Detritus Issue #643

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Detritus
Issue #643
Week of March 4, 2013
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-Holy Huge Issues, Batman! – Tim

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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
WEB: http://www.tribunalrecords.net/
WEB: http://www.divebombrecords.com/
WEB: http://www.kwdsux.com/
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

http://www.facebook.com/divebombrecords

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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Detritus Issue #642

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Issue #642
Week of February 25, 2013
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-Chaos man, chaos! Work has been off the rails, and here we have a huge issue. No rest for the wicked I guess.🙂 – Tim

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-Rock Against MS Benefit Concert — Marky Ramone, Glenn Hughes, Lemmy, John 5, Blasko (Ozzy), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Steven Adler And Many More

KLOS & The Key Club Present ~
Rock Against MS Benefit Concert
The Key Club Hollywood
9039 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Wednesday, March 27

Hosted By: Bob Coburn & Gary Moore of KLOS

Featuring: Marky Ramone, Glenn Hughes, Lemmy, John 5, Blasko (Ozzy), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Steven Adler, Kenny Aronoff, Ginger (Rob Zombie), Wayne Static, Tommy Victor, Phil Buckman (Filter), Jack Russell, Jeff Pilson, Jeff Young And Many More!!

More Artists To Be Announced And Some Big Surprise Guests Too!

Silent Auction 8 p.m. To 10:30 p.m. – Signed Guitars From Rick Springfield, Paul Gilbert, Rare 1/2-hour Lesson From Steve Stevens, Clothes From Josie Loves Jay Valentine, Rock n Roll Jewelry, Rockstar Baskets From Foreigner, Warrant, Gary Hoey And MORE!!

HOLLYWOOD, CA — These artists are coming together to support a longtime friend and publicist Nancy Sayle, who was struck with Primary Progressive MS in 2009. This is a severe version of the disease and only 10% are inflicted with this level. She was also diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor 2012. Visiting her close and dear friend as well as client, Steve Stevens and his wife Josie Stevens, she informed them of this news and all the medical issues. Knowing that she would not be working as much and facing large amounts of medical bills, Stevens suggested that a benefit was in order to help her. This is an amazing selfless gathering with a lot of love as well as creating the much needed awareness.

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

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

Showtimes:

Doors – 7:30
Show – 8:00

Pre-sale tickets:

$35 general
$100 – meet & greet/general ticket
$150 – VIP pass/meet & greet – limited 50 tickets only
Reserved tables buys – inquire @ (818) 795-6198

Purchase @ The Key Club Box Office (310) 274-5800 OR 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 5 p.m. Pre-show during sound check! You will be escorted in and out. Please bring only one item to be signed.

Sponsors: Schecter Guitars, D’Addario/Evans, Key Club Hollywood, KLOS, Majik Box

Contact: Jodie Wilson | Cheating MS | info@cheatingms.com | 707.543.6071

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-Stratovarius: NEMESIS Album Samples Posted

Record Sees North American Release This Week!

In celebration of the upcoming release of their new full-length, NEMESIS, melodic metal legends Stratovarius are offering up sound/video snippets of its eleven tracks. Produced and mixed by guitarist Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studios), NEMESIS will be released in North America via earMUSIC in conjunction with Armoury Records on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

From the signature power of “Abandon,” and the aggressively energetic “Stand My Ground,” to the folkish elements of “Out Of The Fog,” and the title track “Nemesis,” which boasts medieval melodies and double bass drumming, NEMESIS delivers new elements fused with the traditional melodic power metal for which Stratovarius is known. In an early review of the record, Metal Underground dubs NEMESIS, “one of the finest releases in the band’s history,” while Metal Reviews gushes, “… 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.” Metalholic, in a perfect 10/10 rating, notes, “NEMESIS has a lot of the traditional Stratovarius power metal edge, but they’ve managed to evolve and develop their sound to a much more rounded, matured, and polished heavy metal… This album hit the very depths of my core, my will, my heart, and my soul… 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,” while About.com adds, “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.”

Hear for yourself at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUzKNn1SxrLobzWemQ9HItNA .

http://www.stratovarius.com/
http://www.facebook.com/stratovarius
http://www.myspace.com/officialstratovarius
http://www.eagle-rock.com/

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-Saxon Update

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

Special News

Pre-Order Has Started!!

Saxon SACRIFICE – limited D2C fan-package

Attention all Saxon fans, the wait is over. The limited edition SACRIFICE D2C fan package can be pre-ordered NOW!

With a storming new stomp in their boots and a renewed, lithe swagger to their legendary sound, Saxon will release SACRIFICE in March 2013 through UDR.

On this, their 20th album, Saxon have produced 10 of their strongest, heaviest and most inspired songs for many-a-year, recorded and produced by Biff Byford with Andy Sneap mixing and mastering.

LIMITED EDITION – D2C:

For collectors and fans there will be a strictly limited “Direct-To-Consumer Fan Edition” of Saxon’s new studio album available in two versions:

Standard Version:

Packaged inside a black cardboard box embossed with the Saxon Logo are the following specialties:

• the CD Album SACRIFICE Digi-book Edition (including the Bonus Disc with five classic tracks in new versions)
• exclusive Saxon Live CD LIVE IN HAARLEM with 14 live tracks, recorded live at the Patronaat in Haarlem, December 8th, 2012
• exclusive limited Saxon Hooded Sweatshirt, selectable in 4 different sizes (M, L, XL, XXL)

AND: 15 Meet & Greet – Package are randomly added to the Boxed Packages, which will allow the lucky winner to experience:

• free entrance to a Saxon Concert in 2013 (excluding festival appearances)
• experience soundcheck before the actual concert begins
• a Meet & Greet opportunity with Saxon
• a photograph together with the band
• a signed autograph card

This fan-package is limited to 500 units worldwide and it is only available at the UDR Shop and Digital Stores.

Deluxe Version:

For those of you who want to have it a little more exclusive the UDR Shop has a very special offer to make. 50 units of the D2C – Fan – Package will be available in an extra limited edition, which includes besides the components of the normal D2C, a very special item.

Gold Smith Ulli Ehlers (Skull Jewels) has designed a handmade belt buckle in shape of the Saxon “S” Logo as seen on the SACRIFICE album cover artwork. There are only these 50 units available. And it is exclusive to the special D2C Box.

Grab your copy and pre order now!

Pre-Order NOW online at:
UDR Shop: http://www.udr-music.com/index.php/en/saxon-products

Tour Dates

SACRIFICE WORLD TOUR 2013

16.03. – 20.03.2013 – CA – Bahamas – Monsters Of Rock Cruise
24.03.2013 – MX – Mexico City – Plaza Condesa
26.03.2013 – BR – Sao Paulo – A Seringueira
28.03.2013 – AR – Buenos Aires – El Teatro Flores
30.03.2013 – VE – Caracas – Gillmanfest
18.04.2013 – UK – Leamington Spa – Assembly Rooms
19.04.2013 – UK – Nottingham – Rock City
20.04.2013 – UK – Newcastle – Academy
21.04.2013 – UK – Glasgow – ABC
23.04.2013 – UK – Manchester – Ritz – St. Georges Day
24.04.2013 – UK – Leeds – Academy
26.04.2013 – UK – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
27.04.2013 – UK – London – Shepherds Bush Empire
28.04.2013 – UK – Bristol – Academy
01.05.2013 – IR – Dublin – Academy
03.05.2013 – IR – Belfast – Mandela Hall
05.05.2013 – UK – Oxford – Academy
06.05.2013 – UK – Falmouth – Princess Pavilion
07.06.2013 – SE – Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
08.06.2013 – DK – Copenhagen – Amager Bio
10.06.2013 – CZ – Brno – Fleda
11.06.2013 – AT – Vienna – Arena
12.06.2013 – SL – Ljubljana – Cvetlicarna
14.06.2013 – IT – Florence – Viper
15.06.2013 – IT – Rome – Orion
16.06.2013 – IT – Milan – Magazzini Generali
18.06.2013 – ES – Barcelona – Bikini
19.06.2013 – ES – Madrid – Sala Arena
21.06.2013 – FR – Clisson – Hellfest Festival
22.06.2013 – DE – Sankt Goarshausen – Metalfest
23.06.2013 – CH – Lucerne – Konzerthaus Schüür
24.06.2013 – CH – Solothum – Kofmhel
26.06.2013 – DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos Saal
27.06.2013 – DE – Memmingen – Kaminwerk
28.06.2013 – DE – Osnabrück – Halle Gartlage
29.06.2013 – BE – Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
12.07.2013 – DE – Bahlingen – Bang Your Head
27.07.2013 – UK – Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – Steelhouse Festival

More dates to follow!

More information:

http://www.saxon747.com/
http://www.myspace.com/planetsaxon
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saxon747/131617386890119
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saxon_(band)
http://www.youtube.com/user/PlanetSaxon
http://www.last.fm/music/Saxon?setlang=en
http://www.ics-woa.de/

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-Stryper News

Christian Rockers Stryper released today “Bleeding From the Inside Out,” the first digital single off the forthcoming album SECOND COMING due for release on Frontiers Records on March 26 in North America. The song is one of the two original tracks which can be found on this new release (with the other being “Blackened”). The other 14 songs making out the new album are brand new recordings of Stryper classics taken from the band’s first three albums THE YELLOW AND BLACK ATTACK, SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND and TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL. SECOND COMING is produced by Stryper front man Michael Sweet.

The single can be ordered for download via iTunes ( t.co/jncC4QST20 ), Amazon and other fine shops and can be streamed digitally through Spotify ( http://open.spotify.com/album/5nFgnOZxxRca1bT2ZLK75R ).

At the same time it is possible to watch the video EPK that the band prepared for the new album following this link:

Artwork for the single “Bleeding From the Inside Out”, can be downloaded via this link:

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-Testament’s Chuck Billy Greets German Fans!

Chuck Billy, singer for thrash legends Testament, has recorded a short video message for all fans around Germany and the surrounding countries the band will tour in March.

Check out the clip at: http://youtu.be/XNm6M7kPftA

Testament will tour Europe in support of their latest studio effort, DARK ROOTS OF EARTH, which was released in Summer 2012 and marked the band’s highest chart entries around the world.

Testament Live 2013
16.03. I Reggio Emilia – Tempo Rock Club
17.03. D Nürnberg – Rockfabrik
18.03. D Dresden – Schlachthof
20.03. D Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
21.03. D Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
22.03. D Hamburg – Docks
23.03. D Köln – Live Music Hall
25.03. D München – Backstage
26.03. CZ Prag – Nova Chmelnice
27.03. PL Krakau – Studio Club
28.03. D Berlin – Huxley’s
30.03. NL Schijndel – Paaspop Festival
31.03. F Paris – La Machine de Moulin Rouge

http://www.testamentlegions.com/

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-Death Dealer Signs Endorsement Deals With ESP Guitars!

Death Dealer, the new band fronted by former Manowar founder Ross The Boss, is excited to announce a partnership with ESP guitars.

Both guitarists Stu Marshall and Ross The Boss have a long history with ESP.

Featured as a clinician for ESP guitars, Stu Marshall has completed numerous clinics for the brand in Japan, as well as in Australia.

On a recent promotional trip to Japan, Stu met with ESP artist president Makoto Suzuki in Tokyo to discuss the deal.

Stu Marshall states, “It’s a great feeling to have Death Dealer associated with ESP guitars. I have a relationship spanning 10 years with the brand, and exclusively used my stable of ESPs to record the debut CD. ESP are working on a custom model for me which I can reveal is very aggressive and metal orientated. It’s a very exciting time.”

From Ross, “I first started playing ESPs in the ’80s when they were a small company based in N.Y.C., located on the legendary 48th street. I was impressed by the super playability of the instruments, even easier to play then my vintage Gibsons. Since then, ESP has grown into the preeminent guitar company brand for hard rock and heavy metal guitarists.”

ESP guitars will be launching their newly labeled E-II guitars in mid 2013, with Death Dealer to be a featured artist of the new product.

For further information please visit:
http://www.espguitars.co.jp/
http://www.espguitars.com/
http://www.deathdealer.com/

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-Kreator Releases Free Smartphone Application!

German thrash titans Kreator have released an exclusive and free smartphone application for their fans to stay up to date about all things Kreator.

As of now the app is available for iPhone and iPad, on versions for Android and Windows 8 is being worked and will follow soon.

Get the app at:
https://itunes.apple.com/ph/app/kreator-thrash-metal/id601936663?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2

Commented main man, guitarist and singer Mille Petrozza: “We are happy to announce our new Kreator app. Get breaking news, tour dates and more directly to your cellphone. You can find the app which runs on the iPhone and iPad in every app store for FREE! Enjoy!”

http://www.kreator-terrorzone.de/

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-Raven Lord Announces New Drummer

International metallers Raven Lord have announced the addition of current Power Quest drummer Rich Smith to the group’s ranks.

The chance to challenge himself in a different field with Raven Lord was an opportunity he did not want to miss. Rich will finish the two shows for Power Quest’s farewell tour by the end of May.

Commented Smith: “…I’m delighted to of been offered the throne to drum for Raven Lord. I can’t wait to get in the rehearsal room with these guys and hit the road to play some kick ass shows I’d like to thank all the guys in the band and the management for this opportunity…”

Ex-drummer Larry Paterson on his leave: “…It is meant as no disrespect to any of you at all — and I wish great success for everybody. To cut a long story short, things are pretty tough right now as I have another band, a book and a documentary to make. All of this is running on a very tight schedule which WILL definitely get in the way of Raven Lord…”

Singer and band leader Csaba Zvekan commented “I’m saddened to see Larry go from Raven Lord but if dates are clashing there is not much any of us can do. The good thing is me and Larry Paterson will continue working on another band project called Exorcism which is expected to be released in 2014. Well, you know what they say; the show must go on! And with Summer shows in the pipeline we had to act fast and find another drummer as a permanent solution. Rich Smith is highly motivated to be the next Lord drummer and with Power Quest calling it quits it was obvious that he was available for grabs. We took the opportunity and welcome Rich Smith to Raven Lord.”

The complete Raven Lord lineup is:

Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine) – Vocals
Joe Stump (HolyHell, Reign Of Terror) – Lead Guitar
Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin Band) – Bass
Rich Smith (Power Quest) – Drums
George Karafotis (Vermillion Days) – Guitar
Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) – Keyboards

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

15. June Palma de Mallorca, SPAIN, T.B.A.
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.

Press Quote: “…Raven Lord and one of the best power metal albums in the last couple years… the power metal masterpiece that is DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD …” (Metal Delirium)

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 Gates, 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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-Bullet To Tour Spain Together With ’77 In March

Swedish rock’n’roll riders Bullet have just announced a small tour through Spain together with their Spanish genre buddies of ’77 that’ll take place in early March, comprising the following dates:

06.03. E Madrid – El Sol
07.03. E Valencia – Rock City
08.03. E Barcelona – LA[2]
09.03. E Bilbao – Azkena

Bass player Adam Hector comments: “We are excited about going back to Spain to play a few shows! Spanish crowds are amazing, dedicated and give a lot of energy to us as a band. We remember the amazing show at Sonisphere in Getafe a few years ago very well. Plus, ’77 is absolutely one of our favorite live bands and they are great people and friends. See you on the road — vamos cojones!”

http://www.bullet.nu/

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-Docker’s Guild Unveil “Darwin’s Tears” Short Film

Docker’s Guild have just released the much anticipated short film for “Darwin’s Tears,” taken from the band’s critically acclaimed 2012 debut release THE MYSTIC TECHNOCRACY PART 1: THE AGE OF INNOCENCE.

The 10-minute short film for “Darwin’s Tears,” shot and produced by Silos Production (the same team that produced 011 by Therion) was film in black and white in the style of 1920’s German Expressionism and movie serials of that time, and represents a video concept unlike any other seen before in a rock setting.

The “Darwin’s Tears” short film is available worldwide via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqXuW74y19c .

Further information on the band can be found at:

Docker’s Guild Official YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/dockersguild

Docker’s Guild Official Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/dockersguild

Docker’s Guild Official ReverbNation Page:
http://www.reverbnation.com/dockersguild

Buy the album from Lion Music:
http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/mystictechnocracy.htm

Buy the album on iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mystic-technocracy-seaon-1/id537543481

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-Hardcore Superstar Releases “Above The Law” Video Clip & Digital iTunes Single; Announce Tour Dates

Swedish street metallers Hardcore Superstar, whose new album C’MON TAKE ON ME — produced by themselves and mixed by Randy Staub (Metallica, Motley Crue, The Cult) — will be released on March 1, proudly present the brand-new kick-ass video clip for the second single “Above The Law”! Watch it at http://bit.ly/YcPGnP .

The digital “Above The Law” single is OUT NOW via iTunes — get it at http://bit.ly/hcssband .

Moreover, Hardcore Superstar will return to Europe’s stages soon, starting on the album’s release date. Check out the recently uploaded tour trailer at http://bit.ly/UMyC8l .

Join the Swedes’ famous excessive live parties on the following occasions:

01.03. S Göteborg – Sticky Fingers
02.03. S Malmö – Kulturbolaget
08.03. S Borlänge – Lijan
09.03. S Bollnäs – Tuppens Danskrog
15.03. S Mariestad – KG5
16.03. S Göteborg – Trädgårn
21.03. S Sälen – ICE
22.03. S Stockholm – Tyrol
23.03. S Västerås – Sigurdsgatan 25
27.03. FIN Åbo – Klubi
28.03. FIN Joensuu – Kerubi
29.03. FIN Tampere – Pakkahuone
30.03. FIN Helsinki – Tavastia
20.04. S Jönköping – Zaragon Rock Club
26.04. S Kalmar – Sandra
27.04. S Vara – Vara Konserthus
25.05. S Örebrö – Metallsvenskan
08.06. FIN Helsinki – Kivenlahti Rock
15.06. UK Castle Donington – Download Festival
21.06. F Clisson – Hellfest
29.06. CZ Spálené Porici – Basinfirefest
03.07. S Karlstad – Putte I Parken
03.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air
15.08. S Falun – Rockstad Falun

More dates to be announced shortly!

http://www.hardcoresuperstar.com/

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-Edge Of Paradise Debuts Single “Break Away” Off Of Upcoming Release PERFECT SHADE OF BLACK On AOL’s Noisecreep

View It Here:
http://www.noisecreep.com/2013/02/15/edge-of-paradise-metal-band/

Buy It Here:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/edgeofparadise2

Edge Of Paradise obviously have a tireless work ethic and the Los Angeles-based combo are already at work on their next album, PERFECT SHADE OF BLACK. Working with producer Bob Kulick (Kiss, Motorhead, W.A.S.P.), the band has partnered with Noisecreep to bring you a taste of what they have cooking with “Break Away,” a song from the new sessions. Oh yeah, none other than Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy, Dokken, Accept) mixed the stuff!

View the YouTube lyric video here:

Edge Of Paradise is looking forward for people to hear the “next level” music. “Our sound has grown since the debut CD MASK, our writing has solidified, we have followed the direction where our sound has been evolving and we feel like we’ve captured something special.

“‘Break Away’ carries the underlying theme of PERFECT SHADE OF BLACK, which explores the survival of humanity. The Idea, that we will bring ourselves back to the primal state of existence and rise again from the dark.”

You can expect a music video from the group as well as tour dates, soon to be announced!

Find out more about Edge Of Paradise on their Facebook page!
https://www.facebook.com/EdgeOfParadiseBand

Visit Official Website
http://www.edgeofparadiseband.com/

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-Nightbitch: Connecticut Metal Tyrants To Unleash New 12″; Lyric Video Hosted By Invisible Oranges Available

Connecticut metal tyrants Nightbitch will unleash their latest Danzigian/Blackmore-driven bone metal anthems with the 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 guitarist Ryan “His Emissary” Adams of the offering: “CHAINMAKER is the bastard offspring of the nudie mag in your dad’s closet and the KILLERS tape in your older brother’s Firebird. It’s what’s in your Walkman on your way to meet the cheerleader with the red hair under the bleachers after detention so she can show you her new tattoo. It’s what happens when you grow up with your Priest vinyl a little too close to your Lisa Ann VHS tapes. Misfits and Samhain original pressings and Jess Franco laserdiscs on your bedroom wall. Denim and Hell. Riffs and sleaze. F*CK OFF NOWADAYS HEAVY METAL!”

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

In celebration of its impending release, Invisible Oranges is currently hosting the “Chainmaker” lyric video. Point your peepers to this location and embrace the sleaze:

http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2013/02/song-debut-nightbitch-chain-maker/

CHAINMAKER Track Listing:
1. Chainmaker
2. Disrober
3. Into The Fire (Deep Purple cover)

Coalescing a mission statement of “wicked women, unholy passions and fire nights” with influences musical, aesthetic, chemical and carnal, Nightbitch are “purveyors of some of the finest occult-themed, sleazed-out, trad-flavored metal around” (CT Indie).

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.

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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-Napalm Records News

Delain: A Winter Adventure In Eisenerz

Last week, Delain’s Charlotte & Martijn hopped on a plane to Austria, in order to pay the Napalm Records headquarters a visit and to sign a worldwide contract. The new partnership was celebrated by hitting the snowy and icy slopes surrounding Eisenerz, where Austrian and Dutch racers met in a friendly competition. As behind the microphone, Charlotte gave 110% and broke her arm while racing to a well-deserved victory. Don’t worry though, she’s fine and Delain is the latest addition to the ever-growing Napalm Records family! Welcome!

Delain: “We are so much looking forward to the cooperation with Napalm Records. This is the perfect label for us, and this cooperation makes it possible for us to build on, and reach out to our fans.”

Thomas Caser, Head Of A&R: “Having been a fan and follower of the band since its beginning, I personally am extremely proud that Delain are now part of our roster. The band shares our visions and together we will bring Delain to the top!”

Delain Official Website
http://site.delain.nl/

End Of Green: On Tour & New Album

Alternative, Metal, Goth or Rock’n’Roll — may others give it a name. Michelle Darkness, Kerker, Lusiffer, Hampez and Sad Sir have been following their path since the beginning: loud, intense and full of wild passion. Already three albums from End Of Green went straight into the German Long-play Charts, HIGH HOPES IN HIGH PLACE even climbed up to number 17 in the German Charts. At the moment, End Of Green are working on their yet untitled eighth album, which will be released via Napalm Records in the summer of 2013!

End Of Green – Live
Presented by Sonic Seducer
13.07.13 DE – Mülheim, Ruhr / CASTLE ROCK
20.07.13 DE – Höchstadt, Aisch / SCHLOSSHOF FESTIVAL
10.08.13 DE – Hildesheim / MERA LUNA FESTIVAL
16.08.13 DE – Dinkelsbühl / SUMMER BREEZE FESTIVAL
17.10.13 DE – Nürnberg/Hirsch
18.10.13 DE – Berlin / C-Club
19.10.13 DE – Dresden / Tante Ju
25.10.13 DE – München / Backstage
26.10.13 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos Saal
01.11.13 DE – Bochum / Matrix
02.11.13 DE – Hamburg / Knust
08.11.13 DE – Osnabrück / Rosenhof
09.11.13 DE – Köln / Underground
16.11.13 DE – Stuttgart / LKA Longhorn

End Of Gree Official Website
http://endofgreen.extratix.de/

Ex Deo: Nominated For Juno Award

Ex Deo’s latest masterpiece CALIGVLA has been nominated for a Juno Award in the category “Metal Album Of The Year!” The Juno Awards are the equivalent to the Grammy Awards.

Juno Award Nominees
http://junoawards.ca/nominees-winners/

Grave Digger: Updated Live Dates

22.02.2013 RU – St. Peterburg / Avrora
23.02.2013 RU – Moscow / Club Moskwa Hall
24.02.2013 RU – Voronez / 100 Ruchev
26.02.2013 RU – Krasnodar / Arena Hall
27.02.2013 RU – Stavropol / Mazhor
28.02.2013 RU – Rostov-na-donu / Podzemka
01.03.2013 UA – Kharkov / Zhara
02.03.2013 UA – Ilyichevsk / Metropolis
06.04.2013 PL – Sczecin / Rock in Sczecin 2013
30.05.2013 BR – Porto Alegre / Becos Bar
01.06.2013 BR – Varginja/MG – 15° Roca “N” Roll Restival
02.06.2013 BR – Sao Pulo / Bar Manifesto (Special Unplugged Show)
22.06.2013 DE – Dischingen / Rock am Härtsfeldsee
11.07.2013 CZ – Vizovice / Masters of Rock Festival
13.07.2013 DE – Dorsten / Dorstival
20.07.2013 IT – Cenate Sotto (BG) / Metal for Emergency
02.08.2013 DE – Wacken / Wacken Open Air
24.08.2013 CZ – Loket / Metal Loket 2013
31.08.2013 CH – Diegten / Boom Openair
German Metal Attack Part II 2013
02.10.2013 DE – Osnabrück / Rosenhof
03.10.2013 DE – Bremen / Aladin
04.10.2013 DE – Magdeburg / Factory
05.10.2013 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser

Grave Digger Official Website
http://www.grave-digger-clan.com/

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

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-Pump Announces New Vocalist

German heavy rockers Pump have announced the addition of vocalist Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band, Ripe, D.I.M) to the group’s ranks. “Tear Down The Walls,” a brand new song snippet with the new vocalist Oliver Weers can be viewed at http://youtu.be/wu0m86ZG0O4 .

Commented Pump bassist Michael Vetter: “We had many candidates for the vacant position, among them a number of really good musicians, and having to reject them really wasn’t easy. We want to thank all the applicants, thank you for your understanding and we wish you all lots of success in the future!”

Guitarist Aki Reissmann has to say: “We are extremely excited to announce and welcome Oliver Weers into the band as vocalist. Oliver has really been a breath of fresh air for us, and in the first week of jamming with him we were able to finish the recoding of the new album WAITING FOR THE RAPTURE soon. Oliver’s voice add new dimensions to our sound. Thanks for always supporting Pump, and keep your ears open for hot news in 2013”

Lineup:
Marcel “Selly” Bernhardt – Guitars
Andreas Minich – Drums
Oliver Weers – Vocals
Axel “Aki” Reissmann – Guitars
Michael Vetter – Bass

Oliver Weer’s Biography can be downloaded here:
http://www.rockngrowl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Oliver-Weers-Biography.pdf

http://www.pump-rocks.net/
http://www.facebook.com/PumpBandpage
http://www.youtube.com/user/pumpstuff

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-Free Fall: Album Out Now! Announce Video Premiere And European Tour In April/May!

POWER & VOLUME, the stunning debut album by Swedish freedom rockers Free Fall is OUT NOW! Get it via http://www.smarturl.it/FreeFallCD (physically) and http://smarturl.it/ffpvitun (digitally).

Furthermore the band soon will premiere the video clip for the song “World Domination!” WATCH OUT!

Free Fall have also just been confirmed to be touring Europe in April/May alongside fellow Nuclear Blast label mates Witchcraft and Orchid:

Witchcraft/Orchid/Free Fall
26.04. Lichtenfels (DE) – Paunchy Cats
27.04. Berlin (DE) – Desertfest (FREE FALL tbc)
28.04. Warschau (PL) – Progresja
29.04. Krakau (PL) – Lizard King
30.04. Wien (AT) – Szene
01.05. Darmstadt (DE) – Steinbruch Theater
02.05. München (DE) – Backstage Halle
03.05. Siegen (DE) – Vortex
04.05. Paris (FR) – Trabendo
05.05. Wuustwezel (BE) – Puntpop Festival
06.05. Tilburg (NL) – O13
07.05. Aarau (CH) – Kiff
09.05. Barcelona (ES) – Razzmatazz 3
10.05. Madrid (ES) – El Sol
11.05. San Sebastian (ES) – C.C. Intxaurrondo *
12.05. Toulouse (FR) – Le Saint des Sains *
13.05. Milano (IT) – Lo Fi Club *
14.05. Rome (IT) – Traffic Live Club *
15.05. Bologna (IT) – Freak Out Club *
16.05. Dornbirn (AT) – Schlachthaus *
17.05. Stuttgart (DE) – Universum
18.05. Hamburg (DE) – Markthalle
19.05. Gelsenkirchen (DE) – Rock Hard Festival (ORCHID only)
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http://www.facebook.com/freefallpowerandvolume

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-Soen: Debut From Progressive Supergroup To See Stateside Release This Summer

Soen, the progressive metal supergroup featuring drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis, are pleased to bring their COGNITIVE debut stateside this Summer.

Initially released digitally via Spinefarm Records last Winter, 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.” View the band’s video for “Delenda,” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KbWahoNCvVQ .

COGNITIVE Track Listing:
1. Fraktal
2. Fraccions
3. Delenda
4. Last Light
5. Oscillation
6. Canvas
7. Ideate
8. Purpose
9. Slithering
10. Savia

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’s former group. Nothing more is needed however when Ekelöf’s somber voice, Platbarzdis’s transcendent guitar work, Lopez’s 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.

Further information on Soen to be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

“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.” – Ultimate-Guitar

“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

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

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-In The Silence: Sensory To Release Album From Ominous California Prog Act

Sensory Records this week confirms the upcoming release of A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD, the sprawling debut full-length from Sacramento, California-based dark/progressive quartet, In The Silence.

Founded in 2007 by guitarist/vocalist Josh Burke, the talented crew of musicians forming In The Silence had an instantaneous chemistry, which saw the outfit playing area shows almost immediately. 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.

After tracking several demo songs, the band settled into hometown Fat Cat Recording Studios and recorded their debut album A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD with producer Jack “Jay” Trammell. The record’s 45-minute lifespan possesses massive, pristine production, even further magnifying In The Silence’s skilled approach. The band released the album themselves, and when the initial run of 120 digi-paks sold out right away, the issued a 300-run eco-sleeves pressing. The album immediately reached journalists at popular metal webzines worldwide, including Blistering.com who called it, “A startlingly mature album that belies the band’s relative inexperience and fresh-face… certainly one of the more alluring dark/atmospheric albums to hit in 2012,” and Metalstorm.net, issuing in part, “…nothing short of remarkable. The beautiful yet haunting atmosphere, intricate songwriting and talented musicianship displayed throughout this album will leave you spellbound. This may well just be one of the best debut albums of the year. A must for all fans of progressive metal.”

Sensory Records, a division of progressive linchpin The Laser’s Edge, will give A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD the proper distribution and attention it deserves, having penned a striking digi-pak version of the album, as well as high-quality digital download, for official worldwide release on April 9th, 2013.

Check out the stunning artwork from Spanish artist Nacho Galacho and listen to several tracks from A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD at http://inthesilence.bandcamp.com/ .

In The Silence also recently signed with Intromental Management who will be breaking them out on tours and festival appearances throughout North America in 2013. Already confirmed is a performance at the massive annual ProgPower USA XIV festival in Atlanta, Georgia, where they’ll share the stage with Circle II Circle, Rhapsody, Wolverine, Soilwork, Shadow Gallery, Wolf, Circus Maximus, Armored Saint and more. Stay tuned for additional imminent tour plans to be announced in the coming days.

