Detritus #668 Bruce Dickinson, Whitesnake, Death Angel

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Issue #668
Week of May 18, 2015

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-We rented the kids movie “Strange Magic” the other day, and it was *extremely* musical, including versions and snippets of The Doors’ “People Are Strange,” Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” ELO’s “Strange Magic,” Heart’s “Barracuda,” and a ton of other pop songs. I was floored when the main bad guy started singing “Mistreated.” I said, “Wow, Deep Purple!” My 10-year-old thought the scene was cool and said, “This is a great song.” I was kinda proud. The next day I sneakily threw disc 2 of Dio’s INFERNO live album in the car stereo, and when “Mistreated” started up, from the back seat I hear, “Deep Purple! Sweet!” I was really proud. :) (Rest assured, yes, one day I will explain the Deep Purple / Rainbow / Dio family tree but for now it’s all good.) – Tim

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-Bruce Dickinson Update

[Note: This was posted last week at . – Tim]

We are very happy to announce that following his recent MRI Scan, Bruce was today officially given the all-clear by his specialists.

Bruce says,

“I would like to thank the fantastic medical team who have been treating me for the last few months, resulting in this amazing outcome. It’s been tough on my family and in many ways it was harder for them than me. I’d also like to send a heartfelt thanks to all our fans for their kind words and thoughts. I’m a firm believer in trying to maintain a positive attitude, and the encouragement from the global Maiden family meant a great deal to me. Right now, I’m feeling extremely motivated and can’t wait to get back to business as usual, as soon as I can!”

Rod Smallwood continues,

“We are of course all absolutely delighted that Bruce’s doctors have pronounced him free of cancer. Although Bruce is naturally eager to resume Maiden activities, it will take a while before he is completely back to full strength, as we explained previously. Because of this, the band will not be touring or playing any shows until next year. We know our fans will understand the situation and, like us, would prefer to wait until Bruce is back to his usual indefatigable levels of fitness before going out on the road.

“For now, the focus will be on putting the finishing touches to the new Iron Maiden studio album and that is what we will be concentrating on over the coming weeks. The release however will definitely be this year. Meanwhile, I’d like to echo Bruce’s words and thank all Maiden fans. You have been incredibly patient, putting Bruce’s health and well-being first during this difficult time and the band and I appreciate all your positive support.”

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-Whitesnake Releases THE PURPLE ALBUM

What many promise, but few can guarantee is what the loud and proud Whitesnake have always delivered and with their 12th studio opus THE PURPLE ALBUM once again their hard core fans are about to be surprised again by the ‘Snake.

Recorded and mixed by legendary front man and Whitesnake founder David Coverdale with Co-Producers Michael McIntyre and Snake guitarist Reb Beach and at Hook City Studios in Reno Nevada, THE PURPLE ALBUM draws on the songs from the three Deep Purple Mark 3 and 4 studio albums featuring Coverdale: BURN, STORMBRINGER, and COME TASTE THE BAND.

All the songs on the new album are presented as a respectful tribute to his former colleagues and pay homage to the band who started him on an amazing musical journey over 40 years ago that continues today.

“Even though we’re playing songs I recorded with Purple over 40 years ago, it has all the classic Whitesnake elements people who support us have come to expect…” says Coverdale, “I thought it would be cool to go out, as it were, the way I came in to this music business.”

From the opening track, the incendiary classic “Burn” through to the sonic insanity of “Stormbringer” Yorkshire-born David Coverdale brings his career full circle from when a 21-year-old singer/song writer bravely answered a music press ad to become the new lead singer for Deep Purple in 1973.

After leaving Deep Purple in 1976 Coverdale formed the original Whitesnake in 1977, and began a journey that has taken him from the early heavy blues rock of the late ’70s with albums like TROUBLE, LOVEHUNTER, READY AND WILLING, and COME AN’ GET IT through to the explosive hard rock of the revamped ‘Snake sound with the multi-platinum SLIDE IT IN and 1987’s self-titled mega-million-selling smash-hit album WHITESNAKE.

“People have been asking me for many years to revisit Purple songs like ‘Mistreated’ and ‘Soldier Of Fortune’ with Whitesnake, but I always felt like I should be writing new, fresh Whitesnake songs for the fans.

“In 2012 I was told by a representative of the old Purple management that keyboard maestro Jon Lord, who had worked with me in Whitesnake, too, had been diagnosed with cancer and that Jon’s wish on his recovery would be that we put together a Purple reunion of sorts. I agreed to be there for him. As we all know, sadly he didn’t recover. After Jon passed away, I felt it necessary to reach out to Ritchie Blackmore to express the grief at Jon’s loss and to hopefully bury any unpleasant hatchets we’d been throwing at other for decades. It was during our reconnect that we discussed the possibility of some kind of a Purple reunion or a ‘Blackmore/Coverdale’ project. During the time we were talking, I started listening to our old albums and began working on ideas and new approaches to suggest, rearranging some of our original works. Unfortunately, our ideas on the reunion aspect didn’t quite gel, so I respectfully withdrew from further discussions, though I am happy to say we did bury old animosities and we have thankfully stayed in touch.”

It was Coverdale’s wife, Cindy, who suggested that he take his ideas and make a new Whitesnake studio album celebrating his legacy from his time with Deep Purple. “And that’s how it all happened. I discussed the idea with my musicians and our record company and everyone was very positive. So it was all systems go for THE PURPLE ALBUM.”

Coverdale and the band picked their favorite Purple songs from Mark 3 and 4 and set to work at Whitesnake’s new recording studio, Hook City in Reno, Nevada.

They also shot the four new promotional videos “Lady Double Dealer,” “Sail Away,” “Stormbringer,” and the immortal “Soldier Of Fortune” all on site at Hook City.

“It was a shared vision,” Coverdale says. “Every member of the band came to the sessions fully loaded with ideas and talent and helped make this a memorable project for me.”

Whitesnake now brings you THE PURPLE ALBUM, featuring ‘Snaked up versions of those beloved Purple classics many will be introduced to for the first time and with a seriously kick-ass chapter of the band that can reinterpret these classics with the passion they deserve.

“There was absolutely no intention to compete, or compare with the original recordings. We just wanted to play these songs the best we could and this is how we wanted to play them,” says Coverdale.

And so Whitesnake is preparing to set sail with THE PURPLE ALBUM loaded with priceless treasures from the three Deep Purple studio albums Coverdale helped write and produce over 40 years ago.

Whitesnake are currently putting together dates and preparing for their 2015 THE PURPLE TOUR which will feature their biggest hits and songs from the new album.

It’s Gonna Be Great!

David Coverdale – Lead Vocals
Reb Beach – Lead Guitars
Joel Hoekstra – Lead Guitars
Michael Devin – Bass Guitar
Tommy Aldridge – Drums

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-Ten: ISLA DE MUERTA Video Sampler Posted

British hard rock giants Ten released a 16-minute video sampler, featuring song samples of their upcoming album ISLA DE MUERTA, which will be released on the 20th of May via Rocktopia Records. The European edition of the new album ISLA DE MUERTA includes the bonus track “We Can Be As One.” The video sampler can be viewed here:

Ten recently released a lyric video for the song “Tell Me What To Do” at:

Following on from the massive success of ALBION released in Nov 2014, ISLA DE MUERTA sees Ten continue their extremely rich vein of song writing form, however this time gravitating towards a nautical theme in difference to the strong Celtic themes of ALBION.

With absolutely STELLAR reviews being returned for ISLA DE MUERTA so far, many even more complimentary than ALBION, Ten have now proven that the band are re-energized and re-establishing themselves as one of the most potent forces in the field of melodic hard rock today. The lead single “Tell Me What To Do” has been the most-added track to international radio stations last week and continues to force its way into almost every rock playlist on every station across Europe, with additions also in the USA, Canada, Brazil, and, of course, Japan.

The accompanying lyric video for “Tell Me What To Do” is intended to offer the listener just a little taste of what to expect from the album, and will no doubt whet the appetite for the full release which can be ordered in advance through , the first 250 copies of which will be signed by Gary Hughes.

Track listing:

01. (i) Buccaneers (Instrumental)
(ii) Dead Men Tell No Tales
02. Tell Me What To Do
03. Acquiesce
04. This Love
05. The Dragon And Saint George
06. Intensify
07. (i) Karnak (Instrumental)
(ii) The Valley Of The Kings
08. Revolution
09. Angel Of Darkness
10. The Last Pretender
11. We Can Be As One (European Bonus)

Ten are:

Gary Hughes – Vocals
Dann Rosingana – Guitars
Steve Grocott – Guitars
John Halliwell – Guitars
Steve Mckenna – Bass
Darrel Treece-Birch – Keyboards
Max Yates – Drums

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-Death Angel To Release A THRASHUMENTARY DVD + Live Album!

San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans Death Angel are pleased to announce the release of A THRASHUMENTARY! The DVD release was directed, shot, and edited by Tommy Jones (Kataklysm, Soilwork, Lamb Of God, Carcass, Testament) of Videohammer Studios. It will be released July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. The release will also include a full live album entitled THE BAY CALLS FOR BLOOD.

You can already pre-order A THRASHUMENTARY here:

“It is with great excitement that I finally get to share this Death Angel news,” comments vocalist Mark Osegueda. “A THRASHUMENTARY is finally complete and ready for release this summer! The film tells the story of Death Angel from our inception to the present day. With many guest appearances by some of our peers and contemporaries who happen to be some of the most respected players in the genre. It covers the highs, lows, and highs again of the band and the thrash metal movement. A must have for any metal fan! The even better news is A THRASHUMENTARY will be accompanied by an official live album called THE BAY CALLS FOR BLOOD, which was recorded in our hometown of San Francisco! We are so proud of this recording and performance that we decided to release it as a live Death Angel record! Did I say record? Damn right, I did! Because it will also be available separately on limited edition vinyl for all the true metal fans! Bleed for it!”

Adds director Tommy Jones:
“What originally started out as a live music video for ‘River Of Rapture’ in 2010, has evolved into a full-scale historical documentary on the band and the thrash scene. This is the first time the band in its current lineup has been able to collectively sit down, and tell the story of how Death Angel came to be Mark, Rob, Ted, Will, and Damien. Mixed with live footage I shot in the Philippines, Asia, Germany, Europe, and North America, this project was a blast to produce. It became a true evolution from what we originally set out to do, while solidifying a lifelong friendship. I can’t wait for the Death Angel fans worldwide to be able to sit back and throw on A THRASHUMENTARY and hear/see the band’s story straight from their mouths. It’s a project I’m very proud of. It’s also something I would have never envisioned doing when I was a kid taking my guitar to my teacher to learn the solo of ‘Bored’! Thrash on!”

Not every band can rise up to be musical legends, but every once in a while a group is able to exceed all expectations and define the boundaries of a genre. Seven albums into their career and Death Angel has never been stronger or more vital to the scene. Among one of the youngest bands ever to storm the metal world, Death Angel have come to be known as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the ’80s Bay Area Thrash Metal scene. Death Angel weren’t just a band, they were family! Originally formed in 1982 by five cousins, including surviving members guitarists Rob Cavestany and vocalist Mark Osegueda, A THRASHUMENTARY tells the story of the band’s incredible musical journey and of a dream that called for blood.

1. Start
2. We Grew Up In The Bay Area Thrash Scene
3. The Original Lineup Of Death Angel
4. Kill As One
5. The Ultra Violence
6. Frolic In The Park
7. Act III
8. The Accident
9. The O
10. Swarm
11. Thrash Of The Titans
12. I Like Everything About Ted
13. The Art Of Dying
14. Killing Season
15. Relentless Revolution
16. I’m Looking For Will Carroll
17. And Then Damien Came In
18. Relentless Retribution
19. Impressions Of Suecof
20. Relentless Touring
21. Thrashers
22. Death Angel Is
23. The Last Song Of The Evening
24. Credits
25. Mistress Of Pain Live

THE BAY CALLS FOR BLOOD Bonus Live Album & Individual LP Track List:
1. Left For Dead
2. Fallen
3. Buried Alive
4. The Dream Calls For Blood
5. Execution/Don’t Save Me
6. Truce
7. Detonate
8. Bored
9. Caster Of Shame
10. Territorial Instinct/Bloodlust

-Crucified Barbara Launch New Single, “Lunatic #1,” On May 19

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — Swedish female hard rock sensations Crucified Barbara continue their worldwide takeover with the May 19 release of the new single, “Lunatic #1,” which comes from their latest album, IN THE RED, on Despotz Records.

The frantically-paced track has an accompanying video, directed by Magnus Ewald, featuring the girls running through a pasture intercut with live shots taken from a special performance for select fans at Stockholm’s Stampen club, which can be viewed at .

Front woman Mia Coldheart says, “This is one of our favorite tracks on the album, it’s fun and powerful to play live and brings energy to the crowd! The lyrics are about being in a team with someone special and together you become unstoppable — invincible! ‘Lunatic’ is named after one of the best show jumping horses in Sweden, I met his rider Jens Fredricson two years ago and he talked about how much you need to work and dedicate time to reach your goals and the top, and the inspiring meeting with him gave me the final strength and inspiration I needed to give 110% to finish the IN THE RED album. I thought the name of his best team player would be perfect to name this song. Together all of us in the band made our best album so far.”

Crucified Barbara kick off their US tour, supporting Girlschool, on May 20 in Ramona, CA, running through to June 14 in Brooklyn. The tour dates are as follows:

5/20 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
5/21 – Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
5/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky
5/24 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
5/27 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
5/28 – Seattle, WA – Studio 7
5/29 – Vancouver, BC – Venue
5/31 – Bozeman, MT – The Fault Line
6/3 – Kansas City, MO – The Scene
6/4 – Fridley, MN – GB Leighton’s Pickle Park
6/5 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
6/6 – Westland, MI – Token Lounge
6/7 – Toronto, ON – The Hard Luck
6/9 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
6/11 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
6/12 – Montreal, QC – Katacombs
6/13 – Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
6/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus

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-Ian Anderson Presents JETHRO TULL, THE ROCK OPERA

Ian Anderson, known throughout the world as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull will be performing JETHRO TULL, THE ROCK OPERA live.

Celebrating the life and times of the English agricultural inventor, the concerts tell the story of the original Jethro Tull’s life, reimagined as if in the near future and illustrated with Anderson’s best-known songs from the rock band Jethro Tull repertoire. The performance is in a quasi-operatic structure with virtual guests on video and some additional newly-written songs to round off the elements of the story.

“Heavy Horses,” “Farm On The Freeway,” and “Songs From The Wood” sit alongside “Aqualung,” “Living In The Past,” “Wind-Up,” “A New Day Yesterday,” “The Witch’s Promise,” “Locomotive Breath,” and other favorites — often with slightly re-written lyrics to better tell the tale.

Accompanied by David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums), and surprise virtual guests, Ian Anderson’s tour schedule also includes the UK followed by Russian, European and South American dates before the end of the year.

Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull have released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies since the band first performed at London’s Marquee Club in February 1968.

After undertaking more than 3,000 concerts in 40 countries throughout four decades, Anderson has typically played 100-plus concerts each year to longstanding, as well as new fans worldwide. Widely recognized as the man who introduced the flute to rock music, Ian Anderson remains the crowned exponent of the popular and rock genres of flute playing. Ian also plays ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments, providing the acoustic textures which have been an integral part of most of the Tull repertoire.

Ian Anderson’s JETHRO TULL, THE ROCK OPERA on tour:

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

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-Heretic’s Dream Signs With Sliptrick Records, Cover Artwork Posted

Italian rock/metal band Heretic’s Dream signed a worldwide deal with Sliptrick Records. Their new album FLOATING STATE OF MIND is scheduled for a release in fall 2015.

The new album marking a real change in sound and songwriting, a deep progressive metal approach revolving around multi-layered vocal melodies, richer guitars arrangements and a rock solid rhythm ground! Facing life challenges and fighting our inner demons are the main subjects of this upcoming album, Heretic’s Dream perspective on accepting the dichotomy of human feelings and what makes us worthy of being called “HUMANS.”

Heretic’s Dream recently released a video for the new single “A New Season” and can be viewed here:

Heretic’s Dream are:

Francesca Di Ventura – Lead Vocals
Andrej Surace – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Carlo Nicolucci – Guitar
Jacopo Greci – Bass
Daniele Cortese – Drums

Heretic’s Dream first two albums received very good reviews by international press and the band performed more than 100 shows in two years, supporting artists like Richie Kotzen, Crucified Barbara, Eldritch, Godyva, and Secret Sphere.

Heretic’s Dream was formed in 2010 by guitarist Andrej Surace and vocalist Francesca Di Ventura. The debut album, THE UNEXPECTED MOVE was released in 2012 and received good international reviews. The two official videos awarded as Best Recommended Videos on UnoTv in October 2012.

Heretic’s Dream’S second album, WALK THE TIME, was released in 2013. The album featured special guests like Terence Holler (Eldritch), Steve Volta (Pino Scotto’s Band), Pier Gonella (Mastercastle, Necrodeath), Gabriele Caselli (Eldritch), Marco Pastorino (Secret Sphere), and Gabriele Bellini (Pulse-R).

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-Max Pie Unveils ODD MEMORIES Album Details

Belgium-based progressive power metal band Max Pie will release their third album, ODD MEMORIES, on June 19 via Mausoleum Records. Max Pie is powerful, melodramatic with heroic choruses, soaring vocals, and mind-blowing instrumentation.

Max Pie will appeal to fans of Dream Theater, Rhapsody, Kamelot, Symphony X, and Circus Maximus. ODD MEMORIES, the most inventive and ambitious one yet featuring special guest Julien Spreutels (Epysode, Ethernity) on keyboards.

Track Listing:

1. Odd Memories Opening
2. Age Of Slavery
3. Odd Future
4. Promised Land
5. Love Hurts
6. Don’t Call My Name
7. Hold On
8. Unchain Me
9. Cyber Junkie
10. The Fountain Of Youth

ODD MEMORIES: 10 epic original and captivating progressive metal anthems!

Max Pie are:

Tony Carlino – Vocals
Damien Di Fresco – Guitars & Keyboard
Sylvain Godenne – Drums
Lucas Boudina – Bass Guitar

Founded in 2005 by vocalist Tony Carlino, Max Pie — like most other bands in their early stages — underwent a number of unavoidable lineup changes but kept on writing, rehearsing, and step-by-step building a loyal following thanks to a rigorous touring schedule and impressive stage presence.

In 2012 they released INITIAL PROCESS their debut, featuring special guests Emmanuelle Casali (DGM, Astra) on keyboards and guitarist extraordinaire Patrick Thayse. The album was both a critical and commercial success around Europe, both with the Prog-Rock crowd and hard and heavy Rock fans in general, allowing them to tour as support act for Jon Oliva’s Pain.

The follow-up EIGHT PIECES – ONE WORLD features Simone Mularoni, the mastermind of Italian prog/metal/rock masters DGM and the cyber-thrash band Empyriosto. Mularoni, in addition a celebrated producer, also mixed and mastered the album. Once again critically acclaimed around the world, they performed excerpts from this second opus while performing at festivals around Europe and touring with acts such as Symphony X, Evergrey, Fates Warning, Avantasia, and Queensrÿche.

Now, in 2015, Max Pie returns with their most inventive and ambitious album yet: ODD MEMORIES. More progressive, more melodic, more powerful.

And once again — as was the case with their two previous albums — Max Pie called on Simone Mularoni to produce ODD MEMORIES at his Domination Studio, located in the medieval-fashioned Republic of San Marino. Finally, last but not least, Didier Scohier created the stunning artwork.

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-New Jersey Band McClinton On Tour

Spring And Summer Dates With Saving Abel, Red, And Art Of Dying Confirmed

Recently signed with Jewell Lane Records, McClinton, possesses a sound that appeals to a broad fan base ranging from the ’80s Metal fans to the Modern Rockers. Bassist Peter Riot compares the McClinton sound to: “Shinedown and 3 Days Grace moving towards Pop Evil and Rev Theory.”

This creative and dynamic group is comprised Michael McClinton (Lead Vocals), Marcelo Buby (Guitar/ Vocals), Gavin Lawrence (Guitar/Vocals), Peter Riot (Bass), and Rui Balla (Drums).

McClinton is excited to announce the up and coming tour dates with Saving Abel, Red, and Art of Dying! McClinton will be debuting their hot new single “Crumble”!!!

You can view the lyric video for “Crumble” here:

Previously, their EP, NEW RISEN, was released in 2013. The song “Empty Silhouettes” accumulated accolades receiving two best of the year nominations — Rock Song of the Year at the IMEA Awards, and Akademia Music Awards for Best Rock Song. The recent release of the full-length recording, FINAL CLOSURE, spawned the standout track, “Crumble,” which is currently embarking on a major radio campaign. Bassist Peter Riot says: “Right now, we are all writing everyday, we are taking new material in a heavier direction with huge drums and giant bass groove. The sounds we are working on are sick.” Fans are loving it!

Veteran acts are taking notice of McClinton, as evidenced by key opening slots with likes of Ace Frehley, Stryper, Dio Disciples, and Kip Winger, among others. Michael McClinton said: “The experiences alone were worth every show we’ve played. These are the guys who hit the mark making music what it is today.”

Marsha Jewell, President/owner, Jewell Lane Records, said she is very excited to have McClinton signed to her label and expects great success from these hard-working, dedicated, musicians. “Michael McClinton appears to be a man of exemplary diligence, dedication, creativity, and stability. In this business these are traits that indicate to me that McClinton is highly marketable and has what it takes to give fans awesome concert experiences.”

When asked where does Michael McClinton see the band going in the future, he replied: “Future plans? We are going out on the road, meeting our fans, and making new friends. McClinton wants to share the stage with other kick-ass acts. I’m grateful to our label, Jewell Land Records, for backing our tour and putting us out there rocking our music with the fans. This is what it’s all about!”


w/ Saving Abel

5/12/2015 – Denver CO – Casselman’s
5/13/2015 – Colorado Springs CO – Sunshine Studios Live
5/16/2015 – Lubbock TX – Coho Nightclub
5/17/2015 – Broken Arrow OK – CJ Maloneys
5/20/2015 – San Antonio TX – Alamo City Music Hall

w/ Red

5/29/15 – Oklahoma City OK – Diamond Ballroom
5/30/15 – Lincoln NE – Bourbon Theatre
5/31/15 – Ft. Collins CO – Aggie Theatre
6/01/15 – Denver CO – The Summit Music Hall
6/03/15 – Farmington NM – Top Deck
6/04/15 – Tempe , AZ – Marquee Theatre
6/05/15 – Tucson AZ – Rialto Theatre
6/06/15 – Las Vegas NV – Brooklyn Bowl
6/07/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
6/09/15 – West Hollywood CA – Whisky A Go Go
6/11/15 – Anaheim , CA – House Of Blues
6/12/15 – San Miguel , CA – The Ranch
6/13/15 – Sacramento , CA – Ace of Spades
6/17/15 – San Francisco CA – DNA Lounge
6/20/15 – Portland OR – Bossanova
6/21/15 – Seattle WA – El Corazon
6/23/15 – Boise ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
6/24/15 – Reno NV – Knitting Factory Concert House

w/ Art of Dying

7/3/2015 – Las Vegas NV – Count’s Vamp’d
7/8/2015 – Dallas TX – Trees
7/9/2015 – Corpus Christi TX – Theos
7/10/2015 – Houston TX – BFE Rock Club
7/11/2015 – San Leon TX – 18th Street Pier
7/15/2015 – Saint Joseph MO – No Place
7/17/2015 – Westland MI – Token Lounge
7/18/2015 – Traverse City MI – Ground Zero

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* To Premiere Performance Video From Virtuoso Alek Darson

BOSTON — will host the worldwide premiere of virtuoso guitarist Alek Darson’s “Fingers Painted Purple Performance Video.”

“Fingers Painted Purple Performance Video” is a live rendition of the hidden track from Darson’s debut EP, PANOPTICON. The video features new and unexplored instruments such as ROLI Seaboard and Wood Guerilla Fretless Guitar. The fretless guitar wails on this prog-rock instrumental ballad, spicing it up with a variety of oriental musical expressions, all combined with the traditional seven-piece string section arranged by Eren Basbug.

Darson, an alumnus of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, developed passion for music nearly two decades ago in his native Serbia. Always drawn to aggressive and emotional music, Darson was influenced as much by progressive heavy metal acts as jazz and classical artists. This veneration shines through in Darson’s style of instrumental progressive metal/rock/fusion.

“Fingers Painted Purple” was chosen for the video treatment after grabbing the attention of many fans and prominent musical artists, such as Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess.

“We got a creative team of 18 musicians and filmmakers from Berklee College of Music and Emerson College together to make a Live Video version,” Darson said. “This way the public will get a chance to experience the song in this format, yet to download the original studio version they will still have to solve the Panopticon Puzzle.”

The video was produced and directed by Ivana Darson.

Click here to view “Fingers Painted Purple Performance Video.”

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-District 97: Chicago Prog/Rock Act Prepares To Release New Album Through Laser’s Edge In June

Laser’s Edge is preparing for the late June release of the label’s third album from Chicago-based quintet, District 97, titled IN VAULTS.

With an energetic and assorted blend of alternative/pop and progressive rock, District 97 was formed in the Fall of 2006 by drummer Jonathan Schang, keyboardist Rob Clearfield, bassist Patrick Mulcahy, and guitarist Sam Krahn, the latter eventually replaced by Jim Tashjian. The foursome honed a no-holds-barred style of Liquid Tension Experiment-inspired instrumental rock before deciding the right vocalist was needed to complement their sound; enter 2007 “American Idol” Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. With a look, sound, and stage presence comparable to a young Ann Wilson, Leslie’s dynamic performances pushed the band into a new direction that forged a unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an adventurous instrumental prowess.

Capturing the attention of Laser’s Edge, the label signed District 97 for the 2010 release of their debut album, HYBRID CHILD, followed in 2012 by their follow-up, TROUBLE WITH MACHINES, both albums balancing meticulous attention to detail and studio-craft with the visceral power of a rock band that is firing on all cylinders, and running the gamut from Meshuggah-inspired metal, the epic majesty of Yes, and the melodicism of The Beatles. Heavy bouts of live performances surrounding both records included a number of high profile festivals, opening support slots for prog icons Kansas, and even European and North American tours with John Wetton (King Crimson/Asia/UK). These spectacular shows saw District 97 open with their own material, and then join forces with Wetton for a full set of legendary King Crimson tracks, as memorialized on their joint 2014 live album, ONE MORE RED NIGHT.

District 97 will now proudly unveil their third studio full-length recording this Summer, once again through Laser’s Edge. With just over a full hour of the band’s most dazzling instrumentation and vocal prowess yet, IN VAULTS was recorded at IV Lab Studios in Chicago, engineered by Chris Harden with additional engineering by Shane Hendrickson, mixed by Rich Mouser and Jeff Fox at The Mouse House Studio, and mastered by Bob Katz at Digital Domain. The brilliant cover art by Björn Gooßes and the album’s track listing have been unveiled.

IN VAULTS Track Listing:
1. Snow Country
2. Death By A Thousand Cuts
3. Handlebars
4. A Lottery
5. All’s Well That Ends Well
6. Takeover
7. On Paper
8. Learn From Danny
9. Blinding Vision

IN VAULTS will be released on June 23rd, 2015. Stand by for audio samples, videos and more from IN VAULTS to be revealed shortly.

-Check out About Heavy Metal’s new interview with Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro at . It focuses mainly on Angra’s new record SECRET GARDEN — the first studio with singer Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Labyrinth, Vision Divine) and new drummer Bruno Valverde, and including guests spots from Simone Simons (Epica) and Doro Pesch — but there’s a little bit towards the end about Loureiro joining Megadeth.

-Burning Point’s self-titled release is due out June 12 (EU) and July 7 (US) through AFM Records. BURNING POINT features the debut of new singer Nitte Valo (Battle Beast) and includes five new songs plus six re-recorded “Burning Point classic tracks.” Check out the lyric video for the new digital single, “Find Your Soul,” at . See for more.

-In Exorcism news, singer Csaba Zvekan’s new Ronnie James Dio tribute video of himself singing “Heaven And Hell” in online now at . About the tribute Zvekan said, “A tribute song for one of the greatest singers, if not THE best. Certainly a strong influence in my work for Exorcism. Ronnie James Dio your music lives on and on and on … it’s heaven and hell \m/.” “Heaven And Hell” reportedly will be included in Exorcism’s live set. The band’s new EP, WORLD IN SIN, is due out June 1 (physical) and June 15 (digital) through Dream Records; the limited run (666 copies) will be available exclusively through . Track list: “World In Sin,” “Black Day In Paradise,” “Virtual Freedom,” “Sahara,” “Black Star.” Check out the video for “Black Day In Paradise” at . See for more.

-FireHouse guitarist Bill Leverty’s new song, “Strong,” now has a video online at . The song and clip both feature Leverty on guitar and vocals, Keith Horne on bass, and Michael Foster on drums. The song is available at Leverty’s website at . FireHouse tour dates so far for 2015, with more coming:

5/28 – Sioux Falls Rib Fest, Sioux Falls, SD – w/ Warrant
5/31 – Indian Ranch, Webster, MA – w/ Bret Michaels
7/10 – Seven Clans Casino, Thief River Falls, MN
7/11 – JD Legends, Franklin, OH
7/25 – Voyageur Days, Mattawa, ON – w/ Paul Rodgers
8/15 – The Rustic Frog, New Albany, IN – w/ Quiet Riot
8/23 – Iowa State Fair Grandstand, Des Moines, IA – w/ Dee Snider, Dokken, Warrant, & Eddie Trunk
8/28 – 80’s In The Park @ Melbourne Auditorium, Melbourne, FL
9/6 – Farm Rock Festival @ The Golf Farm, Wauconda, IL
10/17 – Skullfest, Pekin, IL (Saturday headliners)

-Helloween’s MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT is due out May 29 (EU), June 1 (UK), and June 2 (US) on Nuclear Blast Records. The album was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind and features this track list: “Heroes,” “Battle’s Won,” “My God-Given Right,” “Stay Crazy,” “Lost In America,””Russian Roulé,” “The Swing Of A Fallen World,” “Like Everybody Else,” “Creatures In Heaven,” “If God Loves Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “Living On The Edge,” “Claws,” “You, Still Of War.” In typical Helloween fashion there are multiple formats with various bonus tracks; the vinyl and limited-edition digi-pak CD versions include “I Wish I Were There” and “Wicked Game,” the digital version includes those two plus “Free World,” and the limited-edition earbook version comes with a bonus four-track CD featuring the digi-pak bonus tracks plus “Nightmare” and “More Than A Lifetime.” The first single, “Battle’ Won,” was released last month, and now there’s a video for the title track, directed by Oliver Sommer of AVA Studios, online at . See for more.

-Upcoming tour dates for the Iron Maidens:

5/30 – Shamrocks, Chino Hills, CA
6/6 – San Diego Fair, Del Mar, CA
6/10 – Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka, Japan
6/11 – The Bottom Line, Nagoya, Japan
6/12 – Shibuya Duo Music Exchange, Tokyo, Japan
6/14 – Neverland II, St.James Power Station, Singapore
6/16 – Hang Out Bar, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
6/18 – Yugonyishan Live, Beijing, China
6/20 – Jack Live Studio, Taipei, Taiwan
7/10 – SKY/Lumpys, Salt Lake City, UT
7/24 – 7/25 – Casino Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ
8/1 – Guerra Family Cellars-On The Green/Peppertree Ranch, Hollister, CA
8/7 – OC Fair (in The Hangar), Orange County, CA
8/15 – The Rockyard Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA

See , , and for more.

-Kamelot’s HAVEN is out now on Napalm Records. The lineup: Tommy Karevik on vocals, Thomas Youngblood on guitar, Sean Tibbetts on bass, Oliver Palotai on keyboards, Casey Grillo on drums. The track list: “Fallen Star,” “Insomnia,” “Citizen Zero,” “Veil Of Elysium,” “Under Grey Skies,” “My Therapy,” “Ecclesia,” “End Of Innocence,” “Beautiful Apocalypse,” “Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy),” “Here’s To The Fall,” “Revolution,” “Haven.” The hype: “As if this album was meant to be a soundtrack for an unforgettable and monumental silver screen experience, it boasts dark melancholy, aggressive metal and soul-soothing melodies!” The album was produced by Sascha Paeth and features guest spots from Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Troy Donockley (Nightwish), and Charlotte Wessels (Delain). See and for more.

-Kiss’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will appear with “Japanese idol group” Momoiro Clover Z when they perform at the Anime Expo, on July 2 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The two bands collaborated on the single “Yumeno Ukiyoni Saitemina,” which was released earlier this year; check out the video at , and look up ordering info at . The six-track single features vocal and instrumental versions of the songs “Yumeno Ukiyoni Saitemina,” “Rock And Roll All Nite,” and “Samurai Son.” See for more.

-Neal Morse’s autobiography, “Testimony” (subtitle: “The Inspirational & Spiritual Journey Of A Prog Rock Musician”) is the Weekly Featured Product at Radiant Records, available for only $7.99. Hype: “This hard-hitting, inspirational autobiography takes the reader from Neal’s club days to the formation of Spock’s Beard and from the rigors of musical and personal burnout to the wondrous joy of spiritual fulfillment and purpose. The book spans approximately 230 pages in paperback form, and includes photos from all stages of Neal’s life.” Check out all the details at . See for more.

-My Sleeping Karma’s MOKSHA is due out May 29 through June 9 in various global territories via Napalm Records. Hype: “Be it one of their live shows, be it one of their albums: Germans My Sleeping Karma never fail to create an unique and hypnotic score of epic proportions that is bound to send the listener on deep mental journeys. On their fifth album MOKSHA, the instrumental groove rockers show us their most varied side: blusterous waves of riffs embrace fragile melody lines, Eastern mysticism has its place and ghostly sound shivers lead eternal rhythms to new horizons. Yes, this word is abused way too often these days — but My Sleeping Karma are pure magic.” Track list: “Prithvi,” “Interlude 1,” “Vayu,” “Interlude 2,” “Akasha,” “Interlude 3,” “Moksha,” “Interlude 4,” “Jalam,” “Interlude 5,” “Agni.” The band is touring Europe as follows:

5/22 – Eightballs, Thessaloniki, Greece
5/23 – An Club, Athens, Greece
5/29 – Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany (album release show)
5/30 – Underground, Köln, Germany
6/3 – Out & Loud Festival, Geiselwind, Germany
6/20 – Fete De La Musique, Genf, Switzerland
6/26 – Kulturkeller, Fulda, Germany
6/27 – Underground, Köln, Germany
7/31 – Burg Herzberg Festival, Breitenbach, Germany
8/1 – Void Fest, Bad Kötzing, Germany

See and for more.

-Nelson’s PEACE OUT is out on Frontiers. Hype: “Their music has stood the test of time. Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, revered for unforgettable past hits, explore fresh creative territory in the present with their new project, PEACE OUT. Magical melodic song writing and soaring sibling harmonies continue to ensure that this dynamic duo is still a vital part of the music scene’s future.” Track list: “Hello Everybody,” “Back In The Day,” “Invincible,” “Let It Ride,” “I Wanna Stay Home,” “On The Bright Side,” “Rockstar,” “Autograph,” “What’s Not To Love?,” “You And Me,” “Bad For You,” “Leave The Light On For Me.” Check out clips of three songs and an album trailer video at . For more info, check out and .

-The New Black will support Black Label Society on the following German dates:

7/6 – Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany
7/7 – Posthalle Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
7/11 – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
7/19 – Backstage, München, Germany
8/4 – Live Music Hall, Köln, Germany

-Rush’s R40 Live: 40th Anniversary Tour is underway. The set list from the first show, May 8 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK, included “What You’re Doing” (first time played live since 1977), “Lakeside Park” (first time played live since 1978), and “Jacob’s Ladder” (first time played live since 1980), and left out “YYZ” (first time not played since 1992). Check out the full set list at , and see for more.

-There’s a new interview with Sabaton singer Joakim Broden at .

-Joe Satriani’s SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA is due out July 24. The album was recorded last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, and features keyboardist / guitarist Mike Keneally, bassist Bryan Beller, and drummer Marco Minnemann. Check out a preview of the song “On Peregrine Wings” at . See for more.

-TesseracT’s ODYSSEY/SCALA is out now on Century Media Records, in both CD/DVD and LP/DVD packages. It “welcomes back ONE vocalist, Daniel Tompkins. ODYSSEY, the audio portion, was recorded live during various stops in the autumn of 2014 throughout Europe and Russia on the Altered State World Tour. SCALA, the video portion, was filmed live on November 6th, 2014 at Scala, London, UK.” ODYSSEY track list: “Singularity” (live in Moscow, Russia), “Deception – Concealing Fate Part Two” (Birmingham, UK), “The Impossible – Concealing Fate Part Three” (Nottingham, UK), “Perfection/Epiphany – Concealing Fate Parts Four/Five” (Rome, Italy), “Origin – Concealing Fate Part Six” (Strasbourg, France), “Of Matter – Proxy” (Koln, Germany), “Of Matter – Retrospect” (Nijmegen, Netherlands), “Of Matter – Resist” (Budapest, Hungary), “April” (Paris, France), “Nocturne” (Manchester, UK), “Acceptance – Concealing Fate Part One” (Moscow, Russia). SCALA track list: “Singularity,” “Deception – Concealing Fate Part Two,” “The Impossible – Concealing Fate Part Three,” “Perfection/Epiphany – Concealing Fate Parts Four/Five,” “Origin – Concealing Fate Part Six,” “Of Matter – Proxy,” “Of Matter – Retrospect,” “Of Matter – Resist,” “April,” “Nocturne,” “Acceptance – Concealing Fate Part One.” Check out the full 64-minute SCALA concert streaming online now at . See and for more.

-We Are Harlot — featuring singer Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria), guitarist Jeff George (Sebastian Bach), bassist Brian Weaver (Silvertide), and drummer Bruno Agra (Revolution Renaissance) — released its self-titled debut earlier this year on Roadrunner. Hype: “Musicwise, sound quality, compositions of WE ARE HARLOT are on highest level and fans of modern ’80s hard rock will love it!” Track list: “Dancing On Nails” ( ), “Dirty Little Thing,” “Someday,” “Denial” ( ), “Easier To Leave,” “One More Night,” “Never Turn Back,” “The One” ( ), “Love For The Night,” “Flying Too Close To The Sun,” “I Tried.” See , , and for more.

Thanks to Bill Leverty, Axel Wiesenauer, Megan Batista, Chad Bower, Jon Freeman, Music Buy Mail, Rock Cellar Magazine, Guitar World,, and for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus #667 WE’RE BAAAACK!

15 May 2015 Leave a comment

Issue #667
Week of May 11, 2015

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*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Armored Saint Debuts “An Exercise In Debauchery” From WIN HANDS DOWN Online Via Metal Hammer!

First press reactions revealed!

Los Angeles, California’s Armored Saint are set to release their seventh studio album this summer. The album WIN HANDS DOWN is all things Armored, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015. The album is scheduled for release on May 29th in Europe.

Armored Saint has partnered up with Metal Hammer Germany to exclusive debut their brand new track, “An Exercise In Debauchery.” Click on the link below now to check it out:

The first press reactions are quite enthusiastic as well!

“Looks like the band has found its fire again, as they once more offer some fine hymns such as the title track, ‘Mess,’ ‘An Exercise In Debauchery,’ or ‘With A Full Head Of Steam,’ all of which easily compete with the classics. Bush for his part is still singing like a young god!” – Marc Halupczok, Metal Hammer Germany, 6/7

“In a similar way as on their 1991 record SYMBOL OF SALVATION, Saint by no means dodge new influences. However, the band, which is rightfully considered to be one of the most underrated in US Metal, primarily concentrates on their great strengths, meaning incredible self-conscious playing in connection to their signature song writing, which is devoid of any clichés and so unlike any other group!” – Boris Kaiser, Rock Hard Germany, 8,5/10, soundcheck winner!

“Never in the world would I have expected such a strong comeback by this band, which is probably the most underrated of all time in the Metal genre! A gift to the group’s faithful fans!” – Götz Kühnemund, Deaf Forever Germany, 9/10

“In its entirety, this is the heaviest and melodically most compelling album in the band’s history!” – Peter Engelking, Rocks, 5,5/6

A brand new video for the title track was recently shot by director Andrew Nethery, and is available for streaming now at , where album pre-order bundles are also ready for order. Including CD, ltd. CD+DVD, ltd. vinyl, and special boxed set featuring customized poker set. Additionally, a behind-the-scenes video from the photo shoot for the “Win Hands Down” album cover is on YouTube now at .

WIN HANDS DOWN – mixed by Jay Ruston, produced by Joey Vera.
1. Win Hands Down
2. Mess
3. An Exercise In Debauchery
4. Muscle Memory
5. That Was Then, Way Back When
6. With A Full Head Of Steam
7. In An Instant
8. Dive
9. Up Yours

Armored Saint – European Tour Dates
6/19 – Hellfest, Clisson, FR
7/30 – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, DE
8/2 – Free & Easy Festival, Munich, DE
8/3 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL – w/ Queensryche
8/4 – Effenaar, Eindhoven, NL – w/ Queensryche
8/6 – Electric Ballroom, London, GB – w/ Queensryche
8/7 – Bloodstock Festival, Derby, GB
8/8 – Alcatraz Festival, Kortrijk, BE
12/4 – Waterkant X-Mas Bash, Hamburg, DE
12/5 – Ruhrpott Metal Meeting, Oberhausen, DE

*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Blind Guardian Announces North American Tour!

Triumphantly returning to North American shores in support of their Billboard-charting new album BEYOND THE RED MIRROR, Germany’s favorite sons Blind Guardian are pleased to announce the western hemisphere’s portion of the 2015 World Tour, commencing on October 27 in Baltimore, Maryland and concluding November 28 in Orlando, Florida with special guests Grave Digger. Tickets for all of the shows are on sale now.

Blind Guardian’s lead vocalist & lyricist Hansi Kürsch commented about the upcoming tour: “Finally, the wait is over! It is almost impossible to tell you how thrilled we are about the announcement of this upcoming North American Tour. Don’t miss your chance to meet Blind Guardian at our best shape ever. We are coming to blow your minds away. Let the games begin!”

Confirmed dates for the 2015 BEYOND THE RED MIRROR tour are as follows:

10/27 – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
10/29 – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
10/30 – Corona, Montreal, QC
10/31 – Palladium, Worcester, MA
11/1 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
11/3 – Webster Hall, New York, NY
11/4 – Carnegie Of Homestead Music Hall, Munhall, PA
11/6 – The Crofoot, Pontiac, MI
11/7 – House Of Blues, Cleveland, OH
11/8 – Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
11/9 – Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN
11/11 – The Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
11/13 – MacEwan Hall, Calgary, AB
11/14 – Union Hall, Edmonton, AB
11/17 – Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
11/16 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
11/19 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
11/20 – Ace Of Spades, Sacramento, CA
11/21 – City National Grove Of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
11/22 – The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
11/24 – Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
11/25 – Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
11/27 – The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
11/28 – The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL

*** PRESS RELEASE #3 ***
-The Rods Release New Single Featuring Benedictum Vocalist Veronica Freeman

American ’80s heavy metal power trio The Rods have announced the release of their brand new single “Smoke On The Horizon,” featuring Benedictum vocalist Veronica Freeman — “The V.”

“Smoke On The Horizon” is available for purchase worldwide via iTunes and all digital media outlets.

The Rods band members and The V have released the following statements on the joining of forces for this new recording project and upcoming tour dates:

(Guitarist David “Rock” Feinstein) – “Garry had let Carl and I know that he had made friends with Veronica some months ago. After a while he began playing her recordings for us, and we knew after hearing them, that she had a very good voice. Her original music is very good, but quite different than the traditional Rods style, and her voice is powerful with a true ‘Heavy Metal’ edge to it. Soon Garry suggested that maybe she could come and sit in with us to sing a couple of songs. She had already been doing some Dio covers, so we thought that would be a perfect fit. We have a great time playing the Dio songs, and Veronica does an excellent job of singing them. A guest performer is something different for us, but so far it has been great fun, and I think the fans will really love it.”

(Drummer / Producer Carl Canedy) – “Veronica Freeman has a truly powerful voice! After a killer warm-up show with her in Auburn, NY, it struck me that it would be a shame to not document this merging of talents with a studio recording. David’s song, ‘Smoke On The Horizon,’ seemed like a perfect fit. We were able to record this song very quickly during Veronica’s visit and I think the fans will be surprised and pleased with the outcome. The ‘V’ will also be joining The Rods for their European dates performing a set of classic Dio and Black Sabbath songs.”

(Bassist Garry Bordonaro) – “I met Veronica ‘The V’ Freeman through friends, musical connections. During a trip to Phoenix to visit family, I asked her to meet me at a Y&T show. Unfortunately, because of some communication snafus (my fault), she went to the show and I didn’t. The exchanges following that regrettable incident convinced me that she and I had a lot to talk about. On later visits we did meet and spent some time together, and had a lot of good times. We have a real friendship, and have often talked about working together on a project. After hearing early mixes of her new album, it was clear that she deserved exposure to a wider audience. We discussed having her come with us on our European dates, and Carl and Rock agreed to bring her along. We thought it would be fun working with her, and to have a female singer in front of the band, something we have not done before. We decided to play Dio songs because we all know and enjoy playing them, and really didn’t have time to work up her new material. We also put together a quick recording session for a new version of Rock’s song ‘Smoke On The Horizon’ to document this collaboration and get her on the news pages. I think Rods fans and Benedictum fans will have a blast seeing her perform with us, and will really like her new material when it’s released this summer. At least we are going to have a lot of fun doing it!”

(Vocalist Veronica “The V” Freeman) – “After having met Garry in person I knew I had a friend for life! We clicked on a lot of levels. I felt comfortable enough to share some of the solo material with him and was blown away by his reaction. The series of events that followed have been exciting and rather unbelievable for me. Next thing you know I am meeting the entire band for the first time, doing photo shoots and then bam, in the studio to record ‘Smoke On The Horizon,’ then a show and soon we head out for some shows in Europe! It was like a mini whirlwind and I survived it, lol. Now we go to Europe and I am beyond excited. The guys are great and things just seem to be falling into place. I love it!”

The Rods will feature a guest performance from Benedictum vocalist Veronica Freeman (“The V”), during selective upcoming European shows.

European shows featuring “The V”:

May 23 – Heavy Sound Festival, Poperinge, Belgium – ++
May 25 – Sounds, Lubeck, Germany – ++
May 28 – Muskelrock Festival, Tyrolen, Sweden – ++

The Rods will be on the road promoting their latest single as well as performing classic songs from their entire album catalog.

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

For the latest news, visit both The Rods and Benedictum official websites.

The Rods official website

Benedictum official website

*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Britny Fox Has Reunited And Is Back In Studio

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Britny Fox has returned from a long hiatus fully charged and ready to rock! The band is currently writing for a new album, and plans to book and perform select dates only at this time.

In late 2014, Billy Childs reunited with former 2007 manager/tour manager Wayne “Doobie” Dubay. Childs and Doobie reunited with vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tommy Paris and original drummer Johnny Dee. Due to commitments, original lead guitarist Michael Kelly Smith has been replaced by lead guitarist Chris Sanders. “How can I tell you how great it is to be back with these guys, and working on a new album? It is fantastic,” explains Childs. “Johnny and I basically grew up in this business together and the tightness we have had over the years as a rhythm section is still there. Tommy Paris hasn’t lost a step, lyrically or vocally. Chris is a breath of fresh air for the band, and adds elements that were never there before, but very much in line with us as we prepare to bite down even harder this time around. Doobie is the guy that pulled us all together and said ‘get your heads out of your asses and make another BITE DOWN HARD.’ He’s pretty big, so best just to agree with him! For other reasons as well though, we all agreed it was time.”

The band is currently in studio writing and recording a follow-up to the BITE DOWN HARD album. This musical jewel is a definite game-changer on the classic Britny Fox sound that originally exploded in 1988. BITE DOWN HARD is a much harder rock tone featuring Zakk Wylde and Rikki Rocket. Rikki performs a percussion solo with Johnny Dee on the “Midnight Moses” track and Zakk plays the lead guitar outro on “Six Guns Loaded.” “It’s awesome playing with Billy and Johnny again — Chris fits right in perfectly with us freaks,” exclaims Paris. “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!”

Britny Fox is comprised of:
Tommy Paris – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Chris Sanders – Lead Guitar
Billy Childs – Bass
Johnny Dee – Drums

The band has sold close to two million in sales worldwide and charted on Billboard’s Top 10 for both “Girlschool” and “Long Way To Love.”

*** PRESS RELEASE #5 ***
-The BulletBoys Are Back With New Music And National Tour

ELEFANTE On Cleopatra/Deadline Records On Sale June 9 Worldwide

Coming Soon — First Single To Hit The Airwaves: “Rollover”

HOLLYWOOD, CA — The BulletBoys are back and ready to tear the house down with their new MASSIVE release ELEFANTE on Cleopatra/Deadline Records, June 9, 2015. This long-awaited album shows that the BulletBoys are unstoppable with their grinding hard rock. Singer Marq Torien’s vocals hit every note with the power that is his trademark. “Can’t wait for our fans to hear this album. I put my heart and soul into this music,” exclaims lead singer Marq Torien. “This album has sick peaks and valleys … it is NOT a linear album. A straight-out labor of love that I’ve dedicated to my amazing father, all of our Families and our unfaltering BulletBoys fans and friends.”

