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Detritus #688: Helloween, Primal Fear, King Diamond

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Issue #688
Week of November 2, 2015
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-I just learned that an old friend of mine, who used to be a drummer in a death metal band, recently served as chaperone on his daughter’s school field trip. How ’bout them apples? 🙂 – Tim

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-Helloween Publishes “Hellbook” For their 30th Anniversary

As pioneers of German Melodic Speed Metal, Helloween are not only one of Germany’s most respected metal exports, but also one of the globally most influential metal bands today. Since 1984 Helloween have performed at all important festivals such as Rock In Rio or Woodstock in Poland, which they headlined in front of over 500,000 fans. The band played countless world tours, delivered spectacular shows with colleagues such as Iron Maiden, Slayer, or Ozzy Osbourne, released 15 studio and three live albums, and sold more than eight million records. With 14 gold and six platinum awards under their belt, they scored their career’s highest German album entry in 2013 and scored at the US Billboard’s Top 100. Obviously, Helloween are far from running out of steam: Their 30th anniversary sees the publication of their first book, the “Hellbook.” By this, the pumpkin heads from Hamburg present a long awaited fan item that documents 30 years of metal passion and is the only official reference work of its kind so far.

“For us, this book is highly emotional and evokes a thousand memories. Good moments as well as not so good ones are captured here. 30 years of Helloween on almost 500 pages — and no end in sight…” – MARKUS GROSSKOPF

Order now at http://www.helloween.org/ .

The “Hellbook” is a singular tribute to the European metal gods. On 498 pages in the format 22×28 cm, this tour de force of speed, power, and rhythm initially takes us back to the roots. We witness their most important and renowned moments, as well as their darkest and most tragic hours: The true story of Kai Hansen, Michael Kiske, Andi Deris, Michael Weikath, Ingo Schwichtenberg, Markus Grosskopf, Roland Grapow, Uli Kusch, Dani Löble, Sascha Gerstner, and other masters is told for the first time officially, and accompanied by high-quality and partially unreleased live and backstage images. Actually, 30 years of Helloween are the best excuse to spill their best kept secrets and most legendary anecdotes…

“We had great years and a fantastic time, that, looking back, makes the downsides that come with everything big, seem insignificant.” – KAI HANSEN

With its premium artwork, designed by illustrators and designers like the mysterious Frederick Moulaert or Marcos Moura, a 350gr soft cover, and 150gr paper, the “Hellbook” is a 2kg must-have for hardcore fans and a true treasure for collectors: The comprehensive and complete legacy of a legend, alive and necessary — and a collage of their dreams, dedicated to one of the biggest German heavy and hard rock bands of recent years. The “Helloween Bible” was initiated by Carlos Vincente Leon and David LĂłpez GĂłmez from Spain, who penned this masterpiece with blood, sweat, and tears by fans for fans.

“A reference book, even for myself. I’ll probably flick through the pages in 20 years going: ‘Really? That’s how it was? Cool!’ ;-)” – ANDI DERIS

The deluxe edition is strictly limited 3kg heavy weight, manually numbered, and personally signed by the band members including Kiske and Hansen. The golden hardcover and high-quality protective cover wrapper printed with UV coating contains 556 pages — 58 pages more than the “Hellbook’s” standard edition. These 58 pages are the “Hidden Treasures” with copies of originals from the band’s early days: private stories like the first record deal, the development of the logo, pictures from times before Helloween, and much more. The “Hidden Treasures” are printed on 150gr. maxisatin /glossy paper.

“I haven’t been dealing with these years for almost two decades now. Looking at all the forgotten pictures now brings back lots of memories; good memories! It’s great to have a book like this!” – MICHAEL KISKE

Those who love the genre know that Helloween deserve their spot on the pedestal of international metal — and those who don’t know everything about the “Godfathers” of the genre yet will love this book. The “Hellbook” will be exclusively available via http://www.helloween.org/ from October 31, 2015 in the standard and deluxe version, which is strictly limited to 777 copies.

“I wonder if this story will ever end. Flipping through the pages, there are many details I didn’t know, didn’t realize, or forgot. Here’s hoping it will entice and thrill the interested reader — and do some good in unforeseeable ways.” – MICHAEL WEIKATH

http://www.helloween.org/

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-Frontiers To Release Primal Fear’s RULEBREAKER In January

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the worldwide release of the new Primal Fear studio album, RULEBREAKER on January 29, 2016! Available in CD, deluxe CD/DVD and — in collaboration with Soulfood Music Distribution GmbH in Germany — the album is also available on vinyl and a special super-limited vinyl edition version featuring an eagle head on the vinyl. RULEBREAKER combines the strongest Primal Fear moments ever, with a well-balanced typical Primal Fear trademark riff-vibe, crushing songs, and some very ambitious musical journeys. Pre-orders for RULEBREAKER will be unveiled soon.

Singer Ralf Scheepers says: “We have so much energy, fantastic melodies, and a hell of a drum groove on each and every song, there is no doubt that the fans will love it as much as I do! And again we have achieved to combine bombastic and atmospheric orchestral sounds with soaring heavy metal riffs and licks, together with ear-splitting screams and also emotional sequences. We have kept the promise of being a heavy metal band with all the trademarks for which people love Primal Fear.”

After the massive DELIVERING THE BLACK World Tour, Primal Fear started the song writing in spring 2015 and recorded at Hansen Studios in Denmark, with producer Mat Sinner and engineer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Amaranthe). Mat Sinner adds: “We learned a lot during the DELIVERING THE BLACK sessions and the following world tour. We tried to put this know-how and all the positive energy into the songs and production of RULEBREAKER. Working the second time with Jacob Hansen and even recording in his studio, gave another dimension to our sound, plus the recording comeback of founding member Tom Naumann was the right move.”

Classic and ultra-fresh, Primal Fear have created riff-rockers like the album opener “Angels Of Mercy,” and groove monsters “The End Is Near” and “Bullets And Tears,” which hit the bullseye from the beginning. The album features another untamed speed killer “In Metal We Trust” and the metal anthem and title track “Rulebreaker.” The melodic and unique ballad “The Sky Is Burning” shows a different side of Primal Fear with a new vibe and a monster chorus. And of course, Primal Fear included again an 11-minute plus Prog Metal tour-de-force entitled “We Walk Without Fear,” spiced with big orchestral arrangements and complex sound designs.

Primal Fear are about to release what is definitely their strongest album ever: RULEBREAKER! Don’t miss the German Metal Commandos on their worldwide tour in 2016!

RULEBREAKER Track Listing:
1. Angels Of Mercy
2. The End Is Near
3. Bullets & Tears
4. Rulebreaker
5. In Metal We Trust
6. We Walk Without Fear
7. At War With The World
8. The Devil In Me; Constant Heart
9. The Sky Is Burning
10. Raving Mad; Final Call (Bonus Track – deluxe edition only)
11. Don’t Say You’ve Never Been Warned (Bonus Track – deluxe edition only)

DVD (Deluxe Edition Only):
The End Is Near (Video Clip)
Angels Of Mercy (Video Clip)
Making Of RULEBREAKER

Lineup:
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
Magnus Karlsson – Guitars & Keyboards
Tom Naumann – Guitars
Francesco Jovino – Drums
Mat Sinner – Bass & Vocals

Rock Hard, EMP, Legacy, Musixx & Noizeletter Presents: RULING EUROPE TOUR 2016
PRIMAL FEAR
Brainstorm & Striker
05.02.16 ES – BARCELONA – Razzmatazz 2
06.02.16 ES – MURCIA – Garaje
07.02.16 ES – MADRID – Arena
09.02.16 FR – TBA
10.02.16 FR – Paris – Divan Du Monde
11.02.16 GER – Siegburg – Kabana
12.02.16 CZ – Prague – Nove Chelmince
13.02.16 GER – Cham – LA CafĂ©
14.02.16 GER – Hamburg – Logo
16.02.16 GER – Hannover – Musikzentrum
17.02.16 GER – SaarbrĂŒcken – Garage
18.02.16 GER – Stuttgart – LKA
19.02.16 CH – Pratteln – Z7
20.02.16 GER – MĂŒnchen – Backstage
21.02.16 HU – Budapest – Barba Negra
23.02.16 AT – Vienna – Szene
24.02.16 PL – Cracow – TBA
25.02.16 GER – Berlin – K17
26.02.16 GER – Wuerzburg – Posthalle
27.02.16 GER – Essen – Turock
28.02.16 BE – Vosselaar – Biebob

More Dates Will Be Announced Soon:
North America – April / May 2016
Japan – June 2016
Latin America – September 2016
Europe Part 2 – October 2016

For More Info Visit
http://www.primalfear.de/
http://www.facebook.com/PrimalFearOfficial

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-King Diamond: New Video Interview On Vice; Upcoming Shows In Detroit And Philadelphia To Be Filmed For DVD

King Diamond sat down for a chat with Slayer’s Kerry King while on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem fest this summer. Noisey was there with cameras in hand to capture the conversation. That “King vs. King” conversation can be viewed now at noisey.vice.com:

http://noisey.vice.com/back-and-forth/king-diamond-slayer-kerry-king-back-and-forth

In other news, Philadelphia and Detroit have been selected as the cities in which King Diamond will film the live shows for the forthcoming DVD. The massive, multi-camera shoot, will be directed by Denise Korycki (Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage), and will also include additional footage from multiple shows throughout the entire “Abigail In Concert 2015” tour. Tickets are on sale now for all shows, so pick them up soon before they sell out!

