Detritus Issue #648

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Detritus
Issue #648
Week of April 8, 2013
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-I’ve been on a Pretty Maids and Killer Dwarfs kick lately. Kinda sounds like a twisted little fairytale, doesn’t it? “The Pretty Maids And The Killer Dwarfs.” – Tim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weblinks:
http://www.blackmoresnight.com/
http://www.candicenight.com/
http://www.facebook.com/candicenightofficial
http://twitter.com/TruCandiceNight
http://www.candice-night.com/
and please visit Blackmore’s-Night-Official-Site on Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A 24-minute compilation of behind-the-scenes video reports from the band’s studio time in Los Angeles can be viewed on YouTube at http://youtu.be/JEx9gD8RPz8 .

Confirmed festival appearances for Black Star Riders include:

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

http://www.blackstarriders.com/

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-Lizzy Borden Launches Selective US Anniversary Shows

Lizzy Borden will be celebrating 30 years of American Metal in 2013 with a brand new show, created from the ground up just for the monumental 30-year anniversary. The new selected shows will encompass songs from each and every Lizzy Borden record to date, including classic songs like “Me Against The World,” “American Metal,” and “Master Of Disguise” plus songs the band has never performed live.

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

For tickets and upcoming tour dates, please see the official website:
http://www.lizzyborden.com/lizzyborden-tourdates.htm

The Band:
Lizzy Borden
Joey Scott
Marten Andersson
Dario Lorina

Videos:
2012 Promo video

Lizzy Borden Official live show

“Tomorrow Never Comes”

“Under Your Skin”

http://www.lizzyborden.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weblinks:
http://www.facebook.com/MAGNUSKARLSSONSFREEFALL

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-Heathen Signs With Nuclear Blast!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit Heathen online:
http://www.heathenthrash.com/
http://www.facebook.com/HEATHEN.OFFICIAL
http://Twitter.com/HEATHENMETAL
http://www.myspace.com/HEATHENMETAL

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

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

http://www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-iced-earth-premiere-new-video-stormrider-from-upcoming-cddvd-live-in-ancient-kourion.html

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

“I Died For You” live audio

“Dystopia” live video

“Damien” live audio

LIVE IN ANCIENT KOURION official DVD trailer

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

http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/iced_earth_live_in_ancient_kourion

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

Iced Earth online:
http://www.icedearth.com/
http://www.facebook.com/officialIcedearth
http://www.myspace.com/icedearth

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

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

Release Date: May 24, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Aldo comments “PROJECT IV continues the line of PROJECT II, III, musically and I’m sure that who loved my second, and third work will appreciate the IV album in the same way and more,” since the production work is “a lot improved” this time and produced by Dario Mollo (Mollo / Martin). The sound of Giuntini’s work is a combination of “the warmth and the power of Black Sabbath’s HEADLESS CROSS, TYR, Rainbow LONG LIVE ROCK & ROLL and RISING and Dio HOLY DIVER with energetic sound of Loudness, the Japanese metal heroes!” While Giuntini’s guitar playing is mainly influenced by Akira Takasaki, Vivian Campbell, Edward Van Halen, Jake E. Lee, John Norum and, of course, Malmsteen.

Handling all vocals once again on PROJECT IV is none other than Tony Martin (ex Black Sabbath), with the help of Ezio Secomandi (on drums), Dario Patti (on keyboards) and Fulvio Gaslini (on bass). “I wanted to have Tony again,” explains Aldo, “because he is my favorite voice and I think that the blend of our styles is just perfect!”

PROJECT IV promises to be like a breath of fresh air and will please the long time fans as well as the new ones, which are bound to fall in love with this great new album.

Lineup:
Aldo Giuntini – Guitars
Tony Martin – Vocals
Fabiano Rizzi – Drums
Roberto Gualdi – Drums
Fulvio Gaslini – Bass
Liz Vandall – Vocals on “Bring On The Night”

Escape Music
http://www.Escape-Music.com/
info@escape-music.com

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-Lion Music Update

Headless Signs To Lion Music

Lion Music are pleased to announce the signing of Headless, a metal band that sees Italian guitarists Walter Cianciusi and Dario Parente teaming up with one of Europe’s premier rock vocalists in Goran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) and a drum legend in Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche).

The forthcoming album GROWING APART sees 10 songs shaped around the classy drumming of Scott Rockenfield and melodic vocals of Goran Edman which fuse hard rock and heavy metal with progressive elements.

GROWING APART gets its digital release through Lion Music on June 7, 2013.

Full release details to follow shortly.

Ashent Update

Following on from the recent success of INHERITANCE, the latest release from Italian progressive metal outfit Ashent, Lion Music are pleased to offer up a timely reissue of the band’s long out-of-print 2006 debut album FLAWS OF ELATION. In addition this new print comes with all-new artwork and the additional bonus of the band’s very first ultra-rare 2003 four-track demo!

FLAWS OF ELATION is a prog-power experience with some modern techno-thrash influences which are reflected in the way Ashent arrange and play guitars and drums. There are also some death metal references, in the mode the band use growling as backing vocals that have their importance in the economy of Ashent’s sound, wisely mixed with a modern prog attitude that uses avant-garde and gothic elements in order to create intense and dramatic music. The atmosphere is very dark, but the vocals of American vocalist Steve Braun are extremely melodic, supported by some beautiful orchestrations.

A video presentation with music and interview from the band can be viewed now at http://youtu.be/4j4XviuwKL0 .

The track “Mhysteric” can be heard in full now at SoundCloud via http://snd.sc/10zIZd4 .

Track Listing:
1. Flaws of Men
2. Mhysteric
3. Awakened’s Transitions
4. Fallen Angel
5. Illusory
6. Silent Remedy
7. Anaemic Ardency
8. Persistence Of Frailty
9. A Puzzled Sentiment
10. Eden
11. Awakened’s Transitions (demo 2003)
12. Fallen Angel (demo 2003)
13. Anaemic Ardency (demo 2003)
14. Eden (demo 2003)

Full album info and CD pre-order can be found at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/flawsofelation.htm .

Lion Music
http://www.lionmusic.com/
http://twitter.com/lionmusic
http://www.facebook.com/LionMusicRecordLabel

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-Famous Underground Reveals Album Cover, Track List, Release Date

Canadian hard rockers Famous Underground — the new project of Nick Walsh, formerly front man of Slik Toxik, together with his longtime bassist/musical partner Laurie-Anne Green at his side — recently inked a worldwide two-album deal with German label Dust On The Tracks Records (DOTT).

The group’s self-titled debut album, which is slated for release on June 7, will be released through Sony (Europe), MVD (USA), RSK (UK) and Universal (Canada).

Track listing:

1. Wasteland
2. Overdrive
3. Dead Weight
4. Love Stands Still
5. Forever And A Day
6. Necropolis
7. Wheel Of Misfortune
8. Mommy Is A Junkie
9. On Broken Wings
10. Bullet Train
11. Hell To Pay

Bonus tracks:

12. Dead Weight (raw and unplugged)
13. On Broken Wings (alternative)

The CD comes in a digi including an eight-page booklet.

Front man Nicholas Walsh recently checked in with the following update: “Just letting you all know that we’ve been prepping for our official debut release. We have done a photo shoot with renowned photographer Darko and have been finishing up the artwork as well as the mixes on our bonus tracks. Though we have been in the studio tracking some ‘new, new’ songs, those will only see the light of day for our upcoming live performances, and will not be a part of our debut release. They will be reserved for F.U. #2. Thanks goes out to all of our Canadian fans for all of your support since the beginning. It’s time to share your homeboys and girl with the rest of the world.”

The Famous Underground lineup is:

Nicholas Walsh – vocals/guitars
Laurie-Anne Green – bass/vocals
Rick Corvese – guitars
Darren Boyd – guitars
Desche Sparboom – drums

According to a press release, Famous Underground’s sound and music is edgy, melodic and hooky bringing a paradigm shift to the arena of rock. It’s been said, that they have created something fresh and exciting in an otherwise stagnated genre. With the conclusion that no-one has definitive comparisons, Carl Begai writer with elite hard rock/metal magazine BW&BK describes the new recording as “it’s a darker if-Metallica-were-Guns N’ Roses direction with this brand new album.”

Famous Underground’s self-titled studio release was produced by Nick Walsh, and mixed by Darius Szczepaniak (The Black Crowes, Sacrifice) at Rouge Valley Studio in Toronto. The new recording takes Walsh’s writing to a more defined state where the lyrics delve more into the complexities of the real world.

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

More information about Famous Underground can be found here:

http://www.facebook.com/famousunderground
http://www.famousunderground.tv

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-Thrashing Europe!

Grab your denim vests and leather jackets, put on those hi-tops and guzzle down a few cold beers: because a true thrash metal triumvirate is ready to lay waste to a bunch of European clubs!!!

Leading the mob are San Francisco veterans Heathen: founded in 1984 — amongst others — by Exodus guitarist Lee Altus, they released two landmark albums with BREAKING THE SILENCE (1987) and VICTIMS OF DECEPTION (1991) before things got a bit quiet in camp Heathen. They returned with the thrash manifesto THE EVOLUTION OF CHAOS in 2010, and now the guys are busy working on new material. Generation Kill are being led by Exodus front beast Rob Dukes and offer a nasty mix of thrash metal and hardcore. Check out their brilliant debut RED, WHITE AND BLOOD and bang those heads! The lineup is completed by Munich-based newcomers Dust Bolt who indulge in old school thrash metal goodness! They have recently released their great debut VIOLENT DEMOLITION.

Here are the dates:

Heathen, Generation Kill, Dust Bolt Tour
07.06.2013 DE Berlin K 17
08.06.2013 SE Sölvesborg Sweden Rock *
09.06.2013 DE Hamburg Marx
11.06.2013 PL Warsaw Progresja
12.06.2013 CZ Prague Nova Chmelnice
13.06.2013 AT Wien Escape Metalcorner
14.06.2013 DE München Backstage
15.06.2013 DE Essen Turock
16.06.2013 NL Eindhoven Dynamo
17.06.2013 DE Lindau Club Vaudeville
19.06.2013 ES Barcelona Razzmatazz 3
20.06.2013 ES Madrid Rockitchen
21.06.2013 FR Clisson Hellfest *
22.06.2013 NL Dokkum Dokk’em Open Air *
23.06.2013 UK London Underworld
25.06.2013 CH Pratteln Galerie
26.06.2013 DE Siegen Vortex
27.06.2013 DE Osnabrück Bastard Club
28.06.2013 BE Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting *
29.06.2013 DE Aalen Rock It
* Heathen only

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-Axemaster To Be Featured On Compilation CD

Axemaster is proud to announce that a new version of the band’s track “Bed Of Nails” (re-mixed, professionally mastered, and featuring Geoff McGraw on vocals) will be one of the songs included on the compilation CD titled METALLIC COMMANDMENTS – VOLUME 1 which is being produced to help publicize the return of the German magazine “That’s METAL.” For complete information about the magazine and its re-launch, please see http://www.facebook.com/ThatsMetalMagazine . The section concerning the compilation is as follows…

“As a special extra the crew of ‘That’s METAL’ compiled an exclusive compilation called METALLIC COMMANDMENTS – VOLUME 1 that consists of ten songs, all of them were unreleased on CD before.

“This CD (including a four-page booklet, playing time: 47 minutes) is ONLY available with issue number 17 of ‘That’s METAL’ magazine: Steel Prophet previews the song ‘Trickery Of The Scourge’ from their upcoming OMNISCENT album, Axemaster recorded an exclusive new track called ‘Bed Of Nails’ and Gothic Knights present ‘Valley Of The Kings,’ one of the last recordings with their original singer Rick ‘Warlock’ Sanchez. Chicago’s Ion Vein introduce their new vocalist Scott Featherstone (Enertia) with the song ‘This Is Me’ and the Finnish True Metal band Tombstone provides their new song ‘The Battle Of Kalascha’ from their yet unreleased second album. Metal Funsters Nasty Disaster demand: ‘Don’t Bust My F*cking Balls’ while Dammaj and Skelator present two stunning live versions of their songs ‘Leather Master’ and ‘Birth Of Steel.’ (Former) Attacker members Lou Ciarlo and Mike Sabatini prove with their project University Of Life and the song ‘Invisible Dreams’ that their singer Paul Taylor (ex-Elixir) is the perfect choice for this kind of music and as an exclusive bonus there is also the track ‘Messenger Of Death’ from the legendary 1990 demo tape of Chicago’s Latent Fury.

“For only 10 Euros (plus postage — foreign orders please inquire) you can buy -That’s METAL- issue # 17 including the METALLIC COMMANDMENTS – VOLUME 1 CD through mail orders like underground-power.de. The mag will also be available at the official merchandise booth at Keep It True Festival (19th/20th of April 2013 in Lauda-Koenigshofen).”

The re-mixing and partial re-recording of “Bed Of Nails” caused a slight delay with being able to work on the songs for the album, but things are now moving forward better than ever before. Although still a very slow process, the work on re-writing lyrics and mixing is going even better than expected. Joe Sims said: “I always had really high hopes for this album, but now with the totally killer job Geoff’s doing with his writing and performance and with the production sounding the way it is, I think this is gonna turn out to be something very special.”

http://www.facebook.com/axemasterofficial
http://www.reverbnation.com/axemasterofficial

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-Motortrain Take To The Road

WESTVILLE, OK — Ump, guitarist and lead vocalist for Oklahoman red dirt rockers Motortrain, has been hard at work for the past few months writing and demo-ing material for the band’s sophomore effort. A road dog at heart, he’s decided that it’s time to take a break from being cooped up and has decided to test some of his new songs in front of an audience. “Our debut EP was fun, but it was rushed. Over the last year we’ve all really been diggin’ deep to build this full-length album out. We didn’t want to make an album just because it was time, we wanted to make one because we had something to say. Of course, when you’ve been stuck in the studio all winter like we have, you want to get out and stretch your legs a bit, so that’s what we’re gonna do. Get out, road test some new songs, and meet some new faces.”

The new release, a full-length, self-titled album is scheduled for release in late summer of 2013 and will feature songs such as “Briars And Barbed Wire,” a hat-tip to the band’s state line location and the rivalries that run between them, and “Whiskey Fingers” which pays tribute to lead singer Ump’s granddad, Don Schauf, who played peddle steel and fiddle up in Wichita, KS back in his day. He was in the local backing band for anyone who came through town, playing for folks like Earnest Tubb, Waylon, and Merle. Because he was stricken with Polio he never got to tour, so instead the band is taking his legacy on the road.

Motortrain dates are as follows:

April 4 – Tulsa, OK – Tankz
April 6 – Phoenix, AZ – The Blooze
April 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Steel Horse Saloon
April 8 – Prescott, AZ – The Drunken Lass
April 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Burt’s Tiki Lounge
April 19 – Ft. Smith, AR – Hero’s Underground.

Relevant Links:

http://www.motortainmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/motortrainband
http://www.reverbnation.com/motortrain

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-Napalm Records News

Atrocity – OKKULT Preview

Click on the link below to listen to the album preview of Atrocity’s latest long-player, OKKULT. Furthermore, you can pre-order the first part of the Dark Metal Trilogy via our mail order!

Atrocity – OKKULT Pre-listening

Official Website
http://www.atrocity.de/

F.K.Ü. – 4: RISE OF THE MOSH MONGERS Preview

Mosh but not least, you get the chance to listen to the new F.K.Ü. album 4: RISE OF THE MOSH MONGERS. Click on the link below to listen to the album, which will be released on April 26. Get your copy now!

F.K.Ü. – 4: RISE OF THE MOSH MONGERS Pre-listening

Official Website
http://www.moshoholics.com/

Månegarm – LEGIONS OF THE NORTH

Heathen warriors everywhere! Check out the cover artwork and track list of Månegarm’s upcoming album LEGIONS OF THE NORTH!

Markus André (Månegarm):
“After nearly 20 years of rock ‘n’ roll and seven released albums, Månegarm are back with their brand-new effort — LEGIONS OF THE NORTH. LEGIONS OF THE NORTH is an album full of hard-hitting melodies and ear-catching refrains, all spiced with the special Månegarm flavor and served to you all in the best way. We’re very proud to present this new album, and we really hope that you will enjoy it. The Wolf is back… prepare for war!!”

Release Dates:
26.06.2013 ESP/SWE/NO
28.06.2013 G/A/S, FIN & Benelux
01.07.2013 Rest of Europe
09.07.2013 USA/CAN

Track List:
1. Arise
2. Legions Of The North
3. Eternity Awaits
4. Helvegr
5. Hordes Of Hel
6. Tor Hjälpe
7. Wake The Gods – Bonus Track Limited Edition
8. Vigverk
9. Sons Of War
10. Echoes From The Past
11. Fallen
12. Forged In Fire
13. Raadh

Official Website
http://www.manegarmsweden.com/

Napalm Records
http://www.napalmrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords
http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

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-Rock And Shock Invades Metal Fest!

Meet some of the biggest names in horror and music at the 15th Annual New England Metal And Hardcore Fest, courtesy of Rock And Shock.

Rock And Shock is coming… (insert “Jaws” theme for thematic effect)… to the 15th Annual New England Metal And Hardcore Festival at the Worcester Palladium on April 19, 20 and 21!

Rock And Shock will be on hand in the event’s main room with a bevy of special guests that include some of the most popular local New England horror talent including Kip Weeks (actor, “The Strangers”) and Nick Principe (actor, “Laid To Rest,” “Chromeskull”), as well as Joe Knetter (author, “Twisted Loneliness,” “Zombie Bukkake”), Sarah French (actress, “Striper Club Slasher,” “Shriek Of The Sasquatch”) and Christopher Ott (artist, Pig Destroyer, Eyehategod)! Each will have their own signing times (TBD) but they will also be hanging around for most of the weekend as fans giving concert-goers the unique opportunity to watch legendary bands like Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies with some of the biggest names in horror!

Rock And Shock will also be hosting meet and greets and signings for Shadow’s Fall, Black Breath, Goatwhore, and Job For A Cowboy at their booth as well as offering giveaways, raffles, merch from past years, and best of all — news on the first couple of guests for this year’s 10th anniversary of Rock And Shock. Wicked Bird Media will also be making a guest appearance and playing horrifyingly fun Horror Trivia for prizes!

Additionally, there will also be complimentary Rock And Shock Invades Metal Fest signing posters available for FREE.

Check out the array of NEMHF ticket packages and the full festival lineup RIGHT HERE:

http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/

Tickets to Metal Fest are available at the Palladium box office, FYE stores and tickets.com.

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-Vancouver Prog Rockers Fen To Play Powder Rocket Stage At World Ski & Snowboard Fest In Whistler, BC On April 20

Vancouver prog rockers Fen have been invited to warm things up on the Powder Rocket stage at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler, BC on April 20. Kicking off their set at noon, Fen will be sharing the stage with DJ Wake Up, Versus The Nothing and Deadwax Collective.

For more info please visit http://powderrocket.com/wssf/ .

In additional news, Fen have announced they will be giving away FREE band T-shirts to make room for new merchandise as they encourage their fans to share their tunes and increase their social media presence.

The band has commented the following:

“Dear Grumps,

“We’re clearing out our merch closet and using it as a shameless excuse to pull a few more listeners out of the woodwork. We’ll give away 10 T-shirts if we reach 1,000 likes on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/fenmusic . After that, we’ll give away five shirts for every additional 500 likes until supplies are gone. The selection will be made on April 12.

“And how will we make the crucial decision of who gets the shirts?

“We’re still sorting that part out. We’re considering a kind of ritualistic monkey dance that will involve the four of us uprooting house plants then hurling our feces at the computer monitor. Whichever names get covered up on our Facebook page, we’ll contact those people and mail the shirts to their homes.

“Shamlessly yours,
“Doug, Jeff, Sam & Nando”

http://www.fenmusic.ca/

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-Demon Lung Full-Length Debut To Be Released June 4

Candlelight Records today confirms June 4th as the North American release date for THE HUNDREDTH NAME, the full-length debut from Las Vegas-based epic doom band Demon Lung. The eight-song album was recorded with Adam Myatt and Billy Anderson (Neurosis, The Melvins, Sleep) and features artwork by English illustrator Tom Bates (Vision Of Disorder, Amorphis).

THE HUNDREDTH NAME is a conceptual album as previously confirmed by drummer Jeremy Brenton. Its story line follows, “The long-begotten son of Satan, who’s been sent to earth to assemble the three parts of the devil’s bible so that we can speak the name of God in reverse and undo creation.” Songstress Shanda Fredrick adds, “We have had the concept idea for the album for a few years. We have just been waiting until we signed to a proper label to finish writing it. Working with Billy was a dream come true for us. He has been like a fifth member of the band, a mentor, and just an all-around awesome friend. He helped us craft something that we are very proud of.”

Formed in 2011, Demon Lung features guitarist Phil Burns and bassist Patrick Warren, with Fredrick and Brenton. The band has a singular EP, PAREIDOLIA (Bandcamp 2012), currently available. The recording was favorably received by international media. “Earthy-yet-horror-themed doom metal a-la Candlemass,” said Metal Hammer. “Their hazy atmosphere and unorthodox way of playing guitar in a doom metal band is an interesting approach that doom fans should immediately check out,” noted Metal Archives. “Their music is clearly from the soul,” added Ave Noctum. In their still short history, the band has performed alongside Pentagram, High On Fire, Jucifer, Witch Mountain, and Castle, among others.

THE HUNDREDTH NAME Track Listing:
1. Binding Of The Witch
2. Devil’s Wind
3. Eyes Of Zamiel
4. A Decade Twice Over A Day
5. Heathen Child
6. Hex Mark
7. Hallowed Ground
8. Incantation (The Hundredth Name)

Demon Lung has announced the following dates in April. Additionally, the band are set as a featured performer at the third installment of the Doom In June Festival (also featuring The Skull, Manilla Road, Karma To Burn, Ancestors, Las Cruces, Castle, and more). Doom In June is sponsored by Heavy Planet, Planet Fuzz, Doom Metal Alliance, and Hellride Music.

4/16/2013 The Bunkhouse – Las Vegas, NV w/ Ides Of Gemini
4/19/2013 The Joint – Los Angeles, CA w/ Crowned By Fire, Behold! The Monolith
4/20/2013 Favorites – Las Vegas, NV w/ Ultra Electric Mega Galactic, The Freeks
5/09/2013 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV w/ Cauldron
5/30/2013 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA w/ Castle
5/31/2013 Whisky Dicks – S. Lake Tahoe, CA w/ Castle
6/01/2013 Doom in June Festival/Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
6/02/2013 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ w/ Castle

http://www.facebook.com/demonlungband
http://www.demonlungband.com/
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/

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-Kalmah: Finnish Death Metal Legion To Release Seventh Studio Album Via Spinefarm Records

Teaser Track + Studio Footage Posted

Finnish death metal legion Kalmah are pleased to unleash their seventh studio offering this June. Titled SEVENTH SWAMPHONY, the follow-up to 2010’s critically lauded 12 GAUGE release, was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi, Finland, and features eight tracks, mixed and mastered at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Paradise Lost, et al).

Comments lead guitarist Antti Kokko: “This album marks a milestone in our careers. We have a new keyboard player [Veli-Matti Kananen], which has given a fresh edge to the music, and we are of course very satisfied with the new material. That is why we wanted to give the songs the best possible chance without compromise; we feel very lucky and privileged to have worked with Jens Bogren.”

Kalmah’s latest production showcases the Oulu outfit’s signature brand of frantic, yet melodic death metal tempered here by a new-found epic mournfulness.

Check out epic pummel of fifth track “Windlake Tale” as well as studio footage at this location:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/04/04/kalmah-finnish-death-metal-legion-to-release-seventh-studio-album-via-spinefarm-records/

Kalmah (“From The Grave” in Karelian) will play Dark River Festival ( https://www.facebook.com/DarkRiverFestival ) in Finland this Summer with more festival and UK touring plans to be announced. Stay tuned for details.

SEVENTH SWAMPHONY will be released in North America via Spinefarm Records this June. Further details to be announced in weeks to come.

http://www.kalmah.com/
http://spinefarmrecords.com/usa
http://www.facebook.com/SpinefarmRecordsUS

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-Avantasia’s THE MYSTERY OF TIME is out now on Nuclear Blast. Hype: “Many journalists have already stated, that the album might be the most enchanting and complete Avantasia adventure of all time.” Check out a full album stream at the German newspaper Bild’s site, at http://www.bild.de/unterhaltung/musik/metal-hammer/album-der-woche-avantasia-mystery-of-time-29674438.bild.html . See http://www.tobiassammet.com/ for more.

-Bullet’s new video for “Rolling Home” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IROr0PkAkLg . The track comes from 2012’s FULL PULL (Nuclear Blast). See http://www.bullet.nu/ for more.

-Chariots Of The God have a new live video of their song “Unbound,” performed March 7 on “Ottawa Live Music” on CKCU 93.1 FM, online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8VNlI9hQfg . See http://www.chariotsofthegods.net/ , http://www.facebook.com/chariotsofthegods , and http://twitter.com/chariotsotgods for more.

-Chase The Ace — “Israel’s hottest property” — will release ARE YOU READY? through Z Records on April 22. Hype has the album “featuring 15 suckerpunch classics.” Track list: “Are You Ready?,” “The Cat Is On The Loose,” “Rock Bottom Rocknroll,” “Made Out Of Ice,” “Change My Ways,” “California,” “Dear Deamon,” “Raise Your Glass,” “Morning Wood,” “Tapped Out,” “Burned Me Down,” “Bring You Back,” “Take Me Home,” “We’re Taking Over,” “Feel Like A Fool.” The CD can be pre-ordered with free shipping until April 21 at http://www.z-records.com/ .

-The second album trailer for Children Of Bodom’s HALO OF BLOOD is online now at http://youtu.be/YieIHJ53bVM . Info: “In this video, Janne [Wirman, keyboards] and Jaska [Raatikainen, drums] talk about the cover artwork, songwriting and recording process of the new album.” See http://www.cobhc.com/ for more.

-A preview of the tracks from Escape’s BORDERLINE (Z Records) is online at http://youtu.be/OZn1N4x1XoU . Hype: “The AOR revolution is here!!!!”

-Flood The Engine is a new band featuring singer Jimmy Kunes (Cactus, Savoy Brown), guitarist Bill Leverty (FireHouse), bassist Keith Horne (Peter Frampton, Heart), and drummer Andre LaBelle (Vinnie Vincent, Josh Todd, Chris Holmes). The debut self-titled release falls under the genres of rock, blues-rock, and hard rock. Check out http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/floodtheengine for info on how you can pledge money towards and buy the release. Pledge rewards include exclusive band/album updates; signed posters, CDs, and drum heads; T-shirts; handwritten lyric sheets; a phone call from Leverty; Skype lessons from LaBelle, Leverty, or Horne; your name in the liner notes; drinks with the band members; and even the album’s masters! See http://www.FloodTheEngine.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/FloodTheEngine , and http://twitter.com/FloodTheEngine for more.

-Issue #55 of Frontiers Records’ free Melodic Rock Fanzine (MRG) is out now, “all over the world through record shops, mail orders and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases.” The issue has two covers and includes album reviews plus interviews with Whitesnake, Stryper, De La Cruz, N.O.W., Avantasia, Lordi, Charming Grace, Laneslide, The New Black, Covered Call, Sebastian Bach, Pretty Maids, Heartbreak Radio, Snowfall, and more. Check it out online at http://www.frontiers.it/ and http://issuu.com/frontiers_records/docs/mrf55 .

-The Iron Maidens will have their show this Sunday, April 14, streamed live from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. PST. Hype: “Win Tickets to the Saint Rocke show, Get secret discount codes for show cover charge! Ask the girls questions, It’s all here and it’s all LIVE!” See http://www.ustream.tv/new/search?q=the%20iron%20maidens for more. There is a sneak peek at the band’s big screen theatrical debut, in “Badass Babes” this summer, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqkW_Df6HVE . The Maidens also has new merchandise — including glow-in-the-dark T-shirts, silicon wristbands, baseball caps, ladies’ T-shirts, photo travel mugs, and more — available at http://www.theironmaidens.com/store/3store.html . Upcoming shows:

4/13 – Shamrocks, Chino Hills, CA
4/14 – LIVE Web Broadcast
4/19 – Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA
4/27 – Tropicana Express, Laughlin, NV
5/11 – The Slidebar, Fullerton, CA (3:00 p.m. matinee show)
5/17 – Happy Hour Bar & Grill, Loveland, CO
5/18 – Jammin Joe’s, Arvada, CO
5/25 – The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
6/8 – TBA, Toronto, ON (Canada)
6/15 – 105 Brigada De Infanteria, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
6/22 – Club 366, Ogden, UT
6/28 – The Music Room, Dubai, UAE

See http://www.theironmaidens.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/TheIronMaidensOfficial , and http://www.myspace.com/theironmaidens for more.

-The Spanish metal band Kilmara will support Vicious Rumors on May 5 at Sala Boveda (a.k.a. Mephisto) in Barcelona, Spain. Hype: “After a few months without playing live Kilmara will be the special guest at the Vicious Rumors show in Barcelona. Kilmara will play for a very first time a few songs from their upcoming album LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES that will be released after summer.” See http://www.kilmara.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/kilmaraofficial for more.

-The Swedish doom metal band Memory Garden has released the third and final single from DOOMAIN, “Daughters Of The Sea.” Check it out at http://www.metal.de/doom-metal/news/memory-garden/53660-exklusiver-stream-zur-neuen-single-daughters-of-the-sea-vom-album-doomain/ . DOOMAIN is out April 12 via Metal Blade Records. See http://www.memorygarden.se/ and https://www.facebook.com/memorygardenofficial for more.

-The second trailer for Orchid’s THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS (Nuclear Blast) is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPZpjCemApY . In the video, “singer Theo Mindell talks about the songwriting and influences.” THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS is due out April 26. See http://www.orchidsf.com/ for more.

-Popdose has a cool Queensryche poll at http://popdose.com/toddsryche-vs-tatesryche-you-decide/ . Check it out to hear tracks from both versions of the band — the Geoff Tate version’s “Cold,” from the upcoming FREQUENCY UNKNOWN; the Todd La Torre version’s “Redemption,” from the upcoming REDEMPTION — and vote your opinion.

-Upcoming Y&T shows:

5/9 – Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA (all ages)
5/10 – Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA
5/11 – Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA (all ages)
5/18 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA (w/ Richie Kotzen) (all ages)
7/26 – Knitting Factory Concert House, Reno, NV (all ages)
7/27 – Ace Of Spades, Sacramento, CA (all ages)
9/17 – Robin 2, Bilston, UK
9/19 – ABC O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
9/20 – O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK
9/21 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
9/22 – Fibbers, York, UK
9/24 – Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
9/25 – O2 Academy, Bristol, UK
9/26 – The Brook, Southampton, UK
9/27 – O2 Academy, London, UK
9/28 – Le Forum, Vauréal, France
10/1 – Spirit Of 66, Verviers, Belgium
10/4 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
10/5 – Blues Garage, Isernhagen, Germany
10/6 – Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany
10/8 – Backstage Club, Munich, Germany
10/9 – Z7 Konzertfabrik, Pratteln, Switzerland
10/11 – Poppodium Romein, Leewarden, The Netherlands
10/12 – De Pul, Uden, The Netherlands
10/13 – Patronaat, Haarlem, The Netherlands
10/15 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
10/18 – TBA, Annecy, France
10/24 – Debaser Medis, Stockholm, Sweden
10/25 – Sticky Fingers, Göteborg, Sweden
10/26 – KB Kulturbolaget, Malmö, Sweden
10/31 – Rock City, Valencia, Spain
11/1 – Salamandra, Barcelona, Spain
11/2 – Escenario Santander, Santander, Spain

See http://www.YandTRocks.com/ and http://www.meniketti.com/ for more.

Thanks to Bill Leverty, Meniketti.com, Axel Wiesenauer, Dw. Dunphy, Jon Asher, Mark Alger, and Bill “Commando” Kotowski for help gathering some of this information.

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-Judas Priest Celebrates 40 Years Of Heavy Metal Dominance With EPITAPH, 23-Song Live Concert Blu-Ray/DVD

Closing Night Of “Epitaph World Tour” — The Band’s Final World Tour — Recorded At London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo In May 2012

Blazing Live Versions Of At Least One Song From Each Of Judas Priest’s 14 Classic Albums From 1974 To 2008

Blu-Ray Or Separate DVD Available Everywhere May 28, 2013, Through Legacy Recordings

Judas Priest, the heavy metal legends whose influence on generations of musicians and metalheads is incalculable, celebrate their 40th year as recording artists this year with the release of the live concert EPITAPH. A unique live career retrospective, EPITAPH will be released on Blu-ray and separate DVD on May 28th through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. This release precedes a new studio album by Judas Priest which the band are working on now.

Judas Priest’s current lineup comprises lead singer Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis. Heavy metal historians will regard EPITAPH as the most far-reaching live concert recording in the band’s career. The set revisits the climactic closing date of the 50-week “Epitaph World Tour,” captured live at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on May 26, 2012. Adding to the drama is the fact that this was Judas Priest’s final large-scale world tour ever. EPITAPH’s 23 tracks represent at least one song from every one of the band’s 14 studio albums, from 1974’s ROCKA ROLLA (“Never Satisfied”) to 2008’s NOSTRADAMUS (“Prophecy”).

In the special case of BRITISH STEEL, four songs are featured: “Rapid Fire,” “Metal Gods,” “Breaking The Law,” and perennial set closer, “Living After Midnight.” Others exempted from the one-song-quota are the LPs which appeared before and after BRITISH STEEL. The first of these is 1979’s HELL BENT FOR LEATHER (UK title: KILLING MACHINE) which lends the title song as well as “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown).” The other LP is 1982’s SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE, source of “The Hellion,” “Electric Eye,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.”

“They have epitomized the genre with their Harley riding front man, rapid-fire guitar assaults, and spectacular stage shows,” wrote journalist Bryan Reesman in his liner notes for 2004’s leather-bound, metal-spiked METALOGY box set. “Influential, innovative, and exuberant in expression,” he wrote, “they are the true Metal Gods who have been as unwavering in their desire to expand the boundaries of their music as they have been in crossing international borders to deliver it to their disciples.”

“Unabashedly committed to their cause, and unrepentant in proclaiming themselves a true heavy metal band even when others have shied away from the term, Judas Priest have forever been defenders of the faith.”

EPITAPH by Judas Priest
(Columbia/Legacy: Blu-Ray 88765481119, DVD 88883715539)

Selections: 1. Battle Hymn (L) • 2. Rapid Fire (F) • 3. Metal Gods (F) • 4. Heading Out To The Highway (G) • 5. Judas Rising (M) • 6. Starbreaker (C) • 7. Victim Of Changes (B) • 8. Never Satisfied (A) • 9. Diamonds And Rust (C) • 10. Prophecy (N) • 11. Night Crawler (L) • 12. Turbo Lover (J) • 13. Beyond The Realms Of Death (D) • 14. The Sentinel (I) • 15. Blood Red Skies (K) • 16. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (E) • 17. Breaking The Law (F) • 18. Painkiller (L) • 19. The Hellion (H) • 20. Electric Eye (H) • 21. Hell Bent For Leather (E) • 22. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (H) • 23. Living After Midnight (F).

Album index:
A – from ROCKA ROLLA (originally issued 1974, on Gull Records)
B – from SAD WINGS OF DESTINY (originally issued 1976, on Gull Records)
C – from SIN AFTER SIN (originally issued 1977, on Columbia Records)
D – from STAINED CLASS (originally issued 1978, on Columbia)
E – from HELL BENT FOR LEATHER (originally issued 1979, on Columbia; aka KILLING MACHINE in UK)
F – from BRITISH STEEL (originally issued 1980, on Columbia)
G – from POINT OF ENTRY (originally issued 1981, on Columbia)
H – from SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE (originally issued 1982, on Columbia)
I – from DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH (originally issued 1984, on Columbia)
J – from TURBO (originally issued 1986, on Columbia)
K – from RAM IT DOWN (originally issued 1988, on Columbia)
L – from PAINKILLER (originally issued 1990, on Columbia)
M – from ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION (originally issued 2005, on Epic Records)
N – from NOSTRADAMUS (originally issued 2008, on Epic)

Visit:
JudasPriest.com
LegacyRecordings.com

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-Iron Maiden’s MAIDEN ENGLAND ’88 Concert Released On DVD, CD & LP

Now available for the very first time on DVD, this live show was filmed across two sold-out nights at Birmingham N.E.C Arena, UK in November 1988 during the band’s SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON World Tour. Disc one contains the concert which has been specially upgraded and extended from the existing 1989 long-form VHS release and now includes three previously unreleased encores: “Running Free,” “Run To The Hills,” and “Sanctuary,” thereby completing the full concert with a total running time of 110 minutes. Maiden’s own Film Producer and Director Andy Matthews went back to the 1988 edit and painstakingly re-mastered each shot digitally.

Disc two is an extensive bonus disc featuring an exclusive documentary charting Part 3 in the HISTORY OF IRON MAIDEN. This 40-minute film comprises recent interviews with the five band members and manager Rod Smallwood. Other special extras on the bonus disc include TWELVE WASTED YEARS. First released as a long-form VHS in 1987 and available for the first time on DVD, this documentary includes archive interviews and dynamic live footage from the band’s beginnings in the now legendary Ruskin Arms pub, via London’s Marquee club and three World Tours. Five promo videos for the singles from the aforementioned albums are also featured.

The MAIDEN ENGLAND ’88 concert soundtrack is also available as a 2-CD set, limited edition double vinyl picture disc, and digital download formats. The double CD offers a total of five tracks previously unavailable on CD, making this the first full and complete audio recording release of this historic tour.

Disc One – MAIDEN ENGLAND ’88
Set List –
Moonchild
The Evil That Men Do
The Prisoner
Still Life
Die With Your Boots On
Infinite Dreams
Killers
Can I Play With Madness
Heaven Can Wait
Wasted Years
The Clairvoyant
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
The Number Of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden
Run To The Hills*
Running Free*
Sanctuary*

*previously unreleased.

Disc Two – THE HISTORY OF IRON MAIDEN PART 3
The History Of Iron Maiden – Part 3
12 WASTED YEARS
“Wasted Years” promo video
“Stranger In A Strange Land” promo video
“Can I Play With Madness” promo video
“The Evil That Men Do” promo video
“The Clairvoyant” promo video

For more information, visit http://www.ironmaiden.com/ .

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-Kiss: Announcing The 2013 North American MONSTER Tour

20 Dates In Canada In July, Presales Start Today

It’s the announcement the Kiss Army has been waiting for!

The Hottest Band in the World has just announced a North American tour that will take the band all over Canada, beginning July 5 in Victoria, BC. Most tickets go on sale this Friday, April 5 so be sure to check the tour page for all the details.

http://www.kissonline.com/tour/

Kiss Army Fan Club members have access to the exclusive presale beginning today. Members also get first shot at the ALL NEW VIP packages, including Meet and Greets.

Check out the presale schedule below and if you’re not already a member of the Kiss Army Fan Club and you want access to these presales, PLUS great member benefits, click here:

http://www.kissonline.com/service/subscribe/

PLEASE NOTE: Fan Club members should log in to KISSonline and read all of the instructions at the top of the tour page when accessing the presales.

PRESALES BEGIN TODAY, APRIL 2 AT 9 A.M.:
July 5 – Save On Foods Memorial Center (Victoria, BC)
July 6 – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena (Vancouver, BC)
July 8 – Prospera Place (Kelowna, BC)
July 12 – Rexall Place (Edmonton, AB)
July 14 – Credit Union Centre (Saskatoon, SK)
July 18 – MTS Centre (Winnipeg, MB)
July 29 – Bell Centre (Montreal, QC)
July 31 – Harbour Station (Saint John, NB)
Aug 1 – Metro Centre (Halifax, NS)
Aug 3 – Mile One Stadium (St. John’s, NFLD)
Aug 4 – Mile One Stadium (St. John’s, NFLD)

PRESALES BEGIN TODAY, APRIL 2 AT 10 A.M.:
July 25 – Scotiabank Place (Ottawa, ON)
July 26 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (Toronto, ON)
July 27 – Budweiser Gardens (London, ON)

PRESALES BEGIN TOMORROW, APRIL 3 AT 10 A.M.:
July 10 – Enmax Centre (Lethbridge, AB)
July 13 – Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary, AB)
July 16 – Evraz Place (Regina, SK)
July 17 – Keystone Centre (Brandon, MB)
July 23 – Sudbury Arena (Sudbury, ON)

See you this summer!

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-Dio Disciples Rock “Monsters Of Rock Cruise,” Raise Money For The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund

The lucky fans that were able to attend this year’s Monsters Of Rock Cruise (which ran from March 16-20, and set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, before taking in such gorgeous tropical locales as Nassau and CocoCay), witnessed performances by countless renowned metal acts — including Cinderella, Tesla, Saxon, Lita Ford, etc. But certainly one of the top standouts of the cruise was Dio Disciples, comprised of members Mark Boals – vocals, Craig Goldy – guitar, Scott Warren – keyboards, Simon Wright – drums, Bjorn Englen – bass, and Oni Logan – vocals.

As Wendy Dio explains, “We want to thank Larry Morand, Mike London, Harlan Hendrickson, Joe Wright, Billy Deavers and all the staff and WONDERFUL fans on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise! Dio Disciples put on an AMAZING SHOW!”

In addition to a great set by the band, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund raised over $16,500 for cancer research, education and to help find a cure! Some of the events that raised funds for the charity on the ship were a live auction that featured a signed Tony Iommi Gibson Guitar, ESP Guitar, Schecter Guitar, Dio Memorabilia, Memorial T-Shirts and Wristbands and a Ronnie James Dio Photo Book! Rock Star Bingo was a huge success that featured members of Dio Disciples, Stryper, Y&T, Cinderella and Eddie Trunk calling Bingo Numbers! 100% of the proceeds raised from these events go directly to the charity.

Be sure to keep an eye out for when the next Monsters Of Rock Cruise will set sail — this year’s voyage was a blast!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
http://www.diocancerfund.org/
http://www.facebook.com/DioDisciples
http://www.ronniejamesdio.com/
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio

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-Death Dealer Offer Fans Killer WAR MASTER Pre-Order Pak

“Classic power metal with the brutal edge of thrash, speed, and precision.” A fitting description from guitarist Ross the Boss about his new project, Death Dealer. Comprised of Ross, as well as vocalist Sean Peck (Cage), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike Davis (Rob Halford, Lizzy Borden), and drummer Rhino (Manowar), Death Dealer will be dropping their debut full-length, WAR MASTER, some time this summer.

The cover artwork was generated by Marc Sasso who has done previous work for Dio, Halford, and Adrenaline Mob, among others. Close ups of this highly detailed piece can be viewed at http://www.marcsasso.com/ .

But for collectors that want to add a truly unique and special piece to their collection, the “Death Dealer Ultimate Warrior Pre-Order Pak” is the way to go. The pak will only be made available through the official Death Dealer website — http://www.deathdealer.co/site/store.htm — and will not be sold to distributors. For only 35 bucks, you will receive the following:

• Liner note sketch art booklet, with additional sketch art from Marc Sasso [who has previously worked with Dio and Halford], detailing the genesis of the cover art and characters. Also included are liner notes from each of the band members with insider notes and comments about the band and songs, and the cover concept sketch.

• Death Dealer sticker pak, including the band’s logo, symbol, and a hi-gloss cover art decal.

• Death Dealer patch — yellow on black for your jacket, vest, or hat.

• Guitar pick set — three full-color guitar picks of Ross the Boss, Stu Marshall, and Mike Davis.

• Personalized hand-signed band poster — made out to you in your name, signed by Ross the Boss, Rhino, Mike Davis, Stu Marshall, and Sean Peck.

• Full-color mini-poster of the cover art.

Additionally, the first 250 orders will receive a Death Dealer VIP full-color tour laminate, so the band can easily identify the early adopters — the first of the faithful — so when the band sees you at one of their shows, you shall be treated accordingly! And as Sean explains, the pre-order pak will include some true one-of-a-kind items. “The idea for the cover was to create an image that portrayed power, venom, justice, and something iconic. Marc Sasso was nice enough to include other samples of the ‘War Master’ character in various poses and some other pieces of his magic for us to enjoy, so we included them in this sketch book and liner notes package.”

Stu – “The album WAR MASTER really represents a true power and return to the days of bands being able to play live what goes on the album. Apart from being the best album I have ever been involved with, I am working with some of the most talented guys on the planet. I remember the excitement of the new metal album coming out, I think some of those days had gone over the last 10 years in the industry and now it’s time to bring it back.”

Sean – “Making this album with this incredible lineup of guys was just a freaking great time! I cannot wait for everyone to hear it. This album really has it all in my opinion, soon to be metal classic songs that are heavy, hook-laden, and packed full of lots of guitar, drum, and vocal fireworks. When you look at who is in the band, I think the metalheads out there will be thrilled to know that without any hesitation I can assure them that the album sounds as badass as they would hope and expect it to be.”

Mike – “Since I’ve been in both Halford and Dramarama for the past ten years and having put 100% into both bands, I’m extremely excited and looking forward to working with some new, very talented musicians who share the same passion for music, and WAR MASTER more than stands on its own as a vicious greeting to the metal world.”

Rhino – “I am very excited about being in this band and getting this first album out. I really feel at home with this lineup. All the guys really formed a bond as we put the band and album together. Recording and writing with Ross and the guys really flowed naturally and the results are amazing. I am really proud of everything about this record and it reminds me of the glory days of heavy metal. We all love metal and metal is or lives, and because of that, I know the diehards are going to freak out when they hear this record.”

Ross – “It’s been a long time since a CD like WAR MASTER has come around. This is a great CD but only the tip of the iceberg for Death Dealer.”

Death Dealer – WAR MASTER Track Listing:

1. Death Dealer
2. Never To Kneel
3. War Master
4. Children Of Flames
5. Liberty Or Death
6. Hammer Down
7. Devil’s Mile
8. Curse Of The Heretic
9. Heads Spikes Walls
10. Wraiths On The Wind

Japanese bonus tracks:

11. Judge Jury And Executioner
12. Triumph And Victory

For more information, visit:
http://www.Deathdealer.co/

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-Burning Rain’s New Video For “My Lust Your Fate” Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Noisecreep

EPIC OBSESSION Due Out In May On Frontiers Records

http://www.noisecreep.com/2013/04/02/burning-rain-my-lust-your-fate-video/

Fans of bluesy hard rock and killer riffs can click above to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the sexy new video for Burning Rain’s track “My Lust Your Fate” on Noisecreep. The single is taken from the forthcoming album, EPIC OBSESSION, which will be released on May 17 in Europe and May 21 in North America via Frontiers Records and can be pre-ordered at http://www.frontiers.it/us or http://www.frontiers.it/album/5131/ . Burning Rain is current Whitesnake axe man Doug Aldrich, singer Keith St. John (ex-Montrose), Sean McNabb on bass (ex-Quiet Riot, Dokken, House Of Lords) and Mat Starr on drums (Ace Frehley). EPIC OBSESSION comes after a long hiatus from the release of the band’s second album, PLEASURE TO BURN, in 2000. Click here to access the album art for EPIC OBSESSION:

Frontiers Records will also reissue the long out-of-print first two albums from Burning Rain, the self-titled debut (released in 1999) and the aforementioned PLEASURE TO BURN. Both albums will be repackaged and re-mastered and will contain two added bonus tracks to each respective album. Burning Rain’s previous efforts received great acclaim in Japan and the UK prior to Aldrich being tapped as guitarist for Whitesnake in 2002, with Melodic Rock.com declaring, “Great quality song writing… fantastic production that rivals any others out there. For fans of classic blues influenced hard rock there will be few albums to rival this record…”

For more information, please visit:
http://www.burningrain.net/
http://www.facebook.com/BurningRain

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-dUg Pinnick Of King’s X Releases NAKED On May 7

The Leader Of The Legendary Hard Rock Trio Announces His Latest Solo Album

dUg Pinnick, front man for legendary hard rock trio King’s X, releases his latest solo album, NAKED, on May 7, 2013, through RockArmy Records with worldwide distribution through MVD.

NAKED is a deeply personal release that represents Pinnick — who wrote, played, recorded, and produced the album alone at his own dUgtone Studio — at his most primal. Each of NAKED’s 11 guitar-heavy tracks are overflowing with Pinnick’s unmistakable tone, groove, and heart-wrenching vocals, including the singles “What You Gonna Do?” — which took YouTube by storm with a self-shot video that Pinnick created and unleashed in late 2012 — and “That Great Big Thing.”

Pinnick has been a pivotal figure in heavy music for over 30 years, most notably as the vocalist and bassist for the still-active King’s X, whose influence looms large over everything from the progressive metal movement (Dream Theater, et al) to the grunge scene — with Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament famously stating that “heavy music didn’t start in Seattle, it started in Katy, Texas, with King’s X” — and who are also one of the few bands in the history of rock ‘n’ roll to mark 25-plus years of playing together with the original lineup intact, with no signs of slowing down.

Since 1998, Pinnick has released two solo albums under the moniker Poundhound and three others (including a collection of home demos featuring more than a dozen fan-favorite King’s X songs) under his own name. Additionally, Pinnick has joined forces with a who’s-who of veteran rockers — including Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Eric Gales, Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta, The Memorials), Bruce Fanklin (Trouble), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Timothy Drury (The Eagles, Stevie Nicks), Reb Beach (Winger, Dokken), Kip Winger (Winger), Living Colour (with whom he toured Europe as temporary vocalist in 2008), Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Sheehan, 24-7 Spyz, Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Vince Neil), Tribe After Tribe, Carmine Appice, and many more — and young hotshots, including the Austin-based metal band RAZR13 (whose album was produced by RockArmy Records owner Paul Soroski and featured a guest appearance by Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera) guitarist Marzi Montazeri.

NAKED combines the vibe and the songwriting of a classic King’s X album with the raw energy of a musician who feels like he’s got something to prove and isn’t afraid to do it. Without question, NAKED is the sound of dUg Pinnick at the top of his game.

Link to Pre-Order:
http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MVD5819A

Hi Res Cover Art:

Album Sampler:

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-Celebrate John Taglieri’s New EP And Win Your Very Own Trip To Southern Paradise!!

KEY WEST, FL — To celebrate the release of the new John Taglieri EP SOUTHERN PARADISE (coming 4/16/13 via Leap Dog Music), he’s giving away a trip to Key West, FL. All you have to do is purchase SOUTHERN PARADISE during the presale between 2 April 2013 & 15 April 2013 and you’re automatically entered to win. Details are as follows:

– Trip for two to Key West, FL.
– Must purchase the SOUTHERN PARADISE EP during the presale for $10.00 (plus shipping & handling).
– All contestants must be 21 years or older to enter

Automatically entered to win the following:
– a trip for two to Key West, FL in August 2013
– round trip airfare for two from anywhere in the continental US to Key West, FL
– two nights lodging (hotel to be determined)
– an Autographed copy of SOUTHERN PARADISE
– two John Taglieri T-shirts (sizes TBD by winner)
– a free download of THE VERY BEST OF JOHN TAGLIERI… THE SONGS THAT SHOULD HAVE MADE ME RICH!!!
– dinner for two at LaTrattoria Restaurant on Duval St. in Key West, FL
– a trip on The Fury Boat (either a day snorkel or a sunset cruise. Winners Choice)
– a welcome bag from Key West Welcome Bags with an assortment of goodies and local discounts
– VIP Treatment at a John Taglieri show at Irish Kevins!

(**Winners must live in the lower 48 United States**)

Trip length is three-days/two-nights (Winners can extend this stay at their own expense.)

Winner(s) must be available to travel to Key West, FL In August 2013.

Winner(s) will work with Leap Dog Music to make all travel arrangements.

That’s it… pretty simple. Purchase the CD during the presale and you’re entered to win. If you purchase more than one copy of the CD, you will be entered the number of times you purchase. Winning name to be chosen from a blind drawing and completely at random.

To purchase the SOUTHERN PARADISE Presale simply send $13.50 ($10 + shipping) via PayPal to John@JohnTaglieri.com or visit John’s Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/JohnTaglieriMusic for details on how to enter.

Taglieri says, “Thanks! GOOD LUCK to everyone that purchases during the presale!! I’m as excited to pick a winner as you guys are to win! Hope to see you in my Southern Paradise!!

Watch for John’s new EP, SOUTHERN PARADISE, coming on 4/16/13 and get ready to sit back and soak it in… and let it take you to your own personal Southern Paradise!

Trip Sponsored by:
The Fury Boat – Key West
LaTrattoria On Duval
Key West Welcome Bags

Relevant Links:

http://JohnTaglieri.com/
http://Facebook.com/JohnTaglieriMusic

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-Scanner’s First Two Albums Reissued On Divebomb

Germany could be considered the birth place for what is now known as Power Metal. Bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray and Blind Guardian first forged this path in the ’80s, but there was one band that never seemed to get their just due. Scanner’s 1988 debut concept album, HYPERTRACE, was as good as any album out at the time, if not better.

Conceptually speaking, HYPERTRACE was an intriguing tale of space travel and the bettering of humanity, while sonically it was filled to the brim with charging thunderous riffage and ear-piercing vocals (thanks to special guest backing vocalist, Ralf Scheepers — Gamma Ray, Tyran Pace, Primal Fear).

Despite the fact that it flew under the commercial radar, HYPERTRACE is still beloved by cult metal aficionados today and ripe to be discovered by legions of younger power metal fans curious of the movement’s origins.

Divebomb Records’ HYPERTRACE Record Store Day limited edition contains brand new mastering exclusive to this physical reissue as well as a new interview with band founder, Axel Julius. For the fans, by the fans.

Scanner’s 1988 debut, HYPERTRACE, placed the band on the right trajectory for success, but soon after its release, their vocalist quit. Quickly picking up S.L. Coe (ex-Angel Dust) to fill the vacated spot, the band forged onward with 1990’s TERMINAL EARTH.

Decidedly not following the previous album’s concept, Coe struck out on his own lyrically with solid tracks like “From The Dust Of Ages,” “Wonder,” “Not Alone” and “The Law.” Musically speaking, Scanner marched forward continuing to carry the torch of power metal across the globe pushing the genre into new markets. But even with these two impressive albums in their repertoire, and the flourishing power metal scene growing so rapidly, it would seem the plague of continued member departures would spell out disaster for Scanner when this era of the band came to a close in 1990.

