Detritus Issue #652

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Issue #652
Week of December 16, 2013

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-Am I the only guy in the world who doesn’t give a rat’s a$$ about the new “Anchorman” movie??? – Tim

*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Help Make the Twisted Sister Movie A Reality!

Dear SMFs,

Help make the Twisted Sister documentary — “We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!” — a reality!

Experience the untold story! The trials and tribulations, the victories and defeats — the 10 years in the bars that made them the ferocious performance band we know today!

See it with your own eyes!

• The original configuration of the band takes on the combined forces of Army and Air Force at its first ever gig in a New Jersey bowling alley!
• Dee’s first ever encounter with lipstick (his own, that is)!
• Twistified covers of Bowie, Lou Reed, and Judas Priest! Plus all your favorite club hits!
• Twisted Sister’s simultaneous triumph and tragedy at the legendary Palladium show!
• Woodstock in Long Island as tens of thousands of Twisted fans descend on Adventureland Amusement Park! (Rt. 110 is closed, man!)
• Multiple club destruction when club owners discovered there was no better way to close down than to go out in a blaze of glory courtesy of Twisted Sister’s rampaging fans!
• Twisted blows away every band in their path as they plow their way to the top of the tri-state club scene (while being repeatedly gonged by the American music establishment)!
• The band pelted by flying projectiles at the Reading Festival, culminating in the legendary “ballad of the Shite!”
• Atlantic Records finally caves as Dee bares his face, and his soul, in front of national UK TV audience!

And much, much more!

By contributing to the crowd-funding campaign, you become eligible for exclusive rewards — everything from reproductions of early TS advertisements to rare vinyl, to attending the movie screening and more! Here’s what you can get…

$1: What the f*ck – only a buck!
While you’re deciding what to get, or even still deciding if you want to help out, why not throw us a buck in the meantime? Or for all of you already pledging, maybe throw in an extra buck for the hell of it. By all means, please support the film by ordering some of our great rewards — but just think, if everyone who checked in for my last FB post gave a buck, we’d be halfway home! Wouldn’t that be weird! Hey, what the f*ck, it’s only a buck!

$7: Thank you and welcome!
Start us off with just seven bucks and I will email you my heartfelt thanks, AND a .PDF download of the original SMF welcoming letter — Twisted’s first “official communiqué” as they called it, plus the legendary Billboard ad for Twisted’s legendary appearance at the legendary Palladium in ’79, and the full-page announcement-and-calendar for Twisted’s 1978 Summer Tour… uh, Party!

$20: This is it!!
This is what we’ve all been waiting for — VOD viewing of the Twisted Sister movie, “We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!” for your exclusive viewing pleasure in advance of the commercial release! Especially great for those of you in faraway lands! Be the first one on your block! (unless, of course, there are other people on your block who got this, in which case see the movie and all get together for some beers!) Plus SMF welcoming letter and Twisted ads. Timeframe to be announced.

$35: Twisted T-shirts
Choice of two limited edition historic reproductions from the original design — the “Death To Disco 77″ tee with very first Twisted logo, or get the first official SMF shirt! Or your third choice, the “We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!” movie tee. For those who want just a T-shirt, or would like to add an extra to another order. Click multiple times for multiple shirts! Specify shirt and size. Please add $7 dollars extra shipping for outside US.

$55: T-shirt and Movie!
T-shirt of your choice — plus VOD stream of the movie, SMF welcoming letter, and Twisted ads. Please add $7 dollars extra shipping for outside US.

$70: TS Logo-shaped picture disc 45
Get an original 45 single of “The Kids Are Back” b/w “Shoot ‘Em Down” — record in the shape of the TS logo! Plus a T-shirt (specify), VOD stream of the movie, SMF welcoming letter, and Twisted ads. Please add $7 dollars extra shipping for outside US.

$100: come to NYC screening!
Attend a private screening of the Twisted movie for cast and crew in NYC. Q&A by director and Band. Plus T-shirt (specify), VOD stream of the movie, SMF welcoming letter, and Twisted ads. NYC only — transportation not included. Please add $7 dollars extra shipping for outside US (but come on, nobody’s really flying into the country for this, are they? Ok, anybody who’s flying in for this can opt to pick up their shirt at the screening).

$115: Collect ’em all!
Twisted shirts were the collectable items of their day. Get all three! Plus VOD stream of the movie, SMF welcoming letter, and Twisted ads. Please add $7 dollars extra shipping for outside US.

SOLD OUT! $150: First UK 45 — Test pressing!
Rare test pressing! Side 1 – “I Am I’m Me” at 45 rpm b/w Twisted Live at The Marquee at 33 1/3 rpm. Signed by the band! Plus T-shirt (specify), VOD stream of the movie, SMF welcoming letter, and Twisted ads. Please add $7 dollars extra shipping for outside US.

$200: Skype call with the director
Satisfy your curiosity, ask me whatever you want about the movie, or whatever. Plus T-shirt (specify), VOD stream of the movie, SMF welcoming letter, and Twisted ads. Please add $7 dollars extra shipping for outside US.

$260: Test Pressing “Bad Boys”
Test pressing of the original self-produced “Bad Boys” single on TSR records. Signed by the band! Plus T-shirt, VOD stream of the movie, SMF welcoming letter, and Twisted ads. Please add $7 dollars extra shipping for outside US.

$300: Twisted’s first singles!
This is what started it all! A set of Twisted’s legendary two first self-produced 45s, on the Twisted Sister Records label. “I’ll Never Grow Up Now!” b/w “Under The Blade” and “Bad Boys Of Rock ‘n Roll” b/w “Ladies Boy!” Originals, not reproductions! Both copies autographed by the band! Plus T-shirt (specify), VOD stream of the movie, SMF welcoming letter, and Twisted ads. Please add $7 dollars extra shipping for outside US.

$500: Twistify your voicemail!
Choose one member of Twisted Sister to record your outgoing voicemail message. Abuse… er, I mean, amuse your callers with a big rant from Dee or Jay, growls from The Animal, or yuck it up with Eddie or AJ. Please specify degree of profanity allowed. Plus T-shirt (specify), VOD stream of the movie, SMF welcoming letter, and Twisted ads. Please add $7 dollars extra shipping for outside US.

$850: Twisted Live + backstage pass
Two great seats for a show of your choosing from Twisted’s upcoming 2014 schedule. Including meet and greet with the band! Festival tix for day-of-show only. Plus two T-shirts (specify), VOD stream of the movie, SMF welcoming letter, and Twisted ads. Please add $7 dollars extra shipping for outside. US Transportation and accommodations not included — please note, most of Twisted’s appearances are outside the US. Festival tickets are for day-of-show only.

$1,250: Lunch with Jay Jay French
Get the lowdown from Jay Jay himself over one-on-one lunch in Manhattan! Let him fill your head full of stories like he did me on that first fateful day! Plus T-shirt (specify), VOD stream of the movie, SMF welcoming letter, and Twisted ads. NYC only — transportation not included!

$2,250: Five days a week Twistified!
Get a voicemail message for each day of the work week — one from each band member! Be the envy of your friends (or just alienate your business contacts!). Please specify degree of profanity allowed. Plus T-shirt (specify), VOD stream of the movie, SMF welcoming letter, and Twisted ads.

$5,000: Dinner with Dee Snider
You and up to three guests get to go out for dinner with Dee himself. Bring three friends or do a double date. Finally, a chance to be singled out by Dee in a GOOD way! (Just don’t cross your arms!) Plus T-shirt (specify), VOD stream of the movie, SMF welcoming letter, and Twisted ads. New York area only — transportation not included.

$10,000: Be part of the show!
Be an executive producer of the movie with your name in the film credits and posters, etc.! Plus two tickets to a Twisted concert of your choice from their 2014 schedule and YOU will be brought up on stage to sing “I Wanna Rock!” with the band! Plus two T-shirts (specify) VOD stream of the movie, SMF welcoming letter, and Twisted ads. Transportation and accommodations not included. Please note: most of Twisted’s shows are outside the US.

Don’t wait! The clock is ticking on this campaign, so get the rewards you want by clicking through and contributing now! You know how great the Twisted Sister story is — here’s your chance to help share it with the world.

Visit IndieGogo and contribute to help make the TS film a reality!

*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Silent Force: RISING FROM ASHES Released!

After an almost seven-year break, Melodic Metal masters Silent Force, the band founded and led by guitar player Alex Beyrodt, finally returns with a new studio album. And its title (RISING FROM ASHES) couldn’t be more appropriate, as many thought that the highly-acclaimed group had disbanded and would be gone forever, especially after Beyrodt’s success with his classic hard rock band Voodoo Circle and joining the lineup of both Primal Fear and Sinner. But now Silent Force are finally back — with “full force.”

The band’s new vocalist is none other than Michael Bormann — in his case it could be said “old/new” because he already sang on the first (and only) album of the Silent Force predecessor The Sygnet (1998). Mat Sinner (bass), Alessandro Del Vecchio (keyboards), and drummer André Hilgers (who is a part of Silent Force and even The Sygnet from the beginning on) are completing the new lineup. Right after putting finishing touches on the new album, Silent Force were filming a video clip for the first single “Circle Of Trust.” Melodic metal fans will receive a true highlight release late in the year with RISING FROM ASHES — an album that has all typical Silent Force trademarks and continues right where the band left off years ago.

Alex Beyrodt comments: “For me RISING FROM ASHES is not just another new Silent Force record. The long break was necessary to rebuild the band and get rid of all false ascendancy. The new lineup speaks for itself, so does RISING FROM ASHES.”

Alex Beyrodt: Guitars
Michael Bormann: Vocals
Mat Sinner: Bass
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Keyboard
André Hilgers: Drums

Track List:
1. Caught In Their Wicked Game
2. There Ain’t No Justice
3. Circle Of Trust
4. Living To Die
5. Before You Run
6. You Gotta Kick It
7. Turn Me Loose
8. Born To Be A Fighter
9. Anytime Anywhere
10. Kiss Of Death

*** PRESS RELEASE #3 ***
-“Room 24″ By Volbeat Featuring King Diamond Nominated For Best Metal Performance In 56th Annual Grammy Awards!

Congratulations to Volbeat and King Diamond for being nominated for Best Metal Performance for the track “Room 24″ in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

The heavy metal icon King Diamond had this to say: “Thank you to everyone involved with voting. This is a great way to come back from the dead… literally.”

Also nominated this year are Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Dream Theater, and Killswitch Engage. The Grammy’s will be taking place on Sunday, January 26 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. at The Staples Center and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook:

In other King Diamond news: the current issue of Decibel Magazine featuring King Diamond on the cover is now in stores and available for purchase through the magazine’s site here. The issue will be on newsstands from early December until the end of the year.

Keep up to date with all things King Diamond and Mercyful Fate at .

*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Magic Circle Music Update

Rolling Stone Magazine recently selected Manowar’s “Silent Night” renditions for their “12 Metal Christmas Songs for Unsilent, Unholy Nights.”

They wrote: “Manowar love bombast. . . . For “Silent Night” they put the swords away but keep the crescendos — a finale fit for a king.”

Time to wish all our Manowarriors a True Metal holiday season!

Enjoy the silence.

Very soon, the earth will crack and speakers will be blown on the upcoming Kings Of Metal MMXIV world tour.

Check out Manowar’s:

“Silent Night” (Metal Version)

“Stille Nacht” (Metal Version)

We’ll see you on the road!

For more info and constant updates:

The Kingdom Of Steel

Magic Circle Music

*** PRESS RELEASE #5 ***
-Iced Earth Album & Tour Update

PLAGUES OF BABYLON — Iced Earth’s eleventh studio album — will be released in Europe on January 6th and in North America on January 21st, followed by an extensive world tour. Be sure to check out the band’s ticket page for more details on the PLAGUES OF BABYLON tour:

You can purchase general admission tickets as well as VIP packages.

The VIP packages include:

• Early entry into the venue, Meet & Greet / Signing Session with the band & Photo op with the band
• 7″ picture disk with one exclusive, unreleased demo from PLAGUES OF BABYLON on the B-side
• Iced Earth messenger bag, Exclusive VIP T-shirt, VIP laminate & VIP sticker set

Pre-order the new Iced Earth album PLAGUES OF BABYLON at CM Distro:

*** PRESS RELEASE #6 ***
-Falconer Completes Song Writing For New Album And Reveals Album Title!

Swedish Folk Metallers Falconer have completed the songwriting for their upcoming, eighth album. Prepare yourselves for some classical Falconer quality with all its trademarks and their most metal album in years!

Comments guitarist Stefan Weinerhall: “The 8th album BLACK MOON RISING is finally written. This time we have even made some pre-productions of the material to test it out in advance. Some titles are: ‘There’s A Crow On The Barrow,’ ‘Age Of Runes,’ ‘Scoundrel And The Squire.’ We will enter the studio in January and release it in June 2014. As said before all songs are in English this time after the last album’s one-off with only Swedish songs.

“It’s for sure the most riff-based album in many years and there are certainly some furious moments of brow-raising on the album! If I would sum up the material with two words they would be: Intensity and revitalization.

“We will keep it quite basic with no guest musicians and almost no keyboards to keep it raw, natural, and unpretentious. Can’t wait to enter the studio and put the finishing touches on the songs!”

*** PRESS RELEASE #7 ***
-Happy Holidays From!

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Chandler’s New Holiday Video – “She Wants The ‘D’ For Christmas!”

Chandler has a special holiday surprise for you… a new Christmas rock song/video entitled “She Wants The ‘D’ For Christmas!” Chandler provided the vocals for this catchy new novelty song, which has been described as Motley Crue meets Sesame Street, and was written and produced by Nitram Studios in conjunction with Room 368 Productions. A few laughs for the holiday season… and the “D” is not what you think… so feel free to let your kids watch too! Click below to watch the video and enjoy!

KHAØS On The Ballot To Play Sweden Rock In 2014, But Not Without Your Help

Happy Holidays! Chandler’s new band KHAØS, who have released the EP RISING last year to critical acclaim, have just finished putting the final touches on their debut album which is slated to be released early next year. In the meantime they are in the running to play Sweden Rock next summer! But they need your help to make it! Please click on the link below and scroll down the page to vote for KHAØS… and you can cast up to two votes per day from each computer or mobile device so please feel free to vote as much as you can!

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*** PRESS RELEASE #8 ***
-Tainted Nation’s “Dare You” Video Released

UK rock outfit Tainted Nation are pleased and proud to announce the release of their video clip “Dare You,” exclusively with Classic Rock Magazine. This is the second release from their debut album F.E.A.R. released on Massacre Records. The video can be viewed below:

Tainted Nation consists of ex-Helloween and Firewind drummer Mark Cross; Pontus Egberg, bass player of Scandinavian superstars The Poodles; Pete Newdeck, vocals (Pete is also known as the drummer of Eden’s Curse); Ian Nash, former Lionsheart guitarist; and Joel Peters, former Fury guitarist.

Tainted Nation have spent a good deal of 2013 playing on the live circuit, with UK dates, a successful tour of Spain, and European festivals, where they have attracted some positive attention and good reviews, in support of their acclaimed debut F.E.A.R.

Says Pete: “We are delighted to release this video exclusively with Classic Rock and are hoping to continue the momentum we are building up. It’s been a fantastic year for this band and we are looking positively forward to the future. It’s a pleasure being able to work with such talented and like-minded people and believing in what you have to offer is a major hurdle that was easy to climb.”

Tainted Nation are already working on their follow-up album (as yet untitled) and will be touring the UK in February/March 2014. Along with this, they are looking to book festivals in the UK and Europe.

For more information visit the websites below:

Booking information and management:

*** PRESS RELEASE #9 ***
-Furyon Confirmed To Play MetalWar Fest 2014

British rockers Furyon to be confirmed for Hungary’s MetalWar Festival 2014, which takes place September 5th – 7th in Budapest. Other band confirmed include Vexillum and Twister, more to be announced soon.

This year, on 5-6-7 of September 2014, will be held for the second time a unique FREE ENTRY Metal Festival in Budapest, Hungary called “MetalWar Fest 2014.” This event in the heart of Budapest, will be held at the Népliget Park, on 5, 6 and 7 of September 2014. The previous, first “MetalWar Fest” in 2013 was attended by 22,000 people in three days.

Furyon is expected to make a number of additional festival (PPM Festival, Belgium; ) appearances in 2014. Furyon is currently writing a second album after the success of their debut GRAVITAS.

Furyon is a new band from the UK who like nothing more than to challenge expectations. Raised on a diet of heavy metal, prog, and classic rock. Furyon mix all these components for a truly unique and contemporary sound. Delivering huge rock-radio-friendly songs, with technically-challenging-yet-infectiously-catchy musicianship, they are dedicated to one sole purpose: making hard-hitting songs that will stand the test of time.

*** PRESS RELEASE #10 ***
-New Medicine Announce New Deal With Imagen Records, New Album Set For Spring 2014

Imagen Records has just announced their latest signing — Minneapolis, Minnesota-based melodic hard rockers New Medicine, led by singer/rhythm guitarist Jake Scherer. The group’s first release for their new label will drop sometime in Spring 2014, and will serve as the follow-up to 2010’s RACE YOU TO THE BOTTOM, which nearly topped the US Heatseekers Chart, and spawned such popular songs/videos as “Laid,” “Rich Kids,” and “Race You To The Bottom.” It’s being kept under wraps as far as what to expect musically, but it’s being hinted that the adolescent angst sound has gone away, as Scherer has now emerged as a man ready to rock the world confidently.

As Scherer explains, “The writing process began 3 1/2 years ago, as I wrote over 40 songs for the new release. New Medicine has been road testing some of the new material, seeing what tunes the audiences react strongest to, and tweaking the new songs to make it more cohesive and translate well live. We moved to Nashville to focus on the new songs, and experienced a creative re-birth, which I am confident will take the band to a new level. The songs come first — New Medicine is/ not/ making the same record over again.”

Grammy Award-nominated Kevin Kadish has signed on as producer of the as-yet-to-be-titled disc. Kevin has worked previously with such renowned artists as Skillet, Jason Mraz, SR-71 and Nikki Sixx among countless others.

“We are excited to sign New Medicine to the label, and know we are going to make a great record,” said the President of Imagen, Bob Winegard. “After hearing some of the new tracks, I’m really impressed with how Jake is rapidly maturing as a song writer. I believe the fans will view this as a clear breakthrough for the band.”

New Medicine has already created a buzz from coast to coast, as their total record sales have topped over 30K nationwide, and have scored a top 15 media base active rock single with “Race You To The Bottom.” And the band has already logged three years of hard touring, having played shows with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold and Shinedown, as well as part of such package shows as Carnival Of Madness and the Uproar Festival. And once the new album is released, New Medicine plan to embark on additional lengthy touring — including headline dates, package and festival touring.


*** PRESS RELEASE #11 ***
-Fast-Rising Rockers Silvertung Unleash Killer DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS

If it’s high-octane rock you’re craving — with tons of attitude — then Silvertung is your band, and DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS is your album. Produced/engineered by Steven Wright (who has worked with everyone from Slipknot to Avril Lavigne), the just-released DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS is chock full of no-nonsense, hard-hitting hard rock/heavy metal, as evidenced by the lead-off single, “Coming Alive,” as well as such awesome cuts as “Justify” and “Déjà Vu.” As the group’s singer/guitarist, Speed, explains, “This group of songs is definitely special. This CD is much more diverse, and I’d say it’s ‘deeper.'”

And the early reviews have been stellar, as evidenced by this quote from All Access Magazine — “DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS is a smoking showcase of huge tones and monster riffs. Basically, NO FRILLS RIFF ROCK! Silvertung promises to be one of the hottest new rock bands to arrive on the rock music scene. Highly recommended.”

Hailing from Maryland, Silvertung is comprised of Speed, lead guitarist ZZ, bassist Skoot, and drummer Danno, and have created a tremendous local buzz, on the strength of their live show, which has seen the quartet share the stage with countless national acts, including Godsmack, Disturbed, Shinedown, Slipknot, Staind, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Filter, Drowning Pool, and P.O.D., among countless others.

And while it’s their music and live performance that truly speaks for itself, the band also possesses quite an interesting moniker, as well. “The name Silvertung was revived from an ’80s porno movie, though the spelling was ‘Silver Tongue,'” recalls Speed. “We were practicing in my uncle’s basement. And being guys, we had to check out these old porno tapes. Tapes! I think they were VHS tapes. [Laughs] But I really liked the name, just did not like the spelling. But then ‘The Simpsons’ had an episode ‘Silver Tongue,’ and I thought, ‘Ok, this is a sign.’ But I still did not like the spelling. So I thought, ‘What about Tung instead of Tongue?’ Heard something about the Korean Mafia, the Tungs. Thought that was very cool. The name SILVERTUNG was born…”

And as with all true hard rock bands, you can expect Silvertung to deliver the goods on the concert stage. “We are absolutely passionate about live music,” says ZZ. “It’s this exchange of energy from us to the crowd, then from the crowd right back to us. There is nothing else like it in the world. When the fans are singing our music back to us word for word, and their volume is louder than ours… wow. It doesn’t get any better than that.”


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-Scream Arena Signs Record, Publishing Deals

YORK, UK — British hard rock act Scream Arena have signed a worldwide licensing deal with Danish label Mighty Music / Target Group. In addition, Scream Arena front man Andy Paul has signed a publishing deal with Once Bitten Music, administered worldwide by Notting Hill Music (Motorhead, Rhianna, Timbaland, Snoop Dog, etc.) and in Japan by Sony Music Publishing.

Andy says, “It has been a bit of a long highway to get to this point but thanks to the belief of Dave Tedder at Head First Entertainment and Michael Andersen and the staff at Target, Scream Arena can really launch in 2014. The lineup has changed along the way but now Scream Arena is where it should be; Aside from myself, we now have lead guitarist Phil O’Dea who was an integral part of Big Guns, who were part of the UK rock scene causing a great impression in Japan in the mid to late 1990’s; bass player Lincoln J Roth is a go-to man from the Billy Sheehan/Marcel Jacob school of playing, drummer Mick Maleckjy sits in the pocket and hits the spot, while rhythm guitarist Alex Mullings brings taste and drive to the menu. I think we’re ready to do a bit of damage out there.”

Scream Arena’s self-titled debut will be released in the Spring of 2014. The band are in the planning stages of a full-scale European tour in support of the release.

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-Divebomb Records Update



As 2013 comes to a close we look back at all we have released and want to thank everyone out there who has supported us in some way. Picking up a release, telling a friend, downloading a sampler, etc. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without all of you. Here is a look back at what we accomplished in 2013, including the launch of our much anticipated Bootcamp series plus participating in our first Record Store Day and we looking forward to an even more successful new year! Wishing everyone a happy new year and a safe holiday season wherever you may be!

Mindwork – ETEREA
Ministers Of Anger – RENAISSANCE
Eradikator – DYSTOPIA
Everthrone – EVIL TONGUES
Electric Age – s/t

Tribunal Records, Inc
PO BOX 49322
Greensboro, NC 27419

*** PRESS RELEASE #14 ***
-Category VI From St. John’s, Newfoundland Releases Debut Album FIREBORN!

ST. JOHN’S, NL, CANADA — Category VI is proud to announce the release of the debut album FIREBORN. The album is available now from iTunes and other digital platforms.

Discussing the album, the band said, “It’s been a year in the making and finally our album has been set free! We feel that FIREBORN covers many metallic bases with elements of melodic metal, traditional metal, power metal, and even some thrash — all qualities which makes our music appealing to fans of several styles of metal.”

FIREBORN was engineered and mixed by Rick Hollett. In mid November 2013, Category VI unveiled a lyric video for the new song “Silence Befalls The Crowd” from FIREBORN. Stream the song here:

The band will be announcing plans for an album release show in early 2014.

FIREBORN Track Listing:
1. Vinland
2. Real Lies
3. Silence Befalls The Crowd
4. The Raven
5. Reborn
6. Beginning Of The End
7. Descent Of The King
8. Wasting Away

Category VI…
Amanda Marie – vocals
Geoff Waye – guitar
Keith Jackman – bass
Adam Thistle – drums

FIREBORN Recording Lineup…
Amanda Marie – vocals
Geoff Waye – guitar
Tristan Adey – bass
Jason Williams – drums

Category VI online…

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 their a three-song demo entitled VINLAND. FIREBORN is the debut full-length from Category VI and features over 50 minutes of melodic metal, traditional metal, and even a few hints of thrash.

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-Battlecross Confirms Major European Summer Festivals!

American Thrash Metallers Battlecross have confirmed a first batch of three prestigious European festival appearances for the summer of 2014.

13/06/14 UK – Donington Park – Download Festival
15/06/14 AT – Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock
27/06/14 BE – Dessel – Graspop

Comments Battlecross: “We’re extremely excited to be a part of these festivals! It’s a dream come true for us to introduce ourselves to our new friends in Europe on such a grand scale. The European festivals are always spoken of so highly in the states, especially for metal, so we’re honored and thankful that we get to be a part of them so early in our careers. Hopefully this will open doors for us to play more festivals and expose our music to larger crowds across the continent and beyond. We hope that everyone will come check us out at Nova Rock, Graspop and other festivals that will be announcing soon. Thank you!”

But before that Battlecross will finally be taking their critically-acclaimed live show to Europe in 2014 with Trivium! The Detroit, MI-based metal act will begin their conquest of Europe on January 29th in Dublin, Ireland. After leaving the UK, where Killswitch Engage will be headlining, the tour will continue throughout the rest of the European continent with shows in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, before wrapping up the tour in Milan, Italy. This tour will be the inaugural European tour for Battlecross, who have already proven to be one of the most promising newcomers in the North American metal scene throughout the last four years.

Killswitch Engage
+ Trivium
+ Miss May I
+ Battlecross
29/01/13 IE – Dublin – The Academy
30/01/13 UK – Belfast – The Limelight
01/02/13 UK – Manchester – Academy
02/02/13 UK – London – Brixton O2 Academy
03/02/13 UK – Newcastle – O2 Academy
04/02/13 UK – Glasgow – O2 Academy
06/02/13 UK – Birmingham – O2 Academy
07/02/13 UK – Southampton – Guildhall

+ Miss May I
+ Battlecross
08/02/13 NL – Amsterdam – Melkweg
09/02/13 DE – Köln – Essigfabrik
10/02/13 DE – Filderstadt – Filharmonie
12/02/13 BE – Antwerp – Trix
13/02/13 DE – Münster – Skaters Palace
14/02/13 DE – Berlin – Huxleys
15/02/13 DE – Würzburg – Posthalle
16/02/13 DE – München – Theaterfabrik
18/02/13 IT – Milan – Live Club

Battlecross’ latest album, WAR OF WILL, debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the top current albums chart, #2 on the heatseeker chart, #15 on the current hard music chart, #16 on the hard music overall chart, and #32 on the independent albums chart. It didn’t stop here though, as the band also debuted in Canada’s Soundscan charts coming in at #178 Top 200 Current and #25 Hard Music Charts while also landing on the iTunes charts for release date at #103 Top 200, #10 on Rock, and #2 on Metal! This marks the band’s first-ever Billboard chart debut! WAR OF WILL also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release.

Check out the video for “Never Coming Back” from the album WAR OF WILL. The Roy Warner-directed clip can be seen at .

Check out a live version of “Force Fed Lies” on YouTube:

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival Expands Lineup

VIP Packages Available Now; Battle For Metal Fest Competition To Commence In January

The gatekeepers of the annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to welcome more bands to the rapidly expanding lineup with Emmure, Gideon, Whitechapel, Loyal To The Grave, InDirections, Bent Life, Scars Of Tomorrow, and Thy Art Is Murder. The recent additions will join the likes of All That Remains, Iced Earth, Nile, Slapshot, the final East Coast appearance of Bleeding Through, Nails, All Out War, Twitching Tongues, and the 2014 Metal Alliance Tour package still to be announced and more than half of the lineup still to be disclosed.

Scheduled to take place April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the sixteenth installment of the massive two-staged New England Metal & Hardcore Festival continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the historic Worcester Palladium. Tickets for the event are on sale now and available for purchase at .

Special VIP packages are also available and include:

ONE DAY VIP TICKET: $85 Thursday/Friday and $90 Saturday
– Exclusive T-Shirt
– VIP Laminate w/ Lanyard
– 18″ x 24″ NEMHF Poster
– NEMHF Guitar Picks
– Exclusive Meet and Greets
– Free Monster All Day
– NEMHF Koozie
– Pin Pack
– Refrigerator Magnet

– Exclusive T-Shirt
– VIP Laminate w/ Lanyard
– 18″ x 24″ NEMHF Poster
– NEMHF Guitar Picks
– Exclusive Meet and Greets
– Free Monster All Day
– NEMHF Koozie
– Pin Pack
– Refrigerator Magnet
– Early Entrance/In-and-Out Privileges
– Chance to Win Ibanez Guitar
– NEMHF Key Chain

For VIP purchases, point your browser here:

In related news, Break Thru Music is proud to announce their yearly Battle For Metal Fest competition. Throughout early 2014, local bands will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to perform live at this year’s massacre. Performances will take place January – March at the Worcester Palladium and Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut. Spots are booking up fast so if your band is interested in the chance to earn a spot on the Main Stage, email now!

Break Thru Music Presents: The Battle For Metal Fest 2014

January 18th 2014: Round 1 Palladium Upstairs
January 24th 2014: Round 1 Webster Underground

February 7th 2014: Round 2 Webster Underground
February 7th 2014: Round 2 Palladium Upstairs

February 21st 2014: Round 3 Palladium Upstairs
February 21st 2014: Round 3 Webster Underground

March 7th 2014: Round 4 Palladium Upstairs
March 8th 2014: Round 4 Webster Underground

March 22nd 2014: Finals Palladium Upstairs
March 22nd 2014: Finals Webster Underground

Doors: 6:00 p.m.
All Ages
Tickets $12

New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2014 Confirmations:
All Out War, All That Remains, Alpha & Omega, Barrier, Bent Life, Bleeding Through “Final East Coast Appearance,” Born Low, Colin Of Arabia, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, Discourse, Emmure, Fire And Ice, Fit For An Autopsy, Gideon, Harms Way, Iced Earth, InDirections, King Nine, Kublai Khan, Lionheart, Loyal To The Grave, Malfunction, Nails, Naysayer, Nile, Ramallah, Reign Supreme, Revamp, Sabaton, Scale The Summit, Scars Of Tomorrow, Slapshot, Suburban Scum, Sylar, The Mongoloids, Thy Art Is Murder, Twitching Tongues, Warhound, Whitechapel, Will To Die, Within The Ruins.

Further New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2014 developments to be announced in the New Year. Stay tuned.

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-Chariots Of The Gods Announce “Brutal Winter Fest Cuba Tour”

Touring Eastern Canada aggressively over the years, especially in 2013 for promotion of their debut album TIDES OF WAR, Ottawa, ON melodic death thrashers Chariots Of The Gods are proud to announce their first ever tour outside the snow infested lands of Canada for this year’s “Brutal Winter Fest Tour” in sunny and hot Cuba. The band will also be joined by The Prestige (France), Algebra (Switzerland), No Sun In San Francisco (Switzerland), Meltdown (Switzerland).

Guitarist Mat St-Amour comments:
“Cuba is going to be amazing! The Brutal Fest is getting bigger and bigger every year and we can’t wait to bring ’em our music. Plus as a bonus we get to escape winter for two weeks!”

COTG – Brutal Winter Fest Cuba Tour
13/02 Santa Clara – Plaza Sandino
15/02 Holguin – Mestre
16/02 Santiago de Cuba – Pista Pancho Alonso del Teatro Heredia
18/02 Camagüey – Casino Deportivo / Cepmi
19/02 Trinidad – TBA
21/02 La Habana – Maxim Rock
22/02 La Habana – Maxim Rock
23/02 Artemisa – TBA

For more info on Brutal Fest, please visit the following link:

In additional news, a teaser for their next music video “Starborn” has been posted along with live video from their Rouyn Noranda, QC performance this past October, both videos can be viewed at the following links:

“Starborn” Teaser

“Blind Assassin” (live) + “Tides of War” (live)

Chariots Of The Gods released their debut album TIDES OF WAR in early 2013, which was produced by award winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson who has worked with names such as The Ramones, AC/DC, GWAR, Annihilator, and Voivod. COTG’s new album delivers 14 epic, crushing tracks to follow up their well-received 2010 debut EP REVERENCE, which the band aggressively toured in Quebec and Ontario, sharing the stage with names such as Misfits, Voivod, Despised Icon, Kataklysm, Blind Witness, Misery Index, Martyr, F*ck The Facts, Blackguard, Neuraxis, The Agonist, Reanimator, and Insurrection.

FREE DOWNLOAD – “Tides Of War”

Music Video – “Tides Of War”

For more info on Chariots Of The Gods, please follow them at these links:

RIYL = Trivium, Unearth, In Flames, Children Of Bodom, Lamb Of God, Annihilator, As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, Arch Enemy

-About Heavy Metal’s list of 2013’s Best Heavy Metal Albums is online now at . — Australia’s only 24/7 rock/metal radio station — has new video interviews with Steel Panther, Stratovarius, Jason Newsted, Devin Townsend, Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, Five Finger Death Punch, and more online now. reported on a “serious fire” at a house Ace Frehley owns in Yorktown Heights, NY, the morning of December 14. There were no injuries, and nobody was home when the fire department arrived around 11 a.m. Read the full report at .

-Megadeth was on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” this past Monday night. They appeared in an for the fake album THRASHING THROUGH THE SNOW: A VERY MEGADETH CHRISTMAS, and performed “Kingmaker” live; check out the videos at and , respectively. (They also played “High Speed Dirt” as the episode’s closing credits rolled, but so far we’ve been unable to find good pro-shot video of this performance.) See and for more.

-A download of Metallica’s December 8 show at Carlini Argentine Base in the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica is now available at Hype: “Metallica broke through another barrier by becoming the first and only band in history to perform concerts on all seven continents in the same year!” Set list: “Creeping Death,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Master Of Puppets,” “One,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Seek And Destroy.” Check out more show tidbits at

-Italy’s The Moor has released the video for the title track of YEAR OF THE HUNGER, at . In a press release singer/guitarist Enrico Longhin, who also co-directed the video/short film with Andrea Livieri and Alberto Businari, said, “We shot the video exactly one year after the release date of the album YEAR OF THE HUNGER, and this video represents what everyone of us is forced to do everyday… It’s a metaphor about life and struggle. The best thing was to work with such a great artist like [actor] Guido Laurjini, he acted in several famous Italian movies, theatres, musical and also TV commercials, he’s a really eye-catching actor. On the other hand we had the pleasure to work with one of the best photographer around, Andrea Livieri, just to give you the best result we can afford, like The Moor does every time.” See for more.

-Next year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees include Kiss, Peter Gabriel, and Nirvana. Deep Purple and Yes were also on the final ballot, but did not make it.

-Check out a trailer for Silent Force’s RISING FROM ASHES at , and the new video for “Circle Of Trust” at .

Thanks to Hawk, Chad Bowar, and Eric “502” Helgeson for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus Issue #651 – Happy Holidays!

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Issue #651
Week of December 9, 2013

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-Like Smaug descending on the hapless, unsuspecting townspeople of Lake-town, Detritus is BACK! Hello and welcome to our Super Winter Wonderland Issue. It’s been a long time, and as always these days I don’t know if/when/how long we’ll be around, but here ya go. Our best to you and yours this Christmas and holiday season. – Tim

*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Award Winning Guitar Legend Michael Schenker Returns With Brand New Album BRIDGE THE GAP, Unites With Old Friends

It’s universally agreed that Michael Schenker is one of the greatest heavy metal/hard rock guitarists of all-time, as the amount of renowned guitarists that list him as a prime influence is off the charts. And on his newest release, BRIDGE THE GAP, this German guitar great has united with his old rhythm section from the Scorpions days — bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell — as well as enlisting ex-Rainbow singer Doogie White, plus guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay. And if that wasn’t enough metallic star power, none other than Don Dokken lends his vocals to an exclusive track (“Faith”) only available on the album’s “deluxe edition.”

Produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss (and engineered by Voss), BRIDGE THE GAP will be released in the US via the inakustik label on January 7, 2014 (and credited to “Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock”), with the traditional 13-track release features such fierce rockers as “Where The Wild Winds Blow” and “Horizons.”

BRIDGE THE GAP will be released in three configurations:

1. CD
2. Deluxe Edition w/ media book packaging, plus o-card with high relief and partial gloss coating of the Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock logo; extended booklet with signatures of all band members; bonus track, “Faith,” sung by Don Dokken
3. 180 gr LP

Check out a trailer for the album here:

Michael Schenker will kick off the first round of 2014 dates with a US trek, which will feature a lineup comprised of Schenker, White, and Findlay, as well as bassist Rev Jones and drummer Pete Holmes, before the “album lineup” will take over for a World Tour starting in Japan in March.

And now, a word from Schenker himself:

“Hello America-

“I am very much looking forward to touring the States in Jan/Feb, and to introducing my new singer, Doogie White, and material from our brand new album, BRIDGE THE GAP. Doogie, Wayne Findlay and myself will be promoting our new album in the States before teaming up with the album lineup for a World Tour starting in March in Japan. We are all looking forward to rock you. ‘Til then, keep on rocking.


Get ready to rock with Schenker’s latest killer set of guitar wizardry, BRIDGE THE GAP!

Michael Schenker Bridge The Gap US Tour 2014


Track Listing:

1. Where The Wild Winds Blow
2. Horizons
3. Lord Of The Lost And Lonely
4. Rock n Roll Symphony
5. To Live For The King
6. Land Of Thunder
7. Temple Of The Holy
8. Shine On
9. Bridges We Have Burned
10. Because You Lied
11. Black Moon Rising
12. Dance For The Piper
13. Faith (Bonus Track — Deluxe Edition only)


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-Primal Fear’s New Single / Video “When Death Comes Knocking” Premieres!

Primal Fear premiered their anticipated new video clip “When Death Comes Knocking” via this YouTube link:

“When Death Comes Knocking” is the first single taken from Primal Fear’s forthcoming album DELIVERING THE BLACK which will be released on January 24th in Europe and January 28th in North America in regular CD configuration and deluxe edition in digi-pak, including three audio bonus tracks and a bonus DVD featuring a 20-minute “making of the album” documentary and two bonus videos for “When Death Comes Knocking” and “King For A Day.”

The album will also be available in limited vinyl edition and a super-deluxe edition strictly limited to 666 copies including an eagle sculpture (15x16x14, 5 cm) made of synthetic resin and of course the CD/DVD edition in cooperation with Soulfood Music.

With nine studio albums released, two live products and a Best-Of, Primal Fear are certainly one of nowadays’ most beloved and respected worldwide Heavy Metal bands. Their last studio album UNBREAKABLE became their highest chart entry in Germany on Pos. 31 and charted in 7 more countries. The forthcoming new album combines the strongest Primal Fear moments ever, with a well-balanced typical Primal Fear trademark riff-vibe crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys. Singer Ralf Scheepers says: “We worked hard to create our best album ever. I already felt the vibe during the pre-production, that we were working on something very special this time! And now the result is just an amazing Metal album, I’m extremely proud of.”

Producer/bassist Mat Sinner adds: “The songs, the production, the sound — this album is a very special one for me and my career. In my view everybody in the band just did a killer job and Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Amaranthe) was fantastic choice to mix the album!”

Primal Fear “When Death Comes Knocking” single — Buy NOW on:


Order NOW the forthcoming album on Amazon:


Rock Hard presents: Eagles & Lions Tour 2014
Primal Fear, Bullet & Messenger
23.01.14 D-Hamburg – Rock Cafe
24.01.14 D-Regensburg – Airport Oberstraubling
25.01.14 D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
26.01.14 D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
28.01.14 D-Nuernberg – Hirsch
29.01.14 CH-Pratteln – Z7
31.01.14 ES-Madrid – Penelope
01.02.14 ES-Bilbao – Santana 27
02.02.14 ES-Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
06.02.14 D-Mannheim – Alte Seilerei
07.02.14 BE-Vosselaar – Biebob
08.02.14 D-Bochum – Matrix
09.02.14 D-Munich – Feierwerk
10.02.14 D-Berlin – K17
12.02.14 PL-Warsaw – Progresja
13.03.14 PL-Katowice – Megaclub
14.02.14 SK-Bratislava – Majestic Music Club
15.02.14 CZ-Zlin – MOR Cafe
16.02.14 SK-Kosice – Collosseum

Primal Fear on tour with Rock Meets Classic feat. Alice Cooper, Uriah Heep & more!
09.03.14 BERLIN – Tempodrom
11.03.14 FRANKFURT – Jahrhunderthalle
12.03.14 NEU-ULM – Ratiopharm Arena
13.03.14 NÃœRNBERG – Arena
14.03.14 WÃœRZBURG – S.Oliver Arena
16.03.14 PASSAU – Dreiländerhalle
18.03.14 MANNHEIM – SAP Arena
19.03.14 KEMPTEN – Big BOX Allg
20.03.14 MÃœNCHEN – Olympiahalle
22.03.14 REGENSBURG – Donau-Arena
23.03.14 CH – ZUERICH – Hallenstadion
25.03.14 F – STRASSBURG – Zenith
26.03.14 AT – INNSBRUCK – Olympiahalle
27.03.14 INGOLSTADT – Saturn Arena
29.03.14 HALLE – Gerry Weber Stadion
30.03.14 LEIPZIG – Arena
01.04.14 HAMBURG – O2 World
02.04.14 ESSEN – Grugahalle
04.04.14 STUTTGART – Porsche-Arena
05.04.14 DRESDEN – Messehalle 1

BW&BK – presents:
Primal Fear – North America 2014
29.04.14 USA Baltimore – Soundstage
30.04.14 USA New York – Stage 48
01.05.14 CAN Quebec – Le Cercle
02.05.14 CAN Montreal – Petit Campus
03.05.14 CAN Toronto – MOD Club
04.05.14 USA Cleveland – Agora Theater
06.05.14 USA Joliet, Illinois – Mojoes
07.05.14 USA Lawrence, Kansas – Granada Theater
08.05.14 USA Denver – Bluebird Theater
10.05.14 USA Seattle – El Corazon
11.05.14 CAN Vancouver – The Venue
12.05.14 USA Portland – Hawthorne Theater
14.05.14 USA San Francisco – DNA Lounge
15.05.14 USA Anaheim California – The Grove
16.05.14 USA Tempe, Arizona – Club Red
18.05.14 USA Dallas, Texas – Trees
19.05.14 USA Houston, Texas – Scout Bar
21.05.14 USA Atlanta – The Masquerade
22.05.14 USA Louisville – Diamond Pub
23.05.14 USA Pittsburgh – Altar Bar
24.05.14 USA Rochester – Montage Music Hall

*** PRESS RELEASE #3 ***
-HammerFall: The Templars Return In Force In 2014!

Two years ago, Swedish Heavy Metal Templars of HammerFall announced a creative break after celebrating their 15th anniversary of their legendary debut GLORY TO THE BRAVE. “We are taking a pause to ensure that we have another 15 years ahead of us,” said Oscar Dronjak back then. “The plan is to use the year off to recharge our batteries and come back more vital than ever with a new album in 2014,” added singer Joacim Cans.

HammerFall’s anniversary show in Dalhalla was recorded and released afterwards on DVD, followed by the final show at the Wacken Open Air. The German festival was the first show HammerFall ever did outside of Sweden, and marked the beginning of the long and passionate relationship the band has enjoyed with the German metal fans. And where the story started, the first chapter ended, there will also be the return: HammerFall are proud to announce their performance at the 25th anniversary of the 2014 Wacken Open Air. And the show won’t be a standard one! Oscar Dronjak explains: “It’s very fitting that, when Wacken celebrates its 25th anniversary, they will get a proper GLORY TO THE BRAVE anniversary show. This will be a throwback show to the European gig that launched it all for us: Wacken Open Air 1997. The set list will consist of all the songs from the first album and we’ll of course add some newer songs at the end. We will do this very unique show at Wacken and nowhere else, so if you miss it, you missed it.”

In August 2014 also the new and yet untitled studio album of HammerFall will be released. There will also be a single — released on vinyl and digitally — up front in June. Oscar Dronjak reveals: “We’ve all kept ourselves busy with various projects of a musical nature, but, man, it feels good to finally announce that we’re going to release a new HammerFall album next year! The album is set for an August release, and we have already begun writing songs for it. It’s always difficult to tell which direction we will end up going in when you’re in the middle of it, but it feels like this will be a mix of the very best of what we have done over the years. The time off has given us perspective on a lot of things, and the new material seems to reflect this. We’re all super excited to get this going again and bring you a revitalized and reenergized HammerFall!”

This new album will mark a return to Fredrik Nordström, who worked with the band in their early days. Joacim Cans explains: “It’s a great honor to have Fredrik Nordström back as the main producer for HammerFall. As the father and founder of ‘The Gothenburg Sound’ as well as the producer of GLORY TO THE BRAVE and LEGACY OF KINGS we are confident that he will take our music to new and yet unreached levels.”

James Michael who had co-produced the band’s latest studio album INFECTED will once again take over the vocal recordings: “In order to maintain the high vocal standard set on INFECTED we will return to USA and record with multi-talented SIXX:AM vocalist James Michael. Never have I experienced such great set-up and environment as when we recorded the previous album. Even though things will be different this time around since he is relocating in Los Angeles, I am damn sure he will make my vocal chord deliver like never before.”

This won’t be the only return to the bands roots. The artwork of the new record will be created by no one else, but Andreas Marschall, who actually was the founder of Hector, to be seen on GLORY TO THE BRAVE and many other great HammerFall artworks.

“There has never been any doubt in our minds that we would be back, and the moment we made the decision to take a much-needed break, we already had a strategy for the future of the band. A new album in 2014 has always been the plan, and when Joacim and I started to discuss the parameters for the next HammerFall album we found that one of the first points we immediately agreed on was that we should consider asking Andreas Marschall to do the cover artwork. Andreas is responsible for the first three HammerFall albums, and it seemed like the perfect time to let him interpret Hector again,” comments Oscar Dronjak.

*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Book About All Those Times Kiss Visited Sweden (1976-2013) Released

Alright World! You wanted the best…

It has arrived! “Kiss In Sweden 1976-2013″ — The Book about all those times Kiss visited Sweden. A book for anyone who loves Kiss, filled with exciting stories, interesting facts and almost 1,000 pictures!

The authors have one thing in common — our passionate interest in the rock group Kiss, and we hope and trust that you will feel this passion and feel your heart rate increase when you have the book in your hands and open it for the first time…

Our story begins when Kiss lands at Torslanda Airport just outside of Gothenburg around 4PM on the 25th of May 1976. They arrive by plane unmasked and a Swedish photographer takes a few shots as Kiss are about to embark on their first tour in Sweden, a tour which has generated scandalous headlines in the media long before the plane even landed. Kiss will come back to visit Sweden again in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2008, 2010, and 2013 and the band or parts thereof have made promotional visits here in 1982, 1985, 1987, 1992, and 1994. The story of Kiss in Sweden ends as Gene and Paul board an aircraft taking off from Kristianstad Airport in Everöd at 4PM on the 8th of June 2013, bound for Norway.

The goal with the book has from the very start been to document all of Kiss’ visits to our country as thoroughly as possible. We searched far and wide for all the cool pictures that were forgotten or ended up gathering dust in an attic somewhere. We talked to those who met the band, privately or professionally, and we spared no dime uncovering the facts and unknown stories which has until now remained undocumented. We set out to do a book that we ourselves would like to read and we think we have succeeded. We are sure that all Kiss fans will enjoy our book!