The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals, Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass), and Shawn Duncan (Drums). All members pouring their heart and soul into the group’s first album of original material since 2009. ELEFANTE was produced by Matt Thorne (Trapt, Disturbed) and Marq Torien, and engineered by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper, Lita Ford, Cheap Trick, Usher). The great Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus, Aerosmith, Santana, Buckcherry) mastered this new work of art. “Working with the BulletBoys was an amazing experience,” explains Ryan Greene. “Most singers, from back in the ’80s, were pretty good but I will tell you Marq knocked it out of the park on this record. His power and passion was second to none and he can sing in tune! No auto-tune needed, he’s the real freak’n deal. If you think for a second this is going to be some rehashed ’80s record you are completely wrong!”

Track Listing:

1. Rollover
2. Tsunami
3. Symphony
4. The Villain
5. Kin Folk
6. Saving You From Me
7. As Dumb As
8. Superhuman Girl
9. Drop Your Weapon
10. Bitch Is Back
11. Elefanté

The BulletBoys are best known for their self-titled album BULLETBOYS in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records, releasing two major hits “Smooth Up In Ya” and a remake of the O’Jays’ “For The Love Of Money,” followed by their next album FREAKSHOW with “Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover), “THC Groove” and more — both albums produced by Ted Templeman.

The BulletBoys will be embarking as the headlining act on a three-month summer tour which is soon to be announced. “Feel like I’m gonna jump out my Skin … Can’t wait to take this on the Road with the Fellas!! All year!!! He’ll Yeah!!! Let’s do This!” – Marq Torien

For more information and updates click on:

*** PRESS RELEASE #6 ***
-Metal Legends Girlschool Set To Invade North America With Swedish Hotshots Crucified Barbara

Girlschool To Release Special Limited EP, PROPAGANDA!, To Be Sold Exclusively At Shows

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Legendary all-girl British hard rockers Girlschool are gearing up to storm North America for the first time in 20 years, reclaiming their rightful place as the hardest rocking bunch of females to ever destroy a stage.

The band will be previewing tracks from their new album, GUILTY AS SIN, set for release later this summer via UDR Music and, as a special treat, they will be selling a Special Edition EP, PROPAGANDA!, featuring two songs from the new album, (“Take It Like A Band” and “Come, The Revolution”) as well as revisiting two tracks from their classic HIT AND RUN album in the form of re-recorded versions of “Kick It Down” and “Watch Your Step.” Rounding out the EP, which is limited to 300 copies, is the girls’ blistering cover of The Bee Gees classic “Staying Alive.” Both PROPAGANDA! and GUILTY AS SIN were helmed by legendary producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, etc.).

The gals are bringing along the leaders of the new wave of female hard rockers, Swedish headbangers Crucified Barbara, who return to North America for the second time in three years. With a new label, Despotz Records, and new album, IN THE RED, the Swedes are ready to lay waste to the States and Canada once again. Produced by Chips Kiesbye (The Hellacopters, Millencolin, etc.), IN THE RED features 11 tracks of pure mayhem.

Support on all dates comes from Old James and Velvet Black.


5/20 – Ramona Mainstage, Ramona, CA
5/21 – Vamp’d, Las Vegas, NV
5/22 – Whisky, Los Angeles, CA
5/24 – Slims, San Francisco, CA
5/27 – Bossanova Ballroom, Portland, OR
5/28 – Studio 7, Seattle, WA
5/29 – Venue, Vancouver, BC
5/31 – The Fault Line, Bozeman, MT
6/3 – The Scene, Kansas City, MO
6/4 – GB Leighton’s Pickle Park, Fridley, MN
6/5 – Reggies, Chicago, IL
6/6 – Token Lounge, Weston, MI
6/7 – The Hard Luck, Toronto, ON
6/9 – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
6/11 – Mavericks, Ottawa, ON
6/12 – Katacombs, Montreal, QC
6/13 – Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH
6/14 – Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY

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*** PRESS RELEASE #7 ***
-Kingcrow Launches First Single From EIDOS LP With Official Video For “The Moth” Through Prog Magazine

With the nearing release of EIDOS, the sixth studio full-length from Italian progressive metal troupe Kingcrow nearing release next month through Sensory Records, the first single has been released through an official video for the track, “The Moth,” via an exclusive premiere with massive print and online entity Prog Magazine.

Showcasing the Rome-based Kingcrow sextet’s expansive take on forward-thinking metal in a completely different approach than ever before, the video for “The Moth” was created in a unique animated style by Argentinean artist Gastón Viñas ( ), widely known for his similarly-styled works for Radiohead, including videos for their songs “2+2=5″ and “A Wolf At The Door,” which combined have collected nearly 15 million views on YouTube. Issues band guitarist/backing vocalist Diego Cafolla about the song, “When we started to think about the first single, ‘The Moth’ seemed the obvious choice to us since it’s short, busy, and quite catchy at the same time and shows also some new ingredients to our sound…” He continues about the inception of the video, “I was listening to a Radiohead playlist on YouTube when this animated video (for the song ‘2+2=5′) popped up and I found it terrific and mesmerizing… I contacted Gastón Viñas, the author of the animation, just to tell him how much I appreciated his art… he wrote me back that he listened and loved Kingcrow’s music and that’s how it started. I gave him some inputs about the album concept, the artwork and the song’s lyrics and he came out with another brilliant piece of art!”

Kingcrow’s video for “The Moth” is now viewable through an exclusive premiere at UK-based Prog Magazine at .

Sensory Records, who also released Kingcrow’s In Crescendo album, will unveil EIDOS on CD and digitally worldwide on June 23.

Following the success of their IN CRESCENDO album — the band’s first for US label Sensory Records, who released the album in February 2014 — Kingcrow, returns with EIDOS, a conceptual album about choices, consequences, and dealing with regret and disillusion. As their PHLEGETHON album dealt with childhood, and IN CRESCENDO about the end of youth, EIDOS can be considered the third part of a trilogy about the path of life. Musically it sees the band exploring new territories and pushing the extremes of its complex soundscape attributes with a darker atmosphere. EIDOS was recorded at Sound Under Pressure in Rome, with the production handled by the band’s Diego and Thundra Cafolla. Several guest appearances help create the album’s new atmospheres, including saxophone provided by Stefania Bentivoglio on the track, “Slow Down,” and piano by Fred Colombo of Spheric Universe Experience for the track, “The Deeper Divide.” Mixed by Giampiero Ulacco and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New York, the stunning production of the album is matched by visionary artwork by Cristian Nastasi/Devilnax. With over an hour of new material, EIDOS is the next logical progression in the evolution of Kingcrow, and will open the next doorway for whatever lies ahead.

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-E-Force Unveils DEMONIKHOL Album Details

French metallers E-Force will release their fourth album DEMONIKHOL on June 19 via Mausoleum Records. Fronted by vocalist/bassist, Eric Forrest, previously with the legendary Voivod, DEMONIKHOL is lyrically a concept album, illustrating the ravages and devastation alcohol is capable of causing.

Besides Eric Forrest on vocals, drums, and rhythm guitar, the current E-Force lineup features the return of KROF on drums, while the lead guitar parts are divided among no less than five exceptional guitarists: Vincent Agar (Yotangor, Lust), Tomas Skorepa (Exorcizphobia), neo-classical Antonello Gilliberto, Dan Baune (Monument), and Rob Urbinati (Sacrifice).

Track listing:

1. Apéro
2. Grievance
3. Double Edged Sword
4. Invasion
5. Debauchery
6. The Day After
7. Ultimatum
8. Insidious
9. Demonikhol
10. State Of Delusion
11. Last Call

E-Force was formed in Montreal, Canada in 2001 by vocalist/bassist Eric Forrest, upon his departure from the legendary Canadian cyber metallers Voivod. In all Eric spent seven years fronting Voivod. Joining them in early 1994, following the departure of vocalist Denis “Snake” Bélanger, he appeared on two studio masterpieces, NEGATRON and PHOBOS; on the live album, VOIVOD LIVES, as well as on the remix compilation: KRONIK. Upon his departure from Voivod, Forrest chose to use his nickname, E-Force, as the name for his new band.

E-Force released their debut album EVIL FORCES (recorded by Pierre Remillard known for his work with Cryptopsy, Gorguts, etc.), to widespread critical acclaim in October 2003. Following the release of EVIL FORCES, Forrest relocated to Toulouse in France which obviously resulted in a lineup change. In February of 2008, E-Force finally released their follow-up album, MODIFIED POISON. The album further expanded the sound and intensity of the band, impressing both fans and critics alike. In 2014 the band released their third album THE CURSE on Mausoleum Records. THE CURSE was a concept album based on a collection of songs describing the power and temptation of, and obsession with the female race. The album featured guest performances by Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond), Kristina Niemann (Therion), and Vincent Agar (Yotangor).

Throughout their 10-year history E-Force has released three albums, albeit prominent ones, but nevertheless managed to perform in 20 different countries since the band’s inception, appearing at some of the most prominent festivals of the musical genre in Europe and North America.

For current tour dates check:

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-Chainsheart Joins Pitch Black Records

Sophomore Release Of Cypriot Heavy Metallers Out In June

Chainsheart is a classic hard rock/heavy metal band from Cyprus comprised of seasoned musicians, all of whom are extremely passionate rockers and this is clearly evident throughout their music and performances. The band began in 2011 as the solo project of vocalist Yiannis Savva who soon after decided to form a band, thus Chainsheart was born.

In late 2012 the band released their first album (JUST ANOTHER DAY) as a self-release. A purely hard rock album, it received positive feedback from press and media. The band however underwent several lineup changes and has finally found its true sound and style — classic heavy metal.

Chainsheart are now back with their second album, titled LEAVING PLANET HELL, an album filled with anthemic heavy metal tunes, melodic lines, energy and passion, and of course that somewhat “old-school” sound reminiscent of the good old days! Make no mistakes here; fists will be up high while headbanging will be non-stop upon listening to this album!

LEAVING PLANET HELL features guest keyboards by Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Outloud) and a guest vocal performance by Nicholas Leptos (Warlord, Arrayan Path). The album was mixed by Bob Katsionis at his own Sound Symmetry Studio in Athens, Greece. It will be out on June 5 (EU) / June 8 (UK) / June 9 (US) on CD and digital. A song is now available for streaming and free download at . The album is already up for pre-order at and .

Yiannis Savva – Vocals
Kikis Apostolou – Lead Guitar
Alex Chamberlain – Rhythm Guitar
Paris Lambrou – Bass Guitar
M.G. – Drums

Album track list:
1. Soul Kingdom
2. Breeze
3. Flames That Rise
4. Mystery
5. Final Destination
6. Return To The Stage
7. Points Of You
8. Never Stand Still
9. Dangerous Drop
10. Journey
11. The Spell

For more information visit .


CAT. NO. – PBR037
UPC – 0713179438900
STYLE – Classic Heavy Metal
REL. DATE – June 5 (EU) / June 8 (UK) / June 9 (US)
FORMAT(S) – CD, Digital

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-Exorcism Releases “Black Day In Paradise” Video

“Black Day In Paradise,” a brand new video from Exorcism, can be viewed below. The track is taken from the forthcoming EP WORLD IN SIN, scheduled for a release on June 1 and digital on June 15, 2015 via Dream Records. The limited edition EP of 666 copies will be made exclusively available through the band’s website:

“Black Day In Paradise” video

WORLD IN SIN EP Track listing:
1. World In Sin
2. Black Day In Paradise
3. Virtual Freedom
4. Sahara
5. Black Star

The EP was produced, mixed and mastered by Csaba Zvekan with the help of Dominus at Total Master Sound in Spain. All lyrics melodies and music by Csaba Zvekan for Corvus Publishing. The EP artwork was made by “Gragoth.”

Exorcism is:
Csaba Zvekan – Vocals, Rhythm Guitars, Bass, Keyboards

VGS Guitars, Gibson Custom Guitars, Elixir Strings, EMS Pick Ups, Audio Technica, Warwick Bass, Dunlop Effects, Laney, Mesa Boogie, Randall

Recording musicians:
Andy Drake – Rhythm Guitars (1, 2), Additional Guitars (5)
Joe Stump – Lead Guitars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), Rhythm Guitars (3, 4, 5)
Biggie P. Phanrath – Lead Guitar
Logan Christopher – Bass (1, 2)
Mirkko DeMaio – Drums (1, 2)
Alex Wind – Keyboards (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Maestro Mistheria – Keytar Solo (4)
Lucio Manca – Bass (3, 4, 5)
Garry King – Drums (3, 4, 5)
Dominus – Spoken Word (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Exorcism continues the path and legacy of bands like Black Sabbath and Dio, while taking a more modern approach. With a groovy rhythm and bass section added with spherical pads and the signature vertigo guitar riffs down we go the underworld. On top of it hovering is always Csaba Zvekan’s phenomenal work on vocals that have been nominated numerous time with the debut album I AM GOD for “the best record” last year.


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-Killer Khan KILL DEVIL HILL Reissue Details And Cover Art Revealed

Towards the end of the 20th Century heavy metal in the US seemed to be in a decline. Still there were countless bands across the country producing quality work. However due to the changing landscape by mainly the Internet revolution, many of the bands of the 1990s would be lost despite all of their best DIY efforts. There was a new frontier being discovered and many did what they could to survive into the next millennium but sadly they would disappear from what “underground” scene there was at the time. Now in recent years the metal community all over the world is starting to look into this seemingly lost period in US metal history.

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

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

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

In June of this year a reissue of the Killer Khan’s debut KILL DEVIL HILLS is scheduled for release. The reissue will include new artwork and bonus tracks, and will be re-mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios. This CD release will be limited to 500.

Track List:

1. Computer Icon
2. Dr. Strangelove
3. Kill Devil Hills
4. Wicked Chimes of the Southern Bells
5. Supersonic Masquerade
6. Evilution
7. The Alamo
8. Metal Death Star
9. Mt. Olympus
Bonus Tracks:
11. Abomination
12. Aceman (part II)

Click here to order your copy now:

You can also order at .

For more information on this and other releases, visit:

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-Diamond Lane Issue “Swingin’ Heavy” US Southwest Tour Report – Part 1

Los Angeles, California up-and-coming hard rock bands Diamond Lane and Delta Rose are on the road hitting towns in the US Southwest as part of their joint “Swingin’ Heavy” US tour.

Diamond Lane lead vocalist Brandon Baumann has checked in with the very first tour report:

“As I lay here and write, the bus is cruising through the midnight air on a desert highway. Half the bodies are asleep, a cool breeze is brushing through the windows, and amongst the rumble of the engine and the faint sound of the guys noodling on the guitar, I can say with a clear mind, that this tour is something special.

“It’s not just about the dates on the calendar, but having an amazing experience with every person in the crowd. To have the gears officially in motion feels exhilarating. The shows have been fantastic, particularly Retrospect Rockfest. That event was a huge deal for the city of St. George and was the flagship event of introducing a new level of excitement to their music loving community of rockers. Even their Mayor, Mr. Jon Pike, was getting down like a seasoned enthusiast. Tons of killer bands and a real community vibe of appreciators, from kids to classics. From there we take this palatable energy and continue the journey while holding high the responsibility to entertain to the highest degree. Delta Rose and Diamond Lane are coming as a full package and swingin’ heavy to make you excited about the new generation of rock and heavy metal warriors.”

Diamond Lane are on the road promoting their critically acclaimed independently released third album TERRORIZER, while Delta Rose are supporting their debut album GOLDEN.

Diamond Lane – “The Enemy” video

For the latest band news, visit their official websites and Facebook pages:

Diamond Lane

Delta Rose

Diamond Lane and Delta Rose – “Swingin’ Heavy Tour” 2015
5/7 – Jazzy’s, St. George, UT
5/8-5/9 – Retrospect Rockfest, St. George, UT
5/12 – Yucca Tap Room, Tempe, AZ
5/13 – The Drunken Lass, Prescott, AZ
5/14 – The Jam Spot, Albuquerque, NM
5/16 – Buffalo Rose, Golden, CO
5/17 – Blue Max, Midland, TX
5/18 – Dirty Dog Bar, Austin, TX
5/19 – Fitzgerald’s Bar, San Antonio, TX
5/20 – The Boiler Room, Dallas, TX
5/21-5/24 – Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK
5/25 – Amsterdam Bar & Gril, Tulsa, OK
5/26 – Rockin’ Rooster’s, Elk City, OK
5/29 – Count’s vamp’d, Las Vegas, NV
5/30 – Viper Room, Hollywood, CA


Online Metal Promo

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-KoMaRa: Boundary-Breaking, Cinematic Industrial Ethno-Rock From King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto And Renowned Avant-Experimentalists David Kollar And Paolo Raineri

KoMaRa’s self-titled debut album is based on a dark, deviant, and explicit detective story. It reflects the mysterious circumstances of an abduction and the ultimate demise of the abductee. It’s a NSFW, Rated-R release designed for the open-minded and brave. Unnerving, haunting artwork by Tool’s Adam Jones further underlines the album’s provocative vibe.

The recording is predominantly instrumental, but includes occasional vocals by Raineri, Leashya, and Bill Munyon. Equally menacing, incendiary, and vulnerable, they serve as interludes to either break or create moods and tension throughout. The album also has moments of light and hope, told through short trumpet vignettes by Raineri.

KoMaRa came together through social media, with Kollar reaching out to Mastelotto on Facebook about potential gigs and recordings. Everyone was mutually intrigued and met up in Slovakia, where Kollar is based, in November 2014. The trio played gigs across myriad Slavic countries to enthusiastic, open-minded audiences. The group then went on to record in Prague, capturing three long improvizations that formed the basis of the pieces on KoMaRa’s debut album. Acclaimed engineers Bill Munyon and Adrian Benevides also contributed to faithfully reflecting the release’s mercurial approach.

“For me, KoMaRa is the epitome of my belief that great records are like movies,” said Mastelotto. “The best musicians don’t need scripts because they understand the movie is always evolving. That’s the beauty of music, too. It inspires its own script and cinematography in every listener’s head.”

Pat Mastelotto is one of the world’s most celebrated drummers. He has been a member of every King Crimson lineup from 1994 to the present. In addition, he’s one third of Stick Men, a trio with Tony Levin and Markus Reuter. Mastelotto has also collaborated with Steven Wilson, Terry Bozzio, Trey Gunn, Allan Holdsworth, John Paul Jones, and Kimmo Pohjonen.

Slovakian guitarist and composer David Kollar has released nine expansive albums, scored 18 films, and worked on many multimedia projects. His last recording, 2013’s THE SON, an atmospheric, emotionally-charged effort, received accolades from Guitar Moderne, France’s A Decovrir Absolument, and the Czech and Slovak Radio Head awards. He’s also worked with Eivind Aarset, Gergo Borlai, Bjorn Charles Dreyer, Lenka Dusilová, and Tommaso Colliva.

Trumpeter Paolo Raineri takes his instrument and processes it in real-time to create ethereal, otherworldly sounds. The Italian musician combines Scandinavian nu-jazz influences with psychedelic rock, experimental, and free improvisation in his award-winning Junkfood 4tet. In addition, he’s performed with Stefano Battaglia, Berserk!, The Blessed Beat, Baustelle, Calibro 35, Nada, and Enrico Gabrielli.

KOMARA Track List:
1. Dirty Smelly
2. 37 Forms
3. A Collision Of Fingerprints
4. She Sat In Black Silt
5. 2CFAC
6. God Has Left This Place
7. Pasquinade
8. Abraso
9. Afterbirth
10. Inciting Incidents

Learn more about KoMaRa at:

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-Barbatos Sets Release Date For Long-Awaited New Hells Headbangers Album, Reveal First Track

At long last, Japan’s Barbatos returns with their first album in nearly a decade, STRAIGHT METAL WAR, set for international release on August 7 via Hells Headbangers. A prolific force on the split-release front, STRAIGHT METAL WAR is Barbatos’ fifth album to date in 17 years of existence, and their first for Hells Headbangers. Helmed by Abigail main man Yasuyuki, Barbatos have become cult legends in the metal underground with their uniquely filthy ‘n’ sleazy brand of blackened heavy metal/punk. Possessed by sex, drinks, and metal, Yasuyuki here extols the virtues of high school girls and heavy metal forces, Witching Metal and Tokyo rock ‘n’ roll shows, Satanik Holocausts and of course the very real Straight Metal War. It’s a dozen dirty songs that are immediately memorable, remarkably varied, and whose dirtiness simply won’t wash off. Stock up on ammo and enter the STRAIGHT METAL WAR with Barbatos! Hear the first discharge of that ammo all over “Goodbye High School Girls” exclusively at .

Track listing for Barbatos’ STRAIGHT METAL WAR:

1. Hells Witching Metal
2. Rocking Metal Sluts
3. Heavy Metal Forces 3
4. Goodbye High School Girls
5. Straight Metal War
6. Seven Teen
7. Hey! Hey! Hey!
8. Dreamin’ Dreamin’
9. Tokyo Rock ‘n’ Roll Show
10. Satanik Holocaust
11. Fly To The Sexual World
12. World War 3


“When you need metal, go to hell!”

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-SayWeCanFly Announces Deluxe Edition Of BETWEEN THE ROSES On Newly-Launched PureWolf Records

TORONTO — Singer/songwriter Braden Barrie has announced the launch of PureWolf Records.

The label’s first release will be a deluxe edition of BETWEEN THE ROSES, the debut from Barrie’s own SayWeCanFly.

“PureWolf Records was an idea I had a few years ago but I knew I had to wait until the right time to launch my own record label,” said Barrie. “I’ve always had a desire to keep SayWeCanFly as an independent project, so I thought it would be cool to take what I’ve learned over the years and start building it into a structured company that will allow me to help other artists in the future.”

The BETWEEN THE ROSES deluxe edition will include demo recordings of “You May Live On Earth,” “Beautiful Things,” and “Together, We’re Alone.” Pre-orders will begin on May 19 and will include even more extras, including a download link for video content including acoustic sessions and tour footage, a physical CD digi-pak with alternate artwork and an exclusive 24×36 poster, along with an instant download of one of the new tracks.

“I’m happy that everyone will be able to hear the original vibe of the album in these new tracks,” Barrie said. “The deluxe edition is a little continuation of the BETWEEN THE ROSES story.”

The official street date for the BETWEEN THE ROSES deluxe edition is June 18.

-Axemaster’s new promo video for “Chylde,” from OVERTURE TO MADNESS (Pure Steel Records), is online now at . See , , and for more.

-Borealis has signed with AFM Records and will release PURGATORY on June 19 in the EU and July 21 in the US. Track list: “Past The Veil,” “From The Ashes,” “The Chosen One,” “Destiny,” “Darkest Sin,” “My Peace,” “Place Of Darkness,” “Welcome To Eternity,” “Sacrifice,” “Rest My Child,” “Purgatory,” “Revelation.” Hype: “After the self-released WORLD OF SILENCE (2008) and 2011’s FALL FROM GRACE (Lion Music/Hydrant Music), now with PURGATORY the band reaches a whole new level. Their surprisingly high recognition value not only comes from the tasteful instrumentations but also from Matt Marinelli’s expressive voice which elegantly guides through the 12 songs on PURGATORY. Borealis create atmospheric depth like only few others are able to do. Their partly quite modern guitar riffs merge with classic power metal, progressive elements and a symphonic touch, to build a heavy and intense, yet melodic sound which fans of bands like Evergrey, Kamelot and Nocturnal Rites will embrace to the fullest.” Check out an album teaser trailer at . See for more.

-Denner / Shermann is a new all-star project featuring Mercyful Fate guitarists Michael Denner and Hank Shermann, singer Sean Peck (Cage, Death Dealer), bassist Marc Grabowski (Demonica), and drummer Snowy Shaw (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Dream Evil). An EP entitled SATAN’S TOMB is due through Metal Blade Records this year. Hype: “These songs were crafted with the Mercyful Fate worldwide legion of fans at the forefront of their collective minds. From the first riff to the last wail, one cannot help but feel the magic newly recaptured once again.” Contact or see , , , and for more.

-Edge Of Paradise — Margarita Monet on vocals, Dave Bates on guitar, Nick Ericson on bass, John Chominsky on drums — has its IMMORTAL WALTZ, recorded by the legendary Michael Wagener, out May 22 on Pure Rock Records. Track list: “Perfect Shade Of Black,” “It’s My Show,” “Immortal Waltz,” “In A Dream,” “Rise For The Fallen,” “Ghost,” “Break Away,” “Goodbye,” “Children Of The Sea.” Check out the video for “In A Dream” at . Hype: “The US-American band Edge Of Paradise plays melodic Heavy Metal in the best way and with perfectly catchy hooks and melody lines. There are always powerful parts in the music to keep it away from AOR and Hard Rock. So it’s outstanding powerful Metal on the highest professional level.” See , , , , and for more.

-The Ghost Next Door, a “US alternative metal” band from the San Francisco Bay Area, has its self-titled debut album due out June 19 through Mausoleum Records. Hype says the band “emerged from a desire to marry the dark melancholy of ’80s and ’90s alternative with the aggression and drive of Bay Area metal.” The lineup is Gary Wendt (Sacrilege BC, Release, Skinlab) on guitar and vocals, Aaron Asghari on guitar, Seanan Gridley on bass, and Paula Sisson on drums. Track list: “Forever My Demon,” “Crickets,” “All Fall Down,” “Ten Steps Back,” “Dead Things,” “Bully,” “Eleven O’Clock Blues,” “Fragile,” “Famous Last Words.” See and for more.

-Bill Leverty’s (FireHouse, Flood The Engine) new solo song, “Strong,” is available for download, for a $1 donation, at . Leverty sings, plays guitar, and plays keyboards, and is joined by Keith Horne (Heart, Peter Frampton, Flood The Engine) on bass and Michael Foster (FireHouse) on drums.

-Metallica’s May 9 Rock In Rio USA show from the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds in Las Vegas is now available on CD for $19.81. Set list: “Fuel,” “Master Of Puppets,” “King Nothing,” “Disposable Heroes,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Lords Of Summer” (first US performance of this song), “The Unforgiven,” “Cyanide,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Turn The Page,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo #2, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Whiskey In The Jar,” “Creeping Death,” “Seek & Destroy.” Most tracks are available as individual MP3 downloads, too. See for more.

-Nightmare World’s debut full-length, IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME, is out now via Pure Legend Records. The British band features Pete Morten (Threshold, My Soliloquy) on vocals, Sam Shuttlewood and Joey Cleary on guitar, David Moorcroft on bass, Nick Clarke on keyboards, and Billy Jeffs on drums. Hype: “On IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME, overwhelming power meets unforgettable hooklines. This is combined with great progressive elements, which creates a mixture you have to love . . . melodic heavy metal bliss from start to finish.” The album was produced by Karl Groom (Threshold, Edenbridge, DragonForce) and mastered by Peter Van’t Riet (Symphony X, Transatlantic, Epica), and has this track list: “The Mara,” “In Memoria Di Me,” “The New Crusade,” “No Regrets,” “Defiance,” “Burden Of Proof,” “The Ever Becoming,” “Damage Report,” “Euphoria.” See and for more.

-Nightwish’s lyric video for the title trac from ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL is online at . The album is out now through Nuclear Blast Records. See for more.

-Dee Snider’s second Snider Comments podcast will premiere May 20, at and on iTunes. See for more.

-Starquake’s TIMES THAT MATTER is out May 29 through Pure Rock Records. Hype: “Starquake’s music was influenced by Iron Maiden, Spock’s Beard, and ’70s Hard Rock and comprises heavy guitars, fat drums, and sophisticated vocals. Seasoned with some Hammond Organ and great arrangements, TIMES THAT MATTER is always harmonic and favors songs and melody.” The band consists of Mikey Wenzel (vocals, instruments), Alex Kugler (guitars), Joe Wagner (guitars), Michael “Wopsi” Wopshall (guitars), Andreas Pernpeintner (Hammond), Jan “Donkey” Van Meerendonk (drums), Corinna Reif (violin), and Sandra Wenzel (additional vocals). The album features killer artwork from English fantasy artist Rodney Matthews and has this track list: “Scenes From A Revolution,” “Close Encounter,” “I’m Goin’ Mad,” “Rise And Fall,” “Here I Go Again,” “The Needle Lies,” “Times That Matter,” “Goodbye My Friend,” “No More Hate,” “Whatever,” “Fairytale.” Check out the lyric video for “Here I Go Again” at , and see for more.

Thanks to Axel Wiesenauer, Pure Steel Promotion, AFM Records, and Nuclear Blast for help gathering some of this information.

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Issue #666
Week of April 7, 2014

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-A couple of big announcements, starting with the extremely brief but tantalizing Press Release #1, and ending with my column. – Tim

*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-New Judas Priest Album Coming Soon!

The wait is nearly over.

Press release with more details to be revealed shortly!

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-Kiss & Def Leppard Commit To Hire Two Veterans As Roadies

Following Nationwide Search, Two Veterans Will Join Bands For 2014 Summer Tour

NEW YORK, NY — On Friday, April 11th, rock bands Kiss and Def Leppard announced their commitment to hire two veterans as roadies for their 2014 summer tour as part of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Capital One’s Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign. The bands made their hiring announcement live on the NBC “Today Show” in New York after deciding jointly to dedicate their upcoming summer tour to the military community. Following a nationwide search, two veterans will be chosen to support the bands’ production team on the 42-city North American tour.

This will be the second time Kiss has carried out a nationwide search for a veteran roadie. Two years ago, Army veteran and longtime Kiss fan Paul Jordan was chosen to join a summer tour after a review of 1,900 applications sent in from coast to coast. He went on to tour 44 cities with the band, helping with the set up and breakdown at each stop.

Kiss and Def Leppard announced the 2014 summer tour last month during a press conference at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Both groups have agreed to donate $2 of every ticket sold to various military nonprofits, including Hiring Our Heroes, the USO, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundation, Augusta Warrior Project, and Wounded Warrior Project.

Veterans who wish to apply for the positions can go to for more information. All applications must be received by Friday, May 9th at 11:59 p.m. will work with Kiss and Def Leppard to select the final two veterans.

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Dio – LIVE IN LONDON: HAMMERSMITH APOLLO 1993

~First Ever Video Release Of This Concert!~

DVD, SD Blu-Ray, 2CD, And Digital Formats Out May 13, 2014

NEW YORK, NY — Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the May 13 release of LIVE IN LONDON: HAMMERSMITH APOLLO 1993 on DVD, SD Blu-ray, and double CD formats, from the incomparable Dio [Pre-book Order Date April 18, MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 SD Blu-ray, $17.98 2CD].

This is the first ever video release of this classic 1993 concert and includes anthems such as “Holy Diver,” “Rainbow In The Dark,” “Strange Highways,” “Stand Up And Shout,” “Man On The Silver Mountain,” “Heaven And Hell,” “We Rock,” and more. Filmed at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on December 12, 1993, this concert film captures the then newly-reformed Dio on the last night of their European tour in support of the STRANGE HIGHWAYS album. The lineup of Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Vinny Appice (drums), Jeff Pilson (bass), Tracy G (guitar), and Scott Warren (keyboards) delivered a blistering performance of tracks from their new album, previous Dio classics, and favorites from Ronnie’s career with Black Sabbath and Rainbow. This powerful performance is presented in DTS Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital Stereo.

In addition to this amazing concert, the AV formats offer a bonus Behind-The-Scenes feature entitled “Hangin’ With The Band.”

One of the most influential and celebrated vocalists / frontmen of hard rock and heavy metal, the late Ronnie James Dio’s commanding vocals and mammoth stage presence has resonated with generations of fans. His sophisticated, classical vocalization mixed with imaginative, fantastical song themes was genre-defining, establishing him as one of music’s most beloved icons. LIVE IN LONDON: HAMMERSMITH APOLLO 1993 masterfully captures him and his namesake band, Dio.

For a sneak peak at LIVE IN LONDON: HAMMERSMITH APOLLO 1993, here’s a video of “Mob Rules”:

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio, and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition, and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum, and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris, and Hamburg.

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Track Listing:
1) Stand Up And Shout
2) Strange Highways
3) Don’t Talk To Strangers
4) Evilution
5) Pain
6) The Mob Rules
7) Children Of The Sea
8) Holy Diver
9) Heaven And Hell
10) Man On The Silver Mountain
11) Drum Solo
12) Heaven And Hell (reprise)
13) Jesus, Mary & The Holy Ghost
14) Hollywood Black
15) The Last In Line
16) Rainbow In The Dark
17) We Rock
18) Here’s To You

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-Helloween Announces Their Return To Nuclear Blast

Founded in 1984 and hailed as one of the pioneering power metal bands from Germany, the Hamburg-based quintet Helloween is celebrating their 30th Anniversary in 2014 and have announced their return to Nuclear Blast’s worldwide artist family.

“As a label, Nuclear Blast is ‘Heavy Metal to the bone,'” shares Helloween vocalist Andi Deris, “and we are really looking forward to working together with a lot of familiar faces.”

Nuclear Blast’s founder & label owner Markus Staiger is overwhelmed at bringing the band back into the fold. “We are more than proud that Helloween is part of the Nuclear Blast family again,” he states. “All those years we had a friendship-like connection and our ways crossed on a regular basis at concerts and festivals. Helloween to us is a matter of the heart. There’s not only the two records we released [THE DARK RIDE in 2000 and RABBIT DON’T COME EASY in 2003], but they’re an act that has influenced me and many of our employees. Together there are big plans and we are looking forward to having another productive and successful cooperation.”

Following Helloween’s appearances on the European summer festival circuit, the band will enter Mi Sueño Studio on the island of Tenerife off the coast of Morocco with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, HammerFall, Primal Fear) to record a new studio album for an early 2015 release.

Last month, Nuclear Blast released special edition reissues of THE DARK RIDE and RABBIT DON’T COME EASY, featuring three bonus tracks on each album, which can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.

STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL, Helloween’s latest studio album released in early 2013, debuted on the German album chart at #4 — the band’s highest chart entry in their home country to date — and held this position for five weeks. The album had five other “Top Ten” album entries in Europe and also cracked the American Billboard Top 100 chart with an entry at #97.

Helloween Festival Summer 2014:

24.05. S Örebro S – Metallsvenskan
27.06. SLO Pie¹»any – Topfest
29.06. BG Kavarna – Kavarna Rock 2014
11.07. D Osterode/Ballenstedt – Rock Harz Festival
12.07. CZ Vizovice – Masters Of Rock
19.07. FIN Uusikaupunki – Karjurock

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-Arena Rockers Night Ranger’s New Studio Album HIGH ROAD Confirmed For June 10th North American Release Via Frontiers Records

Iconic arena rockers Night Ranger are set to release their new studio album, HIGH ROAD, on June 6th in Europe and June 10th in North America via label home Frontiers Records. Produced by the band itself, HIGH ROAD will be available in two formats: a standard CD version and a deluxe version which includes two bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album along with video clips. To access the cover art for HIGH ROAD, which incorporates elements of the artwork from the band’s previous releases, please click and see below for the full track listing. Click to check out an EPK on the making of the album. HIGH ROAD can be pre-ordered now at Amazon as the standard version ( ), and as the deluxe version ( ). The album’s full track listing can be seen below. Look for the band to tour North America and around the globe this year in support of HIGH ROAD.

Of the new album, frontman/bassist/songwriter Jack Blades commented, “It’s almost summer and a great time to take a trip down the HIGH ROAD! Our new record features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy, kick-ass rock n’ roll. We can’t wait for our fans to hear.” Drummer/singer Kelly Keagy added, “We’re so proud of this new record and excited to get back on the road to bring the new music to our fans.”

Night Ranger’s legendary hits “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock In America,” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fan base since the band’s inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band’s music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture. Night Ranger’s songs can be heard in the “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero” video games; “Rock Of Ages” hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film “Boogie Nights;” Fox’s hit TV show “American Dad;” JBL’s “Hear The Truth” campaign; and many more! To date, Night Ranger has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums. Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass guitar, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Joel Hoekstra (lead & rhythm guitars), and Eric Levy (keyboards).

Night Ranger HIGH ROAD track listing:

1. High Road
2. Knock Knock Never Stop
3. Rollin’ On
4. Don’t Live Here Any More
5. I’m Coming Home
6. X Generation
7. Only For You Only
8. Hang On
9. St. Bartholomew
10. Brothers
11. L.A. No Name
12. The Mountain Song*

*only available on deluxe edition

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-Accept Release New Album BLIND RAGE On July 18th Worldwide

[Note: This comes from – Tim]

Hardly any other band has influenced the Heavy Metal genre as much as German legends Accept! Classics albums such as RESTLESS AND WILD (1982), BALLS TO THE WALL (1983), and METAL HEART (1985) have inspired generations of new bands, and this has continued since their reunion in 2009. Both BLOOD OF THE NATIONS (2010) and STALINGRAD (2012) entered the charts globally (#6 in Germany, #81 in the USA) and underline the premiere league status Accept still have today.

Now Accept announce the release of their new studio album: “Something happened to us, something subliminal and impetuous,” commented main composer Wolf Hoffmann. “It is wild and scary and it’s called BLIND RAGE!”

BLIND RAGE, just like its two predecessors, has been produced, mixed, and mastered by Andy Sneap. On July 18, 2014 BLIND RAGE will be released worldwide. “The cover artwork done by Daniel Goldsworthy shows the beast coming over us — in blind rage — all over the planet. Wherever we go, whenever you turn on the TV — there is blind rage in the works — either natural catastrophes or man-made madness,” the axe man of Accept states.

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-U.D.O.: STEELHAMMER – LIVE FROM MOSCOW To Be Released On May 23rd!

Russia has a special meaning for Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O. They were one of the very first international artists to tour the huge country of Russia — and their fans are still very thankful until this day. So recording a live DVD to highlight the STEELHAMMER tour was an opportunity the band didn’t want to miss. It is the first live release of U.D.O.’s new lineup (with a Russian band member) which easily convinced fans and critics alike on recent festivals and headlining gigs.

The band comes up with an exceptional set list, including many classics that haven’t been played for a long time, fan favorites, and tracks from the recent successful album STEELHAMMER. U.D.O. once again prove why they are hailed as one of the best European live bands. STEELHAMMER – LIVE FROM MOSCOW will be available as DVD/2-CD, Blu-ray/2-CD, and triple-vinyl in Russian national colors (tri-color).

Disc 1:
1. Intro
2. Steelhammer
3. King Of Mean
4. Future Land
5. Cry Of A Nation
6. Trip To Nowhere
7. They Want War
8. Never Cross My Way
9. Stranger
10. Stay True
11. In the Darkness
12. Azrael

Disc 2:
1. No Limits
2. Mean Machine
3. Burning Heat
4. Metal Machine
5. Devil’s Bite
6. Go Back To Hell
7. Timebomb
8. Holy
9. Metal Heart

1. Intro
2. Steelhammer
3. King Of Mean
4. Future Land
5. Cry Of A Nation
6. Trip To Nowhere
7. They Want War
8. Never Cross My Way
9. Stranger
10. Stay True
11. In The Darkness
12. Azrael
13. No Limits
14. Mean Machine
15. Burning Heat
16. Metal Machine
17. Devil’s Bite
18. Go Back To Hell
19. Timebomb
20. Holy
21. Metal Heart

Bonus Content:
Behind The Scenes
Russia Travel Documentation
Trainride In Russia

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-Rubicon Cross To Release Debut Full-Length Self-Titled Record On INgrooves Records On May 19th

First Single And Video “Bleed With Me” To Drop On April 8

Rubicon Cross, featuring award-winning vocalist C.J. Snare (from multi-Platinum selling, world-renowned band FireHouse) and guitar virtuoso Chris Green (Pride/Furyon), will release its debut, self-titled, full-length record on May 19, 2014, on INgrooves.

Now hailing from Chicago, C.J. Snare and Chris Green first met while on tour in Europe when they shared the stage at a rock festival in Madrid. A close friendship was forged through sharing a decade of life experience that would ultimately serve as the creative nucleus for this project.

It was clear from their very first collaboration that the songs they were writing needed to be released separately from their other pursuits. Together they formed Rubicon Cross. With the addition of Pride/Furyon bassist Simon Farmery (who co-wrote “Save Me Within”), Seventh Omen drummer Robert Behnke, and second guitarist Jeff Lerman, Rubicon Cross became a band of brothers, willing to tackle the music, the road, and bring life to these songs of fight, commitment, and connection.

The lush melodic core of the songwriting is given a forceful, aggressive boost on this record. From the first single, “Bleed With Me,” that starts just as propulsive as it ends, to “Kill Or Be Killed,” that has a relentless metal drive, RUBICON CROSS is a collection of contemporary heavy music that sits just as comfortably next to hard rock classics as it does modern rock upstarts. “Locked And Loaded” is featured in the Xbox360 and PS3 game “Dirt Showdown” along side of new rock heavy-hitters Rise Against, Rival Sons, and The Parlor Mob.

Check out the video for “Bleed With Me” here:

Check out the song for “Bleed With Me” here:

Track List:
1. Locked And Loaded
2. Next Worse Enemy
3. Bleed With Me
4. Save Me Within
5. You Will Remember Me
6. Moving On
7. R U Angry
8. Shine
9. Kill Or Be Killed
10. All The Little Things

RUBICON CROSS was recorded at Black Dog Studios in Atlanta, GA, and Snare Bear Studios in Milwaukee, WI, with Ken (Grand) Lanyon and C.J. engineering. The album was mixed and mastered by award-winning, Platinum-selling producer / engineer, Rick Beato. All songs were written by C.J. Snare and Chris Green except “Save Me Within” which was penned by C.J. Snare, Chris Green, and Simon Farmery.

About INgrooves: INgrooves is a leader in the independent music distribution and marketing industry. INgrooves distributes digital and physical music content to hundreds of online, mobile, and physical retail stores worldwide. Independent labels, management, and artists seeking worldwide distribution, administration, and marketing services rely on INgrooves to maximize their impact in the dynamic music marketplace. The Company’s proprietary ONE Digital enterprise software platform facilitates real-time asset management, distribution, royalty payments, sales analytics, and more for INgrooves label partners. For more information, visit .

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-Lizzy Borden Will Bring 30th Anniversary Show To Europe And The UK For Fall Tour

Lizzy Borden’s 30 Years Of American Metal tour will be trekking across Europe and the UK this fall. The anniversary show features songs from each and every Lizzy Borden record to date, including classic songs like “Me Against The World,” “American Metal,” and “Master Of Disguise,” plus songs the band has never performed live.

“We are all very excited to bring our Anniversary show over and can’t wait to celebrate with all of our friends/fans in Europe and the UK for this monumental milestone. See you all soon, Lizzy.”

Confirmed tour dates will be announced soon. For press, booking and upcoming tour dates, please see the official websites at or .

“Tomorrow Never Comes” video:

“Under Your Skin” video:

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-Rage: More Details About THE SOUNDCHASER ARCHIVES Revealed!

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

After previously announcing the cover artwork and track list of their upcoming 30th anniversary release THE SOUNDCHASER ARCHIVES, which will be out on May 23, German Heavy Metal masters Rage now present the first part of their liner notes on this ultimate song collection.

1. “Anybody Home?”: This is a newly recorded song we created from leftover ideas we had from the 21 sessions. At that time we couldn’t find the right grooves for it and after changing the arrangement a million times, it was too late for that album. Now, after re-visiting the tune two years later, it came out naturally. It was real fun for us to turn up the volume and kick it out roughly, a good marker for our future.

2. “Mystery Trip”: This was a bonus track for the European limited edition version of UNITY.

3. “In Union”: This is a leftover song Victor wrote for the album INTO THE LIGHT which he produced for the Nuclear Blast 25th Anniversary. Originally it was planned that HammerFall’s Joacim Cans would sing it, but we couldn’t schedule the recording session, as he was too busy. So we planned to give it to Tarja Turunen with new lyrics written especially for her (‘Raven And Swan’). Unfortunately she also turned it down, as it seemed too heavy for her, so she sang something different. In the end the song was used by Mind Odyssey for their TIME TO CHANGE IT album. What you hear now is our first demo with Peavy’s pilot vocals.

4. “Long Hard Road”: At the time we worked on CARVED IN STONE, we used to rehearse in the studio, so we would record our new ideas directly in a good quality. What you hear is absolutely live with no overdubs at all. This is already the second version we recorded, five minutes before that, Peavy finished the lyrics.

5. “Full Moon” (international version): This is a re-mix from several versions of this song we did as bonus tracks for the diverse versions of SPEAK OF THE DEAD. At this time we recorded the song in five different languages that were only issued in the specific territories. Peavy sung it in English, German, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese. Of course these versions were real live killers in the language’s countries, as you can imagine. For the first time you can hear a funny new mix with all these languages, a Babylonian joy.

6. “Nevermore”: This first demo version of this song we recorded on an 8-track machine in our rehearsal room. We didn’t change much for our later issued version for THE MISSING LINK. The band was in a very creative phase at that time and we used to meet nearly every day, drink too much coffee, and work on songs till the late evening.

7. “French Bourree”: A while before we recorded SOUNDCHASER, Victor had put out his second solo album MAJESTY AND PASSION where he interpreted music from Johann Sebastian Bach in his very own style. He had arranged a lot more tunes from that fantastic Baroque composer, so we could also use two of them for Rage. Unfortunately they were only used as bonus tracks; this one was for the European limited edition of the album. We’ve played it live several times with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra.

8. “A Perfect Day”: This is another song written for the INTO THE LIGHT album. The original version was sung by Andi Deris from Helloween. Here we issue our demo version with Peavy’s pilot vocals for the first time.

9. “Enough Is Enough”: This is a very early sketch of this song, recorded even before we did a real demo. After we had recorded the EXTENDED POWER EP, we had some studio time left that we used to tape some rough ideas for the next album, which turned out to be TRAPPED! This recording is absolutely live with no overdubs.

10. “Here Comes The Night”: This is a leftover song we had written for SOUNDCHASER. As we had too many songs in the end we decided to use it for the next album, which, of course, we forgot. Issued here for the first time with new drum tracks from Andrè, as we were not permitted to use the original drum tracks from Mike Terrana.

11. “Spiritual Awakening”: This is the demo version of that song written for the GHOST album. There’s no orchestration or keyboards here like later on the album version. Victor had just joined the band and we tried to give the material a bit more heaviness, as the former guitarists had left the scene with just a few poor tracks. Unfortunately the record company demanded a less heavy version, so here you can hear that song for the first time in a heavy riffing shape, like it was meant to be.

12. “Lost In The Void”: That’s another one from the CARVED IN STONE demo session. Again, absolutely live in the studio without any overdubs with a spontaneous crazy jam session solo from Victor.

13. “The Missing Link”: Another track from the THE MISSING LINK demos.

14. “Another Kind Of Madness”: Here you can listen to the first recording of that song, in a complete different arrangement, like it was planned for TRAPPED! It didn’t make it on the album, as Noise Records thought it was too progressive for us. Later, we did an acoustic version that was used as a bonus track for THE MISSING LINK. What you here now is a rough sketch, absolutely live in the studio, no overdubs and nearly no lyrics (!), Peavy is improvising on some early ideas.

15. “Down To The Bone”: This is a song from the long-lost Avenger EP DEPRAVED TO BLACK, originally released on a very small German label (Wishbone) in 1985. Avenger was the original name of the band, after this EP we had changed our name to Rage, as our next label Noise demanded. The Avenger material (PRAYERS OF STEEL plus the songs from the EP) were added as a bonus CD to the first edition of BLACK IN MIND in 1995, but were never really re-released. Here you can get an idea of how the band sounded in their very beginning. There’s some funny sound features in the middle part of that song: check out the “torture scene” with self-recorded chain whips (we used Peavy’s bass belt for that (!).

Following more info about the tracks #16 – #30 of CD #2:

1. “The Speed Of Sound”: Here’s another newly recorded song we’ve made from leftover ideas. It is based on stuff written for END OF ALL DAYS in 1996, now freshly pimped up with new ideas. It captures some of the good old power metal spirit but our performance sounds a lot more modern.

2. “Darkness Turns To Light”: The second bonus track we recorded for UNITY. It was issued only in Japan so far.

3. “Death Is Alive”: This song was also written for INTO THE LIGHT for Nuclear Blast’s 25th Anniversary. The original version was sung by Mats Leven (ex-Therion). The here issued demo version features Peavy’s guide vocals (including his imitation of the female voice).

4. “Gentle Murders”: CARVED IN STONE demo session, part three. Strictly live in the studio without any overdubs. The decision to go down with the main guitar part from comfortable A minor to G minor gave this killer riff much more energy, but also made it difficult to play.

5. “From The Cradle To The Grave”: This is a special version of this demo recorded for the XIII album. After Victor had joined the band we wanted to give the song a more interesting guitar solo, so we tested some ideas from Victor on that old demo, as the solo track was free. As we were quite consumed by putting the band together again we lost it out of sight. As we went through our archives we found it again. It’s a real rarity.

6. “Refuge”: THE MISSING LINK Demos, part three.

7. “Fugue No. 5″: This instrumental is another genius composition by Johann Sebastian Bach in the fantastic arrangement by Victor Smolski. It was used as a bonus track for the Japanese version of SOUNDCHASER and is previously unreleased in the rest of the world. We played it live once on the international Bach days Festival in Leipzig, the place where the master lived and died.

8. “Last Goodbye”: This song was quite rare already in its original version for the BEYOND THE WALL EP in 1992. This is the rough demo for it we had recorded live in the studio more than a year before. No overdubs.