In The Silence lineup:
Josh Burke: vocals, lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars
Nate Higgins: lead and rhythm guitars
Dennis Davis: bass
Niko Panagopoulos: drums

A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD Track Listing:
1. Ever Closer
2. 17 Shades
3. Serenity
4. Beneath These Falling Leaves
5. Close to Me
6. Endless Sea
7. All the Pieces
8. Your Reward

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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-Paganland Premieres New Track On Decibel Magazine’s Website

“A stirring and atmospheric album” – Zero Tolerance
“Certainly worth of the attention of those into earlier works by Nokturnal Mortum and Drudhk” – MetalReviews.com [8.6/10 rating, “Surprise Of The Month”]
“One of the better such debuts I have heard in recent years” – Blogcritics.org
“Bring something new to pagan metal” – Graveconcernsezine.com
“Well worth hearing” – Destructive-Music.com
“A must-listen” – Absolute Zero Media webzine

Today, Paganland premiere the new track “Wind Of Freedom” on Decibel magazine’s website. The song is the title track of the band’s debut album, WIND OF FREEDOM, set for international release on March 4 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 already, the buzz is starting to circulate, as the band have done interviews with Zero Tolerance, Rock Hard (Slovenia), and Parat magazines. Presented by North America’s ONLY monthly metal magazine, Paganland’s “Wind of Freedom” can be heard exclusively here:

http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/streaming-paganlands-wind-of-freedom/

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 reformed 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/pages/Paganland/413948075329819
http://www.myspace.com/paganland.ua
http://www.svarga.eu/

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-Pitch Black Records News

New online store (and 50% off exclusive offer)! Free mobile app also.

http://store.pitchblackrecords.com

We are happy to announce that our new online store is now LIVE! It features lots of upgrades, some of which include:

o Better stability, security and ease of use
o We have secured the entire site with strong 256-bit security
o Compatible with mobile phones and devices
o More shipping options
o Easier login and checkout — just use your Facebook, Twitter or Google account (safely and securely)
o Downloads section coming soon (including freebies as well!)

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In other news, our free mobile app has just gone live! For now it’s only available for Android devices from Google Play but the iOS version will be arriving very soon so stay tuned.

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https://www.facebook.com/pitchblackrecords
https://twitter.com/pitchblackrcrds

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-The Unclean: Ohio Rock Trio Drops Second Full-Length

Ohio-based trio The Unclean has this month self-released their sophomore full-length album, in the process unleashing some of the most classic but contemporary, polluted but pristine rock n’ roll the underground has to offer.

Known for trolling Akron’s dive-bars and tattoo shops, the members of The Unclean collective pulled their resources together in 2007. Hailing from predominantly sludge/doom-scene acts including Rue, Fistula, Sofa King Killer, with this act the members crank out solid, no-frills, riff-heavy, blues-based rock anthems. With influences and comparisons tracing to classic acts like ZZ Top, Humble Pie, Thin Lizzy, Motörhead, the band 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 other hard-working 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. Boasting nearly forty minutes of ballsy, bluesy, beer-swilling anthems about good times and bad, guitarist/vocalist Bremmy (ex-Sofa King Killer, Honkeytonk Damnation), bassist Burns (ex-Rue, Nailblack, Fistula, Sofa King Killer), and drummer Frank The Tank (ex-Search Block) play it straight from hip, loud and in your face.

After releasing THE EAGLE this month digitally via all the usual online suspects (iTunes, Spotify, EMusic, Google Play and more), The Unclean will drop a CD version in the coming months alongside regional shows and sporadic touring in support of the record. Stay tuned for further info in the coming weeks.

THE EAGLE Track Listing:
1. On We Go
2. Live For The Day
3. Million Dollar Jezabel
4. Away Too Long
5. Not So Bad
6. Strange Kind Of Living
7. Been Gone
8. Nothing Left To Say
9. The End

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

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-Prog Rockers Fen Release New Music Video “A Long Line Final” + Performing Telus Ski & Snowboard Festival Kickoff

Lineup:
Bass: Jeff Caron
Drums: Nando Polesel
Lead Guitars/Backing Vocals: Sam Levin
Guitars/Vocals: Doug Harrison

Vancouver progressive rockers Fen have released their latest music video “A Long Line Final” from their fifth and latest album OF LOSING INTEREST, released last summer via indie label Ripple Music to follow up their fourth release TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM. The band will also be performing at this year’s Telus Ski & Snowboard Festival Kick Off on March 21st at the Electric Owl (926 Main St.) in Vancouver, BC. (show details below)

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.

To view the video, please visit the following link:

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)

Show Details:
March 21, 2013 – The Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC w/ Marching Mind, Porn For The Blind (kick off show for the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival, coming to Whistler April 12-21) put on by Powder Rocket http://powderrocket.com/about/ and Streetkore http://www.streetkore.com/about/

About:
In January of 1998, in the mountain shadows of Nelson, British Columbia, a creatorship emerged called Fen. The road has been long for this dark-leaning band, which after more than a decade of obscurity, was finally ushered into the prog and metal fan’s psyche. This occurred in 2010, when Fen signed to California label Ripple music and released their fourth album TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM. The album garnered impressive reviews from bloggers and print magazines worldwide, including mention in the UK’s Classic Rock magazine and a perfect 16/16 score from the US authority on prog: Progressions Magazine. To follow up this attention, in May of 2011, the management of UK/Israeli prog veterans Blackfield invited Fen to open for them on the Vancouver stop of their North American tour.

To date, Fen’s music has sold in more than fifteen countries, and with the help of dedicated bloggers, two AAA-radio campaigns, and a music video for the single “Miracle,” the band’s following continues to expand. In surprising contrast to the dark nature of Fen’s music, their songs have been placed on HGTV (Home & Garden Television) and Animal Planet’s “From Underdog To Wonderdog,” among others. The song “Through The Night” will soon be available on the video game “Rock Band.”

Fen has performed at clubs and festivals throughout BC, and in the summer of 2011, took part in the Forest Symphony at UBC’s Pacific Spirit Park. Fen’s fifth album, OF LOSING INTEREST, will be available in August 2012, and is a return to the heavier aspects of the band’s sound. It is their second release under the Ripple Music label, and it brings together a band lineup first assembled in 1999.

http://www.fenmusic.ca/
http://www.facebook.com/fenmusic
http://twitter.com/fenmusic
http://www.youtube.com/user/ingrowth
http://www.reverbnation.com/fen
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/fen/id255360979
http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Fen

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-Melodic Death Thrashers Chariots Of The Gods Announce Tour Dates + New Video “Tides Of War”

Ottawa, ON’s melodic death thrashers Chariots Of The Gods are proud to announce they will performing the following Quebec and Ontario tour dates in support of their recently released full-length album TIDES OF WAR.

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

The metallers have released two singles off the album — “Unbound” featuring guest vocals by Aleksi Sihvonen of Norther and a FREE DOWNLOAD of the title track — and both can be heard and purchased with the album at the following locations on bandcamp and iTunes.

http://chariotsofthegods.bandcamp.com
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/tides-of-war/id597619046

Music Video – “Tides Of War”

Track Listing – TIDES OF WAR
1. Overture
2. Seventh Weapon
3. Blind Assassin
4. Ambrosian Wings
5. Tides Of War
6. Revillusion (1905)
7. Snow Falls On The White River (1914)
8. Severing The Bloodline (1917)
9. Collapse Of An Empire
10. Red Skies
11. Nebula
12. Starborn
13. Unbound (feat. Aleksi Sihvonen)
14. Annihilation Of The Gods

Tour Dates:
March 8, 2013 – Le Petit Chicago – Gatineau, QC
March 15, 2013 – The Doors Pub – Hamilton, ON
March 16, 2013 – D.C. Music Theatre – Etobicoke, ON (Toronto) METAL FEST w/ Adversary Number 7, Livid And Blood Thirsty, War And Hate, All Else Failed and more
March 23, 2013 – Woodstock Bar – Sherbrooke, QC w/ Made Up A Reason, Black Absinthe
March 29, 2013 – Carleton University – Ottawa, ON

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

http://www.chariotsofthegods.net/
http://www.facebook.com/chariotsofthegods
Twitter: @chariotsotgods

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-The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV Welcomes Paganfest + Enter To Win A VIP Flyaway Package

As the massive fifteenth edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival continues to expand, the legendary event is pleased to welcome the coming of Paganfest! The annual caravan, notorious for its wealth of folk-loving, mead-swilling, Pagan-centric musical exports, this year features Finnish folk metal heroes/headliners Ensiferum, alongside Faroe Islands natives Týr, Dutch Pagan metallers Heidevolk, Norway’s Trollfest and California thrashers Helsott. Paganfest will be making a stop at The Palladium on April 20th.

Additionally, the founders of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are proud to add GreenVans as official sponsors of the event. Founded in 2008 by musicians for musicians, GreenVans offers eco-friendly affordable, reliable and safe tour transportation and are a reoccurring sponsor of NEMHF. For more info, go to http://rentgreenvans.com/ .

As previously announced, NEMHF has partnered with F.Y.E. to offer a VIP Flyaway package! One lucky winner will get two (2) VIP passes to the festival as well as airfare and hotel accommodations. F.Y.E stores are currently offering an assortment of pummeling metal CDs for $9.99, each on a NEMHF endcap. Any purchase of these titles will receive a free NEMHF CD Sampler featuring tracks from Hatebreed, Holy Grail, Shadows Fall, Continents, Sister Sin and many more!

Enter to win the contest and grab some great metal CDs from F.Y.E. at http://www.redmusic.com/metalandhardcorefestival .

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the historic Worcester Palladium. The festival takes place April 19th, 20th and 21st with a special pre-fest party in the upstairs room at the Palladium on April 18th. 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://metalandhardcorefestival.com/
https://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest
https://twitter.com/moshfest
http://www.massconcerts.com/

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-Orchid’s WIZARD OF WAR EP Out Now!

As an appetizer for their upcoming second full-length album THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS (out on April 26, 2013), San Francisco-based doom rockers Orchid have released the WIZARD OF WAR EP!

The EP contains the following tracks:

SIDE A
1. Wizard Of War
2. Demon’s Eye
SIDE B
3. Albatross

The track “Wizard Of War” is taken from THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS, while “Demon’s Eye” was solely released on an underground Halloween compilation before and “Albatros” was previously released on the band’s debut album CAPRICORN.

The music press is enthralled:

“Dark, heavy, tricky — but yet highly gettable!” Classic Rock (D)
“Naturally a must-buy!” Legacy (D)
“Whets the appetite for the upcoming album big time!” Metal.de (D)

WIZARD OF WAR is available on 10″ vinyl in black, purple and light green — get yours now at the Nuclear Blast web shop:

http://www.smarturl.it/orchid

WITCHCRAFT
ORCHID
FREE FALL
26.04. Lichtenfels (DE) – Paunchy Cats
27.04. Berlin (DE) – Desertfest (FREE FALL tbc)
28.04. Warschau (PL) – Progresja
29.04. Krakau (PL) – Lizard King
30.04. Wien (AT) – Szene
01.05. Darmstadt (DE) – Steinbruch Theater
02.05. München (DE) – Backstage Halle
03.05. Siegen (DE) – Vortex
04.05. Paris (FR) – Trabendo
05.05. Wuustwezel (BE) – Puntpop Festival
06.05. Tilburg (NL) – O13
07.05. Aarau (CH) – Kiff
09.05. Barcelona (ES) – Razzmatazz 3
10.05. Madrid (ES) – El Sol
11.05. San Sebastian (ES) – C.C. Intxaurrondo *
12.05. Toulouse (FR) – Le Saint des Sains *
13.05. Milano (IT) – Lo Fi Club *
14.05. Rome (IT) – Traffic Live Club *
15.05. Bologna (IT) – Freak Out Club *
16.05. Dornbirn (AT) – Schlachthaus *
17.05. Stuttgart (DE) – Universum
18.05. Hamburg (DE) – Markthalle
19.05. Gelsenkirchen (DE) – Rock Hard Festival (nur ORCHID)
* without FREE FALL

http://www.orchidsf.com/

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-Florida’s Raped Ape Sees Collection Surface On Divebomb Records

When people reflect on the Florida metal scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s, 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 a motor that runs hard and fast, Raped Ape did precisely that within the South Florida metal scene, releasing three demos (1988’s IN APE WE TRUST, 1990’s PERPETUAL AGGRAVATION and 1991’s LOST IN MIND) and playing shows with some of the biggest heavy bands at that time (Sepultura, Biohazard, Coroner, Morbid Angel and many more).

Eventually, the group entered the famed Morrisound Recording studios with producer extraordinaire Scott Burns to track their Independent 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 culminated in 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.

Raped Ape
LAND OF BROKEN PROMISES 2xCD
CD/Digital
3/12/13

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
THE 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

Download/stream the track “Land Of Broken Promises” here:
http://tribunalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/divebomb-records-five-year-campaign

Divebomb Records
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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-Kadavar Reveal ABRA KADAVAR Cover Artwork & Track List!

Kadavar — Germany’s most authentic and passionate psychedelic hard rock combo of today that already casted a spell on all fans of solid riff-driven yet doom-like ’70s hard rock à la Black Sabbath or Pentagram — reveal the cover artwork and track list of their second full-length album ABRA KADAVAR that will be out via Nuclear Blast on April 12, 2013!

The photo for the cover artwork was taken by photographer / ex-Stereolab drummer Joe Dilworth ( http://www.joedilworth.com/ ). Kadavar’s front man Lupus Lindemann states: “Joe had already worked with us for our debut album. He’s one of the best photographers I know and always understood our ideas which is why we wanted to cooperate with him again. He proudly brought an old camera from the ’60s and a color film that had been expired for ten years to the shooting — hard to get and highly coveted, because it causes unpredictable deviants as far as color and contrast are concerned. As one can see: We’ve used this very film!”

ABRA KADAVAR will be available as a ltd. digi version incl. bonus track as well in different vinyl versions. The track list reads as follows:

1. Come Back Life
2. Doomsday Machine
3. Eye Of The Storm
4. Black Snake
5. Dust
6. Fire
7. Liquid Dream
8. Rhythm For Endless Minds
9. Abra Kadabra
Bonus track:
10. The Man I Shot

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

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-En Route To Heavy MTL: Round 3: Death Metal Night Guest Judges Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault) & Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy)

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

Battle 3 of the BOTB will take place on Thursday, March 7th at Les Katacombes (1635 St-Laurent Blvd) with special guest judges Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault) & Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) along with local music industry for the death metal night.

Competing bands: Death Metal Night

TUNGUSKA MAMMOTH
http://tunguskamammoth.bandcamp.com

PRONOSTIC
http://pronostic.bandcamp.com

BROUGHT BY PAIN
http://broughtbypain.bandcamp.com

DERELICT
http://www.derelictmetal.com

Event Details:
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/538264052860653/

Ticket Purchase:
http://www.admission.com/event/en-route-vers-heavy-mtl-2013-bataille-3-tickets/708091
La Boutique Labyrinthe: 486 Ste. Catherine Ouest

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time: 8:30PM
Cost: $12 Advance / $15 Door

sponsored by:
Budweiser – http://www.budweiser.ca/
Jagermeister – http://www.jagermeister.ca/
Galaxie – http://www.galaxie.ca/
Revolutionary Longboards – https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionaryLongboards
Godin Guitars – http://www.godinguitars.com/
Delta Hotels – https://www.deltahotels.com/Hotels/Delta-Montreal
Italmélodie – http://www.italmelodie.com/
La Boutique Labyrinthe – http://www.labyrintherock.com/
Slick Styled Steel Tattoo & Piercing – http://www.slickstyledsteel.com/
HMMAC – https://www.facebook.com/HMMACANADA
Absolute Underground Magazine – https://www.facebook.com/groups/10034445807/

For more info, please visit http://www.dungeonworksprods.com/ & http://heavymtl.com/en/jouer-heavy/ .

Rounds to come!

Prog/Power/Epic Metal Night:
Transcend – http://www.reverbnation.com/transcendband
Eclipse Prophecy – http://www.facebook.com/eclipseprophecy
Kalter (Quebec City) – http://kalterofficial.com/
Unbeing – http://www.unbeingmusic.com/

Deathcore Night:
Rosewood – http://www.facebook.com/RosewoodMTL
Self Collapse – http://www.reverbnation.com/selfcollapsemetal
Pandora’s Wake – http://www.facebook.com/pandoraswake
Death Lullaby – http://www.deathlullaby.com/

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-Joel Grind Announces Release Date For Debut Album On Hells Headbangers

Today, Hells Headbangers announces May 28 as the international release date for the CD version of Joel Grind’s THE YELLOWGOAT SESSIONS debut. The solo project of the selfsame Toxic Holocaust founder/front man, Joel Grind’s THE YELLOWGOAT SESSIONS bears many similarities to the early days of Toxic Holocaust — especially the CRITICAL MASS demo — but goes down a darker, dirtier, decidedly more primitive route. The (toxic) result is 10 tracks of raw and fuzzed-out rock ‘n’ roll / metal / punk in the vein of the first Bathory album and early Motorhead. Says Joel Grind, “If you are looking for over-produced sh*t that passes as ‘metal’ today, this is NOT for you!”

Track listing for Joel Grind’s THE YELLOWGOAT SESSIONS:
1. Ascension
2. Hell’s Master Of Hell
3. Vengeance Spell
4. Foul Spirit Within
5. Cross Damnation
6. Grave Encounters
7. Black Order
8. The Eternal One
9. Hail To Cruelty
10. Descension

More Info:
http://joelgrind.bandcamp.com/
http://www.joelgrind.com/

http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/
“When you need metal, go to hell!”

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-The U.S. Bank National Association has claimed Ace Frehley stopped paying the mortgage on a home in Yorktown, New York, “nearly two years ago,” and has asked a court to order the house be sold to pay off he loan. See http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/02/kiss-it-goodbye-rocker-ace-frehley-accused-of-not-paying-mortgage-may-lose-home/ for more details.

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

3/16 – Club 366, Ogden, UT
3/23 – El Cajon Grand, El Cajon, CA
3/30 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
4/6 – Titanic Metal Bar, Managua, Nicaragua
4/27 – Tropicana Express, Laughlin, NV
5/3 – Flying Elephant, Carlsbad, CA
5/17 – Outlaw Saloon, Cheyenne, WY
5/18 – Jammin Joe’s, Arvada, CO
6/1 – 105 Brigada De Infanteria, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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

-Lost Society’s second track-by-track feature, covering the songs “KILL (Those Who Oppose Me),” “Bitch, Out’ My Way,” and “Fast Loud Death” from the album FAST LOUD DEATH (Nuclear Blast), is online now at http://bit.ly/XrgPQx . Part 1 is still available at http://youtu.be/kmDNf9vmkqQ , and the video for “KILL (Those Who Oppose Me)” is online at http://youtu.be/_VYaSmFcfVM . See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-The former members of Raped Ape will play a show March 10 at Propaganda Lake Worth in Lake Worth, FL, with their current bands — Ferocious Stones, JP Soars & The Red Hots, and The Mobile Homies — and then close out the night together “with a short set of classics from South Florida’s Heaviest, Raped Ape!!” See https://www.facebook.com/RapedApeOfficial for more.

-Slayer has replaced drummer Dave Lombardo with Jon Dette, stemming from a financial dispute. Read more at http://www.examiner.com/article/slayer-drummer-dave-lombardo-replaced-by-rocker-jon-dette .

-We must’ve missed these when they came out, but here are links to several Testament “making-of” videos about DARK ROOTS OF EARTH, featuring the listed band members:

Eric Peterson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VDEzxQ2uiM
Alex Skolnick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fjdhnWLwew
Chuck Billy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kT8OK4aQ2k
Greg Christian: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C756lGyLBBI
Gene Hoglan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mPVJNPsJm4

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

-Timo Tolkki’s Avalon is the act Frontiers has been mysteriously promoting with a short (1:17) YouTube clip at http://youtu.be/MOaWC8yecQI . (At press time this clip was just showing a slate of upcoming Frontiers releases, though.) Avalon is a metal opera project set to release THE LAND OF NEW HOPE through Frontiers on May 17 in Europe and May 21 in North America. Tolkki’s guest stars include Michael Kiske (Unisonic ex-Helloween), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe, Kamelot), Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob), Rob Rock (Driver, Impellitteri), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion, ex-Dream Theater), and Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire). Hype: “The year is A.D. 2055 and planet Earth has almost been destroyed by a series of earthquakes, tsunamis and natural catastrophes. A small group of survivors leave on a quest to find a sacred place called The New Land Of Hope.”

Thanks to Matt Rudzinski, Hawk, and Roscoe for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-My friend Bill alerted me to what looks to be a very somber, riveting documentary web series on the deadly fire that occurred at a Great White show at The Station in Rhode Island a decade ago. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/thestationwebseries . The first episode, “Gina Russo ‘Black Rain’,” and several trailers are online now. See TheStationMovie.com for more. It’s hard to believe 10 years have already passed… This event struck a little closer to home for me because a couple of weeks before the Station fire my brother and I had seen Great White at a club in Milwaukee, and we were surprised when they used a sparkling pyrotechnic prop in such a small venue.

-I was shocked and saddened to read about Nancy Sayle’s struggles with Multiple Sclerosis. We here at Detritus have had a great relationship with Nancy and her PR company for many, many years. She’s sent us tons of CDs to review and arranged many great interviews for us. That MS benefit at the Key Club next month sounds totally cool and I hope they raise a ton of money to help the cause. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy, her company, her colleagues, and her family. God bless.

-In happier Ace Frehley news, check out Chris Holmes’ (no, not *that* Chris Holmes) list of “Top 10 Ace Frehley Songs (Kiss And Solo)” at http://popdose.com/top-10-ace-frehley-songs-kiss-and-solo/ . The feature includes MP3s and videos, and gets major kudos from me for 1) including “Save Your Love” from Kiss’ DYNASTY, and 2) excluding “New York Groove.” (Thanks again, Bill!)

-In my current playlist: Vamp – THE RICH DON’T ROCK (DELUXE EDITION) (Divebomb Records), Early Cross – PATHFINDER (Lion Music), Evil Army – I, COMMANDER (7″ EP) (Hells Headbangers), Jess And The Ancient Ones – ASTRAL SABBAT (Svart Records).

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Week of February 18, 2013
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-It’s a lot of pressure to come up with something witty to put here every week. It really is. This week: epic fail. – Tim

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-A WORLD WITH HEROES (Kiss Tribute)

[Note: This is from http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/kiss40thtribute . – Tim]

Be a part of the Kiss 40th Anniversary Tribute Album — with songs from every era — and help out a cancer hospice.

Welcome!

To mark the 40th Anniversary of Kiss, we have gathered some of the greatest rock musicians for a Kiss tribute album. A WORLD WITH HEROES features unique performances of incredible Kiss songs.

Here at PledgeMusic, you can be a part of the creation of this album. Have a look to see how you can be involved.

Your pledge will PRE-ORDER this historic album.

And not only will we be making an amazing tribute to Kiss come to life, but your pledges will also benefit a cancer care hospice (my father-in-law passed away there peacefully on Jan 4th 2013).

All basic tracks will be recorded by these incredible musicians: Eric Brittingham (bass – Cinderella), Jeff LaBar (guitars – Cinderella) and Troy Lucketta (drums – Tesla). The vocalists and other artists that will contribute to the CD include: Terry Ilous (Great White), Bumblefoot (GNR), Russ Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs), Ron Young (Little Caesar), Doug Alrich (Whitesnake), Rex Brown (Pantera, Kill Devil Hill), Dery Grehan (Honeymoon Suite), Bill Leverty (FireHouse), Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), Doro, Tommy Denander, Slaves On Dope (w/ Jason Rockman), Phil Naro (ex-Talas & Peter Criss) and Sean Kelly (Nelly Furtado’s band & Helix). And more to be announced shortly.

Pledge to be a part of this amazing tribute and great cause.

– Mitch Lafon, Kiss Tribute Organizer

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-Multi-Platinum Rock Band Whitesnake To Release New DVD/Live CD Package: MADE IN JAPAN Due Out In April On Frontiers Records

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of legendary rock band Whitesnake’s new DVD/live CD package, MADE IN JAPAN. MADE IN JAPAN is set for release on April 19th in Europe (22nd in the UK) and April 23rd 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 11th, 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.

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. Please see below for the full content listing.

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 David 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).

MADE IN JAPAN track listing:
CD 1 – Best Years; Give Me All Your Love Tonight; Love Ain’t No Stranger; Is This Love; Steal Your Heart Away; Forevermore; Six String Showdown; Love Will Set You Free; Drum Solo; Fool For Your Loving; Here I Go Again; Still Of The Night.

Bonus CD 2 – Sound Check – Love Will Set You Free; Steal Your Heart Away; Fare Thee Well (Acoustic Version); One Of These Days (Acoustic Version); Lay Down Your Love; Evil Ways; Good To Be Bad (Acoustic Version); Tell Me How (Acoustic Version).

DVD / Blu-Ray contents – Best Years; Give Me All Your Love Tonight; Love Ain’t No Stranger; Is This Love; Steal Your Heart Away; Forevermore; Six String Showdown; Love Will Set You Free; Drum Solo; Fool For Your Loving; Here I Go Again; Still Of The Night.
Fan Videos For Forevermore and Steal Your Heart Away.

For more information, please visit:
Official Website – http://www.whitesnake.com/
Official Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/Whitesnake.official
Official Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/davidcoverdale

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http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Doro Issues Roadside Update; Tempe, Arizona Meet & Greet Announced

Legendary Metal Queen Doro Pesch is currently finishing up the RAISE YOUR FIST North American tour which commenced with a fiery appearance on the 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise late last month! Touring in support of the anthemic RAISE YOUR FIST full-length, released worldwide via Nuclear Blast late last year, the iconic songstress continues to enthrall the masses with her permeating voice, metallic grace and infectious, onstage charm.

Comments the perpetually upbeat Doro: “So far the tour has been so amazing! It’s the best North American tour we’ve ever done. The venues have been packed and so many have sold out. The fans have been truly amazing and so supportive, it’s been overwhelming! The Joliet, Illinois show was so intense, we’re saving some of the live footage for an upcoming DVD. Some shows have been very long — everyone wants to hear so many songs; so many encores! We are so looking forward to playing the rest of these shows, especially Hollywood! The old Warlock members, our label and so many friends are coming out. I truly thank all the fans who’ve made these shows so amazing and possible.”

Additionally, Doro devotees in Tempe, Arizona will have the opportunity to meet Pesch and her band mates at a special in-store meet & greet on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Naked Dave’s Music located at 2155 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ. The signing session will run from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. For more info, go to this location:

https://www.facebook.com/EarsplitPR?ref=hl#!/pages/Naked-Daves-Music/79010550381?fref=ts

Doro North American Headlining Tour 2013 [remaining dates]:

2/19/2013 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/20/2013 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/21/2013 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
2/22/2013 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
2/23/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ

Advance ticket links are available on Doro’s Official Facebook Page.

RAISE YOUR FIST features guest appearances by Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and Ozzy/Firewind guitarist Gus G, with artwork by British artist and longtime Doro collaborator Geoffrey Gillespie. The offering debuted at #65 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart upon its first week of release and was commended by Outburn in an 8/10 rating for delivering “50 minutes of expertly crafted Teutonic metal.”

“…probably the classiest lady in metal.” – Outburn

“RAISE YOUR FIST is a solid outing for Doro Pesch and at this stage in the game, would expect nothing less from her. She still manages to savor that hard rock image and make it work for her and I hope she never stops doing this. I say raise your fist in the air babe, and never let it go.” – Blistering

“On her 12th solo album, German metal maiden Doro Pesch sounds more assured than ever, particularly as a songwriter on these 13 taut, Teutonic tunes.” – Revolver

“RAISE YOUR FIST will put a smile on all of Doro’s fans faces, many years after she first appeared Heavy Metal still has plenty to give thanks to those like Doro.” – Sea Of Tranquility

“There is no doubt in my mind that Doro is a pioneer in her field of music, one that does what she loves best, and gives her fans all. That’s what I call dedication. Do I recommend RAISE YOUR FIST, most definitely.” – Metal Titans

“RAISE YOUR FIST is a confident, well crafted, classic metal album, which offers a slab of horn-throwing anthems, with just the right amount of sentiment. Doro heads into a new decade with another load of rock and roll ammunition in her arsenal.” – The Examiner

“For a quarter century, Doro has been defying stereotypes and putting out old-school metal that never fails to recall the days when the star of heavy metal burned brightest. Time may not have been the kindest to the style of music Doro has always stood for, but it has been kind to her. The accomplishment of staying relevant in the scene for so long is not something to be taken for granted, and it’s something indeed to be proud of.” – Bloody Good Horror

http://www.DORO.de/
http://www.facebook.com/DOROOFFICIAL
http://www.Twitter.com/DOROOFFICIAL
http://www.YouTube.com/DOROOFFICIAL
http://www.myspace.com/DOROBAND
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http://www.nuclearblast.de/

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-Flotsam And Jetsam Ink New Deal With Metal Blade Records!

New Album UGLY NOISE To Be Released April 12th, 2013!

Flotsam And Jetsam, arguably one of the most influential and prominent acts from thrash metal’s birth in the early ’80s, has returned to Metal Blade Records to release their new album, UGLY NOISE. The lead single/title track is available for streaming now on http://metalblade.com/flotsamandjetsam .

UGLY NOISE is the band’s eleventh full-length album, their first release on Metal Blade since 2001, and the follow-up to their 2010 album, THE COLD. The record also heralds the return of original members Michael Gilbert on guitar and Kelly David Smith on drums, who haven’t recorded with Flotsam And Jetsam since HIGH in 1997.

Flotsam And Jetsam’s Kelly Smith comments on working with Metal Blade: “We have just inked a distribution deal for the release of UGLY NOISE through Metal Blade Records. UGLY NOISE will be released worldwide in April of 2013. It was the obvious choice for us after our long-standing relationship and Metal Blade’s 30-year history of metal. You can’t match what they can do with 30 years of experience behind them. We are excited and looking forward to working with MB in 2013.”

UGLY NOISE track listing:
1. Ugly Noise
2. GittyUp
3. Run And Hide
4. Carry On
5. Rabbits Foot
6. Play Your Part
7. Rage
8. Cross The Sky
9. Motherf*ckery
10. I Believe
11. To Be Free
12. Machine Gun

Flotsam And Jetsam is:
Eric ‘AK’ Knutson – vocals
Edward Carlson – guitar
Michael Gilbert – guitar
Jason Ward – bass
Kelly Smith – drums

UGLY NOISE will be released via Metal Blade Europe as a Digi-CD and on LP the 12th/15th of April, 2013!

http://www.flotsam-and-jetsam.com/
http://www.facebook.com/flotsamandjetsam.official
https://twitter.com/Flotztildeath
http://www.youtube.com/webmasterflots

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-2013 To Bring Three More Releases From Jeff Lynne And ELO As Part Of ELO’s 40th Anniversary

In April Frontiers Records will release ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA LIVE And Two Reissues: ELO’s ZOOM And The Lynne Solo Album ARMCHAIR THEATRE

Just as the third quarter of 2012 brought three exciting works from Jeff Lynne — his second solo album LONG WAVE, the freshly recorded MR. BLUE SKY – THE VERY BEST OF ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA and the illuminating documentary “Mr. Blue Sky: The Story Of Jeff Lynne And ELO” — 2013 will be marked by more treats from the creative force of ELO and one of rock’s most iconic figures.

