Detritus Issue #671: Motörhead, Annihilator, more

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Issue #671
Week of June 8, 2015

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

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

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

“Electricity” – Motörhead

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

…this is Motörhead.

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

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

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

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

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

For Special Fan Editions visit .

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

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Limited Box:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tour Dates

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

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

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

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

LIVE & BANGIN – An Album Just For You

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

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

75 Minutes Live And Raw

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

LIVE & BANGIN teaser:

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

Festival Tour 2015

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

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

Grazie, Merci, Danke – Thank You.

Gotthard Online:

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

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

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

Canedy – “My Life, My Way” video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Pure US-Thrash” – Rock Hard

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

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

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

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

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

“Must for thrash freaks!” – Dark Scene

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

“so raw and powerful.” – Greek Rebels

For more info, please visit:

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

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

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

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

To watch the video, please visit the following link:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more info, please visit the following links:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHASING THE DEVIL is now streaming at the following link:

Show Dates:
Aug 14 – Vancouver, BC – Astoria

Album pre-order:

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

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

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

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

For more info, please visit the following links:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilson is arguably one of the most important artists in the music community today! If you are not aware of Steven Wilson, he is a musician’s Musician! Well beyond the reach of Prog with his new album, HAND. CANNOT. ERASE., Wilson weaves elements of ethereal Jazz Fusion, while taking you on a multi-layered audio journey inspired by the haunting true tale of a popular young woman forgotten by society and family as she sits dead in her apartment for more than two years.

The critics:
“…a towering masterpiece that will assuredly be a contender for album of the year.” – Metro Weekly

“As someone capable of delivering accessible music that is, at the same time, compositionally and lyrically deep — detailed and, at times, unapologetically complex — Wilson makes absolutely no compromises in doing what he does. And yet, almost in spite of it all, his star continues on an increasingly rapid upward trajectory. One can only hope.” – All About Jazz

“Wilson’s refined skill as a songwriter and studio guru combine to fashion songs that deserve a much wider audience than one that views his work as a modern equivalent of Pink Floyd and Genesis.” – 5 stars – The Guardian

“It’s this ability to combine narrative and music in brave and adventurous ways during a time when the very longevity of the album-as-cohesive-statement is constantly being questioned that makes Wilson one of the most compelling musicians of his era. His music seeks to connect on a deeply human level, and stands in contrast to a popular music culture obsessed with disposability. This makes him a rare and precious commodity.” – Buffalo News

“Go ahead: Close the year-end polls in March. This one is just a tremendous wonder-work.” – The Day

The following links are for a better understanding of the album, HAND. CANNOT. ERASE.

The story:


“Perfect Life” video:

Tour trailer:

Best known as founder and front man of British rock act Porcupine Tree, Wilson has produced and collaborated with diverse acts as Opeth, Blackfield, Yes, Roxy Music, and XTC. His prolific engineering work can be heard on his mixes of classic releases from King Crimson, Jethro Tull, and most recently the 5.1 surround sound version of Tears For Fears’ classic SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR reissue, released in November 2014. Porcupine Tree’s last album went top 30 in both the UK and USA, and the tour climaxed with sold-out shows at Royal Albert Hall in London and Radio City Music Hall in New York. Wilson has just sold out two nights at Royal Albert Hall in September 2015!

Steven Wilson has already begun his world tour, having assembled a virtuoso band — Nick Beggs (bass), Adam Holzman (keyboard), Guthrie Govan (guitar), David Kilminster (guitar), and Craig Blundell (drums). His latest studio creation completed, the cinematic HAND. CANNOT. ERASE. features dynamic performances by Wilson, members of his touring ensemble, Marco Minneman on drums, and vocal accompaniment from Ninet Tayeb.

Tour dates:
May 19 Worcester Palladium, Worcester, MA
May 21 The Egg, Albany, NY
May 22 Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA
May 23 The Whitaker Center, Harrisburg, PA
May 24 New Jersey PAC, Newark, NJ
May 26 930 Club, Washington, DC
May 28 Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
May 29 Best Buy Theater, New York City
May 30 Best Buy Theater, New York City
May 31 The Grand, Wilmington, DE
June 2 The Palace Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
June 4 Park West, Chicago, IL
June 5 Park West, Chicago, IL
June 6 Barrymore Theater, Madison, WI
June 9 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO
June 11 Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
June 12 The Grove, Anaheim, CA
June 13 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
June 14 The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
June 16 Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR
June 17 Neptune Theater, Seattle, WA
June 20 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver
June 22 Myer Horowitz Theatre, Edmonton
June 23 Theatre Junction Grand (Flanagan Theatre), Calgary
June 26 The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto
June 27 Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal
June 28 Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal
June 29 Impérial, Quebec City
Sept 28 Royal Albert Hall, London
Sept 29 Royal Albert Hall, London

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-Karthago Records To Release Expanded Version Of Caress’ THE RETURN OF THE BEAST On June 26

The release date of the Caress album THE RETURN OF THE BEAST on CD is June 26, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on June 12th, 2015 in our webshop, .

The German band Caress was the successor of Dunwich and released one mini-album in 1989, which was only noticed by insiders. The musicians tried to give themselves an international touch by taking pseudonyms like Coco Laross and Ossi Fox. This may be because the band is from Ottersweier, a small village in the southwest of Germany which nobody has ever heard of.

Their album RETURN OF THE BEAST was only locally distributed, although the band was very talented. They had potential, which means that their songwriting was unique and singer Coco gave the songs some recognition value. The artwork was suitable to the taste of the late ’80s and to the songs on the album. So maybe they were a little bit late in those days. In 1989 most Heavy Metal bands were already established, so that they could fight against the new trends. For listeners today remains a fascinating and agreeable contemporary document, with some additional demo songs on this CD edition.

Track List:
1. Our Rights
2. The Ritual
3. United Power
4. The Return Of The Beast
5. Piece Of Action
6. Liberty For All
7. Ragamuffin Blues
8. Outsider
9. Book Of Dreams
10. Into The Night (instrumental)

Coco Laross – vocals
Dany Rosberg – bass
Thommy Malbranc – guitar
Jack-N. Teichmann – guitar (1988 – 1990)
Ossi Fox – drums (1988 – 1990)
Patrick D. – guitar (1990 – 1991)
Frank B. – drums (1990 – 1991)

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-Guitarist Kevin Estrella Returns With Pyramids On Mars – ECHO COSMIC, Track-By-Track, & Album Trailer

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

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

Album Length: 55:24

To listen to the album trailer, please visit the following link:

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

“I honestly think ECHO COSMIC will do for this decade what Joe Satrani’s SURFING WITH THE ALIEN did for instrumental rock back in the ’80s. It captures the same passion, energy, and melodic hooks, yet it has an updated sound. Heavier than Satriani though. He is influenced mostly by the blues. I am influenced by metal and classical music. I have always focused on melody. Same with composers like J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. The masters of melody. They are pretty much all I listen to. So what I am doing on stage today, was the norm 300 years ago,” comments Estrella.

Featuring 10 tracks of emotionally high energy music that mostly came to life in Estrella’s dreams over the last two years, the album as a whole pays homage to some of Estrella’s biggest influences while still staying true to himself and his own creations.

“On ECHO COSMIC, I wanted to put more emphasis on the rhythm guitars, bass, and drums. The keyboards are still there, but they play more second fiddle sort of speaking. Some songs are stripped right down to just bass, drums, and lead guitar. I wanted this album to be more in-your-face with less clutter,” says Estrella. “The writing on this album is also inspired by the bands I love the most. I love so many bands and love so many styles. So, I tend to write in whatever style I want to. There are so many other band styles I want to explore. I am probably one of the most unique bands out there that I have no one particular ‘sound.’ But all the songs have a common thread/element that identifies them as being Pyramids On Mars. I think I have an advantage others do not have, because I can transform like a chameleon,” says Estrella.

Track-by-Track Breakdown of ECHO COSMIC explained by Pyramids On Mars’ Kevin Estrella:

“To summarize, the overall storyline of ECHO COSMIC is about mankind’s history of broadcasting radio and TV signals for over 100 years from earth to space. Theoretically, some of these signals should be picked up by alien civilizations. We are announcing our existence through this cosmic echo we are sending out. We may be an insignificant species in a vast universe, but we are leaving a footprint that has infinite influence,” comments Estrella.

1. Dream Division: The whole introduction I heard in a dream. Started off simply with guitar, but got more interesting when the bass and drums join in and are all doing something different from each other. But it all worked. Almost like division. Thus the name.

2. Battle For Rome: Influenced by the X-Box One game trailer “Ryse Son Of Rome.” Watch the trailer, and you can imagine this song playing in it.

3. Death Valley Driver: The main rhythm guitar and drums were bed tracks for this song. Reminded me of driving fast on a desert road.

4. Tribute: I was experimenting with some ’80s guitar tone presets. Improvising, I played the main rhythm part. It sounded like something Randy Rhoads would play. Decided to write a song dedicated to him.

5. Heaven’s Gate: Influenced by a band who has a a dead guy with leather skin for a mascot.

6. Sailing The Oceans Of Neptune: Heard the main riff in my head for weeks. Finally wrote the song. Had a real Hendrix feel to it, with a large Extreme influence.

7. Spectre Of Orion: A song originally written in a band I used to be in called Omega Factor which consisted of just me and a drummer.

8. Order Of The Freemasons: Song written back in 2011. A very dark song about a dark subject. It is more a work of art rather than being a radio-friendly song. A song I am very proud of.

9. Occam’s Razor: A fast, thrash metal song with sharp, jagged teeth. You will hear at least three metal band influences in this one!

10. Echo Cosmic: The flagship of the CD. A song that creates a feeling of loneliness and isolation. That which we are in this vast universe.

“If anything, it is taking the road less travelled — in this case, guitar-driven, instrumental music — that helps Pyramids On Mars stand out from the plethora of other groups vying for a piece of the prog rock pie.” – Canadian Musician Magazine

“Kevin Estrella, much like Vai, much like Satriani, can make his guitar truly communicate and display emotion. There’s a real passion that Kevin plays with that only comes along every so often… a real magic. There could be a complete saturation with this type of instrumentally-driven music one day. I have the feeling that even IF this was to happen, Pyramids On Mars would STILL stand out miles from the rest.” – Sleeping Bag Studios

“The music scene is very saturated with artists and bands pretty much doing the same thing (stylistically speaking). With the current popularity of instrumental guitarists like Joe Satriani, there is a good possibility of instrumental rock coming back. Pyramids On Mars have a niche market with very little competition that they can control the market share in that music genre.” – Jesse Mitchell | Coalition Music

“And with influences like Metallica (probably post-Black Album), Jimi Hendrix, and Joe Satriani it is clear that Pyramids On Mars knows the kind of music they love, how to create their own version, and make us listeners enjoy it as much as they do.” – Metal Addicts

“The guitarist member is impressively high-quality. His constant and non-stop lead work is where he shines. Smooth, melodic, adept, and soaring lead after lead on song after song speaks of good soloing. Kevin Estrella is in the same ballpark as David Gilmour.” – Metallian

“Pyramids On Mars is a musical journey. Dizzying guitar work swiftly flying between genres and showing skill that few acts are capable of achieving in the country right now.” – Two Way Monologues

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-Morglbl: Heavy Blog Is Heavy Premieres Opening Track To Sixth Album By French Fusion Trio

France’s unconventional rock/fusion trio, Morglbl, will release their sixth full-length later this month via Free Electric Sound, a division of The Laser’s Edge. Two weeks early, a new single from the volatile TEA TIME FOR PUNKS album has been issued to the public through a premiere of opening track, “Banjovi.”

Comprised of guitarist Christope Godin, bassist Ivan Rougny, and drummer Aurelian Ouzoulias, Morglbl’s virtually vocal-free exploratory musical concoctions, and madcap jazz/jam metal fusion energy have been infiltrating the airwaves for over 18 years, and while TEA TIME FOR PUNKS doesn’t deviate from their standard formula, the album delivers it all with more astounding creativity than ever. The album was recorded during December 2014 — drums by Vincent Thermidor at Studio TF, guitars at Gnõ-Gnõ Studio and bass at Van’s Studio — mixed by Enzo d’Agostino at Elia Studio and mastered at Conkrete Studio by Mobo, and delivers over an hour of nonstop freakshow entertainment fit for virtually any open-minded rock fan.

In advance its release, the album-opening “Banjovi” has been issued by Heavy Blog Is Heavy in an exclusive premiere. Offers the site’s write-up accompanying the track of Morglbl, “While the name might confuse some, I think it attributes itself to the music, and how hard it is to classify this group. They have equal parts funk, metal, and prog, and their style is executed extremely well.”

Stream “Banjovi” by Morglbl via Heavy Blog Is Heavy now:

PureGrainAudio previously issued the album’s “God Shaved The Queen” right here:

Envision equal parts vocal-free fusion and crushing metal power chords, then inject a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humor, like Primus, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, and Frank Zappa in a high-speed blender, and you’ve got a grip on what TEA TIME FOR PUNKS beholds.

Free Electric Sound, the instrumental subdivision of progressive rock/metal label group, The Laser’s Edge, released TEA TIME FOR PUNKS digitally and on CD worldwide on May 26. Stand by for further music and info on the album to see release in the coming days.

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-Death To False Metal Festival: Inaugural August Connecticut-Based Metal Fest Tickets Now Available

Tickets are now available for the Death To False Metal Festival, set to take over the New Haven, Connecticut suburb of Hamden August 14 and 15. The inaugural booking of this now annual festival is set to include more than two dozen artists, including Whiplash, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Krieg, Secrets Of The Sky, Immortal Bird, Godhunter, Secret Cutter, Nightbitch, and more.

Born out of a desire to bring together some of the best touring acts in the world with quality local and regional metal acts, Death To False Metal Festival hopes to create what we hope will become one of the premiere metal festivals in the US. Sponsored by Metal Insider and Earsplit PR, the initial gathering will take place Friday, August 14 and Saturday the 15th at The Outer Space & Ballroom in Hamden, just outside of New Haven, Connecticut.

Advance tickets for both days of Death To False Metal Festival are now available:

Death To False Metal Festival also was recently featured in a festival season guide at Heavy Blog Is Heavy:

Death To False Metal Festival 2015 Lineup:
8/14/2015 The Outer Space & Ballroom – Hamden, CT
w/ Whiplash, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Vengeance, Bedroom Rehab Corporation

8/15/2015 The Outer Space & Ballroom – Hamden, CT
w/ Krieg, Secrets Of The Sky, Immortal Bird, Destroyer Of Light, Godhunter, Secret Cutter, Tomb & Thirst, Grizzlor, Archaic Decapitator

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-In Defence To Release DON’T F*CK WITH THE DUNGEON MASTER Album; “Tacos Til Death” Now Playing At New Noise Magazine

Minneapolis, Minnesota mosh instigators In Defence will independently unleash their face-displacing fourth full-length, DON’T F*CK WITH THE DUNGEON MASTER, later this month, and today the act wages war on the pizza industry with an exclusive premiere of “Tacos Til Death” via New Noise Magazine.

Proclaims the unruly In Defence mob to the triangle-consuming slaves of America, “This song is a declaration of war against the pizza-loving industry, and their efforts to brainwash the masses into buying that abomination that they still have the audacity to call ‘food’ will no longer be tolerated. For far too long the Taco has been belittled and under-represented. This will go on no longer. Today is our day. We are legion. Tacos Till Death.” The featured track runs alongside a gnarly tour diary of the band’s Southeastern US tour earlier this year.

As the salsa drips from your raised, bleeding fist, deploy In Defence’s “Tacos Til Death” via New Noise Magazine:

Early in the year the band also leaked the album-opening “Unholy Water” through Noisey right here:

Jamming 11 rapid, jaw-clenching audio attacks into their latest release, In Defence delivers their most damaging degeneracy to date on DON’T F*CK WITH THE DUNGEON MASTER. Recorded, engineered, and mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Studios, and mixed by Joel Grind at Audiosiege, the Twin Cities terrors bring their most outwardly tongue-in-cheek lyrical lashings and hyperspeed riff-bashings to date to the plate on their newest monstrosity. Appropriately lunatic cover art by Andrei Bouzikov overtakes the cover of this new brutalizer, which will see release directly through the band on CD and digital outlets on June 16. Preorders for the record are live at .

1. Unholy Water
2. Tacos Til Death
3. Guns Don’t Belong In Schools, Swords Do!
4. Don’t F*ck With The Dungeon Master
5. No One Survives The Death Pit
6. A.D.H.D.T.V.
7. Fun With Beer (Projectile Partying)
8. Grill And Be Grilled
9. Amber Waves Of Lame
10. Refrigerator: The Energy Efficient Household Appliance That Eats People
11. Circle Pit The Casket

Following their Southeastern US tour earlier this year, and a hometown record release show for DON’T F*CK WITH THE DUNGEON MASTER in recent days, In Defence is booking new live excursions for the second half of 2015. Already confirmed to take part in the upcoming Full Terror Assault Fest in Cave-In Rock, Illinois September 10 – 12 with the likes of Napalm Death, Obituary, Terrorizer, Eyehategod, and more, the band is working on locking down a West Coast tour in August, a European tour in September and October, and a trek to Japan and Australia in November. Stand by for updates on the impending worldwide invasion of this crew’s unstoppable live madness!

In Defence Live Actions:
9/10-12/2015 Full Terror Assault Fest – Cave-In Rock, IL w/ Napalm Death, Obituary, Terrorizer, Eyehategod

In Defence has proven themselves as a diehard annihilation squad, with an imposing recording resume and untamable fascination with on-stage mayhem. Having formed as a more straightforward hardcore act in 2006, the quartet’s volatile brew quickly decayed into more of a thrash-inspired crossover attack, the sound they’ve dominated in the studio and live ever since. While steadily pushing for positive societal change and unity, their methodology is heavily party and satire-infiltrated versus taking a preacher’s stance with their views. Bringing together headbangers and punks to circle pit in unity, In Defence has crossed the US multiple times a year, having toured and/or shared the stage with The Casualties, Toxic Holocaust, MDC, DRI, Cro-Mags, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Danzig, and Municipal Waste among countless others, in addition to having toured in Puerto Rico and 14 countries in Europe.

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-Wacken Metal Battle Canada Announce Vesperia 2015 National Final Champion

ONE BAND RULES THEM ALL! Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce Vesperia as this year’s 2015 winner. The band was crowned champion after performing alongside Medevil (Vancouver), Blëed (Edmonton), Endless Chaos (Winnipeg), Midnight Malice (Toronto), and Nordheim (Quebec City) who represented the top six metal talents out of 120 competing bands from ten participating cities across Canada.

“We are very proud to present Vesperia’s brand of epic melodic metal to the mighty Wacken festival. This makes it two wins for front man Morgan Rider who played bass for Crimson Shadows during their 2013 win and has been a very active player in the Canadian metal scene for many years. It’s great to see him succeed and carry the torch with Vesperia,” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.

Vesperia will now move on to perform at the 11th international Wacken Metal Battle (participating countries can be found here: ) at the world’s largest metal festival Wacken Open Air (July 30 – August 1) in Wacken, Germany, which has attendance of over 80,000 people.

