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Detritus #669 So Much News!

Detritus
Issue #669
Week of May 25, 2015
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-Keep an eye out later this week for a mini-issue with my review of last week’s awesome Judas Priest/Saxon show in Rosemont, IL. (Hint: It was awesome.) – Tim

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-Rat Pak Records Set To Release Michael Angel Batio’s SHRED FORCE 1: THE ESSENTIAL MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO

[This is about a month old but I didn’t want it to slip through the cracks. – Tim]

Considered to be a pioneer of the “shred guitar” genre, Michael Angelo Batio is set to release his first-ever career retrospective entitled, SHRED FORCE 1: THE ESSENTIAL MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO. The new album is slated for release on April 14 via Rat Pak Records. SHRED FORCE 1: THE ESSENTIAL MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO not only highlights Michael’s best work to date, but also brings together many nationally renowned musicians from the hard rock and heavy metal genres. The album features some of Michael’s most memorable performances including a dynamic version of Rush’s “What You’re Doing,” which features Queensryche vocalist Todd LaTorre, Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, Metal Church/TSO drummer Jeff Plate, and guitarist Craig Blackwell. There is also a cover of Deep Purple’s “Burn” with Queensryche vocalist Todd LaTorre and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti. The album also consists of Michael’s tributes to Eric Clapton (“Slowhand”), Randy Rhoads (“RRR”) that features Rudy Sarzo on bass, and a new version of MAB’s unique tribute (“Diamond”) to the late great Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott of Pantera, that features guitarist Michael Wilton of Queensryche. The album also includes some of MAB’s most notable instrumental tracks such as “8 Pillars of Steel” with guest appearances by Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli, and Craig Goldy, and “Juggernaut” showcases ex-Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond, and Michael Romeo. Michael Angelo Batio’s SHRED FORCE 1 is a must-have for all fans of the shred guitar genre! “I feel that SHRED FORCE 1 is the culmination of my best musical work,” exclaims Batio. “These are some of my personal favorite performances along with an army of featured guest stars pulled together by an amazing record company to bring it all into focus!” Official release date is April 14, 2015.

Track Listing

01. Hands Without Shadows (featuring Bobby Rock and William Kopecky)
02. Burn (featuring Todd LaTorre and Mark Tremonti)
03. Juggernaut (featuring Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond, and Michael Romeo)
04. What You’re Doing (featuring Todd LaTorre, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Chuck Garric, Jeff Plate, and Craig Blackwell)
05. 8 Pillars Of Steel (featuring Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli, and Craig Goldy)
06. Call To Arms (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky, and John Mrozek)
07. 2X Again
08. Slowhand (featuring Warren Dunlevy, Jr.)
09. Diamond (featuring Michael Wilton and Elliott Dean Rubinson)
10. Rainforest
11. Gotta Run (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky, and John Mrozek)
12. No Boundaries
13. RRR (featuring Rudy Sarzo and Bobby Rock)

Bonus Tracks (Digital Version Only)
14. I Pray The Lord
15. Peace

http://www.angelo.com/
http://ratpakrecordsamerica.com/michaelangelobatio

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-Dangerous Toys Announce Upcoming Shows In Colorado, California, And Minnesota

Dangerous Toys, the Austin, Texas classic melodic hard rock band led by lead vocalist Jason McMaster (WatchTower, Broken Teeth, Ignitor, Evil United) has announced a list of upcoming US show dates:

6/6/15 – Buffalo Rose – Golden, Colorado
8/15/15 – Cathouse Live festival – Irvine, California
10/17/15 – Pickle Park Bar & Grill – Minneapolis. Minnesota
2/22/16 – 2/26/16 – Monsters of Rock Cruise – Miami, Florida

Jason McMaster stated the following:

“We are looking forward to all of these dates. Toys fans will not let this band die. We have ramped this thing up by booking more shows this year than we have in a while.”

Dangerous Toys – “Teas’n Pleas’n” video

For the latest band news, visit their official website and Facebook page:

http://dangeroustoys.us/
https://www.facebook.com/dangeroustoys.rock

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-Symphony X: Lyric Video For “Nevermore” Revealed

New Jersey’s progressive metal masters Symphony X are set to release their brand new, ninth studio album called UNDERWORLD on July 24 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today, SYMPHONY X reveal a lyric-video for the opening track “Nevermore.” Click here:

Symphony X have triumphed, creating a panoramic “album rock” experience in an era cursed with diminishing attention spans. “This new one is about the song, really crafting each one on its own, to be as strong as it could be,” says Michael Romeo, chief writer in the band, and proprietor of The Dungeon, the tricked-out studio in which the album was crafted, newly equipped with the latest in technology required to execute the band’s famous symphonic and orchestrated touches.

“Musically, UNDERWORLD has things reminiscent of the band’s previous albums but this one definitely has its own individuality,” stated Michael. “Every element added was in service of the song, so the album flows and becomes a total listening experience from start to finish. Every song is to-the-point and fine-tuned, with us paying a lot of attention to the hooks, voices, riffs, and keeping the interest and the energy high for the entire record. It is heavy and aggressive as f*ck when it needs to be, yet soaring and emotional at other times. I think the balance is just right. It had to have all the elements of what we normally would do, just tweaked up a notch and really fine-tuned. You know, industry people have talked about how we’ll never see a complete album again, and that idea. I wanted to defend the reputation of the album, and really try to make UNDERWORLD worth listening to as a whole record. It’s what I love about great individual songs, but still an album experience. I don’t want to sound like I’m preaching, but it was a point we wanted to make. It was about the progression of the whole record. It speeds up here and then it dips down here. It all makes sense together, it all works together and it all flows together.”

Although UNDERWORLD is not a concept album, Michael stated “like the last couple of records, there’s a theme that carries through, without it being storytelling. We try to find something to key in on and get the juices flowing, and here the goal was to find something a little dark but with emotional content. I started looking at Dante, and Orpheus in the underworld, where he’s going to go to Hades or hell to save this girl. So there’s the theme of going to hell and back for something or someone you care about.” Heavily inspired by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, UNDERWORLD draws on the themes from “Divine Comedy” most notably the part on “Inferno.” As homage to Dante’s use of the number 3 and its multiples, the band utilizes this motif in its music either in a lyrical or melodic context. The first song on the album is a three syllable, three note melodic phrase, and in the verses there are three references to three songs on the bands third album, THE DIVINE WINGS OF TRAGEDY. “There’s cool sh*t like this all over the record,” Romeo reports.