On April 19th in Europe (April 22nd in the UK) and April 23rd in North America, Frontiers Records will release three albums: ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA LIVE and two reissues, ELO’s ZOOM (re-mastered and including a brand new track) and his debut solo album ARMCHAIR THEATRE (also re-mastered, with two new brand new tracks). It’s all part of the 40th anniversary of ELO, who’ve sold 50 million-plus records worldwide. These releases will all feature new packaging and the live CD will come in a special ecolbook edition.

o ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA LIVE hasn’t been issued as an album until now. Taken from a 2001 performance for a PBS television special in Los Angeles at CBS Television City, the music was released as a DVD that year. The new hits-packed CD offers fans four tracks that weren’t on the DVD (“Secret Messages,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” “Twilight,” and “Confusion”) as well as two new, unreleased studio tracks, “Out Of Luck” (recorded in 2010) and “Cold Feet” (recorded in 1992). Although the singularly accomplished British singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer has always preferred the creative experience of the recording studio, he is a compelling performer who’s always figured out ways to bring his distinctive widescreen musical universe to life onstage when he needed to.

o ELO’s ZOOM — unavailable for over 10 years — has been re-mastered and features a brand new track, “One Day” (recorded in 2004) as an added bonus, along with a live version of “Turn To Stone” from 2001’s ZOOM special on PBS. At the time of its original release in 2001, Lynne hadn’t issued an ELO album since 1986’s BALANCE OF POWER. He called upon notable friends for a little help, enlisting contributions from longtime ELO member Richard Tandy as well as good friends George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The result is an album rich in that distinct ELO sound — classic Lynne melodies and songwriting, foot-stomping rock anthems and sweet, sexy strings.

o Lynne’s first solo album, 1990’s ARMCHAIR THEATRE, is a melting pot of different styles and influences featuring unexpected collaborations with Lynne’s heroes and close friends, including Tom Petty, Richard Tandy and George Harrison. This reissue, unavailable for the last decade, includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks, “Borderline” and “Forecast” (both recorded in 1989). Interestingly, the album also features a few notable covers — “Don’t Let Go,” “Stormy Weather” and “September Song” — that demonstrated Lynne’s flair for covers two decades before the release of 2012’s acclaimed LONG WAVE. Suitably, the core of the album is Lynne himself, though he also left room for the contributions of a few friends and fellow travelers. Harrison contributed guitars and vocals on a number of tracks. Petty co-wrote “Blown Away,” a gorgeously romantic ballad. Longtime ELO band member Richard Tandy also contributed on keyboards and other instruments. ARMCHAIR THEATRE captures the musical genius of Jeff Lynne when — perhaps more than ever before — the world was his stage.

Outside of the success of ELO, Lynne has led a remarkable career producing and collaborating with many of the greatest musical artists of all time. They include a number of Lynne’s all-time heroes like Roy Orbison, Del Shannon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and remarkably, even the Beatles themselves, as well as contemporaries like Tom Petty and Joe Walsh, whose new album ANALOG MAN Lynne recently produced some tracks for. Together with Harrison, Orbison, Petty and Bob Dylan, Lynne was, of course, a member of the Grammy award-winning Traveling Wilburys — a super group like no other. “I’ve been in love with music since I was probably just five years old,” says Lynne. “I was mad for music then — and I still am today.”

Track listings:

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA LIVE: Evil Woman, Showdown, Secret Messages, Livin’ Thing, Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Mr. Blue Sky, Can’t Get It Out Of My Head, Twilight, Confusion, Don’t Bring Me Down, Roll Over Beethoven, Out of Luck (Bonus), Cold Feet (Bonus)

ZOOM: Alright, Moment In Paradise, State Of Mind, Just For Love, Stranger On A Quiet Street, In My Own Time, Easy Money, It Really Doesn’t Matter, Ordinary Dream, A Long Time Gone, Melting In The Sun, All She Wanted, Lonesome Lullaby, One Day (Bonus), Turn To Stone (Live From CBS Television City) (Bonus)

ARMCHAIR THEATRE: Every Little Thing, Don’t Let Go, Lift Me Up, Nobody Home, September Song, Now You’re Gone, Don’t Say Goodbye, What Would It Take, Stormy Weather, Blown Away, Save Me Now, Borderline (Bonus), Forecast (Bonus)

http://www.elo.biz/
http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Renowned Prog Metal Guitarist Kiko Loureiro Unleashes SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE

South America has provided quite a few important historical moments in rock n’ roll over the years. Case in point, Kiss performing their final concert in make-up before unmasking in 1983; or Queen headlining the first-ever Rock in Rio Festival in 1985; or the continent spawning one of the world’s most renowned metal bands, Sepultura. And South America is also home to prog metal vets Angra, who have steadily issued challenging yet heavy albums on a regular basis since 1993.

And now comes the fourth solo album overall from that band’s leader, guitarist extraordinaire Kiko Loureiro — SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE. Running counter to today’s hard rock scene, the album, like its predecessors, is completely instrumental. And according to Loureiro, it is an incredibly personal piece of music, one that will finally establish him firmly in the US — the country which Loureiro now calls home. “All the reflective moments during the past year of my life are somehow represented in the ten songs from SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE.”

“These compositions depict my experiences in perfect form. They connect my past to what I am now — remembering the innocent times of a distant past but simultaneously being humble enough to keep innocence as an important value at present. It keeps me learning, exploring, developing and sharing. I love what I do, and this involves a unique feeling that music is something that unites us universally. Music doesn’t belong to me nor anyone. The more I create, the more innocent and free I feel to present and share my music.”

As a result, the tracks that comprise SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE run the gamut of tranquility (“Awakening Prelude,” “A Perfect Rhyme”) to over-the-top shredfests (“Conflicted,” “El Guajiro”), and some tracks that lay somewhere in between (“Ray Of Life”). And as its creator explains, there is a perfectly good reason for an album that resembles a hard rock rollercoaster ride. “SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE is my inner voice, whispering constantly, sounds and melodies, textures and harmonies.” For admirers of modern day prog metal and impressive six-string work, SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE is a must-hear.

SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE Track List:
1. Awakening Prelude
2. Gray Stone Gateway
3. Conflicted
4. Reflective
5. El Guajiro
6. Ray of Life
7. The Hymn
8. Mãe D’Água
9. Twisted Horizon
10. A Perfect Rhyme

For more information, visit:
http://www.kikoloureiro.net/

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-Lion Music Latest Label And Artist News

New Releases Out February 14, 2013

Airless – CHANGES
Fourth release from Spain’s leading melodic hard rock outfit. CHANGES is a potent mix of infectious vocal melodies and blistering guitar across it’s eleven tracks. Guest appearance from Danny Vaughn (Tyketto).

Full information and ordering at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/changes.htm

Early Cross – PATHFINDER
Early Cross are a proto prog rock/metal band from Japan. PATHFINDER marks their label debut and is full of carefully crafted music, depth, musical richness and emotion with a dark foreboding presence that will find favor with fans of Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Day Six, The Gathering, etc.

Full information and ordering at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/pathfinder.htm

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

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-Hatriot: Debut From Act With Original Testament/Exodus Vocalist Out Now

Full Album Streaming At This Is Not A Scene

HEROES OF ORIGIN, the blazing debut from thrash act Hatriot — founded by original Exodus and Testament vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, alongside his sons Cody and Nick and guitarists Kosta Varvatakis and Miguel Esparza — is out now in North America via Massacre Records! Surging with nearly forty-five minutes of old-school Bay Area thrash tradition, yet with a crushing, cutting-edge tone, the ten tracks on HEROES OF ORIGIN were produced by Juan Urteaga at Trident Studios (Testament, Heathen, Exodus, Skinlab), the cover art and booklet designed by Mark Devito (Motörhead, Laaz Rockit, Ruffians, Exodus).

Heavy metal broadcasting portal This Is Not A Scene is streaming all of HEROES OF ORIGIN in commemoration of its release. Get bulldozed here:

http://www.thisisnotascene.com/2013/thisisnotascene-and-earsplit-pr-team-up-to-stream-hatriots-heroes-of-origin/

Having proven his metal allegiance by fronting such acts as Exodus, Legacy (Testament), Dublin Death Patrol, Tenet, AC/DZ, and more, Steve “Zetro” Souza has once again steps into the thrash metal world with Hatriot, taking his musical roots back in time to the 1980s when metal was fast, furious, and yet still melodic. Souza has a vocal style that few singers possess, boasting a powerful sting yet at the same time delivering in a way where fans can fully understand the lyrics, a trademark trait that made him one of the premier singers in the genre. Still residing in the evolutionary birthplace of thrash metal, Hatriot is out to crush and destroy everything in its path. Unsatisfied with the newer trends in the metal scene, the band produces quality old-school metal with a proven formula with the perfect chemistry and hits the stage light a freight train!

“This is the very sound — that raging slaughter of burnt offerings; that over the wall toxic overdose — that all old school ’80s thrashers have been anticipating. Every element is present: that biting and harsh tempo of the damned, incredible solos, intense, yet thought-provoking lyrics which deal with violence and corruption, Sousa’s unique Bon Scott meets a deranged Paul Bailoff’s scowl and howl, and top-notch production. 9/10” – Metal Temple

“Zetro has assembled thrash metal for the masses here. The entire album is phenomenal. It is destined to become a part of the classics he has been a part of! 5/5” – Thrash Head

“This CD from start to end is why we become music fans… a must have, if there ever was one. 10/10” – Wicked Channel

“Hatriot is already a force to be reckoned with in the Thrash scene. Their time as a band might be short, but their ability to craft energetic, fierce, and catchy music is already quite developed and remarkable. 8.5/10” – The Metal Observer

“…hits hard, and drives the rage home with relentless aggression… The full record simply extrapolates the blistering attack over 10 full tracks. 8.6/10” – Metalhoic

“…crank the f*ck out of this! From brutal start to anthemic finish, the energy just never lets up. 4/5 – CD of the month” – The Right To Rock

“…an old-school thrash free-for-all; high speed, leathery vocals, and an appreciable focus on anthem-writing.” – About.com

“…they destroy all hope you have for today’s society, and leave you begging for more audible punishment after just one spin. 8.5/10” – Apoch’s Metal Review

http://www.hatriotmetal.com/
https://www.facebook.com/hatriot
http://www.reverbnation.com/hatriot
http://www.massacre-records.com/
https://www.facebook.com/massacrerecordseurope

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-Chandler Mogel Update

[Note: This is from the ChandlerMogel.com Newsletter. – Tim]

Hey, it’s Chandler🙂 BIG NEWS to kick off 2013!

Praise For Chandler’s New Project Khaøs, Now Busy Working On First Full-Length Album

2013 is gearing up to be quite a Khaøtic year!🙂 Chandler has been working with Swiss hard rockers Khaøs for the past year, already releasing a digital EP entitled RISING to critical acclaim late last year, and are now working hard on their first full-length album, expected for a release later on this year.

If you like heavy and melodic hard rock with rich song structures, thought-provoking lyrics and a modern edge, you will enjoy Khaøs. See what some of the critics are already saying about RISING:

“Imagine Nickelback with great passion, music and hooks. Khaøs rewards being played very loud indeed but at the same time this is music that would suit radio” – Fanzine Australia

“‘Reason To Die’ is nothing else but a hit, it clicked right from the start with my brainwaves” – Lior Steinmetal, Metal-temple.com

“Honestly just the thought of Mogel leading vocals gives you a reason to check out these tunes” – Denys, Myglobalmind.com

Haven’t heard RISING yet? What are you waiting for? Check it out here!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kha-s-rising/id563320283

Outloud Gearing Up For Album #3 Featuring Special Guest Drummer

Outloud, the Greek / USA melodic hard rock band that made waves with their self-titled debut album in 2009 and the follow-up LOVE CATASTROPHE in 2011 are back with a vengeance.

George Kollias of the band Nile, one of the best extreme metal drummers in the world and long time friend of the band, agreed to participate in Outloud’s next album tentatively titled LET’S GET SERIOUS (due out late 2013 – early 2014) recording all the drums!

Bob Katsionis says: “We (Chandler Mogel, Bob Katsionis and bassist Sverd) are currently working on new melodic and versatile songs, and George Kollias’ addition is gonna put the icing on the cake! We couldn’t be more excited about this lineup for our new album. We are deep into the songwriting process and believe that this is some of the best and most powerful material we have written thus far. We can’t wait to share it with you!”

Like the band on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/outloudtheband and check their official website http://www.outloud-rock.com/ for updates!

Additionally, Outloud are auditioning a second guitarist and permanent drummer for the band. If you can sing background and live in Europe it’s a major plus! Please forward your links / video / bio etc. to bob_katsionis@yahoo.gr .

Chandler Sings Lead Role For New Musical “Daniel In Babylon”

Late last year Chandler performed the lead role of Daniel on a cast demo for “Daniel In Babylon,” a fantastic new musical based on the book of Daniel from the Bible. Would you like to see Chandler perform in a musical later this year? Although having already raised tens of thousands of dollars via a Kickstarter campaign for the early stages of its production, help is still needed to secure an off-Broadway run later in 2013. You can receive the CD of the Cast Demo along with tickets to the show when it debuts and many other goodies by clicking here and making a donation!

https://www.wizevents.com/register/register_add.php?sessid=3038&id=1759

“Talking Metal” Features Interview & Performance With Chandler

“Talking Metal,” the well-known heavy metal podcast featuring Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy, started a YouTube series last year called “Pirate Radio,” in which Chandler was interviewed and was also invited to perform the Judas Priest classic, “Breaking The Law” at the Gibson showroom in NYC, with the guys and also with Ron Lipnicki (Overkill) on drums and Dan Lorenzo (Hades) on guitars. In case you haven’t seen it yet, check out the full episode featuring Chandler at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmYZ_i2t5Yw , or at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmUHvvYat-E for just the jam!

Free Music From ChandlerMogel.com

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Hire Chandler to Perform at your Event or Sing on your Recording! Are you planning a special event that you need 5-star entertainment for? Do you have a potential hit song that is just waiting for the right vocal? Just go to http://www.chandlermogel.com/ and click on the “Contact” link, and send Chandler all your details and you’ll receive a response within 24 hours about availability and rates. It’s that easy!

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-Raven Lord Update

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

New Shows Confirmed And Video Trailer Posted

Multinational heavy metallers Raven Lord are confirmed for the R-Mine Metalfest 2013 and are scheduled to play the main stage Saturday June 22nd in Tongeren, Belgium alongside with Symphony X, Freak Kitchen, Secret Sphere, BloodBound, Tainted Nation, Tore St Moren to name a few and confirmed for two new shows in Netherlands. A new video trailer can be viewed below:

The shows add to what is rapidly becoming a busy summer for Raven Lord. The band’s schedule is shaping up as follows, with more shows expected to be confirmed soon.

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

Also there is a show expected on the island of Mallorca in Spain prior to these dates above. More information and more shows to be announced soon.

t.b.a. | Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Mainman Interviewed By RockEyez

Brian Rademacher of RockEyez ( http://www.rockeyez.com/ ) recently conducted an interview with singer/songwriter/producer Csaba Zvekan (Raven Lord, Exorcism, ex Killing Machine). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Raven Lord singer Csaba Zvekan talks for the first time about the feud between ex guitar player Stefan Lindholm and the band. In an exclusive and in-depth interview hosted by Brian Rademacher’s RockEyez radio show Zvekan reveals the reasons for their break-up last year. Lindholm accused the band of song theft after he got fired from the band last year.

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 Gates, 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.

Raven Lord are Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine) – Vocals, Joe Stump (HolyHell, Reign Of Terror) – Lead Guitar, Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin) – Bass, Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (Blaze Bayley) – Drums, George Karafotis (Vermillion Days) – Guitar, Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) – Keyboards

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

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-Silent Opera Presents New Singer & Guitarist; Video Posted Online

Italian symphonic metal band Silent Opera announced that Francesca Zaff is their new singer, enlisted Alex Lombardi as second guitarist and released the new video for the single “Symphony Of Time.” Watch the new video below:

The band has to say: “After ups and downs, we are happy to present Francesca Zaff as our new singer today and Alex Lombardi on guitars. The new concept of the band doesn’t require some alter-ego figures to create a story; that’s why the real names of the members are going to be used for now.”

Silent Opera working heavily on a new album, the new songs are going to be more aggressive, but theatrical, and more voices and chorus are going to be implemented.

Silent Opera is: Francesca Zaff (vocals), Marco Clari (guitars), Loris Volcizzi (drums), Andrea Pin (bass), Alex Lombardi (guitars)

Silent Opera’s music is ageless symphonic metal, traversing the terrain between the rhapsodic romance of MOTHER EARTH/SILENT FORCE-era Within Temptation, the dynamic drama of Nightwish and the theatrical thrill of “Phantom Of The Opera.”

http://www.facebook.com/SilentOperaItaly
http://www.silentopera.it/

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-7th Heaven News

7th Heaven is back!!!!!

7th Heaven is back in full swing and we have an amazing year ahead.

Our first show with Anthony was last Friday at John Barleycorn in Schaumburg, IL. We have been working with Anthony on getting up to par on our set and also we have been in the studio working on a new CD that we are on target for a May/June release. The new stuff is coming along really well. We haven’t decided when we’ll start playing our new originals live yet, but they will be soon…

Over the next few months, we will be adding TONS of new things to both our full-band set and unplugged set… yes… our unplugged show is back. So please be patient with our set over the next month, as we will be adding more and more new stuff, week by week, until summer.
If you have some suggestions, let us know. We are open to all ideas you have.

2013, is going to be a big year for 7th Heaven… The amount of goals we have set for 2013 is the most we have ever had for one year. Not only will we play more shows this year than ever before, but our reach will be farther as well. We are looking forward to a fun year.

In case you missed it last month, here is the video we did to introduce Anthony here:

Anthony On FOX TV

Did you see Anthony on Fox Chicago last month talking with Bill Zwecker about “American Idol” and 7th Heaven? Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSUt9Co6G0M

GiGi’s Playhouse

Some might not know that the very first show 7th Heaven ever played in public was at the Kirk Center School, which is a school for kids with special needs. GiGi’s playhouse is a organization for kids with special needs and this show feels full-circle for our band and completely makes sense for 7th Heaven to be involved with. You can get tickets to this event here: http://gigisplayhouse.org/gala

Relay For Life

We will be doing a show for Relay For Life on March 2 in Bolingbrook, IL. This is a great event and this organization helps raise money to fight cancer. You can get tickets here: http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=50888&pg=entry

St. Patrick’s Weekend

We have TWO tent festivals over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Friday March 15, we are at Tilted Kilt in Vernon Hills, IL and Saturday March 16, we are at Finn McCool’s in Schaumburg, IL.

7th Heaven Unplugged Is Back!

We are bringing our unplugged show back! Our first show is Thursday February 28 at King’s in Rosemont, IL. We also will be at America’s Bar March 3. March 14 at Bannerman’s. Look for more unplugged dates coming soon.

Website

Our website is currently being worked on. We have been making some changes on our website and we are trying some new technologies out and see if we can implement them into our site. If you have ideas of things you would like to see, let us know. Every week more and more will be added back to our website. Our new “Tour” page has a new Google calendar added and if you have an iPhone, or any Apple products, you can add our calendar to your stream.

UPCOMING SHOWS
February 21 – Rivers Casino
February 22 – Hollywood Casino Joliet
February 23 – GiGi’s Playhouse Benefit
February 28 – King’s in Rosemont Unplugged
March 1 – Viper Alley
March 2 – Relay For Life Benefit
March 3 – America’s Bar – Cancer Benefit Unplugged
March 8 – PV, Mexico
March 9 – Private
March 14 – Bannerman’s Unplugged
March 15 – Tilted Kilt Vernon Hills Tent Fest
March 16 – Finn McCool’s Schaumburg Tent Fest
March 21 – Rivers Casino
March 22 – River Rockhouse with Aaron Carter
March 23 – Durty Nellies
March 28 – Bourbon Street
March 29 – Hollywood Casio Aurora
March 30 – Lodge
April 5 – Private
April 6 – Tilted Kilt Elgin
April 13 – H.O.M.E. Bar
April 18 – Rivers Casino
April 20 – Tailgaters
April 27 – Shark City
May 2 – River Rockhouse Autism Benefit Unplugged
May 3 – John Barleycorn
May 4 – TBA
May 5 – Chocolate Fest Unplugged
May 10 – Hollywood Casino Joliet
May 11 – America’s Bar – St. Baldrick’s Benefit Unplugged
May 11 – Durty Nellies
May 17 – Bourbon Street
May 18 – Taste of Glen Ellyn – All-Age Festival
May 23 – Rivers Casino
May 25 – Belmont Sheffield Fest
May 25 – Tilted Kilt
May 26 – TBA

Thanks for all your continued support.

We love playing and as long as you keep coming out to see us play, we’ll continue to be there.

Richard Hofherr
7th Heaven
http://www.7thheavenband.com/

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-Dark Tranquillity Parts Ways With Bassist Daniel Antonsson

[Note: This is from http://www.facebook.com/dtofficial . – Steve]

Shortly before beginning the studio sessions for the upcoming 10th studio album CONSTRUCT, the band amicably parted ways with bassist Daniel Antonsson.

The decision has been growing for a while, and the main reason is that Daniel wanted to focus on his own musical projects as well as working more in his recording studio. Being first and foremost a guitarist, he felt that the playing bass in a full-time band didn’t allow him much time for his main instrument and true passion.

With this in mind, he chose to follow his heart and step aside at this point instead of committing to another album and an intense touring cycle that would leave little room for other activities.

We thanks Daniel for his years in the band — filled with great shows and amazing memories and experiences in all corners of the world — and wish him all the best with his future musical career.

Daniel’s statement:

I want to thank the guys in Dark Tranquillity and the amazing D.T. fans around the world for the last four years of touring around the globe! It’s been awesome! Also a huge hug to the D.T. crew and all of the people working with us. I will miss you all very much! You are like family to me and I hope we will meet again soon!

But… now is the time for me to follow my heart and again focus on my guitar playing and being a recording engineer/producer in my studio Gothenburg Rock Studios. We will meet again on the road or in the studio — that’s for sure!

Horns up and Cheerz!
/Daniel.

http://www.facebook.com/GothenburgRockStudios
http://www.gothenburgrockstudios.se/

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-Sleaszy Rider News!

In Utero Cannibalism | New Signing

Greek death metallers In Utero Cannibalism signed a deal with Sleaszy Rider and their third album SICK will be released March 15, 2013. After many gigs and two official releases, the band (led by drummer Alex of Obsecration and Korrodead among others) reformed recently and SICK is a death metal dynamite, for fans of Death and Malevolent Creation!

Double Treat | New Signing

Greek hard ‘n’ heavy rockers Double Treat signed a deal with Sleaszy Rider and their superb debut album WANDER THIRST will be released April 5, 2013.

Double Treat are only two persons, but both well-known in the Greek music industry: Sotiris Lagonikas and Chris Kissadjekian, both founder members of What’s The Buzz?, who released their self-titled debut album in 2000.

In addition to this, as a solo artist, Sotiris Lagonikas has released the melodic prog rock albums SL THEORY -I (2010) and PROGRESSIVELY DARK (2012), while Chris Kissadjekian remains a founding member of the heavy doomsters Infidel, who released I, OATHBREAKER (2006) and KING OF CYNICAL CONTROL (2011).

Sandness | New Signing

Italian glam/hard rockers Sandness signed a deal with Sleaszy Rider and their amazing debut album LIKE AN ADDICTION will be released April 5, 2013.

Expect another great new band we discovered in hard rock area (don’t forget Sister Sin and Lipstixx ‘N’ Bulletz), and wait for an album full of hard rock anthems, for fans of Mötley Crüe, Vain, L.A. Guns, CrashDiet, Crazy Lixx, Poison and Faster Pussycat!

Thy Symphony | New Album!

Brazilian symphonic metallers Thy Symphony finished their second album A NEW BEGINNING. Release date is set to April 5, 2013.

This album is a new beginning for the band, as they have three new members (both singers among others) and the new sound is more powerful!

The band plans their first European tour for May 2013, so stay tuned for more info to be announced soon.

Don’t forget, their debut album HARMONIZING THE WORLD is still available through our e-store for only €6.99 including worldwide shipping.

Encorion | New Album!

Dutch pagan metallers Encorion has finished their second album OUR PAGAN HEARTS REBORN. Release date is set to April 5, 2013. Expect another great album from this super band, that mixes pagan/black/death/viking/folk metal elements and the result is just wonderful!

Don’t forget, their debut album FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES is still available through our e-store for only €6.99 including worldwide shipping.

Crest Of Darkness | Vinyl Release!

We at Sleaszy Rider are proud to announce that on 18 March 2013 we will release our first vinyl ever! In co-operation with Italian label My Kingdom Music (and few more) we will release the new album of Norwegian black metallers Crest Of Darkness IN THE PRESENCE OF DEATH in LP format!

Pre-order your copy now, cause we are sure it will be sold out pretty soon!!!

Overtures | Track List Of New Album Revealed

The Italian heavy/power metallers Overtures announce that they finished the recordings of their new album ENTERING THE MAZE. The album has been mastered by Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Kamelot, Epica, Edguy) at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Track list:
1. The Maze
2. Under The Northern Star
3. Of Nightmares
4. Savior
5. Empty Trails
6. Consequences
7. In The Middle Of Nowhere
8. Programmed To Serve
9. A Different Point Of View
10. The Oracle

During the next weeks Overtures will also shot a new video clip for the song “Savior,” and a lot of bonus stuff will be published from now on to the release date, scheduled for May 2013.

* Now with free shipping world wide *

Sleaszy Rider Records
Tolis G. Palantzas
Gardiki Acheronta
46031 Greece
sleaszyrider@yahoo.com
info@sleaszyrider.com
http://www.sleaszyrider.com/

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-Napalm Records News

Summoning: OLD MORNINGS DAWN Track List

The highly anticipated new album OLD MORNINGS DAWN will consist of seven songs and one intro. Please see below for the track list! The band has also recorded two bonus tracks: “The Darkening Of Valinor” and “With Fire And Sword.” These songs will be available on the limited edition and on the LP version. We will be back soon with a teaser and the release dates for the album!

OLD MORNINGS DAWN
1. Evernight
2. Flammifer
3. Old Mornings Dawn
4. The White Tower
5. Caradhras
6. Of Pale White Morns And Darkened Eves
7. The Wandering Fire
8. Earthshine

Summoning Official Website
http://www.summoning.info/

Atrocity: OKKULT

Front man Alex Krull and his colleagues unleash the first details with regard to their upcoming album OKKULT. Make sure to visit the band’s website to get all the information about the album concept, the sound and the first global treasure hunt. In addition, the band has already released a brand new song! Atrocity will open the gates to the OKKULT on April 26 in Europe (North America TBA)! More details about this masterpiece will be issued soon!

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

Audrey Horne: Chartbreakers On Tour

After entering the Norwegian long-play charts on number 10, Audrey Horne made it to position 66 in the German charts. Thanks to all supporters who made YOUNGBLOOD a part of their personal collection. Make sure to catch the band on tour and check out their first-class Hard Rock songs live in concert!

Audrey Horne
supporting Long Distance Calling
01.03.13 DE – Münster / Sputnikhalle
02.03.13 DE – Hamburg / Klubsen
03.03.13 DE – Berlin / Festsaal Kreuzberg
04.03.13 DE – München / Backstage
05.03.13 DE – Karlsruhe / Substage
06.03.13 DE – Köln / Essigfabrik
07.03.13 DE – Leipzig / Conne Island
08.03.13 CZ – Prague / Hoodoo

Heavatar: New Clip

The first clip from Heavatar’s debut OPUS I – ALL MY KINGDOMS is available on our YouTube channel! Click on the link below to watch “Replica”! OPUS I – ALL MY KINGDOMS will hit the streets on March 12 in North America!

Napalm @ YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

Mortillery: Album Preview

Check out the album preview of Mortillery’s latest offering ORIGIN OF EXTINCTION! The Thrash Metal long-player will be unleashed on March 12 in North America! Join Mortillery’s battle march!

Mortillery Album Preview

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

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-Heidevolk To Begin First North American Tour Next Month, Alongside Ensiferum, Tyr

Critically acclaimed Dutch pagan metallers Heidevolk will embark upon their first North American tour starting next month! 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
4/01 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
4/02 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
4/03 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/04 – Reno, NV @ The Alley
4/05 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
4/06 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
4/09 – 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 .

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-Canadian Hard Rockers Reverse Grip Sign With Rock N Growl

Canadian hard rock band Reverse Grip has signed a worldwide management deal with Germany’s Rock N Growl Management. The band’s latest video “Sold My Soul” World Tour 2012 can be viewed below:

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 & Percussion, Kramer White – Bass Guitar & Ginger Hair

Rock N Growl and Reverse Grip are currently shopping the band’s debut album, HUNGER FOR CHAOS, produced by the band, mixed by “Mix Master” Michael Chambers and mastered by “Rip Roarin'” Rob Di Gioia, in hopes of securing a record deal very soon.

Reverse Grip World Tour 2013:

Mar 16th @ The RockPile, Etobicoke, ON, Canada, w/ BulletBoys
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 and Japan to be added soon.

Reverse Grip is a Super High Energy Hard Rock Band formed by Dru, Sean and Dylan Broda, three real Brothers from Toronto, Canada.

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 won’t let go! Sometimes you have to go back to go forward, so… STICK IT IN REVERSE!!

http://www.reversegriprock.com/
http://www.facebook.com/reversegriprock

Rock N Growl
http://www.rockngrowl.com/
http://www.facebook.com/RockNGrowlPromotion

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-Ron Asheton Tribute Concert With Iggy & The Stooges + Special Guests Coming To DVD On April 9

Live Concert tribute To Brother Ron Asheton Featuring The Stooges, Henry Rollins And More!

Recorded live at the Michigan Theater, this heartfelt tribute/celebration of Stooge guitarist Ron Asheton’s life and music featured Iggy and the Stooges, Henry Rollins, and guest guitarist Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman). Includes a string section on a few Stooges classics! All profits from the sale of the DVD go to the Ron Asheton Foundation which supports animal welfare and music.

Gary Graff of Billboard writes:

“It was a typical night of Stooges-style brutality but in an even more passionate form, as the group and its guests took a wide swing through the repertoire, clearly moved by the sense of occasion and the cacophonous spirit of the 1,700 fans who snapped up tickets for the concert in less than an hour.