KING DIAMOND w/ special guests Exodus:
10/29/2015 The Fillmore – Denver, CO
10/31/2015 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/02/2015 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
11/04/2015 The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
11/05/2015 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
11/06/2015 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
11/08/2015 The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
11/09/2015 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
11/13/2015 Housecore Horror Fest @ The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
11/15/2015 The Civic Auditorium – New Orleans, LA
11/16/2015 The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
11/19/2015 PlayStation Theater – New York, NY
11/20/2015 PlayStation Theater – New York, NY
11/21/2015 PlayStation Theater – New York, NY
11/23/2015 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
11/24/2015 Orpheum – Boston, MA
11/25/2015 The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
11/27/2015 Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
11/28/2015 The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
11/30/2015 Myth Live – Minneapolis, MN
12/02/2015 Brady Theater (Club Brady) – Tulsa, OK
12/04/2015 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
12/05/2015 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX

http://www.kingdiamondcoven.com/
http://www.twitter.com/realkingdiamond
http://www.facebook.com/kingdiamondofficial
http://www.facebook.com/kingdiamondmercyfulfateofficial

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-Avantasia: Marco Hietala (Nightwish) On New Album!

Update from Tobias Sammet:

“What do Geoff Tate, Dee Snider, Michael Kiske, Robert Mason, Jorn Lande, Bob Catley, Ronnie Atkins, Olli Hartmann, and me have in common with Marco Hietala of Nightwish? Yes, we’re all good-looking, funny and amazingly talented… AND: we’ll be on the new Avantasia album GHOSTLIGHTS — out on January 29th, 2016.

“About Marco: It was August 1997 and we were in Helsinki to mix the VAIN GLORY OPERA album of Edguy when someone played the band Tarot to me. That great band seemed to be some sort of a legend in Finland (in Germany Tarot were not really known at the time). A few years later a band called Nightwish had appeared on the map and were about to take the European Metal world upside down. Edguy played a festival in England with Saxon and amongst others: Nightwish! I remember even though they had a great female vocalist how much I loved the rendition of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train’ that they did — if I remember correctly — which was sung by their bass player. You know, a lot of bass players are bass players because they wanna be in a band, too; and there’s only so much damage you can do to the sound of a band with just a bass. Sometimes they’re only in the band because they talk enough to organize things or they have a day job to finance the first demo recordings, nice stage clothes, or sun glasses, but at the end of the day, most of them aren’t taken seriously because… well, because they’re bass players. 🙂 And they’re always suspicious… 😉 Anyway — I don’t need a bass player because I play bass myself (not as good as Marco, but I am the cheaper solution for my own project, ha!). AND Marco is more than a bass player, he is a proper musician! I have no clue why it took so long until I eventually asked Marco Hietala (that bass playing vocalist with the two beards and the voice!!) if he could imagine singing a role on an Avantasia album. Now it is happening! And the results kick ass! You will love it! We’re putting together an epic metal record I believe…

“Furthermore Robert Mason (Warrant) can been confirmed to sing on the new album as well. Robert first made a name for himself back in the early nineties as the lead singer in Lynch Mob. Robert is an amazing singer coming from what some would call a different musical world, and he contributed something very unique to the Avantasia world. He really gave the songs what they needed! You will hear it!

“Cheerz, Tobi”

http://www.tobiassammet.com/

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-Berlin-Based Startup Company Staramba Has Made It Possible: Metal Queen Doro Comes To Your Home As A 3D figure!

Doro Pesch has played more than 2,800 concerts in more than 60 countries across four continents in her 30-plus-year — and now the metal queen comes to your home, whenever you want, wherever you want, forever!

Staramba has made this incredible feat possible. From now on, the Berlin-based startup company offers Doro and her entire band as terrific 3D figures in different sizes. Doro and the band look incredibly realistic, this is due to the unique technology (photogrammetry scanner 3D Instagraph), which scans persons within a few seconds. Afterwards, lifelike and full-colored figures emerge shift by shift in a highly-modern 3D printer.

The puppets made out of polymer plaster casts are the spitting images of the originals, only smaller. “The figures became absolutely super,” Doro states. “It’s a really interesting experience to hold yourself in your hands suddenly. I’m sure that the fans will love these new figures and they will get them all for their homes.”

Next to Linkin Park and Slash, Doro is the third rock act that Staramba has created.

Doro Pesch and her band mates Johnny Dee (drums), Nick Douglas (bass), Bas Maas (guitars), Luca Princiotta (guitars), and Harrison Young (keyboards) are available now as a full package in the scale of 1:20 and 1:15 from the Staramba online shop. http://shop.staramba.com/

All band members are purchasable separately for €30 – €295 in the scale of 1:20, 1:15, 1:10 and 1:7.

http://www.doro.de/

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-Nightwish’s ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL Tour Edition Out Now!

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

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

ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL Tour Edition track list:

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

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

*Previously unreleased, 5.1 Dolby digital & stereo

Order the tour edition here:
http://nblast.de/NIGHTWISHFormsNB

http://www.nightwish.com/

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-New Track from Billy Sherwood’s Upcoming Album CITIZEN: “The Citizen,” Featuring Chris Squire And Tony Kaye

Frontiers Music srl has unveiled another song from the new Billy Sherwood album, CITIZEN. The song, “The Citizen,” can be heard at http://on.fb.me/1Lz5ER8 . The album, CITIZEN, is due out November 6.

This is the third song to be revealed prior to the new album’s release on November 6th. All digital pre-orders of CITIZEN include instant downloads of “The Citizen,” “Just Galileo And Me,” and “No Man’s Land.” Pre-orders available here: http://radi.al/BillySherwoodCitizen .

In writing the song, “The Citizen,” Billy Sherwood’s main goal was to set up his concept album, CITIZEN, about a lost soul reincarnated in different eras. Almost modeling the album’s opening after the beginning scroll of the movie “Star Wars,” he wanted the lyrics to show how one thing could change the course of history. “I think people need to listen to the album once, and then start again with the song ‘The Citizen’ as it shows that the guy has already been there throughout history.”

Billy’s aware that the song “The Citizen” can also stand on its own, and thus be interpreted in other ways including the responsibility of citizens being informed. “That is the cool thing about music, people can read a lot of things into it. It shows how the music relates to the listener.”

It is significant that the song “The Citizen” is the last recording of Billy’s mentor, Yes bassist Chris Squire. Earlier this year when Chris was diagnosed with cancer, he handpicked Billy Sherwood to fill in for him on bass and vocals in Yes, before he left for cancer treatment and ultimately, his untimely death. Former Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye is also on the recording.

Other artists on the album, CITIZEN, are Yes keyboardists Patrick Moraz, Rick Wakeman, and Geoff Downes, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, and Yes’ current singer Jon Davison.

Billy started his career in the band Lodgic and then as a member of World Trade, who have two critically-acclaimed albums. He has produced and engineered for many artists including John Wetton, Motorhead, Queensryche, Paul Rodgers, and Yes. He joined Yes first as touring member on the “Talk” tour in 1994, and was a full-time member from 1997 to 1999. He recorded two albums with Chris Squire as the Conspiracy project and released six albums with Circa, the band he formed with Tony Kaye.

CITIZEN is Billy’s eighth album of new material, though he sees this as a group effort, “While I’ve created a lot of this record myself I couldn’t have done it without the amazing talents brought to bear by all the great artists who participated. So I feel it’s much more of a collective effort than a solo album. It’s my desire to take this production onto the stage and some of these amazing artists can help bring this concept to life.”

The album, CITIZEN is being released November 6 on Frontiers Music Srl.

Amazon pre-order link: http://radi.al/BillySherwoodAmazon
iTunes pre-order link: http://radi.al/BillySherwoodiTunes

CITIZEN EPK: https://youtu.be/0t2xBIRHW7I

http://www.BillySherwoodHQ.com/
http://www.facebook.com/BillySherwoodMusic

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-Rockett Queen Reveals “I Hate You” Video

TYLER, TEXAS — Rockett Queen has unveiled the first video from their GOODNIGHT CALIFORNIA EP, “I Hate You.”

A fan favorite at live shows, “I Hate You” brings the story of a contentious romantic relationship to life through a simple yet highly effective concept.

https://youtu.be/teJgoP06dE8

“The concept was interesting to me because I didn’t want it to just be a simple, on-the-nose sexual video,” said vocalist/guitarist Walter Lee. “I wanted to touch on all the different dark places we tend to go while trying to work out our issues, whether they be from the new relationship or an old relationship, so we can move on with the new. At the same time, it shows how sometimes sex can be used as a weapon.”

To do this, “I Hate You” juxtaposes images of a boxing couple with steamy sex scenes, illustrating the dichotomy of the relationship, while also interspersing shots of Rockett Queen’s dynamic on-stage performance.

