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Detritus #678: UDO, Seven Witches, Overkill,

Issue #678
Week of August 24, 2015

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-U.D.O.: Farewell To Accept!

WACKEN — At a press conference in the VIP tent of Wacken Open Air, legendary metal singer Udo Dirkschneider dropped some bombshell news: The 62-year-old cult musician announced his definitive farewell to the Accept song library.

On a special tour beginning in 2016, he will perform songs by Accept one last time before he retires them for good.

During this Accept farewell tour, he will only showcase songs from the Udo era of the band.

In the early ’80s, the Solingen-raised singer skyrocketed to worldwide acclaim with the band Accept and with his unmistakable voice he had several hits such as “Balls To The Wall,” “Metal Heart,” and “Princess Of The Dawn.”

“I still love singing these songs live,” Dirkschneider says. “The songs are still an important part of my catalogue and still suit my voice very well. But at some point in your life, it’s just time to close the chapter. There has been so much talk and speculation about Accept, so I just want to give my last definitive musical statement about it and give my fans a chance to see me perform a complete concert of these songs one last time on stage.”

After this tour, Udo will only play songs from his extensive library of U.D.O. material. After being kicked out of Accept in the late ’80s, he garnered many classic hits with his new band in a long and successful career, such as “Animal House,” “Timebomb,” and “Man And Machine.”

“There is enough high quality material to fill a two-hour set with no problem,” says Dirkschneider. “U.D.O. has been the band where I belong for 18 years and I want to pay tribute to them from now on.”

The musician will not perform this farewell tour under the name U.D.O. but simply as Dirkschneider.

Udo once again proved impressively at the Wacken stage what he is capable of musically. Together with the German Armed Forces Concert Band he put on a masterful concert. The next day, the new U.D.O. DVD was released featuring a concert with the Marine Music Corps of the North Sea which was filmed last year in Tuttlingen. It is called NAVY METAL NIGHT and it’s available via AFM Records!

Here’s a live clip from the DVD+2CD NAVY METAL NIGHT (OUT NOW) – “Independence Day”


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-Denner / Shermann To Release SATAN’S TOMB On October 2nd!

A trailer for the new Denner / Shermann EP SATAN’S TOMB has been released showcasing clips of songs from their upcoming release on October 2nd on Metal Blade Records! Watch the video and pre-order your copy now at http://www.metablade.com/dennershermann .

Guitar Legends Michael Denner and Hank Shermann of Mercyful Fate have given an offering of supremely, classic heavy metal infused with an overload of their signature, dark magic shredding. According to the legendary guitar duo, getting Snowy Shaw (King Diamond/Therion/Sabaton) on Drums, Marc Grabowski (Demonica) on Bass Guitar, and Sean Peck (Cage/Death Dealer) on vocals, onboard to form the band was a critical component to bringing these four tracks to life. Michael Denner added: “Creating these songs with this lineup really ignited my metal fire hotter than ever! I’m sure the fans are going to love this thing.” “This mix ended up really having an old school feel to it that sounds awesome when blasting at an unhealthy volume,” says Shermann.

“Being invited to collaborate with these two guys who had such a profound, major impact on my indoctrination to metal, has been absolutely killer! And now we are continuing to write more material for a full-length release too. My mind is officially blown!” says singer Sean Peck.

The EP was recorded in the USA, Denmark, and Sweden and was mixed by Arnold Lindberg at Sound Industry Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. The mastering was done by Maor Applebaum in Los Angeles, California.

The SATAN’S TOMB cover artwork was painted by Thomas Holm whose work on Mercyful Fate’s MELISSA and DON’T BREAK THE OATH is well known throughout the metal world.

The track listing for SATAN’S TOMB is as follows:
1. Satan’s Tomb
2. War Witch
3. New Gods
4. Seven Skulls

This will be available in CD, vinyl, and download formats.

Denner / Shermann – SATAN’S TOME (Trailer)


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-Seven Witches Announce New Album, THE WAY OF THE WICKED

Led by guitarist Jack Frost, Seven Witches has been one of America’s best classic ’80s-inspired metal bands — specializing in American traditional power metal, reminiscent of bands such as Helstar, Manowar, and Metal Church. And on September 18th, the group will be issuing their latest album, THE WAY OF THE WICKED, via the ILS Group (and mixed and mastered by Joey Vera of Armored Saint and Fates Warning), which has been preceded by a video for a standout album track, “Better Days”:

Comprised of Frost on guitar (Savatage, Belladonna, The Bronx Casket Co., Metalium, Speeed), Anthony Cross on vocals (Livesay, Shadow Image, Fischel’s Beast, Attacker), Ronnie Parkes on bass (Farcry, Cleavage, Tango Down, Reece, Bonfire), and Johnny Kelly on drums (Type O Negative, Danzig, Pale Horse Named Death, Seventh Void, Kill Devil Hill), Seven Witches certainly possesses one of the most impressive pedigrees of any metal band past or present.

And the metal community is taking notice of the band, as evidenced by over 3,000 “likes” on the band’s Facebook page, while the metal-archives.com praised the group’s earlier album, CALL UPON THE WICKED, by saying, “This is a must-own in all facets, and if the true meaning of power metal is ever in question during your moments of introspection this will shut tight any doors leading you astray, that I can guarantee.”

Soon, the rest of the world will get to experience the mighty metal of Seven Witches.

“Hey everybody, so pumped on our new release. I’m so proud of the way the guys just killed it on this album. Our first single and video is a fresh start for us. A true classic heavy rock feel with the rhythm section of the ’70s and a throaty vocal feel. Hope you all like this I’m so happy with our new vibe.” – Jack Frost

THE WAY OF THE WICKED track listing:

1. The Way Of The Wicked
2. Better Days
3. Among Us
4. Soul Searching
5. Dreams
6. Without Man
7. When I Flew
8. Angel Of Salvation
9. Rise Up

For more information, visit:

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-Overkill To Release HISTORIKILL: 1995 – 2007 Box Set In October!

New Jersey-based thrash metal veterans Overkill recently inked a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast will be a special box set: HISTORIKILL: 1995 – 2007, to be released on October 16th and will include 11 Overkill albums on 13 CDs and a bonus CD (including demos, re-mixes, and an unreleased cover song) in digi sleeves.

The box will include the following albums:

Bonus CD track list:
1. Blood Money (Demo)
2. Horrorscope (Demo)
3. Soulitude (Demo)
4. Killogy (Demo)
5. Old School (Remix)
6. Skull And Bones (Remix)
7. Under One (Tracking Mix)
8. Man In Black (Johnny Cash cover)

Pre-order and have a look on the complete track list of HISTORIKILL: 1995 – 2007 here:


Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Vocals)
D.D. Verni (Bass, Backing Vocals)
Dave Linsk (Lead and Rhythm Guitars)
Derek “The Skull” Tailer (Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals)
Ron Lipnicki (Drums)


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-Threshold: EUROPEAN JOURNEY 2-CD Live Album In November


British progressive metal heroes Threshold reveal first info on their upcoming new double-live-album EUROPEAN JOURNEY, which was recorded at various venues across Europe during November 2014, in support of their current studio album FOR THE JOURNEY.

Richard West comments: “We had a fantastic tour playing so many fan favorites going back to ’97 with ‘Part Of The Chaos’ through ‘Mission Profile,’ ‘Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams’ to the present day with ‘The Box.’ We recorded some shows along the way and it’s turned into this really powerful double album.”

“Threshold continue to enjoy fantastic support from our loyal fans. The band have always enjoyed mixing with the people who listen to our music and this tour was no exception,” adds Karl Groom.


CD 1
1. Slipstream
2. The Hours
3. Liberty Complacency Dependency
4. Ground Control
5. Unforgiven
6. Long Way Home
7. Part Of The Chaos
8. Coda

CD 2:
1. Watchtower On The Moon
2. Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams
3. Lost In Your Memory
4. Mission Profile
5. The Box
6. Turned To Dust
7. Ashes

EUROPEAN JOURNEY contains 15 live tracks and will be released as a 2-CD digi-pak, out November 13th.

Pre-order now!


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-Nightwish To Release ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL Tour Edition

Right before the European leg of the ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL tour kicks off, Nightwish announce the release of a strictly limited (no re-prints!), special tour edition of their current record, coming with a bonus DVD, out on October 30th via Nuclear Blast.

The DVD contains all 21 making-of episodes, which came along before, during and after the album release. Besides those, the DVD includes two new, unreleased live clips for “Yours Is An Empty Hope” and “Stargazers,” as well as five special clips including documentary scenes for the songs “Planet Hell,” “Last Of The Wilds,” “Storytime,” “Arabesque,” and “Last Ride Of The Day.” On top, there will be a huge photo gallery with more than 400 pictures, taken on the road and during the promotional period of ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL.

Pre-order the tour edition here:

Or at the Nightwish web shop:

Watch the final, 21st episode “Troy” here:

ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL tour edition track list:

1. Shudder Before The Beautiful
2. Weak Fantasy
3. Élan
4. Yours Is An Empty Hope
5. Our Decades In the Sun
6. My Walden
7. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
8. Edema Ruh
9. Alpenglow
10. The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula
11. The Greatest Show On Earth

1. Yours Is An Empty Hope (live)*
2. Stargazers (live)*
3. Planet Hell (special clip)
4. Last Of The Wilds (special clip)
5. Storytime (special clip)
6. Arabesque (special clip)
7. Last Ride Of The Day (special clip)
8. Making-of:
– The Cabin
– By The Lake
– Inside His Head
– Summer Camp
– More Campers
– New Hometown
– Almost There
– London
– Mixing And Mastering
– Ready!
– Release Of The First Single
– The Theme Of The Album
– The Recordings For Floor & Kai
– Thoughts And Feelings
– The Release
– The Artwork
– The Tour Rehearsals
– The Tour Starts
– The Second Single
– The Upcoming Shows
– Troy
9. Élan (official video)
10. Endless Forms Most Beautiful (official video)
11. Photo gallery

*Previously unreleased, 5.1 Dolby digital & stereo


*** PRESS RELEASE #7 ***
-Act Of Defiance Update

[Note: This combines multiple press releases. – Tim]

Act Of Defiance Streams Entire Debut Album BIRTH AND THE BURIAL

Out Now!