The final took place on June 6 at Opera House in Toronto, ON and was judged by Annihilator’s Jeff Waters and Mike Harshaw, Noel Peters (Inertia Entertainment), Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle of Filth), Tim Henderson (, and David Bottrill (Producer, Mixer).

About the finalists:

Endless Chaos
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Members: Jorden Gerbrandt – Vocals, Mike Menza – Rhythm/Lead Guitar, Mike Toews – Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Jeff Humarang – Bass, James Burton – Drums
Genre: Blackened Thrash and Death Metal

Abrasive, energetic, and chaotic, Winnipeg, Manitoba’s death/thrash five-piece Endless Chaos is on a mission to get metal fans feeding off its energy and to bring chaos into their world.

After sharing the stage with Skeletonwitch, 3 Inches Of Blood, Wretched, Aborted, and Kataklysm, the band’s direction was clear and Endless Chaos set out to carefully craft its debut EP, REJECTED ATROCITY.

Inspired by one of the finest horror movies of all time, “Re-Animator,” REJECTED ATROCITY will “give you the best taste of what’s to come of Endless Chaos,” says vocalist Jordan Dorge. “When we were writing these songs, we really took in everything we love about death, thrash, and black metal and incorporated it into Endless Chaos.”

All there’s left to do now is bring forth the endless chaos.

Hometown: Chilliwack, BC
Members: Liam Collingwood – Vocals, Gary Cordsen – Guitar, Brett Gibbs – Guitar, Eric Wesa – Bass, Ross Collingwood – Drums
Genre: Heavy Metal

New to the world of metal, though not afraid to show what they’re made of, Medevil came buzzing through into the heavy scene. With a combination of ’80s thrash and diverse progressive sections, they have already proven a lot of their capabilities to their growing fan base.

The band, born in 2014 by Liam (vocals), Eric (bass) and Ross (drums), was formed to help prove to the world that heavy metal is still going strong even in this modern day. After two years of writing and polishing their sound, as well as the inclusion of two powerhouse guitar players Gary and Brett, they finally began to prove what they’re made of to the live audiences throughout Abbotsford and Vancouver. The response: a roaring crowd.

When Ross joined the band he brought in a unique flavor of drumming, influenced by both System Of A Down and Foo Fighters. With this, and Liam’s own Metal Church-esque style of writing, they created the perfect combination of powerful-fast riffs.

Though they love playing in Vancouver and Abbotsford, Medevil have their minds set on the horizon. To enjoy the energy of playing live and treating the world to their original and unique brand of metal is what they are built to do. They continue to work hard and pursue their ambitious dream.

Midnight Malice
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Members: Caleb Beal – Guitar/Vocals, Hunter Raymond – Drums, Tom Gervais – Bass
Genre: Heavy Metal

Midnight Malice are a Heavy Metal band from Toronto. Heavy in the vein of W.A.S.P., Judas Priest, and Motorhead, Midnight Malice’s debut CD THE PROVING GROUNDS was released January 24, 2014.

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Members: Rob – Vocals, Ron – Guitar, Mike – Bass, Chuck – Drums
Genre: Heavy Metal / Thrash Metal

Pulverizing thrash/death metal that hits you like a bloody knife to the face! Blëed is a horror themed theatrical metal band from Edmonton. With a ferocious heavy sound and a stage show to coincide with the music, Blëed is sure to entertain the crowd.

Hometown: Lévis, Québec
Members: Warraxe – Vocals/Rhythm Guitars, Fred – Lead Guitars, Benfok – Bass/Backing Vocals, Loup – Keyboard, Lucas – Drum
Genre: Folk Metal

Everything started on a particularly not very eventful night back in 2006. Warraxe and Benfok started to create what would eventually be known as “Far Away”. After the first draft of a song that seems to kick some ass, the two men decided it was time to push the project further so they started their quest to find other musicians to complete the band. That quest was long and hard because these musicians not only needed to be serious and talented, they also needed to be compatible with the inferior brains of Warraxe and Benfok. Freydrick was the first one to join the troops… armed with his blonde beard. Then came the protector of thy unholy keyboard, Dark Dreamer, whose evil was just so… evil. Other musicians joined the band as well but due to conflicting schedule, they went on some other path. The horde was almost complete. Warraxe chose the path of the guitar player/singer and his brother-in-law chose the keyboard but a drummer was still missing.

Then from the frozen guts of Hiverna, a troll named Bardunor rose and joined the horde. Unfortunately this troll had to go back to his cave but his quest with the braves folks from Nordheim is not completed… some beer barrels still needs to be drank… but that’s another tale. Then a very old friend came out of the shadows and claimed: “I can play drums… I can play f*cking fast!” So Phil Poul joined and replaced Bardunnor. He contributed to the demo and to the first album LOST IN THE NORTH. Some years passed but in 2011, Phil Poul departed from the band, opening the door for a Red Bearded Viking, the seducing Lucas Biron (Kälter) who joined the barbarian brotherhood. They then loaded the longship and started the quest for their next barrel of potion called REFILL. Soon after the release of the second album, Thom, the brother-in-law of Warraxe had to leave in order to fight the stone cold armies of the east. But during the summer of 2014, they heard a far-away howl… followed by some notes from a piano…

These notes came from a young wolf called the Loup-Gab of America. Since then, the band is complete. Nordheim is ready to sail through many perilous travels aboard their troll longship!

Hometown: Toronto
Members: Morgan Rider – Vocals/Bass, Casey Elliott – Guitar, Frankie Caracci – Guitar, Dylan Gowan – Drums
Genre: Canadian Epic Melodic Metal!

The cloudy beginnings of Vesperia lay etched in the gorged bodies of former musical projects among the now four-piece band. Twisting, writhing, and forcing their aural onslaught upon metal audiences across the globe have sincerely ensured the band’s continuity through all the harsh and arduous battles modern metal bands are sure to encounter in their tenures.

Originally formed in 2005 by lead vocalist/bassist Morgan Rider as a black metal band, the sound, direction and theme of the music naturally evolved into the style of fierce and heroic metal the band is now known for. Shortly after releasing their long overdue brand melodic metal 2011 full-length VOYAGE FROM VINLAND, Vesperia redefined their purpose and direction once and finally with their 2012 demo THE SWORDSMAN and 2013 full-length AN OLDEN TALE, drawing the ears and attention of metal fans around the world and demonstrating their true mastery of their craft.

With the most fierce music written to date and a bounty of opportunity awaiting, Vesperia hungrily eye 2015 as the year they will make their mark upon the Earth.

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is part of an international competition where bands from across the country in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City will battle each other for one to be selected and join over 30 other countries for an international battle of the bands at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, which has been taking place in Wacken, Germany for the last 25 years. Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013 winners – video at Wacken – ) and Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners – video at Wacken – ) have had that honor playing in front of thousands. This year’s festival will be taking place from July 30 to August 1.

How it works:
Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals from the months of January to May 2015 selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in Toronto, ON in June (date to be determined) with one being selected to perform at the 26th edition of Wacken Open Air taking place from July 30 to August 1. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.

The finalists will be selected as follows:
1 finalist from BC (Vancouver & Victoria will face off)
1 finalist from Alberta (Calgary & Edmonton will face off)
2 finalists from Ontario (Toronto vs. Ottawa will face off)
1 finalist from Quebec (Montreal & Quebec City will face off)
1 finalist from Saskatoon or Winnipeg (Saskatoon and Winnipeg will face off)


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-About Heavy Metal’s list of 2000 Best Heavy Metal Albums is online at .

-Check out Rock Cellar Magazine’s walking tour essay of sites related to Aerosmith’s history at .

-Check out an interview with Paul Rodgers about the recent deluxe edition reissues of Bad Company’s s/t and STRAIGHT SHOOTER at .

-The pre-order phase for Blizzard Hunter’s debut, HEAVY METAL TO THE VEIN (Pure Underground Records), has begun at ; order before the June 19 release date and save 1 Euro. Check out an album teaser at and the video for the title track at .

-The BulletBoys announced the Swedish rock band Killer Bee, featuring UFO’s Paul Chapman, will join them and L.A. Guns with Tracii Guns on the “Armed Alliance Tour” in July:

7/8 – Thunder Alley, Oklahoma City, OK
7/9 – Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
7/10 – Concert Pub North, Houston, TX
7/11 – The Gatsby, Austin, TX
7/12 – Boozehounds, San Antonio, TX
7/13 – Barataria Live, Marrero, LA
7/14 – Rockhouse Live, Memphis, TN
7/17 – Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
7/18 – Jewel Nightclub, Manchester, NH
7/20 – Eddie Trunk Show – Live – New York, NY
7/21 – Gramercy Theater, New York, NY (Eddie Trunk to host)
7/22 – Rock Pile East, Toronto, ON
7/24 – The Token Lounge, Westland, MI
7/25 – Tailgaters, Bolingbrook, IL
7/26 – GB Leighton’s Pickle Park, Fridley, MN
7/29 – Aftershock, Merriam, KS
7/30 – Peak 31, Colorado Springs, CO

The BulletBoys then have a couple dates lined up for August:

8/15 – Cathouse Live Festival, Irvine, CA
8/27 – 80s In The Park Festival, Melbourne, FL

See , , and for more.

-Cherie Currie (The Runaways) has a new solo album out called REVERIE, featuring production and co-writes from the late Kim Fowley, and guest spots from Lita Ford and Mitch Perry. Track list: “Reverie,” “Inner You,” “Is It Day Or Night?” (Runaways cover), “Shades Of Me,” “Queen Of The Asphalt Jungle,” “American Nights” (Runaways cover), “Dark World,” “Believe,” “I’m Happy,” “Another Dream.” Check out a new interview at , and see and for more.

-Deathwish, the “Wisconsin-based speed punk crossover quartet,” is heading out on the road this week as follows:

6/10 – Sandbox, El Paso, TX (w/ Raw Power)
6/11 – Yucca Tap Room, Tempe, AZ (w/ Raw Power)
6/12 – Til 2, San Diego, CA (w/ Raw Power)
6/13 – Los Globos, Los Angeles, CA (w/ Raw Power)
6/14 – 924 Gilman, Berkeley, CA (w/ Raw Power)
6/15 – 755 After Dark, Santa Rosa, CA (w/ Raw Power)
6/16 – Panic Room, Portland, OR (w/ Raw Power, Dirty Kid Discount)
6/17 – Boreal, Eugene, OR (w/ Raw Power, Dirty Kid Discount)
6/17 – Old Nick’s, Eugene, OR (w/ Raw Power, Dirty Kid Discount)
6/18 – Ground Zero, Reno, NV (w/ Raw Power, Dirty Kid Discount)
6/19 – Boing Anarchist Collective, Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Raw Power, Dirty Kid Discount)
6/20 – 7th Circle, Denver, CO (w/ Raw Power, Dirty Kid Discount)
6/21 – Flux Capacitor, Colorado Springs, CO (w/ Dirty Kid Discount)
6/22 – The Hive, Flagstaff, AZ (w/ Dirty Kid Discount)
6/23 – Yucca Tap Room, Tempe, AZ (w/ Dirty Kid Discount)
6/24 – Sky Bar, Tucson, AZ (w/ Dirty Kid Discount)
6/25 – TBA, Los Angeles, CA (w/ Tulsa Doom)
6/27 – Cruststock 3 @ The Music Hall, Anaheim, CA
6/28 – TBA
6/29 – The Dive Bar, Las Vegas, NV (w/ Victims, Roac)
7/1 – TBA, Salt Lake City, UT (w/ All Systems Fail, Roac)
7/2 – Chain Reaction Records, Colorado Springs, CO (w/ Roac)
7/3 – VFW, Rapid City, SD
7/4 – The Hexagon, Minneapolis, MN
7/5 – The Train Station, Appleton, WI

Hype: “Deathwish deploys a motorcharged style of metallic punk that annihilates everything in its path.” The band’s debut, OUT FOR BLOOD, is out now through Beer City Skateboards And Records and is available at . Check out the title track at and “Deathwish” at . See and for more.

-Demona’s 2015 7″ vinyl EP is due out July 20 via Hells Headbangers, with the tracks “Chasing the Speed” and “Allura Red.” About the release: “Hells Headbangers is proud to present a special 7″ EP from speed metal cult Demona, simply titled 2015. Longtime fans of the band — founded and led by metal goddess Tanza Speed, who originally hails from Chile but now resides in Canada — Hells Headbangers secured two exclusive tracks here, ‘Allura Red’ and the telltale ‘Chasing The Speed,’ which both continue the band’s manic speed metal madness. Like the second coming of Sentinel Beast meets Original Sin, Demona whip up a fury across 2015, keeping the attack at high intensity yet never losing their inherent catchiness. Joining vocalist/guitarist Tanza Speed on this EP is Desaster drummer Tormentor, with additional recording assistance by Midnight live guitarist Commandor Vanik and mastered by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind. No time like 2015 to finally recognize Demona’s metal might!”

-The French trio Glowsun’s “instrumental psychedelic rock” album BEYOND THE WALL OF TIME is due out between June 26 and July 7 on Napalm Records. Track list: “Arrow Of Time,” “Last Watchmaker’s Grave,” “Behind The Moon,” “Flower Of Mist,” “Shadow Of Dreams,” “Against The Clock,” “Endless Caravan.” Hype: “From the start the listener is kidnapped by the spherical sound, between enormous atmospheric compositions with pure rock riffs and psychedelic melodies perfectly intertwined into this scenery.” Upcoming tour dates:

6/11 – Glazart, Paris, France
6/12 – Warmaudio, Lyon, France
6/13 – Le Volume, Nice, France
6/14 – Lo Fi, Milano, Italy
6/15 – Kinski, Zurich, Switzerland
6/16 – Feierwerk, München, Germany
6/19 – Hellfest, Clisson, France
6/20 – Stoned Peeble Night, Dieppe, France

See and for more.

-Goatsnake’s first album in 15 years, BLACK AGE BLUES, is out now through Southern Lord Recordings. Track list: “Another River To Cross,” “Elevated Man,” “Coffee & Whiskey,” “Black Age Blues,” “House Of The Moon,” “Jimi’s Gone,” “Graves,” “Grandpa Jones,” “A Killing Blues.” The whole album is streaming at , and different formats — including a double vinyl version with two bonus tracks — are available at , , and . Hype: “Goatsnake’s BLACK AGE BLUES closes a 15-year gap between full-length albums from the revered act, without a doubt making it one of the most highly anticipated doom/metal releases of 2015. With nearly 50 minutes of their most soulful yet boisterous material to date, the quartet expands their already mammoth tones and pummeling rock riffs with a variety of additional influences and elements, and guest contributions from a variety of players including David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M) and soul vocal trio Dem Preacher’s Daughters, comprised of Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit.” The band consists of singer Pete Stahl (Scream), guitarist Greg Anderson (Sunn O)))), bassist Scott Renner, and drummer Greg Rogers (The Obsessed), and will headline Crucialfest on June 20 in Salt Lake City, UT. See for more.

-Hard Action’s SINISTER VIBES is streaming now in full at . The album is due out June 12 on Svart Records, and has this track list: “Dead Dogs,” “Chosen Few,” “Cut To The Bone,” “Night Moves,” “Deadweight (Cut Me Loose),” “Watch Me Burn,” “Hey You,” “Sinister Vibes,” “Gunpoint,” “No Lesson Learned.” The band consists of Günter Kivioja (Chestburster) on guitar and vocals, Ville Valavuo (Speedtrap, Death Toll 80K) on guitar, A-P Heinola (First Times) on bass, and Markus Hietamies (Speedtrap, Forced Kill) on drums. Album hype: “The music is deeply rooted in 1970s rock and late ’70s punk rock, and the simple-yet-catchy songs are topped with burning-hot lead-guitar parts, so expect nothing less than an album filled with electric guitar-worshipping rock music. This album will definitely be one of the highlights of Finnish rock music in 2015.” See and for more.

-Leatherwolf update… Former guitarists Carey Howe and Geoff Gayer have re-teamed with WORLD ASYLUM-era singer Wade Black and are reportedly working on new material, with the band/project title TBA. Leatherwolf original band members Michael Olivieri (vocals, guitar) and Dean Roberts (drums) — who have been touring and round out their lineup with guitarists Rob Math and Greg Erba, and bassist Pat Guyton — issued a statement at clarifying the Howe/Gayer/Black project cannot legally use the name Leatherwolf. See for more, and check out an interview with Howe and Black at .

-Neal Morse will have another night of worship at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, TN, on June 13. The free event runs from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. and includes “intimate fellowship, worship, and inspiration with Neal Morse and friends.” See for more.

-Orpheus Blade, a female-fronted Israeli progressive metal band, has released its debut album WOLF’S CRY on Pitch Black Records. Main woman Adi Bitran was joined in the studio by Gal Ben Haim on guitar, Edi Lemishov on bass, and Shaked Furman on drums, with Henning Basse (Metalium, Epysode) on male vocals; the live lineup includes Gil David on guitar, Max Mann on bass, Omer Furman on keyboards, and Or Benozio on drums. Band hype: “Progressive and heavy metal, film music and musicals, a concept fantasy that is really an allegory to real life endeavors — these are just some of the cornerstones of Orpheus Blade, a project led by talented singer/songwriter Adi Bitran.” Album hype: “WOLF’S CRY is an eclectic collection of shapes and colors. It’s metal that goes hand in hand with film music and orchestrations, offering layers upon layers of cruel guitars and carefully written lyrics. It will hold much of your own essence in it along with your life-long demons. It is not only the epic fantasy it holds inside, but also a journey into your deepest emotions, to the burning core of the beast that lurks inside. It’s always dark there, always restless and maybe you too will find yourself in this scenery; one that Orpheus Blade have bled to create.” Track list: “Shadows Still,” “The Finest Art Of Feeding,” “The Becoming,” “Under Dying Stars,” “In Sickness And In Hell,” “The Death Of All Morrows,” “Dismissal,” “In Terms Of Twilight,” “Because He’s Made Of Flesh,” “For Each Man Kills,” “Chronicles,” “The Man Who Cried Wolf,” “Shapeshifter.” Check out the lyric video for “The Becoming” at , and see and for more.

