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Detritus #684

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Issue #684
Week of October 5, 2015

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Tim Wadzinski, Owner

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

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-Y&T Update

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

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

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

Y&T Documentary

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

Y&T On New Year’s Eve

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

Don’t Stop “Wine”-ing

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

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

Get these inaugural year Meniketti wines while they are still available — wine is a finite commodity, so what’s available is all that’s left for this vintage. There are direct links to each varietal in our Y&T webstore:

Magical Mystic Weekend

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

What Do We Have In Store For You?

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

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

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

Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2016 – SOLD OUT!

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

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

Y&T Shows

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

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

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

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

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

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

The official Y&T and Dave Meniketti web site.

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

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

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

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

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

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

More singers are going to be announced soon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

For additional information, tickets, and VIP tickets please visit .

Order your copy of Luca Turilli’s Rhapdosy’s new outstanding record at .

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

Released October 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Produced by Joe Stump and Francesco Palomo



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-Magnus Rosén Joins Shadowside

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gig dates February 2016

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

More information can be found here:

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

[Note: This is from . – Tim]

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

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

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

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

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


“Do You Believe”


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-Radiant Records: October Giveaway & Special!

Happy Fall Everyone!!!

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

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

The Prog World Orchestra – A PROGGY CHRISTMAS

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

The Prog World Orchestra – “Joy To The World”

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

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

Get your copy TODAY HERE!

October Inner Circle Giveaway!

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

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

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

Blessings and Peace,
Team Radiant Records

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-Divebomb Records Welcomes Final Sign!

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

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

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

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

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

HOLD HIGH THE FLAME sees release on October 30th


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

LOVE AND THE DEATH OF DAMNATION is already available on iTunes in Europe at .

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

Earache Webstore –
Amazon UK (CD) –
Amazon UK (Vinyl) –

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

In the meantime, why not check out the whole album right now on YouTube at .


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

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

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

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

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

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

Catch With Our Arms To The Sun live:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-About Heavy Metal’s list of “12 Essential Heavy Metal Books” is at .

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

-The first single from As Darkness Dies’ new self-titled album is “Black Death,” and it can be heard at and . AS DARKNESS DIES was produced by Michael Vescera (Yngwie Malmsteen, Obsession, Loudness) and is due out October 30 on Pure Steel Records. See for more.

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

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

-There’s a new interview with Children Of Bodom keyboardist Janne Wirman at .

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

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

See and for more.

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

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

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

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

See for more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

For tickets, the fan club pre-sale began October 6 and wider sales begin October 10. Canadian dates will be announced soon. See and for more.

-Aussie Kiss press barrage! Check out Paul Stanley interviews with ABC Australia at and 4KQ Brisbane at , and a Tommy Thayer interview with Grant Broadcasters at .

-A new list of Loudwire’s “100 Metal Facts You May Not Know” is up at .

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

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

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

See for more.

-Millennial Reign’s new lyric video for “Men Stand Alone” is online now at . CARRY THE FIRE is due out October 30 on Ulterium Records. See and for more.

-There’s a new interview with Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell at .

-Power Theory’s “Cut & Run,” a single from the upcoming album DRIVEN BY FEAR, is online now at and . See and for more.

-Primal Fear will release RULEBREAKER through Frontiers on January 29. See and for more.

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

-The Reload Festival will return in 2016, to Sulingen, Lower Saxony, Germany, on August 26-27 next year with a “warm-up night” slated for August 25. Airbourne is the first band to commit, with more to be added soon. “Early bird” tickets are available now at . See and for more.

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

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

-There’s a German-language interview with Seasons Of The Wolf’s Barry Waddell at .

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

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

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

See and for more.

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


“After Forever”

“Let There Be Light”

See and for more.

-Check out Testament’s Chuck Billy on an episode of BangerTV’s “Metal Giants” at .

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

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

See for more.

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

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

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

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Detritus #682

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Issue #682
Week of September 21, 2015

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*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-King Diamond To Film Feature-Length Video On The “Abigail In Concert 2015” Tour For Blu-Ray / DVD Release

King Diamond will be recording a feature-length live concert video for Blu-ray / DVD / digital release while on tour this fall! Director Denise Korycki (Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage) has been enlisted to direct the project, which will include footage from multiple shows throughout the entire “Abigail In Concert 2015” tour.

A new message from KING DIAMOND about the show and the tour set list is online now:

In other news, a brand new King Diamond interview is online. Head to here now to read the interview, which includes some less-known facts about the recording process of the ABIGAIL album!

With special guest Exodus
29/10 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
31/10 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
02/11 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
05/11 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern (SOLD OUT)
06/11 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
08/11 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
09/11 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
13/11 San Antonio, TX Housecore Horror Festival at the Aztec Theatre
15/11 New Orleans, LA The Civic Theatre
16/11 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
19/11 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
20/11 New York, NY Best Buy Theater (SOLD OUT)
21/11 New York, NY Best Buy Theater (SOLD OUT)
24/11 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
25/11 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
27/11 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
28/11 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
30/11 St Paul, MN Myth Live
02/12 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater – Club Brady
04/12 Houston, TX House of Blues
05/12 Dallas, TX House of Blues

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-Ricky Warwick Announces Two Solo Albums And Tour!

Ricky Warwick has been a very busy man! Over the past year, he has co-written and recorded the second album for Black Star Riders (the UK top 20 album THE KILLER INSTINCT) and toured extensively to support that release.

In addition, he has recorded not one but two (!) new solo albums! These albums will be released February 26, 2016 through Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Ricky explains, “While we were working on the new BSR album, I just got into a very productive song writing zone. The songs just kept coming and coming.”

Ricky writes songs in a number of styles and many of these tracks would not be at home on a Black Star Riders album. So, he decided to record and release these albums as solo projects. Ricky continues, “Black Star Riders is my top priority. But I really wanted these songs to come out. The album’s been a long time coming and in fact we’ve even made two albums here; electric and acoustic. We’ve played with some great musicians on this album. I’m excited to be on Nuclear Blast they’ve looked after us really well with Black Star Riders. I think that the Black Star Riders fans will really dig this solo stuff too so absolutely delighted to be getting it out there.”

The first of these two albums is entitled WHEN PATSY CLINE WAS CRAZY (AND GUY MITCHELL SANG THE BLUES). The second is an acoustic album called HEARTS ON TREES. Both albums will be bundled together in a special package and released as a double CD.

Ricky co-wrote almost all of the songs on this double album with his friend Sam Robinson and there’s a very personal feel to both albums. Black Star Riders fans may notice an immediate connection with the catchy hooks on the more hard-rock centered WHEN PATSY CLINE WAS CRAZY… but the more stripped back acoustic album HEARTS ON TREES shows a more tender side to Ricky’s abilities and the powerful lyrics really hold their own. Lyrical themes on this record range from war to religion to relationship regrets with many of the tracks about Northern Ireland where he was born and raised. The acoustic tracks are by no means simplistic musically however with guitar melodies ranging from Celtic folk sounds to broody blues riffs and even more psychedelic fuzzy styles, there’s lots of diversity.

The release also boasts an array of acclaimed musicians with guests such as; Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders), Andy Cairns (Therapy?), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Nathan Connolly (Snow Patrol), Ginger Wildheart, Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers), and Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses, Dead Daisies).

When the conversation changed to possibly doing some touring to support this release, Ricky was on board. But he wanted to have a full band to bring these great songs to fruition on the stage. So, he contacted some of the amazing musicians he has befriended over the years and virtually overnight The Fighting Hearts were born. Tapping his old band mate Gary Sullivan from one of his post-Almighty bands, (sic) to play the drums was a no-brainer. Gary had recorded all the drums on the PATSY CLINE record and is an extremely talented musician. Next up was a call to his Black Star Riders band mate bassist Robbie Crane. Robbie was thrilled to be a part of it. Guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite completed the lineup. Having previously played for such luminaries as The Mission and Peter Murphy, Mark added that special something that made the whole band gel.

To kick things off, Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts will be supporting Belfast’s own favorite sons, Stiff Little Fingers, on their UK tour in February/March of 2016.

Ricky comments:
“To be going on tour with Stiff Little Fingers is a dream come true for me ‘cos they’re my childhood heroes so I just can’t wait to get out there.”

Tickets are on sale now.

Ricky Warwick (vocals, guitars)
Robbie Crane (bass)
Mark Thwaite (guitars)
Gary Sullivan (drums)

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-Seven Witches Unleash New Album, THE WAY OF THE WICKED, And Video, “World Without Man”

New Jersey metallists Seven Witches are ready to assault your senses once again, with a fierce new album, THE WAY OF THE WICKED. Comprised of singer Anthony Cross, guitarist Jack Frost, bassist Ronnie Parkes, and drummer Johnny Kelly, Seven Witches picks up exactly where their hard-hitting last album left off, 2013’s REBIRTH. And this is especially apparent in the album’s second video, “World Without Man.”

“When I got the demo version of the music, I knew these were the lyrics I wanted to use for it,” recalls Cross. “The opening line was something that I had jotted down some time ago. ‘How would it be, if one day, man no longer was?'”

“Think about it… you’ve seen documentaries that show you that if human life ceased to exist, the planet would start to heal. Lyrically, this is where this came from. I’m also a big fan of the Richard Matheson story, ‘I Am Legend,’ so that fed into it as well. So really, if everyone and everything was gone, how would you go on with your life?”

The “World Without Man” video can be viewed via this link:

And according to Cross, his song writing union with Frost is already a career highlight. “Writing with Jack Frost is a treat! He will usually come up with suggestions and ideas that I would never think of. And in the end we are both happy with the result.” And the union is already paying off, as evidenced by the song “World Without Man,” and the full-length THE WAY OF THE WICKED.

For more information, visit:

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-Steve Hackett – THE MAN, THE MUSIC Coming To DVD On October 16

An up-close look at former Genesis / GTR guitarist as he relates his fascinating career. Packed with interviews and music.

US & Canada Tour – “Acolyte To Wolflight”

November 2015
8 – Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Westhampton Beach, NY, USA
10 – Hart Theatre, Albany, NY, USA
11 – The Space at Westbury, Westbury, NY, USA
12 – Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY, USA
13 – Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC, USA
14 – FM Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA
15 – The Newton Theatre, Newton, NJ, USA
18 – Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE, USA
19 – Lynn Auditorium, Lynn, MA, USA
20 – Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA, USA
21 – Scottish Rite Auditorium, Collingswood, NJ, USA
22 – The Warehouse, Fairfield, CT, USA
23 – Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ, USA
26 – Academy Theatre, Lindsay, ON, Canada
27 – Academy Theatre, Lindsay, ON, Canada
28 – RBC Theatre Budweiser Gardens, London, ON, Canada
30 – Oakville Centre, Oakville, ON, Canada

December 2015
1 – Oakville Centre, Oakville, ON, Canada
3 – Riviera Theatre, North Tonowanda, NY, USA
4 – Hard Rock Live, Northfield, OH, USA
5 – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead, Munhall, PA, USA
9 – South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI, USA
10 – Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL, USA
11 – The Portage Theater, Chicago, IL, USA

Steve Hackett THE MAN, THE MUSIC trailer:

In candid and personal interviews, filmed over a number of years, Steve reveals the joys, tensions and success of a life in progressive rock.

Starting with his early childhood years to his arrival at Genesis, playing a key role during their most innovative era on seminal albums SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND and THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY, the film goes on to trace Steve’s multifaceted solo career.

From classic albums VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE and SPECTRAL MORNINGS, via Steve’s virtual invention of the classical-crossover genre with BAY OF KINGS and SKETCHES OF SATIE, right up to the recent album WOLF LIGHT and the hugely successful GENESIS REVISITED project, Steve Hackett remains a singular voice in music.

Exclusive studio sessions feature Steve reliving his key musical moments and offers a virtual master class in his electric and acoustic guitar techniques.

* Timed for release at the start of Steve’s extensive USA & Canada live concert tour

* Brand new DVD documentary about the life and career of Steve Hackett, one of the true pioneers of progressive rock

* Steve talks to the camera about his life from his days with Genesis, GTR, and his highly successful solo career

* Interwoven with music and master class demonstrations, this DVD also features interviews with his family, band mates and such luminaries as Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Chris Squire (Yes), and long-time producer and musical director Roger King

* Includes bonus extended interview with Chris Squire — one of his final interviews before his recent sad passing



Hi Res Cover Art:

Steve Hackett

MVD Entertainment Group

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-AFM Records News

[Note: This combines multiple releases. – Tim]

Rhapsody Of Fire To Release INTO THE LEGEND In January!

Italian symphonic metal kings Rhapsody Of Fire are proud to announce the release of their upcoming studio album which will be titled INTO THE LEGEND.

Alex Staropoli states: “After two years of intense work, including composing and arranging, after seven months spent in four different studios, this huge and ambitious production is coming to an end. We are right now mixing the songs, going through hundreds and hundreds hours of recordings to make an album that will feature over 65 minutes of breathtaking music, an album that will gather and exploit the best elements this band ever had in a modern way, and to build a musical landscape that will have no equals in the world’s heavy metal scene.”

The release of INTO THE LEGEND is scheduled for January 2016.

Solution .45 Reveal Cover Artwork!

The new album of Solution .45, NIGHTMARES IN THE WAKING STATE – PART I, will be out on November 20th! It will be available as CD and Gatefold Blue 2-Vinyl (strictly limited to 500 units).

Masterplan’s KEEP YOUR DREAM ALIVE DVD/CD & Blu-Ray/CD Out On October 9th!

After releasing five highly-praised studio albums since the band debuted with their self-titled debut in early 2003, melodic metallers Masterplan are set to unleash their first ever Live release on October 9th. KEEP YOUR DREAM ALIVE will be available as DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD sets, both including the entire show from Masters Of Rock festival, recordings from Wacken Open Air, footage from the band’s latest Asian tour and ProgPower USA, as well as all five official Masterplan video clips. The Masters Of Rock show is featured on the CD.

Leaves’ Eyes’ “King Of Kings” Lyric Video Available!

After a series of three trailers and official clips for “The Waking Eye” and “Halvdan The Black,” symphonic metallers Leaves’ Eyes have now unleashed an extensive lyric video for the title track of their new album, KING OF KINGS.


“The Waking Eye”

“Halvdan The Black”

“King Of Kings”

KING OF KINGS was released on September 11th in Europe and on September 18th in North America.

Ohrenfeindt’s New Video And Album Out Now!

The new Ohrenfeindt album MOTOR AN! is out now, available as CD, Digi-pak, Fanbox, and Vinyl (incl. CD).

And check out the brand new video clip for “Motor An!”

21Octayne’s New Video Clip “When You Go!”

Their brand new video clip “When You Go” turned out to be a big surprise! German rock band 21Octayne (featuring vocalist Hagen Grohe (The Joe Perry Project), guitarist Marco Wriedt (ex-Axxis) and drummer Alex Landenburg (Rhapsody)), go unusual ways: not only 21Octayne chose children for the clip’s starring roles, they also tell a continuous story.

“We are extremely happy how things were unfolding with the clip,” the band states. “Looking back, we were more than lucky that everything fell into place suddenly. When doing video clips, of course the result very much depends on the quality of actors — especially when you work with children — not to forget the director’s intuition and knowledge. With seven days of filming scheduled and a real, lively storyline it definitely was a risky undertaking. But now seeing the final result, we are totally blown away by ‘When You Go.’ It turned out into a real movie and we are proud to have such an amazing clip representing our song. Also, all this was a lesson for us in another way: just like when we write new songs; follow your gut feeling and believe in what you do. We are certain that this way the most real and authentic music comes to light too.”

“When You Go”

The new (sophomore) 21Octayne album 2.0 will be released on September 25th (EU)/October 2nd in North America. Beside standard CD and Digi-pak (three bonus tracks) also a special edition limited to 300 units (including Digi-pak, magic mug, bag, signed autograph card, and signed guitar pick) is available.

AFM Records

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-Killen Announce Reunion With Drummer Carl Canedy (The Rods, Canedy)

New York cult heavy metal band Killen has officially reunited and joined forces with legendary drummer / producer Carl Canedy (The Rods, Canedy).

The band will showcase their new electrifying lineup in Europe at the 2016 Headbangers Open Air festival in Germany with other European and US tour dates to be announced shortly.

Drummer Carl Canedy comments:
“Killen has recorded in my studio many times over the years, so I’ve known and am very familiar with their music. I’m very excited to be able to play these songs live during future shows in Europe and the United States. Long live true heavy metal…”

Killen guitarist Mitch Thylacine comments:
“We are psyched and honored to have Carl behind the kit. Carl’s a monster on the drums and a metal icon.”

The original debut self-titled album KILLEN was recently re-mixed, re-mastered and re-released on CD and vinyl by Greece-based record label Sonic Age Records / Cult Metal Classics in summer 2015. The new CD comes with new cover artwork, the RESTLESS IS THE WITCH EP bonus tracks, and a 20-page booklet which includes rare photos / lyrics and full band history.

Track Listing:
1. Scream In The Night
2. Challenge Of Eternity
3. The Marauder
4. Soldiers In Steel
5. Victima
6. Stricken By Darkness
7. Metal Meets Metal
8. Behind The Gate Of Purgatorious
9. Killeness (Blandus Interitus)
10. Scream In The Night (Live)
11. Victima
12. The Resurrection
13. Vampire
14. Birth Of A King
15. The Marauder (Live)

A 100-copy, limited-edition Box Set is also being released by Sonic Age Records / Cult Metal Classics during October 2015. The massive collector’s set includes CD and vinyl copies of the re-mixed / re-mastered KILLEN album along with a poster and T-shirt.

Killen guitarist Mitch Thylacine has provided the following update about the re-released debut CD / vinyl album:
“I busted my ass working tirelessly locating and restoring the original tapes… cleaning up, punching up and re-mixing the original tracks for a clearer, more powerful sound without compromising the integrity of the original recording so it sounds much more how it was intended to from the beginning.

“I had not listened to these tapes in over 25 years. They brought back a lot of memories of being kids in a studio for the first time recording our debut LP.

“With the technology available today I was able to unbury and EQ a lot of the sound as well as being able to use some alternate takes especially on the vocal tracks which would have been impossible in 1986. I enjoyed working on the tracks and hopefully the fans will enjoy the results on the newly available CD and vinyl album.”

Killen CD/vinyl re-issue live video advertisement:

Killen Biography:
Staten Island musicians Mitch Thylacine (lead guitar), Mark Vasquez (bass), Butch Tyler (drums), and Vic Barron (vocals) hit the booming New York metal scene in 1986 with a dungeon-themed stage show to visually complement with their unique sound, separating them from other bands of the time… pounding out numbers like “Scream In The Night” and “The Marauder.”

By 1987 their self-titled debut album was distributed worldwide by Important Records.

On their next recording session Thylacine (the band’s song writer) branched out into lead vocals on the track “Vampire,” ultimately taking over vocal duties completely on the RESTLESS IS THE WITCH EP (after Barron left the band in 1989).

RESTLESS IS THE WITCH also featured Joe Coffey on guitar and Jeff Tull on bass.

For their follow-up full-length studio album Killen worked with producer Carl Canedy (The Rods, Anthrax, Overkill) but by 1990 the music scene had changed. Grunge was in fashion and while the band searched for a label the record was shelved and to this day remains unreleased.

While Killen never “broke up” its band members slowly drifted apart to pursue personal interests. Thylacine continued to write and perform in various projects.

In 2015, Sonic Age Records / Cult Metal Classics released a newly re-mixed and re-mastered version of the original KILLEN debut album on CD and vinyl.

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

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-Ulterium Records Is Proud To Present Signum Regis – CHAPTER IV: THE RECKONING

Style: Melodic metal, Metal
Release date: November 20th [Europe, North America]
EAN: 4018996238044

Short info: New album from the melodic metal band Signum Regis! Mastered by Jens Bogren (Symphony X, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and artwork by Jan Yrlund (Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani). Perfect for fans of Helloween, Impellitteri, and Theocracy!

Track Listing:
1. Lost And Found
2. The Secret Of The Sea
3. The Voice In The Wilderness
4. Prophet Of Doom
5. The Magi
6. Quitters Never Win
7. Tempter Of Evil
8. When Freedom Fails
9. The Kingdom Of Heaven
10. Bells Are Tolling

Signum Regis biography:
Signum Regis was formed in 2007 by bass player Ronnie König. The highly respected vocalist Göran Edman (ex. Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) joined the band and they started to work on their debut album. The self-titled debut album was released during 2008 through Locomotive Records and received great reviews from around the world.

In 2010 Signum Regis signed with Inner Wound Recordings and released the impressive concept album THE EYES OF POWER, still with Göran on vocals. The album was received really well, especially in Europe. With this album it was clear that Signum Regis had found their own sound within the melodic/neoclassical metal scene.

The third Signum Regis album EXODUS was released in 2013 and it featured many different vocalists like Göran Edman (ex. Yngwie Malmsteen), Lance King (ex. Pyramaze, Balance Of Power), Matt Smith (Theocracy), Michael Vescera (Obsession), Daisa Munhoz (Vandroya, Soulspell), and more. EXODUS was a bit more straight melodic metal than the previous album, but the classic Signum Regis elements were still there.

Early 2014 the band decided to make Mayo Petranin their new lead vocalist. Mayo had already done many shows with the band and he also contributed the vocals to one of the songs on EXODUS so it felt like a natural move. During 2013 and 2014 Signum Regis did some shows in their home country Slovakia, but they also performed in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

During 2014 Signum Regis started to work on new material and it was decided that a six-track EP would be released in May 2015 and the fourth full-length album during fall 2015. The EP entitled THROUGH THE STORM received excellent feedback from fans and media, with many of them calling it the best Signum Regis release so far. Two music videos was also recorded and released for the tracks “Living Well” and “Come And Take It.”

Both THROUGH THE STORM and CHAPTER IV: THE RECKONING show that Signum Regis is a band that is constantly developing and improving everything from song writing and musicianship to production and the visual part of the band. Signum Regis will surely win over many new fans in the melodic metal scene with these releases.

Band founder Ronnie König comments about the new album CHAPTER IV: THE RECKONING:
“It was the plan since the get-go, to make our best album so far. After releasing the EP earlier this year, it was clear that the bar was set pretty high. We worked very hard and we believe, that we managed to lift the bar even higher in every aspect. Some of the songs on the album will become the classics of Signum Regis, that’s for sure. There will be 10 new songs on the album, none of them appeared on the EP, which makes both the album and the THROUGH THE STORM EP a good buy for the fans.”

The mastering of the album was handled by Jens Bogren (Symphony X, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and the artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani).

Signum Regis lineup:
Mayo Petranin – Lead Vocals
Filip Kolus – Guitars
Ronnie König – Bass, backing vocals
Jan Tupy – Keyboards, backing vocals
Jaro Jancula – Drums

Special guests on CHAPTER IV: THE RECKONING: Maestro Mistheria and Roger Staffelbach

Signum Regis discography:
2015: CHAPTER IV: THE RECKONING (Ulterium Records)
2015: THROUGH THE STORM EP (Ulterium Records)
2013: EXODUS (Ulterium Records)
2010: THE EYES OF POWER (Inner Wound Recordings)
2008: SIGNUM REGIS (Locomotive Records)

Recorded and mixed by: Ronnie König and Signum Regis
Mastered by: Jens Bogren (Symphony X, Opeth, Arch Enemy)
Artwork by: Jan Yrlund (Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani)

Label info:
Ulterium Records
Adelsköldsgatan 4, SE-44131 Alingsås, Sweden

Signum Regis on the web

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-Chandler Mogel Update

[Note: This comes from the newsletter. – Tim]

Chandler’s New Project Radio Exile Announces Release For October With AOR Heaven

In the post era of the FM-dominated airwaves comes a new generation of classic rock, Radio Exile.

On rare occasions, some magical-artistic vibe goes out calling up a unique set of musicians to create groundbreaking music. When truly great musicians come together, the resulting brotherhood/sisterhood embraces their diversity, enabling them to collaborate so as to push through otherwise insurmountable boundaries. Collaboratively, they each pour the very best of what makes them cutting edge individually, into one dynamic presentation. For the rest of us, we are compelled to listen over and over.

When Charlie Calv decided to send out the vibe, he probably didn’t anticipate collective perfection, but that is what he got. When Charlie and Chandler Mogel wrote the music and lyrics for these songs, they could not have anticipated the individual masterpiece each would become. But that is what they got. Take two brilliant writers and musicians, collaborating with some of the best individual players in the world and you understand why this music is so strong. Radio Exile is one of the very best hard rock projects to come along in many years.

Individually, the musicians that come together to form Radio Exile perform on stage or in the studio with the greatest artists of our time. This list includes Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, Allison Krauss, Billy Idol, John Waite, members of Pink Floyd, Styx, Journey, Van Halen, the Rolling Stones, and Black Sabbath. This talent pool has been tapped, used, and appreciated over the years. Now, together as one, five brilliantly successful, creative worlds collide in a panoramic musical explosion.

The lineup is notable with Charlie on keyboards and Chandler on lead vocals. Jimmy Leahey contributes his soulful guitar playing, and all are constructed on the rhythm foundations crafted by bassist Kenny Aaronson and percussion specialist Dave Anthony. Their impressive resumes list their many accomplishments, but only hint at what Radio Exile truly represents. What makes this project so epic is that these five distinguished artists draw us in to experience their passion and love for music right along with them. From the hard-hitting, bombastic percussion of “High Road, High Price,” to the gospel infused “A Cross on Stone” — featuring the voices of Jessie Wagner (Kid Rock and Lenny Kravitz), Joe Cerisano (TSO and Silver Condor) and Amy Harnell (Tony Harnell and The Mercury Train) — these tracks are sure to stand the test of time.

Enlisting Grammy-nominated engineer/producer Steve DeAcutis (Vanilla Fudge, Cyndi Lauper, Corey Glover, etc.) and veteran producer/A&R man Steve Lunt (Britney Spears, ‘NSync, Joan Jett, etc.), the latter who first honed his skills alongside the legendary Mutt Lange as vocalist of the chart-topping British band City Boy, the guys checked into the SPA (Sound Spa Recording) and an immediate synergy took hold. The finishing touches were then added by top mastering engineer Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Train, Pete Townsend, etc.) at his West West Side Music facility.

Reuniting some old friends, and making some new, RADIO EXILE is a fantastic blend of hard rock that will not disappoint the existing fans of any of these musicians. In fact, Radio Exile is sure to gain a new generation of fans who will be hungry for more. When the sure hand of destiny channels the melodic heart, we celebrate the creation. RADIO EXILE is exactly that and more. Just listen…

The album is set to release on AOR Heaven in Mainland Europe and Cargo Music in the UK on October 23rd and followed shortly by releases in the US and Japan. Pre-orders are available on the website at . Keep checking back for updates!

