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Detritus Issue #665

Issue #665
Week of March 17, 2014

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-We’re taking a little spring breaky-break so this is the last you’ll hear from us for a week or two. – Tim

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-Kiss & Def Leppard: The World’s Biggest Rock Bands Set To Tour This Summer

Kissonline All-New Kiss Concert Club Presale

VIP Packages Available

LOS ANGELES — This summer two of the world’s greatest rock bands, Kiss and Def Leppard, are set to deliver a massive tour dedicated to fans who wanna rock and roll all night! These two legendary rock bands spanning two continents announced that they will launch the tour as Kiss celebrates their 40th year in music. The summer’s biggest hit-fueled rock tour, promoted exclusively by Live Nation, will storm through 40-plus cities throughout North America kicking off on Monday, June 23 in West Valley City, UT at the USANA Amphitheater. Tickets for most events (unless otherwise noted below) go on sale starting on Friday, March 21 through the Live Nation mobile app and at http://www.livenation.com/ .

2014 Kiss Concert Club members have access to the exclusive presale beginning March 18th. Members also get first shot at the ALL NEW VIP packages, including Meet and Greets.

PLEASE NOTE: All preexisting and “active” Kiss Army Fan Club members will have access to Concert Club presales. Both Concert Club and active Fan Club members should log in to Kissonline and read all of the instructions at the top of the tour page when accessing the presales.

Check out the schedule below and if you’re not already a member of the Kiss Concert Club and you want access to these presales, join today.


PRESALES BEGIN MARCH 18 AT 10 A.M. (local venue time):
June 23 – West Valley City, UT (USANA Amphitheater)
June 25 – Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
June 27 – Ridgefield, WA (Sleep Country Amphitheater)
June 29 – Auburn, WA (White River Amphitheatre)
July 2 – Concord, CA (Concord Pavilion)
July 3 – Wheatland, CA (Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre)
July 5 – Irvine, CA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
July 6 – Chula Vista, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
July 8 – Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)
July 9 – Phoenix, AZ (Ak-Chin Pavilion)
July 12 – Austin, TX (Austin360 Amphitheater, on sale March 22)
July 13 – Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
July 15 – Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
July 16 – Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
July 18 – Atlanta, GA (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, on sale March 22)
July 19 – Charlotte, NC (PNC Music Pavilion)
July 20 – Raleigh, NC (Walnut Creek Amphitheatre)
July 22 – West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
July 23 – Tampa, FL (MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre)
July 25 – Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
July 26 – Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center, on sale March 22)
August 1 – Mansfield, MA (Xfinity Center)
August 2 – Atlantic City, NJ (Boardwalk Hall, on sale TBA)
August 3 – Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center)
August 5 – Saratoga Springs, NY (SPAC, on sale March 22)
August 6 – Wantagh, NY (Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre, on sale TBA)
August 8 – Virginia Beach, VA (Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, on sale March 22)
August 9 – Scranton, PA (Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain)
August 10 – Hartford, CT (Xfinity Theatre)
August 12 – Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
August 13 – Darien, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, on sale March 22)
August 15 – East Troy, WI (Alpine Valley Music Theatre)
August 16 – Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
August 17 – Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
August 20 – Des Moines, IA (Wells Fargo Arena)
August 22 – Noblesville, IN (Klipsch Music Center)
August 23 – Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre, on sale March 22)
August 24 – Burgettstown, PA (First Niagara Pavilion, on sale March 22)
August 26 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Blossom Music Center)
August 28 – Maryland Heights, MO (Verizon Wireless Amp, on sale March 22)
August 29 – Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
August 31 – Woodlands, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)

See you this summer!


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-Forthcoming Alice Cooper Doc Opera “Super Duper Alice Cooper” Premiering At Tribeca Film Festival On April 17, 2014

250+ Theatrical Screenings To Follow, Beginning April 30, 2014 In The United States

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

As announced earlier this month, the upcoming official Alice Cooper documentary, “Super Duper Alice Cooper,” will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and will hit theaters nationwide beginning April 30, 2014. “Super Duper Alice Cooper” will officially premiere on April 17, 2014 and is presented by Banger Films, in association with Eagle Rock Entertainment, and distributed to theaters and venues by SpectiCast (“As The Palaces Burn,” “Aerosmith: Rock For The Rising Sun,” “Morrissey 25: Live”).

Catch this special “doc opera” at a theater or venue near you! “Super Duper Alice Cooper” will screen in over 250 US cinemas and venues following the premiere (see below for a full listing). As mentioned previously, a special pre-recorded “Keep Calm & Just Ask Alice” Q&A and welcome from Alice will be included exclusively with each screening.

See below for a current list of US theatrical and venue screenings, sorted by their original screening date. Several of the mentioned theaters and venues will show multiple screenings of “Super Duper Alice Cooper,” so make sure to check your local listings for more information.

Upcoming “Super Duper Alice Cooper” US Screenings:

Fairfax, VA / Angelika Mosaic
Dallas, TX / Angelika Film Dallas
Plano, TX / Angelika Film Plano
San Diego, CA / Gaslamp 15
Honolulu, HI / Ward Stadium 16
Sacramento, CA / Tower Theatre
La Mesa, CA / Grossmont Center 10
Rohnert Park, CA / Rohnert Park 16
Bakersfield, CA / Valley Plaza 16
New York, NY / Village East
Manville, NJ / Manville 12-Plex
Murrieta, CA / Cal Oaks 17
Cleveland, OH / Capitol Theatre
Cleveland, OH / Shaker Square Cinemas
Pittsburgh, PA / Southside Works Cinema
Peoria, AZ / Arrowhead Fountains 18
Oklahoma City, OK / Bricktown 16
Chandler, AZ / Chandler Fashion 20
Moreno Valley, CA / Moreno Valley 16
Denver, CO / Northfield 18
Phoenix, AZ / Scottsdale 101
Arlington, MA / Regent Theatre
Claremont, CA / Claremont 5
North Hollywood, CA / NoHo 7
Pasadena, CA / Playhouse 7
Amherst, NY / The Screening Room Inc.
Chestnut Hill, MA / Showcase SuperLux
Millbury, MA / Blackstone Valley 14 Cinema de Lux
Dedham, MA / Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place
Bridgeport, CT / Showcase Cinemas Bridgeport
White Plains, NY / City Center 15: Cinema De Lux
Whitestone, NY / College Point Multiplex Cinemas
Edgewater, NJ / Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas
Farmingdale, NY / Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas
Holtsville, NY / Island 16: Cinema De Lux
Lowell, MA / Showcase Cinemas Lowell
Foxboro, MA / Showcase Cinema de Lux Patriot Place
Providence, RI / Providence Place Cinemas 16
Springdale, OH / Springdale 18: Cinema De Lux
Warwick, RI / Showcase Cinemas Warwick
Randolph, MA / Showcase Cinema de Lux Randolph
Revere, MA / Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere
Elmsford, NY / Greenburgh Multiplex Cinemas
Yonkers, NY / Showcase Cinema de Lux Ridge Hill
Bonita Springs, FL / Prado Stadium 12

San Francisco, CA / Balboa Theatre
Cincinnati, OH / Esquire Theatre
Columbus, OH / Gateway Film Center
Sparta, NJ / Digiplex Sparta
Mechanicsburg, PA / Digiplex Mechanicsburg
Camp Hill, PA / Digiplex Camp Hill
Williamsport, PA / Digiplex Williamsport
Bloomsburg, PA / Digiplex Bloomsburg
Selinsgrove, PA / Digiplex Selinsgrove
Reading, PA / Digiplex Fairgrounds
Solon, OH / Digiplex Solon Cinema 16
Surprise, AZ / Digiplex Surprise Pointe 14
Bloomfield, CT / Digiplex Bloomfield
Lisbon, CT / Digiplex Lisbon
Torrington, CT / Digiplex CINEROM Torrington
Temecula, CA / Digiplex Temecula Tower 10
Apple Valley, CA / Digiplex Apple Valley 14
Bonsall, CA / Digiplex River Village
Oceanside, CA / Digiplex Mission Marketplace 13
Poway, CA / Digiplex Poway 10
Westfield, NJ / Digiplex Rialto Westfield
San Rafael, CA / California Film Institute

Phoenix, AZ / FilmBar

Athens, OH / Athena Grand

Tuscon, AZ / The Loft Cinema

Bridgeport, CT / Bijou Theatre

More information on “Super Duper Alice Cooper:”

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” 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.

The film 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.”