“I’m extremely happy with how the video came out,” said Lee, who took on the directorial role along with Bruno at Snap The Picture, whose previous work includes Vogue, Neiman Marcus, MTV, Wall Street Journal, and Tiffany & Co. “Bruno has such a great eye for detail and style that it was for the most part easy to film. Everything from his lighting to his scene-stealing camera work really brought the whole project together. The only thing missing was a final scene where I wanted to light the inside of his studio on fire for a climactic ending to the video, but he was having NONE of that, so we went with an alternate ending!”

The video took roughly two months to film and cast, a task that was beginning to feel hopeless.

“It took a special quality to really get the point across and we spent forever trying to find the right leading lady and man,” Lee said. After nearly giving up, Lee connected with former Playboy model Summer Ayala, who took an interest in the role. “After discussing the treatment with her and joking about how perfect she would be with her past experience in acting and modeling, surprisingly she jumped at the chance to do it. Even better she knew the perfect male lead in Devin Northrip an actor/model signed to her agency. With Devin’s background in MMA fighting he really added a lot to the fight scenes.”

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

GOODNIGHT CALIFORNIA is available now via Fade To Silence Records.

http://www.rockettqueen.net/
https://www.reverbnation.com/rockettqueenmusic
https://www.facebook.com/rockettqueen
http://www.myspace.com/rockettqueen
http://www.twitter.com/rockettqueen
http://www.instagram.com/rockettqueenofficial
http://www.fadetosilencerecords.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FadetoSilenceRecords

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-Frontiers Rock Festival News

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the THIRD EDITION of the Frontiers Rock Festival — a two-day event which will again take place at the Live Music Club in Trezzo sull’Adda (Milan), Italy on April 23rd and 24th, 2016.

The first two editions were a huge success, so we are incredibly happy to announce this third edition!

We will announce the bill in the next few days and as usual, we worked hard to gather the very best of the international Hard Rock scene on the Trezzo stage!

Fourteen bands, all international acts, are coming from all over the world to make many Melodic and Hard Rock fans’ dreams come true…

So, stay tuned! For those of you with faith that we will no doubt deliver a killer lineup, tickets are on sale NOW! Prices are 59.00 EURO for the single day and 99.00 EURO for the whole 2-days event! You can order them here: http://www.liveclub.it/tickets-on-line or via the TicketOne circuit.

Links:
http://www.frontiersrockfestival.com/
http://www.facebook.com/frontiersrockfestival
http://www.frontiers.it/
http://www.liveclub.it/
http://www.facebook.com/LIVEMUSICCLUB

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-Meet Beyond The Black At Waterkant X-Mas Bash

On December 4, Hamburg’s Sporthalle will host the first Waterkant X-Mas Bash with Accept, HammerFall, Equilibrium, and Armored Saint. Germany’s symphonic metal hope Beyond The Black will be there, too, and present the songs off their acclaimed debut SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH.

As a little treat for you, we raffle a meet & greet for two persons among all who ordered their tickets for the event at Metaltix or do so until November 6. The winner will be informed via email, there is no right appeal.

By the way: You don’t have to wait until December to experience Jennifer and her guys live! Tickets for their tour with special guest Masterplan and support act InLegend are available via http://www.metaltix.com/ , too!

Waterkant X-Mas Bash
with: Accept, HammerFall, Equilibrium, Armored Saint, & Beyond The Black
04.12. Hamburg, Sporthalle

Tickets:
http://www.metaltix.com/waterkant-x-mas-bash-tickets-30699.html

Beyond The Black – SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH Tour 2015
12.11. Frankfurt a.M., Batschkapp
13.11. SaarbrĂŒcken, Garage
14.11. Cologne, Live Music Hall
16.11. Bremen, Aladin
17.11. Herford, X-Herford
19.11. Rostock, Mau Club
21.11. Berlin, Astra und Cassiopeia
23.11. Nuremberg, Hirsch
24.11. Munich, Backstage
25.11. Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
26.11. Mannheim, Alte Seilerei

Tickets:
http://www.metaltix.com/beyond-the-black-tickets-4867.html

http://www.metaltix.com/

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-Casablanca Releases Special “Golden Void” Version Of MISKATONIC GRAFFITI

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — Swedish melodic rock masters Casablanca have released a special version of their MISKATONIC GRAFFITI album just in time for Halloween.

Released October 30 and dubbed the “Golden Void” version, it features The Phantom, a.k.a. Casablanca front man Anders Ljung, giving a spooky narrative of the Cthulhu mythology inspired story revolving around “The Originals,” who ruled the Earth prior to the Lovecraftian “Old Ones.”

The added narration is broken up into intro and outro segments accompanying each track on MISKATONIC GRAFFITI so that the tale flows smoothly as the music moves in and out of the storyline.

The Phantom himself, says,”EXTRA EXTRA!!! There will be no pumpkins in the Casablanca windows this year. Instead, we’ve decided to give you this trick and treat. The Phantom was in a good mood and decided to share some of the material from his memoirs with all of you.”

The “Golden Void” extended version of MISKATONIC GRAFFITI can be heard on Spotify and Soundcloud:

https://play.spotify.com/album/5hLD4NKyy5Mi0bkVOj7nmo
https://soundcloud.com/despotz/sets/casablanca-miskatonic-graffiti-spotify-shadow-version/s-qcyjv

It can be purchased exclusively on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/miskatonic-graffiti-golden/id1052630073

The initial version of MISKATONIC GRAFFITI can be purchased here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/miskatonic-graffiti/id1033623539

Relevant Links:
https://www.facebook.com/casablanca

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-Starblind’s Video For “A Dying Son” Released!

The new video by STARBLIND: “A Dying Son.” The song will be on the upcoming album DYING SON, which will be released on December 4th, 2015 via Pure Steel Records.

https://youtu.be/uCcDZ4kYhKM

Cover art by Markus Vesper
Logo By Chris Horst
Photography by Stefan Steise

Following the brand new signing of Starblind with Pure Steel Records in March 2015, Starblind’s sophomore album DYING SON is soon to be unleashed upon the world, following up their album debut DARKEST HORRORS from 2014. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Starblind are here to deliver traditional Heavy Metal as if time had stood still since 1984.

Their music can be described as catchy Heavy Metal with majestic twin guitar leads, pumping bass guitar, dynamic drums, and melodic, powerful vocals. No attempts has been done to hide the influences when writing the material to DYING SON. And it stands clear that the metal giants from Great Britain are the main ones.

DYING SON contains everything from fast songs like “The Lighthouse” and “A Dying Son,” to mid-tempo “Firestone” and “Sacrifice,” to the 11 1/2-minute opus “The Land Of Seven Rivers Beyond The Sea.”

Starblind’s sophomore album DYING SON has been recorded live in the studio and is produced by Rocka Rollas/Blazon Stone mastermind Cedrick Forsberg. Because of the philosophy of no guitar dubbing, no triggers, and no metronome when recording, the album has a very authentic and organic feel. What you get on the album, is what you get live!

To the fans of ’80s metal and of the “New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal,” this is a record you cannot miss!

Lineup:
Mike Stark – vocals
Daniel Tillberg – bass
Zakarias Wikner – drums
Björn Rosenblad – lead guitars
Johan Jonasson – lead guitars

http://www.starblind.se/

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-MarysCreek Signs With Escape Music, New Album INFINITY Out January 2016

Swedish heavy rockers MarysCreek have signed a two album deal with Escape Music. The band’s sophomore album, INFINITY, will be released on January 22, 2016.

MarysCreek’s new album was recorded in June/July 2015 at Green Hell Studios/Mike Cameron Force Studios and produced by the band. The 12 tracks are mixed by Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Within Temptation, Europe, Paradise Lost) and mastered by Svante ForsbĂ€ck (Rammstein, Volbeat, Lindemann, Tarja Turunen). The first solo part on the song “Forever Lost” is played by David Andersson (Soilwork, Night Flight Orchestra).

Track listing:
1. Hypnotized
2. Buried Deep Within
3. Into Infinity
4. So Afraid (To Live)
5. The First Day
6. My Confession
7. On The Other Side
8. The Ghost Inside
9. Blinded by Darkness
10. Forever Lost
11. My Own Enemy
12. Tomorrow

MarysCreek are:
Mats Nilsson – Vocals
Stefan Halldin – Drums
Peter Bergkvist – Guitar
Roger Blomberg – Bass
Jonas Hallberg – Guitar

MarysCreek courageously blends modern heavy metal with the classic melodies of Scandinavian pop tradition to form a fresh and unique sound. The ambition is to take the best of the two worlds: a heavy rock foundation consisting of fat, distorted guitars and huge drums with a delicious topping of pop-flavored song melodies arranged with multi-layered vocals.

The debut album SOME KIND OF HATE was mixed by demon producer Fredrik “Fredman” Nordström (In Flames, Soilwork, The Haunted, Opeth, Dream Evil) and released in 2007 by MTM Music. The album received great responses and the band toured to support the album. MarysCreek have shared stage with many artists, including Takida, Evergrey, Crucified Barbara, Dead By April, Uriah Heep, The Poodles, Fatal Smile, etc.