Johan Falk & Roney Lundell

The book has 336 pages and weighs in at 1,7 kg. It is filled with almost 1,000 pictures (over 600 photos and most of them have never been published before). Order it at:


*** PRESS RELEASE #5 ***
-Doro Update

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

Mille, Hansi Kürsch, And Udo Dirkschneider Rocking Out With The Metal Queen

When Rock legend Doro celebrates her big anniversaries, she will traditionally welcome several true heroes of the Rock and Metal scene. The Scorpions, Motörhead, or Saxon — all of them have been on stage with Doro in front of thousands of fans.

And this will also be the case for her 30-years stage anniversary. Doro will be playing two shows on May 2 and May 3, 2014 at CCD-Stadthalle, where her fans can look forward to seeing many superstars.

Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian has already confirmed his appearance. As of today it is also confirmed that Miland “Mille” Petrozza of Kreator and Udo Dirkschneider, the former Accept shouter, will come to Düsseldorf to celebrate Doro’s anniversary together with her.

Udo on this: “Of course! For Doro I will always be up front. Actually I was planning on being part of her show in Wacken this summer, but I could not make that date.” Thus there will be a return visit on May 2 and May 3, 2014 — as DORO has been sharing stages with Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O. at their stage anniversary in 2012.

“I have the most awesome friends and colleagues,” Doro bursts out about the Teutonic trio. With this, the guestlist for the celebratory events won’t be closed.

Doro fans that can hardly wait till May 2014 have the chance to see the Metal queen this very year. The Doro Christmas tour starts on December 14, 2013 and will feature the following dates:

14.12.2013 GER Karlsruhe Knock Out Festival
15.12.2013 SWI Pratteln Z7
16.12.2013 GER Nürnberg Hirsch
17.12.2013 GER Saarbrücken Garage
19.12.2013 GER Hannover Capitol
20.12.2013 GER Leipzig Haus Auensee
21.12.2013 GER Magdeburg Factory

02.05.2014 GER Düsseldorf 30th anniversary show
03.05.2014 GER Düsseldorf 30th anniversary show

13.05.2014 GER Speyer Halle 101
15.05.2014 AUT Wörgl Komma
16.05.2014 GER Regensburg Airport
17.05.2014 GER Memmingen Kaminwerk
19.05.2014 GBR London O2 Islington Academy
21.05.2014 FRA Paris Le Trabendo
22.05.2014 FRA Montauban Rio Grande
24.05.2014 ESP Madrid Shoko
25.05.2014 ESP Barcelona Razzmatazz 2
30.05.2014 GER Geiselwind Out & Loud Festival
01.06.2014 TCH Plzen Metalfest
19.07.2014 GER Fritzlar Rock am Stück
09.08.2014 SWE Gävle Get Away Festival
29.08.2014 GER Wörrstadt Neuborn Open Air
30.08.2014 GER Schleswig Baltic Open Air

Reigning Metal Queen Launches Signature Champagne & Wine

Legendary metal maven, Doro Pesch, has joined the ranks of the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Motörhead, and Slayer in the bottled liquid category and proudly presents two very special rock ‘n’ roll drinks: Doro Hero Cava Brut Reserva Champagne and Herzblut [Lifeblood] Vino Tinto Red Wine.

“It was my wish for my 30-year stage anniversary — which I will be celebrating on May 2nd and 3rd, 2014 in my hometown of Düsseldorf [Germany] — to present unique drinks to the fans that represent my own taste and quality standard,” comments Doro. “We went to a great old wine region in Spain to pick the right product for me and I discovered a very fine red wine there.”

View Metal & Wine’s eight-minute “making-of” video of these two very special and commemorative drinks at:

“Hero” is a track off of Doro’s 2012 album, RAISE YOUR FIST, which was dedicated to one of the all-time greatest vocalists in rock and metal, Ronnie James Dio. “Herzblut [Lifeblood]” was released as a single in 2009. The HERZBLUT EP contains German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese versions of the song.

Doro’s 30 Years Strong And Proud Tour launches next year. Her career in music spans three decades, 16 studio albums, 11 EPs, countless tours, a worldwide fan base, and even includes various movie roles. This year, she was the recipient of the Metal Hammer Award in Berlin and the Golden Gods Award in London — both in the “Legend” category.

The two-night live concert party in May 2014 celebrating Doro’s multi-decade career already includes the participation of Blind Guardian, Mille Petrozza of Kreator, and Udo Dirkschneider of U.D.O./ex-Accept. “I have the most awesome friends and colleagues,” Doro shares with a wide smile.

RAISE YOUR FIST — which features musical guests Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead and Ozzy/Firewind guitarist Gus G. — debuted at #65 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart in November of last year and can be purchased from the Nuclear Blast Webshop.

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-Concert Tribute For Rock Guitar Legend Ronnie Montrose Heading To DVD

When Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3, 2012, friends and musicians immediately wondered what they could do to pay homage to one of rock’s all-time legendary — and influential — guitarists. The result was some of music’s most renowned artists uniting for a concert only a month and a half later (April 27) and performing Ronnie classics throughout the evening — which will now make its official DVD release on December 10, 2013, CONCERT FOR RONNIE MONTROSE – A CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE IN MUSIC.

Recorded in San Francisco at the historic Regency Ballroom and mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the DVD features performance by Ronnie’s past band members in Montrose (Sammy Hagar, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church with Joe Satriani), Gamma (Davey Pattison, Denny Carmassi and Glenn Letsch with Marc Bonilla), performing both groups’ hits.

Additionally, Ronnie’s colleagues and people he mentored and produced over the 40 years of his career are featured as well, including Neal Schon (Journey), Ricky Phillips (Styx), Steve Smith (ex-Journey), Ed Roth, Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks), Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger), Tesla, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and more.

The DVD will also include interviews, bonus features, a photo gallery, and an additional set of Ronnie’s hits by an all-star band featuring Chuck Terpo, Mario Cipollina, Tal Morris, Dave Meniketti and the members of Y&T. This was recorded and filmed at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios.

A trailer can be viewed here:

The iconic and legendary Ronnie Montrose has been called the Father Of American Hard Rock — an innovator and an incendiary guitar genius. In his short time with Van Morrison Ronnie created the iconic guitar riff for the classic song “Wild Nights.” In the Edgar Winter Group he left even a bigger mark with his catchy heavy-handed riffs on songs like “Free Ride” and “Frankenstein.” But it would be his self-titled release, MONTROSE, that would become the cornerstone of American hard rock. This debut in 1973 crafted such classics as “Rock The Nation,” “Bad Motor Scooter,” and “Space Station #5.” It laid the groundwork and became the template for bands like Van Halen and countless subsequent musicians. His musical journey lead him to the creation of Gamma where he crafted songs like “Voyager,” “Thunder And Lighting,” and “Ready For Action.” Ronnie was always searching and reinventing himself musically. Venturing through a brief instrumental period he brought us both “Open Fire” and his masterpiece version of “Town Without Pity.”

And now, fans will be able to experience the music of Ronnie once again, with the new DVD, CONCERT FOR RONNIE MONTROSE – A CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE IN MUSIC.

1. Overture
2. Open Fire
3. Town Without Pity
4. I Don’t Want It
5. Little Suzi
6. One Thing On My Mind
7. Free Ride
8. Frankenstein
9. Thunder And Lightning
10. Razor King
11. No Tears
12. Ready For Action
13. Fight To The Finish
14. Voyager
15. Lighthouse
16. One And A Half
17. Rock The Nation
18. Space Station No. 5

From TRI Session
1. Good Rockin’ Tonight
2. Rock Candy
3. Oh No You Don’t
4. Connection
5. Paper Money
6. Wild Night


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-House Of Lords’ New Album Brings Back The Magic Of The Band’s Classic Sound!

PRECIOUS METAL Worldwide Release On Frontiers In February!

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated House Of Lords brand new studio album entitled PRECIOUS METAL on February 21st in Europe and February 25th in North America.

PRECIOUS METAL is House Of Lords’ ninth studio album, following up the critically acclaimed BIG MONEY. This brand new release, recorded and produced by the band’s singer and mastermind James Christian, again has a stellar sound, with solid and baroque songwriting mixed with unique melodic sensibilities and amazing musical skills.

Musically PRECIOUS METAL shows a return to the roots of the band’s sound. James Christian as usual sings his heart out and he sounds better than ever on these new songs. Guitarist Jimi Bell shines with heavy, but melodic riffs throughout the album, with Chris McCarville and B.J. Zampa bringing a solid and powerful rhythm foundation to the House Of Lords sound.

In James Christian’s words: “When we started to write this record, we knew after the first song that we were on to something special. The energy level was off the charts for all of us. Jimi Bell came out swinging and B.J. and Chris were just crushing it. Recording this album was very easy as the songs already had arrangements that were complete. PRECIOUS METAL is a testament to years of being a band that loves what they do and has so much more to offer in the years to come.”

House Of Lords debuted in 1989 with the release of the self-titled album, a monumental Arena Hard Rock release which showcased the soaring vocals of James Christian and instrumental capabilities of the band (which featured ex-Angel and Giuffria Gregg Giuffria, along with such luminaries as Lanny Cordola, Chuck Wright and Ken Mary), reminiscent of such frontrunners as Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Van Halen, immediately brought the band to the attention of the media and fans. After another two albums released until 2002, House Of Lords went into hibernation until the original lineup came back together in 2000, releasing the controversial POWER AND THE MYTH, an album which featured a sound leaning more towards Progressive Hard Rock with ’70s rock influences.

After a short European tour, singer James Christian decided to go back to the trademark Arena Rock sound of House Of Lords, putting together a new lineup. Since 2006 the band has a stable lineup featuring Jimi Bell on guitars, B.J. Zampa on drums and Chris McCarvill on bass which has been delivering impressive shows and fine releases such as WORLD UPSIDE DOWN, COME TO MY KINGDOM, CARTESIAN DREAMS, and the recent BIG MONEY.

PRECIOUS METAL track listing includes the following:
1. Battle
2. I’m Breakin’ Free
3. Epic
4. Live Every Day (Like It’s The Last)
5. Permission To Die
6. Precious Metal
7. Swimmin’ With The Sharks
8. Raw
9. Enemy Mine
10. Action
11. Turn Back The Tide
12. You Might Just Save My Life

It is possible to enjoy an EPK presentation of PRECIOUS METAL following this link:

House Of Lords have already confirmed the following tour dates in Europe (more are in the works):
March 8 – Oslo, Norway – Untouchables
March 9 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Venue TBA
March 13 – Barcelona, Spain – Luz De Gas
March 14 – Madrid, Spain – Venue TBA
March 15 – Irun, Spain – Sala Tunk
March 17 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
March 19 – Blyth, UK – The Blyth & Tyne
March 20 – London, UK – The Garage
March 21 – HRHAOR2 Festival – Wales, UK
March 22 – Bradford, UK – The Gaswork
March 23 – York, UK – Fibbers
March 24 – Bliston, UK – The Robin 2
July 19 – Vasby Rock Festival, Sweden

Watch out for more dates on and .

House Of Lords:
James Christian – Lead Vocals
Jimi Bell – Guitars
Chris McCarvill – Bass
B.J. Zampa – Drums

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-Boston Releases Christmas Digital Single “God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen” On iTunes

Highly-Anticipated New Album LIFE, LOVE & HOPE Out Now Worldwide

Multi-platinum band Boston is celebrating the holiday season with the release of a rocking twist on a Christmas classic titled “God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen.” This festive song, produced by Boston mastermind Tom Scholz, is available on iTunes at and features Kimberley Dahme on bass and lead vocal, Gary Pihl and Scholz on vocals and guitars, along with Tom Hambridge on drums. Fans can visit the band’s Facebook page, , for more information and how to listen to a stream of the track.

Scholz said about the song, “This was my chance to Boston-ize one of my favorite Christmas carols. I had so much fun with this one, I think I’ll have to try a few more.”

Boston is currently conquering the airwaves as “Heaven On Earth,” the lead single from the newly released LIFE, LOVE & HOPE, climbs Mediabase’s Classic Rock chart. Written and produced by Scholz, “Heaven On Earth” features David Victor on vocals with special guest Louis St. August.

More than a decade in the making, the highly anticipated new album LIFE, LOVE & HOPE was released worldwide and is available now for purchase at Amazon and iTunes. The collection of brand new tracks, recorded at Scholz’s very own Hideaway Studio II, was produced, arranged, and engineered by Scholz and is Boston’s first release since 2002’s CORPORATE AMERICA. In addition to Brad Delp and Victor, current Boston singer Tommy DeCarlo, Kimberley Dahme and Scholz himself, contribute vocals on the new album. Diverse yet cohesive, the long-awaited album has something for everyone and will fulfill the expectations of existing fans, while exposing a new generation to one of rock and roll’s great acts.

Boston burst onto the music scene with their eponymous best-selling debut album in 1976, and never looked back. With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as “More Than A Feeling,” “Peace Of Mind,” and “Smokin’,” rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second effort, DON’T LOOK BACK, was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by THIRD STAGE, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, “Amanda.” With over 31 million albums sold to date, Boston’s music has stood the test of time, as evidenced by live Boston audiences that span generations.

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-Magic Circle Music Update

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

Special Rewards From The Kingdom Of Steel

Manowar and The Kingdom Of Steel wish to reward their loyal supporters with sensational new benefits, very special offers and a brand new second online store!

Welcome to Valhalla

We welcome you all to enter Valhalla — The Kingdom Of Steel’s reward for their loyal Manowarriors!

From November 27, 2013, all Manowarriors who make a purchase at The Kingdom Of Steel Online Store will be inducted into the hall of Valhalla. This is The Kingdom Of Steel’s exclusive reward program to thank the most loyal fans in the world. Starting November 27, 2013 Manowarriors will be credited 10 Warrior Rewards for every USD 1.00 product value, spent on all orders of USD 20.00 product value and more.

Warrior Rewards can be redeemed in different ways, ranging from selected free products to discounts on your orders. You can even get a Giclée print in exchange for your Warrior Rewards!

Reward offers will change! So don’t forget to check out the Valhalla section in the store on a regular basis.

As a special welcoming gift, every member that enters Valhalla will receive a starting credit of 500 Warrior Rewards.

And best of all: Valhalla is completely free of charge! As a customer with a valid login to The Kingdom Of Steel Online Store you will automatically be inducted into Valhalla and will be able to redeem your Warrior Rewards at your discretion.

For details about Valhalla go to .

Grand Opening: The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe)

On December 13, 2013 The Kingdom Of Steel will open its gates to The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe) at .

The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe) will ship from Germany to customers in and outside Europe. Please check the shipping rates in the stores’ Terms & Conditions section to determine if you prefer to place your order at The Kingdom Of Steel (US) or at The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe).

The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe) may not always offer the same range of products and special offers as The Kingdom Of Steel (US), so be sure to check out both stores on a regular basis.

Please note that due to technical reasons customers will need to have a separate customer account for the two stores. Warrior Rewards can be earned in both stores but must be redeemed in the online store where they were collected.

Massive Holiday And Black Friday Sale At The Kingdom Of Steel (US)

Get ready for the massive 2013 Holiday And Black Friday Sale at The Kingdom Of Steel (US)!

Sensational special promotions, including:
– T-Shirts starting at $4.95
– CDs starting at $4.95
– Zippers starting at $24.95
– all new Power Packages starting at $34.95

Check out all special offers here:

Fantastic brand new products, including:
– Baby Bodysuit
– Kids Shirt
– Ladies Shirt
– Long Sleeve Shirt

Check out all new products here:

Sensational discounts:
– 10% OFF on orders up to $50: (USE CODE: 10OFF)
– 20% OFF on orders $50-$100: (USE CODE: 20OFF)
– 30% OFF on orders over $100: (USE CODE: 30OFF)

Of course, all orders placed at The Kingdom Of Steel during this sale will earn you Warrior Rewards for Valhalla.

The Kingdom Of Steel (US) 2013 Holiday And Black Friday Sale starts November 27, 2013 and ends December 15, 2013. Offers are valid while stocks last.

Everything for the greatest fans in the world!

See you at The Kingdom Of Steel!

The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe) Has Opened Its Gates!

As of Friday 13, 2013 the new Kingdom Of Steel (Europe) is shipping orders from Germany to customers in and outside Europe. Please check the shipping rates in the stores’ Terms & Conditions section to determine if you prefer to place your order at The Kingdom Of Steel (US) or at The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe). The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe) may not always offer the same range of products and special offers as The Kingdom Of Steel (US). We recommend you check out both stores on a regular basis. For The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe) go to .

New At The Kingdom Of Steel (US): Stainless Steel Ring “Guitar & Bass String Style” (+ Gift Box)

New! This stainless steel ring with the signature Manowar logo engraved on the inside looks great on Brothers Of Metal and Sisters Of Steel alike. The metal strings, inspired by Manowar’s guitar and bass strings, are tightly wrapped around a timeless metal band. Available in multiple sizes. Comes in a leather gift box with Manowar logo embossed. Go to .

Magic Circle Music

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-Heart’s FANATIC LIVE FROM CAESARS COLOSSEUM CD And DVD To Be Released On Frontiers In February

Heart’s classic hits including “Barracuda,” “Crazy On You,” “These Dreams, “Alone,” and “What About Love” are featured along with songs from their most recent FANATIC CD.

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Heart’s FANATIC LIVE FROM CAESARS COLOSSEUM in North America as CD and DVD deluxe edition, Blu Ray and DVD standalone on February 21st in Europe and February 25th in North America.

The history behind this recording began in 2012, which was a year of major achievements for Heart. In addition to Ann and Nancy’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and news that they had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, the year was filed with musical accomplishments. Ann and Nancy Wilson combed their archives for a definitive four-CD box set release in the early part of the year, and in the fall of 2012, released their FANATIC album to strong critical and fan acclaim. To support the release of FANATIC, the band embarked upon a major North American headline tour, which ended with a magnificent performance at Caesars Colosseum in Windsor, Ontario, which was filmed by AXS-TV. Heart will be performing shows in February, March and April, 2014 as a continuation of the FANATIC tour.

“Heart is one of my personal favorites,” said Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino, “and it is more than a pleasure to have them joining the Frontiers family. We look forward to a great partnership together!”

Heart has long been associated with Canada having broken out in Vancouver in 1976 with the release of DREAMBOAT ANNIE and their return to Canada for the FANATIC tour was greeted with the kind of enthusiasm the Canadians save for their own. Ben Mink, who produced the FANATIC CD and is another great Canadian musician, joined Ann and Nancy on stage at Windsor, playing fiddle and leading a string ensemble.

In addition to songs from the FANATIC album which were performed for the first time for the television viewing audience, FANATIC LIVE FROM CAESARS COLOSSEUM also showcases many of Heart’s classic hits including “Barracuda,” “Crazy On You,” “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” and many more.

FANATIC LIVE FROM CAESARS COLOSSEUM will be released in Deluxe edition CD/DVD (housed in a glossy digi-pak) and Blu Ray and DVD standalone editions which can be pre-ordered via at (CD/DVD), (DVD), and (Blu-Ray). A digital download is also available via iTunes and includes an instant download of a new rendition of the Heart classic “Dog And Butterfly.”

CD audio track listing will include:
Fanatic, Heartless, What About Love, Mashallah!, Even It Up, 59 Crunch, Straight On, Dog And Butterfly, Walking Good, These Dreams, Alone, Dear Old America, Crazy On You, Barracuda.

DVD/Blu Ray track listing will include:
Fanatic, Heartless, What About Love, Mashallah!, Even It Up, 59 Crunch, Straight On, Dog And Butterfly, Walking Good, These Dreams, Alone, Dear Old America, Crazy On You, Barracuda.

You can preview the release and enjoy a personal Ann Wilson presentation by clicking on the link below:


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-Gotthard Update

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

Gotthard “Merry Xmas” Live In The Glass Box, JRZ 2012 — Tradition Close To Their Hearts

In 1999, Gotthard supported the campaign for donations of the Telethon foundation with “Merry Xmas.” Last year, the band performed unplugged, for the first time with Nic Maeder, accompanied by G-Strings Quartet, live in the Glass Box, for the JRZ 2012 event. It is important to the band to carry on with this tradition and to help children in need.

This unique live recording from “Merry Xmas” will be available as a free download from 2nd. to 31st. December on the Gotthard website. At the same time, the band wants to appeal to their fans to support this year’s campaign “Jeder Rappen zählt” 2013 for children in slums.

“Jeder Rappen zählt” 2013: for Children in slums:

At this point, Gotthard would like to thank their fans, especially those who have stood by them in all the years through highs and lows and have always supported them. The band wishes them and their families a pleasant Advent and happy festive days!

Intensive Work On The New Album

Currently in Ticino the cables are getting hot. Gotthard is working at high pressure in their Yellow-House-Studio to complete the successor to FIREBIRTH, and the second studio album with Nic Maeder. It is co-produced by Charlie Bauerfeind and Leo Leoni. It will be mixed in the Wisseloord Studios with Ronald Prent, who was also responsible for the successful albums LIPSERVICE and DOMINO EFFECT.

The album will be distributed worldwide for the first time by PIAS, the Partner label of Musikvertrieb. The publication of the new album is planned for the beginning of April 2014. After that the band will be rocking at summer festivals all over Europe, followed by a Headliner World Tour in the autumn!

In 2013, Gotthard played seven shows, which included the 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise in the Caribbean, the Tollwood Festival in Munich, the Rock’n’Road happening in Bellinzona in front of more than 12,000 fans, and at the Lighthouse Gala in the opera house in Zürich. But most of the time, the band were occupied with song writing and studio work and now they can hardly wait for next year to present their new album live on stage and to warm up their fans again.

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-Floor Jansen Is The Main Vocalist On Avalon II, The Album And European Tour Planned For May 2014

The Nightwish/ReVamp singer Floor Jansen will appear in the leading role on the next album of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon Metal Opera.

Jansen is the main vocalist on the album and sings lead vocals on the first single and promotional video. The release date for both single and the video is planned for March. The recordings are currently taking place in East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Jansen joins the cast that already includes Epica singer Simone Simons and the reunion of the early Stratovarius lineup: Tuomo Lassila on drums (the founder of Stratovarius) and Antti Ikonen on keyboards (the original keyboard player of Stratovarius).

A European Tour is also planned for May 2014, to coincide with the release of the album. More details on the live lineup and dates will be revealed later.

Timo Tolkki comments straight from the studio: “I am right now recording probably the best vocalist I have worked with in my whole career. This has been a jaw-dropping experience and I thought I have already seen it all. Floor has proven me wrong. For example in the 10-minute title track of the album, she delivers in my opinion the best vocals of her career so far. This song is probably the biggest sounding of my whole career and Floor simply makes it an astonishing, almost breathtaking experience! We are both surprised of how amazing this has turned out to be and both very happy to hear how amazing it sounds.”

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-GWAR Debuts Video For “Madness At The Core Of Time”

Sure they may have just finished the first leg of their most brutal tour to date, but the Intergalactic Warlords are not ready for a break just yet. People have been asking when there will be a video for a song from GWAR’s latest masterpiece BATTLE MAXIMUS and now they have an answer. Today your Lords and Masters bring to you the video for “Madness At The Core Of Time.” Check out the video at and pick up your copy of BATTLE MAXIMUS. (Seriously if you haven’t gotten it yet, what the F*CK are you waiting for? Oderus needs drug money.)

Quoth Oderus:
“We made a video? I have been so busy touring, getting loaded, and mouthing off I didn’t even notice. But I am sure it’s the best video ever, simply because GWAR is in it.”

In other GWAR news, for the last two years animators Myke Chillian and Tommy Meehan have been working with the members of GWAR to create a “GWARtoon” that was appropriately disgusting and objectionable enough to most accurately represent the most dangerous band in rock and roll history. After all this long and hard work, last week Funny Or Die finally premiered “The Animated Tales Of GWAR”. Check it out here:

GWAR’s BATTLE MAXIMUS, out now on Metal Blade Records, features 12 brand new tracks that not only honor their departed ally, but tells the story of GWAR’s latest struggle against what may be their greatest enemy yet… the insidious “Mr. Perfect,” who has travelled through time itself to steal the power of GWAR — the power of immortality, and use this power to mutate the human race into his twisted vision of what the “perfect” human should be. Once again GWAR finds themselves as the only thing standing between the human race and the latest super-powered sh*thead bent on the destruction of GWAR and the enslavement of their worshippers.

GWAR Official:

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-Foghat Update

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

Classic Rockers Foghat To Unleash New DVD, LIVE IN ST. PETE, On December 10th, 2013

Fans will soon be able to experience the high energy of a Foghat concert from the comfort of their living room, with the DVD release of their performance at Jannus Landing, LIVE IN ST. PETE. While most classic rock bands have made it due to monster-selling studio albums, Foghat has always been an exception to that rule with their 1977 FOGHAT LIVE album being their biggest seller! (Double Platinum). And this holds true to this day as Foghat still tours relentlessly with their thunderous blend of blues, boogie, and rock n’ roll. They hit the stage with all cylinders firing and still remain one of the best live bands today with not only as much energy but with 40+ years of additional experience.

One concert review stated “There is so much talent in this band it is ridiculous.” The man who we have to thank for keeping Foghat going and never stopping is founding member Roger Earl who treats the fans to a wicked drum solo. Incredible bassist Craig MacGregor has been a Foghat member since 1975 and played on some of their most successful albums in the ’70s including FOGHAT LIVE, NIGHT SHIFT, and STONE BLUE. Lead/slide guitarist Bryan Bassett is an alumni of both Wild Cherry and Molly Hatchet, while vocalist/guitarist Charlie Huhn played with Ted Nugent, Gary Moore, and Humble Pie.

All of Foghat’s classics are included in this DVD — “Fool For The City,” “I Just Want To Make Love To You,” “Stone Blue,” “Drivin’ Wheel,” “My Babe,” and of course, “Slow Ride,” among many others.

Fans can get an exclusive first look at the DVD by checking out the band’s performance of “I Just Want To Make Love To You” over at

A stellar review of this show states: “We were in the front row which proved to be a dangerous situation as we were directly in Bassett’s ‘shred zone’ and our faces were completely melted off. He played a cherrywood Gibson SG and was a Jedi Slide Master. Overall, the concert was exactly what you would expect from Foghat. Lengthy guitar solos, mostly the hit songs that they are known for, playing to the crowd and a 15-minute ‘Slow Ride’ encore!”

Perhaps the editor of the popular Classic Rock Revisited website, Jeb Wright, sums it up best in the DVD’s liner notes: “‘Brilliant Simplicity’ is the term I use to describe the music of Foghat. As a band, they do not try to dazzle you with their virtuosity, or baffle you with their bullsh*t. Instead, as this DVD proves, they simply rock you to your core and put a smile on your face.”

LIVE IN ST. PETE track listing:

1. Road Fever
2. Take Me To The River
3. My Babe
4. Drivin’ Wheel
5. Stone Blue
6. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ / You Need Love
7. Terraplane Blues
8. Fool For The City
9. I Just Want To Make Love To You
10. Slow Ride

“Winter Wonderland” — Merry Christmas To Our Friends!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our friends!

Here is a Rockin’ instrumental version of our new release “Winter Wonderland.”

We did have a good time doing this!

Watch & Listen here!

Available at Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby.

The all-instrumental tune is in digital-only format, and was released on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, via Foghat Records.

As Roger Earl explains, “I wasn’t so sure about doing a stinkin’ Christmas song. Bah Humbug! But once the band all got together it turned out to be alot of fun. Towards the end, we had a few glasses of wine and everything was fine. Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas everybody!”

Bryan Bassett, who does some amazing slide playing on this track, also pointed out that he pays tribute to a legendary guitarist on the tune: “We decided to do a fun interpretation of a holiday classic and for my part I wanted to give a nod to one of my favorite guitarists, Lowell George of Little Feat.”

“We’re still not sure where the inspiration for this came from. It probably involved wine!” adds bassist Craig MacGregor. “Hope you all enjoy it, but don’t play it loud next to your tree… everything falls off! Happy Holidays!!!”

We hope you enjoy it! Feel free to write to us at We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks and Happy Holidays!


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-Armoury Records To Reissue Five Of Derek Sherinian’s Solo Albums On February 11, 2014


New York, NY (December 9, 2013) — On February 11, 2014, Eagle Rock’s rock label Armoury Records is delighted to be reissuing five of Derek Sherinian’s solo albums. [MSRP $13.98 each] As one of the most talented, respected and in-demand keyboard players in rock, he is known for attacking, confident and instantly recognizable style. A former member of Dream Theater and Black Country Communion, he has also played with Alice Cooper, Kiss, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Black Label Society. He is also a member of the super-group Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine, Sherinian, (PSMS).

The first of Armoury’s reissue series is INERTIA, which was Derek Sherinian’s second solo album, originally released in 2001. It marks the start of his long-term collaboration with Toto drummer Simon Phillips and includes contributions from Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, and Tony Franklin. BLACK UTOPIA was the third solo album, originally released in 2003. It features contributions from Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, Billy Sheehan, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Al Di Meola. The track “Axis Of Evil” features a stunning guitar duel between metal icons Zakk Wylde and Yngwie Malmsteen.

Fourth came MYTHOLOGY, originally released in 2004. It features contributions from Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Stevens, and a rare guest appearance by John Sykes. BLOOD OF THE SNAKE was Derek Sherinian’s fifth solo album, originally released in 2006. It features contributions from Billy Idol, Slash, Zakk Wylde, John Petrucci, Simon Phillips, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Steve Lukather among others. MOLECULAR HEINOSITY was Derek Sherinian’s sixth solo album, originally released in 2009. This album features contributions from Zakk Wylde, Virgil Donati, Brian Tichy, and Tony Franklin.

Armoury’s reissue of these five Derek Sherinian solo albums represents their release at mid-price for the first time and is the perfect way to enjoy this incredible talent, described by Guitar World as the “King Of Keys.”

Additionally, a direct-to-consumer store will be available with all five CDs and an exclusive shirt bundle. Click here to view link:

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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-Anette Olzon: Former Nightwish Front Woman To Release First Solo Album Next Year Via Armoury Records

It is with great pleasure that Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC, welcomes Anette Olzon to their expanding roster of powerful front women.

Best known for her time fronting symphonic metal brigade Nightwish for five years before fleeing the band in 2012, the Swedish born songstress has established herself as a true apex among female rock singers globally and will continue the trend with her forthcoming solo release entitled SHINE. Produced by Stefan Örn and Johan Glössner, co-produced by Olzon alongside Johan Kronlund and mixed by Kronlund, Nicklas Flykt, and Ronny Lahti (known for his work with Loreen and Roxette), SHINE is a logical next step in Olzon’s flourishing musical journey.

“I am so thrilled to finally release my first solo album,” comments Olzon. “I’ve been working on it for a long time. The album is very personal with songs I’ve been writing since 2009 but there are also very recent songs. The overall message of the album is that life can be really dark and filled with hardship and sadness, but you can always choose to see some light coming through, to make you stronger and full of life, making you shine… no matter what.”

Indeed, SHINE crosses the borders between melancholy and hope; fragility and power. It showcases an artist who refuses to rest on her proverbial laurels but heads boldly into the future.

SHINE will be released in North America via Armoury Records this February. Further info, including track listing and teasers, to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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-Lion Music Record Label Newsletter

Marcus Jidell Unveils “Huldra” Promo Video

Lion Music is pleased to unveil a video for the track “Huldra” taken from PICTURES FROM A TIME TRAVELLER; the incredible debut instrumental album from guitar master Marcus Jidell (Avatarium, ex-Evergrey, ex-Royal Hunt).

View the video now at

Marcus wanted something a little different to the thousands of “mimed” guitar videos and with the help of video producers Steff Granström and Andreas Hillerborg came up with a video which both manages to deliver the feel of this particular track but also give fans something new. Marcus Jidell has the following to say about the video:

“To catch a different vibe I brought a mobile studio and a Marshall stack to the country side one early morning in November where we recorded and filmed a one take of ‘Huldra.’ I didn’t want the regular ‘mimed’ video thing so I just played it once again, I wanted it to be raw and honest and to show how I improvise around themes when playing guitar live. I think that we captured the spirit of the song both playing wise and with the way it was filmed and I hope people who see this will think the same.”

Lion Music and Marcus would like to say a big thank you Steff Granström and Andreas Hillerborg for making this video and would also want to thank Martin “E-type” Eriksson for providing the location and Sigge Viking for assistance.

PICTURES FROM A TIME TRAVELLER is out now on Lion Music with full album info (plus online ordering links) at .

“Year Of The Hunger” – A Short Film By The Moor 17.12.2013

Italian metallers The Moor are about to release the official video for the song “Year Of The Hunger.”

A short film starring Italian premium actor Guido Laurjni; Enrico Longhin, vocalist/guitarist of the band and director of the short film (together with Andrea Livieri and Alberto Businari), says:

“We shot the video exactly one year after the release date of the album YEAR OF THE HUNGER, and this video represents what everyone of us is forced to do everyday… It’s a metaphor about life and struggle. The best thing was to work with such a great artist like Guido Laurjini, he acted in several famous Italian movies, theatres, musical and also TV commercials, he’s a really eye-catching actor. On the other hand we had the pleasure to work with one of the best photographer around, Andrea Livieri, just to give you the best result we can afford, like The Moor does every time.”

The video will hit online networks on December 17th.

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-Crystal Viper’s “Prophet Of The End” Video Clip Available!

Are you ready for some exorcism? Crystal Viper gives you just that with their brand new video clip “Prophet Of The End.”

The song is taken from band’s forthcoming studio album POSSESSION, which will be released on Friday 13, December 2013, via AFM Records as a CD, limited edition LP, and as a digital download. “This is probably the most unusual song I ever wrote, I sometimes think it’s even the best song I ever composed. We decided to film a video clip for it, as it’s different than everything Crystal Viper did in the past. So while people expect straight heavy metal from us, and as we of course deliver such tracks on the new album, this song shows we didn’t say last word as a band yet,” says vocalist and guitarist Marta Gabriel.

“While working on this video clip, we wanted to achieve similar atmosphere to this one from ‘Paranormal Activity’ movies, or from the ‘Fourth Kind’ with Milla Jovovich, and basically reveal something from the story told on the album. We filmed this clip in Germany with guys from the 3D Maximal company, I think they did a great job and the final result is really cool!” she adds.

“Possession” track listing:

1. Zeta Reticuli
2. Voices In My Head
3. Julia Is Possessed
4. Fight Evil With Evil
5. Mark Of The Horned One
6. Why Can’t You Listen?
7. You Will Die You Will Burn
8. We Are Many
9. Prophet Of The End

CD bonus track: 10. Thundersteel (Riot cover song)
LP bonus track: 10. Night Prowler (2013)

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-Miracle Master Signs With GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music

German • Danish Hard Rockers Miracle Master have just signed a worldwide record deal with Golden Core Records/ZYX Music. The new band, featuring Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band) on vocals, was formed out of the ashes of Pump. The release of the debut album TATTOOED WOMAN is planned for spring 2014.

Recordings were done at Studio 22; Germany. Produced, mixed and mastered by Miracle Master & Axel Heckert (Brainstorm, Symphorce).

Miracle Master recently signed a worldwide management contract with Germany’s RockNGrowl Management.

Miracle Master are:

Oliver Weers – Vocals (Oliver Weers Band)
Aki Reissmann – Guitars (ex Pump, Downspirit)
Selly Bernhardt – Guitars (ex Pump, Tales Of Sorrow)
Andy Minich – Drums (ex Pump, Unfroynd)
Michael Vetter – Bass (ex Pump, Chinchilla)

You can expect nothing more than KICK ASS HARD ROCK.

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-Sister Announces DISGUISED VULTURES Release Date And Launch Landing Page!

Swedish hard rock act, Sister, has announced its new album — DISGUISED VULTURES! The record was recorded with Martin Sweet and Linus Birbrant and features the previously released single, “Sick.”

DISGUISED VULTURES will be released on January 21 in North America and January 24th in UK/Europe. Fans can listen to “Sick,” watch videos, and pre-order DISGUISED VULTURES at .

European fans were able to get their hands on a limited colored 7″ of “Sick” while the band was on tour with Wednesday 13 throughout Europe. A limited number of singles are still available from at .

DISGUISED VULTURES emphasizes what the band is all about: heavy, raw sound, and attitude. Fans will find plenty more of what Revolver Magazine described as “a genre-bending amalgam of street punk attitude and glam-inspired melodies” on this new album.

More music and videos will be made available leading up to the release of DISGUISED VULTURES, so keep an eye on as updates are posted!

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-Divebomb Bootcamp: Second Wave Coming 12/10 (Project: Roenwolfe, Everthrone, Eradikator & Electric Age)

Bootcamp Second Wave Is Here!

Our Divebomb Bootcamp series’ second wave begins shipping on 12/10! This second wave provides an outlet for independent bands to get their previously “Do It Yourself” releases the attention they deserve. This is new blood for the new breed. Are you ready to join the army?

The second wave consists of four new up and coming bands — Everthrone (USA), Eradikator (UK), Project: Roenwolfe (USA) and Electric Age (Brazil) — and they are available individually or as part of a package deal at a discounted price per unit. You can stream them via our Bandcamp page as well. Release-specific information is below for all four releases. These are limited to 500 units worldwide so be sure to not delay.

Buy Now Direct:

Bootcamp Series #6
Project: Roenwolfe

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Listening to Project: Roenwolfe, it’s clear that the project was borne from two minds with no regard for musical genre restraints. Although its two members — Tony C. and Patrick “Hoyt” Parris — live on separate sides of the US, the musicians’ shared vision is apparent in their unique blend of power metal and thrash.

The fruits of the duo’s labor are on full display on NEVERWHERE DREAMSCAPE, Project: Roenwolfe’s stunning debut album. Whether it’s the dizzying guitar riffs and skyscraping vocals of “Split The Rings Of Saturn” or the marching rhythmic onslaught of “Proclamations For Devastation,” the album already has a classic feel to it, despite its young age. By the time the epic “Universal Mind” closes out the album, there’s zero doubt that PROJECT: ROENWOLFE are the genuine article.

Comrades In Arms:
Iced Earth, Helstar, Control Denied, Artillery, Heathen, Nevermore, and Jag Panzer

o includes two bonus tracks not found on digital edition
o limited edition CD — only 500 units pressed worldwide
o full-color eight-page booklet with lyrics

Bootcamp Series #7

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When it comes to reissuing classic UK thrash metal, Divebomb Records has already established itself as one of the world’s leading boutique labels. Our roster includes heavyweights such as Deathwish, Slammer, D.A.M., and Toranaga, but we’ve decided that it’s time to infuse some fresh blood into the mix.

Enter Eradikator.

The British band’s debut album, DYSTOPIA, definitely brings to mind the best elements of the golden era of thrash, but Eradikator never find themselves simply re-hashing the past. Instead, the four-piece combo combine their superb talents and treat the listener with a seemingly never-ending barrage of neck-snapping guitar riffs and vocals that are as authoritative as they are memorable, resulting in a fresh-sounding set of songs. In the end, DYSTOPIA pulsates with old-school spirit but never sounds dated. We wish we could say that about many of their so-called “re-thrash” contemporaries.

Comrades In Arms:
Xentrix, Metallica, Megadeth, Onslaught, Deathwish, Slammer, Toranaga, and D.A.M.

o brand new bonus track (Thin Lizzy’s “Cold Sweat”)
o limited edition CD — only 500 units pressed worldwide
o band supplied photos
o full-color 12-page booklet with lyrics

Bootcamp Series #8

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Everthrone’s journey began back in 2005 while operating under a different moniker, releasing two highly acclaimed EPs by the end of 2009. It wasn’t until the metamorphosis that resulted in Everthrone being born that the band was truly firing on all cylinders. On their Jamie King-produced debut album, EVIL TONGUES, the group take their progressive metal sound and underscore it with a synth-driven rhythmic thrust that was so prevalent during the golden age of darkwave in the ’80s.

The marriage of forward-thinking heavy metal arrangements and synth-pop might sound a bit risky, but not only does Everthrone make the unlikely stylistic combination work, they also make it all feel seamless and natural, a testament to the group’s profound talents. In an age of fly-by-night, Internet hype-driven metal acts, Everthrone march to the beat of their own drummer, giving hope to those who care more about song writing mastery than the flavor of the week.

Comrades In Arms:
Dream Theater, Amorphis, Tears For Fears, Fates Warning, Symphony X, and Warlord

o produced by Jamie King (Between The Buried & Me)
o limited edition CD — only 500 units pressed worldwide
o new artwork
o band supplied photos
o full-color eight-page booklet with lyrics
o includes cover of Real Life’s smash hit “Send Me An Angel”

Bootcamp Series #9
Electric Age

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Initially starting out as a Deep Purple tribute band, Brazil’s Electric Age has evolved into its own hard rock wrecking machine. The quartet’s chemistry is undeniable and their arena-worthy live show has already garnered the band accolades, winning several festivals in the São Paulo region along the way.

With ’70s flavored guitar heroics from Luiz Felipe Cardim and a locked in rhythm section in drummer Nico “The Boss” and bassist Otavio Cintra, Electric Age is rounded out by powerhouse front man Junior Rodrigues, a singer who channels the power of Michael Kiske (Helloween, Place Vendome) and channels it with an earthy soulfulness that suits their tunes perfectly.

Joining forces with Divebomb Records for the label’s Bootcamp Series, Electric Age is set to release their self-titled six-song debut EP. Featuring arena-ready tracks like “Snake Eater” and “Echoes Of Insanity,” it’s clear Electric Age will bust out of the Brazilian scene and become a worldwide concern in the coming year.

Comrades In Arms:
Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Rainbow, UFO, and Blue Öyster Cult

o limited edition CD — only 500 units pressed worldwide
o new artwork
o band supplied photos
o full-color 12-page booklet with lyrics

Buy Now Direct:

Stream Everything Now At Bandcamp:

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-NYC Metallists Martyrd Return With New Single/Video, “Faceless,” Plot 2014 Tour

There are few metal bands at the moment that manage to merge melody with technicality as expertly as New York City’s Martyrd does. And as evidenced by their new single/video, “Faceless,” the band continues to grow stronger with each successive release. Produced at Westfall Recording Company with engineers Anthony Lopardo and Raymond Marte, it doesn’t take long to discover that “Faceless” is a brutal whiplash of power and precision.

Comprised of singer Aaron Pollard, guitarists Michael Andreas and Mike Kitsos, bassist Brian Nichols, and drummer Adam Birula, Martyrd has quickly made a name for themselves on the US east coast, and with extensive touring projected for 2014, plan to spread the word far and beyond. Their last album, 2012’s sophomore effort, THE MORTAL COIL, saw the group on tour with six-string legend Yngwie Malmsteen, while gaining praise from the metal press, including Guitar World Magazine, which proclaimed Martyrd was “A melee of blistering riffs and soaring vocal melodies sure to please fans of both Kreator and Symphony X.”

“‘Faceless’ is my new favorite,” explains Andreas about the new track. “We had so much fun writing, recording, and listening to it. We’ve been writing a ton of new material since we released THE MORTAL COIL, but ‘Faceless’ just sort of came together on its own, very quick. It’s no-nonsense — it comes in pounding right off the bat, and then makes a statement with that heavy verse riff. There’s definitely a lot of heaviness, in fact, I think Aaron in particular has never sounded so heavy. But there’s also harmony and melody — that chorus is just asking you to sing along. This song is what Martyrd’s all about; it’s heavy and pounding and aggressive, but also melodic and kind of catchy. It’s just really fun to play and listen to. We can’t wait to take it out on the road and really see our friends and fans get into it!”

Fans can purchase the song on iTunes ( ), as well as view the accompanying music video for the track, by following this link:

“We were worried about shooting a video,” adds Andreas. “It’s a chance for us to reach so many more people at once than we can live, but we knew it had to have the same intensity and excitement that our live show does. We wanted to make sure that there were not going to be any compromises in who we are and what we deliver. Anthony Lopardo (at Westfall Recording Company) has worked with us since THE MORTAL COIL, and actually did the tracking for ‘Faceless’ as well. When he showed us the video work that he had done, we knew that he was the right choice. And he definitely did not disappoint.”

“The shoot itself was a lot of work, but it was a blast also. We spent the whole day filming in this dark, grimy warehouse. Actually, the place had giant windows that we spent about two hours covering with tarps, to make sure the place STAYED dark and grimy! And Anthony was amazing throughout the whole thing, I don’t think there is anyone else who could have helped us accomplish what we did, and still had so much fun doing it. And we’re completely stoked on the finished product — we want every single living human to see it, at least twice.”


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-Silencer Premieres New Video “I Am Thunder!” On

NEW YORK, NY — Denver metal veterans Silencer have just released their new video for the track “I Am Thunder!,” premiering it via The video can be viewed here:

Produced by AE Films and pulled from the band’s new album, THE GREAT BEAR, the video “was filmed at a special in-store appearance at the famous Ernie November record store in Cheyenne WY. Celebrating our love for all things brick & mortar record store and heavy metal, we saw the opportunity to film the video in this unique setting,” says Silencer front man, Keith Spargo.

In other Silencer news, the quartet will play a 15th Anniversary Show on 11 January 2014 at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver, CO alongside their friends Arise In Chaos, Cellador, and others. The band is currently heating up the Loud Rock charts on CMJ with “I Am Thunder!” getting spins across the country on stations such as KGAR in Lemoore, CA, KFSR in Fresno, CA, WFCS in New Britain, CT, WXCI in Danbury, CT, WARC in Meadville, PA, WCAL in California, PA, KIWR in Council Bluffs, IA, KXCI in Tucson, AZ, KAOS in Olympia, WA, KFAI in Minneapolis, MN, WRBC in Auburn, ME, WRSU in New Brunswick, NJ, KMSA in Grand Junction, CO and the mighty WSOU in South Orange, NJ, amongst others.

THE GREAT BEAR is out now worldwide via Vanity Music Group.

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-Indica’s “A Definite Maybe” Digital Single Released

As the first single, Indica released “A Definite Maybe” on iTunes. The emotional track is out of their upcoming new record SHINE, coming up on January 24th, 2014.

You can order the track here:
Indica – “A Definite Maybe” (digital only single):

The lyric video clip is also available at the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Four long years have passed since A WAY AWAY, their sixth studio album and also the band’s premiere in the English language, came out. Now the ladies are back and stronger than ever. The basics for SHINE reach back to 2011, when Jonsu started working on songs — based on a dream of hers. The result is a conjuring essential Symphonic-Pop creation, with sparkling character, beautiful catchy melodies and lots of soul.
SHINE will be released on January 24, 2014 via Nuclear Blast, giving you a real kick-off start for the New Year. One thing can already be stated without any doubt: Indica has never been better. And SHINE shimmers as bright as the beautiful musicians themselves high in the music sky.

You can pre-order your copy of SHINE here:

Jonsu – vocals, violin, guitar
Heini – bass, vocals
Sirkku – keyboards, vocals
Jenny – guitar, vocals
Laura – drums

-Check out Anvil’s new video for “Badass Rock N Roll” at . Their new album HOPE IN HELL is out now. See , , and for more.

-Darkside’s new website is .

-There’s a new interview with Heaven & Earth singer Joe Retta at Hardrock Haven, at .

-The Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2014 takes place March 15-16 in Mexico City. The lineup on the 15th includes Kiss, Korn, Twisted Sister, Carcass, Trivium, Misfits, Suicide Silence, Suffocation, Brujeria, Obituary, Destruction, Flotsam And Jetsam, and others. The lineup on the 16th includes Guns N’ Roses, Rob Zombie, Lamb Of God, Opeth, Testament, P.O.D., DragonForce, Deicide, Angra, Tankard, and others. See for more.

