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Detritus #676: Heaven & Earth, Act Of Defiance, Masters Of Metal

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Issue #676
Week of July 13, 2015

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-Heaven & Earth In The Studio With New Band Lineup Working On New Album Set For Release This Fall

Set To Play Sweden’s Väsby Rock Festival Saturday, July 18

Heaven & Earth — the Los Angeles-based quintet who masterfully fuse elements of hard rock, blues, and bits of classical on their acclaimed album DIG, which they toured Europe in support of throughout 2014 — are back in the studio working on a new album (produced by Dave Jenkins and available via Quarto Valley Records) set to be released this fall (title and date TBA). In between writing and recording the new album, Heaven & Earth — Stuart Smith (band founder/guitarist), Joe Retta (vocals), Kenny Aronoff (drums), Lynn Sorensen of Paul Rodgers/Bad Company (bass/vocals) and Ty Bailie (keyboards) — will make an appearance at the Väsby Rock Festival ( ) in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday, July 18. Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) will be filling in on drums for Aronoff, the band’s regular drummer, as he’s currently on tour with John Fogerty.

Says Stuart: “We’ve been hard at work writing for the new Heaven & Earth album which has been a long process as we felt we had a lot to live up to after DIG. We spent 14 months crafting and recording the songs for that album — and after all the positive reviews and press, myself and Bruce Quarto, our record company president, felt that we had to bring out something equally as good or better. We’ve been aiming for the ‘better’ end of the bar we previously set.” Stuarts adds: “I’m pleased to say that we’ve got quite a few new songs that we’re really happy with and will be releasing a few teasers very soon. We’ll also be debuting a few songs off the new upcoming Heaven & Earth album at the Vasby Festival this month so we’re really looking forward to that. On a personal note I’d like add that I’m really looking forward to playing live for the first time my ‘Stuart Smith Signature Model’ guitar built by Aero3 Guitars ( ). It’s been sounding amazing on recordings and rehearsals but I’m looking forward to blasting it out at a big festival.”

Heaven & Earth connected strongly with music audiences on their 2014 17-date European tour, garnering strong reviews along the way.

o “Those in the venue witnessed a very special show in an intimate setting and such an opportunity won’t be available for long as the band are destined for much bigger venues.” (METAL EXPRESS RADIO)

o “What a Night! … On the evidence of this performance, you should move on Heaven & Earth, not to miss them!” (ROCKTOPIA)

o “Heaven & Earth may well have delivered one of the best shows of the year… A very special show by a hugely talented band” (THE NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE)

o “The highly acclaimed quintet from Los Angeles have a created a fusion of Blues and Hard Rock with a touch of classical which contains everything you could wish for… power anthems, ballads, and melodic rock rub shoulders in a rather potent mix” (THE BOLTON NEWS)

Heaven & Earth’s third studio album, DIG — released April, 2013 on Quarto Valley Records — was produced by Dave Jenkins — who’s turned the knobs for everyone from Metallica to Tower Of Power. The album features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), and David Paich (Toto). Heaven & Earth’s music comes together explosively on the album’s first single “No Money, No Love” and its controversial video which has logged over 545,000 views and can be viewed here: .

Stream DIG on SoundCloud or Spotify now:

Download Glen Wexler’s cover art for Dig (above) here:

About Heaven & Earth:
The origins of Heaven & Earth align the band’s founder and visionary, Stuart Smith, with a rich lineage of rock’s most celebrated musicians. Kelly Hansen (Foreigner), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow), and Kelly Keeling (King Kobra) all fronted the band at various junctures. Guitarists Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), singer and bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), bassist Steve Priest (Sweet), and drummer Carmine Appice (Jeff Beck Group, Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart), among others, have each contributed their extraordinary talents to Heaven & Earth’s first two albums: HEAVEN & EARTH FEATURING STUART SMITH (1994) and WINDOWS TO THE WORLD (2000). Heaven & Earth’s groundbreaking debut album, HEAVEN & EARTH FEATURING STUART SMITH, is considered a cult classic and brought Smith to the forefront of the guitar elite being compared in the press to Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page, and garnering Smith the award for “Best Guitarist” and “Best New CD” for three years running at the Los Angeles All Access Music Awards. In the summer of 2012, the guitarist set out to mold Heaven & Earth into a world-class recording and touring band which led to the recording of their new album DIG and now the future has never looked brighter for the band.

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-Act Of Defiance Team Up With Rock Hard Magazine To Exclusively Debut New Track!

In a time of endless sub-genre classifications, Act Of Defiance’s highly anticipated debut offering simply delivers 100% in-your-face, uncompromising heavy metal. The scathing debut, BIRTH AND THE BURIAL, is set for an Aug. 21st release via Metal Blade Records and pre-order bundle packages are now available at .

The group has partnered with the website of Rock Hard Germany to exclusively debut the new track, “Refrain And Re-Fracture,” so click here now to check it out!

Shawn Drover (drums) states: “‘Refrain And Re-Fracture’ is a great example of using musical dynamics in a heavy metal song. All of us in Act Of Defiance have always been fans of cool acoustic/classical song intros before the metal assault kicks in, so when Chris presented this song to me I immediately loved the tune.

“Henry Derek really did a great job here as well by using his range a bit more as a singer, going from brutal singing to injecting some more melodic phrasing within the song as well, but still sounding very powerful. ‘Refrain And Re-Fracture’ is just another great example of showing that BIRTH AND THE BURIAL is certainly not a one-dimensional heavy metal record.”

Broderick further adds: “‘Refrain And Re-fracture’s’ creation started off with the classical guitar of all instruments. I wanted a moody beginning into a heavy verse with each instrument entering and slowly, building the tension until the transition to the verse. At this point, a tempo change was needed for something more fast-paced and aggressive with heavy vocals (Henry definitely delivered on that!!!).

“For the chorus I definitely was looking for as much melody as possible but still heavy in nature. The bridge to the solo and the solo has a much more modern feel to them, utilizing polyrhythms to create groove and an open canvas for my solo. As for the solo, hell, I just hope people like what I did! Overall I feel this song does a great job of showing how diverse Act Of Defiance can be while still staying firmly rooted in metal!”

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

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-Marky Ramone Announces Canadian Performance And Appearance, Autobiography Released In New Territories

Earlier this year, Marky Ramone issued what is fast becoming known as the definitive book on the Ramones experience, “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone.” And the buzz about the book continues to grow; as Marky will be out promoting it with appearances. And while the book was originally issued in the US on January 13, it has just recently been released in such other territories as Brazil, England, and Spain:

For Brazil you can purchase the book here:

For England you can purchase the book here:

For Spain you can purchase the book here:
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Canadian fans should also keep an eye out for Marky, as he will appearing on August 6th at Phi Centre at 7:00 p.m. in Montreal (presented by Heavy Montreal Festival and Grimposium, ), to sign his book and also answer questions as part of a Q&A with journalist Kim Kelly (Noisey, Vice).

Then, just a few days later on August 9th, Marky will be performing all the Ramones classics with his band, Marky Ramones’ Blitzkrieg (with Andrew WK), at the Heavy Montreal Festival. Also, a new, all-animated video clip has been issued for the song “I Wanna Win The Lottery” by Marky Ramone & the Intruders, which can be viewed here:

“Back in the nineties my friend won the NYS Lottery,” explains Marky about the song. “I was struck by how his life changed overnight. It inspired me to write the song. It’s a universal daydream. The song was co-produced by me and my buddy, Lars Frederkisen from Rancid. A few years ago I met Laurent in Paris. He was a fan and came to my show. We share the same love of movies and anime. He asked if I would like him to do a video of ‘Wanna Win The Lottery’ and of course I told him yes.”

And the accolades continue to pile up concerning “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg,” including stellar feedback from New Noise Magazine (“Probably one of the best books yet about a punk band that managed to influence so many outside of the world of punk”), Kirkus (“The last Ramone standing dishes on Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Tommy, but the drummer is a lot more revealing about his own remarkable life outside the famously dysfunctional band”), and Classic Rock Revisited (“From driving his car in a drunken state through a retail store, to being the only Ramone to visit Joey on his deathbed, to keeping their music alive in the current day… this sucker will keep you reading, that is until you are done! Gabba Gabba Hey!”), among others.


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-New Releases On Divebomb Records

Wulfhook – THE IMPALER


Track List:
1. Do It Again
2. Demons Of Silence
3. The Hardest Sorrow
4. Piece Of The Factory
5. Beside You, Beside Me
6. An Old Fashioned Beating
7. Hard To Follow
8. Prisoner
9. Can’t Breathe
10. Letting Go

Country: USA
For Fans Of: Flotsam & Jetsam, Heretic, Testament, Metal Church

After working practically non-stop for 11 years, which included rehearsing two-three times a week, 800+ shows in 20+ states and well over 10,000 CDs sold on six continents, upstate New York pure American Metal band Enertia was at a crossroads. After spending in excess of $25k recording their fourth album, FORCE, with producer Neil Kernon, the band had finally exhausted their bank account and didn’t have the money or resources to properly record their fifth album. It was time for Enertia to regroup.

Fast forward to 2007, after three productive years laying the groundwork for what would become their much-anticipated new album everything had almost disastrously ground to a halt, that is, until bassist Joe Paciolla made up his mind that these recordings had to be completed no matter the cost. In 2011, the band fortuitously happened upon a great studio and in it the remarkable engineer/producer, Tim Lynch, who was enlisted to help guide Enertia through the completion of the album.

Three additional years of hard work and several hundred hours were spent at The Recording Company in Esperance, NY, where Enertia created the most diverse, infectious, and prolific album of the band’s lengthy career, PIECE OF THE FACTORY. Enertia is now almost two decades in from the release of their debut EP, LAW OF THREE, and after years of hard work and perseverance it would seem this could their end up being their swan song. Could PIECE OF THE FACTORY be Enertia’s farewell, only time will tell, but delivering the fans an album this powerful indicates they most definitely plan on going out with the biggest bang of their nearly 20-year career.


Track List:
1. A Picture Of Fading Light
2. God’s Failures
3. Cannibalistic Mind
4. Coping Mechanism
5. My Fantasy Destroyed
6. Lucid Nightmare
7. The Rain In The Meadow
8. Nemesis/Fratricide
9. Autophagia
10. Life Support
11. At The Expense Of Humanity
12. How Long Can You Live Forever?
13. Enantiodromia

Country: USA
For Fans Of: Blind Guardian, Jag Panzer, Queensryche, Scanner

Judicator’s third release, AT THE EXPENSE OF HUMANITY, is a progressive power metal concept album about singer John Yelland’s brother who passed away after battling cancer. The album details the story of John’s family, their struggles, and his personal existential and philosophical quandaries that resulted.

Musically, AT THE EXPENSE OF HUMANITY shows the band moving away from the Germanic power metal styles explored on their sophomore effort SLEEPY PLESSOW and plunging into more progressive territories, as well as incorporating other elements they had yet to discover within themselves. AT THE EXPENSE OF HUMANITY is a big, bold step for US metal and Judicator exhibits no signs of impeding its momentum now.

Wülfhook – THE IMPALER

Track List:
1. The Impaler
2. Brutal Nightmare
3. Through The Darkness
4. Bridge Burner
5. Samara’s Well
6. Eternal
7. Sacrifice
8. Devil’s Harlot
9. Tormentor
10. Atomic Punk

Country: USA
For Fans Of: Judas Priest, Malice, Grim Reaper, Metal Church

Wülfhook, having formed in 2009, is a five-piece American heavy metal band from Detroit, Michigan. They have impressively self-financed three remarkable demos including 2012’s stellar SACRIFICE, which are the recordings that lead to their deal with Divebomb Records.

Their debut album, THE IMPALER, is a culmination of years of hard work and overcoming unforeseen adversities along the way. The end result, which was mixed by Jamie King at his Basement Studios, is nothing short of magnificent. THE IMPALER, simply put, is an unrelenting sonic attack that reveals a band that is completely unaffected by what’s popular or what other musicians are doing and is zeroed in on exactly what will make Wülfhook stand out in the over-crowded underground scene. No tongue in cheek retro throwback, just straight up heavy metal.


Track List:
1. Mesmerised
2. Man Behind The Mask
3. Edge Of Humanity
4. Astral Body
5. Seasons Of Rage
6. Fortress Unknown
7. The Great Deception
8. Dead Hands Of The Past
9. Kairos Passing

Country: UK
For Fans Of: Metallica, Xentrix, Testament, Evile

Eradikator are a four-piece thrash metal band from Birmingham, England, the birthplace of heavy metal monsters such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and Napalm Death. No strangers to Divebomb Records, Eradikator have returned to the label after the successful release of their debut album, DYSTOPIA, via the label’s Bootcamp Series which not only reissues obscure lost treasures of the past, but also is a showcase for new artists through alternative promotion helping to support them while they get a foothold within the industry.

Picking right up where DYSTOPIA left off, the new album, EDGE OF HUMANITY, was conceived with the help of producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, Exploited). Drawing on all their life and musical influences thus far, Eradikator set out to steamroll through barriers plaguing new school thrash bands. Rather than simply cranking out up-tempo riffs and barrage of double kick drums to get fans excited, Eradikator constructed thoughtfully crafted material choosing to reward listeners with an album that showcases their maturity and evolution as a band, while never giving up on the key elements that makes heavy metal great.

Divebomb Records

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-Nubian Rose Stream “You Will Never Walk Alone” Video

“You Will Never Walk Alone” is the second single to be released from Nubian Rose’s critically acclaimed sophomore album, MENTAL REVOLUTION. The first single was the heavy metal tasting “Break out,” but with “You Will Never Walk Alone” Nubian Rose is proving that they truly are a melodic force to reckon with.

The video is also the first public appearance of the band’s latest new member, bass player Micke Danielsson from Sweden’s melodic Mekka, Upplands-Väsby, north of Stockholm, where such heavyweights like Europe and HEAT derive from. In a few days Nubian Rose will perform on Europe’s number one melodic rock festival, Väsby Rock festival, with HEAT, Danger Danger, Michael Schenker, Eclipse, W.A.S.P., etc.

Nubian Rose are:
Sofia Lilja Åkerlund – vocals
Christer Åkerlund – lead guitar
Micke Danielsson – bass
Thomas Weijnesjö – Drums

Nubian Rose revolves around the magnetic charisma and majestic voice of Sofia Lilja, combined with the unique talent of guitarist Christer Åkerlund. In combination with powerful guitar riffs and great melodies, they put a new spirit in the classic melodic hard rock.

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-Shadowkiller – UNTIL THE WAR IS WON

Order No.: PSRCD112
Format: CD
Genre: Progressive/Power Metal
Country: USA
Release: 28th August 2015

Soulfood Music Distribution GmbH

Promotion Agency:
Pure Steel Promotion

The release date of the Shadowkiller album UNTIL THE WAR IS WON on CD is August 28, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on August 14, 2015 at .

With Shadowkiller there is yet another new, intense Power Metal band from Northern California signed with Pure Steel Records. The quartet did already release their debut album SLAVES OF EGYPT in 2013 through Stormspell Records (US) and with that, they were quite successful in the underground.

Now, two years later, they unleash the successor UNTIL THE WAR IS WON on which the horde around Hellhound (US) musicians Gery Neff and Joe Liszt present nine innovative new tracks. Contemporarily and greatly produced, with a progressive hint, tight rhythms, distinctive leads and charismatic, strong vocals: On their label debut Shadowkiller prove all their strengths and musical qualities and show impressively that sophisticated classical Metal is still alive and well in the USA!

A great pleasure for fans of this genre!

Track List:
1. Flames Of War
2. Generation Strong
3. Legacy
4. A Price For Freedom
5. Staring Into Oblivion
6. Survival
7. The Blood Of Many
8. Until The War Is Won
9. We Stand Unbroken
Total play time: 54:34

Joe Liszt – guitar, lead vocal
Marc Petac – lead guitar
Gary Neff – drums
Dan Lynch – bass

“Survival” Lyric Video:


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-Masters Of Metal To Release FROM WORLDS BEYOND

LOS ANGELES, CA — Masters Of Metal is the band launched by metal veterans and members of Agent Steel, Juan Garcia (guitars), Bernie Versailles (guitars & vocals), Robert Cardenas (bass & backing vocals), and Rigo Amezcua (drums).

The Los Angeles-based four-piece released an independent self-titled EP in April 2013 which included four blistering tracks with everything that you can expect from members of Agent Steel. Recorded by Bill Metoyer (Fates Warning, Trouble, Gwar), and mixed by Bernie Versailles; who, aside from being Agent Steel’s guitarist also worked behind the board on the band’s OMEGA CONSPIRACY (1999), ORDER OF THE ILLUMINATI (2003), and ALIENIGMA (2007) albums.

The band entered the studio in 2014 to record their first full-length and just as the album was being finished in October 2014 Versailles sustained a brain injury, winding up in a coma. Since his unfortunate accident he’s been making a miraculous recovery with the help of friends, family, and fans. With Bernie unable to complete the album, producer and friend Bill Metoyer completed the album and also tracked the last song “Vengeance & Might” (which features lead vocals by James Rivera (Helstar), along with Helstar guitarist Larry Barragan, and Andrew Atwood).

Masters Of Metal recently signed to the German label Metalville Records for the release of their debut, FROM WORLDS BEYOND, featuring cover artwork by Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, Angra, Firewind).

Co-founding guitarist Juan Garcia (Agent Steel/EvilDead) who recently returned from a successful European tour with Body Count comments: “The music on this new album captures the integrity, and dedication of the band. I think everyone involved raised the bar on songwriting, performance, execution, and brought their best to the table.”

FROM WORLDS BEYOND is scheduled for release on September 18, 2015.

A snippet of the first single, “Supremacy” can be found at:

FROM WORLDS BEYOND track listing:

1. Supremacy
2. World Left In Cinders
3. Third Eye
4. Tomb Of Ra
5. Eclipse
6. The Mindless
7. MK Ultra
8. Into The Vortex
9. Doors Beyond Our Galaxy
10. Evolution Of Being
11. Vengeance & Might (featuring: James Rivera)

Relevant sites:

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-New Book, “Survival Of The Fittest: Heavy Metal In The 1990s,” Tells Story Of One Of The Genre’s Best — Yet Most Difficult — Decades

Since its inception in the late 1960s, heavy metal has experienced quite a few ups and downs in popularity. But there was one specific decade that sticks out as the most troubling — the 1990s. In what seemed like one fell swoop, a style of metal that had been popular for much of the 1980s was rendered obsolete, and in its place, was a much more real, raw, and unique approach — detected in several new metal-based “sub-genres.” Add to it several changes in the music industry and media, and it appeared as if traditional metal may have met its expiration date… before several bands (and a certain traveling festival tour) helped put headbanging rock back on track.

Written by journalist/author Greg Prato, “Survival Of The Fittest: Heavy Metal In The 1990s” is the first book to focus entirely on this decade. Set in an oral history format, “Survival” features over 80 interviews conducted exclusively for this book, including current or past members of Pantera, Sepultura, Fear Factory, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Dream Theater, King’s X, Extreme, Winger, Cinderella, Living Colour, Faith No More, Primus, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, Stone Temple Pilots, Kyuss, Danzig, Clutch, Life Of Agony, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Within Temptation, Cradle Of Filth, Death, Coal Chamber, and System Of A Down (among many others), as well as Eddie Trunk, Riki Rachtman, and Lonn Friend. Also featured is a foreword penned by Pantera bassist Rex Brown.

Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone and Guitar Player, and has authored such books as “Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81,” “The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion,” “The Eric Carr Story,” and “Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History Of Seattle Rock Music.” “Survival Of The Fittest” is his 16th book overall.

Available as a paperback version [616 pages, $24.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], and a Nook download [$9.99], “Survival Of The Fittest” helps put the ’90s and heavy metal all into perspective.

Read an exclusive excerpt here:

Ordering info here:
Paperback and Kindle:


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-Lion Music Label & Artist News

Two New Releases For July 2015

July 15: Roadhouse – “Them Changes”

Lars Eric Mattsson’s new live band releases its first single as download (as well as video on YouTube).

“Them Changes,” a cover of the Buddy Miles classic originally recorded by Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, and Buddy Miles etc., is the debut single from Roadhouse:

Lars Eric Mattsson – Guitar
Johanna Mattsson – Vocals
Olle Sjöstrand – Drums
Mike Ahlskog – Bass

The story of Roadhouse goes way back to 1983-1986 when Lars, Olle, and Micke played together in the band Joe Cool, which was Lars’ first serious band and where he started writing and developing his own style as both a musician and as a composer. Lars’ recent album HOT AND ABLE 1983-86 features the songs written during this period. In 1986 Joe Cool split up, but later Micke was also a member of Lars’ band Vision in the early ’90s. Lars Eric Mattsson’s Vision sold well and charted in Japan in 1992.

After this period Lars worked with other musicians until early 2015 when talk came up about putting together a live band with the intention of doing cool original free versions of some cool blues and rock classics, and in came the amazing singer Johanna Mattsson who was just a child the last time the guys in the band played together.

Roadhouse is a live act more than anything and looking to bring their cool sounds to music lovers…

Currently they are performing a show of their own versions of classic blues and blues-influenced rock songs.

For booking information please contact Lion Music.

July 17: Lion Music Presents: W.A. MOZART – REINCARNATED

Some of the best artists from Lion Music’s roster interpret the music of one of the greatest composers ever in new exciting arrangements.

This is the second release in a series of three where some of our best artists cover the music of some of our favorite classical composers.

1. Lord Of Mushrooms: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) – Overture
2. Lars Eric Mattsson: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) – Ach, Ich Fühl’s, Es Ist Verschwunden
3. Mistheria : Dies Irae (from “Requiem”)
4. Pier Gonella (Mastercastle): Eine Kleine Nachtsmusik 1st Movement C
5. Ashent: Piano Concerto No.23 In A Major, K 488 Adagio
6. Boguslaw Balcerak’s Crylord: Lacrimosa (Requiem)
7. Marcel Coenen: Turkish March
8. Charly Sahona (Venturia): Piano Concerto No 21 – Andante
9. Robert Rodrigo (Airless): Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Movement 4
10. Patrik Carlsson: Allegro Con Brio (Symphony No 25, G Min K 183)
11. Grönholm: Piano Concerto No. 5 In D major, K. 175, 2nd Movement

Lion Music Record Label

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-Music Buy Mail Is Proud To Announce The Re-Launch Of “The Power Of Rock”!

Music Buy Mail is proud to announce the re-launch of German based mailorder . The rock specialized mailorder was founded in 2002 and grew over the years to one of the most important rock / melodic rock / heavy metal mailorder worldwide.

The re-launch includes an up-to-date layout with an optimized version for mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. New search filters makes browsing through thousands of items a lot easier.

A special co-operation with magazines offers “inside stories” with interviews of known bands and musicians. The known MBM Import Service features hard to find independent AOR, hard rock, and metal releases of bands without record deals and that are not usually available in established rock shops. These limited and hard to find titles are definitely worth investigating as there are some real gems among these bands!

Music Buy Mail e.K. is a German based distribution company led and owned by Sebastian Eder. Beside the mailorder, MBM offers retail distribution all over Europe, the sub-division Connecting Music ( ) offers watermarked digital promotion and MBM Live ( ) concentrates on live booking for tours, club, and festival shows. In co-operation, MBM offers more services like graphic design, additional radio promotion, publishing, and recording studios.

Music Buy Mail have been bringing you quality music and service for over 13 years now and with the new “facelifting” MBM continues to bring all the latest rock releases, fans are waiting for.

Web Links:

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-Radiant Records Update

[Note: This combines several updates. – Tim]

Greetings from Team Radiant!

MORSEFEST! 2014 LIVE & killer giveaways headed your way!

The wait for MORSEFEST! 2014 LIVE is almost over, and we’re celebrating with the release of sneak-peek videos and two huge giveaways! Read on to find out how you can win a [Morse]fest 2015 VIP Gold Package (a $350 value!) and receive a free autographed [Morse]fest graphic just by pre-ordering on the 21st!

Pre-orders for MORSEFEST! 2014 LIVE begin July 21st, 8:00 AM (CST)!

Pre-order MORSEFEST! 2014 LIVE on the 21st and be entered to win a [Morse]fest 2015 VIP Gold Package (a $350 value!)*!

* Order must be placed on the 21st to be eligible to win. Package is for the Friday Meet & Greet and does not include travel or accommodations. See all that the VIP Gold Package includes here:

And that’s not all… We’re also including in the first 200 pre-orders a free graphic autographed by the entire Neal Morse Band!

Don’t miss out on these incredible offers! Pre-order MORSEFEST! 2014 TESTIMONY AND ONE LIVE on July 21st here:

Available in two great formats:

o Double Blu-Ray
o Special Edition 2DVD / 4CD Set

Official release date: August 21st, 2015

Weekly Featured Product: Flying Colors – LIVE IN EUROPE

It’s time for our Weekly Featured Product! In eager anticipation for the upcoming Flying Colors live release (coming Nov. 2015), this week, we’re featuring the band’s 2013 live release, LIVE IN EUROPE! Check out Flying Colors’ LIVE IN EUROPE on audio CD, DVD, or get both for one low price! Don’t miss this blistering live performance from the band recently double-nominated in the 2015 Progressive Music Awards!

Flying Colors – LIVE IN EUROPE

LIVE IN EUROPE is the (so far) definitive Flying Colors live experience, capturing the band in their native habitat — on stage. Directed by Bernhard Baran (Guns N’ Roses, The Cure, Porcupine Tree), the band is shown in all its glory and madness. Filmed on September 20th, 2012 at the lovely 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland.

Purchase here!

Vote For Flying Colors In The 2015 Prog Awards!

Teaming the talents of such heavyweight names as Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard), and bass player Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with pop singer/songwriter Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev), the band is a super-group like no other! Vote Flying Colors for “Band Of The Year” and “Album Of The Year” at !

New Spock’s Beard release!

Introducing the much anticipated twelfth studio album from legendary prog masters, Spock’s Beard!


Available for PRE-ORDER July 21st!

Be one of the first 90 to pre-order at Radiant, and we’ll include a free autographed graphic in your order!

2015 finds Spock’s Beard returning with THE OBLIVION PARTICLE, scheduled for release August 21st. The band’s twelfth studio album sees them drawing from their core essence while stretching out into some exciting new territory.

Among the nine new songs are “To Be Free Again,” a dramatic, cinematic epic; “Bennett Built A Time Machine,” a quirky adventure tale about time travel; “Hell’s Not Enough” with its fiery emotive plateaus, and “Get Out While You Can,” a more straight ahead yet no less impactful powerhouse.

Read more about the new album here:

And pre-order your copy July 21st for a chance to receive a free autographed graphic!

Radiant Records

*** PRESS RELEASE #12 ***
-Giannotti Merges Progressive Sounds With Songcraft On THE GREAT UNKNOWN

Admirers of such prog rock heavyweights as of Pink Floyd, earlier Genesis, Yes, Renaissance, and Jethro Tull are sure to enjoy the latest release from Giannotti, entitled THE GREAT UNKNOWN. The Connecticut-based singer/guitar/flute (multi instrumentalist) has previously appeared on the Jasper Wrath Album, three of Cannata/Cannata-Arc Angel CDs and the 1997 Jasper Wrath ANTHOLOGY release, before recently issuing his aforementioned solo debut.

And Giannotti worked with the best in the business on THE GREAT UNKNOWN, by enlisting Jonathan Wyner (who has previously worked with James Taylor, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Kiri Te Kanawa, etc.) to master the album, and having artist Ioannis (who has worked with Fates Warning, Dream Theater, AC/DC, Deep Purple, King Crimson, etc.) to supply the artwork for the album cover.

Speaking to the Classic Rock Revisited site, Giannotti was asked the meaning behind the album’s mysterious title. “Well Jeb, the answer to that question is… Unknown. Sorry, couldn’t resist. No secret meaning, it sounded mysterious and I like a little mystery. The Unknown is really about the future, for better or worse. In the title track it’s making it for the better. For the most part I like my lyrics to be positive and uplifting. Too much negativity out there.”

In the same interview, Giannotti was also asked if THE GREAT UNKNOWN was written as a concept album. “It was never intended to be a concept album, although ‘Sacred Ground’ fits perfectly coming off ‘The Great Unknown.’ That said, because the theme of all seven pieces were written from the same perspective, they do seem to fit. The track order had to be in that sequence to make it work.”

Additionally, the reviews regarding THE GREAT UNKNOWN have been stellar, as evidenced by a write-up in Progression Magazine by John Collinge, which stated “Giannotti is an excellent singer, player, and composer of melodies that register addictively from the first listen. He also writes enchantingly cogent lyrics, whose themes of inner/outer travels through time and distance impart a wistfully poignant sense of wonder.”

Additionally, Classic Rock Revisited gave it an “A” rating, and offered further praise: “This one is a winner from start to finish. Buy this one and support real music being made by real artists.” And writer Jeb Wright has been a supporter of Giannotti and his music, stating that “What was created is a complex and multi-dimensional album that is honest and pure in its intention. This is a classy, thought- and feeling-provoking album from the opening note until the finale” and “THE GREAT UNKNOWN is a progressive, art rock masterpiece.”

A video for the track “The Great Unknown” can be viewed here:

Listen to THE GREAT UNKNOWN, and discover a new world of great prog rock sounds!


1. Intentions – Letting Go
2. Voyage
3. Dance Of The Gnome
4. The Great Unknown
5. Sacred Ground
6. Corridor Of Doors
7. A World Away


*** PRESS RELEASE #13 ***
-Title Track From Dreadnought’s Epic Prog Odyssey BRIDGING REALMS Streaming Now At Heavy Blog; Band Announces Summer Tour

The release of Dreadnought’s epic sophomore effort, BRIDGING REALMS, is just a few weeks away, and the buzz for these folks has been nonstop. The Denver-based progressive/black/folk metal quartet has united fans of prog, metal, pop, and doom across the board in appreciation for this twinkling masterpiece of a record, which comes out August 11 via Sailor Records. Today, Heavy Blog is giving an exclusive look into the title track, along with an immense review, calling it a “curveball” that “fuses classical sensibilities, old school prog, and post everything into one seriously approachable whole.”

Hear “Bridging Realms” right here:

Summer US Tour Dates:

Aug 6th: Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater
Aug 7th: Cheyenne, WY – The Shop
Aug 8th: Omaha, NB – O’Leavers Pub
Aug 9th: Chicago, IL – The Burlington
Aug 10th: Detroit, MI – New Dodge Lounge
Aug 11th: Oshawa, Ontario, CAN – The Atria
Aug 12th: Montreal, Quebec, CAN – L’Alizé
Aug 13th: Somerville, MA – PA’s Lounge
Aug 14th: Kingston, NY – The Anchor
Aug 15th: Philadelphia, PA – DIY Loft
Aug 16th: Baltimore, MD – The Depot
Aug 18th: Pittsburgh, PA – The Mr. Roboto Project
Aug 19th: Cincinnati, OH – The Drinkery
Aug 20th: Louisville, KY – The Cure Lounge
Aug 21st: St Louis, MO – Fubar
Aug 22nd: Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room Patio
Aug 23rd: CO Springs – The Flux Capacitor

*** Preorders for BRIDGING REALMS digital download, CD, or gatefold double LP can be found RIGHT HERE. ***

Track Listing:
1. Ode To Ether
2. Odyssey
3. Minuet De Lune
4. Transpiration
5. Bridging Realms

Dreadnought is:
Kelly Schilling – Guitar, Flute, Clean, and Harsh Vocals
Jordan Clancy – Drums, Alto/Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Handlon – Bass, Mandolin, Lyrics
Lauren Vieira – Keys, Clean Vocals


*** PRESS RELEASE #14 ***
-Agusa: Swedish Psychedelic/Prog Unit To Release Sophomore Full-Length Via Laser’s Edge Later This Month

Boasting over 40 minutes of new material divided over two tracks, Agusa delivers a wide array of seamlessly-executed, organic rock. The band’s tranquil output blends tripped-out psychedelic and progressive rock structures, driven by folk-inspired occult influences. The otherworldly results instill visions of nature, the cosmos, and dreamlike passages, meandering into realms of a possibly supernatural or parallel existence. While not a fully instrumental recording, backing vocal mantras only seep in through purposeful cracks in the construction of these immense movements, adding an even more spacious feeling to the overall flow of the album.

As a precursors to its impending release, today The Obelisk offers up the 20-minute opening hymn, “Ganglat Fran Vintergatan,” elaborating eloquently and accurately, “AGUSA 2 further gels the chemistry Agusa showed on their debut into two extended pieces — side A’s ‘Ganglat Fran Vintergatan’ (20:22) and side B’s ‘Kung Bores Dans’ (18:17) — rife with progressive complexity, accomplished melodies of guitar, organ and flute, and quick-turning rhythms driven by a classic sense of movement that fits smoothly into Agusa’s method. As one might expect, both cuts offer plenty of sprawl, but the band operate from a sense of purpose as well, and it’s not merely exploration for its own sake, but an expression of a naturalist instrumental ideal, and one gorgeously conjured and languid in its flow but not at all sonically lazy. Both ‘Ganglat Fran Vintergatan’ (‘Marching Tune From The Milky Way’) and ‘Kung Bores Dans’ (‘King Winter’s Dance’) unfold gradually, with the organ as a figure no less prevalent than the guitar, and engage in a crisp but progressive bounce. There’s no mistaking a heavy sense of groove, but they’re also capable of jazzy turns when called for, adding a sense of spontaneity to the proceedings and allowing the band to shift fluidly from one movement to the next while also expanding the context of the album overall. Not bad for two tracks on their sophomore outing, and by that I mean Agusa 2 offers both proggy substance and a psychedelic aesthetic that makes their work eminently listenable.”

Trip into the sounds of “Ganglat Fran Vintergatan,” at this location:

AGUSA 2 track listing:
1. Ganglat Fran Vintergatan
2. Kung Bores Dans

Agusa was formed in the Springtime of 2013, when Tobias Petterson and Mikael Ödesjö, former members of Kama Loka, recruited Dag Strömqvist and Jonas Berge for their early ’70s progressive rock project. In the Summer, the outfit ventured out to the countryside where Dag lived, to a place called Agusa — virtually only a loose gathering of homes deep in the forest. Within these secluded surroundings, and the most amazingly sunny, warm Summer day, the new collective had an extensive, extremely inspired jam session which somewhat solidified the direction of their sound, so of course, the name Agusa was simply perfect for the outfit.

In the Autumn of 2014, the band went into the studio to record their first album, HÖGTID, which was released on vinyl and digital media in early 2014. After a handful of gigs during the Winter, Dag decided to leave Agusa to travel around India, and following a number of auditions, Tim Wallander, also a member of blues trio Magic Jove, joined the band. In the beginning of 2015, the refreshed lineup went into Studio Möllan once again to record their sophomore full-length, this time having asked a close friend of theirs, Jenny Puertas, to play flute on the recording. The match was so perfect that the band instantly invited her into the band on a full-time basis, expanding their lineup once again. They began performing with this new arrangement weeks later, and have not looked back.

Laser’s Edge, will release AGUSA 2 on CD and digital platforms on July 24th, while Agusa will issue the album on vinyl through their own Kommun2 label.

Tobias Petterson – bass
Mikael Ödesjö – guitar
Tim Wallander – drums
Jonas Berge – organ
Jenny Puertas – flute

-About Heavy Metal’s “2005 Best Heavy Metal Albums” list is online at .

-Elderoth, the power prog metal band from Montreal, has a new lyric video for “Falling Star” at . The track comes from MYSTIC, which was released earlier this year. Check out the full album streaming at . See , , and for more.

-Fallen Angels premiered the song “Forsaken Existence,” from the upcoming WORLD IN DECAY (due out August 4 on Cyberdyne Records), online through; check it out at . See for more.

-Brazilian power metal band Hibria is streaming “Tightrope,” from their upcoming self-titled album (due out August 7 in North America on Test Your Metal Records), at . The album can be pre-ordered at . The band will tour North America in September and October, both on their own and as part of the “Metal Manic Inside Tour 2015” with Unleash The Archers as follows:

9/8 – 3rd And Girard, Philadelphia, PA
9/9 – TBD, Maryland, MD
9/10 – TBD, Columbia, SC
9/11 – ProgPower USA @ Center Stage, Atlanta, GA *
9/13 – The Orpheum, Tampa, FL
9/14 – The Haven, Orlando, FL
9/15 – GroundZero, Spartanburg, SC
9/17 – The Maywood, Raleigh, NC
9/18 – Jabber Jaws Bar & Grille, Allentown, PA
9/19 – JB McGinnes, New Castle, DE
9/20 – Golden Pony, Harrisonburg, VA
9/22 – Even Flow Bar And Grill, Long Island, NY
9/23 – The Middle East Up, Boston, MA
9/24 – Firehouse 13, Providence, RI
9/25 – Sammy’s Patio, Revere, MA
9/27 – Blackthorn 51, Queens, NY
9/28 – Nectar’s, Burlington, VT
9/29 – Katacombes, Montreal, QC
9/30 – Salle Unisson, Quebec City, QC
10/2 – The Atria, Oshawa, ON
10/3 – Hardluck Bar, Toronto, ON
10/4 – APK, London, ON
10/5 – Livewire Lounge, Chicago, IL
10/6 – Black Thorn, Joplin, MO
10/7 – TBD, Lexington, KY
10/9 – TBD, Columbus, OH
10/10 – Skeletunes Lounge, Fort Wayne, IN
10/11 – The Metal Grill, Milwaukee, WI
10/12 – Nether Bar, Minneapolis, MN
10/13 – The Zoo, Winnipeg, MB
10/14 – City Center, Brandon, MB
10/16 – Dickens, Calgary, AB
10/17 – The Mercury Room, Edmonton, AB
10/18 – The Pin, Spokane, WA *
10/20 – Metro Bar, Salt Lake City, UT *
10/21 – Herman’s Hideaway, Denver, CO *
10/22 – The Jam Spot, Albuquerque, NM *
10/23 – Loaded, Los Angeles, CA *
10/24 – Dive Bar, Las Vegas, NV *
10/25 – Back 9, Sacramento, CA *
10/27 – Musichead, Medford, OR *
10/29 – Panic Room, Portland, OR *
10/30 – El Corazon, Seattle, WA *
10/31 – The Smilling Buddha Cabaret, Vancouver, BC

* = Hibria only; no Unleash The Archers

See and for more.

-Updated tour dates for The Iron Maidens:

7/15 – Foro Indie Rocks, Mexico City, Mexico
7/16 – Rock Blvd, Torreon, Mexico
7/17 – Morfos Bar, Monterrey, Mexico
7/18 – Studio Live, Zamora, Mexico
7/19 – Club Latino, Queretaro, Mexico
7/24 – Casino Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ
7/25 – Casino Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ
7/31 – Rockbar Theater, San Jose, CA
8/1 – Guerra Family Cellars, On The Green/Peppertree Ranch, Hollister, CA
8/7 – OC Fair (in The Hangar), Orange County, CA
8/15 – The Rockyard Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA
9/12 – Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa, CA
9/19 – Ramona Main Stage, Ramona, CA
9/26 – Blackrock Rock Market Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia
10/10 – M15, Corona, CA
10/23 – Ricky B’s, Windsor, CO
10/24 – Buffalo Rose, Golden, CO
10/31 – VooDoo Lounge @ Harrah’s, Kansas City, MO
11/13 – Liquid Joe’s, Salt Lake City, UT

See for more.

-Psychostick and Dog Fashion Disco are heading to the UK for the “Ugly Americans Tour,” as follows:

9/9 – The Garage, London, UK
9/10 – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, UK
9/11 – Sound Control, Manchester, UK
9/12 – The Parish, Huddersfield, UK
9/13 – The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
9/14 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, UK
9/15 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK
9/16 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
9/17 – Joiners, Southampton, UK

See for more.

-The Pure Steel webshop, , has a big 10% off sale now through August 9. Info: “You will get 10% discount on all articles (without tickets, magazines, and books), also on last copies in stock. So be quick. We got a lot of new articles, rarities, special editions, and more… Order now!”

-Slayer was mentioned in the syndicated newspaper feature “Trivia Bits” on July 9. The question: “Tom Araya had to stop headbanging for what band, because a titanium neck plate meant he literally had too much metal in him?” The possible answers: “A) America, B) Mumford & Sons, C) OutKast, D) Slayer.”

-Two more St. Elmo’s Fire reissues are coming from Karthago Records. The new versions of POWERDRIVE (1990) and DESPERATE YEARS (1992) are both due out August 21, with pre-orders being taken starting August 7. Each release comes as part of a limited run of 1,000 copies. Band hype: “Formed in 1979 by guitarist Jeff Jones, the melodic US Metal quartet earned a good reputation in the club scene of San Francisco and Los Angeles. After they played shows with superstars like Mötley Crüe, Y&T, and Nazareth and recruited Trauma drummer Kris Gustofson, they released their self-titled debut back in 1986 through the French label Dream Records.” Joining Jones and Gustofson in the lineup were singer Zane Lazar and bassist Rusty Aven. POWERDRIVE track list: “Gonna Get Wild,” “Isolation,” “Wrong Side Of Love,” “City (Behind The Walls),” “Powerdrive,” “I Need Your Touch,” “Smoking Gun,” “Street Lethal,” “Into The Night” (bonus track), “Breaking Out” (bonus track), “Inside The Hunter” (bonus track), “Breakin Out” (1986 demo version) (bonus track). DESPERATE YEARS track list: “Chain Around My Heart,” “On Fire,” “Desperate Years,” “Without You,” “Part Of My Life,” “Hot Time,” “Here And Beyond,” “Where Were You,” “Michelle,” “This Time,” “Rivethead Jam,” “Other Nights To Cry,” “Summertime Girls” (bonus track), “Really In Love” (bonus track). See and for more.