Axel Julius did eventually resurface six years later with a new lineup and album, MENTAL RESERVATION, continuing to push the Scanner legacy forward. Thankfully, Scanner are still going strong to this very day.

TERMINAL EARTH has been out of print for nearly 20 years, and not surprisingly, fetching high dollar collector prices online. Divebomb Records’ TERMINAL EARTH Record Store Day limited edition contains brand new mastering exclusive to this physical reissue as well as a new interview with band founder, Axel Julius. For the fans, by the fans.

BOTH RELEASES LIMITED TO 1,000 UNITS FOR RECORD STORE DAY – 4/20/13.

NO PARTICIPATING INDIE RECORD STORE IN YOUR AREA? ORDER DIRECT HERE:
http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/

Divebomb Records
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http://twitter.com/tribunalrecords
http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/divebomb-records-563/

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-Isengard – New Single Release

Isengard – “Sail Into Orion”
Release date: April 1st

Catalouge Info:
ISENCD02
ISENCD03 (EP)

Track List:
1. Sail Into Orion
2. Heart Of A Lion
3. Farewell
4. Sail Into Orion – Instrumental (EP)
5. Heart Of A Lion – Instrumental (EP)

Lineup:
• Peter Högberg – vocals
• Fredrik Broman – guitar
• Ronnie Andreson – guitar
• Jamie Tillman – Bass
• Uffe Tillman – Drums

CD Credits:
All music by: Isengard
Recorded by: Isengard
Mixed & Mastered by: Magnus Stenbäcken at Riverking Studios
Cover art by: Timo Sivonen
Layout by: Janne Tillman
Piano on “Farewell”: PeO Lövholm
Female voice on “Farewell”: Helena Åström

Isengard has been a band since 1988 but their idea about their music has always been the same: Melodic and Epic Power Metal.

A history that starts 25 years ago in Vikingstad, a small town outside the city Linköping, Sweden.

The story of “Sail Into Orion” starts around 2009 when Uffe Tillman starts a music project of his own. The plans were then to do a Viking story in music. When also Peter Högberg (vocals) joined Isengard in 2011, we could take the level of music even higher. Peter has a great voice and he fit Isengard’s Power Metal perfect. The recording of “Sail Into Orion” was done in four home studios. It then mixed by Magnus Stenbäcken in Riverking studios. The music of Isengard is still recognizable, still with the mysterious medieval atmosphere, but also with the speed and the easily sung choruses.

PURE POWER METAL

“Sail Into Orion” on YouTube:

“Sail Into Orion” released as a download on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon MP3, Nokia OVI, Rhapsody, etc.

http://www.isengard.se/
http://www.myspace.com/isengardswe
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Isengard/112704352120968
https://twitter.com/Isengard_sweden
hq@isengard.se

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-Voodoo Highway Releases “This Is Rock’N’Roll, Wankers!” Video

Italian hard rockers Voodoo Highway have released the new video for the track “This Is Rock’N’Roll, Wankers!” The mafia styled video can be viewed below:

“This is Rock’N’Roll, Wankers!” comes off the band’s second album SHOWDOWN, the worldwide release only download and physical in GAS is scheduled for April 26 via Dust On The Tracks Records through Sony (Europe), Audioglobe (Italy), Suburban (Benelux), Border (Scandinavia), MVD (USA), April 29 – Proper Music (UK), Universal (Canada).

SHOWDOWN track listing:

1. This Is Rock’N’Roll Wankers!
2. Fly To The Rising Sun
3. Midnight Hour
4. Could You Love Me
5. Wastin’ Miles
6. Church Of Clay
7. Mountain High
8. Cold White Love
9. A Spark From The Sacred Fire
10. Prince Of Moonlight

Bonus Tracks:
11. Till It Bleeds
12. Broken Uncle’s Inn

Voodoo Highway will stage a release party to celebrate the release of their new album, SHOWDOWN, on May 26 at Rockafe in Malborghetto (Ferrara), Italy.

After the lucky outset of their first album BROKEN UNCLE’S INN back in 2011, the band is ready to strike the world with a massive amount of rock n’ roll once again.

Voodoo Highway is a powerful new quintet featuring Federico Di Marco (vocals), Filippo Cavallini (bass), Matteo Bizzarri (guitars), Alessandro Duò (keyboards) and Vincenzo Zairo (drums).

Have been indicated as one of the new revelations worldwide and defined as “the new Deep Purple” from such a big name in music as the former Rainbow/Black Sabbath/Gary Moore bassist Craig Gruber.

Now known to most for the outrageous stage presence, crashing executions, a style that hovers between Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and The Darkness and for smashing instruments on stage.

The year 2013 will see Voodoo Highway marching straight to Hell!

http://www.facebook.com/WhoDoHighway
http://www.youtube.com/TheVoodooHighway
http://www.myspace.com/voodoohighway

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-Killing Joke: Exclusive Track Premiere Hosted By Decibel Magazine

North American Tour To Commence This Month

In celebration of their soon-to-be-released three-disc anthology and long anticipated North American tour, Decibel Magazine is offering up a rare stream of Killing Joke’s “Timewave” demo! Previously unreleased, the track was recorded during the ABSOLUTE DISSENT studio sessions and comes by way of THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1979-2012.

Capturing Killing Joke’s enormous ever-evolving story with a series of dark, apocalyptic songs that have successfully combined disco, funk and shamanic wisdom with the dark side of the punk rock fall-out, THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1979-2012 offers up 33 career-spanning singles over two CDs with an additional third disc of rarities, including previously unreleased studio tracks. The three-CD version will be limited in number, reverting to two CDs containing the singles tracks. THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1979-2012 is set for release via Spinefarm/Universal on May 14, 2013 with the digital version dropping two weeks prior on April 30.

Check out “Timewave” courtesy of Decibel Magazine:
http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/streaming-unreleased-killing-joke-timewave/

For the full track listing, point your browser here:
http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/03/27/killing-joke-exclusive-track-premiere-courtesy-of-decibel-magazine-north-american-tour-to-commence-next-month/

As a precursor to the release, Killing Joke will embark on a North American run of live dates set to commence April 19 in New York City. The special tour will coast through ten more cities before coming to a close on May 5th in Los Angeles. See the updated itinerary below.

Killing Joke – The Singles Tour 2013:
4/19/2013 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
4/20/2013 Paradise – Boston, MA
4/21/2013 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
4/23/2013 Cafe Campus – Montreal, QC
4/24/2013 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
4/26/2013 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
4/27/2013 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
4/30/2013 Neumos – Seattle, WA
5/1/2013 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
5/3/2013 Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
5/4/2013 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
5/5/2013 Henry Fonda – Los Angeles, CA

With a fierce intelligence combined with a thirst for esoteric knowledge that matches a sound that is visceral and almost spiritual in its primal spirit, Killing Joke are like no other. This is a group spawned from punk rock that set out on one of the most remarkable and idiosyncratic journeys ever. Their influence has been enormous, with an unlikely roll-call of musicians taking their cues from the KJ catalog, from Nirvana to most modern American metal to many DJs and dance music mavericks. With their original lineup of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth and Big Paul continuing to hold firm, Killing Joke have something sulphurous and strong that few bands have come close to matching the band’s innate power. Details on a new full-length to be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned.

http://www.killingjoke.com/
http://www.facebook.com/killingjokeofficial
http://spinefarmrecords.com/usa
http://www.facebook.com/SpinefarmRecordsUS

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-Death Angel To Enter Studio This Month!

Legendary Bay Area thrash metallers Death Angel will enter AudioHammer Studios this month to begin recording the follow-up to their 2010 release, RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION. Guitarist Rob Cavestany recently checked in to give the following update:

“After nearly three years of nonstop touring for RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION, we are about to enter the studio to record our seventh album! We are playing the final show of the RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION Tour on March 31 in Holland, fly home for a few days of final pre-production rehearsals in Oakland, then begin tracking in Florida on April 8.

“RELENTLESS turned out the way we wanted so we we’re taking it to the next level with the same team. The new album will be done at AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof and I producing. We had a blast doing the last record there and now we know each other better and how well we work together… plus the album cover art is being done by Brent Elliot White who did RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION. Let’s just say we have a good feeling about this one.

“It was our idea all along to go directly into the studio following the end of this tour, without taking time off. We always take a break after an album’s touring cycle ends. You basically have to after spending so much time on the road, traveling and performing constantly. But not this time! This tour is the longest one we’ve ever done and that live energy is in our new songs! The glory and the heartache, it’s all there.

“That said, all the music has been written — much of it on tour buses during the past couple of years, the rest of it in the studio over the past few months. This is some of the heaviest, fastest, most powerful material we’ve ever created! There’s something really dark in it too… music is and always will be our outlet to vent and release the built up pressure that life deals. In the world today we need it more than ever!!!

“Currently the new record is slated for release in October 2013. Of course a massive tour will follow! It’s our mission to deliver, we ain’t f*ckin’ around! Thank you all for your support! Big Hug!”

Lineup:
Mark Osegueda – vocals
Rob Cavestany – guitar
Ted Aguilar – guitar
Damien Sisson – bass
Will Carroll – drums

http://deathangel.us/

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-The Unclean: New Album From Ohio Rock Trio Streaming At This Is Not A Scene

Tune in — the second album from Akron, Ohio-based classic rock trio The Unclean is streaming in its entirety. Following its recent digital release, the mighty riff-laden THE EAGLE soars with nearly 40 minutes of The Unclean’s blues-based classic American rock and roll, fusing their ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy and Motörhead influences with lyrics drenched in blue-collar pride and struggles of everyday life.

Get down with the good times and the bad with all nine jams from THE EAGLE via This Is Not A Scene right here:

http://www.thisisnotascene.com/2013/earsplit-pr-and-thisisnotascene-team-up-to-stream-the-latest-album-from-the-unclean/

The Unclean has also locked down several new regional gigs to bring some of the newest tunes to the stage over the coming weeks, with more engagements into the Summer months to be announced shortly, alongside the pending CD pressing of THE EAGLE.

The Unclean Live:
3/29/2013 Stone Tavern – Kent, OH w/ Lo Pan, Mockingbird
4/7/2013 Annabell’s – Akron, OH w/ Hammer Fight, The Great Iron Snake
4/13/2013 The Outpost – Kent, OH w/ Asphyxian, The Great Iron Snake, The Most Beautiful Losers [Coats for Kids Benefit]
5/11/2013 Ruby Tuesday – Columbus, OH w/ 1Point3
6/1/2013 Annabell’s – Akron, OH w/ Against The Grain, The Swingin’ Dicks, Dead Ethics

Known for trolling Akron’s dive-bars and tattoo shops, The Unclean’s members come forth from acts including Rue, Fistula, Sofa King Killer and more. Having self-released their debut album NO EXCUSE NECESSARY in the Fall of 2008, and have since honed their soulful tunes even further on-stage regionally alongside local and touring acts. At the end of 2012 the trio shacked up in the studio to lay down the thunder that would culminate into their second full-length. The drums were recorded at Studio Time in Akron, Ohio (former Black Keys studio) by Jason Tarulli (current mastermind behind Black Keys’ live sound), and the rest of the album written, recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by the band in their own Unclean Studio. Now completed and available to the public once again in totally D.I.Y. fashion, The Unclean proudly offer their most honest and lively material yet with THE EAGLE.

https://www.facebook.com/theuncleanakron
http://www.myspace.com/theuncleanjunkie
http://www.reverbnation.com/theunclean

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-Ensiferum: Finnish Folk Metal Merchants On Paganfest

Finnish folk metal merchants Ensiferum have returned to North America as headliners of the fourth edition of Paganfest! The ceremonies commenced in Denver and will plunder through 21 cities with an included evening of pillaging at this the fifteenth addition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts. Among the strongest Paganfest lineups assembled thus far, support will be provided by Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott.

Comments the band: “Only one day to go before the most anticipated tour of the year begins! Needless to say, we are really pumped for this one because it’s been way too long since we raised pints with our North American brothers and sisters. With such a great lineup, Paganfest will take no prisoners and leave no heroes unsung. So, fellow sword bearers, are you with us?! See you all on the road!”

Ensiferum: Paganfest America IV
w/ Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest, Helsott
3/30/2013 The Summit – Denver, CO
4/1/2013 901 Live – Tempe, AZ
4/2/2013 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
4/3/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
4/4/2013 The Alley – Reno, NV
4/5/2013 Hawthorne – Portland, OR
4/6/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/7/2013 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
4/9/2013 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
4/10/2013 The Exchange – Regina, SK
4/11/2013 Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
4/12/2013 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN
4/13/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
4/14/2013 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
4/15/2013 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
4/16/2013 The Note – Philadelphia, PA
4/17/2013 Opera House – Toronto, ON
4/18/2013 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
4/19/2013 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
4/20/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal & Hardcore Fest)
4/21/2013 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

Ensiferum will be touring in support of their mammoth UNSUNG HEROES full-length released in North America last Fall via Spinefarm Records US. Produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Apocalyptica), with special guest appearances by members of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and legendary Finnish singer/actor Vesa-Matti Loiri, UNSUNG HEROES continues to earn praise from critics and fans domestically and abroad. “…Mount the longboats, light the torches, and prepare for battle,” warns Metal Injection, while Outburn gushes, “UNSUNG HEROES is a totally solid entry into the hallowed halls of Valhalla made by a band that knows what it’s doing,” commending its “epic scope and reliance on catchy melodies.” Stereokiller boasts, “This is nothing short of amazing, beautiful in every way possible.” Elaborates Blistering in an 8/10 rating: “Ensiferum weren’t necessarily the first band out of the epic/folk gate, but they’re probably the best… One jaunt through 2009’s thoroughly captivating FROM AFAR supports that notion, as the Finns were able to brandish a mighty sonic sword that kept the speed on 10, the jovial acoustics ‘a hustling, and above all else, managed to bring a sort of mild sophistication to a style that is usually anything but. Essentially, Ensiferum doesn’t play the stupid, folk metal game, and on UNSUNG HEROES, they manage to stay the course with sterling results.”

View the band’s video for “In My Sword I Trust” at this location. The epic clip was shot late last year in Wrocklaw, Poland and directed by Rafal Szermanowicz of Grupa#13.

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/03/29/ensiferum-finnish-folk-metal-merchants-to-kick-off-paganfest-saturday/

Noted Ensiferum bassist Sami Hinka: “The ‘In My Sword I Trust’ shoot took place in really nice medieval castle and it went really well even though it rained pretty much the whole time. It was great to work with such a professional team and we were lucky to get such great actors to help us out. The video tells about how ordinary town people rise up to rebel against a greedy and cruel king and the upper class. There are swords, corpses and drinking; pretty much all you need for a great video! Folk on!”

http://www.ensiferum.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum
http://www.spinefarmrecords.com/usa

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-Napalm Records News

Napalm Records: Brand-New Online Store

Finally, it’s done! On the 4th of April 2013, our brand-new online store will open its gates to the public. The new shop will provide a whole new experience for every customer, because you will be able to find and order your favorite articles faster and more comfortable than in the past. To make the transition as smooth as possible for you, we will close our old online shop on the 3rd of April 2013. As a birthday present for our brand-new shop, you will receive a 10% discount on every order exceeding 20€ placed on the 4th of April 2013! Happy Shopping!

Napalm Records Online Store
http://www.napalmrecords.com/

Serenity And Mortillery – New Clips Online

Click on the links below to watch the new clip from Serenity to their sweeping anthem “Wings Of Madness” and the video to Mortillery’s Thrash Metal neck-breaker “F.O.A.D.!”

Serenity – “Wings Of Madness” clip

Mortillery – “F.O.A.D.” clip

Tristania Reveals Artwork To DARKEST WHITE

Tristania reveals the artwork to their upcoming masterpiece DARKEST WHITE! The new long-player will be released in North American on June 6! Expect more updates with regard to this Gothic Metal jewel in the coming days! Check out the band’s website for the full scoop on the artwork! Furthermore, Anders has finished the extensive first part of the studio report. Make sure to click on the link for a look behind the scenes!

Tristania Studio Report
http://www.tristania.com/2010/index.php/studio-report-by-anders-part-i/

Tristania Official Website
http://www.tristania.com/

Huntress – Live@Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

Huntress returns! Huntress will be releasing a new album before the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, where they will be performing all summer long! The tour features Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Children Of Bodom & more. They will be going into the studio in the upcoming weeks with renowned producer ZEUSS. Make sure to check out the promo video for the Mayhem Festival featuring Huntress!

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Trailer

Huntress Official Website
http://huntresskills.com/

Hate On Tour With Hypocrisy

28.03.13 DE – Essen / Turock
29.03.13 BE – Namur / Cinex
30.03.13 NL – Leeuwarden / Romein
31.03.13 NL – Eindhoven / Effenaar
01.04.13 FR – Paris / Trabendo
02.04.13 FR – Saint Etienne / Le Fil
03.04.13 CH – Geneve / L’Usine
04.04.13 CH – Winterthur / Salzhaus
05.04.13 DE – Stuttgart / LKA
06.04.13 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
07.04.13 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
08.04.13 DE – Berlin / K 17
10.04.13 PL – Krakow / Kwadrat
11.04.13 CZ – Prag / Nova Chmielnice
12.04.13 DE – Dettelbach / Metal Franconia Festival
13.04.13 DE – München / Backstage
14.04.13 AT – Wien / Szene

Hate Official Website
http://www.hate-metal.com/

Napalm Records
http://www.napalmrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords
http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

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-Divided Multitude To Release FEED ON YOUR MISERY

Divided Multitude
FEED ON YOUR MISERY
Nightmare / Fireball Records
Release: 16 April 2013

Track List:
1. Esperanto
2. Feed On Your Misery
3. What I See
4. Scars
5. The World Is Watching
6. Crimson Sunset
7. 2 4 7
8. Vicious by Heart
9. Seconds
10. Transparent
11. Reborn

“A progressive power metal war horse, Divided Multitude would be best described to the uninitiated as a hybrid of In Flames, Nevermore and, due to Eskild Kløften’s stunningly effective keyboard work, Dream Theater.”

Divided Multitude are back with a brand new album FEED ON YOUR MISERY.

Street dates are:
Release date for Europe: 19th. Of April – Fireball Records
Release date for the US: 16th. Of April – Nightmare/Fireball Records

The album is recorded in @ Home Studios, Black Lodge and Eidegården Studio; mixed and mastered by the amazing Jacob Hansen. The cover art and cover design are done by Per Spjøtvold.

Divided Multitude started up back in 1995. After releasing two demos, STRANDED and TALE OF TOMORROW, they signed with Sensory Records for the release of their debut album INNER SELF. The album was released in 1999, and the band toured Norway and Denmark with the Swedish band Hollow.

Divided Multitude’s second album, FALLING TO PIECES, was released in 2002.

This led the band into a festival tour, and the band played numerous festivals, and the tour was highlighted by the band playing ProgPower Europe.

From 2004 the band entered a period of low activity, and the members concentrated on other bands and projects. Bands such as Triosphere, TalRusha and Wattamezz featured members of Divided Multitude. In 2007 the band decided to get back together to record something again, and a new demo GUARDIAN ANGEL was recorded. This really gave the band inspiration to work harder than ever, and Divided Multitude’s third album was recorded late 2008 in Skansen Lydstudio and @home studios. For mastering the album was sent to the very skillful Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios. This really gave the band the sound they were looking for.

Divided Multitude teamed up with Silverwolf Productions, and they released the album GUARDIAN ANGEL in 2010. The cover art was done by Mattias Norèn (Evergrey, Ayreon, John Petrucci), and the cover design by Per Spjøtvold (Goat The Head, Third Kind).

The album received good reviews from all over the world, and the band toured Norway and later Europe in the aftermath of the release.

2011 was a year of writing new material, and playing festivals like Rebel Heart Rock Festival and Denmark Rock Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/DividedMultitude
http://www.myspace.com/dividedmultitude

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-Paganland: Debut Album Out Now, Premiere New Track On PureGrainAudio.com

“A stirring and atmospheric album” – Zero Tolerance

“An epic debut that encompasses the essence of their homeland” – About.com [4/5 rating]

“Certainly worth of the attention of those into earlier works by Nokturnal Mortum and Drudkf” – MetalReviews.com [8.6/10 rating, “Surprise of the Month”]

“If you want to try out some so-called ‘pagan metal,’ this would be a good place to start” – Metal-Observer.com [8.5/10 rating]

“One of the better such debuts I have heard in recent years” – Blogcritics.org

“A definitely varied but also smooth and thoroughly enchanting whole” – Seaoftranquility.org

“A cracker of a debut” – Metal-Rules.com

“Pretty epic” – Metal-Disciple.com

“Bring something new to pagan metal” – Graveconcernsezine.com

“A must-listen” – Absolute Zero Media webzine

At last, Paganland release their long-brewing debut album, WIND OF FREEDOM, through Svarga Music. A celebration of pagan pride and a show of metal might, WIND OF FREEDOM carries the listener on a windswept journey like no other — verily, to a mystical paganland — and the critical response has been overwhelmingly positive. To capitalize on this critical acclaim across the world, Paganland’s new track “Chornohora” is now streaming at PureGrainAudio.com, and can be heard exclusively here:

http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/paganland-chornohora-song-stream

Track listing for Paganland’s WIND OF FREEDOM:
1) Wheel Of Eternity (intro)
2) Shadows Of The Past
3) Power Of Spirit
4) Chornohora
5) Podolyanka
6) Night Forest
7) Fogs And Twilights
8) Wind Of Freedom

Paganland was founded in 1997 by Ruen and Bilozor in Lviv — one of the most beautiful Ukrainian cities, whose developed traditions incorporated the European cultural spirit of the last millennium, and every stone breathes with centuries-old history of decline and revival, wars and temporary rest. The natural mysticism hidden in the Carpathians’ greatness, the dense woods, and pure mountain sources could not but affect musicians with a pagan outlook. Therefore, Paganland’s debut demo GODS OF GOLDEN CIRCLE (1999) and the demo SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS (2004), one way or another, had been nearly related to pagan metal. The lineup changes, routine of rehearsals, and hardships of concert activity caused Paganland’s breakup in 2005, but three years later, the group re-formed and in 2011 recorded the first full-length album, WIND OF FREEDOM, having resumed their concert activity.

Paganland is a group of persons holding the same views, who respect and love their native land, their nation, their language, and who are convinced that the Ukraine is the cradle of all Slavonic people with improbably interesting history forgotten and distorted for the last ten centuries. Megaliths and petroglyphs of Kamennaya Mogila (the Stone Grave), the sanctuary-observatory of Khortyt’sia, the ancient observatory of Mavrinsky Maidan, the mysterious zone of Suppert… the runes of “Veles’ Book” and runic manuscripts from the library of Anna Yaroslavna (Queen of France and Princess of Ukraine)… secret knowledge of molfars and volkhves… how many people around the world have even heard about all of this?

Paganland’s members try to express their love of the native land, the nature in their lyrics and music, as well as draw attention of their listeners to the fact that not only money and lies rule the world in the period of the Epoch of Pisces. Human beings can — and must — stand up for the truth, and the truth of life has been established long ago by our ancestors. All meaning of Paganland’s creative activity is tribute to their land, their ancient culture, their history.

Paganland Discography
1999 – GODS OF GOLDEN CIRCLE (demo)
2004 – SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS/CARPATHIA (split CD w/ Tini Zabutyh Predkiv)
2013 – WIND OF FREEDOM (full-length CD)

Paganland Lineup:
Volodymyr – vocal
Ruen – keyboards
Yor – drums
Stanislav – bass
Vladislav – guitar

More Info:
http://www.facebook.com/paganland.ua
http://www.svarga.eu/

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-Havok Premiere New Video As They Continue Work On New Album

Denver thrashers Havok have premiered their latest video for the song “From The Cradle To The Grave” from their 2012 EP, THE POINT OF NO RETURN, via the band’s official Facebook page. The video, directed by Roy Warner, was filmed on location in Detroit during the band’s final tour of 2012 alongside Skeletonwitch. The premiere coincides with the band’s continued work on their anticipated Terry Date-produced third full-length album.

To view “From The Cradle To The Grave” click https://www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial .

Discussing the song’s lyrical inspiration, vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez says, “‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ is about America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. In the late 1800s, in Chicago, Holmes built a hotel specifically with murder in mind. It included doors that opened up to brick walls, staircases that lead to nowhere, and one-way rooms that once you entered, you never came out. He was a religious man and firmly believed that since he was born, the Devil was at his side. That being said, bang your head.”

Havok hit the road this week, teaming with Goatwhore and The Casualties. The dates will feature new bassist Michael Joseph Leon. Sanchez notes, “as many people have already heard, we recently parted ways with bassist Jesse De Los Santos. It was a mutual split and we wish Jesse all the best. I’d like to thank Jesse for the four years of killing it in studio and on stage. With that being said, we’d like to introduce our new four-string monster, Mike Leon. Mike is a fantastic bassist and a veteran of the road from his years of touring with The Absence. We are very happy to have him on board.”

Leon comments, “I’m completely honored to be a part of such a well-oiled machine and to have the opportunity to play with these dudes is a dream come true! Not only is Havok one of my favorite new heavy metal bands out in the scene, but the guys in the band are a few of the best dudes I know! You can definitely look forward to us kickin’ lots of ass together this year, and for many years to come.”

Havok expect to complete all work on their new record in the coming weeks. Album information and special pre-order details will be announced shortly.

Havok
w/ The Casualties, Goatwhore:
4/1/2013 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
4/2/2013 Rocky Point – Tempe, AZ
4/3/2013 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
4/4/2013 The Vex – Los Angeles, CA
4/5/2013 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV w/ Goatwhore only
4/6/2013 The Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
4/7/2013 The Alley – Reno, NV
4/8/2013 The Branx – Portland, OR
4/9/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/11/2013 The Venue – Boise, ID w/ Suffocation, Exhumed, Jungle Rot, Rings Of Saturn
4/13/2013 In the Venue – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Suicidal Tendencies

Havok is guitarist/vocalist Dave Sanchez, bassist Michael Joseph Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webb.

http://www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/

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-In The Silence: Sensory Records Debut Now Confirmed For Early May Release

A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD, the debut album from Sacramento, California-based dark/progressive quartet, In The Silence — initially confirmed for official release via Sensory Records this month — has been moved back several weeks. Due to a manufacturing mishap, the final product has been delayed, and the record will now be in stores for its new street date, Tuesday, May 7.

Musically comparable to the emotional output of Katatonia, Porcupine Tree and Opeth but boasting a more progressive nature than said acts, In The Silence surges with incredibly moving riffs and otherworldly atmospheres, boasting a huge mid-tone clean vocal performance atop a thunderous display of technical metal percussion. A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD’s 45-minute lifespan possesses massive, pristine production, further magnifying the band’s skilled approach. The band self-released the album in two very limited runs, and when both pressings were immediately vanquished, they decided it was time for the album to have an official release. Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge, will give A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD the proper worldwide distribution and attention it deserves, with updated digi-pak and digital download versions coming in early May. Preview several songs from the album and more at http://inthesilence.bandcamp.com/ .

In The Silence will tour in support of A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD throughout the year, including a performance at the massive annual ProgPower USA XIV festival ( http://www.progpowerusa.com/ ) in Atlanta, Georgia, where they’ll share the stage with Circle II Circle, Rhapsody, Wolverine, Soilwork, Shadow Gallery, Wolf, Circus Maximus, Armored Saint and more.

http://www.inthesilence.net/
http://inthesilence.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/inthesilence
http://www.reverbnation.com/inthesilence
http://www.lasersedgegroup.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge

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-Surgeon: New Track From Philly-Based Epic Metal Unit Playing At Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles

Street Date And Release Show Confirmed

As the second full-length from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based metal outfit Surgeon nears its triumphant release onto public ears this Spring, today the band releases another brand new track from the opus, entitled CHEMICAL REIGN.

While Surgeon’s output may be simply classified as “progressive metal” to some, the band ventures into foreign territory for most by-the-books classical and fusion acts of the progressive metal umbrella. Perhaps simply “epic metal” is a more defining tag, as the talented crew seamlessly blends a variety of rugged post-death and post-doom elements into their craft, infectiously creating a sound all their own, but undoubtedly in the vein of notable bands including Pharaoh, Atlantean Kodex and Slough Feg.

Today, longtime international metal media outlet Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles have posted an exclusive listen to the title track to Surgeon’s new album… unleash “Chemical Reign” right here:

http://www.bravewords.com/news/201531

The band also previously released the album’s second track “Watching You,” available at their official Soundcloud page:

Additionally, Surgeon has confirmed the official release date of CHEMICAL REIGN as May 19, the same day the band will perform a local record release show for the album at Philly hotspot Johnny Brenda’s, alongside Ominous Black, Swarm of Arrows, and Skeleton Hands.

Surgeon – CHEMICAL REIGN Record Release Show:
5/19/2013 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ominous Black, Swarm of Arrows, Skeleton Hands

A shockingly unknown band outside of the local scene until now, Surgeon propels an organic, flowing style of progressive metal with bold rock buildups, which also merges into the realms of epic, classic doom. Comprised of vocalist/bassist Sean Bolton, lead guitarist Lydia Giordano and drummer Ruston Grosse (ex-Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, ex-Woe, Master tour drummer), the band recorded their debut album ANGRY GUEST at Electrical Audio in Chicago by Steve Albini, self-releasing it onto the masses in 2008. Surgeon’s alloy of metals shines more than ever on the band’s ambitious second opus, CHEMICAL REIGN. Boasting nearly 50 minutes of material recorded with Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey (Mike Portnoy, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Russell Allen of Symphony X), Antreassian was able to capture the band’s live dynamics, the band unlocking new potentials only grazed upon before during previous recording sessions. Surgeon will be self-releasing CHEMICAL REIGN on May 19, 2013 digitally and on CD.

http://surgeonband.net/
https://www.facebook.com/Surgeonmusic
https://twitter.com/surgeonband

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-Toxic Holocaust Releases Lyric Video For “Agony Of The Damned”

FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION Collection Drops

Portland’s favorite punk/metal delinquents Toxic Holocaust recently unleashed a new lyric video for “Agony Of The Damned.” Initially featured on the band’s 2011 CONJURE AND COMMAND full-length, “Agony Of The Damned” makes an “updated” appearance on the FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION compilation, set for release via Relapse Records.

Elaborates band mastermind Joel Grind: “This version of ‘Agony Of The Damned’ was recorded in September of 2010 with a drum machine a few months before we stepped into the studio to record the one that appears on CONJURE AND COMMAND. When making an album, I usually demo out the entire thing before I step into a studio. This keeps costs low and gives me time to sit with it to iron out the details. Since CONJURE AND COMMAND was the first Toxic record to feature a full band, this demo served the purpose of familiarizing everyone with the new material and is previously unreleased.”

Lay your peepers on the video at this location:
http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/03/27/toxic-holocaust-releases-lyric-video-for-%E2%80%9Cagony-of-the-damned%E2%80%9D/

FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION is a gargantuan 22-track anthology that compiles over a decade’s worth of Toxic Holocaust rarities into one raging compilation of antagonistic bliss. Amassing the band’s many contributions to various comps and vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight and others, alongside demo versions of treasured Toxic classics, FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION is a historic romp through the history of one of today’s most revered, gritty, old-school metal bands.

FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION will see release through Relapse Records on April 2 in North America, March 29 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland and Benelux and April 1 in the UK. Additionally, you can check out the FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION teaser video and ordering info at http://bit.ly/toxicashes .

Toxic Holocaust is currently in the studio working on the as-yet-untitled follow-up to their 2011 CONJURE AND COMMAND full-length. Praised for its “nuclear reactive riffage and Repo Man punk attitude,” by Revolver and commended for its “tar-thick riffage, staggering breakdowns, and a corroded dose of self-loathing,” by The Onion’s A.V. Club, CONJURE AND COMMAND continues to reap hails from fans and critics globally. As an added bonus, the band closed the year with the honor of having the song “Bitch” rear its sonic apocalyptic menace in an episode of high-rated FX drama series “Sons Of Anarchy” (season 5; episode 11).

Toxic Holocaust mutated into existence in 1999, when Joel Grind merged his love for classic punk and metal into his ideal band. Like his influences — Bathory, Venom, English Dogs, Possessed, Broken Bones — Toxic Holocaust offers up blazing riffs, gravel-throated vocals, and a deadly fixation on the evil in man and a post-apocalyptic world wrapped in a DIY attitude.

http://www.facebook.com/ToxicHolocaust
http://www.myspace.com/toxicholocaust
http://www.relapse.com/

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-Conny Ochs’ BLACK HAPPY Out Now; Full LP Streaming At American Aftermath

The enigmatic German guitarist/vocalist Conny Ochs is slowly but undoubtedly infecting the masses, the man’s ability to create infectious anthems and ballads in the vein of classic singer/songwriters to be considered Americana — namely citing Woodie Guthrie, Neil Young, John Jacob Niles and Townes Van Zandt — boasting tales of woe and sadness, as well as redemption and moving on past those things in life that hold us in the rotting grooves of tribulation.

Ochs reaches a stark authenticity that draws you in, bearing all with raw emotion through his captivating vocal and melodic guitar style, delivered with finesse both in the studio and on the stage as an international voyager. What is channeled into his music, tone and lyrics are indisputable personal truths, the kind that are deeply rooted in the blackened parts of the human soul. Following his cult but potent solo 2011-release debut, RAW LOVE SONGS, followed by last year’s amazing collaborative LP and international touring with doom icon Scott “Wino” Weinrich, the second LP from Conny Ochs — the already-iconic-to-diehards opus entitled BLACK HAPPY — is out now worldwide via Exile On Mainstream, available on LP, via digital download, and in a limited wooden box CD edition.

To commemorate the release of BLACK HAPPY, today the massive Ochs fans that run badass outlet American Aftermath have published an in-depth interview with the soloist, alongside an exclusive stream of the entire album; check it out here:

http://americanaftermath.net/2013/04/02/aftermath-exclusive-stream-conny-ochs-new-album-black-happy-now/

Also check out a captivating full live set from an Ochs show in Warsaw, Poland in February and more right here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/04/02/conny-ochs%E2%80%99-black-happy-out-now-full-lp-streaming-at-american-aftermath/

“These songs are tiny gems, made polished by the strength of Ochs plaintive voice and bright chiming guitar.” – This Is Not A Scene

“I became infatuated with his style and execution and when word came down about his latest album BLACK HAPPY… Continue to get your mind bent backwards.” – American Aftermath

“Conny Ochs has created something to be treasured with his latest and greatest opus BLACK HAPPY. Going in to the very roots of music with his acoustic guitar as his primary weapon, Conny will prove someone who divides opinion but will always leave an impression as he creeps in to the wider musical platform.” – The Sleeping Shaman

http://www.connyochs.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Conny-Ochs/112536815501097
http://www.mainstreamrecords.de/

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-Crimson Shadows Announce Ontario Tour Dates

Crimson Shadows will be touring with Vesperia, doing several dates all over Ontario and Quebec over the next four months leading up to a West coast tour where both bands will be touring out to Victoria, BC.

Drummer Cory Hofing comments:
“We are really excited to be hitting the road once again with our brothers in Vesperia! Seeing as myself and our bassist Morgan Rider play in both bands it makes sense to save on gas and time to tour together. Yes, this does mean we will be playing two sets back-to-back every night but we have done it before and I’m sure we shall do it more in the future!”

Upcoming Ontario dates for Crimson Shadows:
*March 30th – Belleville @ Belles Pub drs @7pm (Benefit for Red Cross )
April 6th – Brampton @ All Stars Sports Bar (Headlining set)
*April 12th – Oranageville @ Hogey’s Pub
*April 13th – North bay @ Granite Curling Club
April 29th – Toronto @ Wreckroom W/ Arkona and Valfreya
*May 3rd – Brantford @ Charlies 43 Oak St.
*May 4th – Kitchener TBA
*May 10th – Hamilton TBA
*May 11th – London TBA
(*shows with Vesperia )

Crimson Shadows will be releasing a new, soon-to-be-titled EP in the coming months, which is currently being mixed and mastered by Jonathan Lefrançois-Leduc at SilverWing Studios. They have just released a studio video from their first day of recording at Ice House Studios with engineer Thomas Ireland. To view the video, please visit the following link.

Crimson Shadows EP (NEW 2013) – Studio Day 1 – Drums

For more info on Crimson Shadows, please visit these links.
https://www.facebook.com/CrimsonShadowsBand
http://www.reverbnation.com/crimsonshadows
https://twitter.com/_CrimsonShadows
http://www.youtube.com/crimsonshadowsmetal

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-Eolian Empire KEEP OUR HEADS Compilation: 26 Portland Bands, 99 Minutes Of Bedlam

The Obelisk Streaming New Diesto Track As Comp Preview

Recently out of hibernation, Portland’s extreme/outsider label Eolian Empire is preparing to release the most ambitious and dedicated project on their diverse roster this Spring, with the newly-completed KEEP OUR HEADS label compilation.

The tiny D.I.Y. label more focused on maintaining a kinship with their regional underground music scene than attaining national acts or breaking into charts, the clan at Eolian has literally dedicated thousands of hours to arranging, collecting, compiling, mixing and preparing this massive offering of what they consider the best of their local underground, with KEEP OUR HEADS. Aligning metal, sludge, doom, prog, punk, rock, thrash, hardcore, noise and unclassifiable anti-genre acts from across the region into a herculean 99-minute soundtrack to the Portland heavy underground, KEEP OUR HEADS bears 26 exclusive tracks from stalwarts in the scene, like some twisted, many-headed beast raised on the soundtracks to River’s Edge, Lost Highway, and Repo Man, practically all the tracks recorded in Portland specifically for this release.

KEEP OUR HEADS features acts: Acre, The Ax, Big Black Cloud, Crag Dweller, Diesto, Drunk Dad, Fist Fite, Gaytheist, Gone To Croatoan, Honduran, Hot Victory, Humours, Ix, LKN, Lord Dying, Nasalrod, Norska, Order Of The Gash, Palo Verde, Prizehog, Rabbits, Redneck, Sei Hexe, Sioux, Tiny Knives, and Towers. The comp will see release digitally and on a limited-run cassette on May 1, the cassette run including both a digital download and a slick beer koozie. View the full track/band listing below, and place preorders at http://eolianempire.bigcartel.com/keep-our-heads .

As a public preview to KEEP OUR HEADS today The Obelisk has released a brand new track from riff-crushers Diesto — a precursor for the band’s upcoming LP on Eolian this Summer — alongside a peek at what is going on with this comp… Click here to jam:

http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2013/03/28/diesto-arrows-track-stream-keep-our-heads-comp/

Eolian has confirmed two record release shows to bust the mixtape out onto the public, with a kinky back-to-back duo of galas at Slabtown late in April. Friday, April 26 will rage with sets from Acre, Ix, Norska, Hot Victory, Big Black Cloud and Gaytheist, and the next night with Redneck, Sioux, Palo Verde, Towers, Honduran, Rabbits.

This Summer Eolian will be releasing new noise from sludge-f*ckers Drunk Dad, avant punks Big Black Cloud, hardcore savants Honduran, harsh noiser Redneck, and prog-doomsters Diesto, all featured on KEEP OUR HEADS. Stay tuned for more news on all.

KEEP OUR HEADS Release Shows:
4/26/2013 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ Acre, Ix, Norska, Hot Victory, Big Black Cloud, Gaytheist
4/27/2013 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ Redneck, Sioux, Palo Verde, Towers, Honduran, Rabbits

KEEP OUR HEADS Track Listing:
side X:
Honduran – “No Man’s Land”
Diesto – “Arrows”
Fist Fite – “Bitches Leave”
Humours – “In The Court Of The Corn-Eyed King”
Drunk Dad – “S.O.U.”
Palo Verde – “Swimming In The Royal Academy”
Big Black Cloud – “Reptile Brain”
Lord Dying – “The Value Of Pity”
Norska – “Eostre”
Towers – “Hell”
Tiny Knives – “Winter”
Redneck – “Princess”

side Y:
Sioux – “Ascension”
IX – “Robocrastinatortron”
The Ax – “Luminaries”
Prizehog – “Irrevelant”
Hot Victory – “The Cog”
Gaytheist – “Gimme Black My Blow”
Rabbits – “Drink, Drank, Drunk”
LKN – “Freedom Shot”
Nasalrod – “Suicidal Propaganda”
Crag Dweller – “The Animal”
Gone To Croatoan – “Poor, Poor Little Man”
Acre – “Heavy Day”

http://eolianempire.bigcartel.com
http://www.eolianempire.com/
http://digital.eolianempire.com
http://blahg.eolianempire.com
http://www.facebook.com/eolianempire
http://twitter.com/eolianempire

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-E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr Premiere New Track From Svart Debut

Today, kosmische interlopers E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr premiere the new track “Sonnenaufgang” at tastemaking web-portal CvltNation.com. The track hails from the group’s debut album, KOMETENBAHN, released internationally this week by Svart Records on LP and as a digital download. Featuring members of Reverend Bizarre and Lord Vicar, among others, E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s “Sonnenaufgang” can be heard in its entirety here: http://www.cvltnation.com/e-musikgruppe-lux-ohr-stream/

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s long-awaited studio album, entitled KOMETENBAHN, is a compilation of six original sonic pieces that mirror both hemispheres of the band. While E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s quest for cosmic experiences is proudly inspired by German kosmische musik of the 1970s, the band also boldly pursues to probe frontiers that have remained unchallenged for four decades. KOMETENBAHN is a journey into organic atmospheres, warm analogue timbres, and melodic sequences that bring the sound of the pioneers into the 21st century.

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr has performed in various venues ranging from rock clubs to art museums, libraries and movie theaters. All music of E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr is made to be played live, and also many of the album tracks have evolved in live performances and jam sessions.

The four space cadets of E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr are: Pertti Grönholm, synthesizers, sequencers and samplers; Jaakko Penttinen, synthesizers and sequencers; Kimi Kärki, guitar, e-bow and effects; Ismo Virta, Memotron, guitar and effects.

All the band members have been active in various underground music scenes for a long time. Kimi Kärki is the founder and guitarist of doom metal bands Reverend Bizarre and Lord Vicar and psychedelic progressive band called Orne. Ismo Virta leads a folk prog band called Kosmos and also makes up a dark ambient duo Dystopia with Pertti Grönholm. Besides Dystopia, Grönholm is known for his techno, house, and ambient projects such as Corporate 09. Jaakko Penttinen has a background in various punk bands such as Forca Macabra, but nowadays is better known for his ambient and space music projects such as Galactic Travellers (with Ismo Virta and others).

Track listing for E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s KOMETENBAHN
1) Prolog Im Himmel
2) Nachtgeist
3) Durch Den Kosmischen Dunst
4) Sonnenwind
5) Mythos
6) Sonnenaufgang

http://www.e-musikgruppeluxohr.bandcamp.com

http://www.facebook.com/EMGLuxOhr
http://www.myspace.com/luxohrkult
http://www.svartrecords.com/

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-Avantasia’s THE MYSTER OF TIME is out now, featuring guest stars such as Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Bob Catley (Magnum), and Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep). Check out an album trailer at http://youtu.be/JTq8Q94eLDk and studio reports at http://youtu.be/k8tFi-8zyUk . Main man Tobias Sammet talks about the album’s guest stars at http://youtu.be/OdsSoPjqYTY and http://youtu.be/WdhVXZ20irc . As for videos, “Sleepwalking” is at http://smarturl.it/SleepwalkingVideo and a lyric video for “Invoke The Machine” is at http://youtu.be/WfQEclxbQrs . There’s also a new interview with Sammet at http://rock-and-metal-4-you.blogspot.com/2013/03/interview-with-tobias-sammet-avantasia.html . See http://www.tobiassammet.com/ for more.

-Guitarist Richie Sambora will sit out the upcoming Bon Jovi tour. Various reports lists reasons ranging from Sambora wanting to concentrate on his solo career to Sambora being upset with the way Jon Bon Jovi treats him.

-Chariots Of The Gods — the “melodic death thrashers” from Ottawa, ON — have a new tour video online at http://youtu.be/hIEAfO6hSvQ . The band consists of Renaud Jobin on vocals, Mathieu St-Amour and Dimitri Gervais on guitar, Payam Doryani on bass, and Rich O’Neil on drums. They released TIDES OF WAR in January; check out the video for the title track at http://youtu.be/3Z8YEQd98Uo .

-A trailer for Children Of Bodom’s upcoming HALO OF BLOOD is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INzpnD1HyNA . Info: “The video resulted from the listening session of the new album, which took place at the Nuclear Blast headquarters in Germany on March 16th, and shows the first impressions of the international press.” HALO OF BLOOD track list: “Waste Of Skin,” “Halo Of Blood,” “Scream For Silence,” “Transference,” “Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming),” “The Days Are Numbered,” “Dead Man’s Hand On You,” “Damage Beyond Repair,” “All Twisted,” “One Bottle And A Knee Deep.” See http://www.cobhc.com/ for more.

-Fatality — the “Toronto thrash heavyweights” — are heading out on a “4/20 mini-tour” in Ontario and Quebec:

4/19 – The Brass Monkey, Ottawa, ON – w/ Old James & Eagleson
4/20 – The Pirahna Bar, Montreal, QC – w/ Protocol, Warsenal, Insight & Chemical Way
4/21 – The Atria, Oshawa, ON – w/ TBD; FREE SHOW

The band is working on a new studio album; check out a blog update at http://fatalitythrash.blogspot.ca/2013/03/recording-full-length.html . See http://www.fatality.ca/ , http://fatality.bandcamp.com , and http://www.facebook.com/fatalitythrash for more.

-Upcoming shows for The Iron Maidens:

4/6 – Titanic Metal Bar, Managua, Nicaragua
4/13 – Shamrock, Chino Hills, CA
4/19 – Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA
4/27 – Tropicana Express, Laughlin, NV
5/11 – The Slidebar, Fullerton, CA (3:00 p.m. matinee)
5/17 – Happy Hour Bar & Grill, Loveland, CO
5/18 – Jammin Joe’s, Arvada, CO
5/25 – The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
6/8 – TBA, Toronto, ON
6/15 – 105 Brigada De Infanteria, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
6/22 – Club 366, Ogden, UT
6/28 – The Music Room, Dubai, UAE

See http://www.theironmaidens.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/TheIronMaidensOfficial , and http://www.myspace.com/theironmaidens for more.

-Lost Society’s FAST LOUD DEATH debuted at #25 on the charts in Finland. Here’s a statement from singer/guitarist Samy Elbanna: “Myself, Arttu [Lesonen – guitar], Mirko [Lehtinen – bass] and Ossi [Paananen – drums] would like to give out an enormous thanks to all of the Lost Society supporters who have bought the album and supported us all the way! It has been amazing hearing all the great feedback and getting into the charts in Finland on #25! We are all really extremely happy about this and we are all so lucky to have such amazing fans! Thank you all!” See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-No Consequence’s IO is out on Basick Records. Track list: “So Close To Nowhere,” “Name Your Price,” “All That’s Left,” “Enemy Of Logic,” “Ether,” “Bury The Debt,” “Sentient,” “Illusion Of Choice,” “Coerce: Conform,” “What Is Dead May Never Die,” “Vela,” “Unify.” Check out the video for “Coerce: Conform” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06Sbz_oM5sg . See http://www.facebook.com/noconsequenceband for more.

-The first annual Paper City Music Fest will take place May 4 at the Putnam Fair & Expo Center in Palatka, FL. Bands set to appear include Molly Hatchet & Friends, the Jimmie Van Zant Band, Blackfoot, Shanytown, and Rusty Shine. See http://www.papercitymusicfest.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/pcmusicfest , and http://www.ticketfly.com/ for more.

-There’s a new interview with Pretty Maids front man Ronnie Atkins at http://rock-and-metal-4-you.blogspot.de/2013/04/exclusive-interview-with-ronnie-atkins.html .

-About Heavy Metal has a new interview with Saxon front man Biff Byford at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/JCQp .

-John Taglieri’s new view for “Southern Paradise” — the title track from his upcoming new EP — at http://bit.ly/10wnXx6 . Info: “Directed by Anthony Mario Piccone for Savior Productions and shot on location throughout John’s part time residence of Key West FL at Durty Harry’s, Island Dogs, as well as other venues, and along Duval Street, as well as in the Atlantic Ocean & The Gulf Of Mexico, the storyline of the video focuses on ‘good times, good friends and a damn good party,’ relates John.” The EP is due out April 16 through Leap Dog Music. See http://JohnTaglieri.com and http://www.facebook.com/JohnTaglieriMusic for more.

-Toxic Holocaust’s new 22-track anthology FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION (Relapse) is streaming in its entirety now at http://www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-toxic-holocaust-stream-new-album-from-the-ashes-of-nuclear-destruction.html . Hype: “The monolithic 22-track anthology compiles over a decade’s worth of Toxic Holocaust rarities into one maniacal compilation of hostile bliss. Amassing the band’s many contributions to various comps and vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight and others, alongside demo versions of timeless Toxic classics, FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION is a historic romp through the history of one of today’s most revered punk metal deviants.” The release can be ordered at http://bit.ly/toxicashes . See http://www.facebook.com/ToxicHolocaust , http://www.toxicholocaust.bandcamp.com , and http://www.relapse.com/ for more.

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

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Detritus Issue #646

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Detritus
Issue #646
Week of March 25, 2013
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-At the dollar store the other day, I saw plastic Easter Eggs decorated with a camouflage pattern. Wow, that will annoy the kids. “Good luck on the hunt Little Johnny — IF you can find anything, you can keep it!” – Tim

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Dio – FINDING THE SACRED HEART – LIVE IN PHILLY 1986 May 28, 2013 On DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD, Digital Audio, Digital Video And First Time On Vinyl

Fully Restored Film Footage Of The Complete Concert Available For The First Time

NEW YORK, NY — Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the release on May 28, 2013 of FINDING THE SACRED HEART – LIVE IN PHILLY 1986 on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD and 2LP from Dio [Pre-book order date May 3, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $17.98 2CD, TBA vinyl]. The DVD and Blu-ray versions offer fully restored film footage of the complete concert available for the first time. The audio on the 2CD and double LP is fully re-mastered.

FINDING THE SACRED HEART – LIVE IN PHILLY 1986 was recorded at The Spectrum in Philadelphia on June 17, 1986 during the second leg of the SACRED HEART tour, which featured new guitarist Craig Goldy. The show was issued in an edited form first on VHS and then DVD. Now for the first time, the full concert is being released as a double LP in the original running order and with re-mastered sound. It’s an extraordinary live show with a giant animatronic dragon towering over the stage and spectacular lasers and pyrotechnics. The lineup for the show is Ronnie James Dio (vocals); Vinny Appice (drums); Jimmy Bain (bass); Craig Goldy (guitar); Claude Schnell (keyboards).

The show features the Dio classics “Holy Diver,” “Don’t Talk To Strangers,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children,” “Sacred Heart,” “Stand Up And Shout,” “Rainbow In The Dark,” and “We Rock” plus other classic tracks from Ronnie James Dio’s career including “Heaven & Hell,” “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and “Man On The Silver Mountain.”

Bonus Features [on DVD and Blu-ray] include a SACRED HEART tour featurette, an interview from ’86 and a separate interview with Ronnie & Craig, as well as the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children” music video and a “Behind The Scenes” feature.

Ronnie James Dio and the band deliver a blistering live performance featuring tracks from their first three albums alongside Black Sabbath and Rainbow classics. For those who never got to experience the powerful vocals and mammoth stage prowess of Ronnie James Dio before his passing in 2010, this is the perfect opportunity to view this legendary icon in all his glory.

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

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:
http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt
http://www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews
http://www.youtube.com/user/eaglerocktv

Track Listing:

DVD/Blu-ray/CD:
1) Draco Ignis
2) King Of Rock And Roll
3) Like The Beat Of A Heart
4) Don’t Talk To Strangers
5) Hungry For Heaven
6) Medley: The Last In Line / Children Of The Sea / Holy Diver / The Last In Line (reprise)
7) Drum Solo
8) Heaven & Hell
9) Keyboard Solo
10) Guitar Solo
11) Sacred Heart
12) Medley: Rock ‘n’ Roll Children / Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll / Man On The Silver Mountain / Rock ‘n’ Roll Children (reprise)
13) Time To Burn
14) Stand Up And Shout
15) Rainbow In The Dark
16) We Rock

Vinyl:
Side A: 1) Draco Ignis 2) King Of Rock And Roll 3) Like The Beat Of A Heart 4) Don’t Talk To Strangers 5) Hungry For Heaven 6) Medley: The Last In Line / Children Of The Sea / Holy Diver / The Last In Line (reprise)

Side B: 1) Drum Solo 2) Heaven & Hell 3) Keyboard Solo 4) Guitar Solo

Side C: 1) Sacred Heart 2) Medley: Rock ‘n’ Roll Children / Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll / Man On The Silver Mountain / Rock ‘n’ Roll Children (reprise)

Side D: 1) Time To Burn 2) Stand Up And Shout 3) Rainbow In The Dark 4) We Rock

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-Sebastian Bach’s Video For “18 & Life” Taken From CD/DVD Package Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Ultimate Classic Rock

ABACHALYPSE NOW Out Now In Europe And North America Via Frontiers Records

Sebastian Bach fans worldwide can click http://ultimateclassicrock.com/sebastian-bach-video-premiere-2013 to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for “18 & Life,” taken from the CD/DVD package ABACHALYPSE NOW; the set is out now in Europe and North America via Frontiers Records.

The ABACHALYPSE NOW Ultimate CD/DVD Edition includes never-before-seen footage from last year’s GrasPop Festival in Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully re-mixed and re-mastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos. The DVD contains a running time of nearly 160 minutes. ABACHALYPSE NOW will be available in two configurations: the Ultimate CD/DVD Edition (2 CDs + DVD) and a standalone DVD; the respective covers can be accessed here:


You can check out the official EPK at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gMznWeujDU and order the set at http://www.frontiers.it/us .

Sebastian Bach’s latest album, KICKING & SCREAMING, was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter) and debuted in the Top 75 of the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Outburn declared, “Sebastian Bach delivers a balls out gang of mountainous hooks, titanic grooves and straight down the middle hard rock,” while Revolver avowed, “Bach’s voice is in particularly fine form on KICKING & SCREAMING, boasting more color and range than most…” Bach was recently named one of the 100 greatest living rock stars by Revolver.

Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a five-season recurring role on the CW’s hit series “Gilmore Girls,” starring roles on Broadway (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and national touring companies (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.

Bach on the web:
http://www.sebastianbach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/sebastianbach
http://www.twitter.com/sebastianbach
http://www.reverbnation.com/sebastianbach
http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Timo Tolkki’s Avalon: First Single Released

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital release today of “Enshrined In My Memory,” the first single off the Timo Tolkki’s Avalon’s new Metal Opera THE LAND OF NEW HOPE. The song is available for download and legal streaming through all fine shops such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify all over the World. It is also possible to enjoy the video clip of the song, shot by Patric Ullaeus (Europe, Amaranthe, Kamelot, etc.), at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98mD8hvKKso .

With a stunning vocal performance from Amaranthe singer Elize Ryd, the song shows the more melodic side of Tolkki’s songwriting and sets the pace for the wide variety of musical styles that it is possible to find on the full album. THE LAND OF NEW HOPE is Tolkki’s glorious return to music in full force. He managed to gather an amazing cast of singers and performers including Michael Kiske (Unisonic), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation) and Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica). Rounding up the stunning lineup of this album are: Alex Holzwarth (Rhapody Of Fire) on drums and Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion), Mikko Härkin (Sonata Arctica) on keyboards, with Tolkki taking care of all guitars and bass recordings and of course production duties.

You can enjoy a full EPK presentation of the album at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HoyZll5j0c .

THE LAND OF NEW HOPE will be released on Frontiers Records on May 17 in Europe and May 21 in North America.

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-Overkill To Release Limited Tour Edition Of THE ELECTRIC AGE!

Over the course of their upcoming European tour, followed by several festival shows, legendary US thrash metallers Overkill are going to release a very special limited tour edition of their latest masterpiece THE ELECTRIC AGE — only available for a short time!

The ltd. 2CD tour edition will be released on April 19, 2013 and comprise the regular album as well as four additional live tracks on a bonus CD, recorded at The Metro in Sidney, Australia, on September 25, 2010.

The track list reads as follows:

CD 1 – THE ELECTRIC AGE:
1. Come And Get It
2. Electric Rattlesnake
3. Wish You Were Dead
4. Black Daze
5. Save Yourself
6. Drop The Hammer Down
7. 21st Century Man
8. Old Wounds, New Scars
9. All Over But The Shouting
10. Good Night

CD 2 – LIVE FROM OZ – recorded in Sidney, Australia, (The Metro, Sept. 25, 2010):
1. Horrorscope
2. Long Time Dyin’
3. Necroshine
4. Walk Through Fire

Make sure to get it, before it’s gone:
http://bit.ly/16zCo8w

Catch Overkill live on tour in spring and summer (# = together with Lost Society):

17.04. FIN Tampere – Pakkahoune (#)
18.04. FIN Helsinki – Tavastia (#)
19.04. FIN Joensuu – Kerubi (#)
20.04. FIN Oulu – Club Teatria (#)
21.04. FIN Rytmikojaamo – Sinajoki (#)
22.04. EST Tallin – Tapper
23.04. LV Riga – Meina Piektdina
24.04. LT Vilnius – New York
25.04. PL Warsaw – Proxima
26.04. D Hamburg – Markthalle
27.04. DK Copenhagen – Amager Bio
29.04. S Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
30.04. N Oslo – John Dee
01.05. S Stockholm – Debaser Slussen
02.05. N Haugesund – Karmoygeddon Festival
03.05. N Grimstad – Bluebox
05.05. TR Istanbul – Headbangers Weekend
08.06. HR Zadar – Burning Sea Festival
29.06. B Dassel – Graspop
22.07. SLO Tolmin – Metal Days Festival
25.07. D Brande-Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air
09.08. CZ Jaromer – Brutal Assault Festival
10.08. I Chiaromonte – XIX Agglutination Metal Festival

http://www.wreckingcrew.com/

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-Threshold: Making Of “Staring At The Sun” Online!

A few months ago, British progressive metallers Threshold kicked off a fan video contest for the song “Staring At The Sun,” taken from their new highly acclaimed album MARCH OF PROGRESS. In the end, the amazing effort by Achim Bieler from Germany saw him winning the competition. Check out the original clip at http://bit.ly/RCSSEm .

Since winning the competition, Threshold and Achim conceived a plan to shoot additional footage in order to edit a new, even more impressive version of the video. For this, Threshold’s vocalist Damian Wilson met Achim and his crew in South Germany to record the new footage. The magnificent outcome — the new, official video clip for “Staring At The Sun” — can be watched at http://bit.ly/14ZVQtn .

But it doesn’t stop here! Achim also edited a highly entertaining “making of ‘Staring At The Sun'” video that lets us take a look behind the scenes of the set and grants us detailed insight on the post production works. Check it out at http://bit.ly/11ioSGp .

Catch Threshold live:

11.05. UK Kingston Upon Thames – Celebr8 Festival
17.-19.05. D Gelsenkirchen – Rock Hard Festival
05.-08.06. S Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival

Get MARCH OF PROGRESS at the Nuclear Blast web shop: http://smarturl.it/ThresholdCD

http://www.thresh.net/

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-Children Of Bodom Reveal Album Title, Cover Artwork And Track List!

Finnish metal superstars Children Of Bodom have named their eighth studio album HALO OF BLOOD and have unveiled the album artwork.

Cover art was created this time by Sami Saramäki (FOLLOW THE REAPER, ARE YOU DEAD YET?, HATE CREW DEATHROLL).

Mastermind Alexi Laiho commented:

“HALO OF BLOOD is the eighth studio album from Children Of Bodom and believe it or not but we still managed to keep it fresh and new while still maintaining the elements that make COB sound recognizable. It’s got the fastest and the slowest song we ever made and lyrics wise there are themes we had never had before. Its 10 new songs of pure Nordic metal and whether you enjoy it with a beer or a glass of water, I’m sure you will have a good time.”

Bass player Henkka Seppälä states about the artwork:

“We wanted to have a winter scene. Somehow it fits well with the atmosphere of the music and the composing session. It could be Lake Bodom actually, frozen, with people trapped under the ice. Very Finnish looking scene. We were really happy how Sami created the whole imagery!”

The HALO OF BLOOD track listing:
1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. The Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man’s Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle And A Knee Deep

HALO OF BLOOD will be released June 7 via Nuclear Blast.

http://www.cobhc.com/

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-AFM Records News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

U.D.O.: “Anniversary Editions” Of Classic Albums Available Now!

With LIVE IN RUSSIA and BEST OF available now, the U.D.O. “Anniversary Edition” re-releases series is now completed.

Among the 10 reissued albums (many of these not available regularly for many years) are all U.D.O. albums beginning with the debut ANIMAL HOUSE (1987) to MAN AND MACHINE (2002).

ANIMAL HOUSE
MEAN MACHINE
FACELESS WORLD
TIMEBOMB
SOLID
NO LIMITS
HOLY
BEST OF
LIVE IN RUSSIA
MAN AND MACHINE

Meanwhile, U.D.O. are preparing for their first tour on US soil since 2001 and prepare latest details for the release of their new studio album STEELHAMMER which will be released on May 24 (USA: May 21).

U.D.O. 2013 — with new guitar players Andrey Smirnov und Kasperi Heikkinen.

The New Black’s “Sharkpool” Video Released!

It does look a little different, indeed: Germany’s The New Black have released the video to their new single “Sharkpool,” and it shows the band going up against sharks, mermaids, seabed beer drinking and chess-playing crabs. All underwater. What an adventure! As the band comments:

“Yes, we actually look like that sometimes…”

“Sharkpool”

Gothminister: Cover Artwork & Track Listing Of UTOPIA Unveiled!

When Gothminister release their new album UTOPIA on May 17, the fans will get a lot more than “just” a new piece of work by one of Norway’s premiere Metal acts: the concept of UTOPIA gives insight to the schizophrenic world of band leader Bjørn Alexander Brem: working as a lawyer at daytime, Brem’s second personality, the Gothminister, takes over at nighttime.

UTOPIA will be released as CD and limited CD including a bonus concert/movie DVD. Here the album’s concept is presented in a visual way too.

Track listing:

CD

1. The New Beginning
2. Someone Is After Me
3. Utopia
4. March
5. Horrorshow
6. Nightmare
7. Afterlife
8. Helldemon
9. All Alone
10. Purgatory
11. Eternal
12. Raise The Dead
13. Boogeyman

+ Bonus DVD on ltd. Edition

1. Rapture (Intro-Movie)
2. Purgatory (live)
3. Eternal (live)
4. Someone Is After Me (live)
5. Stonehenge (live)
6. Beauty After Midnight (live)
7. Dusk Till Dawn (live)
8. The Possession (live)
9. Devil (live)
10. Afterlife (live)
11. Helldemon (live)
12. Liar (live)
13. Monsters (live)
14. Darkside (live)
15. March (live)
16. Horrorshow (live)
17. Happiness In Darkness (live)
18. Utopia (live)
19. The Resurrection (Outro-Movie)

+ NRK Lydverket 31.10.2012
Halloween Special
UTOPIA – Behind The Scenes

Rhapsody Of Fire To Release Live Album On May 3!

Italian Symphonic Metal kings Rhapsody Of Fire will release LIVE – FROM CHAOS TO ETERNITY on May 3 (USA: May 7).

It will be available as 2-CD digi-pak and as limited 3-vinyl set. The material (a mixture of old classics and newer tracks) was recorded on the band’s latest European tour in Spring 2012.

Alex Staropoli comments:

“We wanted to deliver a live album that can actually be called a LIVE album. Not one single part was re-recorded in studio as most of bands do. Personally I am always looking for perfection but in the case of this live album I truly believe it had to sound live and maintain both live playing and feeling at 100%.”

Vocalist Fabio Lione adds:

“This live album it’s the concrete proof that this band is strong and willing to keep playing and producing music for all our fans out there for the years to come.”

Track list:

CD 1

1. Dark Mystic Vision
2. Ad Infinitum
3. From Chaos To Eternity
4. Triumph Or Agony
5. I Belong To The Stars
6. The Dark Secret
7. Unholy Warcry
8. Lost In Cold Dreams
9. Land Of Immortals
10. Aeons Of Raging Darkness
11. Dark Reign Of Fire
12. Drum Solo

CD 2

1. The March Of The Swordmaster
2. Dawn Of Victory
3. Toccata On Bass
4. The Village Of Dwarves
5. The Magic Of The Wizard’s Dream
6. Holy Thunderforce
7. Reign Of Terror
8. Knightrider Of Doom
9. Epicus Furor
10. Emerald Sword
11. Erian’s Lost Secrets
12. The Splendour Of Angels’ Glory (A Final Revelation)

D-A-D Signs With AFM Records!

AFM Records proudly welcomes another legendary act: Danish cult rockers D-A-D have signed a worldwide (except Scandinavia) record deal.

As the first release of their new collaboration, D-A-D’s 2011 studio album DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK is available from today on as an extensive Deluxe Edition, which comes as 2-CD in digi-pak format and includes a 16-track live CD beside the regular album.

SuidAkrA: ETERNAL DEFIANCE Cover Artwork & Track Listing Unveiled!

German Celtic metallers SuidAkrA have issued another update on their upcoming new album ETERNAL DEFIANCE. The cover artwork (once again created by Kris Verwimp) and the album’s track listing have been unveiled. ETERNAL DEFIANCE will be released on May 24.

Track listing:

1. Storming The Walls
2. Inner Sanctum
3. Beneath The Read Eagle
4. March Of Conquest
5. Pair Dadeni
6. The Mindsong
7. Rage For Revenge
8. Dragon’s Head
9. Defiant Dreams
10. Damnatio Memoriae
11. Mrs. McGrath (Bonus Track)

AFM Records
http://www.afm-records.de/

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-Running Order For Sweden Rock Festival 2013

Running Order Sweden Rock 2013! Time To Buy Ticket And Fix Accommodation!

The running order for this year’s festival is now available on our website. Some of the confirmed acts do not have set stage times yet and have been marked “TBC” (to be confirmed) in the running order. As soon as those times have been confirmed we will update the running order. The same goes for the three acts that are yet to be announced. The eight NEMIS acts (up and coming bands handpicked by the Swedish national schooling association Studiefrämjandet) will be announced later this spring.

Thanks to our partnership with musical instrument retailer 4Sound, the stage previously called Zeppelin Stage (and before that Dio Stage, Spendrups Stage and the demo stage) will be named 4Sound Stage this year. Apart from the name, everything about the stage will remain the same.

Kiss have requested to start playing at 23:00 instead of 23:30 on Thursday June 6. Because of this, we have postponed the Corroded slot on the 4Sound Stage so that our guests will be able to see the lion’s share of both shows.

Rush are bringing a production that takes a long time to build. Because of this, only one other act will perform on Festival Stage on Saturday June 8. Also, Rush have requested to start playing at 21:30 instead of 23:30. To be able to fit in Rush and their big production while having as many slots in the schedule as usual, we have added slots on Rock Stage, Sweden Stage (2) and Rockklassiker Stage that day.

Since we have 83 bands playing on five stages, we often have two, sometimes even three, bands playing at the same time. As much as possible, we have tried to avoid scheduling bands in similar styles at the same time. However, touring schedules, flight departure times and other factors sometimes come into play, and as always we have had to make a few compromises. We hope that as many of you as possible will still be happy with this year’s running order.

The following bands are also confirmed but has no confirmed show time yet: Morgana Lefay, Survivor, Asia, Treat, Newsted, Amaranthe

Click here for the running order!
http://www.swedenrock.com/index.cfm?lg=2&pg=73

See you June 5th-8th!

/The festival management team

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-Tarja To Release New Material Via Armoury Records Later This Year

Following the sensational success of ACT I, the first ever live solo offering from legendary Finnish songstress/former Nightwish soprano, Tarja Turunen, Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC, is delighted to announce the renewal of their collaboration for an exciting set of new releases spanning the next few years.

Set to commence with the long-awaited new studio rock album, the following months will entail many musical adventures for the versatile and talented artist, including the spectacular Beauty And The Beat 2013 tour, scheduled to be filmed later this year, and a first-ever all-classical studio offering which follows the success of her award-winning HARUS – LIVE AT SIBELIUS HALL release.

In addition, Tarja fans will be pleased to know that the follow-up to 2010’s WHAT LIES BENEATH will hit stores later this Summer. The as-yet-untitled album, mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2), is set to be the iconic vocalist’s next milestone for symphonic heavy rock thanks to a stellar lineup and a state-of-the-art production. Further details including a new single, video and extensive worldwide tour will be announced in the coming weeks.

ACT I topped charts throughout Europe, with a sensational no. 5 in Germany’s General Charts (an unusual result for a live album). The video version held steady for over two months at the peak of the Finnish music video charts. Fans can follow Tarja’s work and musical journey to her new album via her website at: http://www.tarja2013.com/ .

“Tarja has an extraordinary voice and is an extremely charismatic singer, qualities that ACT 1 shows off extraordinarily well. Her voice has deepened and darkened is recent years while losing none of her upper range, resulting in a tone that can be treacle dark and syrupy, rich and warm and velvet but also silvery light and nimble, as each song demands.” – About.com

“A finely honed release from the undisputed queen of symphonic metal. 4.5/5″ – One Metal

“Tarja’s voice is simply stunning and this album shows that she can perform live just as perfectly as she can record in the studio — which is how it should be but some singers do struggle with live shows, particularly of this length, yet there’s none of that here — Tarja sounds flawless throughout.” – Planet Mosh

“…an excellent live metal release…” – Sea Of Tranquility

“‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ said Lao Tzu. And this is especially true for ACT I. It is also a Step I, the first live album Tarja has produced since her days in Nightwish and a statement that her solo career will continue at all costs.” – Reflections of Darkness

http://www.tarja-act1.com/
http://www.tarjaturunen.com/
http://www.facebook.com/tarjaofficial
http://www.eaglerockent.com/

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-John Taglieri Visits SOUTHERN PARADISE On His Eleventh Release

HANSON, MA — When John Taglieri abruptly quit his lucrative day job in 2005 to become “a professional musician” people thought he was out of his mind. Literally. I mean, who quits a steady paycheck to play music for a living in the 21st Century, right? More than half a decade later Taglieri is having the last laugh because he’s made it on his terms and his terms alone. It’s not a spiteful laugh, though, more along the lines of “hey, let’s head down to Florida and have a little party on the beach” type of chuckle.

Now, stealing a few chapters from the book of Jimmy Buffett for his new EP, SOUTHERN PARADISE, John has the beach party bit down to a science. Not that he’s copping Jimmy’s musical style, mind you, just his “fun at all costs and always have a margarita in each hand” happy go lucky attitude. “On this record I wanted to do things differently. I have a great balance in my life right now, and it’s lots of fun! This is my eleventh release, I live in Key West, FL half the year and get to play music for a living… what’s NOT to LOVE about that!??!” says John. Songs such as the title track talk about his own Southern Paradise and how life can be truly fun when you do what you love. “When I Think About” (written with Nashville writer Bobby James) and “Days Of Night” (written by Sean Mormelo) all show a marked maturity and balance in Taglieri’s material. This is his eleventh release overall and tenth of all new music.

Working with the up and coming Nashville based production team of Sean Mormelo and Mark Cohn of Illusionati Entertainment, and mastered by multi Grammy Award winning Richard Dodd (George Harrison, Keith Urban, Green Day, Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty), the team has crafted a feel good record that sounds and feels like summer, no matter what your weather outside may be. “Sean and I go back about 10 years as writers and touring acts. We’ve always wanted to work together and this seemed like the right time. His partner, Mark Cohn was on board from the start and we brought Richard in to master the tracks. I think we put an amazing team together and put out a great product both musically and sonically!” said Taglieri.

Not only does 2013 bring John’s new EP to you, it also marks the year he reached the milestone of 20,000 sales. Starting with the release of LEAP OF FAITH in 1999 thru his VERY BEST OF collection from late 2012, and through relentless touring in the last 10 years, on March 8, 2013, Taglieri went over 20,000 units and downloads sold as an indie artist running his own record label. Taglieri had this to say about it… “I’m amazingly proud of this milestone. As a guy putting out my first CD in 1999 from a home studio, I never thought I’d have gotten this far, but here I am, and things are still moving better than ever. 20,000 is an amazing number to me and one that makes me proud of all the hard work its taken to get this far.”

Watch for John’s new EP, SOUTHERN PARADISE, coming on April 16, 2013 and get ready to sit back and soak it in… and let it take you to your own personal Southern Paradise!

Relevant Links:

http://JohnTaglieri.com/
http://Facebook.com/JohnTaglieriMusic

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-Critical Solution Reveals Full Details On Debut Album!

Last week, the Norwegian Thrash Metallers from Critical Solution announced the special appearances of Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) and Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) on their upcoming album. This week, the band reveals the full details for this debut full-length.

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

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

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

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

Today, the band also reveals for the first time the new cover artwork and track list!

EVIL NEVER DIES Track List:

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

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

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

Also, today a sample for the song “God Of Anarchy” has been uploaded!
http://www.reverbnation.com/criticalsolution/song/16674406-god-of-anarchy

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

Andy La Rocque’s Coffee Break #1:

Andy La Rocque’s Coffee Break #2 in the studio with Critical Solution:

For all Critical Solution info:
http://www.facebook.com/CriticalSolution
http://www.twitter.com/criticalsoluti1
http://www.reverbnation.com/criticalsolution
http://www.youtube.com/user/Criticalsolution1

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-Mastercastle Unveils New Promotional Video For “Chains”

Italian metallers Mastercastle return on 19 April 2013 with the red hot new album ON FIRE released through Lion Music.

Home to nine tracks of melodic heavy metal with neo-classical influences, Mastercastle have been honing their trademark sound since their debut THE PHOENIX (2009) and refining it through LAST DESIRE (2010) and DANGEROUS DIAMONDS (2011). Led by the powerful vocals of Giorgia Gueglio, the virtuoso guitar of Pier Gonella and the driven bass lines of Steve Vawamas, ON FIRE marks the band’s first release with one of the metal world’s most respected drummers behind the kit, one John Macaluso (Ark, Yngwie Malmsteen, and James LaBrie). Macaluso’s addition has given the band a kick up the proverbial backside taking their unique brand of metal to an even higher plateau.

On the band’s newest member Pier Gonella comments, “John gave us great energy because from the first time he heard our music he was really impressed. He participated in the composing process of ON FIRE and his vast experience was a great help for the album’s production as well.”

To give fans a taste of the upcoming album a promotional video has been produced for the track “Chains” and is streaming now at http://youtu.be/eETgaC6IeJ0 .

ON FIRE is home to the following tracks:

1. Silver Eyes
2. Chains
3. Platinum
4. Quicksilver
5. Gold Violet
6. The Final Battle (instrumental)
7. Leaden Roads
8. Titanium Wings
9. Almost A Fantasy (instrumental)

Full album information and pre-ordering link can be found at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/onfire.htm .

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-Escape Music Is Proud To Announce The Release For May 2013: Vindictiv’s CAGE OF INFINITY

Style: Metal / Rock
Release: May 10 2013

Specials: Featuring members of Therion, Treat, Zan Clan and Last Autumn’s Dream!

Artist: Vindictiv
Title: CAGE OF INFINITY
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Hard Rock
Catalog #: ESM252
EAN: 5031281002525
Label: Escape Music
Release Date: 10. May 2013

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

Track List:
1. The Chosen (3:58)
2. Cage of Infinity (4:36)
3. Down In a Black Hole (3:55)
4. Choices (3:23)
5. Astronaut (3:28)
6. Human Emergency (3:53)
7. Resistance (4:41)
8. Orphans (4:29)
9. Son Of Fate (5:05)
10. The Encounter (5:30)
11. Screaming For Answers (3:53)

Lineup:
Marco Sandron: Vocals
Stefan Lindholm: Guitars
Pontus Larsson: Keys
Nalley Pahlsson: Bass
Henrik Hedman: Drums

Produced by: Stefan Lindholm
Mixed and Mastered by: Lars Chriss

Featuring members of Therion, Treat, Zan Clan and Last Autumn’s Dream!

Every brilliant musician feels the need to push boundaries further: to progress and to find new challenges and outlets for his or her talents. Swedish guitarist Stefan Lindholm has now reached that defining moment in his career. As the founder and musical backbone of Vindictiv, he is responsible for some of the most exquisite examples of contemporary neoclassical metal.

However, the Gothenburgian constellation’s newest effort CAGE OF INFINITY marks a certain departure from the progressive leanings of their two previous albums, VINDICTIV (2008 ESM164) and GROUND ZEOR (2009 ESM190). This time round Vindictiv have challenged themselves to get their point across not through complexity, but through forthrightness. “I’m no longer the same person as I used to be,” says Stefan, “so now I am going for a simpler approach and it’s more in your face.” Stefan also explains “CAGE OF INFINITY definitely contains a lot of immediate hooks and choruses. At the same time, I think it just may be more metallic than previously. Possibly a tad Judas Priest-ish, but I’ll leave that for the listener to decide!!!”

It is indeed, albeit a new and exciting Vindictiv. Stefan’s guitar playing is as stellar as ever and the core of the band is intact, featuring the exceptional talents of keyboard player Pontus Larsson and bassist Nalle Påhlsson (Therion, Treat, Zan Clan, Last Autumn’s Dream). There are two new faces to the lineup: drummer Henrik Hedman is an excellent addition to the Vindictiv family tree, but the man with the biggest shoes to fill is undoubtedly the new lead singer Marco Sandron who has dared to accept the torch passed on by legendary journeyman Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, Glory, Kharma, Xsavior). Marco is the Italian ex-vocalist from multinational power metal sensations Eden’s Curse and whose vocal skills have turned an apparent suicide mission into a raging triumph. Marco’s performances on CAGE OF INFINITY are nothing short of spectacular, comparable even to the great Jørn Lande and marking the beginning of a new era. Vindictiv has turned over a new leaf, a more predominantly song-based one, without sacrificing any of their defining characteristics which include the usual blistering guitar solos and great vocal work.

So we have a new breed of “Vindictiv” and we are very sure that you will love the sound that has been created here. Certainly a band to watch for as they rise continuously upwards through the ranks of the rock music world… essential!

Escape Music
http://www.Escape-Music.com/

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-Raven Lord Offers Free Download Of “Perish” Track

Multinational heavy metallers Raven Lord celebrate their second anniversary. As a birthday present a gift is made to the fans and the supporters in the form of a new song called “Perish” as FREE DOWNLOAD. Raven Lord presents their very first metal ballad and thank all their friends, fans, press and supporters who gave such a great momentum after the release of their debut album DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD. The new song “Perish” can be downloaded below:

The singer of the band Csaba Zvekan comments: “I am thankful to you all who helped us the past few months to achieve such a great success. We want to give something back to our fans so we can all celebrate together. Let’s enjoy our first ballade together with a rather dramatic topic called ‘Perish.’ Thank you so much!”

The track “Perish” comes from the same production batch as DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD and is produced by Csaba Zvekan. It is mixed by Swedish metal producer Fredrik Nordstrom and mastered by Los Angeles based Maor Appelbaum.

Lyrics “Perish”

When you think you are forever
Every generation fades
On the end of your endeavour
Million miles away from home

You rise up to holy and the glorious
You rise up to be in heaven and hell

When the time has come to leave the stage
And turn the page
And perish forever
And the world keeps on turning
Forever yearning
When you say your last goodbye

Nothing ever lasts forever
Disappear in the unknown
As you think you are together
When in fact you are alone

You rise up to holy and the glorious
You rise up to be your heaven and hell

When the time has come to leave the stage
And turn the page
And perish forever
And the world keeps on turning
Forever yearning
When you say your last goodbye

Your lifelong tribulation
And your final retribution

Solo

When the time has come to leave the stage
And turn the page
And perish forever
And the world keeps on turning
Forever yearning
When you say your last goodbye

When the time has come to leave the stage
And turn the page
And perish forever
And the world keeps on turning
Forever yearning
When you say your last goodbye

Raven Lord recently got confirmed for the R-Mine Metalfest 2013 in Tongeren, Belgium followed by some shows in the Netherlands. The summer show dates shape up as follows.

22. June R-Mine Metalfest 2013, Tongeren, Belgium
28. June P3, Purmerend, Netherlands
29. June The Mix, Uithoorn, Netherlands

More shows to be announced very soon.

Raven Lord recently released their debut album, DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD worldwide via Mausoleum Records. The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (At The Gate, Arch Enemy, Nightrage, In Flames, Dream Evil, Opeth) and was mastered by US mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum (Sepultura, Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Angra, Dokken). The cover artwork was created by Brazilian artist Caio Caldas of CadiesArt, who has previously worked with Doro, Paul Di’Anno, Seven Kingdoms, Dominanz and Violet Sun among others.

http://www.raven-lord.com/
http://www.facebook.com/ravenlordmusic

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-Tainted Nation Announces New Guitarist

UK’s modern hard rockers Tainted Nation have announced the addition of guitarist Joel Peters (Fury) to the group’s ranks.

Commented Tainted Nation drummer Mark Cross: “We’d like to introduce to you and welcome Joel Peters, former guitarist of the band Fury, to the Tainted Nation family. Since we started rehearsing and playing live with the band, we realized how important a second guitar was, especially for our live performances. We had Joel along since day one, but recently invited him to become a member Joel is an extremely gifted guitar player and great singer and brings a fourth dimension to our set up. Joel will be on tour with us, check http://www.taintednation.co.uk/ for all details. See you all soon on tour!”

Tainted Nation are:
Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse) – vocals
Mark Cross (ex Firewind, Helloween)- drums
Pontus Egberg (The Poodles) – bass
Ian Nash (Lionsheart) – guitars
Joel Peters (Fury) – guitars

Tainted Nation recently released the first video “Loser” at http://youtu.be/UILFu8hf5NE .

Tainted Nation – F.E.A.R. over the UK Tour 2013

19.04.13 “THE YARDBIRDS” Grimsby, UK
20.04.13 “THE DIAMOND” Mansfield, Sutton in Ashfield, UK
10.05.13 “THE VINE BAR” Workington, UK
22.06.13 “R MINE FESTIVAL” BE
21/22.09.13 “SKYFEST FESTIVAL” Mansfield, UK

For information on ordering the new album F.E.A.R visit http://www.taintednation.co.uk/ and hit the merchandise tab. The band are offering a variety of packages or via the usual outlets from Massacre Records.

http://www.taintednation.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/officialtaintednation
http://www.youtube.com/TaintedNationUK

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-Battle Beast Unveils BATTLE BEAST Cover Artwork And Track List!

The beasts are back! After last year’s release of their brilliant debut record STEEL and highly celebrated European tours together with Nightwish and Sonata Arctica, Battle Beast — Finland’s finest in heavy metal — return with new astonishing lead vocalist Noora Louhimo and their second full-length album. Produced and mixed by the band in JKB Studios Helsinki and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios, the new record will simply be entitled BATTLE BEAST and is set for a release via Nuclear Blast on May 17, 2013.

Today, the band proudly presents the new album’s amazing cover artwork, created by Claudio Bergamin (Halford, Arjen A. Lucassen, Magica — http://www.claudiobergamin.com/ ).

The band has uploaded a video in which lead guitarist and vocalist Anton Kabanen shares his thoughts on the artwork. Watch it at http://bit.ly/14bNu4y .

The track list of the ltd. BATTLE BEAST CD version reads as follows:

1. Let It Roar
2. Out Of Control
3. Out On The Streets
4. Neuromancer
5. Raven
6. Into The Heart Of Danger
7. Machine Revolution
8. Golden Age
9. Kingdom
10. Over The Top
11. Fight, Kill, Die
12. Black Ninja
13. Rain Man
Bonus track
14. Shutdown

Watch the previously posted album trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-c-Fmy89-o .

Stay tuned for further details to be revealed soon!

http://www.battlebeast.fi/

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-Inner Wound Recordings Is Proud To Announce The Release For May 2013: Saffire – FROM ASHES TO FIRE

Artist: Saffire
Title: FROM ASHES TO FIRE
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Metal / Rock
Catalog #: IW83026
EAN: 4018996237344
Label: Inner Wound Recordings
Release Date: May 17 2013

Distribution:
Scandinavia: Sound Pollution, Finland: Supersounds, Germany: Cargo, UK: Cargo, Italy: Frontiers, Benelux: Bertus, France: Season Of Mist, North America: Nightmare

Track List:
1. Magnolia (4:00)
2. Kingdom Of The Blind (4:45)
3. Freedom Call (6:13)
4. End Of The World (4:25)
5. What If (3:40)
6. A Symphony Unheard (3:58)
7. Paralyzed (6:15)
8. Modus Vivendi (5:24)
9. The Betrayer’s Fate (6:14)
10. She Remains a Mystery (6:19)
11. Say Goodbye (4:28)
12. The Redemption (5:32)
13. Stormy Waters (6:06)

Lineup:
Tobias Jansson – Vocals
Victor Olsson – Guitars
Anton Roos – Drums
Dino Zuzic – Keyboards
Magnus Carlsson – Bass

Mixed by: Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman [At The Gates, In Flames, HammerFall]
Mastered by: Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios [Symphony X, Opeth, Kreator]
Artwork by: Anders Fästader at A Trailermade Production [H.E.A.T., Hardcore Superstar, The Poodles]

Specials: A perfect mix between ’70s and ’80s hard rock and metal, with a progressive twist. Perfect for fans of Rainbow, Dio, Whitesnake and Van Halen!

Saffire was formed in Gothenburg during 2006 by Victor Olsson and Dino Zuzic. They had played together in a funk rock band before, but now wanted to do something different and heavier. Magnus Carlsson soon joined in on bass and during the coming years they also found drummer Anton Roos and vocalist Tobias Jansson who both joined the band.

The guys started to play the Gothenburg club circuit and built a good reputation. It became known that Saffire was an excellent live band, and thanks to that their fan base kept growing. Saffire recorded three demos [released 2007, 2009 and 2011] and after the last demo they felt they had enough material to record a really strong debut album, which they did.

The debut album FROM ASHES TO FIRE was mixed by Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman [At The Gates, In Flames, HammerFall] and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios [Symphony X, Opeth, Kreator]. Needles to say, the production on FROM ASHES TO FIRE is excellent. The artwork for the album was created by Anders Fästader at A Trailermade Production [H.E.A.T., Hardcore Superstar, The Poodles].

Saffire are inspired by the ’70s and ’80s rock and metal bands like Rainbow, Dio, Whitesnake, Van Halen and Black Sabbath. The sound of Saffire can be described as a mix of those bands with a progressive twist, something that makes them stand out in the scene.

Victor Olsson’s intelligent songwriting and impressive guitar playing together with the band’s excellent musicianship and the powerful and emotional vocals from Tobias Jansson, Saffire is a dangerous five piece with an exciting future ahead of them.

Saffire is for sure a breath of fresh air into the melodic rock/metal scene, don’t miss out!

http://www.saffire.se/

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-Dio Messiah: New Song Available For Streaming

Dio Messiah is Csaba Zvekan (Raven Lord, Exorcism) and Jay Parmar (Exorcism) playing straight up Dio songs. The idea came to play all possible Dio songs from the Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell era. A new approach of today’s recording technique with a modern style and still keep true to the original. The band presents the new song “Rock N Growl Children” and gives an idea on how the band sounds like. The song can be streamed below:

Dio Messiah is currently seeking a bass player, drummer and keyboardist to complete the band. Serious parties are asked to send a video or link of themselves playing any song to the management: promo@rockngrowl.com

http://www.diomessiah.com/
http://www.facebook.com/DioMessiah
http://www.facebook.com/csabazvekanmusic
http://www.facebook.com/JayParmarMusic

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-Soen: Track Streaming At Decibel Magazine

Debut From Progressive Super-Group To See Stateside Release This Summer

The fine folks at Decibel Magazine are hosting a stream of “Savia” from progressive metal super-group, Soen. The tune comes courtesy of the band’s COGNITIVE debut initially released digitally via Spinefarm Records last Winter. Featuring the all-star lineup of drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis, COGNITIVE was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed And Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, etc.), mastered by João Carvalho, and features ten tracks of what Lopez describes as “melodic, heavy, intricate and different.”

Dubbed “a glorious and transcendent final epic, complete with that old familiar nautical feeling that gives off a peaceful vibe,” by Metal Army America, the sophisticated offering has been raising the eyebrows of North American critics in-the-know since its preliminary release. Opines Ultimate-Guitar, “The instrumental prowess of each of the members aside, the thing that ultimately makes COGNITIVE a success is the high caliber of songwriting from beginning to end, a triumph in rhythmic and melodic interplay between all instrumentalists and vocalist Joel Ekelof… a brilliantly executed album… sure to stand up to repeated listening for a long time to come.”

Experience album closer, “Savia” courtesy of Decibel Magazine at this location:

http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/streaming-soen/

When Lopez joined forces with DiGiorgio, Ekelöf, and Platbarzdis, it was obvious that this collaboration would not be another name-dropping, substance-deprived “super project.” The foursome paint their musical canvas with broad strokes that on first listen may appear gray and sullen, but the true power of the music lies clandestine, just a little below the monochrome surface. More than just a sum of its rather esteemed parts, Soen weave an intricate network of melody and melancholy. While Soen may sound Opethian at times, it features none of the guttural vocals and full-on death metal wall of sound of Lopez’ former group. Nothing more is needed however when Ekelöf’s somber voice, Platbarzdis’s transcendent guitar work, Lopez’ trademark drum beats and DiGiorgio’s exquisite bass lines collaborate to build a pensive tide waiting to wash over you.

COGNITIVE isn’t an instantaneously accessible album but with a bit of listening patience, can prove to be one of the most rewarding pieces of “thinking man’s metal” you will ever come across. In a world full of super-compressed albums waging the loudness war, COGNITIVE breathes with ease thanks to the warmth of Platbarzdis/Lopez production and the masterful mixing work of. Like rain on a windowpane, translucent and free of form, COGNITIVE breathes like a living entity. The colors are there, lingering within the grays. It’s just up to you to find them.

COGNITIVE will see a proper Stateside release this Summer. Further information on Soen, including official release dates, to be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

“There you have it, a band that managed to blend together two of the greatest bands of progressive music, creating their own structure on the way, adding great musicianship and technicality and, most importantly, managing to bring great songs. Tracks like ‘Canvas,’ ‘Purpose,’ and especially the closing track of the album, ‘Savia,’ are a testament that progressive music can have unconventional structure and be straightforward at the same time!” – Scene Point Blank

“This is a style of music that we need more of. This is an album that’s a great listen with no weak songs on it.” – No Clean Sinnging

“For a debut album, this is really something to behold. The production is even, the music thematic and smart, and the musicians eager to share every second with the other. Most remarkable is that Soen simply appear to be on the exact same page.” – The Metal Observer

“…a fantastic record, and these talented musicians pull off this sound with proficiency. We could all use a melancholic and intelligent rock record that is equal parts melodic and progressive.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“…a pretty damn great record.” – AngryMetalGuy

“Simply put, this album kicks ass.” – Bloody Disgusting

“…COGNITIVE finds Soen head and shoulders above their peers in terms of musicianship and song craft.” – Sputnik Music

“There is much more on Soen’s debut release than a first casual listener observes. Yes, at first they do sound a little like Tool but as you immerse yourself into their world there are a myriad of different influences that help give them an awesome modern prog/metal sound.” – Sludge Factory

https://www.facebook.com/SoenMusic
http://www.spinefarmrecords.com/usa

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-Napalm Records News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

Heidevolk To Begin First North American Tour This Week, Alongside Ensiferum, Tyr

Critically acclaimed Dutch pagan metallers Heidevolk will embark upon their first North American tour starting later this week! Touring alongside the esteemed Ensiferum and former label mates Tyr as well as hot newcomers Trollfest and Helsott, Napalm recording artists Heidevolk will proudly take part in Paganfest America Part IV, which will roll through 21 cities across the United States and Canada. Presented by Rock The Nation America, the Paganfest America Part IV tour will be hitting the following cities/venues:

3/30 – Denver, CO @ The Summit
4/1 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
4/2 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
4/3 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/4 – Reno, NV @ The Alley
4/5 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
4/6 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/7 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
4/9 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
4/10 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
4/11 – Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret
4/12 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/13 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
4/14 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
4/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Note
4/17 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/18 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
4/19 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre
4/20 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium (NE Metalfest)
4/21 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

A statement from Heidevolk to their North American fans reads: “Pagan brotherhood of Vinland, your shores beckon! We are preparing to cross the mighty waves of Aegir’s realm to pay you a visit! Once there, our heathen legion will join forces with the tribes of Ensiferum, Tyr, Trollfest, and Helsott to form a horde of unsurpassed power! Hail the gods, hail to Vinland! See you at Paganfest America!”

Heidevolk’s BATAVI was released by Napalm Records in North America last March. For more info, consult http://www.heidevolk.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/heidevolkofficial , http://www.napalmrecords.com/ , and http://www.facebook.com/paganfestusa .

Venomous Maximus Signs With Napalm Records, Prepares Summer Release

Today, Napalm Records announces the signing of Texan doom occultists Venomous Maximus. The label will be releasing the band’s debut album, BEG UPON THE LIGHT, worldwide this summer, with their first new album for Napalm slated for 2014. Says vocalist/guitarist Greg Higgins, “We are pleased to announce that we’ve signed with Napalm Records. They are going to release BEG UPON THE LIGHT this summer and another new full-length we are working on in 2014. All of this comes to a surprise, because this project was meant to be something that no one would ever hear about. So as time went on and we started to be successful, we always agreed to do everything ourselves, to keep it our way. The only way we were ever going to work with anyone was if we knew they were dedicated to worship the past as we were. Now that we are here with Napalm, we will continue to create this hidden message. But with their help, they will be revealing this to the masses, and we are okay with that now. Because of the records we first created only for ourselves will be released with everything we dreamed from the beginning, destiny has come for us to work with Napalm Records. Our hearts are in Texas but our souls come from Europe. Now having a family in Europe that takes care of the land where we arose, our spirits fly, where we are able to focus on the beautiful.”

Adds Sebastian Muench, A&R for Napalm Records, “Sometimes, very seldom, you get the chance to discover a band that brings back the same feelings you first had when you listened as a teenager for the first time to Metallica’s RIDE THE LIGHTNING or Black Sabbath’s PARANOID — you just know you’ve found something very magical and you are hooked for life. Venomous Maximus is such a band, and and we are thrilled, excited, and tremendously honored to call them part of the Napalm family.”

In the meantime, the video for Venomous Maximus’ “Path Of Doom” (from BEG UPON THE LIGHT) can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NBA8oxoKJM .

The North American release date for BEG UPON THE LIGHT shall be announced shortly. For more info on Venomous Maximus, please consult http://www.facebook.com/venomousmaximus , http://www.myspace.com/venomousmaximus , and http://www.venomousmaximus.bandcamp.com .

Deadlock Signs With Napalm Records

We are proud, that the German Metalheads from Deadlock will release their predecessor for BIZARRO WORLD via Napalm Records! With albums like EARTH.REVOLT, WOLVES, MANIFESTO and BIZARRO WORLD, Deadlock is known as one of the best and most successful bands in the Metalcore Genre! The band is currently working in the studio to create a new Metalcore Masterpiece!

“Dear friends and supporters, we found a new home and entering a new chapter of Deadlock. We are thrilled to announce, that we’ve got signed by the mighty Metal-Powerhouse Napalm Records to release our new album. Since Napalm started in 1992, they have proven to be a high demanded record label and it’s an honor for us to be on a roster amongst many other great bands. We couldn’t be more excited to start working with the guys and unleash the best and most intense record Deadlock did so far. Love, DL”

Tour dates:
06.07. Sunstormfestival, Nordheim
27.07. Traffic Jam, Dieburg
30.08. Hellskitchen Festival, Velburg
more dates coming soon!

Deadlock@Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/deadlockofficial

Russkaja – “Energia” Clip

The Russian Turbo Polka Metal missile Russkaja releases their newest clip for “Energia,” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVWfqOSdzs4 .

Feel free to pre-order the album ENERGIA! Just click on the link below!

http://www.napalmrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=energia

Legion Of The Damned Studio Update

Hereby we would like to start showing you our new album cover in a countdown jigsaw puzzle. The album will be entitled RAVENOUS PLAGUE and is set to be released on July 26 on Napalm Records.

The band is genuinely proud to announce that composer and mastermind Jo Blankenburg has written a piece for this album as well, exclusively for Legion Of The Damned.

Jo Blankenburg is a German composer based in Los Angeles. He writes music for film and motion picture advertising. Some of his most popular tracks have been used in the advertising campaigns of “The Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows,” “X-Men: First Class,” and “How To Train Your Dragon,” among many others.

If you are into soundtrack and trailer music, we highly recom mend you to check out his album ELYSIUM! ( http://www.joblankenburg.com/ )

The band is on schedule in the studio with finishing the bass tracks, vocals are on the planning next week.

Tour Dates:

23.05.2013 – ExtremeFest
20.06.2013 – Clube Atlantico De Olinda – Recife – Brasil
21.06.2013 – Yankee Bar – Curitiba – Brasil
22.06.2013 – Via Marques – Sao Paulo – Brasil
23.06.2013 – Groove – Buenos Aires – Argentina
25.06.2013 – Bar Oxido – Santiago – Chile
21.07.2013 – 27.07.2013 – Metaldays
02.08.2013 – Wacken open air
08.08.2013 – Party San open air
29.08.2013 – 31.08.2013 Queens of metal open air

Official Website
http://www.legionofthedamned.net/

Exclusive Gloryhammer Pre-Listening On The Napalm App!

Get the Napalm smart phone App for free — and listen EXCLUSIVELY to the new and unreleased track “Quest For The Hammer Of Glory” — at http://mobileroadie.com/apps/napalmrec .

Pre-Order TALES FROM THE KINGDOM OF FIFE:
http://www.napalmrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=gloryhammer

“Angus McFife” Video:

Napalm Records
http://www.napalmrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords
http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

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-Nightbitch: New Track Streaming At Decibel Magazine; Live Takeovers Announced

In anticipation of its impending unveiling, Decibel Magazine is currently hosting a stream of “Chainmaker” from Connecticut occult metal conjurors Nightbitch! The tune comes by way of the band’s three-song CHAINMAKER 12″. Set for release on March 26, 2013 via Ear One Productions, CHAINMAKER serves as a precursor to the band’s upcoming full-length.

Elaborates Decibel: “Any song that kicks off with a full-blast Danzig riff followed by the line, ‘Down in the workshop, baby, all dressed in black…’ is total tits in our book. Somehow, Connecticut wolf-runners Nightbitch suspected this all along and wrote ‘Chainmaker’ just for us. And, okay, the other handful of Danzig fans who have a sense of humor. (Danzig not included, obviously.) Their new 12″ single… is named after the song, and also includes smoking-hot stripper jam ‘Disrober’ and a cover of Deep Purple’s ‘Into The Fire.'”

Rock the bone metal at this location where you’ll also find a candid conversation with guitarist Ryan “His Emissary” Adams, who further details the band’s mission of “wicked women, unholy passions, and fire nights:”

http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/nightbitch-if-danzig-had-a-sense-of-humor/

Additionally, the molten metal trio will celebrate the release of CHAINMAKER with a short run of live rituals including a special record release show tomorrow in Wallington, Connecticut alongside Magic Circle and Thrillhouse, the honor of opening for NWOBHM legends Diamond Head in April on their smallest, most intimate show in 15+ years (only 100 tickets available!) and a slot on this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore Fest pre-party with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

Nightbitch Live Ceremonies:
3/23/2013 – Cherry St. Station – Wallingford, CT – CHAINMAKER Record Release Party w/ Magic Circle, Thrillhouse
4/14/2013 – Dewey’s Pub – Seymour, CT w/ Diamond Head (Smallest show in 15+ years; Only 100 tickets available!) & Cauldron
4/18/2013 – New England Metal And Hardcore Fest Pre-Party @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ The Acacia Strain, Revocation, A Life Once Lost, Fit For An Autopsy, The Greenery, To The Wind, Abiotic, & Surrounded By Teeth
5/2/2013 – Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA – Metal Thursday 7th Anniversary Party w/ Abnormality, Thrillhouse, & Engorged
7/28/2013 – Something Bloody Metal Fest @ Dusk – Providence, RI

CHAINMAKER will be released as a one-sided vinyl 12″ in a limited quantity of 250 and available digitally via iTunes and BandCamp: http://nightbitch.bandcamp.com/

Nightbitch formed in the Summer of 2009 when Ipsissimus guitarist Ryan “His Emissary” Adams sought an outlet to reconcile his late-bloomer discovery of Ritchie Blackmore’s majestic emanations with his obsession for sleazy ’70s occult/exploitation films and plagiarized Danzig riffs. Adams soon hooked up with celebrated doom metal vocalist Phil Swanson (Hour Of 13, Seamount, Vestal Claret and many more) through mutual friend Bill Connnolly (whose No Visible Scars label would expose the world to Nightbitch via the SEX AND MAGIC cassette). The band was quickly rounded out by the formidable rhythm section of longtime friends and veteran CT musicians Chris Taylor (Kingdom Of Sorrow) and Mark Else (De Omega) on drums and bass, respectively.

In September 2010, after gigs opening for such heavyweights as Pentagram, Black Pyramid, Earthride and Midnight, Nightbitch traveled to Dublin, Ireland as the back-up band for Hour Of 13’s live debut at the Dublin Doom Day, playing its own gig as a part of the warm-up festivities. The band brought with it the SEX AND MAGIC cassette, which would sell out of all 100 copies within a month of its release. Upon returning from Dublin, Nightbitch and Swanson amicably parted ways and Taylor assumed vocal duties. In December, Cyclopean Records issued SEX AND MAGIC on vinyl limited to 350 copies, which also sold out in one month’s time. Analog formats exhausted, SEX AND MAGIC has since entered the digital realm via Austria’s Psychedoomelic Records, where it counts the godly Reverend Bizarre among its label mates. With Taylor at the helm, Nightbitch has composed eleven infernal odes to comprise its full-length debut and is set to release the CHAINMAKER EP to showcase the depravity to follow.

“Nightbitch have garnered an identity of their own perhaps because of the sleaze element, something which not a lot of bands go for these days, not successfully anyway. Nightbitch’s musical style, artwork, lyrics, and song titles very cohesively bring forth this element… Nightbitch’s CHAINMAKER is a fantastic offering for all fans of heavy music. Highly recommended!” – Metal Assault

“…you cannot listen to CHAINMAKER only one time, so get your hands on this one when you can.” – Wicked Channel

“The biggest and only problem I have with the CHAINMAKER EP, which will likely be a lot of people’s main gripe is that, well, it’s just too damn short! I want more Nightbitch and I want it soon. Until then, I’ll have this on regular rotation. The Walking Dude gives Nightbitch’s CHAINMAKER two opposable thumbs up.” – The Walking Dude

http://www.nightbitch.net/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nightbitch/204735052874021
http://www.reverbnation.com/nightbitch
http://www.twitter.com/NightBitchCT
http://www.earoneproductions.com/
https://www.facebook.com/earoneproductions

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-Iron Tongue: Arkansas Southern Rock Miscreants Join Neurot Recordings; Album Details Revealed

Neurot Recordings is pleased to release the debut from Arkansas southern rock collective Iron Tongue! Fronted by Chris “CT” Terry, the founding front man of sludge legion Rwake, Iron Tongue formed when a group of veteran players with diverse musical backgrounds found a common interest in the need to get down and dirty and way, way gone.

Churning a soulful blend of girthy, heavily amped, blues-based rock, Iron Tongue aren’t singing of magical moonlit escapades. The band offer up songs of pain, regret and heartache that recall everything from the proto-metal stomp of Blue Cheer and Grand Funk to the darkest hours of Kiss, Deep Purple, Buddy Guy and ‘Skynyrd. Having spent over three years performing steadily throughout the South, Iron Tongue has traversed the Midwest and East Coast with Memphis kindred spirits The Dirty Streets, in addition to sharing bills with the likes of Black Tusk, Scott Kelly, The Sword, High On Fire, Crowbar, The Body, Lita Ford and fellow Arkansans Pallbearer. A split 7″ with The Dirty Streets, featuring a ballsy version of Kiss’ “Two Timer,” served as a precursor to the creation their debut full-length for Neurot.

Entitled THE DOGS HAVE BARKED, THE BIRDS HAVE FLOWN, the seven-track offering was recorded and produced by soundsmith Billy Anderson (Melvins, Sleep, Neurosis, etc.) at Iron Tongue guitarist Jason Tedford’s Wolfman Studios. Called “a solid slab of balls to the wall shameless rock, with a power and an edge and soul that rarely exists in music today,” by Neurosis’ Steve Von Till, THE DOGS HAVE BARKED, THE BIRDS HAVE FLOWN is set for release via Neurot Recordings on May 27 in Europe and May 28 in North America.

Comments drummer Stan James of joining the Neurot family: “Iron Tongue is excited and honored to be a part of the Neurot team! We are looking forward to working hard every step of the way and we are committed to making music that everyone will be proud of.”

THE DOGS HAVE BARKED, THE BIRDS HAVE FLOWN Track Listing:
1. Ever After
2. Witchery
3. Skeleton
4. Moon Unit
5. Lioness
6. Seven Days
7. Said ‘n’ Done

Iron Tongue:
Jason Tedford – Guitar
Mark Chiaro – Guitar
Andy Warr – Bass
Stan James – Drums
CT – Vocals
Stephanie Smittle – Backing Vocals

Further info on Iron Tongue, including tour dates, will be announced in the coming weeks.

http://www.facebook.com/Irontongue
http://www.neurotrecordings.com/
http://www.facebook.com/neurotrecordings

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-Prog Rockers Fen Announce FREE T-Shirt Giveaway! Time To Make Room For New Merch!

Vancouver progressive rockers Fen have announced they will be giving away FREE band T-shirts to make room for new merchandise as they encourage their fans to share their tunes and increase their social media presence.

The band has commented the following:

“Dear Grumps,

“We’re clearing out our merch closet and using it as a shameless excuse to pull a few more listeners out of the woodwork. We’ll give away 10 T-shirts if we reach 1,000 Likes on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/fenmusic . After that, we’ll give away five shirts for every additional 500 likes until supplies are gone. The selection will be made on April 12.

“And how will we make the crucial decision of who gets the shirts?

“We’re still sorting that part out. We’re considering a kind of ritualistic monkey dance that will involve the four of us uprooting house plants then hurling our feces at the computer monitor. Whichever names get covered up on our Facebook page, we’ll contact those people and mail the shirts to their homes.

“Shamlessly yours,
“Doug, Jeff, Sam & Nando”

In additional news, Fen recently released their latest music video “A Long Line Final” from their fifth and latest album OF LOSING INTEREST, released last summer via indie label Ripple Music ( http://www.ripple-music.com/ ) to follow up their fourth release TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM.

“A Long Line” video:

“Miracle” video:

Their heaviest and most technical album to date, OF LOSING INTEREST is an album that revisits the band’s harder edged metallic past while retaining the melodic sensibilities that made TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM so alluring. Co-Produced by Mike Southworth, his fourth with the band, OF LOSING INTEREST is a contrast of technical virtuosity layered against warm low end organics.

OF LOSING INTEREST audio stream:
http://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/of-losing-interest

TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM audio stream:
http://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/trails-out-of-gloom

OF LOSING INTEREST track listing:
1. Riddled (3:55)
2. Of Losing Interest (4:59)
3. Nice For Three Days (4:04)
4. A Long Line (4:43)
5. The Glove (3:23)
6. Drunken Relief (4:26)
7. Light Up The End (3:34)
8. Pilot Plant (6:03)
9. Snake Path (3:17)

http://www.fenmusic.ca/
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http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Fen

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-Jann Klose’s New Album MOSAIC Spring 2013

Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter In Jeff Buckley Biopic, “Greetings From Tim Buckley” Releases New Album, June 7, 2013

Jann Klose’s new album MOSAIC, due June 7, 2013 can easily be called a sonic, lyrical and emotional mosaic from an artist, who is known as one with multi-cultural roots and an equally widely-faceted career and a voice that Public Radio’s Barb Heller says, “could sing the phonebook.”