Chandler & Outloud To Release First “Best Of” Compilation, DESTINATION: OVERDRIVE, This Fall

From the Outloud Facebook Page:

“Through our new label ROAR! Records, we are extremely proud to release our very first ‘Best Of’ compilation — DESTINATION: OVERDRIVE – THE BEST OF OUTLOUD — which will be available first in Greece with an exclusive release on September 4th to coincide with our performance at the Rock on the Beach festival, then worldwide and digital on October 23rd.

“The album will feature a brand new Outloud track — a cover of the Pointer Sisters’ ‘I’m So Excited’ — done Outloud style! In addition to that, all of our best songs from our first three albums — thus marking the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. And to top it off, amazing artwork by world renown Gustavo Sazes (Firewind, Kamelot, Gus G, Arch Enemy, etc.) — check it out!

“More to come soon — links, giveaways, and updates — we’ll have the new song available for you to listen to shortly — and yes a video is in the works as well.”

Also, the brand new Outloud website is now online full of all things Outloud at — check it out now and order / download your favorite CDs / songs in one click!!!

Chandler Performs At United Nations for Annual Youth For Human Rights Summit

Chandler was recently humbled to be asked to perform the classic song “We Are The World” at the annual Youth for Human Rights Summit at the United Nations in New York City on Aug. 27th. This is a very special event which brings youth from around the world together in the direction of making Human Rights a global reality. Says Chandler about the experience: “I’m so glad to be doing what I love and sharing it with others especially when it can be used to inspire good in others which can go on to evoke needed change in the world.”

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-Swedish Benesser Releases Sequel To “One Of The Most Powerful Debuts In The 21st Century”

On the 10th of September, Benesser releases the album PURPOSE & CAUSE — a sequel to the critically-acclaimed debut THE START OF SOMETHING NEW. This album is even more characterized by the exquisitely modified guitar amplifiers and singer Robert Olsson’s renowned vocal resources.

When the debut album came out in 2013, the response was immediate — Sweden’s main music magazine wrote “one of the most powerful debuts of the 21st century” and handed out a full six out of six stars. They we’re praised by European music press and got signed to a Swedish label. Now, Benesser has parted ways with the label but are back to take on the challenging task of following up a success story.

“We wanted to create a masterpiece. This album is for those longing for hope and genuineness…”
– Robert Olsson, singer and bassist

PURPOSE & CAUSE contains everything from heavy rock riffs to groovy funk. Apart from the usual Benesser setting (drums, guitar, bass, vocals) there’s a mix of harmonica, piano, organ, soul harmonies, and acoustic guitar — making it hard to define the genre. Like many musicians, the band themselves don’t care too much about the definitions. The goal in their song writing process is always to bring life to the lyrics, written by drummer David Olsson.

Guitarist Henric Hermansson has become a well-known name on guitar forums around the world for his modified tube amplifiers. From the soldering fume-filled living room in Falun, Sweden, the amps are sent out across Europe and the US. Since the band started out in ’98, Henric’s interest in guitar sounds has had plenty of time to thrive during numerous hours of listening and tweaking in the rehearsal studio.

“It was frustrating when Henric would zone out during every single rehearsal the first few years — strumming the same chord a million times, tweak something and never really get satisfied… Now 10 years later I’m so grateful for the result.”
– David Olsson, drummer in Benesser

The album was recorded in MapleTone Studios, deep in the forests of Dalecarlia, Sweden — produced by sound magician Henrik Gennert who has worked with bands like Katatonia and Earthside. Together they experimented to find an organic sound that would sustain all the way to the final master, and ended up recording all tracks live.

When vocalist Robert Olsson isn’t singing with Benesser you find him in some unexpected contexts from a rock point of view. Apart from having been a member of the prestigious Falu Chamber Choir the last few years he also sings with Lugnet Gospel Choir, performing with some of Sweden’s greatest artists.

PURPOSE & CAUSE will be released throughout Europe on the 10th of September on Benesser’s own label — Benesser Music.

Track List:
1. Naked We Die
2. Purpose & Cause
3. Something In The Way
4. Waterfalls
5. Who Am I
6. Patience
7. Closer
8. Turn It Right
9. The Past, The Present, The Future
10. Shawshank

Official Artist Website:

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-Sleaszy Rider Records Update

Holocaust | New Signing

“I’ve got Heavy Metal music in my blood
And I’d like to give it to you if I could”

We, who grew up in the middle ’80s, were singing the lyrics of “Heavy Metal Mania” in all rock clubs we visited, as this song of Holocaust was, the absolute metal hymn for the whole ’80s and the ’90s. The mighty Metallica, among many other bands, paid tribute to this British band when they covered “The Small Hours” both live and on disc.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to announce that we signed a worldwide record deal with the legendary NWOBHM heroes Holocaust and we will soon release their next studio album PREDATOR in both CD and LP format!

The correct release date and more details about it will be announced soon.

Scarved | New Video Clip!

Belgian female-fronted hard rockers Scarved released their first video clip from their DYNAMITE album. The track they chose is “Army On Wheels” and you can watch it in our media section/official YouTube channel. Feel free to subscribe there, so you can be always directly updated for our next video-activities!

Myth Of A Life | Album’s Title Revealed!

International death metallers Myth Of A Life announced the title of their upcoming debut album. The band stated the following:

“We would like to share with everyone that our debut full-length album is going to be titled SHE WHO INVITES! The album will be released worldwide by Sleaszy Rider Records in early 2016! Stay tuned for more news! \m/”

Please Note…

…that our site is finally working again.

Sleaszy Rider Records

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-Divebomb Records Update

Osiris Reissue

We can now announce our fifth reissue for the month of September. The Netherlands’ Osiris finds its sole album, FUTURITY AND HUMAN DEPRESSIONS, getting the deluxe two-CD treatment from Divebomb Records.

The first 100 customers to order will get a free, limited edition Osiris logo magnet.

FUTURITY AND HUMAN DEPRESSIONS (Deluxe Edition) will be available in our store starting September 25th.


Streaming Here:

As the European metal scene headed into the ’90s there was a noticeable shift towards death metal and in the Netherlands it was no different with acts like Gorefest, Pestilence, and Asphyx all quickly gaining popularity across the continent. Osiris being a progressive thrash band not only in sound, but also spirit they choose a different route — one with high-pitched melodic vocals and complex, lengthy song arrangements.

With an average age of only 19 when recording their first demo Osiris were able to grab the attention of the European press who applauded their efforts for successfully channeling bands like WatchTower, Sieges Even, and Mekong Delta. A second demo, EQUIVOCAL QUIESCENCE, was released in early 1991 leading to their deal with Shark Records. Later in 1991, Osiris released their one and only album, FUTURITY AND HUMAN DEPRESSIONS, a progressive whirlwind consisting of seven songs and clocking in at nearly 55 minutes.

While never quite attaining the same level of popularity as their counterparts, Osiris’ FUTURITY AND HUMAN DEPRESSIONS remains a much-beloved album by progressive thrash fans still to this day. Divebomb Records is proud to present this new deluxe edition which features new mastering, both original demo tapes as well as band interview.

For Fans Of:
WatchTower, Sieges Even, Arcane, Mekong Delta, Realm

Track List:
CD 1
1. Futurity (Something To Think About)
2. Mass Termination
3. Inextricable
4. Out Of Inspiration
5. Inner Recession
6. Fallacy (The Asylum)
7. Frozen Memory

CD 2
1. Inner Recession
2. Inextricable
3. Equivocal Quiescence
4. Something To Think About
5. Frozen Memory

6. False Insinuation
7. Mass Termination
8. Agony & Hate
9. Christopher

Divebomb Records

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-Gentle Giant’s Iconic Album, OCTOPUS, Has Been Re-Mixed By Steven Wilson And Will Be Released On October 27, 2015 In Both Blu-Ray/CD And CD Formats

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

The album has been tastefully re-mixed by Steven Wilson who also re-mixed Gentle Giant’s THE POWER & THE GLORY in 2014. Also included is a bonus of Steven’s mix of live 15-minute concert performances of “Excerpts From Octopus” from the band’s 1976 tour.

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

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

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

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

Release Date: 27 OCTOBER 2015

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-Mirror: Occult Heavy Metal Conjurors Featuring Members Of Satan’s Wrath And Repulsion To Release Their Self-Titled Debut Via Metal Blade This November; First Single Posted

Occult heavy metal conjurors, Miror, will unveil the cult craftings of their self-titled debut through Metal Blade Records on November 13th, 2015.

The brainchild of bassist/diehard metal connoisseur/Satan’s Wrath vocalist Tas Danazoglou, Mirror was forged in fire following a chance meeting with London-based producer (Cathedral, Angel Witch, Paradise Lost) and accomplished drummer, Jaime Gomez Arellano. The union ultimately led to the two embarking on a shared musical vision that encompasses a classic hard-rock/proto-metal sound with tasteful song writing and musicianship. Satan’s Wrath guitarist, Stamos K., was next to join, his musical instincts and considerable production experience suiting the band’s ethos perfectly. Vocalist, Jimmy Mavromatis who, with his operatic tenor, rounded out the growing unit would subsequently join the ranks. The ouroboros was completed with the final addition of Los Angeles-based guitarist Matt Olivo whose infamy was earned as the co-founder of grindcore pioneers, Repulsion.

The recording of Mirror’s self-titled debut began in London at Orgone Studios (Ghost, Paradise Lost, Cathedral) in the autumn of 2014 with Arellano handling production duties. The recording boasts strong melodic ideas with classic, heavy riffs inspired by the sounds of UFO, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, and the like.

Sample first single, the epic “Heavy King,” where you’ll also find preorder bundles at .

MIRROR Track Listing:
1. Mirror
2. Curse Of The Gypsy
3. Year Of The Red Moon
4. Heavy King
5. Madness And Magik
6. Galleon
7. Cloak Of A Thousand Secrets
8. Orion’s Sword
9. Elysian

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-Sonic Voyage Fest Announces Fall Dates In October And November

Progressive rock’s newest traveling festival returns this fall with events in New York and Michigan.

On October 16, Stratospheerius, Shadow Eden, and Lovetester will be playing at Olives in Nyack (Rockland County), NY.

On Friday, October 23, the Sonic Voyage Fest will be at the Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield, MI (Detroit). Featured are Tiles, Faded Main, Discipline, and Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius.

On Friday, October 30, Halloween Eve, the Sonic Voyage Fest takes place at Gussys in Queens, NY (New York City). Performing are Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, Shadow Eden, Joe Stump, and Rob Balducci.

On Friday November 13, Shadow Eden and Ad Astra will be playing at Binghamton’s Cyber Cafe West.

On Saturday, November 28, look for the Sonic Voyage Fest to rock Long Island in Bayshore, NY at Even Flow with Joe Stump, Shadow Eden, Stratospheerius, Ad Astra.

Created Memorial Day 2015 by three incredible bands — Circuline, Shadow Eden, and Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius — Sonic Voyage Fest’s purpose is to create a night of music that dazzles with virtuosity, ignites the senses, and pushes boundaries. Writes ProgSheet’s editor John A. Wilcox, “Sonic Voyage Fest was like General Tso’s chicken: spicy, filling, and I already want more!”

Part of Sonic Voyage Fest’s goal is also to raise consciousness of younger artists and also military veterans’ relationship with music. In the Fests band members invite dialog with fans and musicians between sets. Band members exchange notes on improvisation and composition, and other musical genres like jazz.

We are looking for sponsors to pay admission of interested veterans or students who might be going through financial hardships but would feel an event by musicians would help them. Please contact Anne Leighton, who works with Joe Deninzon, at 718-881-8183 if you can either help financially or know a veteran or student who’d benefit from going.

The Bands Who Created Sonic Voyage Fest

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius

Led by electric violinist/vocalist Joe Deninzon ( ), who has been called “The Jimi Hendrix of the violin,” Stratospheerius has showcased their “frenzied mélange of progressive rock, jazz fusion, and funkabilly” throughout the world. The New York-based group has opened for The Levin Brothers (Tony and Pete), Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, and John Scofield… Their live performances are filled with funky dance grooves, rip-roaring guitar/violin jams, and hooks that mix jazz, funk, and rock with Gypsy influences.

Stratospheerius was a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition, and was named “Best Jam Band” in the Musician’s Atlas Independent Music Awards. Joe recently premiered “Dream Diary: Concerto For Seven String Electric Violin And Orchestra” with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.

Shadow Eden

Shredguy Records recording artist Shadow Eden deliver well-crafted, listenable songs which feature virtuoso performances designed to please the ear of musicians and music lovers alike.

“Shadow Eden combine elements of progressive rock, fusion, and guitar-driven metal into well structured, highly musical, and very listenable tunes.” – Shred Academy


What do you get when you take two theatrical lead vocalists, a keyboard player from Juilliard, a musical savant playing guitar, and a drummer with progressive rock in his DNA? The new modern Prog Rock band Circuline.

Performing original and classic progressive rock, Circuline was founded in 2014 when former progressive rock tribute band Downing Grey member Andrew Colyer (keyboards, vocals), Bill Shannon (guitars, vocals), and Darin Brannon (drums, percussion) had a burning desire to write original material. Lead vocalists Billy Spillane and Natalie Brown were up for the challenge, having performed in countless venues as singers, actors, dancers, and rock musicians.

Circuline’s debut album features guest artists Matt Dorsey (Sound Of Contact) on bass, Randy McStine (Lo-Fi Resistance) as a song writer and vocalist, and Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius) on electric violin. Paul Ranieri (Shadow Eden) is currently the touring bassist with the band.

“Cinematic… refined… polished… smooth as silk… not what you usually hear from a first album…” – Marty Dorfman (The Prog Doctor), House Of Prog

“There are many layers here on first listen… delicately placed strips of all manner of sounds interwoven and joined without a hint of the seam… It’s that good, and only gets better upon each playing… Trust me — You’ll know what I mean when you listen to Return yourselves.” – Paul Watson, Progarchy

In addition to Shadow Eden and Stratospheerius, the following bands are confirmed for Sonic Voyage Fest, Fall 2015:


Hailing from the fertile musical landscape of Detroit, Tiles features Chris Herin (guitar), Jeff Whittle (bass), Paul Rarick (vocals), and Mark Evans (drums). Formed in 1993, Tiles has developed a style that blends the adventure of progressive rock with an aggressive hard rock edge. The band has released five studio albums worldwide through Inside Out Music and recently commemorated their 20th anniversary with a pair of live recordings, OFF THE FLOOR 01 & 02, which serve as career retrospectives. OFF THE FLOOR 02 was nominated for a 2015 Detroit Music Award.

Tiles has completed their sixth studio album, the double CD PRETENDING TO RUN, which is scheduled for an early 2016 release. PRETENDING TO RUN is produced by Terry Brown (Rush) and features guest appearances by Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Mike Portnoy (Flying Colors, Dream Theater), Mike Stern (Miles Davis), Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson Band), Kim Mitchell (Max Webster), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Matthew Parmenter (Discipline), and several others. Tiles endorses Mesa/Boogie Amplification, Elixir Strings, Aquarian Drumheads, Eden Bass Amplifiers, and Ken Smith Basses & Strings.


The American art rock band Discipline formed in Detroit in 1987. Their earliest shows were memorable for raw energy and unusual theatrics. Discipline’s 1993 CD PUSH & PROFIT helped the band reach an audience beyond Detroit. After a short tour in Norway in 1993, Discipline would go on to perform regularly at US progressive rock festivals and venues throughout the 1990s. Their latest studio release is TO SHATTER ALL ACCORD (2011).

Although Discipline took its name from a King Crimson album, they are most often compared to early Genesis and Van Der Graaf Generator. The progressive rock website classifies Discipline as “symphonic prog.” Hundreds of users and reviews at the site give Discipline five-star album ratings, which designates an album as “essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music.” John Collinge, publisher of Progression Magazine, acknowledged TO SHATTER ALL ACCORD with the publication’s highest marks in his 2012 review (16 out of 16 stars).

Discipline’s festival appearances in recent years include a 2012 performance at Gettysburg’s “Rites Of Spring” festival (RoSFest), and a 2008 performance at the Northeast Art Rock Festival (NEARfest) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Shows in their native Detroit are rare but not unheard of. Members of the band have performed and collaborated with other artists on occasion, including Phideaux and Tiles.

Faded Maine

Faded Main is a metro-Detroit based rock band that has been together since 2008. Their gritty rock comes from a myriad of influences including, funk, jazz, grunge, and metal. Al Bushe’s powerful lead vocals are backed by the dual guitar sounds of Mike Batke and Craig Dipaola. The rhythm section is driven by Decibel Brown and Jeff Whittle. Faded Main focuses on storytelling with great music that still has an edge. Though Faded Main performs only a few times a year, they recently opened for Ashes Of Soma. Although music is only a hobby for these musicians, Faded Main is passionate about what they do and they plan on continuing to deliver solid rock music to their fans for years to come.

The Rob Balducci Band

Since his emergence on the music scene internationally-acclaimed guitar virtuoso, producer, composer Rob Balducci has taken the music world by storm. Balducci recently released his newest CD 821 MONROE DRIVE. Rob’s astonishing technique, melodic phrasing, and total command of the instrument instantly earned him respect amongst the international guitar and music communities.

The Rob Balducci Band has toured and shared the stage with Michael Schenker, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Vernon Reid, Richie Kotzen, Andy Timmons, Extreme, and many more. Balducci is known for his teaching and has performed master classes / clinics for all of the major music manufacturers and top music schools in The United States, Europe. Asia and Australia.

“There are two things that make an effective musician, one is the technical ability to perform on the instrument and the second is an emotional investment in what you are playing. Rob has a really good equilibrium for the technical side of things and the emotional investment” – Steve Vai

“Five Stars, Hum-able shred! What a concept!” – Guitar World Magazine


Lovetester was founded in 1999 as a vehicle to play songs from Rick Bartow’s solo CD ASSTRAVAGANZA. The band is currently playing shows supporting their new CD, SLOWMENTUM.

Rick met Wes and Boxy while performing with project object, a Frank Zappa tribute band that toured the country with various Zappa band alumni such as Ike Willis, Napoloeon Murphy Brock, Don Preston, and Bunk Gardner.

Lovetester says, “We love all types of music — Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Ween, YES, Rush, King Crimson, ELP, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Weird Al, Wesley Willis. We are always learning, practicing, and striving for excellence. We know you have your choice of bands and we really do appreciate your support.”

Joe Stump

Ad Astra

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-Deth Enemy Debuts With UNMOVABLE

New Australian Hard Rock band Deth Enemy delve into the dark of a world arching into the abyss to split it with light, taking a stand for the soul once and for all.

Deth Enemy is the brainchild of the Caiulo Brothers (vocalist/guitarist Al and drummer Frank) and emerged from the blistering heat of an Australian afternoon, amidst the roars of a quiet jam session turned bedroom bound arena show (at which the band belted out what was to be their first song “Disciple”).

The band’s slick but shrieking sound swooned across from the speakers with a heavy metal grace to match the sound of early Sabbath, the ricocheting riffs of swift guitars as Al’s fingers sifted through the frets, the thunder thuds of drums Frank’s fists pumped and thumped tirelessly down into, the war cry wail of front man Al shouting out for every soul to hear, reached around the studios of London’s multi genre producer/engineer Tom E. Morrison (Underworld, Bliss, Bonnie Tyler, Andrew Roachford) who was riled in by the raw nerve verve of the band and inspired to produce and put his magic touch onto their stunning debut.

Deth Enemy are a brave new wave of Hard Rock, penning tracks touching on the listing line between life and death, the empty of loss and the full of love, the gore glossed guise of Black Metal gone, the false stripped from the fact, ripping the misery from the man chord by chord, note by note, throwing the hope rope out to a society swimming in ruins.

Having signed to independent UK Label Big Sky Song Records, the band is about to start promoting the release of their rip-roaring and devastatingly addictive debut Album UNMOVABLE.

Release Date is set to 23rd September 2015. Their hard rock sound truly harks back to the time of peerless powerhouse bands like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, only they strip the sin back from the sound like paint thinner, black being bleached back to white, dark dripping away to light, the sublime of the Hard Rock mainstays’ sound still intact. Hard Rock is back, and not only does it have a new face in the form of Deth Enemy, but it has a new place too: your headphones.

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-2016 Armstrong Metal Fest Band Submissions Now Open!

Band Submissions – Deadline November 1, 2015

Promo Video

Armstrong Metal Fest is proud to announce they will be taking band submissions until November 1st for this year’s 8th annual 2016 edition taking place on July 15th and 16th in Armstrong, BC at the Hassen Arena to showcase over 30 Western Canadian and international bands.

Festival co-founder Jesse Valstar comments:

“I make it my mission to actively check out every single band submission and check out their music! No matter how much time it takes. This is a big job because currently we have over 60 band submissions in the opening week! And we look forward to more.”

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

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

For more info, please visit:

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-SayWeCanFly Announces DARLING EP Out October 23 On Epitaph

Watch the video for title track “Darling” Now:

SayWeCanFly is one-man acoustic act Braden Barrie from Lindsay, Ontario. Today, the 20-year-old musician has announced his first EP with Epitaph Records. The DARLING EP will be released digitally on October 23. CDs will be available at .

Every once in a while an artist comes along who makes music so heartfelt and relatable that he or she become an instant sensation in the underground community — and that can certainly be said of Braden Barrie who has been playing under the name SayWeCanFly since 2009. With nearly 1.2 million social media followers, and fresh off a successful stint on the Vans Warped Tour’s Acoustic Basement stage, Barrie is finally ready to unleash his Epitaph debut the DARLING EP on the world.

“The whole recording process was just a long hangout with some microphones,” Barrie explains. “The most important thing about bringing my songs into reality is good vibes. I need to be in a space where I can completely let go and get lost in my emotions with no negative vibes or stress around because the studio is the doorway between my heart and our world.” That doorway stood wide open for Barrie who unbelievably wrote all of these songs in 24 hours. “It was just one of those days where I was able to pour my feelings onto paper without trying,” he says. “I’ve always found that my best songs happen without knowing they’re coming.”

While SayWeCanFly has previously released four EPs, and the DARLING EP features his strongest material to date. It also sees him expanding on the stripped-down instrumentation he’s utilized in the past. “The whole theme of this EP seems to be the journey through our darkness trying to find that little spark that makes us feel like we’re okay.”

Luckily for fans, Braden Barrie plans on hitting the road as much as possible over the next year and has already begun work on his next full-length album. In the meantime, hopefully these songs will help you heal.

DARLING track list:

1. Darling
2. High School
3. Better Off Alone
4. When I Come Home
5. Driftwood Heart

For more information, visit .

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-Magic Circle: Boston Quintet Joins 20 Buck Spin Cult For Release Of Triumphant JOURNEY BLIND Sophomore LP

20 Buck Spin will round out its roster for 2015 with the release of JOURNEY BLIND, the triumphant sophomore LP from Boston-based quintet Magic Circle. This year has already been the most productive and expansive year for the label, but JOURNEY BLIND will fit into your parents’ unwavering classic rock collection the same as it could be the hottest thing on your younger cousin’s latest playlist.

Who said anything about running out of ideas? The stubborn ones were born to linger, to nose out newer, more subtle permutations with the help from a few ragged f*cks willing to practice them. The Magic Circle mutts roll in heavy metal whatness, striking a balance with the pituitary culture it begat, and the tunes it jacked out. Suburban drag races. Basement bum wine scrum. Every collective thought burnt into a dirty tape dub of MOB RULES. Sabbath, especially in its later incarnations, hulks ephemerally among all openings, rests, and codas. When Chris Corry and Dan Ducas’ guitars aren’t jelly-legging around Iommi, they’re rekindling “Neon Knights,” brandishing “Die Young” credo. Meanwhile, Q clubs the kit like a drunken Cozy Powell. Brendan Radigan stakes big, black flag in vocal territory long occupied by Saint Vitus, Saxon, Armored Saint, and Trouble. Bassist Justin DeTore alternates creepy crawl and thunder word belch, laying yoke over each tune and driving them prejudicially underground.

But motherf*ck simply “sounding” like these bands. Magic Circle celebrates them, and in doing so honors the form they have found. It’s HEAVY METAL. Hit hard. Write riffs that clack along like rustbucket tanks into perpetuity. “Play” bass in ways that make you at once inseparable from every punch the drummer lands, and also ghosts every riff — working beneath, between, behind the rhythm. Sing that f*cking story as every ancient did their Homer. It means something. It stands for something. Bring that to the tape.

And so Magic Circle does. Tunes are rude, vicious. Some lumber ominously along, bare-fisting the downbeat through riffs raised from basements held in the odors of stale beer, mold, and want. Others stuff the song’s shape with directional changes — tipping a cap to Trouble and Saint Vitus via Sabbath. All the dots are easily connected. There’s no sport there. But, in lieu of refinement, we get an honest reckoning: Magic Circle is a band (quickly) becoming. Through the web of influence and itchy, artistic compulsion they’ve found savage and ultimately promising ways of reanimating long since taxidermied forms.

Following their self-titled debut which was well-received in metal and hardcore circles, Magic Circle returns with 45 minutes of dominant, pure heavy metal on JOURNEY BLIND, a record which sees the outfit doing what they do, but doing it even better. Self-produced and recorded by the band at guitarist CC’s The Pain Cave, the record surges with the viscosity a team of top-tier producers would be proud to back.

The cover art for JOURNEY BLIND is an unused piece dating to 1979 by legendary artist Joe Petagno (Motorhead, Mammoth Grinder, Autopsy) which has been properly fitted to this modern ripper which could have been captured three decades ago yet booms with a refreshed spirit to guide today’s misguided youth back to their unbeknownst roots. Devotees to the scriptures immortalized by 1980s Black Sabbath, 1980s Trouble, Pagan Altar, Saint Vitus, and the like should not pass this one by.

20 Buck Spin will make Magic Circle’s JOURNEY BLIND a reality on November 20th in CD and digital formats, with the vinyl to follow in mid-December or whenever the pressing plants can get their sh*t together.

Having successfully toured with metal lifers Satan (the band, not the deity) in 2014 and more, Magic Circle will be raging the stage surrounding the release of JOURNEY BLIND, so stand by for handcrafted flyers announcing stages to soon be smoldered to be tacked up on grimy bathroom walls in your local venue in the months ahead.

JOURNEY BLIND Track Listing:
1. Journey Blind
2. The Damned Man
3. A Ballad For The Vultures
4. Lightning Cage
5. Ghosts Of The Southern Front
6. Grand Deceivers
7. Antediluvian

-There’s a new interview with Annihilator main man Jeff Waters at .

-Former Anthrax singer John Bush talks about “compensation issues” relating to his time in the band, in episode #122 of “The Jasta Show.” Check out a short article and a link to the episode on Soundcloud at .

