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Detritus #686: Scorpions, Brian May, more

Detritus
Issue #686
Week of October 19, 2015
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-Do the Cubs know how to go down in flames or what? Wow. – Tim

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-The Scorpions “Forever And A Day” Comes To DVD, Blu-Ray, And Digital Platforms On November 27th

Scorpions – “Forever And A Day” Trailer

The new fully-authorized Scorpions documentary “Forever And A Day” is wrapping up its theatrical run and will come to DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms on November 27th (in German with English subtitles). The movie takes a look at the German hard rock legends’ long career, while focusing on the band’s Final Sting trek, which initially was intended to be a farewell tour.

As the film shows, during the 2011-2012 tour, the band members were so energized by the response from fans that they decided to scrap their retirement plans. Founding Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker says that if you watch “Forever And A Day,” you can see the veteran rockers come to the realization that they weren’t ready to call it quits.

Schenker explains, “Seeing all these old fans, the new fans coming, everything was sold out, and getting told by the fans what the music means for them, then we more and more” understood that the time wasn’t right for the band to retire.

Among the interesting career highlights covered in the movie is The Scorpions’ historic 1991 visit to the Kremlin in Moscow to meet Mikhail Gorbachev. The band presented the then-Soviet president with a gold record for its hit ballad “Wind Of Change,” which celebrated the end of the Cold War.

Describing “Wind Of Change” as “the soundtrack of the most peaceful revolution on Earth,” Schenker says The Scorpions’ visit with Gorbachev was “something very special” since they were the first, and possibly the only, Western band ever invited to the Kremlin. He adds that The Scorpions are still friendly with Gorbachev, who makes an appearance in “Forever And A Day” commenting about the group and the impact of “Wind Of Change.”

The Scorpions recently wrapped up the 2015 US leg of its 50th anniversary tour, which also is in support of their latest studio album, RETURN TO FOREVER. With regard to the band’s future, longtime Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs says, “It doesn’t look like the end is near. You know, we keep ourselves open now. We tried the farewell tour, and we [called] it afterwards the ‘went well’ tour.”

The Scorpions will finish the year with a series of European dates in November and December, with more to come in February and March of 2016, including a run of shows in their homeland. Jabs says the band also plans to play more US shows in May, and may visit South America and China as well. Check http://www.The-Scorpions.com/ for the group’s confirmed itinerary.

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-Rock Star Brian May’s & Unanico Group’s Critically-Acclaimed Animation Short, “One Night In Hell,” To Be Made Into A Major Feature Film

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

It has just been confirmed that “One Night In Hell” will be made into a major stop-motion animation and live action mix feature, produced by Unanico Group and Duck Productions, in association with The London Stereoscopic Company, involving some of the biggest names in the film industry.

Gary Kurtz (“Star Wars,” “Empire Strikes Back,” “Dark Crystal”) is set to be a Producer, teaming up with production partners MacKinnon & Saunders (Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” “Frankenweenie,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox”).

In addition to composing the soundtrack, Brian May will be an Executive Producer on the film.

The film will be directed by Jason Jameson from a screenplay by Jason Jameson & Paul Laikin. Paul Laikin will also produce for Unanico Group.

The film is in development now for release in 2019.

The creators are currently in discussion with voice talent and distributors.

The feature is based on the critically-acclaimed short film “One Night In Hell,” directed by Jason Jameson & James Hall, and produced by Unanico Group and Duck Productions in association with The London Stereoscopic Company. The short film has launched at over 20 film festivals worldwide, was given five stars in the British press, proclaimed by Esquire to be the “best film you’ll see all Halloween,” and hit the number one spot for short films on iTunes. The short film is currently featuring at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights in Los Angeles.

For further information, please visit http://www.onenightinhell.com/ or download the Diableries app (App Store/Google Play).

http://www.brianmay.com/

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-AFM Records News

Shakra: Reunited With Mark Fox!

Finally there’s official news from the Shakra camp: The fox is on the run again — Mark Fox is back together with Shakra! Chris von Rohr said the following after former singer John Prakesh left the band in early 2014: “Let’s bring back together what belongs together.”

That being said, it took a while till the early disputes had been put aside but in late summer of 2014 it was clear to everyone that it’s time to do it again! Since that point of time, the whole band shed blood, sweat, and tears to finish their new album HIGH NOON which will be out on January 29th, 2016.

Shakra have signed with Universal Music for Switzerland while AFM will continue to release their albums in the rest of the world.

With the first new single and video “Hello,” a typical Shakra-style rock song, Mark Fox and Shakra say HELLO to old and new fans. Welcome to the party!

“Hello”

http://www.shakra.ch/

Manimal: First Track From Upcoming Album Available For Streaming!

