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Detritus #670: Armored Saint, Helloween, Bulletboys, Bruce Kulick

Issue #670
Week of June 1, 2015

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*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Armored Saint Stream New Album Online!


Los Angeles, California’s Armored Saint have released their seventh studio album! The album WIN HANDS DOWN is all things Armored, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015.

Head over now to http://www.metalblade.com/armoredsaint/ to jam this amazing album in its entirety.

The press reactions are quite enthusiastic!

“Looks like the band has found its fire again, as they once more offer some fine hymns such as the title track, ‘Mess,’ ‘An Exercise In Debauchery,’ or ‘With A Full Head Of Steam,’ all of which easily compete with the classics. Bush for his part is still singing like a young god!” Marc Halupczok, Metal Hammer Germany, 6/7

“In a similar way as on their 1991 record SYMBOL OF SALVATION, Saint by no means dodge new influences. However, the band, which is rightfully considered to be one of the most underrated in US Metal, primarily concentrates on their great strengths, meaning incredible self-conscious playing in connection to their signature songwriting, which is devoid of any clichés and so unlike any other group!” Boris Kaiser, Rock Hard Germany, 8,5/10, soundcheck winner!

“Never in the world would I have expected such a strong comeback by this band, which is probably the most underrated of all time in the Metal genre! A gift to the group’s faithful fans!” Götz Kühnemund, Deaf Forever Germany, 9/10

“In its entirety, this is the heaviest and melodically most compelling album in the band’s history!” Peter Engelking, Rocks, 5,5/6

A brand new video for the title track was recently shot by director Andrew Nethery, and is available for streaming now at http://www.metalblade.com/armoredsaint/ , where album pre-order bundles are also ready for order. Including CD, ltd. CD+DVD, ltd. vinyl and special box set featuring customized poker set. Additionally, a behind the scenes video from the photo shoot for the WIN HANDS DOWN album cover is on YouTube now at https://youtu.be/pl0gOQx3cTo .

WIN HANDS DOWN – mixed by Jay Ruston, produced by Joey Vera.
1. Win Hands Down
2. Mess
3. An Exercise In Debauchery
4. Muscle Memory
5. That Was Then, Way Back When
6. With a Full Head of Steam
7. In an Instant
8. Dive
9. Up Yours

Armored Saint
European Tour Dates
19/06 Clisson, FR Hellfest
30/07 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
02/08 Munich, DE Free & Easy Festival
03/08 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg w/ Queensryche
04/08 Eindhoven, NL Effenaar w/ Queensryche
06/08 London, GB Electric Ballroom w/ Queensryche
07/08 Derby, GB Bloodstock Festival
08/08 Kortrijk, BE Alcatraz Festival
04/12 Hamburg, DE Waterkant X-Mas Bash
05/12 Oberhausen, DE Ruhrpott Metal Meeting


*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Helloween: MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT Out Now; Third Track-By-Track Trailer Revealed

Helloween are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15th studio album MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal.

Today, Helloween reveal the third (out of four) track-by-track trailers, including song snippets and comments on the tracks “Creatures In Heaven,” “If God Loves Rock’n’Roll,” “Living On The Edge,” “Claws,” and “You, Still Of War,” at:

The previous two trailers:

Also the international media praises the album, some quotes:

“30 years after their first release, Helloween still write heavy, melodic, uplifting, and catchy tunes like few bands do. MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT is another incredibly rich album. If I were as rich as these songs are, I’d be a millionaire!”
Rock Hard (F), Morgan Rivalin

“MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT is pure, true Helloween metal — the way it should always be!”
Sweden Rock, Janne Mattsson

“I don’t know if the right comes from God himself, but I know for sure that with this new album Helloween proves to be at the top of classic power metal.”
Metal Maniac (IT), Romano Depolo

“MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT is a classic latter-day Helloween album — grand in scope, brash and ferocious but also deceptively tuneful.”
Metal Hammer (UK), Dave Link

“The 2015 edition of Helloween is razor sharp. Let these Germans take you on a musical ride proving that nothing can beat catchy and intelligent power metal. Play loud — stay proud.”
Scream (NO), Stig Ødegaard

“This is one of the best Helloween albums in years with many brilliantly catchy choruses. An amazing return to the ’80s without losing the modern of the actual days.”
Roadie Crew (BRA), Claudio Vincentin

Andi Deris (vocals)
Markus Grosskopf (bass)
Michael Weikath (guitars)
Sascha Gerstner (guitars)
Dani Löble (drums)


*** PRESS RELEASE #3 ***
-Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody Releases New single & Lyric Video For “Prometheus”

Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, the masters of cinematic metal, will release their new outstanding album PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS on June 19 (EU), June 22 (UK) and June 30 (US) via Nuclear Blast.

Today, the band presents the second single of the new opus — “Prometheus” (including Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear as part of the choir).

Watch the lyric video here:

Mastermind Luca comments:
“With my band I like to dedicate a few songs to well-known myths and legends in every album. But what I really like is to take these subjects and ‘dig’ into them revealing new interpretations often related with deeper spiritual meanings. So I surely start from the tale of Prometheus everybody knows, but soon transposing it in a timeless dimension where the Ignis Divinus, the divine fire given by him to the men, represents nothing else than a quantum gate revealed to a mortal soul on its journey to the immortal cosmic truth.’

Order your digital copy of “Prometheus” here:
AMZ – http://nblast.de/RhapsodyPrometheusAZ
Google – http://nblast.de/RhapsodyPrometheusGP
NB MP3 – http://nblast.de/RhapsodyPrometheusNB

Pre-order your copy of PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS here:

Luca Turilli (Guitars, Keyboards)
Dominique Leurquin (Guitars)
Patrice Guers (Bass)
Alex Landenburg (Drums)
Alessandro Conti (Vocals)


*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Former Kiss Guitarist Bruce Kulick Releases New Album And Single

KKB, Bruce Kulick’s first band created back in 1974 with his local friends, singer/bassist Mike Katz and drummer Guy Bois, are releasing a brand new single and CD called GOT TO GET BACK. The new single leads off the CD, which continues with six more songs they recorded in 1974. The vintage tracks were revisited for 2015, and the original tapes were totally re-mixed and re-mastered.

Kulick was fortunate growing up in Jackson Heights, NY to find other talented local musicians who shared the same passion for the British Invasion of rock. They lived within blocks of each other, with drummer Guy’s basement being the breeding ground for the musical concoction they were creating. The young band rehearsed for months before entering a studio in N.Y.C. capturing music that was urgent, intense and compelling. Sadly, with no clear direction for the group to follow the band never played together live, and ultimately went their separate ways. Bruce continued on in the music world, playing guitar with Michael Bolton, Meat Loaf, Kiss, and Grand Funk Railroad.

The music KKB recorded in 1974, however, sat idle on a tape in Kulick’s closet for many years. In 2008, Bruce bought a TEAC tape deck at a local garage sale and decided to listen to the KKB recording again. He loved it, and shared it with his friends, who all agreed: “You must release this music for people to hear.” The vintage tape was transferred and, after some cleaning up of the tracks, KKB 1974 was released in 2008. The limited-run CD sold out quickly.

An unexpected new chapter for KKB happened in 2013, when Mike found the original session tapes. By using the actual tracks recorded, Kulick had the opportunity to re-mix, re-master, and get creative with this music once again. But the discovery sparked something substantially more interesting than simply polishing up “old” music — the desire for Bruce and Mike to create a new song for KKB, 40 years after its genesis.

As a result of KKB’s rekindled fire, the trio wrote and recorded a new song, “Got To Get Back,” a total throwback to their vintage sound, style and vibe. Each band member recorded their parts in a local studio — Guy in Paris, Mike in New York City, and Bruce in L.A. Further adding to KKB’s renaissance, a string quartet, scored by Bruce’s longtime collaborator Jeremy Rubolino, was added to the ballad “Someday,” giving the song a shine that couldn’t have been imagined in 1974.