-Formerly Graven Image, As Darkness Dies will release its self-titled debut through Pure Steel Records on October 30. Hype: “On this record the US Power Metallers recorded 11 new, blasting tracks and also one bonus song, that won’t let down any fan of classical Heavy Metal sounds. Twin guitar harmonies in the ancient tradition, melodic, emotional, and sophisticated vocals, as well as the tight drumming of Harry Blackwell (ex-Steel Prophet) come up against catchy, straight song structures. By the way, AS DARKNESS DIES was produced by scene pioneer Mike Vescera (Obsession, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen). On this record As Darkness Dies deliver some delicate, traditional US Metal, every connoisseur will appreciate!” Track list: “Black Death,” “Cloaked In Darkness,” “Searching For Light,” “Silent Wings,” “Ghost,” “Other Side,” “High Road,” “World Of Decay,” “Life Incomplete,” “One Mistake,” “Demons,” “Far Away” (bonus track). Besides Blackwell the band’s lineup features singer Martin O’Brien, guitarists Paul Coleman and Scott Williams, and bassist Andrew Purchia. See and for more.

-Avantasia’s Tobias Sammet recently announced two more guest vocalists: Geoff Tate and Michael Kiske. Comments on the former: “I am proud to announce a very special guest today: Mr. Geoff Tate! I have been fortunate enough to meet many amazing classic metal vocalists. Whenever we’ve talked about our influence as vocalists the name Geoff Tate was brought up. Throughout his incredible career of more than 30 years Geoff has constantly explored new territory as an artist and vocalist, while he has always managed to maintain this distinctive signature vocal sound that makes him stand out. His contribution sounds nothing but amazing, and you will immediately know why the man had such a huge impact on vocalists and fans around the globe! Enchanting, unique, amazing, progressive in the purest sense of the word! Thank you for joining the Avantasia family, Geoff Tate!” Comments on the latter: “I have been friends with Micha for more than 15 years now. We recently joked when he asked me why he always gets to sing those high range speed metal anthems. My answer was quite simple: ‘Because I can hardly think of anyone who could possibly do that any better!’ The first time I heard Micha on one of my songs was 1999. I was blown away by what he did to stuff like ‘Reach Out For The Light’ or ‘The Seven Angels.’ You can convince yourself when we kick off the world tour in March, Micha will join Avantasia once again to do the old classics, but also some of the new material which sounds really fantastic; as Avantasia-esque as it gets. I am really surprised we found another time frame to do this tour together, I don’t take it for granted as this may be the last tour in a long time. It’s so difficult to align all those schedules, you can’t imagine. We managed to find a time frame in spring 2016, and we wanna enjoy it to the fullest: I can promise you that we will play more than three hours every night! Old stuff, new stuff, everything! Be there! It may be your only chance to see this particular lineup we’re putting together, for sure it will be the last Avantasia tour in quite some time at least.” Avantasia’s GHOSTLIGHTS is due out January 29 on Nuclear Blast. See for more.

-Broken Teeth’s new release, BULLDOZER, is due out October 23 in CD and vinyl formats on Texas Metal Underground Records. Track list: “Raining Fire,” “The Rough And The Tumble,” “Red River Rising,” “Devil On The Road,” “Flamethrower,” “The Hammer” (Motorhead cover), “Lightning Strikes” (Aerosmith cover). The release party is slated for October 23 at The Sidewinder in Austin, TX. Check out the video for “Flamethrower” at , and pre-order info at . See for more.

-There’s a new interview with Devil City Angels guitarist Tracii Guns at .

-The Farmageddon Open Air metal festival — “one of Western Canada’s loudest open air metal festivals for the last three years” — will now be take place every other year. Organizers with Prairie Fire Events LTD announced that in each “off year” there will be an indoor metal conference and festival — with one now slated for spring 2016 in Edmonton, Alberta — and there is crowd funding campaign at to raise $10,000. Check out a video message explaining all the updates at . See and for more.

-Australian thrash band Harlott’s new release PROLIFERATION (Metal Blade) is streaming in full at . Hype: “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.” The band consists of Andrew Hudson on guitar and vocals, Ryan Butler on lead guitar, Tomas Richards on bass, and Tim Joyce on drums, and is hitting the road in Europe with Annihilator and Archer as follows:

9/30 – O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
10/1 – Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
10/2 – O2 ABC2, Glasgow, UK
10/3 – O2 Academy, Sheffield, UK
10/4 – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
10/6 – Divan du Monde, Paris, France
10/8 – Santana 27, Bilbao, Spain
10/9 – Hard Club, Porto, Portugal
10/10 – But, Madrid, Spain
10/11 – Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona, Spain
10/13 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
10/14 – Circolo Colony, Brescia, Italy
10/15 – Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia
10/16 – Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia
10/17 – Maximum Rock Festival, Bucharest, Romania
10/19 – A38, Budapest, Hungary
10/20 – Komma, Wörgl, Austria
10/21 – Szene, Wien, Austria
10/22 – Masters Of Rock Café, Zlin, Czech Republic
10/23 – Fabryka, Krakow, Poland
10/24 – Proxima, Warsaw, Poland
10/25 – Lido, Berlin, Germany
10/27 – Godset, Kolding, Denmark
10/28 – Grünspan, Hamburg, Germany
10/29 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
10/30 – Backstage Halle, München, Germany
10/31 – Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
11/2 – Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany
11/3 – Den Atelier, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
11/4 – 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands
11/5 – Patronaat, Haarlem, The Netherlands
11/6 – De Kreun, Kortrijk, Belgium
11/7 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
11/8 – Underground, Köln, Germany

See for more.

-Helloween’s MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT tour will hit Germany early next year, with Rage in tow. The dates so far:

1/30 – Backstage, Munich, Germany
2/6 – Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
2/7 – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany

See for more.

-The Hollywood Vampires — featuring Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry along with Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum — made their live debut at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood over the weekend. Many guest joined the band onstage, including Geezer Butler, Zak Starkey, Perry Farrell, and Ke$ha. Rock Cellar Magazine has a report with pictures and videos of several songs, including The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Alice Cooper, and Pink Floyd covers; check it out at .

-Check out a recent interview with Iron Maiden guitarists Adrian Smith and Janick Gers at .

-Junkstars, a Swedish punk band, has signed with Despotz Records and will release “their upcoming eight track eargasm” THIS MEANS WAR. The band consists of singer/guitarist Max, bassist Bronxen, and drummer Matte, and the first single “Romance Of Death” is available through iTunes at , and through other digital retailers. According to the band, the song is about “removing the ugliness in the world — wars, some music, some people, lifestyles, that sort of thing. If we don’t take care of what we have then it’s pretty much over.” See and for more.

-Khymera will release THE GRAND DESIGN, featuring Dennis Ward, on December 4 through Frontiers. Check out an album sampler featuring the songs “Never Give Up On You,” “A Night To Remember,” “Say What You Want,” and “The Grand Design” online now at .

-Julian Gill’s new Kiss book, “Gene, Ace, Peter & Paul: A Detailed Exploration of the 1978 Kiss Solo Albums,” is out now. It features interviews with tons of people who were associated with the Kiss solo albums — including Michael Des Barres, Mitch Weissman, Richie Ranno, Russ Ballard, Anton Fig, Eddie Kramer, Bob Kulick, Jeff Glixman, Carol Kaye, and many more — and many other features. Check out a “flip-through” of the book at , and see for more information.

-The first single from Melted Space’s THE GREAT LIE, entitled “No Need To Fear,” is online now at . Hype: “Running at more than eight minutes in length, the glorious movement includes vocal contributions from Mariangela Demurtas, Guillaume Bideau, Christine Rhoades, David Vincent, Attila Csihar, Mikael Stanne, Arno Strobl, Clémentine Delauney, Virginie Goncalves, and Lucie Blatrier, showcasing the incredibly powerful diversity and professional delivery of this ambitious and victorious project.” See for more.

-Check out guitarist Lyden Moon’s revamped website for an updated calendar of live dates and a stream of his “Peanuts” theme song cover. His instrumental trio — also featuring bassist Joel Thierfelder and drummer Tommy Salzburg — is working on a new album due in 2016, and his new vocal band, Diamond features Moon and Thierfelder along with Bob Diamond on guitar and lead vocals and Sam Wilson on drums. Upcoming shows:

10/2 – Hattrix, Kenosha, WI
10/24 – Nite Cap, Chicago, IL
11/7 – Bada Brew, Crest Hill/Joliet, IL
11/28 – Bungalow Joe’s, Hanover Park, IL

See for more.

-Motor Sister’s new lyric video for “This Song Reminds Me Of You,” from RIDE (Metal Blade), is online now at . The band features Scott Ian, Joey Vera, John Tempesta, Pearl Aday, and Jim Wilson; see and for more.

-Operation: Mindcrime’s THE KEY is out now on Frontiers. Track list: “Choices,” “Burn,” “Re-Inventing The Future,” “Ready To Fly,” “Discussions In A Smoke Filled Room,” “Life Or Death?,” “The Stranger,” “Hearing Voices,” “On Queue,” “An Ambush Of Sadness,” “Kicking In The Door,” “The Fall.” Check out the video for “Re-Inventing The Future” at , and clips of two tracks at . See and for more.

-Reverence’s GODS OF WAR is due out in Japan on October 21 via Marquee/Avalon, and elsewhere on November 4 via Razar Ice Records. The album features cover artwork by Jobert Mello of Sledgehamer Graphix (Primal Fear, Sabaton, Hysteria). The band consists of singer Todd Michael Hall (Riot V, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr), guitarists Bryan Holland (Tokyo Blade, Arrest) and Pete Rossi (Overland, Sanxtion), bassist Michael Massie (Overloaded, Inner Recipe), and drummer Steve “Doc Killdrums” Wacholz (Savatage, Crimson Glory). Check out a teaser clip at , and a clip featuring the songs “Battle Cry,” “Angel In Black,” and “Gods Of War” at . About the latter, Holland said: “It’s been three long years since you have had any new music from the power metal band Reverence. That’s a hell of a long time to go without some OLD SCHOOL METAL. So, with that being said, we are proud to give you this short sneak peek of what you can expect from Reverence’s second release GODS OF WAR.” More hype: “The impending power metal assault is coming your way, take cover!” See and for more.

-Rose’N’s WAKE UP is due out October 30. The background: “After playing live since 30 years (with some time breaks in between) now the first self-produced album is available. Of course the demand is not to go into competition with international acts. Rose’N want to present fresh sounds with songs they already proved at a live audience to journalists and fans and wait for critique, praise, and any helpful comments about their work in order to take all these comments for improvement and making the next step for the international market and find a label believing in the group.” WAKE UP’s track list: “Flying,” “Table’s Turned,” “Tonight,” “Take Me To The Top,” “Don’t Rush Ones Fences,” “Decide It,” “My Immortal,” “Dreamer,” “Tales,” “Wake Up.” The band consists of singer Boris Proegler, lead guitarist Mike Wolf, guitarist Mike Vynnez, bassist Steven Nicks, and drummer Ralf Taylor. See and for more.

-There’s a new Rudy Sarzo interview in episode #151 of “One On One With Mitch Lafon.” Check it out at .

-After Saviours play the Day Of The Shred Festival at the The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA, on November 1, the band will head out with Corrosion Of Conformity, Brant Bjork And The Low Desert Punk Band, and Mothership as follows:

11/16 – Pub Rock, Scottsdale, AZ
11/17 – Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA
11/18 – Slim’s, San Francisco, CA
11/20 – Venue Nightclub, Vancouver, BC
11/21 – Neumo’s, Seattle, WA
11/23 – The Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
11/24 – The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
11/25 – Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN
11/28 – The Odeon, Cleveland, OH
11/29 – Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
12/1 – Opera House, Toronto, ON
12/3 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
12/7 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
12/9 – Shaka’s Live, Virginia Beach, VA
12/10 – Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC

PALACE OF VISION (Listenable Records) is due out October 30; check out the first single “Burning Shrine” at . See , , and for more.

-Silent Line, a “death-infused melodic metal” band from Bonnyville, Alberta, will release a concept album called SHATTERED SHORES on October 30. Check out an album teaser at , and the first single, “Shattered Shores I: Timeless Night,” at MetalNationNews at . The band consists of singer/guitarist Mike Burton, guitarist Randy Bergh, bassist Andy Sidloski, and drummer Adam Kallstrom. Album hype: “Producing heavy and melodic music with an orchestral flair rooted in death metal SHATTERED SHORES is the band’s first concept album. The title track is split into two parts, and throughout the album several thematic riffs and lyrics are repeated, creating a motif for listeners. The title references being stranded and trapped forever as the shores become more eroded and the reality of isolation sets in. The lyrics revolve around the themes of overcoming hardships, anxiety, and ‘weathering the storm’ in order to persevere. A single person is referred to throughout the album and everything is told from their point of view as they wander, stuck on the island — unsure of how they got there, and unsure if they will ever leave.” Track list: “Frost Of The Night,” “Erosion,” “Back And White,” “Shattered Shores I: Timeless Night,” “Summer Song,” “Starfall,” “Shattered Shores II: A New Beginning,” “Into The Chasm,” “The Faceless Shadow,” “Embrace The End.” See for more.

-Wizard Eye — the “Philadelphia-based psychedelic doom-bringers” — will unleash a self-titled album next month on Black Monk Records. The disc has been hyped thusly: “Operating at the pinnacle of their creative and musical abilities, the record was captured in just three days at Haddon Heights, New Jersey’s Gradwell House Studios with Steve Poponi, mastered by Dave Downham, and boasts a cosmic fusion of bottom-heavy grooves, fiery fuzz, churning bass, otherworldly effects and raw vocals with roots planted firmly into the lysergic soil of ’70s acts like Hawkwind, Budgie, Blue Cheer, Captain Beyond, Motörhead, and Black Sabbath.” The new song “Flying Falling” is streaming now at . See and for more.

-Wovenwar is back on the road in North America as follows:

9/23 – Slims, San Francisco, CA – w/ Unearth
9/24 – Analog Café & Theatre, Portland, OR – w/ Unearth
9/25 – Main Street Studios, Walla Walla, WA – w/ Unearth
9/26 – Studio Seven, Seattle, WA – w/ Unearth
9/27 – The Venue, Vancouver, BC – w/ Unearth
10/2 – The Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI – w/ Atreyu & Beartooth
10/5 – The Opera House, Toronto, ON – w/ Atreyu & Beartooth
10/6 – Corona Theatre, Montreal, QC – w/ Atreyu & Beartooth
10/7 – Irving Plaza, New York, NY – w/ Atreyu & Beartooth
10/9 – Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA – w/ Atreyu & Beartooth
10/10 – The Harmony Grange Hall, Wilmington, DE – w/ Atreyu & Unearth
10/11 – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD – w/ Atreyu & Unearth
10/12 – The Norva, Norfolk, VA – w/ Atreyu & Unearth
10/14 – The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ – w/ Unearth
10/15 – Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA – w/ Unearth
10/16 – Agora Ballroom, Cleveland OH – w/ Unearth
10/17 – Frankies Inner City, Toledo, OH – w/ Unearth
10/18 – Waiting Room, Buffalo, NY – w/ Unearth
10/21 – Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL – w/ Sevendust
10/22 – Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE – w/ Sevendust
10/23 – Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO – w/ Sevendust

See , , and for more.

Thanks to Pure Steel Promotion, Head First Entertainment, Metaltix, Music Buy Mail, Axel Wiesenauer, Jon Asher, Harry Sword, Adrian Garro, Chad Childers, Chad Bowar, and Liz Ciavarella-Brenner for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus #679.5 Bonus Labor Day Mini-Issue

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Mini-Issue #679.5
September 4, 2015

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-Just a couple extra press releases I didn’t have time to go through for the issue earlier this week. And, it’s Iron Maiden Day — Up the Irons!!! – Tim

*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Scorpions Announce 50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions With Deluxe Reissues Of Eight Classic Albums

Available November 6th

[Note: This info comes from and – Tim]

“It’s hard to summarize 50 years in words, but listening back to all those songs — many of them previously unreleased — recorded in one of our most creative periods, really took us back in time. The re-issues of these classic albums on CD/DVD and Vinyl is a very heartfelt project for all of us. It brought back great memories whilst we rediscovered our musical DNA by listening to the archives, selecting dozens of unreleased songs and early versions of well-known Scorpions anthems.

“Have a rocking weekend! Klaus, Rudolf & Matthias.”

Preorder here:

50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions – Trailer

The track listings for the CD and DVD versions are as follows:

BLACKOUT CD+DVD (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Disk 1:
1. Blackout
2. Can’t Live Without You
3. No One Like You
4. You Give Me All I Need
5. Now!
6. Dynamite
7. Arizona
8. China White
9. When The Smoke Is Going Down
10. Blackout (Unreleased Demo Vers.) (Bonus Track)
11. Running For The Plane (Unreleased Demo Song) (Bonus Track)
12. Sugar Man (Unreleased Demo Song) (Bonus Track)
13. All My Love (Unreleased Demo Song) (Bonus Track)
14. Searching For The Rainbow (Unreleased Demo Song) (Bonus Track)

Disk 2:
1. No One Like You (Video Clip)
2. Arizona (Video Clip)
3. Blackout (Rock Pop In Concert)
4. Loving You Sunday Morning (Rock Pop In Concert)
5. Coming Home (Rock Pop In Concert)
6. Always Somewhere (Rock Pop In Concert)
7. Holiday (Rock Pop In Concert)
8. Can’t Live Without You (Rock Pop In Concet)
9. Dynamite (Rock Pop In Concert)
10. Can’t Get Enough (Rock Pop In Concert)
11. Make It Real (Not Broadcasted) (Rock Pop In Concert)
12. The Zoo (Not Broadcasted) (Rockpop In Concert)
13. Interview Special With R. Schenker, K. Meine, M. Jabs, H. Rarebell

LOVE AT FIRST STING 2CD+DVD (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Disk 1:
1. Bad Boys Running Wild
2. Rock You Like A Hurricane
3. I’m Leaving You
4. Coming Home
5. The Same Thrill
6. Big City Nights
7. As Soon As The Good Times Roll
8. Crossfire
9. Still Loving You
10. Coming Home (Unreleased Demo Vers.) (Bonus Track)
11. Living At Night (Unreleased Demo Song) (Bonus Track)
12. First Sting Jam No. 1 (Unreleased Demo) (Bonus Track)
13. Anytime (You Want It) (Unreleased Demo Song) (Bonus Track)
14. Still Loving You (Unreleased Demo Vers.) (Bonus Track)

Disk 2:
Live At Madison Square Garden, New York City 06.07.84
1. Intro
2. Coming Home
3. Blackout
4. Bad Boys Running Wild
5. Loving You Sunday Morning
6. Big City Nights
7. Holiday (Acoustic)
8. Still Loving You
9. Rock You Like A Hurricane
10. The Zoo
11. Dynamite

Disk 3:
1. Rock You Like A Hurricane (Video Clip)
2. I’m Leaving You (Video Clip)
3. Big City Nights (Video Clip)
4. Still Loving You (Video Clip)
5. Rock You Like A Hurricane (TV Show Germany 1985)
6. Still Loving You (TV Show Germany 1985)
7. Still Loving You (TV Show Germany 1984)
8. Big City Nights (Monster Of Rock Germany 1986)
9. Interview Special With R. Schenker, K. Meine, M. Jabs, H. Rarebell

WORLD WIDE LIVE CD+DVD (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Disk 1:
1. Countdown
2. Coming Home
3. Blackout
4. Bad Boys Running Wild
5. Loving You Sunday Morning
6. Make It Real
7. Big City Nights
8. Coast To Coast
9. Holiday
10. Still Loving You
11. Rock You Like A Hurricane
12. Can’t Live Without You
13. Another Piece Of Meat
14. Dynamite
15. The Zoo
16. No One Like You
17. Can’t Get Enough (Part 1)
18. Six String Sting
19. Can’t Get Enough (Part 2)

Disk 2:
1. Coming Home (Originally Only Available On VHS)
2. Blackout
3. Big City Nights
4. Loving You Sunday Morning
5. No One Like You
6. Holiday
7. Bad Boys Running Wild
8. Still Loving You
9. Rock You Like A Hurricane
10. Dynamite
11. Interview Special With R. Schenker, K. Meine, M. Jabs, H. Rarebell

SAVAGE AMUSEMENT CD+DVD (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Disk 1:
1. Don’t Stop At The Top
2. Rhythm Of Love
3. Passion Rules The Game
4. Media Overkill
5. Walking On The Edge
6. We Let It Rock… You Let It Roll
7. Every Minute Every Day
8. Love On The Run
9. Believe In Love
10. Taste Of Love (Unreleased Demo Song) (Bonus Track)
11. Edge Of Time (Unreleased Demo Version) (Bonus Track)
12. Don’t Wait Too Long (Unreleased Demo Song) (Bonus Track)
13. Fast And Furious (Unreleased Demo) (Bonus Track)
14. Dancing With The Moonlight (Unreleased Demo Version) (Bonus Track)
15. Living For Tomorrow (Unreleased Demo Song) (Bonus Track)
16. I Can’t Explain

Disk 2:
1. Rhythm Of Love (Video Clip)
2. Passion Rules The Game (Video Clip)
3. Believe In Love (Video Clip)
4. I Can’t Explain (Video Clip)
5. Documentary with clips and live material “To Russia With Love”
6. Interview Special With R. Schenker, K. Meine, M. Jabs, H. Rarebell

*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Rockett Queen Celebrates The Worldwide Release Of Their New Record, GOODNIGHT CALIFORNIA, And Challenges Texas Musicians To Help Wipe Out Hunger At “Rock Out Hunger 2”

TYLER, TEXAS — What if we booked a major rock concert event in Tyler in September that is open to all ages and features some major guest appearances? Sounds great already doesn’t it? What if we create this event as an opportunity to affect our community in a very positive way?

Hunger is on the rise and we need your help!

One only needs to visit the East Texas Food Bank to witness the growing trend of people struggling to find their next meal. Hunger in America is a very real problem! Fifty million Americans, or one in six, are food insecure, according to the UDSA definition, meaning they are often forced to skip meals, eat less at meals, buy cheap non-nutritious food and/or sometimes feed their children but not themselves.

Storming out of East Texas, Rockett Queen burst onto the scene in 2003 and has since been a force with which to be reckoned. Fronted by charismatic, explosive lead vocalist/guitarist Walter Lee, and driven by the untamed Jay Scars on lead guitar, Chaz Graves on bass, and Keith Crash on drums, they have cultivated immense recognition and rave reviews.

The overall purpose of action is to support the East Texas Food Bank “Hunger Action Month” efforts, culminating with the second annual, all-ages event, “Rock Out Hunger 2” featuring special guests. “Rock Out Hunger 2” is scheduled for Saturday, September 26 at Click’s Live! This event will also serve as the band’s record release party. Rockett Queen’s GOODNIGHT CALIFORNIA will be released around the world on Friday, September 25 via their new record deal with Fade To Silence Records ( ) via Amped Distribution ( ). Last year’s event raised more than a half-ton of food. This year’s goal is over one ton of non-perishable food items to be collected. Please help us achieve this lofty goal!

Since 1988, the East Texas Food Bank, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has provided food to over 200 partner agencies in an effort to feed children, the working poor, and seniors throughout 26 counties in East Texas. In 2014, over 20 million meals were distributed to hungry East Texans. One in four children and one in five adults in East Texas are food insecure. September is national Hunger Action Month. To find out other ways you can take action against hunger, go to .

“We are extremely excited about the support of Rockett Queen,” said Dennis Cullinane, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank. “We appreciate their efforts in raising awareness about hunger in our community.”

As Rockett Queen nears release of GOODNIGHT CALIFORNIA worldwide, Rockett Queen’s Walter Lee said, “Rock Out Hunger 2 will be the ideal event to celebrate our new record. Having said that, it is significantly more important to unite the music communities of East Texas and Dallas (by the addition of Secret Of Boris to the benefit) to combat food insecurity by raising a ton of non-perishable food items and a ton of awareness.”

“The band formed with one real objective in mind and that was to put together an honest rock band with no gimmicks,” Lee explained. “Just a four-on-the-floor, leave-nothing-left-on-the-stage rock ‘n’ roll band. We all came together out of the desire to do something genuine and not watered down into some small sub-genre of music that people feel the need to do these days. We felt people were really looking for an honest rock band.”

Rockett Queen quickly earned the title “Best Unsigned Band in America” by winning a contest that led a spot on the “John Tucker Must Die” soundtrack, as well as being featured in MTV’s hit show “Newport Harbor,” all while the band was still in its infancy.

The band’s debut album, TOO ROCK FOR RADIO, garnered critical praise at home and abroad, where TOO ROCK FOR RADIO saw a release through Japan’s Little Rock Records and spreads in the country’s biggest magazines. Having built a devoted following, Rockett Queen took its explosive rock ‘n’ roll show on the road, covering much of the southern United States, both headlining, opening for national acts, and even appearing on multiple stops of the Vans Warped Tour.

Rockett Queen quickly raced back into the studio to record a sophomore EP, KISS AND TELL. The EP spawned the single “Since You’ve Been Gone,” which gained notoriety and received heavy airplay on Texas Top 40 radio station The Breeze.

Soon after KISS AND TELL, the group returned to the studio to begin work on another EP, GOODNIGHT CALIFORNIA. Originally released in 2011, GOODNIGHT CALIFORNIA is receiving a 2015 re-release, including three new tracks, to tide fans over until the completion of Rockett Queen’s sophomore album later this year. Watch the lyric video here for the song “I Hate You” at this link:

For more information on Rockett Queen, point your browser to the following links:

Joining Rockett Queen on the bill of the “Rock Out Hunger 2” concert will be Secret Of Boris from Dallas. Secret Of Boris has emerged from the Dallas music scene with a uniquely heavy yet hauntingly beautiful hard rock sound. Their debut record YOUR GHOST was produced by Harder Beat 2009 Producer of the Year, Alex Gerst (Seasons After, Fair To Midland, Slow Roosevelt). “An infectious blend of catchy hooks, snappy rhythms, and aggressive riffage… heavy music’s weighty crunch and even sugary ’80s pop… one of Dallas’ most promising talents,” says Jerry Rutherford of LIT Monthly. “Melodic, progressive, Indie, mainstream, metal, pop — it’s like being turned on to the best stuff you’ve never heard with the comfortable familiarity of the stuff you’ve heard a million times,” says Robert Miguel of Robert Miguel Presents.

Having gained a rabid following throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, Secret Of Boris is currently touring surrounding cities and states throughout the southwest, increasing their army of loyal fans. On their way to world domination, Secret Of Boris has shared the stage with Black Light Burns, Hed(pe), F5, Underoath, Ugly Mustard, Fair To Midland, Anberlin, God Forbid, Boondox, and Hopesfall. Watch the video here for the song “Virus” at this link:

For more information on Secret Of Boris, point your browser to the following link:

Joining Rockett Queen and Secret Of Boris on the “Rock Out Hunger 2” Concert bill will be This Day Forth from Longview, Texas. Named “one of the forefront bands on the scene in East Texas,” by Sean Patrick, 96.1 The Rock of East Texas, with captivating tunes and piercing lyrics, this band will not soon be forgotten.