Swedish heavy/power metallers Manimal have just released a first song from their upcoming album TRAPPED IN THE SHADOWS (which will be released on November 20th):

“March Of Madness”

TRAPPED IN THE SHADOWS track list:
1. Irresistible
2. March Of Madness
3. The Dark
4. Trapped In The Shadows
5. Invincible
6. Man-Made Devil
7. Silent Messiah
8. The Journey
9. Screaming Out
10. Psychopomp

http://www.manimal.se/

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

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-Ensiferum Confirms European Tour In April 2016!

Finnish Metal warriors Ensiferum have just announced another European headliner tour for April 2016.

Comments Ensiferum: “Greetings from Ensiferum camp! ONE MAN ARMY world tour has already visited many cities but there is still lot more to come. We shall not rest before every metalhead has partied with us like there is no tomorrow! Now we are very proud to announce European tour in April 2016 with brilliant lineup! More info later, so please be patient, we promise that it will be worth it. Folk on!”

ENSIFERUM
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01/04/16 DE – Lichtenfels – Ragnarök Festival
02/04/16 NL – Rotterdam – Maasilo
03/04/16 BE – Antwerp – Trix
04/04/16 DE – Frankfurt – Batschkapp
05/04/16 LU – Esch/Alzette – Kulturfabrik
06/04/16 DE – Hannover – Capitol
07/04/16 DK – Copenhagen – Amager Bio
08/04/16 DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
09/04/16 AT – Wien – Szene
10/04/16 HU – Budapest – Barba Negra Club
12/04/16 RO – Bucharest – Arenele Romane
13/04/16 BG – Sofia – Mixtape 5 Club
14/04/16 SR – Belgrade – Dom Omladine
15/04/16 HR – Zagreb – Vintage
16/04/16 DE – Burglengenfeld – VAZ Pfarrheim
17/04/16 CH – Solothurn – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
18/04/16 IT – Milan – Fabrique
19/04/16 DE – Karlsruhe – Substage
20/04/16 IT – Köln – Live Music Hall
21/04/16 DE – Berlin – Columbia Theater

In other news Ensiferum have just confirmed four shows in Finland supporting Children Of Bodom!

Ensiferum
supporting Children Of Bodom
09/12/15 FI – Tampere / Tähtiareena
10/12/15 FI – Seinäjoki / Rytmikorjaamo
11/12/15 FI – Jyväskylä / Paviljonk
12/12/15 FI – Oulu / Super Park

Ensiferum’s ONE MAN ARMY debuted at #167 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #19 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #36 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. In Canada, ONE MAN ARMY placed at #69 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Music Chart, and #126 on the Digital Music Charts.

On the Official Top 100 Charts in Europe, the record earned the coveted #1 slot in Finland, #15 Germany, #37 Austria and #24 Switzerland. Additionally, Ensiferum’s ONE MAN ARMY has ranked among the top five entries in the iTunes Metal Charts in multiple territories.

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

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

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-Zierler’s ESC Out Now!

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Multinational prog metal conglomerate Zierler, featuring members of Beyond Twilight, Halford, Firewind, Scar Symmetry, and Circus Maximus have their debut album, ESC out now via Vanity Music Group.

Two years in the making, ESC is Finn Zierler’s first new album in a decade and is his 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 Queen and the madness of Devin Townsend, to the virtuosity of Dream Theater and the eclectic stylings of Danny Elfman, Finn and company masterfully walk the fine line between genius and insanity, combining a powerful, multi-layered progressive metal foundation with an often dark, majestic orchestral feel. A musical as well as a personal tour-de-force that took the better part of two years to finally complete.

“I set different goals for myself in making this new album. I wanted to accomplish doing 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 in his latest venture are Swedish guitarist Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry, Kaipa), the first to come aboard, and Norwegian bassist/vocalist Truls Haugen (Insense, Circus Maximus), on the Scandinavian side. Finn also reached out to Texas drum veteran, Bobby Jarzombek, whose resume includes the likes of Fates Warning, Halford, Riot, and Spastic Ink. ESC also marks the return of another Texan, 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, featuring a 28-page booklet, can be ordered online at Vanity Music Group’s store.

http://www.vanitymusicgroup.bigcartel.com/product/zierler-esc-pre-orders

Track List:
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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-Azrael’s Bane Signs To HighVolMusic (USA)

Houston, Texas re-activated melodic hard rock band Azrael’s Bane are proud to announce their signing to HighVolMusic (USA) for the 2016 re-release of their two highly sought-after albums WINGS OF INNOCENCE (2004) and MODERN DAY BABYLON (2009).

Azrael’s Bane vocalist Trey Gadler has checked in with the following update:
“The band and I are all very excited to announce our signing with HighVolMusic! HVM are great people who share our vision and game plan making them the perfect partner for us in getting our music out to the world. Stay tuned because this is going to be awesome!”

HighVolMusic label boss Bill Chavis has checked in with the following update:
“We are super stoked to announce that Azrael’s Bane has signed with HighVolMusic! An amazing metal band, Azrael’s Bane is comprised of top-notch musicians with their own signature sound loaded with crushing rhythms, blazing guitars, five-part vocal harmonies, and the man up front Trey Gadler. Welcome home boys…”

The band is currently writing music for their third album to be released in 2017.

