Detritus Issue #663

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Issue #663
Week of March 3, 2014

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-I awoke this morning and saw snow outside. What a unique and special treat this winter!!!! – Tim

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-Celebrating The Life And Legacy Of Ronnie James Dio

THIS IS YOUR LIFE Pays Tribute To The Late Singer With Covers Of His Greatest Songs From Rainbow, Black Sabbath, And Dio

Features Newly Recorded Tracks From Anthrax, Halestorm, Rob Halford, Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Corey Taylor, And Tenacious D, Among Others!

To Benefit The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund

Available On April 1 From Rhino

LOS ANGELES — Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, or leading Dio. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010 but his towering voice and legacy live on.

To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund ( ). Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.

THIS IS YOUR LIFE will be available from Rhino on April 1 for a suggested list price of $18.98. A digital version will also be available.

Although the songs featured on the album touch on the different eras of Dio’s career, several spotlight his time with Rainbow, including Metallica’s epic, nine-minute “Ronnie Rising Medley,” which combines the Rainbow songs “A Light In The Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer,” and “Kill The King.” Scorpions add a scorching take on “The Temple Of The King” while Motörhead is joined by Biff Byford from Saxon on “Starstruck.” Rob Halford teams with frequent Dio collaborators Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, and Scott Warren for “The Man On The Silver Mountain.” The final lineup of Dio’s solo band — Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, and Scott Warren — are joined by Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) for “Catch The Rainbow,” a track from Rainbow’s 1975 debut.

Anthrax and Adrenaline Mob honor Dio’s memorable stint with Black Sabbath with their takes on “Neon Knights” and “The Mob Rules,” respectively, as does a group, led by Oni Logan on vocals along with Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Brian Tichy, which performs “I” from DEHUMANIZER.

THIS IS YOUR LIFE also includes songs from Dio’s back-to-back platinum albums HOLY DIVER (1983) and THE LAST IN LINE (1984), with Doro’s take on “Egypt (The Chains Are On)”, Halestorm tackling “Straight Through The Heart,” Corey Taylor (Stone Sour, Slipknot) covering the classic “Rainbow In The Dark,” and Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Glass) putting their signature spin on “The Last In Line.” Killswitch Engage’s cover of “Holy Diver,” a hit in its own right when released in 2006, is also included here.

Fittingly, Ronnie James Dio provides the finale (and the album’s title) with his moving performance of “This Is Your Life.” Originally released on ANGRY MACHINES (1996), the song’s lyrics explore mortality and are backed by a stark and beautiful arrangement that features Dio accompanied only by his longtime keyboardist Scott Warren on piano. The song serves as a poignant reminder that we will never hear a voice like Dio’s again.

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.


1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
7. “The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio
* Previously unreleased

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is a privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization which has already raised more than $600,000 in its short history. Monies raised to date have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS, and Leukemia Research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life. — with Jaime Cabello Sanchez and 11 others.

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-Winger To Release Highly-Anticipated Sixth Studio Album BETTER DAYS COMIN’ In April

Band’s First New Album In Five Years Slated For Release Via Frontiers Records

One of the most misunderstood Hard Rock bands to come out of the ’80s is returning with their first new album in five years. Winger is releasing BETTER DAYS COMIN’ on April 18th in Europe and April 22nd in North America via Frontiers Records. The notorious band comprised of members Kip Winger on vocals/bass, Reb Beach on guitar, John Roth on guitar, and Rod Morgenstein on drums are back with their latest album. The album is available for pre-order on in a standard ( ) and deluxe configuration ( ). The deluxe edition comes in a glossy digi-pak and includes the bonus track “Another Beautiful Day” and a DVD including a “Making of the Album” documentary as well as videos for the first single “Rat Race” and title track “Better Days Comin’.” An iTunes pre-order will be available soon. The band has always been known for their incredible musicianship and the trend continues on BETTER DAYS COMIN’.

“On BETTER DAYS COMIN’ we drew from our past to elaborate on our future. The band is stronger than ever and very excited about the music on this record,” explains front man Kip Winger. “We feel this album exemplifies the true sound of the band in every way.”

From the opening riff of album opener “Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine” to the final outro lick of “Out Of This World,” it is clear Winger is back and better than ever. Hard rocking songs like “Queen Babylon,” progressive rock movements like “Tin Soldier,” and touching ballads like “Ever Wonder” show the band’s diversity while always centering on great songs. The debut single from BETTER DAYS COMIN’ is the adrenaline fueled rocker “Rat Race” that showcases some of the band’s best work of their 25-year career.

The track listing for BETTER DAYS COMIN’ is:
1) Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine
2) Queen Babylon
3) Rat Race
4) Better Days Comin’
5) Tin Soldier
6) Ever Wonder
7) So Long China
8) Storm In Me
9) Be Who You Are, Now
10) Another Beautiful Day (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)
11) Out Of This World

Winger formed in the late 1980s and soared to immediate success with their 1988 self-titled release. The album spawned the hit singles “Seventeen” and “Headed For A Heartbreak” and achieved platinum sales status. WINGER also stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for over 60 weeks where it peaked at #21. Their next album, IN THE HEART OF THE YOUNG, also achieved platinum status behind the singles “Can’t Get Enuff” and “Miles Away.” The change in musical climate of the mid-’90s, compounded with unprovoked ridicule on MTV’s popular “Beavis and Butt-Head,” led the band to go on hiatus in 1994. In 2001, the band reunited and have not looked back since. Winger has made a name for themselves with relentless touring, while winning back fans and critics alike because of their exceptional musicianship, Kip Winger’s powerful vocals and the band’s incredible songwriting.

Kip Winger – bass guitar, vocals
Reb Beach – guitars
Rod Morgenstein – drums
John Roth – guitars

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-Queensryche Front Man Geoff Tate To Pay Homage To Music Legends With Five Performances Over Three Consecutive Nights At The Triple Door in Seattle, Washington Beginning Thursday, May 1st

“Rock And Vaudeville Featuring Geoff Tate” To Cover Songs Of Popular Artists From The Last Six Decades Including Elvis, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, AC/DC, And Others

Beginning Thursday, May 1, Geoff Tate — best known as the lead vocalist of the multi-platinum band Queensryche — will be coming to The Triple Door in Seattle, Washington to perform what he describes as “the history of Rock done Vaudeville style.”

“Rock And Vaudeville Featuring Geoff Tate” will span five performances over three consecutive nights at the venue, covering music from all previous decades in succession beginning with the 1950s.

The show is expected to begin with music from the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Bill Haley & His Comets and end with recently released hits from the 21st century.

What lies within will be some of the greatest hits over the past 50 years by artists such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Kinks, Sly and the Family Stone, Alice Cooper, Prince, and others along with a medley of “Seattle sound” Grunge.

Inspired by those artists that came before him, Geoff Tate comments, “Anyone alive today has been witness to the evolution of rock music. It’s the language of our rebellious side. The soundtrack of freedom. This show is a visual and musical journey through that fun and yet spiritual side of ourselves. Prepare to rock.”

Similar to the wild and successful Queensryche Cabaret tour in 2010, the three night stand at The Triple Door will also feature aerialists, burlesque dancers, Go-Go dancers, and various circus performers.

Tickets prices for the Friday and Saturday shows are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $35 for VIP seating in the front two rows. The Thursday show is $5 less for all three options.

Geoff and his Queensryche band mates just wrapped up a short, successful trek that encompassed nine dates in the southern region of the US and look forward to hitting the road once again in March.

The recent January dates celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the epic concept album, OPERATION: MINDCRIME, that was performed from beginning to end in its entirety.

For more information on the current activities of Queensryche, please see their official site at .

For more information on the venue and tickets to these particular shows, please see and .

Rock and Vaudeville featuring Geoff Tate / Dates and Show Times:
Thursday, May 1 – 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Friday, May 2 – 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively)
Saturday, May 3 – 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30pm and 9:30 p.m., respectively)

The Triple Door is located at 216 Union Street, Seattle, Washington 98101.

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-Armoury Classics To Release Twisted Sister YOU CAN’T STOP ROCK ‘N’ ROLL + COME OUT AND PLAY + LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS 3CD

~Release Date March 18, 2014~

NEW YORK, NY — On March 18, 2014, Armoury Records will release a 3CD set of Twisted Sister’s YOU CAN’T STOP ROCK ‘N’ ROLL + COME OUT AND PLAY + LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS as part of the Armoury Classics series. This is the first time these albums will be available in a single set. [MSRP 24.98]

All three of these original Atlantic studio albums encapsulate the history of Twisted Sister’s 1980s zenith. YOU CAN’T STOP ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, released in 1983, features early hits “I Am (I’m Me),” “The Kids Are Back,” and “Like A Knife In The Back.” 1985’s COME OUT AND PLAY followed the wild success of STAY HUNGRY, the album that launched Twisted Sister into worldwide fame. It includes the star-studded “Be Chrool To Your Scuel,” which features assists from Alice Cooper, Billy Joel, and Brian Setzer. 1987’s LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS was the band’s final studio album, as lead vocalist Dee Snider left the band shortly after its release, rendering the band separated for 15 years.

The first two albums feature the classic lineup of Dee Snider (vocals), Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda (guitars), Mark Mendoza (bass), and A.J. Pero (drums). LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS features Joe Franco on drums.

Whether a lifelong Twisted Sister devotee, or a new fan sparked by the band’s recent resurgence and beloved A Twisted Christmas holiday show, this 3CD set should please heavy metal fans across the board.

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

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Track Listing:
1) The Kids Are Back
2) Like A Knife In the Back
3) Ride To Live, Live To Ride
4) I Am (I’m Me)
5) The Power And The Glory
6) We’re Gonna Make It
7) I’ve Had Enough
8) I’ll Take You Alive
9) You’re Not Alone (Suzette’s Song)
10) You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
11) One Man Woman
12) Four Barrel Heart Of Love
13) Feel The Power

1) Come Out And Play
2) Leader Of The Pack
3) You Want What We Got
4) I Believe In Rock ‘N’ Roll
5) The Fire Still Burns
6) Be Chrool To Your Scuel
7) I Believe In You
8) Out On The Streets
9) Lookin’ Out For #1
10) Kill Or Be Killed
11) King Of The Fools

1) Wake Up (The Sleeping Giant)
2) Hot Love
3) Love Is For Suckers
4) I’m So Hot For You
5) Tonight
6) Me And The Boys
7) One Bad Habit
8) I Want This Night (To Last Forever)
9) You Are All That I Need
10) Yeah Right
11) Feel Appeal
12) Statutory Date
13) If That’s What You Want
14) I Will Win

-Rage’s THE SOUNDCHASER ARCHIVES 30th Anniversary 2-CD/DVD Out In May!

German Heavy Metal masters Rage are about to celebrate their 30th band anniversary with the release of a unique collection of songs from their outstanding back catalogue.

THE SOUNDCHASER ARCHIVES will contain 30 tracks put on two brimful CDs, covering everything from previously unreleased material or versions, demo recordings to fractions of ideas that finally went to find clear sonic ground. Additionally the 2-CD will contain a bonus DVD including the Rage performance at last year’s Masters Of Rock festival.

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

The track list of THE SOUNDCHASER ARCHIVES will be as follows:

1. Anybody Home?
2. Mystery Trip
3. In Union
4. Long Hard Road
5. Full Moon (International Version)
6. Nevermore
7. French Bourrée
8. A Perfect Day
9. Enough Is Enough
10. Here Comes The Night
11. Spiritual Awakening
12. Lost In The Void
13. The Missing Link
14. Another Kind Of Madness
15. Down To The Bone

1. The Speed Of Sound
2. Darkness Turns To Light
3. Death Is Alive
4. Gentle Murders
5. From The Cradle To The Grave
6. Refuge
7. Fugue No. 5
8. Last Goodbye
9. Dirty Wings
10. The Pit And The Pendulum
11. Waterfalls
12. Heads Off
13. Assorted By Satan
14. Shame On You
15. Soundchaser

Live at Masters Of Rock Festival 2013
1. Cleansed By Fire
2. From The Cradle To The Grave
3. Scapegoat
4. The Devil’s Bride
5. Empty Hollow
6. Lament
7. Suite Lingua Mortis:
– Prelude Of Souls
– Innocent
– Depression
– No Regrets
8. Witches’ Judge
9. Straight To Hell
+ Interviews & Bonus Videos

Catch Rage live during the following dates. There will also be a European tour in September and October being announced soon.

19.04. B Mons – PPM Fest
26.04. D Dernbach/Pfalz – Dorfgemeinschaftshaus
23.05. D Bergeheim – Tribute to Jon Lord
30.05. D Geiselwind – Out & Loud Festival
31.05. CZ Plzen – Metalfest
06.09. CH Porsel – FestiWolf

Lingua Mortis Orchestra feat. Rage
05.07. DE Gelnhausen – 1. Gelnhäuser Sommerfestival 2014
11.07. DE Hamm – Klassik Sommer Hamm

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-California Breed — A New Powerhouse Trio Featuring Legendary Vocalist/Bassist Glenn Hughes, Drummer Extraordinaire Jason Bonham, And 23-Year-Old Newcomer Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Andrew Watt — Are Set To Release Their First Self-Titled Debut Album In May Available On CD And CD/DVD Deluxe Edition On Frontiers Records

Tweet it: “.@CaliBreedBand — featuring Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, and Andrew Watt — will release their self-titled debut album coming 5/20”

Think of California and you think of brilliant color and bright sunlight. Think of a breed and it’s all about bloodlines and brotherhood. Put the two together as California Breed, and you have the most exciting new band of 2014, built around the foundation of legendary vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham, and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist/singer/songwriter Andrew Watt. Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals, and gale force rhythms, this powerful three-piece band will release their self-titled debut album May 16th in Europe and May 20th in North America on Frontiers Records. It was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings, and more). Look out for future announcements on the band at .

CALIFORNIA BREED was recorded at Cobb’s Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. “It’s proper rock,” Hughes told (2/6), “but at the same time it’s very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page.” “This kid is amazing,” says Bonham. “The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio like he’s onstage!”

Glenn Hughes, “The Voice Of Rock,” is a true original, a legendary icon whose credits include Deep Purple and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire — up to his most recent collaboration in rock super-group Black Country Communion. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul, and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card. The legacy of Led Zeppelin lives on in Jason Bonham, British drummer and son of Zep’s legendary John Bonham. He has inherited the best of his father’s skills while mastering his own distinctive and dynamic technique. Jason has followed his own distinctive path over the years, fronting his own successful outfits like Bonham, and playing with Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Heart, and, most recently, movie composer Hans Zimmer. Andrew Watt is a soulful singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose high-energy aggressive style and creative spirit are synonymous with New York City. Hughes says: “I live in the moment, it’s all about NOW, California Breed is exactly where I live, breathe’ and where my freak flag flies.”

Here’s the track listing for California Breed’s self-titled debut album:

1. The Way
2. Sweet Tea
3. Chemical Rain
4. Midnight Oil
5. All Falls Down
6. The Grey
7. Days They Come
8. Spit You Out
9. Strong
10. Invisible
11. Scars
12. Breathe
13. Solo*

*Deluxe Edition includes “Solo” bonus track and a DVD including two video clips (“The Way” and “Sweet Tea”), plus documentary

About California Breed:
Glenn Hughes has spent the subsequent years working with the biggest legends in music, as a solo star, and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire — up to his most recent collaboration in rock super-group Black Country Communion, which included Jason Bonham. When Black Country Communion disbanded Hughes and Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. They’re only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality. Easier said than done for these stars who between them have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history — including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few. Then fate took a hand in things when Glenn’s friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt. “Literally, the first day me and Andrew got together we wrote two songs,” recalls Glenn. “One was ‘Chemical Rain’ and the other was ‘Solo,’ both of which are now on the finished album. I was so moved by the music, I said, ‘We’ve got to record this!’ That’s when I called Jason.” Cut to autumn 2013. Recording with Dave Cobb at the producer’s own studio in Nashville, added all the finishing touches, says Glenn. At Cobb’s insistence, every vocal was recorded live as the band was playing. “Totally the reverse of what I’m used to,” says Glenn. “But I went into that aggressive rock soulfulness and everything down to the whispers, it was all done live! I enjoyed myself so much, just going for it. For what is on paper a three-piece, the sheer range of sounds and melodies you get from California Breed are breathtaking.”

For more information on California Breed, visit:

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-Doro Releases Favorite Tracks Of Metallica, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, And Others; Anniversary 2-CD Comes Out May 2!

In honor of her 30-year stage jubilee, internationally successful rock singer Doro Pesch will celebrate with fans from all over the world and two separate yet unique shows on May 2: the “Classic Night” with Orchestra, and May 3: the “Rock Night” with many guests, at CCD Stadthalle of her hometown Düsseldorf.

Just in time for the celebration, there will be an anniversary record of the rock queen. The RAISE YOUR FIST — 30 YEARS ANNIVERSARY EDITION contains the re-release of the successful RAISE YOUR FIST record, as well as a real bonus CD highlight entitled POWERFUL PASSIONATE FAVORITES. There you find new and unreleased tracks, but also Doro cover versions of her favorite artists, such as Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner, Metallica, and Dio.

Another highlight is the French version of her hit “Raise Your Fist In The Air” as well as a new mix of “It Still Hurts,” a duet along with Motörhead icon Lemmy Kilmister.

Doro comments: “RAISE YOUR FIST is a real jewel among my releases, with constantly great tracks on it.”

The bonus CD POWERFUL PASSIONATE FAVORITES now adds another diamond to her outstanding career. Here comes the track list:

1. It Still Hurts
The ballad of Doro and Lemmy, with a new mix from Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, etc.)

2. Lève Ton Poing Vers Le Ciel
The French version of the single “Raise Your Fist In The Air”

3. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
Doro’s cover version of the Led Zeppelin classic

4. Nutbush City Limits
Doro’s cover version of the Tina Turner classic

5. Only You
New version of the track, which was written by Gene Simmons (Kiss) in the year 1990 for Doro

6. Egypt (The Chains Are On)
Cover version of her favorite Ronnie James Dio song, the true hero of Doro

7. Nothing Else Matters
Doro’s cover version of the most popular Metallica classic

8. Warfare
New song, which will be featured alongside the movie “Anuk 2,” where Doro again acts as the warrior Meha

9. NYC Blues
Home-recorded demo version of a new track, recently recorded at Doro’s apartment in New York

Doro – Live 2014

01.03. ECU – Quito – Guaranda Metal Fest
04.03. PER – Lima – Centrica
06.03. COL – Bogota – Ozzy Bar
08.03. BRA – Sao Paulo – Carioca Club
09.03. BRA – Porto Alegre – Opiniao
02.05. DE – Düsseldorf – 30th anniversary show
03.05. DE – Düsseldorf – 30th anniversary show
13.05. DE – Speyer – Halle 101
15.05. AT – Wörgl – Komma
16.05. DE – Regensburg – Airport
17.05. DE – Memmingen – Kaminwerk
19.05. UK – London – O2 Islington Academy
21.05. F – Paris – Le Trabendo
22.05. F – Montauban – Rio Grande
24.05. E – Madrid – Sala Shoko
25.05. E – Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
30.05. DE – Geiselwind – Out & Loud Festival
01.06. CZ – Plzen – Metalfest
27.06. B – Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
19.07. DE – Fritzlar – Rock am Stück
09.08. S – Gävle – Get Away Festival
29.08. DE – Wörrstadt – Neuborn Open Air
30.08. DE – Schleswig – Baltic Open Air

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-Guitar Virtuoso Gus G Brings You I AM THE FIRE!

Gus G. has spent the past decade quietly affirming his place as one of metal’s reigning guitar virtuosos. He has recorded more than a dozen studio albums, performed around the world as a member of acts ranging from Arch Enemy and Dream Evil to his own band Firewind, and has been Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist since being personally hand-picked by the heavy metal legend in August 2009. Now, with the release of his first-ever solo album I AM THE FIRE on Century Media Records, the fleet-fingered Greek fret-shredder will embark on the next chapter of his history-shaping career.

March 18 is the release date for I AM THE FIRE in North America. Gus handles all guitar, bass, and keyboards on this album and is joined by a roster of friends and guests such as David Ellefson (Megadeth), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth), Mats Levén (Candlemass, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), Alexia Rodriguez (Eyes Set To Kill), and Jeff Scott Soto (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Yngwie Malmsteen). The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal, and guitar-driven instrumentals.

Track List:
1. My Will Be Done (Feat. Mats Levén)
2. Blame It On Me (Feat. Mats Levén)
3. I Am The Fire (Feat. Devour The Day)
4. Vengeance (Feat. David Ellefson)
5. Long Way Down (Feat. Alexia Rodriguez)
6. Just Can’t Let Go (Feat. Jacob Bunton)
7. Terrified (Feat. Billy Sheehan)
8. Eyes Wide Open (Feat. Mats Levén)
9. Redemption (Feat. Michael Starr)
10. Summer Days (Feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
11. Dreamkeeper (Feat. Tom S. Englund)
12. End Of The Line (Feat. Mats Levén)

Video for “My Will Be Done” (Feat. Mats Levén):

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-Gotthard Update: “Feel What I Feel” Video Clip

The countdown has started…

Only a little more than four weeks and it will finally be here: The big “BANG!” we’re all waiting for. Great that there’s the strong first single to tide us over, because “Feel What I Feel” definitely whets the appetite for more. Even more so watching the video, which officially premiered, starring former “Miss Switzerland” Anita Buri in the super hot leading role. Because let’s face it — what could possibly be better than: awesome track + beautiful woman = perfect.

“Feel What I Feel” Extraterrestrial Clip

During the shoot of “Feel What I Feel” it got quite warm in the “Pfalzkeller” of St. Gallen monastery and that wasn’t only caused by the spotlights … Apart from the elaborately filmed scenes of the band’s performance, the amazing Anita Buri raised the temperature in a tasteful, sexy alien costume, seducing our friend Nic good and proper. All very professional-like, of course. Find out how the story ends in the brand-new clip:

“Feel What I Feel” Supernatural Single

It came directly from the studio and touched down in the single charts easily. Now, “Feel What I Feel” sets off to look at the airplay charts from the very top as well. No wonder, because the leading track from BANG! surges ahead with a hymnal hook and a fantastic chorus, blazing the trail for the new Gotthard album, which will be released on April 4, 2014 and will probably cause quite a chart quake once again.

“Feel What I Feel” World Premiere On TV

On March 7 the Swiss Music Awards will take place in the almost sold-out Zurich Hallenstadion. Obviously, Gotthard will be there to perform the TV world premiere of “Feel What I Feel.” “The SMAs will take place at the Hallenstadion for the first time. That’s exactly the place, where such an event belongs and we are very much looking forward to our performance premiering our new song ‘Feel What I Feel,'” confirms Marc. And Freddy adds: “The Hallenstadion always is very special. After our sold-out show in 2005, we’re glad to be able to play in this venue again.” Those without tickets will still be able to see the show: the event will be aired live at 8:10 p.m. on SRF zwei, joiz, and Rouge TV.

More about the spectacular video shoot with lots more pictures will be published in “All Access,” the official Gotthard Fan Club magazine.

When you want to become a member of the Fan Club, simply click , read the information and fill out the form.

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-L.R.S. Releases Video For “Livin’ 4 A Dream”

L.R.S.’s “Livin’ 4 A Dream” is taken from the album DOWN TO THE CORE.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-Epica Launches The First Episode Of Its Studio Documentary!

Dutch symphonic metallers Epica have launched the first episode of their studio documentary. The documentary gives a behind the scenes look at the recording process of the band’s sixth studio album THE QUANTUM ENIGMA. It also previews the first music from the upcoming album.

The band recorded THE QUANTUM ENIGMA together with upcoming producer Joost van den Broek at the Sandlane Recording Facilities in the Netherlands. The album has been mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Hatesphere, etc.).

Where the 2013 RETROSPECT performance reflected on a decade as one of the leading bands in the symphonic metal scene, the upcoming sixth studio album THE QUANTUM ENIGMA marks the beginning of a new Epica: modern, heavy, and without compromises.

