Detritus Issue #660

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Issue #660
Week of February 10, 2014

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Tim Wadzinski, Owner

Steve Shumake, Co-owner

-So, really… Can we cease and desist on this cold weather??? – Tim

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-Black Star Riders Announce Plans For Second Studio Album

2013 was a fantastic year for Black Star Riders. It saw the release of their fan and critically acclaimed debut album, ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE. The album charted well all over the world and the hot single “Bound For Glory” appeared on the tops of many year end best-of lists from outlets all over the world!

The band toured throughout Europe and Scandinavia, bringing their raw edged sound to thousands of fans. The energy has been intoxicating! Now it is time for the guys to continue with this momentum and create a follow-up album. Scott Gorham sums it up, “The fan response has been better then we could have hoped. I haven’t had this much fun in years!”

When it comes to the team behind the soundboard, Black Star Riders decided to change things up this time around. Taking over the production reins will be Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott. Adding to the dream team will be long time Leppard sound guru Ronan McHugh. Ricky Warwick chimes in on the reason Joe was tapped for this album. “Joe Elliott’s passion, enthusiasm for music, as a fan, artist, and friend is unquestionable and Ronan McHugh is a phenomenal engineer. Personally having worked with these guys before, it was a no-brainer when they said they would like to produce the new BSR album. We are confident that this will be a huge leap forward in the evolution of BSR.”

Joe Elliott adds, “Having worked with Scott on the Thin Lizzy re-mixes a few years ago and having produced Ricky’s first two solo albums, I’m looking forward to taking our musical journey together even further. We’re aiming to make a serious leap forward with the next album and I’m proud to be able to contribute to the next chapter in the BSR story.”

Black Star Riders are set to enter the studio in Dublin, Ireland in October 2014 to start recording their follow-up release. Damon Johnson adds “We are all excited about working with Joe, he is like part of the family. And recording this album in Ireland is a special treat for us.”

The new, as yet untitled, album will be released in the spring of 2015 through Nuclear Blast — the label behind acts such as Anthrax, Nightwish, and Meshuggah.

Black Star Riders are one of the first bands signed by Monte Conner — the former Roadrunner A&R guru who has signed acts such as Slipknot, Machine Head, Sepultura, and Rush. Conner recently joined Nuclear Blast as the president of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, a new US partnership he co-founded with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger.

Ricky Warwick (Vocals)
Scott Gorham (Guitar)
Damon Johnson (Guitar)
Marco Mendoza (Bass)
Jimmy DeGrasso (Drums)

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-Edguy Release Cover Artwork, Announce European Tour

On April 18th Edguy’s 10th studio album SPACE POLICE – DEFENDERS OF THE CROWN will hit the stores worldwide, followed by a world tour starting in September.

The band have just released the cover artwork for this upcoming album.

Last Saturday several journalists had the chance to listen to an un-mastered version of the new album and the reaction was overwhelming:

“Consistent and yet consistently different — Edguy defend the crown in German Metal with the greatest of ease… and as always: tongue in cheek”

“Amazing, heavy album. Reminds of the first albums with an advanced touch. Very good!”

The tour management has just confirmed the kick off date for the European “Space Police Tour” on September 19th. In Hamburg, Germany Edguy will headline the Hamburg Metal Dayz.

As said the show will mark the kick off to the band’s first full-fledged headlining European tour after the successful Age Of The Joker Tour 2011.

The Metal Dayz will be the band’s only festival show in Germany, further tour dates will be announced soon.

Stay tuned for more information!

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-Y&T / Meniketti Update

[Note: This is from the band’s February 2014 newsletter. – Tim]

A huge thank you to all the wonderful Japanese fans who came out in droves to Y&T’s four shows in Japan. It was a great way to start the year! Now the boys of Y&T are amped to hit the road for the upcoming US tour in this special 40th anniversary year… looking forward to seeing you out there.

Home Sweet Home

Facebook & Twitter are cool and all, but if you want the down & dirty on Y&T tour dates, head on over to Y&T’s newly revamped web site. Check out the tour dates and surf around the site for much more.

Y&T At The Historic Fillmore… 40 Years And Counting

On Saturday, March 8, Y&T plays San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore. Don’t miss this special 40-year anniversary show on Y&T’s home turf.

Cool news… Ron Keel opens! Look forward to an awesome night!

Fly The Colors

Celebrate Y&T’s 40-year anniversary in style with our brand new design — drop by our web store and scope out this hot shirt. While you’re there, take a look at our long sleeve shirts and awesome new hoodies to help keep you warm during the winter blues. Many items are available exclusively in the Y&T web store. Visit us online:

Monsters Of Rock — Sold Out

Very exciting that the 2014 Monsters Of Rock Cruise from Miami (brand new ship!) to Monster Island and Nassau, Bahamas is sold out. For those of you who have tickets, Y&T look forward to rockin’ out with you and the many other acts on board, such as Cinderella, Ratt, Kix, Tesla, Winger, FireHouse, Slaughter, Jake E. Lee, Loudness, Doro, Mike Tramp, Great White, Quiet Riot, London Quireboys, Winery Dogs, Faster Pussycat, Femme Fatale, Ron Keel, Rough Cutt, Tyketto, Love/Hate, and more.

Y&T Shows

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

Stay tuned! Many more 2014 tour dates to come!

February 28 ~ Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre (all ages)
March 1 ~ San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Co
March 8 ~ San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (all ages)
March 14 ~ Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
March 15 ~ Tempe, AZ – 93.3 KDKB’s Mike Gaube’s HEADBANGERS 3-Year Anniversary Show outside @ 910 Live
March 19 ~ Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon Room
March 20 ~ Dallas, TX – Trees
March 21~ San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
March 22 ~ Houston, TX – Concert Pub North
March 29 – April 2 ~ Monsters of Rock Cruise — Sold Out
April 4 ~ Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
April 5 ~ New York, NY – Stage 48
April 6 ~ Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall — Sold Out
April 7 ~ Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
April 8 ~ Cranston, RI – 1150 Oak Bar & Grill
April 11 ~ Etobicoke, Canada – The Rockpile West
April 12 ~ Toronto, Canada – The Rockpile East
April 13 ~ Akron, NY – Braun’s Concert Cove
April 16 ~ Pittsburgh, PA – Deadhorse Cantina & Music Hall
April 17 ~ Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Agora
April 18 ~ Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
April 19 ~ Bolingbrook, IL – Tailgaters
April 21 ~ Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
April 22 ~ Minneapolis, MN – The Belmore / New Skyway Lounge
April 25 ~ Lakewood, CO – Eck’s Saloon
May 8 ~ Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club
May 9 ~ San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House
May 10 ~ Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke

June 7 ~ Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
October 9 ~ Madrid, Spain – Shoko Live
October 10 ~ Bilbao, Spain – Cafe Antzokia
October 11 ~ Calella, Spain – Calella Rockfest
October 12 ~ Seville, Spain – Sala Custom

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

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

Thanks for your support!


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-Sweden Rock Festival: Billy Idol And Two More Bands Confirmed!


At SRF 2010 the rain took away some of the fun. That’s another reason to attend Billy Idol’s performance on SRF this year as well. Besides, obviously, to enjoy once more the outstanding hit collection that the legendary Brit, né William Broad, has gathered. Billy Idol was first discovered by his countrymen as a member of Generation X. In 1981 he moved to New York, joined forces with master guitarist Steve Stevens — and a brilliant solo career took off. “White Wedding,” “Dancing With Myself” (originally by Generation X), “Rebel Yell,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “To Be A Lover,” “Cradle Of Love,” and more classic songs turned the rebellious singer wearing his love of punk, pop, and glam on his sleeve, into one of the biggest rock stars of the ’80s. At present he’s working on his eighth studio album, while his old hits remain as beloved as ever.


Black Stone Cherry from Kentucky is arguably the most successful band in the younger generation of Southern rockers. They also rank among the genre’s bringers of renewal. Apart from the traditional ingredients, they have also experimented with the addition of stoner rock and contemporary radio rock. Since 2006, Black Stone Cherry has released three studio albums and the fourth, MAGIC MOUNTAIN, will be released in May. In the US, eight of their singles have charted so far and their star is steadily on the rise in Europe as well. Not least in the UK and — lest we forget — Sweden.


Pain Of Salvation is one of the most important bands on Sweden’s progressive rock scene. Since their 1997 debut they have released eight studio albums, each a concept record and each musically different to all the others. The common feature is, in short, the band’s and specifically front man/band leader Daniel Gildenlöw’s love of music in all forms. As a result, Pain Of Salvation have gained admirers both among traditional progressive rockers and prog metal fans. They even left their mark with “ordinary” listeners, when the ballad “Road Salt” performed admirably in Sweden’s national final for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.

Sweden Rock Festival 4-7 June 2014: Confirmed bands:

Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, W.A.S.P., Alter Bridge, Megadeth, Transatlantic, Rob Zombie, Q5, The Rainmakers, Magnum, Queensrÿche, Emperor, m.fl. Totaly 84 band!


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-British Super Group Asia Set To Release The New Studio Album GRAVITAS In March On Frontiers

Asia, the legendary British band, moves into the next phase of its extraordinary career with GRAVITAS, a brave new album that explores different musical landscapes while embracing its familiar musical past. Produced and written by band members John Wetton and Geoff Downes, GRAVITAS is deeply introspective within a clearly accessible sound. The album also introduces the world to Asia’s new guitarist, Sam Coulson, who came at the recommendation of Mr. Big’s Paul Gilbert.

Scheduled for release on Frontiers Records on March 21 (Europe); and March 25 (North America), the album will be available in two configurations: a standard CD and a Deluxe Edition, that will include two bonus tracks and a DVD containing the “Valkyrie” music video, a promotional film, and footage of classic live Asia tracks such as “Heat Of The Moment,” recorded with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.

From the title track, “Gravitas,” which chronicles a man’s struggle in the battlefield of life, to the powerfully compelling tale of unrequited love, “The Closer I Get To You,” the album is a tour de force for the band whose music has become a staple to rock fans.

“Pure, unadulterated and stereotypical Asia, with raw energy, enthusiasm, and free from impurities,” says John Wetton. “It conveys the spectrum of emotion and color from real life agonies to ecstatic fantasy of escapism. Great songs, fabulous performance. GRAVITAS is Asia by Asia. At last.”

“With the addition of Sam it allowed us to take the band in a slightly different, and perhaps tougher, direction,” says Carl Palmer. “As a band we have been able to grow, while at the same time, remain true to the classic Asia sound that our fans know and love.”

Asia’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in April,1982, and was the best selling album in the world of that year. Featuring Geoff Downes on keyboards; Steve Howe on guitar; Carl Palmer on drums; and John Wetton on lead vocal and bass; Asia was the logical successor to their collective bands of the ’70s — Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK, and The Buggles. The original Asia reformed in 2006 for the first time in 23 years.

“It always was a great live band, but this time the dragon has awakened with fresh energy, direction, and purpose,” says Wetton. “As with any new Asia album, putting it all together presents something of a challenge,” says Geoff Downes. “Everyone involved rose way above and beyond this challenge. There is a renewed energy when we step on stage now; we can feel it and I know the fans can feel it.”

For Asia long-devoted fans, the band’s return to the concert stage can not come soon enough. As Palmer says: “Performing on stage is where this band truly comes into its element. Seeing the fans reacting to our music is what makes it all worthwhile. It is the fuel that drives this train we call Asia.”

Track listing:
The Closer I Get To You
Russian Dolls
Heaven Help Me Now
I Would Die For You
Joe Di Maggio’s Glove
Till We Meet Again
The Closer I Get To You (Acoustic)*
Joe Di Maggio’s Glove (Acoustic)*

DVD (*):
Valkyrie (video clip)
Heat Of The Moment (Live in Plovdiv with Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra)
TBA (Live in Plovdiv with Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra)
TBA (Live in Plovdiv with Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra)

* Available only on the Deluxe Edition

Preorder Asia’s GRAVITAS at:
Regular Edition:
Deluxe Edition:

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Asia is:
John Wetton – lead vocal and bass
Carl Palmer – drums
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Sam Coulson – guitars

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-Rock Against MS: Online Rock Auction Announced

John 5, Jerry Cantrell, Scott Ian, Mike Inez, Pearl Aday & Rita Haney-Signed Schecter Bass

Zakk Wylde, Jeff Loomis, Syn & Johnny (Avenged Sevenfold), Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer), Jinxx (Black Veil Brides), Keith Merrow & All Of BLS-Signed Schecter Guitar

HOLLYWOOD, CA — We are honored to have so many amazing supporters for Rock Against MS. The latest being two donations — one from a private donor of this amazing Schecter Bass signed by John 5, Jerry Cantrell, Scott Ian, Mike Inez, Pearl Aday, and Rita Haney.

The second is a guitar directly donated by Schecter Guitars from their 2014 NAMM show party featuring Black Label Society — this guitar is signed by Zakk Wylde, Jeff Loomis, Syn & Johnny (Avenged Sevenfold), Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer), Jinxx (Black Veil Brides), Keith Merrow, and of course all of Black Label Society — Zakk drew a picture too!



About Multiple Sclerosis

Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.

MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.

Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.

Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.

MS affects more than 400,000 people in the US and 2.1 million worldwide.

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-Threshold Studio Update Posted!

After announcing to start working on a new record in early November 2013, British progressive metallers Threshold have now issued an update from the studio. The band is currently recording their tenth album at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, England.

Commented Keyboarder Richard West: “All the drum and bass parts have been recorded and work is now underway on guitars and keyboards.”

The provisional track list is as follows:

Watchtower On The Moon
The Box
Turned To Dust
Lost In Your Memory
Autumn Red
The Mystery Show
I Wish I Could
Siren Sky

The as yet untitled album is due for release on Nuclear Blast Records later this year.

In the meantime you may also check out the following video of Threshold’s appearance at the 2013 Rock Hard Festival:

Threshold’s most current album MARCH OF PROGRESS was released on August 24, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. With MARCH OF PROGRESS the British band did not only come to the end of a five-year interlude since putting out DEAD RECKONING in 2007, but also reached the following chart positions on its release in 2012: #28 Germany, #30 Switzerland, #43 Sweden, #55 Austria, #70 Netherlands, #102 France.

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-Legendary Jack Bruce To Release First New Studio Record In Ten Years

SILVER RAILS Release Date: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Esoteric Antenna is proud to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio album by the legendary Jack Bruce, one of the greatest popular musicians Britain has ever produced. A supremely talented instrumentalist and vocalist, eminently respected by his peers, Jack’s pioneering bass playing style has influenced successive generations of bassists, including such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius, and Sting, alongside more contemporary musicians such as Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He is also the possessor of one of the most powerful voices in modern music and a composer of some of the most original and influential music of the past 45 years. As a songwriter he has written some of popular music’s enduring classics such as “Sunshine Of Your Love,” “White Room,” “I Feel Free,” and “Theme From An Imaginary Western.”

Released on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, SILVER RAILS is Jack’s first studio in 10 years, recorded at the world famous Abbey Road studios. Produced by Rob Cass, SILVER RAILS is a splendid collection of carefully crafted songs written in partnership with lyricists Pete Brown, Kip Hanrahan, and Margrit Seyffer. He is joined on the album by a host of celebrated instrumentalists including Phil Manzanera, Robin Trower, Bernie Marsden, Uli Jon Roth, John Medeski, Malcolm Bruce, and Cindy Blackman Santana. SILVER RAILS is the next chapter in the recorded legacy of one of popular music’s most respected innovators.

Jack Bruce begins a UK tour on March 13th, 2014.

Esoteric Antenna EANTCD 1028
Released: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

1. Candlelight
2. Reach For The Night
3. Fields Of Forever
4. Hidden Cities
5. Don’t Look Now
6. Rusty Lady
7. Industrial Child
8. Drone
9. Keep It Down
10. No Surrender

Also available

Limited Digi-pak 2-disc deluxe edition with DVD of THE MAKING OF SILVER RAILS
Esoteric Antenna EANTCD 21030
Released Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Limited 180 gram vinyl LP edition
Esoteric Antenna EANTLP 1028

Side One:

1. Candlelight
2. Reach For The Night
3. Fields Of Forever
4. Hidden Cities

Side Two:

1. Don’t Look Now
2. Rusty Lady
3. Industrial Child
4. Drone
5. Keep It Down

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Release Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Los Angeles-based female-fronted metallers Hellion have inked a contract with London-based HNE/Cherry Red Records. The first of three Hellion albums set for release this year is a two-disc anthology entitled TO HELLION AND BACK, which will be released on April 1, 2014, and the first 1,000 copies will be autographed by the band’s singer, Ann Boleyn.

TO HELLION AND BACK chronicles the band’s beginnings from 1982, to the present, and features new music from Hellion. In 1983, when the term “female metal singer” did not exist, Hellion’s demo recordings (released as a self-titled Mini-LP) climbed to Number 6 in England’s rock charts. In America, Hellion however was regarded by the corporate music world as “too heavy” for a band with a female singer. Despite never releasing an album on a major record label, Hellion was the first female-fronted metal band to be featured on MTV and VH1 and was also the first US metal band to perform in the former Soviet Union on a Monsters Of Rock festival.

TO HELLION AND BACK features a collection of fan favorites, hard-to-find recordings, and previously unreleased tracks. Among the collection are also two songs that were produced by Ronnie James Dio at the legendary Sound City recording studio.

The musicians enlisted by powerhouse vocalist Ann Boleyn for the new Hellion include drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Queensrÿche, Dio, Dio Disciples), keyboardist Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell), Swedish import bassist Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen, Dio Disciples), and up-and-coming lead guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle.

Hellion’s new tracks were produced by legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who has produced iconic albums, including David Bowie’s HUNKY DORY, THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS, ALADDIN SANE, and PINUPS. A top producer at Abbey Road Studios, Scott is also acknowledged as one of the five principal engineers for The Beatles. He has engineered countless classic works, including George Harrison’s ALL THINGS MUST PASS and Elton John’s MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER, HONKY CHATEAU, and DON’T SHOOT ME I’M ONLY THE PIANO PLAYER. Other credits include gold and platinum albums by Supertramp, David Bowie, Missing Persons, Kansas, and more. Scott recently said of the comparison between working with David Bowie and Ann Boleyn: “Working with Bowie or working with Ann of Hellion, you’ve got sheer talent.” Acknowledging Boleyn as the driving force propelling the band, Scott notes: “Over the years, the musicians have changed. The one musician that has always been the same is Ann. So once again, it’s new musicians. The one constant thing about Hellion is Ann, and her incredible voice.”

Says Wright of working with Boleyn and Hellion: “She’s tried to stay true to that heaviness and a certain darkness. She’s sticking to the same formula, just different musicians though.”

Hellion will tour in Europe, and the UK in 2014 and are expected to appear on a number of major festivals. The cover artwork was designed by Italian artist Gaetano Di Falco and inspired by the photography of P.G. Brunelli.

Track Listing:

Disc One
1. Backstabber
2. Driving Hard
3. Don’t Take No For An Answer
4. Break The Spell
5. Up From The Depths
6. Run For Your Life
7. Get Ready
8. Witching Hour
9. Screams In The Night
10. Upside Down Guitar Solo/
11. The Hand
12. Bad Attitude
13. Tower Of Air

Disc Two
1. Nevermore
2. Exciter
3. The Evil One
4. Breakdown
5. The Black Book
6. Living In Hell
7. Stormrider
8. Demon Attack
9. Resurrection/Will Not Go Quietly
10. Sh*t (Is Gonna Hit The Fan)
11. Dead And Gone
12. Dream Deceiver
13. Hell Has No Fury

Maxxxwell Carlisle (guitar)
Simon Wright (drums)
Bjorn Englen (bass)
Ann Boleyn (vocals)
Scott Warren (keyboards)

The TO HELLION AND BACK CD will be available through The Omega Order for pre-order, by visiting here:

To view Hellion’s video blog, visit here:

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-John Taglieri And SOUTHERN PARADISE Take Rockwired Radio’s “Best EP” Award

Hits ReverbNation’s Top Spot In Boston

HANSON, MA — 2014 has started off huge for singer/songwriter John Taglieri. It was announced on 27 January that John won the Rockwired Radio Music Award for Best Recording (EP) for his release SOUTHERN PARADISE (Leap Dog Music / Vanity Music Group). Taglieri’s 11th effort, released in April ’13, has been selling steadily and helped Taglieri find a bit of a new audience with its pop country feel. Peaking at #5 on’s Hot New Releases chart and with radio airplay and a video with nearly 5,000 views, the EP has made a solid name for itself. He won the Best Recording nod in a viewers voted poll on Rockwired Radio, which makes it even sweeter.

“Knowing that this was decided by fans makes it really special to me…” says Taglieri. “I’ve been doing this a long time and to still be here and making music that people connect with means the world to me.”

On top of that, Taglieri has also hit #1 on the ReverbNation Rock Charts for the Boston area. Living just south of Boston puts him in an area of great talent and great bands and artists. With all of his touring, promotion, and sales, the web traffic he’s created has driven him up to the top spot, with a steady stream of plays and people visiting his page.

“Southern Paradise” (single) has also broken through on the Hi-Tracks Top 100 Charts in The Netherlands. Entering the chart at #88 two weeks ago, the song is picking up steam and has moved up a couple of spots to #86 this week.

You can view the video for “Southern Paradise” here:

Relevant Links:

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-Therion: Live Video From ADULRUNA REDIVIVA AND BEYOND Posted!

With the release of their brand new DVD ADULRUNA REDIVIVA AND BEYOND set for the end of this month, Swedish symphonic metal masters Therion have just put up a live video of their song “Wisdom And The Cage” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel. Check it out here:

The video is taken from their upcoming DVD ADULRUNA REDIVIVA AND BEYOND which will be out on February 28, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. You can pre-order your copy at the following address:

The band recently posted a trailer on ADULRUNA REDIVIVA AND BEYOND which is available to watch here:

The track list will read as follows:

DVD 1:

1. The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah
2. Son Of The Sun
3. Midgård
4. Asgård
5. The Wine Of Aluqah
6. Wisdom And The Cage
7. Kali Yuga I
8. Kali Yuga II
9. Kali Yuga III
10. Lemuria
11. Via Nocturna
12. An Arrow From The Sun
13. Typhon
14. Ginnungagap
15. Preludium
16. To Mega Therion
17. Cults Of The Shadows
18. In The Desert Of Set
19. Interludium
20. Nightside Of Eden
21. Opus Eclipse
22. Invocation Of Naamah
23. The Siren Of The Woods
24. Grand Finale / Postludium
25. Adulruna Rediviva
26. Black Funeral

DVD 2:

1. Sitra Ahra
2. The Wine Of Aluqah
3. Typhon
4. Perennial Sophia
5. Hellequin
6. Nifelheim
7. Clavicula Nox
8. Voyage Of Gurdjieff
9. Ljusalfheim
10. Dies Irae
11. Ginnungagap
12. Kali Yuga III
13. Call Of Dagon
14. Siren Of the Woods
15. The Wild Hunt
16. Blood Of Kingu
17. Lemuria
18. Abraxas
19. The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah
20. To Mega Therion
21. Quetzalcoatl

Bonus DVD 3:

1. 011 – An Adventure With Therion
2. 011 – Documentary And Behind The Scenes
3. Amazing Voice

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-Eden’s Curse Announces UK Headlining Tour

Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden’s Curse are delighted to announce their debut headlining club tour of the United Kingdom which will take place this coming May. The “Symphony Of Sin UK Tour” will visit Scotland, England, and Wales stopping at Glasgow, Bolton, Wakefield, Wolverhampton, Grimsby, Swansea, and London.

The dates are as follows:

19/05/14 Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, Scotland, w/ Stormzone & Estrella
20/05/14 The Railway, Bolton, England, w/ Fahran
21/05/14 Snooty Fox, Wakefield, England, w/ Fahran & Skin&Bone
22/05/14 Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, England, support t.b.a.
23/05/14 Yardbirds, Grimsby, England, Co-Headline w/ Absolva plus Babylon Fire
24/05/14 Static, Swansea, Wales, w/ Tainted Nation & Mayhem Messiah
25/05/14 Underwold, London, England, w/ Tainted Nation & Dendera

Tickets for all shows are now on sale and can be purchased from the venues directly or online at .

The band naturally are very excited about headlining as bassist Paul Logue confirms “Absolutely! This is a real challenge for the band and dare I say it, quite a gamble in many ways! We have been so used to going out as the opening band for such great acts like Dream Theater and Stratovarius and now it’s our time to stand on our own two feet. So I guess you could say the feeling is more of nervous excitement! How many kids dream of standing up on a stage playing a headline set to their fans? I’m sure it will be amazing just getting the opportunity to play an extended set for our extremely loyal fan base that has waited patiently for this to happen. This tour is 100% for them.”

Paul goes onto explain how vital the Eden’s Curse fans are to the success of not just this tour but future endeavors. “They are absolutely key! We have such amazing and passionate fans in the UK and they have always delivered in the past for us. This however, is without question when we really need them the most! I appreciate that some of the shows are midweek and some people may have to travel to get there, but my experience as a regular concertgoer in this country is that Rock music knows no boundaries! However the harsh reality of today’s music business is that if we want to tour again in the UK we need our fans to show up in numbers to these shows and I have every faith that they will! If you are coming, bring a friend and let’s have a party!”

Support on the tour will come from various established Hard Rock acts such as Tainted Nation (fronted by Eden’s Curse drummer Pete Newdeck), Stormzone, Fahran (new band of former Serpentine lead vocalist Matt Black), Estrella, Skin&Bone (formerly Tara’s Secret), and Dendera. Whilst the show at Grimsby will be a co-headline with Absolva (ex-Fury UK) and Babylon Fire.

Check for further information and details.

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-Tuomas Holopainen Update

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

Video For “A Lifetime Of Adventure” Released!

With the release of its debut single “A Lifetime Of Adventure” on February 7, 2014, Nightwish mastermind Tuomas Holopainen has now revealed the official music video on the track. The video was directed by Ville Lipiäinen and includes Mika Jussila’s photos of Tuomas Holopainen and Don Rosa in the recording studio.

You can watch it here:

Commented Tuomas:
“The director, Ville Lipiäinen, and me went through some options of how to approach the video and soon agreed to shoot a sort of ‘making of’ clip of the song. The idea of someone dressing up as Scrooge McDuck, and then filming him digging gold and riding an emu on an Australian desert felt just a tad corny. Ville then followed us to London’s Angel Studios and later Petrax Studios to film some shots from the orchestra, vocal, guitar, and piano sessions. The hero of the video is Don Rosa himself. His presence and facial expressions always put a big smile on my face. I hope you’ll enjoy this adventure as much as we did!”

“A Lifetime Of Adventure” that is sung by Johanna Kurkela has already been out on the Nightwish FanPOD tablet-computer app on 23 January 2014, two weeks before its world premiere.

New Single “A Lifetime Of Adventure” Out Now!

Tuomas Holopainen has released his debut solo single, “A Lifetime Of Adventure,” from his highly anticipated upcoming album MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE. The vocals on “A Lifetime Of Adventure” are done by Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela. The guitars were played by Finnish Jazz musician Mikko Iivanainen, whose wife Johanna did the backing vocals.

The single is available on CD, colored vinyl and digital!

Order the single here:
Or via iTunes here:

“A Lifetime Of Adventure” is taken from the upcoming solo debut MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE which will be out on April 11, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork on both the single and the album is by Don Rosa, the illustrator of Disney’s Duck characters.

You can pre-order your copy of MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE at the following address:

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-Death Angel’s “Left For Dead” Music Video Released!

San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans Death Angel have released a brand new video clip for the track “Left For Dead” at ! The song is taken from the band’s recently released seventh studio album THE DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD, and comes on the verge of their upcoming tour with Children Of Bodom. Commented guitarist Rob Cavestany:

“We would like to present to you our new video for the song ‘Left For Dead’ — the opening track off our latest record THE DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD. Directed by none other than Tommy Jones at VideoHammer Studios, it is comprised of footage filmed at AudioHammer Studios in Florida during the recording of the album. Catch a glimpse into our world in the recording studio as we create, collaborate, lay down tracks, and attempt to survive the insane madness of making a Death Angel album! Hope you enjoy this little morsel that we proudly serve up to you as an appetizer — catch the main course when we hit your town on tour! Eight weeks across North America — plenty of chances to feast upon us… bon appétit and see you in the pit!”

“Halo Of Blood Over North America” Tour:

2/06/14 Lost On Main – Chico, CA (Death Angel only)
2/07/14 Star Palace Ballroom – Fresno, CA (Death Angel only)
2/08/14 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA (Kirk Hammet Horror FestEvil – Death Angel only)
2/09/14 The Shredder – Boise, ID (Death Angel only)
2/10/14 The Railyard – Billings, MT (Death Angel only)
2/13/14 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON – CANADA (Death Angel and Týr only)
2/14/14 Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
2/15/14 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
2/16/14 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
2/18/14 Crocks – Thunder Bay, ON – CANADA
2/20/14 The Garrick – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
2/21/14 Louis Pub – Saskatoon, SK – CANADA
2/22/14 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
2/23/14 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
2/24/14 Level Nightclub – Kelowna, BC – CANADA (Death Angel and Týr only)
2/25/14 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
2/26/14 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/27/14 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (Death Angel and Týr only)
2/28/14 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
3/01/14 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
3/02/14 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
3/03/14 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
3/04/14 Vinyl – Las Vegas, NV (Death Angel & TYR only)
3/05/14 The Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
3/06/14 Summit Theater – Denver, CO
3/07/14 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
3/08/14 Tricky Falls El Paso, TX
3/10/14 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
3/11/14 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
3/12/14 House of Blues – Houston, TX
3/13/14 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA (Death Angel and Týr only)
3/14/14 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/15/14 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3/16/14 The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
3/18/14 Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
3/19/14 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
3/20/14 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA (Death Angel and Týr only)
3/21/14 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
3/22/14 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/23/14 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
3/24/14 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
3/25/14 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
3/26/14 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY (Death Angel and Týr only)
3/27/14 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
3/28/14 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
3/29/14 Irving Plaza – New York, NY

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-Tankard Recording New Album R.I.B.

Iconic thrash metal band Tankard are set to enter Studio “23” in Frankfurt/Germany to start recording this week.

Taking inspiration from the motto “never change a winning team,” the guys kick off the recording again with producer Michael Mainx (Böhse Onkelz, Der W, D-A-D, Disbelief), who also produced the last album. The new album will be titled R.I.B. and is set to be released in summer 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

Michael Mainx commented:
“Three time’s the charm — I’m totally looking forward to have my hands on the controllers for Tankard for the third time in year ‘2’ after the band anniversary! Only a few more days left before we will take off recording R.I.B. at Frankfurt Studio. This is gonna be interesting…”

Band leader Gerre added:
“We can hardly wait to be nailing down 10 new songs with Micha and are looking forward to a hopefully productive collaboration!”

Of course we’ll keep you in the loop. Stay tuned!

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-Total Metal Festival: Kreator And Behemoth!

A surprise announcement completes the “high” part of TMF2014’s Bill!

After the bands already confirmed, including sacred monsters like Annihilator, Moonspell, and Death Angel, and especially after the surprising revelation of a low price of admission (only 40 euros for two days!), will be certainly in many to jump from my chair with the announcement of two (not one … two!!!) superbands which complete the upper bill of Total Metal Open Air Festival that calls to arms none other than the legendary German thrashers Kreator and one of most glorifying death/black metal band of the world, Behemoth!

It is patently clear by now that the 19 and 20 July 2014, in the town of Bitonto, close to Bari, there will be an event that will take an epochal importance for the development of the Heavy Metal scene in southern Italy! With this amazing Edition, in fact, the TMF rises head-on in the panorama of the best Heavy Metal festival of the “Bel Paese” offering not only a generous handful of world-famous band, but also many other musical realities coming from almost every corner of the world as Americans Coldsteel and Aggravator; Israelis Desert; Greeks Acid Death, Sorrowful Angels, and Mindtreath; Swedish Days Of Anger; Italians Riul Doamnei, Dangerego, Symbolyc, Andromeda, Carboncoke, Embryo, and many other bands that the organizers will announce in the coming months for a total of nearly 40 bands in two whole days of festival!

And if this wasn’t enough to define the magnitude of this event, the organizers also add the free camping and an outline of games, rides, and extra-musical activities that will entertain the audience throughout the festival!

If you still can’t believe it, we reiterate: the tickets of the Total Metal Open Air Festival only cost 40 euro and are for sale on all circuits Ticketone, Bookingshow, and Metaltix! What are you waiting for to get yours?

For further information:

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-Exorcism Unveils I AM GOD’s Cover Artwork, Track List, & Release Date

Doomy heavy metallers Exorcism will release their debut album, I AM GOD, on April 25 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Mario Bouffier (Sacred Reich, Megaherz, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop), additional editing by Axel Wiesenauer (Killing Machine, Raven Lord) from Rock’N’Growl and Logo made by Anestis Goudas (Dimmu Borgir, Riot, Kreator, Raven Lord, Zvekan), and can be seen at this link:

Recordings: All drums by Garry King recorded at La Foret Groupe Studio, France. All guitars by Joe Stump recorded at “The Dungeon,” Boston, MA, USA and edited and processed by Franciso Palomo, private studio, Boston, MA, USA. All bass guitars by Lucio Manca recorded at Total Master Sound, IB, Spain. All vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, and additional rhythm guitars recorded and edited by Csaba Zvekan, slide guitar on “End Of Days” by Csaba Zvekan, additional rhythm guitars on “Voodoo Jesus” by Csaba Zvekan at Total Master Sound, IB, Spain. Mixed and Mastered by Csaba Zvekan at Total Master Sound studios, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Track Listing:

1. End Of Days
2. I Am God
3. Voodoo Jesus
4. Last Rock’N Roll
5. Master Of Evil
6. Exorcism
7. Higher
8. Stay In Hell
9. Fade The Day
10. Zero G

“…As the Sun turns black … the end of days are near…”

Csaba Zvekan (Raven Lord, Zvekan, ex-Killing Machine) – Vocals
Joe Stump (Raven Lord, HolyHell) – Guitar
Garry King (Achillea, Zvekan) – Drums
Lucio Manca (Raven Lord, ex-Solid Vision) – Bass

Exorcism’s music is doomy and lush while it flows lava like down your spine, it features dark-themed lyrics and melodies that could haunt you for life.

Exorcism recently released a video teaser for the song “ZERO G” at:

“God created the heavens, while man creates his own Hell”

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-Saliva Return With New Singer, Label, Single, Album, And Tour

If you counted Saliva out when you heard that they had parted ways with singer Josey Scott, you have been proven dead wrong — all you have to do is give a listen to the group’s upcoming single, “Rise Up” (impacting radio and available for purchase via all digital stores on February 18th), and album of the same name (April 29th, via Rum Bum). And with new singer Bobby Amaru firmly in place, it appears as though there is a bright future for the new-look Saliva lineup, which also includes guitarist Wayne Swinny, bassist Dave Novotny, and drummer Paul Crosby.

“We’re lucky to have found him,” says Swinny about his new band mate. “We discovered him through one of our old crew guys. He really energized the rest of us. He’s a great songwriter, and a top-shelf producer in his own right.”

With acclaimed producer Bobby Huff (Papa Roach, 3 Doors Down, Tim Finn) on board, all the pieces seem to be in place. And Saliva has delivered with their new single, “Rise Up.” “‘Rise Up’ …it’s a statement on where we’re at,” adds Swinny. “The title just has that fire to it.”

And if you are a longtime Saliva fan, you are sure to be extremely pleased with the full-length RISE UP — a bold record full of big hooks, swagger, and plenty of guitars. And, outside of the ballad “Lost,” it’s first and foremost a rock record. These are songs that kick hard, from the immediacy of the aforementioned “Rise Up,” to the slow build of “Choke,” and the rollickin’ “Redneck Freakshow,” a song the band seems particularly proud of.

Saliva has already debuted a number of new songs live, with Amaru seamlessly working his way into the lineup. “The audiences have been great,” says the singer. “I think we have a whole new energy on stage.” Expect to see the band on tour the rest of the year and well into next. “It’s definitely a throwback, fun, party rock show,” adds Swinny. “And Bobby’s putting his own spin on the older material.”

Another piece to the puzzle has been uniting with a new independent label, Rum Bum Records, founded by Luis Bacardi, based in Miami, FL. Led by a team of industry veterans dedicated to finding original talent of all genres, the label offers worldwide distribution, and provides artists with the resources necessary to develop and expand their careers. By utilizing a variety of platforms including imaging, video production, marketing, social media, and publicity, Rum Bum Records is able to create versatile portfolios for talent, opening the doors to as many opportunities as possible. Additionally, the label has a full state-of-the-art HD Film studio to successfully build an artist’s image and brand identity into one that is fully recognized and sought after by the public.

There’s certainly a lot of revitalized energy on display throughout RISE UP. And despite his late arrival, Amaru thinks he knows why Saliva in 2014 sounds as vital as they were in 2001. “We’ve just gone back to the basics. You know, ‘being a rock band.'”

Wayne Swinny – guitars
Dave Novotny – bass
Paul Crosby – drums, percussion
Bobby Amaru – vocals

RISE UP track listing [subject to change]
1. Rise Up
2. She Can Sure Hide Crazy
3. No One But Me
4. Lost
5. 1000 Eyes
6. Redneck Freakshow
7. Choke
8. Army
9. Closer
10. In It To Win It
11. The Enemy
12. I Don’t Want It


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-Scorpion Child Announces New Lineup

Austin classic rock sensation Scorpion Child have added a new face to their lineup: drummer Jon “Charn” Rice, formerly of Job For A Cowboy. Scorpion Child bassist and founding member Shaun Avants shares the following:

“Scorpion Child is excited to announce some recent lineup changes within the camp. As with any team or group, decisions must be made that are vital to the overall attitude, creativity, quality, and lifespan of a shared and common goal. Any decision we make is and always will be for the betterment and advancement of this band.

“That being said, we have decided to move forward as a four piece — at least for now — as we say goodbye to our friends [rhythm guitarist] Tom Frank and [former drummer] Shawn Alvear. We wish them the very best in any and all of their future endeavors and it should be noted that their contributions were not without their merits.

“We are pleased to announce that Jon ‘Charn’ Rice (ex-Job For A Cowboy, 1349) will be taking the position as our new drummer. He exemplifies ambition, hard work, and the general personality that gives this band the potential to function as a tighter unit. His handful of performances with Nonpoint and the Shiprocked cruise earlier this year only solidified our faith in his abilities and filled us with an overwhelming excitement for the coming possibilities.

“Thank you to all of our fans for weathering the seas of change. We’ll see you all very soon. Bigger. Better. Faster. Stronger.” Before heading out to the UK for nine shows starting March 16th, Scorpion Child will have a showcase at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Date & time will be announced soon.

