Detritus #682

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Issue #682
Week of September 21, 2015

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-Killdrums sighting!!! – Tim

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-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.

For more information:

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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 #681

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Issue #681
Week of September 14, 2015

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-Blackmore’s Night Gets Brave On “Will O’ The Wisp,” Video, Latest Single From ALL OUR YESTERDAYS

Among the things informing the songs of Blackmore’s Night are sagas and symbolism. In the case of the supernatural “Will O’ The Wisp,” the rock-based song continues the band’s vision involving what singer and lyricist Candice Night describes as “nature and folklore from around the world.” “Will O’ The Wisp” is from the group’s tenth album ALL OUR YESTERDAYS now, offering us a mystical experience.

The “Will O’ The Wisp” video can be seen on Billboard at:

Spotlighted in the video and the lyrics are lights (the will o’ the wisps), an ancient rock, castle ruins, a forest, as well as the crescent moon. There is also a path. Candice saw that path as part of the “Will O’ The Wisp’s” folklore as she watched the Disney/Pixar film “Brave” with her two children. She was entranced by an early scene in which the heroine, Princess Merida, is led through the woods to a cottage by a will o’ the wisp, a light that floats over swamps and moors. “The visual was amazing,” she says. Beyond that, the soundtrack of Ritchie’s music spoke to her to blend his music and her lyrics into this enchanting song.

The video enhances the lyrics’ ancient feel. In stark black and white, the only color element is the title character, a small, light blue will o’ the wisp that leads Night through ruins and moors and wide open spaces that the Celts would have approved of. The wisps were symbolic and mysterious lights that led her through ancient stone circles to a destination that would ultimately change her fate.

With concepts for this epic video running back and forth for weeks, Blackmore’s Night admits they took “forever” to finish it, and at the end of the entire production, Candice, Ritchie, and the band, pretty much, used symbolism of the path of a the light meeting a second light — two Will O’ The Wisps.

Candice is adamant about one thing, though. “The concept,” she insists, “is in the lyrics.”

Fans can also watch Blackmore’s Night’s first music video (and single), the title song from the upcoming ALL OUR YESTERDAYS album, at .

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS will be released on a variety of formats: CD, CD/DVD, and Digital versions on September 18 and in LP and Box Set configurations on October 16 (in North America). 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
* LP vinyl edition with a gatefold sleeve
* Box Set Limited Collector’s edition includes CD/DVD deluxe edition, LP, T-shirt (L size ONLY), poster, lithograph

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 festivals and concerts in great, historic venues all over the world.

For additional information please visit:

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-Cage To Unleash ANCIENT EVIL On The Metal Masses

San Diego-based metallists Cage are set to return on October 30th, with the release of their latest metallic tour de force, ANCIENT EVIL, which has been prefaced by a lyric video for the killer composition, “The Procedure” (which can be viewed at ).

“We really love how creepy the video came out, it’s like a mini movie almost,” explains singer Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck. “This song will give people a good idea of what they are in for on this massive, heavy metal, horror story thrill ride!” Rounding out the band are Dave “Conan” Garcia (guitars), Casey “The Sentinel” Trask (guitars), Alex Pickard (bass guitar), and Sean “The Thrash Machine” Elg (drums).

Based on a horror novel written by lead singer Sean Peck, ANCIENT EVIL continues the legacy of Cage as a heavy metal innovator. This nearly 80-minute monstrosity has 19 tracks that combine songs and narrated interludes to forge a unique musical journey that rocks!

However, according to Sean, making a concept record work is never an easy task — “With this being our seventh release, we wanted to try our hand at another concept album. We had great success with HELL DESTROYER, but doing a scary story type of thing and making the songs catchy and memorable while keeping the listener captivated by the content, is a real challenge.”

The story’s main character, Elliot Worthington, is played by none other than ex-Iron Maiden front man Blaze Bayley. “I did not want to do any of the character voices this time, so we got some really great talent to act out the scenes. Blaze did an incredible job. His acting chops were freaking great, I have to say,” says Peck. “The writing for this record came together effortlessly even though it was a concept record. It is pretty much just blazing fast the whole way through which is just how I like it!”

And soon, metalheads will be able to experience Cage’s latest metal masterpiece.

ANCIENT EVIL Track listing:
1) There Were Others
2) Ancient Evil
3) Behind The Walls Of Newgate
4) The Procedure
5) The Appetite
6) Cassandra
7) Blinded By Rage
8) Tell Me Everything
9) The Expedition
10) Beholder
11) I Have Awakened
12) Across The Sea Of Madness
13) To Save Love
14) Christ Protect Me
15) Sinister Six
16) Symphony Of Sin
17) The Antidote
18) Tomorrow Never Came
19) It Can’t Be


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-Billy Sherwood’s CITIZEN On November 6

On November 6, 2015, Frontiers Music Srl will release Billy Sherwood’s latest, a concept album called CITIZEN.

The album can be pre-ordered at:

Billy Sherwood created this concept album based on a lost soul that is reincarnated into various periods of history. “I was inspired by the notion that General Patton believed he was reincarnated on various battlefields through time; I wanted to take that concept even further.” As the song writer/producer, Billy placed the citizen character into significant moments of history.

The lead-off track is called “The Citizen” which sets the stage for what’s to come on the recording. “The Citizen” features Billy’s longtime friends and members of the legendary Progressive Rock band Yes: bassist Chris Squire and former Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye.

Each song places the Citizen into a unique set of circumstances where decisions are made that have serious personal and global consequences. In the song “No Man’s Land” (featuring Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/Kansas guitarist Steve Morse) the Citizen appears as a World War I trench runner who passes the message along to the troops that it’s time to attack; the Citizen remains behind and is, ultimately, the only survivor. “Empire” (with lead vocals by Alan Parsons & violin from Jerry Goodman of the Flock, Dixie Dregs, Mahavishnu Orchestra) finds the Citizen as a conscript legionnaire in the final days of the Roman Empire. “Just Galileo And Me” (sung by Colin Moulding singer/bassist of XTC) shows the Citizen as a protective friend to Galileo, trying to tell the astronomer that he should not tell people that the earth is not flat or he will be labeled as a heretic.

Known as a multi-instrumentalist, Billy performs drums, bass, guitar, and keys, and sings several of the songs, including “A Theory Of Its Own” in which the Citizen appears as companion to Charles Darwin on the evolutionist’s maiden voyage. He sings of Native Americans affected by the Indian Removal Act of 1830 in the song, “Trail Of Tears,” which features Patrick Moraz on keyboards. Former Genesis guitar player Steve Hackett adds his chops to “Man And The Machine,” which is about an assembly line worker and activist in the late 1890s. “Age Of The Atom” is about the creation of the Atomic Bomb and the questions of morality as a result of it; this features Geoff Downes on keyboards. Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess appears on “Escape Velocity,” a song that speaks to the political implications of the space race in the 1960s.

In “The Great Depression,” Billy’s song writer’s pen draws pain from the heart of a distraught Wall Street investor, who has lost everything in the stock market, and steps out to make a final step off the ledge. Rick Wakeman plays grand piano and other keyboards on this one. Finally, in CITIZEN’s 11th song, “Written In The Centuries,” performed by current Yes singer Jon Davison, Nostradamus is the Citizen busily composing his many predictions.

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

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


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-California-Based Rock Band Magellan Calls On Major US Presidential Candidates To Quit — Now

“War Drum (This Ain’t America)” — Magellan’s Plea For Reason — In A Brand New Song


Veteran progressive metal/rock band Magellan have just released “War Drum (This Ain’t America)” as a digital single. The song showcases Magellan’s “plea for reason” by calling on all major 2016 US Presidential candidates to immediately withdraw from any potential bid for the White House.

We’re too familiar with the pattern. The presidential election approaches and a sickeningly familiar rhetoric pulses below every interview. Sound bites of disinformation bombard us like the pounding of Zhangu war drums, then are overshadowed swiftly by military-like snares of accusations rising to a frenzy. Soon the ancient music of communication is beaten down into a primal marching cadence once more.

These building rhythms launch us into Magellan’s hard-rocking single “War Drum (This Ain’t America).” This is a fill-the-streets rock anthem for those weary of being fed the “daily spin of the constitution” served up via 24/7 media. From the opening lyrics (“Camouflaged in the red, white & blue”) you know this song carries a warning… and a responsibility.

It’s hard not to experience a visceral reaction. The keyboard attacks fire like automatic weapons as guitar riffs mimic wag-the-dog “dialogue.” That terse voice repeating “War Drum” near the song’s climax chills you with another White House wanna-be in soulless cadence.

As “War Drum” ends, the mind conjures visuals matching the cover art — Lady Liberty lists on a blasted landscape as a lone drummer, a remnant of our revolutionary concept of freedom, rattles our consciousness before the nuclear glow.

Will we follow this war dance sheepishly down the gangway? Or will we find a way to loosen the skins and mute these drums? Remember this music as you step into the voting booth feeling disheartened, disengaged, and disenfranchised.

In a recent social media post, Magellan leader Trent Gardner posted the following message:

“Dear ubiquitous and homogenized presidential candidates from all parties, I don’t want to experience a repeat of this predictable and ritualistic dance. It’s time to go off script. For America, please stop now. All I can hear is the beating of yet another WAR DRUM. Keep us all safe and just go home.

“I want to be perfectly clear. I have no problem with America taking necessary military actions, but with our kids and families out there doing the job, please… let’s be smart about how often we really NEED to do it. That seems like a pretty reasonable position…”

Slip on some headphones to feel surrounded by Trent Gardner’s call to arms which hooks your psyche with a powerful plea for common sense. A full song preview can be heard at and the band’s homepage at . The video for “War Drum (This Ain’t America”) can be seen online at .

Magellan’s newest single, “War Drum (This Ain’t America)” can be purchased from Apple’s iTunes or Amazon MP3. For more information you can visit Magellan on the web at .

Magellan is a rock band from the San Francisco Bay area, formed by the two brothers Trent Gardner and Wayne Gardner in 1985. The band has had a number of well-known guest musicians, such as Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Joe Franco (Twisted Sister, Van Helsing’s Curse), Lee Loughnane & Keith Howland (Chicago), and Tony Levin (John Lennon, King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Liquid Tension Experiment).

Given their embrace of technology — endless layers of keyboards and drums — they insist on the “rock” side of things, with big churning guitars and bass lines. Lyrically, their themes are of the classic human condition and the irony of living in the 21st century.

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-Gotthard’s Hena Habegger: “The Drumbook Of BANG!”

BANG! along with Gotthard on 14 tracks of the Swiss album of the year 2014! Successful stage­addict teams up with international experienced teacher, tutor, and pedagogue. Nine months later, a perfect baby is born.

For Hena Habegger, the engine of the most successful Swiss rock band Gotthard, a long-awaited dream has come true. In co­operation with Pascal Boy, Hena publishes his first own drum book which contains more than 100 pages. Complete drum transcriptions which include workshops for every song, information, examples, and exercises on how to play the tracks one-to-one plus original playback files from BANG! as well as great graphics and pictures, make the book a true masterpiece!

“The drum-performance on BANG! certainly is the best and most interesting one of my career. That’s why I chose to release a drumbook for this album. BANG! has everything a drummer’s heart desires: up and mid­tempo rockers, grooving blues­ and boogie-oriented songs, great ballads, and even a touch of country with the song ‘Maybe.'” (Hena Habegger, spring 2015)

The book provides deep insights into Hena’s energetic and imaginative drumming. His technique and way of playing have always consisted in serving the song and providing a firm base for both band and song, just like a Swiss precision clockwork does. Timing, dynamics, and a solid groove and drive are of the utmost importance.

A special highlight and unique in its kind, are the included playback files. These are the original files from BANG! but without the drum track and re-mixed. It’s like sitting on Hena’s drum stool and play along to the original recordings from Leo Leoni, Nic Maeder, Freddy Scherer, and Marc Lynn! Unlike anything else!

Both authors met at a common gig in Bordeaux, where Pascal and his band were supporting Gotthard. They soon realized that both were made from the same maple wood. After nine months of intense work, the two “book­fathers” proudly present their newborn baby! Ready for the big world of drummers!

The book is available through the Gotthard Online Shop and at the merchandise stand at their shows. Other distribution channels are being checked.


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-Jeff Brown’s (Cats In Space, Ex-Wilfire, Ex-Sweet) 23 YEARS Album Details Revealed

UK rock musician Jeff Brown (Cats In Space, The Tremeloes, ex-Wilfire, ex-Sweet) will release his first solo album, 23 YEARS, on November 13 via Mausoleum Records. The album was produced by Peter Brander (Royal Hunt, Cornerstone, Big Fat Snake) and Co-produced by Anders Overgaard.
See below a short video teaser:

Jeff always had a deep-rooted love for Rock music and has decided it is now time to show the world he can make it as solo artist, launching his debut album, 23 YEARS a presentation of time-honored, classic melodic hard rock, which boasts a contemporary edge.

Track listing:
1. Crazy World
2. 23 Years
3. Casino Royale
4. Contagious
5. Fallen Angels
6. Once In Every Lifetime
7. When The Love Is Gone
8. Calling Me, Calling You
9. Stay With Me
10. Slipping Away
11. Life Goes On

Jeff Brown – Bass guitar, all lead vocals, backing vocals
Niko Arvanitis – Guitar
Peter Szigeti – Guitar
Jürgen Reinert – Drums
Gary Moberley – Keyboards

The album features none other than Peter Szigeti (Warlock) on guitar and a number of fine musicians as guest: Steve Mann – Lead guitar, Ralf Bronckhorst – Acoustic guitar, Joe Gillingham – Backing vocals, Muriel Carrez – Spoken intro, bridge and Peter Brander – Acoustic and lead guitar. Recorded at Arsis studios in Krefeld, Germany by Ralf Bronckhorst. Additional backing vocals recorded at Joe’s Garage in Frimley, England. Re-mixed and mastered at Media Sound Studios Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jeff Brown was born in London on 14th July 1960. He acquired his first bass guitar at the age of 14 and never put it down again. Growing up listening to rock music he cites some of his influences to be bands like Deep Purple, Free, and Slade. Currently launching a solo career with his debut album, 23 YEARS, and touring the world as lead vocalist and bass guitarist with The Original Jukebox Heroes.

An experienced musician he has played alongside a plethora of Rock icons including Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), and John Coghlan (Status Quo). He was a formidable player during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal explosion in the early ’80s providing bass and backing vocals for Wildfire who released two studio albums, BRUTE FORCE AND IGNORANCE and SUMMER LIGHTNING (both on Mausoleum Records) and subsequently Statetrooper, featuring Gary Barden (Michael Schenker Group) and Brian Robertson of Thin Lizzy fame.

He then joined the illustrious Glam Rock band, Sweet, alongside Mick Tucker and Andy Scott, two members of the classic Sweet lineup, as bass player and vocalist. He was with Sweet for 16 years and helped them to achieve a successful comeback releasing two studio albums of new material and two re-recorded greatest hits compilations. In 2003 Jeff joined legendary pop band The Tremeloes with whom he still intermittently performs across the globe today.

In 2014, Jeff Brown was awarded an artist endorsement deal with British guitar manufacturers, Fret King. In 2015, 23 Years guitar strings have also endorsed him. He has played large capacity festivals in The Far East, Australia, North America as well as all over Europe.

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-RAM Announces October 30th Release Of SVBVERSVM Via Metal Blade Records; New Track Posted

Swedish heavy metal stalwarts, RAM, are ready to unleash their latest batch of fist-raising anthems to the masses in the form of SVBVERSVM. The band’s fourth studio LP will be released the 30th of October via Metal Blade Records worldwide. In Europe, the record will be available as a limited CD/DVD digi-pak, as well as on CD and vinyl.

Comments RAM on their latest offering, “This album is the rebirth of RAM and a natural step to take after DEATH. For this album, we went back and rediscovered the mass of notes, lyrical ideas, and sketches that were created at the very birth of RAM, from around 1999-2001. We saw that these ideas were more valid than ever and still very inspiring. We are very pleased with the album that is the product of four months of being locked up in the studio and offering our very last drop of sweat and blood for it to become the most massive RAM production ever. This is our latest assault upon the rotting world, may it be a dagger in the heart of the powers that may be! SVBVERSVM is at hand!”

Visit to check out newly released track, “Eyes Of The Night,” as well as exclusive pre-order bundles and digital pre-orders via iTunes.

SVBVERSVM Track Listing:
1. Return Of The Iron Tyrant
2. Eyes Of The Night
3. The Usurper
4. Enslaver
5. Holy Death
6. Terminus
7. The Omega Device
8. Forbidden Zone
9. Temples Of Void
10. Svbversvm

In Europe, the limited first edition of SVBVERSVM will be released as a digi-pak with a bonus DVD. The bonus DVD is titled X ANNIVERSARY, A DECADE OF HEAVY METAL TYRANNY CONCERT and was filmed on Friday, 13th of September 2013 at a hometown show in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1. Sudden Impact
2. Judgement And Punishment
3. Blessed To Be Cursed
4. Under The Scythe
5. Defiant
6. Awakening The Chimaera
7. Machine Invaders
8. Ghost Pilot
9. Death
10. Forced Entry
11. Flame Of The Tyrants
12. Infuriator

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-Satan: New Track From British Heavy Metal Titans Playing At Decibel; ATOM BY ATOM Pre-Orders Available

ATOM BY ATOM, the forthcoming new full-length from British heavy metal titans, Satan, will see release via Listenable Records on October 16th. Recorded at Newcastle’s First Avenue Studios, and mixed and mastered by Dario Mollo (Crossbones, The Cage, Voodoo Hill) who helmed the band’s 2013’s critically-acclaimed comeback album LIFE SENTENCE, ATOM BY ATOM includes a collaboration with Angel Witch’s Kevin Heybourne as well as the striking cover renderings of Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, Sigh, Iced Earth, etc.) who crafted the art for Satan’s previous opus. Issues guitarist Steve Ramsey of the upcoming full-length, “We wanted to keep some continuity going with both the look and sound of this album. We’ve been working on the music for nearly two years now and I think people will definitely hear a progression from LIFE SENTENCE. I can’t really describe it but I promise you, these songs will speak for themselves.”