Act Of Defiance are currently streaming their entire new, debut metal masterpiece offering at http://www.metalblade.com/actofdefiance .

In a time of endless sub-genre classifications, Act Of Defiance’s highly-anticipated debut offering simply delivers 100% in-your-face, uncompromising heavy metal. The scathing debut, BIRTH AND THE BURIAL, was released on August 21st via Metal Blade Records!

Shawn Drover (drums) states: “We are all so proud for everybody to finally be able to hear BIRTH AND THE BURIAL streaming in its entirety! We worked extremely hard to make the best HEAVY METAL record we could, and we are all beyond excited for to sink your teeth into this record! We said from the get-go this record is 100% uncompromising Heavy Metal, and now you can hear it for yourselves!”

Chris Broderick (guitars) further adds: “We spent a lot of time and effort on BIRTH AND THE BURIAL to get it to sound as good as it possibly could, and we are not only excited for its release and the fact that everyone can stream it!”

Make also sure to view the video clip for “Throwback” and pre-order the album at http://www.metalblade.com/actofdefiance .

New Video: “Legion Of Lies”

Drover states: “The track, ‘Legion Of Lies,’ is a very direct, double bass drum infused Heavy Metal song that showcases Henry [Derek]’s vocal diversity a bit more — injecting a bit more melody where needed gives the song a bit more of a dynamic feel though still retaining the heaviness of the song throughout. Every song on BIRTH AND THE BURIAL stands on their own and sound different from each other, yet they are still 100% Heavy Metal. ‘Legion Of Lies’ is a great example of that.’

“Shooting this video with Corey Soria was seamless, fun and very exciting. Corey really has some original, interesting ideas which he certainly applied to this video. The end result is a fantastic video, which I hope you enjoy as much as we did creating it.”

Broderick further adds: “‘Legion Of Lies’ is the song that kicked the formation of AOD off. It was the first song Shawn wrote and the first song that we sent to Henry to record vocal demos to. In my opinion, it is one of the best written, most concise songs on BIRTH AND THE BURIAL. It has an aggressive upbeat triplet feel and a very dark harmony about it that I think people will dig. The break-down to the solo has a contrapuntal theme that maintains that dark mood leading into the solo, which is a PIA to play and should keep guitar aficionados happy Hahahaha. I am really excited to see what people think of the video and Soria’s vision. The video matches the dark and aggressive mood of the song along with killer scene angles and editing, which give this video a unique and interesting vibe. In all, I am most proud of this video and how it all came together.”

Act Of Defiance – “Legion Of Lies”

With a hefty resumé that chronicles time spent riffing and shredding in Jag Panzer, Nevermore, and a seven-year stint in Megadeth, Chris Broderick’s pedigree speaks for itself. Furthermore, joined by powerhouse drummer — and fellow Megadeth alumnus and former Eidolon drummer — Shawn Drover, bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall), and vocalist Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr), the band are a truly formidable metallic behemoth. BIRTH AND THE BURIAL is 10 tracks of armor-plated, state-of-the-art heaviness.


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-Redemption Completes New Album And Signs To Metal Blade Records!

Progressive metal act Redemption have completed recording a new album and signed with Metal Blade Records! The band is helmed by Nick van Dyk (guitars, keyboards), and includes legendary prog vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), bassist Sean Andrews, and drummer Chris Quirarte, as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on a medical leave of absence from the band.

Nick van Dyk comments on signing with Metal Blade: “We are incredibly fired up to join the Metal Blade family. Brian and his team have been friends for years and many of them have been supporters of the band from early days, and the influence of Brian and his label on the history of heavy music is indelible. We’re working with friends who are passionate about the music and who are and some of the best in the world at what they do — Redemption is really excited about our collaborations to come!”

With the new record, Redemption is returning from a longer than usual break — van Dyk explains: “We’ve taken the longest break between records in our history, for a number of reasons. But we are excited to return with what I honestly believe may represent the best record thus far in our career. We are just putting the finishing touches on it now. The songs are unmistakably Redemption, with the combination of energy, urgency, melody, and heaviness that marks all of our work. But the song writing and performances have been taken up a notch across the board. The music ranges from short, hard-hitting power/prog to sprawling epics, including the longest song we’ve ever recorded. The album is being mixed as we speak and we’re very excited for our fans to hear it!”

Finally, Redemption would like to update everyone on the status of Bernie Versailles: “This is also the first record we have done without the involvement of our dear friend and band mate Bernie Versailles, who is recovering from the aneurism he suffered last October. We are thrilled with his progress but his road to recovery is going to be a long one. After numerous conversations with Bernie, his family and close friends, we have collectively decided that Bernie’s recovery should be directed by what is needed to fully restore his physical well-being, not by the needs of this band. Bernie is a founding member of this band and his place will be kept for him while he is on extended medical leave. We have been fortunate to have a tremendous guitarist step in, as well as a couple of other special guests. I look forward to announcing these gusts in the coming week as the album is finalized. The guitar playing on this record is insane — and I think fans of a particular band are going to have their mind absolutely blown and can’t wait for the big reveal!”

New music and more details surrounding the band’s sixth album and follow-up to 2011’s THIS MORTAL COIL will be released in the coming weeks.


*** PRESS RELEASE #9 ***
-John Taglieri Releases TRUE BELIEVER

HANSON, MA — Singer / song writer John Taglieri has just issued his new EP, TRUE BELIEVER — his first release of full-on hard rock material since his debut full-length album, LEAP OF FAITH back in 2000.

The EP brings Taglieri full circle around to his melodic rock roots, a route he’s resisted going back down since that first release at the beginning of the century. “I’ve always been the kind of writer who writes anything that comes to me and I love to explore new places,” tells Taglieri. “I never wanted to be known as a one-trick pony… so to speak. I went where my musical journey wanted to take me and that had some varied styles in it. Along the way the hard rock element was always there, but this EP brings it all the way back with a vengeance!!”

Recorded in his own Dawg Pound Studios just outside Boston, Taglieri himself played every instrument aside from the keyboards on “Above The Sunrise” (provided by Lee Turner of Darius Rucker fame) and the rhythm guitar parts on the title track, which his longtime friend and collaborator, John Calendrillo stepped in for. Local Massachusetts musician and good friend, Munk Duane, also lent his vocal talent to the backing vocal section of “Way Out.”

Launching all those years ago with that “leap of faith,” and after all he’s been through, it’s only fitting that his latest release be titled TRUE BELIEVER. The opening riff of first single “Don’t Ask Why” kicks off the EP like a punch to the face and it never stops. Heavy, a bit dark, a bit angry… “Don’t Ask Why” is a song that you’ll want to repeat over and over louder and louder. The title track, “True Believer,” has been with John for over 20 years dating back to his former band Big Trouble. “The hook to the song has lived in my head all these years and I finally decided the time was right,” says Taglieri. “Way Out” is a mid-tempo masterpiece with a huge hook and a conversation we’ve all had at the end of a relationship at some point in our lives. “Take This Ride” and “Above The Sunrise” harken back to old school guitars, Hammond organs, and in-your-face vocals. “Mad Mad World” closes out the EP with attitude and aggression. “It’s a message about keeping on your toes before you get swallowed up in turmoil,” reflects the singer.

TRUE BELIEVER is out now via Leap Dog Music / Vanity Music Group and is available on all digital platforms as well as CD Baby and your local brick-and-mortar outlet. The video for single, “Don’t Ask Why,” can be viewed at https://youtu.be/tbWVLEO6kw .

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-Nordic Rock Queen Martina Edoff Set To Conquer The USA With Epica Support Tour And Solo Debut, UNITY

Having previously worked with a variety of artists (Dr. Alban, E-Type, the Poodles, etc.), singer Martina Edoff is ready to return to where her original musical love — classic hard rock — with the release of her solo debut, UNITY on October 16th via Into Records (distributed by Cargo Records), and will embark on a US tour from September 18th through October 3rd on a bill that will feature headliners Epica, as well as Eluveitie and the Agonist. Follow this YouTube link to view a tour trailer:

UNITY was recorded at the legendary Bohus Sound Studios in Sweden, whose long list of clients since the start 35 years ago includes both ABBA and Status Quo (who recorded their hit album and best-selling single “Rockin’ All Over The World” in the same studio). Martina’s producer and sound engineer, Tobias Lindell, has previously recorded, mixed, and produced bands such as Europe, Mustasch, and Hardcore Superstar at Bohus Sound.

Martina describes the material on UNITY as “up-tempo rock,” but several ballads help even things out.

Standout tracks (and their creative inspiration) include:

“It’s a wake-up call for those who only seek satisfaction in the material world. The true wealthiness begins from the inside of ourselves.”

Never Let You Down
“A proposal to someone who has been through bad relationship experiences.”

World Has Gone Mad [music video can be viewed here – https://youtu.be/yCKh8WuMoEM ]
“Today in the western world we spend more time in front of a screen than we spend time in nature or with loved ones. Life passes by quickly without really noticing it. If we don’t open our eyes to the real world we might miss what really happens.”

Spirit Of Light
“To all the young ones out there who has their lives in front of them. How valuable they are and to tell them how fantastic they are.”

I Am Mining
“Ones that seek shall find. It’s about to find whatever you are searching for and never give up even if it seems impossible.”

Love Keeps Turning Away
“The game of love. Even if you fail you got to try it again.”

Moment Of Truth
“It’s about being in a relationship where the truth came out about lies and betrayals.”

This Love Is Crazy
“Someone is playing with your emotions and you realize you gotta get out of it.”

Argentina-based fans will get an opportunity to catch a performance by not only Martina, but also by Tarja Turunen as special guest support, at their show in Argentina on the November 14th, at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas:

Prepare to discover the supreme metallic talents of Martina on UNITY and the impending live dates!