-The Lingua Mortis Orchestra’s new video for the track “Cleansed By Fire,” from LMO, is online at . German tour dates, featuring support from Majesty:

12/18 – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
12/19 – Stadthalle, Memmingen, Germany
12/20 – Löwensaal, Nürnberg, Germany
12/21 – Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
12/22 – Neue Stadthalle, Langen, Germany

There’s a tour trailer and message from guitarist Victor Smolski at . See for more.

-Manowar’s “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” World Tour next year now includes US dates and German dates, and a revised date for Krasnodar in Russia as follows:

2/7 – Royal Oak Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
2/8 – Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
2/9 – Mill City, Minneapolis, MN
2/13 – The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
2/15 – House Of Blues, Houston, TX
2/16 – House Of Blues, Dallas, TX
2/18 – Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
2/20 – Regency Theatre, San Francisco, CA
2/22 – Fox Theatre, Pomona, CA
3/18 – Olymp Palace Of Sports, Krasnodar, Russia
3/21 – Luzhniki Palace Of Sports, Moscow, Russia
3/23 – Yubileyny Sports Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia
3/25 – Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
3/27 – Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia
3/29 – Teatro Arena, Vilnius, Lithuania
5/21 – Hangar 11, Tel Aviv, Israel
5/24 – Metal Summer Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
6/13 – 6/15 – Legacy Open Air At Waldstadion, Weismain, Germany
7/25 – 7/26 – Magic Circle Festival, Helsinki, Finland
1/14/2015 – Grugahalle, Essen, Germany
1/16/2015 – Zenith, Munich, Germany
1/17/2015 – Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

More dates will be announced soon. Hype: “Manowar’s KINGS OF METAL album, a milestone in metal history, was first released on November 18, 1988, followed by a world tour in 1989. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of these events, Manowar will release a brand new special version of the album, KINGS OF METAL MMXIV in early 2014, and then hit the international stages with the ‘Kings Of Metal MMXIV’ World Tour.” About the US dates: “We are excited to tour on American soil again! Our American fans have loyally stood with us, united as one. Many of them have traveled across the continent and even to Europe to celebrate with us. These shows will be unforgettable, massive feasts of True Metal with everyone’s favorite Manowar hymns!” said bassist Joey DeMaio. About the German dates, DeMaio said: “We are thrilled to return to Germany! The German Manowarriors’ loyalty and support from the first time we set foot on German ground is legendary. Returning for this special celebration of KINGS OF METAL will reunite us with the greatest fans in Germany. We are calling our Manowarriors in Germany, but also those in the nearby countries, to join us for some unforgettable shows of unparalleled and face-melting metal!” The headlining show at the Legacy Open Air will be Manowar’s only performance in Germany in 2014; see for more on the festival, and see and for more on Manowar.

-MelodicRockFest 4 is set for next October 3-5 at H.O.M.E. Bar in Chicago, IL. The lineup for the 3rd includes Stan Bush, Work Of Art, AdrianGale, Johnny Lima, Maxx Explosion, Faith Circus, Crossing Rubicon, and 7th Heaven. The lineup on the 4th includes H.E.A.T., Mitch Malloy, LaVerdi/Ramos/Shotton, Mecca+, Lost Angeles, Paul Laine, Loud Lion, House Of Shakira, Talon, and Romeo Riot. The lineup on the 5th includes The Poodles, Guardian, Heaven’s Edge, Shooting Star, Tango Down, Bombay Black, Grand Design, Degreed, and The Radio Sun. Tickets go on sale January 15. See for more.

-Red Dragon Cartel is Jake E. Lee’s (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands) new band; Lee is joined by Darren Smith on vocals, Ron Mancuso on bass, and Jonus Fairley on drums. The band’s self-titled debut was co-produced by Mancuso and Lee, is due out January 28 via Frontiers, and features guest spots from Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Paul Di’Anno (Iron Maiden), Rex Brown (Pantera), Todd Kearns (Slash), Brent Fitz (Slash), Maria Brink (In This Moment), Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch), and Scott Reeder (Tool, Kyuss). A few dates have been lined up so far:

12/14 – The Marquee Theater, Tempe, AZ (w/ Queensryche)
12/15 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
12/20 – Count’s Vamp’d, Las Vegas, NV
3/29 – 4/2/2014 – Monsters Of Rock Cruise

The band’s set list will include new songs (“Feeder,” “Deceived”), Ozzy songs (“Shot In The Dark,” “Bark At The Moon,” “The Ultimate Sin”), and Badlands songs (“Dreams In The Dark,” “High Wire”). Hype: “A real band in the truest sense of the word, Jake E Lee’s ‘Red Dragon Cartel’ is about to blast off. This amazing virtuoso guitarist with his new band will once again grace the rock world with the lights shining even brighter.”

-2014 European Sepultura/Legion Of The Damned/Flotsam And Jetsam/Mortillery tour dates:

2/7 – Matrix, Bochum, Germany
2/8 – Backstage, München, Germany
2/9 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
2/10 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2/11 – Tobakken, Esbjerg, Denmark
2/12 – Rosenhof, Osnabrück, Germany
2/13 – C-Club, Berlin, Germany
2/14 – Megaclub, Katowice, Poland
2/15 – Alte Spinnerei, Glauchau, Germany
2/16 – Masters Of Rock Club, Zlin, Czech Republic
2/18 – Smerr Club, Zilina, Slovakia
2/19 – Arena, Wien, Austria
2/20 – Rockhouse, Salzburg, Austria
2/21 – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
2/22 – Z 7, Pratteln, Switzerland
2/23 – Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany
2/24 – CCO Villeurbonne, Lyon, France
2/25 – Bikini, Toulouse, France
2/26 – Salamandra 1, Barcelona, Spain
2/27 – Arena, Madrid, Spain
2/28 – Paradise Garage, Lissabon, Portugal
3/1 – Totem, Pamplona, Spain
3/3 – Cargo, Caen, France
3/4 – L’Antipode, Rennes, France
3/5 – Trabendo, Paris, France
3/6 – Paard, Den Haag, The Netherlands
3/7 – Atak, Enschede, The Netherlands
3/8 – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
3/9 – Effenaar, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

-Sinbreed, now featuring guitarist Marcus Siepen (guitar), has signed with AFM Records. (Love this hype: “Their Melodic Speed Metal . . . comes across without keyboards, but with strong choruses and balls.”) The band’s second album will be released through the label in 2014. The full new lineup is Herbie Langhans on vocals, Flo Laurin and Siepen on guitar, Alexander Schulz on bass, and Frederik Ehmke on drums.

-Sinner will celebrate its 30th anniversary with special “Sinfest” concerts in Germany, with special guests Voodoo Circle and The New Black, as follows:

12/27 – Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
12/28 – VAZ*, Burglengenfeld, Germany
12/29 – Kaminwerk, Memmingen, Germany

-Stryper’s new video for “No More Hell To Pay” is online at .

-Stud’s new video for “Lovers In The Night” is online at . The Finnish band features singer Ari Toivanen, guitarist Mika kansikas, bassist Matti Jalonen, and drummer Stenda Kukkonen. The song comes from OUT OF THE DARKNESS, which was released in October. See , , , and for more.

-Eleven Joe Stump albums — including THE ESSENTIAL SHRED GUITAR COLLECTION, ARMED AND READY, 2001: A SHRED ODYSSEY, and CONQUER & DIVIDE (by Joe Stump’s Reign Of Terror) — are now available “in 111 territories on all continents” through iTunes.

-Upcoming Y&T shows:

1/4 Hard Rock Café Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI
1/10 – Kawasaki Rock City 2014 @ Club Citta’, Tokyo, Japan (40th Anniversary Special Show)
1/11 – 1/12 – Kawasaki Rock City 2014 @ Club Citta’, Tokyo, Japan – w/ Winger & FireHouse
1/13 – Namba Rock City 2014 @ Namba Hatch, Osaka, Japan – w/ Winger
1/31 – Fat Cat Music House, Modesto, CA
2/1 – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
2/28 – Tower Theatre, Fresno, CA
3/1 – SLO Brewing Co, San Luis Obispo, CA
3/8 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
3/14 – Vamp’d, Las Vegas, NV
3/15 – 93.3 KDKB’s Mike Gaube’s HEADBANGERS 3-Year Anniversary Show Outside @ 910 Live, Tempe, AZ
3/20 – Trees, Dallas, TX
3/21 – Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX
3/22 – Concert Pub North, Houston, TX
3/29 – 4/2 – Monsters Of Rock Cruise
4/4 – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
4/5 – Stage 48, New York, NY
4/6 – Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH – SOLD OUT
4/7 – Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH
4/8 – 1150 Oak Bar & Grill, Cranston, RI
4/11 – The Rockpile West, Etobicoke, ONT, Canada
4/12 – The Rockpile East, Toronto, ONT, Canada
4/13 – Braun’s Concert Cove, Akron, NY
4/16 – Deadhorse Cantina & Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA
4/17 – The Rock Factory, Akron, OH
4/18 – The Machine Shop, Flint, MI
4/19 – Tailgaters, Bolingbrook, IL
4/21 – High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
6/4 – 6/7 – Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, Sweden

See and for more.

Thanks to Stuart Smith, Magic Circle Music, Silverstar Entertainment, John Erigo, Alexandra Mrozowska, and Marjo Verdooren for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus Issue #650 – Did You Miss Us?

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Issue #650
Week of June 10, 2013

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-So we unexpectedly went on hiatus about two months ago, and now we’re just popping back in briefly to get Neal’s excellent Ethan Brosh interview published. I managed to throw in a few other tidbits but time is at a premium these days… I’m not exactly sure when we’ll be back. – Tim

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-Manowar’s WARRIORS OF THE WORLD 10TH ANNIVERSARY REMASTERED EDITION CD Will Be Released Across Europe On June 28, 2013

The new edition takes Manowar’s multi-award winning, best-selling album to the next level.

Fully re-mastered and with a different bonus track, this brand new edition provides even higher sonic quality than ever before.

Mixed at legendary Galaxy Studios by world-renowned mixing engineer Ronald Prent, the 10th Anniversary Edition was re-mastered at Manowar’s own studios Hell and Haus Wahnfried by Joey DeMaio personally with Manowar’s in-house audio engineer Dirk Kloiber.

“It was an amazing experience, re-visiting this production. There are so many great memories associated with this album, from the recording to the post-production to the many unique live performances. All these experiences go into your work, when you sit in the studio and create a new experience for your fans,” said DeMaio.

WARRIORS OF THE WORLD 10TH ANNIVERSARY REMASTERED EDITION contains all 11 tracks from the original release, entirely re-mastered, plus a live recording of “House Of Death,” recorded during the BATTLE HYMNS MMXI Tour at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England; Manowar’s triumphant return to England after 16 years.

The album features, among others, the iconic title track “Warriors Of The World United,” the battle cry “Call To Arms,” and a series of further favorite hymns, including “Hand Of Doom” and the live favorite “House Of Death.”

WARRIORS OF THE WORLD 10TH ANNIVERSARY REMASTERED EDITION is already available as digital album on iTunes worldwide and as CD at .

Track List:
1. Call To Arms
2. The Fight For Freedom
3. Nessun Dorma
4. Valhalla
5. Swords In The Wind
6. An American Trilogy
7. The March
8. Warriors Of The World United
9. Hand Of Doom
10. House Of Death
11. Fight Until We Die

12. House Of Death – Recorded live at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England, 03/27/2011

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-Famous Underground, Featuring Nick Walsh Of Slik Toxik, To Release Self-Titled Debut On July 2

“Famous Underground is a skull-rattling reminder that a stand-alone identity in the here and now overshadows past glories and current blood-sucking music industry trends.”
– Carl Begai / BW&BK

Famous Underground is led by vocalist Nicholas Walsh, formerly front man of the band Slik Toxik. Folks that remember life before grunge may recall the Canadian hard rock outfit kicking up a proverbial storm in the early ’90s. The band achieved Gold status in Canada with their full-length debut DOIN’ THE NASTY and took home the 1993 Juno Award (Canada’s version of the Grammy) for Best Album Of The Year. Sadly, in spite of their success Slik Toxik called it quits in 1995 as grunge tightened its hold on the music scene.

Nick isn’t one to simply fade into the background, however. Biding his time, honing his craft, he continued to work as a musician and spent close to 10 years fronting Revolver — a dark and dangerous new take on what Slik Toxik started — with longtime bassist/musical partner Laurie-Anne Green at his side. In the fall of 2011, Nick and Laurie-Anne had several new songs ready to go, which resulted in a new outlook and excitement for the future. They decided to start a new project and recruited musicians to form Famous Underground.

There are so many sub-genres in metal and rock now, our music is a combination of different varieties of hard rock and heavy metal. “I’m a fan of a lot of the metal or rock that’s out today,” says Nick, also a discerning fan of old school metal bands like Mercyful Fate, Crimson Glory and Iron Maiden. “Out of the ‘new’ groups out there, we like Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Disturbed, and part of the reason for that is you can hear elements of some of the stuff that influenced us so much.”

Ultimately, Walsh prefers to let the music do the talking. Famous Underground’s self-titled debut features 11 songs that run the gamut from up-tempo crushers to groove-stomp-heavy anthems to arena rock ballads, with no apologies offered for being unpredictable.

Nick says:

“Famous Underground is all-encompassing because we like all kinds of music. Look at Guns N’ Roses, who were hailed as one of the most dangerous bands around back in the day. They also put out ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and an album (G’N’R LIES) with a bunch of acoustic stuff on it. We’re one of those types of bands. We’re not going to paint ourselves into a corner and strictly do one form of rock or metal.

“I think Famous Underground is a band that sings about the human condition,” Nick offers. “We’re not preaching, but we’re pointing things out to people, saying ‘Look around at the world you’re living in.’ There are things going on that need to be brought to people’s attention, and if they don’t get it in a song they’re not going to get it at all.”

And class is always in session when Famous Underground are on stage. Focused, uncompromising, even if you go into one of the band’s shows without having heard a note beforehand, you’ll leave with a lasting impression tattooed on your brain. Famous Underground is as much about drawing the audience in as they are about getting the music out.

Nick states:

“When we rehearse, we engage each other and get our initial vibes from the music that we perform together, but on the stage that vibe turns into a much larger connection. We really like to create and feel that connection with our audience.”

Famous Underground is also a band that gives the fans what they paid for at the door. Rather than indulging in nonsensical mid-set jams, they keep things as close to the album as possible. As Nick puts it, “Even when we have an element of surprise or introduce something a little different on stage, there is always thought put behind our actions.”

Laurie-Anne says:

“We can’t wait to get out there and perform this album for everyone.” The fans will have the chance to take part in the Famous Underground experience soon enough, and the band is chomping at the bit to bring their one-of-a-kind show to the people.

These musicians have independently garnered critical acclaim supporting such acts as Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Kid Rock, Black Sabbath, Billy Talent, Yngwie Malmsteen, April Wine and many other international acts.

Famous Underground is:
Nick Walsh – Lead Vocals / Guitar
Laurie-Anne Green – Bass / BG Vocals
Rick Corvese – Guitar
Darren Michael Boyd – Guitar
Desche Sparboom – Drums



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-Heavy Metal Instrumental Single From Upcoming “Zombie Squash” Game Soundtrack Free On Facebook

New Metal Instrumental “Destroy” By Roy Z Released Free On Facebook Page

Summary: “Destroy,” a new heavy metal instrumental single by Roy Z (Judas Priest, Sepultura, Sebastian Bach) can be downloaded now for free from the “Zombie Squash” Facebook page in advance of its June 17 release date at iTunes & Amazon. “Destroy” was written, performed, and produced by Roy Z and is the first single from the upcoming soundtrack for the free iOS and Android game “Zombie Squash” which stars the voice talents of George A. Romero, the iconic director of “Night Of The Living Dead.”

PHOENIX, AZ — ACW Games announced the release of “Destroy” a heavy metal instrumental single from the upcoming “Zombie Squash” soundtrack written, produced, and performed by Roy Z known for his stellar production work with Sepultura, Sebastian Bach, and Halford.

Before the single goes on sale at iTunes, Amazon, and other global outlets on June 17, fans of the official “Zombie Squash” Facebook page ( ) can download a complimentary MP3 of “Destroy” now. Users simply have to visit the “Zombie Squash” Facebook page, click on the “Destroy MP3″ tab, and “Like” the page. A download link is then revealed to the user.

“Destroy” is a high-tempo, shredding piece by Roy Z. With numerous credits including producing Judas Priest’s ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION which debuted at #13 on the US Billboard chart in 2005, Roy Z’s signature ferocious sound is evident in “Destroy.” Roy Z plays guitar, bass, and keys while Dave Moreno (Tribe Of Gypsies) provides the bombastic drums. “Destroy” was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Adrenaline Mob, Yngwie Malmsteen).

The song erupts with a furious pace as does the thrill of the “Zombie Squash” game. Additional original songs by Roy Z are heard throughout the game.

A full-length “Zombie Squash” soundtrack written and produced by Roy Z will be released later this year.

A recent FEARnet review of the “Zombie Squash” game referred to the soundtrack as “headbanging metal… auditory mayhem.” called Roy Z “a badass” where he was recently interviewed about the soundtrack.

“Zombie Squash,” a free game for Apple and Android devices, was created by Attila Juhasz whose metal credits appear along with Roy Z’s on numerous Halford and Fight releases for graphics, marketing and editing. In the ’90s, Juhasz published the metal magazine New York Onslaught and managed New York rockers No More Johnny.

“Zombie Squash” features the voice talents of George A. Romero, the iconic director of “Night Of The Living Dead” and “Dawn Of The Dead,” and the Godfather of all zombies.

“Zombie Squash” is a world where plants and vegetables like turban squash and pumpkins turn into zombie squash spawned from the evil experiments of Dr. B. E. Vil (Romero), owner of the biochemical, genetics company Monsterno Corporation. You play as Jack Stompingtail, a fearless rabbit who fires carrots and other garden ammo at the zombie squash onslaught. The player has to try and stop the Zombie Squash from taking over the world. An addictive, survival-mode mini-game is also included.

The fun-for-all ages, tongue-in-cheek, action game is available for free from iTunes, GooglePlay, and Free HD tablet versions of “Zombie Squash” are also available for the iPad and Kindle Fire.

“Destroy” YouTube Teaser:

Company Information:
ACW Games is a division of Attila’s Creative Works LLC. “Zombie Squash” was created by Attila Juhasz owner of ACW Games/Attila’s Creative Works LLC. “Zombie Squash” TM is the registered trademark of Attila’s Creative Works LLC.

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-Witches Mark Update

(Note: This combines two different press releases. – Tim)

WITCHING METAL RITUAL Available For Pre-Order Now!!!

Witches Mark — the self-professed “Bringers Of Heavy Metal Death” hailing from Austin, Texas — have completed work on their WITCHING METAL RITUAL full-length, due to be released through Heaven & Hell Records on July 15th, 2013.

WITCHING METAL RITUAL is currently available for Pre-Order at a special introductory price of $8.99 (US) Follow the link to secure your copy!

WITCHING METAL RITUAL features eight tracks of uncompromising metal glory blending elements of thrash, speed, doom, black, and death while anchoring their overall sound firmly within the framework of traditional heavy metal.

Co-Produced by Witches Mark and Stuart “Batlord” Laurence (Agony Column/Ignitor) with mixing and mastering duties handled by Brendon Bigelow (Ignitor/Death Of Millions) WITCHING METAL RITUAL features a stunning post-apocalyptic inspired album cover courtesy of Yannick Bouchard of Illusory Dreams.

Metal fans can also expect a number of exciting guest appearances on WITCHING METAL RITUAL including Ross “The Boss” Friedman (Manowar/Death Dealer/The Dictators), Jack Starr (Virgin Steele/Burning Starr), Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys/WatchTower/Ignitor/Broken Teeth), and Martin Debourge (Damien Thorne/Head Transfer Process).

The four band members of Witches Mark recently commented on their new album WITCHING METAL RITUAL in a string of interviews with the underground metal press.

“When people think of the US they don’t think of the traditional metal, they think of Britain, Germany… But the United States had Manowar, they had Virgin Steele, they had Slayer… Tons of bands that really were the best out there and that’s what we wanted to showcase on our album because we are American as well,” bassist Andy Gonzalez stated in an interview with SA Musicians Talk Show Radio.

When asked in an exclusive video interview with Robb’s Metal Works to describe what metal fans can expect to hear on the band’s new album WITCHING METAL RITUAL vocalist and guitarist Robb Bockman had the following to say “I’d best describe it as a bunch of dudes that love metal and we just play what we wanna f*cking hear. It’s a celebration of metal.”

“Definitely energy, power and attitude… Gotta make a statement, you know?” stated drummer Scott Palmer in an interview with Slayed In Oregon. Guitarist and founding member Robert Williams added “We were able to bring a heavier, meaner, darker sound.”

WITCHING METAL RITUAL will be released in Enhanced-CD format and will also include bonus video content including a music video for the album’s title track.

In late 2009, Heaven & Hell Records released A GRIM APPARITION, the debut EP from Witches Mark.

New Music Video Unveiled For “Witching Metal Ritual”

Texas metal act Witches Mark posted a new music video for the track “Witching Metal Ritual.” The track features ex-Manowar guitarist Ross The Boss (Death Dealer) and is the title track to the band’s debut full-length LP, which is due for release via Heaven & Hell Records on July 15.

WITCHING METAL RITUAL features eight tracks of uncompromising metal glory blending elements of thrash, speed, doom, black, and death while anchoring their overall sound firmly within the framework of traditional heavy metal. A teaser for the album can be heard over at this location:

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-Ivanhoe: Sixth Album From German Prog Metal Veterans To See Release Via Massacre Records

Massacre Records will release the new album from German progressive metal veterans Ivanhoe this Summer, with a North American street date of July 2 now locked down.

With a long line of releases including their early demos as well as five full-length studio recordings on their résumé, Ivanhoe has toured and performed across Europe with the likes of Iced Earth, Nevermore, Queensryche, the Scorpions, and countless others, including sets at major festivals including Bang Your Head, Building A Force, and others, helping them become a widely known and respected act over the last two decades.

With nearly an hour of brand new material, the sixth Ivanhoe album SYSTEMATRIX brings out some of the most powerful and professional anthems in the band’s ongoing lineage. The hard-hitting tunes on SYSTEMATRIX were produced, mixed, and mastered by Andy Horn at Red Room (Edenbridge, Lanfear, Rob Rock, Liv Kristine, etc.), capturing the talented act with immaculate auditory quality, and showcase the South German prog act boasting their strongest effort so far.

The seventh track from SYSTEMATRIX, “Walldancer,” has been posted to YouTube in advance of the album’s release. Listen here:

SYSTEMATRIX Track Listing:
1. Systematrix
2. Human Letargo
3. Tin Cans Liberty
4. War Of The Centuries
5. Madhouse
6. Learning Path
7. Walldancer
8. The Symbiotic Predator – Seduction
9. The Symbiotic Predator – Resolution
10. The Symbiotic Predator – Late Recognition

Ivanhoe Lineup:
Mischa Mang – vocals
Chuck Schuler – guitars
Giovanni Soulas – bass
Richie Seibel – keyboards
Mathias Biehl – drums

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-Winner Announced For Foghat Songwriting Contest

It’s not often that fans get the opportunity to collaborate on a song with a rock band that has had the success that Foghat has obtained. But that was exactly what happened to a gentleman by the name of Phil Dessinger, when he won a contest asking fans to add lyrics to the originally all-instrumental tune, “495 Boogie,” from Foghat’s latest CD, LAST TRAIN HOME. And on July 9, fans can hear the winning version, dubbed “The Word Of Rock n’ Roll,” which is being issued via the band’s own label, Foghat Records.

The contest entries were narrowed down to the final three by the band and judges Ken Dashow of WAXQ FM Classic Rock Radio in NYC and Jeb Wright of and then put up for voting by the fans. As Foghat explained in a statement: “Thank you to all of you who entered the ‘495 Boogie’ contest. What great lyrics! What an extremely difficult choice. We seriously like all three of the final entries (and many of the others), so for us they are all winners! But the votes are in and it was a VERY… VERY close contest.”

“495 Boogie” (the most downloaded track on LAST TRAIN HOME) was recorded in two takes. It came out of a jam with Roger’s brother, Colin Earl, who came up with the song, Jeff Howell on bass and Lefty Lefkowitz on harmonica. Eventually, just for fun, Classic Rock DJ Charlie Ocean from Mobile, Alabama, added lyrics to “495 Boogie” renaming it “Big American Blonde,” and sent it to the band. Realizing that this was a very cool idea, Foghat decided to run a contest and invite their fans and all song writers to add their own lyrics to the tune. Sadly, Charlie Ocean passed away on July 6, 2011, which led to the idea being put on hold. But eventually, the group felt it would be a fine way to pay tribute to their fallen friend, resulting in the contest running from October 2012 through February 2013.

And the lucky winner turned out to be Mr. Dessinger, whose back-story is an interesting one. The son of an original member of the CBS Orchestra through the golden years of live radio and TV, Phil followed his dad to all of the shows and grew up at what is now called the Ed Sullivan Theater. He has seen everybody perform from Sophie Tucker to the Beatles. He has written songs for a UNICEF-Special Olympics global campaign, an Off-Broadway rock musical and a series of independent artist projects.

Due to such anthems as “Slow Ride” and “Fool For The City,” Foghat has remained a classic rock radio staple since first appearing on the scene in the 1970s. And the band continues to rock on today, as evidenced by their aforementioned latest album, LAST TRAIN HOME, which was comprised of both original tracks and some fantastic re-worked blues classics. And Foghat’s winning streak continues with the upcoming release of “The Word Of Rock n’ Roll.”

“CONGRATULATIONS PHIL DESSINGER! Nice Job! Great lyrics… great story! Great positive song: ‘Love my life, come on! May be a grind, but I’m strong.'”

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-Venrez To Unleash AMERICAN ILLUSION July 30, Film Video For Song “Unforeseen” And Confirm Tour Dates With Slash

One of hard rock’s most promising new bands, Venrez, is gearing up to return soon, with their latest release, AMERICAN ILLUSION, on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Comprised of singer Steven Berez (whose last syllables of his first and last name serve as the group’s name), guitarists Jason Womack and Alex Kane, bassist Michael Bradford, and drummer Ed Davis, the Los Angeles-based group is ready to take it to the next level, as evidenced by the album’s forthcoming single, “Unforeseen.”

“‘Unforeseen,'” states the group’s leader, nearly as recognized for his striking resemblance to Howard Stern as for his rock ‘n’ roll, “is my favorite track on the LP. It’s brutally heavy and demanding to play right. It’s At The Drive In meets Alice In Chains, and really reflects the experiences we’ve had touring the world together. It’s about a guy we met backstage on tour in France, Phillippe. He was so wasted but so happy too. He was all about embracing the moment maybe more than anyone I’ve ever met, and inspired me to put pen to paper. He did ultimately get kicked out of the venue for crapping in the sink of the women’s toilet… but who hasn’t at least once?!”

On Tuesday, June 11, a striking video for “Unforeseen” will be issued, which was directed by Natalie Bible.

To check out this clip and to purchase the tune (available on Tuesday, June 18), follow the following links:

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Other standouts include the heavy rocker “Vultures,” as well as a surprise remake of Sonny Bono’s “The Beat Goes On.”

Thus far, Venrez has opened shows for shock rock legend Alice Cooper, and has received praise for their debut full-length, 2012’s SELL THE LIE, of which the Celebrity Café website reviewed and praised the band, saying “Venrez is doing something different with their music, and they’re doing it well. It’s a refreshing throwback to earlier rock and roll musical eras.”

And come this summer, Venrez will rock the world with AMERICAN ILLUSION.

Confirmed track listing for AMERICAN ILLUSION:

1. Unforeseen
2. Sanctity
3. Hot Air
4. Free Will
5. Silver And Gold
6. Intellectual Drool
7. Vultures
8. Hunger
9. The Beat Goes On
10. Temptress Of The Moon

Venrez Opening for Slash:

Sun-Jul-21 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Wed-Jul-24 – Park City, UT – Park City Live
Thu-Jul-25 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues


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-Mongrel Releases Lyric Video For “C & 1/2″

BOSTON, MA — The Boston based, female fronted, rock-punk-metal crossover band Mongrel have just unveiled the official lyric video for the song “C & 1/2″ ( ) from their album RECLAMATION. The album has received great reviews around the world and Mongrel recently secured physical distribution for the RECLAMATION album (THC-Music/Vanity Music Group) in both the US and UK. RECLAMATION was recorded and mixed by Jim Foster (POD, Nullset, Sully Erna) and has received great coverage in the UK in magazines such as Big Cheese, Vive Le Rock, Terrorizer, and Metal Hammer! In the US the album’s first single/video “Bored To Death” ( ) hit number 41 on the CMJ Radio Charts and has received play on Faction/Sirius XM, Mood network (formerly DMX), and stations such as WAAF, KNAC, and WSOU.

Mongrel plans on premiering the full video for “C & 1/2″ in the coming weeks.

“We’re really excited for the new video and we thought the lyric video was a nice way to get people more familiar with the song as it’s become a popular sing-a-long at shows,” says guitarist, Adam Savage. “Let’s face it, we all know someone who goes that extra mile to make our lives a little more annoying and this song is about them. We’ll be debuting the real video soon but we hope you’ll enjoy this one as well as we definitely had some laughs putting it together.”

Mongrel will be playing in NYC this Saturday June 15 at The R-Bar and has announced dates throughout the northeastern US this summer including shows with Halestorm (7/14 Hartford CT), and Godsmack (8/10 Gifford, NH).

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-Interview w/ Ethan Brosh
May 21, 2013

After over 30 years of listening to guitar based music I find that these days I’m not easily impressed; often I hear guitarists who sound just like their favorite player, musicians with plenty of technique but lacking feeling and creativity, and albums that are bland, uninspired, or lacking in melodic content. I was introduced to Ethan Brosh via his debut album OUT OF OBLIVION and discovered a rare artist who combines what to my mind are the essential elements required to be a great “shredder”: melody, feeling, technique, and creativity. Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Ethan during what has to be the “holy grail” of tours for an up-and-coming guitar god — opening for Yngwie Malmsteen! Read on as we discuss the tour, Ethan’s upcoming album LIVE THE DREAM, his current gear, and valuable advice for young players just starting out…

DETRITUS: This tour with Yngwie is pretty much a dream gig for a young virtuoso guitarist. How did that come about?

ETHAN BROSH: It was pretty simple — just my manager knew someone who works with Yngwie and he hooked it up — I just have a great manager. You know after you do certain things in the music business you start getting to know enough people. These things occasionally just appear.

D: The shows have been going well so far?

EB: Absolutely, yeah. We’ve done 20 out of 25 shows and it’s pretty much as good as I could have expected it. The crowd reactions have been really great; people have been loud and very responsive, so as far as that goes I’m very happy because I really didn’t know what to expect going into it. I didn’t know if I would have a bunch of just guitar players annoyed by the fact that I’m there and just like waiting for Yngwie. But it really hasn’t been like that; people have been very, very kind and very supportive. You know the fact that I go right before Yngwie every night and these people are still appreciating what we do, that’s a great thing.

D: Excellent! You are doing half the shows as an instrumental unit and the other half with your vocal project Burning Heat. How is that working out to do those two split sets?

EB: I thought the instrumental band went over really well; people really dug it. You know I didn’t know how people were going to respond to that but I thought it was like a perfect crowd for that because there are a lot of guitar players there, a lot of musicians. And for me doing the changeover to Burning Heat it took me about a day to get used to it because by the time I started playing with Burning Heat again I hadn’t rehearsed with them for three or four weeks, but I’ve played with Burning Heat for quite awhile so I’m very familiar with the songs. Again, it was something like once I changed bands I didn’t know what the reaction of the crowd would be, but it’s been pretty much equally good so I’m very happy about that, too.

D: I’ve been listening to LIVE THE DREAM — it sounds great! Let me ask you about some of the songs…

EB: The new album? Yeah…

D: “Space Invaders” and the title track have kind of a Jake E. Lee type rhythm…

EB: Ah, well I guess it’s in my veins because Jake E. Lee is one of my all-time favorite players!

D: Yeah, mine too! (laughs)

EB: I’m glad you appreciate Jake E. Lee. In my opinion he was the greatest guitar player that played with Ozzy, that’s for sure…

D: I think maybe Randy Rhoads first but then for sure Jake E. Lee right after that!

EB: Yeah…

D: He doesn’t get enough credit. Everybody always goes to the other players but I’m like “Well, no, he is a lot better than people give him credit for.”

EB: Yeah, I’m with you on that.

D: I love the monster riffs and scary note selection on “Rude Awakening” and “Silver Lining…”

EB: Oh, thank you!

D: Sounds like maybe some George Lynch influence there…

EB: Yeah, another one of my absolute top favorites. George is a good friend of mine; we shared a music video together and he played on a tune on my first record.

D: Yeah, that was awesome; on the first album you had him, Greg Howe and Joe Stump but you don’t have anyone playing with you on LIVE THE DREAM do you?

EB: I have Dave Ellefson from Megadeth playing on it; this time I put a lot of attention to the production of this record because this was something really important for me. I want this album to sound really huge, very clear, very nice; and I think we managed to achieve that. I went after a guy called Max Norman…

D: Yeah it helps to have Max Norman doesn’t it? (laughs)

EB: Yeah it helps out!

D: He did the first few Ozzy records, he has worked with Megadeth and George Lynch, so yeah, very good choice, I think you got the right guy!

EB: Exactly, and he has been out of the music business for about 20 years…

D: Yeah, I haven’t heard much from him in a long time…

EB: I know, so I got a hold of him somehow and I managed to convince him to come out of retirement and do that mix for this record. We went to a place called Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Connecticut — great studio — and we mixed everything on a 48 channel SSL board and yeah, it has been really good. Max and I went to Portland, Maine to Gateway Mastering where the greatest mastering engineer of all time is working and his name is Bob Ludwig — he has been mastering for over 50 years for anyone from like Elvis and Jimi Hendrix to Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Sting, Madonna, Michael Jackson, you name it, he has done it!

D: Wow, lots of experience there!

EB: Yeah, so that was a great experience, you know and also listening to the record in the best listening environment you could pretty much have, it doesn’t get any better than that. So if this album doesn’t sound huge, I don’t know how you make a huge sounding album!

D: It sounds great to me…

EB: Thank you.

D: I really like your acoustic playing with the flamenco and classical flavors. You started off with classical didn’t you?

EB: Yeah, I started with classical guitar.

D: That’s a great foundation for this kind of stuff isn’t it?

EB: Ahh, I guess so, I mean it came back to just my parents having the belief of “You need to start on an acoustic instrument before you play electric guitar.” And it’s not that they really believed that but they kind of went along with that and I figured I’d do whatever it takes for me to get my electric guitar, so I started playing classical guitar but I ended up really loving that too; so I kept on going and played both instruments which are very different from one another!

D: Yeah they are! (laughs)

EB: Yeah nowadays I try not to incorporate too much of the classical influences into my rock playing, just way too many people have done it…

D: It’s getting kind of cliched, isn’t it?

EB: Yeah, Yngwie has done it and he does it the best, and there are enough people trying to rip him off and I don’t want to be another one…

D: (laughs) Right, yeah, that’s true. That is one thing I like about you, you incorporate your influences without being imitative…

EB: Well thank you, thank you very much!

D: Do you get to play any acoustic live or do you keep it pretty much electric?

EB: I keep it pretty much electric but I might do some fingerpicking on electric guitar so I will bring some of my classical guitar influences — not really with classical music — but the approach, the techniques of fingerpicking and all that stuff; it just depends on how much time I have on stage and what the set is. You never know what the future holds though — I may feel like bringing a classical guitar on stage. I might do it at some point.

D: There is some real nice variety on the album, pieces like the Zeppelin homage “Up The Stairway,” and “Knock On Wood” — that’s nice to put that in there, it kind of “clears the pallet” for the other stuff…

EB: Yeah, you know what, I take a lot of things into consideration when I make a record, and I feel like when you play instrumental music the easiest thing is to get someone bored out of their mind…

D: Yeah, I’ve heard a few records like that! (laughs) Too much of one thing…

EB: Exactly. So I’m like: you don’t have a singer, you have only tunes, and if those tunes are based on the idea of “look how fast I can go” and “this is a lick that I know” and “I’m basing this tune over that lick” — that’s probably the wrong way to go about it. I try to keep in mind the overall picture and you’ve got to have a variety of sounds and tunes, you’ve got to keep it interesting. The song order is really important, too. So yeah, that’s why it takes me a long time to make a record; I’ve got to have it perfect.

D: I also love cool, unaccompanied solos and you have a nice one on here called “Crying Moon.” Did you play keyboards behind that?

EB: Well you know what it is? It’s guitar synth…

D: I was thinking it might be a guitar synth. That’s really nice what you have going there…

EB: Thank you, yeah, it’s a couple of different parts, I played the chords and then I played this epic bass underneath, like a keyboard bass and yeah, I thought it came out pretty cool. I appreciate your comment because I’m not hearing about it too much from people. Maybe it’s just because it is the last track.

D: People may think “Oh, he just put a solo” but that’s a musical piece in and of itself.

EB: Yeah, I really like that one personally, so thank you.

D: Do you have a song selected for a video or a single?

EB: Well I think what you suggested at the beginning, “Space Invaders” and the title track “Live The Dream,” are strong tunes that need a video, and probably knock on wood because it’s a very different technique and I think it would make a very interesting video.

D: I was going to ask you about Angels Of Babylon. What’s the situation with that, are you still working with them?

EB: Well I recently just parted ways with Angels Of Babylon — on very good terms. Rhino is a very good friend of mine. We’re about to release the second album on an Italian record label called Scarlet Records. You know Rhino does pretty much everything in that band — he writes all the music, writes even the guitar riffs and everything, he can pretty much play every instrument, he can sing and really make a great record and write great songs. I pretty much played lead guitars on that record and some nylon string guitar and I feel like some of my best lead guitar playing is actually going to be on this second Angels Of Babylon record.

D: I’m looking forward to hearing it! I know you mentioned you would like to tour with Iron Maiden at some point, them being a big early influence on you…

EB: Still is!!! This is the band that really got me into rock music which led me to start playing guitar and they’ve been my favorite band since I was 10 years old…

D: Yeah, I love ’em too! Besides them is there anyone else you would like to tour with or work with in the future as far as having guests on your albums or someone you would really like to play live with?

EB: Absolutely, yeah. As far as guests on my records, all the guys I grew up listening to like Yngwie Malmsteen or Nuno [Bettencourt], you know a lot of those guitar players I grew up on. But one thing I really want to do is I want to play with a huge ’80s metal band, a band who still plays in arenas — because I love all these bands and I really want to be the guitar player of one of them. I don’t want to take anyone’s job, you know I would feel horrible about that but in case something ever changes, to play with Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Whitesnake or Megadeth, one of those bands if something ever changes and that spot is available, I would love to be considered for that.

D: I have a feeling that will happen for you…

EB: Thank you so much!

D: Can you go over your basic gear setup, what you are using right now?

EB: Yes, on this tour and also recording my second album I’m using pretty much exclusively iSP Technologies gear. iSP just like makes the best guitar-oriented equipment…

D: I need to check some of that out.

EB: Yeah, Buck Waller — he’s the owner — he is just a genius engineer. They made a head called the Theta, it’s a great head and there is a preamp version of it, like a rack-mountable preamp, and now they just came out with a pedal version of that preamp. At first I was a little skeptical, I was like “I don’t know if that pedal is really going to sound the same as the head,” but they managed to actually get exactly the same sound, same circuitry right into a pedal and I’m very, very happy about that. Finally you can have a pedal board that sounds good, which is something that I never, ever had. I did my whole second record LIVE THE DREAM with that preamp and now that the pedal version is out I’m pretty much the first guy to play with it. I took it on tour with me and now I’m playing the whole tour opening for Yngwie Malmsteen with that pedal, and with iSP Technologies speaker cabinets and their new power amps. They are really tiny but they are super loud and sound really good. Yeah, I’m getting compliments about my tone everywhere I go, in every city, and playing right next to Yngwie Malmsteen that’s a pretty big deal because Yngwie has a ridiculous tone!

D: Yeah, he does! (laughs)

EB: Yeah, to be up there and for people to notice the iSP tone is amazing…

D: I’m going to look that up…

EB: Definitely, I think every guitar player nowadays owes it to themselves to check it out.

D: What is your main guitar right now?

EB: I don’t really have a main guitar, I like having lots of different guitars. It’s like “What is your favorite T-shirt?”

D: (laughs) Right…

EB: Know what I mean? Nowadays on this tour the main guitar that I play with is a Fender HM Strat, those guitars were made in the late ’80s…

D: The kind Greg Howe used to use back then?

EB: Exactly, they were very good sounding guitars, very comfortable, they look really nice. So it’s kind of like a guitar that… you know it’s always going to be a good guitar, it works in many different situations, it works for this tour for sure.

D: You are finishing the tour in Tampa, Florida. Any plans after that to continue with more live dates?

EB: Yeah, you know, especially seeing on this tour how great the reaction is for both Burning Heat and my instrumental band. In talking to some of these venues and meeting promoters who want to book us now I’m definitely going to look into options of doing a tour, maybe myself, maybe opening for a bigger act. You know, I love playing live, that’s really what it’s all about and I just can’t wait to be out there again. I’m kind of sad the tour is almost over…

D: Yeah, it was kind of a quick one wasn’t it?

EB: Well it is a 25-show tour, it wasn’t easy with the distances between…

D: Yeah, I noticed your travel was kind of ridiculous! (laughs)

EB: It is ridiculous…

D: You have like 700 miles between some of the places you are playing…

EB: Exactly, night after night — it’s definitely an interesting adventure but you know what, when you are onstage it really is the best thing, it just makes it worth it for the next night and I’m getting a little sad that it is going to be over soon. But I’m excited about what is out there in the future — I mean, two and a half months ago I didn’t even know about this tour and that’s the cool thing about the music business, you never know what’s around the corner.

D: Well let me ask you one more question. I know you teach at Berklee periodically; any advice for up-and-coming shredders?

EB: As far as their career or their playing?

D: Their playing, improving the quality of their playing.

EB: As far as playing I think what people need to do — especially nowadays — you know there are all the resources for becoming a great player, everything is out there, everything is free… I think that one of the biggest problems is that people get a little bit lost and don’t really know what to focus on because they will go and learn the craziest things on YouTube and be able to do it really well, but then a lot of the foundation will be lacking. So I think that everyone should still get a good teacher, not a teacher who just plays fast but someone who really gets the concept of music very well; learn that and use all those resources online, play a lot, and do some things like you used to do in the old days. Take one record and learn the whole thing by ear, start to finish; go out there and play with a band, really experience the real thing. Don’t just videotape yourself in your bedroom because those are the things that you see a lot nowadays. You’ve got to just focus on the right things and spend all your time, money, and energy on that, basically. If you do all those things you should be fine; one very important thing too: don’t rip off one guy!

D: Yeah! (laughs)

EB: There are a lot of guitar players that are in love with famous guitar players — take Yngwie for example — there are a lot of people who are so in love with Yngwie and hey, there’s nothing wrong with it, I love Yngwie and I think he is the master at what he does but we already have one Yngwie, know what I mean? He already took that spot so you’ve got to be someone else.

D: I appreciate your time Ethan, hope to see you live soon!

EB: Thank you Neal!

Relevant links:

Ethan Brosh

iSP Technologies

Magna Carta

-Arrayan Path’s IV: STIGMATA is out this week through Pitch Black Records. Hype: “Judging by the numerous enthusiastic reviews the album has been receiving so far, it’s already looking like the band will have yet another album making it into several ‘best of the year’ shortlists!” The CD version of STIGMATA, featuring two bonus tracks, is available now at , and the digital version is available on iTunes, AmazonMP3 and other music stores. There is also a special limited edition that comes bundled with a cassette, and it is almost sold out. A lyric video for “Stigmata” is online now at , and “post-production has already started” on the band’s first “real” video clip. See for more.

-There’s a new interview with Craig Goldy (Dio Disciples, Budgie) at .

-Masterplan’s NOVUM INITIUM (AFM Records) is out now Europe and is due June 18 in the US. Check out a trailer with excerpts of all the regular album’s songs at . The digital single “Keep Your Dream Alive” is available at AFM’s MP3 store at , and the video can be seen at .

-RAISE THE CURTAIN, the first solo album from Savatage main man Jon Oliva, is due June 21 in Europe and July 2 in the US. Check out a lyric video for the song “Father Time” at .

-U.D.O.’s STEELHAMMER debuted at the following chart positions: Germany – #21, Sweden – #23, Finland – #38, Norway – #67, Switzerland – #79, USA – #107 (Billboard Alternative Charts).

-According to the latest Y&T newsletter, Sammy Hagar has asked Dave Meniketti “to perform a set of Montrose tunes at Hagar’s ‘Four Decades Of Rock’ show at San Francisco’s America’s Cup Pavilion on September 7.’ The lineup will be Hagar, Meniketti, Bill Church, and Denny Carmassi. See and for more.

Thanks to Chad Bowar for help gathering some of this information.

*** OUT ***

Detritus Issue #649

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Issue #649
Week of April 15, 2013

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-It’s been a pretty dark week with the tragedies in Boston and Texas. Out hearts go out to everyone affected. – Tim

*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Latter Day Dio Classic, MAGICA, To Get Deluxe CD Treatment

As long time fans can attest, the quality of Dio’s studio albums never wavered throughout the group’s near 30-year career. Case in point, the fan favorite/concept album, MAGICA, which featured Ronnie James Dio’s one-of-a-kind vocals and the return of guitarist Craig Goldy. The album spawned such metal classics as “Fever Dreams,” “Turn To Stone,” and “Lord Of The Last Day,” and has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide — largely on word of mouth alone. One small problem — the original 2,000 CD version has been out of print for years, and has become increasingly hard to find. But to the delight of Dio fans worldwide, MAGICA will be getting a makeover — on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 as Niji Entertainment Group will be issuing the 2-CD MAGICA Deluxe Edition.

A breakdown of what will be included on this two CD set is as follows:

CD 1 will contain the full album.

1. Discovery
2. Magica Theme
3. Lord Of The Last Day
4. Fever Dreams
5. Turn To Stone
6. Feed My Head
7. Eriel
8. Challis
9. As Long As It’s Not About Love
10. Losing My Insanity
11. Otherworld
12. Magica – Reprise
13. Lord Of The Last Day – Reprise

CD 2 will contain “The Magica Story” (narrated by Ronnie James Dio) and the bonus track “Annica,” which was only available as a Japanese bonus track along with “Electra” (which was planned for MAGICA 2 and 3) and six, never before released Official Live Bootleg tracks from 2000/2001.

1. The Magica Story (Narrated By Ronnie James Dio)
2. Annica (Japanese Only Bonus Track)
3. Electra (Recorded for MAGICA 2 & 3)
4. Feed My Head (Official Live Bootleg)
5. Fever Dreams (Official Live Bootleg)
6. Turn To Stone (Official live Bootleg)
7. Lord Of The Last Day (Official Live Bootleg)
8. As Long As It’s Not about Love (Official Live Bootleg)
9. Losing My Insanity (Official Live Bootleg)

Also included in the CD set will be deluxe packaging and a deluxe booklet (which will include the original MAGICA tour dates and a set list), as well as such bonus inserts — including “The Magica Story” — and a Ronnie James Dio postcard.