MarysCreek’s EP INCUBIC TIN was recorded with the help of the two producers: Henrik Edenhed (Robyn, Straight Frank, Cesars Palace, Dead By April) and Sebastian Forslund (Staireo, Night Flight Orchestra) and was released in 2014 via MarysCreek Records.

http://www.facebook.com/maryscreek
http://www.maryscreek.com/

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-First Bands Announced To Sweden Rock Festival 2016!

The wait is over! We proudly present the first 22 confirmed bands confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival 2016.

We can now officially confirm that The Hellacopters will be reuniting for a single, world-exclusive show at next year’s festival. The band played their farewell shows in Stockholm in 2008, but in June next year their 1996 lineup reforms for one night only to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album SUPERSH*TTY TO THE MAX.

We are also proud to announce the last show in Sweden ever by Twisted Sister. After reuniting for the 2003 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival, one of the most acclaimed live bands in the world is coming full circle next year, by playing their only Swedish show on their final tour in Sölvesborg. Following the tragic loss of drummer A.J. Pero, the surviving original members will be backed by none other than former Dream Theater sticksman Mike Portnoy.

Among the other 20 acts announced today are King Diamond, who will perform a special ABIGAIL set for the first and possibly last time ever in Sweden, featuring what is said to be the band’s most elaborate stage production ever. Special mentions are also in place for the only Avantasia show in Sweden next year, which is sure to make for a spectacular evening, and Satyricon, who will perform their classic NEMESIS DIVINA album in its entirety.

The full list of confirmed acts so far reads as follows:

THE HELLACOPTERS (world-exclusive reunion show)
TWISTED SISTER (their final tour, only show in Sweden)
KING DIAMOND (performing a special ABIGAIL set)
AVANTASIA (only show in Sweden)
SATYRICON (performing a special NEMESIS DIVINA set)
BLIND GUARDIAN
LORDI
LOUDNESS
AMARANTHE
MY DYING BRIDE
FINNTROLL
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
DAN REED NETWORK
ROBIN GEORGE & DANGEROUS MUSIC
GUN
ECLIPSE
BONAFIDE
TRIBULATION
DAN BAIRD & HOMEMADE SIN
PEDALENS PÅGAR
TWILIGHT FORCE
KING WITCH

Another 60 acts are to be announced during this autumn and winter.

More information about all artists and the festival can be found at http://www.swedenrock.com/ .

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-Neal Morse: November Inner Circle Sneak Peek

November’s Inner Circle: Neal Morse – ACOUSTIC SKETCHES

If you are not an Inner Circle member, here is your chance to sign up! This month’s release will include many of the acoustic songs that Neal personally chose to play each night of the “Alive Again” tour!

If you are not a member you can sign up at http://bit.ly/NealsIC to get this month’s Inner Circle and also be a part of all the behind-the-scenes specials, IC-only sales, and many more benefits.

Check out some of what will be on this month’s Inner Circle!

https://youtu.be/zCUdkVE_O_M

Peace and Blessings,
Team Radiant

Radiant Records
http://www.radiantrecords.com/

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-Visigoth Launches Live Video For “Iron Brotherhood” From Last Month’s Frost And Fire Festival!

Last month, Salt Lake City’s Visigoth delivered a full set of no-frills, no-gimmicks heavy metal to eager fans in Ventura, CA at the Frost And Fire Festival. For anyone that missed this epic performance, the band has launched a live video of “Iron Brotherhood” from the show here: https://youtu.be/2X25B-tvPWc

Visigoth comments: “Frost And Fire was an absolutely incredible experience for us as both a band and as heavy metal fans. We are deeply honored to have shared the stage with so many phenomenal bands and to have met so many die-hard heavy metal enthusiasts who were in attendance from all over the world. Thank you so much for having us out your way, Ventura. We can’t wait to come back.”

Visigoth released their debut, THE REVENANT KING, earlier this year, giving fans and critics alike “real-deal old-school goods with power and swagger to spare” (Revolver Magazine). While they pay tribute to the titans of steel that left their mark on metal history, the quintet goes above and beyond mere imitation, making their own musical mark on the genre they lovingly embrace. As NPR Music proclaims, “[Visigoth] looks to Manowar, Judas Priest, and Manilla Road… for that classic ’80s sound, but the production is decidedly heavier, with mammoth choruses led by Jake Rogers’ regal voice.”

To purchase THE REVENANT KING, please visit http://www.metalblade.com/visigoth .

https://www.facebook.com/visigothofficial
http://www.metalblade.com/visigoth

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-Junkstars Release New Single, “Snakebites,” And Prepare To Hit The Road With Backyard Babies

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — Scandinavia’s newest punk-fueled rock heroes, Junkstars, release their new single, “Snakebites,” through Despotz Records on November 6.

Jumping out of your player with enough velocity to peel your skin off of your face, the doom-laden lyrics reflect what the planet is heading for if we don’t take care of it. The band says, “It’s actually a horror-sci-fi inspired song about peace on Earth and what we do with our planet. The metaphor is that if we continue to destroy our world the snakes will come kill us, take over, and live in our homes. We have to prevent this from happening.”

“Snakebites” is taken from the band’s THIS IS WAR album (Despotz).

The trio are also gearing up for a European tour with Swedish punk metal legends Backyard Babies. The tour kicks off on November 5 at the Markthalle in Hamburg and concludes at Islington Academy in London on November 25.

The dates are as follows:

5 Nov – Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany
6 Nov – C-Club – Berlin, Germany
7 Nov – Hirsch – Nuremburg, Germany
8 Nov – Backstage Halle – Munich, Germany
9 Nov – Szene – Vienna, Austria
10 Nov – Gaswerk – Winterthur. Switzerland
11 Nov – L’usine – Geneva, Switzerland
12 Nov – Live Club – Milan, Italy
14 Nov – Bikini – Barcelona, Spain
15 Nov – Joy Eslava – Madrid, Spain
17 Nov – La Maroquinerie – Paris, France
18 Nov – Luxor – Cologne, Germany
22 Nov – Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton, UK
23 Nov – 02 ABC2 – Glasgow, UK
24 Nov – Academy 3 – Manchester, UK
25 Nov – Islington Academy – London, UK

Relevant sites:

http://www.junkstarsofficial.com/
http://www.facebook.com/junkstarsofficial

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-Saviours: PALACE OF VISION Streaming In Full At MetalSucks; Record Out Now Via Listenable + Additional Live Dates Confirmed

West Coast riff peddlers, Saviours, has levied their thundering PALACE OF VISION full-length upon the ears of the masses via Listenable Records. Dark yet simultaneously driving and anthemesque, the band’s first proper full-length in four years was captured at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon with Billy Anderson (Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Eyehategod, Taurus, Ommadon, etc.) and delivers nine tumultuous tracks of herculean riffs, quaking rhythms, and galloping guitar harmonies twined around a fixation on the apocalypse, the occult, psychedelics, and the arcane.

In advance of its official descent and following previous track premieres with Decibel, Cvlt Nation, and Invisible Oranges, MetalSucks offers up the record in full noting, “Saviours are always good for a healthy dose of gnarly, NWOBHM fun; just the right amount of dirty rawness and just the right amount of Thin Lizzy polish. But, best of all, they never repeat themselves, which is so often the downfall of ‘reliable’ bands: they twist things up just enough to make each release an engaging listen, as they’ve done now over the course of five full-lengths and two EPs spanning a decade-plus career. PALACE OF VISIONS is their latest same-but-not-the-same endeavor, and you can stream it in full below.”

Witness PALACE OF VISION in all its head-jogging glory courtesy of MetalSucks:

http://www.metalsucks.net/2015/10/29/exclusive-album-stream-saviours-palace-of-visions/

Following the release of PALACE OF VISION, Saviours will kick off a North American Fall tour supporting Corrosion Of Conformity and Brant Bjork And The Low Desert Punk Band. The trek will commence on November 16th and run through December 10th with additional support provided by Mothership. From there the band will level ten more stages from December 11th to December 20th to close out the year.

SAVIOURS w/ Corrosion Of Conformity, Brant Bjork And The Low Desert Punk Band, Mothership:
11/16/2015 Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
11/17/2015 Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
11/18/2015 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
11/19/2015 High Water Marl – Portland, OR * SAVIOURS only
11/20/2015 Venue Nightclub – Vancouver, BC
11/21/2015 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA
11/23/2015 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
11/24/2015 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
11/25/2015 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
11/27/2015 Rtr 20 – Racine, WI
11/28/2015 The Odeon – Cleveland, OH
11/29/2015 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
11/30/2015 Firehouse Saloon – Rochester, NY * SAVIOURS only
12/01/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON
12/02/2015 Machine Shop – Flint, MI
12/03/2015 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
12/04/2015 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
12/05/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
12/07/2015 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
12/08/2015 Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
12/09/2015 Shaka’s Live – Virginia Beach, VA
12/10/2015 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC

SAVIOURS Headlining Dates:
12/11/2015 The 529 – Atlanta, GA
12/12/2015 The Nick – Birmingham, AL
12/13/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, OR
12/14/2015 Boondocks – Houston, TX
12/15/2015 611 E. 7th – Austin, TX
12/16/2015 Three Links – Dallas, TX
12/18/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
12/19/2015 Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
12/20/2015 All Star Lanes – Los Angeles, CA

Rooted in hardcore punk but preferring to cruise in outer space, Saviours have always brought an infectious swing and swagger to their forward-charging heavy metal. The band melds the prime tenets of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, progressive rock, and proto-doom, and delivers it all with a snarling, West Coast hardcore edge. The result is a rugged beast of a sound that is singularly Saviours.