Tour Dates with Epica, Eluveitie, and The Agonist:
Fri Sep 18 – O’Brians Event Centre, Saskatoon, SK
Sat Sep 19 – Union Hall, Edmonton, AB
Sun Sep 20 – MacEwan Ballroom, Calgary, AB
Tue Sep 22 – Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Wed Sep 23 – Neumos, Seattle, WA
Fri Sep 25 – Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Sat Sep 26 – Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA,
Mon Sep 28 – Gothic Theatre, Denver, CO
Tue Sep 29 – Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
Thurs Oct 01 – Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY
Fri Oct 02 – Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Sat Oct 03 – Irving Plaza, New York, NY

UNITY track listing:
1. Unity
2. Never Let You Down
3. World Has Gone Mad
4. Spirit Of Light
5. Come Alive
6. I Am Mining
7. Love Keeps Turning Away
8. Moment Of Truth
9. Sound Of Thunder
10. This Love Is Crazy
11. Caught In The Middle


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-Lars Eric Mattsson To Release SONGS FROM A DIFFERENT ROOM Via Lion Music

All-Acoustic Intimate Vocal Album Showcasing A different Side Of Lars As A Composer And Musician

Features His Most Accessible Material to Date

Released as download. Available @ Spotify, iTunes, Amazon.com, CDBaby, Applie Music & other leading digital platforms.

SONGS FROM A DIFFERENT ROOM is Lars’ first all-acoustic vocal album, very different from anything you have heard from him before. The songs were written in 2008 and most of the backing tracks were also recorded at that time. Originally another singer was scheduled to record them but things didn’t work out and finally in 2014 Lars decided to do them by himself, something he feels very good about now.

Lars says, “I am very proud of this album, I think these 10 songs are really great and they do present another very personal side of me, both as a person and as a musician. I put a lot of work into the guitar playing and the singing as well as the actual writing of the songs. I think there is no other album out there that sounds like this one, so it’s quite unique stuff in an oversaturated world where there are too many artists sounding the same.”

“Releasing an all-acoustic album might be something of a challenge, but something I always wanted to do,” Lars recalls. Currently Lars is performing with Roadhouse, a blues/rock band for which he has made some fresh arrangements of some cool rock and blues classics.

Release Date: September 18, 2015

Track List:
1. All We’ve Got
2. Keep Pushing Me On
3. Hold On
4. I Feel Your Spirit
5. Temporary State of Confusion
6. Just Let It Rain
7. Shadow of Doubt
8. Keep On Burning
9. Sweet Taste of Mystery
10. Remain Unsolved


*** PRESS RELEASE #12 ***
-Chandler Mogel Update

[Note: This is from his website newsletter. – Tim]

Chandler Announces Radio Exile Project Featuring Heavy Hitters To Release In October

Chandler has just completed what may be his most ambitious CD to date, RADIO EXILE. Consisting of the all-star lineup of guitarist Jimmy Leahey (Dennis DeYoung, John Waite, Allison Krauss), legendary bassist Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Bill Idol, HSAS, etc.), drummer Dave Anthony (Dennis DeYoung, Glen Burtnik, Joan Osborne), and song writing partner and keyboardist Charlie Calv (Shotgun Symphony, Bronx Casket Co.). The CD will be released in October (details coming shortly) and was produced by Stephen DeAcutis (Vanilla Fudge, Corey Glover, Cyndi Lauper) and former City Boy vocalist and veteran A&R man Steve Lunt (Britney Spears, ‘NSync, Jefferson Starship). There are 10 tracks in total including the first single “No Pity On The Highway,” “Higher Than The Sun,” and the epic “A Cross On Stone” featuring Joe Cerisano (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Silver Condor), Jessie Wagner (Lenny Kravitz, Kid Rock), and Amy Harnell (Tony Harnell and the Mercury Train). Be sure to check out the band’s website ( http://www.radioexile.net/ ) for up-to-date details on this release.

Chandler & OutLoud “Rock On The Beach” in Greece This September

OutLoud is set to headline the brand new Rock On The Beach festival in Thermaikos, Greece on September 4th! This two-day festival will take place on the beautiful beach of Angelohori near Thessaloniki and will include other great bands such as Bonfire (Germany), Monument (UK), Reload & Myst (Greece) among others. Tickets are still available but going fast:


Hope to see you there!


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-Rock Company Newsletter

New Forest Field Album

September 4, 2015 will see the official release of the new album ANGELS?, by Forest Field.

After the huge success of ONWARDS AND UPWARDS (a critic called it the best album in the genre for the past several years) Forest Field return with their fourth release.

The CD can already be ordered on the site, and we expect to start sending it out in August.

On iTunes the preorder will start on August 21, with the immediate download of the track “Angels.”

In the meantime you can enjoy some teaser videos on our YouTube channel:

No guest this time, but Phil Vincent singing his heart out on the music provided by Peter Cox, resulting in probably their most energetic and rocking effort so far.

Buy this product:

New Promotion

And since ANGELS? is the tenth release by our little independent label, we felt we should bring something special!

Order a minimum of two CDs and get a free bonus with your order. Could be a CD, a T-shirt, or? **

Let us surprise you!

And if you order the new Forest Field CD ANGELS?, we will send you the album in digital format (MP3) for free!

** For as long as stock lasts, or until we end it. **

Perhaps good to know that the webshop has been expanded with a bunch of CD offers. Rock, fusion, prog, etc., and in new, almost new, or used condition!

Chinawhite Update

Chinawhite are still working on their next album. Good news is that keyboarder Rolf “Fuchs” Vossen is likely to add his magic to (some of) the tracks. And they expect to start recording vocals soon.

All this should result in an 11-track album with probably one remake of an already familiar song…

On their YouTube Channel an acoustic live TV performance has been released, with three songs:

Earthshine Update

Well the reception of SOMEWHERE AROUND has been nothing short of wonderful so the bar has been raised to deliver an even better album. Writing for that continues as we speak as the theme has already been chosen. Keep an eye on their site…


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*** PRESS RELEASE #14 ***
-Vänlade Sign To Metalizer Records (Germany) For Release Of RAGE OF THE GODS Album

American true heavy metal band Vänlade announces their signing to Metalizer Records (Germany) for the European release of their brand new second album RAGE OF THE GODS on both CD and vinyl formats.

Vänlade vocalist Brett Blackout has checked in with the following comment:
“We are excited to announce that we have joined forces with Metalizer Records for the release of RAGE OF THE GODS. We’ve put a lot of hard work into making sure this album is a real killer, so it’s good to know that it’s in excellent hands in Europe with those guys. The official North American release will still be handled independently by the band, so we will be working in unison with Metalizer Records to make this the best album release we can. Remember to grab a copy this September, and as always — stay heavy or die!”

Metalizer Records has checked in with the following comment:
“Metalizer Records is very proud to announce the European release of the fantastic new album from Vänlade RAGE OF THE GODS in CD format on September 18, 2015 and limited edition vinyl before the end of the year. This US band catches perfectly the spirit of the new metal movement in the vein of bands such as Air Raid, Enforcer, and Skull Fist. Vänlade’s new album is full of unleashed power guitars with a high-pitched siren voice that will make your ears bleed! Check out two of their brand new songs ‘Frozen For All Time’ and ‘Hail The Protector’ on YouTube, they’ll blow you away!”

Vänlade – RAGE OF THE GODS features 10 brand new tracks of epic speed metal from Kansas City’s own “Defenders of the Faith.”

The album was mastered by guitarist / producer Stu “The Hammer” Marshall (Death Dealer / Blasted To Static / Empires Of Eden / ex-Dungeon) at his Frontier Studio in Sydney, Australia.

Vänlade – RAGE OF THE GODS track listing:

Act I: Virtue
1. Rage Of The Gods
2. Frozen For All Time
3. Jaws Of Life
4. Hail The Protector
5. Hellrazor
Act II:
6. Moonbound
7. Aeons Of Madness
8. Acid Reign
9. Carnicidal
10. As Above, So Below

Vänlade – “Frozen for All Time”

Vänlade – “Hail The Protector”

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

Metalizer Records (Germany) official website:

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-Toxik Announce Latin America Tour 2015

Legendary American thrash metal band Toxik is proud to announce the complete itinerary for their upcoming “Inhumanity” Latin America tour which will take place during August and September 2015.

The band will be playing a total of 10 consecutive shows in Mexico, Colombia; Ecuador; Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.

8/27 – Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico – La Mancha Bar
8/28 – Mexico City, (D.F.), Mexico – Gato Calavera
8/29 – Bogota, Colombia – (Thrash La Union 7) – El Subte
8/30 – Cali, Colombia – (La Cruzada del Fuego XIII) – Alterno Bar
9/1 – Pereira, Colombia – Oz Bar
9/2 – Ibague, Colombia – (Ibague Infernal 4) – Rocka Rolla Bar
9/3 – Quito, Ecuador – Auditorio ACJ
9/4 – Santiago, Chile (Metal Forces) – Kmazu Premier
9/5 – Cochabamba, Bolivia (Cochabamba Thrash Metal Attack Part II) – Ex-Carnivale
9/6 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Asbury Music Club

Bassist Bill Bodily has checked in with the following update:
“We are very excited to be playing in Latin America! We have been waiting for our chance to come play for our fans there for many years and it’s finally happening! To commemorate this monumental event, we have decided to play WORLD CIRCUS in its entirety. This has never been done before! In fact there are a couple of songs on the album we’ll be playing live for the first time! For us it is a dream come true. We’re bringing a very intense set that will surely make the fans happy! Latin America we hope you are ready, we’re coming to bring the thrash to you!”

Toxik Latin America tour promotional video:

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

Toxik is an American thrash metal band originally from Peekskill, New York.

Toxik formed in 1985 and released two full-length albums, WORLD CIRCUS and THINK THIS, under RoadRacer (Roadrunner) records. Both records were cult, underground successes (especially in Europe) that would establish Toxik’s longtime fan base for many years to come. During their career, the band completed several successful tours including a performance at the prestigious Dynamo Open Air in Eindhoven, Holland in 1988. This performance was released on DVD for the first time ever in 2007, along with re-issues of WORLD CIRCUS and THINK THIS. In 2010 the band once again self-released another live DVD, THINK AGAIN, which contained never-before-seen live footage, interviews, and more.

Initially active from 1985 to 1992, in 2013 it was announced that Toxik would reform again and start work on its third album.

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-Chaos Frame: Exciting New Release From Nightmare Records

Chaos Frame
Nightmare Records
Release: September 4, 2015

US Power / Thrash / Progressive Metal band Chaos Frame is releasing their second full-length album, PATHS TO EXILE, imminently on Nightmare Records.