Azrael’s Bane 2015 lineup:
Trey Gadler (Vocals)
Jeff Clifton (Guitars)
Chuck McFadden (Guitars)
Brent Marches (Bass)
Van Turner (Drums) – Formerly of Z-Lot-Z

Azrael’s Bane – “Shine” video (2004)

For the latest band news and show dates, visit their official website:
http://www.azraelsbane.net/

HighVolMusic
http://www.highvolmusic.com/

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-Shallow Ground To Release New CD EMBRACE THE FURY

Meriden, Connecticut old school thrash metal band Shallow Ground will be releasing their new second CD EMBRACE THE FURY on November 13, 2015 in Europe via Germany based Killer Metal Records and independently throughout the rest of the world.

Shallow Ground guitarist Tim Smith has checked in with the following update:

“We are beyond excited for the release of EMBRACE THE FURY. This is a pure thrash record but at the same time there are a few surprises for the fans. The song writing and production quality are miles ahead of anything we’ve done to this point. We couldn’t be happier with the record and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it!”

Killer Metal Records label boss Jens Hafner has checked in with the following update:

“US Thrashers Shallow Ground return with their second album EMBRACE THE FURY. If you like to thrash with class, you should check out the band from Connecticut! This is old school Thrash Metal in the Bay Area style at its best!”

EMBRACE THE FURY track list:

1. Once Again
2. Khan
3. Brace for Impact
4. Human Flame
5. Eye Of The Storm
6. F.I.U.
7. Class Warfare
8. Looking Glass
9. Slayer Of The Gods

Shallow Ground lineup:

Keith Letourneau (Guitar / Vocals)
Tim Smith (Guitar)
Mark Chrzaszczewski (Bass)
Kurt Ragis (Drums)

Upcoming Shallow Ground show dates:

11/07/15 – The Wreck Room – Peterborough, NH
11/20/15 – The Webster – Hartford, CT – Supporting Exodus
11/22/15 – Stafford Palace Theater – Stafford, CT – supporting Kamelot

Hailing from Meriden Connecticut, Shallow Ground is a four-piece thrash metal band originally formed back in the mid-nineties. Comprised of four like-minded individuals with a passion for playing loud, aggressive, brain-rattling music, the band is aiming to spread their brand of thrash metal to the masses. After taking a few years off, vocalist/guitarist Keith Letourneau and guitarist Tim Smith came together in 2009 with new members Nick Ziembicki and Kurt Ragis to record their self-titled EP.

In 2013, the band signed a deal with Killer Metal Records, released their full-length debut THE END OF EVERYTHING, and played The Warriors Of Metal pre-fest in Columbus, Ohio. 2013 also marked the departure of Nick Ziembicki and new bassist Nick Persico entering the fold.

Shallow Ground have shared the stage with national acts such as The Devin Townsend Band, Tesseract, Holy Grail, Cauldron, Warbringer, Lazarus AD, Diamond Plate, Unearth, Chimaira, Skeletonwitch, Kittie, The Agonist, Blackguard, Diecast, Bonded By Blood, and Vindicator.

“Slayer Of The Gods” video (2015)

“Darkness” video (2013)

For the latest band news and show dates, visit their official website:
http://www.shallow-ground.com/

Killer Metal Records
https://www.facebook.com/killermetalrecords.de

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-Exumer To Record New Album; Fourth Full-Length Since The Band’s 1986 Inception!

European Tour Confirmed!

German thrash masters Exumer will enter the studio in Dortmund/Germany on October 19th, to record the follow-up for FIRE & DAMNATION, which was released worldwide via Metal Blade Records in 2012.

The band will once again team up with producer Waldemar Sorychta (Sodom, Moonspell, Grip Inc., Tiamat, etc.), who had produced the band’s comeback album in 2011.

Vocalist Mem V. Stein comments: “We take our time to record/release our records in order to deliver the most exciting and quality products for our fans. We are fortunate enough that Metal Blade gives us the space, time, and freedom we need to write the album we believe will advance the band the most. Having Waldemar back with us in the studio to produce the new record is such a huge plus, since he did a fantastic job on the last production. Anyone who liked our two records from the 1980s or our last album will not be disappointed with this new one as it delivers our signature brand of fast and aggressive thrash metal.”

Exumer’s new album is set to be released via Metal Blade Records in early 2016, and marks the fourth output in the band’s 30-year history. Title, artwork, and bonus material for the 10-track-strong album will soon be released. The album will be released in time for the upcoming European tour! Please make sure to spread the dates through your channels!

