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Detritus #680: Black Sabbath, Queensrÿche, more

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Detritus
Issue #680
Week of September 7, 2015
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-Just ran out for ice cream with my kid, listening to the new Iron Maiden. Am I a cool Dad or what??? – Tim

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-Black Sabbath Announces “The End” Tour

[Note: This combines information from BlackSabbath.com and RockCellarMagazine.com. – Tim]

It’s the Beginning of THE END.

It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing, and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard.

In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.

Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story.

Black Sabbath’s farewell tour, “The End,” begins on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever.

When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END,

THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock ‘n Roll history…

BLACK SABBATH

Tour Trailer:

1/20 Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
1/22 Chicago, IL – United Center
1/25 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
1/28 Saskatoon, SK – Sasktel Centre
1/30 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Centre
2/1 Calgary, ON – Scotiabank Saddledome
2/3 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
2/6 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
2/9 San Jose, CA – SAP Center
2/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
2/13 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
2/15 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
2/17 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
2/19 Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/21 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
2/23 Montreal, QB – Bell Centre
2/25 New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden

Australia/New Zealand Tour Dates

4/15 Perth – Perth Arena
4/17 Adelaide – Entertainment Centre
4/19 Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena
4/23 Sydney – Allphones Arena
4/25 Brisbane – Entertainment Centre
4/28 Auckland – Vector Arena
4/30 Dunedin – Forsyth Barr Stadium

http://www.blacksabbath.com/

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-Queensrÿche: Partner With Billboard.com To Exclusively Debut New Music Video For The Track “Guardian”; New Pre-Order Bundles Now Available

[Note: This is from CenturyMedia.com. – Tim]

Queensrÿche has partnered up with Billboard.com to exclusively debut the ripping new music video for the track “Guardian,” which comes off the group’s highly anticipated new, full-length offering, CONDITION HÜMAN, set for a release via Century Media Records on October 2nd. Click on the link below now to check it out:

Billboard.com “Guardian” Video Stream and Exclusive Scott Rockenfield Interview:
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6685856/queensryche-guardian-video-condition-human-premiere

Head over now to CM Distro to view all new pre-order items and exclusive boxed set and T-shirts:
http://smarturl.it/chCMDISTRO

Against the formidable obstacles of an ever-changing cultural landscape, the rise and fall of various musical trends, and the near collapse of the record industry itself, Queensrÿche secured a triumphant legacy as one of hard rock’s most respected and celebrated acts, selling 30 million albums around the world across a 30-plus-year career.

The much-anticipated new offering, CONDITION HÜMAN, sees LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime on what is now his sophomore recording effort with the band. Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary) in the band’s native Washington, CONDITION HÜMAN is a new mountain towering over many of the peaks and valleys of the hard rock landscape.

The epic album opening track, “Arrow Of Time,” can be heard now exclusively at the link below:

Also, don’t miss Queensrÿche on tour as direct support to the legendary Scorpions across North America from Sept 10th to Oct 9th. For all dates head either see below or head over to http://www.queensrycheofficial.com/ .

The band’s name is uttered in the same breath as many of the groups they looked to as influences and others who arose as peers. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. In recent years, they’ve consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen. Even with 11 gold and platinum plaques and a several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won’t relent. In fact, they’re in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.

Queensrÿche – CONDITION HÜMAN Official Track Listing:
1. Arrow Of Time
2. Guardian
3. Hellfire
4. Toxic Remedy
5. Selfish Lives
6. Eye9
7. Bulletproof
8. Hourglass
9. Just Us
10. All There Was
11. The Aftermath
12. Condition Hüman

Queensrÿche w/Scorpions
Sep 10 @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA
Sep 11 @ The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY*
Sep 12 @ Barclay’s Arena – Brooklyn, NY
Sep 13 @ Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH
Sep 14 @ State Theatre – Portland, ME*
Sep 16 @ Moncton Coliseum – Moncton, Canada
Sep 17 @ Imperial Theatre – Quebec, Canada*
Sep 18 @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, Canada
Sep 19 @ Bell Centre – Montreal, Canada
Sep 22 @ LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH
Sep 23 @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OH
Sep 24 @ The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN*
Sep 25 @ Caesar’s Windsor – Windsor, Canada
Sep 26 @ Allstate Arena – Chicago, IL
Sep 29 @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – Denver, CO
Oct 01 @ SAP Center – San Jose, CA
Oct 02 @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe – Stateline, NV*
Oct 03 @ The Forum – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 04 @ House of Blues San Diego – San Diego, CA*
Oct 06 @ Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 07 @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
Oct 09 @ ShoWare Center – Seattle, WA

* Queensrÿche Headlining Off-Date

http://www.queensrycheofficial.com/

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-Death Dealer Added To Motörhead’s Motörboat Cruise Lineup

One of the best boat cruises for metal fans is undoubtedly Motörhead’s Motörboat. And for this year’s edition, Death Dealer has been added to an absolutely stellar lineup, which includes of course, the legendary Motörhead, as well as such renowned/heavy acts as Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, and Corrosion Of Conformity, among others.

Running from September 28 – October 2, 2015, and setting sail from Miami to the private island of Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas, the Motörboat ups the ante on standard Caribbean cruise vacations with a 24-hour, face melting party for days on end, headquartered on white sandy beaches and the sun-drenched deck of the Norwegian Sky.

This jaunt along the Atlantic Ocean will also coincide with the release of Death Dealer’s highly anticipated second full-length, HALLOWED GROUND, which drops on October 2nd, via Sweden Music Group (SMG), with a hard-hitting video, for “Break the Silence” at https://youtu.be/LyZmHD3hqAM .

Featuring members that have previously played with the likes of Manowar, the Dictators, Rob Halford, Lizzy Borden, Denner/Shermann, and Cage, Death Dealer are a true heavy metal force to be reckoned with, and HALLOWED GROUND certainly proves this.

The follow-up to their over-the-top debut, WARMASTER, features vocalist Sean Peck, guitarists Ross the Boss and Stu Marshall, bassist Mike Davis, and drummer Steve Bolognese, and as always, Death Dealer is setting out to convert the metal masses to their brand of manly metal.

And what better way to announce the arrival of HALLOWED GROUND then with a killer all-metal cruise? Ross the Boss: “Death Dealer is absolutely so excited and pumped to be a part of this fantastic lineup! Plus, Lemmy is God and we all love him!”

HALLOWED GROUND track listing:
1. Gunslinger
2. Break The Silence
3. Plan Of Attack
4. Seance
5. Llega El Diablo
6. The Way Of The Gun
7. K.I.L.L.
8. I Am The Revolution
9. Total Devastation
10. The Anthem
11. Corruption Of Blood
12. Skull And Cross Bones
13. U-666

For more information, please visit:
http://www.motorheadcruise.com/
http://www.deathdealer.co/
http://www.facebook.com/DeathDealerband
http://www.swedenmusicgroup.com/
http://www.facebook.com/swedenmusicgroup

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-Britny Fox Is Back & Hitting The Road With A Handful Of Select Tour Dates

October: Arizona, Vegas, & Hollywood
November: Atlanta, NY, & Philadelphia

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Britny Fox is taking a break from the studio and hitting the road to do a small West Coast run before hitting the East Coast for Farm Rock Atlanta, a two-day festival of retro ’80s debauchery. Britny Fox then ends up in their home town of Philadelphia, PA with band Heavens Edge at the Theatre Of The Living Arts.