Virtuosic performances balanced with captivating song writing and a strong focus on melody, PATHS TO EXILE features eight new studio tracks which will appeal to fans of Symphony X, Pagan’s Mind, Beyond Twilight, Wintersun, Pyramaze, & Therion.

Mixed by Carlos Alvarez for Dirty Viking Audio (Divine Disorder, Noble Beast, Shadowdance, Judicator) and Mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studios (Ayreon, Pain Of Salvation, Megadeth, Devin Townsend Project).


PATHS TO EXILE track list:
1. Painful Lessons (5:36)
2. Paths To Exile (7:44)
3. Derceto (5:03)
4. Terra Firma (6:06)
5. Paper Sun (5:29)
6. Giantkiller (7:09)
7. Doomed (5:11)
8. The World Had Two Faces (7:45)

Total Running Time: 50:03

Chaos Frame lineup:
Dave Brown – Lead Vocals
Matt Hodsdon – Guitar/Bass/Keyboards
Andy Xiong – Guitar
Pat Ruhland – Drums (tracks 2-8)
Steve Bergquist – Drums (track 1)

Special Guests Include:
John Yelland (Disforia / Judicator) – Backing / Choir vocals all songs
Rob Jalonen (Noble Beast) – Backing / Choir Vocals all songs
Aaron Lott (Pestifere) – Harsh Vocals (track 3)
Chiara Dezi (Harpia Deiis) – Additional Vocals (track 4)
Carlos Alvarez (Shadowdance) – Additonal Backing Vocals (track 8)
Kevin Alter – Alto Saxophone (track 5)


Distro info:
UPC 734923006664 / CAT NMR-583 / SMRP $16.99
Nightmare / Alliance / Bertus / CDBaby / Disc Union

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-Cats In Space’s TOO MANY GODS Album Details Revealed; “Mr. Heartache” Video Released

UK’s Cats In Space have landed! A brand new six-piece band who, armed with their exciting brand of “Power Pop Rock,” will transport you back to the heady days of the ’70s when bands like ELO, Queen, 10CC, Cheap Trick, in particular, ruled the airwaves. Cats In Space features band members with a wealth of experience in the music business for over 30 years, both as writers and performers for bands like The Sweet, Asia, T’Pau, Ian Gillan Band, Mike Oldfield, Airrace, and Arena to name a few, so you can expect performances if the highest caliber. Their debut album TOO MANY GODS is released worldwide in October 2, 2015 via Harmony Factory/Cargo Records.

From the album TOO MANY GODS, a debut single, “Mr. Heartache” is released as a digital download on September 7, 2015. Co-written by founder member and guitarist Greg Hart and Mick Wilson (10CC), it also featured a guest appearance by legendary Glam Rocker Andy Scott from The Sweet on both vocals and guitar. The new “Mr. Heartache” video can be viewed below.

The new album TOO MANY GODS, in typical vintage fashion, will be available in limited 12″ deluxe gatefold vinyl and also as a replica LP Compact Disc and digital download.

Track listing:

1. Arrival
2. Too Many Gods
3. Stop
4. Last Man Standing
5. Mr. Heartache ** Guest appearance by Andy Scott (Sweet)
6. Unfinished Symphony
7. Schoolyard Fantasy ** CD only
8. The Greatest Story Never Told ** Orchestra arranged and composed by Mike Moran, ** Guest lead vocals Mick Wilson
9. Only In Vegas
10. Man In The Moon ** Guest lead vocals Mick Wilson
11. Five-Minute Celebrity
12. Velvet Horizon

TOO MANY GODS was recorded and produced at Yellow Fish studios in Sussex, with long-term co-pilot Ian Caple. All songs were written by Greg Hart, or co-written by Greg Hart and Mick Wilson, who also features on backing vocal and guest lead vocals, alongside Paul Manzi, creating a spectacular result… Also, for the album’s centerpiece, the band recruited legendary producer and orchestral genius Mike Moran, famous for many musical contributions including Freddie Mercury’s BARCELONA. Mike arranged and scored an 80-piece orchestra for the seven-minute epic “The Greatest Story Never Told.”

With soaring skyscraper vocal harmonies, hook-laden choruses, drenched in guitars, vintage synthesizers and orchestrations, the Cats In Space pull no punches in delivering their symphonic “Power Pop Rock” and hide no influences along the way. As the band say, this album is “All killer, no kitty litter!”

Greg Hart – Guitars, Vocals, Synthesizer
Paul Manzi – Lead vocals
Steevi Bacon – Drums, Percussion
Dean Howard – Guitar
Jeff Brown – Bass guitar, Vocals
Andy Stewart – Piano, Synthesizer, Vocoder, Wurlitzer

Special guest players:
Mick Wilson – Guest Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Keys
Andy Scott – Guitar, Vocals
Janey Bombshell – Backing Vocals
Greg Camburn – Saxophone
Mike Moran – Orchestra arranger and performer, Piano, Organ

Cats In Space, it’s like ELO and New England colliding with Queen, whilst 10CC look on from afar. I get listen to an awful lot of music, and this is the first thing this year that has gotten me genuinely excited. (Rob Evans – PowerPlay)

Cats In Space’s “Mr Heartache:” This is a very stylish specimen of AOR, with keyboards that wobble and choruses that soar and voices that harmonize like ELO meets REO Speedwagon round at 10CC’s house. It’s made by people who’ve played with everyone from Asia to Ian Gillan to Mike Oldfield and The Sweet (original Sweet guitarist Andy Scott is on board), so they clearly know what they’re doing. And what a great name! Everybody now: CATS… IN… SPAAAAAAACE! (TeamRock)


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-Fade To Silence Records Announces Rockett Queen As First Signing

GOODNIGHT CALIFORNIA Reissue Set For Release September 25

TYLER, TEXAS — Fade To Silence Records is excited to announce explosive Texas rock ‘n’ rollers Rockett Queen as the label’s very first signing.

“I ran into Rockett Queen’s Walter Lee in a club in Texas and he dragged me outside to his Mustang to listen to rough track mixes of new songs the band wrote and recorded with producer extraordinaire Zac Maloy in Nashville,” said Fade To Silence founder Paul Bibeau. “Suffice it say, I was floored by the quality and strength of the material. It had hooks and melody! So I ventured to Dallas to see them perform live and in all honesty, rarely have I seen such a seasoned performance delivery full of energy and engagement. Simply put, they owned it. I struck up a rapport with the guys and decided that I needed to manage this band.”

The first release will be a reissue of the group’s GOODNIGHT CALIFORNIA EP in an expanded edition, including three new tracks, on September 25.

“We had some songs we didn’t get a chance to put on the first round due to time restraints and we just felt this was a perfect time to put it all together and get it out the way it was meant to be,” said vocalist/guitarist Lee.

The EP will feature the original five tracks, showcasing Rockett Queen’s versatility, from the hard-driving anthem “I Hate You” to the poetic sensibilities of “Since You’ve Been Gone.” In addition to the EP’s five original songs, the new version will feature the brand new song “Hey God,” an acoustic version of the band’s “Hard to Love,” and a cover of the Misfits’ punk classic “Attitude.”

“I feel that there seems to be a lack of young, rock ‘n’ roll bands today with memorable songs that can also put on one hell of a show,” Bibeau said. “Frankly, I find it refreshing.”

“‘Hey God’ is about the destruction and emptiness that some families face after a family member is shipped off to war,” Lee said. “Realizing how many of them have to pick up the pieces and find a way to make life work without the person who was suddenly plucked out of their lives is something that hits close to me.”

New conceptual videos for “I Hate You” and “Since You’ve Been Gone” have been shot and will be released in conjunction with the first singles to commercial radio. A lyric video for “I Hate You” has also been produced. Get your first taste here:

“Hard To Love” is an acoustic preview of a track from Rockett Queen’s next full-length record, which the band is currently working on with producer Zac Maloy in Nashville.

“To show some of our punk rock roots we decided to record a cover version the Misfits song ‘Attitude,” Lee said. “We wanted to reach back and have some fun with a style of music we all grew up loving.”

Rockett Queen’s brand of straight-up, honest rock ‘n’ roll has garnered the quartet a great deal of critical acclaim and Top 40 airplay. Performing for more than 25,000 music fans, the band’s energetic live show has won over a devoted fan base.

Said Lee: “We strive to walk that line of paying homage to what we grew up loving about rock ‘n’ roll and giving something new to the generation that came before us AND the kids that are at the forefront of the new rock revolution.”

Rockett Queen is completed by Jay Scars on lead guitar, Chaz Graves on bass, and Keith Crash on drums.



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-Thundermother To Release ROAD FEVER Through Despotz Records

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — There’s a new female hard rock band in town and if you don’t watch your back, the Swedish based quintet — Thundermother — are going to be on you like roadkill as they place their smelly stamp on the rock ‘n’ roll landscape everywhere they go.

ROAD FEVER, the sophomore effort from Thundermother will hit the streets on September 4 through Despotz Records. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed ROCK N’ ROLL DISASTER sees the outfit treading familiar waters with their tried-and-true, classic-influenced hard rock. Front woman Clare Cunningman says, “We stuck with a sound that we all love and know will work as we have gained so many fans worldwide with this winning formula. But we hope to reach out now to a wider audience as our sound drifts towards the classic Motorhead era.” Guitarist Flippa Nassil adds pointedly, “If you like ’70s rock you will appreciate what we do — I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Rock and roll is not dead.”

Formed in 2010 when guitarists Flippa Nassil and Italian-born Giorgia Carteri met with the same goals and passions — to put together and play in the ultimate rock and roll band. Several meetings and a few lineup changes later the duo hooked up with three others that share that same vision in the form of Irish singer Clare Cunningham, bassist Linda Strom and drummer Tilda Stenqvist.

Releasing the well-received ROCK N’ ROLL DISASTER in 2014 and hitting the Swedish national charts at #2, the band made their mark quickly. “I remember getting the call!” exclaims Cunningman. “It was a moment none of us will ever forget. To be received so warmly on our first record was an incredible feeling and showed that this was the beginning of something big for us.”

