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Detritus #684

Issue #684
Week of October 5, 2015

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-In this new world of Queensryche and Geoff Tate / Operation: Mindcrime co-existing, is it possible for these two bands to *not* release their albums simultaneously? Just askin’. – Tim

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-Y&T Update

[Note: This is from the band’s latest newsletter. – Tim]

Y&T is hyped & ready to play for the great fans in Europe and the UK this fall! And the band has some surprises in the set list. Come on out to a show near you.

We’ve already announced the first batch of 2016 US tour dates for spring! The guys are excited to play for the fans around the country, and to finally hit Memphis, Charlotte, & Raleigh, NC, as well as MA. Check out the tour dates . . . and don’t worry, there are more 2016 tour dates to come!

Y&T Documentary

The Y&T documentary is consistently rolling along! Current and former members have already been interviewed, as have many celebrities. The production team is wading through loads of footage over the past 4+ decades of Y&T’s career. We’re still aiming for a late spring 2016 release.

Y&T On New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year with Y&T! New Year’s Eve and Y&T are synonymous for many Californians. This year, we’re happy to announce that Y&T will play New Year’s Eve at Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, CA. Join us to celebrate the new year!

Don’t Stop “Wine”-ing

The 2013 Meniketti “Forever” Pinot Noir is tasting great right now, and it’ll be even that much better in a few more months to years. You can order from the winery website ( https://www.testarossa.com/2013-meniketti-forever-pinot-noir ) or visit Testarossa Winery, where they sell Meniketti Wines in their Club 107 Wine Bar and in their tasting room.

Testarossa found just a few more bottles of the delicious Meniketti “Contagious” Chardonnay tucked aside in their cellars. As of the writing of this email, those few were left, as it had not been publicized. If you want some, order yours now at https://www.testarossa.com/2013-meniketti-contagious-chardonnay , as they’ll surely go fast.

Get these inaugural year Meniketti wines while they are still available — wine is a finite commodity, so what’s available is all that’s left for this vintage. There are direct links to each varietal in our Y&T webstore: http://store.meniketti.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=39

Magical Mystic Weekend

Y&T’s “Mystic Theater weekend” is almost upon us. This iconic weekend of shows draws fans from around the country and the world. This year’s magical Mystic Theater weekend is November 20 & 21 in Petaluma, CA. Babylon A.D. opens both nights. Get your tickets well in advance, as these shows always sell out. See the tour dates page for the ticket links.

What Do We Have In Store For You?

This year’s most popular items include Y&T’s classy 2015 tour shirt, the “Dirty Girl” ladies’ vest/tank top, and the Meniketti logo shirts. Be sure to get yours while they’re still in stock.

Take a browse through our webstore. We have some unique items there, including the Y&T patches (in both black & white), the delicious Meniketti Wines, and our manager’s rock ‘n’ roll novel “Welcome To Groove House.”

Not all of the above items are available on tour, so get yours while they’re still available in our Y&T webstore: http://store.meniketti.com

Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2016 – SOLD OUT!

If you missed out on this fantastic cruise, be sure to get on the waiting list for the next cruise. You won’t want to miss the boat again!

Y&T takes to the seas once again, on the 2016 Monsters Of Rock cruise. Come sail away next year with Y&T and Tesla, Steve Vai, Queensryche, Helloween, Gotthard, Doro, Lynch Mob, Vixen, Dangerous Toys, Kingdom Come, Jeff Scott Soto & Gus G, Akira Takasaki (Loudness), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Michael Angelo Batio, Helix, Killer Dwarfs, Tyketto, Hellion, Metal Church, Dio Disciples, Anvil, Lillian Axe, Madam X, and more to come. We all sail on a new ship, too!

Y&T Shows

Details for each of the shows below are on the Tour Dates page of the web site.


October 1 ~ Pamplona, Spain – Sala Zentral
October 2 ~ Vitoria, Spain – Jimmy Jazz
October 3 ~ Santander, Spain – Escenario Santander
October 4 ~ Gijon, Spain – Sala Acapulco
October 7 ~ Oslo, Norway – Vulkan Arena
October 9 ~ Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis
October 10 ~ Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
October 11 ~ Jonkoping, Sweden – Denim & Leather
October 13 ~ Kortrijk, Belgium – De Kreun
October 15 ~ Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands – Gebouw T
October 16 ~ Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Schaaf City Theater
October 17 ~ Leiden, Netherlands – Gebr de Nobel
October 18 ~ Heerlen, Netherlands – Poppodium Nieuwe Nor
October 21 ~ Siegburg, Germany – Kubana Live Club
October 23 ~ Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
October 24 ~ Isernhagen, Germany – Blues Garage
October 25 ~ Hamburg, Germany – Downtown Bluesclub
October 28 ~ Southampton, UK – The Brook
October 30 ~ Bilston, UK – Robin 2
October 31 ~ London, UK – O2 Academy Islington
November 1 ~ Cardiff, UK – The Globe
November 3 ~ Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
November 5 ~ Edinburgh, UK – The Liquid Room
November 6 ~ Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – O2 Academy Newcastle
November 7 ~ Nottingham, UK – Rock City
November 8 ~ Buckley, UK – The Tivoli Venue
November 10 ~ Dublin, Ireland – Opium Rooms
November 11 ~ Belfast, N Ireland – The Limelight 1
November 13 ~ Oxford, UK – O2 Academy Oxford

North America
November 20 ~ Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre (Babylon A.D. opens)
November 21 ~ Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre (Babylon A.D. opens)
December 31, 2015 ~ Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades (all ages)

2016 – More to come!
January 29 ~ Tracy, CA – Grand Theatre Center for the Arts (all ages)
January 30 ~ Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
February 5 ~ Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
February 10 ~ Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
February 12 ~ San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall (all ages)
February 13 ~ Houston, TX – Concert Pub North
February 15 ~ Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
February 16 ~ Memphis, TN – Rockhouse Live
February 17 ~ Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
February 22-26 ~ Great Stirrup Cay & Nassau, Bahamas – Monsters of Rock Cruise… SOLD OUT!
February 28 ~ Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend (all ages)
March 1 ~ Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre (all ages)
March 3 ~ Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage (all ages)
March 4 ~ New York, NY – BB King Blues Club (all ages)
March 5 ~ Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater (all ages)
March 6 ~ Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall (all ages)
March 8 ~ Fall River, MA – Narrows Center for the Arts (all ages)
March 10 ~ Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Agora (all ages)
March 11 ~ Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
March 12 ~ St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater (all ages)
March 15 ~ Fridley, MN – Pickle Park
March 24 ~ Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
March 25 ~ Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
March 26 ~ Grants Pass, OR – Rogue Theatre
April 22 ~ Fresno, CA – The Tower Theatre for Performing Arts (all ages)

Check the web site Tour Dates page for the most up-to-date concert information.

Schedule subject to change. Be sure to verify with each venue.

The official Y&T and Dave Meniketti web site.