“Greetings From Tim Buckley” director Dan Algrant realized that when he hired Jann as a featured vocalist and guitarist in the Jeff Buckley biopic that stars Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots. The movie will be released April 16, 2013 by Tribeca Film / Focus World. Recently Entertainment Tonight Online interviewed Jann about the film.

Jann’s album MOSAIC follows the indie success of REVERIE (2008) and SACRIFICE EP (2010) and the music video for “Doing Time.” Produced by Grammy winner James Frazee (Esperanza Spalding, Blondie, My Morning Jacket) and David Bendeth (Paramore, Bruce Hornsby, Elvis Presley) MOSAIC was recorded between Fall 2011 and Winter of 2012/13. Double Grammy-winner Warren Russell-Smith mastered MOSAIC.

MOSAIC’s songs tackle personal and topical subjects and bring together a variety of instruments, musical and lyrical styles from street influences of reggae and punk to calypso, to classic rock, and the folk and Afro-beat that has addicted fans of all ages to Jann’s music. Songs include Jann’s originals “Still,” “Make It Better,” “Four Leaf Clover,” “On And On,” “Falling Tears,” and a playful duet “Beautiful One” with Rounder Records’ Carrie Newcomer. The album ends with a stunning a cappella cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren.” Jann’s band The Edukators — Chris Marolf on bass and banjo, drummers Rob Mitzner and Patrick Carmichael, keyboardist/accordionist Lars Potteiger, and violinist Leah Potteiger — worked on the album and contributed to the arrangements. Other featured guests include guitarists Florian Opahle (Ian Anderson, Greg Lake) and David Bendeth, flautist Tia Roper and oboist Megan Marolf (Phillip Glass, Roger Waters).

Jann’s been as comfortable performing with pop and folk singer-songwriters from The Voice’s Rebecca Loebe and Brett Dennen to Suzanne Vega and Pete Seeger, as he has with jam bands including his friends in Rusted Root and songwriting partner Gary Lucas. He’s performed with acts rooted in jazz and blues such as Vonda Shepard, Michael Kaeshammer and the late Les Paul, and classical rockers Renaissance (both with Annie Haslam and the group’s co-founder Jim McCarty, also of The Yardbirds). Critics have placed him in the chamber pop as well as the singer-songwriter genres, and Jann welcomes their varied reflections, “There are no limits when it comes to making music. I’m defined by who I am and what I do, not how some marketing executive pigeonholes me. It’s melodic, lyrical, and rhythmic music. Music is about what the listener hears.”

Born in Germany, raised in Kenya, South Africa, and Hamburg, Jann came to the States as an exchange student in Cleveland, and performed in a wide range of musical projects including the Cleveland Opera Chorus, touring productions of Broadway shows (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “Jesus Christ Superstar”) as well as portraying The Pinball Wizard in The Who’s “Tommy” before he started his band.

Jann’s music is heard on the Grammy-nominated HEALTHY FOOD FOR THOUGHT, on “MTV Cribs,” and the movie “Dead Broke” (Warner Bros.) featuring Paul Sorvino. He maintains a steady touring schedule of about 75-100 shows a year in the US, Europe and Asia.

JANN KLOSE SHOWS, 2013

March 23: TRINITY UMC for Epilepsy Awareness w/ Gary Hoey, Jeffrey Gaines, Ewing, NJ
May 4: ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL, New York, NY
May 17: OUTPOST IN THE ‘BURBS, Montclair, NJ
May 24: PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT, New Lisbon, OH
May 25: LOVELIGHT BOUTIQUE, New Castle, PA
June 1: TBA, w/ David Wilcox, Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Niagara Falls, Ontario
June 8: PETERS PLAYERS w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Gravenhurst, Ontario
June 13: THE BOP SHOP w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Rochester, NY
June 14: TBA, Woodstock, NY w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Woodstock, NY
June 16: CLUB PASSIM w/ Jim McCarty John Hawken, Boston, NY
June 23: TBA, w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, special guest, near Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 3: TBA w/ Jim McCarty, John Hawken, Twickenham, UK

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http://www.youtube.com/jannklose

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-Kadavar: Second Part Of Track-By-Track Commentaries / Tour Dates Announced!

Today, Berlin-based classic/psychedelic hard rock trio Kadavar presents the second part of the track-by-track commentaries for its upcoming second studio album ABRA KADAVAR, to be released via Nuclear Blast on April 12.

Let vocalist/guitarist Lupus Lindemann and drummer Tiger provide you with background information:

5. Dust
“I came up with the idea for this song while strolling through Berlin, when I suddenly looked into the hollow eyes of a man who was loitering at a supermarket near our studio. He’s hanging around there with his friends every day, drowning his sorrow in alcohol. At this sight I was wondering what he was waiting for and if there were any prospects left for him — or if he just wanted to return to the dust he’d once emerged from…” (Lupus Lindemann)

6. Fire
“Our first true love song. When the riff struck my mind, I first imagined the song to sound like an early Stooges tune. However, once the track was finished, there was not much left of this.” (Tiger)

7. Liquid Dream
“This song’s about the trips we experienced during the past year. It’s hard to find the right people for it, but once you’ve found them, one can leave this world and dive into more exciting and colorful spheres together — far away from the grey city.” (Lupus Lindemann)

8. Rhythm For Endless Minds
“Krautrock is still a major influence for us. This track sounds different than a typical song of Amon Duul or Can, but then again, what’s typical Krautrock anyway?” (Tiger)

9. Abra Kadabra
“That’s what it sounds like when we don’t plan in advance what to record. First the rhythms for bass and guitar emerged. Afterwards we set up guitars, percussion, synthesizers etc. and just got started!” (Tiger)

Experience the magic of Kadavar’s soundscapes live on stage on one of the following occasions:

12.04. D Stuttgart – Keller Club
13.04. F Lyon – Stone Rising Festival
14.04. F Paris – La Maroquinerie
15.04. F Nantes – Le Ferrailleur
16.04. F Angers – Le Chabada Club
17.04. F Belfort – Impetus Festival
19.04. NL Tilburg – Roadburn Festival
26.04. UK London – Desertfest
27.04. D Berlin – Desertfest
30.04. E Barcelona – Razzmatazz 3

01.05. E Zaragoza – Rockinhouse
02.05. E Madrid – El Sol
03.05. E Gijon – Acapulco Centro
04.05. E San Sebastian – Cultural Larratxo
05.05. DK Copenhagen – Heavy Days In Doomtown
07.05. D Leipzig – UT Connewitz
08.05. D Dresden – Groovestation
09.05. D Bremen – Lila Eule
10.05. D Kiel – Pumpe
11.05. D Hamburg – Klubsen
12.05. D Düsseldorf – Stahlwerk
13.05. D Nürnberg – Zentralcafé
14.05. D Munich – Backstage
15.05. D Frankfurt – Das Bett
16.05. D Köln – Underground
17.05. B Brussels – Magasin 4
18.05. NL Rotterdam – Rotown
19.05. NL Nijmegen – Doornroosje
31.05. D Mannheim – Maifeld Derby

01.06. D Creuzburg/Eisenach – Fun Rock Festival
05.06. HR Zadar – Burning Sea Festival
07.06. D Ellerdorf – Wilwarin Festival
21.06. D St. Goarshausen – Metalfest Loreley

12.07. LT Anyksciai – Devilstone Fest
13.07. D Hannover – BootBooHook
18.07. N Trømsø – Bukta Festival
20.07. D Breitenbach – Burg Herzberg Festival

02.08. D Beelen – Krach am Bach
03.08. D Schierling – Labertal Festival
10.08. A Döbriach – Sauzipf Rocks Festival
17.08. D Plattenburg – Aquamaria Festival
24.08. P Moledo – Sonicblast

Also check out “Doomsday Machine,” the first single of ABRA KADAVAR, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2SdzgPj3_o .

ABRA KADAVAR will be available as a limited digi version including bonus track as well in different vinyl versions. Pre-order your copy at http://www.smarturl.it/kadavabrakadav .

Kadavar are:
Lupus Lindemann – vocals & guitar
Mammut – bass
Tiger – drums

http://www.facebook.com/pages/KADAVAR/108072095944589

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-Check out About Heavy Metal’s list of “Best German Heavy Metal Bands” at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/J87q .

-The special edition of Anthrax’s WORSHIP MUSIC, with the bonus ANTHEMS EP, is out now. Check out a 3.5 minute video featuring song snippets and band commentary at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt9Em_Zo_AE . ANTHEMS is also available separately on CD and vinyl via Nuclear Blast mail order at http://www.nuclearblast.de/suche/anthrax . ITunes has the complete special edition at http://bit.ly/anthraxwmse and ANTHEMS separately at http://bit.ly/anthraxanthems . ANTHEMS track list: “Anthem” (Rush), “T.N.T.” (AC/DC), “Smokin'” (Boston), “Keep On Runnin'” (Journey), “Big Eyes” (Cheap Trick), “Jailbreak” (Thin Lizzy), “Crawl,” “Crawl” (re-mix). Check out viral videos for “T.N.T.,” “Anthem,” and “Jailbreak” at http://youtu.be/Csx2KbWIR4o , http://youtu.be/Pq-OPoNXf-Y , and http://youtu.be/lu3wHBW0GdI , respectively. Anthrax will be on tour as follows:

5/10 – Teatro Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
5/12 – El Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5/15 – HSBC, Sao Paulo, Brazil
5/17 – Hell & Heaven @ Sala De Armas, Mexico City, Mexico
5/18 – Hell & Heaven Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico
8/2 – Woodstock, Przystanek, Poland
8/3 – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
8/11 – Bloodstock, Derbyshire, UK
8/17 – Open Air Festival, Hamburg, Germany
8/18 – X Rockfest, Herford, Germany

See http://www.anthrax.com/ for more.

-Avantasia’s new single for “Sleepwalking,” from the upcoming THE MYSTERY OF TIME, is out now digitally; see http://bit.ly/avantasiasleepwalking for ordering info and check out the video at http://smarturl.it/SleepwalkingVideo . Hype: “The video was shot in a magical forest in Germany on a snowy winter’s night. Tobias [Sammet] comments: ‘It was far below freezing. And there we were, standing in the snow storm for hours, walking through a haunted forest. It felt a bit like “Sleepy Hollow” meets “Brothers Grimm,” but the pictures that came out were really great and compensated for the torture.'” See http://www.tobiassammet.com/ for more.

-Black Star Riders — featuring Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Marco Mendoza, and Jimmy DeGrasso — have their first single, “Bound For Glory,” out now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/blackstarridersbfg . Check out a “24-minute compilation of behind-the-scenes video reports from the band’s studio time in Los Angeles” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEx9gD8RPz8 . The debut album ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE is due out May 24 through Nuclear Blast. Upcoming festival dates:

6/1 – Hi Rock Festival, Inzell, Germany
6/2 – Hi Rock Festival, St. Goarshausen, Germany
6/8 – Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, Sweden
11/29 – Hard Rock Hell, N. Wales, UK

See http://www.blackstarriders.com/ for more.

-Dust Bolt’s new video for “Toxic Attack” premiered on MSN Entertainment. Hype: “Hailed by Metal Hammer as ‘neck-snapping fun’ and recommended by MSN Entertainment ‘if you’re into excellent thrash metal that honors its roots rather than sound like a limp imitation,’ Dust Bolt demonstrate with VIOLENT DEMOLITION that they are hungry, bursting with energy and highly explosive! The love for Bay Area thrash metal is evident in the songs of the German quartet, but the use of modern elements gives their sound a highly unique character. The band even corralled Sepultura’s Derrick Green to participate on the track ‘Deviance’ for the perfect finishing touch, with Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste) providing the fitting artwork.” Check out the video at http://social.entertainment.msn.com/music/blogs/headbang-blogpost.aspx?post=e296622a-4301-4e38-a213-094fdfe942c7 .

-Eden’s Curse has a new video diary from the studio sessions for its upcoming fourth album. The nine-minute video features “bassist Paul Logue in his home studio in Scotland recording the bass tracks for the brand new album and in particular the new track called ‘Evil & Divine.'” Check it out at http://youtu.be/5Mk3xpw6o-g . The 14-track album will feature the band’s new singer, will be mixed by Dennis Ward, and will include the songs “Evil & Divine,” “Break The Silence,” “Unbreakable,” “Great Unknown,” and “Devil In Disguise.” See http://www.EdensCurse.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/edenscurseofficial for more.

-Check out a preview of Escape’s BORDERLINE (Z Records) at http://youtu.be/OZn1N4x1XoU .

-Graveyard bassist Rikard Edlund has returned, after a stint in rehab. He rejoins band mates Joakim Nilsson (vocals, guitar), Jonatan Ramm (guitar), and Axel Sjöberg (drums, percussion). Live dates are being planned. See http://graveyardmusic.com/s/ for more.

-There are new interviews with Heaven & Earth guitarist Stuart Smith at http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/show_interview.php?id=953 and http://www.rockmusicstar.com/heavenearth/ .

-Bill Leverty recently did an interview with Guitar World magazine; check it out at http://www.guitarworld.com/drive-firehouse-guitarist-bill-leverty-discusses-new-album-classic-cover-songs .

-Lost Society’s new video for “Trash All Over You” is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvFjkijf0lo . See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-LiveMetallica.com now has available the band’s final Australian Soundwave Festival show, from March 4 in Perth. Track list: “Hit The Lights,” “Master Of Puppets,” “Ride The Lightning,” “Harvester Of Sorrow,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Through The Never,” “Of Wolf And Man,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Fade To Black,” “The Memory Remains,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo #2, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Creeping Death,” “Metal Militia,” “Seek And Destroy.”

-Queensryche’s new song “Redemption” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w4RfoUv9KU . [Note: This is the Todd La Torre-fronted version of the band! – Tim) A new album is due out through Century Media on June 10 in the EU and June 11 in the US. See https://www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial for more.

-The Rock Against MS benefit scheduled for March 27 at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, CA, has added Rick Springfield to the lineup. See http://www.ticketfly.com/event/230923 for ticket info.

-Swirl — featuring Alfred Ramirez on vocals, DT Jones on guitar, Shane Carlson on bass, and Brian “Bam Bam” Jones on drums — is back with five new songs: “Fourth Of July,” “Spell,” “Rise Up,” “We Are Alive,” “Message.” The band has asked fans to check out samples of each at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swirl/251414922081?id=251414922081&sk=app_2405167945 , and vote (via posting a comment) for the one the want most to be posted in its entirety. See https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swirl/251414922081 for more.

Thanks to Jeb Wright, Duane T. Jones, Axel Wiesenauer, Nathan Birk, Chad Bowar, Thomas S. Orwat, Jr., Jodie Wilson, and VQ PR for help gathering some of this information.

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-Okay, Mother Nature, it’s spring now… Cut with the wind chills and snow and stuff… – Tim

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-MelodicRockFest 3

Chicago’s Arlington Heights, will become rock n roll central this September, as some of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the melodic rock world descend on the city for MelodicRockFest 3.

Three years on from the last gathering of the melodic faithful, MelodicRockFest 3 has upped the ante, with 26 bands to be featured over three days at one of Chicago’s newest and best music venues, H.O.M.E. Bar ( http://www.homebarchicago.com/ ) Friday September 27 – Sunday September 29, 2013.

Appearing at MelodicRockFest 3 ( http://www.melodicrockfest.com/ ) will be some very familiar names, some appearing for the third time in a row, others making their MelodicRockFest debut.

MRF3 organizer Andrew McNeice; “We wanted to change the script up a little this year. We wanted to give some up-and-coming artists a chance to finally be seen and heard as well. So over the weekend, talent will not only come from some of the pioneers of the scene, but also from some great young talent that need to be heard.”

Steve Augeri (formerly of Journey), Ted Poley (of Danger Danger), House Of Lords, Eric Martin (of Mr. Big), Kelly Keeling (of Baton Rouge), Glen Burtnik (formerly of Styx), 7th Heaven, Canadian legends Harem Scarem, Swedish hotshots Eclipse and W.E.T. (featuring industry veteran Jeff Scott Soto) will all deliver knockout “best of” sets for the fans gathered.

Joining them will be some cult names in the melodic rock scene, such as the reformed AdrianGale, AOR heroes Mecca (with special guest Fergie Frederiksen), Tango Down (featuring Bangalore Choir vocalist David Reece), Brett Walker, Robert Tepper, Sweden’s ColdSpell, Bombay Black and Newman — all the way from the UK. Rounding out the weekend is some of the brightest new talent around will be showcased in one place for the first time. Australia’s power pop hopefuls The Radio Sun, melodic metallers Inner Siege and Crossing Rubicon, plus rising stars Evolution Eden and Chicago’s own Loveblast.

2010’s MelodicRockFest 2 saw all bands present bring their A-Game. Some of the fan feedback for that weekend included:

Jody P: “I feel so honored to have been a part of what is sure to become a melodic rock institution! The first Melodic Rock Fest was such a great time, and I felt so lucky to have been chatting with music legends, and listening to them rock the stage all on the same weekend! Can’t wait for MRF3!”

Steve Neruda: “MRF2 provided value unheard of in the music industry. In days when a single act commonly asks upwards of $150 a ticket, the fact I saw two days of awesome band after awesome band — some of whom I never expected to see live at any price — for less than that is utterly amazing. It is simply an opportunity to good to pass up. I still have the ticket stubs in the visor of my car!”

Kimberly Pinto: “MRF2 was the best time I have ever had and can’t wait till September fit MRF3.”

Charlie Kaus: “MRF2 was the single greatest concert experience of my life!”

Max Kligman Roitman: “MRF2 was an awesome atmosphere! Mingling with the artists at the venue and outside was amazing! It was a Rock’n’Roll fest just the way I like them, intimate, friendly and comfortable!”

Doug Vogel: “You know it’s an event when the bands stay to watch other bands in the crowd.”

Kip Frazier: “Both previous MRFests were simply amazing! This is a three day Fest that shouldn’t be missed by any hardcore Melodic Rock Fan!”

MelodicRockFest 3 will be another very special weekend, not only for the fans gathered, but also for the artists involved:

Jeff Scott Soto: “We missed MRF2 but we’re making it up by showing this time to MRF3!! Thanks to Andrew for getting W.E.T. over to debut in the US, could be the start of something big… see you all in September!!”

Eric Martin: “Howdy Melodic-rockers, EM here in Holland waiting in the airport for the next flight to Austria. I’ve got a lot on my plate this year with this acoustic tour and the upcoming Avantasia Mystery Of Time tour, I’m a lucky man that’s for sure. But I’m saving my strength for the main course in Chicago this September. I am so excited to be sharing the stage with all these great performers; I can bet that the atmosphere will be full of wild energy Yee to the haw!!! For me it’s going to feel like a Rock & Roll High School reunion (without the platform shoes and bellbottom jeans).”

Pete Lesperance (Harem Scarem): “Hey y’all! I can’t tell you how excited we are to be back and playing at Melodic Rock Fest 3 in September! Seems like to perfect gig to start the 2013 MOOD SWINGS reunion tour! This time I promise we’ll make sure our Visas are in order and actually show up. Oops!”

Ted Poley: “I am very proud to be a part of the upcoming MELODICROCKFEST! This event is a MUST for any fan of Melodic Rock, it’s a rare opportunity to see many of their favorite artists that simply do not tour on a wide scale. Anyone who attended the last one knows that this is an event not to be missed! See you there!”

Joe Vana (Mecca): “The last MR fest was an honor and a blast… the guys in Mecca and I very much look forward to doing this show and meeting the fans again! Oh yea, one thing more… Fergie Frederiksen is firmly back at the helm with me! We now get to do material from Mecca I, Mecca II, Fergie’s solo career and of course some Toto tunes from his tenure with that Amazing Band… We are coming to kick ass!!!”

Richie (7th Heaven): “It is an honor to be a part of Melodic Rock Fest 3. What a great lineup of great acts with great songs, I hope everyone can make it out. We, 7th Heaven, are looking forward to a great rocking set. See ya there!”

Vic Rivera (AdrianGale): “Pumped to be playing at my third MelodicrockFest — on behalf of all of AdrianGale, we are looking forward to seeing you all in Chicago in September for what will be a truly awesome event!”

Scott Miller (Tango Down): “We have played a lot of shows over the last two years, from festivals (indoor and outdoor) to clubs and even theatres. But playing MelodicRockFest 3 will be an event to remember!! Thank you for having us Andrew. It doesn’t get any better than playing your show and along with some of the most awesome bands around. Again, an event to remember. (Pre Beer drinking!)”

In order of appearance, THE COMPLETE LINEUP DETAILS ARE:

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27 (Acoustic Night)

– Eric Martin – Fresh from his European solo acoustic tour, Eric will bring the best of his solo career and all the Mr. Big hits to the stage for this headlining appearance.

– Kelly Keeling – The Baton Rouge vocalist will be performing a “best of” set including songs from his main band, plus others from his time with Michael Schenker, Heaven & Earth and John Norum.

– Glen Burtnik – One of the greatest songwriters of our time has agreed to do a solo “best of” set, which will include songs from his legendary HEROES & ZEROES and TALKING IN CODE albums plus more!

– Robert Tepper – The ’80s AOR star will perform songs from his cult classic NO EASY WAY OUT album and new material.

– Gary Schutt – Often a one man band in his own right, the popular Jeff Scott Soto Band bassist, guitarist, songwriter will be at his entertaining quirky best.

– The Radio Sun – Out of the ashes of Square One comes a new band ready to make a statement. They will perform acoustically Friday and a full electric set to open Saturday.

– Line Of Fire – One of the best new AOR acts out of America, here to play songs from their first two albums.

– Bonrud – By popular request, we are sneaking in these guys to close the night with an electric set to rev fans up for the weekend ahead. And there may be more… as we have no curfew to adhere to!

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28

– Harem Scarem – After missing MRF1 due to visa issues, the band has a mission to blow fans away with their high energy set and infectious songs. The Canadian melodic rock legends will be touring to promote the 20th Anniversary of their classic MOOD SWINGS release. This is their first US show in 20 years and the only one for now!

– W.E.T. – The melodic rock “supergroup” consisting of Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Eric Martensson (of Eclipse on guitars) and Robert Sall (of Work Of Art on guitars/keyboards) plus members of Eclipse will perform their first ever USA show and are set to blow fans away just as they did last year in the UK and earlier this year in Sweden with one of their rare live appearances.

– Mecca+ – Mecca is Joe Vana and his powerhouse professional band of Chicago natives. But this time around they are bringing a very special guest with them — Toto’s Fergie Frederiksen, who was an integral part of the Mecca debut. The set list will comprise of tunes from Mecca (old and new) and also Ferge’s time with Toto.

– AdrianGale – No one saw this one coming, but Vic Rivera, Jamie Rowe and Co. are back together. What better place to re-launch this great act, along with a new album (on Kivel Records) than at MRF3! So expect a “Hit” infused set, with some killer new material!

– Tango Down – The band is becoming a well-seasoned live act and vocalist David Reece promises a set heavy on material from their new album and classic Bangalore Choir tunes!

– Brett Walker – He delivered the cult classic NEVERTHELESS album, so on the eve of a brand new studio release, Brett will bring his band to Chicago for a dose of old and new Americana melodic rock.

– Newman – The acclaimed British rock outfit are finally set for their USA debut. Expect a set featuring songs from all eras of the Newman legacy.

– 7th Heaven – These guys need no introduction, being at MelodicRockFest 1 and 2. For #3 they have a new singer and a new album — expect a killer high-energy set.

– Evolution Eden – One of the newcomers featured this weekend. This powerhouse trio will impress, no doubt.

– The Radio Sun – Plugging in and cranking it up to get Saturday off to a flying harmony filled start.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29

– Steve Augeri – Best known for his time bringing Journey back to the masses and fronting the amazing ARRIVAL album; he’s also fronted Tall Stories and Tyketto. The man himself will be in the house with his backing band Valentine for a set filled with everything you’ll be hoping for.

– Ted Poley – Mr. Energy will deliver another fabulous set of high energy rock n roll, from his solo tour to all the Danger Danger hits and a few rarely heard tracks for the die-hards!

– House Of Lords – The James Christian lead lineup that has delivered four amazing melodic hard rock albums in the last several years will be delivering a knockout set of hits and current favorites.

– Eclipse – Sweden’s favorite melodic hard rock act will be in the mood to rock, giving tracks from all albums a spin — especially the brilliant current album BLEED & SCREAM.

– Bombay Black – A party favorite for any occasion and MRF3 will be a party. So who better to warm up the crowd!

– ColdSpell – Another class act from Sweden, these guys are building their profile and delivering more each time. Get ready for a dose of Scandi hard rock.

– No Love Lost – A new American act that is making some waves and will no doubt make their presence felt at MRF3.

– Crossing Rubicon – One of two heavier bands for the day. American melodic metal band Crossing Rubicon will help make up the crowd after what will no doubt be a long night Saturday.

– Inner Siege – A touch of progressive metal mixed with a melodic edge will get the crowd over any hangovers from the night before.

– Loveblast – Chicago’s own ’80s melodic hard rock band will show why they are a star on the rise with a set that is bound to convert fans gathered for the show.

All these bands and more will rock your world at MelodicRockFest 3. Already several special guests are lining up to be in attendance and will no doubt try and talk their way onto the stage in one form or another. This is going to be an EPIC weekend and the venue has an early morning curfew, so we will rock as long as physically and mentally possible!

On top of the musical entertainment planned, there will also be a number of vendors on hand for your every merchandise wish. Merchandise will be located in two different areas, with a range of vendors on hand to offer that full rock n roll event atmosphere. Also expect some surprises, giveaways, and a lot more! Not only that but there is going to be the raffle to end all raffles, with so much gear and prizes to give away, it just can’t be listed in one place.

MelodicRockFest is planning to make this event a really “different” weekend than your usual concert going experiences. We are attempting to raise the bar a little to increase the fun factor and experience as a whole.

Also, make a point to stop by the MRF3 Event Booth! There will be plenty of other options to buy a whole range of MelodicRockFest gear, new and old MelodicRock Records CDs and MRCD Compilations and more.

MELODICROCKFEST 3 IS IN PART SPONSORED BY THE FOLLOWING GOOD PEOPLE:
Frontiers Records – http://www.frontiers.it/
Kivel Records – http://www.kivelrecords.com/
Escape Music – http://www.escape-music.com/
ARfm – http://www.arfm.co.uk/
ClassX Radio – http://www.classxradio.com/
CSR Music Promotions – http://www.csrmusicpromotions.com/
Rock The Stage NYC – http://www.rockthestagenyc.com/
Rock My Wood – http://www.facebook.com/RockMyWood?fref=ts
Metal Mayhem Music – http://www.metalmayhem.com/
Laser Engrave Art – http://www.laserengraveart.com/
RPM Vocal Studios – http://www.rpmvocalstudio.com/

MRF3 TICKET PRICES:
Friday (Doors at 5 p.m.) $55.00
Saturday (Doors at 12 p.m.) $65.00
Sunday (Doors at 12 p.m.) $65.00

BLUE VIP – $220 (LIMITED VIP TICKETS LEFT)

Includes – three-day MRF3 ticket / Exclusive “Blue VIP” T-Shirt / Exclusive “Blue VIP” Laminate Pass / Event Poster / Friday after-show Meet & Greet with artists (exact details TBA)

TICKETS ON SALE NOW at: http://www.melodicrockfest.com/ (PayPal sales) or via TicketWeb/H.O.M.E. Bar using the following links:

BLUE VIP ($220) – http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3450014&pl=home

FRIDAY ($55) – http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3446814&pl=home

SATURDAY ($65) – http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3446984&pl=home

SUNDAY ($65) – http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3446994&pl=home

MORE INFORMATION AT:
http://www.melodicrockfest.com/

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-Kiss Army Spring Break In Los Cabos!

The Kiss Army Is Invited To Join Paul Stanley And Gene Simmons For A Rock And Roll Weekend In Los Cabos March 22 And 23 For The Grand Opening Of Rock & Brews

Paul and Gene are heading South of the Border to open their Rock & Brews™ restaurant in San Jose del Cabo March 22 and 23.

Kiss Army Fans are invited to join the celebration at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos, the rockin’ AAA Four-Diamond host resort for the event, which is offering a Kiss Army Rock & Brews weekend package to welcome them.

The Kiss Army Rock & Brews package includes a two-night stay in a deluxe room with a Jacuzzi and private terrace (double occupancy) March 22 and 23, two tickets to the invitation-only Rock & Brews grand opening on March 22, a private seaside reception and photo opportunity with Gene and Paul at the resort’s Five Star Diamond De Cortez restaurant prior to the opening event, a breakfast buffet for two at the resort’s Tomatoes restaurant, and a Rock & Brews T-shirt for $749 (including tax, based on availability). The rate code is KISARRB. For more information, or to make reservations, please visit http://www.sheratonloscabos.com/ , or call (011) 52-624-145-8000.

The new Rock & Brews Los Cabos features a unique concert themed-atmosphere, complete with giant murals of classic rock artists, album and tour art. Guests can take advantage of the al fresco dining offered, or enjoy sitting indoors in an authentically themed backstage concert site. The restaurant features a full bar and the largest selection of craft beers in Los Cabos. It is set to be a main late-night attraction for locals and tourists alike, as after the dinner rush, a DJ will be spinning tunes nightly.

http://www.kissonline.com/

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-Deep ?urp!e Reveals Song Titles And Artwork Of Their First Studio Album Since 2005

NOW WHAT ?! To Be Released On April 30

NEW YORK, NY — NOW WHAT ?! is produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Kiss, Alice Cooper).

NOW WHAT ?! is Deep Purple’s 19th studio album. It was recorded in Nashville, TN and combines a fresh and modern production with the original spirit of ’70s Deep Purple. “PERFECT STRANGERS meets MADE IN JAPAN.”

NOW WHAT ?! is the name of the tour that will bring Deep Purple all over the world.

NOW WHAT ?! follows the release of “All The Time In The World” and “Hell To Pay.” A ballad and a classic Purple rocker. Two of the many faces to discover on the articulate and inspired new studio album. Available on all digital service providers April 2.

NOW WHAT ?! features 11 songs:

1. A SIMple sOng
2. WeiRDistAN
3. OUt of HANd
4. HELL to Pay
5. BOdyLinE
6. AbOVe aNd bEYOND
7. BLOod froM a StoNe
8. UNcomMon MaN
9. aprÈS VOus
10. ALL the tiME in thE WORld
11. VinceNt PRiCE

NOW WHAT ?! will also be released in a limited quantity with a bonus track and a bonus DVD featuring Deep Purple in conversation plus additional audio material.

NOW WHAT ?! will on top be released as double vinyl LP containing 11 tracks plus bonus track, as in the limited edition CD.

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:
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http://www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews
http://www.youtube.com/user/eaglerocktv

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-Whitesnake’s Video For “Fool For Your Loving” Taken From Upcoming CD/DVD Package Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere Un Ultimate Classic Rock

MADE IN JAPAN Due Out April 19 In Europe And April 23 In North America Via Frontiers Records

Whitesnake fans worldwide can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for “Fool For Your Loving,” taken from their forthcoming CD/DVD package MADE IN JAPAN:

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/whitesnake-video-premiere-2013/

The new DVD/live CD package is set for release on April 23 in North America and will be available in several formats: a deluxe 2CD/DVD edition, Blu-ray and a standalone DVD. The performance footage is shot in stunning HD in 5.1 and stereo and is taken from Whitesnake’s co-headlining set at the Loud Park festival on October 11, 2011 held at Saitama Super Arena in Japan during their “Forevermore World Tour.” The performance was initially recorded only for Japanese TV and future Loud Park promotions, but after three songs were broadcasted on a Loud Park highlights program in Japan, Whitesnake received unprecedented requests for this performance to be made available to the general public. Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyo0eGhcr4g to check out the official EPK; click http://www.frontiers.it/us to pre-order MADE IN JAPAN.

MADE IN JAPAN contains songs from Whitesnake’s most recent studio album, FOREVERMORE, as well as classic hits such as “Is This Love,” “Still Of The Night” and “Here I Go Again.” The bonus CD also includes never-before-heard outtakes and acoustic versions of material from the award-winning FOREVERMORE album that were recorded during sound checks on the 2011 Japanese tour. Additional DVD content includes various band photo slideshows and fan-shot videos. Click http://www.frontiers.it/us to download the cover art for the deluxe combo version, http://www.frontiers.it/download/whitesnake_japan_DVD.JPG for the DVD edition and http://www.frontiers.it/download/whitesnake_bluray.jpg for Blu-ray edition.

Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary David Coverdale, Whitesnake carry a rightful reputation as one of the world’s leading rock bands. Coverdale’s blues roots, combined with a feral sense of rock and roll, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound along with Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable musicianship. Whitesnake’s ascent to the very top of the rock n’ roll heap was confirmed with 1987’s self-titled mega-platinum album, which saw two massive Top 10 hits, two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” and a virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the world. David Coverdale was recently named one of Revolver’s “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” and the UK’s Kerrang voted Coverdale the “Last Great Rock Star.” Musicians on MADE IN JAPAN include David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass), Brian Tichy (drums) and special guest Brian Ruedy (keyboards).

For more information, please visit:
http://www.whitesnake.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Whitesnake.official
http://www.twitter.com/davidcoverdale
http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Avantasia: New Album Trailer And More Tour News!

On March 29 the new Avantasia epic THE MYSTERY OF TIME will hit the stores. Many journalists have already stated, that the album might be the most enchanting and complete Avantasia adventure of all times.

Enjoy the first impression of the masterpiece here:

On April 12 a giant all-star ensemble will set off on the Mystery World Tour 2013, which will bring them to Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Japan, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia and England. Now Avantasia are also set to play Costa Rica for the first time.

The first shows are nearly sold out, if you don’t want to miss out on the hottest metal event of the year, make sure you get your tickets!

Avantasia on tour:

12.04 – B – Moens – PPM Festival
13.04 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
14.04 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
16.04 – I – Mailand – Alcatraz
18.04 – D – Ludwigsburg – MPH Arena
19.04 – D – Kaufbeuren – All-Karthalle
20.04 – D – Fulda – Esperanto Halle
22.04 – D – Berlin – Tempodrom
23.04 – D – Hamburg – Große Freiheit
25.04 – D – Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
26.04 – D – Lichtenfels – Stadthalle
10.05 – NL – Amsterdam – Melkweg
31.05 – ES – Madrid – Sonisphere
01.06 – ES – Barcelona – Sonisphere
08.06 – S – Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
21.06 – F – Clisson – Hellfest
23.06 – RU – Moscow – Milk
25.06 – ARG – Buenos Aires – El Teatro
27.06 – CHI – Santiago de Chile – Teatro Caupolican
29.06 – BRA – Sao Paolo – HCBC Hall
03.07 – CRC – San Jose – Peppers
05.07 – MEX – Mexico City – Circo Valador
10.07 – J – Tokyo – Shinagwa Prince Stella Ball
13.07 – D – Ballenstedt – Rock Harz
14.07 – CZ – Zlin – Masters Of Rock
08.08 – SLO – Snina – Festival Rock Pod Kamenom
10.08 – UK – Derbyshire / Catton Park – Bloodstock Festival

Also watch:

“Invoke The Machine” Lyric Video:

THE MYSTERY OF TIME Studio Reports:

http://www.tobiassammet.com/

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-Chevy Metal – With Members Of The Foo Fighters Joins: 95.5 KLOS & The Whisky A Go-Go ~ Rock Against MS Benefit Concert

The Whisky A Go-Go
8901 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Wednesday, March 27

Hosted By:
Bob Coburn & Gary Moore of 95.5 KLOS

Featuring:
Marky Ramone, Glenn Hughes, Lemmy, John 5, Blasko (Ozzy), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Steven Adler, Kenny Aronoff, Gilby Clarke, Brian Tichy, Ginger (Rob Zombie), Piggy D, Tommy Victor, Phil Buckman (Filter), Brent Scallions (Fuel), Jack Russell, Jeff Pilson, Teddy Zigzag, Tim King (Soil), Jeff Bowders, Jeff Young, Chas West

AND A HUGE SURPRISE GUEST!!

Showtimes:
Meet & Greet – 6:00 p.m. – Must have purchased this ticket – PHOTO ONLY – Not a signing
Doors – 7:30 p.m.
Show – 8:00 p.m.

Pre-Sale Tickets:
$35 – General
$100 – Meet & Greet/General Ticket
$150 – VIP Pass/Meet & Greet – Limited 50 Tickets Only

Purchase online at Ticketfly:
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/230923

Day-Of Tickets:
$40 – General
$110 – Meet & Greet/General
$175 – VIP/Meet & Greet – if available

** Tickets that include the Meet & Greet – Please note that the Meet & Greet is at 6 p.m. Pre-show during sound check! You will be escorted in and out. PHOTO ONLY – not signing.

Sponsors:
Monster Energy Drink, Schecter Guitars, D’Addario/Evans, Whisky A Go-Go, 95.5 KLOS, Majik Box/DW Drums

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-Timo Tolkki Returns With A Stunning Symphonic Metal Opera — THE LAND OF NEW HOPE — Due Out On Frontiers In May

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon’s stunning new Metal Opera entitled THE LAND OF NEW HOPE on May 17 in Europe and May 21 in North America.

Hailed by fans and press as one of the forefathers of the Power Metal genre with his songwriting for the band Stratovarius in the late ’90s and early ’00s, Timo Tolkki has been silently preparing his musical revenge. Following a call in August 2012 from Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino, Tolkki quickly cancelled all plans and started writing new music following an original concept discussed years ago between the artist and Perugino. The idea was to have a magniloquent metal / rock opera with some cinematic orchestrations to bring back the Stratovarius original sound in a more symphonic and grandiose fashion. “I sort of rediscovered myself musically in the process of making this album,” explains Tolkki. “I wrote the story first and started composing the music after that. My aim was to write memorable songs with good melodies that would support the story. In Stratovarius back in early ’90s, I was one of those who were there in creating the whole Power Metal genre, so it is natural that people may associate this music style to me. But on this album you will find a lot of different dynamics as well with some songs that are fully orchestrated and sound very very big.”

For this unique album, Tolkki managed to gather some of the most renowned singers around including Michael Kiske (Unisonic), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation) and Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica).

Rounding up the stunning lineup of this album are: Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire) on drums and Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion), Mikko Härkin (Sonata Arctica) on keyboards, with Tolkki taking care of all guitars and bass recordings and of course production duties.

Anticipated by a sequence of YouTube trailers which have already ignited the interest among the fans, THE LAND OF NEW HOPE opens a new chapter in Tolkki’s career and perspectives, with the Finnish artist regaining full artistic credibility with his own music and performances. Tolkki says: “The LAND OF NEW HOPE album is one part of the story, the end of it actually. The story is longer and goes back to the time before this album’s story, so two more Metal Operas are likely to follow to complete a trilogy. In generally, I find the Metal Opera concept fascinating and logical to me at this point of my career. I love classical music and just like in Classical Opera, in the Metal Opera you can also create stories and have almost limitless possibilities musically. It is not so easy to stay fresh after 25 years career, but this album is truly something special.”

A stunning artwork was specially created for this project by Stanis W. Decker which will be released in two versions — regular CD and deluxe edition with a bonus DVD include a 30-minute documentary “making of the album” and two promotional video clips.

THE LAND OF NEW HOPE final track listing includes:
1. Avalanche Anthem
2. A World Without Us
3. Enshrined In My Memory
4. In The Name Of The Rose
5. We Will Find A Way
6. Shine
7. The Magic Of The Night
8. To The Edge Of The Earth
9. I’ll Sing You Home
10. The Land Of New Hope

The first single “Enshrined In My Memory” (sung by Amaranthe’s Elize Ryd) will be released digitally worldwide on March 25. You can enjoy a full EPK presentation of the album at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HoyZll5j0c .

Weblinks:
http://www.tolkki.org/
http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Russ Dwarf Releases New Album WIRELESS On March 18

Russ Dwarf, the two-time Canadian Juno Award nominee and founding member the Killer Dwarfs, is pleased to announce the release of his latest album, WIRELESS, on March 18. Having stripped back ten of his most recognizable hits from his thirty plus year career, Russ has delivered an album high on raw emotion and inner beauty. Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Bumblefoot, lends a hand with a blistering solo on the album’s closing track, “Driftin’ Back.”

To support the new album, Russ has launched the all new website, http://www.RussDwarf.com/ where fans can pre-order the album and be kept up-to-date on all his latest news. The album is available worldwide as of March 18 via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all other distribution channels.

The track listing for WIRELESS is:

1. Keep The Spirit Alive
2. Stand Tall
3. I’m Alive
4. Startin’ To Shine
5. Doesn’t Matter
6. Comin’ Through
7. Dirty Weapons
8. Look Around
9. Four Seasons
10. Driftin’ Back

Russ is currently on tour supporting the new release and is hard at work on a documentary film about his life tentatively called “Tall Tales.” The movie with an accompanying book of the same title is set to be released in early 2014.

http://www.RussDwarf.com/
http://www.facebook.com/russdwarf
http://twitter.com/RussDWaRf
http://russdwarf.bandcamp.com/music

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment Presents Rainbow – LIVE IN MUNICH 1977 On 2CD, Vinyl, And DVD

~Featuring Classic Lineup Of Blackmore, Dio, And Powell~

~April 30, 2013~

NEW YORK, NY — On April 30, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Rainbow: LIVE IN MUNICH 1977 on 2CD, DVD, and 2LP. [Pre-book Order Date April 5, MSRP $34.98 2LP, $17.98 2CD, $14.98 DVD]

Captured during the band’s 1977 European tour, LIVE IN MUNICH is the only full live concert ever filmed with the classic Ritchie Blackmore/Ronnie James Dio/Cozy Powell lineup. With newly re-mastered sound, this is also the first time this complete concert is available on vinyl.

Rainbow was the brainchild of legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, created in 1975 after his departure from Deep Purple. A string of hit albums ignited immediate success, which persevered until 1983, when Blackmore disbanded the group (and re-joined Deep Purple). Featuring the lineup of Blackmore, Cozy Powell (drums), Bob Daisley (bass), David Stone (keyboards), and premiere Rock and Roll vocalist Ronnie James Dio, the excitement in the air during this night was electric. This might be due, in part, to Blackmore’s late arrival to Munich just before the concert, after being smuggled out of Austria after trouble with the police at a gig two nights earlier. This seemed to inspire both the band and the audience to create a truly remarkable gig.

The DVD includes original promo videos for “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “Gates Of Babylon,” and “L.A. Connection,” a photo gallery, slideshow with audio commentary, interviews, and the “Rainbow Over Texas ’76” feature, which includes additional interviews and performance footage. Truly, LIVE IN MUNICH 1977 is a brilliant showcase of the primal electricity of Rainbow.

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:
http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt
http://www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews
http://www.youtube.com/user/eaglerocktv

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-Watch Out For The Unruly Dogs Coming From Sweden! The Poodles Are Ready To Rock The House With Their New album TOUR DE FORCE Out In May On Frontiers!

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the anticipated return of The Poodles with the release of the band’s fifth album TOUR DE FORCE on May 17 in Europe and May 22 in North America.

TOUR DE FORCE is the eagerly awaited follow-up to their Swedish No. 1 album from 2011, PERFORMOCRACY. Behind the wheel, taking on the duties of producer for a fourth time, will be Mats Valentin and once again the band wishes to underline with the album title their superb entertaining abilities both as Hard Rocking studio unit and as live act. “When writing and creating music we try to do something that we would love to listen to ourselves. It’s always been important for us to do music close to our hearts,” says bass player Pontus Egberg. “I do feel however that there’s a newly found playfulness about a lot of the tracks. I’m not quite sure what it is myself but it’s great!”

With songs like “Shut Up,” “Happily Ever After,” “Kings And Fools” and “Going Down,” The Poodles stay true to their legacy of powerful, melodic Metal while at the same time stretching into a new, more playful arena, flirting with influences from the past but always with a watchful eye on the present and in to the future.

In May 2013 the World Championships of Ice Hockey will be held in Stockholm, Sweden and the official theme song for the Swedish team will be performed by The Poodles! “The Swedish team wanted a great song to help cheer the team and the fans on during the games. Apart from a great song they also needed an artist/band to perform the song that could put some fire in to it,” tells Pontus. A fruitful collaboration between songwriters Anders Wikström (Treat) and Fredrik Thomander (Scorpions, Treat, Gotthard) and The Poodles came about and it resulted in the powerful sing-along, raise-your-fist-in-the-air rocker “En För Alla För En” which will be impacting at Swedish radio and TV on March 27 and is an exclusive bonus track for the physical edition of the album.

Another single from TOUR DE FORCE — “40 Days And 40 Nights” — a song which promises to entice both Poodles fans and anyone with a passion for rock n’ roll, will impact at radio and available for digital sales on April 26.

TOUR DE FORCE will include the following tracks:

1. Misery Loves Company
2. Shut Up!
3. Happily Ever After
4. Viva Democracy
5. Going Down
6. Leaving The Past To Pass
7. 40 Days And 40 Nights
8. Kings & Fools
9. Miracle
10. Godspeed
11. Now Is The Time
12. Only Just Begun
13. En För Alla För En (bonus track – physical edition only)

More good news is that The Poodles will be on the road to promote the new album! “We are kicking off the tour by doing three dates in Spain April 25-27. Then we are going to start touring mainly in Sweden in May and all through the summer. We are playing the H•E•A•T-festival in Germany in November and we are working on more European dates during the fall,” says Pontus who looks forward to rock The Poodles’ fans all over the world: “We love you, missed you, it’s been far too long, we hope you’ll love the new album as much as we do and we are looking forward to seeing you all soon on tour!”

After the gold and platinum records and the top chart results The Poodles achieved in their home country Sweden, now it is time for them to take on the world!

The Poodles:
Jakob Samuel – vocals
Pontus Egberg – bass
Christian Lundqvist – drums
Henrik Bergqvist – guitars
Produced by Mats Valentin & Rickard Nilsson

Weblinks:
http://www.poodles.se/
http://www.frontiers.it/

Tour Dates:
April 25 – Explosivo! Club, Zaragoza (Spain)
April 26 – Salamandra 2, Barcelona (Spain)
April 27 – Sala Rockitchen, Madrid (Spain)
November 3 – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg (Germany)

More dates TBA!

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-AFM Records Newsletter

U.D.O.: STEELHAMMER Album Cover & First Teaser Available!

STEELHAMMER — that’s the name of the upcoming new album of legendary German Metal band U.D.O.

On May 24 (USA: May 21) STEELHAMMER will be released as CD, ltd. digi-pak, ltd. 2-Vinyl and ltd. Fan Package.

A first album teaser is available here:

Udo Dirkschneider comments on the cover artwork:
“Our new album is a real battering ram,” Udo says. “That’s why we have chosen this cover. It really shows best that U.D.O. is pure heavy metal! U.D.O. is back!”

STEELHAMMER was produced by Udo Dirkschneider and Fitty Wienhold.

Lordi Enters European Charts With New Album!

The Finnish monster rockers Lordi invade the European charts with their new album TO BEAST OR NOT TO BEAST:

#8 in Finland
#56 in Germany and
# 95 in Switzerland.

Congratulations!

Ektomorf: New Video Clip “Black Flag” / On Tour With Ill Nino!

Hungary’s neo thrash masters Ektomorf will embark on a tour with Ill Nino soon.

But before, they present their brand new video clip, filmed for the title track of their latest album, BLACK FLAG:

Ektomorf on tour with Ill Nino:

18. March – München, Germany – Backstage Werk
19. March – Wien, Austria – Szene Wien (w/ Shadows Fall)
20. March – Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage
22. March – Winterthur, Switzerland – Salzhaus
23. March – Romagnano, Italy – Rock N Roll Club
24. March – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm (w/ Shadows Fall)
25. March – Berlin, Germany – SO36
26. March – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
27. March – Essen, Germany – Turock
28. March – Eindhoven, Holland – Effenaar
29. March – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
31. March – Köln, Germany – Underground

http://www.afm-records.de/

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-Vindictiv: New Album Details Revealed

Swedish metallers Vindictiv will release their new album CAGE OF INFINITY on May 10 via Escape Music. The cover artwork was done by Carl-André Beckston and the CD was mixed by Lars Chriss (Lion’s Share), and mastered by Mike Lind.

CAGE OF INFINITY track listing:
1. The Chosen
2. Cage Of Infinity
3. Down In A Black Hole
4. Choices
5. Astronaut
6. Human Emergency
7. Resistance
8. Orphans
9. Son Of Fate
10. The Encounter
11. Screaming For Answers (bonus track)

Lineup:
Stefan Lindholm: Guitars
Marco Sandron: Vocals
Pontus Larsson: Keys
Nalle Påhlsson: Bass
Henrik Hedman: Drums

Vindictiv released two albums so far — the self-titled debut in 2008 and GROUND ZERO in 2009. Band leader and guitar wiz Stefan Lindholm has been a successful soloist on a number of albums, among them record producer Tom Galley’s international project Phenomena and Soulspell. Other great vocalists Stefan has worked with include Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Oliver Hartmann (At Vance, Avantasia), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) and Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire).

Web:
http://www.escape-music.com/
http://www.stefanlindholm.net/

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-Code Of Silence Offers Free Track Download: “Tame The Tempest”

UK-based melodic metallers Code Of Silence are offering a free download of the track “Tame The Tempest.” The song is taken from the band’s debut album DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON which has already received glowing reviews. This track is now available as a free download for signing up to the band’s Reverbnation mailing list. Just go to: http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/16625691

The track started out as a piece written by guitarist Ben Randall and ended up a collaboration with Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse, Tainted Nation).

Get Ready To ROCK! reviewer Alan Jones wrote about the track: “an opportunity for Randall to thrust himself forward as the new guitar hero for the next generation. Plenty of raw meat for guitar wannabes to get their teeth into and an absolute shoo-in for Riff Of The Year.”

The first single “Sky Is Falling Down” (also available at Reverbnation) is a four-minute burst of pop metal — catchy, re-playable, and engaging — the promo video is available at the band’s website http://www.codeofsilence.co.uk/ and has gathered an amazing 200,000+ views since February: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSPtR8ote-I

The brainchild of respected UK melodic rock producer/ musician / songwriter Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and James Murray (bass), Code Of Silence is completed by John Clelland (drums), Scott McLean (keys), guitarist Ben Randall and vocalist Gus Monsanto (Revolution Renaissance, Adagio).

The album DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON is released by Mausoleum Records in Europe (February 25) and North America (April 9) in Japan by Rubicon Music.

The band will be sharpening their spurs in late September playing selected UK dates including the inaugural Skyfest on September 21, 2013. (See http://www.facebook.com/events/543811352308788 for more on Skyfest.)

http://www.reverbnation.com/codeofsilenceuk
http://www.codeofsilence.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/codeofsilenceuk

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-BritWeek Celebrates British Rock ‘N Roll With UK Celebs In West Hollywood

The British invasion is back and is leading the charge at this year’s BritWeek event on May 4 in West Hollywood.

Molly Malone’s – 575 S Fairfax Ave – Los Angeles, CA 90036
Doors @ 7:30 p.m. – Show @ 8 p.m.

Imagine stepping back into the ’70s, but you are still in 2013 and feel that a new time for music has started…

On May the 4th it will be time to turn up the volume and enjoy some British rock n’ roll! A highly charged group of renowned British players, including Steve Cooke on vocals, will perform at this year’s BritWeek musical event. Previous BritWeek performers were Joss Stone and Duran Duran.

Founded by Nigel Lithgoe, BritWeek hosts a program of events promoting British creativity, innovation and excellence in California. They attract support from thousands of people, including international celebrities like Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jane Seymour, as well as business and political leaders like Sir Richard Branson and Tony Blair.

Steve Cooke, whose musical background includes renditions of The Who’s TOMMY and Led Zeppelin’s THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME will be leading the audience through the night with his powerful vocals and twelve-string guitar playing.

Cooke is best known in Los Angeles for his Americana Rock song “Working For The USA,” which won him Best Song and Best Rock Album last year. He is now concentrating on his new sound with strong British influences and will be joined with special guest performances by legendary British drummer Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Average White Band) and Kofi Baker, son of legendary drumming icon Ginger Baker (Cream). The group will also be joined by a well known British guitarist, TBA.

This will be a powerful two-hour show featuring new rock songs and classic British rock favorites.

To buy tickets:
http://stevecooke.ticketleap.com/steve-cookes-britishrock-night/

More info on Steve Cooke:
http://www.steve-cooke.com/

More info on BritWeek:
http://britweek.org/2013/LA_music.html

Venue:
http://www.mollymalonesla.com/

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-Tombstone Highway Shares Some “Old Blood”

Italy’s Tombstone Highway has just released a new track entitled “Old Blood” exclusively at Rue Morgue magazine’s website. The song can be streamed at this location:

http://www.rue-morgue.com/2013/03/tombstone-highway-shares-some-old-blood/

RURALIZER, the band’s southern rock-inspired doom metal album, will hit the shops on April 16 in North America. The release is out now in Europe.

The music of Tombstone Highway is a classic blend of feisty stoner/southern rock and doom metal, with catchy guitar solos and old-school heavy metal parts that may remind of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Corrosion Of Conformity, Pride & Glory, Down, Black Sabbath, or even ZZ Top. Apart from hard rock instruments, the band uses also a banjo and Hammond organs.

The album will feature guest appearances by electric guitar virtuoso Mario Percudani (HungryHeart, Mitch Malloy), Hammond maestro Paolo “Apollo” Negri (Wicked Minds, Black Widow, Hasselvander) and Razor SK (Forgotten Tomb).

Joe Hasselvander (ex-Pentagream / The Hounds Of Hasselvander) commented on the release: “Absolutely cool! Good, old swamp-infested blues metal!”

RURALIZER will consist of eight original songs and a cover of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” with a playing time of almost 50 minutes. The album will be made available on digi-pak CD and digital download. RURALIZER was recorded at Elfo Studios by Daniele Mandelli, who is also in charge of mix and mastering.

The band commented: “We’re very proud of how the album came out and we strongly believe it’s the perfect way to begin our legacy. People into heavy, ballsy southern-tinged Hard Rock should take note!”