For more information on “Super Duper Alice Cooper,” please visit:

For more information on Alice Cooper, please visit:

For more information on Banger Films, please visit:
Instagram: @BangerFilms

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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-Guitar Legend Neal Schön Teams Up With Marco Mendoza And Deen Castronovo For Smoking New Fusion And Blues-Inspired Hard Rock Album

SO U Due Out May 20th Via Frontiers Records

NEW YORK, NY — Guitar legend Neal Schön has joined forces with bassist Marco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) to create a unique body of work with jazz and blues-inspired virtuosic hard rock playing, entitled SO U. The new album features Schön, Mendoza, and Castronovo splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankees songwriter, singer, and bassist Jack Blades. Please see below for the track listing for SO U. Of SO U, Neal Schön commented, “This is a great new record that features all three of us — Deen, Marco, and myself — sharing lead vocals. Enjoy!”

Best known as founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schön has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n’ roll’s top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time. Beginning his career more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana. Schön moved on in 1973 to form Journey. With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005, and was individually inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013. As the only member to record on all of Journey’s albums, Schön continues with the band today in its latest incarnation.

In addition to six solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Neal Schön has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer, Hardline, and super group Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects. His latest instrumental solo album, THE CALLING, released in 2012 via Frontiers Records, won rave reviews from fans and the media alike, with Vintage Guitar declaring “THE CALLING is a fine piece of work demonstrating that Schön still has it going on — and then some… The songs are strong and his guitar tones are absolutely luxurious.” In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schön also worked with Gibson to manufacture his own limited edition “Neal Schön Signature Model Custom Les Paul” guitar, but now uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars, made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.

SO U track listing:
1. Take A Ride
2. So U
3. Exotica
4. What You Want
5. Love Finds A Way
6. On My Way
7. Serenity
8. Shelter
9. Big Ocean

For more information please visit:

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-Platinum-Selling Rockers Krokus To Release New Live Album


Krok ‘n’ Rollers

In the last four decades, Krokus has played over 2,000 shows across five continents. Every gig, every place, and every crowd was different but all showed tremendous enthusiasm towards the band. Krokus recorded 20 shows for release consideration, eventually deciding on their last sold-out show, recorded in their hometown at the House Of Rust on August 30th, 2013. LONG STICK GOES BOOM: LIVE FROM DA HOUSE OF RUST will be released in North America on April 22nd via The End Records.

An ecstatic audience and a killer location, for Krokus it was a truly memorable moment — it was the night where Krok ‘n’ Roll came back to town — to Rockcity Solothurn where it all started in 1975. “We’re extremely happy to share this moment with all of you. This proves that there is still a place for the eternal flame of Rock ‘n’ Roll — our medicine of life.”

“A hell of a big ‘Thank You’ for your constant support and appreciation. This is the fuel we need to go the extra mile. Enjoy and spread the word!”
– Krokus

For almost 40 years now, Krokus has stood for high-quality, honest-to-goodness, hand-made power rock. No other Swiss rock band sells albums and its back catalog worldwide like Krokus. The band has already sold over 14 million records, toured the world, and received gold and platinum discs in the USA and Canada. The milestones in their rock career are dotted around the world: from Australia and the USA to Mexico, Russia, Japan, and China.

Marc Storace – Lead Vocals
Chris von Rohr – Bass, Vocals
Fernando von Arb – Guitar, Vocals
Mark Kohler – Guitar
Mandy Meyer – Guitar
Flavio Mezzodi – Drums

Krokus – LONG STICK GOES BOOM CD/T-Shirt Bundle
Our Price: $19.99

Track listing:
1. Long Stick Goes Boom
2. Hallelujah Rock ‘n’ Roll
3. Go Baby Go
4. American Woman
5. Tokyo Nights
6. Fire
7. Rock City/Better Than Sex/Dog Song
8. Screaming In The Night
9. Hellraiser
10. Bedside Radio
11. Easy Rocker
12. Heatstrokes
13. Live For The Action
14. Hoodoo Woman

The Omega Order

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-Magic Circle Music Update

Notice: Manowar’s Performance At Legacy Open Air Canceled

Despite all of our management’s efforts over the last months to save Manowar’s scheduled headlining performance at Legacy Open Air in Germany this June, the promoters’ failures to fulfill essential contractual obligations have made it impossible for Manowar to put on the show that their fans deserve, leaving us with no other choice than to disassociate Manowar from this event.

Those who have purchased tickets to see Manowar at Legacy Open Air this summer are recommended to contact their ticket outlets to obtain a full refund.

The KINGS OF METAL MMXIV World Tour continues across Europe starting March 18, 2014 in Krasnodar, Russia and Manowar will return to Germany for three indoor shows in January 2015 in Essen (January 14, 2015), Munich (January 15, 2015), and Frankfurt (January 17, 2015).

Manowar Add Third Tour Date For Tallinn, Estonia On March 26, 2014

Manowar fans in Estonia are given one more chance to experience the KINGS OF METAL MMXIV World Tour this month!

After tickets for the first two shows were sold out within 6 minutes and 24 hours respectively, Manowar have confirmed an additional show for Wednesday March 26, 2014 at Rock Café in Tallinn, Estonia.

On this tour, Manowar will perform the entire KINGS OF METAL MMXIV album and many other favorite hymns.

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 10 a.m. CET.

See you there
Hail and Kill!

KINGS OF METAL MMXIV World Tour – Confirmed Tour Dates:
Tue, March 18, 2014 – Olymp Palace of Sports – Krasnodar, Russia
Fri, March 21, 2014 – Luzhniki Palace of Sports – Moscow, Russia
Sun, March 23, 2014 – Yubileyny Sports Palace – St. Petersburg, Russia
Tue, March 25, 2014 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
Wed, March 26, 2014 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia
Thu, March 27, 2014 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
Sat, March 29, 2014 – Teatro Arena – Vilnius, Lithuania
Sat, May 17, 2014 – Spodek – Katowice, Poland
Wed, May 21, 2014 – Hangar 11 – Tel Aviv, Israel
Sat, May 24, 2014 – Metal Summer Festival – Istanbul, Turkey
Fri-Sat, July 25-26, 2014 – Magic Circle Festival – Helsinki, Finland
Wed, November 12, 2014 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA, USA
Sat, November 15, 2014 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL, USA
Sun, November 16, 2014 – Royal Oak Theatre – Royal Oak, MI, USA
Wed, January 14, 2015 – Grugahalle – Essen, Germany
Fri, January 16, 2015 – Zenith – Munich, Germany
Sat, January 17, 2015 – Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany

More info and constant updates:

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-Frontiers Rock Festival: VIP Tickets & Swag

The first Frontiers Rock Festival, which will be held at the Live Music Club in Trezzo (Milano, Italy) on May 1, 2, and 3, and will see performances from 21 bands in three days including such artists as Tesla, Stryper, Night Ranger, Winger, Pretty Maids, Hardline, W.E.T., Red Dragon Cartel, Danger Danger, Jeff Scott Soto, and more, offers a limited amount of 150 VIP Tickets in total (which are close to be sold out now — hurry up!). VIP ticket experience includes four-star hotel accommodation, shuttle service to the venue, dinners, drinks, and the possibility of meeting the artists in person while enjoy the Festival from an advantaged viewpoint.

Frontiers is also pleased to include a special present which will include the following gifts:

– the exclusive VIP Fans Festival T-shirt;
– Frontiers Rock Festival bag — on sale during the Festival to the non-VIP ticket holders;
– exclusive posters and memorabilia from Frontiers bands;
– the official Festival compilation CD — which will only be available on sale in limited quantities during the Festival days to the non-VIP ticket holders — plus five more Frontiers CDs;
– the official Festival Guide — on sale during the Festival to the non-VIP ticket holders;
– pins and key rings offered by EMP, one of the official sponsors of the Festival.

On the second day the Festival will exclusively raffle among all spectators of the day a Jake E. Lee signature Charvel guitar, a.k.a. the “White Pearl,” exclusively signed by all Red Dragon Cartel band members, plus a Jake E. Lee guitar pick!

All info and tickets purchase available at http://www.frontiersrockfestival.com/ .

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-Rock Photographer Kevin Estrada Helps Raise Awareness Of Human Trafficking With “Rockers Against Trafficking” And Benefit Show

Veteran photographer Kevin Estrada has shot some of rock’s biggest names over the years — Nirvana, Kiss, REM, Green Day, Fergie, etc. And now, he is using his connections in the world of rock for a good cause — helping to raise awareness of human trafficking, by creating the organization “Rockers Against Trafficking” [ http://rockersagainsttrafficking.org ] and scheduling an upcoming all-star benefit show, on April 11th at Paladino’s in Tarzana, CA (and sponsored by Monster Energy).