9. “Dirty Wings”: Another track we did for the INTO THE LIGHT session. It has a different solo than the later recorded album version. On the original you hear Tobi Sammet from Edguy/Avantasia singing. This Demo has Peavy’s guide vocals.

10. “The Pit And The Pendulum”: The last one from the MISSING LINK demos issued here.

11. “Waterfalls”: Previously unreleased. This funny long song is an example of our overloading creativity in the early ’90s. We were jamming on the quite psychedelic composition with an open end. Here you can hear an already edited version; we have cut out some longer endless solos and vocal experiments, too strange for unexperienced ears. Everything is live in the studio, no overdubs, of course.

12. “Heads Off”: This is the first demo version of the song later called “Bloodsuckers” which Victor produced for INTO THE LIGHT, sung by Destruction’s Schmier. As he wanted to contribute some of his own ideas, we wrote some new words together. This early demo with Peavy’s vocals features the original text.

13. “Assorted By Satan”: The track starts with the complete intro played by Peavy on the classical guitar which was faded at half on the Avenger PRAYERS OF STEEL album. The intro was taken from Avenger’s first demo, the rest of the song is the original album version. This is how it all started.

14. “Shame On You”: This track is from the second demo session for TRAPPED!, the band recorded in their rehearsal room. Check the very authentic Arabian native vocals in the intro.

15. “Soundchaser”: Finally here’s the first version of our SOUNDCHASER title track. It has various arrangement differences compared to the later released album version. The demo is issued here with newly recorded drums from Andre, as we couldn’t use the original tracks from Mike.

THE SOUNDCHASER ARCHIVES will be out on May 23, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Diving into their own history, Rage has 21 studio albums released to date, covering three decades of an unbeatable Heavy Metal career.

Don’t miss the chance to see Rage at any of the following shows:

4/19 B Mons – PPM Fest
4/26 D Dernbach/Pfalz – Dorfgemeinschaftshaus
5/23 D Bergeheim – Tribute to Jon Lord
5/30 D Geiselwind – Out & Loud Festival
5/31 CZ Plzen – Metalfest
9/6 CH Porsel – FestiWolf

7/5 DE Gelnhausen – 1. Gelnhäuser Sommerfestival 2014
7/11 DE Hamm – Klassik Sommer Hamm

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-Randy Piper Live In Concert @ Rockers Against Trafficking, April 11, 2014

Randy Piper’s F-4 (W.A.S.P.) Supports Rockers Against Human Trafficking

All-Star Benefit Show – April 11, 2014
Rockers Against Trafficking

Please join Randy Piper (W.A.S.P.), Helmet, Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Dave Lombardo (Philm / Slayer), Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Gonzo Sandoval (Armored Saint), Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory), Ann Boleyn (Hellion) + MORE!

Kevin Estrada Presents:
Rockers Against Human Trafficking All-Star Benefit Show, April 11, 2014
Paladino’s – 6101 Reseda Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91335 (818) 342-1563.
Tickets: $15. 21 yrs. and up.

Help support the cause and help build awareness and raise funds to support the fight against human trafficking here in our own country and abroad. The proceeds from the show will be used to rebuild the lives of these young victims with housing, medical assistance, legal aid, and job placement. These donations will also be used to build and set up border monitoring stations on the borders between countries that are known for human trafficking.

Randy Piper looks forward to seeing you in California!

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-Overkill: Cover Artwork & Track Listing Of WHITE DEVIL ARMORY Unveiled!

New Jersey thrash metal veterans Overkill will release their new album, WHITE DEVIL ARMORY, on July 18, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and will be mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012’s THE ELECTRIC AGE.

The track listing of WHITE DEVIL ARMORY will be as follows:

1. Freedom Rings
2. Where There’s Smoke…
3. Pig
4. Amorist
5. Down To The Bone
6. Bitter Pill
7. King Of The Rat Bastards
8. Another Day To Die
9. It’s All Yours
10. In The Name

The cover artwork for WHITE DEVIL ARMORY can be seen at .

Said Overkill in a statement: “We are still working on the new record, but this is gonna be worth the wait, with more old-school, face-melting thrash!”

Speaking to Steppin’ Out magazine, Overkill vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth stated about the band’s upcoming album: “The new record has a blend of what we’ve done over the past half-decade. I’m noticing it’s a more punchy heavy metal record with more dimension than the last record had. Where is it going to end up on the food chain? I really don’t know. But my feeling is it’s an eclectic collection of moments from us. THE ELECTRIC AGE came across, to me, as kind of a two-dimensional thrash record. This one is punchy but has a whole different bunch of ways to go and things to hear on it.”

Overkill released a very special limited tour edition of THE ELECTRIC AGE in Europe on April 19, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The limited 2CD tour edition included the regular album as well as four additional live tracks on a bonus CD, recorded at The Metro in Sidney, Australia on September 25, 2010.

You can order your copy of THE ELECTRIC AGE at this address:

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-Standout Track From Ethan Brosh Gets The Video Treatment: “Space Invaders”

The buzz continues to build for guitar hero Ethan Brosh, and it will undoubtedly only grow stronger now that a brand new video has been filmed for one of the many standout tracks from his latest album, LIVE THE DREAM, titled “Space Invaders.”

The clip puts Brosh’s impressive six-string skills front and center, which can be viewed by following this link:

As Brosh himself explains, “A music video is something that has to go hand in hand with the music that it’s associated with. It is part of the art as a whole. It is the image that will stay in the minds of the listeners for as long as they listen to that particular musical piece. When I have a music video done, I take the process almost as seriously as I take my music. A lot of time, energy, and attention to detail gets into play when we shoot or edit a video.”

And Brosh has nothing but praise for the video’s director, Seth C. Brown. “This video was made by Seth C. Brown who can turn any rushed, impossible-to-shoot scene with bad lighting into a beautiful work of art! I’m very proud of the new video for ‘Space Invaders,’ and can’t wait to make more videos for this record!”

LIVE THE DREAM was mixed by Max Norman (Ozzy, Megadeth), and features the talents of world-class bassist Dave Ellefson, as well as the mastering of Bob Ludwig (Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden), and an album cover painting by Joe Petagno (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd). LIVE THE DREAM was issued via Carmine Appice’s label Rocker Records LLC on March 4th , and is available for purchase via these links:



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-GWAR Releases Video Statement And Announces Creation Of Dave Brockie Foundation!

GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. would like to thank the fans and friends for the outpouring of love after the passing of our dear friend Dave Brockie. Our intention is to honor Dave, preserve his legacy and continue to share his brilliant works with the world. With that being said, GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. are proud to announce the creation of The Dave Brockie Foundation.

A video message from GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. addressing the fans can be viewed here:

“The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters, and performances in the arts. It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, as well as preserving the legacy of Dave’s body of works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity. The Dave Brockie Foundation will be a resource for artists in the fields of music, film, literature, and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels. The DBF will also strive to catalog and preserve Dave’s vast collection of original images, recordings, and written words, and make them available for the world to appreciate. The foundation’s first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument in Richmond, Virginia to provide the world with a place to pay respects to the memory of a very cherished man.”

Donations can be made to The Dave Brockie Foundation at .

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-New Lyric Video From California Breed

The celebrated hard rock power trio California Breed, which consists of Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Jason Bonham (drums), and Andrew Watt (guitar), have released the official lyric video for their current single “Midnight Oil.”

The video can be viewed, shared, and embedded from . The song will also be available as an instant grat track by pre-ordering the album exclusively from iTunes worldwide via this link: .

The animated lyric video was created by Nev Todoroic who spearheads the interactive media production company The Young Astronauts.

Says California Breed’s guitarist, Andrew Watt: “We wanted a lyric video that would make people want to watch this song in addition to just listen to it, one that would highlight the bombastic grooves of the track and convey the rhythm of the message. I turned to my friends, the Young Astronauts, whose previous videos have hundreds of millions of views, but they don’t work with a lot of rock bands and I thought THAT’S the magic, right there.”

“It’s a refreshing animated video that really captures the lyrical concert and message of the ‘Midnight Oil’ single,” says California Breed’s vocalist and bassist, Glenn Hughes. “We didn’t want to make a run-of-the-mill lyric video. The animation perfectly captures the raw energy, lyrical content, and the message of what ‘Midnight Oil’ is really all about… rock ‘n’ roll!!”

“Midnight Oil” is UK’s first single taken from California Breed’s self-titled debut album released by Frontiers Records in Europe on May 16th, and in the UK and US on May 19th. Produced in Nashville, Tennessee by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings) the album features 23-year-old guitarist Andrew Watt, who was originally introduced to Glenn Hughes by Julian Lennon at a party in L.A. in 2013.

California Breed are planning a UK and European tour in September. Tour dates will be announced shortly.

More information

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-Lion Music Label & Artist News

Lion Music is pleased to announce a digital re-release of the second album from Condition Red, simply entitled II, which features a re-mixed sound. It is available through iTunes and CDBaby.

In 2003, three years after Condition Red’s eponymous debut the band were back with their second opus, II, which mixed progressive metal with hard rock, neoclassical, and fusion.

This second album is for the most part is quite different from what the band did on their self-titled first album, even though some elements tie the two releases together. The biggest change saw singer/violinist Ella Grussner now playing a major part in the band’s refreshed sound but also Alexander King’s keyboards made a much bigger impact this time round. Gerald Kloos (Empire) was the new drummer whilst guitars are once again played by two monster musicians — Lars Eric Mattsson and Alex Masi.

Condition Red’s II contains 13 songs, of which some are shorter instrumental interludes — and there is no song over seven minutes, unlike on the first album where the focus was on more intricate numbers. This second album proved the band had matured musically and in terms of style is heavier, i.e. more progressive metal, than the debut album. The music has much clearer direction as all songs contained here share similar styles combining heavy metal and neoclassical with good melody lines.

The album was written in 2002 and recorded and released in 2003, although the track “Train Insane” was written way back in 1994 for Lars Eric Mattsson’s band Astral Groove but the original recording was never released.

Lars Eric Mattsson went back in 2013 to re-mix and master the album and the finished product is now more suited to the band’s founding members original vision. Mattsson comments, “The advent of better technology at my disposal has allowed me to craft the sound of both Condition Red albums to better reflect what I originally intended. I hope fans will enjoy these re-workings.”


Ninth solo album from one of rock/metal’s leading guitar authorities. REVENGE OF THE SHREDLORD is extremely intense guitar-wise yet still with plenty of killer riffs and strong melodies. Joe’s amazing playing is showcased nicely inside very listenable musical songs that use influences from various schools of metal. It’ll appeal to both guitar enthusiasts as well as fans of guitar-driven metal.

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Originally released in 2003 THE SEVENTH SIGN marked the debut release of progressive metal act Section A. Now the album sees a limited edition digi-pak reissue of only 500 units along with an additional bonus track not featured on the original release. Features past and present members of Fatal Force, Fate, Vanden Plas, Planet X, Lion’s Share, Speaking To Stones, and Dream Theater.

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Daniele Liverani – ELEVEN MYSTERIES

Perhaps better known as the keyboard and musical mastermind behind Twinspirits, Genius Rock Opera, Cosmics, and Khymera, the multi-talented Daniele Liverani is also a guitarist of considerable skill as his new instrumental album ELEVEN MYSTERIES testifies.

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Dushan Petrossi’s Iron Mask – HORDES OF THE BRAVE

Limited Edition (1,000 units) digi-pak reissue of 2005’s critically-acclaimed second album HORDES OF THE BRAVE, from neoclassical metal act Dushan Petrossi’s Iron Mask. This powerhouse of an album combines majestic arrangements with mind-blowing power throughout the 11 tracks on offer.

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Lion Music

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-Eden’s Curse: New Promo Video For SYMPHONY OF SIN UK Tour

Multinational melodic metallers Eden’s Curse, who will undertake their debut headline club tour of the UK in May, have released a promo video for the tour:

Having previously opened for the likes of Dream Theater, Stratovarius, Firewind, and Alestorm, the group are now making the step up armed with their critically-acclaimed fourth studio album, SYMPHONY OF SIN, and boasting a new lineup fronted by Serbian vocalist Nikola Mijic (Alogia, Dreyelands, Expedition Delta), guitarist Thorsten Koehne, and bassist Paul Logue, plus Steve Williams (ex-Power Quest, DragonForce) and John Clelland (Code Of Silence).

The dates are as follows:


Mon 19 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, SCO
Tue 20 – The Railway Venue, Bolton, ENG
Wed 21 – Snooty Fox, Wakefield, ENG
Thu 22 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, ENG
Fri 23 – The Yardbirds, Grimsby, ENG
Sat 24 – Static, Swansea, WAL
Sun 25 – The Underworld, London, ENG

Tickets available from all venues and online at .

Eden’s Curse

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-Z Records News

Legion & Mom’s Rocket Artwork Unveiled

It’s with great pleasure that we can reveal the cover artwork for Legion’s sixth studio album TEMPEST, which will be released April 28th, and Mom’s Rocket – V2, which will be released May 26th.

Sound samples from both releases will be available soon at .

Z Records Announces PHOENIX RISING Campaign

Z Records launch their PHOENIX RISING campaign on April 10th. The very special 14-track promotional CD compilation is available totally free of charge at all good mail order and retail shops including AOR Heaven, NEH Records, Music Buy Mail, Destiny, and ST Records. In addition, with all full-price purchases at the official Z online Store at .

The compilation features music from forthcoming releases and current titles so do not delay. Offer available only whilst stocks last.

Any outlet wishing to partake in this promotional offer should contact the label.

Z Records Release Schedule Update

April 11th – Sabu – BETWEEN THE LIGHT
April 28th – Legion – TEMPEST
May 26th – Mom’s Rocket – V2
June 23rd – Oregan – TEMPTATION

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-Lalu: French Composer Announces Endorsement By Roland; New Album In The Works For 2015 Release

French progressive metal keyboardist and composer, Vivien Lalu, is ecstatic to announce his new official sponsorship by Roland Keyboards. Having relied heavily on the brand for his entire career thus far, this new endorsement is a major breakthrough for the artist.

Stated Lalu on his union with the company: “After twenty years of using their keyboards I can now say that I’m proud to have joined the Roland family! I want to thank Roland Japan for the great welcome, and look forward to present you their amazing new products.”

In September 2013, Sensory Records released Lalu’s newest solo album, ATOMIC ARK. Having raked in rave reviews from international media outlets, the expansive but direct delivery of this talented songwriter is at its finest yet on this cinematic masterpiece, boasting an array of expansive elements with a dark edge. The opus was fully conceived and composed by Lalu, the musician having enlisted an all-star lineup of vocalist Martin LeMar (Mekong Delta), bassist Mike LePond (Symphony X), guitarist Simone Mularoni (DGM) and drummer Virgil Donati (Planet X), in addition to countless guest contributions, to complete the album. Alongside the release of his new masterwork, Vivien Lalu also announced that half of his royalties for ATOMIC ARK were to be donated directly to Paris/NYC-based animal rescue organization ALERTE SOS!

Lalu is currently immersed in the creation of new material for his full-length follow-up to ATOMIC ARK for Sensory Records, having already confirmed its title as ORKEYSTRA. Contrary to his ONIRIC METAL debut and ATOMIC ARK, the impending ORKEYSTRA will venture into new territory by featuring multiple singers in addition to Martin LeMar, who usually handles all vocals. New information on the next chapter in the Lalu lineage will be released throughout the rest of the year in preparation for its release in 2015.

For now fans can order ATOMIC ARK now direct from Sensory/The Laser’s Edge at .

“The catchy bits will be stuck in your head for days on end, the heavy parts will never not make you bang your head, the beautiful parts will always be touching, the ethereal and dream-like parts will always evoke images in your head, and the musicianship will never not impress.” – Metal Injection

“The album is driven by Lalu’s sense of fine-tuned technicality and majestic flair.” – PopMatters

“The concise track lengths serve to emphasize the satiating guitar focused delivery… Lalu’s hook littered and varied song writing is sure to catch the attention of progressive metal fans with this individualized method of album construction.” – Metal Storm

“…blistering guitar solos, soaring vocals, and complex song arrangements… The musicianship is top-notch and there is a nice diversity to the songwriting…a progressive powerhouse.” –

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-Category VI Unleash Debut Music Video

Category VI are proud to present our very first music video!! It’s for the song “Reborn” from our debut album FIREBORN.


“Reborn” was filmed along the cliffs and shoreline of Flatrock, Newfoundland on March 29th, 2014. The video was done by Ritchie Perez and Mike Hynes.

For more information on our band, check our official page at or here on our Facebook page .

In mid November 2013, Category VI also unveiled a lyric video for their new song “Silence Befalls The Crowd” from FIREBORN. Stream the song here:

FIREBORN can be purchased at HMV in the Avalon Mall, St. John’s, NL, from the band directly, or digitally from:


CD Baby:

Amazon MP3:

About Category VI:
Hailing from the misty shores of Avalon, Category VI formed in early 2010. The band brings something new to the local Newfoundland metal scene as they are the only band from the city that plays melodic metal and the only active female-fronted melodic metal band in the city! Category VI has performed live in St. John’s several times with other local hard rock and metal bands as well as with touring bands. In 2011 the band released a three-song demo entitled VINLAND. FIREBORN is the debut full-length from Category VI and features over 50mins of melodic metal, traditional metal, and even a few hints of thrash.

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-Metal Babe Mayhem Is Taking Over The World… One Shirt At A Time

LOS ANGELES, CA — Founded in 2005 by Hollywood transplant, Alison Cohen, Metal Babe Mayhem is on a mission to be your rock lifestyle outlet. With a clothing and accessories line consisting of unique T-shirt designs and types (including see-through shirts and tank tops, dresses, and hot pants), jewelry (a variety of necklaces, earrings, pendants, and wrist cuffs), onesies, hoodies, and more.

Metal Babe Mayhem also has a selection of handmade guitar pick jewelry and a variety of necklaces and bracelets from other manufacturers, including Alchemy Gothic.

Cohen began Metal Babe Mayhem (originally Metal Babe Productions) because she was working on a rock n’ roll game show and wanted to build a following and gain recognition for her lips/crossbones logo prior to the release of the television show. Unbeknownst to her, Metal Babe Mayhem really took off, and Cohen was so happy with the success that she put all her focus into designing, producing, and marketing her brand.

Metal Babe Mayhem tank tops have been featured on VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” by Miss Box Of Junk (Jennifer Leah Gottlieb) and seen onstage by musicians such as Jeff Duncan, (Armored Saint/DC4) Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion/Gilby Clarke/Cheap Thrill), Chris Sanders (London/Night Fury), David Shankle (DSG), and Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro).

The St. Louis native is about more than just her clothing and accessories, however. Cohen also has a blog with live concert reviews, interviews, and CD reviews, and features a calendar of upcoming events and a rotating monthly playlist, making your one stop rock music source. “This is a way for me to share my love for music and my Hollywood rock n’ roll lifestyle with people all over the world,” she says. “When I write, I want you to feel like you are right by my side the whole time. I love giving people the opportunity to live vicariously through me, and even better if they do it while wearing some Metal Babe Mayhem Merchandise!”

Alison “Metal Babe” Cohen: “I do it all for the love of the music.”

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-Rock Company Newsletter

– Music For All Moods –

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New Release – EARTHSHINE

The first release from our new signing Earthshine is now available in CD format. It was already available in digital formats.

Earthshine is instrumental music that hints at ambient, new age, and film music. A new territory for the label, but very promising!

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* You can listen to it on the site and find links to their social presence.

New Website

It was about time we upgraded the site, so we did!

Navigation is more simple, and the shop simply looks better now and has a more simple checkout procedure. Still using PayPal, so safe, secure, and simple. For our Dutch fellow countrymen iDeal will be added as soon as possible.

Not all features are restored yet, so work continues. But we want to invite you to have a look at .


The second Forest Field ( ) release continues to gather praise from around the world. Very happy with that of course. The first pressing is steadily selling, so better hurry to grab your copy!

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More good news is that the new album is in the mixing stages. This time all vocals are handled by the mighty mister Phil Vincent ( ; solo, Legion, D’Ercole, Tragik, etc.). And Sue Straw ( ) guests on Native American flutes on the track “Hope.”


Chinawhite ( ) are working on their fourth album for the label, fifth if you also count the digital DEMO’S 1990-2005 release. The new album will see a bit of a departure from earlier material. More straightforward, more guitars, more energy! On their YouTube channel ( ) some clips of what is going on in the studio are present. As well as videos for many songs, old, and new… Please subscribe.

10 Years Online!

Our company was founded in 1987, has been online since 2004, and has a lot more reasons to celebrate!

A new release, a new website, and successful acts on offer. That is why we celebrate. If you use coupon celebrate2014 (valid till May 1, 2014) in our CD shop, you receive a 25% discount! And shipping rates are still very low, no matter how many CDs you order!

For wholesale distribution, get in touch!

Thank you for your attention and support of independent music!

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-Killer Metal Records News

Edge Of Thorns – INSOMNIA

NEW! Release Date April 4th 2014

INSOMNIA is the title of their new and third album. One hour of heavy metal, powerful, with melody! David Brixius seasons the 12 songs with killer leads, catchy, feelingly, brilliant! Guest singer for the metal hymn “Metal Unity” is Ralf Scheepers (ex-Gamma Ray, Primal Fear) who does a superb job! A video was done for this one as well. Edge Of Thorns having a sound that grasps of contemporary developments and at the same level with other major players of the style!

Tip: “Metal Unity,” “Yearning Has Begun,” “Death Dealer”
For fans of: Rage / Gamma Ray

Still Hot / Releases Of The Last Months:

Switchblade are resurrecting the mighty ’80s era of metal while often recalling Iron Maiden with Bruce Dickinson at the helm, huge, powerful sawing riffs a’la Accept and spreading catchy choruses. All are the cornerstones of a brilliant album. With murderous riffery the four musicians forged an album which makes all goatie-bearer withering their herb! The errand to the attic is your principal duty to arouse your long since forgotten jeans jacket!

HEAVY WEAPONS consists of nine tracks, a few from the band’s past along with fresh material. All those who like the Metalhead debut (KMR-CD012) also will love Switchblade! Another top album of traditional heavy metal which soon will find a lot of fans!

“Infernal Paradise”:

Thrash Metal from England

The band which is also part of metal history with records like PRAY FOR WAR, FORCE RECON, or LUNACY! New five-song EP with 26 minutes playing time!

Anihilated – IDEVIANT CD
Thrash Metal from England

Anihilated new album IDEVIANT!!! A brilliant Thrash attack showing the band is among the best bands from the United Kingdom! Never heard of them? You should do your history lessons!

Remember on records like CREATED IN HATE or THE ULTIMATE DESECRATION! Early British Thrash!

Thrash Metal from England

With Rezinwolf another British Thrash band besides Anihilated and Virus are under contract to Killer Metal Records. Rezinwolf offer on their debut album a grand display of fireworks without thrashing unsophisticatedly or forgetting melodies. Lyrically the new album covers various topics all centered around a main theme of corruption and its different forms, be it within government, mental health, or living in a disjointed society. All the lyrics are spawned from vocalist Dan Murphy’s experiences and observations of the world around him, and as such are often thought provoking, poignant, and sometimes even completely satirical. A remarkable debut of great fun and it does not like to leave the CD player!

The band plays on this year Bloodstock festival in England.

Dragonsclaw – JUDGEMENT DAY CD
Heavy Metal from Australia

We are pleased to announce that Dragonsclaw have signed with Killer Metal Records for the release of the new album JUDGEMENT DAY.

JUDGEMENT DAY follows the path of PROPHECY — so no surprises here! Nine songs, typically Dragonsclaw including a cover version of the Warlord classic “Lucifer’s Hammer.” Warlord fans already could witness singer Giles Lavery on their three Europe gigs fronting the US cult band in spring 2013. The second album also has two guest appearances, this time David Reece, known as singer for Accept and second ex-Virgin Steele guitarist Jack Starr.

Ritual Steel – IMMORTAL CD
Heavy Metal from Germany

The condemned live longer — Ritual Steel have done an album which is with nearly 72 minutes playing time not only the longest and most varying one in the band history but also the musically ambitious one. Absolutely Heavy Metal! Raw! Heavy! Catchy! A gem!

Thrash Metal from USA

Noticeable many young Thrash bands emulating old heroes like Venom or Hellhammer. This sounds very often like musicians in a junk room with bad guitar solos and poor vocals. The newcomers often forget that in the early ’80s of the last millennium the style was initially discovered or the bands were not able to play better.

Shallow Ground do not have jump on the bandwagon. The American band shows well-done Thrash, technically and musically fine with great songs. They can be queued among many established acts without drawing concrete comparisons between them to easily. The interspersed harmonies and having the knack for skilful arrangements let the nearly 60 minutes pass without having any boredom at all. Shallow Ground rivet and waking the desire for more!

Cyanide Scream – BATTLE ON CD
Heavy Metal from USA

With a new bass player Mark Daven the second album of this USA-based band was recorded. BATTLE ON follows strictly the path of the debut. The Heavy Metal of the ’70s and early ’80s was a development of the beat of the ’60s and Rock. Characterized by comprehensible song structures with the understanding for catchy tunes those bands were far from what is meant by the term “Heavy Metal” today. Cyanide Scream are based in this old tradition but sounding very up to date! Listen to the catchy “Forever Holding On” or the ballad “In The cold!”

Heavy Metal from Australia

Taipan’s best known record was released in 1981 and is greatly respected by fans around the world. In 1985 the last record of the early period was released before the Aussies returned with STONEWITCH in 2007. End of 2011 SNAKES was released by Killer Metal Records. Now the band presents their actual studio album METAL MACHINE, a piece of timeless, dark, and heavy metal, which has its roots in the NWOBHM but not sounding antiquated. Catchy melodies do not have priority but causing moods motivating the listener diving deep in! Many changes in tempo are cribbing the varying material. Give it a listen and enjoy!

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Out now: Switchblade – HEAVY WEAPONS (heavy metal / first album)

still hot:
Anihilated (UK) – IDEVIANT CD (Thrash Metal)
Dragonsclaw (AUS) – JUDGEMENTN DAY CD (Heavy Metal / second album)
Rezinwolf (UK) – CORRUPTION KINGDOM CD (Thrash Metal / first album)

New releases coming soon:
Edge Of Thorns – INSOMNIA (2014)

our bands:

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

-Attention Defecit Delirium has a new Geezer Butler interview at .

-Doro’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” is online at . From Ms. Pesch: “Along with T. Rex, Led Zeppelin was among my all-time favorite bands of the ’70s. They were four phenomenal musicians, who did not only come up with excellent rock songs, but also with wonderful ballads — such as ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,’ a very emotional track and among my personal faves of the band.” It appears on the bonus CD POWERFUL PASSIONATE FAVORITES, which comes with the RAISE YOUR FIST – 30 YEARS ANNIVERSARY EDITION. See for more.

-Edguy’s SPACE POLICE – DEFENDERS OF THE CROWN is due out April 18 through Nuclear Blast. A lyric video for “Sabre & Torch” is online at . See for more.

-Epica will release THE QUANTUM ENIGMA in May on Nuclear Blast Records. Upcoming live dates:

4/30 – 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands
5/4 – Headbanger’s Weekend, Istanbul, Turkey
6/7 – Pinkpop, Landgraaf, The Netherlands
6/14 – Novarock, Nickelsdorf, Austria
7/11 – Masters Of Rock, Vizovice, Czech Republic
7/12 – Seven Festival, Wegorzewo, Poland
8/8 – Vagos Open Air, Vagos, Portugal
8/10 – Heavy Montreal, Montreal, Canada
8/16 – Pukkelpop, Kiewit (Hasselt), Belgium

See for more.

-There’s a new interview with guitarist Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne) at .

-Check out an interview with Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale at . Topics include the band’s participation in the new Dio tribute album THIS IS YOUR LIFE.

-There’s a new interview with comedian and “That Metal Show” co-host Don Jamieson online now at . Jamieson recently released his second comedy album, HELL BENT FOR LAUGHTER.

-Popdose’s piece on the “Top Five Non-makeup Kiss Albums” is online at .

-Check out an interview with Lacuna Coil’s Andrea Ferro at .

-Mire performed on Global TV Montreal’s “Morning Show” this past Monday. Check out their interview and live acoustic version of “Limitless Pt. 2″ at . The band — J.P. LaChapelle on vocals, Dave Massicotte on guitar/vocals, Bruno Chouinard on guitar/keyboards, Robbie O’Brien on bass, and Stephane Boileau on drums — released INWARD/OUTWARD on March 18, and it’s available through iTunes at , and via “PAY WHAT YOU WANT” on their Bandcamp, . See , , and for more.

-Sabaton’s HEROES is due out May 16, and the lyric video for the first single “To Hell And Back!” is online at . See for more.

-Sonata Arctica’s new album PARIAH’S CHILD is streaming at . The band is on the road as follows:

4/10 – Effenaar, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
4/11 – Durbuy Rock Festival, Bormal-Sur-Ourthe, Belgium
4/13 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
4/14 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
4/16 – Meier Music Hall, Braunschweig, Germany
4/17 – C-Club, Berlin, Germany
4/18 – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
4/19 – Matrix, Bochum, Germany
4/21 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
4/22 – Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany
4/23 – Bataclan, Paris, France
4/24 – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany
4/26 – Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany
4/27 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
4/28 – Live Club, Trezzo, Itlay
4/30 – Club 202, Budapest, Hungary
5/1 – Retro Music Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
5/2 – Szene, Vienna, Austria
5/4 – Transbordeur, Lyon, France
5/5 – Bikini, Barcelona, Spain
5/6 – Arena, Madrid, Spain
8/2 – Dolni Vitkóvice-Open Air, Ostrava, Czech Republic
11/2 – Volta, Moscow, Russia
11/3 – Premio Centre, Nizhny Novogorod, Russia
11/5 – Bingo, Kiev, Ukrain
11/6 – Re:public, Minsk, Russia
11/8 – Avrora, St. Petersburg, Russia

See for more.

-Threshold will release its tenth studio album, FOR THE JOURNEY, late this year. See for more.

Thanks to Hawk, Bryan Reesman, Jon Asher, Ted Asregadoo, John Young, Chad Bowar, and Dan Drago for help gathering some of this information.

by Tim Wadzinski (

-This is going to be it for Detritus, and I really, truly mean it this time — honest. I’ve been doing this for 20-odd years and it’s just time. I figured issue #666 would be the perfect ending. :)

I started out contributing stuff to Kurt Torster’s old SFK email newsletter in 1993/1994 (I think…) under the awesome title “Tim’s Column,” but I needed a real name. The title “Detritus” was kind of a joke. I stole the word from a sci-fi short story written by my buddy Arnie, and was inspired by its meanings of “rubble,” “disintegrated material,” and “debris” to use it to describe my attempts at covering the then-splintered ’80s metal scene.

Remember back to 1994/1995, and the state of some of my favorite bands. Judas Priest, Armored Saint, and Ratt were gone, and Lillian Axe, Winger, and Killer Dwarfs were winding down; Queensryche was about to embark on a long, steady decline, Metallica was about to get LOADed, and Ozzy was about to release the disappointing OZZMOSIS; Iron Maiden and Motley Crue were hurting; KISS, Skid Row, Accept, Dangerous Toys, Warrant, and Wildside were changing their styles; Rob Halford’s work in Fight wasn’t doing it for me; Dokken and Y&T had been in hiding but were about to re-emerge; Manowar was laying low; Blackie Lawless was piecing together a new W.A.S.P.; Dio, the Scorpions, and Great White were operating on much smaller scales…

Yes, there were some bright lights in the darkness — Savatage, Pretty Maids, Yngwie Malmsteen, Helloween, FireHouse, Dream Theater, Motorhead, Gamma Ray, Saxon, and Megadeth were all soldiering on — but overall I was bummed about the state of music and was desperately looking for something new and cool. I dug into some indie bands; I “discovered” Edwin Dare (featuring Jeff Kollman and Kevin Chown) as they opened for Dangerous Toys, and got into Enertia and Empyria through album reviews. I was big into tape trading (hello Michael Henderson, John Dokken, and Glenn Grossbier!) and started buying a *lot* of import CDs from Dream Disc and Alta Mira Cypershop. Through various means I got clued into killer bands like Running Wild, Jag Panzer, Good Rats, Pink Cream 69, and The Burnpool. I tried to hype these “new bands” as much as possible, and my contributions to SFK got bigger and bigger. We soon agreed I should split off and do my own thing, so Detritus started as its own entity.

I’ve been lucky to work with a great stable of metal head writers, reviewers, and contributors over the years. So to Neal Woodall, Keith Abt, Patrick Brower, Paul Lackey, Stephanie Kushner, Sean P. Gahgan, John Erigo, Craig Matusinski, Clay Marshall, Joel Ansier, Jan W., Stephanie Davison, etc., I say a hearty “THANK YOU.” Special mentions and extra big thanks go out to Steve Shumake, who’s been there with me from the start. YOU RULE MAN!!! My longtime buddies “Roscoe,” “Hawk,” and “Blaupunkt” also contributed quite a bit over the years. Everything is/was appreciated!!!

I’ve also been able to meet, chat with, and get to know some awesome record label and PR folks. I’m talking about Chip Ruggieri & Chipster Entertainment, Dave Tedder & Headfirst Entertainment, Lasse Mattsson & Lion Music, Carol Kaye & Kayos Productions, John Kivel & Kivel Records, Nancy B. Sayle & VQPR, Tom Mathers & Perris Records, Michael Mazur & Debbie Sellnow at Mazur PR, Dave & Liz at Earsplit PR, Axel Wiesenauer & Rock’N’Growl Promotion, Matt Rudzinski & Tribunal/Divebomb Records, Jon Asher, Mark Morton, Nathan Birk, and Andy Craven. Thanks for setting us up with all the promos, tickets, and interviews! We’ve also dealt with many people at labels like Century Media, Escape, Napalm, AFM, Metal Blade, Nuclear Blast, Frontiers, Z, Mausoleum, CMC International, FnA, Cruz Del Sur, Doolittle Group, and Sensory/The Laser’s Edge. That’s a big pile of awesome right there.

Thanks to Tim Henderson (, Wes Royer & Todd Craven (Open Up And Say…), Mike McCarthy (ANT Magazine), Bands On The Run, and Pete Dziadzka for giving me other outlets to write, and for help in finding a home on the Web for Detritus. (We were drifters there for a while…)

And finally, I’ve been very fortunate to meet and/or interview tons of my rock heroes — I still say my standout interviews were with Sebastian Bach (I got him to sing part of “Can’t Stand The Heartache” into the phone for my buddy Jeff), Dee Snider (I missed his call by, like, 1 minute, and he left a sinister voice mail asking “Tim? Where are you Tim?”), Dave Meniketti (sitting atop the Penny Road Pub in South Barrington, Ill., just as the bad news about Phil Kennemore was breaking), and Harry Cody (my first real/big interview) — but the one of the best highlights from these experiences has been befriending folks like Bill Leverty, Stuart Smith, Jason McMaster, Michael Angelo Batio, Duane T. Jones, and Lyden Moon. You people keep it all running with your creations! Thanks for letting me take a peek inside your world.

Thanks for the last 20 years, and as always, “Rock Hard With A Purpose!” – Tim

*** REVIEWS ***
ETHAN BROSH – LIVE THE DREAM (A-/B+) Rocker Records, 2014
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I first heard Ethan Brosh on his excellent debut OUT OF OBLIVION, the Israeli-born guitarist impressing with a skillful combination of songwriting and virtuosity infused with an ’80s metal dynamic; five years later and he is back with new album LIVE THE DREAM and it’s been well worth the wait. Rather than simply showing off with chops over repetitive vamps, Ethan crafts actual songs, incorporating the melodic sensibilities of the Scorpions and Iron Maiden, blending in the classic shred of Jake E. Lee and George Lynch and completing this aggregate with the technical acumen of Tony MacAlpine and Greg Howe. Ethan excels at writing instrumentals that not only excite but keep your interest, from atmospheric rockers such as the title track, “Space Invaders,” and “Rude Awakening” (featuring no less than Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson on bass) to relaxing, ethereal pieces like “Knock On Wood” and “Clean Slate.” The album was produced by the legendary Max Norman (Ozzy, Lynch Mob) and mastered by studio great Bob Ludwig and sounds fantastic, Ethan capturing that huge ’80s heavy rock tone often missing in today’s recordings. Highly recommended for fans of quality guitar playing, Ethan Brosh is bringing the hard rock/metal instrumental to a new generation…
– Neal Woodall (

*** OUT ***

Detritus Issue #665

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Issue #665
Week of March 17, 2014

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-We’re taking a little spring breaky-break so this is the last you’ll hear from us for a week or two. – Tim

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-Kiss & Def Leppard: The World’s Biggest Rock Bands Set To Tour This Summer

Kissonline All-New Kiss Concert Club Presale

VIP Packages Available

LOS ANGELES — This summer two of the world’s greatest rock bands, Kiss and Def Leppard, are set to deliver a massive tour dedicated to fans who wanna rock and roll all night! These two legendary rock bands spanning two continents announced that they will launch the tour as Kiss celebrates their 40th year in music. The summer’s biggest hit-fueled rock tour, promoted exclusively by Live Nation, will storm through 40-plus cities throughout North America kicking off on Monday, June 23 in West Valley City, UT at the USANA Amphitheater. Tickets for most events (unless otherwise noted below) go on sale starting on Friday, March 21 through the Live Nation mobile app and at .

2014 Kiss Concert Club members have access to the exclusive presale beginning March 18th. Members also get first shot at the ALL NEW VIP packages, including Meet and Greets.

PLEASE NOTE: All preexisting and “active” Kiss Army Fan Club members will have access to Concert Club presales. Both Concert Club and active Fan Club members should log in to Kissonline and read all of the instructions at the top of the tour page when accessing the presales.

Check out the schedule below and if you’re not already a member of the Kiss Concert Club and you want access to these presales, join today.

PRESALES BEGIN MARCH 18 AT 10 A.M. (local venue time):
June 23 – West Valley City, UT (USANA Amphitheater)
June 25 – Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
June 27 – Ridgefield, WA (Sleep Country Amphitheater)
June 29 – Auburn, WA (White River Amphitheatre)
July 2 – Concord, CA (Concord Pavilion)
July 3 – Wheatland, CA (Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre)
July 5 – Irvine, CA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
July 6 – Chula Vista, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
July 8 – Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)
July 9 – Phoenix, AZ (Ak-Chin Pavilion)
July 12 – Austin, TX (Austin360 Amphitheater, on sale March 22)
July 13 – Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
July 15 – Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
July 16 – Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
July 18 – Atlanta, GA (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, on sale March 22)
July 19 – Charlotte, NC (PNC Music Pavilion)
July 20 – Raleigh, NC (Walnut Creek Amphitheatre)
July 22 – West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
July 23 – Tampa, FL (MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre)
July 25 – Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
July 26 – Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center, on sale March 22)
August 1 – Mansfield, MA (Xfinity Center)
August 2 – Atlantic City, NJ (Boardwalk Hall, on sale TBA)
August 3 – Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center)
August 5 – Saratoga Springs, NY (SPAC, on sale March 22)
August 6 – Wantagh, NY (Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre, on sale TBA)
August 8 – Virginia Beach, VA (Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, on sale March 22)
August 9 – Scranton, PA (Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain)
August 10 – Hartford, CT (Xfinity Theatre)
August 12 – Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
August 13 – Darien, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, on sale March 22)
August 15 – East Troy, WI (Alpine Valley Music Theatre)
August 16 – Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
August 17 – Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
August 20 – Des Moines, IA (Wells Fargo Arena)
August 22 – Noblesville, IN (Klipsch Music Center)
August 23 – Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre, on sale March 22)
August 24 – Burgettstown, PA (First Niagara Pavilion, on sale March 22)
August 26 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Blossom Music Center)
August 28 – Maryland Heights, MO (Verizon Wireless Amp, on sale March 22)
August 29 – Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
August 31 – Woodlands, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)

See you this summer!

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-Forthcoming Alice Cooper Doc Opera “Super Duper Alice Cooper” Premiering At Tribeca Film Festival On April 17, 2014

250+ Theatrical Screenings To Follow, Beginning April 30, 2014 In The United States

Watch The Official Trailer Here:

As announced earlier this month, the upcoming official Alice Cooper documentary, “Super Duper Alice Cooper,” will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and will hit theaters nationwide beginning April 30, 2014. “Super Duper Alice Cooper” will officially premiere on April 17, 2014 and is presented by Banger Films, in association with Eagle Rock Entertainment, and distributed to theaters and venues by SpectiCast (“As The Palaces Burn,” “Aerosmith: Rock For The Rising Sun,” “Morrissey 25: Live”).

Catch this special “doc opera” at a theater or venue near you! “Super Duper Alice Cooper” will screen in over 250 US cinemas and venues following the premiere (see below for a full listing). As mentioned previously, a special pre-recorded “Keep Calm & Just Ask Alice” Q&A and welcome from Alice will be included exclusively with each screening.

See below for a current list of US theatrical and venue screenings, sorted by their original screening date. Several of the mentioned theaters and venues will show multiple screenings of “Super Duper Alice Cooper,” so make sure to check your local listings for more information.

Upcoming “Super Duper Alice Cooper” US Screenings:

Fairfax, VA / Angelika Mosaic
Dallas, TX / Angelika Film Dallas
Plano, TX / Angelika Film Plano
San Diego, CA / Gaslamp 15
Honolulu, HI / Ward Stadium 16
Sacramento, CA / Tower Theatre
La Mesa, CA / Grossmont Center 10
Rohnert Park, CA / Rohnert Park 16
Bakersfield, CA / Valley Plaza 16
New York, NY / Village East
Manville, NJ / Manville 12-Plex
Murrieta, CA / Cal Oaks 17
Cleveland, OH / Capitol Theatre
Cleveland, OH / Shaker Square Cinemas
Pittsburgh, PA / Southside Works Cinema
Peoria, AZ / Arrowhead Fountains 18
Oklahoma City, OK / Bricktown 16
Chandler, AZ / Chandler Fashion 20
Moreno Valley, CA / Moreno Valley 16
Denver, CO / Northfield 18
Phoenix, AZ / Scottsdale 101
Arlington, MA / Regent Theatre
Claremont, CA / Claremont 5
North Hollywood, CA / NoHo 7
Pasadena, CA / Playhouse 7
Amherst, NY / The Screening Room Inc.
Chestnut Hill, MA / Showcase SuperLux
Millbury, MA / Blackstone Valley 14 Cinema de Lux
Dedham, MA / Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place
Bridgeport, CT / Showcase Cinemas Bridgeport
White Plains, NY / City Center 15: Cinema De Lux
Whitestone, NY / College Point Multiplex Cinemas
Edgewater, NJ / Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas
Farmingdale, NY / Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas
Holtsville, NY / Island 16: Cinema De Lux
Lowell, MA / Showcase Cinemas Lowell
Foxboro, MA / Showcase Cinema de Lux Patriot Place
Providence, RI / Providence Place Cinemas 16
Springdale, OH / Springdale 18: Cinema De Lux
Warwick, RI / Showcase Cinemas Warwick
Randolph, MA / Showcase Cinema de Lux Randolph
Revere, MA / Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere
Elmsford, NY / Greenburgh Multiplex Cinemas
Yonkers, NY / Showcase Cinema de Lux Ridge Hill
Bonita Springs, FL / Prado Stadium 12

San Francisco, CA / Balboa Theatre
Cincinnati, OH / Esquire Theatre
Columbus, OH / Gateway Film Center
Sparta, NJ / Digiplex Sparta
Mechanicsburg, PA / Digiplex Mechanicsburg
Camp Hill, PA / Digiplex Camp Hill
Williamsport, PA / Digiplex Williamsport
Bloomsburg, PA / Digiplex Bloomsburg
Selinsgrove, PA / Digiplex Selinsgrove
Reading, PA / Digiplex Fairgrounds
Solon, OH / Digiplex Solon Cinema 16
Surprise, AZ / Digiplex Surprise Pointe 14
Bloomfield, CT / Digiplex Bloomfield
Lisbon, CT / Digiplex Lisbon
Torrington, CT / Digiplex CINEROM Torrington
Temecula, CA / Digiplex Temecula Tower 10
Apple Valley, CA / Digiplex Apple Valley 14
Bonsall, CA / Digiplex River Village
Oceanside, CA / Digiplex Mission Marketplace 13
Poway, CA / Digiplex Poway 10
Westfield, NJ / Digiplex Rialto Westfield
San Rafael, CA / California Film Institute

Phoenix, AZ / FilmBar

Athens, OH / Athena Grand

Tuscon, AZ / The Loft Cinema

Bridgeport, CT / Bijou Theatre

More information on “Super Duper Alice Cooper:”

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the first ever “doc opera” — a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation, and rock opera that will cement forever the legend of Alice Cooper.

The film is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the ’60s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the ’70s to his triumphant comeback as ’80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s soul. Alice’s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider.

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of “Iron Maiden: Flight 666″ (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film “Monkey Warfare.”

For more information on “Super Duper Alice Cooper,” please visit:

For more information on Alice Cooper, please visit:

For more information on Banger Films, please visit:
Instagram: @BangerFilms

Alice Cooper needs no introduction. Still touring the world, with over 100 concerts scheduled in 2014, and hosting his internationally syndicated “Nights With Alice Cooper” radio show five nights a week for over a decade, Alice shows no sign of slowing down.

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-Guitar Legend Neal Schön Teams Up With Marco Mendoza And Deen Castronovo For Smoking New Fusion And Blues-Inspired Hard Rock Album

SO U Due Out May 20th Via Frontiers Records

NEW YORK, NY — Guitar legend Neal Schön has joined forces with bassist Marco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) to create a unique body of work with jazz and blues-inspired virtuosic hard rock playing, entitled SO U. The new album features Schön, Mendoza, and Castronovo splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankees songwriter, singer, and bassist Jack Blades. Please see below for the track listing for SO U. Of SO U, Neal Schön commented, “This is a great new record that features all three of us — Deen, Marco, and myself — sharing lead vocals. Enjoy!”

Best known as founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schön has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n’ roll’s top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time. Beginning his career more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana. Schön moved on in 1973 to form Journey. With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005, and was individually inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013. As the only member to record on all of Journey’s albums, Schön continues with the band today in its latest incarnation.

In addition to six solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Neal Schön has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer, Hardline, and super group Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects. His latest instrumental solo album, THE CALLING, released in 2012 via Frontiers Records, won rave reviews from fans and the media alike, with Vintage Guitar declaring “THE CALLING is a fine piece of work demonstrating that Schön still has it going on — and then some… The songs are strong and his guitar tones are absolutely luxurious.” In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schön also worked with Gibson to manufacture his own limited edition “Neal Schön Signature Model Custom Les Paul” guitar, but now uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars, made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.

SO U track listing:
1. Take A Ride
2. So U
3. Exotica
4. What You Want
5. Love Finds A Way
6. On My Way
7. Serenity
8. Shelter
9. Big Ocean

For more information please visit:

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-Platinum-Selling Rockers Krokus To Release New Live Album


Krok ‘n’ Rollers

In the last four decades, Krokus has played over 2,000 shows across five continents. Every gig, every place, and every crowd was different but all showed tremendous enthusiasm towards the band. Krokus recorded 20 shows for release consideration, eventually deciding on their last sold-out show, recorded in their hometown at the House Of Rust on August 30th, 2013. LONG STICK GOES BOOM: LIVE FROM DA HOUSE OF RUST will be released in North America on April 22nd via The End Records.

An ecstatic audience and a killer location, for Krokus it was a truly memorable moment — it was the night where Krok ‘n’ Roll came back to town — to Rockcity Solothurn where it all started in 1975. “We’re extremely happy to share this moment with all of you. This proves that there is still a place for the eternal flame of Rock ‘n’ Roll — our medicine of life.”

“A hell of a big ‘Thank You’ for your constant support and appreciation. This is the fuel we need to go the extra mile. Enjoy and spread the word!”
– Krokus

For almost 40 years now, Krokus has stood for high-quality, honest-to-goodness, hand-made power rock. No other Swiss rock band sells albums and its back catalog worldwide like Krokus. The band has already sold over 14 million records, toured the world, and received gold and platinum discs in the USA and Canada. The milestones in their rock career are dotted around the world: from Australia and the USA to Mexico, Russia, Japan, and China.

Marc Storace – Lead Vocals
Chris von Rohr – Bass, Vocals
Fernando von Arb – Guitar, Vocals
Mark Kohler – Guitar
Mandy Meyer – Guitar
Flavio Mezzodi – Drums

Krokus – LONG STICK GOES BOOM CD/T-Shirt Bundle
Our Price: $19.99

Track listing:
1. Long Stick Goes Boom
2. Hallelujah Rock ‘n’ Roll
3. Go Baby Go
4. American Woman
5. Tokyo Nights
6. Fire
7. Rock City/Better Than Sex/Dog Song
8. Screaming In The Night
9. Hellraiser
10. Bedside Radio
11. Easy Rocker
12. Heatstrokes
13. Live For The Action
14. Hoodoo Woman

The Omega Order

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-Magic Circle Music Update

Notice: Manowar’s Performance At Legacy Open Air Canceled

Despite all of our management’s efforts over the last months to save Manowar’s scheduled headlining performance at Legacy Open Air in Germany this June, the promoters’ failures to fulfill essential contractual obligations have made it impossible for Manowar to put on the show that their fans deserve, leaving us with no other choice than to disassociate Manowar from this event.

Those who have purchased tickets to see Manowar at Legacy Open Air this summer are recommended to contact their ticket outlets to obtain a full refund.