In advance of its release, today Decibel Magazine offers up new Satan hymn, “Fallen Saviour,” for public appreciation noting, “NWOBHM legends Satan unsuspended their sentence with a vengeance in 2013, conjuring acclaimed comeback album LIFE SENTENCE. The quintet is poised to follow it up with ATOM BY ATOM, and second track ‘Fallen Saviour’ is indicative of the ripping evil within.”

Get wicked with “Fallen Saviour,” courtesy of Decibel Magazine:

Founded in Newcastle, England in 1979, Satan was part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement. Though generally obscure throughout their career, the band is considered influential for playing a form of proto-thrash metal that was fairly advanced by the standards of the early 1980s. Their lineup has undergone a number of personnel changes over the years and even changes in band name. For a time the band was called Blind Fury, putting out one album — 1985’s OUT OF REACH — under that moniker before reverting back to Satan shortly thereafter. In 1988, the group changed its name again to The Kindred and then yet again to Pariah, releasing two albums under that name before folding in the early ’90s. In 1997 Pariah released another album. The band’s shifting lineup has included members of many other heavy metal bands such as Blitzkrieg, Rough Edge, Pariah, Atomkraft, Avenger, Persian Risk, Cronos, and Battleaxe. In 1990, guitarist Steve Ramsey and bassist Graeme English together with singer Martin Walkyier of UK thrash metal band Sabbat founded folk metal act Skyclad.

ATOM BY ATOM will see release on October 16th via Listenable Records. For pre-orders point your browser to .

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-Vinny Cecolini’s “Shooting The Sh*t” Offers One-Of-A-Kind Conversations With Rock Anti-Heroes, Icons, & Metal Gods

TRENTON, NJ — Plans for pop culture domination; the truths behind long-debated rock ‘n’ roll legends; the inspirations for, and true meanings of, classic song lyrics; the decisions for leaving and returning to major bands; and the struggles with such un-rock ‘n’ roll things as fatherhood and maturity: just a few of the revelations contained within the pages of “Shooting The Sh*t Volume One: Conversations With Rock Anti-Heroes, Icons, & Metal Gods.”

Unlike typical collections of rock star interviews, veteran music journalist Vinny Cecolini’s first eBook is a compendium of conversations with artists during pivotal moments in each of their careers.

“Fans want to read the artist’s words,” he explains. “They want to read exact, contextual quotes. They don’t care about a journalist’s musings and meanderings. If they did, they would immediately flip over to a magazine’s reviews or editorial section.”

As the title suggests, the author never treats his artist chats as “paint-by-numbers question and answer sessions,” but as “friendly, naturally flowing conversations.”

“Straightforward interviews are the kiss of death,” he continues. “When promoting something new, most artists are subjected to a ‘cattle call’ of interviews. And nothing will bore an artist quicker than hearing the same sterile questions over and over again; nothing will frustrate or turn an artist off quicker than watching a ‘hack’ journalist stammering as he or she fumbles with a list of questions.

“If a journalist lets the conversation flow naturally, it may take him or her in a different direction than expected, but that’s fine. Even if given an agenda by a publication [to talk about a new album, DVD, or tour], the conversation will eventually find its way back to the topic.”

During his 25-year career, Vinny’s work has appeared in dozens of publications including Hit Parader, Metal Maniacs and Bikini. And like many veteran journalists, he has accumulated conversations that, for a variety of reasons, have never been published. “Shooting The Sh*t” is Vinny’s opportunity to give these chats “life.” It’s an idea born as the author lamented over his tape of a chat he had with a pre-American Nightmare Marilyn Manson.

“It was months before the release of the band’s 1994 debut, PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY, and I spoke with Mr. Manson for a short ‘introduction piece’ for Hit Parader Magazine,” Vinny recalls. “I used just a few quotes from our conversation, during which I was really impressed with his concepts, ideas, and musings on pop culture. I knew he was something special; that he would be a star.”

For years, the author believed a long-form version of the chat would remain unpublished. That was until he spoke with another veteran journalist who had started publishing eBooks. Vinny had found his vehicle to give these chats “life.”

While preparing the book, the author noticed something interesting. All of the featured conversations were connected. They all occurred as the artists arrived at career crossroads. Readers will not only find it fascinating to travel back in time to when each conversation took place, but to also consider the path each artist has taken since the chats. When Vinny spoke with Meat Loaf, for instance, the singer had decided to end his recording career. Metallica’s Lars Ulrich was looking forward to beginning the millennium as a new father, unaware that his band was about to enter its darkest and most challenging period. The events of September 11, 2001 deeply affected each of us, including Ronnie James Dio, who vented through the songs appearing on his KILLING THE DRAGON album.

Featured conversations include Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Meat Loaf, Neil Young, Rush’s Neil Peart, Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, former Eagle Don Felder, Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, Ronnie James Dio, and Metallica’s Lar Ulrich.

The book also features “not for the weak” trivia and a preview of “Shootin’ The Sh*t’s” second installment, due early next year.

“Shooting The Sh*t Volume One: Conversations With Rock Anti-Heroes, Icons, & Metal Gods”
by Vinny Cecolini

eBook Edition
Copyright 2015
Published by BearManor Media
ISBN: 9781310212673

Available for download from Amazon, Google Books, Smashwords, and other eBook retailers.

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-Divebomb Records Update: Wild Dogs Reissue

September is shaping up to be a huge month for us at Divebomb Records. ARTCH, Betsy, and now we are happy to announce that Wild Dogs’ ferocious third album, REIGN OF TERROR, gets its first official reissue on CD as a deluxe edition.

The first 100 customers to order will get a free, limited edition Wild Dogs cover art magnet.

REIGN OF TERROR (Deluxe Edition) will be available in our store starting September 25th.

Wild Dogs
REIGN OF TERROR (Deluxe Edition)

Portland’s Wild Dogs strategically decided to switch things up after two successful albums with popular indie metal label, Shrapnel Records. The first major change came with the recruitment of new vocalist, Michael Furlong, to fill the newly vacant front man position. His arrival brought with it an entirely new range and influence the band magnificently channeled into their compositions. Secondly, the band collectively decided to supercharge their ferocious musical tactics for what would become their magnum opus, REIGN OF TERROR, which helped to define and influence US Power Metal for years to come.

Originally released in 1987, REIGN OF TERROR was supposed to set the scene afire with its potent mixture of power metal and blazing thrash metal, but the timing couldn’t have been any worse. Their new label, Enigma Records, went belly up a few months after the album’s release and that was that. The band did continue on without label support playing shows when they could and even began work on a follow-up album. However, music industry climate in the early ’90s was not promising for metal acts and Wild Dogs decided to throw in the towel.

Divebomb Records is excited to present REIGN OF TERROR in this special deluxe edition reissue. The 20-page booklet contains band-supplied archival photos and features full lyrics with brand new interview with Jeff Mark detailing the making of the album. This edition also contains three high-quality pre-production demos including the never-before-released track, “Eat You Alive.” This is a reissue for the fans, by the fans.

Track List:
1. Metal Fuel (In The Blood)
2. Man Against Machine
3. Call Of The Dark
4. Siberian Vacation
5. Psychoradio
6. Streets Of Berlin
7. Spellshock
8. Reign Of Terror
9. We Rule The Night

Bonus Tracks:
Rehearsal Demo (1986)
10. Eat You Alive
11. Man Against Machine
12. Reign Of Terror

Divebomb Records

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-Melted Space: Guest Musicians For Metal Opera Project Including Members Of Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Dark Tranquillity, Tristania, Shining, Soilwork, And More Released

As the album nears release via Laser’s Edge this October, the entire track listing and guest musician track-by-track breakdown for Melted Space’s THE GREAT LIE has been released. The debut album from the metal opera project created by French composer Pierre le Pape features a wide cast of internationally-revered vocalists and musicians including members of Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Sunn O))), Dark Tranquillity, Orphaned Land, Shining, Ayreon, Sirenia, and many more, in addition to the work of The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra.

Here, Pierre le Papa, who bears a master degree in classical music and movie scores, creates a modern opera that takes over the classical codes, including numerous characters, scenario, powerful orchestral arrangements, and varied ambiances, all set to skilled and catchy song writing and amazing casting. The new Melted Space album, THE GREAT LIE, features 14 prestigious and unexpected singers, joined by seven talented guest musicians and The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra. Together, this cast has created an epic saga as powerful as moving, and by mixing the tradition of the classic opera with infectious heavy metal, THE GREAT LIE promises to set a new milestone in the genre.

On THE GREAT LIE, Le Pape, who handles piano, keyboards, and all orchestration of the album, is joined by guitarist Adrien Grousset, bassist Brice Guillon, and drummer Michael Saccoman as the prime backline. Co-produced by François-Maxime Boutault and Pierre Le Pape, the main tracks were recorded by François-Maxime Boutault for Les Liens du Son and the orchestra recorded by Jan Hotzner at Smecky Music Studio in Prague, conducted by James Fitzpatrick, while several of the guest musicians’ portions were recorded at various locations in Europe, the Middle East, and the US. Mixed by Axel Wursthorn at Walnut Groove Studio and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, artwork design and layout were handled by Hicham Haddaji of Strychneen Studio (Hacride, Klone, Trepalium, Shining).

The entire track listing for Melted Space’s THE GREAT LIE is listed below with all of the guest vocalists and musicians attached to each movement, the album including special performances by David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Attila Csihar (Sunn O))), Mayhem), Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Ailyn Gimenéz (Sirenia), Kobi Fahri (Orphaned Land), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania), Guillaume Bideau (Mnemic), Niklas Kvarforth (Shining), Sylvain Coudret (Soilwork), Adrien Grousset (Hacride), Christine Rhoades (Jeff Loomis), Manuel Munoz (The Old Dead Tree), Arnaud Strobl (Carnival In Coal), Clémentine Delauney (Visions Of Atlantis), and Virginie Goncalves (Kells).

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

View the trailer for THE GREAT LIE right here:

Melted Space – THE GREAT LIE

01 “Listen To The Song Of Despair”
Featuring vocalists Ailyn Giménez, Arno Strobl, Clémentine Delauney, Virginie Goncalves, Lucie Blatrier

02 “Called By The Queen”
Featuring vocalists Guillaume Bideau, Christine Rhoades

03 “No Need To Fear”
Featuring vocalists Mariangela Demurtas, Guillaume Bideau, Christine Rhoades, David Vincent, Attila Csihar, Mikael Stanne, Arno Strobl, Clémentine Delauney, Virginie Goncalves, Lucie Blatrier

04 “Terrible Fight”
Featuring vocalists David Vincent, Guillaume Bideau, Manuel Munoz, Clémentine Delauney, Virginie Goncalves, Lucie Blatrier, and guitar solo by Adrian Martinot

05 “A God Is Dead”
Featuring vocalist Manuel Munoz

06 “Trust And Betrayal”
Featuring vocalists Mikael Stanne, Guillaume Bideau

07 “Glass Castle’s Beast”
Featuring vocalists Kobi Farhi, Niklas Kvarforth, Guillaume Bideau, Clémentine Delauney, Virginie Goncalves, Lucie Blatrier

08 “Hopeless Crime”
Featuring vocalists Christine Rhoades, Mikael Stanne, Niklas Kvarforth, Clémentine Delauney, Virginie Goncalves, Lucie Blatrier, and guitar solo by Adrian Martinot

09 “The One Who Lost The Faith”
Featuring vocalists Niklas Kvarforth, Arno Strobl, and guitar, synth, and dulcimer solos by Arjen A. Lucassen

10 “Titania”
Featuring vocalists Ailyn Giménez, Guillaume Bideau, Mikael Stanne, and guitar solo by Sylvain Coudret

11 “Lost Souls From The Other Side”
Featuring vocalists Attila Csihar, David Vincent, Mikael Stanne, Ailyn Giménez, Guillaume Bideau, Mariangela Demurtas, Manuel Munoz, Christine Rhoades, Clémentine Delauney, Virginie Goncalves, Lucie Blatrier

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-Graveshadow Signs With Mausoleum Records, NOCTURNAL RESURRECTION Album Details Revealed

California-based female-fronted symphonic metallers, Graveshadow, have signed a worldwide deal with legendary metal label, Mausoleum Records from Belgium. The band’s debut album, NOCTURNAL RESURRECTION, will be released in Europe on November 13th, followed by a North American release on December 13th.

Emil “Nightmare” Nodtveidt from the Swedish industrial metal band Deathstars was brought in to mix and master the recordings that were produced by Matt “Hazmatt” Thomas (Fallrise). Adding to this, powerhouse vocalist, Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear, was brought in to sing guest vocals on the Doctor Who-inspired song “Blink.”

The Graveshadow sound is defined by crushing guitars, soaring keyboard melodies, thundering bass, and earth-shattering drums. Powerful operatic vocals shift into unearthly growls to create a rich and dynamic atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. Whether it is a tale of personal struggle or of fantastical creatures, the listeners are sure to find themselves immersed in a world apart.

Track listing:
1. Namesake
2. In The Roar Of Desire
3. Lycan Lust
4. Winter’s Come To Call
5. Blink
6. Fading
7. Exhumed
8. Blood And Fire

Graveshadow features lead vocalist Heather Michele, keyboardist Valerie Hudak, guitarists William Walker III and Matt Mitchell, bassist Benjamin Armstrong, and drummer Roman Anderson (ex-Inebriator).

Graveshadow is a 2015 “Sammie”-nominated (Sacramento News & Review) symphonic metal band from Sacramento, California. In the winter of 2014, the band signed with Jeff Keller (The Artery Foundation) for management representation after releasing their debut EP and opening for thrash legends Flotsam And Jetsam. Shortly after this, the band began work on a full-length album.

Graveshadow are ready to leave a lasting impact within the metal community. With an electrifying stage show and a sound as large as the Dragons of Westeros, they are as talented as they are unforgettable.

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-Big News From Radiant Records!

This just in! 2 Amazing Releases!


Spock’s Beard Releases “Best Of” Collection with a NEW track written by Neal Morse featuring all members of Spock’s past and present!

Legendary Californian progressive rockers Spock’s Beard are set to release THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS collection on November 20, 2015. Arriving as a special 2CD & DVD package, it includes a selection of the best tracks from their entire career, as well as a brand new 19-minute long track titled ‘Falling For Forever’ that features every member of Spock’s Beard past and present performing, including Neal Morse (who also wrote the track), Nick D’Virgilio, & current vocalist Ted Leonard. All the tracks have also been re-mastered by long-term collaborator Rich Mouser, and the DVD portion of the release will include rare footage of the band in the ’90s, featuring vintage live performances from Progfest ’97 as well as the band rehearsing and recording THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS album.

Pre-orders begin Now!



In 2014, on the eighth show of their fall tour, Flying Colors took to the stage at Switzerland’s storied Z7 venue, and on film, captured a breathtaking live performance. With their critically-acclaimed sophomore album SECOND NATURE out for only a week, the concert recorded an exceptional rarity: band and audience, together, discovering an album for the first time. Release date November 13, 2015.

We have bundled these two great releases in a special package and the first 200 people to pre-order this bundle will receive an exclusive signed frameable graphic signed by ALL seven members of Spock’s Beard past and present!

Pre-Order NOW!!!
Don’t miss your chance to get these two great releases at a great price and the free signed rare collector’s item!

Get your Bundle here:

Radiant Records

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-Graveyard Launches “The Apple And The Tree” Fan Competition!

Swedish grandmasters of classic rock, Graveyard, have launched a fan competition for their current single and music video, “The Apple And The Tree.”

The song marks the first single to come off the band’s fourth full-length album, INNOCENCE & DECADENCE, which is due on September 25, 2015 worldwide via Nuclear Blast.

See the competition instructions below:

COMPETITION TIME — your side of the Apple hang out with Graveyard.

Weekend is coming up and this time around it’s competition time!!

The purpose behind this competition is that we want you to give us your quick or long analysis of the story for the “The Apple And The Tree” video. We simply want to put you to the test and see if that weekend fever might activate some right side of your brain activity.

To be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you will have to do the following.

1. Share the video for “The Apple And The Tree” to all your friends here on Facebook.

2. When sharing the video we want you to tell your friends in writing what you believe is the story & purpose behind the somewhat f*cked-up plot in the video. Is it simply the fun of someone digging in cow sh*t for eight hours? Was it a dream that one of us had? You just go ahead and tell the world and us. To win this competition we want interpretations of what the video might mean. Not our interpretation — YOURS (which might be the same as ours). So hit us with the best, funniest, most stupid, etc. explanation of what the video might mean and we’ll reward one of you with a grand prize.

3. To be a part of this competition we need to be able to see your analysis (and amounts of Likes) in your share — so make sure that your privacy settings are set to PUBLIC while the competition is still running. Also please add the hashtag #graveyardapplevideo

Competition ends on Sunday, September 20. The winner will be announced by us via our Facebook profile on Thursday, September 24 — shortly before the release of our new album, INNOCENCE & DECADENCE.

There will be one winner in three corners of the world and the grand price is:

– 2 tickets with all-access backstage passes to the Graveyard show of your choice in 2015.
– Hang out at soundcheck.
– Meet the band, hang out backstage and get to see what’s really going on backstage around a Graveyard show.
– Your signed copy of INNOCENCE & DECADENCE and on top of that we will throw in a couple of T-shirts and a hoodie.

So without further ado let the analyzing of your side of the Apple begin!

Good luck and happy analyzing!

Axel, Joakim, Jonatan & Truls – a.k.a. Graveyard

Watch the video at this location:

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

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-New York City’s Mother Feather Signs With Metal Blade Records

Live Residence Next Month At Rockwood Music Hall In NYC

New York City natives Mother Feather have joined the Metal Blade Records roster! The self-described “pop cock rock” band has been building a loyal following in the late night New York rock scene since their inception in 2009. This fall, fans will be able to see them live during “Pop Cock Rocktober,” the first four Fridays in October at midnight at Rockwood Music Hall, including October 16th as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. For the uninitiated, a Mother Feather recording can be heard now on, and a music video can be seen now at

Mother Feather’s Metal Blade debut is currently being completed for an early 2016 release, and will feature two new tracks combined with re-mastered versions of the band’s previously released recordings, MOTHER FEATHER EP (2011), LIVING BREATHING EP (2013). New music will be available at the end of September and pre-orders will be online in early December.