-There’s a new interview with Unleash The Archers singer Brittney Slayes gives online now at .

-The Wacken Open Air organizers announced The Butcher Babies had to cancel, and are being replaced by The Poodles. No Words, Dark Fusion, Don Gatto, and For I Am King are other new additions. Check out the full lineup info at . See for more.

Thanks to Pure Steel Promotions, Nathan Birk, Jon Asher, Paul Paquet, and Chad Bowar for help gathering some of this information.

*** OUT ***

Detritus #675: W.A.S.P., Blackmore’s Night, St. Elmo’s Fire

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Issue #675
Week of July 6, 2015

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*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-W.A.S.P. Signs To Napalm Records

[This is a little old, but I just found it. :) – Tim]

Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal Icons W.A.S.P. That is about to change as W.A.S.P. has signed a new worldwide record deal with Austria’s Napalm Records. W.A.S.P. will release their 15th studio album titled GOLGOTHA this August.

“W.A.S.P. are excited to announce they have signed an exclusive recording contract with Napalm Records. We chose Napalm for their personal belief and professional commitment to our career. We’re looking forward to years of great success together starting with the release of our upcoming album GOLGOTHA,” states W.A.S.P. front man Blackie Lawless.

Vice President of Napalm Records Thomas Caser on W.A.S.P. joining Napalm Records:
“It is a true honor to announce this signing today, a dream has come true. With their impressive career and ability to create musical masterpieces W.A.S.P have always been one of the most influential Metal bands out there since the beginning of their career. We are thrilled about the upcoming album GOLGOTHA which will be released this summer!”

W.A.S.P. came out of the Los Angeles Metal scene in 1982 gaining notoriety for their shock rock antics. With a career spanning over three decades, 17 world tours, and now their 15th studio album, they are a metal band that has evolved in maturity without having lost their signature sound, unlike many of their peers from their origins. GOLGOTHA will continue down the path that 2007’s DOMINATOR and 2009’s BABYLON started on, both in production style and theme. Six years in the making, GOLGOTHA will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for!


Napalm Records

*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Blackmore’s Night: ALL OUR YESTERDAYS Out September 18

Blackmore’s Night
Frontiers Music

On September 18, 2015, Frontiers Music SRL will release ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, the tenth studio album from Blackmore’s Night, the world’s number one Renaissance act and one of the most popular folk-rock bands in the world.

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS will be released in the United States on a variety of formats: CD, CD/DVD, and Digital versions on September 18 and in LP and Box Set configurations on October 16. Please note these are US release dates.

Pre-orders for the CD, CD/DVD and Digital versions are available on at and the Digital version on iTunes/Apple Music at .

* CD/DVD Deluxe edition includes the full album plus a DVD with music videos for “All Our Yesterdays” and “Will O’ The Wisp,” plus an extensive interview with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night on the making of the new album
* 2LP vinyl edition with a gatefold sleeve
* Box Set Limited Collector’s edition includes CD/DVD deluxe edition, 2LP, T-shirt (L size ONLY), poster, lithograph

Blackmore’s Night vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Candice Night says, “There’s a theme to ALL OUR YESTERDAYS’ chosen songs that focuses on the attitude of living in the present, and looking toward the future, because we are, indeed, enriched by our past. My main theme and inspiration has always been nature and folklore from around the world.”

Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore’s lives and creative journeys have taken them through different characters and songs from a variety of times in history. That is part of the attitude in the song “Where Are We Going from Here,” about a traveling minstrel’s journey through life and age.

The title track (and also the first single and video), “All Our Yesterdays,” echoes the sounds of Candice’s Russian roots, while a new song written by Germany’s George Hesse is an old-style, fiddle-driven instrumental with the Welsh title “Allan yn y Fan” (meaning “Out There”). Ritchie’s heritage includes family from Wales.

The album also includes stunning instrumentals: the acoustic guitar piece, “Queen’s Lament,” and the dramatic “The Darker Shade Of Black” that spotlights violin and guitar.

Elsewhere on the recording, “Earth Wind And Sky” is a delicate ode to nature. “The Other Side,” a latter-day folk dance joins two jigs that Candice sings: “Coming Home” and the supernatural-themed, “Will O’ The Wisp.”

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS gets further inspiration from Candace and Ritchie’s home town, where they take part in community folk nights during which the neighbors share guitars and songs, and sing melodies that have come from a variety of times in their own history. That’s how they fell in love with songs of various radio formats of years gone by. The album includes the Linda Ronstadt hit “Long Long Time” (penned by Gary White); the Mike Oldfield song, “Moonlight Shadow;” and an inspiring Maypole Dance treatment of Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe.”

Blackmore’s Night is a true musical and spiritual collaboration between vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Candice Night and her husband, legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The two met in 1989 when Deep Purple challenged Candice’s then radio station to a charity soccer match. In 1993 she sang on Rainbow’s DIFFICULT TO CURE tour. They co-wrote four songs for Rainbow’s STRANGER IN US ALL and in 1997 they formed Blackmore’s Night; they continue to play Faire Festivals all over the world.

Blackmore’s Night, The Band:

Ritchie Blackmore – electric/acoustic guitars, mandola, hurdy gurdy, nickelharpe
Candice Night – vocals, chanter, cornamuse, shawms, rauschpfeife
Bard David of Larchmont – keyboards
Earl Grey of Chimay – bass and rhythm guitar
Lady Lynn – harmony vocals, shawm, flute, recorder
Troubadour of Aberdeen – drums

July 3: Theater am Marientor, Duisburg, Germany
July 5: Festhalle, Zweibrücken, Germany
July 8: L’Olympia, Paris, France
July 11: Rhein-Main Theater, Niedernhausen, Germany
July 14: Pivovarská zahrada, Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
July 16: Schloss Eyrichshof, Ebern, Germany
July 18: Thiepval Areal, Tübingen, Germany
July 25: Neue Weimarhalle, Weimar, Germany
July 27: Prinzregenttheater, München, Germany

For additional information please visit:

And please visit Blackmore’s-Night-Official-Site on Facebook:

*** PRESS RELEASE #3 ***
-The Rods, Broken Teeth, Ostrogoth, Immortal Guardian, And Others Featured On New Free Compilation

Online Metal Promo and Breath Fresher webzine (Japan) have partnered to offer HELLO TOKYO… OMP… RE-ARMED AND READY… VOLUME II a free digital download music compilation featuring a mix of 30 current, unreleased, and demo original songs from established and up-and-coming bands from the United States, Belgium, Canada, Germany, and Singapore.

Bands and tracks featured on the compilation include:

1. The Rods – “Power Lover”
2. Broken Teeth – “Raining Fire”
3. Ostrogoth – “Clouds”
4. Canedy – “My Life, My Way”
5. Maxxxwell Carlisle – “Like Hell” (Loudness cover) *
6. Corners Of Sanctuary – “Wrecking Ball” *
7. Zephaniah – “Antietam”
8. Vänlade – “Frozen For All Time” *
9. Diamond Lane – “Cheating Death”
10. Gundriver – “What’s Inside”
11. Kara And The Dam Band – “One Day, One Night”
12. Lords Of The Trident – “Winds Of The Storm”
13. Witchcross – “Curse Of The Werewolf”
14. DH Project – “A Dying Dream”
15. Ravensthorn – “Bloodthirst Of Dracula”
16. Azrael’s Bane – “Diary Of A Madman” (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
17. Immortal Guardian – “Immortal” (feat. Roy Z)
18. Chamber Sixx – “Dancing Dead”
19. Blood Of VanGogh – “Thin Line”
20. Salem’s Lott – “S.S. (Sonic Shock)”
21. Swirl – “Rise Up”
22. Desecrate – “Blackened Skies” *
23. Strangelet – “Tainted”
24. Decypher – “Cauterize & Overcome”
25. Delta Rose – “Golden Umbrella”
26. Hasta La Muerte – “Pour Anotha Shot”
27. Hessler – “King Of Sting” *
28. Sorizon – “Slumber Into Death”
29. Omnislash – “Call To Arms”
30. The Black Monolith – “Power Of Destruction”

* = Unreleased

Download the free songs, compilation artwork and track listing at the following location:

Breath Fresher webzine (Japan) official website

Online Metal Promo

From The Underground to Above Ground

*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Nightmare: Lineup Changes & New Plans!

Vocalist Jo and his brother David Amore (drums) have just left French heavy metal pioneers Nightmare. Therefore, the remaining members Yves Campion (bass), Franck Milleliri (guitar), and Matt Asselberghs (guitar) decided to change plans and not continue to work on the band’s planned project of re-recording songs from their first two albums. Instead, Nightmare will search for new members to replace Jo and David, to start working on a studio album will all brand new material (to be released in the second half of 2016) soon.

See the full statement here:

“It’s with deep sadness that we have to announce the departure from the band of Jo and David… We respect their choice and wish them all the best in their current and future musical adventures. We will never forget what we have accomplished together starting in the early ’80s, and it will remain forever engraved in our hearts and memories… The answer to the question that everyone asks: ‘Did the band split?’ is: NO, the band is still alive!!! We are well aware of the huge challenge that we have to face now, and there will inevitably be a change of identity… Naturally, the re-recording of the first two albums originally planned to be released early 2016, without Jo and David has no meaning and no interest at all anymore, and we are forced to stop this project!

“We are very sorry and we send our apologies to all the fans who wanted to see us live in Belgium at the Kraken Fest on November 7th, 2015. (a big thank to you Nadia!)… and we promise that we will return in Belgium in 2016! We want to thank our record company for their huge support in these difficult moments, and all the fans who support us and who want this adventure to continue… The new album is still expected for the second half of 2016 and we will give you more news very soon… Stay connected!

“Nightmare (Franck, Matt & Yves)”

*** PRESS RELEASE #5 ***
-Pure Steel Promotions Update

[Note: This compiles info from various press releases. – Tim]

Diabol Boruta Signed A Worldwide Deal With Pure Steel Publishing

The Folk Metal Band Diabol Boruta from Rzeszow (Poland), has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Publishing. The second album STARE GLEDZBY will be released on September 25, 2015 by Pure Steel Publishing. More news coming soon.

Pawel Rudobrody (ex-Misteria) – vocals, bass
Mirek “Miras” Mamczur (ex-Misteria) – guitars, flute, back vocals
Michal “Gilas” Wyrwa (ex-Pyrophobia) – guitars
Dawid “Dejvid” Warchol (Runopatia) – keyboards
Michal “Balon” Balogh (Jesus Chrisler Suicide, Rockaway) – drums

Zandelle – The first Of Three Videos “Unending Fortitude” Released!

The US-American Power Metal band Zandelle have released the first of three videos, “Unending Fortitude,” off their album PERSEVERANCE. The album will be out on July 24, 2015 through Pure Steel Records.

George Tsalikis – vocals
Josh Tuckman – keyboard, back vocals
Joe Cardillo – drums, back vocals
T.W.Durfy – guitar, back vocals
James Corallo – bass

As Darkness Dies’ Promotional Video For The Album LIFE INCOMPLETE Released!

The US metal band As Darkness Dies has released a new video for LIFE INCOMPLETE.

“A year and half ago we started a project that would become a part of our very being. Eleven days of recording and guidance from an icon and friend, Michael Vescera, months of production time and we are finally seeing our passion become a reality. As we get closer to the finish line we wanted to share with you some clips of our journey thus far. This is an album that we are infinitely proud of and we thank you for sharing in this amazing endeavor.”

Martin O’Brien – vocals
Paul Coleman – guitars
Scott Williams – guitars
Andrew Purchia – bass
Harry Blackwell – drums/percussion

First Information About The New Album By Rizon

Rizon (with new band members) has recorded in the Ring-Studios their new album. Jacob Hansen (Doro, Amaranthe, Volbeat, Epica, Delain, Pretty Maids, and Primal Fear) will be in September mixing and mastering the upcoming Rizon album. The band is proud to work with Jacob!

Lineup 2015:
Vocals – Matthias Götz
Vocals – Rahel Fischer
Guitars – Christian Götz
Guitars – Reto Hähnel
Bass – Maik Kindermann
Drums – Tom Lindegger
Keyboards – Marco Küderli

*** PRESS RELEASE #6 ***
-Now Available From Heaven And Hell Records

Hexenhammer – UNDERGROUND

For years since Hexenhammer’s disappearance in 1991, fans and collectors alike have spoken of the band as if some obscure myth. Now after years of searching Heaven And Hell Records has finally found them and will soon release the Hexenhammer recordings for the first time ever on CD. All tracks have been re-mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios from the best source material available, including the UNDERGROUND full-length, and some bonus tracks. The CD also includes never-before-seen photos, lyrics, and cover art by Steven Cobb.

These recordings are rare treasures of US metal that have finally been restored and presented to the Hexenhammer fans. They are limited to ONLY 500 so don’t hesitate and get your copy soon before they are all gone.

Track List:

1. Fear
2. Hatred Within
3. I’m Alive
4. Princess Of The Grave
5. Invasion (The Victors And The Vanquished)
6. Dominate
7. The Untouchables
8. Cryptographik
9. Witching Hour

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After eight years of seeking out the band and the man known as Killer Khan (a.k.a. Killian Khan) Heaven And Hell Records have located him tucked away deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina. There he has been for more than a decade, quietly waiting for the right time to resurface onto the underground scene.

Little is known about this mysterious band that in the mid-’90s emerged on to the scene under the name Holy Moses and released two self-released albums LATITUDE ZERO (’95) and ROCK N’ ROLL FOREVER (’96) before changing their name to Killer Khan. They would go on to release the third album KILL DEVIL HILLS in 1999 and re-release ROCK N’ ROLL FOREVER in 2001 under the new moniker. Throughout this time the band received a fair amount of attention worldwide in the press with several positive reviews and extensive interviews in such magazines as Germany’s That’s Metal and Japan’s Burnn!, among others.

“A weird sound, a great sound, something like old Savatage crossed with Cathedral with a bunch of weirdo indie moves. It’s so cool that metal freaks like this exist and just crank the stuff” – Martin Popoff (BW&BK)

Now H&H Records has reissued the Killer Khan debut KILL DEVIL HILLS with new artwork and bonus tracks, and will be re-mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios. This CD release is limited to 500, so don’t wait and get your copy NOW.

Track List:

1. Computer Icon
2. Dr. Strangelove
3. Kill Devil Hills
4. Wicked Chimes Of The Southern Bells
5. Supersonic Masquerade
6. Evilution
7. The Alamo
8. Metal Death Star
9. Mt. Olympus

Bonus Tracks
11. Abomination
12. Aceman (part II)

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North Carolina’s traditional metallers Dogbane return with their long-awaited second album. The band continues in the direction of classic NWOBHM styling with hints of doom-ish vibes. The groundwork was laid with the debut, and now Dogbane have stepped it up a notch with nine tracks of traditional heavy metal goodness.

For fans of: Trouble, Witchfinder General, Manilla Road, Pentagram, Brocas Helm, and NWOBHM.

Track List:

1. Warlord
2. Dogbane
3. When Karma Comes Calling
4. Deceiver
5. Calm Before The Swarm
6. Devil By The Horns
7. Apocynaceae
8. Free Spirit
9. Sands Of Time

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-St. Elmo’s Fire: Cover, Track List, And Release Date

The release date of the St. Elmo’s Fire album ST. ELMO’S FIRE is August 7, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on July 24, in the Pure Steel webshop, .

In the course of the “Heavy Metal Classics” series Karthago Records is going to reprint the whole back catalogue of the Californians St. Elmo’s Fire. As usual limited to 1,000 copies and provided with a certificate, the four studio albums will be re-released on CD during August. Formed in 1979 by guitarist Jeff Jones, the melodic US Metal quartet earned a good reputation in the club scene of San Francisco and Los Angeles. After they played shows with superstars like Mötley Crüe, Y&T, and Nazareth, and recruited Trauma drummer Kris Gustofson, they released their self-titled debut back in 1986 through the French label Dream Records.

Traditional US Metal with powerful, poignant melodies is driven by the magic voice of Zane Lazar. Multi-faceted, often singing more high-pitched he refines the strong tracks with his sublime vocals. Straight rockers like “Too Bad” and “Inside The Hunter” are placed next to ballads like “More Than The Air.” As a bonus the reissue (release date: August 7th) is provided with a demo version from 1980 (“Don’t Drop It”) as well as alternative versions of the albums tracks “More Than The Air,” “Too Bad,” “Innocent,” and “Real Life.”

A pleasure for connoisseurs of American Steel!

Track List:
1. Fade To Black
2. Into The Night
3. Don’t Drop It
4. More Than the Air
5. Too Bad
6. Breaking out
7. Real Life (How Does It Feel)
8. Inside Of The Hunter
9. Innocent
10. Don’t Drop It (Bonus track)
11. More Than The Air (Bonus track)
12. Too Bad (Bonus track)
13. Innocent (Bonus track
14. Real Life (Bonus track)
Total Playing Time: 59:19

Jeff Jones – guitars
Zane Lazar – vocals
Kris Gustofson – drums
Simon Evans – bass

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-Australian Thrashers Harlott Sign To Metal Blade!

New Album PROLIFERATION To Be Released In September!

Landing Page With First Single/Video, Front Art, And Pre-Order Live Now! European Tour With Annihilator Confirmed!

It’s with full joy that Metal Blade is announcing the signing of Australian Thrash Metallers Harlott!

Forged in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, Harlott are the finest example of the Thrash metal genre in recent years. Taking their influence from the ’80s Bay Area Thrash scene, and blending it with the Teutonic melody and grit, they focus on high energy, up tempo music with lyrical influence from war, religion, chaos, and the human condition. Unrivaled live concerts, an aggressive recognizable sound, clinical musicianship, and a classic “Aussie” sense of humor have earned Harlott a strong and dedicated fan base, which continues to grow day to day.

Harlott’s debut release ORIGIN blew audiences away with its unrelenting speed, ferocious sound, and hook-driven riffs, and did much to solidify Harlott as an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with. The four-piece thrash outfit followed with a national tour, a string of Australian Heavy Metal Festival performances, and a handful of support positions, including Germany’s Accept and Megadeth’s very own Dave Ellefson.

Their follow-up release PROLIFERATION only proves that the band means business, and could not only match their own fury, but even surpass it.

Check out the first single “Denature” at . Make also sure to check out the pre-order section where you can order PROLIFERATION as a Digi-CD or on vinyl!

Comments the band: “Harlott are extremely excited to be signing on with Metal Blade for the Worldwide release of PROLIFERATION. Metal Blade have worked with some of the most important and influential Heavy Metal bands of all time, and we feel absolutely privileged to have the opportunity of engaging with such dedicated persons from a record company that has been so vital to the history of our music.”

PROLIFERATION track listing:
1. Proliferation
2. Denature
3. Systematic Reduction
4. Restless
5. The Fading Light
6. Lord Of War
7. Civil Unrest
8. Hellbent
9. Bloodlust
10. Cross Contamination
11. Legion
12. Means To An End

Harlott are hungry for the World, and in October 2015, they will be dominating Europe with Canada’s Annihilator, the first step in what is to be a long and grueling career in total devastation!

+ Harlott
+ Archer
30/09/15 UK – Birmingham – O2 Academy
01/10/15 IE – Dublin – Button Factory
02/10/15 UK – Glasgow – O2 ABC2
03/10/15 UK – Sheffield – O2 Academy
04/10/15 UK – London – O2 Academy Islington
06/10/15 FR – Paris – Divan du Monde
08/10/15 ES – Bilbao – Santana 27
09/10/15 PT – Porto – Hard Club
10/10/15 ES – Madrid – But
11/10/15 ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
13/10/15 CH – Pratteln – Z7
14/10/15 IT – Brescia – Circolo Colony
15/10/15 SI – Ljubljana – Kino Siska
16/10/15 SR – Belgrade – Dom Omladine
17/10/15 RO – Bucharest – Maximum Rock Festival
19/10/15 HU – Budapest – A38
20/10/15 AT – Wörgl – Komma
21/10/15 AT – Wien – Szene
22/10/15 CZ – Zlin – Masters of Rock Café
23/10/15 PL – Krakow – Fabryka
24/10/15 PL – Warsaw – Proxima
25/10/15 DE – Berlin – Lido
27/10/15 DK – Kolding – Godset
28/10/15 DE – Hamburg – Grünspan
29/10/15 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
30/10/15 DE – München – Backstage Halle
31/10/15 DE – Karlsruhe – Substage
02/11/15 DE – Nürnberg – Hirsch
03/11/15 LU – Luxemburg – Den Atelier
04/11/15 NL – Tilburg – 013
05/11/15 NL – Haarlem – Patronaat
06/11/15 BE – Kortrijk – De Kreun
07/11/15 DE – Bochum – Zeche
08/11/15 DE – Köln – Underground

Harlott is:
Andrew Hudson – Guitar/Vocals
Ryan Butler – Lead Guitar
Tomas Richards – Bass
Tim Joyce – Drums

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-ProgMetalZone Song Premiere Pyramids On Mars’ “Battle For Rome”; New Album ECHO COSMIC Due Out September 8

Track Listing: Pyramids On Mars – ECHO COSMIC
1. Dream Division (5:14)
2. Battle For Rome (5:48)
3. Death Valley Driver (5:25)
4. Tribute (2:54)
5. Heaven’s Gate (6:04)
6. Sailing The Oceans Of Neptune (5:05)
7. Spectre Of Orion (5:36)
8. Order Of The Freemasons (8:09)
9. Occam’s Razor (6:08)
10. Echo Cosmic (4:56)
Album Length: 55:24

Crafting Progressive rock, industrial, and metal influences fused with his passion for classical composers such has J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi, guitarist Kevin Estrella is carving a new musical direction that few dare to attempt with his solo project Pyramids On Mars. Written all by Estrella from the guitars, bass, and drums, his latest effort ECHO COSMIC, due out on September 8, 2015, is an impressive 10-track journey to follow up his 2013 self-titled debut album. With an ear for melody, and natural use of odd time signatures blended with modern heavy guitar riffs and the sound of classic 1970s analog keyboards, your adventure of music from the Mystical Red Planet begins now with the premiere of the first single “Battle For Rome” on at the following link:

ECHO COSMIC album trailer:

For more info, please visit:

Inspired the by the studies of UFOs, aliens and the artifacts of in our solar system, PYRAMIDS ON MARS is an embodiment of spacey music that brings both worlds together as both a musical concept, and message to the world of the alien presence. Formed in 2011, PYRAMIDS ON MARS is the solo creation of guitarist Kevin Estrella who offers an aural palette of intense, emotional, 3-dimensional, heavy and melodic progressive rock/ metal that includes a range of influences such as Baroque classical guitar, classical composers J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi along with today’s guitar virtuosos Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Satriani.

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-Crown Of Visery’s Premiere Scissortooth Track “Yellowhead”; New Album NOVA GOMORRAH (Galy Records) Out July 28

Vancouver, BC, Bay Area thrash-inspired group Scissortooth announce the release of their full-length NOVA GOMORRAH on July 28, 2015 via Galy Records ( ). The full-length embodies the aggressive, yet groovy feeling of early Pantera braised with industrial samples and is just under one hour (58 min. total) spread over tracks engineered and mixed by the band’s own, Shawn Hoskins, plus mastered by Vancouver’s Greg Mindorff at Suite Sound Labs (Biff Naked, D.O.A., Finger 11).

“Can’t wait for the album to be released and play these songs live all over, been in the works for a while now, so we’re super stoked to finally put it out there. Musically I really dig the feel and the pacing of the songs, like the old school way of piecing an actual album together instead of a couple tryhard hits and filler. The songs all connect to each other in the true sense of an album. NOVA GOMORRAH is a modern take on an old story like Sodom and Gomorrah, too much excess then downfall of civilization, etc. It’s got things in there about that stuff but mostly the feel of the music is more connected. It starts off furiously thrashy and ends slower, darker, and weighty and everything else is in between. I hope fans of all types of heavier music dig right in and enjoy the album in its entirety.” – Derek Lundband, Guitar and Vocals.

Their new single “Yellowhead” is now streaming via exclusive premiere on Crown of Visery’s at the following link:

For album pre-order, please visit the following link:

Track Listing: Scissortooth – NOVA GOMORRAH

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

All songs performed by: Scissortooth

All songs written by: Music and Lyrics by D. Lundblad except tracks 5 and 7: music by D. Lundblad and S. Hoskins, lyrics by D. Lundblad and track 8 music and lyrics by S. Hoskins.

Produced by: Scissortooth
Engineered and mixed by: Shawn Hoskins
Mastered by: Greg Mindorff @ Suite Sound Labs
CD cover/ Album artwork: Liisa Melgin, Graphic layout: Petar Gagic, concept and logo: Derek Lundblad

Release Date: July 28, 2015
Label: Galy Records
Distribution: iTunes
Catalog #: coming soon
UPC code #: coming soon
ISRC codes: coming soon

RIYL: Alice In Chains, Pantera, Slayer, Black Sabbath, Static X

Derek Lundblad (Guitars, Vocals)
Ken Firomski (Bass)
Shawn Hoskins (Drums)

-About Heavy Metal’s “2004 Best Heavy Metal Albums” list is up at .

-Limited-edition vinyl reissues of King Diamond’s THE GRAVEYARD (500 in black, 500 in violet) and VOODOO (500 in black and 500 in blue/black marbled) are available for pre-order from Metal Blade at .

-Check out a new interview with FireHouse guitarist Bill Leverty at http://music enthusiast .

-Graveworm’s new lyric video for “Downfall Of Heaven” is online now at .

-Music Buy Mail’s website has been redesigned in a mobile-friendly manner. Check it out at .

-Metal Blade Europe is reissuing Riot’s RIOT IN JAPAN – LIVE! (1992), NIGHTBREAKER (1993), and THE BRETHREN OF THE LONG HOUSE (1995) on digi-pak CD this week. See for more.

-Dee Snider has a new solo song available for free download; check out “To Hell And Back” at Hype from the website: “‘To Hell And Back’ represents my first truly new, original musical offering since the ’90s. When my friend and co-writer, [Silvertide] guitarist Nick Perri presented me with the riff and music bed for this song, I found true inspiration to write for the first time in decades. Lyrically, the song raises a bold middle finger to those who whine and complain about the difficulties of life, but have no real clue what difficult is. As I say in the song, ‘Don’t tell me your sad story. Don’t say your world is black. Just spare me your vainglory. I’ve been to hell and back!'” According to a new interview at, Snider has been working on new material with Damon Ranger (Katy Perry, Kanye West) and members of Pink’s band. Read the full interview now at . Snider has some solo shows coming up as follows:

7/10 – American Beauty Car Show, Haapsalu, Estonia
7/26 – Steelhouse Festival, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm, Wales
7/31 – Rock Of Ages Festival, Seebronn, Germany
8/1 – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
8/3 – Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD (w/ Godsmack)
8/7 – Rockin’ The Rivers, Three Forks, MT
8/15 – Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee, WI
8/21 – Little River Casino Resort, Manistee, MI (w/ Lita Ford)
8/22 – Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Sterling Heights, MI
8/23 – Iowa State Fair Rock-A-Thon, Des Moines, IA (w/ Dokken, Warrant, & FireHouse)
9/19 – Rock In Rio, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (w/ Angra & Doro Pesch)

See for more.

-Soto — Jeff Scott Soto on vocals, Jorge Salan on lead guitar, BJ on keyboards and guitars, David Z on bass, and Edu Cominato on drums — will run the “Live In The Vertigo” tour through Europe in September as follows:

9/16 – Sala Boveda, Barcelona, Spain
9/17 – Sala Lemon, Madrid, Spain
9/18 – TBA, Seville, Spain
9/19 – Festival, Alicante, Spain
9/20 – Centro Civico Delicias, Zaragoza, Spain
9/24 – Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
9/25 – Hall of Fame, Wetzikon, Switzerland
9/26 – Rock In Park/Legend Club, Milan, Italy

The band will announced more dates soon. Check out the video for “Break,” from INSIDE THE VERTIGO, at . See and for more.

-Canadian thrashers Titans Eve announced a new show slated for August 14 at Astoria in Vancouver, BC. Revenger, Tyrant’s Demise, Morbidly Depraved, and Meridius will also be on the bill. The band’s new album CHASING THE DEVIL is out now, and streaming in full at and . See for more.

-The Van Halen News Desk ran a cool review of the band’s first show of the current tour, from July 5 in Seattle, at .

-Updated list of upcoming North American and European Y&T shows, from the band’s newsletter:

7/18 – Bang Your Head!!! Festival, Balingen, Germany
7/25 – Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, Wales, UK
8/7 – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA (all ages)
9/10 – Whisky A Go-Go, Hollywood, CA (all ages)
9/11 – M15, Corona, CA (all ages)
9/12 – The Cave, Big Bear, CA (all ages)
10/1 – Sala Zentral, Pamplona, Spain
10/2 – Jimmy Jazz, Vitoria, Spain
10/3 – Escenario Santander, Santander, Spain
10/4 – Sala Acapulco, Gijon, Spain
10/7 – Vulkan Arena, Oslo, Norway
10/9 – Debaser Medis, Stockholm, Sweden
10/10 – Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden
10/11 – Denim & Leather, Jonkoping, Sweden
10/13 – De Kreun, Kortrijk, Belgium
10/15 – Gebouw T, Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
10/16 – Poppodium Romein, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
10/17 – Gebr de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands
10/18 – Poppodium Nieuwe Nor, Heerlen, The Netherlands
10/21 – Kubana Live Club, Siegburg, Germany
10/23 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
10/24 – Blues Garage, Isernhagen, Germany
10/25 – Downtown Bluesclub, Hamburg, Germany
10/28 – The Brook, Southampton, UK
10/30 – Robin 2, Bilston, UK
10/31 – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
11/1 – The Globe, Cardiff, UK
11/3 – Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
11/5 – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, UK
11/6 – O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
11/7 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
11/8 – The Tivoli Venue, Buckley, UK
11/10 – Opium Rooms, Dublin, Ireland
11/11 – The Limelight 1, Belfast, N. Ireland
11/13 – O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford, UK
11/20 – Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA (Babylon A.D. opens)
11/21 – Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA (Babylon A.D. opens)
1/29/2016 – Grand Theatre Center For The Arts, Tracy, CA (all ages)
2/22 – 2/26/2016 – Monsters Of Rock Cruise, Key West, FL & Nassau, Bahamas
4/22/2016 – The Tower Theatre For Performing Arts, Fresno, CA (all ages)

See for the latest updates, and see , , and for more.

Thanks to Rock Cellar Magazine, Bill Leverty, Axel Wiesenauer, Sebastian Eder, Jon Asher, Gary Graff, Chad Bowar, and Hawk for help gathering some of this information.

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Issue #674
Week of June 29, 2015

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-We went to Five Guys for burgers the other day, and inside (and outside) they were jamming Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song,” and Pat Benatar’s “Love Is A Battlefield,” among others. Free peanuts, too. I love that place. – Tim

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-Act Of Defiance Debut “Throwback” Video And Launch Pre-Orders For Debut Album!

In a time of endless sub-genre classifications, Act Of Defiance’s highly anticipated debut offering simply delivers 100% in-your-face, uncompromising heavy metal. The scathing debut, BIRTH AND THE BURIAL, is set for an August 21 release via Metal Blade Records and pre-order bundle packages are now available at .

The group’s first official introduction to the masses is via the album’s ripping lead-off track “Throwback,” which is a face-melting all-out thrash assault. The new music video for it, shot by renowned director Corey Soria (Danzig), can be viewed now at .

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

Drover states: “‘Throwback’ is not your average speed/thrash metal tune. The song is also pretty progressive at times with a lot of stopping and starting going into the bridge and they are all at different times, so we really had to memorize the count. I was really impressed with the way Chris wanted to write a little bit out of the box, shall we say.

“Chris also wrote all of the lyrics for the song, which were also impressive to me. They are certainly dark in the subject matter, as they should be to fit the aggressiveness of the song. Quite a nice fit if you ask me.

“Making the video in L.A. for ‘Throwback’ with Corey was the easiest and most focused video shoot I have ever been a part of. The concept was very ‘old school metal’ in nature with just smoke, lights, the band, and METAL! What a concept. We all shared the common vision of just being a Metal band captured on film and Corey got it right away. Corey and his entire crew were a sheer joy to work with.”

Broderick further adds: “‘Throwback’ came about through the influence of great thrash players such as Kerry King (Slayer) and Rob Cavestany (Death Angel). They gave me the inspiration to write a tear your head off, insanely fast rhythm. From there it progressed as I wrote, into a song that doesn’t only have elements of thrash but everything in between with elements of progressive, and groove.

“I never expected ‘Throwback’ to be the first release off the CD, as it’s not commercial, doesn’t follow a typical verse, chorus, solo scheme, and is almost six minutes long. However, when you hear the fire, emotion, and brutality of the song, it becomes very clear that it was a contender to show people what Act Of Defiance is really about.

“It was awesome working with Corey Soria on the music video. He had the same vision as us and understood immediately what the song was trying to say and how it should look. Along with the insight he had, there was a tireless work ethic, doing different angles, pans, and trying new ideas as he conceives them is an art in itself. When we looked at the first edit, my jaw dropped and then he came back with more that included post editing FX that added to the mood. From the camera angles, to the lighting and editing this video far surpassed what I hoped for.”

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-Soto (Jeff Scott Soto) Confirmed For Monsters Of Rock Cruise

Soto, featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, is confirmed to play Monsters Of Rock Cruise. Jeff Scott Soto (Soto, Talisman, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) will also play on the MOR Cruise a show with Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne).

Jeff Scott Soto is one of today’s premier rock front men and vocalists and a union of hotshot young musicians: Jorge Salan (lead guitar), BJ (keyboards, guitars), David Z (bass), and Edu Cominato (drums), bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present. Together they are Soto.

Soto recently released a music video for the track “Break,” featured on the new album, INSIDE THE VERTIGO. The video, directed by Thiago Kiss, can be seen below.

INSIDE THE VERTIGO track listing:

1. Final Say
2. The Fall
3. Wrath
4. Break
5. Narcissistically Yours
6. End Of Days
7. Inside The Vertigo
8. When I’m Older
9. Trance
10. Jealousy
11. Karma’s Kiss
12. Fall To Pieces

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-AFM Records Newsletter

Danzig: SKELETONS Will Be Released In Autumn 2015 Via AFM Records

June 2015: It’s exactly five years ago, when Danzig’s latest studio album DETH RED SABAOTH was released.

Now Danzig and AFM Records both agreed to continue their successful collaboration, which already started in 2007 with THE LOST TRACKS.

The band finally returns in autumn 2015 with their long-awaited cover album SKELETONS, which is a collection of Glenn’s renditions of some of his favorite classic songs from ZZ Top and many more.

A new studio album is due in early 2016.

Pyogenesis: Album Pre-Listening (Snippets) Of A CENTURY IN THE CURSE OF TIME

Pyogenesis made a sweet album pre-listening (snippets)! Check out all songs of A CENTURY IN THE CURSE OF TIME (out on August 14).

Truth Corroded: European Tour With Nile & Suffocation!

Truth Corroded are pleased to announce that the band will be supporting Nile and Suffocation in Europe from August 29 to September 12 on the “What Should Not Be Unearthed Tour.”

The tour will also see the band performing alongside acts such as Marduk, Vader, Rotting Christ, Asphyx, God Dethroned, Finntroll, and much more on selected festival dates.

The Australian thrash/death band have previously toured Europe alongside Krisiun, Malevolent Creation, and Vital Remains and have recently toured throughout Asia supporting Suffocation, The Black Dahlia Murder, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Dew-Scented.

This will be the band’s first tour of Europe since releasing the latest album THE SAVIOURS SLAIN through AFM Records. The album was mixed and mastered by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studio (The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel) and features Kevin Talley of Suffocation on drums, and guest appearances by Craig Locicero of Forbidden and Bret Hoffmann of Malevolent Creation.

08/29 Massive Fest, Progresja, Warsaw (POL)
08/30 Alibi, Warsaw (POL)
08/31 K17, Berlin (GER)
09/01 Tivoli, Bremen (GER)
09/02 Garage, Sabrucken (GER)
09/03 Backstage, Munich (GER)
09/04 Meh Stuff! Metal Fest, Huttikon (CH)
09/06 The Hub, Plymouth (UK)
09/07 Sound Control, Manchester (UK)
09/08 The Dome, London (UK)
09/09 The Marble Factory, Bristol (UK)
09/10 Doornroosje, Nijmegen (HOL)
09/11 Death Feast Open Air, Andernach (GER)
09/12 Villeurbanne, Lyon (FR)

AFM Records

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-Napalm Records July Releases: Xandria, Russkaja, Year Of The Goat

Napalm Records
24 July 2015

Track List:
1. Rock’n Roll Today
2. Slap Your Face
3. Hometown Polka
4. There Was A Time
5. El Pueblo Unido
6. Lovegorod
7. Parachute
8. Let’s Die Together (Mon Amour)
9. Salty Rain
10. You Are The Revolution
11. Radio Song
12. Peace Love & Russian Roll

Russkaja is in the house — and that means no tone will be left unturned! Vienna’s sons and kings of turbo polk metal love catchy rhythms, badass riffing, punk spirit, Russian disco — hell, even country and ska have a place here! And therefore PEACE, LOVE & RUSSIAN ROLL isn’t simply a varied and happy-go-lucky party album: this is the perfect tool for international understanding. Forget about easy listening and dive into the sweaty and crazed soundtrack for a better planet!

Release Dates:
24.07.2015 GAS
31.07.2015 ROW

Tour Dates:
24.09.15 CH – Bern – Gaskessel
25.09.15 CH – Aarburg – Musigburg
14.10.15 DE – Nürnberg – Hirsch
15.10.15 DE – Karlsruhe – Substage
16.10.15 DE – Wiesbaden- Schlachthof
17.10.15 DE – Bochum – Matrix
18.10.15 DE – Augsburg – Spectrum
29.10.15 NL – Groningen – Simplon
30.10.15 NL – Amsterdam – Paradiso
31.10.15 NL – Hengelo – Metropol
01.11.15 NL – Leiden – deNobel
03.11.15 FR – Paris – Glazart
06.11.15 DE – Leipzig – Werk II
07.11.15 DE – Köln Live – Music Hall
11.11.15 DE – Freising – Lindenkeller
12.11.15 DE – Berlin – SO 36
13.11.15 DE – Hannover – Lux
14.11.15 DE – Hamburg – Fabrik
15.11.15 DE – Stuttgart – Das Cann

Year Of The Goat
Napalm Records
31 July 2015

Track List:
1. All He Has Read
2. Pillars Of The South
3. The Emma
4. Vermin
5. World Of Wonders
6. The Wind
7. Black Sunlight
8. The Sermon
9. Riders Of Vultures

Year Of The Goat invite us to celebrate their second full-length album THE UNSPEAKABLE which is chock full of conjuring tone and with sinister knells. The Swedes indulge in occult doom rock full of blackened heart’s blood and elegant melody lines that will haunt your dreams. Featuring painfully beautiful guitar work and Hammond infusions build the foundation for Thomas Sabbathi’s forceful vocals and merge true ’70s spirit with a pure ritual for the masses. THE UNSPEAKABLE goes one step further than its predecessor ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS (2012) and offers airy, proggy tunes taking turns with epic darkness: captivating, unique, majestic!

Release Dates:

Tour Dates:

Napalm Records
31 July 2015

Track List:
1. Voyage Of The Fallen
2. Unembraced
3. In Remembrance
4. I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)
5. Ravenheart
6. Now & Forever
7. Don’t Say A Word

Following the release of the universally praised studio album SACRIFICIUM which also marked the impressive debut of charismatic vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen, the new EP FIRE & ASHES rises like the proverbial phoenix. With full symphonic force three brand new songs and two special re-recordings of all-time Xandria fan faves “Ravenheart” (RAVENHEART, 2004) and “Now & Forever” (INDIA, 2005) showcase the band at its very best. On top of that the band recorded two exclusive cover songs — “Don’t Say A Word” (Sonata Arctica) and “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” (Meat Loaf) which have been rearranged and now gleam in full symphonic glory.

Release Date:

Tour Dates:
09.07.15 CZ – Vizovice / Masters Of Rock
08.08.15 ES – Villena / Leyendas Del Rock

w/ Powerwolf – Wolfsnächte Tour 2015
04.09.15 DE – Speyer / Halle 101
05.09.15 DE – Köln / Live Music Hall
09.09.15 UK – London / 02 Academy Islington
10.09.15 FR – Paris / Trabendo
12.09.15 FR – Strasbourg / La Laiterie
01.10.15 DE – Bremen / Aladin
02.10.15 DE – Oberhausen / Turnbinenhalle
03.10.15 DE – Hamburg / Grosse Freiheit

17.10.15 NL – Eindhoven / FemMe – Female Metal Festival
07.11.15 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage

Napalm Records

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-Seattle Thrashers Fallen Angels Want You To Remember The Atomic Chaos of WWII In “Nightmare” Lyric Video + Offer Free Song Download

New Album WORLD IN DECAY Produced By Michael Rosen Due Out August 4

Seattle, WA thrashers Fallen Angels want you to remember not to forget the nuclear chaos brought upon Japan’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII in their new lyric video “Nightmare,” which demonstrates with historical visuals the aftermath caused by the Atomic bombs being dropped on those cities. To learn more about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, please visit the following link:

To watch and listen to the video, please visit the following link:

“Nightmare” is also being offered as FREE download at , and is one of eight tracks on the band’s upcoming third studio release WORLD IN DECAY, produced by Grammy award winning metal producer/engineer Michael Rosen (Forbidden, Testament, Death Angel, Flotsam And Jetsam, Tesla, Vicious Rumors).