For UNDERWORLD’s cover art, Symphony X went with their established illustrator Warren Flanagan (“Watchmen,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “2012”), who similarly tapped into the “secret knowledge” vibe Michael and band embedded in the record. “Warren went with the masks, similar to the first record,” explains Romeo. “But when I discussed with him Dante and the underworld, he did his own research and designed a little symbol for each of the nine circles of hell. So there are these little geometric symbols that mean something. That’s just what he does. He gets in there and finds these things that maybe no one really besides us knows what it means and yet it has meaning.”

The track list for UNDERWORLD:

01. Overture
02. Nevermore
03. Underworld
04. Without You
05. Kiss Of Fire
06. Charon
07. Hell And Back
08. In My Darkest Hour
09. Run With The Devil
10. Swansong
11. Legend

Pre-order UNDERWORLD here: http://nblast.de/SXUnderworldNB

Visit SYMPHONY X online at:
http://www.SYMPHONYX.com/
http://www.facebook.com/SYMPHONYX
http://www.nuclearblastde/symphonyx

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-AFM Records News

U.D.O.: NAVY METAL NIGHT Out On July 31 (EU) / August 18 (US) 2015!

On July 31st, the new U.D.O. DVD/2CD NAVY METAL NIGHT will be released via AFM Records.

In February 2014, U.D.O. played a very special sold-out show, accompanied by a German Navy Orchestra (Marinemusikkorps Nordsee). The symphonic sound of the orchestra and the choir merged with the songs of U.D.O. and made the evening a unique unforgettable experience for the audience.

This bombastic live event will now be made available for all fans of U.D.O., either on DVD or Blu-ray plus two CDs.

And at this year’s Wacken Open Air, the unique musical collaboration can be seen live on stage again, this time with the German Federal Armed Forces Orchestra.

“I was simply overwhelmed by the whole event, it’s like a dream came true,” Udo Dirkschneider states. “It’s really more than words can say. This DVD will be something special to me, definitely a highlight of my career.”

NAVY METAL NIGHT is produced by Mattes and Björn Schlüter and co-produced by Udo Dirkschneider. Mixed by Mattes and Björn at Redhead Studio A, Wilhelmshaven and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios, Ribe, Denmark.

Pyogenesis Sign With AFM Records!

The wait is over! After more than 13 years’ hiatus, Pyogenesis are to release a new studio album on August 14, 2015 via AFM Records.

Flo Von Schwarz (Pyogenesis): “The best about Metal are the people: I know Jochen (Richert, AFM Records) for more than 20 years, and with him and the whole AFM team I made the right choice.”

Twenty-four years Pyogenesis means tours and fans all around the globe, playing in front of 560,000 people in Hungary, performances at Rock am Ring / Rock im Park or Wacken and #1 in MTV’s viewer charts. Besides that, the band co-invented the genre “Gothic Metal” in the early ’90s.

But 24 years Pyogenesis also means 13 years without a new album and 10 years without shows.

Now, this break is finally over! After their sold-out comeback show in Romania, the band will release their highly anticipated sixth album this summer. With A CENTURY IN THE CURSE OF TIME, the four-piece around mastermind Flo V. Schwarz is returning to their roots, recording not only the heaviest, but also the most epic and ambitious album in the band’s history. It’s their first concept album ever: The lyrical theme is about the change of society in the 19th century under the influence of the industrialization, the steam engine, the emerging bourgeoisie, and science fiction literature such as Jules Verne.

Pyogenesis will play as one of the top acts at this year’s Summer Breeze Festival (August 12 – 15) in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.

A comeback in every sense.

We Butter The Bread With Butter: New Album Out Now!

The new album WIEDER GEIL! is out now!

Check out the album stream here:
http://www.impericon-mag.com/de/we-butter-the-bread-with-butter-wieder-geil-albumstream-3129/

http://www.afm-records.de/

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-Sun Hill Production Announce Cooperation With Rock’N’Growl Promotion

Swedish Label and Management company Sun Hill Production has announced a partnership with German agency Rock’N’Growl Promotion.

Christer Wedin, owner of Sun Hill Production, comments: “It’s with great pleasure that I can announce the cooperation between Sun Hill Production and Rock’N’Growl Promotion as we enter into a long-term deal.”

Axel Wiesenauer, owner of Rock’N’Growl Promotion, states: “Sun Hill Production has a strong foundation and the vision that we have been looking for. We are happy working together on new artists and bands with a history: like Soto, Degreed, Reach, Night By Night, Talisman, and more. I feel honored to announce the new worldwide cooperation between Sun Hill Production and Rock’N’Growl Promotion.”

Sun Hill Production is a Swedish rock/metal label and management company, with top acts such as: Jeff Scott Soto (Soto), Degreed, Reach, Night By Night, and Talisman, among others.

Rock’N’Growl Promotion is a German promotion agency, working since over 25 years in the music promotion. With current/past clients and bands like: Exorcism, Furyon, Darkology, Blackwelder, Ten, Robin Beck, Praying Mantis, Donnie Vie, and much more.

The current bands and releases working Sun Hill Production/Rock’N’Growl Promotion together:

Soto’s INSIDE THE VERTIGO
Degreed’s DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Reach’s REACH OUT TO ROCK
Night By Night’s s/t

More to be announced soon.

http://www.sunhillproduction.com/
http://www.rockngrowl.com/

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-Nightmare Records Is Proud To Announce The Release Of Exxiles – OBLIVION, Coming May 26

Track List:
1. A Better Legacy
2. Hopelessness
3. Anthem Of Lies
4. Page Of The Night
5. Introspective
6. Dictator Of Trust
7. Llorona
8. Entropy
10. Awakening Part I (Dark Renaissance)
11. The Messenger
12. Rise

Exxiles is a symphonic/progressive metal band formed by drummer Mauricio Bustamante with members and guests from Symphony X, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Circle II Circle, Communic, Circus Maximus, Stream Of Passion, Revolution Renaissance, and Spiral Architect.