The band’s calling card is surely their live show, which has led to consistently sold-out NYC shows. Vocalist Ann Courtney describes their approach: “Where is the magic? Where are the women who rock? Where is the danger? Where’s the cool pop music? Where’s the music that’s not speaking down to its audience? Any time I see any kind of performance I want to have a catharsis, and that’s what I’m hoping will happen when I step out on stage. That’s why I started the band, to save me, and the fact that it’s had this ripple effect and can do the same for other people is just gravy.”

As will undoubtedly be picked up by many of those exposed to the unique record, there is no metal here, per se, which makes for an interesting addition to the Metal Blade Records roster, something that Courtney is thrilled about. “Brian Slagel is such a no bullsh*t guy. He came to us, said I love what you’re doing, I’m a fan — how can I help? It’s really been such an amazing thing for us to be a part of — and I’m absolutely delighted to think of all the black metal fans in Scandinavia who will think that Brian has lost his mind when they hear a song like ‘Beach House’ or ‘Trampoline.’ I’m looking forward to claiming those souls,” she laughs gleefully. “Hail Satan!”

Ann Courtney – Vocals
Elizabeth Carena – Vocals & Keyboards
Matt Basile – Bass
Chris Foley – Guitar
Gunnar Olsen – Drums

-German thrashers Accuser have signed with Metal Records. From the band: “We are very proud and happy to announce that our new album is going to be released via Metal Blade and look forward to join forces. At Metal Blade, we feel comfortable and in good company. A large step for ACCU§ER and a big honor for us. At the moment, we are working eagerly on new songs and are totally convinced by the material. Look forward to a healthy dose of THRASH!” The new album will follow up 2013’s DIABOLIC; the band is set to hit the studio in October with Martin Buchwalter, looking towards a March 2016 release date. Band lineup: Frank Thomas on vocals and guitar, Dennis Rybakowski on guitar, Frank Kimpel on bass, Olli Fechner on drums. See and for more.

-The new Annihilator track “My Revenge,” from the upcoming SUICIDE SOCIETY (UDR Records), is available for free download through at .

-Pure Steel Records will release a limited run (200 copies) of Artizan’s THE FURTHEST REACHES on black/orange splatter vinyl, on October 16. The album was originally released earlier this year, with this hype: “Artizan is set for their third release THE FURTHEST REACHES. The epic sci-fi concept album tells the story of an alien race returning to Earth after a distress signal is sent into space. Guest appearances from Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth, Ashes Of Ares) and Sabrina Cruz (Seven Kingdoms) are featured on the metal opera. All of the elements that Artizan are known for are showcased throughout this melodic masterpiece. THE FURTHEST REACHES is their heaviest, most progressive material to date. Once again, legendary producer Jim Morris (Iced Earth, Crimson Glory, Jag Panzer) applies his wizardry, ensuring a sonic experience of the highest quality.” 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.” See , , and for more.

-Battalion Of Saints — billed as “legendary West Coast punk heathens” — will release a self-titled 7″ through Southern Lord on October 30. Track list: Side A – “Darkness,” “Bombs;” Side B – “Nightmare.” Hype: “Battalion Of Saints was a major catalyst in accelerating the transition from the already upbeat, adrenaline-charged punk of the early 1980s in to feral, snarling hardcore punk of the highest quality and intensity. Pounding distorted pace, live shows dripping with sweat and threat, and a gnarly attitude — Battalion Of Saints stands tall among bands from the era including the Dead Kennedys, Crucifix, Minor Threat, Discharge as well as Southern Lord’s Poison Idea, The Offenders, and Excel, remaining a crucial part of an immortal and ongoing legacy.” The band consists of founding vocalist George Anthony, guitarist Nate Javier (Angry Samoans), bassist Matt Vicknair (Angry Samoans), and drummer Mike Vega (Hirax). Additionally, copies of the album SECOND COMING will be on sale at shows and through Southern Lord. The band is currently on the Southern Lord West Coast Tour with Goatsnake, Black Breath, Obliterations as follows:

9/16 – Mystery Box, Los Angeles, CA
9/17 – Alexs’ Bar, Long Beach, CA
9/18 – The Garage, Ventura, CA (no Goatsnake)
9/19 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
9/20 – Club Red, Mesa, AZ
9/22 – Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA
9/23 – Boardwalk, Sacramento, CA
9/24 – Catalyst Atrium, Santa Cruz, CA
9/27 – Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR

See for more.

-Battle Beast is promoting UNHOLY SAVIOR with a European headlining tour with Alpha Tiger, as follows:

9/19 – Radio Rock Risteily, Helsinki, Finland
10/9 – Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
10/17 – Klubi, Turku, Finland
10/23 – Lutakko, Jyvaskyla, Finland
11/13 – Metal Hammer Paradise, Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany
11/14 – Bastard Club, Osnabrück, Germany
11/15 – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
11/16 – Randal Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
11/17 – Chelsea, Wien, Austria
11/18 – Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
11/19 – Orto Bar, Ljubljana, Slovenia
11/20 – VAZ Pfarrheim, Burglengenfeld, Germany
11/21 – Vaudeville, Lindau, Germany
11/23 – Backstage, München, Germany
11/24 – Live23, Bosco Marengo, Italy
11/25 – Le Gorgian, Luynes Aix, France
11/26 – Apolo 2, Barcelona, Spain
11/27 – Rock City, Valencia, Spain
11/28 – Arena, Madrid, Spain
11/29 – Stagelive, Bilbao, Spain
12/1 – Glazert, Paris, France
12/2 – Posthalle, Würzburg, Germany
12/3 – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany
12/4 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
12/5 – Hall Of Fame, Wetzikon, Switzerland
12/6 – Willemeen, Arnheim, The Netherlands
12/7 – Borderline, London, UK
12/8 – Musikbunker, Aachen, Germany
12/9 – Turock, Essen, Germany
12/10 – Kubana, Siegburg, Germany
12/11 – Rock Cafe, Hamburg, Germany

See and for more.

-Dawn Hawk’s self-titled release from 1990 will be reissued, with bonus tracks, by Karthago Records on October 23. Total run time is nearly 76 minutes. Track list: “Here We Are,” “Running Wild,” “Flying High,” “Never,” “Freedom,” “Love Is Blind,” “Going Crazy,” “Into The Night,” “Berlin,” “Nighthawk,” “Raised By Wolves” (bonus track), “Dragon Tears” (bonus track), “Love Is Truth” (bonus track), “Warning” (bonus track), “Win Or Lose” (bonus track), “It Will Get You” (bonus track). The lineup on the album is singer Frank Noak, guitarist Frank Vandevera, bassist K.D. Haak, and drummer Werner Lieder. See for more.

-Check out a two-part Australian Guitar Magazine interview with Death Dealer guitarist Stu Marshall, online at and .

-Def Leppard announced the track list of its upcoming self-titled release: “Let’s Go,” “Dangerous,” “Man Enough,” “We Belong,” “Invincible,” “Sea Of Love,” “Energized,” “All Time High,” “Battle Of My Own,” “Broke ‘N’ Brokenhearted,” “Forever Young,” “Last Dance,” “Wings Of An Angel,” “Blind Faith.” The first single, “Let’s Go,” is now streaming at .

-American speed/thrash band Destructor has signed a global three-album deal with Pure Steel Records. The BACK IN BONDAGE album will be re-mastered and reissued, and an all-new album will follow. Statement from Pure Steel Records’ Andreas Lorenz: “MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION was one of the first vinyls I bought after the fall of the iron curtain. Destructor got an absolute cult status — not only for me. I am really delighted that we have now signed a deal with this mighty heroes. A dream comes true!!!!” Statement from the band’s Dave Overkill: “Destructor are proud to be added to the roster of great bands on Pure Steel Records. The boys and I are very excited for this alliance and are ready to bring down the hammers.” Destructor’s lineup consists of Overkill (ex-Spacecore) on vocals and guitar, Nick Annihilator (Wretch, ex-Twist Of Fate, ex-Breaker) on guitar, Tim Hammer (Eternal Legacy, Wretch) on bass, and Matt Flammable (Julia Roberts Global Warning, ex-Spacecore) on drums. See for more.

-Check out a brief interview with singer Priya Panda, from the excellent new Toronto band Diemonds, in a “5 Questions With…” feature at .

-Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie are working on another acoustic album, and announced a Swiss acoustic tour for 2016. See and for more.

-Fallen Angels’ third album, WORLD IN DECAY, is available now through and . Check out the lyric video for “Nightmare” at .Upcoming live shows:

9/19 – Skylark Lounge, Seattle, WA
10/31 – Louie G’s, Tacoma, WA – w/ No Avail

See for more.

-Gloryhammer, featuring Alestorm’s Chris Bowes, will release SPACE 1992: RISE OF THE CHAOS WIZARDS on September 25 on Napalm Records. The hype: “It’s probably just a question of time until the universe taps into the force that is Gloryhammer — they should at least consider having their soundtracks composed by the international power metal act lead by Alestorm keyboardist / singer Christopher Bowes! SPACE 1992: RISE OF THE CHAOS WIZARDS is the next chapter of the epic Gloryhammer saga! It rewrites history and future alike and raises the Astral Hammer to smash the evil Chaos Wizards: this extravagant background is perfect material for galloping, highly melodic power metal that merges galactic fire with unforgettable metal anthems!” Track list: “Infernus Ad Astra,” “Rise of the Chaos Wizards,” “Legend Of The Astral Hammer,” “Goblin King Of The Darkstorm Galaxy,” “The Hollywood Hootsman,” “Victorious Eagle Warfare,” “Questlords Of Inverness, Ride To The Galactic Fortress!,” “Universe On Fire,” “Heroes (Of Dundee),” “Apocalypse 1992,” “Dundax Aeterna.” See and for more.

-Metallica’s August shows in Russia are now available for purchase at Set lists: 8/25 @ SKK Arena, St. Petersburg – “Fuel,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” “King Nothing,” “Disposable Heroes,” Kirk solo #1,” “The Day That Never Comes,” “The Memory Remains,” “The Unforgiven,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Turn The Page,” “Frayed Ends Of Sanity,” “One,” “Master Of Puppets,” Kirk solo #2, “Fade To Black,” “Seek And Destroy,” “Whiskey In The Jar,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman.” 8/27 @ Olimpiyskiy Arena, Moscow – “Fuel,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Battery,” “King Nothing,” “Ride The Lightning,” “The Unforgiven,” “Lords Of Summer,” “Cyanide,” “Sad But True,” bass solo,” “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Frayed Ends Of Sanity,” “One,” “Master Of Puppets,” Kirk solo, “Fade To Black,” “Seek And Destroy,” “Whiskey In The Jar,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman.”

-Swedish metallers Mindless Sinner will release THE NEW MESSIAH on October 16 on Pure Steel Records. Label hype: “”Finally, after 29 years of silence the brand new act THE NEW MESSIAH will be released through Pure Steel — recorded almost in original lineup. Driven by catchy, melodic Heavy Metal, with his unique, clear power voice Christer Göransson still hits every note on all 10 new tracks. Provided with powerful drumming, the guitar duo Danneblad/Edman conquer the hearts of all ‘Swedish Steel’ enthusiasts with poignant leads. A song like ‘Follow Your Path’ is fully studded with hints to the ancient TURN ON THE POWER era.” From the band: “It’s 2015 and there’s a new Mindless Sinner album coming out. Well, who would have thought that way back in 1990 when we laid the band to rest. Anyways here it is 10 new blistering tracks! We have tried to make it sound like it would have done back in the day but of course with a new touch. So if you like our previous work you’re gonna love this! THE NEW MESSIAH is here!!!” Track list: “Men Of Steel,” “Where Worlds Collide,” “The New Messiah,” “Follow Your Path,” “Terror,” “We’re The Ones,” “Time Of Fear,” “Step Into The Fire,” “Metalized.” Check out an album trailer at . The lineup is Christer Göransson on vocals, Magnus Danneblad and Jerker Edman on guitar, Christer Carlson on bass, and Tommy Viktorsson on drums. See for more.

-Monster Magnet’s COBRAS AND FIRE (THE MASTERMIND REDUX) is due out early next month on Napalm Records. The background on this release: “Dave Wyndorf and his henchmen seemingly had the time of their lives when they completely rearranged and boosted LAST PATROL in 2014 and christened it MILKING THE STARS: A RE-IMAGINING OF LAST PATROL! Now Monster Magnet have gone back even further to the year 2010 and revisited their classic release MASTERMIND. Even if you know the album inside and out you will not be prepared in the slightest for the trip that is COBRAS AND FIRE (THE MASTERMIND REDUX)! Familiar elements drift by and are swallowed whole by thundering psych orgies — Wyndorf often focuses on a singular song fragment and turns it into his ride to total Nirvana. Go look for your daily dose of average rock elsewhere: this is the mindf*ck of the year!” Track list: “She Digs That Hole,” “Watch Me Fade,” “Mastermind ’69,” “Hallucination Bomb,” “Gods And Punks,” “The Titan,” “When The Planes Fall From The Sky,” “Ball Of Confusion,” “Time Machine,” “I Live Behind the Paradise Machine Evil Joe Barresi’s Magnet Mash Vol. 1.”

-Longtime REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath passed away on September 13. He was 65.

-Saints Of Death’s new song, “Blood Vendetta,” is now streaming at , , and , with a live version at . The band says this about the track, which is from the upcoming self-titled EP due out Septemeber 25: “This song is written about blood vendettas around the world. It’s about people being born into war and fighting what generations started before them in order of gaining redemption for their lost family.” See for more.

-Danish band Slaegt (alternately: Slægt) will release a 12″ mini-album entitled BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED on January 22, 2016, through Iron Bonehead. (CD and cassette versions are due out sooner, on NecroShine.) The release “shows Slægt shedding its previous skin, from the celebrated ILDSVANGER debut earlier this year, into something more kaleidoscopic, multi-hued, and yet equally menacing. Gone is the blown-out black metal grimness of Slægt Mk I; here, with the lineup now doubled in size and live rituals more frequent, a sort of blackened epic metal emerges. Songs are no longer minimalist exercises in lurking menace; instead, the full furl of classic heavy metal’s narrative powers are played out across the three main epics of BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED, buttressed by an indeed beautiful acoustic instrumental.” Track list: “Move In Chaos,” “Alshincheri,” “Church Of The Night,” “Beautiful And Damned.” See and for more.

-Check out a new interview with Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph online at .

-Sorcerer’s — the “Swedish epic doom metal legends” — new video for “Prayers For A King” is online now at . It comes from the band’s Metal Blade Debut, IN THE SHADOW OF THE INVERTED CROSS. From the band: “Making this video was the brainchild of Daniel Nyqvist, he did a great job! We tried to reflect the story from the lyrics and Daniel made a fantastic job on this video. ‘Prayers For A King’ is one of the more epic and gloomy songs on the album, enjoy!” Upcoming shows:

11/1 – Dutch Doom Days, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
11/20 – Hammer Of Doom, Würzburg, Germany
11/27 – Leafmeal, Dortmund, Germany
3/10 – 3/13/16 – Hammerfest, Haven Holidays Park, UK

See and for more.

-Speedtrap’s new album STRAIGHT SHOOTER (Svart Records) is streaming in full at . Hype: “Even though Speedtrap still are a loud, obnoxious bunch of catchy riff-mongers with no regard for speed limits, STRAIGHT SHOOTER also showcases the band’s ability to push the envelope and, with their new dual-guitar setup, write memorable songs that twist and turn like a drag racer on LSD.” See for more.

-The Stockholm Rocks festival is set for Debaser Medis in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 24, with a lineup including Corroded, Sparzanza, Xandria, and The Murder Of My Sweet. Regular and VIP tickets are available now. See and for more.

-Trancemission — formerly Trance — will release PARANOIA through Pure Rock Records on October 9. Hype on the name change, and the new album: “Nothing changed in quality. Be sure that PARANOIA is the strongest album the band ever had (including big sellers like VICTORY or the great BACK IN TRANCE II). Never before the band had such a variety in songs but still the material is their special Hard Rock/Heavy Metal they play since the ’80s. Catchy songs and the fantastic vocals from Lothar Anthoni will convince Hard Rock and Heavy Metal fans likewise. Check out the whole album, but if you like to listen to one example to be convinced, try ‘Queen Of The Night.'” Track list: “Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen,” “Queen Of The Night,” “Killer,” “Make My Day,” “Watch Out!,” “Paranoia,” “Hey There Gipsies,” “Lone Wolf,” “Jesus Christ,” “The Soil Of A Man’s Heart,” “Legal Highs,” “Rockin’ Is Ma Business,” “Diamond Pretty,” “Power Of The Heart.” The band lineup is Lothar Antoni on vocals and guitar, Andreas Meyer on guitar, Joe J. Hagl on bass, and Alex Franken on drums. See , , , and for more.

-Trinakrius — a band of “Italian Doom Metal masters” — has signed with Pitch Black Records and will release INTROSPECTUM on October 2. Hype: “Trinakrius is clearly a heavy metal band but with cited main influences such as Black Sabbath, Candlemass, and Cathedral one can easily tell that doom is in their blood! Their music is dark, often creating an eerie atmosphere, while at other times offers faster galloping riffing. The band’s new album, consisting of seven tracks and clocking at just over 40 minutes long, is pure doom heavy metal at its very best!” The band’s revamped lineup features original/founding member Claudio Florio on drums, returning original singer Francesco Chiazzese, guitarist Valerio Frosini, and bassist Ivan Bologna. INTROSPECTUM’s track list: “I Would Like,” “Moments,” “The Crying Soldier,” “Living,” “Flight Of The Eagle,” “Within The Silence,” “Facing The Mirror.” The album can be pre-ordered now at and , and the song “I Would Like” is available for streaming and free download at . See for more.

-Check out a “Behind the Curtain” feature on Zakk Wylde / Black Label Society interviews and studio reports over the years, online at .

