Detritus Issue #657

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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.

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-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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-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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Detritus Issue #655

8 January 2014 Leave a comment

Issue #655
Week of January 6, 2014

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-Okay, so how long until a band named Polar Vortex appears? – Tim

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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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Detritus Issue #654

4 January 2014 Leave a comment

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

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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

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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)

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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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Issue #653
Week of December 23, 2013

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-Manowar’s KINGS OF METAL MMXIV Album Will Be Released On February 28, 2014

[Note: This is from a Magic Circle Music newsletter. – Tim]

KINGS OF METAL MMXIV is a completely new recording with many surprises, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of KINGS OF METAL and Manowar’s following world tour.

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

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

“Our fans have made us the ‘Kings Of Metal,’ and with this tribute to one of their favorite albums, we honor them and thank them for their unparalleled support and loyalty!” said Manowar vocalist Eric Adams.

KINGS OF METAL MMXIV will feature nine main tracks packed with face-melting metal, plus nine bonus tracks with over 40 minutes of additional music.

“We have pushed man and machine to the maximum level to honor the original recordings that we all love, and to add new aspects and surprises that give this new album its own character,” said Manowar bassist and producer Joey DeMaio. “The sound is again as massive and majestic as it has always been,” he continued.

“Recording this album has been an amazing experience! After playing the songs so many times on tour, Donnie and I now had the opportunity to contribute our own sound and elements that the fans have come to love from our live performances,” explained guitarist Karl Logan.

For the new narration on the spoken word track “The Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV,” Manowar have joined forces with celebrated British actor Brian Blessed. Blessed is a renowned Shakespeare and character actor who has starred, among others, in Kenneth Brannagh’s “Henry V,” Oliver Stone’s “Alexander,” in “King Lear,” and as Prince Vultan in the cult movie “Flash Gordon.” Not only an actor and adventurer, Blessed was also awarded the “Spirit Of Hammer Award” from Metal Hammer UK for his contributions to heavy metal.

For special effects of the highest level on “The Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV,” sound effects specialist Hamilton Sterling was recruited; a Hollywood Veteran who has contributed to action blockbusters including “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 two-disc CD with two 24-page booklets and additional new art by legendary fantasy artist and longtime collaborator Ken Kelly, and as a digital double album.

For the special anniversary, Manowar will also open their vaults and reveal never-before-seen photos and other insights into the history of Manowar and the KINGS OF METAL era.

The release of the KINGS OF METAL MMXIV album will be followed by the Kings Of Metal MMXIV world tour, featuring the complete new album and many other classics in a completely new stage production, and will see Manowar return to strongholds such as Germany and Finland but also to new territories, never before visited by Manowar, including Israel and Poland.

KINGS OF METAL MMXIV Track List (not final):

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

Bonus Tracks:
Blood Of The Kings MMXIV (Instrumental)
Hail And Kill MMXIV (Instrumental)
Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Acoustic Intro)
Kingdom Come MMXIV (Instrumental)
Wheels Of Fire MMXIV (Instrumental)
… and more


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 2014 Tour Dates Announced

Sonata Arctica are currently about to finalize the recordings of their upcoming, yet untitled new studio album, which is scheduled to be released in march 2014. On their homepage, Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg gives regular updates about the recording process. “We’re very pleased with the results and I’m sure you’ll be too,” Henkka added in his latest post.

Right after the release, Sonata Arctica will start touring again. Henkka left the following message: “Hello out there. 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 10th, 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

Pre-sales start on Saturday December 14th at 10.00 CET

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-Ashes Of Ares Announce Winner Of “Chalice Of Man” Fan Video Contest

After launching a video contest in early November, Ashes Of Ares vocalist Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth), drummer Van Williams (ex-Nevermore), and guitarist/bassist Freddie Vidales (ex-Iced Earth) wish to thank all the fans who submitted a video entry for the album track “Chalice Of Man.”

The band members have deliberated and are proud to announce their First Place Grand Prize Winner, Thomas Pfundt from Germany, whose video will be uploaded to Ashes Of Ares’ official YouTube channel:

Thomas will also receive:
• Video will be uploaded to Ashes Of Ares’ YouTube channel
• Skype interview with Ashes Of Ares member
• Signed drum head (used in recording session)
• Ashes Of Ares signature guitar picks
• Autographed 5×7
• Oversized poster
• ASHES OF ARES debut album in Blood Red Vinyl (import) version
• ASHES OF ARES debut album in digi-pak version
• Oversized car window sticker
• Tour T-shirt
• Warrior T-shirt
• Girlie T-shirt
• Band patch

The two runners-up are:

• Second Place: Paula De Castro Garreto from Brazil

• Third Place: Felix Hanke from Germany

Congratulations to Thomas and all the aspiring filmmakers who submitted a contest entry.