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-Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) And Bob Catley (Magnum) To Join Avantasia On The Forthcoming Album GHOSTLIGHTS

“We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “I Wanna Rock,” “The Kids Are Back”… there’s hardly any rock fan around the globe who isn’t familiar with the big hits of rock icons Twisted Sister, whose front man Dee Snider is going to appear on the forthcoming Avantasia album GHOSTLIGHTS out on January 29th.

Tobias Sammet comments: “I’ve always been a fan of Twisted Sister and Dee Snider in particular. He is entertaining, flamboyant, energetic, loud, tongue in cheek, colorful and mean! When I was young, I remember that he was the kind of character that I wanted to be. A crossing between peacock, jackal, and Bugs Bunny. I loved it! On GHOSTLIGHTS Dee is gonna be a ghost, and what a ghost he is. Great performance. Dee, welcome to the Avantasia family!”

Finally after Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Michael Kiske, & Jorn Lande, another guest vocalist is confirmed to appear on the forthcoming Avantasia: Mr. Bob Catley.

Mainly known as the voice on masterpieces such as ON A STORYTELLER’S NIGHT or WINGS OF HEAVEN by British Epic Rock legend Magnum, Bob Catley has also made himself a name amongst Avantasia fans, having appeared on signature tracks such as “In Quest For,” “The Story Ain’t Over,” or “The Great Mystery.”

Besides Jorn Lande, Michael Kiske, and many more, Bob will also join Avantasia on the European tour that is going to kick off in March. Avantasia have already stated that they’ll play over three hours every night and the set list will contain both some new material but also a lot of older classic stuff from all eras of the band’s history.

More singers are going to be announced soon.


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-Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody Announce European “Prometheus Cinematic Tour” 2016!

Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, the creators of cinematic metal, have announced their European “Prometheus Cinematic Tour.” The band will tour in support of their latest album, PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS, released by Nuclear Blast Records.

Rhapsody singer Alessandro Conti is very excited about this tour: “We are excited and proud to present the new world tour starting in Europe. We’ll enrich our cinematic shows with video projections with strong visuals, a real trademark of our new Rhapsody band. A unique set list consisting of songs from our last albums, some Rhasody classics, a few tracks from Luca Turilli’s solo discography, and some songs that have never been played before. Moreover, Emilie Ragni, the lead soprano performing on PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS, will be on stage with us for some magic unforgettable duets. See you soon!”

Special guests supporting Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody soon to be announced. Stay tuned!

Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 5th at 10.00 CET.

Date – City – Country
2016-01-15 – Annecy (Le Brise Glace) – FR
2016-01-16 – Mannheim (Alte Seilerei) – DE
2016-01-17 – Tilburg (013) – NL
2016-01-18 – Bochum (Matrix) – DE
2016-01-20 – Hamburg (Logo) – DE
2016-01-21 – Berlin (Columbia Theater) – DE
2016-01-22 – Prague (Nova Chmelnice) – CZ
2016-01-23 – Wroclaw (Alibi) – PL
2016-01-24 – Warsaw (Proxima) – PL
2016-01-26 – Kosice (Collosseum) – SK
2016-01-27 – Budapest (Club 202) – HU
2016-01-29 – Bratislava (Majestic Music Club) – SK
2016-01-30 – Wien (Szene) – AT
2016-01-31 – Augsburg (Spectrum) – DE
2016-02-01 – Aschaffenburg (Colossaal) – DE
2016-02-03 – München (Backstage) – DE
2016-02-04 – Ludwigsburg (Rockfabrik) – DE
2016-02-05 – Lyss (Kufa) – CH
2016-02-06 – Paris (Divan Du Monde) – FR
2016-02-08 – Glasgow (Divan Du Monde) – GB
2016-02-09 – London (02 Academy Islington) – GB
2016-02-10 – Vosselaar (Biebob) – BE
2016-02-12 – Madrid (Caracol) – ES
2016-02-13 – Barcelona (Salamandra 1) – ES
2016-02-16 – Lyon (Ninkasi Kao) – FR
2016-02-17 – Bologna (Estragon) – IT
2016-02-18 – Rome (Orion) – IT
2016-02-19 – Milan (Live Club) – IT

For additional information, tickets, and VIP tickets please visit http://www.ltrhapsody.com/ .

Order your copy of Luca Turilli’s Rhapdosy’s new outstanding record at http://smarturl.it/RhapsodyPrometheus .


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-Lion Music Release: Joe Stump – THE SHRED LORD RISES

Released October 24, 2015

Fans of maniacal, guitar-driven releases and amazing displays of power and jaw-dropping technical command prepare yourselves as the Shredlord returns with THE DARK LORD RISES October 24th.

American Shred Guitar legend Joe Stump returns with the best album of a career spanning over 20 years. His new record THE DARK LORD RISES is home to 11 new tracks full of the guitar abuse Joe’s worldwide legion of fans know and love all delivered in his inimitable style.

Dark, brooding, and oozing with major attitude, THE DARK LORD RISES delivers Joe’s incredible playing, showcased nicely inside very listenable musical songs that use influences from various schools of metal and hard rock. It’ll appeal to both guitar enthusiasts as well as fans of guitar-driven metal.

To those of you in guitar and metal circles Joe Stump should need no introduction. The Shredlord has been raining down full-throttle neoclassical shred/speed metal since GUITAR DOMINANCE was released over 20 years ago. He is one of the most intense and over-the-top guitarists on the planet and his maniacal guitar-driven releases are amazing displays of power and jaw-dropping technical command. He was named by Guitar One magazine as one of the top 10 fastest shredders of all time, by Guitar World as one of the 50 fastest players of all time, and by Guitarist magazine as one of the top 20 shredders of all time. He has appeared in countless guitar- and metal-based publications, fanzines, and webzines worldwide.

He has toured the world both as a solo artist and with metal bands Joe Stump’s Reign Of Terror, HolyHell, RavenLord, and Exorcism. Joe’s also an Associate Professor at the esteemed Berklee College where he’s been the metal/shred guitar specialist for the last 22 years. THE DARK LORD RISES marks Joe’s 10th solo record and once again the Shredlord has raised his game in every aspect still finding another gear.


» Named by Guitar One Magazine as one of the 10 fastest shredders of all time and by Guitarist magazine as one of the top 20 shredders of all time.
» Joe regularly tours over the USA, Asia, and Europe delivering solo concerts and clinics as well as those with his bands Reign Of Terror and HolyHell.
» Joe Stump has a frenzied and hardcore following worldwide.