“Besides being a photographer, I am a dad — that is my top priority in life,” explains Estrada. “I have two young daughters that I care about and love very much. For the past few years, human trafficking has been on my radar as we see and hear more and more about this spreading sickness. Young girls, like my daughters, fall victim to this travesty every day — and that worries me.”

Last year, Estrada had a birthday party at Paladino’s, which resulted in plenty of his rock pals joining in the fun for jam sessions. This year, when talk of having another b-day bash came up, the photographer came up with an idea — make it a benefit to fight human trafficking.

“Our goal is to build awareness and raise funds to support the fight against human trafficking here in our own country and abroad,” says Estrada. “Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world today — second only to drug activity. This is tragically happening to nearly two million girls worldwide ever year, some of these girls are as young as seven years old. This is happening all over the world, and it is also happening right here in our own backyards. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego are hot spots here in California.”

The proceeds from the show on April 11th will be used to rebuild the lives of these young victims with housing, medical assistance, legal aid, and job placement. These donations will also be used to build and set up border monitoring stations on the borders between countries that are known for human trafficking.

In addition to performances from members of Helmet, Megadeth, Stone Temple Pilots, Fear Factory, Slayer, Ministry, Armored Saint, and Quiet Riot, among countless others (see list below), there will be silent auctions and raffle giveaways — guitars donated by Schecter Guitars and Monster Energy / Fender Guitars, a DW Drums collector’s series snare drum, plus signed goodies raffled off from Motörhead and The Cult, and more.

Come down to Paladino’s on April 11th for music, fun, and to support a great cause!

To view the poster for the show click here:


Friday April 11, 2014
8 p.m. Sharp
Tickets are only $15 at the door
6101 Reseda Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91335
(plenty of free parking)

Performances by:
Helmet, Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Dave Lombardo (Philm / Slayer), Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Gonzo Sandoval (Armored Saint), Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory), Ann Boleyn (Hellion), Keith St. John (Montrose / Burning Rain), Sin Quirin (Ministry), Edge Of Paradise, Betsy Weiss (Bitch), Rik Fox (Sin / Steeler / W.A.S.P.), Spiders & Snakes, Chris Moore (Cry Wolf), Steve Gaines (Anger As Art / Abaottoir), Shawn Duncan (DC4 / Odin), Matt Duncan (DC4), To Human, Randy Piper (W.A.S.P.), Mandy Lion (WWIII), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Arthur Seay (Unida), and more.

For information on Kevin Estrada, visit http://www.kevinestrada.com/ .

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-Gotthard: Three Singles Before Release BANG! Album

Dear Gotthard fans,

The calm before the storm?

Not for real rock fans. And for Gotthard fans full speed ahead is never enough anyway — that’s why there’ll be three more singles released before the big “BANG!” along with some exciting news …


The race is on — the second official single “BANG!” is out since Friday and the title track does not only shorten the wait, but rocks massively. You’ve really got to be in good shape since March 21 already sees the release of the wonderful ballad “C’est La Vie” — a song the guys wrote together from the first to the last chord and infused with lots of emotion. All hell is set loose again on March 28: “Get Up And Move On” blows up the dust in the week before release. Now, if this isn’t the perfect training to get fit for the upcoming CD BANG!, then what is?

All singles are released on iTunes exclusively:

“BANG!” iTunes

“BANG!” snippet:

“C’est La Vie”: iTunes link + snippet, 21.03 Gotthard Facebook
“Get Up And Move On”: iTunes link + snippet, 28.03 Gotthard Facebook


The feeling gets stronger: The new Gotthard record with 13 songs and charged with unbelievable energy will be a blast. Then again, BANG! isn’t just another album, as Marc explains: “We feel we have to and really want to prove that the great quality of FIREBIRTH wasn’t just a flash in the pan. And I’m sure we’ll show exactly that.” Recorded at the band’s own Yellow House Studios in Lugano and mixed by Ronald Prent at the Dutch Wisseloord Studios (Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner), BANG! will be released in three formats on April 4, 2014: as a standard CD, a premium digi-pak with two bonus tracks, and good old gatefold vinyl.


“We’ve always wanted to play in this cult venue again. The Volkshaus is legendary and regarding atmosphere there’s nothing better in Switzerland — the ideal spot to celebrate the new album together with our fans!” says Leo enthusiastically. And that’s exactly what’s going to happen on April 11 with a right royal Gotthard live show at the Volkshaus. That night, the band will of course not only play their famous hits but brand new tracks from BANG! as well. So, you better be there and party hard!


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-Sabaton Pay Tribute To Metallica, Battle Beast, And Raubtier!

For their upcoming new record HEROES, Swedish Heavy Metal institution Sabaton now reveals the different track lists, including all the bonus tracks that will be available. Among them are three cover versions of Metallica, Battle Beast, and Raubtier.

HEROES will be released on May 16, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

The band comments the decisions like this:

Metallica – “For Whom The Bell Tolls”
“All of us are old fans of Metallica. The choice of the song was difficult, but we all could agree on that one. As an addition, ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ was the first heavy metal song ever performed on a stage by Pär.”

Battle Beast – “Out Of Control”
“Battle Beast was our secret guest at our latest Sabatoncruise and we all enjoyed watching them perform their songs live. We thought we wanted to support young and upcoming bands and decided to do a cover of them.”

Raubtier – “En Hjältes Väg”
“Raubtier are our brothers from the north of Sweden. We have played together countless times and in the past, and Thobbe used to be in this band. At a special concert in 2012 Joakim performed this song live together with Raubtier and it awoke the idea of doing a cover version. Seeing to the song title it was also a natural choice for our latest album HEROES.”

The track lists will be as follows:

Standard Jewel case:
1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad Of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron

Digi-pak and US version:
1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad Of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron
Bonus tracks:
11. 7734
12. Man Of War

Digital only:
1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad Of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron
Bonus tracks:
11. 7734
12. Man Of War
13. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica cover)

1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad Of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron
Bonus tracks:
11. 7734
12. Man Of War
13. En Hjältes Väg (Raubtier cover)

Japan – digital only:
1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad Of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron
Bonus tracks:
11. 7734
12. Man Of War
13. En Hjältes Väg (Raubtier cover)
14. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica cover)

CD 1
1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad Of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron
CD 2 (bonus):
1. 7734
2. Man Of War
3. En Hjältes Väg (Raubtier cover)
4. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica cover)
5. Out Of Control (Battle Beast cover)

Album Trailer #1:

You can pre-order your copy of HEROES at the following address:


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-Wi-Fi At Sweden Rock Festival 2014

Many of our guests have requested Wi-Fi access during the festival. We are now happy to announce that Wi-Fi will be available this summer, courtesy of Karlshamn-based company Network Solutions. Said company will set up a number of Wi-Fi hotspots on the festival area for a maximum of 2,500 simultaneous users. The max limit will be in place to ensure that everyone who has paid for the service is able to use it. Providing a network with access for all festival guests at the same time is not possible for the time being due to technical limitations.

The price for using this Wi-Fi will be 20 SEK/hour or 60 SEK/day. Access codes will be available for purchase at the Network Solutions Wi-Fi centre, located next to the VIP bar entrance. At the Wi-Fi centre, there will also be around a dozen stationary computers available for use at 50 SEK/30 min.

We in the festival management team are happy to have found a company able to provide these services, and we also hope that this will help reduce 3G traffic and make it at least a little bit easier to call and send text messages during the festival.

Sweden Rock Festival

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-Flotsam And Jetsam Recap European Tour And Explain Lineup Changes!

“We would like to send out a huge thank you to the many fans and press that came out to support us on our tour with Sepultura. This tour was the largest European tour to date for Flotsam And Jetsam. Our main goal is to get connected to all of you, shake your hands, look you in the eyes and let you know how much we appreciate you. You are the life blood of music.

“As you know we released a complete reproduction of NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE this year. This was so we could present the album the way it was intended to be heard. Many of you had great comments about this and that confirmed our decision to get this done.”