Order your copy of ASHES OF ARES here:

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-CrashDiet Nominated For Grammy Award For THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND; Second Nomination For The Glamsters

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — Gain/Sony Music Recording Artists CrashDiet have solidified themselves as Sweden’s premiere glam metal outfit by being nominated for a Swedish Grammy for their fourth album, THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND, which was released earlier in 2013.

Produced and recorded by Otto Wellton at Kingside Studios, THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND slammed into the Swedish national charts, peaking at #2 on the strength of the album’s first single, “Cocaine Cowboys.” “It’s a fantastic feeling when you reach that high on the chart,” says CrashDiet guitarist, Martin Sweet. “It only confirms that our fan base is growing every year and we’re tremendously thankful for that!”

2013 was the busiest year of the band’s career to date, with extreme highs and lows in spades. “2013 is a year we will never forget,” reflects Sweet. “It’s probably the year that made the biggest impact on us as persons. We had some great highs and horrible lows — our manager’s passing — which will definitely change the way we look at things forever. The passing of Michael Sunden, is, of course, heartbreaking. He will remembered as the guy who took us to America for the first time. A true visionary.”

With the Grammy nomination, the band ends the year on a huge note. “This is our second Grammy nomination and, we’re surprised, as always, and, of course, very honored to be a part of this old tradition. Win or lose, we’re happy either way. We do what we do,” wraps up Sweet.

The 45th Annual Swedish Grammy Awards (“Grammis”) will take place on 19 February 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Relevant Links:

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-Amon Amarth Premiere Epic Production Video For “Father Of The Wolf” At Las Vegas Show The 17th And Online The 18th Of January!

Amon Amarth is pleased to announce they will be premiering the stunning production video for the track “Father Of The Wolf” at the first date of the US tour — taking place in Las Vegas on Friday January 17. For fans attending this show, make sure to follow Amon Amarth’s and Metal Blade Records’ Twitter and Facebook pages for info on what time the video will be played at the kickoff date of the tour. Fans not attending this show will be able to view this epic music video, which is more like a mini movie, at on Saturday January 18.

Don’t forget to catch the Swedish heavy metal titans Amon Amarth live this January/February 2014 as the band headlines the US in support of their newly released album DECEIVER OF THE GODS. Very special guest on the dates will be Enslaved with additional support from Skeletonwitch.

Thanks to our friends at Live Nation and Blabbermouth, fans can enter to win a pair of tickets to one of the shows listed below by entering here. Rules and restrictions apply and can be found on the contest page.

Friday, January 17 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Saturday, January 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Monday, January 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Tuesday, January 21 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Wednesday, January 22 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Friday, January 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Saturday, January 25 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
Sunday, January 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Monday, January 27 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues (* no Skeletonwitch)
Wednesday, January 29 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Thursday, January 30 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
Friday, January 31 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
Saturday, February 1 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Monday, February 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
Tuesday, February 4 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Wednesday, February 5 – Huntington, NY @ Paramount
Thursday, February 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s
Friday, February 7 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Saturday, February 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
Sunday, February 9 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Tuesday, February 11 – Denver, CO @ Summit Theatre
Wednesday, February 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
Friday, February 14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
Saturday, February 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Sunday, February 16 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues (* no Enslaved)

Tickets are available now at:

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.

Keep up to date on all things Amon Amarth at the following locations:

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-Grand Magus’ “Triumph And Power” Digital Single Released

Swedish riff lords Grand Magus have just released the first single of their upcoming album TRIUMPH AND POWER via iTunes. The title track is available here:

The band also offer a foretaste of their upcoming seventh studio album in the form of a series of track-by-track videos! Let the band give you further information on the idea behind the songs:

Track-by-Track – Part 1:

Track-by-Track – Part 2:

TRIUMPH AND POWER was recorded at Studio Sweetspot in Halmstad, Sweden this past September with producer Nico Elgstrand and engineer Staffan Karlsson (Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars).

Artwork was done this time around by Anthony Roberts.

1. On Hooves Of Gold
2. Steel Versus Steel
3. Fight
4. Triumph And Power
5. Dominator
6. Arv
7. Holmgång
8. The Naked And The Dead
9. Ymer
10. The Hammer Will Bite
11. Blackmoon

Studio report, Parts 1-3:

Album Trailer:

TRIUMPH AND POWER is set to be released on January 31 (Europe), February 3 (UK) and February 4, 2014 (N. America) via Nuclear Blast.