Track List:
1. Old Blood
2. Acid Overlord
3. Graveyard Blues
4. Hellfire Rodeo
5. Ruralizer
6. Bite The Dust (And Bleed)
7. At The Bitter End
8. Mississippi Queen (Mountain cover)
9. Hangman’s Friend

Tombstone Highway Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/Tombstone.Highway

More music from Tombstone Highway:
http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/1814120

Agonia Records
http://www.agoniarecords.com/
info@agoniarecords.com
http://www.myspace.com/agoniarecords
http://www.facebook.com/agoniarecords
http://www.youtube.com/user/AgoniaRec
https://twitter.com/agoniarecords

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-Korpiklaani: Accordionist Leaves Band!

Juho Kauppinen, accordionist of Finnish traditional folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani, has decided to leave the band. Please find enclosed his official statement:

“I have decided to set my goals elsewhere, as a result of which Korpiklaani will go on without me from now on. Korpiklaani was a prominent part of my life for long, but after these eight and a half years I played in the band I have come to realize that I currently want to experience and pursue something else. Accordion has never been my primary instrument. I also understood that performing in front of an audience is not exactly what I hugely enjoy. Strange as it sounds, what I most want from making music nowadays is playing guitar at home. That is what I find relaxing and free of stress. Some people love touring, but because I am a very private person I found living and traveling on the tour bus for four weeks in a row a little challenging. Nevertheless, I got to experience many things I am deeply grateful for and want to thank all Korpiklaani’s listeners, fellow bands, crew members and our staff who enabled all of this. I am glad that the band has now found a truly professional accordionist to take the place of me to take care of the future tours and shows as planned. I wish everyone well. The journey has just begun.”

The band announced that there’ll be no show cancellations due to Juho is leaving the band.

If you want to see Korpiklaani live you better make sure to remember these dates:

10.04.2013 – Gdansk, Parlament – Poland
11.04.2013 – Wroclav, Alibi – Poland
12.04.2013 – Cracov, Kwadrat – Poland
13.04.2013 – Warsaw, Progresja – Poland
15.04.2013 – Copenhagen, Pumpenhuset – Denmark
16.04.2012 – Aarhus, Voxhall – Denmark
17.04.2013 – Lübeck, Treibsand – Germany
18.04.2013 – Dordrecht, Biebelot – Netherlands
19.04.2013 – Durbuy Rock – Belgium
20.04.2013 – Bremen, Tivoli – Germany
21.04.2013 – Leeuwarden, Romein – Netherlands
22.04.2013 – Berlin, K17 – Germany
23.04.2013 – Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal – Germany
24.04.2013 – Cham, L.A. – Germany
25.05.2013 – Memmingen, Kaminwerk – Germany
27.04.2013 – Losheim, Hexentanz festival – Germany
01.06.2013 – Geiselwind, Beastival – Germany
02.06.2013 – Plzen, Metalfest – Czech Republic
23.06.2013 – Clisson, Hellfest – France
15-17-08.2013 – Falun, RockFalun – Sweden
15-17.08.2013 – Dinkelsbühl, Summer Breeze – Germany
26.07.2013 – Volosianka, Carpathian Alliance Festival – Ukraine
7-8.12.2013 – Siembra y Lucha 2012 – Costa Rica
19.12.2013 – Pratteln, Z7 – Switzerland
20.12.2013 – Stuttgart, Kleine Schleyerhalle – Germany
21.12.2013 – Giessen, Hessenhallen – Germany
22.12.2013 – Dresden, Alter Schlachthof – Germany
26.12.2013 – Bielefeld, Ringlokschuppen – Germany
27.12.2013 – Fürth, Stadthalle – Germany
28.12.2013 – Bochum, Ruhrcongress – Germany
29.12.2013 – Bremen, Pier 2 – Germany
30.12.2013 – Potsdam, Metropolis Halle – Germany

http://www.korpiklaani.com/

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-“Last Shop Standing” — Official Film Of Record Store Day 2013 Coming To DVD On April 20

Featuring Interviews With Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley & Clint Boon

Based on the successful book of the same name, “Last Shop Standing” is a 50-minute documentary that was released on 10 September 2012. It is a celebration of the unique spirit of comradeship and entrepreneurial ingenuity that has enabled so many shops to keep operating successfully against the backdrop of massive changes in the music industry, the biggest recession in years, the growth of online file sharing and the explosion of choice in music consumption.

Not long ago there was a record shop on every high street, but over 500 independent record stores have closed during the last few years. Record shops were always more than retail outlets, they are part of our culture; they support new bands and local talent. A place for musicians and music fans to congregate, to browse away a few hours, to walk away with music they didn’t know existed.

The film features appearances by musicians and industry insiders including Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, Nerina Pallot and Richard Hawley, but the real stars are the record shop owners, their stories are the stuff of folklore! The film tells the full story, holds back no punches, but also celebrates and promotes our great independent record stores.

“An essential watch…” – Mark Searby, MTV

“Punchy and engaging!” – Stevie Chick, MOJO

“4 stars” – John Mitchell, RECORD COLLECTOR

Website:
http://lastshopstanding.com/

Cover Art:

Clip:

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-The Stick People Gear Up To Release Debut Album

MADNESS Out On Tuesday, April 23 Via EFM Records/Bungalo/Universal Music Group

The Stick People are Stephen Duffy – vocals, Mike Stone (Queensryche/Klover/Criss) – guitar, Bernie Godwin – guitar, Frankie Anthony (Ozzy/WWIII) – drums and M.’. d’Ziur – bass, their debut album MADNESS produced by Dito Godwin (No Doubt, Kiss, Motley Crue) to be released on April 23 via EFM Records / Bungalo / Universal Music Group.

The band formed in 2008, signed their deal in 2009 but do to industry hold-ups they have been biding their time, writing and recording and are now poised and ready to bring MADNESS to the masses. The quintet is making plans to hit the road with reckless abandon and tour throughout 2013, the first song to infiltrate the airwaves will be the forceful punk rock assault on your senses “Think About That.”

The Stick People are a hard driving alternative punk rock band who bind together a diverse mix of influences to create a sound all their own. While mixing elements of old school punk with alternative and a touch of pop MADNESS delivers a rock and roll package that strikes a chord at first listen with its infectious riffs and explosive melodies. Expect to see this show on the road later this summer.

http://www.thestickpeople.com/
http://www.facebook.com/thestickpeople
http://www.twitter.com/thestickpeople

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-Reign Of The Architect To Release RISE

Reign Of The Architect will release their debut album, RISE, via Pitch Black Records on April 16 (everywhere except the USA where it will be released on May 14).

The album features guest appearances from Jeff Scot Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey), Mike LePond (Symphony X) and Joost Van Den Broek (Ayreon, After Forever). The fifteen tracks, spread over three “acts” on this album make up what is part one of a two-part concept, telling a tale of love, destruction and survival in the aftermath of this power struggle.

The mastermind behind Reign Of The Architect, Yuval Kramer comments:

“The storyline is an allegory of the powers that rage inside the human soul. Titles like ‘good’ and ‘evil,’ ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ are subjective terms which we only use to legitimize our actions. We wanted to focus on the survival instinct, which, in times of need, forces us to victimize ourselves and bend the rules just to turn the scale. Then we have to destroy this self and rebuild a new one who will eventually do exactly the same in the next similar situation. We wanted to point out this eternal battle between creation and destruction that wages inside the human psyche since the beginning of time, to grasp this feeling of being alone when it is most crowded.”

Based in Israel, and formed of musicians from several countries, Reign Of The Architect is a progressive metal band that has created a masterful debut album with rich soundscapes incorporating traditional folk instruments and soaring vocals which would appeal to fans of Blind Guardian, Ayreon, Pain Of Salvation, Kamelot and Devin Townsend.

Album trailer and a song available for streaming and free download available at http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/ .

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-Critical Solution Taps Whitfield Crane & Andy La Rocque For Upcoming Debut!

The Norwegian Thrash Metallers from Critical Solution have just finished recording their debut album in Andy La Rocque’s Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden.

Mid 2011, the band worked already with Andy La Rocque, when he produced and mixed their EP EVIDENCE OF THINGS UNSEEN. Also, this time, Andy La Rocque is responsible for the production, recording, mixing and mastering of this upcoming full-length, which will contain 14 tracks!

Critical Solution is revealing today two very special guests who will appear on their debut album! For their cover of Motörhead’s “Killed By Death,” guest vocals are contributed by Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) and Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) delivers a guitar solo on the same song!

The band has uploaded a teaser for “Killed By Death” (feat. Withfield Crane & Andy La Rocque) to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvUGifYKSv0 .

The new album has a tentative release date for Spring 2013. Stay tuned for much more news to come soon!

For all Critical Solution info:

http://www.facebook.com/CriticalSolution
http://www.twitter.com/criticalsoluti1
http://www.reverbnation.com/criticalsolution
http://www.youtube.com/user/Criticalsolution1

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-Reverse Grip Announced As EU Support Act For Lordi

Canadian hard rockers Reverse Grip have been confirmed as the tour support for Finnish overlords of Metal Lordi when they grace the stages over Europe in April 2013. The Reverse Grip Spring Tour announcement video teaser can be viewed at http://youtu.be/cyuIuSxmjZs .

Reverse Grip is a Super High Energy Hard Rock Band formed by Dru, Sean and Dylan Broda, three real Brothers from Toronto, Canada. Brothers, Dru Sean and Dylan Broda, along side Kramer White, pack a super hard hitting, High Energy brand of ’80s influenced Hard Rock. With a live show that is sure to knock you on your ass and all the drive you’d imagine, Reverse Grip is on their way up!

Reverse Grip is:
Dru Broda – Vocals
Sean Broda – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Dylan Broda – Drums and Percussion
Kramer White – Bass Guitar & Ginger Hair

Lordi EU Tour – Tour Beast Or Not Tour Beast Tour 2013 with Reverse Grip

03.04.2013 D – Hamburg, Markhalle
04.04.2013 D – Geiselwind, Eventhalle
05.04.2013 D – Memmingen, Kaminwerk
06.04.2013 D – Offenbach-Bieber, TV Turnhalle Bieber
07.04.2013 D – Mannheim, Alte Seilerei
09.04.2013 F – Savigny-Le-Temple, L’Émpreinte
11.04.2013 D – Köln, Essigfabrik
12.04.2013 D – Burglengenfeld, VAZ
13.04.2013 D – Leipzig, Hellraiser
14.04.2013 D – Berlin, K 17
16.04.2013 CH – Pratteln, Z 7
18.04.2013 ITA – Bologna, ZR Club
19.04.2013 ITA – Rome, Orion Club
20.04.2013 ITA – Treviso, New Age Club
21.04.2013 ITA – Milan, Alcatraz
23.04.2013 ES – Valencia, Alzire
25.04.2013 ES – Madrid, Penelope
26.04.2013 ES – Pamplona, Sala Tottem
27.04.2013 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
28.04.2013 ES – Burgos, Sala Hangar
30.04.2013 BEL – Antwerpen, Trix
01.05.2013 NED – Uden, De Pul

Full tour details are available at http://www.lordi.fi/tour/tour-2013 .

Reverse Grip is dedicated and has a do-or-die attitude when it comes to music and life (which are the same thing if you ask them). Whether you call it Hard Rock, Sleaze, Metal or just plain old Rock N’ Roll. The boys from Reverse Grip have a tight GRIP on their dreams and wont let go! Sometimes you have to go back to go forward, so. STICK IT IN REVERSE!!

Reverse Grip World Tour 2013

Mar 16th @ The RockPile, Etobicoke, ON, Canada, w/ Gilby Clarke (GNR)
May 31st @ The Bar Fly, Campo Grande, Brazil
Jun 01st @ Sleazy Zone Party, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Jul 05th @ The Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
Jul 12th @ Rude Boy Club, Bielsko Biala, Poland
Jul 13th @ Trinec Festival, Trinec, Czech Republic

More show dates for Brazil, Europe, Australia and Japan in 2013 to be added soon.

http://www.reversegriprock.com/
http://www.facebook.com/reversegriprock
http://www.youtube.com/reversegriprock

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-Blacklist Union Hit The Road In Support Of Third Release

LOS ANGELES, CA — Rising California hard rockers Blacklist Union are set to hit the road in two weeks supporting their newest album, TIL DEATH DO US PART. Pre-empted by a few warm-up gigs in Seattle and Las Vegas, the band’s 16-date run kicks off at the legendary Club Red in Tempe, AZ on Friday, March 22 and then travels east from there. The band will headline all dates, teaming up with regional and local acts along the way.

TIL DEATH DO US PART, Blacklist Union’s third effort, was released via BLU Records in 2012. It was produced and mixed by Chris Johnson (Buckcherry, Evanescence, Goldfinger, etc.) and recorded at Skip Saylor Recording and The Village in Los Angeles, CA. The album takes the listener on a dark, disturbing and exhilarating run through songs like “Alabama Slammer” (a tragic love story that started off beautifully only to have a bitter crash and burn at the end), “I Do” (a song about “waking up after having your head in your ass for years,” says front man, Tony West) and the album’s title track (about loving and living your life to the fullest before we all “cross over”).

West says, “It’s been awhile since we last hit the road and I am very excited about it. We’re gonna show people that there is still kick ass rock ‘n’ roll out there in a big big way.”

TIL DEATH DO US PART is in stores now.

Blacklist Union Dates:

Mar 22 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
Mar 23 – El Paso, TX – Gallery 127
Mar 24 – Albuquerque, NM – Hooligans Nightclub
Mar 25 – Dallas, TX – The Boiler Room
Mar 27 – Little Rock, AR – The Downtown Music Hall
Mar 28 – Memphis, TN – Newby’s
Mar 29 – Janesville, WI – The Backbar
Mar 30 – Madison, WI – CC Rider’s Clubhouse
Apr 1 – Chicago, IL – The Abbey Pub
Apr 3 – Crest Hill, IL – Bada Brew
Apr 4 – Lansing, MI – Uli’s House Of Rock
Apr 6 – Detroit, MI – The Ritz
Apr 9 – Cincinnati, OH – Whiskey Bar
Apr 10 – Atlanta, GA – The Claremont Lounge
Apr 12 – New Orleans, LA – Hangar 13
Apr 13 – Houston, TX – The Concert Pub

Relevant Links

http://www.blacklistunion.com/
http://www.facebook.com/BlacklistUnionRocks
http://www.twitter.com/blacklistunion
http://www.reverbnation.com/blacklistunion
http://www.myspace.com/blacklistunio

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-Napalm Records News

Lacrimas Profundere: Re-Signs With Napalm Records

After the release of THE GRANDIOSE NOWHERE in 2010 and the following tour in 16 countries around the globe, including destinations like South America, China and Spain, where the band experienced unforgettable memories and groundbreaking events, the guys revolving around mastermind Oliver Niklas took a break to concentrate on the arrangements for songs on the new album. Amid festival gigs in Wacken, the Mera Luna Festival, ARTmania, the WGT and many others, the band has been working hard on the 10th studio album, which will be released in May 2013, which is the 20th anniversary of the band. In addition, Napalm and Lacrimas Profundere renewed their co-operation with a new record deal.

Thomas Caser / Head Of A&R:
“We are very glad to announce the renewal of the contract with Lacrimas Profundere. In these modern and short-lived times, we appreciate this longtime relationship and are very proud, that the band will go their successful path with Napalm Records in the future! A fantastic album is about to be released!”

Oliver / Lacrimas Profundere:
“We are happy, that with Napalm Records — who are now the home for our idols Moonspell, Tiamat and Monster Magnet and for our most successful albums AVE END and FILTHY NOTES FOR FROZEN HEARTS — we have found a partner and friend for our 10th album. The record will surprise with unusual parts and heavy riffs, but not without the typical Lacrimas melodies and due to the collaboration with our idol Ricky Warwick and a guest appearance with our ex-singer Christopher, it will be our most varied and hardest album we made since 10 years. The record will be perfect for our anniversary and we cannot wait to share it with you. GOTH ‘N’ ROLL!”

Official Website
http://www.lacrimas.com/

Hate: New Clip For “Alchemy Of Blood”

Polish Extreme Metal machine Hate produced a clip to the song “Alchemy Of Blood,” which is taken from the latest album SOLARFLESH.

“Alchemy Of Blood” Clip:

Official Website
http://www.hate-metal.com/

Visions Of Atlantis – ETHERA Pre-Listening

Click on the link below to listen to the album preview of Visions Of Atlantis’ latest long-player ETHERA. Furthermore, you can pre-order this Symphonic Metal gem via our mail order!

Listen to ETHERA

Pre-Order ETHERA
http://www.napalmrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=15576

Delain & Visions Of Atlantis: “The Dames Of Darkness” Festival

Dutch Symphonic Metal act Delain along with fellow label mates Visions Of Atlantis have joined the lineup for “The Dames Of Darkness Festival.”

The festival, which takes place on Saturday, May 11 at the award winning Robin 2 venue near Wolverhampton, features eight bands from the UK and across Europe.

For further information visit the festival’s Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/TheDamesofDarknessFestival

Delain Tour Dates / US Tour With Kamelot

“The good news just keep on coming! After announcing our Japanese tour, and our South American dates, we are really excited to announce that we’ll be joining Kamelot on a full-blown North American tour! It has been way too long since our last tour with our friends from Kamelot! We’re hugely looking forward to joining them on tour this fall and we’re hugely looking forward to meet YOU on our first ever full-blown US Tour. See you there, you don’t want to miss this!”

Tour Dates:
18.03.13 JP – Tokyo / Club Quattro
19.03.13 JP – Osaka / Akaso
13.04.13 NL – Hilversum / Vorstin
20.04.13 SU – Paramaribo / Unkies Open Air
23.04.13 AR – Buenos Aires/ Salon Reducci
24.04.13 BR – Sao Paolo / Carioca Club
05.05.13 NL – Zwolle / Bevrijdingsfestival Overijssel
11.05.13 UK – Wolverhampton / Dames of Darkness Festival
18.05.13 NL – Uden / De Pul
01.06.13 NL – Nijmegen / Fortarock
22.06.13 NL – Dokkum / Dokk’em Open Air
12.07.13 DE – Ballenstedt / Rockharz Festival

Delain on tour with Kamelot in North America:
02.09.13 US – Columbus, OH / Alrosa Villa
03.09.13 US – Baltimore, MD / Soundstage
05.09.13 US – Philadelphia, PA / The Trocadero Theatre
06.09.13 US – New York, NY / Stage 48
07.09.13 US – Worcester, MA / The Palladium
08.09.13 CA – Montreal, QUE / Club Soda
10.09.13 CA – Toronto, ON / The Opera House
12.09.13 US – Chicago, IL / Mojoe’s
13.09.13 US – Kansas City, KS / The Granada
14.09.13 US – Denver, CO / Bluebird Theater
15.09.13 US – Salt Lake City, UT / In The Venue
17.09.13 US – Seattle, WA / El Corazón
18.09.13 US – Portland, OR / Hawthorne Theater
20.09.13 US – San Francisco, CA / Slim’s
21.09.13 US – Anaheim, CA / The Grove
22.09.13 US – Phoenix, AZ / Joe’s Grotto
24.09.13 US – Dallas, TX / Trees
25.09.13 US – San Antonio, TX / Backstage Live
27.09.13 US – Louisville, KY / Diamonds
28.09.13 US – Atlanta, GA / The Masquerade
29.09.13 US – Orlando, FL / House Of Blues

Official Website
http://site.delain.nl/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/delainmusic

Napalm Records
http://www.napalmrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords
http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

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-Swedish Doom Metallers Memory Garden Release Second Single of New Album DOOMAIN Exclusively Via Website Of Metal Hammer Germany!

Limited First Edition Digi-CD With Bonus CD! DOOMAIN Out April 12!

Swedish epic Doom Metallers Memory Garden have launched the second single and title track taken off their upcoming new album DOOMAIN exclusively via the website of Metal Hammer Germany! Click here to check out the title track “Doomain!”

http://www.metal-hammer.de/video-audio/premieren/article386492/epic-doom-premiere-memory-garden-stellen-den-neuen-song-doomain-vor.html

Make sure to also surf to http://www.metalblade.com/memorygarden to check out the front art and the first single “The Evangelist!” At the same address you can pre-order your copy of the album, be it a Digi-CD or LP, there’s also a T-shirt available! DOOMAIN will be released April 12/15 via Metal Blade Records in Europe!

DOOMAIN was recorded at Annoying Sound Factory & SolnaSound Recording by the band with a little assistance engineering from Mike Wead (King Diamond) during the lead guitar sessions. The mix was done by Dan Swanö at Unisound.

Comments the band: “The recording of DOOMAIN must be the most relaxed album session we’ve ever done. We recorded most of the album ourselves in our own studio and took the time we wanted and needed to get it done. Dan Swanö helped us getting the rig together and he provided us with the tools to do it and from there we did it ourselves. The lead guitar sessions were done at SolnaSound Recording by Simon & Mike Wead. When it all was done it was sent to Dan Swanö and Unisound for mix and mastering. The final album is amazing and we are so thrilled to get it out to all of you.”

DOOMAIN will be released the 12th/15th of April via Metal Blade Records in Europe on vinyl, as a standard jewel case CD and as a limited digi-CD with bonus CD!

The bonus disc features unreleased and rare tracks and pre-production recordings for the album VERDICT OF POSTERITY. Comments Memory Garden: “It’s two pre-production recordings for the VERDICT OF POSTERITY album. Both sounding better than the actual album which turned out quite disappointing sound wise. It’s not polished, but it’s raw and energetic. Mike Wead has just recently re-mastered these six songs.”

DOOMAIN track listing:
1. The Evangelist
2. Latent Lunacy
3, Daughters Of The Sea
4. Barren Lands
5. Violate & Create
6. Doomain
7. The King Of The Dead
8. A Diabolical Mind
9. Misfortune

CD 2 (ltd. edition):
“Covers recorded in 1998/1999 (unreleased / rare)”:
1. The Needle Lies (Queensryche)
2. Nightmare Be Thy Name (Mercyful Fate)
3. Country Girl (Black Sabbath)
“Original Recording 1 (1998)”:
4. Carved In Stone
5. Outward Passage
6. The Sum Of All Fear
“Original Recording 2 (1998)”:
7. Awkward Tale
8. Tragic Kingdom
9. Shadow Season

Memory Garden will be playing a release show on the 20th of April in Örebro, Sweden!

Memory Garden was founded in 1992 in Sweden and have since then released four albums, two of them under the flag of Metal Blade Records (VERDICT OF POSTERITY in 1998 and MIRAGE in 2000).

Excellent guitar harmonies and the classic clean vocals of Stefan Berglund are the outstanding trademarks of this highly talented outfit.

Memory Garden:
Stefan Berglund – Vocals
Simon Johansson – Lead Guitars
Andreas Mäkelä – Guitars
Johan Fredrikson – Bass Guitar
Tom Björn – Drums

http://www.memorygarden.se/
https://www.facebook.com/memorygardenofficial

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-Surgeon: Philadelphia Prog Metal Trio Prepares To Release Sophomore Album

Amidst the plethora of extreme punk, hardcore and metal acts to come from within the underbelly of Philadelphia’s thriving music scene comes a bold new name to the progressive metal genre, in the form of Surgeon.

A shockingly unknown band outside of the local scene until now, Surgeon propels an organic, flowing style of progressive metal with bold rock buildups, which also merges into the realms of epic, classic doom. Comprised of vocalist/bassist Sean Bolton, lead guitarist Lydia Giordano and drummer Ruston Grosse (ex-Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, ex-Woe, Master tour drummer), the band recorded their debut album ANGRY GUEST at Electrical Audio in Chicago by Steve Albini, self-releasing it onto the masses in 2008. Their energy and attitude carries through both in the studio as well as on-stage, a feature that has helped the three seasoned musicians become known across the Philadelphia region, with Surgeon having shared the stage with Stinking Lizaveta, Howl, Black Cobra and others.

Crafting each song as an individual piece of art, blending their infectious hooks with intricate melodies Surgeon’s alloy of metals shines more than ever on the band’s ambitious second opus, CHEMICAL REIGN. Boasting nearly 50 minutes of material recorded with Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey (Mike Portnoy, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Number 12 Looks Like You, Russell Allen of Symphony X), Antreassian was able to capture the band’s live dynamics, the band unlocking new potentials only grazed upon before during previous recording sessions. Surgeon will be self-releasing CHEMICAL REIGN on May 19, 2013 digitally and on CD, the massive album undoubtedly something fans of Pharaoh, Atlantean Kodex, Slough Feg and early Iron Maiden should be proud to broadcast.

Hear the album’s second track “Watching You” as well as studio and live footage of Surgeon and more at these locations:

“Watching You” studio video:

“Greed” live video:

CHEMICAL REIGN Track Listing:
1. The Creeple
2. Watching You
3. Deadly Are The Words
4. Greed
5. Chemical Reign
6. Animals
7. Hamburger Factory
8. The Only Constant
9. Tomorrow
10. Waves

http://surgeonband.net/
https://www.facebook.com/Surgeonmusic
https://twitter.com/surgeonband

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-Lair Of The Minotaur Declares New EP & Release Show For Record Store Day

Celebrating ten years of clear-cut maliciousness through Greek mythology and unchecked riff savagery in 2013, Chicago trio Lair Of The Minotaur will storm back with a new EP this Spring.

While the members of Lair Of The Minotaur have been skulking around in the back-alleys of the underground over recent months, the band has been far from dormant. To commemorate a full decade of demolishing eardrums on record and on stage this year, the band will hammer their fan base with a brand new EP for this year’s Record Store Day. Entitled GODSLAYER, the new 7″ release bears two new tracks, with the surge of “Godslayer” opening up, and the monolithic “The Black Heart Of The Stygian Drakonas” on the B-side, both tracks mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer). A limited edition of 300 copies will be pressed as a 7″, in addition to the digital download through iTunes, Amazon MP3 and the like, and as with their latest album EVIL POWER will be released on their own The Grind-House Records with distribution from previous label home, Southern Lord, for Record Store Day this April 20th.

Check out the GODSLAYER cover art designed by visual artist Tom Denney — artist for LOTM’s CARNAGE EP, ULTIMATE DESTROYER LP and s/t demo covers, and known for works for Kylesa, Sourvein, Soilent Green, Saint Vitus, Yakuza, Black Cobra, Rwake, Samothrace, Weedeater among others — and other Lair action right here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/03/20/lair-of-the-minotaur-declares-new-ep-release-show-for-record-store-day/

In conjunction with GODSLAYER’s release, Lair Of The Minotaur will storm stages once again in April, starting with a free hometown Record Store Day show at Reckless Records in Chicago’s Wicker Park.

Lair Of The Minotaur Live:
4/20/2013 Reckless Records – Chicago, IL (FREE Record Store Day/Record Release Show)

http://www.lairoftheminotaur.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lair-of-the-Minotaur/204157608648
http://thegrind-houserecords.com/

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-Kadavar: First Part Of Track-By-Track Commentaries!

Today, Berlin-based classic/psychedelic hard rock trio Kadavar presents the first part of the track-by-track commentaries for its upcoming second studio album ABRA KADAVAR, to be released via Nuclear Blast on April 12.

Let vocalist/guitarist Lupus Lindemann, bassist Mammut and drummer Tiger provide you with background information on the album’s first four tracks:

1. – Come Back Life
“On ‘Come Back Life’ we’ve tried to write similar melody lines for the vocals and guitar. After the song was done, I got the impression that someone had twiddled with out time machine and had sent us back to 1969!” (Tiger)

2. – Doomsday Machine
“It’s both the second track on the album and the second song that was written for it, probably showcasing our trademark sound best. Between changes in tempo, single note riffs and guitar solos, the lyrical concept deals with destruction — inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s movie ‘Dr. Strangelove.'” (Lupus Lindemann)

3. – Eye Of The Storm
“After playing this six-minute piece, my fingers always glow like fireflies — a rough storm on the high seas! One of the songs that might be most fun to play live, due to its multifacetedness. Not a single second of rest for your ears, if you don’t want to miss one of the song’s great twists and turns!” (Mammut)

4. – Black Snake
“This song is about a friend of ours who’s been living in a small cave in the middle of Paris without water supply for about 10 years now. The cave is solely lighted by candles and filled with taxidermied animals and voodoo puppets — one for each of his ex-girlfriends. Try to recall a dark acid trip and multiply it by 10 — that’ll give you a rough idea…” (Lindemann)

Stay tuned for the upcoming second track-by-track part!

In the meantime, check out “Doomsday Machine,” the first single of ABRA KADAVAR:

ABRA KADAVAR will be available as a limited digi version including a bonus track as well in different vinyl versions. Pre-order your copy at http://www.smarturl.it/kadavabrakadav .

Kadavar are:
Lupus Lindemann – vocals & guitar
Mammut – bass
Tiger – drums

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival Adds The Acacia Strain, Every Time I Die

In the ongoing propaganda campaign for the upcoming fifteenth annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, this week the promoters proudly announce the latest round of acts confirmed for the massive gathering. The previously unannounced special guest for the festival’s pre-party kickoff show on Thursday, April 18 has now been confirmed as The Acacia Strain, and the special guest for the first main day of the festival, Friday, April 19, will be Every Time I Die.

Since 1999, the festival has showcased a vast array of metal and hardcore acts across two stages, while also providing merchandising and promotional areas for record labels and other vendors. Celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the historic Worcester Palladium, the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV will take place April 19th, 20th and 21st with a special pre-fest party in the upstairs room at the Palladium on April 18.

Check out the array of ticket packages and the full festival lineup at http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/ .

http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/
https://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest
https://twitter.com/moshfest
http://www.massconcerts.com/

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-There’s a new interview with 220 Volt (in Swedish) at http://www.afairjudgement.com/2013/03/17/intervju-220-volt/ .

-Anvil’s new album HOPE IN HELL is due out May 28 on The End Records. Track list: “Hope In Hell,” “Eat Your Words,” “Through With You,” “The Fight Is Never Won,” “Pay The Toll,” “Flying,” “Call Of Duty,” “Badass Rock’n’Roll,” “Time Shows No Mercy,” “Mankind Machine,” “Shut The F*ck Up.” The limited edition digi-pak version has two bonus tracks: “Hard Wired” and “Fire At Will.” Check out a short promo clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeFf12GJAsk&feature=youtu.be , and see http://www.anvilmetal.com/ for more.

-Beyond Fear — featuring singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, guitarists John Comprix and Matt Sorg, bassist Ed Stephens, and drummer Eric Elkins — is working on a new album.

-Drummer Clive Burr passed away March 12 at the age of 56. From a statement at IronMaiden.com: “We are deeply saddened to report that Clive Burr passed away last night. He had suffered poor health for many years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and died peacefully in his sleep at home.” Burr joined the band in 1979 and played on IRON MAIDEN (1980), KILLERS (1981), and THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST (1982); he also played in Samson, Trust, Praying Mantis, and Dee Snider’s pre-Widowmaker band Desperado, among others.

-Double Threat — described as “Greek hard ‘n’ heavy rockers” — will release their debut album WANDER THIRST on April 5 through Sleaszy Rider Records. Hype: “The band sounds like a perfect mix of classic rock albums as BAD COMPANY (Bad Company), BURN (Deep Purple), LEFTOVERTURE (Kansas), DOUBLE VISION (Foreigner) and HEAVEN AND HELL by Black Sabbath!” Check out the band’s new website, http://www.doubletreatband.com/ , and http://www.sleaszyrider.com/ for more.

-Edge Of Paradise’s new single “Break Away” is out now. Check out a new interview with Edge Of Paradise singer Margarita Monet at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/J3ts .

-Escape will release BORDERLINE March 25 on Z Records. Hype: “Described as the jewel in the crown of English AOR by Rob Evans of Classic Rock AOR and Powerplay, Escape have produced a superb follow-up to their 2012 debut UNBREAKABLE.” Track list: “Lost And Found,” “Coming Home,” “Marianne,” “Restless Heart,” “Don’t Leave Me Lonely,” “Where Are You Now,” “Borderline,” “Take Me To The Limit,” “Angel Eyes,” “Young Guns Dream,” “Calling Out To You.” See http://www.z-records.com/ for more.

-The three finalists in Foghat’s “495 Boogie” lyrics contest are in. Check out the versions as follows:

Daniel Ney – “State Of Rock ‘N Roll”

Tom Mix – “Boogie Train”

Phil Dessinger – “4-9-5 Boogie”

Vote once for your favorite lyrics by emailing contest@foghat.net.

-Gamma Ray’s MASTER OF CONFUSION EP is out now via earMusic. The release includes the new tracks “Empire Of The Undead” and “Master Of Confusion,” covers of Holocaust’s “Death Or Glory” and Sweet’s “Lost Angels,” and six live tracks: “The Spirit,” “Wings Of Destiny,” “Gamma Ray,” “Farewell,” “Time To Break Free,” “Insurrection.” The Japanese version includes the bonus track “Sag Mir Bescheid” (German version of “Send Me A Sign”). The live tracks were recorded in Bochum, Germany, and originally appeared on the SKELETONS & MAJESTIES Blu-ray. See http://www.gammaray.org/ for more, including video clips related to the EP.

-Hand Of God, featuring “Greek guitar hero” Theodore Ziras, will release THE HAND OF GOD through Sleaszy Rider Records later this year. Hype: “Hand Of God is a female-fronted power/melodic gothic band featuring, besides Theodore, vocal sensation Marissia!” Sample audio is available at http://www.myspace.com/handofgodband . See http://www.sleaszyrider.com/ for more.

-Heaven & Earth — singer Joe Retta, guitarist Stuart Smith, bassist Chuck Wright, keyboardist Arlan Schierbaum, and drummer Richie Onori — will release DIG through Quarto Valley Records on April 23. The disc was produced by Dave Jenkins (Metallica, Tower Of Power) and features guest spots from Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), and David Paich (Toto). Track list: “Victorious,” “No Money, No Love,” “I Don’t Know What Love Is,” “Man & Machine,” “House Of Blues,” “Back In Anger,” “Waiting For The End Of The World,” “Sexual Insanity,” “Rock & Roll Does,” “A Day Like Today,” “Good Times,” “Live As One.” The official video for “No Money, No Love” was directed by Glen Wexler, includes a guest appearance by Calico Cooper, and is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WB1iW0thik . Hype: “The video features performance footage of the band, along with an old hotel packed with a motley crew of midgets, magicians, and scantily clad temptresses.” Check out a new interview with Smith at http://unskinnypop.com/2013/03/interview-with-stuart-smith-of-heaven-earth/ , and a review of DIG and an interview with Wright at http://drmusic.org/Review_Of_The_Week.html . See http://www.heavenandearthband.com/ , https://www.facebook.com/officialheavenandearth , https://twitter.com/HeavenEarthBand , and http://www.youtube.com/user/HeavenandEarthBand for more.

-In Killer Dwarfs-related news, there is much more in store for us than Russ Dwarf’s new acoustic solo album WIRELESS. Russ has another new “rock” solo album in the works, there’s an album of unreleased Killer Dwarfs songs called START @ ONE, and much more. Check out a nice piece at Michael Brandvold’s blog that briefly discusses all this, at http://michaelbrandvold.com/blog/2013/02/russ-dwarf-of-the-killer-dwarfs-connects-with-michael-brandvold-marketing-for-digital-strategy-on-upcoming-release-wireless/ .

-Kiss’ full March 9 show from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOhg38p7e3g . In related news, check out Three Sides Of The Coin, http://www.threesidesofthecoin.com/ , for a blog entry on Bruce Kulick where he talks about wearing Ace Frehley’s makeup, working with various producers, and the unreleased REVENGE-era track “Do You Wanna Touch Me.”

-LaValle’s DEAR SANITY is due out this month on Kivel Records. Check out a “brief behind the scenes highlight reel to the beginning creation process, of what will become the artwork” for the album at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTN2GOS7op4 . The artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard and the video was filmed at Kent Miller Studios last year in New York City. See http://www.kivelrecords.com/ for more.

-Lost Society’s FAST LOUD DEATH is out now on Nuclear Blast. Check out the band’s final track-by-track feature, covering “Fatal Anoxia” and the bonus track “Escape From Delirium,” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4rc5BYk_Eg . Another video that will let you “get an impression of what thrash metal legends like Mille Petrozza (Kreator) or Schmier (Destruction) as well as renowned music magazines” think of the album is available at http://bit.ly/XfD137 . The “Thrash All Over You” video is available at http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/ and a “making of” clip is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dow7iF_OB8w . See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-Check out a promo video for Melodic Rock Fest 3 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig0AlNxz89U . For ticket info and more, see http://www.melodicrockfest.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/melodicrockfest .

-LiveMetallica.com is now offering more Australian Soundwave Festival shows, from earlier this month. Soundwave Festival, Melbourne, Australia 3/1/13 set list: “Hit The Lights,” “Master Of Puppets,” “The Four Horsemen,” “Harvester Of Sorrow,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Leper Messiah,” “My Friend Of Misery,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Fade To Black,” “All Nightmare Long,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo #2, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Creeping Death,” “Damage, Inc.,” “Seek And Destroy.” Soundwave Festival, Adelaide, Australia 3/2/13 set list: “Hit The Lights,” “Master Of Puppets,” “No Remorse,” “Harvester Of Sorrow,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “The Thing That Should Not Be,” “Wherever I May Roam,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “The Unforgiven,” “Orion,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo #2, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Creeping Death,” “Motorbreath,” “Seek And Destroy.”

-Orchid’s THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS is due out April 26 through Nuclear Blast. Check out a trailer featuring singer Theo Mindell talking the album’s artwork at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNslhPDg_Jg . Hype: “Orchid have been named ‘The best and most important doom band of the past five years’ by Rock Hard Germany’s chief in editor Goetz Kuehnemund and Behemoth’s legendary main man Nergal stated “Black Sabbath should do an album like THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS!” Check out the “Wizard Of War” lyric video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0nFQxXmmx4 and the “Capricorn” video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTygdeTwZ9U . See http://www.orchidsf.com/ for more.

-Queensryche added a date to its current tour: July 13 at Fiesta Days in Peterson Park, in McHenry, IL.

-Metal Kaoz has a new audio interview with Raven’s John Gallagher, at http://www.metalkaoz.com/interviews/9477-raven-john-gallagher-audio.html , where he talks about a new album, a new DVD, and how the band will no longer be opening for Diamond Head in North America. In happier tour news, Raven is celebrating the 30th anniversary of ALL FOR ONE with the “All For One Forever” string of dates in the US, which so far stands at:

4/19 – Empire, Springfield, VA
4/20 – Dead Horse Cantina, Pittsburgh, PA
4/21 – St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY
5/11 – Encore Event Center, Freehold, NJ (w/ Anvil & The Rods)

-Tango Down, featuring vocalist David Reece (Bangalore Choir, Accept), has a pair of dates scheduled for this coming weekend:

3/22 – Bleachers, Bristol, CT (w/ Crossing Rubicon)
3/23 – Dingbatz Venue, Clifton, NJ

-Tombstone Highway’s entire RURALIZER album is now streaming at http://metalrecusants.com/2013/03/20/tombstone-highway-ruralizer-full-debut-album-stream-metalrecusants-exclusive/ See http://www.facebook.com/Tombstone.Highway for more.

Thanks to Andrew McNeice, John Kivel, Michael Brandvold, Chad Bowar, Tolis G. Palantzas, Music Buy Mail, BraveWords.com, John Erigo, and Hawk for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-I was at a gaming convention over the weekend and spent a fair bit of time chatting with a few well-known artists, including David S. LaForce (a.k.a. “Diesel”) and Jeff Easley, who have been drawing and painting for “Dungeons & Dragons” and other games for decades. I was curious if there was any crossover or inspiration between their fantasy artwork and metal music; as it turns out, for these two men in particular, the answer was basically “not really” but I did found out Easley did a Rhapsody Of Fire album cover — 2006’s TRIUMPH OR AGONY. Very cool!

-So after I joked about The New Black 7 last week, Steve poked me and said their front man, Tory Stoffregen, is also Enuff Z’Nuff’s guitarist. Did not know that. So now I *totally* do not feel guilty about hyping a “midwestern country rock” band in Detritus. :) Check out https://www.facebook.com/tstoffregen and https://www.facebook.com/Enuff.Znuff.Official for more.

-I was checking out info on Gamma Ray’s MASTER OF CONFUSION EP — 10 tracks and 60 minutes of material makes for quite an EP! — and I saw on their website ( http://www.gammaray.org/) that the track list is divided into Side A (the two new songs), Side B (the two covers), and Side C (the live tracks). That’s kinda funny. :)

-Yes the punctuation in the Deep Purple press release annoyed the heck out of me. Who do they think they are, the KiLLeR DWaRfS?

-Come on Mr. Coverdale… MADE IN JAPAN is — to say the least — a kind of lame and uninspired title.

-Hey, look! Whitfield Crane sighting!

-In my current playlist: Serenity – WAR OF AGES (Napalm Records), N.O.W. – BOHEMIAN KINGDOM (Escape Music), Beatallica – ABBEY LOAD (Oglio Records), Ensiferum – UNSUNG HEROES (Spinefarm), Victor Griffin’s In-Graved – s/t (Svart Records).

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Detritus Issue #644.5 – Interview w/ Kiko Loureiro

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Detritus
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March 15, 2013
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-Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend a bit early, with a new Pope *and* an interview with an awesome Brazilian guitarist. – Tim

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by Neal Woodall (MysticX9@gmail.com)

-Interview w/ Kiko Loureiro
February 27, 2013

Fans of sophisticated power metal need little in the way of introduction when it comes to guitarist extraordinaire Kiko Loureiro as his excellent playing has been informing Brazil’s Angra for twenty years; many may be unaware, however, of Kiko’s skills playing other styles of music, from sensitive acoustic pieces to intricate jazz-rock fusion. If you are not familiar with Kiko outside Angra, I would strongly urge you to check out any of his four solo albums as you’ll surely come away impressed and moved by his blend of melodic, technical and cultural elements. SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE is Kiko’s latest solo venture and recently I had the opportunity to ask him about the album and his unique approach to making music…

DETRITUS: You have a new solo album out called SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE. Can you tell us a little about the album and what the title represents?

KIKO LOUREIRO: Instrumental music is very subjective as you don’t have lyrics to tell what you want to say with the song, so basically when I was recording the album I was about to have my first child so there was this moment of expectation, a new moment in my life; but also every day you go to the Internet and it just gets confused — with so much music coming from all parts of the world and so many great players — so when you sit down with your guitar or piano to compose you think “Well, what should I do now?” (laughs) So you just have to play whatever you feel, get into the mood so the creativity flows — that’s what I play, that’s what I like, that’s what I am. That’s my “innocence moment” — any melody that I like, I believe in that melody, every melody or idea of the song that I like, that I feel is right for me, that’s going to be on the album. So I’m trying to bring this innocent feeling of a child when you play, when you do your stuff without thinking about what people are going to think about it or demands of the market, and just do whatever you feel, not have your creativity blocked.

D: Right.

KL: Because I’ve been recording and playing everywhere, on many albums and stuff so sometimes your experiences block your creativity — you say “I’m not going to play that because I did that already,” or “I’m not going to play that because somebody else did that,” but you just do it, you know? I think any great composer goes through this thought of how to bring your creative flow to make it happen; then after you get into this mood to play whatever you feel, whatever you want, the songs come much easier and then you’re just really happy with the results.

D: How would you say this one compares to your previous solo albums?

KL: I always try to get the instrumental music to have this really good feeling that I feel great about playing. And then of course I want to transmit that to the listener, so with all my albums somehow, I think that is the main point. I know I have a lot of stuff that is quite technical, I know that because I spent a lot of my teenage time…

D: Working on it?

KL: (laughs) Yeah, but all my songs I try to compose like every songwriter would do — “A/B” parts and a chorus, some catchy hooks on the melody, so I don’t go totally to the technical — although I like it, I play fast stuff and add a lot of guitar layers. All my albums have that; some… my second album UNIVERSO INVERSO I did much more Brazilian fusion like Latin rhythms, I love acoustic guitar, Brazilian acoustic guitar, I play a lot of that. In all my albums I have a little acoustic or some songs that are really Brazilian with percussion and the melodies that come from my heart, come from my childhood when I learned Brazilian music. So that’s what I try to do on all my albums, sometimes I’m heavier, sometimes not as much, it depends.

D: The whole album is so good I hate to single anything out but let me ask you about a few of my favorites…

KL: Oh sure.

D: “Reflective” has some great atmospheric parts and excellent melodies…

KL: Yeah that’s like a very innocent song because I did the riff, which is like the main melody, and I just like it, it’s super simple, the harmony, then the solo part and at the end I tried to put some extra chords just to make it not so simple or a little bit more interesting somehow, but I love it!

D: It’s easy to listen to…

KL: It feels good; it’s funny — I mean it’s not funny, it is what it is — but everybody mentions this song because for everybody it has this good feeling. Even Virgil Donati the drummer, who is like well-known to people — this super technical guy — he always tells me he loved to record this song, he really likes that song. So I think it is very important that in my albums I have songs like that to balance out the technical.

D: Right, good contrast. “El Gujiro” utilizes some great rhythms. Speaking of Virgil Donati, how did he get involved in the project?

KL: Well Virgil I have known for a few years and I always wanted to ask him to record my album and it just came the time now. I did pretty much the demo with the drums programmed and the percussion as well, so my demo was quite clear as to what I wanted for the song, then he could add all his great playing because he is amazing, he made the song even better. A really fun song to play because although I am Brazilian, this is really a Cuban kind of groove, I try to bring the congas, this kind of Cuban, or a bit of Santana — I like kind of being a heavier Santana, I’m a big fan of Carlos Santana and the way he mixes the Latin thing with rock. I try to do something like that, in a different way of course — this song is pretty much that Latino/Cuban thing, that’s why I put the name “El Gujiro” which is a Spanish name for “normal guy.”

D: Yeah I was wondering what that meant! (laughs)

KL: So yeah it’s really representing the Cuban groove, it’s fun — then I put a lot of heavy stuff, tuned down one step trying to be very heavy, it was fun.

D: I’m a big fan of Al Di Meola…

KL: Oh yeah! Al Di Meola is also a very good reference, I’m a bit heavier probably! (laughs)

D: Yeah! (laughs) “Twisted Horizon” seems like a real technical challenge. Is it difficult to play that type of thing live?

KL: Oh yes, it is. This is like a happier song, it’s kind of rock n’ roll in A Major; my songs are really very much minor and melancholic, a Brazilian thing or Portuguese you know, but “Ray Of Life” is another song that is major and happier. Sometimes I like to play a bit slower but I also like to combine parts to make the song work sometimes, just play a little bit faster and that makes everything a bit more difficult to play; the chorus of this song is quite difficult to play. It shouldn’t be that fast but for the song to sound cool in general I had to put a few points faster in the song and it’s quite challenging to play, but it’s fun.

D: “A Perfect Rhyme” sounds like it could be film music. Were you thinking cinematically when you came up with that?

KL: I really like this song. What happened was, the album was done, drums were recorded, guitars were almost all finished. So normally you compose and then you take some time to prepare everything then you start recording; it’s not a fast process. So from the beginning of my songwriting to the proper finishing, like mixing, it was maybe eight months, so my baby was born already, your life changes a lot in eight months, so I wanted to have a song that represented the actual moment I was living. So I thought why not have an ending song that was more relaxed? In all my albums I always like to have an ending song that is more relaxed. Then I sat down at the piano with only that idea — I tried to do something that was more like a lullaby or something for my child — and I sat down at the piano and luckily this song came one night. Sometimes this happens, sometimes not, but I think I wanted it to happen, so it happened. I really liked the melody, but I thought I’m doing this on the piano but it would be cool to have this kind of Jeff Beck “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” — this Thelonius Monk song that Jeff Beck recorded for his WIRED album — it’s not a piano song but I had this in mind, I want to do something like Jeff Beck. I’m not Jeff Beck of course (laughs) but this kind of vibe, his jazzy, fusion time in the ’70s. So that was my concept, it was not a movie track or some kind of soundtrack; but in the end I started doing some orchestration and I said “Wow, that’s cool,” so I’m going to do stuff like that, piano orchestration with the guitar a kind of Jeff Beck vibe. But yeah, it sounds pretty much like a soundtrack, but it’s nice, I would love to do more stuff like that, be hired by someone from Hollywood! (laughs)

D: I think it would work! Do you find with songwriting you get ideas at anytime or do you have to be with your instrument?

KL: I can sing melodies at anytime — it can be in the shower, I can be walking, you know, but I really like to be with acoustic guitar in my hands. It doesn’t have to be in the studio though it can be anyplace, a hotel room, in the kitchen, doing whatever. Actually it is better when I’m doing nothing, just hanging with acoustic guitar in your hand, you’re not like forcing yourself to compose…

D: It just kind of flows?

KL: Yeah, and maybe just a little idea comes and you say “Oh, that’s cool,” then if you have an iPhone around or computer you record that. If it’s a very good idea normally you are going to play that same idea the next day, if it’s something that really catches you, you’re probably going to play again and this melody is going to come back to your mind naturally, and that’s the way to get the first melodic or harmonic ideas. Of course after that you have to sit down in front of the computer and work on how you are going to present the song, and that’s a lot of work!

D: I can imagine! (laughs)

KL: It’s part perspiration and part inspiration, like, “Okay, let me sequence the drums, the drums don’t work let me try another one and another one, let me try it with piano and then acoustic or with hard, heavy guitars.” Some songs you have ideas from the beginning but with some songs you’re lost, songs can be presented in so many ways, like Beatles songs, you know when people record Beatles songs so many ways…

D: Different versions…

KL: Different versions but they are all great, doesn’t matter the version. So sometimes when you like the melody you have to work… “How am I going to present this melody to people?” Then it takes time, a lot of time. Then to view the song because you may have a “A” part or an “A/B” part, then you need an intro and an interlude, a solo part, a “C” part, and outro, it takes time…

D: There’s a lot to it.

KL: Oh yeah. And mainly if you are going to do it by yourself, you know programming the drums, playing the keyboards, this takes time. If you have a band you can bring them a starting idea so they just jam and something comes; bands are great. Or if you have a partner you have two brains working on a solution for the songs. But when you are alone a solo album is very demanding, consumes a lot of your mental energy.

D: The album has a great sound. What kind of gear are you currently using?

KL: Thanks! A lot of stuff actually. I use a Laney amp which is this British amp — of course the studio we used in Finland has all the amps so some of the songs we used other stuff, a little bit of Mesa Boogie, a little bit of Marshall but mainly the Laney, a little bit of the Fractal Audio combined with some pedals… I really don’t remember any more! (laughs) But mainly this: you have a lot of toys and you just go for it. The sound that I normally use live is the Laney amps and my guitar which is handmade in Brazil, but like for some songs where I want a Strat sound I have a Fender, I use a lot of Fender on the album. When the song doesn’t need the super technical thing, the tapping and all this, I use the Strat; I use Ibanez as well. But in the studio the guy had a lot of guitars, so sometimes for just for one melody you put a Gibson, for the riffs maybe an Ibanez, a Strat or something else. As I record I put a lot of layers of guitar — I don’t do like a power trio and put just one track of guitar. I double the riffs maybe two or four times then I add overdubs doing guitar with delays or chords with a lot of effects or substituting keyboards, then I double the stuff. I do more like Steve Vai does, orchestrating with the guitar. Some songs are simple, some songs are more complex. So when you’re doing that, you experiment a lot with different guitars just to have this different inspiration to it. Different amps, different pedals, different effects — I think that’s the cool thing about being in the studio.

D: You get to play with all the toys…

KL: Yes!

D: I notice the album is already up on Spotify. Are you familiar with the site?

KL: Yeah, yeah, I was living in Europe — now I am in L.A., West Hollywood — but the last few years I was more in Europe and Spotify has been there for several years; it’s quite a big thing. What I discovered is that it is good, it’s better than YouTube in a way because you can hear the whole album and it’s easier to do some research or just listen to some old albums…

D: That you may not have heard before…

KL: Yeah, so it’s cool, it’s good to be there. If you want to talk about the money part, the pay…

D: That’s no good. (laughs)

KL: (laughs) Yeah, that’s no good; I think the advantage of the streaming site is so I can listen to stuff that I wouldn’t otherwise be listening to, just to see what is there…

D: Experiment…

KL: Yeah, like people playing a bouzouki in Greece. (laughs) Whatever, and you find some cool stuff, very cool stuff. Sometimes practicing guitar or studying music is a lot about research, listening to all this stuff; in this regard the Internet and Spotify are great because you hear musicians from countries that you’ve never been in, you could never have the chance to know these artists, so it’s cool, yeah.

D: Looking at your website I see you have some live dates in Brazil next month. Any plans to do a solo tour here in the US?

KL: Not yet but we are working on that!

D: We’d love to see you!

KL: Yes, I really want to play in the US. I’m based in the US now for a long time so I’m getting more connections here. As I’ve been touring and living in Europe I had more connections there and in South America but I want to do some stuff in the US for sure this year, it’s gonna happen!

D: Well I have to ask you about Angra — any new music coming up?

KL: We kind of stopped for awhile because we had some issues with the singer [Edu Falaschi] and he is no longer with us anymore but we had this invitation for the 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise…

D: Yeah, I was going to ask you about that!

KL: We felt like “Should we go, or not?” Then we asked our friend Fabio Lione from Italy and he sang the songs great — we were so excited having him so we could be part of the festival, it was really awesome. So we were invited to play the big Live N’ Louder festival in Brazil in April, so we’re going to do it and probably do a small tour just to get the band excited to go on the road again; we’re really happy with that. After that we’re going to sit down and start composing. Of course we are always collecting ideas but it’s different than a solo project, you have to work as a band, not like everyone learning their stuff by computer. We need time as a band; we always work that way and we like that. So after this tour we will probably sit down and compose new material.

D: You have several instructional DVDs out including CREATIVE FUSION. Any plans for more of those in the future?

KL: Not really. I was open to the invitation and I know I’m going to record for a company in the UK called JamTracks Central; they asked me to do some stuff for them so I’m probably going to do that in the next couple of months. It’s not really instructional stuff but they do scores, transcribe and sell the package with the songs. But yeah, when I did CREATIVE FUSION for RockHouse I did record more stuff for them; I don’t know if they are going to release it one day. I really like teaching and talking about practicing so I’ve been doing a lot of guitar clinics as well; it’s fun. I like to show people and talk about music, tell people the way I did it and help them to get inspired, practice, play and enjoy music. It’s a good way to go in life.

D: I really liked the NEURAL CODE album. Will you be doing another jazz-rock fusion project like that?