“This music represents a time in my career that I feel helped define the potential of my guitar playing,” Kulick says. “It gives me chills to hear it. The interplay with Mike on bass and Guy on drums was expertly executed, filled with passion that defined our age. To think that so long ago I was involved in something this powerful that sat in my closet unheard for nearly 35 years made me furious. My intense desire to share this music that is relevant now, more than ever, is a huge accomplishment. Play it loud and imagine three young men pouring their hearts out making music, never concerned about anything but the music. That was the intention. It was pure, it was real. And now it’s available for all to enjoy.”

KKB’s music is in the power rock/progressive/melodic rock genre, and GOT TO GET BACK captures styles of a variety of British bands including Led Zeppelin, Cream, and King Crimson, with arrangements performed in a hard rock trio context. Give it a listen, and see if you agree that this time capsule of music from Kulick’s beginnings is totally unique and captivating to your ears.

KKB album webpage w/ links for various commercial configurations:


*** PRESS RELEASE #5 ***
-Almanac Signs With Nuclear Blast Records!

A few weeks ago, Victor Smolski presented his new band Almanac, following his passion for neo-classical, orchestral metal, to continue on the path that ended up with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra debut LMO.

Now he’s very pleased to announce their signing with Nuclear Blast Records. Mastermind Victor Smolski comments on the signing: “After 10 years of cooperation with Nuclear Blast, a friendship evolved. Nuclear Blast trusted in me a lot for my work as composer and producer of the Nuclear Blast Allstars’ INTO THE LIGHT, Rage, and LMO records. Because of that, I will continue with my new band Almanac together with the established team of Nuclear Blast. I hope that our previous successes will continue with Almanac. I want to thank all fans for supporting me over the years.”

The recording sessions for the upcoming debut album are set this year, too. Victor Smolski reveals: “Everyone who liked my LMO songs and the Rage songs, I wrote in my 15 year membership, like ‘Soundchaser,’ ‘Down,’ ‘Suite Lingua Mortis,’ ‘Forever Dead,’ ‘Straight To Hell,’ ‘Empty Hollow,’ and many more, can look forward for the new Almanac songs. I’m totally motivated to present you our new album with such an amazing line up in 2016!”

The band already debuted live at the Musikmesse Frankfurt in April, presenting the new lineup for the very first time. First impressions of Almanac with all members can be watched here:

The current lineup of Almanac:
Victor Smolski – guitar, keys
Andy B. Franck – vocals
David Readman – vocals
Jeannette Marchewka – vocals
Dana Harnge – soprano
Michael Kolar – drums
Armin Alic – bass
Feat. Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia & Enric Garcia – keyboards

*** PRESS RELEASE #6 ***
-The BulletBoys Will Embark On The Armed Alliance Tour

ELEFANTE On Cleopatra/Deadline Records On Sale June 9 Worldwide

Special VIP Meet N’ Greet Packages Available

HOLLYWOOD, CA — The BulletBoys will embark on a National tour starting with some key headline dates in June. Then they will be joined by L.A. Guns with Tracii Guns for the first leg of the Armed Alliance Tour.

BulletBoys VIP packages are available. You get special early access, VIP laminate, meet & greet, signed 8×10, you can bring two items to be signed and a special “merch package” full of cool stuff! Show tickets sold separate and must be purchased to activate the VIP package.

Buy your VIP here:

The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass), and Shawn Duncan (Drums). All members pouring their heart and soul into the group’s first album of original material since 2009. ELEFANTE was produced by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed) and Marq Torien, and engineered by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher). The great Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry) mastered this new work of art. “Working with the BulletBoys was an amazing experience,” explains Ryan Greene. “Most singers, from back in the ’80s, were pretty good but I will tell you Marq knocked it out of the park on this record. His power and passion was second to none and he can sing in tune! No auto-tune needed, he’s the real freak’n deal. If you think for a second this is going to be some rehashed ’80s record you are completely wrong!”

Look for their new MASSIVE release ELEFANTE on Cleopatra/Deadline Records, June 9 2015. You can PRE-ORDER this long awaited album here:





The BulletBoys are best known for their self-titled album BULLETBOYS in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records, releasing two major hits “Smooth Up In Ya” and a remake of the O’Jays’ “For The Love Of Money,” followed by their next album FREAKSHOW with “Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover), “THC Groove” and more — both albums produced by Ted Templeman.

For more information and updates click on:

*** PRESS RELEASE #7 ***
-Eagle Rock Entertainment Release Debut Live DVD/Blu-ray: Black Veil Brides – ALIVE AND BURNING

~Digital Version Will Also Be Available On iTunes~

~July 10, 2015~

NEW YORK, NY — Get ready to experience Black Veil Brides like you’ve never seen them before. On July 10, 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release ALIVE AND BURNING, their aptly named debut DVD/Blu-ray [MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD]. The concert film will also be released on iTunes the same day.

Their first-ever recorded live performance, ALIVE AND BURNING was filmed on their “Black Mass” tour (in support of their self-titled fourth album) in front of a ravenous hometown Hollywood crowd at a sold-out Wiltern Theater. Black Veil Brides deliver 17 genre-busting gems –chiseled from pure hard rock, delivered in a lusty swagger by lead singer Andy Biersack, guitarists Jake Pitts and Jinxx, bassist Ashley Purdy, and drummer Christian “CC” Coma.

The theater was shaking on this night. The set list bristled with career-spanning songs such as “Knives And Pens,” “Fallen Angels,” “Faithless,” and, of course, “The End.”

Nominated for five Kerrang Awards (including Best Live Band) with 4 million Facebook followers, Black Veil Brides have solidified a rabid fan base via their DIY approach and the buzz they stirred. Catch the band this summer on the Vans Warped Tour.

Click Here to view trailer:

Pre-order link available here:

Track Listing
1) Heart Of Fire
2) I Am Bulletproof
3) Coffin
4) Faithless
5) Wretched & Divine
6) Knives & Pens
7) Overture
8) Shadows Die
9) Last Rites
10) Rebel Love Song
11) Drum Solo
12) The Legacy
13) Sweet Blasphemy
14) Perfect Weapon
15) Fallen Angels
16) Rebel Yell
17) In The End
Plus bonus feature “Meet The Fans”

Alternative Links:

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton, and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/eaglerocktv

*** PRESS RELEASE #8 ***
-Genesis Member Tony Banks To Release Solo Career Box Set

Tony Banks – A CHORD TOO FAR

A Special Edition Four-Disc Box Set Of Tony Banks’ Acclaimed Solo Career

Including Re-mixed And Unreleased Pieces

Release Date July 31st, 2015 – Esoteric Recordings

Founding member of Genesis, Tony Banks, is to release A CHORD TOO FAR as a four-disc box set, that brings together selected songs from his celebrated solo career. Released on Esoteric Recordings, a Cherry Red Records label, on July 31.

With a track list personally selected by Tony, this special edition set consists of 49 songs and pieces, many of which have been re-mixed exclusively for this collection, and are from his seven solo and two orchestral albums — A CURIOUS FEELING (1979), THE FUGITIVE (1983), THE WICKED LADY (1983) (film score), SOUNDTRACKS (1986) (a combination of original scores Tony wrote for films “Starship” and “Quicksilver”), BANKSTATEMENT (1989), STILL (1991), STRICTLY INC. (1995), and his orchestral albums SEVEN: A SUITE FOR ORCHESTRA (2004) and SIX PIECES FOR ORCHESTRA (2012) — culminating in this unique collection of his eclectic and diverse music. Also included are four unreleased pieces, three of which are keyboard demos of from his orchestral suites. The other is a piece originally written for the STILL album.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 as a member of Genesis, Tony is one of the most respected songwriters and keyboardists in the world. His career spans almost 50 years and has seen him sell in excess of 130 million albums. His body of work is as innovative as it is eclectic. Genesis’ avant-garde style made them one of progressive rock’s founding fathers in the 1970s, creating an experimental style of rock music never before seen. They went on to produce music with a greater pop sensibility in the 1980s that saw them become one of the biggest selling bands of the decade, and play stadiums throughout the world.