01. Hostile Takeover
02. Stratomaster
03. Out For Blood
04. The Black Knight Returns
05. Tortured Soul
06. The Dark Lord’s Allegro
07. Staring Into The Abyss
08. Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Minor
09. Neo-Classical Shredfest No. 4
10. Battle Tested
11. Brothers In Shred (bonus track)

Joe Stump – Guitar
Jay Rigney – Bass
Jeff Hale – Drums
Francisco Palomo – Keyboards

Produced by Joe Stump and Francesco Palomo



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-Magnus Rosén Joins Shadowside

Brazilian female-fronted metallers Shadowside have announced the addition of Swedish bassist Magnus Rosén (ex-HammerFall) to the group’s ranks.

Shadowside was formed by singer Dani Nolden, Raphael Mattos on guitars, and Fabio Buitvidas on drums and now with Magnus Rosén (ex-HammerFall) on bass. Magnus was part of HammerFall from 1997 to 2007, did several world tours, and recorded several albums, being awarded golden records and a Grammy nomination with HammerFall. He also recorded albums with Jorn Lande, Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath), and has just released his 10th solo album titled THE WORLD CHANGES with musicians who played with HammerFall, Black Sabbath, ABBA, Yngwie Malmsteen, and others.

Magnus Rosén sent a message to the fans: “I’ve been away from the metal stage for more than eight years! Metal has a very nice energy that I miss and love, and I think Shadowside has just that kind of nice metal that fits my style! And at the same time I always liked Brazil/South America. After nine times with mixed HammerFall tours and solo bass tours in this part of world, I know for sure of my feelings and I am looking forward to join the band Shadowside. So when I was asked to join and play with Shadowside, so was the desire great to once again set a high volume, smoke, light, and good metal music. The band have nice feelings in the metal music that I like. I got few new song ideas from the band and I think these songs and music are powerful and will be loved by the people out there. So I can’t wait to get the wheels moving forward with the band.”

Shadowside’s singer Dani Nolden also commented on why they invited Magnus and what this means for the band: “Magnus is someone we admire greatly and it is an honor to work with him, not only because of his great skills as a bass player but also because he has an incredible experience with many different and special projects. We felt he would be a perfect match for us and we’re thrilled that he accepted our invitation to join Shadowside. Now we can’t wait to start the recordings and get this show on the road. It’s going to be amazing!”

Magnus Rosén is already participating in the song writing process of the new album with Shadowside, which is set to be recorded between June and August 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Once again, Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity) will be in charge of the album production. He has already worked with the band on the high acclaimed INNER MONSTER OUT album, that got the band awards in Brazil and worldwide, such as the Independent Music Awards as “Best Hardcore/Metal album,” hitting position #26 in the Japanese charts according to BURRN! magazine and position #9 on CMJ’s Loud Rock USA radio charts. The INNER MONSTER OUT tour had over 60 shows and went through 18 countries.


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-ColdSpell To Support Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock In February 2016

Swedish hard rockers ColdSpell are confirmed to support Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock for the Nordic leg of their SPIRIT ON A MISSION world tour dates. Michael Schenker is a true legend and to many the greatest guitar player around, winning awards, and getting rave reviews for his albums and when touring the world.

ColdSpell is a rising star on the international stages. This summer they were one of the headliners at Scotland’s premier festival, Wildfire, and was warming up a US audience as runner-up to Judas Priest at Rock Fest in Wisconsin.

Micke Larsson, guitarist and founder of ColdSpell, says, “Michael Schenker’s guitar playing was a great inspiration growing up and listening to UFO. The ’79 live album STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT got spin after spin on the turntable, two got so many scratches so I am now on my third copy. It is great honor to share stage with Michael Schenker for these shows.”

Gig dates February 2016

February 3 Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK)
February 4 Debaser Medis, Stockholm (SE)
February 5 KB, Malmoe (SE)
February 6 Union Scene, Drammen (NO)

More information can be found here:


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-Frontiers Music s.r.l. Is Pleased To Announce The Signing Of Another Hot New Young Band From The Melodic Rock Underground: OD!

[Note: This is from http://www.facebook.com/frontiersmusicsrl . – Tim]

OD hails from Finland and will be releasing their debut album via Frontiers in 2016.

The band was originally put together by drummer Ossi “OD” Sivula in 2012 based on his longtime dream of creating a record full of melodic rock ass-kickers. The first demos were put together with several musicians and the next few years flew by as time was spent creating big melodies and searching for members that would round out the soul and inspiration of the band.

In 2014, the band was joined by guitarist Juice Wahlsten, and later — in 2015 — by bassist Ilari Hämäläinen. A big voice was the last missing piece to create the big bang they were looking for and a Brazilian guy, “Zorro” Dan Vasc was found in the latter half of 2014. Ossi was amazed after watching a video where Dan showed off his deep voice and high range vocals and knew he was the singer they were looking for! After working on music long distance via the Internet for a few months, Dan’s flight tickets were booked so he could come in to finish the band’s recordings in Finland and to finally take the band out in front of live audiences.

“We couldn’t have hoped for a better company than Frontiers to work with as they have a strong and stable reputation with classic rock acts that has been a huge impact for OD’s music as well,” tells the band. “As we are finishing the debut album, we are eagerly looking for the future and getting front of live audiences to spread the word of classic melodic rock. Stay tuned, this is only the beginning!!”

Musically OD is very close to their Finnish mates Brother Firetribe, with a slight heavier edge. But take a listen now to two songs on YouTube and judge for yourself:


“Do You Believe”


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-Radiant Records: October Giveaway & Special!

Happy Fall Everyone!!!

Here is the NEW and EXCITING Monthly Giveaway and Sale for the month of October!

Read on to find out how you could win an Inner Circle T-shirt and get The Prog World Orchestra’s A PROGGY CHRISTMAS CD for $9.99 and the Download version for $6.99!

The Prog World Orchestra – A PROGGY CHRISTMAS

A Proggy Christmas? What do you get when some of the top prog artists in the world combine forces to make a world class prog Christmas album? We don’t know…but if it ever happened it might sound something like this!

The Prog World Orchestra – “Joy To The World”

We know that you all are ready to hear Christmas music now! The first sign of cool weather permits us to break out our holiday cheer! So, Radiant Records wants to help you get started early this year with a special special price on our FAMOUS Christmas album: The Prog World Orchestra – A PROGGY CHRISTMAS!

For the month of October ONLY you can get the CD for $9.99 and the download version for $6.99!

Get your copy TODAY HERE!


October Inner Circle Giveaway!

During the month of October, ALL Inner Circle members will be entered to win an Inner Circle T-Shirt!

Not yet an Inner Circle member? Join any day during the month of October, and you’ll be entered to win an Inner Circle T-Shirt. Join the Neal Morse Inner Circle here for exclusive releases, backstage insights, and more special offers and giveaways like this one!


Stay tuned! More monthly giveaways and specials are coming your way.

Blessings and Peace,
Team Radiant Records

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-Divebomb Records Welcomes Final Sign!