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-Liva To Release New Album HUMAN ABSTRACT

French Canadian opera metallers Liva will release their third full-length album HUMAN ABSTRACT. More than ever, Liva is a leader in the metal opera style in Canada.

Track list:
1. All That’s Past
2. Desert Places
3. The Last Word
4. Human Abstract
5. The Indian Serenade
6. Sleep
7. Evocation
8. Come In
9. Interlude Pour Italo
10. Winter Days

“Desert Places” lyrics video can be viewed here:

With the addition of two new members, Liva has given itself new wings. After having moved listeners with the poetry of antique Latin, Liva now adopts the language of Shakespeare. The texts of great English and American poets such as William Blake, Robert Frost and Emily Brontë, among others, are used in this opus, letting the beauty of their lyricism take flight, transported by the solidity and power of metal.

Liva are:
Pier Carlo Liva – Guitars, Vocals
Catherine Elvira Chartier – Electric Violin, Vocals
Félix Lampron-Dandonneau – Bass
Martin Plante – Drums

Liva came together as a band in Sherbrooke QC (Canada) in 1997 and recorded its eponymous four-cut demo in 2001, which music also appeared on the group’s first album, REQUIEM (2002). This heavy metal version of a requiem in Latin was a hit with many music lovers. Then, in the spring of 2007, Liva released its second album, DE INSULIS, putting music to the Latin texts of French poet and theologian Alain de Lille, said De Insulis (12th century). And now, in the autumn of 2013, Liva’s long-awaited third album HUMAN ABSTRACT.

Since the beginning, Liva has shown talent when playing opening act for international bands such as Voivod, Gorguts, Nightwish, Kataklysm, Therion, Leaves’ Eyes, and Kamelot to name a few.

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-The Vintage Caravan Release Second VOYAGE Album Trailer!

Iceland classic rockers The Vintage Caravan have released the second video trailer for their upcoming debut album VOYAGE. Check it out at:

The first trailer is available here:

VOYAGE will be available from January 10, 2014 and will be issued as limited first edition digi-pak, 2LP 180g vinyl in various colors and digital download. Pre-order your copy via:

If you haven’t checked it out and fell in deep love with TVC, check out the mushroom driven video clip for the first purple smoke inducing single, “Expand Your Mind:”

The official lyric video for the brand new song “Midnight Meditation” can be viewed at:

The song can be purchased digitally including its video as an exclusive iTunes single from November 29, 2013 on:

Also make sure to mark your calendars for TVC’s European tour as support for label buddies Grand Magus in March 2014.

18.03. FR Paris – Divan du Monde
19.03. DE Cologne – Gebäude 9
20.03. DE München – Backstage
21.03. AT Wien – Szene
22.03. CH Aarau – Kiff
23.03. DE Stuttgart – Universum
24.03. DE Berlin – C-Club
26.03. DE Hamburg – Markthalle
27.03. DE Frankfurt – Batschkapp
28.03. DE Geiselwind – Musichall
29.03. DE Essen – Turock
30.03. NL Nijmegen – Doornroosje

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-Nocturnal Breed Unveils New Song And Album Details

Epic Norwegian thrash metallers Nocturnal Breed will release a new album entitled NAPALM NIGHTS on March 11th in Europe/UK and March 18th in North America via Agonia Records. “The Devil Swept The Ruins” is the title of the first song to be revealed off the release, which is available for streaming through .

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 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:

Agonia Records

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-Black Cobra Confirms Early January Double-Coast Live Strike; Band To Storm Brooklyn & San Francisco Back-To-Back

In a random announcement this week, the tonally decimating San Francisco-based gruesome twosome known as Black Cobra has announced a cross-country invasion just days after the start of the New Year.

On Friday, January 3rd the serpent will uncoil at an exclusive one-off East Coast rager as the band once again destroys Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn with several local support acts unreleased at press time.

Immediately after once again raging in Brooklyn, Black Cobra immediately takes off on their way back to their home turf, set to perform the following night at a benefit show for well-known rock/metal poster artist Alan Forbes (The Black Crowes, The Misfits, Black Cobra’s CHRONOMEGA LP, etc.). In October, Forbes was attacked in the Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco, which left him with two skull fractures and damage to his right eye. As the artist is uninsured, alongside millions of Americans, several benefit actions have been formed to aid in covering his growing medical expenses, including this event on January 4th where Black Cobra will headline with support from Lecherous Gaze, Pins Of Light, and Kicker.