Britny Fox is currently writing for a new album, which is a follow-up to the BITE DOWN HARD album, which was released in 1991. This musical jewel was a definite game-changer on the classic Britny Fox sound that originally exploded in 1988. “It’s awesome playing with Billy and Johnny again — Chris fits right in perfectly with us freaks,” exclaims Tommy Paris, lead singer. “The new songs are ass-kicking, fun, heavy rock! It’s a great time hanging out with Doobie, writing new tunes and putting a new show together! Can’t wait to get back out on stage!”

Show Dates & Info:

Wed 10/07 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Thu 10/08 – Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
Fri 10/09 – Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go-Go

Sat 11/07 – Norcross, GA – North Atlanta Trade Center
Fri 11/13 – Queens, NY – Blackthorn 51
Sat 11/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of The Living Arts (w/ Heavens Edge)

Britny Fox is comprised of Tommy Paris: Vocals/rhythm Guitar, Chris Sanders: Lead Guitar, Billy Childs: Bass and Johnny Dee: Drums. The band has sold close to 2 million in sales worldwide and charted on Billboard’s Top 10 for both “Girlschool” and “Long Way To Love.”

For more information on Britny Fox click:
http://www.facebook.com/britnyfoxband
http://www.britnyfox.com/

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-Test Your Metal Records Signs Edu Falaschi (Almah, Angra) For 25th Career Anniversary Acoustic CD MOONLIGHT

Canadian label Test Your Metal Records is proud to announce its next signing of internationally known Brazilian singer and composer Edu Falaschi for the release of his best-of 25th anniversary CD MOONLIGHT, where he will be singing acoustic versions of the most significant songs of his career from voice, piano, guitar, orchestra and as a front man of Almah and Angra.

“I am beyond honored to be working with Edu Falaschi for his 25th year anniversary album. Between Angra, Almah, and any solo work he’s done, I have been a fan of his music for a long time. I’m looking forward to bringing him to North America and welcoming him into the Test Your Metal family,” comments TYM founder Grant Truesdell.

The album is slated for a November 20th release date and features older and more recent hits from Symbols, Angra, and Almah such as “Nova Era,” “Rebirth,” “Heroes Of Sand,” “Spread Your Fire,” “Bleeding Heart,” “Wishing Well,” “Lease Of Life,” “Breathe,” “Primitive Chaos,” “Birds Of Prey,” “Warm Wind,” and “Wings Of Revolution.”

In addition to the CD’s release, Falaschi will be hitting the road for a North American “Moonlight Celebration” tour (dates to be announced). He will be accompanied by respected Brazilian jazz / pop music pianist Tiago Mineiro, who has performed with such artists as Seu Jorge, Arthur Maia (Brazil), Urs Wittwer (Sweden), Mind Priorty (Belgium), Beethova (Haiti), and will also be joined by maestro and violinist Adriano Machado, creator and conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra Villa Lobos whose credits include working with some of Brazil’s most well-known orchestras and such international artists as Jorge & Mateus, Elvis in Concert (USA), Bee Gees (Australia), Dione Warwick (USA), Roberto Carlos, and Bruno & Marrone, among many others.

With 16 records released worldwide, a Brazilian golden disc award, more than one million CDs sold plus countless world tours and recognition from fans around the globe, especially in Japan, Europe, and South America, the “Moonlight Celebration” tour is a quintessence of Falaschi’s career. Each show of the tour will bring an intimate, cozy, emotional atmosphere extending frontiers of ordinary sound due to refined and sophisticated arrangements. Edu Falaschi’s famous compositions will be re-read and interpreted in order to present an outstanding mixture of classic rock, jazz, and popular music with the sound of piano, voice, acoustic guitar, and orchestra highlighting harmony and melody. Without any doubt, it will touch the hearts of fans and let them travel in time with the songs that are in their blood. Falaschi also plans to have very special guests join him at each show to make this musical adventure even more exciting!

MOONLIGHT Track List:
1. Nova Era
2. Bleeding Heart
3. Warm Wind
4. Arising Thunder
5. Rebirth
6. Breathe
7. The Traveller
8. Angels And Demons
9. Spread Your Fire
10. Wishing Well
11. Wings of Revolution
12. Heroes Of Sand

For more info, please visit:

Edu Falschi
http://www.edufalaschi.com.br/
http://www.facebook.com/edufalaschi.officialpage
https://twitter.com/edufalaschi

https://www.youtube.com/user/EduFalaschiOfficial/videos
http://www.instagram.com/edu_falaschi

Test Your Metal Records
http://www.testyourmetalrecords.com/
https://www.facebook.com/testyourmetalrecords%23
https://twitter.com/testyourmetalre
https://instagram.com/testyourmetalrecordsofficial
http://www.testyourmetalrecords.bigcartel.com

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-Ulterium Records: We’re Proud To Present The New Album From The US Heavy Metal Band Millennial Reign!

Millennial Reign – CARRY THE FIRE (Ulterium Records)
Style: Heavy metal
Release date: October 30th [Europe, North America]
Distribution: Alive [Germany, Austria], Plastic Head [UK], Sound Pollution [Scandinavia], Andromeda [Italy], eOne [North America], Non Stop Music [Switzerland], Sonic R [Netherlands], Soundworks [France]

Millennial Reign – CARRY THE FIRE [official album teaser]

Short info:
Impressive new album from the US heavy metal band Millennial Reign. Perfect for fans of Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Judas Priest, and Crimson Glory. Artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Theocracy].

Track listing:
1. Forever Changed
2. Way Up High
3. Millennial Reign
4. Men Stand Alone
5. Save Me
6. This Day
7. Will you
8. Innocent Cry
9. Not On My Own
10. I’ll Try

Biography:
Millennial Reign was formed as a solo album project by ASKA bassist Dave Harvey. Writing for the album began in 2010 as Dave searched for the right vocalist and drummer. Bryan Diffee, who had worked with Dave in a prior band a few years earlier, was recruited to play drums. Once a solid drummer was secured, Trae Doss came on board to write and record vocals. All guitar, bass, and key tracks for Millennial Reign’s debut self-titled album were written and recorded by Dave Harvey. The album was recorded at The Recovery Room Studio with engineer Ty Sims and released independently in 2012.

A year or so passed and Dave decided to start writing material for the second album. Trae and Bryan weren’t available to work on the sophomore album so Dave began searching for a vocalist as music writing continued. James Guest of the multiple album project Eden’s Realm replied to an online ad and it was soon obvious that he was definitely the right guy for the job.

As writing between both Dave and James began, Wayne Stokely, who had worked with Dave in various projects, was recruited to record drums. After some discussion as things progressed, the decision was made to make Millennial Reign a full band, rather than just a recording project.

Several bass players were auditioned and Daniel Almagro, who works with Wayne in their power metal band Infidel Rising, was chosen. Once Daniel was on board, full band rehearsals began as they continued the search for the right second guitarist.

Months of rehearsals went by with several sporadic guitarist auditions, and the final member Jason Donnelly was chosen as second guitarist. Wayne, Daniel, and Jason were all a perfect fit and things began moving forward at a great pace.

Once recording was finished, mix and mastering took place at Nomad Studio with engineers JT Longoria and Gary Long. A deal was made with Swedish label Ulterium Records for an October 30th release in both Europe and North America for the new album CARRY THE FIRE.

Fans of Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Judas Priest, and Crimson Glory will not be disappointed with this new album. Millennial Reign should be in any collection of melodic or traditional power metal.