This Day Forth has shared the stage with the following bands: Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Nothing More, Bobaflex, The Veer Union, Powerman 5000, My Darkest Days, Flaw, Janus, Adema, Earshot, Rev Theory, Earshot, Veins Of Jenna, Dax Riggs, Girl On Fire, Scare Don’t Fear, Eyes Set To Kill, Sean Danielsen (of Smile Empty Soul). Watch their video here for the song “New Reality” at this link:

For more information on This Day Fort, point your browser to the following link:

Joining Rockett Queen, Secret Of Boris, and This Day Forth on the bill of the “Rock Out Hunger 2” concert will be Bibeau. Pronounced “b ih b OH,” “be-bow,” “bi:bo,” “bebo,” the band decided to use their family last name after Van Halen (brothers on drums and guitar) and have worked hard for the past five years to develop a large following via performance videos on YouTube, ReverbNation and Facebook. Recently, Bibeau stayed ahead of the proverbial curve by launching a new Bibeau App for the iTunes and Google Play marketplaces, available for free on each platform.

Download here for Apple:

Download here for Google:

Bibeau can be best described as a musical bridge between the classic power metal from the ’70s and ’80s combined with the edge and attitude of today’s modern metal. Hailing from Texas, Bibeau draws inspiration from everything from Rush to Avenged Sevenfold, Pantera to Dream Theater, Opeth to Mastodon, Metallica to Iron Maiden. Having said that, Bibeau manages to sound unlike anyone else around, mature, driven and poised for success with a purpose beyond their age range.

Bibeau have been hailed as “Metal’s New Breed” and have wowed audiences with their skill, advanced technical abilities (at such a young age) coupled with their intense delivery and the sheer strength of their original material. With their new spin on power metal, Bibeau is most certainly pushing the boundaries of music. Bibeau have written several original songs and developed a massive stage production to take on the road to support their forthcoming debut effort later this year. Forged with a firm grasp of the lineage, spirit, and history of the music they adore, Bibeau is comprised of vocalist Josh Hardin, guitarists Robin Bibeau and Garrett Hudgins, bassist Chris Smith, and drummer Peyton Bibeau. The best is yet to come.

Watch the teaser video here at this link:

For more information on Bibeau, point your browser to the following link:

Rockett Queen will issue a challenge aimed at other local area bands and the community at large to participate in the East Texas Food Band “Food Bucket Challenge.” Similar to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the bands will have 48 hours to respond with a video of each band donating at least two non-perishable food items to the East Texas Food Bank Collection Buckets at five area locations:

Click’s Live: 1946 E Southeast Loop 323, Tyler TX 75701, (903) 593-6499
Centerstage Music: 1861 Troup Hwy, Tyler TX 75701, (903) 593-2780
Kids Klub: 2028 E Rusk St., Jacksonville TX 75766, (903) 589-3957
The Breeze: 402 S Ragsdale St., Jacksonville TX 75766, (903) 586-2527
Mundt Music, Tyler & Longview, (903) 561-8828
Hot Topic, Broadway Square Mall, Tyler TX, (903) 561-2440
Hastings, 4015 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler TX, (903) 534-9278

“Rock Out Hunger 2” will be held Saturday, September 26 at Click’s Live! in Tyler, TX. It is open to all ages. Tickets are $10 at the door or $5 with a donation of two non-perishable food items.

East Texas Food Bank

Rock Out Hunger 2

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Detritus #679

4 September 2015 Leave a comment

Issue #679
Week of August 31, 2015

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*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Death Dealer To Unleash Sophomore Album Titled HALLOWED GROUND

Death Dealer will drop their highly anticipated second full-length, HALLOWED GROUND, on October 2nd, via Sweden Music Group (SMG), and have a hard-hitting video ready to drop, for “Break the Silence:”

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

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

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.

Fresh off a summer European tour, Death Dealer are primed to rock the world with their killer new album. Get ready to be rocked!

“HALLOWED GROUND satisfies from start to finish… it is what metal should sound like!” –Ross The Boss

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


*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Swedish Metal Vets Tad Morose Unleash ST. DEMONIUS And Prepare To Launch European Tour

BOLINAS, SWEDEN — Months of anticipation and online fervor have led up to last week’s highly anticipated release of Tad Morose’s eighth album, ST. DEMONIUS.

Recorded at Claustrophobic Studios in Geffe, Sweden and produced by the band themselves, ST. DEMONIUS is the band’s second album for upstart label Despotz Records and is exactly what one has come to expect from the Swedish metal heroes — only more straightforward, unnecessarily complicated, slower, faster, more melodic and heavier, in the words of the collective band members.

The album’s tone is immediately set with the opening track, “Bow To The Reaper’s Blade,” a frantic number delivered at breakneck speed highlighted by time changes and front man Ronny Hemlin’s powerful voice, pushed way out front, followed by the dark, melodic punch of first single, “Forlorn.” With “Remain” the quintet delivers a bona fide power metal anthem while “The Shadows Play,” “Fear Subside,” and “Dream Of Memories” highlight the riff exchange between ex-Torch guitarist Kenneth Jonsson and Tad Morose founder / main man Christer “Krunt” Andersson.

ST. DEMONIUS is out worldwide now.

The band will support the album’s release with a European tour kicking off on September 3 in Copenhagen, Denmark and concluding on 13 September in Vasby, Sweden. The dates are as follows:

4 Sept Wuppertal, Germany – Underground
5 Sept Eernegem, Belgium – B52 Club
6 Sept Weert, Netherlands – De Bosuil
7 Sept Verviers, Belgium – Spirit of 66
8 Sept Erfurt, Germany – Club From Hell
9 Sept Bielsko-Biala, Poland – Rudeboy
10 Sept Prague, Czechoslavakia – Nova Chmelnice
11 Sept Szczecin, Poland – Kosmos
12 Sept Hamburg, Germany – Live Music Club St Pauli
13 Sept Malmo, Sweden – Dr. Feelgood’s

Relative sites:

*** PRESS RELEASE #3 ***
-Visigoth To Perform At Frost And Fire Festival Next Month With Manilla Road

Salt Lake City metallers, Visigoth, will be performing in Southern California this October at The Frost And Fire Festival. The heavy metal gala will take place Saturday, October 17th at Bombay Bar And Grill. Tickets and information, including the full lineup, can be found online at . Tickets are also available at Salzer’s Records in Ventura and Headline Records in Los Angeles. Metal Blade, Hells Headbangers, Century Media, Shadow Kingdom, and Skol Records will all be in attendance with giveaways for attendees. Metal Blade will also be selling classic and limited vinyl and CDs at the event.

Comments Visigoth of the upcoming festival appearance: “We are extremely excited and honored to share the stage with colossal metal titans. Manilla Road, majestic hard rockers Ashbury, and some of the best new heavy metal bands out there at the only traditional heavy metal festival on the West Coast. The crushing lineup and beautiful seaside location makes this a must for fans of heavy metal worldwide. We’ll see you in Ventura!”

For out-of-town guests, the festival has secured a discounted rate at the Clocktower Inn (three blocks from the venue). Just mention “Frost And Fire” upon booking to receive a reduced rate for your hotel stay the weekend of the festival. Book now here:

Visigoth thrusts forth a brand of heavy metal that hearkens back to the golden age of ironclad riff work and powerful vocals. They pay tribute to the titans of steel that left their mark on the history of the genre, and their earth-shaking sound echoes with a deep reverence for their roots.

Visigoth goes above and beyond mere imitation, making their own musical mark on the genre they lovingly embrace. In Visigoth’s realm, there are no frills, no gimmicks; there is only heavy metal.

Watch the video for “The Revenant King” now on YouTube at and visit to pick up a copy of the album.

“If wizards, battles, and crunchy riffs roll your 20-sided die a critical hit, heed Visigoth’s call. On its debut album, the Salt Lake City power-metal band looks to Manowar, Judas Priest, and Manilla Road (‘Necropolis’ gets covered here) for that classic ’80s sound, but the production is decidedly heavier, with mammoth choruses led by Jake Rogers’ regal voice.” — NPR Music

“Visigoth have +three guitars enchanted to increase their chances of scoring a critical riff.” — Metal Hammer

“Visigoth could have easily been selected to participate in their tremendous Metal Massacre series.” —

“Visigoth deliver the real-deal old-school goods with power and swagger to spare…” — Revolver Magazine

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-Expanded Edition Of Classic GTR Album Announced

GTR: 2CD DELUXE EXPANDED EDITION Release Date: Friday, September 18, 2015

• New deluxe and expanded 2-CD digi-pak edition of the 1986 album by Steve Hackett & Steve Howe’s band GTR
• With bonus 14-track CD of GTR live in Los Angeles in July 1986 & three bonus tracks taken from rare singles & EPs
• Newly re-mastered
• Fully restored artwork and essay with new liner notes

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the official release of a 2-disc deluxe edition of GTR, the self-titled 1986 album by Steve Hackett and Steve Howe’s band GTR.

GTR was formed in 1985 following guitarist Steve Howe’s departure from Asia. Teaming up with the equally legendary guitarist Steve Hackett, GTR was assembled with the addition of vocalist Max Bacon, bassist Phil Spalding, and drummer Jonathan Mover.

The band’s sole album was produced by Geoff Downes and was issued in July 1986 and was a US Top 20 hit album and also was a UK Top 50 hit. Two singles drawn from the record (“When The Heart Rules The Mind” & “The Hunter”) were also hits in the USA. Although a short-lived group, GTR also toured to promote the album (with the addition of Matt Clifford on keyboards) performing material from the album, as well as songs such as “Roundabout” and “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe),” made famous by Yes and Genesis, respectively. Although GTR ceased to exist as a band in 1987, the group’s sole album is an important moment in rock music of the 1980s.

This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered and is presented here with the addition of a bonus 14-track CD of GTR live in Los Angeles in July 1986. There are also three bonus tracks taken from promotional 12-inch singles of “When The Heart Rules The Mind” & “The Hunter,” two of which appear on CD for the first time.

This expanded deluxe edition of GTR also includes a booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and features a new essay.

Disc One:
GTR: Re-mastered

1. When The Heart Rules The Mind
2. The Hunter
3. Here I Wait
4. Sketches In The Sun
5. Jekyll And Hyde
6. You Can Still Get Through
7. Reach Out (Never Say No)
8. Toe The Line
9. Hackett To Bits
10. Imagining

Bonus Tracks
11. The Hunter (special GTR mix)
12. When The Heart Rules The Mind (single version)
13. The Hunter (single version)

Disc Two:
GTR: Live in Los Angeles in July 1986

1. Jekyll And Hyde
2. Here I Wait
3. Prizefighters
4. Imagining
5. Hackett To Bits
6. Spectral Mornings
7. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
8. Sketches In The Sun
9. Pennants
10. Roundabout
11. The Hunter
12. You Can Still Get Through
13. Reach Out (Never Say No)
14. When The Heart Rules The Mind

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-Divebomb Records: ARTCH Reissues Coming

We are excited to announce our partnership with Metal Blade Records to bring the fans new editions of both ARTCH albums. Each release contains new liner notes with full lyrics, essays by Carlos Ramirez of, as well as archival photos and vintage articles. They will be available direct from the Divebomb Records store starting September 25th. The first 100 customers to order both albums get a free, limited edition, ARTCH logo magnet.

Be sure to catch ARTCH appearing at Keep It True XIX in April 2016.

History books have heralded Norway as the black metal movement’s most fertile breeding ground, but the country’s heavy metal scene isn’t exclusively about corpse paint and Helvete. One of the finest and most underrated groups to come out of the land of 10,000 lakes is undoubtedly ARTCH. Formed in 1983, the power metal outfit released two demos before hooking up with Eric Hawk, a killer vocalist from Iceland.

With Hawk on board, ARTCH would eventually sign with Metal Blade Records and release ANOTHER RETURN, their debut full-length. Arriving in stores in 1988, the album garnered rave reviews from the heavy metal media of the day. Kerrang! blessed the record with a perfect 5-K rating, while Metal Forces deemed it an instant classic, giving it 100 points, the magazine’s top score.

1991 saw ARTCH unleash their sophomore album, FOR THE SAKE OF MANKIND. The record was packed with anthemic tracks such as “When Angels Cry” and “Titanic,” and it also finds the band also introducing more hard rock elements into their sound. As great as FOR THE SAKE OF MANKIND is, it failed to bring them commercial success, eventually leading to ARTCH’s breakup in the early ’90s.

Their lack of mainstream attention never got in the way of ARTCH’s popularity within the underground metal scene in the following decades. A longtime fan of the band, Divebomb Records founder Matthew Rudzinski, secured the rights to the ARTCH albums and is bringing you updated reissues of both. Featuring new liner notes, rare photos, and bonus tracks (on FOR THE SAKE OF MANKIND), these discs will surely sell out of their limited edition runs.

Track list:
1. Conversio Prelude
2. Another Return To Church Hill
3. Power To The Man
4. Loaded
5. Where I Go
6. Metal Life
7. The Promised Land
8. Shoot To Kill
9. Living In The Past
10. Reincarnation

Track list:
1. When Angels Cry
2. Appologia
3. Burn Down The Bridges
4. Paradox
5. To Whom It May Concern
6. Titanic
7. Confrontation
8. Turn The Tables
9. To Be Or Not To Be
10. Batteries Not Included
11. Razamanaz

Bonus Tracks:
12. Daredevil
13. Jezebel
14. Dog On The Run (Demo)
15. Sirens (Demo)

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-Madame Mayhem Enlists Rock’s Top Names For New Studio Album NOW YOU KNOW

Madame Mayhem is certainly a commanding and unforgettable figure — all you have to do is check out the new video for the song “Monster” for the proof. But dig a bit deeper, and you will discover that some of rock and metal’s most renowned and respected names played a part in her forthcoming full-length album, NOW YOU KNOW, which will be released through BFD/RED on October 16, 2015 (in the USA and Canada).

A powerhouse team of rock talent including Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Winery Dogs) — who produced and played on the album — Ray Luzier (KoRn, KXM), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (formerly of Guns N’ Roses), Russ Parrish (“Satchel” from Steel Panther), and Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo) all appear on the 14-track recording.

But before the album’s autumn arrival, fans can check out the striking clip for “Monster” (by Industrialism Films). “This video shows the escape from being trapped, under speculation, and breaking free to embrace your true self,” explains Mayhem. “Raw and real! About how society can turn you into what they already think you are.”

Though a singer first (and front woman/show woman during live performances), Madame Mayhem is also a song writer, and plays piano and guitar. And soon, the world will experience her extraordinary talents!

Madame Mayhem – “Monster” [Official Video]

Billy Sheehan on Madame Mayhem’s new record:

NOW YOU KNOW track listing:
1. Monster
2. Perfect Nightmare
3. Something Better (Now You Know)
4. Left For Dead
5. Witchcraft
6. More Than Misery
7. Better Days
8. … After 2 AM
9. Nothing To lose
10. Under The Microscope
11. Sacrifice
12. Pain
13. Can’t Stand
14. Anyone Who Had A Heart


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-7th Heaven Releases THE BEST OF 1985 – 2015 Dual CD

7th Heaven releases THE BEST OF 1985 – 2015. A 42-song feel-good dual CD of various Pop/Rock songs.

Established in Pop-Rock, 7th Heaven is from a five-member Chicago act. 7th Heaven plays over 250 shows a year, has sold tens of thousands of CDs, has a Worldwide fan base and plays to over one million people each year.

In 2011, 7th Heaven charted three products on the Billboard Charts, and went #1 in the Chicago Region for four straight weeks.

In 2012, 7th Heaven charted again on the Billboard Charts, and went #1 in the Chicago Region for seven straight weeks.

In 2014, 7th Heaven charted again on the Billboard Charts, and went #1 in the Chicago Region.

7th Heaven has been able to develop their own unique brand of rock music that proves that the fundamentals of great pop rock song still ring true with their new release NEXT.

Track Listing:
Disc 1
1. Sing
2. This Summers Gonna Last Forever
3. Gravity
4. Dance Of A Lifetime
5. Stoplight
6. Cellophane
7. Time Of Our Lives
8. I’ll Be Waiting
9. Better This Way
10. Diamonds
11. We Live Life Young
12. I Can’t Find Love
13. Kill The Cycle
14. It’s You
15. Dance In The Rain
16. Go For A Ride
17. Right By Your Side
18. Ghost Of Me
19. Never Gonna Bring Me Down
20. I Don’t Know
21. Shapes

Disc 2
1. Young And Bulletproof
2. Once In A Lifetime
3. Medicated
4. Living In Danger
5. Now And Forever
6. In The City
7. The One
8. Undone
9. Let’s Talk
10. All In You
11. War Machine
12. The Way It Used To Be
13. While You Dream
14. Windows
15. Die For You, Die For Me
16. You Lied
17. Why You Gotta Be Like That
18. Separated
19. Boom
20. Winning It All
21. The Time Has Come

Lineup on this dual CD:
Adam Heisler (Lead Vocals)
Keith Semple (Lead Vocals)
Andrew Blake (Lead Vocals)
Tony DiGiulio (Lead Vocals)
Anthony Fedorov (Lead Vocals)
Michael Sean (Lead Vocals)
Richard Hofherr (Lead Guitar / Keyboards / Vocals)
Nick Cox (Guitars / Vocals)
Mark Kennetz (Bass / Vocals)
Mike Mooshey (Drums)
Dan Miller (Drums)

Additional Background Vocals:
Matt Clark

Produced, engineered, Mixed & Mastered by: Richard Hofherr

Buy A Copy Here:

Direct from Band (Worldwide)

iTunes (U.S.)

Check out 7th Heaven at .

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-Metal Musicians From Throughout The World Unite In Metaspherical

Heavy metal is a universal language. And this is proven once and for all by the formation of Metaspherical, whose debut single, “Cloth Of Ought To,” is planned for release September 4th via Amazon and iTunes.

Amazon sales link:

iTunes link:

This first single features Kelly Shaefer (Atheist/Neurotica) on lead vocals, Jason Morley (Metaspherical) on guitar, Gene Hoglan (Testament/Dethklok/Dark Angel) on drums, Travis Morgan (ex-Atheist – ) on bass, Shawn Bowen (DidgesChrist Superdrum/Neurotica) on backing vocals, and an amazing guest lead from Andy LaRocque (King Diamond/Death).

Metaspherical is a global collective of players from all corners of the planet who have come together to fuse aspects of many of the classic sub-genres of metal. At this time, the countries currently represented include: Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, and the United States. Some of the musicians who are currently on board for this project include past and present members associated with such acclaimed bands/artists as Atheist, Cynic, Death, King Diamond, Origin, Steve Vai, Testament, Voivod, and Zimmer’s Hole, as well as some incredibly talented unknown players, who all bring unique aspects of their varying styles to the table.

Metaspherical and all the musicians involved are very proud to partner with Sweet Relief ( ) for this Global Metal Adventure! When the track is purchased, you are helping raise the money to complete a full-length Metaspherical album, and also, to help aid working musicians who are suffering with physical and mental disabilities.

Morley (who is also Metaspherical’s producer) is the survivor of a very severe head injury, which required him to undergo seven brain surgeries and forced him to face some very serious challenges. One of these many challenges was struggling over a long period of time to physically build up dexterity in his hands, as well as having to re-teach himself many aspects of the guitar. Jason had previously studied classical guitar and played heavy metal on electric guitars (without a pick) for well over a decade prior to this accident.

This is just the beginning, as Metaspherical will be looking for many more artists, both known and unknown, to grow this into something much larger where we can give back and help others through the spirit of Heavy Metal.

Soon, the rest of the world will be able to experience the mighty metal of Metaspherical.

For a taster, check out these video clips:

Metaspherical Trailer

Metaspherical “Cloth Of Ought To” video


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-Karthago Records To Release Creature’s RIDE THE BULLET

After 10 years a German legend is back. Active since the ’80s and on the scene with the outstanding re-release of their 1989 album WAY TO PARADISE in 2005, there was some silence around this great band from Hamburg. Now in 2015 finally a new album is ready!

RIDE THE BULLET shows again fantastic song writing and a powerful sound, so if you were a fan of the band before you will need the new songs without doubt. ’80s sounding Metal at its best. Listen to… the whole album! But for a fast check just click on the first two tracks “Nervous Breakdown” and “Ride The Bullet” and you know what I mean.

In 1982, Marco Clausen, Torsten Janz, and Carsten Runge (in that time on drums) started the story of Creature. There has been much tried, the band became bigger and then in 1989 the first self-produced LP CREATURE was recorded and released. This was followed by a successful and rocking time with many great gigs. After that, it became a bit quiet around the band, and at the end of 1991, Creature split up. For Carsten came as tenacious, and especially rhythmic replacement, Thomas “Doc” Knuth on the drums, furthermore other band members have been changed. Creature was continued with a changed lineup, but have been put on hold a few years later for other band projects.

At the time when Kathargo Records was on the hunt for the good old ’80s Metal, they encountered on our LP and the musical metal passion in Creature blazed on again. 2004 Creature was patched back together and revamped with really strong vocal support from Susi Fedor and Danni Della Vecchia. First gigs in 2005 showed that there still is — the good old Metal!

So we are back in our good old musty smelly practice room. A recent CD is of course mandatory. And we did it on our own way with support by Pure Steel Records. Probably with the big chance to get a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest time between the first and the second album — believe it or not 26 years!

RIDE THE BULLET track list:
1. Intro
2. Nervous Break Down
3. Ride The Bullet
4. Can’t You Realize
5. Don’t Believe In Rumors
6. Deep Down ‘n’ Dirty
7. LA
8. Heroes
9. Spit
10. Bitch Part I
11. Bitch Part II
12. I Can’t Break Out
13. Break
14. L.O.V.E.
15. No Voice Rumors
Total playtime: 56:35

vocals, guitars – Marco Clausen
backing vocals – Daniela “Danni” Della Vecchia
guitars, keyboard – Torsten Janz
backing vocals – Susanne “Susi” Fedor
bass – Carsten Runge
drums – Thomas “Doc” Knuth

Format: CD
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal
Release: September 18, 2015
Distributor: Soulfood Music Distribution GmbH

Pure Steel Promotion

Pure Steel Records

Karthago Records

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-Swedish Powerhouse Casablanca Streams Single, “Closer,” Through

TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA — In one month’s time, renowned Scandinavian hard rockers Casablanca will unleash their third album, MISKATONIC GRAFFITI, through Despotz Records. A concept album in the true sense of the word, one might wonder how well the individual songs on the album stand up on their own.

The band has decided to let the public figure out the obvious answer to this question by teaming up with the website that defines the subgenre of music to which they belong — — to stream the first single, “Closer,” from the album.

Comprising the second chapter of MISKATONIC GRAFFITI, “Closer” tells how the characters Mat and Josie find themselves confronted and chased by someone or something that has slipped through the passage to The Mountains and seemingly wants to kill the two of them. The story takes a sudden turn when Sgt. Doom steps in. This is a classic horror story that ends in favor of the victim while the perpetrator faces a cruel and certain death.

“I’ve had this HP Lovecraft concept story in mind since I was young and when we came up with a load of different sounding songs that would fit perfect in story form we decided to give it a try,” says front man Anders Ljung, regarding the idea behind the MISKATONIC GRAFFITI album.

MISKATONIC GRAFFITI is out on September 25 through Despotz Records. “Closer” is out today.

Relative sites:

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-Jethrol Tull – The Rock Opera; Ian Anderson Presents Eight Shows Only In The USA This November

Ian Anderson celebrates the life and times of the English Agricultural inventor, Jethro Tull, with a tour in North America this November 1-11.

The show tells 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’s 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 begins the touring schedule in the UK followed by Russian, European, and South American dates before the end of the year.

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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-Australian Thrashers Harlott Release New Single “Cross Contamination” Exclusively Via Website Of Rock Hard Germany!

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

In collaboration with Rock Hard Germany we now present the second single “Cross Contamination” — click HERE to check it out!

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

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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-Darkyra Black’s FOOL Due In September

Artist: Darkyra Black
Title: FOOL
Label: Darkyra Black/Cargo Records
Genre: Symphonic Rock/Metal
Country: Australia
Format: CD Album/Digital
Release Date: September 18, 2015

“Upon first listen you may liken it to industry greats such as Within Temptation or even Tarja (ex-Nightwish) but in doing so you wouldn’t even come close. Very few women in the industry are able to weave music in such a way as Darkyra and make music her own muse.”

Musicians & featured co-writers:
Gina Bafile – Lead Vocals, Vocals
Garry King – Drums (Jeff Beck, Joe Lynn Turner, Mike Lepond)
Betovani Dinelli – Guitar (Achillea, Joe Lynn Turner)
George Boussounis – Producer

Additional Musicians:
Fab Jablonski – Keyboards (Banda Inox, Achillea)
Tony Dolan – Bass (Venom Inc., M-Pire Of Evil, ex-Venom)
Kostas Vichos – Bass
Ilias Sdoukos – Viola
Laertis Kokolanis – Violin
Michael Porfyris – Cello
Choir – Evanthia Katsourou – Soprano
Antonis Batsakis – Tenor
Tigran Sargysan – Duduk
George Ammos Ginis – Spoken word
Emmanouel Papadopoulos – Baritone

FOOL is the second full-length studio album from Darkyra Black. The album is a concept about the people seen come and go at the fountain of wishes, the fountain built for kings and queens of the past. The songs are a behind-the-scenes look into their lives and their foolish obsessions.

Track Listing:

(Fools Of The Past)
1. Part 2. Behind Closed Doors
2. Who Are They to Judge You
3. Truth Or Dare
4. Of Fools And Gold
5. Where Will I Be
6. Bleed

(Faces By The Fountain)
7. The Wish Never Fades
8. Desperation
9. Flawless
10. It Takes All Kinds Of Fools
11. Fountain Of Frozen Dreams
12. Part 1. Behind Closed Doors

The album begins with the first section “Fools Of The Past” which is centered around the indiscretions of royalty. The next couple of songs “Where Will I Be” and “Bleed” are an insight into what is happening in the observer’s life in present time. The songs in the section “Faces By The Fountain” are from the observations made of the different individual she has seen at the fountain and the last couple of songs are a summary tying everything together.

Again another album with a strong Cinematic feel, blending Symphonic Prog and Epic Metal, modern but also capturing the feel of Rock and Metal favorites from the ’70s. Baroque influences blended with Far Eastern Elements, a passionate vocal delivery and some epic surprises. Track #3 “Truth Or Dare” features the bass work of “demolition man,” Tony Dolan (Venom Inc., M-Pire Of Evil, ex-Venom).