His solo work has continued in the same vein. As well as his rock albums which has included collaborations with some of the world’s most respected musicians including singers Toyah Wilcox, Fish, and Nick Kershaw, bassist Pino Pallodino, and drummers Steve Gadd and Vinnie Colaiuta, as well as long time Genesis collaborators Daryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson. He has done original scores for four films — “The Shout” (1978), “The Wicked Lady” (1983), “Starship” (1985) and “Quicksilver” (1986) — and most recently his orchestral albums, SEVEN: A SUITE FOR ORCHESTRA and SIX PIECES FOR ORCHESTRA, that were performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, respectively. Both were met with critical acclaim with classical music aficionados, Gramaphone Magazine, saying “A rock musician goes ‘classical’ — with pleasing and often effective results… for Banks has a genuine melodic gift… The recording is good, … acceptably spacious …”

A CHORD TOO FAR is a celebration of Tony’s work outside of Genesis, and the beginning of re-releases of re-mixed versions of his entire solo and orchestral catalog… A CURIOUS FEELING and THE FUGITIVE are set to be released at the end of October, with THE WICKED LADY and SOUNDTRACKS at the end of January 2016. Further detail will be announced soon on his other albums.

A CHORD TOO FAR, is released on July 31st, 2015 on Esoteric Recordings, a Cherry Red Records label.


A CHORD TOO FAR track list:

CD One
Rebirth – Taken From SOUNDTRACKS
At The Edge Of Night – Taken From THE FUGITIVE
Walls Of Sound – Taken From STRICTLY INC.
Lion Of Symmetry – Taken From SOUNDTRACKS
The More I Hide It – Taken From BANKSTATEMENT
Shortcut To Somewhere – Taken From SOUNDTRACKS
The Waters Of Lethe – Taken From A CURIOUS FEELING
I Wanna Change The Score – Taken From STILL
Water Out Of Wine – Taken From STILL
Something To Live For – Taken From STRICTLY INC.
By You – Taken From THE FUGITIVE
Never Let Me Know – Taken From STRICTLY INC.
Thirty Three’s – Taken From THE FUGITIVE

CD Two
Charity Balls – Taken From STRICTLY INC.
An Island In The Darkness – Taken From STRICTLY INC.
The Border – Taken From BANKSTATEMENT
Lucky Me – Taken From A CURIOUS FEELING
Another Murder Of A Day – Taken From STILL
Moving Under – Taken From THE FUGITIVE
Still It Takes Me By Surprise – Taken From STILL
Red Day On Blue Street – Taken From STILL
After The Lie – Taken From A CURIOUS FEELING
Redwing – Taken From SOUNDTRACKS

CD Three
Queen Of Darkness – Taken From BANKSTATEMENT
A Piece Of You – Taken From STRICTLY INC.
Big Man – Taken From BANKSTATEMENT
Angel Face – Taken From STILL
This Is Love – Taken From THE FUGITIVE
I’ll Be Waiting – Taken From BANKSTATEMENT
Back To Back – Taken From STILL
For A While – Taken From A CURIOUS FEELING
Throwback – Taken From BANKSTATEMENT
You Call This Victory – Taken From SOUNDTRACKS
And The Wheels Keep Turning – Taken From THE FUGITIVE
The Final Curtain – Taken From STILL

CD Four
Black Down – Taken From SEVEN
Earthlight – Taken From SEVEN
From The Undertow – Taken From A CURIOUS FEELING
Spring Tide**
Neap Tide**
City Of Gold**
The Chase Taken From THE WICKED LADY
The Wicked Lady – Taken From THE WICKED LADY

** Demo

*** PRESS RELEASE #9 ***
-Kingcrow: Italian Prog Metal Sextet Releases New Track Through BraveWords As Sixth Album EIDOS Nears Street Date

With the street date for Italian progressive metal sextet Kingcrow’s sixth album, EIDOSs, rapidly approaching, a new single from the record has been released through an exclusive premiere of “At The Same Pace” at BraveWords.com.

Boasting over an hour of material which closes the path-of-life saga of their prior two albums — PHLEGETHON dealing with childhood, and IN CRESCENDO about the end of youth — EIDOS carries a more foreboding, ominous edge than Kingcrow’s other releases. “At The Same Pace” is the eighth of the 10 brand new movements on the album, and after leading off with a somber, clean intro, the track lifts off into a nearly eight-minute endeavor, which is as heavily motivated by synth-soaked atmospheres as it is a mid-paced, thundering, drive.

Listen to Kingcrow’s “At The Same Pace” via BraveWords now:

Recently, Kingcrow also released their first official video for EIDOS, constructed the track, “The Moth,” through the animated style of Argentinean artist Gastón Viñas ( http://www.grapevineindustries.com/ ), widely known for his videos for Radiohead, including “2+2=5” and “A Wolf At The Door,” which combined have collected nearly 15 million views on YouTube.

“The Moth” is now playing right here:

Rome-based Kingcrow returns with EIDOS, a conceptual album about choices, consequences, and dealing with regret and disillusion. Musically it sees the band exploring new territories and pushing the extremes of its complex soundscape attributes with a darker atmosphere. EIDOS was recorded at Sound Under Pressure in Rome, with the production handled by the band’s Diego and Thundra Cafolla. Several guest appearances help create the album’s new atmospheres, including saxophone provided by Stefania Bentivoglio on the track “Slow Down,” and piano by Fred Colombo of Spheric Universe Experience for the track “The Deeper Divide.” Mixed by Giampiero Ulacco and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New York, the stunning production of the album is matched by visionary artwork by Cristian Nastasi/Devilnax. The next logical progression in the evolution of Kingcrow, EIDOS will open the next doorway for whatever lies ahead. Sensory Records, who also released Kingcrow’s IN CRESCENDO album, will unveil EIDOS on CD and digitally worldwide on June 23.


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-Iris Divine Announces Northeastern US Summer Mini-Tour In Support Of Acclaimed KARMA SOWN Debut Album

Following the late Springtime release of their debut full-length album, KARMA SOWN, Washington DC-area modern progressive trio Iris Divine has confirmed a mid-Summer four-city tour through the Northeastern US. Touring alongside their friends in MindMaze, the outfit will begin the trek in Worcester, Massachusetts on July 30, followed by show in New York City and Baltimore over the next two nights, before the tour closes down in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 2.

Iris Divine Summer Tour w/ MindMaze:
7/30/2015 Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA
7/31/2015 Gussy’s – New York, NY
8/01/2015 Club Orpheus – Baltimore, MD
8/02/2015 Howler’s – Pittsburgh, PA

On March 31, Iris Divine’s proud debut KARMA SOWN saw release via New Jersey-based Sensory Records, the album met by widespread critical acclaim from all levels of the diehard metal media. Though a mere trio, vocalist/guitarist Navid Rashid, drummer/programmer Kris Combs and bassist Brian Dobbs unload waves of dynamic, top-tier progressive metal with dark, crunching undertones and intense storylines. The record was produced by the band, engineered by Drew Mazurek and Farhad Hossain, mixed by Drew Mazurek, and mastered by Brian J. Anthony, and its cover art conceived by Kris Combs and executed by Visual Decay.

KARMA SOWN is playing alongside an interview with the band via BraveWords right here:

Physical orders for KARMA SOWN can be placed via Laser’s Edge at https://www.lasercd.com/cd/karma-sown and digital at https://lasersedge.bandcamp.com/album/karma-sown .

