 tour with a sold-out show in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on January 18. “DECADE is a complete show by my band, and features our power trio interpretations of the greatest songs of ELP and select classical composers. If you loved ELP but want to hear these songs done in a completely different musical environment, this DVD is something you will want to see and own. We are extremely proud of the final product, which was captured at one of our shows on the 2011 tour.”

Adds Palmer: “‘The Solo’ was an art film I was asked to be involved with by filmmaker Andrew Cross. The idea was to show the audience that a drum solo and exploration of various percussion instruments could be positioned as a work of art.” The film has received rave reviews at screenings done in art museums in England, with critic Stephen Lee in his review, saying, “‘The Solo’ transforms an unassuming landscape into the spatial re-enactment of music as pop idyll.”

The newly expanded version of Palmer’s UK-only released two-disc CD compilation, DO YA WANNA PLAY, CARL?: THE CARL PALMER ANTHOLOGY, features many of the greatest recorded works of Palmer’s career with ELP, Asia, Atomic Rooster, Mike Oldfield, and as a solo artist. It even includes a rare track of Palmer performing with the Buddy Rich Orchestra, at the insistence of the famed jazz drummer and longtime friend of Palmer’s.

Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy is a red-hot power trio that features Palmer on drums and percussion, guitarist Paul Bielatowicz, and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick. “Since 2001, I have been playing with my own power trio, replacing the keyboards with electric guitar,” says Palmer. “I felt that was the only honest way to approach the music of ELP. I didn’t want to have a singer trying to sound like Greg Lake. ELP did so much instrumental music, this format made sense to me. Hearing the keyboard parts done on guitar is certainly different, but just as satisfying. The idea was to re-invent the music; there will be several new classic ELP tunes this time around.”

As for ELP, Palmer closed that chapter of his life when the band played a final show in 2010 at London’s High Voltage Festival, where they celebrated their 40th Anniversary. “ELP has ended its on-again, off-again existence when we did High Voltage. We had a great run and remain friends, but the best way I can honor our musical legacy is to present that music the way I do with my own band.”

These MVD releases come in conjunction with the release of a new Asia studio album, GRAVITAS (and 2014 tour), and Palmer’s acclaimed second collection of modern art available at http://www.CarlPalmerArt.com/ .

On tour Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy will play nearly two hours and drum enthusiasts can expect an evening of compelling percussive skills, from the man who brought the drum set to the forefront of rock ‘n’ roll music.


MVD Entertainment Group

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-Killer Metal Records To Release Edge Of Thorns’ INSOMNIA

Artist: Edge Of Thorns
Released Formats: CD
Style: Heavy Metal
Catalog #: KMR-CD023
EAN: 4018996237573
Label: Killer Metal Records
Release Date: 04. April 2014
Distribution: H’ART / http://www.hart.de/

Official Artist Website:

Track list:
1. In Your Dreams (:25)
2. Dark Side Of Your Life (3:05)
3. Yearning Has Begun (5:20)
4. Insomnia (5:51)
5. Metal Unity (4:04)
6. The Watchmaker (5:19)
7. A Caress Of Souls (7:20)
8. Walking Like A Ghost (3:37)
9. Death Dealer (5:20)
10. …Of Hearts That Burn (4:35)
11. The 7 Sins Of Arthur McGregor (7:04)
12. …Is This The Way It Ends (4:12)
Playing time: 56:22 min

Dirk “Duke” Schmitt (vocals)
Dave Brixius (lead guitar)
Jani Näckel (guitar)
Oliver Brück (bass)
Johannes Schütz (drums)

Featuring Ralf Scheepers (ex-Gamma Ray/Primal Fear). Killer leads, catchy, brilliant! For fans of Rage & Gamma Ray.

Edge Of Thorns were founded in 1996 by Dirk “Duke” Schmitt (vocals, guitars) and Johannes Schütz (drums) in Bitburg. The lineup was completed by bass player Oliver Brück and keyboarder Lothar Krämer. From the very start the focus was on own compositions. Initially the band focused on the dark sides of metal while Duke could concentrate on singing alone after the guitar duo Dave Brixius and Achim Sinzinger joined in 1998. The songs became faster, harder, more melodic, and varying. Wreaking riffs, double lead guitars, and catchy choruses characterize the songs of that time. Hymns like “Riders Of The Storm,” “Dark Magician,” or “Lost” came into being which should not be missed at any EDGE OF THORNS concert.

After several self-produced demos 2003 the album RAVENLAND was presented to the metal community. Job and family reasons lead into several lineup changes. Achim switched from guitar to bass and Dave was the only guitar player now. Temporarily the band was supported by keyboarder Markus Olk. At this stage the album MASQUERADING OF THE WICKED was done which was released beginning of 2008 and was received well. The songs became more varied — stamping, catchy Metal songs mixed up with speedy double-bass killers, varying vocals, hard riffing, melodies, and lunatic guitar solos without losing sight of the song. Because the keyboards increasingly became less of a presence in 2007 Edge Of Thorns used two guitars again. Achim again turned himself to the guitar while Jules Langer became the new bass player. Again family and job reasons lead into new lineup changes. Due to Duke and Dave and fresh blood Jani Näckel on guitars the band kept its live presence, if they were big or small, in front of 5,000 or 5 visitors. They played with bands like Judas Priest, DragonForce, Sabaton, Brainstorm, U.D.O., Subway To Sally, Rage, Sacred Steel, Tankard, Holy Moses, Korpiklaani, Freedom Call, and Perzonal War among others, as well as performances on countless festivals like Rock Am Ring, Rock Harz, and Queens Of Metal.