16.03. UK Bristol – Exchange*
18.03. UK Colchester – Arts Centre**
20.03. UK Birmingham – O2 Academy 3*
21.03. UK Sheffield – Corporation**
22.03. UK Glasgow – King Tuts*
23.03. UK Newcastle – O2 Academy 2**
25.03. UK Nottingham – Rock City*
26.03. UK London – Underworld*
27.03. UK Manchester – Roadhouse**
* = MONSTER TRUCK headlining
** = SCORPION CHILD headlining

Check out Scorpion Child’s unfiltered hard rock on YouTube:

• “Polygon Of Eyes”

• “Liquor” lyric video

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-Israeli Metallers Switchblade Signs With Rock’N’Growl

Israeli heavy metallers Switchblade signed a worldwide management deal with Germany’s Rock’N’Growl Management. Switchblade aims to attain the same sparkles and enthusiasm that made the ’80s Metal scene so great in a sense that it will sink in deep in today’s perception of Metal music.

Switchblade are:

Lior “Steinmetal” Stein – Vocals
Fede “FedeRock” Taich – Lead, Rhythm Guitars
Venedict Pavlovic – Rhythm, Lead Guitars
Boris Siper – Bass
Moshe “Moshpit” Sabah – Drums

Iced Earth performing for the first time in Israel. Switchblade, along with their local peers, Prowlers, will support the American Heavy/Power Metal giants.

Since 2005 the Israeli Switchblade has been trying to find the right Metal image that will be sufficient for its members. Six years later, along with shifting Metal subgenres, several unofficial releases, a few gigs with various of groups within the Israeli Metal scene, plenty of lineup changes, and a few bruises, Switchblade found its right purpose and direction. With a talented solid lineup that shared the same devotion to the classic years of Metal, the Switchblade group began playing their material with strong accordance to their true worship, ’80s Heavy Metal. 2011 saw the release of the first official digital single, “Endless War/Euphoria,” announcing a newfound landmark for the band. Less than a year later, Switchblade issued its second digital single, “Metalista,” which was highly perceived by the local and foreign Metal scenes. After finalizing its performance in the finals of the local 2012’s Wacken Metal Battle, Switchblade began working on its debut album HEAVY WEAPONS.

Switchblade’s emergence wasn’t with the purpose of reinventing the vintage steel, it came to relive it and keep the old fires burning. Among a few blinks towards progression, Switchblade aims to attain the same sparkles and enthusiasm that made the ’80s Metal scene so great in a sense that it will sink in deep in today’s perception of Metal music. HEAVY WEAPONS consisting of nine tracks, a few from the band’s past along with fresh material, might become one of the pillars of the old burning flame of Heavy Metal.

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-All Else Fails Comments On Nomination Edmonton Music Award “Metal Recording Of The Year”; Alberta Show Dates

Announcing the return of drummer Ryan Biggs (2010, touring member 2011/2012) last month, All Else Fails is proud to announce more great news for 2014 with their nomination for “Metal Recording Of The Year” at this year’s Edmonton Music Awards.

“We are so excited and thankful to have been nominated for an Edmonton Music Award Metal Recording of the Year for our track ‘AntiMartyr’ from F*CKTROPOLIS. Big congrats to our friends who also got nominations as well at the awards (Death Toll Rising, Russ Dawson, and Thrill House). We are really proud of this recording and thank everyone that had a part in making it happen,” comments vocalist/guitarist, Barrett Klesko.

Metal Recording Of The Year:
o All Else Fails – “AntiMartyr”
o Death Toll Rising – “Malice Incarnate”
o Dieuponaday – “Enlighten”
o Monarch Sky – “Circles”
o Villainizer – “Twin Tower Two-Step”

Nominees List:

AEF released their latest EP F*CKTROPOLIS on Suicidal Bride Records during summer 2013 and recently released their latest music video “A Most Unwanted Reprieve.”

“This new video is different for us because it’s all live footage filmed during our set at Loud As Hell Metal Fest in Drumheller, AB last summer and obviously the fans played a big part in how it came out. We are also debuting our new VEVO channel with this one. We’d like to wish all our fans a Merry F*cking Christmas from All Else Fails!” comments All Else Fails vocalist / guitarist and video director Barrett Klesko.



The fourth release since 2007 , F*CKTROPOLIS is the follow-up to the band’s 2012 release THE ORACLE, WHAT WAS, IS AND COULD HAVE BEEN that received world wide praise from industry publications around the world along with their music video “This Burden Of Life” added to rotation on Canada’s largest music channel Much Music, expanding their Canadian fan base dramatically.

Making their mark around the world for their aggressively dark brand of metal that is breaking the traditional ideals of their genre and drawing comparisons to bands like As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, Killswitch Engage, and Lamb Of God. All Else Fails infuses their music with a variety of elements that includes experimental, classical, synth lines, and spoken word sampling to accent a unique blend of heavy as hell screams and shiver inducing clean vocals.

Their high energy live show sets them apart from their peers and has garnered them appearances on numerous high level festivals over the years, including Van’s Warped tour, Boonstock, and opening support slots for artists like Protest The Hero, Cancer Bats, Dayglo Abortions, 3 Inches Of Blood, Fear Factory, Threat Signal, Decapitated, Suffocation, and Arise & Ruin.

F*CKTROPOLIS – Track Listing:
1. AntiMartyr
2. Better Left Undead
3. La Demencia Violenta
4. Obedience At The Altar Of Sacrifice
5. A Most Unwanted Reprieve

Upcoming Show Dates:
March 1, 2014 – Whiskey Lounge & Night Club – Drumheller, AB w/ Maimed Wolf
April 26, 2014 – The Vat – Red Deer, AB – w/ Ninjaspy

F*CKTROPOLIS can be purchased on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and most online retailers.

Music Videos:
“Better Left Undead” –
“This Burden Of Life” –
“Obsidian Walls” –
“Rebirth” –

For more info, please visit these links:
Twitter: @allelsefailsca

R.I.Y.L. – Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Alexis On Fire, Cancer Bats, Five Finger Death Punch

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-Asher Media Relations Offers FREE Valentine’s Compilation CUPID METAL! LOVE HURTS! LOVE SCARS! VOL. 1

Oh love… how it hurts, how it scorns, makes us dreamy eye… and once in awhile… lets us fall for the one we’ve been waiting for. With the success of their last three volumes of their holiday sampler HAPPY METAL ANNIHILATION, Asher Media Relations is proud to unleash their very first special Valentine’s Day compilation. CUPID METAL! LOVE HURTS! LOVE SCARS! VOL. 1 is now available for FREE download and features 15 metal/rock tracks to love and hate that special someone. I \m/\m/ you!

“I love the holidays! Especially a heartwarming one like Valentine’s Day, share the love and the music!” comments Jon Asher, music publicist and founder of Asher Media Relations.

Asher Media Relations is PR company based in Montreal, QC that aids bands getting heard and read about in rock and metal media for over half a decade. The sampler is a free download, which features tracks from the talented artists AMR has the honor to work with.


Track List:
1. P.S.S. – Happy Valentine’s Day (:06)
2. BornBroken – Anger of The Day (3:34)
3. Deathpoint – Sinister (4:04)
4. All Else Fails – Anti Martyr (5:49)
5. Death Toll Rising – Crack Open A Cold One (5:15)
6. FATALITY – Bleed Me Useless (3:49)
7. Trainwreck Architect – Dream Pariah (3:31)
8. Edge of Attack – Forever (3:46)
9. Until Dawn – DNR (5:59)
10. Breached – Happy (3:17)
11. Psychostick – My Clingy Girlfriend (5:02)
12. Kill Matilda – Pomegranate (2:46)
13. THE IN’n’OUTS – Scorpion On My Pillow (4:09)
14. MIRE – Catalan Atlas (5:05)
15. Unbeing – Zomb!

For more info on Asher Media Relations, please visit the following links:

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival: New Round Of 2014 Lineup Additions Includes Sam Black Church

The latest round of additions to the continually-expanding lineup for 2014’s installment of the long-running New England Metal & Hardcore Festival has been disclosed, including one of this year’s fest highlights: Massachusetts’ own ’90s hardcore punk legends, Sam Black Church.

Confirmed as one of the main headliners of the event’s third night, Saturday, April 19th, Sam Black Church’s set at NEMHF 2014 will mark only the third performance since they initially disbanded at the turn of the century, and first in Central Massachusetts since the late ’90s. Stated the band upon being asked to take part in the massive event this Spring, “It is amazing what the man we used to know as Ogre has done with the New England Metalfest! We are f*cking excited to be a part of it once again!”

Formed in Boston, in June of 1988 by Jesse “Jet” Crandall (vocals), Ben Crandall (guitar), Richard G. Lewis (bass), and J.R. Roach (drums), Sam Black Church was known for their energetic live performances, playing a frenetic blend of hardcore, metal, and thrash. Over the years sharing bills with bands as diverse as Bad Brains, Clutch, Motörhead, Cro-Mags, Fear, and Helmet, they were one of the most popular hardcore bands in the Northeast United States during the 1990s. After releasing three full-lengths on Taang! Records, they left to join Wonderdrug where they remained until they retired in 2000 after releasing a total of seven albums. Since disbanding, Sam Black Church reunited for a sold-out show on September 22, 2007, at The Roxy in Boston, and played a another sold-out performance at Hometown Throwdown #16 with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at House Of Blues in Boston on December 29th, 2013. A documentary of their career by Duncan Wilder Johnson entitled “Leave Behind A Groove In The Earth” is scheduled for release in 2014.

Also now confirmed to invade this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are Oceano, Scars Of Tomorrow, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, InDirections, and Julius Seizure on Thursday, April 17th, and Reflections on Friday, April 18th. The setup for Saturday, April 19th has also been lengthened with Texas In July, Obey The Brave, and the aforementioned Sam Black Church performance.

Featuring two stages, the legendary New England Metal & Hardcore Festival continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the iconic Worcester Palladium. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, this year’s edition will take place on April 17th, 18th, and 19th. Watch for additional updates in the coming days and view the already massive confirmed lineup below.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now — including three-day passes, VIP packages and more — available for purchase at .

New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2014:

Thursday – April 17, 2014
All That Remains
Bleeding Through
Broken Hope
Cop Problem
Julius Seizure
Kublai Khan
Rivers Of Nihil
Scars Of Tomorrow
The Last Ten Seconds Of Life
Years Since The Storm

Friday – April 18, 2014
Bent Life
Black Crown Initiate
Born Low
Colin Of Arabia
Cruel Hand
Fire And Ice
Fit For An Autopsy
I Declare War
Obey The Brave
Suburban Scum
The Acacia Strain
The Mongoloids
Thy Art Is Murder
Within The Ruins

Saturday – April 19, 2014
All Out War
Alpha & Omega
Gift Giver
Harm’s Way
Iced Earth
King Nine
Loyal To The Grave
Reign Supreme
Sam Black Church
Scars Of Tomorrow
Texas In July
The Last Ten Seconds Of Life
Those Who Fear
Twitching Tongues
Will To Die

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-Wacken Metal Battle Canada Announces 2014 Battle Lineup! One Band To Rule Them All!

One band will rule them all! After reviewing over 400 submissions, Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce its selection of 103 independent Canadian metal bands to participate in this year’s 2014 battle lineup for Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. The bands will compete during the months of March, April, and May in 22 qualifying rounds, six semi-finals, and an Alberta final along with the national final being held on June 7 in Toronto, ON at Opera House. One independent Canadian metal band will be chosen to represent the nation with highest honor at this year’s 2014 international battle at the world’s most prestigious metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany.

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

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

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

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

Wacken Metal Battle Canada Promo Video:

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

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit:

Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2014 Lineup:

Sat, March 8 @ Hard Luck, 772a Dundast St. W.
The Parallax
Sovereign Council
Psycho Mad Sally

Fri, March 14 @ Hard Luck, 772a Dundast St. W.
Our Covenant
The Fiction In Folklore

Fri, March 21 @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St W.
Burning The Day
The Curse Within
Empyrean Plague
My Hollow

Fri, March 28 @ Hard Luck, 772a Dundast St. W.
Beg For Mercy
At Dawn’s Edge
Shattered Remains

Fri, April 4 @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St W.
Shotgun Cure
The Blackcloud Syndicate
Dawn Vally
Final Trigger (Special Guest Headliner)

Toronto – Semi-Finals:
Sat, April 26 @ Hard Luck, 772a Dundast St. W.
Sat, May 3 @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St W.

National Final:
Sat, June 7 @ Opera House, 735 Queen St E.

Sun, April 27 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Sudden Spawn
Eclipse Prophecy

Thur, May 1 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Chemical Way

Wed, May 14 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
The Catalyst
Forbidden Sin

Wed, May 21 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Hidden Pride
Dark Century
Tunguska Mammoth

Montreal Semi-Final:
Wed, May 28 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Sat, Jan 25 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W.
Shark Infested Daughters
Krepitus – WINNER
Zipgun Wisdom
Video – Calgary Battle One –

Sat, March 1 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W.
Breed Of War
False Flag

Sat, March 22 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W.
The Archon Prophecy
The Cadavar Dog
Morbidly Depraved
Vile Insignia
Hell Hounds

Sat, April 26 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W.
The Reckless Heroes
Black Pestilence

Fri, May 2 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W.
Train Bigger Monkeys
Burning Effigy
Exit Strategy
Every Hour Kills

Calgary Semi-Final:
Sat, May 3 @ Lord Nelson’s Pub, 1020 8 Ave SW.

Alberta Final:
Fri, May 23 @ Dicken’s Pub, 1000 9 Ave SW.

Wed, March 5 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.
Bring Us Your Dead
These Colors Don’t Run
With Malice

Wed, March 19 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.
Black XIII
Death Assembly
Display Of Decay
Arrival Of Autumn

Wed, April 2 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.
Earth’s Ashes
Eye Of Horus
This Is War

Wed, April 23 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.
Death Toll Rising
Ides Of Winter
Fear The Living

Edmonton Semi- Final:
Wed, May 7 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.

Alberta Final:
Fri, May 23 @ Dicken’s Pub, 1000 9 Ave SW., Calgary, AB

Wed, March 5 @ Red Room Ultra Bar, 398 Richards St.
Dead Asylum
Without Mercy

Wed, March 12 @ Fortune Sound Club, 147 E Pender St.
Celestial Ruin
Hallowed Catharsis
Witch Of The Waste
The Fifth Circle

Wed, March 19 @ Red Room Ultra Bar, 398 Richards St.
Lethal Halo
Over The Coals

Sun, March 30 @ Venue Night Club, 881 Granville St.
Neck Of The Woods
88 Mile Trip
Unleash The Archers

Vancouver Semi-Final:
Sat, May 3 @ Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings St.
Special Guest Headliners: Mitochondrion and Aevangelist

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-Beneath — the “Swedish Thrash Metal project” consisting of Christoffer Binnberg on vocals, Emil Kyrk on bass and vocals, and Mats Tornebohm on drums — has a new lyric video for “Vengeance I Breathe” online at . The album ANTIDOTE is due out March 7. Hype: “Beneath’s music can best be described as melodic and brutal, beauty and beast, acoustic and distorted, singing and growling. Take the aggression of thrash metal and the melancholy of twin guitar harmonies, add traditional songwriting and the furiosity of hard core and you might get the picture.” ANTIDOTE track listing: “Vengeance I Breathe,” “Reasons Undefined,” “Blissfully Numb,” “Harvest Of Mankind,” “Fear Vs Hate,” “In The Shadow Of The Beast,” “Everything Ends,” “Killed In The Womb,” “The Antidote.” See ,, , , and for more.

-Deathpoint will perform an “Anti-Valentine’s Day show” on February 14 at Red Papaya in Guelph, ON, with Seducing Medusa, Killitorous, This Is Identity. Hype from singer Tom Emmans: “What better way to say f*ck Valentine’s Day than being in the pit with your closest of friends and the closest of strangers. This holiday, spend it with Deathpoint — Love stinks, but the music doesn’t have to.” The band also announced guitarist Bill Elliot (Battlesoul), bassist Tiny Basstank (A Sin For A Prayer), and drummer Steve “The Animal” Mitchell (Burning The Day) have been added to the touring lineup. Check out the video for “Between The Lines” at , and the whole album SINISTER streaming at . See , , and for more.

-Andi Deris And The Band Bankers — featuring the Helloween singer backed by young guns Nico Martin (guitar), Jezoar Marrero (bass), and Nasim López-Palacios (drums) — has MILLION DOLLAR HAIRCUTS ON TEN CENT HEADS out now in North America via Armoury/earMusic. Track list: “Cock,” “Will We Ever Change,” “Banker’s Delight (Dead Or Alive),” “Blind,” “Don’t Listen To The Radio (TWOTW 1938),” “Who Am I,” “Must Be Dreaming,” “The Last Days Of Rain,” “EnAmoria,” “This Could Go On Forever,” “I Sing Myself Away.” (Released in 2013, the Japanese version also has the bonus track “The Time Of My Life,” and the limited edition European two-disc version has a bonus CD featuring demos of “Behind Dead Eyes” (unreleased), “Little Lies” (unreleased), “TWOTW 1938 (Don’t Listen To The Radio),” “Must Be Dreaming,” and “EnAmoria.”) This is Deris’ third solo album overall, and first since 1999’s DONE BY MIRRORS. Hype: “Written and composed by Andi Deris himself, MILLION DOLLAR HAIRCUTS ON TEN CENT HEADS has a crispy, modern sound to it. The diverse, high class production is snotty, dirty, and brutally honest — a healthy mixture of recent Helloween records combined with MASTER OF THE RINGS tradition (Deris’ Helloween debut) and it features some extra ordinary Hendrix-like guitar sounds.” Deris co-produced the album with Jeronimo Errecart. See , , and for more.

-Hardcore Superstar — the “Swedish Hardrock bad boys” — has a new video for “Last Call For Alcohol” online now at . See for more.

-Killwhitneydead is streaming another new track, “Sound The Alarms,” from the upcoming SUFFER MY WRATH at . Hype from vocalist Matt Rudzinski: “I was a teenager in the mid ’80s and have always been influenced by thrash metal and hardcore. It was an amazing time back then with the rise of the crossover scene erasing all previous boundaries that kept the scenes apart. Bands like Leeway, Cro-Mags, and Suicidal Tendencies are still in constant rotation in my house. I am just happy that we were able infuse more of those influences into the KWD sound.” SUFFER MY WRATH track list: “A Prelude To War,” “Sound The Alarms,” “Demons Consume,” “Tyrant Enthroned,” “Evil Lives Within,” “Tip Of My Tongue,” “Sugartooth (Mundus Vult Decipi – Part I),” “Serpents & Lies (Mundus Vult Decipi – Part II),” “Living Hollow,” “Replicate To Survive,” “The Death Of Celebrity.” The album can be pre-ordered on LP, CD, and digitally at . See and for more.

-Check out part one of Lost Society’s recent Facebook Fan Interview online now at . The band will release TERROR HUNGRY through Nuclear Blast on April 4. Track list: “Spurgatory,” “Game Over,” “Attaxic,” “Lethal Pleasure,” “Terror Hungry,” “Snowroad Blowout,” “Tyrant Takeover,” “Overdosed Brain,” “Thrashed Reality,” “F.F.E.,” “Brewtal Awakening,” “Mosh It Up,” “Wasted After Midnight,” “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll” (bonus track). Hype: “Produced by Nino Laurenne (Amorphis, Ensiferum, Lordi) at the renowned Sonic Pump studios (Finntroll, Sonata Arctica, Omnium Gatherum), the Finns shred their way through the new record with the energy and speed of an out-of-control freight train, rolling downhill on the way to Thrash-Olymp.” See for more.

-CNN and Manowar? The band gets a mention in an article about a European Space Agency speaker setup that simulates the rigors of space flight. Check it out at .

-The UK’s Messenger has a new video for “Somniloquist” online exclusively at, at . The track comes from ILLUSORY BLUES, which is due out March 31 on Svart Records. See for more.

-Miracle Master’s new video for “Tattooed Woman” is online now at . The song is the title track from the new album, due out March 7 through GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. Hype from the band: “Expect real kick ass, in-your-face Hard Rock on the new album, recorded with huge balls and heavy rockin’ guitar sounds!” Miracle Master features ex-Pump members Aki Reissmann (guitar), Selly Bernhardt (guitar), Michael Vetter (bass), and Andy Minich (drums) along with singer Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band). See , , and for more.

-The Montreal-based progressive rock/metal band Mire will appear on the Musique Plus channel’s “Top Musique” show at 6 p.m. local time on Friday, February 27. The band will perform and be interviewed. Hype from singer J.P. LaChapelle: “Musique Plus has always crossed my mind in terms of establishing myself as a public figure, even when I wanted to become a VJ Host as a kid. I didn’t expect to be on air behind the microphone growing up, but it’s great to grow out of some stereotypes. Now I understand that every stroke of the brush gets us closer to popping up on the map in terms of people’s interest. So it’s a real honor to get invited for a live interview, and we look forward to delivering a kick-in-the-chest performance at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 28. Turn up the volume on your TV.” Mire also has two upcoming shows:

2/15 – Club Soda, Montreal, QC
3/20 – Underworld, Montreal, QC

See for more on Musique Plus, and , , and for more on Mire.

-The all-female Brazilian thrash crew Nervosa will release VICTIM OF YOURSELF on Napalm Records in late February/early March, depending on territory. Track list: “Intro,” “Twisted Values,” “Justice Be Done,” “Wake Up And Fight,” “Nasty Injury,” “Envious,” “Morbid Courage,” “Death,” “Into Mosh Pit,” “Deep Misery,” “Victim Of Yourself,” “Uranio Em Nos.” Hype: “The all-female Thrash Metal combo pushes the pedal to the metal and offers the listener high-speed riffs, furious drumming, and raging leads. The songs have a brutal and raw energy and are crowned by murderous hooks and the aggressive vocals by bassist Fernanda Lira. Nervosa will take the Thrash Metal scene by storm!” The band has received accolades from such thrash luminaries as Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill) and Schmier (Destruction), among others.

-Sonata Arctica’s new single “The Wolves Die Young,” from the upcoming PARIAH’S CHILD, is out now; it can be ordered on CD or digitally at and , respectively. Three album studio trailers featuring various band members are online as follows:

Part 1 – drummer Tommy Portimo

Part 2 – bassist Pasi Kauppinen

Part 3 – guitarist Elias Viljanen

PARIAH’S CHILD is due out March 28 and can be pre-ordered at . Track list: “The Wolves Die Young,” “Running Lights,” “Take One Breath,” “Cloud Factory,” “Blood,” “What Did You Do In The War, Dad?,” “Half A Marathon Man,” “X Marks The Spot,” “Love,” “Larger Than Life.” See for more.

-There’s a new Within Temptation interview at .

Thanks to Axel Wiesenauer, Jon Asher, Marjo Verdooren, Jon Freeman, Chad Bowar, and Eric “No Posers” Helgeson for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus Issue #659

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Issue #659
Week of February 3, 2014

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-Frontiers Rock Festival – The Bill!

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the lineup for the first Frontiers Rock Festival, a three-day event which will take place at the Live Club in Trezzo (Milan), Italy on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd 2014.

Day 1 – May 1
Three Lions
State Of Salazar

Day 2 – May 2
Pretty Maids
Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel
Moon Land
Adrenaline Rush

Day 3 – May 3
Night Ranger
Danger Danger
John Waite
Jeff Scott Soto
Crazy Lixx

Tickets are on sale now!

Prices are 59.00 EURO per day OR 159.00 EURO for a 3-day combo ticket for the entire Festival.

A limited amount of 150 special V.I.P. tickets are available, offering hotel accommodation, catering, special meet & greet with the artists, a personalized very special present from Frontiers Records, and more!

All details on tickets, bands, venue details, press downloads, and accreditation info are available NOW at .

MAY 1 – 2 – 3 2014
LIVE CLUB, via Mazzini 58 – Trezzo Sull’Adda | MILAN | ITALY

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-Evergrey Signs With AFM Records!

AFM Records proudly announces the signing of Swedish metallers Evergrey. The band, led by front man Tom S. Englund, is one of the most unique, significant and influential to emerge in the last two decades.

Currently Evergrey are working on a brand new studio album which will be released later this year. Fans can look forward to an eventful Evergrey year 2014.

January 27th, Division Two Studios, Sweden

“I am sitting here in what feels like the black heart of distorted guitars and heavy drums trying to sort what material to be chosen for the new Evergrey album that will be brought to you by our new record label AFM!

“While the music might be the most contemplated and dark pieces we have written — and while the sheer amount of music we have the pleasure to choose from is more than ever — we are super psyched and pleased to have chosen a label that believes in Evergrey!

“AFM are certain that we have a lot more to contribute to the world of music and we can promise you that they are right. On top of that it is about damn time that our fans get some new and fresh metal!

“While we at this moment are hindered to speak about the new members — this will be totally understandable when we announce it — they are known to some people and some might never have heard of them B U T we can tell you that they are as excited as the rest of us and have already brought in 50% of the material written so this album will be a 100% band effort!

“We will release two singles, one complemented with a video produced by our bud Patric Ullaeus and

“We will also film our every step of the recording process for you to enjoy at a continuous and steady pace on our different social media channels making this the most accessible album we have made to date. We will also arrange interviews with each and every member during the recording process together with some really cool ideas for the booklet of the CD itself — more on this soon!

“The album will be recorded in a few different studios and mixed in Denmark at Hansen studios by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epysode, Pretty Maids, Doro, and more).

“We are currently planning some cool release shows for different territories and honestly can’t wait for YOU to hear our music, as we are thrilled, more than pleased, and stoked with what we come up with!

“And oh, yeah, the title is also set and will be revealed soon!

“Watch out for A LOT more from us!

“Tom, Rikard, Johan, ——– and ——-”

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-Timo Tolkki’s Avalon Reveals The Album Title And Full Cast Of Second Album

The anticipated sophomore release from Timo Tolkki’s Avalon will be entitled ANGELS OF THE APOCALYPSE and is slated for a May release through Frontiers Records.

The singers that will appear on the album are: Floor Jansen (new Nightwish singer), Simone Simons (of Epica), Fabio Lione (of Rhapsody Of Fire), David DeFeis (of Virgin Steele), Elize Ryd (of Amaranthe), and Caterina Nix (who will release her debut album produced by Tolkki, later this year).

Other musicians which will appear on the album include two other former members of Stratovarius: Tuomo Lassila (Stratovarius’ founder) on drums and Antti Ikonen, the original keyboard player of Stratovarius.

Timo Tolkki also announces a contest for guitar and keyboard players. Now you have the chance to play a solo with Timo Tolkki in one song of the album. Please send one MP3 that contains your solo playing to this email address:

The winner will receive a backing track and will play his/her solos to this. The MP3s for the contest have to be sent NO LATER than February 16.

You can also visit for video blogs that have been made from the recordings of the album.

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release CD/DVD, Blu-ray/CD, And Digital Formats April 1, 2014

NEW YORK, NY — On April 1, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release THE CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS – LIVE AT MONTREUX 2013 from Queen legend Brian May and West End and Broadway sensation Kerry Ellis as a DVD + CD set, Blu-ray + CD and digital formats [Pre-book Order Date March 7, MSRP $19.98 CD/DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray/CD]. This release features a great mix of classic songs including “Born Free,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “I Who Have Nothing,” “Tie Your Mother Down,” “The Way We Were,” “We Will Rock You,” and more.

Filmed at the renowned Stravinski Auditorium during the Montreux Jazz Festival in July 2013, THE CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS – LIVE AT MONTREUX 2013 is a wonderfully intimate show that blends Kerry Ellis’ beautiful voice with the extraordinary guitar playing of Brian May. Throughout a largely acoustic performance of standards, ballads, Queen songs, and cover songs, May’s guitar style perfectly complements Ellis’ theatrical vocals. Also included in the set is the ACOUSTIC BY CANDLELIGHT CD, recorded live on the UK leg of their tour in Autumn 2012. As a bonus feature, the DVD includes a performance of “Nothing Really Has Changed” with Virginia McKenna.

Brian May and Kerry Ellis are on tour in the UK in February, followed by dates in Russia, Latvia and Belarus in March. THE CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS – LIVE AT MONTREUX 2013 proves beyond a doubt this pairing of talents is a match made in musical heaven.

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

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:

Track Listing:
1) I Who Have Nothing
2) Dust In The Wind
3) Born Free
4) Somebody To Love
5) Nothing Really Has Changed
6) Life Is Real
7) The Way We Were
8) ’39
9) Something
10) Last Horizon
11) Love Of My Life
12) The Kissing Me Song
13) Tie Your Mother Down
14) We Will Rock You
15) No One But You
16) Crazy Little Thing Called Love

1) Born Free
2) I Loved A Butterfly
3) I Who Have Nothing
4) Dust In The Wind
5) The Kissing Me Song
6) Nothing Really Has Changed
7) Life Is Real
8) The Way We Were
9) Something
10) Love Of My Life
11) I’m Not That Girl
12) I Can’t Be Your Friend
13) In The Bleak Midwinter
14) Crazy Little Thing Called Love
15) No One But You (Only The Good Die Young)

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-The Lion Roars Again!

ÖREBRO, SWEDEN — Narnia, one of the world’s leading bands in neo-classical metal, are back again, stronger than ever. The praised album, and also the fans’ favorite, LONG LIVE THE KING this year celebrates 15 years since its release. This anniversary will be celebrated with bombastic live shows and a deluxe reissue of the album on CD and limited edition vinyl.

Confirmed concerts so far in 2014:

May 24, Metallsvenskan festival in Örebro, Sweden
June 14, Goodmoodstock Festival in Pieksämäki, Finland
July 5, Gullbranna Festival in Halmstad, Sweden
More dates will be announced later.

The lion will again roar on stage, where Narnia waves the melodic metal flag high and mighty!

The Narnia 2014 lineup features:
Christian Liljegren (vocals)
CJ Grimmark (guitars)
Andreas “Habo” Johansson (drums)
Martin Härenstam (keyboards)
Andreas Passmark (bass)

When the explosive singer Christian Liljegren and the guitar virtuoso CJ Grimmark formed Narnia in 1996, little did they know about the adventures which awaited. Tours, six albums, live album/DVD, TV, radio and trips to Japan, The Faroe Islands, Mexico, and of course Europe. Narnia toured with bands such as Dio, Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica, and many others.

They did several festivals such as Sweden Rock Festival and Gates Of Metal, to name a few, where thousands of fans enjoyed Narnia’s energetic live show, which leaves no one unaffected. When Narnia now reunites, the band hopes to visit countries, which have not yet been given the Narnia treatment.

The summer of 2014 will be memorable, when Narnia’s metal anthem LONG LIVE THE KING is resurrected! For more news and updates please follow Narnia on the Web and Facebook.

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-Týr Debut “The Lay Of Our Love” Video Clip At!

Týr has unveiled their latest music video, “The Lay Of Our Love,” from their most recent album, VALKYRJA. The song features a vocal duet with Leaves’ Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine. So, naturally, fans will be excited to see that Kristine joins Heri Joensen and the rest of Týr in this new video! The video was produced by Stanimir Lukic, directed by Ivan Colic, and can be seen now exclusively at here:

Týr comments on “The Lay Of Our Love:” “We’ve wanted to make a CGI video for a long time, and this is our first one, so we’re obviously excited for the release and reception of the video. On top of that, the presence of Liv in the video makes it even more special. All in all we’re very pleased with the result.”

Týr will be joining Children Of Bodom on their “Halo Of Blood Over North America” tour in early 2014. The tour will embark on February 14 in Quebec City and wraps up on March 28 and 29 with back-to-back shows at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. Additional supporting acts are TBA with announcements coming soon. Tickets and premium packages are available now exclusively at

Týr performed live on August 10 as part of the Faroe Island’s Summarfestivalurin in Klaksvik. Over 8,000 Faroese were in attendance as the band put on a huge set featuring old favorites, as well as new tracks, including “Blood Of Heroes.” The event was filmed and a video for “Blood Of Heroes” can be seen now at .

VALKYRJA debuted on charts worldwide upon release in September of 2013. In the US, the album reached #15 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s Chart, #22 on Current Hard Music, #39 on Overall Hard Music, and #70 on the Independent albums chart! On iTunes on day of release, VALKYRJA reached #4 on the metal chart. In Europe, the album entered at #45 on German Top 100 Album Charts, and #76 on Switzerland’s charts. And in Canada, the record reached #26 on the Metal chart. On iTunes Canada, the record peaked at #2 on the metal chart, #9 on the rock chart, and #73 on the top 200 albums chart!

The concept behind VALKYRJA involves a story based around a nameless, Viking-era warrior, who leaves his woman and goes off to impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla, or to Fólkvangr, the home of Freyja — the goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, sorcery, war, and death. One can say the album is also indirectly about women and how they affect men and what men will do to impress and obtain women. Front man and founder Heri Joensen goes on to explain; “the woman that the warrior leaves may represent the earthly women. Freyja, The Lady Of The Slain, may represent the perfection of Women, and the Valkyrie is the link between the two, taking men from earthly to godly women.”

Order your copy of VALKYRJA at .

Týr live:
12/04/14 RU – Moscow – Moscow Hall
13/03/14 RU – St. Petersburg – Backstage
16/04/14 RU – Omsk – Angar
17/04/14 RU – Barnaul – Che Guevara
18/04/14 RU – Novosibirsk – Rock City
20/04/14 RU – Irkutsk – Megapolis
10/05/14 DK – Copenhagen – Frigg Festival
12/06/14 DK – Copenhagen – Copenhell
17-19/07/14 FO – Sydrugota – G! Festival
16/08/14 SE – Falun – Sabaton Open Air

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-Full Metal Cruise II – Booking Starts On February 5th

Cabin Categories, Prices, And More Bands Announced

Just a couple of days until ocean loving Metalheads can join the Cruise: The booking for the Full Metal Cruise II starts on February 5th! The journey takes place from 11 to 16 April 2015, setting sail for the sun and calling at Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, and Ibiza before returning to Palma.

Tickets will be available starting Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 10 a.m. via and the hotline +49 (0) 40 – 64413903 (Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. & Sat, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.).

If you are one of the first 500 guests booking their trip, you will receive an exclusive early-bird shirt, the Cruise anthem “Hard On The Wind,” and a DVD with all the Harry Metal podcasts from the first FMC.

During the five-day journey, almost all drinks and meals are included (see below for details). The cost for an inside cabin occupied by two people starts from €799 per person, including the flight from €1,149 per person. The price for an outside cabin starts at €1,149 per person, including the flight from €1,499 per person. The full list of prices for all cabins and categories as well as information regarding single booking or more than two persons per cabin can be found here:

The billing for the three stages on board is coming together. Joining the Cruise will be two legendary German Thrash outfits, Sodom and Tankard, while the one and only Metal Queen Doro will take part with a special Unplugged show. For the supporting programme aside all the moshing, we have Russkaja with their wild kind of Turbopolka and Pressgäng with shanty songs and stories from the high seas. More bands and headliners for the concerts on board and on land will be announced in the coming months.

Already confirmed have been HammerFall, Subway To Sally, JBO, and Saltatio Mortis as well a comprehensive supporting programme featuring The AllStarBand with Uli Jon Roth, comedy with Bembers, Metal Karaoke, Meet & Greet with the stars, readings, movies, tattooing, Metal wellness and musicians’ workshops, and of course Mambo Kurt.

Saltatio Mortis are very much looking forward to the Cruise, as you can see and hear:

The travel route and time schedule of the Mein Schiff 1 can be seen here:

Join the Cruise, Metalheads!

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-Amon Amarth Premiere Epic Production Video For “Father Of The Wolf!”

New European Live Dates Announced!

Amon Amarth just premiered their stunning production video for the track “Father Of The Wolf!” You are now able to view this epic music video, which is more like a mini movie, at .

At the moment Amon Amarth are headlining the US in support of their newly released album DECEIVER OF THE GODS. Very special guest on the dates are Enslaved with additional support from Skeletonwitch. Tickets are available at .

After touring Australia in March Amon Amarth will return to European shores in April for a whole bunch of shows!

25/04/14 PL – Gdansk – B90
26/04/14 PL – Poznan – Eskulap
27/04/14 BY – Minsk – Republic
29/04/14 RO – Bucharest – Arnele Romane
30/04/14 BG – Sofia – Universiada Hall
02/05/14 HU – Budapest – Barba Negra
03/05/14 SK – Kosice – Collosseum Club
04/05/14 SI – Ljubljana – Kino Siska
05/05/14 HR – Zagreb – Tvornica Kulture
07/05/14 CH – Geneve – Thonex Live
09/05/14 GR – Athens – Fuzz Club
10/05/14 GR – Thessaloniki – Principal Club Theater

Get your tickets at .

Amon Amarth have also confirmed a few European summer festivals.

31/05/14 DE – Geiselwind – Out & Loud Festival
02/08/14 DE – Wacken – Open Air
10/08/14 UK – Derbyshire – Bloodstock
16/08/14 DE – Hamburg – Elb Riot
17/08/14 DE – Herford – X-Rockfest

DECEIVER OF THE GODS shattered the band’s previous sales records around the world. The album landed at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #19 on the Top Current Albums Chart. The band’s last album, SURTUR RISING, entered the Top 200 Chart at #34 making DECEIVER OF THE GODS the band’s highest charting record to date. In Germany, DECEIVER OF THE GODS entered the Top 100 Chart at #3, the official Media Market/Saturn Chart at #3, and the German Media Control Weekend Trend Chart at #2. DECEIVER OF THE GODS came in at #9 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Hard Music Charts, and #21 on the Digital Music Chart. Additionally, the record came in at #2 on the iTunes Metal Chart, #2 on the iTunes Rock Chart, and #7 on the iTunes Top 200. In the UK, the record entered the official Album Charts at #67, the Rock/Metal Chart at #4, and the Independent Chart at #14 marking the highest UK chart placements for the band yet. Elsewhere, DECEIVER OF THE GODS came in at #9 on the Top 100 Album Chart in Switzerland, #7 on the Austrian Top 100, #9 in Sweden, #27 in Denmark, #51 in France, #34 in Czech Republic, and #51 in Hungary.

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-Furyon Begins Recording New Album

British rockers Furyon will return to Black Dog Sound Studios in Atlanta, US to record their sophomore yet-untitled studio album. Once again, the album will be engineered and produced by US producer Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy) and his team.

Singer Matt Mitchell says: “We’ve worked real hard behind the scenes to make this possible. There were moments I wasn’t sure it would happen but it is, and there are some killer tunes!”

After the success of thrilling debut GRAVITAS that UK’s Metal Hammer magazine promoted and covered so well, the band have a new batch of finely tuned writings. What’s to be expected is more of the same explosive guitar riffs and solos in well crafted song form. Expressive vocal delivery and melodies to scream along to. A possibly darker album still with progressive elements and a grungy edge. The album aims to be a 10-song album with additions (acoustic tracks and videos). Furyon are extremely excited and looking forward to sharing the outcome of this venture with the World.