Nova Metal Review praised Iris Divine’s debut in an early review with a perfect review: “Most often I would pick a couple of tracks as favorites, but in this case that is a pointless exercise. All the tracks are standout and I can play them in any order and still walk away with a smile on my face… it is a no-brainer to score this a straight 10/10.” Hardrock Haven championed the record with an early 9/10 review, including, “when you hear them you’re simply stunned that they’re not signed to a major label and making a huge impact on the scene. They’re immensely talented, not content to stay within the genre lines, and have released an album that can go head to head with any of the ‘name’ prog metal albums this year.” MetalSucks excitedly previewed the album issuing, “If bands like King’s X, Porcupine Tree, and to a slightly lesser extent Dream Theater get you all hot n’ bothered you’re absolutely gonna LOVE Iris Divine, as I do… The most impressive thing to me is that their ear for songwriting is uncanny: their songs are just so f*cking immediate, but without being corny or heavy-handed about it, and though the members are all clearly phenomenal musicians they don’t beat you over the head with that fact.” In an 8.5/10 review, Dead Rhetoric wrote, “Not very often in the progressive/alternative metal world do you find a set of musicians subscribe to a less is more membership philosophy. We all know about the power trio groups like King’s X and Rush through the years, but normally the heavier acts require four- to six-piece lineups to create their sonic elements the meld together. Northern Virginia based Iris Divine are one of the rare breed three-piece acts that on their new album KARMA SOWN fill the aural space as if there were twin doubles amidst the eight songs.” We Love Metal’s glowing 9/10 review of the album offered in part, “There isn’t a single song, or even a moment, that isn’t interesting. The more I listen to KARMA SOWN, the more I find, from incredible riffs, tremendous instrumental interplay, superbly executed vocal harmonies, and some of the best prog songwriting I’ve heard in a while… The band’s use of syncopation is a thread that runs throughout KARMA SOWN, whether in the riffs or the drumming. It isn’t necessarily something never heard before, but Iris Divine’s use is well done and is guaranteed to keep your attention. Their mastery of the odd time signature is killer.”


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-Battlecross Announces RISE TO POWER And Launches Brand New Song!

Motor City thrashers Batthecross have just returned home from a successful trip to Bogota, CO, and nearly immediately upon returning, have launched a brand new song from their forthcoming album, RISE TO POWER! The new song, “Not Your Slave,” is streaming at http://www.metalblade.com/battlecross/ , where pre-order is also possible. RISE TO POWER will be released worldwide on Metal Blade Records on August 21, 2015.

RISE TO POWER was produced by Mark Lewis and engineered by Jason Suecof at Audiohammer Studios. Cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Péter Sallai (Sabaton, Sacred Steel; http://www.mortpaintgraphics.com/ ).

Guitarist Tony Asta offers the following comment on the new single, “Not Your Slave:” “We’re really happy with the crushing feel of this song. Somehow through the writing process, maybe even on accident, a more groovy feel was created. We won’t write the same record twice and I think this is our strongest and more dynamic album yet.”

The upcoming US tour also puts an end to the band’s search for a permanent drummer, with Bay Area’s Alex Bent now firmly in place behind the kit. After performing with the band on two 2014 headliners and in South America, Alex officially joined and tracked drums for the new album. He can be seen here performing “Ghost Alive” last winter on the Winter Warriors Tour:

Battlecross’ previous album, WAR OF WILL, debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release in July of 2013. This was the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut! WAR OF WILL also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release. Watch the music video for “Never Coming Back” now at http://www.metalblade.com/battlecross/ .


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-3 Years Hollow Announce Tour With Powerman 5000 & Soil

The late spring and early summer will see Imagen Recording artists 3 Years Hollow hard at work once again — hitting the road as part of a must-see bill which will also feature Powerman 5000 and Soil. But first up will be a new single and video issued on May 19, “Chemical Ride” — a strong fan favorite that has already been eagerly spun on a number of stations. “Chemical Ride” is the follow-up to the band’s two Top 30 hits, “Hungry” and “For Life.” Make no mistake about it, 3 Years Hollow is determined to bring back ROCK to the current music scene, and are in it for the long haul.

“The song ‘Chemical Ride’ sort of has this underdog story going for it,” recalls 3YH singer Jose Urquiza. “It’s the song that we all wanted to be the first single from the record, but looking back, it feels like the first two singles might have been the foundation needed to get this song out to an even larger audience. There’s never really been a question about which song is the favorite song off of THE CRACKS, and this is it. The song is basically about seizing every single opportunity you have, appreciating the things you have around you, because anything and everything can be taken from you instantly. It was a situation that I had witnessed and was close to and it was something I felt I had to write about.”

“That realization really hit me when my good friend and mentor, Rob Cimmarusti, passed away this last year. He was the owner of Real Trax Recording Studios, where we recorded all three of our albums over the past seven years and where I learned everything I know about music production and recording. I had been so focused on the future, so focused on things that weren’t even right in front of me, and in the end it cost me a lot of time I could have spent with him. There’s no doubt his influence will live on in 3YH for the rest of our lives.”

Kicking off on Tuesday, June 23 in Ringle, WI and wrapping up on Saturday, July 18 in Arlington Heights, IL, the three-band tour is sure to be one of the summer’s most rocking. The set of dates (17 shows total) will feature a new 3YH lineup with original members Urquiza, Tony Reeves, and Neil Kuhlman being joined by new drummer Ryan Bennett, formerly of Eye Empire.

As Jose explains, “Heading towards the rest of 2015 we definitely feel this renewed energy within us and around us, including the entire team of people that we work with. For two years, we just went out there on the road and did our best to spread our music and hang out with our fans and friends that come out to the shows. It was one thing we could control in a music business where most things seem a little out of control. We’re about to go back out and hit some of the same clubs we just played a couple months ago and we can’t wait!!”

Ever the road warriors, 3 Years Hollow has been steadily touring and building a massive fan base, as evidenced by past jaunts with the likes of Saving Abel, Red, Islander, the UPROAR Festival, etc. Soon, fans will be able to see what all the buzz is about concerning 3 Years Hollow — on a concert stage near you.

Powerman 5000/Soil/3 Years Hollow tour dates

Tue 23 Jun – Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
Wed 24 Jun – Spring Lake Park, MN – POV’s
Thu 25 Jun – Joliet, IL – Mojoes
Fri 26 Jun – Battle Creek, MI – Music Factory
Sat 27 Jun – Beckley, WV – Muncheez
Wed 01 Jul – Winchester, VA – Blue Fox Billiard
Thu 02 Jul – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
Fri 03 Jul – Patchogue NY – Emporium
Sun 05 Jul – Portland, ME – Asylum
Tue 07 Jul – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Wed 08 Jul – Albany, NY – Latitude 360
Thu 09 Jul – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
Fri 10 Jul – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
Wed 15 Jul – Janesville, WI – Back Bar
Thu 16 Jul – Ft Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
Fri 17 Jul – Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero
Sat 18 Jul – Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar


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-Radiant Records: June Inner Circle Giveaway And Specials!

Greetings from Team Radiant!

Today is the 1st of June, and that means we have NEW and EXCITING Monthly Giveaway and Special Sales to announce! Read on to find out how you could win an autographed MAKING OF FLYING COLORS DVD and about a ONE DAY ONLY Worship album collection sale!

First, during the month of June, ALL Inner Circle members will be entered to win a MAKING OF FLYING COLORS DVD autographed by all the band members!

Whether you’re already an Inner Circle member or you join any day during the month of May, YOU could be the new owner of this exclusive signed MAKING OF FLYING COLORS DVD! Join the Neal Morse Inner Circle here for a chance to win!



In celebration of the upcoming release of Neal’s new worship album, on June 16, for ONE DAY ONLY, the first five volumes will be $5.99 each! Be on the lookout for more information on this highly anticipated Worship Album!

Here is a sample of the album THE RIVER:

If you do not have all of Neal’s worship collection, June 16, is the day to get them all here!

Make sure you are ready for the complete collection when the new album comes out in July!

Stay tuned for more monthly giveaways and specials!

Team Radiant Records


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-Vanlade Launches Kickstarter Campaign For Upcoming Second Album RAGE OF THE GODS

Vanlade, the Kansas City, Kansas true heavy metal band, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their brand new second album RAGE OF THE GODS as well as official band merchandise.

Vocalist Brett Blackout stated the following:

“Vänlade is returning with their upcoming second album entitled RAGE OF THE GODS featuring 10 brand new tracks of epic speed metal from Kansas City’s own ‘Defenders of the Faith.’ This is your chance to ensure your own copy of the new material, as well selections from an all-new line of merchandise!