-Psychostick’s new lyric video for “Blue Screen” is online now at . The song comes from IV: REVENGE OF THE VENGEANCE, out now and with this track list: “Revenge Of The Vengeance,” “Obey The Beard,” “President Rhino,” “H-Flat,” “So. Heavy.,” “Dogs Like Socks,” “Super Legit OFFICIAL Teaser #2 Explode,” “Quack Kills,” “Blue Screen,” “NSFW” (featuring Green Jello’s Bill Manspeaker), “Danger Zone” (Kenny Loggins cover), “New To The Neighborhood,” “Loathe Thy Neighbor,” “AWESOME!,” “Choking Hazard,” “Fight To The Death,” “Bruce Campbell,” “Trick Or Treat,” “Dimensional Time Portal,” “The Power Of Metal Compels You,” “Outtakes IV: The Outtakening.” The “kings of parody metal” are hitting the road with Wolfborne, and singer Kersey had this to say: “Like Bruce Campbell fending off the Deadites, we have to load our van up like a boomstick and unleash jagged, chunky musical shards of METAL upon the country with Wolfborne. We’re even headin’ up to Canada this time! First they’ll wanna kill us, then they’ll wanna kiss us.” Tour dates:

7/18 – Vintage Villians, Danville, IL
7/22 – Outland Ballroom, Springfield, MO
7/23 – The Conservatory, Oklahoma City, OK
7/24 – Dallas Gaming Expo @ Crowne Plaza Hotel, Addison, TX
7/28 – Hi Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN
7/29 – Southport Hall, New Orleans, LA
7/30 – Alchemy Tavern, Mobile, AL
7/31 – Atmosphere, Tallahassee, FL
8/1 – West End Trading Co., Sanford, FL
8/2 – State Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
8/4 – New Brookland Tavern, Columbia, SC
8/5 – The Concourse @ The International, Knoxville, TN
8/6 – The Warehouse, Clarksville, TN
8/7 – Thompson House, Newport, KY
8/8 – Dirtfest, Birch Run, MI
8/9 – Rockpile West, Toronto, ON
8/10 – Club Absinthe, Hamilton, ON
8/11 – Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
8/13 – Santos Party House, New York City, NY
8/14 – Hard Times Cafe, Hagerstown, MD
8/15 – Montage Music Hall, Rochester, NY
8/16 – Basement Transmissions, Erie, PA
8/18 – Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
8/19 – Lafayette Events Center, Lafayette, IN
8/21 – Geek Kon, Madison, WI
8/22 – WIIL Rock Fest, Franksville, WI

See for more.

-The current Weekly Featured Product from Radiant Records is Dave Bainbridge’s (Iona) CELESTIAL FIRE. Hype: “In his second solo album, Iona co-founder Dave Bainbridge merges the Celtic, progressive, spiritual, folk-rock influenced soundscapes of Iona with a larger than usual dollop of … ‘progressive rock’ type musical adventuring. Building on the foundations of what has gone past, but sounding fresh and new, this is music that transports you to another place!” More info and purchasing instructions are at .

-Sacrilege has signed a global deal with Pure Steel Records, to release the new album SIX6SIX on July 3. The band’s lineup consists of Bill Beadle on vocals and guitar, Tony Vanner on lead guitar, Jeff Rolland on bass and backing vocals, and Neil Turnbull (Dervish) on drums. See and for more.

-Shotgun Messiah’s self-titled debut (1989) and follow-up SECOND COMING (1991) have been re-mastered and reissued by Divebomb Records. Each release comes with an excellent booklet (20 and 16 pages, respectively) with lyrics, new liner notes, and vintage photos, interviews, and press clippings. (Bonus cool factoid: Enertia’s Joe Paciolla helped compile the booklet goodies.)

-The new FX series “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” starring Denis Leary as Johnny Rock, lead singer of The Heathens, premieres July 16. Check out the title sequence (featuring The Heathens) at .

-Unleash The Archers’ TIME STANDS STILL will be released between June 26 and July 7 in various global territories by Napalm Records. The band consists of Brittney Slayes on vocals, Grant Truesdell and Andrew Kingsley on guitar, Kyle Sheppard on bass, and Scott Buchanan on drums. Hype: “Canadian shooting stars Unleash The Archers have been on the road since their inception in 2007. Since then they have created an immensely loyal North American fan base. With a fresh sound, precise songwriting and the incredible feeling for heaviness and melodies, this power quintet with singer Brittney Slayes are now ready to take the rest of the world. Their new studio album TIME STANDS STILL is fast-paced and wildly entertaining; the combination of power vocals, death screams, tasty guitar licks, and complex drumming provide a little something for everyone. TIME STANDS STILL is kick ass heavy metal with fist-pumping anthemic melodies you can’t help but sing along to.” Track list: “Northern Passage,” “Frozen Steel,” “Hail Of The Tide,” “Tonight We Ride” (video: ), “Test Your Metal,” “Crypt,” “No More Heroes,” “Dreamcrusher,” Going Down Fighting,” “Time Stands Still.” See and for more.

-During 2015 tour dates, Y&T continues to film footage for a documentary that’s tentatively due out in late spring 2016. From the band’s newsletter: “Horns Up… Ready your horns for when the cameras turn to you. On tour the past two months, there was constant filming for the Y&T documentary, and filming will continue from the road throughout the year — especially at shows. Who knows? You might make it into the documentary, even as a face in the crowd.” Tour dates:

6/11 – Charles Brown Auditorium, Bishop, CA (all ages)
6/12 – Knitting Factory Concert House, Reno, NV (all ages)
6/13 – Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Lincoln, CA (w/ Tesla)
7/18 – Bang Your Head!!! Festival, Balingen, Germany
7/25 – Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, Wales, UK
8/7 – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA (all ages)
10/1 – Sala Zentral, Pamplona, Spain
10/2 – Jimmy Jazz, Vitoria, Spain
10/3 Escenario Santander, Santander, Spain
10/4 – Sala Acapulco, Gijon, Spain
10/7 – Vulkan Arena, Oslo, Norway
10/9 – Debaser Medis, Stockholm, Sweden
10/10 – Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden
10/11 – Denim & Leather, Jonkoping, Sweden
10/13 – De Kreun, Jonkoping, Sweden
10/15 – Gebouw T, Bergen Op Zoom, Netherlands
10/16 – Poppodium Romein, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
10/17 – Gebr De Nobel, Leiden, Netherlands
10/18 – Poppodium Nieuwe Nor, Heerlen, Netherlands
10/21 – Kubana Live Club, Siegburg, Germany
10/23 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
10/24 – Blues Garage, Isernhagen, Germany
10/25 – Downtown Bluesclub, Hamburg, Germany
10/28 – The Brook, Southampton, UK
10/30 – Robin 2, Bilston, UK
10/31 – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
11/1 – The Globe, Cardiff, UK
11/3 – Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
11/5 – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, UK
11/6 – O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
11/7 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
11/8 – The Tivoli Venue, Buckley, UK
11/10 – Opium Rooms, Dublin, Ireland
11/11 – The Limelight 1, Belfast, N. Ireland
11/13 – O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford, UK
11/20 – 11/21 – Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA
4/22/2016 – The Tower Theatre For Performing Arts, Fresno, CA

The band is also set to appear on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2016; see for all the latest tour dates. See and for more.

Thanks to Chipster PR, Pure Steel Promotions, Audacious PR, VQPR, Megan Batista, Ken Sharp, Jon Freeman, Michael Haifl, Dave Brenner, Chad Bowar, Jon Asher, and Chris Epting for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus #670: Armored Saint, Helloween, Bulletboys, Bruce Kulick

3 June 2015 Leave a comment

Issue #670
Week of June 1, 2015

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*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Armored Saint Stream New Album Online!


Los Angeles, California’s Armored Saint have released their seventh studio album! 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.

Head over now to to jam this amazing album in its entirety.

The press reactions are quite enthusiastic!

“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 songwriting, 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 box 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
19/06 Clisson, FR Hellfest
30/07 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
02/08 Munich, DE Free & Easy Festival
03/08 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg w/ Queensryche
04/08 Eindhoven, NL Effenaar w/ Queensryche
06/08 London, GB Electric Ballroom w/ Queensryche
07/08 Derby, GB Bloodstock Festival
08/08 Kortrijk, BE Alcatraz Festival
04/12 Hamburg, DE Waterkant X-Mas Bash
05/12 Oberhausen, DE Ruhrpott Metal Meeting

*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Helloween: MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT Out Now; Third Track-By-Track Trailer Revealed

Helloween are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15th studio album MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal.

Today, Helloween reveal the third (out of four) track-by-track trailers, including song snippets and comments on the tracks “Creatures In Heaven,” “If God Loves Rock’n’Roll,” “Living On The Edge,” “Claws,” and “You, Still Of War,” at:

The previous two trailers:

Also the international media praises the album, some quotes:

“30 years after their first release, Helloween still write heavy, melodic, uplifting, and catchy tunes like few bands do. MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT is another incredibly rich album. If I were as rich as these songs are, I’d be a millionaire!”
Rock Hard (F), Morgan Rivalin

“MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT is pure, true Helloween metal — the way it should always be!”
Sweden Rock, Janne Mattsson

“I don’t know if the right comes from God himself, but I know for sure that with this new album Helloween proves to be at the top of classic power metal.”
Metal Maniac (IT), Romano Depolo

“MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT is a classic latter-day Helloween album — grand in scope, brash and ferocious but also deceptively tuneful.”
Metal Hammer (UK), Dave Link

“The 2015 edition of Helloween is razor sharp. Let these Germans take you on a musical ride proving that nothing can beat catchy and intelligent power metal. Play loud — stay proud.”
Scream (NO), Stig Ødegaard

“This is one of the best Helloween albums in years with many brilliantly catchy choruses. An amazing return to the ’80s without losing the modern of the actual days.”
Roadie Crew (BRA), Claudio Vincentin

Andi Deris (vocals)
Markus Grosskopf (bass)
Michael Weikath (guitars)
Sascha Gerstner (guitars)
Dani Löble (drums)

*** PRESS RELEASE #3 ***
-Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody Releases New single & Lyric Video For “Prometheus”

Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, the masters of cinematic metal, will release their new outstanding album PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS on June 19 (EU), June 22 (UK) and June 30 (US) via Nuclear Blast.

Today, the band presents the second single of the new opus — “Prometheus” (including Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear as part of the choir).

Watch the lyric video here:

Mastermind Luca comments:
“With my band I like to dedicate a few songs to well-known myths and legends in every album. But what I really like is to take these subjects and ‘dig’ into them revealing new interpretations often related with deeper spiritual meanings. So I surely start from the tale of Prometheus everybody knows, but soon transposing it in a timeless dimension where the Ignis Divinus, the divine fire given by him to the men, represents nothing else than a quantum gate revealed to a mortal soul on its journey to the immortal cosmic truth.’

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Luca Turilli (Guitars, Keyboards)
Dominique Leurquin (Guitars)
Patrice Guers (Bass)
Alex Landenburg (Drums)
Alessandro Conti (Vocals)

*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Former Kiss Guitarist Bruce Kulick Releases New Album And Single

KKB, Bruce Kulick’s first band created back in 1974 with his local friends, singer/bassist Mike Katz and drummer Guy Bois, are releasing a brand new single and CD called GOT TO GET BACK. The new single leads off the CD, which continues with six more songs they recorded in 1974. The vintage tracks were revisited for 2015, and the original tapes were totally re-mixed and re-mastered.

Kulick was fortunate growing up in Jackson Heights, NY to find other talented local musicians who shared the same passion for the British Invasion of rock. They lived within blocks of each other, with drummer Guy’s basement being the breeding ground for the musical concoction they were creating. The young band rehearsed for months before entering a studio in N.Y.C. capturing music that was urgent, intense and compelling. Sadly, with no clear direction for the group to follow the band never played together live, and ultimately went their separate ways. Bruce continued on in the music world, playing guitar with Michael Bolton, Meat Loaf, Kiss, and Grand Funk Railroad.

The music KKB recorded in 1974, however, sat idle on a tape in Kulick’s closet for many years. In 2008, Bruce bought a TEAC tape deck at a local garage sale and decided to listen to the KKB recording again. He loved it, and shared it with his friends, who all agreed: “You must release this music for people to hear.” The vintage tape was transferred and, after some cleaning up of the tracks, KKB 1974 was released in 2008. The limited-run CD sold out quickly.

An unexpected new chapter for KKB happened in 2013, when Mike found the original session tapes. By using the actual tracks recorded, Kulick had the opportunity to re-mix, re-master, and get creative with this music once again. But the discovery sparked something substantially more interesting than simply polishing up “old” music — the desire for Bruce and Mike to create a new song for KKB, 40 years after its genesis.

As a result of KKB’s rekindled fire, the trio wrote and recorded a new song, “Got To Get Back,” a total throwback to their vintage sound, style and vibe. Each band member recorded their parts in a local studio — Guy in Paris, Mike in New York City, and Bruce in L.A. Further adding to KKB’s renaissance, a string quartet, scored by Bruce’s longtime collaborator Jeremy Rubolino, was added to the ballad “Someday,” giving the song a shine that couldn’t have been imagined in 1974.

“This music represents a time in my career that I feel helped define the potential of my guitar playing,” Kulick says. “It gives me chills to hear it. The interplay with Mike on bass and Guy on drums was expertly executed, filled with passion that defined our age. To think that so long ago I was involved in something this powerful that sat in my closet unheard for nearly 35 years made me furious. My intense desire to share this music that is relevant now, more than ever, is a huge accomplishment. Play it loud and imagine three young men pouring their hearts out making music, never concerned about anything but the music. That was the intention. It was pure, it was real. And now it’s available for all to enjoy.”

KKB’s music is in the power rock/progressive/melodic rock genre, and GOT TO GET BACK captures styles of a variety of British bands including Led Zeppelin, Cream, and King Crimson, with arrangements performed in a hard rock trio context. Give it a listen, and see if you agree that this time capsule of music from Kulick’s beginnings is totally unique and captivating to your ears.

KKB album webpage w/ links for various commercial configurations:

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-Almanac Signs With Nuclear Blast Records!

A few weeks ago, Victor Smolski presented his new band Almanac, following his passion for neo-classical, orchestral metal, to continue on the path that ended up with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra debut LMO.

Now he’s very pleased to announce their signing with Nuclear Blast Records. Mastermind Victor Smolski comments on the signing: “After 10 years of cooperation with Nuclear Blast, a friendship evolved. Nuclear Blast trusted in me a lot for my work as composer and producer of the Nuclear Blast Allstars’ INTO THE LIGHT, Rage, and LMO records. Because of that, I will continue with my new band Almanac together with the established team of Nuclear Blast. I hope that our previous successes will continue with Almanac. I want to thank all fans for supporting me over the years.”

The recording sessions for the upcoming debut album are set this year, too. Victor Smolski reveals: “Everyone who liked my LMO songs and the Rage songs, I wrote in my 15 year membership, like ‘Soundchaser,’ ‘Down,’ ‘Suite Lingua Mortis,’ ‘Forever Dead,’ ‘Straight To Hell,’ ‘Empty Hollow,’ and many more, can look forward for the new Almanac songs. I’m totally motivated to present you our new album with such an amazing line up in 2016!”

The band already debuted live at the Musikmesse Frankfurt in April, presenting the new lineup for the very first time. First impressions of Almanac with all members can be watched here:

The current lineup of Almanac:
Victor Smolski – guitar, keys
Andy B. Franck – vocals
David Readman – vocals
Jeannette Marchewka – vocals
Dana Harnge – soprano
Michael Kolar – drums
Armin Alic – bass
Feat. Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia & Enric Garcia – keyboards

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-The BulletBoys Will Embark On The Armed Alliance Tour

ELEFANTE On Cleopatra/Deadline Records On Sale June 9 Worldwide

Special VIP Meet N’ Greet Packages Available

HOLLYWOOD, CA — The BulletBoys will embark on a National tour starting with some key headline dates in June. Then they will be joined by L.A. Guns with Tracii Guns for the first leg of the Armed Alliance Tour.

BulletBoys VIP packages are available. You get special early access, VIP laminate, meet & greet, signed 8×10, you can bring two items to be signed and a special “merch package” full of cool stuff! Show tickets sold separate and must be purchased to activate the VIP package.

Buy your VIP here:!__my-website/tour-dates

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!”

Look for their new MASSIVE release ELEFANTE on Cleopatra/Deadline Records, June 9 2015. You can PRE-ORDER this long awaited album here:





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.

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment Release Debut Live DVD/Blu-ray: Black Veil Brides – ALIVE AND BURNING

~Digital Version Will Also Be Available On iTunes~

~July 10, 2015~

NEW YORK, NY — Get ready to experience Black Veil Brides like you’ve never seen them before. On July 10, 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release ALIVE AND BURNING, their aptly named debut DVD/Blu-ray [MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD]. The concert film will also be released on iTunes the same day.

Their first-ever recorded live performance, ALIVE AND BURNING was filmed on their “Black Mass” tour (in support of their self-titled fourth album) in front of a ravenous hometown Hollywood crowd at a sold-out Wiltern Theater. Black Veil Brides deliver 17 genre-busting gems –chiseled from pure hard rock, delivered in a lusty swagger by lead singer Andy Biersack, guitarists Jake Pitts and Jinxx, bassist Ashley Purdy, and drummer Christian “CC” Coma.

The theater was shaking on this night. The set list bristled with career-spanning songs such as “Knives And Pens,” “Fallen Angels,” “Faithless,” and, of course, “The End.”

Nominated for five Kerrang Awards (including Best Live Band) with 4 million Facebook followers, Black Veil Brides have solidified a rabid fan base via their DIY approach and the buzz they stirred. Catch the band this summer on the Vans Warped Tour.

Click Here to view trailer:

Pre-order link available here:

Track Listing
1) Heart Of Fire
2) I Am Bulletproof
3) Coffin
4) Faithless
5) Wretched & Divine
6) Knives & Pens
7) Overture
8) Shadows Die
9) Last Rites
10) Rebel Love Song
11) Drum Solo
12) The Legacy
13) Sweet Blasphemy
14) Perfect Weapon
15) Fallen Angels
16) Rebel Yell
17) In The End
Plus bonus feature “Meet The Fans”

Alternative Links:

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

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-Genesis Member Tony Banks To Release Solo Career Box Set

Tony Banks – A CHORD TOO FAR

A Special Edition Four-Disc Box Set Of Tony Banks’ Acclaimed Solo Career

Including Re-mixed And Unreleased Pieces

Release Date July 31st, 2015 – Esoteric Recordings

Founding member of Genesis, Tony Banks, is to release A CHORD TOO FAR as a four-disc box set, that brings together selected songs from his celebrated solo career. Released on Esoteric Recordings, a Cherry Red Records label, on July 31.

With a track list personally selected by Tony, this special edition set consists of 49 songs and pieces, many of which have been re-mixed exclusively for this collection, and are from his seven solo and two orchestral albums — A CURIOUS FEELING (1979), THE FUGITIVE (1983), THE WICKED LADY (1983) (film score), SOUNDTRACKS (1986) (a combination of original scores Tony wrote for films “Starship” and “Quicksilver”), BANKSTATEMENT (1989), STILL (1991), STRICTLY INC. (1995), and his orchestral albums SEVEN: A SUITE FOR ORCHESTRA (2004) and SIX PIECES FOR ORCHESTRA (2012) — culminating in this unique collection of his eclectic and diverse music. Also included are four unreleased pieces, three of which are keyboard demos of from his orchestral suites. The other is a piece originally written for the STILL album.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 as a member of Genesis, Tony is one of the most respected songwriters and keyboardists in the world. His career spans almost 50 years and has seen him sell in excess of 130 million albums. His body of work is as innovative as it is eclectic. Genesis’ avant-garde style made them one of progressive rock’s founding fathers in the 1970s, creating an experimental style of rock music never before seen. They went on to produce music with a greater pop sensibility in the 1980s that saw them become one of the biggest selling bands of the decade, and play stadiums throughout the world.