Exumer
European ROAD RAGE 2016
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28.01.16 ES – Barcelona Boveda
29.01.16 ES – Zaragoza Centro Civicio Universidad
30.01.16 ES – Granada El Tren
31.01.16 ES – Madrid Lemon
05.02.16 DE – Pfarrkirchen Club Bogaloo
06.02.16 AT – Dornbirn Schlachthaus
07.02.16 IT – Mailand Blue Rose Saloon
08.02.16 IT – Rom Traffic Live Club
10.02.16 DE – Berlin – Comet
11.02.16 PL – Warschau – Progresja
12.02.16 PL – Lodz – LDK
13.06.16 DE – Hameln – Sumpfblume
14.06.16 DE – Lünen – Lükaz

http://www.exumer.de/
https://www.facebook.com/exumerofficial
https://twitter.com/exumerofficial

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-Sleaszy Rider Records Update

Energema | New Signing!

Power metallers Energema from Colombia signed a deal with Sleaszy Rider! The band founded from well-known and charismatic guitarist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Waldo.

Nicolas is official artist from Ibanez Guitars Japan and he worked like international artist from the American enterprise Dean Guitars USA. He has worked for over 10 years like soloist on his project called Nicolas Waldo signed by the instrumental metal label Lion Music Finland.

Energema is a parallel band founded by Nicolas, as he is a great fan and passionate for the power metal sound. The other members of Energema are the amazing vocalist Alejandro Pinzon, Andres Parada on rhythm guitars, and Daniel Pinzon on bass.

The new album debut of Energema was recorded at Yara Records and Meggido Records Studio on Armenia city and Bogota city on Colombia, South America. This album was produced by Nicolas Waldo and Energema.

The music is summarized on: Energy, Fury, Force with an impeccable execution of his members on his instruments. The lyrics are based on the famous “Narnia” books from C.S. Lewis and some stories of the ancient world.

The debut album of Energema is entitled THE LION’S FORCES and it will includes nine powerful tracks, perfect for lovers of bands like Gamma Ray, Helloween, and Impellitteri.

Release date will be announced soon.

http://www.facebook.com/energemaband

Far Behind The Flame | New Signing!

Sleaszy Rider signed a deal with Far Behind The Flame. This French project started as one man’s band by Leo, but recently he found some members and he complete a full lineup. After a self-released EP, they will release their debut album soon.

http://www.facebook.com/FarBehindTheFlame

Nasty Ratz | New Signing!

Sleaszy Rider welcomes Nasty Ratz to the family! The hard rockers coming from the sin city of Prague (Czech Republic) and after a self-released (and sold out) EP, they are ready to explode your speakers and blow the bras of the chicks with their amazing debut album FIRST BITE! Fans of Motley Crue, Poison, Faster Pussycat, Ratt, FireHouse, and Pretty Boy Floyd, be prepared for an album you MUST buy for your collections!

http://www.facebook.com/NastyRatz

Hesperia | Studio Report

As previously mentioned the recording of CAESAR [ROMA VOL. I], the sixth album by Hesperia, has started; an intro and the first track have already been recorded. This will be a concept album about Julius Caesar, and the first of a few albums about the Roman era.

The tracks will not form a “continuum” like on the previous album; despite being linked to each other by the concept story, they’ll be single tracks about five minutes long.

Caesar’s life will be recreated with a Roman and cinematographic feel, where orchestra meets metal in its entirety (including its various subgenres), neofolk, ’60s-’70s (and earlier) rock opera, old prog, and identitary rock.

Among these different atmospheres you’ll find two more culturally miscellaneous tracks:

– the track introducing Cleopatra’s theme, with its Egyptian monumental feel

– the track about Caesar’s work “De Bello Gallico,” with a Celtic feel. This has been achieved also by using the crwth, a typical Celtic instrument dating back to the 7th century.

Once again Italic-Roman folk instruments will be used, together with mellotron, Korg, and a Hammond organ.

The usage of opera and especially the tenor will be extended.

The recording places will be different.

The album will also feature a Hesperian thematic cover of the Iron Maiden song “The Ides Of March” (official Caesar’s day of death).

The ritual-sciamanic side will help the album’s birth in a way that will be explained in the next studio reports.

Attached to this studio report are a few pictures showing the crwth recording evening. The crwth lines were played and arranged by Hesperus himself at the Picene-Celtic sword master Behoram Wallace’s haven. Behoram is the owner of the Celtic traditional instruments.

http://fortebraccioveregrense.jimdo.com/

Hesperia official links:
http://www.hesperianlands.tk/
https://www.facebook.com/HesperiaOfficial
https://www.youtube.com/user/HesperiaOfficial
https://twitter.com/Hesperia_ITA

Deviser | Re-Release Of UNSPEAKABLE CULTS

After an agreement with Greek melodic blacksters Deviser, we will re-release in early 2016 their amazing debut album UNSPEAKABLE CULTS, which was originally released on 1996 by Mascot Records. Celebrating 20 years of the album’ s existence, we will re-release it in special editions like limited digi-pak, picture disc LP, and T-shirt!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Deviser/135734023147260

Sleaszy Rider Records
http://www.sleaszyrider.com/

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-Divebomb Records: Aftermath – KILLING THE FUTURE Bootcamp CD Coming October 30th

Aftermath Reissue!