The album is set to be released on August 4, 2015 via their indie label Cyberdyne Records to follow 2010’s ENGINES OF OPPRESSION and 2008 debut RISE FROM ASHES released on Metal On Metal Records. The band also plans to tour extensively this summer, bringing their explosive live show full of thrash and shred, which they are known for as a local favorite in the Pacific Northwest.

Track Listing:
1. The Hammer’s Blow (4:25)
2. Nightmare (4:58)
3. Forsaken Existence (5:05)
4. Leading the Blind (4:36)
5. Fire At Eden’s Gate (6:13)
6. Into The Abyss (5:39)
7. The Hour of the Time (5:40)
8. Mortis Ex Machina (4:28)
Album Length: 41:08

For more info, please visit:

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-Radiant Records: Have You Purchased Your [Morse]fest VIP Gold Package?

September 4-5, 2015

Better act fast! The deadline for purchase is July 31! With only 13 Friday VIPs and five Saturday VIPs left, the time to buy is NOW!

VIP Gold Package includes:

o Friday & Saturday concert ticket
o Preferred Seating
o Meet & Greet Session
o On-stage pre-show photo op with the band
o Pre-show surprise game with the band
o Pre-show dinner
o And even MORE!

Purchase Here!

At [Morse]fest 2015, longtime collaborators Mike Portnoy and Randy George, as well as Neal Morse Band anchors, Bill Hubauer, and Eric Gillette, will join Neal as this group of master musicians perform Neal’s world renowned albums, ? (Question Mark) and SOLA SRIPTURA.

This weekend will be filled with Special Guests including Phil Keaggy, Exclusive VIP Packages, a FREE Inner Circle only performance, Pre-show dinners, and much more!

View all event and ticket information here:

Team Radiant
Radiant Records

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-Speedtrap Set Release Date For Second Svart Album

Speedtrap’s sophomore album, STRAIGHT SHOOTER, will hit the shops September 11th via Svart Records, and the new single, also titled “Straight Shooter,” is out now as a teaser for the album and the band’s summer live performances.

Speedtrap’s debut album, POWERDOSE, took many by surprise and left many established acts eating dust on several end-of-the-year lists in 2013. Metal Hammer called it “metal fed on a diet of Motorhead and alcohol, Exciter and suspect powders — high octane and hellbent for leather,” while considered it a “fist-raising triumph.” Since then, Speedtrap have performed across the European continent and also gone through some lineup changes: Jaakko Hietakangas (ex-Ranger) has joined the ranks as second guitarist, and Antti Salminen has taken up bass duties while earlier bassist Markus Hietamies has switched to the drum set.

Even though Speedtrap still are a loud, obnoxious bunch of catchy riff-mongers with no regard for speed limits, STRAIGHT SHOOTER also showcases the band’s ability to push the envelope and, with their new dual-guitar setup, write memorable songs that twist and turn like a drag racer on LSD. Hear the first evidence of this with the “Straight Shooter” single:

The album cover was painted by Paul Chapman.

Track listing for Speedtrap’s STRAIGHT SHOOTER:
1. No Glory Found
2. Torches Ablaze
3. Running Rampant
4. Eyes For Conquest
5. Serve Your Masters
6. Straight Shooter
7. Heavy Armor
8. Savage The Prey

United Forces Summer Slam 2015 w/ Foreseen
July 3 Seinäjoki – Bar 15
July 4 Turku – TVO
July 10 Tampere – Vastavirta-klubi
July 11 Oulu – Ykän pubi

September 17-20 Germany Wiesau – Storm Chaser Festival

Speedtrap 2015:
Jori Sara-aho – vocals
Antti Salminen – bass
Jaakko Hietakangas – guitar
Markus Hietamies – drums
Ville Valavuo – guitar

More Info:

Svart Records

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-Pure Steel Publishing Update

In Vain’s THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER — Cover, Track List, Release Date: July 31, 2015

The release date of the In Vain album THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER on CD is July 31, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on July 17, 2015 in the Pure Steel webshop ( ).

With In Vain, formed in 2004 in Madrid, Spain, there is yet another band in our publishing sector. They’ve already released their third album THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER independently at the end of 2014.

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 songwriting 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!

In Vain deserve every support of all traditional headbangers; including gigs on festivals like Keep It True, Headbangers Open Air, and more!

Track List:
1. No Future For The World
2. Dragon Huntress
3. From Your Cradle To My Grave
4. Serenity Valley
5. The Ballad Of Lucifer
6. Guardian Angels
7. King In The North
8. Pipa’s Song
9. The Last Waltz
Total Playing Time: 40:40

Daniel Cordón – vocals, guitars
Teo Seoane – drums
Daniel B. Martín – lead guitar
Mario Arredondo – bass

Lachrymose Signed A Worldwide Deal With Pure Steel Publishing

The Dark Melodic Doom Metal Band Lachrymose, from Thessaloniki, has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Publishing. The debut album CARPE NOCTUM will be release by Pure Steel Publishing. More news coming soon.

Band statement:
“We are very pleased to announce that we have signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Publishing! CARPE NOCTUM, our debut album, will finally be released after a great deal of work and dedication to our cause! Everything is in place. The best is yet to come.”

Hel – vocals
Blackmass (Rotting Flesh) – guitars, vocals
Kerk (ex-Rotting Flesh) – bass
Mancer (Rotting Flesh) – drums

As Darkness Dies Signed A Worldwide Deal With Pure Steel Records

As a further enhancement of the US division of PSR, we are proud to announce that As Darkness This (formerly Graven Image) have signed a worldwide deal with us. The new album LIFE INCOMPLETE will be released this year and was produced by Mike Vescera (Obsession, ex-Y. Malmsteen).

Band statement:
“As Darkness Dies (ADD) are pleased to too have signed with Pure Steel Records from Germany. This culminates a lot of hard work and effort by the band and our producer Michael Vescera (Obsession, Loudness, Yngwie Malmsteen, Animetal USA) guiding us every step along the way. To go from local band to being a signed band is something every musician dreams of; we have been given that chance, and opportunity. Art is art regardless of the medium, and to have the chance to get it onto a world stage is something every artist hopes and dreams about. We are looking forward to the future, and looking back on the past, and how and where it all started, a couple of guys playing music just hoping they were good enough for people to like what it is that they are putting together.

“Here’s to all the possibilities, aspirations, and dreams, and to giving people something they can hold on too. Music is more powerful than any other force in life because it sums up everything in life. And we all love that one song. Here’s to music, here’s to all it can bring out in each and every one of us.”

Martin O’Brien – vocals
Paul Coleman – guitars
Scott Williams – guitars
Andrew Purchia – bass
Harry Blackwell – drums/percussion

Krossfire’s “Fall From Grace” Lyric Video Released

The Bulgarian Prog/Power Metal band Krossfire has released a new video for “Fall From Grace.” The song will be on the upcoming album SHADES OF THE DARKNESS. The band made only for the single a cover.


Dimo Petkov – vocals
Georgi Driev – bass
Spas Markov – drums
Georgi Kushev – guitars
Peter Boshnakov – keyboards

Krossfire @ Pure Steel Records

Pure Steel Records

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-Battlecross Premiere New Song “Spoiled” Via Loudwire!

New Album RISE TO POWER Out August 21 On Metal Blade Records!

Motor City thrashers Battlecross are currently out on the road with Crowbar and Lord Dying on “The Summer of Doom Tour” in support of their forthcoming release RISE TO POWER! The tour has been a career highlight for the band and the legendary sludge metallers Crowbar have really taken a liking to the band.

Today the band unleashes another scorching track from RISE TO POWER. Loudwire is exclusively premiering the song entitled “Spoiled.” Get your first listen to the track here:

Guitarist Tony Asta spoke about the track: “‘Spoiled’ kicks in with a heavy rockin’ old-school vibe and progresses into a brutal, more technical feel. It’s also a really fun song to jam. The subject matter and lyrics of ‘Spoiled’ were inspired by the dependency on modern technology, more specifically the cyber world. An entire generation thrives from its use but does not know what it was like before the Internet existed. It IS a great tool, although the magnitude of its impact on our everyday lives sometimes gives me the chills. This is the only song I had a hand in writing lyrics for and you can thank the ‘phone-gazing zombies’ for it.”

Additionally the first song from RISE TO POWER, “Not Your Slave,” is streaming at . RISE TO POWER will be released worldwide on Metal Blade Records on August 21, 2015. The record was produced by Jason Suecof, and mixed/mastered by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios. Cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Péter Sallai ( ; Sabaton, Sacred Steel).

RISE TO POWER track listing:
1. Scars
2. Not Your Slave
3. Absence
4. Spoiled
5. The Climb
6. Blood & Lies
7. Bound by Fear
8. Despised
9. Shackles
10. The Path

Battlecross’ previous album, WAR OF WILL, debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release in July of 2013. This was the band’s first-ever Billboard chart debut! WAR OF WILL also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release. Watch the music video for “Never Coming Back” now at .

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-Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival Adds Zombi, Poison Idea, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Corrosion Of Conformity Featuring Pepper Keenan, And More To Its Expanding Lineup!

Tickets On Sale Now + Film Submissions Now Open

Philip H. Anselmo’s third annual horror-themed film and metal festival will commence in San Antonio, Texas this year at the Aztec Theater on November 13-15, 2015.

Already featuring a jaw-dropping lineup, bands confirmed to perform the yearly gore gala include Autopsy, Child Bite, Cripple Bastards, Eyehategod, Nails, Suffocation, Warbeast, and YOB, with the recent additions of Agoraphobic Nosebleed (performing their second show ever), Author & Punisher, Corrosion Of Conformity featuring Pepper Keenan, Crowbar, Dropdead, Ghoul, Gristnam, Negative Approach, Poison Idea, and Zombi! And we’re not even close to done!

Housecore Horror Festival Lineup [with more to be added!]:
Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Author & Punisher
Child Bite
Corrosion of Conformity (with Pepper)
Cripple Bastards
Negative Approach
Poison Idea

In addition to showcasing the best in extreme metal, the festival will screen film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and late festival co-founder, Corey Mitchell. Horror filmmakers are also encouraged to submit their films and winners will be selected in various categories and given the coveted Rot-Scar Award. And yes, Anselmo does watch them all. For rules and deadlines visit .

Three-day passes to Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival officially went on sale Monday, June 22. Don’t miss out! Order yours today at . Single day tickets for each day will go on sale the first week of August. Stand by for details.

Additional bands, films, and special guests to be announced in the near future. You have been warned.

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-Bat: Speed Metal Miscreants Added To Mammoth Gwar B-Q Lineup; Additional Live Abrasions Confirmed + New “Living Fast” Episode Available

Bat, the unholy super-group featuring Municipal Waste guitarist Ryan Waste on bass/vocals, former DRI drummer Felix Griffin, and Volture guitarist Nick Poulos, is very pleased to announce their recent addition to this year’s Gwar B-Q in Richmond, Virginia alongside the likes of The Descendents, Cro-Mags, Ghoul, Ringworm, Child Bite, and more! The band’s Gwar B-Q appearance follows a headlining performance in Raleigh and serves as a precursor to a rare run of live abrasions through Richmond, Cleveland, Chicago, and Pittsburgh in September.

Comments Waste of the oncoming onstage demolitions, “After finishing up our debut full-length album on Hells Headbangers this summer, we in Bat are gearing up for a short run around some rad US festivals. The first being the Gwar B-Q in our hometown of Richmond, which is always wet and wild. Come September, we hit the road again to play in Cleveland at the Hell’s Headbash. We’re thrilled to play with our pals in High Spirits and Midnight on the opening night. Beforehand, we’re cramming in another hometown gig and hitting Chicago and Pittsburgh to round out the Labor Day weekend. Come rage with us and always beware of the Bat!”

8/14/2015 Southland Ballroom – Raleigh, NC
8/15/2015 Gwar B-Q @ Hadad’s Lake – Richmond, VA
9/03/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/04/2015 Hell’s Headbash (Agora) – Cleveland, OH
9/05/2015 El Rey Ballroom – Chicago, IL
9/06/2015 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA

The Virginia/Texas meta punk marauders in Bat released their PRIMITIVE AGE EP last year on cassette via Tankcrimes and on 12″ vinyl via Hells Headbangers. Channeling the spirits of Venom, Hellhammer, Motörhead, and Discharge, the EP features five filthy numbers of confrontational KILL ‘EM ALL angst and enough vocal venom to level a nation. Said Last Rites of the offering, “This nasty little beast is a crust-a-licious demo-nic hybrid of ugly gutter thrash with a vicious punk spirit and a dose of injected blackness. Jump back 30 years to an uncomfortable-yet-awesome three-way between Cronos, Lemmy, and Tom Warrior (or, whatever, Satanic Slaughter) — then BOOM, BAT! A close 21st-century equivalent would be Midnight, only with less sleazy Satanic debauchery and more of an all-encompassing generalized rebelliousness.”

The PRIMITIVE AGE EP is available digitally at the official Bat BandCamp page ( ) and on cassette via Tankcrimes ( ; where you’ll also find additional merch). You can also nab a copy of Bat’s recently issued “Cruel Discipline” 7″ out on Hells Headbangers ( ) as well as the 12″ version of PRIMITIVE AGE.

In related news, “Living Fast,” the heavy metal talk show created by Waste continues to reap views from the headbanging public. The first episode featured John Gallagher of Raven while the second episode, divided into two parts, takes place during the Caulture Shock Tour with Cauldron and Waste’s heavy metal band, Volture, where Waste visits with Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate) at Beat Bop Records, his second-hand vinyl shop located in the heart of Copenhagen. Recently unleashed, Canadian edition third episode features Dave Carlo and Mike Campagnolo of Razor and number one Anvil fan, Colin “Maddog” Brown. Get viewing at .

-About Heavy Metal’s list of “Best Heavy Metal Albums of 2003” is at .

-The Answer, from Ireland, is touring North America for the first time in over six years, behind RAISE A LITTLE HELL (Napalm Records). The band is mixing in opening for Whitesnake, festival gigs, and their own headlining dates:

7/1 – 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis, MN
7/3 – Freedom Hill Amphitheater, Sterling Heights, MI (w/ Whitesnake)
7/5 – Hard Rock, Northfield, OH (w/ Whitesnake)
7/7 – Music Center @ The Heights, Huber Heights, OH (w/ Whitesnake)
7/8 – Honeywell Center, Wabash, IN (w/ Whitesnake)
7/9 – ORH, St. Louis, MO
7/10 – Daveys, Kansas City, MO
7/11 – Myth, St. Paul, MN (w/ Whitesnake)
7/12 – Reggie’s, Chicago, IL
7/14 – Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, IA (w/ Whitesnake)
7/16 – Rock USA, Oshkosh, WI
7/17 – Geneva Music Park, Geneva, IL (w/ Whitesnake)
7/18 – Star Plaza, Merrillville, IN (w/ Whitesnake)
7/20 – Palace Theater, Greensburg, PA (w/ Whitesnake)
7/21 – DC9, Washington, DC
7/22 – Knitting Factory, New York, NY
7/24 – Burning Cow Festival, Green Bay, WI

RAISE A LITTLE HELL was released in March. Track list: “Long Live The Renegades,” “The Other Side,” “Aristocrat,” “Cigarettes & Regret,” “Last Days Of Summer,” “Strange Kinda’ Nothing,” “I Am What I Am,” “Whiplash,” “Gone Too Long,” “Red,” “I Am Cured,” “Raise A Little Hell.” Hype: “Featuring larger-than-life riffs, unforgettable melodies and a return to their raw bluesy roots, RAISE A LITTLE HELL presents a collection of hard hitting anthems that point to the spirit of AC/DC and Thin Lizzy. A truly memorable album for your next long road trip, windows down and sound system cranked to the max!” See and for more.

-The BulletBoys have a “July 4th Merch Blowout Sale” going on now; check out the “Rad Swag” section of their website for 50% off deals. VIP packages for the upcoming Armed Alliance tour with Tracii Guns and Killer Bee (featuring Paul Chapman) are also on sale. See and for more.

-ColdSpell’s new video for “Legacy,” from last year’s FROZEN PARADISE, is online now at . A new album will be recorded this fall, but before the band hits the studio they will play a few US dates as follows:

7/16 – Pickle Park, Minneapolis, MN (w/ Kickin Valentina)
7/18 – Rock Fest, Cadott, WI (headliner ‘Next Stage’ opening for Judas Priest)
10/18 – Rock N Skull Festival, Pekin, IL

Hype: “Their third album FROZEN PARADISE has gained excellent attention all around the world, and has among all been voted to top 10 lists in US, Australia, and Greece. During 2014 the band toured US and UK twice, including a set at Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival, as well as a show at V’sby Rock. . . ColdSpell is melodic hard rock from Sweden — heavy and melodic with big choruses, edgy guitars and a big arena sound!” See and for more.

-All three of director Penelope Spheeris’ “Decline Of Western Civilization” movies — “The Decline Of Western Civilization” (1981), “The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years” (1988), and “The Decline of Civilization Part III” (1998) — are now available on Blu-ray and DVD this week through a four-disc Shout! Factory set entitled THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION COLLECTION. From a article: “The films document the music and culture of Los Angeles youth over the course of two decades. The first ‘Decline’ spotlighted classic punk acts like Black Flag, the Germs, and X. ‘Decline II’ showcased the slicker realm of metal, contrasting would-be hopefuls (London, Odin) with the old guard (Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith). ‘Decline III’ looks at latter day L.A. punk, specifically the ‘gutter punks’ who eke out a living hustling for spare change.” Bonus features include commentary tracks by Dave Grohl (first film) and Spheeris and London’s Nadir D’Priest (“Part II”), interviews with Spheeris, trailers, a 40-page booklet, and “never-before-seen original footage, performances and interviews” with Aerosmith, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Lemmy, Poison, etc. DVD Talk has an excellent, in-depth review with details on the extras at . The films reportedly will screen in theaters in Seattle later this year. See and for more.

-DH Project, featuring Dan Hernandez — “a native of South Florida, who has been a guitar player and active musician since he was 15 years old in previous bands such as Thoughts Of Apathy, Ends Of The Earth, Shameless Fate, One Day Forward, Break On Through, and Sinking The Atlantic” — has a new EP entitled THE RESURRECTION. Track list: “Dear, God (Intro),” “What’s Mine Is Mine,” “Trapped In My Nightmares” (single version), “My Sacrifice,” “A Dying Dream,” “I’m Back.” DH Project is a one-man show, and Hernandez’s influences include “a mixture of bands like NOFX, August Burns Red, Green Day, and I Killed The Prom Queen.” See for more.

-Diamond Dogs’ QUITTERS AND COMPLAINERS is due out August 14 through Livewire/Cargo Records. This, the band’s 10th full-length release, will include a bonus 70-minute live album called LET’S HAVE IT – LIVE IN BILBAO. Band hype: “Diamond Dogs have over the years delivered countless hard rockin’ shows worldwide, they have also been on tour sharing stages with Nazareth, Ian Hunter, The Damned, Hanoi Rocks, The Cult, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Quireboys, and Dan Baird, among others.” QUITTERS AND COMPLAINERS track list: “Runaway Romeo,” “Alright, Alright, Alright,” “Stop Barking Up The Wrong Tree,” “Broken,” “Silver Star Delight,” “Back To Babylon,” “Black Ribbons (For Magic),” “Goodbye Troubled Soul,” “Rollercoaster,” “Out Of My Heart.” Check out the video for “Silver Star Delight” online now at . LET’S HAVE IT track list: “Bound To Ravage,” “Rush For Comfort,” “Every Little Crack,” “Goodbye Miss Jill,” “Autopilot,” “Lift It Up,” “Yesterday’s NYMPH,” “Honked,” “Raise A Holler,” “Brick Chase Bilbao (Jam),” “Passing Through My Heart,” “Somebody Else’s Lord,” “On The Sunny Side Again,” “Sad To Say I’m Sorry,” “The Band,” “Wild Side Of Life,” “Don’t Turn Me Away,” “Not Guilty (Jam).” The Diamond Dogs are Sören Sulo Karlsson on vocals, Lars Karlsson on guitar, Morgan Korsmoe on bass, the Duke Of Honk on keyboards and vocals, and Johannes Nordell on drums. The band will tour Spain in September as follows:

9/5 – Festival Valle de la Tobalina, Burgos, Spain
9/8 – El Sol, Madrid, Spain
9/10 – Music Hall, Barcelona, Spain
9/12 – Loco Club, Valencia, Spain
9/13 – Four Seasons, Castellon, Spain
9/17 – Las Armas, Zaragoza, Spain
9/18 – Helldorado, Vitoria, Spain
9/19 – Faanfest, Oviedo, Spain (w/ Iggy Pop, Turbonegro, etc.)

See for more.

-Dreadnought’s 14-minute “Odyssey,” from the upcoming BRIDGING REALMS, is streaming now at . The album is due out August 11 on Sailor Records; hype: “The Denver-based progressive/black/folk metal quartet has united fans of prog, metal, pop, and doom across the board in appreciation for this twinkling masterpiece of a record.” Track list: “Ode To Ether,” “Odyssey,” “Minuet De Lune,” “Transpiration,” “Bridging Realms.” The band members are Kelly Schilling on guitar, flute, and clean and harsh vocals, Kevin Handlon on bass and mandolin, Lauren Vieira on keyboards and clean vocals, and Jordan Clancy on drums and saxophone. See and for more.

-Epica, Eluveitie, and Scar Symmetry will tour Europe this fall. Epica is finishing its touring for THE QUANTUM ENIGMA, Eluveitie is promoting ORIGINS, and Scar Symmetry will have a new album out later this year. Check out a tour commercial at . The dates:

10/27 – Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
10/28 – Hugenottenhalle, Neu Isenburg, Germany
10/30 – Hala Euronic, Zlin, Czech Republic
10/31 – Laznia Nowa Theater, Krakow, Poland
11/1 – Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
11/3 – Löwensaal, Nürnberg, Germany
11/4 – Live Club, Milan, Italy
11/5 – Estragon, Bologna, Italy
11/7 – Belle Electrique, Grenoble, France
11/8 – L’Etage, Rennes, France
11/9 – Aeronef, Lille, France
11/11 – Academy, Bristol, UK
11/12 – Ritz, Manchester, UK
11/14 – Garage, Glasgow, UK
11/15 – Forum, London, UK

-Flying Colors’ SECOND NATURE is the Weekly Featured Product at The super-group consists of Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev), Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Kansas), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard), Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai), and Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, Dream Theater). “Flying Colors’ second studio album is the finest in muso-prog-pop! Bookended by two tracks of truly epic stature — ‘Open Up Your Eyes’ and the multiple-part ‘Cosmic Symphony’ — the album is every bit as breathtaking as the debut. Get your copy today and don’t forget to cast your votes for prog ‘Album of the Year!'” Track list:” Open Up Your Eyes,” “Mask Machine,” “Bombs Away,” “The Fury Of My Love,” “A Place In Your World,” “Lost Without You,” “One Lost Forever,” “Peaceful Harbor,” “Cosmic Symphony.” Order at , and vote for “Album of the Year” and “Band of the Year” at .

-A special Metallica issue of “Orbit” (Bluewater Productions) is available through From the site: “Few bands have achieved the success and status afforded the heavy metal pioneers known simply as Metallica. Metallica’s sound, a raw fury few can match, has stood the test of time and placed members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine, Cliff Burton, and Kirk Hammett in an exclusive club of artists. Read about the formation of the band in this special issue of ‘Orbit.'” Order, and check out a six-page sample, at .

-Motorhead will release BAD MAGIC on August 28. Track list: “Victory Or Die,” “Thunder & Lightning,” “Fire Storm Hotel,” “Shoot Out All Of Your Lights,” “The Devil,” “Electricity,” “Evil Eye,” “Teach Them How To Bleed,” “Till The End,” “Tell Me Who To Kill,” “Choking On Your Screams,” “When The Sky Comes Looking For You,” “Sympathy For The Devil” (Rolling Stones cover). The band will tour North America as follows:

8/19 – RHA, Riverside, CA
8/21 – House Of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
8/22 – Shrine, Los Angeles, CA
8/24 – Warfield, San Francisco, CA
8/27 – The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
8/28 – RIOTFEST, Denver, CO
9/1 – Cedar Park Center, Austin, TX
9/2 – Aztec, San Antonio, TX
9/4 – Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
9/5 – House Of Blues, Houston, TX
9/8 – Pageant, St. Louis, MO
9/9 – Murat, Indianapolis, IN
9/11 – RIOTFEST, Chicago, IL
9/12 – Fillmore, Detroit, MI
9/15 – Oakdale, Wallingford, CT
9/16 – Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
9/19 – RIOTFEST, Toronto, ON
9/22 – Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
9/23 – Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
9/25 – House Of Blues, Orlando, FL

See for more.

-Noctum, purveyors of “Swedish heavy/doom metal,” will release a 7″ vinyl single for “Until Then… Until The End,” with “In Precious Time” as the B-side, on August 7. It will be a limited run of 500 copies (300 in black, 200 in white). From the band: “‘Until Then… Until The End’ is a brand new single and the first recording with our new guitar player, Christoffer Löfgren. This release will be a small, but important, step towards the next album which we’re writing at this very moment.” Check out a preview at and , and pre-order a copy at . The band will tour Europe with Steelwing, on the Fly By Night Tour 2015, as follows:

8/28 – Dolans, Limerick, Ireland (Noctum only)
8/29 – No Sleep Til’ Dublin, Dublin, Ireland (Noctum only)
8/31 – Head of Steam, Newcastle, UK
9/1 – Rainbow Courtyard, Birmingham, UK
9/2 – The Underworld, London, UK
9/3 – Little Devil, Tilburg, The Netherlands
9/4 – dB’s, Utrecht, The Netherlands
9/5 – UJK, Uelsen, Germany
9/6 – Schloss Junkernhees, Kreuztal, Germany
9/7 – Goldgrube, Kassel, Germany
9/8 – St. Pauli Rock Café, Hamburg, Germany
9/9 – TBA
9/10 – Escape Metalcorner, Wien, Austria
9/11 – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
9/12 – Bei Ruth, Berlin, Germany

Tour hype: “Two Swedish bands with a lot in common! Though their sonic ideals are firmly rooted in the past, they are exploring the future of underground metal through creative songwriting and unusual genre crossovers. Both bands are currently returning to the scene with new material after years of silence and are joining forces for a European tour in the fall of 2015. Starting off in the United Kingdom and continuing on a campaign through continental Europe, these brothers in arms are psyched about finally hitting the road together to present a wide palette of heavy, doom, speed, and thrash metal soaked in the sweat of do-it-yourself punk mentality. Ears will bleed, heads will bang and fists will be raised triumphantly as a new metal movement dawns — where will you be?” See for more.

-The Poodles will tour Europe as follows:

10/15 – Rock Cafe St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
10/16 – Bastard Club, Osnabrück, Germany
10/17 – Turock, Essen, Germany
10/18 – MTC, Cologne, Germany
10/20 – Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
10/21 – De Bosuil, Weert, The Netherlands
10/22 – De Kreun, Kortrijk, Belgium
10/23 – Underworld, London, UK
10/24 – La Boule Noire, Paris, France
10/25 – Halle 101, Speyer, Germany
10/27 – Backstage Club, Munich, Germany
10/28 – Hirsch, Nuremberg, Germany
10/29 – Magnet Club, Berlin, Germany
10/30 – Roxy, Flensburg, Germany
10/31 – High Voltage, Copenhagen, Denmark

See for more.

-Paul Speer staged “Pay What You Want” concerts online May 1 and June 27. Check out highlights of the May show — featuring clips of “Allegretto In E” from MUSIC+ART, “Spanish Steps” from OCULUS, “Krakatoa” from WONDERS, “Contents Under Pressure,” “Megatron,” and “PowerGlide” from AX INFERNO, and a “mystery tune from a mystery album” — at . See for more.

-Swirl’s new video for “Fourth Of July” is online now at . Check out a recent interview with guitarist Duane “DT” Jones at . See and for more.

-Tad Morose’s ST. DEMONIUS is due out in late August via Swedish label Despotz Records. Track list: “Bow To The Reapers Blade,” “Forlorn,” “Where Ignorance Reigns,” “Remain,” “Black Fire Rising,” “Day Of Reckoning,” “The Shadows Play,” “Darkness Prevail,” “Fear Subside,” “Dream Of Memories,” “The World Is Growing Old,” “Your Own Demise.” See and for more.

-Ten’s new lyric video for “This Love,” from ISLA DE MUERTA, is online now at . Background: “After a successful first radio single ‘Tell Me What To Do,’ it’s time for that master song-writer Gary Hughes to show us what he can do with a ballad. ‘This Love’ is the second single to be lifted from Ten’s new album ISLA DE MUERTA, with this gorgeous lyric video created by the director of all previously released Firefest DVDs, Bernhard Kellerer of Transistor Pictures & Rocktopia.” has signed copies of the album available for sale. See and for more.

-There’s a new interview with Tarja Turunen (ex-Nighwish) online at .

-Dig through a list of the 12 best Twisted Sister songs, as compiled by drummer Mike Portnoy and including YouTube links, at .

-Check out a new interview with Virgin Steele’s David DeFeis at .

-Wacken Open Air TV has video of Jeff Waters (Annihilator) judging and interviewing bands at various stops of this year’s Wacken Metal Battle Canada competition. Featured bands include Vesperia (2015 winners), Mutank (2014 winners), Dahlmers Realm, Windy City Slaughter, Elnora, Shark Infested Daughters, Hellborn Death Engines, AfterEarth, Dethgod, Fayne, Evertrapped, DistortHead, Decadawn, …From The Deep, Endemise, Deathrow Six, Chariots Of The Gods, A Scar For The Wicked, BLËED, Endless Chaos, Medevil, Midnight Malice, and Nordheim. Check it out at , and for more on Metal Battle Canada see and .

-Yes bassist and co-founder Chris Squire passed away on June 27 in Phoenix, AZ, after battling “acute erythroid leukemia, a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia.” Squire was the only band member to play on every Yes album. The remaining band members — singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and drummer Alan White — will tour the US with Toto in August, with Billy Sherwood on bass. See for more.

-Z Records is running weekly deals this summer, starting every Thursday. The first / current one is O’Regan’s TUNNEL VISION selling for 7.99 Euros at . Check the website each Thursday for the next eight weeks for a new special. See and for more.

Thanks to Head First Entertainment, Rock Cellar Magazine, Metaltix, VQPR, Southern Cross PR, Online Metal Promo, Mark Alger, Jon Asher, Axel Wiesenauer, Gillian G. Gaar, Chad Bowar, Jon Freeman, Ian Jane, and Hawk for help gathering some of this information.

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DSG – STILL A WARRIOR (B) Pure Steel Records, 2015
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The David Shankle Group, featuring the ex-Manowar guitarist, is back with its third full-length and it’s another festival of shreddy power metal. What amounts to a “Chicago Metal All-Stars” lineup is rounded out by the versatile Warren Halvarson (Damien Thorne) on vocals, Michael Streicher (Blackened, Kings Of The Ryche) on bass, and the amazing Gabriel Anthony (Pamela Moore, Radakka, Bludgeon, Sgt. Roxx) on drums. The album consists of eight full-length vocal tracks and two instrumentals. Unsurprisingly, there’s really no slowing own here, from the opening title track to the catchy “Fuel For The Fire,” and from the charging “Eye To Eye” to the closer “Across The Line” (shades of TRILOGY-era Malmsteen). The first instrumental, the brief guitar piece “Demonic Solo” (from the movie “Jezebeth”), offers somewhat of a respite but the second, the nearly nine-minute “The Hitman,” is a giant pile of six-string madness starring guests Michael Angelo Batio (Holland, Nitro), Parker Lundgren (Queensryche), T.D. Clark (Dee Snider, Chris Medina), Joe Stump (Reign Of Terror, HolyHell), Tommy Vitaly (Seven Gates), and Roger Staffelbach (Artension, Artlantica, Angel Of Eden). If you’re only familiar with Shankle’s work on Manowar’s THE TRIUMPH OF STEEL, be advised his work in DSG is generally more up-tempo American power metal, more riff-based, and more dynamic and varied, with plenty of over-the-top guitar playing. The production seems a bit sterile at times, and the solos have kind of a “grafted on” feel, but this is one hard-charging, kick-ass band. Seek them out.
– Tim Wadzinski (

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Detritus #673: Iron Maiden, Gamma Ray, Symphony X

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Issue #673
Week of June 22, 2015

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-I recently ordered the newies from Armored Saint, Helloween, and Visigoth on CD from The box arrived earlier than I expected, so cool, but when I tore it open I found inside… a bunch of baby books and packing slip from Barnes & Noble. I called Best Buy and got my order fixed, but I can’t help but think some poor Grandma in Ohio wrapped up a bunch of metal CDs as her baby shower gift… – Tim

*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Iron Maiden’s THE BOOK OF SOULS Coming September 4

[Note: This is from . – Tim]

Iron Maiden’s eagerly awaited new studio album THE BOOK OF SOULS will be released globally on 4th September through Parlophone Records (BMG in the U.S.A.). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumor, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch.

The stunning cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson who has worked with the band previously, and because this 11 track album has a total running time of 92 minutes, it is Iron Maiden’s first ever double studio album. There’s a broader split on the song-writing compared to previous Maiden records, with bassist and founder member Steve Harris contributing to seven of the tracks; six of them with Maiden’s guitarists and one sole composition. This is also the first time since 1984’s POWERSLAVE that an Iron Maiden studio album also features two tracks written solely by Bruce Dickinson, one of which is the longest song Maiden has ever recorded! And also two Dickinson/Smith collaborations.

Steve comments,

“We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them I think. I’m very proud of THE BOOK OF SOULS, we all are, and we can’t wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!”

Bruce continues,

“We’re really excited about THE BOOK OF SOULS and had a fantastic time creating it. We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we’d done the BRAVE NEW WORLD album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we’d finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double its going to be!”

The full track listing is:

Disc 1
1. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
2. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
3. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
4. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
5. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
6. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27

Disc 2
7. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
8. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
9. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
10. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
11. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01

2CD deluxe hardbound book limited edition
2CD standard edition
Triple heavyweight black vinyl
High res audio (24-bit Mastered for iTunes and non-Mastered for iTunes)
Standard res audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz)

THE BOOK OF SOULS is the band’s 16th studio album since their eponymous debut in 1980 charted at #4 in the UK, in a career achieving sales of over 90 million albums worldwide. Their previous album, 2010’s THE FINAL FRONTIER was Maiden’s most successful chart-wise to date, reaching Number One in 28 countries and was their highest chart debut in the US reaching #4 in the Billboard 200.

Due to Bruce’s illness the band had to delay touring plans but promise to be out on the road again early next year, giving time for Bruce to make a full physical recovery to be ready for the rigors of Maiden live performances.

*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Savatage’s RETURN TO WACKEN To Be Released On June 19, 2015

[Note: This is another older press release that came out during our hiatus. Just giving it a bump here. – Tim]

Finally! The wait has come to an end! The reunion of one of the world’s greatest progressive metal bands, anxiously awaited by fans, has moved within reach. Now, in 2015, for the first time in over a decade, Savatage will return to the stage as part of a big live celebration at the Wacken Open Air. To celebrate the reunion performance, Savatage and earMUSIC releases the ultimate RETURN TO WACKEN on June 19, 2015 through earMUSIC. A selection of classic studio songs, that the band played live at Wacken in their now two historical shows at the world-famous Festival.

Founded in 1981 in Tampa, Florida, by brothers Jon and Criss Oliva, Savatage quickly got noticed for their powerful metal albums. Soon after they paired with producer / co-writer Paul O’Neill, their progressive metal sound became defined by emphatic orchestrations and a strong melodic component, paired with catchy melodies and complex arrangements. The band did not only extend their artistic range album after album, but also the general borders of the heavy rock genre itself. By doing this, they reached a huge number of followers worldwide and their albums often occupied the highest positions in the charts all over the world. In 2007, the year of the band’s 25th anniversary, Jon Oliva announced the final split up of the band.

RETURN TO WACKEN is based on the set lists of these memorable performances at Wacken Open Air 1998 and 2002 and it celebrates the return to the stage of one of the world’s greatest progressive metal bands with each and every song. Besides Savatage’s greatest hits and classics, such as “Hall Of The Mountain King,” “Gutter Ballet,” or “The Wake Of Magellan,” the album booklet gives some real insights into the band with personal memories of Jon Oliva, with rare pictures and press quotes to the two past performances at Wacken Open Air.

Track list:
1. Hall Of The Mountain King
2. Gutter Ballet
3. Believe
4. Chance
5. Edge Of Thorns
6. The Wake Of Magellan
7. Dead Winter Dead
8. The Hourglass
9. Tonight He Grins Again
10. Prelude To Madness
11. When The Crowds Are Gone

Jon Oliva
Zachary Stevens
Chris Caffery
Al Pitrelli
Johnny Lee Middleton
Jeff Plate

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-Gamma Ray Announce 25th Anniversary Reissue Of Debut Album HEADING FOR TOMORROW

It was with great surprise that in 1988 Kai Hansen decided to leave Helloween: the band he co-founded and that in a very few years reached a very high level of success, ending up influencing and challenging the bands that were once their original inspiration.

Hansen left Helloween just when the band had finally reached international stardom and after having won the appreciation of metal giants such as Iron Maiden who often publicly championed the German band. Hansen, Gamma Ray, and Helloween are now very good friends, often sharing the stage, but in 1987 the divorce was a proper rock and roll acrimonious one: a true shock for the metal scene. The reasons that brought Kai Hansen to leave the band are still the subject of interviews and fan debates, despite listening to the forthcoming reissue of HEADING FOR TOMORROW, 25 years after its original release, it looks very obvious that Kai Hansen destiny was to lead his own band.

HEADING FOR TOMORROW (ANNIVERSARY EDITION) will be released on July 24, 2015 on earMUSIC.

25 years after the official debut, Gamma Ray and earMUSIC have started a monumental work to re-release the entire production by Gamma Ray in deluxe double CDs. The original albums will be re-presented in new shining, re-mastered version on the first disc (with the inclusions of all B-sides) while the second CD will be dedicated to old live recordings, demos digitized for the first time from the original tapes saved by all members of the band, alternative versions, and recent studio and live recordings.

HEADING FOR TOMORROW was initially released as a Kai Hansen solo album. By extracting the LP out of its sleeve, HEADING FOR TOMORROW revealed its “secret intention” (it was still the days of LP, or is it again?) revealing a second cover, introducing Kai’s new baby: Gamma Ray.

After the global critical success of EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD, Kai Hansen has decided to continue the collaboration with Eike Freese and Alex Dietz (Heaven Shall Burn), the production team. Kai Hansen has spent hundred hours, digitizing and re-mastering hundreds of tapes, alternative versions, and ideas that were so far jealously hidden in Gamma Ray’s private archive.

Adds Hansen: “I am incredibly thankful that after 25 fantastic years of Gamma Ray, I am still standing here, making music and performing on stage. It’s awesome to see that fans from the first days keep on supporting us and that we still make new friends. It’s something you can’t take for granted. After my departure from Helloween, it all could have gone the other way as well. Instead, we continue to make albums and tour the world. That’s close to unbelievable! Working on the first reissue for HEADING FOR TOMORROW brought back so many great memories and Ralf and I dug out some funny stories. Two years ago, our studio, our harbor in Hamburg, burnt down and a lot of memorabilia and original tapes were lost, but we all searched our private archives and managed to find some great rarities and hopefully some highlights for the fans. We are proud to release our little babies in a new style with a brand new cover artwork done by Hervé Monjeaud and a new sound, a fantastic re-mastering done by Eike Freese and Alex Dietz.”

Kai Hansen is today the voice of Gamma Ray but it is important to remember that in the beginning of Gamma Ray’s history Kai had planned to focus on his role of songwriter and guitar player. If the original album still shines also thanks to the vocals of Ralf Scheepers, the second CD offers real treasures for all Gamma Ray fans, like the original demos of songs like “Money,” “Sail on,” “Heaven Can Wait,” or “The Silence” featuring Hansen on vocals.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary in style, Gamma Ray is touring in Europe this autumn.

1. Welcome
2. Lust For Life
3. Heaven Can Wait
4. Space Eater
5. Money
6. The Silence
7. Hold Your Ground
8. Free Time
9. Heading For Tomorrow
10. Look At Yourself
11. Mr. Outlaw (Japanese Bonus Track)
12. Sail On (B-Side from “Heaven Can Wait” EP)
13. Lonesome Stranger (B-Side from “Heaven Can Wait” EP)

1. Who Do You Think You Are
2. Heaven Can Wait (Demo)
3. Money (Demo – Kai on vocals)
4. Sail On (Demo – Kai on vocals)
5. Heading For Tomorrow (Live)
6. Space Eater (Live)
7. The Silence (Demo – Kai on vocals)
8. Mr. Outlaw (Instrumental Version)
9. Heaven Can Wait (Demo – Kai on vocals)
10. Heading For Tomorrow (Karaoke Version)
11. Space Eater (Karaoke Version)
12. Lonesome Stranger (Demo)

with special guest Serious Black

28.10. Wilhelsmhaven – Pumpwerk (GER)
30.10. Hamburg – Markthalle (GER)
31.10. Berlin – C-Club (GER)
01.11. Bochum – Zeche (GER)
03.11. München – Backstage Werk (GER)
07.11. Lucenec – Sports Hall (SK)
08.11. Budapest – Club 202 (HUN)
10.11. Graz – Explosiv (CH)
11.11. Milano – special guest to Scorpions – Mediolanum Forum (ESP)
13.11. Pamplona – Totem (ESP)
14.11. Santiago de Compostela – Capitol
15.11. Porto – Hard Club (PT)
17.11. Lissabon – Paradis Garaje (PT)
18.11. Sevilla – Custom (ESP)
20.11. Murcia – Gamma (ESP)
21.11. Madrid – San Miguel (ESP)
22.11. Barcelona – Razz 1 (ESP)
24.11. Lyon – Ninkasi Kao (FR)
25.11. Pratteln – Z7 (CH)
27.11. Memmingen – Kaminwerk (GER)
04.12. Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal (GER)
05.12. Paris – Trabendo (FR)
06.12. Vosselaar – Biebob (BEL)
08.12. London – Islington (UK)
09.12. Tilburg – 013 (NL)
11.12. Gothenburg – Musikens Hus (SWE)
12.12. Stockholm – Klubben (SWE)

*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody: New Album PROMETHEUS – SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS Out Now; Second Album Excerpts Trailer Revealed!