“This is NOT a donation, as any pledge will be converted, dollar-for-dollar, towards pre-sale credit to Vänlade’s merchandise selection, including the new album on CD, new tee shirts, buttons, koozies, and patches, as well as our limited remaining ‘Iron Age” merchandise!

“As an independent band, our dedication to bringing you consistently high quality products comes with a similarly high price. Understand that we are more than happy to fund our projects out-of-pocket as we have been, and will continue to do so despite the results of this fundraiser. We consider this medium a chance to advance on a portion of these costs and supply you with a better product — much faster!

“Your support is absolutely invaluable to us! Thank you for contributing, and remember: Stay heavy or DIE!”

Vanlade Kickstarter campaign page

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

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-No Total Metal Festival In 2015!

The famous Italian Heavy Metal festival will remain on “stand-by.” Here are the reasons:

The 2014 Edition of the Total Metal Open Air Festival was, according to just about anyone who participated, nothing short of amazing: Impeccable organization in every aspect and a rich artistic Billboard (remember, among others, Kreator, Annihilator, Behemoth, and Moonspell). However today is official news that there will be no 2015 Edition; Luigi Pisanello, Director of the organizing agency Vivo Management, explains why:

“It was since many months that we were almost sure about this decision. We delayed trying to find a less bitter way to announce it to our supporters but we realized that it wasn’t possible to sweeten a bad news like this. After the last edition was easy for anyone to expect another magnificent festival; All those who joined the TMF2014 have experienced (without exaggeration) two of the most beautiful days of their own metalhead life! We had excellent and worldwide renowned bands, a stage and a sound-lights system that rivals any other big Italian festival, a highly-experienced staff that has served our users impeccably, games, free camping, a number of toilets even higher than necessary and all, but really everything, what fits with a class ‘A’ music festival! But being so meticulous cost us a really huge amount of money and, unfortunately, the response of the audience (though still plentiful and very warm) was less than our estimates. Then I personally found that other Italian festivals of the same kind, arranged with much less attention to details and, in some cases, even with a more skimpy artistic Bill, obtained, with similar ticket costs, the same numbers in terms of public response, but with much less onerous investments from the organizers. So I and my partners said to ourselves that probably we’re living a time that isn’t appropriate for those who want to offer quality! Of course we blame no one for this situation, unless the period of severe economic difficulties affecting our Country in recent years and that, consequently, impoverishes the pockets of young fans and their families. I know I run the risk of digressing, but actually I think that when there are little money it is correct to spend them first for food and essential stuff rather than for a ‘luxury’ like a nice concert. Someone also suggested to downsize our festival in order to reduce costs, ‘after all the people coming is always the same,’ they say; but this wouldn’t fit with the style of the Total Metal Festival. We always wanted to give to the Italian metalheads a growing up festival, so it would have no sense for us to take steps backward just to save money. Instead we prefer to stop it until the economical situation will allow the lovers of this music to participate to a high level event like those we like to organize. The Italian metal scene doesn’t need another festival ‘arranged’ where to buy a beer you have to do half an hour in a row or for one or more days you are forced to urinate in three or four smelly portable toilets; the TMF must distinguish itself from the mediocrity that characterize most of the similar organizations in Italy. That is our dream and with the last edition we feel we realized it, although for now, inevitably, it must be stopped. To anyone who asks us if TMF will come back in 2016 we cannot yet answer. We all look forward to it, but the only thing we can guarantee for now is that the will to make the most beautiful metal festival in Italy is still there in our hearts!”

For further information:
Info Tel. – 333 6599784
E-mail: info@vivomanagement.it

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-Torture Slave: METAL FAIRYTALE Due Soon On Karthago Records

The release date of the Torture Slave album METAL FAIRYTALE on CD is June 19, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on June 9, 2015 in the Pure Steel webshop.

Torture Slave was formed 1984 in Berlin/Germany and recorded four demos until 1986. Unfortunately they never released an LP. The reason for this seems to be that Berlin was not — and still is not — a hotspot for Heavy Metal in Germany or Europe. The Prussian capital featured everything, from punk, hardcore, rap, electro, acid, soul, jazz, grunge to hip hop; but Heavy Metal was always living in the shadows in the ’80s and ’90s. A lot of stuff was released that was of questionable quality, but the latest trend is nowhere as important as in Berlin.

Especially in Heavy Metal the trends are never that important as in other music genres. Good songs can convince the fans better than being a trendsetter. Today, in the year 2015, Torture Slave can convince us with their music; this might have helped the band to survive the trends. For all fans of true German ’80s Metal with good melody lines and competent musicians the legacy of Torture Slave is an insider tip and Karthago Records the ideal label for this rerelease.

Track List:
1. Torture Slave
2. Seed Of Insanity
3. Scream For Love
4. She’s The Ghost
5. Shout
6. We’re Gonna Rock You
7. Bad Girls
8. Thoughts
9. Master Of Hell
10. Metal Fairytale
Total Playing Time: 46:09 min

Michael Dobertin – bass
Martin – drums
Andreas – vocals, guitars
Oliver – vocals, guitars
Eberhard Günther “Ebo” – vocals


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-Against The Grain Ready ROAD WARRIORS For July 31 On Self-Destructo

The Motor City Madmen Blur The Lines Of Punk, Rock, Doom, And Thrash, For Their Fourth Full-Length On Self-Destructo Records

Living up to the title of their newest record, Against The Grain have proven themselves to be true warriors of the road. Blazing through the US with their brand of gear-shifting balls-to-the-wall music that incorporates all things heavy, ATG defies categorization as they seamlessly blur the lines of punk, rock, doom, and thrash.

ATG’s heavily anticipated fourth full-length entitled ROAD WARRIORS is set to release on July 31 on Self-Destructo, and is primed to stake the claim for this Motor City combo’s place in the world of all things rock and roll.

With the release of their first self-titled full-length in 2009, ATG was an immediate hit garnering an intensive local fan base playing 50 shows throughout Michigan. With their intense live show and energized fan base they were introduced to touring life by Hellmouth and The Meatmen, and began their transformation into a fully-functioning road act. The boys in ATG have yet to look back.

After 75 dates in 2011, ATG followed up with 2012’s MOTOR CITY SPEED ROCK and 150 dates in support. Their efforts caught the attention of Self-Destructo Records, who in 2013 released their third full-length, SURROUNDED BY SNAKES to such acclaim that they re-leased MOTOR CITY SPEED ROCK on 10″ as well.

Maintaining a DIY tour ethic, ATG built a national fan base with their bare hands — quenching the thirst for fast and heavy rock and roll throughout the land. With 650 dates and counting since hitting the road in 2011, ATG has also toured alongside an impressive assemblage of notable acts including Nashville Pussy, Valient Thorr, Church Of Misery, Guttermouth, The Meatmen, The Koffin Kats, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Zoroaster, Hellmouth, The Hookers, Beast In The Field, and Lo-Pan, and shared the stage with Zeke, St. Vitus, Orange Goblin, Electric Frankenstein, Agent Orange, and many more.

Against The Grain is:
Chris Nowak – Bass/ Lead Vox
Rob Nowak – Drums, Back ups
Nick Bellomo – Lead guitar, back ups
Kyle Davis – Guitar, vox, touring

self-titled – Nov 2010
7″ split EP with Chapstik – Nov 2011 *Sold Out
MOTOR CITY SPEED ROCK – May 2012 – Self-Destructo Records (CD / LP – 03/14)
SURROUNDED BY SNAKES – May 2013 – Self-Destructo Records (CD / LP)
ROAD WARRIORS – July, 2015 – Self-Destructo Records (CD / LP)


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-Dreadnought: Terrorizer Streams “Transpiration” From Denver Progressive Metal Quartet

Denver’s progressive metal quartet Dreadnought has signed to Sailor Records, and their sophomore album, BRIDGING REALMS, is due out on LP/CD/DD/cassette on August 11. Today, Terrorizer reveals the first single, “Transpiration,” an epic, 10-minute sonic adventure through space, time, and multiple instruments. Fans of everything from Agalloch to Jethro Tull will delight in its intricate complexity.