According to guitar player Isaac Delahaye, “The whole process of writing and recording TQE was extremely refreshing for us. Instead of preparing the album in our home studios separately, we rehearsed the songs together in the studio. Just like any other band, you could say, but as Epica is located in three different countries this is a little more complicated for us.

“The direct interaction between us has certainly lifted up the quality of the songs, as no detail was left unspoken. Definitely worth taking some time off from touring! As far as songwriting goes, the main focus was groove and melody.”

You can view the footage on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

THE QUANTUM ENIGMA will be released on May 2nd (Europe), May 5th (UK) and May 13th (USA) through Nuclear Blast.

Pre-order at:

Check out Epica live on the following dates:

30.04. NL Tilburg – 013
04.05. TR Istanbul – Headbanger’s Weekend
07.06. NL Landgraaf – Pinkpop
14.06. AT Nickelsdorf – Novarock
10.07. CZ Vizovice – Masters of Rock
12.07. PL Wegorzewo – Seven Festival
08.08. P Vagos – Vagos Open Air

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-John Taglieri Breaks Billboard Top 100

HANSON, MA — Leap Dog Music and Vanity Music Group are proud to announce that in its second week on the Billboard New Artist Chart, Boston based singer/songwriter John Taglieri’s SOUTHERN PARADISE has shot from #134 to #100. Fueled by his residency at Irish Kevins in Key West, FL, where he performs every other month, the combination of Taglieri’s electrifying stage show and the benefit of a new crowd every day, as well as his constant touring schedule around the Eastern US, has pushed John’s sales upwards on Billboard’s New Artist Chart. With a solid combination of live and online sales, the CD has established itself as one to be noticed.

“I can’t believe that I have a Top 100 CD on the Billboard charts!” said Taglieri. “I have an amazing fan base and they just keep me going. Its been a long road but worth every moment to see a childhood dream come true like this.”

Combined with winning Rockwired Radio’s’s “Best Recording Of The Year 2013 (EP)” (announced 1/27), as well as currently sitting at #1 on ReverbNation for the Boston Area, and charting on Hit-Tracks Top 100 Charts in The Netherlands at #61, 2014 has gone from strength to strength for Taglieri. SOUTHERN PARADISE also charted at #5 on’s Hot New Releases with the single for “Southern Paradise” also hitting #13 on The video for the single also has over 5,000 views on YouTube.

SOUTHERN PARADISE was released in the Spring of 2013 via Leap Dog Music / Vanity Music Group and has broken new ground for Taglieri in the pop and country genres. “I worked with producers Sean Mormelo and Mark Cohn out of Nashville for this release and we naturally gravitated to a more pop/country vibe. It was a very comfortable place song wise and style wise for me. I’ve always sort of been on that line of rock & pop country and we just wrote some great songs in that vein,” said Taglieri.

To celebrate, a new single, “When I Think About,” has been released. You can hear and download the single at:

You can also download the entire SOUTHERN PARADISE EP at:

Relevant Links:

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-Nightmare Records: Latest Releases And Other Cool Stuff!

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With DISPELLING THE VEIL OF ILLUSIONS 4th Dimension manages to make a significant step forward. The songwriting is just more sophisticated, the arrangements are more balanced, the melodies are more catchy, and the whole production has received a more adult touch with the decisive step of more professionalism.

Melodic Rock, Hard Rock, Classic Rock, AOR, and a heavy dose of modern rock is all being mixed into a very recognizable sound entirely their own. Strong and catchy songwriting, extraordinary musicality, an impressive production … Everything on the highest professional level and with no dropouts.

KXM consists of guitar legend George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch Mob), Kings X bassist and elite front man Doug Pinnick, and long-time KoRn drummer Ray Luzier. Formed in early 2013, the band organically combined their signature talents and began carving out a unique brand of rock based music that will both amaze and delight fans of any genre.

Appearance Of Nothing – A NEW BEGINING
Exciting songwriting, successful progressive arrangements, hard powerful Metal riffs, decent excursions into the Death Metal world, exceptional keyboard work, and clear vocals paired with fat growls will provide for the ultimate attention.

A Highly polished melodic power metal sound, reminiscent of of early Edguy and Iron Maiden, but more keyboard aspects. ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston put it at #29 in his top 50 ProgPower metal releases of 2013.

Signum Regis – EXODUS
EXODUS feat. guest vocals by Lance King [ex. Pyramaze, Balance Of Power], Michael Vescera [Obsession, Animetal USA], Matt Smith [Theocracy], Daísa Munhoz [Vandroya, Soulspell], Eli Prinsen [Sacred Warrior, The Sacrificed], Samuel Nyman [Manimal], Thomas L. Winkler [Gloryhammer, Emerald], Göran Edman [ex. Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum], and Mayo Petranin.

An entertaining time travel back to the glory ’80s, with great catchy melodies, craking guitars, and solid rhythms, all packed with an up-to-date sound that doesn’t sacrifice the roots or the feeling of one of the greatest musical eras. It’s good, very good!

LOST IN EDEN is European style Melodic Power Metal in pure culture! Classically arranged with speedy guitars, running bass lines, and awesome melodies. Well supported by great keyboard work and a vocal performance some others would kill for. Check this one out!

Metal Church’s GENERATION NOTHING marks the bands 10th full-length studio release and boasts the return to the band’s classic metal sound. Says founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof, “It has elements of both the first album and the THE DARK, but still embraces the new sound of the band without chasing the past.” A new classic is born!

Featuring “The Big 3” from Dokken! T&N reunites George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, and “Wild” Mick Brown — a.k.a. “The Big Three” from Dokken — for this brand-new 12-song disk that will surely be referred to as a classic in years to come!

ATOMIC ARK is the new cinematic progressive metal project from French keyboardist Vivien Lalu. His assembled all-star cast reads like a “who’s who” of progressive and power metal!

Pamela Moore – RESURRECT ME
2013 album from the female Metal vocalist known by millions as “Sister Mary” for her role on Queensryche’s platinum-selling OPERATION:MINDCRIME album. RESURRECT ME is a full-length offering that combines the best elements of Heavy Metal music, both past and present.

A high level of musical and technical skills, fantastic arrangements, symphonic sound carpets, catchy ear worms, and gorgeous polyphonic vocal passages combined with trashy metal elements and, not to forget, sophisticated lyrics with sense and mind … These are the attributes that are best describing what you can expect.

Anubis Gate – HORIZONS

Nightmare Records
7751 Greenwood Drive
St. Paul MN 55112

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KANSAS CITY, MO — Kansas City pop rock artist Tyson Leslie has made a name for himself throughout the Midwestern USA through his work with acts like Pomeroy, and Baloney Ponyz, as well as his sideman duties alongside George Lynch, Carmine Appice, Corey Taylor, and others. Leslie was most recently seen on the road as a member of modern rock act Red Line Chemistry, touring with rock legends, Whitesnake.

Now, however, it’s time to take a leap into the deep end and unleash TRAIN WRECKS, HAVOC & HEARTBREAK, his debut album via own imprint, Above The Level Recordings. “Some of the songs on this album go back 20 years,” muses the multi-instrumentalist. “I’ve been so busy working in other peoples’ projects that it just took me this long to get it all together and figure out how I wanted to present it.”

On TRAIN WRECKS, HAVOC & HEARTBREAK, Tyson tackles everything from ’70s glam to upbeat rock tracks, humor and sensitive ballads, wrapping it all up and presenting it in a nice little power pop package. “I think my years of playing in cover bands and playing music that other people has written has helped me to develop my style a little more,” says Tyson. “I’ve become a little more rounded as a songwriter.”

TRAIN WRECKS, HAVOC & HEARTBREAK is available now through .

Relevant Links:

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-“Living Fast” Episode 1: Heavy Metal Talk Show Launched By Municipal Waste Guitarist Debuts!

“Living Fast” is a heavy metal talk show created by Ryan Waste (Municipal Waste/Volture/BAT). The first episode was filmed on January 18, 2014 and features John Gallagher of Raven! Relays Waste of the “Living Fast’s” impetus:

“‘Living Fast’ has been a long time coming. Heavy metal music has always consumed me and it became more of an obsession when I started collecting vinyl. I never cared so much about the albums being in mint condition; it was more about letting the vinyl ‘live’ so to speak. I DJ’d for years at bars, bringing my own turntables with me under the moniker ‘Hard ‘n’ Heavy Nites,’ inspired by the late great video series. I’d pull out heavy metal albums that ninety-nine percent of the bar crowd had never heard of, but it was my way of turning people on to the real stuff. The response was generally good, but drunk people are usually easily entertained. I was reaching such a small audience and wanted to spread this thing worldwide.

“I initially thought a radio show might be my calling, but these crazy kids all seem to go to YouTube to listen to music nowadays. So I figured I would just bring my record collection to the worldwide inter web and force it on everyone there. Adding a visual element seemed like it would be the icing on the cake. I grew up on late night television, ’80s comedy, and horror movies so why not throw it all in the mix? Adding a guest to the fold wouldn’t be too difficult after years of touring and meeting a lot of my heavy metal heroes. I befriended Raven’s John Gallagher through the same type of situation and he happened to be residing in the Virginia area. I had a BBQ at my house in July 2013 and his whole family came out to hang. A bunch of us were jamming in my bedroom and John came right up and started playing Sabbath tunes with us. He was just one of boys, down to rock and right then I asked him to be part of this show I was brainstorming.”

Fast Forward to January 2014.

“I had a date set to interview John, one camera that I borrowed from a friend and no crew. I put the word out that I was looking for people with some video experience and happened to ran into my artist buddy Jim ‘Barf’ Callahan who has designed over ten shirts for Municipal Waste. He said he knew a guy. That guy was Drew Bolduc, who, along with Michele Lombardi, ran Buncom Media International, a film and video production company in Richmond. The team had just finished their feature film, ‘Science Team,’ and also worked together for TROMA Entertainment doing special visual effects for ‘Return To Class Of Nuke ‘Em High’ Vol. 1 and 2. I had previously worked with TROMA for Municipal Waste’s ‘Headbanger Face Rip’ video so I knew we would have similar taste. Sure enough, Drew and Michele were up for the project. I got right to work and converted the ‘media room’ in my house into a late night talk show set. They brought in an entire audio/visual crew equipped with boom mics, professional lighting, and multiple cameras. ‘Living Fast’ was coming to life in less than a week’s notice. We banged out everything in a thirteen-hour session with a lot of ideas coming up right on the spot. I called upon our friends at IMOV Studios to do some animation for the show as well. IMOV is based out of Brussels, Belgium and they’re responsible for Municipal Waste’s animated video ‘You’re Cut Off.’ Pierre Mousquet worked tirelessly and came through with two cartoon intros for the show which really tie it all together.”

Check out the first edition of “Living Fast,” featuring Raven’s John Gallagher, at .

Look out for “Living Fast” Episode 2, “The European Edition,” which will be sponsored by Iron Fist Magazine ( ) in conjunction with the Culture Shock Euro Tour featuring Cauldron and Volture (more info at ). Until then enjoy Episode 1 and spread the word!

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-Joe Stump Talks New Exorcism Album I AM GOD

Doomy heavy metallers Exorcism will release their debut album, I AM GOD, on April 25th via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. Guitarist Joe “Shredlord” Stump (HolyHell, Raven Lord) spoke with Brave Words scribe Carl Begai about his involvement in the project:

“It was an interesting record for me to do as I didn’t write anything on it, but that it was a cool record to make nonetheless. I’m playing all different schools of stuff on the thing guitar-wise, from Gary Moore / Jimi Hendrix / Michael Schenker-induced bluesy playing to my usual Yngwie Malmsteen meets Ritchie Blackmore meets Hank Sherman / Uli Jon Roth evil shred.”

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

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

“Zero G” video teaser:

First album quotes:
“I am rocking my damn brains out right now to the new band and album from Exorcism and it really is a Brutal, Killer, Heavy album that has so many styles mixed in that the Metal, Prog, Doom, and Rock fans are going to seriously enjoy! Pack your bags cause you are about to go on a journey from Heaven & Hell and back again.” (Jon Hernandez)

“This is an album full of really awesome material, with the melancholic sounds of songs like ‘Exorcism,’ with its powerful and emotive chorus and meaty riffs blending seamlessly with more upbeat rockers like ‘Higher,’ with its speedier feel to it and a definite driving sound.” (Metal-Temple)

“A first test successful for Exorcism shot! An international group gathered for you get a foot in the ass! I AM GOD is more than a concentrate of doom and heavy metal, it is a monument simply enjoyable! An album has discover without moderation! Guaranteed pleasure!” (Painkiller Metal Show)

“Joe Stump, Csaba Zvekan, Lucio Manca, and Garry King get heavy! There’s no ballads either (thank God) but there are some lighter moments that really show off their range. My personal favorite is ‘Voodoo Jesus,’ a song that Zvekan really brings alive, I think he’s channeling the late Ronnie James Dio at times on this one.” (RAAHP)

“Bottom line is that Exorcism with their debut album are going to make some noise in the metal community, no doubt ’bout that! They are the true defenders of the old school Heavy Metal scene and that’s a thing that reflects to their sound. The musicianship here is tight, the vocal performances are powerful and evil and the guitar work… heavy as hell!!! Highly recommended stuff for all you metal-freaks out there!” (Heavy Paradise)

Exorcism are:
Csaba Zvekan – vocals
Joe Stump – guitars
Lucio Manca – bass
Garry King – drums

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-Heavy Riffs Magazine’s RIFFS OF STEEL Digital CD Available For Free Download

Online Metal Promo and Heavy Riffs magazine (Mexico/Spain) have partnered to offer RIFFS OF STEEL, a free digital download compilation CD featuring 31 full songs from the following up and coming as well as established hard rock and heavy metal artists from around the world:

1. Stu Marshall – The Hammer
2. Death Dealer – Hammer Down
3. Dave Reffett – Ruby Avalanche Red Flood
4. Maxxxwell Carlisle – Visions Of Speed And Thunder
5. Hellion – Screams In The Night
6. Cage – Chupacabra (Spanish Version)
7. Luzbel – Kirieleison
8. Station – Don’t Take Heaven Away From Me
9. Maligno – The Red Witch
10. Hellscream – VII (Seven Sins)
11. Arrows Of Agony – The Escape
12. Ignitor – Heavy Metal Holocaust
13. Bulletrain – Fight With Me
14. Ravensthorn – The Ouija
15. Mindmaze – This Holy War
16. Dire Peril – Twisted Whispers
17. Spellcaster – Molten Steel
18. Armory – Quest For The Fleece
19. Zephaniah – Sword Of The King
20. Empires Of Eden – Channelling The Infinite
21. Witchcross – Bad Trip
22. Lords Of The Trident – Complete Control
23. Skinner – The Enemy Within
24. Enceladus – Time In A Dream
25. Split Heaven – Waiting For The Angel Of Death
26. Voltax – Obsession For The Dark
27. Archetype – The Dark Mirror
28. Acrania – Deceive The Pain
29. Corners Of Sanctuary – On The Hunt
30. Decypher – Children Of The Night
31. Agora – Victima

Download the songs, CD artwork, and track listing at the following location:

Heavy Riffs magazine

Online Metal Promo

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-Axemaster News

Axemaster would like to announce that they are now an official endorser of Flying V Leather Accessories. They produce bad ass leather products for guitar and bass as well as the revolutionary flying V leg rest; a device which allows a Flying V guitar to be balanced properly so it can be played comfortably while a person is sitting down. You can check out all their cool merchandise at . While you’re there be sure to check out Geoff’s video demonstrating the V leg rest!!!!!

The band has been constantly working to expand their exposure on the Internet. A list of some of the sites on which Axemaster appears is below, the most recent being their new Twitter account. We hope you will take the time to check some of them out, it’s a great way to be 100% updated on all axe-happenings! Also, if you would be interested in doing something to assist with our Internet campaign, we are offering free downloads of songs from each Axemaster album as a “thank you” for helping to spread the word about the band. You can find out all the details at .

Finally, there will be a special guest appearing with Axemaster when they play at the Ragnarökkr Festival in Chicago in April ( ). Due to unusual circumstances, a fill-in drummer was needed; and the band was fortunate enough to be able to find a kick ass drummer in Denny Archer to fill the spot. Denny’s a veteran musician who is greatly respected in the Ohio metal scene, and he played with Joe Sims for a couple years in the mid ’90s in a band called Reign, so they already have a lot of experience performing together. Joe said, “I’m really looking forward to working with Denny again even if it’s possibly just temporarily. We played some killer shows together back in the ’90s and I expect Ragnarokkr to be one we will never forget. We couldn’t have found a better player or person to help Axemaster go kick Chicago’s ass!!!!!”

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-Radiant Records: Meet And Greet Transatlantic!


Just wanted to quickly let you know about a few great upcoming events:

Transatlantic World Tour 2014 Meet And Greet Package

o Meet Transatlantic! Up Close and Personal!
o Autographs
o Take your picture with the band
o Includes an 8″x10″ Color Photo autographed by the band

Meet and Greet with Transatlantic!

As most of you know, Transatlantic (Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Roine Stolt, and Pete Trewavas) are touring Europe! There are still a few meet and greet passes left so get ’em before they sell out! This may be your ONLY chance to get up close and personal with each one of these outstanding musicians. So if you’d like to say a few words, get a signed pic, and get something signed by the whole band, now is your chance!

Link to buy Meet and Greet Tix

Tour Dates


Feb 27th – Madrid, Spain – La Rivera
Feb 28th – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 2
March 2nd – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
March 3rd – Rome, Italy – Orion
March 5th – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
March 6th – Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage
March 7th – Munich, Germany – Muffathalle
March 8th – Berlin, Germany – Astra
March 9th – Cologne, Germany – E Werk
March 11th – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
March 12th – London, England – The Forum
March 13th – Tilburg, Holland – 013
March 14th – Tilburg, Holland – 013
March 15th – Paris, France – Le Bataclan

June – Sweden Rock Festival ( )

Get Closer Meeting In Frankfurt

After the Transatlantic KALEIDOSCOPE tour, Neal Morse will be having a “Get Closer” meeting in Frankfurt, Germany! It is sure to be an AMAZING time of music, worship, and spiritual interaction with people from all over the world! Here’s a link to all the details. It is free. Come and be with us!

Info about the Get Closer Weekend

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

Gemeinschaftsraum Sportpark Kelsterbach
Kirschenallee 56
65451 Kelsterbach


See you soon and God bless you,

Megan Batiste
Radiant Records

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-Grifter Announce New Album, THE RETURN OF THE BEARDED BRETHREN, Out May 2014 On Ripple Music!

It’s been nearly three years since Grifter’s self-titled debut album was released on Ripple Music in 2011. That album was a critical success garnering impressive reviews and hitting the year-end best-of lists on such notable sites as The Obelisk, The Soda Shop, Chybucca Sounds, Heavy Planet, and plenty more. Grifter supported the release with a UK tour as special guests to Orange Goblin and slots at various festivals such as the inaugural Desertfest London and Freak Valley Festival in 2012 and in 2013 at Britain’s prestigious Bloodstock Festival and Hard Rock Hell.

It’s 2014 and Grifter are set to release their second album THE RETURN OF THE BEARDED BRETHREN, once again through Ripple Music. Whereas the first album was a bunch of tracks the band had spanning their career up to that point the new album with written with one aim in mind: to write a killer album that would hit hard from start to finish yet contained songs that would kick arse in their own right. THE RETURN OF THE BEARDED BRETHREN picks up where the debut left off but builds in every way from the quality of the song writing and playing boasting a fat production courtesy of Rich Robinson.

The album, which will include many tales of Guinness, ’70s sex symbols, drinking regrets, religious folly, and more, is slotted for a May 2014 release. Additionally, look for Grifter live across the UK and maybe even the US.

Track listing:
1. Black Gold
2. She Mountain
3. Paranoiac Blues
4. Princess Leia
5. Bow Down To The Monkey
6. Braggard’s Boast
7. It’s Not Me, It’s You
8. Fire Water
9. The Return Of The Bearded Brethren
10. Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabbath cover)

Recorded June 2013 at Big Red by Rich Robinson
Mastered by Tony Reed at Heavy Head
Cover artwork by Jamie Campbell

Vocals/guitars – Ollie Stygall
Bass – Phil Harris
Drums/backing vocals – Foz Foster

Release date: May 2014 on Ripple Music

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-New Yorkers Toxic Shock Reunite For First Show In Two Decades

NEW YORK — Seminal New York heavy metal band Toxic Shock will reunite this March for its first show in over two decades.

The group, which was started in the late-’80s by a group of bored suburban New York teens and completed upon finding a guitarist in a now-defunct shopping mall arcade, had just begun to find success in the early ’90s — recording in a professional studio and signing on with a management company — when tragedy struck. Guitarist Mark Dagostino, who played an integral part in the pre-Internet promotion of the young band, took his life, leaving his bandmates heartbroken and confused. Toxic Shock attempted to forge on, participating in an ill-fated tour with fellow New Yorkers Nuclear Assault, but Dagostino’s death had taken too much of a toll.

“Mark’s death put a huge strain on all of us that I don’t think we really could quantify at the time,” said vocalist Ray Bell. “Then being out on the road with no funds and a few other issues, it got to a point where the fun and inspiration were gone. We decided to take a break.”

The decision to get back together after all these years was spurred by the idea of a reunion show commemorating a local venue. After a few phone calls, the Toxic Shock guys were encouraged to move forward and renew their passion for playing metal. They signed on for the reunion show and began working on new material.

Toxic Shock now embraces three different guitar players who help to fill the void left by Dagostino, including two earlier members and one new addition. The current lineup is Ray Bell (vocals), Bruce Ryder (guitar), Pat Servedio (guitar), Bill Kelly (guitar), James Maloney (bass), and Wayne Rosario (drums).

“We have always been more like a family than friends,” Bell said. “It’s one of the reasons why Mark was never officially replaced. We know what the other is thinking or going to say about something. We played together for a lot of years.”

Toxic Shock’s reunion will take place Saturday, March 22 at Even Flow Bar & Grill in Bayshore, NY, which is located directly across from the former Sundance club, a staple in the ’80-’90s metal scene and site of Toxic Shock’s very first live show in 1987. Fellow New York natives Klank will co-headline the show with Toxic Shock and opening acts Plague Nation and Stainless Leather.

“We are anxious to play for everyone in 2014,” said Bell. “This show is going to be typical of a Toxic Shock show 20 years ago with energy that is just as high as it ever was. We are as tight as ever, both personally and musically.”

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-Swedish Doom Band Below Announce Debut Album ACROSS THE DARK RIVER April 11th!

Landing Page Launched, First Song Online!

Epic doom metal band, Below, spent the end of 2013 at Sonic Train Studios in Sweden with none other than Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) to record their debut full-length album ACROSS THE DARK RIVER. The band is finally prepared to unveil the album title, art, and release the first single from the record. “Portal” is streaming now on , where fans can also pre-order copies of ACROSS THE DARK RIVER on CD, vinyl, and digital downloads. The album will be released on April 11th in Europe via Metal Blade Records.

Below offers a brief quote about the first single, “Portal”: “It’s a song about being in the presence of spirits, entering another dimension, a portal to the dead.”

Below hails from Sweden and the music has influences from late Black Sabbath, Candlemass, and King Diamond, so going with Andy La Rocque as the producer was a clear choice for the group. La Rocque added: “This is one of the heaviest bands I have worked with in the studio in a very long time. And always great to work with great musicians!”

Not much is known about the Swedish quintet, however they are working with Tobias Rosén — bass player of fellow Metal Blade Records artists Noctum — of Howlin’ Owl Productions. Below started writing songs and in November of 2012 and a four-track EP was recorded at Deep Blue Studios in Sweden. By this time, Tobias of Howlin’ Owl Productions heard them and asked to act as manager for the band. The EP was sent to various magazines, labels, and people in the business and was praised by everybody who gave the songs a listen. Metal Hammer awarded the EP a 9/10 rating.