“‘Some of his (Asheton’s) themes always reminded me a lot of… classical music in the 17th century,’ Pop told Billboard.com prior to the show — emcee Henry Rollins fronted the band for ‘I Got A Right.’ Pop then came on to commence a full-on Stooges performance with co-founder and drummer Scott ‘Rock Action’ Asheton, ‘Raw Power’ guitarist James Williamson, longtime saxophonist Steve Mackay and Mike Watt, the group’s bassist since 2003.

“Shirtless and manic as always, even two days before his 64th birthday, it didn’t take Pop long to turn the theater to bedlam. Following pulverizing renditions of ‘Raw Power,’ ‘Search And Destroy’ and ‘Gimme Danger,’ Pop brought dozens of fans on stage for ‘Shake Appeal,’ clearly reveling in the ecstatic anarchy of the moment. The rest of the night maintained the energy through favorites such as ‘Beyond The Law,’ ‘1970’ and ‘Fun House,’ the ‘ballad’ ‘Open Up And Bleed’ and a rendition of ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ beefed up by an 11-piece orchestra.

“The ensemble stayed on stage as Radio Birdman’s Deniz Tek, a longtime Asheton friend, spelled Williamson for ‘T.V. Eye,’ ‘Loose,’ ‘Dirt’ and ‘Real Good Time,’ while Williamson returned for a new acoustic composition called ‘Ron’s Tune,’ in which Pop sang that ‘the music says you’ll be my friend to the end’ and ‘because you were my friend, I always think of you again.’ The night finished with everyone, including more audience members, onstage for ‘No Fun’ — whose title, of course, was the antithesis of the experience.”

The complete story can be read here:

http://www.billboard.com/articles/photos/live/471955/iggy-pop-and-the-stooges-rock-ron-asheton-tribute-concert

TRIBUTE TO RON ASHETON: FEATURING IGGY & THE STOOGES + SPECIAL GUESTS
LIVE FROM ANN ARBOR’S MICHIGAN THEATER * APRIL 19, 2011

Preorder:
http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MVD5711D

Cover Art:

Clip:

Track Listing:
1. I Got A Right (with Henry Rollins)
2. Raw Power
3. Search and Destroy
4. Gimme Danger
5. Shake Appeal
6. 1970
7. L.A. Blues
8. Night Theme
9. Beyond the Law
10. Fun House
11. Open Up And Bleed
12. Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
13. I Wanna Be Your Dog
14. T.V. Eye
15. Loose
16. Dirt
17. Real Cool Time
18. Iggy’s Speech
19. Ron’s Tune
20. No Fun

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-Coma Announce The Release Of DON’T SET YOUR DOGS ON ME On February 19, 2013, Via earMUSIC/Eagle Rock Entertainment

One Of The Biggest Rock Bands From Poland!

NEW YORK, NY — earMUSIC/Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce that Poland’s biggest rock band, Coma, will release their new album DON’T SET YOUR DOGS ON ME on February 19 stateside [MSRP $25.98].

In their home country, Coma has achieved everything there is to achieve for any artist, let alone a heavy rock band. With several number one hits in the single and album charts, Gold and Platinum awards are a constant every time the rock band releases new work.

The band has won several “Fryderk Awards” (the Polish equivalent of The Brit Awards) in the categories “Best Album” and “Best Band.” Every year they play over 100 sold-out shows and have been special guests for artists like Pearl Jam, Linkin Park and Tool.

DON’T SET YOUR DOGS ON ME features 13 new songs covering struggle with personal demons, obsessions and twisted feelings. It’s a collection of powerful energetic songs that in true Coma style cannot be pigeonholed. From the catchy “With You” to the heavy rock “Rainy Song” and the heart-wrenching “Better Man,” the band manages to bring together beautiful melodies with a hard, straightforward rock sound.

Coma is:
Piotr Rogucki: vocals
Marcin Kobza: guitar
Dominik Witczak: guitar
Rafal Matuszak: bass
Adam Marszalkowski: drums

DON’T SET YOUR DOGS ON ME – Track Listing:
1. Keep The Peace
2. With You
3. Always Summer
4. Dance With A Queen
5. Rainy Song
6. Late
7. Lion
8. Furious Fate
9. Don’t Set Your Dogs On Me
10. Song 4 Boys
11. Moscow
12. A Better Man
13. When The Music Is A Flame

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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http://www.youtube.com/earMUSICofficial
http://www.facebook.com/earMUSICofficial
http://www.twitter.com/earMUSICedel

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-Kilmara: New Album Details Revealed

More details of LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES, the forthcoming album from Spanish heavy metallers Kilmara, have just been revealed.

The band has to say: “We want to inform our fans that the release of our new album LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES need longer as expected. After listening the pre-mix, we’ve realized that it’s not only the third record in our career, we want it to be the most perfect album we’ve ever recorded, that’s why we started thinking about new collaborations and elements. We cannot announce a release date yet, we’ll do things in the best way, our goal is to create a great piece of heavy metal.”

Kilmara have enlisted former Xeru, Chaman and DM X Project guitarist David Muñoz to lay down guitar solos on the song “Devil’s Eye” and former of Catalonian’s Death Metal band Resilience, guitarist and singer Pilar Villatobas on guest vocals with her guttural voice for the song “Fantasy.”

Spanish metallers Kilmara have recently entered Roland Grapow’s (Masterplan, ex-Helloween) studios in Slovakia to record their third album, LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES, for an 2013 release.

Kilmara is: Christian Wolfgang Kohl (vocals), Jonathan Portillo (guitar), Enrique Torres (guitar), Javier Morillo (drums), Raul Ruiz (bass guitar)

LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES will feature guest appearances by Dave Imbernön from Enuma Elish on keyboards and Kaleb from young Spanish pagan death metal band Drakum on the violin.

http://www.facebook.com/kilmaraofficial
http://www.kilmara.com/

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-RECLAMATION From Mongrel Gets UK Release

BOSTON, MA — RECLAMATION, the recent full-length album from aggressive, female fronted punk / metal crossover band Mongrel will see its UK release on February 25 through THC-Music/Vanity Music Group with distribution through Code7 / Plastichead. While already available through digital retailers such as iTunes and Amazon, RECLAMATION will now be available in brick and mortar outlets throughout Great Britain. RECLAMATION was recorded and mixed by Jim Foster (P.O.D., Nullset, Sully Erna) who also did the band’s video for leadoff 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).

“For years we’ve had bands we’ve toured with, like Trashlight Vision or Blitzkid, telling us we need to get our music out in the UK, so now to finally have the opportunity to do just that is awesome to us,” stated guitarist Adam Savage. “This album and the prior two EPs have gotten some great reviews and feedback from a bunch of different websites and zines in the UK over the last few years and we’ve got some really cool partnerships in the works around the album there so we’re all really excited about getting RECLAMATION out over there.”

Mongrel also just 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 .

Relevant Links:
http://www.MongrelBand.com/
http://www.myspace.com/Mongrel
http://www.facebook.com/MongrelOfficial
http://www.facebook.com/MongrelBand
http://www.twitter.com/MongrelBand
http://www.reverbnation.com/MongrelBand
http://www.youtube.com/adamMongrel
http://www.sonicbids.com/Mongrel

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-Conny Ochs: Lead Song From Upcoming Second LP BLACK HAPPY Now Playing

German singer/songwriter Conny Ochs has been making music for over a decade now in various incarnations — with bands, unique projects and as a solo artist. While local punters endorse and worship his musical endeavors, and especially his first solo album RAW LOVE SONGS which was released on Exile On Mainstream records in March 2011, it was the collaboration with Scott “Wino” Weinrich on the 2012 album HEAVY KINGDOM that really put him on the international map.

Conny Ochs will release the follow-up to RAW LOVE SONGS with his brand new LP BLACK HAPPY. An album of earnest and melancholic songs, Ochs bears his soul with raw emotion through his captivating vocal and melodic guitar style. 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. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes nasty, sometimes nice, sometimes begging, sometimes proud, sometimes cheerful, sometimes bitter, sometimes lost, sometimes found, Conny Ochs reaches a stark authenticity that draws you in, makes you part of the music and deserves to be devoted.

Today fans can hear the album opening track “Exile,” one of the most engaging songs on BLACK HAPPY, via The Earsplit Compound YouTube page:

The music on BLACK HAPPY ultimately draws upon a tradition and history of great acoustic craftsmanship created by some of America’s finest songwriters (though not restricted to the American continent). Through that inspiration especially, Ochs explores the realms of how your inner self can be sonically portrayed, once you are on your own and armed with only a guitar and your voice. Yes, this musical path is a well trodden one, but it isn’t worn out yet and Conny Ochs walks the road in his own wholehearted way. Mixed and mastered by Thommy Krawallo in Berlin in pure analog, BLACK HAPPY is set for official release via Exile On Mainstream in Germany on March 1st, throughout the rest of Europe on March 4th, and in North America on April 2nd, on LP, via digital download, and limited wooden box CD. Preorders are available here:

http://www.mainstreamrecords.de/news/conozzpreorder

Conny Ochs is currently embarked on a European tour in advance of the album’s release, with many more live excursions to be confirmed in the coming weeks. View the current list of dates here:

http://connyochs.com/cms/website.php?id=/live.htm

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

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-Wacken Metal Battle Comes To Canada; One Canadian Band To Rule Them All!

The world’s most prestigious metal festival, Wacken Open Air, known for its elite lineup of the globe’s best metal bands is bringing the largest metal contest on the planet to Canada. Wacken Metal Battle Canada will be recruiting one independent Canadian band to perform at this year’s highly celebrated gathering of metal heads in Wacken, Germany. Searching for the strongest contenders, Metal Battle Canada will showcase Canada’s premiere talents for one true champion to represent the nation with highest honor at the Wacken Open Air Festival.

Being held in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC during the months of May and June, Canadian metal bands from across the country will challenge one another to join a list of Canadian heavyweights such as Voivod, Exciter, Razor, Annihilator, Anvil, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, 3 Inches Of Blood, Despised Icon and Danko Jones who have performed at the festival in years past.

The W:O:A Metal Battle was founded in 2004 to encourage future generations of heavy metal and rock, as Wacken Open Air believes in supporting the future of metal music and its musicians.

Submissions for Metal Battle Canada can be completed via the online application at the following link below and will be open from February 18 to deadline on March 10. (Please remember to select the city in which you would like to potentially compete.)

Metal Battle Canada application link:
http://www.metalbattle.ca/apply.html

Promo Video – Wacken Metal Battle Canada

Battling rounds for Metal Battle Canada will be held on the following dates:

TORONTO DATES:
QUALIFYING
April 28 – Rivoli – Toronto, ON
May 2 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
May 5 – Rivoli – Toronto, ON
May 9 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
May 12 – Rivoli – Toronto, ON
May 16 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
SEMI-FINALS
May 24 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
May 31 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
June 7 – Rivoli – Toronto, ON

MONTREAL DATES:
QUALIFYING
May 9 – Katacombes – Montreal, QC
May 15 – Katacombes – Montreal, QC
May 22 – Katacombes – Montreal, QC
May 31 – Katacombes – Montreal, QC
SEMI-FINALS
June 7 – Katacombes – Montreal, QC*
* 2 MONTREAL BANDS MOVE TO FINALS – June 22 at Opera House, Toronto, ON

FINALS – METAL BATTLE CANADA
June 22 – Opera House, Toronto, ON

RULES

All bands that wish to participate in the Metal Battle must read the following rules and guidelines. Bands who send in an application automatically agree to the rules and terms.

Your band doesn’t have a record deal and isn’t about to sign to a record label in the near future.

Your band must be able to play a 30-minute set consisting of your own original material.

PA, lighting, and sound engineer will be provided for all bands by Metal Battle Canada.

Backline arrangements TBA.

The bands must bring their own instruments such as guitars, bass, drum breakables, keyboards and effect pedals and may also bring and use their own guitar amps.

To keep the changeover times as short as possible, bands with left-handed drummers will play as first or last band. All bands have to follow the directions given by the promoters or stage manager.

Semi playback is not allowed. All bands must play live.

Jury of respected music industry folk will decide the winners each night.

If a band overruns its allotted performance time, then the band members should be aware of the fact that in this case their sound will be faded out. The running order for the concert will be released a few days before the event takes place.

About Wacken:

Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) is a summer open air heavy metal music festival. It takes place annually in the small town of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. With 80,000 festival visitors, and including personnel a total of roughly 86,000 attendees in 2011, it attracts all kinds of metal music fans, such as fans of black metal, death metal, power metal, thrash metal, gothic metal, folk metal, and even metalcore, nu metal and hard rock from around the world.

The festival was first held in 1990 as a small event for local German bands. By 1998 the event had become the major festival on the European metal calendar and has included over 70 bands from all over Europe, North America and Australia. W:O:A is usually held at the beginning of August and lasts three days, during which the festival-goers camp on several large camping grounds surrounding the actual festival area. The 70 or more bands perform across four separate stages over the course of the event.

Since 2002, the Wacken Firefighters, the local volunteer fire department band, opens the festival.

The 2009 edition set a sales record when it sold out its 70,000 tickets by December 30, 2008, just 200 days prior to the festival. However, the 2012 edition broke this record; when it sold out on November 29th, 2011, 8 months before the opening of the festival with 75,000 tickets sold. The W:O:A 2012 took place with 137 bands, performing on seven stages.

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

Official Website: http://www.metalbattle.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetalBattleCanada
Twitter: @MetalBattleCAN
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WackenMetalBattleCAN

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-Year Of The Goat: New Video From Swedish Occult Metal Sect Now Playing

Blazing with over fifty minutes of supreme, metallic occult rock, ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS, the infernal debut album from Year Of The Goat, has been claiming mass praise from heavy metal fans and critics alike, elevating this new act in the ranks of the scene quickly.

A brilliantly infectious album highlighting classic metal/occult rock harmonies Östergötland/Norrköping, Sweden-based quintet seemingly permeate the air around them with, rather than “perform” or “execute,” the atmospheric permeation of the eight rituals which comprise their ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS offering form the proper conditions to transport the listener to another plane of existence; a meditative state in tribute to Lucifer and his legions. The album was released on CD, LP and digitally worldwide via Ván Records, also liable for bringing The Devil’s Blood, The Ruins Of Beverast, Nagelfar and others into the cult spotlight over the last decade.

This week Year Of The Goat has set loose a brand new video for the track “Spirits Of Fire,” showcasing the incredibly hooks and melodies the band have seemingly perfected, depicted in a psychedelic ’70s Occult horror theme.

Succumb to Him with the “Spirits Of Fire” video as well as full stream of ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/02/15/year-of-the-goat-new-video-from-swedish-occult-metal-sect-now-playing/

Year Of The Goat will hit the stage sporadically and continuously through the year, having just announced the acts first confirmed performances of 2013. Stay tuned for further updates as more shows are confirmed.

Year Of The Goat Live Rituals:
3/01/2013 John Dee – Sankt Hanshaugen, Norway
3/09/2013 Dynamo – Norrköping, Sweden
3/22/2013 Harry’s Rock Night – Linkoping, Sweden
5/24/2013 Club Destroyer – Sundsvall, Sweden
7/27/2013 Skogsröjet – Rejmre, Sweden
8/29/2013 Beyond The Gates – Bergen, Norway
11/16/2013 Hammer Of Doom Festival – Würzburg, Germany

“Album Of The Month” – Metal Hammer Greece

“…the hooks on ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS are extraordinary, its Blue Oyster Cult-derived fare countered by spellbinding, haunting lyrical content. Heavy on substance but devoid of gimmickry, it’s seductive: an impeccable balance of profundity and accessibility. 4/5” – Terrorizer

“NECROPOLIS flat-out f*cking rocks. Comprising tuneful and intricate ’70s metal steeped in a devout, shadowy Satanism, the disc skirts the edges of prog and doom without losing its solid footing in masterful classic rock and the infernal art of the anthem.” – A.V. Club

“This record is a statement that good music can still be written which has its reference to the ’70s era. Year Of The Goat have claimed that malevolent structure, ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS, to perform their darkest arts and spread the worship of the dark Lord. 9/10” – Metal Temple

“…a wildly dynamic record imbued with rich, vintage tones and ritualistic songwriting and lyrics. 9/10” – Soundshock

“Year Of The Goat and their peers are laying the foundation for an extremely exciting movement and, as a shot across the bows, this is as powerful an opening gambit as there has ever been. Doubters will be silenced…” – Lurker’s Path

“…Sinners, thieves and liars, get ready for the ultimate occult magical Sabbatic Rock release of 2012… 10/10” – Metak Kaoz

“Ein tolles Werk, wenn man sich ihm gegenüber öffnet und es entdecken möchte. Ich prophezeihe dann allerdings Suchtgefahr! Sagt nicht man hätte euch nicht gewarnt! 10/10” – Hell Is Open

https://www.facebook.com/yearofthegoat
http://www.facebook.com/vanrecs
http://www.van-records.de/

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-The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival: Third Annual Road To Metal Fest Tour Confirmed

As the lineup for the massive New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV continues to expand, the latest batch of bands and pre-fest tours are in. Today, MassConcerts confirms the addition of several new acts including Gideon, the original lineup of Bracewar, The Plot In You, Beyond The Shore, and longtime NYHC kings Sick Of It All!

Additionally, the founders of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are proud to announce the third annual installment of the Road To Metal Fest Tour. This year’s lineup resembles that of those past, featuring a mix of festival alumni and newcomers. Leading the way is Sumerian Records’ After The Burial, followed by Within The Ruins, The Contortionist, Glass Cloud and City In The Sea.

NEMHF founder, Scott Lee of MassConcerts, quoted, “We like to put this tour together to help showcase the talent that the festival has to offer, while giving bands an opportunity to tour together on their way to the festival. We want to thank everyone that has had a part in putting this together. It is great when we can get all these different companies working together to pull off a tour as diverse as this one.”

After The Burial is fresh off of last year’s Vans Warped Tour and are expecting a new record out in late August via Sumerian Records. Within The Ruins will be releasing their first LP for E1/Good Fight on February 26th, titled ELITE. The Contortionist is currently supporting Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, and Dying Fetus in the United States. Glass Cloud recently released their first effort via Equal Vision Records and have supported Silverstein, Miss May I, and were a part of last year’s Scream It Like You Mean It Tour. One of Sumerian Records’ newest signees, City In The Sea, will be releasing their full-length this Spring and will be taking part in the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival for the first time.

Road To Metal Fest III Tour
w/ After The Burial, Within The Ruins, The Contortionist, Glass Cloud, City In The Sea
4/12/2012 The Vernon Club – Louisville, KY
4/13/2012 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
4/14/2012 Jamboree – Toledo, OH
4/15/2012 NV – Knoxville, TN
4/16/2012 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
4/17/2012 Green Street – Greensboro, NC
4/18/2012 Shakas – Virginia Beach, VA
4/20/2012 NEMHF – Worcester, MA
4/21/2012 Santos Party House – New York, NY
4/22/2012 The Note – West Chester, PA
4/23/2012 Xtreme Wheels – Buffalo, NY
4/24/2012 Ironworks – Pittsburgh, PA
4/25/2012 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
4/26/2012 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
4/27/2012 Blue Moose – Iowa City, IA

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the historic Worcester Palladium. The festival takes place April 19th, 20th and 21st with a special pre-fest party in the upstairs room at the Palladium on April 18th. 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/ .

http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/
https://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest
https://twitter.com/moshfest
http://www.massconcerts.com/

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-Ear One Productions 2013 Update: Releases From Nightbitch, When The Deadbolt Breaks, Voice Of Reason Confirmed

Earsplit PR is stoked to join forces with Connecticut-based indie label Ear One Productions on their upcoming Winter and Spring releases. Formed in 2012 by hardcore/music scene vets Mike Livingston and Jay Reason, the label holds major clout within the Connecticut scene and well beyond. With seven Ear One titles out to date, including discs from When Waters Rise, Bonded Through Hate, Priapism, Big Ed, Continuum, The Curse Of Her Flesh and Sinners, the label’s roster boast s only bands from their home state. 2013 will prove to be the label’s biggest year yet…

First up, traditional, occult-bent metal trio Nightbitch, influenced by wicked women, unholy passions and fire nights, will unleash their latest Danzig and Blackmoore-driven bone metal anthems with the three-song CHAINMAKER 12″. Formed by Ipsissimus guitarist Ryan Adams (ex-Catalyst, ex-Capharnaum, ex-Vestal Claret, etc.) with longtime friends, drummer/vocalist Chris Taylor (Treebeard, Garbage Barge) and bassist Mark Eles (De Omega), Nightbitch has unleashed a plethora of cult cassette and vinyl releases over the years, and will penetrate the annals of rock even deeper with CHAINMAKER and more in 2013.

Early this Spring, roaring experimental doom trio When The Deadbolt Breaks will drop their most massive musical endeavor to date, with their sprawling fourth full-length release, DRIFTING TOWARDS THE EDGE OF THE EARTH. With a nearly two-hour-long diverse, debilitating doom/sludge metamorphosis taking place, the mammoth album will be released as a 2xCD or 2xLP package. Formed in 2005 by ex-Cable guitarist/vocalist Aaron Lewis, alongside bassist/vocalist Mike Parkyn and drummer Rich Kalinowski, a constant list of extra musicians and vocalists constantly appear on WTDB releases, which have included full-lengths on FuzzTown and Spare Change Records and a split with Negative Reaction. Watch for this band on tour throughout the year.

Late Spring/early Summer will see the release of the entire discography from Ear One co-owner Jay Reason’s first band, Voice Of Reason. The band made a major impact in the New England hardcore scene and beyond in the mid-late ’90s, boasting a high-paced, positive/anthem-based delivery but still maintaining a hard edge of urgency similar to early acts like Chain Of Strength, Seven Seconds and Gorilla Biscuits, and at the time comparable to Ten Yard Fight and Ensign. The band played alongside everyone from Hatebreed and Warzone to New Found Glory and Saves The Day and recorded with legendary NYHC producer Don Fury. LOOKING BACK TO THE WAY THINGS WERE: VOICE OF REASON 1995 – 2001 is a re-mastered collection of the band’s 32-song discography, and is set to be delivered as a limited edition CD and FREE digital download.

Stay tuned as the upcoming releases from Nightbitch and When The Deadbolt Breaks, and the Voice Of Reason discography near; more info and music will be available in the coming days.

Mike Livingston, having started out as a hardcore/thrash DJ in the mid-’80s helped bring the two scenes together in the crossover movement, moved on to work with Metal Blade Records, Aardshock America Magazine and more. Musically after playing with local acts Radium, Atmosfear, Smoke The Prophet, Black Wytche and Drained Of Life, Livingston did time with NYHC act 25 Ta Life followed by several years in Connecticut hardcore brutes 100 Demons, in addition to opening his own recording studio. Jay Reason is a musician, graphic designer and digital content creator who was the lead singer and founder of hardcore punk bands Voice Of Reason and The Distance, and is the current front man for Blackened (with members of Hatebreed). Hired by Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta, Jay was label manager/A&R of Stillborn Records from 2001 to 2007. Jay brings over 15 years of experience to the role following stints with Sony Music, Jive Records and various independent artists / label consultations, signings.

http://www.nightbitch.net/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/When-the-Deadbolt-Breaks/181287835243416
https://www.facebook.com/voiceofreasoncthc
http://www.earoneproductions.com/
https://www.facebook.com/earoneproductions

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-Scotland’s Cnoc An Tursa Next Up In Candlelight’s Cult Series

Candlelight Records today announces the next album in its Cult Series. THE GIANTS OF AULD from Scotland’s Cnoc An Tursa will see North American release on March 26th. It’s the debut release from the Pagan metal band and adds to the label’s growing developmental artist series. THE GIANTS OF AULD, already released in Europe, was produced by Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard, Napalm Death).

Chock full of intense, epic ballads that draw inspiration from old Scottish poetry, THE GIANTS OF AULD was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales. Early media has praised the record with Heathen Harvest calling it, “A potent mixture of black metal riffage and rousing, epic atmosphere.” Ave Noctum says, “Candlelight have picked a Pagan/folk metal gem… a highly melodic but driving sound that should be on the shopping list of any fan of pagan or folk metal,” while No Clean Singing adds, “put this album on your radar screen.”

Falkirk-based Cnoc An Tursa was formed in 2006 by vocalist/guitarist Alan Buchan and guitarist/keyboardist Rene Hill. With the later addition of bassist David Anderson and drummer Bryan Hamilton, the band caught the ear of Winterfylleth/Lone Vigil Recordings founder Chris Naughton after the release of a single demo recorded and released by the band in 2008. Discussing the rise of Isle bands with Decibel Magazine last November, Naughton noted, “When we spoke a few years ago, we were talking about a scene in its relative infancy; one that was starting to bring through some great bands with strong ideas. We are now a few years down the line and starting to see bands like A Forest Of Stars and Wodensthrone flourish. If anything I would say now is the time all the British bands are starting to hit their stride and bring their music to the world in a way they have never been able to before. There is a great undercurrent of bands like Cnoc An Tursa, Fyrdsman and Nine Covens coming through that represent a scene that is bearing some real fruit.”

Cnoc An Tursa has toured alongside Taake, Winterfylleth, and Wodensthrone to date. Sample the album’s fourth track “Hail Land Of My Fathers,” on Candlelight Records’ free Cult Series Winter sampler at this location:

http://candlelightrecordsusa.bandcamp.com/album/candlelight-cult-winter-sampler

THE GIANTS OF AULD Track Listing:
1. The Piper O’Dundee
2. The Lion Of Scotland
3. Bannockburn
4. Hail Land Of My Fathers
5. Ettrick Forest In November
6. The Spellbound Knight
7. In Shadowland
8. Winter-A Dirge
9. Culloden Moor
10. Blar Na H-Eaglaise Brice

Other artists available now via Candlelight’s Cult Series include: Wodensthrone (CURSE), Khors (WISDOM OF CENTURIES), Kontinuum (EARTH BLOOD MAGIC), Nine Covens (ON THE DAWNING OF LIGHT), Reverence (THE ASTHETIC ASCENSION), and Zatokrev (THE BAT THE WHEEL AND A LONG ROAD TO NOWHERE).

Upcoming Candlelight Cult releases include: Nonexistence/ANTARTICA (out June 4), Voices/FROM THE HUMAN FOREST CREATE A FUGE OF IMAGINARY RAIN (out June 4), Crown/PSYCHURGY (out June 11), and Shade Empire/DIVINE CODES (out June 11).

https://www.facebook.com/cnocantursa
http:/www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CandlelightRecordsUSA

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-David Hooper’s “Six-Figure Musician” Available As A Free Book

Music Marketing blogger and radio show host David Hooper says, “Today’s music business has more opportunity for musicians and songwriters than ever before. If you’re willing to take control of your career and embrace change, you can be successful and make a lot of money.”

David is making his book, “Six-Figure Musician — How To Sell More Music, Get More People To Your Shows, And Make More Money In The Music Business,” available for free at http://www.musicianbook.com/ .

“Six-Figure Musician” is 272 pages of “big picture” ideas and proven marketing strategies that will help you to succeed in the new music business. It is a realistic, hype-free guide that will help you get to unleash your music and make a great living.

This book is currently available FREE at http://www.musicianbook.com/ .

David Hooper is the founder of the music marketing agency MusicMarketing.com and host of “Music Business Radio” heard online at http://www.musicmarketing.com and on Nashville’s Lightning 100.

Contact:
dave@kathoderaymusic.com
http://www.twitter.com/davidhooper
http://blog.musicbusinessradio.com/
http://www.musicmarketing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/musicmarketing

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-220 Volt announced its new lineup as Anders Engberg (ex-Therion, Lion’s Share) on vocals, founding members Thomas Drevin and Mats Karlsson on guitar, bassist Mikael Krusenberg, and returning drummer Peter Hermansson. A teaser featuring the new lineup and samples of three new songs — “Broken Promises,” “Blind,” and “One Good Reason” — is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OBvpDN1iS6k .

-The latest guest singer to be announced for Avantasia’s THE MYSTERY OF TIME, due out March 30, is Bob Catley (Magnum, Hard Rain). Catley will perform on the album and join Avantasia on tour; check out his video message at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OFMo94HtFr0 . See http://www.tobiassammet.com/ for more.

-Joe Bonamassa’s AN ACOUSTIC EVENING AT THE VIENNA OPERA HOUSE is due out next month. 2DVD, 2CD and single Blu-ray formats can be pre-ordered now at http://jbonamassa.com/vienna/?p=share . A free download of “Athens To Athens,” the DVD trailer, track list info, and T-shirt orders are available at the same link. See http://www.jbonamassa.com/ for more.

-“Power thrashers” Edge Of Attack released their self-titled debut this week through Spread The Metal Records, and is available at http://www.spreadthemetal.com/catalog/ , https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/edge-of-attack/id584063845 , and http://spreadthemetalrecords.bandcamp.com/releases . Hype: “Produced by EAO guitarist/vocalist Jurekk Whipple, the debut features ten tracks of haunting vocals, shredding guitars, complex bass lines, furious drumming plus choral and symphonic arrangements along with guest artists by solo artist Ivan Gianinni, Ryan Boivard (Hallows Die) and Pellek (Damnation Angels).” From singer Roxanne Gordey: “After having waited so long to release this album, we can’t be happier with its result! Our only hope is that everyone hears it and feels our dedication to this music. More than anything, we’re grateful to everyone who really stuck their neck out to get us this far. This album is our very first benchmark.” Track list: “In Hell,” “The Haunting,” “Demon (Of The Northern Seas)” feat. Ivan Giannini, “Take Me Alive,” “In The Night,” “Edge Of Attack,” “Rise Above,” “Forever,” “The Damned” feat. Ryan Bovaird, “Set The World Aflame” feat. PelleK. Check out the video for “In Hell” at http://youtu.be/qBRj84u-i50 . See http://www.spreadthemetal.com/ and http://www.EdgeofAttack.com/ for more.

-Free Fall’s latest track-by-track videos featuring drummer Ludwig Dahlberg and guitarist Mattias Bärjed describing POWER & VOLUME are available at http://youtu.be/BFB03V82HpU and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXbI398Nh58 . The band also has a free SongPier app for iOS and Android devices at http://songpier.com/freefall . See http://www.facebook.com/freefallpowerandvolume for more.

-Helker’s SOMEWHERE IN THE CIRLE is out now in Europe in digi-pak CD and digital download formats; there is also a Spanish-language version available via digital download. Hype: “Argentina’s Helker deliver a slice of finest Power Metal with SOMEWHERE IN THE CIRCLE, the band’s first international release.” Check out excerpts of all album tracks at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr0O3mLBs4Q .

-Kiss will headline Rock Fest in Cadott, WI, on July 20. See http://www.kissonline.com/ and http://www.rock-fest.com/ for more.