Yet… Exxiles is a band, not just another project.

Album preview video here:

After Mauricio Bustamante left Reign Of The Architect, he started working on his new production and multinational band called Exxiles, seeking to reflect how sometimes we are exile in life by simple or great things when we are betrayed by something we believed in. At the end of which… there is only abandonment… pain… and anger. Yet with passion, you discover that you learn how to rise… to liberate and fight for the things you believe in once again! That is the moment when the exile transforms into something stronger, especially if walk with other exiles toward your goal.

The first part of a pending trilogy will be a cinematic conceptual album about loyalty, a symbol of friendship, politics, religion, love… It will have many stories but but each will seek become one with the rest. It will show how loyalty becomes weak when personal interests are involved, and in sacrificing a dreamer’s dreams in order to achieve power, neither side wins. The ultimate dream is lost but never the hope!

The band and guest list includes:
– Mauricio Bustamante (ex-Reign Of The Architect)
– Simon Rojas
– Noel Martínez
– Mike Lepond (Symphony X)
– Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
– Zak Stevens (Savatage, Circle II Circle)
– Marcela Bovio (Stream Of Passion)
– Oddleif Stensland (Communic)
– Wilmer Waarbroek (Ayreon)
– Gus Monsanto (ex-Adagio, Human Fortress)
– Øyvind Hægeland (Spiral Architect)
– Mats Haugen (Circus Maximus)
– David Grey (Lost In Thought)
– Sergio Agilar (Agora)
– Antonio Rivera (Solitude)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Exxiless
Nightmare Records: http://www.NightmareRecords.com/

Distribution information:
UPC 734923006657
CAT# NMR582

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-Z Records News Update

BACK DOWN TO ONE Reissued This Week

BACK DOWN TO ONE, the first solo album from Jani Lane former lead singer of multi-Platimum act Warrant, will be reissued this week.

10% Off Sale At Z Records Store — But Only Until May 31

Summer is officially here and to celebrate it Z Records are marking all full-priced albums down by 10% until May 31. Visit the webstore at http://www.z-records.com/ for details.

Legion Man Leaves Ranks

Legion have parted ways with front man Phil Vincent. The members of Legion and all at Z Records wish Phil good fortune in his future endeavors. The band’s eighth and final album, entitled SOLICE, will be released later this year. The remaining members of the band will be staying with Z Records with an all-new project which will be announced shortly.

http://www.z-records.com/
http://www.zrecords.net/
http://www.facebook.com/zrecordsrocks
http://twitter.com/z-records

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-Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival Returning For Year Three

Legendary metal front man and Housecore Records founder, Philip H. Anselmo, is bringing his horror-themed film and metal festival back for a third year. After a great ride in Austin, the festival will kick off in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater on November 13 – 15, 2015.

The decision to return was driven by the desire to honor his friend and festival co-founder, Corey Mitchell, who tragically passed away last October. Mitchell was the driving creative force behind the festival’s success, and Anselmo believes there is no better way to pay tribute to his friend than to carry on for a third year.

“I’ve got a great team in place to help make this what Corey and I wanted it to be,” he says. “There are a lot of mixed emotions here because no one can replace him. But, we know he would want this to continue and so that’s what we’re going to do. We miss him and think about him every day.”

Bands already confirmed to play are Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYK & Dalila Kayros, YOB, Eyehategod, Child Bite, Warbeast, and many more to be announced soon. Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor will be booking bands this year and will help Anselmo craft a musical lineup that would make Mitchell proud.

In addition to showcasing the best in extreme metal, the festival will screen film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and Mitchell. Horror filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films and winners will be selected in various categories and given the coveted Rot-Scar Award. “When Corey and I started this thing, it was important to us that we help independent filmmakers get their incredible work discovered,” Anselmo continues. “Nothing has changed, in that respect.”

Tickets to go on sale soon! Stay tuned for additional announcements.

http://www.housecorehorrorfilmfestival.com/
http://www.facebook.com/HousecoreHorrorFilmFestival
http://www.twitter.com/HousecoreHorror

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-Degreed Unveil DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Album Details

Swedish hard rockers Degreed will release their third album, DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, on June 19 via Sun Hill Production. It’s heavier, softer, darker, brighter, and everything in between! This is something truly special. So… fasten your seat belts ’cause Heaven & Hell are about to collide!

Robin stated: “We’ve been writing songs for this album on and off since the release of WE DON’T BELONG in 2013. I think we had 16-17 songs that we chose from, and recorded 14. The funny thing is that we ended up putting all 14 songs on the album because they’re all so freakin’ good! This album is different from the previous two because we produced it ourselves this time, and Mats engineered, mixed, and mastered it. Someone once said that we don’t sound like any other band. He described our sound as the ‘Degreed sound,’ and if there’s such a sound, this is it! This is Degreed all the way…”

Track listing:

1. The Scam
2. Face The Fact
3. Madness
4. Shame On Me
5. Better Safe Than Sorry
6. Love Me Love Me Not
7. Drama
8. Kill Your Darlings
9. Touch Of Paradise
10. Forgive You
11. Start Again
12. Firefly
13. The Final Ride
14. Turn Around Don’t Back Down

Degreed are:

Robin Ericsson – Bass/Vocals
Daniel Johansson – Guitar
Mikael Jansson – Keys
Mats Ericsson – Drums

Degreed was founded in 2005 and blend the vocal extravaganza of “Swedish Idol” finalist Robin Ericsson with keyboard/guitar synchronization wizardry into melodic rock heaven. They have released two albums — LIFE, LOVE, LOSS in 2010 and WE DON’T BELONG in 2013 — both critically acclaimed worldwide by media.