Hear “Transpiration” on Terrorizer right here:

1. Ode To Ether
2. Odyssey
3. Minuet De Lune
4. Transpiration
5. Bridging Realms

Dreadnought of Denver, Colorado finds a home in surreal atmospheres, complex, yet approachable grooves, and an immense palette of textures and moods. Collaboration and the highest quality of friendship have fashioned this quartet’s knack for contemplative songcraft while also inspiring each member to bring their multi-instrumental talents to the foray, introducing mandolin, saxophone, and flute into their repertoire. Dual female vocals embellish the group’s signature sound as a finishing touch. It’s no wonder that this foundation allows for references to classic prog rock and funk, post rock, black metal, and Latin jazz without sacrificing a sonic imprint filled with spaciousness and ether.

Appropriately Dreadnought’s lyrics capture this atmosphere with themes of the infinite and unknowable, reaching for the stars and into the depths of existence. BRIDGING REALMS finds the band’s potential truly realized, taking its sounds into strange, undiscovered, and delightful territory.

Dreadnought is:
Kelly Schilling – Guitar, Flute, Clean and Harsh Vocals
Jordan Clancy – Drums, Alto/Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Handlon – Bass, Mandolin, Lyrics
Lauren Vieira – Keys, Clean Vocals


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-Agalloch To Kick Off Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV This Week

Portland’s long-running dark, progressive metal collective, Agalloch, will kick off their eagerly anticipated Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV this week. Set to commence on June 5 in Eugene, Oregon, the journey will traverse 16 cities through nine states and two provinces, drawing to a close on June 20 in Portland. The band will be joined by very special guest, Helen Money.

Agalloch Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV w/ Helen Money:
6/05/2015 WOW Hall – Eugene, OR w/ Yob, Ufomammut *
6/06/2015 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
6/07/2015 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
6/08/2015 SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
6/09/2015 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
6/10/2015 Casbah – San Diego, CA
6/11/2015 The Rebel – Phoenix, AZ
6/12/2015 Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
6/13/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
6/14/2015 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
6/15/2015 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
6/16/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
6/17/2015 The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
6/18/2015 Venue – Vancouver, BC
6/19/2015 Victoria Event Center – Victoria, BC
6/20/2015 Star Theater – Portland, OR
* No Helen Money

Agalloch continues to tour in support of their critically-adored THE SERPENT & THE SPHERE opus, released last year via Profound Lore. Captured by legendary producer/engineer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Asunder, Ommadon, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, etc.) at Cloud City Studios in Portland, Oregon (and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz), the offering includes a guest appearance by guitarist Nathanaël Larochette of Canadian neofolk trio, Musk Ox, and finds the band delivering some of their most forward-thinking and stimulating compositions to date, elevating their progressive musical oeuvre to a challenging new level whilst still maintaining true to their signature sound.

“…their most refined and generous album to date, an elegant trip to unexpected ends.” – Pitchfork

“Whereas their triumphant previous album was painted in dark blues and glittering black, this one comes draped in muted grays and browns, calming earth tones that soothe rather than awe. If MARROW OF THE SPIRIT was a storm, THE SERPENT & THE SPHERE is the stillness that descends over damp stones and battered branches once the howling winds have quieted.” – Spin

“As much as it is possible to describe the hissing whispers and supernova roars John Haughm’s vocal performance, or the galactic wonder of Don Anderson’s guitars, the sticky and celestial spirals of Jason Walton’s bass lines, or the powerful alchemical engine of Aesop Dekker’s drumming, together they form something greater: a massive, sublime universe unto itself.” – Exclaim

“Agalloch has always had a strong folk theme flowing through their music, a reflection of their heritage in the woods of the American Northwest. But on many of the songs here, the listener’s eyes and ears are drawn away from the rivers and the trees and up towards the night sky… a fantastic addition to the band’s legacy and a brilliant set of work on its own.” – Metal Injection

“To be a fan of the band demands patience; they make you wait, and they make you work. But when the payoff arrives, it is thrilling, glorious, momentous. Everything comes into focus. Everything makes sense.” – Stereogum

“…a Homeric journey of a record peppered with some of the band’s finest moments to date… at once progressive and reflexive.” – MetalSucks

Purchase THE SERPENT & THE SPHERE at this location:


-The 2015 Bäääm Festival will take place July 31 – August 1 at Gut Haarbecke in Kierspe-Rönsahl, Germany. The lineup so far: 7/31 – Refuge, Mystic Prophecy, Darkness, Macbeth, Tri State Corner, Contradiction, Masters Of Disguise, Desperation. 8/1 – Debauchery, Vicious Rumors, Grailknights, Death Dealer, Necronomicon, Jutta Weinhold, Wizard, Lonewolf, Asgard, Salem. Check out a trailer at https://youtu.be/hYkIUiLp7I0 , and see http://www.bäääm-festival.com/ for more.

-Blizzard Hunter from Lima, Peru, will release its full-length debut, HEAVY METAL TO THE VEIN, on June 19 through Pure Underground Records. Track list: “Conqueror Of Destiny,” “I’m On My Way,” “Heavy Metal To The Vein,” “Heart Of Fire (Vampire Hunter’s Song),” “Nemesis (Feel My Strength),” “Ghost Rider,” “The Murder,” “My Revenge,” “The Joke,” “The Final Judgment.” The band consists of Sebastian “Dragon” Palma on vocals, Lucho Sanchez and Toño “Wild Rocker” Rojas on guitar, and Lalo “Indú” Salas on bass. The hype: “On their debut the five Peruvians are celebrating Heavy/Speed Metal in the vein of the glorious ’80s with pure dedication. Blizzard Hunter have Heavy Metal in their veins, there is no doubt. HEAVY METAL TO THE VEIN will have to be loved by every true headbanger.” See http://blizzardhunter.bandcamp.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/BlizzardHunter for more.

-Chastain signed a deal with Pure Steel Records to release SURRENDER TO NO ONE on vinyl. The lineup consists of Leather Leone on vocals, David T. Chastain on guitar, Mike Skimmerhorn on bass, and Stian Kristoffersen on drums. See https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chastain/109625292396988 for more.

-A video sampler for Degreed’s upcoming DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, out June 19 through Sun Hill Production, is online at https://youtu.be/GpYvn3UdCp0 .

-Eden’s Curse has a new tour video diary about their German and Dutch shows with Freedom Call and Rebellious Spirit this past March; check it out at http://youtu.be/RPJ7kHRt6Xc . It features “backstage antics and clips from all shows; it’s a must-watch for any ardent fan of the band.” See http://www.edenscurse.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/edenscurseofficial for more.

-Edge Of Paradise’s new video for “Rise For The Fallen,” from IMMORTAL WALTZ (Pure Steel Records/Soulfood), is online now at https://youtu.be/h6vxcDc637Y . See http://www.edgeofparadiseband.com/ for more.

-Harmony’s new six-track EP, REMEMBRANCE, is out now through Ulterium Records. Singer Daniel Heiman (Lost Horizon) performs along with guitarist Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater), bassist Raphael Darfas (Almah), keyboardist John Svensson (Empire 21), and drummer Tobias Enbert (Darkwater, Empire 21). Four of the songs are re-recorded versions of tracks from the band’s 2003 debut, DREAMING AWAKE (which featured singer Henrik Båth, now in Darkwater), and the other two are brand new. Track list: “Eternity,” “Dreaming Awake,” “Without You,” “She,” “In His Heart” (new), “Feed My Hunger” (new). See http://www.harmonymetal.net/ , https://www.facebook.com/harmonysweden , http://www.ulterium-records.com/ , and http://www.facebook.com/ulteriumrecords for more.