-Lost Society’s video for “Kill (Those Who Oppose Me)” is online at http://youtu.be/_VYaSmFcfVM . The clip was filmed in Jyväskylä, Finland, with director Maurice Swinkels (Legion Of The Damned). FAST LOUD DEATH comes out March 15 on Nuclear Blast Records. See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-The Swedish doom metal band Memory Garden has a new landing page at http://www.metalblade.com/memorygarden , featuring the cover art and first single “The Evangelist” from DOOMAIN, which is due out April 12 on Metal Blade Records. The album can be pre-ordered at the page, too. The band had this to say about the album: “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.” And about the album title: “We wanted a short and effective title to this album. It’s a little game of words referring to the style of music we play ‘Doom metal’ and the actual word ‘Domain.’ We see this album as a statement of what Memory Garden stands for music wise and this album is certainly down our alley, it’s in our DOOMAIN.” Track list: “The Evangelist,” “Latent Lunacy,” “Daughters Of The Sea,” “Barren Lands,” “Violate & Create,” “Doomain,” “The King Of The Dead,” “A Diabolical Mind,” “Misfortune.” Lineup: Stefan Berglund – Vocals, Simon Johansson – Lead Guitars, Andreas Mäkelä – Guitars, Johan Fredrikson – Bass Guitar, Tom Björn – Drums. See http://www.memorygarden.se/ and https://www.facebook.com/memorygardenofficial for more.

-A Perfect Day’s unreleased cover of Adele’s “SkyFall” is out now, digitally. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88HiN45y03c .

-The EPK for Saxon’s SACRIFICE, a 17-minute clip featuring the band members running down the album’s tracks, is online at http://youtu.be/09vKzx2jKOo .

-Secret Sphere’s video for “Lie To Me” has surpassed 300,000 views on YouTube, at http://youtu.be/Qy98zDaGRmw . The song comes from PORTRAIT OF A DYING HEART, which was released last fall. See http://www.secretsphere.org/ and http://www.facebook.com/secretsphere for more.

-The Levellers have been added to this year’s Sweden Rock Festival, slated for June 5-8, in Solvesborg, Sweden. The lineup now stands at: Kiss, Rush, Europe, Status Quo, Saxon, Asia, Accept, Krokus, Survivor, Five Finger Death Punch, Rick Springfield, Skid Row, Candlemass, UFO, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend Project, At The Gates, Black Star Riders, Sonata Arctica, Kreator, Doro, Demon, Raubtier, Pugh Rogefeldt, Leningrad Cowboys, Hypocrisy, Threshold, Sweet, The Levellers, Firewind, Jon English, Paradise Lost, Hardline, Manilla Road, Vader, Ihsahn, Amaranthe, Satan, Heathen, Tankard, Crazy Lixx, Naglfar, Bullet, Stacie Collins, Sister Sin, Axxis, Spiders, Morgana Lefay, Mårran, Witchcraft, Nine Below Zero, Civil War, Audrey Horne, Huntress, Leprous, Martin Prahl’s Skelter Wheel, The Last Band, The Scams, Sahg, Mia Klose, Klogr. See http://www.swedenrock.com/ for more.

-Testament recorded its show last Friday, February 15, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY for an upcoming DVD/CD release. Before the gig singer Chuck Billy stated, “We haven’t shot a live DVD or CD since our LIVE IN LONDON release and we’ve had two killer albums since then. We thought it would be cool to put out a live DVD/CD focusing on the last three records (THE GATHERING, THE FORMATION OF DAMNATION and DARK ROOTS OF EARTH) mixed in with a good amount of classics too. Last time we recorded anything live in America was for LIVE AT THE FILLMORE on the West Coast. This time we thought we’d give the East Coast a chance to show the world how crazy and loud they can be. We’re going to be playing an extra-long 17-18 song set, which will be our lengthiest set of the tour. Let’s see all you thrashers stirring it up out there and singing along!” The new live release is expected out later this year via Nuclear Blast Records. See http://www.testamentlegions.com/ for more.

-Voodoo Circle has a new video for “Graveyard City” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6noZosjABrw . The track comes from MORE THAN ONE WAY HOME, due out February 22 on AFM Records.

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

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-That new crowd-funded Kiss tribute album A WORLD WITH HEROES sounds pretty cool. Be sure to take a look at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/kiss40thtribute for all the details. Some of the incentives to pledge include the CD for $20, signed 8x10s, Skype call with Russ Dwarf and Terry Ilous ($50 each), a signed drum head and sticks from Johnny Dee ($90), Skype lessons with Bill Leverty and Derek Sherinian ($100 each), etc. There are also a lot of updates about track info. It was recently announced that Dwarf and Leverty will perform on each other’s songs — “Unholy” and “Deuce,” respectively — Bumblefoot and Rex Brown will collaborate on “Detroit Rock City,” Ilous will contribute an acoustic version of “Forever,” and Willie Basse (Black Sheep) has been added to the roster with “I Love It Loud.” There’s a new interview Leverty concerning the project at http://www.seaoftranquility.org/article.php?sid=2410 ; additional interviews with Dwarf and Ilous will be posted at Sea Of Tranquility soon. Very cool stuff, and all for a more than worthy cause.

-Check out an awesome list of “10 Great Heavy Metal Documentaries” at http://fatfreddyscat.hubpages.com/hub/10-Great-Heavy-Metal-Documentaries . They are as follows: “The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years” (1988), “Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance Vs. Judas Priest” (1991), “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil” (2008), “Until The Light Takes Us” (2009), “Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster” (2004), “Heavy Metal In Baghdad” (2007), “Born In The Basement” (2007), “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” (2005), “Lemmy” (2010), and “Kiss Loves You” (2004).

-Special thanks to my friend Bill for finding a list of “6 Musical Cruises To Make You Wish For A Hurricane” at http://popdose.com/6-worst-musical-package-cruises/ .

-I tell ya, when I first read the press release I thought David Hooper’s book was entitled “The Six-Fingered Magician.”🙂

-In my current playlist: Bill Leverty – RIDE (Leverty Music), Impera – LEGACY OF LIFE (Escape Music), Audrey Horne – YOUNGBLOOD (Napalm Records), Valor – THE YONDER ANSWER (Pitch Black Records), Midas Touch – PRESAGE OF DISASTER (DELUXE EDITION) (Divebomb Records).

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Detritus #640

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Detritus
Issue #640
Week of February 11, 2013
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-We were gonna do a special “Luv ‘n’ Kisses” issue of Detritus for Valentine’s Day, where you could win a dream date with Steve, but then he was all like, “Dude, my wife will kill me…” so we had to scrap EVERYTHING. Oh well. – Tim

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-International Powerhouse Rock Group W.E.T.’s Brand New Video “Learn To Live Again” Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Noisecreep

New Album RISE UP Due Out Later In February Via Frontiers Records

Hard Rock lovers worldwide can click here to witness the Worldwide Premiere of the video for international powerhouse Rock group W.E.T.’s brand new track, “Learn To Live Again”:

http://www.noisecreep.com/2013/02/07/w-e-t-learn-to-live-again-video/

The video was shot on location last month in an industrial barn outside Stockholm, Sweden under bone-chilling weather conditions. “Learn To Live Again” is taken from W.E.T.’s forthcoming album, RISE UP, due out in Europe on February 22 and North America on February 26 via Frontiers Records. The album is already receiving early critical praise, with Sweden’s Hallowed declaring, “…this is the best ever melodic rock or AOR album,” while the UK’s Planet Mosh avowed that W.E.T. are “at the top of their game and raising the standards for others…” Click http://www.frontiers.it/download/WETrise%20upCOVER.jpg to download cover art for RISE UP.

W.E.T. is the union (and corresponding acronym) of some of the world’s most accomplished musicians. W.E.T. is Robert Säll (“W” = the keyboardist/guitarist from Swedish melodic rockers Work Of Art), Erik Mårtensson (“E” = from Swedish hard rockers Eclipse; Mårtensson plays guitars, bass, keyboards and lead vocals) and Jeff Scott Soto (“T” = from Talisman, the highly-celebrated American vocalist, also known for his work with Yngwie Malmsteen, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Journey), along with members Magnus Henriksson (guitars) and Robban Bäck (drums), also from Eclipse. W.E.T.’s self-titled debut album in 2009 was one of the rare occasions when a band created by the vision of Frontiers Records President/Founder Serafino Perugino managed to create such a wave of enthusiasm and interest from fans and the media alike that it went beyond the band’s own expectations.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.facebook.com/TheBandWET
http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Frontiers Records News

Great White

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce that during the week of the release of Great White’s forthcoming live album 30 YEARS – LIVE FROM THE SUNSET STRIP (planned for February 22nd in Europe and February 26th in North America), a newly re-mixed version of the band’s latest studio album ELATION will be made available for digital download sales across the board at the special price of 4.99 USD / 3.99 GBP / 3.99 EURO. The album was re-mixed by George Tutko known for his work with such artists as Rod Stewart, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, John Mellencamp and more. After the first week, the album will go back to normal price.

In the meanwhile the band’s latest video “Hard To Say Goodbye” is officially in rotation on MTV.com. The song is also #8 on the Classic Rock Radio media charts. This is indeed a major milestone for the band!

“When I assembled this band in 1979 that eventually became Great White in 1982, to have it still be around 30 years later is a complete blessing,” guitarist Mark Kendall said. “The music and fans is what keeps us rocking. From ON YOUR KNEES to ELATION the music has been for the fans. We decided to celebrate by taking it back where it all started for us, and that is on The Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California. Being a big part of our history, The Key Club in Hollywood, California, was the perfect venue to record this live album and celebrate our 30 years of making music together.” Drummer Audie Desbrow added: “A big thank you to all the fans, past present, and future, we could have never done it without you!”

Great White Artist Page:
http://www.mtv.com/artists/great-white

Official video link:
http://www.mtv.com/videos/great-white/876641/hard-to-say-goodbye.jhtml

http://www.greatwhiterocks.com/

Pink Cream 69

Wanted: virtual actors for a new music video!

Germany’s international rock band Pink Cream 69 will be shooting a new video for their new single “Special” (from their brand new album CEREMONIAL which entered the national album charts in Germany in the week of release at number 83). We are looking for people that would be willing to act as Internet users/chatters. The lyrics in “Special” are about people pretending something they are not in the social networks, visually and mentally.

If interested please make a short video of yourself in front of a computer doing “stuff” and send it to: special@pinkcream69.com . The best short videos will make it to the actual video with a length of 1-2 seconds max.

You should be looking funny, crazy, weird or sexy. You will be chatting with the video’s main female character. We are looking forward to your videos!

http://www.frontiers.it/

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-The Big Teutonic 4: 10″ Mini LP To Be Released February 15!

A while ago, German Legacy magazine included an exclusive four-track compilation CD of The Big Teutonic 4 in their issue no. 82 (1/2013) that included brand new cover versions of heavy metal classics by Iron Maiden and Motorhead.

Now, Germany’s “big 4″ — namely thrash legends Kreator, Tankard, Destruction and Sodom — will also release this terrific tribute in the form of a 10” mini LP. It’ll be available in black as well as in red and yellow (the latter two exclusively available via the Nuclear Blast mail order) and will contain a different song by Sodom as compared to the compilation CD.

The track list reads as follows:

Side A:
Kreator – “The Number Of The Beast” (Iron Maiden)
Sodom – “Ace Of Spades” (Motorhead)

Side B:
Destruction – “The Hammer” (Motorhead)
Tankard – “The Prisoner” (Iron Maiden)

Order your copy of this very special limited release here: http://smarturl.it/TBT4

Moreover, for the very first time in history The Big Teutonic 4 will share one stage on the same night: at the Beastival festival in Geiselwind, Germany, that’ll take place from May 30 to June 1, 2013. Make sure not to miss this memorable event! Secure your tickets at the Nuclear Blast web shop: http://www.nuclearblast.de/suche/beastival

For further information, visit: http://www.beastival.com/ .

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-R-Mine Metalfest 2013 Confirm Festival Lineup

R-Mine Metalfest 2013 is scheduled for June 21th – 23th in Tongeren, Belgium. A new trailer for the festival can now be seen below:

Symphony X recently announced as headliner with Rhapsody Of Fire and Hell.

Acts confirmed for the festival include:

Friday 21/06 – Rhapsody Of Fire, Jorn, Nightmare, Evil Masquerade, Fate, Voodoo Highway, Ex Libris, Ethernity, Azylya (tickets presale 25€ – atd 30€ – combi ticket 3 days 65€)

Saturday 22/06 – Symphony X, Freak Kitchen, Secret Sphere, Raven Lord, BloodBound, Tainted Nation, Tore St. Moren feat. John Macaluso & Nic Angileri, Sunburst, Max Pie, Arhythmia, Magnacult, Scarlet Anger, Keyrah, Hell City, Pulver One (tickets presale 30€ – atd 35€ – combi ticket 3 days 65€)

Sunday 23/06 – Hell, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Holocaust, Savage, Demon, Cloven Hoof, Fireforce, Attic, Wizz Wizzard, Voltrage, Civilian, Valkyre (tickets presale 25€ – atd 30€ – combi ticket 3 days 65€)

Tickets for R-Mine Metalfest 2013 are available at http://www.mymusicevents.be/ and all Free Recordshops in Belgium & Holland: Giga Swing Hasselt, Metal Zone Shops Belgium, Moonlight Shop Tongeren, etc.

Real metal fans will have a good time at the R-Mine Metalfest 2013 with the Metal Market + Meet & Greet area.

http://www.facebook.com/events/123709357795939
http://www.mymusicevents.be/
http://www.r-mineproductions.be/

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-Covered Call To Release IMPACT March 28 On AOR Heaven

Covered Call: An expression used in financial circles depicting a picture of Wall Street, big cities, and the frenzy of the stock market. Covered Call the band, however, was born in a small carpentry shed in the dark, deep forests of Sweden. The contrast couldn’t be greater between the band and their name.

Covered Call was formed by drummer Ronny Svanströmer and guitarist Joel Carlsson. Subsequently, second guitarist Morgan Rosenquist joined the band and the material rapidly started taking shape.

The band immediately landed a deal and released their debut album MONEY NEVER SLEEPS internationally in 2009. During the recording sessions for the band’s second album bassist Andy Loos (ex Glory, Lion’s Share) was recruited as a full member in the lineup.

Andy had previously been working with Göran Edman (ex John Norum Band, Yngwie Malmsteen), who was soon after recruited to complete this stellar lineup.

The new album, entitled IMPACT, was recorded by Covered Call along with Studio Fredman (Arch Enemy, HammerFall, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames) and was mixed by Lars Chriss of Lion’s Share (who also performed a guest solo on the track “Hold On”) at LS Studio.

The band has left their suits behind and is ready to deliver unforgettable rock music in the true AOR spirit!

This new musical constellation together with vocalist Göran Edman now sound stronger than ever and with fantastic new material Covered Call will prove, once again, that their brand of hook-layered rock is a force to be reckoned with.

Track List:
1. Lorraine
2. When The Lights Are Out
3. Think About All Times
4. Look Into Your Mind
5. Hold On
6. Make A Wish
7. Nothing Lasts Forever
8. Wake Up
9. When I’m Gone
10. Live It Up
11. Last Goodbye

Lineup:
Göran Edman – Lead vocals
Joel Carlsson – Guitars
Morgan Rosenquist – Guitar
Andy Loos – Bass
Ronny Svanströmer – Drums

Sound clips in advance:

“Hold On” (Edit)

“Lorraine” (Edit)

“When The Lights Are Out” (Edit)

Web:
http://www.coveredcall.se/
http://www.facebook.com/coveredcallrock
http://www.metalheaven.net/

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-Code Of Silence DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON Track-By-Track Video Posted Online

British melodic metallers Code Of Silence — who are fronted by Brazilian vocalist Gus Monsanto (Revolution Renaissance, Adagio, Symbolica, Lord Of Mushrooms) posted a track-by-track album breakdown video provided by band leader and bassist James Murray who also supplied the debut album’s historical theme of the Knights Templar at the time of the Crusades. The video can be viewed here:

James says: “Although the album is thematic each song can be enjoyed in its own right separately away from any concept.”

Code Of Silence recently released their debut video “Sky Is Falling Down” — which has gained in excess of 15,000 views since posting — and an informative EPK introducing the band:

“Sky Is Falling Down”

EPK

“Taken in the round, this is a fabulous rock album. As a debut album it’s simply stunning.” Get Ready to ROCK!

A guitarist who wants to go to Japan, a drummer who thinks political leaders should settle arguments over a few beers, and a Brazilian who likes Scottish breakfasts. These are some of the fascinating facts you will glean from Code Of Silence’s newly launched website — http://www.codeofsilence.co.uk/ .

The album — DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON — has been written and produced by Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and mixed by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Eden’s Curse, Hardline, Lionville). Stylistically it covers a range of genres from hard rock to progressive, fused with highly melodic metal.

The band includes seasoned vocalist Gus Monsanto, who has worked with Stratovarius vocalist Timo Tolkki (Revolution Renaissance) and Adagio, and guitarist Ben Randall who for a time was with Power Quest. Scott McLean on keys (Concept Of Time and Falloch) and John Clelland on drums (The Jack) complete the lineup.

The album is released in Europe on 25 February and in North America on 9 April via Mausoleum Records. It was released in Japan via Rubicon Music on 23 January. There is a limited pre-order offer before release date at the band’s website.

http://www.codeofsilence.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/codeofsilenceuk

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-Swedish Sleaze Rockers Crashdiet Brand New Video “California” Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Noisecreep Today; North American Headlining Tour Dates Announced; New Album THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND Just Released Via Frontiers Records

Hard rock lovers worldwide can click http://www.noisecreep.com/2013/02/06/crashdiet-california-video/ to witness the worldwide premiere of the video for Swedish sleaze rockers Crashdiet’s brand new track, “California.” The song is taken from their latest album, THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND, which was just released worldwide via Frontiers Records and debuted at #2 on the Swedish album charts. Next month, Crashdiet are set to take their fiery live show to the masses in North America with a headlining tour kicking off on March 15th at Hooligans in Albuquerque, NM. Please see below for confirmed tour dates.

A leading force in the Swedish “sleaze rock” scene of the 2000s, Crashdiet harkens back to the glam metal movement of the 1980s, with a more pronounced punk element. Crashdiet has earned an international following of diehard fans through extensive touring, with stints supporting the likes of Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne and more. Crashdiet overcame tragedy early in their career when original lead singer Dave Lepard committed suicide. Determined to carry on Lepard’s legacy, Crashdiet has endured and has become an example of determination to their fans. Crashdiet is Martin Sweet (guitars), Peter London (bass), Eric Young (drums) and Simon Cruz (vocals).

Crashdiet North American tour:

MARCH
15 – Albuquerque, NM – Hooligans
20 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky A Go Go
25 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
26 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl – Hard Rock Hotel Casino
30 – Arvada, CO – Jammin Joes

APRIL
2 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
4 – Chicago, IL – Double Door
5 – Detroit, MI – Hard Rock Cafe Detroit
6 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club Theatre
7 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
9 – Montreal, QC – Petit Cafe
11 – West Chester, PA – The Note
13 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
16 – White Marsh, MD – House Of Rock

For more information, please visit:
http://www.crashdiet.org/
http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Metal Church, Overkill Confirmed For Headbangers Open Air!

Good news is coming from the Headbangers Open Air Camp:

Metal Church has been confirmed to perform an exclusive Headliner Show on HOA Saturday. They will play the complete first album plus many more highlights, which will be a 100+ minute set.

Overkill has just been announced as the headliner for the HOA Thursday!

And in other news: Blaspheme (FR) will play one of their farewell shows at HOA. Persian Risk (a NWoBHM pearl) has also been added to the bill and Axxion (CAN) will attend the Warm-Up Gig.

The 16th edition of Headbangers Open Air will take place from July 25 – July 27, 2013 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen (Germany).

The 2013 lineup is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
77 (ESP)
Blaspheme (FR)
Bloodfeast (USA)
Demon (UK)
Forte (USA)
Game Over (IT)
Heretic (USA)
Iron Savior (D)
King Leoric (D)
Kissin’ Dynamite (D)
Metal Church (USA)
Midnight Priest (POR)
Muro (ESP)
MX Machine (USA)
Overkill (USA)
Persian Risk (UK)
Praying Mantis (UK)
Rival (USA)
Savage (UK)
Skiltron (ARG)
Sleepy Hollow (USA)
Stormwitch (D)
Trespass (UK)
Vicious Rumors (USA)

Confirmed for the Warm-Up Show in Lauschbar, Itzehoe, Germany for Wednesday July 24, 2013:
Hobbs Angel Of Death (Aus)
Axxion (Can)
Wild (Es)

Confirmed for the After Show in Lauschbar, Itzehoe, Germany for Sunday July 28, 2013:
Rezet (Ger)
Skiltron (Arg)

Presales are going strong, tickets remain 48,- Euro, the X-mas Packet (Metallticket + T-Shirt) for 53,- Euro. Shirt sizes: S, M, L, XL & Girly M.

Presale points:
http://www.headbangers-open-air.de/
http://www.hellionrecords.de/
http://www.Metaltix.com/
VonGestern Elmshorn
RemedyRecords Hamburg
AD Ticket + Ticketmaster
note: buy your tickets from our official pre-sale partners only

No entering of the campsite without a valid ticket… (no more just camping…)
Preorder your private Dixi for 60,- Euro (1 cleaning included)
Headbanging puppet for 18,95 in our shop.
From 2013 no more glass on HOA (just plastic bottles and cans)

For all info:
http://www.headbangers-open-air.de/
http://www.facebook.com/HeadbangersOpenAir
http://www.twitter.com/HOAGermany
http://www.myspace.com/headbangersopenair

\M/ MAKE THE GARDEN BURN \M/

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-Nightmare Records And Power Prog Join Forces!

Our cooperation has existed for a while, but now we raise our successful relations to a new peak…

Nightmare Records will act as exclusive distributor for all Power Prog releases in North America from this point on!

These albums are available as CD and digital download from February 22, you can pre-order them immediately at http://www.nightmarerecords.com/

Age Of Artemis – OVERCOMING LIMITS
http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store/pgxso-product-details/prx-1033/ctx-2

Lothlöryen – RAVING SOULS SOCIETY
http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store/pgxso-product-details/prx-1034/ctx-2

Rygel – IMMINENT
http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store/pgxso-product-details/prx-1035/ctx-3

Still Alive – KYO
http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store/pgxso-product-details/prx-1036/ctx-3

Nightmare Records is an indie Prog power metal label distributed by Sony/RED, want more info on Nightmare? Join us.

Feel free to pass this on to friends you think may enjoy!

Nightmare Records
7751 Greenwood Drive
St. Paul MN 55112
http://www.nightmarerecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nightmare-Records/132869800174
http://www.www.myspace.com/NightmareRecords1
http://www.twitter.com/NightmareRecord
http://www.www.youtube.com/user/MEGALOUD

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-Doolittle Group Is Proud To Announce Two Releases For March 2013

Shadows Past – PERFECT CHAPTER

Artist: Shadows Past
Title: PERFECT CHAPTER
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Melodic Metal
Catalog #: DOOCD007
EAN: 7320470167168
Copyright: Doolittle Group 2013
Label: Doolittle Group

Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 29.03.2013

Distribution:
Sweden – Sound Pollution, Norway – VME, Finland – Supersounds, Denmark – VME, Germany/Austria – Rough Trade, Switzerland – Non Stop, Italy – Audioglobe, France – Soundworks, UK – Plastic Head, Poland – Mystic Productions, Czech Republic – Mystic Productions, Spain – Avispa, Benelux – Suburban, Greece – Sound Forge, Bulgaria – Wizzard, Russia – Soyuz, USA/Canada – Super D, South America – Hellion

Track List:
1. Wherever I Go (4:20)
2. Perfect Chapter (4:18)
3. Cry No More (5:26)
4. An Old Enemy (4:42)
5. Ladder Of Life (4:34)
6. The Scars Run Deep (4:10)
7. Impressed (4:07)
8. Who Am I (5:12)
9. The One (5:51)
10. Believe (6:12)

Melodic metal with great attitude from Sweden. Vocalist Ola Halén, former Insania Sweden, is fronting this power unit. Style-wise you can compare Shadows Past with Symphony X, Kamelot and Helloween.

Shadows Past was formed in 2005 by singer Ola Halén and guitarist Jonatan Berg. It happened that Ola had a Tony MacAlpine tape running in his car when giving Jonatan a ride from the music school where Ola worked and Jonatan studied, and they discovered their similar taste in music. Prior to that, the name Shadows Past had been used by Ola for some of his solo projects on the side of Insania — the band for which he had been the singer and front man since 2002. The band saw various members come and go during the first few years. Among them drummer Johnny Sandin (who eventually had to focus solely on his other band Seventh Wonder) and bass player Niklas “Nille” Sandin, now in Katatonia.

Several demo recordings were made during these first years, with the first official one being released in 2009, containing the songs “Perfect Chapter,” “Cry No More” and “Who Am I.” By this time multi-instrumentalist Staffan Lindroth had joined the band on keyboards, soon to be joined by his brother Olle Lindroth on drums, who fittingly returned to Sweden from living in Spain when the need for a permanent drummer arose. To further solidify the musical foundation, one more change in lineup was made and Patrik Berg, Jonatan’s brother (and a talented musician) was brought in on bass, thus making it two pairs of brothers in the band.

Shadows Past had continuously been playing live, mostly throughout the Stockholm club scene and continued to do so during 2009 when the band also took part in the pan-European music contest “Emergenza” which culminated in a final performance at the final show at Debaser Medis in Stockholm. In 2009 new songs were also written and rehearsed and pre-production and recordings for the debut album could begin in 2010. The process of finishing the album was delayed by the decision to scrap some of the studio recordings for technical reasons, but in late 2011 everything was finally on tape (or disk rather) and the task to mix, master and set the sound of the debut could be delegated. For this job Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T., Seventh Wonder etc.) was chosen and during the spring of 2012 the album was finalized.

Later in 2012 Christian Liljegren and Doolittle Group got to hear the album and decided to invite Shadows Past into their roster of bands.

Style-wise, Shadows Past have always had a strong foundation in melodic metal. The emphasis never strays from strong melodies, put in a framework of heavy riffing and musically intriguing details. Comparisons to bands like Helloween, Stratovarius and Symphony X have been made, but there is no denying that Shadows Past have a powerful voice of their own that will carry on to be heard, both on and off the stages of the world.

Lineup:
Ola Halén – Vocals
Jonatan Berg – Guitar
Patrik Berg – Bass
Olle Lindroth – Drums
Staffan Lindroth – Keyboards

Join Shadows Past on Facebook for frequent updates, or check them out through any of the other channels.

http://www.facebook.com/shadowspast
http://www.shadowspast.com/
http://www.twitter.com/shadowspastband
http://www.youtube.com/doolittlegroup
http://www.youtube.com/shadowspastofficial

My Endless Wishes – MY ENDLESS WISHES

Artist: My Endless Wishes
Title: MY ENDLESS WISHES
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Melodic Hard Rock
Catalog #: DOOCD008
EAN: 7320470167175
Copyright: Doolittle Group
Label: Doolittle Group

Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 29.03.2013

Distribution:
Sweden – Sound Pollution, Norway – VME, Finland – Supersounds, Denmark – VME, Germany/Austria – Rough Trade, Switzerland – Non Stop, Italy – Audioglobe, France – Soundworks, UK – Plastic Head, Poland – Mystic Productions, Czech Republic – Mystic Productions, Spain – Avispa, Benelux – Suburban, Greece – Sound Forge, Bulgaria – Wizzard, Russia – Soyuz, USA/Canada – Super D, South America – Hellion

Track List:
1. Follow The Light (3:41)
2. Cry For Deliverance (4:11)
3. A Part Of Me (4:22)
4. Lost Without You (4:15)
5. Angel (3:36)
6. Waiting For A Sign (3:26)
7. Paradise (3:21)
8. Searching For A Hero (3:20)
9. Before I Say Goodbye (3:38)
10. Stronger (3:27)
11. Silent Tears (3:49)
12. Once Again (3:57)

Bombastic, true sound, with real strings for fans of Evanescence, Nightwish, Within Temptation.

My Endless Wishes was created in 2005 by Frida and Martin Viberg, married since 2006. Musical influences have always been melodic metal, bands such as Evanescence, Nightwish, Within Temptation, etc. Joined by some local musicians they entered a studio in 2008, and recorded and produced a demo named NEVER WALK ALONE, which contained nine tracks, and was released in 2009. The song titled “Never Walk Alone” was also released on MySpace and got so much attention that it was released on a CD compilation named ULTRA POP OVERDOSE in the USA.

At this time the only permanent members where Frida and Martin, My Endless Wishes did not have a solid foundation and were struggling to create that unique sound. The band played a lot of gigs during the summer of 2008, among those a Ukraine mini-tour, which was the result of an earlier Ukraine gig from 2006.

In 2009, two more permanent members enters the band, Magnus Källström on bass, and Fredrik Pernros on guitar, both with a shared vision about the wanted sound, and a long background in the Hard Rock/Metal scene, but something was missing. There had been several drummers in the band through the years, and this slowed the progress down, but when Erik Ekestubbe auditioned, late in 2009, it was absolutely clear that the band was now complete, and the goal to take the sound to a higher level came within reach. Late 2011, the sound was bigger, heavier and more distinct — the seed that would grow to the band’s breakthrough and the co-operation with DOT Music AB and Doolittle Group, where they got in touch with Frippe Eliasson, Niclas Eliasson, and Christian Liljegren (known from Narnia, Golden Resurrection).

After the deal was signed in February 2012. My Endless Wishes entered the studio during autumn and winter 2012 to record the self-titled debut album. The album is recorded at Production House Studio, Örebro, produced by Fredrik Eliasson. The sound is really bombastic hard rock with an edge. Real strings are also used on the album and creates a great atmosphere!

My Endless Wishes is all about delivering a positive message, and doing so with a great sound!

Lineup:
Frida Viberg – Vocals
Martin Viberg – Guitars
Magnus Källström – Bass
Fredrik Pernros – Guitars
Erik Ekestubbe – Drums

http://www.myendlesswishes.com/
http://www.facebook.com/myendlesswishes

Doolittle Group
http://www.doolittle.se/
http://www.facebook.com/doolittlegroup
http://www.youtube.com/doolittlegroup

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-Frontiers Records Signs State Of Salazar

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of the Swedish Melodic Rock newcomers State Of Salazar. The band was formed in 2010 by five students from the Malmö Academy of Music who wanted to play rock music made for the big arenas. The band’s singer and songwriter, Marcus Nygren, began thinking of the concept of having a band like State Of Salazar in 2009 when he wrote a couple of songs that did not fit his metal based band 8-Point Rose.

State Of Salazar released their debut EP LOST MY WAY in the summer of 2012, it spread fast in magazines and blogs and created a flood of praise. The Swedish quintet has received a lot of positive critique from all over the world during a very short period of time. “This is something that can grow really big;” “…State Of Salazar will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the genre;” “…this EP is an extremely polished piece of art…;” “The performances and the production are superb…,” and so on. Considering bands such as Toto, Queen, Journey, Survivor and especially Bill Conti and Vince DiCola have influenced them, State Of Salazar have a lot to prove. But they handle all this pressure with their honor intact and their heads held high.