The musical partnership between vocalist Shawn Pelata and guitarist Brian “Hellstorm” Williams dates back to 1999, when Brian contacted Shawn with the hope of recruiting him to sing for a new project he was putting together. That short-lived endeavor became K-Octave — yielding a single, highly-praised album, OUTER LIMITS, issued via Germany’s Hellion Records in 2001.

Williams then continued with his main band, underground metal giants October 31; while Pelata released two albums with melodic rock outfit Line Of Fire, as well as working with metalcore cultists Killwhitneydead. The two kept in touch, vowing to one day work together again when the time was right.

That time, it seems, is now. An unstoppable riff machine (he’s not called “Hellstorm” for nothing), Brian soon found himself with new players, and eight new songs in need of the right voice. He knew just who to call: Shawn was brought on board and — alongside Kevin Haverlah (drums) and Howard Baker (bass) — Final Sign was born.

Divebomb Records is proud to present the debut album from Final Sign, HOLD HIGH THE FLAME, upon the heavy metal faithful. It’s a ravenous blend of US power metal, thrash, and old school heavy metal — executed with unbridled anger and intensity!

Pelata adds, “Brian and I are really excited that our new band Final Sign is part of the Divebomb Records family! These guys know their audience, they know their Metal, and their track record speaks for itself. It’s an honor for me, personally, to have their continued support.”

HOLD HIGH THE FLAME sees release on October 30th


Stream Now @ Bandcamp:
“Burn The Temple Down” + “Madness Eternal”

For Fans Of:
October 31, Helstar, Reverend, Exciter

Track List:
1. Daring The Sun
2. Burn The Temple Down
3. Hold High The Flame
4. Possessor
5. The Sinister Silence
6. Scaling Lies
7. Madness Eternal
8. The Ominous Black


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-Pure Rock Records To Release No Bros’ METAL MARINES On November 20

Whoever starts his career with a live album called HEAVY METAL PARTY may stay on that party for the rest of his life. For more than 40 years the Austrians No Bros dedicated their lives to Metal. And there is still no end in sight for the best known hard and heavy combo of their country. After the comeback album HUNGRY FOR THE GOOD TIMES was released on their own nine years ago, their new work METAL MARINES comes out on Pure Rock Records. The re-release of the two classics READY FOR THE ACTION and HEAVY METAL PARTY by Karthago Records was just a foretaste, because Klaus Schubert and his fellows are almost in their original lineup. “Legends Of The Eighties” is dedicated to the own legend as well as the Deep Purple sound of that age and one of the first duels between a Hammond organ and a guitar. The strings and keys are rough-handled until they smoke. By hitting the high notes in the song “Back Again” No Bros prove to be back in business stronger than ever.

Songs like “Devil With An Angel’s Face” and the potential hit “Written In Fire” sound so light-footed like only Ian Gillan could have been with his solo works. With “Dance Of The Black Tattoo” everyone, who listens to Magnum and Rough Silk in sacred hours, gets down to his knees in awe and enjoys these celestial tones.

Neither inventive songs with the organ like “Song Number Nine” nor the beautifully melodic and first-class hard rock in “Runaway Girl” nor the outstanding “A Night In Touch City” must be missing. Since a ballad should be on a big hard rock album as well, “Find Myself” delivers this aspect.

For the cherry on top the album includes the melancholic “Dark Chamber” which is on the upcoming promotional single “Legends Of The Eighties.”

Everyone who considered the last album a milestone should listen to the new one first.

Track List
1. Legends Of The Eighties
2. Back Again
3. Devil With An Angel’s Face
4. Dark Chamber
5. Written In Fire
6. Dance Of The Black Tattoo
7. Over The Sea And Far Away
8. Metal Marines
9. Song Number Nine
10. Runaway Girl
11. A Night In Touch City
12. Find Myself
13. In The Shadow Of The Galle
Total playtime: 55:54

guitars – Klaus Schubert
vocals – Freddy Gigele
keyboards – Andy J. Brunner
drums – Bernie Welz
bass, backing vocals – Andy Marberger (lead vocals on track 6, effects & keyboards on track 7)
Hammond – Martin Seimen (track 9)
bass – Michael Ausserhofer (track 12)


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-“Jethro Tull By Ian Anderson” Tours The United States November 1-11

(Shows in Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Connecticut, Brooklyn, Port Chester, New Jersey, Philadelphia)

The British Press loves “Jethro Tull,” written and performed by Ian Anderson. Now delighting audiences in South America, the production wrapped up its first leg in the UK two weeks ago.

This multi-media night of music by the band Jethro Tull offers new life on both the songs and the inspiration of the original Jethro Tull, the famous 18th Century agriculturist and inventor of the seed drill.

It’s “something remarkable to beheld,” writes Andy Snipper of London’s Music News. “It isn’t often that I go overboard about live performances but I have to say that if you don’t have a ticket for a show on this tour you need to be out there searching. It wasn’t about the performances — although they were excellent — or about the songs — once more great songs. It is about a concept brought through to completion that is in itself circular and thoroughly original but also immediately familiar to anyone familiar with the band.”

It was only recently that Ian began researching the life of the man that his band took the name of 48 years ago on a weekly audition night at London’s famed UK club, The Marquee.

The performance of Jethro Tull includes favorites “Aqualung,” “Living In The Past,” “Wind-Up,” “A New Day Yesterday,” and “Locomotive Breath” alongside of songs that could be about Jethro Tull including “Heavy Horses,” “Farm On The Freeway,” “Songs From The Wood,” and “The Witch’s Promise.” Some of them are rewritten slightly to better tell the tale.

The band features Greig Robinson (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums), and virtual guests including Ryan O’Donnell who toured with Ian from 2012-2014/15. Bassist David Goodier, who has played with both Jethro Tull and with Ian since 2002, appears in Ian’s virtual world. Also on the big screen is Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir as the Agricutluralist’s wife. Writes Public Reviews Selwyn Knight, “She is expressive and has a beautifully clear and pure voice that cuts through the rumble of drums and guitars. She’s a mean violinist, too.”

Knight also raves about Ian Anderson’s charisma, “to whom all eyes are drawn… a looming stage presence, stalking the stage like a caged animal casting notes from his flute far and wide, occasionally rising to stand on one leg in his signature silhouette. Even singing at the microphone, one feels there is great energy barely held in check as he is never quite still. A consummate showman with a unique voice and flute style.”

Ian Anderson recently won The Prog God Award from Prog Magazine, celebrating the innovators of rock who have inspired generations and carved a way for others to be at their creative best. There is no one who has pushed the boundaries more than Ian Anderson, who to this day remains immersed in his love for the music.

Fronting seminal Prog outfit Jethro Tull and performing simply under his own name, Ian Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years; he is widely considered an icon of the genre and is recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music. With over 60 million albums sold in its career, Tull has been characterized by Anderson’s trademark acoustic textures created with ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments. In many recent shows, Anderson has played with orchestras, string quartets, and featured soloists. His eclectic acoustic performances are also a hit with fans of the progressive genre.