Lineup:
James Guest – Vocals
Dave Harvey – Guitars
Jason Donnelly – Guitars
Daniel Almagro – Bass
Wayne Stokely – Drums

Discography
2015: CARRY THE FIRE [Ulterium Records]
2012: MILLENNIAL REIGN

Recorded and mixed by: JT Longoria [King Diamond, Solitude Aeturnus] at Nomad Studio
Mastered by: Gary Long [King Diamond, Darkology, Absu] at Nomad Studio
Artwork by: Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Theocracy]
Design and band logo by: Jan Yrlund [Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani]

Millennial Reign on the web:
http://www.millennialreign.com
https://www.facebook.com/millennialreign

Label info:
Ulterium Records, Adelsköldsgatan 4, SE-44131 Alingsås, Sweden
http://www.ulterium-records.com/
http://www.facebook.com/ulteriumrecords
info@ulterium-records.com

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-Divebomb Records Update

[Note: This combines information from separate press releases. – Tim]

Betsy/Bitch Reissue

Our partnership with Metal Blade Records isn’t limited to simply the ARTCH reissues this month. We are also happy to present a new reissue of Betsy’s lone album original released in 1988. Betsy is simply long-running L.A. metal act, Bitch, with a name change in 1988. Crunchy riffs and super catchy choruses, everything a metal fan could hope for!

The first 100 customers to order will get a free, limited edition, BETSY cover art magnet.

BETSY will be available in our store starting September 25th.

Betsy – BETSY
CD (DIVE092)

Overview:
Betsy Weiss, a.k.a. Betsy Bitch, has been a mainstay in the hard rock and heavy metal scene since the early ’80s. The Los Angeles-based vocalist’s band, Bitch, was the first band to ever release a record on future indie label giant Metal Blade. Bitch is still active decades later, performing with artists like Doro and Loudness, and playing festivals throughout the globe.

Despite Bitch’s success, Weiss agreed to change the name of the band to Betsy in 1988 to see if it could help them reach a wider audience. Working with producer Chris Minto, the band released an eponymously-titled album that same year. The resulting record features some of the most magnetic songs in Weiss’ discography. Songs like “You Want It, You Got It” and “Flesh And Blood” are hook-filled affairs that any fan of Pat Benatar and melodic rock in general will absolutely eat up. The Betsy moniker might have only lasted for the one album, but the material certainly deserves a revisit.

Originally released by Metal Blade, BETSY has been out of print for years now. That’s where Divebomb Records come into the picture. The label secured the rights to reissue the album and worked closely with Betsy Bitch on the expanded liner notes. Not only does the CD include a brand new interview with the singer, it also features photos from her personal archives. If you love hard rock and AOR, the Betsy album deserves a space in your CD collection.

Track List:
1. You Want It, You Got It
2. You’ll Never Get Out (Of This Love Alive)
3. The Devil Made You Do It
4. Rock ‘N Roll Musician
5. Cold Shot To The Heart
6. Flesh And Blood
7. Turn You Inside Out
8. What Am I Gonna Do With You?
9. Stand Up For Rock
10. Sunset Strut
11. Get Out

Bonus Tracks:
12. Walls Of Love
13. Sunset Strut (Remix)

Distro Update

We have some new items added to our distro! Including the brand new Scanner reissues from Eat Metal Records.

Stock is limited. So please check it all out and you can order items here:
http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/product/latest-distro-additions-worldwide-cd-distribution

NO REMORSE RECORDS (Greece)
Titan – TITAN
Stash – A MATTER OF TIME
Axis – NO MAN’S LAND
Presence – ROCK YOUR LIFE
High Power – LES VIOLONS DE SATAN

NRR restocks:
Apollo Ra – RA PARIAH
Eternal Champion/Gate Keeper – Split CD
Mendes Prey – THE NEVER ENDING ROAD (Digi-pak)
Oracle – ORACLE
Crypt – STICK TO YOUR GUTS
Dang – TARTARUS: THE DARKEST REALM
Electro_Nomicon – UNLEASHING THE SHADOWS
Graven Image – PEOPLE IN HELL STILL WANT ICE WATER
Hammeron – NOTHIN’ TO DO AGAIN BUT ROCK
Hammeron – WIRED FOR SOUND
Heathen’s Rage – KNIGHTS OF STEEL – THE ANTHOLOGY 2xCD
Millennium – MILLENNIUM
Strider – STRIDER
Tilt – RIDE THE TIGER – THE ANTHOLOGY

EAT METAL RECORDS (Greece)
Mindless Sinner – MASTE ROF EVIL
Mindless Sinner – TURN ON THE POWER
Scanner – BALL OF THE DAMNED
Scanner – MENTAL RESERVATION

LOST & FOUND RECORDS (USA)
Acid Reign – THE FEAR
Acid Reign – MOSHKINSTEIN
Acid Reign – OBNOXIOUS
Intruder – A HIGHER FORM OF KILLING

http://www.divebombrecords.com/site/
https://instagram.com/divebombrecords/
http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/category/divebomb-records-store
https://ww.facebook.com/divebombrecords
https://tribunalrecords.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/TribunalRecords
https://twitter.com/tribunalrecords

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-Z Records Update

Legion Launches Promo Single For SOLACE

Legion will release their eighth studio album, SOLACE, on September 21st via Z Records. A special promo single entitled “Gone Forever” has been released; check it out at https://youtu.be/i0AvYSHCZ6U .

The album can be pre-ordered at http://www.z-records.com/ . From today, all orders placed before release will also receive a copy of the band’s debut free of charge!

Watchmen Say There Is NOWHERE TO HIDE

Watchmen will release NOWHERE TO HIDE via Z Records on September 21st. A video has been made for the title track at https://youtu.be/18HvkBT3Kh0 .

Pre-orders can be made at http://www.zrecords.com/ . All orders received prior to release will also receive a copy of the band’s self-titled debut free of charge.

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

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-Zierler — Feat. Beyond Twilight, Fates Warning, & Scar Symmetry Members — To Release Debut Album, ESC

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Transatlantic progressive metal conglomerate Zierler have announced the long-awaited release of their debut album, ESC, via US-based Vanity Music Group. Masterminded by Danish song writer and keyboardist Finn Zierler (ex-Beyond Twilight), who has assembled some of the world’s most well-respected metal musicians for his latest venture, ESC is set for an October 16 release worldwide.

His first new album in a decade, ESC is Finn’s most mature as well as his most daring musical work to date. Drawing from a wide array of influences that bring to mind everything from the unabashed pomp of classic Queen and the madness of Devin Townsend, to the virtuosity of Dream Theater and the eclectic stylings of Hollywood’s Danny Elfman, Zierler masterfully walk the fine line between genius and insanity, combining a powerful, multi-layered progressive metal foundation with an often dark, majestic orchestral feel. The result is an intricate musical tour-de-force that took the better part of two years to complete.

“I set different goals for myself in making this new album. I wanted to accomplish doing an album that was 100% uncompromising in every way. I wanted to break through new creative areas. And I wanted to show compositions, structures, and techniques that no one has ever heard or seen before,” reflects Finn on the making of ESC.

“This is by far the most time consuming, complex, and detail-oriented album I’ve ever worked on. I took the time necessary to record this beast out of respect for the players, the compositions, and the music itself. I put a lot of emphasis on not taking the easy way out, not using technology to do edits to save time or whatever. The musicians involved are all so talented — there’s no cheating, no copy/paste anywhere. Everything on the album is recorded as organically as possible. Personally, I’m sick of listening to ‘plastic’ albums that sound more like machines than humans!”

Joining Finn on ESC are Swedish guitarist Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry, Kaipa), the first to come aboard, and Norwegian bassist/vocalist Truls Haugen (Intense, Circus Maximus) on the Scandinavian side. Finn also reached out across the pond to a pair of Texas standouts, drum veteran Bobby Jarzombek, whose stellar resume includes the likes of Fates Warning, Halford, Riot, and Spastic Ink, and vocal powerhouse Kelly Sundown Carpenter, who sang on Beyond Twilight’s 2005 album, SECTION X, and was last seen with Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G’s band, Firewind, as well as Darkology.