And the accolades surrounding MAGICA continue all these years later:

“Since I played such a major role in how MAGICA was created, it became one of my most proudest Dio moments and an experience I shall never forget!” – Craig Goldy (Dio, Dio Disciples)

“MAGICA is an album I know Ronnie was extremely proud of. Epic is a word that I often use to describe it to people!” – Simon Wright (Dio, Dio Disciples)

“MAGICA was an extremely important album to Ronnie James Dio” – Eddie Trunk, VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show”

“With this Deluxe Edition of MAGICA, we are reminded just how much Dio really meant — to all of us.” – Mick Wall, Legendary Writer/Radio host

Soon, Dio fans worldwide will get the opportunity to experience the mighty MAGICA as they’ve never done before.

For more information, visit:

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-Avantasia: Hit The German Charts At #2!

While the band are preparing to hit the road and bring the biggest show in the band’s history to the stages around the globe (featured guests will be Michael Kiske, Bob Catley, Eric Martin, Ronnie Atkins, Amanda Somerville, Thomas Rettke, Olli Hartmann and Tobias of course) we have been informed that the new Avantasia album THE MYSTERY OF TIME is breaking all records in the history of Avantasia. Having sold more than twice as many copies as any previous Avantasia album in the first week of its release, THE MYSTERY OF TIME has rocketed straight to #2 of the official German Media Control album charts. For the first time Avantasia has also made it to the Top 10 in Finland, not to mention making it to the Top 10 in Sweden again, while none of the previous albums had made it there. Also, the album made it to the Top 10 of the English Rock Charts for the first time in the history of Avantasia. First chart positions read as follows (other countries will follow shortly):

Germany #2
Sweden #9
Finland #9
Austria #11
Norway #19
England #6 (Rock, #97 international)
France #51
Netherlands #85

In Japan the album went in at #17 of the international artists album charts.

Tobias has sent us the following statement:

“To all fans, thank you all for your support! A lot of amazing musicians have worked their asses off to make THE MYSTERY OF TIME a timeless piece of art. Is it Heavy Metal? Is it Classic Hard Rock? Is it Epic Metal? Is it Rock? The answer to all of those questions is ‘yes, it is!’ It is all of that. I’d call it a piece of music that I put together being nothing but a fanboy myself! It reflects my personal taste, nothing else! I am really proud and thankful. And I also wanna thank everybody who’ve helped me put it together. Now we are getting ready for the tour and Jesus Christ, this show will be massive! Tomorrow I am gonna meet the rest of the guys to rehearse and bring the Metal Opera on the road again!!!!!!!! Playing three hours might be a challenge, but we have to cover six albums, so it would be even more of a challenge to just play two hours and pick the right songs. What I can say?! We’ll play a lot of the METAL OPERA 1 & 2 and pretty much all of the new album… Plus the highlights of THE SCARECROW, THE WICKED SYMPHONY and ANGEL OF BABYLON. A lot of people kept asking if we do the whole show in all countries, I have to admit: We can’t do the full three hours at the festivals, we can’t play a 15-minute track at festivals! Impossible! So, it will be 90 minutes at festivals only, but we give our best nevertheless… Thank you all for your support and see you on the road!!! Tobi”

THE MYSTERY WORLD TOUR will kick off next Friday in Mons, Belgium.

The special three hours shows read as follows:

13.04. Switzerland, Pratteln, Z7 (sold out)
14.04. Switzerland, Pratteln, Z7
16.04. Italy, Milano, Alcatraz
18.04. Germany, Ludwigsburg, Arena
19.04. Germany, Kaufbeuren, All-Karthalle
20.04. Germany, Fulda, Esperantohalle
22.04. Germany, Berlin, Tempodrom
23.04. Germany, Hamburg, Große Freiheit
25.04. Germany, Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
26.04. Germany, Lichtenfels, Stadthalle

“Sleepwalking” Video Clip:
“Invoke The Machine” Lyric Video:
“The Mystery Of Time” Album Trailer:
“The Mystery Of Time” Studio Reports:

Avantasia records + merchandise available here:

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-The Golden Voice Of Rock — Jorn — Is Back With A New Original Album TRAVELLER To Be Released In June On Frontiers

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of a brand new — all original — studio album Jorn – TRAVELLER on June 11 in North America and June 14 in Europe.

Considered one of the greatest legends in rock, and by many as the best male rock singer of the millennium, Jorn Lande never seems to stop producing music, and is back with yet another slab of classic first division heavy rock. The brand new album TRAVELLER is definitely a suitable title to fit this gifted and creative Viking’s extreme productivity.

During his almost 30 year long career his albums have sold millions. He managed to release close to 40 albums with various bands/projects in the past decades, and TRAVELLER is his eighth studio album under the Jorn banner. Some say he has passed his successors by his gift of being versatile, and ability to not get stuck in the political frames of the music business. A true independent “freebird” hammering his legacy in stone as he goes, with a band of grounded and solid craftsmen to back up his hurricane force voice.

This album represents the first product of the pairing of Jorn Lande and the new Jorn guitarist Trond Holter (Wig Wam, Dream Police). The result is eleven new songs encompassing a variety of moods and styles, with Lande’s voice shining through memorable anthems, backed by wonderful grooves and tightly-executed Classic and Melodic Heavy Metal. “This album has all the elements of the Jorn legacy,” says Lande. “It is heavy, but still very melodic and experimental, and it really rocks! As usual we haven’t spent much time analyzing the material before recording it, this is an album about life, doom and death reflecting on what I know and thoughts about what I don’t.”

Being one of the most productive artists of his time, Jorn makes sure that the fans won’t have to wait long for the rock!

TRAVELLER includes the following tracks:
Cancer Demon
Window Maker
Make Your Engine Scream
Legend Man
Carry The Black
Rev On
The Man Who Was King

You can sample four songs from the new album following the link below:

Jorn Lande: Vocals
Willy Bendiksen: Drums
Trond Holter: Guitar
Jimmy Iversen: Guitar
Bernt Jansen: Bass

Produced By Jorn Lande & Trond Holter
Mixed by Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse Studios, Denmark

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-Ashes Of Ares Sign With Nuclear Blast Records!

Nuclear Blast is very stoked to announce the signing of Ashes Of Ares — the new formation of Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth), Van Williams (ex-Nevermore), Freddie Vidales (ex-Iced Earth).

Ashes Of Ares is a band which represents the culmination of experiences, trials and tribulations of founding members Matt Barlow, Van Williams and Freddie Vidales. Within months of their departures from the iconic metal bands Iced Earth and Nevermore, the trio came together with a renewed drive to create a sound which is a true collaboration of their personal influences, ideas and visions. Armed with the knowledge acquired through years of the writing, touring and recording cycle, and with the support of an army of loyal fans across the globe, Ashes Of Ares is poised to carve out a new legacy and stand alongside those who have helped pave the way.

The band comments the unholy alliance like this: “We are proud to announce that we have signed with Nuclear Blast records! We’re really looking forward to working with them in bringing our music to the world. It’s great to be added to the ranks of the already impressive roster of bands that Nuclear Blast represents. We will be entering the studio at the beginning of April under the masterful watch of producer Jim Morris of Morrisound Recording. We and Nuclear Blast are aiming for a release date late in the summer of 2013. This will be followed by a European tour with Powerwolf. It’s a new beginning for Ashes Of Ares, and we couldn’t ask for a better label than Nuclear Blast to go into battle with. Attack!”

Nuclear Blast A&R Jaap Wagemaker adds: “After we received their first demo we were totally blown away by the power of their music! We are all huge fans of classic Nevermore and classic Iced Earth and we knew that just like us their fans are waiting eagerly to hear this! Their new band is named after the Greek god of war and together we will go forward into to battle conquering the hearts of metal fans worldwide! At the moment the band is hard at work forging their debut album which will see the light in the late summer this year. If you can’t wait that long, make sure not to miss them at the legendary Rock Hard Festival this year. Ashes Of Ares: welcome to the Nuclear family!”

Ashes Of Ares is:
Matthew Barlow – Vocals
Freddie Vidales – Guitar/Bass
Van Williams – Drums

Ashes Of Ares live:
May 17, 2013 – Gelsenkirchen (Germany) @ Rock Hard Festival

Trailer Pt. 1:

Trailer Pt. 2:

Matthew Barlow (Vocals)
Freddie Vidales (Guitar/Bass)
Van Williams (Drums)

*** PRESS RELEASE #5 ***
-Children Of Bodom: First European Tour Dates Announced!

Finnish metal superstars Children Of Bodom have just announced the first dates of their upcoming European tour 2013.

Metal Hammer, Legacy, Zillo, Blast!, Noizeletter, present:

Children Of Bodom + special guests

25.09. S STOCKHOLM – Tyrol
26.09. S GOTHENBURG – Brewhouse
27.09. N OSLO – Rockefeller
28.09. DK COPENHAGEN – Amager Bio
29.09. D HAMBURG – Hamburg Metal Dayz
01.10. D COLOGNE – Live Music Hall
02.10. D BERLIN – Postbahnhof
03.10. D OSNABRÜCK – Halle Gartlage
04.10. B ANTWERP – Trix
05.10. D LEIPZIG – Werk 2
07.10. GB BOURNEMOUTH – Academy
08.10. GB BRISTOL – Academy
10.10. IRL DUBLIN – Vicar Street
12.10. GB SHEFFIELD – Academy
13.10. GB NEWCASTLE – Academy
14.10. GB MANCHESTER – Academy
15.10. GB LONDON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
17.10. D SAARBRÜCKEN – Garage
18.10. D STRAUBING – Metal Invasion
19.10. D ALSFELD – Stadthalle
20.10. NL TILBURG – O13
21.10. D STUTTGART – LKA Longhorn
24.10. CH PRATTELN – Z7
26.10. E BARCELONA – Razzmatazz 1
27.10. E MADRID – La Riviera
29.10. E SEVILLA – Sala Custom
30.10. PT LISBON – Paradise Garage
01.11. PT PORTO – Club Hard
02.11. E SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – Sala Capitol
03.11. E BILBAO – Rock Star Live
07.11. CH LAUSANNE – Les Docks
08.11. I MILAN – Live Club
10.11. A VIENNA – Arena
12.11. RO BUCHAREST – Turbohalle
13.11. BG SOFIA – Universiada Hall
15.11. GR THESSALONIKI – Prinicpal Club
16.11. GR ATHENS – Gagarin 205
18.11. SRB BELGRADE – Dom Omladine
19.11. SLO LJUBLJANA – Kino Siska
20.11. SK BRATISLAVA – Majestic Music Club
22.11. HU BUDAPEST – Petöfi Csarnok
23.11. CZ ZLIN – Winter Masters Of Rock
24.11. PL CRACOW – Klub Studio
25.11. PL WARSAW – Stodola
27.11. LT VILNIUS – Forum Palace
29.11. EST TALLINN – Rock Cafe

The pre-sale of the tickets starts on April 15, 2013. Make sure to get your ticket here:

The new album HALO OF BLOOD will be released June 7, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

*** PRESS RELEASE #6 ***
-Raven Lord Update

[Note: This combines multiple mailings. – Tim]

Raven Lord Is Auditioning New Bass Player

Multinational Heavy Metallers Raven Lord are seeking a bass player. Players who think can fit the bill, have gear and have the time for festivals and tour in October ’13 should contact the management immediately at

Raven Lord Start Working With R-Mine Productions

Multinational heavy metal band Raven Lord have announced to work on close collaboration with R-Mine Productions. The Belgium based booking agency is known for their many Summer festivals that they organize in Europe as well as tour planning for many bands. Raven Lord is already confirmed for the R-Mine Metalfest 2013 playing main stage Saturday 22nd June 2013. On later this year an EU/UK tour is in planning in early October 2013.

Singer and band leader Csaba Zvekan comments on this venture: “The interest for Raven Lord has grown rapidly so I had to outsource even the booking part that I was doing myself before. The workload was simply getting too much work so I contacted Gianni Riga from R-Mine. I wanted a professional outfit who can handle and organize our tour and festivals with ease. I’m very confident we have great results with R-Mine Productions.”

Booking agent Alessia Menegatti from R-Mine Productions comments: “I am very pleased and honored to work with these guys. They’re not just great and experienced musicians but also very cool and nice people. First album is amazing and the interest of medias, press and fans is growing amazingly fast. It’s a true revelation for all metal fans; also the bored ones! This band is setting sail to far destinations and I am glad to be on board!”

Raven Lord Start Recording Second Album

Heavy Metal weights Raven Lord announce to have started working on their second album. In the latest edition for their video podcast Raven Lord TV band leader and singer Csaba Zvekan with rhythm guitar player George Karafotis, G.K “the kid” are talking about the recording sessions. The video can be viewed below:

For more info visit:

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment Presents: Frank Zappa – A TOKEN OF HIS EXTREME On DVD June 4, 2013

New York, NY — Eagle Rock Entertainment and the Zappa Family Trust are pleased to announce the first official release of A TOKEN OF HIS EXTREME, an original program created by Frank Zappa for TV [Pre-book Order Date May 10, MSRP $14.98].

Recorded on August 27, 1974 at KCET in Hollywood, A TOKEN OF HIS EXTREME features Frank Zappa with five incredibly talented band members for this extravaganza of live music. The lineup exists of Frank Zappa – guitar, percussion, vocals; George Duke – keyboards, finger cymbals, tambourine, vocals; Napoleon Murphy Brock – sax, vocals; Ruth Underwood – percussion; Tom Fowler – bass; Chester Thompson – drums.

The Program, as edited and thoroughly tweezed & produced by FZ for Honker Home Video includes these delights: “The Dog Breath Variations/ Uncle Meat,” “Montana,” “Florentine Pogen,” “Stink-Foot,” “Pygmy Twylyte,” “Room Service,” “Inca Roads,” “Oh No,” “Son Of Orange County,” “More Trouble Every Day,” “A Token Of My Extreme.”

Stereo Mixes Produced by Frank Zappa with Kerry McNabb at Paramount Studios, 1974. Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering, 2009

FZ: “This was put together with my own money and my own time and it’s been offered to television networks and to syndication and it has been steadfastly rejected by the American television industry. It has been shown in primetime in France and Switzerland, with marvelous results. It’s probably one of the finest pieces of video work that any human being has ever done. I did it myself. And the animation that you’re gonna see in this was done by a guy named Bruce Bickford, and I hope he is watching the show, because it’s probably the first time that a lot of people in America got a chance to see it.” – FZ appearing on the Mike Douglas Show, 1976

Because TOKEN has never been commercially released until now, it is one of the most sought after Frank Zappa programs.

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.

Eagle Rock Entertainment

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-Z Records News: Escape Announce New Front Man Plus Tour And Festival Dates

English AOR sensations Escape are proud to reveal their new front man: Rick Chase. Rick will be known to many of the AOR community as the former lead singer from Alibi whose 2008 album VOICE OF REASON was released by Z Records.

Escape believe that the addition of Rick Chase to the band’s lineup, with his fantastic stage presence and superb vocal range, will further develop the band’s melodies even further. Rick is currently writing with the band for their third studio album.

Rick made the following comment regarding joining Escape…

“I feel excited to be the new lead vocalist of Escape. A new album in the pipeline and live dates later this year. Bring it on!”

Due to the proximity of the forthcoming previously planned shows in May, Escape are currently rescheduling and adding further dates which will be announced shortly. In addition festival appearances will be announced in a few days’ time.

The arrival of Rick Chase to the Escape ranks is due to the departure of Stevie K. whom is pursuing a new project. The members of Escape and staff at Z Records wish him every success for the future.

Z Records

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-AFM Records News

SuidAkrA: New Song Available For Streaming!

“Inner Sanctum,” a brand new song taken from the upcoming SuidAkrA album ETERNAL DEFIANCE, is available now for streaming in this YouTube video.

Stahlmann: ADAMANT To Be Released On Friday; Album Trailer And Video Clip Available!

The highly-anticipated third album of German Gothic Rock/Industrial band Stahlmann, will be released this Friday (April 19).

But you can listen to snippets of all ADAMANT tracks already in this video trailer.

Also check out Stahlmann’s great new video, filmed for the song “Schwarz.”

Mob Rules: On CANNIBAL NATION Headlining Tour

2013 for Mob Rules has begun as work rich and successful as the previous one ended in the new year: In spring 2012, the Lower Saxon band toured through Germany, then entrenched itself for three months in the studio to record their seventh record album CANNIBAL NATION and released the new album in late October. On the day of publication singer Klaus Dirks and his team celebrated this impressive release with a brilliant concert in Wilhelmshaven pumping station and traveled directly then to Oslo, there to headline the Norwegian ProgPower festival in Oslo and to rock the Bremen Tivoli with Axxis. “We look back with pride and satisfaction on many highlights of 2012 and want the usual high level continued to attack in the new year,” explains Dirks.

On the forthcoming headlining tour Mob Rules will play a mix of brand new tracks and the most important songs of their present six previous studio works. Dirks: “We want to also use the show to thank our loyal fans to present them the new album and to dismiss them with a hefty dose of melodic metal in the night.”

24/04/13 Pratteln (Galery)
25/04/13 Mannheim (7er Club)
26/04/13 Nuremberg (Rockfabrik)
27/04/13 Bochum (Matrix)
17/05/13 Oldenburg (Cadillac)
18/05/13 Hamburg (Bambi Galore)
19/05/13 Berlin (K17)

Tour Trailer:

AFM Records

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-Napalm Records News

Powerwolf: Studio Update & Wolfsnächte 2013

The wolves have returned! Powerwolf has spilled blood and sweat to finish the mix for the predecessor of BLOOD OF THE SAINTS at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg/Sweden. Get ready for really monstrous masterpiece and expect more updates with regard to the upcoming long-player! After the enormous success of the “Wolfsnächte Tour” in 2012, the wolves will conquer Europe again under the banner of “Wolfsnächte Tour 2013″ this year.

Those of you, who want to experience the explosive energy of Powerwolf live, will have the chance on the following dates:

26.09.2013 FR Paris – Divan Du Monde
27.09.2013 UK London – Underworld
28.09.2013 DE Osnabrück – Rosenhof
29.09.2013 NL Nijmegen – Doornrosje
01.10.2013 DE Langen – Neue Stadthalle
02.10.2013 CH Pratteln – Z7
03.10.2013 DE Lindau – Vaudeville
04.10.2013 DE München – Backstage
05.10.2013 DE Stuttgart – LKA
19.10.2013 DE Saarbrücken – Garage
24.10.2013 DE Köln – Essigfabrik
25.10.2013 DE Hamburg – Markthalle
26.10.2013 DE Speyer – Halle 101
27.10.2013 DE Hannover – Faust
29.10.2013 CZ Prag – Nova Chelmnice
30.10.2013 DE Leipzig – Hellraiser
31.10.2013 DE Geiselwind – Music Hall
01.11.2013 BE Vosselaar – Biebob
02.11.2013 DE Essen – Weststadthalle
03.11.2013 NL Rotterdam – Baroeg

Official Website


Delain – INTERLUDE Album Preview

Click on the link below and check out the album preview of Delain’s latest offering INTERLUDE! It’s a special album featuring new songs, covers, live tracks & a free bonus DVD including live tracks from MFVF 2012, videos & specials! It is the perfect introduction to the world of Delain and the starting point to an emotional and bombastic journey!

INTERLUDE Pre-Listening

Official Website

Atrocity: “Pandaemonium” Clip / HALLUCINATIONS LP

As a kick-off for the OKKULT trilogy, you will find the new video for “Pandaemonium” under the following link below. The first part of the OKKULT series will be released in North America on May 7. Furthermore, you have the chance to get a copy of HALLUCINATIONS vinyl edition — strictly limited to 150 copies!

“Pandaemonium” Clip


Lacrimas Profundere: ANTIADORE Album Update

A lot of bands have failed in the tricky undertaking to combine melancholy and heaviness, but not Lacrimas Profundere, who pull it off on ANTIADORE without breaking a sweat. The band stayed true to their somber roots on this album, but has elevated the characteristic sound to new heights, thus even exceeding their previous masterworks such as THE GRANDIOSE NOWHERE or FILTHY NOTES FOR FROZEN HEARTS. ANTIADORE is heavy, melancholic, and touches upon the hidden feelings in the darkest corners of the soul. Ballads like “Still In Need” or “Head Held High” meet heavy breakers like “Abandon” or the punching “What I’m Not.” The band revolving around Oliver Schmid presents itself with a newfound energy and offer their most diverse and mature album! Goth rock enthusiasts will fall in love with ANTIADORE — Goth ‘N’ Roll!

More details will be revealed soon!

Release Dates:
24.05.2013 G/A/S
29.05.2013 ESP/SWE/NOR
31.05.2013 FIN & Benelux
03.06.2013 Rest of Europe
11.06.2013 USA/CAN

Track List:
1. My Release In Pain
2. Antiadore
3. What I’m Not
4. All For Nothing
5. Dead To Me
6. Abandon
7. Still In Need
8. Deny For Now
9. Head Held High
10. My Chest
11. Remembrance Song
12. A Sigh
13. Words (Bonus Track)
14. Doomed And Unarmed (Bonus Track)

On Tour — More Dates to be announced soon!
23.05.13 DE – Bochum / Matrix
24.05.13 DE – Berlin / K17
25.05.13 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben
26.05.13 DE – München / Backstage
01.06.13 DE – Stuttgart / Club Zentral
02.06.13 UK – London / Underworld

Napalm Records

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-Fear Factory Brings THE INDUSTRIALIST To North American Venues

Fear Factory will embark on their first full headlining tour in support of 2012’s conceptual mega-album THE INDUSTRIALIST. Performances begin this week, with the tour set to visit 38 cities throughout the US and Canada. The tour represents the first live dates by the band on American soil in nearly a year. The World Industrialist tour will feature support from Hate Eternal and Kobra And The Lotus.

Speaking with Full Metal Jackie, vocalist Burton C. Bell describes THE INDUSTRIALIST as, “a very deliberate album and one that came about very naturally to us. There is something so tight about the album. Focus is the one thing that is on this record that doesn’t really appear on any of our other records. The focus of the music, the sounds, the aggression and the concept. Everything had its purpose and we knew exactly what we were doing and what we had to do.”

THE INDUSTRIALIST wraps itself around a tale written by vocalist Burton C. Bell. While the “story” was spelt out more expansively in the deluxe book edition of the album (which also featured two additional songs), the plot is rooted both in forward-thinking science fiction and contemporary events. Prior to its June 5, 2012 release, excitement was already building for the album — the second from the reunited nucleus of Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares. “There isn’t a record that I’m looking forward to more than THE INDUSTRIALIST,” said Revolver editor Brandon Geist. “North America is chompin’ at the bit to get an ear full of new Fear Factory,” added Sirius/XM Metal Director Jose Mangin. “Recharger,” the album’s lead single premiered on April 24 and within 24 hours had over 100,000 listens.

Produced by Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly), and mixed by Greg Reely (Paradise Lost/Machine Head), THE INDUSTRIALIST features additional tracking by Logan Mader (Gojira/Divine Heresy) and artwork by Anthony Clarkson (Devin Townsend). It is Fear Factory at its most confident and passionate; the band bringing every sonic weapon in its arsenal to the fore. Revisiting and refining the sweeping melodies and unforgettable songwriting that will forever distinguish Fear Factory from all others, the sound and creative storyline of THE INDUSTRIALIST immediately carved itself a spot on the short list of Best Metal Albums of 2012. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 40 for its initial release week. The record maintained the Top position on CMJ’s Hard Rock chart for three consecutive weeks. It was a resident of the Top 10 for eight weeks and ended 2012 on their Top Year chart at position seven.

The World Industrialist Tour will find Fear Factory performing fan favorites plus select songs from THE INDUSTRIALIST and 2010’s MECHANIZE. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster and all venue box offices. The video for “The Industrialist,” directed by James Zahn, as well as a special tour video by Dino Cazares can be viewed at this location:

Fear Factory
w/ Hate Eternal, Kobra And The Lotus
4/14/2013 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
4/15/2013 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
4/17/2013 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
4/18/2013 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/19/2013 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
4/20/2013 Club Fever – South Bend, IN
4/21/2013 Diamond Pub & Billiards – Louisville, KY
4/22/2013 Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
4/24/2013 Opera House – Toronto, ON
4/26/2013 McGuffy’s House Of Rock – Dayton, OH
4/27/2013 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
4/28/2013 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
4/29/2013 The Junkyard – Nashua, NH
5/01/2013 The Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
5/02/2013 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
5/03/2013 Revolution – Amityville, NY
5/04/2013 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
5/05/2013 Sound Stage Baltimore – Baltimore, MD
5/07/2013 NV Nightclub – Knoxville, TN
5/08/2013 Amos South End – Charlotte, NC
5/09/2013 Brewsters Roc Bar – Jacksonville, FL
5/10/2013 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
5/11/2013 The Haven Lounge – Winter Park, FL
5/12/2013 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
5/14/2013 Trees – Dallas, TX
5/15/2013 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
5/16/2013 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
5/17/2013 The Station – Broussard, LA
5/18/2013 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA
5/19/2013 The Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
5/21/2013 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
5/22/2013 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
5/28/2013 Club 9one9 – Victoria, BC
5/30/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
5/31/2013 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
6/04/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco CA
6/06/2013 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
6/07/2013 LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
6/08/2013 The Roxy – West Hollywood, CA

Fear Factory will return to Europe in August; the band set to appear at this year’s installments of Wacken Open Air, Dynamo, and Summer Breeze, among others. The band recently announced their addition to the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise sent to leave Miami on January 27, 2014.

“THE INDUSTRIALIST checks in at 200 proof.” – Decibel

“THE INDUSTRIALIST adds some explosive new ammunition to the band’s cache.” – The PRP

“The comeback continues for Fear Factory with a solid follow-up to MECHANIZE.” – Lambgoat

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-D.O Messiah Announces Mirka Kiril Rantanen (Thunderstone, Warmen, Kotipelto) As Drummer

D.O Messiah announces the addition of Mirka Kiril Rantanen (Thunderstone, Warmen, Kotipelto) for the band’s drummer position. Rantanen is known for his work as a drummer for bands like Timo Tolkki’s Revolution Renaissance, Idols-winner Ari Koivunen, Northern Kings and many others. His style of playing drums is groovy and “hard hitting” which is mixture of his biggest idols Cozy Powell and Ian Paice.

D.O Messiah recently released “Rock’N Roll Children” to present the band and the idea behind it. The band is re-recording various Dio songs in their own fashion and will be ready to perform them for Summer festivals starting in 2014. The song can be streamed below:

The lineup for D.O Messiah lists as follows:

Csaba Zvekan – Vocals (Raven Lord, Exorcism)
Jay Parmar – Guitars (Exorcism)
Mirka Rantanen – Drums (Thunderstone, Warmen, Kotipelto)

The band is still searching for a suitable bass player and keyboardist. Players who wish to audition please contact

For more information visit:

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-Assignment Signs With Mausoleum Records

Germany’s progressive metallers Assignment have signed a two-album deal with Mausoleum Records. The group’s debut album, INSIDE OF THE MACHINE, is scheduled for a release this summer. The new album is a conceptual masterpiece including Robin Beck, Michael Bormann (ex-Jaded Heart, Bonfire), Mats Leven (ex-Malmsteen, Addagio), and Carsten Kaiser (ex-Angel Dust) on vocals.

Assignment are: Goran Panic (guitars), Gert Sprick (keyboards), Heiko Maag (bass), and Sven Pollkötter (drums).

Already combining various influences like Queensryche and Fates Warning, but also adding segments in the styles of Ayreon or early Pain Of Salvation, the band is hoping to secure a permanent record deal in the near future. Fans can expect hard-edged riffs, catchy hooks, and unexpected turnovers in more than 70 minutes running time — including a special bonus track cover version of Meat Loaf’s “Nowhere Fast” and special guest appearance of Bernie Versailles (Redemption) on lead guitar.

Assignment stands for music without boundaries, as our musical influences are spread over the whole Rock and Metal genre. From Death Metal to Progressive Rock but having always the focus on the melodies and arrangements. Therefore, we call our style ART METAL!

Final video teaser INSIDE OF THE MACHINE:

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-Critical Solution Reveals Single, Lyric Video!

The Norwegian Thrashers from Critical Solution have released today the single from their upcoming album.

The single “Wallace Green” can be listened to at this location: (Official Lyric Video)

Critical Solution’s debut CD is titled EVIL NEVER DIES and the release date has been set for May 16, 2013!

This debut full-length is a concept album and tells the story of Wallace Green: Wallace and his company are sailing to Sad Hill, where he assassinates the king, with his own life to follow. After Wallace’s death, he makes a deal with the devil to live again and becomes the Soulmaker. He does his evil agenda and spreads terror across the world…

The band recorded again in Andy La Rocque’s Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden. Mid 2011, the band worked already with Andy La Rocque, when he produced and mixed their EP EVIDENCE OF THINGS UNSEEN. Also, this time, Andy La Rocque is responsible for the production, recording, mixing and mastering of this album.

Vocalist/Guitarist Christer Slettebø about the whole experience: “To release this album is absolutely amazing! One of many dreams is coming true for us. Also to be so honored to have both Whitfield Crane and Andy LaRocque on the album as guests, well it’s f*ckin’ rad! So it is great to finally get the album out and we hope people will like it!”


I. God Of Anarchy
II. Sad Hill
III. Crime Of Passion
IV. Wallace Green
V. This Burning Hate
VI. The Execution
VII. Dead Man Walkin’
VIII. Evil Never Dies
IX. Soulmaker
X. Hell’s Warrior
XI. War Machine

Bonus Tracks:
XII. Speed King (Deep Purple cover)
XIII. Killed By Death (Motörhead cover)*
XIV. Seek And Destroy (Metallica cover)**

* Featuring Whitfield Crane & Andy LaRocque
** Featuring Andy LaRocque

Also, today a sample for the song “Soulmaker” has been uploaded!

Teaser for “Killed By Death” (feat. Withfield Crane & Andy La Rocque):

For all Critical Solution info:

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-AOR Records Is Proud To Announce The Release For June 2013: Chasing Violets – JADE HEARTS

Artist: Chasing Violets
Released Formats: CD
Style: Melodic Rock
Catalog #: AOR013
EAN: 7350052670137
Label: AOR Records
Release Date: 14. June 2013
Distribution: Cargo Records UK

Track list:
1. The Main Attraction (4:42)
2. Web Of Lies (5:25)
3. A Shot In The Dark (5:51)
4. Silent Victory (5:22)
5. Deception In Heaven (6:47)
6. Jade Hearts (4:57)
7. Secrets In The Shadows (5:36)
8. Hollow Triumph (5:00)
9. Exile In Sadness (4:51)
10. The Scarlet Nymph (7:10)
11. Halo Of Light (3:41)
12. I Owe It To Myself (4:52)

Finest melodic rock featuring the best musicians from the AOR scene like Frédéric Slama, Tommy Denander (Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley), Paul Sabu (Kidd Glove), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen), Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn’s Dream), Bob Harris (Axe), members of Alien, Hardline & Lionville!

Once again the talented and sensual French sisters Sarah & Mélissa Fontaine have surrounded themselves with the best musicians from the AOR scene like Frédéric Slama, Tommy Denander (Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley), Paul Sabu (Kidd Glove), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen), Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn’s Dream), Bob Harris (Axe), members of Alien, Hardline & Lionville, Christian Tolle (David Reece) among many others… With this new album, Chasing Violets will take you to melodic perfection with a sexy edge, killer songs, angelic vocals and unforgettable solos. JADE HEARTS is the perfect illustration of what pure AOR is all about.

After the 2012 release of OUTSIDE HEAVEN, their debut CD that took journalists and fans alike by storm, Chasing Violets is back for more with their second album entitled JADE HEARTS. Written & produced by Frédéric Slama from the band AOR (who has worked with such legends as members of Toto, Chicago, Paul Sabu, Tommy Denander, Steve Overland (FM), James Christian (House Of Lords), Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot) among many other greats of the AOR world), JADE HEARTS is the most impressive female fronted melodic rock album you can imagine, reminiscent of Journey, Heart & Survivor, with a glamorous touch.

Official Artist Website:

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-Iron Tongue: Exclusive Track Premiere Hosted By The Obelisk

Today the rock ‘n’ doom derelicts at The Obelisk bring forth “7 Days,” the first official track premiere from Arkansas southern rock rabble-rousers Iron Tongue. The tune comes by way of the band’s forthcoming THE DOGS HAVE BARKED, THE BIRDS HAVE FLOWN debut. Produced by renowned audio sage Billy Anderson (Melvins, Sleep, Neurosis, etc.) at Iron Tongue guitarist Jason Tedford’s Wolfman Studios, the seven track offering is set for release via Neurot Recordings on May 27 in Europe and May 28 in North America.

Fronted by Chris “C.T.” Terry, the founding front man of sludge legion Rwake, Iron Tongue formed when a group of veteran players with diverse musical backgrounds found a common interest in the need to get down and dirty and way, way gone. Featuring C.T. alongside guitarists Jason Tedford and Mark Chiaro, bassist Andy Warr, drummer Stan James, keyboardist JR Top and backing vocalist Stephanie Smittle, Iron Tongue offer up a thick, soulful blend of girthy, heavy-amped, blues-based rock. Iron Tongue aren’t singing of magical moonlit escapades. These are songs of true hurt, regret and despair reminiscent of everything from the proto-metal stomp of Blue Cheer and Grand Funk to the darkest hours of Kiss, Deep Purple, Buddy Guy and ‘Skynyrd.

Comments The Obelisk: “…the album… makes no bones about establishing its own context and working on its own merits in establishing an atmosphere and constructing a genuine sonic breadth out of slow riffs, organic production, Southern woes and heaviness that goes beyond the tonal. As a piece of the whole, I think ‘7 Days’ represents these aspects well.”

Adds Stan James of the number: “‘7 Days’ is one of the first songs we wrote when we started… It’s one of our favorites and we’re glad to give everybody a sample of the album before it comes out. We’ll have another up for everybody soon!”

Hear “7 Days” at this location now:

In related news, Iron Tongue will bring the power of the riff to the stage with a handful of local shows beginning April 26 with additional dates to be announce in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Iron Tongue Live Dates:
4/26/2013 White Water Tavern – Little Rock, AR w/ Paleface, Prizehog (*Iron Tongue acoustic set)
5/06/2013 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR w/ Order Of The Owl, Enchiridon
5/12/2013 Private video shoot and live studio recording/cookout – Little Rock, AR (Contact C.T. on Facebook if you can’t stand not being there — .)
5/28/2013 M.F. Music – Bryant, AR w/ J. Baker (*Iron Tongue acoustic set)
5/31/2013 White Water Tavern – Little Rock, AR (Iron Tongue Record Release Show)

“a solid slab of balls to the wall shameless rock, with a power and an edge and soul that rarely exists in music today,” — Neurosis’ Steve Von Till

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-Cynthesis: Prog Metal Supergroup To Release Second Part Of Dystopian Trilogy

Sensory Records this week confirms the full details for the pending second album from Pleasanton, California-based progressive metal outfit Cynthesis, as the final parts to this new opus have fallen into place.

Cynthesis reunites three of the original members of top-tier extreme progressive band Zero Hour — brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton (guitars and bass, respectively, both also of Abnormal Thought Patterns) and vocalist Erik Rosvold, along with Enchant drummer Sean Flanagan. While maintaining much of the tech/metal influence of Zero Hour, with Cynthesis the members’ ambitious technical prowess blends seamlessly and organically into the grand atmospheres and melodic passages enveloping their approach, demonstrates the more melodic side of Jasun Tipton’s songwriting.

Formed in 2010, Cynthesis released their massive debut album DEEVOLUTION through Sensory in April of 2011, causing celebration within the prog community with these members aligning, and in some cases realigning, their talents. Following another massive undertaking and countless hours of constructing and executing this new album, now two years later, the middle part of the dystopian trilogy is about to see the light of day as REEVOLUTION. A shaman, the central character of the series, is sent out to gather more slaves. He comes across a tribe and senses a light within them that triggers a distant memory of his past, making him realize that this is the original tribe he was taken from. He brings them back to the city and encounters what was done to the population and sets them free.

Mixed and co-produced by Forrester Savell and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side, with nearly forty-five minutes of some of the most creative and imaginative progressive metal likely to be released this year, REEVOLUTION will see release via Sensory on June 4th; preorders for the album can be placed at . View the spectacular cover artwork by Mario Sánchez Nevado ( ) and more at this location:

REEVOLUTION Track Listing:
1. Divine Night
2. Convergence
3. The Grand Façade
4. A Most Trivial Pursuit
5. Persistence Of Visions
6. The Noble Lie
7. Release The Deity

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-Brutus Set Release Date For Svart Debut, Premiere New Video

Today, Svart Records announces June 14th as the international release date for Brutus’ new album, BEHIND THE MOUNTAINS. Self-described “beer-dripping blues rock,” Brutus are a Scandinavian quintet — part Swede, part Norwegian — who subscribe to the Witchcraft school of throwback hard rock. According to the band, inspiration is drawn from (amongst others) Blue Cheer, Sabbath, Pentagram, and Grand Funk Railroad. In other words: butterfingered, groovy, and psychedelic hard rock!

Brutus’ BEHIND THE MOUNTAINS is the band’s first album for Svart Records, and second overall. Comments the band, “BEHIND THE MOUNTAINS was recorded in various parts over a long period, so it took a while to get ready. But we are really happy with our second album, so it was all worth it. The songs were recorded in Subsonic Society here in Oslo, the same studio that we used for the split EP with Graviators. For mastering and mixing, we used Micke Nilson and Henryk Lipp from Music-a-Matic studio in Gothenburg — same guys we worked with for the debut LP. Now we just want to put it out for everyone to enjoy it as we do. You can start with the first single ‘Personal Riot’ right away!”

As a teaser for the new album, Brutus recently completed a video for “Personal Riot,” the title track of a limited-edition single set for release by Svart on May 24th. The video for Brutus’ “Personal Riot” can be viewed in its entirety here:

Track listing and cover for Brutus’ BEHIND THE MOUNTAINS to be revealed shortly.

More info:

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-Paul Speer: AX INFERNO Kickstarter Campaign

Spring Greetings from Memphis,

My new album AX INFERNO is finally here! Well… not exactly here yet… official release is July 2013 but the tunes are “in the can.”

How would you like a CD or download one month earlier than the street date? You can get it by making a pledge to my Kickstarter campaign.

What is Kickstarter, you ask? It is a “crowd funding” platform that modern day entrepreneurs are using to raise funds for new inventions, books, etc., and in my case, a CD. (Click on the link above to check out my Kickstarter page.)

I am offering the CD along with other goodies including some very rare items I have collected over the years. Or how about I take you on a tour of Graceland and treat you to lunch afterwards? That is one of the many incentives available.

Kickstarter will be active for 30 days in which time I have to reach my financial goal or I get nada, nyet, nein, no dough.

Thanks for listening! Yours in music… Paul.

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-Amon Amarth To Unleash New Studio Album; Artwork, Track Listing + First Single Unveiled

Melodic death metal heroes Amon Amarth are pleased to unveil the details of their ninth studio album. Titled DECEIVER OF THE GODS, the epic offering was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). The cover art was, once again, completed by Tom Thiel, and depicts a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki and Thor. Fans will also recognize a special appearance on this album with Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) providing guest vocals for eighth song, “Hel.” DECEIVER OF THE GODS will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25, in Europe June 21/24 and Japan on June 26.

Comments vocalist Johan Hegg: “We feel very excited about this new album, and personally I feel that DECEIVER OF THE GODS is the strongest album we’ve ever done. By far! I’m confident that all our fans will enjoy this punch-in-the-face-of-a-record!”

Opening title track and first single, “Deceiver Of The Gods” is currently streaming at the band’s official Metal Blade page: where you’ll also find special pre-order info.

1. Deceiver Of The Gods
2. As Loke Falls
3. Father Of The Wolf
4. Shape Shifter
5. Under Siege
6. Blood Eagle
7. We Shall Destroy
8. Hel
9. Coming Of The Tide
10. Warriors Of The North

A compelling synthesis of buzzsaw riff work, melodic harmonies and soul-severing rhythms punctuated by vocalist Johan Hegg’s callous Viking roar and gripping accounts of Norse battles and treachery, DECEIVER OF THE GODS is the follow-up to the band’s critically lauded 2011 SURTUR RISING full-length. Finding placement on multiple charts worldwide the record is among the band’s fastest-selling albums to date. SURTUR RISING sold approximately 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week landing the band at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums. Around the world SURTUR RISING also charted in Germany at #8 on the Top 100 chart, #19 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #12 on Austria’s Top 40 Chart and Switzerland’s Top 100 at #20.

Following a run of European festival dates, Amon Amarth will be opening the main stage of this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest ( ) set to commence June 29 in San Bernardino. See tour dates below.

Amon Amarth Summer 2013 European Festival Tour:
06/01/2013 Forta Rock Festival – Nijmegen, NL
06/06/2013 Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg, SE
06/07/2013 Rock Am Ring – Nurburgring, DE
06/08/2013 Sonisphere – Sonisphere, FR
06/09/2013 Rock Im Park – Nurenberg, DE
06/11/2013 MeetFactory – Prauge, CZ
06/12/2013 Eter Club – Wroclaw, PL
06/14/2013 Copenhell – Copenhagen, DK
06/15/2013 Noval Rock – Nickelsdorf, AT
06/16/2013 Download Festival – Donington, UK
06/21/2013 Nummirock – Nummijarvi, FI

Amon Amarth
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2013
06/29/2013 San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA
06/30/2013 Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
07/02/2013 Idaho Center Amphitheatre – Nampa, ID
07/03/2013 White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA
07/05/2013 Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
07/06/2013 Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
07/07/2013 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – Englewood, CO
07/09/2013 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Children Of Bodom, Job For A Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress
07/10/2013 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
07/12/2013 First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
07/13/2013 Toyota Pavilion – Scranton, PA
07/14/2013 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Darien Center, NY
07/16/2013 Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
07/17/2013 Bangor Waterfront – Bangor, ME
07/19/2013 Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
07/20/2013 Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY
07/21/2013 The Comcast Theatre – Hartford, CT
07/23/2013 PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
07/24/2013 Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
07/26/2013 Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
07/27/2013 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
07/28/2013 DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
07/29/2013 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Children Of Bodom, Behemoth, Emmure, Motionless In White, Born Of Osiris, Job For A Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress
07/30/2013 Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
07/31/2013 Live Nation Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
08/02/2013 Austin 360 Amphitheatre – Austin, TX
08/03/2013 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, TX
08/04/2013 Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
08/05/2013 Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – Kansas City, MO w/ Rob Zombie, Machine Head & Children Of Bodom
08/07/2013 Pop’s – Sauget, IL w/ Children Of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/08/2013 Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN w/ Children Of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/09/2013 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH w/ Children Of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/11/2013 Heavy MTL Festival – Montreal, QC

Amon Amarth:
Johan Hegg – Vocals
Olavi Mikkonen – Guitars
Ted Lundström – Bass
Johan Söderberg – Guitars
Fredrik Andersson – Drums

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-Killer Metal Records News: New Releases Cyanide Scream / Taipan CDs — Out April 2013!

OUT on 19/04/2013: Cyanide Scream – BATTLE ON CD
OUT on 26/04/2013: Taipan – METAL MACHINE CD

Pre-order starts now! CDs are delivered on time at release date!

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 Seventies and early Eighties was a development of the beat of the Sixties 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. 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!

Also watch out for:

The next weeks there will be some new albums out:

KMR-CD014 Cyanide Scream (US) – BATTLE ON CD (Heavy Metal) – 19. April 2013
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KMR-CD016 Shallow Ground (US) – THE END OF EVERYTHING (Thrash Metal) – 10. May 2013
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KMR-CD018 Dragonsclaw (AUS) – JUDGEMENT DAY (Heavy Metal)

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-En Route To Heavy MTL: Round 5: Epic/Prog Night Guest Judges James LaBrie (Dream Theater) & Dominic “Forest” Lapointe (Augury, Beyond Creation)

Following the success of the inaugural edition in 2012, Dungeon Works Productions and Evenko are proud to present En Route To Heavy MTL 2013 and the selected twenty bands that will be participating from the months of January to June to win one of two opening slots at this year’s 2013 HVY MTL.

Battle 5 of the BOTB will take place on Thursday, May 2nd at Les Katacombes (1635 St-Laurent Blvd) with special guest judges James LaBrie (Dream Theater) & Dominic “Forest” Lapointe (Augury, Beyond Creation) along with local music industry for the epic/prog metal night.

Competing bands: Epic/Prog Night



Eclipse Prophecy


Event Details:
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Date: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $12 Advance / $15 Door

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Rounds to come!

FINALS – May 30 – Corona Theatre (2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest)

Past Round Winners:
Round 4 – Deathcore Bight: Death Lullaby –
Round 3 – Progressive Death Metal Night: Derelict –
Round 2 – Alternative Metal Night: Truth Or Scare –
Round 1 – Metalcore Night: Of Temples –

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-Video Documentary Of The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival Released

The fifteenth annual edition of the The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is now just one week away, set to overthrow Worcester, Massachusetts from Thursday, April 18th through Sunday, April 21st with almost ninety of today’s most underground and elite acts!

With the most expansive installment of this mass gathering near, the organizers of the long-running event have today posted a brand new documentary on the festival. Packed full of high-octane live footage, exclusive photos, fan interaction, interviews with MassConcerts promoters on how organizing a massive festival of this caliber comes together, as well as interviews with many notable performers of festivals past including members of Shadows Fall, Bury Your Dead, Death Threat, All That Remains, Skeletonwitch, Palehorse, The Acacia Strain and tons more, and sponsored by SoundRink, Shook, Plug Your Holes, The Palladium, Rock and Shock, All In Merchandise and Monster Energy.


Since 1999, the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival has showcased a vast array of metal and hardcore acts, while also providing merchandising and promotional areas for record labels and other vendors, at Worcester, Massachusetts’ massive venue The Palladium. This special 15th installment of the annual event merges multiple national tours including Paganfest, Metal Alliance, and the promoters’ own Road To Metalfest and Mission Quest To Metalfest tours. Overall, including the pre-party show, the NEMHF XV lineup boasts nearly ninety bands, some of the main acts including Hatebreed, Opeth, Suicidal Tendencies, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Exodus, Ensiferum, Katatonia, Terror, Sick Of It All, D.R.I., Shadows Fall, Black Breath as well as thrash legends Anthrax, performing their classic AMONG THE LIVING full-length in its entirety.

Coverage of New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV is being brought to you in full force by Earsplit PR, an official sponsor of this year’s event.