The KINGS OF METAL MMXIV World Tour continues across Europe starting March 18, 2014 in Krasnodar, Russia and Manowar will return to Germany for three indoor shows in January 2015 in Essen (January 14, 2015), Munich (January 15, 2015), and Frankfurt (January 17, 2015).

Manowar Add Third Tour Date For Tallinn, Estonia On March 26, 2014

Manowar fans in Estonia are given one more chance to experience the KINGS OF METAL MMXIV World Tour this month!

After tickets for the first two shows were sold out within 6 minutes and 24 hours respectively, Manowar have confirmed an additional show for Wednesday March 26, 2014 at Rock Café in Tallinn, Estonia.

On this tour, Manowar will perform the entire KINGS OF METAL MMXIV album and many other favorite hymns.

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 10 a.m. CET.

See you there
Hail and Kill!

KINGS OF METAL MMXIV World Tour – Confirmed Tour Dates:
Tue, March 18, 2014 – Olymp Palace of Sports – Krasnodar, Russia
Fri, March 21, 2014 – Luzhniki Palace of Sports – Moscow, Russia
Sun, March 23, 2014 – Yubileyny Sports Palace – St. Petersburg, Russia
Tue, March 25, 2014 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
Wed, March 26, 2014 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia
Thu, March 27, 2014 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
Sat, March 29, 2014 – Teatro Arena – Vilnius, Lithuania
Sat, May 17, 2014 – Spodek – Katowice, Poland
Wed, May 21, 2014 – Hangar 11 – Tel Aviv, Israel
Sat, May 24, 2014 – Metal Summer Festival – Istanbul, Turkey
Fri-Sat, July 25-26, 2014 – Magic Circle Festival – Helsinki, Finland
Wed, November 12, 2014 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA, USA
Sat, November 15, 2014 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL, USA
Sun, November 16, 2014 – Royal Oak Theatre – Royal Oak, MI, USA
Wed, January 14, 2015 – Grugahalle – Essen, Germany
Fri, January 16, 2015 – Zenith – Munich, Germany
Sat, January 17, 2015 – Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany

More info and constant updates:

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-Frontiers Rock Festival: VIP Tickets & Swag

The first Frontiers Rock Festival, which will be held at the Live Music Club in Trezzo (Milano, Italy) on May 1, 2, and 3, and will see performances from 21 bands in three days including such artists as Tesla, Stryper, Night Ranger, Winger, Pretty Maids, Hardline, W.E.T., Red Dragon Cartel, Danger Danger, Jeff Scott Soto, and more, offers a limited amount of 150 VIP Tickets in total (which are close to be sold out now — hurry up!). VIP ticket experience includes four-star hotel accommodation, shuttle service to the venue, dinners, drinks, and the possibility of meeting the artists in person while enjoy the Festival from an advantaged viewpoint.

Frontiers is also pleased to include a special present which will include the following gifts:

– the exclusive VIP Fans Festival T-shirt;
– Frontiers Rock Festival bag — on sale during the Festival to the non-VIP ticket holders;
– exclusive posters and memorabilia from Frontiers bands;
– the official Festival compilation CD — which will only be available on sale in limited quantities during the Festival days to the non-VIP ticket holders — plus five more Frontiers CDs;
– the official Festival Guide — on sale during the Festival to the non-VIP ticket holders;
– pins and key rings offered by EMP, one of the official sponsors of the Festival.

On the second day the Festival will exclusively raffle among all spectators of the day a Jake E. Lee signature Charvel guitar, a.k.a. the “White Pearl,” exclusively signed by all Red Dragon Cartel band members, plus a Jake E. Lee guitar pick!

All info and tickets purchase available at .

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-Rock Photographer Kevin Estrada Helps Raise Awareness Of Human Trafficking With “Rockers Against Trafficking” And Benefit Show

Veteran photographer Kevin Estrada has shot some of rock’s biggest names over the years — Nirvana, Kiss, REM, Green Day, Fergie, etc. And now, he is using his connections in the world of rock for a good cause — helping to raise awareness of human trafficking, by creating the organization “Rockers Against Trafficking” [ ] and scheduling an upcoming all-star benefit show, on April 11th at Paladino’s in Tarzana, CA (and sponsored by Monster Energy).

“Besides being a photographer, I am a dad — that is my top priority in life,” explains Estrada. “I have two young daughters that I care about and love very much. For the past few years, human trafficking has been on my radar as we see and hear more and more about this spreading sickness. Young girls, like my daughters, fall victim to this travesty every day — and that worries me.”

Last year, Estrada had a birthday party at Paladino’s, which resulted in plenty of his rock pals joining in the fun for jam sessions. This year, when talk of having another b-day bash came up, the photographer came up with an idea — make it a benefit to fight human trafficking.

“Our goal is to build awareness and raise funds to support the fight against human trafficking here in our own country and abroad,” says Estrada. “Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world today — second only to drug activity. This is tragically happening to nearly two million girls worldwide ever year, some of these girls are as young as seven years old. This is happening all over the world, and it is also happening right here in our own backyards. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego are hot spots here in California.”

The proceeds from the show on April 11th will be used to rebuild the lives of these young victims with housing, medical assistance, legal aid, and job placement. These donations will also be used to build and set up border monitoring stations on the borders between countries that are known for human trafficking.

In addition to performances from members of Helmet, Megadeth, Stone Temple Pilots, Fear Factory, Slayer, Ministry, Armored Saint, and Quiet Riot, among countless others (see list below), there will be silent auctions and raffle giveaways — guitars donated by Schecter Guitars and Monster Energy / Fender Guitars, a DW Drums collector’s series snare drum, plus signed goodies raffled off from Motörhead and The Cult, and more.

Come down to Paladino’s on April 11th for music, fun, and to support a great cause!

To view the poster for the show click here:


Friday April 11, 2014
8 p.m. Sharp
Tickets are only $15 at the door
6101 Reseda Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91335
(plenty of free parking)

Performances by:
Helmet, Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Dave Lombardo (Philm / Slayer), Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Gonzo Sandoval (Armored Saint), Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory), Ann Boleyn (Hellion), Keith St. John (Montrose / Burning Rain), Sin Quirin (Ministry), Edge Of Paradise, Betsy Weiss (Bitch), Rik Fox (Sin / Steeler / W.A.S.P.), Spiders & Snakes, Chris Moore (Cry Wolf), Steve Gaines (Anger As Art / Abaottoir), Shawn Duncan (DC4 / Odin), Matt Duncan (DC4), To Human, Randy Piper (W.A.S.P.), Mandy Lion (WWIII), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Arthur Seay (Unida), and more.

For information on Kevin Estrada, visit .

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-Gotthard: Three Singles Before Release BANG! Album

Dear Gotthard fans,

The calm before the storm?

Not for real rock fans. And for Gotthard fans full speed ahead is never enough anyway — that’s why there’ll be three more singles released before the big “BANG!” along with some exciting news …


The race is on — the second official single “BANG!” is out since Friday and the title track does not only shorten the wait, but rocks massively. You’ve really got to be in good shape since March 21 already sees the release of the wonderful ballad “C’est La Vie” — a song the guys wrote together from the first to the last chord and infused with lots of emotion. All hell is set loose again on March 28: “Get Up And Move On” blows up the dust in the week before release. Now, if this isn’t the perfect training to get fit for the upcoming CD BANG!, then what is?

All singles are released on iTunes exclusively:

“BANG!” iTunes!/id820694405?i=820694412

“BANG!” snippet:

“C’est La Vie”: iTunes link + snippet, 21.03 Gotthard Facebook
“Get Up And Move On”: iTunes link + snippet, 28.03 Gotthard Facebook


The feeling gets stronger: The new Gotthard record with 13 songs and charged with unbelievable energy will be a blast. Then again, BANG! isn’t just another album, as Marc explains: “We feel we have to and really want to prove that the great quality of FIREBIRTH wasn’t just a flash in the pan. And I’m sure we’ll show exactly that.” Recorded at the band’s own Yellow House Studios in Lugano and mixed by Ronald Prent at the Dutch Wisseloord Studios (Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner), BANG! will be released in three formats on April 4, 2014: as a standard CD, a premium digi-pak with two bonus tracks, and good old gatefold vinyl.


“We’ve always wanted to play in this cult venue again. The Volkshaus is legendary and regarding atmosphere there’s nothing better in Switzerland — the ideal spot to celebrate the new album together with our fans!” says Leo enthusiastically. And that’s exactly what’s going to happen on April 11 with a right royal Gotthard live show at the Volkshaus. That night, the band will of course not only play their famous hits but brand new tracks from BANG! as well. So, you better be there and party hard!

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-Sabaton Pay Tribute To Metallica, Battle Beast, And Raubtier!

For their upcoming new record HEROES, Swedish Heavy Metal institution Sabaton now reveals the different track lists, including all the bonus tracks that will be available. Among them are three cover versions of Metallica, Battle Beast, and Raubtier.

HEROES will be released on May 16, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

The band comments the decisions like this:

Metallica – “For Whom The Bell Tolls”
“All of us are old fans of Metallica. The choice of the song was difficult, but we all could agree on that one. As an addition, ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ was the first heavy metal song ever performed on a stage by Pär.”

Battle Beast – “Out Of Control”
“Battle Beast was our secret guest at our latest Sabatoncruise and we all enjoyed watching them perform their songs live. We thought we wanted to support young and upcoming bands and decided to do a cover of them.”

Raubtier – “En Hjältes Väg”
“Raubtier are our brothers from the north of Sweden. We have played together countless times and in the past, and Thobbe used to be in this band. At a special concert in 2012 Joakim performed this song live together with Raubtier and it awoke the idea of doing a cover version. Seeing to the song title it was also a natural choice for our latest album HEROES.”

The track lists will be as follows:

Standard Jewel case:
1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad Of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron

Digi-pak and US version:
1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad Of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron
Bonus tracks:
11. 7734
12. Man Of War

Digital only:
1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad Of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron
Bonus tracks:
11. 7734
12. Man Of War
13. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica cover)

1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad Of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron
Bonus tracks:
11. 7734
12. Man Of War
13. En Hjältes Väg (Raubtier cover)

Japan – digital only:
1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad Of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron
Bonus tracks:
11. 7734
12. Man Of War
13. En Hjältes Väg (Raubtier cover)
14. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica cover)

CD 1
1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad Of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron
CD 2 (bonus):
1. 7734
2. Man Of War
3. En Hjältes Väg (Raubtier cover)
4. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica cover)
5. Out Of Control (Battle Beast cover)

Album Trailer #1:

You can pre-order your copy of HEROES at the following address:

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-Wi-Fi At Sweden Rock Festival 2014

Many of our guests have requested Wi-Fi access during the festival. We are now happy to announce that Wi-Fi will be available this summer, courtesy of Karlshamn-based company Network Solutions. Said company will set up a number of Wi-Fi hotspots on the festival area for a maximum of 2,500 simultaneous users. The max limit will be in place to ensure that everyone who has paid for the service is able to use it. Providing a network with access for all festival guests at the same time is not possible for the time being due to technical limitations.

The price for using this Wi-Fi will be 20 SEK/hour or 60 SEK/day. Access codes will be available for purchase at the Network Solutions Wi-Fi centre, located next to the VIP bar entrance. At the Wi-Fi centre, there will also be around a dozen stationary computers available for use at 50 SEK/30 min.

We in the festival management team are happy to have found a company able to provide these services, and we also hope that this will help reduce 3G traffic and make it at least a little bit easier to call and send text messages during the festival.

Sweden Rock Festival

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-Flotsam And Jetsam Recap European Tour And Explain Lineup Changes!

“We would like to send out a huge thank you to the many fans and press that came out to support us on our tour with Sepultura. This tour was the largest European tour to date for Flotsam And Jetsam. Our main goal is to get connected to all of you, shake your hands, look you in the eyes and let you know how much we appreciate you. You are the life blood of music.

“As you know we released a complete reproduction of NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE this year. This was so we could present the album the way it was intended to be heard. Many of you had great comments about this and that confirmed our decision to get this done.”

The current lineup is as follows:
Eric A.K. – Vocals
Michael Gilbert – Guitar
Kelly D. Smith – Drums
Michael Spencer – Bass (first bassist to replace Jason Newsted)
Steve Conley – Guitars (formerly of F5)

“After completion of the 2013 tour with Testament in the US, Edward Carlson was no longer able to tour due to physical issues that would require back and neck surgery to possibly correct. We will miss our comrade and wish him well on his next adventure. Steve Conley has been officially recruited to fill the spot. Having played with David Ellefson (Megadeth) in F5 we are confident in his ability to hold the spot with integrity.

“Jason Ward’s departure happened after the tracking of UGLY NOISE. Jason had spent nearly 16 years in Flotsam and decided to stay at home with his new family and career. He was and is one of the strongest personalities in the Flotsam catalog of players. We have all had a turn on the sidelines, we will miss his participation on the road and his witty humor. Shortly after the Testament tour in 2013 Michael Spencer took the helm as bassist. He was the first bassist to replace Newsted in 1987 formerly of Sentinel Beast. He was a part of the writing of NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE in 1987 and was on our first tour with Megadeth in the US and Europe. With that history it made perfect sense that NO PLACE should be redone. You can hear him on the reproduction of NPFD.”

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-Falconer Completes Recordings For New Album BLACK MOON RISING!

Swedish Folk Metal experts Falconer have finished the recordings for their eighth album BLACK MOON RISING, scheduled for release on June 6th of this year.

Comments the band: “So now the mix and mastering is done for BLACK MOON RISING. After having a break from the studio and then returning my first impression was: ‘Was it that much double bass drums?’ I’m sure this album will compete with NORTHWIND as being my favorite album though they are not alike. The last album entirely in Swedish was really rewarding to do but I must admit it’s always great to be back where you feel you belong! Well, enough with the self-admiration for this time…”

Producer Andy LaRocque had the following to say: “This is how Falconer should sound!”

Falconer released their last album ARMOD in June of 2011.

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-Death Angel Invites Fans To Total Metal Festival

Mark Osegueda and Rob Cavestany, singer and guitarist of the legendary Thrash Metal band Death Angel, greet all fans with an exclusive video giving them appointment to the Total Metal Open Air Festival that will be held on 19 and 20 July 2014 in Bitonto, Italy.

Here is the YouTube link:

Death Angel will share the same stage with about 40 bands more including sacred monsters such as Kreator, Annihilator, Behemoth, and Moonspell.

All information about bands, other entertainments, camping, hotels and whatever are available on the website and on the official Facebook page .

Find down here all the bands confirmed so far:

KREATOR (Germany) – Thrash Metal
ANNIHILATOR (Canada) – Technical Thrash Metal
BEHEMOTH (Poland) – Black/Death Metal
MOONSPELL (Portugal) – Gothic/Doom/Black Metal
DEATH ANGEL (USA) – Thrash Metal
COLDSTEEL (USA) – Thrash Metal
DOMINE NATION (Mexico) – Heavy Metal
DESERT (Israel) – Dark Epic Metal
ACID DEATH (Greece) – Technical Death Metal
AGGRAVATOR (USA) – Thrash Metal
RIUL DOAMNEI (Italy) – Symphonic Extreme Metal
DAYS OF ANGER (Sweden) – Melodic Thrash/Death Metal
MINDTHREAT (Greece) – Metalcore
SYMBOLYC (Italy) – Thrash/Death Metal
ANDROMEDA (Italy) – Groove Metal
HOMICIDE HAGRIDDEN (Italy) – Thrash Metal
4BITTEN (Greece) – Hard Rock
SORROWFUL ANGELS (Greece) – Gothic Metal
DANGEREGO (Italy) – Hard Rock
CARBONCOKE (Italy) – Heavy/Thrash Metal
BLACK PROPAGANDA (Italy) – Thrash Metal
EMBRYO (Italy) – Melodic Death Metal

And here we list some of the extra-musical activities and entertainment confirmed so far:

(more to be confirmed in next months!)

For further information:

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-Deployed US Soldier Wins Foghat Songwriting Contest

Foghat has always been a people’s band. And thanks to the explosion of social media, Foghat has made it a point to get their fans involved in the creative process. Case in point, inviting fans to enter a songwriting contest to add lyrics to a new Foghat instrumental!

The band has remained a classic rock radio staple since the early 1970s, due to such anthems as “I Just Want To Make Love To You,” “Slow Ride,” and “Fool For The City,” and such classic albums as the double platinum certified FOGHAT LIVE. They held a contest last year asking fans to add lyrics to their one and only all-instrumental tune, “495 Boogie,” from their latest 2010 CD, LAST TRAIN HOME. The contest entries were narrowed down to the final three and then put up for voting by the fans. The first place winner, Phil Dessinger, wrote a song dubbed “The Word Of Rock N’ Roll,” which was released on July 9, 2013.

The contest was very close so the band decided to release “Boogie Train” the second place winner on March 25, 2014.

These terrific lyrics just happened to be written by a gentleman named Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tom Mix. Tom wrote the lyrics while deployed in Afghanistan as a MARSS B300 pilot in B Co Task Force ODIN. (ODIN stands for Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize). He had previously been deployed to Iraq twice — MEDEVAC pilot in 2006-07 and Brigade Safety in 2010-11.

Tom Mix started writing lyrics while in high school but really never did anything with them. According to Tom, “I was redeployed to Iraq for a second tour in 2010 and hooked up with a fellow soldier who is an awesome guitar player, Shawn Keeter, and while in Iraq we just started knocking out songs. We got back home and I found [Nashville producer] Kim Copeland to help us get our songs presentable as demos, and I haven’t stopped writing since. But there is no excitement that can compare to co-writing a song with a super group like Foghat, and having that song released as a single.”

Tom is currently in a “Warrior Transition Unit.” According to Tom, “When the wars kicked off, they created these (Units) for wounded or injured soldiers to recuperate and return to duty or to be able to transition to civilian life once found to be unfit for duty by a ‘Medical Evaluation Board.’ It is a concept to hopefully keep the Iraqi and Afghanistan Vets off the streets when all this is over. These units are attached to and under the command of a hospital unit. The job of the soldier while in a WTU is to get well, and they are a priority at the attached hospital. They work hand in hand with the Veterans Affairs and Social Security Administration to see that Vets coming off active duty never miss a paycheck if found unfit for duty. They also work with volunteer organizations to get the Vets retrained and employable.”

As stated by Roger Earl of Foghat, “We decided to donate the proceeds of this digital single to a Wounded Warrior cause as a thank you to the great men and women who have sacrificed so much for us. But since these releases don’t generate a lot of $$ we wanted something more personal to be able to give even just a couple of folks a day of escape. So we asked Tom what he thought, and since he is an avid fisherman and so am I, he came up with ‘Fishing For Freedom.'”

Fishing For Freedom is an organization that brings together warriors with volunteer boaters for a day of tournament bass fishing in a relaxed fun-filled celebration in the great outdoors. It gives our returning warriors some time on the water to escape the hardships of their wounds and numerous combat deployments and to begin the process of readjusting back to everyday life.

“I LIKE THAT IDEA!” says Earl. I have always found solace with a pole in my hand. Everyday worries kinda go away or are put on the back burner when you are fishing. And I would love to go fishing with some of these folks!”

Foghat (comprised of Earl on drums, Craig MacGregor on bass, Bryan Bassett on lead/slide guitar and Charlie Huhn on vocals & rhythm guitar) continues to rock hard to this day, as evidenced in their endless touring and many recent projects. These include their 2010 album LAST TRAIN HOME, two new singles “The Word Of Rock N’ Roll” (2013) and “Winter Wonderland” instrumental (2013), their latest DVD release LIVE IN ST. PETE, and the soon-to-be classic “Boogie Train” (2014). “Boogie Train” will be available on Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, and all of the favorite download sites.

Watch and Listen to “Boogie Train” here!


2014 Tour Dates as of 3/14/14 (Adding new shows often so check our website)


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-Last Bastion Releases Lyric Video!

The Power Metallers from Last Bastion have just released the lyric video for the song “I Know When I’m Home”:

The song is taken from the upcoming debut album THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION, which has a release date set for April 4, 2014!

Last Bastion is a Power Metal band based in Seattle, USA. Formed in January of 2012, Last Bastion has set out to bring European Melodic Speed Power Metal to the US. Energetic, talented, and creative, these five determined musicians are defiantly breaking down stereotypes. Catchy, melodic vocals, blazing guitars, infectious bass, thundering drums, and heavenly keyboards weave together tales of history, mythology, and self-actualization.

Track List:
1. I Know When I’m Home
2. Ancient Lands
3. Plataea
4. Northern Kingdom
5. Angel’s Tyranny
6. Road To Redemption
7. The Way Of Kings Pt. I – Cursed by Fate
8. The Way Of Kings Pt. II – Stormblessed
9. Liberation
10. Forevermore

Last Bastion is:
Joe Lovatt – Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar
Matt Lahr – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Larry Barnard – Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals
Matt Bethman – Keyboards/Backing Vocals
Matt Carter – Drums/Percussion

Follow Last Bastion through these sites:

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-Latest Reissues On Divebomb Records

Grinder Reissue Available Now!

During the height of the worldwide thrash movement there were several epicenters of activity. While New York and the Bay Area were perhaps the most prominent, Germany’s big three — Sodom, Kreator, and Destruction — were leading the charge on the European front. However, what some thrash fans may not be aware of is that there was a secondary stratum to that scene which had some phenomenal, albeit lesser known, acts recording some ambitious material. Grinder were one of those bands who released three albums’ worth of “in your face” thrash/speed metal during their brief existence. Divebomb Records is excited to present a deluxe edition of what we believe to be their most impressive album, DEAD END, which features not only nine bonus tracks but a new interview and archival photos provided by the band members themselves.

Grinder – DEAD END (Deluxe Edition)
CD in stores now

Stream via Bandcamp:

For fans of:
Flotsam And Jetsam, Realm, Metallica, Sacred Reich, Mordred

Points of interest:
+ nine bonus tracks
+ Band supplied archival photos/show flyers (16-page booklet)
+ Brand new band interview
+ Restored original art by Andreas Marschall (Blind Guardian, Sodom, Kreator)
+ Produced by Kalle Trapp (Blind Guardian, Destruction, Kreator, Drifter, Paradox)
+ First time on CD in North America
+ Out of print nearly 20 years
+ Limited edition
+ New mastering by Jamie King
+ Layout/Restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic, Solstice)

Track list:
1. Agent Orange
2. Dead End
3. The Blade Is Back
4. Inside
5. Just Another Scar
6. Total Control
7. Why
8. Train Raid
9. Unlock The Morgue

Bonus tracks:
10. Reeling On The Edge
11. Incarnation Off
12. Truth In The Hands Of Judas
13. Hymn For The Isolated
14. The Spirit Of Violence
15. Nothing Is Sacred
16. None Of The Brighter Days
17. Dear Mr. Sinister
18. NME

Sultan Reissue Available Now!

During the ’80s you could count the number of prominent Swiss metal bands on one hand, but that didn’t mean there weren’t a plethora of bands trying to fight for their shot at international stardom like Celtic Frost and Coroner had already achieved. Sultan were one those hardworking bands whose origins date back to 1986. Instead of simply recording a demo, Sultan tried to differentiate themselves from the pack by self-releasing a vinyl single entitled “Rebel Fire.”

Despite the single’s initial success, four years would pass as Sultan were plagued by frequent lineup changes but were finally able to release their magnificent debut, CHECK & MATE, in 1990. Sultan successfully fused both the past and present on CHECK & MATE by channeling NWOBHM influences, while harnessing the escalating momentum of the newly established European power metal scene. Sadly, after one final tour in 1991 the band would call it quits leaving CHECK & MATE as their one and only album, but what an amazing album it was!

Sultan – CHECK & MATE (Deluxe Edition)
CD in stores now

Stream via Bandcamp:

For fans of:
Leatherwolf, Riot, Fifth Angel, Omen

Points of interest:
+ two bonus tracks from first 45 rpm single (1986)
+ Archival band photos (eight-page booklet)
+ Brand new interview with drummer/founding member Fabian Ranzoni
+ Out of print nearly 20 years
+ Limited edition
+ New mastering by Jamie King
+ Layout/Restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic, Solstice)

Track list:
1. Falcon
2. Pictures Of Heidi
3. For The Light
4. Whizzing
5. Mary
6. Darkness
7. Night Knights
8. Hard Nights, Heavy Pleasure
9. Jingle
10. Shout In The Fight

Bonus tracks:
“Rebel Fire” 7″ single
11. Rebel Clever
12. Power Of Fire

Divebomb Records

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-Teramaze Debut Track From ESOTERIC SYMBOLISM On YouTube!

Teramaze debuted the full track “Punishment by Design” early to YouTubers here:

Aussie heavy progressive metallers Teramaze will release their fourth album ESOTERIC SYMBOLISM on April 15th on Nightmare Records distributed by Sony/RED. This a highly overdriven concept album that features Dean Kennedy’s exceptional drumming and puts vocalist Brett Rerekura and guitarist Dean Wells in the forefront.

Fans can Pre-Order MP3 and CD versions of the album now at Amazon and Nightmare Records. Get this song immediately with cover art when you Pre-Order the MP3 version at Nightmare. The CD version includes track 9, “The Divulgence Act,” not available on digital release of the album.

Teramaze returns with their fourth full-length album after completely grabbing the attention of the underground Thrash and Prog-Power Metal fans with their 2012 release ANHEDONIA. Teramaze blends amazingly tight and speedy syncopated guitar/drum riffs and rhythms, with melodic hard vocals, for a very unique brand of metal. Creating a Testament & Tool meets Pantera & The Police in a dark sci-fi video game vibe. Teramaze burst out of Australia in 2012 and received well-deserved critical acclaim worldwide with their release ANHEDONIA.

Their music conjures such adjectives as “Innovative,” “Progressive,” and “Groove-laden,” but most notably, “Engaging.” Keeping the fundamental elements of metal alive, Teramaze pushes metal into unchartered territory with guitar work that is incendiary with powerfully aggressive vocals that drive the song. The album on Nightmare Records will be distributed by Sony/RED.

“ESOTERIC SYMBOLISM screams at the men behind the curtain, shining a spotlight on the establishment in an attempt to share their secrets.”

For fans of Pantera, Tool, Metallica, Devin Townsend, and Soilwork… (Think Dream Theater on steroids without the extended wankery.) Produced/Mixed by Dean Wells and mastered by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Stuck Mojo).

Some Quotes on the album:
“Edgy melodic tunes with quality production all add up to a great modern prog/metal album. Excellent guitars, vocals, keyboards, drums, bass — not a weak link in the Teramaze chain! Highly recommended!”
– Ted Kirkpatrick (Tourniquet)

“Awesome. I love the songs, production is great and the guitars sounds incredibly tight. Love the instrumental opener, some cool voicings. Very modern and punchy. And the most important thing is that it sounds original. I’m definitely a fan.”
– Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie, Jordan Rudess, Virgil Donati)

Dean Wells – Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals
Brett Rerekura – Vocals
John Zambelis – Guitar
Dean Kennedy – Drums


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-Kilmara Signs With Sony Music, Release Date, New Single

Spanish heavy metallers Kilmara signed a publishing/distribution deal with Sony Music for the new 12-track album LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES, due out April 8th worldwide via Sony Music. The new single “The Break Up” is out now and can be streamed here:

“If our preceding record was something like a tribute to bands like Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Scorpions, or Helloween themselves, in this new album our references are Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, and Bullet For My Valentine,” explains guitarist John Portillo. “We’ve created more solid sound bases, we’ve lowered tuning, we’ve got more forceful riffs, and we’ve worked hard on guitar and vocal melodies,” he adds.

The album title LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES was given by the Bavarian singer Wolf are based on personal experiences, with Love as a powerful and dangerous addiction, alcohol, drugs, and gambling. “Although it’s not a concept album, Love and addiction are strongly related in every song,” explains Portillo. Songs like “The Break Up” or “Cold Rain,” the first single off the album are the evidence that Kilmara and Grapow have created a powerful and electric wrapping for a set of songs endowed with great magnetism.

The band’s third album was produced and recorded at Grapow Studios with Mr. Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween). The cover artwork for LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES and “The Break Up” were done by Canadian artist Jessica Allain, known for his work in digital photo manipulation. Photos by Gina Roma from Spain.

Kilmara are:
Christian Wolfgang Kohl (vocals)
Jonathan Portillo (guitar)
Enrique Torres (guitar)
Javier Morillo (drums)
Raul Ruiz (bass guitar)

Guests on the new album are Dave Imbernon from Enuma Elish on keyboards and Kaleb from young Spanish pagan death metal band Drakum on the violin.

LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES will probably be the heaviest Kilmara album up to date and finally make the breakthrough on European and International level.

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-The Guessing Game To Release Their Debut Album

HOLY CROW Releases April 15th On Guessing Game Music

Exclusive Pre-Order On Amazon

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Seattle’s latest rising rock band, The Guessing Game, will kick off the spring with some limited exclusive local dates with the release of their debut CD, HOLY CROW, on April 15th on Guessing Game Music. The Guessing Game has a knack for blending the energy of more traditional pure rock with great pop hooks, spiked with hair-raising guitar solos. The first single titled “Someday, So Clear” will hit airwaves late April in time for the band to announce tour dates. “‘Someday, So Clear’ was written early one morning in the time it took me to drink a cup of coffee,” explains singer Jeff Rouse. “Some songs need to be fussed with and groomed, some need to just be what they are. ‘Someday, So Clear’ turned out to be the latter — Thanks to the gods of rock and roll, Here’s to a little heartache, a little regret, and sh*tload of hope. HOLY CROW!”

Formed in the summer of 2013, The Guessing Game is the brain child of Jeff Rouse, longtime bassist of Duff McKagan’s Loaded. “In the summer of 2013, I found myself with some much needed time on my hands. I knew it was time to find the right people to finally bring these songs I had been writing to life. Having spent the last 14 or so years writing, recording, and touring in Loaded, it was time for me to get the ‘other’ songs I had been working on out of my head, onto tape, and see what happens.”

Seeking out longtime Seattle rock luminaries Kathy Moore (Brad, Satchel) Gary Westlake (Peter Frampton, Flight To Mars), Keith Ash (Star Anna), and Shawn Zellar (Redneck Girlfriend), Rouse knew this was something special — “They all breathed life and beauty into the songs and it was magnificent.”

In advance of the April 15th street date, a special pre-order of HOLY CROW CD is available to the fans on Amazon ( ). HOLY CROW drips of heartache, regret, and finally redemption. Like that first drink Friday evening to that last sermon Sunday morning.

HOLY CROW track listing:

1. Selling Heartbreak [4:24]
2. Someday, So Clear [4:30]
3. Where The Stars [3:07]
4. All The Waste [6:43]
5. Ready For Love [4:45]
6. Doing Time [4:04]
7. We’ll Hold On [5:21]
8. I Must Be Stoned [4:24]
9. Another Sunday Morning Regret [4:37]
10. Dead Feelings [3:33]
11. Dear God [5:17]

For more information go to or .

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-Montreal Thrashers MUTANK Post New Video “The Heavy Hand Of The Doomsday Clock”

Montreal QC’s mosh happy thrashers MUTANK have posted a new video for their track “The Heavy Hand Of The Doomsday Clock,” one of eight solid, speed riffing tunes from the band’s latest release M.E.C.H. METAL, released this past February and is available on Bandcamp at .

“The Heavy Hand Of The Doomsday Clock”

Formed when three Newfoundlanders crossed paths in the Canadian heavy metal capital with Ahmed Saad who hails from the Middle East, the injection of music immediately began to flow through their veins and M.E.C.H. metal was soon born.

“It stands for Middle East Coast Heavy Metal; Our drummer being from the Middle East and the rest of the members being from the east coast of Canada,” explains Stephen Reynolds (bass, vocals). “Every single person in this band is a songwriter, so the songs come out with their own feel and develop naturally,” continues Reynolds. “We don’t shackle ourselves to any kind of focused idea, which brings about a sort of honesty in the music not often found in metal.”

“[MUTANK] fuse old school speed metal and present day crossover thrash into one package of fun.” – Metalhorizons

“MUTANK is like a Coffee Crisp bar: crunchy as hell, and without any gooey center.” – Bucket List Music Reviews

“I personally think [M.E.C.H. METAL] could be contender for best album of the year!” – High Speed Hangover

Album Stream:

Track Listing: M.E.C.H. METAL
1. M.E.C.H Metal (2:04)
2. MUTANK (4:03)
3. Minions (3:49)
4. W.A.R. (1:57)
5. Heavy Hand of The Doomsday Clock (3:38)
6. No Spoils, No Mercy (2:48)
7. Corporate Child (2:35)
8. Thrashback In Time (4:02)
Total Time: 25:00

Album info:
All songs performed by: MUTANK
Songs written by: MUTANK and Mike Molloy
Produced and Mixed and Mastered by: Olivier St. Pierre
Available on: Cassette or digital download

Album + Live band lineup:
Stephen Reynolds – Vocals and Bass
Steven Breen – Rhythm Guitar and backing vocals
Ahmed Saad – Drums
Liam Hinchey – Lead Guitar

2014 – M.E.C.H. METAL – LP

Shared stage with:
Lich King, Screamer, Fatality, Shotgun Cure, Trainwreck Architect, Warsenal, Chemical Way, Powered By Death, Kadraal, Venomenon

For more info on Mutank, please visit the following links:

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-The Socks: New Album Streaming In Full Courtesy Of Decibel Magazine

In celebration of its official release and following previous teasers from Cvlt Nation, The Obelisk and Heavy Planet, Decibel Magazine is streaming the self-titled full-length from French psychedelic fuzz rock rippers, The Socks, in its entirety!

Comments Decibel, “Miss those Summer road trip days? Of course you do. It’s March. Weather’s an unpredictable bitch and the likelihood of something cool happening is pretty much nil. Well, France-based The Socks are an unlikely candidate to warm up your otherwise sh*tty Spring. Now, you’re probably thinking: France + good ‘ol hard rock = yeah right. Turns out the Lyonnaise toe-tappers aren’t weirdos or bent on throwing ‘haute rocke’ down their noses to the vox populi. Nope. They’re just straight-up, no-frills, jean-jacketed, rubber-burning’ rockers.”

Adds the band: “The sound and identity of the band have been shaped through the years to become this psychedelic hard rock, meant to be played live. We’ve recorded all together in a room with analog tapes to focus on the energy and to make it sound real and raw. Now it’s time to take it with us on the road and share it with everyone!”

Get socked at this location:

Recorded and mixed by Raphaël Cartellier at Studio Cartellier, France, mastered by Christopher Goosman (Early Man, Sasquatch, Dixie Witch, Solace et al) at Baseline Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, THE SOCKS beckons its listeners with nine tracks of riff-heavy, road-tripping, booze-binging goodness chock full of gristly vocal serenades and glassy-eyed grooves. Wonderbox Metal notes of the offering, “This is only their debut album but the band display a knowledge and experience of songwriting well beyond what other bands might have acquired by this point… this is a solid album of really enjoyable retro-style rock,” while Metal Insider boasts, “The well-documented tales of the likes of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Blue Cheer, Rainbow, and a host of others are aplenty. But the tales of those who carry the proto-metal, psych rock torch are still being written year by year. One band sure to write their own chapter in this hopefully never-ending musical tome is France’s The Socks.” The Sludgelord gushes, “The Socks represent a New Wave of Retro Heavy Metal… the record possesses ’70s inspired hooks laced with the almighty organ, and vocals that beg for attention. One can’t help but make comparisons to NWORHM giants Graveyard and late era Witchcraft pop with the overall tone and style. Adding a bit of flair to the attire, The Socks combine not only the flooded retro sensibility but craft a trippy, yet completely competent and seriously invigorating display of rock and roll. Chock full not only of guitar solos galore, but bits of bluesy fuzz-o-rama and hints of psychedelia, which add warmth and comfort, not unlike a great pair of socks.” Adds The Examiner succinctly, “This is proof that rock ain’t dead, baby! Not by a long shot.”

The Socks will bring their riff-ready debauchery to the stage this Spring with appearances at Stone Rising Festival, Doomed Gatherings, Kristonfest and more… see confirmed dates below.

The Socks Tour Dates 2014
4/19/2014 Stone Rising Festival – Lyon, FR w/ Blues Pills, Radio Moscow, Aqua Nebula Oscillator
4/20/2014 Doomed Gatherings Festival – Paris, FR w/ Windhand, The Body
4/22/2014 El Diablo – Lille, FR
4/23/2014 DNA – Bruxelles, BE
4/26/2014 De Bastille – Schoonhoven, NL
4/30/2014 Underwerket – Copenhagen, DK
5/01/2014 Comet Club – Berlin, DE
5/06/2014 WakUum – Graz, AT
5/08/2014 Ruempetlum – St Gallen, CH
5/09/2014 Eldorado – Bern, CH
5/10/2014 Desertfox Fest – Piacenza, IT
5/24/2014 Kristonfest – Bialbo, ES

THE SOCKS will be released to the masses on March 18, 2014.

Preorder your copy:

To order CD + download:

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-“Little Victories” Author Chris Akin Announces Speaking Engagements

CLEVELAND — Author/journalist/Cleveland shock jock Chris Akin has lined up a series of speaking engagements centered on his new book, “Little Victories: A Tale Of Divorce, Debauchery And Finding Happiness.”

“Little Victories” is a memoir that documents Akin’s year-long journey which began with a shattering divorce and ended in a personal rebirth. Each of Akin’s appearances will focus on the elements of the book and the personal growth that resulted from this trying period.

“The idea of doing some appearances to promote ‘Little Victories’ just seemed like a natural fit for me,” said Akin. “While I have had nothing but good response from people stating how the book helped them change their own views toward divorce and depression, it’s good to get out there and reach people that might not otherwise know me, my radio show or my past. This just seems like the next step.”

Scheduled appearances:

Thursday, March 20 – 7-9 p.m.
Visible Voice Books
1023 Kenilworth
Cleveland, OH 44113

This event will feature a reading from “Little Victories,” a reading of material that didn’t make it into “Little Victories,” and a Q&A session. The Q&A will be run by Matt Wardlaw, Akin’s former partner on “The Metal Show” on WMMS and current staffer at Ultimate Classic Rock.

Saturday, April 19 – 4-6 p.m.
Anthony’s Men Salon
2681 Creekside Road
Twinsburg, OH 44087

This event will include a trio of media personalities: Matt Wardlaw (radio/online/print), Joe Kleon (print/photography/radio), and Akin. Each will discuss various projects, showcase some work from each, and include Q&A in the hipster/cultural hangout that offers a whiskey or beer with your haircut or shave.

Saturday, June 21 – 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Friends of Hiram College Library Annual Book Festival
Hiram College
11694 Hayden Street
Hiram, OH 44234

Akin will take part in this annual festival, presenting a reading from “Little Victories,” and selling and signing books.

“This book is out there to hopefully help people understand that it’s OK to lose their own infallible facade, and share their real emotional truths with their friends and family,” Akin said. “Doing anything other than that results in unnecessary stress and baggage, as well as not allowing people to truly get past their pain. ‘Little Victories’ is designed to show that even the biggest of ‘machismo’ personalities can only be strengthened by allowing honesty and emotional weakness to play itself out.”

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-Toxic Holocaust Announces Deluxe Vinyl Reissues; European Tour With Exhumed Underway + Band To Takeover Australia And New Zealand With Skeletonwitch Next Month

In celebration of their ongoing global conquest with Exhumed and Skeletonwitch, Relapse Records will be reissuing three long out-of-print LPs from Portland, Oregon thrash metal merchants, Toxic Holocaust. The group’s now classic albums, EVIL NEVER DIES, HELL ON EARTH, and AN OVERDOSE OF DEATH, will all be available on deluxe vinyl on April 15th, 2014 and can be preordered from Relapse mail order at . A trailer with detailed shots of the vinyl colors can be viewed at .

The album that started it all, 2003’s EVIL NEVER DIES, will be available on vinyl for the first time in six years. HELL ON EARTH, 2005’s long out-of-print thrash-punk crossover masterpiece, will be reissued with the original artwork from Ed Repka (Megadeth, Death, Venom). Finally, 2008’s AN OVERDOSE OF DEATH will be repressed with gatefold packaging and contains some of the finest metal this side of the 21st century.

These titles, along with other Toxic Holocaust releases are available for streaming via Bandcamp at .

The trio are currently in the midst of their European takeover with fellow metal lifers Exhumed. From there, Toxic Holocaust will team up with blackened thrashers, Skeletonwitch, for a tour of Australia and New Zealand in April.

Toxic Holocaust released their latest record, CHEMISTRY OF CONSCIOUSNESS, last October, garnering praise from fans and critics globally. Decibel Magazine placed the record at #12 on their Best of 2013 list, featured Joel Grind on the cover of the December issue, and dubbed the record “Metal with a capital M.” Stream the record in full at and watch the psychedelic video for “Acid Fuzz” at .

Toxic Holocaust w/ Exhumed [remaining dates]:
3/19/2014 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
3/21/2014 Püssy a Go Go / The Liffey – Stockholm, SE
3/22/2014 Revolver – Oslo, NO
3/23/2014 Truckstop – Gothenburg, SE
3/24/2014 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
3/25/2014 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE

w/ Skeletonwitch:
4/16/2014 The Kings Arms – Auckland, NZ
4/17/2014 Bodega Bar – Wellington, NZ
4/18/2014 The Rosemont Hotel – Perth, AU
4/19/2014 Fowlers Live – Adelaide, AU
4/20/2014 Espy Gershwin Room – Melbourne, AU
4/21/2014 TBD – Byron Bay, AU
4/22/2014 The Basement – Canberra, AU
4/24/2014 The Hi Fi – Brisbane, AU
4/25/2014 Cambridge Hotel – Newcastle, AU
4/26/2014 The Hi Fi – Sydney, AU
4/27/2014 The Hi Fi – Melbourne, AU
6/20/2014 Hellfest – Clisson, FR

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-Cult Acid Fuzz Rockers Space Probe Taurus Sign Worldwide Deal With Ripple Music!

New Album MONDO SATAN To Be Released In Summer 2014!

“Coming from our favorite musical Mecca of Sweden, and signed to Buzzville Records, the SPT boys ask one simple question, how much fuzz can you take in your rock? Ramrodding their beastly songs right down your throat, SPT are some ungodly mix of Stooges energy, MC5 attitude, Mudhoney riffs, and enough fuzz pedals to fill a fleet of 18 wheelers, this is Steppenwolf for the new millennium, maxed out, fuzzed out garage rock for the open highways.. ”
– The Ripple Effect

“Taken on its own terms this album is a bit of a speedball classic. Each track bristles with an energy and excitement that so much ‘stoner’ rock fails to match these days. In fact this is a relentless and remorseless assault from start to finish, each song hitting a peak flow of amphetamine fuelled grit. The only respites here are the brief pauses between songs to catch your breath before the next wave of rock and roll mentalism breaks overhead.”
– The Sleeping Shaman

The label comments:
“Ripple Music is proud to announce the signing of acclaimed, hard-hitting acid biker heavy rockers, Space Probe Taurus to their ever-expanding roster! Space Probe Taurus has been around in one form or another since 1992, but it wasn’t until a name change and shortening of the songs in 1997 that the band settled down into doing what they still do today: preaching the gospel of dirty garage rock Swedish style. Their music has been called ‘biker movie acid fuzz’ and that sums it up as well as anything we could say!

“Since the release of the Blue Cheer tribute album BLUE EXPLOSION by Black Widow Records, the band has been part of many compilations. And the year after saw the release of their first own record, the INSECT CITY EP on Game Two/Slowdive Records. The band has also been involved deeply in the American low budget movie scene, first providing a song for the ‘I Am Vengeance’ soundtrack (released by Meteor City Records in 2001), then having 12 songs in the movie ‘Actress Apocalypse.’ Upcoming in 2014 is the movie ‘Franklin’ which will include yet another song (a demo version of the song ‘Mondo Satan’).

“In 2008 it was time for the first album, a self-titled debut released by the Belgian label Buzzville Records, which got outstanding reviews from all over the world. Since the release of the album the band has kept writing new material, played live, and kept recording new demos. In 2012 the general feeling was that a new album needed to be done, and after a long process of deciding on the songs the band started to record, what would become the album MONDO SATAN, scheduled to be released on Ripple Music in summer 2014!”

Space Probe Taurus are:
Sjöberg – vocals, guitars
Tömte – guitars, backing vocals
Enberg – bass, backing vocals
Boman – drums

MONDO SATAN track list:
1. Scorpio Queen
2. Kill City Death Cult
3. Spahn Ranch Motherf*cker
4. Make Me Bleed
5. Galaxy Travelin’ Blues
6. Superfuzzed
7. Mondo Satan
8. Dust Joint
9. The Iguana
10. The Righteous One

For the growing ranks of Ripple fans, known as the Waveriders, Space Probe Taurus will be another must-hear addition to the ranks of bands that already include such heavy rockers as Volume IV, Devil To Pay, Mothership, or Ape Machine.


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-Out Now! Mire (Prog Rock/Metal) Heirs To Tool Throne…? New Album INWARD/OUTWARD; Montreal Show Dates; New Music Video “Limitless Pt. 2″

Dave Massicotte: Guitar & Vocals
Robbie O’Brien: Bass
Stephane Boileau: Drums
J.P. LaChapelle: Lead Vocals
Bruno Chouinard: Guitar & Keys

Two years in the making, Montreal, QC’s Mire are proud to announce the official release of their new album INWARD/OUTWARD out this week on March 18th to follow up their 2010 self-titled EP.

Based on the band’s personal experiences ranging from the study of cognitive science to a military stint in Afghanistan, Mire’s 10 tracks marry a sonic wall of loud heavy yet strong melodic progressive rock metal that is winning fans and media over with comparisons of being named heirs to the Tool throne (media reviews below).

Vocalist JP LaChapelle comments on the release:
“Interpreted through our fingers, tongued and toe tips, this album which we’ve been working on for two years at totally different points in our lives, demonstrates the fan of emotions of five individuals’ experience. The craft is the loom into which our soil-tending, sun-vising, and pest-warding efforts bear fruit. Love for the fate of man and the anger to defend it. Overwhelmed with a sense of innate creativity, we all curb our nature to the structures put in place for our short lives; whether building an enterprise, community, or institution of any kind. Mire’s decided to make music. Filtered as pure as possible, our passion rendered this product. Our maiden album expresses the plight of an impeached animal nature, faced with the philosophy of man’s fate run through questionable funnels. Throughout our creative process, we’ve experienced different stages and shed skins. The five colors we shine combine through the prism of INWARD/OUTWARD to produce the first of Mire’s own hues. Being able to walk one’s own path is its own reward and we five musicians feel incredibly fortunate to have seized the chance to create this album. That’s what we celebrate every time we hear it. Share.”

The album is now available as PAY WHAT YOU WANT on the band’s Bandcamp at .

Music Video – “Limitless Pt. 2″

“…newcomers Mire should be considered the heirs to the Tool throne with their latest record, INWARD/OUTWARD is about as close to Tool as you can get without being Tool. Musically and sonically, Mire are spot-on with the psychedelic metal we’ve all become so accustomed to and you’re guaranteed to zone out listening to the record.” – The Front Row Report

“With INWARD/OUTWARD, Mire has formed a soundscape that flows between mellow moods and mental turbulence, using the whole spectrum of sound as its playground. It is emotional, striking, and addictively wonderful. You would be doing yourself a disservice not to, at the very least, download the free tracks offered by this promising young group.” – Barry Adkins – Target Audience Magazine

“While the world waits for the forthcoming Tool album (and we’ve been waiting a LONG time), everyone should do themselves a favor and grab a copy of INWARD/OUTWARD. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.” – Sea Of Tranquility

“…a sophisticated style with fundamental guitars and classy quality vocals.” – Metal Temple

“This is an album of incredibly impressive music that is both haunting and uplifting in equal measure. The soaring audio landscapes are multi-layered, and the experience of listening to this album is a real emotional journey. It perfectly combines aggressive chunky guitars, melodic piano, and moments of all-out angst and aggression. This is an album of hypnotizing prog-metal that just gets better with each and every listen. If you’re a fan of progressive rock / metal, this is highly recommended! Score: 9.0 out of 10″ – All About The Rock

“Fans of bands like Tool, A Perfect Circle, Deftones, and Porcupine Tree should feel right at home listening to this quintet out of Montreal QC… I think Mire is a band to keep your eyes and ears on, and I look forward to seeing their territory grow.” – Rock Revolt Magazine

“I adore this album and have now had it on three times and heard new bits that make me go ‘Ahhh!’ in satisfaction each time. Definitely one to buy, and definitely a band to watch out for.” – Wyrd Ways Rock Show Review

INWARD/OUTWARD track listing:
1. Complex (7:18)
2. Tyrannicide (5:33)
3. Limitless (Pt. 1) (3:47)
4. Limitless (Pt. 2) (3:22)
5. Convolution (1:23)
6. Beast And The Machine (5:53)
7. Catalan Atlas (5:05)
8. Mantra Cymatic (1:51)
9. Open Circle (5:42)
10. Upheaval (1:19)
Total Length: 41:17

Upcoming Show Dates:
March 20 – Montreal, QC – Underworld w/ Turning Tides
April 12 – Montreal, QC – Café Chaos w/ Antlion
May 13 – Montreal, QC – Pirhana Bar w/ Alley-Cat Traffic, Vilifi (Florida), Blood Rush

For more info, please visit the following links:

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-The Scene Magazine Presents Wacken Metal Battle Canada Fan Favorite Contest; One Band To Rule Them All!