Today, the creators of Cinematic Metal, Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, release their new cinematic album PROMETHEUS – SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS via Nuclear Blast Records. As a result of this, the band releases a second album excerpts trailer, which can be watched here:

Order your copy of Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody’s new outstanding record here:

The international press feels impressed about the quality of PROMETHEUS – SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS:

“More epic than ‘Game of Thrones.’ Luca Turilli is back with his unique cinematic style.”
CLASSIX (I), Lorenzo Becciani

“A gargantuan swing of the symphonic metal pendulum, this is Rhapsody’s grand masterpiece. If music were to be treated like a Hollywood blockbuster, PROMETHEUS would break records at the box office.”
POWERPLAY (UK), Bruce Turnbull

“Still more classic and bombast — it’s not an easy-listening album, but if you capture it, it’s a record for eternity!”
ROCK IT (D), Hartl Grill

“Finally, Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody leave Dragon Metal behind them and walk along the red carpet of Cinematic Metal with an epic and genius swing. From Gollum to parapsychologists — this record delivers a wild mix of spiritual questions and bombastic melodies which merge with the modern and electronic level of 2015!”

“This album crosses any boundary among epic metal, classical music, and movie scores. It’s definitely the most bombastic and cinematic Rhapsody’s release to date.”
ROCK HARD (IT), Emanuele Biani

“Grandeur and multilayered bombast rule more than ever in this masterly blend of power metal and classical music!”
LORDS OF METAL (NL), Vera Matthijssens

“One thing is certain, the only composer on earth who can top Luca Turilli is the man himself… Turilli composes musicscapes beyond comparison. While he will never be held to the unattainable standard of a modern Mozart and Beethoven — the giants who receive 100% critical acclaim whether deserved or not — Luca can easily draw comparisons to modern composers like John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Jerry Goldsmith.”

*** PRESS RELEASE #5 ***
-Symphony X Releases Digital Single “Without You” + Lyric Video!

To support their upcoming record UNDERWORLD (out on July 24 via Nuclear Blast Records), New Jersey-based kings of Progressive Metal, Symphony X, release a digital single today, called “Without You.” Watch the fitting lyric video here:

Guitarist Michael Romeo comments on it:
“‘Without You’ is a bit mellower than the first single, ‘Nevermore,’ with a big chorus and a sweeping feel. I don’t know if I would call the track a ballad, but it’s a little bit softer, not so much about riff, but more the acoustic and electric interplay. Those two are good single choices, if you will, because they represent what the record is: it’s heavy, but at the same time, there are some of these soaring melodic parts.”

Order the digital single “Without You” here:

Pre-order Symphony X’s new release at .

*** PRESS RELEASE #6 ***
-Lords Of The Trident Release “Knights Of Dragon’s Deep” Official Video

Lords Of The Trident have released a new official video of the song “Knights Of Dragon’s Deep” exclusively on the METAL TO INFINITY webzine (Belgium) which is taken from their recently released album FROSTBURN.

Lead vocalist Fang VonWrathenstein has checked in with the following update:

“You want a music video with fire? Explosions? Battles? Swordplay? Bloodshed? Then you’ve come to the right place. The video follows the story of our first song from 2015’s FROSTBURN. An evil frostwyrm’s magic has covered the lands with ice and death, and the blizzard is starting to encroach on the nearby kingdom. The king sends for the Knights of Dragon’s Deep — a group of legendary dragonslayers. However, the minions of the frostwyrm — including his head sorceress — are already on the hunt for the knights.

“We pitched the idea for this video to the mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, and he thought the idea was so epic, the city itself actually funded the entire production! He just kept throwing stacks of bills at us and screaming ‘A TRIBUTE TO THE LORDS! A TRIBUTE TO THE LORDS!’ True Story.

“This is your first chance to see our latest lead shredder, Baron Taurean Helleshaar, in action! Prepare your face for melting, and bear in mind that by reading this sentence, we cannot be responsible for any plastic surgery costs to put your face back together afterwards.”

Lords of the Trident – “Knights of Dragon’s Deep” video (direct link)

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

*** PRESS RELEASE #7 ***

This landmark film weaves together the full story of the world’s most unique and biggest hard rock festival, featuring dozens of exclusive interviews with musicians, fans and the festival producers.

Wacken Open Air has never simply been a “festival”… it has, for over a quarter of a century, been a lifestyle, event, and community rivaling those seen at the likes of Glastonbury in the UK and Burning Man in the US. As the festival’s founders Thomas Jensen and Holgar Hübner always said, Wacken is about the music and the lifestyle, and it is that noble simplicity of aim that has seen the festival sell out to 85,000 people within hours of the tickets going on sale every year. And now, UDR Records is proud to present a comprehensive view of both the Wacken festival and culture via 25 YEARS LOUDER THAN HELL – THE W:O:A DOCUMENTARY, a film directed by Sara Kelly-Husain and produced by Christine Stephan for Nice Productions.

Utilizing deep, archival footage, live action film and hand-held camera montages, 25 YEARS LOUDER THAN HELL… weaves together the full story of this cultural phenomenon from its humble beginnings in one small village field to the consistently sold-out, 85,000-plus music megacity it has become. Featuring interviews with the likes of Lemmy from Motörhead, Slayer’s Kerry King, Biff Byford of Saxon, and Nergal of Behemoth, 25 YEARS LOUDER THAN HELL… also speaks with fans from across the globe to further explain the enormous cultural phenomenon which Wacken Open Air has grown into.

25 YEARS LOUDER THAN HELL – THE W:O:A DOCUMENTARY will be released at a wallet-loving low price, so as both the hardcore Wacken fan and the curious peruser can take an affordable journey.


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-Melted Space: All-Star Lineup For Sensory Records-Bound French Metal Opera Album Announced + Trailer Posted

Following an announcement marking the signing of Melted Space in March, Sensory Records is now confirming the details for the impending release of THE GREAT LIE, a massively ambitious metal opera project led by French composer Pierre le Pape. A brief trailer for the album has been released, the video listing the full all-star cast of musicians involved in the album, which includes members of Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Dark Tranquillity, Orphaned Land, Shining, Ayreon, Sirenia and many more, in addition to the work of The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra!

View the Melted Space trailer:

Melted Space is the creation of French composer Pierre le Pape, who bears a master degree in classical music and movie scores, here creating a modern opera that takes over the classical codes, including numerous characters, scenario, powerful orchestral arrangements and varied ambiances, all set to skilled and catchy songwriting and amazing casting. The new Melted Space album, THE GREAT LIE, features 14 prestigious and unexpected singers, joined by seven talented guest musicians and The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra. Together, this cast has created an epic saga as powerful as moving, and by mixing the tradition of the classic opera with infectious heavy metal, THE GREAT LIE promises to set a new milestone in the genre. The full cast of guests on the album includes David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Attila Csihar (Sunn O))), Mayhem), Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Ailyn Gimenéz (Sirenia), Kobi Fahri (Orphaned Land), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania), Guillaume Bideau (Mnemic), Niklas Kvarforth (Shining), Sylvain Coudret (Soilwork), Adrien Grousset (Hacride), Christine Rhoades (Jeff Loomis), Manuel Munoz (The Old Dead Tree), Arnaud Strobl (Carnival In Coal), Clémentine Delauney (Visions Of Atlantis), Virginie Goncalves (Kells).

Initiated by pianist and composer Pierre Le Pape, Melted Space stands as the first French metal opera boasting the air of a huge choral fresco, bringing together numerous female and male singers and musicians from the international metal scene. Powerful metal meets the refined essence of movie soundtrack-style movements the band has seduced a wide audience. Melted Space’s music is inspired by traditional symphonic metal but is also rooted in the black and death metal scenes, each coming to play depending on what action that is taking place within the story that Pierre is telling us.

Melted Space began as an instrumental project by Le Pape in 2007, yet under the thumb of his electro-acoustic teacher, he created a universe of its own which can be described as a potential ultimate step in Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” The first record, 2009’s THERE’S A PLACE, was totally self-produced and while it was a completely instrumental album, it laid the foundations of the band’s 2012-releaseed successor, FROM THE PAST, which really pushed the name further. Gathering 26 musicians, renowned female and male singers, FROM THE PAST received rapturous articles and one of the most enthusiastic welcomes. Following this success, Pierre didn’t stop there and started to compose a mini-album entitled BETWEEN, which was released in May 2013 with Season Of Mist and PlasticHead handling French and European distribution. Melted Space had gone further again as Pierre hired two internationally-known singers to interpret his songs: Liv Kristine (Leaves’ Eyes, ex-Theater Of Tragedy) and Ashmedi (Melechesh). Le Pape then hired five talented musicians to go on tour with him as main support act for The Old Dead Tree’s last tour in October 2013, and the motivation since has now resulted in additional tour and festival dates, and now, the most ambitious album from the collective yet, with THE GREAT LIE.

Laser’s Edge division, Sensory Records, will release THE GREAT LIE on October 16, 2015. Stand by for additional samples from the album and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

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-Miss Behaviour Working On New Album, New Band Management

Swedish Melodic Rockers Miss Behaviour are working on their fourth yet-untitled album, for a tentative late fall release. The band is now in the studio with producer/songwriter Patrik Magnusson, who previously worked with, Crashdiet, Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe), and Ace Wilder among others.

Miss Behaviour recently signed a management deal with Sun Hill Production (Soto, Jeff Scott Soto, Talisman, ColdSpell, Reach, Night By Night, Degreed) from Sweden.

Miss Behaviour is:

Sebastian Roos – Vocals
Erik Heikne – Guitars
Henrik Sproge – Keyboards
Niclas Lindblom – Bass
Magnus Jacobson – Drums

The story of Miss Behaviour goes back to 2003 when keyboard player Henrik Sproge and guitarist Erik Heikne met. Both had a great passion for ’80s melodic hard rock and AoR, they decided to start the band to express their vision of how a modern rock band, inspired by the great bands of the ’80s should sound.

After the release of the debut album HEART OF MIDWINTER in 2006 they recruited a new lead singer Sebastian Roos, an established singer in Sweden. “Sebastian added a new dimension to the band, he’s extremely skilled and talented with great ambition and a will to leave a mark,” says Erik.

The breakthrough came with the album LAST WOMAN STANDING (2011). In spring 2011 Miss Behaviour competed in Swedish national radio with the song “Till We Meet Again,” making the première live performance with the current lineup in front of 400,000 radio listeners. Late 2011 the album LAST WOMAN STANDING won the “Best AOR album of 2011” readers poll, and got fantastic reviews from magazines such as Classic Rock (UK), Sweden Rock Magazine (SE), and more. UK Magazine Classic Rock picked “Cynthia” as one of the best tracks in 2011, and featured the song on the compilation CLASSIC ROCK BUZZ.

Miss Behaviour toured UK twice in 2011, and the latter finished off with a sold out show at O2 Academy Islington in London. Their third album, DOUBLE AGENT, was released in August 2014 via AOR Haven. Once again the reviews are great — Classic Rock, Sweden Rock Magazine, and Aftonbladet (SE) all praise — and this also earned them a slot on Stockholm Rocks Festival in November 2014.

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-Z Records News

Veras Studio Update As Florida Gives Seal Of Approval

Florida has given the seal of approval to Veras whom are currently topping the metal chart out there.

Veras are now hard at work on their follow-up to 2014’s NEVER GIVE UP. The new album currently has the working title of BLOW, PUNCH AND STRIKE!

A sneak preview will be available soon!

Keyboard Maestro Joins Legion For Final Album SOLACE

Eric Ragno has joined Legion for their final studio album SOLACE which will be released in November. Eric is currently laying down keyboard parts for the forthcoming release.

Vince O’Regan commented:
“I asked Mark at Z Whom we could get in for the album, he immediately said Eric Ragno he is the man! We’ve not looked back since he is the ultimate professional and has helped enhance the songs to a new level.”
TWITTER @z-records

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-Tower Of Babel — Current Exorcism, HolyHell, Royal Hunt, & Tainted Nation Members Launch New Band

Singer/producer Csaba Zvekan (Exorcism, Metal Machine, Zvekan), guitarist Joe Stump (Exorcism, HolyHell), drummer Mark Cross (Tainted Nation, ex-Firewind, Helloween), keyboard/Hammond player Maestro Mistheria (Vivaldi Metal Project, Mistheria), and bassist Andreas Passmark (Royal Hunt) have joined forces in a new band called Tower Of Babel.

To keep fans on the edge of their seats, the band released this snippet of a demo they’ve titled “Dragon Slayer:”

The band was formed by singer/producer Csaba Zvekan (Exorcism, Metal Machine, Zvekan) on vocals and Joe Stump, guitar player of the bands Exorcism & HolyHell, and bass player Craig Gruber, who was known for his work with Rainbow, Elf, Gary Moore, and more.

This led to the idea of making a powerful album, an album with original compositions bringing back the sound and feel of early Rainbow/Dio era with classic and new elements.

Craig Gruber sadly passed away on May 5, 2015 due to a longtime fight with prostate and bone cancer. May you rest in peace — over the rainbow!!!

Powerhouse drummer Mark Cross (Tainted Nation, ex-Firewind, Helloween) was added to the lineup, on keyboards/Hammond, the talented Italian Maestro Mistheria (Vivaldi Metal Project, Mistheria) and Andreas Passmark from Royal Hunt on bass guitar, who gave his final touch to this extraordinary ensemble.

Their first album is in recording progress, but a release date hasn’t been announced yet.

Tower of Babel
“bringing back the sound and feel of early Rainbow/Dio era with classic and new elements”

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-Ensiferum Announces European Tour In October!

Finnish Metal heroes Ensiferum have announced another European tour for October. This time the band will be conquering Switzerland, France, Spain, and Portugal and perform a total of 13 shows!

13/10/15 CH – Zürich – Komplex
14/10/15 FR – Marseille – Le Moulin
15/10/15 ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
16/10/15 ES – Granada – El Tren
17/10/15 ES – Sevilla – Sala Custom
18/10/15 ES – Madrid – Sala Caracol
19/10/15 PT – Lisbon – Paradise Garage
20/10/15 PT – Porto – Hard Club
21/10/15 ES – Santiago De Compostela – Sala Capitol
22/10/15 ES – Santander – Escenario Santander
23/10/15 ES – Pamplona – Totem
24/10/15 FR – Limoges – CC John Lennon
25/10/15 FR – Rouen – Le 106

2015 Summer Festivals:
30/07 – 01/08/15 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, DE
06/08 – 08/08/15 Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, DE
08/08/15 Into The Grave Festival – Leeuwarden, NL
09/08/15 Bloodstock Open Air – Walton-On-Trent, GB
10/08/15 Foire au Vin, Colmar, FR
13/08/15 Rockstadt Extremefest – Rasnov, RO
13/08 – 15/08/15 Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE

Folk Fest
+ Metsatöll
+ Skyforger
+ Valkenrag
01/10/15 PL – Cracow – Klub Kwadrat
02/10/15 PL – Wroclaw – Alibi
03/10/15 PL – Warsaw – Progresja

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 Heekseekers 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 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 .

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-Diamond Dogs Announce QUITTERS & COMPLAINERS Album Details, Video Posted

Diamond Dogs, the Swedish rock and roll band formed in 1992, are now back with their 10th full-length album QUITTERS & COMPLAINERS that also includes a 70-minute long bonus live disc LET’S HAVE IT – LIVE IN BILBAO. The release is scheduled for August 14 via Livewire/Cargo Records. The new video for the song “Silver Star Delight” can be viewed below.

Diamond Dogs have over the years delivered countless hard rockin’ shows worldwide, they have also been on tour sharing stage with: Nazareth, Ian Hunter, The Damned, Hanoi Rocks, The Cult, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Quireboys, and Dan Baird, among others.

Members of Diamond Dogs also have associations with such fine artists as The Hellacopters, Johnny Thunders, The Solution, The Dogs D’amour, The Nomads, Lisa & the Lips, Ian Hunter, and The Crunch. Singer Sulo Karlsson is also currently completing a vocal duet album collaboration with American singer Maria McKee. QUITTERS & COMPLAINERS could easily be Diamond Dogs’ finest release to date. Classic good time rock n’ roll.

Track listing:

1. Runaway Romeo
2. Alright, Alright, Alright
3. Stop Barking Up The Wrong Tree
4. Broken
5. Silver Star Delight
6. Back To Babylon
7. Black Ribbons (For Magic)
8. Goodbye Troubled Soul
9. Rollercoaster
10. Out Of My Heart


1. Bound To Ravage
2. Rush For Comfort
3. Every Little Crack
4. Goodbye Miss Jill
5. Autopilot
6. Lift It Up
7. Yesterday’s NYMPH
8. Honked
9. Raise A Holler
10. Brick Chase Bilbao (Jam)
11. Passing Through My Heart
12. Somebody Else’s Lord
13. On The Sunny Side Again
14. Sad To Say I’m Sorry
15. The Band
16. Wild Side Of Life
17. Don’t Turn Me Away
18. Not Guilty (Jam)

Diamond Dogs are:

Sören Sulo Karlsson – Vocals
Duke of Honk – Piano, Organ, vocals
Lars Karlsson – Guitars
Johannes Nordell – Drums
Morgan Korsmoe – Bass

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-Radiant Records: A [Morse]fest Special Guest Just Announced!

Greetings from Team Radiant!

We are thrilled to announce that Phil Keaggy will be kicking off both nights of [Morse]fest 2015!

Neal Morse comments on Phil joining the [Morse]fest stage: “Phil Keaggy as you all know is among the finest musicians in the world and also an extraordinarily wonderful person! I am thrilled that he will be doing an acoustic set to kick off [Morse]fest 2015 on both nights! I’ve seen him do his acoustic thing several times before, and it’s always very inspiring and enjoyable. You guys are in for a treat! This is going to be amazing…”

Phil’s solo career has spanned more than 40 years, and has included over 60 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental, eight releases with his band, Glass Harp, as well as numerous duets and trio albums. One of the most sought after studio guitarists, Phil also continues to sell out concerts all over the United States, with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock-and-roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions.

[Morse]fest 2015
The ultimate Neal Morse weekend, September 4th-6th, 2015 in Cross Plains, TN!
New Life Fellowship, 8655 Hwy 25, Cross Plains, TN 37049

At [Morse]fest 2015, long time collaborators Mike Portnoy and Randy George, as well as Neal Morse Band anchors, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette, will join Neal as this group of master musicians perform Neal’s world renowned albums, ? (Question Mark) and SOLA SCRIPTURA.

This weekend will be filled with Special Guests, Exclusive VIP Packages, a FREE Inner Circle only performance, Pre-show dinners, and much more!

View all event and ticket information here:

Team Radiant
Radiant Records

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-Graveyard Reveals New Album’s Details, Pre-Order Online!

Swedish grandmasters of classic rock, Graveyard, have announced to be releasing their fourth full-length album, INNOCENCE & DECADENCE on September 25, 2015 worldwide via Nuclear Blast.

INNOCENCE & DECADENCE was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden at Atlantis Studios with Janne Hansson (ABBA, The Hives, Opeth) and Johan Lindström (Tonbruket).

Commented the band: “Got a new album coming your way in September called INNOCENCE & DECADENCE. It’s gonna be an album filled to the rim with a little bit of this — and for all of those who might wonder or worry — there will be quite a lot of that on it as well. We’ve had a great time recording the album at the ‘gemytliga’ Atlantis Studios in Stockholm together with Janne Hansson and Johan Lindström. And after kinda being away from our daily routine as a touring band and the thrill of a new album on its way … we wanna leave you with. Good to be gone, great to be back and let there be September!” – Axel, Joakim, Jonathan & Truls a.k.a. Graveyard

INNOCENCE & DECADENCE will be released in various formats (vinyl look digi-pak, digital download, black/clear/splatter/orange/green/bi-colored vinyl as well as a T-Shirt/CD bundle). Pre-order your copy here:

NOTE: vinyl pre-orders will be up by next week

A European headlining tour will be announced shortly.

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-Psychostick Posts “Bill Nye The Science Guy” Cover Track + Evil Dumb Tour Presented by Bluebeards Original

Hey! Can ya blame the guys from Psychostick to get a bit creative when they got time on their hands and a full studio at the helm before tour! Just like “Reading Rainbow” before ( ), these laugh makers have a new cover track of one of their favorite childhood TV themes songs. Presenting to fans, the band’s latest metal cover for “Bill Nye The Science Guy.” Watch it at the following link and get your science on!

“Our fans crowd-funded constructing a recording studio for us, resulting in an album and tour. But that’s just the beginning! We’re utilizing the studio to its full potential to record all sorts of fun odds and ends that we never would have had the opportunity to otherwise. This Bill Nye cover is the first out of the gate… the gate OF SCIENCE!” comments guitarist Joshua “The J” Key.

Also mark down in your local concert listings as Bluebeards Original ( ) is proud to present the comedy masterminds of Psychostick and the howling sounds of Wolfborne for dates across the US of A this July and August along with two dates in Oh Canada!! plus fest performances at Dirt Fest in Birch Run, MI and WIIL Rock Fest in Franksville, WI.

“Like Bruce Campbell fending off the Deadites, we have to load our van up like a boomstick and unleash jagged, chunky musical shards of METAL upon the country with Wolfborne. We’re even headin’ up to Canada this time! First they’ll wanna kill us, then they’ll wanna kiss us,” comments vocalist Rob Kersey.

7/18 – Danville, IL – Vintage Villians
7/22 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
7/23 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
7/24 – Addison (Dallas), TX – Dallas Gaming Expo @ Crowne Plaza Hotel
7/28 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe
7/29 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
7/30 – Mobile, AL – Alchemy Tavern
7/31 – Tallahassee, FL – Atmosphere

8/1 – Sanford, FL – West End Trading Co.
8/2 – St Petersburg, FL – State Theater
8/4- Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
8/5 – Knoxville, TN – The Concourse @ The International
8/6 – Clarksville, TN – The Warehouse
8/7- Newport, KY – Thompson House
8/8 – Birch Run, MI – Dirtfest
8/9 – Toronto, ON – Rockpile West
8/10 – Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe
8/11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
8/13 – New York City, NY – Santos Party House
8/14 – Hagerstown, MD – Hard Times Cafe
8/15 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
8/16 – Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions
8/18 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
8/19 – Lafayette, IN – Lafayette Events Center
8/21 – Madison, WI – Geek Kon
8/22 – Franksville, WI – WIIL Rock Fest

For more info, music and tour dates, please visit:

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-Test Your Metal Records Launches With First Signing Of Brazilian Power Metal Hibria

Vancouver, BC-based Test Your Metal Records is proud to announce its entry into the mosh pit on the international metal scene with its first signing of Brazilian power metallers Hibria for the North American release of their fifth and upcoming self-titled full-length due out on August 7th, 2015 with album pre-order available here:

“I am very excited to announce the launch of my new record label Test Your Metal Records. After playing in bands and touring for the past 15 years I’ve developed the relationships and connections to be able to help others in the Canadian and worldwide music scene. I hope to bring more international acts into Canada and spread the Canadian metal internationally to show the world what we have to offer. I have some amazing bands and an amazing team to work with me, so I just want to thank you all in advance and together we will keep Heavy Metal alive!” comments Test Your Metal Records owner Grant Truesdell.

Hibria is a Brazilian power metal band formed in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul in 1996. The band has grown in popularity in their home country plus worldwide with the successful release of four albums and a live DVD that showcases their intense concert energy (if ya never seen them in person). Continuing their venture in 2015 with their very technical playing that’s fast, aggressive and catchy, Hibria returns with their fifth and latest self-titled studio album set for release on August 7th via Test Your Metal Record in North America (July 22nd in Japan on King Music) to follow 2013’s SILENT REVENGE released under King Records for Asia, AFM for Europe and North America plus Voice Music for Brazil.

“We self-titled this release because we believe that it represents what our music is and how we feel about our band. This is our second CD composed with the same lineup and it made all the difference in our songwriting. We already knew what to expect from each other and it contributed a lot for us to write this new work.” says the band. “It is our most daring album. We experienced new influences and they made this album to sound so fresh. We really feel we have started heading to a new level as a band.”

All four of their past albums and live DVD released have reached the #1 position on sales charts for HMV stores across Japan and has led the band to be support for such bands as Metallica, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, and Megadeth, plus perform at Rock in Rio and Loud Park, Japan’s most important Metal festival, where they shared the main stage with some of the world’s most known bands.

Hibria’s new song preview – “Tightrope” (Demo Version)

Track Listing – HIBRIA
1. Pain (4:27)
2. Abyss (4:05)
3. Tightrope (5:02)
4. Life (4:45)
5. Ghosts (5:10)
6. Legacy (2:26)
7. Ashamed (5:17)
8. Church (4:13)
9. Fame (5:24)
10. Words (5:24)
Album Length: 46:17

For more info, please visit:

About Test Your Metal Records:


Test Your Metal Records stands to leave a positive impact and everlasting dynasty within the Canadian Rock and Metal music scene. First and foremost TYM was founded to ensure the continued creation of music, art, and culture! To employ as many people doing what they love, and to ultimately assist the worldwide music scene thrive in any way. TYM Records helps get the art, product and live show into the hands and ears of the fans.


To build a corporation and family that will help people reach their true potential and fuel their passion. Starting off with a talented roster of bands, promoting, and constantly innovating new music for the record label. Manufacturing and promoting their new albums and sending them out on tour across the globe. My vision is to revolutionize the music industry by giving the music to the fans for a monthly membership fee. Having a multitude of perks set up through the Loyalty membership, and a multitude of external companies providing incentives and cross promotion. I aspire to make a service that people from all walks of life can enjoy and benefit from. 20% of net profit of the label will be deposited into a fund for the “TYM Academy of the Arts” which will be a Non-Profit music and arts academy I hope to open within the next 3-5 years.


Like any good long-lasting relationship, the things I value in business are also the things I value in life. Passion, Love, Honesty, Compassion, Teamwork, and most of all FUN, FREEDOM, and INTERDEPENDENCE. I started TYM Records because I want to help bands push to the next level while keeping control within their hands and to help them make a living from it!!! To always have fun and work as a family to build a career together. On top of the normal royalties paid to the artists and with the implementation of the Loyalty club I plan on paying out 24% of all net profits from the loyalty club to the bands on the roster on the last day of each month. So theoretically we will be able to watch the label grow to the point where every band on the label can solely focus on their craft and not have to worry about the bills! I aspire to be a leading example of Honesty, Fairness, Dedication, and Transparency within this company. I have made it my new mission in life to help as many people as possible and I believe through TYM Records we can achieve that!

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-Sounds Of Purgatory Mail-Order Has Closed (It Is Bittersweet)

[Note: This was received as an email but I decided to run it here as a press release. – Tim]

Dear SOP customers,

I would first like to thank all of my long time loyal customers for their business and sticking around for so long. Nearly 10 years now of dealing metal, before there was ever an e-store or even a moniker — some of you have been around that long and I appreciate you all.

I hope that we were able to help you all obtain some rare and hard to find stuff at reasonable prices… hell I know we did. HAHA

For the past few months I have been travelling and plan to continue through the remainder of the year and on into 2016. Due to these circumstances I have decided to close the Sounds Of Purgatory mail-order indefinitely. Honestly this has been a decision I have been toying with for the past year and finally the decision has been made that this is the best time. This comes as no easy decision, but it does now allow me time to pursue other interests.

Those still interested in the titles carried through Sounds Of Purgatory I recommend going to Mad Rush Media for your metal needs; his prices are fair, great customer services, excellent reputation and a distributor for H&H Records. Go to Mad Rush Media at; he will treat you well.

As for Heaven And Hell Records; things will continue as usual with the label side and we are currently looking into future releases. Recently Killer Khan’s KILL DEVIL HILLS and Hexenhammer’s UNDERGROUND have been released and can be found in many great mail orders (see list below).

Again I thank you all for sticking with us and wish you all the best of luck. Please continue to follow Heaven and Hell Records for further label news and stay true.

All the best,


List of retailers that carry Heaven And Hell Records titles:

Heaven And Hell Records Bandcamp:

Divebomb/Tribunal (US)

Underground Power (GER)

Mad Rush (US)

MetalSeasons (US)

Jolly Roger (IT)

Rock Stakk (Jap)

Rock Avenue (Jap)

Red Stream Inc.

Amazon (Jap)

Amazon (US)

Best Buy (US)

F.Y.E (US)

Deep Discount

No Remorse (GRE)

Hell’s Headbangers (US)

Pure Steel (Ger)
Rockadrome (US)

Witches Brew (GER)

CND Records (CAN)

Marquee Records (BRA)

Slaney Records (IRE)

Kill Again Records (BRA)

…and many others

-About Heavy Metal’s list of “Best Heavy Metal Albums of 2002” is at .

-Aeon Zen’s new single, “Disconnected,” is now available for free or “pay what you want” download, at . From the band: “Creating ‘Disconnected’ in the way that we did, through a live stream, enabled us to show our fans how we write and record, essentially doing the opposite of the track name and connecting us to music lovers. We really put ourselves out there for everyone to see with creating ‘Disconnected,’ this is the first track we’ve written together as a band 100% collaboratively and we can’t wait for you all to hear the result! We would really appreciate any ‘pay what you want’ amount you’d like to give for the song, to help us keep putting on great events and keep the music flowing!” Check out the video at . See for more.

-The BulletBoys announced a few new dates on their Armed Alliance Tour with Tracii Guns and Killer Bee with Paul Chapman (UFO). The updated routing:

7/6 – Club XS, Tucson, AZ
7/8 – Thunder Alley, Oklahoma City, OK
7/9 – Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
7/10 – Concert Pub North, Houston, TX
7/11 – The Gatsby, Austin, TX
7/12 – Boozehounds, San Antonio, TX
7/13 – Barataria Live, Marrero, LA
7/14 – Rockhouse Live, Memphis, TN
7/15 – 37 Main, Jones Creek, GA
7/17 – Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
7/18 – Jewel Nightclub, Manchester, NH
7/19 – The Wheel House, Narragansett, RI
7/20 – Eddie Trunk Show – Live, New York, NY
7/21 – Gramercy Theater, New York, NY (Eddie Trunk to host)
7/22 – Rock Pile East, Toronto, ON
7/23 – Bar 145, Toledo, OH
7/24 – The Token Lounge, Westland, MI
7/25 – Tailgaters, Bolingbrook, IL
7/26 – GB Leighton’s Pickle Park, Fridley, MN
7/29 – Aftershock, Merriam, KS
7/30 – Peak 31, Colorado Springs, CO
8/1 – Club Red, Mesa, AZ (no Tracii Guns)

BulletBoys then have a few additional dates as follows:

8/15 – Cathouse Live Festival, Irvine, CA
8/27 – ’80s In The Park Festival, Melbourne, FL
8/28 – Brass Mug, Tampa, FL
10/3 – Hair Of The Dog Festival @ Storm Stadium, Lake Elsinore, CA
10/16 – Phatheadz Bar, Green Bay, WI
10/18 – Rock N Skull @ Goodfellas, Pekin, IL

The band’s new album ELEFANTE is out now through Cleopatra/Deadline Records. See for more.

-Children Of Bodom’s I WORSHIP CHAOS is up for pre-sale now at . The album is due October 2 on Nuclear Blast Records and will be available in these formats: CD + DVD digi-book (includes a bonus DVD and three bonus tracks), CD, double vinyl (black, clear, silver, yellow, picture), digi-book + canvas (mail-order edition). Track list: “I Hurt,” “My Bodom (I Am The Only One),” “Morrigan,” “Horns,” “Prayer For The Afflicted,” “I Worship Chaos,” “Hold Your Tongue,” “Suicide Bomber,” “All For Nothing,” “Widdershins.” The band consists of Alexi Laiho on vocals and guitar, Roope Latvala on guitar, Henkka Seppälä on bass, Janne Wirman on keyboards, and Jaska Raatikainen on drums. See for more.

-Degreed — Robin Ericsson on bass and vocals, Daniel Johansson on guitar, Mikael Jansson on keyboards, and Mats Ericsson on drums — has DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN out now through Sun Hill Production. Check out the video for “The Scam” at . See and for more.

-Demon Lung’s A DRACULA is now streaming through Revolver Magazine at . Hype: “A DRACULA delivers eight dark, menacing psalms of sin loosely based on Juan López Moctezuma’s 1977 horror film, ‘Alucarda’ in which two teenage orphan girls living in a Catholic convent unleash a demonic force and ultimately become possessed by Satan.” The album is due out through Candlelight Records. See for more.

-Chicago-based progressive/alternative rock band District 97 has released IN VAULTS through Laser’s Edge. Check out an album trailer at , and the full album streaming at at . The band has an album release party / show with Cheer Accident on July 10 at the Cactus Club in Milwaukee, WI. See and for more.

-On June 26, Metal Blade Europe is reissuing King Diamond’s THE GRAVEYARD (1996), VOODOO (1998), and HOUSE OF GOD (2000) as digi-pak CDs. See for more.

-Eden’s Curse’s new “Cellphone and Tablet friendly website” has been launched at .

-Spanish metallers In Vain will release THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER through Pure Steel Records on July 31. The band consists of Daniel Cordón on guitar and vocals, Daniel B. Martín on lead guitar, Mario Arredondo on bass, and Teo Seoane on drums. The album’s track list: “No Future For The World,” “Dragon Huntress,” “From Your Cradle To My Grave,” “Serenity Valley,” “The Ballad Of Lucifer,” “Guardian Angels,” “King In The North,” “Pipa’s Song,” “The Last Waltz.” Hype: “The clear, transparent production and outstanding songwriting 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 and for more.

-King Giant, a Northern Virginia doom metal quintet, will release BLACK OCEAN WAVES on June 30. Hype: “Now in their tenth year, King Giant delivers their third full-length album, BLACK OCEAN WAVES. Forty-five minutes of bold, ominous, organic, and accessible material pours fourth on the new opus, surging with eight ebbing torrents of regret, shame, revenge, and reconciliation.” The full album is streaming at Invisible Oranges, at . See and for more.

-Kingcrow’s EIDOS is out now through Sensory Records, and is streaming in full through Heavy Blog Is Heavy at . Check out the video for “The Moth” at . See and for more.

-Check out a new Ultimate Classic Rock bit on Kiss’ Gene Simmons at .

-The organizers of Maximum Rock Festival 2015 — slated for October 15 – 18 at Colectiv Club and Arenele Romane in Bucharest, Romania — announced Tiarra, Enemy Of Reality, Dimlight, and Sorrowful Angels have joined the lineup, that already consisted of Annihilator, Epica, Sirenia, Skalmold, Zonaria, Nightrage, Silent Wedding, Kistvaen, Harlott, Archer, Gothic, Hatemode, and Crimena. A total of 25 bands will perform. See for more.

-Morglbl’s video for the title track from TEA TIME FOR PUNKS is online now at . Hype: “The madcap ‘Tea Time For Punks’ video, which was directed by Enguerran Prieu, is just as screwball, unpredictable and engaging as Morglbl’s energetic output as a whole, literally bringing its title to life. As the band serenades a highbrow brunch crowd with their rambunctious tunes, the multiple personalities reflected in their music unapologetically heave themselves upon the unsuspecting diners.” See for more.

-Powerwolf’s BLESSED & POSSESSED is due out July 17 on Napalm Records. Track list: “Blessed & Possessed,” “Dead Until Dark,” “Army Of The Night,” “Armata Strigoi,” “We Are The Wild,” “Higher Than Heaven,” “Christ & Combat,” “Sanctus Dominus,” “Sacramental Sister,” “All You Can Bleed,” “Let There Be Night.” Press kit hype: “After their critically acclaimed number 1-chart-album PREACHERS OF THE NIGHT Powerwolf are back with their the new masterpiece BLESSED & POSSESSED. The density of hits and anthems on their sixth epic record is nearly unchristianly — firing hit after hit. The mystic and bombastic title track ‘Blessed & Possessed’ enthralls the listener from the beginning and leads to a top-flight direction, by presenting metal hymns with emotiveness and pure magic. Powerwolf are bursting with imagination, they have cultivated their well proven trademarks and deliver first class Power Metal (‘Dead Until Dark’), the finest Speed Metal (‘Christ & Combat’), great Hard Rock trips (‘Sacramental Sister’), and even orchestral madness (‘Let There Be Night’). If all of that isn’t enough for you, the limited first run contains a special bonus CD METALLIUM NOSTRUM with 10 marvelous cover versions of Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, and Judas Priest! This is metal at the absolute top!” The band will play the following European summer festivals:

7/10 – Rockhouse, Salzburg, Austria
7/11 – Masters Of Rock, Vizovice, Czech Republic
7/18 – Rockmarathon, Budapest, Hungary
7/24 – Rockfest, Barcelona, Spain
7/25 – Sabaton Open Air, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
7/26 – Chateau Beaufort, Beaufort, Luxembourg
7/30 – 8/1 – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
8/8 – 8/9 – Alcatraz Metal Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
8/13 – 8/15 – Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbühl, Germany
8/28 – Baltic Open Air, Schleswig, Germany

Additionally, the band will head out on the “Wolfsnächte” Tour 2015 with support from Orden Ogan, Xandria*, and Civil War** as follows:

9/3 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland *
9/4 – Halle 101, Speyer, Germany *
9/5 – Live Music Hall, Köln, Germany *
9/9 – 02 Academy Islington, London, UK *
9/10 – Trabendo, Paris, France *
9/11 – Rocking Chair, Vevey, Switzerland *
9/12 – La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France *
10/1 – Aladin, Bremen, Germany
10/2 – Turnbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany *
10/3 – Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany *
10/22 – C-Club, Berlin, Germany **
10/23 – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany **
10/24 – Backstage, München, Germany **
10/29 – Oberschwabenhalle, Ravensburg, Germany **
10/30 – Music Hall, Geiselwind, Germany **
10/31 – Lka Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany **
11/7 – Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany *

See and for more.

-Sacrilege’s SIX6SIX is due July 3 through Pure Steel Records; until then, pre-order now at and save 1 Euro. SIX6SIX’s track list: “Death March Six6Six,” “Welcome To The Dragon’s Den,” “Lucifer’s Soldiers,” “In Hell,” “Sanctuary,” “Forever After,” “I Can’t Die,” “Paranoia,” “Eyes Of The Lord Prologue,” “Eyes Of The Lord,” “Death March Six6six Reprise.” See and for more.

-Online reports indicate the Scorpions will release RETURN TO FOREVER in North America on September 11 through Sony Music / Legacy Recordings. This 19-track version will include three exclusive songs plus four that were previously available on various international versions / formats. Track list: “Going Out With A Bang,” “We Built This House,” “Rock My Car,” “House Of Cards,” “All For One,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Band,” “Catch Your Luck And Play,” “Rollin’ Home,” “Hard Rockin’ The Place,” “Eye Of The Storm,” “The Scratch,” “Gypsy Life,” “The World We Used to Know,” “Dancing With The Moonlight,” “When The Truth Is A Lie,” “Who We Are,” “Crazy Ride,” “One And One Is Three,” “Delirious.” The band will also include North American dates in its “Return To Forever 50th Anniversary Tour” — with Queensryche as special guest — as follows:

9/10 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
9/12 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
9/13 – Meadwobrook, Gilford, NH
9/16 – Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB
9/18 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON
9/19 – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
9/22 – LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
9/23 – Jacobs Pavilion At Nautica, Cleveland, OH
9/25 – The Colosseum At Caesars Windsor, Windsor, ON
9/26 – Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL
9/29 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
10/1 – SAP Center, San Jose, CA
10/3 – The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
10/6 – Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA
10/7 – Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
10/9 – ShoWare Center, Seattle, WA

See for more.

-Slayer announced the final track list for REPENTLESS, which is due out September 11 through Nuclear Blast: “Delusions Of Saviour,” “Repentless,” “Take Control,” “Vices,” “Cast The First Stone,” “When The Stillness Comes,” “Chasing Death,” “Implode,” “Piano Wire,” “Atrocity Vendor,” “You Against You,” “Pride In Prejudice.” Check out the “visualizer clip” for the title track at . See for more.

-The special edition of Spock’s Beard’s SNOW is the Weekly Featured Product at Radiant Records. Hype: “This is Spock’s Beard’s sixth studio album, and some say it is their best. SNOW is the first concept album the Beard ever made and is considered to be among the prog world’s great classic albums. This version comes in a deluxe package and contains three original demos including ‘The Overture’ and ‘Wind At My Back.’ Don’t miss the chance to get it now at this temporarily discounted price!,” and that price is $14.99. Track list: CD 1 – “Made Alive,” “Overture,” “Stranger In A Strange Land,” “Long Time Suffering,” “Welcome To NYC,” “Love Beyond Words,” “The 39th Street Blues (I’m Sick),” “Devil’s Got My Throat,” “Open Wide The Flood Gates,” “Open the Gates Part 2,” “Solitary Soul,” “Wind At My Back,” CD 2 – “Second Overture,” “4th Of July,” “I’m The Guy,” “Reflection,” “Carie,” “Looking For Answers,” “Freak Boy,” “All Is Vanity,” “I’m Dying,” “Freak Boy Part 2,” “Devil’s Got My Throat Reprise,” “Snow’s Night Out,” “Ladies And Gentlemen, Mister Ryo Okumoto On The Keyboards,” “I Will Go,” “Made Alive Again/Wind At My Back,” “Snow Overture” (bonus track), “Snow Demo Excerpt” (bonus track), “Wind At My Back” (bonus track). See for more.