“…these guys still have some of the tastiest guitar playing in the game…” – Invisible Oranges

“Riffs that wander, but through that brutal wall of sound, if there were a band that was the demon spawn of early Metallica and early Black Sabbath, Saviours would be that band… In an age of singles, Saviours has made a superior album.” – Glacially Musical

“Fans of bands like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, and other classic bands will hear multiple lines of influence here. But Saviours is more than the sum of its parts. This is original heavy metal, played to perfection.” – Sea Of Tranquility

http://www.facebook.com/Saviours
http://www.killforsaviours.blogspot.com
http://www.saviours.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/listenablerecs
http://www.listenable.net/

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-Witchcraft Announce Album Details, First Single, Pre-Orders Online!

Swedish classic / doom rock masters Witchcraft have announced the release date, track list, and cover for the band’s eagerly anticipated new album.

NUCLEUS is scheduled for a January 15, 2016 release worldwide via Nuclear Blast and will be available as CD, lavish digi-pak (also as a T-shirt bundle), vinyl (black, clear, splatter, gold), and digital download.

The first single, “The Outcast,” will be released on 7″ vinyl (black, clear) and as digital download on December 4 and will exclusively be available via the Nuclear Blast Mailorder. The single will include the Nirvana cover “Even In His Youth.”

The track lists for both releases read as follows:

“The Outcast:”
Side A
1. The Outcast (edit)
Side B
2. Even In His Youth (Nirvana cover)

NUCLEUS:
1. Malstroem
2. Theory Of Consequence
3. The Outcast
4. Nucleus
5. An Exorcism Of Doubts
6. The Obsessed
7. To Transcend Bitterness
8. Helpless
9. Breakdown
10. Chasing Rainbows (Limited Digi-pak CD & 2LP Vinyl Bonus Track)

The successor of 2012’s globally extremely successful album, LEGEND, will be entitled NUCLEUS and is said to be mixing the rawer side of Witchcraft’s early roots with a slightly more melancholic modern sound.

With an all new lineup (Rage Widerberg on drums and Tobias Anger on bass) the band sounds hungrier and more powerful than ever before. In combination with the thrilling, yet very down-to-earth production by Pelander himself, Philip Gabriel Saxin, and Anton Sundell, it just throws you in dreamy sonic landscapes that will mesmerize and haunt you alike.

Pre-order NUCLEUS and “The Outcast” here:
http://nblast.de/WitchcraftNucleusNB

http://www.facebook.com/witchcraft/

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-Out Now! Silent Line Release New Concept Album SHATTERED SHORES

SHATTERED SHORES teaser video:
https://youtu.be/1re_niJKyuY

Producing heavy and melodic music with an orchestral flair rooted in death metal, Bonnyville, AB Silent Line’s first concept album SHATTERED SHORES is now available to follow up their 2012 LP BORN OF A DYING STAR. The title track is split into two parts, and throughout the album several thematic riffs and lyrics are repeated, creating a motif for listeners. The title references being stranded and trapped forever as the shores become more eroded and the reality of isolation sets in. The lyrics revolve around the themes of overcoming hardships, anxiety, and “weathering the storm” in order to persevere. A single person is referred to throughout the album and everything is told from their point of view as they wander, stuck on the island — unsure of how they got there, and unsure if they will ever leave.

The band explains the album:

“SHATTERED SHORES is a concept album — our first attempt at one — that depicts a tortured island stuck in time being slowly worn away by an endless ocean. Themes of frost, snow, fire, night, and stars are used to illustrate feelings of hopelessness, fear, and loss. A single person is referred to throughout the album and everything is told from their point of view as they wander, stuck on the island unsure of how they got there, and unsure if they will ever leave. Lots of references to snow and frost are used as we live in Canada, and there is a lonely but beautiful character to the long winter we experience. Another recurring theme is the storm, which brings change and renewal; it is — for lack of a better term — the symbol of hope and of a brighter future.

“Overall, SHATTERED SHORES has a melancholic feel to it. It is definitely darker than our other albums, but we feel that it is much more mature and identifiable with an audience. It’s not meant to be depressing, but it deals with real issues and lots of the time those are not pretty. While it is a darker album, the message is not. Overcoming internal issues and feelings is the prime focus, and to describe how important that is, it is necessary to spend time describing the more pessimistic side of things and what makes it so crippling. The songs are more involving and deeper in meaning and structure than our last release, and we took a step back technically on purpose. Individually, the instruments are not as ‘crazy’ as before, but we had a vision for the songs this time, we could see the end product and knew that to get there we didn’t have to play the most technically demanding things as fast as we could. The songs, while more simple, have far more feeling and emotion than before and we are very proud of what we have produced. We hope that everyone listening to the album can find something they enjoy, something they identify with, and something that makes them want to continue listening.”

SHATTERED SHORES Album Stream:
http://soundcloud.com/silentlineofficial/sets/shattered-shores/s-vVSec

Album Purchase:
https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/silentline

Silent Line is composed of Mike Burton leading the charge on guitar and vocals, Randy Bergh writing pummeling guitar riffs, Andy Sidloski crafting driving bass lines, and Adam Kallstrom thundering on drums. The lineup charges audiences with their energy and fills the entire room with its symphonic melodies. Their dedication to their craft is strengthened by their loyal fans, who have supported their development over the years with their two previous albums BORN OF A DYING STAR (2012) and ONE BODY BLADE (2010).

SHATTERED SHORES Track Listing:
1. Frost Of The Night (5:46)
2. Erosion (3:52)
3. Black And White (3:21)
4. Shattered Shores I: Timeless Night (5:45)
5. Summer Song (5:40)
6. Starfall (4:08)
7. Shattered Shores II: A New Beginning (8:08)
8. Into The Chasm (4:39)
9. The Faceless Shadow (6:24)
10. Embrace The End (5:19)
Album Length: 53:07

For more info, please visit:
http://www.facebook.com/silentlinemetal

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-Native Construct Launches Cover Of “Empty Chairs At Empty Tables” From “Les Miserables;” Band To Kick Off Tour With Between The Buried And Me And Enslaved Later This Month

After completing a USA headlining run this past summer, progressive metal outfit Native Construct is ready to embark on another North American trek, set to kick off November 18th in Cincinnati, Ohio. Featuring Between The Buried And Me, Enslaved, and Intronaut, this tour package is a must-see for all prog music fans! See below for dates.

In anticipation of the upcoming run, Native Construct has launched a new video today, which showcases front man Robert Edens’ incredible vocal range with a cover of Les MisĂ©rables’ “Empty Chairs At Empty Tables.” Watch the video at https://youtu.be/nqHRzZbE6Ek .

Myles Yang (guitar) comments: “I’m sure you can hear the musical theatre influence in the music of Native Construct. We’re big fans of it, and this is a tune from an old favorite of ours, ‘Les MisĂ©rables.’ I did this arrangement for Rob to sing on back in our freshman year of college, just for fun. We did a little recording of it in a dorm room, and that was that. Fast forward to a few weeks ago — our guitarist, Poh Hock, was competing in the .strandberg* Guitar Competition. A portion of the competition was decided by popular vote, and we called on our fans for assistance. Turns out we have a great little community going here; we received an outstanding amount of support, and Poh Hock ended up taking first place in the competition. So, as a token of our appreciation, we decided to dust off this old arrangement and make a new and improved version of it for everyone to enjoy. We recorded all new vocals from Rob, and he also did a fresh mix and master of the whole thing. And Max Harchik (bass) directed, shot, and edited a video of it all, for your viewing pleasure. Hope you like it!”

Native Construct will be touring in support of their recently released debut full-length, QUIET WORLD. Crowned a, “masterpiece,” by Heavy Blog Is Heavy in a 5/5 review, QUIET WORLD was largely self-produced and written between 2011 and 2013, when the individual band members weren’t busy with their studies at the Berklee College of Music. What began as jam sessions simply for fun eventually turned into a full-fledged musical endeavor. Having already made their mark on the Billboard charts (#56 Hard Music Albums Chart; #85 New Artist Chart) in addition to securing multiple national tours on this first album, it is anything but quiet in Native Construct’s world.

To preview and purchase QUIET WORLD, visit: http://www.metalblade.com/nativeconstruct/ .

Native Construct w/ Between The Buried And Me, Enslaved, Intronaut:
11/18/2015 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
11/19/2015 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
11/20/2015 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
11/21/2015 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
11/23/2015 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
11/24/2015 Bourbon Theater- Lincoln, NE
11/25/2015 The Summit Music Hall – Denver CO
11/27/2015 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
11/28/2015 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/29/2015 Mayan Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
12/01/2015 Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ
12/02/2015 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
12/03/2015 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
12/04/2015 Lonestar Pavilion – Lubbock, TX
12/05/2015 The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
12/06/2015 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
12/08/2015 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
12/10/2015 The Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
12/11/2015 Bronson Centre – Ottawa, ON
12/12/2015 House of Blues – Boston, MA
12/13/2015 Theatre Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
12/2015/2015 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
12/16/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
12/17/2015 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC

http://www.facebook.com/NativeConstruct
http://www.twitter.com/nativeconstruct
http://www.youtube.com/NativeConstruct

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-Niche: Savannah Quintet Signs With Retro Futurist To Release HEADING EAST LP; Track Playing

Kylesa’s Retro Futurist label has signed dynamic rock quintet Niche for the upcoming release of the band’s third album, HEADING EAST.