Last year’s first ever Wacken Metal Battle Canada was witness to Toronto, ON’s epic power/death metal band Crimson Shadows not only winning the 2013 Canadian final but conquering the international final in Wacken, Germany where they performed in front of thousands unknown to their behemoth sound of metal.

This year over 100 metal bands from across the country have been selected to compete.

As an official sponsor The Scene Magazine is offering an Ultimate Feature to the winner of the Wacken Metal Battle Canada Fan Favorite contest.

The winning band and one lucky fan will also be given a Honey Bubble Multi-Vaporizer kit, so they can vape their favorite herb, wax, or oil, anytime, anywhere! (value of $79 each) courtesy of

The winner will be interviewed by The Scene and have a track featured on the home page for one month.

The contest is open to all bands competing in Wacken Metal Battle Canada and the winner will be announced at the finals at the Opera house in Toronto June 7th.

The WMBC Fan Favorite contest does not guarantee any placement in the competition itself and all bands — even those who have been eliminated from the live competition — are qualified to win.

Fans can vote once per day

To vote please visit the following link:

The Scene Magazine Battle Chart:

Over 100 independent Canadian metal bands have been selected to participate in this year’s Wacken Metal Battle Canada lineup in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The bands will compete during the months of March, April, and May in 22 qualifying rounds, six semi-finals, and an Alberta final along with the national final being held on June 7th in Toronto, ON at Opera House.

One band will be chosen to represent the nation with highest honor at this year’s 2014 international battle at the world’s most prestigious metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany.

The finals will have the following representation and will be judged along with all other rounds by a panel of music industry representatives.

o 1 finalist from Vancouver, BC
o 1 finalist from Alberta (Calgary & Edmonton will face off in Alberta final)
o 2 finalists from Toronto, ON
o 1 finalist from Montreal, QC

Last year’s battle was witnessed to Toronto, ON’s epic power/death metal band Crimson Shadows not only winning the 2013 Canadian final but conquering the international final and performing in front of thousands unknown to their behemoth sound. (Video of that champion set can be viewed at .) The band joined a list of Canadian heavyweights such as Voivod, Exciter, Razor, Annihilator, Anvil, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, 3 Inches Of Blood, Despised Icon, and Danko Jones who have performed at the festival in years past.

Submissions were open from December 5, 2013 to January 31, 2014.


Wacken Metal Battle Canada Promo Video:

For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:
Twitter: @MetalBattleCAN

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit:

-About Heavy Metal’s list of the top 20 “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of The 1980s” is online at .

-Def Leppard’s site has the full-length video from the Kiss/Def Leppard summer tour announcement press conference, at .

-Exorcism’s new song “Voodoo Jesus,” from I AM GOD (due April 25 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music), is streaming now at and . See and for more.

-A video teaser for Furyon’s appearance at the PPM Fest 2014, featuring singer Matt Mitchell, is online now at . The band is also set to play Belgium’s Power, Prog & Metal Festival 2014 in April. See and for more on the festivals, and and for more on Furyon.

-Helstar’s THIS WICKED NEST is due out through AFM Records on April 25 (Europe) and April 29 (US); it will be released on CD and limited black vinyl (666 copies). The new song “Fall Of Dominion” is streaming now at .

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

3/22 – Count Vamps, Las Vegas, NV
3/27 – The Torino Lounge, Paramount, CA
3/29 – 4/2 – Monsters Of Rock Cruise, Miami, FL
4/4 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
4/19 – The Rockyard @ Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA
6/12 – Casino Del Sol, Tucson, AZ

See for more.

-Lost Society’s next track-by-track video, covering the songs “Lethal Pleasure” and “Terror Hungry” from the upcoming TERROR HUNGRY, is online now at . See for more.

-Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx married girlfriend Courtney Bingham this past Saturday in Los Angeles.

-Guitarist Roman Singleton (Enertia) announced on Facebook that he’s hitting the studio next month to begin work on an instrumental solo album. Hype: “It’s going to take a bit of time to get it finished; I’m predicting a good few months due to many reasons but I’ve worked hard on this new music and I am excited to see it through. I feel this new stuff is very accessible, very personal, the melodies are strong and the folks that will be involved in its creation are going to help me deliver a fantastic listening experience! Looking forward to this.” See for more.

-Sonata Arctica’s first track-by-track video, covering the first five songs on PARIAH’S CHILD, is online now at . The album is due out March 28 through Nuclear Blast. See for more.

-Check out a “Hair Metal Memories” piece on Stage Dolls at .

-Vanishing Point’s new single from DISTANT IS THE SUN is “Circle Of Fire,” and it features Sonata Arctica’s Tony Kakko on guest vocals. It is available digitally at , with a bonus track cover of Journey’s “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” and the lyric video is online at .

-The Wacken Metal Battle Canada organizers announced Witch Of The Waste won Vancouver round two, and Our Covenant and Endemise won Toronto round two. See and for more.

Thanks to Axel Wiesenauer, Jon Asher, Chad Bowar, and Hawk for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus Issue #664

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Issue #664
Week of March 10, 2014

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-The Legendary Alice Cooper Welcomes YOU To His Nightmare!

Submit Your Questions Now For The “Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice Anything” Q&A

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Forthcoming Official Documentary “Super Duper Alice Cooper” Premiering At The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

Watch The Official Trailer Here:

NEW YORK, NY — Banger Films, in association with Eagle Rock Entertainment, presents Alice Cooper in “Super Duper Alice Cooper,” the brand new official Alice Cooper documentary distributed by SpectiCast (“As The Palaces Burn,” “Aerosmith: Rock For The Rising Sun,” “Morrissey 25: Live”).

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and will hit theaters nationwide beginning May 30, 2014. The film is the first ever “doc opera” — a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera that will cement forever the legend of Alice Cooper.

In order to make “Super Duper Alice Cooper” as interactive for his devoted fans as he possibly can, Alice Cooper is putting together a special pre-recorded “Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice” Q&A that will run following each theatrical screening. In order for Alice to give some wild answers, he’ll require some burning questions from fans, so he’s inviting YOU to ask him anything now via (click the “Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice” graphic). Once the submission period is closed, Alice will personally handpick select questions and answer them via video, serving as the aforementioned Q&A. So, do you want your question to be answered in the pre-recorded Alice Cooper Q&A running after each and every screening in the US? Of course you do! Submit your questions now via .

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the ’60s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the ’70s to his triumphant comeback as ’80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s soul. Alice’s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider.

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of “Iron Maiden: Flight 666″ (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film “Monkey Warfare.”

For more information on “Super Duper Alice Cooper,” please visit:

For more information on Alice Cooper, please visit:

Alice Cooper needs no introduction. Still touring the world, with over 100 concerts scheduled in 2014, and hosting his internationally syndicated “Nights With Alice Cooper” radio show five nights a week for over a decade, Alice shows no sign of slowing down.

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Deep Purple – LIVE IN CALIFORNIA 74 On CD And Digital Formats April 1, 2014

40th Anniversary Of This Eponymous Concert

NEW YORK, NY — In honor of the 40th Anniversary of the historic California Jam Festival, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Deep Purple – LIVE IN CALIFORNIA 74 for the first time on CD and Digital Audio on April 1. [MSRP $13.98]

By the mid-seventies, Deep Purple was one of the biggest selling rock acts in America, and LIVE IN CALIFORNIA 74 demonstrates exactly why. Taking place at the end of their 28-date tour promoting BURN, the CD showcases the band performing before 200,000 people as the headliner of the Cal Jam Festival. Closing their trek with a triumphant climax, the potent lineup of Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), David Coverdale (vocals), Glenn Hughes (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards), and Ian Paice (drums) pummel through an explosive set of songs from BURN, as well as classics like “Space Truckin'” and “Smoke On The Water.”

40 years later, this set still resonates as a concert for the ages. Previously released on DVD in 2006, the LIVE IN CALIFORNIA 74 album is an absolutely must-have for any Deep Purple fan’s collection.

Track Listing:
1.) Burn
2.) Might Just Take Your Life
3.) Lay Down, Stay Down
4.) Mistreated
5.) Smoke On The Water
6.) You Fool No One
7.) Space Truckin’

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum, and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris, and Hamburg.

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:

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-Timo Tolkki’s Avalon To Release Sophomore Album ANGELS OF THE APOCALYPSE With An Amazing Cast Of Singers! Out In May On Frontiers!

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon sophomore album, ANGELS OF THE APOCALYPSE, on May 16th in Europe and May 20th in North America.

Following the release of the debut album THE LAND OF NEW HOPE, the “Metal Opera” was met with critical and fan acclaim, entering the national album charts in seven European countries, including a top 10 entry in Tolkki’s home country, Finland. In August 2013, Tolkki flew to Greece to seek the right inspiration for the follow-up album and upon his return he managed to develop a sound that is even more grandiose and symphonic and yet heavier and darker in direction as compared to the debut album. “In August 2012 I planned to release a Metal Opera that had to be a trilogy. I am following a specific storyboard in a musical format and this time the musical direction is heavier and darker than the previous Avalon,” says Tolkki. “This was deliberate since the Apocalyptic scenes described in the lyrics demanded that.”

As for the players on the album, Tolkki finally managed to reunite the legendary Stratovarius DREAMSPACE lineup, calling Antti Ikonen and Tuomo Lassila to play keyboards and drums, respectively. “It was really nice and brought good vibes and freshness to the album,” tells Timo. “Definitely the right move.”

The amazing cast of vocalists appearing this time includes Nightwish singer Floor Jansen — who takes care of the lead vocals on the first single “Design The Century” — along with Simone Simons (Epica), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire), David DeFeis (Virgin Steele), Zachary Stevens (ex-Savatage, Circle II Circle), plus Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) — who appears again after contributing to the first album — and the stunning Chilean singer Caterina Nix, who is working on her debut album which is also produced by Tolkki. “Some songs were written with a specific singer in mind, while for some others I decided based on the knowledge that I had on how he or she would perform. I am particularly happy of how this record sounds especially two songs ‘You’ll Bleed Forever’ and the 10-minute title track are among my favorite ever,” says Tolkki.

Once again the stunning artwork is provided by the French artist Stanis W. Decker and the first pressing of the physical edition will be available in a glossy digi-pak.

ANGELS OF THE APOCALYPSE final track listing:
1. Song For Eden
2. Jerusalem Is Falling
3. Design The Century
4. Rise Of The 4th Reich
5. Stargate Atlantis
6. You’ll Bleed Forever
7. The Paradise Lost
8. Neon Sirens
9. High Above Of Me
10. Angels Of The Apocalypse
11. Garden Of Eden

The first single “Design The Century” (featuring Nightwish singer Floor Jansen) will be released digitally worldwide on April 7th.

You can enjoy a 20-second snippet from the album at this link:


Timo Tolkki: guitars, bass and keyboards
Tuomo Lassila: drums
Antti Ikonen: keyboards
Nicholas Jeudy: orchestration
Floor Jansen, Simone Simons, Fabio Lione, David DeFeis, Zachary Stevens, Elize Ryd, Caterina Nix: vocals

Produced by Timo Tolkki

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-Toto And Eagle Rock Entertainment Announce April 29 Release Of 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – LIVE IN POLAND 2CD, DVD, Blu-ray, And Deluxe Edition

Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, And Williams Working On Studio Album For 2015

NEW YORK — Toto and Eagle Rock Entertainment have announced a April 29th release date for the band’s 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – LIVE IN POLAND. The title will be available in configurations that include 2CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and a deluxe edition featuring all formats with a 60-page book (Pre-book Order Date April 4, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $17.98 2CD, $79.98 Deluxe Edition).

Filmed on June 25, 2013 in Lodz, Poland, the offering captures the band in the midst of a standing-room-only European tour. The two-hour plus performance features Toto’s hit-stocked repertoire alongside other favorites. The complete track listing is: Intro, Medley: “On The Run” / “Child’s Anthem” / “Goodbye Eleanor,” “Goin’ Home,” “Hydra,” “St. George And The Dragon,” “I’ll Be Over You,” “It’s A Feeling,” “Rosanna,” “Wings Of Time,” “Falling In Between,” “I Won’t Hold You Back,” “Pamela,” “99,” “The Muse,” “White Sister,” “Better World,” “Africa,” “How Many Times,” “Stop Loving You,” “Hold The Line,” and “Home Of The Brave.” The set also includes behind-the-scenes bonus content. Eagle Rock Entertainment has premiered the band’s performance of “Hold The Line” which can be viewed at .

The 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – LIVE IN POLAND release captures Toto’s European tour that hit 29 cities staging successful concerts Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Toto World Tour 2013 featured Luke, David Paich, Steve Porcaro on keyboards, and singer Joseph Williams, who sang the hits “Pamela” and “Stop Loving You” on the worldwide platinum release THE SEVENTH ONE (1988). Williams is also featured on the platinum certified FAHRENHEIT (1986), TOTO XX (1998), the track “Bottom Of Your Soul” on FALLING IN BETWEEN (2006), and the multi-platinum release PAST TO PRESENT 1977-1990 issued in 1990.

Toto has revealed plans for 2014 that deliver what fans have been waiting years for. The band will record a new studio album planned for release in 2015, their first since FALLING IN BETWEEN (2006). Keyboardist and founding member David Paich recently shared, “The repertoire is coming together so naturally it is as though we never took a break from creating as Toto in the studio. For the fans who have been waiting patiently and continually showing the band support and love over the last decade or so, this one’s for you. Collectively we can’t wait to share these recordings with The World.”

This April, they return to Japan for a seven-show headlining sold-out arena tour that takes them through Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Sendai, and Sopporo. In August and September, Toto will hit the road as co-headliners with Michael McDonald, for their most comprehensive North American tour in years.

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5,000 albums that together amass a sales history of a HALF A BILLION albums. Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.

With over 35 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top-selling tour and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.

Band members have been “South Park” characters, while recently Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake offered a light-hearted homage via a comedy sketch around the band’s hit “Africa.” They are pop culture, and are one of the few ’70s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles, and more than 35 years in to a career enjoy a multi-generational fan base.

Toto also continues to raise awareness for ALS, for their brother and friend, Mike Porcaro, who has been diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The band commits energies towards fundraising for Police and Fire Departments of California and the Fallen Heroes initiative ( ), and help the United Nations in their humanitarian endeavors through music.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award-winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum, and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris, and Hamburg.

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-New Live Album From Donnie Vie

Artist: Donnie Vie
Genre: Rock/Songwriter
Label: Livewire/Cargo Records
Format: CD Live Album + DVD Live
Release date: March 14, 2014

One of the most gifted yet underrated songwriters of our generation, Donnie Vie is best known as the main song writer and voice of ’90s pop sensations Enuff Z’nuff.

Their Atlantic Records debut spawned the hits “Fly High Michelle” and “New Thing,” regular favorites on MTV’s “Dial MTV” and both of which charted in Billboard’s Top 50. Over their 25-year career, EZN has produced a discography of 16 international releases, been invited and played on “Late Night With David Letterman” (two times), become Howard Stern’s favorite band, and toured the world over and over again. You can still hear their songs on Sirius/XM Radio EVERY DAY!!

It’s not really The Donnie Vie Band these days. It’s Donnie Vie and a little help from his friends.

GOODBYE: ENOUGH Z’NUFF is a brand new live album and DVD from the former Enuff Z’nuff songwriter. The live album was recorded on 2013’s “Magical History Tour” and features many of the EZN trademark classics. The accompanying DVD captures Donnie and Baz Francis (Magic Eight Ball) on the tour as well as Donnie talking about and performing acoustic versions of many of his songs. The music video is also included for each song. Donnie Vie will release a brand new studio album later in 2014 called ALL IN on Livewire/Cargo Records.

CD: Live “Magical History Tour 2013″
1. For Now
2. Holly Wood Ya
3. These Daze
4. You Got A Hold Of Me (feat. Baz Francis)
5. The Beast
6. Rainy Day
7. You And I
8. Fly High Michelle
9. If I Can’t Have You
10. There Goes My Heart
11. New Thing (feat. Baz Francis)
12. Time To Let You Go
13. Someday (feat. Baz Francis)
14. Goodbye (feat. Baz Francis)
Recorded in the UK by Lewis John and Baz Francis, All songs written by Donnie Vie

Donnie Vie – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Baz Francis – Backing Vocals

“Magical History Tour 2013″ featurette/The Enuff Z’nuff video collection:
My Dear Dream (Montage/New Recording)
I’ve Fallen In Love Again (Clip – Lucca)
Daddy’s Girl (Live – Cremona)
Altered States (Live – Ahoghill)
I Touch Myself (Clip – Englefield Green)
Big Star (Live – Camden)
Black Coffee In Bed (Clip – Lucca)
These Daze (Live – Ahoghill)
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Clip – Camden)
Red Hair Wrapped Around Her Neck (Live – Leicester)
Cat Scratch (Clip – Englefield Green)
That’s What Love Is (Live – Englefield Green)
Sanibel Island (Live – Englefield Green)
Barrie Anne Lost His Baby (Clip – Englefield Green)
Local Girls (Live – Camden)
Time To Let You Go (Live – Englefield Green)
Home Tonight (Live – Englefield Green)
Saying farewell (Clip – Englefield Green)
Goodbye (Live – Englefield Green)
New Thing (Intro and video)
Fly High Michelle (Intro and video)
She Wants More (Intro and video)
Baby Loves You (Intro and video)
Mother’s Eyes (Intro and video)
Right By Your Side (Intro and video)
You Got A Hold Of Me (Intro and video)
Bullet From A Gun (Intro and video)
Life Is Strange (Intro and video)
Wheels (Intro and video)
Freak (Intro and video)
There Goes My Heart (Intro and video)

Donnie Vie – Live Solo Acoustic – Bannermans Bar – Edinburgh – July 22, 2013

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-BLP Music Releases 12th Baltimoore Album

Swedish Hard Rockers Baltimoore Are “BACK FOR MORE”

“Musically, I think it’s where this band should be — loud guitars along with Hammond organ and a vibrant rhythm section”
– Björn Lodin

BLP Music is pleased to announce the 12th album from Swedish hard rock outfit Baltimoore, entitled BACK FOR MORE, is out now and available on all leading digital music platforms.

Home to 10 new tracks and led as always by enigmatic vocalist Björn Lodin, BACK FOR MORE sees the band deliver a fresh take on the Baltimoore sound for 2014 with some new and old faces in the current lineup.

On his fellow musicians Lodin comments, “My main man for this release is guitar player Mats Attaque. He was actually in a band with me right before I started Baltimoore (Ready Steady). Several of the songs from the first album we also played in that band. Teaming up with him again has been truly inspiring… He’s a great guitar player and singer — a great musician! We grew up in the same area and share a lot of the same rhythm interpretation, coming from the folk music around these parts of Sweden. Drummer Klas Anderhell, long time session player and The Guy you call when you need to get the job done. Having him joining us is a treat. Weine Johansson (bass) and Örjan Fernkvist (organ) are returning and nothing pleases me more. I’m proud of this band!”

Song writing for the album originally began back in 2011 with some ideas being considered for what would have been Lodin’s third release with Hungarian rock outfit HARD.

“It originally started out as a new HARD album, but as the songs developed I knew this had to be for Baltimoore. It’s been a slow process since starting in October 2011. I had the songs written before I got the final lineup together and as players came along, putting their skills and input to them, it all fell into place. I just ignite and feed off others… We’ve been recording on and off since early 2012 but the album gained momentum in late 2013 and here we are… finished.”

On the album’s style Bjorn continues, “Musically, I think it’s where this band should be — loud guitars along with Hammond organ and a vibrant rhythm section. Lyrically, I don’t know… I bitch, bark, and moan about whatever comes to mind, like always. However, there’s an ongoing story in our songs… I seem to end up in same ‘place’ over and over… That’s something I want to take further and explore with visual stuff eventually.”

BACK FOR MORE features the following tracks.

1 Cry Out For Innocence
2. Don’t Say No
3. Until The End Of The Line
4. Are You On To Me?
5. Break Into Something New
6. Means To An End
7. Gun Of Doom
8. Sunshine In The Rain
9. Say It Like It Is
10. Back For More

An album sampler can be heard at

Hear online via iTunes –
and CDBaby –

Baltimoore Official Website –
Baltimoore on Facebook –

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-Acclaimed British Rock Icon And Drummer Carl Palmer’s DECADE Concert DVD, “The Solo” Art Film, And Newly Expanded 2-CD DO YA WANNA PLAY, CARL? Anthology All Due On March 11th 2014

Palmer’s World Tour Continues Throughout 2014

Carl Palmer, among the most renowned drummers in rock history and a founding member of both ELP and Asia, will be featured in three global releases by Music Video Distributors. Being released worldwide on March 11 will be DECADE (which chronicles the 2011 tour show and celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy band); “The Solo,” an acclaimed art film by British director Andrew Cross which presents Carl Palmer’s drum solo as a form of physical art; and the newly expanded 2-CD anthology, DO YA WANNA PLAY, CARL?, a compilation covering 50 years of recordings by Carl Palmer with Emerson Lake & Palmer, Asia, Carl Palmer Legacy, The Craig, PM, Mike Oldfield, and other acts he has worked with.

“I am very excited to have these titles coming out and available finally for my fans,” says Palmer, who has been touring since his group launched its 2014 tour with a sold-out show in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on January 18. “DECADE is a complete show by my band, and features our power trio interpretations of the greatest songs of ELP and select classical composers. If you loved ELP but want to hear these songs done in a completely different musical environment, this DVD is something you will want to see and own. We are extremely proud of the final product, which was captured at one of our shows on the 2011 tour.”

Adds Palmer: “‘The Solo’ was an art film I was asked to be involved with by filmmaker Andrew Cross. The idea was to show the audience that a drum solo and exploration of various percussion instruments could be positioned as a work of art.” The film has received rave reviews at screenings done in art museums in England, with critic Stephen Lee in his review, saying, “‘The Solo’ transforms an unassuming landscape into the spatial re-enactment of music as pop idyll.”

The newly expanded version of Palmer’s UK-only released two-disc CD compilation, DO YA WANNA PLAY, CARL?: THE CARL PALMER ANTHOLOGY, features many of the greatest recorded works of Palmer’s career with ELP, Asia, Atomic Rooster, Mike Oldfield, and as a solo artist. It even includes a rare track of Palmer performing with the Buddy Rich Orchestra, at the insistence of the famed jazz drummer and longtime friend of Palmer’s.

Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy is a red-hot power trio that features Palmer on drums and percussion, guitarist Paul Bielatowicz, and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick. “Since 2001, I have been playing with my own power trio, replacing the keyboards with electric guitar,” says Palmer. “I felt that was the only honest way to approach the music of ELP. I didn’t want to have a singer trying to sound like Greg Lake. ELP did so much instrumental music, this format made sense to me. Hearing the keyboard parts done on guitar is certainly different, but just as satisfying. The idea was to re-invent the music; there will be several new classic ELP tunes this time around.”

As for ELP, Palmer closed that chapter of his life when the band played a final show in 2010 at London’s High Voltage Festival, where they celebrated their 40th Anniversary. “ELP has ended its on-again, off-again existence when we did High Voltage. We had a great run and remain friends, but the best way I can honor our musical legacy is to present that music the way I do with my own band.”

These MVD releases come in conjunction with the release of a new Asia studio album, GRAVITAS (and 2014 tour), and Palmer’s acclaimed second collection of modern art available at .

On tour Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy will play nearly two hours and drum enthusiasts can expect an evening of compelling percussive skills, from the man who brought the drum set to the forefront of rock ‘n’ roll music.


MVD Entertainment Group

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-Killer Metal Records To Release Edge Of Thorns’ INSOMNIA

Artist: Edge Of Thorns
Released Formats: CD
Style: Heavy Metal
Catalog #: KMR-CD023
EAN: 4018996237573
Label: Killer Metal Records
Release Date: 04. April 2014
Distribution: H’ART /

Official Artist Website:

Track list:
1. In Your Dreams (:25)
2. Dark Side Of Your Life (3:05)
3. Yearning Has Begun (5:20)
4. Insomnia (5:51)
5. Metal Unity (4:04)
6. The Watchmaker (5:19)
7. A Caress Of Souls (7:20)
8. Walking Like A Ghost (3:37)
9. Death Dealer (5:20)
10. …Of Hearts That Burn (4:35)
11. The 7 Sins Of Arthur McGregor (7:04)
12. …Is This The Way It Ends (4:12)
Playing time: 56:22 min

Dirk “Duke” Schmitt (vocals)
Dave Brixius (lead guitar)
Jani Näckel (guitar)
Oliver Brück (bass)
Johannes Schütz (drums)

Featuring Ralf Scheepers (ex-Gamma Ray/Primal Fear). Killer leads, catchy, brilliant! For fans of Rage & Gamma Ray.

Edge Of Thorns were founded in 1996 by Dirk “Duke” Schmitt (vocals, guitars) and Johannes Schütz (drums) in Bitburg. The lineup was completed by bass player Oliver Brück and keyboarder Lothar Krämer. From the very start the focus was on own compositions. Initially the band focused on the dark sides of metal while Duke could concentrate on singing alone after the guitar duo Dave Brixius and Achim Sinzinger joined in 1998. The songs became faster, harder, more melodic, and varying. Wreaking riffs, double lead guitars, and catchy choruses characterize the songs of that time. Hymns like “Riders Of The Storm,” “Dark Magician,” or “Lost” came into being which should not be missed at any EDGE OF THORNS concert.

After several self-produced demos 2003 the album RAVENLAND was presented to the metal community. Job and family reasons lead into several lineup changes. Achim switched from guitar to bass and Dave was the only guitar player now. Temporarily the band was supported by keyboarder Markus Olk. At this stage the album MASQUERADING OF THE WICKED was done which was released beginning of 2008 and was received well. The songs became more varied — stamping, catchy Metal songs mixed up with speedy double-bass killers, varying vocals, hard riffing, melodies, and lunatic guitar solos without losing sight of the song. Because the keyboards increasingly became less of a presence in 2007 Edge Of Thorns used two guitars again. Achim again turned himself to the guitar while Jules Langer became the new bass player. Again family and job reasons lead into new lineup changes. Due to Duke and Dave and fresh blood Jani Näckel on guitars the band kept its live presence, if they were big or small, in front of 5,000 or 5 visitors. They played with bands like Judas Priest, DragonForce, Sabaton, Brainstorm, U.D.O., Subway To Sally, Rage, Sacred Steel, Tankard, Holy Moses, Korpiklaani, Freedom Call, and Perzonal War among others, as well as performances on countless festivals like Rock Am Ring, Rock Harz, and Queens Of Metal.

INSOMNIA is the title of their new and third album. One hour of heavy metal, powerful, with melody! David Brixius seasons the 12 songs with killer leads, catchy, feelingly, brilliant! Guest singer for the metal hymn “Metal Unity” is Ralf Scheepers (ex-Gamma Ray, Primal Fear) who does a superb job! A video was done for this one as well. Edge Of Thorns having a sound that grasps of contemporary developments and at the same level with other major players of the style!

“Metal Unity” video:

1) RAVENLAND CD 2004 Private (Germany)
2) MASQUERADING OF THE WICKED CD 2007 Twilight Zone Records (Germany)
3) INSOMNIA CD 2014 Killer Metal Records (Germany)

Killer Metal Records

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-Swedish Heavy Metal Gang Portrait Announce New Album CROSSROADS April 25th!

Landing Page Launched, First Song Online!

Swedish Heavy Metallers Portrait announce the release of their new album CROSSROADS for April, 25th. The band is finally prepared to unveil the album title, art, and release the first single from the record. “In Time” is streaming now on , where fans can also pre-order copies of CROSSROADS on CD, vinyl, and digital downloads.

Comments Portrait: “CROSSROADS is a sevenfold blessing and curse upon a dying music scene, an album imbued with something untouchable and yet undeniable. This first single ‘In Time’ was the first song written for CROSSROADS and is one of the more straightforward ones of the album. Bang or be banged!”

The relentless, Swedish heavy metal monster known as Portrait was born in the year 2006 with the intention to exterminate the entire world.

After the release of a demo, two singles and their self-titled full length debut Portrait released their Metal Blade debut CRIMEN LAESAE MAJESTATIS DIVINAE in 2011. After numerous tours and festival appearances the band began to focus on the third album, entitled CROSSROADS. The writing and recording process took about a year and Tore Stjerna of Necromorbus Studio handled the production together with the band.

“This is our most important album up to date in so many ways, and we couldn’t be more satisfied with the final outcome. To me personally, Portrait has finally become what I have always wanted the band to be, and we are hungrier than ever. The new album will speak for itself, and the year 2014 will be a year of Truth and of Conquest. Beware!” – Christian Lindell, guitars

CROSSROADS track listing:
1. Liberation
2. At The Ghost Gate
3. We Were Not Alone
4. In Time
5. Black Easter
6. Ageless Rites
7. Our Roads Must Never Cross
8. Lily

Portrait is:
Per Lengstedt – vocals
Christian Lindell -guitars
David Olofsson – guitars
Mikael Castervall – bass
Anders Persson – drums

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-21Octayne Signs With AFM!

AFM Records proudly present the newest addition to its roster:

21Octayne, a fantastic new Rock act feat. members of Joe Perry band, Rhapsody, Axxis, and Paul Gilbert, will release its debut album INTO THE OPEN on May 23rd!

21Octayne is the epitome of soulful, honest, ass-kicking Rock with a slight modern touch. A new name, a new band, but no unknowns here: the band consists of vocalist Hagen Grohe (The Joe Perry Project), Marco Wriedt (Axxis), Andrew “The Bullet” Lauer (Paul Gilbert), and drummer Alex Landenburg (Rhapsody). The four guys took their time and worked hard on their debut album for more than two years, ready for impact now! Meanwhile the young band scored first success by releasing a digital single for “The Heart (Save Me)” which went (without any kind of promotion) straight to #1 in Amazon Germany’s hard rock/metal chart and also appeared on the US iTunes chart! This good start for 21Octayne might be caused by several factors, one being vocalist Hagen Grohe who leads the band’s US-influenced Rock to international level. A quality that guitar icon Joe Perry (Aerosmith) realized quickly as well, so he made Grohe the vocalist of the Joe Perry Project. And he was not disappointed by the young German who convinced on album recordings and numerous live shows playing after in support of the release.

Also guitarist Marco Wriedt (Axxis), bass player Andrew “The Bullet” Lauer (Paul Gilbert), and drummer Alex Landenburg (Rhapsody) have gathered quite a fan-following as musicians and songwriters over the years. Of course these fans quickly got excited when they heard about the new band 21Octayne, so the band invited fans and interested journalists to “listening session,” presenting the first songs they had recorded. These intimate events quickly became 40-persons strong and saw the band playing acoustic sets even. Also the initial plan of doing one or two listening sessions in Germany only was changed quickly because of the strong demand. And so 21Octayne found themselves presenting their songs to people in London, Paris, Hollywood, and Barcelona.

First concerts were played in Europe, supporting Pink Cream 69 and Germany chart band Ohrenfeindt, with offer now coming in from big festivals. 2014 will be a great year for Rock fans and there’s no hiding from this awesome new band — 21Octayne!

Check out their video clip “The Heart (Save Me)”


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-Australia’s Addictive Sees Reissue Via Divebomb Records

Addictive’s KICK ‘EM HARD Available Now!

Few bands survived the rapid decline of thrash metal in the early ’90s, but not only did Australia’s Addictive soldier on, they released a superb slab of classic speed metal against all odds. Following up their raw, yet impressive 1989 debut album, PITY OF MAN, the band enlisted Ozzy Osbourne/Rainbow bassist, Bob Daisley, to produce what would become their finest moment.

Rumors originally claim misplaced master tapes are the culprit behind the delayed KICK ‘EM HARD 1993 release. No matter the cause Addictive tried to overcome those delays and had unquestionably upped the ante with KICK ‘EM HARD, revealing a band whose ravenous desire to succeed overshadowed the industry’s climate predicting disaster for themselves and their thrash metal brethren. Combining all the best elements of early Metallica, Kreator, and Megadeth, Addictive were a band surely on the rise delivering a crushing sophomore album, but the shifting tides of the music industry unfortunately left them drifting aimlessly by the mid-’90s.

These two classic albums have been out of print for nearly 20 years and fetching high dollar collector prices online, but Addictive has remained a cult favorite with die-hard thrash fans. KICK ‘EM HARD (Rebooted Edition) contains brand new mastering of the band’s entire discography, interview and a redesigned, full-color booklet with archival photos of the band’s history. For the fans, by the fans.

Kick ‘Em Hard (Rebooted Edition) (DIVE058)
IN STORES 3/11/2014

Stream Via Bandcamp:

For Fans Of:

+ Full band discography
+ Archival photos/Show flyers (20-page booklet)
+ Brand new interview with band
+ KICK ‘EM HARD produced by Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne)
+ Out of print nearly 20 years
+ Limited edition
+ New mastering by Jamie King
+ Layout/Restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic, Solstice)

Track List:
CD 1
KICK ‘EM HARD (1993)
1. Distemper
2. Waiting For Yesterday
3. Kick ‘Em Hard
4. You’re Perfect
5. Towards Extinction
6. Wacked
7. You Never Know
8. Man Made Act Of God
9. Serves You Right
10. Bitch

Bonus Tracks:
11. Crazy Train
12. Sniper (Demo)
13. Look Before You Leap (Demo)

CD 2
PITY OF MAN (1989)
1. Get Out Of My Life
2. Come Before The Storm
3. Boiling Point
4. Sonder Kommando
5. The Forge
6. What Ward RU In?
7. Echoes Of The Mind
8. Addictive Friend
9. My Foe
10. Pity Of Man

Bonus Tracks:
WARD 74 (Demo Tape) – 1988
11. Addictive Friend
12. Sonder Commando
13. What Ward Are You In?
14. Pity Of Man
15. Come Before The Storm

Divebomb Records

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-Lord Volture “Pure Evil Hides In Slovakia Tour” Announced

Dutch power metallers Lord Volture have announced a Slovakia headlining tour — “Pure Evil Hides In Slovakia Tour” — with support of Austria’s heavy metallers Diamond Falcon, which is due to kick off on October 8th in Bratislava, Slovakia. Tour dates as follow:

08.10.2014 SK Bratislava – British Rock Stars
09.10.2014 SK Trnava – Art Klub
10.10.2014 SK Brezno – 1. Dart Club
11.10.2014 SK Tisovec – Casablanca
12.10.2014 SK Banská Bystrica – Tirish Pub

Lord Volture is a heavy metal band hailing from The Netherlands and deliver Pure and Unpolished Heavy Metal. For fans of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Iced Earth. For all who bear a heart of steel, Lord Volture is a definite MUST!

Diamond Falcon is a traditional heavy metal band from Austria and bring back the color of music to the grey shades that have come up during the last few years.

Upcoming Lord Volture tour dates 2014

04.04.2014 NL Barneveld – Stédsj – w/ Blaze Bayley
18.04.2014 NL Stadskanaal – Very ‘Eavy Festival w/ Tygers Of Pan Tang
25.04.2014 CZ Litvínov – Attic Rock Club
26.04.2014 CZ Spálené Porící – Music SKLEP
06.06.2014 NL Rotterdam – Baroeg – w/ Masterplan
08.06.2014 NL Liempde – Limuscene Live
13.06.2014 BE Geel – De Bogaard
19.06.2014 NL Kerkrade – De Steen
20.06.2014 FR Arras – Blue Devils Bar
21.06.2014 FR Saint-Omer – Le Gibolin
22.06.2014 BE Tongeren – Sodom – w/ Vicious Rumors, Exorcism
19.07.2014 GB Radcliffe – SOS Festival
15.08.2014 NL Deest – Festival Zeeltje
08.10.2014 SK Bratislava – British Rock Stars
09.10.2014 SK Trnava – Art Klub
10.10.2014 SK Brezno – 1. Dart Club
11.10.2014 SK Tisovec – Casablanca
12.10.2014 SK Banská Bystrica – Tirish Pub

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-Skinner Releases Music Video, CD Art, And Release Date For SLEEPWALKERS

“Sleepwalkers,” the new video from SF Bay Area Power-Thrashers Skinner, featuring Norman Skinner (Vocals), Robert Kolowitz (Guitars), Grant Kolowitz (Guitars), Alfred San Miguel (Guitars), Jim Pegram (Bass), and Noe Luna (Drums), can be seen below. The song is taken from Skinner’s upcoming full-length album of the same title, SLEEPWALKERS, which will be released on May 6th, 2014 via Dead Inside Records.

Skinner was formed from the fallout of the now defunct Power/Thrash band Imagika. Throughout the band’s history Imagika released seven albums total worldwide and toured extensively before calling it a day in 2010. Taking its name from their lead vocalist, Skinner combines both the European Power Metal sound with the high energy Thrash Attack of the SF Bay Area.

The video “Sleepwalkers” was directed by Mike Sloat (Testament/Machine Head) and depicts a struggle between two consciences. The first is a dream world where the individual sleepwalks through life doing as they are told completely unaware of the reality around them. The second is the horrible reality that not everything is as it seems and life can be hard and scary. The individual eventually is able to break free of the mold and think for himself.

“Sleepwalkers” is the title track off Skinner’s upcoming full-length effort. The CD was engineered by Steve Pelletier at Hellfire Studios in San Jose, CA and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording NC.

CD artwork courtesy of Jobert Mello of Sledgehammer Graphix. Jobert has created artwork for bands such as Primal Fear, Sabaton, Shadowside, & more.

SLEEPWALKER track listing:
1. Firebird’s Lament
2. Sleepwalkers
3. Orphans Of Liberty
4. Hell In My Hands
5. Blind Led Blind
6. Guilt-Ridden
7. Breathe The Lie
8. Bound
9. Miss Agony
10. The Breathing Room
11. The Enemy Within

Writing is well underway for Skinner’s follow-up release. The band plans to begin recording this Fall.

Skinner – “Sleepwalkers” Music Video

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-High Spirits Premiere New Song At, Set Release Date For New Album, Gear Up For Tour

Chicago’s high-energy rock favorites High Spirits have premiered the new track “The Last Night” at heavily trafficked tastemakers The track hails from High Spirits’ highly anticipated second album, YOU ARE HERE, set for North American release on May 13th via Hells Headbangers on both CD and LP formats. The dashing follow-up to one of the most celebrated studio debuts of the millennium, YOU ARE HERE finds High Spirits in great form, having spent the past two years recording demos and getting a taste of international touring. While every bit as fresh, stylish, and hook-heavy as its ANOTHER NIGHT predecessor, YOU ARE HERE showcases the band’s full dramatic power, a dynamic intensity that perhaps had not been reached before. But as with all of High Spirits’ music, the abundant, inviting melody is balanced by raw heavy metal energy, drawing on the exhilarating live show that the band has performed in amphitheaters and dive-bars alike. For a band with universal potential, YOU ARE HERE is a graceful step forward, and highly recommended for all. Hear for yourself exclusively here:

Track listing for High Spirits’ YOU ARE HERE:
1) When The Lights Go Down
2) I Need Your Love
3) One Thousand Nights
4) Reminding You Of Me
5) The Last Night
6) Can You Hear Me
7) Gone To Pieces
8) I Will Run
9) High Spirits

As a precursor to the album, Hells Headbangers will release a limited-edition 7″ single featuring two re-recorded songs from High Spirits’ early days, “High Spirits” and “Night After Night.” Set for release on April 15th, the preorder link can be accessed here:

In other High Spirits news, the band will be hitting the road next month, playing a clutch of shows across the Midwest, Northeast, and Canada. Entitled the “We Were There” tour, here are the confirmed dates/venues:

Apr 18 – Hamtramck, MI @ Smalls
Apr 19 – Toronto, ON @ The Bovine
Apr 20 – Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
Apr 21 – Providence, RI @ Dusk
Apr 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Apr 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Millcreek Tavern
Apr 24 – Raleigh, NC @ TBA
Apr 25 – Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
Apr 26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers

“When you need metal, go to hell!”

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-Emil Bulls Sign Label Deal With AFM Records!

Munich based Rockers Emil Bulls sign a contract with AFM Records. Their first album on the new label is due this year in late Summer.

Currently the band stays in the Toolhouse Studios in Rotenburg/Fulda working on the new album with London based producer Dan Weller. “We are delighted to welcome such an innovative band like the Emil Bulls on AFM Records,” says label boss Jochen Richert. “The Emil Bulls are an enrichment to the Artist Roster of AFM Records. They have grown to an established brand in the music scene which stands for quality, passion and endurance — characteristics which also represent AFM Records’ work and show the synergies of the Bulls and us.”

Manager Niko Tsagarakis / Monster Artists also welcomes the cooperation. “We are pleased that the cooperation with AFM Records has come about and are excited about what the future holds within.”

The new Emil Bulls album will be released in August. The band will be playing several European summer festivals as well as a headliner tour starting in October 2014:

Summer 2014
May, 3rd: Kelheim, Jukuu Festival
May, 31st: Kronach, Die Festung Rockt
July, 4th: Pfeffelbach, Pfeffelbach Open Air
July, 5th: Flugplatz Roitzschjora, With Full Force Festival
July, 12th: Straubenhardt, Happiness Festival
July, 18th: Velké Mezirící, Fajtfest (CZ)
August, 1st: Horb am Neckar, Minirock Festival
August, 9th: Rotenburg o. d. Tauber, Taubertal Festival
August, 13th – 17th: Übersee, Chiemsee Summer Festival
August, 23rd: Georgsmarienhütte, Hütte Rockt Festival
August, 30th: Frankfurt/Oder, Beach Rock Festival

Emil Bulls Tour 2014
09/10/14 A-Wien – Flex
10/10/14 D-Regensburg – Airport
11/10/14 D-Ulm – Roxy
13/10/14 D-Frankfurt – Batschkapp
14/10/14 D-Hannover – Musikzentrum
16/10/14 D-Hamburg – Markthalle
17/10/14 D-Osnabrück – Rosenhof
18/10/14 D-Köln – Live Music Hall
21/10/14 D-Bochum – Zeche
23/10/14 D-Oldenburg – Kulturetage
24/10/14 D-Berlin – C-Club
25/10/14 D-Dresden – Alter Schlachthof
28/10/14 D-Nürnberg – Hirsch
30/10/14 D-Erfurt – HsD
31/10/14 D-Karlsruhe – Substage
01/11/14 D-Kaiserslautern – Kammgarn

AFM Records

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-Montreal’s Mire (Prog Rock/Metal) Offer Free Download “Tyrannicide” From Upcoming Album INWARD/OUTWARD + Montreal Show Date; Music Video “Limitless Pt. 2″

Montreal, QC’s progressive rock / metal band Mire are offering their latest track “Tyrannicide” for FREE download from their upcoming album INWARD/OUTWARD, set for release on March 18th to follow up their 2010 self-titled EP.

“Implied by the name, ‘Tyrannicide’ is about exterminating the tyrant that rules you. Be it a cruel lover, an autocratic leader or dictatorial boss; the essence of Rock should liberate you to choose freedom and independence over indoctrination. Break out of your borders and blast past the bounds; burn the limitless fuel of your livelihood and beat your wings to fly. Earn your Name. Go Kill The Tyrant,” comments vocalist JP LaChapelle.

Two years in the making, INWARD/OUTWARD is a 10-track reflection of ideas flying every which way around the recording studio, ranging from cognitive science to a military stint in Afghanistan by guitarist Dave Massicotte.

“We created this with our guts and have dared to explore a less common style of metal where the music is less obvious and sometimes requires the individual to have more than one listen before being able to grasp and really appreciate every musical element,” says guitarist Massicotte of the album. “From big chunky guitar to light piano melody, every song will take you on a different journey and set of emotions.”

Bandcamp –
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In additional news, the band will be performing on March 20th at Underworld in Montreal, QC to support the release of their album and comrades Turning Tides for their EP launch.

Upcoming Show Dates:

March 20, 2014 – Montreal, QC – Underworld

Music Video – “Limitless Pt. 2″

INWARD/OUTWARD track listing:
1. Complex (7:18)
2. Tyrannicide (5:33)
3. Limitless (Pt. 1) (3:47)
4. Limitless (Pt. 2) (3:22)
5. Convolution (1:23)
6. Beast and The Machine (5:53)
7. Catalan Atlas (5:05)
8. Mantra Cymatic (1:51)
9. Open Circle (5:42)
10. Upheaval (1:19)
Total Length: 41:17

For more info, please visit the following links:
Album Pre-Order –

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-The Golden Grass Set Release Date For Svart Debut

The glory of American hard rock has returned with the debut eponymous album by The Golden Grass, set for international release on May 9th via Svart Records. This Brooklyn-based power trio is the real deal, and their LP harkens back to the golden age when heavy rock music was upbeat, skillfully played, energetic, edgy, and bursting with goodtime sunshine vibes. They come hard with a strong backbone of deep-pocket funky flare and an earnest/uplifting southern/country/mountain rock vibe, layered with waves of psychedelic textures that explode into jaw-dropping proto-metal moves. And throughout their progressive arrangements and timeless grooves are lush and powerfully delivered vocals, stacked with gorgeous harmonies and maddeningly catchy verses and choruses singing the tales of real-life loves, losses, and the drive to keep on keepin’ on! Track listing are as follows:

1. Please Man
2. Stuck On A Mountain
3. One More Time
4. Wheels
5. Sugar N’ Spice

The Golden Grass formed in early 2013, and before they had even played their first show, they were signed to Svart Records. Their debut 7″ was issued in October of that, as a split release with US label Electric Assault Records. Since playing their first show in September of 2013, they’ve shared the stage with an impressive and eclectic range of rock and metal groups, including Windhand, Natur, Ramming Speed, Serpent Throne, Wolf People, and an appearance at the Cincy Psych Fest.

What truly sets The Golden Grass apart from the pack of modern ’70s-inspired music is their relentlessly upbeat, soulful energy and feel-good vibe, which is a welcome departure from the faceless sea of proto-metal/doom bands currently drowning the underground scene. This catchy five-track album will make you dance, smile, and catch yourself singing along! This album is a sure treat for fans of classic underground hard rock such as Truth And Janey, Dust, and Josefus as well as fans of classic UK psychedelia such as The Move, The Pretty Things, and Mighty Baby. The Golden Grass will also greatly appeal to folks into the contemporary sounds of Danava, Horisont, Graveyard, and Dead Man.

The album was recorded by Andrea Zavareei at Urban Spaceman Studio in Brooklyn, New York where many seminal early La Otracina albums were also tracked. The album was mixed by Jeff Berner at Galuminum Foil Studio in Brooklyn. Jeff has also recorded albums by Naam, Heliotropes, and Weird Owl, among others, at this studio, and he is also a member of Psychic TV. The album was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. The artwork was constructed by Niko Potocnjak of Seven That Spells. The collective experiences and talents of all involved were of utmost importance to the creation of this album.

The Golden Grass is:
* Adam Kriney – drums/vocals (also of La Otracina and past tour member of Nebula/Cult Of Youth/Castanets/Cloudland Canyon)
* Michael Rafalowich – electric guitar/vocals (also of Strange Haze/Whooping Crane and past tour member of Tav Falco’s Panther Burns)
* Joe Noval – electric bass


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-Lo-Pan: Ohio Riff Rock Perpetrators Enter Studio Next Month; Band Unites With Tone Deaf Touring — Live Takeovers Announced

Ohio riff rock perpetrators Lo-Pan will enter Translator Audio in Brooklyn, New York next month to record their forthcoming new full-length for amplification station, Small Stone Recordings. Titled COLOSSUS, the offering will be mixed and mastered by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, The Brought Low, Keelhaul) with art direction by Jason Alexander Byers (Black Black Black, Disengage). A Fall release is expected.

In related news, Lo-Pan recently joined forces with the roadburning heavyweights at Tone Deaf Touring (Corrosion Of Conformity, Weedeater, ASG) and will embark upon a short stint of live abrasions later this month alongside manic noiserockers, Whores. The ten-date motorcade will include two special Small Stone Showcases in Cambridge and Brooklyn. The following month, the band will join reunited iconic stoner rock sorcerers, Spirit Caravan, and the wicked doom bringers in Pilgrim for a performance in Columbus with additional bouts of onstage debauchery to be announced in the coming months.

Lo-Pan Spring Takeover 2014:
3/20/2014 The Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI w/ Whores
3/21/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Whores
3/22/2014 Ruby’s – Columbus, OH Ruby’s w/ F*ck You Pay Me, White Wolves
3/23/2014 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH w/ Whores, F*ck You Pay Me
3/24/2014 The Union – Athens, OH w/ Whores, Horseburner
3/25/2014 Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Whores
3/26/2014 The Depot – York, PA w/ Neon Warship, Black Cowgirl, Witch Hazel
3/27/2014 The M Room – Philadelphia, PA w/ Neon Warship, Skeleton Hands
3/28/2014 Small Stone Showcase @ Middle East – Cambridge, MA w/ Roadsaw, Mellow Bravo, Gozu, Neon Warship
3/29/2014 Small Stone Showcase @ Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ Wo Fat, Lo-Pan, Roadsaw, Neon Warship, Geezer
4/09/2014 Skully’s – Columbus, OH w/ Spirit Caravan, Pilgrim
4/17/2014 Pinned 4 – Columbus, OH w/ Neon Warship, Ride To Ruin, Beggers

Check out the revamped website for show updates, new merch and other Lo-Pan-centric awesomeness.