The album’s stellar mix comes courtesy of another Beyond Twilight alum and long-time friend, noted studio whiz Jacob Hansen, best known for his affiliation with Danish superstars Volbeat as well as his work with Amaranthe and Destruction, amongst others. Last but not least, acclaimed London-based graphic artist Rob Sindermann has been tapped to create the stunning visuals for the ESC album packaging which includes an elaborate deluxe booklet.

ESC track listing:
1. A New Beginning
2. Aggrezzor
3. Darkness Delight
4. Dark To The Bone
5. Evil Spirit
6. Married To The Cause
7. No Chorus
8. Rainheart
9. You Can’t Fix Me No More
10. Water
11. Whispers

Related sites:
http://www.zierler.net/
http://www.facebook.com/zierlerprojects
http://www.twitter.com/zierlerprojects

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-CLOUDRIDERS PART 2: TECHNOWARS Coming From Kerion

Kerion – CLOUDRIDERS PART 2: TECHNOWARS
Beyond The Storm Productions 2015 – BTSCD001

Style: Symphonic Power Metal
Release Dates: October 30th (Europe, North America)

Distribution:
Alive (Germany, Austria), Plastic Head (UK), Sound Pollution (Scandinavia), Andromeda (Italy), eOne (North America), Non Stop Music (Switzerland), Sonic R (Netherlands), Soundworks (France)

Short info text:
Kerion are back, led by the female vocalist Flora Spinelli! Impressive concept album that can be described as “Comics Metal,” a blend between symphonic power metal and cinematic metal with electro influences! The album includes guests like Elisa C. Martin (DarkMoor, Dreamaker), Rachel Aspe (ETHS), Phil Giordana (Fairyland). The artwork was created by GENZOMAN (“World Of Warcraft,” Marvel).

Track Listing:
1. Riders Theme (Intro)
2. The Legacy
3. Take Me On!
4. Rise Of The Rebellion
5. Iron Soldier
6. Heart Of Steel (Metal Heart)
7. Spirit Of The Wood
8. In Silence
9. The Brotherhood
10. Riding Clouds
11. Children Of Sky And Sea
12. Technowars
13. Riders Theme (Outro)

Kerion biography:
Kerion is a symphonic metal band from Nice, France that was formed in 2002. They released two demos conceptually based on the heroic-fantasy tale “Staraxis” written by Chris Barberi: THE CONSPIRACY OF DARKNESS and THE LAST SUNSET. In 2008 their first album HOLY CREATURES QUEST was released and showed a powerful and distinguished kind of Symphonic Metal: direct, aggressive, epic, and poetic.

Kerion presented something from the start that made them stand out in the scene. They had a majestic choir directed by Phil Gordana (Fairyland), an impressive cover artwork by JP Fournier (Avantasia, Edguy), and a powerful production by Wildric Lievin (Hamka, Fairyland) and Guillaume Serra at Harkam Studio.

During 2010 the second album THE ORIGINS was released by the young Canadian label Metalodic Records. The album was the start of the Barberi’s tale. Newer fans had also requested to hear old demos so the band decided to rewrite some of the songs and record them properly and include them on this album.

Kerion had grand plans for their new album and in 2012 the next album CLOUDRIDERS PART 1: ROAD TO SKYCITY was released. It was a concept album with a whole new fantasy story and the music was a blend of the classic Rhapsody Of Fire-inspired symphonic power metal together with folk and Celtic music inspired by bands like Elvenking. The album was very well received around the world and Kerion was growing as a band with this strong album together with touring after the release of the album.

Finally the time has come to present the new Kerion album, and the follow-up to the 2012’s ROAD TO SKYCITY album, entitled CLOUDRIDERS PART 2: TECHNOWARS.

This time Kerion had the goal to make every aspect of the release better and have come up with an impressive album. The concept on the album is the conclusion of the CloudRiders story, an epic battle between the old world and Skycity’s army.

The album includes impressive performances by guests like Elisa C. Martin (DarkMoor, Dreamaker), Rachel Aspe (ETHS), Phil Giordana (Fairyland), Raphael Dantas (Caravellus), and Fil Palmer (Replosion). The production was once again handled by Willdric Lievin and the artwork was created by Genzoman, famous for his involvements with “World Of Warcraft” and Marvel.

CLOUDRIDERS PART 2: TECHNOWARS takes you on a majestic journey filled with symphonic power metal, cinematic influences, and even some electro influences. Kerion boldly steps out and call this style “Comics Metal.”

Kerion lineup:
Flora Spinelli – Vocals
Remi Carrayrou – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Anthony Schutz – Bass
Sylvain Cohen – Rhythm Guitars
Jean-Baptiste Pol – Drums

Kerion discography
2015: CLOUDRIDERS PART 2: TECHNOWARS
2012: CLOUDRIDERS PART 1: ROAD TO SKYCITY
2010: THE ORIGINS
2007: HOLY CREATURES QUEST

Mixed and mastered by: Willdric Lievin (Hamka, Fairyland) at Studio Art Music
Artwork by: GENZOMAN (“World Of Warcraft,” Marvel)

Label info:
Beyond The Storm Productions – Worldwide

Kerion on the web:
http://www.kerion.net/
https://www.facebook.com/KERIONmetalband

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-Doolittle Group Is Proud To Announce The Release For September 2015: Haunted By Destiny’s ARIA FOR AN ANGEL

Label: Doolittle Group
Style: Alternative Rock
Release: September 20, 2015

Specials: The only thing bigger than the ambitions and the commitment of the band is the music. Haunted By Destiny delivers between the lines and offers something new, something different, and something big. Following the success of ARIA Haunted By Destiny wants to reach out and grasp the world.

Haunted By Destiny?

The band was formed and born in Norrkoping, Sweden — where drummer Christian Gardefuhr and guitarist Johan Söderhielm decided it is time to make reality of their creations. Evelina Eliasson was found on the musical stage, and immediately brought the music to new stages with their energy, attitude, and pop way of singing. At this point the recording of demos began, and new songs got written. Soon the band was joined by bass player Marcus K Johansson and young but talented guitarist Simon Weston.

Through Peter “PP” Samuelsson and PPP Recordings the band produced their first EP, ARIA. This contained the four songs — “Freakshow,” “Secret Delight,” “Follow,” and “Healthy Girl” — and was released on November 25th.

And Now?

After the success of ARIA, Haunted By Destiny decided to keep going with this fortuned road. But ARIA also needed to be delivered live to the audiences, and the band started performing shows wherever they could. With energy, goodwill, lectures taken and the ambitions that had grown with time the band became a name you could count on. And now it’s time for the world to find out why.

The Fortuned Road

So once again the band picked up their instruments, crammed them into a way-too-small Volvo, and got on the roads to pay another visit to PPP Recordings. This time there were eight new songs on the agenda, and these songs have taken off to never imagined heights. The mixes of this product is still finding their way home, and in other words there is an album on the table here.

Haunted By Destiny delivers a new sound to the stage and also on album.