Below is:
Zeb – Vox
Hedman – Bass
Paud – Guitar
Berg – Guitar
Doc – Drums

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-Ape Machine Announces West Coast & SXSW Tour Dates!

Portland, Oregon’s bluesy stoner rockers Ape Machine have announced a spring west coast tour with a stop at SXSW.

3/6 – Cafe Coda – Chico, CA
3/7 – Luigi’s Slice and Fungarden – Sacramento, CA
3/8 – Milk Bar – San Francisco, CA
3/9 – Whisky A Go Go – LA, CA
3/10 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
3/11 – Royal Dive – Oceanside, CA
3/12 – Pub Rock – Phoenix, AZ
3/13 – Marfa or Day Off
3/14 – SXSW D’Addario/Planet Waves/Swinghouse Party
3/15 – Lola’s Room – Fuzzed Out Ft. Worth – bunch o’ bands (Young Raps, Wofat, Southern Train Gypsy, Truckfighters, Crobot, Mothership)
3/16 – Lowbrow – El Paso, TX
3/17 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
3/18 – Prospector – Long Beach, CA
3/19 – The Saloon – Encinitas
3/20 – Audie’s – Fresno, CA
3/21 – Oak St. Speakeasy – Eugene, OR
3/22 – El Corazon – Seattle WA (w/ Spirit Caravan, Mos Generator, Pilgrim)

The name Ape Machine is a nod to the days of reel-to-reel magnetic tape audio recording; a fitting moniker for the heavy-hitting quartet as the band plays through vintage tube amplifiers and lays down its songs using exclusively throwback quality studio equipment. With a heady mix of animal aggression and technical precision, Ape Machine’s music carries an organic depth and warmth rarely heard since the time of rock’s glorious early years (or your Dad’s bad ass record collection) infused with an exceptional modern sensibility. When the mystical lyrics of vocalist Caleb Heinze lock in with the band’s stone-cold groove, Ape Machine demonstrates an earth-shaking ability to rock. A true four-piece, the group has been called “a rock and roll band with a finger on the pulse of the ’70s and their asses firmly in the present” and “real heavy-psych for the iPhone generation” that delivers “true guts and glory rock and roll.”

Blending equal parts rock ‘n’ roll, blues, stoner rock, and psychedelia, Ape Machine is out to melt faces and pound the apathy out of otherwise jaded listeners with a wall of heavy rock n’ roll tones unheard since the days of bell bottoms, long hair, and blaring tube amplifiers.

Ape Machine’s mission is to combine intense melody, cutting riffs, and blistering live improvisation. Where many bands rely on meticulously rehearsed, just-like-the-record-parts, Ape Machine provides a live experience that is as unique as each evening it shares with an audience.

“Ape Machine retro-rocks for almost forty minutes in a way acts like The Sword and Witchcraft can only dream of.”
– Lords Of Metal

“Amidst all the hipster indie tameness of the Portland, OR, music scene, Ape Machine prove there’s still some stoner salvation to be found.”
– High Times

“MANGLED BY THE MACHINE is just a brilliant and hard-rocking blast from start to finish. Riffs are the main selling point and Ape Machine are modern day masters of the riff. Excellent and Highly Recommended. Ignore this album at your peril!!!”
– The Sludgelord


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-Battlecross Announces Dates With Killswitch Engage And Trivium; Touring Now With Protest The Hero

Detroit metal squad, Battlecross, who just returned home from a successful debut stomp through Europe with Killswitch Engage, Trivium, and Miss May I, have returned to the stage on a US tour featuring Protest The Hero, The Safety Fire, Intervals, and Night Verses. The tour will wind its way through nearly three dozen cities, wrapping up in Amityville on April 6th. From there the band will level Worcester, Massachusetts at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival before joining Killswitch Engage and Trivium for another short run of live takeovers.

Comments the band: “We just had an amazing run with Killswitch Engage and Trivium in Europe and we’re stoked to be with them yet again in the US! We’re going to have a blast with our fans and hopefully make some new ones!”

Battlecross will be touring in support of latest album, WAR OF WILL, which debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the Top Current Albums chart, #2 on the Heatseeker chart, #15 on the Current Hard Music chart, #16 on the Hard Music Overall chart, and #32 on the Independent Albums chart. Additionally, the album debuted in Canada’s Soundscan charts coming in at #178 Top 200 Current and #25 Hard Music Charts while also landing on the iTunes charts for release date at #103 Top 200, #10 on Rock, and #2 on Metal! This marks the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut. WAR OF WILL also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release. Check out the video for “Never Coming Back” directed by Roy Warner at .

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

4/19/2014 New England Metal & Hardcore Fest – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/30/2014 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
5/01/2014 The Paramount – Huntington, NY w/ Killswitch Engage, Into Another, My Ticket Home
5/02/2014 The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Beyond Dishonor, Soulstyce
5/03/2014 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE w/ Beyond Dishonor
5/04/2014 Reverb – Reading, PA w/ Killswitch Engage, Into Another, My Ticket Home

w/ Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Nothing More:
5/15/2014 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
5/17/2014 London Music Hall – London, ON
5/18/2014 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY (no Trivium)
5/20/2014 Iron City – Birmingham, AL
5/22/2014 Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN

5/23/2014 Centerstage Bar & Grill – Kokomo, IN
5/24/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
5/25/2014 Aftershock – Merriam, KS

w/ Killswitch Engage, Nothing More:
5/27/2014 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
5/28/2014 Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO

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-Thothamon: Birmingham Doom Trio Unleashes New EP Via Domestic Genocide Records

Birmingham, Alabama traditional doom trio, Thothamon, recently joined goat horns with the eclectic sound peddlers at Domestic Genocide Records for the release of their latest EP.

Fittingly titled PROPHETS OF DOOM, the analog offering was recorded in two six-hour sessions by Emanual Ellinas at Magnetic Audio Recordings Studio on their home turf of Birmingham and delivers five slow, ominous canticles fit for the wretched and damned. Paying homage to the likes of Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Angel Witch, Coven, The Obsessed, Trouble, Candlemass, Iron Maiden, et al, with themes centered on epic tales of barbarians, wizards, dark lords, and ancient ones, Thothamon are at once primal, ugly, and darkly compelling.

Comments the Thothamon collective on joining the expanding Domestic Genocide roster, “We are very excited to be working with Domestic Genocide! For us, it looked like the right label to go to due to response we had heard from bands already on the label. It’s a label that works with the artist and its design and intent for the art created. We also love how there are different styles of metal on the label ranging from black to doom to blackened doom to death. This is also a label that works very hard at promoting their bands through various outlets across the metal scene. The allegiance between Thothamon and Domestic Genocide is going to be full of doom and glory for everyone involved!”

1. The Pass Of Caradhras
2. The Doom That Came To Sarnath
3. Glory Or The Grave
4. Devil In The Deep Blue Sea
5. My Heel, Your Throat

Colt McCormick – vocals/guitars
Brandon Mullins – bass
Rick Nibblett – drums

Order PROPHETS OF DOOM, out now via Domestic Genocide, at:

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-Obliterations: Tour To Brutalize SXSW Begins Today

Band To Record Southern Lord Debut At Dave Grohl’s Studio 606

Cali punks, Obliterations, hit the road this week on their way to brutalize SXSW 2014 with a rash of performances exposing the public to 17 brand-new tracks during the trek, in preparation for their upcoming recording for Southern Lord.

Obliterations kick it all off tonight in L.A., making two stops in California with The Body and Youth Code, followed by a Southwest run with Lecherous Gaze, after which they raid Austin with at least seven SXSW-related gigs already locked down for the week of festivities. The tour includes performances at the Thrasher Magazine/Converse Death Match with Judge, Tyler The Creator, The Black Lips, and others as part of SXSW; The Spillover MF with Ty Segal, Dum Dum Girls, and Deafheaven in Dallas; and much more.

Following the tour, Obliterations will invade Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 to record their debut LP for release via Southern Lord later in 2014. More details on the impending full-length will be released in the coming months.

Obliterations is comprised of current and ex-members of Black Mountain, Saviours, and Night Horse, and, delivering a blazing, crusty, Los Angeles-made blend of Poison Idea, Discharge, and Black Flag, set to a live show that willfully incites and encourages one’s aggressive tendencies to shine, just released a new four-song EP as part of the Volcom Entertainment Vinyl Club.

Obliterations Tour Dates:
3/04/2014 E. 7th St – Los Angeles, CA w/ The Body, Youth Code
3/05/2014 Aladdin Jr. – Pomona, CA w/ The Body, Youth Code
3/07/2014 Billy O’s – Ventura, CA w/ Lecherous Gaze
3/08/2014 Shaman Smith – Las Vegas, NV w/ Lecherous Gaze
3/09/2014 Monte Vista Hotel – Flagstaff, AZ w/ Lecherous Gaze
3/11/2014 The Mix – San Antonio, TX w/ Lecherous Gaze
3/12/2014 Hotel Vegas – Austin, TX @ SXSW Burger City/Ping Pong Booking/Inland Empire Touring Party w/ Natural Child, The Abigals, Cosmonauts, Guantanamo Baywatch
3/13/2014 Yellow Jackets – Austin, TX @ Juxtapose/Brixton Party w/ Coachwhips, Together Pangea, Fresh & Onlys
3/13/2014 The Lost Well – Austin, TX @ Vol. 4 Party w/ Windhand, Lecherous Gaze, Communion, Artic
3/14/2014 Scoot Inn – Austin, TX Thrasher/Converse Death Match w/ Judge, Bl’ast!, Power Trip, Kylesa, Lecherous Gaze, Youth Code
3/14/2014 La Barbecue – Austin, TX @ Metal BBQ w/ Spirit Caravan, Sweat Lodge
3/14/2014 Sailor Jerry House – Austin, TX @ Blundertown/Cultist Zine Party w/ Coachwhips, Coathangers
3/15/2014 Yellow Jackets – Austin, TX @ Rock Of Ages Party w/ Black Tusk, Lecherous Gaze, Youth Code, Cerebral Ballzy, The Young
3/16/2014 3 Links – Dallas, TX @ Spillover Festival w/ Ty Segall, Dum Dum Girls, Deafheaven
3/18/2014 Trainyards – Las Cruces, NM w/ Cheap Disguise, Hypatia
3/19/2014 51 West – Tempe, AZ w/ Speech Impediment, Resinator

-About Heavy Metal’s “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1988” list is online at .

-Beneath’s ANTIDOTE is due out March 7, and the band will celebrate with an online release party that day from 11:00 a.m. – 23:00 p.m. CET, at . The album will stream in full during the party. In the meantime, check out the lyric video for the track “Vengeance I Breathe” at . ANTIDOTE track list: “Vengeance I Breathe,” “Reasons Undefined,” “Blissfully Numb,” “Harvest Of Mankind,” “Fear Vs. Hate,” “In The Shadow Of The Beast,” “Everything Ends,” “Killed In The Womb,” “The Antidote.” See and for more.

-The first single from the new Dio tribute album THIS IS YOUR LIFE, “Starstruck” by Motörhead featuring Biff Byford (Saxon), is streaming now at Yahoo! Music, at–mot%C3%B6rhead-and-saxon-s-biff-byford-team-up-to-honor-ronnie-james-dio-165904823.html . A “pre-release listening party” will be held on March 17 at the Avalon in Hollywood, coinciding with the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund’s third Annual Awards Gala. These awards will be presented at the gala: Rob Halford – “Man On The Silver Mountain Award,” Greg Fidelman (producer) – “Master Of The Moon Award,” Kevin Gore (President & CEO, Rhino Entertainment) – “Stand Up And Shout Award,” Larry Morand (Producer, Monsters Of Rock Cruise) – “Rainbow In The Dark Award,” Tim Carhart (Artist Relations Manager, ESP Guitars) – “King Of Rock And Roll Award.” There will also be performances of THIS IS YOUR LIFE tracks by Halestorm, Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy, Corey Taylor, Jason Christopher, Christian Martucci, Roy Mayorga, “and more surprise guests!” Tickets are available at . In related news, the Dio Disciples are hitting the road again as follows:

3/26 – The Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3/28 – State Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL
3/29 – 4/2 – Monsters Of Rock Cruise, Miami, FL

See and for more.

-Divebomb Records has a deal through March 6 where you can get free shipping when you buy all three of their latest reissues. The titles, and links to their streams, are as follows:

Grinder – DEAD END (Deluxe Edition) (DIVE052)

Sultan – CHECK & MATE (Deluxe Edition) (DIVE057)

Addictive – KICK ‘EM HARD (Rebooted Edition) (DIVE058)

Orders should be placed at . See and for more.

-The March 2014 issue of Mexico’s Heavy Riffs magazine features a cover story on guitarist Dave Reffett, plus interviews with Hell, Primal Fear, Metal Inquisitor, Local 9, Mandragora Negra, and Ebony Code. See for more.

-The second trailer for Tuomas Holopainen’s THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE is online now at . See for more.

-Kill Matilda’s #PUNK#ZOMBIE#ROCKNROLL EP and an accompanying comic are now available for free download at . The EP’s track list: “Pomegranate,” “I Want Revenge,” “Zombie Apocalypse,” “Law Abiding Citizen,” “PBJ,” “Geisha With A Switchblade” (acoustic). Hype from singer/guitarist Dusty Exner: “I am excited to announce that we will be providing a free download link for everyone along with a comic that I drew by hand to accompany the release. The comic book features 17 beautiful hand-drawn colored pieces of art, which is a lot of work for anyone but is a special challenge for me since this month I’ve had a long-awaited, much-anticipated, badly-needed formal diagnosis of ADHD.” See for more.

-Kill Ritual’s THE EYES OF MEDUSA is due April 4 through GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The title track is streaming now at and . See and for more.

-The Killer Dwarfs’ START @ ONE is out now. The release features songs originally intended for a 1993 album that was shelved. Track list: “Lonely Road,” “Solid Ground,” “Sky Is Falling,” “Adalina,” “Psycho Circus,” “Start @ One,” “Down In Hollywood,” “Walk On By,” “The Crowd.” Hype: “START @ ONE was supposed to be the Killer Dwarfs’ sixth album back in 1993, unfortunately, with the grunge movement gaining tremendous momentum and wiping out various labels’ interest in a lot of metal bands at that time, the disc never saw the light of day.” Check out clips of three songs and an album trailer at .

-Killwhitneydead’s new song “Replicate To Survive,” featuring guest vocalist Justin Reich (Vanisher), is streaming now at . SUFFER MY WRATH is due out March 31; pre-order at . See and for more.

-Another story on the Kiss Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction and lineup issue, from the L.A. Times’ music blog “Pop & Hiss,” is online now at,0,1800841.story . The April issue of Guitar World also has new interviews with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, plus “much more Kiss.”

-Messenger was awarded “Band Of The Day” on, and the page is also streaming the band’s new song “Midnight.” Check it out at . ILLUSORY BLUES is due out March 31 through Svart Records. See for more.

-Miracle Master’s video for “Highway To Heaven” is online now at . The clip was directed & produced by Germany’s MV Video Productions, and the song comes from TATTOOED WOMAN. The band will auction a custom, autographed Dean guitar at the March 15 release party for TATTOOED WOMAN, which takes place at Rock Cafe Kiss in Hechingen, Germany. Check out pictures of the guitar at , and see , , and for more.

-Mothership is set to hit the road in Europe with Wo Fat, starting in May. It will be the Texas band’s first trek through Europe, and there is an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to support the tour at . MOTHERSHIP II is due out soon through Ripple Music. See , , , and for more.

-The Geoff Tate version of Queensryche — featuring Tate, guitarists Kelly Gray and Robert Sarzo, bassist Rudy Sarzo, keyboardist Randy Gane, drummer Simon Wright, and backup singer Sass Jordan — continues the OPERATION:MINDCRIME 25th anniversary tour as follows:

3/8 – Peppermill Casino, Wendover, NV
3/11 – Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
3/12 – Palace Theatre, Syracuse, NY
3/13 – State Theatre, Falls Church, VA
3/14 – The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA
3/15 – Revel, Atlantic City, NJ
3/16 – Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
3/21 – Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO
3/22 – Sky Ute Casino Resort, Ignacio, CO
3/23 – Tricky Falls, El Paso, TX
3/26 – House Of Blues, New Orleans, LA
3/27 – House Of Blues, Dallas, TX
3/28 – Aztec Theater, San Antonio, TX
3/29 – House Of Blues, Houston, TX
3/30 – Brewster Street Ice House, Corpus Christi, TX
4/2 – House Of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
4/26 – Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, LA

Tate appeared on King 5 TV’s “New Day Northwest” to promote his “Rock & Vaudeville” show; check out his performance of The Kinks’ “Lola” and an interview at . See and for more.

-The fourth annual Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse is set for April 4-5 at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago. The Rock Club Stage (for ages 17+) will feature Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper (featuring a special appearance by guitarist Nick Bowcott on “several songs”), Riot V (featuring singer Todd Michael Hall, guitarists Mike Flyntz and Nick Lee, bassist Don Van Stavern, and drummer Frank Gilchriest — filling in for Bobby Jarzombek — carrying on the legacy of late Riot main man Mark Reale), Picture, Axxion, Crowhaven, Black Death Resurrected, Argus, Voltax, Amulance, Idolatry, Visigoth, Witches Mark, Night Demon, and Axemaster. The Music Joint Stage (for ages 21+) will feature Skull Hammer, Possessor, Seax, Midnite Hellion, Iron Will, Dogbane, Power Theory, Lady Beast, Dark Design, Eternal Champion, Skeptor, and Spare Change. See and for more.

-The second annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert, set for March 26 at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, CA, has added Steve Stevens to the lineup. See for more on tickets, and for more on Rock Against MS.

-The Socks’ new track, “Electric War,” is streaming now at Heavy Planet, at . Hype from the band: “This is the ‘speed rock’ song of the album. Deep Purple is one of our major influences and when we wrote ‘Electric War’ we were really thinking about songs like ‘Speed King’ or ‘Fireball.'” THE SOCKS is due out this spring through Small Stone. See and for more.

-The second single from Sonata Arctica’s PARIAH’S CHILD, “Cloud Factory,” can be ordered through Nuclear Blast MP3 ( ), iTunes ( ), and Amazon MP3 ( ). Check out the lyric video at . Hype from singer/keyboardist Tony Kakko: “It has some kind of an ear-worm factor. It’s not a bad thing to have in a single. A story about how dad already sees his young son going to work in the same factory he still goes and where his dad and dad’s dad went before him, and how that pleasantly vicious circle never ends.” PARIAH’S CHILD is due out March 28 through Nuclear Blast. See for more.

-Tankard’s third studio report on the making of R.I.B., featuring manager Buffo and singer Gerre “explain the recording progress,” is online now at . See for more.

-U.D.O. has signed a long-term contract — calling for three albums and three DVDs — with AFM Records. Udo Dirkschneider stated, “We feel very comfortable with AFM Records and we appreciate the good vibes. The mutual understanding is perfect and our individual wishes and ideas are respected and converted. This is obviously hard to find in the music business nowadays.”

-There’s a new Adrian Vandenberg interview at Metal Express Radio, at . See for more.

-The title track from Volume IV’s upcoming LONG IN THE TOOTH, due March in North America on Ripple Music, is online now at the southern metal blog The Great Southern Brainfart, at . Hype from the blog: “Atlanta metal power trio Volume IV is a band that I have been raving about ever since hearing them for the first time a couple of years ago. Their live shows are monumental displays of dedication, love, and passion for all things metal. Seeing Volume IV live is a truly moving and powerful experience and while the band teased us with their four-song EP last year, it just wasn’t enough. We wanted more. I wanted more. Well, it seems that our prayers and demands will be met on March 11th when Volume IV releases their full-length debut album LONG IN THE TOOTH.” The band consists of Joe Carpenter on guitar and vocals, Blake Parris on bass, and Troy King on drums. See and for more.

-Wacken Metal Battle Canada has a new 81-track compilation available for free download at . The comp features Canadian bands competing in this year’s battle, for a chance to plat at the Wacken Open Air. See and for more.

-White Dynomite — Boston’s “punk soul explosion” — has signed with Ripple Music, which will re-release the band’s debut album this spring. Hype: “Pressed on white vinyl and including extra tracks, this dose of motor-punk soul will be an instant must-have for music fans who like it hard, fast-n-loud.” Guitarist Jay Fortin (Scissorfight) was recently announced as a new addition to the band. See for more.

Thanks to Marjo Verdooren, Dave Lifton, Steve Appleford, Chad Bowar, Michelle Renee, Mick Burgess, Richard Bienstock, Matthew Rudzinski, Axel Wiesenauer/Rock’N’Growl, Music Buy Mail, Southern Cross PR, and Online Metal Promo for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus Issue #662

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Issue #662
Week of February 24, 2014

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-R.I.P. Harold Ramis. Talk about a brilliant entertainer… – Tim

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-Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Statement From Kiss

[Note: This is from – Tim]

To All Our Fans In Regards To The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

Out of respect, Ace and Peter’s recent statements demand a quick response to you, our fans.

Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of Kiss and give credit to all members including long time present members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, and additionally Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr all who have made this band what it is, regardless of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s point of view.

Although Kiss has moved forward far longer without them, Ace and Peter are at the very foundation of what we have built and this would all be impossible had they not been a part of it in the beginning.

It is over 13 years since the original lineup has played together in make-up and we believe the memory of those times would not be enhanced. Contrary to claims made through the media we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter.

We have spent 40 years dedicated to building Kiss without quitting or wavering as the band has moved forward with huge tours and platinum albums through different important lineups for forty years, to this day.

Kiss has always been a band unlike any other. That is why we started Kiss. That is why we continue Kiss. Being unlike other bands also means making choices and decisions unlike other bands.

This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.

To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any lineup and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

We are excited and are looking forward to seeing you all on the Kiss 40th Anniversary worldwide tour.

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-Manowar’s KINGS OF METAL MMXIV Silver Edition CD Will Now Be Released On March 21, 2014

[Note: This is from – Tim]

The KINGS OF METAL MMXIV Silver Edition CD, featuring two discs and two 24-page booklets will now be released in retail and in Manowar’s own online stores, and , on March 21, 2014. Both online stores will also offer exclusive Power Packages, containing the CD and brand new merchandise, not available anywhere else and only for a short time. The digital album is already available on iTunes and on Google Play worldwide.

“The KINGS OF METAL MMXIV Silver Edition CD is a limited edition. It is important to us that every Manowar fan that has decided to own this collector’s item at the time of its release has a chance to find it in the store of their choice. Due to strong pre-orders we have increased our initial order and we decided to change the release date, so that all stores get the music at the same time, and every fan has a fair chance to get one of these limited edition CDs,” said a label representative.

Manowar’s KINGS OF METAL MMXIV is a completely new recording, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their iconic 1988 album KINGS OF METAL and their following world tour.

While staying true to the 1988 version, KINGS OF METAL MMXIV captures the listener with new arrangements and other new elements, and with stellar vocal performances by Eric Adams, powerful drums by Donnie Hamzik, a searing new guitar sound by virtuoso Karl Logan, and a new record-breaking performance of the bass solo “The Sting Of The Bumblebee MMXIV,” played at 300 beats per minute by Joey DeMaio.

“This is an entirely new recording as far as the music goes,” explained bassist and producer Joey DeMaio about the album. “Everything has been newly recorded. A tremendous amount of work and effort has gone into this new album, on all levels, and you will hear this when you listen to it.”

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

“We started talking about the 25th anniversary of the album’s release, and how it could be done in a very special way. We love these songs as much as our fans do. So we started discussing the idea of a new recording which would allow for a fresh and massive sound, and added new elements,” explained Joey DeMaio. “And then the idea of the anniversary tour was born, to celebrate this album in an appropriate way. Live, with our fans!” he added. “We have pushed man and machine to the maximum to honor the original recordings and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Everything sounds bigger, for once due to the ability to cram more sound onto a record than we could in the past. Because technology has gotten better; as well as the equipment we are using, from the guitar strings and the guitar pickups to pre-amps, to the microphones and the recording process. Technology has progressed so much! The result is massive!” commented DeMaio.