Furyon are:
Matt Mitchell – Vocals
Chris Green – Guitars
Alex “Nickel” Bowen – Bass
Lee Farmery – Drums

Furyon recently confirmed to play Hungary’s MetalWar Festival 2014 ( ), which takes place September 5th – 7th in Budapest and Belgium’s Power, Prog & Metal Festival 2014 ( ), which takes place April 18th – 20th in Mons. Other bands confirmed include: Pain, In Extremo, Therion, Finntroll, My Dying Bride, Amorphis, Fates Warning, Masterplam, Exorcism, Fatal Smile, and Pagan’s Mind to name only a few.

Furyon is a 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.

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-Members Of Pagan’s Mind, Theocracy, Darkwater, And End Of September Contribute To Charity Track For Homeless Relief

Ulterium Records is proud to announce the release of “Collide & Spark,” an all-star charity track for sale with 100% of the income going to The Bridge Bunch, an organization dedicated to serving the homeless population of Nashville, TN, in the United States.

The song, which is almost seven minutes in length, is being released under the banner Project Aegis, and was composed by Theocracy vocalist and songwriter Matt Smith. It features vocals by Nils K. Rue [Pagan’s Mind], Henrik Båth [Darkwater], Elin Redin [End Of September] and Smith, as well as a guitar solo by Markus Sigfridsson [Darkwater, Harmony].

The artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire] and designed by Markus Sigfridsson.

“This is such a cool opportunity to help make a difference in a small way,” says Smith. “Ninety-nine cents can go a long way toward giving someone a hot meal or a sleeping bag, especially now, in the heart of winter. Everyone associated with The Bridge Bunch works nonstop to serve the large number of people struggling in the Nashville area, and every penny of this goes to that very worthy cause. And the caliber of talent on this track makes it something truly special indeed!”

Check out a teaser of “Collide & Spark” at YouTube here:

“Collide & Spark” lyrics:

The single “Collide & Spark” can be purchased here:
Amazon MP3:

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-The New Black Release Video For “Any Colour You Like (As Long As It’s Black)”

Germany’s heavy rockers The New Black filmed a third video for a song from their album III: CUT LOOSE. The clip to “Any Colour You Like (As Long As It’s Black)” can be found here:

Comments the band: “‘The glass half empty, and filled with piss…’ Ah, well. It all looks pretty normal at first. But there is something dark lurking at the edges. Unnoticed, decay sets in, and the blackness might be closer than you think. But then again life goes on. As does the music. And the fart jokes.

“‘Any Colour’ is not exactly a song about peace, love and good happiness stuff. But fun to play live. Like fart jokes, pretty much. Enjoy, comment and — this actually important — please spread around.”

The clip was once more directed by The New Black’s Fludid. No spiders, cockroaches, worms, or musicians were harmed during the filming. All pyro scenes, car chases, and naked dancers had to be omitted due at the last minute.

The New Black will embark on the “Out Of The Box Tour” with label mates Dark Age in February. The current schedule reads as follows:


31.01. D-Wetzlar, Francis (w/Ace9)
01.02. D-Siegburg, Kubana (w/Nitrogods)
presented by: Metal Hammer, Guitar,

14.02. D-Aalen, Frape (w/Dark Age)
15.02. D-Annaberg-Buchholz, Alte Brauerei (w/Dark Age)
16.02. D-Hannover, Mephisto/Faust (w/Dark Age)
21.02. D-Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal (w/Dark Age)
23.02. D-Karlsruhe, JuBeZ (w/Dark Age)
22.2. D-Iserlohn, Stay Wild (w/Cold Revenge)
26.7. D-Essen, Nord Open Air (w/D-A-D, Sick Of It All, Tankard…)

SINFEST – 30 years of Sinner
presented by: Rock Hard, Musix, RockIt, BreakOut

26.12. D-Mannheim, Alte Sailerei (w/Sinner, Voodoo Circle)
27.12. D-Burglengenfeld, VAZ (w/Sinner, Voodoo Circle)
28.12. D-Memmingen, Kaminwerk (w/Sinner, Voodoo Circle)

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-Radiant Records: Get Closer Meeting With Neal Morse


I wanted to personally invite you to our “Get Closer” weekend meeting in Frankfurt, Germany. We were so blessed at the one last year that we definitely want to do it again!

MARCH 22 & 23
(two sessions a day: 2:00 – 4:00, dinner break, 6:00 – 8:00)

Gemeinschaftsraum Sportpark Kelsterbach
Kirschenallee 56
65451 Kelsterbach


We will be singing and having open discussion of all things pertaining to God and our relationship with him. My family and many friends will be among us and it is sure to be a blessed time. Hope you can make it!

There are many good inexpensive hotels in the area. Here’s a link to a few:

Last year we had people from Spain, America, Austria, Belgium, UK… all over… so come join us!

God bless you,


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-Satan’s Host Premiere New Video, Prepare New Album And Festival Dates

Today, cult metal legends Satan’s Host premiere the new video for “Dichotomy.” The track hails from Satan’s Host’s newest album, VIRGIN SAILS, released late last year by Moribund Records to widespread international acclaim. Cited by many journalists as 2013’s “Album Of The Year,” VIRGIN SAILS showcases Satan’s Host in blazing Satanic fury, delivering a hellish opus of new standards and metal classics, taking the band and scene to new heights. With Harry “Leviathan Thisiren” Conklin surpassing all prior vocal performances, buttressed by riveting black-axe master Patrick Evil and the rock-solid rhythm backbone of drummer Anthony “Evil Hobbit” Lopez and bassist Margar, Satan’s Host unleash another metal classic. Witness for yourself the band’s unique, eternal “Dichotomy” at .

In other Satan’s Host news, drummer Anthony “Evil Hobbit” Lopez reveals the following: “We are in the process of finishing writing the follow-up to VIRGIN SAILS and plan to release at some point this year, and we are just working on getting some live dates for later this year. We will be performing at the Doom In June fest in Las Vegas on June 6-7, and will be headlining the Up The Hammers Festival in Athens, Greece in November.” More Satan’s Host news to be revealed imminently.

More info:

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-First Band Confirmations For The Hamburg Metal Dayz 2014!

On September 19 & 20, 2014, the Hamburg Metal Dayz will once more bring heavy music to town with two days of Metal concerts, business gatherings, and forums for fans & musicians.

Confirmed as headliners are German Melodic Metal masters Edguy, whose European tour will kick off on Friday, September 19 in Hamburg. Not only playing will be party thrashers Tankard, in addition they will read from their biography LIFE IN BEERMUDA. They are joined by Heavy Rock kings Motorjesus and Alpha Tiger, purveyors of Metal in its most classic form. Also on the bill is hot-shot comedian Bembers. Due to huge demand at the last Hamburg Metal Dayz, visitors can even get the logo of the Hamburg Metal Dayz or the Wacken Open Air tattooed by an artist from Classic Tattoo Berlin — for free! Every day, one lucky visitor will even be able to take home a brand new Epiphone guitar.

Not only will bands ranging from established veterans to hot up-and-comers play at the Markthalle, there will also be signing sessions, readings, and exhibitions for the fans’ entertainment. Aspiring rock stars can learn a trick or two in musicians’ workshops, while music business insiders will share their knowledge in panels and roundtable discussions. The Hamburg Metal Dayz, taking place during the Reeperbahn Festival, will also be a meeting point for music business professionals from the Metal world and beyond.

Additional program items will be announced soon.

Day tickets cost 34€ including fees and are available via , the Metaltix hotline +49 4627-183838, and other ticket outlets. Two day tickets, limited to 300, for 58,20€ including fees can be purchased via Metaltix exclusively.

Hamburg Metal Dayz
19. & 20.9.2014 – Hamburg, Markthalle
powered by EMP

in Kooperation mit Alsterradio, Epiphone, Hamburg Konzerte, Kingstar Music, Wacken Foundation, Seaside Touring und ICS Festival Service


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-Sister Premieres New Video For Track “My Enemy” Off Brand New Album DISGUISED VULTURES!

Swedish punk/metal act Sister, whose new album DISGUISED VULTURES just dropped on January 24 in Europe, has teamed up with Revolver Magazine to premiere the music video for the track “My Enemy.” Check out the new video produced by Jimmy Johansson on Revolver Magazine HERE!

Fans can listen to the first single, “Sick,” watch videos, and order DISGUISED VULTURES at .

Sister drummer/backing vocalist Cari comments on the track “My Enemy” used for the new video: “‘My Enemy’ is a trip through a chaos filled mind. The lyrics speak about personal feelings on the ups and downs in life and also about what the world has become today. As the opener for the album this song goes out 110% from the start to seconds after hit the brakes and then come back with full force again. That’s pretty much how we live our lives today.”

The video’s producer Jimmy Johansson adds, “My vision with this video was to make it ‘in your face’ as much as possible, just like the song. I wanted to portrait the ugly sides of humanity such as war, murder, torture, school dances, poverty, starvation, gluttony, and so on. Hopefully we can make someone think. If the video doesn’t affect you in any way, we have failed. And if you think it’s too much, then you should just stay at home and not watch the news ever again and keep on ignoring.”

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.

1. My Enemy
2. Sick
3. Disguised Vultures
4. Arise
5. We Salute ‘Em
6. Slay Yourself
7. Naked
8. DMN
9. (Stop The) Revolution
10. Please Kill Me

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-Kirk: New Album Title, Cover Artwork, Track List, & Release Date

Swiss melodic metallers Kirk will release their sophomore studio album, MASQUERADE, produced by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Unisonic, Eden’s Curse), on March 7 via Mausoleum Records.

Track Listing
01. Devil’s Claw
02. Supersonic Speed
03. Masquerade
04. Eternity
05. Fight Or Die Music
06. Nothing Else But Lies
07. Time
08. Tragedy
09. Face In The Crowd
10. The End Of The Universe
11. Fallen Angel

In 2010 Kirk got together again, with drummer Philipp Eichenberger from Legenda Aurea, to replace Vito Cecere. Drawing from a decade of honed skills and experience garnered as members of various internationally successful recording and touring outfits, Kirk rapidly morphed into a powerful, melodic, hard rocking monster. The writing came easy also, melodies flowed, riffs crunched, and about a year later Kirk were ready, willing, and able to enter the studio to record a brand-new album. They solicited the expert guidance of Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Unisonic, Khymera), also the producer of Angra, Eden’s Curse, Godiva, Krokus, and countless more, including Kirk’s debut album THE FINAL DANCE, over a decade ago. The resulting album, entitled MASQUERADE, will be released worldwide on the legendary heavy metal label Mausoleum Records.

Kirk are:

Thomi Rauch – Vocals (Decent Disaster)
Sammy Lasagni – Guitars (Godiva, Granit)
Daniel Pfister – Bass
Bruno Berger – Keyboards (In Your Face)
Philipp Eichenberger – Drums (Legenda Aurea)

Kirk to tour this March with The Poodles

14.03. Milano – Blue Rose Bresso
15.03. Torino – Audiodrome
16.03. Nürnberg – Rockfabrik
17.03. Pratteln – Z7
18.03. Augsburg – Spektrum
20.03. Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
21.03. Obermarchtal – Kreuz
22.03. Oberhausen – Helvete
23.03. München – Garage

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-Patrick Hemer’s New Single: “The End”

Two years after his stunning first solo album (MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE – Nightmare Records), the Prog Metal shredmeister is back with a new single proving once again that he’s not only a guitar virtuoso but also a songwriter, a producer, …and a singer!

“It’s a very special song,” Patrick says, “really different from the super heavy, riff-oriented material I’m currently writing for my upcoming full-length album. ‘The End’ is more about mood and harmonies than just sheer heaviness, and its power lies more in the intensity of the feel than in the usual Metal music riff-and-drums barrage. So I thought I might as well release it as a single to stick to its unique character.”

This is also a good way to give the fans something to sink their teeth into before Patrick’s new album tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2014 and that he promises will be “100% Progressive Power Shred Metal!”


“The End” (music & lyrics: Patrick Hemer)

Produced, mixed and mastered by Patrick Hemer at Twin Figures Studio

Patrick Hemer: guitars, vocals & keyboards
Vinnie Angelo: piano & keyboards
Bruno J.Frank: bass
Herve Chiquet: drums

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-Kolony Premiere New Music Video “Echoes” On Blank TV + Ondes Chocs

Montreal, QC melodic rock metal outfit Kolony is proud to premiere their new music video “Echoes” internationally on Blank TV and locally on Quebec based Ondes Chocs whom support up and coming Canadian metal.

The video is in promotion of Kolony’s new single, which will be on the band’s upcoming release SLEDGE, slated to be unleashed later this year.

“We are very proud to share this music video with you for our first single ‘Echoes,’ which will be on our upcoming album SLEDGE. The song refers to the ideal of living in perfect unity with the earth, respecting both our human nature and the world we live in. Hope you like it and that you’ll spread the word about Kolony. Thanks for your support,” comments vocalist/guitarist, Reno Benoit.

To view the video, please visit the following links:

Blank TV:

Ondes Chocs:


To purchase the single, please visit:

Kolony loves fast tempos, melodic vocals and all-around high-octane music with each track coming from the heart and reflecting the way its members think about the world. Boldly combining elements of old school metal, NWBHM, modern metal, and rock, the band set out to write a full-length album at the start of 2013 and have now arrived at its latest record, Sledge due out later this year.

Suffice it to say, heavy metal fans along with the new generation of metalheads and mainstream rock fans will all be able to find themselves in the music of the new album.

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


Reno: Vocals, Rythm Guitar
Maxxx: Lead Guitar, Back Vocals
Myk: Bass, Back Vocals
Antony: Drums

R.I.Y.L. = Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, Black Tide, Bullet For My Valentine, Megadeth, Metallica

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-Kilmara’s Teaser For “Cold Rain” Video

A teaser for the video for the song “Cold Rain” from Spanish heavy metallers Kilmara can be seen at . The full clip will make its online debut together with the album release of LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES in March. The video was filmed by Henry Menacho from Kronic Productions ( ).

LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES was tracked at Grapow Studios with Mr. Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween). The cover artwork for LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES was done by Canadian artist Jessica Allain ( ), known for his work in digital photo manipulation. Photos by Gina Roma ( ) from Spain.

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

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

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

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-Montreal’s Mire Announce Release of Inward/Outward; Offer Free Download; Music Video “Limitless Pt. 2″

Rising out of Montreal, QC’s vibrant music scene, progressive rock / metal band Mire are proud to announce the official release of their debut album INWARD/OUTWARD on March 18 to follow up their 2010 self-titled EP.

Two years in the making, INWARD/OUTWARD is a 10-track reflection of ideas flying every which way around the recording studio, ranging from cognitive science to a military stint in Afghanistan by guitarist Dave Massicotte.

“We created this with our guts and have dared to explore a less common style of metal where the music is less obvious and sometimes requires the individual to have more than one listen before being able to grasp and really appreciate every musical element,” says guitarist Massicotte of the album. “From big chunky guitar to light piano melody, every song will take you on a different journey and set of emotions.”

The band has released the first music video “Limitless Pt. 2″ in support of the album, which can be viewed at the following link:

FREE Download – Soundcloud stream:

FREE Download – Bandcamp stream:

“‘Limitless Pt. 2′ is about waking up from your daily grind to acknowledge the mysticism of your existence. The potential of what mankind is capable of, starts in the hands of its individual subjects — it starts with you. As the title implies, Limitless is an expression of how far you should push your ambitions in all directions to fulfill your own ideal based on your individual experience.” says vocalist JP LaChapelle. “Mire celebrates diversity, because slaving to fit the mold serves another. Enough of us have been sacrificed for a semblance of freedom, and to perfect it takes mad balls. Courage to confront fear every single morning, day and night, live on the edge of your seat at all times and lean forward — goad life to ‘come at you bro.’ Developing your conscience allows you to stretch out the fiber of the NOW and analyze it. Establish objectives; try 10 times in different ways until you succeed. OWN YOUR DESTINY. That’s the passion we felt when we created ‘Limitless’ together.”

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

Album Credits:
• All songs performed by: Mire
• All songs written by: Mire
• Produced by: Mire & J.P. Nault
• Mixed by: J.P. Nault
• Mastered by: Ryan Morey
• CD Cover, Album Artwork: Diego Leal

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

Upcoming Show Dates:
Feb 15, 2014 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda – Show Details
Feb 28, 2014 – Montreal, QC – Live Interview & Performance at MusiquePlus
March 20, 2014 – Montreal, QC – Underworld

For more info, please visit the following links:

Album Pre-Order:


“Their sound is hypnotizing and the lyrics are thought provoking.” – Collectively Beautiful

“Euphoria and excitation; the path chosen by these five musicians is exceptional. Very positive and down to earth” – Journal L’Exemplaire

“They certainly leave their mark. They are a diamond in the rough. The perfect place to be. They certainly bring Prog Rock back and then push it forward to another dimension. Lead singer, J.P. has what it takes to rip your heart or leave a tear hanging desperately on the edge of your eyelash. Mire’s album INWARD/OUTWARD is a damn good start.” – Curtains Up

2010 – MIRE (Self-Titled) – EP

Shared Stage w/
Radio Radio, Courage My Love, Frozen Death, Shatters, Dogbus, Mordicus, Mak, Tiny Danza, Dead Citizen, Volume Collective, Far From Reality, Steinbock, Another Fallen Hero, Dance Over All

R.I.Y.L. = Tool, Deftones, A Perfect Circle, Isis, Dredg, Soen, Moist, Porcupine Tree, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine, Audio Slave, Pink Floyd

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-The Socks: Psychedelic Fuzz Rock Collective Premieres New Track Via The Obelisk

Today, the riff wranglers at The Obelisk, who are celebrating their fifth year of apex underground rock coverage, offer up an exclusive premiere of “Gypsy Lady” from French psychedelic fuzz rock collective and recent Small Stone signees, The Socks!

The fiery new psalm comes by way of The Socks’ self-titled debut full-length. Slated to drop this Spring, THE SOCKS was recorded and mixed by Raphaël Cartellier at Studio Cartellier, France, mastered by Christopher Goosman (Early Man, Sasquatch, Dixie Witch, Solace et al) at Baseline Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and features nine tracks of road-tripping, booze-binging goodness where thick, glassy-eyed jams swell into kaleidoscopic riff torrents, gristly vocal serenades, and hypnotic grooves.

Elaborates The Obelisk of the tune, “Vocalist/guitarist Julien Méret solos fluidly over fellow six-stringer/backing vocalist Nicolas Baud’s keyboard work as drummer Jessy Ensenat sets the march and bassist Vincent Melay runs around and through the riffs in heavy ’70s tradition. If ‘Gypsy Lady’ has anything in common with [recently leaked] ‘Some Kind Of Sorcery’ — other than being the same band on the same album, duh — it’s a righteous slowdown, this one arriving after two minutes into the track’s total five, marked out by insistent wah in the guitar and a classically doomed stomp in the rhythm section, giving way to a screaming lead and tense build back up to the original shuffle. Add to this a potent hook and I’m not sure what else one could reasonably ask of The Socks that they’re not delivering.”

Adds the band, “The atmosphere of ‘Gyspy Lady’ reminds us of a bizarre psychedelic circus, going from a progressive acceleration to one of the darkest parts we’ve done. This song is like a trip through different universes that make it a perfect representation of the album.”

Get trippin’ with “Gypsy Lady,” courtesy of The Obelisk:

Additionally, fans can still check out the video for “Some Kind Of Sorcery” at:

The Socks are a duel-guitar French foursome formed in Lyon in 2009. Their 2010 EP, entitled SIDE A offered up five well concentrated songs from a band still finding themselves. Inspired by the teachings of Sabbath and Zeppelin, The Socks supported the release by playing with an array of national and international acts, boasting intensely energetic gigs while continuing to develop their style. The next two years drove the band to write darker, heavier songs that were more calculating and less frenetic. The resulting 2012 EP, BEDROCK spouted a pseudo psychedelic, neo-grunge moodiness that proved captivating upon first listen.

The Soda Shop dubbed it “some pretty epic f*cking stoner rock,” while Church Of The Riff opined, “The entire EP shows that The Socks know how to write damn good songs. Everything sounds fleshed out and exciting, without ever getting repetitive or redundant… The riffs, vocal harmonies, tasteful solos, and keyboard work show a band that knows exactly what they are doing.” The record eventually caught the ears of Small Stone Recordings. During the Fall of 2012, The Socks completed their first European tour. Drawing on experience garnered from festivals and gigs alongside Karma To Burn, Red Fang, Truckfighters, Horisont, Mars Red Sky, Black Rainbows, and many others with whom they share various elements while still maintaining a personality all their own, they were instant crowd pleasers. As the band continues to thrust themselves into Europe’s next generation of heavy rock ‘n’ roll beside acts like Abrahma, Deville, Asteroid, Isaak, Black Rainbows, and Mother Of God, Small Stone is pleased to bring their debut full-length to the masses on March 18, 2014. Further info, including preorder links, to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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-The Bellicose Minds: Seminal Release From Portland Goth/Punks Reissued Via A389

Noisey Streaming Entire LP

As A389 Recordings prepares for the official re-mastered reissue of THE BUZZ OR HOWL SESSIONS — the out-of-print 2009-released recordings from Portland, Oregon’s The Bellicose Minds — Noisey is now streaming the record.

The Bellicose Minds likes to keep the music dark, and sinister, always throwing cynical thought to the foreground, flowing with a dark, early-’80s Gothic rock edge. Having exposed the rock underworld to an array of independent releases since their incarnation in 2008, THE BUZZ OR HOWL SESSIONS is considered to be some of Bellicose Minds’ core, seminal material by their devout, underworld fan base. Self-citing influences from The Chameleons, The Sound, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, and Danse Society, and of course the rain the Northwest continually brings, the energy and purposefully dated tone of the album bears familial roots to TSOL, Agent Orange, and some of the darker West Coast punk/hardcore acts of the mid-late ’80s, and finds them on a regenerative plateau with contemporary acts like Beastmilk and Alaric. Initially self-released only as a 500-copy run on dubbed cassettes, A389 Recordings will officially re-release the long out-of-print THE BUZZ OR HOWL SESSIONS for the first time ever on vinyl on February 7, in both black and clear color schemes. The initial masters of the record have been completely re-mastered at Audiosiege, and the artwork and layout feature a full redesign.

Sink into the melodic infectiousness of THE BUZZ OR HOWL SESSIONS via Noisey now:

The Bellicose Minds have a plethora of new material written and their next full-length — the follow-up to 2013’s THE SPINE LP — is in the works and will see release through A389 later in 2014. Having toured and performed at key underground punk festivals in North America in the past, new live actions for the band will be choreographed with the release of their new album. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months.

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-D.O.A. TO HELL AND BACK Available On DVD March 11th

Four-Camera Footage Of The Legendary Punk Band On Tour In Western Canada Between June 2011 And January 2013

Package Includes Bonus CD Of D.O.A.’s Latest Studio album, WE COME IN PEACE

For the last 35 years, fans around the world have proclaimed D.O.A. to be one of the greatest and most exciting live bands ever. TO HELL AND BACK features 90 minutes of amazing punk rock footage recorded over three nights in western Canada between June 4, 2011 and January 19, 2013, all four-camera shoots.

Led by the Godfather of Hardcore, Joe Sh*thead Keithley, D.O.A. employ their over the top, no holds barred, deafening combo of riffs, politics and humor to a wide collection of older D.O.A. classics, as well as some more recent nuggets. The band rifles through punk classics pulled from albums like SOMETHING BETTER CHANGE, HARDCORE 81, WAR ON 45, and NORTHERN AVENGER.

As a bonus, this package also includes D.O.A.’s latest studio album, WE COME IN PEACE.

“Welcome To Chinatown” – June 2011 – Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
– Police Brutality, 2 + 2, World War 3, General Strike, Race Riot, The Prisoner, Disco Sucks, F*cked Up Stephen

“Cowtown Chaos” – September 2011 – Palomino Club, Calgary AB
– Nazi Training Camp, That’s Why I Am An Atheist, Human Bomb, Marijuana Motherf*cker, Class War, F*ck You, The Prisoner

“Rocky Mountain High” – September 2011 – Canmore Hotel, Canmore AB
– Rebel Kind, Death Machine

“Return To Chinatown” – January 2013 – Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
– We’re Drivin’ To Hell N’ Back, Liar For Hire, I Live In A Car, America The Beautiful, Waiting For You, The Enemy, I Hate You, I’m Right You’re Wrong, Woke Up Screaming, War, D.O.A., Taking Care Of Business, F*cked Up Ronnie

Bonus Footage:
In studio with D.O.A., a close up look at the recording of WE COME IN PEACE

“World War 3″ (live)

Pre-Order Link:

Hi Res Cover Art:

Contact D.O.A. and Sudden Death Records:
Joe Keithley is on Twitter! Follow Joe and the D.O.A. gang on twitter: @DOAJoe

If you have questions or tour/concert suggestions, contact Sudden Death, D.O.A.
on Facebook at
on MySpace at
or by email at:

Product Details:
UPC: 760137619192
Street Date: 03/11/14
PreBook Date: 02/04/14
Run Time: 100 mins.
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: 5.1 SURROUND
Year of Production: 2013

MVD Entertainment Group | 230 Windsor Road | Pottstown | PA | 19464

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-Mount Salem To Release ENDLESS On Metal Blade Records!

Chicago, IL based psychedelic rock/doom act Mount Salem will release their out-of-print ENDLESS EP on February, 28th 2014 via Metal Blade Records in Europe. This version of ENDLESS will include two brand new tracks, and will be made available on vinyl! Fans can stream the third track on the record, “Lucid,” as well as pre-order the album on CD, vinyl, or digitally now at .

Mount Salem started writing music together in the summer of 2012 and released their first EP, ENDLESS, in the spring of 2013. The band puts a strong emphasis on tone and feeling in both their songs and live performances alike. Most of the band switched from their normal instruments and picked up new ones for this band and the result was much more natural than they had hoped for.

Taking influence from the classics like Black Sabbath and Pentagram, they play loud, heavy rock and roll using all vintage gear. Throwing their own twist of dark and mysterious doom into the music, they invite the listener to step into their sinister realm. The imagery in the lyrics will take you on a ride in which you won’t know whether to be scared or grab a sword and join the battle. “ENDLESS feels like it’s trapped in the nightmarish head-space of a psychic medium on a bad trip” – Mister Growl of

Mount Salem has toured the Midwest, South, and East coasts. Sharing the stage with bands such as Windhand, Weedeater, Bongripper, LO-Pan, Mothership, and Howl, Mount Salem has fit on a wide variety of heavy shows and brings a live act to counter their music. “This is music that creates images, demands attention, and engages all senses.” – Mister Growl of

Mount Salem is:
Emily Kopplin – vocals & organ
Cody Davidson – drums
Mark Hewett – bass
Kyle Morrison – guitars

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-Killwhitneydead Pre-Ordering Has Started

Killwhitneydead has begin the pre-order campaign for their new album, SUFFER MY WRATH. Instead of using websites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo to help fund the album the band is choosing to just go the DIY route and allow you, the fans, to simply pre-order the album directly from them. The campaign will run until the end of March. Several campaign exclusive will be available for pre-order including the first ever vinyl edition of their 2006 album, SO PRETTY SO PLASTIC. This exclusive will be printed to demand and not available anywhere else.

The following formats of SUFFER MY WRATH are available for pre-ordering: Deluxe Digital Download, CD, LP, and a special LP set with alternative cover art and colored vinyl.

New merchandise will also be available for adults, children, and toddlers.

You can preview and place pre-orders here:

Album Information:
North Carolina’s Killwhitneydead are ready to unleash their new album, SUFFER MY WRATH. Their first new material since 2007’s NOTHING LESS NOTHING MORE and HELL TO PAY double shot, the 11-track album finds the band at a crossroads. Entering their 12th year of existence, Killwhitneydead’s origins are deeply rooted in the early deathcore scene, but on SUFFER MY WRATH, the group steps away from the genre’s stylistic confines, creating something much more alluring.

Lead vocalist Matt Rudzinski elaborates, “Over the years, we have definitely been pigeonholed as a group and deservedly so, but when Kyle (guitar) handed me this batch of new songs back in 2010 I knew we were going to shake things up for KWD fans. Are we re-inventing the wheel as far as metal is concerned, not really, but are we attempting to shatter expectations of what a new Killwhitneydead record will sound like in 2013? Sure we are, but whether fans will accept that change only time will tell.”

SUFFER MY WRATH was engineered by new guitarist, Kyle Odell (Vanisher, Bloodjinn), and mixed by longtime friend, Jamie King, at his Basement Studios. Having since dropped off the touring circuit back in 2010, the band was allowed the freedom to record the album at their own pace during the past two years and they believe it shows.

No Killwhitneydead album is complete without some of the band’s extended family of fellow musicians also contributing their talents. Line Of Fire’s Shawn Pelata lends his powerhouse melodic vocal style to seven tracks on SUFFER MY WRATH, while guitarist Matt Johnsen (Pharaoh) and singer Justin Reich (Vanisher) also appear on the record. Jonin members Thomas Clark, Todd Houck, and Stuart Smith round out the guest list of performers on the upcoming album.

Track List:
1. A Prelude To War
2. Sound The Alarms
3. Demons Consume
4. Tyrant Enthroned
5. Evil Lives Within
6. Tip Of My Tongue
7. Sugartooth (Mundus Vult Decipi – Part I)
8. Serpents & Lies (Mundus Vult Decipi – Part II)
9. Living Hollow
10. Replicate To Survive
11. The Death Of Celebrity

Not wanting to shock their fans, the band posted an unfinished version of the album which has been available to stream here since June:

Tribunal Records/Divebomb Records

-About Heavy Metal’s “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1984″ list is online at .

-The excellent 2012 documentary “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet” is making the rounds this week and next on Pivot (airing February 12) and on demand. See for more.

-The Burning Crows’ new video for “Time,” from BEHIND THE VEIL, is online at . Hype: “The future of British rock, featuring Keith Weir (The Quireboys/Def Leppard). Produced by Nick Brine (The Darkness/Bruce Springsteen/Oasis). Exposure Music Award nominees in the categories of ‘Best Live Band’ and ‘Best Rock Song!'” See for more.

-There’s a new video message from Exorcism singer Csaba Zekan and drummer Garry King at . The band’s debut is due next month via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music.

-The French band Factor Hate has an EP called THE WATCHER out now. Hype: “Factor Hate plays a rather strong, hard and heavy metal music, with main influences which can be found in bands like Accept, Judas Priest, Pretty Maids to name a few, and obviously Alice Cooper.” Track list: “You’re In The Nightmare” (video at ), “Raise Your Hands,” “Wild As The Wind,” “The Watcher” (video at ). The lineup consists of singer Thierry “The Watcher” Grumiaux, guitarists Olivier “Silver” Landais and Hubert “Hubb” Treynel, bassist Kevin “Kev” Obron, and drummer Pascal “Sharky” Landais. See for more.

-Human Fortress has a new lyric video for “Under Siege,” from RAIDED LAND (AFM Records), online at .

-Iron Savior’s album teaser / “unofficial” clip for the new song “Burning Heart,” from the upcoming RISE OF THE HERO (AFM Records), is online now at . The album is due out February 28 in Europe and March 18 in the US.

-There’s a new Killer Dwarfs article/Russ Dwarf interview at .

-Kiss’ Paul Stanley will hit the road for book signings, promoting his autobiography “Face the Music: A Life Exposed,” as follows:

4/7 – Barnes & Noble Tribeca, New York, NY
4/8 – Barnes & Noble, Staten Island, NY
4/9 – Bookends, Ridgewood, NJ
4/16 – Barnes & Noble The Grove, Los Angeles, CA
4/17 – Warwick’s, San Diego, CA
4/25 – Jewish Community Center, San Francisco, CA (Q&A and signing)

See , , and for more.

-Kissin’ Dynamite will release MEGALOMANIA through AFM Records this Summer. The MEGALOMANIA OVER EUROPE 2014 will then commence as follows:

10/2 – Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany
10/3 – Masters Of Rock Cafe, Zlin, Czech Republic
10/4 – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
10/9 – Underground, Köln, Germany
10/10 – Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
10/11 – Matrix, Bochum, Germany
10/16 – Viper Room, Wien, Austria
10/17 – Komma, Wörgl, Austria
10/18 – Backstage, München, Germany
10/23 – Maschinenhaus, Berlin, Germany
10/24 – Logo, Hamburg, Germany
10/25 – Bastard Club, Osnabrück, Germany
10/31 – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
11/8 – De Bosuil, Weert, The Netherlands
11/9 – Baroeg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
11/14 – Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
11/15 – Ferrailleur, Nantes, France
11/16 – Tunk, Irun, Spain
11/18 – Acapulco, Gijon, Spain
11/19 – We Rock, Madrid, Spain
11/20 – Porta Caeli, Valladolid, Spain
11/21 – Utopia, Zaragossa, Spain
11/22 – Le Metronum, Toulouse, France

The band will also play the Rock Am Härtsfeldsee 2014 festival, which takes place June 27-28 in Dischingen, Germany. See for more on the festival, and see and for more on the band.

-Lord Volture is confirmed for the SOS Festival 2014, set for July 19-20 at the Radcliffe Civic in Radcliffe, UK. Other acts announced so far include Blaze Bayley, Absolva, Savage Messiah, Monument, Exit State, and Wizz Wizzard; see for more. They will also play the Zeeltje Festival 2014, which takes place August 15-16 in Deest, The Netherlands. Other bands listed so far include Heidevolk, Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering), New Adventures, Yeeehaa, and more; see for more. Lord Volture consists of David Marcelis on vocals, Paul Marcelis and Leon Hermans on guitar, Simon Geurts on bass, and Frank Wintermans on drums; hype: “Lord Volture delivers pure and Unpolished Heavy Metal. For fans of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Iced Earth.” Other upcoming live dates:

3/1 – ‘t Hof, Herentals, Belgium
4/4 – Stédsj, Barneveld, The Netherlands – w/ Blaze Bayley
4/18 – Very ‘Eavy Festival, Stadskanaal, The Netherlands
4/26 – Attic Rock Club, Litvínov, Czech Republic
6/6 – Baroeg Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands – w/ Masterplan
6/8 – Limuscene Live, Liempde, The Netherlands
6/13 – De Bogaard, Geel, Belgium
6/20 – Blue Devils Bar, Arras, France
6/21 – Le Gibolin, Saint-Omer, France
7/19 – SOS Festival, Radcliffe, UK
8/15 – “Metalnight” @ Zeeltje Festival, Deest, The Netherlands

See and for more.

-Messenger’s debut, ILLUSORY BLUES, is due out late in March on Svart Records. Track list: “The Return,” “Piscean Tide,” “Dear Departure,” “The Perpetual Glow Of A Setting Sun,” “Midnight,” “Somniloquist,” “Let The Light In.” Hype: “The musicians had made their names with bands in scenes as far apart as hardcore punk, black metal and ambient music. Tonally; one might recall finding oneself in the same ‘space’ occupied by other architects of sound such as Ulver, The Beatles, Swans, or Pink Floyd. But the stream of sound that emanates from the source of ILLUSORY BLUES is a heaving mass of organic richness; brimmed with intricate sounds that acknowledge the original fathers of experimentation but look forward in creating something new and unique. They dwell equally in the earthly realm of folk music and in the celestial void of progressive psychedelia; but have chanced upon a sound and an experience that sounds like no other.” See for more.

-Last week Motley Crue held a press conference to announce plans for a farewell tour, and even signed a “Cessation of Touring Agreement” as a way of promising this is truly the end. The tour may last for over two years; the first North American dates — with Alice Cooper opening — have been announced as follows, with tickets available through Ticketmaster and Dates:

7/2 – Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
7/4 – Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
7/5 – Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
7/6 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
7/8 – Schottenstein Center, Columbus, OH
7/9 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
7/11 – Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA
7/12 – INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, KS
7/13 – BOK Center, Tulsa, OK
7/15 – Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
7/16 – Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
7/18 – Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM
7/19 – Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
7/21 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
7/22 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
7/23 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
7/25 – Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
7/26 – Sleep County Amphitheatre, Ridgefield, WA
7/27 – White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
7/29 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, CA
7/30 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA
8/1 – USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT
8/2 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
8/3 – Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
8/5 – Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD
8/6 – Tyson Events Center, Sioux City, IA
8/8 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
8/9 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
8/10 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON
8/12 – Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
8/13 – First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
8/15 – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Pelham, AL
8/16 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA
8/17 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
8/19 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
8/20 – Farm Bureau Live @ Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
8/22 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
8/23 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
8/24 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA
8/26 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
8/27 – Great Allentown Fair, Allentown, PA
8/29 – Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
8/30 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
8/31 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
10/10 – Chesapeake Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
10/11 – Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX
10/12 – CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, LA
10/14 – KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
10/15 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
10/17 – Seminole Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, FL
10/19 – Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
10/21 – Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC
10/22 – Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
10/25 – Borgata Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ
10/26 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, CT
10/29 – The OnCenter Complex, Syracuse, NY
11/5 – Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, MS
11/6 – Landers Center, Southaven, MS
11/9 – iWireless Center, Moline, IL
11/11 – Resch Center, Green Bay, WI
11/12 – Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
11/13 – CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NE
11/15 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
11/16 – FargoDome, Fargo, ND
11/18 – Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
11/19 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
11/21 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

After the tour winds down Vince Neil intends to remain in the music and restaurant businesses, Mick Mars will work on a solo album and a book, Nikki Sixx will focus on Sixx A.M. and a radio show, and Tommy Lee will work on some “big surprises.” Check out a full report, including video of the 60-minute press conference and details of a Motley Crue tribute album featuring country artists and an update on the film version of “The Dirt,” at . See for more.

-Mustasch’s THANK YOU FOR THE DEMON is out now on Gain Records. Track list: “Feared And Hated,” “Thank You For The Demon,” “From Euphoria To Dystopia,” “The Mauler,” “Borderline,” “All My Life,” “Lowlife Highlights,” “I Hate To Dance,” “Don’t Want To Be Who I Am.” Check out the “Feared And Hated” video at . Album hype: “Mustasch has an interesting, and completely awesome, sound. Their rhythms and riffs are heavy — as in giant slab of granite heavy, which gives them one foot in the stoner metal territory occupied by bands like The Sword and Orange Goblin, but there’s also a hard rock side to things that brings to mind Motorhead and The Cult (especially in singer/rhythm guitarist Ralf Gyllenhammar’s vocal style and overall presence). They’ve got an overall vibe that’s similar to Volbeat, even though their sound is very different. Mustasch is a band that has all the potential in the world to get huge here if they follow the path Volbeat took in touring relentlessly and winning over new fans one club at a time.” See and for more.