What began as a simple three-piece rock band, Savannah, Georgia-based Niche has since coalesced into a formidable quintet. Laying down ’70s-influenced rock with Southern and psychedelic tendencies, where dual guitar solos, three-part vocal harmonies, layered Hammond organ and synths, and a powerful rhythm section fuse together to produce a sound that is both nostalgic and unique, hints of Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy, and Steely Dan showing through in their well-crafted songs. Founded in 2009 by childhood friends guitarist/vocalist Justin Dick and bassist/vocalist Michael Redmond, the current Niche lineup includes Corey Barhorst on Hammond/synths (Black Tusk, ex-Kylesa), drummer Lee Vallier, and guitarist/vocalist Kristopher Maedke-Russell.

With two previous self-released albums under their belt — SO BE IT and THE OTHER SIDE OF THE END which were both recorded by their good friend Chris Adams — in December 2014, Niche went to The Jam Room in Colombia, South Carolina to record their third album with longtime friend Phillip Cope of Kylesa at the helm of producing the album, the first release with their current lineup. Titled HEADING EAST, the album catapults six new tracks with nearly 40 minutes of mega-rich, perfectly hazy, psychedelically-induced classic rock fueled and jacked-up for modern times, completed with beautiful, kaleidoscopic artwork by Samantha Muljat.

Offers Niche’s Michael Redmond about the new release, “The music scene in Savannah has always been a family to me; we work, play, live, love, cry, and party together. We help and support each other. I could not be happier that something I’m so proud of will be released by friends and musicians here in Savannah.”

HEADING EAST will see release through Retro Futurist on digital and CD November 13th with a vinyl pressing to follow in early 2016. The album’s third song, “On Down The Line,” is now streaming at https://soundcloud.com/niche-167116922/on-down-the-line .

Niche Live:
12/11/2015 The Jinx – Savannah, GA w/ Caustic Casanova

HEADING EAST Track Listing:
1. Exiled To Islands
2. When I’m Gone
3. On Down The Line
4. Dear Sweet Anne
5. Tough And Mean
6. Days To Come

http://www.facebook.com/nichesav
http://www.retrofuturistrecords.com
http://www.retrofuturist.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/retrofuturistrecords

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-Magic Circle Unveils Title Track To JOURNEY BLIND LP Via Beatroute Magazine

In preparation of the release of Magic Circle’s sophomore LP, JOURNEY BLIND, through 20 Buck Spin next month, Beatroute Magazine has interrogated the band for an in-depth feature which has now been published alongside an exclusive stream of the album’s title track.

The excellent write-up leading the Beatroute feature offers, “the seven-track release marks an evolution for the band who clearly culls their sound from the British classic doom side of the tracks. Herein lies Witchfinder General and Pagan Altar love aplenty, though channeled through the eyes of five men who have their feet equally planted in the genre of hardcore, where they began their musical journey.” Later it proclaims, “We’ll come right out and say it: Magic Circle has capped off 2015 triumphantly and with any luck, will appear on a plethora of year’s best lists.”

Dive into Beatroute’s “Talking doom, vinyl, and Magic Circle with guitarist Chris Corry” and premiere of the title track right here:

http://beatroute.ca/2015/10/29/talking-doom-vinyl-and-magic-circle-with-guitarist-chris-corry-journey-blind-track-premiere/

Also stream JOURNEY BLIND’s “A Ballad For The Vultures” through Decibel Magazine here:

http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2015/10/14/you-will-believe-in-magic-circles-ballad-for-the-vultures

JOURNEY BLIND sees its initial release in CD and digital formats on November 20th, with the vinyl to follow in early 2016. Stand by for further details and pre-orders for JOURNEY BLIND, tour dates and more on Magic Circle throughout the weeks ahead.

Following their self-titled debut which was well-received in metal and hardcore circles, Boston’s Magic Circle returns with 45 minutes of dominant, pure, traditional doom-ridden heavy metal on JOURNEY BLIND, a record which sees the outfit doing what they do, but doing it even better. Self-produced and recorded by the band at guitarist CC’s The Pain Cave, the record surges with the viscosity a team of top-tier producers would be proud to back. The cover art for JOURNEY BLIND is an unused piece by legendary artist Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Mammoth Grinder, Autopsy) dating to 1979 yet properly fitted to this modern ripper. Surging with over 45 minutes of doomed heavy metal that invokes the masters in their purest form, JOURNEY BLIND is a record which could have been captured three decades ago yet booms with a refreshed spirit to guide today’s misguided youth back to their unbeknownst roots.

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-Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2016! Band Submissions Open November 5th! New Cities Added! One Band To Rule Them All!

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to return for its fourth year showcasing Canada’s top independent metal talent to the world stage at Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany, which holds an attendance of over 80,000 metalheads from around the world. For the last three years that Wacken Metal Battle has been held in Canada, it has produced two world champions Vesperia (2015) and Crimson Shadows (2013) to triumph at the international Wacken Metal Battle beating out over 30 other representing countries from around the globe.

This year’s 2016 edition has expanded once again across the country with Hamilton and London and cities from BC’s Lower Mainland, Island, and Interior set to be announced at a later date joining the ranks of Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City.

“It’s hard to believe that we are already on our fourth edition of the Metal Battle. As always we are striving to make it the best one yet! Expanding to new cities is key to our growth, and we’re very pleased with the addition of Hamilton and London in Ontario, and the Interior in BC. So prepare for a wild year of quality showcases across our great country, and let us all join in celebrating Canadian metal,” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.

Submissions for bands from across Canada will be open as of November 5, 2015 and end on January 5th 11:59pm EST. Bands can submit their application for participation at http://metalbattle.ca/ .

About:
Wacken Metal Battle Canada is part of an international competition where over a hundred bands from across the country battle each other for one to be selected and join over 30 other countries for an international battle of the bands at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, which has been taking place in Wacken , Germany for the last 26 years. Oshawa’s Vesperia (2014 winners – https://youtu.be/7Lwkzc4zGUY ), Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013 winners – https://youtu.be/prOdgG4OwQU ) and Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners – https://youtu.be/yQrLaG8BPL4 ) have had that honor playing in front of thousands. The 2016 festival will be taking place from August 4-6.

How it works:
Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals from the months of January to May 2016 selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in Toronto, ON in June (date to be determined) with one being selected to perform at the 27th edition of Wacken Open Air taking place from August 4-6. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.

The finalists will be selected as follows by province:
o 1 finalist from BC
o 1 finalist from Alberta
o 2 finalists from Ontario
o 1 finalist from Quebec
o 1 finalist from Saskatoon or Winnipeg

Rules:
http://metalbattle.ca/rules.html

Wacken Metal Battle Canada Promo Video:
http://youtu.be/gQcxqsxchkQ

Wacken Metal Battle 2014 Canada Finals by Ondeschocs.com:
http://youtu.be/RrOGyBtqwaQ

For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:
http://www.metalbattle.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/MetalBattleCanada
Twitter: @MetalBattleCAN
http://www.youtube.com/user/WackenMetalBattleCAN

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit:
http://www.wacken.com

Sponsors:
Rehearsal Factory – http://www.rehearsalfactory.com/
FACTOR – http://www.factor.ca/ (“We acknowledge the financial support of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters”)
Pearl Drums – http://www.pearldrum.com/
Boonsdale Records – https://www.boonsdalerecords.com/
TicketFly – http://www.ticketfly.com/
Long & McQuade – http://www.long-mcquade.com/
Dungeonworks – https://www.facebook.com/dungeonworksprods
The Invisible Orange – http://www.theinvisibleorange.com
Concertworks – http://www.concertworks.ca/
Big Nate Productions – http://www.calgarymetalfest.com/

Media Partners:
Absolute Underground – http://www.facebook.com/groups/10034445807
Adrenaline 101 Radio – http://www.adrenaline101radio.com/
Asher Media Relations – http://www.ashermediarelations.com/
Beatroute Magazine – http://www.beatroute.ca/
Brave Words – http://www.bravewords.com/
Broken Neck Radio – http://www.BrokenNeckRadio.com/
Bucketlist Music Reviews – http://www.bucketlistmusicreviews.com/
Canadian Death Metal – http://www.facebook.com/CanadianDeathMetal
Chronic Aggression – http://www.facebook.com/ChronicAggressionRadio
CJLO – http://www.cjlo.com/
Crown of Viserys – http://crownofviserys.wordpress.com
Exclaim! – http://www.exclaim.ca/
Hammer Smashed Radio – http://www.facebook.com/hammersmashedradio
Heavy Metal ICU – http://www.heavymetalicu.com/
Hellbound – http://www.Hellbound.ca/
LiveVan.com – http://www.livevan.com/
Loaded Radio – http://www.loadedradio.com/
Metal Master Kingdom – http://www.metalmasterkingdom.com/
Metal Nation Radio – http://www.metalnationradio.com/
Metal-Rules – http://www.metal-rules.com/
Moose Radio – http://www.metalmooseradio.blogspot.ca
Muzik Injection – http://www.muzikinjection.com/
Ondes Chocs – http://www.facebook.com/OndesChocs
PureGrainAudio – http://www.puregrainaudio.com/
Quebec-Metal – http://www.quebec-metal-archives.blogspot.ca
Scene Magazine – http://www.thescenemagazine.ca/
Zombitrol – http://www.zombitrol.com/

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-2016 Armstrong Metal Fest Early Birds Pre-Sale Tickets Available Now! Online Store Now Open!