Look for more dates in Russia and throughout Europe and South America before the end of the year. Below are the November US shows. Below that are links to the full reviews.

November 1: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
November 3: Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
November 5: CITI Performing Arts Center, Boston, MA
November 6: Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
November 7: Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA
November 8: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
November 10: Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
November 11: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ


Selwyn Knight’s write-up in The Public Reviews of “Jethro Tull” from Symphony Hall in Birmingham, UK:

Andy Snipper’s review from London’s Music News:

*** PRESS RELEASE #12 ***
-Earache Records: Pre-Order The White Buffalo’s New Album Now On CD And Vinyl In Europe!


You may have heard the exciting recent news that Earache has teamed up with California-based recording artist The White Buffalo — well you can now pre-order the new album LOVE AND THE DEATH OF DAMNATION on CD and vinyl in Europe!

Led by singer/song writer Jake Smith, The White Buffalo is probably best known for his numerous songs featured in the TV series “Sons Of Anarchy,” including the Emmy-nominated series finale song “Come Join The Murder.” LOVE AND THE DEATH OF DAMNATION features a brand new set of authentic and evocative blues tracks, including Smith’s first ever duet, “I Got You,” featuring vocalist Audra Mae.

The White Buffalo’s own Jake Smith talks about LOVE AND THE DEATH OF DAMNATION: “With this album, I really wanted to get back to songs… I wanted to get back to writing individual stories, as opposed to an extended narrative. I wanted each song to make you feel something. In the past, the songs have almost always been pretty dark. But this time, I was also able to channel some happier stuff and write a couple of actual feel-good songs. It’s also more varied musically. I really made an effort to expand my sound, and to get out of my comfort zone as a song writer.”

LOVE AND THE DEATH OF DAMNATION is already available on iTunes in Europe at http://bit.ly/latdod-itunes .

LOVE AND THE DEATH OF DAMNATION is due to be released on CD and vinyl in Europe on February 12th, and as a special treat for making you wait longer for the physical release, the album will feature three exclusive bonus tracks, included on the disc for the CD version and as a bonus 7″ with all vinyl versions! There’s also a very limited number of signed CDs and LPs available, so pre-order your copy now to avoid disappointment:

Earache Webstore – http://www.earache.com/twb
Amazon UK (CD) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0158LZAB4
Amazon UK (Vinyl) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0158LZ9G0

Keep an eye out for The White Buffalo as he tours across the USA and Canada this month, with plans to tour Europe in the near future.

In the meantime, why not check out the whole album right now on YouTube at http://bit.ly/1JotoYv .


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-With Our Arms To The Sun Gears Up For Release Of A FAR AWAY WONDER With West Coast Gigs

Arizona Desert — With Our Arms to the Sun will celebrate the upcoming release of its A FAR AWAY WONDER with several shows on the West Coast later this month.

The progressive art rock band will make stops in the Pacific Northwest and Los Angeles area before headed back to their native Arizona to share the stage with Tool in front of more than 30,000 fans at the second day of Tempe’s huge Monster Mash.

With Our Arms To The Sun recently signed with the upstart label Fade To Silence Records, which was founded by music industry veteran Paul Bibeau. The group’s first release for the label was previously available as a self-release but will now be available worldwide in both CD and vinyl formats with expanded artwork on October 30.

These first few shows are a just a warm-up for 2016, when the band plans to hit the road hard and reach new cities across the county.

“We’ve done lots of DIY tours where we booked ourselves around the western parts of the United States,” vocalist/guitarist Josh Breckenridge said. “Now that we are working with a booking agent, we have some other great support tours in the works and 2016 is going to be a big year.”

Catch With Our Arms To The Sun live:

10/9/15 Fri. Tacoma, WA
10/10/15 Sat. Black Forest, Eugene, OR
10/23/15 Fri. Peties Place, Tarzana, CA w/ MAL
10/24/15 Sat. The Mint, Los Angeles, CA w/ Volto! (Danny Carey from Tool) & MAL
10/31/15 Sat. Monster Mash @ Tempe Beach Park, Tempe, AZ w/Tool, Primus, Coheed And Cambria, & Aeges
11/1/15 Sun. The Grid, Mesa, AZ
11/5/15 Thu. Blue Max, Midland, TX w/ Barbwire Doll
111/6/15 Fri. Click’s, Tyler, TX


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-Giveaway: Vancouver Thrashers Scissortooth Offer Free Download + Signed Copies Of NOVAGOMORRAH Through YELL! Magazine

Scissortooth are streaming their title track off of their full-length NOVAGOMORRAH through YELL! Magazine and are offering up a chance for people to win signed copies of the album. The song and album name pairs up “nova” (Meaning new), and the religious tale of the twin cities Sodom and Gomorrah, which were a sinner’s paradise, thus NOVAGOMORRAH is an interpretation of the current state of the world. Derek Lunblad, guitar and vocals for Vancouver thrash metal group had this to say about the track:

“Welcome to ‘Novagomorrah!’ The Title Track sits at just over eight minutes, it’s our ‘Rime of The Ancient Mariner’ or our ‘Stonehenge.’ This track has big, gloomy verses flanked with rapid choruses and a second act of high energy metal. Thank you to YELL! Magazine for hosting this track, we hope you thoroughly enjoy this beast!”

Fans are also invited to enter to win a signed copy of NOVAGOMORRAH by sharing their Soundcloud link found here:

NOVAGOMORRAH is just under 1 hour (58 minutes total) spread over tracks engineered and mixed by the band’s own, Shawn Hoskins, and mastered by Vancouver’s Greg Mindorff at Suite Sound Labs (Biff Naked, D.O.A., Finger 11). Their sound embodies the aggressive, yet groovy feeling of early Pantera braised with industrial samples throughout the album.

Track Listing: Scissortooth – NOVAGOMORRAH
1. Hostile Takeover (5:14)
2. 10 30 (4:21)
3. Slowber (5:42)
4. Yellowhead (3:59)
5. Incision (5:05)
6. Shoegazer (5:20)
7. Common Thread (5:24)
8. Rotting Alive (4:38)
9. Nova Gomorrah (8:12)
10. Rats (4:48)
11. Wormwood (5:39)
Album Length: 58:00


-About Heavy Metal’s list of “12 Essential Heavy Metal Books” is at http://heavymetal.about.com/od/toppicks/tp/top_books.htm .

-A limited run (200 copies) of Artizan’s THE FURTHEST REACHES — on “black/orange splatter” vinyl, with a bonus track and a printed insert — is due out October 16 and can be pre-ordered now at http://www.puresteel-shop.com/ARTIZAN-The-Furthest-Reaches-2_1 . Track list: Side A – “Coming Of Age,” “Summon The Gods,” “Hopeful Eyes,” “The Furthest Reaches,” “The Cleansing.” Side B – “Wardens Of The New World,” “Heed The Warning,” “Supernova,” “Starchild,” “Into The Sun,” “Come Sail Away.”