-Axel Rudi Pell’s INTO THE STORM is out now via SPV/Steamhammer. Track list: “The Inquisitorial Procedure,” “Tower Of Lies,” “Long Way To Go,” “Burning Chains,” “When Truth Hurts,” “Changing Times,” “Touching Heaven,” “High Above,” “Hey Hey My My” (Neil Young cover) “Into The Storm.” The limited edition digi-pak version has two bonus tracks: “White Cats (Opus #6 Scivolare)” and “Way To Mandalay” (Blackmore’s Night cover). Check out clips of three songs and an album trailer at . Upcoming tour dates:

2/7 – Capitol, Hannover, Germany
2/8 – De Bosuil, Weert, The Netherlands
2/9 – The Garage, London, UK
2/11 – Löwensaal, Nürnberg, Germany
2/12 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
2/14 – Kaminwerk, Memmingen, Germany
2/15 – HsD (Gewerkschaftshaus), Erfurt, Germany
2/16 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2/18 – Neue Stadthalle, Langen, Germany
2/19 – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany
2/20 – 2/21 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
7/11 – Bang Your Head Festival, Balingen, Germany (special 25th anniversary show with “Axel Rudi Pell & Friends”)
9/20 – Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
9/21 – Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
9/23 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
9/24 – Backstage, München, Germany
9/26 – Szene, Wien, Austria
9/27 – Master Of Rock Cafe, Zlin, Czech Republic
9/28 – Matrix Music Club, Prag, Czech Republic
9/30 – Huxleys Neue Welt, Berlin, Germany
10/1 – Aladin Music Hall, Bremen, Germany
10/3 – Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
10/4 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
10/5 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany

See and for more.

-Primal Fear — Ralf Scheepers on vocals, Alex Beyrodt on guitar, Magnus Karlsson on guitar and keyboards, Mat Sinner on bass and vocals, Randy Black on drums — has released the DELIVERING THE BLACK CD/DVD on Frontiers Records. Track list: “King For A Day,” “Rebel Faction,” “When Death Comes Knocking,” “Alive & On Fire,” “Delivering The Black,” “Road To Asylum,” “One Night In December,” “Never Pray For Justice,” “Born With A Broken Heart,” “Inseminoid.” The deluxe edition features two bonus tracks — “Innocent Man” and “Man Without Shadow” — and a DVD with the “When Death Comes Knocking” video, the “King For A Day” video, and a “making of” feature. Hype: “On the heels of the general consensus met by the previous studio album UNBREAKABLE, Primal Fear are only getting better with time and metal fans around the world are acknowledging this. DELIVERING THE BLACK 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. The centerpiece of the album is the two epic tracks ‘When Death Comes Knocking’ and the ten minute opus ‘One Night In December,’ spiced with big orchestral arrangements and complex sound designs. Classic and ultra-fresh Primal Fear riff-rockers like the title track, the album opener ‘King For A Day’ or the groove monsters ‘Alive And On Fire’ and ‘Road To Asylum’ hit the bulls-eye just like the untamed speed killer ‘Rebel Faction.’ The outstanding ballad ‘Born With A Broken Heart’ shows a new side of Primal Fear with an acoustic guitar vibe and the addition of Liv Kristine (Leaves’ Eyes) on backing vocals.” Check out clips of three songs and the video for “When Death Comes Knocking” at . See and for more.

-Ring Of Fire — featuring singer Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Royal Hunt), guitarist Tony MacAlpine, and keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij (Artension), with a guest rhythm section of bassist Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius) and drummer Jami Huovinen (Sentiment) — has BATTLE OF LENINGRAD out now on Frontiers. Track list: “Mother Russia,” “They’re Calling Your Name,” “Empire,” “Land Of Frozen Tears,” “Firewind,” “Where Angels Play,” “Battle Of Leningrad,” “No Way Out,” “Our World,” “Rain.” Check out clips of all the songs at . Hype: “BATTLE OF LENINGRAD is the band’s fourth studio album, coming after a nine-year hiatus — a period which has seen the band members getting involved in other projects, most notably with singer Mark Boals becoming singer for Royal Hunt and Kuprij and MacAlpine touring with Steve Vai, respectively. Ring Of Fire reconvened with Boals, MacAlpine and Kuprij during 2012, when they agreed to work on their unfinished business and develop a new album from the true story of the siege of Leningrad during World War II.” See for more.

-Stormwarrior’s THUNDER AND STEELE is out now on Massacre Records. Track list: “Thunder And Steele,” “Metal Avenger,” “Sacred Blade,” “Ironborn,” “Steel Crusader,” “Fyres In The Nighte,” “Die By The Hammer,” “Child Of Fyre,” “One Will Surivive,” “Servants Of Metal.” Band and album hype: “Stormwarrior are known worldwide for their unique style combining True Heavy Metal anthems with the concept of Nordic mythology. Hailing from Northern Germany and greatly inspired by the ’80s metal scene, especially the Hamburg Metal godfathers like Helloween and Running Wild, the band was founded by Lars Ramcke. After releasing two demo tapes and playing dozens of live shows, Stormwarrior finally got the attention of one of their all time idols Kai Hansen and recorded their self-titled debut album with him. The album hit the stores in July 2002 and praise from all corners of the globe has been streaming in since then. Successful festival appearances at the Wacken Open (Germany) and a tour with Iron Savior followed. Now, with their new album THUNDER AND STEELE, Stormwarrior are raising the bar once more. Not only staying true to their roots, they managed to evolve their already unequaled musical prowess with the most catchy yet intricate guitar work, earwig-melodies and pushing drum and bass attacks.” Check out clips of three songs at , and see and for more.

-The Sweden Rock Festival — set for June 4-7 in Sölvesborg, Sweden — announced Ted Nugent has been added to the bill. This will be Terrible Ted’s only European show this year, and he’ll be joined by singer/guitarist Derek St. Holmes, bassist Greg Smith (Alice Cooper, Rainbow), and drummer Mick Brown (Dokken). The rest of the bands announced so far are Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, W.A.S.P., Alter Bridge, Megadeth, Transatlantic, Rob Zombie, Q5, The Rainmakers, Magnum, Queensryche, Emperor, and more. See for more.

-We Hunt Buffalo is touring Canada right now as follows:

2/19 – Cactus Jacks, Kamloops, BC
2/20 – Elk And Oarsman, Banff, ALB (free show)
2/21 – The Pawn Shop, Edmonton, ALB
2/22 – The Gateway, Calgary, ALB
2/23 – International Beer Haus & Stage, Red Deer, ALB

See for more.

-Within Temptation singer Sharon Den Adel and guitarist Ruud Jolie were recently in New York for an industry dinner; check out Attention Deficit Delirium’s short write-up at . ADD’s Bryan Reesman also has an interview with Den Adel at .

Thanks to Rizz Graham, Music Buy Mail, Southern Cross PR, Chad Bowar, Connecting Music, Keith Sharp, John Erigo, Axel Wiesenauer, Hawk, and Karen Weston for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus Issue #658

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Issue #658
Week of January 27, 2014

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-So yeah, just in case you’d forgotten it was winter, we have THIS WEEK again… Oy. – Tim

*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Blackwelder — Featuring Primal Fear, Dio Disciples, & Hangar Members — Signs With Rock’N’Growl

International power prog metal band Blackwelder signs worldwide management deal with Germany’s Rock’N’Growl Management. Hailing from the four corners of the world, Blackwelder is a brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in Power Prog Metal today. Arguably the best singer in all of metal, Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray) fronts this extraordinary outfit at the top of his game, alongside guitar virtuoso Andrew Szus (Seven Seraphim). Bjorn Englen (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Aquiles Priester (Hangar, ex-Angra) round out this unstoppable team of what quite possibly could be one of the greatest lineups metal has ever seen.

Blackwelder are:

Ralf Scheepers – Vocals (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray)
Andrew Szucs – Guitar (Seven Seraphim)
Bjorn Englen – Bass (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen)
Aquiles Priester – Drums (Hangar, ex-Angra)

Blackwelder began as the long-awaited follow-up to Seven Seraphim’s BELIEVE IN ANGELS. Bit by bit, as the songs materialized, it became evident to main man Andrew Szucs that this music should carry the banner of a new musical entity, emerging from a richer, darker source thus, Blackwelder was born.

Andrew began this musical journey alone, however, once he completed the framework for all of the songs, the band members began to fall into place like pieces of a puzzle.

Bjorn Englen was the first to climb aboard, expertly adding his bass lines to the songs. Bjorn would later go on tour with Tony MacAlpine alongside drummer Aquiles Priester, after which, it seemed only natural to keep this rhythm section intact for Blackwelder.

Once Andrew’s guitars were recorded, it became evident that a true powerhouse vocalist was needed to carry these songs to completion. Not just any voice would do. Blackwelder would need the stratospheric vocal stylings characterized by the rich tradition of European heavy metal, and who better to do that than the voice of Primal Fear: Ralf Scheepers. Like a dragon with its fire, Ralf’s voice and lyrical themes are a natural fit to the songs of Blackwelder; blending and contrasting with the Marshall-based guitar tones in perfect harmony.

Topping off this powerful lineup is the unparalleled drumming of Aquiles Priester. Andrew and Aquiles agreed to finish the songs with Aquiles’ unique pyrotechnic display of progressive metal drumming techniques and what a display it is.

Blackwelder is a winning formula of raw musical virtuosity that holds the listener’s ears right from the start. This act is surely not one to be missed and cannot be denied!

*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Frontiers Rock Festival

The Label Festival
May 1, 2, 3 • 2014 Trezzo sull’Adda (Milano) – Italy

It was 1996. Serafino Perugino, after a sleepless night, decided to move forward and start up a business that could finally involve him in music, his greatest passion. Then, two years later Frontiers Records debuted on the international markets with its first release.

Eighteen years passed… It has been wild ride, so many years of “blood, sweat and tears”, but — in the end — we dare to say we made it, managing to sign and release so many successful albums with top artists and bands that made us and all of you dream the dream.

But (there’s always a “but”…) during all these years a great idea always stayed in in the back of our minds. It was “the” idea: what the fans have always been asking for, something that’s always been growing and that we never dared to put into reality… a LIVE event that could show everyone OUR way to think and create music and to celebrate the achievements that Frontiers Records, today’s leading indie Rock label in the World, has accomplished during the years.

So after countless mails and requests from fans, friends, and partners, we decided that THIS IS THE TIME! So… here we go! What we offer you is NOT a Rock Festival, but a full blast EVENT: three exciting days in which absolute TOP bands will share the big stage with some new brilliant acts. For some of them this will be the very FIRST TIME in Italy. Or better, for some of them, this will be the VERY FIRST TIME EVER and for others this will be anyway a very special concert with original lineup reunion or performing classic songs not played since a long time.

We made an effort to give you what you have been missing for a long time: a three-day Rock Party where we will offer you the chance to meet your favorite artists, to breathe and feel the unique and friendly atmosphere of a Rock event, to join the nice facilities of a hand-picked boutique venue, and — most importantly — to fully enjoy some fabulous music and the exciting performances of these bands.

Now it’s YOUR TURN to join the celebration. Won’t you dare to miss the ROCK EVENT of the year!?

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-Snake City Music Update

[Note: This is Lizzy Borden/Lynch Mob/Starwood bassist Marten Andersson’s newsletter. – Tim]

2014 – Already… Wow!

I hope everyone had a great 2013. It’s gone in a flash. The holidays are over and a new year are upon us, with the NAMM Music Show up next! We started out 2013 playing on the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise and ended up in Sweden for the Skogsrojet Festival. As always it’s awesome meeting everyone and enjoying our conversations.

As you might have heard my bro (and Lizzy Borden) guitarist Dario Lorina has been selected as the new guitarist in Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society. I am very excited for him. He is a talented and amazing guitar player with many years to come in the business. I will continue to work with Dario in his solo band. The debut DARIO LORINA CD is out now on Shrapnel Records and we are all playing our asses off on this record, it’s a must for fans of instrumental shredding music.

The CD can be purchased at Amazon or on iTunes (or a well stocked record store).

A Lizzy Borden classic song is in the new movie “Metalhead” (a.k.a. “Málmhaus”) from acclaimed Icelandic filmmaker Ragnar Bragason, best known for his films “Börn” (“Children”) and “Foreldrar” (“Parents”). This darkly comic drama about a grief-stricken young woman who adopts the persona and decibel-blasting predilections of her deceased brother Málmhaus, it includes songs by not only Lizzy Borden but also Judas Priest, Savatage, Megadeth, and many more. The official trailer for “Metalhead” (with English subtitles) can be seen at . (new page) (new tour dates will be added soon)

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-Gotthard: New Album BANG! Will Be Released On April 4

The year starts with a BIG BANG! Rock fans can rejoice, because the Ticino platinum-band will release their new album with the title BANG! In addition to Musikvertreib in Switzerland, for the first time, they have Pias (the rest of the world) and Marquee Inc (Japan) as new distribution partners on board.

Musically, we can be pleased to have 100% Gotthard, since Leo Leoni and Charlie Bauerfeind are the production team for earthy hard rock, pure Gotthard spirit and wonderful rock melodies melding together.

BANG! began like its predecessor FIREBIRTH — number 1 in the Swiss charts, number 9 in the German — in the band’s own Yellow House Studios in Lugano in autumn/winter 2013. It reproduces the earlier Gotthard times and transports them into 2014.

Mix engineer Ronald Prent is responsible for the topical and appropriate polish, as he mixed the new album. The Dutchman, who is at home in the famous Wisseloord Studios, has already presented his expertise in the albums LIPSERVICE and DOMINO EFFECT. “We got to know him as unbelievably competent and tasteful,” said Leo Leoni. “You can see that he loves rock music and knows how to present the sound. He understood then straight away what we wanted and how we should sound. This time, he has shown us his expertise again.” No wonder, after all Prent has worked in the studio with bands such as the Scorpions, 3 Doors Down, Def Leppard, and Within Temptation.

For singer Nic Maeder, BANG! is not only his second album with Gotthard, but also the convincing proof that he belongs in the band, that he has become one of them and his voice and his qualities as a songwriter are indispensable.

The fans and collectors are not the only ones to be happy: Apart from a standard jewel case, the album will be presented in a classy digi-pak version, with two bonus tracks and also on vinyl.

Gotthard @ the Wisseloord Studios:

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-L.R.S. Debut On The Way

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of L.R.S.’ debut Album DOWN TO THE CORE on March 21 in Europe and March 25 in North America.

L.R.S. stands for the new Melodic Rock musical alliance between singer Tommy La Verdi (21 Guns), guitarist Josh Ramos (The Storm, Hardline), and drummer Michael Shotton (Von Groove, Airtime). Started initially as a way to bring back to the public the amazing vocal talent of Tommy LaVerdi, a singer which came to the attention of the fans on the fabulous 21 Guns debut album SALUTE in 1992, the whole project morphed into a power band trio when two other well known musicians: guitar player Josh Ramos and drummer Michael Shotton were brought into the picture by the album producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline).

The writing sessions were fast and steady, with Del Vecchio managing all contributions from the band members — who lived in different places — and offering a number of his own writings and co-writings to the band, which was anyway able to develop a distinctive Melodic Rock sound in the tradition of Journey / The Storm, with hints of Canadian AOR — think mid ’80s Triumph. Recording sessions happened for the most part in Somma Lombardo, Italy during the spring of 2013, with the musicians getting along extremely well and creating a spontaneous camaraderie which contributed a lot to the success of the sessions.

“I respected a lot both Josh and Michael before starting the album and it was actually very sad to leave each other after we finished recording and filming the videos,” said Tommy La Verdi, while Michael Shotton added “It was like we had been playing in a band for years!” “I had the opportunity to try different styles and moods and incorporate elements of my past musical experiences in The Storm and Hardline — I was very glad to be involved in this,” concludes Josh Ramos.

The resulting album DOWN TO THE CORE is now finally ready to be unleashed to the public. With soaring vocals from LaVerdi, a superb vocalist who comes back into the well deserved spotlight and some exquisite guitar playing from Ramos, this is an album not to be missed and an AOR highlight for early 2014!

Enjoy the album presentation via YouTube following the link below:

DOWN TO THE CORE includes the following track listing:

1. Our Love To Stay
2. Livin’ 4 A Dream
3. I Can Take You There
4. Never Surrender
5. Almost Over You
6. Shadow Of A Man
7. Universal Cry
8. To Be Your Man
9. Down To The Core
1O. I Will Find My Way
11. Waiting For Love
12. Not One Way To Give

L.R.S. has already agreed to appear live at MelodicRock Fest in Chicago on October 4th with more dates in the works in the springtime to accompany the album release.

Tommy La Verdi – lead vocals
Josh Ramos – guitars
Michael Shotton – drums, backing vocals

Alessandro Del Vecchio – keyboards, Hammond organ, backing vocals
Nicola Mazzucconi – bass, fretless bass
Anna Portalupi – bass, fretless bass
Jamie Browne – bass

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-Tuomas Holopainen’s Solo Album Details Revealed

Nightwish song composer and keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen will be releasing his first solo album this spring via Nuclear Blast.

The album will be based on writer/illustrator Don Rosa’s graphic novel “The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck,” which tells the life story of Scrooge from his early years in 19th Century Scotland and follows him in his worldly adventures through the 1950s. When Holopainen read the story nearly 20 years ago, its immense depth, detail, wit, and emotional power resonated with him instantly. While the initial spark of creating a soundtrack for the graphic novel came to him in 1999, the idea took 14 years to come to fruition.

Recorded from August to October 2013 at Angel Studios in London plus various locations around Scotland and Finland, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE will include elements of the classical and folk genres in the vein of Vaughan Williams, Michael Nyman, James Newton Howard, and Enya. The album will feature artwork by Don Rosa.

Pip Williams — who collaborated with Tuomas on the Nightwish albums ONCE (2004), DARK PASSION PLAY (2007), and IMAGINAERUM (2012) — will once again assist with orchestral arrangements for THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE.

The album will feature four lead vocalists: Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela, Tony Kakko of Sonata Arctica, Johanna Iivanainen, and Alan Reid.

Musical guests include: The London Orchestra, the Metro Voices choir from London, Nightwish’s Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, bodhran), Mikko Iivanainen (guitars, banjo), Teho Majamäki (didgeridoo), Jon Burr (harmonica), and Dermot Crehan (solo violin).


1. Glasgow 1877
2. Into The West
3. Duel & Cloudscapes
4. Dreamtime
5. Cold Heart Of The Klondike
6. The Last Sled
7. Goodbye, Papa
8. To Be Rich
9. A Lifetime Of Adventure
10. Go Slowly Now, Sands Of Time
Bonus Track:
11. A Lifetime Of Adventure (Alternate Version)

Visit Tuomas Holopainen online at .

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-Adrenaline Rush Signs To Frontiers

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of Adrenaline Rush. Fronted by one of the most talented and hottest chicks in today’s Hard Rock scene, Tåve Wanning (formerly part of the Teen-Pop duo Peaches), Adrenaline Rush promises to fire up the Rock scene with their lethal dose of heavy guitars, infectious hooks, and full-blown RnR attitude.

With a debut album recorded under the direction of producer Erik Martensson (Eclipse, W.E.T), this impressive band needs to be on the “to buy” list for all fans of Danger Danger, Motley Crue, Warrant, Treat, and Crazy Lixx.

Tåve Wanning says “I am very excited to finally expose my rock soul with my band. I’ve always been a rocker at heart and if you’re into ’70s/’80s style rock I am sure you will feel right at home with Adrenaline Rush. Enjoy!”

Frontiers will launch the band with the release of their first video/single “Change” in spring with an album to follow in the summer of 2014. The band will also have some selected live appearances in Sweden and in some festivals in mainland Europe. More info at .

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-AFM Records News

Helstar: THIS WICKED NEST To Be Released On April 25!

Texas-based metal legend Helstar returns with the brand new studio album THIS WICKED NEST on April 25. The band, fronted by vocalist James Rivera, has now unveiled the album’s front cover. THIS WICKED NEST will be available as CD and limited edition Vinyl.

Vanishing Point: DISTANT IS THE SUN Album Trailer Available!

Australian melodic metal masters Vanishing Point will release their new album DISTANT IS THE SUN on February 21. More than six years after the previous release, THE FOURTH SEASON, the band strikes again with their unique blend of power, prog & AOR. Check out the album trailer to get a first impression.

AFM Records To Release Extensive Anniversary Edition Of Clawfinger Classic Album!

Twenty years after its original release, preparations started for the ultimate anniversary edition of Clawfinger’s classic album DEAF DUMB BLIND, one of the most important crossover albums of the 1990s. DEAF DUMB BLIND was turned into DEAFER DUMBER BLINDER (which can be taken as a promise considering content of the extensive re-issue):

CD 1: Original Album DEAF DUMB BLIND
CD 2: THE BEST OF B-SIDES (17 tracks)
CD 3: THE BEST OF DEMOS (20 tracks)
DVD LIVE IN WOODSTOCK + Documentary, MTV Specials, & more!

DEAFER DUMBER BLINDER will be released on March 7.

The band comments:

Baard Torstensen:
“None of us would have thought in the early Nineties that we would live our dream for almost two decades, travel the world and play for millions of people on three continents (Europe, America, Asia). Our anniversary box DEAFER DUMBER BLINDER reflects pretty much what Clawfinger is all about. Enjoy the unreleased demo tracks from early days up ’til 2005, a bunch of good B-sides, the classics from DEAF DUMB BLIND, and have fun with a live DVD from Woodstock Festival Poland where we played in front of more than 100,000 people back in 2009. This DVD also contains bonus material. (Two Scandinavian documentaries, festival clips, ‘MTV Most Wanted’).”

Zak Tell:
“DEAFER DUMBER BLINDER, the last and the tastiest piece of chocolate in the box is coming your way. It’s a treat so sweet you just can’t resist it. Demos, B-sides, Live footage, photos, the story of Clawfinger’s humble beginning, and more. This sucker comes with material no one has ever seen or heard before and it will be in stores shortly so be sure to keep your ears and eyes open and scream your heart out when it arrives. The kings are dead, long live the kings.”

Jocke Skog:
“We’ve gone through a lot of stuff to make this a box worth owning. It’s a tad late for an anniversary box since we released the first one back in 1993, but in this era where everything is online, it doesn’t matter that much. Enjoy! I know I will.”

Words Of Farewell: Lyric Video “Beauty In Passing” Available!

Another teaser for the highly-anticipated second album of German melodic prog/deathers Words Of Farewell comes in shape of a lyric video for the song “Beauty In Passing.” Watch out for the release of THE BLACK WILD YONDER on February 28 (Europe), March 4 (US).

AFM Records

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-Earache Records: Blackberry Smoke & Savage Messiah Pre-Orders & Tour Dates

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

Pre-Order Blackberry Smoke THE WHIPPOORWILL (3 Bonus Track UK/EU Edition) Now!

Howdy y’all!

Atlanta, Georgia southern rockers Blackberry Smoke are getting ready to release their latest album, THE WHIPPOORWILL, for the first time in Europe in just three weeks!

THE WHIPPOORWILL is an instant southern rock/outlaw country classic, and as a special treat for European fans, the UK/EU edition includes three exclusive bonus tracks not available anywhere else.

THE WHIPPOORWILL (3 Bonus Track UK/EU Edition) is available to pre-order now on digi-pak CD and limited edition colored vinyl LP. Plus, for the super-fans and collectors, we have a very special and extremely limited deluxe pine box set, hand-stenciled by the band members themselves and including a signed copy of the album on exclusive white vinyl, an album cover T-shirt, Blackberry Smoke playing cards, and two Blackberry Smoke shot glasses — everything you need to party, southern style!

Pre-order your copy of THE WHIPPOORWILL (3 Bonus Track UK/EU Edition) now on CD, LP and limited edition pine box set at .

For digital fans, THE WHIPPOORWILL is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including the three CD/LP bonus tracks plus an extra two exclusive tracks! And if you pre-order the album now, you’ll be able to download two of the tracks immediately, plus another one on February 1! Pre-order the album now on iTunes at .

Check out Blackberry Smoke’s new music video for the track, “Shakin’ Hands With the Holy Ghost:”

For a sneak preview of the full album, head to:

Lastly, don’t forget that Blackberry Smoke are heading to Europe in support of the release of THE WHIPPOORWILL (3 Bonus Track UK/EU Edition). Don’t miss them at these shows:

Feb. 28 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
Mar. 01 – Nottingham, UK – Bodega (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 02 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
Mar. 03 – London, UK – O2 Academy Islington
Mar. 05 – Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall
Mar. 06 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Winston (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 08 – Stockholm, Sweden – Kagelbanan
Mar. 10 – Hamburg, Germany – Logo
Mar. 11 – Berlin, Germany – White Trash
Mar. 12 – Cologne, Germany – Luxor
Mar. 13 – Munich, Germany – Strom
Mar. 15 – Paris, France – Nouveau Casino

Tickets are selling fast, so get yours while you can!

Pre-Order Savage Messiah’s New Album THE FATEFUL DARK Now!

Greetings, thrashers and headbangers!

British shred-heavy melodic metallers Savage Messiah are gearing up for the release of their brand new studio album, THE FATEFUL DARK, and we must say, it’s an absolute riff-fest!

THE FATEFUL DARK is due to be released on March 12 and is practically exploding with crushing riffs, face-melting solos, and soaring vocals. This is undoubtedly going to be one of the best metal albums of the year!

Pre-order THE FATEFUL DARK now from the Earache Webstore on CD and you’ll receive a free exclusive bonus disc featuring three killer cover tracks, or pre-order the album on vinyl and get a free bonus 10″ with four cover tracks! THE FATEFUL DARK is also available on iTunes with three bonus tracks, and if you pre-order the album now you’ll be able to download two tracks straight away, with another available on February 10.

Reserve your copy of THE FATEFUL DARK now:
Europe –
North America –
iTunes –

As a little taste of what’s to come, you can check out two new Savage Messiah tracks now, plus a sneak preview of the full album:

“Minority of One”

“Cross Of Babylon”

Album preview

Finally, make sure you don’t miss Savage Messiah performing live in the UK in support of THE FATEFUL DARK:

Mar. 02 – London, UK – Barfly
Mar. 05 – York, UK – Fibbers
Mar. 06 – Glasgow, UK – Audio
Mar. 07 – Manchester, UK – Sound Control
Mar. 08 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms
Apr. 19 – Norwich, UK – Thrashersaurus Festival

Rock on!

Earache Records

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-Miracle Master Unveil TATTOOED WOMAN Cover Artwork

Danish/German hard rockers Miracle Master will release their debut album TATTOOED WOMAN, on March 7 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The new band featuring Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band) on vocals, was formed out of the ashes of Pump. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Matthias Bäuerele of SeasonZero (Downspirit, Symphorce, Zombie Inc.) can be seen at .

Recordings were done at Studio 22 in Germany and Medley Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Miracle Master & Axel Heckert (Brainstorm, Symphorce).

Track listing:

1. Come Alive
2. Fly Away
3. Stay With Me
4. Forgive Yourself
5. Miracle Master
6. Will To Survive
7. Why Religion
8. Tattooed Woman
9. Highway To Heaven
10. Tear Down The Walls
11. We All Touch Evil

Miracle Master recently released a video teaser for the new album TATTOOED WOMAN. The clip was created by Dominic Pencz of Pencz Art and Krone Camera Edit. The video can be viewed below.

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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-Red Tide Rising Debuts On Billboard Magazine’s Heatseeker Charts With THE RISING

DENVER, CO — Young Colorado-based modern hard rockers Red Tide Rising have debuted on Billboard magazine’s Heatseeker’s Chart at #3 with THE RISING, in the album’s first week of release.

The Death Box Records / Vanity Music Group release, recorded in the last half of 2013, THE RISING was produced by Mike McAree (engineer for In This Moment) and Jeff Kanan (Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Randy Jackson, Staind, Rick Rubin, and others). The album’s 13 tracks reflect the work of a band — some of whom are still in their teens — working on a maturity level far beyond their actual years. “The song ‘2:13′ was an older track from when we did the INFERNO sessions. It didn’t make it onto that disc but it’s a great song so we wanted to include it this time,” relates guitarist Andrew Whiteman. “‘The Otherside’ was one of the first songs we wrote for the album that we all participated in, and one of the first using MIDI for us as well. ‘Cold’ is one of my favorite tracks off the record. It has a nice slow boil to it that makes it such a cool track (no pun intended). And finally, ‘The Rising’ is our anthem. It’s all about what we believe in as a band and working together to achieve greatness.”

“We are extremely honored and humbled to be charting on Billboard for the first time,” says Whiteman. “Thank you to everyone who has supported us to make this goal a reality. We look forward to having continued success in the charts and on the road!”

Red Tide Rising will tour throughout the winter into the spring, in both headlining and bigger support slots.

Relevant Links:

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-Kill Ritual: THE EYES OF MEDUSA Album Teaser

A teaser for THE EYES OF MEDUSA, the new album from San Francisco Bay area metallers Kill Ritual, can be streamed below. The CD will be released on April 4 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The artwork for the effort was designed by Jobert Mello of Sledgehammer Graphix (Sabaton, Primal Fear).

Track listing:

1. The Eyes Of Medusa
2. Hair Trigger
3. Never Get Me
4. Ride Into The Night
5. Weight Of The World
6. Writing On The Wall
7. Just Another Sin
8. My Little Sister
9. Unleashed
10. Agenda 21

Recordings were done at Fossil Sound; San Jose CA and Fang Studio; San Mateo CA. Production/engineering was again handled by Kill Ritual guitarist Steven Rice. Mix and master completed by Steven Rice and Andy LaRocque (King Diamond).

Kill Ritual are:

Josh “Crimson” Gibson – Vocals
Steven Rice – Guitars (ex-Imagika)
Danyael “Laughing” Bear – Bass (ex-Dark Angel)
Gee Anzalone – Drums (Brain Damage)

Formed in late 2010 by former Imagika lead guitarist Steven Rice. Kill Ritual was completed by former Dark Angel bassist Danyael Williams, Bay Area vocalist Josh Gibson, and Italian drummer Gee Anzalone (Brain Damage).

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-Lost Society: New Album Details Revealed!

Lost Society, one of the most promising up-and-coming Finnish bands of our time, has released the details to their upcoming album TERROR HUNGRY. “Lost Society is back, and we’re angrier than ever,” commented guitarist/vocalist Samy Elbanna. “The new album TERROR HUNGRY is a full on thrash album from start to finish, with a darker and even more aggressive feel to it! It has the signature elements that make up Lost Society and we’ve put in even more groove riffage, more mind blistering guitar shredding, and some of the fastest stuff we’ve ever done on it! Look out, this one’s gonna be faster, louder and we’re more pissed off than ever!”

TERROR HUNGRY was produced by Nino Laurenne (Amorphis, Ensiferum, Lordi) at the renowned Sonic Pump studios (Finntroll, Sonata Arctica, Omnium Gatherum). The artwork was created by Jan Meininghaus (Bolt Thrower, Sick Of It All, U.D.O.). Expect to see the release of TERROR HUNGRY in both digital and physical formats on April 1 (North America) and April 4 (Europe) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Artist Jan Meininghaus states about the album cover:

“I was asked to do Lost Society’s new album cover and first of all, I had to face the fact that I had to follow their debut album’s art that was created by the legendary Ed Repka; one of the true heroes of my own thrash metal days. So I decided to go a different way and create the band’s cover idea in a much darker and less cartoony mood than the debut. Lost Society’s musical style and their approach to metal is very ’80s Bay Area to me, so I thought it might be fun to paint something that might have been on one of those record covers these days. I listened to Lost Society and my old Exodus, Testament, and Forbidden vinyls and it was a blast to come up with TERROR HUNGRY artwork!”

The track list of TERROR HUNGRY reads as follows:

1. Spurgatory
2. Game Over
3. Attaxic
4. Lethal Pleasure
5. Terror Hungry
6. Snowroad Blowout
7. Tyrant Takeover
8. Overdosed Brain
9. Thrashed Reality
10. F.F.E.
11. Brewtal Awakening
12. Mosh It Up
13. Wasted After Midnight
14. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll

Lost Society’s debut FAST LOUD DEATH displayed a true old-school thrash vibe in 2013 and managed to amaze press and scene veterans such as Kreator, Tankard, Destruction, or Testament alike. Just check out these video clips from that very record to see what all the hype is about:

“Kill (Those Who Oppose Me)”

“Trash All Over You”

Nuclear Blast will be doing a fan interview video with Lost Society! If you have any questions for the band please submit them here:

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-Total Metal Festival: A Surprising Tickets Cost!

Starting from February 3 the pre-sales of the next edition of the TMF will be available with an “anticrisis” price!

The organizers of the Total Metal Open Air Festival announced that starting from the next February 3 at 11:00 a.m. the event tickets will be available on the Ticketone ( ), Bookingshow ( ), and Metaltix ( ) networks.

There will be one unique ticket that will be valid for both days of the festival which, remember, will be held on July 19 and 20, 2014 at the public pools in the city of Bitonto near Bari, Italy. Despite the already confirmed participation of bands like Annihilator, Moonspell, and Death Angel, and the imminent announcement of other high-caliber artists, the ticket price will be only 40 euros and not only will include two entire days of music and attractions, but also the possibility to enjoy a free camping area set up for the occasion! (More info about the campsite on .)

The production manager Fabrizio Fiorito states: “This year we are preparing an edition which will be far superior to all prior ones for both the number and quality of the bands and for all the care that we are having for the non-musical entertainments of the festival. A highest ticket cost was lawful and justified, but just because of the major change that we are doing we would like to introduce the ‘new’ TMF to as much people as possible. Certainly we’re sacrificing part of the possible income, but, with foresight, we look to the future and we are confident that a low ticket will bring us a lot more people and then will make the event even more famous and popular.”

If you love metal and fun, therefore you just have to wait the February 3, buy your ticket for the TMF and save it jealously in a safe until next summer!

For further information:

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-Legendary Rocker Burton Cummings Packs The Orleans Showroom In Vegas Jan. 17 & 18

LAS VEGAS — Burton Cummings ( ), legendary rocker and former front man for The Guess Who, jammed to sold-out audiences on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino.

Cummings and his explosive five-piece band were rewarded with numerous standing ovations at The Orleans Showroom. Many Canadians flocked to the shows to support their fellow countryman and Canadian Music Hall Of Fame inductee.

Cummings warmed up with a similarly sold out solo performance Jan. 15 at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. Cummings wrapped his busier than ever 2013 touring slate with a batch of East Coast dates in mid-November, then launched 2014 with his first-ever headline shows in Las Vegas.

Years after Cummings joined The Guess Who as keyboardist and lead vocalist, the charismatic performer is still rocking his best loved classics, “These Eyes,” “American Woman,” “Undun,” “No Time,” and “Share The Land,” and his renowned solo hit “Stand Tall” — among countless others — on tour every year across the US and his native Canada, where the legendary band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame.

Enthusiastic, creative, and fully embracing social media to stay in day to day touch with several generations of fans, Cummings is encouraging his loyal fans to share photos and videos from all of his concerts on his new real-time website.

The site has been filling up quickly with live performance photos and videos (from recent shows and over the years) via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram since Burton sent out a recent tweet encouraging fans to take photos and videos during concerts and to share them on social media using the hashtag #BCLIVE. Photos and videos are displayed in real time on the home page of, creating an exciting sense of immediacy and community among excited fans.

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-Battlecross To Hit The Road This March With Protest The Hero

Detroit, Michigan-based metallers Battlecross will be joining Canada’s Protest The Hero as direct support on the band’s spring US tour, set to commence March 1 in Buffalo. Tickets are on sale now.

Guitarist Tony Asta comments: “Battlecross is very excited to hit the road with Protest The Hero! They seem like a very successful, humble group of guys who don’t take things too seriously yet are serious about the business — a good role model for all modern bands and we can’t wait to get to know them on the road. Oh yeah and they’re shredders! Being direct support is a huge honor and we won’t let anyone down. This is a very unique tour package and we can’t wait to play to new crowds as well as expose some of our fans to bands they may not have seen yet. See you all in the road this spring!”

Battlecross’ latest effort, WAR OF WILL, saw the band on the road as a part of 2013’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival and 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 on the 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.

w/ Protest The Hero, The Safety Fire, Intervals, Night Verses
3/01/2014 Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
3/02/2014 Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
3/03/2014 The Stache at The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
3/04/2014 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
3/05/2014 The Garage – Burnsville, MN
3/07/2014 The Eagles Hall – Milwaukee, WI
3/08/2014 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
3/09/2014 Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE
3/10/2014 Aggie Theatre – Ft. Collins, CO
3/11/2014 Mesa Theatre & Club – Grand Junction, CO
3/12/2014 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
3/14/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA
3/15/2014 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
3/16/2014 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
3/17/2014 Assembly – Sacramento, CA
3/18/2014 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
3/19/2014 191 Toole – Tucson, AZ
3/21/2014 Jake’s Backroom – Lubbock, TX
3/22/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
3/23/2014 Juanita’s – Little Rock, AR
3/24/2014 The Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
3/26/2014 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
3/27/2014 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3/28/2014 Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
3/29/2014 Ziggys By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
3/30/2014 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
4/01/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
4/02/2014 The Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
4/03/2014 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
4/04/2014 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
4/05/2014 The Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
4/06/2014 Revolution – Amityville, NY #2, 10 Best Thrash Metal Albums of 2013 #1, Top 5 Metal Albums Of The Year #8, Reaper’s Top 10 Metal Albums of 2013 #15, Metal Mark’s Top 15 Metal Albums of 2013

“Metallica-approved thrashers… catchy and direct-the secret behind Battlecross songs is that they’re short and not so sweet.” — Revolver Magazine

“The overall result falls somewhere between the sheer aggression of traditional thrash and In Flames’ sense of humanity, with nods to the technical ecstasy of metal’s founding fathers along the way.” — Metal Hammer Magazine (UK)

“Battlecross sound like the bastard offspring of Kreator, Children Of Bodom, and DragonForce… metal fans will lap this up like a cat with a bowl of cream.” — Big Cheese Magazine (UK)

“The level of musical and compositional progression here is startling, to be quite honest… The effect as a whole is energetic and fist-pumping to the extreme, ushering in a beacon of hope for American metal in 2013.” — Zero Tolerance Magazine (UK)

“Pound for pound, the Detroit thrashers deliver one of the most eye popping, headbanging, horn throwing live shows in heavy metal. 10/10″ — Outburn

“Whoever said that the metal genre has become stale and boring has clearly never heard of Michigan’s Battlecross!” —

“All told, WAR OF WILL is a compact and exhilarating experience from Battlecross, who are able to capture the feeling of old-school metal without needing to prop themselves up with nostalgia, instead allowing their love of the genre to shine through with every chugging riff, every solo, and every crazed fist pump.” —

-About Heavy Metal’s “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1983″ list is online at .

-Check out a new interview with Exorcism singer Csaba Zvekan (Raven Lord, Zvekan, ex-Killing Machine), from Metal Express Radio, at . Exorcism’s new album is due in March; check out a “sneak peek” video at . Joining Zvekan in the band are guitarist Joe Stump (Raven Lord, HolyHell), bassist Lucio Manca (Raven Lord, ex-Solid Vision), and drummer Garry King (Achillea, Zvekan). See , , and for more.

-FireHouse has a show on January 31 at The National Theater in Richmond, VA. See and for more.

-Gotthard’s BANG! is due April 4, and the first single “Feel What I Feel” will be released digitally on January 31. Check out a snippet at . Hype: “‘Feel What I Feel’ is the perfect precursor for an album which abounds with pure love of music and confidence. A spellbinding mix of earthy rock and fresh at the same time and with some surprising arrows in its quiver. BANG! Simply Gotthard in 2014.” See for more.