“I think this is an amazing opportunity for us in State Of Salazar and I can’t think of a better record company for us to sign with. I remember when Marcus and I had conversations about the band’s future a couple of years ago and that we thought that Frontiers would really be a great place to wind up,” says guitar player Johan Thuresson, while singer Marcus Nygren adds: “To be able to release our first full-length album with Frontiers is simply a dream coming true. I can’t wait for you all to hear these great new songs we’re working on. You don’t want to miss this one when it hits the stores!”

One of the bonus tracks from the EP, “I Believe In You,” will be re-recorded from scratch and also included in the debut album, which has a working title of ALL THE WAY. You can check the original version on the YouTube clip at http://youtu.be/0eVxt0yxGeI or tune in on the Frontiers webradio at http://www.frontiers.it/webradio to start enjoying the music from these amazingly talented guys.

There is no mistaking that State Of Salazar delivers “feel good” music, and it is no wonder, since one of the biggest influences is “training montage” music from the “Rocky IV” movie. This is just one of many reasons why they actually stand out from many of the other bands in the same genre. State Of Salazar is not a retro band, or a walk down memory lane. They write songs and play music that strives forward and not backwards. Their songwriting, arranging and instrumental performance show that this is a band that wants to develop and contribute to the Melodic Rock genre.

State Of Salazar’s debut album is scheduled to be released later this year — look out for a another winner in the amazing Frontiers Records roster of bands!

It will be possible to follow progress on the album’s recording via the band’s websites:

http://www.facebook.com/stateofsalazar
http://www.youtube.com/stateofsalazar

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-AFM Records News

Shakra: SAVE YOU FROM YOURSELF Video Clip!

On January 11th, Swiss Power Rockers Shakra were releasing their ninth studio album POWERPLAY.

For their new video clip, filmed for the song “Save You From Yourself,” the band teamed up with Nina Burri, well-known for her “snake woman” appearances in several TV shows.

Ill Nino Announce European Tour / Ektomorf To Support!

Latin Metal force Ill Nino is preparing to spread an epidemia over Europe. On their upcoming tour, in support of their latest studio album EPIDEMIA which was released in October, the band will be supported by Ektomorf and Shadows Fall.

Ill Nino “European Epidemic Tour”:

March 14 – Barcelona, SPAIN – Salamandra (Ill Nino & openers)
March 15 – Madrid, SPAIN – But (Ill Nino & openers)
March 16 – Barakaldo, SPAIN – Rockstar (Ill Nino & openers)
March 18 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Werk (feat. Ektomorf)
March 19 – Vienna, Austria – Szene Wien (feat. Shadows Fall & Ektomorf)
March 20 – Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage (feat.Ektomorf)
March 22 – Winterthur, Switzerland – Salzhaus (feat.Ektomorf)
March 23 – Romagnano, Italy – Rock N Roll Club (feat.Ektomorf)
March 24 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm (feat. Shadows Fall & Ektomorf)
March 25 – Berlin, Germany – SO36 (feat. Ektomorf)
March 26 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle (feat.Ektomorf)
March 27 – Essen, Germany – Turock (feat. Ektomorf)
March 29 – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie (feat.Ektomorf)
March 31 – Cologne, Germany – Underground (feat.Ektomorf)
April 2 – Southampton, England – Talking Heads (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 3 – Stoke, England – Underground (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 4 – Nottingham, England – Rescue Rooms (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 5 – Birmingham, England – Academy 2 (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 6 – London, England – The Garage (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 7 – Manchester, England – NQ Live (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 9 – Cardiff, Wales – Bogiez (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 10 – Plymouth, England – White Rabbit (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 11 – Brighton, England – Concorde 2 (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 13 – Minsk, BELARUS – Club Republic (Ill Nino & openers)
April 14 – Moscow, Russia – Milk (Ill Nino & openers)

Helker: “No Chance To Be Reborn” Video Clip Released!

Argentina’s finest Power Metal band, Helker, is preparing for their first international album release SOMEWHERE IN THE CIRCLE (out on February 15th), which was produced by Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, Sinner).

The band just finished working on their brand new video clip “No Chance To Be Reborn.”

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

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-Lion Music: Latest Label And Artist News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

Opposing Motion Signs To Lion Music

Lion Music is proud to announce the signing of the progressive metal outfit Opposing Motion for the release of the upcoming debut album LAWS OF MOTION.

Opposing Motion is comprised of Ludovic Desa (vocals), Joe McGurk (guitars), David Deplanche (bass) and Kevin Deplanche (drums) and their sound is reminiscent of iconic bands such as Royal Hunt, Seventh Wonder, Fates Warning, Symphony X, Crimson Glory and also newer power/prog bands a la Circus Maximus, Pagan’s Mind, Above Symmetry.

With the release of a self-released debut EP recorded at the famous Robannas Studios in Birmingham 2010, Opposing Motion has rapidly become known in the prog metal genre at the national and international levels. Composed of experienced musicians, all active on the UK and France session scene, the band weaves highly melodic and orchestral tapestries mixing technical pieces, intricate musicianship and offering a fresh outlook on the prog genre bringing together flamenco, classic rock, NWOBHM and progressive rock influences.

With several top-tier high street magazine features and numerous excellent reviews on the international metal scene, THE ILLUSTRATION EP (2010) set the foundations for their eagerly awaited full-length debut album.

2012 saw the band record its first debut album entitled LAWS OF MOTION, and Opposing Motion has now teamed up with prog metal specialists and recognized label Lion Music to bring its music to the scene on 11th May 2013.

Full details on LAWS OF MOTION to follow shortly.

http://opposingmotionband.co.uk/
http://www.reverbnation.com/opposingmotion
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Opposing-Motion/344411237711
http://fr.myspace.com/opposingmotion

19 April 2013 Releases Announced

We can now confirm that our 19 April releases are:

Mastercastle – ON FIRE

ON FIRE is the smoldering new album from Mastercastle, and is home to nine tracks of melodic heavy metal with neo-classical influences from a band that has rapidly forged a glowing reputation thanks to its previous three releases. This forthcoming release also marks the recording debut of new member, drum legend John Macaluso (Ark, Malmsteen, James LaBrie).

Ashent – FLAWS OF ELATION + BONUS

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!

Lion Music Sign Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite

Lion Music are proud to announce the addition of Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite to the label’s roster for the release of the epic GALAHAD SUITE.

With a sound that runs across progressive rock/metal, melodic and hard rock grounds with equal measure, Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite is the result of an idea that has been in the head of former Mister Kite member Anton Johansson for almost 30 years and features an array of talented musicians including Linus Abrahamson (guitar and bass), Carl Lindquist (vocals), Mats Bergentz (Drums), Sebastian Berglund (Keyboards), Anna Forsvall Lundmark (Cello) and backing vocal by Evelina Andersson, Ellen Abrahamson and Mikael Cederhag.

The album also boasts notable guest performances by guitarists Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen, Freak Guitar), Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Allen/Lande, Starbreaker), Jonas Hansson (Silver Mountain), Dennis Post (Star*Rats) and Magnus Kristensson (Mister Kite, Planet); along with keyboards by Lalle Larsson (Karmakanic, Agents Of Mercy, Electrocution 250) and additional vocals by Alf Wemmenlind (Mister Kite, Fifty Grand Suicide).

Project mastermind Anton Johansson, born 1960, started playing piano when he was nine years old, guitar at 12 and bass at the age 15. Like everybody else he nursed the dream of becoming a rock star and played in lots of local bands. In the mid ’90s he founded Lion Music act Mister Kite with whom who he recorded and toured with supporting acts like Bruce Dickinson, Dio and Saga. In 2007 he joined forces with Linus Abrahamson (Andromeda, The Codex) to finish the long-time coming project The Galahad Suite.

Lion Music are pleased to confirm Anton Johansson’s GALAHAD SUITE will be released on 11th May 2013.

An album preview can be viewed now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmu-9YLn5-8 .

Full details on Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite to follow shortly.

http://www.galahadsuite.com/
http://www.facebook.com/GalahadSuite
http://www.youtube.com/GalahadSuite

For full details on all artists mentioned visit http://www.lionmusic.com/ .

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

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-Kingcrow Announces North American Tour; New Track Available

Italian progressive metal troupe Kingcrow proudly announces the band’s forthcoming return to North America this Spring!

Kingcrow’s fifth studio full-length IN CRESCENDO is nearing release this Tuesday, February 12th via prog linchpin Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge. Produced by the band at Sound Under Pressure in Rome, the massive album was then mixed by Giampiero Ulacco and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, the nearly hour-long opus reaping acclaim from heavy metal critics worldwide preceding its street date.

Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles has hosted an exclusive stream of “This Ain’t Another Love Song,” the second track from In Crescendo. Listen to it at http://www.bravewords.com/news/198494 .

Previously, PureGrainAudio released the album’s opening track “Right Before” at this location:

http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/kingcrow-right-before-song-stream-exclusive-world-premiere

After a triumphant display at 2012’s massive annual ProgPower USA festival, Kingcrow will return to the continent in support of IN CRESCENDO. The trek will begin April 28th with a one-off in Atlanta, Georgia, before hooking up with Pain Of Salvation for the main tour. With more dates still being locked down, the tour will traverse through Virginia and Maryland before hitting the annual RosFest in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania ( http://www.rosfest.com/ ) alongside The Flower Kings, Shadow Gallery, Riverside and more. Following the festival the tour will hit New York City, then head into Canada for shows in Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto, then drop 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 [KINCROW 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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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Pat Metheny Group’s WE LIVE HERE – LIVE IN JAPAN March 12, 2013 On DVD And Digital Video

NEW YORK, NY — Eagle Rock Entertainment is delighted to announce the release of the WE LIVE HERE – LIVE IN JAPAN DVD from Pat Metheny Group on March 12, 2013. Featuring the classic trio of Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays and Steve Rodby, this title is being reissued on Eagle Vision after being deleted for many years. [Pre-book Order Date February 8, MSRP $14.98]

The Pat Metheny Group reconvened in 1995 to release the album WE LIVE HERE, six years after their previous studio album. Following the release of the album, the group embarked on a world tour during which this concert was filmed in Japan. Many of the tracks from the WE LIVE HERE album are included along with others from their various ’80s albums. This was the first of a set of three (QUARTET, 1996 and IMAGINARY DAY, 1997) that the band referred to as the “triptych.”

The full lineup for this show boasted the talents of Pat Metheny (guitar, guitar synths); Lyle Mays (piano, keyboards); Steve Rodby (acoustic & electric bass); Paul Wertico (drums); David Blamires (vocal, various instruments); Mark Ledford (vocals, various instruments); Armando Marcal (percussion). Included in the DVD are short interview segments with the band members inserted between some of the songs which give an insight into the creation of the album and life on the tour.

WE LIVE HERE – LIVE IN JAPAN features some incredible musicianship from a band at the height of their powers.

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:
1) Have You Heard
2) And Then I Knew
3) Here To Stay
4) First Circle
5) Scrap Metal
6) Farmer’s Trust
7) Episode D’Azur
8) Third Wind
9) This Is Not America
10) Antonia
11) To The End Of The World
12) Minuano (Six-Eight)
13) Stranger In Town

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-Napalm Records News

Devildriver: European Tour

There’s no excuse to miss Devildriver on their upcoming European tour, which kicks off in Oulu, Finland on Saturday, February 9! Be ready, when Dez and his crew come to your town! Updates with regard to the new studio effort will be issued soon. The new long-player by the Los Angeles metal outfit is tentatively scheduled for a worldwide release in August 2013!

DEVILDRIVER
Co-Headliner Cannibal Corpse
Support by The Black Dahlia Murder and Winds Of Plague
09.02.13 FI – Oulu / Teatrie Oulu
10.02.13 FI – Tampere / Pakkahoune
11.02.13 FI – Helsinki/ Nosturi
13.02.13 SE – Stockholm / Gota Kallare
14.02.13 SE – Gothenburg / Brewhouse
15.02.13 DK – Copenhagen / Amager Bio
16.02.13 DK – Aarhus / Train
17.02.13 DE – Hamburg / Gruenspan
19.02.13 NL – Tilburg / O13
20.02.13 DE – Cologne / Essigfabrik
21.02.13 DE – Karlsruhe / Substage
22.02.13 DE – Geiselwind / Music Hall
23.02.13 BE – Antwerp / Trix
24.02.13 FR – Paris / La Bataclan
26.02.13 IT – Milan / Alcatraz
27.02.13 CH – Lausanne / Les Docks
28.02.13 CH – Zurich / Komplex 457
01.03.13 DE – Chemnitz / Suedbahnhof
02.03.13 CZ – Ostrava / Garage Club
03.03.13 DE – Berlin / Columbia Club
05.03.13 DE – Munich / Backstage
06.03.13 DE – Saarbrucken / Garage Club
07.03.13 UK – London / The Forum
08.03.13 UK – Nottingham / Rock City
09.03.13 UK – Manchester / HMV Ritz
10.03.13 UK – Glasgow / ABC

Devildriver Official Website
http://www.devildriver.com/

Xandria: New Bassist

Xandria is thrilled to introduce their new bassist Steven Wussow to their fans! According to the band, he is the perfect candidate and more than ready to perform live and to record the follow-up to the critically acclaimed chartbreaker NEVERWORLD’S END! Check the band’s official website for the full statement. Stay tuned for more updates!

Xandria Official Website
http://xandria.de/

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

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-Total Metal Festival 2013: New Location!

The most important Heavy Metal Festival in southern Italy moves and enlarges!

The organizers of the Total Metal Open Air Festival announce a new location! The Italian festival, already announced for Saturday July 13, moves to the town of Bitonto, always in the province of Bari to an impressive and huge new outdoor location.

The manager of the TMF Luigi Pisanello says: “Although at first we had confirmed the location of the last edition, for a variety of good reasons this year we had to opt for a change and, in all likelihood, this time it could be the ‘definitive’ one because the way it is structured leaves many possibilities for expansion and development of the festival for future editions.”

In fact the new location not only is wider than the last one, but also offers the possibility to improve some logistics aspects. There will be several news in fact, among these: a wider and organized car park, a camping within the Festival place and an area dedicated to bikers. Of course not even the innovations already included in the last edition will be missed, as the Soft Air area and the medieval village where everybody can engage in historical fencing, archery and crossbow and many other activities.

Everybody is still waiting for the most important news — who will be the “special guest” of this year edition — but the organizers promise that the wait will be short because the Headliner band of TMF2013 will soon be announced!

To stay updated about the Total Metal Festival, connect with its official Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TotalMetalFestival or visit the official website http://www.totalmetalfestival.com/ where you can also find many interesting photos of previous editions.

Keep in touch for some more news!

For further information:
Vivo Management (organizers)
http://www.vivomanagement.it/
info@vivomanagement.it

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Peter Frampton’s LIVE IN DETROIT

Fan Favorite Frampton Concert Receives First Time Blu-Ray Release On DVD, Blu-Ray And Digital Video March 26, 2013

NEW YORK, NY — On March 26, 2013, Peter Frampton’s LIVE IN DETROIT will be reissued on DVD and Digital Video, as well as receive its first Blu-ray release, via Eagle Rock Entertainment [Pre-book Order Date March 1, MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 Blu-ray].

This incredible night was filmed in high definition at the Pine Knob Amphitheatre on July 17, 1999 and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound. The DVD, originally released in 2000, has been touted as a fan favorite. Supported by one of his most classic bands — John Regan (bass), Chad Cromwell (drums), and the late Bob Mayo on keyboards — this Grammy Award winning guitarist/recording artist presents two hours of gems culled from his extensive career. “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Do You Feel Like We Do,” “Show Me The Way,” “Somethin’s Happening,” “(I’ll Give You) Money,” and many more are all brilliantly on display here.

Additionally, LIVE IN DETROIT includes a bonus interview with Peter Frampton and previously unseen rehearsal footage of “Boot It Up,” from the recent “FCA! 35” tour.

Eagle Rock Entertainment recently released FCA! 35: AN EVENING WITH PETER FRAMPTON on DVD and Blu-ray, and THE BEST OF FCA! 35 3CD. These releases are stunning examples of Peter Frampton’s live expertise and musical excellence.

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

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

Track Listing

1) Somethin’s Happening
2) Lying
3) Lines On My Face
4) Show Me The Way
5) All I Wanna Be (Is By Your Side)
6) If You Say Goodbye
7) Oh For Another Day
8) Penny For Your Thoughts
9) (I’ll Give You) Money
10) Nassau
11) Baby, I Love Your Way
12) Can’t Take That Away
13) Do You Feel Like We Do
14) Off The Hook
15) You Had To Be There
16) I Don’t Need No Doctor
17) Gemini (credits)

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-Reign Of The Architect Sign To Pitch Black Records

The progressive metal band Reign Of The Architect have signed a deal with Pitch Black Records who will be releasing the debut album, RISE, in spring 2013.

Reign Of The Architect is the brainchild of Yuval Kramer, and was formed in 2008 in Israel. Although starting out as a studio project, the band and the creation of their debut album has snowballed to incorporate performers from all over the world and features several guest appearances. Among those lending their talents to the release are Jeff Scot Sotto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey), Mike LePond (Symphony X) and Joost Van Den Broek (After Forever).

Regarding the recent signing of contracts, Reign Of The Architect released the following statement:

“After a long time working on our debut album, and six months of performances, we are proud to start a new chapter in the band’s life; becoming a part of the Pitch Black Records roster — we’re really looking forward to working with them. This is a great way to start this year. Stay tuned cause lots of things are being cooked inside ROTA’s lair… Let it Reign!”

An introduction video from Reign Of The Architect can be viewed at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYMS7ZJxiCU

Pitch Black Records owner Phivos Papadopoulos commented: “Working with newcomer artists who are first and foremost talented and passionate musicians has always been a core element of Pitch Black Records. Reign Of The Architect is another fine example of this and we are very excited to welcome them to the constantly growing Pitch Black Records family. We are certain that their talent and passion in music will be quite evident from first listen and will not disappoint!”

Pitch Black Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 and based in Cyprus; it is home to artists such as Arrayan Path, Marauder and Illnath. Reign Of The Architect are represented by Jon Knight at Extreme Management Group — a New York Based management agency with clients including Suffocation and Aborted.

More info on ROTA at http://www.reignofthearchitect.com/ .

Upcoming shows:
8th February 2013 – The Reading Club, Tel Aviv (Progstage Mini Winter Fest)

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-Orange Goblin To Release First Live Set

Orange Goblin
A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012
Candlelight Records
Release: 12 March 2013

Track List:
1. Red Tide Rising
2. The Filthy & The Few
3. Ballad Of Solomon Eagle
4. Time Travelling Blues
5. Some You Win, Some You Lose
6. The Fog
7. Round Up The Horses
8. Acid Trial
9. They Come Back
10. Blue Snow
11. Quincy The Pigboy
12. Scorpionica

Candlelight Records today confirms March 12 as the North American release date for A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012. The CD/DVD is the first proper live recording from Orange Goblin and will be released in tandem with the band’s first full stateside tour in over eight years. The special recording kicks off a planned year of non-stop touring and continues the success found in 2012 in which the band appeared/topped countless “Best Of” magazine and fan generated polls.

A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012 includes Orange Goblin’s complete performances professionally recorded at Bloodstock Open Air Festival (England – August 11, 2012) and Hellfest (France – June 15, 2012). The DVD further includes the official Tom Cronin directed videos for “Red Tide Rising” and “Acid Trial,” the latter courtesy of Scion A/V, plus the Matt Chance directed “Red Tide Rising Documentary” and Gaetan Chataigner directed “Highway To Hellfest Documentary.” Art and design was once again provided by Jimbob Isaac under the direction of vocalist Ben Ward.

Discussing the album, Ward says, “for years people have been asking us to release a live album. It’s a warts and all recording to highlight exactly what you get at an Orange Goblin show. It’s not over-produced; you can hear the bum notes and the forgotten lyrics as well as the energy and power emanating from the stage. And the crowd! I think that’s what a good live album is all about. It’s just the sound of us getting up on stage, plugging in and going hell for leather. Crack open a beer, turn it up loud and bang your head.”

England’s Classic Rock Magazine says, “put simply, Orange Goblin are the best metal band in Britain.” A permanent fixture on the metal landscape since their formation in 1995, Orange Goblin recordings have been embraced by fans the world over. Their live performances have been hailed as one of the best. Kerrang! says, “Orange Goblin shows are very predictable… you know they are going to be brilliant before they even hit the stage.” Orange Goblin signed to Candlelight Records late 2008 and immediately began writing new material for the first time in over five years. Teaming with producer Jamie Dodd and two-time Grammy-nominated engineer Andy Jackson (Pink Floyd), the band completed recording of A EULOGY FOR THE DAMNED late September 2011. The record was released February 14, 2012 entering the UK Top 200 at 96 and landed on Billboard’s Heat Seekers chart at 38. The album hit the top of CMJ’s Loud Rock album chart on March 7 and ended the year at position 6 on the Top 50 Year-End Album chart. Decibel Magazine called the album, “maximum riffage, turbo-doom biker rock… awesome!” Hellbound proclaimed, “this dish is one spicy meatball.” Popdose confirmed, “possibly the best record from start to finish that they have released yet.”

A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012 features songs that span the band’s extensive repertoire including fan favorites “Stand For Something,” “Scorpionica,” “Quincy The Pigboy,” “Blue Snow,” “Time Travelling Blues,” and the album’s single “The Filthy & The Few” which is set to impact loud rock radio on February 26.

Orange Goblin w/ Clutch:
3/08/2013 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
3/09/2013 Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
3/10/2013 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
3/11/2013 Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom – Little Rock, AR
3/12/2013 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
3/14/2013 Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX
3/18/2013 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
3/19/2013 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
3/21/2013 House Of Blues – W. Hollywood, CA
3/22/2013 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
3/23/2013 Hard Rock Café – Las Vegas, NV
3/24/2013 House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
3/26/2013 Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
3/27/2013 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
3/29/2013 Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
3/30/2013 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
3/31/2013 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
4/01/2013 Wilma Theater – Missoula, MT
4/02/2013 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
4/03/2013 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
4/05/2013 Flames Central – Calgary, AB
4/06/2013 Odeon Events Centre – Saskatoon, SK
4/07/2013 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
4/09/2013 Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB
4/10/2013 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
4/11/2013 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
4/12/2013 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
4/13/2013 Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
4/15/2013 Wescott Theater – Syracuse, NY
4/16/2013 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
4/18/2013 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
4/19/2013 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
4/20/2013 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD

Orange Goblin is vocalist Ben Ward, guitarist Joe Hoare, bassist Martyn Millard, and drummer Chris Turner. The band delightfully use/endorse Meinl Cymbals, Lace Pick Ups, Fender Guitars, Marshall Amps, Vater Sticks, Orange Amps, Natal Drums, Rotosound, and Jagermeister.

http://www.orange-goblin.com/
http://www.facebook.com/orangegoblinofficial
http://www.myspace.com/theorangegoblin
http://www.youtube.com/orangegoblinofficial
http://candlelightrecordsusa.com/

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-Just In Time For Valentine’s Day: Player’s New Video “I Will” Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Ultimate Classic Rock Today

TOO MANY REASONS Due Out In February Via Frontiers Records

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Player fans worldwide can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for the romantic track “I Will.”

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/player-i-will-video-premiere/

The song is taken from Player’s forthcoming set, TOO MANY REASONS; the album is due out on February 22 in Europe and February 26 in North America via Frontiers Records. TOO MANY REASONS is Player’s first album in nearly 20 years and is written and produced by Peter Beckett. To pre-order TOO MANY REASONS, please click http://bit.ly/ULnbih (for North America) or http://www.frontiers.it/album/5113/ (for Europe).

Player was formed in 1977 when Englishman Peter Beckett met J.C. Crowley at a Hollywood party. Beckett had come to the United States after the demise of his popular English band Paladin. The band was completed by Ronn Moss and John Friesen and the four became the founding members. After many rehearsals and songwriting sessions, Player was born. In 1978, the band had an international number one hit with first single “Baby Come Back,” which was co-written by Beckett and J.C. Crowley and sung by Beckett. The first album entitled simply PLAYER went platinum and the band toured extensively, including support stints with Boz Scaggs, Eric Clapton, Heart and Kenny Loggins, consistently playing to sold out arena audiences. Four albums followed spawning four more hit singles, including “This Time I’m In It For Love,” which reached number eleven on Billboard’s chart. Player “redux” consists of founding members Peter Beckett (guitars/lead vocals/keyboards) and Ronn Moss (bass/lead vocals).

Peter Beckett has written hit songs for such artists as Heart, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Poco, Janet Jackson, The Commodores, Cliff Richards, Survivor, Grace Slick, and most recently Vanessa Hudgens. He has numerous movie credits as artist, producer and/or writer, including “The Karate Kid,” “Two Of A Kind,” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Major League,” “St. Elmo’s Fire” (Grammy nomination), “Frankie And Johnny,” “Rock Star,” “Terminator 3,” “Basic Instinct,” “Beyond Borders,” “Life Or Something Like It,” “Dirty Dancing 2,” and “Transformers.” From 1989-1997, Peter was a featured member of Little River Band and has written several singles for them.

Since the mid ’80s, Ronn Moss has also gained worldwide stardom with his other career: 25 years as Ridge Forrester, the male lead in the CBS television series “The Bold And The Beautiful,” a role from which Moss recently elected to depart to allow him time to devote to Player and other film and TV roles. “B&B” consistently ranked as the most-watched television series in the world, averaging more than 26 million viewers per day, and garnered more than 500,000 Twitter followers for Moss. He has also appeared in numerous feature films and television commercials, and took second place on the Italian version of “Dancing With The Stars.”

For more information, please visit:
http://www.player-theband.com/
http://www.frontiers.it/
http://www.ronnmoss.com/
http://www.facebook.com/PeterBeckett.player
http://www.facebook.com/ronnmoss1
@ronnmoss

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-Raven Black Night Streams Third Single “Fallen Angel” Exclusively Via Stormbringer.at Online Mag!

New Album BARBARIAN WINTER Out This Friday!

Australian epic Heavy Metal warlords Raven Black Night will release their Metal Blade debut BARBARIAN WINTER February, 15th/18th!

In collaboration with Austria’s Heavy Metal online mag #1, stormbringer.at, Raven Black Night has now posted the third and final single “Fallen Angel” taken off BARBARIAN WINTER. Surf over to stormbringer.at at this location to check out the exclusive premiere!

http://www.stormbringer.at/news_37301/raven-black-light-fallen-angel-bei-uns-exklusiv-im-stream.html

Surf over to this location to check out the second single “Lips Of Desire!”

http://www.rockhard.de/megazine/praesentationen/raven-black-night-lips-of-desire.html

Check out the album artwork and the first single “Morbid Gladiator” and the pre-order options at http://www.metalblade.com/ravenblacknight !

BARBARIAN WINTER will be released as a CD, double gatefold vinyl and digital download. The double gatefold vinyl will feature two exclusive bonus tracks, “Metal Martyr” and “Love Is Holy!”

BARBARIAN WINTER track listing:
1. Fire In Your Eyes
2. Morbid Gladiator
3. Mystery Woman
4. Fallen Angel
5. Black Queen
6. If You Choose The Dark
7. Warriors Call
8. Barbarian Winter
9. Changes
10. Lips Of Desire
11. Nocturnal Birth
12. Angel With A Broken Wing
13. Metal Martyr (vinyl exclusive!)
14. Love Is Holy (vinyl exclusive!)

About Raven Black Night:
It was late 1999 when Jim Petkoff, The White Knight (guitar/vox), and Rino Amoriono, The Raven (guitar), met over a cold beer in Adelaide, South Australia: the city of churches and where AC/DC found Bon Scott. This would mark the beginning of Raven Black Night’s campaign to bring their traditional metal sound to a worldwide audience.

After deciding to form a doom/heavy metal band, they enlisted Matt Spencer The Black Knight (bass), and Jeremy The Godfather on drums. They began building a formidable live reputation, with a style of metal that appealed to many varieties of metal heads in their home town. With their stage adorned with swords, shields, and candles, they spent 2003-2006 criss-crossing Australia, performing at various metal festivals and underground clubs. Drummer Joe Toscano was brought into the band and their first album, CHOOSE THE DARK, was recorded and released in 2005.

CHOOSE THE DARK garnered praise throughout Australia and Europe culminating into an invitation in 2007 to perform at the 10th annual Headbangers Open Air in Germany, where they band performed with Candlemass, Rage, and many others.

Several years of touring and festival appearances were to follow: Hard and Heavy summer nights, the Hamburg Ballroom, and more dates throughout Australia. In 2011 Jim, Rino with Chris on bass enlisted Matt Enright to record new material for their long awaited follow-up CD.

Jim and Rino are prepared to take the Raven Black Night sound of true metal/doom rock to a global audience. A new partnership with Metal Blade Records and a new album will firmly place Raven Black Night on the world map of true heavy metal.

http://www.facebook.com/ravenblacknightofficial
http://www.facebook.com/rinoamor
http://www.reverbnation.com/ravenblacknight
http://www.youtube.com/jimpetkoff

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-Conny Ochs: Sophomore LP From German Singer/Songwriter To See Release

Following his debut solo album, as well as a collaborative LP with doom legend Scott “Wino” Weinrich, German singer/songwriter Conny Ochs is now gearing up to release his second solo studio full-length, BLACK HAPPY, once again via Exile On Mainstream. Having produced music for over a decade, local fans have endorsed and worshiped the man’s efforts for years. Yet, it was Ochs’ album co-written with Wino and the heavy touring across Europe and North America in support of the record that put him on the international map.

This leads into this new album BLACK HAPPY, the title an absolute indication to the atmospheres Conny Ochs is able to create. Deeply rooted in the blackened parts of the human soul he carves a mixture of melancholy and catharsis into the rough edges of songs that come out so natural, so organic and sonically sparkling. While keeping his approach pure to the heart and the creation limited to just him and his guitar Ochs reaches a stark authenticity that can only be worshipped. It draws you in, makes you a part of the music and leads to a deep admiration of the tunes, the pain and beauty relatable to everybody who hears them.

Bound to a tradition and history of great acoustic craftsmanship drawn from but not limited to the American continent, Conny explores the realms of what of your inner self can sonically portray once you are on your own and armed with a guitar and voice. The path has been walked by many before, but that doesn’t make it a worn-out road.

Just like his previous solo album RAW LOVE SONGS and the HEAVY KINGDOM album with Wino, BLACK HAPPY was engineered, mixed and mastered by Thommy Krawallo in Berlin in pure analog fashion. The album is set for official release in Germany on March 1st, throughout the rest of Europe on March 4th, and in North America on April 2nd, on LP, via digital download, and limited wooden box CD. Preorders are available at http://www.mainstreamrecords.de/news/conozzpreorder .

Conny Ochs is currently embarked on a European tour in advance of the album’s release, with many more live excursions to be confirmed in the coming weeks. View the current list of dates at http://connyochs.com/cms/website.php?id=/live.htm .