With “Hail And Kill MMXIV” and the title track “Kings Of Metal MMXIV,” the album starts with the power and might synonymous to metal fans all over the world with the name Manowar.

The power ballad “The Heart Of Steel MMXIV” is featured in three different versions: Acoustic Intro, Guitar Instrumental, and Orchestral Intro Version, the last two being bonus tracks. “Thy Kingdom Come MMXIV” is, in the best sense, inspiring.

For the spoken word track “A Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV,” Manowar joined forces with celebrated British actor Brian Blessed, a renowned Shakespeare and character actor who has starred in, among others, Kenneth Brannagh’s “Henry V,” Oliver Stone’s “Alexander,” and as Prince Vultan in the cult movie “Flash Gordon.” Not only an actor and adventurer, Blessed was also awarded the “Spirit of Hammer Award” for his contributions to heavy metal. For the sound design on the track, the band recruited Hamilton Sterling, a Hollywood veteran who has contributed to numerous action blockbusters including “Batman – The Dark Knight,” “War Of The Worlds,” and “Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World,” two of which won Oscars® for Best Sound Editing.

“Thy Crown And Thy Ring MMXIV,” Manowar’s signature concert outro, is majestic both as Orchestral Version and as Metal Version (featured as bonus track), while “The Blood Of The Kings MMXIV,” now with additional new lyrics, is a salute to all countries that Manowar has performed in to this day. The tracks are further highlights on an album that bursts with energy and might.

“On Wheels Of Fire MMXIV” concludes the main album’s tracks in the most forceful and propulsive way possible.

Fantasy artist and longtime collaborator Ken Kelly contributed two new cover paintings that feature, as a continuation of his 1988 works, the flags of all countries that Manowar have performed in to this date, or are confirmed to visit during their current world tour.

The KINGS OF METAL MMXIV Silver Edition, that Break Out Magazine in Germany calls “a new masterpiece,” features nine main and nine bonus tracks with a total running time of 88 minutes.

“KINGS OF METAL MMXIV, the album and the tour, will be a completely new experience, even for fans that have celebrated our shows and listened to these songs many times before,” promised Joey DeMaio. “Get ready to get your heads blown off!”

Manowar’s new world tour, featuring the performance of the new KINGS OF METAL MMXIV album in full and many other classics in a new multi-media stage show, started on February 8, 2014 with a long-anticipated US tour and will resume on March 18 in Europe.


Disc 1:

Hail And Kill MMXIV
Kings Of Metal MMXIV
The Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Acoustic Intro Version)
A Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV
The Blood Of The Kings MMXIV
Thy Kingdom Come MMXIV
The Sting Of The Bumblebee MMXIV
Thy Crown And Thy Ring MMXIV (Orchestral Version)
On Wheels Of Fire MMXIV

Bonus Disc 1:

Thy Crown and Thy Ring MMXIV (Metal Version)
The Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Guitar Instrumental)

Disc 2:

Hail And Kill MMXIV (Instrumental)
Kings Of Metal MMXIV (Instrumental)
The Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Orchestral Intro Version – Instrumental)
The Blood Of The Kings MMXIV (Instrumental)
Thy Kingdom Come MMXIV (Instrumental)
Thy Crown and Thy Ring MMXIV (Orchestral Version – Instrumental)
On Wheels of Fire MMXIV (Instrumental)

Kings Of Metal MMXIV Trailer:

Kings Of Metal MMXIV World Tour – Confirmed Tour Dates:

Tue, March 18, 2014 – Olymp Palace of Sports – Krasnodar, Russia
Fri, March 21, 2014 – Luzhniki Palace of Sports – Moscow, Russia
Sun, March 23, 2014 – Yubileyny Sports Palace – St. Petersburg, Russia
Tue, March 25, 2014 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
Thu, March 27, 2014 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
Sat, March 29, 2014 – Teatro Arena – Vilnius, Lithuania
Sat, May 17, 2014 – Spodek – Katowice, Poland
Wed, May 21, 2014 – Hangar 11 – Tel Aviv, Israel
Sat, May 24, 2014 – Metal Summer Festival – Istanbul, Turkey
Fri-Sun, June 13-15, 2014 – Legacy Open Air – Weismain, Germany
Fri-Sat, July 25-26, 2014 – Magic Circle Festival – Helsinki, Finland
Wed, November 12, 2014 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA, USA
Sat, November 15, 2014 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL, USA
Sun, November 16, 2014 – Royal Oak Theatre – Royal Oak, MI, USA
Wed, January 14, 2015 – Grugahalle – Essen, Germany
Fri, January 16, 2015 – Zenith – Munich, Germany
Sat, January 17, 2015 – Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany

More info and constant updates:

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-Gamma Ray: Power Metal Icons Unleash New Lyric Video Via Revolver; EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD To Drop This Spring

The perpetrators at Revolver are pleased to premiere the lyric video for “Hellbent,” from German power metal icons, Gamma Ray. The new tune comes by way of the band’s long-anticipated new full-length, EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD, set for release this Spring.

A record that almost wasn’t, EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD was composed throughout 2013 with Eike Freese (Dark Age) at the mixing desk alongside bassist/co-writer, Dirk Schlächter, and was nearing completion before Hammer Studios, their home, rehearsal space, and meeting point for many metal bands throughout Germany, had burned down leaving much of its contents in ruins. Fortunately, the EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD masters managed to make it through unscathed. “If this could not stop us, nothing ever will,” joked light-hearted Gamma Ray vocalist Kai Hansen, adding that, “We got rid of a lot of sh*t that we gathered there. Unfortunately, a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look towards the future, we saved the production and we can continue now in this new place.”

Sample triumphant new teaser track, “Hellbent,” now playing at:

EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD will be released in North America on CD, LP, and digitally via Armoury Records in conjunction with earMusic on April 15, 2014.

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-Edguy: SPACE POLICE – DEFENDERS OF THE CROWN — More Details Revealed!

On April 18th the new Edguy album SPACE POLICE – DEFENDERS OF THE CROWN will be released worldwide.

Besides the regular CD edition the album will also be available as a limited digi-book edition containing two CDs.

Also available will be a strictly limited hard-cover Earbook collectors’ edition (28.5×28.5cm) containing the two discs, a photographic history with more than 130 photos from the band’s archive, liner notes, touring history, etc. More details will be revealed soon.

The track list of the album reads as follows:

1. Sabre & Torch
2. Space Police
3. Defenders Of The Crown
4. Love Tyger
5. The Realms Of Baba Yaga
6. Rock Me Amadeus
7. Do Me Like A Cavemen
8. Shadow Eaters
9. Alone In Myself
10. The Eternal Wayfarer

Bonus disc track list:

1. England
2. Aychim In Hysteria
3. Space Police (progressive version)
4. Space Police (instrumental version)
5. Love Tyger (instrumental version)
6. Defenders Of The Crown (instrumental version)
7. Do Me Like A Caveman (instrumental version)

Pre-order here:

The limited edition will come with a special collector’s artwork.

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-Death Dealer Has Been Officially Confirmed As The Opening Act For The 2014 Metal All Stars European Tour

Fresh off their critically acclaimed debut release WAR MASTER, Death Dealer will bring their high powered brand of heavy metal to Europe for the first time ever.

The band features legendary guitarist Ross The Boss (ex-Manowar), bassist Mike Davis (Halford, ex-Lizzy Borden), drummer Steve Bolognese (ex-Into Eternity), guitarist / producer Stu Marshall (Empires Of Eden), and vocalist Sean Peck (Cage).

Ross The Boss, who will also be featured as a guitarist with the Metal All Stars show, expressed his excitement, “I can’t wait to unleash this band upon the metal masses! Get there early, it is going to be an unforgettable night of music!”

Metal All Stars lineup:

Vince Neil (Motley Crue)
Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down)
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., ex-Accept)
Cronos (Venom)
Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly)
Brian Fair (Shadows Fall)
Ross The Boss (ex-Manowar)
Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne)
Nick Menza (ex-Megadeth)
Jasin Todd (ex-Shinedown)
Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall)
Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus)
Jon Donais (Shadows Fall)
Jesse Billson (Heaven Below, Level Zero)
Aaron Rossi (Ministry, Prong)
Bones Elias (Rock Of Ages)

Tour dates:

March 23 – Sofia, Bulgaria, Arena Armeec
March 24 – Bucharest, Romania, Romexpo
March 29 – Istanbul, Turkey
April 1 – Minsk, Belarus, Palace Of Sport
April 3 – Stockholm, Sweden, Hovet
April 5 – Riga, Latvia, Arena Riga
April 6 – Helsinki, Finland, Hartwall Arena
April 8 – St. Petersburg, Russia, Sport Hall Yubileiniy
April 9 – Moscow, Russia, Moscow Arena

Special Guest Vince Neil of Motley Crue appears on all dates except March 23, 24 & April 1.

Official websites:

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-Sabaton: Final Artworks And Track List Of HEROES Revealed!

On the 16th of May, Swedish Heavy Metal band Sabaton will release the follow-up to their successful CAROLUS REX record, which will be called HEROES.

HEROES was recorded at Abyss Studio, along with producer Peter Tägtgren (Amorphis, Children Of Bodom, and more), with whom Sabaton already worked on CAROLUS REX.

The track list of HEROES will be like this:

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

Besides the stand version jewel case CD, there will be vinyl (different colors), a limited edition digi-pak (two bonus tracks), limited Earbook (incl. five bonus tracks), and the digital download (incl. one bonus track).

Catch Sabaton live in 2014 on the following dates; more dates to be added:

04.04. USA Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
05.04. USA Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
06.04. USA Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
07.04. USA Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09.04. USA Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
10.04. USA Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
11.04. USA Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
12.04. USA Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
14.04. CND Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
15.04. CND Quebec City, QC – Imperial Theater
16.04. CND Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
17.04. USA Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
18.04. USA New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
19.04. USA Worcester, MA – The Palladium
21.04. USA West Springfield, VA – Empire
23.04. USA Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
24.04. USA Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
25.04. USA Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
26.04. USA St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
28.04. USA Houston, TX – Scout Bar
29.04. USA Dallas, TX – Trees
01.05. USA Tempe, AZ – Club Red
02.05. USA West Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
03.05. USA San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
05.05. USA Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
06.05. USA Seattle, WA – El Corazon
07.05. CND Vancouver, BC – The Venue
09.05. CND Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
10.05. CND Calgary, AB – Republik
11.05. CND Regina, SK – Riddell Centre
12.05. CND Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
14.05. USA Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
15.05. USA Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
16.05. USA Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom

31.05. NL Nijmegen – Fortarock
13.06. CH Interlaken – Greenfield Festival
19.06. D Loreley – Metalfest
21.06. NO Halden – Fredrikstens Fästning
26.06. SK Piestany – Topfest
27.06. BE Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
10.07. D Ballenstedt – Rock Harz
11.07. CZ Vizovice – Masters Of Rock Tickets
12.07. HU Pecs – Rockmaraton
25.07. SLO Tolmin – Metaldays

31.07. SE Stenungsund – Nösnäsvallen
01.08. AT Graz – Seerock
02.08. SE Varberg – Fästningshörnan
07.08. SE Borgholm – Borgholms Slottsruin
08.08. SE Ronneby – Brunnsparken
09.08. SE Trelleborg – Östervång
16.08. SE Falun – Sabaton Open Air
21.08. SE Uppsala – Vaksala Torg
22.08. SE Norrköping – Folkets Park / Borgen
23.08. SE Karlstad – Mariebergsparken

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-Epica: THE QUANTUM ENIGMA Details Revealed!

Dutch symphonic metallers Epica will release their sixth studio effort THE QUANTUM ENIGMA on May 2nd (Europe), May 5th (UK), and May 13th (USA) through Nuclear Blast.

Where the 2013 RETROSPECT performance reflected on a decade as one of the leading bands in the symphonic metal scene, the upcoming sixth studio album THE QUANTUM ENIGMA marks the beginning of a new Epica: modern, heavy, and without compromises.

“More than any of our previous albums, this album is a group effort. The only goal we had in mind: creating the album that could lift Epica up to the next level.”

Together with upcoming producer Joost van den Broek, the sextet worked on THE QUANTUM ENIGMA at the Sandlane Recording Facilities in the Netherlands. The album has been mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Hatesphere).

“Every detail finds its way into a perfectly balanced mix, and makes Epica sound raw and overwhelming.”

The album will be released in five different configurations:
1. regular Jewel Case
2. 2CD Digi-pak
3. 3CD Earbook
4. double Vinyl
5. Digital Download

THE QUANTUM ENIGMA track listing:
1. Originem
2. The Second Stone
3. The Essence Of Silence
4. Victims Of Contingency
5. Sense Without Sanity [The Impervious Code]
6. Unchain Utopia
7. The Fifth Guardian [Interlude]
8. Chemical Insomnia
9. Reverence [Living In The Heart]
10. Omen [The Ghoulish Malady]
11. Canvas Of Life
12. Natural Corruption
13. The Quantum Enigma [Kingdom Of Heaven part II]

Digi-pak additional track: “In All Conscience”
Earbook additional track: “Dreamscape”
Vinyl additional track: “Memento”
iTunes additional track: “Banish Your Illusion”

Disc 2 (Digi-pak and Earbook only):
1. Canvas Of Life [acoustic version]
2. In All Conscience [acoustic version]
3. Dreamscape [acoustic version]
4. Natural Corruption [acoustic version]

Disc 3 (Earbook Only):
1. Originem [instrumental]
2. The Second Stone [instrumental]
3. The Essence Of Silence [instrumental]
4. Victims Of Contingency [instrumental]
5. Sense Without Sanity [instrumental]
6. Unchain Utopia [instrumental]
7. The Fifth Guardian [instrumental]
8. Chemical Insomnia [instrumental]
9. Reverence [instrumental]
10. Omen [instrumental]
11. Canvas Of Life [instrumental]
12. Natural Corruption [instrumental]
13. The Quantum Enigma [instrumental]

Longtime collaborator Stephan Heilemann once again created some stunning artwork to accompany the ideas behind the lyrics. Once you’ll be able to lay hands on the album artwork, you’ll see that the cover is part of a bigger picture.

The band will return to the stage after almost a year of absence during which they focused on recording the career-defining THE QUANTUM ENIGMA. Epica’s first performance will be the album release show on April 30th in the 013, Tilburg in their home country The Netherlands.

Check out Epica live on the following dates:

30.04. NL Tilburg – 013
04.05. TR Istanbul – Headbanger’s Weekend
14.06. AT Nickelsdorf – Novarock
10.07. CZ Vizovice – Masters of Rock
12.07. PL Wegorzewo – Seven Festival
08.08. P Vagos – Vagos Open Air

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-Ian Anderson’s HOMO ERRATICUS Due April 15 In North America

Look Out For US Fall Tour, Dates TBA

Legendary prog pioneer Ian Anderson will be releasing a new studio album HOMO ERRATICUS on April 15 on his own Calliandra Records, distributed by Kscope. The album continues with the story of Anderson’s favorite enfant terrible Gerald Bostock.

Ian and his band (guitarist Florian Opahle, bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O’Hara, and drummer Scott Hammond, and singer Ryan O’Donnell) will be touring the United States this September through November.

In 1972 Ian’s band Jethro Tull released the iconic concept album THICK AS A BRICK, based on a poem by the then eight-year-old Gerald Bostock in 2012. As many fans wondered what might have befallen the character, Ian Anderson decided to explore the different paths Gerald’s life might have taken in his 2012 album, THICK AS A BRICK 2.

Following a 40-year political career, Gerald Bostock reunited with Anderson taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows. HOMO ERRATICUS marks Gerald’s return to songwriting, and is based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1865-1928).

In “Homo Erraticus,” Parritt examines key events of British history with a string of prophecies stretching to the current day and the future. Visions of past lives caused by the delirium of malaria generate the characters through whose eyes the stories are told, including a nomadic Neolithic settler, an iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, a turnpike innkeeper, and even Prince Albert.

The album release will be followed by an extensive UK tour, where HOMO ERRATICUS will be performed in its entirety followed by a selection of Tull classics updated with video and theatrics.

Ian Anderson recently won The Prog God Award from Prog Magazine, celebrating the innovators of rock who have inspired generations and carved a way for others to be at their creative best. There is no one who has pushed the boundaries more than Ian Anderson, who to this day remains immersed in his love for the music.

Fronting seminal Prog outfit Jethro Tull and performing simply under his own name, Ian Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years; he is widely considered an icon of the genre and is recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music. With over 60 million albums sold in its career, Tull has been characterized by Anderson’s trademark acoustic textures created with ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments. In many recent shows, Anderson has played with orchestras, string quartets, and featured soloists. His eclectic acoustic performances are also a hit with fans of the progressive genre.

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-E-Force Unveil Cover Artwork, Track List

French Heavy/Thrash metallers E-Force will release their third album, THE CURSE… on April 11th via Mausoleum Records. E-Force have been labelled monsters of Thrash, and they are, but Eric Forrest’s (ex-Voivod) wide array of musical influences, interesting lyrics, and vocal capabilities set them apart from the pack and ensure that this band is very original.

Track listing:

1. Invitation
2. Perverse Media
3. Witch Wrk
4. Serpent’s Kiss
5. Awakened
6. Psyclone
7. Devoured
8. Mass Deception
9. Your Beloved Hate
10. Infexxxous
11. The Curse Of The Cunt


Besides Eric the current E-Force lineup features the return of KROF on drums; a member of the 2005 European touring lineup, and introduces XAV on guitar. THE CURSE… is a concept album that is based on a powerful collection of songs describing the power and temptation of, and obsession with, the female race.

E-Force are:

Eric Forrest – Vocals, Bass (ex-Voivod)
KROF – Drums
XAV – Guitars

Special guests on the album:

Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond, & Eidolon)
Kristian Niemann (Therion)
Vincent Agar (Yotangor)

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

E-Force released their debut album EVIL FORCEs (recorded by Pierre Remillard known for his work with Cryptopsy, Gorguts, etc.), to widespread critical acclaim in October 2003. Following the release of EVIL FORCES, Forrest relocated to Toulouse in France which obviously resulted in a lineup change. In February of 2008, E-Force finally released their follow-up album, MODIFIED POISON. The album further expanded the sound and intensity of the band, impressing both fans and critics alike.

Throughout their 10-year history E-Force has released only two albums, albeit prominent ones, but nevertheless managed to perform in 18 different countries since the band’s inception, appearing at some of the most prominent festivals of the musical genre, such as: the Six Pack Weekend Festival in Cleveland, Ohio in June 2004 (with, among others Doro, Metal Church, and Dismember), and twice at the Raismes Festival in France, in 2004 (with Angra, Rage, Primal Fear) and 2008. In the winter of 2005, they invaded a dozen countries across Europe, on a successful tour with Carpathian Forest, Tsjuder, and Wykked Witch, playing more festivals the following years, including Brutal Assault (Czech Republic) 2007, Ost Mountainfest (Romania) 2011, and the Metalfest Open Air (Hungary) 2011.

For current tour dates check .

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-Divebomb Records: Dead On’s Michael Raptis Passes Away (R.I.P.)

We at Divebomb Records are saddened to report that Dead On vocalist, Michael Raptis, passed away on February 12th. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and band mates in this difficult time.

The band wanted to share this statement with all the fans of Dead On and fellow metal brethren throughout the world.

“Michael Kenneth Raptis January 1969 to February 2014

“The passing of Mike Raptis has deeply saddened us all. Mike was always a live wire, and souls that burn that brightly usually do not remain in this plane for too long. Even though Dead On had disbanded years ago, and several members have not had much contact with one another over that time, we will always be band mates, eternally locked in time and place. There is a brotherhood that is borne from those moments in time that is timeless. We wish Mike’s family peace during their most difficult time now, and in the days to come. R.I.P. the Reaper… you will be missed.”

Dead On – s/t (Deluxe Edition)

Originally released in 1989
Reissued on CD by Divebomb Records

Divebomb Records Website

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-Furyon To Tour UK With Mordred This Summer

British rockers Furyon are hitting the UK/EU to tour this Summer with Funk/Metal/Thrash legends Mordred.

Tour dates below:

Aug 22 Dublin, The Voodoo
Aug 23 Belfast, The Limelight2
Aug 25 London, O2 Academy
Aug 26 Birmingham, O2 Academy
Aug 27 Glasgow, O2 Academy
Aug 28 Newcastle, O2 Academy
Aug 29 Sheffield, O2 Academy
Aug 30 Liverpool, O2 Academy
Aug 31 Bristol, O2 Academy
Sep 01 Brighton, Concorde 2

For tickets and further infos visit or .

More European dates will be announced soon.

Of the back of debut album GRAVITAS the band are going from strength to strength. With Album #2 being written and to record now, once again to be engineered and produced by US producer Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy) and his team. Furyon looks to release their second beast later 2014.

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

What’s to be expected is more of the same explosive guitar riffs and solos in well-crafted song form. Expressive vocal delivery and melodies to scream along to. A possibly darker album still with progressive elements and a grungy edge. The album aims to be a 10-song album with additions (acoustic tracks and videos). Furyon are extremely excited and looking forward to sharing the outcome of this venture with the World.

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

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-Hessler Debuts New Female Vocalist And Video

Chicago, Illinois heavy metal band Hessler would like to welcome their new singer, Jessikill.

Following former vocalist Lariyah Daniels’ departure, she was the perfect fit for the music and personality of the band.

Jessikill, a native of San Antonio, Texas is a classically trained vocalist and appeared on the national “X-Factor” television show in 2012, where she received critical acclaim from the panel of judges which included show creator Simon Cowell, international superstar Britney Spears, Disney recording artist Demi Lovato, and record industry mogul L.A. Reid.

The band began rehearsals in late January 2014 and entered the studio on February 1st. They recorded three songs for an upcoming Maxi-single to be released in late March, which will be followed by the March Metal Madness midwest / east coast US tour.

The band’s new music video for the single “Never Lost My Way” was released on February 21, 2014 and is the first recording with Jessikill.

Hessler – “Never Lost My Way” video

Hessler is currently working on more new material and planning for extensive domestic and international touring throughout 2014.

Hessler have performed at SXSW and Rocklahoma in 2012 and 2013, Summerfest in 2012, and shared the stage with Slash, Buckcherry, All That Remains, Steel Panther, W.A.S.P., Sebastian Bach, Ratt, Mushroomhead, UFO, Cinderella, Loudness, Doro Pesch, U.D.O., Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), Sister Sin, Crashdiet, Otep, Butcher Babies, Wednesday 13, The Last Vegas, Vampires Everywhere, and many more.

Tour dates:

March Metal Madness:
3/20/2014 Chicago, IL – (1st CD release show)
3/21/2014 Janesville, WI – with Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel
3/22/2014 Minneapolis, MN – with Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel
3/24/2014 Fort Wayne, IN
3/25/2014 Pittsburgh, PA
3/26/2014 Philadelphia, PA
3/27/2014 NYC, NY
3/28/2014 Pennellville, NY
3/29/2014 Cleveland, OH

Jessikill – Lead Vocals
Igz Kincaid – Lead & Rhythm Guitars & Vocals
Frankie Sripada – Lead & Rhythm Guitars & Vocals
Erik Michael – Bass Guitars & Vocals
Derek Spiteri – Drums

Official websites:

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-Existance Unveil Cover Artwork, Track List, Release Date

French heavy metallers Existance will release their first full-length album, STEEL ALIVE, on April 25th via Mausoleum Records. Existance entered the studio in late 2013 to record their debut full-length album entitled STEEL ALIVE. The result: “One hell of an ass-kicking album that proves true metal is.”

Track listing:

1. Legends Never Die
2. Black Viper
3. The Siren
4. Dead Or Alive
5. Slaughter
6. Burning Angel
7. Steel Alive
8. Get Away
9. Prisoner
10. Close To The End
11. From Hell

Recorded and mixed at Boss Hog Studios in Ham en Artois, France. Mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Anvil, Dokken, Halford, Malmsteen, Sepultura) in Los Angeles, USA.