Full Itinerary & Ticketing Options:

Thursday, April 18th / Pre-Fest Party:
Revocation, The Acacia Strain, A Life Once Lost, Fit For An Autopsy, The Greenery, To The Wind, Abiotic, NightBitch, Surrounded By Teeth

Friday, April 19th:
Anthrax, Hatebreed, Every Time I Die, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Shadows Fall, Black Breath, Trap Them, Death Before Dishonor, Xibalba, The Mongoloids, Power Trip, Expire, Twitching Tongues, Suburban Scum, Rude Awakening, Antagonist A.D., Disgrace, Code Orange Kids, Battlecross, Holy Grail, VYGR, Alleageon, Mutilation Rites

Saturday, April 20th:
Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Katatonia, Ensiferum, Born Of Osiris, Terror, After The Burial, Within The Ruins, The Contortionist, Tyr, Glass Cloud, Heidevolk, Trollfest, Helsott, Alpha & Omega, Fit For An Autopsy, Murder Death Kill, Born Low, City In The Sea, Reflections, Years Since The Storm, Mouth Of The South, Dead By Wednesday, Ark Of The Covenant, Those Who Fear, Saving Grace, Within The Ruins, Goatwhore

Sunday, April 21st:
Suicidal Tendencies, Sick Of It All, D.R.I., Miss May I, Job For A Cowboy, Trapped Under Ice, Texas In July, The Plot In You, I Declare War, Your Memorial, Legion, Erra, Brick By Brick, Dark Sermon, Remembering Never, Bracewar, Gideon, Warhound, Incendiary, Sworn In, The Greenery, Waking The Dead, Thick As Blood, Turnstile, Agitator, To The Wind, Beyond The Shore

Ticket Prices/Packages:

Weekend Pass For All 3 Days – $90 [BUY HERE]

Thursday, April 18th – Kick Off Party – $12 In Advance/$15 Day-Of [BUY HERE]

Friday, April 19th: $35 In Advance/$40 Day-Of [BUY HERE]

Saturday, April 20th: $40 In Advance/$45 Day-Of [BUY HERE]

Sunday, April 21st: $35 In Advance/$40 Day-Of [BUY HERE]

VIP Three-Day Package – $165: Includes one three-day NEMHHF Pass, entry to Thursday’s pre-party, an NEMHF T-shirt, 18 x 24 NEMHF poster, NEMHF sampler CD, exclusive meet and greets with artists all weekend, early entry each day, NEHMF guitar picks, NEHMF button pack, raffles for exclusive gear, NEMHF beer koozie, NEMHF + Shock Clothing key chain, free Monster energy drink at the signing tent. [BUY HERE]

VIP One-Day Pass – $80: Includes one NEMHF day pass for Friday, Saturday or Sunday, an NEMHF T-shirt, 18 x 24 NEMHF poster, NEMHF sampler CD, exclusive meet and greets with artists all weekend, NEHMF guitar picks, NEMHF beer koozie, NEMHF + Shock Clothing key chain, free Monster energy drink at the signing tent. [BUY HERE]

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-Chosen Comments On Over 5,000 FREE Downloads Of Debut Album RESOLUTION

Today’s digital age has made metal more accessible than ever as the Internet has been a key tool in creating word of mouth between metal fans and their love for the music. Irish extreme metal band Chosen recently demonstrated this by offering their debut album RESOLUTION for free download via their official website , which has now reached over 5,000 FREE downloads since its release on March 30.

Drummer / Percussionist David McCann is proud to comment the following:
“We’re simply blown away by overall response to RESOLUTION and could never have predicted this intense level of interest. While 5,000 downloads in just one week may seem relatively small in the grand scheme of things, for a niche band such as ourselves it’s more than we could have ever expected and only reinforces the notion than putting this album up for free download was the right move.”

Produced by Alwyn Walker, RESOLUTION is a reflection of sheer perseverance and innovation, brimming with top-notch musicianship, well-crafted arrangements and inventive hooks. Merged with a rich audio production value, void of the sterile, homogeneous and plastic instrumentation factor, which currently dominates the commercial metal market, this debut album from one of Ireland’s noteworthy metal bands is a truly refreshing piece of work.

RESOLUTION is also available in two special edition CD formats:

o The Deluxe Special Edition is a double CD that features a nine-track bonus disc of unreleased songs, rough mixes, drum and bass tracks taken from their album sessions along with a detailed album booklet.

o The Collector’s Edition is a spawn of the Deluxe Special Edition that includes a beautiful 60-page, full-color soft cover booklet, extensive liner notes, lyrical themes and illustrations for each song, rare photos, studio diaries and more, all exhibited within an exquisite tapestry of expanded album artwork courtesy of Fiaz Farrelly making it a must have item for those who want something a little more tangible to add to their music collection.

Track Listing
1. Engines Of Belief
2. Defective Prospection
3. The Narcissism Epidemic
4. Mental Clarity
5. Diminishment
6. Instinct
7. Asch’s Paradigm
8. Metaphysical Contradiction
9. The Departure Lounge

Streaming Links
– YouTube – “Engines Of Belief” –
– SoundCloud – “Engines Of Belief” –
– Free Download – “Engines Of Belief” –
– Behind The Scenes In Studio With Chosen –
– GunShyAssassin – Guest Column: “Three Bands You May Not Know But Should” By Chosen’s Paul Shields –

For more info on Chosen, please visit these links:

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-Lair Of The Minotaur: GODSLAYER EP Hits This Weekend For Record Store Day

New Batch Of Band’s “Evil Power Imperial Pilsner” Looms

GODSLAYER, the latest mayhem from Midwestern riffcrushers Lair Of The Minotaur, will storm out of the chasms this weekend.

Celebrating ten years of carnage, and being specifically being released as part of Record Store Day, the two-song GODSLAYER 7″ is the first new material from LOTM since their crushing 2010-released fourth full-length EVIL POWER, boasting some of the most gnarly carnage from the trio to date. Mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer) and boasting cover art by visual artist Tom Denney, GODSLAYER will see a limited 7″ run of 300 copies as well as digital release through iTunes, Amazon and the like. As with EVIL POWER, GODSLAYER will be unleashed on band’s The Grind-House Records hitting for Record Store Day this Saturday, April 20th. The band will have a small arsenal of GODSLAYER vinyl available directly on Tuesday, April 23rd for those who don’t catch it at RSD.

Coinciding with GODSLAYER, Lair Of The Minotaur will unleash the new tunes live with a free hometown Record Store Day show at Reckless Records in Chicago’s Wicker Park this Saturday at 4 p.m. A week later the band will join High On Fire, Municipal Waste, Pig Destroyer, Sweet Cobra and Bloodiest at 3 Floyds Brewery in Munster, Indiana at the annual Darklord Day melee, where LOTM will also unveil the newest batch of their punishing Evil Power Imperial Pilsner.

Lair Of The Minotaur Live:
4/20/2013 Reckless Records – Chicago, IL (FREE Record Store Day/Record Release Show)
4/27/2013 3 Floyds Brewery – Munster, IN @ Darklord Day w/ High On Fire, Municipal Waste, Pig Destroyer, Sweet Cobra, Bloodiest

“You can never claim you have heard the heaviest music ever until you experienced Chicago’s Lair Of The Minotaur…” – Metal Reviews

“…one hell of an EP, and proof that, even after ten years, Lair Of The Minotaur is still pissed off and ready for battle. This two song EP is just over eight minutes, but these two tracks show why this band has had such a strong underground following… 9/10″ – Apoch’s Metal Review

“Just over eight minutes of raw, ugly and brutal metal that rages with the ferocity of a ravenous beast, GODSLAYER finds Lair Of The Minotaur at their rampaging best. 7.8/10″ – Scratch The Surface

“…leaves a morbidly evil lasting impression that audiences won’t soon forget… Highly recommended for all, that is if you can handle the sheer unstoppable brutality that lays in wait. 5/5″ – Volumes Of Sin

-Axemaster’s track from the That’s Metal magazine compilation CD METALLIC COMMANDMENTS – VOLUME 1 is now online. Check out the new version of “Bed Of Nails” at and . This is the first Axemaster song with Geoff McGraw on vocals.

-Check out this new “real metal” band Compressorhead at .

-The third studio video diary documenting Eden’s Curse’s work on its upcoming fourth album is online at . Info: “The 14-minute video features German virtuoso guitarist Thorsten Koehne tracking his parts at COP Studio in Bielefeld, Germany.” The album is due out late this summer on AFM Records, 14 songs including “Evil & Divine,” “Break The Silence,” “Unbreakable,” “Great Unknown,” and “Devil In Disguise” are being recorded for it. See and for more.

-Orchid released a viral video for the title track of THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS at . The album is due out April 26 through Nuclear Blast. See for more.

-The Geoff Tate-fronted Queensryche will release FREQUENCY UNKNOWN on April 23 through Cleopatra Records. Track list: “Cold,” “Dare,” “Give It To You,” “Slave,” “In The Hands Of God,” “Running Backwards,” “Life Without You,” “Everything,” “Fallen,” “The Weight Of The World.” Bonus tracks include new remakes of “I Don’t Believe In Love,” “Empire,” “Jet City Woman,” and “Silent Lucidity.” Check out a stream of the full album at . See and for more.

-Skid Row’s new five-track EP, UNITED WORLD REBELLION – CHAPTER ONE, is out now in North America on Megaforce Records. It’s due out through UDR Music on May 24 in the EU and May 27 in the UK and the rest of the world. Track list: “Kings Of Demolition,” “Let’s Go,” “This Is Killing Me,” “Get Up,” “Stitches.” For more info, including the “Kings Of Demolition” lyric video, see .

-Check out John Taglieri’s new video for “Southern Paradise” at . His SOUTHERN PARADISE EP is out this week.

-U.D.O. — now consisting of Udo Dirkschneider on vocals, Andrey Smirnov and Kasperi Heikkinen on guitar, Fitty Wienhold on bass, and Francesco Jovino on drums — is finishing up a short North American tour as follows:

4/17 – The Back Bar, Janesville, WI
4/18 – Peabody’s, Cleveland, OH
4/19 – The Token, Westland, MI
4/20 – Mojoe’s, Joliet, IL
4/21 – Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
4/23 – Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA

The new album STEELHAMMER is due out in May on AFM Records. See for more.

Thanks to John Taglieri, Music Buy Mail, Axel Wiesenauer, Joe Sims, ITN, and Eric “I Don’t Read Detritus” Helgeson for help gathering some of this information.

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BILL LEVERTY – DRIVE (B+/B) Leverty Music, 2013
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FireHouse guitarist Bill Leverty’s latest solo venture is a covers album that gathers together many tracks that he’s released digitally as singles over the last couple of years. They were recorded with Leverty on guitar, keyboards, and vocals, along with bassist Keith Horne (Peter Frampton, Heart) and drummer Andre LaBelle (Vinnie Vincent, Josh Todd, Chris Holmes). (Add Cactus/Savoy Brown singer Jimmy Kunes to this trio and you have the upcoming Flood The Engine, by the way — can’t wait for that!) In the liner notes Leverty describes the songs as ones he heard on the radio growing up, and inspired him to become a musician. An ass-kicking “Fortunate Son” (Creedence Clearwater Revival) kicks DRIVE off in a heavy, aggressive manner; there’s some flashy bass work from Horne at the beginning, plus tons of extra guitar parts throughout. Another straight-up rocker is “Free Ride” (Edgar Winter Group), which features a ripping solo. “No Time” (The Guess Who) pleasantly surprises with its top-notch layered backing vocals, gritty lead vocals, and multiple lead breaks; this one could easily have been sped up but Leverty opted to play it cool and laidback… until the nice, long outro solo that is. Also boasting a lengthy outro solo, “One” (Three Dog Night) is spooky and atmospheric and builds nicely. “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” (Steely Dan) is as polished and smooth as you’d expect. Then, Leverty & Co. get their funk on in a big way with the remaining tracks. “Spanish Moon” (Little Feat) is moody and slinky with more stellar bass work, and “I Shot The Sheriff” (Bob Marley, Eric Clapton) is phat, slithery reggae funk with emotional vocals. “Jesus Children Of America” (Stevie Wonder) is an easy-sounding mid-tempo funk rocker with a great bass groove and multi-faceted lead and backing vocals. “Fire” (The Ohio Players) is a TOTAL funk overload with hot percussion, a ripping solo, and plenty of vocal “mmphs” and “UHs!” throughout. Closer “I Just Want To Celebrate” (Rare Earth) is a funkin’ stomper, complete with a drum solo/percussion breakdown that has scat vocals and, when drawn out, would be an ideal “audience participation part” during a live show. Despite the varied backgrounds and styles of the original artists, Leverty’s takes on these songs dovetail nicely into a cohesive album. What’s more, he appears to be having a lot of fun expanding his vocal stylings, and yes, the boy can funk, too!
– Tim Wadzinski (

TANGO DOWN – IDENTITY CRISIS (B) Kivel Records, 2012
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This New York band has been around for a few years but for whatever reason has escaped my attention until now. Featuring guitarist Scott “Rif” Miller (Adriangale), bassist Chris “Invisible Man” Konys (since replaced by Ronnie Parkes), drummer Keith “Bam Bam” Michaels, and new singer David Reece (Accept, Bangalore Choir, Stream, Gypsy Rose), Tango Down plays a nice mix of polished hard rock and edgy AOR that sometimes borders on metal. Gritty opener “Crying To Me,” probably the heaviest and fastest track on IDENTITY CRISIS, merges the best aspects of the first two Skid Row albums. A few summery, big-chorused AORish tracks follow, including “Dream Child,” “Blame…,” and “Back To Life” (total ’80s radio there!), plus there’s somewhat of a throwback to 1987/SLIP OF THE TONGUE-era commercial Whitesnake called “Corners Of My Mind,” and the closer is a smoky, bluesy jam called “Magic Pudding” (which apparently first appeared in a different form on Reece/Kronlund’s SOLID in 2011). The rest of the songs remind me of a more sophisticated or pompy style of ’80s hard rock, a la House Of Lords or maybe some Paul Stanley solo material; “Alone,” “Enlighten Me,” “Hearts Catch Fire,” and “Calling Out” are all far beyond typical hair metal and sport varying levels of keyboards, hooks, big choruses, and tasty guitar bits. This is definitely a solid album with the highlights being “Hearts Catch Fire,” “Crying To Me,” and “Enlighten Me.” The short running time ensures the songs get right to the point, Miller’s playing is surprisingly shreddy in many places (we’re not talking Yngwie here, mind you, but still…), and it’s nice to hear Reece again. Investigate this one!
– Tim Wadzinski (

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Detritus Issue #648

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Issue #648
Week of April 8, 2013

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-I’ve been on a Pretty Maids and Killer Dwarfs kick lately. Kinda sounds like a twisted little fairytale, doesn’t it? “The Pretty Maids And The Killer Dwarfs.” – Tim

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-Blackmore’s Night: New Album DANCER AND THE MOON Due Out In June On Frontiers Records

Blackmore’s Night is releasing their brand new album, DANCER AND THE MOON, on June 11 in North America and June 14 in Europe on Frontiers Records. DANCER AND THE MOON will be released in two editions, as a CD and a digi-pak deluxe edition with a bonus DVD that includes music videos of “Dancer And The Moon” and “The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)”, plus an extensive interview with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night.

Anticipated by the digital release of the first single “The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)” on May 6, DANCER AND THE MOON is the band’s eighth original studio album, with each disc topping the European and American Billboard’s New Age charts.

Each album that Blackmore’s Night has released has been awarded Best Vocal Album or Album Of The Year for their respective charts on NPR and college radio. Blackmore’s Night performed on PBS, had specials on CNN and the History Channel. The group has songs on the soundtrack of Germany’s “The Magical Story Of The Rings: Die Nibelunger The Ring Of The Nibelungs” and the theme song “All For One” for Japan’s popular TV show, “Third Watch.” Their song “Olde Mill Inn” is featured in Jim Carrey’s movie, “Yes Man.” So many honors, placements — the list goes on and on.

Formed in 1997 by Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore, the two began working together first in Ritchie’s previous group Rainbow, when Candice co-wrote a number of songs, most notably “Ariel” and “Black Masquerade” for Rainbow’s 1996 album, STRANGER IN US ALL.

The following year, the two formed Blackmore’s Night, and after seven studio albums, two live DVD/CDs and one holiday release, the group’s latest album, DANCER AND THE MOON follows the band’s eclectic/jam/folk rock/new age/neo-Celtic/neo-Medieval/progressive rock/chamber pop/world beat styling. Take your pick from the songwriting team of Candice and Ritchie: the acoustic “Somewhere Over The Sea (The Moon Is Shining),” the rocking track “The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea),” which you can dance to, along with the title track “Dancer And The Moon,” the nature-inspired “The Last Leaf” and the Russian-influenced “Troika.”

Blackmore’s Night own their versions of classic rock chestnuts: Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today,” Uriah Heep’s “Lady In Black,” and “The Temple Of The King” that Ritchie and the late Ronnie James Dio collaborated on originally for their band Rainbow. The album is made complete with its inspiring instrumentals, including the waltzy “Galliard” and the Deep Purple-esque “Carry On… Jon,” that Ritchie wrote as a heartfelt tribute to his former band mate, the late Jon Lord.

DANCER AND THE MOON is a distinctive album, that is both melodic, rhythmic, and full of classic influences led by the dynamic and signature alto vocals of Candice Night and the phenomenal fret work of Ritchie Blackmore.

DANCER AND THE MOON continues to establish the band that has been growing its following steadily in the jam, pagan/wiccan scene, new age, folk and progressive worlds, as well as the classic rock community.

“So much has happened since our 2008 marriage (and the 2010 release of the duo’s AUTUMN SKY album),” says Candice, as she and Ritchie have been musical and emotional partners since 1989. In 2010 daughter Autumn Esmeralda was born, and then in 2012, their son, Rory.

Candice says, “We find that the DANCER AND THE MOON is visually and emotionally representative of how we feel about our music. We have always had a very strong pull to the mystery of the Moon. Her magic, her power, her legend… She affects us so deeply that we have named many CDs after her and she is almost always represented in our songs. The dancer gives herself completely, unabashedly and whole heartedly moved by the intensity of the music she feels within her soul.”

DANCER AND THE MOON track listing includes:
I Think It’s Going To Rain Today
The Last Leaf
Lady In Black
Minstrels In The Hall
The Temple Of The King
Dancer And The Moon
The Ashgrove
Somewhere Over The Sea (The Moon Is Shining)
The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)
The Spinner’s Tale
Carry On… Jon

and please visit Blackmore’s-Night-Official-Site on Facebook

Tour Dates – Europe:
Palace of Ukraine, Kiev (Ukraine) – 15th June.
Crocus City Hall, Moscow (Russia) – 18th June.
BKZ Oktyabrsky, St Petersburg (Russia) – 20th June.
Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline (Scotland) – 26th June.
Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle (England) – 28th June.
Wolverhampton Grand, Wolverhampton (England) – 1st July.
City Hall, Salisbury (England) – 3rd July.
G Live, Guildford (England) – 5th July.
Hugenottenhalle, Neu Isenburg (Germany) – 9th July.
Serenadenhoff, Nurnburg (Germnay) – 11th July.
Congresshalle, Saarbrucken (Germany) – 13th July.
Kongress am Park, Augsburg (Germany) – 14th July.
Burg Creuzburg, Creuzburg (Germany) – 19th July.
Albrechtsburg, Meissen (Germany) – 21st July.
Beethoven Saal, Stuttgart (Germany) – 23rd July.

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-Black Star Riders’ “Bound For Glory” Lyric Video Released

Black Star Riders, the new band featuring Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper / Megadeth), have announced ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE as the title of their debut album on Nuclear Blast Entertainment, which will be released in Europe on May 24, 2013.

The album was preceded by a single “Bound For Glory.” Released on Sunday March 24 2013, the single had its first public airing on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 radio show on Thursday March 21 March 2013.

The band have just released a lyric video for the track — available to view here:

About the single, Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick states: “‘Bound For Glory’ — a song for the lost but never lonely, walking tall in the face of everyday adversary, everyone has a story to tell, revolution begins in the mirror!!!” Guitarist Scott Gorham adds: “When it came time to pick one of these songs as a single, we had a really hard time. There are so many really great tracks here and everyone had their favorites. But in the end, we all agreed that ‘Bound For Glory’ is the perfect choice and represents what Black Star Riders is all about.”

About the origin of the album title, Ricky goes on to say: “I was watching a documentary about World War II bombers and saw the name painted on the side of one of the aircraft. The name just resonated with me and it seemed to encapsulate the turmoil that we, as a society, are currently experiencing. The past few years have been such a wild ride and now with the release of the album, it sounded like a bad-ass album title that summed up what Black Star Riders is all about.”

The single and album were produced & mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush).

The album will be released as a standard CD and also as a special edition digi-pak featuring a bonus track “Right To Be Wrong” and a “Making Of” DVD.

A 24-minute compilation of behind-the-scenes video reports from the band’s studio time in Los Angeles can be viewed on YouTube at .

Confirmed festival appearances for Black Star Riders include:

June 1st Hi Rock Festival – Inzell, Germany
June 2nd Hi Rock Festival – St. Goarshausen, Germany
June 8th Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg, Sweden
Nov. 29th Hard Rock Hell – N. Wales, U.K.

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-Lizzy Borden Launches Selective US Anniversary Shows

Lizzy Borden will be celebrating 30 years of American Metal in 2013 with a brand new show, created from the ground up just for the monumental 30-year anniversary. The new selected shows will encompass 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.

April 13 Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood CA
April 20 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
April 25 Changes New Castle, PA
April 26 Dead Horse Cantina Music Hall McKees Rocks, PA
April 27 Spring Stampede at the House Of Rock, Baltimore, MD

For tickets and upcoming tour dates, please see the official website:

The Band:
Lizzy Borden
Joey Scott
Marten Andersson
Dario Lorina

2012 Promo video

Lizzy Borden Official live show

“Tomorrow Never Comes”

“Under Your Skin”

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-Swedish Axeman Magnus Karlsson To Release His Debut Solo Project FREE FALL In June On Frontiers !

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Magnus Karlsson’s FREE FALL debut album on June 11 in North America and June 14 in Europe.

Magnus Karlsson started his cooperation with Frontiers Records in the year 2000 when his band Last Tribe was signed by the Italian label. After two more records with this group, Magnus was asked by Serafino Perugino, Frontiers Records label President, to write and produce some of their artists. This started a successful journey of collaborations with some of the greatest singers and musicians in the Hard Rock/Metal world. The list includes the successful Allen/Lande trilogy, Starbreaker, Bob Catley, Kiske/Somerville, and the list goes on and on. He finally joined the German Heavy Metal icons Primal Fear in 2008 and with them he toured the world and recorded two successful albums that climbed high on the charts in several countries.

This time Magnus created his own album with his strongest melodic metal and hard rock set of songs ever and invited both old and new friends to sing them! The list includes Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, Gamma Ray), Tony Harnell (TNT, Starbreaker), Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, The Codex), Rick Altzi (Masterplan, At Vance), Mike Andersson (Star One, Full Force), Rickard Bengtsson (Last Tribe), Herman Saming (A.C.T), David Rreadman (Pink Cream 69, Vodoo Circle). Rounding up the lineup on the album is Daniel Flores on drums.

“I’ve had the honor to collaborate with some of the greatest singers and musicians in the world,” says Magnus. “Artists who have made my life richer with their magical music. On this album I got the chance to write tailor made songs for some of my absolute favorite singers. I was thinking, what would I really like to hear from this or that guy and then I wrote the songs. It’s like if I’m missing a song with my favorite singer in my record collection, then I just make that song for him! I listen like a fan and I write like a fan well… I am a fan!”

Magnus Karlsson’s FREE FALL debut album includes the following songs:
1. Free Fall (lead vocals: Russell Allen)
2. Higher (lead vocals: Ralf Scheepers)
3. Heading Out (lead vocals: Magnus Karlsson)
4. Stronger (lead vocals: Tony Harnell)
5. Not My Saviour (lead vocals: Rick Altzi)
6. Us Against The World (lead vocals: David Readman)
7. Our Time Has Come (lead vocals: Mark Boals)
8. Ready or Not (lead vocals: Magnus Karlsson)
9. Last Tribe (lead vocals: Rickard Bengtsson)
10. Fighting (lead vocals: Herman Saming)
11. Dreamers & Hunters (lead vocals: Mike Andersson)
12. On Fire (lead vocals: Magnus Karlsson)

It is possible to sample four songs from the album following this link on YouTube:


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-Heathen Signs With Nuclear Blast!

The ink has finally dried and Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of the Bay Area’s indomitable thrash metal band Heathen!

Founding member & guitarist Lee Altus comments on the new alliance:
“I’m really happy and couldn’t think of a better label for Heathen. I’ve known people at Nuclear Blast, some of whom have been fans of the band going as far back as the early demo days, and have been friends with them for many years. It’s amazing for me to think that throughout this band’s career, every album we recorded has been released on a different label. I can finally say that we have found home. Nuclear Blast has become a Mecca for Bay Area thrash bands and we are happy to join our friends and partners in crime Exodus, Death Angel, Testament, and Forbidden. Now it’s time to get to work on the new album!”

Lead singer David White adds:
“I want to thank all the fans for their amazing support; we do not take any of this lightly! Now we move forward with a true Metal record company that really understands what we’re all about, 2012 and beyond!!!”

Jaap Wagemaker of the A&R Department at Nuclear Blast Germany shares the following:
“It is no secret that the staff of Nuclear Blast has a soft spot for thrash metal. We all grew up here with classics such as BREAKING THE SILENCE and VICTIMS OF DECEPTION, and who doesn’t remember that legendary tour from 1991 with Sepultura, Sacred Reich, and Heathen destroying the stages night after night! We are totally stoked to announce that these legendary Bay Area Thrashers have inked a deal with us and are now label mates with Exodus, Death Angel, Testament, Forbidden, Anthrax, Sepultura, Overkill, Kreator, Destruction, and Tankard!!! Since Heathen’s reunion for Thrash Of The Titans, we had been following the band very closely over the last couple of years with first-hand information from Lee Altus — who is also swinging the axe in Exodus — and what we heard from him made us very curious! After seeing Heathen play an amazing show at Rock Hard and their release of another classic album with THE EVOLUTION OF CHAOS, it was very clear to us that the band needed to become part of the Nuclear family as well. Seeing the band play several times at last year’s Thrashfest Classics, we were finally able to make this work!! With the signing of Heathen, another thrash dream has came true!! Welcome home guys!!!”

Forged in the fertile breeding ground of the Bay Area’s thrash scene in 1984 and debuting onto the worldwide tape-trading scene in 1986 with their six-song PRAY FOR DEATH demo, Heathen went on to create the now classic BREAKING THE SILENCE in 1987 (whose opening track “Death By Hanging” quickly became a live staple) and 1991’s VICTIMS OF DECEPTION, which included the nine-and-a-half minute opus “Heathen’s Song.”

Reunited in 2001 for San Francisco’s Thrash Of The Titans benefit for Testament’s Chuck Billy and Death’s Chuck Schuldiner, Heathen reemerged in full force after a 19-year absence with stellar reviews for 2010’s THE EVOLUTION OF CHAOS and will begin recording their fourth studio album later this year.

Heathen has performed their brand of guitar-driven, fuel-injected thrash metal in Europe at numerous summer festivals, on the Thrash Fest Classics tour with co-headliners Exodus & Sepultura, and the Killfest tour with Overkill, in North America on last year’s spring tour with Destruction, and most recently at the “Bonded By Baloff: A Decade Of Remembrance” memorial in Oakland in February. Their live sets continually test the endurance of headbanging audiences everywhere.

Heathen 2012 is David White on vocals; Lee Altus on guitar; Kragen Lum on guitar; Jason Viebrooks on bass; and Darren Minter on drums.

Visit Heathen online:

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-Iced Earth Premieres Live Video For “Stormrider” From LIVE IN ANCIENT KOURION Release On

Iced Earth’s first officially recorded DVD/Blu-ray, LIVE IN ANCIENT KOURION, will hit stores April 16 in North America (and April 15 in Europe)! For this live release, the band recorded an epic 2.5 hour show in a 6,000-year-old amphitheatre with an incredible, unique atmosphere. To give fans a preview of this must-have DVD, Iced Earth has now teamed up with Revolver Magazine to premiere the live video for “Stormrider” here:

For more previews of LIVE IN ANCIENT KOURION, click the links below:

“I Died For You” live audio

“Dystopia” live video

“Damien” live audio


LIVE IN ANCIENT KOURION is now available for pre-order in various stunning formats here:

Iced Earth live:
08.06.2013 – Burning Sea Festival – Croatia
20.06.2013 – Metalfest – Germany
21.06.2013 – Dokk’em Open Air Festival – Netherlands
22.06.2013 – Rock am Härtsfeldsee – Germany
12.07.2013 – Rock Harz Open Air – Germany
13.07.2013 – Bang Your Head Festival – Germany
08.08.2013 – Getaway Rock Festival – Sweden

Iced Earth online:

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-Escape Music Is Proud To Announce The Release For May 2013: Giuntini – PROJECT IV

Artist: Giuntini
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Heavy Metal
Catalog #: ESM253
EAN: 5031281002532
Label: Escape Music

Release Date: May 24, 2013

Benelux: Bertus, Germany: H’Art, UK and Ireland: Cargo, Italy: Frontiers, Spain: Goi Music, Switzerland: Non Stop Music, Scandinavia: Sound Pollution

Track List:
1. Perfect Sorrow (3:08)
2. Born In The Underworld (5:17)
3. Shadow Of The Stone (3:58)
4. Cured (4:08)
5. I Don’t Believe In Fortune (4:03)
6. If The Dream Comes True (4:45)
7. The Rise And Fall Of Barry Lyndon (4:33)
8. Bring On The Night (4:20)
9. Not The Jealous Kind (4:32)
10. Saint Or Sinner (3:57)
11. Last Station: Nightmare (5:19)
12. How The Story Ends (4:24)
13. Truth Never Lie (5:12)

Specials: Featuring Tony Martin (ex Black Sabbath) on vocals!

Italian guitar wizard Aldo Giuntini is back for the release of his brand new Giuntini PROJECT IV album on May 24, 2013.

It has been six years but Aldo is now back with the fourth chapter of his Project. “My way of writing and producing the songs needs a lot of time,” he says. “One could say I am a perfectionist, but when I have musical ideas for my guitar, I often have the other guys working with their own inputs: Also I need to have Tony Martin to work on the lyrics at the end, so this takes away a lot of time.”

Aldo comments “PROJECT IV continues the line of PROJECT II, III, musically and I’m sure that who loved my second, and third work will appreciate the IV album in the same way and more,” since the production work is “a lot improved” this time and produced by Dario Mollo (Mollo / Martin). The sound of Giuntini’s work is a combination of “the warmth and the power of Black Sabbath’s HEADLESS CROSS, TYR, Rainbow LONG LIVE ROCK & ROLL and RISING and Dio HOLY DIVER with energetic sound of Loudness, the Japanese metal heroes!” While Giuntini’s guitar playing is mainly influenced by Akira Takasaki, Vivian Campbell, Edward Van Halen, Jake E. Lee, John Norum and, of course, Malmsteen.

Handling all vocals once again on PROJECT IV is none other than Tony Martin (ex Black Sabbath), with the help of Ezio Secomandi (on drums), Dario Patti (on keyboards) and Fulvio Gaslini (on bass). “I wanted to have Tony again,” explains Aldo, “because he is my favorite voice and I think that the blend of our styles is just perfect!”

PROJECT IV promises to be like a breath of fresh air and will please the long time fans as well as the new ones, which are bound to fall in love with this great new album.

Aldo Giuntini – Guitars
Tony Martin – Vocals
Fabiano Rizzi – Drums
Roberto Gualdi – Drums
Fulvio Gaslini – Bass
Liz Vandall – Vocals on “Bring On The Night”

Escape Music

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-Lion Music Update

Headless Signs To Lion Music

Lion Music are pleased to announce the signing of Headless, a metal band that sees Italian guitarists Walter Cianciusi and Dario Parente teaming up with one of Europe’s premier rock vocalists in Goran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) and a drum legend in Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche).

The forthcoming album GROWING APART sees 10 songs shaped around the classy drumming of Scott Rockenfield and melodic vocals of Goran Edman which fuse hard rock and heavy metal with progressive elements.

GROWING APART gets its digital release through Lion Music on June 7, 2013.

Full release details to follow shortly.

Ashent Update

Following on from the recent success of INHERITANCE, the latest release from Italian progressive metal outfit Ashent, Lion Music are pleased to offer up a timely reissue of the band’s long out-of-print 2006 debut album FLAWS OF ELATION. In addition this new print comes with all-new artwork and the additional bonus of the band’s very first ultra-rare 2003 four-track demo!

FLAWS OF ELATION is a prog-power experience with some modern techno-thrash influences which are reflected in the way Ashent arrange and play guitars and drums. There are also some death metal references, in the mode the band use growling as backing vocals that have their importance in the economy of Ashent’s sound, wisely mixed with a modern prog attitude that uses avant-garde and gothic elements in order to create intense and dramatic music. The atmosphere is very dark, but the vocals of American vocalist Steve Braun are extremely melodic, supported by some beautiful orchestrations.

A video presentation with music and interview from the band can be viewed now at .

The track “Mhysteric” can be heard in full now at SoundCloud via .

Track Listing:
1. Flaws of Men
2. Mhysteric
3. Awakened’s Transitions
4. Fallen Angel
5. Illusory
6. Silent Remedy
7. Anaemic Ardency
8. Persistence Of Frailty
9. A Puzzled Sentiment
10. Eden
11. Awakened’s Transitions (demo 2003)
12. Fallen Angel (demo 2003)
13. Anaemic Ardency (demo 2003)
14. Eden (demo 2003)

Full album info and CD pre-order can be found at .

Lion Music

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-Famous Underground Reveals Album Cover, Track List, Release Date

Canadian hard rockers Famous Underground — the new project of Nick Walsh, formerly front man of Slik Toxik, together with his longtime bassist/musical partner Laurie-Anne Green at his side — recently inked a worldwide two-album deal with German label Dust On The Tracks Records (DOTT).

The group’s self-titled debut album, which is slated for release on June 7, will be released through Sony (Europe), MVD (USA), RSK (UK) and Universal (Canada).

Track listing:

1. Wasteland
2. Overdrive
3. Dead Weight
4. Love Stands Still
5. Forever And A Day
6. Necropolis
7. Wheel Of Misfortune
8. Mommy Is A Junkie
9. On Broken Wings
10. Bullet Train
11. Hell To Pay

Bonus tracks:

12. Dead Weight (raw and unplugged)
13. On Broken Wings (alternative)

The CD comes in a digi including an eight-page booklet.

Front man Nicholas Walsh recently checked in with the following update: “Just letting you all know that we’ve been prepping for our official debut release. We have done a photo shoot with renowned photographer Darko and have been finishing up the artwork as well as the mixes on our bonus tracks. Though we have been in the studio tracking some ‘new, new’ songs, those will only see the light of day for our upcoming live performances, and will not be a part of our debut release. They will be reserved for F.U. #2. Thanks goes out to all of our Canadian fans for all of your support since the beginning. It’s time to share your homeboys and girl with the rest of the world.”

The Famous Underground lineup is:

Nicholas Walsh – vocals/guitars
Laurie-Anne Green – bass/vocals
Rick Corvese – guitars
Darren Boyd – guitars
Desche Sparboom – drums

According to a press release, Famous Underground’s sound and music is edgy, melodic and hooky bringing a paradigm shift to the arena of rock. It’s been said, that they have created something fresh and exciting in an otherwise stagnated genre. With the conclusion that no-one has definitive comparisons, Carl Begai writer with elite hard rock/metal magazine BW&BK describes the new recording as “it’s a darker if-Metallica-were-Guns N’ Roses direction with this brand new album.”

Famous Underground’s self-titled studio release was produced by Nick Walsh, and mixed by Darius Szczepaniak (The Black Crowes, Sacrifice) at Rouge Valley Studio in Toronto. The new recording takes Walsh’s writing to a more defined state where the lyrics delve more into the complexities of the real world.

These musicians have independently garnered critical acclaim supporting such acts as Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Kid Rock, Black Sabbath, Billy Talent, Yngwie Malmsteen, April Wine, and many other international acts.

More information about Famous Underground can be found here:

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-Thrashing Europe!

Grab your denim vests and leather jackets, put on those hi-tops and guzzle down a few cold beers: because a true thrash metal triumvirate is ready to lay waste to a bunch of European clubs!!!

Leading the mob are San Francisco veterans Heathen: founded in 1984 — amongst others — by Exodus guitarist Lee Altus, they released two landmark albums with BREAKING THE SILENCE (1987) and VICTIMS OF DECEPTION (1991) before things got a bit quiet in camp Heathen. They returned with the thrash manifesto THE EVOLUTION OF CHAOS in 2010, and now the guys are busy working on new material. Generation Kill are being led by Exodus front beast Rob Dukes and offer a nasty mix of thrash metal and hardcore. Check out their brilliant debut RED, WHITE AND BLOOD and bang those heads! The lineup is completed by Munich-based newcomers Dust Bolt who indulge in old school thrash metal goodness! They have recently released their great debut VIOLENT DEMOLITION.

Here are the dates:

Heathen, Generation Kill, Dust Bolt Tour
07.06.2013 DE Berlin K 17
08.06.2013 SE Sölvesborg Sweden Rock *
09.06.2013 DE Hamburg Marx
11.06.2013 PL Warsaw Progresja
12.06.2013 CZ Prague Nova Chmelnice
13.06.2013 AT Wien Escape Metalcorner
14.06.2013 DE München Backstage
15.06.2013 DE Essen Turock
16.06.2013 NL Eindhoven Dynamo
17.06.2013 DE Lindau Club Vaudeville
19.06.2013 ES Barcelona Razzmatazz 3
20.06.2013 ES Madrid Rockitchen
21.06.2013 FR Clisson Hellfest *
22.06.2013 NL Dokkum Dokk’em Open Air *
23.06.2013 UK London Underworld
25.06.2013 CH Pratteln Galerie
26.06.2013 DE Siegen Vortex
27.06.2013 DE Osnabrück Bastard Club
28.06.2013 BE Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting *
29.06.2013 DE Aalen Rock It
* Heathen only

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-Axemaster To Be Featured On Compilation CD

Axemaster is proud to announce that a new version of the band’s track “Bed Of Nails” (re-mixed, professionally mastered, and featuring Geoff McGraw on vocals) will be one of the songs included on the compilation CD titled METALLIC COMMANDMENTS – VOLUME 1 which is being produced to help publicize the return of the German magazine “That’s METAL.” For complete information about the magazine and its re-launch, please see . The section concerning the compilation is as follows…

“As a special extra the crew of ‘That’s METAL’ compiled an exclusive compilation called METALLIC COMMANDMENTS – VOLUME 1 that consists of ten songs, all of them were unreleased on CD before.

“This CD (including a four-page booklet, playing time: 47 minutes) is ONLY available with issue number 17 of ‘That’s METAL’ magazine: Steel Prophet previews the song ‘Trickery Of The Scourge’ from their upcoming OMNISCENT album, Axemaster recorded an exclusive new track called ‘Bed Of Nails’ and Gothic Knights present ‘Valley Of The Kings,’ one of the last recordings with their original singer Rick ‘Warlock’ Sanchez. Chicago’s Ion Vein introduce their new vocalist Scott Featherstone (Enertia) with the song ‘This Is Me’ and the Finnish True Metal band Tombstone provides their new song ‘The Battle Of Kalascha’ from their yet unreleased second album. Metal Funsters Nasty Disaster demand: ‘Don’t Bust My F*cking Balls’ while Dammaj and Skelator present two stunning live versions of their songs ‘Leather Master’ and ‘Birth Of Steel.’ (Former) Attacker members Lou Ciarlo and Mike Sabatini prove with their project University Of Life and the song ‘Invisible Dreams’ that their singer Paul Taylor (ex-Elixir) is the perfect choice for this kind of music and as an exclusive bonus there is also the track ‘Messenger Of Death’ from the legendary 1990 demo tape of Chicago’s Latent Fury.

“For only 10 Euros (plus postage — foreign orders please inquire) you can buy -That’s METAL- issue # 17 including the METALLIC COMMANDMENTS – VOLUME 1 CD through mail orders like The mag will also be available at the official merchandise booth at Keep It True Festival (19th/20th of April 2013 in Lauda-Koenigshofen).”

The re-mixing and partial re-recording of “Bed Of Nails” caused a slight delay with being able to work on the songs for the album, but things are now moving forward better than ever before. Although still a very slow process, the work on re-writing lyrics and mixing is going even better than expected. Joe Sims said: “I always had really high hopes for this album, but now with the totally killer job Geoff’s doing with his writing and performance and with the production sounding the way it is, I think this is gonna turn out to be something very special.”

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-Motortrain Take To The Road

WESTVILLE, OK — Ump, guitarist and lead vocalist for Oklahoman red dirt rockers Motortrain, has been hard at work for the past few months writing and demo-ing material for the band’s sophomore effort. A road dog at heart, he’s decided that it’s time to take a break from being cooped up and has decided to test some of his new songs in front of an audience. “Our debut EP was fun, but it was rushed. Over the last year we’ve all really been diggin’ deep to build this full-length album out. We didn’t want to make an album just because it was time, we wanted to make one because we had something to say. Of course, when you’ve been stuck in the studio all winter like we have, you want to get out and stretch your legs a bit, so that’s what we’re gonna do. Get out, road test some new songs, and meet some new faces.”

The new release, a full-length, self-titled album is scheduled for release in late summer of 2013 and will feature songs such as “Briars And Barbed Wire,” a hat-tip to the band’s state line location and the rivalries that run between them, and “Whiskey Fingers” which pays tribute to lead singer Ump’s granddad, Don Schauf, who played peddle steel and fiddle up in Wichita, KS back in his day. He was in the local backing band for anyone who came through town, playing for folks like Earnest Tubb, Waylon, and Merle. Because he was stricken with Polio he never got to tour, so instead the band is taking his legacy on the road.

Motortrain dates are as follows:

April 4 – Tulsa, OK – Tankz
April 6 – Phoenix, AZ – The Blooze
April 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Steel Horse Saloon
April 8 – Prescott, AZ – The Drunken Lass
April 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Burt’s Tiki Lounge
April 19 – Ft. Smith, AR – Hero’s Underground.

Relevant Links:

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-Napalm Records News

Atrocity – OKKULT Preview

Click on the link below to listen to the album preview of Atrocity’s latest long-player, OKKULT. Furthermore, you can pre-order the first part of the Dark Metal Trilogy via our mail order!

Atrocity – OKKULT Pre-listening

Official Website


Mosh but not least, you get the chance to listen to the new F.K.Ü. album 4: RISE OF THE MOSH MONGERS. Click on the link below to listen to the album, which will be released on April 26. Get your copy now!

F.K.Ü. – 4: RISE OF THE MOSH MONGERS Pre-listening

Official Website


Heathen warriors everywhere! Check out the cover artwork and track list of Månegarm’s upcoming album LEGIONS OF THE NORTH!

Markus André (Månegarm):
“After nearly 20 years of rock ‘n’ roll and seven released albums, Månegarm are back with their brand-new effort — LEGIONS OF THE NORTH. LEGIONS OF THE NORTH is an album full of hard-hitting melodies and ear-catching refrains, all spiced with the special Månegarm flavor and served to you all in the best way. We’re very proud to present this new album, and we really hope that you will enjoy it. The Wolf is back… prepare for war!!”

Release Dates:
26.06.2013 ESP/SWE/NO
28.06.2013 G/A/S, FIN & Benelux
01.07.2013 Rest of Europe
09.07.2013 USA/CAN

Track List:
1. Arise
2. Legions Of The North
3. Eternity Awaits
4. Helvegr
5. Hordes Of Hel
6. Tor Hjälpe
7. Wake The Gods – Bonus Track Limited Edition
8. Vigverk
9. Sons Of War
10. Echoes From The Past
11. Fallen
12. Forged In Fire
13. Raadh

Official Website

Napalm Records

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-Rock And Shock Invades Metal Fest!

Meet some of the biggest names in horror and music at the 15th Annual New England Metal And Hardcore Fest, courtesy of Rock And Shock.

Rock And Shock is coming… (insert “Jaws” theme for thematic effect)… to the 15th Annual New England Metal And Hardcore Festival at the Worcester Palladium on April 19, 20 and 21!

Rock And Shock will be on hand in the event’s main room with a bevy of special guests that include some of the most popular local New England horror talent including Kip Weeks (actor, “The Strangers”) and Nick Principe (actor, “Laid To Rest,” “Chromeskull”), as well as Joe Knetter (author, “Twisted Loneliness,” “Zombie Bukkake”), Sarah French (actress, “Striper Club Slasher,” “Shriek Of The Sasquatch”) and Christopher Ott (artist, Pig Destroyer, Eyehategod)! Each will have their own signing times (TBD) but they will also be hanging around for most of the weekend as fans giving concert-goers the unique opportunity to watch legendary bands like Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies with some of the biggest names in horror!

Rock And Shock will also be hosting meet and greets and signings for Shadow’s Fall, Black Breath, Goatwhore, and Job For A Cowboy at their booth as well as offering giveaways, raffles, merch from past years, and best of all — news on the first couple of guests for this year’s 10th anniversary of Rock And Shock. Wicked Bird Media will also be making a guest appearance and playing horrifyingly fun Horror Trivia for prizes!

Additionally, there will also be complimentary Rock And Shock Invades Metal Fest signing posters available for FREE.

Check out the array of NEMHF ticket packages and the full festival lineup RIGHT HERE:

Tickets to Metal Fest are available at the Palladium box office, FYE stores and

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-Vancouver Prog Rockers Fen To Play Powder Rocket Stage At World Ski & Snowboard Fest In Whistler, BC On April 20

Vancouver prog rockers Fen have been invited to warm things up on the Powder Rocket stage at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler, BC on April 20. Kicking off their set at noon, Fen will be sharing the stage with DJ Wake Up, Versus The Nothing and Deadwax Collective.

For more info please visit .

In additional news, Fen have announced they will be giving away FREE band T-shirts to make room for new merchandise as they encourage their fans to share their tunes and increase their social media presence.

The band has commented the following:

“Dear Grumps,

“We’re clearing out our merch closet and using it as a shameless excuse to pull a few more listeners out of the woodwork. We’ll give away 10 T-shirts if we reach 1,000 likes on our Facebook page: . After that, we’ll give away five shirts for every additional 500 likes until supplies are gone. The selection will be made on April 12.

“And how will we make the crucial decision of who gets the shirts?

“We’re still sorting that part out. We’re considering a kind of ritualistic monkey dance that will involve the four of us uprooting house plants then hurling our feces at the computer monitor. Whichever names get covered up on our Facebook page, we’ll contact those people and mail the shirts to their homes.

“Shamlessly yours,
“Doug, Jeff, Sam & Nando”

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-Demon Lung Full-Length Debut To Be Released June 4

Candlelight Records today confirms June 4th as the North American release date for THE HUNDREDTH NAME, the full-length debut from Las Vegas-based epic doom band Demon Lung. The eight-song album was recorded with Adam Myatt and Billy Anderson (Neurosis, The Melvins, Sleep) and features artwork by English illustrator Tom Bates (Vision Of Disorder, Amorphis).

THE HUNDREDTH NAME is a conceptual album as previously confirmed by drummer Jeremy Brenton. Its story line follows, “The long-begotten son of Satan, who’s been sent to earth to assemble the three parts of the devil’s bible so that we can speak the name of God in reverse and undo creation.” Songstress Shanda Fredrick adds, “We have had the concept idea for the album for a few years. We have just been waiting until we signed to a proper label to finish writing it. Working with Billy was a dream come true for us. He has been like a fifth member of the band, a mentor, and just an all-around awesome friend. He helped us craft something that we are very proud of.”

Formed in 2011, Demon Lung features guitarist Phil Burns and bassist Patrick Warren, with Fredrick and Brenton. The band has a singular EP, PAREIDOLIA (Bandcamp 2012), currently available. The recording was favorably received by international media. “Earthy-yet-horror-themed doom metal a-la Candlemass,” said Metal Hammer. “Their hazy atmosphere and unorthodox way of playing guitar in a doom metal band is an interesting approach that doom fans should immediately check out,” noted Metal Archives. “Their music is clearly from the soul,” added Ave Noctum. In their still short history, the band has performed alongside Pentagram, High On Fire, Jucifer, Witch Mountain, and Castle, among others.

1. Binding Of The Witch
2. Devil’s Wind
3. Eyes Of Zamiel
4. A Decade Twice Over A Day
5. Heathen Child
6. Hex Mark
7. Hallowed Ground
8. Incantation (The Hundredth Name)

Demon Lung has announced the following dates in April. Additionally, the band are set as a featured performer at the third installment of the Doom In June Festival (also featuring The Skull, Manilla Road, Karma To Burn, Ancestors, Las Cruces, Castle, and more). Doom In June is sponsored by Heavy Planet, Planet Fuzz, Doom Metal Alliance, and Hellride Music.