Aftermath
KILLING THE FUTURE
DIVE097
CD
Bootcamp Series #24

KILLING THE FUTURE sees release on October 30th

DECLASSIFIED INFORMATION:
Chicago’s Aftermath are celebrating their 30th anniversary with the release of their now legendary demo KILLING THE FUTURE. This will be the first time these recordings are available in North America. Once considered “too damn fast” by Don Kaye of Kerrang! Aftermath quickly became a front-runner within the newly birthed ’80s crossover movement.

Creating so much buzz within the industry Aftermath were included as part of Metal Forces magazine’s DEMOLOTION – SCREAM YOUR BRAINS OUT LP release which showcased other upcoming (now quite notable) acts of the that time such as Anacrusis, Atrophy, Hobbs’ Angel Of Death, and Leviathan. Though their eventual artistic evolution would steer them away from the neck-breaking speed of KILLING THE FUTURE Aftermath are still held in high regard as one of the crossover champions of the era.

This Bootcamp Series reissue collects not only the original KILLING THE FUTURE cassette release as well as Demo #1. All audio was transferred from original two-track master reels, a first, and re-mastered by Paul Logus. Cover art is a faithful recreation of the original KILLING THE FUTURE cassette release.

COMRADES IN ARMS:
Corrosion Of Conformity, Wehrmacht, Cryptic Slaughter, Ludichrist, Beyond Possession, D.R.I.

ARSENAL:
o limited edition CD – only 500 units pressed worldwide
o update artwork
o digitally re-mastered
o band-supplied photos
o full-color 121page booklet with band interview and lyrics

TRACK LIST:
1. When Will You Die?
2. Going No Place
3. Chaos
4. Meltdown
5. War For Freedom

BONUS TRACKS:
6. Sentenced To Death
7. Revenge
8. Shotgun
9. The Aftermath

STREAM NOW:
“When Will You Die?”
https://tribunalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/killing-the-future

CONNECT:
http://www.facebook.com/aftermathchicago

DIVEBOMB RECORDS:
http://www.divebombrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/divebombrecords

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-Pre-Order Links Online For Gentle Giant’s Iconic OCTOPUS On Blu-Ray / CD

Steven Wilson Re-Mix In Stores October 27, 2015

Classic rock/blues blogger Rev. Keith Gordon could not believe when he received the press release announcing the release of the Steven Wilson re-mix of Gentle Giant’s OCTOPUS on Blu-ray / CD, right after he revisited OCTOPUS in his “Fossil Column” at his blog, “That Devil Music.”

At http://www.thatdevilmusic.com/2015/09/fossils-gentle-giants-octopus-1972.html , Keith wrote “OCTOPUS, along with the following year’s IN A GLASS HOUSE and 1975’s FREE HAND would prove to be the cornerstones of the band’s enduring legacy.” “It worked out quite well,” the good Rev. states proudly. “Each post has gotten approximately 3,000 unique page views.”

And pre-orders for the OCTOPUS Blu-ray / CD package is also a head-turning experience.

Pre-order links are up:

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/GGOctopus
Amazon Blu-Ray: http://smarturl.it/GGOctopus_AmzBluRay
Amazon CD: http://smarturl.it/GGOctopus_AmzCD

Originally released in 1972, OCTOPUS is Gentle Giant’s fourth album, featuring band members: Gary Green (guitars, percussion), Kerry Minnear (keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, cello, vocals), Derek Shulman (vocals, alto saxophone), Phil Shulman (saxophones, trumpet, mellophone, vocals), Ray Shulman (bass violin, guitar, percussion, vocals), John Weathers (drums, percussion, xylophone). The album was produced by the band and engineered and mixed by Martin Rushent.

OCTOPUS has been tastefully re-mixed by Steven Wilson (who also re-mixed Gentle Giant’s THE POWER & THE GLORY in 2014).

* This Blu-ray / CD package also includes a bonus of Steven’s mix of live 15-minute concert performances of “Excerpts From OCTOPUS” from the band’s 1976 tour.

* New sketches by Roger Dean (who produced the original UK album cover) will be included in the new packaging as well as artwork from the USA album (an octopus in a jar created by Charles White).

* The Blu-ray’s re-mixed album and added 15 minutes of live excerpts will be in 96/24 PCM, DTS 5.1 Surround Sound Master Audio. The Blu-ray also includes instrumental mixes of five of the original eight tracks from this album. Also included is the flat transfer of the original mix of the album.

The releases will be through Caroline-UMG in North America, and on Soulfood in the rest of the world on October 27.

TRACK LISTING
1. The Advent Of Panurge *
2. Raconteur Troubadour *
3. A Cry For Everyone
4. Knots
5. The Boys In The Band *
6. Dog’s Life
7. Think Of Me With Kindness
8. River
9. Bonus Live “Excerpts From Octopus 1976”
* Original stereo mixes and Penteo surround sound upmixes.