KL: Yeah that was a project with two friends of mine, amazing players. People don’t know about it much as it was a small project but it was great. Of course we want to do more but everyone is very busy. I’m not living in Brazil anymore so I don’t meet the guys that often but they are super talented, the best guys I’ve ever played with. Well I couldn’t say that because I’ve played with so many great players… But it was really fun to compose together; the three of us had that creative flow we were talking about and all the songs came about one a day. We did a rehearsal with eight songs and recorded it. So yeah we want to do it, it sounds simple but it’s not because you have to get everyone together over many days and it’s not that easy. For me it’s great because I can develop all these skills with guitar and music, it inspires me when I play my solo stuff, it’s fun.

D: I’d like to hear another one of those and an acoustic album, I really like your acoustic playing…

KL: Yeah, acoustic is my dream. After I do that I can die. (laughs)

D: We’ll wait for awhile on that then! (laughs)

KL: That’s something that I really like, to play acoustic guitar at home and for practice. Last year I did an acoustic tour and when you play an instrument, you want to feel you are really a player of that instrument — like, I play piano but I don’t feel like I’m a pianist, I’m just a guitarist who plays some piano; I can sing, but I’m not a singer. The acoustic guitar is the same — I feel I’m an electric guitar player, I don’t feel like I’m an acoustic guitarist, but the last few years I’ve been trying to convince myself that I can be an acoustic guitar player as well. To belong to these kind of people who play acoustic, it is a different kind of relationship, a different music background and you have to be in the circle of people who are really acoustic players — the magazines, the interviews, the instruments, the luthiers — it’s a different group of people, a different mentality. So I did this tour to get into that, I was playing acoustic festivals and hanging with acoustic guys and I had the feeling that “Okay, I can belong to this group of people.” So that’s my goal, to keep practicing and to try to get into the circle of the acoustic people. Then I can be more confident to record an album, because it’s quite serious to record an album and say “Okay, I’m an acoustic guitar player.” I don’t want to be an electric guitar player trying to play acoustic guitar, I want to be an acoustic guitar player.

D: I’m looking forward to hearing that.

KL: I’m working on it! Jason Becker was very important to me, I was talking to him maybe two years ago and he was talking with his eyes, the way he does, and he told me “I love your acoustic guitar playing, you should record an acoustic guitar album.”

D: That’s a great endorsement.

KL: Yeah, so now I have to do it.

D: Well Kiko I know you have other interviews to do, is there anything you would like to add in closing?

KL: I would like people to listen to SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE and take a look at the other albums…

D: I will promote them to the best of my ability — I love all of them, all your stuff is excellent.

KL: Just spend some time with my music and understand what I am proposing as a composer and guitar player, and hopefully keep in contact via Facebook or email to find out when I’m playing in the US. I’m going to be busier doing more stuff in the US for sure. I’d love to play more in the US and show my music there.

D: There’s a lot of people here who would love to see you! I appreciate you taking time to do this interview, I’ll keep in touch!

KL: Cool, great! Thanks!

Relevant links:

Angra
http://www.angra.net/
http://www.myspace.com/angraofficial
https://www.facebook.com/angraofficial
http://www.youtube.com/user/AngraChannel
http://angraofficial.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/angraofficial

Kiko Loureiro
http://kikoloureiro.com.br/en/
http://www.facebook.com/KIKOLOUREIROofficial
http://www.myspace.com/kikoloureiro
http://www.youtube.com/kikoloureiroofficial
http://kikoloureiro.guitarplayer.com.br
http://twitter.com/kikoloureiro

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Detritus Issue #644

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Detritus
Issue #644
Week of March 11, 2013
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-New Iron Maiden beer and word of a new Judas Priest album! Life is good. – Tim

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-Trooper: A New Cask And Bottled Ale From Iron Maiden And Robinsons Brewery

[Note: I took this from Facebook. Nobody sue me, please. – Tim]

British rock legends Iron Maiden have teamed up with Cheshire family brewers Robinsons to create a new beer, Trooper.

Real ale fan and history aficionado Bruce Dickinson, Maiden’s vocalist, played a major role in developing the unique flavour of the beer, entailing ongoing visits to Robinson’s brewery in Stockport. Dickinson’s on-stage Union Jack flag-waving military character is an iconic element of the band’s live concerts and “The Trooper,” written by bassist Steve Harris, is one of Maiden’s most popular songs and one of the highlights of any Maiden show.

Announcing the partnership, Oliver Robinson, Managing Director of Robinsons, said: “This collaboration — between two huge British success stories — makes for an ideal and natural match; Bruce Dickinson loves his real ale, and Robinsons Brewery is one of Britain’s most established and respected independent family-owned brewers.”

And Bruce Dickinson added: “I’m a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous: Robinsons are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavour and texture that is Trooper. I love it.”

Iron Maiden, who continue their Maiden England World Tour this summer — including an historic return to the Download Festival, Donington Park, headlining for a record fifth time — have been at the forefront of heavy rock worldwide for more than three decades. Maiden are one of Britain’s most influential and revered bands, with close to 90 million album sales, more than 2,000 live performances in 58 countries and 15 studio albums described by critics as being of “unerring quality and power,” including the most recent — THE FINAL FRONTIER — which is their biggest ever chart success attaining No. 1 positions in over 28 countries including the UK.

Robinsons has been brewing award-winning beers from its Unicorn Brewery in Stockport for 175 years. Best known for its legendary “Old Tom” strong ale, which was voted “World’s Best Beer” by the international Beers of the World publication, it is Robinsons’ younger ales (Dizzy Blonde and “build a rocket boys!” beer; produced in partnership with Manchester band Elbow) that have lately been causing a stir in the beer world and introducing future ale drinking generations to Robinsons.

Oliver Robinson said: “Trooper is a premium British ale with true depth of character and flavour. For more than thirty years, the unmistakable icon of Eddie, the band’s instantly-recognisable mascot, has adorned every album cover, T-shirt and poster — so it is fitting that Eddie will now adorn the cask pump clip and take centre stage on the bottle label of Trooper.

“Not only do Iron Maiden genuinely enjoy a good pint of cask ale, but so do many of their fans — and they have an important part to play in our customer base. This partnership works for both of us. Music and beer are great treats for the senses in their own right, but the combination is very powerful. Authentic collaborations such as this are invaluable not only to our company but to the industry as a whole, because it shows that the world of real ale is more than just manufacturing, it is liquid artistry by the people who brew it — and for the people who drink it.”

Fans of both Iron Maiden and real ale can sign up to get news and updates on Trooper Premium British Beer from http://www.ironmaidenbeer.com/ , where bottles will be available to purchase by both UK and overseas customers from May 2013.

http://www.ironmaidenbeer.com/
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-Whitesnake Guitarist Doug Aldrich’s Original Band Burning Rain To Release New Album EPIC OBSESSION In May Via Frontiers Records

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of bluesy hard rockers Burning Rain’s third studio album, EPIC OBSESSION, on May 17 in Europe and May 21 in North America. Burning Rain was founded by current Whitesnake axeman Doug Aldrich together with singer Keith St. John (ex-Montrose). The lineup for the new album is rounded out by Sean McNabb on bass (ex-Quiet Riot, Dokken, House Of Lords) and Mat Starr on drums (Ace Frehley). EPIC OBSESSION comes after a long hiatus from the release of the band’s second album, PLEASURE TO BURN, in 2000. Click http://www.frontiers.it/download/burningrain_epicobsession.jpg to access the album art for EPIC OBSESSION and see below for the complete track listing.

Of EPIC OBSESSION, Aldrich commented, “I think we have a good batch of songs that will stand up. It’s a melodic blues rock approach to the band’s sound. It’s really the only thing I have done outside of Whitenake in the last ten years.”

Frontiers Records will be also be releasing on the same date reissues of the long out-of-print first two albums from Burning Rain, the self-titled debut (released in 1999) and the aforementioned PLEASURE TO BURN. Both albums will be repackaged and re-mastered and will contain two added bonus tracks to each respective album.

Burning Rain’s previous efforts received great acclaim in Japan and the UK prior to Aldrich being tapped as guitarist for Whitesnake in 2002, with Melodicrock.com declaring on the PLEASURE TO BURN review: “Great quality song writing… fantastic production that rivals any others out there. For fans of classic blues influenced hard rock there will be few albums to rival this record…”

EPIC OBSESSION track listing includes:
1. Sweet Little Baby Thing
2. The Cure
3. Till You Die
4. Heaven Gets Me By
5. Pray Out Loud
6. Our Time Is Gonna Come
7. Too Hard To Break
8. My Lust Your Fate
9. Made For Your Heart
10. Ride The Monkey
11. Out In The Cold Again
12. When Can I Believe In Love
13. Kashmir *
14. Heaven Gets Me By (acoustic) *

* bonus tracks

For more information, please visit:
http://www.burningrain.net/
http://www.facebook.com/BurningRain

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-Y&T / Dave Meniketti Update

[Note: This is from the March 2013 newsletter. – Tim]

Lots of new shows have just been announced, with more to come. See the dates below and visit the Y&T tour dates web page for details.

Tickets are now on sale for the San Francisco Fillmore show. These shows sell out so be sure to get your tickets soon!

Important! – Tour Date Changes

Please note that the Baltimore and New York City dates have been changed. Y&T will now play Stage 48 in New York City on Friday 22 March, and Baltimore on Saturday 23 March. Tickets previously purchased are, of course, good for the changed dates. We apologize for any inconvenience but the circumstances were beyond our control.

She’s Got A MEAN STREAK!

Get your MEAN STREAK 30th anniversary shirts to celebrate the 1983 release of the MEAN STREAK album. The front of the tee features the popular MEAN STREAK snake along with the original Y&T logo from that release. The back features elements from the original back cover album art. This shirt is currently available in two different colors — traditional Black, plus a limited-edition Cardinal Red. The red shirt is planned as a limited release, available online only, so if you’re attracted to it, you’ll want to order yours soon before they sell out.

We also have a handful of BLACK TIGER shirts left. Once these popular designs are gone, they’re gone, so get yours while we still have them.

Visit our online store:
http://store.meniketti.com

Bring The Kids!

Shows overseas are typically all ages. Since that’s not the case in the States, we’re happy to tell you of the current “all ages” shows this year, which so far include: Texas, Maryland, Canada, Michigan, Nevada, and California, with more in the works. Bring the kids to share in the Y&T live experience.

http://www.meniketti.com/tourdates.html

Y&T Shows

Details for each of the shows below are on the Tour Dates page of the web site.
http://www.meniketti.com/tourdates.html

Stay tuned! Many more 2013 tour dates to come!

US
March 8 ~ San Antonio, TX – BackStage Live (all ages show)
March 9 ~ Houston, TX – Concert Pub North (all ages show)
March 16-20 ~ Monsters of Rock Cruise (FL-Bahamas) SOLD OUT!
—> NOTE DATE CHANGE: March 22 ~ New York, NY – Stage 48 (18+ show — call venue for under 18s accompanied by an adult)
—> NOTE DATE CHANGE: March 23 ~ Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage (all ages show)
March 24 ~ W Greenwich, RI – Rock Junction
March 26 ~ Etobicoke, ON, Canada – The RockPile (all ages show)
March 28 ~ Akron, OH – Ripper Owens Tap House
March 29 ~ Flint, MI – The Machine Shop (18+ show)
March 30 ~ Bolingbrook, IL – Tailgaters
May 9 ~ Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club (all ages show)
May 10 ~ Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
May 11 ~ San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House (all ages show)
May 18 ~ San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (all ages show)
July 26 ~ Reno, NV – Knitting Factory Concert House (all ages show)
July 27 ~ Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades (all ages show)

Europe
September 17 ~ Bilston, UK – Robin 2
September 19 ~ Glasgow, UK – ABC O2 Academy
September 20 ~ Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy
September 21 ~ Nottingham, UK – Rock City
September 22 ~ York, UK – Fibbers
September 24 ~ Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
September 25 ~ Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
September 26 ~ Southampton, UK – The Brook
September 27 ~ London, UK – O2 Academy
September 28 ~ Vauréal, France – Le Forum
October 1 ~ Verviers, Belgium – Spirit of 66
October 4 ~ Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
October 5 ~ Isernhagen, Germany – Blues Garage
October 6 ~ Nürnberg, Germany – Hirsch
October 8 ~ Munich, Germany – Backstage Club
October 9 ~ Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7 Konzertfabrik
October 11 ~ Leewarden, Netherlands – Poppodium Romein
October 12 ~ Uden, Netherlands – de Pul
October 13 ~ Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat

*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!

The official Y&T and Dave Meniketti web site.

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-Stratovarius Releases Video For “Halcyon Days;” European Tour Underway

Melodic metal legends Stratovarius are pleased to unleash their “Halcyon Days” video from the band’s latest full-length, NEMESIS. Hailed by the media as, “the best Stratovarius album since many, many years,” by Metal Hammer Germany, “a collection of the band’s greatest hits that you never heard until now,” be Metal Underground (US) and, “the strongest Stratovarius album since the beginning of the century,” by KaaosZine in Finland, Stratovarius lives up to their reputation as one of the leading names of the metal genre once again exceeding fans’ and critics’ expectations and charting in ten countries thus far: Finland: # 3, Czech Republic # 12, Switzerland # 30, Spain # 32, Germany # 41, France: # 56, Sweden # 56, Austria: # 62, Belgium # 103 and Canada: # 126.

Coinciding with the band’s European tour, set to commence in Helsinki, Finland, the band proudly reveals the video for their second single. The footage for “Halcyon Days” was shot in Lithuania by Pekka Hara, and perfectly captures the song’s theme of finding one’s peace of mind.

The band further notes: “It was a really nice experience working with Pekka and his team, and Lithuania was a pleasant surprise, very friendly people there and everything worked out great. This video sets the mood of the song perfectly. And the fact is: A band is nothing without the fans.”

Prior to the video shoot, the band had launched a fan competition asking their supporters to send a picture of their most prized Stratovarius item. Over 100 items were sent, of which the band handpicked the 10 most original objects, which are now featured in the video. Over the course of the next weeks, Stratovarius will also launch a special fan item version of the video on their official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stratovarius .

To watch the video for “Halcyon Days,” point your browser to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f1qZRMmZxI .

NEMESIS was produced and mixed by guitarist Matias Kupiainen, mastered by Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studios) and released in North America via earMUSIC in conjunction with Armoury Records on February 26, 2013.

“…NEMESIS is pure epic! It is grandiose, majestic, melodic yet heavy when it needs to be. It’s an unexpected return to form for Stratovarius. It’s what power metal should sound like, period! It is without the shadow of a doubt Stratovarius’ best album in ages… Album of the year award? You betchya! If you are a fan of this band, you can’t afford to miss this incredible album.” — Metal Reviews

“This is more than music, it’s a masterpiece, and should go down in the book of heavy metal as one of the best heavy metal albums of all time…” — Metalholic

“NEMESIS finds the band recapturing the magic of their glory days. Most importantly, the songwriting is excellent as the band seems determined to capture memorable songs that sit alongside the best of their catalog.” — About.com

NORDIC NEXUS OF NEMESIS TOUR 2013

08.03. Helsinki – Tavastia (FIN)
09.03. Kauhava – Tiikeri (FIN)
15.03. St. Petersburg – Aurora Hall (R)
20.03. München – Backstage Halle (GER)
21.03. Erfurt – Stadtgarten (GER)
22.03. Zlin – Masters of Rock Café (CZ)
23.03. Budapest – Club 202 (H)
24.03. Bratislava – Majestic Club (SK)
26.03. Vienna – Szene (A)
27.03. Nürnberg – Hirsch (GER)
28.03. Bochum – Matrix (GER)
29.03. Hamburg – Grünspan (GER)
30.03. Uden – De Pul (NL)
31.03. Paris – Cigale (F)
02.04. Strassburg – La Laiterie (F)
03.04. Lyon – Le Kao (F)
05.04. Barcelona – Razzmatazz (E)
06.04. Madrid – Arena (E)
07.04. Bilbao – Rock Star (E)
09.04. Pratteln – Z7 (CH)
10.04. Milan – Alcatrazz (I)
11.04. Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik (GER)
12.04. Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal (GER)
13.04. Mons – PPM Fest (Festival) (B)
14.04. Osnabrück – Rosenhof (GER)
16.04. Copenhagen – Amager Bio (DK)
17.04. Malmö – KB (S)
18.04. Stockholm – Klubben (S)
19.04. Lahti – Finlandia-klubi (FIN)
20.04. Tampere – Pallahuone (FIN)
26.04. Mikkeli – Vaakuna (FIN)
27.04. Jyväskylä – Lutakko (FIN)
30.04. Helsinki – Virgin Oil (FIN)
18.05. Sao Paulo – Carioca Club (BRA)
24.05. Santiago – Blondie (CHI)
15.06. Kaarina – Saaristo Open 2013 (FIN)

http://www.stratovarius.com/
http://www.facebook.com/stratovarius
http://www.myspace.com/officialstratovarius
http://www.eagle-rock.com/

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-Black Star Riders Announce Debut Album Title, Track Listing & Worldwide Release Dates!

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

May 21 – Japan
May 22 – Sweden
May 24 – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway
May 27 – UK, France, BeNeLux, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece
May 28 – US, Canada, Italy, South America

About the origin of the album title, Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick states:

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

Produced & mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush), the track listing for ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE is:

1. All Hell Breaks Loose
2. Bound For Glory
3. Kingdom Of The Lost
4. Bloodshot
5. Kissin’ The Ground
6. Hey Judas
7. Hoodoo Voodoo
8. Valley Of The Stones
9. Someday Salvation
10. Before The War
11. Blues Ain’t So Bad

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

A 24-minute compilation of behind-the-scenes video reports from the band’s studio time in Los Angeles can be viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEx9gD8RPz8 .

Confirmed festival appearances for Black Star Riders include:

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

More tour dates to be announced shortly.

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

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-Mash-Up Masters Beatallica Ready New Release, ABBEY LOAD

You’ve got to tip your hat to the lads in Beatallica. Few would have thought to merge together two of the most successful acts of their respective genres — pop tunesmiths the Beatles and thrash metal bashers Metallica — and create a must-hear, creative blend of both iconic artists. And the band that contains such wittily named band members as Jaymz Lennfield, Kliff McBurtney, Ringo Larz, and Grg III are back with their third full-length overall, ABBEY LOAD, on April 16 via Oglio Records (a label that is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year).

“Overall the album is our darkest,” explains Lennfield. “Not sure why it turned out that way, to be honest. We didn’t realize it til we got to listening to the first mixes. It sounds brooding in places. Not like we tuned down any more or played any stoner rock or anything. But the overall vibe is deeper than other projects we’ve done. Maybe it’s cuz the Beatles’ ABBEY ROAD was the last release for them — like the end of an era. And we were placing our fingers on that. After a while, I got to embrace that whole vibe. Beatallica is always fun and interesting, and yes there are ‘candy’ songs on the album such as ‘Help!’ and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’… but there is something more foreboding about ABBEY LOAD than what we initially thought.”

Once more, Beatallica have successfully found links between both aforementioned bands, most notably on the album’s tour de force, “Abbey Load Medley.” “The medley… well, it’s obviously one of the great famous pieces of rock music,” says Lennfield. “We really enjoyed working in NEWER Metallica tunes. Folks always ask us how much old stuff from Metallica we can use. Helloooo… they have a LARGE catalog, so use it! Those tunes work great, plus the fact that we are doing what we always do: deal with tempo, time signature, rhythm patterns, keys from major to minor, adding our own riffs, etc., but now we have to make all the songs in the medley sound like they fit. Not just one song at a time, but now five songs, bang-bang-bang. The challenge was irresistible.”

As for Beatallica’s plans for 2013, Lennfield predicts some good, old-fashioned global roadwork. “Well, we’d like to finally hit Japan. It’s just way overdue. We have US folks asking for us to come back so we’ll see how to best route. As far as Europe, they are starting to consider the fall sometime.”

“Beatallica is so much more than a novelty cover band,” adds Oglio Records founder Carl Caprioglio. “Beatallica’s members and producer are among the most creative and talented people I have encountered in my years with Oglio Records. Their ability to blend influences from these two legendary bands is as amazing and impressive today as it was when we met in 2006.”

Imagine what the Beatles’ ABBEY ROAD would have sounded like if it had been originally released by Metallica, and you have a good starting point for ABBEY LOAD.

For more information, visit:
http://www.beatallica.org/
http://www.facebook.com/beatallica
http://twitter.com/beatallica

Amazon pre-order sales link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BD4K142/

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-Epica Announces Its “Retrospect” Performance Live Stream!

On the 23rd of March 2013, female fronted symphonic metal band Epica is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special performance entitled “Retrospect.” Joining them on stage will be the 70-piece Extended Remenyi Ede Chamber Orchestra and the Choir of Miskolc National Theatre. This together with special effects and unexpected guests will make this the band’s most ambitious project ever.

Watch their message here:

Ever since Epica announced this extraordinary event, fans from all over the world have been asking to bring this concept to their country. Others expressed their sadness of not being able to make it to the Netherlands and thus missing out on the opportunity to be part of what will be the greatest Epica show.

For all those people out there who thought they would never get another chance to celebrate Epica’s 10th anniversary, the band has partnered with LiveMusicStage who will broadcast the concert online, live and in HD quality! The high quality live Retrostream provides an exclusive, social concert experience with a front row view.

“I am looking very much forward to this show. Everything we have done and achieved in these last 10 years will come together on the 23rd of March. Playing with a big orchestra and choir brings our music even more alive, in fact that’s the way how it’s meant to be. Very rarely can we realize all of it and that makes it so special,” says Mark Jansen of Epica.

Tickets to watch the live stream at http://www.livemusicstage.com/epica will be available for 5 euro until the 7th of March. After this, tickets will cost 7 euro (or the equivalent in US Dollar). You can purchase tickets for the live stream through http://www.livemusicstage.com/epica . You can also order an exclusive stream bundle (consisting of a ticket for the stream, a “Retrospect” T-shirt and a “Retrospect” VIP laminate) through the band’s webstore at this location:

http://www.epicashop.com/shop/retrostream-ticket–t-shirt–limited-edition-laminete-p-255.html

http://www.epica.nl/

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-Brett Walker & Line Of Fire Appearing At Melodic Rock Fest 3

Both Brett Walker and Line Of Fire have been announced for this years installment of MRF (Melodic Rock Fest). Brett Walker will be playing full electric set, while Line Of Fire will be performing during Friday night’s intimate acoustic evening.

Other acts scheduled to appear are Steve Augeri, Harem Scarem, House Of Lords, Eclipse, W.E.T., Ted Poley, Eric Martin, Bonrud as well as additional ex-Dimage rockers, No Love Lost plus many more.

Tickets are available at this location now:
http://www.melodicrockfest.com/

AVAILABLE NOW:
Brett Walker – NEVERTHELESS
Line Of Fire – MOMENTUM
Line Of Fire – s/t

Divebomb Records Website
http://www.divebombrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/divebombrecords
http://twitter.com/tribunalrecords
http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/divebomb-records-563/

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-April Release From RMB Records: Redrum’s VICTIMS OF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES

Artist: Redrum
Title: VICTIMS OF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Hard Rock
Catalog #: CD6119
EAN: 4018996237337
Copyright: 2013 RMB Records
Label: RMB Records

Release Date: 26. April 2013

Distribution:
Germany: Cargo, UK: Cargo, Italy: Frontiers, Benelux: Bertus, France: Season Of Mist, Scandinavia: Sound Pollution

Official Artist Website:
http://www.facebook.com/RedrumOfficialGR

Track List:
1. One Of Us (:59)
2. Scream (4:21)
3. You Can’t Buy No Hero (5:01)
4. Dust In Your Eyes (5:43)
5. Empty Promises (5:05)
6. Pokerface (3:59)
7. Dirty White Boy (3:47)
8. Mother I’m Coming Home (5:31)
9. Tear Down The Walls (4:10)
10. Have A Nice Day (4:40)
11. Victims Of Our Circumstances (4:19)
12. You’re The Voice (5:39)

Lineup:
Athan Kazakis – guitar
Panos Baxevanis – guitar
Michael Bormann – vox
Thanos Sarketzis – drums
Alex Kidd – bass
Marco Grasshoff – keyboard

Finest Hard Rock featuring Michael Bormann!

Redrum is a melodic Hard Rock band based in Thessaloniki (Greece). Athan “Lyssa” Kazakis and Panos Baxevanis founded the project during September 2003. About a year later, they had recorded 12 songs in a local studio. At this point the band still wasn’t complete in the way of needed members.

They decided to get in touch with well known German vocalist, songwriter, producer and engineer Michael Bormann (ex-Jaded Heart, J.R. Blackmore, Bonfire, Zeno Roth, Rain). Michael liked the material and so he recorded all the vocal parts (and co-wrote a couple of the songs) in his RMB Studios in Germany. The first record label, Sleaszy Rider Records, a Greek label, released NO TURNING BACK, in September 2007 with rave reviews and successful sales.

During their headliner shows in Greece, Redrum supported great acts like Bonfire, Tyketto, Krokus, Danger Danger, House Of Lords, Adler’s Appetite, Blue Tears, Europe, Robert Plant and Glenn Hughes. Redrum also appeared at festivals such as Firefest and Rockwave in Athens.

“No Turning Back” was the first Redrum song released, from their debut which was a featured track on V3, the third compilation CD of http://www.melodicrock.com/ .

The Redrum project came together as a dynamite and popular hard rock band with the Greek/German alliance that is working very well in the way of musical chemistry.

For their second album Redrum decided to write and record together at RMB Studios in Duisburg, Germany with Michael Bormann at the helm. In about 14 days, 12 killer songs were written and the basics were recorded. These incredible songs are now ready to rock you on their new CD titled VICTIMS OF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES set for a worldwide release in 2013 along with a tour to support their latest greatest masterpiece loaded full of pure hard rock heaven.

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-Battle Beast Announces New Album!

The beasts are back! After last year’s release of their brilliant debut record STEEL and highly celebrated European tours together with Nightwish and Sonata Arctica, Battle Beast — Finland’s finest heavy metallers — return with new astonishing lead vocalist Noora Louhimo and their second full-length album. Produced, mixed and mastered by the band in JKB Studios Helsinki, the new record will simply be entitled BATTLE BEAST and is set for a release via Nuclear Blast on May 17, 2013.

In order to provide you with some more information, bassist Eero Sipilä, keyboardist Janne Björkroth and drummer Pyry Vikki report in from the studio in a funny first album trailer that can be watched here:

Also, Battle Beast has recently joined Twitter — follow them here: http://www.twitter.com/battlebeast

Stay tuned for further details to be revealed soon!

http://www.battlebeast.fi/

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-Voodoo Highway Reveals SHOWDOWN Cover Artwork, Track List

Italian hard rockers Voodoo Highway have revealed the cover artwork and track list of their recently announced second studio album SHOWDOWN, the worldwide release is scheduled for April 26 via Dust On The Tracks Records through Sony (Europe), MVD (USA), RSK (UK), Universal (Canada).

Produced/mixed by Dysfunction Productions (Anthony Phillips, John Wetton, Logan Mader, etc.) and mastered by US senior mastering engineer Ue Nastasi (Gojira, AC/DC, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc.) from Sterling Sound Studios, New York. The album artwork for the effort features the hand of UK graphic designer Mr. Storm Thorgerson, who has previously worked with Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, Audioslave, among many others.

SHOWDOWN track listing:

1. This Is Rock’N’Roll Wankers!
2. Fly To The Rising Sun
3. Midnight Hour
4. Could You Love Me
5. Wastin’ Miles
6. Church Of Clay
7. Mountain High
8. Cold White Love
9. A Spark From The Sacred Fire
10. Prince Of Moonlight

Bonus Tracks:
11. Till It Bleeds
12. Broken Uncle’s Inn

Voodoo Highway SHOWDOWN preview:

Voodoo Highway will stage a release party to celebrate the release of their new album, SHOWDOWN, on April 6 at Sala Estense in Ferrara, Italy.

After the lucky outset of their first album BROKEN UNCLE’S INN back in 2011, the band is ready to strike the world with a massive amount of rock n’ roll once again.

Voodoo Highway is a powerful new quintet featuring Federico Di Marco (vocals), Filippo Cavallini (bass), Matteo Bizzarri (guitars), Alessandro Duò (keyboards) and Vincenzo Zairo (drums).

Have been indicated as one of the new revelations worldwide and defined as “the new Deep Purple” from such a big name in music as the former Rainbow/Black Sabbath/Gary Moore bassist Craig Gruber.

Now known to most for the outrageous stage presence, crashing executions, a style that hovers between Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and The Darkness and for smashing instruments on stage.

The year 2013 will see Voodoo Highway marching straight to Hell!

http://www.facebook.com/WhoDoHighway
http://www.youtube.com/TheVoodooHighway
http://www.myspace.com/voodoohighway

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-2013 Pure Rawk Awards Winners

The winners for the 2013 Pure Rawk Awards have been announced. They were presented in front of a live sold-out audience at the Boston Music Room in Tufnell Park, North London last week.

Live acts between the awards were Hackney’s irrepressible folk-punks Great Malarkey, punked up pop rock n’ rollers Electric River, hard rockers Night By Night (playing a stripped down acoustic set) and trash blues rock from The Peckham Cowboys.

The winners are:

o Band Of The Year – Exit_International
o New Band Of The Year – The Blacklist Saints
o New Breed Of The Year – Electric River (PR contributors only)
o Front Person Of The Year – Ginger (Ginger Wildheart)
o Axe Hero Of The Year – The Rev (The Howling)
o Bassist Of The Year – Phil Ireland (Exit State)
o Drummer Of The Year – Robin Guy (various)
o EP/Single Of The Year – Night By Night – “Time To Escape”
o Album Of The Year – Ginger – 555%/100%
o Promoter Of The Year (for dedication to unsigned and new bands) – Emma Scott (Emma Scott Presents)
o Video Of The Year – Eureka Machines – “Pop Star” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOjOwyT8XEI (AshTV)
o The John Rayner Award (non industry dedication to the independents / underground) – Damian Tichborne
o DJ Of The Year – Mike James (Phonic FM / Planet Mosh / Bloodstock Radio)
o Underground / Independent Record Label Of The Year – Rocksector Records
o Local Venue Of The Year – The Black Heart, Camden

The entrance fee of £5 has gone to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Final tallies being counted and will be published separately.

Pure Rawk Editor, Nix Crichton comments “We had already taken over £600 in advance sales and we’re having a final count up on Monday (after having a little sleep!). We’re so pleased to have been able to raise so much money for such a great charity. The money from the door, wristbands and pin badges is going directly to the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey. Their unit is state of the art and is already making a massive impact on the lives of families blighted by the horrid C word.

“It was lovely to see so many people from the six previous awards shows come back and so many new faces. There was such a feel good vibe going on and a hefty amount of networking between bands, industry, press and punters from all over the country. We’ll be back again in Feb/March 2014 at the Boston Music Room!”

Sponsors for the Pure Rawk Awards 2013 were BandApp, Big Green Coach, Metal Buddy, Badness Tango Custom Jewellery and Missy Le Pink’s Tattoo Tonic.

http://www.purerawk.com/
http://www.purerawkawards.com/

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-The New Black: Free Download, Guest Singers And That Girl From Playboy

“Count Me In” as free download:

One week before the release of their new album III: CUT LOOSE, German heavy rockers offer their single as a free download.

To download:
Just register at http://www.afm-records.com/free with the code “MG52K2V”. Alternatively you can visit http://www.reverbnation.com/thenewblackofficial .

Comments the band: “Blackies & Blackettes! Thanks for the impressive click rates and all the comments to the ‘Count Me In’ clip. Now you can take the song with you wherever you go, in the car, to the bar, visiting mom or your next stint on a red carpet somewhere. Download it, crank it! See you on March 15th in Düsseldorf or in April on the Rock’n’Roll Overdose tour!”

The clip to “Count Me In” ( http://youtu.be/o1VLKIVNJj4 ) shows a young lady fighting off a bunch of “evil” middle fingers. The role is played by Cindy Wenk, who shortly after the filming was voted “Bild Girl 2013″ by Germany’s biggest tabloid paper — and can be seen in the current issue of Playboy. There have been rumors about half the band becoming quite nervous in hindsight, while the rest plays it cool: “See? We know even before them all! Fludid was it, he knows all the beautiful ladies. Congratulations! To Cindy, not Fludid…”

III: CUT LOOSE, the third album by The New Black, will be released on March 15. The regular edition contains 12 tracks, whereas the limited digi-pak version offers another studio song as a bonus and not less than four moody acoustic compositions. That’s a total of whopping 17 songs!

For the song “Superhuman Mission” the band invited two old friends to the studio for some screaming: Chris Birx of Motorjesus, a group that The New Black played their first gigs with in 2009, and Tyler Voxx of The Bulletmonks. The result: FAT!

On March 15, the band will be playing a special release show in Düsseldorf, in April they will be part of the Rock’n’Roll Overdose tour all over Germany.

http://www.thenewblackofficial.de/
http://www.facebook.com/thenewblackofficial
http://www.rocknrolloverdose.de/

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-Payload Announces Release Date, Lyric Video!

The Finnish Heavy Metallers from Payload have just set the release date for their upcoming album! May 17, 2013 will be the day when all fans can enjoy ODYSSEY DAWN to the fullest!

In addition, the band has uploaded the official lyric video for the song “Wounds” which can be found at the band’s official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGjVfS9rTyI

Payload revealed the track list and cover artwork for ODYSSEY DAWN in an earlier stage already for their fans.

ODYSSEY DAWN Track List:
1. War Machine
2. Wasted (Matinkylä)
3. Wounds
4. Poison Cure
5. Lie
6. Nails
7. Odyssey Dawn
8. Natostan
9. Unleash

For all info:
http://www.payloadband.info
http://www.facebook.com/PayloadFinland
http://www.facebook.com/groups/payload
http://www.reverbnation.com/payload
http://www.twitter.com/payloadband
http://www.myspace.com/payloadfinland
http://www.youtube.com/user/PayloadFinland
http://www.hitlantis.com/payload
http://www.last.fm/music/Payload
http://www.metalfromfinland.com/Payload

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-Mongrel Taps Mike Ariza For Permanent Bass Slot

BOSTON, MA — Boston based metal / punk crossover outfit Mongrel is pleased to announce that Mike Ariza has joined the band as the new full-time bassist. Ariza previously played for the Las Vegas alternative band Vault’d and was looking for a new band after his return home to Massachusetts not long ago. Guitarist, Adam Savage stated, “We found Mike online, reached out, he immediately was into the music and clicked with us pretty instantly. Within one week of meeting us, and four days with the tunes he joined us on stage for our show with Drowning Pool and Flyleaf in CT and it was an obvious great fit. We invited him to join the band that day and are really excited to have him be a part of the Mongrel family.” Ariza took over bass duties for Mongrel from Michael Mariano (ex-Affliction guitarist) who had been filling in with the band since December. Mike will make his “official” debut as a member of the band on March 16 at Tammany Hall in Worcester, MA.

Mongrel recently saw the UK release of their recent full length album RECLAMATION via THC-Music/Vanity Music Group with distribution through Code7 / Plastichead. RECLAMATION is now available in brick and mortar outlets throughout Great Britain in addition to digital retailers such as Amazon and iTunes. RECLAMATION was recorded and mixed by Jim Foster (POD, Nullset, Sully Erna) who also did the band’s video for lead off track “Bored To Death” ( http://bit.ly/P05CUe ). RECLAMATION was first released in the US on 25 September 2012 by THC-Music (home of American Head Charge, Oedipus, Attika7, etc.) and is receiving airplay on DMX, Faction on Sirius/XM, and hit number 41 on the CMJ charts this past fall.

Mongrel also just recently announced a new sponsorship deal with Artist Series Guitars to add to the list of sponsors/endorsements Mongrel has earned over the years including Marshall Amps, Peavey, Seymour Duncan, Dean Markley, Agile Guitars, Monster Cable, In-Tune Guitar Pics, Cocaine Energy Drinks and Cabin Fever Maple Whiskey. ASG recently made Savage’s custom “TV Fight” guitar based on artwork done by Joey James Hernandez (Otep, Type O Negative, etc). You can check out and order your own Mongrel “TV Fight” guitar at http://artistseriesguitar.com/store/asg-core/mongrel.html .

http://www.MongrelBand.com/
http://www.facebook.com/MongrelOfficial
http://www.twitter.com/MongrelBand

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-Kadavar Releases First Single Off ABRA KADAVAR!

Berlin-based classic/psychedelic hard rock trio Kadavar proudly present the first single of the upcoming second studio album ABRA KADAVAR, to be released via Nuclear Blast on April 12!

Check out the song “Doomsday Machine,” accompanied by exclusive on-the-road and behind-the-scenes video footage, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2SdzgPj3_o .

Regarding the song, the band explains: “It’s both the second track on the album and the second song that was written for it, probably showcasing our trademark sound best. Between changes in tempo, single note riffs and guitar solos, the lyrical concept deals with destruction — inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s movie ‘Dr. Strangelove.'” ( http://bit.ly/tMbUAV )

ABRA KADAVAR will be available as a limited digi version including a bonus track as well in different vinyl versions. Pre-order your copy at http://www.smarturl.it/kadavabrakadav .

Kadavar are:
Lupus Lindemann – vocals & guitar
Mammut – bass
Tiger – drums

http://www.facebook.com/pages/KADAVAR/108072095944589

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-Windhand Signs To Relapse Records For Forthcoming Album

Relapse Records this week officially welcomes Richmond, Virginia’s masters of ethereal doom metal, Windhand, to the label’s roster, having signed the quintet for the release of their forthcoming LP.

Stated the members of Windhand in response to their joining forces with the Relapse horde, “We’re all so honored to be in the company of so many amazing artists. To know that our next record will be alongside some of the albums that inspired us to play music is pretty incredible.”

Windhand has begun laying down tracks for the to-be-named upcoming LP in their home studio, The Darkroom, where the outfit will record and mix the entire album, and deliver it to Relapse for a Fall 2013 release date. More details will be made available as the album nears release.

Having formed in 2008 in the fertile Richmond, Virginia musical underground, Windhand’s incredible, organic style of low-end doom and trancelike occult/ethereal vocals helped the band catch immediate attention well beyond the region, drawing comparisons to everything from Electric Wizard and Pallbearer to The Devil’s Blood and Blood Ceremony. Continuous live shows and US tours have seen them share the stage with notable acts including Pallbearer, Tragedy, Balaclava, Iron Tongue, Bastard Sapling, Pilgrim, Elder, Pentagram, Sourvein, The Gates Of Slumber, Graveyard, Thrones, Mares Of Thrace, Coffinworm, Across Tundras, Primitive Weapons among countless others.

In the meantime, REFLECTION OF THE NEGATIVE, a split album with Windhand and local scene brethren and now label mates Cough, will see release via Relapse in mid-April. Cough leads off, delivering a characteristically electrifying down-tuned epic track, while their brethren in Windhand serve up two brand new epic songs for their half of the dirge, in the end bearing nearly 40 minutes music from two prime acts in the contemporary doom/sludge circuit. An album trailer and pre-orders for the split LP are available at http://www.relapse.com/coughwind .

To check out Windhand music, live footage and more, enter here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/03/07/windhand-signs-to-relapse-records-for-forthcoming-album/

Stay tuned for more recording and live updates on Windhand over the coming months.

Windhand Lineup:
Asechiah Bogdan – guitars
Dorthia Cottrell – vocals
Parker Chandler – bass
Ryan Wolfe – drums
Garrett Morris – guitars

http://windhandva.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Windhand/115952841804204
http://www.relapse.com/
http://relapserecords.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/RelapseRecords

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-E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr To Release KOMETENBAHN March 27 Through Svart Records

KOMETENBAHN ist heiß!

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr: K O M E T E N B A H N
LP and digital download. Svart Records 2013.

Track List:
1. Prolog Im Himmel
2. Nachtgeist
3. Durch Den Kosmischen Dunst
4. Sonnenwind
5. Mythos
6. Sonnenaufgang

This year promises to be a year of two great comets, both visible in the Northern hemisphere, the first one in March and another one in December. Experts believe these cosmic wanderers could turn out to be the most spectacular comets in decades, even centuries. Now, a Finnish deep space agency Svart Records is proud to launch yet another black and round object that rushes into both the inner parts of the Solar System and our earthly minds: an album by E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr, a Finnish Kosmische Musik band fuelled by synthetic waves, propelling sequences and pulsating rhythms. This mission has been prepared for more than two solar revolutions and finally the probe is ready for takeoff.

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s long-awaited studio album, entitled KOMETENBAHN, is a compilation of six original sonic pieces that mirror both hemispheres of the band. While E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s quest for cosmic experiences is proudly inspired by German Kosmische Musik of the 1970s, the band also boldly pursues to probe frontiers that have remained unchallenged for four decades. KOMETENBAHN is a journey into organic atmospheres, warm analogue timbres and melodic sequences that bring the sound of the pioneers into the 21st century.

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr has performed in various venues ranging from rock clubs to art museums, libraries and movie theaters. All music of E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr is made to be played live and also many of the album tracks have evolved in live performances and jam sessions.

The four space cadets of E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr are: Pertti Grönholm, synthesizers, sequencers and samplers; Jaakko Penttinen, synthesizers and sequencers; Kimi Kärki, guitar, e-bow and effects; Ismo Virta, Memotron, guitar and effects.

All the band members have been active in various underground music scenes for a long time. Kimi Kärki is the founder and guitarist of doom metal bands Reverend Bizarre and Lord Vicar and psychedelic progressive band called Orne. Ismo Virta leads a folk prog band called Kosmos and also makes up a dark ambient duo Dystopia with Pertti Grönholm. Besides Dystopia, Grönholm is known for his techno, house and ambient projects such as Corporate 09. Jaakko Penttinen has a background in various punk bands such as Forca Macabra, but nowadays is better known for his ambient and space music projects such as Galactic Travellers (with Ismo Virta and others).

Join the cosmic quest!

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr @
BandCamp: http://e-musikgruppeluxohr.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/e-musikgruppe-lux-ohr
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EMGLuxOhr
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/luxohrkult

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV: Pre-Party Lineup Announced

Today the mosh pit instigators behind the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to announce the official pre-party lineup! Set to commence on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Palladium, the precursor to the 15th annual NEMHF takeover will feature performances by Revocation, A Life Once Lost, Fit For An Autopsy, The Greenery, To The Wind, Abiotic, NightBitch, Surrounded By Teeth and an unannounced special guest!

Additionally, NEMHF have added hardcore hooligans Code Orange Kids and crossover veterans Waking The Dead to the ever expanding bill. Check out the array of ticket packages and the full festival lineup at http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/ .

As previously announced, official sponsors All In Merchandise are offering up a chance to win two three-day passes to this year’s event and ten T-shirts of your choice!

To Enter:

1. “Like” All In Merchandise ( http://www.facebook.com/AllInMerchandise ) and The New England Metal & Hardcore Fest ( http://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest ) on Facebook.

2. Send an email with your Facebook ID to: NEMFCONTEST@gmail.com

Contest ends March 15, 2013! Good luck!

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the historic Worcester Palladium. The event takes place April 19 – 21 with a special pre-fest party in the upstairs room at the Palladium on April 18. Since 1999, the festival has showcased a vast array of metal and hardcore acts across two stages, while also providing merchandising and promotional areas for record labels and other vendors.

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.

http://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest
http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/
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http://www.massconcerts.com/

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-This week Adrenalin Mob releases a collection of eight covers called COVERTA. Track list: “High Wire” (Badlands), “Stand Up And Shout” (Dio), “Break On Through” (The Doors), “Romeo Delight” (Van Halen), “Barracuda” (Heart), “Kill The King” (Rainbow), “The Lemon Song” (Led Zeppelin), “The Mob Rules” (Black Sabbath). Check out video of “Romeo Delight” at http://www.adrenalinemob.com/ . The band is also now on tour in the US as follows:

3/12 – Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
3/13 – Marlin @ Webster Hall, New York, NY
3/14 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
3/15 – Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA
3/16 – Empire, West Springfield, VA
3/18 – Brewster’s Roc Bar, Jacksonville, FL
3/19 – Orpheum, Tampa, FL
3/20 – The Haven, Orlando, FL
3/22 – Scout Bar, Houston, TX
3/23 – Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX
3/24 – Trees, Dallas, TX
3/25 – Lucky Mule, Abilene, TX
3/27 – Joe’s Grotto, Phoenix, AZ
3/28 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
3/29 – Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas, NV
3/30 – Roxy, Los Angeles, CA
4/1 – Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, CO
4/2 – The VooDoo Lounge, Kansas City, KS
4/4 – Fubar, St. Louis, MO
4/5 – Exit IN, Nashville, TN
4/6 – Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
4/7 – Kingdom, Richmond, VA

See http://www.facebook.com/adrenalinemob for more.

-The Irish extreme metal band Chosen has premiered its track “Defective Prospection,” from the upcoming RESOLUTION, with a free download at MetalMusicArchives.com; get it at http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/chosen–mp3.aspx?id=2908 . The song features guest vocals from Jackie Mc Nally and sound samples from Paul Allen. RESOLUTION will be released March 30 as a free download at http://www.chosen.ie/ , and on CD in “two special editions.” Chosen consists of Paul Shields on vocals and guitar, and David McCann on drums and percussion.

-Denial Machine’s new song “Devil In My Veins” can be streamed at http://soundcloud.com/denialmachine and http://www.reverbnation.com/denialmachine . The track comes from an upcoming EP entitled THE FLAGRUM, THE SCOURGE which was produced by Chris Wisco and is currently being mastered by James Murphy. The EP is the first Denial Machine release featuring new singer Casey Lee Mullen and drummer Mike Tignino, and has this track list: “Devil In My Veins,” “The Flagrum, The Scourge,” “A New Life.” The band asks fans to “take part in the new EP (the recording, mixing, mastering, duplications, art, video and merch) by donating at http://www.gofundme.com/denialmachineart .” Reward options for donors include autographed CDs, “exclusive” T-shirts, stickers, guitar picks, and autographed drum heads. See http://www.facebook.com/pages/Denial-Machine/266881915400 for more.

-Ektomorf’s new video for “Black Flag” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=befhkD4gs28 . Upcoming European tour dates with Ill Nino:

3/18 – Backstage Werk, München, Germany
3/19 – Szene Wien, Wien, Austria – w/ Shadows Fall
3/20 – Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
3/22 – Salzhaus, Winterthur, Switzerland
3/23 – Rock N Roll Club, Romagnano, Italy
3/24 – Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria – w/ Shadows Fall
3/25 – SO36, Berlin, Germany
3/26 – Markthalle, Berlin, Germany
3/27 – Turock, Essen, Germany
3/28 – Effenaar, Eindhoven, Holland
3/29 – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
3/31 – Underground, Köln, Germany

See http://www.ektomorf.com/ for more.

-Eternal Flight is now on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/ETERNALFLIGHT.BAND .

-FireHouse guitarist Bill Leverty appears on episode #23 of “Brutally Delicious,” cooking up “Slammin’ Salmon,” at http://puregrainaudio.com/videos/brutally-delicious-episode-23-slammin-salmon-with-bill-leverty .

-According to JudasPriest.com the band is working on a new studio album; BraveWords.com has more info after speaking with Rob Halford, who said it should be out this year and compared it to BRITISH STEEL, PAINKILLER, and SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE. The band will also release a live DVD/Blu-ray from last year’s “Epitaph” tour; the video was directed by Alex Walker and the sound was engineered by Richard Kayvan and Tom Allom. BraveWords.com reported the set list the band played the night the DVD was filmed — May 26, 2012, at the Hammersmith Apollo in London — is as follows: “Rapid Fire,” “Metal Gods,” “Heading Out To The Highway,” “Judas Rising,” “Starbreaker,” “Victim Of Changes,” “Never Satisfied,” “Diamonds And Rust,” “Prophecy,” “Night Crawler,” “Turbo Lover,” “Beyond The Realms Of Death,” “The Sentinel,” “Blood Red Skies,” “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown),” “Breaking The Law,” drum solo, “Painkiller,” “The Hellion/Electric Eye,” “Hell Bent For Leather,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” “Living After Midnight.” Read more at http://www.bravewords.com/news/200385 , and check out a trailer and more info for the live release at http://vimeo.com/59339098 .

-Lost Society’s fourth track-by-track — spotlighting the songs “This Is Me,” “Braindead Metalhead,” and “Piss Out My Ass” from FAST LOUD DEATH — is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggk3prGgnr4 . The first three parts are still online at http://youtu.be/kmDNf9vmkqQ , http://bit.ly/XrgPQx , and http://bit.ly/YxmnbG . See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-According to online reports Duff McKagan has joined guitarist Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and drummer Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) in a new band. McCready and Martin formerly played together in Mad Season, and some of those songs are being worked on for the new group. Multiple singers, including Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman, are also reportedly involved.

-The New Black 7 — deemed “midwestern country rockers” — have a new video for “Crazy All Over Me” online via the Today’s Country website, at http://bit.ly/Y7yi0P . Hype: “Directed by Rickey Moore for Rosendbard Films and shot primarily on location at J Carter’s Bar And Grill in Temecula, CA and throughout southern California, the storyline of the video loosely follows the song’s lyrics, which, according to singer/guitarist, Tory Stoffregen reflect ‘my tongue in cheek lifelong enthusiasm for women of questionable sanity.'” The New Black 7’s mini-album HANGOVERS & HEARTBREAK is out now “digitally and regionally,” and will be released nationally in late April. The “Crazy All Over Me” single is available for purchase at iTunes at http://bit.ly/T2UmwR . See http://www.thenewblack7.com/ , https://www.facebook.com/TheNewBlack7 , http://twitter.com/#!/TheNewBlack7 , and http://www.youtube.com/user/TheNewBlack7 for more.

-Check out Night By Night performing “The Moment,” live acoustically at the Pure Rawk Awards on March 8, at http://youtu.be/ObMOx_lnIv4 .

-There’s a new interview with Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield at http://www.legendaryrockinterviews.com/2013/03/11/queensryches-scott-rockenfield-talks-to-lri-about-his-bands-creative-partnership-past-present-and-future/ .

-Stahlmann — the “German Gothic/electro rockers” — will release ADAMANT through AFM Records on April 19. Track list: “Die Welt Verbrennt,” “Süchtig,” “Wenn Der Regen Kommt,” “Schwarz” (feat. Teufel / Tanzwut), “Leuchtfeuer,” “Adrenalin,” “Der Schmied,” “Paradies,” “Nackt,” “Tempel Der Lust,” “Dämonin,” “Traumfrau” (digi-pak bonus), “Licht” (digi-pak bonus). See http://vk.com/stahlmannband for more.

-U.D.O.’s new studio album STEELHAMMER is due out May 21 in the US and May 24 in Europe, on AFM Records. Track list: “Steelhammer,” “A Cry Of A Nation,” “Metal Machine,” “Basta Ya,” “Heavy Rain,” “Devil’s Bite,” “Death Ride,” “King Of Mean,” “Timekeeper,” “Never Cross My Way,” “Take My Medicine,” “Stay True,” “When Love Becomes A Lie,” “Book Of Faith.” The limited digi-pak version will include the bonus track “Shadows Come Alive.”

-The deadline for submissions to the Wacken Metal Battle Canada contest has been extended to March 17. Apply here: http://www.metalbattle.ca/apply.html . Check out the Wacken Metal Battle Canada promo video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQcxqsxchkQ , and see http://metalbattle.ca/ for more.

Thanks to the Van Halen News Desk, John Parks, Jon Asher, Dave Tedder, Nix Crichton, John Erigo, Melinda Newman, and Hawk for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Okay, new Priest album — now we’re talking! The weird are-they-or-aren’t-they-retired saga continues, but whatever, a new album is a new album. They’ve been reunited for nearly a decade(!) already and we’ve only seen two new studio albums in that time. Call me greedy but I certainly want more! And the “Epitaph” tour DVD looks cool, assuming the set list (see above) is accurate. I was unable to see the “Epitaph” tour when it hit Chicago, so I’m looking forward to checking out “Starbreaker,” “The Sentinel,” and “Blood Red Skies,” among others, on this new DVD. (Nitpick: I’d have rather heard/seen something else from TURBO besides “Turbo Lover.” Oh well. I think it would’ve floored everyone if they’d have played something like “Reckless” or “Rock You All Around The World.” But I digress.) And I know Rob Halford has done “Never Satisfied” with his solo band, so it’ll be cool to see the full band doing it here. Final note on this: I watched the DVD trailer/teaser thingy and yes, wow, boy does Richie Faulkner REALLY look like a young K.K. Downing up there on stage.

-Hey, look! A new U.D.O. album. That Mr. Dirkschneider just does *not* quit. He just unloaded a two-disc retrospective and a live set, and now another studio album. The song titles have me thinking this will be another typical U.D.O. album, and that is just how it should be, isn’t it?

-I debated including the news bit on “midwestern country rockers” The New Black 7, but, gol’ durn it, the song and video are pretty cool. Ima git me a big ol’ belt buckle right now.

-The bottles of Trooper beer sure look cool, what with Eddie on the label artwork. Check ’em out at http://www.ironmaidenbeer.com/ .

-I found it very cool that Adrenalin Mob chose to cover Badlands’ “High Wire” on that new COVERTA EP. I’ve always loved that song.

-Are you ready for a German Kosmische Musik of the 1970s revival?

-In my current playlist: Golden Resurrection – ONE VOICE FOR THE KINGDOM (Doolittle Group), Gloryhammer – TALES FROM THE KINGDOM OF FIFE (Napalm Records), Orange Goblin – A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012 (Candlelight Records), Nubian Rose – MOUNTAIN (Funklord Dynasty).

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Detritus Issue #643

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Detritus
Issue #643
Week of March 4, 2013
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-“The Pride” Featuring Zakk Wylde, Kevin Martin, Morgan Rose, JD DeServio & The Infinite Staircase Debuts At #30 On Rock Radio

STATEN ISLAND, NY — “The Pride” Featuring Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) & The Infinite Staircase, the song written and recorded for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, has debuted at #30 on America’s Music Charts’ Rock Radio Chart for the week of 2/19/13 – 2/26/13. (Can be seen here: http://americasmusiccharts.com/index.cgi?fmt=R5&rtmref=americasmusiccharts )

In lieu of the song’s recent success and growing demand from the public, the single’s release, previously an iTunes exclusive, will now expand to other digital service outlets including Amazon.com, Rhapsody, eMusic, deezer and Google music amongst others.