-Grammy stuff… Metallica and pianist Lang Lang performed “One” together; check it out at . And, not quite shades of the Jethro Tull fiasco, but Metallica went on to lose the “Best Recording Package” Grammy to Reckless Kelly’s LONG NIGHT MOON. (Metallica was nominated for THROUGH THE NEVER.) In other award news, Led Zeppelin’s CELEBRATION DAY won “Best Rock Album” over Black Sabbath’s 13, David Bowie’s THE NEXT DAY, Kings Of Leon’s MECHANICAL BULL, Queens Of The Stone Age’s …LIKE CLOCKWORK, and Neil Young With Crazy Horse’s PSYCHEDELIC PILL. Black Sabbath’s “God Is Dead?” won “Best Metal Performance” over Anthrax’s “T.N.T.,” Dream Theater’s “The Enemy Inside,” Killswitch Engage’s “In Due Time,” and Volbeat Featuring King Diamond’s “Room 24.” Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” won “Best Rock Performance” over Alabama Shakes’ “Always Alright,” David Bowie’s “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” Queens Of The Stone Age’s “My God Is The Sun,” and Jack White’s “I’m Shakin’.”

-Grand Magus — the “Swedish riff lords” — will release TRIUMPH AND POWER through Nuclear Blast on January 31 (Europe), February 3 (UK) and February 4 (North America). Check out front man JB’s thoughts on the album’s themes at . See for more.

-Kiss performed three songs — “Rock And Roll All Nite” during the pregame and “I Love It Loud” and “Detroit Rock City” during the first intermission — at Dodger Stadium at this past weekend’s NHL game between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. Hennemusic has video of a TV intro spot plus two songs at . In related news, the excellent Decibel Geek blog ( ) has an extensive, two-hour interview with former tour keyboardist Gary Corbett (from the CRAZY NIGHTS through early REVENGE eras, including Paul Stanley’s late ’80s solo tour) that was conducted last December. The interview has tons of behind-the-scenes information, stories, and Corbett’s perspective on Eric Carr’s tenure with the band. The two parts are available at these links:

-There’s a new interview with Nashville Pussy guitarist Ruyter Suys at .

-The Scorpions will support the recently-released MTV UNPLUGGED IN ATHENS CD/DVD with four special “unplugged” sets during their ongoing farewell tour:

4/29 – Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
5/1 – Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany
5/2 – o2World, Hamburg, Germany
5/4 – Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany

The MTV UNPLUGGED IN ATHENS track list includes: “Sting In The Tail,” “Can’t Live Without You,” “Pictured Life,” “Speedy’s Coming,” “Born To Touch Your Feelings,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “Dancing With The Moonlight,” “In Trance” (with Cäthe), “When You Came Into My Life,” “Delicate Dance” (Matthias Jabs solo), “Love Is The Answer” (Rudolf Schenker solo), “Follow Your Heart” (Klaus Meine solo), “Send Me An Angel,” “Where The River Flows,” “Passion Rules The Game,” “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (with Johannes Strate), “Hit Between The Eyes,” “Drum-Athenica, PiTTi vs. James,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Band,” “Blackout,” “Still Loving You,” “Big City Nights,” “Wind Of Change” (with Morten Harket), “No One Like You,” “When The Smoke Is Going Down.” See for more.

-Sonata Arctica will release PARIAH’S CHILD on March 28 through Nuclear Blast. Check out the album’s second studio trailer, featuring new band member Pasi Kauppinen, at . See for more.

-Vornth’s debut self-titled release is out this week via Iron Tyrant. Hype: “There’s no other way to put it: Sweden’s Vornth deliver Ultimate Heavy Metal. With a history that stretches back to the dawn of the millennium as well their members’ deep roots in the underground, Vornth at last deliver their debut album, simply titled VORNTH. The 12-track, 57-minute monster is at once warmly familiar yet distinctly refreshing. Far from a rote ‘retro’ act, Vornth cobble together all that was great about ’80s speed metal and thrash, as well as proto-black metal sounds, and proceed to unleash epic after headbanging, fist-pumping epic. There’s violence & force, for sure, but there’s also keen attention to nuance and dynamics here across VORNTH, the quartet absolutely hysteric in their deliver yet locked-in and tighter than even the most tech-savvy metal bands. Cloaked hellfire, choking on sulfur, yet mindful of the eternal, evil power of total HEAVY METAL, the coven of Vornth recall the likes of classic Razor, Destruction, Exciter, Kreator, and Sacrifice whilst sounding totally, eternally Vornth. Spit black fire!!! Track list: “2740°,” “Evil Blood,” “Rapid Death,” “Rip Rip Rip,” “Darkness And Steel,” “Spit Black Fire,” “Devil,” “Bleed,” “Metal Skies,” “Axemurder,” “Death’s Horse,” “Grave Of The Living.” See , , and for more.

-In Wacken Metal Battle Canada news, Krepitus won the first battle during Wacken Metal Battle Calgary. The band will advance to the city final to be held May 3 at Lord Nelson’s Bar. For more on the battle, see , and for more on Krepitus see , , , and .

Thanks to Bill Leverty, Axel Wiesenauer, Chris Czynszak, Aaron Camaro, Jay Maran, Chad Bowar, Jon Asher, Metaltix, and Hawk for help gathering some of this information.

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Issue #657
Week of January 20, 2014

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-I kinda forgot about the truTV series “Full Throttle Saloon,” which chronicles the shenanigans that go on each year at the titular establishment during the big motorcycle rally in Sturgis, SD. We somehow found it again last week and now we’ve been binge-watching. Jackyl’s Jesse Dupree is the “entertainment director” (or somesuch) at the saloon and he seems to have a larger part in the series, as compared to the first couple of seasons. I feel like I need to shower after every episode, but it is fun to watch. :) – Tim

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-Manowar Reveals Cover For KINGS OF METAL MMXIV

Manowar has revealed the front cover of the upcoming double album KINGS OF METAL MMXIV, an evolution of the original 1988 cover by Ken Kelly, at .

A new painting by Ken Kelly, featured on the back of the CD, will be revealed soon.

“Ken has always been able to perfectly capture the essence of Manowar in his art. These covers, the two new ones and the one he created in 1988, visualize what Manowar, our music, and our fans stand for! Just look at these paintings and the story they tell: People have tried to keep this warrior down, attacked him, and attempted to destroy him. But he stood tall, no matter what! He fought for true metal in country after country. And he will continue the march and fight for his brothers and sisters all over the world, until all enemies of true metal have been crushed!” explained Joey DeMaio.

“This collaboration has been an incredible experience once again,” said Ken Kelly. “We didn’t know where the journey would lead us. The art literally takes over and the music and the lyrics guide us. I truly believe the Manowar fans are going to love this series.”

KINGS OF METAL MMXIV is a completely new recording, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of KINGS OF METAL.

The KINGS OF METAL release in 1988 and the following world tour in 1989 catapulted Manowar into a new sphere. Songs like “Heart Of Steel,” “Kings Of Metal,” “Hail And Kill,” and “Blood Of The Kings” became instant classics, celebrated since by metal fans all over the world.

For KINGS OF METAL MMXIV, Manowar has recorded these timeless metal anthems with new arrangements and their signature “larger than life” sound that sealed their place in heavy metal history.

KINGS OF METAL MMXIV will feature nine main tracks packed with face-melting metal, plus 10 bonus tracks with over 45 minutes of additional music.

The spoken word track “The Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV” features celebrated British actor Brian Blessed, a renowned Shakespeare and character actor who has starred, among others, in Kenneth Brannagh’s “Henry V,” in “King Lear,” and as Prince Vultan in the cult movie “Flash Gordon.”

Special effects of the highest level were provided by award winning sound designer Hamilton Sterling, known for “Batman – The Dark Knight,” “Men In Black 3,” “War Of The Worlds,” and “Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World,” two of which won Oscars® for Best Sound Editing.

KINGS OF METAL MMXIV will be released in retail on February 28, 2014 as a 2 Disc CD with two 24-page booklets and new cover art by legendary fantasy artist and longtime collaborator Ken Kelly, and will also be available as a digital double album.

The KINGS OF METAL MMXIV world tour, featuring the complete new album and many other classics in a completely new stage production starts on February 7, 2014 with a long-anticipated US tour and will then resume on March 18 in Europe.

All tour dates can be found on .

KINGS OF METAL MMXIV Track List (not final):

Disc 1:
Blood Of The Kings MMXIV
Hail And Kill MMXIV
Heart Of Steel MMXIV
Kingdom Come MMXIV
Kings Of Metal MMXIV
Sting Of The Bumblebee MMXIV
The Crown And The Ring MMXIV (Orchestral Version)
The Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV
Wheels Of Fire MMXIV
Bonus Tracks:
Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Guitar Instrumental)
The Crown And The Ring MMXIV (Metal Version)

Disc 2:
Bonus Tracks:
Blood Of The Kings MMXIV (Instrumental)
Hail And Kill MMXIV (Instrumental)
Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Acoustic Intro)
Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Orchestral Intro)
Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Instrumental)
Kingdom Come MMXIV (Instrumental)
Kings Of Metal MMXIV (Instrumental)
Wheels Of Fire MMXIV (Instrumental)


KINGS OF METAL MMXIV World Tour – Confirmed Tour Dates:
Fri, February 7, 2014 – Royal Oak Theatre – Royal Oak, MI, USA
Sat, February 8, 2014 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL, USA
Sun, February 9, 2014 – Mill City – Minneapolis, MN, USA
Thur, February 13, 2014 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA, USA
Sat, February 15, 2014 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX, USA
Sun, February 16, 2014 – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX, USA
Tue, February 18, 2014 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO, USA
Thur, February 20, 2014 – Regency Theatre – San Francisco, CA, USA
Sat, February 22, 2014 – Fox Theatre – Pomona, CA, USA
Tue, March 18, 2014 – Olymp Palace of Sports – Krasnodar, Russia
Fri, March 21, 2014 – Luzhniki Palace of Sports – Moscow, Russia
Sun, March 23, 2014 – Yubileyny Sports Palace – St. Petersburg, Russia
Tue, March 25, 2014 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
Thur, March 27, 2014 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
Sat, March 29, 2014 – Teatro Arena – Vilnius, Lithuania
Sat, May 17, 2014 – Spodek – Katowice, Poland
Wed, May 21, 2014 – Hangar 11 – Tel Aviv, Israel
Sat, May 24, 2014 – Metal Summer Festival – Istanbul, Turkey
Fri-Sun, June 13-15, 2014 – Legacy Open Air – Weismain, Germany
Fri-Sat, July 25-26, 2014 – Magic Circle Festival – Helsinki, Finland
Wed, January 14, 2015 – Grugahalle – Essen, Germany
Fri, January 16, 2015 – Zenith – Munich, Germany
Sat, January 17, 2015 – Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany

More info and constant updates:

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-Sonata Arctica: Track List Of PARIAH’S CHILD Released

On March 28 the new Sonata Arctica album PARIAH’S CHILD will be released. It is the band’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to their successful STONES GROW HER NAME.

Today Sonata Arctica release the track list of PARIAH’S CHILD:

1. The Wolves Die Young
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do In The War, Dad?
7. Half A Marathon Man
8. X Marks The Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

The recordings were just completed, and the band is still overwhelmed by themselves about the final result. Vocalist Tony Kakko recently commented:

“There are some instant Sonata-Greatest-Hits songs there, which feels good. I think we reached the result we had in mind, each of us in our own field. We went on to create the next Sonata Arctica power metalesque album and I think we achieved it adequately. I have to say that I had drifted pretty far away from those ‘days of thunder,’ that speedy happy go lucky attitude. I was happy to notice this style can still make me smile. It’s good. Music has to do that to me. It also shows the other older songs in a totally new light for me. I can now understand and appreciate why the fans enjoy what we did in the early days.”

The album was recorded and produced by the band at “Studio 57″ in Alaveteli, Finland. The mix was done by the band’s new bass player Kauppinen.

Sonata Arctica also recorded five studio episodes with each member, which will be released every week. Check out the first part, featuring drummer Tommy Portimo, here:

Pre-order PARIAH’S CHILD here:

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-Flotsam And Jetsam To Release NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE – 2014 Through Metal Blade Records On February 14!

Landing Page And First Song Online!

American classical Thrash/Speed Metallers Flotsam And Jetsam have announced their new album — NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE – 2014!

NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE – 2014 will be released on February 14th in Europe (17th in UK, 18th in North America). Fans can listen to “P.A.A.B,” watch videos, and pre-order NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE – 2014! at .

Comments Flotsam And Jetsam: “We have re-recorded NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE because we have had a lot of requests to re-mix this record. The master tapes have been very difficult to obtain so we decided to re-record the album and use some of today’s technologies to recreate it. The aim was not really to change but to enhance it with the opportunity with the use of new tools. We have the time available as well and it just seemed like a no brainer. A lot of the die hards are really nervous about it but I think after the final result they will embrace it. The sound quality is 100% better and more refined!”

Flotsam And Jetsam will be heading over to Europe in February to support Sepultura and Legion Of The Damned!

07/02/14 DE – Bochum, Matrix
08/02/14 DE – München, Backstage
09/02/14 DE – Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
10/02/14 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
11/02/14 DK – Esbjerg, Tobakken
12/02/14 DE – Osnabrück, Rosenhof
13/02/14 DE – Berlin, C-Club
14/02/14 PL – Katowice, Megaclub
15/02/14 DE – Glauchau, Alte Spinnerei
16/02/14 CZ – Zlin, Masters Of Rock Club
18/02/14 SK – Zilina, Smerr Club
19/02/14 AT – Wien, Arena
20/02/14 AT – Salzburg, Rockhouse
21/02/14 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
22/02/14 CH – Pratteln, Z 7
23/02/14 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
24/02/14 FR – Lyon, CCO Villeurbonne
25/02/14 FR – Toulouse, Bikini
26/02/14 ES – Barcelona, Salamandra 1
27/02/14 ES – Madrid, Arena
28/02/14 PT – Lissabon, Paradise Garage
01/03/14 ES – Pamplona, Totem
03/03/14 FR – Caen, Cargo
04/03/14 FR – Rennes, L’Antipode
05/03/14 FR – Paris, Trabendo
06/03/14 NL – Den Haag, Paard
07/03/14 NL – Enschede, Atak
08/03/14 BE – Antwerp, Trix
09/03/14 NL – Eindhoven, Effenaar

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-Guitar Master Ethan Brosh Unleashes LIVE THE DREAM

Prepare to be amazed! LIVE THE DREAM, the upcoming all-instrumental album from guitar wunderkind Ethan Brosh, is due out March 4 on drumming legend Carmine Appice’s new label, Rocker Records LLC, and Brosh’s dazzling chops and limitless imagination as a player and composer will undoubtedly delight metal aficionados and fill them with awe.

An honest-to-goodness guitar hero, Brosh, who grew up in Israel, is a daring six-string acrobat who plays with fire and precision, never sacrificing technical proficiency for flashy showmanship — although his dynamic, fleet-fingered solos, furious riffs, and complex acoustic figures are wildly entertaining. Having added to his already bulging bag of tricks, the Berklee College of Music graduate, now an instructor at the school, soars to new heights on LIVE THE DREAM, pushing the envelope with supernatural guitar wizardry and drawing up stunningly inventive musical designs that are wondrous to behold.

“Rocker Records and Carmine Appice are excited to be working with one of metal’s up-and-coming young stars,” said the label’s Michael Cusanelli.

They are not alone in their admiration. Mixed by Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth) and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, and Iron Maiden), LIVE THE DREAM — with cover art painted by Joe Petagno — is progressive and intellectual in its construction, showcasing refined melodic sensibilities and a maturing instinct for developing intricate and diverse harmonies. LIVE THE DREAM, an album Brosh began promoting last spring while touring in support of Yngwie Malmsteen, finds Brosh quickly evolving as a songwriter, even going so far as to effectively experiment with flamenco, trading off nylon string and full-on electric guitar parts in a completely unique and beguiling fashion while also employing the formidable talents of Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson in a way nobody would expect.

Brosh used to be in the band Angels Of Babylon with Ellefson, who appears on two LIVE THE DREAM tracks. Together again, they go nuclear on the track “Rude Awakening.”

“The intent here was to create a heavy, in-your-face kind of tune with a real mean groove to it!” said Brosh, joined by bassist Alex Pierce and drummer Tyler LeVander on LIVE THE DREAM. “I figured this tune could use the help of the greatest thrash metal bassist Dave Ellefson! I still can’t get over how huge Ellefson’s bass intro sounds after the incredible mix of Max Norman!”

Brosh is just as enthused about the title track. “I feel this tune defines a lot of my guitar playing at this point in time,” he said. “It’s an epic tune that combines some hard rock riffs that have lots of drive to them. I believe the beginning is a perfect introduction to this record and its dream concept!”

A product of an enjoyable creative process, “Space Invaders” is mind-blowing as well. “Since this is a guitar instrumental record after all, I figured I’d have some fun with writing a tune that has a fast riff and lots of guitar harmonies, etc., etc. … I’m really proud of the way it came out because I feel the melodies came out strong in the end,” said Brosh. “To me, that’s really important. People seem to respond really well to this one when we play it live. Maybe it’s because it has too many nooooooootes!”

It’s a good bet they’ll embrace “Clean Slate,” too.

“The tune started as a guitar only idea,” said Brosh. “It developed through time. When I sit at the edge of the stage and play this tune, it is an intimate moment between the audience and me, regardless of the crowd size. Once the band joins in with a big bang, it really hits the listener hard! I think we managed to capture that vibe very well on the record, too. I have a feeling this will be a tune that stands out for people!”

Below is the track listing for LIVE THE DREAM:

Track listing:

1. Live The Dream
2. Forbidden Pleasure
3. Bottomless Pit
4. Knock On Wood
5. Space Invaders
6. Suspicious Exchange
7. Rude Awakening
8. Dawn Of An Old Era
9. Clean Slate
10. Silver Lining
11. Up The Stairway
12. When Picks Fly
13. Crying Moon

For more information on Ethan Brosh, visit .

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-AFM Records Update

Brainstorm: FIRESOUL Cover Artwork & Track Listing Revealed!

German power metal masters Brainstorm will unleash their new album FIRESOUL on April 4th. It will be available as CD, Ltd. Digi-pak, Ltd. Special Edition, and Ltd. Vinyl.

Track listing:

1. Erased By The Dark
2. Firesoul
3. Descendants Of The Fire
4. Entering Solitude
5. Recall The Real
6. Shadowseeker
7. Feed Me Lies
8. What Grows Inside
9. The Chosen
10. …And I Wonder

Ektomorf: New Song “Face Your Fear” Available for Streaming!

Ektomorf’s new album RETRIBUTION will be released on January 31st. The first edition comes as Digi-pak. Check out the track “Face Your Fear,” which is available for streaming now.

Iron Savior: More RISE OF THE HERO Release Info / CD Release Show!

With THE LANDING, German heavy/power metal force Iron Savior returned to the scene after a four-year break in November 2011. The band made impact on the scene again with one of their very best releases, and that’s where Iron Savior now continue with RISE OF THE HERO (out on February 28th). As usual, the new album was recorded and produced in Piet Sielck’s Powerhouse studio. What can be expected? A full dose of first-class heavy music, power metal to the max!

But Iron Savior like to surprise their fans as well from time to time. Who would have expected a cover version of Mando Diao’s “Dance With Somebody” from the Hamburg-based band? Well, whatever works is allowed. So Sielck admits that “Dance With Somebody” originally was recorded to become a bonus track for the limited edition, “but we simply liked it too much and finally decided to make it a regular album track.”

Beside the “saviorized” Mando Diao song you find 11 crunchy, melodic, powerful metal tracks in best Iron Savior style. Compared to THE LANDING, the new material even turned out to be a little heavier while easily keeping the band’s trademarks alive.

Iron Savior will celebrate the release of their new album with a special LIVE release show on February 26th in their home town Hamburg, Germany.

AFM Records

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-earMusic/Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Special Edition Of Marillion’s SOUNDS THAT CAN’T BE MADE On 2CD And Digital Audio February 11, 2014

NEW YORK, NY — On February 11, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment/earMusic will release the Special Edition 2CD of Marillion’s SOUNDS THAT CAN’T BE MADE album in North America. [MSRP $15.98 for CD].

Originally released in 2012, SOUNDS THAT CAN’T BE MADE was Marillion’s 17th album. It hit the Top 40 charts in the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Norway, and France, and followed the success of 2009’s LESS IS MORE and the LIVE FROM CADOGAN HALL album. This special edition boasts not only the original eight tracks, but a bonus second disc with radio sessions of “Wrapped Up In Time,” “Power,” and “Pour My Love,” a demo arrangement of “Lucky Man,” and live versions of “Sounds That Can’t Be Made” and “Invisible Ink.” The 2CD also includes enhanced artwork.

Considered one of Britain’s most original and innovative bands, Marillion has carved a niche as purveyors of soulful, powerful, and deeply moving songs, with a long-standing reputation of blistering live shows. Lead singer Steve Hogarth, guitarist Steve Rothery, keyboardist Mark Kelly, bassist Pete Trewavas, and drummer Ian Mosley have enjoyed a rich, musical history, with 16 studio albums, over 20 UK Top 40 hits, and an impressive and faithful global fan base.

Looked upon as leaders of the neo-progressive movement of the early ’80s, and hailed by England’s Classic Rock magazine as “a national treasure,” Marillion has consistently dodged categorization. Genesis and Radiohead may come up in their “audio cocktail,” but ask each musician about the world of sound they’ve created and you’re likely to get five different answers. THAT is what sets Marillion apart.

In 2014, Marillion has assumed the status of a classic rock band — not just by their fans, but by their increased recognition in the music business and media at large. They were recently declared “Band Of The Year” at the second annual Prog Rock Awards.


Disc 1:
1. Gaza
2. Sounds That Can’t Be Made
3. Pour My Love
4. Power
5. Montréal
6. Invisible Ink
7. Lucky Man
8. The Sky Above The Rain

Disc 2:
1. Wrapped Up In Time (Radio Session)
2. Power (Radio Session)
3. Pour My Love (Radio Session)
4. Lucky Man (Demo Arrangement)
5. Sounds That Can’t Be Made (Live In Holland 2013)
6. Invisible Ink (Live In Holland 2013)

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-Eric Clapton – THE 1970’S REVIEW On DVD March 11

Film follows Clapton’s bold musical journey through the 1970s, with exclusive interviews, rare footage and more.

In 1968, Eric Clapton was at a crossroads. A virtuoso lead guitarist and the crown prince of heavy rock, with Cream he had quickly risen to the very pinnacle of popular music’s hierarchy. Yet his exposure to the work of American mavericks The Band led him to lose faith in his own group, and to embark on a bold musical journey across the following decade.

This film, from the makers of Eric Clapton – THE 1960’S REVIEW, follows Clapton’s journey through the seventies, from his immersion in musical collectives such as Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Derek and the Dominos, through his re-emergence in 1974 as a phenomenally successful solo artist and onwards across a series of critically acclaimed albums and tours in the latter half of the decade which cemented EC’s reputation as not just an extraordinary musician but as a composer of majestic material and a performer of quite startling intensity.

Featuring new and archive interviews, rare performance footage, contributions from the likes of Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock, The Albert Brothers, George Terry, Willie Perkins, Bill Halverson, Clapton biographer Marc Roberty, and more, plus a host of other features.

Movie Trailer:

Pre-Order Link:

Hi Res Cover Art:

MVD Entertainment Group | 230 Windsor Road | Pottstown | PA | 19464

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-CONDITION RED Re-Mix/Re-Master Now Available On Digital Platforms

Originally released in 2000, Lars Eric Mattsson has gone back to the master tapes and re-mixed the sound for a new digital version of the eponymous Condition Red debut album which saw release on all leading digital platforms on 15 January 2014.

Condition Red is a progressive rock/metal project originally a dream child of keyboardist Alexander King and guitarist Lars Eric Mattsson. The first album was composed in 1999 and released 2000 and featured a seven-piece band which included guitarist Alex Masi (Masi, MCM) and guest Derek Sherinian (Solo, ex-Dream Theater, Billy Idol, etc.) on some blistering keyboard solos. Condition Red mixes progressive metal with hard rock, neoclassical, and fusion.

The album contains eight long-form tracks, of which three (“Bach On The Streets Again,” “Lighthouse,” “Final Words”) are all-instrumental. Complex arrangements with symphonic orchestra and full blast solos from some of today’s greatest musicians are taken to a new level on this concept album. Alex Masi, Derek Sherinian, and Lars Eric Mattsson need no further introduction and the newcomers have no problem fitting in.

CONDITION RED was written in late 1999 and recorded between January and April 2000. The band explored and developed new ground rather than following in the steps of others, and its complicated rhythms and arrangements are not like any other releases that we know of. Ella Grussner’s violin and vocals are an essential part of this project, as well as the two amazing keyboardists, Derek Sherinian and newcomer Alexander King.

Condition Red is music for people with open minds.

Order now at:

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-Radiant Records: A Message From Neal Morse

[Note: This came from the Radiant Records email bulletin. – Tim]

Hello everyone,

I want you all to know what’s happening with the shipping of the Transatlantic KALEIDOSCOPE packages from Radiant. Some of the products we received on time, and some we didn’t. As of today, Tuesday, we just received the LPs. (They are AMAZING BTW) I was warned that we might not get them on the 15th as requested because they just take a long time to make and ship. But I wanted to make a vinyl anyway… I just wanted to let you know that if you ordered the Transatlantic vinyl it’s just arrived here in Tennessee after being stuck in customs for a little over a week. Apparently, customs in the US is a ridiculous hassle… you wouldn’t believe the hoops we had to jump through… Ask me how I know :-)

Also, the art books that came from Europe were delayed and we didn’t receive them til last Friday. We asked for them to get here as early as possible and apparently that was as early as they could get here.
I just wanted to make sure you all know that we are doing everything we can to get these out in the next couple days. Some of you may get them early, but others will get the packages a little later than the release date. Please be patient and I sincerely apologize for any disappointment you may have.

Also, Megan and Julie (and everyone else on the planet I can convince to help us!) are crazy busy trying to get your orders out so email responses will be slow.

The great news is that the product itself is killer! When you get it you will be in love for sure! I know I am… We finally got the artbooks and my mind is permanently blown! Oh yes, other not so good news, we cannot get any more Artbooks from Europe as they are sold out. I’ve been talking to Thomas and begging him… But he says it’s just not possible at this time unless they get any returns from the shops. So there won’t be any on the tour either unless something happens unforeseen. Again, my apologies… I thought I ordered more than I did. It was my mistake.

Anyway, we at the Radiant team are working practically round-the-clock to get you your stuff as fast as possible. We ask for your patience and your forgiveness for our shortcomings.

Thank you and God bless you,


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-Kill Ritual Unveils THE EYES OF MEDUSA Cover Artwork

San Franciso Bay Area Metallers Kill Ritual, featuring former members of Imagika and Dark Angel, will release their second album, THE EYES OF MEDUSA, on April 4 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Jobert Mello of Sledgehammer Graphix (Sabaton, Primal Fear) and can be seen at this link:

Recordings were done at Fossil Sound; San Jose CA and Fang Studio; San Mateo CA. Production/engineering was again handled by Kill Ritual guitarist Steven Rice. Mix and master completed by Steven Rice & Andy LaRocque (King Diamond).

Track listing:

1. The Eyes Of Medusa
2. Hair Trigger
3. Never Get Me
4. Ride Into The Night
5. Weight Of The World
6. Writing On The Wall
7. Just Another Sin
8. My Little Sister
9. Unleashed
10. Agenda 21

Kill Ritual are:

Josh “Crimson” Gibson – Vocals
Steven Rice – Guitars (ex-Imagika)
Danyael “Laughing” Bear – Bass (ex-Dark Angel)
Gee Anzalone – Drums (Brain Damage)

Formed in late 2010 by former Imagika lead guitarist Steven Rice. Kill Ritual was completed by former Dark Angel bassist Danyael Williams, Bay Area vocalist Josh Gibson and Italian drummer Gee Anzalone (Brain Damage).

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-Pitch Black Records: Armageddon Rev.16:16 Join Our Roster!

Pitch Black Records is extremely proud and honored to announce the addition of Armageddon Rev.16:16 to its artist roster and the release of their album, SUNDOWN ON HUMANITY, on March 11, 2014.

Armageddon Rev.16:16 (aka Armageddon) is the longest living and most respected Cypriot metal band. The scene veterans were formed in 1985 and have kept active since then, mainly with their continuous live presence as well as their demo and EP releases. Of course their renowned 1993 s/t 12″ EP needs no introduction as it is now considered a truly hard-to-find, major collector’s item internationally.

SUNDOWN ON HUMANITY is actually the band’s first full-length album after all these years, making this album an even more highly anticipated release! The band’s style remains true to its original beginnings of melodic classic heavy metal with some power and progressive elements fused in their style.

The album lineup sees original members Jimmy Mavrommatis on vocals, Kikis A. Apostolou on lead guitar, and Elias A. Andreou on rhythm guitars, joined by accomplished musicians Nikolas Papaeftychiou on bass and Kerry Elgar on drums (replaced recently by Evangelos Varnava).

SUNDOWN ON HUMANITY includes guest appearances by Bob Katsionis (Firewind) on keyboards and guitar, and Nicholas Leptos (Arrayan Path, Warlord), Tasos Karonias (R.U.S.T.) and Andreas Paraschos (Blynd) on vocals. Bob Katsionis also mixed and mastered the album at his own Sound Symmetry Studio in Athens, Greece.

Featuring 12 tracks, SUNDOWN ON HUMANITY clocks in at just over 58 minutes! Special mention should be made to the closing track of the album, “Icy Blackness (Kursk),” a tribute to the crew of the Russian submarine “Kursk” that perished in the summer of 2000. This song includes yet another guest appearance, that of Petros Leptos (Solitary Sabred), who lends his voice to create a haunting spoken intro.

The full track listing is as follows:

1. E.K. 40 (Intro)
2. Human Sundown
3. Shades Of Tomorrow
4. Strange Dreams
5. Fallen Angels And Lost Souls
6. Hypocrites Of Destruction
7. New Day Will Come
8. 13-Seventh Eleven
9. Why
10. Heavy Metal
11. United
12. Icy Blackness (Kursk)

The album will be available worldwide on CD and digital through Pitch Black Records and its distribution partners. A song taken off the album is now available for free download and streaming at .

Visit Armageddon Rev.16:16 online at .

Pitch Black Records

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-Calgary, Alberta’s Million Dollar Fix Announce Sophomore Album, PSYCHEDELEPHANT, Out March 11

“Looking like they stepped out of the sweet denim-and-bandana-wearing days of the late ’80s and early ’90s, these guys look and act the part of true rockers.”
– Indie403

It isn’t often that that a band was born the exact same way it was meant to exist, but that’s precisely what happened the day Million Dollar Fix got together: In 2010, they started jamming at a party, riffs pouring out at the same speed of the delicious PBR pouring down their throats, and the end result was the ultimate riff-slinging rock and roll party band. Million Dollar Fix begin playing live shows as a three-piece and continued to do so for years before recording a hell of a self-released debut album, BILLYGOAT, in 2012. Their well-earned achievements grabbed the attention of western Canada and landed them live slots alongside Indian Handcrafts, Chron Goblin, Sandrider, Daywalker, Witchstone, High Kicks, and more.

In an era where stoner rock and doom metal are king, the band leans more toward the likes of Thin Lizzy than Black Sabbath and aligns themselves with more straight-up, no-fuss classic rock ‘n’ roll than any musical trend of the moment. No matter what, they aim to infiltrate any good times with their infectious, upbeat riffs. Armed with a new lead guitarist, Brad Weidlich, Logan Derby (guitar/vocals), Keegan Costella (bass/vocals) and Jeff Shibby Smith (drums) will go into the studio this winter and emerge on March 11 with a sophomore album, PSYCHEDELEPHANT, to blast away any cold-weather misery with riffs that drip with beer and a party-it-away attitude. That’s what rock ‘n’ roll was made for and that’s what Million Dollar Fix is here to do.

Listen to Million Dollar Fix’s 2012 debut album, BILLYGOAT, here:

Watch the video for “Hunter Gatherer” here:


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-Skeletonwitch To Release Limited Edition SERPENTS UNLEASHED LP; Proceeds To Aid Animal Shelters In Band’s Home State; Tour With Amon Amarth Begins

Skeletonwitch will release a hand-screened, 180-gram limited vinyl edition of their acclaimed, Billboard-charting 2013 release, SERPENTS UNLEASHED, of which 100% of the proceeds will be donated to two animal shelters in the band’s home state of Ohio — The Athens County Humane Society ( ) and Columbus’ Pets Without Parents ( ). The members of Ohio’s most-loved heavy metal group have always been proud pet owners and are excited to raise awareness and support for two no-kill organizations in their region.

Limited to a one-time-only pressing of 100 copies, the black LP includes a hand-screened, hand-numbered jacket with exclusive artwork and a hand-screened dust sleeve. It comes with a color poster and a sticker showcasing the album’s original masterful artwork by John Baizley (Baroness, Kylesa, Kvelertak), as well as a download card. Mark your calendars, as the limited-edition LPs will go on sale on a first-come, first-serve basis exclusively via on Monday, January 20 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Praised for being their most potent album to date, SERPENTS UNLEASHED appeared on countless year-end “best-of” lists (Decibel, Metal Injection, etc.) due to its “relentlessly intense, in-your-face brutality” (Metal Assault). After touring North America extensively in the fall with The Black Dahlia Murder in addition to performing a select number of shows alongside Ghost B.C., Skeletonwitch will continue to support the release, joining Amon Amarth and Enslaved on a US run. Soon after, the group will make their way to Australia for the first time to tour alongside Toxic Holocaust. The band’s complete tour schedule can be found below.


w/ Amon Amarth, Enslaved
1/17/2014 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
1/18/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
1/20/2014 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
1/21/2014 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
1/22/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
1/23/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA *
1/24/2014 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
1/25/2014 The Ritz – Tampa, FL
1/26/2014 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1/27/2014 Atticus Bar – Jacksonville, FL *
1/28/2014 The Jinx – Savannah, GA *
1/29/2014 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
1/30/2014 NorVA – Norfolk, VA
1/31/2014 The Fillmore – Silver Springs, MD
2/01/2014 House Of Blues – Boston, MA
2/03/2014 TLA – Philadelphia, PA
2/04/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
2/05/2014 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
2/07/2014 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
2/08/2014 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
2/09/2014 Grenada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
2/11/2014 Summit Theatre – Denver, CO
2/12/2014 Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
2/14/2014 The Regency – San Francisco, CA
2/15/2014 Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

w/ Amon Amarth
2/16/2014 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA

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

* Skeletonwitch only

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-We Hunt Buffalo Announce Canadian Tour Dates In Support Of BLOOD FROM A STONE EP

We Hunt Buffalo, the dirty, grimy, stoner-grunge trio out of Vancouver, BC, is embarking on a short tour of Canada over the next two months.


Jan 28 – Toronto – Horseshoe Tavern
Jan 29 – Ottawa – Zaphod Beeblebrox*
Jan 30 – Peterborough – Red Dog*
Jan 31 – London – Call The Office*
Feb 1 – Hamilton – This Aint Hollywood*
Feb 19 – Kamloops – Cactus Jacks – Tix at the Door
Feb 20 – Banff -Elk and Oarsman – FREE SHOW
Feb 21 – Edmonton – The Pawn Shop
Feb 22 – Calgary – The Gateway
Feb 23 – Red Deer – International Beer Haus and Stage

*dates with Biblical

Stream/download BLOOD FROM A STONE EP here:

Watch the official video for “The Search” here:

More on We Hunt Buffalo…
We Hunt Buffalo take guitar and synth sounds, seep them in a copious amount of fuzz, creating songs with hard-hitting stoner grooves and psychedelic overtones. It’s a culmination of years playing music together in a small Vancouver, BC suburb.

Their debut EP was released in 2010 and introduced a new band that in the words of the Georgia Straight, were “dedicated to tracking down and capturing the dying breed of rock and roll.” With a buzz around them in Vancouver, they crossed paths with Tanis Gibbons, an apprentice to Colin Steward at “The Hive” recording studio. 2011 would see them cut a full-length LP with Tanis, working through the nights at the Burnaby studio. The finished product was a re-working of the songs on their EP as well as some new tunes. This album lead to the band’s first vinyl release. Discorder Magazine expressed “the trio definitely bring their own individuality to the sound, in a genre that can get fairly muddy,” and “with bands like WHB around, it seems rock ‘n’ roll is just fine.” Fueled by more local acclaim, the band continued to play regularly around Vancouver, seeing a growing fan base with every show.

In 2012 they decided to enter in 99.3 The Fox’s annual SEEDS competition. Discouraged at first that their brand of rock wouldn’t fit on Vancouver radio, the band was floored when they had learned they were winners in the competition, placing top 3 among 400 entries. This lead to a spot at The Commodore Ballroom, supporting Monster Truck. The Commodore appearances didn’t stop there. They would go on to share the stage with Chevelle, Matt Mays, Danko Jones, and two nights with Steel Panther over New Year’S. Their song “The Search” started gaining airplay in Western Canada and sparked multiple tours of the region where they would play with the Pack A.D, Electric Six, and Nightseeker (Fubar’s Deaner).

We Hunt Buffalo continue to strive to play dirty, grimy rock and roll. They recently released a new EP, entitled BLOOD FROM A STONE; Exclaim! magazine comments on the title track: “…a fuzz-bomb riff that would make Tom Morello proud… Indeed this is a headbanger’s paradise.” In December 2013, the band was added as direct support to Monster Truck on their cross Canada tour. We Hunt Buffalo plan to expand their touring in the months to come. Look for them in your region in 2014.

We Hunt Buffalo is:
Ryan Forsythe – Vocals/Guitar
Brendan Simpson – Bass/Vocals
Brandon Carter – Drums/Vocals


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-Beneath Reveals All Album Details!

Beneath has just announced that the title for their album will be ANTIDOTE and will be released on March 7, 2014!

Beneath is a Swedish Thrash Metal project formed by longtime friends, each playing in different bands, but always having the urge to make music together. They started the project in 1994, worked through the years on it (next to their own bands), and always had the goal in mind to release a Thrash Metal album the way they had in mind from the beginning.

Although Beneath is a one-album project, you never know what the future will bring. The experience to work together was for the musicians a great feeling and therefore the possibility to do this again is always there!

Beneath’s music can best be described as melodic and brutal. Beauty and beast. Acoustic and distorted. Singing and growling. Take the aggression of thrash metal and the melancholy of melodic metal, add some traditional songwriting and the furiosity of hard core and you get the picture.

The cover artwork for ANTIDOTE has also been revealed at .