LABEL: ALUCARD
ARTIST: GENTLE GIANT
TITLE: OCTOPUS STEVEN WILSON
RELEASE DATE: 27 OCTOBER 2015

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*** PRESS RELEASE #12 ***
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-Vote For Bluesman/Spinal Surgeon, Daniel Ivankovich, For “CNN Hero Of The Year”

Few people can list “bluesman” and “spinal surgeon” as their top two levels of expertise.

But then again, Dr. Daniel Ivankovich is not your average gentleman. The Yugoslavian-born Ivankovich also goes by the nicknames of “Dr. Dan” or “Chicago Slim,” who does his best to aid blues musicians, and help them get proper coverage to suit their needs from the health system (and even often providing free care through his non-profit One Patient Global Health Initiative).

Ivankovich was once a college basketball star at Northwestern University, before a career-ending knee injury put an unexpected halt to his dreams. But instead of feeling sorry for himself, Ivankovich found solace in the fields of surgery and blues music.

By co-founding the Chicago Blues All-Stars band (for which he supplies vocals and guitar), it was by performing in blues venues that he crossed paths with blues vets who were in need of better health care.

Due to his good work, Ivankovich has received praise and coverage from the press:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/02/15/blues-medical-doctor-dan-health/23389379/

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-2011/Chicagoans-of-the-Year-2010-Daniel-Ivankovich

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/09/health/cnn-heroes-ivankovich

And as a result, Ivankovich has been named a 2015 Top 10 CNN Hero. Voting for CNN Hero of the Year continues through Sunday, November 15. All of this year’s Top 10 CNN Heroes will be honored during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” on Sunday, December 6, on the global networks on CNN. For more information (and to place your vote), visit:

http://Heroes.CNN.com

“I know I can’t fix everybody,” he told CNN. “My goal is to be the battering ram to help break down the barriers to get these patients the care and the resources they need.” And now, those who have benefitted from the hard work and good deeds from Daniel Ivankovich can say “thanks” by helping him being named “CNN Hero of the Year.”

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*** NEWS/RUMORS ***
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-Check out a short Anthrax feature from Loudwire, with Scott Ian and Charlie Benante reminiscing for the 30th anniversary of the SPREADING THE DISEASE album, at https://youtu.be/df3-GV96PIU .

-The “poetic rock band” Bed Of A Nun has signed a global deal with Pure Rock Records. See https://www.facebook.com/bedofanun for more.

-There’s a new interview with Casablanca’s Josh Rundquist, from the “That Drummer Guy” podcast, at https://youtu.be/h-4qQrfKihE .

-Chastain’s new single “All Hail The King,” from the upcoming WE BLEED METAL (Pure Steel Records), is online now at https://soundcloud.com/puresteelrecords/chastain-all-hail-the-king .

-There are clips of a couple new Circle II Circle songs (“Untold Dreams” and “It’s All Over”) at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=42795 .

-Def Leppard’s new song “Dangerous” is online now at https://youtu.be/fim3Deb6vSs . The band is still slated for the Def Leppard Cruise from January 21-25, 2016, and recently announced more North American tour dates with Styx and Tesla, for next year:

1/27 – Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
1/29 – BB&T Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1/30 – Amway Center, Orlando, FL
2/2 – AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
2/3 – Lafayette Cajundome, Lafayette, LA
2/5 – American Bank Center Arena, Corpus Christi, TX
2/6 – State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, TX
2/9 – Verizon Arena, Little Rock, AR
2/10 – CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, LA
2/13 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
2/14 – Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
2/16 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
2/17 – PPL Center, Allentown, PA

In related news, guitarist Phil Collen’s book with Chris Epting, the memoir entitled “Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, And Beyond,” is due out October 27. There is more info and pre-ordering available at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/adrenalized-phil-collen/1121864378?ean=9781476751658 ; see http://www.philcollenpc1.com/ for more on Collen, and http://www.defleppard.com/ for more on the band.

-Diviner, the Greek metal band, has a new lyric video for “Come Into My Glory” at https://youtu.be/UVbxT0w3ZKo . The track comes from FALLEN EMPIRES, due out November 20 on Ulterium Records. See https://www.facebook.com/Divinermetalband for more.

-Ghost will appear on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” October 30.

-Ghost Machinery has two singles out now from EVIL UNDERDOW, which is due out November 13 on Pure Legend Records:

“Lost To Love”

“Arms Of The Strangers”

The new video for “Arms Of The Strangers” is at https://youtu.be/NklIc1B14L0 . See http://www.ghostmachinery.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/ghostmachinery for more.