With ROAD FEVER, Thundermother hit back even harder than before with tracks such as “Deal With The Devil” (the album’s second single and the band’s tribute to Lemmy), “Thunder Machine” (the band being major supporters of feminism, Cunningham got a feminist tattoo while on tour in Spain and it was performed with the Hawk Thunder Machine, hence the song title), and the album’s first single, “It’s Just A Tease” (“We’re female, proud of playing rock and roll and being sexy at the same time,” laughs Nassil.)

The quintet headed into the studio this past May to finalize work of ROAD FEVER, after having completed five songs in Lemon Recording Studio in Klippan (South Sweden) with Martin Ekelund. This final batch of songs were recorded at Cobra Studios in Stockholm with main engineer Martin Ehrencrona and with the band’s guitarist and founder, Filippa Nässil, at the helm. The vibe of the studio suited the ladies perfectly with it’s pure ’70s rock ‘n’ roll analog sound and original gear.

ROAD FEVER track listing:

1. It’s Just A Tease
3. Alright Alright
4. Deal With The Devil
5. Give Me Some Lights
6. Roadkill
7. Enemy
8. Vagabond
9. Thunder Machine
10. Rock N Roll Sisterhood

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-Divebomb Records Update

August New Releases

Three new releases this month! Intrinsic’s unreleased sophomore album, NAILS, as well as two new additions to our Bootcamp Series with The Horde Of Torment and Obscene Jester. Details below. All three are available to order now.

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Intrinsic – NAILS (DIVE087)

By 1990, San Luis Obispo thrash act Intrinsic had two releases under their belts (1987’s INTRINSIC LP and 1990’s DISTORTION OF PERSPECTIVE EP). But while recording what would become their sophomore album, NAILS, the direction of the music industry was shifting. The industry had a “sound” they were wanting and if it did not replicate Metallica’s Black Album, Pantera, or Helmet most bands were pretty much out of luck. Having self-financed their new progressive thrash opus Intrinsic quickly found themselves out of step with the industry. So the NAILS sessions where shelved for nearly 25 years, until now.

In 2014 the band reached out to Divebomb Records and after hearing a single preview, they quickly struck up a deal that would finally bring NAILS to the masses, however before the contract ink was even able to dry a colossal roadblock had presented itself. The band’s sole master recording DAT had become damaged since its last use. Could this be the end, before it was able to start? By a stroke of luck, the original engineer had preserved the session reels and it was determined that a brand new mix could be created from scratch. Not being able to predict these new expenses the band turned to their longtime fans to help raise money via crowd funding and the fans came through. The goal of the campaign was achieved in just three days. NAILS was given new life.

Divebomb Records is excited to present NAILS in this special edition reissue. The 20-page booklet contains band-supplied archival photos/flyers and features full lyrics with a brand new essay detailing the making of the album. This is a reissue for the fans, by the fans.

For Fans Of:
Forbidden, Heathen, Toxik, Laaz Rockit, Annihilator

Track List:
1. State Of The Union
2. Fight No More
3. Die Trying
4. On Gossamer Wings
5. Pillar Of Fire
6. Mourn For Her
7. The Vicious Circle
8. Denial
9. Yikes!
10. Inner Sanctum
11. Dazed & Confused
12. Too Late, But Not Forgotten


Declassified Information:
For years fans have demanded it and Divebomb Records is finally delivering it. As part of its ongoing Bootcamp Series, the label will issue DISTORTED RECOLLECTIONS, a compilation from late ’80s underground thrash masters The Horde Of Torment. Almost two years in the making, DISTORTED RECOLLECTIONS collects the Las Vegas band’s PRODUCE OF A SICK MIND and INHERIT THE SIN demos, plus rare bonus tracks. If that weren’t already enough, Divebomb Records is also including INFECTED, the 1987 demo the group recorded when they were still going by the name Pestilence.

The Horde Of Torment had the songs, energy, and drive to succeed on a large scale, but despite all of the attention the band received from the heavy metal press of their era, they never locked down a record deal during their time together. In spite of this, fans have been trading the thrash crew’s demos in the over two decades since they broke up.

DISTORTED RECOLLECTIONS features new artwork by Steven Cobb based on the band’s original vision for their PRODUCT OF A SICK MIND demo tape. This has been a passion project for Divebomb Records and the label is honored to work with the band on it. It’s about time a new army of metal listeners gets acquainted with the fury that was The Horde Of Torment and DISTORTED RECOLLECTIONS will make sure of that.

Comrades In Arms:
Sacrifice, Epidemic, Possessed, Slaughter, Num Skull

o Limited Edition CD – only 500 units pressed worldwide
o new artwork
o digitally re-mastered
o band-supplied photos/flyers
o full-color 20-page booklet with band essay and lyrics

INFECTED (Demo – 1987)
1. Liquidation
2. The Raven
3. Corruption
4. Final Solution

5. Product Of A Sick Mind
6. Viral Malignance
7. As I Lay Dying
8. Blood Justice

INHERIT THE SIN (Demo – 1991)
9. Inherit The Sin
10. Alive Within
11. Pain Asylum

Bonus Tracks
12. Incubus (Rehearsal Track – 1987)

13. Just Call Me Suicide
14. Tear Down The Walls

LIVE AT THE CLUB (Las Vegas 1987)
15. Corruption
16. Incubus
17. Final Solution

Obscene Jester – CITADEL’S ON FIRE (DIVE089)

Declassified Information:
Hailing from the flourishing late ’80s Texas metal scene Obscene Jester were a hardworking metal band who slugged it out all over the tri-state area always looking to expand their growing fan base. In 1989 they released the CITADEL’S ON FIRE cassette to much local acclaim and not wanting to lose any momentum began work on a follow-up full-length album. However, while in the process of recording that full-length album something within the Obscene Jester camp went awry and sadly enough it was never properly finished.

This Bootcamp Series reissue collects the original CITADEL’S ON FIRE cassette release as well as 11 bonus tracks taken from the only known copy of mix references for their unfinished album. All audio was transferred from band-supplied sources and re-mastered by Jamie King. Cover art, by Steven Cobb, is a faithful recreation of the original CITADEL’S ON FIRE cassette release.

Comrades In Arms:
Oliver Magnum, Lizzy Borden, Skid Row, Heretic, Savage Grace

o Limited Edition CD – only 500 units pressed worldwide
o new artwork
o digitally re-mastered
o band-supplied photos
o full-color 16-page booklet with band essay and lyrics

1. Apocalyptic Prophecy
2. Statistical Bridge
3. Citadel’s On Fire
4. Insomnia
5. D.E.A.

Bonus Tracks
6. Stop The Madness
7. This World
8. I Am The One
9. Nothing To Do
10. Last Laugh
11. And It Rose…
12. Gunther
13. The Answer
14. The Mourning After
15. This World (Alternate Mix)
16. The Answer (Alternate Mix)

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Free Music!

Summer has officially started and what a better way to celebrate than with FREE MUSIC!

We started compiling a new digital sampler because we realized it had been a couple years since the last one. Well, surprisingly enough it quickly worked itself into TWO volumes.

The first volume features 25 tracks, of which all (at the moment) are unreleased in physical form. Featuring preview tracks from Wild Dogs, Wulfhook, ARTCH, Enertia, Betsy, Poltergeist, Exises, Eradikator, Holosade, Judicator, The Horde Of Torment, Intrinsic, Osiris, Aftermath, & more!

The second volume contains 20 tracks from our recent releases.

Download, stream, share, play, enjoy!

Download Or Stream Volume 1 Now!

Download Or Stream Volume 2 Now!


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-Swedish Rockers Casablanca To Release Concept Album, MISKATONIC GRAFFITI

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — MISKATONIC GRAFFITI, the third full-length album from red hot hard rock outfit Casablanca, is to for release on September 25 through Despotz Records.

The Stockholm-based sensation formed in 2008, releasing two albums — APOCALYPTIC YOUTH (2012) and RIDING A BLACK SWAN (2013) both featuring guitarist Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper, Electric Angels) — as well as opening Swedish dates for Kiss and making several Swedish television appearances.

The summer of 2015 finds Casablanca (minus Roxie and adding Bullet six-stringer Erik Almstrom) bringing their first concept album to the masses in the form of MISKATONIC GRAFFITI, a hard-driving 10-song affair based on Cthulhu mythology — with a twist. According to H.P. Lovecraft, before man, The Old Ones ruled the Earth. Casablanca, however, lays claim to the theory that before The Old Ones, The Original ran things on the planet.

“I’ve had this HP Lovecraft concept story in mind since I was young and when we came up with a load of different sounding songs that would fit perfect in story form we decided to give it a try,” says front man Anders Ljung. “There’s been a lot of Lovecraft in art, music, movies, and so on for ages so we realized we had to twist it a little to give it some new energy so we did.”

The 10-song opus hits off with “Enter The Mountains” (about The Phantom and its return to our dimension around 200 years ago and where he slowly but surely established the town, the mountains, and the Miskatonic university.). With “My Shadow Out Of Time” you get heavy loss (The Phantom’s friend being caught on the other side) and “Name, Rank, Serial Killer” refers to love — probably the biggest serial killer of them all. Wrapping things up is “Exit The Mountains,” a war song to bring the story to its conclusion.

Why has the band chosen to go the concept route on MISKATONIC GRAFFITI one might ask?? According to Ljung, “With this album we wanted to go further than rock ‘n’ roll, probably in the same way Bowie felt just before he launched ZIGGY and we had the time to do it!”

Concept albums are a bit of a “left of center”, err, concept for some people. What everything comes down to, however, is the quality of the songs. And, songs are what MISKATONIC GRAFFITI has in spades.

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-Old James Release “Kill Off The Rose” Video As Part Of Their Indiegogo Campaign

TORONTO, CANADA — Canuck hard rock quartet Old James has just released the video for new single, “Kill Off The Rose,” which is a companion piece to their current Indiegogo campaign.

The campaign is running in order to fund the band’s upcoming full-length album SPEAK VOLUMES, which is due to be recorded later this year in Los Angeles. The perks included in the campaign include lessons from guitarist Andy Thompson, a Dean guitar, lessons from drummer Chris Stephenson and a personally written song, amongst others.