In the meantime, you can still preview and download “The Pride” here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pride-feat.-zakk-wylde-morgan/id598185653

“The Pride” was recorded at Architekt Music, the state of the art recording facility in Butler, New Jersey where Sevendust recently tracked BLACK OUT THE SUN and The Infinite Staircase continue to record their new album with Morgan Rose. It was mixed by house engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Call Me No One) and mastered by Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes) at West West Side Music in New Windsor, New York.

The song was released via Vanity Music Group and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Carl V. Bini Memorial Foundation for distribution to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

A music video, being directed by Ralph Savercool lll, is also in the works with details on its release expected soon.

The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund was founded in honor of Firefighter Carl V. Bini, a member of the FDNY tragically taken during 9/11. The fund’s mission is to memorialize the heroism of its fallen hero by providing aid to those who so desperately need it now and in the future.

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-Avantasia: First New Track “Invoke The Machine” Released

On March 29 Avantasia will release their new album THE MYSTERY OF TIME. Now the band presents the first track called “Invoke The Machine.” Besides mastermind Tobias Sammet, the track features Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins as a guest singer.

You can watch the edit version of the track as a lyric video here:

Enjoy!

Tobias Sammet comments: “I have been a huge Pretty Maids fan since I was a teenager. I already asked Ronnie to be on THE METAL OPERA in 1999, but he was busy back then. Last year I saw Pretty Maids live, and they were a steam train on stage, unbelievable. After the show we met and Ronnie was a great guy. Finally after 13 years, I am really proud to have him on the new Avantasia album. And his kick-ass performance leaves no doubt: It was a great decision to ask him!”

http://www.tobiassammet.com/

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-Anthrax: Viral Video For Thin Lizzy Cover “Jailbreak” Online!

Thrash metal legends Anthrax have posted a viral video for their version of Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” online.

Surf to http://youtu.be/lu3wHBW0GdI and feel free to like, share, embed the video!

“Jailbreak” is taken from the upcoming special edition of the band’s successful last album, WORSHIP MUSIC. The special edition will contain both the regular album as well as the brand new ANTHEMS EP featuring cover versions of songs originally performed by Rush, AC/DC, Boston, Journey, Cheap Trick and Thin Lizzy.

ANTHEMS will also be released separately on CD and Vinyl and will be exclusively available at the Nuclear Blast Mail Order: http://www.nuclearblast.de/shop .

WORSHIP MUSIC Special Edition / ANTHEMS will be released March 22, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

Also check out:
“Anthem” viral video: http://youtu.be/Pq-OPoNXf-Y

Anthrax live 2013:
10.05. CHI Santiago – Teatro Caupolican
12.05. AR Buenos Aires – El Teatro Flores
15.05. BR Sao Paulo – HSBC
17.05. MX Mexico City – Hell & Heaven @ Sala De Armas
18.05. MX Guadalajara – Hell & Heaven Festival
02.08. PL Przystanek – Woodstock
03.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air
11.08. UK Derbyshire – Bloodstock
17.08. D Hamburg – Open Air Festival
18.08. D Herford – X Rockfest

ANTHEMS track list:
1. Anthem (Rush)
2. TNT (AC/DC)
3. Smokin’ (Boston)
4. Keep On Runnin’ (Journey)
5. Big Eyes (Cheap Trick)
6. Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy)
7. Crawl (album version)
8. Crawl (re-mix)

http://www.anthrax.com/

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-Appice “Drum Wars” Kicks Off Canadian Tour May 9; Ten Exclusive Fan VIP Tix Available Per Show

“Drum Wars” Tour — Drumming Legends Vinny Appice & Carmine Appice — The Ultimate Showdown

Legendary drummer brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice will kick off their first Canadian tour on May 9, 2013 at This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton, Ontario. “Drum Wars” was created with Vinny Appice and older brother drumming legend Carmine Appice. It is a Rock Drumming Show featuring music from the history of bands the Appice brothers have played with, as well as drum solos, comedy and a massive drum battle finale that tears it up. The brothers will also offer VIP Ticket Packages to fans for this tour. The packages offer concert attendees an opportunity to hang out with two of rock’s legendary icons — Carmine and Vinny Appice. VIP Packages also include admission to the show and sound check prior to the show; photo opportunities at sound check; free Drum Wars T-shirt; autographed Drum Wars photos; photos of VIP ticket holders behind Carmine and Vinny’s drum sets; and VIP commemorative passes. The VIP Ticket packages are limited to 10 per show and can be purchased for $125US through PayPal at http://www.serge.org/drumwarsviptix.htm .

“There is nothing like Drum Wars in rock music. When me and Vinny play together or battle, it’s like thunder!!” – Carmine Appice

Appice Drum Wars tour dates include:
Thursday, May 9, 2013 – This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton, Ontario – 9:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 2013 – The Rockpile Nightclub, 5555 Dundas Steet West, Toronto, Ontario – 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 – Le Petit Campus, 57 Prince Arthur Est., Montreal, Quebec – 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 12, 2013 – Maverick’s, 221 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario – 7:30 p.m.

Carmine Appice – Bio
As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking band’s 1967 psychedelic debut, inadvertently inventing Stoner Rock in the process. The Fudge had no precedent. The band was totally unique. No rock group, up until that point, had ever so lugubriously s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out well-known pop tunes like the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” and “Ticket To Ride,” Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” Sonny & Cher’s “Bang Bang” Rod Argent’s “She’s Not There” and, most famously, The Supremes’ Motown classic “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” to such hippie heights. With Mark Stein’s mysterioso wash of Grand Guignol keyboard theatrics, Tim Bogert’s amazing and trippy bass runs, and guitarist Vince Martell’s era-happy soloing, Appice boomed like no other drummer in rock history. Their debut album still stands today as a Hard Rock classic. Vanilla Fudge went on to tour with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and even had Led Zeppelin as an opening act.

Post-Fudge, Bogert and Appice formed Cactus (seen as an influence on King’s X and Van Halen). Post-Cactus, the rhythm section found Grammy-winning guitar hero Jeff Beck to form the first super-group: Beck, Bogert & Appice (BBA).

One of the premier showmen in rock, Appice became known worldwide for his astonishing live performances, in addition to becoming a highly sought-after session drummer, recording with countless artists throughout his career. In ’76, he joined Rod Stewart’s band, touring, recording and writing two of Stewart’s biggest hits, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks.” He left Stewart to record his first solo album, ROCKERS, and tour Japan and North America with an all-star band. In the early ’80s, he toured with Ozzy Osbourne and Ted Nugent. In the mid ’80s, he formed King Kobra for two Capitol albums and international touring. And in the late ’80s, Carmine played on a Pink Floyd record — MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON — and formed Blue Murder with Whitesnake’s John Sykes and The Firm’s Tony Franklin. In the early ’90s, he pounded away soul-style for The Edgar Winter Group.

As an educator, Carmine was the first to legitimize rock drumming with his landmark book, “The Realistic Rock Drum Method,” selling over 400,000 copies (now in video format). He was the first rock drummer and rock musician to conduct instructional clinics and symposiums around the world, a tradition he continues. In appreciation for his universal appeal, Los Angeles was one of four cities that have had “Carmine Appice Day.” In ’91, he was forever immortalized via his induction in cement to the Hollywood’s Rock Walk (next to his idols, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich).

Vinny Appice – Bio
Has powered the rhythm live and in the studio with the bands Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Ozzy Osbourne, WWIII, Axis, Rick Derringer, and at age 16 performed with John Lennon “live” on stage and in the studio. Vinny has recorded and co-written songs on over 25 albums and CDs many which are multi-platinum records and still selling numerous copies and downloads today! Drumming across the world for over two decades and playing before countless fans and selling millions of records his drumming can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks and DVDs including “Wayne’s World 2,” “Heavy Metal,” “Iron Eagle,” “Bedazzled” and recently “Bad Teacher.” He is the author of drum instruction book “Rock Steady” and DVD HARD ROCK DRUMMING TECHNIQUES and has performed incredible drum clinics around the globe. Numerous books have been written about Black Sabbath and Dio with the authors always mentioning his unique powerful drumming style and has become a part of rock drumming history!

In 2006, Black Sabbath was reborn as Heaven & Hell with Vinny again driving the rhythm behind the band with the great Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Three world tours followed as well as a CD titled THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, the first studio album since 1991’s DEHUMANIZER. The band also released the HEAVEN & HELL LIVE IN EUROPE DVD in 2010 which was the last video recording of the late Ronnie James Dio at the Wacken Festival in Germany. Vinny can also be heard on the recent release of DIO AT DONINGTON, a live performance of Dio in 1983 and 1987. In 2012, Vinny’s new heavy band Kill Devil Hill featuring mega bassist Rex Brown (Pantera/Down) vocalist Dewey Bragg and guitarist Mark Zavon, toured and released their first CD on SPV Records. The music is a cross between Sabbath, Alice In Chains and some Zep. Vinny is working on the release of a new rock drum instruction book and instructional video.

For more information about Drum Wars, please visit the following web sites:
http://www.drumwars.com/
http://www.facebook.com/appicedrumwars

For more info about the VIP Ticket Package, please visit:
http://www.serge.org/drumwarsviptix.htm

http://www.carmineappice.net/
http://www.vinnyappice.com/

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-Armored Saint’s John Bush Performs On “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance” Soundtrack; Launch Party Video Available

“Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance,” the latest entry in the storied video game franchise, was released in North America last week. On Sunday, February 17th, John Bush joined a host of other musicians to perform songs from the soundtrack at an official launch party at L.A.’s Universal CityWalk. Live footage from the concert, which was held at the Hard Rock Café, is available on youtube.com at http://youtube.com/watch?v=91LFjqGXox8 .

John Bush comments on his involvement: “I was asked through Vince at Metal Blade if I wanted to sing a couple of tracks for ‘Metal Gear’s Revengeance.’ I was excited to be a part of it ’cause I never sang on a video game before. Jamie Christopherson ( http://www.jamiechristopherson.com/ ) is the musical director and he created some killer, heavy tunes. When you play ‘Metal Gear Rising Revengeance,’ listen for the songs ‘Return To Ashes’ and ‘The Hot Wind Blowin’!'”

Additional photos and info from the launch party can be found on http://www.geekexchange.com/ . For more information on “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance,” visit http://www.platinumgames.com/ .

Keep up with John Bush and Armored Saint online:
https://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint
https://twitter.com/thearmoredsaint

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-Lingua Mortis Orchestra: Live Debut On 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise; First Details On Upcoming Album

End of January, the Lingua Mortis Orchestra — founded by German heavy metallers Rage as an orchestral side project — made its live debut over the course of 2013’s 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise: On the high seas in the Caribbean, the 15-member band played two highly celebrated gigs in the packed “Chorus Line Theater” on board of the “Majesty Of The Seas” cruise ship. Enthusiastic feedback by both fans and the press provided the combo with another boost of motivation for the upcoming recordings of the debut album that are due in April under the musical direction of Victor Smolski. Right in time for several booked festival shows (on this year’s Wacken Open Air, among others), Lingua Mortis Orchestra’s debut record is set for an early August release.

Victor Smolski — guitarist and head of the project — comments on the work progress: “Back from Florida’s heat to Germany’s iciness, but there can be no talk of feeling chilly — we’re boiling over with work in our studio! I’m already back in arranging and composing mode, while mountains of scores are piling up on my desk. I’m already fascinated by the new Lingua Mortis Orchestra songs due to their multifacetedness: Rock-hard tracks, some of them even heavier than those of our latest Rage record 21, are contrasted with balladic melodies of sheer beauty. The first official Lingua Mortis Orchestra album will be something very special for us, as we’ve never created anything like this before. You can look forward to a concept album with long tracks, sung by Peavy and enriched with female vocals as well as with exotic orchestra instruments. I’ll keep you posted!”

http://www.rage-on.de/

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-Heavy Metal Television Hits 100,000+ Views In Three Months

PHOENIX, AZ — First came the antenna television, then cable television, followed by satellite television, and now Heavy Metal Television has successfully launched the first network television station, via the Internet. In a mere 90 days over 125,000 IP addresses (unique visitors) have viewed the station, and the numbers continue to grow by the minute. To date there has been no major marketing or mainstream media dollars supporting Heavy Metal Television, just simple word of mouth throughout the world. Consumers can easily tune in through a web address that is NOT a website, as there is NO navigation. There is NO log in, or password required. Nor will you be bothered by annoying pop-ups or Facebook buttons.

Heavy Metal Television was created by a small national US team in September 2012. The network is the home of the one-minute commercial break limited by 20-second commercial spots four to five times an hour, (the station has to pay its bills somehow). Sandwiched between classic and current heavy metal videos, that span over 40 years of metal history, 24 hours a day 365 days a year around the world. Dishing up a buffet of metal delights, is the newly hired eight-person VJ team, that also includes a “Demon” VJ Baron Von Killmore.

Heavy Metal Television beat Apple, Google, YouTube, and Intel in the race to create / offer the first 24-hour international television through the ‘net, for free to consumers. All you have to do to experience it for yourself is tune into http://www.heavymetaltelevision.com/ .

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-50 Concerts In 50 States For Epilepsy Awareness

Partnering with the largest non-profits in the world of epilepsy, Candlelight Concerts for Epilepsy Awareness is proud to announce the first nation-wide epilepsy awareness endeavor — 50 Concerts in 50 States. It’s a network of coordinated live events over one weekend in March 2013.

Candlelight Concerts, along with Epilepsy Foundation ( http://www.EFA.org/ ), CURE: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy ( http://www.CureEpilepsy.org/ ), Team Epilepsy ( http://www.TeamEpilepsy.com/ ) and Doose Syndrome Epilepsy Alliance ( http://www.DooseSyndrome.org/ ), are standing united to raise epilepsy awareness on this single weekend in March.

At each event, volunteers will be present to distribute information regarding epilepsy (a 16-page book prepared specifically for these events), provide access to services, answer questions and raise donations — all of which will go directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Events will vary in size from intimate house concerts with 20-40 attendees to 18,000+ seat arena shows with nationally known touring artists. Artists from all genres — classic rock, folk, jazz, singer/songwriters, orchestras, electronic, comedians, plays and more. All with the same objective, to distribute information and raise epilepsy awareness. All genres, all volunteers involved with the singular purpose to change the way the world sees and understands epilepsy.

This national network of events grows out of Candlelight Concerts for Epilepsy Awareness — a webcast house concert series based in Pennington NJ. Started and run by Eric Miller, whose wife Carolina, passed away in August 2011 at the age of 25 as a result of epilepsy. Since that time, Eric has worked tirelessly to raise epilepsy awareness in her honor and in honor of all those living with or lost to epilepsy. The series has featured such amazing artists as Corey Glover of Living Colour, Eric Bazilian, Chris Barron, The Young Dubliners, Dan Reed, Mary Fahl, and many others. This network of events takes that model and raises it to a national level on a single weekend.

MORE STATES AND DATES WILL BE ADDED

Please visit http://www.CandlelightConcert.org/50.asp for updates.

3/15 – Hapa @ Stella Blue, Maui, HI
3/16 – Hapa @ Stella Blue, Maui, HI
3/17 – Jerrod Niemann 2 Colonial Theatre, Keene, NH
3/17 – Tegan & Sara @ Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
3/20 – Eric Clapton @ Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
3/20 – Terri Hendrix @ St. Marks Episcopal, Houston, TX
3/21 – Soul Asylum @ Woolys, Des Moines, IA
3/21 – Kelley McRae @ Underground 119, Jackson, MS
3/21 – G Love & Special Sauce @ Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
3/22 – Beau Soleil @ Hering Auditorium, Fairbanks, AK
3/22 – Caroline Herring @ Sundilla, Auburn, AL
3/22 – Great Big Sea @ Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO
3/22 – Afro-Cuban All Stars @ Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE
3/22 – Sons Of Cream @ World Café – The Queen, Wilmington, DE
3/22 – Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson With Orchestra @ Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
3/22 – Catie Curtis & David Wilcox @ City Winery, Chicago, IL
3/22 – Shemekia Copeland @ Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, ME
3/22 – G Love & Special Sauce @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
3/22 – David Bromberg Quartet @ Shea Center / William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
3/22 – Jesse Cook @ KiMo Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
3/22 – They Might Be Giants @ The Paramount, Huntington, NY
3/22 – Y&T @ Stage 48, New York, NY
3/22 – Madeleine Peyroux @ Jazz At Lincoln Center, New York, NY (early & late show)
3/22 – Colbie Caillat @ Ohio University Memorial Auditorium, Athens, OH
3/22 – Rita Coolidge With Dayton Philharmonic @ The Schuster Center, Dayton, OH
3/22 – Brian Regan @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
3/22 – Jeffrey Gaines @ The Ritz, Lancaster, PA
3/22 – Soul Asylum @ The Vault, Sioux Falls, SD
3/22 – Eric Clapton @ Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
3/22 – Loudon Wainwright III @ The Lyric, Blacksburg, VA
3/22 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Ferguson Center For The Arts, Newport News, VA
3/23 – Kelley McRae @ Moonlight On The Mountain, Birmingham, AL
3/23 – Jesse Cook @ Scottsdale Center Performing Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
3/23 – Boulder Philharmonic @ Boulder Philharmonic, Boulder, CO
3/23 – Great Big Sea @ Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO
3/23 – David Bromberg Quartet @ Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
3/23 – Sam Miller Memorial @ Vitoria Station Café, Putnam, CT
3/23 – Anjelah Johnson @ Egyptian Theatre, Boise, ID
3/23 – Eternity Singers @ Valley Grace, Pikeville, KY
3/23 – Eric Clapton @ New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
3/23 – Y&T @ Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
3/23 – Paula Poundstone @ Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, ME
3/23 – Steel Wheels @ The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI
3/23 – Owl City @ The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
3/23 – “Dannee White” (Play) @ Justice Fellowship, Raleigh, NC
3/23 – Minus The Bear/Circa Survive @ Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC
3/23 – Sound Investment @ Party & Event Center, Saluda, NC
3/23 – “Childrens Play” (Play) @ Papermill, Millburn, NJ
3/23 – Jeffrey Gaines, Jann Klose & Gary Hoey @ Trinity UMC, Ewing, NJ
3/23 – Madeleine Peyroux @ Jazz At Lincoln Center, New York, NY (early & late show)
3/23 – Rita Coolidge With Dayton Philharmonic @ The Schuster Center, Dayton, OH
3/23 – Emily Drennan @ Freehold Center, Bristow, OK
3/23 – Karen Drucker @ St. Claire, Ashland, OR
3/23 – Garbage @ Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
3/23 – The Fab Faux @ Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
3/23 – Rockapella @ Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
3/23 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, VA
3/23 – Brian Regan @ Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
3/23 – Sarah Lou Richards @ Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
3/24 – Various @ Powerhouse Grill, Fayatteville, AR
3/24 – Afro-Cuban All Stars @ Howard Theatre, Washington, DC
3/24 – Various @ Knights Of Columbus, Whitman, MA
3/24 – Garbage @ The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
3/24 – Brian Regan @ Dennison Theatre, Missoula, MT
3/24 – NYGASP @ Algonquin Arts, Manasquan, NJ
3/24 – Paint The Pony @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
3/24 – Gary Hoey @ Candlelight Concert, Pennington, NJ
3/24 – Zach Carr & Chris Glowacki @ Wheatfield Community Center, Lake Towananda, NY
3/24 – Various @ The Fuge, Warminster, PA
3/24 – David Bromberg Quartet @ Colonial Theater, Phoenixville, PA
3/24 – Y&T @ Rock Junction, West Greenwich, RI
3/24 – Donavon Frankenreiter @ The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
3/24 – Danny Schmidt @ Stone Room House Concert, Falls Church, VA
3/24 – Sarah Lou Richards @ Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
3/25 – Lindsey Stirling @ The Granada, Lawrence, KS
3/25 – Donavon Frankenreiter @ Jackson Hole Center For Arts, Jackson Hole, WY
3/26 – The Pines @ Hopkins Center For The Arts, Hopkins, MN
3/26 – Todd Snider @ Higher Ground, Burlington, VT
3/27 – Donavon Frankenreiter @ The Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
3/27 – Emily Hurd @ Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL
3/30 – Grizzly Bear @ Carnegie Hall Of Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA
4/2 – Chris Trapper @ Triple Door, Seattle, WA
4/3 – Terri Hendrix @ Private House Concert – Kelly Crofoot, Slaton, TX

Contact:
contact@candlelightconcert.org (Eric Miller)
http://www.CandlelightConcert.org/50.asp
http://www.Facebook.com/CandlelightConcert

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-Proto-Metal Legends Dust To Have Their Two Classic Albums Reissued Via Sony/Legacy

There are few artists you can single-handedly point to as being a trailblazers of a specific musical style. But when it comes to American heavy metal, Dust is one such band. Comprised of singer/guitarist/songwriter Richie Wise, bassist Kenny Aaronson, and drummer Marc Bell (with Kenny Kerner supplying lyrics and sharing songwriting and production duties), the band issued a pair of cult classic albums — 1971’s self-titled debut and 1972’s HARD ATTACK — before splitting up. Both albums have been long out-of-print, but headbangers will now get a chance to discover the legend, as Sony/Legacy will be reissuing both albums on a re-mastered (from the original analog master tapes) single CD on April 16th, with a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl version released on April 20th.

“We were loud and fast, and it was just unreal,” recalls Wise. “Even when we played low, we were 20 times louder than everybody else. When we got our record deal, I got three Marshall stacks, Kenny Aaronson bought four Acoustic 360 watt amps, Marc bought this huge set of Ludwigs with a big 28-inch bass drum. On stage, it was just an amazing amount of exhale — not a whole lot of inhale.”

And while they may not have acquired fame with Dust, all four aforementioned contributors found success elsewhere — Bell as the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame/Grammy Award-winning drummer for the Ramones (after changing his name to Marky Ramone), Aaronson as a bassist-for-hire with rock’s elite (Bob Dylan, Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett), and Kerner & Wise as a successful production duo (who produced Kiss’ first two classic albums).

As evidenced by such metallic rockers as “From A Dry Camel,” “Suicide,” and “Stone Woman,” the band had no problem matching the power and the fury of such peers as Black Sabbath. “Musically, locally, we stuck out,” explains Bell. “We were teenagers, but we were pretty developed as musicians — concerning that genre. Nobody else in Brooklyn that I knew of could do what we could do as a threesome. And we had a style. Yeah, we could all play blues and rock, but we took it further. We took it to different time changes within the songs, and people weren’t doing that at that time.”

With modern day technology at their disposal, the newly re-mastered Dust release rocks harder than ever before — as the band worked directly with the original master tapes. “We tweaked it a bit,” points out Aaronson. “But didn’t want to stray too far from the original, because that’s what people who do know it are used to. If it was up to me, I was thinking, ‘I wish I could re-mix the whole record,’ but the re-mastering was nice.”

But it’s the quality of Dust’s music that has persevered all these years, and the proof is within the upcoming DUST/HARD ATTACK reissue. “I think the music is relevant today,” says Kerner. “I think young kids who never heard it before will find new metal heroes, and people who grew up with Dust will rekindle their love for this music and this band!”

Clip on YouTube telling the Dust story posted here:

For more information please visit:
http://www.legacyrecordings.com/

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-AFM Records News

[Note: This compiles multiple updates. – Tim]

Masterplan: New Album NOVUM INITIUM To Be Released On April 26!

A highly-anticipated release that Melodic Metal fans worldwide are looking forward to: the new Masterplan album NOVUM INITIUM will be released on April 26.

The band, which now features vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance, Thunderstone) and bassist Jari Kainulainen (ex-Stratovarius) in its ranks, also recently filmed a video clip for the first single “Keep Your Dream Alive.”

NOVUM INITIUM will be released as CD, ltd. digi-pak and ltd. vinyl.

The New Black: Video Clip & Album Trailer Available!

German heavy rockers The New Black do it again: their third album III: CUT LOOSE will be released on March 15. The 17-track strong (first edition digi-pak) album was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids) and shows The New Black on top of their game.

First teasers are available with the video clip “Count Me In” ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1VLKIVNJj4 ) and a brand new album trailer that includes snippets of the 12 regular album songs ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxltTeyWbw8 ).

Stahlmann: “Süchtig” Single Available / Album ADAMANT Out In April!

Following up to their top 40 album QUECKSILBER (2012), German electro/Goth rockers Stahlmann will release their highly-anticipated new album ADAMANT on April 19.

The first single “Süchtig” is out now.

http://afm.musiclogistics.net/releases/31906?lang=en

Lordi: Live Appearance On German TV — Pro 7 “Wok Racing Championships!”

Last Saturday, only one day after the release of their new album TO BEAST OR NOT TO BEAST, Finnish monster rockers Lordi not only presented their new single “The Riff” on German TV, “Team Lordi” also competed in Pro 7’s “Wok Racing Championships!”

And as cool as the team retained its composure in the ice trail, their performance of “The Riff” was melting snow and ice with lots of flames and pyros.

See a video of Lordi’s “The Riff” performance:

http://tvtotal.prosieben.de/tvtotal/videos/player/index.html?contentId=139335

And also the show’s host Stefan Raab could not hide from the claws of Lordi…

Gama Bomb Unveils Cover Art, Track List And Single From THE TERROR TAPES!

Irish thrashers Gama Bomb have unveiled the artwork and track list for their forthcoming album THE TERROR TAPES.

The band’s fourth album, to be released on April 19 in Europe and April 22 in the UK, followed by a US release on May 7, boasts a cover illustrated by veteran movie poster artist Graham Humphreys who created pieces for classics “A Nightmare On Elm Street” and “Evil Dead.”

“We grew up in terror of VHS covers painted by Graham, but we never knew his name,” says vocalist Philly Byrne. “We found him, had the audacity to chat to him, and now it’s a dream come true to work together and to see the astounding work he’s done for us.

“The cover shows a man being consumed by a giant, living tape machine. It’s got the feeling of a grubby old 1980s video sleeve I think. It ties in perfectly with our obsession with old technology and mad horror imagery. It’s the best album cover we’ve ever had. Everyone else’s album art sucks because of this.”

THE TERROR TAPES will be preceded by a single for the track “Terrorscope,” available both as a completely free download on March 26, with a vinyl release following in April.

“It was really important to us to give people some music for nothing,” says Byrne. “It’s how we get our music and we want people to know we’re cool with them doing that, as long as they support us. Support comes from a lot of different places, not just the front pocket.”

Gama Bomb have also revealed the track list of the album, which will be released on AFM Records and follows the band’s 2009 album TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE.

THE TERROR TAPES track listing:

1. The Wrong Stuff
2. Legend Of Speed
3. Backwards Bible
4. Beverly Hills Robocop
5. Smoke The Blow With Willem Dafoe
6. We Started The Fire
7. Terrorscope
8. The Cannibals Are In The Streets – All Flesh Must Be Eaten
9. Sh*tting Yourself To Live
10. Matrioshka Brain
11. Metal Idiot
12. Wrecking Ball

AFM Records
http://www.afm-records.de/

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-Spock’s Beard: BRIEF NOCTURNES AND DREAMLESS SLEEP

[Note: This is from RadiantRecords.com. – Tim]

In their 20 years together, Spock’s Beard have built a reputation for invention, musicality and sheer restive energy. Yet perhaps nothing they have done before can properly prepare you for their 11th studio album. BRIEF NOCTURNES AND DREAMLESS SLEEP is an album that will constantly surprise. For one thing, this represents the studio debut of a new lineup. For another it sees the return of an old friend.

Let’s deal with the former first. Because long-time members Alan Morse (guitar/vocals), Dave Meros (bass/keyboards/vocals) and Ryo Okumoto (keyboards/vocals) are now joined by vocalist Ted Leonard and drummer Jimmy Keegan. “Jimmy’s been our live drummer now for about 10 years,” says Meros. “But this is the first time he’s been in the studio with us. He’s very creative, as well as being a killer drummer, and he also has an amazing voice. So his presence has definitely brought an extra dimension to what we do. Ted is a vocalist who is capable of many different vocal styles and there was always the possibility that he’d bring something very different to our sound, but he got the Spock’s Beard vibe straight away and it sounds like he’s been singing with us for years. He is also quite a good guitar player and songwriter and that is very evident on this new CD.”

As for that aforementioned “old friend,” well that sees a return for Neal Morse, who left the band in 2002. Well, a return as songwriter anyway.

“Al and Neal are brothers, of course, and keep in regular contact with each other. What happened was that Al spoke to Neal and told him he was working on some ideas. Neal said he’d love to help, so Al went down to Nashville, where his brother’s now living, and they collaborated on the songs ‘Afterthoughts’ (for which Leonard later wrote the lyrics) and ‘Waiting For Me.’ I have to admit that I was worried, because Neal might make us sound a bit ‘retro-Beard.’ But the tracks turned out really well.”

Co-produced by Al Morse, Rich Mouser and John Boegehold (who once again also has a hand in the songwriting process as he has done since 2003), the album again sees Spock’s Beard stretching out into new musical areas. “This happens with every album we do. They each sound different from what has gone before. I think BRIEF NOCTURNES… is sonically superior to anything we’ve done before. Maybe part of the reason for this is that we spent the best part of a year working on it. Not in one stretch, but we’d go into the studio, do some recording, then take a break and return for some more work. That would give us a little time to live with the songs and have time to make changes when necessary.

“Inevitably, there are some supreme, standout moments on the album. One of these is ‘Afterthoughts,’ which is the latest in the ongoing series of songs in the ‘Thoughts’ cycle. It’s quirky, with four-part vocal harmonies which are reminiscent of Gentle Giant. And then there’s ‘Submerged.’ Ted had originally written and recorded this for his solo album WAY HOME (released in 2007), and it’s a real stadium rocker. We’ve adapted it to our own sound, but still stayed faithful to Ted’s original arrangement. I wouldn’t say it’s strictly Prog Rock, but fits what we do and is a great song.”

As always, Spock’s Beard take fans on a irresistible journey. And Meros says the band are also fully aware of ensuring the songs aren’t too overproduced. “There was a stage when we went over the top with orchestrations, and that made it impossible to recreate the songs live without a lot of help. Now, we ensure everything you heard on the album can be played onstage.”

So, what does Meros hope fans will get out of BRIEF NOCTURNES AND DREAMLESS SLEEP? “Well, some will be shocked that Neal is involved. But I hope they appreciate the musical surprises here. This album is quirky, edgy, reminding us a little bit of older times in the band, but also taking us further forward. I am proud of what we’ve done. I believe this is the way Spock’s Beard should sound in 2013.”

Track List:

1. Hiding Out
2. I Know Your Secret
3. A Treasure Abandoned
4. Submerged
5. Afterthoughts
6. Something Very Strange
7. Waiting For Me

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-Telergy — New Album Featuring Members Of Porcupine Tree, Spock’s Beard, Hawkwind, King’s X, Magellan, Twisted Sister, Trans-Siberian Orchestra Coming Soon!

Composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Robert McClung formed Telergy in 2009 with the goal of bringing amazing musicians from all over the world together to tell the stories behind historical events through a wild blend of progressive rock, classical, jazz and world music.

The project’s first album THE EXODUS was released in 2011 to worldwide acclaim. The album featured many incredible musicians from a wide range of genres.

The album won the hearts of fans and critics around the globe, and soon numerous notable musicians from all over the progressive rock world and beyond were on board to be involved with the next Telergy album THE LEGEND OF GOODY COLE. Artists such as…

o Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree)
o Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard)
o Nik Turner (Hawkwind)
o Ty Tabor (King’s X)
o Trent Gardner (Magellan)
o Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
o Emmanuel De Saint Méen (Delusion Squared)
o Joe Cairney (Comedy Of Errors)
o Joel Hoekstra (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger)
o Valerie Vigoda (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Cyndi Lauper, Groovelily)
o Laura Sanscartier (Boston Symphony Orchestra, James Taylor)
o Mattan Klein (world renowned jazz flutist)
o Andy Reiner (The Earth Stringband)
o Rory Makem (The Makem Brothers)
o Tim Nunes (The Nero Complex)
o Adam Nunes (The Nero Complex)

And many, many more…

THE LEGEND OF GOODY COLE tells the true story of Eunice “Goody” Cole, who was convicted of witchcraft in the small New England town of Hampton, New Hampshire in the year 1656.

After serving the better part of 15 years in a Boston Jail, Eunice returned to Hampton to find that her husband had died and the town had seized their 40-acre farm. Frail and elderly, she was given a small shack on the marshland outside of town to live out her final days.

Upon her death she was hurriedly buried in a shallow, unmarked grave, with a stake through her heart to keep the evil spirits from escaping. Her ghost has been reported to wander the town at night searching for her grave stone.

This captivating tale is brought to life through the powerful, lush, energy filled music that Telergy creates, and transports the listener on a journey they will never forget.

Telergy is a completely independent project that receives no support from a major record label. Crowd funding is the only way to cover the large costs of mastering and duplication.

A portion of the profits from this album will be donated to the Hampton New Hampshire Historical Society in an effort to update and restore Goody Cole’s currently unmarked memorial stone.

Donate today and become a part of Progressive Rock history!!

Hear sound clips and find out more at http://www.telergymusic.com/ .

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-Escape Music To Release Stala & So.’s PLAY ANOTHER ROUND In April

Artist: Stala & So.
Title: PLAY ANOTHER ROUND
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Hard Rock
Label: Escape Music
Release Date: 12. April 2013

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

Track list:
1. Rock Until I’m Done (3:52)
2. Tokyo Delights (3:42)
3. The Boys And Having Fun (4:00)
4. Never Again (4:07)
5. Back Together (3:54)
6. Alrite Tonite (3:23)
7. Life Goes On (3:27)
8. All Alone (4:18)
9. All She Wrote (4:05)
10. For Your Love (3:38)
11. Rockstar (3:47)
12. Pamela (bonus track) (3:07)
13. Shot In The Dark (bonus track) (3:38)

Specials: finest hard rock featuring ex-Lordi member!

Founded in 1997, Stala & So. is known for melodic rock tunes and a positive attitude.

The band has had the freedom to follow their own direction with their music and live performances while entertaining audiences and gathering lots of fans from all over the world along the way. The ’70s and ’80s glam rock bands, such as Sweet, T-Rex and ZIGGY STARDUST-era David Bowie, have had a strong influence on the band’s image. Stala & So. is making music professionally and also having fun with it. The late Finnish comedian, Spede Pasanen, said: “The main thing is to have FUN!” This has been, and continues to be, the guideline for the band as well.

In the beginning of 2011 the band became familiar to the Finnish TV-viewing people by taking part in the Finnish Eurovision Song Contest. They made their way to the national finals. There is also one ESC 2006 winner in the band’s lineup. After the Eurovision show it was time for the Finnish release of their self-written, -recorded and -produced debut album IT IS SO.

On October 24 the Japanese record company, King Records, released the IT IS SO. album in Japan and Southeast Asia. The German-based music company, Music Buy Mail, released the album in Europe and South America on September. In the fall of 2011 the band recorded five new songs and those were released as an EP, titled GIMME FIVE.

The band toured in Europe with Vain (US) throughout March 2012. This was Stala & So.’s first international tour and they played in countries like Great Britain, Germany, Belgium and Scandinavia. The songwriting and the pre-production for the new album began immediately after the European tour. The American top producer, Beau Hill, contacted the band and wanted to do some co-operation. Beau Hill has produced several multi-million selling album in the hard rock history, from the bands like Ratt, Europe, Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister and Warrant. As a result of this fruitful co-operation with Stala & So., Beau Hill mixed the first single, “Rock Until I’m Done,” from the upcoming album. It was released on November 7, 2012.

PLAY ANOTHER ROUND is the second outing for the band, and has some great melodies.

This is Stala & So. for your listening and viewing pleasure. Enjoy the ride!

Lineup:
Sampsa “Stala” Astela – Lead Vocals (Kita – ex-Lordi, Finland)
Nick Gore – Bass, vocals (ex-Lordi, Finland)
Sami J. – Lead Guitars, Vocals
Pete Vaughn – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Hank – Drums

Escape Music
http://www.Escape-Music.com/
info@escape-music.com

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-Lion Music April Releases: Mastercastle & Ashent

Mastercastle
ON FIRE
Lion Music
Release: 19 April 2013

Track List:
1. Silver Eyes
2. Chains
3. Platinum
4. Quicksilver
5. Gold Violet
6. The Final Battle
7. Leaden Roads
8. Titanium Wings
9. Almost A Fantasy

ON FIRE is the smoldering new album from Mastercastle. ON FIRE consists of nine tracks of melodic heavy metal with neo-classical influences from a band that has rapidly forged a glowing reputation thanks to their previous three releases.

Led by the powerful vocals of Giorgia Gueglio, the virtuoso guitar of Pier Gonella and driving bass lines of Steve Vawamas, ON FIRE marks the first release with one of the world’s most respected drummers John Macaluso (Ark, Yngwie Malmsteen, and James LaBrie). This new addition has given the band a kick up the proverbial backside taking their unique brand of metal to an even higher plateau. On the band’s new member Pier Gonella comments, “John gives us great energy because from the first time he heard our music he was really impressed. He participated in the composing process and his vast experience was a great help for the album’s production.”

Once again all lyrics were composed by Giorgia Gueglio, “I started the lyrics with the intention of writing a concept album with the title METALS, concerning metals in metallurgy, chemistry, alchemy and magic. But during their creation I found my lyrics full of sentiments, suffering and emotions. So METALS became too cold. Many tracks have a title with a metal within, but these are ‘warmed’ by blood, my/our human warmth, the passion of making music in a difficult world. So the album title was changed to ON FIRE. ON FIRE is a hot work, very human. On the front cover (also created by Giorgia) you can see a metal hearth. It represents our body that became real and can be hot or burn thanks to our emotions.”

On the new album Gonella comments, “I don’t feel a big difference to our previous releases, but I think this is our most (and best) melodic album so far. Our first album THE PHOENIX had a similar sound but with more evident classical influences. For the second album LAST DESIRE we moved to hard rock style and less neoclassical. Our third album DANGEROUS DIAMONDS was somewhere between those first two, with heavy riffs and powerful sounds. This new album has our best work in the vocal melodies and their presence, with a more ‘natural’ sound, especially in the drums. There are some classical influences in the instrumental songs, and generally it has a heavier vibe in many ways thanks to Giorgia’s vocals. The production is also heavy but never harsh and really emphasis the power this band has.”

The writing process for ON FIRE began three months after the release of DANGEROUS DIAMONDS in February 2012 shortly after John Macaluso joined the band. Many demos where recorded with John of the new material before recording for the album began proper with drums first being recorded from July 2012 to September 2012. Gonella recorded the album along with Macaluso aiming for a strong metal sound without the reliance on triggered samples and sounds. Guitar and bass recording came next before vocals were laid down. After the mix was also done by Gonnela and Macaluso before the album was mastered the album by Pier with Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio from late 2012 to early 2013.

ON FIRE sees release on Lion Music on 19 April 2013 with a promo video for the track “Chains” on YouTube, etc.

Ashent
FLAWS OF ELATION
Lion Music
19 April 2013

Track List:
1. Flaws Of Men
2. Mhysteric
3. Awakened’s Transitions
4. Fallen Angel
5. Illusory
6. Silent Remedy
7. Anaemic Ardency
8. Persistence Of Frailty
9. A Puzzled Sentiment
10. Eden
11. Awakened’s transitions (demo 2003)
12. Fallen Angel (demo 2003)
13. Anaemic Ardency (demo 2003)
14. Eden (demo 2003)

Following on from the recent success of INHERITANCE, the latest release from Italian progressive metal outfit Ashent, Lion Music are pleased to offer up a timely reissue of the band’s long out-of-print 2006 debut album FLAWS OF ELATION. In addition this new print comes with all-new artwork and the additional bonus of the band’s very first ultra-rare 2003 four-track demo!

FLAWS OF ELATION is a prog-power experience with some modern techno-thrash influences which are reflected in the way Ashent arrange and play guitars and drums. There are also some death metal references, in the mode the band use growling as backing vocals that have their importance in the economy of Ashent’s sound, wisely mixed with a modern prog attitude that uses avant-garde and gothic elements in order to create intense and dramatic music. The atmosphere is very dark, but the vocals of American vocalist Steve Braun are extremely melodic, supported by some beautiful orchestrations.

On FLAWS OF ELATION bassist Gianpaolo Falanga comments, “FLAWS OF ELATION was our debut, originally released seven years ago. Looking back now we wanted to share for the first time our complete musical vision for the long distance demonstrating that the progressive power metal could be created in a more aggressive and personal way than the usual clichés heard in the genre. We aimed to develop a balance between catchy vocals and huge riffing, creating true songs with interesting arrangements.”

On the change in sound from the bonus 2003 demos to the FLAWS OF ELATION album Gian comments, “At the time of our first official demo, the songs had a more ‘power-metal’ attitude, with less complex drum work and keyboards being more dominant. We decided to release the 2003 demos at the end of this reissue in order to underline the stylistic differences between the four songs in the original 2003 version, in comparison with the 2006 versions. You can clearly observe the renewed sound approach, with the introduction of seven strings guitars, more dynamic drum patterns and fills, but also a lot of choirs and harmonizations, with the aim to magnify the two sides of our sound: the aggressive and the melodic.”

Not only does the FLAWS OF ELATION album mark a refinement of the band’s sound, but also a change in personnel with new singer Steve Braun, drummer Davide Buso and guitarist Cristiano Bergamo joining the band between the album’s creation and the 2003 demos.

Ashent – FLAWS OF ELATION sees release through Lion Music on 19th April 2013.

Musicians
FLAWS OF ELATION Lineup:
Steve Braun (vocals)
Onofrio Falanga (guitars)
Gianpaolo Falanga (bass and growl)
Davide Buso (drums)
Cristiano Bergamo (guitars)
Paolo Torresani (keyboards)

ASHENT (demo) Lineup:
Max Zhena (vocals)
Onofrio Falanga (guitars)
Gianpaolo Falanga (bass and growl)
Jacopo “JC” De Simone (drums)
Thomas Giro (guitars)
Paolo Torresani (keyboards)

Credits
FLAWS OF ELATION:
Produced by Onofrio Falanga, Gianpaolo Falanga and Luigi Stefanini
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Luigi Stefanini at New Sin Studio, January 2006
Drum recorded at The Outer Sound Studio, December 2005
Guitar solo on “Fallen Angel” by Gianluca Ferro ( http://www.gianlucaferro.com/ )

ASHENT (demo):
Produced by Onofrio Falanga, Gianpaolo Falanga and Luigi Stefanini
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Luigi Stefanini at New Sin Studio, February 2003
Reissue artwork and layout by Mario Sànchez Nevado ( http://www.aegis-strife.net/ )

Official Website
http://www.ashent.net/
http://www.facebook.com/ashentband
http://www.youtube.com/user/ASHENTBAND

Lion Music
http://www.lionmusic.com/
http://twitter.com/lionmusic
http://www.facebook.com/LionMusicRecordLabel

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-Vindictiv Signs With Escape Music

Swedish metallers Vindictiv has inked a deal with UK based label Escape Music Ltd. The band’s third album, CAGE OF INFINITY, was mixed by Lars Chriss (Lion’s Share), and will mark the recording debut of their new singer, Marco Sandron (ex-Eden’s Curse).

“With the new album we are heading in a more straight-ahead heavy metal direction compared to the first two releases. I made an effort to make the album cohesive, but as a notorious shredder, I couldn’t restrain myself completely,” laughs band leader and guitar wiz Stefan Lindholm.

Vindictiv released two albums so far — the self-titled debut in 2008 and GROUND ZERO in 2009. Apart from his main band, Stefan has been a successful soloist on a number of albums, among them record producer Tom Galley’s international project Phenomena and Soulspell. Other great vocalists Stefan has worked with include Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Oliver Hartmann (At Vance, Avantasia), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) and Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire).

Web:
http://www.escape-music.com/
http://www.stefanlindholm.net/

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-Napalm Records News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

Van Canto: Renew Deal With Napalm

After the release of 2011’s BREAK THE SILENCE (number 23 in the German long-play charts) and the headlining tour through seven European countries in support of this album, the vocal masters of Van Canto took the very first live break in their career. They used the time to work on numerous side projects — including Stef’s new Power Metal band Heavatar — and to recharge the batteries for their return in 2013! Besides festival appearances (e.g. RockHarz and Summerbreeze) the band will also release their fifth studio album in the fall/winter of 2013. In addition, Van Canto renewed their deal with Napalm Records.

Nadir / Napalm Records A&R: “Van Canto is innovative, unique and polarizing — that’s the best thing that can happen to a label. You must not let a band like this go, and that’s why we are proud that Van Canto continue to work with us. Together, we will shake the foundations of the Metal world!”

Stef / Van Canto: “To take a break for a full year was quite odd for us. Maybe there are bands that are satisfied with releasing an album every five years, but for us it felt quite unnatural to stay away from the stage for a full year. We have checked out new things, and are now more eager than ever to return with Van Canto. We are happy that Napalm Records will be the partner for our fifth album. The album will be the most heroic, heaviest and most symphonic album in our discography, and we cannot wait to enter the studio. Rakkatakka Motherf*ckers!”

Van Canto – Official Website
http://www.vancanto.de/

Legion Of The Damned: Entering The Studio

Get ready for merciless brutality, because Legion Of The Damned are about to enter the Stage One Studio in order the record their new songs with Andy Classen. RAVENOUS PLAGUE will be unleashed in the summer! In addition, the band will post a first update from the studio in the upcoming days!

Legion Of The Damned – Official Website
http://www.legionofthedamned.net/

The Sorrow & Kontrust: Nominated For Austrian Amadeus Award

Congratulations to The Sorrow and Kontrust! Both are nominated for an Amadeus Award in the category “Hard & Heavy.” The bands count on your vote, which can be cast on a weekly basis! Let’s turn the Amadeus Awards into the Napalm Awards!

Vote here:
http://www.amadeusawards.at/voting/

Kontrust: “Hey DJ!”

The Austrian Crossover-heroes release the clip to “Hey DJ!” Click on the link below to watch the video! Get ready for gingerbread, leather trousers, a dirndl dress and heavy grooves are waiting for you!

“Hey DJ!” – Official Video

Tiamat: “384”

Mastermind Johan Edlund presents the Tiamat fans with the clip to “384,” which was directed by Ioanna Lampropoulou. Make sure to check out this visual masterpiece. The song is taken from the latest album THE SCARRED PEOPLE.

“384” – Official Video

Delain – INTERLUDE

Dutch Symphonic Metallers Delain thank their loyal supporters by presenting them with a special release. INTERLUDE is a fantastic blend of brand new songs, special versions and mixes of popular Delain tracks, covers (e.g. “Smalltown Boy” or “Such A Shame”) and the beautiful single “Are You Done With Me.” Thanks to the new mix, the well-known anthem shines with a newfound splendor. The album includes a special bonus DVD featuring exclusive live footage and all clips from the band’s career. INTERLUDE is not only a must for loyal Delain fans, but also for those who have not experienced the music by Charlotte Wessels and her band members so far. It is the perfect introduction to the world of Delain and the starting point to an emotional and bombastic journey!

Release Dates:
01.05.2013 ESP/SWE/NOR
03.05.2013 G/A/S/FIN & Benelux
06.05.2013 Rest of Europe
07.05.2013 USA/CAN

CD Track Listing:
1. Breathe On Me
2. Collars And Suits
3. Are You Done With Me (new single mix)
4. Such A Shame
5. Cordell
6. Smalltown Boy
7. We Are The Others (new ballad version)
8. Mother Machine (live)
9. Get The Devil Out Of Me (live)
10. Milk And Honey (live)
11. Invidia (live)
12. Electricity (live)
13. Not Enough (live)
Bonus DVD:
1. Invidia (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
2. Electricity (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
3. We Are The Others (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
4. Milk And Honey (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
5. Not Enough (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
6. Backstage footage
7. Get The Devil Out Of Me (Video clip)
8. We Are The Others (Video clip with Album Version)
9. April Rain (Video clip)
10. Frozen (Video clip)

Delain – Official Website
http://site.delain.nl/

F.K.Ü. – 4: RISE OF THE MOSH MONGERS

The Swedish Horror Metal Mosh band are about to paint the town red with their latest offering. Over the course of a very intense hour, the listener will be haunted by rapid tracks and razor-sharp riffs. There’s no chance to take a breather, when the bloodthirsty bunch revolving around Larry Lethal are calling to mosh! Even fans of other genres will immediately be transformed into Die-Hard Moshoholics and will crave for more songs just like zombies will crave for the brains of the living. With a perfect grasp for heavy grooves and lethal melodies, F.K.Ü. puts the pedal to the metal from the very first to the last second! Are you ready to get moshed?

Release Dates:
24.04.2013 ESP/SWE/NOR
26.04.2013 G/A/S/FIN & Benelux
29.04.2013 Rest of Europe
07.05.2013 USA/CAN

Track List:
1. Moshocalypse Now
2. Rise Of The Mosh Mongers
3. Black Hole Hell
4. Cannibal Detox
5. The Überslasher Pt. 1
6. Scream Bloody Mosher
7. Esox Lucius
8. The Überslasher Pt. 2
9. At The Mountains Of Madness
10. A Nightmare Made Thrash
11. 112 Ocean Avenue
12. The Überslasher Pt. 3
13. Marz Attacks
14. Terror Train
15. The Überslasher Pt. 4
16. They Feed In The Dark
17. Anthem Of The Moshoholics
18. Mirrors Painted Black (Bonus Track – Limited Edition)
19. The New Flesh (Bonus Track – Limited Edition)

F.K.Ü. – Official Website
http://www.moshoholics.com/

Atrocity – OKKULT

“With OKKULT we want to start a very special album trilogy! OKKULT will be heavy, bombastic, but also bleak at the same time. The trilogy will not only consist of the most brutal and heaviest Atrocity albums in years, but also the darkest long-players in our history,” explains front man Alex Krull. On the one hand the band utilizes lots of bombast and big choirs, while on the other hand Atrocity offers pure, heavy, and authentic Metal songs that will get under the listener’s skin. All elements of the sound are in perfect harmony. The fulminant production has a sweeping quality and gives the songs the necessary power, atmosphere and brutality. Thus, it is possible to dive right into the lyrical concept. The concept is more than one-dimensional: The lyrics concern themselves with occult magic, mysterious places, to conspiracy theories and unsolved mysteries. John Milton’s visions of “Pandæmonium” become reality. “Death By Metal,” a mysterious story of long gone times, is Atrocity’s homage to their musical roots and at the same time their band hymn. The finishing touches for the gloomy atmosphere of OKKULT were provided by the Canadian sound designer Katie Halliday (known for acclaimed work on movies like “Saw V,” “Saw VI,” “Saw 3D (VII),” “The Devil’s Carnival” or “Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil.” She received numerous awards for her outstanding craft. The orchestral parts were recorded in Minsk with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra with Victor Smolski (Rage) as the conductor. Besides all the heaviness and bombast, Atrocity are demonstrating their excellent intuition for nice and catchy songs and wrote a real club hit with the catchy “Satans Braut.” Check out the band’s website for more details about the upcoming album and details about the first global treasure hunt in the Metal world!

Release Dates:
24.04.2013 ESP/SWE/NOR
26.04.2013 G/A/S/FIN & Benelux
29.04.2013 Rest of Europe
07.05.2013 USA/CAN

Track List:
1. Pandaemonium
2. Death By Metal
3. March Of The Undying
4. Haunted By Demons
5. Murder Blood Assassination
6. Necromancy Divine
7. Satans Braut
8. Todesstimmen
9. Masaya
10. When Empires Fall To Dust
11. Beyond Perpetual Ice
12. La Voisine

Atrocity – Official Website
http://www.atrocity.de/

Napalm Records
http://www.napalmrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords
http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

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-Kingcrow: New Video From Italian Prog Metal Quintet Available

Italian progressive metal outfit Kingcrow today unveils a newly completed video for the song “Morning Rain,” the third single to be released from their recently released fifth album, IN CRESCENDO.

Released on February 12 via Sensory Records, IN CRESCENDO has been reaping acclaim from rock and metal critics worldwide, and exposing countless new fans throughout the scene to Kingcrow’s massive sounds. The vibrant visual depiction of “Morning Rain” — the most melodic and emotional track to be found on the nearly hour-long IN CRESCENDO — was written by Devilnax and Kingcrow’s Diego Cafolla, and filmed and directed by Mauro Marani Studio and Devilnax.

Observe “Morning Rain” for yourself right here:

The opening song on IN CRESCENDO, “Right Before” is streaming at PureGrainAudio, and the second track, “This Ain’t Another Love Song,” is playing at Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. The links:

http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/kingcrow-right-before-song-stream-exclusive-world-premiere
http://www.bravewords.com/news/198494

Following their glorious set at 2012’s ProgPower USA festival, Kingcrow recently confirmed their forthcoming return to North America this Spring, this time in support of IN CRESCENDO. The trek will begin April 28 with a one-off in Atlanta, Georgia, before hooking up with Pain Of Salvation for the main tour. The tour will traverse through Virginia and Maryland before hitting the annual RosFest ( http://www.rosfest.com/ ) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania alongside The Flower Kings, Shadow Gallery, Riverside and more. Following the festival the tour will hit New York City before heading into Canada for shows in Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto, then dropping back into the US for shows in Chicago and Minneapolis. Stay tuned as new tour updates are announced in the coming weeks. Check out a teaser for the tour and more here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/02/07/kingcrow-announces-north-american-tour-new-track-available/

Kingcrow North American Tour:
4/28/2013 The Local – Atlanta, GA w/ Halcyon Way, Imminent Sonic Destruction

Kingcrow w/ Pain Of Salvation, Imminent Sonic Destruction:
5/01/2013 Empire – West Springfield, VA
5/02/2013 House Of Rock – White Marsh, MD
5/03/2013 RosFest Afterparty – Gettysburg, PA (Kingcrow only)
5/05/2013 The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
5/07/2013 Le Cercle – Quebec City, QC
5/08/2013 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
5/09/2013 The Mod Club – Toronto, ON
5/10/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
5/11/2013 Station 4 – Minneapolis, MN

Having evolved from a mostly progressive metal direction, Kingcrow has increasingly expanded the scope of their sound to encompass elements of rock over recent years, nowadays culminating strong atmospheric components similar to Riverside, Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd but also bearing a heavier, metallic semblance to Opeth and Dream Theater.