The current lineup is as follows:
Eric A.K. – Vocals
Michael Gilbert – Guitar
Kelly D. Smith – Drums
Michael Spencer – Bass (first bassist to replace Jason Newsted)
Steve Conley – Guitars (formerly of F5)

“After completion of the 2013 tour with Testament in the US, Edward Carlson was no longer able to tour due to physical issues that would require back and neck surgery to possibly correct. We will miss our comrade and wish him well on his next adventure. Steve Conley has been officially recruited to fill the spot. Having played with David Ellefson (Megadeth) in F5 we are confident in his ability to hold the spot with integrity.

“Jason Ward’s departure happened after the tracking of UGLY NOISE. Jason had spent nearly 16 years in Flotsam and decided to stay at home with his new family and career. He was and is one of the strongest personalities in the Flotsam catalog of players. We have all had a turn on the sidelines, we will miss his participation on the road and his witty humor. Shortly after the Testament tour in 2013 Michael Spencer took the helm as bassist. He was the first bassist to replace Newsted in 1987 formerly of Sentinel Beast. He was a part of the writing of NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE in 1987 and was on our first tour with Megadeth in the US and Europe. With that history it made perfect sense that NO PLACE should be redone. You can hear him on the reproduction of NPFD.”


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-Falconer Completes Recordings For New Album BLACK MOON RISING!

Swedish Folk Metal experts Falconer have finished the recordings for their eighth album BLACK MOON RISING, scheduled for release on June 6th of this year.

Comments the band: “So now the mix and mastering is done for BLACK MOON RISING. After having a break from the studio and then returning my first impression was: ‘Was it that much double bass drums?’ I’m sure this album will compete with NORTHWIND as being my favorite album though they are not alike. The last album entirely in Swedish was really rewarding to do but I must admit it’s always great to be back where you feel you belong! Well, enough with the self-admiration for this time…”

Producer Andy LaRocque had the following to say: “This is how Falconer should sound!”

Falconer released their last album ARMOD in June of 2011.


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-Death Angel Invites Fans To Total Metal Festival

Mark Osegueda and Rob Cavestany, singer and guitarist of the legendary Thrash Metal band Death Angel, greet all fans with an exclusive video giving them appointment to the Total Metal Open Air Festival that will be held on 19 and 20 July 2014 in Bitonto, Italy.

Here is the YouTube link:

Death Angel will share the same stage with about 40 bands more including sacred monsters such as Kreator, Annihilator, Behemoth, and Moonspell.

All information about bands, other entertainments, camping, hotels and whatever are available on the website http://www.totalmetalfestival.com/ and on the official Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TotalMetalFestival .

Find down here all the bands confirmed so far:

KREATOR (Germany) – Thrash Metal
ANNIHILATOR (Canada) – Technical Thrash Metal
BEHEMOTH (Poland) – Black/Death Metal
MOONSPELL (Portugal) – Gothic/Doom/Black Metal
DEATH ANGEL (USA) – Thrash Metal
COLDSTEEL (USA) – Thrash Metal
DOMINE NATION (Mexico) – Heavy Metal
DESERT (Israel) – Dark Epic Metal
ACID DEATH (Greece) – Technical Death Metal
AGGRAVATOR (USA) – Thrash Metal
RIUL DOAMNEI (Italy) – Symphonic Extreme Metal
DAYS OF ANGER (Sweden) – Melodic Thrash/Death Metal
MINDTHREAT (Greece) – Metalcore
SYMBOLYC (Italy) – Thrash/Death Metal
ANDROMEDA (Italy) – Groove Metal
HOMICIDE HAGRIDDEN (Italy) – Thrash Metal
4BITTEN (Greece) – Hard Rock
SORROWFUL ANGELS (Greece) – Gothic Metal
DANGEREGO (Italy) – Hard Rock
CARBONCOKE (Italy) – Heavy/Thrash Metal
BLACK PROPAGANDA (Italy) – Thrash Metal
EMBRYO (Italy) – Melodic Death Metal

And here we list some of the extra-musical activities and entertainment confirmed so far:

(more to be confirmed in next months!)

For further information:
info-mail: info@vivomanagement.it

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-Deployed US Soldier Wins Foghat Songwriting Contest

Foghat has always been a people’s band. And thanks to the explosion of social media, Foghat has made it a point to get their fans involved in the creative process. Case in point, inviting fans to enter a songwriting contest to add lyrics to a new Foghat instrumental!

The band has remained a classic rock radio staple since the early 1970s, due to such anthems as “I Just Want To Make Love To You,” “Slow Ride,” and “Fool For The City,” and such classic albums as the double platinum certified FOGHAT LIVE. They held a contest last year asking fans to add lyrics to their one and only all-instrumental tune, “495 Boogie,” from their latest 2010 CD, LAST TRAIN HOME. The contest entries were narrowed down to the final three and then put up for voting by the fans. The first place winner, Phil Dessinger, wrote a song dubbed “The Word Of Rock N’ Roll,” which was released on July 9, 2013.

The contest was very close so the band decided to release “Boogie Train” the second place winner on March 25, 2014.


These terrific lyrics just happened to be written by a gentleman named Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tom Mix. Tom wrote the lyrics while deployed in Afghanistan as a MARSS B300 pilot in B Co Task Force ODIN. (ODIN stands for Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize). He had previously been deployed to Iraq twice — MEDEVAC pilot in 2006-07 and Brigade Safety in 2010-11.

Tom Mix started writing lyrics while in high school but really never did anything with them. According to Tom, “I was redeployed to Iraq for a second tour in 2010 and hooked up with a fellow soldier who is an awesome guitar player, Shawn Keeter, and while in Iraq we just started knocking out songs. We got back home and I found [Nashville producer] Kim Copeland to help us get our songs presentable as demos, and I haven’t stopped writing since. But there is no excitement that can compare to co-writing a song with a super group like Foghat, and having that song released as a single.”

Tom is currently in a “Warrior Transition Unit.” According to Tom, “When the wars kicked off, they created these (Units) for wounded or injured soldiers to recuperate and return to duty or to be able to transition to civilian life once found to be unfit for duty by a ‘Medical Evaluation Board.’ It is a concept to hopefully keep the Iraqi and Afghanistan Vets off the streets when all this is over. These units are attached to and under the command of a hospital unit. The job of the soldier while in a WTU is to get well, and they are a priority at the attached hospital. They work hand in hand with the Veterans Affairs and Social Security Administration to see that Vets coming off active duty never miss a paycheck if found unfit for duty. They also work with volunteer organizations to get the Vets retrained and employable.”

As stated by Roger Earl of Foghat, “We decided to donate the proceeds of this digital single to a Wounded Warrior cause as a thank you to the great men and women who have sacrificed so much for us. But since these releases don’t generate a lot of $$ we wanted something more personal to be able to give even just a couple of folks a day of escape. So we asked Tom what he thought, and since he is an avid fisherman and so am I, he came up with ‘Fishing For Freedom.'”

Fishing For Freedom is an organization that brings together warriors with volunteer boaters for a day of tournament bass fishing in a relaxed fun-filled celebration in the great outdoors. It gives our returning warriors some time on the water to escape the hardships of their wounds and numerous combat deployments and to begin the process of readjusting back to everyday life.


“I LIKE THAT IDEA!” says Earl. I have always found solace with a pole in my hand. Everyday worries kinda go away or are put on the back burner when you are fishing. And I would love to go fishing with some of these folks!”

Foghat (comprised of Earl on drums, Craig MacGregor on bass, Bryan Bassett on lead/slide guitar and Charlie Huhn on vocals & rhythm guitar) continues to rock hard to this day, as evidenced in their endless touring and many recent projects. These include their 2010 album LAST TRAIN HOME, two new singles “The Word Of Rock N’ Roll” (2013) and “Winter Wonderland” instrumental (2013), their latest DVD release LIVE IN ST. PETE, and the soon-to-be classic “Boogie Train” (2014). “Boogie Train” will be available on Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, and all of the favorite download sites.

Watch and Listen to “Boogie Train” here!



2014 Tour Dates as of 3/14/14 (Adding new shows often so check our website)


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-Last Bastion Releases Lyric Video!

The Power Metallers from Last Bastion have just released the lyric video for the song “I Know When I’m Home”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylM6pB4b7UM

The song is taken from the upcoming debut album THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION, which has a release date set for April 4, 2014!

Last Bastion is a Power Metal band based in Seattle, USA. Formed in January of 2012, Last Bastion has set out to bring European Melodic Speed Power Metal to the US. Energetic, talented, and creative, these five determined musicians are defiantly breaking down stereotypes. Catchy, melodic vocals, blazing guitars, infectious bass, thundering drums, and heavenly keyboards weave together tales of history, mythology, and self-actualization.