Promo Video:
https://youtu.be/O9zHeA2pKWs

Armstrong Metalfest Band Submissions have ended with the line up now to be selected and announced at a later date.

Early Bird Pre-Sales have begun!

Tickets prices as follows:
– $90 limited early bird pre-sale, online only (November 1st to January 31st)
– $120 regular presale (February 1st to July 14)
– $160 at the door

Tickets can be purchased at the following link:
https://armstrongmetalfest.ca/tickets/

Armstrong Metal Fest’s eighth annual 2016 edition will be taking place on July 15th and 16th in Armstrong, BC at the Hassen Arena to showcase over 40 Western Canadian and international bands.

Previous years of the festival have seen lineups with Cattle Decapitation, Suffocation, Anciients, Bison BC, Striker, Crimson Shadows, Holy Grail, Archspire, Cryptopsy, Unleash The Archers, Divinity, Into Eternity, Ninjaspy, Vesperia, XUL, Odinfist, Death Toll Rising, and Gomorrah, among many others.

About:
Taking influence from Europe’s music festival circuit, Armstrong Metal Fest is a heavy metal celebration that encourages metal heads from across Canada and the globe to mosh and camp with the backdrop of great outdoors of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. What started as a backyard party in 2009 with nothing but 11 local metal bands such as Terrifier, Xul, and Odinfist, to name a few, has grown into a a huge success admired by the Western Canadian Metal scene. 2016 will be the eighth year of the festival and is planned to be the largest year for music and attendance yet. This year’s team of organizers known as the West Metal Entertainment Society is the most dedicated to date and are excited to present an incredible lineup along with some changes to come for AMF 2016.

For more info, please visit http://www.ArmstrongMetalFest.ca/ .

WCMFA:
Calgary Metal Fest – http://www.calgarymetalfest.com/
Farmageddon Open Air – http://www.farmageddon.ca/
Loud As Hell – http://www.loudashell.com/

Sponsors:
Broken Neck Radio – http://www.brokenneckradio.com/
Metal Master Kingdom – http://www.metalmasterkingdom.com/
Metal Nation Radio – http://www.metalnationradio.com/
No Messiah – http://www.nomessiah.net/
PureGrainAudio – http://www.puregrainaudio.com/
Rancho Vignola – http://www.ranchovignola.com/
Right Hook Mics – http://www.righthookmics.com/
The Green – http://www.thegreen.ca/

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-Updated Accept tour dates:

11/20 – MS Viking Cinderella, Stockholm, Sweden
11/24 – Arena Hall, Krasnodar, Russia
11/26 – Ray Just Arena, Moskva, Russia
11/27 – A2, St. Petersburg, Russia
11/29 – Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation
12/1 – Prime Hall, Minsk, Belarus
12/4 – Waterkant X-mas Bash @ Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
12/5 – Ruhrpott Metal Meeting @ Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
12/7 – The Forum, London, UK
12/8 – Le Bataclan, Paris, France
12/10 – La Belle Electric, Grenoble, France
12/11 – Garage, Saarbrucken, Germany
12/12 – Eventzentrum Strohofer, Geiselwind, Germany
12/14 – Arenele Romane (Roman Arena), Bucharest, Romania
12/16 – Hristo Botev Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
4/2/16 – Full Metal Mountain, Hermagor-Pressegger See, Austria

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

-Adrenechrome’s new song, “The Lead Elephant,” is streaming now at BraveWords.com. The track comes from TALES FROM ADRENECHROME, which is due out November 27. Hype has the band’s sound as “offering a blend of groovy progressive thrashy metal that’s ready to smash your headbanging into overdrive.” See http://www.facebook.com/Adrenechrome for more on the band, and check out the song at https://adrenechrome.bandcamp.com/album/tales-from-adrenechrome .

-Anthrax posted an announcement at https://youtu.be/kkaOZZhu7YU , apparently indicating a new album entitled FOR ALL KINGS will be released February 26.

-Axemaster announced its participation in a benefit show slated for January 16 in suburban Detroit, at The Ritz in Warren, MI. The show is a fundraiser for Dani Neal, the sister of Halloween’s George Neal, who is battling cancer. The full lineup: Halloween, Wulfhook, Wreking Crue (Motley Crue tribute), Axemaster, Lisa Hurt. Tickets cost $10. There will be raffles during the show, and additional donations will be accepted.

-Black Sabbath announced additional tour dates for 2016. The updated tour video trailer is at https://youtu.be/O6lYClpPGLw . The new dates:

8/17 – Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
8/19 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Philadelphia, PA
8/21 – Jiffy Lube Live, Washington, DC
8/23 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
8/25 – Xfinity Center, Boston, MA
8/27 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
8/29 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON
8/31 – DTE Energy Music Theater, Detroit, MI
9/2 – Klipsch Music Center, Indianapolis, IN
9/4 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
9/7 – Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
9/9 – Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM
9/11 – USANA Amphitheater, Salt Lake City, UT
9/13 – Sunlight Supply Arena, Portland, OR
9/15 – Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
9/17 – MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
9/19 – Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA
9/21 – AK-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ

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

-Ritchie Blackmore has announced three European dates so far for his “return to rock,” where he’ll be playing Rainbow and Deep Purple songs. The dates so far:

6/17 – Monsters Of Rock @ FreilichtbĂŒhneon Loreley, St. Goarshausen, Germany
6/18 – Festplatz am Viadukt, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany
6/25 – Birmingham Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK

A new authorized DVD documentary, THE RITCHIE BLACKMORE STORY, is out this week and features career-spanning footage, interviews with Blackmore, former band mates including Jon Lord, David Coverdale, Joe Lynn Turner, and Graham Bonnet, and others including Brian May, Lars Ulrich, Ian Anderson, Gene Simmons, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani. Check out a cool Billboard.com piece with information on Blackmore’s Night’s new release ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, including the new video for “Will O’ The Wisp” ( https://youtu.be/64UXanfRL9A ), online at http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6693008/ritchie-blackmore-blackmores-night-will-o-the-wisp-song-premiere .

-Chastain’s new video for “All Hail The King,” from WE BLEED METAL, is online at https://youtu.be/JHYS5ReN3a0 . The album is due out November 6 on Pure Steel Records.

-There’s a new interview with Deep Purple’s Roger Glover online at http://www.goldminemag.com/article/roger-glover-explains-deep-purples-unique-concert-skills .

-Udo Dirkschneider’s “Back To The Roots Tour 2016,” where he’s going out as Dirkschneider and playing Accept songs for the last time, has updated dates as follows:

2/19 – Folken, Stavanger, Norway
2/20 – Byscenen, Haugesund, Norway
2/21 – Rick’s, Bergen, Norway
2/24 – Train, Aarhus, Denmark
2/25 – KB, Malmo, Sweden
2/26 – Tradgarn, Gothenburg, Sweden
2/27 – Folkets Hus, Sundsvall, Sweden
2/28 – Klubben, Stockholm, Sweden
3/4 – Lutakko, JyvĂ€skylĂ€, Finland
3/5 – Rantasipi, Vaasa, Finland
3/25 – Garage, Ostrava, Czech Republic
3/26 – Masters Of Rock Cafe, Zlin, Czech Republic
3/27 – Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic
4/5 – La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
4/6 – Sala Totem, Pamplona, Spain
4/7 – Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona, Spain
5/11 – Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka, Japan
5/12 – Bottom Line, Nagoya, Japan
5/13 – Shinagawa Prince Stellar Ball, Tokyo, Japan
6/16 – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Germany
8/12 – Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain

See http://www.udo-online.de/ for more.

-Doro’s updated list of German tour dates:

11/27 – Kreuz, Fulda, Germany
11/28 – Neue Messe Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
11/29 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
12/1 – Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany
12/2 – Capitol, Hannover, Germany
12/4 – Herford, X-Herford, Germany
12/11 – Stadthalle, Saarburg, Germany
12/13 – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
12/19 – Loewensaal, Nuremberg, Germany

See http://www.doro.de/ for more.

-Ensiferum’s list of updated German 2016 tour dates:

4/4 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
4/6 – Capitol, Hannover, Germany
4/8 – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
4/16 – VAZ Pfarrheim, Burglengenfeld, Germany
4/19 – Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
4/20 – Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
4/21 – Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany

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

-Epica’s new live video for “Unchain Utopia” is online now at https://youtu.be/ClmnwsnSHdQ . The video was filmed in Brussels, Belgium, earlier this year on the European Enigma Tour. See http://www.epica.nl/ for more.

-Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson performed “Right Now” and “I Can’t Drive 55” at halftime of the 49ers/Seahawks game on October 22. Check out the video at https://youtu.be/B0cTpDLNeYY .

-Ice War will release a two-track EP entitled BATTLE ZONE on December 18. Hype: “From the ashes of cult favorites Iron Dogs arises Ice War, and Iron Bonehead Productions is proud to present the band’s debut EP, BATTLE ZONE. Set to be released on 7″ vinyl, BATTLE ZONE is two tracks of ancient heavy metal classicism. Much like Iron Dogs, Ice War aesthetically exist in that turn-of-the-’80s realm where the New Wave of British Heavy Metal was in full stride and the American HM scene was coalescing before speed metal and thrash took over the rest of the decade. The title track is a moody slow-burner while the B-side, ‘This Was Our Home,’ is an up-tempo rocker — enter the Battle Zone with Ice War!” See http://www.facebook.com/icewarmetal for more.

-In Vain has released “Dragon Huntress” as the first single from THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER; check it out now at Soundcloud, at https://soundcloud.com/puresteelpublishing/dragon-huntress . Hype: “Thanks to straight, hymnic sing-along parts, rich and straightforward double bass drums, powerful and sublime vocals, and skilled twin guitars, the Spanish quintet is able to cast a spell over every studded metalhead bursting with leather. The clear, transparent production and outstanding song writing in the manner of Teutonic legends like Running Wild, Grave Digger, and more meets Mediterranean spontaneity, which gave a new spirit to the scene in the last few years!” See http://www.invainmetal.com/ for more.

-Jameson Raid, a NWoBHM band that’s been around since 1975, signed a global deal with Pure Steel Promotion to re-release UNINVITED GUESTS, the band’s indie release from this past July 1. Jameson Raid’s lineup features singer Terry Dark, guitarist Dave Rothan, bassist Peter Green, and drummer Lars Wickett. See http://www.jamesonraid.co.uk/ and http://www.facebook.com/JamesonRaid99 for more.

-Check out Ultimate Classic Rock’s new piece on Journey, which details drummer Deen Castronovo’s exit from the band and legal situation, at http://ultimateclassicrock.com/deen-castronovo-journey-fired-2015-interview/ .

-A lyric video for Khymera’s “A Night To Remember,” from THE GRAND DESIGN, is online now at https://youtu.be/g_k4kS0aTlE .

-Online reports indicate a Kiss movie, TV series, and video game are in the works. There aren’t many details, but the movie may be a biopic on the band, the Warner Bros. TV series may be animated (possibly based on the “Kissteria” world featured in this year’s Scooby-Doo movie, “Rock And Roll Mystery”), and the video game will be done by Activision. Check out an article at http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/music/kiss-in-possible-autobiographical-movie-animated-tv-series/story-e6frfn09-1227592785202 .

-Legion’s final album, SOLACE, hit #1 at the NEH store’s chart for October 1 in North America. With singer Phil Vincent now gone, the remaining band members, led by guitarist Vince O’Regan, will begin an “all-new project” whose album is due out on Z Records in 2016. See http://www.z-records.com/ for more.

-More on the upcoming new Metal Church album — check out part 1 of the album’s EPK, entitled “The Return Of Mike Howe” and featuring Howe, Kurdt Vanderhoof, and Rick Van Zandt, online now at https://youtu.be/wLBQKXQlKSc . See http://www.metalchurchofficial.com/ for more.

-There’s a new interview with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett online now at http://heavymetal.about.com/od/interviews/fl/Metallica-Interview.htm .

-The Out & Loud festival is slated for July 8-10, 2016 in Geiselwind, Germany. The lineup so far includes Within Temptation, Kreator, Powerwolf, Kataklysm, Behemoth, Sonata Arctica, Korpiklaani, Dark Tranquillity, Annihilator, Finntroll, Delain, Eisregen, Secrets Of The Moon, Brainstorm, Kissin’ Dynamite, Suicidal Angels, Black Messiah, Winterstorm, and Stallion, with more to come. The festival will also feature signing sessions, after-show parties, a newcomer stage, etc. See http://www.outandloud.eu/ for more.

-Loudwire is running a contest where you can win Mike Portnoy’s Hello Kitty drum set. Check out http://loudwire.com/tags/mike-portnoy/ for various clips explaining the backstory on this one — it’s good. Go to http://loudwire.com/win-hello-kitty-drum-kit-mike-portnoy/ for info on the contest.

-There’s a new interview with Queensryche singer Todd La Torre at http://www.nationalrockreview.com/interviews/todd-la-torre-queensryche-27oct2015 . The band recently announced a North American headlining tour for 2016:

1/7 – Rockbar, San Jose, CA
1/8 – House Of Blues, Anaheim, CA
1/9 – Hard Rock Live, Las Vegas, NV
1/10 – Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ
1/12 – Marquee Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
1/14 – Alamo City Music Hall, San Antonio, TX
1/15 – Trees, Dallas, TX
1/16 – Scout Bar, Houston, TX
1/17 – Brewster Street Ice House, Corpus Christi, TX
1/21 – Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1/22 – Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
1/23 – The Palladium, Boston, MA
1/24 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
1/25 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC
1/27 – Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH
1/28 – Limelight, Peoria, IL
1/29 – St. Croix Casino, Turtle Lake, WI
1/30 – The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
1/31 – Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
2/2 – Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MO
2/3 – Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
2/4 – In The Venue, Salt Lake City, UT
2/5 – Knitting Factory, Reno, NV

See http://www.queensrycheofficial.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial for more.

-Big Music Geek has an interview with Rikki Rockett (Poison, Devil City Angels), where the drummer touches on the new project The Special Guests that features him, his Poison mates C.C. DeVille and Bobby Dall, and Devil City Angels singer/guitarist Brandon Gibbs. Read it at http://www.bigmusicgeek.com/interviews/devilcityangels.html .

-There’s a “Confessions” interview piece on Saxon’s Biff Byford at http://www.teamrock.com/features/2015-10-13/confessions-biff-byford .

-BraveWords.com has a cool new interview with Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker online now at http://bravewords.com/features/scorpions-matthias-and-klaus-are-the-guys-who-are-kicking-the-goals .

-Spheric Universe Experience announced original drummer Ranko Muller is now back with the band. The statement: “WELCOME BACK, RANKO. Dear fans, SUE’s original drummer Ranko Muller (2004-2008) is back! He will be the one hitting the drums on The Journey Continues Tour 2016 with headliner Threshold. The man behind ANIMA’s insane drumming returns, seven years after, stronger than ever, AND IT JUST ROCKS!”

-The fourth Sunstorm album, featuring singer Joe Lynn Turner and producer/co-writer Alessandro Delvecchio, is being recorded now and will be released by Frontiers next year. For more info, check out https://www.facebook.com/joelynnturnerofficial/ .

-Check out preview clips of all songs from The Temperance Movement’s new album, WHITE BEAR, at https://youtu.be/eEN544DYf9E. The band will tour the UK in January to support the album:

1/16 – Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth, UK
1/17 – UEA, Norwich, UK
1/19 – Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, UK
1/20 – Barrowland, Glasgow, UK
1/21 – O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK
1/22 – Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK
1/24 – Academy 2, Manchester, UK
1/25 – Institute, Birmingham, UK
1/26 – Y Plas, Cardiff, UK
1/27 – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK

-The third single from Thundermother’s album ROAD FEVER is “Rock N’ Roll Sisterhood,” and it’s due out November 6. “This song in particular draws on our personal struggle being females in the industry but also more importantly about the unity of the band and sisters of rock across the globe,” says front woman Clare Cunningham. For more info, see http://www.thundermother.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/thundermother .

-Trans-Siberian Orchestra will release LETTERS FROM THE LABYRINTH on November 13. Hype from the band’s website: “The overall concept is based on TSO’s NIGHT CASTLE (2009) and a dialogue between the wisdom of the past and the hopes for the future, via a correspondence between a child and an old friend of the child’s grandfather. On LETTERS FROM THE LABYRINTH TSO deals with subjects as broad as humanity’s journey through the ages (‘Time & Distance’), and as specific as bullying (‘Not The Same’), the fall of the Berlin Wall (‘Prometheus’), and the world banking controversies (‘Not Dead Yet’).” Track listing: “Time & Distance,” “Madness Of Men,” “Prometheus,” “Mountain Labyrinth,” “King Rurik,” “Prince Igor,” “The Night Conceives,” “Forget About The Blame,” “Not Dead Yet,” “Past Tomorrow,” “Stay,” “Not The Same,” “Who I Am,” “Lullaby Night,” “Forget About The Blame” (featuring Lzzy Hale). See http://www.trans-siberian.com/ for more.

-The Van Halen News Desk has some “fun facts” about the song “Hot For Teacher” and its video, online now at http://www.vhnd.com/1984-1984/hot-for-teacher/ .

Thanks to Mark Alger, John O’Brien, John Erigo, Chad Bowar, Jon Asher, Patrick Prince, Mick McDonald, Martin Popoff, Dave Tedder, and Metaltix for help gathering some of this information.

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