In 2014 the band was opening for Dan Reed Network on their Sweden tour, played Väsby Rock Festival, and were invited as Special Guests to Machinae Supremacy’s European tour in Poland, Czech Republic, and Germany. And 2015 started off with the return to UK for a tour in March.

http://www.facebook.com/degreedmusic
http://www.degreedmusic.com/

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-Next To None’s A LIGHT IN THE DARK Now Available To Pre-Order At Radiant Records!

InsideOut Music is proud to partner with Radiant Records for the North American release and pre-order for Next To None’s debut album A LIGHT IN THE DARK.

Due for release June 30, A LIGHT IN THE DARK is Next To None’s debut album. Merging modern aggression with considerable melodic depth and multi-part arrangements, the prodigies in Next To None represent the next generation of progressive music!

Formed in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, the young band features Max Portnoy (16, drums), Ryland Holland (16, guitar), Kris Rank (16, bass), and Thomas Cuce (17, vocals/keyboards). The album features guest appearances by Bumblefoot (Guns N’ Roses) and Neal Morse, and was produced by Mike Portnoy.

You can now pre-order the nine-song, 57-minute album on CD; it is also available at a special bundle price, paired with one of two different shirt designs.

Next To None EPK:

Please find all available pre-order packages here:
http://www.radiantrecords.com/products/577-next-to-none-a-light-in-the-dark-cd.aspx

A LIGHT IN THE DARK track list:
1. The Edge Of Sanity
2. You Are Not Me
3. Runaway
4. A Lonely Walk
5. Control
6. Lost
7. Social Anxiety
8. Legacy
9. Blood On My Hands

Next To None
http://www.nexttonone.net/
http://www.facebook.com/NextToNoneband

Radiant Records
http://www.radiantrecords.com/

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-Ensiferum To Shoot New Music Video At Philadelphia Show On May 28

Ensiferum’s tour with Korpiklaani and Trollfest will draw to a close on May 29 in New York City, but the night before, the band will invite director Dave Brodsky to shoot a brand new music video. Fans in attendance on May 28 in Philadelphia at the Theatre Of Living Arts will bear witness to a live video shoot for “Warrior Without A War.” The video will serve as a perfect wrap up of the band’s current tour, which featured guest accordion player Netta Skog, who filled in for keyboardist Emmi Silvennoinen, as previously discussed by the band in the Facebook video at https://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum/videos/10152777544641309/ . Sami Hinkka adds: “Get yourself to Philadelphia on the 28th of May, put your war paint on, warm up your vocal chords, and get ready to go berserk!” Fans that want to be a part of this occasion can buy tickets now at livenation.com: http://concerts.livenation.com/event/02004E4DA86F4D59

Ensiferum are touring in support of their valiant ONE MAN ARMY full-
length, unleashed in February via Metal Blade Records. The record debuted at #167 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #19 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #36 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart upon its first week of release. In Canada, ONE MAN ARMY placed at #69 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Music Chart and #126 on the Digital Music Charts.

Ensiferum w/ Korpiklaani, Trollfest:
5/19/2015 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
5/20/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON
5/21/2015 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
5/22/2015 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
5/23/2015 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC
5/24/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
5/26/2015 Mr. Small’s Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
5/27/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
5/28/2015 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
5/29/2015 Irving Plaza – New York, NY

Ensiferum has been flying the flag of epic, folk-infused death metal high and proud for two decades. Commended for being, “their most polished album to date,” by Metal Hammer, “one of folk metal’s finest acts…,” by Loudwire and, “warlike and fiery,” by MetalSucks, the band’s predominantly analog-recorded, 11-track ONE MAN ARMY full-length was captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine, etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland.

Ensiferum’s ONE MAN ARMY is out now via Metal Blade Records. Order yours today at http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum where you’ll also find the band’s recently debuted “One Man Army” video and companion making-of footage. For iTunes pre-orders, point your browser to http://itunes.apple.com/album/id956849251 .

“ONE MAN ARMY blasts forth with symphonic guitar orchestrations, double-time drum gallops, quick-changing dynamics, and operatic vocal chorales that would make 19th century homeboys Pacius and Sibelius proud.” – Revolver

“An incredible album, and worthy for the thunder children. Indeed it is a thunderous epic, and should stand alone as a fantastic addition to Metal Blade’s legendary collection.” – New Noise Magazine

“ONE MAN ARMY is Ensiferum at their finest. The three years between releases worked to the band’s benefit as their execution and adventurous songwriting finds them with a renewed passion and energy.” – About.com

“…a solid LP forged in the crucible of war.” – Sputnik Music

http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum
http://www.ensiferum.com/
http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

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-District 97 Issues Trailer For IN VAULTS; Brand New Album Nears June Release Through Laser’s Edge

Chicago’s District 97 has just released a trailer for their impending third studio full-length, IN VAULTS, which showcases the album’s cover art, photos, and clips from several tracks found on the release.

Their third album for Laser’s Edge, IN VAULTS boasts more than an hour of District 97’s unique brew of prog rock, metal, alternative, classical, pop, and jazz influences with nine brand new tracks. The album was recorded at IV Lab Studios in Chicago, engineered by Chris Harden with additional engineering by Shane Hendrickson, mixed by Rich Mouser and Jeff Fox at The Mouse House Studio, and mastered by Bob Katz at Digital Domain, and features brilliant cover art designed by Björn Gooßes.

The first audio samples from District 97’s IN VAULTS have come to light this week through a trailer for the record which is now playing at https://youtu.be/BviJOzPin68 .

Listen for singles from IN VAULTS including an official video and more to be leaked in the coming weeks as the album nears official release on June 23.