Track List:
1. I Know When I’m Home
2. Ancient Lands
3. Plataea
4. Northern Kingdom
5. Angel’s Tyranny
6. Road To Redemption
7. The Way Of Kings Pt. I – Cursed by Fate
8. The Way Of Kings Pt. II – Stormblessed
9. Liberation
10. Forevermore

Last Bastion is:
Joe Lovatt – Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar
Matt Lahr – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Larry Barnard – Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals
Matt Bethman – Keyboards/Backing Vocals
Matt Carter – Drums/Percussion

Follow Last Bastion through these sites:

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-Latest Reissues On Divebomb Records

Grinder Reissue Available Now!

During the height of the worldwide thrash movement there were several epicenters of activity. While New York and the Bay Area were perhaps the most prominent, Germany’s big three — Sodom, Kreator, and Destruction — were leading the charge on the European front. However, what some thrash fans may not be aware of is that there was a secondary stratum to that scene which had some phenomenal, albeit lesser known, acts recording some ambitious material. Grinder were one of those bands who released three albums’ worth of “in your face” thrash/speed metal during their brief existence. Divebomb Records is excited to present a deluxe edition of what we believe to be their most impressive album, DEAD END, which features not only nine bonus tracks but a new interview and archival photos provided by the band members themselves.

Grinder – DEAD END (Deluxe Edition)
CD in stores now

Stream via Bandcamp:

For fans of:
Flotsam And Jetsam, Realm, Metallica, Sacred Reich, Mordred

Points of interest:
+ nine bonus tracks
+ Band supplied archival photos/show flyers (16-page booklet)
+ Brand new band interview
+ Restored original art by Andreas Marschall (Blind Guardian, Sodom, Kreator)
+ Produced by Kalle Trapp (Blind Guardian, Destruction, Kreator, Drifter, Paradox)
+ First time on CD in North America
+ Out of print nearly 20 years
+ Limited edition
+ New mastering by Jamie King
+ Layout/Restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic, Solstice)

Track list:
1. Agent Orange
2. Dead End
3. The Blade Is Back
4. Inside
5. Just Another Scar
6. Total Control
7. Why
8. Train Raid
9. Unlock The Morgue

Bonus tracks:
10. Reeling On The Edge
11. Incarnation Off
12. Truth In The Hands Of Judas
13. Hymn For The Isolated
14. The Spirit Of Violence
15. Nothing Is Sacred
16. None Of The Brighter Days
17. Dear Mr. Sinister
18. NME

Sultan Reissue Available Now!

During the ’80s you could count the number of prominent Swiss metal bands on one hand, but that didn’t mean there weren’t a plethora of bands trying to fight for their shot at international stardom like Celtic Frost and Coroner had already achieved. Sultan were one those hardworking bands whose origins date back to 1986. Instead of simply recording a demo, Sultan tried to differentiate themselves from the pack by self-releasing a vinyl single entitled “Rebel Fire.”

Despite the single’s initial success, four years would pass as Sultan were plagued by frequent lineup changes but were finally able to release their magnificent debut, CHECK & MATE, in 1990. Sultan successfully fused both the past and present on CHECK & MATE by channeling NWOBHM influences, while harnessing the escalating momentum of the newly established European power metal scene. Sadly, after one final tour in 1991 the band would call it quits leaving CHECK & MATE as their one and only album, but what an amazing album it was!

Sultan – CHECK & MATE (Deluxe Edition)
CD in stores now

Stream via Bandcamp:

For fans of:
Leatherwolf, Riot, Fifth Angel, Omen

Points of interest:
+ two bonus tracks from first 45 rpm single (1986)
+ Archival band photos (eight-page booklet)
+ Brand new interview with drummer/founding member Fabian Ranzoni
+ Out of print nearly 20 years
+ Limited edition
+ New mastering by Jamie King
+ Layout/Restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic, Solstice)

Track list:
1. Falcon
2. Pictures Of Heidi
3. For The Light
4. Whizzing
5. Mary
6. Darkness
7. Night Knights
8. Hard Nights, Heavy Pleasure
9. Jingle
10. Shout In The Fight

Bonus tracks:
“Rebel Fire” 7″ single
11. Rebel Clever
12. Power Of Fire

Divebomb Records

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-Teramaze Debut Track From ESOTERIC SYMBOLISM On YouTube!

Teramaze debuted the full track “Punishment by Design” early to YouTubers here:

Aussie heavy progressive metallers Teramaze will release their fourth album ESOTERIC SYMBOLISM on April 15th on Nightmare Records distributed by Sony/RED. This a highly overdriven concept album that features Dean Kennedy’s exceptional drumming and puts vocalist Brett Rerekura and guitarist Dean Wells in the forefront.

Fans can Pre-Order MP3 and CD versions of the album now at Amazon and Nightmare Records. Get this song immediately with cover art when you Pre-Order the MP3 version at Nightmare. The CD version includes track 9, “The Divulgence Act,” not available on digital release of the album.


Teramaze returns with their fourth full-length album after completely grabbing the attention of the underground Thrash and Prog-Power Metal fans with their 2012 release ANHEDONIA. Teramaze 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.

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. The album on Nightmare Records will be distributed by Sony/RED.

“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, and Soilwork… (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)

Dean Wells – Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals
Brett Rerekura – Vocals
John Zambelis – Guitar
Dean Kennedy – Drums


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-Kilmara Signs With Sony Music, Release Date, New Single

Spanish heavy metallers Kilmara signed a publishing/distribution deal with Sony Music for the new 12-track album LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES, due out April 8th worldwide via Sony Music. The new single “The Break Up” is out now and can be streamed here:


“If our preceding record was something like a tribute to bands like Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Scorpions, or Helloween themselves, in this new album our references are Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, and Bullet For My Valentine,” explains guitarist John Portillo. “We’ve created more solid sound bases, we’ve lowered tuning, we’ve got more forceful riffs, and we’ve worked hard on guitar and vocal melodies,” he adds.

The album title LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES was given by the Bavarian singer Wolf are based on personal experiences, with Love as a powerful and dangerous addiction, alcohol, drugs, and gambling. “Although it’s not a concept album, Love and addiction are strongly related in every song,” explains Portillo. Songs like “The Break Up” or “Cold Rain,” the first single off the album are the evidence that Kilmara and Grapow have created a powerful and electric wrapping for a set of songs endowed with great magnetism.

The band’s third album was produced and recorded at Grapow Studios with Mr. Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween). The cover artwork for LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES and “The Break Up” were done by Canadian artist Jessica Allain, known for his work in digital photo manipulation. Photos by Gina Roma from Spain.

Kilmara are:
Christian Wolfgang Kohl (vocals)
Jonathan Portillo (guitar)
Enrique Torres (guitar)
Javier Morillo (drums)
Raul Ruiz (bass guitar)

Guests on the new album are Dave Imbernon from Enuma Elish on keyboards and Kaleb from young Spanish pagan death metal band Drakum on the violin.

LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES will probably be the heaviest Kilmara album up to date and finally make the breakthrough on European and International level.


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-The Guessing Game To Release Their Debut Album

HOLY CROW Releases April 15th On Guessing Game Music

Exclusive Pre-Order On Amazon

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Seattle’s latest rising rock band, The Guessing Game, will kick off the spring with some limited exclusive local dates with the release of their debut CD, HOLY CROW, on April 15th on Guessing Game Music. The Guessing Game has a knack for blending the energy of more traditional pure rock with great pop hooks, spiked with hair-raising guitar solos. The first single titled “Someday, So Clear” will hit airwaves late April in time for the band to announce tour dates. “‘Someday, So Clear’ was written early one morning in the time it took me to drink a cup of coffee,” explains singer Jeff Rouse. “Some songs need to be fussed with and groomed, some need to just be what they are. ‘Someday, So Clear’ turned out to be the latter — Thanks to the gods of rock and roll, Here’s to a little heartache, a little regret, and sh*tload of hope. HOLY CROW!”

Formed in the summer of 2013, The Guessing Game is the brain child of Jeff Rouse, longtime bassist of Duff McKagan’s Loaded. “In the summer of 2013, I found myself with some much needed time on my hands. I knew it was time to find the right people to finally bring these songs I had been writing to life. Having spent the last 14 or so years writing, recording, and touring in Loaded, it was time for me to get the ‘other’ songs I had been working on out of my head, onto tape, and see what happens.”