4/16/2013 The Bunkhouse – Las Vegas, NV w/ Ides Of Gemini
4/19/2013 The Joint – Los Angeles, CA w/ Crowned By Fire, Behold! The Monolith
4/20/2013 Favorites – Las Vegas, NV w/ Ultra Electric Mega Galactic, The Freeks
5/09/2013 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV w/ Cauldron
5/30/2013 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA w/ Castle
5/31/2013 Whisky Dicks – S. Lake Tahoe, CA w/ Castle
6/01/2013 Doom in June Festival/Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
6/02/2013 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ w/ Castle

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-Kalmah: Finnish Death Metal Legion To Release Seventh Studio Album Via Spinefarm Records

Teaser Track + Studio Footage Posted

Finnish death metal legion Kalmah are pleased to unleash their seventh studio offering this June. Titled SEVENTH SWAMPHONY, the follow-up to 2010’s critically lauded 12 GAUGE release, was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi, Finland, and features eight tracks, mixed and mastered at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Paradise Lost, et al).

Comments lead guitarist Antti Kokko: “This album marks a milestone in our careers. We have a new keyboard player [Veli-Matti Kananen], which has given a fresh edge to the music, and we are of course very satisfied with the new material. That is why we wanted to give the songs the best possible chance without compromise; we feel very lucky and privileged to have worked with Jens Bogren.”

Kalmah’s latest production showcases the Oulu outfit’s signature brand of frantic, yet melodic death metal tempered here by a new-found epic mournfulness.

Check out epic pummel of fifth track “Windlake Tale” as well as studio footage at this location:

Kalmah (“From The Grave” in Karelian) will play Dark River Festival ( ) in Finland this Summer with more festival and UK touring plans to be announced. Stay tuned for details.

SEVENTH SWAMPHONY will be released in North America via Spinefarm Records this June. Further details to be announced in weeks to come.

-Avantasia’s THE MYSTERY OF TIME is out now on Nuclear Blast. Hype: “Many journalists have already stated, that the album might be the most enchanting and complete Avantasia adventure of all time.” Check out a full album stream at the German newspaper Bild’s site, at . See for more.

-Bullet’s new video for “Rolling Home” is online at . The track comes from 2012’s FULL PULL (Nuclear Blast). See for more.

-Chariots Of The God have a new live video of their song “Unbound,” performed March 7 on “Ottawa Live Music” on CKCU 93.1 FM, online at . See , , and for more.

-Chase The Ace — “Israel’s hottest property” — will release ARE YOU READY? through Z Records on April 22. Hype has the album “featuring 15 suckerpunch classics.” Track list: “Are You Ready?,” “The Cat Is On The Loose,” “Rock Bottom Rocknroll,” “Made Out Of Ice,” “Change My Ways,” “California,” “Dear Deamon,” “Raise Your Glass,” “Morning Wood,” “Tapped Out,” “Burned Me Down,” “Bring You Back,” “Take Me Home,” “We’re Taking Over,” “Feel Like A Fool.” The CD can be pre-ordered with free shipping until April 21 at .

-The second album trailer for Children Of Bodom’s HALO OF BLOOD is online now at . Info: “In this video, Janne [Wirman, keyboards] and Jaska [Raatikainen, drums] talk about the cover artwork, songwriting and recording process of the new album.” See for more.

-A preview of the tracks from Escape’s BORDERLINE (Z Records) is online at . Hype: “The AOR revolution is here!!!!”

-Flood The Engine is a new band featuring singer Jimmy Kunes (Cactus, Savoy Brown), guitarist Bill Leverty (FireHouse), bassist Keith Horne (Peter Frampton, Heart), and drummer Andre LaBelle (Vinnie Vincent, Josh Todd, Chris Holmes). The debut self-titled release falls under the genres of rock, blues-rock, and hard rock. Check out for info on how you can pledge money towards and buy the release. Pledge rewards include exclusive band/album updates; signed posters, CDs, and drum heads; T-shirts; handwritten lyric sheets; a phone call from Leverty; Skype lessons from LaBelle, Leverty, or Horne; your name in the liner notes; drinks with the band members; and even the album’s masters! See , , and for more.

-Issue #55 of Frontiers Records’ free Melodic Rock Fanzine (MRG) is out now, “all over the world through record shops, mail orders and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases.” The issue has two covers and includes album reviews plus interviews with Whitesnake, Stryper, De La Cruz, N.O.W., Avantasia, Lordi, Charming Grace, Laneslide, The New Black, Covered Call, Sebastian Bach, Pretty Maids, Heartbreak Radio, Snowfall, and more. Check it out online at and .

-The Iron Maidens will have their show this Sunday, April 14, streamed live from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. PST. Hype: “Win Tickets to the Saint Rocke show, Get secret discount codes for show cover charge! Ask the girls questions, It’s all here and it’s all LIVE!” See for more. There is a sneak peek at the band’s big screen theatrical debut, in “Badass Babes” this summer, at . The Maidens also has new merchandise — including glow-in-the-dark T-shirts, silicon wristbands, baseball caps, ladies’ T-shirts, photo travel mugs, and more — available at . Upcoming shows:

4/13 – Shamrocks, Chino Hills, CA
4/14 – LIVE Web Broadcast
4/19 – Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA
4/27 – Tropicana Express, Laughlin, NV
5/11 – The Slidebar, Fullerton, CA (3:00 p.m. matinee show)
5/17 – Happy Hour Bar & Grill, Loveland, CO
5/18 – Jammin Joe’s, Arvada, CO
5/25 – The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
6/8 – TBA, Toronto, ON (Canada)
6/15 – 105 Brigada De Infanteria, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
6/22 – Club 366, Ogden, UT
6/28 – The Music Room, Dubai, UAE

See , , and for more.

-The Spanish metal band Kilmara will support Vicious Rumors on May 5 at Sala Boveda (a.k.a. Mephisto) in Barcelona, Spain. Hype: “After a few months without playing live Kilmara will be the special guest at the Vicious Rumors show in Barcelona. Kilmara will play for a very first time a few songs from their upcoming album LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES that will be released after summer.” See and for more.

-The Swedish doom metal band Memory Garden has released the third and final single from DOOMAIN, “Daughters Of The Sea.” Check it out at . DOOMAIN is out April 12 via Metal Blade Records. See and for more.

-The second trailer for Orchid’s THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS (Nuclear Blast) is online now at . In the video, “singer Theo Mindell talks about the songwriting and influences.” THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS is due out April 26. See for more.

-Popdose has a cool Queensryche poll at . Check it out to hear tracks from both versions of the band — the Geoff Tate version’s “Cold,” from the upcoming FREQUENCY UNKNOWN; the Todd La Torre version’s “Redemption,” from the upcoming REDEMPTION — and vote your opinion.

-Upcoming Y&T shows:

5/9 – Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA (all ages)
5/10 – Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA
5/11 – Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA (all ages)
5/18 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA (w/ Richie Kotzen) (all ages)
7/26 – Knitting Factory Concert House, Reno, NV (all ages)
7/27 – Ace Of Spades, Sacramento, CA (all ages)
9/17 – Robin 2, Bilston, UK
9/19 – ABC O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
9/20 – O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK
9/21 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
9/22 – Fibbers, York, UK
9/24 – Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
9/25 – O2 Academy, Bristol, UK
9/26 – The Brook, Southampton, UK
9/27 – O2 Academy, London, UK
9/28 – Le Forum, Vauréal, France
10/1 – Spirit Of 66, Verviers, Belgium
10/4 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
10/5 – Blues Garage, Isernhagen, Germany
10/6 – Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany
10/8 – Backstage Club, Munich, Germany
10/9 – Z7 Konzertfabrik, Pratteln, Switzerland
10/11 – Poppodium Romein, Leewarden, The Netherlands
10/12 – De Pul, Uden, The Netherlands
10/13 – Patronaat, Haarlem, The Netherlands
10/15 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
10/18 – TBA, Annecy, France
10/24 – Debaser Medis, Stockholm, Sweden
10/25 – Sticky Fingers, Göteborg, Sweden
10/26 – KB Kulturbolaget, Malmö, Sweden
10/31 – Rock City, Valencia, Spain
11/1 – Salamandra, Barcelona, Spain
11/2 – Escenario Santander, Santander, Spain

See and for more.

Thanks to Bill Leverty,, Axel Wiesenauer, Dw. Dunphy, Jon Asher, Mark Alger, and Bill “Commando” Kotowski for help gathering some of this information.

*** OUT ***

Detritus Issue #647

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Issue #647
Week of April 1, 2013

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-Delayed April Fool’s… You thought we were skipping a week, didn’t you? :) – Tim

*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Judas Priest Celebrates 40 Years Of Heavy Metal Dominance With EPITAPH, 23-Song Live Concert Blu-Ray/DVD

Closing Night Of “Epitaph World Tour” — The Band’s Final World Tour — Recorded At London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo In May 2012

Blazing Live Versions Of At Least One Song From Each Of Judas Priest’s 14 Classic Albums From 1974 To 2008

Blu-Ray Or Separate DVD Available Everywhere May 28, 2013, Through Legacy Recordings

Judas Priest, the heavy metal legends whose influence on generations of musicians and metalheads is incalculable, celebrate their 40th year as recording artists this year with the release of the live concert EPITAPH. A unique live career retrospective, EPITAPH will be released on Blu-ray and separate DVD on May 28th through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. This release precedes a new studio album by Judas Priest which the band are working on now.

Judas Priest’s current lineup comprises lead singer Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis. Heavy metal historians will regard EPITAPH as the most far-reaching live concert recording in the band’s career. The set revisits the climactic closing date of the 50-week “Epitaph World Tour,” captured live at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on May 26, 2012. Adding to the drama is the fact that this was Judas Priest’s final large-scale world tour ever. EPITAPH’s 23 tracks represent at least one song from every one of the band’s 14 studio albums, from 1974’s ROCKA ROLLA (“Never Satisfied”) to 2008’s NOSTRADAMUS (“Prophecy”).

In the special case of BRITISH STEEL, four songs are featured: “Rapid Fire,” “Metal Gods,” “Breaking The Law,” and perennial set closer, “Living After Midnight.” Others exempted from the one-song-quota are the LPs which appeared before and after BRITISH STEEL. The first of these is 1979’s HELL BENT FOR LEATHER (UK title: KILLING MACHINE) which lends the title song as well as “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown).” The other LP is 1982’s SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE, source of “The Hellion,” “Electric Eye,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.”

“They have epitomized the genre with their Harley riding front man, rapid-fire guitar assaults, and spectacular stage shows,” wrote journalist Bryan Reesman in his liner notes for 2004’s leather-bound, metal-spiked METALOGY box set. “Influential, innovative, and exuberant in expression,” he wrote, “they are the true Metal Gods who have been as unwavering in their desire to expand the boundaries of their music as they have been in crossing international borders to deliver it to their disciples.”

“Unabashedly committed to their cause, and unrepentant in proclaiming themselves a true heavy metal band even when others have shied away from the term, Judas Priest have forever been defenders of the faith.”

EPITAPH by Judas Priest
(Columbia/Legacy: Blu-Ray 88765481119, DVD 88883715539)

Selections: 1. Battle Hymn (L) • 2. Rapid Fire (F) • 3. Metal Gods (F) • 4. Heading Out To The Highway (G) • 5. Judas Rising (M) • 6. Starbreaker (C) • 7. Victim Of Changes (B) • 8. Never Satisfied (A) • 9. Diamonds And Rust (C) • 10. Prophecy (N) • 11. Night Crawler (L) • 12. Turbo Lover (J) • 13. Beyond The Realms Of Death (D) • 14. The Sentinel (I) • 15. Blood Red Skies (K) • 16. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (E) • 17. Breaking The Law (F) • 18. Painkiller (L) • 19. The Hellion (H) • 20. Electric Eye (H) • 21. Hell Bent For Leather (E) • 22. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (H) • 23. Living After Midnight (F).

Album index:
A – from ROCKA ROLLA (originally issued 1974, on Gull Records)
B – from SAD WINGS OF DESTINY (originally issued 1976, on Gull Records)
C – from SIN AFTER SIN (originally issued 1977, on Columbia Records)
D – from STAINED CLASS (originally issued 1978, on Columbia)
E – from HELL BENT FOR LEATHER (originally issued 1979, on Columbia; aka KILLING MACHINE in UK)
F – from BRITISH STEEL (originally issued 1980, on Columbia)
G – from POINT OF ENTRY (originally issued 1981, on Columbia)
H – from SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE (originally issued 1982, on Columbia)
I – from DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH (originally issued 1984, on Columbia)
J – from TURBO (originally issued 1986, on Columbia)
K – from RAM IT DOWN (originally issued 1988, on Columbia)
L – from PAINKILLER (originally issued 1990, on Columbia)
M – from ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION (originally issued 2005, on Epic Records)
N – from NOSTRADAMUS (originally issued 2008, on Epic)


*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Iron Maiden’s MAIDEN ENGLAND ’88 Concert Released On DVD, CD & LP

Now available for the very first time on DVD, this live show was filmed across two sold-out nights at Birmingham N.E.C Arena, UK in November 1988 during the band’s SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON World Tour. Disc one contains the concert which has been specially upgraded and extended from the existing 1989 long-form VHS release and now includes three previously unreleased encores: “Running Free,” “Run To The Hills,” and “Sanctuary,” thereby completing the full concert with a total running time of 110 minutes. Maiden’s own Film Producer and Director Andy Matthews went back to the 1988 edit and painstakingly re-mastered each shot digitally.

Disc two is an extensive bonus disc featuring an exclusive documentary charting Part 3 in the HISTORY OF IRON MAIDEN. This 40-minute film comprises recent interviews with the five band members and manager Rod Smallwood. Other special extras on the bonus disc include TWELVE WASTED YEARS. First released as a long-form VHS in 1987 and available for the first time on DVD, this documentary includes archive interviews and dynamic live footage from the band’s beginnings in the now legendary Ruskin Arms pub, via London’s Marquee club and three World Tours. Five promo videos for the singles from the aforementioned albums are also featured.

The MAIDEN ENGLAND ’88 concert soundtrack is also available as a 2-CD set, limited edition double vinyl picture disc, and digital download formats. The double CD offers a total of five tracks previously unavailable on CD, making this the first full and complete audio recording release of this historic tour.

Set List –
The Evil That Men Do
The Prisoner
Still Life
Die With Your Boots On
Infinite Dreams
Can I Play With Madness
Heaven Can Wait
Wasted Years
The Clairvoyant
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
The Number Of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden
Run To The Hills*
Running Free*

*previously unreleased.

The History Of Iron Maiden – Part 3
“Wasted Years” promo video
“Stranger In A Strange Land” promo video
“Can I Play With Madness” promo video
“The Evil That Men Do” promo video
“The Clairvoyant” promo video

For more information, visit .

*** PRESS RELEASE #3 ***
-Kiss: Announcing The 2013 North American MONSTER Tour

20 Dates In Canada In July, Presales Start Today

It’s the announcement the Kiss Army has been waiting for!

The Hottest Band in the World has just announced a North American tour that will take the band all over Canada, beginning July 5 in Victoria, BC. Most tickets go on sale this Friday, April 5 so be sure to check the tour page for all the details.

Kiss Army Fan Club members have access to the exclusive presale beginning today. Members also get first shot at the ALL NEW VIP packages, including Meet and Greets.

Check out the presale schedule below and if you’re not already a member of the Kiss Army Fan Club and you want access to these presales, PLUS great member benefits, click here:

PLEASE NOTE: Fan Club members should log in to KISSonline and read all of the instructions at the top of the tour page when accessing the presales.

July 5 – Save On Foods Memorial Center (Victoria, BC)
July 6 – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena (Vancouver, BC)
July 8 – Prospera Place (Kelowna, BC)
July 12 – Rexall Place (Edmonton, AB)
July 14 – Credit Union Centre (Saskatoon, SK)
July 18 – MTS Centre (Winnipeg, MB)
July 29 – Bell Centre (Montreal, QC)
July 31 – Harbour Station (Saint John, NB)
Aug 1 – Metro Centre (Halifax, NS)
Aug 3 – Mile One Stadium (St. John’s, NFLD)
Aug 4 – Mile One Stadium (St. John’s, NFLD)

July 25 – Scotiabank Place (Ottawa, ON)
July 26 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (Toronto, ON)
July 27 – Budweiser Gardens (London, ON)

July 10 – Enmax Centre (Lethbridge, AB)
July 13 – Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary, AB)
July 16 – Evraz Place (Regina, SK)
July 17 – Keystone Centre (Brandon, MB)
July 23 – Sudbury Arena (Sudbury, ON)

See you this summer!

*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Dio Disciples Rock “Monsters Of Rock Cruise,” Raise Money For The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund

The lucky fans that were able to attend this year’s Monsters Of Rock Cruise (which ran from March 16-20, and set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, before taking in such gorgeous tropical locales as Nassau and CocoCay), witnessed performances by countless renowned metal acts — including Cinderella, Tesla, Saxon, Lita Ford, etc. But certainly one of the top standouts of the cruise was Dio Disciples, comprised of members Mark Boals – vocals, Craig Goldy – guitar, Scott Warren – keyboards, Simon Wright – drums, Bjorn Englen – bass, and Oni Logan – vocals.

As Wendy Dio explains, “We want to thank Larry Morand, Mike London, Harlan Hendrickson, Joe Wright, Billy Deavers and all the staff and WONDERFUL fans on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise! Dio Disciples put on an AMAZING SHOW!”

In addition to a great set by the band, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund raised over $16,500 for cancer research, education and to help find a cure! Some of the events that raised funds for the charity on the ship were a live auction that featured a signed Tony Iommi Gibson Guitar, ESP Guitar, Schecter Guitar, Dio Memorabilia, Memorial T-Shirts and Wristbands and a Ronnie James Dio Photo Book! Rock Star Bingo was a huge success that featured members of Dio Disciples, Stryper, Y&T, Cinderella and Eddie Trunk calling Bingo Numbers! 100% of the proceeds raised from these events go directly to the charity.

Be sure to keep an eye out for when the next Monsters Of Rock Cruise will set sail — this year’s voyage was a blast!


*** PRESS RELEASE #5 ***
-Death Dealer Offer Fans Killer WAR MASTER Pre-Order Pak

“Classic power metal with the brutal edge of thrash, speed, and precision.” A fitting description from guitarist Ross the Boss about his new project, Death Dealer. Comprised of Ross, as well as vocalist Sean Peck (Cage), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike Davis (Rob Halford, Lizzy Borden), and drummer Rhino (Manowar), Death Dealer will be dropping their debut full-length, WAR MASTER, some time this summer.

The cover artwork was generated by Marc Sasso who has done previous work for Dio, Halford, and Adrenaline Mob, among others. Close ups of this highly detailed piece can be viewed at .

But for collectors that want to add a truly unique and special piece to their collection, the “Death Dealer Ultimate Warrior Pre-Order Pak” is the way to go. The pak will only be made available through the official Death Dealer website — — and will not be sold to distributors. For only 35 bucks, you will receive the following:

• Liner note sketch art booklet, with additional sketch art from Marc Sasso [who has previously worked with Dio and Halford], detailing the genesis of the cover art and characters. Also included are liner notes from each of the band members with insider notes and comments about the band and songs, and the cover concept sketch.

• Death Dealer sticker pak, including the band’s logo, symbol, and a hi-gloss cover art decal.

• Death Dealer patch — yellow on black for your jacket, vest, or hat.

• Guitar pick set — three full-color guitar picks of Ross the Boss, Stu Marshall, and Mike Davis.

• Personalized hand-signed band poster — made out to you in your name, signed by Ross the Boss, Rhino, Mike Davis, Stu Marshall, and Sean Peck.

• Full-color mini-poster of the cover art.

Additionally, the first 250 orders will receive a Death Dealer VIP full-color tour laminate, so the band can easily identify the early adopters — the first of the faithful — so when the band sees you at one of their shows, you shall be treated accordingly! And as Sean explains, the pre-order pak will include some true one-of-a-kind items. “The idea for the cover was to create an image that portrayed power, venom, justice, and something iconic. Marc Sasso was nice enough to include other samples of the ‘War Master’ character in various poses and some other pieces of his magic for us to enjoy, so we included them in this sketch book and liner notes package.”

Stu – “The album WAR MASTER really represents a true power and return to the days of bands being able to play live what goes on the album. Apart from being the best album I have ever been involved with, I am working with some of the most talented guys on the planet. I remember the excitement of the new metal album coming out, I think some of those days had gone over the last 10 years in the industry and now it’s time to bring it back.”

Sean – “Making this album with this incredible lineup of guys was just a freaking great time! I cannot wait for everyone to hear it. This album really has it all in my opinion, soon to be metal classic songs that are heavy, hook-laden, and packed full of lots of guitar, drum, and vocal fireworks. When you look at who is in the band, I think the metalheads out there will be thrilled to know that without any hesitation I can assure them that the album sounds as badass as they would hope and expect it to be.”

Mike – “Since I’ve been in both Halford and Dramarama for the past ten years and having put 100% into both bands, I’m extremely excited and looking forward to working with some new, very talented musicians who share the same passion for music, and WAR MASTER more than stands on its own as a vicious greeting to the metal world.”

Rhino – “I am very excited about being in this band and getting this first album out. I really feel at home with this lineup. All the guys really formed a bond as we put the band and album together. Recording and writing with Ross and the guys really flowed naturally and the results are amazing. I am really proud of everything about this record and it reminds me of the glory days of heavy metal. We all love metal and metal is or lives, and because of that, I know the diehards are going to freak out when they hear this record.”

Ross – “It’s been a long time since a CD like WAR MASTER has come around. This is a great CD but only the tip of the iceberg for Death Dealer.”

Death Dealer – WAR MASTER Track Listing:

1. Death Dealer
2. Never To Kneel
3. War Master
4. Children Of Flames
5. Liberty Or Death
6. Hammer Down
7. Devil’s Mile
8. Curse Of The Heretic
9. Heads Spikes Walls
10. Wraiths On The Wind

Japanese bonus tracks:

11. Judge Jury And Executioner
12. Triumph And Victory

For more information, visit:

*** PRESS RELEASE #6 ***
-Burning Rain’s New Video For “My Lust Your Fate” Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Noisecreep

EPIC OBSESSION Due Out In May On Frontiers Records

Fans of bluesy hard rock and killer riffs can click above to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the sexy new video for Burning Rain’s track “My Lust Your Fate” on Noisecreep. The single is taken from the forthcoming album, EPIC OBSESSION, which will be released on May 17 in Europe and May 21 in North America via Frontiers Records and can be pre-ordered at or . Burning Rain is current Whitesnake axe man Doug Aldrich, singer Keith St. John (ex-Montrose), Sean McNabb on bass (ex-Quiet Riot, Dokken, House Of Lords) and Mat Starr on drums (Ace Frehley). EPIC OBSESSION comes after a long hiatus from the release of the band’s second album, PLEASURE TO BURN, in 2000. Click here to access the album art for EPIC OBSESSION:

Frontiers Records will also reissue the long out-of-print first two albums from Burning Rain, the self-titled debut (released in 1999) and the aforementioned PLEASURE TO BURN. Both albums will be repackaged and re-mastered and will contain two added bonus tracks to each respective album. Burning Rain’s previous efforts received great acclaim in Japan and the UK prior to Aldrich being tapped as guitarist for Whitesnake in 2002, with Melodic declaring, “Great quality song writing… fantastic production that rivals any others out there. For fans of classic blues influenced hard rock there will be few albums to rival this record…”

For more information, please visit:

*** PRESS RELEASE #7 ***
-dUg Pinnick Of King’s X Releases NAKED On May 7

The Leader Of The Legendary Hard Rock Trio Announces His Latest Solo Album

dUg Pinnick, front man for legendary hard rock trio King’s X, releases his latest solo album, NAKED, on May 7, 2013, through RockArmy Records with worldwide distribution through MVD.

NAKED is a deeply personal release that represents Pinnick — who wrote, played, recorded, and produced the album alone at his own dUgtone Studio — at his most primal. Each of NAKED’s 11 guitar-heavy tracks are overflowing with Pinnick’s unmistakable tone, groove, and heart-wrenching vocals, including the singles “What You Gonna Do?” — which took YouTube by storm with a self-shot video that Pinnick created and unleashed in late 2012 — and “That Great Big Thing.”

Pinnick has been a pivotal figure in heavy music for over 30 years, most notably as the vocalist and bassist for the still-active King’s X, whose influence looms large over everything from the progressive metal movement (Dream Theater, et al) to the grunge scene — with Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament famously stating that “heavy music didn’t start in Seattle, it started in Katy, Texas, with King’s X” — and who are also one of the few bands in the history of rock ‘n’ roll to mark 25-plus years of playing together with the original lineup intact, with no signs of slowing down.

Since 1998, Pinnick has released two solo albums under the moniker Poundhound and three others (including a collection of home demos featuring more than a dozen fan-favorite King’s X songs) under his own name. Additionally, Pinnick has joined forces with a who’s-who of veteran rockers — including Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Eric Gales, Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta, The Memorials), Bruce Fanklin (Trouble), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Timothy Drury (The Eagles, Stevie Nicks), Reb Beach (Winger, Dokken), Kip Winger (Winger), Living Colour (with whom he toured Europe as temporary vocalist in 2008), Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Sheehan, 24-7 Spyz, Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Vince Neil), Tribe After Tribe, Carmine Appice, and many more — and young hotshots, including the Austin-based metal band RAZR13 (whose album was produced by RockArmy Records owner Paul Soroski and featured a guest appearance by Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera) guitarist Marzi Montazeri.

NAKED combines the vibe and the songwriting of a classic King’s X album with the raw energy of a musician who feels like he’s got something to prove and isn’t afraid to do it. Without question, NAKED is the sound of dUg Pinnick at the top of his game.

Link to Pre-Order:

Hi Res Cover Art:

Album Sampler:

*** PRESS RELEASE #8 ***
-Celebrate John Taglieri’s New EP And Win Your Very Own Trip To Southern Paradise!!

KEY WEST, FL — To celebrate the release of the new John Taglieri EP SOUTHERN PARADISE (coming 4/16/13 via Leap Dog Music), he’s giving away a trip to Key West, FL. All you have to do is purchase SOUTHERN PARADISE during the presale between 2 April 2013 & 15 April 2013 and you’re automatically entered to win. Details are as follows:

– Trip for two to Key West, FL.
– Must purchase the SOUTHERN PARADISE EP during the presale for $10.00 (plus shipping & handling).
– All contestants must be 21 years or older to enter

Automatically entered to win the following:
– a trip for two to Key West, FL in August 2013
– round trip airfare for two from anywhere in the continental US to Key West, FL
– two nights lodging (hotel to be determined)
– an Autographed copy of SOUTHERN PARADISE
– two John Taglieri T-shirts (sizes TBD by winner)
– dinner for two at LaTrattoria Restaurant on Duval St. in Key West, FL
– a trip on The Fury Boat (either a day snorkel or a sunset cruise. Winners Choice)
– a welcome bag from Key West Welcome Bags with an assortment of goodies and local discounts
– VIP Treatment at a John Taglieri show at Irish Kevins!

(**Winners must live in the lower 48 United States**)

Trip length is three-days/two-nights (Winners can extend this stay at their own expense.)

Winner(s) must be available to travel to Key West, FL In August 2013.

Winner(s) will work with Leap Dog Music to make all travel arrangements.

That’s it… pretty simple. Purchase the CD during the presale and you’re entered to win. If you purchase more than one copy of the CD, you will be entered the number of times you purchase. Winning name to be chosen from a blind drawing and completely at random.

To purchase the SOUTHERN PARADISE Presale simply send $13.50 ($10 + shipping) via PayPal to or visit John’s Facebook page at for details on how to enter.

Taglieri says, “Thanks! GOOD LUCK to everyone that purchases during the presale!! I’m as excited to pick a winner as you guys are to win! Hope to see you in my Southern Paradise!!

Watch for John’s new EP, SOUTHERN PARADISE, coming on 4/16/13 and get ready to sit back and soak it in… and let it take you to your own personal Southern Paradise!

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-Scanner’s First Two Albums Reissued On Divebomb

Germany could be considered the birth place for what is now known as Power Metal. Bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray and Blind Guardian first forged this path in the ’80s, but there was one band that never seemed to get their just due. Scanner’s 1988 debut concept album, HYPERTRACE, was as good as any album out at the time, if not better.

Conceptually speaking, HYPERTRACE was an intriguing tale of space travel and the bettering of humanity, while sonically it was filled to the brim with charging thunderous riffage and ear-piercing vocals (thanks to special guest backing vocalist, Ralf Scheepers — Gamma Ray, Tyran Pace, Primal Fear).

Despite the fact that it flew under the commercial radar, HYPERTRACE is still beloved by cult metal aficionados today and ripe to be discovered by legions of younger power metal fans curious of the movement’s origins.

Divebomb Records’ HYPERTRACE Record Store Day limited edition contains brand new mastering exclusive to this physical reissue as well as a new interview with band founder, Axel Julius. For the fans, by the fans.

Scanner’s 1988 debut, HYPERTRACE, placed the band on the right trajectory for success, but soon after its release, their vocalist quit. Quickly picking up S.L. Coe (ex-Angel Dust) to fill the vacated spot, the band forged onward with 1990’s TERMINAL EARTH.

Decidedly not following the previous album’s concept, Coe struck out on his own lyrically with solid tracks like “From The Dust Of Ages,” “Wonder,” “Not Alone” and “The Law.” Musically speaking, Scanner marched forward continuing to carry the torch of power metal across the globe pushing the genre into new markets. But even with these two impressive albums in their repertoire, and the flourishing power metal scene growing so rapidly, it would seem the plague of continued member departures would spell out disaster for Scanner when this era of the band came to a close in 1990.

Axel Julius did eventually resurface six years later with a new lineup and album, MENTAL RESERVATION, continuing to push the Scanner legacy forward. Thankfully, Scanner are still going strong to this very day.

TERMINAL EARTH has been out of print for nearly 20 years, and not surprisingly, fetching high dollar collector prices online. Divebomb Records’ TERMINAL EARTH Record Store Day limited edition contains brand new mastering exclusive to this physical reissue as well as a new interview with band founder, Axel Julius. For the fans, by the fans.



Divebomb Records

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-Isengard – New Single Release

Isengard – “Sail Into Orion”
Release date: April 1st

Catalouge Info:

Track List:
1. Sail Into Orion
2. Heart Of A Lion
3. Farewell
4. Sail Into Orion – Instrumental (EP)
5. Heart Of A Lion – Instrumental (EP)

• Peter Högberg – vocals
• Fredrik Broman – guitar
• Ronnie Andreson – guitar
• Jamie Tillman – Bass
• Uffe Tillman – Drums

CD Credits:
All music by: Isengard
Recorded by: Isengard
Mixed & Mastered by: Magnus Stenbäcken at Riverking Studios
Cover art by: Timo Sivonen
Layout by: Janne Tillman
Piano on “Farewell”: PeO Lövholm
Female voice on “Farewell”: Helena Åström

Isengard has been a band since 1988 but their idea about their music has always been the same: Melodic and Epic Power Metal.

A history that starts 25 years ago in Vikingstad, a small town outside the city Linköping, Sweden.

The story of “Sail Into Orion” starts around 2009 when Uffe Tillman starts a music project of his own. The plans were then to do a Viking story in music. When also Peter Högberg (vocals) joined Isengard in 2011, we could take the level of music even higher. Peter has a great voice and he fit Isengard’s Power Metal perfect. The recording of “Sail Into Orion” was done in four home studios. It then mixed by Magnus Stenbäcken in Riverking studios. The music of Isengard is still recognizable, still with the mysterious medieval atmosphere, but also with the speed and the easily sung choruses.


“Sail Into Orion” on YouTube:

“Sail Into Orion” released as a download on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon MP3, Nokia OVI, Rhapsody, etc.

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-Voodoo Highway Releases “This Is Rock’N’Roll, Wankers!” Video

Italian hard rockers Voodoo Highway have released the new video for the track “This Is Rock’N’Roll, Wankers!” The mafia styled video can be viewed below:

“This is Rock’N’Roll, Wankers!” comes off the band’s second album SHOWDOWN, the worldwide release only download and physical in GAS is scheduled for April 26 via Dust On The Tracks Records through Sony (Europe), Audioglobe (Italy), Suburban (Benelux), Border (Scandinavia), MVD (USA), April 29 – Proper Music (UK), Universal (Canada).

SHOWDOWN track listing:

1. This Is Rock’N’Roll Wankers!
2. Fly To The Rising Sun
3. Midnight Hour
4. Could You Love Me
5. Wastin’ Miles
6. Church Of Clay
7. Mountain High
8. Cold White Love
9. A Spark From The Sacred Fire
10. Prince Of Moonlight

Bonus Tracks:
11. Till It Bleeds
12. Broken Uncle’s Inn

Voodoo Highway will stage a release party to celebrate the release of their new album, SHOWDOWN, on May 26 at Rockafe in Malborghetto (Ferrara), Italy.

After the lucky outset of their first album BROKEN UNCLE’S INN back in 2011, the band is ready to strike the world with a massive amount of rock n’ roll once again.

Voodoo Highway is a powerful new quintet featuring Federico Di Marco (vocals), Filippo Cavallini (bass), Matteo Bizzarri (guitars), Alessandro Duò (keyboards) and Vincenzo Zairo (drums).

Have been indicated as one of the new revelations worldwide and defined as “the new Deep Purple” from such a big name in music as the former Rainbow/Black Sabbath/Gary Moore bassist Craig Gruber.

Now known to most for the outrageous stage presence, crashing executions, a style that hovers between Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and The Darkness and for smashing instruments on stage.

The year 2013 will see Voodoo Highway marching straight to Hell!

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-Killing Joke: Exclusive Track Premiere Hosted By Decibel Magazine

North American Tour To Commence This Month

In celebration of their soon-to-be-released three-disc anthology and long anticipated North American tour, Decibel Magazine is offering up a rare stream of Killing Joke’s “Timewave” demo! Previously unreleased, the track was recorded during the ABSOLUTE DISSENT studio sessions and comes by way of THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1979-2012.

Capturing Killing Joke’s enormous ever-evolving story with a series of dark, apocalyptic songs that have successfully combined disco, funk and shamanic wisdom with the dark side of the punk rock fall-out, THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1979-2012 offers up 33 career-spanning singles over two CDs with an additional third disc of rarities, including previously unreleased studio tracks. The three-CD version will be limited in number, reverting to two CDs containing the singles tracks. THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1979-2012 is set for release via Spinefarm/Universal on May 14, 2013 with the digital version dropping two weeks prior on April 30.

Check out “Timewave” courtesy of Decibel Magazine:

For the full track listing, point your browser here:

As a precursor to the release, Killing Joke will embark on a North American run of live dates set to commence April 19 in New York City. The special tour will coast through ten more cities before coming to a close on May 5th in Los Angeles. See the updated itinerary below.

Killing Joke – The Singles Tour 2013:
4/19/2013 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
4/20/2013 Paradise – Boston, MA
4/21/2013 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
4/23/2013 Cafe Campus – Montreal, QC
4/24/2013 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
4/26/2013 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
4/27/2013 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
4/30/2013 Neumos – Seattle, WA
5/1/2013 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
5/3/2013 Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
5/4/2013 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
5/5/2013 Henry Fonda – Los Angeles, CA

With a fierce intelligence combined with a thirst for esoteric knowledge that matches a sound that is visceral and almost spiritual in its primal spirit, Killing Joke are like no other. This is a group spawned from punk rock that set out on one of the most remarkable and idiosyncratic journeys ever. Their influence has been enormous, with an unlikely roll-call of musicians taking their cues from the KJ catalog, from Nirvana to most modern American metal to many DJs and dance music mavericks. With their original lineup of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth and Big Paul continuing to hold firm, Killing Joke have something sulphurous and strong that few bands have come close to matching the band’s innate power. Details on a new full-length to be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned.

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-Death Angel To Enter Studio This Month!

Legendary Bay Area thrash metallers Death Angel will enter AudioHammer Studios this month to begin recording the follow-up to their 2010 release, RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION. Guitarist Rob Cavestany recently checked in to give the following update:

“After nearly three years of nonstop touring for RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION, we are about to enter the studio to record our seventh album! We are playing the final show of the RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION Tour on March 31 in Holland, fly home for a few days of final pre-production rehearsals in Oakland, then begin tracking in Florida on April 8.

“RELENTLESS turned out the way we wanted so we we’re taking it to the next level with the same team. The new album will be done at AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof and I producing. We had a blast doing the last record there and now we know each other better and how well we work together… plus the album cover art is being done by Brent Elliot White who did RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION. Let’s just say we have a good feeling about this one.

“It was our idea all along to go directly into the studio following the end of this tour, without taking time off. We always take a break after an album’s touring cycle ends. You basically have to after spending so much time on the road, traveling and performing constantly. But not this time! This tour is the longest one we’ve ever done and that live energy is in our new songs! The glory and the heartache, it’s all there.

“That said, all the music has been written — much of it on tour buses during the past couple of years, the rest of it in the studio over the past few months. This is some of the heaviest, fastest, most powerful material we’ve ever created! There’s something really dark in it too… music is and always will be our outlet to vent and release the built up pressure that life deals. In the world today we need it more than ever!!!

“Currently the new record is slated for release in October 2013. Of course a massive tour will follow! It’s our mission to deliver, we ain’t f*ckin’ around! Thank you all for your support! Big Hug!”

Mark Osegueda – vocals
Rob Cavestany – guitar
Ted Aguilar – guitar
Damien Sisson – bass
Will Carroll – drums

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-The Unclean: New Album From Ohio Rock Trio Streaming At This Is Not A Scene

Tune in — the second album from Akron, Ohio-based classic rock trio The Unclean is streaming in its entirety. Following its recent digital release, the mighty riff-laden THE EAGLE soars with nearly 40 minutes of The Unclean’s blues-based classic American rock and roll, fusing their ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy and Motörhead influences with lyrics drenched in blue-collar pride and struggles of everyday life.

Get down with the good times and the bad with all nine jams from THE EAGLE via This Is Not A Scene right here:

The Unclean has also locked down several new regional gigs to bring some of the newest tunes to the stage over the coming weeks, with more engagements into the Summer months to be announced shortly, alongside the pending CD pressing of THE EAGLE.

The Unclean Live:
3/29/2013 Stone Tavern – Kent, OH w/ Lo Pan, Mockingbird
4/7/2013 Annabell’s – Akron, OH w/ Hammer Fight, The Great Iron Snake
4/13/2013 The Outpost – Kent, OH w/ Asphyxian, The Great Iron Snake, The Most Beautiful Losers [Coats for Kids Benefit]
5/11/2013 Ruby Tuesday – Columbus, OH w/ 1Point3
6/1/2013 Annabell’s – Akron, OH w/ Against The Grain, The Swingin’ Dicks, Dead Ethics

Known for trolling Akron’s dive-bars and tattoo shops, The Unclean’s members come forth from acts including Rue, Fistula, Sofa King Killer and more. Having self-released their debut album NO EXCUSE NECESSARY in the Fall of 2008, and have since honed their soulful tunes even further on-stage regionally alongside local and touring acts. At the end of 2012 the trio shacked up in the studio to lay down the thunder that would culminate into their second full-length. The drums were recorded at Studio Time in Akron, Ohio (former Black Keys studio) by Jason Tarulli (current mastermind behind Black Keys’ live sound), and the rest of the album written, recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by the band in their own Unclean Studio. Now completed and available to the public once again in totally D.I.Y. fashion, The Unclean proudly offer their most honest and lively material yet with THE EAGLE.

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-Ensiferum: Finnish Folk Metal Merchants On Paganfest

Finnish folk metal merchants Ensiferum have returned to North America as headliners of the fourth edition of Paganfest! The ceremonies commenced in Denver and will plunder through 21 cities with an included evening of pillaging at this the fifteenth addition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts. Among the strongest Paganfest lineups assembled thus far, support will be provided by Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott.

Comments the band: “Only one day to go before the most anticipated tour of the year begins! Needless to say, we are really pumped for this one because it’s been way too long since we raised pints with our North American brothers and sisters. With such a great lineup, Paganfest will take no prisoners and leave no heroes unsung. So, fellow sword bearers, are you with us?! See you all on the road!”

Ensiferum: Paganfest America IV
w/ Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest, Helsott
3/30/2013 The Summit – Denver, CO
4/1/2013 901 Live – Tempe, AZ
4/2/2013 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
4/3/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
4/4/2013 The Alley – Reno, NV
4/5/2013 Hawthorne – Portland, OR
4/6/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/7/2013 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
4/9/2013 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
4/10/2013 The Exchange – Regina, SK
4/11/2013 Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
4/12/2013 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN
4/13/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
4/14/2013 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
4/15/2013 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
4/16/2013 The Note – Philadelphia, PA
4/17/2013 Opera House – Toronto, ON
4/18/2013 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
4/19/2013 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
4/20/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal & Hardcore Fest)
4/21/2013 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

Ensiferum will be touring in support of their mammoth UNSUNG HEROES full-length released in North America last Fall via Spinefarm Records US. Produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Apocalyptica), with special guest appearances by members of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and legendary Finnish singer/actor Vesa-Matti Loiri, UNSUNG HEROES continues to earn praise from critics and fans domestically and abroad. “…Mount the longboats, light the torches, and prepare for battle,” warns Metal Injection, while Outburn gushes, “UNSUNG HEROES is a totally solid entry into the hallowed halls of Valhalla made by a band that knows what it’s doing,” commending its “epic scope and reliance on catchy melodies.” Stereokiller boasts, “This is nothing short of amazing, beautiful in every way possible.” Elaborates Blistering in an 8/10 rating: “Ensiferum weren’t necessarily the first band out of the epic/folk gate, but they’re probably the best… One jaunt through 2009’s thoroughly captivating FROM AFAR supports that notion, as the Finns were able to brandish a mighty sonic sword that kept the speed on 10, the jovial acoustics ‘a hustling, and above all else, managed to bring a sort of mild sophistication to a style that is usually anything but. Essentially, Ensiferum doesn’t play the stupid, folk metal game, and on UNSUNG HEROES, they manage to stay the course with sterling results.”

View the band’s video for “In My Sword I Trust” at this location. The epic clip was shot late last year in Wrocklaw, Poland and directed by Rafal Szermanowicz of Grupa#13.

Noted Ensiferum bassist Sami Hinka: “The ‘In My Sword I Trust’ shoot took place in really nice medieval castle and it went really well even though it rained pretty much the whole time. It was great to work with such a professional team and we were lucky to get such great actors to help us out. The video tells about how ordinary town people rise up to rebel against a greedy and cruel king and the upper class. There are swords, corpses and drinking; pretty much all you need for a great video! Folk on!”

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-Napalm Records News

Napalm Records: Brand-New Online Store

Finally, it’s done! On the 4th of April 2013, our brand-new online store will open its gates to the public. The new shop will provide a whole new experience for every customer, because you will be able to find and order your favorite articles faster and more comfortable than in the past. To make the transition as smooth as possible for you, we will close our old online shop on the 3rd of April 2013. As a birthday present for our brand-new shop, you will receive a 10% discount on every order exceeding 20€ placed on the 4th of April 2013! Happy Shopping!

Napalm Records Online Store

Serenity And Mortillery – New Clips Online

Click on the links below to watch the new clip from Serenity to their sweeping anthem “Wings Of Madness” and the video to Mortillery’s Thrash Metal neck-breaker “F.O.A.D.!”

Serenity – “Wings Of Madness” clip

Mortillery – “F.O.A.D.” clip

Tristania Reveals Artwork To DARKEST WHITE

Tristania reveals the artwork to their upcoming masterpiece DARKEST WHITE! The new long-player will be released in North American on June 6! Expect more updates with regard to this Gothic Metal jewel in the coming days! Check out the band’s website for the full scoop on the artwork! Furthermore, Anders has finished the extensive first part of the studio report. Make sure to click on the link for a look behind the scenes!

Tristania Studio Report

Tristania Official Website

Huntress – Live@Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

Huntress returns! Huntress will be releasing a new album before the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, where they will be performing all summer long! The tour features Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Children Of Bodom & more. They will be going into the studio in the upcoming weeks with renowned producer ZEUSS. Make sure to check out the promo video for the Mayhem Festival featuring Huntress!

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Trailer

Huntress Official Website

Hate On Tour With Hypocrisy

28.03.13 DE – Essen / Turock
29.03.13 BE – Namur / Cinex
30.03.13 NL – Leeuwarden / Romein
31.03.13 NL – Eindhoven / Effenaar
01.04.13 FR – Paris / Trabendo
02.04.13 FR – Saint Etienne / Le Fil
03.04.13 CH – Geneve / L’Usine
04.04.13 CH – Winterthur / Salzhaus
05.04.13 DE – Stuttgart / LKA
06.04.13 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
07.04.13 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
08.04.13 DE – Berlin / K 17
10.04.13 PL – Krakow / Kwadrat
11.04.13 CZ – Prag / Nova Chmielnice
12.04.13 DE – Dettelbach / Metal Franconia Festival
13.04.13 DE – München / Backstage
14.04.13 AT – Wien / Szene

Hate Official Website

Napalm Records

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-Divided Multitude To Release FEED ON YOUR MISERY

Divided Multitude
Nightmare / Fireball Records
Release: 16 April 2013

Track List:
1. Esperanto
2. Feed On Your Misery
3. What I See
4. Scars
5. The World Is Watching
6. Crimson Sunset
7. 2 4 7
8. Vicious by Heart
9. Seconds
10. Transparent
11. Reborn

“A progressive power metal war horse, Divided Multitude would be best described to the uninitiated as a hybrid of In Flames, Nevermore and, due to Eskild Kløften’s stunningly effective keyboard work, Dream Theater.”

Divided Multitude are back with a brand new album FEED ON YOUR MISERY.

Street dates are:
Release date for Europe: 19th. Of April – Fireball Records
Release date for the US: 16th. Of April – Nightmare/Fireball Records

The album is recorded in @ Home Studios, Black Lodge and Eidegården Studio; mixed and mastered by the amazing Jacob Hansen. The cover art and cover design are done by Per Spjøtvold.

Divided Multitude started up back in 1995. After releasing two demos, STRANDED and TALE OF TOMORROW, they signed with Sensory Records for the release of their debut album INNER SELF. The album was released in 1999, and the band toured Norway and Denmark with the Swedish band Hollow.

Divided Multitude’s second album, FALLING TO PIECES, was released in 2002.

This led the band into a festival tour, and the band played numerous festivals, and the tour was highlighted by the band playing ProgPower Europe.

From 2004 the band entered a period of low activity, and the members concentrated on other bands and projects. Bands such as Triosphere, TalRusha and Wattamezz featured members of Divided Multitude. In 2007 the band decided to get back together to record something again, and a new demo GUARDIAN ANGEL was recorded. This really gave the band inspiration to work harder than ever, and Divided Multitude’s third album was recorded late 2008 in Skansen Lydstudio and @home studios. For mastering the album was sent to the very skillful Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios. This really gave the band the sound they were looking for.

Divided Multitude teamed up with Silverwolf Productions, and they released the album GUARDIAN ANGEL in 2010. The cover art was done by Mattias Norèn (Evergrey, Ayreon, John Petrucci), and the cover design by Per Spjøtvold (Goat The Head, Third Kind).

The album received good reviews from all over the world, and the band toured Norway and later Europe in the aftermath of the release.

2011 was a year of writing new material, and playing festivals like Rebel Heart Rock Festival and Denmark Rock Festival.