INSOMNIA is the title of their new and third album. One hour of heavy metal, powerful, with melody! David Brixius seasons the 12 songs with killer leads, catchy, feelingly, brilliant! Guest singer for the metal hymn “Metal Unity” is Ralf Scheepers (ex-Gamma Ray, Primal Fear) who does a superb job! A video was done for this one as well. Edge Of Thorns having a sound that grasps of contemporary developments and at the same level with other major players of the style!

“Metal Unity” video:

1) RAVENLAND CD 2004 Private (Germany)
2) MASQUERADING OF THE WICKED CD 2007 Twilight Zone Records (Germany)
3) INSOMNIA CD 2014 Killer Metal Records (Germany)

Killer Metal Records

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-Swedish Heavy Metal Gang Portrait Announce New Album CROSSROADS April 25th!

Landing Page Launched, First Song Online!

Swedish Heavy Metallers Portrait announce the release of their new album CROSSROADS for April, 25th. The band is finally prepared to unveil the album title, art, and release the first single from the record. “In Time” is streaming now on http://www.metalblade.com/portrait , where fans can also pre-order copies of CROSSROADS on CD, vinyl, and digital downloads.

Comments Portrait: “CROSSROADS is a sevenfold blessing and curse upon a dying music scene, an album imbued with something untouchable and yet undeniable. This first single ‘In Time’ was the first song written for CROSSROADS and is one of the more straightforward ones of the album. Bang or be banged!”

The relentless, Swedish heavy metal monster known as Portrait was born in the year 2006 with the intention to exterminate the entire world.

After the release of a demo, two singles and their self-titled full length debut Portrait released their Metal Blade debut CRIMEN LAESAE MAJESTATIS DIVINAE in 2011. After numerous tours and festival appearances the band began to focus on the third album, entitled CROSSROADS. The writing and recording process took about a year and Tore Stjerna of Necromorbus Studio handled the production together with the band.

“This is our most important album up to date in so many ways, and we couldn’t be more satisfied with the final outcome. To me personally, Portrait has finally become what I have always wanted the band to be, and we are hungrier than ever. The new album will speak for itself, and the year 2014 will be a year of Truth and of Conquest. Beware!” – Christian Lindell, guitars

CROSSROADS track listing:
1. Liberation
2. At The Ghost Gate
3. We Were Not Alone
4. In Time
5. Black Easter
6. Ageless Rites
7. Our Roads Must Never Cross
8. Lily

Portrait is:
Per Lengstedt – vocals
Christian Lindell -guitars
David Olofsson – guitars
Mikael Castervall – bass
Anders Persson – drums


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-21Octayne Signs With AFM!

AFM Records proudly present the newest addition to its roster:

21Octayne, a fantastic new Rock act feat. members of Joe Perry band, Rhapsody, Axxis, and Paul Gilbert, will release its debut album INTO THE OPEN on May 23rd!

21Octayne is the epitome of soulful, honest, ass-kicking Rock with a slight modern touch. A new name, a new band, but no unknowns here: the band consists of vocalist Hagen Grohe (The Joe Perry Project), Marco Wriedt (Axxis), Andrew “The Bullet” Lauer (Paul Gilbert), and drummer Alex Landenburg (Rhapsody). The four guys took their time and worked hard on their debut album for more than two years, ready for impact now! Meanwhile the young band scored first success by releasing a digital single for “The Heart (Save Me)” which went (without any kind of promotion) straight to #1 in Amazon Germany’s hard rock/metal chart and also appeared on the US iTunes chart! This good start for 21Octayne might be caused by several factors, one being vocalist Hagen Grohe who leads the band’s US-influenced Rock to international level. A quality that guitar icon Joe Perry (Aerosmith) realized quickly as well, so he made Grohe the vocalist of the Joe Perry Project. And he was not disappointed by the young German who convinced on album recordings and numerous live shows playing after in support of the release.

Also guitarist Marco Wriedt (Axxis), bass player Andrew “The Bullet” Lauer (Paul Gilbert), and drummer Alex Landenburg (Rhapsody) have gathered quite a fan-following as musicians and songwriters over the years. Of course these fans quickly got excited when they heard about the new band 21Octayne, so the band invited fans and interested journalists to “listening session,” presenting the first songs they had recorded. These intimate events quickly became 40-persons strong and saw the band playing acoustic sets even. Also the initial plan of doing one or two listening sessions in Germany only was changed quickly because of the strong demand. And so 21Octayne found themselves presenting their songs to people in London, Paris, Hollywood, and Barcelona.

First concerts were played in Europe, supporting Pink Cream 69 and Germany chart band Ohrenfeindt, with offer now coming in from big festivals. 2014 will be a great year for Rock fans and there’s no hiding from this awesome new band — 21Octayne!

Check out their video clip “The Heart (Save Me)”


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-Australia’s Addictive Sees Reissue Via Divebomb Records

Addictive’s KICK ‘EM HARD Available Now!

Few bands survived the rapid decline of thrash metal in the early ’90s, but not only did Australia’s Addictive soldier on, they released a superb slab of classic speed metal against all odds. Following up their raw, yet impressive 1989 debut album, PITY OF MAN, the band enlisted Ozzy Osbourne/Rainbow bassist, Bob Daisley, to produce what would become their finest moment.

Rumors originally claim misplaced master tapes are the culprit behind the delayed KICK ‘EM HARD 1993 release. No matter the cause Addictive tried to overcome those delays and had unquestionably upped the ante with KICK ‘EM HARD, revealing a band whose ravenous desire to succeed overshadowed the industry’s climate predicting disaster for themselves and their thrash metal brethren. Combining all the best elements of early Metallica, Kreator, and Megadeth, Addictive were a band surely on the rise delivering a crushing sophomore album, but the shifting tides of the music industry unfortunately left them drifting aimlessly by the mid-’90s.