-The pre-order phase for Torture Slave’s METAL FAIRYTALE (Karthago Records) has begun; until the album’s new July 3 release date, save 1 Euro by pre-ordering at . The album’s track list: “Torture Slave,” “Seed Of Insanity,” “Scream For Love,” “She’s The Ghost,” “Shout,” “We’re Gonna Rock You,” “Bad Girls,” “Thoughts,” “Master Of Hell,” “Metal Fairytale.”

-Check out Billboard’s cover story on Eddie Van Halen at these links: recently ran a list of underrated albums; check it out at .

-Virgin Steele’s 79-minute NOCTURNES OF HELLFIRE AND DAMNATION is out now on SPV. Hype: “The new album which is called NOCTURNES OF HELLFIRE AND DAMNATION, is not a concept album per se, but there is a through line that connects the tracks. The title provides a framework and connective tissue, but each song is really its own thing. Musically the album is pretty heavy, high energy, often dark, at turns melancholy, and at turns aggressive or angry sounding. It does have that over-the-top bombastic heaviness that they are about, and the whole Barbaric-Romantic thing that they are known for. There are big monolithic riffs, moody chord changes, classical type bits, sort of Bluesy moments… it retains the Virgin Steele signature, but it adds new dimensions to it. In a strange way it feels like it could have been the album Virgin Steele might have made to follow up NOBLE SAVAGE. Virgin Steele have infused the recordings with all that they have gone through over these past months. Fans will really enjoy it.” Track list: “Lucifer’s Hammer,” “Queen Of The Dead,” “To Darkness Eternal,” “Black Sun-Black Mass,” “Persephone,” “Devilhead,” “Demolition Queen,” “The Plague And The Fire,” “We Disappear,” “A Damned Apparition,” “Glamour,” “Delirium,” “Hymns To Damnation,” “Fallen Angels.” The limited digi-pak version comes with a 73-minute bonus CD; track list: “Halloween Theme,” “D.O.A.,” “The Witch In The Forest,” “Black Sabbath,” “The Immigrant Song,” “Black Sabbath Reprise,” “Riderless Horse (save Your Breath),” “The Devil Drives,” “Anger Never Dies,” “Funeral Games,” “The Plot Sickenth,” “Haunted Wolfshine,” “West Of Sumer,” “A Greater Burning Of Innocence,” and “The Birth Of Beauty.” Check out the lyric video for “Lucifer’s Hammer” at , and a stream of “Queen Of The Dead” at . See for more, including a cool interview with David DeFeis and Edward Pursino about the album.

-The Voodoo Music and Arts Experience / Voodoo Fest 2015 runs from October 30 – November 1 in New Orleans. Notably, Ozzy Osbourne will headline on Halloween and his band will feature Geezer Butler, Slash, and Tom Morello. The fest also features The Cult, Jane’s Addiction, and Clutch, among many other acts. See for more.

-Zandelle will release PERSEVERANCE through Pure Steel Records on July 24. About the disc: “The US-American Power Metal band Zandelle now have worked together with Pure Steel for many years. Already the last studio album FLAMES OF RAGE (2009) and the 2-CD-compilation SHADOWS FROM THE PAST have been released through Pure Steel Records. After a few years the quintet got back to the studio again and still know, how to deliver the goods to the old fan base. With 11 new tracks Zandelle still deliver melodic, powerful Power Metal, which sometimes reminds back to Helloween. But still the typical US-American steel is driven by a powerful keyboard. Of course, the dynamic production is a typical brandmark of this 20-year-old band. With PERSEVERANCE George Tsalikis created another milestone in the history of Zandelle; the underground will appreciate it!” Joining vocalist Tsalikis in the band are T.W. Durfy (guitar), James Corallo (bass), Josh Tuckman (keyboards), and Joe Cardillo (drums). Track list: “Resurgence,” “Unending Fortitude,” “Lycanthrope,” “Shadow Slaves,” “End Game,” “Beyond The Point,” “Innocence Lost,” “Midnight Reign,” “Perseverance,” “Avenger Of The Fallen,” “Revengeance (From The Ashes).” See , , and for more.

-Zix, a metal band from Beirut, Lebanon, has signed with Pure Steel Records. The members are Maya Khairallah on vocals, Juan Carrizo on guitar, and Ziad Bardawil on bass, and commented, “The band is very excited to be part of the Pure Steel Records roster specially that some of the major influences of ZiX are part of the Pure Steel family such as Omen, Exxxplorer, David Shankle, to name a few and we are looking forward to working with them.” The band will release TIDES OF THE FINAL WAR through Pure Steel. See and for more.

Thanks to Music Buy Mail, Pure Steel Promotion, Rock Cellar Magazine,, Nancy B. Sayle, Dave Brenner, Chad Bowar, Jon Freeman, Chuck Klosterman, Mike McPadden, Dave Lifton, and Axel Wiesenauer for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus #672: Slash, Tad Morose, Enertia, Iron Savior

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Issue #672
Week of June 15, 2015

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators: LIVE AT THE ROXY 9/25/14

DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD, 3LP, And Digital Formats Due On June 16, 2015

[Note: This is old but since the release is out this week, here ya go as a reminder. – Tim]

NEW YORK, NY — On June 16, Eagle Rock Entertainment will simultaneously release LIVE AT THE ROXY 9/25/14 by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators on DVD, Blu-ray, 3LP, 2CD, and digital formats [Pre-book Order Date May 22, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $17.98 2CD, $34.98 3LP].

Shortly after the release of their WORLD ON FIRE album (their second collaborative effort), guitarist extraordinaire Slash took the stage with Myles Kennedy (of Alter Bridge fame) & The Conspirators at the legendary Roxy Theatre on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. A staple of rock history that helped birth countless bands, including Guns N’ Roses, the atmospheric venue gave fans a brilliant opportunity to see the band up close as they delivered a set packed with recent solo tracks, including several from the new album, and classics from Slash’s days with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver: “Ghost,” “Back From Cali,” “World On Fire,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Anastasia,” “Paradise City,” “Slither,” “Nightrain,” and many more. The intimate setting inspired the band to deliver a scintillating, dynamic performance that is brilliantly captured on LIVE AT THE ROXY 9/25/14.

Slash’s guitar prowess paired with the raw energy of Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators proves a truly potent live force and LIVE AT THE ROXY 9/25/14 sets the benchmark for high octane rock n roll shows!

DVD / Blu-ray track listing:
1) Ghost
2) Nightrain
3) Back From Cali
4) You Could Be Mine
5) Rocket Queen
6) Bent To Fly
7) Starlight
8) You’re A Lie
9) World On Fire
10) Anastasia
11) Sweet Child O’ Mine
12) Slither
13) Paradise City

Bonus Tracks:
(1) Stone Blind
(2) You’re Crazy
(3) Wicked Stone
(4) 30 Years To Life

3LP / 2CD track listing:
1) Ghost
2) Nightrain
3) Halo
4) Back From Cali
5) Stone Blind
6) You Could Be Mine
7) Doctor Alibi
8) You’re Crazy
9) Wicked Stone
10) 30 Years To Life
11) Rocket Queen
12) Bent To Fly
13) Starlight
14) You’re A Lie
15) World On Fire
16) Anastasia
17) Sweet Child O’ Mine
18) Slither
19) Paradise City

Band lineup:
Slash – Guitar
Myles Kennedy – Vocals
Todd Kerns – Bass & Vocals
Brent Fitz – Drums
Frank Sidoris – Guitar & vocals!/slash

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-Armored Saint’s New Album, WIN HANDS DOWN, Debuts At #33 on Official German Charts

Prepares For European Festivals

WIN HANDS DOWN is all things Armored, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015. The fan response thus far has been above and beyond all expectations, and first week sales numbers are in! WIN HANDS DOWN has debuted at #33 on the German Official Charts! In the US the album reached #71 on the Billboard Top 200 current album charts! This album sold double what their previous effort LA RAZA sold upon its release in 2010. The complete worldwide chart numbers are listed below.

#33 German Top 100 Album Chart

United States
#71 Billboard Top 200 Current Albums
#3 Billboard Heat Seeker Chart
#3 Billboard Hard Music Albums
#15 Billboard Rock Albums
#17 Billboard Independent Albums
#52 Billboard Physical Albums
#156 Billboard Digital Albums

#32 Canadian Hard Music Charts

Currently Armored Saint is preparing for their upcoming European festival shows this summer. See below or head over to for all worldwide tour dates and additional information.

Front man John Bush and bassist Joey Vera, guitarist Phil Sandoval and his brother, drummer Gonzo Sandoval and guitarist Jeff Duncan are five masters of metal that combine to forge one of the genre’s most criminally-unsung forces. Watch the video for the title track and order copies of WIN HANDS DOWN now at .

Worldwide Touring Schedule
19/06 Clisson, FR Hellfest
11/07 Las Vegas, NV Counts’ Vamp’d Rock Bar and Grill
31/07 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
02/08 Munich, DE Free & Easy Festival
03/08 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg w/ Queensryche
04/08 Eindhoven, NL Effenaar w/ Queensryche
06/08 London, GB Electric Ballroom w/ Queensryche
07/08 Derby, GB Bloodstock Festival
08/08 Kortrijk, BE Alcatraz Festival
04/12 Hamburg, DE Waterkant X-Mas Bash
05/12 Oberhausen, DE Ruhrpott Metal Meeting

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-DeathDealer Announce European Tour This Summer

Although the forthcoming sophomore release from DeathDealer, HALLOWED GROUND, won’t be arriving until September 11th (via SMG Records), the band — led by ex-Manowar/Dictators guitarist Ross the Boss — will be hitting the road this summer, with a string of Euro dates.

“I cannot wait to hit the stage again and reconnect with all our friends in Europe,” says Ross. “HAIL AND KILL!!”

Also, available at these shows (which runs from July 16th through August 2nd) will be a “DeathDealer Limited Edition Metal Tour Package,” which will contain the following items (housed in a custom printed tin container):

— Limited Edition T-Shirt (L, XL)
— Patch
— Download card with (3) new DeathDealer songs from the forthcoming HALLOWED GROUND album (the tracks “Break The Silence,” “Plan Of Attack,” and “The Anthem”)

The 13-track CD was mixed and mastered by Stu Marshall at Frontier Studios in Sydney, Australia, and contains massively epic orchestrations, speed metal anthems, and sing-along headbangers as well.

The band — which in addition to Ross is comprised of Sean Peck (Cage, Denner/Shermann), Stu Marshall (Dungeon, Empires Of Eden), Steve Bolognese (Into Eternity), and Mike Davis (Halford, Lizzy Borden) — is fresh off of the Metal All Stars arena tour, and are primed to rock the world with a killer new album and kickass stage show. Get ready to rock!

Tour Dates:
Thursday, July 16th – Waregem, Belgium – Gasolina Rock and Metal Cafe
Friday, July 17th – Tilburg, Holland – Little Devil
Saturday, July 18th – Den Haag, Holland – Musicon
Sunday, July 19th – Roeselare, Belgium – Verlichte Geest
Monday, July 20th – Mulheim, Germany – Gaststatte Rheinpreussen
Wednesday, July 22nd – Osnabruck, Germany – Bastard Club
Thursday, July 23rd – Brande-Hornerkirchen, Germany – HOA Festival
Friday, July 24th – Renchen Germany – Come Inn
Saturday, July 25th – Maasmechelen, Belgium – Meat and Metal Festival @ Jan Hertog
Tuesday, July 28th – Stockholm, Sweden – Gota Kallare
Wednesday, July 29th – Gavle, Sweden – Hardrocks Klubb
Friday, July 31st – Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
Saturday, August 1st – Kierspe-Ronsahl, Germany – Gut Haarbecke, BAAAM Fest
Sunday, August 2nd – Frankfurt, Germany – Spritzehaus


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-Tad Morose Premiere “Your Own Demise” Video Via Metal Underground

NEW YORK CITY — Swedish metal veterans Tad Morose have unleashed the second video for the track “Your Own Demise,” from their upcoming album, ST. DEMONIUS, premiering the clip via Metal Underground. The video can be viewed here:

Directed and filmed by Richard Harryson and edited by ProVid Films, “Your Own Demise” was shot at the Trash Mansion in Bolinas, Sweden.

“‘Your Own Demise” was filmed at the Trash Mansion in Bollnäs,” says Tad Morose main man, Christer “Krunt” Andersson. “It was originally supposed to be recorded at another location with some grand ideas by the director, but although we live in an era with numerous communication tools everything got real messed up and I don’t think anyone really knew what was going on, haha.” He concludes, “Anyway, we picked up the pieces and completed the video in the end — just before the deadline. Pretty chaotic to say the least! Yes, we know it is another ‘performance video’ with no fire breathing dragons, half naked girls, or fire. Nothing fancy at all really, just us performing. But that’s us. METAL! Play it LOUD!”

ST. DEMONIUS, the eighth release from Tad Morose, is set for release in late August via Despotz Records, their second album with the Swedish based upstart label. Recorded throughout March of this year at Claustrophobic Studios in Geffe, Sweden, the album was produced by the band themselves, mixed by singer Ronny Hemlin and Johan Lofberg, and mastered by Per Ryberg at Studio Soundcreation in Bolinas, Sweden.

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-Metal Allegiance To Release Self-Titled Debut Album On September 18!

After the recent announcement that Metal Allegiance will be releasing an album of original material, a date has been set for the debut album of the musical collective. The self-titled album is scheduled to be available worldwide on September 18 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album features a collection of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal’s most notable performers. Brought together by principal partner Mark Menghi, METAL ALLEGIANCE contains appearances by Philip H. Anselmo, Charlie Benante, Chuck Billy, D. Randall Blythe, Rex Brown, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Phil Demmel, David Ellefson, Alissa White-Gluz, Matthew K. Heafy, Gary Holt, Jamey Jasta, Chris Jericho, Andreas Kisser, Misha Mansoor, Mark Osegueda, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Doug Pinnick, Mike Portnoy, Troy Sanders, Cristina Scabbia, Alex Skolnick, Steve “Zetro” Souza, and Ben Weinman.

“It’s always my pleasure to jam with such esteemed musicians and brothers, and my contribution to this project is further proof of that fact. Hail to all Heavy Metalers the world over!” states Philip H. Anselmo.

Mike Portnoy adds: “I could not be any more excited or proud of the Metal Allegiance album… it’s everything I’ve always dreamed of and hoped for and 100x more!”

From the blistering opening of album starter “Gift Of Pain” to the final notes of closer “Pledge Of Allegiance,” it is clear this collective have created something special. The diversity of the individual tracks is apparent through each musical collaboration. The standard edition CD of METAL ALLEGIANCE will feature the nine original songs. A digi-pak edition will be available that features an all-star tribute to Ronnie James Dio with a cover of his classic song “We Rock” as well as a 45-minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album. A double vinyl version will also be available that will feature all 10 songs as well.

D. Randall Blythe adds: “When Lamb Of God asked Alex Skolnick to rip a guest solo on ASHES OF THE WAKE, it was a big deal to us to have one of the legends of our scene play on our record. Much to my amazement, years later he returned the request, and it’s an even bigger deal to me to be asked on a peer level to contribute to a project with so many stellar players. I was honored to be chosen — ‘Gift Of Pain’ rips! Play it LOUD!”

The track listing for METAL ALLEGIANCE is:

1. Gift Of Pain
(vocals: D. Randall Blythe; lead & rhythm guitars: Alex Skolnick; bass: David Ellefson; drums: Mike Portnoy; additional lead guitar: Gary Holt)

2. Let Darkness Fall
(vocals: Troy Sanders; lead, rhythm, & acoustic guitars: Alex Skolnick; bass: David Ellefson; drums & percussion: Mike Portnoy; additional bass: Mark Menghi & Rex Brown; additional screams: D. Randall Blythe)

3. Can’t Kill The Devil
(vocals: Chuck Billy; lead & rhythm guitars: Alex Skolnick; bass: David Ellefson; drums: Mike Portnoy; additional lead guitar: Phil Demmel & Andreas Kisser)

4. Dying Song
(vocals: Philip H. Anselmo; lead & rhythm guitars: Alex Skolnick; bass: Mark Menghi; drums: Mike Portnoy)

5. Scars
(vocals: Mark Osegueda & Cristina Scabbia; lead & rhythm guitars: Alex Skolnick; bass: David Ellefson; drums: Mike Portnoy)

6. Destination: Nowhere
(vocals: Matthew K. Heafy; lead & rhythm guitars: Alex Skolnick; bass: David Ellefson; drums: Mike Portnoy; additional lead guitar: Matthew K. Heafy)

7. Wait Until Tomorrow
(vocals: Doug Pinnick & Jamey Jasta; lead & rhythm guitars: Alex Skolnick; bass: David Ellefson; drums, percussion & additional vocals: Mike Portnoy)

8. Triangulum
I. Creation
II. Evolution
III. Destruction
(lead & rhythm guitars: Alex Skolnick; bass: David Ellefson; drums: Mike Portnoy; additional lead guitar: Misha Mansoor, Ben Weinman, Charlie Benante, Phil Demmel, Matthew K. Heafy & Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal)

9. Pledge Of Allegiance
(vocals: Mark Osegueda; lead & rhythm guitars: Alex Skolnick; bass: David Ellefson; drums: Mike Portnoy; additional lead guitar: Charlie Benante, Gary Holt & Andreas Kisser)

10. We Rock (deluxe edition only)
(vocals: Mark Osegueda, Chris Jericho, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Alissa White-Gluz, Chuck Billy, & Steve “Zetro” Souza; lead & rhythm guitars: Alex Skolnick; bass: David Ellefson; drums: Mike Portnoy; additional lead guitar: Andreas Kisser, Phil Demmel, & Gary Holt)

Stemming from an initial idea in 2011, Metal Allegiance was born as a way to unite a collection of hard rock and heavy metal’s most notable musicians in a setting born under one ideal, a love of music and performing. In 2015, that ideal still holds true and has become the foundation for everything Metal Allegiance; furthered with the release of the upcoming debut album. While the lineup may change, the passion, the energy, and the emotion all remain the same. Metal Allegiance is more than just a record or a concert, it’s an experience and a lifestyle.

Previous participants in Metal Allegiance live events have included: Philip Anselmo / Rex Brown (Pantera), Joey Belladonna / Frank Bello / Charlie Benante / Scott Ian (Anthrax), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt / Kerry King / Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Chuck Billy / Alex Skolnick (Testament), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs), and Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) to name a few. These unforgettable events have also spawned surprise appearances by the likes of Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Phil Campbell / Mikkey Dee (Motorhead), Steve Vai, and Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs).

Mike Portnoy (Drums)
David Ellefson (Bass)
Alex Skolnick (Guitars)
Mark Menghi (songwriter)

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-The Rods And Veronica Freeman To Perform At 2015 Dio Day In Cortland, New York

American ’80s heavy metal power trio The Rods featuring special guest vocalist Veronica Freeman “The V” (Benedictum) have announced their performance at the 2015 Dio Day to be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex in Cortland, New York.

The Rods band members and The V have released the following statements on the joining of forces for this special show:

(Guitarist David “Rock” Feinstein) – After Ronnie’s untimely passing in 2010, the city of Cortland, in honor of Ronnie, decided to make July 10th, officially DIO DAY. Every year around that time, we celebrate and honor the man that gave us so much good music and inspiration. His talent as a singer, musician, song writer, and producer were unparalleled. The Ronnie James Dio Music Scholarship Fund was started in 2010 and every year a $1,000.00 scholarship is given to a student that is pursuing a career in music. This year our fund raising concert will be held on June 20th, at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex in Cortland, N.Y. Any donations to this worthy cause are accepted by check or money order, and can be mailed to: The Ronnie James Dio Music Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 533, Cortland, N.Y. 13045 “Keep the Music Alive”

(Drummer / Producer Carl Canedy) – The Rods European shows, which included Veronica Freeman performing a Dio Tribute set, were a huge success. The US fans have been asking if she’d be performing with us in the US. The answer until just now has been “no.” Fortunately for us, and the fans, she’s shooting a video for her new CD, NOW OR NEVER, the following day in NYC which will allow her to perform. The Rods with Veronica performing a Tribute to Ronnie James Dio, at this Dio Day Concert, is truly special for each of us. We’re all proud to be a part of this Memorial Fund event in Ronnie’s name.

(Bassist Garry Bordonaro) – I’m really happy that Veronica is going to be able to perform at our Dio Day show. She is a perfect fit for this celebration, and I think the fans are going to love her!

(Vocalist Veronica Freeman “The V” – Benedictum) – Sure had a blast in Europe with these crazy guys and it was a wish in the back of my head to be able to do Dio Day. Now, it is a reality…! Let’s roll!!

For the latest news, visit the official Dio Day websites:

The Rods featuring Benedictum’s Veronica Freeman – “The Mob Rules/Heaven And Hell/Stand Up And Shout”

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-Enertia To Release First New Album In A Decade!

Following up on the success of their Divebomb Bootcamp Series re-release last year, entitled VICTIM OF THOUGHT, Enertia returns with their fifth album and first of new material in a decade. PIECE OF THE FACTORY (DIVE083), will be released via Divebomb Records on July 17, 2015.

After working practically non-stop for 11 years, which included rehearsing two to three times a week, 800+ shows in 20+ states, and well over 10,000 CDs sold on six continents, upstate New York pure American Metal band Enertia was at a crossroads. After spending in excess of $25k recording their fourth album, FORCE, with producer Neil Kernon, the band had finally exhausted their bank account and didn’t have the money or resources to properly record their fifth album. It was time for Enertia to regroup.

Fast forward to 2007, after three productive years laying the groundwork for what would become their much anticipated new album, everything had almost disastrously ground to a halt — that is, until bassist Joe Paciolla made up his mind that these recordings had to be completed no matter the cost. In 2011, the band fortuitously happened upon a great studio and in it the remarkable engineer/producer Tim Lynch who was enlisted to help guide Enertia through the completion of the album.

Three additional years of hard work and several hundred hours were spent at The Recording Company in Esperance, NY, where Enertia created the most diverse, infectious, and prolific album of the band’s lengthy career, PIECE OF THE FACTORY.

Enertia is now almost two decades in from the release of their debut EP, LAW OF THREE, and after years of hard work and perseverance it would seem this could their end up being their swan song. Could PIECE OF THE FACTORY be Enertia’s farewell, only time will tell, but delivering the fans an album this powerful indicates they most definitely plan on going out with the biggest bang of their nearly 20-year career.

For Fans Of: Flotsam And Jetsam, Heretic, Testament, Metal Church

Track List:
1. Do It Again
2. Demons Of Silence
3. The Hardest Sorrow
4. Piece Of The Factory
5. Beside You, Beside Me
6. An Old Fashioned Beating
7. Hard To Follow
8. Prisoner
9. Can’t Breathe
10. Letting Go

Stream “Beside You, Beside Me” on YouTube now!


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-AFM Records News

Leaves’ Eyes: Artwork And Title Of Upcoming Album revealed! Get Ready For KING OF KINGS!

Hafrsfjord, Norway’s west-coast. A.D. 873. Did you hear what happened?

Leaves’ Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine:

“Harald Hårfagre (c.850-932), remembered by medieval historians as the first king of Norway. The battle of Hafrsfjord is described in the Saga of Harald Hårfagre (Harald Fairhair) in Snorri’s Heimskringla. Harald defeated several petty kings and the battle is considered decisive in the unification of Norway. The seabed in Hafrsfjord hides many secrets and many traces. Moreover, Hafrsfjord is my birthplace. With our upcoming album we would like to take you on a journey through a highly interesting chapter in Scandinavia’s history.

“Those of you who were present at our latest concerts surely noticed that there’s one new song on our set list, ‘Halvdan The Black’ — one chapter of the upcoming album KING OF KINGS! Halvdanr Svarte (c.810-860) was a ninth-century king of Vestfold, Norway. He belonged to the House of Yngling (son of Odin’s line) and was the father of Harald Fairhair. ‘Halvdan The Black’ is just the start of an amazing adventure!

“This production is one unique soundtrack — a brilliant and impressive auditive experience. The album was recorded in Germany, Norway, England, Netherlands, Belarus, and Switzerland. KING OF KINGS is produced by Alexander Krull at Mastersound Studio. Outstanding musical colleagues and ensembles have contributed with their guest appearances like the London Voices Choir (‘Lord Of The Rings,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Harry Potter’).

“The fantastic artwork is done by Stefan Heilemann (Lindemann, Nightwish, Epica, Kamelot).

“Dear Fans & Friends — get ready for KING OF KINGS — out September 2015!

“Stay tuned for more news!


“Liv / Leaves’ Eyes”

Iron Savior: Live Clips From New DVD Available!

It took German power metallers Iron Savior almost 20 years to release a Live album/DVD. But now it’s finally here: LIVE AT THE FINAL FRONTIER, which includes the full concert recorded in their hometown Hamburg (in January 2015). LIVE AT THE FINAL FRONTIER comes as DVD/2-CD package in digi-pak format and is available in Europe since May 29 (US release date is July 10).

Three official live clips have been made available recently:

“Heavy Metal Never Dies”

“Condition Red”

“Revenge Of The Bride”

Pyogenesis: Cover Artwork Revealed!

After more than 13 years, Pyogenesis will release their new studio album A CENTURY IN THE CURSE OF TIME on August 14, 2015.

The artwork reflects the lyrical theme, which is about the change of 19th century’s society under the influence of industrialization, steam-engine, emerging bourgeoisie, and science fiction literature such as Jules Verne.

Graveworm Slay Bon Jovi Classic On New Album; ASCENDING HATE Will Be Released On June 19!

Fans of the band are well aware that Graveworm are known for their interesting cover versions of pop/rock songs. Their upcoming album ASCENDING HATE is no exception: this time the Italian dark metal force has slaughtered Bon Jovi’s “Runaway.” Check out a snippet of the track here:

“Runaway” can be found on the digi-pak edition as well as on the white double Vinyl.

Just recently, Graveworm had released their new single “Blood/Torture/Death.”

Borealis: New Song “From The Ashes” Available For Streaming!

Canadian dark melodic metallers Borealis are close to unleash their new album PURGATORY, which will drop in Europe on June 19 (JUly 24 in North America). The track “From The Ashes” has been made available for streaming now.

AFM Records

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-ColdSpell Signs With Sun Hill Production, New Festival Dates Announced

Swedish hard Rockers ColdSpell signs management and booking deal with Sun Hill Production from Sweden.

The Swedish melodic rock band ColdSpell has been a rising star on the international stages and is one of the headliners at Scotland’s premier Wildfire Festival. And, the band is warming up a US audience as runner-up to Judas Priest at Rock Fest in Wisconsin, USA.

In 2009 they performed at Kirunafestivalen in Sweden and now they are back to give their home supporters the chance to get an exclusive show on Thursday June 25, 2015.

Summer shows 2015

June 25 – Kirunafestivalen, Sweden
June 28 – Wildfire Festival, Glasgow/Edinburgh, Scotland, Headliner Sunday
July 16 – Pickle Park, Minneapolis, US, w/ Kickin Valentina
July 18 – Rock Fest, Wisconsin, US, Headliner “Next Stage” opening up for Judas Priest

Their third album FROZEN PARADISE has gained excellent attention all around the world, and has been voted among top 10 lists in the US, Australia, and Greece. During 2014 the band toured US and UK twice, including a set at Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival, as well as a show at Väsby Rock.

ColdSpell is melodic hard rock from Sweden — heavy and melodic with big choruses, edgy guitars, and a big arena sound!

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-Pure Steel Promotions Update

Pure Legend Records: Nightmare World’s IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME; Limited Vinyl Edition; Cover, Track List, Release Date: July 31, 2015

We are proud to present the debut IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME by the British-based band Nightmare World. Their first EP, NO REGRETS, was released in 2009 and was well received by media and the fans. The recording of the first full album took some time, but now it is here, and it was worth the wait.

After the CD release in May, the album IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME follows in a limited edition of 300 copies with Gatefold on black vinyl. The release date is the July 31, 2015. The pre-order phase starts on July 17, 2015.

On IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME, overwhelming power meets unforgettable hook lines. This is combined with great progressive elements, which creates a mixture you have to love, and with Pete Morten (Threshold, My Soliloquy) Nightmare World’s got an extraordinary singer, whose voice gives the listener goosebumps.

Produced by Karl Groom (Threshold, Edenbridge, DragonForce), and mastered by Peter Van’t Riet (Symphony X, Transatlantic, Epica), Nightmare World’s debut full-length album is melodic heavy metal bliss from start to finish.

Track List:

Side A
1. The Mara
2. In Memoria Di Me
3. The New Crusade
4. No Regrets
5. Defiance

Side B
6. Burden Of Proof
7. The Ever Becoming
8. Damage Report
9. Euphoria

Total Playing Time: 37:48 min

Nightmare World – “In Memoria Di Me” @ Soundcloud

Nightmare World – “Burden Of Proof” @ Soundcloud

True Metal Lives 8,5/10
Dangerdog 4/5
Metal Temple 9/10
Metal To Infinity 85/100

Guitar – Sam Shuttlewood
Vocals – Pete Morten
Guitar – Joey Cleary
Drums – Billy Jeffs
Keys – Nick Clarke
Bass – David Moorcroft

Pure Steel Records Signs Sarasin To A Worldwide Deal

The Canadian Metal Band Sarasin from Hamilton signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records.

Band statement:
“Canadian Heavy Metal veterans Sarasin are proud to announce the signing to Pure Steel Records! The band’s first, self-titled CD will be released worldwide with Pure Steel late summer 2016. We are proud to be affiliated to a label that is dedicated to keeping Hard Rock and Metal alive! Very special thank you to Andreas and Stefan at Pure Steel for their belief and enthusiasm!

“Cheers from the boys in Sarasin!!”

Michael Wilson (Bastards Inc) – vocals
Roger Banks (24K , Naro, Jim Gilmour (Saga), Mark St. John (Kiss), Billy Sheehan, Tony Levin, XXX Sublimator) – drums
Les Wheeler (Mystique, Tommy Gunn) – bass
Greg Boileau (Brighton Rock) – guitars

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-Iron Shield Records To Unleash Steel Raiser’s UNSTOPPABLE On June 26

Steel Raiser Project came to life by an idea of two metal lovers, Gian Luca Rossi and Alfonso Giordano, united in music as in life by a strong friendship, which after a long pause decided in 2007 to start a new adventure: Steel Raiser were born. In 2007 Steel Raiser recorded the first demo. The response was really good, after a few days of the publication of the songs they were contacted by Pure Steel Records which immediately proposed a contract for the publication of the first album. RACE OF STEEL was released a few months later, in 2008, and marks the record debuting of Steel Raiser. After the good results of RACE OF STEEL culminated with the participation to the Swordbrother Festival in Germany the current lineup was starting to take shape in 2009 with the entry of Giuseppe Seminara on guitar, Salvo Pizzimento on bass, and Antonio Portale on drums. After this, the band was playing some concerts in Italy.

In 2013, five years after their debut, is released the second studio album, REGENERATION, also published by the German label Pure Steel Records. In November 2014, the third work (titled UNSTOPPABLE) is ready and is waiting to be published, accompanied by the second official video. The first, “Love Is Unfair,” came out in 2013 to promote the second album. After two years Steel Raiser is back with a new studio album released by Iron Shield Records and titled UNSTOPPABLE. The CD is one time more a real Heavy Metal album influenced by heroes like Judas Priest. Up-tempo songs are changing with more melodic stuff, but catchy and heavy!

Track List:
1. Inexorable
2. Decapitator
3. Fast As The Light
4. Scent Of Madness
5. Dreaming Of You
6. Thousand Blades
7. Unstoppable
8. Mole Breaker
9. The Last Tears
10. Scent Of Madness
Total playtime: 42:50

vocals – Alfonso Giordano
guitars – Gian Luca Rossi
guitars – Giuseppe Seminara
bass – Salvo Pizzimento
drums – Antonio Portale

2008 – RACE OF STEEL (full-length)
2013 – REGENERATION (full-length)

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-Out Now! Vancouver Anthem Thrashers Titans Eve Unleash New Album CHASING THE DEVIL

Vancouver thrashers Titans Eve’s third full-length CHASING THE DEVIL, featuring seven stadium-esque sing-along thrash anthems including fan faves “War Path” and “The Grind” plus the band’s epic instrumental “Stranded,” is OUT NOW! Engineered by Eric Mosher (AC/DC, Buckcherry) plus mastered by Jeff Waters of Annihilator, CHASING THE DEVIL is an evolution from the band’s previous releases, 2011’s THE DIVINE EQUAL and 2012’s LIFE APOCALYPSE, that took the band touring across North America and Europe where they shared the stage with Korn, Anvil, Kill Devil Hill, Arch Enemy, and Voivod among many others.

“Introducing our new album CHASING THE DEVIL!!!! Enjoy it my metal brothers and sisters, We are proud of it! See ya on tour! We will be hitting the road to bring this headbanger to your doorstep so follow us for dates to be announced soon. In the meantime, play it loud and share with your your fellow metal heads,” comments vocalist / guitarist Brian Gamblin.

CHASING THE DEVIL is streaming at and , and can be purchased digitally and on CD at iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, and CD Baby.

Show Dates:
Aug 14 – Vancouver, BC – Astoria

1. We Defy
2. War Path
3. No Kingdom
4. Another Day
5. Chasing The Devil
6. The Grind
7. Stranded (instrumental)
8. The Endless Light

“Vancouver thrash/doom metal act unleashes a monster with its third album. Tightly woven tunes are delivered with blistering power, channeling the best of their influences, which range from early era thrash (Metallica, Exodus, Judas Priest) to modern day grind and prog metal (Mastodon). If 2012’s LIFE APOCALYPSE was about confronting your demons, CHASING THE DEVIL is about grabbing the beast by the horns. Highlight tracks: ‘No Kingdom,’ ‘The Grind'” – Vancouver Sun

“Titans Eve are one of the best bands to come out of my home town, Vancouver!” – Michael Livan – The Metal Meltdown – CJSF 90.1 FM

“On its third full-length release, CHASING THE DEVIL, the band, consisting of brothers Brian (guitar, vocals) and Kyle Gamblin (guitar), Jesse Hord (bass) and Casey Ory (drums), continues its unique brand of modern metal. Combining ’80s thrash-isms, modern metal passages, touches of NWOBHM, and generous amounts of Thin Lizzy/Iron Maiden-inspired harmonized guitar leads, Titans Eve cull these elements together with a vibrant approach. CHASING THE DEVIL’s eight tracks are compact and concise, decorated with huge, chantable choruses.” – Bravewords

“Titans Eve have conquered their local scene convincingly, and have put their boots into thicker mud, venturing across their native Canada. Touring with bigger names, in support fashion, hungry to belong in the next level. CHASING THE DEVIL will be a sharp weapon to help them carve up the competition. Shepherd Says – 8/10 – Hey, I put them side by side with the giant and it felt like they weathered that barrage. Titans Eve is earning their way up the ladder.” – We Love Metal

“…they’ve certainly stepped it up on their forthcoming album. The band’s concept is good, as they blend equal portions of thrash from bands such as Annihilator and Exodus with the progressive stoner groove of Mastodon and Meshuggah… Each element of the band works in unison as classic melodies and solos are placed side-by-side with meaty chugging and gravely outer-space vocals.” – Flink.TO

“They blend classic heavy, power, and thrash metal with a dose of modern intensity, yet temper it with melody harmony for persuasive, interesting, and entertaining results. Recommended.” – Danger Dog Music Reviews

“CHASING THE DEVIL presents us a modern thrash template that can be as melodic as it is ferocious.” – Dead Rhetoric

“This is the third full-length album of the band and I wonder why they have not been signed by any label. Coming from Vancouver, Canada, these guys forged a very interesting and unique form of thrash metal with modern elements here and there, and high doses of technique at instrumentation.” – Zombie Ritual Zine

“CHASING THE DEVIL’s 8 tracks stick to a ferocious mid paced thrash sound, with a touch of modern metal. The dual guitar team displays not just tasty riffs but intertwining dual harmonies, which sometimes call the mighty Iron Maiden to mind, as well as settling into a deep comfortable groove when called for. Add in the down low and percussion and you’ve got one hell of a sound.” – True Metal Lives

“This is my third time reviewing a Titans Eve release and once again I’m not disappointed.” – Metal France

Brian Gamblin – Lead Vocals / Guitar
Kyle Gamblin – Vocals / Guitar
Jesse Hord – Bass / Backing Vocals
Casey Ory – Drums

For more info, please visit the following links:

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-SayWeCanFly Talks 2015 Vans Warped Tour

TORONTO — Braden Barrie will add the 2015 Vans Warped Tour to his musical project SayWeCanFly’s long list of accomplishments, as he joins the summer massive music festival this week.

“Playing the entire Vans Warped Tour has been a goal of mine for many years,” said Barrie. “It’s something I’ve kept in my mind almost every day since I knew it existed, so it’s incredible to know it’s about to become a reality and an accomplishment.”

Barrie, who has played a couple one-off Vans Warped Tour dates in the past, will appear every day in the Acoustic Basement Tent.

“I’m really stoked because everything is so intimate and I can literally have face-to-conversations with the kids during my set,” Barrie said. “I think everyone will enjoy the closeness. It will be fun for me to work my butt off to pack as many people into the tent as possible too. My goal is to fill it to capacity every day — and then some.”

Barrie has been supporting his debut full-length, BETWEEN THE ROSES, with headline and support dates across the country and overseas since its release earlier this year. The album, which received a Deluxe Edition release via Barrie’s own PureWolf just in time for the tour, debuted at # 14 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and #5 on iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Additionally, SayWeCanFly became a featured artist on MTVHits’ “Fresh Faces” and won MTVU’s “The Freshmen” competition with the first single, “Song Of The Sparrow.”

At just 20 years old, Barrie offers a remarkable maturity, expressing raw feelings and offering a sense of hope, inspiration and understanding that fans of all ages can relate to. Much of SayWeCanFly’s early success can be attributed to Barrie’s strong social media presence and deep connection with his fans.

“I think what I will remember most about my first full Warped Tour is knowing the reason I was offered the tour in the first place is because so many kids requested that I be there,” Barrie said. “That in itself makes every moment worth it. For me, personally, it’s a chance to hang out with the people who have helped push SayWeCanFly to where it is now, and understand the heartbreak I write about. It feels like such a family, even though there are so many different elements to it. I have so much respect for Kevin Lyman along with everyone else involved for keeping it running so successfully for so many years.”

With set times varying daily, Barrie has come up with a unique way to let fans know when to check out SayWeCanFly’s set. “Fans can swing by the SayWeCanFly merch tent early in the day and pick up a few flyers with my set time listed on it to hand out or post around the venue,” he said. “In return, they will be offered a free piece of merchandise. I thought that would be a cool way to get people involved and spread daily awareness.”

Always accessible to fans, Barrie will be doing meet and greets a minimum of once a day and will also teach a class on being an independent artist for the Entertainment Institute. “I’m stoked about this because it gives kids a chance to have some one-on-one time and ask any questions they may have about the business side of things, which is something I’ve always paid close attention to as I’ve worked on building this project,” said Barrie.

There also plans to shoot select dates for an innovative music video involving SayWeCanFly’s fans singing along with Barrie.

“I really want to maximize the opportunity I have to make as many people a part of my experience this summer as possible, and capture the realness of it all. I’m most looking forward to making new friends and meeting so many of my social media followers in person. I think we already feel very close to each other because I spend so much time on social media making sure we are always connected.”

Vans Warped Tour dates featuring SayWeCanFly are as follow:

June 19 – Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CA
June 20 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
June 21 – Seaside Park – Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA
June 23 – Quail Run Park, Mesa, AZ
June 24 – Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
June 25 – Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK
June 26 – NRG Park Main St Yellow Lot, Houston, TX
June 27 – Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
June 28 – AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
July 1 – The Fairgrounds Nashville, Nashville, TN
July 2 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
July 3 – Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, FL
July 4 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the So Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach, FL
July 5 – Tinker Field, Orlando, FL
July 6 – Tailgaters Festival Grounds, Jacksonville, FL
July 7 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
July 8 – Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, VA
July 9 – First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
July 10 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
July 11 – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh, NY
July 12 – Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
July 14 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA
July 15 – Darien Lake PAC, Darien Center, NY
July 16 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
July 17 – Molson Canadian Amphtheatre, Toronto, ON
July 18 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
July 19 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
July 21 – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
July 23 – Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 24 – The Palace of Auburn Hills Parking Lot, Detroit, MI
July 25 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
July 26 – Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN
July 27 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
July 28 – Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI
July 29 – Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
July 30 – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
August 1 – Utah State Park, Salt Lake City, UT
August 2 – Pepso Center Parking Lot, Denver, CO
August 5 – Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot, San Diego, CA
August 7 – Portland Expo Center, Portland, OR
August 8 – White River Amphitheater, Auburn, WA

-About Heavy Metal’s list of 2001’s best heavy metal CDs is online at .

-The Black Veil Brides won “Best Live Band” at the Relentless! Kerrang! 2015 Awards. The band’s new live DVD/Blu-ray ALIVE AND BURNING is out July 10; check out the clip for “Faithless” at . See and for more.