Seeking out longtime Seattle rock luminaries Kathy Moore (Brad, Satchel) Gary Westlake (Peter Frampton, Flight To Mars), Keith Ash (Star Anna), and Shawn Zellar (Redneck Girlfriend), Rouse knew this was something special — “They all breathed life and beauty into the songs and it was magnificent.”

In advance of the April 15th street date, a special pre-order of HOLY CROW CD is available to the fans on Amazon ( http://tinyurl.com/holycrowpreorder ). HOLY CROW drips of heartache, regret, and finally redemption. Like that first drink Friday evening to that last sermon Sunday morning.

HOLY CROW track listing:

1. Selling Heartbreak [4:24]
2. Someday, So Clear [4:30]
3. Where The Stars [3:07]
4. All The Waste [6:43]
5. Ready For Love [4:45]
6. Doing Time [4:04]
7. We’ll Hold On [5:21]
8. I Must Be Stoned [4:24]
9. Another Sunday Morning Regret [4:37]
10. Dead Feelings [3:33]
11. Dear God [5:17]

For more information go to http://www.facebook.com/TheGuessingGameBand or http://www.theguessinggameband.com .

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-Montreal Thrashers MUTANK Post New Video “The Heavy Hand Of The Doomsday Clock”

Montreal QC’s mosh happy thrashers MUTANK have posted a new video for their track “The Heavy Hand Of The Doomsday Clock,” one of eight solid, speed riffing tunes from the band’s latest release M.E.C.H. METAL, released this past February and is available on Bandcamp at http://mutankthrash.bandcamp.com/ .

“The Heavy Hand Of The Doomsday Clock”

Formed when three Newfoundlanders crossed paths in the Canadian heavy metal capital with Ahmed Saad who hails from the Middle East, the injection of music immediately began to flow through their veins and M.E.C.H. metal was soon born.

“It stands for Middle East Coast Heavy Metal; Our drummer being from the Middle East and the rest of the members being from the east coast of Canada,” explains Stephen Reynolds (bass, vocals). “Every single person in this band is a songwriter, so the songs come out with their own feel and develop naturally,” continues Reynolds. “We don’t shackle ourselves to any kind of focused idea, which brings about a sort of honesty in the music not often found in metal.”

“[MUTANK] fuse old school speed metal and present day crossover thrash into one package of fun.” – Metalhorizons

“MUTANK is like a Coffee Crisp bar: crunchy as hell, and without any gooey center.” – Bucket List Music Reviews

“I personally think [M.E.C.H. METAL] could be contender for best album of the year!” – High Speed Hangover

Album Stream:

Track Listing: M.E.C.H. METAL
1. M.E.C.H Metal (2:04)
2. MUTANK (4:03)
3. Minions (3:49)
4. W.A.R. (1:57)
5. Heavy Hand of The Doomsday Clock (3:38)
6. No Spoils, No Mercy (2:48)
7. Corporate Child (2:35)
8. Thrashback In Time (4:02)
Total Time: 25:00

Album info:
All songs performed by: MUTANK
Songs written by: MUTANK and Mike Molloy
Produced and Mixed and Mastered by: Olivier St. Pierre
Available on: Cassette or digital download

Album + Live band lineup:
Stephen Reynolds – Vocals and Bass
Steven Breen – Rhythm Guitar and backing vocals
Ahmed Saad – Drums
Liam Hinchey – Lead Guitar

2014 – M.E.C.H. METAL – LP

Shared stage with:
Lich King, Screamer, Fatality, Shotgun Cure, Trainwreck Architect, Warsenal, Chemical Way, Powered By Death, Kadraal, Venomenon

For more info on Mutank, please visit the following links:

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-The Socks: New Album Streaming In Full Courtesy Of Decibel Magazine

In celebration of its official release and following previous teasers from Cvlt Nation, The Obelisk and Heavy Planet, Decibel Magazine is streaming the self-titled full-length from French psychedelic fuzz rock rippers, The Socks, in its entirety!

Comments Decibel, “Miss those Summer road trip days? Of course you do. It’s March. Weather’s an unpredictable bitch and the likelihood of something cool happening is pretty much nil. Well, France-based The Socks are an unlikely candidate to warm up your otherwise sh*tty Spring. Now, you’re probably thinking: France + good ‘ol hard rock = yeah right. Turns out the Lyonnaise toe-tappers aren’t weirdos or bent on throwing ‘haute rocke’ down their noses to the vox populi. Nope. They’re just straight-up, no-frills, jean-jacketed, rubber-burning’ rockers.”

Adds the band: “The sound and identity of the band have been shaped through the years to become this psychedelic hard rock, meant to be played live. We’ve recorded all together in a room with analog tapes to focus on the energy and to make it sound real and raw. Now it’s time to take it with us on the road and share it with everyone!”

Get socked at this location:

Recorded and mixed by Raphaël Cartellier at Studio Cartellier, France, mastered by Christopher Goosman (Early Man, Sasquatch, Dixie Witch, Solace et al) at Baseline Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, THE SOCKS beckons its listeners with nine tracks of riff-heavy, road-tripping, booze-binging goodness chock full of gristly vocal serenades and glassy-eyed grooves. Wonderbox Metal notes of the offering, “This is only their debut album but the band display a knowledge and experience of songwriting well beyond what other bands might have acquired by this point… this is a solid album of really enjoyable retro-style rock,” while Metal Insider boasts, “The well-documented tales of the likes of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Blue Cheer, Rainbow, and a host of others are aplenty. But the tales of those who carry the proto-metal, psych rock torch are still being written year by year. One band sure to write their own chapter in this hopefully never-ending musical tome is France’s The Socks.” The Sludgelord gushes, “The Socks represent a New Wave of Retro Heavy Metal… the record possesses ’70s inspired hooks laced with the almighty organ, and vocals that beg for attention. One can’t help but make comparisons to NWORHM giants Graveyard and late era Witchcraft pop with the overall tone and style. Adding a bit of flair to the attire, The Socks combine not only the flooded retro sensibility but craft a trippy, yet completely competent and seriously invigorating display of rock and roll. Chock full not only of guitar solos galore, but bits of bluesy fuzz-o-rama and hints of psychedelia, which add warmth and comfort, not unlike a great pair of socks.” Adds The Examiner succinctly, “This is proof that rock ain’t dead, baby! Not by a long shot.”

The Socks will bring their riff-ready debauchery to the stage this Spring with appearances at Stone Rising Festival, Doomed Gatherings, Kristonfest and more… see confirmed dates below.

The Socks Tour Dates 2014
4/19/2014 Stone Rising Festival – Lyon, FR w/ Blues Pills, Radio Moscow, Aqua Nebula Oscillator
4/20/2014 Doomed Gatherings Festival – Paris, FR w/ Windhand, The Body
4/22/2014 El Diablo – Lille, FR
4/23/2014 DNA – Bruxelles, BE
4/26/2014 De Bastille – Schoonhoven, NL
4/30/2014 Underwerket – Copenhagen, DK
5/01/2014 Comet Club – Berlin, DE
5/06/2014 WakUum – Graz, AT
5/08/2014 Ruempetlum – St Gallen, CH
5/09/2014 Eldorado – Bern, CH
5/10/2014 Desertfox Fest – Piacenza, IT
5/24/2014 Kristonfest – Bialbo, ES

THE SOCKS will be released to the masses on March 18, 2014.

Preorder your copy:

To order CD + download:


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-“Little Victories” Author Chris Akin Announces Speaking Engagements

CLEVELAND — Author/journalist/Cleveland shock jock Chris Akin has lined up a series of speaking engagements centered on his new book, “Little Victories: A Tale Of Divorce, Debauchery And Finding Happiness.”

“Little Victories” is a memoir that documents Akin’s year-long journey which began with a shattering divorce and ended in a personal rebirth. Each of Akin’s appearances will focus on the elements of the book and the personal growth that resulted from this trying period.

“The idea of doing some appearances to promote ‘Little Victories’ just seemed like a natural fit for me,” said Akin. “While I have had nothing but good response from people stating how the book helped them change their own views toward divorce and depression, it’s good to get out there and reach people that might not otherwise know me, my radio show or my past. This just seems like the next step.”