With an energetic and assorted blend of progressive rock, metal, and pop influences, District 97 was formed in the Fall of 2006 initially as a Liquid Tension Experiment-inspired instrumental rock act before deciding to add a vocalist to complement their sound. Enter 2007 “American Idol” Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. With a look, sound and stage presence comparable to a young Ann Wilson, Leslie’s dynamic performances pushed the band into a new direction that forged a unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an adventurous instrumental prowess. Capturing the attention of Laser’s Edge, the label signed District 97 for the 2010 release of their debut album, HYBRID CHILD, followed in 2012 by their follow-up, TROUBLE WITH MACHINES. Both albums balance meticulous attention to detail and studio-craft with the visceral power of a rock band that is firing on all cylinders, and run the gamut from Meshuggah-inspired metal, the epic majesty of Yes, and the melodicism of The Beatles. Heavy bouts of live performances surrounding both records included a number of high profile festivals, opening support slots for prog icons Kansas, and even European and North American tours with John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia, UK). These spectacular shows saw District 97 open with their own material, and then join forces with Wetton for a full set of legendary King Crimson tracks, as memorialized on their joint 2014 live album, ONE MORE RED NIGHT.

http://www.district97.net/
http://www.facebook.com/District97
http://twitter.com/District97
http://www.youtube.com/user/D97Music
http://www.lasersedgegroup.com
http://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge
http://twitter.com/thelasersedge

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-’80s Thrashers Aggression Reunite On Canadian C.H.U.D. Invasion Tour

Founding Member / Bassist Yves “Dug” Duguay Rejoins

Song Stream – “Rotten By Torture”:

Recently celebrating their 30-year anniversary tour earlier this March on their “Forsaken East Coast Survival US Tour,” Aggression have rekindled their fire and hitting the road once again with not just founding member / guitarist Denis “Sasquatch” Barthe who reformed the Canadian ’80s thrashers, but will have original bassist Yves “Dug” Duguay rejoin them for their “Canadian C.H.U.D. Invasion Tour” that includes three festival appearances at Alberta’s Farmageddon Open Air in June along with BC’s Metallion Festival and Montreal’s Obscene Extreme Festival in August (all dates listed below).

“Seeing the new version of the band and having a chance to play one show with them already back in March, I had no other options than joining when the chance came up! The new members do a great job helping capture the essence of what Aggression is supposed to be. Seeing them perform brought me right back to the early days. Of course it is nice to be reunited with Denis ‘Sasquatch’ Barthe, too!” comments bassist Yves “Dug” Duguay.

“Canadian C.H.U.D. Invasion Tour”

June 5 – Vancouver, BC – Wise Hall & Lounge
June 6 – Victoria, BC – The Cambie
June 12 – Calgary, AB – Overtime Sports Bar
June 14 – Ryley, AB – Farmageddon Open Air Festival
August 14 – Vanderhoof, BC – Metallion Festival
August 20 – Quebec City, QC – Bar La Source De La Martiniere
August 21 – Montreal, QC – Obscene Extreme America Festival
August 22 – Jonquiere, QC – Le 4 Barils
August 23 – Trois-Rivieres, QC – Rock Cafe Le Stage

About Aggression:
Formed in 1985 under the original moniker “Asylum” to be later changed to Aggression, the speed metallers unleashed their 1986 demo FORGOTTEN SKELETON (which saw an album release in 2005), and their debut full-length THE FULL TREATMENT in 1987, which lead them to become one of the most popular bands to rise out of the Quebec and Canadian metal scene. With their manager at the time (Johnny Hart), Aggression quickly became a household name with their concerts sold out everywhere and a fan base that grew from hundreds to thousands in no time.

Other bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Hallow’s Eve, Destruction, and others all wanted to see the beast for themselves during tour stops in Montreal. Playing numerous concerts with bands such as Anvil, Celtic Frost, Voïvod, Nuclear Assault, Agnostic Front, D.R.I., Possessed, Dark Angel, Crumbsuckers, Sacrifice, and others, Aggression decided to call it quits in 1989 due to external influences.

Discography:
*band lineup for recordings was Denis “Sasquatch” Barthe (guitar and backup vocals), Botcher (vocals), Burn (guitar), Dug (bass), and Gate (drums and backup vocals).
*1985 – *four-track demo
*1986 – *LIVE (14 track live album)
*1986 -*four-track demo
*1986 – FORGOTTEN SKELETON (originally recorded in 1986 and later released in 2004)
1987 – THE FULL TREATMENT (full-length) – band lineup for THE FULL TREATMENT was Denis “Sasquatch” Barthe (guitar and backup vocals), Cactus Pete (vocals), Dug (bass and backup vocals), and Gate (drums and backup vocals).

For more info on Aggression, please visit the following links:
https://www.facebook.com/AGGRESSION85
https://twitter.com/Aggression85
http://www.reverbnation.com/aggression85

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-Pre-Orders With Exclusive Extras Available For SayWeCanFly’s BETWEEN THE ROSES Deluxe Edition

TORONTO — Pre-orders for the deluxe edition of SayWeCanFly’s BETWEEN THE ROSES are now being taken at http://saywecanfly.merchnow.com .

The release — the first from singer/song writer Braden Barrie’s own label, PureWolf Records — will be available on June 18.

The CD-only digi-pak deluxe edition will feature alternate artwork and include exclusive demo recordings of “You May Live On Earth,” “Beautiful Things,” and “Together, We’re Alone.” Fans who pre-order the CD will be treated to even more extras, including an exclusive 24×36 SayWeCanFly poster and exclusive digital download extras, including a thank you video from Braden Barrie, an invite to an online acoustic release show, additional video content, a tour documentary, three acoustic sessions, an “Art Of Anesthesia” music video, and more. Pre-orders will also receive an instant “grat track” via email at the time of purchase.

The full deluxe edition will cost $25 plus shipping.

Additional new items, including two new tank tops for the summer, have also been added to the SayWeCanFly webstore.

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-Goatsnake Share New Jam, “Grandpa Jones,” From Upcoming BLACK AGE BLUES LP Nearing Release On Southern Lord June 2

Goatsnake is sure to get your motor running with their latest jam “Grandpa Jones,” a celebratory rock ‘n’ roll affair all about the life and times of a standout elder gentleman that Team Rock is premiering today. Pete Stahl’s vocals cruise with ease alongside those of backing singers, Dem Preachers Daughters, while almighty riffs lurch forward with the rumbling horsepower singularly linked to Greg Anderson’s guitar work. Says Anderson of the track; “‘Grandpa Jones:’ One of the first of the new songs we wrote. Channeling ‘Flag and ‘Sabbath (that ole’ moldy chestnut!). Lyrics about keeping the youth juice flowin’!”