-The first single from As Darkness Dies’ new self-titled album is “Black Death,” and it can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/puresteelrecords/as-darkness-dies-black-death and https://youtu.be/6VwdWw4uMNA . AS DARKNESS DIES was produced by Michael Vescera (Yngwie Malmsteen, Obsession, Loudness) and is due out October 30 on Pure Steel Records. See http://www.AsDarknessDies.com/ for more.

-Audiotopsy’s NATURAL CAUSES is out now on Napalm Records. Background: “Heavy. Melodic. Atmospheric. Giant hooks. And that special bounce! Audiotopsy from the US might be considered newcomers — and at the same time old hands. (Former) members of Mudvayne, Hellyeah, and Skrape have joined to follow old instincts and at the same time create their own unique version of heavy modern sounds with NATURAL CAUSES. Audiotopsy are the bearers of a great heritage and big names and they let it shine through on their debut: NATURAL CAUSES which is its very own gargantuan beast!” Track list: “Headshot,” “All We Know,” “LYLAB,” “The Calling,” “H2O (Interlude),” “Swim,” “Disguise Your Devils,” “Burn The Sky,” “Distorted,” “Darken The Rainbow,” “Frozen Scars,” “Natural Causes (Outro).” See http://www.facebook.com/audiotopsyband for more.

-Chastain’s WE BLEED METAL is due out November 6 on Pure Steel Records. The band’s current lineup is Leather Leone on vocals, David T. Chastain on guitar, Mike Skimmerhorn on bass, and Stian Kristoffersen on drums. Hype: “With the release of the new, now tenth album, WE BLEED METAL, the cult act still delivers the old spirit and celebrates traditional Heavy/Power Metal at its best. The unique heavy vocals of Leather Leone and the dark, shredding riffs of the eponym are still full of contemporary impact. Not pandering to any trends, this is pure steel from the USA! To sum it up: With WE BLEED METAL Chastain releases their best effort in at least 25 years!” Track list: “We Bleed Metal,” “All Hail The King,” “Against All The Gods,” “Search Time For You,” “I Am A Warrior,” “Evolution Of Terror,” “The Last Ones Alive,” “Secrets.” See http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chastain/109579255734286 and http://www.myspace.com/chastainofficial for more.

-There’s a new interview with Children Of Bodom keyboardist Janne Wirman at http://heavymetal.about.com/od/interviews/fl/Children-Of-Bodom-Interview.htm .

-Dangerous Toys have a few US shows on the horizon, and will appear on the Monsters Of Rock East cruise out of Miami next February 22-26 ( http://www.monstersofrockcruise.com/ ). The dates:

10/16 – Star Bar, Chicago, IL
10/17/15 – Pickle Park Bar & Grill, Minneapolis, MN (w/ Pretty Boy Floyd, Every Mother’s Nightmare, & Loveblast)
11/14/15 – Voodoo, Kansas City, MO
12/4/15 – The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX (w/ Great White, Slaughter, & L.A. Guns)

See http://dangeroustoys.us/ and https://www.facebook.com/dangeroustoys.rock for more.

-Draconian’s SOVRAN is due out October 30 on Napalm Records. The background: “Founded in 1994 in the Swedish Säffle, Draconian gradually refined their sound of melodic Death Metal with elements of Black Metal, becoming more ponderous and doomy over time. Their style-defining 2003 debut LP WHERE LOVERS MOURN served a welcome alternative for fans of such classic doom artists like My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost. Contrary to many of their peers however, Draconian’s sound has remained steadfast to its origins, in particular, the powerful vocal growls of Anders Jakobsson, one of the band’s defining and most unique features, along with newcomer female vocalist Heike Langhans sensitively interwoven melodies. Draconian’s sixth studio album SOVRAN is no exception to this formula, and immediately convinces the listener with Beauty and the Beast-esque vocal contrasts, striking accents, and threatening moods. Sovran also features a guest appearance from Daniel Änghede (Crippled Black Phoenix) on the haunting track ‘Rivers Between Us.'” Track list: “Heavy Lies The Crown,” “The Wretched Tide,” “Pale Tortured Blue,” “Stellar Tombs,” “No Lonelier Star,” “Dusk Mariner,” “Dishearten,” “Rivers Between Us,” “The Marriage Of Attaris.” See http://www.draconian.se/ and http://www.facebook.com/draconianofficial for more.

-Everthrone’s THE DAWNING is due out October 30 on Divebomb Records. The first video, for “Consciousness,” is online now at https://youtu.be/-EtcLUl7ZH0 , and the band will perform the album in its entirety at a gig on November 27, at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, NC. Track list: “This Great Expanse,” “Consciousness,” “Children Of A Dying Sun,” “Under A Burning Sky,” “Crimson Gold,” “The Anarchist,” “Loss,” “Masquerade,” “Word Of The Oracle,” “All Things Manifest.” Check out “Under A Burning Sky” streaming now at Bandcamp, at https://tribunalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-dawning . The band is tagged as “for fans of” Nightwish, Amorphis, Kamelot, and Pyramaze. See http://www.facebook.com/everthrone for more.

-FireHouse has a brand new website design, including new information on Gold, Platinum, and Diamond VIP meet & greet packages. Upcoming tour dates:

10/15 – North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh, NC
10/16 – Anthem At Hard Rock Casino, Sioux City, IA
10/17 – Skullfest, Pekin, IL
8/13/16 – Riverbend RV Resort, Watertown, WI (all ages)

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

-Ghost Machinery’s EVIL UNDERTOW is due out November 13 on Pure Legend Records. The regular edition includes 11 tracks, and the limited edition version has two bonus tracks as follows: “Arms Of The Strangers,” “Fatal,” “Kingdom Of Decay,” “Go To Hell (It’s Where You Belong),” “Evil Undertow,” “Brave Face,” “Tools Of The Trade,” “No Easy Way Out,” “Dead Inside,” “Lost To Love,” “The Last Line Of Defence,” “Fight For The Strangers” (bonus track), “Never Stop Running” (bonus track). See http://www.ghostmachinery.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/ghostmachinery for more.

-The Guessing Game, featuring Jeff Rouse (Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Fozzy), has DESTROY IT ALL out now on Guessing Game Music. Hype: “The single ‘Death Valley’ slammed the airwaves blowing the minds of the masses! With the aggressive sound of this new album, The Guessing Game is ready to take their place in the vanguard of the international rock scene. Fueled by the ferocious vocals of Jeff Rouse, and driven by the onslaught of heavy guitar riffs, the band has been winning legions of fans with its uncompromising stage show.” The band will play a show October 16 at the Crocodile in Seattle, with Into The Cold and The Pink Slips (featuring Duff’s daughter Grace McKagan). See http://www.theguessinggameband.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/TheGuessingGameBand for more.