Track list:
1. Vengeance I Breathe [03:49]
2. Reasons Undefined [06:01]
3. Blissfully Numb [05:39]
4. Harvest Of Mankind [10:20]
5. Fear Vs. Hate [05:21]
6. In The Shadow Of The Beast [03:27]
7. Everything Ends [07:20]
8. Killed In The Womb [06:26]
9. The Antidote [12:21]

Beneath is:
Christoffer Binnberg – Vocals
Emil Kyrk – Bass & Vocals
Mats Tornebohm – Drums

Follow Beneath through these sites:

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-The Socks: French Psychedelic Fuzz Rockers To Release Debut Full-Length Via Small Stone; New Video Now Playing

French psychedelic fuzz rockers, The Socks, recently joined the Small Stone Recordings family for the release of their self-titled debut full-length! Slated to drop this Spring, THE SOCKS was recorded and mixed by Raphaël Cartellier at Studio Cartellier, France, mastered by Christopher Goosman (Early Man, Sasquatch, Dixie Witch, Solace, et al) at Baseline Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan and features nine tracks of road-tripping goodness where thick, glassy-eyed, jams swell into kaleidoscopic riff torrents, gristly vocal serenades and magnetic grooves.

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

THE SOCKS will be released via Small Stone Recordings on March 18, 2014. Further info, including preorder links, to be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out The Socks’ video for second track “Some Kind Of Sorcery” at .

THE SOCKS Track Listing:
1. Lords Of Illusion
2. Some Kind Of Sorcery
3. Next To The Light
4. New Kings
5. Holy Sons
6. Electric War
7. Gypsy Lady
8. We Live
9. The Last Dragon

Some bands simply sound like they were born to do it, and listening to the classic heavy rock groove of The Socks, there can be no doubt it’s what they’re made for. They’re naturals. The duel-guitar French foursome formed in Lyon in 2009 and began surprising audiences almost immediately, eventually settling down to pump out their debut EP the following year. 2010’s SIDE A offered up five well concentrated songs from a band still finding themselves. Inspired by the teachings of Sabbath and Zeppelin, The Socks supported the release by playing with an array of national and international acts, boasting intensely energetic gigs while continuing to develop their style. The next two years drove the band to write darker, heavier, songs that were more calculating and less frenetic. The resulting 2012 EP, BEDROCK, spouted a pseudo psychedelic, neo-grunge moodiness that proved captivating upon first listen.

The Soda Shop dubbed it “some pretty epic f*cking stoner rock,” while Church Of The Riff opined, “The entire EP shows that The Socks know how to write damn good songs. Everything sounds fleshed out and exciting, without ever getting repetitive or redundant… The riffs, vocal harmonies, tasteful solos and keyboard work show a band that knows exactly what they are doing.” The record eventually caught the ears of Small Stone Recordings. During the Fall of 2012, The Socks completed their first European tour. Drawing on experience garnered from festivals and gigs alongside Karma To Burn, Red Fang, Truckfighters, Horisont, Mars Red Sky, Black Rainbows, and many others with whom they share various elements while still maintaining a personality all their own, they were instant crowd pleasers. As the band continues to thrust themselves into Europe’s next generation of heavy rock ‘n’ roll beside acts like Abrahma, Deville, Asteroid, Isaak, Black Rainbows, and Mother Of God, Small Stone is pleased to bring their debut full-length to the masses this March.

*** PRESS RELEASE #17 ***
-Nocturnal Breed Reveals Second Brand New Song!

Norwegian rock ‘n’ roll thrashers Nocturnal Breed are streaming a second brand-new song, courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

The band’s first album in seven years, NAPALM NIGHTS, will hit the shops on March 11th in Europe/UK and March 18th in North America via Agonia Records. Listen to “Speedkrieg” here:

Listen to the first revealed song at:

Featuring a guest appearance of Darkthrone’s Nocturno Culto on vocals, and former guitarist A.E. Rattlehead on guitars, NAPALM NIGHTS includes 10 brand-new tracks recorded in Killer Studio (Norway) in 2012 & 2013. Recently reunited with the original guitarist I.Maztor, the band — including present and past members of Satyricon, Aeternus, and Gehenna — is coming back with their fifth full-length release after seven years of silence. The newest album is a punch of epic old-school thrash metal with a blackened rock ‘n’ roll undercurrent.

Track list:
1. The Devil Swept The Ruins
2. Speedkrieg
3. Cursed Beyond Recognition
4. The Bitch Of Buchenwald
5. Napalm Nights
6. Thrashiac
7. Dawn Campaign… Flamethrower Ridge
8. Under The Whip
9. Dragging The Priests
10. Krigshisser

S. A. Destroyer – bass, vocals
Axeman I. Maztor – guitars
Tex Terror – drums, vocals
V. Fineideath – guitars
Nocturno Culto – guest vocals
E.A. Rattlehead – guest guitars

NAPALM NIGHTS will be available in digi-pak CD, limited double black vinyl in gatefold sleeves (with insert with lyrics and A2 poster), limited double military green vinyl (with insert with lyrics, A2 poster, and laser-cut full color patch) and digitally. Pre-orders are available now via:

Follow the band at:

For more information and shopping with Agonia Records, visit:

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Fest Welcomes The Metal Alliance Tour; Initial Day-To-Day Lineups Announced — More Bands To Be Confirmed!

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is pleased to officially welcome The Metal Alliance Tour to its already punishing three-day assault. The illustrious tour package will make a stop in Worcester on Saturday April 18th and features headliners Behemoth, alongside their Metal Blade label mates Goatwhore, with additional support from 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate.

Featuring two stages, the now legendary New England Metal & Hardcore Festival continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the iconic Worcester Palladium. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, this year’s edition will take place on April 17th, 18th, and 19th. Initial day-to-day lineups are officially posted with more bands to be confirmed in the coming weeks. (Note this is NOT the official running order).

Thursday – April 17, 2014
All That Remains
Bleeding Through
Broken Hope
Cop Problem
Kublai Khan
Obey The Brave
Rivers Of Nihil
Years Since The Storm
Young And In The Way

Friday – April 18, 2014
Bent Life
Black Crown Initiate
Born Low
Colin Of Arabia
Cruel Hand
Fire And Ice
Fit For An Autopsy
I Declare War
Suburban Scum
The Acacia Strain
The Mongoloids
Thy Art Is Murder
Within The Ruins

Saturday – April 19, 2014
All Out War
Alpha & Omega
Gift Giver
Harm’s Way
Iced Earth
King Nine
Loyal To The Grave
Reign Supreme
Scars Of Tomorrow
The Last Ten Seconds Of Life
Those Who Fear
Twitching Tongues
Will To Die

Tickets for the festival 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 & 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 & 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 to .

In related news, the fourth annual Mission Quest to Metalfest lineup was confirmed last week. A trek launched by MassConcerts in an effort to help bands make their way to Worcester, this year the expedition joins Cruel Hand, Alpha & Omega, Naysayer, Bent Life, Barrier, Malfunction, and Will To Die on a massive, 37-date North American assault set to commence at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Mission Quest To Metal Fest 2014:
Cruel Hand, Alpha & Omega, Malfunction, Barrier
3/14/2014 SXSW – Austin, TX
3/15/2014 SXSW – Austin, TX
3/16/2014 QuikTrip Park – Grand Prairie, TX
3/17/2013 The Demo – St Louis, MO
3/18/2014 The Hatch – Evansville, IN
3/19/2014 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
3/20/2014 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
Cruel Hand, Malfunction, Barrier
3/21/2014 The Grave – Winnipeg, MB
3/22/2014 The Exchange – Regina, SK
3/23/2014 The Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
3/24/2014 Golden Age Club – Calgary, AB
3/25/2014 Ellison Community Hall – Kelowna, BC
Cruel Hand, Alpha & Omega, Bent Life, Malfunction, Barrier
3/26/2014 Quesadilla Factory – Centralia, WA
3/27/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR
3/28/2014 Jub Jubs – Reno, NV
3/29/2014 418 Project – Santa Cruz, CA
3/30/2014 Aladdin Jr – Pomona, CA
3/31/2014 Industry Theater – Lancaster, CA
4/01/2014 Wallstreet – Phoenix, AZ
4/02/2014 The Spot – El Paso, TX
4/03/2014 Korova – San Antonio, TX
Alpha & Omega, Bent Life, Malfunction
4/04/2014 Walters on Washington – Houston, TX
4/05/2014 HTGT – Baton Rouge, LA
Alpha & Omega, Naysayer, Malfunction, Bent Life, Will To Die
4/06/2014 Roc Bar – Jacksonville, FL
4/07/2014 The Plughouse – Columbus, GA
4/08/2014 The Forge – Birmingham, AL
4/09/2014 The Owl Farm – Nashville, TN
4/10/2014 Haymarket Whiskey Bar- Louisville, KY
4/11/2014 Legends – Cincinnati, OH
4/12/2014 Refuge Skateshop – Dearborn, MI
4/13/2014 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
4/14/2014 The Mansion – Rochester, NY
4/15/2014 Even Flow Bar & Grill – Long Island, NY
4/16/2014 Chameleon’s – Pittsfield, MA
4/17/2014 The Kave – Bucksport, ME
4/18/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/19/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

Finally, Break Thru Music kicked off the Battle for Metal Fest competition this past Saturday. Battle for Metal Fest offers local bands the opportunity to compete for a chance to perform live at this year’s massacre. Performances will take place on select dates throughout the coming months 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
1/24/2014: Round 1 Webster Underground
2/07/2014: Round 2 Webster Underground
2/07/2014: Round 2 Palladium Upstairs
2/21/2014: Round 3 Palladium Upstairs
2/21/2014: Round 3 Webster Underground
3/07/2014: Round 4 Palladium Upstairs
3/08/2014: Round 4 Webster Underground
3/22/2014: Finals Palladium Upstairs
3/22/2014: Finals Webster Underground

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

Continuous updates will be made and coverage opportunities for the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are available via Earsplit PR, an official sponsor of this year’s event.

-About Heavy Metal’s “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1982″ list is online at .

-D-A-D’s double-disc 30 YEARS 30 HITS – BEST OF D-A-D 1984-2014 is due out January 31 on AFM Records.

-Grand Magus — the “Swedish riff lords” — will release TRIUMPH AND POWER via Nuclear Blast on January 31 (Europe), February 3 (UK), and February 4 (North America). The new track “Steel Versus Steel” is streaming now at . See for more.

-The German power/speed metal band Sinbreed will release its second album, SHADOWS, through AFM Records on March 28 in Europe and April 15 in the US. Track list: “Bleed,” “Shadows,” “Call To Arms,” “Reborn,” “Leaving The Road,” “Far Too Long,” “Black Death,” “Standing Tall,” “London Moon,” “Broken Wings.” A new video clip is coming soon.

-Response to the Wacken Metal Battle Canada competition was so great in Calgary that additional qualifying dates have been added, to accommodate all the bands. The first is slated for January 25 at The D, features the bands Shark Infested Daughters, Krepitus, Zipgun Wisdom, DETHGOD, and Druidus, and has a Facebook event at . Other qualifying dates/shows at The D will be March 1, March 22, and April 26; the dates of the Calgary Battle Final and Alberta Battle Final are TBA. Check out the competition rules at , and apply at . Check out a promo video at and see for more.

-The first free Wacken Open Air wallpaper/calendar sheet of 2014 (for January) is online and available now at . See for more.

-Csaba Zvekan (Exorcism, Raven Lord) is now edorsing VGS Guitars, specifically, playing the VGS E-Guitar Eurption Pro “Ravenblood.” His statement: “When I picked up a VGS guitar for the first time and started playing I instantly knew that this was something awesome. With it’s great craftsmanship, awesome EMG pick-ups and a very cool finish that was absolutely something for me. It’s totally inspiring and feels just perfect.” See for more. In related news, Exorcism has been added to the lineup of MetalWar Fest 2014, set for September 5-7 at Népliget Park in Budapest, Hungary. The free festival will also feature Furyon, Fatal Smile, Vexillum, Twister, and more acts to be announced soon. See for more. See , , and for more on Zvekan and his bands.

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

*** OUT ***

Detritus Issue #656

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Issue #656
Week of January 13, 2014

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Tim Wadzinski, Owner

Steve Shumake, Co-owner

-Wow, I guess everyone’s back from Christmas break — lots of stuff this week! – Tim

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-Gamma Ray: Power Metal Icons To Release EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD This Spring Via earMUSIC/Armoury Records; Studio Burns Down — Band Marches On

Finally, the eleventh studio album from power metal icons, Gamma Ray, is nearing completion! Titled EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD, it is the record that almost wasn’t.

Penned throughout 2013 with Eike Freese at the mixing desk supporting the ever-precious work of bass player and co-writer, Dirk Schlaechter, the band had just landed in South America with tour mates Helloween when some harrowing news reached Kai Hansen and crew: Hammer Studio, their home, rehearsal space, and meeting point for many metal bands throughout Germany, had burned down leaving nearly all its contents in ruins, with the exception of the tapes from their nearly-finished new studio album.

Back on their home turf, Gamma Ray evaluated their losses only to do what they do best — move on. “If this could not stop us, nothing ever will,” joked a light-hearted Hansen, adding that, “We got rid of a lot of sh*t that we gathered there. Unfortunately, a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look towards the future, we saved the production and we can continue now in this new place. By mid-January we should be done with the work on this album.”

The title track, “Empire Of The Undead,” a high-paced number in the traditionally epic Gamma Ray style that has influenced so many bands globally, has appeared on the single/EP MASTER OF CONFUSION which was released last year and served as precursor to the forthcoming full-length.

EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD will be released in North America on CD, LP, and digitally via Armoury Records in conjunction with earMusic late this Spring. Further details to be revealed in the coming weeks. In the meantime, view a video message Kai Hansen at .

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-Y&T / Meniketti Update

[Note: This is from the band’s January 2014 newsletter. – Tim]

Happy New Year to all the great Y&T fans around the world!

And, Happy Birthday Y&T — celebrating 40 years of rockin’ the planet! The guys just played the first shows of this milestone anniversary year, rockin’ audiences in Hawaii and Japan, and they look forward to many shows this year around the world, and to performing songs that span the band’s 40-year history.

Y&T’s New Home

Y&T has launched a brand new web site. Drop by and check it out!

Y&T At The Historic Fillmore

Y&T plays San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore on Saturday, March 8. Don’t miss this home turf show in Y&T’s banner anniversary year.

Y&T Wear

Visit the Y&T web store, where we have everything from T-shirts and stickers, to CDs and baseball caps. Be sure to see our long sleeve shirts and awesome new hoodies to help keep you warm during the chilly winter months. Many items are available exclusively in the Y&T web store. Visit us online:

Monsters Of Rock — Sold Out

Very exciting that the 2014 Monsters of Rock Cruise from Miami (brand new ship!) to Monster Island and Nassau, Bahamas is sold out. For those of you who have tickets, Y&T look forward to rockin’ out with you and the many other acts on board, such as Cinderella, Ratt, Kix, Tesla, Winger, Firehouse, Slaughter, Jake E. Lee, Loudness, Doro, Mike Tramp, Great White, Quiet Riot, London Quireboys, Winery Dogs, Faster Pussycat, Femme Fatale, Ron Keel, Rough Cutt, Tyketto, Love/Hate, and more.

Y&T Shows

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

January 31 ~ Modesto – Fat Cat Music House
February 1 ~ Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
February 28 ~ Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre (all ages)
March 1 ~ San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Co
March 8 ~ San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (all ages)
March 14 ~ Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
March 15 ~ Tempe, AZ – 93.3 KDKB’s Mike Gaube’s HEADBANGERS 3-Year Anniversary Show outside @ 910 Live
March 19 ~ Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon Room
March 20 ~ Dallas, TX – Trees
March 21~ San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
March 22 ~ Houston, TX – Concert Pub North
March 29 – April 2 ~ Monsters of Rock Cruise — Sold Out
April 4 ~ Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
April 5 ~ New York, NY – Stage 48
April 6 ~ Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall — Sold Out
April 7 ~ Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
April 8 ~ Cranston, RI – 1150 Oak Bar & Grill
April 11 ~ Etobicoke, Canada – The Rockpile West
April 12 ~ Toronto, Canada – The Rockpile East
April 13 ~ Akron, NY – Braun’s Concert Cove
April 16 ~ Pittsburgh, PA – Deadhorse Cantina & Music Hall
April 17 ~ Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Agora
April 18 ~ Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
April 19 ~ Bolingbrook, IL – Tailgaters
April 21 ~ Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
April 22 ~ Minneapolis, MN – The Belmore / New Skyway Lounge
April 25 ~ Lakewood, CO – Eck’s Saloon
May 8 ~ Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club
May 9 ~ San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House
May 10 ~ Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
June 7 ~ Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival

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

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

Thanks for your support!


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-Doro Gets In The Ring For The Boxing World Champion, Performing Her Hit “Raise Your Fist In The Air”

German Hard Rock singer and legend Doro will perform the march-in hymn for WBO title holder Marco Huck, during his boxing fight on January 25, against challenger Firat Arslan, at the boxing-night of German national TV channel ARD.

She is a huge boxing fan herself, and best friend of female boxing legend Regina Halmich. On countless world championships, she was thrilled in the front row and was even standing in the ring herself, 2002 during the celebrity-boxing: Doro Pesch.

On January 25 she is in in the front row once more: Doro Pesch will perform the march-in hymn for WBO title holder Marco Huck, on his rematch against challenger Firat Arslan.

“I am so much looking forward to perform my hit single ‘Raise Your Fist In The Air,’ as a march-in hymn for world champion Marco Huck, as I am huge fan of boxing since my childhood. I saw many fights live, mostly of my good friend Regina Halmich, for who I was playing few times in the ring. ‘Raise Your Fist In The Air’ is the perfect song for a boxing fight, as it is about the fighting spirit, power and fists,” commented Doro.

The fight is taking place at the Hans-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart. It will be broadcasted live on German national TV channel ARD — as well as in 60 countries worldwide. Doro will perform live approx. at 23.00 CET.

On May 2 and 3 Doro will celebrate her 30th stage-anniversary with two extraordinary shows at the CCD-Stadthalle in her hometown Düsseldorf.

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-Edguy: New Album Almost Completed

This news has been a long time coming. Secretly Edguy have sneaked into the studio to record the follow-up to their chart-breaking 2011 album AGE OF THE JOKER (#3 in Germany). The band has issued the following brief statement from the studio:

“We have focused on what makes this band unique and recorded what we believe is going to be the strongest and heaviest album this band has ever recorded. We didn’t waste any time with updates or distractions. There is no doubt, that this album is going to be the album we’ll be measured against in the future. And it makes us proud to say that as a band that has been existing for over 22 years now, fully aware that the best is yet to come.”

The album is in the mixing process right now and will be out in April. More details will be revealed soon.

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-AFM Records Update

[Note: This combines information from multiple updates. – Tim]

Brainstorm: Special FIRESOUL Release Shows In Germany!

German power metal masters Brainstorm will celebrate the release of their upcoming new studio album FIRESOUL (April 4th) with four exclusive release shows in Germany.

Fans can look forward to a very special, extra long set which will only be played at this very concerts.

Swedish Metal force Bloodbound (who recently toured with U.D.O.) will be the supporting special guest on these gigs.

Brainstorm – Set Your Soul On Fire Tour 2014:

+ Very Special Guest (tba)

03. April 2014 DE – München, Backstage
04. April 2014 DE – Aalen, Rock It
05. April 2014 DE – Essen, Turock
06. April 2014 DE – Darmstadt, Steinbruch Theater

Iron Savior: RISE OF THE HERO Arriving In Late February!

Two years after THE LANDING, Hamburg (Germany)-based power metallers Iron Savior return with their brand new studio album RISE OF THE HERO on February 28th (Europe), March 4th (USA). It will be available as CD, ltd. Digi-pak, and ltd. Vinyl. One of the new songs is supposed to be a surprise, so Piet Sielck & Co. have only announced a “surprise track” to be on #9 of RISE OF THE HERO.

Track listing:

1. Ascendence (Intro)
2. Last Hero
3. Revenge Of The Bride
4. From Far Beyond Time
5. Burning Heart
6. Thunder From The Mountains
7. Iron Warrior
8. Dragon King
9. *** [Surprise Track] ***
10. Firestorm
11. The Demon
12. Fistraiser
13. I’ve Been To Hell 2014 (limited edition bonus track)

Dark Age & The New Black To Tour In February!

The motto will “Out Of The Box” this February, when two of Germany’s strongest live band will join forces: The New Black and Dark Age.

Dark Age + The New Black
14.02.14 Aalen, Frape
15.02.14 Annberg-Buchholz, Alte Brauerei
16.02.14 Hannover, Mephisto/Faust
21.02.14 Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
23.02.14 Karlsruhe, Jubez


Vanishing Point: Cover Artwork & Track Listing Unveiled; “Making Of” Video Available!

February 21 will see Australian melodic metallers Vanishing Point release their brand new studio album DISTANT IS THE SUN — the first since 2007’s THE FOURTH SEASON.

Watch the “making of” video here:

Track listing:

1. Beyond Redemption (Intro)
2. King Of Empty Promises
3. Distant Is The Sun
4. When Truth Lies
5. Circle Of Fire
6. Let The River Run
7. Denied Deliverance
8. Story Of Misery
9. Era Zero
10. Pillars Of Sand
11. As December Fades
12. Handful Of Hope
13. Walls Of Silence
14. April (Instrumental)

Words Of Farewell: THE BLACK WILD YONDER Details & Album Trailer Online!

Two years after the release of their debut album IMMERSION, German melodic progressive death metal band Words Of Farewell returns with their sophomore long-player THE BLACK WILD YONDER. The release is scheduled for February 28.

Watch the album trailer here:

On the Words Of Farewell YouTube channel, the band has documented the development in several “making of” videos:

Track listing:

1. Continuum Shift
2. Telltale Notion
3. In Kingdoms Of Rain
4. Damaged Beyond Repair
5. Beauty In Passing
6. Outer Rim
7. Temporary Loss Of Reason
8. Antobiosis
9. Luminary Ghost
10. Riven

Mob Rules Start Anniversary Year With New Lyric Video!

2014 marks the 20th anniversary for German power metal masters Mob Rules. It’s said that the band will come up with some surprises to celebrate with their fans. A new lyric video for the song “Scream For The Sun” (taken from the latest album CANNIBAL NATION) has been made available now to kick off the anniversary year. Stay tuned for more.

AFM Records

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-Rock Against MS: Online Rock Auction Announced

Washburn D3 Stealth Signed By Dimebag Darrell & Vinnie Paul

HOLLYWOOD, CA — We are honored to have so many amazing supporters for Rock Against MS. The latest being a donation by a private donor of this amazing Dimebag Darrell D3 Stealth Limited Edition Washburn — this includes photos of the photo shoot for the 2001 feature in Oui Magazine with this guitar. Pantera did a feature in Oui Magazine back in 2000 hitting the streets in 2001. Part of this was also a subscription campaign utilizing this signed guitar.

Dimebag Darrell Washburn D3 Stealth Limited Edition – signed by both Darrell & Vinnie Paul

About Multiple Sclerosis

Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.

MS affects more than 400,000 people in the US and 2.1 million worldwide.

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-Sabaton Release Additional Cover Artwork Of Their New Album HEROES

On the 16th of May, Swedish Heavy Metal band Sabaton will release the follow-up to their successful CAROLUS REX record, which will be called HEROES.

Today Sabaton release an additional cover artwork and leave the following statement:

“Hi everyone, and many thanks for the huge response on our new album artwork made by Peter Sallai. Just like CAROLUS REX and SWEDISH EMPIRE LIVE our new album HEROES will have an alternate artwork for some editions. Here it is, what do you think?”

HEROES is right now recorded at Abyss Studio, along with producer Peter Tägtgren (Amorphis, Children Of Bodom, and more), with whom Sabaton already worked on CAROLUS REX. “He still has some aces in his sleeves that we are sure will lift the new album,” says bass player Pär Sundström.

Get an impression of the drum recordings here:

Catch Sabaton live in 2014 on the following dates; more dates to be added:

04.04. USA – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
05.04. USA – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
06.04. USA – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
07.04. USA – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09.04. USA – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
10.04. USA – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
11.04. USA – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
12.04. USA – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
14.04. CND – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
15.04. CND – Quebec City, QC – Imperial Theater
16.04. CND – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
17.04. USA – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
18.04. USA – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
19.04. USA – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
21.04. USA – West Springfield, VA – Empire
23.04. USA – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
24.04. USA – Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
25.04. USA – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
26.04. USA – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
28.04. USA – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
29.04. USA – Dallas, TX – Trees
01.05. USA – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
02.05. USA – West Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
03.05. USA – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
05.05. USA – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
06.05. USA – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
07.05. CND – Vancouver, B.C. – The Venue
09.05. CND – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
10.05. CND – Calgary, AB – Republik
11.05. CND – Regina, SK – Riddell Centre
12.05. CND – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
14.05. USA – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
15.05. USA – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
16.05. USA – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom

31.05. NL – Nijmegen – Fortarock
13.06. CH – Interlaken – Greenfield Festival
19.06. D – Loreley – Metalfest
21.06. NO – Halden – Fredrikstens Fästning
26.06. SK – Piestany – Topfest
27.06. BE – Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
10.07. D – Ballenstedt – Rock Harz
11.07. CZ – Vizovice – Masters Of Rock
12.07. HU – Pecs – Rockmaraton
25.07. SLO Tolmin – Metaldays

31.07. SE – Stenungsund – Nösnäsvallen
01.08. AT – Graz – Seerock
02.08. SE – Varberg – Fästningshörnan
07.08. SE – Borgholm – Borgholms Slottsruin
08.08. SE – Ronneby – Brunnsparken
09.08. SE – Trelleborg – Östervång
16.08. SE – Falun – Sabaton Open Air
21.08. SE – Uppsala – Vaksala Torg
22.08. SE – Norrköping – Folkets Park / Borgen
23.08. SE – Karlstad – Mariebergsparken

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-Sonata Arctica: New Album PARIAH’S CHILD Comes In March; Cover Released

On March 28 the new Sonata Arctica album PARIAH’S CHILD will be released. It is the band’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to their successful STONES GROW HER NAME.

Today the beautiful cover artwork for PARIAH’S CHILD will be released. Vocalist Tony Kakko explains he thoughts behind the album title and the artwork like this:

“As always it’s pretty hard coming up with a name for the new baby. I tried to approach it from many angles; how this is our eighth album and how easy it would be to abuse that fact. All the symbolism of figure eight, eternity and so on. But that just did not feel right as it’s been done so many times. Then I started to think how we’d in ways abandoned our ‘totem animal,’ the wolf and all what comes with the territory. As the music on the album is bowing more towards the ‘old’ Sonata, meaning more power metal style elements and wolves in many of the songs in one form or another, it was clear we need a wolf on the cover. An abandoned wolf. A pariah. Or Pariah’s child, actually. The new generation to bring the old logo back.”

Right after the release, Sonata Arctica will start touring again. Keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg left the following message:

“It’s been a while since we last toured Europe, so I’m very happy that we can announce our first tour with our new album. Since the album will be out in March 2014, we don’t want to waste any time but will head out for a full European Tour. Our tour will start in Eindhoven, NL on April 10, 2014. The whole band is really looking forward to play some new songs for you and introduce our new bass player, Pasi, for all our fans. He’s a monster live, you’ll see. Check below for the tour dates and we’ll see you in a few months!”

April 10th – NL – Eindhoven – Effenaar
April 13th – NL – Amsterdam – Melkweg
April 14th – GER – Hamburg – Markthalle
April 16th – GER – Braunschweig – Meier Music Hall
April 17th – GER – Berlin – C-Club
April 18th – GER – Leipzig – Hellraiser
April 19th – GER – Bochum – Matrix
April 21st – GER – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
April 22nd – GER – Saarbrücken – Garage
April 23rd – F – Paris – Bataclan
April 24th – GER – Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
April 26th – GER – Nürnberg – Hirsch
April 27th – CH – Pratteln – Z7
April 28th – I – Trezzo – Live Club
April 30th – HU – Budapest – Club 202
May 01st – CZ – Prague – Retro Music Hall
May 02nd – A – Wien – Szene
May 04th – F – Lyon – Transbordeur
May 05th – E – Barcelona – Bikini
May 06th – E – Madrid – Arena

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-Slough Feg Launch Title Track And Pre-Orders For DIGITAL RESISTANCE!

Slough Feg have launched the title track from their brand new album, DIGITAL RESISTANCE. The record was recorded with Justin Weis (who produced the album with vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi) at Trakworx in South San Francisco from January-October 2013 and marks the band’s first new studio album since 2010’s THE ANIMAL SPIRITS. When asked if the new album was a concept album, singer and vocalist Mike Scalzi explained that DIGITAL RESISTANCE is a concept album in the sense that The Beatles’ SGT. PEPPER is a concept album. “It has somewhat of a consistent lyrical theme that runs through several of the songs, but not every song — it is not a concept album in the sense that our TRAVELLER album is.” Listen now and pre-order your copy at .

Mike Scalzi elaborates on the concept behind the title track: “This song represents a last ditch effort to escape the inevitable. There will be no victory over technology — nor should there be in a broader sense — but I do fear what we are becoming. Biological evolution moves so slowly that we cannot perceive it. But social and moral evolution may come in great jolts or leaps. This can be dangerous to the preservation the species, biologically and morally/socially. But it’s also just fun to sing about ‘killing technology’ (like that other band from Canada did a long time ago). It’s a very dramatic subject. That’s why I call it ‘Voi-Vaudeville.'”

Scalzi discusses the cover art: “The artwork for this album was, as usual, a bit of a struggle. I had no idea how to represent an album called DIGITAL RESISTANCE. We finally decided that we wanted the background of Kiss’ DESTROYER album (a city in ruins), but instead of a rendering of our band in the forefront, I wanted the space-dog (Vargr) from TRAVELLER. But we’d already used him, so I thought about wolves. I thought maybe a symbol (involving a wolf) representing the birth of a civilization might be appropriate. And that’s what we did — we put Romulus and Remus, the two mythological children who founded Rome, and were raised by a wolf, in front of this destroyed civilization. What does it have to do with DIGITAL RESISTANCE? Modern primitivism? An atavistic civilization? Nothing whatsoever? Well, I suppose only time will tell.”

So what does Mike hope the listener will walk away with after listening to DIGITAL RESISTANCE? “Hopefully just enjoyment, entertainment. Perhaps a little bit of a lesson about the dangers of technology’s tendency to sort of dumb us down when things become so easy. The more we indulge in technology and allow it to do everything for us, especially allowing it to think for us (as in the case of looking everything up on your phone or computer rather than trying to remember and retain information), the more physically and mentally ‘flabby’ we become. So there is somewhat of an urgent message, or complaint about this increasingly human tendency.”

DIGITAL RESISTANCE is set for release in Europe on February 14, 2014 and will see Slough Feg on the road with a few West Coast shows in the US scheduled in March with the guys’ “sister band” Bible Of The Devil, from Chicago. The band is hoping to do a short tour of Europe in May/June, and then hopefully to Chicago in July to do the “Ale Horn Of Power” Festival.

Slough Feg is:
Mike Scalzi – Guitars/Vocals
Angelo Tringali – Guitars
Adrian Maestas – Bass
Harry Cantwell – Drums

1. Analogue Avengers / Bertrand Russell’s Sex Den
2. Digital Resistance
3. Habeas Corpsus
4. Magic Hooligan
5. Ghastly Appendage
6. Laser Enforcer
7. The Price Is Nice
8. Curriculum Vitae
9. The Luddite
10. Warriors Dusk

Metal Blade Records

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-Picture Reissues Available Now On Divebomb Records!

Not only is Picture the first heavy metal band to come out of the Netherlands, they’ve also entered their 33rd year of existence and show no signs of slowing down. In fact, 2014 will see the band hitting US shores for the first time ever and Divebomb Records is proud to be reissuing the band’s first four albums for the first time in North America.

Our reissue sets features all four classic albums contained on two long-playing CDs. These definitive albums (PICTURE 1, HEAVY METAL EARS, DIAMOND DREAMER, ETERNAL DARK) from the Dutch metal masters are now back in print after nearly 15 years, but most importantly, they’re seeing their first-ever North American release. With an irresistible sound that combines tough yet melodic vocals and arena-sized guitar riffs, Picture are the living embodiment of classic heavy metal.


Track List:
1. Lady Lightning
2. Night Hunter
3. Hot Lovin’
4. Diamond Dreamer
5. Message From Hell
6. You’re All Alone
7. Lousy Lady
8. The Hangman
9. Get Me Rock And Roll
10. You’re Touching Me

11. Dirty Street Fighter
12. You Can Go
13. Bombers
14. No More
15. One Way Street
16. You’re A Fool
17. Get Back Or You Fall
18. Rockin’ In Your Brains
19. He’s A Player
20. Fear


Track List:
1. Eternal Dark
2. Griffons Guard The Gold
3. Make You Burn
4. Battle For The Universe
5. The Blade
6. Flying In Time
7. Into The Underworld
8. Tell No Lies
9. Power Of Evil
10. Down And Out

11. Heavy Metal Ears
12. Spend The Night With You
13. Unemployed
14. I’m Just A Simple Man
15. Funky Town
16. Out Of Time
17. Nighttiger
18. No No No
19. Rock N Roll/Under Your Spell

Divebomb Records

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-Death Angel Confirmed For The Total Metal Festival!

The bill of the best Metal Festival in Southern Italy still grows up, from the Bay Area here comes a legendary band!

Along with Annihilator and Moonspell, also the American thrashers Death Angel will give some more prestige to the lineup of the Total Metal Open Air Festival that will be held on 19 and 20 July 2014 in the town of Bitonto in Italy. The Apulian Festival has already passed on all its records, but the organizers still promise: “That’s not yet all!”

Death Angel was formed in San Francisco in 1982 and they certainly are among the main leaders, along with the famous “colleagues” Metallica, Testament, Megadeth, etc., of the explosive success of so called “Bay Area Thrash Metal.” It took them just a lucky demo and a handful of awesome albums, produced by some Kirk Hammet (Yes, the guitarist of Metallica!), to make them enter into grace to all the harder fans of most genuine and sincere heavy metal, that kind of music that, without too many pleasantries, direct and strong hits you as a mighty stone in your stomach. In 1990 the band decided to disband due to the serious medical condition of drummer Andy Galeon and, with great sorrow of all their fans, it seemed that was the end of the band. But later in 2001, on the occasion of the charity project called “Thrash Of The Titans,” founded to help Testament and Death front men Chuck Billy and Chuck Schuldiner, to heal from cancer, the band reunited and, seen the warmth with which they were welcomed, they decided to get back on track and restart to realize great “old school” Thrash Metal albums! Just their last two albums, RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION, out in 2010, and the recent THE DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD, released in 2013, confirm Death Angel as one of the metal bands more in the form of the moment!

Thanks to Total Metal Festival these unstoppable thrashers will cross for the first time ever the borders of Southern Italy to share with the audience of the prestigious Italian festival their consolidated and powerful performance!

For more news about the Total Metal Open Air Festival, for real-time updates and to discover all the various facets (musical and not only!) of this unmissable event, we recommend everyone to stay constantly connected with the official Facebook page at . You’ll see some good stuff there!

For further information:

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-Eden’s Curse: Studio Episode 5 Available

Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden’s Curse have posted the fifth edition of their studio diaries online which features new vocalist Nikola Mijic (Alogia, Dreyelands, Expedition Delta) recording his vocals for the group’s fourth album SYMPHONY OF SIN, which was released worldwide by AFM Records on 4th October 2013. The video can be viewed below:

The latest video covers Mijic recording at the Masquerade Ball Studio under the tutelage of bassist and album producer Paul Logue, and includes a behind-the-scenes insight into the tracking of the songs “Symphony Of Sin,” the record’s lead single “Evil & Divine,” “Where Is The Love?,” and “Fallen From Grace.”

This latest edition comes hot on the heels of the fourth edition which featured Dutch Orchestral composer and arranger Frank Van Essen of Strings Attached documenting the process behind the orchestra intro piece for the album and song “Symphony Of Sin.” The group also released an alternative band-only performance of their promo video “Evil & Divine.” The videos can be viewed below:

Eden’s Curse will be touring the United Kingdom in support of the new album SYMPHONY OF SIN later in the Spring.

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-Therion Release THELI Deluxe Edition & New 3-DVD ADULRUNA REDIVIA AND BEYOND

On February 21 there will be two new releases of Therion coming up, the deluxe edition CD + DVD of their all-time classic THELI as well as a 3-DVD package (limited edition incl. bonus DVD) called ADULRUNA REDIVIA AND BEYOND.

THELI was the fifth studio album of Therion, being released on August 1996. The successful album features Therion’s legendary hit “To Mega Therion” as well as the outstanding 10-minute epic “The Siren Of The Woods” and the hymn “Cults Of The Shadow.” It features two different choirs and Dan Swanö from Edge Of Sanity as a guest singer.

The deluxe edition of THELI has three more bonus tracks: “In Rememberance,” “Black Fairy,” and the Scorpions cover version “Fly To The Rainbow,” as well as a bonus DVD with the entire album performed live.

On top there will be a double live DVD + bonus DVD, limited edition Digi-pak called ADULRUNA REDIVIA AND BEYOND. The two shows were recorded live in Atlanta in 2011 and in Budapest 2007.

“The concert recorded in Hungary was a concert on the ‘Adulruna Rediviva’ 20 year Anniversary Tour in December. The idea of the tour was to play the entire THELI album plus a set consisting of songs that the fans had voted for on the band web page. Piotr Wawrzeniuk and our old friend Messiah Marcolin joined in to make this evening extra special. The concert in Atlanta was the band’s only show in the USA since 2007 and was shot during the band’s headline performance at the ProgPower USA festival 2011,” commented the band.

The track list will be like this:

DVD 1:

01. The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah
02. Son Of The Sun
03. Midgård
04. Asgård
05. The Wine Of Aluqah
06. Wisdom And The Cage
07. Kali Yuga I
08. Kali Yuga II
09. Kali Yuga III
10. Lemuria
11. Via Nocturna
12. An Arrow From The Sun
13. Typhon
14. Ginnungagap
15. Preludium
16. To Mega Therion
17. Cults Of The Shadows
18. In The Desert Of Set
19. Interludium
20. Nightside Of Eden
21. Opus Eclipse
22. Invocation Of Naamah
23. The Siren Of The Woods
24. Grand Finale / Postludium
25. Adulruna Rediviva
26. Black Funeral

DVD 2:

01. Sitra Ahra
02. The Wine Of Aluqah
03. Typhon
04. Perennial Sophia
05. Hellequin
06. Nifelheim
07. Clavicula Nox
08. Voyage Of Gurdjieff
09. Ljusalfheim
10. Dies Irae
11. Ginnungagap
12. Kali Yuga III
13. Call Of Dagon
14. Siren Of the Woods
15. The Wild Hunt
16. Blood Of Kingu
17. Lemuria
18. Abraxas
19. The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah
20. To Mega Therion
21. Quetzalcoatl

Bonus DVD 3:

01. 011 – An Adventure With Therion
02. 011 – Documentary And Behind The Scenes
03. Amazing Voice

“011 is the name of a board game made by the Italian game manufacturer Scribabs. In a very ambitious way to market the game, they made this fantastic short film, starring the band members as actors, playing their roles in the game. The main man behind the game and the film, Paolo Vallerga, is currently writing a novel on the story behind the game and there are even some plans for a movie. To learn more about this great game and to purchase it, please visit .