“Lo-Pan could easily stand as one of the most important bands of their generation in the genre.” – The Obelisk

“With enough stoner rock goodness to destroy bridges and skyscrapers alike, Lo-Pan show that they are one of several absolutely essential rock outfits working today and a major force to be reckoned with.” – Sputnik Music

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-Waxen Set Release Date For New Moribund Album, Featuring Toby Knapp

Today, Moribund Records sets May 27th as the release date for Waxen’s AGIOS HOLOKAUSTON. Waxen is the cult solo project of metal vet and scene legend Toby Knapp (Onward, Toby Knapp band, Godless Rising), and AGIOS HOLOKAUSTON is Waxen’s first album for Moribund and second overall. But above all, AGIOS HOLOKAUSTON is dark ‘n’ dazzling display of Knapp’s songwriting acumen and technical mastery. Handling all instruments, complex ‘n’ coiling black metal is ripped asunder with Knapp’s characteristic brand of shred, his six-string sorcery winding ‘n’ wending through all manner of riff catacombs yet always locating a haunting, poignant place for the listener to dwell. But no matter where Waxen’s diabolical vision goes, Knapp never loses sight of heavy metal songcraft. Behold AGIOS HOLOKAUSTON!

Track listing for Waxen’s AGIOS HOLOKAUSTON:
1. Suicidium (4:20)
2. Procession 11 (5:27)
3. Destined For Division (4:13)
4. At War With Reason Itself (6:26)
5. With Hatred Be Destroyed (4:38)
6. Hollow Eyes (6:03)
7. Eight The Adept (4:30)

A statement from Toby Knapp reads: “Waxen is my personal, musical manifestation of the extreme negative polarity. Waxen’s debut was recorded nearly a decade ago, and this follow-up AGIOS HOLOKAUSTON was only made possible by a cloud of darkness that once again lingered over me that needed to be transformed into an artform. I recorded this in the most primitive ways to capture the true essence of black metal. Broken, tiny earphones were used as the ‘microphone,’ and all instruments were plugged into a four-track and overdriven by ‘maxing out’ the unit itself. My aim is to reintroduce a strain of black metal that inspired me, bands like Octinomos, Algaion, early Graveland, and Craft, just to name a few.”

-About Heavy Metal’s “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1989″ list is online at .

-A revamped Autograph lineup — featuring original members Steve Lynch (guitar) and Randy Rand (bass), plus new singer Simon Daniels (Jailhouse, Flood) and drummer Marc Wieland (Flood) — is touring now as follows:

3/14 – The Token Lounge, Westland, MI
3/15 – Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill, Bolingbrook, IL
3/16 – Southport Bar And Grill, Indianapolis, IN
3/29 – MSC Divina / Monsters Of Rock Cruise, Miami, FL
4/25 – 4/26 – M3 Fest @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
5/9 – Obsession Live Lounge, Ottawa, ON, Canada
5/10 – The Rockpile West, Toronto, ON, Canada
6/26 – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
6/27 – Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ
10/26 – Firefest, Nottingham, UK

Original singer Steve Plunkett declined to participate, original keyboardist Steve Isham passed away in 2008, and original drummer Keni Richards was part of the reunion until parting ways with the band in January. A new album is in the works for later this year. See for more.

-Brainstorm’s FIRESOUL is due out April 4 through AFM. Check out the video for the title track at . Background from guitarist Torsten Ihlenfeld: “With the ‘Firesoul’ clip, we put our finger into the wound of hypocrisy. Before they cameras people act as bringers of peace but when the spotlight is turned off, they are campaigning for war. In the media hailed as benefactors, but in reality exploiting their own people. That’s why we chose this ‘Praise the Lord and feed my pocket’-TV show scenery for the clip, because here it shows perfectly how the poorest and believing get ripped off while others benefit in a criminal way. But the message we want to give is: there is always a way out, no matter what. We all fall, but getting up again is the important.”

-Ethan Brosh’s LIVE THE DREAM is out now. Check out the track “Up The Stairway” at .

-Diabulus In Musica will release ARGIA on Napalm Records in April. Track list: “Et Resurrexit (Libera Me),” “From The Embers,” “Inner Force,” “Furia De Libertad” (feat. Ailyn Giménez), “Maitagarri,” “Sed Diabolus,” “Spoilt Vampire,” “Eternal Breeze,” “Mechanical Ethos,” “Encounter At Chronos’ Maze” (feat. Thomas Vikström), “Indigo,” “Healing,” “Horizons.” Hype: “The Spanish masters of Symphonic Metal finally release their eagerly awaited third album ARGIA. The fantastic female vocalist Zuberoa Aznárez and her band members masterfully combine heavy Metal riffs and a pounding rhythm section with passionate and symphonic elements. The compositions are crowned by wonderful refrains, which will grab the listener’s attention at the first spin of the record. ARGIA is a testament to Diabulus In Musica’s extraordinary ability to merge metallic heaviness with symphonic catchiness.” See and for more.

-Elvenking’s THE PAGAN MANIFESTO is due out May 9 through AFM. The album will feature guest vocalist Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Kiske/Somerville) on a 13-minute track. The band will tour in March and April with Gamma Ray and Rhapsody Of Fire. See for more.

-Epica’s second behind-the-scenes video looking at THE QUANTUM ENIGMA (due out in May through Nuclear Blast) is online at . See for more.

-Exorcism has recently confirmed appearances at the Dokk’em Open Air in the Netherlands, which runs June 20-21 in Dokkum and also features Metal Church, Annihilator, Gamma Ray, Vicious Rumors, Circus Maximus, and more; and the MetalWar Fest in Hungary, which takes place September 5-7 in Budapest ( ). The band will also perform June 22 at Rockcafé Sodom in Tongeren, Belgium, with Vicious Rumors, Lord Volture, and more bands TBA. See for more.

-Frontiers’ Melodic Rock Fanzine issue #60 is online now at . It has features on Heart, Primal Fear, Vanden Plas, Indica, Silent Force, Berggren Kerslake Band, Persuader, House Of Lords, Red Dragon Cartel, and more. See for more.

-Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper announced on Facebook last week that the band will play “Grab Your Garmin” — the Garmin Super Bowl TV commercial song which has never been done live — at the Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago, on April 5. Check out the video for the full song at , and see for more.

-Upcoming Heaven & Earth tour dates:

6/26 – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, UK
6/27 – Academy ABC 2, Glasgow, UK
6/28 – O2 Academy 2, Newcastle, UK
6/29 – O2 Academy 2, Sheffield, UK
7/1 – O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, UK
7/2 – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
7/5 – Montreux Jazz Festival

See and for more.

-Tuomas Holopainen’s third album trailer for THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE is online at . See for more.

-Iron Savior’s newie RISE OF THE HERO debuted on the German charts at #76.

-PBS is airing “Journey: Don’s Stop Believing” — the story of Arnel Pineda — tonight at 9:30 p.m. CDT.

-Kiss’ Gene Simmons has a Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp from March 27-30 in Las Vegas. Scott Ian, Sebastian Bach, Steve Stevens, David Ellefson, and Tommy Thayer are also set to appear, and the “Rock Star Counselors” are Lita Ford, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice, Oz Fox, Phil Soussan, Teddy Andreadis, Nick Catanese, Glen Sobel, and more. See for more. Simmons is also set to appear in tonight’s (March 12) episode of CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” entitled “Long Road Home.” Check out an article on Kiss drummer Eric Singer’s watch collection at Watchonista, at .

-Lost Society’s next track-by-track, covering the songs “Game Over” and “Attaxic” from the upcoming TERROR HUNGRY, is online at . See for more.

-Million Dollar Fix’s new EP, PSYCHEDELEPHANT, is streaming in full at Beatroute, at . The page also has “a fantastic feature” on the band. See , http:/ , , and for more.

-A Pilgrim interview and a stream of the new song “Void Worship” are now at Invisible Oranges, at . II: VOID WORSHIP is due out soon through Metal Blade Records. See for more.

-The second annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert, set for March 26 at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, CA, has added legendary Doors guitarist Robby Krieger to the lineup. See for more on tickets, and for more on Rock Against MS.

-Rock N’ Skull 2014 is slated for November 14 – 16, at Goodfella’s Pub in Pekin, IL. Hype: “Do you remember the ’80s and early ’90s music and how 3 chords, spandex and hairspray changed your life! Do you sing along when the radio or a local cover bands play ‘those’ songs. . . . We are bringing some of those ‘original’ bands/ singers to Goodfellas and we are gonna ‘RAWK’ like its 1989!!!!!” Friday the 14th is acoustic night with a headliner TBA, plus Michael Olivieri (Leatherwolf) with Mitch Perry, Russ Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs), Roxy Blue, Jonathan Pagano (Novella), and Shawn Pelata (Line Of Fire) closing the night “plugged in.” Saturday the 15th features headiner Danger Danger plus Black N’ Blue, Babylon A.D., Eden’s Curse, The Fifth (featuring Cold Sweat’s Roy Cathey), Sacred Warrior, InnerSiege, FOXX, S.O.R., and Liberty Falls. Sunday the 16th features headliner Faster Pussycat plus Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), David Reece (Accept, Bangalore Choir), Pretty Boy Floyd, Brighton Rock, Every Mother’s Nightmare, Loveblast, and Michael Layne Band. See for more, and buy tickets at .

-Rockesha is set for Saturday, June 21 at the Waukesha County Expo Center in Waukesha, WI. The lineup: Eric Martin, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Quiet Riot, and Warrant, with special guest emcee Eddie Trunk. See for more, and get tickets at .

-A trailer for Sabaton’s HEROES, which was filmed “during the band’s album presentation in Stockholm, on February 22nd,” is online now at . See for more.

-Shakra will release 33 – THE BEST OFF — a double album featuring 30 classics plus three new songs — on May 9 through AFM Records.

-Sinbreed’s video for the new single “Bleed” is online at , and all four “making of” videos for the new album SHADOWS — due out March 28 on AFM — is online at these links:

part 1 (drums) –
part 2 (bass) –
part 3 (guitar) –
part 4 (vocals) –

-Spinal Tap! Check out an article entitled “This List Goes to 11!: Eleven Trends Predicted by ‘This is Spinal Tap'” at .

-Starchild — featuring singer/guitarist Sandro Giampietro (Zillion, SupaRed), bassist Jens Becker (Zillion, Grave Digger, Running Wild), drummer Michael Ehrè (Love Might Kill, Gamma Ray), and electric violinist Esmeralda — will release a self-titled debut on April 11. Track list: “Starchild,” “Black And White Forever,” “It’s My Race,” “Morning Star,” “Visions,” “Thief Of The Crown,” “Still My Planet,” “Atalya,” “Reaching The Land,” “Runner,” “Underwaterworld,” “Forever,” “Eyes Of History.” Guests include Michael Kiske (Unisonic, Place Vendome) dueting on “Black And White Forever,” and organist Helge Schneider. Check out the video for “Starchild” at , and samples of all the songs plus track-by-track info at . See and for more.

-Tankard’s final studio report on R.I.B. is online at . See for more.

-Trollfest’s KAPTEIN KAOS is due out March 28 through Noise Art/Napalm Records. This is the band’s sixth album in 10 years. Band hype: “Trollfest’s secret to success ain’t only their brilliant and often costume-laden live shows — what makes the band so long-lived and unique is their incredible sound fusion consisting of metal, folk from pretty much every country imaginable, and world music. This hefty cocktail is topped off with lyrics penned in the fictitious ‘Trollsprak’ — a healthy mix of Norwegian, German, and Trollish!” Album hype: “Like previous albums, KAPTEIN KAOS is set in a fantasy world of trolls. It tells the story of the Kaptein Kaos, who, according to the band ‘is an inventor who creates a time machine and goes on an expedition across time to see some sights, taste some stuff and has some fun in ways that are exclusively available to people with time machines.’ Musically though, it seems that this time Trollfest have slightly changed direction. ‘Blastbeats and screaming,’ says the band, ‘have given way to juicy rock grooves and rich melody lines, and the world music influence, which has been our trademark both in our use of instruments as well as melodies, has expanded to include tango rhythms, Asian and Scandinavian folk music as well, of course, as our Eastern European influences for which we are known.'” Track list: “Trolltramp,” “Kaptein Kaos,” “Vulkan,” “Ave Maria,” “Filzlaus Verkündiger,” “Die Grosse Echsen,” “Seduction Suit No. 21,” “Solskinnsmedisin,” “Troll Gegen Mann,” “Sagn Om Stein,” “Renkespill,” “Kinesisk Alkymi,” “Døden Banker På.” The limited edition digi-pak version of the CD comes with a 111-minute bonus DVD featuring a “making of” segment and video from the recent Heidenfeset and Paganfest tours.

-Volume IV’s LONG IN THE TOOTH is streaming in full at The Obelisk, at . See and for more.

-The organizers of the Wacken Metal Battle Canada have announced a few winners. Quietus won Edmonton round one, Omnisight won Vancouver round one, The Parallax and Psycho Mad Sally won Toronto round one, and False Flag won Calgary round two. See and for more.

-Winger’s video for the excellent new song “Rat Race” is online now at . Check out an interview with guitarist Reb Beach at .

Thanks to Metal Sludge, Southern Cross PR, Earsplit PR, Stuart Smith, Axel Wiesenauer, Cole Bernstiel, Kory Grow, Chad Bowar, James Wood, Michelle Renee, Marco Gabella, Jon Freeman, Erika Engle, Mark Orsted, Jon Asher, Hawk, and Roscoe for help gathering some of this information.

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Issue #663
Week of March 3, 2014

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-Celebrating The Life And Legacy Of Ronnie James Dio

THIS IS YOUR LIFE Pays Tribute To The Late Singer With Covers Of His Greatest Songs From Rainbow, Black Sabbath, And Dio

Features Newly Recorded Tracks From Anthrax, Halestorm, Rob Halford, Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Corey Taylor, And Tenacious D, Among Others!

To Benefit The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund

Available On April 1 From Rhino

LOS ANGELES — Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, or leading Dio. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010 but his towering voice and legacy live on.

To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund ( ). Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.

THIS IS YOUR LIFE will be available from Rhino on April 1 for a suggested list price of $18.98. A digital version will also be available.

Although the songs featured on the album touch on the different eras of Dio’s career, several spotlight his time with Rainbow, including Metallica’s epic, nine-minute “Ronnie Rising Medley,” which combines the Rainbow songs “A Light In The Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer,” and “Kill The King.” Scorpions add a scorching take on “The Temple Of The King” while Motörhead is joined by Biff Byford from Saxon on “Starstruck.” Rob Halford teams with frequent Dio collaborators Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, and Scott Warren for “The Man On The Silver Mountain.” The final lineup of Dio’s solo band — Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, and Scott Warren — are joined by Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) for “Catch The Rainbow,” a track from Rainbow’s 1975 debut.

Anthrax and Adrenaline Mob honor Dio’s memorable stint with Black Sabbath with their takes on “Neon Knights” and “The Mob Rules,” respectively, as does a group, led by Oni Logan on vocals along with Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Brian Tichy, which performs “I” from DEHUMANIZER.

THIS IS YOUR LIFE also includes songs from Dio’s back-to-back platinum albums HOLY DIVER (1983) and THE LAST IN LINE (1984), with Doro’s take on “Egypt (The Chains Are On)”, Halestorm tackling “Straight Through The Heart,” Corey Taylor (Stone Sour, Slipknot) covering the classic “Rainbow In The Dark,” and Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Glass) putting their signature spin on “The Last In Line.” Killswitch Engage’s cover of “Holy Diver,” a hit in its own right when released in 2006, is also included here.

Fittingly, Ronnie James Dio provides the finale (and the album’s title) with his moving performance of “This Is Your Life.” Originally released on ANGRY MACHINES (1996), the song’s lyrics explore mortality and are backed by a stark and beautiful arrangement that features Dio accompanied only by his longtime keyboardist Scott Warren on piano. The song serves as a poignant reminder that we will never hear a voice like Dio’s again.

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.


1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
7. “The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio
* Previously unreleased

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is a privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization which has already raised more than $600,000 in its short history. Monies raised to date have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS, and Leukemia Research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life. — with Jaime Cabello Sanchez and 11 others.

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-Winger To Release Highly-Anticipated Sixth Studio Album BETTER DAYS COMIN’ In April

Band’s First New Album In Five Years Slated For Release Via Frontiers Records

One of the most misunderstood Hard Rock bands to come out of the ’80s is returning with their first new album in five years. Winger is releasing BETTER DAYS COMIN’ on April 18th in Europe and April 22nd in North America via Frontiers Records. The notorious band comprised of members Kip Winger on vocals/bass, Reb Beach on guitar, John Roth on guitar, and Rod Morgenstein on drums are back with their latest album. The album is available for pre-order on in a standard ( ) and deluxe configuration ( ). The deluxe edition comes in a glossy digi-pak and includes the bonus track “Another Beautiful Day” and a DVD including a “Making of the Album” documentary as well as videos for the first single “Rat Race” and title track “Better Days Comin’.” An iTunes pre-order will be available soon. The band has always been known for their incredible musicianship and the trend continues on BETTER DAYS COMIN’.

“On BETTER DAYS COMIN’ we drew from our past to elaborate on our future. The band is stronger than ever and very excited about the music on this record,” explains front man Kip Winger. “We feel this album exemplifies the true sound of the band in every way.”

From the opening riff of album opener “Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine” to the final outro lick of “Out Of This World,” it is clear Winger is back and better than ever. Hard rocking songs like “Queen Babylon,” progressive rock movements like “Tin Soldier,” and touching ballads like “Ever Wonder” show the band’s diversity while always centering on great songs. The debut single from BETTER DAYS COMIN’ is the adrenaline fueled rocker “Rat Race” that showcases some of the band’s best work of their 25-year career.

The track listing for BETTER DAYS COMIN’ is:
1) Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine
2) Queen Babylon
3) Rat Race
4) Better Days Comin’
5) Tin Soldier
6) Ever Wonder
7) So Long China
8) Storm In Me
9) Be Who You Are, Now
10) Another Beautiful Day (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)
11) Out Of This World

Winger formed in the late 1980s and soared to immediate success with their 1988 self-titled release. The album spawned the hit singles “Seventeen” and “Headed For A Heartbreak” and achieved platinum sales status. WINGER also stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for over 60 weeks where it peaked at #21. Their next album, IN THE HEART OF THE YOUNG, also achieved platinum status behind the singles “Can’t Get Enuff” and “Miles Away.” The change in musical climate of the mid-’90s, compounded with unprovoked ridicule on MTV’s popular “Beavis and Butt-Head,” led the band to go on hiatus in 1994. In 2001, the band reunited and have not looked back since. Winger has made a name for themselves with relentless touring, while winning back fans and critics alike because of their exceptional musicianship, Kip Winger’s powerful vocals and the band’s incredible songwriting.

Kip Winger – bass guitar, vocals
Reb Beach – guitars
Rod Morgenstein – drums
John Roth – guitars

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-Queensryche Front Man Geoff Tate To Pay Homage To Music Legends With Five Performances Over Three Consecutive Nights At The Triple Door in Seattle, Washington Beginning Thursday, May 1st

“Rock And Vaudeville Featuring Geoff Tate” To Cover Songs Of Popular Artists From The Last Six Decades Including Elvis, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, AC/DC, And Others

Beginning Thursday, May 1, Geoff Tate — best known as the lead vocalist of the multi-platinum band Queensryche — will be coming to The Triple Door in Seattle, Washington to perform what he describes as “the history of Rock done Vaudeville style.”

“Rock And Vaudeville Featuring Geoff Tate” will span five performances over three consecutive nights at the venue, covering music from all previous decades in succession beginning with the 1950s.

The show is expected to begin with music from the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Bill Haley & His Comets and end with recently released hits from the 21st century.

What lies within will be some of the greatest hits over the past 50 years by artists such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Kinks, Sly and the Family Stone, Alice Cooper, Prince, and others along with a medley of “Seattle sound” Grunge.

Inspired by those artists that came before him, Geoff Tate comments, “Anyone alive today has been witness to the evolution of rock music. It’s the language of our rebellious side. The soundtrack of freedom. This show is a visual and musical journey through that fun and yet spiritual side of ourselves. Prepare to rock.”

Similar to the wild and successful Queensryche Cabaret tour in 2010, the three night stand at The Triple Door will also feature aerialists, burlesque dancers, Go-Go dancers, and various circus performers.

Tickets prices for the Friday and Saturday shows are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $35 for VIP seating in the front two rows. The Thursday show is $5 less for all three options.

Geoff and his Queensryche band mates just wrapped up a short, successful trek that encompassed nine dates in the southern region of the US and look forward to hitting the road once again in March.

The recent January dates celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the epic concept album, OPERATION: MINDCRIME, that was performed from beginning to end in its entirety.

For more information on the current activities of Queensryche, please see their official site at .

For more information on the venue and tickets to these particular shows, please see and .

Rock and Vaudeville featuring Geoff Tate / Dates and Show Times:
Thursday, May 1 – 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Friday, May 2 – 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively)
Saturday, May 3 – 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30pm and 9:30 p.m., respectively)

The Triple Door is located at 216 Union Street, Seattle, Washington 98101.

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-Armoury Classics To Release Twisted Sister YOU CAN’T STOP ROCK ‘N’ ROLL + COME OUT AND PLAY + LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS 3CD

~Release Date March 18, 2014~

NEW YORK, NY — On March 18, 2014, Armoury Records will release a 3CD set of Twisted Sister’s YOU CAN’T STOP ROCK ‘N’ ROLL + COME OUT AND PLAY + LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS as part of the Armoury Classics series. This is the first time these albums will be available in a single set. [MSRP 24.98]

All three of these original Atlantic studio albums encapsulate the history of Twisted Sister’s 1980s zenith. YOU CAN’T STOP ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, released in 1983, features early hits “I Am (I’m Me),” “The Kids Are Back,” and “Like A Knife In The Back.” 1985’s COME OUT AND PLAY followed the wild success of STAY HUNGRY, the album that launched Twisted Sister into worldwide fame. It includes the star-studded “Be Chrool To Your Scuel,” which features assists from Alice Cooper, Billy Joel, and Brian Setzer. 1987’s LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS was the band’s final studio album, as lead vocalist Dee Snider left the band shortly after its release, rendering the band separated for 15 years.

The first two albums feature the classic lineup of Dee Snider (vocals), Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda (guitars), Mark Mendoza (bass), and A.J. Pero (drums). LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS features Joe Franco on drums.

Whether a lifelong Twisted Sister devotee, or a new fan sparked by the band’s recent resurgence and beloved A Twisted Christmas holiday show, this 3CD set should please heavy metal fans across the board.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum, and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

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Track Listing:
1) The Kids Are Back
2) Like A Knife In the Back
3) Ride To Live, Live To Ride
4) I Am (I’m Me)
5) The Power And The Glory
6) We’re Gonna Make It
7) I’ve Had Enough
8) I’ll Take You Alive
9) You’re Not Alone (Suzette’s Song)
10) You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
11) One Man Woman
12) Four Barrel Heart Of Love
13) Feel The Power

1) Come Out And Play
2) Leader Of The Pack
3) You Want What We Got
4) I Believe In Rock ‘N’ Roll
5) The Fire Still Burns
6) Be Chrool To Your Scuel
7) I Believe In You
8) Out On The Streets
9) Lookin’ Out For #1
10) Kill Or Be Killed
11) King Of The Fools

1) Wake Up (The Sleeping Giant)
2) Hot Love
3) Love Is For Suckers
4) I’m So Hot For You
5) Tonight
6) Me And The Boys
7) One Bad Habit
8) I Want This Night (To Last Forever)
9) You Are All That I Need
10) Yeah Right
11) Feel Appeal
12) Statutory Date
13) If That’s What You Want
14) I Will Win

-Rage’s THE SOUNDCHASER ARCHIVES 30th Anniversary 2-CD/DVD Out In May!

German Heavy Metal masters Rage are about to celebrate their 30th band anniversary with the release of a unique collection of songs from their outstanding back catalogue.

THE SOUNDCHASER ARCHIVES will contain 30 tracks put on two brimful CDs, covering everything from previously unreleased material or versions, demo recordings to fractions of ideas that finally went to find clear sonic ground. Additionally the 2-CD will contain a bonus DVD including the Rage performance at last year’s Masters Of Rock festival.

THE SOUNDCHASER ARCHIVES will be out on May 23, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Diving into their own history, Rage has 21 studio albums released to date, covering three decades of an unbeatable Heavy Metal career.

The track list of THE SOUNDCHASER ARCHIVES will be as follows:

1. Anybody Home?
2. Mystery Trip
3. In Union
4. Long Hard Road
5. Full Moon (International Version)
6. Nevermore
7. French Bourrée
8. A Perfect Day
9. Enough Is Enough
10. Here Comes The Night
11. Spiritual Awakening
12. Lost In The Void
13. The Missing Link
14. Another Kind Of Madness
15. Down To The Bone

1. The Speed Of Sound
2. Darkness Turns To Light
3. Death Is Alive
4. Gentle Murders
5. From The Cradle To The Grave
6. Refuge
7. Fugue No. 5
8. Last Goodbye
9. Dirty Wings
10. The Pit And The Pendulum
11. Waterfalls
12. Heads Off
13. Assorted By Satan
14. Shame On You
15. Soundchaser

Live at Masters Of Rock Festival 2013
1. Cleansed By Fire
2. From The Cradle To The Grave
3. Scapegoat
4. The Devil’s Bride
5. Empty Hollow
6. Lament
7. Suite Lingua Mortis:
– Prelude Of Souls
– Innocent
– Depression
– No Regrets
8. Witches’ Judge
9. Straight To Hell
+ Interviews & Bonus Videos

Catch Rage live during the following dates. There will also be a European tour in September and October being announced soon.

19.04. B Mons – PPM Fest
26.04. D Dernbach/Pfalz – Dorfgemeinschaftshaus
23.05. D Bergeheim – Tribute to Jon Lord
30.05. D Geiselwind – Out & Loud Festival
31.05. CZ Plzen – Metalfest
06.09. CH Porsel – FestiWolf

Lingua Mortis Orchestra feat. Rage
05.07. DE Gelnhausen – 1. Gelnhäuser Sommerfestival 2014
11.07. DE Hamm – Klassik Sommer Hamm

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-California Breed — A New Powerhouse Trio Featuring Legendary Vocalist/Bassist Glenn Hughes, Drummer Extraordinaire Jason Bonham, And 23-Year-Old Newcomer Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Andrew Watt — Are Set To Release Their First Self-Titled Debut Album In May Available On CD And CD/DVD Deluxe Edition On Frontiers Records

Tweet it: “.@CaliBreedBand — featuring Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, and Andrew Watt — will release their self-titled debut album coming 5/20″

Think of California and you think of brilliant color and bright sunlight. Think of a breed and it’s all about bloodlines and brotherhood. Put the two together as California Breed, and you have the most exciting new band of 2014, built around the foundation of legendary vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham, and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist/singer/songwriter Andrew Watt. Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals, and gale force rhythms, this powerful three-piece band will release their self-titled debut album May 16th in Europe and May 20th in North America on Frontiers Records. It was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings, and more). Look out for future announcements on the band at .

CALIFORNIA BREED was recorded at Cobb’s Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. “It’s proper rock,” Hughes told (2/6), “but at the same time it’s very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page.” “This kid is amazing,” says Bonham. “The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio like he’s onstage!”

Glenn Hughes, “The Voice Of Rock,” is a true original, a legendary icon whose credits include Deep Purple and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire — up to his most recent collaboration in rock super-group Black Country Communion. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul, and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card. The legacy of Led Zeppelin lives on in Jason Bonham, British drummer and son of Zep’s legendary John Bonham. He has inherited the best of his father’s skills while mastering his own distinctive and dynamic technique. Jason has followed his own distinctive path over the years, fronting his own successful outfits like Bonham, and playing with Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Heart, and, most recently, movie composer Hans Zimmer. Andrew Watt is a soulful singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose high-energy aggressive style and creative spirit are synonymous with New York City. Hughes says: “I live in the moment, it’s all about NOW, California Breed is exactly where I live, breathe’ and where my freak flag flies.”

Here’s the track listing for California Breed’s self-titled debut album:

1. The Way
2. Sweet Tea
3. Chemical Rain
4. Midnight Oil
5. All Falls Down
6. The Grey
7. Days They Come
8. Spit You Out
9. Strong
10. Invisible
11. Scars
12. Breathe
13. Solo*

*Deluxe Edition includes “Solo” bonus track and a DVD including two video clips (“The Way” and “Sweet Tea”), plus documentary

About California Breed:
Glenn Hughes has spent the subsequent years working with the biggest legends in music, as a solo star, and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire — up to his most recent collaboration in rock super-group Black Country Communion, which included Jason Bonham. When Black Country Communion disbanded Hughes and Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. They’re only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality. Easier said than done for these stars who between them have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history — including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few. Then fate took a hand in things when Glenn’s friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt. “Literally, the first day me and Andrew got together we wrote two songs,” recalls Glenn. “One was ‘Chemical Rain’ and the other was ‘Solo,’ both of which are now on the finished album. I was so moved by the music, I said, ‘We’ve got to record this!’ That’s when I called Jason.” Cut to autumn 2013. Recording with Dave Cobb at the producer’s own studio in Nashville, added all the finishing touches, says Glenn. At Cobb’s insistence, every vocal was recorded live as the band was playing. “Totally the reverse of what I’m used to,” says Glenn. “But I went into that aggressive rock soulfulness and everything down to the whispers, it was all done live! I enjoyed myself so much, just going for it. For what is on paper a three-piece, the sheer range of sounds and melodies you get from California Breed are breathtaking.”

For more information on California Breed, visit:

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-Doro Releases Favorite Tracks Of Metallica, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, And Others; Anniversary 2-CD Comes Out May 2!

In honor of her 30-year stage jubilee, internationally successful rock singer Doro Pesch will celebrate with fans from all over the world and two separate yet unique shows on May 2: the “Classic Night” with Orchestra, and May 3: the “Rock Night” with many guests, at CCD Stadthalle of her hometown Düsseldorf.

Just in time for the celebration, there will be an anniversary record of the rock queen. The RAISE YOUR FIST — 30 YEARS ANNIVERSARY EDITION contains the re-release of the successful RAISE YOUR FIST record, as well as a real bonus CD highlight entitled POWERFUL PASSIONATE FAVORITES. There you find new and unreleased tracks, but also Doro cover versions of her favorite artists, such as Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner, Metallica, and Dio.

Another highlight is the French version of her hit “Raise Your Fist In The Air” as well as a new mix of “It Still Hurts,” a duet along with Motörhead icon Lemmy Kilmister.

Doro comments: “RAISE YOUR FIST is a real jewel among my releases, with constantly great tracks on it.”

The bonus CD POWERFUL PASSIONATE FAVORITES now adds another diamond to her outstanding career. Here comes the track list:

1. It Still Hurts
The ballad of Doro and Lemmy, with a new mix from Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, etc.)

2. Lève Ton Poing Vers Le Ciel
The French version of the single “Raise Your Fist In The Air”

3. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
Doro’s cover version of the Led Zeppelin classic

4. Nutbush City Limits
Doro’s cover version of the Tina Turner classic

5. Only You
New version of the track, which was written by Gene Simmons (Kiss) in the year 1990 for Doro

6. Egypt (The Chains Are On)
Cover version of her favorite Ronnie James Dio song, the true hero of Doro

7. Nothing Else Matters
Doro’s cover version of the most popular Metallica classic

8. Warfare
New song, which will be featured alongside the movie “Anuk 2,” where Doro again acts as the warrior Meha

9. NYC Blues
Home-recorded demo version of a new track, recently recorded at Doro’s apartment in New York

Doro – Live 2014

01.03. ECU – Quito – Guaranda Metal Fest
04.03. PER – Lima – Centrica
06.03. COL – Bogota – Ozzy Bar
08.03. BRA – Sao Paulo – Carioca Club
09.03. BRA – Porto Alegre – Opiniao
02.05. DE – Düsseldorf – 30th anniversary show
03.05. DE – Düsseldorf – 30th anniversary show
13.05. DE – Speyer – Halle 101
15.05. AT – Wörgl – Komma
16.05. DE – Regensburg – Airport
17.05. DE – Memmingen – Kaminwerk
19.05. UK – London – O2 Islington Academy
21.05. F – Paris – Le Trabendo
22.05. F – Montauban – Rio Grande
24.05. E – Madrid – Sala Shoko
25.05. E – Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
30.05. DE – Geiselwind – Out & Loud Festival
01.06. CZ – Plzen – Metalfest
27.06. B – Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
19.07. DE – Fritzlar – Rock am Stück
09.08. S – Gävle – Get Away Festival
29.08. DE – Wörrstadt – Neuborn Open Air
30.08. DE – Schleswig – Baltic Open Air

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-Guitar Virtuoso Gus G Brings You I AM THE FIRE!

Gus G. has spent the past decade quietly affirming his place as one of metal’s reigning guitar virtuosos. He has recorded more than a dozen studio albums, performed around the world as a member of acts ranging from Arch Enemy and Dream Evil to his own band Firewind, and has been Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist since being personally hand-picked by the heavy metal legend in August 2009. Now, with the release of his first-ever solo album I AM THE FIRE on Century Media Records, the fleet-fingered Greek fret-shredder will embark on the next chapter of his history-shaping career.

March 18 is the release date for I AM THE FIRE in North America. Gus handles all guitar, bass, and keyboards on this album and is joined by a roster of friends and guests such as David Ellefson (Megadeth), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth), Mats Levén (Candlemass, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), Alexia Rodriguez (Eyes Set To Kill), and Jeff Scott Soto (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Yngwie Malmsteen). The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal, and guitar-driven instrumentals.

Track List:
1. My Will Be Done (Feat. Mats Levén)
2. Blame It On Me (Feat. Mats Levén)
3. I Am The Fire (Feat. Devour The Day)
4. Vengeance (Feat. David Ellefson)
5. Long Way Down (Feat. Alexia Rodriguez)
6. Just Can’t Let Go (Feat. Jacob Bunton)
7. Terrified (Feat. Billy Sheehan)
8. Eyes Wide Open (Feat. Mats Levén)
9. Redemption (Feat. Michael Starr)
10. Summer Days (Feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
11. Dreamkeeper (Feat. Tom S. Englund)
12. End Of The Line (Feat. Mats Levén)

Video for “My Will Be Done” (Feat. Mats Levén):

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-Gotthard Update: “Feel What I Feel” Video Clip

The countdown has started…

Only a little more than four weeks and it will finally be here: The big “BANG!” we’re all waiting for. Great that there’s the strong first single to tide us over, because “Feel What I Feel” definitely whets the appetite for more. Even more so watching the video, which officially premiered, starring former “Miss Switzerland” Anita Buri in the super hot leading role. Because let’s face it — what could possibly be better than: awesome track + beautiful woman = perfect.

“Feel What I Feel” Extraterrestrial Clip

During the shoot of “Feel What I Feel” it got quite warm in the “Pfalzkeller” of St. Gallen monastery and that wasn’t only caused by the spotlights … Apart from the elaborately filmed scenes of the band’s performance, the amazing Anita Buri raised the temperature in a tasteful, sexy alien costume, seducing our friend Nic good and proper. All very professional-like, of course. Find out how the story ends in the brand-new clip:

“Feel What I Feel” Supernatural Single

It came directly from the studio and touched down in the single charts easily. Now, “Feel What I Feel” sets off to look at the airplay charts from the very top as well. No wonder, because the leading track from BANG! surges ahead with a hymnal hook and a fantastic chorus, blazing the trail for the new Gotthard album, which will be released on April 4, 2014 and will probably cause quite a chart quake once again.

“Feel What I Feel” World Premiere On TV

On March 7 the Swiss Music Awards will take place in the almost sold-out Zurich Hallenstadion. Obviously, Gotthard will be there to perform the TV world premiere of “Feel What I Feel.” “The SMAs will take place at the Hallenstadion for the first time. That’s exactly the place, where such an event belongs and we are very much looking forward to our performance premiering our new song ‘Feel What I Feel,'” confirms Marc. And Freddy adds: “The Hallenstadion always is very special. After our sold-out show in 2005, we’re glad to be able to play in this venue again.” Those without tickets will still be able to see the show: the event will be aired live at 8:10 p.m. on SRF zwei, joiz, and Rouge TV.

More about the spectacular video shoot with lots more pictures will be published in “All Access,” the official Gotthard Fan Club magazine.

When you want to become a member of the Fan Club, simply click , read the information and fill out the form.

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-L.R.S. Releases Video For “Livin’ 4 A Dream”

L.R.S.’s “Livin’ 4 A Dream” is taken from the album DOWN TO THE CORE.


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Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of L.R.S.’s debut album DOWN TO THE CORE on March 21st in Europe and March 25th in North America.

L.R.S. stands for the new Melodic Rock musical alliance between singer Tommy La Verdi (21 Guns), guitarist Josh Ramos (The Storm, Hardline), and drummer Michael Shotton (Von Groove, Airtime). Started initially as a way to bring back to the public the amazing vocal talent of Tommy La Verdi, a singer which came to the attention of the fans on the fabulous 21 Guns debut album SALUTE in 1992, the whole project morphed into a power band trio when two other well-known musicians — guitar player Josh Ramos and drummer Michael Shotton — were brought into the picture by the album producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline).

The writing sessions were fast and steady, with Del Vecchio managing all contributions from the band members — who lived in different places — and offering a number of his own writings and co-writings to the band, which was anyway able to develop a distinctive Melodic Rock sound in the tradition of Journey / The Storm, with hints of Canadian AOR — think mid ’80s Triumph. Recording sessions happened for the most part in Somma Lombardo, Italy during the spring of 2013, with the musicians getting along extremely well and creating a spontaneous camaraderie which contributed a lot to the success of the sessions.

“I respected a lot both Josh and Michael before starting the album and it was actually very sad to leave each other after we finished recording and filming the videos,” said Tommy La Verdi, while Michael Shotton added, “It was like we had been playing in a band for years!” “I had the opportunity to try different styles and moods and incorporate elements of my past musical experiences in The Storm and Hardline — I was very glad to be involved in this,” concludes Josh Ramos.

The resulting album DOWN TO THE CORE is now finally ready to be unleashed to the public. With soaring vocals from La Verdi, a superb vocalist who comes back into the well-deserved spotlight and some exquisite guitar playing from Ramos, this is an album not to be missed and an AOR highlight for early 2014!

Tommy La Verdi – lead vocals
Josh Ramos – guitars
Michael Shotton – drums, backing vocals

Alessandro Del Vecchio – keyboards, Hammond organ, backing vocals
Nicola Mazzucconi – bass, fretless bass
Anna Portalupi – bass, fretless bass
Jamie Browne – bass

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-Epica Launches The First Episode Of Its Studio Documentary!

Dutch symphonic metallers Epica have launched the first episode of their studio documentary. The documentary gives a behind the scenes look at the recording process of the band’s sixth studio album THE QUANTUM ENIGMA. It also previews the first music from the upcoming album.

The band recorded THE QUANTUM ENIGMA together with upcoming producer Joost van den Broek at the Sandlane Recording Facilities in the Netherlands. The album has been mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Hatesphere, etc.).

Where the 2013 RETROSPECT performance reflected on a decade as one of the leading bands in the symphonic metal scene, the upcoming sixth studio album THE QUANTUM ENIGMA marks the beginning of a new Epica: modern, heavy, and without compromises.

According to guitar player Isaac Delahaye, “The whole process of writing and recording TQE was extremely refreshing for us. Instead of preparing the album in our home studios separately, we rehearsed the songs together in the studio. Just like any other band, you could say, but as Epica is located in three different countries this is a little more complicated for us.

“The direct interaction between us has certainly lifted up the quality of the songs, as no detail was left unspoken. Definitely worth taking some time off from touring! As far as songwriting goes, the main focus was groove and melody.”

You can view the footage on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

THE QUANTUM ENIGMA will be released on May 2nd (Europe), May 5th (UK) and May 13th (USA) through Nuclear Blast.

Pre-order at:

Check out Epica live on the following dates:

30.04. NL Tilburg – 013
04.05. TR Istanbul – Headbanger’s Weekend
07.06. NL Landgraaf – Pinkpop
14.06. AT Nickelsdorf – Novarock
10.07. CZ Vizovice – Masters of Rock
12.07. PL Wegorzewo – Seven Festival
08.08. P Vagos – Vagos Open Air

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-John Taglieri Breaks Billboard Top 100

HANSON, MA — Leap Dog Music and Vanity Music Group are proud to announce that in its second week on the Billboard New Artist Chart, Boston based singer/songwriter John Taglieri’s SOUTHERN PARADISE has shot from #134 to #100. Fueled by his residency at Irish Kevins in Key West, FL, where he performs every other month, the combination of Taglieri’s electrifying stage show and the benefit of a new crowd every day, as well as his constant touring schedule around the Eastern US, has pushed John’s sales upwards on Billboard’s New Artist Chart. With a solid combination of live and online sales, the CD has established itself as one to be noticed.

“I can’t believe that I have a Top 100 CD on the Billboard charts!” said Taglieri. “I have an amazing fan base and they just keep me going. Its been a long road but worth every moment to see a childhood dream come true like this.”

Combined with winning Rockwired Radio’s’s “Best Recording Of The Year 2013 (EP)” (announced 1/27), as well as currently sitting at #1 on ReverbNation for the Boston Area, and charting on Hit-Tracks Top 100 Charts in The Netherlands at #61, 2014 has gone from strength to strength for Taglieri. SOUTHERN PARADISE also charted at #5 on’s Hot New Releases with the single for “Southern Paradise” also hitting #13 on The video for the single also has over 5,000 views on YouTube.

SOUTHERN PARADISE was released in the Spring of 2013 via Leap Dog Music / Vanity Music Group and has broken new ground for Taglieri in the pop and country genres. “I worked with producers Sean Mormelo and Mark Cohn out of Nashville for this release and we naturally gravitated to a more pop/country vibe. It was a very comfortable place song wise and style wise for me. I’ve always sort of been on that line of rock & pop country and we just wrote some great songs in that vein,” said Taglieri.

To celebrate, a new single, “When I Think About,” has been released. You can hear and download the single at:

You can also download the entire SOUTHERN PARADISE EP at:

Relevant Links:

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-Nightmare Records: Latest Releases And Other Cool Stuff!

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With DISPELLING THE VEIL OF ILLUSIONS 4th Dimension manages to make a significant step forward. The songwriting is just more sophisticated, the arrangements are more balanced, the melodies are more catchy, and the whole production has received a more adult touch with the decisive step of more professionalism.

Melodic Rock, Hard Rock, Classic Rock, AOR, and a heavy dose of modern rock is all being mixed into a very recognizable sound entirely their own. Strong and catchy songwriting, extraordinary musicality, an impressive production … Everything on the highest professional level and with no dropouts.

KXM consists of guitar legend George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch Mob), Kings X bassist and elite front man Doug Pinnick, and long-time KoRn drummer Ray Luzier. Formed in early 2013, the band organically combined their signature talents and began carving out a unique brand of rock based music that will both amaze and delight fans of any genre.

Appearance Of Nothing – A NEW BEGINING
Exciting songwriting, successful progressive arrangements, hard powerful Metal riffs, decent excursions into the Death Metal world, exceptional keyboard work, and clear vocals paired with fat growls will provide for the ultimate attention.

A Highly polished melodic power metal sound, reminiscent of of early Edguy and Iron Maiden, but more keyboard aspects. ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston put it at #29 in his top 50 ProgPower metal releases of 2013.

Signum Regis – EXODUS
EXODUS feat. guest vocals by Lance King [ex. Pyramaze, Balance Of Power], Michael Vescera [Obsession, Animetal USA], Matt Smith [Theocracy], Daísa Munhoz [Vandroya, Soulspell], Eli Prinsen [Sacred Warrior, The Sacrificed], Samuel Nyman [Manimal], Thomas L. Winkler [Gloryhammer, Emerald], Göran Edman [ex. Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum], and Mayo Petranin.

An entertaining time travel back to the glory ’80s, with great catchy melodies, craking guitars, and solid rhythms, all packed with an up-to-date sound that doesn’t sacrifice the roots or the feeling of one of the greatest musical eras. It’s good, very good!

LOST IN EDEN is European style Melodic Power Metal in pure culture! Classically arranged with speedy guitars, running bass lines, and awesome melodies. Well supported by great keyboard work and a vocal performance some others would kill for. Check this one out!

Metal Church’s GENERATION NOTHING marks the bands 10th full-length studio release and boasts the return to the band’s classic metal sound. Says founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof, “It has elements of both the first album and the THE DARK, but still embraces the new sound of the band without chasing the past.” A new classic is born!

Featuring “The Big 3″ from Dokken! T&N reunites George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, and “Wild” Mick Brown — a.k.a. “The Big Three” from Dokken — for this brand-new 12-song disk that will surely be referred to as a classic in years to come!

ATOMIC ARK is the new cinematic progressive metal project from French keyboardist Vivien Lalu. His assembled all-star cast reads like a “who’s who” of progressive and power metal!

Pamela Moore – RESURRECT ME
2013 album from the female Metal vocalist known by millions as “Sister Mary” for her role on Queensryche’s platinum-selling OPERATION:MINDCRIME album. RESURRECT ME is a full-length offering that combines the best elements of Heavy Metal music, both past and present.

A high level of musical and technical skills, fantastic arrangements, symphonic sound carpets, catchy ear worms, and gorgeous polyphonic vocal passages combined with trashy metal elements and, not to forget, sophisticated lyrics with sense and mind … These are the attributes that are best describing what you can expect.

Anubis Gate – HORIZONS

Nightmare Records
7751 Greenwood Drive
St. Paul MN 55112

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KANSAS CITY, MO — Kansas City pop rock artist Tyson Leslie has made a name for himself throughout the Midwestern USA through his work with acts like Pomeroy, and Baloney Ponyz, as well as his sideman duties alongside George Lynch, Carmine Appice, Corey Taylor, and others. Leslie was most recently seen on the road as a member of modern rock act Red Line Chemistry, touring with rock legends, Whitesnake.

Now, however, it’s time to take a leap into the deep end and unleash TRAIN WRECKS, HAVOC & HEARTBREAK, his debut album via own imprint, Above The Level Recordings. “Some of the songs on this album go back 20 years,” muses the multi-instrumentalist. “I’ve been so busy working in other peoples’ projects that it just took me this long to get it all together and figure out how I wanted to present it.”

On TRAIN WRECKS, HAVOC & HEARTBREAK, Tyson tackles everything from ’70s glam to upbeat rock tracks, humor and sensitive ballads, wrapping it all up and presenting it in a nice little power pop package. “I think my years of playing in cover bands and playing music that other people has written has helped me to develop my style a little more,” says Tyson. “I’ve become a little more rounded as a songwriter.”

TRAIN WRECKS, HAVOC & HEARTBREAK is available now through .

Relevant Links:

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-“Living Fast” Episode 1: Heavy Metal Talk Show Launched By Municipal Waste Guitarist Debuts!

“Living Fast” is a heavy metal talk show created by Ryan Waste (Municipal Waste/Volture/BAT). The first episode was filmed on January 18, 2014 and features John Gallagher of Raven! Relays Waste of the “Living Fast’s” impetus:

“‘Living Fast’ has been a long time coming. Heavy metal music has always consumed me and it became more of an obsession when I started collecting vinyl. I never cared so much about the albums being in mint condition; it was more about letting the vinyl ‘live’ so to speak. I DJ’d for years at bars, bringing my own turntables with me under the moniker ‘Hard ‘n’ Heavy Nites,’ inspired by the late great video series. I’d pull out heavy metal albums that ninety-nine percent of the bar crowd had never heard of, but it was my way of turning people on to the real stuff. The response was generally good, but drunk people are usually easily entertained. I was reaching such a small audience and wanted to spread this thing worldwide.

“I initially thought a radio show might be my calling, but these crazy kids all seem to go to YouTube to listen to music nowadays. So I figured I would just bring my record collection to the worldwide inter web and force it on everyone there. Adding a visual element seemed like it would be the icing on the cake. I grew up on late night television, ’80s comedy, and horror movies so why not throw it all in the mix? Adding a guest to the fold wouldn’t be too difficult after years of touring and meeting a lot of my heavy metal heroes. I befriended Raven’s John Gallagher through the same type of situation and he happened to be residing in the Virginia area. I had a BBQ at my house in July 2013 and his whole family came out to hang. A bunch of us were jamming in my bedroom and John came right up and started playing Sabbath tunes with us. He was just one of boys, down to rock and right then I asked him to be part of this show I was brainstorming.”

Fast Forward to January 2014.

“I had a date set to interview John, one camera that I borrowed from a friend and no crew. I put the word out that I was looking for people with some video experience and happened to ran into my artist buddy Jim ‘Barf’ Callahan who has designed over ten shirts for Municipal Waste. He said he knew a guy. That guy was Drew Bolduc, who, along with Michele Lombardi, ran Buncom Media International, a film and video production company in Richmond. The team had just finished their feature film, ‘Science Team,’ and also worked together for TROMA Entertainment doing special visual effects for ‘Return To Class Of Nuke ‘Em High’ Vol. 1 and 2. I had previously worked with TROMA for Municipal Waste’s ‘Headbanger Face Rip’ video so I knew we would have similar taste. Sure enough, Drew and Michele were up for the project. I got right to work and converted the ‘media room’ in my house into a late night talk show set. They brought in an entire audio/visual crew equipped with boom mics, professional lighting, and multiple cameras. ‘Living Fast’ was coming to life in less than a week’s notice. We banged out everything in a thirteen-hour session with a lot of ideas coming up right on the spot. I called upon our friends at IMOV Studios to do some animation for the show as well. IMOV is based out of Brussels, Belgium and they’re responsible for Municipal Waste’s animated video ‘You’re Cut Off.’ Pierre Mousquet worked tirelessly and came through with two cartoon intros for the show which really tie it all together.”