Break it down; “Grandpa Jones” is now playing RIGHT HERE:

http://www.teamrock.com/news/2015-05-20/goatsnake-set-grandpa-jones-free

You can also listen to “Black Age Blues” and “Elevated Man” ahead of BLACK AGE BLUES’ release date in just over a week and a half:

https://soundcloud.com/earsplit/goatsnake-elevated-man

The inner layout of the artwork can be viewed on the band’s webpage:

http://goatsnake.southernlord.com/

An interview with Greg Anderson was published by LA Weekly on the new album and highlighting their record release show for the album going down tonight; check it out at:

http://www.laweekly.com/music/southern-lords-greg-anderson-found-time-to-make-a-new-goatsnake-album-5587551

BLACK AGE BLUES will be released through Southern Lord Recordings June 2, and pre-orders for the album are now live. In addition to physical pre-orders, the record is also available via iTunes, offering the tracks “Black Age Blues,” “Elevated Man,” and “Grandpa Jones” for instant download, which are now available to purchase individually at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/grandpa-jones-single/id990438516 . Check out the pre-order options at the new Goatsnake store at http://goatsnake.southernlord.com/ , via BandCamp at https://goatsnakesl.bandcamp.com/ , and iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/black-age-blues/id988116801 .

Later this month, Goatsnake will hit Europe for a week-long tour which kicks off at Temples Festival in Bristol, and includes a headlining set at Siegen, Germany’s Freakvalley Festival. Upon their stateside return, they’ll headline Crucialfest in Salt Lake City, Utah, with additional tour dates being scheduled.

With nearly 50 minutes of Goatsnake’s most soulful and boisterous material to date, the quartet expands their already mammoth tones and pummeling rock riffs with a variety of additional influences and elements on BLACK AGE BLUES, an instant classic, with each one of the nine songs an anthem, and each of its members — vocalist Pete Stahl (Scream), drummer Greg Rogers (The Obsessed), bassist Scott Renner, and guitarist Greg Anderson (Sunn O))), Southern Lord Recordings) — all in top form. With guest contributions from David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M) and soul vocal trio Dem Preacher’s Daughters, comprised of Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes, and Andrea Merrit, the album was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Franklin, Tennessee by Nick Raskulinecz (Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Rush) and mastered by Brian Big Bass Gardner (N.W.A., Stevie Wonder, Parliament).

Goatsnake Live:
5/30/2015 Temples Festival – Bristol, UK
6/1/2015 De Kreun – Kortrijk, BE
6/2/2015 Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL
6/3/2015 SO36 – Berlin, DE
6/4/2015 Freakvalley Festival – Siegen, DE
6/7/2015 AN Club – Athens, GR
6/20/2015 Crucialfest – Salt Lake City, UT

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http://southernlord.bandcamp.com
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-Demon Lung: Nevada Doom Bringers Unleash “Mark Of Jubilee” Via Decibel Magazine; A DRACULA To See Release Next Month

Las Vegas-based doom bringers, Demon Lung, will unleash the forlorn fruits of their A DRACULA full-length next month via Candlelight Records. Captured by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Eyehategod, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, etc.), the record boasts eight dark, devious hymns centered loosely on Juan López Moctezuma’s 1977 horror film, “Alucarda,” in which two teenage orphan girls living in a Catholic convent unleash a demonic force and ultimately become possessed by Satan.

“‘Alucarda’ is a more relatable story for me than our last album’s [THE HUNDREDTH NAME] subject matter,” vocalist Shanda Fredrick issues, “which made writing a lot more fun this time around. The heroine in this story is the daughter of Satan, who happens to fall in love with the purest of souls in the convent she resides. She coaxes this soul over to the dark, with only intentions of love but in doing so she dooms her to death by the hands of the nuns. The anger consumes her and she uses her dark powers to resurrect her love and together they kill the convent and then the world.”

As a precursor to its official unveiling, today Decibel Magazine offers up sixth movement, “Mark Of Jubilee” for public consumption at this location:

http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2015/5/21/scream-alucarda-scream-demon-lung-deliver-tba

A Dracula comes nearly two years to the date from the successful release of the band’s critically-lauded, 2013-released THE HUNDREDTH NAME. Media applauded the band, especially Fredrick with Decibel Magazine gushing, “She emerges like a high empress, adding real soul to the quintet’s lurch.” Ghost Cult called the debut, “a modern doom masterpiece,” Las Vegas Weekly concurred noting, “Everything about Demon Lung’s debut screams epic,” while New Noise Magazine gushed, “This record is mammoth. Bass riffs tuned low drag the listener into a dark, solemn swamp of evil. The atmosphere created is as important as each note plucked from Lucifer’s hairy hind quarters.” Added This Is Not A Scene accurately, “The future of doom seems to be in safe hands.”

Demon Lung is vocalist Shanda Fredrick, drummer Jeremy Brenton, guitarists Phil Burns and Brent Lynch, and bassist Jason Lamb. A DRACULA will be released via Candlelight Records on June 16, 2015 with tour dates to be announced shortly. In the meantime, pre-orders are available at http://www.manicmusiconline.com/demon-lung-a-dracula . Desirers of the digitals, point your browsers to https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/a-dracula/id994223771 .

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-About Heavy Metal has concert photos and review info of the recent Nightwish / Sabaton / Delain show at the Fillmore in Charlotte, NC, at http://heavymetal.about.com/od/photogalleries/ig/Nightwish-Sabaton-and-Delain-Concert-Photos/ .