Track list:
1. Healthy Girl (3:22)
2. Turning Pages (3:21)
3. For You (3:45)
4. Freakshow (3:41)
5. The Road (4:16)
6. Gravity (3:11)
7. Follow (3:09)
8. Tear (It’s Dead) (3:13)
9. Stand My Ground (3:16)
10. Someone To Die For (3:47)
11. Secret Delight (3:13)
12. Aria For An Angel (3:49)

“Turning Pages”

“Healthy Girl”

Official Artist Website:
http://www.facebook.com/Hauntedbydestiny

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-Dragonheart Joins Pitch Black Records; Fourth Album Of Brazilian Power Metallers Out In October

Brazil’s power metallers Dragonheart were formed in 1997 by the brothers Marco and Marcelo Caporasso, Eduardo Marques, and Mauricio Taborda, all of whom had prior band experience. They shared a common goal however, to form a professional heavy metal band and thus Dragonheart was born.

Each band member introduced their own music influence into the band’s style, mainly ’80s Heavy Metal, although the addition of other musical styles such as classical and medieval music as well as Celtic were thrown into the mix.

In 2000, the band’s debut album (UNDERDARK) was released, receiving high praises and on the strength of that album the band was repeatedly invited to perform live, including an opening slot for Nightwish’s show in Curitiba in July 2000.

In 2002 the band’s second album (THRONE OF THE ALLIANCE) was released and three years later their third album (VENGEANCE IN BLACK). During all this time the band continued their live performances and after some lineup changes (including the departure of Marcelo Caporasso), 2015 finds them with a refreshed lineup and sound as well as their new, fourth, album, titled THE BATTLE SANCTUARY.

Dragonheart’s sound is heavy and powerful! It’s sometimes dark and while mostly fast-paced, it has some occasional doomy passages, complementing the band’s epic and medieval fantasy themes even more. The album features a guest appearance by original member Marcelo Caporasso and a brilliant cover artwork design by talented artist Dusan Markovic.

THE BATTLE SANCTUARY is released worldwide on October 2nd on CD and digital and it is already available for pre-order at http://store.pitchblackrecords.com and http://pitchblackrecords.bandcamp.com .

Free download and streaming track available at http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/ .

Track listing:
1. Far From Heaven… Close To Hell
2. Black Shadow
3. The Arcane’s Palace
4. Inside the Enemy’s Mind
5. Forged In Metal
6. Battle Lines
7. Marching Under The Stars
8. Circle Of One
9. Kill The Leader
10. The Battle Sanctuary
11. Time Will Tell

Dragonheart lineup:
Marco Caporasso – Vocals and Guitars
André Mendes – Vocals and Guitars/Keyboards
Mauricio Taborda – Vocals and Bass
Thiago Mussi – Drums

https://www.facebook.com/dragonheartofficial

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-Magick Touch Signs With Edged Circle, Premieres First Track

Edged Circle Productions is proud to announce the signing of hard rock stalwarts Magick Touch. The first fruit of this signing will be the Norwegian band’s debut album, ELECTRICK SORCERY, which will be released early next year on both CD and vinyl formats. Exact release date, as well as cover and track listing, will be announced soon, but digital streaming of Magick Touch’s ELECTRICK SORCERY is available now through Spotify.

A statement from the band reads: “Magick Touch explore the mystery and magic of the hard rock riff, a cosmic entity that has amused and frightened mankind for ages. By utilizing the unholy trinity of electric guitar, thunderous bass, and explosive drums, the band seeks to evoke and further enhance the elements that human kind in a casual manner refers to as hard rock. Whereas paying great respect to the groundbreaking and inspirational work of ancient sorcerers like Lynott, The Youngs & Scott, Blackmore, Coverdale, Stanley, Frehley, Simmons, and young master Hudson, Magick Touch do not shy away from adding contemporary (magic) touches to the traditions of the Elders. Proud to be in the service of the greater universal powers, there is still hard rock to be revealed — believe the true wonders to come!”

The first wonder to be revealed from Magick Touch’s ELECTRICK SORCERY is “Trouble & Luck,” which can be heard exclusively at https://youtu.be/JkO7rhIXR6Y . More info, as well as audial teases, to follow.

Magick Touch hails from Bergen, the second largest city in Norway, known for its wet and cold climate. Yet, the city’s hard rock community is as warm and welcoming as a summer breeze. In the last 20 years, Bergen has spawned many great, hard-hitting bands with international success. The hard-hitters in Magick Touch are as follows:

HK Rein: loud lead guitar and vocals. Favors classic hard rock, mighty guitar solos, beer, and whiskey. He likes a traditional approach to hard rock, but he’s never afraid to think outside the box as long as the bottom line is rock ‘n’ roll.

Bård “Heavy” Nordvik: Mean, lean sweat machine. Sticks are swingin’ and ears are ringin’.

Christer Ottesen: That old sly cat, brings his thunderous bass and unhinged vocals both to — and under — the table.

MORE INFO:
http://www.magicktouch.no/
http:/www.edgedcircleproductions.com/

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-CE Promotion To Release Darkness Light’s LIVING WITH THE DANGER On September 11

Finally the wait is over for all fans of rock music, and especially fans of Darkness Light can rejoice — Cristian Bettendorf and Dixie Krauser’s first studio album is finally on the market and promises plenty of emotion and joy for all lovers of rock music! The multi-faceted album offers everything from hard edge guitar sounds to epic hard rock melodies as well as rock ballads. Complex orchestration with countless guitar melodies are responsible for the unique and magnificent rock music sound on this album. This album has everything that rock music offers and that makes it unique.

Dietrich “Dixie” Krauser is already a real superstar in his hometown Temeschburg in Romania; he studied music there, and already had numerous successes and written music history in Romania. Cristian Bettendorf and Dixie Krauser met in Germany during the 1990s after Dixie, who had emigrated to Germany in 1985, moved from Hamburg to Augsburg. They are both part of several bands, have wide experience in the music business and with their first joint studio album LIVING WITH THE DANGER they made a long desired dream come true.

The album, which focuses on being individual and authentic, as well as on presence and substantial aspects, dissolves the boundaries between the musician and the listener.

Cristian Bettendorf founded Darkness Light in the beginning of 2011. A few months later he asked his longtime friend and successful colleague Dixie Krauser to join the project, and together they founded a melodic hard & heavy rock band in their home town Augsburg. The goal of the two passionate musicians was their own, first debut album, which should overcome any existing boundaries. After intensive and hard work on this album Dixie was sadly diagnosed with a severe illness, which delayed further work and finally the whole album was put on hold. By end of 2014, after Dixie’s recovery, the musicians took up work on the album again and in 2015 the brilliant debut album LIVING WITH THE DANGER could finally be released.

Electronic and acoustic sounds and a very unique instrumentation result in these outstanding and unforgettable melodies. LIVING WITH THE DANGER is simply irresistibly catchy for all of us rock music fans!

Track list:
1. Adrenaline (4:23)
2. Living With The Danger (3:37)
3. Darkness Light (4:08)
4. No No More (4:41)
5. Bad Boys Are Better (4:35)
6. Song For You (4:51)
7. It Was Just Dreaming (5:33)
8. For Another Sunny Day (3:23)
9. Long Ago (3:38)
10. Alone (11:59)

http://www.darknesslight.de/

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-Wizard Eye: Philadelphia Psychedelic Rock Trio To Unleash New Full-Length This Fall Via Black Monk Records

Philadelphia psychedelic rock trio, Wizard Eye, will release its self-titled new full-length this Fall via Black Monk Records. Recorded in three days at Haddon Heights, New Jersey’s Gradwell House Studios with the eminently irascible and talented Steve Poponi behind the board and mastered by Dave Downham, the long-awaited follow-up to the band’s 2010 ORBITAL RITES debut takes Wizard Eye’s signature brand of mind-bending riffs and kaleidoscopic soundscapes to a new level of titanic glory. A fusion of bottom-heavy grooves, fiery fuzz, churning bass, otherworldly effects, and raw vocals with roots still planted firmly into the lysergic soil of ’70s acts like Hawkwind, Budgie, Blue Cheer, Captain Beyond, Motörhead, and Black Sabbath, Wizard Eye shows the band operating at the pinnacle of its creative and musical abilities.