-The live version of Harem Scarem’s “No Justice,” from the upcoming concert set LIVE AT THE PHOENIX, is online now at https://youtu.be/b_wxloUX-jw .

-The fourth single from Joel Hoekstra’s 13’s new album, DYING TO LIVE, called “Scream,” has a video at https://youtu.be/PjT20LPQVdY . From Hoekstra: “‘Scream’ is a straight-ahead, old-school rock track that’s sung from the standpoint of a demon or vice holding you back in life. Vinny Appice and Tony Franklin lay down a dynamic groove to support the guitars. Jeff Scott Soto delivers a powerhouse vocal performance and Derek Sherinian puts the frosting on the cake with some understated, tasteful B3 playing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing/recording it!” DYING TO LIVE is due out October 16 on Frontiers Records. See http://www.joelhoekstra.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 , and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13 for more.

-Iron Maiden announced 2016 US tour dates in support of THE BOOK OF SOULS:

2/24 – BB&T Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2/26 – BOK Center, Tulsa, OK
2/28 – Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV
3/30 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
4/05 – Palace Of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
4/06 – United Center, Chicago, IL
4/11 – Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
4/13 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
4/15 – The Forum, Los Angeles, CA

For tickets, the fan club pre-sale began October 6 and wider sales begin October 10. Canadian dates will be announced soon. See http://www.ironmaiden.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/ironmaiden for more.

-Aussie Kiss press barrage! Check out Paul Stanley interviews with ABC Australia at https://youtu.be/6zoieVz0b34 and 4KQ Brisbane at https://soundcloud.com/4kqbrisbane/we-had-paul-stanley-from-kiss-on-the-phone , and a Tommy Thayer interview with Grant Broadcasters at https://soundcloud.com/grantbroadcasters/stephen-chats-to-kiss-guitarist-tommy-thayer .

-A new list of Loudwire’s “100 Metal Facts You May Not Know” is up at http://loudwire.com/100-metal-facts/ .

-Megadeth debuted a new song called “Fatal Illusion” at https://youtu.be/7MRtdd3tXI4 . The new album, DYSTOPIA, is due out January 22 with this track list: “The Threat Is Real,” “Dystopia,” “Fatal Illusion,” “Death From Within,” “Bullet To The Brain,” “Post American World,” “Poisonous Shadows,” “Conquer Or Die!,” “Lying In State,” “The Emperor,” “Foreign Policy.” Pre-orders are now available at http://www.megadeth.com/ ; see http://www.facebook.com/Megadeth and http://twitter.com/Megadeth for more.

-Melted Space’s new lyric video for “Terrible Fight” — featuring a guitar solo by Adrian Martinot and guest singers David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Guillaume Bideau (Mnemic), Manuel Munoz (The Old Dead Tree), Clémentine Delauney (Visions Of Atlantis), Virginie Goncalves (Kells), and Lucie Blatrier — is online now through New Noise Magazine at http://newnoisemagazine.com/lyric-video-premiere-melted-space-terrible-fight/ . The album THE GREAT LIE is due out October 16 on Sensory Records. The band will tour Europe with Diabulus In Musica, supporting Leaves’ Eyes as follows:

10/15 – Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
10/16 – Explosiv, Graz, Austria
10/17 – Centrale Rock Club, Erba, Italy
10/18 – Traffic Club, Rome, Italy
10/20 – Music Hall, Geiselwind, Germany
10/21 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
10/22 – Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherland
10/23 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
10/24 – Glazart, Paris, France
10/26 – KuFa, Lyss, Switzerland
10/27 – Spectrum, Augsburg, Germany
10/28 – K17, Berlin, Germany
10/29 – Nova Chmelnice, Prague, Czech Republic
10/30 – Puschkin, Dresden, Germany
10/31 – Autumn Moon, Hameln, Germany

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

-Millennial Reign’s new lyric video for “Men Stand Alone” is online now at https://youtu.be/sVbuPhSjxK4 . CARRY THE FIRE is due out October 30 on Ulterium Records. See http://www.millennialreign.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/millennialreign for more.

-There’s a new interview with Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell at http://heavymetal.about.com/od/interviews/fl/Motorhead-Interview.htm .

-Power Theory’s “Cut & Run,” a single from the upcoming album DRIVEN BY FEAR, is online now at https://soundcloud.com/puresteelrecords/power-theory-cut-run and https://youtu.be/SoMGmu3-5g0 . See http://www.powertheory.net/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/430938890283495 for more.

-Primal Fear will release RULEBREAKER through Frontiers on January 29. See http://www.primalfear.de/ and https://www.facebook.com/PrimalFearOfficial for more.

-The 2016 Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse is slated for next May 6-7 at Reggie’s in Chicago, IL. The lineup so far: Jag Panzer, Scanner, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr, Satan’s Host, Ashbury, Warcry, Ordained Fate, Riot City, Medieval Steel, HexenHammer, Chalice, and Wulfhook. See http://www.ragnarokkrmetal.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/RagnarokkrMetal for more, and get ticket info at http://ragnarokkrmetal.bigcartel.com/product/two-day-ticket .

-The Reload Festival will return in 2016, to Sulingen, Lower Saxony, Germany, on August 26-27 next year with a “warm-up night” slated for August 25. Airbourne is the first band to commit, with more to be added soon. “Early bird” tickets are available now at http://www.metaltix.com/reload-festival-tickets-31080.html . See http://www.reload-festival.de/ and https://www.facebook.com/ReloadFestivalofficial for more.

-Resurrection Kings is a new band featuring singer Chas West, guitarist Craig Goldy, bassist Sean McNabb, and drummer Vinny Appice. They will release their self-titled debut early next year on Frontiers. Hype: “Think Whitesnake/David Coverdale’s classic 1987 self-titled album mixed with Ronnie James Dio’s DREAM EVIL with a touch of classic Led Zeppelin Official and Rainbow and you will not be far from the end result of what this stellar album sounds like!” See https://www.facebook.com/ResurrectionKingsMusic for more.

-Scorpion Child will release a new single on 7″ vinyl and digital download, on November 6. The tracks are “She Sings, I Kill” and “(Enter The) Twilight Coven.” The band is set to tour Europe in November and December with Crobot and Buffalo Summer, and a new album is due early next year on Nuclear Blast. See http://www.scorpionchildofficial.com/ for more.

-There’s a German-language interview with Seasons Of The Wolf’s Barry Waddell at http://www.underground-news.at/bands/interview-seasons-wolf/ .