These two classic albums have been out of print for nearly 20 years and fetching high dollar collector prices online, but Addictive has remained a cult favorite with die-hard thrash fans. KICK ‘EM HARD (Rebooted Edition) contains brand new mastering of the band’s entire discography, interview and a redesigned, full-color booklet with archival photos of the band’s history. For the fans, by the fans.

Kick ‘Em Hard (Rebooted Edition) (DIVE058)
IN STORES 3/11/2014

Stream Via Bandcamp:

For Fans Of:

+ Full band discography
+ Archival photos/Show flyers (20-page booklet)
+ Brand new interview with band
+ KICK ‘EM HARD produced by Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne)
+ Out of print nearly 20 years
+ Limited edition
+ New mastering by Jamie King
+ Layout/Restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic, Solstice)

Track List:
CD 1
KICK ‘EM HARD (1993)
1. Distemper
2. Waiting For Yesterday
3. Kick ‘Em Hard
4. You’re Perfect
5. Towards Extinction
6. Wacked
7. You Never Know
8. Man Made Act Of God
9. Serves You Right
10. Bitch

Bonus Tracks:
11. Crazy Train
12. Sniper (Demo)
13. Look Before You Leap (Demo)

CD 2
PITY OF MAN (1989)
1. Get Out Of My Life
2. Come Before The Storm
3. Boiling Point
4. Sonder Kommando
5. The Forge
6. What Ward RU In?
7. Echoes Of The Mind
8. Addictive Friend
9. My Foe
10. Pity Of Man

Bonus Tracks:
WARD 74 (Demo Tape) – 1988
11. Addictive Friend
12. Sonder Commando
13. What Ward Are You In?
14. Pity Of Man
15. Come Before The Storm

Divebomb Records

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-Lord Volture “Pure Evil Hides In Slovakia Tour” Announced

Dutch power metallers Lord Volture have announced a Slovakia headlining tour — “Pure Evil Hides In Slovakia Tour” — with support of Austria’s heavy metallers Diamond Falcon, which is due to kick off on October 8th in Bratislava, Slovakia. Tour dates as follow:

08.10.2014 SK Bratislava – British Rock Stars
09.10.2014 SK Trnava – Art Klub
10.10.2014 SK Brezno – 1. Dart Club
11.10.2014 SK Tisovec – Casablanca
12.10.2014 SK Banská Bystrica – Tirish Pub

Lord Volture is a heavy metal band hailing from The Netherlands and deliver Pure and Unpolished Heavy Metal. For fans of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Iced Earth. For all who bear a heart of steel, Lord Volture is a definite MUST!


Diamond Falcon is a traditional heavy metal band from Austria and bring back the color of music to the grey shades that have come up during the last few years.


Upcoming Lord Volture tour dates 2014

04.04.2014 NL Barneveld – Stédsj – w/ Blaze Bayley
18.04.2014 NL Stadskanaal – Very ‘Eavy Festival w/ Tygers Of Pan Tang
25.04.2014 CZ Litvínov – Attic Rock Club
26.04.2014 CZ Spálené Porící – Music SKLEP
06.06.2014 NL Rotterdam – Baroeg – w/ Masterplan
08.06.2014 NL Liempde – Limuscene Live
13.06.2014 BE Geel – De Bogaard
19.06.2014 NL Kerkrade – De Steen
20.06.2014 FR Arras – Blue Devils Bar
21.06.2014 FR Saint-Omer – Le Gibolin
22.06.2014 BE Tongeren – Sodom – w/ Vicious Rumors, Exorcism
19.07.2014 GB Radcliffe – SOS Festival
15.08.2014 NL Deest – Festival Zeeltje
08.10.2014 SK Bratislava – British Rock Stars
09.10.2014 SK Trnava – Art Klub
10.10.2014 SK Brezno – 1. Dart Club
11.10.2014 SK Tisovec – Casablanca
12.10.2014 SK Banská Bystrica – Tirish Pub

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-Skinner Releases Music Video, CD Art, And Release Date For SLEEPWALKERS

“Sleepwalkers,” the new video from SF Bay Area Power-Thrashers Skinner, featuring Norman Skinner (Vocals), Robert Kolowitz (Guitars), Grant Kolowitz (Guitars), Alfred San Miguel (Guitars), Jim Pegram (Bass), and Noe Luna (Drums), can be seen below. The song is taken from Skinner’s upcoming full-length album of the same title, SLEEPWALKERS, which will be released on May 6th, 2014 via Dead Inside Records.

Skinner was formed from the fallout of the now defunct Power/Thrash band Imagika. Throughout the band’s history Imagika released seven albums total worldwide and toured extensively before calling it a day in 2010. Taking its name from their lead vocalist, Skinner combines both the European Power Metal sound with the high energy Thrash Attack of the SF Bay Area.

The video “Sleepwalkers” was directed by Mike Sloat (Testament/Machine Head) and depicts a struggle between two consciences. The first is a dream world where the individual sleepwalks through life doing as they are told completely unaware of the reality around them. The second is the horrible reality that not everything is as it seems and life can be hard and scary. The individual eventually is able to break free of the mold and think for himself.

“Sleepwalkers” is the title track off Skinner’s upcoming full-length effort. The CD was engineered by Steve Pelletier at Hellfire Studios in San Jose, CA and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording NC.

CD artwork courtesy of Jobert Mello of Sledgehammer Graphix. Jobert has created artwork for bands such as Primal Fear, Sabaton, Shadowside, & more.

SLEEPWALKER track listing:
1. Firebird’s Lament
2. Sleepwalkers
3. Orphans Of Liberty
4. Hell In My Hands
5. Blind Led Blind
6. Guilt-Ridden
7. Breathe The Lie
8. Bound
9. Miss Agony
10. The Breathing Room
11. The Enemy Within

Writing is well underway for Skinner’s follow-up release. The band plans to begin recording this Fall.