The band, who have electrified audiences across North America on runs with the likes of Uli Jon Roth / Vinnie Moore (on the XG Guitar Tour) and Girlschool / Crucified Barbara, are primed and ready to take things to the next level and SPEAK VOLUMES will be the springboard for that target. Drummer Chris Stephenson says, “We’ve been working extremely hard this summer, writing and demoing songs which we’re very proud of. We’re not only beyond excited to be recording SPEAK VOLUMES in Los Angeles, but also to see the positive outcome all of this hard work and dedication will be. Working with the right producer will be key.”

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-Arizona Progressive Art Rock Band With Our Arms To The Sun Sign With Fade To Silence Records

ARIZONA DESERT — Progressive art rock band With Our Arms To The Sun is the second act to sign with the newly-launched Fade to Silence Records.

With Our Arms To The Sun is a breath of fresh air in a musical landscape dominated by pop formatted bands. The Arizona desert-based foursome crafts a brand of cinematic conceptual music that aims to evoke emotion and inspire thought in listeners. The band’s free-flowing style is not easily pigeon-holed, appealing to fans of not just one genre, but to people in general who appreciate music as expression. “My son and I went to see John 5 perform in East Texas and as luck would have it, With Our Arms To The Sun were the supporting artist,” said Fade To Silence founder Paul Bibeau. “Upon taking the stage, the band took complete control of the room and I was locked into every second of their performance. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. It felt has though the band was playing the very last concert ever and wanted to put it all on the table. Their performance was thoroughly pleasing, cinematic in scope coupled with an intense, passionate delivery. I got sucked into each note, each composition and I loved they journey they took me on. I spent a few minutes with them afterwards and we began to talk more and more. I knew immediately, this is my cup of tea.”

With Our Arms To The Sun’s first release through Fade To Silence will be a reissue of the band’s self-released A FAR AWAY WONDER EP on CD and vinyl.

“We were anti-label for the longest time and did everything DIY,” said With Our Arms To The Sun vocalist/guitarist Josh Breckenridge. “We recorded and distributed all of our own albums, and even made our own merch. One of the reasons we were not interested in being on a label was that we wanted to retain our sound. We are not interested in changing who we are artistically just to be more ‘marketable’ or ‘commercial.’ There are plenty of bands pounding that drum and we want to do something different. Paul immediately understood what we were going for as a band and rather than be a typical industry person, he encouraged our growth towards being a conceptual band. Also the chance at being one of the flagship bands on a new label that has a creative philosophy really appealed to us as artists.”

With Our Arms To The Sun — which is completed by Joseph Leary, Joseph Breckenridge Jr. and John Mclucas — has three self-released recordings to their credit. The Fade To Silence re-release of A FAR AWAY WONDER will come later this year. With Our Arms To The Sun is managed by Alan Jones/Slant Business Management and booked by Andrew Goodfriend/TKO.

Get a taste of With Our Arms To The Sun:

With Our Arms To The Sun – “Great Black Divide”

The launch of Fade To Silence Records was announced earlier this month by former Spitfire Records company founder/president and industry veteran Paul Bibeau. The new label, which is distributed via AMPed Distribution worldwide, will focus on establishing a cutting and creative edge driven label brand, a catalog/visual/television imprint and publishing division highlighting the hard rock and heavy metal genre’s broad musical spectrum.


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-Separations Announce New Album, DREAM EATER, And Slot On Monster Energy Outbreak Tour

Imagen recording artists Separations are set to unveil their full-length debut, DREAM EATER, on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 (official album teaser at https://youtu.be/iKEDCoHJhw0 ). Produced by James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Hands Like Houses, Dashboard Confessional), the album will be supported by dates throughout September and October, when the band unites with Nothing More, Marmozets, and Turbowolf, as part of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour.

Comprised of comprised Will Crafton (vocals), Myles Priest (guitar), Tyler Whitfield (guitar), Brenden Worthington (bass), and Thomas Pinson (drums), fans of hard-hitting metal with a surprisingly melodic edge are certain to fall under the spell of the album’s title track, which Crafton describes as “The idea is you work so hard for something just to have it taken away. There’s that inner battle in the human mind like, ‘Am I good enough?’ Everyone has a light and dark side. The doubt manifests in the form of this creature we’ll refer to as the ‘Dream Eater.’ The protagonist and the monster are embroiled in this battle we all go through.”

The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour kicks off on September 14th at Trees in Dallas, Texas and closes out in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 14th at Juanita’s.

Undoubtedly, Separations will leave a deep impression on a new legion of fans on the upcoming Monster Energy Outbreak Tour — come down to experience the buzz first hand!

Complete Separations Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Dates:

Mon-Sep-14 Dallas, TX – Trees
Tue-Sep-15 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Thu-Sep-17 Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater
Sun-Sep-20 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Tue-Sep-22 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Sat-Sep-26 Flint MI – The Machine Shop
Mon-Sep-28 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Tue-Sep-29 Ft. Myers, FL – Dixie Roadhouse
Wed-Sep-30 Tampa, FL – State Theater
Fri-Oct-02 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Sat-Oct-03 Johnson City, TN – Capone’s
Mon-Oct-05 Chattanooga, TN – Rhythm & Brews
Tue-Oct-06 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Thu-Oct-08 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
Fri-Oct-09 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
Mon-Oct-12 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Tue-Oct-13 Memphis, TN – The Daisy Theater
Wed-Oct-14 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s

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-The Secret VI To Release New EP MIXED EPISODE Via Vanity Digital Music

BAKERSFIELD, CA — Southern California metal band The Secret VI are set to release their new EP, MIXED EPISODE, on September 11, 2015 via Vanity Digital Music / Vanity Music Group.

Comprised of three tracks — “Plastic Smile,” “You’re All Bark,” and “Driven” — MIXED EPISODE takes the band away from the death metal leanings of their 2012 demos and into a much more melodic metal direction. “I love all kinds of metal, including bands like Morbid Angel and Slayer,” says guitarist and founder member, Scotty Ch, “so my writing took a swing in that direction for a while but now we’re down to straightforward, in-your-face metal.”

Lyrically the songs on MIXED EPISODE touch on subjects ranging from fake people (“Plastic Smile”) to a very stern warning to potential enemies (“You’re All Bark”) and finding inner strength (“Driven”). Singer Marc Padgett tends to pull lyrical creativity from a bi-polar disorder, “Writing and performing music helps me release emotions that I’m unable to unleash any other way,” says the front man. Being able to create is something that only comes around here and there for me and I never want to miss the train once it stops rolling.”

MIXED EPISODE’s release will be preceded by a single and lyric video for “Plastic Smile.”

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-7th Heaven’s NEXT is out now, with this accompanying hype: “A 10-song feel-good CD of various Pop/Rock songs. This CD will transcend generations with the ability to touch numerous emotions and connecting lyrics.” Track list: “Time Of Our Lives,” “Diamonds,” “She’s On Fire,” “Young And Bulletproof,” “You And I,” “She Could Use A Little Sunshine,” “Don’t Wanna Be In Love,” “Something That You Want,” “Standing On Top Of The World,” “Take Me With You.” The band’s current lineup consists of singer Adam Heisler, Richard Hofherr on lead guitar and keyboards, Nick Cox on guitar and piano, Mark Kennetz on bass, and Michael Mooshey on drums. The disc is streaming in its entirety at https://soundcloud.com/richard-hofherr/sets/7th-heaven-next . About the songs, Hofherr stated, “In a world where we have so much negative influence everywhere, I am proud that this CD is a positive influence and will hopefully touch an emotion.” NEXT can be ordered at http://www.7thheavenband.com/store/next.html , https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/next/id1031165315 , and http://www.amazon.com/Next-7th-heaven/dp/B0140XZLZ6/ . See http://www.7thheavenband.com/ for more.

-About Heavy Metal’s lists of “Best Heavy Metal Albums” for 2007, 2008, and 2009 are online at these links:

-Act Of Defiance guitarist Chris Broderick appears in Metal Blade Podcast #59, online now at https://soundcloud.com/metalbladerecords/metal-blade-podcast-59-chris-broderick .

-Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler will perform with the country band Loving Mary at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, slated for September 26-27 at a horse farm in Franklin, TN.

-There’s a new interview with Bullet For My Valentine drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas at http://heavymetal.about.com/od/interviews/fl/Bullet-For-My-Valentine-Interview.htm .

-There’s a new interview with Butcher Babies singer Carla Harvey online at http://heavymetal.about.com/od/interviews/fl/Butcher-Babies-Interview.htm .

-Chaos Frame’s lyric video for “Paper Sun,” from the upcoming PATHS TO EXILE (Nightmare Records), is online at http://youtu.be/IHYhPB263kI .

-Corners Of Sanctuary — billed as an “American new wave of traditional heavy metal band” — have released the PRELUDE TO WAR (THE JAPAN DEMO) EP as a free MP3 download, with artwork. Track list: “A Fist Full of Vengeance,” “Victoria,” “Battle,” “Hell And Back,” “Bleed With Me,” “On The Hunt,” “Juggernaut,” “Blood Quest.” Check it out at http://www.cornersofsanctuary.com/prelude_to_war.html . See http://www.cornersofsanctuary.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/onlinemetalpromo for more.

-Crack Jaw will reissue 1985’s NIGHTOUT on September 4 through Karthago Records, with bonus tracks. The hype: “The history of Crack Jaw, founded in Frankfurt/Main (Germany), goes back to the year 1982 when NIGHTOUT was released in 1985. ‘New Tomorrow’ and especially ‘Never Tell No Lies’ on the LP’s first side are typical German Heavy Metal songs with top compositions and competently played. Singer Stephan Kiegerl was not an expert in English pronunciation, but his voice suited very well the untamed power of the songs. So time doesn’t seem to have taken its toll on NIGHTOUT, if you listen to the album now, 30 years after its first release. Side two offers you a great hit with ‘Galley Without Aim;’ ‘Struck By Thunder’ is played fast, very melodic and catchy, and the album is rounded off with ‘Seven Days Of Wonder.’ NIGHTOUT is no doubt a forgotten classic of Heavy Metal, now for the first time on CD with the original excellent sound.” Track list: “The Change,” “Nightout,” “Make Me Believe,” “New Tomorrow,” “Never Tell No Lie,” “Saracen,” “Danger,” “Galley Without Aim,” “Struck By Thunder,” “Seven Days Of Wonder,” “Helluva Sound” (bonus track), “Still Wanna Rock” (bonus track), “Breaking The Oath” (bonus track). Lineup: Stephan Kiegerl on vocals, Holger Eckstein on lead guitar and keyboards, Jürgen Schulz-Anker on guitar, Gerrit Eisenmenger on bass, and Markus Klinke on drums.