BLACK HAPPY Track Listing:
1. Exile
2. No Sleep Tonight
3. Die In Your Arms
4. Faces In The Crowd
5. Stable Chaos
6. Trust In Love
7. Borderline
8. Phantom Pain
9. Lead-Out
10. Blues For My Baby
11. Mouth

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

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-Toxic Holocaust To Unleash FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION Collection This April; Teaser Video Posted

Portland punk/metal derelicts Toxic Holocaust are pleased to unleash FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION this Spring. The mammoth 22-track anthology collects over a decade’s worth of Toxic Holocaust rarities into one raging compilation. Amassing the band’s many contributions to various comps and vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight and others, together with demo versions of treasured Toxic classics, FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION is a historic romp through the history of one of today’s best 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. Peep the FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION teaser video at:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/02/07/toxic-holocaust-to-unleash-from-the-ashes-of-nuclear-destruction-collection-this-april-teaser-video-posted/

To pre-order, point your browser to http://bit.ly/toxicashes .

FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION Track Listing:

1. Intro
2. Metal Attack
3. Deathmaster
4. Created To Kill
5. Ready To Fight
6. Arise From The Cemetery
7. Thrashing Death
8. Send Them To Hell
9. Never Stop The Massacre
10. Army Of One
11. Death Camp
12. Reaper’s Grave
13. Death Brings Death
14. In The Name Of Science
15. Nuke The Cross
16. Suicide Eye
17. 666
18. Bitch
19. Agony Of The Damned
20. A.T.O.M.I.C.
21. We Bring ‘Em Hell
22. Altar-ed States

Following a solid year of relentless stage pollution, Toxic Holocaust will enter the studio later this Winter to record the as-yet-untitled follow-up to their 2011 CONJURE AND COMMAND full-length.

“After taking a much-needed break from touring and finally being able to enjoy life outside the confines of a van,” details band mastermind Joel Grind, “things have come back in full swing and I’ve been working nonstop writing the new Toxic record for Relapse Records. Things are coming along great it’s a bit too early to tell for sure but it seems like this record will encompass all of Toxic’s past recordings while building on that as well and moving forward. I can’t wait to get into the studio to record this!”

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 and the flash of L.A. hard rock 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.

“If The Exploited and Nuclear Assault had a kid, Toxic Holocaust would take its lunch money and toss it in the dumpster.” – Hails & Horns

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

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-Barbarian Twins Release HOUSE OF ILL FAME

Please find below the text press info for the group’s brand new album HOUSE OF ILL FAME!

Label: Rapid Records
Genre: Rock

Norwegian rockers Barbarian Twins started up in 2005 as a trio. The band soon made its mark in the US, with the single “44,” winning the American music contest “Make A Star” the same year. In the early days, Barbarian Twins made an impact on the underground scene in Oslo with a different show. Their opening number was performed behind a curtain, where the band was soundtracking a car chase from the projected film, “Bullitt,” with their own instrumental “Backstreet Stalker.” The band’s sound gradually developed from cinematic, funky ’70s rock to a more black music-based rock ‘n’ roll, where the band kept its unique sound, whether the song was a blues, a funky tune or a straight rock ‘n’ roll number.

To this day, the band’s influences are heavily drawn from the blues, soul, funk and Caribbean music, albeit dressed in a hard ’70s rock sound. Fans describe the music as “The inevitable encounter between Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.” In 2008, the band signed with the American label D And M Records, releasing the very rootsy rock album WON’T BOW DOWN, that was received extremely well in Norway. The band toured in America shortly after the release in 2009, to stellar reviews. Performing a full live set during the tour, for a million listeners on the WLUW channel in Chicago, helped making a name in America. After the US tour, the band’s sound became harder and more rooted in rock ‘n’ roll. Adding a second guitar player, as well as a very vital Buddy Rich-esque drummer, helped in developing the new sound.

Barbarian Twins started recording their second album HOUSE OF ILL FAME in 2009 in Sunflower Recording Studios in Oslo, Norway. Due to the mentioned personnel changes, the band decided to scrap the finalized album, and chose to re-record it, as well as including a few new songs, to fit the soundscape of the new and bigger sound of the current lineup. In 2012, Barbarian Twins signed with the Norwegian label Rapid Records (well-known in Norway for its comet, Andrea Dahle), and collaborated with the label’s manager Henrik Moy Askildsen, who played on the album as well as co-produced it. In the middle of the recording process, “the Twins” were approached by American glam rockers L.A. Guns, asking if they would tour in Europe with them in February/March the same year.

The famous founder of both Guns N’ Roses and L.A. Guns, Tracii Guns, was impressed by the Norwegian band, stating that it was one of the most authentic rock ‘n’ roll acts he’d ever heard. He even came on stage playing on a rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” with them in Amsterdam. Barbarian Twins did 15 shows in Europe with L.A. Guns, rapidly growing their fan base in countries like Germany, UK, Holland, Poland, Austria and Switzerland. Going back to the studio in March 2012, to record HOUSE OF ILL FAME, the band was hot after touring, and put down eight tracks in a few weeks. Conceptually, the album is about being on the run, escaping and having trouble dealing with difficulties. The symbol of that destination is “the House Of Ill Fame.” The music spans from creepy gospel with a country flavor (the title track), via rough Texas blues with a sing-along chorus (“Can’t Hide Your Love”), hard, melodic rock (“Heads Or Tails,” “Free Your Mind”), haunting ballads (“Running From The Cold,” “Final Destination”) to long guitar jams (“So Sad You’re Gone,” “Getaway”).

Barbarian Twins will be touring Norway in May this year, with an entourage of four other bands from Norway and the United States. The show is called “The Rock Of Ill Fame Circus.” HOUSE OF ILL FAME and the single “Can’t Hide Your Love”/”Heads Or Tails” are out now.

Band Lineup:
Bård Andersson: Lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
Ziggy Espedal: Guitar, backup vocals
PK: Bass, backup vocals
Big Bill Lucas: Drums, percussion
Line Pedersen: Backup vocals

Track Listing:
1. House Of Ill Fame
2. Can’t Hide Your Love
3. Heads Or Tails
4. Running From The Cold
5. Free Your Mind
6. Getaway
7. So Sad You’re Gone
8. Final Destination

Web:
http://www.barbariantwins.com/
http://www.facebook.com/barbariantwins
http://www.myspace.com/barbariantwins
http://www.youtube.com/user/BarbarianTwins
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/BarbarianTwins1
http://www.reverbnation.com/barbariantwins

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-Melodic Death Thrashers Chariots Of The Gods Unleash New Music Video “Tides Of War”

Releasing their debut their full-length album TIDE OF WAR on Tuesday, January 29, Ottawa, ON’s melodic death thrashers Chariots Of The Gods are proud to unleash their new music video in support of the annihilator on BlankTV at the following link below.

“Tides Of War”
http://pop.www.blanktv.com/index.php/component/content/article/317

Produced by award-winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson ( http://www.glenrobinson.com/ ) who has worked with names such as The Ramones, AC/DC, GWAR, Annihilator and Voivod, COTG’s new album delivers 14 epic, crushing tracks to follow up their well received 2010 debut EP REVERENCE, which the band aggressively toured in Quebec and Ontario, sharing the stage with names such as Misfits, Voivod, Despised Icon, Kataklysm, Blind Witness, Misery Index, Martyr, F*ck The Facts, Blackguard, Neuraxis, The Agonist, Reanimator and Insurrection.

The metallers have released two singles off the album: “Unbound” featuring guest vocals by Aleksi Sihvonen of Norther ( http://www.norther.net/ ) and a FREE DOWNLOAD of the title track. Both can be heard and purchased with the album at the following locations on Bandcamp and iTunes:

http://chariotsofthegods.bandcamp.com/
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/tides-of-war/id597619046

“Tides Of War” Free Download:
http://chariotsofthegods.bandcamp.com/track/tides-of-war

Track Listing – TIDES OF WAR

1. Overture
2. Seventh Weapon
3. Blind Assassin
4. Ambrosian Wings
5. Tides Of War
6. Revillusion (1905)
7. Snow Falls On The White River (1914)
8. Severing The Bloodline (1917)
9. Collapse Of An Empire
10. Red Skies
11. Nebula
12. Starborn
13. Unbound (feat. Aleksi Sihvonen)
14. Annihilation Of The Gods

Lineup:
Renaud Jobin (vocals)
Mathieu St-Amour (guitar)
Dimitri Gervais (guitar)
Payam Doryani (bass)
Rich O’Neil (drums)

About:
Riding out of Canada’s capital, Chariots Of The Gods has one sole mission — to deliver straight-up, balls-to-the-walls, in-your-face heavy metal. On the road since 2008, spreading its music to the masses, Chariots Of The Gods has become known for blistering solos, gripping melodies, rioting vocals and drums that just won’t quit because, after all, that’s what it’s all about.

Having played with bands such as Misfits, Voivod, Despised Icon, Kataklysm, Blind Witness, Misery Index, Martyr, F*ck The Facts, Blackguard, Neuraxis, The Agonist, Reanimator and Insurrection and released a debut EP, REVERENCE, in 2010, Chariots Of The Gods is now ready to unveil its latest masterpiece — TIDES OF WAR.

Produced by musical legend Glen Robinson (Queensryche, GWAR, Annihilator), the band’s debut full-length is set to storm the metal scene until there is nothing left, except Pure. Heavy. F*ckin’. Metal.

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

http://www.chariotsofthegods.net/
http://www.facebook.com/chariotsofthegods
Twitter: @chariotsotgods

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-Unitopia Releases COVERED MIRROR VOL 1: SMOOTH AS SILK

Please find below the text press info for the group’s brand new CD COVERED MIRROR VOL 1: SMOOTH AS SILK.

“Undoubtedly the best covers collection album I’ve heard and while, you want to listen to the whole album over and over, rather than dip in and out to hear the Uni take on an old personal fave. Which is very clever indeed. If you’ve never heard Unitopia, start here, you’ll instantly want to hear more — and you won’t be disappointed.”
– Steven Reid, Sea Of Tranquility

“This is by far the best cover version album I have heard ever! An amazing release, that belongs in every serious music lovers collection”
– Tonny Larsen, ProgPlanet

“Come… Enter this Garden of sound and sit back and enjoy the discoveries you will find. If you know all the songs already… take in the new spin these brilliant musicians have added to the menu”
– Mark Johnson, Sea Of Tranquility

“COVERED MIRROR is an opportunity to relax in the warmth of Mark Trueack’s vocals and the band’s virtuosity”
– John Simms, Flight Of The Skypilot

“A definite ‘one to purchase’ sticker on this one, and, I feel certain that anyone doing so and hearing Unitopia for the first time will soon plunder their back catalogue”
– Prog Rock Music Talk

“COVERED MIRROR has the vibe of something captured in a moment in time, for it is a whole new studio record, retaining the powerful symphonic pop tinge rock of this prog supergroup”
– Tommy Hash, Ytsejam.com

Band: Unitopia
Album Title: COVERED MIRROR VOL 1: SMOOTH AS SILK
Label: InsideOut Music
Genre: Progressive Rock/New Art

Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Unitopia endeavors to draw from the heart and soul of the listener thought-provoking topics such as environmental awareness, political and social upheaval and the hectic pace of life and human relationships in a positive and uplifting light. Using progressive themes as a framework, Unitopia’s music includes elements of world, classical, jazz, heavy rock, and groove.

Mark Trueack (composer / lead vocals / producer), Sean Timms (composer / keyboards / backing vocals / producer) and Matt Williams (guitars / backing vocals / producer) form the nucleus of the band. To complete them, they chose the combined drum/percussion batteries of David Hopgood and Tim Irrgang, Craig Kelly on bass and Daniel Burgess (sax, clarinet, flute, piccolo, didgeridoo). They signed their first album deal in 2007 with Canadian Label Unicorn Digital and released MORE THAN A DREAM. In 2008, Unitopia signed a three-album deal with InsideOut Music, Germany. THE GARDEN, an ambitious 15-track double CD released in November 2008, firmly established the band as one of the premiere progressive rock acts in the world. In 2010, Unitopia released their third album, ARTIFICIAL. Based on the themes of artificial intelligence, this new CD consolidates Unitopia’s position as one of the most exciting progressive rock acts to emerge since the 1970s.

Progrock.com has chosen ARTIFICIAL as Best Album and “The Great Reward” as Best Track for their 2010 awards. ARTIFICIAL was proclaimed Album of the Year 2010 by AiiRadio.net, paperlate.nl and nominated by the international Jury of Progawards in Italy for Best Foreign Record and Best Production. Mark Trueack also won the honor of second best voice of 2010 on Classic Rock magazine. Their 2010 European tour brought them to the UK, The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. The critics were unanimous; “Unitopia has been one of the best live acts on the Progressive Rock scene in the last few years.” They have been invited by TV Limburg to do a television performance and also filmed one of their performances which have been released on October 2011 as an Indie DVD and a live CD production.

On October 31, 2012, Unitopia just released their fifth album, COVERED MIRROR with Musea Records France. Thirteen songs from different bands are revisited with Unitopia’s unique touch and already nominated by Paperlate.nl as best album of 2012! Unitopia is known for supporting worthy causes. “321,” from THE GARDEN, was created as a touching tribute to the courage, ordeal and eventual rescue of the Beaconsfield miners. The track gained nationwide exposure including a segment on “60 Minutes.” In May of 2007, with support and funding from the West Tamar Council, the band launched the single “321” at the one year anniversary memorial in Beaconsfield, Tasmania to an audience of nearly 3,000 people.

Unitopia has also allowed the use of other songs for Charity causes such as “Stomp Out Cancer” in 2008, “Songs For Haiti” in 2010, and “Strengh” for Japan in 2011. They also donated part of the proceeds from ticket sales of one of their concerts in Adelaide to the Childhood Cancer Foundation.

As lead singer Mark Trueack says, “Music is the doctor!”

Band Lineup:
Mark Trueack
Sean Timms
Matt Williams
Tim Irrgang
Daniel Burgess
Craig Kelly
David Hopgood

Track Listing:
1. “Signs Of Life” Prelude
2. Calling Occupants Of – Interplanetary Craft
3. Easter
4. Man Of Colours
5. Genesis Medley
6. Rain Song
7. Even In The Quietest Moments
8. Can We Still Be Friends
9. Speaking The Truth (Interlude)
10. Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime
11. Yes Medley
12. To One In Paradise
13. The Way The Waters Are Moving

Web:
http://unitopiamusic.com/
http://unitopianstore.com/
http://www.myspace.com/unitopiaband
http://reverbnation.com/unitopia
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unitopia/22985966625
http://powerofprog.ning.com/profile/Unitopia
http://twitter.com/unitopiaband

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-Upcoming Releases From Svart Records

Two special releases here from Svart Records, both set for a March 22 release! Oh, and two words: VICTOR GRIFFIN!

Victor Griffin’s In-Graved
VICTOR GRIFFIN’S IN-GRAVED
Svart Records
22 March 2013

Track List:
1. Digital Critic
2. What If…
3. Late For An Early Grave
4. Fading Flower
5. Thorn In The Flesh
6. Teacher
7. Love Song For The Dying
8. Never Surrender

In~Graved, the new band led by former Pentagram and Place Of Skulls guitarist Victor Griffin, will release their self-titled debut album in Europe and the UK on Friday, March 22 via Svart Records and in the US on Tuesday, March 26 via Veritas Records.

The debut self-titled album was produced by Travis Wyrick (Place Of Skulls) and founding guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin (Death Row, Pentagram, Place Of Skulls). The album was recorded at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville, Tennessee and engineered by Travis Wyrick and Mike Dearing (Place Of Skulls) with cover art by Richard Schouten (Place Of Skulls, Massacre).

While closing the books on Pentagram and Place of Skulls in 2012, Victor Griffin invited drummer Pete Campbell (60 Watt Shaman, Place Of Skulls) to join him in the studio to record a new album. With no name, no members, and a batch of unfinished material… they cranked out eight tracks in just under a week and Pete went home. But much was left unfinished. An invitation was then extended to some of the best bass players around with Guy Pinhas (The Obsessed, Acid King, Goatsnake), Ron Holzner (Trouble, Earthen Grave, Debris Inc), Greg Turley (Pentagram), Marty Swaney (Death Row, Pentagram), and Dan Lively (Sweet Cicada) accepting. Meanwhile, keyboardist Mike Puleo (Orodruin) was making his contribution. Then with great enthusiasm… the timing was right for Jeff “Oly” Olson (Trouble) to join and bring the Hammond organ alive on the rest of the album!

In-Graved will play a full Euro tour in April 2013, including appearances at famous festivals such as Roadburn, Doom Shall Rise and Desertfest.

Touring lineup is as follows:

Victor Griffin – Guitar/Vocals (Death Row, Pentagram, Place Of Skulls)
Pete Campbell – Drums (60 Watt Shaman, Place Of Skulls)
Guy Pinhas – Bass (The Obsessed, Acid King, Goatsnake)
Jeff “Oly” Olson (Trouble, Retro Grave)

High Priest of Saturn
HIGH PRIEST OF SATURN
Svart Records
22 March 2013

Track List:
1. Protean Towers
2. Kraken Mare
3. Crawling King Snake
4. On Mayda Insula

Stuck up on the icy western coast of Norway, Trondheim might not be the easiest way to embark on intergalactic voyages but it surely does hold an incredibly versatile metal and rock scene whose latest avatar is ready to take you on a hell of a trip.

Self-described as a psychedelic doom act inspired by classic stoner bands and ’60s and ’70s psychedelic rock, High Priest Of Saturn are a three-piece that consists of guitarist Martin Sivertsen and guitarist-drummer Andreas Hagen’s slow-pounding riffs and beats, and Merethe Heggset’s eerie vocals, which seem to resonate from another dimension. The entire opus then is drenched with swirling, menacing vintage organ sounds, played on the album by Ole Kristian Malmedal.

Groovy yet epic (none of the four tracks presented here are below the nine minutes mark!), High Priest Of Saturn’s debut full-length is a trip. Not only does it fulfill the many promises offered by their 2011 demo (whose two songs have been re-recorded here in even heavier and more mesmerizing versions), but it also propels this trio towards the same league as Sleep and Acid King, towards the sky and beyond.

High Priest Of Saturn are:
Merethe Heggset – Bass Guitar and Voice
Martin Sivertsen – Guitar
Andreas Hagen – Guitar and Drums

Recorded by High Priest of Saturn in the Mindmade Moonlit Passage
Keyboards played by Ole Kristian Malmedal

Cover image: Espen Solheim
Photography: Ørjan W. Saur

http://www.highpriestofsaturn.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/highpriestofsaturn

Svart Records
http://www.svartrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/svartrecords

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-The Wounded Kings To Be Featured In “Smells Like Sweat” Documentary

England’s The Wounded Kings are one of several artists to be featured in the upcoming documentary “Smells Like Sweat.” Filmed at 2012’s inaugural Heavy Days in Doomtown Festival, the film was compiled by Unknown Factor, a DIY collective of progressive artists. The 30-minute film will be premiered at the Denmark-based festival’s warm-up weekend planned in Stockholm on February 22nd with an encore showing in Copenhagen on February 23rd. The Wounded Kings are set to perform at the premiere in Copenhagen.

Regarding the film, The Wounded Kings guitarist Steve Mills says, “When we were asked to play the festival, we were one of the first bands to be approached and we all really liked the DIY ethos behind it so we signed up immediately. Little did we know it was going to turn into such a beast! Along with the crowd on the 23rd, this will also be the first time we will see the documentary. If the festival was anything to go by then the film will be loud, heavy and f*ckin’ killer.”

A trailer for Smells Like Sweat can be seen at:
http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/02/06/the-wounded-kings-to-be-featured-in-smells-like-sweat-documentary/

Last month it was announced The Wounded Kings had signed with England’s metal powerhouse Candlelight Records. Questioned on the choice of label partner Mills shares, “When we were looking at new labels we were convinced that walking straight into one that focused primarily on doom wasn’t the way to go for us. We all felt it would have been kind of limiting. So we are totally stoked to be able to call a diverse label like Candlelight our new home.” Discussing plans for the band’s still unrecorded fourth album, Mills says, “at the moment we are aiming towards a July recording but nothing is set in stone. We have a working title of SEVEN VEILS. Rehearsals so far are shaping up. Expect this album to be our most expansive and heaviest yet.”

The Dartmoor-based five-piece has released three full-length studio albums and a split album with Richmond, Virginia’s Cough since forming in 2005. The two-time Roadburn Festival performer has been finding a growing American audience since the release of their 2011 album, IN THE CHAPEL OF THE BLACK HAND. The first album to feature new vocalist Sharie Neyland, MetalSucks noted her “voice is like ice water and mercury dripped down the small of your back in a darkened room. She’s like a post-apocalypse metal Grace Jones or Eartha Kitt.” Terrorizer Magazine called the album, “absolutely monstrous and essential.”

The Wounded Kings are guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mills, vocalist Sharie Neyland, guitarist Alex Kearney, bassist Al Eliadis, and drummer Myke Heath.

https://www.facebook.com/thewoundedkings
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/
http://www.facebook.com/candlelightrecordsusa
http://www.twitter.com/candlelightusa
http://www.candlelightrecords.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/candlelightrecords

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-Extreme Irish Metallers Chosen Announce New Album RESOLUTION; Offer FREE Download Of Song “Engines Of Belief”

Lineup:
David McCann (Drums & Percussion)
Paul Shields (Vocals/Guitars)

Irish death metallers Chosen are proud to announce their debut album RESOLUTION set for release on March 30 as a FREE DOWNLOAD on their official website http://www.chosen.ie/ along with it being available on CD in two special editions.

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

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

Chosen will also be holding a competition on the album release day, where they will be giving away three copies of the Deluxe Special Edition. To enter, contestants must email their full name to competition@chosen.ie for their chance to win, with the option of having a personal message of your choice inscribed inside the booklets if they choose.

The winners will be announced the day of the album release on March 30. The closing date for entry is March 28.

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

Drummer / Percussionist David McCann comments:
“Our hope is to put our music out there, make it as accessible as possible, and simply let people discover it in their own time, free of charge. While we do respect the rights of other bands and artists who want to charge for their music upfront, we believe in this new method of exposure and it’s something we are willing to explore for the foreseeable future in this digital age of abundance.”

Chosen is now streaming and offering their first track off “Engines Of Belief” as a FREE DOWNLOAD.

Download:

Streaming:

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

• All songs performed by: Chosen
• All music / lyrics written by: Paul Shields and David McCann
• Sound F/X Synth: Paul Allen/Chosen/Alwyn Walker
• Backing Vocals: Alwyn Walker/David McCann
• Additional Vocals: Jackie McNally
• Fiddle: Fiona Morrin
• Produced by: Alwyn Walker – Westland Studios, Dublin Ireland
• Mixed by: Alwyn Walker – Westland Studios, Dublin Ireland
• Mastered by: Darrell Walker – MSB Mastering
• Available: March 30, 2013
• CD Cover, Album Artwork: Fiaz Farrelly

Behind The Scenes In Studio With Chosen:

“Crossing the groove of Meshuggah with overt Death and Nevermore influences, their demos to date have been nothing short of impressive.” [Terrorizer Magazine]

“A band that has worked hard and under unusual discipline to produce what very few other bands in the country would be capable of.” [Metal Ireland Webzine]

“These guys know how to knock the sh*t out of a song; they do it with skill, originality, aggression, and undeniable talent.” [Scene Point Blank]

“Get the word out. Chosen is one of the best bands you’re likely to hear this year and they deserve it.” [Scene Point Blank]

“In short, this is material that deserves attention from any metal fan on the planet.” [Metal Revolution]

http://www.chosen.ie/
http://www.facebook.com/chosenmetal
http://www.twitter.com/chosenmetal
http://www.youtube.com/chosenmetal
http://www.reverbnation.com/chosenmetal

http://chosenmetal.bandcamp.com/

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-Psychostick Announce Dates For “Our Tour Can Beat Up Your Tour”; New Video “Dogs Like Socks”

The originators of humorcore, Psychostick whose latest single and music video “Dogs Like Socks” has hundreds of thousands of views within weeks of posting, are proud to announce “Our Tour Can Beat Up Your Tour,” which includes various dates with Polkadot Cadaver and Downtown Brown.

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”
* with Polkadot Cadaver
** with Polkadot Cadaver and Downtown Brown
*** with Polkadot Cadaver, Downtown Brown, and Nonpoint
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 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 28th in Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater **
March 29th in Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of Rock **
March 30th in Toledo, OH @ 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 9th in Denver, CO @ Moe’s **
April 12th in Sauget, IL @ Pop’s **
April 13th in Kansas City, KS @ 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 **

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 cover art for Avantasia’s upcoming THE MYSTERY OF TIME comes from “highly-acclaimed British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Thin Lizzy, Asia, Nazareth, Magnum).” From Avantasia’s Tobias Sammet: “It is a great honor for me to have Rodney create the artwork . . . Since the new album is a conceptual album and its story has a magical and enchanting atmosphere, there was no other painter I could think of to create the artwork. I’ve had several creative conversations with Rodney during the process and I had the feeling that the concept was inspiring to him right from the start. I put a lot of energy into producing a very detailed and fascinating album, and Rodney had that same enthusiasm to create an artwork just as detailed and fascinating. This is a new chapter in Avantasia’s history and I think it didn’t deserve less than a magical painting by my favorite painter and childhood hero: The one and only Rodney Matthews!” Avantasia studio updates are available at http://www.youtube.com/AVANTASIAOFFICIAL . See http://www.tobiassammet.com/ for more.

-Singer Todd La Torre has resigned from Crimson Glory. In a detailed statement at http://www.bravewords.com/news/198498 , he maintains his involvement with Queensryche did not contribute towards the lack of progress towards a new Crimson Glory album. Guitarist Ben Jackson released a statement of his own at his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ben.jackson.7505 , saying the band members “remain good friends with Todd and support him completely,” and that Crimson Glory “absolutely can go on to make a new record/records and finding a suitable and talented vocalist will not be an impossibility for us. There are many and numerous outstanding vocalists around the world who strongly desire to work with C.G. Recovering from the loss of Todd is not as big an obstacle as some think, after all we never even made a record with him.” The statement ends on an up note: “The next record and chapter of C.G. will be monumental, magical and a masterpiece. Many thanks to all our fans and friends who have supported us and continue to support us throughout our journey. The legend and legacy of Crimson Glory will triumph and continue on.” See http://www.officialcrimsonglory.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/crimsonglory for more.

-Check out a live clip of Enforcer performing “Roll The Dice” during the Diamonds On The Road World Tour 2010-2012 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voGQfuLnGAE . The video was filmed at Daikanyama Unit in Tokyo on January 30, 2011. See http://www.enforcer.se/ for more.

-Free Fall has posted its first track-by-track video for the upcoming debut album POWER & VOLUME, featuring drummer Ludwig Dahlberg and guitarist Mattias Bärjed, at http://youtu.be/VQFmYHBlv48 . There is also a new, free SongPier app for iOS and Android devices at http://songpier.com/freefall . POWER & VOLUME is due out February 22 through Nuclear Blast. See http://www.facebook.com/freefallpowerandvolume for more.

-Frontiers Records has another teaser/sampler labeled “THE NEW METAL OPERA!” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkICOKp9TWE , with accompanying text reading “TUNE IN ON FEBRUARY 18TH FOR MORE NEWS!” See http://www.frontiers.it/ for more.

-There’s a “Retro Recommendation” feature on Hellion’s SCREAMS IN THE NIGHT (1987) at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/IizY . The piece includes a link to the “Bad Attitude” video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMfZEXWXPI0 .

-Helloween’s STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL debuted at #2 in Japan on the international album charts; #4 in Germany, Finland, and the Czech Republic; #6 in Sweden; and #10 in Hungary.

-The Iron Maidens are set to make their “big screen theatrical debut” this summer. Check out a sneak peek at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqkW_Df6HVE . Upcoming tour dates:

2/23 – Pure Platinum, San Diego, CA
3/16 – TBA, Ogden, UT
3/23 – El Cajon Grand, El Cajon, CA
3/30 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
4/6 – Titanic Metal Bar, Managua, Nicaragua
4/27 – Tropicana Express, Laughlin, NV
5/3 – Flying Elephant, Carlsbad, CA
5/17 – Outlaw Saloon, Cheyenne, WY
5/18 – Jammin Joe’s, Arvada, CO
6/1 – 105 Brigada De Infanteria, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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

-Judas Priest’s US webstore is now open at http://shopjudaspriest.com/ .

-Kiss will perform during ArenaBowl XXVI weekend in Orlando, FL, on August 16. A two-part interview with Paul Stanley will air on the nationally-syndicated radio program “Nights With Alice Cooper” on February 13 and February 21. See http://www.nightswithalicecooper.com/ for more. In other Kiss news, the band is taking fan requests for the Kiss Kruise III’s Acoustic Unmasked Deck Show; each kruiser can request one song via a special email, and the band will create the set from the list. See http://www.kissonline.com/ for more.

-Young Finnish thrashers Lost Society have posted the first in a series of track-by-track discussions about the upcoming Nuclear Blast debut, FAST LOUD DEATH, due out March 15. All members — Samy Elbanna (guitar, vocals), Arttu Lesonen (guitar), Mirko Lehtinen (bass), Ossi Paananen (drums) — appear in the clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmDNf9vmkqQ , talking about the album’s first three tracks: “N.W.L.,” “Trash All Over You,” and “E.A.G.” See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-Check out a 16:00+ audio interview with Lowside’s Ron Taylor and Darrin DeLatte at PodOmatic, at http://mountainproduction134177.podomatic.com/entry/2013-02-04T14_47_39-08_00 .

-Raven Lord guitarist George Karafotis is now endorsed by VGS Guitars, playing a VGS Eruption Pro Black Burst Faded Guitar. Karafotis stated, “I am very honored and proud to be endorsed by VGS Guitars. These are such beautiful instruments with a killer tone and a build of pure professional quality. Definitely one of the best guitars I’ve ever played.” See http://www.vgs-guitars.com/ for more. Raven Lord’s DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD is out now on Mausoleum Records. See http://www.raven-lord.com/ for more.

-Sabaton will open for Iron Maiden in European stadiums this summer as follows:

6/29 – Open Air Arena, Singen-Aach, Germany
7/6 – KöPi Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
7/10 – Stadion, Malmö, Sweden
7/16 – New Arena, St. Petersburg, Russia
7/18 – Olympinsky Stadium, Moscow, Russia
7/20 – Polympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland

See http://www.sabaton.net/ for more.

-Tainted Nation — featuring Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse), Ian Nash (Lionsheart), Pontus Egberg (The Poodles), and Mark Cross (Firewind, Helloween) — has a new video for “Million Dollar Teaser” at http://youtu.be/XLFvBSkjO5o . The track comes from the band’s debut, F.E.A.R., which was released last month on Massacre Records. Video hype from Egberg: “For this, we wanted to show that we do have fun playing rock ‘n roll! We all feel the same pleasure working together with such great chemistry.” From Newdeck: “There was no expense spared making this creative masterpiece of a teaser clip under the supervision of Cross. It oozes class! In all seriousness, we are having a ball and blown away by almost every album review. So far, so good.” See http://www.taintednation.co.uk/ , http://www.facebook.com/officialtaintednation , and http://www.youtube.com/TaintedNationUK for more.