Darkyra Black is an Australian solo artist, she worked with a European Production company to create her album titled FOOL. In January 2014, Darkyra Black laid down 15 new track ideas ready for an April studio sessions deadline in the historic city of Athens. With George and Garry being based in Europe plans were made for the three with guitarist Betovani and keyboard player Fab Jablonski to start work recording drums, guitars, guide keys, and main vocal parts. The album was produced and recorded with Online Recording Masters, Athens by George Boussounis at Morph Flow Studio and co-edited and mixed by Garry King, La Foret Groupe. The musicians involved in the writing and recording of this album are all from Europe.

Tour Dates:
2nd April 2016 – Cafe De Engel, Den Helder, NL
16th April 2016 – Garage Deluxe, Munich, DE

Darkyra Black Discography:
FOOL – 2015

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-Vänlade Announce “Rage On Earth” US Tour 2015 – Chapter 1

American melodic speed / true heavy metal band Vänlade announces their “Rage On Earth” US tour 2015 – Chapter 1 consisting of 10 dates sweeping through Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Utah, and Nebraska.

Vänlade vocalist Brett Blackout has checked in with the following comment:
“West coast, we are coming for you like a screaming metal deathtrap! Our new second album RAGE OF THE GODS drops on September 16 and we are way past excited to rip into this upcoming tour. Check out the tour schedule and come see us play some new tunes with some killer bands in your town! Buckle up, because Rage On Earth is upon you all! Remember to grab a copy this September, and as always — stay heavy or die!”

Vänlade recently signed to Metalizer Records (Germany) for the European release of RAGE OF THE GODS on both CD and vinyl formats.

RAGE OF THE GODS features 10 brand new tracks of epic melodic speed / true heavy metal from Kansas City’s own “Defenders of the Faith.”

The album was mastered by guitarist / producer Stu “The Hammer” Marshall (Death Dealer / Empires Of Eden / Blasted To Static / ex-Dungeon) at his Frontier Studio in Sydney, Australia.

Vänlade – RAGE OF THE GODS track listing:

Act I: Virtue
1. Rage Of The Gods
2. Frozen For All Time
3. Jaws Of Life
4. Hail The Protector
5. Hellrazor
Act II:
6. Moonbound
7. Aeons Of Madness
8. Acid Reign
9. Carnicidal
10. As Above, So Below

Vänlade – “Frozen for All Time”

Vänlade – “Hail The Protector”

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

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-AFM Records Update

[Note: This combines several press releases. – Tim]

Danzig: First single “Devil’s Angels” Out On September 4th!

Attention Vinyl lovers: The first Single “Devil’s Angels” (from the album SKELETONS, to be released in autumn) will be out on September 4th as Vinyl 7″, strictly limited to 500 units!

The B-side of the single will be a vocal & keyboard version of “Satan (From Satan’s Sadists).”

Stahlmann: New Album CO2 Out Now!

The new album CO2 is out now in Europe, available as CD, digi-pak, and strictly limited boxed set!

In case you haven’t checked out the amazing video for “Plasma” yet, here you go:

Emil Bulls: XX Anniversary Album Out On October 30th!

Emil Bulls’ 20 years anniversary double album XX will be out on October 30th as Gatefold 2-Vinyl, 2-CD digi-pak, and limited boxed set. The CANDLELIGHT CD contains a collection of new and totally different versions of some of their best songs — calm and harmonious with a touch of pop.

For those who don’t want to miss the familiar sound of the band: The original versions of all songs can be found on the HELLFIRE CD.

Emil Bulls will present this amazing song collection live in a relaxed atmosphere as well as in their usual way (selected cities only) in November and December at the “XX – Candlelight and Hellfire Tour” as follows:

05.11.15 Sonthofen – Barfly (Candlelight)
06.11.15 Kaiserslautern – Kammgarn (Candlelight)
07.11.15 Kassel – Musiktheater (Hellfire)
10.11.15 Wien – Flex Café (Candlelight)
11.11.15 Nürnberg – Hirsch (Candlelight)
12.11.15 Köln – Underground (Candlelight)
13.11.15 Hamburg – Grünspan (Candlelight)
14.11.15 Hamburg – Grünspan (Hellfire)
17.11.15 Stuttgart – Club Cann (Candlelight)
18.11.15 Frankfurt – Nachtleben (Candlelight)
19.11.15 Hannover – Musikzentrum (Candlelight)
20.11.15 Dortmund – FZW Club (Candlelight)
21.11.15 Dortmund – FZW (Hellfire)
24.11.15 Augsburg – Kantine (Candlelight)
25.11.15 Dresden – Scheune (Candlelight)
26.11.15 Osnabrück – Rosenhof (Candlelight)
27.11.15 Berlin – Lido (Candlelight)
28.11.15 Berlin – C-Club (Hellfire)

11.12.15 X-Mas Bash, München – Backstage (Candlelight)
12.12.15 X-Mas Bash, München – Backstage (Hellfire)

Ohrenfeindt: First Single, Tour Dates, And Release Party!

Ohrenfeindt have just unleashed their first single from the upcoming album MOTOR AN! (out on September 18th).

Digital single and audio clip are available now:

On September 17th, all fans and friends from Hamburg should stop by at the official Ohrenfeindt Release Party at Night Light, St. Pauli/Hamburg (Germany)

Tour dates:
29.08.2015 Schwarzenbek, Stadtvergnügen
11.10.2015 Nürnberg, Brown Sugar (Chris Laut SOLO show)
16.10.2015 Kiel, Räucherei
21.10.2015 Nürnberg, Hirsch
22.10.2015 (CH) Pratteln, Z 7
23.10.2015 Köln, Underground
24.10.2015 Hannover, Musikzentrum
05.11.2015 Berlin, Magnet
06.11.2015 Fulda, Kreuz,
07.11.2015 München, Backstage
13.11.2015 Bochum, Matrix
14.11.2015 Leipzig, Hellraiser
19.11.2015 Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
20.11.2015 Affalter, Zur Linde
21.11.2015 Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
18.12.2015 Burglengenfeld, VAZ Pfarrheim
26.12.2015 Hamburg, Gruenspan
22.01.2016 Bremen, Aladin
23.01.2016 Celle, CD-Kaserne

Ektomorf To Release New Album AGGRESSOR On October 23rd!

Hungarian neo thrash masters Ektomorf are one of the most consistent forces in the heavy music scene. A band that never disappointed their fans and stood true to what they are: a powerful, unstoppable groove machine!

Following their RETRIBUTION album (which was released in early 2014), another successful headliner tour and numerous festival gigs, the band around charismatic front man Zoli Farkas now presents its new album. Continuing their no-nonsense philosophy, the title AGGRESSOR is not misleading at all — in fact this new piece of work definitely is the band’s heaviest and most energetic to date.

Also AGGRESSOR is a return to some old Ektomorf marks from earlier days, like the Eastern European gypsy harmonies and grooves, which give a special dark and unique atmosphere to the album.

Once again Ektomorf of course worked with highly-acclaimed Danish producer Tue Madsen, who is a stable part of the team and perfectly understands the musical visions of Ektomorf.

The band is proud to present legendary Cannibal Corpse vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher with a guest appearance on AGGRESSOR. Zoli comments:

“We are friends with the Cannibal Corpse guys since a long time. Last year in November I spoke to George (Fisher) about doing a song together. The recent Budapest show of Cannibal Corpse then was the perfect opportunity to meet and record his parts. So I took small home recording studio gear with me and recorded vocals with George in the dressing room before their show. It was fun and turned out killer! The song’s title is ‘Evil By Nature’ and you can be sure that it will smash your face!”

AGGRESSOR track listing:
1. Intro
2. I
3. Aggressor
4. Holocaust
5. Move On
6. Evil By Nature (feat. George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher)
7. You Can’t Get More
8. Emotionless World
9. Eastside
10. Scars
11. Damned Nation
12. You Lost
13. You’re Not For Me
14. Memento

AFM Records

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-One-Man Instrumental Prog Rock/Metal Pyramids On Mars Teams Up With Neck Illusions To Create Double Helix Alien DNA Design

Offers Free Download “Battle For Rome;” New Album ECHO COSMIC Due Out September 8th

Hamilton, ON-based Pyramids On Mars guitarist Kevin Estrella has teamed up with Neck Illusions for his custom Double Helix DNA guitar neck design, which can be viewed at this link:

Estrella comments:
“The idea for the Double Helix Alien DNA design came to me in a dream. My dream custom guitar is being handed to me by these Greys (aliens). The neck design is what captured my attention. It is based on a Double Helix Crop Circle formation from 1996 in Wilts, UK.”

Images here:

“I am an ‘Experiencer.’ By this I mean that Aliens have been in direct contact with me. I am now in close communication with world respected UFO researcher Grant Cameron. He is helping me understand the UFO phenomenon on a deeper level, and why these beings are having direct relations with me. In his research, Grant has discovered that extraterrestrials are in communion with many musicians. Additionally, important information is being downloaded to people through dreams.

“I don’t know exactly what the ‘Double Helix’ symbolizes, but I know I had to make it reality. So I came to Neck Illusions with the concept. They said absolutely they could create it and they did an amazing job. I am very happy to be part of this and to share the design with the world.”

These graphic decals are designed to fit standard electric and acoustic steel string guitars up to 24 frets (6 strings) from 24″ to 25.625″ scale lengths. Nut widths starting from 1.55″ (39 mm) and wider.

In additional news, POM is offering fans a FREE download of the track “Battle For Rome” from the upcoming 10-track thriller ECHO COSMIC due out on September 8th to follow 2013’s full-length self-titled debut. The album is inspired by Estrella’s fascination of UFOs including his own encounter, plus compositions that have come to him in dreams and allow him to offer an aural palette of intense, emotional, three-dimensional, heavy, and melodic progressive rock/ metal that includes a range of influences from Baroque classical guitar, classical composers J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi along with today’s guitar virtuosos Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Satriani.

To hear what’s to come from the release, head on over to at the following link and get your free download:

Watch Estrella’s two guitar play-throughs have been released in support of the album:

“Battle For Rome”

“Death Valley Driver”

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

ECHO COSMIC album trailer:

For more info, please visit:

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-Saviours To Release PALACE OF VISION Full-Length This October Via Listenable Records; New Track Playing At Cvlt Nation

This Fall, California metallers Saviours will drop the molten fruits of their new full-length via a new partnership with France’s Listenable Records. Titled PALACE OF VISION, their first full-length in four years was captured at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon with the inimitable Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Eyehategod, Taurus, Ommadon, etc.) and boasts nine tracks of Saviours’ signature brand of towering riffs, colossal rhythms, infectious guitar harmonies, and an obsession with the end of times, the occult, psychedelics, and the arcane. “It’s a natural and logical continuation of where we left off with [2011’s] DEATH’S PROCESSION,” said drummer Scott Batiste of the offering. “There are some doomy crushers and faster ragers.” As an added bonus, the record comes sheathed in the fittingly dark, intricately transfixing cover renderings of Derrick Snodgrass (Obliterations, Lecherous Gaze).

In anticipation of its arrival, today Cvlt Nation offers up the first helping of PALACE OF VISION in the form of fifth bruiser, “Burning Shrine.” Comments Batiste, “‘Burning Shrine’ is about watching the world burn as it is ruined by religious zealots. Crank it up, live evil or die!”

Adds Cvlt Nation: “This motherf*cker is a straight raging jam! Fasten your seat belt, press play, and let the mammoth riffs the band kicks out do the rest. Caution: Saviours have been known to cause non-stop headbanging — you have been warned!”

Turn up and tune out at .

PALACE OF VISION track listing:
1. The Mountain
2. Flesh Of Fire
3. Devil’s Crown
4. Palace Of Vision
5. Burning Shrine
6. Hell’s Floor
7. The Beast Remains
8. Cursed Night
8. The Seeker

In related news, Savrious will bring their riffs to the stage with a pair of east coast/west coast fest performances with additional live incursions to be announced in the coming weeks.

9/5/2015 – Cosmic Sonic Rendezvous Festival @ The Wick – Brooklyn, NY
11/1/2015 – Day Of The Shred Festival @ The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

Still building upon the foundation that Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, and Motörhead laid, Saviours enters their second decade in a new partnership with French label Listenable Records. Rooted in hardcore punk but preferring to cruise in outer space, the lysergic of Saviours hessians have always brought a ton of swing and swagger to their forward-charging heavy metal. The band melds sounds from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, progressive rock, and proto-doom, and delivers it all with a snarling West Coast hardcore edge. The result is an absolute beast of a sound that is all Saviours’ own.

Since the 2005 release of Saviours’ debut EP, WARSHIP, the band has worked relentlessly, touring North America, Europe, and Japan with the likes of Mastodon, Corrosion Of Conformity, The Sword, High On Fire, Saint Vitus, and Clutch. In a few short years, Saviours have risen to become stalwarts of the world’s metal scene, ambassadors of an aggressive-yet-stoned West Coast vibe, inspired by the ’70s but totally real and relevant in 2015.

Austin Barber – guitar, vocals
Sonny Reinhardt – guitar, vocals
Scott Batiste – drums
Andy Anderson – bass

PALACE OF VISION will be released via Listenable Records on October 30th, 2015. Pre-orders to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

“Cult heaviness…” – Spin

“A dual-guitar riff-fest inspired by NWOBHM and ’70s proto-doom.” – Revolver

“You know you’re playing a good set when your music not only commands the attention of the likes of J Mascis and Matt Pike, but you’re sounding so tight that it compels the two guitar greats to air shred like a couple of Maiden fans circa 1980.” – Decibel

“Heavy metal heaven!” – Verbicide

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-The Conversations Tour Offers Free Sampler Featuring SayWeCanFly, Win In Sails, Casey Bolles, And Sounds Like Harmony

TORONTO — The Conversations Tour will offer a free tour sampler showcasing songs from SayWeCanFly, Win In Sails, Casey Bolles, and Sounds Like Harmony.

In exchange for joining the bands’ mailing lists, fans will be given a link to download the four-track sampler, featuring SayWeCanFly’s “Summer Never Came,” Wind In Sails’ “Push And Shove,” Casey Bolles’ “Potential,” and Sounds Like Harmony’s “Lullaby.”

Fans can sign up to receive the sampler at .

The Conversations Tour, which is presented by Hope For The Day and The Entertainment Institute, is an unique concept that will bring like-minded music fans together in an environment for discussion and emotional expression.

Hosted by TheLedaBunny, The Conversations Tour will allow fans and musicians alike to connect in a ground-breaking format where they can exchange thoughts and opinions on everything from music to mental health.

Hope For The Day (HFTD) is a grassroots non-profit movement utilizing music and arts for suicide prevention and mental health education. Started in 2011, HFTD’s vision is to use music and the arts as platforms for suicide prevention and mental health education. HFTD starts the conversation of prevention from stages in music venues across the globe, schools, and online because prevention starts with a conversation. HFTD is a reminder that it’s okay not to be okay and help is closer than you think.

The Entertainment Institute (TEI) is a music education platform that gives aspiring artists access to musicians and professionals currently working in the industry through customized workshops, both online and in person. TEI works with gurus from all facets of the industry to create unique educational experiences. These professionals share their first-hand knowledge and experiences directly with artists.

SayWeCanFly’s debut full-length, BETWEEN THE ROSES, was released earlier this year and re-released this summer in a Deluxe Edition via Barrie’s own PureWolf label. The record debuted at # 14 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and #5 on iTunes singer/song writer 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.”

SayWeCanFly’s first EP for Epitaph Records, DARLING, will be released this fall.

The Conversations Tour dates are as follow:

September 7, 2015 Mon. Reggie’s Chicago, IL
September 8, 2015 Tue. Mac’s Bar, Lansing, MI
September 10, 2015, Thu. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
September 11, 2015 Fri. Expo Five, Louisville, KY
September 12, 2015 Sat. Rocketown, Nashville, TN
September 14, 2015 Mon. Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
September 15, 2015 Tue. Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
September 16, 2015 Wed. Backbooth, Orlando, FL
September 18, 2015 Fri. Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC
September 19, 2015 Sat. U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
September 20, 2015 Sun. Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
September 21, 2015 Mon. Amityville Music Hall, Long Island, NY
September 23, 2015 Wed. Simon’s 677, Providence, RI
September 24, 2015 Thu. Palladium (small Room), Worcester, MA
September 25, 2015 Fri. Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY
September 26, 2015 Sat. Koi Music Fest, Kitchener, ON, Canada
September 27, 2015 Sun. Waiting Room, Buffalo, NY
September 29, 2015 Tue. The Basement, Columbus, OH

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-Exclusive Free Download From Progressive Rock/Metal Outfit Tylor Dory Trio Via

Edmonton’s own Tylor Dory Trio have paired up with to offer a free stream and download of their single “Time, The Beholder” to introduce people to their prog-metal, rock fusion that is their new EP CARRIED AWAY. Jonathan Webster (Drums and Backing Vocals) had this to say about the EP:

“The songs on CARRIED AWAY are some of the first that we wrote together as a three-piece, and really capture the dark, moody, and more complex elements of the band. They embrace both the high and low energy of progressive music as well as some of the brutality of metal with a sense of melody that binds it all together. We definitely pay homage to our influences here, but tried to do so in a way that it stands on its own, rather than in the shadow of those influences. As well, we were able to work with some of the best names in the international progressive/metal scene along the way, and are very excited to share our labor of love with you.” stream of “Time, The Beholder:”

This is the brainchild of three multi-genre masters Jonathan Webster (Drums, Backing Vocals), Tylor Dory (from Death Toll Rising) (Guitar, Vocals), and Slava Fedossenko (Bass, Backing Vocals). The EP features four tracks mixed by Christer-Andre Cederberg and mastered by Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend, Opeth) and written entirely by the trio. CARRIED AWAY is set to be released September 25, 2015 and will be available through iTunes.

Track Listing:
1. Time, The Beholder (8:43)
2. Carried Away (5:19)
3. The Black Lodge (8:33)
4. Anne (6:49)
Album Length: 28:44

Upcoming Shows:
Sept 11 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room w/ Villianizer, Bleed. Bloated Pig, Tales of The Tomb

-Two of 7th Heaven’s older, out-of-print albums — 1998’s MEDIA OVERKILL and 1999’s POP LIFE — are now available through iTunes, at and , respectively. The new POP MEDLEY 3 CD — “30 songs in 30 minutes medley” — is out now, featuring cover snips of AC/DC’s “Back In Black,” Van Halen’s “Panama,” Def Leppard’s “Rock Of Ages,” Styx’s “Too Much Time On My Hands,” Journey’s “Wheel In The Sky,” Foreigner’s “Head Games,” Boston’s “Long Time,” Rush’s “The Spirit Of Radio,” Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell,” Eddie Money’s “Shakin’,” Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead Or Alive,” Rick Springfield’s “Don’t Talk To Strangers,” and Queen’s “We Are The Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” plus many others. There’s also a new 14-track live Blu-ray entitled LIVE ON THE OASIS OF THE SEAS, filmed on the band’s annual cruise this past January; both the medley CD and the live Blu-ray are available directly from the band at . Next year’s cruise sets sail January 30 and heads to “Labadee (private paradise island), Cozumel, and Jamaica.” Get more info at and . See for more.

-Agusa — the “Swedish psychedelic/prog alchemists” — recently released AGUSA 2 on Laser’s Edge. The album was hyped thusly: “Boasting 40 ethereal minutes of tranquil, trance-inducing, folk-inspired, occult rock divided into two epic tracks, Agusa’s kaleidoscopic output conjures images of nature and the cosmos, their extensive passages meandering into realms of a possibly supernatural or parallel existence.” Check out a video for “Ganglat Fran Vintergatan” at . See and for more.

-Ataraxia — “one of the leading bands of dark, neoclassical, gothic, neofolk, ethereal, medieval music” — has signed a global deal with Sleaszy Rider Records. Statement from the band: “We feel it’s natural to sign for a Greek label as, from the very beginning, Greek poetry, landscapes, and mysticism have been our main source of inspiration. We are glad to release two albums for Sleaszy Rider Records between 2016 and 2018, their names will be IO SONO ORIGINE (“I Am Origin”) and SINCRONICITY EMBRACED. We hope to give back in music what Greece has given up in terms of plenitude and, of course, enlightenment.” See for more.

-The Italian/Slovakian thrash metal band Bullet-Proof has released its debut, DE-GENERATION, on Sleaszy Rider Records. Hype: “The new wave of thrash metal is exploded these days and one of the best new bands is Bullet-Proof from Italy! Their debut album is really fantastic and fans who love bands like Megadeth, Metallica, Kreator, Sodom, and Motörhead will enjoy them guaranteed! Amazing riffs and guitar tech-solos, great melodies, aggressive vocals, and heavy/speed rhythms complete a mature album that sounds very fresh, but it could have been released somewhere between late ’80s to mid ’90s!” Track list: “Instrum,” “The Cage,” “Deceive,” “Chemtrails,” “You (Heroine),” “Again,” “No Common Chords,” “She-Devil,” “De-Generation.” The band is hitting the road in Europe later this month as follows:

9/12 – Tyrol Blast Fest, Bolzano, Italy
9/25 – Bomber, Zapresic, Croatia
9/26 – Klub Bjelovar, Bjelovar, Croatia
9/27 – The Quarter, Novi Sad, Serbia
9/28 – Sioux Club, Berlgrade, Serbia
9/29 – Klub KLB, Pozarevac, Serbia
9/30 – Drumm Club, Velika Plana, Serbia
10/1 – Zeppelin, Sabac, Serbia
10/2 – Clash Club, Subotica, Serbia
10/3 – Route 66, Budapest, Hungary

See and for more.

-The UK’s Federal Charm will release ACROSS THE DIVIDE on October 2 through Wire-Sound/Cargo Records. The album was co-produced by the band and Jon Green, and follows the 2013 debut. Hype: “Drawing from a deep well, spanning the classic rock curve from the Allman Brothers to Zeppelin, with the indie blues of The Black Keys and the contemporary bluster of Rival Sons, Federal Charm are full of melodic twin-guitar twists and stop-start rhythms. Their fresh direction has turned many an industry head, describing the band as having the most cutting-edge sound in recent years.” Track listing: “Master Plan,” “Guess What,” “No More,” “These Four Walls,” “Hercules,” “Give Me Something,” “Silhouette,” “God, Forsaken,” “Push,” “The Thrill,” “Walk Away (Time & Time Again).” Lineup: Nick Bowden on vocals, guitar, and harmonica; Paul Bowe on guitar and banjo; L.D. Morawski on bass; and Danny Rigg on drums and percussion. See and for more.

-Foundry, featuring singer Kelly Keeling (Baton Rouge, Blue Murder, MSG, TSO), guitarist James Fucci, bassist Jason Ebs, and drummer Marc Brattin, has signed with Sleaszy Rider Records. The upcoming self-titled debut features guest guitar solos from Stoney Curtis, was engineered by Matt Breunig (The Killers), and was mixed by famed producer Steve Thompson (Kiss, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Soundgarden). Hype: “Expect a modern hard rock CD with some alternative/grunge touches, that will remind you a mix of Kiss, Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, and Metallica! Official release-date will be announced soon!” See and for more.

-Joel Hoekstra’s 13 (Whitesnake, Night Ranger) has a new sampler video for the album DYING TO LIVE at . The album can be pre-ordered now at iTunes and AmazonMP3, and , respectively. See , , and for more.

-Innfight, billed as a “German alternative rock/metal band” and featuring singer Frank Widderson (Virus), guitarist Sascha Wagner (Virus, 7th Day Davidian), keyboardist Michael Heck (Liquid Horizon), and drummer Joachim Werry, will release its debut album BOULEVARD OF PAIN through Innfight Music/Cargo Records on September 18. Background: “The story of Innfight started at the end of the year 2013 in Mannheim, Germany. Sascha Wagner (guitar) and Michael Heck (keys), who have both been friends for a long time, decided to start writing songs together. The missing lyrical and vocal parts were added when the paths of Sascha and Frank Widderson (vocals) crossed again. After the first songs were created Joachim Werry (drums) came to Innfight to give the music the special pressure by playing his drums. About a year later they started recording their debut CD BOULEVARD OF PAIN with Rolf Munkes (Crematory, Tony Martin, Empire) at Empire Studios in the city of Bensheim (a county of Hessen), Germany.” Track list: “All In,” “Liars Place,” “Till I Fall,” “Memories,” “Heart Like A Stone,” “Breathe,” “Something New,” “System Of Pain,” “Missed By The One,” “Lights & Shadows.” Check out an album teaser video now at . Hype: “Impulsive rhythms, loaded with energetic guitar riffs, combined with spherical keyboard melodies and the distinctive voice of Frank Widderson (ex-Virus) produce together a modern shaped Alternative Rock/Metal Sound with their own style of interpretation.” See for more.

-The Iron Maidens will have a show and preview party for Iron Maiden’s new double album, THE BOOK OF SOULS, on September 3 at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA. It’s a free show for ages 18+, and tickets can be requested at . Other upcoming live dates:

9/12 – Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa, CA
9/19 – Ramona Main Stage, Ramona, CA
9/26 – Paladinos, Tarzana, CA
10/3 – Schmidy’s, Palm Desert, CA
10/10 – M15, Corona, CA
10/23 – Ricky B’s, Windsor, CO
10/24 – Buffalo Rose, Golden, CO
10/31 – The Scene, Kansas City, MO
11/13 – Liquid Joe’s, Salt Lake City, UT

The band is also planning a European tour through the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland for next spring. See , , and for more.

-Judas Priest’s REDEEMER OF SOULS tour continues in the UK, with Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock as special guest:

11/23 – St. George’s Hall, Bradford, UK
11/24 – Barrowland, Glasgow, UK
11/26 – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK
11/28 – O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK
11/30 – Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK
12/1 – O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK

See for more.

-Mad Alien’s new video for “Goodbye,” from TIME WAR (Karthago Records), is online now at . See for more.

-Metal Allegiance’s webisode #8 is a trailer for “Triangulum,” online now at . The song is divided into three parts — “I. Creation,” “II. Evolution,” and “III. Destruction” — and features Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, and Mike Portnoy, along with additional lead guitar from Charlie Benante, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Misha Mansoor, Ben Weinman, Phil Demmel, and Matthew K. Heafy. The band’s self-titled debut is due out September 18 on Nuclear Blast. See for more.

-The fan video for Motorhead’s “Thunder & Lightning,” from BAD MAGIC, is online now at .

-Nuclear Detonation, an Italian thrash band, has released LIVING DEAD, SONS OF THE LOBOTOMY through Iron Shield Records. Track list: “Down To Hell,” “Slow Decay,” “People Of The Lie,” “A.T.A. (Another Thrash Attack),” “Hang The Poser,” “Mental Prison,” “Nuclear Detonation.” The band’s current lineup is Luca “Detonation” Sergi on vocals and guitar, Demetrio Nucera on lead guitar, Sergio Tommasini on bass, and Filippo Occhiuto on drums. See and for more.