Check out the first edition of “Living Fast,” featuring Raven’s John Gallagher, at .

Look out for “Living Fast” Episode 2, “The European Edition,” which will be sponsored by Iron Fist Magazine ( ) in conjunction with the Culture Shock Euro Tour featuring Cauldron and Volture (more info at ). Until then enjoy Episode 1 and spread the word!

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-Joe Stump Talks New Exorcism Album I AM GOD

Doomy heavy metallers Exorcism will release their debut album, I AM GOD, on April 25th via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. Guitarist Joe “Shredlord” Stump (HolyHell, Raven Lord) spoke with Brave Words scribe Carl Begai about his involvement in the project:

“It was an interesting record for me to do as I didn’t write anything on it, but that it was a cool record to make nonetheless. I’m playing all different schools of stuff on the thing guitar-wise, from Gary Moore / Jimi Hendrix / Michael Schenker-induced bluesy playing to my usual Yngwie Malmsteen meets Ritchie Blackmore meets Hank Sherman / Uli Jon Roth evil shred.”

Track listing:
1. End Of Days
2. I Am God
3. Voodoo Jesus
4. Last Rock’N Roll
5. Master Of Evil
6. Exorcism
7. Higher
8. Stay In Hell
9. Fade The Day
10. Zero G

All drums by Garry King recorded at La Foret Groupe Studio, France. All guitars by Joe Stump recorded at The Dungeon, Boston, MA, and edited and processed by Franciso Palomo, private studio, Boston, MA. All bass guitars by Lucio Manca recorded at Total Master Sound, IB, Spain. All vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, and additional rhythm guitars recorded and edited by Csaba Zvekan, slide guitar on “End Of Days” by Csaba Zvekan, additional rhythm guitars on “Voodoo Jesus” by Csaba Zvekan at Total Master Sound, IB, Spain. Mixed and Mastered by Csaba Zvekan at Total Master Sound studios, Balearic Islands, Spain.

“Zero G” video teaser:

First album quotes:
“I am rocking my damn brains out right now to the new band and album from Exorcism and it really is a Brutal, Killer, Heavy album that has so many styles mixed in that the Metal, Prog, Doom, and Rock fans are going to seriously enjoy! Pack your bags cause you are about to go on a journey from Heaven & Hell and back again.” (Jon Hernandez)

“This is an album full of really awesome material, with the melancholic sounds of songs like ‘Exorcism,’ with its powerful and emotive chorus and meaty riffs blending seamlessly with more upbeat rockers like ‘Higher,’ with its speedier feel to it and a definite driving sound.” (Metal-Temple)

“A first test successful for Exorcism shot! An international group gathered for you get a foot in the ass! I AM GOD is more than a concentrate of doom and heavy metal, it is a monument simply enjoyable! An album has discover without moderation! Guaranteed pleasure!” (Painkiller Metal Show)

“Joe Stump, Csaba Zvekan, Lucio Manca, and Garry King get heavy! There’s no ballads either (thank God) but there are some lighter moments that really show off their range. My personal favorite is ‘Voodoo Jesus,’ a song that Zvekan really brings alive, I think he’s channeling the late Ronnie James Dio at times on this one.” (RAAHP)

“Bottom line is that Exorcism with their debut album are going to make some noise in the metal community, no doubt ’bout that! They are the true defenders of the old school Heavy Metal scene and that’s a thing that reflects to their sound. The musicianship here is tight, the vocal performances are powerful and evil and the guitar work… heavy as hell!!! Highly recommended stuff for all you metal-freaks out there!” (Heavy Paradise)

Exorcism are:
Csaba Zvekan – vocals
Joe Stump – guitars
Lucio Manca – bass
Garry King – drums

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-Heavy Riffs Magazine’s RIFFS OF STEEL Digital CD Available For Free Download

Online Metal Promo and Heavy Riffs magazine (Mexico/Spain) have partnered to offer RIFFS OF STEEL, a free digital download compilation CD featuring 31 full songs from the following up and coming as well as established hard rock and heavy metal artists from around the world:

1. Stu Marshall – The Hammer
2. Death Dealer – Hammer Down
3. Dave Reffett – Ruby Avalanche Red Flood
4. Maxxxwell Carlisle – Visions Of Speed And Thunder
5. Hellion – Screams In The Night
6. Cage – Chupacabra (Spanish Version)
7. Luzbel – Kirieleison
8. Station – Don’t Take Heaven Away From Me
9. Maligno – The Red Witch
10. Hellscream – VII (Seven Sins)
11. Arrows Of Agony – The Escape
12. Ignitor – Heavy Metal Holocaust
13. Bulletrain – Fight With Me
14. Ravensthorn – The Ouija
15. Mindmaze – This Holy War
16. Dire Peril – Twisted Whispers
17. Spellcaster – Molten Steel
18. Armory – Quest For The Fleece
19. Zephaniah – Sword Of The King
20. Empires Of Eden – Channelling The Infinite
21. Witchcross – Bad Trip
22. Lords Of The Trident – Complete Control
23. Skinner – The Enemy Within
24. Enceladus – Time In A Dream
25. Split Heaven – Waiting For The Angel Of Death
26. Voltax – Obsession For The Dark
27. Archetype – The Dark Mirror
28. Acrania – Deceive The Pain
29. Corners Of Sanctuary – On The Hunt
30. Decypher – Children Of The Night
31. Agora – Victima

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

Heavy Riffs magazine

Online Metal Promo

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-Axemaster News

Axemaster would like to announce that they are now an official endorser of Flying V Leather Accessories. They produce bad ass leather products for guitar and bass as well as the revolutionary flying V leg rest; a device which allows a Flying V guitar to be balanced properly so it can be played comfortably while a person is sitting down. You can check out all their cool merchandise at . While you’re there be sure to check out Geoff’s video demonstrating the V leg rest!!!!!

The band has been constantly working to expand their exposure on the Internet. A list of some of the sites on which Axemaster appears is below, the most recent being their new Twitter account. We hope you will take the time to check some of them out, it’s a great way to be 100% updated on all axe-happenings! Also, if you would be interested in doing something to assist with our Internet campaign, we are offering free downloads of songs from each Axemaster album as a “thank you” for helping to spread the word about the band. You can find out all the details at .

Finally, there will be a special guest appearing with Axemaster when they play at the Ragnarökkr Festival in Chicago in April ( ). Due to unusual circumstances, a fill-in drummer was needed; and the band was fortunate enough to be able to find a kick ass drummer in Denny Archer to fill the spot. Denny’s a veteran musician who is greatly respected in the Ohio metal scene, and he played with Joe Sims for a couple years in the mid ’90s in a band called Reign, so they already have a lot of experience performing together. Joe said, “I’m really looking forward to working with Denny again even if it’s possibly just temporarily. We played some killer shows together back in the ’90s and I expect Ragnarokkr to be one we will never forget. We couldn’t have found a better player or person to help Axemaster go kick Chicago’s ass!!!!!”

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-Radiant Records: Meet And Greet Transatlantic!


Just wanted to quickly let you know about a few great upcoming events:

Transatlantic World Tour 2014 Meet And Greet Package

o Meet Transatlantic! Up Close and Personal!
o Autographs
o Take your picture with the band
o Includes an 8″x10″ Color Photo autographed by the band

Meet and Greet with Transatlantic!

As most of you know, Transatlantic (Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Roine Stolt, and Pete Trewavas) are touring Europe! There are still a few meet and greet passes left so get ’em before they sell out! This may be your ONLY chance to get up close and personal with each one of these outstanding musicians. So if you’d like to say a few words, get a signed pic, and get something signed by the whole band, now is your chance!

Link to buy Meet and Greet Tix

Tour Dates


Feb 27th – Madrid, Spain – La Rivera
Feb 28th – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 2
March 2nd – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
March 3rd – Rome, Italy – Orion
March 5th – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
March 6th – Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage
March 7th – Munich, Germany – Muffathalle
March 8th – Berlin, Germany – Astra
March 9th – Cologne, Germany – E Werk
March 11th – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
March 12th – London, England – The Forum
March 13th – Tilburg, Holland – 013
March 14th – Tilburg, Holland – 013
March 15th – Paris, France – Le Bataclan

June – Sweden Rock Festival ( )

Get Closer Meeting In Frankfurt

After the Transatlantic KALEIDOSCOPE tour, Neal Morse will be having a “Get Closer” meeting in Frankfurt, Germany! It is sure to be an AMAZING time of music, worship, and spiritual interaction with people from all over the world! Here’s a link to all the details. It is free. Come and be with us!

Info about the Get Closer Weekend

MARCH 22 & 23
(two sessions a day: 2:00 – 4:00, dinner break, 6:00 – 8:00)

Gemeinschaftsraum Sportpark Kelsterbach
Kirschenallee 56
65451 Kelsterbach


See you soon and God bless you,

Megan Batiste
Radiant Records

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-Grifter Announce New Album, THE RETURN OF THE BEARDED BRETHREN, Out May 2014 On Ripple Music!

It’s been nearly three years since Grifter’s self-titled debut album was released on Ripple Music in 2011. That album was a critical success garnering impressive reviews and hitting the year-end best-of lists on such notable sites as The Obelisk, The Soda Shop, Chybucca Sounds, Heavy Planet, and plenty more. Grifter supported the release with a UK tour as special guests to Orange Goblin and slots at various festivals such as the inaugural Desertfest London and Freak Valley Festival in 2012 and in 2013 at Britain’s prestigious Bloodstock Festival and Hard Rock Hell.

It’s 2014 and Grifter are set to release their second album THE RETURN OF THE BEARDED BRETHREN, once again through Ripple Music. Whereas the first album was a bunch of tracks the band had spanning their career up to that point the new album with written with one aim in mind: to write a killer album that would hit hard from start to finish yet contained songs that would kick arse in their own right. THE RETURN OF THE BEARDED BRETHREN picks up where the debut left off but builds in every way from the quality of the song writing and playing boasting a fat production courtesy of Rich Robinson.

The album, which will include many tales of Guinness, ’70s sex symbols, drinking regrets, religious folly, and more, is slotted for a May 2014 release. Additionally, look for Grifter live across the UK and maybe even the US.

Track listing:
1. Black Gold
2. She Mountain
3. Paranoiac Blues
4. Princess Leia
5. Bow Down To The Monkey
6. Braggard’s Boast
7. It’s Not Me, It’s You
8. Fire Water
9. The Return Of The Bearded Brethren
10. Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabbath cover)

Recorded June 2013 at Big Red by Rich Robinson
Mastered by Tony Reed at Heavy Head
Cover artwork by Jamie Campbell

Vocals/guitars – Ollie Stygall
Bass – Phil Harris
Drums/backing vocals – Foz Foster

Release date: May 2014 on Ripple Music

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-New Yorkers Toxic Shock Reunite For First Show In Two Decades

NEW YORK — Seminal New York heavy metal band Toxic Shock will reunite this March for its first show in over two decades.

The group, which was started in the late-’80s by a group of bored suburban New York teens and completed upon finding a guitarist in a now-defunct shopping mall arcade, had just begun to find success in the early ’90s — recording in a professional studio and signing on with a management company — when tragedy struck. Guitarist Mark Dagostino, who played an integral part in the pre-Internet promotion of the young band, took his life, leaving his bandmates heartbroken and confused. Toxic Shock attempted to forge on, participating in an ill-fated tour with fellow New Yorkers Nuclear Assault, but Dagostino’s death had taken too much of a toll.

“Mark’s death put a huge strain on all of us that I don’t think we really could quantify at the time,” said vocalist Ray Bell. “Then being out on the road with no funds and a few other issues, it got to a point where the fun and inspiration were gone. We decided to take a break.”

The decision to get back together after all these years was spurred by the idea of a reunion show commemorating a local venue. After a few phone calls, the Toxic Shock guys were encouraged to move forward and renew their passion for playing metal. They signed on for the reunion show and began working on new material.

Toxic Shock now embraces three different guitar players who help to fill the void left by Dagostino, including two earlier members and one new addition. The current lineup is Ray Bell (vocals), Bruce Ryder (guitar), Pat Servedio (guitar), Bill Kelly (guitar), James Maloney (bass), and Wayne Rosario (drums).

“We have always been more like a family than friends,” Bell said. “It’s one of the reasons why Mark was never officially replaced. We know what the other is thinking or going to say about something. We played together for a lot of years.”

Toxic Shock’s reunion will take place Saturday, March 22 at Even Flow Bar & Grill in Bayshore, NY, which is located directly across from the former Sundance club, a staple in the ’80-’90s metal scene and site of Toxic Shock’s very first live show in 1987. Fellow New York natives Klank will co-headline the show with Toxic Shock and opening acts Plague Nation and Stainless Leather.

“We are anxious to play for everyone in 2014,” said Bell. “This show is going to be typical of a Toxic Shock show 20 years ago with energy that is just as high as it ever was. We are as tight as ever, both personally and musically.”

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-Swedish Doom Band Below Announce Debut Album ACROSS THE DARK RIVER April 11th!

Landing Page Launched, First Song Online!

Epic doom metal band, Below, spent the end of 2013 at Sonic Train Studios in Sweden with none other than Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) to record their debut full-length album ACROSS THE DARK RIVER. The band is finally prepared to unveil the album title, art, and release the first single from the record. “Portal” is streaming now on , where fans can also pre-order copies of ACROSS THE DARK RIVER on CD, vinyl, and digital downloads. The album will be released on April 11th in Europe via Metal Blade Records.

Below offers a brief quote about the first single, “Portal”: “It’s a song about being in the presence of spirits, entering another dimension, a portal to the dead.”

Below hails from Sweden and the music has influences from late Black Sabbath, Candlemass, and King Diamond, so going with Andy La Rocque as the producer was a clear choice for the group. La Rocque added: “This is one of the heaviest bands I have worked with in the studio in a very long time. And always great to work with great musicians!”

Not much is known about the Swedish quintet, however they are working with Tobias Rosén — bass player of fellow Metal Blade Records artists Noctum — of Howlin’ Owl Productions. Below started writing songs and in November of 2012 and a four-track EP was recorded at Deep Blue Studios in Sweden. By this time, Tobias of Howlin’ Owl Productions heard them and asked to act as manager for the band. The EP was sent to various magazines, labels, and people in the business and was praised by everybody who gave the songs a listen. Metal Hammer awarded the EP a 9/10 rating.

Below is:
Zeb – Vox
Hedman – Bass
Paud – Guitar
Berg – Guitar
Doc – Drums

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-Ape Machine Announces West Coast & SXSW Tour Dates!

Portland, Oregon’s bluesy stoner rockers Ape Machine have announced a spring west coast tour with a stop at SXSW.

3/6 – Cafe Coda – Chico, CA
3/7 – Luigi’s Slice and Fungarden – Sacramento, CA
3/8 – Milk Bar – San Francisco, CA
3/9 – Whisky A Go Go – LA, CA
3/10 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
3/11 – Royal Dive – Oceanside, CA
3/12 – Pub Rock – Phoenix, AZ
3/13 – Marfa or Day Off
3/14 – SXSW D’Addario/Planet Waves/Swinghouse Party
3/15 – Lola’s Room – Fuzzed Out Ft. Worth – bunch o’ bands (Young Raps, Wofat, Southern Train Gypsy, Truckfighters, Crobot, Mothership)
3/16 – Lowbrow – El Paso, TX
3/17 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
3/18 – Prospector – Long Beach, CA
3/19 – The Saloon – Encinitas
3/20 – Audie’s – Fresno, CA
3/21 – Oak St. Speakeasy – Eugene, OR
3/22 – El Corazon – Seattle WA (w/ Spirit Caravan, Mos Generator, Pilgrim)

The name Ape Machine is a nod to the days of reel-to-reel magnetic tape audio recording; a fitting moniker for the heavy-hitting quartet as the band plays through vintage tube amplifiers and lays down its songs using exclusively throwback quality studio equipment. With a heady mix of animal aggression and technical precision, Ape Machine’s music carries an organic depth and warmth rarely heard since the time of rock’s glorious early years (or your Dad’s bad ass record collection) infused with an exceptional modern sensibility. When the mystical lyrics of vocalist Caleb Heinze lock in with the band’s stone-cold groove, Ape Machine demonstrates an earth-shaking ability to rock. A true four-piece, the group has been called “a rock and roll band with a finger on the pulse of the ’70s and their asses firmly in the present” and “real heavy-psych for the iPhone generation” that delivers “true guts and glory rock and roll.”

Blending equal parts rock ‘n’ roll, blues, stoner rock, and psychedelia, Ape Machine is out to melt faces and pound the apathy out of otherwise jaded listeners with a wall of heavy rock n’ roll tones unheard since the days of bell bottoms, long hair, and blaring tube amplifiers.

Ape Machine’s mission is to combine intense melody, cutting riffs, and blistering live improvisation. Where many bands rely on meticulously rehearsed, just-like-the-record-parts, Ape Machine provides a live experience that is as unique as each evening it shares with an audience.

“Ape Machine retro-rocks for almost forty minutes in a way acts like The Sword and Witchcraft can only dream of.”
– Lords Of Metal

“Amidst all the hipster indie tameness of the Portland, OR, music scene, Ape Machine prove there’s still some stoner salvation to be found.”
– High Times

“MANGLED BY THE MACHINE is just a brilliant and hard-rocking blast from start to finish. Riffs are the main selling point and Ape Machine are modern day masters of the riff. Excellent and Highly Recommended. Ignore this album at your peril!!!”
– The Sludgelord


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-Battlecross Announces Dates With Killswitch Engage And Trivium; Touring Now With Protest The Hero

Detroit metal squad, Battlecross, who just returned home from a successful debut stomp through Europe with Killswitch Engage, Trivium, and Miss May I, have returned to the stage on a US tour featuring Protest The Hero, The Safety Fire, Intervals, and Night Verses. The tour will wind its way through nearly three dozen cities, wrapping up in Amityville on April 6th. From there the band will level Worcester, Massachusetts at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival before joining Killswitch Engage and Trivium for another short run of live takeovers.

Comments the band: “We just had an amazing run with Killswitch Engage and Trivium in Europe and we’re stoked to be with them yet again in the US! We’re going to have a blast with our fans and hopefully make some new ones!”

Battlecross will be touring in support of latest album, WAR OF WILL, which debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the Top Current Albums chart, #2 on the Heatseeker chart, #15 on the Current Hard Music chart, #16 on the Hard Music Overall chart, and #32 on the Independent Albums chart. Additionally, the album debuted in Canada’s Soundscan charts coming in at #178 Top 200 Current and #25 Hard Music Charts while also landing on the iTunes charts for release date at #103 Top 200, #10 on Rock, and #2 on Metal! This marks the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut. WAR OF WILL also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release. Check out the video for “Never Coming Back” directed by Roy Warner at .

w/ Protest the Hero, The Safety Fire, Intervals, Night Verses:
3/01/2014 Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
3/02/2014 Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
3/03/2014 The Stache at The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
3/04/2014 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
3/05/2014 The Garage – Burnsville, MN
3/07/2014 The Eagles Hall – Milwaukee, WI
3/08/2014 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
3/09/2014 Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE
3/10/2014 Aggie Theatre – Ft. Collins, CO
3/11/2014 Mesa Theatre & Club – Grand Junction, CO
3/12/2014 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
3/14/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA
3/15/2014 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
3/16/2014 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
3/17/2014 Assembly – Sacramento, CA
3/18/2014 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
3/19/2014 191 Toole – Tucson, AZ
3/21/2014 Jake’s Backroom – Lubbock, TX
3/22/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
3/23/2014 Juanita’s – Little Rock, AR
3/24/2014 The Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
3/26/2014 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
3/27/2014 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3/28/2014 Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
3/29/2014 Ziggys By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
3/30/2014 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
4/01/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
4/02/2014 The Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
4/03/2014 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
4/04/2014 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
4/05/2014 The Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
4/06/2014 Revolution – Amityville, NY

4/19/2014 New England Metal & Hardcore Fest – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/30/2014 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
5/01/2014 The Paramount – Huntington, NY w/ Killswitch Engage, Into Another, My Ticket Home
5/02/2014 The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Beyond Dishonor, Soulstyce
5/03/2014 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE w/ Beyond Dishonor
5/04/2014 Reverb – Reading, PA w/ Killswitch Engage, Into Another, My Ticket Home

w/ Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Nothing More:
5/15/2014 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
5/17/2014 London Music Hall – London, ON
5/18/2014 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY (no Trivium)
5/20/2014 Iron City – Birmingham, AL
5/22/2014 Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN

5/23/2014 Centerstage Bar & Grill – Kokomo, IN
5/24/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
5/25/2014 Aftershock – Merriam, KS

w/ Killswitch Engage, Nothing More:
5/27/2014 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
5/28/2014 Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO

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-Thothamon: Birmingham Doom Trio Unleashes New EP Via Domestic Genocide Records

Birmingham, Alabama traditional doom trio, Thothamon, recently joined goat horns with the eclectic sound peddlers at Domestic Genocide Records for the release of their latest EP.

Fittingly titled PROPHETS OF DOOM, the analog offering was recorded in two six-hour sessions by Emanual Ellinas at Magnetic Audio Recordings Studio on their home turf of Birmingham and delivers five slow, ominous canticles fit for the wretched and damned. Paying homage to the likes of Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Angel Witch, Coven, The Obsessed, Trouble, Candlemass, Iron Maiden, et al, with themes centered on epic tales of barbarians, wizards, dark lords, and ancient ones, Thothamon are at once primal, ugly, and darkly compelling.

Comments the Thothamon collective on joining the expanding Domestic Genocide roster, “We are very excited to be working with Domestic Genocide! For us, it looked like the right label to go to due to response we had heard from bands already on the label. It’s a label that works with the artist and its design and intent for the art created. We also love how there are different styles of metal on the label ranging from black to doom to blackened doom to death. This is also a label that works very hard at promoting their bands through various outlets across the metal scene. The allegiance between Thothamon and Domestic Genocide is going to be full of doom and glory for everyone involved!”

1. The Pass Of Caradhras
2. The Doom That Came To Sarnath
3. Glory Or The Grave
4. Devil In The Deep Blue Sea
5. My Heel, Your Throat

Colt McCormick – vocals/guitars
Brandon Mullins – bass
Rick Nibblett – drums

Order PROPHETS OF DOOM, out now via Domestic Genocide, at:

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-Obliterations: Tour To Brutalize SXSW Begins Today

Band To Record Southern Lord Debut At Dave Grohl’s Studio 606

Cali punks, Obliterations, hit the road this week on their way to brutalize SXSW 2014 with a rash of performances exposing the public to 17 brand-new tracks during the trek, in preparation for their upcoming recording for Southern Lord.

Obliterations kick it all off tonight in L.A., making two stops in California with The Body and Youth Code, followed by a Southwest run with Lecherous Gaze, after which they raid Austin with at least seven SXSW-related gigs already locked down for the week of festivities. The tour includes performances at the Thrasher Magazine/Converse Death Match with Judge, Tyler The Creator, The Black Lips, and others as part of SXSW; The Spillover MF with Ty Segal, Dum Dum Girls, and Deafheaven in Dallas; and much more.

Following the tour, Obliterations will invade Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 to record their debut LP for release via Southern Lord later in 2014. More details on the impending full-length will be released in the coming months.

Obliterations is comprised of current and ex-members of Black Mountain, Saviours, and Night Horse, and, delivering a blazing, crusty, Los Angeles-made blend of Poison Idea, Discharge, and Black Flag, set to a live show that willfully incites and encourages one’s aggressive tendencies to shine, just released a new four-song EP as part of the Volcom Entertainment Vinyl Club.

Obliterations Tour Dates:
3/04/2014 E. 7th St – Los Angeles, CA w/ The Body, Youth Code
3/05/2014 Aladdin Jr. – Pomona, CA w/ The Body, Youth Code
3/07/2014 Billy O’s – Ventura, CA w/ Lecherous Gaze
3/08/2014 Shaman Smith – Las Vegas, NV w/ Lecherous Gaze
3/09/2014 Monte Vista Hotel – Flagstaff, AZ w/ Lecherous Gaze
3/11/2014 The Mix – San Antonio, TX w/ Lecherous Gaze
3/12/2014 Hotel Vegas – Austin, TX @ SXSW Burger City/Ping Pong Booking/Inland Empire Touring Party w/ Natural Child, The Abigals, Cosmonauts, Guantanamo Baywatch
3/13/2014 Yellow Jackets – Austin, TX @ Juxtapose/Brixton Party w/ Coachwhips, Together Pangea, Fresh & Onlys
3/13/2014 The Lost Well – Austin, TX @ Vol. 4 Party w/ Windhand, Lecherous Gaze, Communion, Artic
3/14/2014 Scoot Inn – Austin, TX Thrasher/Converse Death Match w/ Judge, Bl’ast!, Power Trip, Kylesa, Lecherous Gaze, Youth Code
3/14/2014 La Barbecue – Austin, TX @ Metal BBQ w/ Spirit Caravan, Sweat Lodge
3/14/2014 Sailor Jerry House – Austin, TX @ Blundertown/Cultist Zine Party w/ Coachwhips, Coathangers
3/15/2014 Yellow Jackets – Austin, TX @ Rock Of Ages Party w/ Black Tusk, Lecherous Gaze, Youth Code, Cerebral Ballzy, The Young
3/16/2014 3 Links – Dallas, TX @ Spillover Festival w/ Ty Segall, Dum Dum Girls, Deafheaven
3/18/2014 Trainyards – Las Cruces, NM w/ Cheap Disguise, Hypatia
3/19/2014 51 West – Tempe, AZ w/ Speech Impediment, Resinator

-About Heavy Metal’s “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1988″ list is online at .

-Beneath’s ANTIDOTE is due out March 7, and the band will celebrate with an online release party that day from 11:00 a.m. – 23:00 p.m. CET, at . The album will stream in full during the party. In the meantime, check out the lyric video for the track “Vengeance I Breathe” at . ANTIDOTE track list: “Vengeance I Breathe,” “Reasons Undefined,” “Blissfully Numb,” “Harvest Of Mankind,” “Fear Vs. Hate,” “In The Shadow Of The Beast,” “Everything Ends,” “Killed In The Womb,” “The Antidote.” See and for more.

-The first single from the new Dio tribute album THIS IS YOUR LIFE, “Starstruck” by Motörhead featuring Biff Byford (Saxon), is streaming now at Yahoo! Music, at–mot%C3%B6rhead-and-saxon-s-biff-byford-team-up-to-honor-ronnie-james-dio-165904823.html . A “pre-release listening party” will be held on March 17 at the Avalon in Hollywood, coinciding with the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund’s third Annual Awards Gala. These awards will be presented at the gala: Rob Halford – “Man On The Silver Mountain Award,” Greg Fidelman (producer) – “Master Of The Moon Award,” Kevin Gore (President & CEO, Rhino Entertainment) – “Stand Up And Shout Award,” Larry Morand (Producer, Monsters Of Rock Cruise) – “Rainbow In The Dark Award,” Tim Carhart (Artist Relations Manager, ESP Guitars) – “King Of Rock And Roll Award.” There will also be performances of THIS IS YOUR LIFE tracks by Halestorm, Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy, Corey Taylor, Jason Christopher, Christian Martucci, Roy Mayorga, “and more surprise guests!” Tickets are available at . In related news, the Dio Disciples are hitting the road again as follows:

3/26 – The Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3/28 – State Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL
3/29 – 4/2 – Monsters Of Rock Cruise, Miami, FL

See and for more.

-Divebomb Records has a deal through March 6 where you can get free shipping when you buy all three of their latest reissues. The titles, and links to their streams, are as follows:

Grinder – DEAD END (Deluxe Edition) (DIVE052)

Sultan – CHECK & MATE (Deluxe Edition) (DIVE057)

Addictive – KICK ‘EM HARD (Rebooted Edition) (DIVE058)

Orders should be placed at . See and for more.

-The March 2014 issue of Mexico’s Heavy Riffs magazine features a cover story on guitarist Dave Reffett, plus interviews with Hell, Primal Fear, Metal Inquisitor, Local 9, Mandragora Negra, and Ebony Code. See for more.

-The second trailer for Tuomas Holopainen’s THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE is online now at . See for more.

-Kill Matilda’s #PUNK#ZOMBIE#ROCKNROLL EP and an accompanying comic are now available for free download at . The EP’s track list: “Pomegranate,” “I Want Revenge,” “Zombie Apocalypse,” “Law Abiding Citizen,” “PBJ,” “Geisha With A Switchblade” (acoustic). Hype from singer/guitarist Dusty Exner: “I am excited to announce that we will be providing a free download link for everyone along with a comic that I drew by hand to accompany the release. The comic book features 17 beautiful hand-drawn colored pieces of art, which is a lot of work for anyone but is a special challenge for me since this month I’ve had a long-awaited, much-anticipated, badly-needed formal diagnosis of ADHD.” See for more.

-Kill Ritual’s THE EYES OF MEDUSA is due April 4 through GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The title track is streaming now at and . See and for more.

-The Killer Dwarfs’ START @ ONE is out now. The release features songs originally intended for a 1993 album that was shelved. Track list: “Lonely Road,” “Solid Ground,” “Sky Is Falling,” “Adalina,” “Psycho Circus,” “Start @ One,” “Down In Hollywood,” “Walk On By,” “The Crowd.” Hype: “START @ ONE was supposed to be the Killer Dwarfs’ sixth album back in 1993, unfortunately, with the grunge movement gaining tremendous momentum and wiping out various labels’ interest in a lot of metal bands at that time, the disc never saw the light of day.” Check out clips of three songs and an album trailer at .

-Killwhitneydead’s new song “Replicate To Survive,” featuring guest vocalist Justin Reich (Vanisher), is streaming now at . SUFFER MY WRATH is due out March 31; pre-order at . See and for more.

-Another story on the Kiss Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction and lineup issue, from the L.A. Times’ music blog “Pop & Hiss,” is online now at,0,1800841.story . The April issue of Guitar World also has new interviews with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, plus “much more Kiss.”

-Messenger was awarded “Band Of The Day” on, and the page is also streaming the band’s new song “Midnight.” Check it out at . ILLUSORY BLUES is due out March 31 through Svart Records. See for more.

-Miracle Master’s video for “Highway To Heaven” is online now at . The clip was directed & produced by Germany’s MV Video Productions, and the song comes from TATTOOED WOMAN. The band will auction a custom, autographed Dean guitar at the March 15 release party for TATTOOED WOMAN, which takes place at Rock Cafe Kiss in Hechingen, Germany. Check out pictures of the guitar at , and see , , and for more.

-Mothership is set to hit the road in Europe with Wo Fat, starting in May. It will be the Texas band’s first trek through Europe, and there is an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to support the tour at . MOTHERSHIP II is due out soon through Ripple Music. See , , , and for more.

-The Geoff Tate version of Queensryche — featuring Tate, guitarists Kelly Gray and Robert Sarzo, bassist Rudy Sarzo, keyboardist Randy Gane, drummer Simon Wright, and backup singer Sass Jordan — continues the OPERATION:MINDCRIME 25th anniversary tour as follows:

3/8 – Peppermill Casino, Wendover, NV
3/11 – Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
3/12 – Palace Theatre, Syracuse, NY
3/13 – State Theatre, Falls Church, VA
3/14 – The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA
3/15 – Revel, Atlantic City, NJ
3/16 – Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
3/21 – Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO
3/22 – Sky Ute Casino Resort, Ignacio, CO
3/23 – Tricky Falls, El Paso, TX
3/26 – House Of Blues, New Orleans, LA
3/27 – House Of Blues, Dallas, TX
3/28 – Aztec Theater, San Antonio, TX
3/29 – House Of Blues, Houston, TX
3/30 – Brewster Street Ice House, Corpus Christi, TX
4/2 – House Of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
4/26 – Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, LA

Tate appeared on King 5 TV’s “New Day Northwest” to promote his “Rock & Vaudeville” show; check out his performance of The Kinks’ “Lola” and an interview at . See and for more.

-The fourth annual Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse is set for April 4-5 at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago. The Rock Club Stage (for ages 17+) will feature Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper (featuring a special appearance by guitarist Nick Bowcott on “several songs”), Riot V (featuring singer Todd Michael Hall, guitarists Mike Flyntz and Nick Lee, bassist Don Van Stavern, and drummer Frank Gilchriest — filling in for Bobby Jarzombek — carrying on the legacy of late Riot main man Mark Reale), Picture, Axxion, Crowhaven, Black Death Resurrected, Argus, Voltax, Amulance, Idolatry, Visigoth, Witches Mark, Night Demon, and Axemaster. The Music Joint Stage (for ages 21+) will feature Skull Hammer, Possessor, Seax, Midnite Hellion, Iron Will, Dogbane, Power Theory, Lady Beast, Dark Design, Eternal Champion, Skeptor, and Spare Change. See and for more.

-The second annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert, set for March 26 at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, CA, has added Steve Stevens to the lineup. See for more on tickets, and for more on Rock Against MS.

-The Socks’ new track, “Electric War,” is streaming now at Heavy Planet, at . Hype from the band: “This is the ‘speed rock’ song of the album. Deep Purple is one of our major influences and when we wrote ‘Electric War’ we were really thinking about songs like ‘Speed King’ or ‘Fireball.'” THE SOCKS is due out this spring through Small Stone. See and for more.

-The second single from Sonata Arctica’s PARIAH’S CHILD, “Cloud Factory,” can be ordered through Nuclear Blast MP3 ( ), iTunes ( ), and Amazon MP3 ( ). Check out the lyric video at . Hype from singer/keyboardist Tony Kakko: “It has some kind of an ear-worm factor. It’s not a bad thing to have in a single. A story about how dad already sees his young son going to work in the same factory he still goes and where his dad and dad’s dad went before him, and how that pleasantly vicious circle never ends.” PARIAH’S CHILD is due out March 28 through Nuclear Blast. See for more.

-Tankard’s third studio report on the making of R.I.B., featuring manager Buffo and singer Gerre “explain the recording progress,” is online now at . See for more.

-U.D.O. has signed a long-term contract — calling for three albums and three DVDs — with AFM Records. Udo Dirkschneider stated, “We feel very comfortable with AFM Records and we appreciate the good vibes. The mutual understanding is perfect and our individual wishes and ideas are respected and converted. This is obviously hard to find in the music business nowadays.”

-There’s a new Adrian Vandenberg interview at Metal Express Radio, at . See for more.

-The title track from Volume IV’s upcoming LONG IN THE TOOTH, due March in North America on Ripple Music, is online now at the southern metal blog The Great Southern Brainfart, at . Hype from the blog: “Atlanta metal power trio Volume IV is a band that I have been raving about ever since hearing them for the first time a couple of years ago. Their live shows are monumental displays of dedication, love, and passion for all things metal. Seeing Volume IV live is a truly moving and powerful experience and while the band teased us with their four-song EP last year, it just wasn’t enough. We wanted more. I wanted more. Well, it seems that our prayers and demands will be met on March 11th when Volume IV releases their full-length debut album LONG IN THE TOOTH.” The band consists of Joe Carpenter on guitar and vocals, Blake Parris on bass, and Troy King on drums. See and for more.

-Wacken Metal Battle Canada has a new 81-track compilation available for free download at . The comp features Canadian bands competing in this year’s battle, for a chance to plat at the Wacken Open Air. See and for more.

-White Dynomite — Boston’s “punk soul explosion” — has signed with Ripple Music, which will re-release the band’s debut album this spring. Hype: “Pressed on white vinyl and including extra tracks, this dose of motor-punk soul will be an instant must-have for music fans who like it hard, fast-n-loud.” Guitarist Jay Fortin (Scissorfight) was recently announced as a new addition to the band. See for more.

Thanks to Marjo Verdooren, Dave Lifton, Steve Appleford, Chad Bowar, Michelle Renee, Mick Burgess, Richard Bienstock, Matthew Rudzinski, Axel Wiesenauer/Rock’N’Growl, Music Buy Mail, Southern Cross PR, and Online Metal Promo for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus Issue #662

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Issue #662
Week of February 24, 2014

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-R.I.P. Harold Ramis. Talk about a brilliant entertainer… – Tim

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-Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Statement From Kiss

[Note: This is from – Tim]

To All Our Fans In Regards To The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

Out of respect, Ace and Peter’s recent statements demand a quick response to you, our fans.

Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of Kiss and give credit to all members including long time present members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, and additionally Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr all who have made this band what it is, regardless of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s point of view.

Although Kiss has moved forward far longer without them, Ace and Peter are at the very foundation of what we have built and this would all be impossible had they not been a part of it in the beginning.

It is over 13 years since the original lineup has played together in make-up and we believe the memory of those times would not be enhanced. Contrary to claims made through the media we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter.

We have spent 40 years dedicated to building Kiss without quitting or wavering as the band has moved forward with huge tours and platinum albums through different important lineups for forty years, to this day.

Kiss has always been a band unlike any other. That is why we started Kiss. That is why we continue Kiss. Being unlike other bands also means making choices and decisions unlike other bands.

This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.

To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any lineup and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

We are excited and are looking forward to seeing you all on the Kiss 40th Anniversary worldwide tour.

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-Manowar’s KINGS OF METAL MMXIV Silver Edition CD Will Now Be Released On March 21, 2014

[Note: This is from – Tim]

The KINGS OF METAL MMXIV Silver Edition CD, featuring two discs and two 24-page booklets will now be released in retail and in Manowar’s own online stores, and , on March 21, 2014. Both online stores will also offer exclusive Power Packages, containing the CD and brand new merchandise, not available anywhere else and only for a short time. The digital album is already available on iTunes and on Google Play worldwide.

“The KINGS OF METAL MMXIV Silver Edition CD is a limited edition. It is important to us that every Manowar fan that has decided to own this collector’s item at the time of its release has a chance to find it in the store of their choice. Due to strong pre-orders we have increased our initial order and we decided to change the release date, so that all stores get the music at the same time, and every fan has a fair chance to get one of these limited edition CDs,” said a label representative.

Manowar’s KINGS OF METAL MMXIV is a completely new recording, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their iconic 1988 album KINGS OF METAL and their following world tour.

While staying true to the 1988 version, KINGS OF METAL MMXIV captures the listener with new arrangements and other new elements, and with stellar vocal performances by Eric Adams, powerful drums by Donnie Hamzik, a searing new guitar sound by virtuoso Karl Logan, and a new record-breaking performance of the bass solo “The Sting Of The Bumblebee MMXIV,” played at 300 beats per minute by Joey DeMaio.

“This is an entirely new recording as far as the music goes,” explained bassist and producer Joey DeMaio about the album. “Everything has been newly recorded. A tremendous amount of work and effort has gone into this new album, on all levels, and you will hear this when you listen to it.”

Already a significant force with international success since their debut album BATTLE HYMNS, the KINGS OF METAL release in 1988 and the following world tour in 1989 catapulted Manowar into a new sphere. Songs like: “Heart Of Steel,” “Kings Of Metal,” “Hail And Kill,” and “Blood Of The Kings” became instant classics celebrated since by metal fans all over the world.

“We started talking about the 25th anniversary of the album’s release, and how it could be done in a very special way. We love these songs as much as our fans do. So we started discussing the idea of a new recording which would allow for a fresh and massive sound, and added new elements,” explained Joey DeMaio. “And then the idea of the anniversary tour was born, to celebrate this album in an appropriate way. Live, with our fans!” he added. “We have pushed man and machine to the maximum to honor the original recordings and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Everything sounds bigger, for once due to the ability to cram more sound onto a record than we could in the past. Because technology has gotten better; as well as the equipment we are using, from the guitar strings and the guitar pickups to pre-amps, to the microphones and the recording process. Technology has progressed so much! The result is massive!” commented DeMaio.

With “Hail And Kill MMXIV” and the title track “Kings Of Metal MMXIV,” the album starts with the power and might synonymous to metal fans all over the world with the name Manowar.

The power ballad “The Heart Of Steel MMXIV” is featured in three different versions: Acoustic Intro, Guitar Instrumental, and Orchestral Intro Version, the last two being bonus tracks. “Thy Kingdom Come MMXIV” is, in the best sense, inspiring.

For the spoken word track “A Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV,” Manowar joined forces with celebrated British actor Brian Blessed, a renowned Shakespeare and character actor who has starred in, among others, Kenneth Brannagh’s “Henry V,” Oliver Stone’s “Alexander,” and as Prince Vultan in the cult movie “Flash Gordon.” Not only an actor and adventurer, Blessed was also awarded the “Spirit of Hammer Award” for his contributions to heavy metal. For the sound design on the track, the band recruited Hamilton Sterling, a Hollywood veteran who has contributed to numerous action blockbusters including “Batman – The Dark Knight,” “War Of The Worlds,” and “Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World,” two of which won Oscars® for Best Sound Editing.

“Thy Crown And Thy Ring MMXIV,” Manowar’s signature concert outro, is majestic both as Orchestral Version and as Metal Version (featured as bonus track), while “The Blood Of The Kings MMXIV,” now with additional new lyrics, is a salute to all countries that Manowar has performed in to this day. The tracks are further highlights on an album that bursts with energy and might.

“On Wheels Of Fire MMXIV” concludes the main album’s tracks in the most forceful and propulsive way possible.

Fantasy artist and longtime collaborator Ken Kelly contributed two new cover paintings that feature, as a continuation of his 1988 works, the flags of all countries that Manowar have performed in to this date, or are confirmed to visit during their current world tour.

The KINGS OF METAL MMXIV Silver Edition, that Break Out Magazine in Germany calls “a new masterpiece,” features nine main and nine bonus tracks with a total running time of 88 minutes.

“KINGS OF METAL MMXIV, the album and the tour, will be a completely new experience, even for fans that have celebrated our shows and listened to these songs many times before,” promised Joey DeMaio. “Get ready to get your heads blown off!”

Manowar’s new world tour, featuring the performance of the new KINGS OF METAL MMXIV album in full and many other classics in a new multi-media stage show, started on February 8, 2014 with a long-anticipated US tour and will resume on March 18 in Europe.


Disc 1:

Hail And Kill MMXIV
Kings Of Metal MMXIV
The Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Acoustic Intro Version)
A Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV
The Blood Of The Kings MMXIV
Thy Kingdom Come MMXIV
The Sting Of The Bumblebee MMXIV
Thy Crown And Thy Ring MMXIV (Orchestral Version)
On Wheels Of Fire MMXIV

Bonus Disc 1:

Thy Crown and Thy Ring MMXIV (Metal Version)
The Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Guitar Instrumental)

Disc 2:

Hail And Kill MMXIV (Instrumental)
Kings Of Metal MMXIV (Instrumental)
The Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Orchestral Intro Version – Instrumental)
The Blood Of The Kings MMXIV (Instrumental)
Thy Kingdom Come MMXIV (Instrumental)
Thy Crown and Thy Ring MMXIV (Orchestral Version – Instrumental)
On Wheels of Fire MMXIV (Instrumental)

Kings Of Metal MMXIV Trailer:

Kings Of Metal MMXIV World Tour – Confirmed Tour Dates:

Tue, March 18, 2014 – Olymp Palace of Sports – Krasnodar, Russia
Fri, March 21, 2014 – Luzhniki Palace of Sports – Moscow, Russia
Sun, March 23, 2014 – Yubileyny Sports Palace – St. Petersburg, Russia
Tue, March 25, 2014 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
Thu, March 27, 2014 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
Sat, March 29, 2014 – Teatro Arena – Vilnius, Lithuania
Sat, May 17, 2014 – Spodek – Katowice, Poland
Wed, May 21, 2014 – Hangar 11 – Tel Aviv, Israel
Sat, May 24, 2014 – Metal Summer Festival – Istanbul, Turkey
Fri-Sun, June 13-15, 2014 – Legacy Open Air – Weismain, Germany
Fri-Sat, July 25-26, 2014 – Magic Circle Festival – Helsinki, Finland
Wed, November 12, 2014 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA, USA
Sat, November 15, 2014 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL, USA
Sun, November 16, 2014 – Royal Oak Theatre – Royal Oak, MI, USA
Wed, January 14, 2015 – Grugahalle – Essen, Germany
Fri, January 16, 2015 – Zenith – Munich, Germany
Sat, January 17, 2015 – Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany

More info and constant updates:

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-Gamma Ray: Power Metal Icons Unleash New Lyric Video Via Revolver; EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD To Drop This Spring

The perpetrators at Revolver are pleased to premiere the lyric video for “Hellbent,” from German power metal icons, Gamma Ray. The new tune comes by way of the band’s long-anticipated new full-length, EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD, set for release this Spring.

A record that almost wasn’t, EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD was composed throughout 2013 with Eike Freese (Dark Age) at the mixing desk alongside bassist/co-writer, Dirk Schlächter, and was nearing completion before Hammer Studios, their home, rehearsal space, and meeting point for many metal bands throughout Germany, had burned down leaving much of its contents in ruins. Fortunately, the EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD masters managed to make it through unscathed. “If this could not stop us, nothing ever will,” joked light-hearted Gamma Ray vocalist Kai Hansen, adding that, “We got rid of a lot of sh*t that we gathered there. Unfortunately, a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look towards the future, we saved the production and we can continue now in this new place.”

Sample triumphant new teaser track, “Hellbent,” now playing at:

EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD will be released in North America on CD, LP, and digitally via Armoury Records in conjunction with earMusic on April 15, 2014.

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-Edguy: SPACE POLICE – DEFENDERS OF THE CROWN — More Details Revealed!

On April 18th the new Edguy album SPACE POLICE – DEFENDERS OF THE CROWN will be released worldwide.

Besides the regular CD edition the album will also be available as a limited digi-book edition containing two CDs.

Also available will be a strictly limited hard-cover Earbook collectors’ edition (28.5×28.5cm) containing the two discs, a photographic history with more than 130 photos from the band’s archive, liner notes, touring history, etc. More details will be revealed soon.

The track list of the album reads as follows:

1. Sabre & Torch
2. Space Police
3. Defenders Of The Crown
4. Love Tyger
5. The Realms Of Baba Yaga
6. Rock Me Amadeus
7. Do Me Like A Cavemen
8. Shadow Eaters
9. Alone In Myself
10. The Eternal Wayfarer

Bonus disc track list:

1. England
2. Aychim In Hysteria
3. Space Police (progressive version)
4. Space Police (instrumental version)
5. Love Tyger (instrumental version)
6. Defenders Of The Crown (instrumental version)
7. Do Me Like A Caveman (instrumental version)

Pre-order here:

The limited edition will come with a special collector’s artwork.

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-Death Dealer Has Been Officially Confirmed As The Opening Act For The 2014 Metal All Stars European Tour

Fresh off their critically acclaimed debut release WAR MASTER, Death Dealer will bring their high powered brand of heavy metal to Europe for the first time ever.

The band features legendary guitarist Ross The Boss (ex-Manowar), bassist Mike Davis (Halford, ex-Lizzy Borden), drummer Steve Bolognese (ex-Into Eternity), guitarist / producer Stu Marshall (Empires Of Eden), and vocalist Sean Peck (Cage).

Ross The Boss, who will also be featured as a guitarist with the Metal All Stars show, expressed his excitement, “I can’t wait to unleash this band upon the metal masses! Get there early, it is going to be an unforgettable night of music!”

Metal All Stars lineup:

Vince Neil (Motley Crue)
Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down)
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., ex-Accept)
Cronos (Venom)
Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly)
Brian Fair (Shadows Fall)
Ross The Boss (ex-Manowar)
Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne)
Nick Menza (ex-Megadeth)
Jasin Todd (ex-Shinedown)
Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall)
Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus)
Jon Donais (Shadows Fall)
Jesse Billson (Heaven Below, Level Zero)
Aaron Rossi (Ministry, Prong)
Bones Elias (Rock Of Ages)

Tour dates:

March 23 – Sofia, Bulgaria, Arena Armeec
March 24 – Bucharest, Romania, Romexpo
March 29 – Istanbul, Turkey
April 1 – Minsk, Belarus, Palace Of Sport
April 3 – Stockholm, Sweden, Hovet
April 5 – Riga, Latvia, Arena Riga
April 6 – Helsinki, Finland, Hartwall Arena
April 8 – St. Petersburg, Russia, Sport Hall Yubileiniy
April 9 – Moscow, Russia, Moscow Arena

Special Guest Vince Neil of Motley Crue appears on all dates except March 23, 24 & April 1.

Official websites:

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-Sabaton: Final Artworks And Track List Of HEROES Revealed!

On the 16th of May, Swedish Heavy Metal band Sabaton will release the follow-up to their successful CAROLUS REX record, which will be called HEROES.

HEROES was recorded at Abyss Studio, along with producer Peter Tägtgren (Amorphis, Children Of Bodom, and more), with whom Sabaton already worked on CAROLUS REX.

The track list of HEROES will be like this:

1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad Of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron

Besides the stand version jewel case CD, there will be vinyl (different colors), a limited edition digi-pak (two bonus tracks), limited Earbook (incl. five bonus tracks), and the digital download (incl. one bonus track).