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-Paganland: Debut Album Out Now, Premiere New Track On

“A stirring and atmospheric album” – Zero Tolerance

“An epic debut that encompasses the essence of their homeland” – [4/5 rating]

“Certainly worth of the attention of those into earlier works by Nokturnal Mortum and Drudkf” – [8.6/10 rating, “Surprise of the Month”]

“If you want to try out some so-called ‘pagan metal,’ this would be a good place to start” – [8.5/10 rating]

“One of the better such debuts I have heard in recent years” –

“A definitely varied but also smooth and thoroughly enchanting whole” –

“A cracker of a debut” –

“Pretty epic” –

“Bring something new to pagan metal” –

“A must-listen” – Absolute Zero Media webzine

At last, Paganland release their long-brewing debut album, WIND OF FREEDOM, through Svarga Music. A celebration of pagan pride and a show of metal might, WIND OF FREEDOM carries the listener on a windswept journey like no other — verily, to a mystical paganland — and the critical response has been overwhelmingly positive. To capitalize on this critical acclaim across the world, Paganland’s new track “Chornohora” is now streaming at, and can be heard exclusively here:

Track listing for Paganland’s WIND OF FREEDOM:
1) Wheel Of Eternity (intro)
2) Shadows Of The Past
3) Power Of Spirit
4) Chornohora
5) Podolyanka
6) Night Forest
7) Fogs And Twilights
8) Wind Of Freedom

Paganland was founded in 1997 by Ruen and Bilozor in Lviv — one of the most beautiful Ukrainian cities, whose developed traditions incorporated the European cultural spirit of the last millennium, and every stone breathes with centuries-old history of decline and revival, wars and temporary rest. The natural mysticism hidden in the Carpathians’ greatness, the dense woods, and pure mountain sources could not but affect musicians with a pagan outlook. Therefore, Paganland’s debut demo GODS OF GOLDEN CIRCLE (1999) and the demo SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS (2004), one way or another, had been nearly related to pagan metal. The lineup changes, routine of rehearsals, and hardships of concert activity caused Paganland’s breakup in 2005, but three years later, the group re-formed and in 2011 recorded the first full-length album, WIND OF FREEDOM, having resumed their concert activity.

Paganland is a group of persons holding the same views, who respect and love their native land, their nation, their language, and who are convinced that the Ukraine is the cradle of all Slavonic people with improbably interesting history forgotten and distorted for the last ten centuries. Megaliths and petroglyphs of Kamennaya Mogila (the Stone Grave), the sanctuary-observatory of Khortyt’sia, the ancient observatory of Mavrinsky Maidan, the mysterious zone of Suppert… the runes of “Veles’ Book” and runic manuscripts from the library of Anna Yaroslavna (Queen of France and Princess of Ukraine)… secret knowledge of molfars and volkhves… how many people around the world have even heard about all of this?

Paganland’s members try to express their love of the native land, the nature in their lyrics and music, as well as draw attention of their listeners to the fact that not only money and lies rule the world in the period of the Epoch of Pisces. Human beings can — and must — stand up for the truth, and the truth of life has been established long ago by our ancestors. All meaning of Paganland’s creative activity is tribute to their land, their ancient culture, their history.

Paganland Discography
2004 – SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS/CARPATHIA (split CD w/ Tini Zabutyh Predkiv)
2013 – WIND OF FREEDOM (full-length CD)

Paganland Lineup:
Volodymyr – vocal
Ruen – keyboards
Yor – drums
Stanislav – bass
Vladislav – guitar

More Info:

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-Havok Premiere New Video As They Continue Work On New Album

Denver thrashers Havok have premiered their latest video for the song “From The Cradle To The Grave” from their 2012 EP, THE POINT OF NO RETURN, via the band’s official Facebook page. The video, directed by Roy Warner, was filmed on location in Detroit during the band’s final tour of 2012 alongside Skeletonwitch. The premiere coincides with the band’s continued work on their anticipated Terry Date-produced third full-length album.

To view “From The Cradle To The Grave” click .

Discussing the song’s lyrical inspiration, vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez says, “‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ is about America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. In the late 1800s, in Chicago, Holmes built a hotel specifically with murder in mind. It included doors that opened up to brick walls, staircases that lead to nowhere, and one-way rooms that once you entered, you never came out. He was a religious man and firmly believed that since he was born, the Devil was at his side. That being said, bang your head.”

Havok hit the road this week, teaming with Goatwhore and The Casualties. The dates will feature new bassist Michael Joseph Leon. Sanchez notes, “as many people have already heard, we recently parted ways with bassist Jesse De Los Santos. It was a mutual split and we wish Jesse all the best. I’d like to thank Jesse for the four years of killing it in studio and on stage. With that being said, we’d like to introduce our new four-string monster, Mike Leon. Mike is a fantastic bassist and a veteran of the road from his years of touring with The Absence. We are very happy to have him on board.”

Leon comments, “I’m completely honored to be a part of such a well-oiled machine and to have the opportunity to play with these dudes is a dream come true! Not only is Havok one of my favorite new heavy metal bands out in the scene, but the guys in the band are a few of the best dudes I know! You can definitely look forward to us kickin’ lots of ass together this year, and for many years to come.”

Havok expect to complete all work on their new record in the coming weeks. Album information and special pre-order details will be announced shortly.

w/ The Casualties, Goatwhore:
4/1/2013 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
4/2/2013 Rocky Point – Tempe, AZ
4/3/2013 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
4/4/2013 The Vex – Los Angeles, CA
4/5/2013 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV w/ Goatwhore only
4/6/2013 The Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
4/7/2013 The Alley – Reno, NV
4/8/2013 The Branx – Portland, OR
4/9/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/11/2013 The Venue – Boise, ID w/ Suffocation, Exhumed, Jungle Rot, Rings Of Saturn
4/13/2013 In the Venue – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Suicidal Tendencies

Havok is guitarist/vocalist Dave Sanchez, bassist Michael Joseph Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webb.

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-In The Silence: Sensory Records Debut Now Confirmed For Early May Release

A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD, the debut album from Sacramento, California-based dark/progressive quartet, In The Silence — initially confirmed for official release via Sensory Records this month — has been moved back several weeks. Due to a manufacturing mishap, the final product has been delayed, and the record will now be in stores for its new street date, Tuesday, May 7.

Musically comparable to the emotional output of Katatonia, Porcupine Tree and Opeth but boasting a more progressive nature than said acts, In The Silence surges with incredibly moving riffs and otherworldly atmospheres, boasting a huge mid-tone clean vocal performance atop a thunderous display of technical metal percussion. A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD’s 45-minute lifespan possesses massive, pristine production, further magnifying the band’s skilled approach. The band self-released the album in two very limited runs, and when both pressings were immediately vanquished, they decided it was time for the album to have an official release. Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge, will give A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD the proper worldwide distribution and attention it deserves, with updated digi-pak and digital download versions coming in early May. Preview several songs from the album and more at .

In The Silence will tour in support of A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD throughout the year, including a performance at the massive annual ProgPower USA XIV festival ( ) in Atlanta, Georgia, where they’ll share the stage with Circle II Circle, Rhapsody, Wolverine, Soilwork, Shadow Gallery, Wolf, Circus Maximus, Armored Saint and more.

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-Surgeon: New Track From Philly-Based Epic Metal Unit Playing At Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles

Street Date And Release Show Confirmed

As the second full-length from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based metal outfit Surgeon nears its triumphant release onto public ears this Spring, today the band releases another brand new track from the opus, entitled CHEMICAL REIGN.

While Surgeon’s output may be simply classified as “progressive metal” to some, the band ventures into foreign territory for most by-the-books classical and fusion acts of the progressive metal umbrella. Perhaps simply “epic metal” is a more defining tag, as the talented crew seamlessly blends a variety of rugged post-death and post-doom elements into their craft, infectiously creating a sound all their own, but undoubtedly in the vein of notable bands including Pharaoh, Atlantean Kodex and Slough Feg.

Today, longtime international metal media outlet Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles have posted an exclusive listen to the title track to Surgeon’s new album… unleash “Chemical Reign” right here:

The band also previously released the album’s second track “Watching You,” available at their official Soundcloud page:

Additionally, Surgeon has confirmed the official release date of CHEMICAL REIGN as May 19, the same day the band will perform a local record release show for the album at Philly hotspot Johnny Brenda’s, alongside Ominous Black, Swarm of Arrows, and Skeleton Hands.

Surgeon – CHEMICAL REIGN Record Release Show:
5/19/2013 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ominous Black, Swarm of Arrows, Skeleton Hands

A shockingly unknown band outside of the local scene until now, Surgeon propels an organic, flowing style of progressive metal with bold rock buildups, which also merges into the realms of epic, classic doom. Comprised of vocalist/bassist Sean Bolton, lead guitarist Lydia Giordano and drummer Ruston Grosse (ex-Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, ex-Woe, Master tour drummer), the band recorded their debut album ANGRY GUEST at Electrical Audio in Chicago by Steve Albini, self-releasing it onto the masses in 2008. Surgeon’s alloy of metals shines more than ever on the band’s ambitious second opus, CHEMICAL REIGN. Boasting nearly 50 minutes of material recorded with Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey (Mike Portnoy, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Russell Allen of Symphony X), Antreassian was able to capture the band’s live dynamics, the band unlocking new potentials only grazed upon before during previous recording sessions. Surgeon will be self-releasing CHEMICAL REIGN on May 19, 2013 digitally and on CD.

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-Toxic Holocaust Releases Lyric Video For “Agony Of The Damned”


Portland’s favorite punk/metal delinquents Toxic Holocaust recently unleashed a new lyric video for “Agony Of The Damned.” Initially featured on the band’s 2011 CONJURE AND COMMAND full-length, “Agony Of The Damned” makes an “updated” appearance on the FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION compilation, set for release via Relapse Records.

Elaborates band mastermind Joel Grind: “This version of ‘Agony Of The Damned’ was recorded in September of 2010 with a drum machine a few months before we stepped into the studio to record the one that appears on CONJURE AND COMMAND. When making an album, I usually demo out the entire thing before I step into a studio. This keeps costs low and gives me time to sit with it to iron out the details. Since CONJURE AND COMMAND was the first Toxic record to feature a full band, this demo served the purpose of familiarizing everyone with the new material and is previously unreleased.”

Lay your peepers on the video at this location:

FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION is a gargantuan 22-track anthology that compiles over a decade’s worth of Toxic Holocaust rarities into one raging compilation of antagonistic bliss. Amassing the band’s many contributions to various comps and vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight and others, alongside demo versions of treasured Toxic classics, FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION is a historic romp through the history of one of today’s most revered, gritty, old-school metal bands.

FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION will see release through Relapse Records on April 2 in North America, March 29 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland and Benelux and April 1 in the UK. Additionally, you can check out the FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION teaser video and ordering info at .

Toxic Holocaust is currently in the studio working on the as-yet-untitled follow-up to their 2011 CONJURE AND COMMAND full-length. Praised for its “nuclear reactive riffage and Repo Man punk attitude,” by Revolver and commended for its “tar-thick riffage, staggering breakdowns, and a corroded dose of self-loathing,” by The Onion’s A.V. Club, CONJURE AND COMMAND continues to reap hails from fans and critics globally. As an added bonus, the band closed the year with the honor of having the song “Bitch” rear its sonic apocalyptic menace in an episode of high-rated FX drama series “Sons Of Anarchy” (season 5; episode 11).

Toxic Holocaust mutated into existence in 1999, when Joel Grind merged his love for classic punk and metal into his ideal band. Like his influences — Bathory, Venom, English Dogs, Possessed, Broken Bones — Toxic Holocaust offers up blazing riffs, gravel-throated vocals, and a deadly fixation on the evil in man and a post-apocalyptic world wrapped in a DIY attitude.

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-Conny Ochs’ BLACK HAPPY Out Now; Full LP Streaming At American Aftermath

The enigmatic German guitarist/vocalist Conny Ochs is slowly but undoubtedly infecting the masses, the man’s ability to create infectious anthems and ballads in the vein of classic singer/songwriters to be considered Americana — namely citing Woodie Guthrie, Neil Young, John Jacob Niles and Townes Van Zandt — boasting tales of woe and sadness, as well as redemption and moving on past those things in life that hold us in the rotting grooves of tribulation.

Ochs reaches a stark authenticity that draws you in, bearing all with raw emotion through his captivating vocal and melodic guitar style, delivered with finesse both in the studio and on the stage as an international voyager. What is channeled into his music, tone and lyrics are indisputable personal truths, the kind that are deeply rooted in the blackened parts of the human soul. Following his cult but potent solo 2011-release debut, RAW LOVE SONGS, followed by last year’s amazing collaborative LP and international touring with doom icon Scott “Wino” Weinrich, the second LP from Conny Ochs — the already-iconic-to-diehards opus entitled BLACK HAPPY — is out now worldwide via Exile On Mainstream, available on LP, via digital download, and in a limited wooden box CD edition.

To commemorate the release of BLACK HAPPY, today the massive Ochs fans that run badass outlet American Aftermath have published an in-depth interview with the soloist, alongside an exclusive stream of the entire album; check it out here:

Also check out a captivating full live set from an Ochs show in Warsaw, Poland in February and more right here:

“These songs are tiny gems, made polished by the strength of Ochs plaintive voice and bright chiming guitar.” – This Is Not A Scene

“I became infatuated with his style and execution and when word came down about his latest album BLACK HAPPY… Continue to get your mind bent backwards.” – American Aftermath

“Conny Ochs has created something to be treasured with his latest and greatest opus BLACK HAPPY. Going in to the very roots of music with his acoustic guitar as his primary weapon, Conny will prove someone who divides opinion but will always leave an impression as he creeps in to the wider musical platform.” – The Sleeping Shaman

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-Crimson Shadows Announce Ontario Tour Dates

Crimson Shadows will be touring with Vesperia, doing several dates all over Ontario and Quebec over the next four months leading up to a West coast tour where both bands will be touring out to Victoria, BC.

Drummer Cory Hofing comments:
“We are really excited to be hitting the road once again with our brothers in Vesperia! Seeing as myself and our bassist Morgan Rider play in both bands it makes sense to save on gas and time to tour together. Yes, this does mean we will be playing two sets back-to-back every night but we have done it before and I’m sure we shall do it more in the future!”

Upcoming Ontario dates for Crimson Shadows:
*March 30th – Belleville @ Belles Pub drs @7pm (Benefit for Red Cross )
April 6th – Brampton @ All Stars Sports Bar (Headlining set)
*April 12th – Oranageville @ Hogey’s Pub
*April 13th – North bay @ Granite Curling Club
April 29th – Toronto @ Wreckroom W/ Arkona and Valfreya
*May 3rd – Brantford @ Charlies 43 Oak St.
*May 4th – Kitchener TBA
*May 10th – Hamilton TBA
*May 11th – London TBA
(*shows with Vesperia )

Crimson Shadows will be releasing a new, soon-to-be-titled EP in the coming months, which is currently being mixed and mastered by Jonathan Lefrançois-Leduc at SilverWing Studios. They have just released a studio video from their first day of recording at Ice House Studios with engineer Thomas Ireland. To view the video, please visit the following link.

Crimson Shadows EP (NEW 2013) – Studio Day 1 – Drums

For more info on Crimson Shadows, please visit these links.

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-Eolian Empire KEEP OUR HEADS Compilation: 26 Portland Bands, 99 Minutes Of Bedlam

The Obelisk Streaming New Diesto Track As Comp Preview

Recently out of hibernation, Portland’s extreme/outsider label Eolian Empire is preparing to release the most ambitious and dedicated project on their diverse roster this Spring, with the newly-completed KEEP OUR HEADS label compilation.

The tiny D.I.Y. label more focused on maintaining a kinship with their regional underground music scene than attaining national acts or breaking into charts, the clan at Eolian has literally dedicated thousands of hours to arranging, collecting, compiling, mixing and preparing this massive offering of what they consider the best of their local underground, with KEEP OUR HEADS. Aligning metal, sludge, doom, prog, punk, rock, thrash, hardcore, noise and unclassifiable anti-genre acts from across the region into a herculean 99-minute soundtrack to the Portland heavy underground, KEEP OUR HEADS bears 26 exclusive tracks from stalwarts in the scene, like some twisted, many-headed beast raised on the soundtracks to River’s Edge, Lost Highway, and Repo Man, practically all the tracks recorded in Portland specifically for this release.

KEEP OUR HEADS features acts: Acre, The Ax, Big Black Cloud, Crag Dweller, Diesto, Drunk Dad, Fist Fite, Gaytheist, Gone To Croatoan, Honduran, Hot Victory, Humours, Ix, LKN, Lord Dying, Nasalrod, Norska, Order Of The Gash, Palo Verde, Prizehog, Rabbits, Redneck, Sei Hexe, Sioux, Tiny Knives, and Towers. The comp will see release digitally and on a limited-run cassette on May 1, the cassette run including both a digital download and a slick beer koozie. View the full track/band listing below, and place preorders at .

As a public preview to KEEP OUR HEADS today The Obelisk has released a brand new track from riff-crushers Diesto — a precursor for the band’s upcoming LP on Eolian this Summer — alongside a peek at what is going on with this comp… Click here to jam:

Eolian has confirmed two record release shows to bust the mixtape out onto the public, with a kinky back-to-back duo of galas at Slabtown late in April. Friday, April 26 will rage with sets from Acre, Ix, Norska, Hot Victory, Big Black Cloud and Gaytheist, and the next night with Redneck, Sioux, Palo Verde, Towers, Honduran, Rabbits.

This Summer Eolian will be releasing new noise from sludge-f*ckers Drunk Dad, avant punks Big Black Cloud, hardcore savants Honduran, harsh noiser Redneck, and prog-doomsters Diesto, all featured on KEEP OUR HEADS. Stay tuned for more news on all.

KEEP OUR HEADS Release Shows:
4/26/2013 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ Acre, Ix, Norska, Hot Victory, Big Black Cloud, Gaytheist
4/27/2013 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ Redneck, Sioux, Palo Verde, Towers, Honduran, Rabbits

KEEP OUR HEADS Track Listing:
side X:
Honduran – “No Man’s Land”
Diesto – “Arrows”
Fist Fite – “Bitches Leave”
Humours – “In The Court Of The Corn-Eyed King”
Drunk Dad – “S.O.U.”
Palo Verde – “Swimming In The Royal Academy”
Big Black Cloud – “Reptile Brain”
Lord Dying – “The Value Of Pity”
Norska – “Eostre”
Towers – “Hell”
Tiny Knives – “Winter”
Redneck – “Princess”

side Y:
Sioux – “Ascension”
IX – “Robocrastinatortron”
The Ax – “Luminaries”
Prizehog – “Irrevelant”
Hot Victory – “The Cog”
Gaytheist – “Gimme Black My Blow”
Rabbits – “Drink, Drank, Drunk”
LKN – “Freedom Shot”
Nasalrod – “Suicidal Propaganda”
Crag Dweller – “The Animal”
Gone To Croatoan – “Poor, Poor Little Man”
Acre – “Heavy Day”

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-E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr Premiere New Track From Svart Debut

Today, kosmische interlopers E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr premiere the new track “Sonnenaufgang” at tastemaking web-portal The track hails from the group’s debut album, KOMETENBAHN, released internationally this week by Svart Records on LP and as a digital download. Featuring members of Reverend Bizarre and Lord Vicar, among others, E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s “Sonnenaufgang” can be heard in its entirety here:

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s long-awaited studio album, entitled KOMETENBAHN, is a compilation of six original sonic pieces that mirror both hemispheres of the band. While E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s quest for cosmic experiences is proudly inspired by German kosmische musik of the 1970s, the band also boldly pursues to probe frontiers that have remained unchallenged for four decades. KOMETENBAHN is a journey into organic atmospheres, warm analogue timbres, and melodic sequences that bring the sound of the pioneers into the 21st century.

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr has performed in various venues ranging from rock clubs to art museums, libraries and movie theaters. All music of E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr is made to be played live, and also many of the album tracks have evolved in live performances and jam sessions.

The four space cadets of E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr are: Pertti Grönholm, synthesizers, sequencers and samplers; Jaakko Penttinen, synthesizers and sequencers; Kimi Kärki, guitar, e-bow and effects; Ismo Virta, Memotron, guitar and effects.

All the band members have been active in various underground music scenes for a long time. Kimi Kärki is the founder and guitarist of doom metal bands Reverend Bizarre and Lord Vicar and psychedelic progressive band called Orne. Ismo Virta leads a folk prog band called Kosmos and also makes up a dark ambient duo Dystopia with Pertti Grönholm. Besides Dystopia, Grönholm is known for his techno, house, and ambient projects such as Corporate 09. Jaakko Penttinen has a background in various punk bands such as Forca Macabra, but nowadays is better known for his ambient and space music projects such as Galactic Travellers (with Ismo Virta and others).

Track listing for E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s KOMETENBAHN
1) Prolog Im Himmel
2) Nachtgeist
3) Durch Den Kosmischen Dunst
4) Sonnenwind
5) Mythos
6) Sonnenaufgang

-Avantasia’s THE MYSTER OF TIME is out now, featuring guest stars such as Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Bob Catley (Magnum), and Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep). Check out an album trailer at and studio reports at . Main man Tobias Sammet talks about the album’s guest stars at and . As for videos, “Sleepwalking” is at and a lyric video for “Invoke The Machine” is at . There’s also a new interview with Sammet at . See for more.

-Guitarist Richie Sambora will sit out the upcoming Bon Jovi tour. Various reports lists reasons ranging from Sambora wanting to concentrate on his solo career to Sambora being upset with the way Jon Bon Jovi treats him.

-Chariots Of The Gods — the “melodic death thrashers” from Ottawa, ON — have a new tour video online at . The band consists of Renaud Jobin on vocals, Mathieu St-Amour and Dimitri Gervais on guitar, Payam Doryani on bass, and Rich O’Neil on drums. They released TIDES OF WAR in January; check out the video for the title track at .

-A trailer for Children Of Bodom’s upcoming HALO OF BLOOD is online at . Info: “The video resulted from the listening session of the new album, which took place at the Nuclear Blast headquarters in Germany on March 16th, and shows the first impressions of the international press.” HALO OF BLOOD track list: “Waste Of Skin,” “Halo Of Blood,” “Scream For Silence,” “Transference,” “Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming),” “The Days Are Numbered,” “Dead Man’s Hand On You,” “Damage Beyond Repair,” “All Twisted,” “One Bottle And A Knee Deep.” See for more.

-Fatality — the “Toronto thrash heavyweights” — are heading out on a “4/20 mini-tour” in Ontario and Quebec:

4/19 – The Brass Monkey, Ottawa, ON – w/ Old James & Eagleson
4/20 – The Pirahna Bar, Montreal, QC – w/ Protocol, Warsenal, Insight & Chemical Way
4/21 – The Atria, Oshawa, ON – w/ TBD; FREE SHOW

The band is working on a new studio album; check out a blog update at . See , , and for more.

-Upcoming shows for The Iron Maidens:

4/6 – Titanic Metal Bar, Managua, Nicaragua
4/13 – Shamrock, Chino Hills, CA
4/19 – Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA
4/27 – Tropicana Express, Laughlin, NV
5/11 – The Slidebar, Fullerton, CA (3:00 p.m. matinee)
5/17 – Happy Hour Bar & Grill, Loveland, CO
5/18 – Jammin Joe’s, Arvada, CO
5/25 – The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
6/8 – TBA, Toronto, ON
6/15 – 105 Brigada De Infanteria, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
6/22 – Club 366, Ogden, UT
6/28 – The Music Room, Dubai, UAE

See , , and for more.

-Lost Society’s FAST LOUD DEATH debuted at #25 on the charts in Finland. Here’s a statement from singer/guitarist Samy Elbanna: “Myself, Arttu [Lesonen – guitar], Mirko [Lehtinen – bass] and Ossi [Paananen – drums] would like to give out an enormous thanks to all of the Lost Society supporters who have bought the album and supported us all the way! It has been amazing hearing all the great feedback and getting into the charts in Finland on #25! We are all really extremely happy about this and we are all so lucky to have such amazing fans! Thank you all!” See for more.

-No Consequence’s IO is out on Basick Records. Track list: “So Close To Nowhere,” “Name Your Price,” “All That’s Left,” “Enemy Of Logic,” “Ether,” “Bury The Debt,” “Sentient,” “Illusion Of Choice,” “Coerce: Conform,” “What Is Dead May Never Die,” “Vela,” “Unify.” Check out the video for “Coerce: Conform” at . See for more.

-The first annual Paper City Music Fest will take place May 4 at the Putnam Fair & Expo Center in Palatka, FL. Bands set to appear include Molly Hatchet & Friends, the Jimmie Van Zant Band, Blackfoot, Shanytown, and Rusty Shine. See , , and for more.

-There’s a new interview with Pretty Maids front man Ronnie Atkins at .

-About Heavy Metal has a new interview with Saxon front man Biff Byford at .

-John Taglieri’s new view for “Southern Paradise” — the title track from his upcoming new EP — at . Info: “Directed by Anthony Mario Piccone for Savior Productions and shot on location throughout John’s part time residence of Key West FL at Durty Harry’s, Island Dogs, as well as other venues, and along Duval Street, as well as in the Atlantic Ocean & The Gulf Of Mexico, the storyline of the video focuses on ‘good times, good friends and a damn good party,’ relates John.” The EP is due out April 16 through Leap Dog Music. See and for more.

-Toxic Holocaust’s new 22-track anthology FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION (Relapse) is streaming in its entirety now at . Hype: “The monolithic 22-track anthology compiles over a decade’s worth of Toxic Holocaust rarities into one maniacal compilation of hostile bliss. Amassing the band’s many contributions to various comps and vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight and others, alongside demo versions of timeless Toxic classics, FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION is a historic romp through the history of one of today’s most revered punk metal deviants.” The release can be ordered at . See , , and for more.

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

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Detritus Issue #646

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Issue #646
Week of March 25, 2013

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-At the dollar store the other day, I saw plastic Easter Eggs decorated with a camouflage pattern. Wow, that will annoy the kids. “Good luck on the hunt Little Johnny — IF you can find anything, you can keep it!” – Tim

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Dio – FINDING THE SACRED HEART – LIVE IN PHILLY 1986 May 28, 2013 On DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD, Digital Audio, Digital Video And First Time On Vinyl

Fully Restored Film Footage Of The Complete Concert Available For The First Time

NEW YORK, NY — Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the release on May 28, 2013 of FINDING THE SACRED HEART – LIVE IN PHILLY 1986 on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD and 2LP from Dio [Pre-book order date May 3, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $17.98 2CD, TBA vinyl]. The DVD and Blu-ray versions offer fully restored film footage of the complete concert available for the first time. The audio on the 2CD and double LP is fully re-mastered.

FINDING THE SACRED HEART – LIVE IN PHILLY 1986 was recorded at The Spectrum in Philadelphia on June 17, 1986 during the second leg of the SACRED HEART tour, which featured new guitarist Craig Goldy. The show was issued in an edited form first on VHS and then DVD. Now for the first time, the full concert is being released as a double LP in the original running order and with re-mastered sound. It’s an extraordinary live show with a giant animatronic dragon towering over the stage and spectacular lasers and pyrotechnics. The lineup for the show is Ronnie James Dio (vocals); Vinny Appice (drums); Jimmy Bain (bass); Craig Goldy (guitar); Claude Schnell (keyboards).

The show features the Dio classics “Holy Diver,” “Don’t Talk To Strangers,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children,” “Sacred Heart,” “Stand Up And Shout,” “Rainbow In The Dark,” and “We Rock” plus other classic tracks from Ronnie James Dio’s career including “Heaven & Hell,” “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and “Man On The Silver Mountain.”

Bonus Features [on DVD and Blu-ray] include a SACRED HEART tour featurette, an interview from ’86 and a separate interview with Ronnie & Craig, as well as the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children” music video and a “Behind The Scenes” feature.

Ronnie James Dio and the band deliver a blistering live performance featuring tracks from their first three albums alongside Black Sabbath and Rainbow classics. For those who never got to experience the powerful vocals and mammoth stage prowess of Ronnie James Dio before his passing in 2010, this is the perfect opportunity to view this legendary icon in all his glory.

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) Draco Ignis
2) King Of Rock And Roll
3) Like The Beat Of A Heart
4) Don’t Talk To Strangers
5) Hungry For Heaven
6) Medley: The Last In Line / Children Of The Sea / Holy Diver / The Last In Line (reprise)
7) Drum Solo
8) Heaven & Hell
9) Keyboard Solo
10) Guitar Solo
11) Sacred Heart
12) Medley: Rock ‘n’ Roll Children / Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll / Man On The Silver Mountain / Rock ‘n’ Roll Children (reprise)
13) Time To Burn
14) Stand Up And Shout
15) Rainbow In The Dark
16) We Rock

Side A: 1) Draco Ignis 2) King Of Rock And Roll 3) Like The Beat Of A Heart 4) Don’t Talk To Strangers 5) Hungry For Heaven 6) Medley: The Last In Line / Children Of The Sea / Holy Diver / The Last In Line (reprise)

Side B: 1) Drum Solo 2) Heaven & Hell 3) Keyboard Solo 4) Guitar Solo

Side C: 1) Sacred Heart 2) Medley: Rock ‘n’ Roll Children / Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll / Man On The Silver Mountain / Rock ‘n’ Roll Children (reprise)

Side D: 1) Time To Burn 2) Stand Up And Shout 3) Rainbow In The Dark 4) We Rock

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-Sebastian Bach’s Video For “18 & Life” Taken From CD/DVD Package Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Ultimate Classic Rock

ABACHALYPSE NOW Out Now In Europe And North America Via Frontiers Records

Sebastian Bach fans worldwide can click to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for “18 & Life,” taken from the CD/DVD package ABACHALYPSE NOW; the set is out now in Europe and North America via Frontiers Records.

The ABACHALYPSE NOW Ultimate CD/DVD Edition includes never-before-seen footage from last year’s GrasPop Festival in Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully re-mixed and re-mastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos. The DVD contains a running time of nearly 160 minutes. ABACHALYPSE NOW will be available in two configurations: the Ultimate CD/DVD Edition (2 CDs + DVD) and a standalone DVD; the respective covers can be accessed here:

You can check out the official EPK at and order the set at .

Sebastian Bach’s latest album, KICKING & SCREAMING, was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter) and debuted in the Top 75 of the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Outburn declared, “Sebastian Bach delivers a balls out gang of mountainous hooks, titanic grooves and straight down the middle hard rock,” while Revolver avowed, “Bach’s voice is in particularly fine form on KICKING & SCREAMING, boasting more color and range than most…” Bach was recently named one of the 100 greatest living rock stars by Revolver.

Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a five-season recurring role on the CW’s hit series “Gilmore Girls,” starring roles on Broadway (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and national touring companies (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.

Bach on the web:

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-Timo Tolkki’s Avalon: First Single Released

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital release today of “Enshrined In My Memory,” the first single off the Timo Tolkki’s Avalon’s new Metal Opera THE LAND OF NEW HOPE. The song is available for download and legal streaming through all fine shops such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify all over the World. It is also possible to enjoy the video clip of the song, shot by Patric Ullaeus (Europe, Amaranthe, Kamelot, etc.), at .

With a stunning vocal performance from Amaranthe singer Elize Ryd, the song shows the more melodic side of Tolkki’s songwriting and sets the pace for the wide variety of musical styles that it is possible to find on the full album. THE LAND OF NEW HOPE is Tolkki’s glorious return to music in full force. He managed to gather an amazing cast of singers and performers including Michael Kiske (Unisonic), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation) and Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica). Rounding up the stunning lineup of this album are: Alex Holzwarth (Rhapody Of Fire) on drums and Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion), Mikko Härkin (Sonata Arctica) on keyboards, with Tolkki taking care of all guitars and bass recordings and of course production duties.

You can enjoy a full EPK presentation of the album at .

THE LAND OF NEW HOPE will be released on Frontiers Records on May 17 in Europe and May 21 in North America.

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-Overkill To Release Limited Tour Edition Of THE ELECTRIC AGE!

Over the course of their upcoming European tour, followed by several festival shows, legendary US thrash metallers Overkill are going to release a very special limited tour edition of their latest masterpiece THE ELECTRIC AGE — only available for a short time!

The ltd. 2CD tour edition will be released on April 19, 2013 and comprise 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.

The track list reads as follows:

1. Come And Get It
2. Electric Rattlesnake
3. Wish You Were Dead
4. Black Daze
5. Save Yourself
6. Drop The Hammer Down
7. 21st Century Man
8. Old Wounds, New Scars
9. All Over But The Shouting
10. Good Night

CD 2 – LIVE FROM OZ – recorded in Sidney, Australia, (The Metro, Sept. 25, 2010):
1. Horrorscope
2. Long Time Dyin’
3. Necroshine
4. Walk Through Fire

Make sure to get it, before it’s gone:

Catch Overkill live on tour in spring and summer (# = together with Lost Society):

17.04. FIN Tampere – Pakkahoune (#)
18.04. FIN Helsinki – Tavastia (#)
19.04. FIN Joensuu – Kerubi (#)
20.04. FIN Oulu – Club Teatria (#)
21.04. FIN Rytmikojaamo – Sinajoki (#)
22.04. EST Tallin – Tapper
23.04. LV Riga – Meina Piektdina
24.04. LT Vilnius – New York
25.04. PL Warsaw – Proxima
26.04. D Hamburg – Markthalle
27.04. DK Copenhagen – Amager Bio
29.04. S Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
30.04. N Oslo – John Dee
01.05. S Stockholm – Debaser Slussen
02.05. N Haugesund – Karmoygeddon Festival
03.05. N Grimstad – Bluebox
05.05. TR Istanbul – Headbangers Weekend
08.06. HR Zadar – Burning Sea Festival
29.06. B Dassel – Graspop
22.07. SLO Tolmin – Metal Days Festival
25.07. D Brande-Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air
09.08. CZ Jaromer – Brutal Assault Festival
10.08. I Chiaromonte – XIX Agglutination Metal Festival

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-Threshold: Making Of “Staring At The Sun” Online!

A few months ago, British progressive metallers Threshold kicked off a fan video contest for the song “Staring At The Sun,” taken from their new highly acclaimed album MARCH OF PROGRESS. In the end, the amazing effort by Achim Bieler from Germany saw him winning the competition. Check out the original clip at .

Since winning the competition, Threshold and Achim conceived a plan to shoot additional footage in order to edit a new, even more impressive version of the video. For this, Threshold’s vocalist Damian Wilson met Achim and his crew in South Germany to record the new footage. The magnificent outcome — the new, official video clip for “Staring At The Sun” — can be watched at .

But it doesn’t stop here! Achim also edited a highly entertaining “making of ‘Staring At The Sun'” video that lets us take a look behind the scenes of the set and grants us detailed insight on the post production works. Check it out at .

Catch Threshold live:

11.05. UK Kingston Upon Thames – Celebr8 Festival
17.-19.05. D Gelsenkirchen – Rock Hard Festival
05.-08.06. S Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival

Get MARCH OF PROGRESS at the Nuclear Blast web shop:

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-Children Of Bodom Reveal Album Title, Cover Artwork And Track List!

Finnish metal superstars Children Of Bodom have named their eighth studio album HALO OF BLOOD and have unveiled the album artwork.

Cover art was created this time by Sami Saramäki (FOLLOW THE REAPER, ARE YOU DEAD YET?, HATE CREW DEATHROLL).

Mastermind Alexi Laiho commented:

“HALO OF BLOOD is the eighth studio album from Children Of Bodom and believe it or not but we still managed to keep it fresh and new while still maintaining the elements that make COB sound recognizable. It’s got the fastest and the slowest song we ever made and lyrics wise there are themes we had never had before. Its 10 new songs of pure Nordic metal and whether you enjoy it with a beer or a glass of water, I’m sure you will have a good time.”

Bass player Henkka Seppälä states about the artwork:

“We wanted to have a winter scene. Somehow it fits well with the atmosphere of the music and the composing session. It could be Lake Bodom actually, frozen, with people trapped under the ice. Very Finnish looking scene. We were really happy how Sami created the whole imagery!”

The HALO OF BLOOD track listing:
1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. The Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man’s Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle And A Knee Deep

HALO OF BLOOD will be released June 7 via Nuclear Blast.

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-AFM Records News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

U.D.O.: “Anniversary Editions” Of Classic Albums Available Now!

With LIVE IN RUSSIA and BEST OF available now, the U.D.O. “Anniversary Edition” re-releases series is now completed.

Among the 10 reissued albums (many of these not available regularly for many years) are all U.D.O. albums beginning with the debut ANIMAL HOUSE (1987) to MAN AND MACHINE (2002).


Meanwhile, U.D.O. are preparing for their first tour on US soil since 2001 and prepare latest details for the release of their new studio album STEELHAMMER which will be released on May 24 (USA: May 21).

U.D.O. 2013 — with new guitar players Andrey Smirnov und Kasperi Heikkinen.

The New Black’s “Sharkpool” Video Released!

It does look a little different, indeed: Germany’s The New Black have released the video to their new single “Sharkpool,” and it shows the band going up against sharks, mermaids, seabed beer drinking and chess-playing crabs. All underwater. What an adventure! As the band comments:

“Yes, we actually look like that sometimes…”


Gothminister: Cover Artwork & Track Listing Of UTOPIA Unveiled!

When Gothminister release their new album UTOPIA on May 17, the fans will get a lot more than “just” a new piece of work by one of Norway’s premiere Metal acts: the concept of UTOPIA gives insight to the schizophrenic world of band leader Bjørn Alexander Brem: working as a lawyer at daytime, Brem’s second personality, the Gothminister, takes over at nighttime.

UTOPIA will be released as CD and limited CD including a bonus concert/movie DVD. Here the album’s concept is presented in a visual way too.

Track listing:


1. The New Beginning
2. Someone Is After Me
3. Utopia
4. March
5. Horrorshow
6. Nightmare
7. Afterlife
8. Helldemon
9. All Alone
10. Purgatory
11. Eternal
12. Raise The Dead
13. Boogeyman

+ Bonus DVD on ltd. Edition

1. Rapture (Intro-Movie)
2. Purgatory (live)
3. Eternal (live)
4. Someone Is After Me (live)
5. Stonehenge (live)
6. Beauty After Midnight (live)
7. Dusk Till Dawn (live)
8. The Possession (live)
9. Devil (live)
10. Afterlife (live)
11. Helldemon (live)
12. Liar (live)
13. Monsters (live)
14. Darkside (live)
15. March (live)
16. Horrorshow (live)
17. Happiness In Darkness (live)
18. Utopia (live)
19. The Resurrection (Outro-Movie)

+ NRK Lydverket 31.10.2012
Halloween Special
UTOPIA – Behind The Scenes

Rhapsody Of Fire To Release Live Album On May 3!

Italian Symphonic Metal kings Rhapsody Of Fire will release LIVE – FROM CHAOS TO ETERNITY on May 3 (USA: May 7).

It will be available as 2-CD digi-pak and as limited 3-vinyl set. The material (a mixture of old classics and newer tracks) was recorded on the band’s latest European tour in Spring 2012.

Alex Staropoli comments:

“We wanted to deliver a live album that can actually be called a LIVE album. Not one single part was re-recorded in studio as most of bands do. Personally I am always looking for perfection but in the case of this live album I truly believe it had to sound live and maintain both live playing and feeling at 100%.”

Vocalist Fabio Lione adds:

“This live album it’s the concrete proof that this band is strong and willing to keep playing and producing music for all our fans out there for the years to come.”

Track list:

CD 1

1. Dark Mystic Vision
2. Ad Infinitum
3. From Chaos To Eternity
4. Triumph Or Agony
5. I Belong To The Stars
6. The Dark Secret
7. Unholy Warcry
8. Lost In Cold Dreams
9. Land Of Immortals
10. Aeons Of Raging Darkness
11. Dark Reign Of Fire
12. Drum Solo

CD 2

1. The March Of The Swordmaster
2. Dawn Of Victory
3. Toccata On Bass
4. The Village Of Dwarves
5. The Magic Of The Wizard’s Dream
6. Holy Thunderforce
7. Reign Of Terror
8. Knightrider Of Doom
9. Epicus Furor
10. Emerald Sword
11. Erian’s Lost Secrets
12. The Splendour Of Angels’ Glory (A Final Revelation)

D-A-D Signs With AFM Records!

AFM Records proudly welcomes another legendary act: Danish cult rockers D-A-D have signed a worldwide (except Scandinavia) record deal.

As the first release of their new collaboration, D-A-D’s 2011 studio album DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK is available from today on as an extensive Deluxe Edition, which comes as 2-CD in digi-pak format and includes a 16-track live CD beside the regular album.

SuidAkrA: ETERNAL DEFIANCE Cover Artwork & Track Listing Unveiled!

German Celtic metallers SuidAkrA have issued another update on their upcoming new album ETERNAL DEFIANCE. The cover artwork (once again created by Kris Verwimp) and the album’s track listing have been unveiled. ETERNAL DEFIANCE will be released on May 24.

Track listing:

1. Storming The Walls
2. Inner Sanctum
3. Beneath The Read Eagle
4. March Of Conquest
5. Pair Dadeni
6. The Mindsong
7. Rage For Revenge
8. Dragon’s Head
9. Defiant Dreams
10. Damnatio Memoriae
11. Mrs. McGrath (Bonus Track)

AFM Records

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-Running Order For Sweden Rock Festival 2013

Running Order Sweden Rock 2013! Time To Buy Ticket And Fix Accommodation!

The running order for this year’s festival is now available on our website. Some of the confirmed acts do not have set stage times yet and have been marked “TBC” (to be confirmed) in the running order. As soon as those times have been confirmed we will update the running order. The same goes for the three acts that are yet to be announced. The eight NEMIS acts (up and coming bands handpicked by the Swedish national schooling association Studiefrämjandet) will be announced later this spring.

Thanks to our partnership with musical instrument retailer 4Sound, the stage previously called Zeppelin Stage (and before that Dio Stage, Spendrups Stage and the demo stage) will be named 4Sound Stage this year. Apart from the name, everything about the stage will remain the same.

Kiss have requested to start playing at 23:00 instead of 23:30 on Thursday June 6. Because of this, we have postponed the Corroded slot on the 4Sound Stage so that our guests will be able to see the lion’s share of both shows.

Rush are bringing a production that takes a long time to build. Because of this, only one other act will perform on Festival Stage on Saturday June 8. Also, Rush have requested to start playing at 21:30 instead of 23:30. To be able to fit in Rush and their big production while having as many slots in the schedule as usual, we have added slots on Rock Stage, Sweden Stage (2) and Rockklassiker Stage that day.

Since we have 83 bands playing on five stages, we often have two, sometimes even three, bands playing at the same time. As much as possible, we have tried to avoid scheduling bands in similar styles at the same time. However, touring schedules, flight departure times and other factors sometimes come into play, and as always we have had to make a few compromises. We hope that as many of you as possible will still be happy with this year’s running order.

The following bands are also confirmed but has no confirmed show time yet: Morgana Lefay, Survivor, Asia, Treat, Newsted, Amaranthe

Click here for the running order!

See you June 5th-8th!

/The festival management team

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-Tarja To Release New Material Via Armoury Records Later This Year

Following the sensational success of ACT I, the first ever live solo offering from legendary Finnish songstress/former Nightwish soprano, Tarja Turunen, Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC, is delighted to announce the renewal of their collaboration for an exciting set of new releases spanning the next few years.

Set to commence with the long-awaited new studio rock album, the following months will entail many musical adventures for the versatile and talented artist, including the spectacular Beauty And The Beat 2013 tour, scheduled to be filmed later this year, and a first-ever all-classical studio offering which follows the success of her award-winning HARUS – LIVE AT SIBELIUS HALL release.

In addition, Tarja fans will be pleased to know that the follow-up to 2010’s WHAT LIES BENEATH will hit stores later this Summer. The as-yet-untitled album, mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2), is set to be the iconic vocalist’s next milestone for symphonic heavy rock thanks to a stellar lineup and a state-of-the-art production. Further details including a new single, video and extensive worldwide tour will be announced in the coming weeks.

ACT I topped charts throughout Europe, with a sensational no. 5 in Germany’s General Charts (an unusual result for a live album). The video version held steady for over two months at the peak of the Finnish music video charts. Fans can follow Tarja’s work and musical journey to her new album via her website at: .

“Tarja has an extraordinary voice and is an extremely charismatic singer, qualities that ACT 1 shows off extraordinarily well. Her voice has deepened and darkened is recent years while losing none of her upper range, resulting in a tone that can be treacle dark and syrupy, rich and warm and velvet but also silvery light and nimble, as each song demands.” –

“A finely honed release from the undisputed queen of symphonic metal. 4.5/5″ – One Metal

“Tarja’s voice is simply stunning and this album shows that she can perform live just as perfectly as she can record in the studio — which is how it should be but some singers do struggle with live shows, particularly of this length, yet there’s none of that here — Tarja sounds flawless throughout.” – Planet Mosh

“…an excellent live metal release…” – Sea Of Tranquility

“‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ said Lao Tzu. And this is especially true for ACT I. It is also a Step I, the first live album Tarja has produced since her days in Nightwish and a statement that her solo career will continue at all costs.” – Reflections of Darkness

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-John Taglieri Visits SOUTHERN PARADISE On His Eleventh Release

HANSON, MA — When John Taglieri abruptly quit his lucrative day job in 2005 to become “a professional musician” people thought he was out of his mind. Literally. I mean, who quits a steady paycheck to play music for a living in the 21st Century, right? More than half a decade later Taglieri is having the last laugh because he’s made it on his terms and his terms alone. It’s not a spiteful laugh, though, more along the lines of “hey, let’s head down to Florida and have a little party on the beach” type of chuckle.

Now, stealing a few chapters from the book of Jimmy Buffett for his new EP, SOUTHERN PARADISE, John has the beach party bit down to a science. Not that he’s copping Jimmy’s musical style, mind you, just his “fun at all costs and always have a margarita in each hand” happy go lucky attitude. “On this record I wanted to do things differently. I have a great balance in my life right now, and it’s lots of fun! This is my eleventh release, I live in Key West, FL half the year and get to play music for a living… what’s NOT to LOVE about that!??!” says John. Songs such as the title track talk about his own Southern Paradise and how life can be truly fun when you do what you love. “When I Think About” (written with Nashville writer Bobby James) and “Days Of Night” (written by Sean Mormelo) all show a marked maturity and balance in Taglieri’s material. This is his eleventh release overall and tenth of all new music.

Working with the up and coming Nashville based production team of Sean Mormelo and Mark Cohn of Illusionati Entertainment, and mastered by multi Grammy Award winning Richard Dodd (George Harrison, Keith Urban, Green Day, Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty), the team has crafted a feel good record that sounds and feels like summer, no matter what your weather outside may be. “Sean and I go back about 10 years as writers and touring acts. We’ve always wanted to work together and this seemed like the right time. His partner, Mark Cohn was on board from the start and we brought Richard in to master the tracks. I think we put an amazing team together and put out a great product both musically and sonically!” said Taglieri.

Not only does 2013 bring John’s new EP to you, it also marks the year he reached the milestone of 20,000 sales. Starting with the release of LEAP OF FAITH in 1999 thru his VERY BEST OF collection from late 2012, and through relentless touring in the last 10 years, on March 8, 2013, Taglieri went over 20,000 units and downloads sold as an indie artist running his own record label. Taglieri had this to say about it… “I’m amazingly proud of this milestone. As a guy putting out my first CD in 1999 from a home studio, I never thought I’d have gotten this far, but here I am, and things are still moving better than ever. 20,000 is an amazing number to me and one that makes me proud of all the hard work its taken to get this far.”

Watch for John’s new EP, SOUTHERN PARADISE, coming on April 16, 2013 and get ready to sit back and soak it in… and let it take you to your own personal Southern Paradise!