Thanks to Pure Steel Promotion, Online Metal Promo, Jon Freeman, Nathan Birk, Axel Wiesenauer, Jon Asher, Chad Bowar, and Steve Rosen for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus #680: Black Sabbath, Queensrÿche, more

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Issue #680
Week of September 7, 2015

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-Just ran out for ice cream with my kid, listening to the new Iron Maiden. Am I a cool Dad or what??? – Tim

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-Black Sabbath Announces “The End” Tour

[Note: This combines information from and – Tim]

It’s the Beginning of THE END.

It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing, and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard.

In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.

Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story.

Black Sabbath’s farewell tour, “The End,” begins on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever.

When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END,

THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock ‘n Roll history…


Tour Trailer:

1/20 Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
1/22 Chicago, IL – United Center
1/25 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
1/28 Saskatoon, SK – Sasktel Centre
1/30 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Centre
2/1 Calgary, ON – Scotiabank Saddledome
2/3 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
2/6 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
2/9 San Jose, CA – SAP Center
2/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
2/13 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
2/15 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
2/17 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
2/19 Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/21 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
2/23 Montreal, QB – Bell Centre
2/25 New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden

Australia/New Zealand Tour Dates

4/15 Perth – Perth Arena
4/17 Adelaide – Entertainment Centre
4/19 Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena
4/23 Sydney – Allphones Arena
4/25 Brisbane – Entertainment Centre
4/28 Auckland – Vector Arena
4/30 Dunedin – Forsyth Barr Stadium

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-Queensrÿche: Partner With To Exclusively Debut New Music Video For The Track “Guardian”; New Pre-Order Bundles Now Available

[Note: This is from – Tim]

Queensrÿche has partnered up with to exclusively debut the ripping new music video for the track “Guardian,” which comes off the group’s highly anticipated new, full-length offering, CONDITION HÜMAN, set for a release via Century Media Records on October 2nd. Click on the link below now to check it out: “Guardian” Video Stream and Exclusive Scott Rockenfield Interview:

Head over now to CM Distro to view all new pre-order items and exclusive boxed set and T-shirts:

Against the formidable obstacles of an ever-changing cultural landscape, the rise and fall of various musical trends, and the near collapse of the record industry itself, Queensrÿche secured a triumphant legacy as one of hard rock’s most respected and celebrated acts, selling 30 million albums around the world across a 30-plus-year career.

The much-anticipated new offering, CONDITION HÜMAN, sees LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime on what is now his sophomore recording effort with the band. Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary) in the band’s native Washington, CONDITION HÜMAN is a new mountain towering over many of the peaks and valleys of the hard rock landscape.

The epic album opening track, “Arrow Of Time,” can be heard now exclusively at the link below:

Also, don’t miss Queensrÿche on tour as direct support to the legendary Scorpions across North America from Sept 10th to Oct 9th. For all dates head either see below or head over to .

The band’s name is uttered in the same breath as many of the groups they looked to as influences and others who arose as peers. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. In recent years, they’ve consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen. Even with 11 gold and platinum plaques and a several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won’t relent. In fact, they’re in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.

Queensrÿche – CONDITION HÜMAN Official Track Listing:
1. Arrow Of Time
2. Guardian
3. Hellfire
4. Toxic Remedy
5. Selfish Lives
6. Eye9
7. Bulletproof
8. Hourglass
9. Just Us
10. All There Was
11. The Aftermath
12. Condition Hüman

Queensrÿche w/Scorpions
Sep 10 @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA
Sep 11 @ The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY*
Sep 12 @ Barclay’s Arena – Brooklyn, NY
Sep 13 @ Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH
Sep 14 @ State Theatre – Portland, ME*
Sep 16 @ Moncton Coliseum – Moncton, Canada
Sep 17 @ Imperial Theatre – Quebec, Canada*
Sep 18 @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, Canada
Sep 19 @ Bell Centre – Montreal, Canada
Sep 22 @ LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH
Sep 23 @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OH
Sep 24 @ The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN*
Sep 25 @ Caesar’s Windsor – Windsor, Canada
Sep 26 @ Allstate Arena – Chicago, IL
Sep 29 @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – Denver, CO
Oct 01 @ SAP Center – San Jose, CA
Oct 02 @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe – Stateline, NV*
Oct 03 @ The Forum – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 04 @ House of Blues San Diego – San Diego, CA*
Oct 06 @ Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 07 @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
Oct 09 @ ShoWare Center – Seattle, WA

* Queensrÿche Headlining Off-Date

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-Death Dealer Added To Motörhead’s Motörboat Cruise Lineup

One of the best boat cruises for metal fans is undoubtedly Motörhead’s Motörboat. And for this year’s edition, Death Dealer has been added to an absolutely stellar lineup, which includes of course, the legendary Motörhead, as well as such renowned/heavy acts as Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, and Corrosion Of Conformity, among others.

Running from September 28 – October 2, 2015, and setting sail from Miami to the private island of Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas, the Motörboat ups the ante on standard Caribbean cruise vacations with a 24-hour, face melting party for days on end, headquartered on white sandy beaches and the sun-drenched deck of the Norwegian Sky.

This jaunt along the Atlantic Ocean will also coincide with the release of Death Dealer’s highly anticipated second full-length, HALLOWED GROUND, which drops on October 2nd, via Sweden Music Group (SMG), with a hard-hitting video, for “Break the Silence” at .

Featuring members that have previously played with the likes of Manowar, the Dictators, Rob Halford, Lizzy Borden, Denner/Shermann, 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 vocalist Sean Peck, guitarists Ross the Boss and Stu Marshall, bassist Mike Davis, and drummer Steve Bolognese, and as always, Death Dealer is setting out to convert the metal masses to their brand of manly metal.

And what better way to announce the arrival of HALLOWED GROUND then with a killer all-metal cruise? Ross the Boss: “Death Dealer is absolutely so excited and pumped to be a part of this fantastic lineup! Plus, Lemmy is God and we all love him!”

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

For more information, please visit:

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-Britny Fox Is Back & Hitting The Road With A Handful Of Select Tour Dates

October: Arizona, Vegas, & Hollywood
November: Atlanta, NY, & Philadelphia

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Britny Fox is taking a break from the studio and hitting the road to do a small West Coast run before hitting the East Coast for Farm Rock Atlanta, a two-day festival of retro ’80s debauchery. Britny Fox then ends up in their home town of Philadelphia, PA with band Heavens Edge at the Theatre Of The Living Arts.

Britny Fox is currently writing for a new album, which is a follow-up to the BITE DOWN HARD album, which was released in 1991. This musical jewel was a definite game-changer on the classic Britny Fox sound that originally exploded in 1988. “It’s awesome playing with Billy and Johnny again — Chris fits right in perfectly with us freaks,” exclaims Tommy Paris, lead singer. “The new songs are ass-kicking, fun, heavy rock! It’s a great time hanging out with Doobie, writing new tunes and putting a new show together! Can’t wait to get back out on stage!”

Show Dates & Info:

Wed 10/07 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Thu 10/08 – Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
Fri 10/09 – Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go-Go

Sat 11/07 – Norcross, GA – North Atlanta Trade Center
Fri 11/13 – Queens, NY – Blackthorn 51
Sat 11/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of The Living Arts (w/ Heavens Edge)

Britny Fox is comprised of Tommy Paris: Vocals/rhythm Guitar, Chris Sanders: Lead Guitar, Billy Childs: Bass and Johnny Dee: Drums. The band has sold close to 2 million in sales worldwide and charted on Billboard’s Top 10 for both “Girlschool” and “Long Way To Love.”

For more information on Britny Fox click:

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-Test Your Metal Records Signs Edu Falaschi (Almah, Angra) For 25th Career Anniversary Acoustic CD MOONLIGHT

Canadian label Test Your Metal Records is proud to announce its next signing of internationally known Brazilian singer and composer Edu Falaschi for the release of his best-of 25th anniversary CD MOONLIGHT, where he will be singing acoustic versions of the most significant songs of his career from voice, piano, guitar, orchestra and as a front man of Almah and Angra.

“I am beyond honored to be working with Edu Falaschi for his 25th year anniversary album. Between Angra, Almah, and any solo work he’s done, I have been a fan of his music for a long time. I’m looking forward to bringing him to North America and welcoming him into the Test Your Metal family,” comments TYM founder Grant Truesdell.

The album is slated for a November 20th release date and features older and more recent hits from Symbols, Angra, and Almah such as “Nova Era,” “Rebirth,” “Heroes Of Sand,” “Spread Your Fire,” “Bleeding Heart,” “Wishing Well,” “Lease Of Life,” “Breathe,” “Primitive Chaos,” “Birds Of Prey,” “Warm Wind,” and “Wings Of Revolution.”

In addition to the CD’s release, Falaschi will be hitting the road for a North American “Moonlight Celebration” tour (dates to be announced). He will be accompanied by respected Brazilian jazz / pop music pianist Tiago Mineiro, who has performed with such artists as Seu Jorge, Arthur Maia (Brazil), Urs Wittwer (Sweden), Mind Priorty (Belgium), Beethova (Haiti), and will also be joined by maestro and violinist Adriano Machado, creator and conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra Villa Lobos whose credits include working with some of Brazil’s most well-known orchestras and such international artists as Jorge & Mateus, Elvis in Concert (USA), Bee Gees (Australia), Dione Warwick (USA), Roberto Carlos, and Bruno & Marrone, among many others.

With 16 records released worldwide, a Brazilian golden disc award, more than one million CDs sold plus countless world tours and recognition from fans around the globe, especially in Japan, Europe, and South America, the “Moonlight Celebration” tour is a quintessence of Falaschi’s career. Each show of the tour will bring an intimate, cozy, emotional atmosphere extending frontiers of ordinary sound due to refined and sophisticated arrangements. Edu Falaschi’s famous compositions will be re-read and interpreted in order to present an outstanding mixture of classic rock, jazz, and popular music with the sound of piano, voice, acoustic guitar, and orchestra highlighting harmony and melody. Without any doubt, it will touch the hearts of fans and let them travel in time with the songs that are in their blood. Falaschi also plans to have very special guests join him at each show to make this musical adventure even more exciting!

1. Nova Era
2. Bleeding Heart
3. Warm Wind
4. Arising Thunder
5. Rebirth
6. Breathe
7. The Traveller
8. Angels And Demons
9. Spread Your Fire
10. Wishing Well
11. Wings of Revolution
12. Heroes Of Sand

For more info, please visit:

Edu Falschi

Test Your Metal Records

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-Ulterium Records: We’re Proud To Present The New Album From The US Heavy Metal Band Millennial Reign!

Millennial Reign – CARRY THE FIRE (Ulterium Records)
Style: Heavy metal
Release date: October 30th [Europe, North America]
Distribution: Alive [Germany, Austria], Plastic Head [UK], Sound Pollution [Scandinavia], Andromeda [Italy], eOne [North America], Non Stop Music [Switzerland], Sonic R [Netherlands], Soundworks [France]

Millennial Reign – CARRY THE FIRE [official album teaser]

Short info:
Impressive new album from the US heavy metal band Millennial Reign. Perfect for fans of Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Judas Priest, and Crimson Glory. Artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Theocracy].

Track listing:
1. Forever Changed
2. Way Up High
3. Millennial Reign
4. Men Stand Alone
5. Save Me
6. This Day
7. Will you
8. Innocent Cry
9. Not On My Own
10. I’ll Try

Millennial Reign was formed as a solo album project by ASKA bassist Dave Harvey. Writing for the album began in 2010 as Dave searched for the right vocalist and drummer. Bryan Diffee, who had worked with Dave in a prior band a few years earlier, was recruited to play drums. Once a solid drummer was secured, Trae Doss came on board to write and record vocals. All guitar, bass, and key tracks for Millennial Reign’s debut self-titled album were written and recorded by Dave Harvey. The album was recorded at The Recovery Room Studio with engineer Ty Sims and released independently in 2012.

A year or so passed and Dave decided to start writing material for the second album. Trae and Bryan weren’t available to work on the sophomore album so Dave began searching for a vocalist as music writing continued. James Guest of the multiple album project Eden’s Realm replied to an online ad and it was soon obvious that he was definitely the right guy for the job.

As writing between both Dave and James began, Wayne Stokely, who had worked with Dave in various projects, was recruited to record drums. After some discussion as things progressed, the decision was made to make Millennial Reign a full band, rather than just a recording project.

Several bass players were auditioned and Daniel Almagro, who works with Wayne in their power metal band Infidel Rising, was chosen. Once Daniel was on board, full band rehearsals began as they continued the search for the right second guitarist.

Months of rehearsals went by with several sporadic guitarist auditions, and the final member Jason Donnelly was chosen as second guitarist. Wayne, Daniel, and Jason were all a perfect fit and things began moving forward at a great pace.

Once recording was finished, mix and mastering took place at Nomad Studio with engineers JT Longoria and Gary Long. A deal was made with Swedish label Ulterium Records for an October 30th release in both Europe and North America for the new album CARRY THE FIRE.

Fans of Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Judas Priest, and Crimson Glory will not be disappointed with this new album. Millennial Reign should be in any collection of melodic or traditional power metal.

James Guest – Vocals
Dave Harvey – Guitars
Jason Donnelly – Guitars
Daniel Almagro – Bass
Wayne Stokely – Drums

2015: CARRY THE FIRE [Ulterium Records]

Recorded and mixed by: JT Longoria [King Diamond, Solitude Aeturnus] at Nomad Studio
Mastered by: Gary Long [King Diamond, Darkology, Absu] at Nomad Studio
Artwork by: Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Theocracy]
Design and band logo by: Jan Yrlund [Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani]

Millennial Reign on the web:

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

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-Divebomb Records Update

[Note: This combines information from separate press releases. – Tim]

Betsy/Bitch Reissue

Our partnership with Metal Blade Records isn’t limited to simply the ARTCH reissues this month. We are also happy to present a new reissue of Betsy’s lone album original released in 1988. Betsy is simply long-running L.A. metal act, Bitch, with a name change in 1988. Crunchy riffs and super catchy choruses, everything a metal fan could hope for!

The first 100 customers to order will get a free, limited edition, BETSY cover art magnet.

BETSY will be available in our store starting September 25th.

Betsy – BETSY
CD (DIVE092)

Betsy Weiss, a.k.a. Betsy Bitch, has been a mainstay in the hard rock and heavy metal scene since the early ’80s. The Los Angeles-based vocalist’s band, Bitch, was the first band to ever release a record on future indie label giant Metal Blade. Bitch is still active decades later, performing with artists like Doro and Loudness, and playing festivals throughout the globe.

Despite Bitch’s success, Weiss agreed to change the name of the band to Betsy in 1988 to see if it could help them reach a wider audience. Working with producer Chris Minto, the band released an eponymously-titled album that same year. The resulting record features some of the most magnetic songs in Weiss’ discography. Songs like “You Want It, You Got It” and “Flesh And Blood” are hook-filled affairs that any fan of Pat Benatar and melodic rock in general will absolutely eat up. The Betsy moniker might have only lasted for the one album, but the material certainly deserves a revisit.

Originally released by Metal Blade, BETSY has been out of print for years now. That’s where Divebomb Records come into the picture. The label secured the rights to reissue the album and worked closely with Betsy Bitch on the expanded liner notes. Not only does the CD include a brand new interview with the singer, it also features photos from her personal archives. If you love hard rock and AOR, the Betsy album deserves a space in your CD collection.

Track List:
1. You Want It, You Got It
2. You’ll Never Get Out (Of This Love Alive)
3. The Devil Made You Do It
4. Rock ‘N Roll Musician
5. Cold Shot To The Heart
6. Flesh And Blood
7. Turn You Inside Out
8. What Am I Gonna Do With You?
9. Stand Up For Rock
10. Sunset Strut
11. Get Out

Bonus Tracks:
12. Walls Of Love
13. Sunset Strut (Remix)

Distro Update

We have some new items added to our distro! Including the brand new Scanner reissues from Eat Metal Records.

Stock is limited. So please check it all out and you can order items here:

Titan – TITAN

NRR restocks:
Apollo Ra – RA PARIAH
Eternal Champion/Gate Keeper – Split CD
Mendes Prey – THE NEVER ENDING ROAD (Digi-pak)
Oracle – ORACLE
Millennium – MILLENNIUM
Strider – STRIDER

Mindless Sinner – MASTE ROF EVIL
Mindless Sinner – TURN ON THE POWER

Acid Reign – THE FEAR
Acid Reign – OBNOXIOUS

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-Z Records Update

Legion Launches Promo Single For SOLACE

Legion will release their eighth studio album, SOLACE, on September 21st via Z Records. A special promo single entitled “Gone Forever” has been released; check it out at .

The album can be pre-ordered at . From today, all orders placed before release will also receive a copy of the band’s debut free of charge!

Watchmen Say There Is NOWHERE TO HIDE

Watchmen will release NOWHERE TO HIDE via Z Records on September 21st. A video has been made for the title track at .

Pre-orders can be made at . All orders received prior to release will also receive a copy of the band’s self-titled debut free of charge.
TWITTER @z-records

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-Zierler — Feat. Beyond Twilight, Fates Warning, & Scar Symmetry Members — To Release Debut Album, ESC

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Transatlantic progressive metal conglomerate Zierler have announced the long-awaited release of their debut album, ESC, via US-based Vanity Music Group. Masterminded by Danish song writer and keyboardist Finn Zierler (ex-Beyond Twilight), who has assembled some of the world’s most well-respected metal musicians for his latest venture, ESC is set for an October 16 release worldwide.

His first new album in a decade, ESC is Finn’s most mature as well as his most daring musical work to date. Drawing from a wide array of influences that bring to mind everything from the unabashed pomp of classic Queen and the madness of Devin Townsend, to the virtuosity of Dream Theater and the eclectic stylings of Hollywood’s Danny Elfman, Zierler masterfully walk the fine line between genius and insanity, combining a powerful, multi-layered progressive metal foundation with an often dark, majestic orchestral feel. The result is an intricate musical tour-de-force that took the better part of two years to complete.

“I set different goals for myself in making this new album. I wanted to accomplish doing an album that was 100% uncompromising in every way. I wanted to break through new creative areas. And I wanted to show compositions, structures, and techniques that no one has ever heard or seen before,” reflects Finn on the making of ESC.