-Psychoprism signed a global deal with the US division of Pure Steel Records, commenting “Psychoprism is very proud and honored to be signed with Pure Steel Records. We know Pure Steel is a quality record company with so many amazing bands. The solid brotherhood is what makes our collaboration that much more incredible. Releasing our first full-length album CREATION through Pure Steel is very exciting.” The band consists of singer Jess Rittgers, guitarist Bill Visser, bassist Michael James, keyboardist Adam Peterson, and drummer Kevin Myers (Gothic Knights, Malakis Reign, Cypher Seer), and so far has released one EP entitled BLOODLINES. See and for more.

-Rose’n has signed with Pure Steel Promotion. The band has gigged on and off for 30 years, and consists of singer Boris Proegler, lead guitarist Mike Wolf, guitarist Mike Vynnez, bassist Steven Nicks, and drummer Ralf Taylor. See for more.

-According to a bit at, Richie Sambora is developing / working on a new TV series for HBO, reportedly about “‘the toil, trials, and tribulations’ that a young rock band endures on its journey to the big time.” Strangely, though, the report ends with this: “‘ABC Radio asked HBO for more info about the show, but couldn’t find anyone at the network who is aware of its existence.'” Check it out at .

-Sleaszy Rider Records has signed a new distribution deal with German-based company H’Art Music Vertrieb, which will distribute the label’s releases exclusively in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and in Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxemburg in cooperation with Bertus. See for more.

-Tad Morose’s ST. DEMONIUS (out now on Despotz Records) is streaming in full at . Track list: “Bow To The Reaper’s 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.” Check out the videos for the first two singles as follows:


“Your Own Demise”

See and for more. reported a documentary on the band Union — which featured singer John Corabi (Motley Crue, Ratt, The Scream), guitarist Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad), bassist James Hunting (David Lee Roth), and drummer Brent Fitz (Slash), and released two studio albums and one live album from 1998-2000 — is in the works for next year. Check out a short preview of “It’s Complicated” at .

-Vermillion Road, from Denver, Colorado, has a new release entitled PALACES. Track list: “Tread On Me,” “Revival,” “These Lies,” “Left Behind,” “Palaces,” “No Crying Allowed,” “NHB,” “All The Same,” “Make My Day,” “Reach For Me.” The band consists of singer Will Robison, guitarist Hunter Heurich, bassist Mark Mastrangelo, and drummer Chad Pinkerman. Hype: “PALACES kicks off with the powerful first single and video, ‘Tread On Me,” which came about from the band’s desire to spread positive energy and self-empowerment to all their listeners. The song encapsulates the raw energy and aggressive edge that connects them with the crowd, but is balanced out by melodic versus and a soaring, anthemic chorus. With ‘These Lies’ Vermillion Road pays tribute to the music genre that got the band members interested in music in the first place — simple, straight in-your-face hard rock. ‘Left Behind’ shows itself to be one of the most emotional tracks in the band’s repertoire, while ‘Palaces,’ although a ballad is the most powerful track on offer, as it’s about knowing someone isn’t good for you and making the difficult decision to cut them out of your life.” See and for more.

-Waken Eyes will release EXODUS through Ulterium Records on October 30, in Europe and North America. The band’s lineup includes Henrik Båth (Darkwater) on vocals; Tom Frelek on guitars, keyboards, and orchestration; Mike Lepond (Symphony X) on bass, and Marco Minnemann [Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats) on drums. The metal / prog metal band was assembled by Frelek; hype: “The inspiration for writing the album came from many different sources like music, paintings, and movies. Musically the inspiration came mainly from classical composers like Chopin, Mozart, Stravinsky, and soundtrack composers like Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Danny Elfman, and others. Tom’s inspiration, when it comes to guitar players are Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Al Di Meola, Michael Romeo, John Petrucci, and B.B King.” Track list: “Cognition,” “Aberration,” “Deafening Thoughts,” “Back To Life,” “Palisades,” “Cornerstone Away,” “Still Life,” “Arise,” “Across The Horizon,” “Exodus.” About the songs themselves: “The theme of the album is about being fearless and every song has something to do about fearlessness. The theme came from the struggles of everyday life that everyone deals with. How people, emotions, media, governments can enforce fear upon you to make you think a certain way to more or less control you. It’s an album for those who struggle to stand up for themselves and can’t let their voice be heard. Certain songs have lyrical ideas about war, media, falling in and out of love, spirituality and faith, good and evil. To sum it up, it is an album about hope. Sounding dark at times but with hope at the end of the tunnel.” See and for more.

-In Y&T news, Meniketti Wine is now available at Testarossa Winery in Los Gatos, CA, in the Club 107 Wine Bar and the tasting room. The Meniketti “Contagious” Chardonnay is sold out but the Meniketti “Forever” Pinot Noir is still available. See for more. Also, Jill Meniketti — Dave’s wife, Y&T’s manager, and author — has a blog entitled “Behind The Art” online at . See for more.

-Zephaniah — dubbed an “American progressive speed power metal band” — has a new promo video for its upcoming second album, REFORGED, online now at . The accompanying statement from guitarist Justin Zych: “After a year in the studio and a lot of delays, we are finally done with the album! We are all excited to present you with a preview of our upcoming metal masterpiece! It’s going to be triple the production of our first album and the songs are just as catchy and extreme! We are super proud of this new recording milestone and we look forward to its release!” See for more.

Thanks to Jeff Giles, Richard Hofherr, Mitch Lafon, Axel Wiesenauer, Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Headfirst Entertainment, Pure Steel Promotion, and Online Metal Promo for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus #678: UDO, Seven Witches, Overkill,

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Issue #678
Week of August 24, 2015

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-I’m really trying to keep this together, but it’s tough. We’ll see how this goes. So anyway, here’s a bunch of stuff that’s been piling up the last month. It’s not all fresh but it’s all good!!!! – Tim

*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-U.D.O.: Farewell To Accept!

WACKEN — At a press conference in the VIP tent of Wacken Open Air, legendary metal singer Udo Dirkschneider dropped some bombshell news: The 62-year-old cult musician announced his definitive farewell to the Accept song library.

On a special tour beginning in 2016, he will perform songs by Accept one last time before he retires them for good.

During this Accept farewell tour, he will only showcase songs from the Udo era of the band.

In the early ’80s, the Solingen-raised singer skyrocketed to worldwide acclaim with the band Accept and with his unmistakable voice he had several hits such as “Balls To The Wall,” “Metal Heart,” and “Princess Of The Dawn.”

“I still love singing these songs live,” Dirkschneider says. “The songs are still an important part of my catalogue and still suit my voice very well. But at some point in your life, it’s just time to close the chapter. There has been so much talk and speculation about Accept, so I just want to give my last definitive musical statement about it and give my fans a chance to see me perform a complete concert of these songs one last time on stage.”

After this tour, Udo will only play songs from his extensive library of U.D.O. material. After being kicked out of Accept in the late ’80s, he garnered many classic hits with his new band in a long and successful career, such as “Animal House,” “Timebomb,” and “Man And Machine.”

“There is enough high quality material to fill a two-hour set with no problem,” says Dirkschneider. “U.D.O. has been the band where I belong for 18 years and I want to pay tribute to them from now on.”

The musician will not perform this farewell tour under the name U.D.O. but simply as Dirkschneider.

Udo once again proved impressively at the Wacken stage what he is capable of musically. Together with the German Armed Forces Concert Band he put on a masterful concert. The next day, the new U.D.O. DVD was released featuring a concert with the Marine Music Corps of the North Sea which was filmed last year in Tuttlingen. It is called NAVY METAL NIGHT and it’s available via AFM Records!

Here’s a live clip from the DVD+2CD NAVY METAL NIGHT (OUT NOW) – “Independence Day”

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-Denner / Shermann To Release SATAN’S TOMB On October 2nd!

A trailer for the new Denner / Shermann EP SATAN’S TOMB has been released showcasing clips of songs from their upcoming release on October 2nd on Metal Blade Records! Watch the video and pre-order your copy now at .

Guitar Legends Michael Denner and Hank Shermann of Mercyful Fate have given an offering of supremely, classic heavy metal infused with an overload of their signature, dark magic shredding. According to the legendary guitar duo, getting Snowy Shaw (King Diamond/Therion/Sabaton) on Drums, Marc Grabowski (Demonica) on Bass Guitar, and Sean Peck (Cage/Death Dealer) on vocals, onboard to form the band was a critical component to bringing these four tracks to life. Michael Denner added: “Creating these songs with this lineup really ignited my metal fire hotter than ever! I’m sure the fans are going to love this thing.” “This mix ended up really having an old school feel to it that sounds awesome when blasting at an unhealthy volume,” says Shermann.

“Being invited to collaborate with these two guys who had such a profound, major impact on my indoctrination to metal, has been absolutely killer! And now we are continuing to write more material for a full-length release too. My mind is officially blown!” says singer Sean Peck.

The EP was recorded in the USA, Denmark, and Sweden and was mixed by Arnold Lindberg at Sound Industry Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. The mastering was done by Maor Applebaum in Los Angeles, California.

The SATAN’S TOMB cover artwork was painted by Thomas Holm whose work on Mercyful Fate’s MELISSA and DON’T BREAK THE OATH is well known throughout the metal world.

The track listing for SATAN’S TOMB is as follows:
1. Satan’s Tomb
2. War Witch
3. New Gods
4. Seven Skulls

This will be available in CD, vinyl, and download formats.

Denner / Shermann – SATAN’S TOME (Trailer)

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-Seven Witches Announce New Album, THE WAY OF THE WICKED

Led by guitarist Jack Frost, Seven Witches has been one of America’s best classic ’80s-inspired metal bands — specializing in American traditional power metal, reminiscent of bands such as Helstar, Manowar, and Metal Church. And on September 18th, the group will be issuing their latest album, THE WAY OF THE WICKED, via the ILS Group (and mixed and mastered by Joey Vera of Armored Saint and Fates Warning), which has been preceded by a video for a standout album track, “Better Days”:

Comprised of Frost on guitar (Savatage, Belladonna, The Bronx Casket Co., Metalium, Speeed), Anthony Cross on vocals (Livesay, Shadow Image, Fischel’s Beast, Attacker), Ronnie Parkes on bass (Farcry, Cleavage, Tango Down, Reece, Bonfire), and Johnny Kelly on drums (Type O Negative, Danzig, Pale Horse Named Death, Seventh Void, Kill Devil Hill), Seven Witches certainly possesses one of the most impressive pedigrees of any metal band past or present.

And the metal community is taking notice of the band, as evidenced by over 3,000 “likes” on the band’s Facebook page, while the praised the group’s earlier album, CALL UPON THE WICKED, by saying, “This is a must-own in all facets, and if the true meaning of power metal is ever in question during your moments of introspection this will shut tight any doors leading you astray, that I can guarantee.”

Soon, the rest of the world will get to experience the mighty metal of Seven Witches.

“Hey everybody, so pumped on our new release. I’m so proud of the way the guys just killed it on this album. Our first single and video is a fresh start for us. A true classic heavy rock feel with the rhythm section of the ’70s and a throaty vocal feel. Hope you all like this I’m so happy with our new vibe.” – Jack Frost

THE WAY OF THE WICKED track listing:

1. The Way Of The Wicked
2. Better Days
3. Among Us
4. Soul Searching
5. Dreams
6. Without Man
7. When I Flew
8. Angel Of Salvation
9. Rise Up

For more information, visit:

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-Overkill To Release HISTORIKILL: 1995 – 2007 Box Set In October!

New Jersey-based thrash metal veterans Overkill recently inked a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast will be a special box set: HISTORIKILL: 1995 – 2007, to be released on October 16th and will include 11 Overkill albums on 13 CDs and a bonus CD (including demos, re-mixes, and an unreleased cover song) in digi sleeves.

The box will include the following albums:

Bonus CD track list:
1. Blood Money (Demo)
2. Horrorscope (Demo)
3. Soulitude (Demo)
4. Killogy (Demo)
5. Old School (Remix)
6. Skull And Bones (Remix)
7. Under One (Tracking Mix)
8. Man In Black (Johnny Cash cover)

Pre-order and have a look on the complete track list of HISTORIKILL: 1995 – 2007 here:

Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Vocals)
D.D. Verni (Bass, Backing Vocals)
Dave Linsk (Lead and Rhythm Guitars)
Derek “The Skull” Tailer (Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals)
Ron Lipnicki (Drums)

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-Threshold: EUROPEAN JOURNEY 2-CD Live Album In November


British progressive metal heroes Threshold reveal first info on their upcoming new double-live-album EUROPEAN JOURNEY, which was recorded at various venues across Europe during November 2014, in support of their current studio album FOR THE JOURNEY.

Richard West comments: “We had a fantastic tour playing so many fan favorites going back to ’97 with ‘Part Of The Chaos’ through ‘Mission Profile,’ ‘Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams’ to the present day with ‘The Box.’ We recorded some shows along the way and it’s turned into this really powerful double album.”

“Threshold continue to enjoy fantastic support from our loyal fans. The band have always enjoyed mixing with the people who listen to our music and this tour was no exception,” adds Karl Groom.


CD 1
1. Slipstream
2. The Hours
3. Liberty Complacency Dependency
4. Ground Control
5. Unforgiven
6. Long Way Home
7. Part Of The Chaos
8. Coda

CD 2:
1. Watchtower On The Moon
2. Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams
3. Lost In Your Memory
4. Mission Profile
5. The Box
6. Turned To Dust
7. Ashes

EUROPEAN JOURNEY contains 15 live tracks and will be released as a 2-CD digi-pak, out November 13th.

Pre-order now!


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-Nightwish To Release ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL Tour Edition

Right before the European leg of the ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL tour kicks off, Nightwish announce the release of a strictly limited (no re-prints!), special tour edition of their current record, coming with a bonus DVD, out on October 30th via Nuclear Blast.

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

Pre-order the tour edition here:

Or at the Nightwish web shop:

Watch the final, 21st episode “Troy” here:

ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL tour edition track list:

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

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

*Previously unreleased, 5.1 Dolby digital & stereo

*** PRESS RELEASE #7 ***
-Act Of Defiance Update

[Note: This combines multiple press releases. – Tim]

Act Of Defiance Streams Entire Debut Album BIRTH AND THE BURIAL

Out Now!

Act Of Defiance are currently streaming their entire new, debut metal masterpiece offering at .

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, was released on August 21st via Metal Blade Records!

Shawn Drover (drums) states: “We are all so proud for everybody to finally be able to hear BIRTH AND THE BURIAL streaming in its entirety! We worked extremely hard to make the best HEAVY METAL record we could, and we are all beyond excited for to sink your teeth into this record! We said from the get-go this record is 100% uncompromising Heavy Metal, and now you can hear it for yourselves!”

Chris Broderick (guitars) further adds: “We spent a lot of time and effort on BIRTH AND THE BURIAL to get it to sound as good as it possibly could, and we are not only excited for its release and the fact that everyone can stream it!”

Make also sure to view the video clip for “Throwback” and pre-order the album at .

New Video: “Legion Of Lies”

Drover states: “The track, ‘Legion Of Lies,’ is a very direct, double bass drum infused Heavy Metal song that showcases Henry [Derek]’s vocal diversity a bit more — injecting a bit more melody where needed gives the song a bit more of a dynamic feel though still retaining the heaviness of the song throughout. Every song on BIRTH AND THE BURIAL stands on their own and sound different from each other, yet they are still 100% Heavy Metal. ‘Legion Of Lies’ is a great example of that.’

“Shooting this video with Corey Soria was seamless, fun and very exciting. Corey really has some original, interesting ideas which he certainly applied to this video. The end result is a fantastic video, which I hope you enjoy as much as we did creating it.”

Broderick further adds: “‘Legion Of Lies’ is the song that kicked the formation of AOD off. It was the first song Shawn wrote and the first song that we sent to Henry to record vocal demos to. In my opinion, it is one of the best written, most concise songs on BIRTH AND THE BURIAL. It has an aggressive upbeat triplet feel and a very dark harmony about it that I think people will dig. The break-down to the solo has a contrapuntal theme that maintains that dark mood leading into the solo, which is a PIA to play and should keep guitar aficionados happy Hahahaha. I am really excited to see what people think of the video and Soria’s vision. The video matches the dark and aggressive mood of the song along with killer scene angles and editing, which give this video a unique and interesting vibe. In all, I am most proud of this video and how it all came together.”

Act Of Defiance – “Legion Of Lies”

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.

*** PRESS RELEASE #8 ***
-Redemption Completes New Album And Signs To Metal Blade Records!

Progressive metal act Redemption have completed recording a new album and signed with Metal Blade Records! The band is helmed by Nick van Dyk (guitars, keyboards), and includes legendary prog vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), bassist Sean Andrews, and drummer Chris Quirarte, as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on a medical leave of absence from the band.

Nick van Dyk comments on signing with Metal Blade: “We are incredibly fired up to join the Metal Blade family. Brian and his team have been friends for years and many of them have been supporters of the band from early days, and the influence of Brian and his label on the history of heavy music is indelible. We’re working with friends who are passionate about the music and who are and some of the best in the world at what they do — Redemption is really excited about our collaborations to come!”

With the new record, Redemption is returning from a longer than usual break — van Dyk explains: “We’ve taken the longest break between records in our history, for a number of reasons. But we are excited to return with what I honestly believe may represent the best record thus far in our career. We are just putting the finishing touches on it now. The songs are unmistakably Redemption, with the combination of energy, urgency, melody, and heaviness that marks all of our work. But the song writing and performances have been taken up a notch across the board. The music ranges from short, hard-hitting power/prog to sprawling epics, including the longest song we’ve ever recorded. The album is being mixed as we speak and we’re very excited for our fans to hear it!”

Finally, Redemption would like to update everyone on the status of Bernie Versailles: “This is also the first record we have done without the involvement of our dear friend and band mate Bernie Versailles, who is recovering from the aneurism he suffered last October. We are thrilled with his progress but his road to recovery is going to be a long one. After numerous conversations with Bernie, his family and close friends, we have collectively decided that Bernie’s recovery should be directed by what is needed to fully restore his physical well-being, not by the needs of this band. Bernie is a founding member of this band and his place will be kept for him while he is on extended medical leave. We have been fortunate to have a tremendous guitarist step in, as well as a couple of other special guests. I look forward to announcing these gusts in the coming week as the album is finalized. The guitar playing on this record is insane — and I think fans of a particular band are going to have their mind absolutely blown and can’t wait for the big reveal!”

New music and more details surrounding the band’s sixth album and follow-up to 2011’s THIS MORTAL COIL will be released in the coming weeks.

*** PRESS RELEASE #9 ***
-John Taglieri Releases TRUE BELIEVER

HANSON, MA — Singer / song writer John Taglieri has just issued his new EP, TRUE BELIEVER — his first release of full-on hard rock material since his debut full-length album, LEAP OF FAITH back in 2000.

The EP brings Taglieri full circle around to his melodic rock roots, a route he’s resisted going back down since that first release at the beginning of the century. “I’ve always been the kind of writer who writes anything that comes to me and I love to explore new places,” tells Taglieri. “I never wanted to be known as a one-trick pony… so to speak. I went where my musical journey wanted to take me and that had some varied styles in it. Along the way the hard rock element was always there, but this EP brings it all the way back with a vengeance!!”

Recorded in his own Dawg Pound Studios just outside Boston, Taglieri himself played every instrument aside from the keyboards on “Above The Sunrise” (provided by Lee Turner of Darius Rucker fame) and the rhythm guitar parts on the title track, which his longtime friend and collaborator, John Calendrillo stepped in for. Local Massachusetts musician and good friend, Munk Duane, also lent his vocal talent to the backing vocal section of “Way Out.”

Launching all those years ago with that “leap of faith,” and after all he’s been through, it’s only fitting that his latest release be titled TRUE BELIEVER. The opening riff of first single “Don’t Ask Why” kicks off the EP like a punch to the face and it never stops. Heavy, a bit dark, a bit angry… “Don’t Ask Why” is a song that you’ll want to repeat over and over louder and louder. The title track, “True Believer,” has been with John for over 20 years dating back to his former band Big Trouble. “The hook to the song has lived in my head all these years and I finally decided the time was right,” says Taglieri. “Way Out” is a mid-tempo masterpiece with a huge hook and a conversation we’ve all had at the end of a relationship at some point in our lives. “Take This Ride” and “Above The Sunrise” harken back to old school guitars, Hammond organs, and in-your-face vocals. “Mad Mad World” closes out the EP with attitude and aggression. “It’s a message about keeping on your toes before you get swallowed up in turmoil,” reflects the singer.

TRUE BELIEVER is out now via Leap Dog Music / Vanity Music Group and is available on all digital platforms as well as CD Baby and your local brick-and-mortar outlet. The video for single, “Don’t Ask Why,” can be viewed at .

Relative sites:

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-Nordic Rock Queen Martina Edoff Set To Conquer The USA With Epica Support Tour And Solo Debut, UNITY

Having previously worked with a variety of artists (Dr. Alban, E-Type, the Poodles, etc.), singer Martina Edoff is ready to return to where her original musical love — classic hard rock — with the release of her solo debut, UNITY on October 16th via Into Records (distributed by Cargo Records), and will embark on a US tour from September 18th through October 3rd on a bill that will feature headliners Epica, as well as Eluveitie and the Agonist. Follow this YouTube link to view a tour trailer:

UNITY was recorded at the legendary Bohus Sound Studios in Sweden, whose long list of clients since the start 35 years ago includes both ABBA and Status Quo (who recorded their hit album and best-selling single “Rockin’ All Over The World” in the same studio). Martina’s producer and sound engineer, Tobias Lindell, has previously recorded, mixed, and produced bands such as Europe, Mustasch, and Hardcore Superstar at Bohus Sound.

Martina describes the material on UNITY as “up-tempo rock,” but several ballads help even things out.

Standout tracks (and their creative inspiration) include:

“It’s a wake-up call for those who only seek satisfaction in the material world. The true wealthiness begins from the inside of ourselves.”

Never Let You Down
“A proposal to someone who has been through bad relationship experiences.”

World Has Gone Mad [music video can be viewed here – ]
“Today in the western world we spend more time in front of a screen than we spend time in nature or with loved ones. Life passes by quickly without really noticing it. If we don’t open our eyes to the real world we might miss what really happens.”

Spirit Of Light
“To all the young ones out there who has their lives in front of them. How valuable they are and to tell them how fantastic they are.”

I Am Mining
“Ones that seek shall find. It’s about to find whatever you are searching for and never give up even if it seems impossible.”

Love Keeps Turning Away
“The game of love. Even if you fail you got to try it again.”

Moment Of Truth
“It’s about being in a relationship where the truth came out about lies and betrayals.”

This Love Is Crazy
“Someone is playing with your emotions and you realize you gotta get out of it.”

Argentina-based fans will get an opportunity to catch a performance by not only Martina, but also by Tarja Turunen as special guest support, at their show in Argentina on the November 14th, at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas:

Prepare to discover the supreme metallic talents of Martina on UNITY and the impending live dates!

Tour Dates with Epica, Eluveitie, and The Agonist:
Fri Sep 18 – O’Brians Event Centre, Saskatoon, SK
Sat Sep 19 – Union Hall, Edmonton, AB
Sun Sep 20 – MacEwan Ballroom, Calgary, AB
Tue Sep 22 – Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Wed Sep 23 – Neumos, Seattle, WA
Fri Sep 25 – Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Sat Sep 26 – Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA,
Mon Sep 28 – Gothic Theatre, Denver, CO
Tue Sep 29 – Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
Thurs Oct 01 – Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY
Fri Oct 02 – Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Sat Oct 03 – Irving Plaza, New York, NY

UNITY track listing:
1. Unity
2. Never Let You Down
3. World Has Gone Mad
4. Spirit Of Light
5. Come Alive
6. I Am Mining
7. Love Keeps Turning Away
8. Moment Of Truth
9. Sound Of Thunder
10. This Love Is Crazy
11. Caught In The Middle


*** PRESS RELEASE #11 ***
-Lars Eric Mattsson To Release SONGS FROM A DIFFERENT ROOM Via Lion Music

All-Acoustic Intimate Vocal Album Showcasing A different Side Of Lars As A Composer And Musician

Features His Most Accessible Material to Date

Released as download. Available @ Spotify, iTunes,, CDBaby, Applie Music & other leading digital platforms.

SONGS FROM A DIFFERENT ROOM is Lars’ first all-acoustic vocal album, very different from anything you have heard from him before. The songs were written in 2008 and most of the backing tracks were also recorded at that time. Originally another singer was scheduled to record them but things didn’t work out and finally in 2014 Lars decided to do them by himself, something he feels very good about now.

Lars says, “I am very proud of this album, I think these 10 songs are really great and they do present another very personal side of me, both as a person and as a musician. I put a lot of work into the guitar playing and the singing as well as the actual writing of the songs. I think there is no other album out there that sounds like this one, so it’s quite unique stuff in an oversaturated world where there are too many artists sounding the same.”

“Releasing an all-acoustic album might be something of a challenge, but something I always wanted to do,” Lars recalls. Currently Lars is performing with Roadhouse, a blues/rock band for which he has made some fresh arrangements of some cool rock and blues classics.

Release Date: September 18, 2015

Track List:
1. All We’ve Got
2. Keep Pushing Me On
3. Hold On
4. I Feel Your Spirit
5. Temporary State of Confusion
6. Just Let It Rain
7. Shadow of Doubt
8. Keep On Burning
9. Sweet Taste of Mystery
10. Remain Unsolved

*** PRESS RELEASE #12 ***
-Chandler Mogel Update

[Note: This is from his website newsletter. – Tim]

Chandler Announces Radio Exile Project Featuring Heavy Hitters To Release In October

Chandler has just completed what may be his most ambitious CD to date, RADIO EXILE. Consisting of the all-star lineup of guitarist Jimmy Leahey (Dennis DeYoung, John Waite, Allison Krauss), legendary bassist Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Bill Idol, HSAS, etc.), drummer Dave Anthony (Dennis DeYoung, Glen Burtnik, Joan Osborne), and song writing partner and keyboardist Charlie Calv (Shotgun Symphony, Bronx Casket Co.). The CD will be released in October (details coming shortly) and was produced by Stephen DeAcutis (Vanilla Fudge, Corey Glover, Cyndi Lauper) and former City Boy vocalist and veteran A&R man Steve Lunt (Britney Spears, ‘NSync, Jefferson Starship). There are 10 tracks in total including the first single “No Pity On The Highway,” “Higher Than The Sun,” and the epic “A Cross On Stone” featuring Joe Cerisano (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Silver Condor), Jessie Wagner (Lenny Kravitz, Kid Rock), and Amy Harnell (Tony Harnell and the Mercury Train). Be sure to check out the band’s website ( ) for up-to-date details on this release.