WIZARD EYE Track Listing:
1. Eye Of The Deep
2. Flying Falling
3. Phase Return
4. Graybeard
5. Drowning Daydream
6. My Riposte Is Like Lightning
7. Nullarbor
8. Thunderbird Divine
9. Stoneburner

Since forming in 2008, the members of Wizard Eye have put in countless hours honing their musical craft performing venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region sharing stages with the likes of Wino, Church Of Misery, Gates Of Slumber, Black Tusk, Sourvein, Sixty Watt Shaman, Karma To Burn, Pale Divine, Unorthodox, Lo Pan, and countless others. The band has become a staple of the festival circuit, projecting its strength across stages for events like The Stoner Hands Of Doom, Eye Of The Stoned Goat, Autumn Screams Doom, Moving The Earth, Feast Of Krampus, Sludgement Day, and Vultures Of Volume. WIZARD EYE is the long-awaited release from a band whose time has come. Sites like The Obelisk have already listed the album as one of the “Top 50 Most Anticipated Releases of 2015.”

WIZARD EYE will be released via Black Monk Records on October 10th, 2015 digitally and on limited-edition swirled vinyl with pre-orders and teaser tracks to be unveiled shortly.

Wizard Eye:
Erik – guitar, theremin, vocals
Dave – bass, vocals
Mike – drums, percussion

http://www.facebook.com/wizardeye
http://www.facebook.com/BlackMonkRecords

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-Free Download: Asher Media Relations Offers BACK TO SCHOOL VOL. 1 Sampler! Over 30 Tracks!

With the future leaders of the world going back to their educational institutions, Asher Media Relations is proud to offer their latest FREE download compilation of artists they’ve had the honor to work with this year. The BACK TO SCHOOL VOL. 1 sampler features over 30 tracks to prep students for a deafening mosh to make those class rooms of higher learning just a bit more bearable! Enjoy the headbanging tunes!

FREE DOWNLOAD – BACK TO SCHOOL VOL. 1
https://ashermedia.bandcamp.com/album/back-to-school-sampler-vol-1

1. Psychostick – “Bill Nye The Science Guy” Theme (Metal Cover) (:41)
2. Aggression – Metal Slaughter (4:03)
3. Arrival Of Autumn – Like Fire (3:22)
4. Bleed – Blood Ashes (4:44)
5. Bonfire – Snow Crest (3:31)
6. Defect Designer – Berenice (4:25)
7. Display Of Decay – Created To Kill (3:41)
8. Elderoth – My Future (3:27)
9. Éohum – Equatorial Rains (5:08)
10. Evertrapped – Underneath The Deep (5:49)
11. Evilheart – Rebellion (4:49)
12. Fallen Angels – Nightmare (4:58)
13. False Flag – Perfidious (4:15)
14. F*ck The Facts – False Hope (5:46)
15. Helleborus – Coils (5:06)
16. Hibria – Tightrope (5:02)
17. Inverted Serenity – Elemental Abyss (5:49)
18. Keychain – Shock Rock City (2:58)
19. Leave The Living – Sink Or Swim (5:24)
20. Mutank – Corporate Child (2:35)
21. New Jacobin Club – Champagne Ivy (4:00)
22. Pyramids On Mars – Heaven’s Gate (6:04)
23. Puttin’ On The Foil – Sh*tshow (3:08)
24. Saints Of Death – Revolution (4:30)
25. Scissortooth – 10 30 (4:21)
26. Them County Bastardz – The Bastard (4:23)
27. Titans Eve – Warpath (4:47)
28. Train Bigger Monkeys – Glass Case Of Emotion (5:17)
29. Tylor Dory Trio – Time, The Beholder (8:43)
30. Vesperia – Iron Saga (6:13)
31. Xul – Orbit Of Nemesis (7:17)
32. Accursed Spawn – Burned Into Sterility (4:09)

About:
Asher Media Relations is PR company based in Montreal, QC that aids bands getting heard and read about in rock and metal media around the globe for nearly a decade.

For more info, please visit the following links:
http://www.AsherMediaRelations.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AsherMedia
https://twitter.com/AsherMedia

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-As Darkness Dies, from the US, has a new promo video for “Black Death” online at https://youtu.be/6VwdWw4uMNA . The metal band consists of singer Martin O’Brien, guitarists Paul Coleman and Scott Williams, bassist Andrew Purchia, and drummer Harry Blackwell, and will release LIFE INCOMPLETE through Pure Steel Records in October. See http://www.asdarknessdies.com/ for more.

-Tobias Sammet announced Jorn Lande as the first guest vocalist set to appear on the next Avantasia album. The statement: “It is with great pleasure that I can announce the ‘Beast From The North’ to join forces with Avantasia once again. The STRIKING VIKING: Jorn Lande! We’ve just finished his vocal recordings and he sounds — what a surprise — KILLER! Jorn is a monster! It is with even greater pleasure to let you know that Jorn is gonna do the world tour next year, kicking off in March! Avantasia live — three hours every night, from the METAL OPERA to the new album GHOSTLIGHTS. We’ll be an epic lineup and we’ll deliver an epic show! Stay tuned!” GHOSTLIGHTS is due out in January, via Nuclear Blast. See http://www.tobiassammet.com/ for more.

-Bat’s recently-released “Cruel Discipline” 7″ (Hells Headbangers) is streaming now at http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2015/08/the-road-to-hells-headbash-bat-cruel-discipline/ . Check out a live version of the song at https://youtu.be/tQYlmcLCALs , and order the 7″ at http://shop-hellsheadbangers.com/bat-cruel-discipline-vinyl.asp . See http://www.facebook.com/bewareofthebat for more.

-Black Majesty has released CROSS OF THORNS through Pride & Joy Records. Track list: “Phoenix,” “Anneliese,” “Vlad The Impaler,” “Crossroads,” “Out In The Fields” (Gary Moore cover), “Misery,” “Make Believe,” “One Life,” “Emptiness Ideal,” “Escape.” Check out an album sampler at https://youtu.be/xwQjpndkyfw and clips of three songs at https://musicbuymail.com/?i=42589 . Hype: “Australia’s best power metal band Black Majesty returns with their sixth studio album titled CROSS OF THORNS. ‘Faster, heavier, yet melodic as ever’ the new album continues the band’s evolution of finely crafted melodic power metal anthems. Charismatic front man John Cavaliere shines on the new album with emotive vocals that showcases the fine ‘timber’ in his voice on songs like ‘Phoenix,’ ‘Crossroads,’ and ‘Vlad The Impaler’ — not to mention on the cover version of the Gary Moore classic anthem ‘Out In The Fields.’ CROSS OF THORNS is dedicated to Dirk Illing, the band’s long-time friend and artist of all five previous album covers (R.I.P.). Mixed by Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween/Masterplan) the album sounds amazing. Big drums, bass, and guitars are all evident on the new release. Fans of Dio, Judas Priest, Helloween, Queensryche, and HammerFall will welcome Black Majesty’s new album — CROSS OF THORNS.” See http://www.blackmajesty.com/ for more.

-The AP reported Bon Jovi had to cancel two shows in China for “unforeseen reasons.” The shows were slated for September 14 in Shanghai and September 17 in Beijing.