-Metal Blade Europe’s vinyl reissues of Cirith Ungol’s FROST AND FIRE (1981), KING OF THE DEAD (1984), and ONE FOOT IN HELL (1986) are out this week.

-Dew-Scented — the “German/Dutch Thrash commando” unit — has INTERMINATION out now on Metal Blade. Check out various ordering options and the first single “On A Collision Course” at , second single “Affect Gravity” at , and the lyric video for the new third single “Ode To Extinction” at . The band — Leif Jensen on vocals, Marvin Vriesde and Rory Hansen on guitar, Joost van der Graaf on bass, and Koen Herfst on drums — will be joined by Angelus Apatrida, No Return, and Heboidophrenie on the European “Thrash Mercenaries” tour in October as follows:

10/15 – Glaz’art, Paris, France
10/16 – Rock Your Brain Festival, Selestat, France
10/17 – Sputnikhalle, Münster, Germany
10/18 – Naxt Stage, Almelo, Netherlands
10/19 – De Verlichte Gees, Roeselare, Belgium
10/20 – Vortex Club, Siegen, Germany
10/21 – Bambi Galore, Hamburg, Germany
10/22 – K17, Berlin, Germany
10/23 – From Hell Club, Erfurt, Germany
10/24 – Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany
10/25 – PMK, Innsbruck, Austria
10/26 – Dürer Kert, Budapest, Hungary
10/27 – Nová Chmelnice, Prague, Czech Republic
10/28 – Explosiv, Graz, Austria
10/29 – Komplex Club, Zürich, Switzerland
10/30 – CCO, Lyon, France
10/31 – Hell’Oween Festival, Saintes, France

See , , and for more.

-The complete lineup for the Dio Day benefit concert, set for June 20 at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex in Cortland, NY, is: Jim VanDeuson, Blue Monday, The Starmer Brothers, Timeline (Blues Brothers Revue), Black & Blue (Dan Austin, Rick Schell), The Cafferty Band, The Blind Spots, Tailor Made, The Rods featuring Veronica Freeman, Sons Of Sabbath. See and for more.

-Epica received the Music Export Award at this year’s edition of the Buma Rocks. Nuclear Blast announced the award “is given to the Dutch metal act with the most international success in the past year.” See for more.

-Exorcism’s new lyric video for “Virtual Freedom,” from the new WORLD IN SIN EP, is online at . The band is working on a new full-length album for release later this year. See and for more.

-The Seattle thrash band Fallen Angels — Bradzilla on vocals, Erik Hanson and Matt Be Roth on guitars, Carl Larsson on bass, and Steve Spitzbart on drums — is premiering the track “Nightmare” through at . The track comes from the band’s upcoming third album, WORLD IN DECAY, which was produced by Grammy-winning Michael Rosen (Forbidden, Testament, Death Angel, Flotsam And Jetsam, Tesla, Vicious Rumors) and is due out August 4 on Cyberdyne Records. Track list: “The Hammer’s Blow,” “Nightmare,” “Forsaken Existence,” “Leading The Blind,” “Fire At Eden’s Gate,” “Into The Abyss,” “The Hour Of The Time,” “Mortis Ex Machina.” Hype: “Capturing the classic thrash sound of the Big Four in their prime; early Metallica, Testament, Slayer, and Megadeth as well as lesser-known cult heroes Exodus, Annihilator, Forbidden, and Havok. Fallen Angels is influenced by a wide range of ’80s thrash as well as classic metal from the ’70s and ’80s. The band combines these elements in a fresh, modern-sounding album with the explosive riffs and solos that one might have expected to hear on the radio around 1989. Fallen Angels is a band that thrash fans and more classic metal-oriented fans can agree on because the music is catchy but also very aggressive.” See for more.

-There’s a “5 Questions With…” feature on Graveyard Shifters, with singer J. Matilainen, online now at . Read about some “Nut cracking punk’n’roll from Finland!”

-Helloween’s MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT entered the charts as follows: Czech Republic #3, Finland #5, Germany #8, UK #8 (rock charts), Japan #9, Austria #13, Switzerland #14, Spain #21, Sweden #22 (#2 rock/metal), Italy #42, France #44, Netherlands #73, Belgium #93, UK #116. See for more.

-Karthago Records announced the pre-order phase for two releases, Caress – THE RETURN OF THE BEAST and Sacrilege – ASHES TO ASHES, runs until June 26. During the pre-order phase you can save 1 Euro by ordering from the webshop links, at and , respectively. THE RETURN OF THE BEAST track list: “Our Rights,” “The Ritual,” “United Power,” “The Return Of The Beast,” “Piece Of Action,” “Liberty For All,” “Ragamuffin Blues,” “Outsider,” “Book Of Dreams,” “Into The Night” (instrumental). ASHES TO ASHES track list: “The Traveller,” “The Dawn It Dies,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll With The Devil,” “Condemned,” “The Ruler,” “Feeding On The Humans,” “The Fight Back,” “Rulers And Destructors,” “Ascention,” “Help,” “Ashes To Ashes,” “The Unknown Soldier,” “Gates Of Hell,” “Evolution.”

-In the wake of Sir Christopher Lee’s passing last week, we were directed to a funny and cool Kerrang! piece from late last year:

-About Heavy Metal has a new interview with Lucifer vocalist Johanna Sadonis. Read about their “’70s heavy rock and heavy doom” now at .

-Through July 15, Metallica — in conjunction with ESPN and Circuit of the Americas — is selling downloads of its June 6 show from the X Games in Austin, TX for only $5.00, with all proceeds being donated to the Central Texas Red Cross ( ). Available formats include MP3, CD-Quality ALAC (Apple Lossless) and High-Def ALAC-HD (24 Bit HD-Audio). The set list from the 95-minute show: “Fuel,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Metal Militia,” “Sad But True,” bass solo,” “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Cyanide,” “One,” “Master Of Puppets,” “Battery,” Kirk solo, “Fade To Black,” “Enter Sandman,” “Creeping Death,” “Whiplash,” “Seek & Destroy.” Check out all the details at The site is also now offering $19.81 live CDs of the band’s May 29th Rock im Revier show at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and May 31st Rockavaria show at Olympiapark Munchen in Munich, Germany — these shows include such rarities as “The Unforgiven II” and “The Frayed Ends Of Sanity” — as well as a whopping 50-CD (!) boxed set of 25 shows recorded in Australia and New Zealand in 2010 and 2013.

-Neal Morse’s 2007 solo “acoustic folk classic” album SONGS FROM THE HIGHWAY is the Weekly Featured Product at Radiant Records. Background: “Recorded in January of 2007 with only one acoustic guitar and one vocal mic, this is some freshest, most intimate and different stuff that you’ve ever heard from Neal. And the songs are amazing. There are some real classics on this one. From the touching ‘There is Nothin’ God Can’t Change’ to the haunting ‘That Crutch’ to the amusing qualities of ‘The Talking Mega-Church Blues,’ this is a CD that will speak to you for a lifetime. Track list: “Isaiah 60,” “There Is Nothin’ That God Can’t Change,” “That Crutch,” “I Dreamed Of A River,” “Talking Mega-Church Blues,” “You Can Be Delivered,” “Resurrection Ground,” “What He’s Done For Me,” “Prayer For Germany,” “Make Me A Dishwasher,” “Pierce My Heart,” “Maybe If We Praise Him.” See for more.

-Check out “Thunder & Lightning,” from Motorhead’s upcoming BAD MAGIC, at .

-New Jacobin Club — dubbed “Canadian gothic shock rockers” — has a new video for “Into The Fire” premiering in conjunction with horror magazine Rue Morgue, at!Watch-the-newest-video-from-horror-punk-cabaret-THE-NEW-JACOBIN-CLUB/cjds/557b57380cf2c5991af4c928 . The video and song feature guest backing vocals from Rob Corpse Eater, “from the legendary Western Canadian grind act Bob & Rob’s Corpse Eating Service.” Hype on the video: “With lots of imagery that includes a goat skull belly dancer waving flaming swords in a lake, bloody walls in an abandoned house, a demonic horned princess, authentic 120-year-old surgical tools, third-degree burns, plus lots of bleeding faces and mouths. This is one video you won’t want to miss!” Check out for a free download of the song, and for artwork giveaways. The track comes from SOLDIERS OF THE MARK, released last year.

-This year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, and The Devil Wears Prada on the main stage, and Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange, and Kissing Candice on the Victory Records stage. Dates:

6/26 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA
6/27 – San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA
6/28 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
6/30 – White River Amphitheater, Auburn, WA
7/1 – Ford Idaho Center, Nampa, ID
7/3 – Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
7/4 – Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
7/5 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
7/7 – Harrah’s Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, IA
7/8 – Eagle’s Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
7/10 – Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
7/11 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
7/12 – First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
7/15 – TD Echo Beach, Toronto, ON
7/17 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
7/18 – First Niagara Bank Amphitheater, Burgettstown, PA
7/19 – Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
7/21 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
7/22 – Erie Insurance Arena, Erie, PA
7/24 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
7/25 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA
7/26 – Nikon Theater At Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
7/29 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre At Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
7/31 – Alamo City Music Hall, San Antonio, TX
8/1 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX
8/2 – Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX

See for more.

-Rush is on the cover of Rolling Stone. The blurb: “For the in-depth, career-spanning cover story, senior writer Brian Hiatt trailed the band to early tour rehearsals in Los Angeles and soundchecks in Tulsa, Oklahoma, interviewing Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson about their lives and careers, from their childhoods to their ’80s evolution to the recording of 2012’s CLOCKWORK ANGELS.” Read the full story at .

-Check out the trailer for Slash’s new live release at , and the video for “Bent To Fly” at .

-The “Metal Eagle Edition” of Slayer’s upcoming REPENTLESS is limited to 3,000 copies globally and is only available via mail order. Details: “Made of aluminum alloy, measuring 15″ X 17″ X 3″ and weighing in at a hefty 7.8 pounds, the Metal Eagle Edition will house a deluxe digi-pak of the new REPENTLESS CD plus bonus material.” The box includes the deluxe digi-pak CD, Blu-ray and DVD including the band’s live set at Wacken 2014 and an album “making-of” documentary, a CD of the Wacken show, a fold-out poster, an album sticker, and a numbered certificate. See for more and order at .

-The release of Watchmen’s NOWHERE TO RUN (Z Records) has been delayed to July 17, but the video for the title track is online now at See , , and for more.

Thanks to Kayos Productions, Music Buy Mail, Rock Cellar Magazine, Axel Wiesenauer, Mark Alger, Jon Asher, Chad Bowar, JLB, and Hawk for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus Issue #671: Motörhead, Annihilator, more

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Issue #671
Week of June 8, 2015

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-Motörhead To Release Their 22nd Studio Album BAD MAGIC On August 28, 2015 Via UDR Music/Motörhead Music

In their 40th Anniversary Year, the band also announces 40th Anniversary European tour in the Fall with more dates internationally to follow.

Freedom to believe don’t have a price
Innocence never gets too old
You need a bolt of rock
Severe toxic shock
Electricity deep in your soul

“Electricity” – Motörhead

After 40 years rattling teeth, bones and ears with their legendary rock ‘n’ roll, you might excuse Motörhead if they wanted to ease off. Put their feet up. Relax a little. But that’s just it…

…this is Motörhead.

And instead, Motörhead gleefully say a loud and hearty “bollocks” to that sort of feeble-minded thinking with their 22nd studio album, BAD MAGIC. Bristling with thunderous attitude, pioneering spirit, and some of the fiercest rhythms and riffs that’ll beat your ears into submission this year, BAD MAGIC is a massive kick in the teeth for anyone who dared believe it might be otherwise. Indeed, if those people still remain, they would do well to grab some big fat earplugs, fall to their knees, and pray like buggery, because big-rig head crushers like “Thunder And Lightning” and the especially l-o-u-d “Teach ‘Em How To Bleed” show that Motörhead are as strong, mean, loud, relentless, uncompromising, and goddam heavy as ever.

Drawing on their own vast catalogue of road-warrior freewheeling rock ‘n’ roll spirit, BAD MAGIC also strides confidently into some of the earlier attitudes of Motörmusic. Written and recorded in the studio together, for the first time in the Kilmister/Campbell/Dee era, the more “live” approach to creating BAD MAGIC has obviously paid dividends in this regard. There is the driving malevolence of “Choking On Your Screams,” with Lemmy in magnificently omnipotent vocal mood, “Electricity” carries a hefty chunk of punk attitude married with some of Phil Campbell’s best lead work in years, while “Shoot Out All of Your Lights” is all devilish, greasy biker-borne-screw-you-and yours, Mikkey Dee’s tribal drums pounding out a great path for more Kilmister proclamations. The boys even enjoyed a guest appearance from Queen’s Brian May on “The Devil,” adding a scintillating solo on this thunderous Motörstomper.

Produced at NRG Studios with long-time producer Cameron Webb, BAD MAGIC came together after a couple of years which saw Motörhead enjoy their most successful international era in over two decades off the back of their last release AFTERSHOCK. Lemmy also finally decided to face the fact he is flesh, blood, and mortal like all of us, adjusting his lifestyle to kick the ass of health issues and re-emerging stronger, leaner and meaner than ever.

His own personal performances on BAD MAGIC rank as some of the most wide-ranging and unique he has delivered in years, and on the ballad “Until The End,” Lemmy opens up with equal levels explanation and intent on the simple but important matters which life conjures for us all. Add to all of this a wonderfully executed, gritty delivery of The Rolling Stones classic “Sympathy For The Devil,” and it will be clear to anyone with a pair of ears that BAD MAGIC is Motörhead’s finest work in over two decades.

You can also expect the road to get its ass kicked by Motörhead once again in the last half of 2015! Starting in mid-August, there will be a North American tour with Anthrax which ends with the now-legendary Motörboat cruise between September 28 – October 2 from Miami, Florida to Nassau in the Bahamas, also featuring Slayer and Anthrax among a bumper lineup of bands. And Motörhead’s 40th Anniversary European Winter tour will start on November 15, 2015 at Le Zenith in Paris, ending on December 6 at the Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland. More dates will be announced soon, so keep checking the band’s official website as well as the following social media platforms for details.
Twitter: @MyMotorhead

For Special Fan Editions visit .

All in all, with BAD MAGIC’s release now confirmed, Motörheadbangers and rock ‘n’ roll fans worldwide can prepare themselves for the prodigal return of rock music’s greatest, meanest, dirtiest, and most relentless trio… yeah, believe it: Motörhead proudly, and defiantly, remain the flag you’re proud to fly through thick and thin.

Pre-order your copy here:
Standard Jewel Case:
Limited Box:

1. Victory Or Die
2. Thunder & Lightning
3. Fire Storm Hotel
4. Shoot Out All Of Your Lights
5. The Devil
6. Electricity
7. Evil Eye
8. Teach Them How To Bleed
9. Till The End
10. Tell Me Who To Kill
11. Choking On Your Screams
12. When The Sky Comes Looking For You
13. Sympathy For The Devil

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-Annihilator: New Studio Album, New Lineup, And Summer/Headline Tours

[Note: This comes from Annihilator’s Facebook page, at . – Tim]

Legendary Canadian thrash/heavy metal masters Annihilator will release their brand new (and 15th!) studio album, SUICIDE SOCIETY, on September 18th, 2015 via UDR Music, worldwide.

As usual, guitar wizard Jeff Waters handles all songwriting duties, plays all guitar & bass, engineers, produces, mixes, and masters SUICIDE SOCIETY… and Waters is also back commanding lead vocal duties, as he did on the critically acclaimed KING OF THE KILL (1994), REFRESH THE DEMON (1996), REMAINS (1997), and other Annihilator albums over the years.

Waters on his return to vocal duties: “Dave (Padden/vocalist from 2003-2014) and I have, essentially, been Annihilator since 2003 but he resigned last December, citing having had enough of touring, being away from home and other commitments. I thank him for his 11 years with Annihilator. That said, Annihilator and I are known for never giving up and, occasionally, coming up with something even better than its former offering(s): this is undeniably the case with SUICIDE SOCIETY!”

Listen to some clips from SUICIDE SOCIETY and see the CD cover here:

With SUICIDE SOCIETY, Annihilator goes headfirst into some of the most technically perfect, crisp, and crushingly taut riffage Waters has ever produced. Although Waters’ vocals keep traces of stylings from his KING OF THE KILL album, they now evoke a surprising blend of legends such as Staley, Osbourne, Hetfield, and Mustaine. This, in a twisted way, mirrors Waters’ signature blend of riffing, drums grooves, and bass; all drawing from multiple sources and genres.

Waters has built a worldwide reputation as being a premier guitarist and songwriter; the conciseness and arrangement of “Creepin’ Again” is both an air-guitarist’s dream and a sharp reminder of this. The gloriously-brutal thrash of “My Revenge” calls up a vintage of ’85 with the technical chops of 2015. The neo-classic title track defiantly expresses anger at the state of world affairs, while offering up hope in closing. With the multi-layered power of the anthem “Snap,” Waters illustrates the diversity of Annihilator’s sound, without sacrificing one decibel of attack.

“Metal fans will likely sport evil, satisfied grins on their faces, when they hear this record,” chuckles Waters, “but in the words of Joe Perry: ‘Let the Music Do the Talking!'”

The full track listing is:
1. Suicide Society
2. My Revenge
3. Snap
4. Creepin’ Again
5. Narcotic Avenue
6. The One You Serve
7. Break, Enter
8. Death Scent
9. Every Minute

Metal fans all across the world are aware of Annihilator’s stellar, energetic and “real” live shows. Drum monster Mike Harshaw continues on for his fourth year with the band, one familiar name returns, and another is born: bassist Cam Dixon (from KING OF THE KILL era) returns to the fold and guitarist Aaron Homma makes his debut with the band.

Aside from the band’s upcoming, scheduled devastation at some of Europe’s mega-summer festivals (ex. Wacken Open Air), Annihilator will be headlining Europe this fall on their “Europe In The Blood” tour 2015. Talks are underway to bring the band to South America, Japan, and likely North America in 2016.

Tour Dates

07/24/2015 – ES – Barcelona – Rockfest
07/30/2015 – DE – Wacken – Wacken Open Air
08/05/2015 – CZ – Prague – Brutal Assault 2015
08/08/2015 – FI – Oulu – Jalometalli Festival
08/09/2015 – BE – Kortijk – Alcatraz Festival
09/30/2015 – UK – Birmingham – 02 Academy
10/01/2015 – IE – Dublin – Button Factory
10/02/2015 – UK – Glasgow – O2 Academy
10/03/2015 – UK – Sheffield – O2 Academy
10/04/2015 – UK – London – 02 Academy Islington
10/06/2015 – FR – Paris – Divan Du Monde
10/08/2015 – ES – Bilbao – Santana 27
10/09/2015 – PT – Porto – Hard Club
10/10/2015 – ES – Madrid – But
10/11/2015 – ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
10/13/2015 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
10/14/2015 – IT – Brescia – Circolo Colony
10/15/2015 – SI – Ljubljana – Kino Siska
10/16/2015 – RS – Belgrade – Dom omladine
10/17/2015 – RO – Bucharest – Maximum Rock Festival
10/19/2015 – HU – Budapest – A 38
10/20/2015 – AT – Wörgl – Komma
10/21/2015 – AT – Wien – Szene
10/22/2015 – CZ – Zlin – Masters Of Rock Cafe
10/23/2015 – PL – Krakow – Fabryka
10/24/2015 – PL – Warsawa – Proxima
10/25/2015 – DE – Berlin – Lido
10/27/2015 – DK – Kolding – Godset
10/28/2015 – DE – Hamburg – Grünspan
10/29/2015 – DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
10/30/2015 – DE – München – Backstage Halle
10/31/2015 – DE – Karlsruhe – Substage
11/02/2015 – DE – Nürnberg – Hirsch
11/03/2015 – LU – Luxembourg – Den Atelier
11/04/2015 – NL – Tilburg – O13
11/05/2015 – NL – Haarlem – Patronaat
11/06/2015 – BE – Kortrijk – De Kreun
11/07/2015 – DE – Bochum – Zeche
11/08/2015 – DE – Köln – Underground
11/13/2015 – RU – Saint Petersburg – Zal Ozhidaniya
11/14/2015 – RU – Moscow – Volta

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-Gotthard To Release Live CD LIVE & BANGIN On June 12

[Note: This is edited from the Gotthard Newsletter. – Tim]

“We’ve recorded this album on our BANG! tour in Baar, Switzerland in 2014 and decided that we wanted to release it as a limited special edition just for you. This album is exclusively dedicated to you guys!”
– Nic Maeder, spring 2015

LIVE & BANGIN – An Album Just For You

LIVE & BANGIN is a massive THANK YOU for the last four years, in which you have kept the faith with GOTTHARD — because without you, there probably wouldn’t have been a future after the tragic death of Steve Lee end of 2010. LIVE & BANGIN will not be available in stores, but instead sold solely in the Gotthard fan shop and at merchandise stalls on the upcoming festival tour, strictly limited. Exclusively for Fan Club members there’s a pile of CDs autographed by the band waiting to be unleashed. LIVE & BANGIN will be officially released 12th of June — however, pre-order aficionados may take a turn here:

How to order if you are a Fan Club member: Every Fan Club member can order one signed copy each. Ordering more copies is possible but the other copies will be unsigned then. You can easily order in the fan shop with the link above. We will recognize you as a Fan Club member by your name on the invoice.

75 Minutes Live And Raw

There’s not a second wasted on LIVE & BANGIN: Almost like on an official bootleg, there are close to 75 minutes of the Tessin platinum rockers’ sound — unaltered, live, and pure. With the premium digi-pak and a 16-page booklet packed with firsthand live images LIVE & BANGIN really feels like a BANG! tour flashback. You could actually call its track list a set list, because the songs on LIVE & BANGIN are a perfect cross section of the tour/show including a lifelike instant mosh pit in your living room.

LIVE & BANGIN teaser:

Track List – LIVE & BANGIN:
1. Let Me In Katie
2. Bang!
3. Get Up ‘N’ Move On
4. Sister Moon
5. Right On
6. Master Of Illusion
7. Feel What I Feel
8. The Call
9. Remember It’s Me
10. What You Get
11. The Train
12. C’est La Vie
13. That’s It (Car Crash)
14. Mountain Mama
15. Lift U Up
16. Thank You
17. Anytime Anywhere

Festival Tour 2015

LIVE & BANGIN is the adequate warm-up for Gotthard’s upcoming festival dates. The final leg of the BANG! tour kicks off June 19, when Nic, Leo, Freddy, Hena, and Marc want to thank you in person — live and eye-to-eye. This summer is all about you, be there and celebrate yourself!

Gotthard – Festival Dates:
19. June – I – Alpen Flair / Natz
11. July – CZ – Masters of Rock / Vizovice
18. July – CH – Sion sous les étoiles / Sion
25. July – D – Zeltspektakel / Winterbach
01. Aug – CH – Tenero Music Nights / Tenero
04. Aug – CH – Heitere Open Air / Zofingen
05. Aug – CH – Stars in Town / Schaffhausen
07. Aug – D – RockFels / Loreley
08. Aug – SK – Rock Pod Kamenom / Snina
15. Aug – D – Rock am Strand / Eckernförde
11. Sep – B – Olensfest / Olen
12. Sep – F – – Raismes Fest / Raismes
23. Oct – UK – London / o2 Islington
24. Oct – UK – Rockingham / Nottingham

Grazie, Merci, Danke – Thank You.

Gotthard Online:

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-Canedy Releases Video For “My Life, My Way”

Canedy, the solo project from The Rods drummer / producer Carl Canedy, has released a new video for the song “My Life, My Way” from the independently released debut album HEADBANGER.

Carl Canedy has checked in with the following comment:
“‘My Life, My Way’ is a song written for and about my best friend, Jim Nunis, who died from Cancer four years ago. It is dedicated to the memory of both Jim Nunis and Billy Hilfiger. Two great guitarists and even greater people who left us way too soon. Gone, but not forgotten.”

Canedy – “My Life, My Way” video

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

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-Seattle Thrashers Fallen Angels Reveal New Album Details, Artwork, Track Listing

Seattle, WA thrashers Fallen Angels return in 2015 with their third studio release WORLD IN DECAY, produced by Grammy award winning metal producer/engineer Michael Rosen ( ; Forbidden, Testament, Death Angel, Flotsam And Jetsam, Tesla, Vicious Rumors). The album is set to be released on August 4, 2015 via their indie label Cyberdyne Records, to follow 2010’s ENGINES OF OPPRESSION and 2008 debut RISE FROM ASHES released on Metal On Metal Records. The band also plans to tour extensively this summer, bringing their explosive live show full of thrash and shred, which they are known for as a local favorite in the Pacific Northwest.

“We want to thank everyone who has supported us, and we hope you’re as excited as we are about the release of our upcoming album WORLD IN DECAY. We know you’ve been waiting a long time for this third release and we can’t wait for you to hear it. We hope this album will quench your thirst for new Fallen Angels music. See you on the road thrash fans!” comments drummer Steve Spitzbart.

WORLD IN DECAY Track Listing:
1. The Hammer’s Blow (4:25)
2. Nightmare (4:58)
3. Forsaken Existence (5:05)
4. Leading The Blind (4:36)
5. Fire At Eden’s Gate (6:13)
6. Into The Abyss (5:39)
7. The Hour Of The Time (5:40)
8. Mortis Ex Machina (4:28)
Album Length: 41:08

Capturing the classic thrash sound of the Big Four in their prime; early Metallica, Testament, Slayer, and Megadeth as well as lesser known cult heroes Exodus, Annihilator, Forbidden, and Havok. Fallen Angels is influenced by a wide range of ’80s thrash as well as classic metal from the ’70s and ’80s. The band combines these elements in a fresh, modern sounding album with the explosive riffs and solos that one might have expected to hear on the radio around 1989. Fallen Angels is a band that thrash fans and more classic metal oriented fans can agree on because the music is catchy but also very aggressive.

For fans of:
Late ’80s Bay Area thrash, Testament, Havok, Forbidden, Exodus, ’80s era Metallica and Megadeth, Annihilator, Anthrax, Overkill, Death Angel

Steve Spitzbart – Drums
Bradzilla – Vocals
Erik Hanson – Guitars
Carl Larsson – Bass
Matt Be Roth – Guitars

“if you want intricate, tuneful thrash metal loaded with gratuitous leads and quasi-political lyrics, you’ve got it.” – Terrorizer

“think the weighty arrangements and acoustic sections of Metallica-meets-the technical wizardry of Forbidden, with hints of Realm’s progressive tendencies and Toxik’s shredding leads and shameless melodies.” – Terrorizer

“Pure US-Thrash” – Rock Hard

“From a savage, high-octane riff fest in ‘Legacy Of Pain’ to a mid-paced, pounding skull crusher ‘Descension Into Madness,’ Fallen Angels not only show their true ability to write thrash songs that stand out effortlessly, but are also determined to get their name on people’s lips for good — along with the excellence of their second album, ENGINES OF OPPRESSION. This stuff is meant to kill, even from a long distance.” – Metal-Rules

“Fallen Angels are growing, the riffing already aspires to high places” – Heavy Worlds

“Fallen Angels is able to combine the aggression of Dark Angel, the songcraft of Metallica, and the masterful musicianship of Coroner to create some superb thrash.” – Lastrit

“US Thrash Metal with a devastating Bay Area touch” – Metal To Infinity

“If you’re the one hooked on the almighty forces of US Thrash Metal, Seattle-Washington based Fallen Angels’ mission is clear… they’re here to provide the ‘wild ones’ among us with furious sounds of steel, headbangers — take your stand!” – Metal To Infinity

“Must for thrash freaks!” – Dark Scene

“ENGINES OF OPPRESSION is a really good slab of thrash” – The Thrash Metal Guide

“so raw and powerful.” – Greek Rebels

For more info, please visit:

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-Video Alert: Metal-Rules Premiere The Order Of Chaos Music Video “Apocalypse Moon”

Edmonton, Alberta’s power metal quintet The Order Of Chaos has teamed up with for the premiere of their new music video and title track, “Apocalypse Moon,” from their upcoming album being released on July 24 in North America and later this year in Europe via German label Killer Metal Records to follow 2013’s SEXWITCH EP. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered at the Physics Lab by Terry Paholek in Edmonton and features 12 brand new tracks that showcase the talent and diversity of one of Canada’s up and coming heavy metal bands. The album features Amanda Kiernan (Into Eternity) on vocals, John Simon Fallon and John Saturley on guitar, Tim Prevost on drums, and Duncan Hickerty on bass guitar whom has been recently replaced by Barrett Klesko of All Else Fails for live performances.

Barrett Klesko also runs FadeBack Studios United and directed and edited the video with choreography by Maria Harrigan and makeup by Molly Anna.

“The Concept behind the ‘Apocalypse Moon’ music video is the cycle of rebirth. Mankind’s strength is tempered in the depths of personal darkness,” comments director and new bassist Barrett Klesko.

To watch the video, please visit the following link:

1. The Anthem Of Pain
2. Death After Life
3. Indoctrination
4. Downfall
5. Evil Surrounds Me
6. Survival Of The Richest
7. Apocalypse Moon
8. The Venom
9. Sexwitch
10. Victim Of Circumstance
11. Deceiver
12. The Devil That You Know

Chaos and Order, two seemingly opposing forces that, when observed closely enough, work together subtly to create art in its most divine form. Enter The Order Of Chaos, a highly regarded and well respected heavy metal tour de force from the northern wastelands of Alberta, Canada. For the last 10 years, trudging through the snow covered landscape, this band has cut its teeth in the most demanding gigging environment this side of the equator. Now, bringing their unique, fresh, and well developed sound to a style of music so saturated with sound-a-likes and copycats, The Order Of Chaos has their sights set across the Atlantic Ocean on the homeland of Heavy Metal… Europe.

With two albums and an EP under their belt, the band is prepared to unleash a torrent of brand new material that will redefine genres and carve a path no heavy metal band has even attempted to produce. Meet Amanda Kiernan, a hurricane of live intensity and energy unmatched by her peers. From soaring melodic choruses to gritty, in-your-face thrash she doesn’t let up for a moment. Her unique take on metal vocals and prowess as a hybrid singer has affirmed her place in metal history. Backed by the dueling guitar virtuosity of John Simon Fallon and John Saturley, and the brick wall rhythm section of Duncan Hickerty and Tim Prevost, this band is something that must truly be seen to be believed, (just ask anyone who has attended their shows).

In September of 2012, after signing with Red Lion Music, The Order Of Chaos made their first appearance overseas, stunning fans at the Turock Open Air Festival and in clubs across central Europe. Then again, just seven months later they returned with Vicious Rumors supporting them on their Electric Punishment Tour, gaining many new fans and quickly securing a solid reputation as a phenomenal live act to behold.

With the future looking bright, the determination to succeed, and the creative talent to put forth a fresh sound for heavy metal lovers everywhere, The Order Of Chaos is primed for an assault on stages, record stores and headbangers everywhere.

Shared stage w/:
Godsmack, Vicious Rumors, Rage, Helstar, Ensiferum, Sonata Arctica, A Perfect Circle, 3 Inches Of Blood, Paul Di’Anno, Iron Savior, Circle II Circle, Ripper Owens

“I recommend this record for all the fans of the old school heavy/speed/thrash metal fans, and even the speed/black metal fans will enjoy the energy of the vocals in this record. Every single solo and every insane scream in this record are worthy listening, so if you wish to relive the old school heavy metal energy into the building, then blow the speakers with this CD and keep the old school spirit alive!” –

“the unbeatable combination of old school metal, coupled with thrash influences and Amanda’s dominating presence create an interesting piece of work with great variety that would excite and interest listeners that don’t pay attention to labels.” – Rock Pages, Greece

“Their first album THE ORDER OF CHAOS was released in 2009 and was much respected in Canada. With BURN THESE DREAMS there is a disc which offers an exciting, well-crafted mix of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. While still committed to the metal, but virtuosic and more varied.” – Stormbringer Austria

“This CD is like heroin, you get the hit of BURN THESE DREAMS and you will not be able to stop listening to it. 2012 has really produced some f*cking amazing music and this CD almost heads the class, what a killer CD. This is very cool.” – JamesD,

For Fans Of: Huntress, Arch Enemy, The Agonist, Scar Symmetry, Armageddon

For more info, please visit the following links:

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-Sacrilege To Release ASHES TO ASHES On June 26 On Karthago Records

The release date of the Sacrilege album ASHES TO ASHES on CD is June 20, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on June 12, 2015 in our webshop .

Sacrilege were founded as a NWOBHM band 1982 in the UK, but they made only a few demos and dissolved in 1987. Since 2007 mastermind Bill Beadle is active again.

ASHES TO ASHES is a compilation which provides an outline of the early ’80s to the present day. The heavy riffs and power chords coupled with catchy choruses is what Sacrilege’s early and actual trademarks are. Tracks such as “The Unknown Soldier” and title track “Ashes To Ashes” are absolutely timeless and popular live songs. Also worth mentioning are songs like “Rock And Roll With The Devil” and “Condemned,” with its absolutely outstanding guitar solos. Through their activities, among other things on ReverbNation, Sacrilege are one of the most famous Underground heavy metal bands in London and in general in the UK.

For fans of classic NWoBHM this is an absolute must-have and soon the band will release a brand new album too.

Track Listing:
1. The Traveller
2. The Dawn It Dies
3. Rock ‘n’ Roll With The Devil
4. Condemned
5. The Ruler
6. Feeding On The Humans
7. The Fight Back
8. Rulers And Destructors
9. Ascention
10. Help
11. Ashes To Ashes
12. The Unknown Soldier
13. Gates Of Hell
14. Evolution
Total Playing Time: 78:47 min

Bill Beadle – vocals, guitars
Jeff Roland – bass, back vocals
Neil Turnbull – drums
Tony Vanner – lead guitar

1. GATES OF HELL (Demo, 1983)
2. DEMO ’84 (Demo, 1984)
3. BEST OF SACRILEGE 1983-2012 (Compilation, 2013)
4. SACROSANCT (2013)

*** PRESS RELEASE #8 ***
* Premiere Titans Eve Album CHASING THE DEVIL; Due Out June 12 + BC Show Dates

Titans Eve have teamed up with for the online album premiere of their third full-length CHASING THE DEVIL due out June 12. The album features seven stadium-esque sing-along thrash anthems including fan faves “War Path” and ‘The Grind” plus the band’s epic instrumental “Stranded.” Engineered by Eric Mosher (AC/DC, Buckcherry) plus mastered by Jeff Waters of Annihilator, CHASING THE DEIVL is an evolution from the band’s previous releases, 2011’s THE DIVINE EQUAL and 2012’s LIFE APOCALYPYSE, that took the band touring across North America and Europe where they shared the stage with Korn, Anvil, Kill Devil Hill, Arch Enemy, and Voivod among many others.

CHASING THE DEVIL is now streaming at the following link:

Show Dates:
Aug 14 – Vancouver, BC – Astoria

Album pre-order:

1. We Defy
2. War Path
3. No Kingdom
4. Another Day
5. Chasing The Devil
6. The Grind
7. Stranded
8. The Endless Light

Brian Gamblin – Lead Vocals / Guitar
Kyle Gamblin – Vocals/Guitar
Jesse Hord – Bass/Backing Vocals
Casey Ory – Drums

Video: “Divided We Fall” (live in Paris, France)

Video: “Road To Ruin” (live in Paris France)

For more info, please visit the following links:

A Vancouver born Modern Thrash outfit. Titans Eve formed in 2008 by brothers Brian and Kyle Gamblin, with Casey Ory on drums and later joined by Jesse Hord on bass. From day one the band has written the tunes they want to hear, and taken charge of their musical ambitions on their own terms. The early days saw the four-piece defining their sound and making fans in their home city.

2009/2010 featured their emergence on the Canadian metal scene and the beginning of a strong fan base. They embarked on their first western Canadian tour and gave Canadians a real live taste of their sound. While gaining support and honing their music they ventured into a local studio with the talented Curt Wells. Their first album THE DIVINE EQUAL was later mixed and mastered by Sacha Laskow of Calgary Tech-metal band Divinity. With the release and critical acclaim the album received, their first Cross-Canadian tour followed exposing even more to their unique brand of thrash metal.

2011 saw THE DIVINE EQUAL released to a bigger audience, with a two-month self-booked tour of North America. Titans Eve had the pleasure to play in front of crazed metal fans all over the United States. 2012 started with a bang with their first arena show and fulfilling a dream of playing with Nu-metal leaders Korn. Fresh of the success from their debut, Titans Eve began creating the follow-up, LIFE APOCALYPSE. “This album was written faster and was more of an aggressive attempt at writing and recording an album,” says guitarist Kyle Gamblin. “We hammered out the songs and bunkered down to record in Calgary with Sacha Laskow for a month and recorded every day.”

Taking a turn from their debut, which was released a year previously, but staying true to their personal interpretations of honest, powerful modern metal, “the result, LIFE APOCALYPSE, shows our efforts and captures the best performances from all four members of our band. We worked very hard to deliver something that wouldn’t disappoint fans of our last album,” says Brian Gamblin.

Following the release of LIFE APOCALYPSE that summer, Titans Eve took the “Titan Train” (i.e. their 2007 Ford E-350 van) and travelled across western Canada, bringing their music to as great an audience as possible, supporting Canadian metal heavyweights Anvil followed by a tour with super-group Kill Devil Hill featuring Rex Brown of Pantera. After these incredible tours, they’re biggest venture yet came into focus with an invite to be a support act on the Arch Enemy European Khaos tour. This saw their first tour in Europe, playing to the receptive and enthusiastic European metal crowds.

2013-14 had been used for writing and recording their third album, with breaks from the rehearsals by touring western Canada, playing music festivals and opening for the likes of Diamond Head, Raven, and Soulfly. The album was recorded in Vancouver’s legendary Warehouse Studio with renowned producer and engineer Eric Mosher. The mastering was completed by Canadian metal hero Jeff Waters of Annihilator.

Stay tuned for a new album and new tours in 2015!

Shared Stage w/:
Arch Enemy, Hackneyed, Anvil, Exodus, Ensiferium, Blackguard, Moonsorrow, Lazarus A.D., The Agonist, Voivod, Kill Devil Hill, Korn, Finntroll, Woods Of Ypres, Inquisition, Swallow The Sun, Holy Grail, Bonded By Blood, Diamond Head, Raven, Soulfly

Tours & Festivals:
2014 – Canadian Beer Chug Tour
2014 – Alberta’s Own Festival
2014 – Loud as Hell
2012 – European Tour w/ Arch Enemy & Voivod (Spain dates)
2012 – Western Canadian Tour w/ Kill Devil Hill
2012 – Western Canadian Tour w/ Anvil
2012 – Open for Korn – Dawson Creek, BC
2011 – Divine Equal North American Tour
2010 – Burning Canada Tour
2010 – Domination Festival – Montreal
2010 – Vancouver Metal Fest
2009 – Scorched Earth Western Canada Tour

“Vancouver thrash/doom metal act unleashes a monster with its third album. Tightly woven tunes are delivered with blistering power, channeling the best of their influences, which range from early era thrash (Metallica, Exodus, Judas Priest) to modern day grind and prog metal (Mastodon). If 2012’s LIFE APOCALYPSE was about confronting your demons, CHASING THE DEVIL is about grabbing the beast by the horns. Highlight tracks: ‘No Kingdom,’ ‘The Grind'” – Vancouver Sun

“Titans Eve are one of the best bands to come out of my home town, Vancouver!” – Michael Livan – The Metal Meltdown – CJSF 90.1 FM

“Titans Eve have conquered their local scene convincingly, and have put their boots into thicker mud, venturing across their native Canada. Touring with bigger names, in support fashion, hungry to belong in the next level. CHASING THE DEVIL will be a sharp weapon to help them carve up the competition. Shepherd Says – 8/10 – Hey, I put them side by side with the giant and it felt like they weathered that barrage. Titans Eve is earning their way up the ladder.” – We Love Metal

“…they’ve certainly stepped it up on their forthcoming album. The band’s concept is good, as they blend equal portions of thrash from bands such as Annihilator and Exodus with the progressive stoner groove of Mastodon and Meshuggah… Each element of the band works in unison as classic melodies and solos are placed side-by-side with meaty chugging and gravely outer-space vocals.” – Flink.TO

“They blend classic heavy, power, and thrash metal with a dose of modern intensity, yet temper it with melody harmony for persuasive, interesting, and entertaining results. Recommended.” – Danger Dog Music Reviews

“CHASING THE DEVIL presents us a modern thrash template that can be as melodic as it is ferocious.” – Dead Rhetoric

“This is the third full-length album of the band and I wonder why they have not been signed by any label. Coming from Vancouver, Canada, these guys forged a very interesting and unique form of thrash metal with modern elements here and there, and high doses of technique at instrumentation.” – Zombie Ritual Zine

“CHASING THE DEVIL’s eight tracks stick to a ferocious mid-paced thrash sound, with a touch of modern metal. The dual guitar team displays not just tasty riffs but intertwining dual harmonies, which sometimes call the mighty Iron Maiden to mind, as well as settling into a deep comfortable groove when called for. Add in the down low and percussion and you’ve got one hell of a sound.” – True Metal Lives

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-Steven Wilson Brings HAND. CANNOT. ERASE. To Life; North American Tour Underway Now

Prolific singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and multiple Grammy nominee, Steven Wilson, is on the first leg of his North American tour in support of his current release, critically acclaimed HAND. CANNOT. ERASE. (Kscope). Full routing below.