-Hollowfest is set for this weekend, October 23-24, at JB McGinnes in New Castle, DE. The fest is “Pure Steel recording artists Sleepy Hollow’s First annual celebration of the Halloween season.” The lineup on the 23rd: Altar Of Dagon, Infernal Opera, Axemaster, Images Of Eden, Psychoprism, Crown Of Earth, Lowdown 302. The 24th: Sleepy Hollow, Voodoo Terror Tribe, Exxplorer, Wretch, Power Theory, Sunless Sky, Season Of Mourning, Dark Scary Dead Things. See http://puresteel-records.com/news/view/2506/Hollowfest_2015_with_7_PURE_STEEL_BANDS for more.

-Inglorious’ new track, “Breakaway,” is online now at https://youtu.be/U_wSMHZZi8w . The self-titled album is due out February 19 on Frontiers. Track list: “Until I Die,” “Breakaway,” “High Flying Gypsy,” “Holy Water,” “Warning,” “Bleed For You,” “Girl Got A Gun,” “You’re Mine,” “Inglorious,” “Wake,” “Unaware.” See http://www.inglorious.com/ for more.

-Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall will release KINGDOM OF ROCK on November 6 through Frontiers. The release features an excellent array of guest singers including Jorn Lande, Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Harnell, and Harry Hess. Check out the new track “I Am Coming For You,” featuring Karlsson on lead vocals, at https://youtu.be/2EbXqf9waJc . Pre-orders are now being taken at http://radi.al/MagnusKarlsson , and the MP3 version comes with instant downloads of the tracks “I Am Coming For You,” “No Control,” and “Kingdom Of Rock.” See https://www.facebook.com/MAGNUSKARLSSONSFREEFALL for more.

-Check out an interview with Masterplan’s Roland Grapow and Rick Altzi online now at https://youtu.be/q2T2Kxh3JMg . In it, the band reveals plans to re-record material Grapow originally wrote and performed in Helloween.

-Melted Space’s lyric video for “Terrible Fight” is online at https://youtu.be/_YLOjd7h5m8 . Also, “the entire hi-res 24 bit/96 khz edition of” the whole album — THE GREAT LIE (Sensory Records) — is currently available at https://lasersedge.bandcamp.com/album/the-great-lie-hi-res-24-bit-96khz-edition . See http://www.facebook.com/meltedspace for more.

-Tim “Ripper” Owens recently guested on the podcast “The Jasta Show.” Go to https://soundcloud.com/jameyjasta/episode-130-tim-ripper-owens to hear it.

-There’s an interview with Queen’s Brian May on Boston’s 100.7 WZLX-FM at https://youtu.be/u3d2w5tMNqs .

-Check out footage of Queensryche appearing on Las Vegas talk show “Valley View Live!” at https://youtu.be/hm0pRfG8aZ4 , with performances of two songs:

“Arrow Of Time”

“Eyes Of A Stranger”

-Check out an EPK for Resurrection Kings — featuring singer Chas West, guitarist Craig Goldy, bassist Sean McNabb, and drummer Vinny Appice — at https://youtu.be/2RHEB0iFu7c . See https://www.facebook.com/ResurrectionKingsMusic for more.

-Saxon’s new track “Queen Of Hearts” is streaming now at http://ultimateclassicrock.com/saxon-queen-of-hearts-video/ . Yahoo is also streaming five songs from the new album, BATTERING RAM, until the North American release date of October 30; check out “The Devil’s Footprint,” “Queen Of Hearts,” “Destroyer,” “Eye Of The Storm,” and “Stand Your Ground” [cut off abruptly mid-song when we tried – Tim] at https://www.yahoo.com/music/get-a-taste-of-saxons-new-album-ahead-of-release-181000997.html .

-SayWeCanFly’s new video for “High School,” from the DARLING EP (Epitaph), will premiere October 22 in the US, exclusively, on MTVu, MTVu.com, and MTV.com. See http://www.saywecanfly.net/ for more.

-Michael Schenker’s full show at the Rock Hard Festival 2015 — in HD and featuring ex-Scorpions mates Francis Buchholz (bass) and Herman Rarebell (drums) in the lineup — is online at https://youtu.be/uuz9q0aKBww .

-The Scorpions’ new video for “Going Out With A Bang” is online at https://youtu.be/1ZqePvl-w9M .

-Signum Regis’ new lyric video for “Lost And Found,” from CHAPTER IV: THE RECKONING, at https://youtu.be/M9V_5GMODCI . The album is due out November 20 on Ulterium Records. See http://www.signum-regis.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/signum.regis for more.

-Slik Toxik’s IRRELEVANT (1994) has been reissued by Perris Records, in a “20 Something Anniversary” edition. This version drops the original’s Sex Pistols cover “EMI,” and replaces it with 1989 demo version of “White Lies / Black Truth,” a track which later appeared on 1992’s DOIN’ THE NASTY. Track list: “Twenty Something,” “Kill The Pain,” “Voodoo,” “Drained,” “I Wanna Gun,” “Liquid Calm,” “Fashioned After None,” “Dive,” “Blue Monday,” “Mother Machine,” “Just Fade Away,” “White Lies / Black Truth” (1989 demo). See http://www.perrisrecords.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/PerrisRecords for more, and check out a nice review at http://carlbegai.com/2015/10/18/slik-toxik-irrelevant-20-something-anniversary-re-issue/ .