-Broken Teeth’s BULLDOZER, a seven-song EP, is due soon and will be launched with a release party on October 23 at The Sidewinder in Austin, TX. (Special guest: Black Thorn Halo.) The band’s current lineup is Jason McMaster on vocals, Jared Tuten and David Beeson on guitar, Robb Lampman on bass, and Bruce Rivers on drums. See http://www.brokenteeth.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Broken-Teeth/47423138334 for more.

-Burning Point is kicking off a four-album reissue campaign with AFM Records, starting with BURNED DOWN THE ENEMY (2007) and EMPYRE (2009) out now. BURNED DOWN THE ENEMY track list: “Parasite,” “Heart Of Gold,” “Dawn Of The Ancient War,” “Hell Awaits,” “From The Beginning Of It All,” “Icebound,” “Deceiver,” “Eye For An Eye,” “To Hell And Back,” “Against The Madness Of Time,” “Burned Down The Enemy.” Bonus tracks: “Nocturnal Sight” (Japan Bonus), “Bring Me Oblivion” (Japan Bonus), “Heart Of Gold” (Demo 2005). EMPYRE track list: “Intro (The Godfather Theme),” “Empyre,” “Manic Merry-Go-Round,” “Face The Truth,” “Fool’s Parade,” “Was It Me,” “Walls Of Stone,” “Sacrifice,” “Cruel World,” “Blinded By The Darkness,” “Only The Wrong Will Survive,” “I’ll Be Yours” feat. Taage Laiho (Kilpi & ex-Altaria) & Riku Kukkonen (ex-Kirka), “Nuclear Skies” feat. David “Rock” Feinstein (The Rods), “Let Go” feat. Jonathan K (Q5 & Nightshade) & Gabriele Palermo (Tragedian), “Gods Of Iron” feat. Majk Moti (ex-Running Wild). Bonus tracks: “Black Star ’08” (Japan Bonus), “Lake Of Fire ’08” (Japan Bonus), “Remains Of My Broken Dreams” (Japan Bonus). The reissues of SALVATION BY FIRE and FEEDING THE FLAMES are due in October. See http://www.burning-point.com/ for more.

-Cats In Space have a new contest to give away a “Cat Strat” Stratocaster, a “beautiful brand new guitar was sent to us by Levinson Guitars. It’s a Player model from the TEXAS PTE-2 Blade Series!” To enter, go to CatsInSpaceBand.com and either get an album package or share one of the band’s videos on your Facebook page; a winner will be announced before Christmas. Check out the band’s new single, “Mr. Heartache,” at https://youtu.be/cdy7zmLHAJY . See http://www.catsinspaceband.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/catsinspaceband for more.

-Lion Music announced Condition Red “are about to make a return,” and a new digital single is due for release on November 14. See https://www.facebook.com/ConditionRedFinland for more.

-Check out Marco De Francesco’s video for “Supernova” online now at https://youtu.be/Q1Ngh_PY_Ao . The song is from THE WIZARD (Lion Music), which has this track list: “Nuclear Alarm,” “El Dorado,” “Supernova,” “The Wizard,” “Secrets,” “Nibiru,” “Golden Silence,” “Moonsong,” “Memories,” “Two Days After Disaster.” See http://www.marcodefrancescoofficial.it/ for more.

-Devil City Angels will release its self-titled debut through Century Media Records on September 18. The super-group includes singer Brandon Gibbs (Cheap Thrill), guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio), and drummer Rikki Rockett (Poison). (Cinderella’s Eric Brittingham played bass on the album, but left after recording was complete.) The disc was produced by the band and mixed by Anthony Focx, and features this track list: “Numb,” “All My People,” “Boneyard,” “I’m Living,” “No Angels,” “Goodbye Forever,” “Ride With Me,” “All I Need,” “Back To The Drive,” “Bad Decisions.” Check out the video for “Boneyard” at https://youtu.be/UjrB0N6aBvY , and an interview with Sarzo at http://fb.me/7uT4OcsBB . See http://www.facebook.com/DevilCityAngels for more.

-Swedish metallers Enforcer will release a live DVD/CD entitled LIVE BY FIRE through Nuclear Blast on November 20. Guitarist/vocalist Olof Wikstrand states: “I’m extremely satisfied with putting out an official concert video and audio that really captures the band in a way we like instead of seeing tons of crap videos online. Here’s the real deal and I hope you enjoy it! Plus that we also took the opportunity to record a three new songs that will be released in a really exclusive way together with this stuff. Watch out!” The DVD was filmed October 20, 2013 at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan, and the CD was recorded January 24, 2013 at the Kyttaro Club in Athens, Greece. DVD track list: “Bells Of Hades,” “Death Rides This Night,” “Mesmerized By Fire,” “Katana,” “On The Loose,” “Scream Of The Savage,” “Take Me Out Of This Nightmare,” “Silent Hour / The Conjugation,” “Midnight Vice.” CD track list: “Bells Of Hades,” “Death Rides This Night,” “Mistress From Hell,” “Mesmerized By Fire,” “Katana,” “Crystal Suite,” “Scream Of The Savage,” “Midnight Vice,” “Take Me Out Of This Nightmare,” “Take Me To Hell,” “Silent Hour / The Conjugation,” “Satan,” “Black Angel,” “Roll The Dice,” “Into The Night,” “Evil Attacker,” “Speak The Tongue Of Heathen Gods,” “Stellar Plains,” “Tyrants Of Our Generation.” The package can be pre-ordered at http://nblast.de/ENFORCERLiveByFireNB . See http://www.enforcer.se/ for more.

-Europe’s German tour dates supporting WAR OF KINGS:

10/25 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
10/26 – Circus Krone, Munich, Germany
10/28 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
10/29 – Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
10/30 – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
11/2 – Kulturhaus, Berlin, Germany

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

-Federal Charm’s new video for “Hercules” is online at https://youtu.be/VZwTmdK10Io . The track is from the upcoming ACROSS THE DIVIDE, due out October 2 through Wire-Sound/Cargo Records.

-Attention Deficit Delirium has a new interview with Marty Friedman, online at http://www.bryanreesman.com/2015/09/08/marty-friedman-unleashed-in-the-east/ .

-Thrashers Gama Bomb will release UNTOUCHABLE GLORY on October 30 on AFM Records. Front man Philly Byrne’s statement: “We’re pretty sure this is the first album ever that combines martial arts, classic literature, and alcohol and drug abuse. It’s unlike any other thrash album — it sounds big and catchy, the album art is bright and bold, the choruses are massive. It’s thrash with the color turned up. We’re very proud of it.” The cover art was painted by artist Graham Humphreys, known for “A Nightmare On Elm Street” and “The Evil Dead” movie posters. See https://www.facebook.com/gamabomb for more.

-Hibria has had to postpone its upcoming North American tour dates with Unleash The Archers, including a date at the ProgPower USA festival. A video statement from the band is online at https://youtu.be/FW5oTDK223k .

-Joel Hoekstra’s 13’s new single, “Until I Left You,” premiered at MelodicRock.com, at http://tinyurl.com/UntilILeftYou . The track features Hoekstra on guitar, joined by Jeff Scott Soto on vocals, Tony Franklin on bass, Derek Sherinian on keyboards, and Vinny Appice on drums. The album DYING TO LIVE is due out October 16 on Frontiers. See http://www.joelhoekstra.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 , and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13 for more.

-Leaves’ Eyes’ new video for “The Waking Eye” is online now at https://youtu.be/GWQQ1Gxo7sc . KING OF KINGS is due out later this month on AFM Records. See http://www.leaveseyes.de/ for more.