“This is by far the most time consuming, complex, and detail-oriented album I’ve ever worked on. I took the time necessary to record this beast out of respect for the players, the compositions, and the music itself. I put a lot of emphasis on not taking the easy way out, not using technology to do edits to save time or whatever. The musicians involved are all so talented — there’s no cheating, no copy/paste anywhere. Everything on the album is recorded as organically as possible. Personally, I’m sick of listening to ‘plastic’ albums that sound more like machines than humans!”

Joining Finn on ESC are Swedish guitarist Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry, Kaipa), the first to come aboard, and Norwegian bassist/vocalist Truls Haugen (Intense, Circus Maximus) on the Scandinavian side. Finn also reached out across the pond to a pair of Texas standouts, drum veteran Bobby Jarzombek, whose stellar resume includes the likes of Fates Warning, Halford, Riot, and Spastic Ink, and vocal powerhouse Kelly Sundown Carpenter, who sang on Beyond Twilight’s 2005 album, SECTION X, and was last seen with Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G’s band, Firewind, as well as Darkology.

The album’s stellar mix comes courtesy of another Beyond Twilight alum and long-time friend, noted studio whiz Jacob Hansen, best known for his affiliation with Danish superstars Volbeat as well as his work with Amaranthe and Destruction, amongst others. Last but not least, acclaimed London-based graphic artist Rob Sindermann has been tapped to create the stunning visuals for the ESC album packaging which includes an elaborate deluxe booklet.

ESC track listing:
1. A New Beginning
2. Aggrezzor
3. Darkness Delight
4. Dark To The Bone
5. Evil Spirit
6. Married To The Cause
7. No Chorus
8. Rainheart
9. You Can’t Fix Me No More
10. Water
11. Whispers

Related sites:

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Beyond The Storm Productions 2015 – BTSCD001

Style: Symphonic Power Metal
Release Dates: October 30th (Europe, North America)

Alive (Germany, Austria), Plastic Head (UK), Sound Pollution (Scandinavia), Andromeda (Italy), eOne (North America), Non Stop Music (Switzerland), Sonic R (Netherlands), Soundworks (France)

Short info text:
Kerion are back, led by the female vocalist Flora Spinelli! Impressive concept album that can be described as “Comics Metal,” a blend between symphonic power metal and cinematic metal with electro influences! The album includes guests like Elisa C. Martin (DarkMoor, Dreamaker), Rachel Aspe (ETHS), Phil Giordana (Fairyland). The artwork was created by GENZOMAN (“World Of Warcraft,” Marvel).

Track Listing:
1. Riders Theme (Intro)
2. The Legacy
3. Take Me On!
4. Rise Of The Rebellion
5. Iron Soldier
6. Heart Of Steel (Metal Heart)
7. Spirit Of The Wood
8. In Silence
9. The Brotherhood
10. Riding Clouds
11. Children Of Sky And Sea
12. Technowars
13. Riders Theme (Outro)

Kerion biography:
Kerion is a symphonic metal band from Nice, France that was formed in 2002. They released two demos conceptually based on the heroic-fantasy tale “Staraxis” written by Chris Barberi: THE CONSPIRACY OF DARKNESS and THE LAST SUNSET. In 2008 their first album HOLY CREATURES QUEST was released and showed a powerful and distinguished kind of Symphonic Metal: direct, aggressive, epic, and poetic.

Kerion presented something from the start that made them stand out in the scene. They had a majestic choir directed by Phil Gordana (Fairyland), an impressive cover artwork by JP Fournier (Avantasia, Edguy), and a powerful production by Wildric Lievin (Hamka, Fairyland) and Guillaume Serra at Harkam Studio.

During 2010 the second album THE ORIGINS was released by the young Canadian label Metalodic Records. The album was the start of the Barberi’s tale. Newer fans had also requested to hear old demos so the band decided to rewrite some of the songs and record them properly and include them on this album.

Kerion had grand plans for their new album and in 2012 the next album CLOUDRIDERS PART 1: ROAD TO SKYCITY was released. It was a concept album with a whole new fantasy story and the music was a blend of the classic Rhapsody Of Fire-inspired symphonic power metal together with folk and Celtic music inspired by bands like Elvenking. The album was very well received around the world and Kerion was growing as a band with this strong album together with touring after the release of the album.

Finally the time has come to present the new Kerion album, and the follow-up to the 2012’s ROAD TO SKYCITY album, entitled CLOUDRIDERS PART 2: TECHNOWARS.

This time Kerion had the goal to make every aspect of the release better and have come up with an impressive album. The concept on the album is the conclusion of the CloudRiders story, an epic battle between the old world and Skycity’s army.

The album includes impressive performances by guests like Elisa C. Martin (DarkMoor, Dreamaker), Rachel Aspe (ETHS), Phil Giordana (Fairyland), Raphael Dantas (Caravellus), and Fil Palmer (Replosion). The production was once again handled by Willdric Lievin and the artwork was created by Genzoman, famous for his involvements with “World Of Warcraft” and Marvel.

CLOUDRIDERS PART 2: TECHNOWARS takes you on a majestic journey filled with symphonic power metal, cinematic influences, and even some electro influences. Kerion boldly steps out and call this style “Comics Metal.”

Kerion lineup:
Flora Spinelli – Vocals
Remi Carrayrou – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Anthony Schutz – Bass
Sylvain Cohen – Rhythm Guitars
Jean-Baptiste Pol – Drums

Kerion discography

Mixed and mastered by: Willdric Lievin (Hamka, Fairyland) at Studio Art Music
Artwork by: GENZOMAN (“World Of Warcraft,” Marvel)

Label info:
Beyond The Storm Productions – Worldwide

Kerion on the web:

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-Doolittle Group Is Proud To Announce The Release For September 2015: Haunted By Destiny’s ARIA FOR AN ANGEL

Label: Doolittle Group
Style: Alternative Rock
Release: September 20, 2015

Specials: The only thing bigger than the ambitions and the commitment of the band is the music. Haunted By Destiny delivers between the lines and offers something new, something different, and something big. Following the success of ARIA Haunted By Destiny wants to reach out and grasp the world.

Haunted By Destiny?

The band was formed and born in Norrkoping, Sweden — where drummer Christian Gardefuhr and guitarist Johan Söderhielm decided it is time to make reality of their creations. Evelina Eliasson was found on the musical stage, and immediately brought the music to new stages with their energy, attitude, and pop way of singing. At this point the recording of demos began, and new songs got written. Soon the band was joined by bass player Marcus K Johansson and young but talented guitarist Simon Weston.

Through Peter “PP” Samuelsson and PPP Recordings the band produced their first EP, ARIA. This contained the four songs — “Freakshow,” “Secret Delight,” “Follow,” and “Healthy Girl” — and was released on November 25th.

And Now?

After the success of ARIA, Haunted By Destiny decided to keep going with this fortuned road. But ARIA also needed to be delivered live to the audiences, and the band started performing shows wherever they could. With energy, goodwill, lectures taken and the ambitions that had grown with time the band became a name you could count on. And now it’s time for the world to find out why.

The Fortuned Road

So once again the band picked up their instruments, crammed them into a way-too-small Volvo, and got on the roads to pay another visit to PPP Recordings. This time there were eight new songs on the agenda, and these songs have taken off to never imagined heights. The mixes of this product is still finding their way home, and in other words there is an album on the table here.

Haunted By Destiny delivers a new sound to the stage and also on album.

Track list:
1. Healthy Girl (3:22)
2. Turning Pages (3:21)
3. For You (3:45)
4. Freakshow (3:41)
5. The Road (4:16)
6. Gravity (3:11)
7. Follow (3:09)
8. Tear (It’s Dead) (3:13)
9. Stand My Ground (3:16)
10. Someone To Die For (3:47)
11. Secret Delight (3:13)
12. Aria For An Angel (3:49)

“Turning Pages”

“Healthy Girl”

Official Artist Website:

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-Dragonheart Joins Pitch Black Records; Fourth Album Of Brazilian Power Metallers Out In October

Brazil’s power metallers Dragonheart were formed in 1997 by the brothers Marco and Marcelo Caporasso, Eduardo Marques, and Mauricio Taborda, all of whom had prior band experience. They shared a common goal however, to form a professional heavy metal band and thus Dragonheart was born.

Each band member introduced their own music influence into the band’s style, mainly ’80s Heavy Metal, although the addition of other musical styles such as classical and medieval music as well as Celtic were thrown into the mix.

In 2000, the band’s debut album (UNDERDARK) was released, receiving high praises and on the strength of that album the band was repeatedly invited to perform live, including an opening slot for Nightwish’s show in Curitiba in July 2000.

In 2002 the band’s second album (THRONE OF THE ALLIANCE) was released and three years later their third album (VENGEANCE IN BLACK). During all this time the band continued their live performances and after some lineup changes (including the departure of Marcelo Caporasso), 2015 finds them with a refreshed lineup and sound as well as their new, fourth, album, titled THE BATTLE SANCTUARY.

Dragonheart’s sound is heavy and powerful! It’s sometimes dark and while mostly fast-paced, it has some occasional doomy passages, complementing the band’s epic and medieval fantasy themes even more. The album features a guest appearance by original member Marcelo Caporasso and a brilliant cover artwork design by talented artist Dusan Markovic.

THE BATTLE SANCTUARY is released worldwide on October 2nd on CD and digital and it is already available for pre-order at and .

Free download and streaming track available at .

Track listing:
1. Far From Heaven… Close To Hell
2. Black Shadow
3. The Arcane’s Palace
4. Inside the Enemy’s Mind
5. Forged In Metal
6. Battle Lines
7. Marching Under The Stars
8. Circle Of One
9. Kill The Leader
10. The Battle Sanctuary
11. Time Will Tell

Dragonheart lineup:
Marco Caporasso – Vocals and Guitars
André Mendes – Vocals and Guitars/Keyboards
Mauricio Taborda – Vocals and Bass
Thiago Mussi – Drums

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-Magick Touch Signs With Edged Circle, Premieres First Track

Edged Circle Productions is proud to announce the signing of hard rock stalwarts Magick Touch. The first fruit of this signing will be the Norwegian band’s debut album, ELECTRICK SORCERY, which will be released early next year on both CD and vinyl formats. Exact release date, as well as cover and track listing, will be announced soon, but digital streaming of Magick Touch’s ELECTRICK SORCERY is available now through Spotify.

A statement from the band reads: “Magick Touch explore the mystery and magic of the hard rock riff, a cosmic entity that has amused and frightened mankind for ages. By utilizing the unholy trinity of electric guitar, thunderous bass, and explosive drums, the band seeks to evoke and further enhance the elements that human kind in a casual manner refers to as hard rock. Whereas paying great respect to the groundbreaking and inspirational work of ancient sorcerers like Lynott, The Youngs & Scott, Blackmore, Coverdale, Stanley, Frehley, Simmons, and young master Hudson, Magick Touch do not shy away from adding contemporary (magic) touches to the traditions of the Elders. Proud to be in the service of the greater universal powers, there is still hard rock to be revealed — believe the true wonders to come!”

The first wonder to be revealed from Magick Touch’s ELECTRICK SORCERY is “Trouble & Luck,” which can be heard exclusively at . More info, as well as audial teases, to follow.

Magick Touch hails from Bergen, the second largest city in Norway, known for its wet and cold climate. Yet, the city’s hard rock community is as warm and welcoming as a summer breeze. In the last 20 years, Bergen has spawned many great, hard-hitting bands with international success. The hard-hitters in Magick Touch are as follows:

HK Rein: loud lead guitar and vocals. Favors classic hard rock, mighty guitar solos, beer, and whiskey. He likes a traditional approach to hard rock, but he’s never afraid to think outside the box as long as the bottom line is rock ‘n’ roll.

Bård “Heavy” Nordvik: Mean, lean sweat machine. Sticks are swingin’ and ears are ringin’.

Christer Ottesen: That old sly cat, brings his thunderous bass and unhinged vocals both to — and under — the table.


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-CE Promotion To Release Darkness Light’s LIVING WITH THE DANGER On September 11

Finally the wait is over for all fans of rock music, and especially fans of Darkness Light can rejoice — Cristian Bettendorf and Dixie Krauser’s first studio album is finally on the market and promises plenty of emotion and joy for all lovers of rock music! The multi-faceted album offers everything from hard edge guitar sounds to epic hard rock melodies as well as rock ballads. Complex orchestration with countless guitar melodies are responsible for the unique and magnificent rock music sound on this album. This album has everything that rock music offers and that makes it unique.

Dietrich “Dixie” Krauser is already a real superstar in his hometown Temeschburg in Romania; he studied music there, and already had numerous successes and written music history in Romania. Cristian Bettendorf and Dixie Krauser met in Germany during the 1990s after Dixie, who had emigrated to Germany in 1985, moved from Hamburg to Augsburg. They are both part of several bands, have wide experience in the music business and with their first joint studio album LIVING WITH THE DANGER they made a long desired dream come true.

The album, which focuses on being individual and authentic, as well as on presence and substantial aspects, dissolves the boundaries between the musician and the listener.

Cristian Bettendorf founded Darkness Light in the beginning of 2011. A few months later he asked his longtime friend and successful colleague Dixie Krauser to join the project, and together they founded a melodic hard & heavy rock band in their home town Augsburg. The goal of the two passionate musicians was their own, first debut album, which should overcome any existing boundaries. After intensive and hard work on this album Dixie was sadly diagnosed with a severe illness, which delayed further work and finally the whole album was put on hold. By end of 2014, after Dixie’s recovery, the musicians took up work on the album again and in 2015 the brilliant debut album LIVING WITH THE DANGER could finally be released.

Electronic and acoustic sounds and a very unique instrumentation result in these outstanding and unforgettable melodies. LIVING WITH THE DANGER is simply irresistibly catchy for all of us rock music fans!

Track list:
1. Adrenaline (4:23)
2. Living With The Danger (3:37)
3. Darkness Light (4:08)
4. No No More (4:41)
5. Bad Boys Are Better (4:35)
6. Song For You (4:51)
7. It Was Just Dreaming (5:33)
8. For Another Sunny Day (3:23)
9. Long Ago (3:38)
10. Alone (11:59)

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-Wizard Eye: Philadelphia Psychedelic Rock Trio To Unleash New Full-Length This Fall Via Black Monk Records

Philadelphia psychedelic rock trio, Wizard Eye, will release its self-titled new full-length this Fall via Black Monk Records. Recorded in three days at Haddon Heights, New Jersey’s Gradwell House Studios with the eminently irascible and talented Steve Poponi behind the board and mastered by Dave Downham, the long-awaited follow-up to the band’s 2010 ORBITAL RITES debut takes Wizard Eye’s signature brand of mind-bending riffs and kaleidoscopic soundscapes to a new level of titanic glory. A fusion of bottom-heavy grooves, fiery fuzz, churning bass, otherworldly effects, and raw vocals with roots still planted firmly into the lysergic soil of ’70s acts like Hawkwind, Budgie, Blue Cheer, Captain Beyond, Motörhead, and Black Sabbath, Wizard Eye shows the band operating at the pinnacle of its creative and musical abilities.

WIZARD EYE Track Listing:
1. Eye Of The Deep
2. Flying Falling
3. Phase Return
4. Graybeard
5. Drowning Daydream
6. My Riposte Is Like Lightning
7. Nullarbor
8. Thunderbird Divine
9. Stoneburner

Since forming in 2008, the members of Wizard Eye have put in countless hours honing their musical craft performing venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region sharing stages with the likes of Wino, Church Of Misery, Gates Of Slumber, Black Tusk, Sourvein, Sixty Watt Shaman, Karma To Burn, Pale Divine, Unorthodox, Lo Pan, and countless others. The band has become a staple of the festival circuit, projecting its strength across stages for events like The Stoner Hands Of Doom, Eye Of The Stoned Goat, Autumn Screams Doom, Moving The Earth, Feast Of Krampus, Sludgement Day, and Vultures Of Volume. WIZARD EYE is the long-awaited release from a band whose time has come. Sites like The Obelisk have already listed the album as one of the “Top 50 Most Anticipated Releases of 2015.”

WIZARD EYE will be released via Black Monk Records on October 10th, 2015 digitally and on limited-edition swirled vinyl with pre-orders and teaser tracks to be unveiled shortly.

Wizard Eye:
Erik – guitar, theremin, vocals
Dave – bass, vocals
Mike – drums, percussion

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-Free Download: Asher Media Relations Offers BACK TO SCHOOL VOL. 1 Sampler! Over 30 Tracks!

With the future leaders of the world going back to their educational institutions, Asher Media Relations is proud to offer their latest FREE download compilation of artists they’ve had the honor to work with this year. The BACK TO SCHOOL VOL. 1 sampler features over 30 tracks to prep students for a deafening mosh to make those class rooms of higher learning just a bit more bearable! Enjoy the headbanging tunes!


1. Psychostick – “Bill Nye The Science Guy” Theme (Metal Cover) (:41)
2. Aggression – Metal Slaughter (4:03)
3. Arrival Of Autumn – Like Fire (3:22)
4. Bleed – Blood Ashes (4:44)
5. Bonfire – Snow Crest (3:31)
6. Defect Designer – Berenice (4:25)
7. Display Of Decay – Created To Kill (3:41)
8. Elderoth – My Future (3:27)
9. Éohum – Equatorial Rains (5:08)
10. Evertrapped – Underneath The Deep (5:49)
11. Evilheart – Rebellion (4:49)
12. Fallen Angels – Nightmare (4:58)
13. False Flag – Perfidious (4:15)
14. F*ck The Facts – False Hope (5:46)
15. Helleborus – Coils (5:06)
16. Hibria – Tightrope (5:02)
17. Inverted Serenity – Elemental Abyss (5:49)
18. Keychain – Shock Rock City (2:58)
19. Leave The Living – Sink Or Swim (5:24)
20. Mutank – Corporate Child (2:35)
21. New Jacobin Club – Champagne Ivy (4:00)
22. Pyramids On Mars – Heaven’s Gate (6:04)
23. Puttin’ On The Foil – Sh*tshow (3:08)
24. Saints Of Death – Revolution (4:30)
25. Scissortooth – 10 30 (4:21)
26. Them County Bastardz – The Bastard (4:23)
27. Titans Eve – Warpath (4:47)
28. Train Bigger Monkeys – Glass Case Of Emotion (5:17)
29. Tylor Dory Trio – Time, The Beholder (8:43)
30. Vesperia – Iron Saga (6:13)
31. Xul – Orbit Of Nemesis (7:17)
32. Accursed Spawn – Burned Into Sterility (4:09)

Asher Media Relations is PR company based in Montreal, QC that aids bands getting heard and read about in rock and metal media around the globe for nearly a decade.