Chandler & OutLoud “Rock On The Beach” in Greece This September

OutLoud is set to headline the brand new Rock On The Beach festival in Thermaikos, Greece on September 4th! This two-day festival will take place on the beautiful beach of Angelohori near Thessaloniki and will include other great bands such as Bonfire (Germany), Monument (UK), Reload & Myst (Greece) among others. Tickets are still available but going fast:

Hope to see you there!

*** PRESS RELEASE #13 ***
-Rock Company Newsletter

New Forest Field Album

September 4, 2015 will see the official release of the new album ANGELS?, by Forest Field.

After the huge success of ONWARDS AND UPWARDS (a critic called it the best album in the genre for the past several years) Forest Field return with their fourth release.

The CD can already be ordered on the site, and we expect to start sending it out in August.

On iTunes the preorder will start on August 21, with the immediate download of the track “Angels.”

In the meantime you can enjoy some teaser videos on our YouTube channel:

No guest this time, but Phil Vincent singing his heart out on the music provided by Peter Cox, resulting in probably their most energetic and rocking effort so far.

Buy this product:

New Promotion

And since ANGELS? is the tenth release by our little independent label, we felt we should bring something special!

Order a minimum of two CDs and get a free bonus with your order. Could be a CD, a T-shirt, or? **

Let us surprise you!

And if you order the new Forest Field CD ANGELS?, we will send you the album in digital format (MP3) for free!

** For as long as stock lasts, or until we end it. **

Perhaps good to know that the webshop has been expanded with a bunch of CD offers. Rock, fusion, prog, etc., and in new, almost new, or used condition!

Chinawhite Update

Chinawhite are still working on their next album. Good news is that keyboarder Rolf “Fuchs” Vossen is likely to add his magic to (some of) the tracks. And they expect to start recording vocals soon.

All this should result in an 11-track album with probably one remake of an already familiar song…

On their YouTube Channel an acoustic live TV performance has been released, with three songs:

Earthshine Update

Well the reception of SOMEWHERE AROUND has been nothing short of wonderful so the bar has been raised to deliver an even better album. Writing for that continues as we speak as the theme has already been chosen. Keep an eye on their site…

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-Vänlade Sign To Metalizer Records (Germany) For Release Of RAGE OF THE GODS Album

American true heavy metal band Vänlade announces their signing to Metalizer Records (Germany) for the European release of their brand new second album RAGE OF THE GODS on both CD and vinyl formats.

Vänlade vocalist Brett Blackout has checked in with the following comment:
“We are excited to announce that we have joined forces with Metalizer Records for the release of RAGE OF THE GODS. We’ve put a lot of hard work into making sure this album is a real killer, so it’s good to know that it’s in excellent hands in Europe with those guys. The official North American release will still be handled independently by the band, so we will be working in unison with Metalizer Records to make this the best album release we can. Remember to grab a copy this September, and as always — stay heavy or die!”

Metalizer Records has checked in with the following comment:
“Metalizer Records is very proud to announce the European release of the fantastic new album from Vänlade RAGE OF THE GODS in CD format on September 18, 2015 and limited edition vinyl before the end of the year. This US band catches perfectly the spirit of the new metal movement in the vein of bands such as Air Raid, Enforcer, and Skull Fist. Vänlade’s new album is full of unleashed power guitars with a high-pitched siren voice that will make your ears bleed! Check out two of their brand new songs ‘Frozen For All Time’ and ‘Hail The Protector’ on YouTube, they’ll blow you away!”

Vänlade – RAGE OF THE GODS features 10 brand new tracks of epic speed metal from Kansas City’s own “Defenders of the Faith.”

The album was mastered by guitarist / producer Stu “The Hammer” Marshall (Death Dealer / Blasted To Static / Empires Of Eden / ex-Dungeon) at his Frontier Studio in Sydney, Australia.

Vänlade – RAGE OF THE GODS track listing:

Act I: Virtue
1. Rage Of The Gods
2. Frozen For All Time
3. Jaws Of Life
4. Hail The Protector
5. Hellrazor
Act II:
6. Moonbound
7. Aeons Of Madness
8. Acid Reign
9. Carnicidal
10. As Above, So Below

Vänlade – “Frozen for All Time”

Vänlade – “Hail The Protector”

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

Metalizer Records (Germany) official website:

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-Toxik Announce Latin America Tour 2015

Legendary American thrash metal band Toxik is proud to announce the complete itinerary for their upcoming “Inhumanity” Latin America tour which will take place during August and September 2015.

The band will be playing a total of 10 consecutive shows in Mexico, Colombia; Ecuador; Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.

8/27 – Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico – La Mancha Bar
8/28 – Mexico City, (D.F.), Mexico – Gato Calavera
8/29 – Bogota, Colombia – (Thrash La Union 7) – El Subte
8/30 – Cali, Colombia – (La Cruzada del Fuego XIII) – Alterno Bar
9/1 – Pereira, Colombia – Oz Bar
9/2 – Ibague, Colombia – (Ibague Infernal 4) – Rocka Rolla Bar
9/3 – Quito, Ecuador – Auditorio ACJ
9/4 – Santiago, Chile (Metal Forces) – Kmazu Premier
9/5 – Cochabamba, Bolivia (Cochabamba Thrash Metal Attack Part II) – Ex-Carnivale
9/6 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Asbury Music Club

Bassist Bill Bodily has checked in with the following update:
“We are very excited to be playing in Latin America! We have been waiting for our chance to come play for our fans there for many years and it’s finally happening! To commemorate this monumental event, we have decided to play WORLD CIRCUS in its entirety. This has never been done before! In fact there are a couple of songs on the album we’ll be playing live for the first time! For us it is a dream come true. We’re bringing a very intense set that will surely make the fans happy! Latin America we hope you are ready, we’re coming to bring the thrash to you!”

Toxik Latin America tour promotional video:

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

Toxik is an American thrash metal band originally from Peekskill, New York.

Toxik formed in 1985 and released two full-length albums, WORLD CIRCUS and THINK THIS, under RoadRacer (Roadrunner) records. Both records were cult, underground successes (especially in Europe) that would establish Toxik’s longtime fan base for many years to come. During their career, the band completed several successful tours including a performance at the prestigious Dynamo Open Air in Eindhoven, Holland in 1988. This performance was released on DVD for the first time ever in 2007, along with re-issues of WORLD CIRCUS and THINK THIS. In 2010 the band once again self-released another live DVD, THINK AGAIN, which contained never-before-seen live footage, interviews, and more.

Initially active from 1985 to 1992, in 2013 it was announced that Toxik would reform again and start work on its third album.

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-Chaos Frame: Exciting New Release From Nightmare Records

Chaos Frame
Nightmare Records
Release: September 4, 2015

US Power / Thrash / Progressive Metal band Chaos Frame is releasing their second full-length album, PATHS TO EXILE, imminently on Nightmare Records.

Virtuosic performances balanced with captivating song writing and a strong focus on melody, PATHS TO EXILE features eight new studio tracks which will appeal to fans of Symphony X, Pagan’s Mind, Beyond Twilight, Wintersun, Pyramaze, & Therion.

Mixed by Carlos Alvarez for Dirty Viking Audio (Divine Disorder, Noble Beast, Shadowdance, Judicator) and Mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studios (Ayreon, Pain Of Salvation, Megadeth, Devin Townsend Project).


PATHS TO EXILE track list:
1. Painful Lessons (5:36)
2. Paths To Exile (7:44)
3. Derceto (5:03)
4. Terra Firma (6:06)
5. Paper Sun (5:29)
6. Giantkiller (7:09)
7. Doomed (5:11)
8. The World Had Two Faces (7:45)

Total Running Time: 50:03

Chaos Frame lineup:
Dave Brown – Lead Vocals
Matt Hodsdon – Guitar/Bass/Keyboards
Andy Xiong – Guitar
Pat Ruhland – Drums (tracks 2-8)
Steve Bergquist – Drums (track 1)

Special Guests Include:
John Yelland (Disforia / Judicator) – Backing / Choir vocals all songs
Rob Jalonen (Noble Beast) – Backing / Choir Vocals all songs
Aaron Lott (Pestifere) – Harsh Vocals (track 3)
Chiara Dezi (Harpia Deiis) – Additional Vocals (track 4)
Carlos Alvarez (Shadowdance) – Additonal Backing Vocals (track 8)
Kevin Alter – Alto Saxophone (track 5)

Distro info:
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Nightmare / Alliance / Bertus / CDBaby / Disc Union

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-Cats In Space’s TOO MANY GODS Album Details Revealed; “Mr. Heartache” Video Released

UK’s Cats In Space have landed! A brand new six-piece band who, armed with their exciting brand of “Power Pop Rock,” will transport you back to the heady days of the ’70s when bands like ELO, Queen, 10CC, Cheap Trick, in particular, ruled the airwaves. Cats In Space features band members with a wealth of experience in the music business for over 30 years, both as writers and performers for bands like The Sweet, Asia, T’Pau, Ian Gillan Band, Mike Oldfield, Airrace, and Arena to name a few, so you can expect performances if the highest caliber. Their debut album TOO MANY GODS is released worldwide in October 2, 2015 via Harmony Factory/Cargo Records.

From the album TOO MANY GODS, a debut single, “Mr. Heartache” is released as a digital download on September 7, 2015. Co-written by founder member and guitarist Greg Hart and Mick Wilson (10CC), it also featured a guest appearance by legendary Glam Rocker Andy Scott from The Sweet on both vocals and guitar. The new “Mr. Heartache” video can be viewed below.

The new album TOO MANY GODS, in typical vintage fashion, will be available in limited 12″ deluxe gatefold vinyl and also as a replica LP Compact Disc and digital download.

Track listing:

1. Arrival
2. Too Many Gods
3. Stop
4. Last Man Standing
5. Mr. Heartache ** Guest appearance by Andy Scott (Sweet)
6. Unfinished Symphony
7. Schoolyard Fantasy ** CD only
8. The Greatest Story Never Told ** Orchestra arranged and composed by Mike Moran, ** Guest lead vocals Mick Wilson
9. Only In Vegas
10. Man In The Moon ** Guest lead vocals Mick Wilson
11. Five-Minute Celebrity
12. Velvet Horizon

TOO MANY GODS was recorded and produced at Yellow Fish studios in Sussex, with long-term co-pilot Ian Caple. All songs were written by Greg Hart, or co-written by Greg Hart and Mick Wilson, who also features on backing vocal and guest lead vocals, alongside Paul Manzi, creating a spectacular result… Also, for the album’s centerpiece, the band recruited legendary producer and orchestral genius Mike Moran, famous for many musical contributions including Freddie Mercury’s BARCELONA. Mike arranged and scored an 80-piece orchestra for the seven-minute epic “The Greatest Story Never Told.”

With soaring skyscraper vocal harmonies, hook-laden choruses, drenched in guitars, vintage synthesizers and orchestrations, the Cats In Space pull no punches in delivering their symphonic “Power Pop Rock” and hide no influences along the way. As the band say, this album is “All killer, no kitty litter!”

Greg Hart – Guitars, Vocals, Synthesizer
Paul Manzi – Lead vocals
Steevi Bacon – Drums, Percussion
Dean Howard – Guitar
Jeff Brown – Bass guitar, Vocals
Andy Stewart – Piano, Synthesizer, Vocoder, Wurlitzer

Special guest players:
Mick Wilson – Guest Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Keys
Andy Scott – Guitar, Vocals
Janey Bombshell – Backing Vocals
Greg Camburn – Saxophone
Mike Moran – Orchestra arranger and performer, Piano, Organ

Cats In Space, it’s like ELO and New England colliding with Queen, whilst 10CC look on from afar. I get listen to an awful lot of music, and this is the first thing this year that has gotten me genuinely excited. (Rob Evans – PowerPlay)

Cats In Space’s “Mr Heartache:” This is a very stylish specimen of AOR, with keyboards that wobble and choruses that soar and voices that harmonize like ELO meets REO Speedwagon round at 10CC’s house. It’s made by people who’ve played with everyone from Asia to Ian Gillan to Mike Oldfield and The Sweet (original Sweet guitarist Andy Scott is on board), so they clearly know what they’re doing. And what a great name! Everybody now: CATS… IN… SPAAAAAAACE! (TeamRock)

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-Fade To Silence Records Announces Rockett Queen As First Signing

GOODNIGHT CALIFORNIA Reissue Set For Release September 25

TYLER, TEXAS — Fade To Silence Records is excited to announce explosive Texas rock ‘n’ rollers Rockett Queen as the label’s very first signing.

“I ran into Rockett Queen’s Walter Lee in a club in Texas and he dragged me outside to his Mustang to listen to rough track mixes of new songs the band wrote and recorded with producer extraordinaire Zac Maloy in Nashville,” said Fade To Silence founder Paul Bibeau. “Suffice it say, I was floored by the quality and strength of the material. It had hooks and melody! So I ventured to Dallas to see them perform live and in all honesty, rarely have I seen such a seasoned performance delivery full of energy and engagement. Simply put, they owned it. I struck up a rapport with the guys and decided that I needed to manage this band.”

The first release will be a reissue of the group’s GOODNIGHT CALIFORNIA EP in an expanded edition, including three new tracks, on September 25.

“We had some songs we didn’t get a chance to put on the first round due to time restraints and we just felt this was a perfect time to put it all together and get it out the way it was meant to be,” said vocalist/guitarist Lee.

The EP will feature the original five tracks, showcasing Rockett Queen’s versatility, from the hard-driving anthem “I Hate You” to the poetic sensibilities of “Since You’ve Been Gone.” In addition to the EP’s five original songs, the new version will feature the brand new song “Hey God,” an acoustic version of the band’s “Hard to Love,” and a cover of the Misfits’ punk classic “Attitude.”

“I feel that there seems to be a lack of young, rock ‘n’ roll bands today with memorable songs that can also put on one hell of a show,” Bibeau said. “Frankly, I find it refreshing.”

“‘Hey God’ is about the destruction and emptiness that some families face after a family member is shipped off to war,” Lee said. “Realizing how many of them have to pick up the pieces and find a way to make life work without the person who was suddenly plucked out of their lives is something that hits close to me.”

New conceptual videos for “I Hate You” and “Since You’ve Been Gone” have been shot and will be released in conjunction with the first singles to commercial radio. A lyric video for “I Hate You” has also been produced. Get your first taste here:

“Hard To Love” is an acoustic preview of a track from Rockett Queen’s next full-length record, which the band is currently working on with producer Zac Maloy in Nashville.

“To show some of our punk rock roots we decided to record a cover version the Misfits song ‘Attitude,” Lee said. “We wanted to reach back and have some fun with a style of music we all grew up loving.”

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

Said Lee: “We strive to walk that line of paying homage to what we grew up loving about rock ‘n’ roll and giving something new to the generation that came before us AND the kids that are at the forefront of the new rock revolution.”

Rockett Queen is completed by Jay Scars on lead guitar, Chaz Graves on bass, and Keith Crash on drums.

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-Thundermother To Release ROAD FEVER Through Despotz Records

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — There’s a new female hard rock band in town and if you don’t watch your back, the Swedish based quintet — Thundermother — are going to be on you like roadkill as they place their smelly stamp on the rock ‘n’ roll landscape everywhere they go.

ROAD FEVER, the sophomore effort from Thundermother will hit the streets on September 4 through Despotz Records. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed ROCK N’ ROLL DISASTER sees the outfit treading familiar waters with their tried-and-true, classic-influenced hard rock. Front woman Clare Cunningman says, “We stuck with a sound that we all love and know will work as we have gained so many fans worldwide with this winning formula. But we hope to reach out now to a wider audience as our sound drifts towards the classic Motorhead era.” Guitarist Flippa Nassil adds pointedly, “If you like ’70s rock you will appreciate what we do — I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Rock and roll is not dead.”

Formed in 2010 when guitarists Flippa Nassil and Italian-born Giorgia Carteri met with the same goals and passions — to put together and play in the ultimate rock and roll band. Several meetings and a few lineup changes later the duo hooked up with three others that share that same vision in the form of Irish singer Clare Cunningham, bassist Linda Strom and drummer Tilda Stenqvist.

Releasing the well-received ROCK N’ ROLL DISASTER in 2014 and hitting the Swedish national charts at #2, the band made their mark quickly. “I remember getting the call!” exclaims Cunningman. “It was a moment none of us will ever forget. To be received so warmly on our first record was an incredible feeling and showed that this was the beginning of something big for us.”

With ROAD FEVER, Thundermother hit back even harder than before with tracks such as “Deal With The Devil” (the album’s second single and the band’s tribute to Lemmy), “Thunder Machine” (the band being major supporters of feminism, Cunningham got a feminist tattoo while on tour in Spain and it was performed with the Hawk Thunder Machine, hence the song title), and the album’s first single, “It’s Just A Tease” (“We’re female, proud of playing rock and roll and being sexy at the same time,” laughs Nassil.)

The quintet headed into the studio this past May to finalize work of ROAD FEVER, after having completed five songs in Lemon Recording Studio in Klippan (South Sweden) with Martin Ekelund. This final batch of songs were recorded at Cobra Studios in Stockholm with main engineer Martin Ehrencrona and with the band’s guitarist and founder, Filippa Nässil, at the helm. The vibe of the studio suited the ladies perfectly with it’s pure ’70s rock ‘n’ roll analog sound and original gear.

ROAD FEVER track listing:

1. It’s Just A Tease
3. Alright Alright
4. Deal With The Devil
5. Give Me Some Lights
6. Roadkill
7. Enemy
8. Vagabond
9. Thunder Machine
10. Rock N Roll Sisterhood

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-Divebomb Records Update

August New Releases

Three new releases this month! Intrinsic’s unreleased sophomore album, NAILS, as well as two new additions to our Bootcamp Series with The Horde Of Torment and Obscene Jester. Details below. All three are available to order now.

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Intrinsic – NAILS (DIVE087)

By 1990, San Luis Obispo thrash act Intrinsic had two releases under their belts (1987’s INTRINSIC LP and 1990’s DISTORTION OF PERSPECTIVE EP). But while recording what would become their sophomore album, NAILS, the direction of the music industry was shifting. The industry had a “sound” they were wanting and if it did not replicate Metallica’s Black Album, Pantera, or Helmet most bands were pretty much out of luck. Having self-financed their new progressive thrash opus Intrinsic quickly found themselves out of step with the industry. So the NAILS sessions where shelved for nearly 25 years, until now.

In 2014 the band reached out to Divebomb Records and after hearing a single preview, they quickly struck up a deal that would finally bring NAILS to the masses, however before the contract ink was even able to dry a colossal roadblock had presented itself. The band’s sole master recording DAT had become damaged since its last use. Could this be the end, before it was able to start? By a stroke of luck, the original engineer had preserved the session reels and it was determined that a brand new mix could be created from scratch. Not being able to predict these new expenses the band turned to their longtime fans to help raise money via crowd funding and the fans came through. The goal of the campaign was achieved in just three days. NAILS was given new life.

Divebomb Records is excited to present NAILS in this special edition reissue. The 20-page booklet contains band-supplied archival photos/flyers and features full lyrics with a brand new essay detailing the making of the album. This is a reissue for the fans, by the fans.

For Fans Of:
Forbidden, Heathen, Toxik, Laaz Rockit, Annihilator

Track List:
1. State Of The Union
2. Fight No More
3. Die Trying
4. On Gossamer Wings
5. Pillar Of Fire
6. Mourn For Her
7. The Vicious Circle
8. Denial
9. Yikes!
10. Inner Sanctum
11. Dazed & Confused
12. Too Late, But Not Forgotten


Declassified Information:
For years fans have demanded it and Divebomb Records is finally delivering it. As part of its ongoing Bootcamp Series, the label will issue DISTORTED RECOLLECTIONS, a compilation from late ’80s underground thrash masters The Horde Of Torment. Almost two years in the making, DISTORTED RECOLLECTIONS collects the Las Vegas band’s PRODUCE OF A SICK MIND and INHERIT THE SIN demos, plus rare bonus tracks. If that weren’t already enough, Divebomb Records is also including INFECTED, the 1987 demo the group recorded when they were still going by the name Pestilence.

The Horde Of Torment had the songs, energy, and drive to succeed on a large scale, but despite all of the attention the band received from the heavy metal press of their era, they never locked down a record deal during their time together. In spite of this, fans have been trading the thrash crew’s demos in the over two decades since they broke up.

DISTORTED RECOLLECTIONS features new artwork by Steven Cobb based on the band’s original vision for their PRODUCT OF A SICK MIND demo tape. This has been a passion project for Divebomb Records and the label is honored to work with the band on it. It’s about time a new army of metal listeners gets acquainted with the fury that was The Horde Of Torment and DISTORTED RECOLLECTIONS will make sure of that.

Comrades In Arms:
Sacrifice, Epidemic, Possessed, Slaughter, Num Skull

o Limited Edition CD – only 500 units pressed worldwide
o new artwork
o digitally re-mastered
o band-supplied photos/flyers
o full-color 20-page booklet with band essay and lyrics

INFECTED (Demo – 1987)
1. Liquidation
2. The Raven
3. Corruption
4. Final Solution

5. Product Of A Sick Mind
6. Viral Malignance
7. As I Lay Dying
8. Blood Justice

INHERIT THE SIN (Demo – 1991)
9. Inherit The Sin
10. Alive Within
11. Pain Asylum

Bonus Tracks
12. Incubus (Rehearsal Track – 1987)

13. Just Call Me Suicide
14. Tear Down The Walls

LIVE AT THE CLUB (Las Vegas 1987)
15. Corruption
16. Incubus
17. Final Solution

Obscene Jester – CITADEL’S ON FIRE (DIVE089)

Declassified Information:
Hailing from the flourishing late ’80s Texas metal scene Obscene Jester were a hardworking metal band who slugged it out all over the tri-state area always looking to expand their growing fan base. In 1989 they released the CITADEL’S ON FIRE cassette to much local acclaim and not wanting to lose any momentum began work on a follow-up full-length album. However, while in the process of recording that full-length album something within the Obscene Jester camp went awry and sadly enough it was never properly finished.

This Bootcamp Series reissue collects the original CITADEL’S ON FIRE cassette release as well as 11 bonus tracks taken from the only known copy of mix references for their unfinished album. All audio was transferred from band-supplied sources and re-mastered by Jamie King. Cover art, by Steven Cobb, is a faithful recreation of the original CITADEL’S ON FIRE cassette release.

Comrades In Arms:
Oliver Magnum, Lizzy Borden, Skid Row, Heretic, Savage Grace

o Limited Edition CD – only 500 units pressed worldwide
o new artwork
o digitally re-mastered
o band-supplied photos
o full-color 16-page booklet with band essay and lyrics

1. Apocalyptic Prophecy
2. Statistical Bridge
3. Citadel’s On Fire
4. Insomnia
5. D.E.A.

Bonus Tracks
6. Stop The Madness
7. This World
8. I Am The One
9. Nothing To Do
10. Last Laugh
11. And It Rose…
12. Gunther
13. The Answer
14. The Mourning After
15. This World (Alternate Mix)
16. The Answer (Alternate Mix)

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Free Music!

Summer has officially started and what a better way to celebrate than with FREE MUSIC!

We started compiling a new digital sampler because we realized it had been a couple years since the last one. Well, surprisingly enough it quickly worked itself into TWO volumes.

The first volume features 25 tracks, of which all (at the moment) are unreleased in physical form. Featuring preview tracks from Wild Dogs, Wulfhook, ARTCH, Enertia, Betsy, Poltergeist, Exises, Eradikator, Holosade, Judicator, The Horde Of Torment, Intrinsic, Osiris, Aftermath, & more!

The second volume contains 20 tracks from our recent releases.

Download, stream, share, play, enjoy!

Download Or Stream Volume 1 Now!

Download Or Stream Volume 2 Now!

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-Swedish Rockers Casablanca To Release Concept Album, MISKATONIC GRAFFITI

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — MISKATONIC GRAFFITI, the third full-length album from red hot hard rock outfit Casablanca, is to for release on September 25 through Despotz Records.

The Stockholm-based sensation formed in 2008, releasing two albums — APOCALYPTIC YOUTH (2012) and RIDING A BLACK SWAN (2013) both featuring guitarist Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper, Electric Angels) — as well as opening Swedish dates for Kiss and making several Swedish television appearances.

The summer of 2015 finds Casablanca (minus Roxie and adding Bullet six-stringer Erik Almstrom) bringing their first concept album to the masses in the form of MISKATONIC GRAFFITI, a hard-driving 10-song affair based on Cthulhu mythology — with a twist. According to H.P. Lovecraft, before man, The Old Ones ruled the Earth. Casablanca, however, lays claim to the theory that before The Old Ones, The Original ran things on the planet.

“I’ve had this HP Lovecraft concept story in mind since I was young and when we came up with a load of different sounding songs that would fit perfect in story form we decided to give it a try,” says front man Anders Ljung. “There’s been a lot of Lovecraft in art, music, movies, and so on for ages so we realized we had to twist it a little to give it some new energy so we did.”

The 10-song opus hits off with “Enter The Mountains” (about The Phantom and its return to our dimension around 200 years ago and where he slowly but surely established the town, the mountains, and the Miskatonic university.). With “My Shadow Out Of Time” you get heavy loss (The Phantom’s friend being caught on the other side) and “Name, Rank, Serial Killer” refers to love — probably the biggest serial killer of them all. Wrapping things up is “Exit The Mountains,” a war song to bring the story to its conclusion.

Why has the band chosen to go the concept route on MISKATONIC GRAFFITI one might ask?? According to Ljung, “With this album we wanted to go further than rock ‘n’ roll, probably in the same way Bowie felt just before he launched ZIGGY and we had the time to do it!”

Concept albums are a bit of a “left of center”, err, concept for some people. What everything comes down to, however, is the quality of the songs. And, songs are what MISKATONIC GRAFFITI has in spades.

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-Old James Release “Kill Off The Rose” Video As Part Of Their Indiegogo Campaign

TORONTO, CANADA — Canuck hard rock quartet Old James has just released the video for new single, “Kill Off The Rose,” which is a companion piece to their current Indiegogo campaign.

The campaign is running in order to fund the band’s upcoming full-length album SPEAK VOLUMES, which is due to be recorded later this year in Los Angeles. The perks included in the campaign include lessons from guitarist Andy Thompson, a Dean guitar, lessons from drummer Chris Stephenson and a personally written song, amongst others.

The band, who have electrified audiences across North America on runs with the likes of Uli Jon Roth / Vinnie Moore (on the XG Guitar Tour) and Girlschool / Crucified Barbara, are primed and ready to take things to the next level and SPEAK VOLUMES will be the springboard for that target. Drummer Chris Stephenson says, “We’ve been working extremely hard this summer, writing and demoing songs which we’re very proud of. We’re not only beyond excited to be recording SPEAK VOLUMES in Los Angeles, but also to see the positive outcome all of this hard work and dedication will be. Working with the right producer will be key.”