-Darkology’s video for “Kill Me If You Can,” from the Chris Tsangarides-produced FATED TO BURN, is online now at https://youtu.be/8xraIwknE-M . Hype: “The ‘cult’ concept video piece for the song ‘Kill Me If You Can’ is the visual accompaniment for the crushing opener from their latest album, FATED TO BURN, a vicious quasi thrashing tune in the best tradition of Metal Church and the mighty Judas Priest. Darkology are the first metal band in a long time to deliver a truly stellar and exhilarating album of pure crashing heavy metal that’s true to the genre without sounding dated. The video’s concept parts were directed by UCLA grad, Tassos Kapsanis and edited by Methodd/EM ( http://www.methodd.com/ ) and it stars a fair number of local talent from the burgeoning Athenian music scene.” The next video is due in September; it will be for the album’s title track and feature fire performer “MissVanity,” a.k.a. Veronica Scandale. Darkology’s lineup sports singer Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Firewind, Iron Mask, Outworld), guitarist Michael Harris (Thought Chamber, Leather, Chastain), bassist Mike Neal (Medieval Steel, Salems Lot), and drummer Brian Harris (Firewind, My Own Victim). See http://www.darkology.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Darkology-Official/276598509156535 for more.

-Diemonds’ NEVER WANNA DIE is due out September 4 on Napalm Records. Hype: “Calling downtown Toronto their home, but criss-cross the continent for weeks on end, armed with little more than their brand of original hard rock, their gear and a dream. With their third album NEVER WANNA DIE the band continues to modernize their heavy rock n’ roll sound. This time, multiple Juno award-winner Eric Ratz (Monster Truck, Billy Talent) is in the producer chair. Remaining true to their sound, Diemonds takes lyrics that speak to the outcasts, wild childs, and misfits, and combines them with a hard-hitting live show, taking cues from the greats they look up to. Priya Panda, the band’s front woman, is the sultry singer that the music world has never been so poised for. With her larger-than-life presence, she breaks every cultural, social, gender, and sexual boundary known to hard rock. If the ever-growing legions of the band’s loyal following are any indication, Diemonds are firmly carving their own path in music and hoards of rock fans are already along for the ride.” Track list: “Never Wanna Die,” “Hell Is Full,” “Over It,” “Ain’t That Kinda Girl,” “Secret,” “Better Off Dead,” “Forever Untamed,” “Wild At Heart,” “Meet Your Maker,” “Save Your Life.” See http://www.facebook.com/Diemonds for more.

-Evergrey is currently on tour in North America with Borealis, Voyager, and Oceans Of Slumber as support:

8/28 – The Token Lounge, Westland, MI
8/29 – The Opera House, Toronto, ON
8/30 – Cafe Campus, Montreal, QC
8/31 – Mavericks, Ottawa, ON
9/1 – Le Cercle, Quebec City, QC
9/3 – The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall, New York, NY
9/4 – Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA
9/5 – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
9/6 – Canal Club, Richmond, VA
9/7 – 9/8 – The Casbah, Charlotte, NC
9/9 – 9/10 – The Loft, Atlanta, GA

See http://www.evergrey.net/ for more.

-Fates Warning tour dates:

10/9 – The Webster, Hartford, CT
10/10 – Palladium, Worcester, MA
10/11 – The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
10/13 – Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY
10/14 – Revolution Bar & Music Hall, Amityville, NY
10/16 – The Token Lounge, Detroit, MI
10/17 – Reggies Rock Club, Chicago, IL
10/18 – Agora Theater, Cleveland, OH
10/23 – Trees, Dallas, TX
10/24 – Scout Bar, Houston, TX
10/25 – 210 Kapones, San Antonio, TX
10/27 – The Roxy, Denver, CO
10/29 – Club Red, Mesa, AZ
10/31 – Rockbar Theater, San Jose, CA
11/1 – Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, CA
11/2 – Ramona Mainstage, Ramona, CA

Special guests on the dates are Imminent Sonic Destruction from 10/9 through 10/21, and then Vangough the rest of the way. Check out info on VIP packages at . See http://www.fateswarning.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/FatesWarning , and https://twitter.com/fateswarning for more.

-Furyon played the main stage at Woodstock Festival Poland on July 31. Check out video of “Stand Like Stone” at https://youtu.be/HM6uaE_N2zY and “Voodoo Me” at https://youtu.be/B9xTqIItkvM . The complete set list included “Disappear Again,” “Lost Salvation,” “Wasted On You,” “Souvenirs,” “These Four Walls,” “Stand Like Stone,” “Our Peace Someday,” “All That I Have,” “Don’t Follow,” and “Voodoo Me.” See http://www.furyon.net/ and http://www.facebook.com/FuryonUK for more.

-Gentlemans Pistols — billed as “British riff cavaliers” — have signed with Nuclear Blast Records, to release HUSTLER’S ROW on October 16. Track list: “The Searcher,” “Devil’s Advocate,” “Time Wasters,” “Private Rendezvous,” “Stress & Confusion,” “Personal Fantasy Wonderland,” “Lady Teaser,” “Dazzle Drizzler,” “Coz Of You,” “Hustler’s Row,” “So Long/Fadeaway.” Check out “The Searcher” now at http://noisey.vice.com/blog/gentlemans-pistols-searcher . The band consists of James Atkinson (vocals, guitar), Bill Steer (guitar), Robert Threapleton (bass), and Stuart Dobbins (drums). See http://gentlemanspistols.co.uk/ for more.

-Finnish power metallers Ghost Machinery have signed with Pure Legend Records (a sub-label of Pure Steel Records). The band features Stargazery members Pete Ahonen (vocals, guitar) and Jussi Ontero (drums, keyboards) along with guitarist Mikko Myllylä and bassist Sami Nyman. See http://www.ghostmachinery.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/ghostmachinery for more.

-Gundriver’s video for the title track off of WHAT’S INSIDE is online now at https://youtu.be/O3v_cv5ZlfY . Guitarist Tom Potter on the video: “The song ‘What’s Inside’ is about kicking ass. Our drummer Alex Rivas wrote the lyrics and I handled the guitars and production on it. The video was shot one day prior to the start of our 2015 North American tour as special guests of Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock. It was helmed by RSM Creative who is making some of the top videos in music right now and they’re great at translating what’s going on with the band. The constant left motion of the video was Stefan Anderson’s (producer) idea and having seen the high quality of his work before this, we just stepped out of the way and let him do his thing. It’s one of those songs that doesn’t need, and wouldn’t benefit from a story — it’s a real rock tune and a performance video fits the tune perfectly. We filmed it at a sound stage in Woodland Hills, CA (Los Angeles) with half of the room painted white and the other half painted black. Stefan had doom metal playing all day long between takes and we really enjoyed working with him and his crew. The whole thing was great and we’re looking forward to developing our image with RSM in the future.” In other news, the Hollywood band won the 2015 AKADEMIA Music Awards’ Best Hard Rock Album category. See http://www.gundriver.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gundriver/455031417899237 for more.

-Hibria’s new video for “Life” is online now at https://youtu.be/HqNz6l5TNQI . See http://www.Hibria.com/ for more.

-High Spirits are hitting the road in September, with Christian Mistress and Savage Master, as follows:

9/3 – Red Line Tap, Chicago, IL (no Savage Master)
9/4 – Hells Headbash, Cleveland, OH (High Spirits only)
9/5 – The New Vintage, Louisville, KY
9/6 – The Earl, Atlanta, GA
9/7 – Strange Matter, Richmond, VA
9/8 – Smiling Moose, Pittsburgh, PA
9/9 – Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY
9/10 – Ralph’s Diner, Worcester, MA
9/12 – Wings Of Metal, Montreal, QC
9/13 – Coalition, Toronto, ON
9/14 – Small’s, Hamtramck, MI

See http://www.facebook.com/highenergyrock for more.

-Check out Joel Hoekstra’s 13’s (Whitesnake, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger) new single, “Anymore,” at http://ultimateclassicrock.com/joel-hoekstra-anymore-video/ . The album DYING TO LIVE is due out October 16 on Frontiers. See http://www.joelhoekstra.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 for more.

-Hollywood Vampires — the super-group featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and actor Johnny Depp — will release a Bob Ezrin-produced album on September 11. The disc includes such special guests as Paul McCartney, Brian Johnson, Slash, Kip Winger, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Zak Starkey, Robby Krieger, and Perry Farrell, and proceeds from album sales will benefit MusiCares. Check out a promo video for the album at https://youtu.be/1T8GSIiD8lc . The band has three shows scheduled to support the album:

9/16 – Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
9/17 – Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
9/24 – Rock In Rio, Brazil

In related news, on August 16 at the Lucky Strike bowling alley in Los Angeles, Depp played guitar with musicians such as Kiss’ Gene Simmons, at a fundraising concert for MendingKids.org.

-Huntress’ STATIC is due out September 25 on Napalm Records. Hype: “When Huntress shot from zero to hero with their debut EP OFF WITH HER HEAD in 2010, they made quite a few heads turn: an Amazonian, breathtaking singer in the form of Jill Janus and her four-octave vocal range, a rich occult background, and razor-sharp heavy metal. STATIC — the third album by Huntress — easily poses the most exciting and perfectly arranged release by Huntress to date: a feast of both flesh and spirituality! Timeless metal elegance, aggressive outbursts and sweeping melodies bring Static to life.” Track list: “Sorrow,” “Flesh,” “Brian,” “I Want To Wanna Wake Up,” “Mania,” “Four Blood Moons,” “Static,” “Harsh Times On Planet Stoked,” “Noble Savage,” “Fire In My Heart.” Tour dates with Gemini Syndrome and First Decree:

8/27 – Cheers, South Bend, IN
8/28 – The Machine Shop, Flint, MI
8/29 – The Ready Room, St. Louis, MO
8/30 – Aftershock, Merriam, KS
8/31 – Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, CO
9/1 – Marquis Theater, Denver, CO
9/2 – Sokol Underground, Omaha, NE
9/3 – 7 Flags Event Center, Des Moines, IA
9/4 – Q And Z Expo Center, Ringle, WI
9/5 – Taste Of Madison, Madison, WI
9/6 – The Tree, Joliet, IL
9/8 – The Castle Theater, Bloomington, IL
9/9 – Expo Five, Louisville, KY
9/10 – Bogarts, Cincinnati, OH
9/11 – Odeon, Cleveland, OH
9/12 – Vogue, Indianapolis, IN
9/13 – Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
9/17 – Revolution, Amityville, NY
9/18 – Loft/Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
9/19 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
9/20 – Hard Times Cafe, Hagerstown, MD
9/22 – Hard Times, Fredericksburg, VA

See http://www.HuntressKills.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/HuntressKills for more.