Relevant Links:

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-Critical Solution Reveals Full Details On Debut Album!

Last week, the Norwegian Thrash Metallers from Critical Solution announced the special appearances of Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) and Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) on their upcoming album. This week, the band reveals the full details for this debut full-length.

Critical Solution’s debut CD is titled EVIL NEVER DIES and the release date has been set for May 16, 2013!

This debut full-length is a concept album and tells the story of Wallace Green: Wallace and his company are sailing to Sad Hill, where he assassinates the king, with his own life to follow. After Wallace’s death, he makes a deal with the devil to live again and becomes the Soulmaker. He does his evil agenda and spreads terror across the world…

The band recorded again in Andy La Rocque’s Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden. Mid 2011, the band worked already with Andy La Rocque, when he produced and mixed their EP EVIDENCE OF THINGS UNSEEN. Also, this time, Andy La Rocque is responsible for the production, recording, mixing and mastering of this album.

Vocalist/Guitarist Christer Slettebø about the whole experience: “To release this album is absolutely amazing! One of many dreams is coming true for us. Also to be so honored to have both Whitfield Crane and Andy LaRocque on the album as guests, well its f*ckin’ rad! So it is great to finally get the album out and we hope people will like it!”

Today, the band also reveals for the first time the new cover artwork and track list!


I. God Of Anarchy
II. Sad Hill
III. Crime Of Passion
IV. Wallace Green
V. This Burning Hate
VI. The Execution
VII. Dead Man Walkin’
VIII. Evil Never Dies
IX. Soulmaker
X. Hell’s Warrior
XI. War Machine

Bonus Tracks:
XII. Speed King (Deep Purple cover)
XIII. Killed By Death (Motörhead cover)*
XIV. Seek And Destroy (Metallica cover)**

* Featuring Whitfield Crane & Andy LaRocque
** Featuring Andy LaRocque

Also, today a sample for the song “God Of Anarchy” has been uploaded!

Teaser for “Killed By Death” (feat. Withfield Crane & Andy La Rocque):

Andy La Rocque’s Coffee Break #1:

Andy La Rocque’s Coffee Break #2 in the studio with Critical Solution:

For all Critical Solution info:

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-Mastercastle Unveils New Promotional Video For “Chains”

Italian metallers Mastercastle return on 19 April 2013 with the red hot new album ON FIRE released through Lion Music.

Home to nine tracks of melodic heavy metal with neo-classical influences, Mastercastle have been honing their trademark sound since their debut THE PHOENIX (2009) and refining it through LAST DESIRE (2010) and DANGEROUS DIAMONDS (2011). Led by the powerful vocals of Giorgia Gueglio, the virtuoso guitar of Pier Gonella and the driven bass lines of Steve Vawamas, ON FIRE marks the band’s first release with one of the metal world’s most respected drummers behind the kit, one John Macaluso (Ark, Yngwie Malmsteen, and James LaBrie). Macaluso’s addition has given the band a kick up the proverbial backside taking their unique brand of metal to an even higher plateau.

On the band’s newest member Pier Gonella comments, “John gave us great energy because from the first time he heard our music he was really impressed. He participated in the composing process of ON FIRE and his vast experience was a great help for the album’s production as well.”

To give fans a taste of the upcoming album a promotional video has been produced for the track “Chains” and is streaming now at .

ON FIRE is home to the following tracks:

1. Silver Eyes
2. Chains
3. Platinum
4. Quicksilver
5. Gold Violet
6. The Final Battle (instrumental)
7. Leaden Roads
8. Titanium Wings
9. Almost A Fantasy (instrumental)

Full album information and pre-ordering link can be found at .

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-Escape Music Is Proud To Announce The Release For May 2013: Vindictiv’s CAGE OF INFINITY

Style: Metal / Rock
Release: May 10 2013

Specials: Featuring members of Therion, Treat, Zan Clan and Last Autumn’s Dream!

Artist: Vindictiv
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Hard Rock
Catalog #: ESM252
EAN: 5031281002525
Label: Escape Music
Release Date: 10. May 2013

Benelux: Bertus, Germany: H’Art, UK and Ireland: Cargo, Italy: Frontiers, Spain: Goi Music, Switzerland: Non Stop Music, Scandinavia: Sound Pollution

Track List:
1. The Chosen (3:58)
2. Cage of Infinity (4:36)
3. Down In a Black Hole (3:55)
4. Choices (3:23)
5. Astronaut (3:28)
6. Human Emergency (3:53)
7. Resistance (4:41)
8. Orphans (4:29)
9. Son Of Fate (5:05)
10. The Encounter (5:30)
11. Screaming For Answers (3:53)

Marco Sandron: Vocals
Stefan Lindholm: Guitars
Pontus Larsson: Keys
Nalley Pahlsson: Bass
Henrik Hedman: Drums

Produced by: Stefan Lindholm
Mixed and Mastered by: Lars Chriss

Featuring members of Therion, Treat, Zan Clan and Last Autumn’s Dream!

Every brilliant musician feels the need to push boundaries further: to progress and to find new challenges and outlets for his or her talents. Swedish guitarist Stefan Lindholm has now reached that defining moment in his career. As the founder and musical backbone of Vindictiv, he is responsible for some of the most exquisite examples of contemporary neoclassical metal.

However, the Gothenburgian constellation’s newest effort CAGE OF INFINITY marks a certain departure from the progressive leanings of their two previous albums, VINDICTIV (2008 ESM164) and GROUND ZEOR (2009 ESM190). This time round Vindictiv have challenged themselves to get their point across not through complexity, but through forthrightness. “I’m no longer the same person as I used to be,” says Stefan, “so now I am going for a simpler approach and it’s more in your face.” Stefan also explains “CAGE OF INFINITY definitely contains a lot of immediate hooks and choruses. At the same time, I think it just may be more metallic than previously. Possibly a tad Judas Priest-ish, but I’ll leave that for the listener to decide!!!”

It is indeed, albeit a new and exciting Vindictiv. Stefan’s guitar playing is as stellar as ever and the core of the band is intact, featuring the exceptional talents of keyboard player Pontus Larsson and bassist Nalle Påhlsson (Therion, Treat, Zan Clan, Last Autumn’s Dream). There are two new faces to the lineup: drummer Henrik Hedman is an excellent addition to the Vindictiv family tree, but the man with the biggest shoes to fill is undoubtedly the new lead singer Marco Sandron who has dared to accept the torch passed on by legendary journeyman Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, Glory, Kharma, Xsavior). Marco is the Italian ex-vocalist from multinational power metal sensations Eden’s Curse and whose vocal skills have turned an apparent suicide mission into a raging triumph. Marco’s performances on CAGE OF INFINITY are nothing short of spectacular, comparable even to the great Jørn Lande and marking the beginning of a new era. Vindictiv has turned over a new leaf, a more predominantly song-based one, without sacrificing any of their defining characteristics which include the usual blistering guitar solos and great vocal work.

So we have a new breed of “Vindictiv” and we are very sure that you will love the sound that has been created here. Certainly a band to watch for as they rise continuously upwards through the ranks of the rock music world… essential!

Escape Music

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-Raven Lord Offers Free Download Of “Perish” Track

Multinational heavy metallers Raven Lord celebrate their second anniversary. As a birthday present a gift is made to the fans and the supporters in the form of a new song called “Perish” as FREE DOWNLOAD. Raven Lord presents their very first metal ballad and thank all their friends, fans, press and supporters who gave such a great momentum after the release of their debut album DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD. The new song “Perish” can be downloaded below:

The singer of the band Csaba Zvekan comments: “I am thankful to you all who helped us the past few months to achieve such a great success. We want to give something back to our fans so we can all celebrate together. Let’s enjoy our first ballade together with a rather dramatic topic called ‘Perish.’ Thank you so much!”

The track “Perish” comes from the same production batch as DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD and is produced by Csaba Zvekan. It is mixed by Swedish metal producer Fredrik Nordstrom and mastered by Los Angeles based Maor Appelbaum.

Lyrics “Perish”

When you think you are forever
Every generation fades
On the end of your endeavour
Million miles away from home

You rise up to holy and the glorious
You rise up to be in heaven and hell

When the time has come to leave the stage
And turn the page
And perish forever
And the world keeps on turning
Forever yearning
When you say your last goodbye

Nothing ever lasts forever
Disappear in the unknown
As you think you are together
When in fact you are alone

You rise up to holy and the glorious
You rise up to be your heaven and hell

When the time has come to leave the stage
And turn the page
And perish forever
And the world keeps on turning
Forever yearning
When you say your last goodbye

Your lifelong tribulation
And your final retribution


When the time has come to leave the stage
And turn the page
And perish forever
And the world keeps on turning
Forever yearning
When you say your last goodbye

When the time has come to leave the stage
And turn the page
And perish forever
And the world keeps on turning
Forever yearning
When you say your last goodbye

Raven Lord recently got confirmed for the R-Mine Metalfest 2013 in Tongeren, Belgium followed by some shows in the Netherlands. The summer show dates shape up as follows.

22. June R-Mine Metalfest 2013, Tongeren, Belgium
28. June P3, Purmerend, Netherlands
29. June The Mix, Uithoorn, Netherlands

More shows to be announced very soon.

Raven Lord recently released their debut album, DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD worldwide via Mausoleum Records. The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (At The Gate, Arch Enemy, Nightrage, In Flames, Dream Evil, Opeth) and was mastered by US mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum (Sepultura, Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Angra, Dokken). The cover artwork was created by Brazilian artist Caio Caldas of CadiesArt, who has previously worked with Doro, Paul Di’Anno, Seven Kingdoms, Dominanz and Violet Sun among others.

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-Tainted Nation Announces New Guitarist

UK’s modern hard rockers Tainted Nation have announced the addition of guitarist Joel Peters (Fury) to the group’s ranks.

Commented Tainted Nation drummer Mark Cross: “We’d like to introduce to you and welcome Joel Peters, former guitarist of the band Fury, to the Tainted Nation family. Since we started rehearsing and playing live with the band, we realized how important a second guitar was, especially for our live performances. We had Joel along since day one, but recently invited him to become a member Joel is an extremely gifted guitar player and great singer and brings a fourth dimension to our set up. Joel will be on tour with us, check for all details. See you all soon on tour!”

Tainted Nation are:
Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse) – vocals
Mark Cross (ex Firewind, Helloween)- drums
Pontus Egberg (The Poodles) – bass
Ian Nash (Lionsheart) – guitars
Joel Peters (Fury) – guitars

Tainted Nation recently released the first video “Loser” at .

Tainted Nation – F.E.A.R. over the UK Tour 2013

19.04.13 “THE YARDBIRDS” Grimsby, UK
20.04.13 “THE DIAMOND” Mansfield, Sutton in Ashfield, UK
10.05.13 “THE VINE BAR” Workington, UK
21/22.09.13 “SKYFEST FESTIVAL” Mansfield, UK

For information on ordering the new album F.E.A.R visit and hit the merchandise tab. The band are offering a variety of packages or via the usual outlets from Massacre Records.

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-Battle Beast Unveils BATTLE BEAST Cover Artwork And Track List!

The beasts are back! After last year’s release of their brilliant debut record STEEL and highly celebrated European tours together with Nightwish and Sonata Arctica, Battle Beast — Finland’s finest in heavy metal — return with new astonishing lead vocalist Noora Louhimo and their second full-length album. Produced and mixed by the band in JKB Studios Helsinki and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios, the new record will simply be entitled BATTLE BEAST and is set for a release via Nuclear Blast on May 17, 2013.

Today, the band proudly presents the new album’s amazing cover artwork, created by Claudio Bergamin (Halford, Arjen A. Lucassen, Magica — ).

The band has uploaded a video in which lead guitarist and vocalist Anton Kabanen shares his thoughts on the artwork. Watch it at .

The track list of the ltd. BATTLE BEAST CD version reads as follows:

1. Let It Roar
2. Out Of Control
3. Out On The Streets
4. Neuromancer
5. Raven
6. Into The Heart Of Danger
7. Machine Revolution
8. Golden Age
9. Kingdom
10. Over The Top
11. Fight, Kill, Die
12. Black Ninja
13. Rain Man
Bonus track
14. Shutdown

Watch the previously posted album trailer at .

Stay tuned for further details to be revealed soon!

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-Inner Wound Recordings Is Proud To Announce The Release For May 2013: Saffire – FROM ASHES TO FIRE

Artist: Saffire
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Metal / Rock
Catalog #: IW83026
EAN: 4018996237344
Label: Inner Wound Recordings
Release Date: May 17 2013

Scandinavia: Sound Pollution, Finland: Supersounds, Germany: Cargo, UK: Cargo, Italy: Frontiers, Benelux: Bertus, France: Season Of Mist, North America: Nightmare

Track List:
1. Magnolia (4:00)
2. Kingdom Of The Blind (4:45)
3. Freedom Call (6:13)
4. End Of The World (4:25)
5. What If (3:40)
6. A Symphony Unheard (3:58)
7. Paralyzed (6:15)
8. Modus Vivendi (5:24)
9. The Betrayer’s Fate (6:14)
10. She Remains a Mystery (6:19)
11. Say Goodbye (4:28)
12. The Redemption (5:32)
13. Stormy Waters (6:06)

Tobias Jansson – Vocals
Victor Olsson – Guitars
Anton Roos – Drums
Dino Zuzic – Keyboards
Magnus Carlsson – Bass

Mixed by: Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman [At The Gates, In Flames, HammerFall]
Mastered by: Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios [Symphony X, Opeth, Kreator]
Artwork by: Anders Fästader at A Trailermade Production [H.E.A.T., Hardcore Superstar, The Poodles]

Specials: A perfect mix between ’70s and ’80s hard rock and metal, with a progressive twist. Perfect for fans of Rainbow, Dio, Whitesnake and Van Halen!

Saffire was formed in Gothenburg during 2006 by Victor Olsson and Dino Zuzic. They had played together in a funk rock band before, but now wanted to do something different and heavier. Magnus Carlsson soon joined in on bass and during the coming years they also found drummer Anton Roos and vocalist Tobias Jansson who both joined the band.

The guys started to play the Gothenburg club circuit and built a good reputation. It became known that Saffire was an excellent live band, and thanks to that their fan base kept growing. Saffire recorded three demos [released 2007, 2009 and 2011] and after the last demo they felt they had enough material to record a really strong debut album, which they did.

The debut album FROM ASHES TO FIRE was mixed by Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman [At The Gates, In Flames, HammerFall] and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios [Symphony X, Opeth, Kreator]. Needles to say, the production on FROM ASHES TO FIRE is excellent. The artwork for the album was created by Anders Fästader at A Trailermade Production [H.E.A.T., Hardcore Superstar, The Poodles].

Saffire are inspired by the ’70s and ’80s rock and metal bands like Rainbow, Dio, Whitesnake, Van Halen and Black Sabbath. The sound of Saffire can be described as a mix of those bands with a progressive twist, something that makes them stand out in the scene.

Victor Olsson’s intelligent songwriting and impressive guitar playing together with the band’s excellent musicianship and the powerful and emotional vocals from Tobias Jansson, Saffire is a dangerous five piece with an exciting future ahead of them.

Saffire is for sure a breath of fresh air into the melodic rock/metal scene, don’t miss out!

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-Dio Messiah: New Song Available For Streaming

Dio Messiah is Csaba Zvekan (Raven Lord, Exorcism) and Jay Parmar (Exorcism) playing straight up Dio songs. The idea came to play all possible Dio songs from the Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell era. A new approach of today’s recording technique with a modern style and still keep true to the original. The band presents the new song “Rock N Growl Children” and gives an idea on how the band sounds like. The song can be streamed below:

Dio Messiah is currently seeking a bass player, drummer and keyboardist to complete the band. Serious parties are asked to send a video or link of themselves playing any song to the management:

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-Soen: Track Streaming At Decibel Magazine

Debut From Progressive Super-Group To See Stateside Release This Summer

The fine folks at Decibel Magazine are hosting a stream of “Savia” from progressive metal super-group, Soen. The tune comes courtesy of the band’s COGNITIVE debut initially released digitally via Spinefarm Records last Winter. Featuring the all-star lineup of drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis, COGNITIVE was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed And Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, etc.), mastered by João Carvalho, and features ten tracks of what Lopez describes as “melodic, heavy, intricate and different.”

Dubbed “a glorious and transcendent final epic, complete with that old familiar nautical feeling that gives off a peaceful vibe,” by Metal Army America, the sophisticated offering has been raising the eyebrows of North American critics in-the-know since its preliminary release. Opines Ultimate-Guitar, “The instrumental prowess of each of the members aside, the thing that ultimately makes COGNITIVE a success is the high caliber of songwriting from beginning to end, a triumph in rhythmic and melodic interplay between all instrumentalists and vocalist Joel Ekelof… a brilliantly executed album… sure to stand up to repeated listening for a long time to come.”

Experience album closer, “Savia” courtesy of Decibel Magazine at this location:

When Lopez joined forces with DiGiorgio, Ekelöf, and Platbarzdis, it was obvious that this collaboration would not be another name-dropping, substance-deprived “super project.” The foursome paint their musical canvas with broad strokes that on first listen may appear gray and sullen, but the true power of the music lies clandestine, just a little below the monochrome surface. More than just a sum of its rather esteemed parts, Soen weave an intricate network of melody and melancholy. While Soen may sound Opethian at times, it features none of the guttural vocals and full-on death metal wall of sound of Lopez’ former group. Nothing more is needed however when Ekelöf’s somber voice, Platbarzdis’s transcendent guitar work, Lopez’ trademark drum beats and DiGiorgio’s exquisite bass lines collaborate to build a pensive tide waiting to wash over you.

COGNITIVE isn’t an instantaneously accessible album but with a bit of listening patience, can prove to be one of the most rewarding pieces of “thinking man’s metal” you will ever come across. In a world full of super-compressed albums waging the loudness war, COGNITIVE breathes with ease thanks to the warmth of Platbarzdis/Lopez production and the masterful mixing work of. Like rain on a windowpane, translucent and free of form, COGNITIVE breathes like a living entity. The colors are there, lingering within the grays. It’s just up to you to find them.

COGNITIVE will see a proper Stateside release this Summer. Further information on Soen, including official release dates, to be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

“There you have it, a band that managed to blend together two of the greatest bands of progressive music, creating their own structure on the way, adding great musicianship and technicality and, most importantly, managing to bring great songs. Tracks like ‘Canvas,’ ‘Purpose,’ and especially the closing track of the album, ‘Savia,’ are a testament that progressive music can have unconventional structure and be straightforward at the same time!” – Scene Point Blank

“This is a style of music that we need more of. This is an album that’s a great listen with no weak songs on it.” – No Clean Sinnging

“For a debut album, this is really something to behold. The production is even, the music thematic and smart, and the musicians eager to share every second with the other. Most remarkable is that Soen simply appear to be on the exact same page.” – The Metal Observer

“…a fantastic record, and these talented musicians pull off this sound with proficiency. We could all use a melancholic and intelligent rock record that is equal parts melodic and progressive.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“…a pretty damn great record.” – AngryMetalGuy

“Simply put, this album kicks ass.” – Bloody Disgusting

“…COGNITIVE finds Soen head and shoulders above their peers in terms of musicianship and song craft.” – Sputnik Music

“There is much more on Soen’s debut release than a first casual listener observes. Yes, at first they do sound a little like Tool but as you immerse yourself into their world there are a myriad of different influences that help give them an awesome modern prog/metal sound.” – Sludge Factory

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-Napalm Records News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

Heidevolk To Begin First North American Tour This Week, Alongside Ensiferum, Tyr

Critically acclaimed Dutch pagan metallers Heidevolk will embark upon their first North American tour starting later this week! Touring alongside the esteemed Ensiferum and former label mates Tyr as well as hot newcomers Trollfest and Helsott, Napalm recording artists Heidevolk will proudly take part in Paganfest America Part IV, which will roll through 21 cities across the United States and Canada. Presented by Rock The Nation America, the Paganfest America Part IV tour will be hitting the following cities/venues:

3/30 – Denver, CO @ The Summit
4/1 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
4/2 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
4/3 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/4 – Reno, NV @ The Alley
4/5 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
4/6 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/7 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
4/9 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
4/10 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
4/11 – Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret
4/12 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/13 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
4/14 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
4/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Note
4/17 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/18 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
4/19 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre
4/20 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium (NE Metalfest)
4/21 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

A statement from Heidevolk to their North American fans reads: “Pagan brotherhood of Vinland, your shores beckon! We are preparing to cross the mighty waves of Aegir’s realm to pay you a visit! Once there, our heathen legion will join forces with the tribes of Ensiferum, Tyr, Trollfest, and Helsott to form a horde of unsurpassed power! Hail the gods, hail to Vinland! See you at Paganfest America!”

Heidevolk’s BATAVI was released by Napalm Records in North America last March. For more info, consult , , , and .

Venomous Maximus Signs With Napalm Records, Prepares Summer Release

Today, Napalm Records announces the signing of Texan doom occultists Venomous Maximus. The label will be releasing the band’s debut album, BEG UPON THE LIGHT, worldwide this summer, with their first new album for Napalm slated for 2014. Says vocalist/guitarist Greg Higgins, “We are pleased to announce that we’ve signed with Napalm Records. They are going to release BEG UPON THE LIGHT this summer and another new full-length we are working on in 2014. All of this comes to a surprise, because this project was meant to be something that no one would ever hear about. So as time went on and we started to be successful, we always agreed to do everything ourselves, to keep it our way. The only way we were ever going to work with anyone was if we knew they were dedicated to worship the past as we were. Now that we are here with Napalm, we will continue to create this hidden message. But with their help, they will be revealing this to the masses, and we are okay with that now. Because of the records we first created only for ourselves will be released with everything we dreamed from the beginning, destiny has come for us to work with Napalm Records. Our hearts are in Texas but our souls come from Europe. Now having a family in Europe that takes care of the land where we arose, our spirits fly, where we are able to focus on the beautiful.”

Adds Sebastian Muench, A&R for Napalm Records, “Sometimes, very seldom, you get the chance to discover a band that brings back the same feelings you first had when you listened as a teenager for the first time to Metallica’s RIDE THE LIGHTNING or Black Sabbath’s PARANOID — you just know you’ve found something very magical and you are hooked for life. Venomous Maximus is such a band, and and we are thrilled, excited, and tremendously honored to call them part of the Napalm family.”

In the meantime, the video for Venomous Maximus’ “Path Of Doom” (from BEG UPON THE LIGHT) can be viewed at .

The North American release date for BEG UPON THE LIGHT shall be announced shortly. For more info on Venomous Maximus, please consult , , and .

Deadlock Signs With Napalm Records

We are proud, that the German Metalheads from Deadlock will release their predecessor for BIZARRO WORLD via Napalm Records! With albums like EARTH.REVOLT, WOLVES, MANIFESTO and BIZARRO WORLD, Deadlock is known as one of the best and most successful bands in the Metalcore Genre! The band is currently working in the studio to create a new Metalcore Masterpiece!

“Dear friends and supporters, we found a new home and entering a new chapter of Deadlock. We are thrilled to announce, that we’ve got signed by the mighty Metal-Powerhouse Napalm Records to release our new album. Since Napalm started in 1992, they have proven to be a high demanded record label and it’s an honor for us to be on a roster amongst many other great bands. We couldn’t be more excited to start working with the guys and unleash the best and most intense record Deadlock did so far. Love, DL”

Tour dates:
06.07. Sunstormfestival, Nordheim
27.07. Traffic Jam, Dieburg
30.08. Hellskitchen Festival, Velburg
more dates coming soon!


Russkaja – “Energia” Clip

The Russian Turbo Polka Metal missile Russkaja releases their newest clip for “Energia,” at .

Feel free to pre-order the album ENERGIA! Just click on the link below!

Legion Of The Damned Studio Update

Hereby we would like to start showing you our new album cover in a countdown jigsaw puzzle. The album will be entitled RAVENOUS PLAGUE and is set to be released on July 26 on Napalm Records.

The band is genuinely proud to announce that composer and mastermind Jo Blankenburg has written a piece for this album as well, exclusively for Legion Of The Damned.

Jo Blankenburg is a German composer based in Los Angeles. He writes music for film and motion picture advertising. Some of his most popular tracks have been used in the advertising campaigns of “The Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows,” “X-Men: First Class,” and “How To Train Your Dragon,” among many others.

If you are into soundtrack and trailer music, we highly recom mend you to check out his album ELYSIUM! ( )

The band is on schedule in the studio with finishing the bass tracks, vocals are on the planning next week.

Tour Dates:

23.05.2013 – ExtremeFest
20.06.2013 – Clube Atlantico De Olinda – Recife – Brasil
21.06.2013 – Yankee Bar – Curitiba – Brasil
22.06.2013 – Via Marques – Sao Paulo – Brasil
23.06.2013 – Groove – Buenos Aires – Argentina
25.06.2013 – Bar Oxido – Santiago – Chile
21.07.2013 – 27.07.2013 – Metaldays
02.08.2013 – Wacken open air
08.08.2013 – Party San open air
29.08.2013 – 31.08.2013 Queens of metal open air

Official Website

Exclusive Gloryhammer Pre-Listening On The Napalm App!

Get the Napalm smart phone App for free — and listen EXCLUSIVELY to the new and unreleased track “Quest For The Hammer Of Glory” — at .


“Angus McFife” Video:

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-Nightbitch: New Track Streaming At Decibel Magazine; Live Takeovers Announced

In anticipation of its impending unveiling, Decibel Magazine is currently hosting a stream of “Chainmaker” from Connecticut occult metal conjurors Nightbitch! The tune comes by way of the band’s three-song CHAINMAKER 12″. Set for release on March 26, 2013 via Ear One Productions, CHAINMAKER serves as a precursor to the band’s upcoming full-length.

Elaborates Decibel: “Any song that kicks off with a full-blast Danzig riff followed by the line, ‘Down in the workshop, baby, all dressed in black…’ is total tits in our book. Somehow, Connecticut wolf-runners Nightbitch suspected this all along and wrote ‘Chainmaker’ just for us. And, okay, the other handful of Danzig fans who have a sense of humor. (Danzig not included, obviously.) Their new 12″ single… is named after the song, and also includes smoking-hot stripper jam ‘Disrober’ and a cover of Deep Purple’s ‘Into The Fire.'”

Rock the bone metal at this location where you’ll also find a candid conversation with guitarist Ryan “His Emissary” Adams, who further details the band’s mission of “wicked women, unholy passions, and fire nights:”

Additionally, the molten metal trio will celebrate the release of CHAINMAKER with a short run of live rituals including a special record release show tomorrow in Wallington, Connecticut alongside Magic Circle and Thrillhouse, the honor of opening for NWOBHM legends Diamond Head in April on their smallest, most intimate show in 15+ years (only 100 tickets available!) and a slot on this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore Fest pre-party with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

Nightbitch Live Ceremonies:
3/23/2013 – Cherry St. Station – Wallingford, CT – CHAINMAKER Record Release Party w/ Magic Circle, Thrillhouse
4/14/2013 – Dewey’s Pub – Seymour, CT w/ Diamond Head (Smallest show in 15+ years; Only 100 tickets available!) & Cauldron
4/18/2013 – New England Metal And Hardcore Fest Pre-Party @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ The Acacia Strain, Revocation, A Life Once Lost, Fit For An Autopsy, The Greenery, To The Wind, Abiotic, & Surrounded By Teeth
5/2/2013 – Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA – Metal Thursday 7th Anniversary Party w/ Abnormality, Thrillhouse, & Engorged
7/28/2013 – Something Bloody Metal Fest @ Dusk – Providence, RI

CHAINMAKER will be released as a one-sided vinyl 12″ in a limited quantity of 250 and available digitally via iTunes and BandCamp:

Nightbitch formed in the Summer of 2009 when Ipsissimus guitarist Ryan “His Emissary” Adams sought an outlet to reconcile his late-bloomer discovery of Ritchie Blackmore’s majestic emanations with his obsession for sleazy ’70s occult/exploitation films and plagiarized Danzig riffs. Adams soon hooked up with celebrated doom metal vocalist Phil Swanson (Hour Of 13, Seamount, Vestal Claret and many more) through mutual friend Bill Connnolly (whose No Visible Scars label would expose the world to Nightbitch via the SEX AND MAGIC cassette). The band was quickly rounded out by the formidable rhythm section of longtime friends and veteran CT musicians Chris Taylor (Kingdom Of Sorrow) and Mark Else (De Omega) on drums and bass, respectively.

In September 2010, after gigs opening for such heavyweights as Pentagram, Black Pyramid, Earthride and Midnight, Nightbitch traveled to Dublin, Ireland as the back-up band for Hour Of 13’s live debut at the Dublin Doom Day, playing its own gig as a part of the warm-up festivities. The band brought with it the SEX AND MAGIC cassette, which would sell out of all 100 copies within a month of its release. Upon returning from Dublin, Nightbitch and Swanson amicably parted ways and Taylor assumed vocal duties. In December, Cyclopean Records issued SEX AND MAGIC on vinyl limited to 350 copies, which also sold out in one month’s time. Analog formats exhausted, SEX AND MAGIC has since entered the digital realm via Austria’s Psychedoomelic Records, where it counts the godly Reverend Bizarre among its label mates. With Taylor at the helm, Nightbitch has composed eleven infernal odes to comprise its full-length debut and is set to release the CHAINMAKER EP to showcase the depravity to follow.

“Nightbitch have garnered an identity of their own perhaps because of the sleaze element, something which not a lot of bands go for these days, not successfully anyway. Nightbitch’s musical style, artwork, lyrics, and song titles very cohesively bring forth this element… Nightbitch’s CHAINMAKER is a fantastic offering for all fans of heavy music. Highly recommended!” – Metal Assault

“…you cannot listen to CHAINMAKER only one time, so get your hands on this one when you can.” – Wicked Channel

“The biggest and only problem I have with the CHAINMAKER EP, which will likely be a lot of people’s main gripe is that, well, it’s just too damn short! I want more Nightbitch and I want it soon. Until then, I’ll have this on regular rotation. The Walking Dude gives Nightbitch’s CHAINMAKER two opposable thumbs up.” – The Walking Dude

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-Iron Tongue: Arkansas Southern Rock Miscreants Join Neurot Recordings; Album Details Revealed

Neurot Recordings is pleased to release the debut from Arkansas southern rock collective Iron Tongue! Fronted by Chris “CT” Terry, the founding front man of sludge legion Rwake, Iron Tongue formed when a group of veteran players with diverse musical backgrounds found a common interest in the need to get down and dirty and way, way gone.

Churning a soulful blend of girthy, heavily amped, blues-based rock, Iron Tongue aren’t singing of magical moonlit escapades. The band offer up songs of pain, regret and heartache that recall everything from the proto-metal stomp of Blue Cheer and Grand Funk to the darkest hours of Kiss, Deep Purple, Buddy Guy and ‘Skynyrd. Having spent over three years performing steadily throughout the South, Iron Tongue has traversed the Midwest and East Coast with Memphis kindred spirits The Dirty Streets, in addition to sharing bills with the likes of Black Tusk, Scott Kelly, The Sword, High On Fire, Crowbar, The Body, Lita Ford and fellow Arkansans Pallbearer. A split 7″ with The Dirty Streets, featuring a ballsy version of Kiss’ “Two Timer,” served as a precursor to the creation their debut full-length for Neurot.

Entitled THE DOGS HAVE BARKED, THE BIRDS HAVE FLOWN, the seven-track offering was recorded and produced by soundsmith Billy Anderson (Melvins, Sleep, Neurosis, etc.) at Iron Tongue guitarist Jason Tedford’s Wolfman Studios. Called “a solid slab of balls to the wall shameless rock, with a power and an edge and soul that rarely exists in music today,” by Neurosis’ Steve Von Till, THE DOGS HAVE BARKED, THE BIRDS HAVE FLOWN is set for release via Neurot Recordings on May 27 in Europe and May 28 in North America.

Comments drummer Stan James of joining the Neurot family: “Iron Tongue is excited and honored to be a part of the Neurot team! We are looking forward to working hard every step of the way and we are committed to making music that everyone will be proud of.”

1. Ever After
2. Witchery
3. Skeleton
4. Moon Unit
5. Lioness
6. Seven Days
7. Said ‘n’ Done

Iron Tongue:
Jason Tedford – Guitar
Mark Chiaro – Guitar
Andy Warr – Bass
Stan James – Drums
CT – Vocals
Stephanie Smittle – Backing Vocals

Further info on Iron Tongue, including tour dates, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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-Prog Rockers Fen Announce FREE T-Shirt Giveaway! Time To Make Room For New Merch!

Vancouver progressive rockers Fen have announced they will be giving away FREE band T-shirts to make room for new merchandise as they encourage their fans to share their tunes and increase their social media presence.

The band has commented the following:

“Dear Grumps,

“We’re clearing out our merch closet and using it as a shameless excuse to pull a few more listeners out of the woodwork. We’ll give away 10 T-shirts if we reach 1,000 Likes on our Facebook page: . After that, we’ll give away five shirts for every additional 500 likes until supplies are gone. The selection will be made on April 12.

“And how will we make the crucial decision of who gets the shirts?

“We’re still sorting that part out. We’re considering a kind of ritualistic monkey dance that will involve the four of us uprooting house plants then hurling our feces at the computer monitor. Whichever names get covered up on our Facebook page, we’ll contact those people and mail the shirts to their homes.

“Shamlessly yours,
“Doug, Jeff, Sam & Nando”

In additional news, Fen recently released their latest music video “A Long Line Final” from their fifth and latest album OF LOSING INTEREST, released last summer via indie label Ripple Music ( ) to follow up their fourth release TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM.

“A Long Line” video:

“Miracle” video:

Their heaviest and most technical album to date, OF LOSING INTEREST is an album that revisits the band’s harder edged metallic past while retaining the melodic sensibilities that made TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM so alluring. Co-Produced by Mike Southworth, his fourth with the band, OF LOSING INTEREST is a contrast of technical virtuosity layered against warm low end organics.

OF LOSING INTEREST audio stream:

TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM audio stream:

OF LOSING INTEREST track listing:
1. Riddled (3:55)
2. Of Losing Interest (4:59)
3. Nice For Three Days (4:04)
4. A Long Line (4:43)
5. The Glove (3:23)
6. Drunken Relief (4:26)
7. Light Up The End (3:34)
8. Pilot Plant (6:03)
9. Snake Path (3:17)

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-Jann Klose’s New Album MOSAIC Spring 2013

Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter In Jeff Buckley Biopic, “Greetings From Tim Buckley” Releases New Album, June 7, 2013

Jann Klose’s new album MOSAIC, due June 7, 2013 can easily be called a sonic, lyrical and emotional mosaic from an artist, who is known as one with multi-cultural roots and an equally widely-faceted career and a voice that Public Radio’s Barb Heller says, “could sing the phonebook.”

“Greetings From Tim Buckley” director Dan Algrant realized that when he hired Jann as a featured vocalist and guitarist in the Jeff Buckley biopic that stars Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots. The movie will be released April 16, 2013 by Tribeca Film / Focus World. Recently Entertainment Tonight Online interviewed Jann about the film.

Jann’s album MOSAIC follows the indie success of REVERIE (2008) and SACRIFICE EP (2010) and the music video for “Doing Time.” Produced by Grammy winner James Frazee (Esperanza Spalding, Blondie, My Morning Jacket) and David Bendeth (Paramore, Bruce Hornsby, Elvis Presley) MOSAIC was recorded between Fall 2011 and Winter of 2012/13. Double Grammy-winner Warren Russell-Smith mastered MOSAIC.

MOSAIC’s songs tackle personal and topical subjects and bring together a variety of instruments, musical and lyrical styles from street influences of reggae and punk to calypso, to classic rock, and the folk and Afro-beat that has addicted fans of all ages to Jann’s music. Songs include Jann’s originals “Still,” “Make It Better,” “Four Leaf Clover,” “On And On,” “Falling Tears,” and a playful duet “Beautiful One” with Rounder Records’ Carrie Newcomer. The album ends with a stunning a cappella cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren.” Jann’s band The Edukators — Chris Marolf on bass and banjo, drummers Rob Mitzner and Patrick Carmichael, keyboardist/accordionist Lars Potteiger, and violinist Leah Potteiger — worked on the album and contributed to the arrangements. Other featured guests include guitarists Florian Opahle (Ian Anderson, Greg Lake) and David Bendeth, flautist Tia Roper and oboist Megan Marolf (Phillip Glass, Roger Waters).

Jann’s been as comfortable performing with pop and folk singer-songwriters from The Voice’s Rebecca Loebe and Brett Dennen to Suzanne Vega and Pete Seeger, as he has with jam bands including his friends in Rusted Root and songwriting partner Gary Lucas. He’s performed with acts rooted in jazz and blues such as Vonda Shepard, Michael Kaeshammer and the late Les Paul, and classical rockers Renaissance (both with Annie Haslam and the group’s co-founder Jim McCarty, also of The Yardbirds). Critics have placed him in the chamber pop as well as the singer-songwriter genres, and Jann welcomes their varied reflections, “There are no limits when it comes to making music. I’m defined by who I am and what I do, not how some marketing executive pigeonholes me. It’s melodic, lyrical, and rhythmic music. Music is about what the listener hears.”

Born in Germany, raised in Kenya, South Africa, and Hamburg, Jann came to the States as an exchange student in Cleveland, and performed in a wide range of musical projects including the Cleveland Opera Chorus, touring productions of Broadway shows (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “Jesus Christ Superstar”) as well as portraying The Pinball Wizard in The Who’s “Tommy” before he started his band.

Jann’s music is heard on the Grammy-nominated HEALTHY FOOD FOR THOUGHT, on “MTV Cribs,” and the movie “Dead Broke” (Warner Bros.) featuring Paul Sorvino. He maintains a steady touring schedule of about 75-100 shows a year in the US, Europe and Asia.


March 23: TRINITY UMC for Epilepsy Awareness w/ Gary Hoey, Jeffrey Gaines, Ewing, NJ
May 17: OUTPOST IN THE ‘BURBS, Montclair, NJ
June 1: TBA, w/ David Wilcox, Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Niagara Falls, Ontario
June 8: PETERS PLAYERS w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Gravenhurst, Ontario
June 13: THE BOP SHOP w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Rochester, NY
June 14: TBA, Woodstock, NY w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Woodstock, NY
June 16: CLUB PASSIM w/ Jim McCarty John Hawken, Boston, NY
June 23: TBA, w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, special guest, near Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 3: TBA w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Twickenham, UK

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-Kadavar: Second Part Of Track-By-Track Commentaries / Tour Dates Announced!

Today, Berlin-based classic/psychedelic hard rock trio Kadavar presents the second part of the track-by-track commentaries for its upcoming second studio album ABRA KADAVAR, to be released via Nuclear Blast on April 12.

Let vocalist/guitarist Lupus Lindemann and drummer Tiger provide you with background information:

5. Dust
“I came up with the idea for this song while strolling through Berlin, when I suddenly looked into the hollow eyes of a man who was loitering at a supermarket near our studio. He’s hanging around there with his friends every day, drowning his sorrow in alcohol. At this sight I was wondering what he was waiting for and if there were any prospects left for him — or if he just wanted to return to the dust he’d once emerged from…” (Lupus Lindemann)

6. Fire
“Our first true love song. When the riff struck my mind, I first imagined the song to sound like an early Stooges tune. However, once the track was finished, there was not much left of this.” (Tiger)

7. Liquid Dream
“This song’s about the trips we experienced during the past year. It’s hard to find the right people for it, but once you’ve found them, one can leave this world and dive into more exciting and colorful spheres together — far away from the grey city.” (Lupus Lindemann)

8. Rhythm For Endless Minds
“Krautrock is still a major influence for us. This track sounds different than a typical song of Amon Duul or Can, but then again, what’s typical Krautrock anyway?” (Tiger)

9. Abra Kadabra
“That’s what it sounds like when we don’t plan in advance what to record. First the rhythms for bass and guitar emerged. Afterwards we set up guitars, percussion, synthesizers etc. and just got started!” (Tiger)

Experience the magic of Kadavar’s soundscapes live on stage on one of the following occasions:

12.04. D Stuttgart – Keller Club
13.04. F Lyon – Stone Rising Festival
14.04. F Paris – La Maroquinerie
15.04. F Nantes – Le Ferrailleur
16.04. F Angers – Le Chabada Club
17.04. F Belfort – Impetus Festival
19.04. NL Tilburg – Roadburn Festival
26.04. UK London – Desertfest
27.04. D Berlin – Desertfest
30.04. E Barcelona – Razzmatazz 3

01.05. E Zaragoza – Rockinhouse
02.05. E Madrid – El Sol
03.05. E Gijon – Acapulco Centro
04.05. E San Sebastian – Cultural Larratxo
05.05. DK Copenhagen – Heavy Days In Doomtown
07.05. D Leipzig – UT Connewitz
08.05. D Dresden – Groovestation
09.05. D Bremen – Lila Eule
10.05. D Kiel – Pumpe
11.05. D Hamburg – Klubsen
12.05. D Düsseldorf – Stahlwerk
13.05. D Nürnberg – Zentralcafé
14.05. D Munich – Backstage
15.05. D Frankfurt – Das Bett
16.05. D Köln – Underground
17.05. B Brussels – Magasin 4
18.05. NL Rotterdam – Rotown
19.05. NL Nijmegen – Doornroosje
31.05. D Mannheim – Maifeld Derby

01.06. D Creuzburg/Eisenach – Fun Rock Festival
05.06. HR Zadar – Burning Sea Festival
07.06. D Ellerdorf – Wilwarin Festival
21.06. D St. Goarshausen – Metalfest Loreley

12.07. LT Anyksciai – Devilstone Fest
13.07. D Hannover – BootBooHook
18.07. N Trømsø – Bukta Festival
20.07. D Breitenbach – Burg Herzberg Festival

02.08. D Beelen – Krach am Bach
03.08. D Schierling – Labertal Festival
10.08. A Döbriach – Sauzipf Rocks Festival
17.08. D Plattenburg – Aquamaria Festival
24.08. P Moledo – Sonicblast

Also check out “Doomsday Machine,” the first single of ABRA KADAVAR, at .

ABRA KADAVAR will be available as a limited digi version including bonus track as well in different vinyl versions. Pre-order your copy at .

Kadavar are:
Lupus Lindemann – vocals & guitar
Mammut – bass
Tiger – drums

-Check out About Heavy Metal’s list of “Best German Heavy Metal Bands” at .

-The special edition of Anthrax’s WORSHIP MUSIC, with the bonus ANTHEMS EP, is out now. Check out a 3.5 minute video featuring song snippets and band commentary at . ANTHEMS is also available separately on CD and vinyl via Nuclear Blast mail order at . ITunes has the complete special edition at and ANTHEMS separately at . ANTHEMS track list: “Anthem” (Rush), “T.N.T.” (AC/DC), “Smokin'” (Boston), “Keep On Runnin'” (Journey), “Big Eyes” (Cheap Trick), “Jailbreak” (Thin Lizzy), “Crawl,” “Crawl” (re-mix). Check out viral videos for “T.N.T.,” “Anthem,” and “Jailbreak” at , , and , respectively. Anthrax will be on tour as follows:

5/10 – Teatro Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
5/12 – El Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5/15 – HSBC, Sao Paulo, Brazil
5/17 – Hell & Heaven @ Sala De Armas, Mexico City, Mexico
5/18 – Hell & Heaven Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico
8/2 – Woodstock, Przystanek, Poland
8/3 – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
8/11 – Bloodstock, Derbyshire, UK
8/17 – Open Air Festival, Hamburg, Germany
8/18 – X Rockfest, Herford, Germany

See for more.

-Avantasia’s new single for “Sleepwalking,” from the upcoming THE MYSTERY OF TIME, is out now digitally; see for ordering info and check out the video at . Hype: “The video was shot in a magical forest in Germany on a snowy winter’s night. Tobias [Sammet] comments: ‘It was far below freezing. And there we were, standing in the snow storm for hours, walking through a haunted forest. It felt a bit like “Sleepy Hollow” meets “Brothers Grimm,” but the pictures that came out were really great and compensated for the torture.'” See for more.

-Black Star Riders — featuring Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Marco Mendoza, and Jimmy DeGrasso — have their first single, “Bound For Glory,” out now on iTunes at . Check out a “24-minute compilation of behind-the-scenes video reports from the band’s studio time in Los Angeles” at . The debut album ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE is due out May 24 through Nuclear Blast. Upcoming festival dates:

6/1 – Hi Rock Festival, Inzell, Germany
6/2 – Hi Rock Festival, St. Goarshausen, Germany
6/8 – Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, Sweden
11/29 – Hard Rock Hell, N. Wales, UK

See for more.

-Dust Bolt’s new video for “Toxic Attack” premiered on MSN Entertainment. Hype: “Hailed by Metal Hammer as ‘neck-snapping fun’ and recommended by MSN Entertainment ‘if you’re into excellent thrash metal that honors its roots rather than sound like a limp imitation,’ Dust Bolt demonstrate with VIOLENT DEMOLITION that they are hungry, bursting with energy and highly explosive! The love for Bay Area thrash metal is evident in the songs of the German quartet, but the use of modern elements gives their sound a highly unique character. The band even corralled Sepultura’s Derrick Green to participate on the track ‘Deviance’ for the perfect finishing touch, with Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste) providing the fitting artwork.” Check out the video at .

-Eden’s Curse has a new video diary from the studio sessions for its upcoming fourth album. The nine-minute video features “bassist Paul Logue in his home studio in Scotland recording the bass tracks for the brand new album and in particular the new track called ‘Evil & Divine.'” Check it out at . The 14-track album will feature the band’s new singer, will be mixed by Dennis Ward, and will include the songs “Evil & Divine,” “Break The Silence,” “Unbreakable,” “Great Unknown,” and “Devil In Disguise.” See and for more.

-Check out a preview of Escape’s BORDERLINE (Z Records) at .

-Graveyard bassist Rikard Edlund has returned, after a stint in rehab. He rejoins band mates Joakim Nilsson (vocals, guitar), Jonatan Ramm (guitar), and Axel Sjöberg (drums, percussion). Live dates are being planned. See for more.

-There are new interviews with Heaven & Earth guitarist Stuart Smith at and .

-Bill Leverty recently did an interview with Guitar World magazine; check it out at .

-Lost Society’s new video for “Trash All Over You” is online now at . See for more. now has available the band’s final Australian Soundwave Festival show, from March 4 in Perth. Track list: “Hit The Lights,” “Master Of Puppets,” “Ride The Lightning,” “Harvester Of Sorrow,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Through The Never,” “Of Wolf And Man,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Fade To Black,” “The Memory Remains,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo #2, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Creeping Death,” “Metal Militia,” “Seek And Destroy.”

-Queensryche’s new song “Redemption” is online at . [Note: This is the Todd La Torre-fronted version of the band! – Tim) A new album is due out through Century Media on June 10 in the EU and June 11 in the US. See for more.

-The Rock Against MS benefit scheduled for March 27 at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, CA, has added Rick Springfield to the lineup. See for ticket info.

-Swirl — featuring Alfred Ramirez on vocals, DT Jones on guitar, Shane Carlson on bass, and Brian “Bam Bam” Jones on drums — is back with five new songs: “Fourth Of July,” “Spell,” “Rise Up,” “We Are Alive,” “Message.” The band has asked fans to check out samples of each at , and vote (via posting a comment) for the one the want most to be posted in its entirety. See for more.

Thanks to Jeb Wright, Duane T. Jones, Axel Wiesenauer, Nathan Birk, Chad Bowar, Thomas S. Orwat, Jr., Jodie Wilson, and VQ PR for help gathering some of this information.

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