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-Arizona Progressive Art Rock Band With Our Arms To The Sun Sign With Fade To Silence Records

ARIZONA DESERT — Progressive art rock band With Our Arms To The Sun is the second act to sign with the newly-launched Fade to Silence Records.

With Our Arms To The Sun is a breath of fresh air in a musical landscape dominated by pop formatted bands. The Arizona desert-based foursome crafts a brand of cinematic conceptual music that aims to evoke emotion and inspire thought in listeners. The band’s free-flowing style is not easily pigeon-holed, appealing to fans of not just one genre, but to people in general who appreciate music as expression. “My son and I went to see John 5 perform in East Texas and as luck would have it, With Our Arms To The Sun were the supporting artist,” said Fade To Silence founder Paul Bibeau. “Upon taking the stage, the band took complete control of the room and I was locked into every second of their performance. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. It felt has though the band was playing the very last concert ever and wanted to put it all on the table. Their performance was thoroughly pleasing, cinematic in scope coupled with an intense, passionate delivery. I got sucked into each note, each composition and I loved they journey they took me on. I spent a few minutes with them afterwards and we began to talk more and more. I knew immediately, this is my cup of tea.”

With Our Arms To The Sun’s first release through Fade To Silence will be a reissue of the band’s self-released A FAR AWAY WONDER EP on CD and vinyl.

“We were anti-label for the longest time and did everything DIY,” said With Our Arms To The Sun vocalist/guitarist Josh Breckenridge. “We recorded and distributed all of our own albums, and even made our own merch. One of the reasons we were not interested in being on a label was that we wanted to retain our sound. We are not interested in changing who we are artistically just to be more ‘marketable’ or ‘commercial.’ There are plenty of bands pounding that drum and we want to do something different. Paul immediately understood what we were going for as a band and rather than be a typical industry person, he encouraged our growth towards being a conceptual band. Also the chance at being one of the flagship bands on a new label that has a creative philosophy really appealed to us as artists.”

With Our Arms To The Sun — which is completed by Joseph Leary, Joseph Breckenridge Jr. and John Mclucas — has three self-released recordings to their credit. The Fade To Silence re-release of A FAR AWAY WONDER will come later this year. With Our Arms To The Sun is managed by Alan Jones/Slant Business Management and booked by Andrew Goodfriend/TKO.

Get a taste of With Our Arms To The Sun:

With Our Arms To The Sun – “Great Black Divide”

The launch of Fade To Silence Records was announced earlier this month by former Spitfire Records company founder/president and industry veteran Paul Bibeau. The new label, which is distributed via AMPed Distribution worldwide, will focus on establishing a cutting and creative edge driven label brand, a catalog/visual/television imprint and publishing division highlighting the hard rock and heavy metal genre’s broad musical spectrum.

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-Separations Announce New Album, DREAM EATER, And Slot On Monster Energy Outbreak Tour

Imagen recording artists Separations are set to unveil their full-length debut, DREAM EATER, on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 (official album teaser at ). Produced by James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Hands Like Houses, Dashboard Confessional), the album will be supported by dates throughout September and October, when the band unites with Nothing More, Marmozets, and Turbowolf, as part of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour.

Comprised of comprised Will Crafton (vocals), Myles Priest (guitar), Tyler Whitfield (guitar), Brenden Worthington (bass), and Thomas Pinson (drums), fans of hard-hitting metal with a surprisingly melodic edge are certain to fall under the spell of the album’s title track, which Crafton describes as “The idea is you work so hard for something just to have it taken away. There’s that inner battle in the human mind like, ‘Am I good enough?’ Everyone has a light and dark side. The doubt manifests in the form of this creature we’ll refer to as the ‘Dream Eater.’ The protagonist and the monster are embroiled in this battle we all go through.”

The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour kicks off on September 14th at Trees in Dallas, Texas and closes out in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 14th at Juanita’s.

Undoubtedly, Separations will leave a deep impression on a new legion of fans on the upcoming Monster Energy Outbreak Tour — come down to experience the buzz first hand!

Complete Separations Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Dates:

Mon-Sep-14 Dallas, TX – Trees
Tue-Sep-15 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Thu-Sep-17 Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater
Sun-Sep-20 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Tue-Sep-22 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Sat-Sep-26 Flint MI – The Machine Shop
Mon-Sep-28 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Tue-Sep-29 Ft. Myers, FL – Dixie Roadhouse
Wed-Sep-30 Tampa, FL – State Theater
Fri-Oct-02 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Sat-Oct-03 Johnson City, TN – Capone’s
Mon-Oct-05 Chattanooga, TN – Rhythm & Brews
Tue-Oct-06 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Thu-Oct-08 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
Fri-Oct-09 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
Mon-Oct-12 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Tue-Oct-13 Memphis, TN – The Daisy Theater
Wed-Oct-14 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s

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-The Secret VI To Release New EP MIXED EPISODE Via Vanity Digital Music

BAKERSFIELD, CA — Southern California metal band The Secret VI are set to release their new EP, MIXED EPISODE, on September 11, 2015 via Vanity Digital Music / Vanity Music Group.

Comprised of three tracks — “Plastic Smile,” “You’re All Bark,” and “Driven” — MIXED EPISODE takes the band away from the death metal leanings of their 2012 demos and into a much more melodic metal direction. “I love all kinds of metal, including bands like Morbid Angel and Slayer,” says guitarist and founder member, Scotty Ch, “so my writing took a swing in that direction for a while but now we’re down to straightforward, in-your-face metal.”

Lyrically the songs on MIXED EPISODE touch on subjects ranging from fake people (“Plastic Smile”) to a very stern warning to potential enemies (“You’re All Bark”) and finding inner strength (“Driven”). Singer Marc Padgett tends to pull lyrical creativity from a bi-polar disorder, “Writing and performing music helps me release emotions that I’m unable to unleash any other way,” says the front man. Being able to create is something that only comes around here and there for me and I never want to miss the train once it stops rolling.”

MIXED EPISODE’s release will be preceded by a single and lyric video for “Plastic Smile.”

Related sites:

-7th Heaven’s NEXT is out now, with this accompanying hype: “A 10-song feel-good CD of various Pop/Rock songs. This CD will transcend generations with the ability to touch numerous emotions and connecting lyrics.” Track list: “Time Of Our Lives,” “Diamonds,” “She’s On Fire,” “Young And Bulletproof,” “You And I,” “She Could Use A Little Sunshine,” “Don’t Wanna Be In Love,” “Something That You Want,” “Standing On Top Of The World,” “Take Me With You.” The band’s current lineup consists of singer Adam Heisler, Richard Hofherr on lead guitar and keyboards, Nick Cox on guitar and piano, Mark Kennetz on bass, and Michael Mooshey on drums. The disc is streaming in its entirety at . About the songs, Hofherr stated, “In a world where we have so much negative influence everywhere, I am proud that this CD is a positive influence and will hopefully touch an emotion.” NEXT can be ordered at , , and . See for more.

-About Heavy Metal’s lists of “Best Heavy Metal Albums” for 2007, 2008, and 2009 are online at these links:

-Act Of Defiance guitarist Chris Broderick appears in Metal Blade Podcast #59, online now at .

-Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler will perform with the country band Loving Mary at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, slated for September 26-27 at a horse farm in Franklin, TN.

-There’s a new interview with Bullet For My Valentine drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas at .

-There’s a new interview with Butcher Babies singer Carla Harvey online at .

-Chaos Frame’s lyric video for “Paper Sun,” from the upcoming PATHS TO EXILE (Nightmare Records), is online at .

-Corners Of Sanctuary — billed as an “American new wave of traditional heavy metal band” — have released the PRELUDE TO WAR (THE JAPAN DEMO) EP as a free MP3 download, with artwork. Track list: “A Fist Full of Vengeance,” “Victoria,” “Battle,” “Hell And Back,” “Bleed With Me,” “On The Hunt,” “Juggernaut,” “Blood Quest.” Check it out at . See and for more.

-Crack Jaw will reissue 1985’s NIGHTOUT on September 4 through Karthago Records, with bonus tracks. The hype: “The history of Crack Jaw, founded in Frankfurt/Main (Germany), goes back to the year 1982 when NIGHTOUT was released in 1985. ‘New Tomorrow’ and especially ‘Never Tell No Lies’ on the LP’s first side are typical German Heavy Metal songs with top compositions and competently played. Singer Stephan Kiegerl was not an expert in English pronunciation, but his voice suited very well the untamed power of the songs. So time doesn’t seem to have taken its toll on NIGHTOUT, if you listen to the album now, 30 years after its first release. Side two offers you a great hit with ‘Galley Without Aim;’ ‘Struck By Thunder’ is played fast, very melodic and catchy, and the album is rounded off with ‘Seven Days Of Wonder.’ NIGHTOUT is no doubt a forgotten classic of Heavy Metal, now for the first time on CD with the original excellent sound.” Track list: “The Change,” “Nightout,” “Make Me Believe,” “New Tomorrow,” “Never Tell No Lie,” “Saracen,” “Danger,” “Galley Without Aim,” “Struck By Thunder,” “Seven Days Of Wonder,” “Helluva Sound” (bonus track), “Still Wanna Rock” (bonus track), “Breaking The Oath” (bonus track). Lineup: Stephan Kiegerl on vocals, Holger Eckstein on lead guitar and keyboards, Jürgen Schulz-Anker on guitar, Gerrit Eisenmenger on bass, and Markus Klinke on drums.

-Darkology’s video for “Kill Me If You Can,” from the Chris Tsangarides-produced FATED TO BURN, is online now at . Hype: “The ‘cult’ concept video piece for the song ‘Kill Me If You Can’ is the visual accompaniment for the crushing opener from their latest album, FATED TO BURN, a vicious quasi thrashing tune in the best tradition of Metal Church and the mighty Judas Priest. Darkology are the first metal band in a long time to deliver a truly stellar and exhilarating album of pure crashing heavy metal that’s true to the genre without sounding dated. The video’s concept parts were directed by UCLA grad, Tassos Kapsanis and edited by Methodd/EM ( ) and it stars a fair number of local talent from the burgeoning Athenian music scene.” The next video is due in September; it will be for the album’s title track and feature fire performer “MissVanity,” a.k.a. Veronica Scandale. Darkology’s lineup sports singer Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Firewind, Iron Mask, Outworld), guitarist Michael Harris (Thought Chamber, Leather, Chastain), bassist Mike Neal (Medieval Steel, Salems Lot), and drummer Brian Harris (Firewind, My Own Victim). See and for more.

-Diemonds’ NEVER WANNA DIE is due out September 4 on Napalm Records. Hype: “Calling downtown Toronto their home, but criss-cross the continent for weeks on end, armed with little more than their brand of original hard rock, their gear and a dream. With their third album NEVER WANNA DIE the band continues to modernize their heavy rock n’ roll sound. This time, multiple Juno award-winner Eric Ratz (Monster Truck, Billy Talent) is in the producer chair. Remaining true to their sound, Diemonds takes lyrics that speak to the outcasts, wild childs, and misfits, and combines them with a hard-hitting live show, taking cues from the greats they look up to. Priya Panda, the band’s front woman, is the sultry singer that the music world has never been so poised for. With her larger-than-life presence, she breaks every cultural, social, gender, and sexual boundary known to hard rock. If the ever-growing legions of the band’s loyal following are any indication, Diemonds are firmly carving their own path in music and hoards of rock fans are already along for the ride.” Track list: “Never Wanna Die,” “Hell Is Full,” “Over It,” “Ain’t That Kinda Girl,” “Secret,” “Better Off Dead,” “Forever Untamed,” “Wild At Heart,” “Meet Your Maker,” “Save Your Life.” See for more.

-Evergrey is currently on tour in North America with Borealis, Voyager, and Oceans Of Slumber as support:

8/28 – The Token Lounge, Westland, MI
8/29 – The Opera House, Toronto, ON
8/30 – Cafe Campus, Montreal, QC
8/31 – Mavericks, Ottawa, ON
9/1 – Le Cercle, Quebec City, QC
9/3 – The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall, New York, NY
9/4 – Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA
9/5 – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
9/6 – Canal Club, Richmond, VA
9/7 – 9/8 – The Casbah, Charlotte, NC
9/9 – 9/10 – The Loft, Atlanta, GA

See for more.

-Fates Warning tour dates:

10/9 – The Webster, Hartford, CT
10/10 – Palladium, Worcester, MA
10/11 – The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
10/13 – Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY
10/14 – Revolution Bar & Music Hall, Amityville, NY
10/16 – The Token Lounge, Detroit, MI
10/17 – Reggies Rock Club, Chicago, IL
10/18 – Agora Theater, Cleveland, OH
10/23 – Trees, Dallas, TX
10/24 – Scout Bar, Houston, TX
10/25 – 210 Kapones, San Antonio, TX
10/27 – The Roxy, Denver, CO
10/29 – Club Red, Mesa, AZ
10/31 – Rockbar Theater, San Jose, CA
11/1 – Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, CA
11/2 – Ramona Mainstage, Ramona, CA

Special guests on the dates are Imminent Sonic Destruction from 10/9 through 10/21, and then Vangough the rest of the way. Check out info on VIP packages at . See , , and for more.

-Furyon played the main stage at Woodstock Festival Poland on July 31. Check out video of “Stand Like Stone” at and “Voodoo Me” at . The complete set list included “Disappear Again,” “Lost Salvation,” “Wasted On You,” “Souvenirs,” “These Four Walls,” “Stand Like Stone,” “Our Peace Someday,” “All That I Have,” “Don’t Follow,” and “Voodoo Me.” See and for more.

-Gentlemans Pistols — billed as “British riff cavaliers” — have signed with Nuclear Blast Records, to release HUSTLER’S ROW on October 16. Track list: “The Searcher,” “Devil’s Advocate,” “Time Wasters,” “Private Rendezvous,” “Stress & Confusion,” “Personal Fantasy Wonderland,” “Lady Teaser,” “Dazzle Drizzler,” “Coz Of You,” “Hustler’s Row,” “So Long/Fadeaway.” Check out “The Searcher” now at . The band consists of James Atkinson (vocals, guitar), Bill Steer (guitar), Robert Threapleton (bass), and Stuart Dobbins (drums). See for more.

-Finnish power metallers Ghost Machinery have signed with Pure Legend Records (a sub-label of Pure Steel Records). The band features Stargazery members Pete Ahonen (vocals, guitar) and Jussi Ontero (drums, keyboards) along with guitarist Mikko Myllylä and bassist Sami Nyman. See and for more.

-Gundriver’s video for the title track off of WHAT’S INSIDE is online now at . Guitarist Tom Potter on the video: “The song ‘What’s Inside’ is about kicking ass. Our drummer Alex Rivas wrote the lyrics and I handled the guitars and production on it. The video was shot one day prior to the start of our 2015 North American tour as special guests of Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock. It was helmed by RSM Creative who is making some of the top videos in music right now and they’re great at translating what’s going on with the band. The constant left motion of the video was Stefan Anderson’s (producer) idea and having seen the high quality of his work before this, we just stepped out of the way and let him do his thing. It’s one of those songs that doesn’t need, and wouldn’t benefit from a story — it’s a real rock tune and a performance video fits the tune perfectly. We filmed it at a sound stage in Woodland Hills, CA (Los Angeles) with half of the room painted white and the other half painted black. Stefan had doom metal playing all day long between takes and we really enjoyed working with him and his crew. The whole thing was great and we’re looking forward to developing our image with RSM in the future.” In other news, the Hollywood band won the 2015 AKADEMIA Music Awards’ Best Hard Rock Album category. See and for more.

-Hibria’s new video for “Life” is online now at . See for more.

-High Spirits are hitting the road in September, with Christian Mistress and Savage Master, as follows:

9/3 – Red Line Tap, Chicago, IL (no Savage Master)
9/4 – Hells Headbash, Cleveland, OH (High Spirits only)
9/5 – The New Vintage, Louisville, KY
9/6 – The Earl, Atlanta, GA
9/7 – Strange Matter, Richmond, VA
9/8 – Smiling Moose, Pittsburgh, PA
9/9 – Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY
9/10 – Ralph’s Diner, Worcester, MA
9/12 – Wings Of Metal, Montreal, QC
9/13 – Coalition, Toronto, ON
9/14 – Small’s, Hamtramck, MI

See for more.

-Check out Joel Hoekstra’s 13’s (Whitesnake, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger) new single, “Anymore,” at . The album DYING TO LIVE is due out October 16 on Frontiers. See and for more.

-Hollywood Vampires — the super-group featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and actor Johnny Depp — will release a Bob Ezrin-produced album on September 11. The disc includes such special guests as Paul McCartney, Brian Johnson, Slash, Kip Winger, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Zak Starkey, Robby Krieger, and Perry Farrell, and proceeds from album sales will benefit MusiCares. Check out a promo video for the album at . The band has three shows scheduled to support the album:

9/16 – Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
9/17 – Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
9/24 – Rock In Rio, Brazil

In related news, on August 16 at the Lucky Strike bowling alley in Los Angeles, Depp played guitar with musicians such as Kiss’ Gene Simmons, at a fundraising concert for

-Huntress’ STATIC is due out September 25 on Napalm Records. Hype: “When Huntress shot from zero to hero with their debut EP OFF WITH HER HEAD in 2010, they made quite a few heads turn: an Amazonian, breathtaking singer in the form of Jill Janus and her four-octave vocal range, a rich occult background, and razor-sharp heavy metal. STATIC — the third album by Huntress — easily poses the most exciting and perfectly arranged release by Huntress to date: a feast of both flesh and spirituality! Timeless metal elegance, aggressive outbursts and sweeping melodies bring Static to life.” Track list: “Sorrow,” “Flesh,” “Brian,” “I Want To Wanna Wake Up,” “Mania,” “Four Blood Moons,” “Static,” “Harsh Times On Planet Stoked,” “Noble Savage,” “Fire In My Heart.” Tour dates with Gemini Syndrome and First Decree:

8/27 – Cheers, South Bend, IN
8/28 – The Machine Shop, Flint, MI
8/29 – The Ready Room, St. Louis, MO
8/30 – Aftershock, Merriam, KS
8/31 – Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, CO
9/1 – Marquis Theater, Denver, CO
9/2 – Sokol Underground, Omaha, NE
9/3 – 7 Flags Event Center, Des Moines, IA
9/4 – Q And Z Expo Center, Ringle, WI
9/5 – Taste Of Madison, Madison, WI
9/6 – The Tree, Joliet, IL
9/8 – The Castle Theater, Bloomington, IL
9/9 – Expo Five, Louisville, KY
9/10 – Bogarts, Cincinnati, OH
9/11 – Odeon, Cleveland, OH
9/12 – Vogue, Indianapolis, IN
9/13 – Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
9/17 – Revolution, Amityville, NY
9/18 – Loft/Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
9/19 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
9/20 – Hard Times Cafe, Hagerstown, MD
9/22 – Hard Times, Fredericksburg, VA

See and for more.

-In Vain’s THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER is out now, on CD and digital download. 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.” Check out the video for “No Future For The World” at .

-Iron Maiden’s video for “Speed Of Light,” from the upcoming THE BOOK OF SOULS, is online at . The double album is due out September 4.

-Karthago Records will reissue Lancelot’s BUT I JUST CAN’T STAY BEHIND on September 4. Hype: “Saarland/Germany is not very famous for its Hard Rock scene. In the early ’80s Lancelot was the No. 1 export from this small German country. The album BUT I JUST CAN’T STAY BEHIND was their only release, apart from four singles which go back to the year 1979; then they went to America to try their luck under another name and with a style more fitted for the American market. Now all their releases finally are available on one CD! From the beginning, the band was only interested in their potential to create a hit. And they managed it to write several ones. ‘Stop man,’ ‘Blinded,’ and ‘Stargazer’ just to name a few were catchy and showed the big songwriting ability of the band. And the really fine vocals convince even after 30 years! Lancelot played Bombastic Rock, for sure no Heavy Metal, but quite extraordinary! For those who only like hard songs, Lancelot is probably not the right band. If you are looking for jewels of German (Hard-) Rock music, you will definitely find some with Lancelot. This band is an exception in the Heavy Metal Classics series, because it is — strictly speaking — no Heavy Metal. But sometimes it is ‘heavy’ and it is always definitely good music!” Track list: “Stop Man,” “Home Again,” “Struck Down,” “Stargazer,” “Treat Me Right,” “But I Just Can’t Stay Behind,” “Killer Machine,” “All Right Now,” “Rock’n Roller,” “Tribute To F.J.Haydn Abjfv,” “Little Jane,” “Lancelot,” “Far Away,” “Miss You,” “Pretty Thing,” “Blinded.” The disc features Albert Jochum on vocals and guitar, Bernardi Ferone on guitar, Franky R. on bass, Volker Herschban on keyboards, and Joachim Hammerschmidt on drums.

-Check out Leaves’ Eyes’ new single, “Halvdan The Black,” at . KING OF KINGS is due out through AFM Records, on September 11 in the EU and September 18 in the US.

-Upcoming Lords of the Trident live dates:

8/28 – Hexagon Bar, Minneapolis, MN
9/25 – Polack Inn, Wausau, WI
10/9 – Tailgator’s, Cedar Rapids, IA
10/11 – The Metal Grill, Milwaukee, WI (w / Hibria & Unleash The Archers)
10/30 – High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI (Halloween ’80s metal tribute show)
11/7 – Gamehole Con, Madison, WI

See and for more.

-Sweden’s Mindless Sinner, a metal band from Linköping, has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records and will return after 25 years with THE NEW MESSIAH on October 16. Check out an album teaser at . The band’s lineup consists of Christer Göransson on vocals, Magnus Danneblad and Jerker Edman on lead guitar, Christer Carlson on bass, and Tommy Viktorsson on drums. See and for more.

-Nightmare World’s IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME is out now on Pure Legend Records. Track list: “The Mara,” “In Memoria Di Me,” “The New Crusade,” “No Regrets,” “Defiance,” “Burden Of Proof,” “The Ever Becoming,” “Damage Report,” “Euphoria.” Check out two tracks at these links:

“In Memoria Di Me”

“Burden Of Proof”

-Power Theory’s video for “Cut And Run,” from the upcoming DRIVEN BY FEAR (Pure Steel Records), is online now at . The band features singer Jeff Rose, guitarists Bob “BB” Ballinger and Nygil Hoch, bassist Alan D’Angelo, and drummer Nick Bunzck.

-Pyogenesis’ new video for “Lifeless,” from A CENTURY IN THE CURSE OF TIME (AFM Records), is online now at . Upcoming tour dates:

12/18 – Phoenix, St. Petersburg, Russia
12/19 – Mona, Moscow, Russia
1/6/16 – Knust, Hamburg, Germany
1/7/16 – Lido, Berlin, Germany
1/8/16 – Backstage, München, Germany
1/9/16 – FZW, Dortmund, Germany
8/4 – 8/6/16 – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany

-Reds’Cool, the rockers from Russia, will release PRESS HARD on August 28. Track list: “Dangerous One,” “My Way,” “The Way I Am,” “Brand New Start,” “Strangers Eyes,” “Call Me,” “One Night,” “Love Behind,” “No More.” See for more.

-Savior From Anger, an Italian power metal band featuring singer Bob Mitchell, guitarist Mark Ryal, bassist Frank Fiordellisi, and drummer Michael Kusch, has signed a global deal with Pure Steel Records. The band’s fourth album, TEMPLE OF JUDGMENT, will be released in 2016. See for more.

-Saviours’ new cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Hot Rails To Hell” is available as a silver-on-green flexi disc, included with issue #131 (September 2015) of Decibel magazine. The track features Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan) on vocals, Chris Grande (Lecherous Gaze, Annihilation Time) on bass, and Erika Osterhout (Scolex, Femacoffin) on tambourine. Comments from drummer Scott Batiste: “When we did the Saint Vitus shows in 2009, we got to talking to Wino about our shared love for Blue Oyster Cult and one thing led to another… The recording was done almost five years ago! Shrinebuilder was coming through Oakland on tour so we set up the time at Sharkbite Studios with [producer] Billy [Anderson]. We did it in a day. He’s played it with us live a few times. The recording rules and his solo is totally insane.” Check it out at , and purchase at .

-Slayer’s REPENTLESS is due out September 11. Check out a clip of band members Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt, and Paul Bostaph talking about working with producer Terry Date at . See for more.

-Dates on Stratovarius’ upcoming Eternal World Tour 2015:

9/16 – Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
9/17 – Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
9/18 – Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki, Finland
9/19 – Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna, Finland
9/23 – Klubi, Turku, Finland
9/24 – Lutakko, Jyväskylä, Finland
9/25 – Kerubi, Joensuu, Finland
9/26 – Jäähalli, Oulu, Finland
10/3 – Scandic Lerkendal, Trondheim Metal Fest 2015, Norway
10/5 – Factory, Tallinn, Estonia
10/6 – Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia
10/7 – Galaxy Event Hall, Vilnius, Lituania
10/9 – Fabryka, Cracov, Poland
10/10 – Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
10/11 – C-Club, Berlin, Germany
10/13 – Szene, Vienna, Austria
10/14 – Club 202 or Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
10/16 – Musichall, Geiselwind, Germany
10/17 – Vaudeville, Lindau, Germany
10/20 – Backstage, Munich, Germany
10/21 – Live Club, Milano, Italy
10/23 – Santana, Bilbao, Spain
10/24 – Sala BUT, Madrid, Spain
10/25 – Custom, Sevilla, Spain
10/27 – Koh-Tao, Valencia, Spain
10/28 – Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
10/30 – Z-7, Pratteln, Switzerland
10/31 – La Rodia, Besançon, France
11/1 – Trabendo, Paris, France
11/3 – O2 Islington Academy, London, United Kingdom
11/4 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
11/5 – Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherland
11/6 – Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany
11/7 – Matrix, Bochum, Germany
11/9 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
11/10 – LKA, Stuttgart, Germany
11/11 – Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
11/12 – Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
11/13 – Kulturfabrik, Kufstein, Austria

Beginning with the October 5 date, GloryHammer and Divine Ascension are also on the bill. See for more.

-Veras’ BLOW, PUNCH & STRIKE, the follow-up to last year’s NEVER GIVE UP, is due out in October on Z Records. See for more.

-Wovenwar’s new video for “Archers,” from the band’s self-titled debut, is online now at and . The live clip was filmed at a special show at Brick By Brick in San Diego, CA, on July 10. See for more.

-Wulfhook’s first video, “Brutal Nightmare” from THE IMPALER, is online now at .

-There’s an interview with Xandria singer Dianne van Giersbergen at .

Thanks to Rock Cellar Magazine, VQPR, Metaltix, Online Metal Promo, Lance King, Mark Alger, Axel Wiesenauer, Matt Rudzinski, Chad Bowar, Jon Asher, and Jon Freeman for help gathering some of this information.

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

15 July 2015 Leave a comment

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

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-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


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-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


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-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:

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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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