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

6/6 – San Diego Fair, Del Mar, CA
6/10 – Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka, Japan
6/11 – The Bottom Line, Nagoya, Japan
6/12 – Shibuya Duo Music Exchange, Tokyo, Japan
6/14 – Neverland II, St. James Power Station, Singapore
7/10 – SKY/Lumpys, Salt Lake City, UT
7/15 – Foro Indie Rocks, Mexico City, Mexico
7/16 – Rock Blvd, Torreon, Mexico
7/17 – TBA, Queretaro, Mexico
7/18 – Studio Live, Zamora, Mexico
7/19 – TBA, TBA, Mexico
7/24 & 7/25 – Casino Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ
7/31 – Audies Olympic, Fresno, CA
8/1 – Guerra Family Cellars-On The Green/Peppertree Ranch, Hollister, CA
8/7 – OC Fair (in The Hangar), Orange County, CA
8/15 – The Rockyard Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA
9/26 – Blackrock Rock Market Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia
10/23 – Ricky B’s, Windsor, CO
10/24 – Buffalo Rose, Golden, CO

See http://www.TheIronMaidens.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/TheIronMaidensOfficial for more.

-Iron Savior’s LIVE AT THE FINAL FRONTIER DVD/CD, recorded at the band’s hometown Hamburg, Germany, show this past January, is out now on AFM Records. DVD track list: “Ascendence (Intro),” “Last Hero,” “Starlight,” “The Savior,” “Revenge Of The Bride,” “Break The Curse,” “Burning Heart,” “Mind Over Matter,” “Hall Of The Heroes,” “R U Ready,” “Condition Red,” “I’ve Been To Hell,” “Heavy Metal Never Dies,” “Coming Home,” “Iron Watcher (Medley),” “Atlantis Falling,” “Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest cover), plus additional backstage and concert footage). CD 1: “Ascendence (Intro),” “Last Hero,” “Starlight,” “The Savior,” “Revenge Of The Bride,” “Break The Curse,” “Burning Heart,” “Mind Over Matter.” CD 2: “Hall Of The Heroes,” “R U Ready,” “Condition Red,” “I’ve Been To Hell,” “Coming Home,” “Iron Watcher (Medley),” “Atlantis Falling,” “Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest Cover). See http://www.iron-savior.com/ for more.

-Killer’s seventh album MONSTERS OF ROCK is out now on Mausoleum Records, and the Belgian band is celebrating its 35th anniversary. The current lineup is Paul “Shorty” Van Camp on lead vocals and guitar, Ken “Jakke” Van Steenbergen on lead vocals and bass, and Ivan “Vanne” Opdebeeck on drums and backing vocals. MONSTERS OF ROCK was produced by Shorty and Vanne and features these tracks: “Monsters Of Rock,” “No Exception To The Rule,” “Shotgun Symphony,” “Back To The Roots,” “No Way Out,” “Danger Zone,” “Firestorm,” “Deaf, Blind And Dumb,” “Forever Metal,” “Children Of Desperation,” “Hold Your Head Up High,” “Making Magic,” “The Reactor,” “Rock City,” “Fake.” Hype says the album “packs a powerful wallop, carrying on in the classic tradition of [early albums] READY FOR HELL, WALL OF SOUND, and SHOCK WAVES. The spirit of the 1980s power-trio recorded with the technical capabilities of 2015 — Hard rockin’ heavy metal does not get any better!” Check out clips for “Monsters Of Rock” at https://youtu.be/TgFn11sFz74 and “No Way Out” at https://youtu.be/Y6vVcTP5BOM . See http://www.4-killer.be/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/398215435231 for more.

-Drummer Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani, Kreator, Paul Gilbert) has a new album called CELEBRATION out this week on Lazy Bones Recordings. It was produced by Scott Schorr and has this track list: “Miami,” “Celebration,” “It Always Seems,” “March Of The Living Dead,” “How Can I Help You?,” “What Have You Done?,” “Greatest Gift In Life,” “Print Life,” “Ugly Sunrise,” “Everyone Likes A Rainbow” (Spanish), “Have A Great 3015,” “4000,” “Thoughts Take Shape,” “Everyone Likes A Rainbow” (English), “Eclipse,” “Amina’s Birthday,” “Better Place,” “The Darkness Within You” (CD bonus track). Check out a promo video at https://youtu.be/PHzEVNyO62A , an audio snippet at https://youtu.be/fI0WuoeyksE , and information about limited edition T-shirts, and signed CDs, drum sticks, and drum heads at http://lazybones.com/buy-stuff#marco . See http://www.marcominnemann.com/ , http://www.lazybones.com/ , and https://twitter.com/LazyBonesRecord for more.

-Power metal band Ninth Circle has a new video for “All Or Nothing,” from last year’s LEGIONS OF THE BRAVE (Pure Rock Records), online now at https://youtu.be/0fKj6A-1wtM . See http://www.ninthcircle.us/ for more.

-Ron Keel and Billy Morris (Warrant, Quiet Riot, Tuff) appeared at the May 23 VIP Grand Opening of The Pennsylvania Coin Operated Gaming Hall of Fame and Museum. How cool does this place sound: “The Gaming Hall of Fame features over 400 vintage video games and pinball machines. The collection is a dreamworld for hardcore gamers, as it features a great selection of hard to impossible-to-find games and pinball machines that are not only rare, but, even more surprising, are available to play. In fact, all of the games are set to FREE PLAY so that gamers can play the games without fear of running out of quarters or tokens.” See http://www.coinophof.com/ for more, and check out footage of Keel and Morris at http://www.facebook.com/coinophof .

-Pyramaze’s fourth album, DISCIPLES OF THE SUN, is out now on Inner Wound Recordings in CD, download, and vinyl formats. The band’s current lineup includes Terje Harøy on vocals, Toke Skjønnemand on guitar, Jacob Hansen on guitar and bass, Jonah W. on keyboards, and Morten Gade Sørensen on drums; Hansen (Evergrey, Epica, Amaranthe, Volbeat) also produced, mixed, and mastered the album, and Joost Van Den Broek (After Forever, Star One), Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate), and Henrik Fevre (Anubis Gate) all guest. Track list: “We Are The Ocean,” “The Battle Of Paridas,” “Disciples Of The Sun,” “Back For More,” “Genetic Process,” “Fearless,” “Perfectly Imperfect,” “Unveil,” “Hope Springs Eternal,” “Exposure,” “When Black Turns To White,” “Photograph.” Hype: “Pyramaze are devoted to making music that mirrors their souls, combines all of their influences, and stimulates the mind and spirit of their listeners… Pyramaze continue to make music that is dark, thought provoking, all with a sense of fearlessness! The band will forever be committed to making the melodic art of a group that understands the importance of staying true and faithful to one’s passion.” See http://www.pyramaze.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/pyramaze , and http://www.innerwound.com/ for more.

-The Sanity Days’ EVIL BEYOND BELIEF was released recently on Candlelight Records. The band consists of former Onslaught members, most notably Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper, Lionsheart), who sang on Onslaught’s IN SEARCH OF SANITY (1989); the rest of the lineup is guitarist Al Jordan, bassist Jase Stallard, and drummer (and Onslaught co-founder) Steve Grice. Band hype: “The Sanity Days represent a forging of the talents of a formidable range of experienced musicians from genres across the metal scene.” Album hype: “EVIL BEYOND BELIEF boasts a mixture of dark, metallic, spine-chilling riffs, topped with melodic, haunting vocal melodies, soaring over thunderous drums and driving bass.” Track list: “Genesis,” “Charlie,” “Satan’s Blood,” “My Last Words,” “Evil Beyond Belief,” “Ruler Of Eternity,” “My Demon Mind,” “Broken Wings,” “Closer To The Edge,” “Firestorm.” “Ruler Of Eternity” was written as Grice’s tribute / memorial to Ronnie James Dio, and incorporates many of his song titles in the lyrics. See http://thesanitydays.com/ and http://candlelightrecordsusa.com/ for more.