-Lars Eric Mattsson’s SONGS FROM A DIFFERENT ROOM is due out September 18 on Lion Music. The all-acoustic album features these tracks: “All We’ve Got,” “Keep Pushing Me On,” “Hold On,” “I Feel Your Spirit,” “Temporary State Of Confusion,” “Just Let It Rain,” “Shadow Of Doubt,” “Keep On Burning,” “Sweet Taste Of Mystery,” “Remain Unsolved.” See http://www.larsericmattsson.com/ for more.

-Metallica has released two shows from the European summer tour for download through LiveMetallica.com. The August 20 show from Bergen, Norway includes “Fuel,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Metal Militia,” “King Nothing,” “Disposable Heroes,” Kirk solo #1, “The Day That Never Comes,” “Lords Of Summer,” “The Unforgiven,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Frayed Ends Of Sanity,” “One,” “Master Of Puppets,” “The Memory Remains,” Kirk solo #2, “Fade To Black,” “Seek And Destroy,” “Whiskey In The Jar,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman.” The August 22 show from Gothenburg, Sweden, includes “Fuel,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Battery,” “King Nothing,” “Disposable Heroes,” Kirk solo #1, “The Day That Never Comes,” “The Memory Remains,” “The Unforgiven,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Turn The Page,” “Frayed Ends Of Sanity,” “One,” “Master Of Puppets,” Kirk solo #2, “Fade To Black,” “Seek And Destroy,” “Whiskey In The Jar,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman.” The band’s August 1 show at Lollapalooza in Chicago is also available, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Lolla Cares charities. The set list: “Fuel,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Wherever I May Roam,” “King Nothing,” “Disposable Heroes,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Cyanide,” “The Unforgiven,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “One,” “Master Of Puppets,” “Creeping Death,” Kirk solo #2, “Fade To Black,” “Seek And Destroy,” “Whiskey In The Jar,” “Am I Evil?,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman.” See http://www.livemetallica.com/ for more.

-Power Theory’s DRIVEN BY FEAR is due out October 9 on Pure Steel Records. The American power/heavy metal band features singer Jeff Jones, guitarists Rob Ballinger and Nygil Hochm, bassist Alan D’Angelo, and drummer Nick Bunzck. The disc was produced by Accept’s Peter Baltes and has this track list: “Spinstress,” “Long Hard Road,” “Driven By Fear,” “Truth Shall Set You Free,” “Dark Eagle,” “Break The Glass,” “Don’t Think Twice,” “Cut & Run,” “Beyond Tomorrow / After The Fall” (Reprise). Hype: “The new singer Jeff Rose (Metadox, ex-Livesay) convinces with a powerful, aggressive, and also harmonic voice, no real headbanger will dislike. Melodic guitar solos, epic sing-along parts, pounding double bass drumming in the ancient ‘Painkiller’ tradition and strong riffs up to Thrash influenced parts: in here, everything is included, a traditional ‘Metal Heart’ loves.” See http://www.powertheory.net/ for more.

-Reds’Cool will tour Europe soon as follows:

9/18 – Roxy, Flensburg, Germany
9/19 – Knust, Hamburg, Germany
9/20 – K17, Berlin, Germany
9/22 – Garage Deluxe, München, Germany
9/23 – Schwarzer Adler, Tannheim, Germany
9/24 – 7er Club, Mannheim, Germany
9/25 – Hypothalamus, Rheine, Germany
9/26 – Matrix/Rockpalast, Bochum, Germany
9/27 – Secrets Of Metal Festival, Vorselaar, Belgium
9/28 – Underground, Köln, Germany
10/30 – Kulturfabrik, Kufstein, Austria
10/31 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
11/1 – Legend Club, Milan, Italy
11/3 – Ninkasi Kao, Lyon, France
11/5 – Escenario Santander, Santander, Spain
11/6 – Sala Capitol, Santiago de la Compostela, Spain
11/7 – Sala But, Madrid, Spain
11/8 – Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona, Spain
11/10 – Metronum, Toulouse, France
11/11 – Le Forum, Vaureal, France

The September dates are with Black Trip, and the others are with UFO. The band’s new album, PRESS HARD, is out now. See http://www.redscool.net/ for more.

-Saints Of Death, formerly a Motorhead tribute band, will release a self-titled EP on September 25. The lineup features Twan Holliday on 8-string bass and lead vocals, Phil Henri on guitar, Stony Gingras on 5-string bass, and Christopher James on drums. The EP’s track list: “Army Of Dead,” “Doom 5.1,” “Blood Vendetta,” “Revolution,” “Angels & Demons.” Check out the lyric video for “Revolution” at https://youtu.be/HLweyS3Zt7o , and download “Angels & Demons” at https://soundcloud.com/user-656929275/saints-of-death-angels-demons and http://saintsofdeath.bandcamp.com/ . Upcoming shows:

9/11 – Funky Winker Beans, Vancouver, BC
9/19 – Brother’s Bowling & Billiards, Abbotsford, BC
9/24 – The Vat, Red Deer, AB
9/25 – Distortion, Calgary, AB
9/26 – DV8, Edmonton, AB
9/28 – The Green, Vernon, BC
10/17 – The Wolf Bar, Maple Ridge, BC

-Savior From Anger’s new single, “In The Shadows,” is online at https://soundcloud.com/puresteelrecords/savior-from-anger-in-the-shadows . The track is from the band’s upcoming third full-length release, TEMPLE OF JUDGMENT, which is due out next year on Pure Steel Records. This is the band’s first album with new singer Bob Mitchell (Attacker, Sleepy Hollow, Wycked Synn, etc.), who rounds out the lineup with guitarist Mark Ryal (Nameless Crime, Landguard), bassist Frank Fiordellisi, and drummer Michael Kusch (Adligate, Denial, Polaris). See http://www.facebook.com/SaviorFromAnger for more.

-The Scorpions’ gig on September 12 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, will be streamed live on Yahoo!, starting at 9:10 p.m. Eastern time. Check it out at https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/scorpions . Drummer James Kottak appears in an episode of the “Talking Metal” podcast, at the 13:30 mark of http://talkingmetal.com/digital/2015/08/26/talking-metal-550-featuring-james-kottak/ . See http://www.the-scorpions.com/ for more.

-Slayer has a new video coming for “Repentless,” the title track from the new album due out September 11. The video was directed by B.J. McDonnell (“Hatchet III,” cameraman on “Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” and others). Hype: “[McDonnell] and the video’s producer Felissa Rose pulled together a gang of actors and crew who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made: Derek Mears (‘Predators,’ ‘Friday The 13th’), Tyler Mane (‘Halloween’), Jason Trost (‘Hatchet III’), Danny Trejo (‘Machete,’ ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’), Tony Moran (‘Halloween’s’ Michael Myers, ‘American Poltergeist’), Sean Whalen (‘Men In Black,’ ‘Halloween II’), and Vernon Wells (‘Mad Max 2,’ ‘Commando,’ ‘Weird Science’) all are featured inmates in the video. And if that wasn’t enough, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like ‘Planet Of The Apes,’ ‘Anger Management,’ and ‘Daredevil.'” Check out a making-of clip at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-slayer-and-danny-trejo-film-gore-drenched-video-at-l-a-prison-20150903 . See http://www.slayer.net/ for more.

-Joe Stump’s THE DARK LORD RISES will be available on CD and download through Lion Music, on October 24. See http://www.joestump.com/ for more.

Thanks to Music Buy Mail, Metaltix, Pure Steel Promotion, Nathan Birk, Bryan Reesman, Nancy B. Sayle, Axel Wiesenauer, and Renee Silverman / AXS for help gathering some of this information.

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