Scheduled appearances:

Thursday, March 20 – 7-9 p.m.
Visible Voice Books
1023 Kenilworth
Cleveland, OH 44113

This event will feature a reading from “Little Victories,” a reading of material that didn’t make it into “Little Victories,” and a Q&A session. The Q&A will be run by Matt Wardlaw, Akin’s former partner on “The Metal Show” on WMMS and current staffer at Ultimate Classic Rock.

Saturday, April 19 – 4-6 p.m.
Anthony’s Men Salon
2681 Creekside Road
Twinsburg, OH 44087

This event will include a trio of media personalities: Matt Wardlaw (radio/online/print), Joe Kleon (print/photography/radio), and Akin. Each will discuss various projects, showcase some work from each, and include Q&A in the hipster/cultural hangout that offers a whiskey or beer with your haircut or shave.

Saturday, June 21 – 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Friends of Hiram College Library Annual Book Festival
Hiram College
11694 Hayden Street
Hiram, OH 44234

Akin will take part in this annual festival, presenting a reading from “Little Victories,” and selling and signing books.

“This book is out there to hopefully help people understand that it’s OK to lose their own infallible facade, and share their real emotional truths with their friends and family,” Akin said. “Doing anything other than that results in unnecessary stress and baggage, as well as not allowing people to truly get past their pain. ‘Little Victories’ is designed to show that even the biggest of ‘machismo’ personalities can only be strengthened by allowing honesty and emotional weakness to play itself out.”


*** PRESS RELEASE #23 ***
-Toxic Holocaust Announces Deluxe Vinyl Reissues; European Tour With Exhumed Underway + Band To Takeover Australia And New Zealand With Skeletonwitch Next Month

In celebration of their ongoing global conquest with Exhumed and Skeletonwitch, Relapse Records will be reissuing three long out-of-print LPs from Portland, Oregon thrash metal merchants, Toxic Holocaust. The group’s now classic albums, EVIL NEVER DIES, HELL ON EARTH, and AN OVERDOSE OF DEATH, will all be available on deluxe vinyl on April 15th, 2014 and can be preordered from Relapse mail order at http://www.relapse.com/toxicvinyl . A trailer with detailed shots of the vinyl colors can be viewed at http://youtu.be/au8Gq4f1JBw .

The album that started it all, 2003’s EVIL NEVER DIES, will be available on vinyl for the first time in six years. HELL ON EARTH, 2005’s long out-of-print thrash-punk crossover masterpiece, will be reissued with the original artwork from Ed Repka (Megadeth, Death, Venom). Finally, 2008’s AN OVERDOSE OF DEATH will be repressed with gatefold packaging and contains some of the finest metal this side of the 21st century.

These titles, along with other Toxic Holocaust releases are available for streaming via Bandcamp at http://toxicholocaust.bandcamp.com/ .

The trio are currently in the midst of their European takeover with fellow metal lifers Exhumed. From there, Toxic Holocaust will team up with blackened thrashers, Skeletonwitch, for a tour of Australia and New Zealand in April.

Toxic Holocaust released their latest record, CHEMISTRY OF CONSCIOUSNESS, last October, garnering praise from fans and critics globally. Decibel Magazine placed the record at #12 on their Best of 2013 list, featured Joel Grind on the cover of the December issue, and dubbed the record “Metal with a capital M.” Stream the record in full at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLq6NULtuhFummU-JiFclRDi1wK0wgKllz and watch the psychedelic video for “Acid Fuzz” at http://youtu.be/JYdJZgkJ9SI .

Toxic Holocaust w/ Exhumed [remaining dates]:
3/19/2014 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
3/21/2014 Püssy a Go Go / The Liffey – Stockholm, SE
3/22/2014 Revolver – Oslo, NO
3/23/2014 Truckstop – Gothenburg, SE
3/24/2014 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
3/25/2014 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE

w/ Skeletonwitch:
4/16/2014 The Kings Arms – Auckland, NZ
4/17/2014 Bodega Bar – Wellington, NZ
4/18/2014 The Rosemont Hotel – Perth, AU
4/19/2014 Fowlers Live – Adelaide, AU
4/20/2014 Espy Gershwin Room – Melbourne, AU
4/21/2014 TBD – Byron Bay, AU
4/22/2014 The Basement – Canberra, AU
4/24/2014 The Hi Fi – Brisbane, AU
4/25/2014 Cambridge Hotel – Newcastle, AU
4/26/2014 The Hi Fi – Sydney, AU
4/27/2014 The Hi Fi – Melbourne, AU
6/20/2014 Hellfest – Clisson, FR


*** PRESS RELEASE #24 ***
-Cult Acid Fuzz Rockers Space Probe Taurus Sign Worldwide Deal With Ripple Music!

New Album MONDO SATAN To Be Released In Summer 2014!

“Coming from our favorite musical Mecca of Sweden, and signed to Buzzville Records, the SPT boys ask one simple question, how much fuzz can you take in your rock? Ramrodding their beastly songs right down your throat, SPT are some ungodly mix of Stooges energy, MC5 attitude, Mudhoney riffs, and enough fuzz pedals to fill a fleet of 18 wheelers, this is Steppenwolf for the new millennium, maxed out, fuzzed out garage rock for the open highways.. ”
– The Ripple Effect

“Taken on its own terms this album is a bit of a speedball classic. Each track bristles with an energy and excitement that so much ‘stoner’ rock fails to match these days. In fact this is a relentless and remorseless assault from start to finish, each song hitting a peak flow of amphetamine fuelled grit. The only respites here are the brief pauses between songs to catch your breath before the next wave of rock and roll mentalism breaks overhead.”
– The Sleeping Shaman

The label comments:
“Ripple Music is proud to announce the signing of acclaimed, hard-hitting acid biker heavy rockers, Space Probe Taurus to their ever-expanding roster! Space Probe Taurus has been around in one form or another since 1992, but it wasn’t until a name change and shortening of the songs in 1997 that the band settled down into doing what they still do today: preaching the gospel of dirty garage rock Swedish style. Their music has been called ‘biker movie acid fuzz’ and that sums it up as well as anything we could say!

“Since the release of the Blue Cheer tribute album BLUE EXPLOSION by Black Widow Records, the band has been part of many compilations. And the year after saw the release of their first own record, the INSECT CITY EP on Game Two/Slowdive Records. The band has also been involved deeply in the American low budget movie scene, first providing a song for the ‘I Am Vengeance’ soundtrack (released by Meteor City Records in 2001), then having 12 songs in the movie ‘Actress Apocalypse.’ Upcoming in 2014 is the movie ‘Franklin’ which will include yet another song (a demo version of the song ‘Mondo Satan’).

“In 2008 it was time for the first album, a self-titled debut released by the Belgian label Buzzville Records, which got outstanding reviews from all over the world. Since the release of the album the band has kept writing new material, played live, and kept recording new demos. In 2012 the general feeling was that a new album needed to be done, and after a long process of deciding on the songs the band started to record, what would become the album MONDO SATAN, scheduled to be released on Ripple Music in summer 2014!”

Space Probe Taurus are:
Sjöberg – vocals, guitars
Tömte – guitars, backing vocals
Enberg – bass, backing vocals
Boman – drums

MONDO SATAN track list:
1. Scorpio Queen
2. Kill City Death Cult
3. Spahn Ranch Motherf*cker
4. Make Me Bleed
5. Galaxy Travelin’ Blues
6. Superfuzzed
7. Mondo Satan
8. Dust Joint
9. The Iguana
10. The Righteous One

For the growing ranks of Ripple fans, known as the Waveriders, Space Probe Taurus will be another must-hear addition to the ranks of bands that already include such heavy rockers as Volume IV, Devil To Pay, Mothership, or Ape Machine.


*** PRESS RELEASE #25 ***
-Out Now! Mire (Prog Rock/Metal) Heirs To Tool Throne…? New Album INWARD/OUTWARD; Montreal Show Dates; New Music Video “Limitless Pt. 2”

Dave Massicotte: Guitar & Vocals
Robbie O’Brien: Bass
Stephane Boileau: Drums
J.P. LaChapelle: Lead Vocals
Bruno Chouinard: Guitar & Keys

Two years in the making, Montreal, QC’s Mire are proud to announce the official release of their new album INWARD/OUTWARD out this week on March 18th to follow up their 2010 self-titled EP.

Based on the band’s personal experiences ranging from the study of cognitive science to a military stint in Afghanistan, Mire’s 10 tracks marry a sonic wall of loud heavy yet strong melodic progressive rock metal that is winning fans and media over with comparisons of being named heirs to the Tool throne (media reviews below).