Black Cobra is currently constructing new material; additional news on the band’s plans for 2014 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Black Cobra Live:
1/03/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
1/04/2014 Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA @ Alan Forbes Benefit w/ Lecherous Gaze, Pins Of Light, Kicker

-About Heavy Metal’s “2013 Heavy Metal Awards” feature is online now at .

-All Else Fails’ new video for “A Most Unwanted Reprieve” is now online at . The track comes from this year’s EP, F*CKTROPOLIS (Suicidal Bride Records), and the clip includes footage from the band’s performance at this past summer’s Loud As Hell Metal Fest in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. See and for more.

-Chariots Of The Gods have a new “Christmas Medley 2013” online at . From guitarist Dimitri Gervais: “Happy Holidays from COTG! We love all our fans, thanks for showing us all the love this year during touring and promoting our new album TIDES OF WAR, please enjoy this holiday medley we’ve put together for you!” See for more.

-Judas Priest’s brief “Christmas message” on their website confirms the band will release a new studio album in 2014. See for more. has a lot of coverage on and reaction to the announcement of Kiss’ induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, including reaction from band members and an interesting interview Gene Simmons did with Rolling Stone. A piece on Cynthia Dagnal-Myron’s reflections on her time around the band’s early days, inspired by the RNRHOF induction news, is at . Paul Stanley’s memoirs, entitled “Face The Music: A Life Exposed,” will be out through HarperOne in the US on April 22, 12 days after the RNRHOF induction ceremony. Hype says the book “will feature rare photographs of the singer and detail his hard-partying lifestyle as one of the co-founders of the heavy rock band.” Simmons also announced via Twitter that the L.A. Kiss arena football team will have a reality TV show on AMC, “using most of the original ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’ crew.” See and for more.

-FireHouse guitarist Bill Leverty has a new solo single available, entitled “For Better Or Forget It.” It was announced through his mailing list:

“To My Most Awesome Supporters –

“My wife, Kris, and I were sitting on the beach this past summer and came up with an idea for a song.

“The song is called ‘For Better Or Forget It.’ The idea is that the preacher said ‘For better or for worse,’ but the wife heard ‘For better or forget it!’

“If rock and country were to have a baby, it might sound something like this.

“This song is sure to put a smile on your face. If you’d like to own it before it hits iTunes, please just go to my website and donate at least a dollar and I’ll email you the MP3, lyrics, and artwork.

“So many of you got my last song, ‘The Bloom Is Off The Rose,’ and I can’t thank you enough.

“I hope that 2014 is your best year yet!

“Thanks so much for your support… Bill”

See for more.

-The Brazilian folk metal band Lothlöryen has a new single, “Hobbit’s Song,” available for free download at . Check out the song’s video at . The track will also appear on the upcoming album, SOME WAYS BACK SOME MORE, which is due in the spring through Power Prog. The band consists of Daniel Felipe on vocals, Leko Soares and Tim Alan Wagner on guitar, Marshall Godde on bass, Leo Godde on keyboards, and Marcelo Benelli on drums. See and for more.

-Nightwish’s video for “Romanticide,” from the new SHOWTIME, STORYTIME live DVD/Blu-ray release, is online now at . SHOWTIME, STORYTIME hit the following chart positions upon its release in November: Finland #1 (DVD; #40 for the CD), France #2 (DVD), Sweden #2 (DVD), UK #5 (Rock/Metal Top 40; #126 Charts), Germany #6 (Germany DVD #1), Austria #9 (DVD Top 30), Belgium #11 (Belgium Flanders #15, Belgium Walloonia #7), USA #15 (Top 100 Hard Music Albums), Switzerland #52. Checkout various album trailers at , , , , and . See for more.

-Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody will headline the Made Of Metal Festival in Hodonin, Czech Republic, on August 15, 2014. Hype has the band “presenting one of their cinematic shows based on video projection and other surprises.” The band’s next album is due in 2014 through Nuclear Blast, and will be recorded and mixed at Sebastian Roeder’s Backyard Studios in Kempten, Germany. Check out a trailer at . See for more.

-The symphonic pagan/black metal band Welicoruss has a new video blog describing the “Sons Of The North” video shoot that took place high in the mountains; check it out at . The track comes from the new album AZ ESM. See , , and for more.