Catch Sabaton live in 2014 on the following dates; more dates to be added:

04.04. USA Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
05.04. USA Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
06.04. USA Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
07.04. USA Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09.04. USA Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
10.04. USA Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
11.04. USA Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
12.04. USA Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
14.04. CND Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
15.04. CND Quebec City, QC – Imperial Theater
16.04. CND Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
17.04. USA Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
18.04. USA New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
19.04. USA Worcester, MA – The Palladium
21.04. USA West Springfield, VA – Empire
23.04. USA Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
24.04. USA Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
25.04. USA Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
26.04. USA St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
28.04. USA Houston, TX – Scout Bar
29.04. USA Dallas, TX – Trees
01.05. USA Tempe, AZ – Club Red
02.05. USA West Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
03.05. USA San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
05.05. USA Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
06.05. USA Seattle, WA – El Corazon
07.05. CND Vancouver, BC – The Venue
09.05. CND Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
10.05. CND Calgary, AB – Republik
11.05. CND Regina, SK – Riddell Centre
12.05. CND Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
14.05. USA Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
15.05. USA Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
16.05. USA Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom

31.05. NL Nijmegen – Fortarock
13.06. CH Interlaken – Greenfield Festival
19.06. D Loreley – Metalfest
21.06. NO Halden – Fredrikstens Fästning
26.06. SK Piestany – Topfest
27.06. BE Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
10.07. D Ballenstedt – Rock Harz
11.07. CZ Vizovice – Masters Of Rock Tickets
12.07. HU Pecs – Rockmaraton
25.07. SLO Tolmin – Metaldays

31.07. SE Stenungsund – Nösnäsvallen
01.08. AT Graz – Seerock
02.08. SE Varberg – Fästningshörnan
07.08. SE Borgholm – Borgholms Slottsruin
08.08. SE Ronneby – Brunnsparken
09.08. SE Trelleborg – Östervång
16.08. SE Falun – Sabaton Open Air
21.08. SE Uppsala – Vaksala Torg
22.08. SE Norrköping – Folkets Park / Borgen
23.08. SE Karlstad – Mariebergsparken

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-Epica: THE QUANTUM ENIGMA Details Revealed!

Dutch symphonic metallers Epica will release their sixth studio effort THE QUANTUM ENIGMA on May 2nd (Europe), May 5th (UK), and May 13th (USA) through Nuclear Blast.

Where the 2013 RETROSPECT performance reflected on a decade as one of the leading bands in the symphonic metal scene, the upcoming sixth studio album THE QUANTUM ENIGMA marks the beginning of a new Epica: modern, heavy, and without compromises.

“More than any of our previous albums, this album is a group effort. The only goal we had in mind: creating the album that could lift Epica up to the next level.”

Together with upcoming producer Joost van den Broek, the sextet worked on THE QUANTUM ENIGMA at the Sandlane Recording Facilities in the Netherlands. The album has been mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Hatesphere).

“Every detail finds its way into a perfectly balanced mix, and makes Epica sound raw and overwhelming.”

The album will be released in five different configurations:
1. regular Jewel Case
2. 2CD Digi-pak
3. 3CD Earbook
4. double Vinyl
5. Digital Download

THE QUANTUM ENIGMA track listing:
1. Originem
2. The Second Stone
3. The Essence Of Silence
4. Victims Of Contingency
5. Sense Without Sanity [The Impervious Code]
6. Unchain Utopia
7. The Fifth Guardian [Interlude]
8. Chemical Insomnia
9. Reverence [Living In The Heart]
10. Omen [The Ghoulish Malady]
11. Canvas Of Life
12. Natural Corruption
13. The Quantum Enigma [Kingdom Of Heaven part II]

Digi-pak additional track: “In All Conscience”
Earbook additional track: “Dreamscape”
Vinyl additional track: “Memento”
iTunes additional track: “Banish Your Illusion”

Disc 2 (Digi-pak and Earbook only):
1. Canvas Of Life [acoustic version]
2. In All Conscience [acoustic version]
3. Dreamscape [acoustic version]
4. Natural Corruption [acoustic version]

Disc 3 (Earbook Only):
1. Originem [instrumental]
2. The Second Stone [instrumental]
3. The Essence Of Silence [instrumental]
4. Victims Of Contingency [instrumental]
5. Sense Without Sanity [instrumental]
6. Unchain Utopia [instrumental]
7. The Fifth Guardian [instrumental]
8. Chemical Insomnia [instrumental]
9. Reverence [instrumental]
10. Omen [instrumental]
11. Canvas Of Life [instrumental]
12. Natural Corruption [instrumental]
13. The Quantum Enigma [instrumental]

Longtime collaborator Stephan Heilemann once again created some stunning artwork to accompany the ideas behind the lyrics. Once you’ll be able to lay hands on the album artwork, you’ll see that the cover is part of a bigger picture.

The band will return to the stage after almost a year of absence during which they focused on recording the career-defining THE QUANTUM ENIGMA. Epica’s first performance will be the album release show on April 30th in the 013, Tilburg in their home country The Netherlands.

Check out Epica live on the following dates:

30.04. NL Tilburg – 013
04.05. TR Istanbul – Headbanger’s Weekend
14.06. AT Nickelsdorf – Novarock
10.07. CZ Vizovice – Masters of Rock
12.07. PL Wegorzewo – Seven Festival
08.08. P Vagos – Vagos Open Air

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-Ian Anderson’s HOMO ERRATICUS Due April 15 In North America

Look Out For US Fall Tour, Dates TBA

Legendary prog pioneer Ian Anderson will be releasing a new studio album HOMO ERRATICUS on April 15 on his own Calliandra Records, distributed by Kscope. The album continues with the story of Anderson’s favorite enfant terrible Gerald Bostock.

Ian and his band (guitarist Florian Opahle, bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O’Hara, and drummer Scott Hammond, and singer Ryan O’Donnell) will be touring the United States this September through November.

In 1972 Ian’s band Jethro Tull released the iconic concept album THICK AS A BRICK, based on a poem by the then eight-year-old Gerald Bostock in 2012. As many fans wondered what might have befallen the character, Ian Anderson decided to explore the different paths Gerald’s life might have taken in his 2012 album, THICK AS A BRICK 2.

Following a 40-year political career, Gerald Bostock reunited with Anderson taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows. HOMO ERRATICUS marks Gerald’s return to songwriting, and is based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1865-1928).

In “Homo Erraticus,” Parritt examines key events of British history with a string of prophecies stretching to the current day and the future. Visions of past lives caused by the delirium of malaria generate the characters through whose eyes the stories are told, including a nomadic Neolithic settler, an iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, a turnpike innkeeper, and even Prince Albert.

The album release will be followed by an extensive UK tour, where HOMO ERRATICUS will be performed in its entirety followed by a selection of Tull classics updated with video and theatrics.

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

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

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-E-Force Unveil Cover Artwork, Track List

French Heavy/Thrash metallers E-Force will release their third album, THE CURSE… on April 11th via Mausoleum Records. E-Force have been labelled monsters of Thrash, and they are, but Eric Forrest’s (ex-Voivod) wide array of musical influences, interesting lyrics, and vocal capabilities set them apart from the pack and ensure that this band is very original.

Track listing:

1. Invitation
2. Perverse Media
3. Witch Wrk
4. Serpent’s Kiss
5. Awakened
6. Psyclone
7. Devoured
8. Mass Deception
9. Your Beloved Hate
10. Infexxxous
11. The Curse Of The Cunt


Besides Eric the current E-Force lineup features the return of KROF on drums; a member of the 2005 European touring lineup, and introduces XAV on guitar. THE CURSE… is a concept album that is based on a powerful collection of songs describing the power and temptation of, and obsession with, the female race.

E-Force are:

Eric Forrest – Vocals, Bass (ex-Voivod)
KROF – Drums
XAV – Guitars

Special guests on the album:

Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond, & Eidolon)
Kristian Niemann (Therion)
Vincent Agar (Yotangor)

E-Force was formed in Montreal, Canada in 2001 by vocalist/bassist, Eric Forrest, upon his departure from the legendary Canadian cyber metallers Voivod. In all Eric spent seven years fronting Voivod. Joining them in early 1994, following the departure of vocalist Denis “Snake” Bélanger, he appeared on two studio masterpieces, NEGATRON and PHOBOS; on the live album, VOIVOD LIVES, as well as on the re-mix compilation KRONIK. Upon his departure from Voivod, Forrest chose to use his nickname, E-Force, as the name for his new band.

E-Force released their debut album EVIL FORCEs (recorded by Pierre Remillard known for his work with Cryptopsy, Gorguts, etc.), to widespread critical acclaim in October 2003. Following the release of EVIL FORCES, Forrest relocated to Toulouse in France which obviously resulted in a lineup change. In February of 2008, E-Force finally released their follow-up album, MODIFIED POISON. The album further expanded the sound and intensity of the band, impressing both fans and critics alike.

Throughout their 10-year history E-Force has released only two albums, albeit prominent ones, but nevertheless managed to perform in 18 different countries since the band’s inception, appearing at some of the most prominent festivals of the musical genre, such as: the Six Pack Weekend Festival in Cleveland, Ohio in June 2004 (with, among others Doro, Metal Church, and Dismember), and twice at the Raismes Festival in France, in 2004 (with Angra, Rage, Primal Fear) and 2008. In the winter of 2005, they invaded a dozen countries across Europe, on a successful tour with Carpathian Forest, Tsjuder, and Wykked Witch, playing more festivals the following years, including Brutal Assault (Czech Republic) 2007, Ost Mountainfest (Romania) 2011, and the Metalfest Open Air (Hungary) 2011.

For current tour dates check .

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-Divebomb Records: Dead On’s Michael Raptis Passes Away (R.I.P.)

We at Divebomb Records are saddened to report that Dead On vocalist, Michael Raptis, passed away on February 12th. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and band mates in this difficult time.

The band wanted to share this statement with all the fans of Dead On and fellow metal brethren throughout the world.

“Michael Kenneth Raptis January 1969 to February 2014

“The passing of Mike Raptis has deeply saddened us all. Mike was always a live wire, and souls that burn that brightly usually do not remain in this plane for too long. Even though Dead On had disbanded years ago, and several members have not had much contact with one another over that time, we will always be band mates, eternally locked in time and place. There is a brotherhood that is borne from those moments in time that is timeless. We wish Mike’s family peace during their most difficult time now, and in the days to come. R.I.P. the Reaper… you will be missed.”

Dead On – s/t (Deluxe Edition)

Originally released in 1989
Reissued on CD by Divebomb Records

Divebomb Records Website

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-Furyon To Tour UK With Mordred This Summer

British rockers Furyon are hitting the UK/EU to tour this Summer with Funk/Metal/Thrash legends Mordred.

Tour dates below:

Aug 22 Dublin, The Voodoo
Aug 23 Belfast, The Limelight2
Aug 25 London, O2 Academy
Aug 26 Birmingham, O2 Academy
Aug 27 Glasgow, O2 Academy
Aug 28 Newcastle, O2 Academy
Aug 29 Sheffield, O2 Academy
Aug 30 Liverpool, O2 Academy
Aug 31 Bristol, O2 Academy
Sep 01 Brighton, Concorde 2

For tickets and further infos visit or .

More European dates will be announced soon.

Of the back of debut album GRAVITAS the band are going from strength to strength. With Album #2 being written and to record now, once again to be engineered and produced by US producer Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy) and his team. Furyon looks to release their second beast later 2014.

Singer Matt Mitchell says: “We’ve worked real hard behind the scenes to make this possible. There were moments I wasn’t sure it would happen but it is, and there are some killer tunes!”

What’s to be expected is more of the same explosive guitar riffs and solos in well-crafted song form. Expressive vocal delivery and melodies to scream along to. A possibly darker album still with progressive elements and a grungy edge. The album aims to be a 10-song album with additions (acoustic tracks and videos). Furyon are extremely excited and looking forward to sharing the outcome of this venture with the World.

Furyon recently confirmed to play Hungary’s MetalWar Festival 2014, which takes place September 5th – 7th in Budapest and Belgium’s Power, Prog & Metal Festival 2014, which takes place April 18th – 20th in Mons. Other bands confirmed include: Pain, In Extremo, Therion, Finntroll, My Dying Bride, Amorphis, Fates Warning, Masterplan, Exorcism, Fatal Smile, and Pagan’s Mind to name only a few.

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-Hessler Debuts New Female Vocalist And Video

Chicago, Illinois heavy metal band Hessler would like to welcome their new singer, Jessikill.

Following former vocalist Lariyah Daniels’ departure, she was the perfect fit for the music and personality of the band.

Jessikill, a native of San Antonio, Texas is a classically trained vocalist and appeared on the national “X-Factor” television show in 2012, where she received critical acclaim from the panel of judges which included show creator Simon Cowell, international superstar Britney Spears, Disney recording artist Demi Lovato, and record industry mogul L.A. Reid.

The band began rehearsals in late January 2014 and entered the studio on February 1st. They recorded three songs for an upcoming Maxi-single to be released in late March, which will be followed by the March Metal Madness midwest / east coast US tour.

The band’s new music video for the single “Never Lost My Way” was released on February 21, 2014 and is the first recording with Jessikill.

Hessler – “Never Lost My Way” video

Hessler is currently working on more new material and planning for extensive domestic and international touring throughout 2014.

Hessler have performed at SXSW and Rocklahoma in 2012 and 2013, Summerfest in 2012, and shared the stage with Slash, Buckcherry, All That Remains, Steel Panther, W.A.S.P., Sebastian Bach, Ratt, Mushroomhead, UFO, Cinderella, Loudness, Doro Pesch, U.D.O., Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), Sister Sin, Crashdiet, Otep, Butcher Babies, Wednesday 13, The Last Vegas, Vampires Everywhere, and many more.

Tour dates:

March Metal Madness:
3/20/2014 Chicago, IL – (1st CD release show)
3/21/2014 Janesville, WI – with Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel
3/22/2014 Minneapolis, MN – with Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel
3/24/2014 Fort Wayne, IN
3/25/2014 Pittsburgh, PA
3/26/2014 Philadelphia, PA
3/27/2014 NYC, NY
3/28/2014 Pennellville, NY
3/29/2014 Cleveland, OH

Jessikill – Lead Vocals
Igz Kincaid – Lead & Rhythm Guitars & Vocals
Frankie Sripada – Lead & Rhythm Guitars & Vocals
Erik Michael – Bass Guitars & Vocals
Derek Spiteri – Drums

Official websites:

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-Existance Unveil Cover Artwork, Track List, Release Date

French heavy metallers Existance will release their first full-length album, STEEL ALIVE, on April 25th via Mausoleum Records. Existance entered the studio in late 2013 to record their debut full-length album entitled STEEL ALIVE. The result: “One hell of an ass-kicking album that proves true metal is.”

Track listing:

1. Legends Never Die
2. Black Viper
3. The Siren
4. Dead Or Alive
5. Slaughter
6. Burning Angel
7. Steel Alive
8. Get Away
9. Prisoner
10. Close To The End
11. From Hell

Recorded and mixed at Boss Hog Studios in Ham en Artois, France. Mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Anvil, Dokken, Halford, Malmsteen, Sepultura) in Los Angeles, USA.


Existance are:

Julian Izard – Lead Vocals, Guitars
Antoine Poiret – Guitars & Vocals
Thomas Drouin – Bass & Vocals
Alexandre Revillon – Drums

Existance was founded in 2008 by Julian Izard (lead vocals & guitars) and Tom Drouin (bass), who shared a common goal of keeping the musical spirit of the ’80s Heavy Metal alive. If the last name Izard sounds familiar to the historians among you… well the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree — like father like son, Julian Izard is the son of Didier Izard, who was the vocalist with French speed metal band, H-Bomb, which regardless of featuring French language lyrics, and in spite of only being active from 1983-1986, left a serious footprint on the European Heavy Metal scene of the ’80s. Officially only releasing one EP, COUP DE MÉTAL and one album ATTAQUE, the numerous bootleg albums available today bear testimony to their status and influence on a next generation of bands, including Izard junior’s Existance.

By 2009 the Existance lineup completed, the band started out rehearsing and playing covers of such Hard Rock anthems like “Dallas 1 PM” (Saxon) and “Cold Sweat” (Thin Lizzy), refining their chops and become a lean and mean hard rocking machine. Not long after they began to write their own songs.

In 2010 Existance released the obligatory demo. Four tracks were recorded, which enabled them to play a substantial amount of concerts across France with forays into Belgium and the Netherlands. They were also invited to perform at numerous festivals such as: the Paris Metal France Festival IV (PMFF IV), the Isaria Festival, Vouziers Festival (#21), twice at the Zicophonies Festival (#15 and #16), Long Live Metal Festival (edition #5), and Rock ‘N’ Metal Convention (#14).

In 2011, the band returned to the studio and produced another eight tracks. The German label High Roller Records released the second set of recordings in April 2012, both on compact disc and vinyl, distributed worldwide via Soulfood. Thanks to the release being well received by the international media, Existance could now count on a truly international fan base.

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-Divebomb Records: New Releases From Grinder, Sultan, & Addictive Due Out March 11

Grinder – DEAD END Dead End (Deluxe Edition) CD

During the height of the worldwide thrash movement there were several epicenters of activity. While New York and the Bay Area were perhaps the most prominent, Germany’s big three — Sodom, Kreator, and Destruction — were leading the charge on the European front. However, what some thrash fans may not be aware of is that there was a secondary stratum to that scene which had some phenomenal, albeit lesser known, acts recording some ambitious material. Grinder were one of those bands who released three albums’ worth of “in-your-face” thrash/speed metal during their brief existence. Divebomb Records is excited to present a deluxe edition of what we believe to be their most impressive album, DEAD END, which features not only nine bonus tracks but new interview and archival photos provided by the band members themselves.

DEAD END has been out of print for nearly 20 years and was originally fetching high dollar collector prices online until bootleg copies began to circulate within the European market. Divebomb Records and the members of Grinder have partnered up to take on these illegal activities directly by issuing a band-approved deluxe edition reissue. We hope that we can take the music back and support the artists that created it rather than support those simply repressing “knock off” copies for a quick buck. As always, we are fans doing this for the fans.

Flotsam And Jetsam, Realm, Metallica, Sacred Reich, Mordred

+ 9 bonus tracks
+ Band supplied archival photos/show flyers (16-page booklet)
+ Brand new band interview
+ Restored original art by Andreas Marschall (Blind Guardian, Sodom, Kreator)
+ Produced by Kalle Trapp (Blind Guardian, Destruction, Kreator, Drifter, Paradox)
+ First time on CD in North America
+ Out of print nearly 20 years
+ Limited edition
+ New mastering by Jamie King
+ Layout/Restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic, Solstice)

1. Agent Orange
2. Dead End
3. The Blade Is Back
4. Inside
5. Just Another Scar
6. Total Control
7. Why
8. Train Raid
9. Unlock The Morgue

10. Reeling On The Edge
11. Incarnation Off
12. Truth In The Hands Of Judas
13. Hymn For The Isolated
14. The Spirit Of Violence
15. Nothing Is Sacred
16. None Of The Brighter Days
17. Dear Mr. Sinister
18. NME

Sultan – CHECK & MATE (Deluxe Edition) CD

During the ’80s you could count the number of prominent Swiss metal bands on one hand, but that didn’t mean there weren’t a plethora of bands trying to fight for their shot at international stardom like Celtic Frost and Coroner had already achieved. Sultan were one those hardworking bands whose origins date back to 1986. Instead of simply recording a demo, Sultan tried to differentiate themselves from the pack by self-releasing a vinyl single entitled “Rebel Fire.”

Despite the single’s initial success, four years would pass as Sultan were plagued by frequent lineup changes but were finally able to release their magnificent debut, CHECK & MATE, in 1990. Sultan successfully fused both the past and present on CHECK & MATE by channeling NWOBHM influences, while harnessing the escalating momentum of the new established European power metal scene. Sadly, after one final tour in 1991 the band would call it quits leaving CHECK & MATE as their one and only album, but what an amazing album it was!

CHECK & MATE has been out of print for nearly 20 years and was originally fetching high dollar collector prices online until bootleg copies began to circulate within the European market. Divebomb Records and the members of Sultan have partnered up to take on these illegal activities directly by issuing a band-approved deluxe edition reissue. We hope that we can take the music back and support the artists that created it rather than support those simply repressing “knock off” copies for a quick buck. As always, we are fans doing this for the fans.

Leatherwolf, Riot, Fifth Angel, Omen

+ 2 bonus tracks from first 45rpm single (1986)
+ Archival band photos (eight-page booklet)
+ Brand new interview with drummer/founding member Fabian Ranzoni
+ Out of print nearly 20 years
+ Limited edition
+ New mastering by Jamie King
+ Layout/Restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic, Solstice)

1. Falcon
2. Pictures Of Heidi
3. For The Light
4. Whizzing
5. Mary
6. Darkness
7. Night Knights
8. Hard Nights, Heavy Pleasure
9. Jingle
10. Shout In The Fight

BONUS TRACKS – “Rebel Fire” 7″ Single
11. Rebel Clever
12. Power Of Fire

Addictive – KICK ‘EM HARD (Rebooted Edition) 2xCD

Few bands survived the rapid decline of thrash metal in the early ’90s, but not only did Australia’s Addictive soldier on, they released a superb slab of classic speed metal against all odds. Following up their raw, yet impressive 1989 debut album, PITY OF MAN, the band enlisted Ozzy Osbourne/Rainbow bassist, Bob Daisley, to produce what would become their finest moment.

Rumors originally claim misplaced master tapes are the culprit behind the delayed KICK ‘EM HARD 1993 release. No matter the cause Addictive tried to overcome those delays and had unquestionably upped the ante with KICK ‘EM HARD, revealing a band whose ravenous desire to succeed overshadowed the industry’s climate predicting disaster for themselves and their thrash metal brethren. Combining all the best elements of early Metallica, Kreator, and Megadeth, Addictive were a band surely on the rise delivering a crushing sophomore album, but the shifting tides of the music industry unfortunately left them drifting aimlessly by the mid-’90s.

These two classic albums have been out of print for nearly 20 years and fetching high dollar collector prices online, but Addictive has remained a cult favorite with die-hard thrash fans. KICK ‘EM HARD (Rebooted Edition) contains brand new mastering of the band’s entire discography, an interview, and a redesigned, full-color booklet with archival photos of the band’s history. For the fans, by the fans.

Metallica, Megadeth, Mortal Sin, Sodom, Kreator, Testament

+ Full band discography
+ Archival photos/Show flyers (20-page booklet)
+ Brand new interview with band
+ KICK ‘EM HARD produced by Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne)
+ Out of print nearly 20 years
+ Limited edition
+ New mastering by Jamie King
+ Layout/Restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic, Solstice)

CD 1
KICK ‘EM HARD (1993)
1. Distemper
2. Waiting For Yesterday
3. Kick ‘Em Hard
4. You’re Perfect
5. Towards Extinction
6. Wacked
7. You Never Know
8. Man Made Act Of God
9. Serves You Right
10. Bitch

11. Crazy Train
12. Sniper (Demo)
13. Look Before You Leap (Demo)

CD 2
PITY OF MAN (1989)
1. Get Out Of My Life
2. Come Before The Storm
3. Boiling Point
4. Sonder Kommando
5. The Forge
6. What Ward RU In?
7. Echoes Of The Mind
8. Addictive Friend
9. My Foe
10. Pity Of Man

BONUS TRACKS – WARD 74 (Demo Tape) – 1988
11. Addictive Friend
12. Sonder Commando
13. What Ward Are You In?
14. Pity Of Man
15. Come Before The Storm

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-Pilgrim: Rhode Island Doom Bringers To Release Sophomore Full-Length; New Track Streaming + Live Takeovers Confirmed

Wizards and warriors, rejoice, for the chosen ones have returned! Since the early 2012 unveiling of their debut sonic behemoth, MISERY WIZARD, fans and critics alike have patiently yet anxiously awaited the second chapter from Rhode Island doom bringers, Pilgrim. Welcome II: VOID WORSHIP.

Wielding eight new epic tracks laden with tales of swords and sorcery, death, doom, and destruction, II: VOID WORSHIP was recorded at Moonlight Mile Recording by audio architect Mike Moebius and supplies an extraordinary quality of tone and heaviness. With II: VOID WORSHIP, Pilgrim takes a new approach to their songwriting, replacing meditated, repetitive hypnosis-inducing dirges with more calculated and demented power-house riffs. They build, shape, and climb into frenzied climaxes and fade into sweet sonic releases, molding perfectly crafted rock songs into twisting spires of evil doom metal masterpieces. It is obvious that Pilgrim has matured, both musically and as individuals, in their past two years of global conquest.

Feel the gargantuan crush of third hymn, “The Paladin,” now streaming at .

II: VOID WORSHIP track listing:
1. Intro
2. Master’s Chamber
3. The Paladin
4. Arcane Sanctum
5. In The Process Of Evil
6. Void Of Worship
7. Dwarven March
8. Away From Here

In related Pilgrim news, the band will bring their epic earth-rumblings to the stage next month supporting reunited stoner rock icons, Spirit Caravan. Slated to commence on March 7th in Baltimore, Maryland, the trek will rupture nearly two dozen cities and include a performance at this year’s edition of SXSW. See confirmed dates below.

Pilgrim w/ Spirit Caravan:
3/07/2014 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
3/08/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
3/09/2014 Chop Shop – Charlotte, NC
3/10/2014 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
3/15/2014 SXSW – Austin, TX
3/17/2014 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
3/18/2014 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
3/19/2014 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
3/21/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
3/22/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/24/2014 The Shredder – Boise, ID
3/25/2014 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
3/27/2014 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
3/29/2014 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
3/30/2014 Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI
3/31/2014 The Fifth Quarter – Indianapolis, IN
4/01/2014 Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
4/02/2014 Rock Island Brewing – Rock Island, IL
4/03/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
4/04/2014 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
4/05/2014 V Club – Huntington, WV
4/06/2014 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
4/08/2014 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
4/09/2014 Skully’s – Columbus ,OH
4/12/2014 31st St Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
4/13/2014 Empire – Springfield, VA
4/14/2014 AS220 – Providence, RI
4/15/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn NY

II: VOID WORSHIP is scheduled for release on April 1, 2014 in North America, and on March 28/31 in Europe/UK via Metal Blade Records. Special preorder packages, including vinyl, are currently available at .

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-Canadian Prog Rockers Druckfarben To Release SECOND SOUND CD

TORONTO, CANADA — Canadian progressive rock band Druckfarben will release their sophomore album, SECOND SOUND, worldwide on March 22. The record will be available in CD form from their website ( ) and CD Baby, and digitally from iTunes and Bandcamp.

SECOND SOUND features bold new colors in such songs as “An Answer Dreaming,” “In Disbelief,” and “Liberated Dream,” and concludes with the 19-minute “Second Sound” suite. “This is a natural progression from our first album,” says guitarist Ed Bernard, “but also introduces musical elements that might be surprising to those who know our music so far.”

Bernard leads the group, which was formed in 2008 along with bassist Peter Murray (Surrender Dorothy, Ron Sexsmith), keyboardist William Hare (Crystal Shawanda, Angelica DiCastro, Abraham’s Children), drummer Troy Feener (Full Nine, Tom Cochrane), and singer Phil Naro (Talas, Peter Criss, DDrive). In German, Druckfarben means “colored ink used for printing on textiles or other media.” In the mid-’80s, teenaged Ed and Troy had no idea what the word meant when they discovered it stenciled on mysterious black barrels in their rehearsal studio. But many years later it resurfaced as the name of Canada’s great new prog export.

All five members of Druckfarben grew up with a shared love of classic progressive rock music, such as Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Rush, King Crimson, and Kansas. They played their first show on March 1, 2008 in Port Credit, Ontario. Their self-titled debut was released in October 2011, followed by a live DVD (ARTIFACT) in 2013. They quickly built up an international following, including supporters such as Kim Mitchell, Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard), and Maurizio Guarini of Italy’s Goblin, as well as producers Terry Brown (Rush) and David Bendeth (Bruce Hornsby, Paramore).

The band is eager to perform the exciting new material from SECOND SOUND live throughout 2014 and beyond.

For news and updates, follow:
Twitter: @druckfarben

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-Kill Matilda Post New Music Video “Law Abiding Citizen;” #PUNK#ZOMBIE#ROCKNROLL Tour + EP

Dusty Exner – Vocals/Guitar
Mykel Exner – Bass
Marcus Luk – Drums

Vancouver’s Kill Matilda has posted a new music video for their track “Law Abiding Citizen” from their upcoming six song EP/ re-release #PUNK#ZOMBIE#ROCKNROLL due out on March 4th. The EP features tracks from their 2011 full-length album I WANT REVENGE with an acoustic rendition of “Geisha With A Switchblade” and will be accompanied by a comic book created by vocalist/guitarist Dusty Exner.

“Law Abiding Citizen” music video

After a small hiatus due to health issues from a tumor in a carotid artery and an Ectopic pregnancy, Kill Matilda hasn’t let the odds against them stop them from an ass-kicking mission to Punk, Zombie and Rock n’ Roll across Canada. (Tour dates listed below.)

“I have a guitar, I have a microphone. One week out of my hospital bed, I will meet you onstage.”
– Dusty Exner (vocalist/guitarist) – A Rocky Start, A Re-commitment –

EP Stream

1. Pomegranate
2. I Want Revenge
3. Zombie Apocalypse
4. Law Abiding Citizen
5. PBJ
6. Geisha With A Switchblade (Acoustic)

Also in the plans for later this year, the band will be releasing their yet-to-be-titled follow-up EP produced by producer extraordinaire Garth Richardson.

“The amazing attention of Garth Richardson! Although this man has produced so many amazing albums and we’re not the only band getting some attention and love, he took the extra steps to personally engineer our new album, which is something he has not done in like, 10 years or something. That makes me feel very, very special,” says KM vocalist/guitarist Dusty Exner.

Upcoming Shows: (more dates to be announced)

Feb 28 – Abbotsford, BC @ Gators Pub – w/ Gnar Gnars, Hot Damn
Mar 6 – Vancouver, BC @ Railway Club – w/ Tickling Grandma, The Injectors
Mar 7 – Maple Ridge, BC @ The Wolf Bar
Mar 8 – Mission, BC @ The Zoo – w/ La Chinga, Random Dander, War Baby, Justice Against Monsters
Mar 11 – Kamloops, BC @ Cactus Jacks – w/ Real McKenzies
Mar 13 – Vernon, BC @ The Green – Ides Of March Metalfest
Mar 14 – Williams Lake, BC @ Overlander Pub
Mar 15 – Prince George, BC @ TBA
Mar 16 – Burns Lake, BC – House Party Show – email km[@] for an invitation
Mar 17 – Valemount, BC @ Log and Rail Bar
Mar 18 – Hinton, AB @ Valley Zoo – Acoustic Show
Mar 20 – Edmonton, AB @ Foundation Music w/ Reckless Rebels, Betty Sues A Tramp, Knuckledown
Mar 21 – Edson, AB @ Fat Greasy’s Metal Lounge
Mar 22 – Calgary, AB @ Dicken’s Pub
Mar 23 – Red Deer, AB @ Slumland
Mar 24 – Siksika, AB @ Gordon Yellowfly Memorial Arbour
Mar 25 – Moose Jaw, SK @ 23 Main Street – Acoustic Show
Mar 26 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange w/ Abandon All Ships, Skynet, Palisades, Collections
Mar 27 – Winnipeg, MB @ TBA
Mar 28 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Black Pirates Pub
Mar 29 – Timmins, ON @ Victory Pub
Mar 30 – TBA
Apr 3 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar Le Magog
Apr 4 – Montreal, QC @ Katacombes w/ The Nailheads, Talk Sick, Ol School Johnny
Apr 5 – Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Cafe Rock Le Stage
Apr 8 – Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club (Punk Night!)

About KM:
The band is charged again with the task of clearing the nation of a spreading zombie epidemic after a life or death encounter one fateful night, Kill Matilda is rising to the challenge of zombie management. Specially trained to combat these unruly creatures, Kill Matilda is armed with two incomparable, indestructible, advantageous tools: With their bone-crushing music and front woman Dusty Exner’s famous cookies.

Showcasing the energy, power, and adrenaline-soaked insanity Kill Matilda is famous for, anyone who chooses to tempt fate and not pick up #PUNK#ZOMBIE#ROCKNROLL and I WANT REVENGE, or anyone who opts to not support KM’s zombiecide mission on the band’s upcoming cross-Canada tour, you’ve been warned — Kill Matilda may be coming for you next.

For more info, please visit these links:

“She’s A Killer” music video:

“Fault Lines” music video:


“If there’s one thing guaranteed to wake the slumbering beast from the annual hibernation it’s some gravelly voiced and quite frankly excellent punk. If you like Hole, The Misfits, or The Offspring (and Yeah, Yeah Yeahs,) and let’s face it who doesn’t, then these guys are right up your alley… down and dirty punk with sexy riffs and a promise of blood, fists, and stomping buy this on March 4th. You won’t regret it.” – Wyrd Ways Show Review

“The EP is packed full of high energy, powerful tracks. I personally find that the band makes you feel like you are at their show, rocking out with them. It’s a mix of songs that gives you chills and makes you feel empowered by just listening.” – Canadian Beats

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-Lions Of The South Unveil Cover Artwork, Track List

South Florida metallers Lions Of The South will release their debut album, CHRONICLES OF AGGRESSION, on February 28 via self-release. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Eduardo Hidalgo, can be seen below.

Lions Of The South is a new upcoming, three-piece, South Florida metal band with South American roots in their blood. While the band simply describes their music as metal, others have described the band’s style as a fusion between heavy, groove, and crossover thrash metal.

Track listing:

1. Awakening
2. Vicious Cycle
3. In Your Hands
4. Chronicles Of Aggression
5. Reflection
6. A Call To Act
7. Rising Sun
8. Mirroring Hells
9. Countdown

CHRONICLES OF AGGRESSION was produced by Nayar/Perez, recorded and Mixed by Adrian Morales at Heiga Studios, Miami Florida. Photography by Juan Sebastian Maldonado.

Lions Of The South are:

Cristobal Perez – Vocals, Guitars
Andres Nayar – Drums & Percussion
Felipe Vilches – Bass Guitar

Lions Of The South recently released a promo video clip of the song “Vicious Cycle:”

Lions Of The South was formed by Andres Nayar on drums, Felipe Vilches on bass, and Cristobal Perez on guitar/vocals, has focused on creating a forceful, abrasive, and aggressive sound. Through different avenues, while at the same time incorporating introspective, experimental sections, it allows the songs to develop in a distinctive way. The band’s lyrical content has been geared toward exploring the darker side of the human race, as well as philosophy, psychology, and spirituality. Its music, on the other hand, has focused on creating a chaotic, dissident, yet dynamic sound with energetic riffs and hard-hitting percussions.

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-Andromeda: Debut With An Album In Italian!

The first Andromeda Album called SHOCK will be released by Southern Brigade Records.

The band Andromeda explores with great dexterity and creativity the pretty unusual territory of metal music in Italian language and, if this doesn’t sound original enough, they also bring a substantial dose of personality in songwriting for a final well-recognizable sound and, at the same time, with a very direct and strong impact. These qualities have led this Italian band to the attention of the label Southern Brigade Records with which they sign a contract for the production of their debut album SHOCK that will be promoted and distributed by Scarlet Records. The album consists of nine tracks and was recorded at the renowned Golem Dungeon Studios in Bari (already producers, among many others, of the excellent recent albums of Natron, Godyva, and Golem). Their sound is easier to hear than to describe it! You could give an inkling saying it is a skillful mixture of powerful guitar riffs and melodies with various stylistic nuances that takes something good from every kind of good rock music.

Apart from all the specialty shops of the world, you can also purchase a digital version of SHOCK on all major download platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and CdBaby.

Soon the band will announce some of its upcoming live events including their already confirmed presence at the prestigious Total Metal Open Air Festival in Bitonto (IT), along with great names like Kreator, Annihilator, Behemoth, Moonspell, and Death Angel.

For further information:

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival To Take Over SXSW 2014 With Free Showcase

In addition to the sixteenth installment of their massive annual gala in Massachusetts this April, the promoters of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival today declare their plans of taking over this year’s SXSW at the other end of the country with a massive public showcase.

Now locked for Friday, March 14th, the seven-hour New England Metal & Hardcore Festival Takes Over Austin, TX will run from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the G Pen Annex at 6th Street and Red River, will be fully open to the public, and will be a free, all-ages event. The lineup includes a wide range of contemporary hardcore and metal acts including headliners Veil Of Maya and Comeback Kid, in addition to Within The Ruins, Backtrack, Counterparts, Expire, Xibalba, Reflections, Alpha & Omega, Downpresser, To The Wind, and Years Since The Storm. “We are very proud of this lineup,” stated MassConcerts head promoter, Scott Lee. “It is defiantly a taste of what NEMHF is all about.”

All of the bands set to storm Austin for the NEMHF showcase will also be touring out across the country to perform at the this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival taking place on April 17th, 18th, and 19th at the iconic Worcester Palladium. Featuring two stages, the legendary event, now in its sixteenth year, continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans to Worcester, Massachusetts every year. The 2014 fest merges multiple national tours including Metal Alliance, The Best In Brutality, and Mission Quest To Metalfest, and features the mammoth running lineup of nearly 70 bands already confirmed, including 1349, All Out War, All That Remains, Alpha & Omega, Barrier, Battlecross, Behemoth, Bent Life, Black Crown Initiate, Bleeding Through, Born Low, Broken Hope, Carnifex, Colin Of Arabia, Cop Problem, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, Discourse, Emmure, Enabler, Erra, Fallujah, Fire And Ice, Fit For An Autopsy, Gideon, Gift Giver, Goatwhore, Harm’s Way, I Declare War, Iced Earth, InDirections, Inquistion, Julius Seizure, Kadavar, King Nine, Kublai Khan, Lionheart, Loyal To The Grave, Malfunction, Nails, Naysayer, Nile, Obey The Brave, Oceano, Ramallah, Reflections, Reign Supreme, Revamp, Rivers Of Nihil, Sabaton, Sam Black Church, Scars Of Tomorrow, Slapshot, Suburban Scum, Sylar, Texas In July, The Acacia Strain, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, The Mongoloids, Those Who Fear, Thy Art Is Murder, Twitching Tongues, Unearth, Warhound, Whitechapel, Will To Die, Within The Ruins, and Years Since The Storm, with more still to be announced.

Tickets for the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are on sale now:

VIP packages

3-Day passes

passes for Thursday

passes for Friday

passes for Saturday

-Upcoming Anihilated tour dates for the UK:

3/13 – The Asylum, Chelmsford, UK
3/16 – Haven, Wales, UK
3/23 – Intrepid Fox, London, UK
4/12 – Snooty Fox, Wakefield, UK
9/14 – Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton, UK

The band’s album IDEVIANT is out now on Killer Metal Records.

-There’s a new interview with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian at .

-Check out a trailer for Anubis Gate’s upcoming HORIZONS online now at . HORIZONS is due out April 15 through Nightmare Records. See , , and for more.

-Sebastian Bach’s GIVE ‘EM HELL is due out April 22 through Frontiers. Bach’s backing band includes guitarist Devin Bronson and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, and the disc features guest spots from Duff McKagan, John 5, and Steve Stevens. Track list: “Hell Inside My Head,” “Harmony,” “All My Friends Are Dead,” “Temptation,” “Push Away,” “Dominator,” “Had Enough,” “Gun To A Knife Fight,” “Rock N’ Roll Is A Vicious Game,” “Taking Back Tomorrow,” “Disengaged,” “Forget You.” The album was produced by Bob Marlette and can be pre-ordered now at iTunes and Amazon; iTunes customers will be able to download “Hell Inside My Head” instantly. For a full report on the album see .

-Children Of Bodom’s lyric video for “Scream For Silence,” off of last year’s HALO OF BLOOD (Nuclear Blast), is online now at .See for more.

-The first of three track-by-track discussions of the songs on Ektomorf’s RETRIBUTION is online now at . The remaining two parts will be online soon at the band’s YouTube channel, .

-Elvenking will release THE PAGAN MANIFESTO on May 9 through AFM Records. Check out a teaser at .

-Freedom Call — singer/guitarist Chris Bay, guitarist Lars Rettkowitz, bassist Ilker Ersin, and drummer Ramy Ali — have released BEYOND through SPV. Track list: “Union Of The Strong,” “Knights Of Taragon,” “Heart Of A Warrior,” “Come On Home,” “Beyond,” “Among The Shadows,” “Edge Of The Ocean,” “Journey Into Wonderland,” “In The Rhythm Of Light,” “Dance Off The Devil,” “Paladin,” “Follow Your Heart,” “Colours Of Freedom,” “Beyond Eternity.” The limited edition boxed set version comes with a book, a poster, and a bonus disc featuring LIVE IN THE BLACK FOREST and UNPLUGGED: BACK INTO THE LAND OF LIGHT; track list: “Hero On Video,” “Rockstars,” “Farewell,” “Mr. Evil,” “Power And Glory,” “Freedom Call,” “The Quest,” “Warriors,” “Power And Glory,” “Farewell,” “Mr. Evil,” “Rockin’ Radio.” Hype: “You’d be hard put to find negative emotions or a depressive disposition in the Freedom Call camp. Among the greatest fortes of this German melodic metal act is their uncompromisingly positive attitude to life, which the musicians have incorporated in their fresh and catchy songs for more than fifteen years. This positive frame of mind is the central theme of their latest studio album, BEYOND. Compositions which blend the band’s greatest strengths and sparkle with a lot of class, finesse and enthusiasm.” See for more.

-Iron Savior’s RISE OF THE HERO is due out February 28 through AFM Records. There will be CD, limited edition digi-pak, and limited edition colored vinyl versions (250 black, 250 blue). Check out the album trailer at .

-Ron Keel’s autobiography, “Even Keel: Life On The Streets Of Rock & Roll,” is out now. His new solo album, METAL COWBOY, has also been released through Wild West Productions. The album features Y&T’s Mike Vanderhule on drums plus tons of guest stars including Tesla’s Frank Hannon, Faster Pussycat’s Brent Muscat, Beggars & Thieves’ Louie Merlino and Ronnie Mancuso, and Paul Shortino. Track list: “Long Gone Bad,” “Wild Forever,” “My Bad,” “What Would Skynyrd Do?,” “Just Like Tennessee,” “The Last Ride,” “When Love Goes Down,” “Singers, Hookers & Thieves” (duet with Shortino), “Evil Wicked Mean & Nasty” (Keel remake), “The Cowboy Road,” “3 Chord Drinkin’ Song” (featuring the Sin City Sinners). Bonus tracks include “My Bad” (radio version), “Just Like Tennessee” (unplugged), and “Singers, Hookers & Thieves” (solo acoustic version). Hype: “This music is heavy enough to satisfy Keel fans while appealing to the metal cowboy in everyone.” Check out clips of three tracks plus the video for “The Cowboy Road” at . See and for more.

-In the latest issue of its “Kill For Metal” newsletter Killer Metal Records announced the recent signings of Dragon’s Kiss (from Portugal; new album due out in May) and Fallen Angel (from the US; album due this year), and the release of Edge Of Thorns’ INSOMNIA on April 4. See for more.

-Kiss news… Paul Stanley’s autobiography “Face The Music: A Life Exposed” is due out in April through HarperCollins and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and IndieBound. In an update from Stanley says, “People say I was brave to write such a revealing book, but I wrote it because I needed to personally reflect on my own life. I know everyone will see themselves somewhere in this book, and where my story might take them is why I’m sharing it.” Hype: “For the first time, ‘Starchild’ front man Paul Stanley will reveal the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside of Kiss. ‘Face The Music’ is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize.” Stanley will make the following in-store appearances to promote the book’s release:

4/7 – Barnes & Noble Tribeca, New York, NY
4/8 – Barnes & Noble, Staten Island, NY
4/9 – Bookends, Ridgewood, NJ
4/16 – Barnes & Noble The Grove, Los Angeles, CA
4/17 – Warwick’s, San Diego, CA
4/25 – Jewish Community Center, San Francisco, CA (Q&A and signing)

See , , and for more.

-Lost Society is starting up a track-by-track video series for its upcoming album TERROR HUNGRY. Check out for information on the song “Spurgatory.” See for more.

-Miracle Master’s debut album, TATTOOED WOMAN, will be released in Japan via Bickee Music on April 23. The Japanese version will have two bonus tracks, “Miles Broken” and “She Ain’t Mine” (acoustic). See and for more.

-Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee announced on Twitter that he’s now engaged to his girlfriend, singer Sofia Toufa (stage name: SOFI), who according to various online reports has worked with Fall Out Boy, toured with Motle Crue on the Crue Fest 2 tour in 2009, and worked with Lee’s TV-based side project Rock Star Supernova.

-Pretty Maids’ LOUDER THAN EVER is due through Frontiers on March 21. The release was produced by Jacob Hansen and includes re-recordings of songs from the 1995 – 2006 era and a handful of new tracks, plus a bonus DVD “including archive footage from the ’80s, brand new interviews, and plenty of cool material for the fans!” Track list: “Deranged,” “Playing God,” “Psycho Time Bomb Planet Earth,” “My Soul To Take,” “He Who Never Lived,” “Virtual Brutality,” “Tortured Spirit,” “With These Eyes,” “Nuclear Boomerang,” “Snakes In Eden,” “Wake Up To The Real World,” “A Heart Without A Home.” Check out clips of all the songs at .

-The 2014 Pure Rawk Awards — “Readers choice awards celebrating the showstoppers, jawdroppers, riff lords and ladies of the ‘alternative’ since 2006″ — will take place March 7 at the Boston Music Room in Tufnell Park, North London. Voting on the awards is scheduled to close this week, and the following bands are set to perform at the ceremony: Servers (“hard, brooding, cult inspired hard rock”), Dedwardians (“slick glamabilly hooks”), Teenage Casket Company (“high energy power pop tinged rock”), and The Blacklist Saints (“catchy soaring melodies and songs from the heart”). See and for more.

-Rock Fest is set for July 17 – 20 in Cadott, WI. The main stage lineups so far: 7/17 – Wayland, Winger, Steel Panther, REO Speedwagon, Sammy Hagar; 7/18 – Fully Loadid, Consult The Briefcase, Devour The Day, Pop Evil, Sick Puppies, TBA, Five Finger Death Punch; 7/19 – Strange Daze, 4th Floor, Eve To Adam, The Pretty Reckless, Live, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith; 7/20 – Left Of Reason, Thousand Foot Krutch, Redlight King, P.O.D., TBA, TBA. On Wednesday, July 16, Romantic Rebel and Vaudeville will kick off the fest on the Leinie Lodge and Miller Lite Pub side stages, respectively. The side stages will be active the remaining days of the fest as well. See and for full details.

-Saxon’s new live album ST. GEORGE’S DAY SACRIFICE – LIVE IN MANCHESTER was recorded last year on the SACRIFICE tour, at The Ritz on April 23 — St. George’s Day, the date honoring the patron saint of England — and will be released digitally, as a two-CD set, and as a three-LP set. It was produced by Biff Byford and was mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap, and is due out March 14 in Germany, March 17 in the UK, and April 22 in the US. The CD set’s track listing: CD 1 – “Sacrifice,” “Wheels Of Terror,” “Power And The Glory,” “Made In Belfast,” “Rock’n Roll Gypsy,” “And The Bands Played On,” “I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive),” “Night Of The Wolf,” “Conquistador,” “Broken Heroes,” “Guardians Of The Tomb.” CD 2 – “Never Surrender,” “Ride Like The Wind,” “Crusader,” “Stand Up And Fight,” “Dallas 1 PM,” “747 (Strangers In The Night),” “Wheels Of Steel,” “Strong Arm Of The Law,” “Denim And Leather,” “Princess of The Night.” See for more.

-Sonata Arctica’s fifth album trailer for the upcoming PARIAH’S CHILD (Nuclear Blast) is online now at . See for more.

-Switchblade’s HEAVY WEAPONS is out now on Killer Metal Records and getting good reviews. Hype: “Switchblade are resurrecting the mighty ’80s era of metal while often recalling Iron Maiden with Bruce Dickinson at the helm, huge, powerful sawing riffs a la Accept and spreading catchy choruses.” The band has a show for March 28 at Cinematech in Haifa, Israel.

-Tankard’s second studio report detailing the upcoming R.I.B. is online now at . See for more.

-Therion has a trailer for the upcoming re-release of THELI online now at . This deluxe version comes three bonus tracks plus a DVD of the whole album performed live. CD track list: “Preludium,” “To Mega Therion,” “Cults Of The Shadow,” “In The Desert Of Set,” “Interludium,” “Nightside Of Eden,” “Opus Eclipse,” “Invocation Of Naamah,” “The Siren Of The Woods,” “Grand Finale / Postludium,” “In Remembrance” (bonus track), “Black Fairy” (bonus track), “Fly To The Rainbow” (Scorpions cover) (bonus track). See for more.

-The self-titled release from Vandenberg’s MoonKings is out now on Mascot Records. Joining guitarist Adrian Vandenberg in the band are singer Jan Hoving, bassist Sem Christoffel, and drummer Mart Nijen-Es. Track list: “Lust And Lies,” “Close To You,” “Good Thing,” “Breathing,” “Steal Away,” “Line Of Fire,” “Out Of Reach,” “Feel It,” “Leave This Town,” “One Step Behind,” “Leeches,” “Nothing Touches,” “Sailing Ships” (featuring David Coverdale). The disc was recorded at Wisseloord Studios near Amsterdam and was produced by Vandenberg. Check out clips of three songs plus an album trailer at . There’s also a great new interview with Vandenberg at . See for more.

-Vanishing Point’s video for “When Truth Lies,” from DISTANT IS THE SUN (AFM Records), is online now at .

Thanks to Lance King, Mary Ouellette, Axel Wiesenauer, Jens Häfner, Yiannis Stefanis, Chad Bowar, Nix Cooper, Derric Miller, Metaltix, and Hawk for help gathering some of this information.

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