His solo work has continued in the same vein. As well as his rock albums which has included collaborations with some of the world’s most respected musicians including singers Toyah Wilcox, Fish, and Nick Kershaw, bassist Pino Pallodino, and drummers Steve Gadd and Vinnie Colaiuta, as well as long time Genesis collaborators Daryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson. He has done original scores for four films — “The Shout” (1978), “The Wicked Lady” (1983), “Starship” (1985) and “Quicksilver” (1986) — and most recently his orchestral albums, SEVEN: A SUITE FOR ORCHESTRA and SIX PIECES FOR ORCHESTRA, that were performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, respectively. Both were met with critical acclaim with classical music aficionados, Gramaphone Magazine, saying “A rock musician goes ‘classical’ — with pleasing and often effective results… for Banks has a genuine melodic gift… The recording is good, … acceptably spacious …”

A CHORD TOO FAR is a celebration of Tony’s work outside of Genesis, and the beginning of re-releases of re-mixed versions of his entire solo and orchestral catalog… A CURIOUS FEELING and THE FUGITIVE are set to be released at the end of October, with THE WICKED LADY and SOUNDTRACKS at the end of January 2016. Further detail will be announced soon on his other albums.

A CHORD TOO FAR, is released on July 31st, 2015 on Esoteric Recordings, a Cherry Red Records label.

A CHORD TOO FAR track list:

CD One
Rebirth – Taken From SOUNDTRACKS
At The Edge Of Night – Taken From THE FUGITIVE
Walls Of Sound – Taken From STRICTLY INC.
Lion Of Symmetry – Taken From SOUNDTRACKS
The More I Hide It – Taken From BANKSTATEMENT
Shortcut To Somewhere – Taken From SOUNDTRACKS
The Waters Of Lethe – Taken From A CURIOUS FEELING
I Wanna Change The Score – Taken From STILL
Water Out Of Wine – Taken From STILL
Something To Live For – Taken From STRICTLY INC.
By You – Taken From THE FUGITIVE
Never Let Me Know – Taken From STRICTLY INC.
Thirty Three’s – Taken From THE FUGITIVE

CD Two
Charity Balls – Taken From STRICTLY INC.
An Island In The Darkness – Taken From STRICTLY INC.
The Border – Taken From BANKSTATEMENT
Lucky Me – Taken From A CURIOUS FEELING
Another Murder Of A Day – Taken From STILL
Moving Under – Taken From THE FUGITIVE
Still It Takes Me By Surprise – Taken From STILL
Red Day On Blue Street – Taken From STILL
After The Lie – Taken From A CURIOUS FEELING
Redwing – Taken From SOUNDTRACKS

CD Three
Queen Of Darkness – Taken From BANKSTATEMENT
A Piece Of You – Taken From STRICTLY INC.
Big Man – Taken From BANKSTATEMENT
Angel Face – Taken From STILL
This Is Love – Taken From THE FUGITIVE
I’ll Be Waiting – Taken From BANKSTATEMENT
Back To Back – Taken From STILL
For A While – Taken From A CURIOUS FEELING
Throwback – Taken From BANKSTATEMENT
You Call This Victory – Taken From SOUNDTRACKS
And The Wheels Keep Turning – Taken From THE FUGITIVE
The Final Curtain – Taken From STILL

CD Four
Black Down – Taken From SEVEN
Earthlight – Taken From SEVEN
From The Undertow – Taken From A CURIOUS FEELING
Spring Tide**
Neap Tide**
City Of Gold**
The Chase Taken From THE WICKED LADY
The Wicked Lady – Taken From THE WICKED LADY

** Demo

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-Kingcrow: Italian Prog Metal Sextet Releases New Track Through BraveWords As Sixth Album EIDOS Nears Street Date

With the street date for Italian progressive metal sextet Kingcrow’s sixth album, EIDOSs, rapidly approaching, a new single from the record has been released through an exclusive premiere of “At The Same Pace” at

Boasting over an hour of material which closes the path-of-life saga of their prior two albums — PHLEGETHON dealing with childhood, and IN CRESCENDO about the end of youth — EIDOS carries a more foreboding, ominous edge than Kingcrow’s other releases. “At The Same Pace” is the eighth of the 10 brand new movements on the album, and after leading off with a somber, clean intro, the track lifts off into a nearly eight-minute endeavor, which is as heavily motivated by synth-soaked atmospheres as it is a mid-paced, thundering, drive.

Listen to Kingcrow’s “At The Same Pace” via BraveWords now:

Recently, Kingcrow also released their first official video for EIDOS, constructed the track, “The Moth,” through the animated style of Argentinean artist Gastón Viñas ( ), widely known for his videos for Radiohead, including “2+2=5” and “A Wolf At The Door,” which combined have collected nearly 15 million views on YouTube.

“The Moth” is now playing right here:

Rome-based Kingcrow returns with EIDOS, a conceptual album about choices, consequences, and dealing with regret and disillusion. 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. The next logical progression in the evolution of Kingcrow, EIDOS will open the next doorway for whatever lies ahead. Sensory Records, who also released Kingcrow’s IN CRESCENDO album, will unveil EIDOS on CD and digitally worldwide on June 23.

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-Iris Divine Announces Northeastern US Summer Mini-Tour In Support Of Acclaimed KARMA SOWN Debut Album

Following the late Springtime release of their debut full-length album, KARMA SOWN, Washington DC-area modern progressive trio Iris Divine has confirmed a mid-Summer four-city tour through the Northeastern US. Touring alongside their friends in MindMaze, the outfit will begin the trek in Worcester, Massachusetts on July 30, followed by show in New York City and Baltimore over the next two nights, before the tour closes down in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 2.

Iris Divine Summer Tour w/ MindMaze:
7/30/2015 Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA
7/31/2015 Gussy’s – New York, NY
8/01/2015 Club Orpheus – Baltimore, MD
8/02/2015 Howler’s – Pittsburgh, PA

On March 31, Iris Divine’s proud debut KARMA SOWN saw release via New Jersey-based Sensory Records, the album met by widespread critical acclaim from all levels of the diehard metal media. Though a mere trio, vocalist/guitarist Navid Rashid, drummer/programmer Kris Combs and bassist Brian Dobbs unload waves of dynamic, top-tier progressive metal with dark, crunching undertones and intense storylines. The record was produced by the band, engineered by Drew Mazurek and Farhad Hossain, mixed by Drew Mazurek, and mastered by Brian J. Anthony, and its cover art conceived by Kris Combs and executed by Visual Decay.

KARMA SOWN is playing alongside an interview with the band via BraveWords right here:

Physical orders for KARMA SOWN can be placed via Laser’s Edge at and digital at .

Nova Metal Review praised Iris Divine’s debut in an early review with a perfect review: “Most often I would pick a couple of tracks as favorites, but in this case that is a pointless exercise. All the tracks are standout and I can play them in any order and still walk away with a smile on my face… it is a no-brainer to score this a straight 10/10.” Hardrock Haven championed the record with an early 9/10 review, including, “when you hear them you’re simply stunned that they’re not signed to a major label and making a huge impact on the scene. They’re immensely talented, not content to stay within the genre lines, and have released an album that can go head to head with any of the ‘name’ prog metal albums this year.” MetalSucks excitedly previewed the album issuing, “If bands like King’s X, Porcupine Tree, and to a slightly lesser extent Dream Theater get you all hot n’ bothered you’re absolutely gonna LOVE Iris Divine, as I do… The most impressive thing to me is that their ear for songwriting is uncanny: their songs are just so f*cking immediate, but without being corny or heavy-handed about it, and though the members are all clearly phenomenal musicians they don’t beat you over the head with that fact.” In an 8.5/10 review, Dead Rhetoric wrote, “Not very often in the progressive/alternative metal world do you find a set of musicians subscribe to a less is more membership philosophy. We all know about the power trio groups like King’s X and Rush through the years, but normally the heavier acts require four- to six-piece lineups to create their sonic elements the meld together. Northern Virginia based Iris Divine are one of the rare breed three-piece acts that on their new album KARMA SOWN fill the aural space as if there were twin doubles amidst the eight songs.” We Love Metal’s glowing 9/10 review of the album offered in part, “There isn’t a single song, or even a moment, that isn’t interesting. The more I listen to KARMA SOWN, the more I find, from incredible riffs, tremendous instrumental interplay, superbly executed vocal harmonies, and some of the best prog songwriting I’ve heard in a while… The band’s use of syncopation is a thread that runs throughout KARMA SOWN, whether in the riffs or the drumming. It isn’t necessarily something never heard before, but Iris Divine’s use is well done and is guaranteed to keep your attention. Their mastery of the odd time signature is killer.”

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-Battlecross Announces RISE TO POWER And Launches Brand New Song!

Motor City thrashers Batthecross have just returned home from a successful trip to Bogota, CO, and nearly immediately upon returning, have launched a brand new song from their forthcoming album, RISE TO POWER! The new song, “Not Your Slave,” is streaming at , where pre-order is also possible. RISE TO POWER will be released worldwide on Metal Blade Records on August 21, 2015.

RISE TO POWER was produced by Mark Lewis and engineered by Jason Suecof at Audiohammer Studios. Cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Péter Sallai (Sabaton, Sacred Steel; ).

Guitarist Tony Asta offers the following comment on the new single, “Not Your Slave:” “We’re really happy with the crushing feel of this song. Somehow through the writing process, maybe even on accident, a more groovy feel was created. We won’t write the same record twice and I think this is our strongest and more dynamic album yet.”

The upcoming US tour also puts an end to the band’s search for a permanent drummer, with Bay Area’s Alex Bent now firmly in place behind the kit. After performing with the band on two 2014 headliners and in South America, Alex officially joined and tracked drums for the new album. He can be seen here performing “Ghost Alive” last winter on the Winter Warriors Tour:

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

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-3 Years Hollow Announce Tour With Powerman 5000 & Soil

The late spring and early summer will see Imagen Recording artists 3 Years Hollow hard at work once again — hitting the road as part of a must-see bill which will also feature Powerman 5000 and Soil. But first up will be a new single and video issued on May 19, “Chemical Ride” — a strong fan favorite that has already been eagerly spun on a number of stations. “Chemical Ride” is the follow-up to the band’s two Top 30 hits, “Hungry” and “For Life.” Make no mistake about it, 3 Years Hollow is determined to bring back ROCK to the current music scene, and are in it for the long haul.

“The song ‘Chemical Ride’ sort of has this underdog story going for it,” recalls 3YH singer Jose Urquiza. “It’s the song that we all wanted to be the first single from the record, but looking back, it feels like the first two singles might have been the foundation needed to get this song out to an even larger audience. There’s never really been a question about which song is the favorite song off of THE CRACKS, and this is it. The song is basically about seizing every single opportunity you have, appreciating the things you have around you, because anything and everything can be taken from you instantly. It was a situation that I had witnessed and was close to and it was something I felt I had to write about.”

“That realization really hit me when my good friend and mentor, Rob Cimmarusti, passed away this last year. He was the owner of Real Trax Recording Studios, where we recorded all three of our albums over the past seven years and where I learned everything I know about music production and recording. I had been so focused on the future, so focused on things that weren’t even right in front of me, and in the end it cost me a lot of time I could have spent with him. There’s no doubt his influence will live on in 3YH for the rest of our lives.”

Kicking off on Tuesday, June 23 in Ringle, WI and wrapping up on Saturday, July 18 in Arlington Heights, IL, the three-band tour is sure to be one of the summer’s most rocking. The set of dates (17 shows total) will feature a new 3YH lineup with original members Urquiza, Tony Reeves, and Neil Kuhlman being joined by new drummer Ryan Bennett, formerly of Eye Empire.

As Jose explains, “Heading towards the rest of 2015 we definitely feel this renewed energy within us and around us, including the entire team of people that we work with. For two years, we just went out there on the road and did our best to spread our music and hang out with our fans and friends that come out to the shows. It was one thing we could control in a music business where most things seem a little out of control. We’re about to go back out and hit some of the same clubs we just played a couple months ago and we can’t wait!!”

Ever the road warriors, 3 Years Hollow has been steadily touring and building a massive fan base, as evidenced by past jaunts with the likes of Saving Abel, Red, Islander, the UPROAR Festival, etc. Soon, fans will be able to see what all the buzz is about concerning 3 Years Hollow — on a concert stage near you.

Powerman 5000/Soil/3 Years Hollow tour dates

Tue 23 Jun – Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
Wed 24 Jun – Spring Lake Park, MN – POV’s
Thu 25 Jun – Joliet, IL – Mojoes
Fri 26 Jun – Battle Creek, MI – Music Factory
Sat 27 Jun – Beckley, WV – Muncheez
Wed 01 Jul – Winchester, VA – Blue Fox Billiard
Thu 02 Jul – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
Fri 03 Jul – Patchogue NY – Emporium
Sun 05 Jul – Portland, ME – Asylum
Tue 07 Jul – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Wed 08 Jul – Albany, NY – Latitude 360
Thu 09 Jul – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
Fri 10 Jul – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
Wed 15 Jul – Janesville, WI – Back Bar
Thu 16 Jul – Ft Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
Fri 17 Jul – Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero
Sat 18 Jul – Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar


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-Radiant Records: June Inner Circle Giveaway And Specials!

Greetings from Team Radiant!

Today is the 1st of June, and that means we have NEW and EXCITING Monthly Giveaway and Special Sales to announce! Read on to find out how you could win an autographed MAKING OF FLYING COLORS DVD and about a ONE DAY ONLY Worship album collection sale!

First, during the month of June, ALL Inner Circle members will be entered to win a MAKING OF FLYING COLORS DVD autographed by all the band members!

Whether you’re already an Inner Circle member or you join any day during the month of May, YOU could be the new owner of this exclusive signed MAKING OF FLYING COLORS DVD! Join the Neal Morse Inner Circle here for a chance to win!


In celebration of the upcoming release of Neal’s new worship album, on June 16, for ONE DAY ONLY, the first five volumes will be $5.99 each! Be on the lookout for more information on this highly anticipated Worship Album!

Here is a sample of the album THE RIVER:

If you do not have all of Neal’s worship collection, June 16, is the day to get them all here!

Make sure you are ready for the complete collection when the new album comes out in July!

Stay tuned for more monthly giveaways and specials!

Team Radiant Records

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-Vanlade Launches Kickstarter Campaign For Upcoming Second Album RAGE OF THE GODS

Vanlade, the Kansas City, Kansas true heavy metal band, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their brand new second album RAGE OF THE GODS as well as official band merchandise.

Vocalist Brett Blackout stated the following:

“Vänlade is returning with their upcoming second album entitled RAGE OF THE GODS featuring 10 brand new tracks of epic speed metal from Kansas City’s own ‘Defenders of the Faith.’ This is your chance to ensure your own copy of the new material, as well selections from an all-new line of merchandise!

“This is NOT a donation, as any pledge will be converted, dollar-for-dollar, towards pre-sale credit to Vänlade’s merchandise selection, including the new album on CD, new tee shirts, buttons, koozies, and patches, as well as our limited remaining ‘Iron Age” merchandise!

“As an independent band, our dedication to bringing you consistently high quality products comes with a similarly high price. Understand that we are more than happy to fund our projects out-of-pocket as we have been, and will continue to do so despite the results of this fundraiser. We consider this medium a chance to advance on a portion of these costs and supply you with a better product — much faster!

“Your support is absolutely invaluable to us! Thank you for contributing, and remember: Stay heavy or DIE!”

Vanlade Kickstarter campaign page

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

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-No Total Metal Festival In 2015!

The famous Italian Heavy Metal festival will remain on “stand-by.” Here are the reasons:

The 2014 Edition of the Total Metal Open Air Festival was, according to just about anyone who participated, nothing short of amazing: Impeccable organization in every aspect and a rich artistic Billboard (remember, among others, Kreator, Annihilator, Behemoth, and Moonspell). However today is official news that there will be no 2015 Edition; Luigi Pisanello, Director of the organizing agency Vivo Management, explains why:

“It was since many months that we were almost sure about this decision. We delayed trying to find a less bitter way to announce it to our supporters but we realized that it wasn’t possible to sweeten a bad news like this. After the last edition was easy for anyone to expect another magnificent festival; All those who joined the TMF2014 have experienced (without exaggeration) two of the most beautiful days of their own metalhead life! We had excellent and worldwide renowned bands, a stage and a sound-lights system that rivals any other big Italian festival, a highly-experienced staff that has served our users impeccably, games, free camping, a number of toilets even higher than necessary and all, but really everything, what fits with a class ‘A’ music festival! But being so meticulous cost us a really huge amount of money and, unfortunately, the response of the audience (though still plentiful and very warm) was less than our estimates. Then I personally found that other Italian festivals of the same kind, arranged with much less attention to details and, in some cases, even with a more skimpy artistic Bill, obtained, with similar ticket costs, the same numbers in terms of public response, but with much less onerous investments from the organizers. So I and my partners said to ourselves that probably we’re living a time that isn’t appropriate for those who want to offer quality! Of course we blame no one for this situation, unless the period of severe economic difficulties affecting our Country in recent years and that, consequently, impoverishes the pockets of young fans and their families. I know I run the risk of digressing, but actually I think that when there are little money it is correct to spend them first for food and essential stuff rather than for a ‘luxury’ like a nice concert. Someone also suggested to downsize our festival in order to reduce costs, ‘after all the people coming is always the same,’ they say; but this wouldn’t fit with the style of the Total Metal Festival. We always wanted to give to the Italian metalheads a growing up festival, so it would have no sense for us to take steps backward just to save money. Instead we prefer to stop it until the economical situation will allow the lovers of this music to participate to a high level event like those we like to organize. The Italian metal scene doesn’t need another festival ‘arranged’ where to buy a beer you have to do half an hour in a row or for one or more days you are forced to urinate in three or four smelly portable toilets; the TMF must distinguish itself from the mediocrity that characterize most of the similar organizations in Italy. That is our dream and with the last edition we feel we realized it, although for now, inevitably, it must be stopped. To anyone who asks us if TMF will come back in 2016 we cannot yet answer. We all look forward to it, but the only thing we can guarantee for now is that the will to make the most beautiful metal festival in Italy is still there in our hearts!”

For further information:
Info Tel. – 333 6599784

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-Torture Slave: METAL FAIRYTALE Due Soon On Karthago Records

The release date of the Torture Slave album METAL FAIRYTALE on CD is June 19, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on June 9, 2015 in the Pure Steel webshop.

Torture Slave was formed 1984 in Berlin/Germany and recorded four demos until 1986. Unfortunately they never released an LP. The reason for this seems to be that Berlin was not — and still is not — a hotspot for Heavy Metal in Germany or Europe. The Prussian capital featured everything, from punk, hardcore, rap, electro, acid, soul, jazz, grunge to hip hop; but Heavy Metal was always living in the shadows in the ’80s and ’90s. A lot of stuff was released that was of questionable quality, but the latest trend is nowhere as important as in Berlin.

Especially in Heavy Metal the trends are never that important as in other music genres. Good songs can convince the fans better than being a trendsetter. Today, in the year 2015, Torture Slave can convince us with their music; this might have helped the band to survive the trends. For all fans of true German ’80s Metal with good melody lines and competent musicians the legacy of Torture Slave is an insider tip and Karthago Records the ideal label for this rerelease.