Skinner – “Sleepwalkers” Music Video


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-High Spirits Premiere New Song At Stereogum.com, Set Release Date For New Album, Gear Up For Tour

Chicago’s high-energy rock favorites High Spirits have premiered the new track “The Last Night” at heavily trafficked tastemakers Stereogum.com. The track hails from High Spirits’ highly anticipated second album, YOU ARE HERE, set for North American release on May 13th via Hells Headbangers on both CD and LP formats. The dashing follow-up to one of the most celebrated studio debuts of the millennium, YOU ARE HERE finds High Spirits in great form, having spent the past two years recording demos and getting a taste of international touring. While every bit as fresh, stylish, and hook-heavy as its ANOTHER NIGHT predecessor, YOU ARE HERE showcases the band’s full dramatic power, a dynamic intensity that perhaps had not been reached before. But as with all of High Spirits’ music, the abundant, inviting melody is balanced by raw heavy metal energy, drawing on the exhilarating live show that the band has performed in amphitheaters and dive-bars alike. For a band with universal potential, YOU ARE HERE is a graceful step forward, and highly recommended for all. Hear for yourself exclusively here:


Track listing for High Spirits’ YOU ARE HERE:
1) When The Lights Go Down
2) I Need Your Love
3) One Thousand Nights
4) Reminding You Of Me
5) The Last Night
6) Can You Hear Me
7) Gone To Pieces
8) I Will Run
9) High Spirits

As a precursor to the album, Hells Headbangers will release a limited-edition 7″ single featuring two re-recorded songs from High Spirits’ early days, “High Spirits” and “Night After Night.” Set for release on April 15th, the preorder link can be accessed here:


In other High Spirits news, the band will be hitting the road next month, playing a clutch of shows across the Midwest, Northeast, and Canada. Entitled the “We Were There” tour, here are the confirmed dates/venues:

Apr 18 – Hamtramck, MI @ Smalls
Apr 19 – Toronto, ON @ The Bovine
Apr 20 – Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
Apr 21 – Providence, RI @ Dusk
Apr 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Apr 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Millcreek Tavern
Apr 24 – Raleigh, NC @ TBA
Apr 25 – Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
Apr 26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers


“When you need metal, go to hell!”

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-Emil Bulls Sign Label Deal With AFM Records!

Munich based Rockers Emil Bulls sign a contract with AFM Records. Their first album on the new label is due this year in late Summer.

Currently the band stays in the Toolhouse Studios in Rotenburg/Fulda working on the new album with London based producer Dan Weller. “We are delighted to welcome such an innovative band like the Emil Bulls on AFM Records,” says label boss Jochen Richert. “The Emil Bulls are an enrichment to the Artist Roster of AFM Records. They have grown to an established brand in the music scene which stands for quality, passion and endurance — characteristics which also represent AFM Records’ work and show the synergies of the Bulls and us.”

Manager Niko Tsagarakis / Monster Artists also welcomes the cooperation. “We are pleased that the cooperation with AFM Records has come about and are excited about what the future holds within.”

The new Emil Bulls album will be released in August. The band will be playing several European summer festivals as well as a headliner tour starting in October 2014:

Summer 2014
May, 3rd: Kelheim, Jukuu Festival
May, 31st: Kronach, Die Festung Rockt http://www.die-Festung-rockt.de/
July, 4th: Pfeffelbach, Pfeffelbach Open Air http://www.pfeffelbach-openair.de/
July, 5th: Flugplatz Roitzschjora, With Full Force Festival http://www.withfullforce.de/
July, 12th: Straubenhardt, Happiness Festival http://www.happiness-festival.de/
July, 18th: Velké Mezirící, Fajtfest (CZ)
August, 1st: Horb am Neckar, Minirock Festival http://www.mini-rock-festival.de/
August, 9th: Rotenburg o. d. Tauber, Taubertal Festival http://www.taubertal-festival.de/
August, 13th – 17th: Übersee, Chiemsee Summer Festival http://www.chiemsee-summer.de/
August, 23rd: Georgsmarienhütte, Hütte Rockt Festival http://www.huette-rockt.de/
August, 30th: Frankfurt/Oder, Beach Rock Festival http://www.beachrock-helenensee.de/

Emil Bulls Tour 2014
09/10/14 A-Wien – Flex
10/10/14 D-Regensburg – Airport
11/10/14 D-Ulm – Roxy
13/10/14 D-Frankfurt – Batschkapp
14/10/14 D-Hannover – Musikzentrum
16/10/14 D-Hamburg – Markthalle
17/10/14 D-Osnabrück – Rosenhof
18/10/14 D-Köln – Live Music Hall
21/10/14 D-Bochum – Zeche
23/10/14 D-Oldenburg – Kulturetage
24/10/14 D-Berlin – C-Club
25/10/14 D-Dresden – Alter Schlachthof
28/10/14 D-Nürnberg – Hirsch
30/10/14 D-Erfurt – HsD
31/10/14 D-Karlsruhe – Substage
01/11/14 D-Kaiserslautern – Kammgarn

AFM Records

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-Montreal’s Mire (Prog Rock/Metal) Offer Free Download “Tyrannicide” From Upcoming Album INWARD/OUTWARD + Montreal Show Date; Music Video “Limitless Pt. 2”

Montreal, QC’s progressive rock / metal band Mire are offering their latest track “Tyrannicide” for FREE download from their upcoming album INWARD/OUTWARD, set for release on March 18th to follow up their 2010 self-titled EP.