-In Vain’s THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER is out now, on CD and digital download. Track list: “No Future For The World,” “Dragon Huntress,” “From Your Cradle To My Grave,” “Serenity Valley,” “The Ballad Of Lucifer,” “Guardian Angels,” “King In The North,” “Pipa’s Song,” “The Last Waltz.” Check out the video for “No Future For The World” at https://youtu.be/WVT3gBs1Zc0 .

-Iron Maiden’s video for “Speed Of Light,” from the upcoming THE BOOK OF SOULS, is online at https://youtu.be/-F7A24f6gNc . The double album is due out September 4.

-Karthago Records will reissue Lancelot’s BUT I JUST CAN’T STAY BEHIND on September 4. Hype: “Saarland/Germany is not very famous for its Hard Rock scene. In the early ’80s Lancelot was the No. 1 export from this small German country. The album BUT I JUST CAN’T STAY BEHIND was their only release, apart from four singles which go back to the year 1979; then they went to America to try their luck under another name and with a style more fitted for the American market. Now all their releases finally are available on one CD! From the beginning, the band was only interested in their potential to create a hit. And they managed it to write several ones. ‘Stop man,’ ‘Blinded,’ and ‘Stargazer’ just to name a few were catchy and showed the big songwriting ability of the band. And the really fine vocals convince even after 30 years! Lancelot played Bombastic Rock, for sure no Heavy Metal, but quite extraordinary! For those who only like hard songs, Lancelot is probably not the right band. If you are looking for jewels of German (Hard-) Rock music, you will definitely find some with Lancelot. This band is an exception in the Heavy Metal Classics series, because it is — strictly speaking — no Heavy Metal. But sometimes it is ‘heavy’ and it is always definitely good music!” Track list: “Stop Man,” “Home Again,” “Struck Down,” “Stargazer,” “Treat Me Right,” “But I Just Can’t Stay Behind,” “Killer Machine,” “All Right Now,” “Rock’n Roller,” “Tribute To F.J.Haydn Abjfv,” “Little Jane,” “Lancelot,” “Far Away,” “Miss You,” “Pretty Thing,” “Blinded.” The disc features Albert Jochum on vocals and guitar, Bernardi Ferone on guitar, Franky R. on bass, Volker Herschban on keyboards, and Joachim Hammerschmidt on drums.

-Check out Leaves’ Eyes’ new single, “Halvdan The Black,” at https://youtu.be/KNqfIxjKFjo . KING OF KINGS is due out through AFM Records, on September 11 in the EU and September 18 in the US.

-Upcoming Lords of the Trident live dates:

8/28 – Hexagon Bar, Minneapolis, MN
9/25 – Polack Inn, Wausau, WI
10/9 – Tailgator’s, Cedar Rapids, IA
10/11 – The Metal Grill, Milwaukee, WI (w / Hibria & Unleash The Archers)
10/30 – High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI (Halloween ’80s metal tribute show)
11/7 – Gamehole Con, Madison, WI

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

-Sweden’s Mindless Sinner, a metal band from Linköping, has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records and will return after 25 years with THE NEW MESSIAH on October 16. Check out an album teaser at https://youtu.be/1WOAIpj-Ll0 . The band’s lineup consists of Christer Göransson on vocals, Magnus Danneblad and Jerker Edman on lead guitar, Christer Carlson on bass, and Tommy Viktorsson on drums. See http://www.facebook.com/mindlesssinnerofficial and http://www.myspace.com/mindlesssinner for more.

-Nightmare World’s IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME is out now on Pure Legend Records. Track list: “The Mara,” “In Memoria Di Me,” “The New Crusade,” “No Regrets,” “Defiance,” “Burden Of Proof,” “The Ever Becoming,” “Damage Report,” “Euphoria.” Check out two tracks at these links:

“In Memoria Di Me”

“Burden Of Proof”

-Power Theory’s video for “Cut And Run,” from the upcoming DRIVEN BY FEAR (Pure Steel Records), is online now at https://youtu.be/SoMGmu3-5g0 . The band features singer Jeff Rose, guitarists Bob “BB” Ballinger and Nygil Hoch, bassist Alan D’Angelo, and drummer Nick Bunzck.

-Pyogenesis’ new video for “Lifeless,” from A CENTURY IN THE CURSE OF TIME (AFM Records), is online now at https://youtu.be/EM0d57n3W4Q . Upcoming tour dates:

12/18 – Phoenix, St. Petersburg, Russia
12/19 – Mona, Moscow, Russia
1/6/16 – Knust, Hamburg, Germany
1/7/16 – Lido, Berlin, Germany
1/8/16 – Backstage, München, Germany
1/9/16 – FZW, Dortmund, Germany
8/4 – 8/6/16 – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany

-Reds’Cool, the rockers from Russia, will release PRESS HARD on August 28. Track list: “Dangerous One,” “My Way,” “The Way I Am,” “Brand New Start,” “Strangers Eyes,” “Call Me,” “One Night,” “Love Behind,” “No More.” See http://www.redscool.net/ for more.

-Savior From Anger, an Italian power metal band featuring singer Bob Mitchell, guitarist Mark Ryal, bassist Frank Fiordellisi, and drummer Michael Kusch, has signed a global deal with Pure Steel Records. The band’s fourth album, TEMPLE OF JUDGMENT, will be released in 2016. See http://www.facebook.com/SaviorFromAnger for more.

-Saviours’ new cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Hot Rails To Hell” is available as a silver-on-green flexi disc, included with issue #131 (September 2015) of Decibel magazine. The track features Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan) on vocals, Chris Grande (Lecherous Gaze, Annihilation Time) on bass, and Erika Osterhout (Scolex, Femacoffin) on tambourine. Comments from drummer Scott Batiste: “When we did the Saint Vitus shows in 2009, we got to talking to Wino about our shared love for Blue Oyster Cult and one thing led to another… The recording was done almost five years ago! Shrinebuilder was coming through Oakland on tour so we set up the time at Sharkbite Studios with [producer] Billy [Anderson]. We did it in a day. He’s played it with us live a few times. The recording rules and his solo is totally insane.” Check it out at https://soundcloud.com/decibelmagazine/saviours-ft-wino-hot-rails-to , and purchase at http://store.decibelmagazine.com/collections/back-issues/products/september-2015-131 .

-Slayer’s REPENTLESS is due out September 11. Check out a clip of band members Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt, and Paul Bostaph talking about working with producer Terry Date at https://youtu.be/868wzI_jXSQ . See http://www.slayer.net/ for more.

-Dates on Stratovarius’ upcoming Eternal World Tour 2015:

9/16 – Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
9/17 – Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
9/18 – Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki, Finland
9/19 – Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna, Finland
9/23 – Klubi, Turku, Finland
9/24 – Lutakko, Jyväskylä, Finland
9/25 – Kerubi, Joensuu, Finland
9/26 – Jäähalli, Oulu, Finland
10/3 – Scandic Lerkendal, Trondheim Metal Fest 2015, Norway
10/5 – Factory, Tallinn, Estonia
10/6 – Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia
10/7 – Galaxy Event Hall, Vilnius, Lituania
10/9 – Fabryka, Cracov, Poland
10/10 – Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
10/11 – C-Club, Berlin, Germany
10/13 – Szene, Vienna, Austria
10/14 – Club 202 or Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
10/16 – Musichall, Geiselwind, Germany
10/17 – Vaudeville, Lindau, Germany
10/20 – Backstage, Munich, Germany
10/21 – Live Club, Milano, Italy
10/23 – Santana, Bilbao, Spain
10/24 – Sala BUT, Madrid, Spain
10/25 – Custom, Sevilla, Spain
10/27 – Koh-Tao, Valencia, Spain
10/28 – Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
10/30 – Z-7, Pratteln, Switzerland
10/31 – La Rodia, Besançon, France
11/1 – Trabendo, Paris, France
11/3 – O2 Islington Academy, London, United Kingdom
11/4 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
11/5 – Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherland
11/6 – Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany
11/7 – Matrix, Bochum, Germany
11/9 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
11/10 – LKA, Stuttgart, Germany
11/11 – Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
11/12 – Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
11/13 – Kulturfabrik, Kufstein, Austria

Beginning with the October 5 date, GloryHammer and Divine Ascension are also on the bill. See http://www.stratovarius.com/ for more.

-Veras’ BLOW, PUNCH & STRIKE, the follow-up to last year’s NEVER GIVE UP, is due out in October on Z Records. See http://www.z-records.com/ for more.

-Wovenwar’s new video for “Archers,” from the band’s self-titled debut, is online now at https://youtu.be/ZP2XSNqOeIw and https://vimeo.com/135890719 . The live clip was filmed at a special show at Brick By Brick in San Diego, CA, on July 10. See http://www.wovenwar.com/ for more.

-Wulfhook’s first video, “Brutal Nightmare” from THE IMPALER, is online now at https://youtu.be/HyMs10i7k8k .

-There’s an interview with Xandria singer Dianne van Giersbergen at http://heavymetal.about.com/od/interviews/fl/2015-Xandria-Interview.htm .

Thanks to Rock Cellar Magazine, VQPR, Metaltix, Online Metal Promo, Lance King, Mark Alger, Axel Wiesenauer, Matt Rudzinski, Chad Bowar, Jon Asher, and Jon Freeman for help gathering some of this information.

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