Existance are:

Julian Izard – Lead Vocals, Guitars
Antoine Poiret – Guitars & Vocals
Thomas Drouin – Bass & Vocals
Alexandre Revillon – Drums

Existance was founded in 2008 by Julian Izard (lead vocals & guitars) and Tom Drouin (bass), who shared a common goal of keeping the musical spirit of the ’80s Heavy Metal alive. If the last name Izard sounds familiar to the historians among you… well the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree — like father like son, Julian Izard is the son of Didier Izard, who was the vocalist with French speed metal band, H-Bomb, which regardless of featuring French language lyrics, and in spite of only being active from 1983-1986, left a serious footprint on the European Heavy Metal scene of the ’80s. Officially only releasing one EP, COUP DE MÉTAL and one album ATTAQUE, the numerous bootleg albums available today bear testimony to their status and influence on a next generation of bands, including Izard junior’s Existance.

By 2009 the Existance lineup completed, the band started out rehearsing and playing covers of such Hard Rock anthems like “Dallas 1 PM” (Saxon) and “Cold Sweat” (Thin Lizzy), refining their chops and become a lean and mean hard rocking machine. Not long after they began to write their own songs.

In 2010 Existance released the obligatory demo. Four tracks were recorded, which enabled them to play a substantial amount of concerts across France with forays into Belgium and the Netherlands. They were also invited to perform at numerous festivals such as: the Paris Metal France Festival IV (PMFF IV), the Isaria Festival, Vouziers Festival (#21), twice at the Zicophonies Festival (#15 and #16), Long Live Metal Festival (edition #5), and Rock ‘N’ Metal Convention (#14).

In 2011, the band returned to the studio and produced another eight tracks. The German label High Roller Records released the second set of recordings in April 2012, both on compact disc and vinyl, distributed worldwide via Soulfood. Thanks to the release being well received by the international media, Existance could now count on a truly international fan base.

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-Divebomb Records: New Releases From Grinder, Sultan, & Addictive Due Out March 11

Grinder – DEAD END Dead End (Deluxe Edition) CD

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

DEAD END has been out of print for nearly 20 years and was originally fetching high dollar collector prices online until bootleg copies began to circulate within the European market. Divebomb Records and the members of Grinder have partnered up to take on these illegal activities directly by issuing a band-approved deluxe edition reissue. We hope that we can take the music back and support the artists that created it rather than support those simply repressing “knock off” copies for a quick buck. As always, we are fans doing this for the fans.

Flotsam And Jetsam, Realm, Metallica, Sacred Reich, Mordred

+ 9 bonus tracks
+ Band supplied archival photos/show flyers (16-page booklet)
+ Brand new band interview
+ Restored original art by Andreas Marschall (Blind Guardian, Sodom, Kreator)
+ Produced by Kalle Trapp (Blind Guardian, Destruction, Kreator, Drifter, Paradox)
+ First time on CD in North America
+ Out of print nearly 20 years
+ Limited edition
+ New mastering by Jamie King
+ Layout/Restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic, Solstice)

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

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

Sultan – CHECK & MATE (Deluxe Edition) CD

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

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

CHECK & MATE has been out of print for nearly 20 years and was originally fetching high dollar collector prices online until bootleg copies began to circulate within the European market. Divebomb Records and the members of Sultan have partnered up to take on these illegal activities directly by issuing a band-approved deluxe edition reissue. We hope that we can take the music back and support the artists that created it rather than support those simply repressing “knock off” copies for a quick buck. As always, we are fans doing this for the fans.

Leatherwolf, Riot, Fifth Angel, Omen

+ 2 bonus tracks from first 45rpm single (1986)
+ Archival band photos (eight-page booklet)
+ Brand new interview with drummer/founding member Fabian Ranzoni
+ Out of print nearly 20 years
+ Limited edition
+ New mastering by Jamie King
+ Layout/Restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic, Solstice)

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

BONUS TRACKS – “Rebel Fire” 7″ Single
11. Rebel Clever
12. Power Of Fire

Addictive – KICK ‘EM HARD (Rebooted Edition) 2xCD

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

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

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

Metallica, Megadeth, Mortal Sin, Sodom, Kreator, Testament

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

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

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

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

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

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-Pilgrim: Rhode Island Doom Bringers To Release Sophomore Full-Length; New Track Streaming + Live Takeovers Confirmed

Wizards and warriors, rejoice, for the chosen ones have returned! Since the early 2012 unveiling of their debut sonic behemoth, MISERY WIZARD, fans and critics alike have patiently yet anxiously awaited the second chapter from Rhode Island doom bringers, Pilgrim. Welcome II: VOID WORSHIP.

Wielding eight new epic tracks laden with tales of swords and sorcery, death, doom, and destruction, II: VOID WORSHIP was recorded at Moonlight Mile Recording by audio architect Mike Moebius and supplies an extraordinary quality of tone and heaviness. With II: VOID WORSHIP, Pilgrim takes a new approach to their songwriting, replacing meditated, repetitive hypnosis-inducing dirges with more calculated and demented power-house riffs. They build, shape, and climb into frenzied climaxes and fade into sweet sonic releases, molding perfectly crafted rock songs into twisting spires of evil doom metal masterpieces. It is obvious that Pilgrim has matured, both musically and as individuals, in their past two years of global conquest.

Feel the gargantuan crush of third hymn, “The Paladin,” now streaming at .

II: VOID WORSHIP track listing:
1. Intro
2. Master’s Chamber
3. The Paladin
4. Arcane Sanctum
5. In The Process Of Evil
6. Void Of Worship
7. Dwarven March
8. Away From Here

In related Pilgrim news, the band will bring their epic earth-rumblings to the stage next month supporting reunited stoner rock icons, Spirit Caravan. Slated to commence on March 7th in Baltimore, Maryland, the trek will rupture nearly two dozen cities and include a performance at this year’s edition of SXSW. See confirmed dates below.

Pilgrim w/ Spirit Caravan:
3/07/2014 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
3/08/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
3/09/2014 Chop Shop – Charlotte, NC
3/10/2014 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
3/15/2014 SXSW – Austin, TX
3/17/2014 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
3/18/2014 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
3/19/2014 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
3/21/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
3/22/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/24/2014 The Shredder – Boise, ID
3/25/2014 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
3/27/2014 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
3/29/2014 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
3/30/2014 Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI
3/31/2014 The Fifth Quarter – Indianapolis, IN
4/01/2014 Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
4/02/2014 Rock Island Brewing – Rock Island, IL
4/03/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
4/04/2014 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
4/05/2014 V Club – Huntington, WV
4/06/2014 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
4/08/2014 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
4/09/2014 Skully’s – Columbus ,OH
4/12/2014 31st St Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
4/13/2014 Empire – Springfield, VA
4/14/2014 AS220 – Providence, RI
4/15/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn NY

II: VOID WORSHIP is scheduled for release on April 1, 2014 in North America, and on March 28/31 in Europe/UK via Metal Blade Records. Special preorder packages, including vinyl, are currently available at .

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-Canadian Prog Rockers Druckfarben To Release SECOND SOUND CD

TORONTO, CANADA — Canadian progressive rock band Druckfarben will release their sophomore album, SECOND SOUND, worldwide on March 22. The record will be available in CD form from their website ( ) and CD Baby, and digitally from iTunes and Bandcamp.

SECOND SOUND features bold new colors in such songs as “An Answer Dreaming,” “In Disbelief,” and “Liberated Dream,” and concludes with the 19-minute “Second Sound” suite. “This is a natural progression from our first album,” says guitarist Ed Bernard, “but also introduces musical elements that might be surprising to those who know our music so far.”

Bernard leads the group, which was formed in 2008 along with bassist Peter Murray (Surrender Dorothy, Ron Sexsmith), keyboardist William Hare (Crystal Shawanda, Angelica DiCastro, Abraham’s Children), drummer Troy Feener (Full Nine, Tom Cochrane), and singer Phil Naro (Talas, Peter Criss, DDrive). In German, Druckfarben means “colored ink used for printing on textiles or other media.” In the mid-’80s, teenaged Ed and Troy had no idea what the word meant when they discovered it stenciled on mysterious black barrels in their rehearsal studio. But many years later it resurfaced as the name of Canada’s great new prog export.

All five members of Druckfarben grew up with a shared love of classic progressive rock music, such as Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Rush, King Crimson, and Kansas. They played their first show on March 1, 2008 in Port Credit, Ontario. Their self-titled debut was released in October 2011, followed by a live DVD (ARTIFACT) in 2013. They quickly built up an international following, including supporters such as Kim Mitchell, Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard), and Maurizio Guarini of Italy’s Goblin, as well as producers Terry Brown (Rush) and David Bendeth (Bruce Hornsby, Paramore).

The band is eager to perform the exciting new material from SECOND SOUND live throughout 2014 and beyond.

For news and updates, follow:
Twitter: @druckfarben

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-Kill Matilda Post New Music Video “Law Abiding Citizen;” #PUNK#ZOMBIE#ROCKNROLL Tour + EP

Dusty Exner – Vocals/Guitar
Mykel Exner – Bass
Marcus Luk – Drums

Vancouver’s Kill Matilda has posted a new music video for their track “Law Abiding Citizen” from their upcoming six song EP/ re-release #PUNK#ZOMBIE#ROCKNROLL due out on March 4th. The EP features tracks from their 2011 full-length album I WANT REVENGE with an acoustic rendition of “Geisha With A Switchblade” and will be accompanied by a comic book created by vocalist/guitarist Dusty Exner.

“Law Abiding Citizen” music video

After a small hiatus due to health issues from a tumor in a carotid artery and an Ectopic pregnancy, Kill Matilda hasn’t let the odds against them stop them from an ass-kicking mission to Punk, Zombie and Rock n’ Roll across Canada. (Tour dates listed below.)

“I have a guitar, I have a microphone. One week out of my hospital bed, I will meet you onstage.”
– Dusty Exner (vocalist/guitarist) – A Rocky Start, A Re-commitment –

EP Stream

1. Pomegranate
2. I Want Revenge
3. Zombie Apocalypse
4. Law Abiding Citizen
5. PBJ
6. Geisha With A Switchblade (Acoustic)

Also in the plans for later this year, the band will be releasing their yet-to-be-titled follow-up EP produced by producer extraordinaire Garth Richardson.

“The amazing attention of Garth Richardson! Although this man has produced so many amazing albums and we’re not the only band getting some attention and love, he took the extra steps to personally engineer our new album, which is something he has not done in like, 10 years or something. That makes me feel very, very special,” says KM vocalist/guitarist Dusty Exner.

Upcoming Shows: (more dates to be announced)

Feb 28 – Abbotsford, BC @ Gators Pub – w/ Gnar Gnars, Hot Damn
Mar 6 – Vancouver, BC @ Railway Club – w/ Tickling Grandma, The Injectors
Mar 7 – Maple Ridge, BC @ The Wolf Bar
Mar 8 – Mission, BC @ The Zoo – w/ La Chinga, Random Dander, War Baby, Justice Against Monsters
Mar 11 – Kamloops, BC @ Cactus Jacks – w/ Real McKenzies
Mar 13 – Vernon, BC @ The Green – Ides Of March Metalfest
Mar 14 – Williams Lake, BC @ Overlander Pub
Mar 15 – Prince George, BC @ TBA
Mar 16 – Burns Lake, BC – House Party Show – email km[@] for an invitation
Mar 17 – Valemount, BC @ Log and Rail Bar
Mar 18 – Hinton, AB @ Valley Zoo – Acoustic Show
Mar 20 – Edmonton, AB @ Foundation Music w/ Reckless Rebels, Betty Sues A Tramp, Knuckledown
Mar 21 – Edson, AB @ Fat Greasy’s Metal Lounge
Mar 22 – Calgary, AB @ Dicken’s Pub
Mar 23 – Red Deer, AB @ Slumland
Mar 24 – Siksika, AB @ Gordon Yellowfly Memorial Arbour
Mar 25 – Moose Jaw, SK @ 23 Main Street – Acoustic Show
Mar 26 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange w/ Abandon All Ships, Skynet, Palisades, Collections
Mar 27 – Winnipeg, MB @ TBA
Mar 28 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Black Pirates Pub
Mar 29 – Timmins, ON @ Victory Pub
Mar 30 – TBA
Apr 3 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar Le Magog
Apr 4 – Montreal, QC @ Katacombes w/ The Nailheads, Talk Sick, Ol School Johnny
Apr 5 – Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Cafe Rock Le Stage
Apr 8 – Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club (Punk Night!)

About KM:
The band is charged again with the task of clearing the nation of a spreading zombie epidemic after a life or death encounter one fateful night, Kill Matilda is rising to the challenge of zombie management. Specially trained to combat these unruly creatures, Kill Matilda is armed with two incomparable, indestructible, advantageous tools: With their bone-crushing music and front woman Dusty Exner’s famous cookies.

Showcasing the energy, power, and adrenaline-soaked insanity Kill Matilda is famous for, anyone who chooses to tempt fate and not pick up #PUNK#ZOMBIE#ROCKNROLL and I WANT REVENGE, or anyone who opts to not support KM’s zombiecide mission on the band’s upcoming cross-Canada tour, you’ve been warned — Kill Matilda may be coming for you next.

For more info, please visit these links:

“She’s A Killer” music video:

“Fault Lines” music video:


“If there’s one thing guaranteed to wake the slumbering beast from the annual hibernation it’s some gravelly voiced and quite frankly excellent punk. If you like Hole, The Misfits, or The Offspring (and Yeah, Yeah Yeahs,) and let’s face it who doesn’t, then these guys are right up your alley… down and dirty punk with sexy riffs and a promise of blood, fists, and stomping buy this on March 4th. You won’t regret it.” – Wyrd Ways Show Review

“The EP is packed full of high energy, powerful tracks. I personally find that the band makes you feel like you are at their show, rocking out with them. It’s a mix of songs that gives you chills and makes you feel empowered by just listening.” – Canadian Beats

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-Lions Of The South Unveil Cover Artwork, Track List

South Florida metallers Lions Of The South will release their debut album, CHRONICLES OF AGGRESSION, on February 28 via self-release. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Eduardo Hidalgo, can be seen below.

Lions Of The South is a new upcoming, three-piece, South Florida metal band with South American roots in their blood. While the band simply describes their music as metal, others have described the band’s style as a fusion between heavy, groove, and crossover thrash metal.

Track listing:

1. Awakening
2. Vicious Cycle
3. In Your Hands
4. Chronicles Of Aggression
5. Reflection
6. A Call To Act
7. Rising Sun
8. Mirroring Hells
9. Countdown

CHRONICLES OF AGGRESSION was produced by Nayar/Perez, recorded and Mixed by Adrian Morales at Heiga Studios, Miami Florida. Photography by Juan Sebastian Maldonado.

Lions Of The South are:

Cristobal Perez – Vocals, Guitars
Andres Nayar – Drums & Percussion
Felipe Vilches – Bass Guitar

Lions Of The South recently released a promo video clip of the song “Vicious Cycle:”

Lions Of The South was formed by Andres Nayar on drums, Felipe Vilches on bass, and Cristobal Perez on guitar/vocals, has focused on creating a forceful, abrasive, and aggressive sound. Through different avenues, while at the same time incorporating introspective, experimental sections, it allows the songs to develop in a distinctive way. The band’s lyrical content has been geared toward exploring the darker side of the human race, as well as philosophy, psychology, and spirituality. Its music, on the other hand, has focused on creating a chaotic, dissident, yet dynamic sound with energetic riffs and hard-hitting percussions.

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-Andromeda: Debut With An Album In Italian!

The first Andromeda Album called SHOCK will be released by Southern Brigade Records.

The band Andromeda explores with great dexterity and creativity the pretty unusual territory of metal music in Italian language and, if this doesn’t sound original enough, they also bring a substantial dose of personality in songwriting for a final well-recognizable sound and, at the same time, with a very direct and strong impact. These qualities have led this Italian band to the attention of the label Southern Brigade Records with which they sign a contract for the production of their debut album SHOCK that will be promoted and distributed by Scarlet Records. The album consists of nine tracks and was recorded at the renowned Golem Dungeon Studios in Bari (already producers, among many others, of the excellent recent albums of Natron, Godyva, and Golem). Their sound is easier to hear than to describe it! You could give an inkling saying it is a skillful mixture of powerful guitar riffs and melodies with various stylistic nuances that takes something good from every kind of good rock music.

Apart from all the specialty shops of the world, you can also purchase a digital version of SHOCK on all major download platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and CdBaby.

Soon the band will announce some of its upcoming live events including their already confirmed presence at the prestigious Total Metal Open Air Festival in Bitonto (IT), along with great names like Kreator, Annihilator, Behemoth, Moonspell, and Death Angel.

For further information:

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival To Take Over SXSW 2014 With Free Showcase

In addition to the sixteenth installment of their massive annual gala in Massachusetts this April, the promoters of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival today declare their plans of taking over this year’s SXSW at the other end of the country with a massive public showcase.

Now locked for Friday, March 14th, the seven-hour New England Metal & Hardcore Festival Takes Over Austin, TX will run from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the G Pen Annex at 6th Street and Red River, will be fully open to the public, and will be a free, all-ages event. The lineup includes a wide range of contemporary hardcore and metal acts including headliners Veil Of Maya and Comeback Kid, in addition to Within The Ruins, Backtrack, Counterparts, Expire, Xibalba, Reflections, Alpha & Omega, Downpresser, To The Wind, and Years Since The Storm. “We are very proud of this lineup,” stated MassConcerts head promoter, Scott Lee. “It is defiantly a taste of what NEMHF is all about.”

All of the bands set to storm Austin for the NEMHF showcase will also be touring out across the country to perform at the this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival taking place on April 17th, 18th, and 19th at the iconic Worcester Palladium. Featuring two stages, the legendary event, now in its sixteenth year, continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans to Worcester, Massachusetts every year. The 2014 fest merges multiple national tours including Metal Alliance, The Best In Brutality, and Mission Quest To Metalfest, and features the mammoth running lineup of nearly 70 bands already confirmed, including 1349, All Out War, All That Remains, Alpha & Omega, Barrier, Battlecross, Behemoth, Bent Life, Black Crown Initiate, Bleeding Through, Born Low, Broken Hope, Carnifex, Colin Of Arabia, Cop Problem, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, Discourse, Emmure, Enabler, Erra, Fallujah, Fire And Ice, Fit For An Autopsy, Gideon, Gift Giver, Goatwhore, Harm’s Way, I Declare War, Iced Earth, InDirections, Inquistion, Julius Seizure, Kadavar, King Nine, Kublai Khan, Lionheart, Loyal To The Grave, Malfunction, Nails, Naysayer, Nile, Obey The Brave, Oceano, Ramallah, Reflections, Reign Supreme, Revamp, Rivers Of Nihil, Sabaton, Sam Black Church, Scars Of Tomorrow, Slapshot, Suburban Scum, Sylar, Texas In July, The Acacia Strain, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, The Mongoloids, Those Who Fear, Thy Art Is Murder, Twitching Tongues, Unearth, Warhound, Whitechapel, Will To Die, Within The Ruins, and Years Since The Storm, with more still to be announced.

Tickets for the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are on sale now:

VIP packages

3-Day passes

passes for Thursday

passes for Friday

passes for Saturday

-Upcoming Anihilated tour dates for the UK:

3/13 – The Asylum, Chelmsford, UK
3/16 – Haven, Wales, UK
3/23 – Intrepid Fox, London, UK
4/12 – Snooty Fox, Wakefield, UK
9/14 – Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton, UK

The band’s album IDEVIANT is out now on Killer Metal Records.

-There’s a new interview with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian at .

-Check out a trailer for Anubis Gate’s upcoming HORIZONS online now at . HORIZONS is due out April 15 through Nightmare Records. See , , and for more.

-Sebastian Bach’s GIVE ‘EM HELL is due out April 22 through Frontiers. Bach’s backing band includes guitarist Devin Bronson and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, and the disc features guest spots from Duff McKagan, John 5, and Steve Stevens. Track list: “Hell Inside My Head,” “Harmony,” “All My Friends Are Dead,” “Temptation,” “Push Away,” “Dominator,” “Had Enough,” “Gun To A Knife Fight,” “Rock N’ Roll Is A Vicious Game,” “Taking Back Tomorrow,” “Disengaged,” “Forget You.” The album was produced by Bob Marlette and can be pre-ordered now at iTunes and Amazon; iTunes customers will be able to download “Hell Inside My Head” instantly. For a full report on the album see .

-Children Of Bodom’s lyric video for “Scream For Silence,” off of last year’s HALO OF BLOOD (Nuclear Blast), is online now at .See for more.

-The first of three track-by-track discussions of the songs on Ektomorf’s RETRIBUTION is online now at . The remaining two parts will be online soon at the band’s YouTube channel, .

-Elvenking will release THE PAGAN MANIFESTO on May 9 through AFM Records. Check out a teaser at .

-Freedom Call — singer/guitarist Chris Bay, guitarist Lars Rettkowitz, bassist Ilker Ersin, and drummer Ramy Ali — have released BEYOND through SPV. Track list: “Union Of The Strong,” “Knights Of Taragon,” “Heart Of A Warrior,” “Come On Home,” “Beyond,” “Among The Shadows,” “Edge Of The Ocean,” “Journey Into Wonderland,” “In The Rhythm Of Light,” “Dance Off The Devil,” “Paladin,” “Follow Your Heart,” “Colours Of Freedom,” “Beyond Eternity.” The limited edition boxed set version comes with a book, a poster, and a bonus disc featuring LIVE IN THE BLACK FOREST and UNPLUGGED: BACK INTO THE LAND OF LIGHT; track list: “Hero On Video,” “Rockstars,” “Farewell,” “Mr. Evil,” “Power And Glory,” “Freedom Call,” “The Quest,” “Warriors,” “Power And Glory,” “Farewell,” “Mr. Evil,” “Rockin’ Radio.” Hype: “You’d be hard put to find negative emotions or a depressive disposition in the Freedom Call camp. Among the greatest fortes of this German melodic metal act is their uncompromisingly positive attitude to life, which the musicians have incorporated in their fresh and catchy songs for more than fifteen years. This positive frame of mind is the central theme of their latest studio album, BEYOND. Compositions which blend the band’s greatest strengths and sparkle with a lot of class, finesse and enthusiasm.” See for more.

-Iron Savior’s RISE OF THE HERO is due out February 28 through AFM Records. There will be CD, limited edition digi-pak, and limited edition colored vinyl versions (250 black, 250 blue). Check out the album trailer at .

-Ron Keel’s autobiography, “Even Keel: Life On The Streets Of Rock & Roll,” is out now. His new solo album, METAL COWBOY, has also been released through Wild West Productions. The album features Y&T’s Mike Vanderhule on drums plus tons of guest stars including Tesla’s Frank Hannon, Faster Pussycat’s Brent Muscat, Beggars & Thieves’ Louie Merlino and Ronnie Mancuso, and Paul Shortino. Track list: “Long Gone Bad,” “Wild Forever,” “My Bad,” “What Would Skynyrd Do?,” “Just Like Tennessee,” “The Last Ride,” “When Love Goes Down,” “Singers, Hookers & Thieves” (duet with Shortino), “Evil Wicked Mean & Nasty” (Keel remake), “The Cowboy Road,” “3 Chord Drinkin’ Song” (featuring the Sin City Sinners). Bonus tracks include “My Bad” (radio version), “Just Like Tennessee” (unplugged), and “Singers, Hookers & Thieves” (solo acoustic version). Hype: “This music is heavy enough to satisfy Keel fans while appealing to the metal cowboy in everyone.” Check out clips of three tracks plus the video for “The Cowboy Road” at . See and for more.

-In the latest issue of its “Kill For Metal” newsletter Killer Metal Records announced the recent signings of Dragon’s Kiss (from Portugal; new album due out in May) and Fallen Angel (from the US; album due this year), and the release of Edge Of Thorns’ INSOMNIA on April 4. See for more.