-Adramelch’s fourth and final album, OPUS, is out now on Pure Prog Records. Track list: “Black Mirror,” “Long Live The Son,” “Pride,” “Northern Lights,” “Only By Pain,” “A Neverending Rise,” “Fate,” “Ostinato,” “As The Shadows Fall,” “Forgotten Words,” “Trodden Doll,” “Where Do I Belong.” Hype: “On the one hand, OPUS marks the official end of Adramelch’s discographic career. For a number of reasons, the band has decided to call it quit, drawing the final curtain on the career of Italy’s most influential and charismatic combo. But, before leaving forever, the band has decided to produce yet another milestone, set to leave a mark on the scene, as every output of theirs did so far. And man they made it. On the other hand, OPUS is probably the most atmospheric and mature album of Adramelch’s career. Once again, the band has not limited itself to repeat is glorious past, but has looked forward, managing to create a new masterpiece, adding new colors and atmospheres, yet totally in line with its past heritage.” OPUS was recorded at producer Guido Block’s Lo Studio in Milan, and features Block and Simona Aileen Pala contributing guest vocals. The band’s lineup is Vittorio Ballerio on vocals, Gianluca A. Corona and Fabio Troiani on guitars, Sarmax on bass, Gualtiero Insalaco on keyboards, and Sigfrido Percich on drums. The first online reviews include Dangerdog – 3.5/5 and The Rocktologist – 10/10. Check out an album preview at http://youtu.be/mFAp_OHFbIA and the song “Pride” at https://soundcloud.com/pureprogrecords/adramelch-pride-pure-prog-records . See http://www.adramelch.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Adramelchofficial/ for more.

-Michael Angelo Batio’s SHRED FORCE 1 compilation will be released in Greece through Sleaszy Rider Records, resulting from a licensing deal with Rat Pak Records. Check out the video for “What You’re Doing,” a Rush cover featuring Todd LaTorre (Queensryche), Kurdt Vanderhoof (Metal Church), Craig Blackwell, Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper), and Jeff Plate (Metal Church, TSO), at https://youtu.be/_gwR5s5TZC0 .

-Black Star Riders — Ricky Warwick on vocals, Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson on guitar, Robbie Crane on bass, Jimmy DeGrasso on drums — are touring in support of THE KILLER INSTINCT (Nuclear Blast):

5/25 – Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany (w/ Def Leppard)
5/27 – Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany (w/ Def Leppard)
5/28 – Palladium, Cologne, Germany (w/ Def Leppard)
6/11 – Picturedrome, Holmfirth, UK
6/13 – Download Festival, Donington, UK
6/28 – Sounds Good Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
6/30 – Hirsch, Nurnberg, Germany
7/2 – Castle Klam, Klam, Austria
7/3 – Peace & Love Festival, Borlange, Sweden
7/4 – I Am The Rocker Festival, Bucharest, Romania
7/18 – Moondance Jam, Walker, MN
12/3 – 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
12/7 – Odyssey, Belfast, Ireland
12/9 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK
12/10 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
12/12 – Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK
12/13 – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, UK
12/15 – Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
12/16 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK
12/18 – The SSE Arena Wembley, London, UK
12/19 – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, UK

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

-The BulletBoys’ comeback album, ELEFANTE, is due June 9 through Cleopatra/Deadline Records, but can be pre-ordered now at http://t.co/WsF2U3Xvkq . See http://www.bulletboysofficial.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/pages/BULLETBOYS/121246147910242 , and https://twitter.com/TheBulletBoys for more.

-Cathouse Live is set for August 15 at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA. The lineup includes Extreme, Tom Keifer, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Faster Pussycat, Stephen Pearcy, Saigon Kick, Gilby Clarke, Dangerous Toys, L.A. Guns, Junkyard, Trixter, Autograph, Black ‘N Blue, Tracii Guns, Enuzz Z’Nuff, BulletBoys, Bang Tango, Jetboy, Pretty Boy Floyd, Tuff, Little Caesar, and an all-star jam. Riki Rachtman hosts, and VIP packages and meet & greets are available. See http://www.cathouselive.com/ for more.

-Death Angel will tour Germany this summer, with Kryptos supporting, and fans ordering tickets through Metaltix.com will be eligible to win a meet & greet in these cities:

7/17 – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
7/24 – K17, Berlin, Germany
8/11 – Turock, Essen, Germany

See http://deathangel.us/ for more.

-Dragonsfire’s SPEED DEMON / METAL X is out now on Pure Steel Records, and there is a limited vinyl release: 300 copies, black vinyl, includes a printed inner sleeve. The release includes tracks from two prior EPs: “Speed Demon,” “Savior,” “The Gunslinger’s Fate,” “The Prophet,” “Allied Forces,” “Steel Eel,” “Young & Wild,” “Welcome To The Afterlife,” “Heretic,” “Steel Eel,” “Man On A Mission,” “Hell.” Hype: “The Hessian guys Dragonsfire were hardly hit at the beginning of this year hard by the sudden and unexpected death of their front man Thassilo Herbert. The band already released two full-length albums (VISIONS OF FIRE in 2008 and METAL SERVICE, 2010) on Pure Steel Records, which were followed by two self-released EPs in 2013 and 2014. These two EPs are now going to be released on vinyl, again through our label. Musically, nothing has changed. Crisp and sophisticated Heavy Metal with Teutonic trademarks, strong riffs and hooks are still ruling, which fans of the genre and black vinyls surely will love.” The rest of the lineup is rounded out by guitarists Timo Rauscher and Oliver Brandt, and drummer Jan Müller. See http://www.dragonsfire.de/ for more.

-Edge Of Paradise’s IMMORTAL WALTZ is out now on Pure Rock Records. The first online reviews include The Metal Pit – 5/5, The Met Gods Meltdown – 9/10, Rock Revolt Magazine – 4.5/5, and Dangerdog – 4/5. Check out a stream of “In A Dream” at https://soundcloud.com/purerockrecords/edge-of-paradise-in-a-dream-pure-rock-records .

-Thobbe Englund’s (Sabaton, Winterlong) FROM THE WILDERNESS is out now on Lion Music. Hype: “Thobbe Englund, lead guitarist of Sweden’s Sabaton, releases his second solo album filled with super intense high quality guitar playing and a fantastic tone.” Track list: “Wildborn,” “Stormy Nights,” “A Lonely Hunter,” “Life from Death,” “Justice Of Nature,” “Hunting Under A Blood Red Moon,” “Surviving,” “Eternal Struggle,” “Vargen Öde,” “Fingerspitzengefühl” (bonus track). Check out a new interview with Englund at http://www.progpulse.com/Thobbe1.html .