Thanks to Lance King, Alexey Boganov, Chad Bowar, and Jon Asher for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus Issue #652

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Issue #652
Week of December 16, 2013

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

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-Help Make the Twisted Sister Movie A Reality!

Dear SMFs,

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

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

See it with your own eyes!

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

And much, much more!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-“Room 24” By Volbeat Featuring King Diamond Nominated For Best Metal Performance In 56th Annual Grammy Awards!

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

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

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

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

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

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-Magic Circle Music Update

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

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

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

Enjoy the silence.

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

Check out Manowar’s:

“Silent Night” (Metal Version)

“Stille Nacht” (Metal Version)

We’ll see you on the road!

For more info and constant updates:

The Kingdom Of Steel

Magic Circle Music

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-Iced Earth Album & Tour Update

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

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

The VIP packages include:

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

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

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-Falconer Completes Song Writing For New Album And Reveals Album Title!

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

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

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

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

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-Happy Holidays From!

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

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

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

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

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-Tainted Nation’s “Dare You” Video Released

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit the websites below:

Booking information and management:

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-Furyon Confirmed To Play MetalWar Fest 2014

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

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

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

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

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-New Medicine Announce New Deal With Imagen Records, New Album Set For Spring 2014

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

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

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

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

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


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-Fast-Rising Rockers Silvertung Unleash Killer DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS

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

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

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

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

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


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-Scream Arena Signs Record, Publishing Deals

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

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

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

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-Divebomb Records Update



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

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

Tribunal Records, Inc
PO BOX 49322
Greensboro, NC 27419

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-Category VI From St. John’s, Newfoundland Releases Debut Album FIREBORN!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Category VI online…

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

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-Battlecross Confirms Major European Summer Festivals!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival Expands Lineup

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

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

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

Special VIP packages are also available and include:

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

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

For VIP purchases, point your browser here:

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

Break Thru Music Presents: The Battle For Metal Fest 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Starborn” Teaser

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

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

FREE DOWNLOAD – “Tides Of War”

Music Video – “Tides Of War”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Detritus Issue #651 – Happy Holidays!

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Issue #651
Week of December 9, 2013

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

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-Award Winning Guitar Legend Michael Schenker Returns With Brand New Album BRIDGE THE GAP, Unites With Old Friends

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

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

BRIDGE THE GAP will be released in three configurations:

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

Check out a trailer for the album here:

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

And now, a word from Schenker himself:

“Hello America-

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


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

Michael Schenker Bridge The Gap US Tour 2014


Track Listing:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Order NOW the forthcoming album on Amazon:


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

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

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

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-HammerFall: The Templars Return In Force In 2014!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-Book About All Those Times Kiss Visited Sweden (1976-2013) Released

Alright World! You wanted the best…

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

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

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

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

Johan Falk & Roney Lundell

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


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-Doro Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reigning Metal Queen Launches Signature Champagne & Wine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A trailer can be viewed here:

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

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

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

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


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

PRECIOUS METAL Worldwide Release On Frontiers In February!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch out for more dates on and .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-Magic Circle Music Update

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

Special Rewards From The Kingdom Of Steel

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

Welcome to Valhalla

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

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

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

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

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

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

For details about Valhalla go to .

Grand Opening: The Kingdom Of Steel (Europe)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out all special offers here:

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

Check out all new products here:

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

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

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

Everything for the greatest fans in the world!

See you at The Kingdom Of Steel!

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

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

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

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

Magic Circle Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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-Gotthard Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intensive Work On The New Album

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GWAR Official:

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-Foghat Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LIVE IN ST. PETE track listing:

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

“Winter Wonderland” — Merry Christmas To Our Friends!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our friends!

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

We did have a good time doing this!

Watch & Listen here!

Available at Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby.

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks and Happy Holidays!


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-Lion Music Record Label Newsletter

Marcus Jidell Unveils “Huldra” Promo Video

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

View the video now at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The video will hit online networks on December 17th.

Lion Music

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

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

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

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

“Possession” track listing:

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

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

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-Miracle Master Signs With GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music

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

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

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

Miracle Master are:

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

You can expect nothing more than KICK ASS HARD ROCK.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bootcamp Second Wave Is Here!

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

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

Buy Now Direct:

Bootcamp Series #6
Project: Roenwolfe

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

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

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

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

Bootcamp Series #7

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

Enter Eradikator.

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

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

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

Bootcamp Series #8

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

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

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

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

Bootcamp Series #9
Electric Age

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can pre-order your copy of SHINE here:

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

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

-Darkside’s new website is .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Upcoming Y&T shows:

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

See and for more.

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

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