“Implied by the name, ‘Tyrannicide’ is about exterminating the tyrant that rules you. Be it a cruel lover, an autocratic leader or dictatorial boss; the essence of Rock should liberate you to choose freedom and independence over indoctrination. Break out of your borders and blast past the bounds; burn the limitless fuel of your livelihood and beat your wings to fly. Earn your Name. Go Kill The Tyrant,” comments vocalist JP LaChapelle.

Two years in the making, INWARD/OUTWARD is a 10-track reflection of ideas flying every which way around the recording studio, ranging from cognitive science to a military stint in Afghanistan by guitarist Dave Massicotte.

“We created this with our guts and have dared to explore a less common style of metal where the music is less obvious and sometimes requires the individual to have more than one listen before being able to grasp and really appreciate every musical element,” says guitarist Massicotte of the album. “From big chunky guitar to light piano melody, every song will take you on a different journey and set of emotions.”

Bandcamp – http://mire.bandcamp.com/track/tyrannicide-4
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/mireband/tyrannicide

In additional news, the band will be performing on March 20th at Underworld in Montreal, QC to support the release of their album and comrades Turning Tides for their EP launch.

Upcoming Show Dates:

March 20, 2014 – Montreal, QC – Underworld

Music Video – “Limitless Pt. 2”

INWARD/OUTWARD track listing:
1. Complex (7:18)
2. Tyrannicide (5:33)
3. Limitless (Pt. 1) (3:47)
4. Limitless (Pt. 2) (3:22)
5. Convolution (1:23)
6. Beast and The Machine (5:53)
7. Catalan Atlas (5:05)
8. Mantra Cymatic (1:51)
9. Open Circle (5:42)
10. Upheaval (1:19)
Total Length: 41:17

For more info, please visit the following links:
Album Pre-Order – http://mire.bandcamp.com/
EPK – http://ashermediarelations.com/epks/epk-mire-inward-outward-2014-release-date-march-4-2014/

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-The Golden Grass Set Release Date For Svart Debut

The glory of American hard rock has returned with the debut eponymous album by The Golden Grass, set for international release on May 9th via Svart Records. This Brooklyn-based power trio is the real deal, and their LP harkens back to the golden age when heavy rock music was upbeat, skillfully played, energetic, edgy, and bursting with goodtime sunshine vibes. They come hard with a strong backbone of deep-pocket funky flare and an earnest/uplifting southern/country/mountain rock vibe, layered with waves of psychedelic textures that explode into jaw-dropping proto-metal moves. And throughout their progressive arrangements and timeless grooves are lush and powerfully delivered vocals, stacked with gorgeous harmonies and maddeningly catchy verses and choruses singing the tales of real-life loves, losses, and the drive to keep on keepin’ on! Track listing are as follows:

1. Please Man
2. Stuck On A Mountain
3. One More Time
4. Wheels
5. Sugar N’ Spice

The Golden Grass formed in early 2013, and before they had even played their first show, they were signed to Svart Records. Their debut 7″ was issued in October of that, as a split release with US label Electric Assault Records. Since playing their first show in September of 2013, they’ve shared the stage with an impressive and eclectic range of rock and metal groups, including Windhand, Natur, Ramming Speed, Serpent Throne, Wolf People, and an appearance at the Cincy Psych Fest.

What truly sets The Golden Grass apart from the pack of modern ’70s-inspired music is their relentlessly upbeat, soulful energy and feel-good vibe, which is a welcome departure from the faceless sea of proto-metal/doom bands currently drowning the underground scene. This catchy five-track album will make you dance, smile, and catch yourself singing along! This album is a sure treat for fans of classic underground hard rock such as Truth And Janey, Dust, and Josefus as well as fans of classic UK psychedelia such as The Move, The Pretty Things, and Mighty Baby. The Golden Grass will also greatly appeal to folks into the contemporary sounds of Danava, Horisont, Graveyard, and Dead Man.

The album was recorded by Andrea Zavareei at Urban Spaceman Studio in Brooklyn, New York where many seminal early La Otracina albums were also tracked. The album was mixed by Jeff Berner at Galuminum Foil Studio in Brooklyn. Jeff has also recorded albums by Naam, Heliotropes, and Weird Owl, among others, at this studio, and he is also a member of Psychic TV. The album was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. The artwork was constructed by Niko Potocnjak of Seven That Spells. The collective experiences and talents of all involved were of utmost importance to the creation of this album.

The Golden Grass is:
* Adam Kriney – drums/vocals (also of La Otracina and past tour member of Nebula/Cult Of Youth/Castanets/Cloudland Canyon)
* Michael Rafalowich – electric guitar/vocals (also of Strange Haze/Whooping Crane and past tour member of Tav Falco’s Panther Burns)
* Joe Noval – electric bass


*** PRESS RELEASE #18 ***
-Lo-Pan: Ohio Riff Rock Perpetrators Enter Studio Next Month; Band Unites With Tone Deaf Touring — Live Takeovers Announced

Ohio riff rock perpetrators Lo-Pan will enter Translator Audio in Brooklyn, New York next month to record their forthcoming new full-length for amplification station, Small Stone Recordings. Titled COLOSSUS, the offering will be mixed and mastered by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, The Brought Low, Keelhaul) with art direction by Jason Alexander Byers (Black Black Black, Disengage). A Fall release is expected.

In related news, Lo-Pan recently joined forces with the roadburning heavyweights at Tone Deaf Touring (Corrosion Of Conformity, Weedeater, ASG) and will embark upon a short stint of live abrasions later this month alongside manic noiserockers, Whores. The ten-date motorcade will include two special Small Stone Showcases in Cambridge and Brooklyn. The following month, the band will join reunited iconic stoner rock sorcerers, Spirit Caravan, and the wicked doom bringers in Pilgrim for a performance in Columbus with additional bouts of onstage debauchery to be announced in the coming months.