Track List:
1. Torture Slave
2. Seed Of Insanity
3. Scream For Love
4. She’s The Ghost
5. Shout
6. We’re Gonna Rock You
7. Bad Girls
8. Thoughts
9. Master Of Hell
10. Metal Fairytale
Total Playing Time: 46:09 min

Michael Dobertin – bass
Martin – drums
Andreas – vocals, guitars
Oliver – vocals, guitars
Eberhard Günther “Ebo” – vocals

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-Against The Grain Ready ROAD WARRIORS For July 31 On Self-Destructo

The Motor City Madmen Blur The Lines Of Punk, Rock, Doom, And Thrash, For Their Fourth Full-Length On Self-Destructo Records

Living up to the title of their newest record, Against The Grain have proven themselves to be true warriors of the road. Blazing through the US with their brand of gear-shifting balls-to-the-wall music that incorporates all things heavy, ATG defies categorization as they seamlessly blur the lines of punk, rock, doom, and thrash.

ATG’s heavily anticipated fourth full-length entitled ROAD WARRIORS is set to release on July 31 on Self-Destructo, and is primed to stake the claim for this Motor City combo’s place in the world of all things rock and roll.

With the release of their first self-titled full-length in 2009, ATG was an immediate hit garnering an intensive local fan base playing 50 shows throughout Michigan. With their intense live show and energized fan base they were introduced to touring life by Hellmouth and The Meatmen, and began their transformation into a fully-functioning road act. The boys in ATG have yet to look back.

After 75 dates in 2011, ATG followed up with 2012’s MOTOR CITY SPEED ROCK and 150 dates in support. Their efforts caught the attention of Self-Destructo Records, who in 2013 released their third full-length, SURROUNDED BY SNAKES to such acclaim that they re-leased MOTOR CITY SPEED ROCK on 10″ as well.

Maintaining a DIY tour ethic, ATG built a national fan base with their bare hands — quenching the thirst for fast and heavy rock and roll throughout the land. With 650 dates and counting since hitting the road in 2011, ATG has also toured alongside an impressive assemblage of notable acts including Nashville Pussy, Valient Thorr, Church Of Misery, Guttermouth, The Meatmen, The Koffin Kats, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Zoroaster, Hellmouth, The Hookers, Beast In The Field, and Lo-Pan, and shared the stage with Zeke, St. Vitus, Orange Goblin, Electric Frankenstein, Agent Orange, and many more.

Against The Grain is:
Chris Nowak – Bass/ Lead Vox
Rob Nowak – Drums, Back ups
Nick Bellomo – Lead guitar, back ups
Kyle Davis – Guitar, vox, touring

self-titled – Nov 2010
7″ split EP with Chapstik – Nov 2011 *Sold Out
MOTOR CITY SPEED ROCK – May 2012 – Self-Destructo Records (CD / LP – 03/14)
SURROUNDED BY SNAKES – May 2013 – Self-Destructo Records (CD / LP)
ROAD WARRIORS – July, 2015 – Self-Destructo Records (CD / LP)

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-Dreadnought: Terrorizer Streams “Transpiration” From Denver Progressive Metal Quartet

Denver’s progressive metal quartet Dreadnought has signed to Sailor Records, and their sophomore album, BRIDGING REALMS, is due out on LP/CD/DD/cassette on August 11. Today, Terrorizer reveals the first single, “Transpiration,” an epic, 10-minute sonic adventure through space, time, and multiple instruments. Fans of everything from Agalloch to Jethro Tull will delight in its intricate complexity.

Hear “Transpiration” on Terrorizer right here:

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

Dreadnought of Denver, Colorado finds a home in surreal atmospheres, complex, yet approachable grooves, and an immense palette of textures and moods. Collaboration and the highest quality of friendship have fashioned this quartet’s knack for contemplative songcraft while also inspiring each member to bring their multi-instrumental talents to the foray, introducing mandolin, saxophone, and flute into their repertoire. Dual female vocals embellish the group’s signature sound as a finishing touch. It’s no wonder that this foundation allows for references to classic prog rock and funk, post rock, black metal, and Latin jazz without sacrificing a sonic imprint filled with spaciousness and ether.

Appropriately Dreadnought’s lyrics capture this atmosphere with themes of the infinite and unknowable, reaching for the stars and into the depths of existence. BRIDGING REALMS finds the band’s potential truly realized, taking its sounds into strange, undiscovered, and delightful territory.

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


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-Agalloch To Kick Off Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV This Week

Portland’s long-running dark, progressive metal collective, Agalloch, will kick off their eagerly anticipated Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV this week. Set to commence on June 5 in Eugene, Oregon, the journey will traverse 16 cities through nine states and two provinces, drawing to a close on June 20 in Portland. The band will be joined by very special guest, Helen Money.

Agalloch Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV w/ Helen Money:
6/05/2015 WOW Hall – Eugene, OR w/ Yob, Ufomammut *
6/06/2015 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
6/07/2015 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
6/08/2015 SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
6/09/2015 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
6/10/2015 Casbah – San Diego, CA
6/11/2015 The Rebel – Phoenix, AZ
6/12/2015 Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
6/13/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
6/14/2015 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
6/15/2015 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
6/16/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
6/17/2015 The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
6/18/2015 Venue – Vancouver, BC
6/19/2015 Victoria Event Center – Victoria, BC
6/20/2015 Star Theater – Portland, OR
* No Helen Money

Agalloch continues to tour in support of their critically-adored THE SERPENT & THE SPHERE opus, released last year via Profound Lore. Captured by legendary producer/engineer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Asunder, Ommadon, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, etc.) at Cloud City Studios in Portland, Oregon (and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz), the offering includes a guest appearance by guitarist Nathanaël Larochette of Canadian neofolk trio, Musk Ox, and finds the band delivering some of their most forward-thinking and stimulating compositions to date, elevating their progressive musical oeuvre to a challenging new level whilst still maintaining true to their signature sound.

“…their most refined and generous album to date, an elegant trip to unexpected ends.” – Pitchfork

“Whereas their triumphant previous album was painted in dark blues and glittering black, this one comes draped in muted grays and browns, calming earth tones that soothe rather than awe. If MARROW OF THE SPIRIT was a storm, THE SERPENT & THE SPHERE is the stillness that descends over damp stones and battered branches once the howling winds have quieted.” – Spin

“As much as it is possible to describe the hissing whispers and supernova roars John Haughm’s vocal performance, or the galactic wonder of Don Anderson’s guitars, the sticky and celestial spirals of Jason Walton’s bass lines, or the powerful alchemical engine of Aesop Dekker’s drumming, together they form something greater: a massive, sublime universe unto itself.” – Exclaim

“Agalloch has always had a strong folk theme flowing through their music, a reflection of their heritage in the woods of the American Northwest. But on many of the songs here, the listener’s eyes and ears are drawn away from the rivers and the trees and up towards the night sky… a fantastic addition to the band’s legacy and a brilliant set of work on its own.” – Metal Injection

“To be a fan of the band demands patience; they make you wait, and they make you work. But when the payoff arrives, it is thrilling, glorious, momentous. Everything comes into focus. Everything makes sense.” – Stereogum

“…a Homeric journey of a record peppered with some of the band’s finest moments to date… at once progressive and reflexive.” – MetalSucks

Purchase THE SERPENT & THE SPHERE at this location:

-The 2015 Bäääm Festival will take place July 31 – August 1 at Gut Haarbecke in Kierspe-Rönsahl, Germany. The lineup so far: 7/31 – Refuge, Mystic Prophecy, Darkness, Macbeth, Tri State Corner, Contradiction, Masters Of Disguise, Desperation. 8/1 – Debauchery, Vicious Rumors, Grailknights, Death Dealer, Necronomicon, Jutta Weinhold, Wizard, Lonewolf, Asgard, Salem. Check out a trailer at , and see http://www.bäää for more.

-Blizzard Hunter from Lima, Peru, will release its full-length debut, HEAVY METAL TO THE VEIN, on June 19 through Pure Underground Records. Track list: “Conqueror Of Destiny,” “I’m On My Way,” “Heavy Metal To The Vein,” “Heart Of Fire (Vampire Hunter’s Song),” “Nemesis (Feel My Strength),” “Ghost Rider,” “The Murder,” “My Revenge,” “The Joke,” “The Final Judgment.” The band consists of Sebastian “Dragon” Palma on vocals, Lucho Sanchez and Toño “Wild Rocker” Rojas on guitar, and Lalo “Indú” Salas on bass. The hype: “On their debut the five Peruvians are celebrating Heavy/Speed Metal in the vein of the glorious ’80s with pure dedication. Blizzard Hunter have Heavy Metal in their veins, there is no doubt. HEAVY METAL TO THE VEIN will have to be loved by every true headbanger.” See and for more.

-Chastain signed a deal with Pure Steel Records to release SURRENDER TO NO ONE on vinyl. The lineup consists of Leather Leone on vocals, David T. Chastain on guitar, Mike Skimmerhorn on bass, and Stian Kristoffersen on drums. See for more.

-A video sampler for Degreed’s upcoming DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, out June 19 through Sun Hill Production, is online at .

-Eden’s Curse has a new tour video diary about their German and Dutch shows with Freedom Call and Rebellious Spirit this past March; check it out at . It features “backstage antics and clips from all shows; it’s a must-watch for any ardent fan of the band.” See and for more.

-Edge Of Paradise’s new video for “Rise For The Fallen,” from IMMORTAL WALTZ (Pure Steel Records/Soulfood), is online now at . See for more.

-Harmony’s new six-track EP, REMEMBRANCE, is out now through Ulterium Records. Singer Daniel Heiman (Lost Horizon) performs along with guitarist Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater), bassist Raphael Darfas (Almah), keyboardist John Svensson (Empire 21), and drummer Tobias Enbert (Darkwater, Empire 21). Four of the songs are re-recorded versions of tracks from the band’s 2003 debut, DREAMING AWAKE (which featured singer Henrik Båth, now in Darkwater), and the other two are brand new. Track list: “Eternity,” “Dreaming Awake,” “Without You,” “She,” “In His Heart” (new), “Feed My Hunger” (new). See , , , and for more.

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

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
7/10 – SKY/Lumpys, Salt Lake City, UT
7/15 – Foro Indie Rocks, Mexico City, Mexico
7/16 – Rock Blvd, Torreon, Mexico
7/17 – TBA, Queretaro, Mexico
7/18 – Studio Live, Zamora, Mexico
7/19 – TBA, TBA, Mexico
7/24 & 7/25 – Casino Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ
7/31 – Audies Olympic, Fresno, CA
8/1 – Guerra Family Cellars-On The Green/Peppertree Ranch, Hollister, CA
8/7 – OC Fair (in The Hangar), Orange County, CA
8/15 – The Rockyard Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA
9/26 – Blackrock Rock Market Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia
10/23 – Ricky B’s, Windsor, CO
10/24 – Buffalo Rose, Golden, CO

See and for more.

-Iron Savior’s LIVE AT THE FINAL FRONTIER DVD/CD, recorded at the band’s hometown Hamburg, Germany, show this past January, is out now on AFM Records. DVD track list: “Ascendence (Intro),” “Last Hero,” “Starlight,” “The Savior,” “Revenge Of The Bride,” “Break The Curse,” “Burning Heart,” “Mind Over Matter,” “Hall Of The Heroes,” “R U Ready,” “Condition Red,” “I’ve Been To Hell,” “Heavy Metal Never Dies,” “Coming Home,” “Iron Watcher (Medley),” “Atlantis Falling,” “Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest cover), plus additional backstage and concert footage). CD 1: “Ascendence (Intro),” “Last Hero,” “Starlight,” “The Savior,” “Revenge Of The Bride,” “Break The Curse,” “Burning Heart,” “Mind Over Matter.” CD 2: “Hall Of The Heroes,” “R U Ready,” “Condition Red,” “I’ve Been To Hell,” “Coming Home,” “Iron Watcher (Medley),” “Atlantis Falling,” “Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest Cover). See for more.

-Killer’s seventh album MONSTERS OF ROCK is out now on Mausoleum Records, and the Belgian band is celebrating its 35th anniversary. The current lineup is Paul “Shorty” Van Camp on lead vocals and guitar, Ken “Jakke” Van Steenbergen on lead vocals and bass, and Ivan “Vanne” Opdebeeck on drums and backing vocals. MONSTERS OF ROCK was produced by Shorty and Vanne and features these tracks: “Monsters Of Rock,” “No Exception To The Rule,” “Shotgun Symphony,” “Back To The Roots,” “No Way Out,” “Danger Zone,” “Firestorm,” “Deaf, Blind And Dumb,” “Forever Metal,” “Children Of Desperation,” “Hold Your Head Up High,” “Making Magic,” “The Reactor,” “Rock City,” “Fake.” Hype says the album “packs a powerful wallop, carrying on in the classic tradition of [early albums] READY FOR HELL, WALL OF SOUND, and SHOCK WAVES. The spirit of the 1980s power-trio recorded with the technical capabilities of 2015 — Hard rockin’ heavy metal does not get any better!” Check out clips for “Monsters Of Rock” at and “No Way Out” at . See and for more.

-Drummer Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani, Kreator, Paul Gilbert) has a new album called CELEBRATION out this week on Lazy Bones Recordings. It was produced by Scott Schorr and has this track list: “Miami,” “Celebration,” “It Always Seems,” “March Of The Living Dead,” “How Can I Help You?,” “What Have You Done?,” “Greatest Gift In Life,” “Print Life,” “Ugly Sunrise,” “Everyone Likes A Rainbow” (Spanish), “Have A Great 3015,” “4000,” “Thoughts Take Shape,” “Everyone Likes A Rainbow” (English), “Eclipse,” “Amina’s Birthday,” “Better Place,” “The Darkness Within You” (CD bonus track). Check out a promo video at , an audio snippet at , and information about limited edition T-shirts, and signed CDs, drum sticks, and drum heads at . See , , and for more.

-Power metal band Ninth Circle has a new video for “All Or Nothing,” from last year’s LEGIONS OF THE BRAVE (Pure Rock Records), online now at . See for more.

-Ron Keel and Billy Morris (Warrant, Quiet Riot, Tuff) appeared at the May 23 VIP Grand Opening of The Pennsylvania Coin Operated Gaming Hall of Fame and Museum. How cool does this place sound: “The Gaming Hall of Fame features over 400 vintage video games and pinball machines. The collection is a dreamworld for hardcore gamers, as it features a great selection of hard to impossible-to-find games and pinball machines that are not only rare, but, even more surprising, are available to play. In fact, all of the games are set to FREE PLAY so that gamers can play the games without fear of running out of quarters or tokens.” See for more, and check out footage of Keel and Morris at .

-Pyramaze’s fourth album, DISCIPLES OF THE SUN, is out now on Inner Wound Recordings in CD, download, and vinyl formats. The band’s current lineup includes Terje Harøy on vocals, Toke Skjønnemand on guitar, Jacob Hansen on guitar and bass, Jonah W. on keyboards, and Morten Gade Sørensen on drums; Hansen (Evergrey, Epica, Amaranthe, Volbeat) also produced, mixed, and mastered the album, and Joost Van Den Broek (After Forever, Star One), Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate), and Henrik Fevre (Anubis Gate) all guest. Track list: “We Are The Ocean,” “The Battle Of Paridas,” “Disciples Of The Sun,” “Back For More,” “Genetic Process,” “Fearless,” “Perfectly Imperfect,” “Unveil,” “Hope Springs Eternal,” “Exposure,” “When Black Turns To White,” “Photograph.” Hype: “Pyramaze are devoted to making music that mirrors their souls, combines all of their influences, and stimulates the mind and spirit of their listeners… Pyramaze continue to make music that is dark, thought provoking, all with a sense of fearlessness! The band will forever be committed to making the melodic art of a group that understands the importance of staying true and faithful to one’s passion.” See , , and for more.

-The Sanity Days’ EVIL BEYOND BELIEF was released recently on Candlelight Records. The band consists of former Onslaught members, most notably Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper, Lionsheart), who sang on Onslaught’s IN SEARCH OF SANITY (1989); the rest of the lineup is guitarist Al Jordan, bassist Jase Stallard, and drummer (and Onslaught co-founder) Steve Grice. Band hype: “The Sanity Days represent a forging of the talents of a formidable range of experienced musicians from genres across the metal scene.” Album hype: “EVIL BEYOND BELIEF boasts a mixture of dark, metallic, spine-chilling riffs, topped with melodic, haunting vocal melodies, soaring over thunderous drums and driving bass.” Track list: “Genesis,” “Charlie,” “Satan’s Blood,” “My Last Words,” “Evil Beyond Belief,” “Ruler Of Eternity,” “My Demon Mind,” “Broken Wings,” “Closer To The Edge,” “Firestorm.” “Ruler Of Eternity” was written as Grice’s tribute / memorial to Ronnie James Dio, and incorporates many of his song titles in the lyrics. See and for more.

-Serious Black announced European tour dates this fall, with Gamma Ray as follows:

10/30 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
10/31 – C-Club, Berlin, Germany
11/1 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
11/3 – Backstage Werk, München, Germany
11/7 – Sports Hall, Lucenec, Slovakia
11/8 – Club 202, Budapest, Hungary
11/10 – Explosiv, Graz, Austria
11/13 – Totem, Pamplona Spain
11/14 – Capitol, Santiago De Compostela, Spain
11/15 – Hard Club, Porto, Portugal
11/17 – Paradis Garaje, Lissabon, Portugal
11/18 – Custom, Sevilla, Spain
11/20 – Gamma, Murcia, Spain
11/21 – San Miguel, Madrid, Spain
11/22 – Razzmatazz 1, Barcelona, Spain
11/24 – Ninkasi Kao, Lyon, France
11/25 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
11/27 – Kaminwerk, Memmingen, Germany
12/4 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
12/5 – Trabendo, Paris, France
12/6 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
12/8 – Islington, London, UK
12/9 – 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands
12/11 – Musikens Hus, Gothenburg, Sweden
12/12 – Klubben, Stockholm, Sweden

Serious Black’s new official live video for “Older And Wiser” is online now at . See and for more.

-Starquake’s TIMES THAT MATTER is out now on Pure Rock Records. Check out the lyric video for “Here I Go Again” at .

-THROUGH THE STORM, a new six-song EP from Slovakian melodic metallers Signum Regis, is out now on Ulterium Records. Track list: “Living Well,” “Through The Desert, Through The Storm,” “My Guide In The Night,” “Come And Take It,” “All Over The World,” “Vengeance/Liar.” The first four tracks are new, “All Over The World” is re-recorded from 2008’s self-titled debut (which featured Goran Edman singing), and the closer is an Yngwie Malmsteen cover medley. The release was mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Evergrey) and features artwork from Jan Yrlund (Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani). The band consists of singer Mayo Petranin, guitarist Filip Kolus, bassist Ronnie König, keyboardist Jan Tupy, and drummer Jaro Jancula, with guitarist Roger Staffelbach (Artension, Angel Of Eden, Artlantica) guesting on the EP. Hype: “The THROUGH THE STORM EP shows that Signum Regis is a band that is constantly developing and improving everything from song writing and musicianship to production and the visual part of the band.” The band’s fourth full-length is due later in 2015. See , , and for more.