“‘Amazing Voice’ is a Japanese TV program about great singers. This episode had Thomas Vikström as main focus and the TV team flew to Sweden to interview Thomas and record some live singing exclusively for the program.”

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-February 11 Releases From Napalm Records: Van Canto – DAWN OF THE BRAVE & The Unguided – FRAGILE IMMORTALITY

The new albums from Van Canto and The Unguided both will be released in North America on February 11.

Van Canto
Napalm Records
7 February 2014

Track List:
1. Dawn Of The Brave
2. Fight For Your Life
3. To The Mountains
4. Badaboom
5. The Final Countdown
6. Steelbreaker
7. The Awakening
8. The Other Ones
9. Holding Out For A Hero
10. Unholy
11. My Utopia
12. Into The West
13. Paranoid

The most strong-voiced band of the world releases their fifth album DAWN OF THE BRAVE and elevates their unique A Cappella Metal to the next level. Only supported by a drummer, the German sextet offers the perfect blend of sweeping original songs and cover versions of legendary Rock classics such as “Paranoid” (Black Sabbath) or “The Final Countdown” (Europe). As a special bonus, more than 200 Van Canto fans took part in the choir recordings, and can hear themselves on the new album. Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Helloween, etc.) produced the drum recordings. The album was mixed by sound wizard Ronald Prent (Manowar, Rammstein, etc.) at the legendary Wisseloord Studio 2. He gave the A Cappella sound and outstanding and omnipresent dynamic. The artwork is based on superhero concept, and this theme runs as a red thread through the photographs and visual design which was provided by Stefan Heilemann. Once more Van Canto shows the scene, that it doesn’t need electric guitars to rock!

Release Dates:
07.02.2014 GAS & BENELUX
10.02.2014 UK/PORT/AUS/FRA
12.02.2014 SWE
11.02.2014 USA/CAN

Van Canto On Tour:
14.02.2014 RUS – St. Petersburg / Zal Ozhidaniya
15.02.2014 RUS – Moskau / Klub Volta
21.02.2014 FR – Strassbourg / La Laiterie
22.02.2014 CH – Pratteln / Gallery
23.02.2014 DE – Nürnberg / RoFa
06.03.2014 IT – Milano / Factory
07.03.2014 DE – München / Backstage
08.03.2014 CZ – Prague / Nova Chmelnice
09.03.2014 DE – Ludwigsburg / ROFA
21.03.2014 DE – Aschaffenburg / ColosSaal
22.03.2014 DE – Hamburg / Grünspan
23.03.2014 DE – Hameln / Sumpfblume
02.04.2014 GB – London / Underworld
03.04.2014 NL – Tilburg / O13
04.04.2014 DE – Bremen / Aladin
05.04.2014 DE – Köln / Live Music Hall
10.04.2014 DE – Berlin / Lido
11.04.2014 DE – Glauchau / Alte Spinnerei
12.04.2014 DE – Düsseldorf / Pitcher
13.04.2014 DE – Dortmund / FZW

The Unguided
Napalm Records
31 January 2014

Track List:
1. Inception
2. Defector DCXVI
3. Granted
4. Eye Of The Thyla
5. Unguided Entity
6. Carnal Genesis
7. Enforce
8. Blodbad
9. Only Human
10. Singularity
11. Oblivion

The Unguided — the new band featuring founding brothers Richard & Roger Sjunnesson and former members of Sonic Syndicate — release a highly dynamic and electrifying Melodic Death Metal album. FRAGILE IMMORTALITY features highly infectious melodies combined with metallic heaviness and turns songs like “Blodbad” or “Inception” into hymns of a new generation. The centerpiece is undoubtedly the vocal duo Roland Johansson & Richard Sjunnesson, who also branded the trademark sound of Sonic Syndicate. The new songs were mixed and mastered at the legendary “Studio Fredman” by Fredrik Nordström & Henric Udd. FRAGILE IMMORTALITY breathes new life into the Melodic Death Metal genre and furthermore sets the band’s course to become one of the big players in the music world.

Release Dates:
31.01.2014 GAS/FIN & BENELUX
03.02.2014 UK/Rest of Europe
05.02.2014 ESP/SWE/NOR
11.02.2014 USA/CAN

Napalm Records

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-Solstice Set To Release Comeback Record In February

Today, Into The Void Records (a division of Invictus Productions) sets February 10 as the international release date for DEATH’S CROWN IS VICTORY, the long-awaited comeback record from legendary epic/doom metallers Solstice.

The legacy of England’s Solstice has remained untouched, and their crown unobtainable even by the few bold enough to try. However, a stirring from the sinistral depths awoke the epic metal behemoth Solstice from their slumber, and in the last three years, the band have been rehearsing, writing, and gigging around Europe and solidifying a full working lineup.

Founder member Rich Walker originally put the band on ice in 2002, but began putting the pieces back together in 2007, although it took him until 2011 to begin to find musicians who were of the same mindset and not faint-hearted. Joined by Andy Whittaker (ex-The Lamp Of Thoth), Paul Kearns (ex-Arcane Sun), Ian “Izak” Buxton (ex-Chorus Of Ruin), and James Ashbey, Solstice in 2014 live by their motto: NEVER SURRENDER — NO REMORSE.

Unleashing their first new recording in 13 years, the band have created a mini-LP of unparalleled and peerless heavy metal cutting and slashing its way through a scene of hopeless and hapless pretenders, turncoats, and the feeble. DEATH’S CROWN IS VICTORY is not a return to form; it is a statement of further intent, an undeniable clarion call to arms.

Recorded at GN Studios in Huddersfield by Kerry Hughes, and mixed and mastered by Rich Whittaker (responsible for some of today’s biggest re-mastering/re-mix work, such as Black Sabbath, The Who, The Clash, etc.) at FX Mastering, DEATH’S CROWN IS VICTORY is a step towards a more natural and live production for the band as they try to capture their onstage sound.

Further recordings will see them take this direction again and to whatever logical conclusion it reaches, as the band are now in the writing process of their next record, TO SOL A THANE, once again to be recorded with Rich Whittaker and Kerry Hughes.

Track listing for Solstice’s DEATH’S CROWN IS VICTORY is as follows:

1. Fortress England
2. I Am The Hunter
3. Death’s Crown Is Victory
4. Aequinoctium II


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-Sister Launches Second Single “Naked” Taken Off New album DISGUISED VULTURES Exclusively Through Metal Hammer Germany!

Swedish Punk Metal act Sister has released the second single taken off their new album DISGUISED VULTURES exclusively through the website of German Metal Hammer. Click here to check out “Naked!”

Comments Sister: “‘Naked’ is a slow and powerful song that was written during some dark times. It reflects the feeling of being exposed and how life sometimes can be cruel to you. ‘Naked’ is kind of different from all the other singles we’ve released and it feels like the right time for doing something like that. This album will give you even more surprises further on!”

DISGUISED VULTURES was recorded with Martin Sweet and Linus Nirbrant and will be released on January 21 in North America and January 24 in UK/Europe. Fans can listen to the first single “Sick,” watch videos, and pre-order DISGUISED VULTURES at . The album will be available on CD, LP, and as a digital download!

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 at 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!

1. My Enemy
2. Sick
3. Disguised Vultures
4. Arise
5. We Salute ‘Em
6. Slay Yourself
7. Naked
8. DMN
9. (Stop The) Revolution
10. Please Kill Me

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-Radiant Records Update


Welcome to 2014! We know it’s going to be an amazing year in prog and it is kicking off with the crazy new Transatlantic KALEIDOSCOPE extravaganza! We are getting close to the shipping date so if you haven’t already ordered now is the time. Release date is January 28. Order now at .

We wish you a great 2014!!

Radiant Team


Inner Circle Members Only

As a way of saying “Thank You” to the Inner Circle, Neal Morse will personally autograph any of the Transatlantic KALEIDOSCOPE Songbooks pre-ordered by Inner Circle members. This is for ALL Inner Circle members. So, join the Inner Circle now and receive a signed Songbook! (Neal can sign only the songbook, or we might make mistakes.) Psssst… the January IC disc will be Neal Morse – THE EARLY SNOW DEMOS. This is what Neal sent Spock’s Beard as the first draft of the prog classic!

Join the Inner Circle:

Pre-Order The New Transatlantic NOW

Transatlantic’s KALEIDOSCOPE in all these formats:

• SINGLE CD VERSION: The main disc in a standard jewel case.

• 3-DISC SPECIAL EDITION DIGI-PAK: This version comes in a lovely Digi-pak and includes the main disc, the bonus covers disc, a “Making Of” DVD documentary, and deluxe artwork.

• LIMITED EDITION ART BOOK: This version is in a spectacular full-color large book with 36 pages and crazy amazing cover texturing. You have to see it to believe it! Includes the main disc, the bonus covers disc, a “Making Of” DVD documentary, deluxe artwork, and an mix in 5.1 surround of the main audio disc.

• 3 LP – 2 CD VERSION: Three vinyl LPs in a deluxe package that will blow your already blown mind! Green vinyl to match the artwork. Totally cool! The LPs contain all the music on the main disc and bonus disc. Also comes with the main disc CD and bonus disc CD.

• SONGBOOK: For the first time ever! A complete music book of the entire album. Includes everything you need to play this incredible album either solo or with a whole band. Includes all the melodies and themes (vocal and instrumental), riffs, lyrics, and chords. A dream come true for the musician in the house and a great collector’s item! (Mike Portnoy not included.)

• BUNDLES! We have bundled all the deluxe versions with the songbook at a special price!

See all the bundle deals here:

Transatlantic “Shine” Video Released

Watch the new video in HD here:

Sale On Uncompressed Downloads

Forget compressed iTunes and MP3. Radiant is offering uncompressed downloads of many releases for $8.99. We’re talking THE WHIRLWIND, SOLA SCRIPTURA, and who knows what else? Click to see everything.

The Revolving Mystery Clearance Page

Grab CDs as low $3.99. Great music at crazy low prices! Keep checking our clearance page for amazing deals, updated weekly. What adventures await thee? Be ready to be surprised! OK, maybe not that surprised. But pretty surprised. Click to view all!

Thanks for all,

Megan Batista, Radiant Records

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-Leaf Hound’s LIVE IN JAPAN Is Out Today!

The iconic heavy ’70s cult band and pioneers of stoner rock Leaf Hound are back again, releasing LIVE IN JAPAN, filmed in 2012, through Ripple Music today. Not surprisingly, the demand for this record has been so high that it is already sold out at Ripple HQ. The album will be available on LP, CD, and DVD in stores today, but orders through Ripple will become available as soon as the supply is replenished.

In the meantime, you can stream this heavy blues explosion in live form through Ripple’s Bandcamp page.

“Astonishingly, LIVE IN JAPAN 2012, captured over two hot and sweaty nights in Tokyo in July 2012, is the first officially available live recording of Leaf Hound. And, it has to be said, it’s an impressive CD/DVD set.” – Uber Rock

“All the comparisons to other heavy rock bands don’t mean much — this is the kind of record that ought to be played loud and late at night.” – Blues Review

Stream LIVE IN JAPAN via Bandcamp here:

Watch a video for “Stagnant Pool” live in Japan:

More on Leaf Hound:
Few bands from the protometal period command the undying respect and nods of approval as does Leaf Hound. Talk about a pedigree. Leaf Hound formed in 1969 under their original name, Black Cat Bones. Early incarnations of the Black Cat Bones featured guitarist Paul Kossoff and drummer Simon Kirke who both left to form Free. Black Cat Bones issued one album then replaced their vocalist with perfect-wailer Peter French. Guitarist Rod Price departed soon after to join Foghat and French added his cousin Mick Halls on guitar. With that change, Leaf Hound was born.

In 1971, Leaf Hound released the seminal album GROWERS OF MUSHROOM which has rightly been hailed as a bona fide worldwide cult classic of the hard rock genre, discovered by each new generation of rock fans. It has been cited as a hugely important album in the evolution of both the Heavy Metal and Stoner Rock genres, much like the first Black Sabbath album. Classic Rock Magazine has raved that GROWERS OF MUSHROOM is one of the most influential pieces of music on the stoner rock, and the album has gained a reputation as being one of the true lost gems of the early British hard rock scene. Original Decca vinyl copies on are one of the most rare collectable rock albums out there with prices soaring above £4,000! It was recorded and mixed in one brief 11-hour session in 1970. By the time it was released by Decca in 1971, the “Original incarnation of Leaf Hound” created by Peter French together with cousin Mick Halls had already broken up.

Front man French then joined up with Cozy Powell to briefly play with Birmingham based group Big Bertha, but a short time afterwards was invited by Vincent Crane to join Atomic Rooster as their lead vocalist in that same year, and recorded with them the Atomic Rooster IN HEARING OF album. It was during Atomic Rooster’s successful tour of America and Canada that Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert invited French to join the American Rock group Cactus on Atlantic Records; he accepted and left Atomic Rooster to go to the States to tour and record with Cactus OT’N’SWEATY album.

French later went on to tour and record with Polydor to record in Los Angeles the album FAST FORWARD with the German based band Randy Pie, then a few years later he would record his acclaimed solo album for Polydor, Peter French – DUCKS IN FLIGHT, which featured Brian Robertson, Kenny Jones, Mickey Moody, and Mick Halls amongst others.

In 1993 Record Collector Magazine got in touch with French to do an extensive interview and write a seven-page article about this rare previously undiscovered classic album, Leaf Hound’s GROWERS OF MUSHROOM. This almost forgotten album was later to prove to become a favorite of tape traders and bootleggers for many years; it finally received an official re-release on CD in 1994 on the Repertoire label, and it was at this point that a whole new generation of rock fans worldwide discovered its delights. As the album’s reputation and popularity spread, French was eventually persuaded to put a new version of Leaf Hound together in 2004, recruiting guitarist Luke Rayner, drummer Jimmy Rowland, and bassist Ed Pearson. After releasing a single on the Rise Above label, this new incarnation of the band released a highly acclaimed new album, Leaf Hound UNLEASHED, in 2007, on R.A.R.E./Repertoire which received excellent rock reviews, and having gained a reputation as a formidable live act. Leaf Hound appeared at several festivals in Sweden including Sweden Rock in 2006 and Mellotronen, alongside Opeth and Comus. Leaf Hound also made a high profile appearance at Holland’s Roadburn Festival, supplemented by numerous club gigs with acts such as Nazareth, Mountain, Orange Goblin, and Witchcraft.

More recently, with Pete Herbert replacing Ed Pearson on bass, the band made an acclaimed appearance at the inaugural Desertfest in London and returned to the Roadburn Festival in Holland to perform GROWERS OF MUSHROOM in its entirety to mark the album’s 40th anniversary. The band also played the Serie Z festival in Spain alongside Wishbone Ash and Y&T.

More than 40 years later after the release of that legendary GROWERS OF MUSHROOM record, Leaf Hound are finally back! It was during a sweltering hot Japanese summer of 2012, that Leaf Hound were invited to make their first ever appearance in Tokyo, Japan. These shows were recorded and filmed for a limited release in Japan as a live album and DVD package by Captain Trip Records in 2013. Leaf Hound have now teamed up with American label Ripple Music, who will be releasing the Leaf Hound LIVE IN JAPAN vinyl album and DVD/CD set worldwide (Excluding Japan) in January 2014. Ripple Music will bring to a whole new audience the legend that is Leaf Hound. With a roster of classic protometal rockers that includes Poobah, JPT Scare Band, and Iron Claw, Ripple Music has already proven its ability to bring classic rocking bands to a modern audience.

So look out world. The Leaf Hound has been unleashed once again!

Leaf Hound is:
Peter French – vocals
Luke Rayner – guitar
Ed Pearson – bass
Jimmy Rowland – drums


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-Skull Fist & Suicidal Angels: January 14 Releases From NoiseArt Records

Skull Fist
NoiseArt Records
10 January 2014

Darkthrone knew very well what they were talking about when the composed the anthem “Canadian Metal” a few years back — pure steel grows in the land of maple syrup and raccoons!!! Skull Fist give us proof for that theory with their unadulterated and unabashed heavy metal. Is there anybody out there who could ever forget a smasher like “No False Metal?” There you go.

Since these young Canadians scored the Rock The Nation Award in 2010, the career of singer Jackie Slaughter and his gang has skyrocketed: their debut HEAD ÖF THE PACK has been unleashed on the hungry metal masses by NoiseArt Records August 26, 2011 and collected rave reviews worldwide. Skull Fist went on tour with Bullet, Enforcer, Sabaton, and Powerwolf, and were greeted everywhere by ravished merch tables, raised fists and thousands of new fans!!!

So Skull Fist have escaped the underground scene for good, and now it’s time to finally claim the throne of metal! Their weapons? Authenticity, ’80s spirit, and classic metal tunes with sing-along character — enter CHASING THE DREAM which will be released January 10, 2014! “It’s what you’ve always been waiting for!” tells us vocalist Jackie Slaughter. “It has new songs. And a different cover. It was recorded at a different studio. It has new guitar solos, and new rhythms. And new bass parts. And new drums. And new lyrics, and different girlish screams. And strange new dead cat vocals.” Thank you, Jackie! What the illustrious front man is trying to say is that Skull Fist didn’t bother with experiments, but instead opted once more to deliver timeless heavy metal that is perfect for every headbanger’s party. The band recorded at the Vespa Studios in Toronto: “It’s actually owned by the bro who sang in Harem Scarem back in the early ’90s! Totally right on. Harry Hess is his name. The album was mixed and mastered by Eric Ratz. We’re doing the vocals at Lenz Studios with the same guy that did the last album actually, Dan Tsourounis.”

The Canadian jokester explains the near three-year break in between HEAD ÖF THE PACK and CHASING THE DREAM as follows: “Money doesn’t grow on trees apparently. We didn’t have enough moula when we originally planned to record, so we pushed it back two months and then one month later I selfishly decided to break my neck skateboarding which put us out for another two months.” Quite the metal explanation — apology accepted! And finally a tiny glimpse at the lyrical concept of the album: “The theme is Shakespeare. Act II.”

Don’t miss Skull Fist on tour with Enforcer end of January / February 2014 because: You wanted metal? You got it!!!

Suicidal Angels
NoiseArt Records
10 January 2014

If Suicidal Angels taught us anything over the past couple of years, it’s gotta be that fine thrash metal doesn’t have to stem from the Bay Area or the Ruhr area / Germany in order to damage your neck muscles!!! Since their debut ETERNAL DOMINATION was released in 2007, this Greek bunch continues to prove with every album how do to things the old school way…

Still, the four-piece is far from living in the past. Sure you can compare the typical Suicidal Angels sound to that of genre veterans such as Kreator, but their input into the current thrash revival is bursting with insane riff ideas, a massive and modern production, and a unique and energetic live presence — the latter was clearly the case during their 2012 Full Of Hate tour with Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Legion Of The Damned, and Misery Index.

After the great success of BLOODBATH early 2012 and the reissue of their debut ETERNAL DOMINATION in 2013, there is no rest for the wicked: DIVIDE AND CONQUER will be released on January 10, 2014 and invites you panzer cruise number five! Singer Nick recalls: “We recorded from the middle of the summer to fall of 2013. Being more specific, we started with the pre-production, done at Zero Gravity Studios, based in Athens, middle of July. It was a really tough period, since all the details of the actual recordings, should be sorted out, so that we are 200% ready to get in the studio, focused, so as to record the album. Middle August, Music Factory and Prophecy Studios welcomed us for one more time. From 2009 and three albums later, there was nothing weird to expect. One last step, but one of the most important ones, is the mix and master, this time done by Fredrik Nordstrom at Fredman Studios. We didn’t know what to expect for the final result, but what we got is killer. He managed to combine the old school feeling of our music with an up to date production of 2013, absolutely massive!”

The cover artwork has been handled by another well-known name in the metal biz — legend Ed Repka has worked with Megadeth, Death, Municipal Waste, and Suicidal Angels before and is quite busy during thrash metal’s second heyday. “If you notice, in the pit, it’s not people fighting, it’s zombies. Also the crowd isn’t human, they are zombies. They are the souls of people who have no human feelings anymore. They represent the ugliness and the inhumanity of the humans. Thus, turned into something else, they are easier to be conquered and manipulated.” A perfect mirror for the lyrics on DIVIDE AND CONQUER — because once more Suicidal Angels aren’t really interested in booze, boobs, and slimy aliens, but instead like to reflect on the everyday horror of our lives. “The main subject is the contemporary situation that we all are living in. There is so much power in the hands of few who have the ability to do everything, but their only fear is everyday and common people. So the only, most direct and easiest solution is to mentally disease the population, in order to fight each other, in order to misjudge reality and not being able to tell what is important and what not. So, like this, without unity, it is easier to become a slave.”

As serious as the message of the Greeks might be, as purely entertaining and neck-breaking are their new songs! Especially on stage, because the Suicidal Angels will embark on a European headliner run in January and February 2014. Part of the trek: Fueled By Fire, Lost Society, and Exarsis. Thrash ’em all!!!

NoiseArt Records

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-Obliterations: L.A. Punk Henchmen Ink Deal With Southern Lord In Blood

Southern Lord is proud to announce the newest addition to the label’s expansive roster in 2014: California punk henchmen, Obliterations.

Comprised of Stephen McBean on guitar, Austin Barber on bass, Sam James Velde on vocals, and Flo Schanze on drums, Obliterations unites former and current members of Black Mountain, Saviours, Bluebird, Night Horse, and Pink Mountaintops. The band came together in a mere two rehearsals in December 2012. McBean and Barber both individually relocated to Los Angeles, and continued to cross paths with friend Sam James Velde. The three had known each other for years continually intersecting over various tours. Discussing their similar music tastes reaching from the obvious hardcore and punk to obscure psych or even early ’80s British shoegaze, the three decided to jam on a whim one Saturday after talking about the idea over beers at divvy watering hole. Two rehearsals later they had four songs completed; they recorded them quickly before their other respective bands left on Winter tours, without any real intent, yet the results were inspiring. Velde was introduced to Schanze through the folks in OFF!, in where they implied “We have a good feeling about this guy.” Schanze visited Los Angeles with the intent to join a “punk band,” jamming with Sam and Stephen on separate occasions. McBean auditioned Schanze for his alter ego side project Pink Mountaintops but instead jammed Void and Black Flag covers for three hours. The next thing they all knew they had the right fit for a new band which they dubbed Obliterations.

Dealing out heavy classic punk and hardcore like every era of Black Flag, Die Kruezen, Born Against, or Poison Idea yet quick to reference Alice Cooper, Spacemen 3, The Stooges, or The Laughing Hyenas as inspiration, the blueprint isn’t the point here, it’s the results. Obliterations’ sound is abrasive and raw, driving and aggressive, yet catchy. The band has no grand scheme other than to play as much as possible, anywhere and everywhere. They’ve already created a small frenzy within their home region with chaotic live shows, having shared the stage with Trash Talk, Black Breath, Death, Mammoth Grinder, and more.

Obliterations released their debut four-song 7″ EP on Outer Battery Records (Dinosaur Jr. OFF!, Witch) in October of 2013. Hot on its heels, the band has another new four-song EP titled THE HOLE coming out on January 21 via the Volcom Entertainment Vinyl Club (St. Vitus, High On Fire, The Shrine). Following that, Obliterations has etched plans to record their debut full-length for Southern Lord in March at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 (Bl’ast!, COC, etc), preceded by a Southwest tour including multiple performances at this year’s SXSW festival.

Stay tuned for more info on the band’s upcoming tour and recording actions to be released in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out Obliterations’ previous mayhem via their Bandcamp, and also scope the new fully rebuilt Southern Lord label website.

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-Forgotten Tomb Reveal First Trailer To New Live DVD

Continuously spreading their unique brand of rock-oriented, blackened doom metal propaganda, Forgotten Tomb have just released the first teaser for their forthcoming live DVD. DARKNESS IN STEREO: EINE SYMPHONIE DES TODES – LIVE IN GERMANY is in the final stages of editing and is on target for release in early 2014. While more excerpts along with release details will follow shortly, the first teaser is available for viewing at:

With almost 15 years of activity, six full-length albums, and a double live in-studio album, live shows all over Europe, and a worldwide underground following, Forgotten Tomb definitely deserves its cult status in the current extreme metal scene. With now-classic albums such as the milestones of SONGS TO LEAVE (2002) and SPRINGTIME DEPRESSION (2003), the band practically crafted and gave birth to a whole new subgenre, now regarded as depressive black/doom metal. Then it managed to evolve it, destroy it, and reshape it with the highly acclaimed LOVE’S BURIAL GROUND (2004), the controversial NEGATIVE MEGALOMANIA (2007), and the groundbreaking UNDER SATURN RETROGRADE (2011). In 2012, …AND DON’T DELIVER US FROM EVIL was released to critical acclaim, followed by a 12-show European tour with Enthroned (BEL) & Impiety (SIN) to conclude the successful year. Over 2013, the band kept promoting the new album with a 20-show headlining European tour with Isole (SE) & Ereb Altor (SE), as well as single shows and another European tour with Incantation (US) and Ragnarok (NO). 2014 will see the band celebrate its 15-year anniversary and release its long-awaited live DVD.

The upcoming exclusive DVD will feature over 70 minutes of professionally edited live material.

Follow the band at:

Agonia Records

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-Messenger Stream First Track From Svart Debut

Today, Messenger premiere the new track “Somniloquist” on Classic Rock magazine’s website. The track is the very first to be premiered from Messenger’s forthcoming debut album, ILLUSORY BLUES, set for international release on March 31 through Svart Records. Messenger’s “Somniloquist” can be heard exclusively here, courtesy of the world’s premiere classic rock authority:

Messenger is a musical troupe from London formed in the spring of 2012 by Khaled Lowe and Barnaby Maddick. They booked a session with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano at Orgone Studios that gave birth to their debut album, ILLUSORY BLUES: a cosmic ode to the forces of nature and the inevitable cycle of life. To cite musical influences would be futile. The musicians had made their names with bands in scenes as far apart as hardcore punk, black metal, and ambient music. Tonally, one might recall finding oneself in the same “space” occupied by other architects of sound such as Ulver, The Beatles, Swans, or Pink Floyd. But the stream of sound that emanates from the source of ILLUSORY BLUES is a heaving mass of organic richness, brimmed with intricate sounds that acknowledge the original fathers of experimentation but look forward in creating something new and unique. They dwell equally in the earthly realm of folk music and in the celestial void of progressive psychedelia, but have chanced upon a sound and an experience that sounds like no other. Rounded off by Daniel Knight and James Leach, the lineup of Messenger is now complete, but the journey has just begun.

More info:

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-Deathpoint Premiere New Music Video “Between The Lines” On Blank TV; New Album SINISTER Out; Show Dates

R.I.Y.L: As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Intandem, Nine Inch Nails, Periphery, Soilwork, Stone Sour, Tesseract, Tool, Threat Signal

Hamilton, ON’s hard-hitting, heavy-riffing melodic groove metal band Deathpoint whom debut at #20 on CMJ Rock Radio charts for their debut album SINISTER have teamed up with Blank TV to premiere their new music video “Between The Lines.”

“The band is very excited to release this video. We had a blast shooting it in that creepy haunted looking house; I swear when the floors creaked there was a ghostly presence watching over us. We had a lot of fun just trying different things with the song and very happy with director Garrett Henry and his creative mind. We can’t wait for people to see this video and spread it online. The band also has tour dates coming up and we are anxious to announce, keep your eyes and ears open,” comments vocalist Tom Emmans.

To view the video, please visit the following link:

Deathpoint signed with Spread The Metal Records in April 2013 for distribution and released their sophomore album SINISTER on October 1, 2013. The band has been touring Ontario and Quebec aggressively and in early September 2013 the band performed at the Spread The Metal Festival in Toronto with Suffocation and Kittie among many others. Deathpoint will be pushing through Canadian tour dates in 2014, eager to not only experience the vastness of their home country but also do what they love the most — metal.

Album Stream:
Kill The 8 Merch –

Deathpoint – SINISTER Track Listing:
1. For Your Eyes Only 05:22
2. Between The Lines 03:53
3. Sinister 04:04
4. Sick, Sick, Sick 04:37
5. Remission 04:58
6. Entitled To Nothing 03:33
7. Condemned To Suffer 05:33
8. Lost Haven 04:19
9. Thirty Stitches 07:06

Upcoming Shows:
Feb 7, 2014 – The APK – London, ON
Feb 8, 2014 – Canadian Anglo Club – Windsor, ON

Brad Gold – Bass
Tom Emmans – Vocals
Tim Ross – Guitars

For more info, please visit these links:
Twitter: @DeathpointMetal

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival Expands Mammoth Lineup With 1349, Battlecross, Goatwhore, Inquisition, And More; Fourth Annual Mission Quest To Metal Fest Tour Announced

The epic lineup of this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival continues to expand with the newest additions of: 1349, Battlecross, Black Crown Initiate, Carnifex, Erra, Fallujah, Goatwhore, I Declare War, Inquisition, Rivers Of Nihil, Sworn In, Broken Hope, and The Acacia Strain! Get ready to rage! The latest adds will unite with the likes of All That Remains, Iced Earth, Nile, Slapshot, the final East Coast appearance of Bleeding Through, Nails, All Out War, the yet-to-be-revealed 2014 Metal Alliance Tour, and many more acts still to be announced.

Slated to take place April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the sixteenth edition of the iconic two-staged event continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the legendary Worcester Palladium. Tickets for the festival 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 & 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 & 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 to .

Additionally, today the fourth annual Mission Quest to Metalfest lineup is officially unveiled. A trek launched by MassConcerts in an effort to help bands make their way to Worcester, this year the expedition joins Cruel Hand, Alpha & Omega, Naysayer, Bent Life, Barrier, Malfunction, and Will To Die on a massive, 37-date North American assault set to commence at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Comments NEMHF founding father/bearded wonder Scott Lee: “We are very excited to launch the fourth edition of Mission Quest to Metal Fest and have this tour as part of the festival. I think it’s a great mix of hardcore and if this tour comes to your city make sure to be there! Also make sure to check out Cruel Hand’s new 7″ (“Born Into Debt,” “We All Owe A Death”) released through Closed Casket Activities and Alpha & Omega’s new CD (NO REST, NO PEACE) released from Bridge 9.”

Mission Quest To Metal Fest 2014:
Cruel Hand, Alpha & Omega, Malfunction, Barrier
3/14/2014 SXSW – Austin, TX
3/15/2014 SXSW – Austin, TX
3/16/2014 QuikTrip Park – Grand Prairie, TX
3/17/2013 The Demo – St Louis, MO
3/18/2014 The Hatch – Evansville, IN
3/19/2014 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
3/20/2014 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
Cruel Hand, Malfunction, Barrier
3/21/2014 The Grave – Winnipeg, MB
3/22/2014 The Exchange – Regina, SK
3/23/2014 The Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
3/24/2014 Golden Age Club – Calgary, AB
3/25/2014 Ellison Community Hall – Kelowna, BC
Cruel Hand, Alpha & Omega, Bent Life, Malfunction, Barrier
3/26/2014 Quesadilla Factory – Centralia, WA
3/27/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR
3/28/2014 Jub Jubs – Reno, NV
3/29/2014 418 Project – Santa Cruz, CA
3/30/2014 Aladdin Jr – Pomona, CA
3/31/2014 Industry Theater – Lancaster, CA
4/01/2014 Wallstreet – Phoenix, AZ
4/02/2014 The Spot – El Paso, TX
4/03/2014 Korova – San Antonio, TX
Alpha & Omega, Bent Life, Malfunction
4/04/2014 Walters on Washington – Houston, TX
4/05/2014 HTGT – Baton Rouge, LA
Alpha & Omega, Naysayer, Malfunction, Bent Life, Will To Die
4/06/2014 Roc Bar – Jacksonville, FL
4/07/2014 The Plughouse – Columbus, GA
4/08/2014 The Forge – Birmingham, AL
4/09/2014 The Owl Farm – Nashville, TN
4/10/2014 Haymarket Whiskey Bar- Louisville, KY
4/11/2014 Legends – Cincinnati, OH
4/12/2014 Refuge Skateshop – Dearborn, MI
4/13/2014 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
4/14/2014 The Mansion – Rochester, NY
4/15/2014 Even Flow Bar & Grill – Long Island, NY
4/16/2014 Chameleon’s – Pittsfield, MA
4/17/2014 The Kave – Bucksport, ME
4/18/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/19/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

In related news, Break Thru Music is preparing to kick off the Battle for Metal Fest competition. Beginning January 18, 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
1/18/2014: Round 1 Palladium Upstairs
1/24/2014: Round 1 Webster Underground
2/07/2014: Round 2 Webster Underground
2/07/2014: Round 2 Palladium Upstairs
2/21/2014: Round 3 Palladium Upstairs
2/21/2014: Round 3 Webster Underground
3/07/2014: Round 4 Palladium Upstairs
3/08/2014: Round 4 Webster Underground
3/22/2014: Finals Palladium Upstairs
3/22/2014: Finals Webster Underground

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

New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2014 Confirmed Lineup:
1349, The Acacia Strain, All Out War, All That Remains, Alpha & Omega, Barrier, Battlecross, Bent Life, Bleeding Through “Final East Coast Appearance,” Black Crown Initiate, Born Low, Broken Hope, Carnifax, Colin Of Arabia, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, Discourse, Emmure, Erra, Fallujah, Fire And Ice, Fit For An Autopsy, Gideon, Goatwhore, Harm’s Way, I Declare War, Iced Earth, InDirections, Inquisition, King Nine, Kublai Khan, Lionheart, Loyal To The Grave, Malfunction, Nails, Naysayer, Nile, Ramallah, Reign Supreme, Revamp, Rivers Of Nihil, Sabaton, Scale The Summit, Scars Of Tomorrow, Slapshot, Suburban Scum, Sworn In, Sylar, The Mongoloids, Thy Art Is Murder, Twitching Tongues, Warhound, Whitechapel, Will To Die, Within The Ruins.

Continuous updates will be made and coverage opportunities for the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are available via Earsplit PR, an official sponsor of this year’s event.

-About Heavy Metal’s “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1981″ piece is online at .

-There’s a “Best Anthrax Albums” article at .

-The International Swingers — featuring Blondie, Sex Pistols, The Cult, and Twenty Flight Rockers members Clem Burke, James Stevenson, Gary Twinn, and Glen Matlock — have updated their two recently-announced live dates:

1/18 – Farmers Market, Los Angeles, CA
1/19 – Redballs Rock & Roll Pizza, Moorpark, CA (all ages; no cover)

See and for more.

-Kiss will perform twice at the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series outdoor hockey game between the Anaheim Ducks and L.A. Kings, on January 25 at Dodger Stadium. They will play during the “pre-game festivities” and the first intermission. See for more.

-ScuzzTV has a great new 61-minute interview with Jason Newsted that goes into unprecedented detail on why he left Metallica. Check it out at .

Thanks to Hawk, LUCK Media & Marketing, Graham “Gruhamed” Hartmann, Chad Bowar, Dan Marsicano, and for help gathering some of this information.

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Issue #655
Week of January 6, 2014

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-earMusic & Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Deep Purple Limited Edition NOW WHAT?! Gold Edition 2CD And Boxed Set On January 21, 2014

Chart-Breaking Album Now Enhanced With Bonus Live CD THE NOW WHAT?! LIVE TAPES — Over One Hour Of Live Music

NEW YORK, NY — NOW WHAT?!, the 19th studio album from Deep Purple, reached Gold Status in Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, and Poland, not to mention the fact the band has made a very much deserved return to the British Top 20 for the first time in 20 years. To celebrate the success of the album and the support of one of the greatest fan bases known in rock history, NOW WHAT?! will be released on January 21, 2014 as a Golden Deluxe Edition. [MSRP $20.98 2CD, $59.98 Boxed set] The boxed set will be available exclusively via Amazon.

NOW WHAT?! Gold Edition 2CD, packaged in a luxurious gold cover, will also include two bonus songs on disc 1 (a stunning cover of Jerry Lee Lewis’ “It’ll Be Me,” and the rare B-side “First Sign Of Madness,” previously only available digitally and on the CD single “Vincent Price”), and an extra live disc. The bonus disc consists of over 70 minutes of unreleased live music recorded during the summer shows (THE NOW WHAT?! LIVE TAPES).

The live recordings show a band that still love to improvise like only few others can, changing the classic songs all the time and challenging themselves. Still, that magic sound is there, as if time could do nothing against it. In an era when live albums are too often not much more than a studio exercise, one cannot help admiring the musicianship and the groove coming out of the speakers, especially considering that the record shows exactly what came out of the amplifiers on those nights. Great care has been paid to present this extra disc in a stunning hi-fi quality, still preserving its authenticity.

The studio album and this exceptional live album are sold together with the inclusion of a brand new booklet to support the second disc, with notes by Ian Gillan.

THE NOW WHAT?! Boxed Set includes THE NOW WHAT?! LIVE TAPES, a DVD with a 20-minute interview, NOW WHAT?! THE SINGLES (“All The Time In The World,” “Vincent Price,” “Above And Beyond”), exclusive T-shirt (large), exclusive poster, and collectible sticker.

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Track Listing
CD 1
1. A Simple Song
2. Weirdistan
3. Out Of Hand
4. Hell To Pay
5. BodyLine
6. Above And Beyond
7. Blood From A Stone
8. Uncommon Man
9. Après Vous
10. All The Time In The World
11. Vincent Price

Bonus Tracks
12. It’ll Be Me
13. First Sign Of Madness

1. Strange Kind Of Woman (Live in Rome)
2. Hard Loving Man (Live in Aalborg)
3. Vincent Price (Live in Aalborg)
4. Contact Lost (Live in Aalborg)
5. All The Time In The World (Live in Milan)
6. No One Came (Live in Gaevle)
7. BodyLine (Live in Rome)
8. Perfect Strangers (Live in Gaevle)
9. Above And Beyond (Live in Milan)
10. Lazy (Live in Gaevle)
11. Black Night (Live in Rome)
12. Smoke On The Water (Live in Rome)

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-Escape Music Is Proud To Announce The Releases For January / February 2014

Overland – EPIC

Label: Escape Music
Style: Hard Rock
Release: 21. February 2014

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

Track List:
1. Radio Radio (4:14)
2. If Looks Could Kill (4:32)
3. Stranded (5:29)
4. Rags To Riches (3:34)
5. Liberate My Heart (4:14)
6. Down Comes The Night (3:02)
7. If Your Heart’s Not In It (4:15)
8. Rock Me (4:08)
9. So This Is Love (4:46)
10. Wild (3:59)
11. The End Of The Road (5:19)

Specials: Featuring Billy Greer (Kansas / Seventh Key), Fredrik Bergh, Billy Trudel, produced, arranged and mixed by Mike Slamer (Seventh Key)!