-The Hamburg Metal Dayz festival is set for September 25-26 at Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany. The main stage lineups: 9/25 – By The Patient, Kommando, Koldbrann, Mantar, Belle La Donna, God Seed. 9/26 – Axxis, Panzer, Beyond The Black, Uli Jon Roth, Belle La Donna, W.A.S.P. Godsized, Mambo Kurt, and Tenside will also perform. See http://www.hamburg-metal-dayz.de/ for more.

-The heavy/power metal band In Vain, from Madrid and featuring Daniel Cordón (ex-Black Rock) on vocals and guitar, Daniel B. Martín on lead guitar, Mario Arredondo on bass, and Teo Seoane on drums, has signed a global deal with Pure Steel Publishing and will soon reissue 2014’s THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER. See http://www.invainmetal.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/invainmetal for more.

-Keychain — or possibly KeyChain — are billed as “urban party rockers from Montreal,” and the new video for “Shock Rock City” is online now at http://youtu.be/sGglMZSsP4A . The band consists of singer JP LaChapelle (Mire), guitarist Bran Panic, bassist Dany Toxik (Shotgun Highway, What Comes To Life), and drummer Zack Terga, and hype says “Shock Rock City” “has been released to pay respects to the rock bosses of past and empower the new generation of rock & roll youth.” See http://www.KeyChainOfficial.com for more.

-Upcoming Lords Of The Trident tour dates, in support of FROSTBURN:

6/5 – Children’s Museum Adult Swim: Geek Night @ Madison Children’s Museum, Madison, WI
6/12 – The Annex, Madison, WI (w/ Zephaniah & Droids Attack)
6/13 – The Cold Shot, Appleton, WI (w/ Zephaniah & Forcefield)
7/24 – TBA, Cedar Rapids, IA
7/25 – TBA, Des Moines, IA
8/22 – The Frequency, Madison, WI (w/ Automaton & Sexy Ester)
10/11 – The Metal Grill, Milwaukee, WI (w/ Unleash The Archers)
11/7 – Gamehole Con @ Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI

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

-The Maximum Rock Festival 2015 is slated for October 15 – 18 in two venues, Colectiv Club and Arenele Romane, in Bucharest, Romania. There will be 25 bands performing, including Epica, Annihilator, Skalmold, Kistvaen, Harlott, Archer, Cap de Craniu, Gothic, Crimena, Zonaria, Nightrage, and Hatemode. See http://www.maximumrockfestival.ro/en/ for more.

-Duff McKagan’s new book, “How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions),” is out now. There’s also a companion EP, HOW TO BE A MAN, featuring guests Izzy Stradlin, Jerry Cantrell, Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour), and Taz Bentley (Burden Brothers). Track list: “How To Be A Man,” “Punker,” “Kill The Internet.” During the book tour, McKagan appeared at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, WA, and was captured performing “Sweet Child O’ Mine” on bass and accordion, with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic; check it out at https://youtu.be/QQ8Jz8Flw5Q .

-Mortician’s new video for “Eagle Spy,” from SHOUT FOR HEAVY METAL (2014, Pure Steel Records), is online at http://youtu.be/qRjdyd6HoDo . See http://www.mortician.at/ for more.

-A 250-piece, black vinyl limited pressing of Ruthless’ THEY RISE is available now from Pure Steel Records; it also comes with a printed inner sleeve. The album was previously released on CD and digitally. Track list of the vinyl version: “Defender,” “Laceration,” “Traitor,” “They Rise,” “Hang Man,” “Time Waits For No One,” “Out Of The Ashes,” “Frustration,” “Systematic Terror.” Check out “Defender” streaming at https://soundcloud.com/puresteelrecords/ruthless-defender-pure-steel-records . See http://www.ruthlessmetal.com/ for more, and order at http://www.puresteel-shop.com/ .

-Soto — featuring singer Jeff Scott Soto, lead guitarist Jorge Salan, guitarist/keyboardist BJ, bassist David Z, and drummer Edu Cominato — recently released INSIDE THE VERTIGO. Track list: “Final Say,” “The Fall,” “Wrath,” “Break,” “Narcissistically Yours,” “End of Days,” “Inside The Vertigo,” “When I’m Older,” “Trance,” “Jealousy,” “Karma’s Kiss,” “Fall To Pieces.” Soto himself produced the album, which features collaborations and guest spots from guitarists Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne), Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob), and Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), and Casey Grillo (Kamelot), Connor Engstrom, Tony Dickinson, Leo Mancini, Hugo Mariutti, and Gary Schutt. Check out the new video for “Break” at https://youtu.be/ivgSA4V6gf0 . Album hype: “Jeff Scott Soto — one of today’s premier Rock front men and vocalists — and a union of hotshot young musicians bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present. Together they are Soto, and their debut album INSIDE THE VERTIGO will blow your mind away. A neurotic blend of power metal, prog, groove-laden huge guitars, hooks and production, Soto is a contender in today’s modern Rock arena while capturing the essence of strong songwriting simultaneously.” Last week Mr. Soto appeared at the Lucky Strike Live Jam, at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, CA. Check out fan-filmed footage of Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” (with Hoekstra, Howie Simon, Z, Steve Ferlazzo, and Matt Starr) at https://youtu.be/J5iWs0skkK8 , Prince’s “Purple Rain” (with Jonathan Phillip Moffett, Spacey T, and Ferlazzo) at https://youtu.be/8dn0Q726qm8 , and Seal’s “Crazy” (with Simon and Z) at https://youtu.be/Z8e7qBaE37A . See http://www.jeffscottsoto.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/JeffScottSoto , http://www.sototheband.com/ , and http://www.facebook.com/SOTOofficial for more.

-The Wacken Open Air festival has added Itcom, Materia, Renaissense, and Scratch The Floor to the lineup. See http://www.wacken.com/ for more.

Thanks to Nancy B. Sayle, Axel Wiesenauer, Thomas Jensen, Emmy Mack, Jon Asher, Adrian Garro, Marco De Francesco, Chad Bowar, Metaltix, Online Metal Promo, and Rock Cellar Magazine for help gathering some of this information.

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