-The Wacken Metal Battle Canada national final is slated for June 6 at the Opera House in Toronto. Featuring guest headliner Goat Horn, the show / contest will feature Endless Chaos from Winnipeg, Medevil from Vancouver, Midnight Malice from Toronto, Blëed from Edmonton, Nordheim from Quebec City, and Vesperia from Toronto. The guest judges include Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Tim Henderson (, Noel Peters (Inertia Entertainment), and Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle Of Filth), with more to be named soon. According to the press release, “The final represents Canada’s top six metal talents out of 120 competing bands from 10 participating cities across Canada. One winner from the final will be crowned Canada’s best metal band for the 2015 edition of Wacken Metal Battle Canada and move on to perform at the 11th international Wacken Metal Battle at the world’s largest metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany, which has attendance of over 80,000 people.” Check out the Facebook event at and see for more.

-Fans of melodic power metal bands like Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, and Theocracy will want to check out Within Silence’s debut GALLERY OF LIFE, out now on Ulterium Records. The Slovakian band consists of singer Martin Klein, guitarists Richard Germanus and Martin Cico, bassist Filip Andel, and drummer Peter Gacik. The album was produced by Jan Cvercko, features artwork by Jan Yrlund (Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani), and has these songs: “Intro,” “Silent Desire,” “Emptiness Of Night,” “Elegy Of Doom,” “The Last Drop Of Blood,” “Love Is Blind,” “Anger And Sorrow,” “Judgement Day,” “The World Of Slavery,” “Road To The Paradise,” “Outro.” Hype from the press materials: “Strong musicianship and the ability to write interesting songs with memorable melodies makes Within Silence a band to be reckoned with for years to come. Their debut album GALLERY OF LIFE has everything from up-tempo power metal tracks like ‘Silent Desire’ and ‘Emptiness Of Night’ to pounding metal tracks like ‘The Last Drop Of Blood’ to epic metal songs like ‘Road To The Paradise.'” See and for more.

-Worldview’s THE CHOSEN FEW (M24 Music Group) is out now. The band’s lineup consists of Rey Parra (Sacred Warrior) on lead vocals, producer George Rene Ochoa (Deliverance, Recon, Vengeance Rising) on guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals, Todd Libby on bass and keyboards, and Johnny Gonzales (Recon, Deliverance) on drums and percussion. The album was mixed and mastered by Bill Metoyer (Armored Saint, Fates Warning, Slayer, W.A.S.P., Trouble, Deliverance), and he and Ochoa last worked together on Deliverance’s WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE. THE CHOSEN FEW has a ton of guests, with this track listing: “Mortality,” “Illusions Of Love,” “Back In Time” (w/ Stryper’s Oz Fox and Rob Rock’s Armand Melnbardis), “The Mirror” (w/ Deliverance’s Jimmy P. Brown II), “Why?,” “Prisoner Of Pain” (w/ Vengeance Rising’s Larry Farkas), “Two Wonders,” “Walk Through Fire,” “The Chosen Few” (w/ Bloodgood’s Les Carlsen, Niki Bente, and Melnbardis), “The Last Cry.” Ronson Webster also contributes keyboards and backing vocals. The artwork was done by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Jorn). Hype said the album “promises to deliver high energy and melodic power metal to the eagerly awaiting metal-listening community throughout the planet.” See and for more.

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl, Jon Asher, Volker Raabe, Axel Wiesenauer, Scott Schorr, Dave Brenner, Southern Cross PR, Pure Steel Promotion, and Encyclopaedia Metallum for help gathering some of this information.

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Subtitled RARE TRACKS FROM A VINTAGE 70S BAND, this is an expanded, re-mixed version of Kelakos’ 1978 album GONE ARE THE DAYS. “Who the heck is Kelakos?” you may ask. Fans of ’80s rock and metal will appreciate the history lesson, learning that drummer Carl Canedy (The Rods) was in this band, keyboardist David Kent eventually played with Hall & Oates, and engineers Alex Perialas, Tony Volante, and Les Tyler all had other notable accomplishments and projects. The rest of Kelakos’ lineup was George Michael Kelakos Haberstroh on guitar and vocals, Mark Sisson on guitar, and Linc Bloomfield on bass, and the band played in the New Jersey and New York areas, releasing the one album and a single, “There’s A Feeling” / “Funky Day” (1976). The press materials and other various online reviews cite a million comparisons like the Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, Foghat, etc., and really all of that is on target. Despite the re-mix job, yes, this stuff does sound dated, and there’s just no way around that, but musical archeologists and devoted classic rock fans certainly may dig this. I suppose hearing this album and flipping through the 12-page booklet would be like a Kiss fan digging up the precursor Wicked Lester (Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons) or Chelsea (Peter Criss) albums, and taking a trip in the Wayback Machine. Several tunes easily probably could’ve been on the radio in 1978, most notably the smooth, mid-tempo “Gone Are The Days,” the AM-radio love song “How Did You Get So Crazy” (shades of “Sister Golden Hair” or America?), the previously-unreleased “In The Sun” (another unashamed love song), and the single “There’s A Feeling” (heavy Doobies influence). A few of the rockier numbers show some instrumental flash — “Boogie Bad Express” and “Funky Day” have great bass lines, “Frostbite Fantasy” is moodier and darker, the proggy instrumental “Persephone’s Poison” sports shredding, funky, and percussive breakdown parts, and “All You Need Is A Ticket” is super-catchy and probably was the centerpiece of the live show, with its fast outro jam — and vintage Ace Frehley-isms pop up every now and again.
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Detritus Issue #669.5: Judas Priest/Saxon Concert Review

29 May 2015 Leave a comment

Mini-Issue #669.5
May 29, 2015

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-Here’s my review of last week’s excellent Judas Priest/Saxon show in Chicago. I will have some pictures uploaded to the Yahoo! Groups site soon. (Although, really, in this day and age I’m sure the whole show is on YouTube already…) – Tim

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-Judas Priest/Saxon
Rosemont Theater, Rosemont, IL
May 21, 2015

This show is why I brought Detritus back. I had to see and review it — I mean, come ON, Judas Priest *and* Saxon sharing the stage here in the US, in 2015? Saxon’s been pounding away, relentlessly releasing albums and touring for 36+ years, and Priest scared us all with retirement talk a few years back, so you just never know when they may decide to finally, truly, really hang up the leather and studs for good. My point is, these are two inarguably legendary British heavy metal bands, and we need to celebrate and talk about them.

Saxon (50 mins.)
Motorcycle Man / Sacrifice / Power And The Glory / Wheels Of Steel / 20,000 Ft. / Dallas 1 P.M. / This Town Rocks / Princess Of The Night / Crusader / Heavy Metal Thunder

I admit it, I cheated I looked up online Saxon’s previous night’s set list, so I knew what was coming, but I held out hope the boys would possibly mix it up a bit by throwing in a few more newer songs. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I know most longtime US fans seem to prefer the early 1980s troika of WHEELS OF STEEL, STRONG ARM OF THE LAW, and DENIM AND LEATHER, but I really became a fan long about the time of 1990’s SOLID BALL OF ROCK (thanks again, Bill!). I did go back and eventually collect all the older studio albums but the more recent, heavier output is my preference. (If you can call 1990 “recent,” anymore…) But as the set unfolded, strong old chestnut after strong old chestnut, I wasn’t really disappointed.

“Motorcycle Man” saw Biff Byford and the band hit the stage running, and the lone newer song “Sacrifice” (the set’s only tune born after 1984!) fit perfectly and was made extra cool by bassist Nibbs Carter’s demonic backing vocals. Doug Scarratt’s solo in “Power And The Glory” was all kinds of excellent — no prolonged five- or six-song warmup needed for his fingers! While introducing “Wheels Of Steel,” Byford noted that Judas Priest had taken Saxon out on their first European tour back in 1980 — the bands supporting BRITISH STEEL and WHEELS OF STEEL, respectively — and here they were again, paired up 35 years later. Very cool. Byford led the expected audience sing-along part, and also filmed the crowd briefly for their Facebook page, exhorting everyone to do better than the fans in St. Louis. (Gotta stoke those rivalries!)

“20,000 Ft.” stormed back in near-thrash mode, with Carter’s maniacal headbanging — in perfect time with Nigel Glockler’s monster double bass drumming — drawing everyone’s attention. Dude’s an animal! “Dallas 1 P.M.” turned a little more serious, before “This Town Rocks” rollicked things back up again. This song is surprisingly heavy live, and served well by Paul Quinn’s whammy bar-filled solo; Glockler was also given a short spotlight section.

My personal favorite of the night — “Princess Of The Night” — came next. It’s heavy, melodic, and has killer solos from both guitarists. What’s not to love? “Crusader” followed, and if you’ve never seen Saxon live you need to, if only to hear this song and experience what a bona fide ’80s metal anthem is all about. Hail. Byford announced the band will return to the States in September for a headlining run, and finished off the show with the aptly-titled “Heavy Metal Thunder.”

I’m not sure why “Denim And Leather” was not played, as it apparently was the closer at the previous night’s show, but we all took what we could get. This is only the second time I’ve seen the mighty Saxon, and both times were with limited staging / production values. Of course there were some cool lights and a snazzy “Warriors Of The Road” backdrop, but I’d really like to see what the band does with a full headlining set-up. And while 50 minutes seemed short — again, more new songs please! — I do kind of fear for Mr. Carter’s well-being if he has to keep up that crazy energy level for a full 90- or 100-minute show!

Judas Priest (105 mins.)
Battle Cry (intro tape) / Dragonaut / Metal Gods / Devil’s Child / Victim Of Changes / Halls Of Valhalla / Love Bites / March Of The Damned / Turbo Lover / Redeemer Of Souls / Beyond The Realms Of Death / Jawbreaker / Breaking The Law / Hell Bent For Leather // The Hellion (tape) / Electric Eye / You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ // Painkiller / Living After Midnight / Beginning Of The End (outro tape)

You know the crowd’s electric when people go absolutely apesh*t for the between-sets music played over the PA, and wow was this ever the case when Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” blared out. Yowza, did the Rosemont Theater come alive. The tune was cut short, though, as a shortened, taped version of Priest’s excellent new song “Battle Cry” — my top pick from 2014’s REDEEMER OF SOULS — officially began the show. I was bummed the song wasn’t played in full, but my frown was soon turned upside down as the mighty Priest hit the stage.

Ian Hill and Glenn Tipton took their familiar places on stage left, Scott Travis’ drum riser lifted up the middle, new blood Richie Faulkner manned stage right, and Rob Halford stalked around wherever he damn well pleased. The band tore into the ripping, rifftastic new song “Dragonaut” — I absolutely love when bands open with a newie, as long as said newie kicks ass, and we had a winner here. The chugging, menacing “Metal Gods” followed, and Halford totally nailed the big scream in “Devil’s Child.”

The epic, ancient “Victim Of Changes” remains a focal point of Priest’s set. Faulkner peppered his solo with a bunch of fist pumps, Tipton sounded great in his solo, and Halford nailed — nay, spiked — two more awesome screams. Yep, he’s still got it. He was also impressive on REDEEMER track “Halls Of Valhalla,” with all its ins, outs, and left turns into death metal growling. I love this intricate song on record and after seeing it performed live I have a new appreciation for Halford’s abilities, if that’s even possible.

I’d read somewhere Priest would play a few tracks off DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH, which turned 30 last year, and the first of which was “Love Bites.” I loved this song as a teen-ager but I guess I’ve outgrown it… I’d have rather heard “Rock Hard Ride Free,” personally, but as the crowd was going nuts around me I figured I was in the minority. Faulkner was into it again, with his energetic hand claps firing everyone up. “March Of The Damned,” in the same mid-tempo anthem space as “Metal Gods,” came next and once again blended right into the set.

Then… “Turbor Lover.” Man, I dunno. I know the guys brought it back during the “Ripper” Owens era and fans seemed to dig it, so it remains in the set. Yes the live version is way heavier than the studio version. Yes the solo is dang tasty. Yes it got a huge response. Yes I inexplicably found myself singing along. Yes I appreciate them playing a TURBO track, but… dammit… I still view this one as their “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” in some ways. “Reckless” would’ve been cooler. :)

Halford’s voice was again in fine form on “Redeemer Of Souls” and “Beyond The Realms Of Death” (cue the big weed cloud from the guy behind me), two songs that showcase the band’s expertise and versatility with pleasant melodic metal, touching balladry, and spine-tingling aggression. I will never tire of hearing “Beyond The Realms Of Death,” another all-time classic centerpiece like “Victim Of Changes.” Tipton shone again here. A second DEFENDERS tune, “Jawbreaker,” came next and was boosted by Halford mentioning the album’s big anniversary.

The main part of the set closed with “Breaking The Law,” which saw the crowd singing the choruses, and Halford letting a few people in the front row sing into his mic, and “Hell Bent For Leather,” which of course featured Halford astride a motorcycle, plus had ripping solos and a tempo boosted up a notch or three. Everyone in the audience completely ate up these two.

After a (thankfully) brief timeout, “The Hellion” was piped in and the band returned with a scorching rendition of “Electric Eye.” Halford then trotted out his “Whoa-whoa-whoa yeah!” call-and-response for the crowd, and I’m happy to report he jazzed up this somewhat tired bit with a little operatic yodeling at the end that was totally cool and funny. The first encore concluded with “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” which was slowed down and heavied up, and surprisingly featured an extended Faulker solo spotlight section. I thought this was a Very cool move for the band to let the fans get a solid, good look at their new young gun. One more sing-along part, a Big Concert Ending with everyone whaling away on their instruments, and then it was time for the waiting game.

Once again, the “head offstage, wait for the crowd to cheer” ritual was kept short. And in another surprising move, the second encore section began with Travis asking if the audience wanted to hear another one. (I was floored that someone besides Halford was talking to the crowd. FLOORED.) Travis conducted a mock vote on what song would be played, but everyone knew “Painkiller” was coming. It’s still a hell of a song to end on, and I’ve heard less-than-stellar versions of this in the past, but let me tell you — on this night, Priest scored a perfect 10. Halford was screaming and growling all over the place, Tipton was energized, and the strobe lights were going crazy. Very, very impressive. The actual closer, “Living After Midnight,” was kind of anticlimactic after all that, even if it started off unexpectedly fun with Halford, Tipton, and Faulkner all singing lead.

As far as theatrics, there was some smoke, and Scott Travis’ drum riser was surrounded by a nifty four-part video screen; images shown on each screen, taken together, composed larger visuals. Before many of the older songs started up, the relevant album cover was projected on the screens. There was also a lot of conceptual imagery displayed — Viking ships and helmets during “Halls Of Valhalla,” atomic bombs and fallout during “Jawbreaker,” animated celestial bodies during “Beyond The Realms Of Death,” zombies during “March Of The Damned,” scenes from “Nosferatu” during “Love Bites,” biker gang logos during “Hell Bent For Leather,” etc. — as well as the Redeemer character and the ELECTRIC EYE DVD artwork, plus standard “metal stuff” like gears, fire, and various pulsating light patterns. The visual of a bus being blown away during “Jawbreaker” did get repetitive, but otherwise the screens were used well.

-This show was important to me for many reasons. Judas Priest is my favorite metal band and I really had to see for myself what’s left in the tank. Let’s face it, nobody’s getting any younger and fewer and fewer “classic bands” are releasing new music and touring behind it. I was hoping Rob Halford & Co. would play a bunch of new stuff, prove they still have their chops, and kick my ass. They did. This was definitely NOT an old band, on its last leg and merely going through the motions. The vitality and sense of purpose was there. Let’s hope the recent talk of another studio album (and, presumably, tour cycle) bears more heavy metal fruit.

Thanks to the fine folks at Chipster PR and Live Nation for setting me up for this show.

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Detritus #669 So Much News!

26 May 2015 Leave a comment

Issue #669
Week of May 25, 2015

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-Keep an eye out later this week for a mini-issue with my review of last week’s awesome Judas Priest/Saxon show in Rosemont, IL. (Hint: It was awesome.) – Tim

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-Rat Pak Records Set To Release Michael Angel Batio’s SHRED FORCE 1: THE ESSENTIAL MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO

[This is about a month old but I didn’t want it to slip through the cracks. – Tim]

Considered to be a pioneer of the “shred guitar” genre, Michael Angelo Batio is set to release his first-ever career retrospective entitled, SHRED FORCE 1: THE ESSENTIAL MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO. The new album is slated for release on April 14 via Rat Pak Records. SHRED FORCE 1: THE ESSENTIAL MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO not only highlights Michael’s best work to date, but also brings together many nationally renowned musicians from the hard rock and heavy metal genres. The album features some of Michael’s most memorable performances including a dynamic version of Rush’s “What You’re Doing,” which features Queensryche vocalist Todd LaTorre, Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, Metal Church/TSO drummer Jeff Plate, and guitarist Craig Blackwell. There is also a cover of Deep Purple’s “Burn” with Queensryche vocalist Todd LaTorre and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti. The album also consists of Michael’s tributes to Eric Clapton (“Slowhand”), Randy Rhoads (“RRR”) that features Rudy Sarzo on bass, and a new version of MAB’s unique tribute (“Diamond”) to the late great Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott of Pantera, that features guitarist Michael Wilton of Queensryche. The album also includes some of MAB’s most notable instrumental tracks such as “8 Pillars of Steel” with guest appearances by Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli, and Craig Goldy, and “Juggernaut” showcases ex-Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond, and Michael Romeo. Michael Angelo Batio’s SHRED FORCE 1 is a must-have for all fans of the shred guitar genre! “I feel that SHRED FORCE 1 is the culmination of my best musical work,” exclaims Batio. “These are some of my personal favorite performances along with an army of featured guest stars pulled together by an amazing record company to bring it all into focus!” Official release date is April 14, 2015.

Track Listing

01. Hands Without Shadows (featuring Bobby Rock and William Kopecky)
02. Burn (featuring Todd LaTorre and Mark Tremonti)
03. Juggernaut (featuring Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond, and Michael Romeo)
04. What You’re Doing (featuring Todd LaTorre, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Chuck Garric, Jeff Plate, and Craig Blackwell)
05. 8 Pillars Of Steel (featuring Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli, and Craig Goldy)
06. Call To Arms (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky, and John Mrozek)
07. 2X Again
08. Slowhand (featuring Warren Dunlevy, Jr.)
09. Diamond (featuring Michael Wilton and Elliott Dean Rubinson)
10. Rainforest
11. Gotta Run (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky, and John Mrozek)
12. No Boundaries
13. RRR (featuring Rudy Sarzo and Bobby Rock)

Bonus Tracks (Digital Version Only)
14. I Pray The Lord
15. Peace

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-Dangerous Toys Announce Upcoming Shows In Colorado, California, And Minnesota

Dangerous Toys, the Austin, Texas classic melodic hard rock band led by lead vocalist Jason McMaster (WatchTower, Broken Teeth, Ignitor, Evil United) has announced a list of upcoming US show dates:

6/6/15 – Buffalo Rose – Golden, Colorado
8/15/15 – Cathouse Live festival – Irvine, California
10/17/15 – Pickle Park Bar & Grill – Minneapolis. Minnesota
2/22/16 – 2/26/16 – Monsters of Rock Cruise – Miami, Florida

Jason McMaster stated the following:

“We are looking forward to all of these dates. Toys fans will not let this band die. We have ramped this thing up by booking more shows this year than we have in a while.”