For more info, please visit the following links:

-As Darkness Dies, from the US, has a new promo video for “Black Death” online at . The metal band consists of singer Martin O’Brien, guitarists Paul Coleman and Scott Williams, bassist Andrew Purchia, and drummer Harry Blackwell, and will release LIFE INCOMPLETE through Pure Steel Records in October. See for more.

-Tobias Sammet announced Jorn Lande as the first guest vocalist set to appear on the next Avantasia album. The statement: “It is with great pleasure that I can announce the ‘Beast From The North’ to join forces with Avantasia once again. The STRIKING VIKING: Jorn Lande! We’ve just finished his vocal recordings and he sounds — what a surprise — KILLER! Jorn is a monster! It is with even greater pleasure to let you know that Jorn is gonna do the world tour next year, kicking off in March! Avantasia live — three hours every night, from the METAL OPERA to the new album GHOSTLIGHTS. We’ll be an epic lineup and we’ll deliver an epic show! Stay tuned!” GHOSTLIGHTS is due out in January, via Nuclear Blast. See for more.

-Bat’s recently-released “Cruel Discipline” 7″ (Hells Headbangers) is streaming now at . Check out a live version of the song at , and order the 7″ at . See for more.

-Black Majesty has released CROSS OF THORNS through Pride & Joy Records. Track list: “Phoenix,” “Anneliese,” “Vlad The Impaler,” “Crossroads,” “Out In The Fields” (Gary Moore cover), “Misery,” “Make Believe,” “One Life,” “Emptiness Ideal,” “Escape.” Check out an album sampler at and clips of three songs at . Hype: “Australia’s best power metal band Black Majesty returns with their sixth studio album titled CROSS OF THORNS. ‘Faster, heavier, yet melodic as ever’ the new album continues the band’s evolution of finely crafted melodic power metal anthems. Charismatic front man John Cavaliere shines on the new album with emotive vocals that showcases the fine ‘timber’ in his voice on songs like ‘Phoenix,’ ‘Crossroads,’ and ‘Vlad The Impaler’ — not to mention on the cover version of the Gary Moore classic anthem ‘Out In The Fields.’ CROSS OF THORNS is dedicated to Dirk Illing, the band’s long-time friend and artist of all five previous album covers (R.I.P.). Mixed by Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween/Masterplan) the album sounds amazing. Big drums, bass, and guitars are all evident on the new release. Fans of Dio, Judas Priest, Helloween, Queensryche, and HammerFall will welcome Black Majesty’s new album — CROSS OF THORNS.” See for more.

-The AP reported Bon Jovi had to cancel two shows in China for “unforeseen reasons.” The shows were slated for September 14 in Shanghai and September 17 in Beijing.

-Broken Teeth’s BULLDOZER, a seven-song EP, is due soon and will be launched with a release party on October 23 at The Sidewinder in Austin, TX. (Special guest: Black Thorn Halo.) The band’s current lineup is Jason McMaster on vocals, Jared Tuten and David Beeson on guitar, Robb Lampman on bass, and Bruce Rivers on drums. See and for more.

-Burning Point is kicking off a four-album reissue campaign with AFM Records, starting with BURNED DOWN THE ENEMY (2007) and EMPYRE (2009) out now. BURNED DOWN THE ENEMY track list: “Parasite,” “Heart Of Gold,” “Dawn Of The Ancient War,” “Hell Awaits,” “From The Beginning Of It All,” “Icebound,” “Deceiver,” “Eye For An Eye,” “To Hell And Back,” “Against The Madness Of Time,” “Burned Down The Enemy.” Bonus tracks: “Nocturnal Sight” (Japan Bonus), “Bring Me Oblivion” (Japan Bonus), “Heart Of Gold” (Demo 2005). EMPYRE track list: “Intro (The Godfather Theme),” “Empyre,” “Manic Merry-Go-Round,” “Face The Truth,” “Fool’s Parade,” “Was It Me,” “Walls Of Stone,” “Sacrifice,” “Cruel World,” “Blinded By The Darkness,” “Only The Wrong Will Survive,” “I’ll Be Yours” feat. Taage Laiho (Kilpi & ex-Altaria) & Riku Kukkonen (ex-Kirka), “Nuclear Skies” feat. David “Rock” Feinstein (The Rods), “Let Go” feat. Jonathan K (Q5 & Nightshade) & Gabriele Palermo (Tragedian), “Gods Of Iron” feat. Majk Moti (ex-Running Wild). Bonus tracks: “Black Star ’08” (Japan Bonus), “Lake Of Fire ’08” (Japan Bonus), “Remains Of My Broken Dreams” (Japan Bonus). The reissues of SALVATION BY FIRE and FEEDING THE FLAMES are due in October. See for more.

-Cats In Space have a new contest to give away a “Cat Strat” Stratocaster, a “beautiful brand new guitar was sent to us by Levinson Guitars. It’s a Player model from the TEXAS PTE-2 Blade Series!” To enter, go to and either get an album package or share one of the band’s videos on your Facebook page; a winner will be announced before Christmas. Check out the band’s new single, “Mr. Heartache,” at . See and for more.

-Lion Music announced Condition Red “are about to make a return,” and a new digital single is due for release on November 14. See for more.

-Check out Marco De Francesco’s video for “Supernova” online now at . The song is from THE WIZARD (Lion Music), which has this track list: “Nuclear Alarm,” “El Dorado,” “Supernova,” “The Wizard,” “Secrets,” “Nibiru,” “Golden Silence,” “Moonsong,” “Memories,” “Two Days After Disaster.” See for more.

-Devil City Angels will release its self-titled debut through Century Media Records on September 18. The super-group includes singer Brandon Gibbs (Cheap Thrill), guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio), and drummer Rikki Rockett (Poison). (Cinderella’s Eric Brittingham played bass on the album, but left after recording was complete.) The disc was produced by the band and mixed by Anthony Focx, and features this track list: “Numb,” “All My People,” “Boneyard,” “I’m Living,” “No Angels,” “Goodbye Forever,” “Ride With Me,” “All I Need,” “Back To The Drive,” “Bad Decisions.” Check out the video for “Boneyard” at , and an interview with Sarzo at . See for more.

-Swedish metallers Enforcer will release a live DVD/CD entitled LIVE BY FIRE through Nuclear Blast on November 20. Guitarist/vocalist Olof Wikstrand states: “I’m extremely satisfied with putting out an official concert video and audio that really captures the band in a way we like instead of seeing tons of crap videos online. Here’s the real deal and I hope you enjoy it! Plus that we also took the opportunity to record a three new songs that will be released in a really exclusive way together with this stuff. Watch out!” The DVD was filmed October 20, 2013 at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan, and the CD was recorded January 24, 2013 at the Kyttaro Club in Athens, Greece. DVD track list: “Bells Of Hades,” “Death Rides This Night,” “Mesmerized By Fire,” “Katana,” “On The Loose,” “Scream Of The Savage,” “Take Me Out Of This Nightmare,” “Silent Hour / The Conjugation,” “Midnight Vice.” CD track list: “Bells Of Hades,” “Death Rides This Night,” “Mistress From Hell,” “Mesmerized By Fire,” “Katana,” “Crystal Suite,” “Scream Of The Savage,” “Midnight Vice,” “Take Me Out Of This Nightmare,” “Take Me To Hell,” “Silent Hour / The Conjugation,” “Satan,” “Black Angel,” “Roll The Dice,” “Into The Night,” “Evil Attacker,” “Speak The Tongue Of Heathen Gods,” “Stellar Plains,” “Tyrants Of Our Generation.” The package can be pre-ordered at . See for more.

-Europe’s German tour dates supporting WAR OF KINGS:

10/25 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
10/26 – Circus Krone, Munich, Germany
10/28 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
10/29 – Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
10/30 – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
11/2 – Kulturhaus, Berlin, Germany

See for more.

-Federal Charm’s new video for “Hercules” is online at . The track is from the upcoming ACROSS THE DIVIDE, due out October 2 through Wire-Sound/Cargo Records.

-Attention Deficit Delirium has a new interview with Marty Friedman, online at .

-Thrashers Gama Bomb will release UNTOUCHABLE GLORY on October 30 on AFM Records. Front man Philly Byrne’s statement: “We’re pretty sure this is the first album ever that combines martial arts, classic literature, and alcohol and drug abuse. It’s unlike any other thrash album — it sounds big and catchy, the album art is bright and bold, the choruses are massive. It’s thrash with the color turned up. We’re very proud of it.” The cover art was painted by artist Graham Humphreys, known for “A Nightmare On Elm Street” and “The Evil Dead” movie posters. See for more.

-Hibria has had to postpone its upcoming North American tour dates with Unleash The Archers, including a date at the ProgPower USA festival. A video statement from the band is online at .

-Joel Hoekstra’s 13’s new single, “Until I Left You,” premiered at, at . The track features Hoekstra on guitar, joined by Jeff Scott Soto on vocals, Tony Franklin on bass, Derek Sherinian on keyboards, and Vinny Appice on drums. The album DYING TO LIVE is due out October 16 on Frontiers. See , , and for more.

-Leaves’ Eyes’ new video for “The Waking Eye” is online now at . KING OF KINGS is due out later this month on AFM Records. See for more.

-Lars Eric Mattsson’s SONGS FROM A DIFFERENT ROOM is due out September 18 on Lion Music. The all-acoustic album features these tracks: “All We’ve Got,” “Keep Pushing Me On,” “Hold On,” “I Feel Your Spirit,” “Temporary State Of Confusion,” “Just Let It Rain,” “Shadow Of Doubt,” “Keep On Burning,” “Sweet Taste Of Mystery,” “Remain Unsolved.” See for more.

-Metallica has released two shows from the European summer tour for download through The August 20 show from Bergen, Norway includes “Fuel,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Metal Militia,” “King Nothing,” “Disposable Heroes,” Kirk solo #1, “The Day That Never Comes,” “Lords Of Summer,” “The Unforgiven,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Frayed Ends Of Sanity,” “One,” “Master Of Puppets,” “The Memory Remains,” Kirk solo #2, “Fade To Black,” “Seek And Destroy,” “Whiskey In The Jar,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman.” The August 22 show from Gothenburg, Sweden, includes “Fuel,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Battery,” “King Nothing,” “Disposable Heroes,” Kirk solo #1, “The Day That Never Comes,” “The Memory Remains,” “The Unforgiven,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Turn The Page,” “Frayed Ends Of Sanity,” “One,” “Master Of Puppets,” Kirk solo #2, “Fade To Black,” “Seek And Destroy,” “Whiskey In The Jar,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman.” The band’s August 1 show at Lollapalooza in Chicago is also available, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Lolla Cares charities. The set list: “Fuel,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Wherever I May Roam,” “King Nothing,” “Disposable Heroes,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Cyanide,” “The Unforgiven,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “One,” “Master Of Puppets,” “Creeping Death,” Kirk solo #2, “Fade To Black,” “Seek And Destroy,” “Whiskey In The Jar,” “Am I Evil?,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman.” See for more.

-Power Theory’s DRIVEN BY FEAR is due out October 9 on Pure Steel Records. The American power/heavy metal band features singer Jeff Jones, guitarists Rob Ballinger and Nygil Hochm, bassist Alan D’Angelo, and drummer Nick Bunzck. The disc was produced by Accept’s Peter Baltes and has this track list: “Spinstress,” “Long Hard Road,” “Driven By Fear,” “Truth Shall Set You Free,” “Dark Eagle,” “Break The Glass,” “Don’t Think Twice,” “Cut & Run,” “Beyond Tomorrow / After The Fall” (Reprise). Hype: “The new singer Jeff Rose (Metadox, ex-Livesay) convinces with a powerful, aggressive, and also harmonic voice, no real headbanger will dislike. Melodic guitar solos, epic sing-along parts, pounding double bass drumming in the ancient ‘Painkiller’ tradition and strong riffs up to Thrash influenced parts: in here, everything is included, a traditional ‘Metal Heart’ loves.” See for more.

-Reds’Cool will tour Europe soon as follows:

9/18 – Roxy, Flensburg, Germany
9/19 – Knust, Hamburg, Germany
9/20 – K17, Berlin, Germany
9/22 – Garage Deluxe, München, Germany
9/23 – Schwarzer Adler, Tannheim, Germany
9/24 – 7er Club, Mannheim, Germany
9/25 – Hypothalamus, Rheine, Germany
9/26 – Matrix/Rockpalast, Bochum, Germany
9/27 – Secrets Of Metal Festival, Vorselaar, Belgium
9/28 – Underground, Köln, Germany
10/30 – Kulturfabrik, Kufstein, Austria
10/31 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
11/1 – Legend Club, Milan, Italy
11/3 – Ninkasi Kao, Lyon, France
11/5 – Escenario Santander, Santander, Spain
11/6 – Sala Capitol, Santiago de la Compostela, Spain
11/7 – Sala But, Madrid, Spain
11/8 – Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona, Spain
11/10 – Metronum, Toulouse, France
11/11 – Le Forum, Vaureal, France

The September dates are with Black Trip, and the others are with UFO. The band’s new album, PRESS HARD, is out now. See for more.

-Saints Of Death, formerly a Motorhead tribute band, will release a self-titled EP on September 25. The lineup features Twan Holliday on 8-string bass and lead vocals, Phil Henri on guitar, Stony Gingras on 5-string bass, and Christopher James on drums. The EP’s track list: “Army Of Dead,” “Doom 5.1,” “Blood Vendetta,” “Revolution,” “Angels & Demons.” Check out the lyric video for “Revolution” at , and download “Angels & Demons” at and . Upcoming shows:

9/11 – Funky Winker Beans, Vancouver, BC
9/19 – Brother’s Bowling & Billiards, Abbotsford, BC
9/24 – The Vat, Red Deer, AB
9/25 – Distortion, Calgary, AB
9/26 – DV8, Edmonton, AB
9/28 – The Green, Vernon, BC
10/17 – The Wolf Bar, Maple Ridge, BC

-Savior From Anger’s new single, “In The Shadows,” is online at . The track is from the band’s upcoming third full-length release, TEMPLE OF JUDGMENT, which is due out next year on Pure Steel Records. This is the band’s first album with new singer Bob Mitchell (Attacker, Sleepy Hollow, Wycked Synn, etc.), who rounds out the lineup with guitarist Mark Ryal (Nameless Crime, Landguard), bassist Frank Fiordellisi, and drummer Michael Kusch (Adligate, Denial, Polaris). See for more.

-The Scorpions’ gig on September 12 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, will be streamed live on Yahoo!, starting at 9:10 p.m. Eastern time. Check it out at . Drummer James Kottak appears in an episode of the “Talking Metal” podcast, at the 13:30 mark of . See for more.

-Slayer has a new video coming for “Repentless,” the title track from the new album due out September 11. The video was directed by B.J. McDonnell (“Hatchet III,” cameraman on “Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” and others). Hype: “[McDonnell] and the video’s producer Felissa Rose pulled together a gang of actors and crew who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made: Derek Mears (‘Predators,’ ‘Friday The 13th’), Tyler Mane (‘Halloween’), Jason Trost (‘Hatchet III’), Danny Trejo (‘Machete,’ ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’), Tony Moran (‘Halloween’s’ Michael Myers, ‘American Poltergeist’), Sean Whalen (‘Men In Black,’ ‘Halloween II’), and Vernon Wells (‘Mad Max 2,’ ‘Commando,’ ‘Weird Science’) all are featured inmates in the video. And if that wasn’t enough, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like ‘Planet Of The Apes,’ ‘Anger Management,’ and ‘Daredevil.'” Check out a making-of clip at . See for more.

-Joe Stump’s THE DARK LORD RISES will be available on CD and download through Lion Music, on October 24. See for more.

Thanks to Music Buy Mail, Metaltix, Pure Steel Promotion, Nathan Birk, Bryan Reesman, Nancy B. Sayle, Axel Wiesenauer, and Renee Silverman / AXS for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus #679.5 Bonus Labor Day Mini-Issue

4 September 2015 Leave a comment

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.

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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

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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


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-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

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-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

*** PRESS RELEASE #5 ***
-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.

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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.

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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

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-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.

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-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.

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-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


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-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

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-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!

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-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:
UPC 734923006664 / CAT NMR-583 / SMRP $16.99
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.”

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-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

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-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 #677: Saxon, Judas Priest, Fates Warning, Avantasia

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Issue #677
Week of August 3, 2015

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-Kinda was forced into a summer vacation the last few weeks, as work has been kicking my ass hard. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to resume a regular weekly schedule… Here’s some stuff from the last few weeks. And, a Shark Island reference!!! – Tim

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-Saxon To Level A BATTERING RAM At The World On October 16th

Legendary British Heavy Metal Quintet’s 21st Studio Album Boasts A Clinically “Heavy” Echo Of Their Glorious NWOBHM Sound

Saxon have never dealt in half-truths or incomplete missions.

With SACRIFICE they filled your heads with heavy metal thunder, and now Saxon want nothing more than to crush them with their very own, hand-crafted, not-safe-for-children brand new album, BATTERING RAM. Not. A. Problem.

With Biff Byford singing as well as he ever has, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt making full use of the term “shredding” with their guitars, and the lock-steady rhythm of Nibbs Carter’s bass and Nigel Glockler’s drums, the future and the past crash together in an ear-scintillatingly engaging, raucous, melodic-yet-classically heavy 10 songs collection which will instantly be hailed as a Saxon classic. The title track, with its delectable twin guitar assault heralding the album’s commencement, gives the listener an instant crack around the chops, whilst traditionalists will be delighted to hear such a perfect marriage of old, classic Saxon with the newer, fresher invective in such riff-fronted fare as “Destroyer” and “Stand Your Ground,” but there are still moments of space and exploration which fans will love.