Wilson is arguably one of the most important artists in the music community today! If you are not aware of Steven Wilson, he is a musician’s Musician! Well beyond the reach of Prog with his new album, HAND. CANNOT. ERASE., Wilson weaves elements of ethereal Jazz Fusion, while taking you on a multi-layered audio journey inspired by the haunting true tale of a popular young woman forgotten by society and family as she sits dead in her apartment for more than two years.

The critics:
“…a towering masterpiece that will assuredly be a contender for album of the year.” – Metro Weekly

“As someone capable of delivering accessible music that is, at the same time, compositionally and lyrically deep — detailed and, at times, unapologetically complex — Wilson makes absolutely no compromises in doing what he does. And yet, almost in spite of it all, his star continues on an increasingly rapid upward trajectory. One can only hope.” – All About Jazz

“Wilson’s refined skill as a songwriter and studio guru combine to fashion songs that deserve a much wider audience than one that views his work as a modern equivalent of Pink Floyd and Genesis.” – 5 stars – The Guardian

“It’s this ability to combine narrative and music in brave and adventurous ways during a time when the very longevity of the album-as-cohesive-statement is constantly being questioned that makes Wilson one of the most compelling musicians of his era. His music seeks to connect on a deeply human level, and stands in contrast to a popular music culture obsessed with disposability. This makes him a rare and precious commodity.” – Buffalo News

“Go ahead: Close the year-end polls in March. This one is just a tremendous wonder-work.” – The Day

The following links are for a better understanding of the album, HAND. CANNOT. ERASE.

The story:


“Perfect Life” video:

Tour trailer:

Best known as founder and front man of British rock act Porcupine Tree, Wilson has produced and collaborated with diverse acts as Opeth, Blackfield, Yes, Roxy Music, and XTC. His prolific engineering work can be heard on his mixes of classic releases from King Crimson, Jethro Tull, and most recently the 5.1 surround sound version of Tears For Fears’ classic SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR reissue, released in November 2014. Porcupine Tree’s last album went top 30 in both the UK and USA, and the tour climaxed with sold-out shows at Royal Albert Hall in London and Radio City Music Hall in New York. Wilson has just sold out two nights at Royal Albert Hall in September 2015!

Steven Wilson has already begun his world tour, having assembled a virtuoso band — Nick Beggs (bass), Adam Holzman (keyboard), Guthrie Govan (guitar), David Kilminster (guitar), and Craig Blundell (drums). His latest studio creation completed, the cinematic HAND. CANNOT. ERASE. features dynamic performances by Wilson, members of his touring ensemble, Marco Minneman on drums, and vocal accompaniment from Ninet Tayeb.

Tour dates:
May 19 Worcester Palladium, Worcester, MA
May 21 The Egg, Albany, NY
May 22 Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA
May 23 The Whitaker Center, Harrisburg, PA
May 24 New Jersey PAC, Newark, NJ
May 26 930 Club, Washington, DC
May 28 Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
May 29 Best Buy Theater, New York City
May 30 Best Buy Theater, New York City
May 31 The Grand, Wilmington, DE
June 2 The Palace Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
June 4 Park West, Chicago, IL
June 5 Park West, Chicago, IL
June 6 Barrymore Theater, Madison, WI
June 9 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO
June 11 Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
June 12 The Grove, Anaheim, CA
June 13 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
June 14 The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
June 16 Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR
June 17 Neptune Theater, Seattle, WA
June 20 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver
June 22 Myer Horowitz Theatre, Edmonton
June 23 Theatre Junction Grand (Flanagan Theatre), Calgary
June 26 The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto
June 27 Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal
June 28 Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal
June 29 Impérial, Quebec City
Sept 28 Royal Albert Hall, London
Sept 29 Royal Albert Hall, London

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-Karthago Records To Release Expanded Version Of Caress’ THE RETURN OF THE BEAST On June 26

The release date of the Caress album THE RETURN OF THE BEAST on CD is June 26, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on June 12th, 2015 in our webshop, .

The German band Caress was the successor of Dunwich and released one mini-album in 1989, which was only noticed by insiders. The musicians tried to give themselves an international touch by taking pseudonyms like Coco Laross and Ossi Fox. This may be because the band is from Ottersweier, a small village in the southwest of Germany which nobody has ever heard of.

Their album RETURN OF THE BEAST was only locally distributed, although the band was very talented. They had potential, which means that their songwriting was unique and singer Coco gave the songs some recognition value. The artwork was suitable to the taste of the late ’80s and to the songs on the album. So maybe they were a little bit late in those days. In 1989 most Heavy Metal bands were already established, so that they could fight against the new trends. For listeners today remains a fascinating and agreeable contemporary document, with some additional demo songs on this CD edition.

Track List:
1. Our Rights
2. The Ritual
3. United Power
4. The Return Of The Beast
5. Piece Of Action
6. Liberty For All
7. Ragamuffin Blues
8. Outsider
9. Book Of Dreams
10. Into The Night (instrumental)

Coco Laross – vocals
Dany Rosberg – bass
Thommy Malbranc – guitar
Jack-N. Teichmann – guitar (1988 – 1990)
Ossi Fox – drums (1988 – 1990)
Patrick D. – guitar (1990 – 1991)
Frank B. – drums (1990 – 1991)

*** PRESS RELEASE #11 ***
-Guitarist Kevin Estrella Returns With Pyramids On Mars – ECHO COSMIC, Track-By-Track, & Album Trailer

Crafting Progressive rock, industrial, and metal influences fused with his passion for classical composers such has J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi, guitarist Kevin Estrella is carving a new musical direction that few dare to attempt with his solo project Pyramids On Mars. Written all by Estrella from the guitars, bass, and drums, his latest effort ECHO COSMIC is an impressive 10-track journey to follow up his 2013 self-titled debut album. With an ear for melody, and natural use of odd time signatures blended with modern heavy guitar riffs and the sound of classic 1970s analog keyboards, your adventure of music from the Mystical Red Planet begins now with the release of an album trailer for ECHO COSMIC due out on September 8, 2015.

Pyramids On Mars – ECHO COSMIC Track Listing:
1. Dream Division (5:14)
2. Battle for Rome (5:48)
3. Death Valley Driver (5:25)
4. Tribute (2:54)
5. Heaven’s Gate (6:04)
6. Sailing the Oceans of Neptune (5:05)
7. Spectre of Orion (5:36)
8. Order of the Freemasons (8:09)
9. Occam’s Razor (6:08)
10. Echo Cosmic (4:56)

Album Length: 55:24

To listen to the album trailer, please visit the following link:

Inspired the by the studies of UFOs, aliens and the artifacts of in our solar system, Pyramids On Mars is an embodiment of spacey music that brings both worlds together as both a musical concept, and message to the world of the alien presence. Formed in 2011, Pyramids On Mars is the solo creation of guitarist Kevin Estrella who offers an aural palette of intense, emotional, three-dimensional, heavy, and melodic progressive rock / metal that includes a range of influences such as Baroque classical guitar, classical composers J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi, along with today’s guitar virtuosos Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Satriani.

“I honestly think ECHO COSMIC will do for this decade what Joe Satrani’s SURFING WITH THE ALIEN did for instrumental rock back in the ’80s. It captures the same passion, energy, and melodic hooks, yet it has an updated sound. Heavier than Satriani though. He is influenced mostly by the blues. I am influenced by metal and classical music. I have always focused on melody. Same with composers like J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. The masters of melody. They are pretty much all I listen to. So what I am doing on stage today, was the norm 300 years ago,” comments Estrella.

Featuring 10 tracks of emotionally high energy music that mostly came to life in Estrella’s dreams over the last two years, the album as a whole pays homage to some of Estrella’s biggest influences while still staying true to himself and his own creations.

“On ECHO COSMIC, I wanted to put more emphasis on the rhythm guitars, bass, and drums. The keyboards are still there, but they play more second fiddle sort of speaking. Some songs are stripped right down to just bass, drums, and lead guitar. I wanted this album to be more in-your-face with less clutter,” says Estrella. “The writing on this album is also inspired by the bands I love the most. I love so many bands and love so many styles. So, I tend to write in whatever style I want to. There are so many other band styles I want to explore. I am probably one of the most unique bands out there that I have no one particular ‘sound.’ But all the songs have a common thread/element that identifies them as being Pyramids On Mars. I think I have an advantage others do not have, because I can transform like a chameleon,” says Estrella.

Track-by-Track Breakdown of ECHO COSMIC explained by Pyramids On Mars’ Kevin Estrella:

“To summarize, the overall storyline of ECHO COSMIC is about mankind’s history of broadcasting radio and TV signals for over 100 years from earth to space. Theoretically, some of these signals should be picked up by alien civilizations. We are announcing our existence through this cosmic echo we are sending out. We may be an insignificant species in a vast universe, but we are leaving a footprint that has infinite influence,” comments Estrella.

1. Dream Division: The whole introduction I heard in a dream. Started off simply with guitar, but got more interesting when the bass and drums join in and are all doing something different from each other. But it all worked. Almost like division. Thus the name.

2. Battle For Rome: Influenced by the X-Box One game trailer “Ryse Son Of Rome.” Watch the trailer, and you can imagine this song playing in it.

3. Death Valley Driver: The main rhythm guitar and drums were bed tracks for this song. Reminded me of driving fast on a desert road.

4. Tribute: I was experimenting with some ’80s guitar tone presets. Improvising, I played the main rhythm part. It sounded like something Randy Rhoads would play. Decided to write a song dedicated to him.

5. Heaven’s Gate: Influenced by a band who has a a dead guy with leather skin for a mascot.

6. Sailing The Oceans Of Neptune: Heard the main riff in my head for weeks. Finally wrote the song. Had a real Hendrix feel to it, with a large Extreme influence.

7. Spectre Of Orion: A song originally written in a band I used to be in called Omega Factor which consisted of just me and a drummer.

8. Order Of The Freemasons: Song written back in 2011. A very dark song about a dark subject. It is more a work of art rather than being a radio-friendly song. A song I am very proud of.

9. Occam’s Razor: A fast, thrash metal song with sharp, jagged teeth. You will hear at least three metal band influences in this one!

10. Echo Cosmic: The flagship of the CD. A song that creates a feeling of loneliness and isolation. That which we are in this vast universe.

“If anything, it is taking the road less travelled — in this case, guitar-driven, instrumental music — that helps Pyramids On Mars stand out from the plethora of other groups vying for a piece of the prog rock pie.” – Canadian Musician Magazine

“Kevin Estrella, much like Vai, much like Satriani, can make his guitar truly communicate and display emotion. There’s a real passion that Kevin plays with that only comes along every so often… a real magic. There could be a complete saturation with this type of instrumentally-driven music one day. I have the feeling that even IF this was to happen, Pyramids On Mars would STILL stand out miles from the rest.” – Sleeping Bag Studios

“The music scene is very saturated with artists and bands pretty much doing the same thing (stylistically speaking). With the current popularity of instrumental guitarists like Joe Satriani, there is a good possibility of instrumental rock coming back. Pyramids On Mars have a niche market with very little competition that they can control the market share in that music genre.” – Jesse Mitchell | Coalition Music

“And with influences like Metallica (probably post-Black Album), Jimi Hendrix, and Joe Satriani it is clear that Pyramids On Mars knows the kind of music they love, how to create their own version, and make us listeners enjoy it as much as they do.” – Metal Addicts

“The guitarist member is impressively high-quality. His constant and non-stop lead work is where he shines. Smooth, melodic, adept, and soaring lead after lead on song after song speaks of good soloing. Kevin Estrella is in the same ballpark as David Gilmour.” – Metallian

“Pyramids On Mars is a musical journey. Dizzying guitar work swiftly flying between genres and showing skill that few acts are capable of achieving in the country right now.” – Two Way Monologues

For more info, please visit:

*** PRESS RELEASE #12 ***
-Morglbl: Heavy Blog Is Heavy Premieres Opening Track To Sixth Album By French Fusion Trio

France’s unconventional rock/fusion trio, Morglbl, will release their sixth full-length later this month via Free Electric Sound, a division of The Laser’s Edge. Two weeks early, a new single from the volatile TEA TIME FOR PUNKS album has been issued to the public through a premiere of opening track, “Banjovi.”

Comprised of guitarist Christope Godin, bassist Ivan Rougny, and drummer Aurelian Ouzoulias, Morglbl’s virtually vocal-free exploratory musical concoctions, and madcap jazz/jam metal fusion energy have been infiltrating the airwaves for over 18 years, and while TEA TIME FOR PUNKS doesn’t deviate from their standard formula, the album delivers it all with more astounding creativity than ever. The album was recorded during December 2014 — drums by Vincent Thermidor at Studio TF, guitars at Gnõ-Gnõ Studio and bass at Van’s Studio — mixed by Enzo d’Agostino at Elia Studio and mastered at Conkrete Studio by Mobo, and delivers over an hour of nonstop freakshow entertainment fit for virtually any open-minded rock fan.

In advance its release, the album-opening “Banjovi” has been issued by Heavy Blog Is Heavy in an exclusive premiere. Offers the site’s write-up accompanying the track of Morglbl, “While the name might confuse some, I think it attributes itself to the music, and how hard it is to classify this group. They have equal parts funk, metal, and prog, and their style is executed extremely well.”

Stream “Banjovi” by Morglbl via Heavy Blog Is Heavy now:

PureGrainAudio previously issued the album’s “God Shaved The Queen” right here:

Envision equal parts vocal-free fusion and crushing metal power chords, then inject a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humor, like Primus, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, and Frank Zappa in a high-speed blender, and you’ve got a grip on what TEA TIME FOR PUNKS beholds.

Free Electric Sound, the instrumental subdivision of progressive rock/metal label group, The Laser’s Edge, released TEA TIME FOR PUNKS digitally and on CD worldwide on May 26. Stand by for further music and info on the album to see release in the coming days.

*** PRESS RELEASE #13 ***
-Death To False Metal Festival: Inaugural August Connecticut-Based Metal Fest Tickets Now Available

Tickets are now available for the Death To False Metal Festival, set to take over the New Haven, Connecticut suburb of Hamden August 14 and 15. The inaugural booking of this now annual festival is set to include more than two dozen artists, including Whiplash, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Krieg, Secrets Of The Sky, Immortal Bird, Godhunter, Secret Cutter, Nightbitch, and more.

Born out of a desire to bring together some of the best touring acts in the world with quality local and regional metal acts, Death To False Metal Festival hopes to create what we hope will become one of the premiere metal festivals in the US. Sponsored by Metal Insider and Earsplit PR, the initial gathering will take place Friday, August 14 and Saturday the 15th at The Outer Space & Ballroom in Hamden, just outside of New Haven, Connecticut.

Advance tickets for both days of Death To False Metal Festival are now available:

Death To False Metal Festival also was recently featured in a festival season guide at Heavy Blog Is Heavy:

Death To False Metal Festival 2015 Lineup:
8/14/2015 The Outer Space & Ballroom – Hamden, CT
w/ Whiplash, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Vengeance, Bedroom Rehab Corporation

8/15/2015 The Outer Space & Ballroom – Hamden, CT
w/ Krieg, Secrets Of The Sky, Immortal Bird, Destroyer Of Light, Godhunter, Secret Cutter, Tomb & Thirst, Grizzlor, Archaic Decapitator

*** PRESS RELEASE #14 ***
-In Defence To Release DON’T F*CK WITH THE DUNGEON MASTER Album; “Tacos Til Death” Now Playing At New Noise Magazine

Minneapolis, Minnesota mosh instigators In Defence will independently unleash their face-displacing fourth full-length, DON’T F*CK WITH THE DUNGEON MASTER, later this month, and today the act wages war on the pizza industry with an exclusive premiere of “Tacos Til Death” via New Noise Magazine.

Proclaims the unruly In Defence mob to the triangle-consuming slaves of America, “This song is a declaration of war against the pizza-loving industry, and their efforts to brainwash the masses into buying that abomination that they still have the audacity to call ‘food’ will no longer be tolerated. For far too long the Taco has been belittled and under-represented. This will go on no longer. Today is our day. We are legion. Tacos Till Death.” The featured track runs alongside a gnarly tour diary of the band’s Southeastern US tour earlier this year.

As the salsa drips from your raised, bleeding fist, deploy In Defence’s “Tacos Til Death” via New Noise Magazine:

Early in the year the band also leaked the album-opening “Unholy Water” through Noisey right here:

Jamming 11 rapid, jaw-clenching audio attacks into their latest release, In Defence delivers their most damaging degeneracy to date on DON’T F*CK WITH THE DUNGEON MASTER. Recorded, engineered, and mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Studios, and mixed by Joel Grind at Audiosiege, the Twin Cities terrors bring their most outwardly tongue-in-cheek lyrical lashings and hyperspeed riff-bashings to date to the plate on their newest monstrosity. Appropriately lunatic cover art by Andrei Bouzikov overtakes the cover of this new brutalizer, which will see release directly through the band on CD and digital outlets on June 16. Preorders for the record are live at .

1. Unholy Water
2. Tacos Til Death
3. Guns Don’t Belong In Schools, Swords Do!
4. Don’t F*ck With The Dungeon Master
5. No One Survives The Death Pit
6. A.D.H.D.T.V.
7. Fun With Beer (Projectile Partying)
8. Grill And Be Grilled
9. Amber Waves Of Lame
10. Refrigerator: The Energy Efficient Household Appliance That Eats People
11. Circle Pit The Casket

Following their Southeastern US tour earlier this year, and a hometown record release show for DON’T F*CK WITH THE DUNGEON MASTER in recent days, In Defence is booking new live excursions for the second half of 2015. Already confirmed to take part in the upcoming Full Terror Assault Fest in Cave-In Rock, Illinois September 10 – 12 with the likes of Napalm Death, Obituary, Terrorizer, Eyehategod, and more, the band is working on locking down a West Coast tour in August, a European tour in September and October, and a trek to Japan and Australia in November. Stand by for updates on the impending worldwide invasion of this crew’s unstoppable live madness!

In Defence Live Actions:
9/10-12/2015 Full Terror Assault Fest – Cave-In Rock, IL w/ Napalm Death, Obituary, Terrorizer, Eyehategod

In Defence has proven themselves as a diehard annihilation squad, with an imposing recording resume and untamable fascination with on-stage mayhem. Having formed as a more straightforward hardcore act in 2006, the quartet’s volatile brew quickly decayed into more of a thrash-inspired crossover attack, the sound they’ve dominated in the studio and live ever since. While steadily pushing for positive societal change and unity, their methodology is heavily party and satire-infiltrated versus taking a preacher’s stance with their views. Bringing together headbangers and punks to circle pit in unity, In Defence has crossed the US multiple times a year, having toured and/or shared the stage with The Casualties, Toxic Holocaust, MDC, DRI, Cro-Mags, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Danzig, and Municipal Waste among countless others, in addition to having toured in Puerto Rico and 14 countries in Europe.

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-Wacken Metal Battle Canada Announce Vesperia 2015 National Final Champion

ONE BAND RULES THEM ALL! Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce Vesperia as this year’s 2015 winner. The band was crowned champion after performing alongside Medevil (Vancouver), Blëed (Edmonton), Endless Chaos (Winnipeg), Midnight Malice (Toronto), and Nordheim (Quebec City) who represented the top six metal talents out of 120 competing bands from ten participating cities across Canada.

“We are very proud to present Vesperia’s brand of epic melodic metal to the mighty Wacken festival. This makes it two wins for front man Morgan Rider who played bass for Crimson Shadows during their 2013 win and has been a very active player in the Canadian metal scene for many years. It’s great to see him succeed and carry the torch with Vesperia,” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.

Vesperia will now move on to perform at the 11th international Wacken Metal Battle (participating countries can be found here: ) at the world’s largest metal festival Wacken Open Air (July 30 – August 1) in Wacken, Germany, which has attendance of over 80,000 people.

The final took place on June 6 at Opera House in Toronto, ON and was judged by Annihilator’s Jeff Waters and Mike Harshaw, Noel Peters (Inertia Entertainment), Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle of Filth), Tim Henderson (, and David Bottrill (Producer, Mixer).

About the finalists:

Endless Chaos
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Members: Jorden Gerbrandt – Vocals, Mike Menza – Rhythm/Lead Guitar, Mike Toews – Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Jeff Humarang – Bass, James Burton – Drums
Genre: Blackened Thrash and Death Metal

Abrasive, energetic, and chaotic, Winnipeg, Manitoba’s death/thrash five-piece Endless Chaos is on a mission to get metal fans feeding off its energy and to bring chaos into their world.

After sharing the stage with Skeletonwitch, 3 Inches Of Blood, Wretched, Aborted, and Kataklysm, the band’s direction was clear and Endless Chaos set out to carefully craft its debut EP, REJECTED ATROCITY.

Inspired by one of the finest horror movies of all time, “Re-Animator,” REJECTED ATROCITY will “give you the best taste of what’s to come of Endless Chaos,” says vocalist Jordan Dorge. “When we were writing these songs, we really took in everything we love about death, thrash, and black metal and incorporated it into Endless Chaos.”

All there’s left to do now is bring forth the endless chaos.

Hometown: Chilliwack, BC
Members: Liam Collingwood – Vocals, Gary Cordsen – Guitar, Brett Gibbs – Guitar, Eric Wesa – Bass, Ross Collingwood – Drums
Genre: Heavy Metal

New to the world of metal, though not afraid to show what they’re made of, Medevil came buzzing through into the heavy scene. With a combination of ’80s thrash and diverse progressive sections, they have already proven a lot of their capabilities to their growing fan base.

The band, born in 2014 by Liam (vocals), Eric (bass) and Ross (drums), was formed to help prove to the world that heavy metal is still going strong even in this modern day. After two years of writing and polishing their sound, as well as the inclusion of two powerhouse guitar players Gary and Brett, they finally began to prove what they’re made of to the live audiences throughout Abbotsford and Vancouver. The response: a roaring crowd.

When Ross joined the band he brought in a unique flavor of drumming, influenced by both System Of A Down and Foo Fighters. With this, and Liam’s own Metal Church-esque style of writing, they created the perfect combination of powerful-fast riffs.

Though they love playing in Vancouver and Abbotsford, Medevil have their minds set on the horizon. To enjoy the energy of playing live and treating the world to their original and unique brand of metal is what they are built to do. They continue to work hard and pursue their ambitious dream.

Midnight Malice
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Members: Caleb Beal – Guitar/Vocals, Hunter Raymond – Drums, Tom Gervais – Bass
Genre: Heavy Metal

Midnight Malice are a Heavy Metal band from Toronto. Heavy in the vein of W.A.S.P., Judas Priest, and Motorhead, Midnight Malice’s debut CD THE PROVING GROUNDS was released January 24, 2014.

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Members: Rob – Vocals, Ron – Guitar, Mike – Bass, Chuck – Drums
Genre: Heavy Metal / Thrash Metal

Pulverizing thrash/death metal that hits you like a bloody knife to the face! Blëed is a horror themed theatrical metal band from Edmonton. With a ferocious heavy sound and a stage show to coincide with the music, Blëed is sure to entertain the crowd.

Hometown: Lévis, Québec
Members: Warraxe – Vocals/Rhythm Guitars, Fred – Lead Guitars, Benfok – Bass/Backing Vocals, Loup – Keyboard, Lucas – Drum
Genre: Folk Metal

Everything started on a particularly not very eventful night back in 2006. Warraxe and Benfok started to create what would eventually be known as “Far Away”. After the first draft of a song that seems to kick some ass, the two men decided it was time to push the project further so they started their quest to find other musicians to complete the band. That quest was long and hard because these musicians not only needed to be serious and talented, they also needed to be compatible with the inferior brains of Warraxe and Benfok. Freydrick was the first one to join the troops… armed with his blonde beard. Then came the protector of thy unholy keyboard, Dark Dreamer, whose evil was just so… evil. Other musicians joined the band as well but due to conflicting schedule, they went on some other path. The horde was almost complete. Warraxe chose the path of the guitar player/singer and his brother-in-law chose the keyboard but a drummer was still missing.

Then from the frozen guts of Hiverna, a troll named Bardunor rose and joined the horde. Unfortunately this troll had to go back to his cave but his quest with the braves folks from Nordheim is not completed… some beer barrels still needs to be drank… but that’s another tale. Then a very old friend came out of the shadows and claimed: “I can play drums… I can play f*cking fast!” So Phil Poul joined and replaced Bardunnor. He contributed to the demo and to the first album LOST IN THE NORTH. Some years passed but in 2011, Phil Poul departed from the band, opening the door for a Red Bearded Viking, the seducing Lucas Biron (Kälter) who joined the barbarian brotherhood. They then loaded the longship and started the quest for their next barrel of potion called REFILL. Soon after the release of the second album, Thom, the brother-in-law of Warraxe had to leave in order to fight the stone cold armies of the east. But during the summer of 2014, they heard a far-away howl… followed by some notes from a piano…

These notes came from a young wolf called the Loup-Gab of America. Since then, the band is complete. Nordheim is ready to sail through many perilous travels aboard their troll longship!

Hometown: Toronto
Members: Morgan Rider – Vocals/Bass, Casey Elliott – Guitar, Frankie Caracci – Guitar, Dylan Gowan – Drums
Genre: Canadian Epic Melodic Metal!

The cloudy beginnings of Vesperia lay etched in the gorged bodies of former musical projects among the now four-piece band. Twisting, writhing, and forcing their aural onslaught upon metal audiences across the globe have sincerely ensured the band’s continuity through all the harsh and arduous battles modern metal bands are sure to encounter in their tenures.

Originally formed in 2005 by lead vocalist/bassist Morgan Rider as a black metal band, the sound, direction and theme of the music naturally evolved into the style of fierce and heroic metal the band is now known for. Shortly after releasing their long overdue brand melodic metal 2011 full-length VOYAGE FROM VINLAND, Vesperia redefined their purpose and direction once and finally with their 2012 demo THE SWORDSMAN and 2013 full-length AN OLDEN TALE, drawing the ears and attention of metal fans around the world and demonstrating their true mastery of their craft.

With the most fierce music written to date and a bounty of opportunity awaiting, Vesperia hungrily eye 2015 as the year they will make their mark upon the Earth.

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is part of an international competition where bands from across the country in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City will 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 25 years. Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013 winners – video at Wacken – ) and Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners – video at Wacken – ) have had that honor playing in front of thousands. This year’s festival will be taking place from July 30 to August 1.

How it works:
Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals from the months of January to May 2015 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 26th edition of Wacken Open Air taking place from July 30 to August 1. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.

The finalists will be selected as follows:
1 finalist from BC (Vancouver & Victoria will face off)
1 finalist from Alberta (Calgary & Edmonton will face off)
2 finalists from Ontario (Toronto vs. Ottawa will face off)
1 finalist from Quebec (Montreal & Quebec City will face off)
1 finalist from Saskatoon or Winnipeg (Saskatoon and Winnipeg will face off)


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-About Heavy Metal’s list of 2000 Best Heavy Metal Albums is online at .

-Check out Rock Cellar Magazine’s walking tour essay of sites related to Aerosmith’s history at .

-Check out an interview with Paul Rodgers about the recent deluxe edition reissues of Bad Company’s s/t and STRAIGHT SHOOTER at .

-The pre-order phase for Blizzard Hunter’s debut, HEAVY METAL TO THE VEIN (Pure Underground Records), has begun at ; order before the June 19 release date and save 1 Euro. Check out an album teaser at and the video for the title track at .

-The BulletBoys announced the Swedish rock band Killer Bee, featuring UFO’s Paul Chapman, will join them and L.A. Guns with Tracii Guns on the “Armed Alliance Tour” in July:

7/8 – Thunder Alley, Oklahoma City, OK
7/9 – Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
7/10 – Concert Pub North, Houston, TX
7/11 – The Gatsby, Austin, TX
7/12 – Boozehounds, San Antonio, TX
7/13 – Barataria Live, Marrero, LA
7/14 – Rockhouse Live, Memphis, TN
7/17 – Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
7/18 – Jewel Nightclub, Manchester, NH
7/20 – Eddie Trunk Show – Live – New York, NY
7/21 – Gramercy Theater, New York, NY (Eddie Trunk to host)
7/22 – Rock Pile East, Toronto, ON
7/24 – The Token Lounge, Westland, MI
7/25 – Tailgaters, Bolingbrook, IL
7/26 – GB Leighton’s Pickle Park, Fridley, MN
7/29 – Aftershock, Merriam, KS
7/30 – Peak 31, Colorado Springs, CO

The BulletBoys then have a couple dates lined up for August:

8/15 – Cathouse Live Festival, Irvine, CA
8/27 – 80s In The Park Festival, Melbourne, FL

See , , and for more.

-Cherie Currie (The Runaways) has a new solo album out called REVERIE, featuring production and co-writes from the late Kim Fowley, and guest spots from Lita Ford and Mitch Perry. Track list: “Reverie,” “Inner You,” “Is It Day Or Night?” (Runaways cover), “Shades Of Me,” “Queen Of The Asphalt Jungle,” “American Nights” (Runaways cover), “Dark World,” “Believe,” “I’m Happy,” “Another Dream.” Check out a new interview at , and see and for more.

-Deathwish, the “Wisconsin-based speed punk crossover quartet,” is heading out on the road this week as follows:

6/10 – Sandbox, El Paso, TX (w/ Raw Power)
6/11 – Yucca Tap Room, Tempe, AZ (w/ Raw Power)
6/12 – Til 2, San Diego, CA (w/ Raw Power)
6/13 – Los Globos, Los Angeles, CA (w/ Raw Power)
6/14 – 924 Gilman, Berkeley, CA (w/ Raw Power)
6/15 – 755 After Dark, Santa Rosa, CA (w/ Raw Power)
6/16 – Panic Room, Portland, OR (w/ Raw Power, Dirty Kid Discount)
6/17 – Boreal, Eugene, OR (w/ Raw Power, Dirty Kid Discount)
6/17 – Old Nick’s, Eugene, OR (w/ Raw Power, Dirty Kid Discount)
6/18 – Ground Zero, Reno, NV (w/ Raw Power, Dirty Kid Discount)
6/19 – Boing Anarchist Collective, Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Raw Power, Dirty Kid Discount)
6/20 – 7th Circle, Denver, CO (w/ Raw Power, Dirty Kid Discount)
6/21 – Flux Capacitor, Colorado Springs, CO (w/ Dirty Kid Discount)
6/22 – The Hive, Flagstaff, AZ (w/ Dirty Kid Discount)
6/23 – Yucca Tap Room, Tempe, AZ (w/ Dirty Kid Discount)
6/24 – Sky Bar, Tucson, AZ (w/ Dirty Kid Discount)
6/25 – TBA, Los Angeles, CA (w/ Tulsa Doom)
6/27 – Cruststock 3 @ The Music Hall, Anaheim, CA
6/28 – TBA
6/29 – The Dive Bar, Las Vegas, NV (w/ Victims, Roac)
7/1 – TBA, Salt Lake City, UT (w/ All Systems Fail, Roac)
7/2 – Chain Reaction Records, Colorado Springs, CO (w/ Roac)
7/3 – VFW, Rapid City, SD
7/4 – The Hexagon, Minneapolis, MN
7/5 – The Train Station, Appleton, WI

Hype: “Deathwish deploys a motorcharged style of metallic punk that annihilates everything in its path.” The band’s debut, OUT FOR BLOOD, is out now through Beer City Skateboards And Records and is available at . Check out the title track at and “Deathwish” at . See and for more.

-Demona’s 2015 7″ vinyl EP is due out July 20 via Hells Headbangers, with the tracks “Chasing the Speed” and “Allura Red.” About the release: “Hells Headbangers is proud to present a special 7″ EP from speed metal cult Demona, simply titled 2015. Longtime fans of the band — founded and led by metal goddess Tanza Speed, who originally hails from Chile but now resides in Canada — Hells Headbangers secured two exclusive tracks here, ‘Allura Red’ and the telltale ‘Chasing The Speed,’ which both continue the band’s manic speed metal madness. Like the second coming of Sentinel Beast meets Original Sin, Demona whip up a fury across 2015, keeping the attack at high intensity yet never losing their inherent catchiness. Joining vocalist/guitarist Tanza Speed on this EP is Desaster drummer Tormentor, with additional recording assistance by Midnight live guitarist Commandor Vanik and mastered by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind. No time like 2015 to finally recognize Demona’s metal might!”

-The French trio Glowsun’s “instrumental psychedelic rock” album BEYOND THE WALL OF TIME is due out between June 26 and July 7 on Napalm Records. Track list: “Arrow Of Time,” “Last Watchmaker’s Grave,” “Behind The Moon,” “Flower Of Mist,” “Shadow Of Dreams,” “Against The Clock,” “Endless Caravan.” Hype: “From the start the listener is kidnapped by the spherical sound, between enormous atmospheric compositions with pure rock riffs and psychedelic melodies perfectly intertwined into this scenery.” Upcoming tour dates:

6/11 – Glazart, Paris, France
6/12 – Warmaudio, Lyon, France
6/13 – Le Volume, Nice, France
6/14 – Lo Fi, Milano, Italy
6/15 – Kinski, Zurich, Switzerland
6/16 – Feierwerk, München, Germany
6/19 – Hellfest, Clisson, France
6/20 – Stoned Peeble Night, Dieppe, France

See and for more.

-Goatsnake’s first album in 15 years, BLACK AGE BLUES, is out now through Southern Lord Recordings. Track list: “Another River To Cross,” “Elevated Man,” “Coffee & Whiskey,” “Black Age Blues,” “House Of The Moon,” “Jimi’s Gone,” “Graves,” “Grandpa Jones,” “A Killing Blues.” The whole album is streaming at , and different formats — including a double vinyl version with two bonus tracks — are available at , , and . Hype: “Goatsnake’s BLACK AGE BLUES closes a 15-year gap between full-length albums from the revered act, without a doubt making it one of the most highly anticipated doom/metal releases of 2015. With nearly 50 minutes of their most soulful yet boisterous material to date, the quartet expands their already mammoth tones and pummeling rock riffs with a variety of additional influences and elements, and guest contributions from a variety of players including David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M) and soul vocal trio Dem Preacher’s Daughters, comprised of Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit.” The band consists of singer Pete Stahl (Scream), guitarist Greg Anderson (Sunn O)))), bassist Scott Renner, and drummer Greg Rogers (The Obsessed), and will headline Crucialfest on June 20 in Salt Lake City, UT. See for more.

-Hard Action’s SINISTER VIBES is streaming now in full at . The album is due out June 12 on Svart Records, and has this track list: “Dead Dogs,” “Chosen Few,” “Cut To The Bone,” “Night Moves,” “Deadweight (Cut Me Loose),” “Watch Me Burn,” “Hey You,” “Sinister Vibes,” “Gunpoint,” “No Lesson Learned.” The band consists of Günter Kivioja (Chestburster) on guitar and vocals, Ville Valavuo (Speedtrap, Death Toll 80K) on guitar, A-P Heinola (First Times) on bass, and Markus Hietamies (Speedtrap, Forced Kill) on drums. Album hype: “The music is deeply rooted in 1970s rock and late ’70s punk rock, and the simple-yet-catchy songs are topped with burning-hot lead-guitar parts, so expect nothing less than an album filled with electric guitar-worshipping rock music. This album will definitely be one of the highlights of Finnish rock music in 2015.” See and for more.

-Leatherwolf update… Former guitarists Carey Howe and Geoff Gayer have re-teamed with WORLD ASYLUM-era singer Wade Black and are reportedly working on new material, with the band/project title TBA. Leatherwolf original band members Michael Olivieri (vocals, guitar) and Dean Roberts (drums) — who have been touring and round out their lineup with guitarists Rob Math and Greg Erba, and bassist Pat Guyton — issued a statement at clarifying the Howe/Gayer/Black project cannot legally use the name Leatherwolf. See for more, and check out an interview with Howe and Black at .

-Neal Morse will have another night of worship at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, TN, on June 13. The free event runs from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. and includes “intimate fellowship, worship, and inspiration with Neal Morse and friends.” See for more.

-Orpheus Blade, a female-fronted Israeli progressive metal band, has released its debut album WOLF’S CRY on Pitch Black Records. Main woman Adi Bitran was joined in the studio by Gal Ben Haim on guitar, Edi Lemishov on bass, and Shaked Furman on drums, with Henning Basse (Metalium, Epysode) on male vocals; the live lineup includes Gil David on guitar, Max Mann on bass, Omer Furman on keyboards, and Or Benozio on drums. Band hype: “Progressive and heavy metal, film music and musicals, a concept fantasy that is really an allegory to real life endeavors — these are just some of the cornerstones of Orpheus Blade, a project led by talented singer/songwriter Adi Bitran.” Album hype: “WOLF’S CRY is an eclectic collection of shapes and colors. It’s metal that goes hand in hand with film music and orchestrations, offering layers upon layers of cruel guitars and carefully written lyrics. It will hold much of your own essence in it along with your life-long demons. It is not only the epic fantasy it holds inside, but also a journey into your deepest emotions, to the burning core of the beast that lurks inside. It’s always dark there, always restless and maybe you too will find yourself in this scenery; one that Orpheus Blade have bled to create.” Track list: “Shadows Still,” “The Finest Art Of Feeding,” “The Becoming,” “Under Dying Stars,” “In Sickness And In Hell,” “The Death Of All Morrows,” “Dismissal,” “In Terms Of Twilight,” “Because He’s Made Of Flesh,” “For Each Man Kills,” “Chronicles,” “The Man Who Cried Wolf,” “Shapeshifter.” Check out the lyric video for “The Becoming” at , and see and for more.

-Psychostick’s new lyric video for “Blue Screen” is online now at . The song comes from IV: REVENGE OF THE VENGEANCE, out now and with this track list: “Revenge Of The Vengeance,” “Obey The Beard,” “President Rhino,” “H-Flat,” “So. Heavy.,” “Dogs Like Socks,” “Super Legit OFFICIAL Teaser #2 Explode,” “Quack Kills,” “Blue Screen,” “NSFW” (featuring Green Jello’s Bill Manspeaker), “Danger Zone” (Kenny Loggins cover), “New To The Neighborhood,” “Loathe Thy Neighbor,” “AWESOME!,” “Choking Hazard,” “Fight To The Death,” “Bruce Campbell,” “Trick Or Treat,” “Dimensional Time Portal,” “The Power Of Metal Compels You,” “Outtakes IV: The Outtakening.” The “kings of parody metal” are hitting the road with Wolfborne, and singer Kersey had this to say: “Like Bruce Campbell fending off the Deadites, we have to load our van up like a boomstick and unleash jagged, chunky musical shards of METAL upon the country with Wolfborne. We’re even headin’ up to Canada this time! First they’ll wanna kill us, then they’ll wanna kiss us.” Tour dates:

7/18 – Vintage Villians, Danville, IL
7/22 – Outland Ballroom, Springfield, MO
7/23 – The Conservatory, Oklahoma City, OK
7/24 – Dallas Gaming Expo @ Crowne Plaza Hotel, Addison, TX
7/28 – Hi Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN
7/29 – Southport Hall, New Orleans, LA
7/30 – Alchemy Tavern, Mobile, AL
7/31 – Atmosphere, Tallahassee, FL
8/1 – West End Trading Co., Sanford, FL
8/2 – State Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
8/4 – New Brookland Tavern, Columbia, SC
8/5 – The Concourse @ The International, Knoxville, TN
8/6 – The Warehouse, Clarksville, TN
8/7 – Thompson House, Newport, KY
8/8 – Dirtfest, Birch Run, MI
8/9 – Rockpile West, Toronto, ON
8/10 – Club Absinthe, Hamilton, ON
8/11 – Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
8/13 – Santos Party House, New York City, NY
8/14 – Hard Times Cafe, Hagerstown, MD
8/15 – Montage Music Hall, Rochester, NY
8/16 – Basement Transmissions, Erie, PA
8/18 – Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
8/19 – Lafayette Events Center, Lafayette, IN
8/21 – Geek Kon, Madison, WI
8/22 – WIIL Rock Fest, Franksville, WI

See for more.

-The current Weekly Featured Product from Radiant Records is Dave Bainbridge’s (Iona) CELESTIAL FIRE. Hype: “In his second solo album, Iona co-founder Dave Bainbridge merges the Celtic, progressive, spiritual, folk-rock influenced soundscapes of Iona with a larger than usual dollop of … ‘progressive rock’ type musical adventuring. Building on the foundations of what has gone past, but sounding fresh and new, this is music that transports you to another place!” More info and purchasing instructions are at .

-Sacrilege has signed a global deal with Pure Steel Records, to release the new album SIX6SIX on July 3. The band’s lineup consists of Bill Beadle on vocals and guitar, Tony Vanner on lead guitar, Jeff Rolland on bass and backing vocals, and Neil Turnbull (Dervish) on drums. See and for more.

-Shotgun Messiah’s self-titled debut (1989) and follow-up SECOND COMING (1991) have been re-mastered and reissued by Divebomb Records. Each release comes with an excellent booklet (20 and 16 pages, respectively) with lyrics, new liner notes, and vintage photos, interviews, and press clippings. (Bonus cool factoid: Enertia’s Joe Paciolla helped compile the booklet goodies.)

-The new FX series “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” starring Denis Leary as Johnny Rock, lead singer of The Heathens, premieres July 16. Check out the title sequence (featuring The Heathens) at .

-Unleash The Archers’ TIME STANDS STILL will be released between June 26 and July 7 in various global territories by Napalm Records. The band consists of Brittney Slayes on vocals, Grant Truesdell and Andrew Kingsley on guitar, Kyle Sheppard on bass, and Scott Buchanan on drums. Hype: “Canadian shooting stars Unleash The Archers have been on the road since their inception in 2007. Since then they have created an immensely loyal North American fan base. With a fresh sound, precise songwriting and the incredible feeling for heaviness and melodies, this power quintet with singer Brittney Slayes are now ready to take the rest of the world. Their new studio album TIME STANDS STILL is fast-paced and wildly entertaining; the combination of power vocals, death screams, tasty guitar licks, and complex drumming provide a little something for everyone. TIME STANDS STILL is kick ass heavy metal with fist-pumping anthemic melodies you can’t help but sing along to.” Track list: “Northern Passage,” “Frozen Steel,” “Hail Of The Tide,” “Tonight We Ride” (video: ), “Test Your Metal,” “Crypt,” “No More Heroes,” “Dreamcrusher,” Going Down Fighting,” “Time Stands Still.” See and for more.