Lo-Pan Spring Takeover 2014:
3/20/2014 The Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI w/ Whores
3/21/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Whores
3/22/2014 Ruby’s – Columbus, OH Ruby’s w/ F*ck You Pay Me, White Wolves
3/23/2014 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH w/ Whores, F*ck You Pay Me
3/24/2014 The Union – Athens, OH w/ Whores, Horseburner
3/25/2014 Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Whores
3/26/2014 The Depot – York, PA w/ Neon Warship, Black Cowgirl, Witch Hazel
3/27/2014 The M Room – Philadelphia, PA w/ Neon Warship, Skeleton Hands
3/28/2014 Small Stone Showcase @ Middle East – Cambridge, MA w/ Roadsaw, Mellow Bravo, Gozu, Neon Warship
3/29/2014 Small Stone Showcase @ Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ Wo Fat, Lo-Pan, Roadsaw, Neon Warship, Geezer
4/09/2014 Skully’s – Columbus, OH w/ Spirit Caravan, Pilgrim
4/17/2014 Pinned 4 – Columbus, OH w/ Neon Warship, Ride To Ruin, Beggers

Check out the revamped http://www.lopandemic.com/ website for show updates, new merch and other Lo-Pan-centric awesomeness.

“Lo-Pan could easily stand as one of the most important bands of their generation in the genre.” – The Obelisk

“With enough stoner rock goodness to destroy bridges and skyscrapers alike, Lo-Pan show that they are one of several absolutely essential rock outfits working today and a major force to be reckoned with.” – Sputnik Music


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-Waxen Set Release Date For New Moribund Album, Featuring Toby Knapp

Today, Moribund Records sets May 27th as the release date for Waxen’s AGIOS HOLOKAUSTON. Waxen is the cult solo project of metal vet and scene legend Toby Knapp (Onward, Toby Knapp band, Godless Rising), and AGIOS HOLOKAUSTON is Waxen’s first album for Moribund and second overall. But above all, AGIOS HOLOKAUSTON is dark ‘n’ dazzling display of Knapp’s songwriting acumen and technical mastery. Handling all instruments, complex ‘n’ coiling black metal is ripped asunder with Knapp’s characteristic brand of shred, his six-string sorcery winding ‘n’ wending through all manner of riff catacombs yet always locating a haunting, poignant place for the listener to dwell. But no matter where Waxen’s diabolical vision goes, Knapp never loses sight of heavy metal songcraft. Behold AGIOS HOLOKAUSTON!

Track listing for Waxen’s AGIOS HOLOKAUSTON:
1. Suicidium (4:20)
2. Procession 11 (5:27)
3. Destined For Division (4:13)
4. At War With Reason Itself (6:26)
5. With Hatred Be Destroyed (4:38)
6. Hollow Eyes (6:03)
7. Eight The Adept (4:30)

A statement from Toby Knapp reads: “Waxen is my personal, musical manifestation of the extreme negative polarity. Waxen’s debut was recorded nearly a decade ago, and this follow-up AGIOS HOLOKAUSTON was only made possible by a cloud of darkness that once again lingered over me that needed to be transformed into an artform. I recorded this in the most primitive ways to capture the true essence of black metal. Broken, tiny earphones were used as the ‘microphone,’ and all instruments were plugged into a four-track and overdriven by ‘maxing out’ the unit itself. My aim is to reintroduce a strain of black metal that inspired me, bands like Octinomos, Algaion, early Graveland, and Craft, just to name a few.”


-About Heavy Metal’s “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1989” list is online at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/OG9w .

-A revamped Autograph lineup — featuring original members Steve Lynch (guitar) and Randy Rand (bass), plus new singer Simon Daniels (Jailhouse, Flood) and drummer Marc Wieland (Flood) — is touring now as follows:

3/14 – The Token Lounge, Westland, MI
3/15 – Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill, Bolingbrook, IL
3/16 – Southport Bar And Grill, Indianapolis, IN
3/29 – MSC Divina / Monsters Of Rock Cruise, Miami, FL
4/25 – 4/26 – M3 Fest @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
5/9 – Obsession Live Lounge, Ottawa, ON, Canada
5/10 – The Rockpile West, Toronto, ON, Canada
6/26 – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
6/27 – Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ
10/26 – Firefest, Nottingham, UK

Original singer Steve Plunkett declined to participate, original keyboardist Steve Isham passed away in 2008, and original drummer Keni Richards was part of the reunion until parting ways with the band in January. A new album is in the works for later this year. See https://www.facebook.com/autographmusicofficial for more.

-Brainstorm’s FIRESOUL is due out April 4 through AFM. Check out the video for the title track at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiarMaNvKK8 . Background from guitarist Torsten Ihlenfeld: “With the ‘Firesoul’ clip, we put our finger into the wound of hypocrisy. Before they cameras people act as bringers of peace but when the spotlight is turned off, they are campaigning for war. In the media hailed as benefactors, but in reality exploiting their own people. That’s why we chose this ‘Praise the Lord and feed my pocket’-TV show scenery for the clip, because here it shows perfectly how the poorest and believing get ripped off while others benefit in a criminal way. But the message we want to give is: there is always a way out, no matter what. We all fall, but getting up again is the important.”

-Ethan Brosh’s LIVE THE DREAM is out now. Check out the track “Up The Stairway” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQEcVjzW6y8&feature=youtu.be .