-Serious Black announced European tour dates this fall, with Gamma Ray as follows:

10/30 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
10/31 – C-Club, Berlin, Germany
11/1 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
11/3 – Backstage Werk, München, Germany
11/7 – Sports Hall, Lucenec, Slovakia
11/8 – Club 202, Budapest, Hungary
11/10 – Explosiv, Graz, Austria
11/13 – Totem, Pamplona Spain
11/14 – Capitol, Santiago De Compostela, Spain
11/15 – Hard Club, Porto, Portugal
11/17 – Paradis Garaje, Lissabon, Portugal
11/18 – Custom, Sevilla, Spain
11/20 – Gamma, Murcia, Spain
11/21 – San Miguel, Madrid, Spain
11/22 – Razzmatazz 1, Barcelona, Spain
11/24 – Ninkasi Kao, Lyon, France
11/25 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
11/27 – Kaminwerk, Memmingen, Germany
12/4 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
12/5 – Trabendo, Paris, France
12/6 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
12/8 – Islington, London, UK
12/9 – 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands
12/11 – Musikens Hus, Gothenburg, Sweden
12/12 – Klubben, Stockholm, Sweden

Serious Black’s new official live video for “Older And Wiser” is online now at https://youtu.be/Ot_raQexE4c . See http://www.serious-black.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/seriousblackofficial for more.

-Starquake’s TIMES THAT MATTER is out now on Pure Rock Records. Check out the lyric video for “Here I Go Again” at https://youtu.be/hxvnd87FNwk .

-THROUGH THE STORM, a new six-song EP from Slovakian melodic metallers Signum Regis, is out now on Ulterium Records. Track list: “Living Well,” “Through The Desert, Through The Storm,” “My Guide In The Night,” “Come And Take It,” “All Over The World,” “Vengeance/Liar.” The first four tracks are new, “All Over The World” is re-recorded from 2008’s self-titled debut (which featured Goran Edman singing), and the closer is an Yngwie Malmsteen cover medley. The release was mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Evergrey) and features artwork from Jan Yrlund (Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani). The band consists of singer Mayo Petranin, guitarist Filip Kolus, bassist Ronnie König, keyboardist Jan Tupy, and drummer Jaro Jancula, with guitarist Roger Staffelbach (Artension, Angel Of Eden, Artlantica) guesting on the EP. Hype: “The THROUGH THE STORM EP shows that Signum Regis is a band that is constantly developing and improving everything from song writing and musicianship to production and the visual part of the band.” The band’s fourth full-length is due later in 2015. See http://www.signum-regis.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/signum.regis , and http://www.ulterium-records.com/ for more.

-The Wacken Metal Battle Canada national final is slated for June 6 at the Opera House in Toronto. Featuring guest headliner Goat Horn, the show / contest will feature Endless Chaos from Winnipeg, Medevil from Vancouver, Midnight Malice from Toronto, Blëed from Edmonton, Nordheim from Quebec City, and Vesperia from Toronto. The guest judges include Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Tim Henderson (BraveWords.com), Noel Peters (Inertia Entertainment), and Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle Of Filth), with more to be named soon. According to the press release, “The final represents Canada’s top six metal talents out of 120 competing bands from 10 participating cities across Canada. One winner from the final will be crowned Canada’s best metal band for the 2015 edition of Wacken Metal Battle Canada and move on to perform at the 11th international Wacken Metal Battle at the world’s largest metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany, which has attendance of over 80,000 people.” Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1614422178786496/ and see http://www.metalbattle.ca/ for more.

-Fans of melodic power metal bands like Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, and Theocracy will want to check out Within Silence’s debut GALLERY OF LIFE, out now on Ulterium Records. The Slovakian band consists of singer Martin Klein, guitarists Richard Germanus and Martin Cico, bassist Filip Andel, and drummer Peter Gacik. The album was produced by Jan Cvercko, features artwork by Jan Yrlund (Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani), and has these songs: “Intro,” “Silent Desire,” “Emptiness Of Night,” “Elegy Of Doom,” “The Last Drop Of Blood,” “Love Is Blind,” “Anger And Sorrow,” “Judgement Day,” “The World Of Slavery,” “Road To The Paradise,” “Outro.” Hype from the press materials: “Strong musicianship and the ability to write interesting songs with memorable melodies makes Within Silence a band to be reckoned with for years to come. Their debut album GALLERY OF LIFE has everything from up-tempo power metal tracks like ‘Silent Desire’ and ‘Emptiness Of Night’ to pounding metal tracks like ‘The Last Drop Of Blood’ to epic metal songs like ‘Road To The Paradise.'” See http://www.facebook.com/withinsilenceband and http://www.ulterium-records.com/ for more.

-Worldview’s THE CHOSEN FEW (M24 Music Group) is out now. The band’s lineup consists of Rey Parra (Sacred Warrior) on lead vocals, producer George Rene Ochoa (Deliverance, Recon, Vengeance Rising) on guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals, Todd Libby on bass and keyboards, and Johnny Gonzales (Recon, Deliverance) on drums and percussion. The album was mixed and mastered by Bill Metoyer (Armored Saint, Fates Warning, Slayer, W.A.S.P., Trouble, Deliverance), and he and Ochoa last worked together on Deliverance’s WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE. THE CHOSEN FEW has a ton of guests, with this track listing: “Mortality,” “Illusions Of Love,” “Back In Time” (w/ Stryper’s Oz Fox and Rob Rock’s Armand Melnbardis), “The Mirror” (w/ Deliverance’s Jimmy P. Brown II), “Why?,” “Prisoner Of Pain” (w/ Vengeance Rising’s Larry Farkas), “Two Wonders,” “Walk Through Fire,” “The Chosen Few” (w/ Bloodgood’s Les Carlsen, Niki Bente, and Melnbardis), “The Last Cry.” Ronson Webster also contributes keyboards and backing vocals. The artwork was done by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Jorn). Hype said the album “promises to deliver high energy and melodic power metal to the eagerly awaiting metal-listening community throughout the planet.” See http://www.worldviewmetal.com/ and http://www.m24musicgroup.com/ for more.

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl, Jon Asher, Volker Raabe, Axel Wiesenauer, Scott Schorr, Dave Brenner, Southern Cross PR, Pure Steel Promotion, and Encyclopaedia Metallum for help gathering some of this information.

*** REVIEWS ***
KELAKOS – UNCORKED (C) indie, 2015
15 tracks, RT: 55:00
[ http://www.kelakosband.com/ ]
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[ https://twitter.com/KelakosUncorked ]
[ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kelakos4 ]
Subtitled RARE TRACKS FROM A VINTAGE 70S BAND, this is an expanded, re-mixed version of Kelakos’ 1978 album GONE ARE THE DAYS. “Who the heck is Kelakos?” you may ask. Fans of ’80s rock and metal will appreciate the history lesson, learning that drummer Carl Canedy (The Rods) was in this band, keyboardist David Kent eventually played with Hall & Oates, and engineers Alex Perialas, Tony Volante, and Les Tyler all had other notable accomplishments and projects. The rest of Kelakos’ lineup was George Michael Kelakos Haberstroh on guitar and vocals, Mark Sisson on guitar, and Linc Bloomfield on bass, and the band played in the New Jersey and New York areas, releasing the one album and a single, “There’s A Feeling” / “Funky Day” (1976). The press materials and other various online reviews cite a million comparisons like the Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, Foghat, etc., and really all of that is on target. Despite the re-mix job, yes, this stuff does sound dated, and there’s just no way around that, but musical archeologists and devoted classic rock fans certainly may dig this. I suppose hearing this album and flipping through the 12-page booklet would be like a Kiss fan digging up the precursor Wicked Lester (Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons) or Chelsea (Peter Criss) albums, and taking a trip in the Wayback Machine. Several tunes easily probably could’ve been on the radio in 1978, most notably the smooth, mid-tempo “Gone Are The Days,” the AM-radio love song “How Did You Get So Crazy” (shades of “Sister Golden Hair” or America?), the previously-unreleased “In The Sun” (another unashamed love song), and the single “There’s A Feeling” (heavy Doobies influence). A few of the rockier numbers show some instrumental flash — “Boogie Bad Express” and “Funky Day” have great bass lines, “Frostbite Fantasy” is moodier and darker, the proggy instrumental “Persephone’s Poison” sports shredding, funky, and percussive breakdown parts, and “All You Need Is A Ticket” is super-catchy and probably was the centerpiece of the live show, with its fast outro jam — and vintage Ace Frehley-isms pop up every now and again.
– Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

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