Dangerous Toys – “Teas’n Pleas’n” video

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

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-Symphony X: Lyric Video For “Nevermore” Revealed

New Jersey’s progressive metal masters Symphony X are set to release their brand new, ninth studio album called UNDERWORLD on July 24 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today, SYMPHONY X reveal a lyric-video for the opening track “Nevermore.” Click here:

Symphony X have triumphed, creating a panoramic “album rock” experience in an era cursed with diminishing attention spans. “This new one is about the song, really crafting each one on its own, to be as strong as it could be,” says Michael Romeo, chief writer in the band, and proprietor of The Dungeon, the tricked-out studio in which the album was crafted, newly equipped with the latest in technology required to execute the band’s famous symphonic and orchestrated touches.

“Musically, UNDERWORLD has things reminiscent of the band’s previous albums but this one definitely has its own individuality,” stated Michael. “Every element added was in service of the song, so the album flows and becomes a total listening experience from start to finish. Every song is to-the-point and fine-tuned, with us paying a lot of attention to the hooks, voices, riffs, and keeping the interest and the energy high for the entire record. It is heavy and aggressive as f*ck when it needs to be, yet soaring and emotional at other times. I think the balance is just right. It had to have all the elements of what we normally would do, just tweaked up a notch and really fine-tuned. You know, industry people have talked about how we’ll never see a complete album again, and that idea. I wanted to defend the reputation of the album, and really try to make UNDERWORLD worth listening to as a whole record. It’s what I love about great individual songs, but still an album experience. I don’t want to sound like I’m preaching, but it was a point we wanted to make. It was about the progression of the whole record. It speeds up here and then it dips down here. It all makes sense together, it all works together and it all flows together.”

Although UNDERWORLD is not a concept album, Michael stated “like the last couple of records, there’s a theme that carries through, without it being storytelling. We try to find something to key in on and get the juices flowing, and here the goal was to find something a little dark but with emotional content. I started looking at Dante, and Orpheus in the underworld, where he’s going to go to Hades or hell to save this girl. So there’s the theme of going to hell and back for something or someone you care about.” Heavily inspired by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, UNDERWORLD draws on the themes from “Divine Comedy” most notably the part on “Inferno.” As homage to Dante’s use of the number 3 and its multiples, the band utilizes this motif in its music either in a lyrical or melodic context. The first song on the album is a three syllable, three note melodic phrase, and in the verses there are three references to three songs on the bands third album, THE DIVINE WINGS OF TRAGEDY. “There’s cool sh*t like this all over the record,” Romeo reports.

For UNDERWORLD’s cover art, Symphony X went with their established illustrator Warren Flanagan (“Watchmen,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “2012”), who similarly tapped into the “secret knowledge” vibe Michael and band embedded in the record. “Warren went with the masks, similar to the first record,” explains Romeo. “But when I discussed with him Dante and the underworld, he did his own research and designed a little symbol for each of the nine circles of hell. So there are these little geometric symbols that mean something. That’s just what he does. He gets in there and finds these things that maybe no one really besides us knows what it means and yet it has meaning.”

The track list for UNDERWORLD:

01. Overture
02. Nevermore
03. Underworld
04. Without You
05. Kiss Of Fire
06. Charon
07. Hell And Back
08. In My Darkest Hour
09. Run With The Devil
10. Swansong
11. Legend

Pre-order UNDERWORLD here:

Visit SYMPHONY X online at:

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-AFM Records News

U.D.O.: NAVY METAL NIGHT Out On July 31 (EU) / August 18 (US) 2015!

On July 31st, the new U.D.O. DVD/2CD NAVY METAL NIGHT will be released via AFM Records.

In February 2014, U.D.O. played a very special sold-out show, accompanied by a German Navy Orchestra (Marinemusikkorps Nordsee). The symphonic sound of the orchestra and the choir merged with the songs of U.D.O. and made the evening a unique unforgettable experience for the audience.

This bombastic live event will now be made available for all fans of U.D.O., either on DVD or Blu-ray plus two CDs.

And at this year’s Wacken Open Air, the unique musical collaboration can be seen live on stage again, this time with the German Federal Armed Forces Orchestra.

“I was simply overwhelmed by the whole event, it’s like a dream came true,” Udo Dirkschneider states. “It’s really more than words can say. This DVD will be something special to me, definitely a highlight of my career.”

NAVY METAL NIGHT is produced by Mattes and Björn Schlüter and co-produced by Udo Dirkschneider. Mixed by Mattes and Björn at Redhead Studio A, Wilhelmshaven and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios, Ribe, Denmark.

Pyogenesis Sign With AFM Records!

The wait is over! After more than 13 years’ hiatus, Pyogenesis are to release a new studio album on August 14, 2015 via AFM Records.

Flo Von Schwarz (Pyogenesis): “The best about Metal are the people: I know Jochen (Richert, AFM Records) for more than 20 years, and with him and the whole AFM team I made the right choice.”

Twenty-four years Pyogenesis means tours and fans all around the globe, playing in front of 560,000 people in Hungary, performances at Rock am Ring / Rock im Park or Wacken and #1 in MTV’s viewer charts. Besides that, the band co-invented the genre “Gothic Metal” in the early ’90s.

But 24 years Pyogenesis also means 13 years without a new album and 10 years without shows.

Now, this break is finally over! After their sold-out comeback show in Romania, the band will release their highly anticipated sixth album this summer. With A CENTURY IN THE CURSE OF TIME, the four-piece around mastermind Flo V. Schwarz is returning to their roots, recording not only the heaviest, but also the most epic and ambitious album in the band’s history. It’s their first concept album ever: The lyrical theme is about the change of society in the 19th century under the influence of the industrialization, the steam engine, the emerging bourgeoisie, and science fiction literature such as Jules Verne.

Pyogenesis will play as one of the top acts at this year’s Summer Breeze Festival (August 12 – 15) in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.

A comeback in every sense.

We Butter The Bread With Butter: New Album Out Now!

The new album WIEDER GEIL! is out now!

Check out the album stream here:

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-Sun Hill Production Announce Cooperation With Rock’N’Growl Promotion

Swedish Label and Management company Sun Hill Production has announced a partnership with German agency Rock’N’Growl Promotion.

Christer Wedin, owner of Sun Hill Production, comments: “It’s with great pleasure that I can announce the cooperation between Sun Hill Production and Rock’N’Growl Promotion as we enter into a long-term deal.”

Axel Wiesenauer, owner of Rock’N’Growl Promotion, states: “Sun Hill Production has a strong foundation and the vision that we have been looking for. We are happy working together on new artists and bands with a history: like Soto, Degreed, Reach, Night By Night, Talisman, and more. I feel honored to announce the new worldwide cooperation between Sun Hill Production and Rock’N’Growl Promotion.”

Sun Hill Production is a Swedish rock/metal label and management company, with top acts such as: Jeff Scott Soto (Soto), Degreed, Reach, Night By Night, and Talisman, among others.

Rock’N’Growl Promotion is a German promotion agency, working since over 25 years in the music promotion. With current/past clients and bands like: Exorcism, Furyon, Darkology, Blackwelder, Ten, Robin Beck, Praying Mantis, Donnie Vie, and much more.

The current bands and releases working Sun Hill Production/Rock’N’Growl Promotion together:

Night By Night’s s/t

More to be announced soon.

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-Nightmare Records Is Proud To Announce The Release Of Exxiles – OBLIVION, Coming May 26

Track List:
1. A Better Legacy
2. Hopelessness
3. Anthem Of Lies
4. Page Of The Night
5. Introspective
6. Dictator Of Trust
7. Llorona
8. Entropy
10. Awakening Part I (Dark Renaissance)
11. The Messenger
12. Rise

Exxiles is a symphonic/progressive metal band formed by drummer Mauricio Bustamante with members and guests from Symphony X, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Circle II Circle, Communic, Circus Maximus, Stream Of Passion, Revolution Renaissance, and Spiral Architect.

Yet… Exxiles is a band, not just another project.

Album preview video here:

After Mauricio Bustamante left Reign Of The Architect, he started working on his new production and multinational band called Exxiles, seeking to reflect how sometimes we are exile in life by simple or great things when we are betrayed by something we believed in. At the end of which… there is only abandonment… pain… and anger. Yet with passion, you discover that you learn how to rise… to liberate and fight for the things you believe in once again! That is the moment when the exile transforms into something stronger, especially if walk with other exiles toward your goal.

The first part of a pending trilogy will be a cinematic conceptual album about loyalty, a symbol of friendship, politics, religion, love… It will have many stories but but each will seek become one with the rest. It will show how loyalty becomes weak when personal interests are involved, and in sacrificing a dreamer’s dreams in order to achieve power, neither side wins. The ultimate dream is lost but never the hope!

The band and guest list includes:
– Mauricio Bustamante (ex-Reign Of The Architect)
– Simon Rojas
– Noel Martínez
– Mike Lepond (Symphony X)
– Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
– Zak Stevens (Savatage, Circle II Circle)
– Marcela Bovio (Stream Of Passion)
– Oddleif Stensland (Communic)
– Wilmer Waarbroek (Ayreon)
– Gus Monsanto (ex-Adagio, Human Fortress)
– Øyvind Hægeland (Spiral Architect)
– Mats Haugen (Circus Maximus)
– David Grey (Lost In Thought)
– Sergio Agilar (Agora)
– Antonio Rivera (Solitude)

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-Z Records News Update

BACK DOWN TO ONE Reissued This Week

BACK DOWN TO ONE, the first solo album from Jani Lane former lead singer of multi-Platimum act Warrant, will be reissued this week.

10% Off Sale At Z Records Store — But Only Until May 31

Summer is officially here and to celebrate it Z Records are marking all full-priced albums down by 10% until May 31. Visit the webstore at for details.

Legion Man Leaves Ranks

Legion have parted ways with front man Phil Vincent. The members of Legion and all at Z Records wish Phil good fortune in his future endeavors. The band’s eighth and final album, entitled SOLICE, will be released later this year. The remaining members of the band will be staying with Z Records with an all-new project which will be announced shortly.

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-Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival Returning For Year Three

Legendary metal front man and Housecore Records founder, Philip H. Anselmo, is bringing his horror-themed film and metal festival back for a third year. After a great ride in Austin, the festival will kick off in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater on November 13 – 15, 2015.

The decision to return was driven by the desire to honor his friend and festival co-founder, Corey Mitchell, who tragically passed away last October. Mitchell was the driving creative force behind the festival’s success, and Anselmo believes there is no better way to pay tribute to his friend than to carry on for a third year.

“I’ve got a great team in place to help make this what Corey and I wanted it to be,” he says. “There are a lot of mixed emotions here because no one can replace him. But, we know he would want this to continue and so that’s what we’re going to do. We miss him and think about him every day.”

Bands already confirmed to play are Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYK & Dalila Kayros, YOB, Eyehategod, Child Bite, Warbeast, and many more to be announced soon. Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor will be booking bands this year and will help Anselmo craft a musical lineup that would make Mitchell proud.

In addition to showcasing the best in extreme metal, the festival will screen film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and Mitchell. Horror filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films and winners will be selected in various categories and given the coveted Rot-Scar Award. “When Corey and I started this thing, it was important to us that we help independent filmmakers get their incredible work discovered,” Anselmo continues. “Nothing has changed, in that respect.”

Tickets to go on sale soon! Stay tuned for additional announcements.

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-Degreed Unveil DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Album Details

Swedish hard rockers Degreed will release their third album, DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, on June 19 via Sun Hill Production. It’s heavier, softer, darker, brighter, and everything in between! This is something truly special. So… fasten your seat belts ’cause Heaven & Hell are about to collide!

Robin stated: “We’ve been writing songs for this album on and off since the release of WE DON’T BELONG in 2013. I think we had 16-17 songs that we chose from, and recorded 14. The funny thing is that we ended up putting all 14 songs on the album because they’re all so freakin’ good! This album is different from the previous two because we produced it ourselves this time, and Mats engineered, mixed, and mastered it. Someone once said that we don’t sound like any other band. He described our sound as the ‘Degreed sound,’ and if there’s such a sound, this is it! This is Degreed all the way…”

Track listing:

1. The Scam
2. Face The Fact
3. Madness
4. Shame On Me
5. Better Safe Than Sorry
6. Love Me Love Me Not
7. Drama
8. Kill Your Darlings
9. Touch Of Paradise
10. Forgive You
11. Start Again
12. Firefly
13. The Final Ride
14. Turn Around Don’t Back Down

Degreed are:

Robin Ericsson – Bass/Vocals
Daniel Johansson – Guitar
Mikael Jansson – Keys
Mats Ericsson – Drums

Degreed was founded in 2005 and blend the vocal extravaganza of “Swedish Idol” finalist Robin Ericsson with keyboard/guitar synchronization wizardry into melodic rock heaven. They have released two albums — LIFE, LOVE, LOSS in 2010 and WE DON’T BELONG in 2013 — both critically acclaimed worldwide by media.

In 2014 the band was opening for Dan Reed Network on their Sweden tour, played Väsby Rock Festival, and were invited as Special Guests to Machinae Supremacy’s European tour in Poland, Czech Republic, and Germany. And 2015 started off with the return to UK for a tour in March.

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-Next To None’s A LIGHT IN THE DARK Now Available To Pre-Order At Radiant Records!

InsideOut Music is proud to partner with Radiant Records for the North American release and pre-order for Next To None’s debut album A LIGHT IN THE DARK.

Due for release June 30, A LIGHT IN THE DARK is Next To None’s debut album. Merging modern aggression with considerable melodic depth and multi-part arrangements, the prodigies in Next To None represent the next generation of progressive music!

Formed in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, the young band features Max Portnoy (16, drums), Ryland Holland (16, guitar), Kris Rank (16, bass), and Thomas Cuce (17, vocals/keyboards). The album features guest appearances by Bumblefoot (Guns N’ Roses) and Neal Morse, and was produced by Mike Portnoy.

You can now pre-order the nine-song, 57-minute album on CD; it is also available at a special bundle price, paired with one of two different shirt designs.

Next To None EPK:

Please find all available pre-order packages here:

A LIGHT IN THE DARK track list:
1. The Edge Of Sanity
2. You Are Not Me
3. Runaway
4. A Lonely Walk
5. Control
6. Lost
7. Social Anxiety
8. Legacy
9. Blood On My Hands

Next To None

Radiant Records

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-Ensiferum To Shoot New Music Video At Philadelphia Show On May 28

Ensiferum’s tour with Korpiklaani and Trollfest will draw to a close on May 29 in New York City, but the night before, the band will invite director Dave Brodsky to shoot a brand new music video. Fans in attendance on May 28 in Philadelphia at the Theatre Of Living Arts will bear witness to a live video shoot for “Warrior Without A War.” The video will serve as a perfect wrap up of the band’s current tour, which featured guest accordion player Netta Skog, who filled in for keyboardist Emmi Silvennoinen, as previously discussed by the band in the Facebook video at . Sami Hinkka adds: “Get yourself to Philadelphia on the 28th of May, put your war paint on, warm up your vocal chords, and get ready to go berserk!” Fans that want to be a part of this occasion can buy tickets now at

Ensiferum are touring in support of their valiant ONE MAN ARMY full-
length, unleashed in February via Metal Blade Records. The record debuted at #167 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #19 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #36 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart upon its first week of release. In Canada, ONE MAN ARMY placed at #69 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Music Chart and #126 on the Digital Music Charts.

Ensiferum w/ Korpiklaani, Trollfest:
5/19/2015 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
5/20/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON
5/21/2015 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
5/22/2015 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
5/23/2015 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC
5/24/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
5/26/2015 Mr. Small’s Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
5/27/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
5/28/2015 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
5/29/2015 Irving Plaza – New York, NY

Ensiferum has been flying the flag of epic, folk-infused death metal high and proud for two decades. Commended for being, “their most polished album to date,” by Metal Hammer, “one of folk metal’s finest acts…,” by Loudwire and, “warlike and fiery,” by MetalSucks, the band’s predominantly analog-recorded, 11-track ONE MAN ARMY full-length was captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine, etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland.

Ensiferum’s ONE MAN ARMY is out now via Metal Blade Records. Order yours today at where you’ll also find the band’s recently debuted “One Man Army” video and companion making-of footage. For iTunes pre-orders, point your browser to .

“ONE MAN ARMY blasts forth with symphonic guitar orchestrations, double-time drum gallops, quick-changing dynamics, and operatic vocal chorales that would make 19th century homeboys Pacius and Sibelius proud.” – Revolver

“An incredible album, and worthy for the thunder children. Indeed it is a thunderous epic, and should stand alone as a fantastic addition to Metal Blade’s legendary collection.” – New Noise Magazine

“ONE MAN ARMY is Ensiferum at their finest. The three years between releases worked to the band’s benefit as their execution and adventurous songwriting finds them with a renewed passion and energy.” –

“…a solid LP forged in the crucible of war.” – Sputnik Music

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-District 97 Issues Trailer For IN VAULTS; Brand New Album Nears June Release Through Laser’s Edge

Chicago’s District 97 has just released a trailer for their impending third studio full-length, IN VAULTS, which showcases the album’s cover art, photos, and clips from several tracks found on the release.

Their third album for Laser’s Edge, IN VAULTS boasts more than an hour of District 97’s unique brew of prog rock, metal, alternative, classical, pop, and jazz influences with nine brand new tracks. The album 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, and features brilliant cover art designed by Björn Gooßes.

The first audio samples from District 97’s IN VAULTS have come to light this week through a trailer for the record which is now playing at .

Listen for singles from IN VAULTS including an official video and more to be leaked in the coming weeks as the album nears official release on June 23.

With an energetic and assorted blend of progressive rock, metal, and pop influences, District 97 was formed in the Fall of 2006 initially as a Liquid Tension Experiment-inspired instrumental rock act before deciding to add a vocalist 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 balance meticulous attention to detail and studio-craft with the visceral power of a rock band that is firing on all cylinders, and run 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.

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-’80s Thrashers Aggression Reunite On Canadian C.H.U.D. Invasion Tour

Founding Member / Bassist Yves “Dug” Duguay Rejoins

Song Stream – “Rotten By Torture”:

Recently celebrating their 30-year anniversary tour earlier this March on their “Forsaken East Coast Survival US Tour,” Aggression have rekindled their fire and hitting the road once again with not just founding member / guitarist Denis “Sasquatch” Barthe who reformed the Canadian ’80s thrashers, but will have original bassist Yves “Dug” Duguay rejoin them for their “Canadian C.H.U.D. Invasion Tour” that includes three festival appearances at Alberta’s Farmageddon Open Air in June along with BC’s Metallion Festival and Montreal’s Obscene Extreme Festival in August (all dates listed below).

“Seeing the new version of the band and having a chance to play one show with them already back in March, I had no other options than joining when the chance came up! The new members do a great job helping capture the essence of what Aggression is supposed to be. Seeing them perform brought me right back to the early days. Of course it is nice to be reunited with Denis ‘Sasquatch’ Barthe, too!” comments bassist Yves “Dug” Duguay.