“This one’s a natural progression from SACRIFICE,” says Byford, “There’s a bit less rock’n’roll and a bit more ‘heavy’ on it. We wanted to keep focused on a style rather than moving around too much.”

Produced by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, Accept) at his Backstage Recording Studios in rural Derbyshire, Saxon were able to hone in and whittle down any excess, finding the sonic space and balance to let BATTERING RAM’s riffs and melodies get the necessary space to scream front and center, Sneap bringing a crispness to the sound which evokes memories of the early ’80s without for one moment sounding dated. “Yes, Andy has been in charge of everything with this album, I keep on overview of it all, but he’s done a great job and we’re both pleased with the results. We have a great partnership.”

Lyrically, BATTERING RAM covers a variety of social situations, like the screaming fans who rage at the gig barriers (“Battering Ram”) or engaging in some good old fashioned myth (“The Devil’s Footprint” — a 200-year-old tale of people waking up in winter snowfall to see unexplained hoof prints which they followed, looking for an answer in vain).

“When I’m writing lyrics I like to switch back and forth between complex things, reality, and rock’n’roll,” says Byford, “I thought the whole folklore behind ‘The Devil’s Footprint’ made it great material for a metal song, being that it’s both historic and mythical.

“With ‘Queen Of Hearts’ I wanted to write something around Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland,’ and it’s about the chess game that happens in the story. I wanted it to have prog-feeling in the way of its ambiance and mood. Then you have songs like ‘Destroyer’ and ‘Hard And Fast’ which are ’80s inspired songs with that modern slant on it. I’m a big fan of Marvel comics, and I wanted to write a song around the character Destroyer, and with ‘Hard And Fast’ it’s as the title suggests, about driving fast! I do like to tie the lyric into the song, so if it’s going to be a song about driving fast, well, it has to be a fast, hard song!”

There is also the album’s closing cut, haunting, gripping, melancholic tale of the First World War, “The Kingdom Of The Cross,” where a poem unfurls the feelings and horrors which comprised this most brutal of global conflicts. “This year is the centenary of the end of the First World War. Nigel had a piece of music which he played on a synthesizer for a couple of years that I really liked. We had an actor (and singer), David Bower from the band Hell, read the poem and I sang the choruses. I didn’t want it to be typical Saxon, so it is just keyboards, bass, me and Dave.”

Wonderfully uncompromising, with BATTERING RAM Saxon have once again established their rightly-venerated credentials as Kings and vanguards of heavy metal music.

Biff Byford – vocals
Paul Quinn – guitars
Doug Scarratt – guitars
Nibbs Carter – guitars
Nigel Glockler – drums

* CD album Ecolbook
* Vinyl LP + DIGITAL / Download Card
* DIGITAL album
* DIGITAL DELUXE album + bonus content: 18 tracks from SAXON OVER SWEDEN 2011 – DENIM & LEATHER TOUR
* Limited Edition Box, incl. Ecolbook CD, Vinyl LP, Bonus Disc: SAXON OVER SWEDEN 2011 – DENIM & LEATHER TOUR + Merchandise item

Track List:
1. Battering Ram
2. The Devil’s Footprint
3. Queen Of Hearts
4. Destroyer
5. Hard And Fast
6. Eye Of The Storm
7. Stand Your Ground
8. Top Of The World
9. To The End
10. Kingdom Of The Cross
11. Bonus Track: Three Sheets To The Wind (The Drinking Song)

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-Judas Priest Set To Rock USA And Canada This Fall

Due to the overwhelming success of Judas Priest’s 17th studio effort overall, REDEEMER OF SOULS (which became the highest-charting album of their career, when it debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at #6), the band has announced a fall tour, which will hit the US and Canada, from October 16th through November 12th. Supporting Priest on the US dates and the Halifax engagement will be one of modern metal’s top bands, Mastodon.

REDEEMER OF SOULS also went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed releases of the band’s career, with Rolling Stone stating, “Above all, REDEEMER is proof that Priest can still call themselves metal’s defenders of the faith,” while Revolver Magazine offered further praise, “Thus rejuvenated and recharged, the Metal Gods have delivered their strongest record in over a decade.”

Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal’s all-time classic anthems (“Living After Midnight,” “Breaking The Law,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” etc.) and albums (BRITISH STEEL, SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE, PAINKILLER, etc.).

Ever since the release of REDEEMER OF SOULS, Judas Priest has been taking their music all over the world. And they are not finished yet, with the announcement of these new dates!

Judas Priest Tour Dates:

October 16th, 2015 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amp
October 17th, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl
October 20th, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield Theatre
October 21st, 2015 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic
October 23rd, 2015 – Fresno, CA – William Saroyan Theater
October 24th, 2015 – San Bernardino, CA – Knotfest
October 27th, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – Hard Rock Casino
October 28th, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – Hard Rock Casino
October 31st, 2015 – Regina, SK – Brandt Center
November 1st, 2015 – Winnipeg, MN – MTS Center
November 3rd, 2015 – Peoria, IL – Civic Center
November 6th, 2015 – Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
November 7th, 2015 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
November 10th, 2015 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Center
November 12th, 2015 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Center

For further information, visit:

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-Y&T / Meniketti Update

We’re excited to announce the first release of Meniketti Wines!

Join us for the unveiling of the two Meniketti wines, on the evening of Tuesday, August 11 at Testarossa Winery in Los Gatos, CA. Dave Meniketti and his wife Jill (author and Y&T’s manager) will be there all evening from 5:00 to 9:00.

This is a private event (by reservation only) expressly for this release. The event starts in Cellar 7 for tasting from 5:00 to 6:30, then moves to the Testarossa Club 107 patio (open exclusively for our private event) until 9:00 p.m.

Tickets are required and are available through the Y&T merchandise website, along with more detailed information:

Come taste and be among the first to purchase these two wines from our first release. This is some of the finest California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation.

We’d love to see you there!

Summertime Girls & Guys

Don’t forget Y&T at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk this Friday, August 7. Bring the family for a fun day at the boardwalk followed by two *free* Y&T shows on the beach.

Magical Mystic Weekend

This year’s magical Mystic Theater weekend is November 20 & 21 in Petaluma, CA. We’re thrilled to have Babylon A.D. open both nights. These shows sell out every year, so be sure to get your tickets well in advance. See the tour dates page for the ticket links.

Summertime Chic

You asked, you got it. The Meniketti logo shirts are now back in stock! And Y&T’s 2015 tour shirts have been a hot, Hot, HOT item around the world. If you don’t have your very own popular “Dirty Girl” ladies’ tank top or baseball cap, get yours while the weather is still nice — the perfect addition for summer wardrobe. Pick up yours at an upcoming show or from our Y&T web store:

Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2016

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:

North America
August 7 ~ Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (all ages)
September 10 ~ Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go-Go (all ages)
September 11 ~ Corona, CA – M15 (all ages)
September 12 ~ Big Bear, CA – The Cave (all ages)
November 20 ~ Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre (Babylon A.D. opens)
November 21 ~ Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre (Babylon A.D. opens)

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 – Poppodium Romein
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

January 29 ~ Tracy, CA – Grand Theatre Center for the Arts (all ages)
February 22-26 ~ Great Stirrup Cay & Nassau, Bahamas – Monsters of Rock Cruise
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.

Thanks for your support!


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-Avantasia Is Back; New Album And World Tour!

The original is back! Edguy front man Tobias Sammet has returned to the studio to work on the new chapter of Avantasia. The sequel to the successful latest album THE MYSTERY OF TIME (2013, charting in 16 countries in Europe, Asia and America, including #2 in Germany) will be called GHOSTLIGHTS and is scheduled to be released in early 2016. An EP/single is also planned to be released this autumn, and in March 2016 a giant all-star ensemble will set off on the GHOSTLIGHTS WORLD TOUR.

Tobias Sammet: “In the past months I’ve spent a lot of time in the studio, an odd recluse in the basement, secretly working obsessively on something that reads and feels and sounds like a new — very strong — chapter in the story of Avantasia. I must say Avantasia is a fantastic outlet for creativity, and it’s truly inspiring to create a piece of music for so many great vocalists and instrumentalists.

“The new material is very bombastic and dynamic, and even though it’s extremely diverse, every minute of it sounds like Avantasia. I’m really proud of what we’re creating right now. And as if that wasn’t enough: I’m anxiously looking forward to hitting the road again. I didn’t necessarily expect this to happen as in the past it has always been difficult to align the individual schedules of the guest stars, but things have worked out, and we’re ready to make it happen one more time! We’ll put on a big show, we’re gonna play over three hours, and we’ll take the fans to a magical world all its own — to Avantasia. The live set list is going to embrace the entire history of Avantasia, from THE METAL OPERA to GHOSTLIGHTS and of course everything in between!”

The world tour will kick off in Berlin on March 4th, 2016.

Tour dates
Date – City – Country
2016-03-04 – Berlin (Huxley’s) – DE
2016-03-05 – Hamburg (Große Freiheit) – DE
2016-03-06 – Bremen (Aladin) – DE
2016-03-08 – London (The Forum) – GB
2016-03-09 – Paris (Le Trianon) – FR
2016-03-11 – Barcelona (Razzmatazz 1) – ES
2016-03-12 – Madrid (La Riviera) – ES
2016-03-15 – Frankfurt-Langen (Stadthalle) – DE
2016-03-16 – Prague (Forum Karlin) – CZ
2016-03-18 – Kaufbeuren (All-Karthalle) – DE
2016-03-19 – Bamberg (Brose-Arena) – DE
2016-03-20 – Oberhausen (Turbinenhalle) – DE
2016-03-22 – Milan (Alcatraz) – IT
2016-03-24 – Pratteln (Z7) – CH
2016-03-25 – Pratteln (Z7) – CH
2016-03-27 – Banska Bystrica (Ice Stadium) – SK
2016-03-28 – Bratislava (Sportshall) – SK
2016-03-31 – Saarbrücken (Saarlandhalle) – DE
2016-04-01 – Ludwigsburg (Arena) – DE
2016-04-02 – Fulda (Esperantohalle) – DE

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-Fates Warning To Reissue A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY

Progressive Metal legends Fates Warning will be releasing a 3-CD/DVD deluxe reissue of their critically acclaimed 1997 release A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY October 2nd on Metal Blade Records. For the first time the record will be also available as limited double-vinyl version. A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY is a single song that is divided into 12 tracks. The album is notable for its darker mood and mixture of progressive rock and metal with hints of industrial, classical, and psychedelia.

This all-encompassing and expansive collection features the original album on the first CD. The second CD features a live version of the album recorded during the band’s 1998 European tour as well as a soundcheck recording of “We Only Say Goodbye” and a studio cover version of the Scorpions’ “In Trance.” The third CD in the package consists of demos from the pre-production and writing sessions for A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY. Finally, the DVD portion of the set consists of two complete live performances of A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY. The first is a restored and re-edited version of the band’s 1998 VHS release and the second was filmed at The Whisky in Hollywood CA in 1999. Pre-orders as well as the first samples of music from this special edition will be available next Friday August 6th.

In support of the re-release Fates Warning will be touring North America this fall. The tour begins October 9th in Hartford, CT and runs through November 2nd in Ramona, CA. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Fates Warning Live:
10/9: Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
10/10 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
10/11: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/13: Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
10/14: Amityville, NY @ Revolution
10/16: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
10/17: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
10/18: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
10/20: Altoona, PA @ McGarveys
10/23: Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/24: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/25: San Antonio, TX @ 210 Kapone’s Live
10/27: Denver, CO @ The Roxy
10/29: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
10/30: Costa Mesa, CA @ Tiki Bar
10/31: San Jose, CA @ Rockbar
11/1: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
11/2: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage

For more info visit:

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-King Diamond Announces “Abigail In Concert 2015” Tour With Support From Exodus

King Diamond will be back on tour soon for an extra special event for fans — one not to be missed. As part of the set, the band will be performing the classic 1987 album ABIGAIL in its entirety! The tour will begin on October 29th and runs through December 5th with legendary bay area thrash metal band Exodus as the opening act. The full list of confirmed dates is below. The general on sale for tickets begins Friday, August 7th at 10 a.m. EST.

King Diamond w/ Exodus:
10/29/2015 The Fillmore – Denver, CO
10/31/2015 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/02/2015 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
11/05/2015 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
11/08/2015 The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
11/09/2015 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
11/13/2015 The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
11/15/2015 The Civic Auditorium – New Orleans, LA
11/16/2015 The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
11/21/2015 Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY
11/24/2015 Orpheum – Boston, MA
11/25/2015 The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
11/27/2015 Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
11/28/2015 The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
11/30/2015 Myth – Minneapolis, MN
12/02/2015 Club Brady – Tulsa, OK
12/04/2015 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
12/05/2015 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX

Upon its release in November 2014, King Diamond’s DREAMS OF HORROR reached #28 on the Billboard Hard Music charts. This is the only “best of” album covering the band’s entire career. King Diamond and Andy La Rocque meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs. Listen to “The Puppet Master” from disc 2 of DREAMS OF TERROR and order your copy now at .

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-Talisman – LIVE IN STOCKHOLM CD/DVD (Deluxe Edition) Released

Swedish hard rockers Talisman just released a double Live CD/DVD LIVE IN STOCKHOLM (Deluxe Edition) in digi-pak packaging via Sun Hill Production. Talisman recorded this show in 2003, august 4th in Stockholm, Sweden. Parts of this show was previously released in the Talisman DVD THE BEST KEPT SECRET and audio CD FIVE MEN LIVE. This release Includes both the CD and DVD complete show with bonus audio and visual material. With new linear notes from JSS, new picture edit, pics, and more.

Track Listing:
1. Break Your Chanis
2. Colour My XTC
3. Fabricated War
4. Mysterious (This Time It’s Serious)
5. Skin On Skin
6. Tears In The Sky
7. Crazy (complete bonus version)
8. Here 2Day, Gone 2Day (complete bonus version)
9. In Make Believe
10. Scream Of Anger
11. If You Would Only Be My Friend
12. Break It Down Again
13. I’ll Be Waiting
14. NJBBWD – Bass Solo (complete bonus version)
15. Outta My Way
16. Fredrik Åkesson Solo
17. Standin’ On Fire
18. I Don’t Know (previously unreleased on DVD)

Recorded live in Stockholm featuring Marcel Jacob, Jeff Scott Soto, Fredrik Akesson, Jamie Borger, and Howie Simon. The DVD (PAL region-free) running time is 84 minutes. The album captures and electrifying show from one of the finest Hard Rock bands of recent years and features the expected outstanding musicianship and Jeff Scott Soto’s incredible vocals. The album was recorded at Club Mondo in Stockholm.

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-Soto (Jeff Scott Soto) More European Tour Dates Added

More dates have been added to Soto’s upcoming European headlining tour “Live In The Vertigo,” featuring the legendary hard rock vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman, Journey) beginning middle of September, in support of the new album INSIDE THE VERTIGO. Soto will be performing selections from JSS classic past. More details on the tour, special guest, support band, will be made available soon.

Upcoming Soto “Live In The Vertigo” tour dates:

16.9. Sala Boveda, Barcelona, Spain
17.9. Sala Lemon, Madrid, Spain
18.9. Sala Custom, Seville, Spain
19.9. Festival, Alicante, Spain
20.9. Centro Civico Delicias, Zaragoza, Spain
23.9. Backstage, Budapest, Hungary
24.9. Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
25.9. Hall of Fame, Wetzikon, Switzerland
26.9. Rock In Park/Legend Club, Milan, Italy
28.9. Melodka, Brno, Czech Republic
29.9. Nova Chmelnice, Prague, Czech Republic

More dates to be announced soon.

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

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

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On the back of such well received albums ALBION and ISLA DE MUERTA, released a mere six months apart like their debut and follow-up back in 1996, the UK’s highly-rated melodic hard rock band Ten release THE DRAGON AND SAINT GEORGE, their first EP for many years.

Featuring exclusive artwork from Gaetano Di Falco, the EP also boast three previously-unreleased tracks. These are no mere cast-offs, but potential bona fide classics, with “Muskateers: Soldiers Of The King” being right up their with the best historical Ten epics, while “The Prodigal Saviour” and “Is There Anyone With Sense” returns to the more melodic AOR of the debut. The EP also includes the European bonus track “We Can Be As One,” so for Japan and the Far East, there are four unreleased tracks.

The booklet also contains written notes by Gary Hughes on every song on ISLA DE MUERTA as well as the unreleased tracks found here, making for a totally indispensable package for all fans of wonderful melodic hard rock.

Release date Sept 4th. Pre-order from .

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-Whitesnake’s Guitarist Joel Hoekstra To Release DYING TO LIVE Via Frontiers Music Srl On October 16, 2015 Worldwide

One Of The Most Exciting Melodic Hard Rock Albums Of The Year!

Featuring: Jeff Scott Soto, Russell Allen, Tony Franklin, Vinny Appice, Derek Sherinian, And More!

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Joel Hoekstra has announced the release of his new melodic hard rock studio album DYING TO LIVE from his electrifying new side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13. Hoekstra is best known to rock fans as the current guitarist for Whitesnake, and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and the show “Rock Of Ages.”

DYING TO LIVE features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.

Hoekstra took charge of the creative process by handling the production, song writing, and arranging (music and lyrics). The end result could best be described as hard, melodic, classic rock that is Dio-ish at its heaviest and Foreigner-ish at its lightest.

“Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music. I wanted to put something out that showcased my production, writing, and playing in the genre that I’m known for, which is melodic, hard rock,” explains Hoekstra. “That’s when I decided to start what I consider to be my rock side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13. DYING TO LIVE focuses on struggles, potential pitfalls, and the art of overcoming obstacles in life to finally arrive where we are meant to be.”

DYING TO LIVE was conceived before Hoekstra joined Whitesnake. David Coverdale gave the album his full blessing. “David wants his players to spread their wings and fly and of course be ready to rock when Whitesnake needs them, which obviously won’t be an issue.”