“…from start to finish, on IN CRESCENDO, Kingcrow weaves an immensely entertaining tapestry of music, a fine merger of melodic heavier rock with its progressive rock and metal counterparts. 5/5″ – Dangerdog Music Reviews

“…Kingcrow bring this album to a triumphant conclusion with so much great and complex at times music and as with the other seven songs the vocals are also very inviting. 4.5/5″ – Sea Of Tranquility

“…a very fine mixture of modern progressive metal and mellow progressive rock, which is sure to please fans of both genres… 8/10″ – My Global Mind

http://www.kingcrow.it/
http://www.lasersedgegroup.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge

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-Rock ‘N’ Roll Overdose

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Overdose is a concert tour with selected bands from the Heavy Rock corner. Newcomers and famous artists are mixed up together to present you the full overdose of rock.

Five bands whose musical background is settled between Rock ‘N’ Roll and Heavy Metal are the main acts but also besides the music there is a lot to discover:

An extended framework program including hardcore comedy, several stands and culinary possibilities are waiting for all guests.

The following bands are confirmed:

Supercharger – Heavy Rock Newcomers from Denmark with warranty for party and two released albums are the right band to warm yourself up for the evening

’77 – The Spanish band has recently released their second album and will resurrect the ’70s for you! Often compared to AC/DC during the Bon Scott era, these guys rock every audience.

The New Black – This band already played as support of AC/DC, passed gigs in Wacken and Rock Am Ring and their third album is to be released in March. This band did everything right which is possible for a heavy rock band.

Motorjesus – This German band preaches and lives Rock ‘n’ Roll and weaves together different kinds of metal and rock to create a very sinful sound.

Psychopunch – These punk rockers from Sweden are in the business for more than a decade now and in the beginning of 2013 they will release their meanwhile tenth album… On a point where other bands have left long ago into direction commercial rock Psychopunch went on full throttle instead!

Between each gig German metal comedian Bembers will cause some bursts of laughter!

Here are the dates:

12.04.2013 Eisenbahnhalle, Losheim
13.04.2013 Matrix, Bochum
17.04.2013 C-Club, Berlin
18.04.2013 Markthalle, Hamburg
19.04.2013 Alter Gasometer, Zwickau *
20.04.2013 Rockfabrik, Nürnberg
26.04.2013 Kaminwerk, Memmingen
27.04.2013 Steintor-Varieté, Halle
28.04.2013 Hugenottenhalle, Neu Isenburg **

* without The New Black, but with The Bulletmonks
** Special Show, Rock ‘N’ Roll Overdose meets the Der W Tour 2013

Tickets are available at Metaltix.com!
Ticket Hotline: +49 (0) 4627 – 18 38 38

More info about the event at:
http://www.rocknrolloverdose.de/
http://www.facebook.com/rrod666

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-Frontiers Records Is Pleased To Announce A Special Event For The Band Gene The Werewolf

The band will be performing two separate shows on Stageit.com on Sunday, March 10, one (at 8:05 p.m. GMT / 9:05 p.m. CET) geared for the European territory and one for folks in the good ol’ USA (at 7:05 p.m. EST). Both shows will be available to all territories, just themed as is for the fans’ convenience. The European territory show will be limited (150) tickets which are available now at the link below and the American date will be limited to (100) tickets (link also available below).

Each show will have a minimum “buy in” of $5.00. Additionally, both shows will be interactive in the sense that fans can chat with other fans as well as ask the band any questions they like throughout the set. Gene the Werewolf will reserve 10 minutes at the end of each set to address all questions asked by fans.

Both sets will consist of Hi-Def video and professional sound through the same mixing console that produced the bands debut album ROCK N’ ROLL ANIMAL!

Fans can purchase tickets for the early date (i.e. European show) here:
http://www.stageit.com/gene_the_werewolf/european_fans_can_watch_gene_perfom_songs_from_rock_n_roll_animal/20343
This show starts at 8:05 p.m. GMT / 9:05 p.m. CET or 3:05 p.m. EST.

Fans can purchase tickets for the late date (i.e. American show) here:
http://www.stageit.com/gene_the_werewolf/watch_gene_perform_songs_from_wicked_love_and_light_me_up/20342
This show starts at 7:05 p.m. EST or midnight / 1 a.m. CET.

Note: Each show will consist of a 30-minute full-band set, followed by a 10-minute segment where the band personally chats with its audience.

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-Escape Music Is Proud To Announce The Release For April 2013: Snowfall – COLD SILENCE

Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Hard Rock
Catalog #: ESM250
EAN: 5031281002501
Copyright: 2013 Escape Music
Label: Escape Music

Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 19. April 2013

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

Lineup:
Lee Small – Vocals
Tore Meli – Guitars
“PB” Riise – Bass / Keyboards
Perra Johnson – Drums special guest
Additional keyboards by Helge Flatgård
Additional backing vocals by Bjørn Westum

Track List:
1. Don’t Drive Me Home Tonight (4:57)
2. Citadel Of Hope (4:27)
3. House Of Prayer (4:58)
4. Heaven’s Not Up There (5:00)
5. Jack Of Diamonds (3:52)
6. Wold’s Lair (4:43)
7. I Won’t Be Lonely Anymore (4:06)
8. Stampede (4:10)
9. Oscillate (5:20)
10. Alexandria (4:08)
11. The Vesper Bell (6:39)

Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Martin Kronlund at JM Studio, Gothenburg
Cover Art & Booklet Design By Carl-André Beckston (Monowasp)

Great Hard Rock featuring Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena)!

Snowfall are a Scandinavian band that are based in a very cold part of Norway, hence their name and album title! “PB” is no stranger to the music scene as he used to be in Winter Parade who have previously released two fine albums. When Winter Parade dissolved PB and Tore formed Snowfall and at first used a Norwegian vocalist but when Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena) came into the scene and Snowfall really started to mature. Musically the band sound like a mixture of British and American ’80s bands such as Whitesnake, Giant and FireHouse but they retain a Scandinavian trademark too. So you get the best of all worlds! The latest addition to Snowfall is a man used to all things “Cold,” none other than Coldspell drummer Perra Johnson. To put the icing on the cake Martin Kronlund of Sweden was hired to twiddle the knobs (mixing and mastering) and of course the result is flawless.

The songs you will find on this debut album are a joint venture between the band members and it shines through in the quality of the material. A mixture of riffs, hooks and elaborate arrangements make the album an experience that will both grab you instantly and hold that interest long-term. An exciting thought indeed. Songs like “Don’t Drive Me Home Tonight,” “Wolf’s Lair” and “Citadel Of Hope: are all great examples of fine hard edged rock.

Snowfall are certainly a name to look out for in March, their debut is bound to cause an avalanche of publicity giving their future a much warmer prospect…

Official Artist Website:
http://www.snowfallcoldsilence.com/

Escape Music
http://www.Escape-Music.com/
info@escape-music.com

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-Pitch Black Records: Five Years Of Metal 2008-2013

When we were putting together our first release back in 2008 we knew that we were going to continue doing this for a long time afterwards. This was obvious from the sheer passion and dedication we found ourselves putting into that first release and this hasn’t changed one bit for any of our releases that followed later on.

Five years might not sound much (or even 20 releases for that matter) but hey, we never bragged about being the biggest label ever! Besides, we pride ourselves in that what we lack in quantity we most certainly make up in quality! Each and every one of our releases has received a fair share of enthusiastic reviews, many of those releases have been included in “best of the year” lists by various writers and reviewers while others have received significant distinctions. Of course we’re not forgetting the fans and how they have all embraced Pitch Black Records and our releases so a HUGE thanks to you as well for being part of this.

During the last five years we have established some good solid relationships and friendships, both with business partners as well as with the artists we have had the honor of working with and releasing their work. Even more exciting things are happening this year, some of which include an important new distribution deal for North America (details to be announced soon), some great new releases (including new albums by Illnath and Arrayan Path) our new and revamped online store already in operation ( http://store.pitchblackrecords.com ) and our just-released free mobile app (currently available for Android via Google Play – http://bit.ly/XDecvf , coming soon for iPad and iPhone). We are also working on a compilation album that will be very special in lots of ways.

As part of our five-year celebrations we are offering a free 20-track sampler containing a song from each of our releases since 2008 (totaling in over one hour of music). We are offering this as a free download BUT… we are also offering the same compilation (again, for free) on CD! More details on how to acquire either version (or both) are available on our official Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/pitchblackrecords ).

We may be small but we definitely have a big heart when it comes to metal and metal fans and we hope this is evident throughout everything we do. We’re driven by the same passion and dedication as we were on day one and we don’t foresee this changing any time soon, so stick around, we’re still just getting started… \m/

http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pitchblackrecords
http://store.pitchblackrecords.com

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-Two Side Moon Promotions Update

Barish Kepic – ADDICTION (Featuring Michael Bormann & Ferdy Doernberg)

Please find below the text press info for the brand new CD ADDICTION.

Band: Barish Kepic
Album Title: ADDICTION
Label: Independent/TSM
Release Date: Out Now!
Genre: Hard Rock/Instrumental

Web:
http://www.barishkepic.com/
http://www.myspace.com/barishkepic

Barish Kepic is a Guitarist / Composer / Songwriter and Producer from Germany. Mainly known for his work with bands like Powerworld, Jaded Heart, Evidence One and Faro.

His tasteful style full of feeling and individuality as well as his versatility make him a sought-after studio and live guitarist. Kepic also works as an instructor at the Modern Music Concept school in Haag / South Germany.

Influenced by bands like Van Halen, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Kiss he started playing guitar at the age of 15. One year later he had already gathered his first performance experiences with the band Dark East and continued pursuing his goal of becoming a professional musician.

Besides his love for straight rock — songs with vocals, he discovered his passion for instrumental music and different styles, when he heard guitar players such as Al Di Meola, Carlos Santana, Larry Carlton and Eric Johnson for the first time.

“This experience opened a completely, very exciting, new musical world for me. After listening to my all time faves like Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Gary Moore and Jimi Hendrix for some years, it was like starting a new adventure,” Barish comments.

From 1998-2006 Barish was the lead guitarist and one of the principal songwriters for the internationally famous German rock band Jaded Heart. He released five CDs with the band and toured all over the world. Other notable steps in his career include the bands Powerworld, Evidence One and Faro.

“I still love playing in bands with singers, but on the other hand, as a composer and writer, I always have so many ideas which are not suitable for vocals. And so the desire to do an fully instrumental album grew more and more over the years. One other reason for doing a solo album is, as a band musician, you have to do compromises all the time. As an solo artist I can let my inspiration flow and there’s more space for experiments and different styles and arrangements. There are simply no boundaries,” Barish says.

And the time was right for it back in 2009. Recorded and produced by himself, his album debut SENSITIVE CRUSH got positive reviews all over the world. It made it two times #1 in the USA-based Guitar Nine Records top sellers charts.

This was the first time for Barish promoting and distributing an album fully independently. Now, almost four years later, he was ready for the second strike. ADDICTION shows his keen sense for great melodies and compositions, again. Completely recorded and produced in his own studio and mastered by Bobby Altvater (Affair) in the Sky Studios in Munich.

ADDICTION is not just another instrumental guitar album — still very melodic and intense, it’s packed with passion and surprising moments. The technique is never the driving force in his compositions. “My aim is to reach the listener’s heart, to create atmospheres and emotions,” Barish says. Besides ten instrumental tracks, it includes an acoustic cover version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” with Michael Bormann on vocals.

Further guests on this album are Ferdy Doernberg (Axel Rudi Pell), who played keyboards on two tracks (“Book Of Destiny” and “While The City Sleeps”) and his longtime friend Chity Somapala (ex-Firewind, Powerquest), who composed the intro to the song “Lost In Samsara.”

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals – Michael Bormann on “Little Wing”
Guitars – Barish Kepic
Bass – Barish Kepic
Keys – Barish Kepic (except tracks 7 & 8 by Ferdy Doernberg)
Drums – Programmed by Barish Kepic

Track Listing:
1. Addiction
2. Vagabundear
3. Lost In Samsara (intro composed by Chity Somapala)
4. The Long Road
5. Buzzed & Blue Hearted
6. Only By Night
7. While The City Sleeps (keys by Ferdy Doernberg)
8. Book Of Destiny (keys by Ferdy Doernberg)
9. Inside Illusions
10. All That Idle Talk
11. Little Wing (vocals by Michael Bormann)

Kyler – SWAGGER

Please find below the text press info for the brand new CD SWAGGER.

Band: Kyler
Album Title: SWAGGER
Label: 7hard
Street Date: Out Now!
Genre: Groove Metal

Web:
http://www.kyler-metal.com/
http://www.myspace.com/kylermetal
http://www.facebook.com/kylermetal
http://www.youtube.com/kylerrednecks

Kyler are located in the Black Forest in the south of Germany.

Here we have lots of wild boars, mountains, lakes and pretty girls wearing silly hats and there are at least as many idiots as anywhere else. The region is not famous for metal though, which is astonishing because the regional culture and the mentality of the people offer best possible prerequisites. Here metal must sound rough! Brutal and powerful… however also beautiful, passionate and catchy; in other words, it should be a musical reflection of the landscape, the weather or the people’s sense of humor. To get the heart of it: It must sound authentic. Independent!

And this is exactly the sound of Kyler.

Facts:
The band was founded in 2006 first called Past All Hope. In February 2009 they produced a demo called SEX, BOOZE & METAL by themselves which mainly received good reviews.

After several gigs in the south of Germany and in Switzerland the band was renamed Kyler 2011 in order to get closer to the actual sound of the band which is somewhere between groove/thrash metal and southern rock. Kyler were inspired by bands like Pantera, Down, Machine Head, Hatebreed and Black Label Society. Also they love the sound of bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top and all the other great southern rock bands.

Having a new name and good songs Kyler went to Iguana studio in Freiburg in December 2011 to produce their debut album SWAGGER which might have been awaited by the rest of the world. During 14 days the 10 songs were recorded, mixed and mastered by Christoph Brandes. The album SWAGGER was released on September 14, 2012 on 7hard Records.

Live:
Humor, technical skills and above all the right “feeling” Kyler grants great entertainment. Due to this Kyler has continuously ranked high on lineups and are frequently booked as headliners for small festivals and concerts. Moreover Kyler has always been happy to support shows featuring bands as for example Agnostic Front, Ektomorf, Crushing Caspars, Undertow, Grantig, etc.

Future:
In fall 2012, they played a few concerts in their home area to promote the album SWAGGER. 2013 the band will play a lot of shows in Germany, Swiss and maybe the rest of Europe.

Also they have already started with the songwriting for the next album.

Discography:
2009 – SEX, BOOZE & METAL (demo)
2012 – SWAGGER (7hard Records)

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals: Marcus Keller
Guitar: Ralf Thomas, Benny Scherrer
Bass: Theo Kraus
Drums: Andi Biedermann

Track Listing:
1. The Unknown
2. The Last In Line
3. Tonight
4. Drag Me To Hell
5. Bounded By Hate
6. Buried Alive
7. Unloved
8. Fight
9. Bad Cocks (feat. Robocock)
10. FTW

Two Side Moon Promotions
twosidemoon.promo@ntlworld.com
http://www.twosidemoon.com/
http://www.myspace.com/nickyaor

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-Divebomb Records Update

Due Out March 12, 2013
Raped Ape – LAND OF BROKEN PROMISES 2xCD
Toranaga – GOD’S GIFT CD

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Raped Ape
LAND OF BROKEN PROMISES 2xCD

When people reflect on the Floridian metal scene of the late ’80s, groups like Death, Obituary and Solstice instantly spring to mind. Yet, there’s one band that despite never achieving the same glory some of their contemporaries enjoyed is still adored and respected amongst cultist metal fans all these years later. We’re talking about Lake Worth thrash heathens Raped Ape.

Named after car mechanic slang for something moving very quickly, Raped Ape did precisely that within the Southern Florida metal scene. Releasing three demos (1988’s IN APE WE TRUST, 1990’s PERPETUAL AGGRAVATION and 1991’s LOST IN MIND) and opening for some of the biggest metal bands at that time (Coroner, Sepultura, Overkill and M.O.D.). Eventually, the group entered the famed Morrisound Recording studios to work with producer extraordinaire Scott Burns to track their debut EP, 1993’s TERMINAL REALITY. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, this new Divebomb Records collection combines not only the original TERMINAL REALITY EP, but also four of the band’s long sought-after demo tapes all of which lead up to their signing to Century Media Records.

A must-own for any fan of underground thrash, this LAND OF BROKEN PROMISES limited edition set contains brand new mastering from original source tapes and a massive 16-page booklet with member-supplied scrapbook styled memorabilia encompassing Raped Ape’s entire history. As a bonus, Divebomb Records has included an enhanced portion containing seven archival live videos of the band in their prime.

For Fans Of:
Sepultura, Overkill, Anthrax, Solstice and D.R.I.

Points Of Interest:
+ 20th anniversary for TERMINAL REALITY EP
+ first official CD release of all 4 demo tapes
+ 7 bonus live videos
+ liner note accolades by members of Cannibal Corpse, Solstice, Pro-Pain
+ TERMINAL REALITY produced by Scott Burns (Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Solstice)
+ out of print since early ’90s
+ changed name to Paingod — released one album via Century Media
+ limited edition
+ new mastering by Jamie King
+ layout/restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic and Solstice)

Track List:
Disc 1
TERMINAL REALITY – EP (1992)
1. Land Of Broken Promises
2. Victim Of The Game
3. Voice Of Reason
4. Remembrance
5. Who’s In Control
6. Return To Nothing

PERPETUAL AGGRAVATION – Demo (1990)
7. The Krusher
8. Shrouded In Darkness
9. Kill Thy Neighbor
10. Circle Of Blood
11. S.T.D. (Socially Transmitted Death)
12. Pieces Of Aggravation

LOST IN MIND – Demo (1991)
13. Hypothermia
14. Lost In Mind
15. Monkey See, Monkey Do
16. Feet First
17. Wastoid (Drooling Pigdogs Lineup)

Bonus Track
18. The Krusher (Live)

Disc 2
STUCK – Demo (1994)
1. Stuck
2. Future Tense
3. Drag
4. Mass Population

PAINGOD – Demo (1995)
5. Paingod/Sicklife
6. Not A Moment To Spare
7. Blind Vision
8. Easy Way Out
9. Self Made Man
10. One And The Same

Enhanced CD – Live Videos
Due Process
The Krusher
Hypothermia
Who’s In Control
Mass Population
Future Tense
Circle Of Blood

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Toranaga
GOD’S GIFT (Deluxe Edition) CD

Forging together in the UK metal scene of the late ’80s, Toranaga was a band that seemed destined for big things. Not only was their bridging of thrash with traditionally-flavored heavy metal songwriting instantly irresistible, they also had the major label muscle of Chrysalis Records behind them. But fate had other plans.

GOD’S GIFT, Toranaga’s 1990 sophomore album, should have propelled the group to headliner status. The record features barnburners such as the speedy assault of “Psychotic” alongside Black Sabbath-like stompers like “Black Is The Mask.” MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball” even gave album single “The Shrine” some airplay, but a series of bad record label decisions ultimately killed off any chance of GOD’S GIFT truly finding a wider audience. After recording an EP as a last-ditch effort to keep the band signed to Chrysalis, Toranaga pulled the plug on the entire thing.

Always on a mission to right the wrongs of metal history, Divebomb Records now presents this deluxe edition of GOD’S GIFT in newly re-mastered form. The album also features a brand new interview with the band by Noisecreep.com’s Carlos Ramirez, plus archival photos. If that weren’t already enough, Divebomb is including the aforementioned EP, which has never been released before. It’s the kind of deluxe packaging Toranaga truly deserves.

For Fans Of:
Overkill, Savatage, Metallica, Sabbat and Satan

Points Of Interest:
+ new band interview by Carlos Ramirez Of AOL Music’s Noisecreep.com
+ includes 3 unreleased tracks recorded after album
+ out of print since early ’90s
+ festival appearances in summer 2013
+ brand new album in the works currently
+ limited edition
+ new mastering by Jamie King
+ layout/restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic and Solstice)

Track List:
1. The Shrine
2. Psychotic
3. Sword Of Damocles
4. Hammer To The Skull
5. Food Of The Gods
6. Disciples
7. Last Breath Of Life
8. Black Is The Mask
9. Execution

Bonus Tracks
10. Beauty & The Beast
11. Eternity’s End
12. Oh Well

Tribunal Records
Divebomb Records [ Reissue Label ]

ADDRESS: POB 49322 Greensboro, NC 27419-1322
AIM: tribunalrecords
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FORUM: http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/divebomb-records-563/

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-Dew-Scented Confirmed To Support Testament On European Tour In March And for The Full Metal Cruise In May!

Special Anniversary Release Completed!

Dew-Scented have been confirmed as main support for the upcoming European tour of Testament!

Here is a list of all dates, including shows in Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland and France!

TESTAMENT
+ DEW-SCENTED
+ BLEED FROM WITHIN
16/03/13 – IT – Reggio Emilia – Tempo Rock Club
17/03/13 – DE – Nürnberg – Rockfabrik
18/03/13 – DE – Dresden – Schlachthof
20/03/13 – DE – Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
21/03/13 – DE – Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
22/03/13 – DE – Hamburg – Docks
23/03/13 – DE – Köln – Live Music Hall
25/03/13 – DE – München – Backstage
26/03/13 – CZ – Prague – Nova Chmelnice
27/03/13 – PL – Krakow – Studio Club
28/03/13 – DE – Berlin – Huxley’s Neue Welt
31/03/13 – FR – Paris – La Machine

Here is a tour trailer by Testament:

Dew-Scented comments:
“We are highly excited about this opportunity and look forward to some intense shows! Make sure to grab your tickets for this awesome package (rounded off by Bleed From Within) soon and come meet us at the shows!

“This recent tour confirmation has caused us to postpone the previously announced shows in France with No Return. We apologize for any inconvenience this might produce and will be hopefully announcing re-scheduled dates for later this year very soon. Thank you for your understanding. However, we will still be appearing at Chaulnes Metal Fest on the 30th of March, 2013 since this show doesn’t clash with the other newly added dates. See you there!”

Dew-Scented is also confirmed for the upcoming Full Metal Cruise, going from May 5 to May 12, 2013. The cruise’s route is: Hamburg (Germany), Southampton (UK), Le Havre (France), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and back to Hamburg (Germany). Other bands playing include Kreator, Heaven Shall Burn, Firewind, Sabaton, Gamma Ray, Doro and many more.

Comments the band:
“We truly look forward to joining the Full Metal Cruise 2013 and we promise to thrash the boat at its hardest! Raise the cups!”

More details can be found here:
http://www.facebook.com/FullMetalCruise
http://www.full-metal-cruise.com/

In other news, Dew-Scented have just completed working on some new studio recordings for a very special anniversary release, set to come out around late May 2013. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks…

http://www.dew-scented.net/
http://www.facebook.com/dewscented
http://www.myspace.com/dewscented

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-Free Fall Premiere “World Domination” Video At Classic Rock UK!

The stunning new music video “World Domination” by Swedish freedom rockers Free Fall premiered at Classic Rock UK. Make sure to consume some shrooms and head over to http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/music_and_videos/video-exclusive-free-fall-world-domination/ ! Trippin’ time!

“World Domination” (directed by Artur Wolgers & Olle Bergman, animation by Tobias Petersson) is taken off the band’s debut album, POWER & VOLUME, which is out now via Nuclear Blast. Get it via http://www.smarturl.it/FreeFallCD (physically) and http://smarturl.it/ffpvitun (digitally).

Also check out:
Album Trailer 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHj_8ESfaho
Album Trailer 2 – http://youtu.be/s64IQaPWb4s
Album Trailer 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BppTqOXfbmY
Snippet & Commentary – http://youtu.be/Md8jHD8Dj5o
Valentine’s Day video – http://youtu.be/i0pg4F4xDtc
Track By Track Part 3 – http://youtu.be/DXbI398Nh58
Track By Track Part 2 – http://youtu.be/BFB03V82HpU
Track By Track Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQFmYHBlv48
“World Domination” viral video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-piKzrZj4U
“Power & Volume” music video – http://youtu.be/7xFYmCfZcyE
“Power & Volume” lyric video – http://youtu.be/ZGf0-7ypEBE

http://www.facebook.com/freefallpowerandvolume

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-Death To All: North American Tour Dates Announced

The esteemed Death To All Tour, celebrating the life and music of Death mastermind Chuck Schuldiner, will be returning in 2013 for an even larger run of dates. After a successful 2012 run, the tour, now referred to as DTA1, will feature the original lineup of Death from HUMAN — guitarist Paul Masvidal, bassist Steve Di Giorgio, and drummer Sean Reinert, with special guest vocalist/guitarist Max Phelps of Cynic/Exist. The band will be playing a selection of songs from the first four Death albums including the cream of the HUMAN album.

Once again, the spirit of the tour is to spread the word and raise money for the charity Sweet Relief ( https://www.sweetrelief.org/ ), while keeping the music and legacy of Chuck Schuldiner alive. A second version of the tour, dubbed DTA2, is planned for North America later this year, and will focus on the final three Death albums, plus a one-off European date at Neurotic Deathfest May 3 that will cover the entire Death catalog. A complete listing of dates is included below while a limited number of VIP tickets are available at http://www.soundrink.com/collections/death-to-all .

Additionally, 2013 will continue to see the deluxe reissues of Death’s catalog by Relapse Records. Over the last couple of years, the label has painstakingly reissued and re-mastered the later albums from the Death catalog including THE SOUND OF PERSEVERANCE, INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT PATTERNS, HUMAN, SPIRITUAL HEALING and other Chuck Schuldiner related releases. These Death titles are currently available for streaming at http://deathband.bandcamp.com/ . Details on the 2013 reissues will be announced shortly.

Death To All Tour Dates:
4/13/2013 House of Blues – W. Hollywood, CA
4/15/2013 Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
4/18/2013 St Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
4/19/2013 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
4/20/2013 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
4/21/2013 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
4/23/2013 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
4/24/2013 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
4/25/2013 Theater For Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
4/26/2013 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
4/27/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/28/2013 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
4/29/2013 Circo Volador – Mexico City, MX

http://www.relapse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/deathofficial
http://www.deathband.bandcamp.com
http://www.emptywords.org/

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-Melodic Metallers Odium Announce Fan Contest, Giving Away Band Merch!

Coming off their recent Ontario and Quebec tour, Ontario melodic death metallers Odium are engaging fans with a stellar contest of FREE band swag!

Commenting via their Facebook:
“The contest that we have to announce is going to be an ongoing one. We are looking for the best live shots of the band or pictures of you guys with Odium. Post the pictures on our Facebook wall and if they are in fact among the best live shots or fan pics we will get in touch with you and hook you up with one (1) piece of free merch of your choice!! If you have pictures from past shows or hang outs with the band post ’em up. Otherwise, get your cameras ready and come on out to our upcoming shows and take our picture.”

Like Odium on Facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/odiummusic

In additional news, Odium will be announcing spring tour dates in the coming week and are currently offering their latest track “Blue Channel” for FREE DOWNLOAD exclusively on SMNNews.com at the following. The emotionally charged and ripping tune is from the band’s latest album BURNING THE BRIDGES TO NOWHERE.

“Blue Channel” download:
http://www.smnnews.com/2012/09/25/exclusive-odium-mp3-stream-and-download/

BURNING THE BRIDGES TO NOWHERE album stream:

“No Way Out” music video (directed by Chad Archibald of Black Fawn Films (HED p.e., Kottonmouth Kings, Arise and Ruin, Farewell To Freeway)):

For more info on Odium, please visit these links:
Bandcamp: http://odium1.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/odiummusic
Twitter: @odiummusic

Bio:
Founded in 2006 by drummer Joe Mullen and vocalist Tom Emmans, Odium was born in order to create a focused project centered on the themes of growth and attrition. After being joined by bassist Dale Burrows and guitarists Bo Louther and Andrew Fullerton, it was clear the band was quickly becoming a cohesive group of musicians that had found their strengths in each other’s abilities to contribute to the writing process.

Most convincing is Odium’s arsenal of musical weapons that contribute to their overall sound, which was properly harnessed by Canadian producer Greg Dawson (The End, Moneen, Choke) on both of Odium’s metal opus’ underlining the quintet’s penchant for writing metal songs that are as heartfelt as they are heavy with Odium’s emotional hybrid of epic crescendos and fiery heaviness.

Over the years, Odium has opened for such well known bands as Alexisonfire, The Agonist, Beneath The Massacre, Divinity, Moneen, F*ck The Facts, Fairwell To Freeway and Arise And Ruin.

Free Downloads
“Insomnia”
http://yearofthesun.bandcamp.com/track/odium-insomnia
“Identity Of The Doomed”
http://yearofthesun.bandcamp.com/track/odium-identity-of-the-doomed

Music Videos
“At The Bottom”

“Populations Zero”

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-Tribunal Records: March Is Metal Month Sale!

We are offering special discounts on select titles to celebrate the occasion. Prices are dirt cheap (some 50% off), but we cannot afford to sell our entire stock at this price, so… STOCK IS LIMITED FOR THIS SALE!! (You have been warned. You snooze you lose.)

We will be running the sale for the entire month of March, but stock is not guaranteed to last that long.

NOTICE
This sale is for our valued Estore customers only. Customers can only purchase ONE COPY per title unless cleared with us in advance (TribunalRecords@aol.com). If you order more than one copy of a title your order will canceled and monies refunded to you.

We thank you all for your years of support!

CHECK OUT THE SALE HERE
http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/product/march-is-metal-month-sale

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http://www.divebombrecords.com/

http://twitter.com/tribunalrecords
http://www.tribunalrecords.net/

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-Tombstone Highway Premiers New “Acid Overlord” Song

Italy’s Southern/hard rock act Tombstone Highway has premièred “Acid Overlord” — second song off the debut album entitled RURALIZER, coming out March 12 in Europe and April 16 in North America on Agonia Records.

The song can be streamed at this location:

The music of Tombstone Highway is a classic blend of feisty stoner/southern rock and doom metal, with catchy guitar solos and old-school heavy metal parts that may remind of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Corrosion Of Conformity, Pride & Glory, Down, Black Sabbath, or even ZZ Top. Apart from hard rock instruments, the band uses also a banjo and Hammond organs.

The album will feature guest appearances by electric guitar virtuoso Mario Percudani (HungryHeart, Mitch Malloy), Hammond maestro Paolo “Apollo” Negri (Wicked Minds, Black Widow, Hasselvander) and Razor SK (Forgotten Tomb).

Joe Hasselvander (ex-Pentagram / The Hounds Of Hasselvander) commented on the release: “Absolutely cool! Good old swamp-infested blues metal!”

RURALIZER will consist of eight original songs and a cover of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” with a playing time of almost 50 minutes. The album will be made available on digi-pak CD and digital download. RURALIZER was recorded at Elfo Studios by Daniele Mandelli who is also in charge of mix and mastering.

The band commented: “We’re very proud of how the album came out and we strongly believe it’s the perfect way to begin our legacy. People into heavy, ballsy southern-tinged Hard Rock should take note!”

Track List:
1. Old Blood
2. Acid Overlord
3. Graveyard Blues
4. Hellfire Rodeo
5. Ruralizer
6. Bite The Dust (And Bleed)
7. At The Bitter End
8. Mississippi Queen (Mountain cover)
9. Hangman’s Friend

Pre-orders are now available at this link:
https://www.agoniarecords.com/index.php?pos=shop&lang=en

Previously unveiled track is available here:

Tombstone Highway Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/Tombstone.Highway

More music from Tombstone Highway:
http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/1814120

Agonia Records
http://www.agoniarecords.com/
info@agoniarecords.com
http://www.myspace.com/agoniarecords
http://www.facebook.com/agoniarecords
http://www.youtube.com/user/AgoniaRec
https://twitter.com/agoniarecords

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-Orchid Reveals THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS Track List & Comments On Every Song!

San Francisco-based doom rockers Orchid have revealed the track listing for the band’s upcoming album, THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS, which is scheduled for a April 26, 2013 release via Nuclear Blast.

The band also commented on every song of the album — see below.

Check out the lyric video for the first single, “Wizard Of War,” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0nFQxXmmx4 .

THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS Track List:

1. Mouths Of Madness
2. Marching Dogs Of War
3. Silent One
4. Nomad
5. Mountains Of Steel
6. Leaving It All Behind
7. Loving Hand Of God
8. Wizard Of War
9. See You On The Other Side

Track-By-Track:

1. Mouths Of Madness
“One of the first tracks written for this album. I was struck immediately by the soaring, yet totally sinister sounding vocals against that pulsing beat. A great opening number.” – Mark Thomas Baker, guitar

2. Marching Dogs Of War
“We really struggled with this one to get ‘the feel’ right. It’s a simple enough song on the surface but the subtlety of the shuffle can really be elusive sometimes. Do we swing on the light or dark side? Is it a slow enough tempo but not dragging? I’m very happy it didn’t end up on the cutting room floor since I think it is critical to the overall story the album tells.” – Keith Nickel, bass

3. Silent One
“The quintessential doom song of the album. The evil sludgy intro followed by the most crushing verse that I have ever played. My favorite drum song on the album.” – Carter Kennedy, drums

4. Nomad
“I’ve had the riffs for this song scattered about in my brain since we started the band. We’d jammed on different versions of the song and Mark always really liked it. One day it finally just fell together. I really like the feeling of it. It really feels like a journey through different emotions I’ve gone through about spending so much time away from home but then feeling restless when I’m at home… no peace.” – Theo Mindell, vocals

5. Mountains Of Steel
“A song that creeps into your soul. Very psychedelic imagery and a great heavy groove that makes it a blast to play. I’m always transformed by this song whether it’s jamming it with the band or just listening in my car.” – Keith Nickel, bass

6. Leaving It All Behind
“Man, this song was a pretty heavy one for me. I had the music for this one for a while and felt like it sounded really kind of sad but sentimental and loving at the same time. Honestly as funny as it sounds, I was driving and the Elton John song ‘This Is Your Song’ came on the radio. My mother has been really ill, she pretty much raised me on her own. I grew up pretty poor, just she and I really struggling to make ends meet when I was little. So this song just ended up being my way of saying thank you to her, not very evil. But I’ve never wanted to be in a band where I couldn’t say the things I wanted to, or feel limited by some poser identity of being a dark band all the time.” – Theo Mindell, vocals

7. Loving Hand Of God
“Started off as an Orchid take on traditional blues like Lightning Hopkins. When I heard the finished track, the vocals gave me goosebumps and the feeling was much more of a Victorian era England than a Mississippi Delta.” – Mark Thomas Baker, guitar

8. Wizard Of War
“This song just kind of happened in one night at practice. Mark had had this riff floating around for years that he and I would joke around about saying it sounded like Entombed or early Celtic Frost. I always really liked it and we’d jam on it periodically. One night we worked on it and I went home and wrote a chorus and a bridge and the next practice it was just done. It was just one of those songs that kind of wrote itself. It’s just a straight-ahead rocker, no frills.” – Theo Mindell, vocals

9. See You On The Other Side
“I always loved the riff, and especially the middle section, which grew to a point beyond what I thought was its potential.” – Carter Kennedy, drums

Orchid
http://www.orchidsf.com/

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV Adds Terror And Goatwhore To The Lineup + More Chances To Win

Today the promoters of the fifteenth annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to announce two new additions to the lineup in the form of legendary hardcore battalion Terror and blackened thrash tyrants Goatwhore! This adds to an already monumental lineup that features over seventy acts from all walks of the extreme music spectrum, including headlining sets from Hatebreed, Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Suicidal Tendencies, as well as iconic thrash behemoths Anthrax, who will be performing their classic AMONG THE LIVING full-length in its entirety as part of their headlining spot on the Metal Alliance Tour.

Additionally, official sponsors All In Merchandise are offering up a chance to win two three-day passes to this year’s event and ten T-shirts of your choice!

To Enter:

1. “Like” All In Merchandise ( http://www.facebook.com/AllInMerchandise ) and The New England Metal & Hardcore Fest ( http://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest ) on Facebook.

2. Send an email with your Facebook ID to: NEMFCONTEST@gmail.com

Contest ends March 13, 2013! Good luck!

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the historic Worcester Palladium. The event takes place April 19 – 21 with a special pre-fest party in the upstairs room at the Palladium on April 18. Since 1999, the festival has showcased a vast array of metal and hardcore acts across two stages, while also providing merchandising and promotional areas for record labels and other vendors.

Check out the array of ticket packages and the full festival lineup at http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/ .

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.

http://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest
http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/
http://twitter.com/moshfest
http://www.massconcerts.com/

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-Psychostick Announce More Dates For “Our Tour Can Beat Up Your Tour;” New Video “Dogs Like Socks”

The originators of humorcore, Psychostick who’s latest single and music video “Dogs Like Socks” has hundreds of thousands of views within weeks of posting, are proud to announce additional dates for “Our Tour Can Beat Up Your Tour,” which includes various dates with Polkadot Cadaver and Downtown Brown.

Promo Video – OTCBUYT

Josh “The J” Key, Guitarist comments: “It’s about time we toured with Polkadot Cadaver! And the funniest band we’ve ever toured with, Downtown Brown, too? All I can say is: if you hate fun, don’t go to this show… you might have such a good time that you could suffer a brain aneurysm.”

Psychostick’s fifth and latest release SPACE VAMPIRES VS ZOMBIE DINOSAURS IN 3-D is now available at http://psychostick.com/music .

To view the video “Dogs Like Socks” please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swmuqGWgZCc .

Dates – “Our Tour Can Beat Up Your Tour”
March 7th in Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
March 8th in Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard Music Hall
March 9th in Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
March 10th in Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats
March 15th in San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
March 16th in Corpus Christi, TX @ Theo’s
March 19th in New Orleans, LA @ Hangar 13
March 20th in Pascagoula, MS @ Thunder’s Tavern
March 21st in Orlando, FL @ Bombshell
March 22nd in Jacksonville, FL @ Brewster’s Pit
March 23rd in St. Petersburg, FL @ The Local *
March 24th in Cocoa, FL @ The Hippodrome *
March 26th in Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade **
march 27th in Knoxville, TN @ The Bowery **
March 28th in Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater **
March 29th in Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of Rock **
March 30th in Maumee, OH (Toledo) @ Lucas County Rec Center ***
March 31st in Muskegon, MI @ Club Envy **
April 2nd in Waterloo, IA @ The Reverb **
April 3rd in Madison, WI @ The Frequency **
April 4th in Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s **
April 5th in Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews **
April 6th in Fargo, ND @ Nestor’s Tavern **
April 9th in Englewood, CO (Denver) @ Moe’s **
April 11th in Cape Girardeau, MO @ Pitter’s Cafe & Lounge **
April 12th in Sauget, IL @ Pop’s **
April 13th in Merriam, KS (Kansas City) @ The Aftershock **
April 17th in South Bend, IN @ Cheer’s Pub
April 18th in Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock
April 19th in Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
April 20th in Sandusky, OH @ The Underground
April 21st in Mansfield, OH @ Planet Rock
May 2nd in Reading, PA @ The Reverb **
May 3rd in Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s **
May 4th in Olean, NY @ Phil-n-Station
May 9th in Amityville, NY @ The Revolution
May 10th in Southbridge, MA @ Mill Street Brews
May 11th in Trenton, NJ @ Championship
May 14th in Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock Cafe

* with Polkadot Cadaver
** with Polkadot Cadaver and Downtown Brown
*** with Polkadot Cadaver, Downtown Brown, and Nonpoint

Lineup:
Alex “Shmalex” Dontre – Drums
Rob “Rawrb” Kersey – Vocals
Matty J “Moose” – Bass
Josh “The J” Key – Guitar

For more info, music and tour dates, please visit the following links:
http://www.psychostick.com/
http://www.facbeook.com/psychostick
http://www.twitter.com/psychostick

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-The Ron Asheton tribute concert DVD, TRIBUTE TO RON ASHETON: FEATURING IGGY & THE STOOGES + SPECIAL GUESTS, will be released June 4, not April 9 as originally reported.

-Children Of Bodom are in the studio working on 10 songs for the band’s upcoming eighth album. Check out the latest studio update at http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=594943913866930 . The album is due out this summer through Nuclear Blast. See http://www.cobhc.com/ for more.

-Corrosion Of Conformity will play the The Metal Fest at Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, on April 13, and the KFMX Big Purple Party at the Lonestar Amphitheater in Lubbock, TX, on April 21. There will also be a short tour with Danzig and The Agonist as follows:

4/17 – House Of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
4/19 – Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
4/20 – Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
4/22 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, Austin, TX
4/23 – Concrete St. Amphitheater Pavillion, Corpus Christi, TX
4/24 – Palladium Ballroom, Dallas, TX
4/26 – Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
4/27 – Fox Theater, Pomona, CA
4/28 – Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA

-Crown had signed a worldwide deal with Candlelight Records. Hype: “This French duo creates a wondrous sound that weaves electronics and bombastic guitars to maximum effect.” PSYCHURGH is due out in North America on June 11. Candlelight is offering a free sampler, including tracks from Crown as well as Cnoc An Tursa, Nine Covens, Wodensthrone, and Voices, at http://candlelightrecordsusa.bandcamp.com/album/candlelight-cult-winter-sampler .

-Check out a five-minute clip of the members of Dust — Kenny Kerner, Kenny Aaronson, Marky Ramone and Richie Wise — telling the band’s story at http://youtu.be/U4KnOFDxW0c .

-Eden’s Curse is “edging closer and closer” to finishing a new album. Check out a full update at http://www.edenscurse.com/ .

-Fear Factory will tour North America as follows:

4/14 – The Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, CO
4/15 – Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
4/19 – Mojoe’s, Joliet, IL – w/ Hate Eternal
4/20 – Club Fever, South Bend, IN – w/ Hate Eternal
4/24 – Opera House, Toronto, ON
4/26 – McGuffy’s House Of Rock, Dayton, OH
4/27 – The Machine Shop, Flint, MI
4/28 – Montage Music Hall, Rochester, NY
5/2 – Gramercy Theater, New York, NY – w/ Hate Eternal
5/3 – Revolution, Amityville, NY
5/9 – Brewster’s Rock Bar, Jacksonville, FL
5/12 – Brass Mug, Tampa, FL
5/14 – Trees, Dallas, TX
5/15 – Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX
5/16 – Scout Bar, Houston, TX

-British metal band Furyon — singer Matt Mitchell, guitarist Pat Heath, bassist Alex “Nickel” Bowen, and drummer Lee Farmery — will tour Spain for nine dates in September as follows:

9/12 – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao
9/13 – Sala Super 8, Ferrol
9/14 – Sala Berlín, Ourense
9/15 – El Gran Café De León, León
9/17 – TBC, Madrid
9/18 – Sala B, Murcia
9/19 – Pub D’leyend, Castellón
9/20 – Sala Utopia, Zaragoza
9/21 – Sala Rocksound, Barcelona

Hype: “Furyon is a new band from the UK who like nothing more than to challenge expectations. Raised on a diet of heavy metal, prog, and classic rock. Furyon mix all these components for a truly unique and contemporary sound. Delivering huge rock-radio-friendly songs, with technically-challenging-yet-infectiously-catchy musicianship, they are dedicated to one sole purpose: making hard-hitting songs that will stand the test of time.” See http://www.furyon.net/ , http://www.facebook.com/pages/Furyon/114816935285870 , and http://www.youtube.com/user/FuryonMusic for more.

-Havok is working on its third full-length album for a late June release; the band members are producing with Terry Date mixing. A show with Cephalic Carnage and Speedwolf is planned for March 23 at the Bluebird Theater in Denver, CO, with a tour alongside The Casualties and Goatwhore to follow:

3/27 – Fitzgerald’s, Houston, TX
3/28 – Zero’s, Corpus Christi, TX
3/29 – Korova, San Antonio, TX
3/30 – Club Dada, Dallas, TX
4/1 – Launchapd, Albuquerque, NM
4/2 – Rocky Point, Tempe, AZ
4/3 – The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
4/4 – The Vex, Los Angeles, CA
4/5 – Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas, NV – no The Casualties
4/6 – Oakland Metro, Oakland, CA
4/7 – The Alley, Reno, NV
4/8 – Branx, Portland, OR
4/9 – Studio Seven, Seattle, WA

-Ihsahn is working on his fourth solo album, tentatively for a late 2013 release.

-Lordi’s TO BEAST OR NOT TO BEAST is out now. Track list: “We’re Not Bad For The Kids (We’re Worse),” “I Luv Ugly,” “The Riff,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” “I’m The Best,” “Horrifiction,” “Happy New Fear,” “Schizo Doll,” “Candy For The Cannibal,” “Sincerely With Love,” “SCG6: Otus’ Butcher Clinic.” Check out an album sampler http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRluvFfGhCQ , the video for “The Riff” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFwbrHAyuaw , and a “making of” the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiXgiqZV6YA . “The Riff’s” video hype: “Playboy Playmate Dominika Jandlova is part of the video in which she confronts a horde of zombies and monsters.” TO BEAST OR NOT TO BEAST is the first album featuring the revamped lineup of Mr. Lordi on vocals, Amen on guitar, and Ox on bass with new members Hella on keyboards and Mana on drums.

-Lost Society’s third track-by-track feature, discussing FAST LOUD DEATH, is online now at http://bit.ly/YxmnbG . Check it out for the band members’ thoughts on the songs “Lead Through The Head,” “Diary Of A Thrashman,” and “Toxic Avenger.” The previous parts are still online at http://youtu.be/kmDNf9vmkqQ and http://bit.ly/XrgPQx . See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-Upcoming releases from Metal Blade Records: March 4 – Neaera’s OURS IS THE STORM; 18 – Cannibal Corpse’s TOMB OF THE MUTILIATED (picture disc), Six Feet Under’s UNBORN; April 2 – Beyond The Shore’s GHOSTWATCHER (digital only), Cannibal Corpse’s DEAD HUMAN COLLECTION – 25 YEARS OF DEATH METAL (box set), Primordial’s IMRAMA (vinyl reissue); 15 – Cannibal Corpse’s THE BLEEDING (picture disc), Flotsam And Jetsam’s UGLY NOISE, Memory Garden’s DOOMAIN, Whitechapel’s THE SOMATIC DEFILEMENT (reissue); May 13 – Entrails’ RAGING DEATH (ltd. edition 2CD). See http://www.metalblade.com/ for more.

-LiveMetallica.com is now offering the band’s shows from the Australian Soundwave Festivals last month. Soundwave Festival, Brisbane, Australia 2/23/13 set list: “Hit The Lights,” “Master Of Puppets,” “The Shortest Straw,” “Harvester Of Sorrow,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Fuel,” “Cyanide,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Fade To Black,” “And Justice For All,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo #2, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Creeping Death,” “Battery,” “Seek And Destroy.” Soundwave Festival, Sydney, Australia 2/24/13 set list: “Hit The Lights,” “Master Of Puppets,” “Holier Than Thou,” “Harvester Of Sorrow,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Ride The Lightning,” “Broken, Beat & Scarred,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Fade To Black,” “Orion,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo #2, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Creeping Death,” “Fight Fire With Fire,” “Seek And Destroy.”

-The release of Bret Michaels’ new solo album, GOOD SONGS & GREAT FRIENDS (Poor Boy Records), has been delayed until June 11. The album features new tracks, re-workings of Poison songs, covers, and tons of guest stars. Track list: “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” “Get Your Rock On,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “The App Song,” “Margaritaville” (Live), “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “You Know You Want It,” “Unskinny Bop,” “Nothing To Lose,” “Raine,” “Driven” (Rock Mix), “Fallen,” “What I Got,” “Talk Dirty To Me,” “Go That Far” (Hybrid Mix), “Party Rock Band,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (Country Version). The guests include Ace Frehley, Joe Perry, Michael Anthony, Phil Collen, Leslie West, Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi), Scot Coogan (Lita Ford), Sal Costa (My Darkest Days), Bobby Capps (.38 Special), Loretta Lynn, Miley Cyrus, the Shields Brothers, Jimmy Buffet on the live duet of “Margaritaville,” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke, and Peter Keys on “Sweet Home Alabama.”

-Million Dollar Reload’s video for “Broken,” from A SINNER’S SAINT (Fronties Records), is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0WI6-5nAVE&feature=youtu.be&a .

-Melodic death metal band Odium will headline the Ontario Alliance Tour with Deathpoint and Aquila beginning in April as follows:

4/19 – TBA, Guelph, ONT (no Aquila)
4/20 – The Forum, Hanover, ONT (no Aquila)
4/26 – Club Absinthe, Hamilton, ONT
4/27 – Bovine Sex Club, Toronto, ONT
5/3 – Coach & Horses, Windsor, ONT
5/4 – Brannan’s Bistro, London, ONT

See https://www.facebook.com/odiummusic for more.

-Orange Goblin’s live CD/DVD set, A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012, is due out March 12 in North America. Hype: “It contains twelve awesome tracks as captured at Hellfest (France) and Bloodstock (England) last summer. ‘Red Tide Rising,’ ‘Time Travelling Blues,’ ‘Ballad Of Solomon Eagle,’ and the #3 Most Added song to CMJ’s Loud Report last week – ‘The Filthy & The Few.'” The band is set to hit the road with Clutch as follows:

3/8 – Bogarts, Cincinnati, OH
3/9 – Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN
3/10 – Pop’s, Sauget, IL
3/11 – Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom, Little Rock, AR
3/12 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
3/14 – Palladium Ballroom, Dallas, TX
3/18 – Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, CO
3/19 – The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
3/21 – House Of Blues, West Hollywood, CA
3/22 – The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
3/23 – Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV
3/24 – House Of Blues, Anaheim, CA
3/26 – Regency Grand Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
3/27 – Knitting Factory, Reno, NV
3/29 – Showbox At The Market, Seattle, WA
3/30 – Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
3/31 – Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
4/1 – Wilma Theater, Missoula, MT
4/2 – Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
4/3 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
4/5 – Flames Centra, Calgary, AB
4/6 – Odeon Events Centre, Saskatoon, SK
4/7 – Union Hall, Edmonton, AB
4/9 – Garrick Centre, Winnipeg, MB
4/10 – First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
4/11 – Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA
4/12 – House Of Blues, Chicago, IL
4/13 – Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
4/15 – Wescott Theater, Syracuse, NY
4/16 – Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
4/18 – Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
4/19 – Stage AE indoor, Pittsburgh, PA
4/20 – Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD
4/21 – North Star Bar, Philadelphia, PA – no Clutch
4/22 – St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY – no Clutch
4/23 – Middle East downstairs, Cambridge, MA – no Clutch

-Pretty Maids’ second digital single from the upcoming MOTHERLAND (Frontiers Records), “Sad To See You Suffer,” is out now; it can be downloaded from iTunes ( http://t.co/nuMGAkTR7p ), Amazon, and other online sources, and streamed through Spotify ( http://open.spotify.com/album/5CwvC9KA9Yz9ALd4Iyrb0J ). The artwork is available at http://www.frontiers.it/download/PM_sadtosee.jpg . Check out the MOTHERLAND video EPK at http://youtu.be/fICQOPdv9hM .

-Episode 4 of “Raven Lord TV” — “Guitar Demonstration and Raven Lord Update” — is online now at http://youtu.be/wLvWpShG7zw . Check it out as guitarist George Karafotis “gives a brief update on Raven Lord activity, announces and demonstrates his new endorsed instrument. George Karafotis is proudly endorsed by VGS Guitars.” See http://www.raven-lord.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/ravenlordmusic for more.

-The Rock USA festival is slated for July 17 – 20 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, WI. The lineup so far: 7/17 – Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry, Saliva, and two bands TBA; 7/18 – Bret Michaels, Queensryche, Great White, Slaughter, and one band TBA; 7/19 – Godsmack, Chevelle, Sevendust, and two bands TBA; 7/20 – Van Halen, Ratt, Jackyl, Dokken, and one band TBA. See http://www.rockusaoshkosh.com/ for more.

-Saxon’s new video for “Sacrifice” is online at http://www.saxon747.com/ . A “making-of” video is available at http://youtu.be/M4Sn6rbxgdE .

-Secret Sphere has been added to the lineup of this year’s Wacken Open Air Festival, set for August 1-3 in Germany. Check out their video for “Lie To Me” at http://youtu.be/Qy98zDaGRmw . See http://www.secretsphere.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/secretsphere for more.

-Spock’s Beard’s BRIEF NOCTURNES AND DREAMLESS SLEEP is available for pre-order now for a worldwide release on March 25. Radiant Records announced all pre-sales will ship the week of March 17. Hype: “In their 20 years together, Spock’s Beard have built a reputation for invention, musicality and sheer restive energy. Yet perhaps nothing they have done before can properly prepare you for their 11th studio album. BRIEF NOCTURNES AND DREAMLESS SLEEP is an album that will constantly surprise.” See http://www.radiantrecords.com/ for more.

-Scott Weiland was “terminated” from Stone Temple Pilots last week.

-Subjektive has new album and T-shirt deals available at http://www.subjektive.com/ .

Thanks to The Axeman, Metaltix, Clint Weiler, Paula Hogan, Jon Asher, Axel Wiesenauer, Chipster PR, Earsplit PR, and for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-I don’t have much of a column here but I do want to share something cool that Steve stumbled onto the other day. Well-traveled bassist Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore, Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, etc.) gave a good long 90-minute interview back in March 2010 to Steve Flack of Guitar Heroes ( http://www.guitarheroes.com.au/ ) for Australian Guitar Magazine ( http://www.australianguitarmag.com.au/ ). The interview is available in three parts as follows:

Part 1 (26 minutes):

Part 2 (25 minutes):

Part 3 (40 minutes):

I’ve always found Daisley’s situation fascinating. He’s played on and (co-)written a ton of cool songs and albums, yet has somehow remained fairly anonymous and underappreciated for all these years. His ins and outs with Ozzy’s camp over the years weave quite the tangled web…

See http://www.bobdaisley.com/ for more.

-In my current playlist: Gamma Ray – SKELETONS & MAJESTIES LIVE (Armoury Records), Paragon – FORCE OF DESTRUCTION (Napalm Records), Holy Dragons – ZERSTORER (Pitch Black Records), Brett Walker – NEVERTHELESS (REISSUE) (Divebomb Records), Vanderbuyst – THE FLYING DUTCHMEN (Ván Records).

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