“Canadian C.H.U.D. Invasion Tour”

June 5 – Vancouver, BC – Wise Hall & Lounge
June 6 – Victoria, BC – The Cambie
June 12 – Calgary, AB – Overtime Sports Bar
June 14 – Ryley, AB – Farmageddon Open Air Festival
August 14 – Vanderhoof, BC – Metallion Festival
August 20 – Quebec City, QC – Bar La Source De La Martiniere
August 21 – Montreal, QC – Obscene Extreme America Festival
August 22 – Jonquiere, QC – Le 4 Barils
August 23 – Trois-Rivieres, QC – Rock Cafe Le Stage

About Aggression:
Formed in 1985 under the original moniker “Asylum” to be later changed to Aggression, the speed metallers unleashed their 1986 demo FORGOTTEN SKELETON (which saw an album release in 2005), and their debut full-length THE FULL TREATMENT in 1987, which lead them to become one of the most popular bands to rise out of the Quebec and Canadian metal scene. With their manager at the time (Johnny Hart), Aggression quickly became a household name with their concerts sold out everywhere and a fan base that grew from hundreds to thousands in no time.

Other bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Hallow’s Eve, Destruction, and others all wanted to see the beast for themselves during tour stops in Montreal. Playing numerous concerts with bands such as Anvil, Celtic Frost, Voïvod, Nuclear Assault, Agnostic Front, D.R.I., Possessed, Dark Angel, Crumbsuckers, Sacrifice, and others, Aggression decided to call it quits in 1989 due to external influences.

*band lineup for recordings was Denis “Sasquatch” Barthe (guitar and backup vocals), Botcher (vocals), Burn (guitar), Dug (bass), and Gate (drums and backup vocals).
*1985 – *four-track demo
*1986 – *LIVE (14 track live album)
*1986 -*four-track demo
*1986 – FORGOTTEN SKELETON (originally recorded in 1986 and later released in 2004)
1987 – THE FULL TREATMENT (full-length) – band lineup for THE FULL TREATMENT was Denis “Sasquatch” Barthe (guitar and backup vocals), Cactus Pete (vocals), Dug (bass and backup vocals), and Gate (drums and backup vocals).

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

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-Pre-Orders With Exclusive Extras Available For SayWeCanFly’s BETWEEN THE ROSES Deluxe Edition

TORONTO — Pre-orders for the deluxe edition of SayWeCanFly’s BETWEEN THE ROSES are now being taken at .

The release — the first from singer/song writer Braden Barrie’s own label, PureWolf Records — will be available on June 18.

The CD-only digi-pak deluxe edition will feature alternate artwork and include exclusive demo recordings of “You May Live On Earth,” “Beautiful Things,” and “Together, We’re Alone.” Fans who pre-order the CD will be treated to even more extras, including an exclusive 24×36 SayWeCanFly poster and exclusive digital download extras, including a thank you video from Braden Barrie, an invite to an online acoustic release show, additional video content, a tour documentary, three acoustic sessions, an “Art Of Anesthesia” music video, and more. Pre-orders will also receive an instant “grat track” via email at the time of purchase.

The full deluxe edition will cost $25 plus shipping.

Additional new items, including two new tank tops for the summer, have also been added to the SayWeCanFly webstore.

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-Goatsnake Share New Jam, “Grandpa Jones,” From Upcoming BLACK AGE BLUES LP Nearing Release On Southern Lord June 2

Goatsnake is sure to get your motor running with their latest jam “Grandpa Jones,” a celebratory rock ‘n’ roll affair all about the life and times of a standout elder gentleman that Team Rock is premiering today. Pete Stahl’s vocals cruise with ease alongside those of backing singers, Dem Preachers Daughters, while almighty riffs lurch forward with the rumbling horsepower singularly linked to Greg Anderson’s guitar work. Says Anderson of the track; “‘Grandpa Jones:’ One of the first of the new songs we wrote. Channeling ‘Flag and ‘Sabbath (that ole’ moldy chestnut!). Lyrics about keeping the youth juice flowin’!”

Break it down; “Grandpa Jones” is now playing RIGHT HERE:

You can also listen to “Black Age Blues” and “Elevated Man” ahead of BLACK AGE BLUES’ release date in just over a week and a half:

The inner layout of the artwork can be viewed on the band’s webpage:

An interview with Greg Anderson was published by LA Weekly on the new album and highlighting their record release show for the album going down tonight; check it out at:

BLACK AGE BLUES will be released through Southern Lord Recordings June 2, and pre-orders for the album are now live. In addition to physical pre-orders, the record is also available via iTunes, offering the tracks “Black Age Blues,” “Elevated Man,” and “Grandpa Jones” for instant download, which are now available to purchase individually at . Check out the pre-order options at the new Goatsnake store at , via BandCamp at , and iTunes at .

Later this month, Goatsnake will hit Europe for a week-long tour which kicks off at Temples Festival in Bristol, and includes a headlining set at Siegen, Germany’s Freakvalley Festival. Upon their stateside return, they’ll headline Crucialfest in Salt Lake City, Utah, with additional tour dates being scheduled.

With nearly 50 minutes of Goatsnake’s most soulful and boisterous material to date, the quartet expands their already mammoth tones and pummeling rock riffs with a variety of additional influences and elements on BLACK AGE BLUES, an instant classic, with each one of the nine songs an anthem, and each of its members — vocalist Pete Stahl (Scream), drummer Greg Rogers (The Obsessed), bassist Scott Renner, and guitarist Greg Anderson (Sunn O))), Southern Lord Recordings) — all in top form. With guest contributions from David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M) and soul vocal trio Dem Preacher’s Daughters, comprised of Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes, and Andrea Merrit, the album was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Franklin, Tennessee by Nick Raskulinecz (Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Rush) and mastered by Brian Big Bass Gardner (N.W.A., Stevie Wonder, Parliament).

Goatsnake Live:
5/30/2015 Temples Festival – Bristol, UK
6/1/2015 De Kreun – Kortrijk, BE
6/2/2015 Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL
6/3/2015 SO36 – Berlin, DE
6/4/2015 Freakvalley Festival – Siegen, DE
6/7/2015 AN Club – Athens, GR
6/20/2015 Crucialfest – Salt Lake City, UT

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-Demon Lung: Nevada Doom Bringers Unleash “Mark Of Jubilee” Via Decibel Magazine; A DRACULA To See Release Next Month

Las Vegas-based doom bringers, Demon Lung, will unleash the forlorn fruits of their A DRACULA full-length next month via Candlelight Records. Captured by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Eyehategod, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, etc.), the record boasts eight dark, devious hymns centered loosely on Juan López Moctezuma’s 1977 horror film, “Alucarda,” in which two teenage orphan girls living in a Catholic convent unleash a demonic force and ultimately become possessed by Satan.

“‘Alucarda’ is a more relatable story for me than our last album’s [THE HUNDREDTH NAME] subject matter,” vocalist Shanda Fredrick issues, “which made writing a lot more fun this time around. The heroine in this story is the daughter of Satan, who happens to fall in love with the purest of souls in the convent she resides. She coaxes this soul over to the dark, with only intentions of love but in doing so she dooms her to death by the hands of the nuns. The anger consumes her and she uses her dark powers to resurrect her love and together they kill the convent and then the world.”

As a precursor to its official unveiling, today Decibel Magazine offers up sixth movement, “Mark Of Jubilee” for public consumption at this location:

A Dracula comes nearly two years to the date from the successful release of the band’s critically-lauded, 2013-released THE HUNDREDTH NAME. Media applauded the band, especially Fredrick with Decibel Magazine gushing, “She emerges like a high empress, adding real soul to the quintet’s lurch.” Ghost Cult called the debut, “a modern doom masterpiece,” Las Vegas Weekly concurred noting, “Everything about Demon Lung’s debut screams epic,” while New Noise Magazine gushed, “This record is mammoth. Bass riffs tuned low drag the listener into a dark, solemn swamp of evil. The atmosphere created is as important as each note plucked from Lucifer’s hairy hind quarters.” Added This Is Not A Scene accurately, “The future of doom seems to be in safe hands.”

Demon Lung is vocalist Shanda Fredrick, drummer Jeremy Brenton, guitarists Phil Burns and Brent Lynch, and bassist Jason Lamb. A DRACULA will be released via Candlelight Records on June 16, 2015 with tour dates to be announced shortly. In the meantime, pre-orders are available at . Desirers of the digitals, point your browsers to .

-About Heavy Metal has concert photos and review info of the recent Nightwish / Sabaton / Delain show at the Fillmore in Charlotte, NC, at .

-Adramelch’s fourth and final album, OPUS, is out now on Pure Prog Records. Track list: “Black Mirror,” “Long Live The Son,” “Pride,” “Northern Lights,” “Only By Pain,” “A Neverending Rise,” “Fate,” “Ostinato,” “As The Shadows Fall,” “Forgotten Words,” “Trodden Doll,” “Where Do I Belong.” Hype: “On the one hand, OPUS marks the official end of Adramelch’s discographic career. For a number of reasons, the band has decided to call it quit, drawing the final curtain on the career of Italy’s most influential and charismatic combo. But, before leaving forever, the band has decided to produce yet another milestone, set to leave a mark on the scene, as every output of theirs did so far. And man they made it. On the other hand, OPUS is probably the most atmospheric and mature album of Adramelch’s career. Once again, the band has not limited itself to repeat is glorious past, but has looked forward, managing to create a new masterpiece, adding new colors and atmospheres, yet totally in line with its past heritage.” OPUS was recorded at producer Guido Block’s Lo Studio in Milan, and features Block and Simona Aileen Pala contributing guest vocals. The band’s lineup is Vittorio Ballerio on vocals, Gianluca A. Corona and Fabio Troiani on guitars, Sarmax on bass, Gualtiero Insalaco on keyboards, and Sigfrido Percich on drums. The first online reviews include Dangerdog – 3.5/5 and The Rocktologist – 10/10. Check out an album preview at and the song “Pride” at . See and for more.

-Michael Angelo Batio’s SHRED FORCE 1 compilation will be released in Greece through Sleaszy Rider Records, resulting from a licensing deal with Rat Pak Records. Check out the video for “What You’re Doing,” a Rush cover featuring Todd LaTorre (Queensryche), Kurdt Vanderhoof (Metal Church), Craig Blackwell, Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper), and Jeff Plate (Metal Church, TSO), at .

-Black Star Riders — Ricky Warwick on vocals, Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson on guitar, Robbie Crane on bass, Jimmy DeGrasso on drums — are touring in support of THE KILLER INSTINCT (Nuclear Blast):

5/25 – Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany (w/ Def Leppard)
5/27 – Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany (w/ Def Leppard)
5/28 – Palladium, Cologne, Germany (w/ Def Leppard)
6/11 – Picturedrome, Holmfirth, UK
6/13 – Download Festival, Donington, UK
6/28 – Sounds Good Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
6/30 – Hirsch, Nurnberg, Germany
7/2 – Castle Klam, Klam, Austria
7/3 – Peace & Love Festival, Borlange, Sweden
7/4 – I Am The Rocker Festival, Bucharest, Romania
7/18 – Moondance Jam, Walker, MN
12/3 – 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
12/7 – Odyssey, Belfast, Ireland
12/9 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK
12/10 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
12/12 – Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK
12/13 – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, UK
12/15 – Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
12/16 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK
12/18 – The SSE Arena Wembley, London, UK
12/19 – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, UK

See for more.

-The BulletBoys’ comeback album, ELEFANTE, is due June 9 through Cleopatra/Deadline Records, but can be pre-ordered now at . See , , and for more.

-Cathouse Live is set for August 15 at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA. The lineup includes Extreme, Tom Keifer, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Faster Pussycat, Stephen Pearcy, Saigon Kick, Gilby Clarke, Dangerous Toys, L.A. Guns, Junkyard, Trixter, Autograph, Black ‘N Blue, Tracii Guns, Enuzz Z’Nuff, BulletBoys, Bang Tango, Jetboy, Pretty Boy Floyd, Tuff, Little Caesar, and an all-star jam. Riki Rachtman hosts, and VIP packages and meet & greets are available. See for more.

-Death Angel will tour Germany this summer, with Kryptos supporting, and fans ordering tickets through will be eligible to win a meet & greet in these cities:

7/17 – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
7/24 – K17, Berlin, Germany
8/11 – Turock, Essen, Germany

See for more.

-Dragonsfire’s SPEED DEMON / METAL X is out now on Pure Steel Records, and there is a limited vinyl release: 300 copies, black vinyl, includes a printed inner sleeve. The release includes tracks from two prior EPs: “Speed Demon,” “Savior,” “The Gunslinger’s Fate,” “The Prophet,” “Allied Forces,” “Steel Eel,” “Young & Wild,” “Welcome To The Afterlife,” “Heretic,” “Steel Eel,” “Man On A Mission,” “Hell.” Hype: “The Hessian guys Dragonsfire were hardly hit at the beginning of this year hard by the sudden and unexpected death of their front man Thassilo Herbert. The band already released two full-length albums (VISIONS OF FIRE in 2008 and METAL SERVICE, 2010) on Pure Steel Records, which were followed by two self-released EPs in 2013 and 2014. These two EPs are now going to be released on vinyl, again through our label. Musically, nothing has changed. Crisp and sophisticated Heavy Metal with Teutonic trademarks, strong riffs and hooks are still ruling, which fans of the genre and black vinyls surely will love.” The rest of the lineup is rounded out by guitarists Timo Rauscher and Oliver Brandt, and drummer Jan Müller. See for more.

-Edge Of Paradise’s IMMORTAL WALTZ is out now on Pure Rock Records. The first online reviews include The Metal Pit – 5/5, The Met Gods Meltdown – 9/10, Rock Revolt Magazine – 4.5/5, and Dangerdog – 4/5. Check out a stream of “In A Dream” at .

-Thobbe Englund’s (Sabaton, Winterlong) FROM THE WILDERNESS is out now on Lion Music. Hype: “Thobbe Englund, lead guitarist of Sweden’s Sabaton, releases his second solo album filled with super intense high quality guitar playing and a fantastic tone.” Track list: “Wildborn,” “Stormy Nights,” “A Lonely Hunter,” “Life from Death,” “Justice Of Nature,” “Hunting Under A Blood Red Moon,” “Surviving,” “Eternal Struggle,” “Vargen Öde,” “Fingerspitzengefühl” (bonus track). Check out a new interview with Englund at .

-The Hamburg Metal Dayz festival is set for September 25-26 at Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany. The main stage lineups: 9/25 – By The Patient, Kommando, Koldbrann, Mantar, Belle La Donna, God Seed. 9/26 – Axxis, Panzer, Beyond The Black, Uli Jon Roth, Belle La Donna, W.A.S.P. Godsized, Mambo Kurt, and Tenside will also perform. See for more.

-The heavy/power metal band In Vain, from Madrid and featuring Daniel Cordón (ex-Black Rock) on vocals and guitar, Daniel B. Martín on lead guitar, Mario Arredondo on bass, and Teo Seoane on drums, has signed a global deal with Pure Steel Publishing and will soon reissue 2014’s THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER. See and for more.

-Keychain — or possibly KeyChain — are billed as “urban party rockers from Montreal,” and the new video for “Shock Rock City” is online now at . The band consists of singer JP LaChapelle (Mire), guitarist Bran Panic, bassist Dany Toxik (Shotgun Highway, What Comes To Life), and drummer Zack Terga, and hype says “Shock Rock City” “has been released to pay respects to the rock bosses of past and empower the new generation of rock & roll youth.” See for more.

-Upcoming Lords Of The Trident tour dates, in support of FROSTBURN:

6/5 – Children’s Museum Adult Swim: Geek Night @ Madison Children’s Museum, Madison, WI
6/12 – The Annex, Madison, WI (w/ Zephaniah & Droids Attack)
6/13 – The Cold Shot, Appleton, WI (w/ Zephaniah & Forcefield)
7/24 – TBA, Cedar Rapids, IA
7/25 – TBA, Des Moines, IA
8/22 – The Frequency, Madison, WI (w/ Automaton & Sexy Ester)
10/11 – The Metal Grill, Milwaukee, WI (w/ Unleash The Archers)
11/7 – Gamehole Con @ Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI

See and for more.

-The Maximum Rock Festival 2015 is slated for October 15 – 18 in two venues, Colectiv Club and Arenele Romane, in Bucharest, Romania. There will be 25 bands performing, including Epica, Annihilator, Skalmold, Kistvaen, Harlott, Archer, Cap de Craniu, Gothic, Crimena, Zonaria, Nightrage, and Hatemode. See for more.

-Duff McKagan’s new book, “How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions),” is out now. There’s also a companion EP, HOW TO BE A MAN, featuring guests Izzy Stradlin, Jerry Cantrell, Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour), and Taz Bentley (Burden Brothers). Track list: “How To Be A Man,” “Punker,” “Kill The Internet.” During the book tour, McKagan appeared at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, WA, and was captured performing “Sweet Child O’ Mine” on bass and accordion, with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic; check it out at .

-Mortician’s new video for “Eagle Spy,” from SHOUT FOR HEAVY METAL (2014, Pure Steel Records), is online at . See for more.

-A 250-piece, black vinyl limited pressing of Ruthless’ THEY RISE is available now from Pure Steel Records; it also comes with a printed inner sleeve. The album was previously released on CD and digitally. Track list of the vinyl version: “Defender,” “Laceration,” “Traitor,” “They Rise,” “Hang Man,” “Time Waits For No One,” “Out Of The Ashes,” “Frustration,” “Systematic Terror.” Check out “Defender” streaming at . See for more, and order at .

-Soto — featuring singer Jeff Scott Soto, lead guitarist Jorge Salan, guitarist/keyboardist BJ, bassist David Z, and drummer Edu Cominato — recently released INSIDE THE VERTIGO. Track list: “Final Say,” “The Fall,” “Wrath,” “Break,” “Narcissistically Yours,” “End of Days,” “Inside The Vertigo,” “When I’m Older,” “Trance,” “Jealousy,” “Karma’s Kiss,” “Fall To Pieces.” Soto himself produced the album, which features collaborations and guest spots from guitarists Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne), Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob), and Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), and Casey Grillo (Kamelot), Connor Engstrom, Tony Dickinson, Leo Mancini, Hugo Mariutti, and Gary Schutt. Check out the new video for “Break” at . Album hype: “Jeff Scott Soto — one of today’s premier Rock front men and vocalists — and a union of hotshot young musicians bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present. Together they are Soto, and their debut album INSIDE THE VERTIGO will blow your mind away. A neurotic blend of power metal, prog, groove-laden huge guitars, hooks and production, Soto is a contender in today’s modern Rock arena while capturing the essence of strong songwriting simultaneously.” Last week Mr. Soto appeared at the Lucky Strike Live Jam, at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, CA. Check out fan-filmed footage of Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” (with Hoekstra, Howie Simon, Z, Steve Ferlazzo, and Matt Starr) at , Prince’s “Purple Rain” (with Jonathan Phillip Moffett, Spacey T, and Ferlazzo) at , and Seal’s “Crazy” (with Simon and Z) at . See , , , and for more.

-The Wacken Open Air festival has added Itcom, Materia, Renaissense, and Scratch The Floor to the lineup. See for more.

Thanks to Nancy B. Sayle, Axel Wiesenauer, Thomas Jensen, Emmy Mack, Jon Asher, Adrian Garro, Marco De Francesco, Chad Bowar, Metaltix, Online Metal Promo, and Rock Cellar Magazine for help gathering some of this information.

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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!

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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

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-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

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-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.”

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-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

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*** 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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-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.

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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


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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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*** 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

Visit Helloween online at .


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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.

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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 (

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