-Diabulus In Musica will release ARGIA on Napalm Records in April. Track list: “Et Resurrexit (Libera Me),” “From The Embers,” “Inner Force,” “Furia De Libertad” (feat. Ailyn Giménez), “Maitagarri,” “Sed Diabolus,” “Spoilt Vampire,” “Eternal Breeze,” “Mechanical Ethos,” “Encounter At Chronos’ Maze” (feat. Thomas Vikström), “Indigo,” “Healing,” “Horizons.” Hype: “The Spanish masters of Symphonic Metal finally release their eagerly awaited third album ARGIA. The fantastic female vocalist Zuberoa Aznárez and her band members masterfully combine heavy Metal riffs and a pounding rhythm section with passionate and symphonic elements. The compositions are crowned by wonderful refrains, which will grab the listener’s attention at the first spin of the record. ARGIA is a testament to Diabulus In Musica’s extraordinary ability to merge metallic heaviness with symphonic catchiness.” See http://www.diabulusinmusica.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/diabulusinmusicaofficial for more.

-Elvenking’s THE PAGAN MANIFESTO is due out May 9 through AFM. The album will feature guest vocalist Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Kiske/Somerville) on a 13-minute track. The band will tour in March and April with Gamma Ray and Rhapsody Of Fire. See http://www.elvenking.net/ for more.

-Epica’s second behind-the-scenes video looking at THE QUANTUM ENIGMA (due out in May through Nuclear Blast) is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p_ARVEJyEM . See http://www.epica.nl/ for more.

-Exorcism has recently confirmed appearances at the Dokk’em Open Air in the Netherlands, which runs June 20-21 in Dokkum and also features Metal Church, Annihilator, Gamma Ray, Vicious Rumors, Circus Maximus, and more; and the MetalWar Fest in Hungary, which takes place September 5-7 in Budapest ( http://metalwarfest.hu/ ). The band will also perform June 22 at Rockcafé Sodom in Tongeren, Belgium, with Vicious Rumors, Lord Volture, and more bands TBA. See http://www.exorcism13.com/ for more.

-Frontiers’ Melodic Rock Fanzine issue #60 is online now at http://issuu.com/frontiers_records/docs/mrf60 . It has features on Heart, Primal Fear, Vanden Plas, Indica, Silent Force, Berggren Kerslake Band, Persuader, House Of Lords, Red Dragon Cartel, and more. See http://www.frontiers.it/ for more.

-Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper announced on Facebook last week that the band will play “Grab Your Garmin” — the Garmin Super Bowl TV commercial song which has never been done live — at the Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago, on April 5. Check out the video for the full song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taRPwYe1EYA , and see https://www.facebook.com/grimreaperofficial for more.

-Upcoming Heaven & Earth tour dates:

6/26 – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, UK
6/27 – Academy ABC 2, Glasgow, UK
6/28 – O2 Academy 2, Newcastle, UK
6/29 – O2 Academy 2, Sheffield, UK
7/1 – O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, UK
7/2 – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
7/5 – Montreux Jazz Festival

See http://www.heavenandearthband.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/officialheavenandearth for more.

-Tuomas Holopainen’s third album trailer for THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm-lXHTw0DM . See http://www.tuomas-holopainen.com/ for more.

-Iron Savior’s newie RISE OF THE HERO debuted on the German charts at #76.

-PBS is airing “Journey: Don’s Stop Believing” — the story of Arnel Pineda — tonight at 9:30 p.m. CDT.

-Kiss’ Gene Simmons has a Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp from March 27-30 in Las Vegas. Scott Ian, Sebastian Bach, Steve Stevens, David Ellefson, and Tommy Thayer are also set to appear, and the “Rock Star Counselors” are Lita Ford, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice, Oz Fox, Phil Soussan, Teddy Andreadis, Nick Catanese, Glen Sobel, and more. See http://www.rockcamp.com/gene-simmons-2014.php for more. Simmons is also set to appear in tonight’s (March 12) episode of CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” entitled “Long Road Home.” Check out an article on Kiss drummer Eric Singer’s watch collection at Watchonista, at http://www.watchonista.com/2914/watchonista-blog/news/eric-singer-kiss-talks-about-his-fifty-fathoms .

-Lost Society’s next track-by-track, covering the songs “Game Over” and “Attaxic” from the upcoming TERROR HUNGRY, is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x738CMMciyE . See https://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-Million Dollar Fix’s new EP, PSYCHEDELEPHANT, is streaming in full at Beatroute, at http://beatroute.ca/2014/03/10/million-dollar-fix/ . The page also has “a fantastic feature” on the band. See http://milliondollarfixmusic.bandcamp.com , http:/www.soundcloud.com/million-dollar-fix , http://www.facebook.com/MillionDollarFix , and http://twitter.com/MDFcalgary for more.

-A Pilgrim interview and a stream of the new song “Void Worship” are now at Invisible Oranges, at http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2014/03/pilgrim-interview-and-void-worship-premiere/ . II: VOID WORSHIP is due out soon through Metal Blade Records. See http://www.facebook.com/hailthepilgrim for more.

-The second annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert, set for March 26 at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, CA, has added legendary Doors guitarist Robby Krieger to the lineup. See http://ticketf.ly/1mf2eJl for more on tickets, and http://www.facebook.com/rockagainstMSfoundation for more on Rock Against MS.

-Rock N’ Skull 2014 is slated for November 14 – 16, at Goodfella’s Pub in Pekin, IL. Hype: “Do you remember the ’80s and early ’90s music and how 3 chords, spandex and hairspray changed your life! Do you sing along when the radio or a local cover bands play ‘those’ songs. . . . We are bringing some of those ‘original’ bands/ singers to Goodfellas and we are gonna ‘RAWK’ like its 1989!!!!!” Friday the 14th is acoustic night with a headliner TBA, plus Michael Olivieri (Leatherwolf) with Mitch Perry, Russ Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs), Roxy Blue, Jonathan Pagano (Novella), and Shawn Pelata (Line Of Fire) closing the night “plugged in.” Saturday the 15th features headiner Danger Danger plus Black N’ Blue, Babylon A.D., Eden’s Curse, The Fifth (featuring Cold Sweat’s Roy Cathey), Sacred Warrior, InnerSiege, FOXX, S.O.R., and Liberty Falls. Sunday the 16th features headliner Faster Pussycat plus Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), David Reece (Accept, Bangalore Choir), Pretty Boy Floyd, Brighton Rock, Every Mother’s Nightmare, Loveblast, and Michael Layne Band. See https://www.facebook.com/events/606529919411993/ for more, and buy tickets at http://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/12009/chk/768b .