-During 2015 tour dates, Y&T continues to film footage for a documentary that’s tentatively due out in late spring 2016. From the band’s newsletter: “Horns Up… Ready your horns for when the cameras turn to you. On tour the past two months, there was constant filming for the Y&T documentary, and filming will continue from the road throughout the year — especially at shows. Who knows? You might make it into the documentary, even as a face in the crowd.” Tour dates:

6/11 – Charles Brown Auditorium, Bishop, CA (all ages)
6/12 – Knitting Factory Concert House, Reno, NV (all ages)
6/13 – Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Lincoln, CA (w/ Tesla)
7/18 – Bang Your Head!!! Festival, Balingen, Germany
7/25 – Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, Wales, UK
8/7 – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA (all ages)
10/1 – Sala Zentral, Pamplona, Spain
10/2 – Jimmy Jazz, Vitoria, Spain
10/3 Escenario Santander, Santander, Spain
10/4 – Sala Acapulco, Gijon, Spain
10/7 – Vulkan Arena, Oslo, Norway
10/9 – Debaser Medis, Stockholm, Sweden
10/10 – Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden
10/11 – Denim & Leather, Jonkoping, Sweden
10/13 – De Kreun, Jonkoping, Sweden
10/15 – Gebouw T, Bergen Op Zoom, Netherlands
10/16 – Poppodium Romein, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
10/17 – Gebr De Nobel, Leiden, Netherlands
10/18 – Poppodium Nieuwe Nor, Heerlen, Netherlands
10/21 – Kubana Live Club, Siegburg, Germany
10/23 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
10/24 – Blues Garage, Isernhagen, Germany
10/25 – Downtown Bluesclub, Hamburg, Germany
10/28 – The Brook, Southampton, UK
10/30 – Robin 2, Bilston, UK
10/31 – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
11/1 – The Globe, Cardiff, UK
11/3 – Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
11/5 – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, UK
11/6 – O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
11/7 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
11/8 – The Tivoli Venue, Buckley, UK
11/10 – Opium Rooms, Dublin, Ireland
11/11 – The Limelight 1, Belfast, N. Ireland
11/13 – O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford, UK
11/20 – 11/21 – Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA
4/22/2016 – The Tower Theatre For Performing Arts, Fresno, CA

The band is also set to appear on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2016; see for all the latest tour dates. See and for more.

Thanks to Chipster PR, Pure Steel Promotions, Audacious PR, VQPR, Megan Batista, Ken Sharp, Jon Freeman, Michael Haifl, Dave Brenner, Chad Bowar, Jon Asher, and Chris Epting for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus #668 Bruce Dickinson, Whitesnake, Death Angel

21 May 2015 Leave a comment

Issue #668
Week of May 18, 2015

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-We rented the kids movie “Strange Magic” the other day, and it was *extremely* musical, including versions and snippets of The Doors’ “People Are Strange,” Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” ELO’s “Strange Magic,” Heart’s “Barracuda,” and a ton of other pop songs. I was floored when the main bad guy started singing “Mistreated.” I said, “Wow, Deep Purple!” My 10-year-old thought the scene was cool and said, “This is a great song.” I was kinda proud. The next day I sneakily threw disc 2 of Dio’s INFERNO live album in the car stereo, and when “Mistreated” started up, from the back seat I hear, “Deep Purple! Sweet!” I was really proud. :) (Rest assured, yes, one day I will explain the Deep Purple / Rainbow / Dio family tree but for now it’s all good.) – Tim

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-Bruce Dickinson Update

[Note: This was posted last week at . – Tim]

We are very happy to announce that following his recent MRI Scan, Bruce was today officially given the all-clear by his specialists.

Bruce says,

“I would like to thank the fantastic medical team who have been treating me for the last few months, resulting in this amazing outcome. It’s been tough on my family and in many ways it was harder for them than me. I’d also like to send a heartfelt thanks to all our fans for their kind words and thoughts. I’m a firm believer in trying to maintain a positive attitude, and the encouragement from the global Maiden family meant a great deal to me. Right now, I’m feeling extremely motivated and can’t wait to get back to business as usual, as soon as I can!”

Rod Smallwood continues,

“We are of course all absolutely delighted that Bruce’s doctors have pronounced him free of cancer. Although Bruce is naturally eager to resume Maiden activities, it will take a while before he is completely back to full strength, as we explained previously. Because of this, the band will not be touring or playing any shows until next year. We know our fans will understand the situation and, like us, would prefer to wait until Bruce is back to his usual indefatigable levels of fitness before going out on the road.

“For now, the focus will be on putting the finishing touches to the new Iron Maiden studio album and that is what we will be concentrating on over the coming weeks. The release however will definitely be this year. Meanwhile, I’d like to echo Bruce’s words and thank all Maiden fans. You have been incredibly patient, putting Bruce’s health and well-being first during this difficult time and the band and I appreciate all your positive support.”

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-Whitesnake Releases THE PURPLE ALBUM

What many promise, but few can guarantee is what the loud and proud Whitesnake have always delivered and with their 12th studio opus THE PURPLE ALBUM once again their hard core fans are about to be surprised again by the ‘Snake.

Recorded and mixed by legendary front man and Whitesnake founder David Coverdale with Co-Producers Michael McIntyre and Snake guitarist Reb Beach and at Hook City Studios in Reno Nevada, THE PURPLE ALBUM draws on the songs from the three Deep Purple Mark 3 and 4 studio albums featuring Coverdale: BURN, STORMBRINGER, and COME TASTE THE BAND.

All the songs on the new album are presented as a respectful tribute to his former colleagues and pay homage to the band who started him on an amazing musical journey over 40 years ago that continues today.

“Even though we’re playing songs I recorded with Purple over 40 years ago, it has all the classic Whitesnake elements people who support us have come to expect…” says Coverdale, “I thought it would be cool to go out, as it were, the way I came in to this music business.”

From the opening track, the incendiary classic “Burn” through to the sonic insanity of “Stormbringer” Yorkshire-born David Coverdale brings his career full circle from when a 21-year-old singer/song writer bravely answered a music press ad to become the new lead singer for Deep Purple in 1973.

After leaving Deep Purple in 1976 Coverdale formed the original Whitesnake in 1977, and began a journey that has taken him from the early heavy blues rock of the late ’70s with albums like TROUBLE, LOVEHUNTER, READY AND WILLING, and COME AN’ GET IT through to the explosive hard rock of the revamped ‘Snake sound with the multi-platinum SLIDE IT IN and 1987’s self-titled mega-million-selling smash-hit album WHITESNAKE.

“People have been asking me for many years to revisit Purple songs like ‘Mistreated’ and ‘Soldier Of Fortune’ with Whitesnake, but I always felt like I should be writing new, fresh Whitesnake songs for the fans.

“In 2012 I was told by a representative of the old Purple management that keyboard maestro Jon Lord, who had worked with me in Whitesnake, too, had been diagnosed with cancer and that Jon’s wish on his recovery would be that we put together a Purple reunion of sorts. I agreed to be there for him. As we all know, sadly he didn’t recover. After Jon passed away, I felt it necessary to reach out to Ritchie Blackmore to express the grief at Jon’s loss and to hopefully bury any unpleasant hatchets we’d been throwing at other for decades. It was during our reconnect that we discussed the possibility of some kind of a Purple reunion or a ‘Blackmore/Coverdale’ project. During the time we were talking, I started listening to our old albums and began working on ideas and new approaches to suggest, rearranging some of our original works. Unfortunately, our ideas on the reunion aspect didn’t quite gel, so I respectfully withdrew from further discussions, though I am happy to say we did bury old animosities and we have thankfully stayed in touch.”

It was Coverdale’s wife, Cindy, who suggested that he take his ideas and make a new Whitesnake studio album celebrating his legacy from his time with Deep Purple. “And that’s how it all happened. I discussed the idea with my musicians and our record company and everyone was very positive. So it was all systems go for THE PURPLE ALBUM.”

Coverdale and the band picked their favorite Purple songs from Mark 3 and 4 and set to work at Whitesnake’s new recording studio, Hook City in Reno, Nevada.

They also shot the four new promotional videos “Lady Double Dealer,” “Sail Away,” “Stormbringer,” and the immortal “Soldier Of Fortune” all on site at Hook City.

“It was a shared vision,” Coverdale says. “Every member of the band came to the sessions fully loaded with ideas and talent and helped make this a memorable project for me.”

Whitesnake now brings you THE PURPLE ALBUM, featuring ‘Snaked up versions of those beloved Purple classics many will be introduced to for the first time and with a seriously kick-ass chapter of the band that can reinterpret these classics with the passion they deserve.

“There was absolutely no intention to compete, or compare with the original recordings. We just wanted to play these songs the best we could and this is how we wanted to play them,” says Coverdale.

And so Whitesnake is preparing to set sail with THE PURPLE ALBUM loaded with priceless treasures from the three Deep Purple studio albums Coverdale helped write and produce over 40 years ago.

Whitesnake are currently putting together dates and preparing for their 2015 THE PURPLE TOUR which will feature their biggest hits and songs from the new album.

It’s Gonna Be Great!

David Coverdale – Lead Vocals
Reb Beach – Lead Guitars
Joel Hoekstra – Lead Guitars
Michael Devin – Bass Guitar
Tommy Aldridge – Drums

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-Ten: ISLA DE MUERTA Video Sampler Posted

British hard rock giants Ten released a 16-minute video sampler, featuring song samples of their upcoming album ISLA DE MUERTA, which will be released on the 20th of May via Rocktopia Records. The European edition of the new album ISLA DE MUERTA includes the bonus track “We Can Be As One.” The video sampler can be viewed here:

Ten recently released a lyric video for the song “Tell Me What To Do” at:

Following on from the massive success of ALBION released in Nov 2014, ISLA DE MUERTA sees Ten continue their extremely rich vein of song writing form, however this time gravitating towards a nautical theme in difference to the strong Celtic themes of ALBION.

With absolutely STELLAR reviews being returned for ISLA DE MUERTA so far, many even more complimentary than ALBION, Ten have now proven that the band are re-energized and re-establishing themselves as one of the most potent forces in the field of melodic hard rock today. The lead single “Tell Me What To Do” has been the most-added track to international radio stations last week and continues to force its way into almost every rock playlist on every station across Europe, with additions also in the USA, Canada, Brazil, and, of course, Japan.

The accompanying lyric video for “Tell Me What To Do” is intended to offer the listener just a little taste of what to expect from the album, and will no doubt whet the appetite for the full release which can be ordered in advance through , the first 250 copies of which will be signed by Gary Hughes.

Track listing:

01. (i) Buccaneers (Instrumental)
(ii) Dead Men Tell No Tales
02. Tell Me What To Do
03. Acquiesce
04. This Love
05. The Dragon And Saint George
06. Intensify
07. (i) Karnak (Instrumental)
(ii) The Valley Of The Kings
08. Revolution
09. Angel Of Darkness
10. The Last Pretender
11. We Can Be As One (European Bonus)

Ten are:

Gary Hughes – Vocals
Dann Rosingana – Guitars
Steve Grocott – Guitars
John Halliwell – Guitars
Steve Mckenna – Bass
Darrel Treece-Birch – Keyboards
Max Yates – Drums

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-Death Angel To Release A THRASHUMENTARY DVD + Live Album!

San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans Death Angel are pleased to announce the release of A THRASHUMENTARY! The DVD release was directed, shot, and edited by Tommy Jones (Kataklysm, Soilwork, Lamb Of God, Carcass, Testament) of Videohammer Studios. It will be released July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. The release will also include a full live album entitled THE BAY CALLS FOR BLOOD.

You can already pre-order A THRASHUMENTARY here:

“It is with great excitement that I finally get to share this Death Angel news,” comments vocalist Mark Osegueda. “A THRASHUMENTARY is finally complete and ready for release this summer! The film tells the story of Death Angel from our inception to the present day. With many guest appearances by some of our peers and contemporaries who happen to be some of the most respected players in the genre. It covers the highs, lows, and highs again of the band and the thrash metal movement. A must have for any metal fan! The even better news is A THRASHUMENTARY will be accompanied by an official live album called THE BAY CALLS FOR BLOOD, which was recorded in our hometown of San Francisco! We are so proud of this recording and performance that we decided to release it as a live Death Angel record! Did I say record? Damn right, I did! Because it will also be available separately on limited edition vinyl for all the true metal fans! Bleed for it!”

Adds director Tommy Jones:
“What originally started out as a live music video for ‘River Of Rapture’ in 2010, has evolved into a full-scale historical documentary on the band and the thrash scene. This is the first time the band in its current lineup has been able to collectively sit down, and tell the story of how Death Angel came to be Mark, Rob, Ted, Will, and Damien. Mixed with live footage I shot in the Philippines, Asia, Germany, Europe, and North America, this project was a blast to produce. It became a true evolution from what we originally set out to do, while solidifying a lifelong friendship. I can’t wait for the Death Angel fans worldwide to be able to sit back and throw on A THRASHUMENTARY and hear/see the band’s story straight from their mouths. It’s a project I’m very proud of. It’s also something I would have never envisioned doing when I was a kid taking my guitar to my teacher to learn the solo of ‘Bored’! Thrash on!”

Not every band can rise up to be musical legends, but every once in a while a group is able to exceed all expectations and define the boundaries of a genre. Seven albums into their career and Death Angel has never been stronger or more vital to the scene. Among one of the youngest bands ever to storm the metal world, Death Angel have come to be known as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the ’80s Bay Area Thrash Metal scene. Death Angel weren’t just a band, they were family! Originally formed in 1982 by five cousins, including surviving members guitarists Rob Cavestany and vocalist Mark Osegueda, A THRASHUMENTARY tells the story of the band’s incredible musical journey and of a dream that called for blood.

1. Start
2. We Grew Up In The Bay Area Thrash Scene
3. The Original Lineup Of Death Angel
4. Kill As One
5. The Ultra Violence
6. Frolic In The Park
7. Act III
8. The Accident
9. The O
10. Swarm
11. Thrash Of The Titans
12. I Like Everything About Ted
13. The Art Of Dying
14. Killing Season
15. Relentless Revolution
16. I’m Looking For Will Carroll
17. And Then Damien Came In
18. Relentless Retribution
19. Impressions Of Suecof
20. Relentless Touring
21. Thrashers
22. Death Angel Is
23. The Last Song Of The Evening
24. Credits
25. Mistress Of Pain Live

THE BAY CALLS FOR BLOOD Bonus Live Album & Individual LP Track List:
1. Left For Dead
2. Fallen
3. Buried Alive
4. The Dream Calls For Blood
5. Execution/Don’t Save Me
6. Truce
7. Detonate
8. Bored
9. Caster Of Shame
10. Territorial Instinct/Bloodlust

-Crucified Barbara Launch New Single, “Lunatic #1,” On May 19

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — Swedish female hard rock sensations Crucified Barbara continue their worldwide takeover with the May 19 release of the new single, “Lunatic #1,” which comes from their latest album, IN THE RED, on Despotz Records.

The frantically-paced track has an accompanying video, directed by Magnus Ewald, featuring the girls running through a pasture intercut with live shots taken from a special performance for select fans at Stockholm’s Stampen club, which can be viewed at .

Front woman Mia Coldheart says, “This is one of our favorite tracks on the album, it’s fun and powerful to play live and brings energy to the crowd! The lyrics are about being in a team with someone special and together you become unstoppable — invincible! ‘Lunatic’ is named after one of the best show jumping horses in Sweden, I met his rider Jens Fredricson two years ago and he talked about how much you need to work and dedicate time to reach your goals and the top, and the inspiring meeting with him gave me the final strength and inspiration I needed to give 110% to finish the IN THE RED album. I thought the name of his best team player would be perfect to name this song. Together all of us in the band made our best album so far.”

Crucified Barbara kick off their US tour, supporting Girlschool, on May 20 in Ramona, CA, running through to June 14 in Brooklyn. The tour dates are as follows:

5/20 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
5/21 – Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
5/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky
5/24 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
5/27 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
5/28 – Seattle, WA – Studio 7
5/29 – Vancouver, BC – Venue
5/31 – Bozeman, MT – The Fault Line
6/3 – Kansas City, MO – The Scene
6/4 – Fridley, MN – GB Leighton’s Pickle Park
6/5 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
6/6 – Westland, MI – Token Lounge
6/7 – Toronto, ON – The Hard Luck
6/9 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
6/11 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
6/12 – Montreal, QC – Katacombs
6/13 – Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
6/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus

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-Ian Anderson Presents JETHRO TULL, THE ROCK OPERA

Ian Anderson, known throughout the world as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull will be performing JETHRO TULL, THE ROCK OPERA live.

Celebrating the life and times of the English agricultural inventor, the concerts tell the story of the original Jethro Tull’s life, reimagined as if in the near future and illustrated with Anderson’s best-known songs from the rock band Jethro Tull repertoire. The performance is in a quasi-operatic structure with virtual guests on video and some additional newly-written songs to round off the elements of the story.

“Heavy Horses,” “Farm On The Freeway,” and “Songs From The Wood” sit alongside “Aqualung,” “Living In The Past,” “Wind-Up,” “A New Day Yesterday,” “The Witch’s Promise,” “Locomotive Breath,” and other favorites — often with slightly re-written lyrics to better tell the tale.

Accompanied by David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums), and surprise virtual guests, Ian Anderson’s tour schedule also includes the UK followed by Russian, European and South American dates before the end of the year.

Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull have released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies since the band first performed at London’s Marquee Club in February 1968.

After undertaking more than 3,000 concerts in 40 countries throughout four decades, Anderson has typically played 100-plus concerts each year to longstanding, as well as new fans worldwide. Widely recognized as the man who introduced the flute to rock music, Ian Anderson remains the crowned exponent of the popular and rock genres of flute playing. Ian also plays ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments, providing the acoustic textures which have been an integral part of most of the Tull repertoire.

Ian Anderson’s JETHRO TULL, THE ROCK OPERA on tour:

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

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-Heretic’s Dream Signs With Sliptrick Records, Cover Artwork Posted

Italian rock/metal band Heretic’s Dream signed a worldwide deal with Sliptrick Records. Their new album FLOATING STATE OF MIND is scheduled for a release in fall 2015.

The new album marking a real change in sound and songwriting, a deep progressive metal approach revolving around multi-layered vocal melodies, richer guitars arrangements and a rock solid rhythm ground! Facing life challenges and fighting our inner demons are the main subjects of this upcoming album, Heretic’s Dream perspective on accepting the dichotomy of human feelings and what makes us worthy of being called “HUMANS.”

Heretic’s Dream recently released a video for the new single “A New Season” and can be viewed here:

Heretic’s Dream are:

Francesca Di Ventura – Lead Vocals
Andrej Surace – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Carlo Nicolucci – Guitar
Jacopo Greci – Bass
Daniele Cortese – Drums

Heretic’s Dream first two albums received very good reviews by international press and the band performed more than 100 shows in two years, supporting artists like Richie Kotzen, Crucified Barbara, Eldritch, Godyva, and Secret Sphere.

Heretic’s Dream was formed in 2010 by guitarist Andrej Surace and vocalist Francesca Di Ventura. The debut album, THE UNEXPECTED MOVE was released in 2012 and received good international reviews. The two official videos awarded as Best Recommended Videos on UnoTv in October 2012.

Heretic’s Dream’S second album, WALK THE TIME, was released in 2013. The album featured special guests like Terence Holler (Eldritch), Steve Volta (Pino Scotto’s Band), Pier Gonella (Mastercastle, Necrodeath), Gabriele Caselli (Eldritch), Marco Pastorino (Secret Sphere), and Gabriele Bellini (Pulse-R).

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-Max Pie Unveils ODD MEMORIES Album Details

Belgium-based progressive power metal band Max Pie will release their third album, ODD MEMORIES, on June 19 via Mausoleum Records. Max Pie is powerful, melodramatic with heroic choruses, soaring vocals, and mind-blowing instrumentation.

Max Pie will appeal to fans of Dream Theater, Rhapsody, Kamelot, Symphony X, and Circus Maximus. ODD MEMORIES, the most inventive and ambitious one yet featuring special guest Julien Spreutels (Epysode, Ethernity) on keyboards.

Track Listing:

1. Odd Memories Opening
2. Age Of Slavery
3. Odd Future
4. Promised Land
5. Love Hurts
6. Don’t Call My Name
7. Hold On
8. Unchain Me
9. Cyber Junkie
10. The Fountain Of Youth

ODD MEMORIES: 10 epic original and captivating progressive metal anthems!

Max Pie are:

Tony Carlino – Vocals
Damien Di Fresco – Guitars & Keyboard
Sylvain Godenne – Drums
Lucas Boudina – Bass Guitar

Founded in 2005 by vocalist Tony Carlino, Max Pie — like most other bands in their early stages — underwent a number of unavoidable lineup changes but kept on writing, rehearsing, and step-by-step building a loyal following thanks to a rigorous touring schedule and impressive stage presence.

In 2012 they released INITIAL PROCESS their debut, featuring special guests Emmanuelle Casali (DGM, Astra) on keyboards and guitarist extraordinaire Patrick Thayse. The album was both a critical and commercial success around Europe, both with the Prog-Rock crowd and hard and heavy Rock fans in general, allowing them to tour as support act for Jon Oliva’s Pain.

The follow-up EIGHT PIECES – ONE WORLD features Simone Mularoni, the mastermind of Italian prog/metal/rock masters DGM and the cyber-thrash band Empyriosto. Mularoni, in addition a celebrated producer, also mixed and mastered the album. Once again critically acclaimed around the world, they performed excerpts from this second opus while performing at festivals around Europe and touring with acts such as Symphony X, Evergrey, Fates Warning, Avantasia, and Queensrÿche.

Now, in 2015, Max Pie returns with their most inventive and ambitious album yet: ODD MEMORIES. More progressive, more melodic, more powerful.

And once again — as was the case with their two previous albums — Max Pie called on Simone Mularoni to produce ODD MEMORIES at his Domination Studio, located in the medieval-fashioned Republic of San Marino. Finally, last but not least, Didier Scohier created the stunning artwork.

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-New Jersey Band McClinton On Tour

Spring And Summer Dates With Saving Abel, Red, And Art Of Dying Confirmed

Recently signed with Jewell Lane Records, McClinton, possesses a sound that appeals to a broad fan base ranging from the ’80s Metal fans to the Modern Rockers. Bassist Peter Riot compares the McClinton sound to: “Shinedown and 3 Days Grace moving towards Pop Evil and Rev Theory.”

This creative and dynamic group is comprised Michael McClinton (Lead Vocals), Marcelo Buby (Guitar/ Vocals), Gavin Lawrence (Guitar/Vocals), Peter Riot (Bass), and Rui Balla (Drums).

McClinton is excited to announce the up and coming tour dates with Saving Abel, Red, and Art of Dying! McClinton will be debuting their hot new single “Crumble”!!!

You can view the lyric video for “Crumble” here:

Previously, their EP, NEW RISEN, was released in 2013. The song “Empty Silhouettes” accumulated accolades receiving two best of the year nominations — Rock Song of the Year at the IMEA Awards, and Akademia Music Awards for Best Rock Song. The recent release of the full-length recording, FINAL CLOSURE, spawned the standout track, “Crumble,” which is currently embarking on a major radio campaign. Bassist Peter Riot says: “Right now, we are all writing everyday, we are taking new material in a heavier direction with huge drums and giant bass groove. The sounds we are working on are sick.” Fans are loving it!

Veteran acts are taking notice of McClinton, as evidenced by key opening slots with likes of Ace Frehley, Stryper, Dio Disciples, and Kip Winger, among others. Michael McClinton said: “The experiences alone were worth every show we’ve played. These are the guys who hit the mark making music what it is today.”

Marsha Jewell, President/owner, Jewell Lane Records, said she is very excited to have McClinton signed to her label and expects great success from these hard-working, dedicated, musicians. “Michael McClinton appears to be a man of exemplary diligence, dedication, creativity, and stability. In this business these are traits that indicate to me that McClinton is highly marketable and has what it takes to give fans awesome concert experiences.”

When asked where does Michael McClinton see the band going in the future, he replied: “Future plans? We are going out on the road, meeting our fans, and making new friends. McClinton wants to share the stage with other kick-ass acts. I’m grateful to our label, Jewell Land Records, for backing our tour and putting us out there rocking our music with the fans. This is what it’s all about!”


w/ Saving Abel

5/12/2015 – Denver CO – Casselman’s
5/13/2015 – Colorado Springs CO – Sunshine Studios Live
5/16/2015 – Lubbock TX – Coho Nightclub
5/17/2015 – Broken Arrow OK – CJ Maloneys
5/20/2015 – San Antonio TX – Alamo City Music Hall

w/ Red

5/29/15 – Oklahoma City OK – Diamond Ballroom
5/30/15 – Lincoln NE – Bourbon Theatre
5/31/15 – Ft. Collins CO – Aggie Theatre
6/01/15 – Denver CO – The Summit Music Hall
6/03/15 – Farmington NM – Top Deck
6/04/15 – Tempe , AZ – Marquee Theatre
6/05/15 – Tucson AZ – Rialto Theatre
6/06/15 – Las Vegas NV – Brooklyn Bowl
6/07/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
6/09/15 – West Hollywood CA – Whisky A Go Go
6/11/15 – Anaheim , CA – House Of Blues
6/12/15 – San Miguel , CA – The Ranch
6/13/15 – Sacramento , CA – Ace of Spades
6/17/15 – San Francisco CA – DNA Lounge
6/20/15 – Portland OR – Bossanova
6/21/15 – Seattle WA – El Corazon
6/23/15 – Boise ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
6/24/15 – Reno NV – Knitting Factory Concert House

w/ Art of Dying

7/3/2015 – Las Vegas NV – Count’s Vamp’d
7/8/2015 – Dallas TX – Trees
7/9/2015 – Corpus Christi TX – Theos
7/10/2015 – Houston TX – BFE Rock Club
7/11/2015 – San Leon TX – 18th Street Pier
7/15/2015 – Saint Joseph MO – No Place
7/17/2015 – Westland MI – Token Lounge
7/18/2015 – Traverse City MI – Ground Zero

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* To Premiere Performance Video From Virtuoso Alek Darson

BOSTON — will host the worldwide premiere of virtuoso guitarist Alek Darson’s “Fingers Painted Purple Performance Video.”

“Fingers Painted Purple Performance Video” is a live rendition of the hidden track from Darson’s debut EP, PANOPTICON. The video features new and unexplored instruments such as ROLI Seaboard and Wood Guerilla Fretless Guitar. The fretless guitar wails on this prog-rock instrumental ballad, spicing it up with a variety of oriental musical expressions, all combined with the traditional seven-piece string section arranged by Eren Basbug.

Darson, an alumnus of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, developed passion for music nearly two decades ago in his native Serbia. Always drawn to aggressive and emotional music, Darson was influenced as much by progressive heavy metal acts as jazz and classical artists. This veneration shines through in Darson’s style of instrumental progressive metal/rock/fusion.

“Fingers Painted Purple” was chosen for the video treatment after grabbing the attention of many fans and prominent musical artists, such as Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess.

“We got a creative team of 18 musicians and filmmakers from Berklee College of Music and Emerson College together to make a Live Video version,” Darson said. “This way the public will get a chance to experience the song in this format, yet to download the original studio version they will still have to solve the Panopticon Puzzle.”

The video was produced and directed by Ivana Darson.

Click here to view “Fingers Painted Purple Performance Video.”

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-District 97: Chicago Prog/Rock Act Prepares To Release New Album Through Laser’s Edge In June

Laser’s Edge is preparing for the late June release of the label’s third album from Chicago-based quintet, District 97, titled IN VAULTS.

With an energetic and assorted blend of alternative/pop and progressive rock, District 97 was formed in the Fall of 2006 by drummer Jonathan Schang, keyboardist Rob Clearfield, bassist Patrick Mulcahy, and guitarist Sam Krahn, the latter eventually replaced by Jim Tashjian. The foursome honed a no-holds-barred style of Liquid Tension Experiment-inspired instrumental rock before deciding the right vocalist was needed to complement their sound; enter 2007 “American Idol” Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. With a look, sound, and stage presence comparable to a young Ann Wilson, Leslie’s dynamic performances pushed the band into a new direction that forged a unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an adventurous instrumental prowess.

Capturing the attention of Laser’s Edge, the label signed District 97 for the 2010 release of their debut album, HYBRID CHILD, followed in 2012 by their follow-up, TROUBLE WITH MACHINES, both albums balancing meticulous attention to detail and studio-craft with the visceral power of a rock band that is firing on all cylinders, and running the gamut from Meshuggah-inspired metal, the epic majesty of Yes, and the melodicism of The Beatles. Heavy bouts of live performances surrounding both records included a number of high profile festivals, opening support slots for prog icons Kansas, and even European and North American tours with John Wetton (King Crimson/Asia/UK). These spectacular shows saw District 97 open with their own material, and then join forces with Wetton for a full set of legendary King Crimson tracks, as memorialized on their joint 2014 live album, ONE MORE RED NIGHT.

District 97 will now proudly unveil their third studio full-length recording this Summer, once again through Laser’s Edge. With just over a full hour of the band’s most dazzling instrumentation and vocal prowess yet, IN VAULTS was recorded at IV Lab Studios in Chicago, engineered by Chris Harden with additional engineering by Shane Hendrickson, mixed by Rich Mouser and Jeff Fox at The Mouse House Studio, and mastered by Bob Katz at Digital Domain. The brilliant cover art by Björn Gooßes and the album’s track listing have been unveiled.

IN VAULTS Track Listing:
1. Snow Country
2. Death By A Thousand Cuts
3. Handlebars
4. A Lottery
5. All’s Well That Ends Well
6. Takeover
7. On Paper
8. Learn From Danny
9. Blinding Vision

IN VAULTS will be released on June 23rd, 2015. Stand by for audio samples, videos and more from IN VAULTS to be revealed shortly.

-Check out About Heavy Metal’s new interview with Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro at . It focuses mainly on Angra’s new record SECRET GARDEN — the first studio with singer Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Labyrinth, Vision Divine) and new drummer Bruno Valverde, and including guests spots from Simone Simons (Epica) and Doro Pesch — but there’s a little bit towards the end about Loureiro joining Megadeth.

-Burning Point’s self-titled release is due out June 12 (EU) and July 7 (US) through AFM Records. BURNING POINT features the debut of new singer Nitte Valo (Battle Beast) and includes five new songs plus six re-recorded “Burning Point classic tracks.” Check out the lyric video for the new digital single, “Find Your Soul,” at . See for more.

-In Exorcism news, singer Csaba Zvekan’s new Ronnie James Dio tribute video of himself singing “Heaven And Hell” in online now at . About the tribute Zvekan said, “A tribute song for one of the greatest singers, if not THE best. Certainly a strong influence in my work for Exorcism. Ronnie James Dio your music lives on and on and on … it’s heaven and hell \m/.” “Heaven And Hell” reportedly will be included in Exorcism’s live set. The band’s new EP, WORLD IN SIN, is due out June 1 (physical) and June 15 (digital) through Dream Records; the limited run (666 copies) will be available exclusively through . Track list: “World In Sin,” “Black Day In Paradise,” “Virtual Freedom,” “Sahara,” “Black Star.” Check out the video for “Black Day In Paradise” at . See for more.

-FireHouse guitarist Bill Leverty’s new song, “Strong,” now has a video online at . The song and clip both feature Leverty on guitar and vocals, Keith Horne on bass, and Michael Foster on drums. The song is available at Leverty’s website at . FireHouse tour dates so far for 2015, with more coming:

5/28 – Sioux Falls Rib Fest, Sioux Falls, SD – w/ Warrant
5/31 – Indian Ranch, Webster, MA – w/ Bret Michaels
7/10 – Seven Clans Casino, Thief River Falls, MN
7/11 – JD Legends, Franklin, OH
7/25 – Voyageur Days, Mattawa, ON – w/ Paul Rodgers
8/15 – The Rustic Frog, New Albany, IN – w/ Quiet Riot
8/23 – Iowa State Fair Grandstand, Des Moines, IA – w/ Dee Snider, Dokken, Warrant, & Eddie Trunk
8/28 – 80’s In The Park @ Melbourne Auditorium, Melbourne, FL
9/6 – Farm Rock Festival @ The Golf Farm, Wauconda, IL
10/17 – Skullfest, Pekin, IL (Saturday headliners)

-Helloween’s MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT is due out May 29 (EU), June 1 (UK), and June 2 (US) on Nuclear Blast Records. The album was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind and features this track list: “Heroes,” “Battle’s Won,” “My God-Given Right,” “Stay Crazy,” “Lost In America,””Russian Roulé,” “The Swing Of A Fallen World,” “Like Everybody Else,” “Creatures In Heaven,” “If God Loves Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “Living On The Edge,” “Claws,” “You, Still Of War.” In typical Helloween fashion there are multiple formats with various bonus tracks; the vinyl and limited-edition digi-pak CD versions include “I Wish I Were There” and “Wicked Game,” the digital version includes those two plus “Free World,” and the limited-edition earbook version comes with a bonus four-track CD featuring the digi-pak bonus tracks plus “Nightmare” and “More Than A Lifetime.” The first single, “Battle’ Won,” was released last month, and now there’s a video for the title track, directed by Oliver Sommer of AVA Studios, online at . See for more.

-Upcoming tour dates for the Iron Maidens:

5/30 – Shamrocks, Chino Hills, CA
6/6 – San Diego Fair, Del Mar, CA
6/10 – Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka, Japan
6/11 – The Bottom Line, Nagoya, Japan
6/12 – Shibuya Duo Music Exchange, Tokyo, Japan
6/14 – Neverland II, St.James Power Station, Singapore
6/16 – Hang Out Bar, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
6/18 – Yugonyishan Live, Beijing, China
6/20 – Jack Live Studio, Taipei, Taiwan
7/10 – SKY/Lumpys, Salt Lake City, UT
7/24 – 7/25 – Casino Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ
8/1 – Guerra Family Cellars-On The Green/Peppertree Ranch, Hollister, CA
8/7 – OC Fair (in The Hangar), Orange County, CA
8/15 – The Rockyard Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA

See , , and for more.

-Kamelot’s HAVEN is out now on Napalm Records. The lineup: Tommy Karevik on vocals, Thomas Youngblood on guitar, Sean Tibbetts on bass, Oliver Palotai on keyboards, Casey Grillo on drums. The track list: “Fallen Star,” “Insomnia,” “Citizen Zero,” “Veil Of Elysium,” “Under Grey Skies,” “My Therapy,” “Ecclesia,” “End Of Innocence,” “Beautiful Apocalypse,” “Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy),” “Here’s To The Fall,” “Revolution,” “Haven.” The hype: “As if this album was meant to be a soundtrack for an unforgettable and monumental silver screen experience, it boasts dark melancholy, aggressive metal and soul-soothing melodies!” The album was produced by Sascha Paeth and features guest spots from Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Troy Donockley (Nightwish), and Charlotte Wessels (Delain). See and for more.

-Kiss’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will appear with “Japanese idol group” Momoiro Clover Z when they perform at the Anime Expo, on July 2 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The two bands collaborated on the single “Yumeno Ukiyoni Saitemina,” which was released earlier this year; check out the video at , and look up ordering info at . The six-track single features vocal and instrumental versions of the songs “Yumeno Ukiyoni Saitemina,” “Rock And Roll All Nite,” and “Samurai Son.” See for more.

-Neal Morse’s autobiography, “Testimony” (subtitle: “The Inspirational & Spiritual Journey Of A Prog Rock Musician”) is the Weekly Featured Product at Radiant Records, available for only $7.99. Hype: “This hard-hitting, inspirational autobiography takes the reader from Neal’s club days to the formation of Spock’s Beard and from the rigors of musical and personal burnout to the wondrous joy of spiritual fulfillment and purpose. The book spans approximately 230 pages in paperback form, and includes photos from all stages of Neal’s life.” Check out all the details at . See for more.

-My Sleeping Karma’s MOKSHA is due out May 29 through June 9 in various global territories via Napalm Records. Hype: “Be it one of their live shows, be it one of their albums: Germans My Sleeping Karma never fail to create an unique and hypnotic score of epic proportions that is bound to send the listener on deep mental journeys. On their fifth album MOKSHA, the instrumental groove rockers show us their most varied side: blusterous waves of riffs embrace fragile melody lines, Eastern mysticism has its place and ghostly sound shivers lead eternal rhythms to new horizons. Yes, this word is abused way too often these days — but My Sleeping Karma are pure magic.” Track list: “Prithvi,” “Interlude 1,” “Vayu,” “Interlude 2,” “Akasha,” “Interlude 3,” “Moksha,” “Interlude 4,” “Jalam,” “Interlude 5,” “Agni.” The band is touring Europe as follows:

5/22 – Eightballs, Thessaloniki, Greece
5/23 – An Club, Athens, Greece
5/29 – Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany (album release show)
5/30 – Underground, Köln, Germany
6/3 – Out & Loud Festival, Geiselwind, Germany
6/20 – Fete De La Musique, Genf, Switzerland
6/26 – Kulturkeller, Fulda, Germany
6/27 – Underground, Köln, Germany
7/31 – Burg Herzberg Festival, Breitenbach, Germany
8/1 – Void Fest, Bad Kötzing, Germany

See and for more.

-Nelson’s PEACE OUT is out on Frontiers. Hype: “Their music has stood the test of time. Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, revered for unforgettable past hits, explore fresh creative territory in the present with their new project, PEACE OUT. Magical melodic song writing and soaring sibling harmonies continue to ensure that this dynamic duo is still a vital part of the music scene’s future.” Track list: “Hello Everybody,” “Back In The Day,” “Invincible,” “Let It Ride,” “I Wanna Stay Home,” “On The Bright Side,” “Rockstar,” “Autograph,” “What’s Not To Love?,” “You And Me,” “Bad For You,” “Leave The Light On For Me.” Check out clips of three songs and an album trailer video at . For more info, check out and .

-The New Black will support Black Label Society on the following German dates:

7/6 – Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany
7/7 – Posthalle Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
7/11 – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
7/19 – Backstage, München, Germany
8/4 – Live Music Hall, Köln, Germany

-Rush’s R40 Live: 40th Anniversary Tour is underway. The set list from the first show, May 8 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK, included “What You’re Doing” (first time played live since 1977), “Lakeside Park” (first time played live since 1978), and “Jacob’s Ladder” (first time played live since 1980), and left out “YYZ” (first time not played since 1992). Check out the full set list at , and see for more.

-There’s a new interview with Sabaton singer Joakim Broden at .

-Joe Satriani’s SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA is due out July 24. The album was recorded last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, and features keyboardist / guitarist Mike Keneally, bassist Bryan Beller, and drummer Marco Minnemann. Check out a preview of the song “On Peregrine Wings” at . See for more.

-TesseracT’s ODYSSEY/SCALA is out now on Century Media Records, in both CD/DVD and LP/DVD packages. It “welcomes back ONE vocalist, Daniel Tompkins. ODYSSEY, the audio portion, was recorded live during various stops in the autumn of 2014 throughout Europe and Russia on the Altered State World Tour. SCALA, the video portion, was filmed live on November 6th, 2014 at Scala, London, UK.” ODYSSEY track list: “Singularity” (live in Moscow, Russia), “Deception – Concealing Fate Part Two” (Birmingham, UK), “The Impossible – Concealing Fate Part Three” (Nottingham, UK), “Perfection/Epiphany – Concealing Fate Parts Four/Five” (Rome, Italy), “Origin – Concealing Fate Part Six” (Strasbourg, France), “Of Matter – Proxy” (Koln, Germany), “Of Matter – Retrospect” (Nijmegen, Netherlands), “Of Matter – Resist” (Budapest, Hungary), “April” (Paris, France), “Nocturne” (Manchester, UK), “Acceptance – Concealing Fate Part One” (Moscow, Russia). SCALA track list: “Singularity,” “Deception – Concealing Fate Part Two,” “The Impossible – Concealing Fate Part Three,” “Perfection/Epiphany – Concealing Fate Parts Four/Five,” “Origin – Concealing Fate Part Six,” “Of Matter – Proxy,” “Of Matter – Retrospect,” “Of Matter – Resist,” “April,” “Nocturne,” “Acceptance – Concealing Fate Part One.” Check out the full 64-minute SCALA concert streaming online now at . See and for more.

-We Are Harlot — featuring singer Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria), guitarist Jeff George (Sebastian Bach), bassist Brian Weaver (Silvertide), and drummer Bruno Agra (Revolution Renaissance) — released its self-titled debut earlier this year on Roadrunner. Hype: “Musicwise, sound quality, compositions of WE ARE HARLOT are on highest level and fans of modern ’80s hard rock will love it!” Track list: “Dancing On Nails” ( ), “Dirty Little Thing,” “Someday,” “Denial” ( ), “Easier To Leave,” “One More Night,” “Never Turn Back,” “The One” ( ), “Love For The Night,” “Flying Too Close To The Sun,” “I Tried.” See , , and for more.

Thanks to Bill Leverty, Axel Wiesenauer, Megan Batista, Chad Bower, Jon Freeman, Music Buy Mail, Rock Cellar Magazine, Guitar World,, and for help gathering some of this information.

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