Excited how the new album turned out, Hoekstra is looking forward to the overall reaction from fans and media. “I hope everyone will give it a listen. I feel it showcases my production, writing, and playing in the genre I’m best known for these days. The lineup of musicians is stellar! I want to thank everyone for any support in advance. Life is good!”

Enjoy an EPK for DYING TO LIVE here:

Album track listing:
1. Say Goodbye To The Sun
2. Anymore
3. Until I Left You
4. Long For The Days
5. Scream
6. Never Say Never
7. Changes
8. The Only Way To Go
9. Dying To Live
10. Start Again
11. What We Believe
12. Kill or Be Killed (Bonus Track digital download)

The Musicians:
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake) – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen) – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Russell Allen (Adrenaline Mob, Symphony X) – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) – Drums
Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) – Bass

Special Guest Musicians:
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) – Keyboards
Chloe Lowery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – Vocals
Toby Hitchcock (Pride Of Lions) – Additional Backing Vocals
Charlie Zeleny (Joe Lynn Turner) – Percussion
Dave Eggar (Amy Lee, Coldplay) – Cello

For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoeksta’s 13 and Whitesnake:

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-Black Veil Brides’ ALIVE AND BURNING DVD/Blu-ray Hits #1 On The Music DVD Soundscan Chart!

NEW YORK, NY — ALIVE AND BURNING, the debut DVD/Blu-ray from Black Veil Brides, has just hit #1 on the Soundscan Music DVD Chart!

“As a rock and roll band that spends most of our lives and career playing shows on the road, to have our DVD representation of that show hit number 1 in our home country where it all started is one of the greatest feelings I’ve experienced as a musician,” says vocalist Andy Biersack. “Thank you to everyone who made this possible! Long live the BVB Army!”

This highlight in Black Veil Brides’ career comes on the heels of several recent accolades that the band has enjoyed. Not only was ALIVE AND BURNING (released July 10 via Eagle Rock Entertainment) voted by fans as the “Most Anticipated July Release” on, but Black Veil Brides won “Best Live Band” at the 2015 Relentless! Kerrang Awards. In a serendipitous bit of fate, the announcement of ALIVE AND BURNING’s #1 spot on the charts took place on the very day that Black Veil Brides released their debut album WE STITCH THESE WOUNDS five years ago.

Filmed at a sold-out Wiltern Theater in the band’s hometown of Hollywood, CA, ALIVE AND BURNING bursts with 16 sizzling cuts from across Black Veil Brides’ career, including “Knives And Pens,” “Fallen Angels,” “Faithless,” and “In The End.” Captured on their Black Mass tour, this was the band’s first ever filmed performance, and showcases all of the power, prowess, and raw Rock ‘N’ Roll energy the band brings to the stage. Check out “Faithless” here:

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Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-ray, TV, and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton, and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum, and over 144 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.

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-AFM Records News

[Note: This combines several updates. – Tim]

Leaves’ Eyes Announce European KING OF KINGS Tour Dates!

Symphonic metal masters Leaves’ Eyes have unveiled European tour dates as well as their supporting acts, which will be Diabulus In Musica and Melted Space.

The new Leaves’ Eyes album KING OF KINGS is set for release on September 11th (EU)/September 18th (US).

15.10.2015 DE – Mannheim, Alte Seilerei
16.10.2015 AUT – Graz, Explosiv
17.10.2015 IT – Milan, Cerbero
18.10.2015 IT – Rom, Traffic Club
20.10.2015 DE – Geiselwind, Music Hall
21.10.2015 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
22.10.2015 NL – Zoetermeer, Boerderij
23.10.2015 BE – Vosselaar, Biebob
24.10.2015 FR – Paris, Glazart
26.10.2015 CH – Lyss, KuFa
27.10.2015 DE – Augsburg, Spectrum
28.10.2015 DE – Berlin, K17
29.10.2015 CZ – Prague, Nova Chmelnice
30.10.2015 DE – Dresden, Puschkin
31.10.2015 DE – Hameln, Autumn Moon
03.11.2015 UK – Southampton, Talking Heads
04.11.2015 UK – Bristol, Marble Factory
05.11.2015 UK – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
06.11.2015 UK – Sheffield, Corporation
07.11.2015 UK – Manchester, Academy 3
08.11.2015 UK – Glasgow, The Audio
10.11.2015 UK – London, 02 Islington Academy

Brainstorm To Unleash SCARY CREATURES In January!

German power metallers Brainstorm are about to enter the studio in early August, to record the follow-up to 2014’s FIRESOUL album, which will be titled SCARY CREATURES and is set for release in January 2016. The album will be produced by Achim Köhler once again. The band’s Facebook page will be updated with recording info steadily.

Pyogenesis: New Video Clip & Tour Dates Confirmed

On August 14th the new Pyogenesis album A CENTURY IN THE CURSE OF TIME will be released. You can watch the first video for “Steam Paves Its Way (The Machine)” here:

Pyogenesis are playing a couple of well selected shows in Germany! So if you wanna see Pyogenesis live in a club, you better save your ticket right away:

06.01.2016 (GER) Hamburg, Knust
07.01.2016 (GER) Berlin, Lido
08.01.2016 (GER) München, Backstage
09.01.2016 (GER) Dortmund, FZW

21Octayne To Release Sophomore Album In September!

German rockers 21Octayne (featuring members of The Joe Perry Project and Rhapsody) will release their highly-anticipated sophomore album 2.0 on September 25th (EU) / October 2nd (US).

Following the successful debut INTO THE OPEN from 2014, the band has crafted 10 diverse, powerful rock songs for the new record (three additional tracks are featured on the ltd. digi-pak).

Track list:

1. Devil In Disguise
2. Take Me Back
3. When You Go
4. Love’s Just A Heartbreak Away
5. Take Me Away
6. Lost
7. The Circle
8. Date With Myself
9. Fly Away
10. Tale Of A Broken Child

Ohrenfeindt: New Album MOTOR AN!

Ohrenfeindt will release their new album MOTOR AN! on September 18th.

And don’t miss the chance to see the guys live on stage (Germany/Switzerland):

21.10.2015 DE Nürnberg – Hirsch
22.10.2015 CH Pratteln – Z7
23.10.2015 DE Köln – Underground
24.10.2015 DE Hannover – Musikzentrum
05.11.2015 DE Berlin – Magnet
06.11.2015 DE Fulda – Kreuz
07.11.2015 DE München – Backstage
13.11.2015 DE Bochum – Matrix
14.11.2015 DE Leipzig – Hellraiser
19.11.2015 DE Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
20.11.2015 DE Affalter – Zur Linde
21.11.2015 DE Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
18.12.2015 DE Burglengenfeld – VAZ Pfarrheim
26.12.2015 DE Hamburg – Gruenspan
22.01.2016 DE Bremen – Aladin
23.01.2016 DE Celle – CD-Kaserne

Ektomorf Unveil Special Guest For Upcoming Album!

Hungarian neo thrash masters Ektomorf will release their new studio album, which was again produced by Tue Madsen (Antfarm studios, Denmark), soon.

This new effort will feature a famous guest vocalist this time: George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher from death metal legends Cannibal Corpse, who contributed vocals for a track called “Evil By Nature.”

Band leader 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 it will appear on our upcoming album. Be sure, it will smash your face 100%! Prepare!”

Stahlmann: New video clip!

The new album CO2 will be out on August 28th. You can watch the video for the first single “Plasma” here:

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-Satan: British Heavy Metal Titans To Release New Full-Length Via Listenable Records This Fall

Following the success of their recent South American tour, British heavy metal titans, Satan, are set to release their new studio album this October via Listenable Records. Titled ATOM BY ATOM, the 10-track monster was recorded at Newcastle’s First Avenue Studios, mixed and mastered by Dario Mollo (Crossbones, The Cage, Voodoo Hill), who helmed the band’s 2013’s critically-acclaimed comeback album LIFE SENTENCE, in Italy, and includes a collaboration with Angel Witch’s Kevin Heybourne. Cover art was commissioned to Eliran Kantor ( ; Testament, Sodom, Sigh, Iced Earth, etc.) who also crafted the art for Satan’s previous opus.

Issues guitarist Steve Ramsey of the upcoming full-length, “We wanted to keep some continuity going with both the look and sound of this album. We’ve been working on the music for nearly two years now and I think people will definitely hear a progression from LIFE SENTENCE. I can’t really describe it but I promise you, these songs will speak for themselves.”

ATOM BY ATOM Track Listing:
1. Farewell Evolution
2. Fallen Saviour
3. Ruination
4. The Devil’s Infantry
5. Atom By Atom
6. In Contempt
7. My Own God
8. Ahriman
9. Bound In Enmity
10.The Fall Of Persephone

Founded in Newcastle, England in 1979, Satan was part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement. Though generally obscure throughout their career, the band is considered influential for playing a form of proto-thrash metal that was fairly advanced by the standards of the early 1980s. Their lineup has undergone a number of personnel changes over the years and even changes in band name. For a time the band was called Blind Fury, putting out one album — 1985’s OUT OF REACH — under that moniker before reverting back to Satan shortly thereafter. In 1988, the group changed its name again to The Kindred and then yet again to Pariah, releasing two albums under that name before folding in the early ’90s. In 1997 Pariah released another album. The band’s shifting lineup has included members of many other heavy metal bands such as Blitzkrieg, Rough Edge, Pariah, Atomkraft, Avenger, Persian Risk, Cronos, and Battleaxe. In 1990, guitarist Steve Ramsey and bassist Graeme English together with singer Martin Walkyier of UK thrash metal band Sabbat founded folk metal act Skyclad.

ATOM BY ATOM will see release in early October via Listenable Records with cover art and teaser tracks to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Stand by.

Satan Personnel:
Brian Ross – Vocals
Steve Ramsey – Guitar
Russ Tippins – Guitar
Graeme English – Bass
Sean Taylor – 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 4 September 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

Relative sites:

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-We’re BACK! Pre-Order The New Sum 41 Record NOW


Words can’t describe how good it feels to be back, so we’ll just let the music do that instead. It’s been a crazy few years for all of us in one way or another, but with this much needed break and a new lease on life Sum 41 is back and stronger and more excited than we have been in a long time. We want to share this excitement with you, so we’re doing something special…

Please check out the kick-ass new album pre-order at .

We’ve got a little bit of everything: from a download of the album, to signed CDs and vinyl, hand written lyric sheets, signed drums and guitars, and some one-of-a-kind experiences. Head over to our store and check out the entire list. Every pre-order also receives direct access to exclusive behind-the-scenes content that won’t be available anywhere else.

Thanks to all the fans! Your support has always been a blessing. We can’t wait to share this new music and experience with you. Pre-order now!

Deryck, Cone, and Tom

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-Opposing Motion Unveils Artwork And Track List For Their Second Album

UK-based progressive metal outfit Opposing Motion are excited to unveil the artwork and track listing for the successor to their 2013’s debut LAWS OF MOTION, released by Lion Music. This second LP, titled INERTIA, will be released early 2016 and showcase 11 new tracks of the band’s trademark melodic progressive metal sound, initiated in 2010 with the release of the first EP THE ILLUSTRATION. The album will be mixed and mastered at Domination Studios in Italy by Simone Mularoni, producer of many of the genre’s top acts such as DGM, Vision Divine, Lalu, Empyrios, etc.

The album’s original artwork is in the hands of the talented team at Mayhem Design, recently in charge of Pyramaze’s latest offering. Keeping with the tradition of the genre’s striking covers art, the artist created a strong new imagery for the band, illustrating many of the lyrical themes evoked in the new tracks, while subtly connecting it to the band’s original vision and signature visual themes.

Although INERTIA is not a concept album in the purest tradition, many of the lyrical themes are connected, as implied in the title, to the concept of constant motion, unstoppable forces, resilience, and our ability to always move forward despite adversity while overcoming personal battles and hardships. Several tracks also explore literary works dear to the band that contain references to historical events, dystopian futures, and mythical journeys, all centered on the concept of INERTIA.

The track listing for INERTIA is as follows (total running time: 65 min)

1. Endless Ripples
2. Inertia
3. Ghost Tapestry
4. New Heaven
5. Machines of War
6. Southern Lights
7. Windows to the Past
8. Optical Illusion
9. Mirror Image
10. Nothing Stays the Same
11. Across the Oceans of Sand

More information:

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-Vly: International Collective Signs With Laser’s Edge; Band Features Current/Former Members Of Crippled Black Phoenix, Änglagård, White Willow, And Others

Recently formed, internationally-based and extremely diverse collective, Vly, has signed with Laser’s Edge for the release of their debut album early this Fall. Amongst the quintet’s ranks, several members of the outfit have previously spent time in Crippled Black Phoenix, one from Änglagård, and all currently hold rank in Diet Kong, Typical Reptiles, Karl Demata Band, Il Tempio Delle Clessidre, Bernie Torme’, Shark Island, White Willow, and Necromonkey.

Vly began as strangers sending 1’s and 0’s across the Atlantic Ocean. British-based guitarist Karl Demata had a vague idea and a few demos, when a friend put him in touch with New York singer/artist Keith Gladysz. Keith began working on the demos, adding a more melodic, dream-like and decidedly indie sensibility. “It was a new way to work,” says Gladysz. “The music and collaborative art I’ve made always started with people I knew, and creating naturally came out of that understanding. That’s not the case with Vly. We managed to make an album without ever meeting. There was no gauge or reference point except for the music. It was a total shot in the dark.”

The sound of Vly hits elements of progressive rock, classic rock, folk, early-Floydian psychedelia, intimate pop melodies, massive walls of epic guitar riffage, post-classical, post-rock, and electronic music. And it’s the diverse background of the members that lead to the breadth of their sound. The progressive sentiment of Italian keyboardist Elisa Montaldo quickly attracted the ear of Demata. “The first time I heard Elisa play,” says Karl, “I knew we had to be in a band. Her innate melodic approach and instinctual understanding and knowledge of ‘anything prog’ is simply remarkable.” “Karl asked me to join the project at the very beginning,” Elisa picks up, continuing, “My idea of prog is somehow more vintage, more typical ’70s Italian style. After various experiments on arrangements and sounds, I went to Karl’s studio to record most of the keyboards, where we found the right balance.”

Connecting with strangers and expanding circles of mutual friends became the pattern for Vly. Demata next recruited experienced bass player Chris Heilmann, whom he’d worked with previously in Crippled Black Phoenix. Chris provided a solid backbone with a more classic rock attitude.

And Demata doesn’t hold back when talking about Sweden-based musician Mattias Olsson. “He is simply a genius. And he’s never predictable as a drummer. Mattias also contributed some vintage keys and odd analog noises, which have a definitive effect on the band’s sound. A common friend described him as a ‘lateral thinker,’ and I can’t think of a better way to describe him.”

Vly makes good on the futuristic dreams of the late 1990s, when promises of international recording sessions via the Internet excited incredulous musicians. Now that it’s a reality, the method may be less glamorously sci-fi than one had hoped; still, they get the job done. “I always disliked the clichés about music as a universal language, and more recently about the Internet bringing people together,” explains Gladysz. “I’m even more uncomfortable with those sentiments now, since Vly proved them true.”

Vly’s debut album, I / (TIME), will see release through the Laser’s Edge imprint September 2015. The album was engineered and produced by Karl Demata, with additional production by Keith Gladysz and Mattias Olsen, and mastered by Bob Katz. Additional info on the album will be released through the Summer months, including audio samples, an official video, and upcoming European tour dates.

Keith Gladysz (Diet Kong, Typical Reptiles) – vocals
Karl Demata (ex-Crippled Black Phoenix, Karl Demata Band) – guitars, synths, programming
Elisa Montaldo (Il Tempio Delle Clessidre) – keyboards and synths
Chris Heilmann (ex-Crippled Black Phoenix, Bernie Torme’, Shark Island) – bass
Mattias Olsson (ex-Änglagård. White Willow, Necromonkey) – drums, keyboards

-Read About Heavy Metal’s list of “2006 Best Heavy Metal Albums” at .

-Annihilator’s new video for “Suicide Society” is online at .

-There’s an interview with Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale at .

-Hibria’s new video for “Pain” is online at , and the video for “Life” is online at .

-Saxon’s new video for “Battering Ram” is online at . Upcoming North American tour dates:

8/19 – Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside, CA (w/ Motörhead)
8/20 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA (w/ Armored Saint)
8/21 – House Of Blues, Las Vegas, NV (w/ Motörhead)
8/22 – Shrine, Los Angeles, CA (w/ Motörhead)
8/23 – Ace Of Spades, Sacramento, CA
8/24 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA (w/ Motörhead)
8/26 – The Knitting Factory, Reno, NV
8/27 – The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Motörhead)
8/28 – Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
9/1 – Cedar Park Center, Austin, TX (w/ Motörhead)
9/2 – Aztec Theatre, San Antonio, TX (w/ Motörhead)
9/3 – Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, El Paso, TX
9/4 – Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX (w/ Motörhead)
9/5 – House Of Blues, Houston, TX (w/ Motörhead)
9/6 – Southport Hall, New Orleans, LA
9/8 – Pageant Theater, St. Louis, MO (w/ Motörhead)
9/9 – Murat Theater, Indianapolis, IN (w/ Motörhead)
9/10 – ProgPower USA @ Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
9/12 – Palace Theater, Stafford, CT (w/ Armored Saint)
9/13 – Asylum, Portland, ME (w/ Armored Saint)
9/15 – Howard Theater, Washington, DC (w/ Armored Saint)
9/16 – Token Lounge, Westland, MI (w/ Armored Saint)
9/17 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Armored Saint)
9/18 – Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH (w/ Armored Saint)
9/20 – Arcada Theater, St. Charles, IL (w/ Armored Saint)

VIP meet-and-greet packages are available. In related news, drummer Nigel Glockler has teamed up with Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof and Magnum bassist Al Barrow in a side project. See for more.

-Within The Fire — featuring singer Scott Featherstone (Enertia), guitarists RJ Pipino and Kyle Pipino, bassist Joe Paciolla (Enertia), and drummer Jeff Daley (Enertia) — is about to start work on a new full-length album called STILL BURNING, and there’s a PledgeMusic campaign to help them out. Check out all the details at , and see for more.

Thanks to Stef Lach, Chad Bowar, and Jon Asher for help gathering some of this information.

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