Steve Overland is back! A legend in his own lifetime. Is there anyone out there who is not familiar with his name? He has a history that goes way back into the late seventies, his first major recording was with the band Wildlife in 1980. After the demise of Wildlife Steve went on to form the cult British melodic rock band FM, a band that released many great albums throughout the eighties and nineties and more recently in 2013. Their popularity has always been at the forefront of British Hard Rock.

Steve originally teamed up with Escape Music to provide lead vocals for the BOSTON TRIBUTE album (ESM 081), singing “Amanda,” one of the album highlights. Steve also teamed up with Steve Morris of Heartland fame to record the much acclaimed Shadowman albums LAND OF THE LIVING (ESM 099), DIFFERENT ANGLES (ESM127), GHOST IN THE MIRROR (ESM179), and WATCHING OVER YOU (ESM224).

Steve has also fronted two releases by The Ladder, which is a dream come true for all fans of FM as the band is an extension of the great FM themselves. FUTURE MIRACLES (ESM109) was welcome by fans old and new and it was hailed by many as the best album of 2004. More recently SACRED (ESM149) is an album that hones the identity of The Ladder.

Steve’s first solo album BREAK AWAY (ESM170) had fans divided as it was so much different from his work with FM, but many grew to love it as it was something different from the norm. Steve gave us a more classic approach to melodic rock with DIAMOND DEALER (ESM198), with great songs that have feeling and depth. It’s now time for one of the finest starts to 2014 you could possible want to wish for, the album EPIC which is the brand new release from this famous vocalist. With Mike Slamer and Billy Greer of Kansas involved in the proceedings then we are in for a big big album. “Radio Radio” is one of the most radio-friendly tracks you could ever wish to hear and so easy on the ears. Rockers abound with “If Looks Could Kill,” “Rags To Riches,” and the awesome “Down Comes The Night.” It’s the quality of the songs and musicianship on this album that makes it so special and credit to Christian Wolff (Rob Moratti) who has also made this album so remarkable with his great guitar playing and song writing.

This is a perfect album from Steve, if you have a penchant for perfect harmonies, big guitars and soaring keyboards topped off with a top-notch production then look no further than this. A Classic — already!

Billy Greer (Kansas / Seventh Key) – Background Vocals
Billy Trudel – Background Vocals
Fredrik Bergh – Additional Keys on “Liberate My Heart” and “Down Comes The Night”
Produced and arranged by Mike Slamer
co-produced by: Christian Wolff
Mixed and mastered by Mike Slamer at Shattered Studios, Valencia CA
Executive Producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music ltd.

Lover Under Cover – INTO THE NIGHT

Label: Escape Music
Style: Hard Rock
Release: 24. January 2014

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

Track List:
1. A Fight (4:36)
2. Into The Shadows (4:00)
3. Miracle (3:42)
4. Toy Soldier (4:24)
5. Crushing Stones (3:30)
6. Life Is Easy (4:15)
7. Playboy No. 7 (3:46)
8. The Game Is On (3:45)
9. Fantasy Man (4:07)
10. Closer To The Truth (4:13)
11. No Place Like Home (5:02)

Specials: Lover Under Cover are back with a brand new album, hailing from Sweden this quartet combines elements of Coldspell, Last Autumns Dream, Treat, and many more great Scandinavian Rock bands.

The band was formed by Mikael Carlsson and they have already shaken the very foundations of melodic hard rock with their debut outing SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE (ESM246). Soaring harmonies, slick guitar solos, and plenty of keyboards feature in their sound and with a knack of producing infectious melodies they will have you begging for more.

This is their brand new album and these boys are ready to start 2014 with a bang. With a tight production from Martin Kronlund you can be sure of a very polished performance all round. Songs like “Into The Shadows,” “Miracle,” and “Crushing Stones” are all fantastic slabs of melodic hard rock, in fact there are no fillers to be found, just well structured melodic hard rock. This is a fine follow-up to their 2012 debut.

Lover Under Cover are a band to look out for in 2014 and if well crafted melodic rock of the highest order is what you crave for then this is an essential purchase.

Mikael Carlsson – Bass, Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn’s Dream / Salute) – Vocals, Keyboards
Martin Kronlund (Gypsy Rose, Phenomena, Salute) – Guitars
Perra Johnsson (Coldspell) – Drums

Escape Music

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-Lord Volture: New Album Photo Shoot Video Online

Dutch heavy metallers Lord Volture to release a new video podcast with footage of promo photos they took in September 2013 at a very special location of Westerborkin the northern parts of the Netherlands. The video can be viewed at .

It is a place with lots of history. During World War II the area served as a deportation camp. Nowadays the camp doesn’t exist anymore, but a museum and a monument in memory of the people who suffered and died in the Westerbork transit camp remain. Part of the terrain has been in use for astronomical observation since 1969 and harbors the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope. The impressive site consists of 14 antennas, each 25 meters in diameter, arranged on a 2.7 km East-West line.

The photos were once again done by the talented hand of Bas Wijers, who was also responsible for our previous photo shoots, the cover artwork for the BEAST OF THUNDER and NEVER CRY WOLF albums, and the “Minutes To Madness” video clip.

This week Lord Volture will be going on tour in southwestern Germany, co-headlining three shows with prog rockers Nick Hellfort. In the end of January the band travels to Denmark for another co-headline tour with Danish power metal colleagues Seven Thorns.

Upcoming Lord Volture tour dates:

10.01.2014 DE Waldbronn – Soundcheck One
11.01.2014 DE Renchen – Come Inn
12.01.2014 DE Mühringen – Café AmErika
30.01.2014 DK Albertslund – Forbrændingen
31.01.2014 DK Køge – Tapperiet
01.02.2014 DK Nyköbing Falster – Kulturfabrikken
01.03.2014 BE Herentals – ‘t Hof
04.04.2014 NL Barneveld – Villa 29 w/ Blaze Bayley
18.04.2014 NL Stadskanaal – Very ‘Eavy Festival
26.04.2014 CZ Litvínov – Attic Rock Club
06.06.2014 NL Rotterdam – Baroeg w/ Masterplan
13.06.2014 BE Geel – De Bogaard
20.06.2014 FR Arras – Blue Devils Bar
21.06.2014 FR Saint-Omer – Le Gibolin

Pure and Unpolished Heavy Metal hailing from the Netherlands. For fans of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Iced Earth.

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-Cleveland Shock Jock/Music Journalist Chris Akin Finds “Little Victories” In Emotional New Memoir

CLEVELAND — The first book by infamous Cleveland shock jock/music journalist Chris Akin, “Little Victories: A Tale Of Divorce, Debauchery And Finding Happiness,” takes readers behind the façade and connects with the raw emotions that plagued a man on a year-long emotional roller coaster.

The story begins when Akin’s teenage sweetheart and wife of 23 years returns home from work and unexpectedly announces that she wants a divorce. The 344-page tome chronicles the year that follows, which includes ending a 12-year feud with his parents only to have his father pass away, a near-suicidal depression, and a final transformation into a stronger, healthier, and happier person.

“I didn’t decide to write a book as much as I just needed a place to vent,” Akin said. “With my wife gone, all my friends isolated away from me for years, and no relationship with my family for over a decade, I had no one to get this immense sadness out to except my laptop. So I wrote. I wrote novels on Facebook, but saved every day’s story of the pain I was feeling. Before long, the idea of following along into a book came to the forefront; not so much for releasing to the public, but as a way to capture the pain of things, give it a place, and quite literally close that proverbial chapter of my life.”

“Little Victories” is a real world, raw emotional look at a year that saw not only a shattering divorce, but a rebirth of a person who had spent his whole life raging against everyone, everything and who purposely pushed every button to come off as the most powerful person in any room. It profiles the victories as well as the defeats; some of which are so sickening in emotional scope that they will leave the reader questioning how Akin’s friends ever stuck around to see him through the tough times.

“If there’s anything I can say about my life, it’s that I’m surrounding by the single best core of friends in the world,” said Akin. “I regularly refer to them as ‘The Core 9.’ I try to explain them in terms that anyone can relate to, and the simplest way to put it is that these are the people that I would willingly let someone hack me up with a chainsaw Scarface-style to simply ensure they were safe. I also think that this collection of friends would do the same for me.”

For over 20 years, Akin has been a larger and louder than life character in the Cleveland media, beginning at the city’s largest free magazine, Scene. He then decided to take his media profile to the next level, starting his own magazine, Music’s Bottom Line, and venturing into the realm of radio where he would make a name for himself as one of the most feared radio hosts in Cleveland while hosting “The Metal Show” on Cleveland’s biggest radio station. Regularly in trouble with station management, but more beloved for their hard hitting style, “The Metal Show” took the Cleveland heavy metal scene by storm for well over a decade.

Still, Akin needed more, so he went to the internet where his rebellious ways could go unchallenged, joining “The Classic Metal Show” and converting the show from a mostly music program to a ferocious, attacking show that had no guilt about anything. Now, Akin is learning what it is like to be on the other side.

“I’ve interviewed over 1,000 rock stars in my life, and have always tried to get far more personal than anyone else out there,” he said. “I now understand ‘the dodge’ so many of these guys do. It’s hard enough to put your work out in public, but exposing every raw nerve, weakness, and vulnerability you have at your weakest possible moment is scary. Still, it’s that exposure that has already made this book a success for me. I stared my biggest faults in the face, made them public, and got stronger for doing so. Much like a band like Metallica, I truly feel like I’ve delivered my MASTER OF PUPPETS to the world. But unlike Metallica, I hope the criticism isn’t quite as biting.”

“Little Victories” is available in paperback and digital editions from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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-Submissions Now Open! Wacken Metal Battle Canada Returns! “One Band To Rule Them All”

Last year’s first ever Wacken Metal Battle Canada was witnessed to Toronto, ON’s epic power/death metal band Crimson Shadows not only winning the 2013 Canadian final but conquering the international final in Wacken, Germany where they performed in front of thousands unknown to their behemoth sound of metal. (Video of that champion set can be viewed at .)

With that great success and triumph for Canadian metal, Wacken Metal Battle Canada will be expanding across the country in 2014.

“We’re very pleased to announce that Metal Battle has been expanded to include Western Canada. Battles will happen in Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver and we expect some quality submissions from those major cities to join Toronto and Montreal. Given the interest we received last year from the West, this expansion was inevitable. We’ve been working hard to overcome the geographical challenges — the result will be a bigger and better competition,” comments Wacken Metal Battle Canada organizer JJ Tartaglia.

One Canadian band will rule them all and represent the nation with highest honor at this year’s 2014 international battle at the world’s most prestigious metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany where they will join the list of Canadian heavyweights such as Voivod, Exciter, Razor, Annihilator, Anvil, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, 3 Inches Of Bloods, Despised Icon, and Danko Jones who have performed at the festival in years past.

Canadian battle rounds will be judged by a panel of local music industry representatives during the months of March, April, and May with the national final being held on June 7, 2014 in Toronto, ON with the following band representation.

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

Submissions are now open as of December 5, 2013 and will be closed on January 31, 2014 with bands selected to be announced at a later date in February.

Bands can now apply at the following link:


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-Jesters Of Destiny’s Classic Debut To See Re-mastered Vinyl Release

According to Wikipedia and (and even a Creem Metal interview from the band’s own time), Jesters Of Destiny were quite possibly the first “Alternative Metal” band. If you were to ask the band’s founders (and only consistent members throughout their four-year duration — Ray Violet and Bruce Duff), they would no doubt reply with a question: “What exactly is Alternative Metal, anyway?” Ektro Records attempts to answer that question with a re-mastered vinyl release of the band’s FUN AT THE FUNERAL debut. Set for international release on February 21st, the track listing to Jesters Of Destiny’s FUN AT THE FUNERAL is as follows:

1. Diggin’ That Grave
2. God Told Me To
3. Love Theme From Jesters On Parade
4. I Hate Bruce
5. End Of Time
6. Attack Of The Jesters
7. Incubus
8. Happy Times
9. Crimson Umbrella
10. Love Dust
11. Ray’s Theme

Such concerns, however, were not on the minds of Violet and Duff, when in 1984, they were in the midst of a recording project attempting to come up commercial (as in jingles) material. Violet was the staff engineer at Dawnbreaker studio (built by Seals & Crofts during their heyday a decade earlier, and ran at the time by their ex-manager, a figure in the Baha’i Faith). Church members occupied the studio compound, but during the day, it was rented out by Leon Sylvers (producing contemporary R&B with Violet at the board) and at night, Ray, Bruce, and friends had free rein of the place to make whatever music they wanted.

Among the music they recorded were two songs that seemed to hang together: “End Of Time” and “Diggin’ That Grave.” “Grave” was a riff, groove, and lyrical idea Ray had been kicking back and forth with Bruce for some time — at Dawnbreaker, it came fully to life; and “Time” was a heavy prog number Bruce wanted to flesh out while the studio was at hand. The two musicians decided that these two songs had zero commercial potential for their jingle project, but belonged together nonetheless, and with that as a template, Ray and Bruce decided to form a band. Jesters Of Destiny were soon rehearsing in the full-court basketball facility next door to the studio in the Dawnbreaker compound.

By fall of ’84, “End Of Time” appeared on METAL MASSACRE V, part of an ongoing series used by Metal Blade Records to introduce new bands to an international fan base. Also on board with their early recordings were Voivod, Overkill, Fates Warning, Metal Church, and Hellhammer (before they turned into Celtic Frost). A look at this lineup shows the Jesters weren’t alone in thinking it was time metal ventured outside the safety zone.

During ’85, Jesters Of Destiny began to perform in clubs around Los Angeles and Orange County, and weathering what would be an unending series of lineup changes around Bruce on vocals/bass and Ray on guitar/keys. (Five drummers and five lead guitarists went through the ranks.) Throughout the year, and amidst the first several lineup changes, the pair recorded FUN AT THE FUNERAL.

With completed masters in tow, Metal Blade was approached, as they’d already issued “End Of Time.” They liked the album and agreed to put it out, but perhaps as a nod to the band’s alternative take on heavy music, decided to put the LP out on a brand-new imprint, Dimension Records. Not only did this indicate that FUN AT THE FUNERAL wasn’t a typical heavy record, but also avoided the outrage the standard Metal Blade aficionado would experience when a pop song like “Happy Times” or an instrumental interlude like “Love Theme From Jesters On Parade” would pop up.

Released in 1986, FUN AT THE FUNERAL received a wide range of critical appraisal. From the press reviews, back in the day…

Spin: “Perfectly executed punkadelic glam-bop with a healthy dose of metallic insolence. Working within this context, the Jesters thumb their noses at insanity, aphrodisiacs, Pollyanna grooviness, and the occasional suicide.”

L.A. Weekly: “Modern metal psychedelia whose deranged outlook is fine-tuned by way of nods to such opposing influences a Black Sabbath and the Electric Prunes.”

Guitar Player: “Magnificently wacky and roots-true… definitely a cut apart from any other ’80s band.”

Kerrang: “Delightfully different… (a) mysterious mixture of musical influences from a number of bands you just can’t think of. Weird, but strangely appealing. 4Ks for… I don’t quite know what.”

And of course, the definitive statement, from Rockpool: “It is, quite honestly, the worst record I’ve heard all year.”

The band continued to shift drummers and guitarist in and out of the lineup, and during the promotional life of the album shared stages with Jane’s Addiction, the Dickies, Flaming Lips, L.A. Guns, Jetboy, the Fuzztones, and Thelonious Monster, demonstrating both how wide the Jesters’ style could venture, and how diverse the California scene was at the time. Nowadays, most histories boil Cali hard rock down to the emerging thrash scene growing out of Ruthie’s Inn in Berkeley, and the hair metal coming out of the Hollywood clubs such as Gazzarri’s. (Of course, the Jesters played both).

With not quite enough songs written for the second album, the Jesters opted to record an all-covers EP as a follow-up. IN A NOSTALGIC MOOD was met with perhaps even more confusion than FUN AT THE FUNERAL. For their ’87 year-end summation, Kerrang declared the Jesters version of Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” to be the 4th best cover of the year, and their version of Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady” to be the 4th worst.

By ’88, Metal Blade dropped Jesters Of Destiny. Enough labels passed on the demos for the by-now-written album NO LAUGHING MATTER that the band chose to quietly throw in the towel. Of course, the story doesn’t end there. In 2001, Ektro Records in Finland reissued FUN AT THE FUNERAL with a load of bonus material, including a number of the NO LAUGHING MATTER demos. In 2012, Full Contact issued a single featuring Ektro’s most prolific artists, Circle, performing two FUN AT THE FUNERAL songs, “End Of Time” and “God Told Me To,” with Bruce and Ray both onboard. Now, Ektro/Full Contact is issuing a near-exact replica of the original vinyl album, with the expected improved mastering and better graphics reproductions. Meanwhile, Bruce and Ray have returned to the studio to work on a brand-new album of Jesters Of Destiny material. Has the world caught up? Will the Jesters be more easily understood in 2014? Most likely not.

Ektro Records

-About Heavy Metal has its “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1980″ list at , and its “Blues Albums For Metal Fans” list at .

-Anvil will play three dates in Northern Ontario in March as follows:

3/14 – Theatre Cambrian, Sudbury, ONT
3/15 – Canadian Nightclub, Sault Sainte Marie, ONT
3/16 – The Voyageur, North Bay, ONT

Caym and Jack Spades will support each date, along with a different local band at each show. See and for more.

-According to an update from Eden’s Curse, “the band and management teams are hard at work finalizing touring plans for Spring time and beyond.” The band members are asking fans to let them know where they should play this year, either by emailing or posting on the following:



Eden’s Curse is now on Bands In Town; check for tour dates at .

-The Spanish heavy metal band Kilmara has a new, official lyric video for the song “Fantasy” online at . The track comes from the band’s upcoming album LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES, which will feature guest spots from Roland Grapow (Masterplan, Helloween) and Pilar Villatobas (Resilnece). See , , and for more.

-There’s a new interview with Legion Of The Damned singer Maurice Swinkels at .

-Lowside’s Ron Taylor and Darrin DeLatte will appear on the “Melodic Rock Texas” show from 7-9 p.m. CST on January 9. The show will feature tracks from Lowside’s s/t album as well as from Taylor and DeLatte’s days in Lillian Axe. Listen online at .

-John Taglieri is up for “Best Male Artist Of The Year” and his SOUTHERN PARADISE is up for “Best EP Of The Year” at Rockwired Magazine. Vote until January 24 at .

Thanks to Axel Wiesenauer, Chad Bowar, and Justin M. Norton for help gathering some of this information.

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Issue #654
Week of December 30, 2013

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-Happy New Year to one and all!!! – Tim

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-Kiko Loureiro To Support New DVD, THE WHITE BALANCE, With January US Tour

Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro has been wowing rock fans with his fleet fingered fretwork, and his talents are showcased front and center on the recently-released DVD, THE WHITE BALANCE. Featuring special guest performers, including Virgil Donati (Planet X, Allan Holdsworth) on drums, the DVD was filmed on June 14, 2013 at the Auditorio Ibirapuera, in São Paulo, Brazil, and incorporates all three phases of Kiko’s preferred styles — metal, progressive, and Brazilian fusion music.

“Last year I got to live my dream, playing at the most awarded performance hall in Brazil,” explains Kiko, “with extraordinary friends and musicians, and got to relive many different parts of my musical history. Everyone who watches this DVD will be able to hear a lot of music I love, but don’t really get to play that much! The upcoming shows will definitely have that flavor, the mixed styles, the heavy guitars, all that put together on a truly unique set!”

And US fans will get a chance to see what all the accolades are about (including Guitar Player Magazine stating “This guy is supremely talented with not just impeccable technique and timing but also great composing and arranging chops”) when Kiko launches a month’s worth of live dates, from January 5-25. Most of the dates will see Kiko sharing the stage with Saving Abel, while the last show is a tribute to legendary Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads.

At the Randy Rhoads performance (called “Randy Rhoads Remembered” and taking place at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA), Kiko will be sharing the stage with such renowned guitarists as Doug Aldrich, Nuno Bettencourt, Uli Jon Roth, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, and Brad Gillis, among others.

January is shaping up to be an extremely busy month for Kiko Loureiro. What better way to get prepared than to feast your eyes and ears on his new rocking DVD, THE WHITE BALANCE!

Tour Dates:
7 – Cranston, RI – Oak Bar (appearing with Saving Abel)
8 – Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar (appearing with Saving Abel)
9 – Virginia Beach, VA – The Jewish Mother Hilltop (appearing with Saving Abel)
10 – Winchester, VA – The Blue Fox Billiards Bar & Grill (appearing with Saving Abel)
11 – Kernersville, NC – Bucked Up Super Saloon (appearing with Saving Abel)
12 – Elizabethton, TN – Bonnie Kate Theatre & Cafe (appearing with Saving Abel)
16 – Studio City, CA – Baked Potato (Headline engagement)
25 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory (Randy Rhoads Remembered)

Kiko Loureiro – THE WHITE BALANCE (DVD) track list:
Recorded Live At Auditório Ibirapuera – SP/Brazil/
1. Conflicted
2. The Hymn
3. Reflective
4. Ray Of Life
5. Gray Stone Gateway
6. No Gravity
7. Dilemma
8. El Guajiro
9. Choro De Criança
10. Giz
11. Late Redemption
12. Anastácia
13. Ojos Verdes
14. Samba De Elisa
15. Beautiful Language
16. Mãe D’agua
17. Pau-De-Arara

For more information, visit:

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-Edge Of Paradise Has Been Chosen To Be The Featured Band For Michael Wagener’s First Production Workshop Of 2014!

Edge Of Paradise is thrilled to kick off the New Year recording with Michael Wagener, during his first production workshop of 2014. The workshop will run from January 18th through the 22nd at his WireWorld Studios in Nashville, TN. Michael Wagener is legendary for his work with multi-platinum artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Skid Row, Dokken, Poison, Accept, and Extreme to name but a few.

“I have worked with The Edge Of Paradise mixing the material for their upcoming release: PERFECT SHADE OF BLACK. I am always blown away by their creative songwriting and Margarita’s powerful voice. I am very much looking forward to working with them again in 2014.” -MW

Michael will produce, record, mix and master Edge Of Paradise’s song “Rise For The Fallen” that will be featured on their upcoming 2014 release of PERFECT SHADE OF BLACK. The band is excited to be a part of this workshop and looking forward to receiving Michael’s considerable expertise. There is limited space available to take part in this workshop; those wishing to do so may sign up at .

“We are very thankful for 2013, we landed the stellar production team of Bob Kulick, Brett Chassen, and the one and only Michael Wagener, to help realize the vision of PERFECT SHADE OF BLACK. We have also managed to play many shows across 15 separate states in the US — and met many cool people along the way!”

Find out more about PERFECT SHADE OF BLACK here:

Edge Of Paradise has been busy wrapping up 2013, securing an endorsement with Lampifier Microphones as well as a hair product endorsement with NUME professional styling products. So it is obvious that whatever 2014 throws their way, the band’s hair will be ready for it! ;)

Band’s lineup includes:
Margarita Monet – vocals
Dave Bates – guitars
Nick Ericson – bass
John Chominsky – drums

Connect with us:

Michael Wagener:

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-3 Years Hollow To Issue First Full-Length Album For Imagen Records, THE CRACKS; Tour With Saving Abel Announced

Merging intensity with melody, 3 Years Hollow plans to spread their rabid Quad Cities fan base throughout the rest of the US and beyond, with an upcoming tour (alongside Saving Abel — with additional dates to be added), and their upcoming release, THE CRACKS, which drops on February 11, 2014. The 12-track release will be the group’s full-length debut for Imagen Records, and was produced by none other than Sevendust guitarist/songwriter Clint Lowery (Lowery also guests on a track, “For Life”).

“We want to play melodic hard rock,” explains singer Jose Urquiza. “That’s the music that brought us together. At the same time, we all have drastically different influences from progressive rock to hair metal to pop punk.”

Comprised of Urquiza, Tony Reeves (guitar), Neil Kuhlman (guitar), Dex Digga (bass), and Chris Cushman (drums), 3 Years Hollow has already enjoyed success on such stations as Sirius XM Octane, which added the song, “Remember” (of which a re-mastered version resides on THE CRACKS) to their rotation. Soon after, the song hit #1 on the channel, while all of the group’s videos have attracted nearly 500,000 YouTube views.

Also included is the aforementioned “For Life,” of which Urquiza describes as “It’s about a person who is struggling and has fallen away from the world alone. You can see the damage and the demons the person deals with on a daily basis. However, all of a sudden, there is hope instead of despair. The final message is to pull away from the demons, stand strong against them, and keep them out for the rest of your life. It was such an honor to bring that track to life with Clint.”

Instead of setting up shop at a single recording studio, it turns out that the sessions for THE CRACKS occurred at several different studios, including Groovemaster Studios (where Disturbed, Sevendust, and Pop Evil have all recorded) in Chicago, IL, Trailer Studios in St. Louis, MO, and the band’s own studio, Real Trax Recording, in Davenport, IA. According to Urquiza, it is also the realness of his lyrics that resonate greatly with fans. “Everything I write about is a completely personal experience or something I’ve witnessed or experienced myself. I talk about things I’ve seen or experienced. I want to give everybody something real.”

Tour Dates with Saving Abel:
Fri Jan 3 – Duncannon, PA – Tubbys
Sat Jan 4 – Fredericksburg, VA – Hard Times Cafe
Sun Jan 5 – Morgantown, WV – Schmitts Music Hall
Tue Jan 7 – Cranston, RI – Oak Bar
Wed Jan 8 – Amityville, NY – Revolution
Thu Jan 9 – Chambersburg, PA – Orchards
Fri Jan 10 – Winchester, VA – Blue Fox
Sat Jan 11 – Kernersville, NC – Bucked Up
Sun Jan 12 – Elizabethton, TN – Bonnie Kate
Tue Jan 14 – Augusta, GA – Country Club Saloon
Wed Jan 15 – Valdosta, GA – Kill Bill’s
Thu Jan 16 – Columbus, GA – Front Porch of the South
Fri Jan 17 – Duluth, GA – Wild Bills
Sat Jan 18 – Rome, GA – Brewhouse
Sun Jan 19 – Bowling Green, KY – Spillway
Wed Jan 22 – Louisville, KY – Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium
Thu Jan 23 – Newport, KY – Thompson House
Fri Jan 24 – South Bend, IN – Cheers Pub
Sat Jan 25 – Battle Creek, MI – Planet Rock
Thu Jan 30 – Taylor, MI – The All Around
Fri Jan 31 – Madison, WI – The Redzone
Sat Feb 1 – Toledo, OH – Headliners
Wed Feb 12 – Appleton, WI – Luna Lounge
Thu Feb 13 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Fri Feb 14 – Cherry Valley, IL – Take 20
Sat Feb 15 – Rochester, MN – Wicked Moose
Sun Feb 16 – Fargo, ND – Windbreak
Tue Feb 18 – Grand Forks, ND – Shotgun Sallys
Wed Feb 19 – Minot, ND – Original Bar
Thu Feb 20 – Williston, ND – DK’s Lounge
Fri Feb 21 – Bismarck, ND – O.N.E.
Sat Feb 22 – Jamestown, ND – Jamestown Civic Center
Sun Feb 23 – Spearfish, SD – Czar Bar
Wed Feb 26 – Manhattan, KS – RC McGraws
Thu Feb 27 – Salina, KS – Muse Ballroom
Mon Mar 3 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
Tue Mar 4 – Gallup, NM – Gallup Inn
Fri Mar 7 – El Paso, TX – Garage Tequila Bar
Fri Mar 14 – Corpus Christi, TX – Theos Sat
Sat Mar 15 – Houston, TX – BFE Rock Club
Sun Mar 16 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chameleon Room

THE CRACKS track listing:
1. The Devil’s Slave
2. Chemical Ride
3. For Life (Featuring Clint Lowery)
4. The Cracks
5. Fallen
6. Taken By All
7. Hungry
8. Run Away
9. We Belong
10. Take The World
11. Lost
12. Remember (re-mastered)

For more information, visit:

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-Miracle Master: Video Teaser For Debut Album Online

A video teaser for TATTOOED WOMAN, the forthcoming full-length debut album from Danish/German hard rockers Miracle Master, featuring the song “Miracle Masters,” can be seen at the link below. The new band featuring Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band) on vocals was formed out of the ashes of Pump. The clip was created by Dominic Pencz of Pencz Art and Krone Camera Edit.

Miracle Master recently signed a worldwide record deal with Golden Core Records/ZYX Music. The release of the debut album TATTOOED WOMAN is planned for spring 2014. Recordings were done at Studio 22; Germany and Medley Studios Copenhagen, Denmark. Produced, mixed and mastered by Miracle Master and Axel Heckert (Brainstorm, Symphorce).

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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-Assignment: New Song “The Betrayal” Available For Streaming

“The Betrayal,” a brand new song featuring Michael Bormann (Silent Force, Redrum, ex-Jaded Heart, Bonfire) and Carsten Kaiser (ex-Angel Dust) on lead vocals, from German prog metallers Assignment, is available for streaming. The track comes off the band’s third album, INSIDE OF THE MACHINE, released via Mausoleum Records. The new song can be streamed at .

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

The new album is a conceptual masterpiece including Robin Beck, Michael Bormann (Silent Force, Redrum, ex-Jaded Heart, Bonfire), Mats Leven (ex-Malmsteen, Addagio), and Carsten Kaiser (ex-Angel Dust) on vocals.

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; 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.

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-Swedish Viking Metallers King Of Asgard Start Recordings On Their Third Album!

King Of Asgard return to Sonic Train Studios early in 2014. The band outlived and conquered the winter of three with FI’MBULVINTR, paid tribute to their ancestors and their proud past with the grandiose …TO NORTH.

Now, for the third time around, King Of Asgard return to Andy LaRocque’s Sonic Train Studios to carve the runes of the forthcoming, yet untitled album. In this very moment the last touches are being done on the songs and focus is set to surpass the two former releases which is substantially already met.

King Of Asgard’s third album is as much a step forward as it is a new chapter for the band.

Comments singer/guitarist Karl Beckman: “The epic/melodic song writing of the first two albums is enhanced with monophonic warlike hymns and fierce riffage that hint on the various band members’ past projects. Somewhat darker in its approach, creating atmospheres not alien to King Of Asgard, but still something not heard on the previous two albums. All the King Of Asgard-significative elements are represented yet carrying a somewhat new execution.”

The band will enter Sonic Train Studios in March 2014!

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-Darkyra Black’s DRAGON TEARS Cover Artwork Unveiled

Australian symphonic metal singer Darkyra Black will release her debut album, DRAGON TEARS, on February 20, 2014. The DRAGON TEARS cover artwork can be seen at the link below.

DRAGON TEARS is a concept album based on a Gothic interpretation of a geisha like tale that ends in tragedy. Love, loss, lust, betrayal, and revenge. The music is a fine blend of symphonic metal, gothic metal, epic metal, and progressive rock with elements of traditional pentatonic music and an overall cinematic feel. The album is being co-produced by Garry King, Darkyra Black, and George Boussounis, through Online Recording Masters Athens and La Foret Groupe France.

Darkyra Black has recently released their brand new single and video “Tears By Candlelight:”

Darkyra Black are:

Darkyra Black – Vocals
Garry King – Drums
Betovani Deneli – Guitar
Colin Haynes – Bass
Paul Jupe – Guitar
Fab Jablonski – Keyboards

Additional musicians:

George Boussounis – Keyboard/Samples/Arrangments
Michael Porfyris – Cello
Ilias Sdoukos – Viola
Laertis Kokolanis – Violin

When we think Female Fronted Symphonic Metal and Gothic Metal, our minds automatically think of the Ethereal Diva’s such as Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), and Simone Simons (Epica), and each year the number of carbon copy artists increases. Perhaps it’s time for a change. Perhaps the change is right here.

Darkyra Black’s unique vocal is far from predictable as she has a way of blending together all the different colors of her voice taking you on an emotional roller coaster unlike any other female artist.

“Mystery lady Darkyra Black, a new voice within the realm of female fronted metal. Her music is Dark, Passionate and Edgy.”

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-Enforcer Announces First Ever Headlining Tour!

Swedish high-energy Heavy/Speed Metal outlet Enforcer are proud to announce their first ever European headlining tour which will see the Stockholm based foursome hit the road in 2014. After presenting their current record DEATH BY FIRE the audiences of the “Hunting Across Europe” Tour alongside label- and country mates Grand Magus and British Metal veterans Angel Witch in early 2013, the aspiring act has moved up to the next level. Joining Enforcer on the road will be Canadian Metalheads Skull Fist and Dutch Hard Rock assault Vanderbuyst.

Stated Enforcer vocalist/guitarist Olof Wikstrand: “It’s our first headline tour ever and it’s gonna be great to finally give the fans a proper long set including songs from all our three albums. This time we also have the chance to bring much of our stage props, lightning rigs, and other things to make the show complete. You can expect hell on earth! Expect the ultimate heavy metal show of the new millennium.”

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the high voltage Metal package at the following dates:

30.01. NL Amsterdam – Melkweg
31.01. DE Saarbrücken – Garage
01.02. DE Essen – TuRock
02.02. NL Drachten – Iduna
03.02. UK London – The Underworld
04.02. FR Paris – Divan Du Monde
05.02. DE Köln – MTC
06.02. DE Pforzheim – Kupferdächle
07.02. CH Aarau – Kiff
08.02. DE Lichtenfels – Paunchy Cats
09.02. IT Turin – Nightbreaker Club
10.02. IT Bologna – Freak Out Club
11.02. AT Graz – Explosiv
12.02. AT Dornbirn – Conrad Sohm
13.02. DE München – Backstage
14.02. DE Aalen – Rock It
15.02. BE Kortjijk – JC Den Ast
16.02. DE Darmstadt – Steinbruch Theater
18.02. HU Budapest – Dürer Kert
19.02. CZ Prague – Club Kain
20.02. PL Krakow – Klub Kwadrat
21.02. DE Leipzig – Bandhouse
22.02. AT Wien – Escape
23.02. DE Berlin – K 17
24.02. DE Hamburg – Marx
25.02. DK Copenhagen – TBC
26.02. NO Oslo – Vulcan arena / Pokal Room
27.02. SE Stockholm – Pussyagogo
28.02. SE Umea – House Of Metal
01.03. SE Göteborg – Truckstop Alaska

The current Enforcer record DEATH BY FIRE is out now. Order your copy here:


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-The International Swingers Rock In 2014!

LOS ANGELES — The International Swingers; Clem Burke, James Stevenson, Gary Twinn, and Glen Matlock are better known to many as members of Blondie, Sex Pistols, The Cult, and Twenty Flight Rockers, but that’s about to change when, this summer, TV viewers worldwide will see this group of veteran punk rockers get together to record the debut Swingers single at The Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 using the Neve console famously used by Tom Petty, Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, and Paul McCartney to name a few. With legendary Brett Geruwitz of Bad Religion in the producer’s chair this will be compelling viewing for all rock fans. The TV show takes place over a 48-hour period in which the band is challenged to record two songs from start to finish, ready to release, on a vinyl 45 single, just like they did it in the old days of the Beatles, Stones, and even Blondie.

To warm up, The International Swingers have just announced two shows for their Los Angeles fans to experience the exciting build up to the recording. An all-ages performance at the Original Farmers Market, 3rd & Fairfax, on Saturday, January 11 (show time 7 p.m.) and Sunday January 12th at Redballs Rock & Roll Pizza in Moorpark (8 p.m.). The Redballs show will be filmed for TV so be early and ready too whoop and holler so you can see yourself on Esquire Network this summer!

Show Dates:

January 11, 2014
Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-9211

January 12, 2014
Redballs Rock & Roll Pizza
13816 Princeton Ave.
Moorpark, CA 93021
(818) 348-1524

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-Kilmara’s LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES Cover Artwork Unveiled

Spanish heavy metallers Kilmara have finished recording the forthcoming album, entitled LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES. The band’s third album was tracked at Grapow Studios with Mr. Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween). The album release of LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES is scheduled for early 2014.

The cover artwork for LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES was done by Canadian artist Jessica Allain, known for his work in digital photo manipulation. Photos by Gina Roma from Spain.

On January 7, Kilmara will release the new song “Fantasy” ( ), featuring Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween) and Pilar Villatobas (Resilence).

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

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

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

-About Heavy Metal has a couple 2013 “best of” lists online — Heavy Metal Albums at and Heavy Metal DVDs at — as well as a list of “Essential Progressive Metal Albums” at .

-Blues Pills — per hype, a group of “up and coming multicultural blues rockers” — will release the LIVE AT ROCKPALAST EP on February 14 through Nuclear Blast. The tracks — “In The Beginning,” “Black Smoke,” “Little Sun,” “Mind Exit” — were recorded this past October 18 at WDR Rockpalast in Germany. The release will be packaged as a “lavish slipcase MCD” and on variously-colored vinyl. It can be pre-ordered at . See for more.

-Exorcism — featuring Csaba Zvekan (Raven Lord, Zvekan, Killing Machine) on vocals, Joe Stump (Raven Lord, Zvekan, HolyHell) on guitar, Lucio Manca (Raven Lord, Zvekan, Solid Vision) on bass, and Garry King (Achillea, Zvekan) on drums — has released a video teaser for its upcoming debut album, at . The trailer features “behind the scenes and studio footage” for the album, which features the song “Zero G” and is due out in the spring through GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. Band hype: “Exorcism’s music is doomy and lush while it flows lava like down your spine, it features dark-themed lyrics and melodies that could haunt you for life.” See , , and for more.

-Grand Magus’ TRIUMPH AND POWER will be released through Nuclear Blast as follows: January 31 (Europe), February 3 (UK), February 4 (North America). Track list: “On Hooves Of Gold,” “Steel Versus Steel,” “Fight,” “Triumph And Power,” “Dominator,” “Arv,” “Holmgång,” “The Naked And The Dead,” “Ymer,” “The Hammer Will Bite,” “Blackmoon” (bonus track). Check out three track-by-track rundowns at , , and . See for more.

-Nightwish’s SHOWTIME, STORYTIME has been out for nearly a month, and now the live portion of the first DVD — “filmed by 17 cameras, in front of more than 80,000 screaming metalheads at the Wacken Open Air 2013″ — is available via iTunes Concert Film at in the following countries: USA, UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Province Of China, Turkey. The “worldwide audio only digital live release” of the live album and digital booklet is also available at . Check out trailers and videos at these links:

Trailer #1:
Trailer #2:
Trailer #3:
Trailer #4:
“Ghost Love Score” (live):
“Storytime” (live):
“Romaticide” (live):

See for more.

-Pitch Black Records has a 25% off deal going at their store, , until January 5; use coupon code PBR25 during checkout. See for more.

Thanks to Axel Wiesenauer, Chad Bowar, and Dan Marsicano for help gathering some of this information.

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