-Stearica’s new video, a live version of “Geber” from FERTILE, is now online at https://youtu.be/YYBjnWt1Is8 .

-Stryper’s FALLEN is out now on Frontiers. Check out an EPK at https://youtu.be/0CA3JnUOAfs , and some new songs as follows:

“Yahweh”

“Fallen”

“Big Screen Lies”

“Let There Be Light”

“After Forever” (Black Sabbath cover)

“Pride”

There are new interviews with Michael Sweet at https://youtu.be/9Xg3z2bVVq8 and http://www.guitarworld.com/fallen-michael-sweet-strypers-new-album-his-signature-washburn-guitar-and-more/25622 . Speaking of Sweet, there’s a contest to “Scream For Stryper,” where you can win a Washburn PXL20B guitar by screaming like him; see details at http://www.stryper.com/screamforstrypercontest/ . See http://www.stryper.com/ for more.

-Vanden Plas’ CHRONICLES OF THE IMMORTALS: NETHERWORLD (PART 2) is due out November 6 on Frontiers. Hype from the label: “Highly recommended for fans of Dream Theater, Beyond The Bridge, Circus Maximus, Between The Buried And Me, and the like!” Check out the new track “The Last Fight” at https://youtu.be/gk_ZoEk5XEU . The release can be pre-ordered on CD and MP3 through Amazon at http://radi.al/VandenPlasAmazon , and MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of “Stone Roses Edge” and “The Last Fight.”

-Check out an interview with With The Dead singer Lee Dorrian (ex-Cathedral) at http://heavymetal.about.com/od/interviews/fl/With-The-Dead-Interview.htm .

Thanks to Chad Bowar, Dave Tedder, Chuck Nowlin, James Wood, Earsplit, Frontiers, Music Buy Mail, Mazur PR, and Pure Steel Promotion for help gathering some of this information.

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*** ROCK HARD RIDE FREE ***
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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Cool to see Slik Toxik’s IRRELEVANT getting reissued, but, honestly, I won’t be buying it. I still have my original and it was one of those early/mid-1990s albums by fun/party/”hair” bands that had gone adrift. (These albums caused me heartache, and led me to start seeking new bands via import shops… Remember Kiss’ CARNIVAL OF SOULS? That was the first big Internet leak I cared about, and ugh… How about Skid Row’s SUBHUMAN RACE, Extreme’s WAITING FOR THE PUNCHLINE, Motley Crue’s s/t, Warrant’s ULTRAPHOBIC, Wildside’s s/t, Dokken’s DYSFUNCTIONAL, Vince Neil’s CARVED IN STONE, and INSANITY BEACH by Sleeze Beez? Ugh, ugh, and more ugh.) I totally dug Slik Toxik’s prior album, 1992’s DOIN’ THE NASTY, and I remember paying a lot to get IRRELEVANT via mail order, and then when it arrived I threw it on and went “Oofff…” Still, it is cool to even be reading about Slik Toxik in 2015.

-I was trolling around YouTube and found a full Judas Priest show, from the REDEEMER OF SOULS tour in Oslo, Norway, this past June 2nd. I know there are countless full concerts out there nowadays, but for some reason I still get happily surprised when I completely unintentionally stumble across something I’m totally interested in. The link for the show is https://youtu.be/gxgmRHey9iU , and the set list is as follows: “Battle Cry” (intro), “Dragonaut,” “Metal Gods,” “Devil’s Child,” “Victim Of Changes,” “Halls Of Valhalla,” “Love Bites,” “Turbo Lover,” “Redeemer Of Souls,” “Jawbreaker,” “Breaking The Law,” “Hell Bent For Leather,” “The Hellion/Electric Eye,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” “Painkiller,” “Living After Midnight.” I saw a slightly longer version of this show on the US tour, here in Chicago back in May. Gotta love the Priest.

-I just saw in a Chicago Tribune book review by Lloyd Sachs that “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling’s new novel “Career Of Evil,” written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, has “a title, chapter headings and themes taken from Blue Oyster Cult.” That’s just crazy and cool. Made me think of some funny mash-up titles:

“Harry Potter And The Agents Of Fortune”
“Harry Potter And The Fire Of Unknown Origin”
“Harry Potter And The 7 Screaming Diz-Busters”

-So, yeah, that Saxon BATTERING RAM five-song preview on Yahoo!… I saw it mentioned several times on Facebook so I finally relented and checked it out. The songs sound cool, typical heavy latter-day Saxon, but then “Stand Your Ground” just ends abruptly. I tried it twice to see if maybe I just had a bad connection or something, but it happened again at the exact same spot. Didn’t anyone test this?

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