Vocalist JP LaChapelle comments on the release:
“Interpreted through our fingers, tongued and toe tips, this album which we’ve been working on for two years at totally different points in our lives, demonstrates the fan of emotions of five individuals’ experience. The craft is the loom into which our soil-tending, sun-vising, and pest-warding efforts bear fruit. Love for the fate of man and the anger to defend it. Overwhelmed with a sense of innate creativity, we all curb our nature to the structures put in place for our short lives; whether building an enterprise, community, or institution of any kind. Mire’s decided to make music. Filtered as pure as possible, our passion rendered this product. Our maiden album expresses the plight of an impeached animal nature, faced with the philosophy of man’s fate run through questionable funnels. Throughout our creative process, we’ve experienced different stages and shed skins. The five colors we shine combine through the prism of INWARD/OUTWARD to produce the first of Mire’s own hues. Being able to walk one’s own path is its own reward and we five musicians feel incredibly fortunate to have seized the chance to create this album. That’s what we celebrate every time we hear it. Share.”

The album is now available as PAY WHAT YOU WANT on the band’s Bandcamp at http://mire.bandcamp.com/ .

Music Video – “Limitless Pt. 2”

“…newcomers Mire should be considered the heirs to the Tool throne with their latest record, INWARD/OUTWARD is about as close to Tool as you can get without being Tool. Musically and sonically, Mire are spot-on with the psychedelic metal we’ve all become so accustomed to and you’re guaranteed to zone out listening to the record.” – The Front Row Report

“With INWARD/OUTWARD, Mire has formed a soundscape that flows between mellow moods and mental turbulence, using the whole spectrum of sound as its playground. It is emotional, striking, and addictively wonderful. You would be doing yourself a disservice not to, at the very least, download the free tracks offered by this promising young group.” – Barry Adkins – Target Audience Magazine

“While the world waits for the forthcoming Tool album (and we’ve been waiting a LONG time), everyone should do themselves a favor and grab a copy of INWARD/OUTWARD. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.” – Sea Of Tranquility

“…a sophisticated style with fundamental guitars and classy quality vocals.” – Metal Temple

“This is an album of incredibly impressive music that is both haunting and uplifting in equal measure. The soaring audio landscapes are multi-layered, and the experience of listening to this album is a real emotional journey. It perfectly combines aggressive chunky guitars, melodic piano, and moments of all-out angst and aggression. This is an album of hypnotizing prog-metal that just gets better with each and every listen. If you’re a fan of progressive rock / metal, this is highly recommended! Score: 9.0 out of 10” – All About The Rock

“Fans of bands like Tool, A Perfect Circle, Deftones, and Porcupine Tree should feel right at home listening to this quintet out of Montreal QC… I think Mire is a band to keep your eyes and ears on, and I look forward to seeing their territory grow.” – Rock Revolt Magazine

“I adore this album and have now had it on three times and heard new bits that make me go ‘Ahhh!’ in satisfaction each time. Definitely one to buy, and definitely a band to watch out for.” – Wyrd Ways Rock Show Review

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

Upcoming Show Dates:
March 20 – Montreal, QC – Underworld w/ Turning Tides
April 12 – Montreal, QC – Café Chaos w/ Antlion
May 13 – Montreal, QC – Pirhana Bar w/ Alley-Cat Traffic, Vilifi (Florida), Blood Rush

For more info, please visit the following links:

*** PRESS RELEASE #26 ***
-The Scene Magazine Presents Wacken Metal Battle Canada Fan Favorite Contest; One Band To Rule Them All!

Last year’s first ever Wacken Metal Battle Canada was witness to Toronto, ON’s epic power/death metal band Crimson Shadows not only winning the 2013 Canadian final but conquering the international final in Wacken, Germany where they performed in front of thousands unknown to their behemoth sound of metal.

This year over 100 metal bands from across the country have been selected to compete.

As an official sponsor The Scene Magazine is offering an Ultimate Feature to the winner of the Wacken Metal Battle Canada Fan Favorite contest.

The winning band and one lucky fan will also be given a Honey Bubble Multi-Vaporizer kit, so they can vape their favorite herb, wax, or oil, anytime, anywhere! (value of $79 each) courtesy of 180smoke.ca.

The winner will be interviewed by The Scene and have a track featured on the home page for one month.

The contest is open to all bands competing in Wacken Metal Battle Canada and the winner will be announced at the finals at the Opera house in Toronto June 7th.

The WMBC Fan Favorite contest does not guarantee any placement in the competition itself and all bands — even those who have been eliminated from the live competition — are qualified to win.

Fans can vote once per day

To vote please visit the following link:

The Scene Magazine Battle Chart:

Over 100 independent Canadian metal bands have been selected to participate in this year’s Wacken Metal Battle Canada lineup in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The bands will compete during the months of March, April, and May in 22 qualifying rounds, six semi-finals, and an Alberta final along with the national final being held on June 7th in Toronto, ON at Opera House.

One band will be chosen to represent the nation with highest honor at this year’s 2014 international battle at the world’s most prestigious metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany.

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

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

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

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


Wacken Metal Battle Canada Promo Video:

For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:
Twitter: @MetalBattleCAN

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit:

-About Heavy Metal’s list of the top 20 “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of The 1980s” is online at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/OM6c .

-Def Leppard’s site has the full-length video from the Kiss/Def Leppard summer tour announcement press conference, at http://www.deflepparduk.com/2014newsmar65.html .

-Exorcism’s new song “Voodoo Jesus,” from I AM GOD (due April 25 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music), is streaming now at https://soundcloud.com/rockngrowl/voodoo-jesus and http://youtu.be/Iiiwl43SH_k . See http://www.exorcism13.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/exorcismband for more.

-A video teaser for Furyon’s appearance at the PPM Fest 2014, featuring singer Matt Mitchell, is online now at http://youtu.be/hmWzyoO08_w . The band is also set to play Belgium’s Power, Prog & Metal Festival 2014 in April. See http://www.ppmfest.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/Power.Prog.and.Metal.Festival for more on the festivals, and http://www.furyon.net/ and http://www.facebook.com/FuryonUK for more on Furyon.

-Helstar’s THIS WICKED NEST is due out through AFM Records on April 25 (Europe) and April 29 (US); it will be released on CD and limited black vinyl (666 copies). The new song “Fall Of Dominion” is streaming now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEEYK7b3_so .

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

3/22 – Count Vamps, Las Vegas, NV
3/27 – The Torino Lounge, Paramount, CA
3/29 – 4/2 – Monsters Of Rock Cruise, Miami, FL
4/4 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
4/19 – The Rockyard @ Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA
6/12 – Casino Del Sol, Tucson, AZ

See http://www.theironmaidens.com/ for more.

-Lost Society’s next track-by-track video, covering the songs “Lethal Pleasure” and “Terror Hungry” from the upcoming TERROR HUNGRY, is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlmZT6yRRiA . See https://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx married girlfriend Courtney Bingham this past Saturday in Los Angeles.

-Guitarist Roman Singleton (Enertia) announced on Facebook that he’s hitting the studio next month to begin work on an instrumental solo album. Hype: “It’s going to take a bit of time to get it finished; I’m predicting a good few months due to many reasons but I’ve worked hard on this new music and I am excited to see it through. I feel this new stuff is very accessible, very personal, the melodies are strong and the folks that will be involved in its creation are going to help me deliver a fantastic listening experience! Looking forward to this.” See https://www.facebook.com/roman.singleton.5 for more.

-Sonata Arctica’s first track-by-track video, covering the first five songs on PARIAH’S CHILD, is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MNTu3AImwM . The album is due out March 28 through Nuclear Blast. See http://www.sonataarctica.info/ for more.

-Check out a “Hair Metal Memories” piece on Stage Dolls at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/OM6e .

-Vanishing Point’s new single from DISTANT IS THE SUN is “Circle Of Fire,” and it features Sonata Arctica’s Tony Kakko on guest vocals. It is available digitally at http://afm.musiclogistics.net/releases/347287?lang=en , with a bonus track cover of Journey’s “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” and the lyric video is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od7PPU4kMVQ .

-The Wacken Metal Battle Canada organizers announced Witch Of The Waste won Vancouver round two, and Our Covenant and Endemise won Toronto round two. See http://www.metalbattle.ca/ and https://www.facebook.com/MetalBattleCanada for more.

Thanks to Axel Wiesenauer, Jon Asher, Chad Bowar, and Hawk for help gathering some of this information.

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