-Kiss news… Paul Stanley’s autobiography “Face The Music: A Life Exposed” is due out in April through HarperCollins and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and IndieBound. In an update from Stanley says, “People say I was brave to write such a revealing book, but I wrote it because I needed to personally reflect on my own life. I know everyone will see themselves somewhere in this book, and where my story might take them is why I’m sharing it.” Hype: “For the first time, ‘Starchild’ front man Paul Stanley will reveal the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside of Kiss. ‘Face The Music’ is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize.” Stanley will make the following in-store appearances to promote the book’s release:

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

See , , and for more.

-Lost Society is starting up a track-by-track video series for its upcoming album TERROR HUNGRY. Check out for information on the song “Spurgatory.” See for more.

-Miracle Master’s debut album, TATTOOED WOMAN, will be released in Japan via Bickee Music on April 23. The Japanese version will have two bonus tracks, “Miles Broken” and “She Ain’t Mine” (acoustic). See and for more.

-Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee announced on Twitter that he’s now engaged to his girlfriend, singer Sofia Toufa (stage name: SOFI), who according to various online reports has worked with Fall Out Boy, toured with Motle Crue on the Crue Fest 2 tour in 2009, and worked with Lee’s TV-based side project Rock Star Supernova.

-Pretty Maids’ LOUDER THAN EVER is due through Frontiers on March 21. The release was produced by Jacob Hansen and includes re-recordings of songs from the 1995 – 2006 era and a handful of new tracks, plus a bonus DVD “including archive footage from the ’80s, brand new interviews, and plenty of cool material for the fans!” Track list: “Deranged,” “Playing God,” “Psycho Time Bomb Planet Earth,” “My Soul To Take,” “He Who Never Lived,” “Virtual Brutality,” “Tortured Spirit,” “With These Eyes,” “Nuclear Boomerang,” “Snakes In Eden,” “Wake Up To The Real World,” “A Heart Without A Home.” Check out clips of all the songs at .

-The 2014 Pure Rawk Awards — “Readers choice awards celebrating the showstoppers, jawdroppers, riff lords and ladies of the ‘alternative’ since 2006” — will take place March 7 at the Boston Music Room in Tufnell Park, North London. Voting on the awards is scheduled to close this week, and the following bands are set to perform at the ceremony: Servers (“hard, brooding, cult inspired hard rock”), Dedwardians (“slick glamabilly hooks”), Teenage Casket Company (“high energy power pop tinged rock”), and The Blacklist Saints (“catchy soaring melodies and songs from the heart”). See and for more.

-Rock Fest is set for July 17 – 20 in Cadott, WI. The main stage lineups so far: 7/17 – Wayland, Winger, Steel Panther, REO Speedwagon, Sammy Hagar; 7/18 – Fully Loadid, Consult The Briefcase, Devour The Day, Pop Evil, Sick Puppies, TBA, Five Finger Death Punch; 7/19 – Strange Daze, 4th Floor, Eve To Adam, The Pretty Reckless, Live, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith; 7/20 – Left Of Reason, Thousand Foot Krutch, Redlight King, P.O.D., TBA, TBA. On Wednesday, July 16, Romantic Rebel and Vaudeville will kick off the fest on the Leinie Lodge and Miller Lite Pub side stages, respectively. The side stages will be active the remaining days of the fest as well. See and for full details.

-Saxon’s new live album ST. GEORGE’S DAY SACRIFICE – LIVE IN MANCHESTER was recorded last year on the SACRIFICE tour, at The Ritz on April 23 — St. George’s Day, the date honoring the patron saint of England — and will be released digitally, as a two-CD set, and as a three-LP set. It was produced by Biff Byford and was mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap, and is due out March 14 in Germany, March 17 in the UK, and April 22 in the US. The CD set’s track listing: CD 1 – “Sacrifice,” “Wheels Of Terror,” “Power And The Glory,” “Made In Belfast,” “Rock’n Roll Gypsy,” “And The Bands Played On,” “I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive),” “Night Of The Wolf,” “Conquistador,” “Broken Heroes,” “Guardians Of The Tomb.” CD 2 – “Never Surrender,” “Ride Like The Wind,” “Crusader,” “Stand Up And Fight,” “Dallas 1 PM,” “747 (Strangers In The Night),” “Wheels Of Steel,” “Strong Arm Of The Law,” “Denim And Leather,” “Princess of The Night.” See for more.

-Sonata Arctica’s fifth album trailer for the upcoming PARIAH’S CHILD (Nuclear Blast) is online now at . See for more.

-Switchblade’s HEAVY WEAPONS is out now on Killer Metal Records and getting good reviews. Hype: “Switchblade are resurrecting the mighty ’80s era of metal while often recalling Iron Maiden with Bruce Dickinson at the helm, huge, powerful sawing riffs a la Accept and spreading catchy choruses.” The band has a show for March 28 at Cinematech in Haifa, Israel.

-Tankard’s second studio report detailing the upcoming R.I.B. is online now at . See for more.

-Therion has a trailer for the upcoming re-release of THELI online now at . This deluxe version comes three bonus tracks plus a DVD of the whole album performed live. CD track list: “Preludium,” “To Mega Therion,” “Cults Of The Shadow,” “In The Desert Of Set,” “Interludium,” “Nightside Of Eden,” “Opus Eclipse,” “Invocation Of Naamah,” “The Siren Of The Woods,” “Grand Finale / Postludium,” “In Remembrance” (bonus track), “Black Fairy” (bonus track), “Fly To The Rainbow” (Scorpions cover) (bonus track). See for more.

-The self-titled release from Vandenberg’s MoonKings is out now on Mascot Records. Joining guitarist Adrian Vandenberg in the band are singer Jan Hoving, bassist Sem Christoffel, and drummer Mart Nijen-Es. Track list: “Lust And Lies,” “Close To You,” “Good Thing,” “Breathing,” “Steal Away,” “Line Of Fire,” “Out Of Reach,” “Feel It,” “Leave This Town,” “One Step Behind,” “Leeches,” “Nothing Touches,” “Sailing Ships” (featuring David Coverdale). The disc was recorded at Wisseloord Studios near Amsterdam and was produced by Vandenberg. Check out clips of three songs plus an album trailer at . There’s also a great new interview with Vandenberg at . See for more.

-Vanishing Point’s video for “When Truth Lies,” from DISTANT IS THE SUN (AFM Records), is online now at .

Thanks to Lance King, Mary Ouellette, Axel Wiesenauer, Jens Häfner, Yiannis Stefanis, Chad Bowar, Nix Cooper, Derric Miller, Metaltix, and Hawk for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus Issue #661

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Issue #661
Week of February 17, 2014

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-I managed to stay healthy all winter long, and now on the first sunny, 40-degree day in what seems like forever, I’m sick. Love that. – Tim

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-Lillian Axe Will Be Releasing Their Thirteenth Album, The Acoustic Live ONE NIGHT IN THE TEMPLE, On April 15, 2014 Via CME Records!

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Louisiana Music Hall of Fame members, Lillian Axe, will be releasing their thirteenth album, the acoustic live, ONE NIGHT IN THE TEMPLE, produced by Steve Blaze, on April 15, 2014 via CME Records / Sony Music (RED) in the USA and Canada and via Melodic Rock Records / Cargo Distribution for the world.

Performed acoustically in an intimate setting housed in a Masonic Temple in the Bayou, with their most diehard fans, ONE NIGHT IN THE TEMPLE, features all their hits including, “True Believer,” “Show A Little Love,” “Crucified,” “Misery Loves Company,” “Ghost Of Winter,” “The Great Divide,” “Bow Your Head,” “Waters Rising,” and the crowd favorite “Nobody Knows.”

Lillian Axe founder Steve Blaze reflects, “When I first had the idea of putting this show together, it was originally going to be a private 20-person show with acoustic guitars, vocals and no production, however, it took on a life of its own.”

ONE NIGHT IN THE TEMPLE will be released as three-disc set (2CDs/1DVD and 2CDs/1Blu-Ray), housed in an elaborate digi-pak. Filmed in high definition, the Blu-Ray and DVD will contain the acoustic performance, fan question and answer session, videos for the songs “Caged In” and “Death Comes Tomorrow,” live concert footage from their July 4, 2013 performance at the Paragon Casino, and behind-the-scenes footage.


Disc 1:
Waters Rising, Death Comes Tomorrow, Ghost Of Winter, See You Someday, The Great Divide, Nocturnal Symphony, Sad Day On Planet Earth, Bow Your Head, Show A Little Love, Misery Loves Company

Disc 2:
Crucified, The World Stopped Turning, Dyin’ To Live (Shades Of Blue), Until The End Of The World, The Day I Met You, The Promised Land, Nobody Knows, My Apologies, True Believer, Nobody Knows (Crowd Version)

Lillian Axe is Brian Jones (lead vocals), Steve Blaze (guitar and vocals), Sam Poitevent (guitar and vocals), Eric Morris (bass guitar), and Ken Koudelka (drums).

Lillian Axe will be touring to support this release this summer.

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-Doro: Details On Anniversary Shows And Special Box Set Revealed

In honor of her 30-year stage jubilee, internationally successful Rock singer Doro Pesch will celebrate with fans from all over the world and two separate yet unique shows on May 2, 2014 and May 3, 2014 at CCD Stadthalle of her hometown Düsseldorf. In addition Doro has given a press conference at Relexa Hotel, Düsseldorf/Ratingen.

Doro on this: “We came up with something very special for our 30-year stage anniversary, with two totally different shows, that cover the entire creative spectrum of my band and me — from emotional and soft, to hard, raw and heavy.”

The first anniversary show on May 2, 2014 will be dedicated to Doro and the Classic Night Orchestra. Accompanied by brass, strings, and her band, Doro will perform her most beautiful, emotional ballads like “Für Immer,” “1000x Gelebt,” and “Let Love Rain On Me” in the stylish surroundings of CCD Stadthalle. At this night big hits like “All We Are,” “Metal Tango,” and “Burn It Up” can’t be missing, that shine even brighter as they now receive a classical overdo by the orchestra. Fans have been waiting for this to happen for the past 10 years, since Doro’s last performance with the Classic Night Orchestra was in 2004, after her album CLASSIC DIAMONDS has been praised by fans and critics alike.

At the second anniversary show on May 3, 2014 Doro will let out the rock lady in her. On this night the blonde superstar will travel through all of her 30 years of an incredibly successful carrier, delivering a three-hour high voltage set with all things Rock’n’Roll she has to offer. Fans can look forward to all hits, hymns, and many surprises. On both days Doro will welcome several fantastic guests that will give their honors to the Metal-Queen on this big event. Amongst them of course Biff Byford, vocalist of legendary band Saxon as well as Chris Caffrey (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O.; ex-Accept), and Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kürsch.

Commented Doro: “You all know how important my fans are to me. That’s why I really want to have a fan choir with me on stage at one song. Best song for this is our Wacken Anthem ‘We Are The Metalheads,’ that will be accompanied by a dozen of fans on May 3.

“I’m specially looking forward to this.”

Just in time for the celebration Nuclear Blast will release a Doro box set.

The singer on this: “This is a 30-year special edition containing two CDS and a whole of fan memorabilia, I’ve chosen just for this purpose. CD 1 will be a covers album with a collection of my very favorite songs of all time like ‘Touch Too Much’ from AC/DC, ‘Egypt’ from Dio, and ‘Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You’ from Led Zeppelin.”

Doro continues: “CD 2 is a reissue of my most current record RAISE YOUR FIST, which is very important to me, because, in my opinion, it includes some of the strongest tracks I’ve ever done. For instance ‘It Still Hurts,’ my ballad with Motörhead’s Lemmy. There is a second, still unreleased version of that song, that will also be part of the covers album.”

A suitable temporary home for musicians, crew and fans during the big Door celebration is also available: Doro and her entourage will stay at Relexa Hotel, Düsseldorf/Ratingen on May 2 and May 3. Hotel director Tim Zerr explains: “It is a huge honor for us to be offering a home to Doro Pesch, a living legend. We’re looking forward to her band, guest musicians, and fans from all over the world staying at our house. They will feel right at home.”

As a special service for all fans, Relexa Hotel will offer a shuttle service from hotel to CCD-Halle (and back). Additionally Doro fans will have special conditions. Rooms can be booked at +49 (0)2102 4580.

Tickets for both shows are available separately or combined with a discount at all known pre-sale shops and at from € 49,00.

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-Legendary Canadian Metallers Anvil To Embark On US Tour!

NEW YORK, NY — Legendary Canadian metal group Anvil have paved their own path throughout their three-decade-long career, revered by the likes of Metallica, Motörhead, and Guns N’ Roses, the band has 15 studio albums under their belts, have gone on countless tours around the world, and even starred in their own award-winning documentary “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil.” Now Anvil are excited to announce their upcoming National US tour; kicking off in New York at Santo’s Party House, the group will travel the country hitting key market cities from March 26 to April 29.

WED 3/26 – New York City, NY @ Santo’s Party House
THU 3/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub
FRI 3/28 – Albany, NY – @ Bogies
SAT 3/29 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
MON 3/31 – Providence, RI @ Dive Bar
TUE 4/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Barbary
THU 4/02 – West Springfield, VA @ Empire
FRI 4/04 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
SAT 4/05 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
SUN 4/06 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
TUE 4/08 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Club Vision
THU 4/09 – Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
FRI 4/11 – Orlando, FL @ Bombshells Tavern
SUN 4/13 – Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
MON 4/14 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
TUE 4/15 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
WED 4/16 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
SAT 4/19 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
SUN 4/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar
TUE 4/22 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
FRI 4/25 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
SAT 4/26 – Boise, ID @ The Shredde
SUN 4/27 – Reno, NV @ The Alley
TUE 4/30 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater


2013 marked the release of Anvil’s 15th studio album HOPE IN HELL; the album presents guitarist/vocalist Steve “Lips” Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner, and their new bassist Sal Italiano in top form, highly dynamic and full of energy from the first to the last note. “We’re really proud and already love the new album just as much as our early releases from the beginning of the eighties, because HOPE IN HELL sounds like Anvil live on stage: natural, honest, unvarnished, never over-produced and straight from the heart.”

HOPE IN HELL track listing:
1. Hope In Hell
2. Eat Your Words
3. Through With You
4. The Fight Is Never Won
5. Pay The Toll
6. Flying
7. Call Of Duty
8. Badass Rock ‘n’ Roll
9. Time Shows No Mercy
10. Mankind Machine
11. Shut The F*ck Up
12. Hard Wired (Bonus Track)
13. Fire At Will (Bonus Track)

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-Monster Energy Drink & The Whisky A Go-Go Presents: “Rock Against MS All-Star Benefit Concert” At The Whisky A Go-Go Wednesday, March 26

Featuring: Lita Ford, Cherie Curry, Kenny Aronoff, Gilby Clarke, James Lomenzo, Jack Russell’s Great White, Phil Buckman, August Zadra, Bobby Rock, Marty O’Brien, Mitch Perry, Erik Eldenius & More!!

Many More To Be Announced In The Coming Weeks!!

Guitar Player Magazine Presents Lita Ford With The “Certified Legend Award”


HOLLYWOOD, CA — Second annual Rock Against MS returns to the Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood with yet another amazing All-Star lineup. The second annual has the Rock Stars returning in support of longtime friend and publicist, Nancy B. Sayle. This rock-fueled concert is to help raise awareness and funding for Sayle and her new foundation benefiting those living with MS.

Guitar Player Magazine is in the house to present Lita Ford their top award — Inspired by Chet Atkins’ phrase “Certified Guitar Player” — and typically bestowed at NAMM during Muriel Anderson’s All-Star Guitar Night — this award debuted in 2003 with Les Paul as the first recipient. Since then, GP has honored Duane Eddy, Nokie Edwards, Dick Dale, Larry Carlton, Tommy Emmanuel, Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Joe Perry, and others. “Lita Ford slugged it out with the boys club in an era where female musicians who liked to rock hard had very few heroes,” says Guitar Player Editor-in-Chief Michael Molenda. “But Lita was there, and man, did she cut a heroic figure. She was tough. She was smart. She could write a good song. And she could shred. Stinging bends. Fierce vibrato. A great sense of melody and phrasing. Since the Runaways in the late 1970s, and throughout her solo career, Lita has been a beacon of cool, and an inspiration for girls AND boys who want to express themselves through the guitar. She is the definition of a Certified Legend.”

In its finishing stages, the Rock Against MS Foundation will provide services from a three (3) grant resource system, which will provide daily care, quality of life needs, and emergency funding, while assisting people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to live independent and full lives. Additionally, a brick and mortar facility we will call The Rock House is in the planning stages, and will provide, free of charge, multiple programs and opportunities designed to heal the mind, body, and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by MS.

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o Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
o MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.
o 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.
o 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.
o MS affects more than 400,000 people in the US and 2.1 million worldwide.

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-Sonata Arctica’s “The Wolves Die Young” Video Clip Released

With the release of their new record PARIAH’S CHILD coming up, Finnish Melodic Metal quintet Sonata Arctica have now put out the official music video on the track “The Wolves Die Young.” The video is available to watch here:

Commented front man Tony Kakko: “‘The Wolves Die Young’ was pretty much born to be a single. And it is. It also paved the road for the rest of the album. Set a mood in a way. It just felt real good to start with. 2014 is a year of a wolf.”

The video shoot for “The Wolves Die Young” took place in January 2014 at Sibelius House in Lahti, Finland. The clip was produced by Patrick Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company.


Studio trailer 1 featuring drummer Tommy Portimo, click here:

The second one with Pasi Kauppinen can be seen here:

And their third studio trailer, featuring Elias Viljanen, here:

Studio trailer #4, featuring Henrik Klingenberg. Watch it here:

On March 28 the new Sonata Arctica album PARIAH’S CHILD will be released.

The track list reads as follows:

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 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.

Pre-order PARIAH’S CHILD here:

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment Proudly Presents The Who’s SENSATION — THE STORY OF TOMMY — An Epitaph Of Rock History Explored — On DVD, Blu-Ray, And Digital Formats March 11, 2014

NEW YORK, NY — Eagle Rock Entertainment is about to explore one of rock music’s shining masterpieces: The Who’s TOMMY. SENSATION — THE STORY OF TOMMY will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats on March 11, 2014. [Pre-book Order Date February 14, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD]

Fully supported and endorsed by The Who, SENSATION — THE STORY OF TOMMY explores the background, creation, and impact of this seminal album. Through brand new interviews, the film unveils the history and cultural impact of TOMMY through new interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, archive interviews with the late John Entwistle, contributions from engineer Bob Pridden, artwork creator Mike McInnerney, plus others involved in the making of the album, as well as journalists who assess the album’s historic and cultural impact. Originally aired on BBC TV in August 2013, this version includes additional material not featured in the TV broadcast, as well as a bonus 33-minute feature from the 1969 German TV show “Beat Club.” This feature, which includes previously unreleased footage, includes tracks from the album and interviews with band members.

Released in 1969, TOMMY was a milestone in rock history, and marked a new chapter in the band’s career. Selling over 20 million copies worldwide, the double-album established Pete Townshend’s prowess as not only a musician, but a composer, and further solidified Roger Daltrey as one of rock’s foremost front men. A concept album exploring the story of a blind pinball ace, TOMMY proved that rock music was a viable vehicle for storytelling, and was the first album to be overtly billed as a rock opera. It was later re-imagined as a film by Ken Russell in the mid-seventies, and a touring stage production in the early nineties.

The direct-to-consumer store for SENSATION — THE STORY OF TOMMY is now live at , which includes exclusive bundles with the DVD or Blu-ray, T-shirt, and an 18×24 poster. Fans have until February 20 at 12:00 p.m. EST to pre-order one of several bundles, and have his or her name included on the poster.

For a sneak peak of SENSATION — THE STORY OF TOMMY, here are some video clips:

“Making People Feel” –
“Screening Interview” –

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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-British Hard Rock Is Alive And Kicking! Three Lions To Debut With Their Self-Titled Album On Frontiers In April

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the self-titled debut album from British Hard Rockers Three Lions on April 18 in Europe and April 22 in North America.

Three Lions are — like the name itself implies — a power trio featuring the familiar faces of former Ten and Dare members Vinny Burns on guitars and Greg Morgan on drums, along with the talented singer / songwriter Nigel Bailey. The band came about when the three musicians were introduced to each other by Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino. The guys hit it off straight away and immediately set about writing new material for an album which soon was commissioned, with Alessandro Del Vecchio who was called in to produce.

Musically THREE LIONS is British Hard Rock at the very best! Mixing the melodic approach of early Ten with the classic musical heritage of UFO, Thin Lizzy, and Whitesnake, these guys are about to take the Melodic Hard Rock scene by storm!

Nigel Bailey says, “We were all determined to make the best album possible and are immensely proud of the songs that have made it onto the final record.” From the eastern influenced “Kathmandu,” to the driving power of “Hellfire Highway” and “Twisted Soul,” to the heartfelt ballads “Made For One Another” and “Don’t Let Me Fall.” This new album in the works promises to deliver passionate performances from the guys. “This album allowed me to show a different side to my playing whilst retaining the familiar sound and feel fans of Dare and Ten will recognize,” says Vinny Burns.

Recordings were completed during 2013 and Three Lions already made their live debut supporting Snakecharmer in June 2013 and are set up to play their first international live show at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Trezzo (Milan), Italy on May 1. Hear The Roar!!!

An EPK of the album can be enjoyed following this link:

THREE LIONS track listing includes the following songs:
Trouble In A Red Dress; Hold Me Down; Twisted Soul; Winter Sun; Just A Man; Holy Water; Two Hearts Beat As One; Kathmandu; Made For One Another; Magdalene; Don’t Let Me Fall; Hellfire Highway; Sicilian Kiss

Three Lions:
Nigel Bailey – lead vocals and bass
Greg Morgan – drums
Vinny Burns – guitars, keyboards

Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio


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-Gotthard: BANG! Release Party Show On April 11 In Volkshaus, Zürich

It all began in 1992 when Gotthard first appeared in the Volkshaus as a support group for the British band Magnum. Two decades and three million albums later, it happens again. The Zürich cult location is again the showplace for a crashing happening! On April 4, the platinum band from Ticino will present their new album BANG! After a year of intensive studio work, the high-class rockers are looking forward to appearing live again.

“We had a super and exciting year in the studio, but the time is now right to raise our adrenalin levels on the stage!” Marc Lynn and Leo Leoni add: “We have always wanted to return to the cult location — the Volkshaus is legendary and there is no atmosphere like it anywhere in Switzerland — it’s the ideal place to celebrate our new album with our fans!”

The opening shot of the Gotthard BANG! world tour begins on April 11, 2014 in the Volkshaus in Zürich. Hit songs, hot guitar riffs, and irrepressible lust for playing — with these ingredients it is expected that the Release Party Show of the Swiss hard rockers will bring the Zürich concert temple to bursting point. Bang!

Check out Ticketcorner for tickets a.s.a.p.

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-Eden’s Curse Announces New Drummer

Eden’s Curse are disappointed to announce the departure of Pete Newdeck from the band. Pete has been the drummer of the group since its formation in 2006 and has been a key member of the writing team during those eight years together. However he announced to the band just before Christmas that it was his intention to leave the group due to personal and family commitments as well as wishing to concentrate on Tainted Nation, whom he fronts as their vocalist, and his activities as the drummer for UK AOR act Newman.

Bassist and founding member Paul Logue comments, “We are extremely disappointed to lose such a talent as Pete, but fully understand his reasons for moving on. We are very proud of what he has built with Tainted Nation and in particular for stepping out from behind the kit with such consummate ease. Without question we will all remain great friends with Pete and wish him and Tainted Nation nothing but the greatest of success for the future ahead.”

Pete himself adds, “This was a difficult decision to make, yet one that was made easier due to the compassion, understanding, and support I was shown by the other guys in Eden’s Curse. It’s basically a case of having an array of commitments, some personal and some musical, that I felt I had to prioritize. I am sure the band will not see this as a setback and I wish them the continued success they deserve and to build on the acclaimed album we just released.”

The bond between both parties is further demonstrated by Eden’s Curse announcing that Tainted Nation will support them on several of their upcoming shows on their “Symphony Of Sin UK Tour” in May.