-Check out the video for Billy Sherwood’s “No Man’s Land,” from CITIZEN, at https://youtu.be/bp4hLAonqUo . The track features Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs) guesting on guitar. Background on the track: “[It] is about a World War I runner, someone who runs from trench to trench where his fellow soldiers are fighting, to pass messages from their leaders — the generals who are giving orders from behind friendly lines. In ‘No Man’s Land,’ the Runner sees his buddies die, and, as the video progresses, seems to be walking more and more in a daze,” and Sherwood says, “You get the idea that he’s the only guy who walked away from the battle.” Pre-orders for CITIZEN are being taken at http://radi.al/BillySherwoodAmazon . See http://www.BillySherwoodhq.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/BillySherwoodMusic for more.

-Skindred’s VOLUME is due out October 30 on Napalm Records. Band hype: “Since 1998 Skindred has been responsible for developing their own unique sound blending elements of Metal, Rock, Reggae, Dance Hall, & Electronica to forge the Skindred sound as we know it today. Add to this one of the most charismatic front men in Rock music in Benji Webbe, a man that always knows how to get the party started whether it’s getting Millions of people across the globe to do the now infamous Newport Helicopter or just making them rock harder than they have ever rocked before at any show previously.” Album hype: “VOLUME, the band’s sixth studio album encapsulates everything that is great about Skindred. Drawing inspiration from their previous albums such as BABYLON and UNION BLACK, VOLUME showcases the Skindred sound better than ever before while not at any point trying to emulate anything or anyone that has ever come before. If you like big heavy Riffs then this is the album for you. This is Skindred at their loudest and their best. Songs like ‘Under Attack’ and ‘Volume,’ the album’s title track and ‘Hit The Ground’ resonate louder than ever before as they continue to hit hammer and anvil together mercilessly to bring you a slab of quality Skindred that will have Skindred fans across the globe going mental. As the title track says, Keep Turning it up, KEEP TURNING IT UP, KEEP TURNING IT UP, This is VOLUME! Turn it up to 12 — as THIS is SKINDRED!” Track list: “Under Attack,” “Volume,” “Hit The Ground,” “Shut Ya Mouth,” “I,” “The Healing,” “Sound The Siren,” “Saying It Now,” “II,” “Straight Jacket,” “III,” “No Justice,” “Stand Up,” “Three Words.” Upcoming tour dates:

11/4 – Guildhall, Southampton, UK
11/5 – UEA, Norwich, UK
11/6 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
11/7 – Academy, Manchester, UK
11/8 – Academy, Newcastle, UK
11/10 – ABC, Glasgow, UK
11/11 – Stylus, Leeds, UK
11/12 – Academy, Bristol, UK
11/13 – Institute, Birmingham, UK
11/14 – Brixton Academy, London, UK
11/15 – Glazart, Paris, France
11/16 – 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands
11/18 – Stollwerck, Cologne, Germany
11/19 – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
11/20 – Rock N’ Roll Arena, Novara, Italy
11/21 – Corallo Rock Club, Scandiano, Italy
11/22 – Kufa, Lyss, Switzerland
11/23 – Dynamo, Zurich, Switzerland
11/25 – PPC, Graz, Austria
11/26 – Arena, Vienna, Austria
11/28 – Akvarium, Budapest, Hungary
11/30 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
12/2 – Debaser Medis, Stockholm, Sweden
12/3 – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
12/4 – Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany

See http://www.skindred.net/ and http://www.facebook.com/skindredofficial for more.

-Stryper’s FALLEN is due out October 16 on Frontiers. Track list: “Yahweh,” “Fallen,” “Pride,” “Big Screen Lies,” “Heaven,” “Love You Like I Do,” “All Over Again,” “After Forever” (Black Sabbath cover), “Till I Get What I Need,” “Let There Be Light,” “The Calling,” “King Of Kings.” Check out three songs:


“After Forever”

“Let There Be Light”

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

-Check out Testament’s Chuck Billy on an episode of BangerTV’s “Metal Giants” at https://youtu.be/tNCzOK3lbOQ .

-Goth Rockers Van Halst, from Edmonton, Alberta, have a new single out called “Save Me.” The track is from the upcoming 2016 release WORLD OF MAKE BELIEVE, and is available at https://vanhalst.bandcamp.com/track/save-me . About the song, singer Kami Van Halst says, “‘Save Me’ is about Religious Extremists. We chose it for our first single because it’s a statement piece. We wanted to come out with a bang and show everyone what we’re about. We’re very excited to release the song to the world.” Upcoming live dates:

10/16 – The Rivoli, Toronto, ON (Indie Week)
10/16 – Coalition Bar, Toronto, ON (Indie Week)
10/17 – The Hard Rock Cafe, Toronto, ON (Pinktober 5.0; all ages)

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

-Wizard Eye’s new song “Stoneburner” is online now at http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2015/10/01/wizard-eye-self-titled-stoneburner-premiere/ . The track comes from the band’s new self-titled release, out October 10 on Black Monk Records. From singer/guitarist Erik Caplan, about the song: “I don’t think anyone ever sets out to write a nine-minute song, but this one just blossomed naturally into its final, lengthy form as we indulged our desire to explore some of the places the riff wanted to go.” Hype on the album: “Tracked in just three days at Haddon Heights, New Jersey’s Gradwell House Studios with Steve Poponi and mastered by Dave Downham, the record boasts a cosmic, riff-centric synthesis of fuzz, grit, pavement-quaking bass rumbles, tripped-out effects, and rawhide vocals with roots firmly plated into the lysergic soil of ’70s acts like Hawkwind, Budgie, Blue Cheer, Captain Beyond, Motörhead, and Black Sabbath without replication.” See http://www.facebook.com/wizardeye for more.

-Zoner will release its third album, AURALSONIC NAVIGATION, on November 9. The album completes a trilogy that also includes SPECTRAPHONIC DEVIATION (2012) and EUHARMONIC ELEVATION (2015). Hype: “This new offering is definitely more hard hitting and ‘solid,’ something quite possibly attributed to the fact that the album features mostly new arrangements of 10-, 15-, and 20-year old songs. Bottom line is that the end result this time is much more METAL as the early influences (such as Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth to name a few) are heavily relied upon. Of course all songs are filtered with the same ‘quirkiness’ that was evident throughout the previous two albums and yes, the rock/pop/prog and even funk vibes are subtly evident here and there!” Track list: “S.O.S. (Same Old Sh*t),” “Suited And Tied,” “Mouth Sealed,” “Back Into Metal,” “Turnaround,” “Emptymess,” “Unique,” “A Clean Slate?” Limited quantities of the CD are available for free; see http://www.zonermusic.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/zonermusic , and http://zoner.bandcamp.com/ for more.

Thanks to Jon Freeman, Stephen Cenatiempo, Chad Bowar, Anne Leighton, Jon Asher, Blabbermouth.net, Classic Rock, Rock Cellar Magazine, VQPR, Earsplit PR, Audacious PR, Metaltix, and Pure Steel Promotion for help gathering some of this information.

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