-Rockesha is set for Saturday, June 21 at the Waukesha County Expo Center in Waukesha, WI. The lineup: Eric Martin, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Quiet Riot, and Warrant, with special guest emcee Eddie Trunk. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1406772569562926/ for more, and get tickets at http://www.splatlive.com/tickets/ .

-A trailer for Sabaton’s HEROES, which was filmed “during the band’s album presentation in Stockholm, on February 22nd,” is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-OKZsaZUNQ . See http://www.sabaton.net/ for more.

-Shakra will release 33 – THE BEST OFF — a double album featuring 30 classics plus three new songs — on May 9 through AFM Records.

-Sinbreed’s video for the new single “Bleed” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YxSeGFIy6k , and all four “making of” videos for the new album SHADOWS — due out March 28 on AFM — is online at these links:

part 1 (drums) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPbCGBA3CYs
part 2 (bass) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quOjUsoRRVY
part 3 (guitar) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWOzg5BbvQw
part 4 (vocals) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoHvQ-AssCw

-Spinal Tap! Check out an article entitled “This List Goes to 11!: Eleven Trends Predicted by ‘This is Spinal Tap'” at http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/pictures/this-list-goes-to-11-eleven-trends-predicted-by-this-is-spinal-tap-20140306 .

-Starchild — featuring singer/guitarist Sandro Giampietro (Zillion, SupaRed), bassist Jens Becker (Zillion, Grave Digger, Running Wild), drummer Michael Ehrè (Love Might Kill, Gamma Ray), and electric violinist Esmeralda — will release a self-titled debut on April 11. Track list: “Starchild,” “Black And White Forever,” “It’s My Race,” “Morning Star,” “Visions,” “Thief Of The Crown,” “Still My Planet,” “Atalya,” “Reaching The Land,” “Runner,” “Underwaterworld,” “Forever,” “Eyes Of History.” Guests include Michael Kiske (Unisonic, Place Vendome) dueting on “Black And White Forever,” and organist Helge Schneider. Check out the video for “Starchild” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gu4se6YFPU , and samples of all the songs plus track-by-track info at http://www.starchildband.com/ . See https://www.facebook.com/starchildmetal and http://www.sandroweb.com/ for more.

-Tankard’s final studio report on R.I.B. is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4ShXL3rPaA . See http://www.tankard.info/ for more.

-Trollfest’s KAPTEIN KAOS is due out March 28 through Noise Art/Napalm Records. This is the band’s sixth album in 10 years. Band hype: “Trollfest’s secret to success ain’t only their brilliant and often costume-laden live shows — what makes the band so long-lived and unique is their incredible sound fusion consisting of metal, folk from pretty much every country imaginable, and world music. This hefty cocktail is topped off with lyrics penned in the fictitious ‘Trollsprak’ — a healthy mix of Norwegian, German, and Trollish!” Album hype: “Like previous albums, KAPTEIN KAOS is set in a fantasy world of trolls. It tells the story of the Kaptein Kaos, who, according to the band ‘is an inventor who creates a time machine and goes on an expedition across time to see some sights, taste some stuff and has some fun in ways that are exclusively available to people with time machines.’ Musically though, it seems that this time Trollfest have slightly changed direction. ‘Blastbeats and screaming,’ says the band, ‘have given way to juicy rock grooves and rich melody lines, and the world music influence, which has been our trademark both in our use of instruments as well as melodies, has expanded to include tango rhythms, Asian and Scandinavian folk music as well, of course, as our Eastern European influences for which we are known.'” Track list: “Trolltramp,” “Kaptein Kaos,” “Vulkan,” “Ave Maria,” “Filzlaus Verkündiger,” “Die Grosse Echsen,” “Seduction Suit No. 21,” “Solskinnsmedisin,” “Troll Gegen Mann,” “Sagn Om Stein,” “Renkespill,” “Kinesisk Alkymi,” “Døden Banker På.” The limited edition digi-pak version of the CD comes with a 111-minute bonus DVD featuring a “making of” segment and video from the recent Heidenfeset and Paganfest tours.

-Volume IV’s LONG IN THE TOOTH is streaming in full at The Obelisk, at http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2014/03/07/volume-iv-long-in-the-tooth-stream/ . See http://www.volume-iv.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/VolumeIV for more.

-The organizers of the Wacken Metal Battle Canada have announced a few winners. Quietus won Edmonton round one, Omnisight won Vancouver round one, The Parallax and Psycho Mad Sally won Toronto round one, and False Flag won Calgary round two. See http://www.metalbattle.ca/ and https://www.facebook.com/MetalBattleCanada for more.

-Winger’s video for the excellent new song “Rat Race” is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSdIQkrAjtk . Check out an interview with guitarist Reb Beach at http://www.guitarworld.com/better-days-comin-reb-beach-talks-guitars-new-winger-album-and-more .

Thanks to Metal Sludge, Southern Cross PR, Earsplit PR, Stuart Smith, Axel Wiesenauer, Cole Bernstiel, Kory Grow, Chad Bowar, James Wood, Michelle Renee, Marco Gabella, Jon Freeman, Erika Engle, Mark Orsted, Jon Asher, Hawk, and Roscoe for help gathering some of this information.

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