In the words of the late great Freddie Mercury “The show must go on” …

It is with great pleasure that Eden’s Curse announces that Scotsman John Clelland (Code Of Silence) is the band’s new drummer.

Hailing from Edinburgh, John has been working with bassist Paul Logue on several album productions over the past few years, most notably the DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON album by Code Of Silence, and was on obvious choice it seems. “John and I have worked together for a few years on various musical projects, especially the Code Of Silence album that I wrote and produced. I always found him a pleasure to work with. He is extremely methodical and approaches things in a very studious and professional manner. You always know when working with John that you will get absolute quality back in abundance and not just your run-of-the-mill typical drum parts either — they are typically well thought out, crafted, and executed with great precision. He is a great player and an even better person and when Pete told me that he was leaving there was only one choice in my mind. It was just a case of convincing the rest of the band what I already knew and that John would fit the ethos on what Eden’s Curse stands for today,” stated Paul.

John himself beamed, “I’m honored and delighted to be the new drummer in Eden’s Curse and to be part of the team. I’m really excited about touring the UK with the guys in May and working on new EC material in the future. I’ve been told how great the Eden’s Curse fans are and I’m looking forward to meeting them all. I think you will be impressed by the set of songs that the guys have selected for the band’s first headline tour. I’m looking forward to forming an all-Scottish solid rhythm section!”

An introductory video to John Clelland can be viewed below:

Eden’s Curse will be undertaking their first headline tour on the UK leg of the “Symphony Of Sin Tour” which will hit Britain this coming May.

The dates are as follows:
19/05/14 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
20/05/14 – The Railway, Bolton
21/05/14 – Snooty Fox, Wakefield
22/05/14 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
23/05/14 – Yardbirds, Grimsby
24/05/14 – Static, Swansea
25/05/14 – Underworld, London

More information and ticket links can be found at .

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-While Heaven Wept Reveals New Album Title; Celebrates 25th Anniversary

After two years in pre-production, the Virginia-based epic metal band While Heaven Wept have entered the studio to begin recording the first of two new albums, the first of which is entitled SUSPENDED AT APHELION, which will be released via Nuclear Blast Records in late 2014.

Founding member, guitarist, and song composer Tom Phillips provides more insight into what is clearly the single greatest work of the band’s career so far:

“If 2011’s FEAR OF INFINITY was our CARESS OF STEEL, SUSPENDED AT APHELION is without question our 2112 — and anyone familiar with the stories behind those Rush albums will understand that where we’re coming from is very similar both musically and circumstantially. SUSPENDED AT APHELION is the culmination of 25 years and embodies everything that While Heaven Wept has ever represented — yet so much more; it’s everything we’ve got to give in our hearts and souls.”

“The album really is, quite simply, the greatest EPIC in our canon in that it is a single, 40+ minute monolith divided into 11 parts — in the tradition of the aforementioned 2112 and our own ‘The Furthest Shore,’ ‘Finality,’ and ‘Thus With A Kiss I Die,’ amongst others,” Phillips continues. “Yet, musically, while clearly this is While Heaven Wept, it’s very much beyond anything else we’ve ever done… VERY progressive, but in a harmonic sense more than the technical. The bottom line is, if you enjoyed those aforementioned ‘mini-epics’ — or the VAST OCEANS LACHRYMOSE album for that matter — then this is the elevation and evolution several years beyond those. We’ve approached this one as if it were to be our last — so again, it’s everything we’ve got!”

While the FEAR OF INFINITY lineup remains intact, the recording will feature some additional, highly-esteemed musicians including the extraordinary drummer Mark Zonder of Fates Warning and Warlord fame, as well as world-renowned classical guitarist Christopher Ladd, whom Tom has known since childhood. Both will be performing throughout the entire album and more details regarding their involvement will follow.

While Heaven Wept have once again aligned with Gustavo Sazes for the cover art — the man responsible for the stunning FEAR OF INFINITY cover, in addition to engineer and co-producer Kevin 131 — who worked with the band on 2003’s OF EMPIRES FORLORN album.

States Phillips: “The team we have assembled to realize this mammoth work is nothing short of incredible, and I cannot think of a better way to commemorate a quarter of a century of While Heaven Wept than to release the definitive statement of the band. Prepare yourselves for an epic journey far beyond anything you’ve ever known from us!”

Lead singer Rain Irving adds: “Never before have I been so proud to be associated with a musical endeavor. No disrespect to any of our works in the past, but this one is special and worth every ounce of excitement I feel inside. This is the kind of record that will allow me to ‘rest peacefully’ — if you will — the day I decide I’m done with my career.”

Tom Phillips (Guitars, Keyboards, Voice)
Jim Hunter (Bass)
Trevor Schrotz (Drums)
Scott Loose (Guitars)
Rain Irving (Lead and Harmony Voices)
Michelle Schrotz (Keyboards, Harmony Voices)
Jason Lingle (Keyboards and Voices)

Visit While Heaven Wept online at:

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-John Taglieri Hits Billboard Chart

HANSON, MA — With his eleventh release, SOUTHERN PARADISE, Boston based singer / songwriter John Taglieri has hit the Billboard charts. Fueled by his residency at Irish Kevins in Key West, FL, where he performs every other month, the combination of Taglieri’s electrifying stage show and the benefit of a new crowd every day, as well as his constant touring schedule around the Eastern US, has pushed John’s sales to #134 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart. With a solid combination of live and online sales, the CD has established itself as one to be noticed.

“I’m so truly excited to have finally hit the Billboard charts!” said Taglieri. “We’ve worked really hard for a long time to make a career to be proud of and it’s nice to see that things are still moving in such a positive direction. I have an amazing fan base and they just keep me going.”

Combined with winning Rockwired Radio’s “Best Recording Of The Year 2013 (EP)” (announced 1/27), as well as currently sitting at #1 on ReverbNation for the Boston Area, and charting on Hit-Tracks Top 100 Charts in The Netherlands at #61, 2014 has started off with a bang for Taglieri. SOUTHERN PARADISE also charted at #5 on’s Hot New Releases with the single for “Southern Paradise” also hitting #13 on The video for the single also has nearly 5,000 views on YouTube.

SOUTHERN PARADISE was released in the Spring of 2013 via Leap Dog Music / Vanity Music Group and has broken new ground for Taglieri in the pop and country genres. “I worked with producers Sean Mormelo and Mark Cohn out of Nashville for this release and we naturally gravitated to a more pop/country vibe. It was a very comfortable place song wise and style wise for me. I’ve always sort of been on that line of rock & pop country and we just wrote some great songs in that vein,” relates Taglieri.

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

Relevant Links:

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-Anubis Gate Announces New Album With Album Art, Track List, And Release Date!

Finally the eagerly anticipated sixth album of Danish Prog-Metallers Anubis Gate is on the Horizon. They’re new album HORIZONS is unquestionably the band’s most mature work to date. Combining their signature epic songwriting with the brilliant production team of Kim Olesen and Jacob Hansen yet again. Being released on Nightmare Records distributed by Sony/RED, release date is April 15, 2014.

Anubis Gate hit the studio the summer of 2013 recording their new opus HORIZONS which is unmistakably Anubis Gate’s sound yet goes again to new places. Places perhaps one would call daring. From the liquid grooves to uneven time signatures, trademark soundscapes and heavy, sometimes even thrash metal riffing you will know this is both in the tradition of the band yet breaks new ground. Anubis Gate blend ’80s melodic heavy rock, epic ambience, and a contemporary dark layered progressive metal. Inspired by the likes of Savatage, Genesis, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, King Crimson, Iced Earth, Crimson Glory, Fates Warning, Lord Bane, and Tad Morose yet always sounding completely unique. New guitarist Michael Bodin’s heavy riffing works exceptionally well in a duel with long time guitarist Kim Olesen. The forward driving drums, courtesy of new drummer Morten Gade Sørensen, are a treat in themselves. Henrik Fevre’s melodic vocals are even more amazing and heartfelt than ever before. HORIZONS showcases the band on its highest peak. Anubis Gate 2014 is: Henrik Fevre, Kim Olesen, Michael Bodin, and Morten Gade Sørensen.

Anubis Gate recording the HORIZONS album:

Track List:
1. Destined To Remember
2. Never Like This (A Dream)
3. Hear My Call
4. Airways
5. Revolution Come Undone
6. Breach Of Faith
7. Mindlessness
8. Horizons
9. A Dream Within A Dream
10. Erasure

UPC: 734923006602
Cat #: NMR-577
Style: Rock/Metal/Progressive

Pre-order now at .

*** The CD version will contain a hidden fan treasure not found on the digital sites. There will be a CD-ROM EP recorded live in 2005 that includes four tracks and dedicated artwork. The tracks are live versions of songs from their first two albums PURIFICATION and A PERFECT FOREVER.

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-Doolittle Group Is Proud To Announce The Release Of Azoria’s SEASONS CHANGE For March 2014

Label: Doolittle Group
Style: Power Metal
Release: March 14, 2014

Track list:
1. Just Like The Phoenix (3:49)
2. Inside My Heart (4:50)
3. Seasons Change (4:32)
4. Prophecy (3:19)
5. To The Land Of Glory (3:45)
6. When You Sleep (4:23)
7. Love It Loud (5:30)
8. Starlight (3:24)
9. Peace Of Mind (2:57)

Specials: Featuring Alex Oriz, Tommy ReinXeed, Chris David (ReinXeed), Snowy Shaw (Therion, King Diamond, Sabaton), Mike Andersson (Cloudscape)

Azoria was founded in early 2013 by the band leader and lead guitarist Alexander Oriz. Alex Oriz had worked hard the last years as a producer, songwriter, and as a guitarist in the bands ReinXeed and Oriz! Alex Oriz is also one of the guitar players in the successful power metal band ReinXeed who has just released their great studio album A NEW WORLD, which has received fantastic reviews in metal media around the world! In Azoria we also find Chris David, the bass player of ReinXeed and Oriz! Chris came back from the US in 2012 to join ReinXeed after a year of studying and touring with the band Sledge Leather who also features the awesome keyboard player Scott Warren (ex-Dio!). We also find Simon Jonsson on rhythm guitars in Azoria! Simon has also been a touring member with ReinXeed during the 1912 and WELCOME TO THE THEATER tours! On drums we find no one else than Emil Eriksson from the bands Oriz and J.D. Miller! Emil is an excellent drummer who has a ton of experience as a touring/studio musician in different acts!

The debut album by Azoria called SEASONS CHANGE is featuring a fantastic all-star team with different vocalists just like Avantasia, to make the best possible result for each song! The band landed a deal with King Records in Japan (same label as ReinXeed), and for the rest of the world Liljegren Records/Doolittle Group will handle the release of Azoria’s excellent debut album SEASONS CHANGE. On the opening song “Just Like The Phoenix” and on the song “Inside My Heart” we find no other than Sweden’s power metal front man Tommy ReinXeed from the successful bands ReinXeed/Golden Resurrection on lead vocals! Tommy does a great job on this album and takes this two songs to a higher level! Vocalist Mikael Dahl from the great Swedish Heavy Metal band Crystal Eyes is singing in a majestic way on the title track “Seasons Change,” a fantastic melodic power metal song that goes excellent with Dahl’s heavy vocals! Mike Andersson with the great vocal pipes from Full Force, Cloudscape, & Ayreon is singing on the songs “Prophecy” and the marvelous “To The Land Of Glory!” Mike really rocks and make this two songs as his own on this album! Another great rock star on the album is Snowy Shaw! Snowy is known for his great work in Sabaton, King Diamond, Dream Evil, Therion, Dimmu Borgir, etc. Snowy Shaw sings on the songs “Peace Of Mind” and “Starlight!” Snowy also performs Alphaville’s classic “Big In Japan” in a rocking metal version that will be the Japanese bonus track on Azoria’s debut album! Snowy is a fantastic vocalist and musician that makes an excellent contribution to Azoria’s debut album! On the album we also find Mike E Gunnardo! Mark is A great metal singer from the bands Nordic Mist and Jawbreakers. Mark sings on the songs “Love It Loud” and “Inside My Heart” on Azoria’s debut album!

We also find a female vocalist on this album! Matilda Eriksson from the Swedish town Borås, and known from Swedish Television broadcast TV4-Körslaget, is singing the awesome song “When You Sleep.” Matilda has an incredible voice that makes this song into a masterpiece! Azoria will please many metal fans in Japan but also around the world, especially all followers of ReinXeed as the connection is strong and you will hear great music elements and inspiration from ReinXeed, Iron Maiden, HammerFall, and Edguy on Azoria’s debut album! Azoria is right now in preparations for their live shows and very excited to perform live and start touring in 2014!

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-Anette Olzon: New Video From Former Nightwish Front Woman Now Playing At

In celebration of her forthcoming debut solo outing, SHINE, former Nightwish front woman, Anette Olzon, is pleased to unveil the official video for the track “Lies.”

Directed by Patrick Ullaeus (Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil, In Flames, Sonata Arctica), the striking visuals perfectly complement the enormous range of Olzon’s velvety vocal serenades. “‘Lies’ is actually a divorce song,” Olzon elaborates. “When I entered Nightwish, my [now] ex-husband wanted to divorce me. So in the middle of becoming a big singer in a big band and having my dreams fulfilled, I also had to go through a very hard divorce with a little son. I think I needed to write a song about that.” However, a song like that can work on different levels, she agrees. “That thing with Nightwish was also like a divorce, a really hard divorce. It’s always like that when people separate and go in different directions with hurt feelings.”

View “Lies,” currently playing at, at .

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 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, crossing the borders between melancholy and hope; fragility and power.

SHINE track listing:
1. Like A Show Inside My Head
2. Shine
3. Floating
4. Lies
5. Invincible
6. Hear Me
7. Falling
8. Moving Away
9. One Million Faces
10. Watching Me From Afar

SHINE will be released in North America via Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMusic, on April 8, 2014.

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-Escape Music To Release Debut From Linda & The Punch

Linda & The Punch – OBSESSION
Label: Escape Music
Style: Hard Rock
Release: March 21, 2014

Track list:
1. What A Shame (3:21)
2. Cold Cold World (3:36)
3. Welcome To London (3:47)
4. Wake Up Dreaming Of You (3:44)
5. Nothing Of Anything (3:18)
6. Bite (4:25)
7. Looking Out For Number One (3:10)
8. Kill The Lights (3:46)
9. Lost For Words (3:51)
10. Love Kills Me (3:11)
11. Because The Night (3:41)

Specials: Linda is 21 years old and hot to rock! The songs are written by Steve McEwan (Robbie Willams, Foreigner, Roger Daltrey), Herman Rarebell (Scorpions), and Tommy Denander (Paul Stanley). Produced by Michael Voss (Michael Schenker, Mad Max)!

Wow! Linda is 21 years old and hot to rock! After finishing successful her school exams “Linda” has devoted her life to music and now with her band The Punch she is ready to take over the world. The songs are produced by Michael Voss (Michael Schenker, Udo Lindenberg, etc.) and Linda has collected some great international writers for her album such as Jeff Franzel (Taylor Dayne, NSync, Chuck Wicks), Steve McEwan (Robbie Willams, Foreigner, Eminem, James Blunt, Roger Daltrey), Herman Rarebell (Scorpions), and Tommy Denander (Paul Stanley, Swedish Teen Idol).

With special guest appearances by Mark Schulman (Pink) and Pascal Kravetz (Maffay, Bruce Springsteen), Linda and her band have done a great cover version of the anthem “Because The Night” once sung by Patti Smith.

Her style is fresh and wild and can be described as “Pink meets Pat Benatar.” We have hard-hitting choruses and powerful riffs backed with a solid rhythm section and great production. Songs like “What A Shame” and “Bite” are standout examples of what to expect from this talented young lady.

Linda & The Punch are like a breath of fresh air in today’s complex rock world, and this brand new 11-track album is just what we all need to liven up the scene.

Escape Music

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-Lost Society Releases Brand New Track “Lethal Pleasure”

Lost Society, one of the most promising Finnish newcomer bands of our times, have just released the first song of their upcoming new album TERROR HUNGRY. Check out “Lethal Pleasure” at .

Mastermind Samy states: “‘Lethal Pleasure’ was one of the first songs we wrote for the new album and it has very traditional speed metal feel to it with some killer shred solos and some groove! The song is one of the less dark themed songs on the album, it just makes you wanna scream and f*ckin’ bang your head! The song is basically about what we’re doing, thrashing out is our lethal pleasure!! Enjoy this killer tune everybody! Lost Society is back: faster and louder than ever!!!'”

Check out the Nuclear Blast fan interview with the guys:

Part I:

Part II:

The new album TERROR HUNGRY is set to be released April 4 and the four newbies have set their own standards even higher. Produced by Nino Laurenne (Amorphis, Ensiferum, Lordi) at the renowned Sonic Pump studios (Finntroll, Sonata Arctica, Omnium Gatherum), the Finns shred their way through the new record with the energy and speed of an out-of-control freight train, rolling downhill on the way to Thrash-Olymp.

The track list of TERROR HUNGRY reads as follows:

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

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-Author Chris Akin Donates Portion Of “Little Victories” Proceeds To Crisis Hotline

CLEVELAND — Chris Akin, author of “Little Victories: A Tale Of Divorce, Debauchery And Finding Happiness,” will donate 25 percent of proceeds from the sale of his newly-released memoir to Common Ground, a crisis hotline that provides the majority of its services free of charge.

“‘Little Victories’ is not only the tale of my bad year and the struggle I had to go through to get through it,” he explained. “In very large part, it also tells the story about how I had such a great circle of core friends, who I call the ‘Core 9.’ These friends were there for me at every step of the process. When looking for a charity, I chose Common Ground because I simply realize that everyone does not have that luxury of a close circle of people to talk to.”

Common Ground provides a lifeline for individuals and families in crisis, victims of crime, persons with mental illness, people trying to cope with critical situations, and runaway and homeless youths. Helping people in need for more than 40 years, Common Ground serves more than 50,000 individuals per year. 93 percent of every dollar received goes to direct service.

“I am happy to help in some very small way to give back to an organization that provides the kind of service I so desperately needed when I was in the middle of my breakdown,” Akin said. “Common Ground offers a number of services for people going through depression. They offer 24/7 phone support, but also offer online chatting and even text support for people going through emotional struggles and depression.”

“Little Victories,” Akin’s first book, is a 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. It profiles the victories as well as the defeats, from a near-suicidal depression to a final transformation into a stronger, healthier, and happier person.

For over 20 years, Akin has been a larger and louder than life character in the Cleveland media. He currently hosts the “Classic Metal Show,” a no-holds-barred Internet program that airs every Saturday from 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.

“Little Victories” is available in paperback and digital editions from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Read Chris Akin’s in-depth interview in the Cleveland Scene at .

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-NYC Metallists Martyrd Announce Tour Dates With Thrash Metal Trailblazers, Metal Church

Fresh off the release of their newest single and video “Faceless,” New York City’s Martyrd has announced that they will be doing several shows with Metal Church — a band that is often considered to be one of the trailblazers of the thrash metal movement, and responsible for penning such headbanging classics as “Watch The Children Pray.”

“I love Metal Church!” exclaims Martyrd guitarist, Michael Andreas. “Their heavy melodic sound has definitely had a huge influence on me as a musician, and I’m really honored to be able to go out and share the stage with them on this tour.” And as singer Aaron Pollard adds, “F*** yeah! I can’t wait to get on the road again in 2014, what better way to do that than with Metal Church!”

Comprised of singer Pollard, guitarists Michael Andreas and Mike Kitsos, bassist Brian Nichols, and drummer Randall Lee, Martyrd has quickly made a name for themselves on the US east coast. And 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.”

THE MORTAL COIL also reached #14 nationally on the CMJ Loud Rock Charts, while the group also completed their successful “Fall Of The Faithful” fall-winter tour; and enjoyed a strong performance of the album’s single, “Pain Of Reason.” Additionally, Martyrd has shared the stage with countless renowned heavy metal acts, including Children Of Bodom, Black Dahlia Murder, Sonata Arctica, God Forbid, Testament, Death Angel, Ensiferum, and many more.

“‘Faceless’ is my new favorite,” explains Andreas about one of the band’s standout new tracks. “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. Its 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 view the music video for “Faceless” on YouTube ( ), and can purchase the song on iTunes at .

And from March 2-9, Martyrd will be spreading the word throughout the east coast of the US. Don’t dare miss this hard-hitting evening of metal madness!


3/2 – Montage Music Hall, Rochester, NY
3/4 – St. Vitus, Brooklyn, NY
3/5 – JB McGinnes, New Castle, DE
3/6 – Revolution, Amityville, NY
3/7 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
3/8 – Empire, Springfield, VA
3/9 – Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH


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-Scorpion Child Video Premiere: “Kings Highway”

The video for the first track on Scorpion Child’s self-titled debut album, “Kings Highway,” has made its world debut:

Opening with the sound of cicadas, the “Kings Highway” video was directed by award-winning stop-motion animator Jess Cope (Steven Wilson, Storm Corrosion, Devin Townsend) of Owlhouse Studios, whose talents have been seen in the short film “The Astronomer’s Sun,” the British children’s television series “Postman Pat,” and Tim Burton’s feature film, “Frankenweenie.”

Scorpion Child front man Aryn Jonathan Black shares the following about the video: “Jess Cope’s work for our new ‘Kings Highway’ video is masterful! We are enamored by her artistic eye and ability to create a fantasy trip with an ethereal visual that’s captivating and timeless.”

Don’t miss Scorpion Child live:

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

+ HORISONT + Support
28.03. BE Brussels – AB Club
29.03. D München – Droptune Festival
31.03. CH Pratteln – Z7
03.04. AT Innsbruck – Weekender
04.04. D Esslingen – Komma
05.04. AT Wolfsberg – JUZ
06.04. D Lichtenfels – Paunchy Cats
08.04. AT Wien – Arena 3 Raum
09.04. D Darmstadt – Steinbruch Theater
10.04. DE Saarbrücken – Garage
12.04. NL Tilburg – Roadburn Festival (SC only)
13.04. D Rheine – Hypothalamus
15.04. DK Kopenhagen – Beta
16.04. D Berlin – Comet
17.04. D Dresden – Scheune
19.04. D Essen – Turock

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-Calgary’s Every Hour Kills Streaming New Single “Chosen” Produced by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Emmure, Of Mice & Men)

There’s a new sound exploding out of Calgary, AB’s rising metal scene. Every Hour Kills is the new modern melodic metal band featuring ex-Divinity guitarist Sacha Laskow, bassist Brent Stutsky (Breach Of Trust), and drummer Rob Shawcross (ex-Out Of Your Mouth), along with vocalist Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster (Walk As Chaos, Out Of Your Mouth, Autobody).

Over the last two years, the band has been busy in the lab working on recording new songs to be unleashed to the masses. Last year saw their first single “Deliver Us” exposed to the world and set the path for their next knock-out force, “Chosen,” produced by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Emmure, Of Mice & Men, We Can As Romans).

“It was an awesome experience working with an outside producer this time, especially one as talented as Joey. Usually we’ve done everything ourselves, so it was really interesting getting an outside perspective from someone we respect. We are all beyond stoked with the results; Joey definitely added some of his magic to our vision and took the song up to a higher level. Lyrically the song is basically about rising up in the face of adversity, struggling to make our goals and dreams a reality amidst the chaos of the world and other people trying to drag us down. We are all ‘Chosen’ for something, to take our own path and create our own lives,” comments guitarist Sacha Laskow.

To listen to “Chosen,” please visit the following links:

YouTube Stream



Soundcloud – “Deliver Us”

iTunes – “Deliver Us”

Lyric Video – “Deliver Us”

Every Hour Kills plans to continue with their song writing, recording, and preparing for show dates in 2014.

Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster – Vocals
Sacha Laskow – Guitar and Programming
Brent Stutsky – Bass
Rob Shawcross – Drums

Upcoming Show Dates:
Fri, May 2 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W. (Wacken Metal Battle Canada) w/ Moosifix, Train Bigger Monkeys, Burning Effigy, Exit Strategy

For more info, please visit the following links:

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-Chainfist Confirmed For Germany’s Jübek Open Air 2014

Danish metallers Chainfist to be confirmed for Germany’s Jübek Open Air 2014, which takes place August 8 – 10 in Jübek. Chainfist will play the main stage Saturday, August 9, 2014. Other bands confirmed include: Scooter, J.B.O., Malleus, Itchy Poopzkid, Go Go Berlin, The Love Bülow, and Victor & The Blood, to name a few.

Chainfist is currently recording their second album at Hansen Studios with Jacob Hansen, which will be even bigger, more aggressive, and heavier.

Chainfist’s latest video for the song “Mass Frustration” can be viewed at .

Chainfist are:

Jackie Petersen – Vocals
Michael Kopietz – Guitar
Thomas Hvisel – Lead Guitar
Braca Pedersen – Bass
Jesper Heidelbach – Drums

Based in Denmark, their roots firmly planted in the Hard Rock soil, Chainfist’s music sends out tentacles in various directions inspired by none other than themselves.

Chainfist is a unique live experience, giving a professional live show, a frantic and charismatic stage performance for which they have received much credit. The audience is simply carried away by vocalist Jackie Petersen who is always at the edge of the scene with a cut-through-steel-voice, the aggressive solos from Michael Kopietz, backed with a solid, heavy rhythm section by Jesper Heidelbach and Braca Pedersen.

Metal that makes the world go round, your neck break, and your body bounce. Nothing more nothing less.

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-Million Dollar Fix Premieres Upbeat, Killer New Track “Hoptical Illusions” At The Obelisk!

Calgary, Alberta’s Million Dollar Fix have timed the release of their new track perfectly, as the cold-winter blues have set in across most of the Northern Hemisphere and the party-it-away attitude this band brings to the table is excellent medicine. Armed with some seriously upbeat glam riffs and classic stoner-metal breakdowns, “Hoptical Illusions” is here to put a smile on your face and a beer in your hand.

The Obelisk’s H.P. Taskmaster says: “While such ideas as positivity, creative energy, and sharing in meaningful experiences with others seem utterly foreign — and if I’m honest, a little terrifying to my perception — the vigor in ‘Hoptical Illusions’ serves to remind that, yes, these things exist, however old and out of place the notions might make me feel.

“Million Dollar Fix, whose hometown release show is set for March 14 at the Palomino Smokehouse in Calgary, prove themselves to be more than capable songwriters on PSYCHEDELEPHANT, and showcase the malleability of heavy rock to demonstrate more than just the usual round of blues-derived misanthropy. In short, they’ve come to party. They’d like to party with you. See more at:

“An upbeat hook, multi-vocal chorus, weighted low-end groove, and classically swaggering riff permeate the charge in Million Dollar Fix’s ‘Hoptical Illusions.’ . . . The four-song self-release [PSYCHEDELEPHANT] is due March 11, and follows Million Dollar Fix’s 2012 full-length debut, BILLYGOAT, with a buy-us-drinks-ready 22-minute set that takes riffy cues from classic metal and adds a shuffle born of ’70s heavy but given an edge and sense of freshness that can only come from a new generation’s interpretation.”

Experience Million Dollar Fix’s “Hoptical Illusions” at this location:

Preorders for PSYCHEDELEPHANT EP, out March 11 on CD/DD, are now live here:


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-Teramaze Announces New Album, Release Artwork And Track List

Teramaze Returns With Fourth Full-Length Album: ESOTERIC SYMBOLISM

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

The album on Nightmare Records will be distributed by Sony/RED coming to the world April 15 — on TAX DAY!


Their music conjures such adjectives as “Innovative,” “Progressive,” and “Groove-laden” but most notably, “Engaging.” Keeping the fundamental elements of metal alive, Teramaze pushes metal into unchartered territory with guitar work that is incendiary with powerfully aggressive vocals that drive the song.

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

For fans of Pantera, Tool, Metallica, Devin Townsend, & Soilwork… but faster and more melodic. (Think Dream Theater on steroids without the extended wankery.)

Produced/Mixed by Dean Wells and mastered by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Stuck Mojo).

Some quotes on the album:

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

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

PRE-ORDER now at

UPC: 734923006619
Cat #: NMR-578
Style: Metal / Progressive
RELEASE DATE: April 15 – Tax Day!

1. All Seeing Eye
2. Line Of Symmetry
3. Transhumanist
4. Bodies Of Betrayal
5. Parallels-Dual Reality
6. Spawn
7. Punishment By Design
8. Dust Of Martyrs
9. The Divulgence Act *
10. Esoteric Symbolism
11. vi Order Out Of Chaos
12. vii Darkest Days Of Symphony
13. viii In Vitro

* CD version includes track 9 “The Divulgence Act” not available on digital release of the album.

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-The Strigas: Debut Album For Southern Brigade Records

The Apulian label launches on the market a promising new gothic metal band.

The young band The Strigas will approach for the first time the international market next 28 February with the debut album A POISONED KISS TO REALITY, edited by Southern Brigade Records (Natron, Godyva, Golem) and distributed worldwide by Scarlet Records.

The Italian combo offers a sound that takes inspiration with wisdom from Gothic Rock and that supports deeply incisive melodies and choruses with powerful Heavy Metal guitars made at the highest level from a powerful production. The album was recorded between 2012 and 2013 at the renowned Golem Dungeon Studios in Bari (IT) and will consist of 12 tracks for a total duration of about 45 minutes.

Apart from all the specialty shops of the world, you can buy a digital version on all major download platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and CDBaby.

For further information:

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-Volume IV To Release Ripple Music Debut, LONG IN THE TOOTH, In March 2014!

Atlanta’s Volume IV, featuring Joe Carpenter of Nihilist, have just announced the release of their Ripple Music debut album, LONG IN THE TOOTH, which will be coming out in the US on March 11, and is scheduled to hit the European stores on March 14 of 2014!

With equal parts elegant beauty and steamrolling aggression, Volume IV serve up a piece of ear candy for the ages with LONG IN THE TOOTH. This first release with Ripple Music is a concise, 36-minute thrill ride of swampy metal heroics, featuring heavy grooves, classic bluesy stoner riffs, and an overall impending sense of doom. These boys bring back the old school attitude of musical sensibility, working hard to master your instrument, and taking pride in creating a wide pallet of musical styles: Thunderous drumming locked tight within the pocket, bass guitar providing a dense foundation for the thick guitar, and gritty yet melodic vocals that lay on top. In a world where everything is mechanized, click-tracked and auto-tuned, Volume IV does it the only way, the honest way, straight from the gut, which is what we need to make music human again and separate the men from the boys.

Individually the members of Volume IV have shared the stage with legendary acts such as Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Danzig, Mastodon, Corrosion Of Conformity, and Down just to name a few. Led by singer/guitarist Joe Carpenter and filled out by bassist Blake Parris and drummer Troy King, Volume IV is set to stun the music world with one of the most anticipated releases of the year!

For Fans of Black Sabbath, Corrosion Of Conformity, Orange Goblin, Monster Magnet, Down, and Pentagram!

Volume IV – LONG IN THE TOOTH track list:
1. Looking Low For A High
2. Utero/Long In The Tooth
3. Wager
4. Blackwater
5. Save Your Servant
7. Cabal
8. Awake The Dreamer
9. Save Your Prayers
10. Locust Have No King

Volume IV is:
Joe Carpenter – Guitars/Vocals
Troy King – Drums
Blake Parris – Bass


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Up and coming multicultural blues rockers Blues Pills have released the brand new live EP LIVE AT ROCKPALAST.

LIVE AT ROCKPALAST features four songs from the band’s euphorically celebrated gig at Germany’s WDR Rockpalast on October 18, 2013 and is available as a lavish slipcase MCD as well as on high quality 10″ vinyl in various colors.

The track list for LIVE AT ROCKPALAST reads as follows:

1. In The Beginning
2. Black Smoke
3. Little Sun
4. Mind Exit

Commented the band: “Thanks to Rockpalast for letting us release some of the material from the show we did back there in October 2013. We wanted to give our fans a piece of the Blues Pills live experience to have on vinyl or CD.”

Or as MP3 download here:

More on Blues Pills:

“Devil Man” lyric video:

European Tour 2014
presented by Rock Hard (FR), This Is Rock (ES), Blast! (GER), Classic Rock (GER), Visions (GER), (GER)
01.04. FR Lille – La Peniche
02.04. FR Angouleme – La Nef
03.04. FR Nantes – La Scéne Michelet
04.04. FR Bordeaux – Le Bootleg / Make It Sabbathy
05.04. ES Barcelona – Razzmataz 3
06.04. ES Murcia – Garaje
08.04. PT Lisbon – Stairway Club
09.04. ES Madrid – Lemon
10.04. ES Bilbao – Sonora
11.04. FR Bayonne – La Magneto
12.04. FR La Roche Sur Yon – Le Fuzz Yon
13.04. FR Paris – Le Point Ephemere
16.04. FR Mulhouse – Le Noumatrouff
17.04. FR Chambery – Brin d’Zinc
18.04. FR Lyon – Stone Rising Festival
19.04. CH Zürich – Mascotte
25.04. UK London – Desertfest
26.04. BE Antwerpen – Trix
27.04. NL Drachten – Iduna
29.04. DE Brilon – Kump
30.04. DE Osnabrück – Bastard Club
02.05. DE Leipzig – Moritzbastei
03.05. DE Weil der Stadt – JH Kloster
05.05. AT Salzburg – Rockhouse Bar
06.05. AT Innsbruck – Weekender
07.05. DE Augsburg – Spectrum
08.05. IT Bologna – Freak Out Club
09.05. IT Montecchio Maggiore (VI) – E20 Underground
10.05. IT Milano – Lo Fi Club
11.05. AT Graz – Explosiv
13.05. PL Warsaw – Progresja
14.05. PL Gydnia – Desdemona
16.05. DK Aalborg – 1000 Fryd
17.05. DK Lyngby – Templet

Festivals 2014
29. – 31.05. DE Out & Loud Festival, Geiselwind
29. – 31.05. DE Freak Valley Festival, Netphen-Deutz
05. – 07.06. SE Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg
07. – 08.06. DE Gelsenkirchen, Rock Hard Festival
19. – 21.06. DE Metalfest Loreley, St. Goarshausen
20. – 22.06. FR Hellfest, Clisson
31.7. – 3.8. DE Burg Herzberg Festival, Breitenbach am Herzberg

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-Mothership Launches Indiegogo Campaign To Fund Their Second Record And European Tour

Ever wanted to have a Skype jam session with Mothership? A performance in your back yard? An original drum skin? Then this is your chance!

Texas-born rock-and-rollers Mothership are preparing to record their second record, MOTHERSHIP II, which will be released on Ripple Music (on CD, DD and LP), AND they’re also about to head out on their first-ever, two-week European tour with Wo Fat, which will span across Switzerland, Germany, France, and Spain. The band is also confirmed to make their festival debut at Freak Valley Festival in Netphen, Germany. But they need your help. The goal is to raise $10,000 in 40 days to cover recording and transportation, and there are prizes and perks involved for those who donate, including the finished record.

Check out the following message from the band:

To donate to Mothership’s indiegogo campaign and become a crucial part of their second record and European tour, click here:


The minimum amount of $10,000 will help pay for:
• 40 – 45 hours of recording sessions at Crystal Clear Studios in Dallas, TX
• Mixing
• Mastering
• Airfare and baggage fees to and from Europe
• Van and driver fees in Europe
• Merchandise fees in Europe
• Promotion and publicity
• Album artwork design


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-Vornth Streams Entirety Of Iron Tyrant Debut At Halifax Collect

Ultimate Heavy Metallers Vornth stream the entirety of their self-titled debut album, recently released by Italian cult-metal stronghold Iron Tyrant, at taste-making cultural journal Halifax Collect. With a history that stretches back to the dawn of the millennium as well their members’ deep roots in the underground, Vornth at last deliver their debut album, simply titled VORNTH. The 12-track, 57-minute monster is at once warmly familiar and distinctly refreshing. Far from a rote “retro” act, Vornth cobble together all that was great about ’80s speed metal and thrash, as well as proto-black metal sounds, and proceed to unleash epic after headbanging, fist-pumping epic. There’s violence & force, for sure, but there’s also keen attention to nuance and dynamics here across VORNTH, the quartet absolutely hysteric in their deliver yet locked-in and tighter than even the most tech-savvy metal bands. Cloaked in hellfire, choking on sulfur, yet mindful of the eternal, evil power of total HEAVY METAL, the coven of Vornth recalls the likes of classic Razor, Destruction, Exciter, Kreator, and Sacrifice whilst sounding totally, eternally Vornth. Hear for yourself exclusively HERE while reading an exhaustive interview with band, including a track-by-track analysis of VORNTH.

Track listing for VORNTH:
1. 2740°
2. Evil Blood
3. Rapid Death
4. Rip Rip Rip
5. Darkness And Steel
6. Spit Black Fire
7. Devil
8. Bleed
9. Metal Skies
10. Axemurder
11. Death’s Horse
12. Grave Of The Living


-About Heavy Metal’s “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1986” list is online at .

-Blackmore’s Night will tour Europe as follows, in support of DANCER AND THE MOON:

8/1 – Burg Linn, Krefeld, Germany
8/3 – Amphiteater, Hanau, Germany
8/6 – Kloster Hirsau, Calw, Germany
8/9 – Festung Mark, Magdeburg, Germany
8/10 – TBA, Chemnitz, Germany
8/16 – Domplatz, Merseburg (Saale), Germany
8/21 – Kloster Wiblingen, Ulm-Wiblingen, Germany
8/23 – Zitadelle Petersberg, Erfurt, Germany
8/26 – Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany
8/28 – Zabreze, Katowice, Poland
8/31 – TBA, Prague, Czech Republic

The album can be ordered at (iTunes) and (Amazon). See for more.

-Grand Magus’ TRIUMPH AND POWER hit the following spots on the European charts: Germany #21, Austria #36, Switzerland #59, UK #129. Check out the album trailer at , and track-by-track videos at , , and . See for more.

-The first trailer for Tuomas Holopainen’s (Nightwish) solo album THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE is online now at . The album can be pre-ordered at and has this track list: “Glasgow 1877,” “Into The West,” “Duel & Cloudscapes,” “Dreamtime,” “Cold Heart Of The Klondike,” “The Last Sled,” “Goodbye, Papa,” “To Be Rich,” “A Lifetime Of Adventure,” “Go Slowly Now, Sands Of Time,” “A Lifetime Of Adventure” (alternative version) (bonus track). See for more.

-Killwhitneydead fans voted for the song “Tyrant Enthroned,” so it is now streaming at . The song comes from SUFFER MY WRATH, due out March 31.

-Madmen And Dreamers are getting some airplay on Chicago-area radio station WVLP-LP 98.3 FM — “ValpoRadio – The Voice of Valparaiso since 2001.” Listen online to DJ ProgKing’s show “Progression: The Music is All That Matters” at . The band is also “frantically busy getting [their live] show ready for a spring sing through in NYC.” See , , , and for more.

-Miracle Master’s TATTOOED WOMAN is due out March 7 through GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The band features former Pump members Aki Reissmann (guitar), Selly Bernhardt (guitar), Michael Vetter (bass), and Andy Minich (drums) along with singer Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band). There will be a special album release party on March 15 at Rock Cafe KISS in Hechingen, Germany. Check out a video teaser for the event at . The band will play the album in its entirety, and there will be an after-show party. TATTOOED WOMAN track list: “Come Alive,” “Fly Away,” “Stay With Me,” “Forgive Yourself,” “Miracle Master,” “Will To Survive,” “Why Religion,” “Tattooed Woman,” “Highway To Heaven,” “Tear Down The Walls,” “We All Touch Evil.” Check out the video for the title track at . See , , and for more.

-Rhapsody Of Fire’s new video for “Dark Wings Of Steel” is online at .

-Saving Abel’s new single, the Justin Rimer-produced “Love Like Suicide,” features new singer Scotty Austin and is available for free download at .

-Sinbreed’s second “making of” video for their new album SHADOWS — due out March 28 via AFM Records on digi-pak CD and limited edition vinyl — is online at .

-There’s a new interview with Slough Feg singer/guitarist Mike Scalzi at . The band’s new album DIGITAL RESISTANCE is out now in Metal Blade.

-Solstice’s comeback, DEATH’S CROWN IS VICTORY, is out now via Into The Void Records. Check out the track “I Am The Hunter” streaming now at . Band hype: “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.” Album hype: “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.” See , , and for more.

-Tankard’s first studio report video for the upcoming album R.I.B. is online now at . Check it out to see “manager Buffo and drummer Olaf explain the recording progress and reveal some new details of the album.” R.I.B. is due out June 20 through Nuclear Blast. See for more.

-Another live video from Therion’s three-DVD set ADULRUNA REDIVIVA AND BEYOND (Nuclear Blast) has been posted online; check out “Kali Yuga Part I” at . The DVD is due out February 28. See for more.

-Vanishing Point’s DISTANT IS THE SUN is due out through AFM Records on February 21 (outside the US) and March 4 (US). Check out the title track at .

Thanks to Silent Majority Group, Axel Wiesenauer, Mark A. Durstewitz, Matt Rudzinski, and Chad Bowar for help gathering some of this information.

*** OUT ***

Detritus Issue #660

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Issue #660
Week of February 10, 2014

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

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-Black Star Riders Announce Plans For Second Studio Album

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-Edguy Release Cover Artwork, Announce European Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for more information!

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-Y&T / Meniketti Update

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

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

Home Sweet Home

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

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

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

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

Fly The Colors

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

Monsters Of Rock — Sold Out

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

Y&T Shows

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

Stay tuned! Many more 2014 tour dates to come!

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your support!


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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Available only on the Deluxe Edition

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

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

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-Rock Against MS: Online Rock Auction Announced

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

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

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

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



About Multiple Sclerosis

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

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

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

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

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

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-Threshold Studio Update Posted!

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

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

The provisional track list is as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also available

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

Limited 180 gram vinyl LP edition
Esoteric Antenna EANTLP 1028

Side One:

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

Side Two:

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

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Release Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Track Listing:

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

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

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

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

To view Hellion’s video blog, visit here:

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

Hits ReverbNation’s Top Spot In Boston

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

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

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

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

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

Relevant Links:

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

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

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

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

The track list will read as follows:

DVD 1:

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

DVD 2:

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

Bonus DVD 3:

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

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-Eden’s Curse Announces UK Headlining Tour

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

The dates are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

Check for further information and details.

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-Tuomas Holopainen Update

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

Video For “A Lifetime Of Adventure” Released!

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

You can watch it here:

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

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

New Single “A Lifetime Of Adventure” Out Now!

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

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

Order the single here:
Or via iTunes here:

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

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

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

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

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

“Halo Of Blood Over North America” Tour:

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

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-Tankard Recording New Album R.I.B.

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

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

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

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

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

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-Total Metal Festival: Kreator And Behemoth!

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

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

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

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

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

For further information:

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

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

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

Track Listing:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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-Scorpion Child Announces New Lineup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• “Polygon Of Eyes”

• “Liquor” lyric video

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-Israeli Metallers Switchblade Signs With Rock’N’Growl

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

Switchblade are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nominees List:

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2014:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wacken Metal Battle Canada Promo Video:

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

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit:

Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2014 Lineup:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-About Heavy Metal’s “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1985” list is at .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part 1 – drummer Tommy Portimo

Part 2 – bassist Pasi Kauppinen

Part 3 – guitarist Elias Viljanen

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

-There’s a new Within Temptation interview at .

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

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Detritus Issue #659

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Issue #659
Week of February 3, 2014

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-Frontiers Rock Festival – The Bill!

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

Day 1 – May 1
Three Lions
State Of Salazar

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

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

Tickets are on sale now!

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

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

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

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

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-Evergrey Signs With AFM Records!

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

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

January 27th, Division Two Studios, Sweden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Watch out for A LOT more from us!

“Tom, Rikard, Johan, ——– and ——-”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:

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

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

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-The Lion Roars Again!

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

Confirmed concerts so far in 2014:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Order your copy of VALKYRJA at .

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

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

Cabin Categories, Prices, And More Bands Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join the Cruise, Metalheads!

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

New European Live Dates Announced!

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

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

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

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

Get your tickets at .

Amon Amarth have also confirmed a few European summer festivals.

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

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

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-Furyon Begins Recording New Album

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Collide & Spark” lyrics:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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-Radiant Records: Get Closer Meeting With Neal Morse


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

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

Gemeinschaftsraum Sportpark Kelsterbach
Kirschenallee 56
65451 Kelsterbach


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

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

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

God bless you,


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

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

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

More info:

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-First Band Confirmations For The Hamburg Metal Dayz 2014!

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

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

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

Additional program items will be announced soon.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kirk are:

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

Kirk to tour this March with The Poodles

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the video, please visit the following links:

Blank TV:

Ondes Chocs:


To purchase the single, please visit:

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

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

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


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

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

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-Kilmara’s Teaser For “Cold Rain” Video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FREE Download – Soundcloud stream:

FREE Download – Bandcamp stream:

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

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

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

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

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

For more info, please visit the following links:

Album Pre-Order:


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

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

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

2010 – MIRE (Self-Titled) – EP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Noisey Streaming Entire LP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“World War 3” (live)

Pre-Order Link:

Hi Res Cover Art:

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

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

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

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

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-Mount Salem To Release ENDLESS On Metal Blade Records!

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

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

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

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

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

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-Killwhitneydead Pre-Ordering Has Started

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

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

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

You can preview and place pre-orders here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tribunal Records/Divebomb Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See , , and for more.

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

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

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

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

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

See and for more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See and for more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

See for more.

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

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

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Detritus Issue #658

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Issue #658
Week of January 27, 2014

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

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-Blackwelder — Featuring Primal Fear, Dio Disciples, & Hangar Members — Signs With Rock’N’Growl

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

Blackwelder are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-Frontiers Rock Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-Snake City Music Update

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

2014 – Already… Wow!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gotthard @ the Wisseloord Studios:

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-L.R.S. Debut On The Way

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the album presentation via YouTube following the link below:

DOWN TO THE CORE includes the following track listing:

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

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

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

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

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-Tuomas Holopainen’s Solo Album Details Revealed

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Visit Tuomas Holopainen online at .

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-Adrenaline Rush Signs To Frontiers

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

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

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

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

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-AFM Records News

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

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

Vanishing Point: DISTANT IS THE SUN Album Trailer Available!

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

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

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

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

DEAFER DUMBER BLINDER will be released on March 7.

The band comments:

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

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

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

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

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

AFM Records

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

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

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

Howdy y’all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greetings, thrashers and headbangers!

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

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

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

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

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

“Minority of One”

“Cross Of Babylon”

Album preview

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

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

Rock on!

Earache Records

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-Miracle Master Unveil TATTOOED WOMAN Cover Artwork

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

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

Track listing:

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

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

Miracle Master are:

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

You can expect nothing more than KICK ASS HARD ROCK!

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

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

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

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

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

Relevant Links:

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-Kill Ritual: THE EYES OF MEDUSA Album Teaser

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

Track listing:

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

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

Kill Ritual are:

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

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

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-Lost Society: New Album Details Revealed!

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

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

Artist Jan Meininghaus states about the album cover:

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

The track list of TERROR HUNGRY reads as follows:

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

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

“Kill (Those Who Oppose Me)”

“Trash All Over You”

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

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-Total Metal Festival: A Surprising Tickets Cost!

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

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

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

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

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

For further information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Battlecross’ latest effort, WAR OF WILL, saw the band on the road as a part of 2013’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival and debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the Top Current Albums chart, #2 on the Heatseeker chart, #15 on the Current Hard Music chart, #16 on the Hard Music Overall chart, and #32 on the Independent Albums chart. It didn’t stop here though, as the band also debuted in Canada’s Soundscan charts coming in at #178 Top 200 Current and #25 Hard Music Charts while also landing on the iTunes charts for release date at #103 on the Top 200, #10 on Rock, and #2 on Metal! This marks the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut! WAR OF WILL also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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