-Australian proggers Unitopia hit #1 on the UK’s Radio Caroline Album Chart with COVERED MIRROR VOL 1: SMOOTH AS SILK. The release features “re-interpretations and covers” of songs by Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Supertramp, Icehouse, and more. Singer Mark Trueack stated: “We’re really proud of what the album has achieved so far and extremely satisfied that we’ve been able to create a wonderful collection based on the music of some of our favorite artists.” The band is working on a new album entitled TURN LEFT for 2014, with a tour to follow. See http://www.unitopiamusic.com/ for more.

Thanks to Darrin DeLatte, Axel Wiesenauer, Chad Bowar, Dan Marsicano, and Nicky Baldrian for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Was anyone shocked by the Crimson Glory announcement? Man oh man, I just hope the remaining guys can pull it together. I mean, it sounds like they really want to, but there’s just so much uncertainty. I know they’re all “real people” with lives, families, etc., but as a fan I selfishly want, like, five more awesome albums from those guys. Fingers crossed this all ends up well…

-How is it that Raven Black Night has now released three singles off of BARBARIAN WINTER, and the album isn’t even out yet? Am I the only one that thinks that’s a little odd?

-If anyone wants to sponsor me a trip to the R-Mine Metalfest 2013 in Belgium or the Headbangers Open Air in Germany, I’ll do it. Seriously.🙂

-I can’t say I spend a lot of time over at MTV.com, but it’s cool to see they are giving Great White some love.

-My new favorite song title is “Quincy The Pigboy” by Orange Goblin. I *must* hear that song.

-In my current playlist: Stratovarius – NEMESIS (Armoury Records), Gypsyhawk – REVELRY & RESILIENCE (Metal Blade), My Soliloquy – THE INTERPRETER (Sensory Records), Paganland – WIND OF FREEDOM (Svarga Music).

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Detritus Issue #639

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Detritus
Issue #639
Week of February 4, 2013
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-New Single “Primal Surge” From Neal Schon’s Highly-Acclaimed Solo
Album THE CALLING To Go For Adds At US Classic Rock Radio This Week

Schon Introduces New Signature PRS Guitar Models

“Primal Surge,” the second single from guitar icon Neal Schon’s latest
solo album, THE CALLING (Frontiers Records), is now set to go for adds
at Classic Rock radio this week in the US. “Primal Surge” highlights
Schon’s beautiful sweeping guitar lines and eclectic fusion sound. Of
the track, Schon commented, “This is a great song for sports channels!
I love the embodied melody in the song.”

THE CALLING has been receiving rave reviews from the international
media, with the US’ Guitar Player declaring, “It’s a thrilling, edgy,
ballsy, inspiring, and beautiful work that sounds as purposely
constructed as a symphony piece. Less-blessed composers and guitarists
can now take a moment to cry…” and Vintage Guitar avowing, “THE
CALLING, has some of his most vibrant playing to date… epic textures
and some of the most stellar guitar tones Schon has ever recorded.”
The UK’s Classic Rock proclaimed, “…a musical masterclass,” while
Guitarist stated, “stratospheric playing!” Neal Schon graces the cover
of the February issue of the US’ Goldmine, on stands now.

In other news, PRS Guitars recently announced the introduction of two
new Neal Schon signature models, NS-14 and NS-15. Schon was intimately
involved in the design of nearly every aspect of the instruments. For
more information, please click here. Schon just appeared at the NAMM
trade show in Anaheim, CA to personally introduce the new guitars.

http://www.prsguitars.com/news/story/prs_guitars_introduces_neal_schon_signature_models

Neal Schon’s THE CALLING is produced by, and features, Neal Schon on
all guitars and bass, and reunites Schon with former Journey band
mate, Steve Smith, who lends his virtuoso drum talents to all 12
tracks on the new album. In addition, Grammy® Award-winning special
guest Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra,) recorded Moog
synthesizer solos on two tracks — “Fifty Six (56)” and “Tumbleweeds”
and Igor Len, an accomplished classical, jazz and film composer who
has previously collaborated with Schon, is featured on acoustic piano
throughout the album. Recorded at Berkeley’s famed Fantasy Studios
during a break from Journey’s busy touring schedule, Neal completed
the album from start to finish in just four days.

Journey, one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, of
which Neal Schon is a founding member, has earned 19 Top 40 singles
and 25 gold and platinum albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend
Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, and received a
star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. As the only member to record on
all of Journey’s albums, Schon continues to lead the band today in its
latest incarnation. Schon will be on a world tour with Journey in
2013.

For more information please visit:
http://www.schonmusic.com/

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-Doro To Kick Off North American Tour; Trailer Posted

Legendary metal maven Doro Pesch will kick off her long-awaited North
American tour tonight in Tampa, Florida following an explosive
performance at this year’s edition of the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise.
Doro will be touring in support of her RAISE YOUR FIST full-length,
released worldwide via Nuclear Blast late last year. Featuring guest
appearances by Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and Ozzy/Firewind guitarist
Gus G, with artwork by British artist and longtime Doro collaborator
Geoffrey Gillespie, RAISE YOUR FIST debuted at #65 on the American
Billboard Heatseekers chart upon its first week of release and was
commended by Outburn in an 8/10 rating for delivering “50 minutes of
expertly crafted Teutonic metal.”

Advance ticket links are available on Doro’s Official Facebook Page
and check out some words about the tour from the Metal Queen herself
here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/01/31/doro-to-kick-off-north-american-tour-tour-trailer-posted/

Doro North American Headlining Tour 2013:
2/01/2013 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
2/02/2013 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/03/2013 Empire – West Springfield, VA
2/04/2013 B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York, NY
2/05/2013 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
2/07/2013 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
2/08/2013 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
2/09/2013 Ace Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
2/10/2013 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/12/2013 Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
2/13/2013 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
2/14/2013 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/15/2013 Spicoli’s Grill And The Reverb – Waterloo, IA
2/17/2013 Moe’s – Englewood, CO
2/19/2013 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/20/2013 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/21/2013 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
2/22/2013 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
2/23/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ

“On her 12th solo album, German metal maiden Doro Pesch sounds more
assured than ever, particularly as a songwriter on these 13 taut,
Teutonic tunes.” – Revolver

“…probably the classiest lady in metal.” – Outburn

“RAISE YOUR FIST is a solid outing for Doro Pesch and at this stage in
the game, would expect nothing less from her. She still manages to
savor that hard rock image and make it work for her and I hope she
never stops doing this. I say raise your fist in the air babe, and
never let it go.” – Blistering

“RAISE YOUR FIST will put a smile on all of Doro’s fans’ faces, many
years after she first appeared Heavy Metal still has plenty to give
thanks to those like Doro.” – Sea Of Tranquility

“There is no doubt in my mind that Doro is a pioneer in her field of
music, one that does what she loves best, and gives her fans all.
That’s what I call dedication. Do I recommend RAISE YOUR FIST, most
definitely.” – Metal Titans

“RAISE YOUR FIST is a confident, well crafted, classic metal album,
which offers a slab of horn-throwing anthems, with just the right
amount of sentiment. Doro heads into a new decade with another load of
rock and roll ammunition in her arsenal.” – The Examiner

“For a quarter century, Doro has been defying stereotypes and putting
out old-school metal that never fails to recall the days when the star
of heavy metal burned brightest. Time may not have been the kindest to
the style of music Doro has always stood for, but it has been kind to
her. The accomplishment of staying relevant in the scene for so long
is not something to be taken for granted, and it’s something indeed to
be proud of.” – Bloody Good Horror

http://www.DORO.de/
http://www.facebook.com/DOROOFFICIAL
http://www.Twitter.com/DOROOFFICIAL
http://www.YouTube.com/DOROOFFICIAL
http://www.myspace.com/DOROBAND
http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/
http://www.nuclearblast.de/

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–Y&T / Meniketti Update – February 2013

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

Our boys have just played the first shows of the year and kicked
serious butt, including another SOLD OUT show in Modesto. The band are
very much looking forward to hitting stages around the globe the rest
of the year. If you don’t see a city near you listed below or on our
web site Tour Dates page, hang tight, as there are many more shows to
be announced for this year.

She’s Got A MEAN STREAK!

The MEAN STREAK 30th anniversary shirts are here! Get yours 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 of the tee features elements from the
original back cover album art. We’re releasing this shirt in two
different colors — the traditional Black, plus a limited edition
Cardinal Red shirt as a flashback to the original red MEAN STREAK
shirt we released for the 1983 tour. The Cardinal Red is a deeper
color than the traditional red shirt and we believe it complements the
MEAN STREAK artwork better than the original red did. The red shirt is
planned as a limited release online only, so if you’re attracted to
this shirt we suggest you order yours soon to ensure you get one
before we run 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

And The Oscar Goes To…

OK, not quite the Oscars but nearly as exciting — British radio
personality, Ally Lee, interviewed Dave Meniketti on-air last
September and that interview won the year-end radio awards show by a
landslide! As a result, Y&T blasted from radios in the UK. Kudos to
“The Roots, Rock, Riot Show” with Ally Lee and the UK’s Lionheart
Radio 107.3 FM for their dedication to doing creative interviews and
airing good music.

Bring The Kids!

We have some “all ages” shows this year, including Texas, Maryland,
Canada, Michigan, 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!

March 1 ~ Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
March 2 ~ Tempe, AZ – Club Red
March 5 ~ Dallas, TX – Trees (all ages show)
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!
March 22 ~ Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage (all ages show)
March 23 ~ New York, NY – Stage 48 (18+ 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)

*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.
http://www.YandTRocks.com/
http://www.Meniketti.com/
http://www.facebook.com/YandTRocks
http://www.twitter.com/YandTRocks
http://www.myspace.com/YandTRocks

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-Nightwish: German Movie Premiere Of “Imaginaerum By Nightwish” In
Berlin!

The long-awaited Nightwish movie “Imaginaerum” will have its German
premiere at the “Kino in der KulturBrauerei” in Berlin, on February
11, 2013.

Screening in German cinemas will start on March 18.

Eagerly anticipated around the world, “Imaginaerum” creates a musical
fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Cirque du
Soleil. The movie is an innovative mixture of story-telling and music,
an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination… and what’s
ultimately important in life. Shot and post-produced in Canada, the
movie was directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Films, and
features appearances by all Nightwish members. The screenplay is based
on a wild vision that Tuomas Holopainen, the mastermind of the band,
devised after the album DARK PASSION PLAY came out in 2007.

The official soundtrack of the movie, IMAGINAERUM BY NIGHTWISH – THE
SCORE was released already. The album features 13 grandiose,
unreleased re-interpretations of “Imaginaerum” tracks by Petri Alanko.

Nightwish have sold over seven million albums internationally and
received over 60 Gold and Platinum awards, making them the most
successful Finnish Rock band of all time.

More details about the German premiere:

Monday, February 11th, 2013
Kino in der KulturBrauerei, Berlin
19:30 CET doors open, 20:00 CET start

Tickets will be available soon, here:
http://www.cinestar.de/de/quickfinder/berlin-kino-in-der-kulturbrauerei

Nightwish
http://www.nightwish.com/

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-Pre-Order “The Pride” Featuring Zakk Wylde, Kevin Martin, Morgan
Rose, JD DeServio & The Infinite Staircase; Artwork Revealed

NEW YORK, NY — “The Pride” featuring Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society,
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, is now available for Pre-
order on iTunes with the official release date set for February 5th,
2013.

Pre-order the song here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pride-feat.-zakk-wylde-morgan/id598185653

“The Pride” was recorded at Architekt Music in Butler, New Jersey with
engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Call Me No One) at the helm and was
mastered by Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes) at West West Side Music
in New Windsor, New York.

“The Pride” will be released as an iTunes exclusive 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 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.

Cover art designed by Michelle Volpe.

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-Threshold’s Official “Staring At The Sun” Video Clip Premiere On
ProgRockMag.com Today!

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 here: 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. Finally
the time has come to unveil the magnificent outcome — the new,
official video clip for “Staring At The Sun” will premiere TODAY at 11
a.m. GMT / 12 CET on http://www.progrockmag.com/ . Make sure to watch
it!

Don’t miss Threshold live on tour in March:

01.03. UK London, Underworld
02.03. NL Helmond, Lakei
03.03. NL Rotterdam, Baroeg
04.03. D Hamburg, Markthalle
05.03. D Berlin, C-Club
06.03. PL Warsaw, Progresia
08.03. A Kufstein, Kulturfabrik
09.03. CH Aarau, Kiff
11.03. SLO Ljubljana, Orto Bar
12.03. D Augsburg, Spectrum
13.03. D Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal
14.03. D Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
15.03. D Essen, Turock
16.03. D Osnabrück, Bastard Club
17.03. B Vosselaar, Biebob
11.05. UK Kingston Hippodrome, Celeb8 Festival

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

Threshold
http://www.thresh.net/

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-Z Records News

[Note: This compiles multiple updates. – Tim]

Z Records Announce The Arrival Of Chase The Ace

It’s with great pleasure that Z Records announce the signing of Chase
The Ace. Chase The Ace originate from Israel and as far as the label
are aware they’re the first Israeli rock act to sign to a European
label.

The band’s material totally kicks ass and reeks of such influences
ranging from ROCKS-era Aerosmith, to Motley Crue / Shotgun Messiah but
with an extra twist. The band’s self-titled debut will be released
April 2013.

After six years of singing only in Hebrew under the name Koex, the
band decided to expand their horizon and go global.

During those six years as Koex they put out five albums (including a
live album), played over 400 gigs, featured in the biggest daily
papers and news websites in Israel, along with many radio appearances.
Chase The Ace have also built a fan base who are dedicated to keeping
rock music alive. The video for the last single “Rockstar” gained
30,000 hits on YouTube within the first week. All this has been
achieved whilst staying true to their music style by being a
completely self-sustained indie rock band.

The band made the following comment regarding signing their
multi-album deal with Z:

“The whole thing came to us as a total surprise.

“We started promoting CTA about two months ago and everything is going
really quick and smooth! It’s funny because just a few weeks ago we
started talking about making a press kit and sending them to record
companies and we really wanted a company from the UK. Then, before we
even started working on it, Mark sent me an e-mail saying he wants to
work with us. At first we thought it was a cruel prank from one of our
friends but it quickly turned out to be what we were hoping for. Z
Records is a great label for us and Mark seems like an ace guy so
we’re really excited about what’s gonna come. We’re going in the
studio in a few weeks to finish our first album. We got some bitchin’
songs for you guys and we can’t wait for all the rockers in the world
to check them out!”

Chase The Ace have released their first promo video to support their
debut album. Check out the video at http://youtu.be/lMoQoX_T9dM .

Australia’s Finest Babyjane To Release MAKE IT SICK This Month

Babyjane will release their awesome MAKE IT SICK on February 25th.
Already proclaimed by their label Z Records as Australia’s finest
melodic rock act in years the band’s prolific MAKE IT SICK features
the first promo single “She’s Just A Liar.” Check out the promo video
at http://youtu.be/TeieT0l63o0 .

Updated Z Records Release Schedule

Feb. 25
Kidd Glove – s/t + bonus tracks
Babyjane – MAKE IT SICK

Mar. 25
Escape – BORDERLINE
Afterdreams – WILDFIRE

Apr. 22
Prophet – LIVE
Chase The Ace – s/t

May 20
Legion – V

Z Records
http://www.Z-Records.com/

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-AFM Records News

Voodoo Circle’s “Cry For Love” Video Clip Released!

Classic Hard Rock masters Voodoo Circle have just released their new
video clip, filmed for the track “Cry For Love,” which is taken from
the band’s upcoming album MORE THAN ONE WAY HOME.

“Cry For Love” is also available as digital single now.

http://afm.musiclogistics.net/releases/23771?lang=en

MORE THAN ONE WAY HOME will be unleashed on February 22nd, available
as CD, ltd. digi-pak (incl. two bonus tracks & video clip), ltd. 2-
Vinyl & ltd. special edition (incl. digi-pak, a high-class compass &
certificate of authenticity).

The New Black To Release III: CUT LOOSE On March 15

III: CUT LOOSE will be the title of the new album by Germany’s heavy
rockers The New Black. It will be released on March 15 via AFM.

Mixing duties were handled by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids) who
commented:

“These guys completely floored me with their stylish mix of both
modern metal and vintage rock ‘n’ roll. This is a band that could get
big if things are done the right way!”

III: CUT LOOSE was once more recorded and produced by the band
themselves. Making-of footage from the studio can be found at
http://www.facebook.com/thenewblackofficial . The album will be
released in different configurations, among them a big fat digi-pak
with loads of bonus tracks. There’s also talk of guest singers, free
downloads and video clips with nasty spiders and middle fingers…
Details to follow.

In April, The New Black will embark on the “Rock’n’Roll Overdose” tour
alongside Psychopunch, Motorjesus, ’77 and Supercharger. Dates can be
found at http://www.rocknrolloverdose.de/ . The trek will conclude on
April 28th, when the whole package joins Der W in Neu-Isenburg for a
big indoor show.

III: CUT LOOSE finds the band fine-tuning their signature style while
keeping heaviness and catchiness fully intact. Their music has been
described in the past as such: “This is our kind of party: Black Label
Society bring the booze, Pantera spice it up, Thin Lizzy add some
taste, and Alter Bridge smooth it over before Metallica turn it black.
And you can be there, too!”

The debut album THE NEW BLACK was released in 2009, after the pre-
production was named “Demo Of The Month” in four major music magazines
in their native Germany. The sophomore effort II: BETTER IN BLACK
dropped in 2011. The New Black have played alongside acts as Volbeat,
Alter Bridge and Black Label Society, they have rocked all major
festivals like Wacken or Rock Am Ring and supported AC/DC in front of
65,000.

http://www.thenewblackofficial.de/

Gothminister: On The Way to Eurovision Song Contest? / New Single
Available!

The Norwegian lawyer Bjørn Alexander Brem and his band Gothminister
are in for a possibly shockingly different show in the Norwegian EVS
semifinals in Larvik, today, February 2nd — prepare for some visual
surprises with zombies and undead… the winners of tonight’s
semifinal will participate in the Norwegian final later, whose winner
then will represent Norway at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in
Malmö (Sweden).

The brand new Gothminister song “Utopia” (which will be performed by
the band in the semifinal) is available now as digital single.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/utopia-edit/id595408859?i=595408860&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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

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-The Highly Anticipated Second N.O.W. Album

Escape Music are excited to announce the upcoming release of the
highly anticipated second N.O.W. album, titled BOHEMIAN KINGDOM,
across Europe on March 22.

At age six, Alec Mendonça stumbled across the Boston debut album along
with some old Beatles records which changed his life forever. When he
turned 14 he started playing more professionally and got a Luthier
home made bass. At age 18 his grandmother bought him his first fender
Jazz Bass special, even recording an album in 1996 that had some air
play in Brazil but then it all came to a halt due to sickness in the
family. After a hiatus of 14 years taking care of family business,
Alec Mendonça was finally back to the world he loved, the music world.

N.O.W. was born then, and by joining forces with stellar Brazilian
keyboardist Jean Barros, all the basis of the songs were done in
Studio 430. After three months Alec put down 12 songs! Alec had to
travel to the studio so many times he lost count of that, sometimes
spending the whole day away from home for months, but it was worth it.
With the demo CD in hand, he only wanted the right vocals to do it and
although Alec can sing, his voice is more of a background voice.
Taking his chances, he decided to send the tapes to some people he
knew through the Internet and caught the attention of gifted vocalist
Philip Bardowell (ex-Peter Criss, Ace Frehley from Kiss, ex-Beach
Boys, ex-Unruly Child) who loved the songs so much that he decided to
sing the songs for Alec.

FORCE OF NATURE the debut in 2010 (ESM204) is indeed a force to be
reckoned with and has so many twists and turns you will so easily get
wrapped up in its universal appeal. The reviews were astounding with
magazines praising how good the band sounded.

After three years in the making a new lineup was required for Alec to
achieve his so sought-after sound. So Alec found what seemed to be the
main ingredient for his sophomore album; the guitar player Juno
Moraes. Juno is all heart and melody and his licks are to die for. A
new drummer was also required and this time Lars Chriss (Lion’s Share)
was called to mix and master the album. Lars gave the new album the
punch and life it needed so bad to sound like a real winner. During
the recordings of the second album Alec also lost a very close friend
who was the close we can get to an Angel at the tender age of 17 due
to Leukaemia, these are the times one wonders if there’s a God… and
so the result was a much darker and moodier album. Alec also found the
need to transmit all the rage and pain he went through after his
friend’s passing and wrote a song to exteriorize his feelings, this
song is “No One Can Feel It’s Over”… It also has to be said that the
N.O.W. sound has leanings towards Foreigner and Rainbow in places…
no bad thing.

If you liked the first album for all the right reasons and Foreigner
and Journey, then we can guarantee a Magical Mystery Tour with this
second installment, full of surprises, hooks, choruses and loads of
layers of guitars. N.O.W. are back with a second album that will just
set the pace again, this is a much stronger release than the debut and
is bound to impress both fans old and new.

Album preview “I’m Alive”:

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

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-Napalm Records News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

Upcoming Releases From Gloryhammer, Visions Of Atlantis, Serenity, &
Arkona

Gloryhammer – TALES FROM THE KINGDOM OF FIFE

Release Dates:
29.03.2013 G/A/S & Benelux
27.03.2013 ESP/FIN/SWE/NOR
01.04.2013 Rest of Europe
09.04.2013 USA/CAN

Gloryhammer is the new project of Christopher Bowes, the mastermind of
the Pirate Metal sensation Alestorm. TALES FROM THE KINGDOM OF FIFE is
a concept album and tells the story of an alternate-history medieval
Scotland, a realm of dragons, wizards, magic and dark sorcery. It is
the legend of the glorious hero Angus McFife, who wages a long war
against the evil wizard Zargothrax, in order to free the people of
Dundee. Gloryhammer clads these stories in a symphonic Power Metal
armor, which will take the listener by storm and will transport them
right into the midst of an epic adventure. Pounding double bass,
enthralling riffs and bombastic orchestral parts turn songs like “The
Quest For The Hammer Of Glory” or “Angus McFife” into catchy songs
that will leave you craving for more. Gloryhammer creates the perfect
balance between in-your-face speed tracks and epic Metal hymns. A real
highlight comes in the form of vocalist Thomas Winkler (Emerald),
whose magnificent voice guides you through the adventure. The album
was recorded and produced by Lasse Lammert at the LSD Studios — the
same studio that brought you the classic Alestorm long-players! Metal
fans should make sure to enter the legendary world of Angus McFife and
Gloryhammer! Prepare for epic battles!

Visions Of Atlantis – ETHERA

Release Dates:
22.03.2013 G/A/S & Benelux
27.03.2013 ESP/FIN/SWE/NOR
01.04.2013 Rest of Europe
09.04.2013 USA/CAN

The band revolving around the enchanting and strong-voiced front lady
Maxi Nil did not rest on their laurels after releasing their
successful album DELTA and playing numerous concerts (e.g. Wacken Open
Air, Novarock, Masters Of Rock). Instead, the musicians focused on the
songwriting sessions for a new long-player. The mystical title ETHERA
stands for an extraordinary and diverse Symphonic Metal masterpiece
and presents the listeners with bombastic orchestral tracks as well as
touching and dreamy ballads. The band is a master in capturing these
different moods and thus creating a tightly arranged album, that
offers a magical atmosphere from the first to the last song. It is
important to point out that the vocal performance of Maxi Nil and
Mario Plank sounds so harmonic and sweeping, just like they were
singing together from the very beginnings of the band’s career. ETHERA
is a mythical and bombastic journey into the heart of Atlantis!

Serenity – WAR OF AGES

Release Dates:
22.03.2013 G/A/S & Benelux
27.03.2013 ESP/FIN/SWE/NOR
01.04.2013 Rest of Europe
09.04.2013 USA/CAN

On their fourth album, the Austrian Symphonic Metal band dives deep
into long forgotten centuries and draws the listeners attention to
historical personalities like Henry VIII of England, Napoleon or
Alexander the Great. Numerous concerts have matured the band’s
songwriting skills and the interaction between the individual
musicians. This is the reason why WAR OF AGES is filled with excellent
and characteristic compositions and world-class refrains, for which
the term “catchy” would be an understatement. The mixture of
remarkable riffs, perfect timed variations from symphonic passages up
to ballads, shows Serenity’s ability to write haunting songs. The band
has reached their musical and lyrical height and in particular Georg
Neuhauser impresses with his best vocal performance so far! Friends of
Avantasia or Kamelot have to make sure to give this album spin!

Arkona – DECADE OF GLORY – LIVE

Release Date:
1 March 2013

In the beginning of 2012, the Russian Pagan Metal sensation Arkona
celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special concert at the P!PLE
Concert Hall (Moscow). Supported by numerous guests, for example a 9-
piece choir, a string quartet and two background vocalists, the band
classics were turned into real monuments. Furthermore, the interplay
between typical folk instruments and the Metal foundation gives Arkona
its unique character. Once more in the center of the attention is
front lady and mastermind Masha Scream, who pushes herself and the
band to the limit. DECADE OF GLORY offers a brilliant journey through
the musical works of Arkona.

Legion Of The Damned: RAVENOUS PLAGUE

Legion Of The Damned has issued a major update with regard to their
upcoming album RAVENOUS PLAGUE! Head right over to the band’s official
website to get the full scoop! We can already tell you that Andy
Classen will be producing the new songs. A release date for RAVENOUS
PLAGUE has yet to be confirmed — stay tuned!

Legion Of The Damned
http://www.legionofthedamned.net/

Tristania: Album Teaser

Tristania released a musical teaser from their upcoming album! Please
click on the link below! The new album is scheduled for a May 2013
release!

Tristania
http://www.tristania.com/

Hate To Support Hypocrisy

Polish Extreme Metal Machine Hate announced a European Tour in support
of their latest album SOLARFLESH. The band will be the direct support
for Swedish Death Metal titans Hypocrisy. Please see below for the
dates!

Hate to support 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
http://www.hate-metal.com/

Niflheim Festival

Let the festival season begin! The Niflheim Festival will take place
in Stutthart on March 2. Napalm Records will be not only be
represented by two bands (Finsterforst and Ereb Altor) but also by a
sales booth. Good live music and a great selection of CDs and
merchandise are guaranteed!

Running Order:
14:00 Doors
15:00 – 15:30 Andras
15:50 – 16:20 Ancestors Blood
16:40 – 17:20 Ereb Altor
17:40 – 18:30 Finsterforst
18:50 – 19:50 Fjoergyn
20:10 – 21:10 Vreid
21:40 – 23:25 Ensiferum
23:45 – 00:45 Helheim

Niflheim Festival
http://www.niflheim-festival.com/

Nervosa: Recording New Album

Nervosa has announced the beginning of the recording of their new
album, which commenced on January 26. The production, recording,
mixing and mastering will be in charge of the experts Heros Trench and
Pompeu, both are in the band Korzus. The production will take place in
the traditional studio Mr. Som, in which Nervosa recorded their first
EP, 2012, last year.

Singer and bassist Fernanda Lira comments:
“We really liked the result we were able to reach with them for our EP
and there was no reason that could stop us from keeping such a high
quality work. We are really anxious to record it and, obviously, to
show our new songs to the people who keep up with our work!”

“With these new songs the band will show a more original identity,
once it has 100% of participation of Fernanda Lira on the songwriting.
The natural maturing will be evident on this CD, which we are more
than excited to record and release,” comments Prika Amaral, the band’s
guitar player.

More details will be issued soon!

Nervosa
http://www.nervosa.com.br/

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

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-Martyr To Film Music Video For The Song “D.I.”

For further promotion of the latest release of Martyr, CIRCLE OF 8,
the band is currently recording a new music video for the opening
track of the album called “D.I.”

With an extreme cold temperature of more than minus 10 degrees Celsius
in an old factory in Groningen, the band shootings are already done.
In association with Limelight Productions and Dream Project Studios
the Dutch metal legends are working on the sequel of the script with a
story to match the lyrics of “D.I.” which is mainly about the madness
that may occur in the inner of every single human.

Striking and accidental detail in these extreme cold weather
conditions is that parts of the clip are also shot by the camera crew
of one of Holland’s most famous Dutch weather channels!

The release of the video for “D.I.” is expected mid to late February.

Find Martyr music and videos at http://www.metalblade.com/martyr .

http://www.martyronline.nl/
https://www.facebook.com/MARTYRONLINE

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-Grand Magus’ “Hunting Across Europe Tour” Trailer Online!

Swedish riff lords Grand Magus are going to hunt across Europe
together with Enforcer and Angel Witch.

The band has just uploaded an official tour trailer:

Hunting Across Europe Tour with Enforcer and Angel Witch
07.02. D Hamburg – Markthalle
08.02. D Berlin – C-Club
09.02. D Bochum – Matrix
10.02. D Stuttgart – Universum
12.02. A Vienna – Viper Room
13.02. I Milan – TBA
14.02. D Munich – Backstage
15.02. CH Aarau – Kiff
16.02. D Würzburg – Posthalle
17.02. NL Rotterdam – Baroeg

UK-Shows
21.02. UK Bristol – Fleece
22.02. UK Glasgow – Cathouse
23.02. UK Belfast – Stiff Kitten
24.02. IRL Dublin – The Pint
26.02. UK Manchester – Moho
27.02. UK Cardiff – Bogiez
28.02. UK Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
01.03. UK Weymouth – Pavillion
02.03. UK Southampton – Talking Heads
03.03. UK London – Camden Underworld

Check also the lyric video of “The Hunt” here:

The Nuclear Blast “Fan Interview” with Grand Magus:

Grand Magus
http://www.grandmagus.com/

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-Battlecross To Enter The Studio Next Month; New Album Scheduled For
Summer Release!

Detroit Thrashers Battlecross have announced that they will enter the
studio next month to record their follow-up to their 2011 Metal Blade
debut PURSUIT OF HONOR, which topped the Sirius XM Liquid Metal
charts, garnered great reviews and earned the band high profile tours,
including last summer’s Trespass America Festival Tour with Five
Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage and Trivium. The band will begin
recording immediately after the “Another Year, Another Tour” with In
Flames, Demon Hunter and All Shall Perish for 27 North American dates
that begins on February 2 in Ft. Lauderdale.

Battlecross will look to Mark Lewis and crew at Audiohammer Studios in
Florida to record their follow-up to 2011/2012’s breakout album,
scheduled for release in summer 2013. Lewis, responsible for the
production and/or engineering for bands such as The Black Dahlia
Murder, Trivium, Devil Driver, and Deicide said, “I can’t wait to be a
part of Battlecross’ next record. From the moment I heard the band I
knew I wanted to be a part of their development. Hearing the new music
has only solidified that feeling. Working with our good friends at
Metal Blade and bringing great new music to the masses is what it’s
all about.”

Eyal Levy will handle engineering duties on the record and Armored
Saint’s Joey Vera, who mastered the band’s cover version of Pantera’s
“F*cking Hostile,” will master.

Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says the band is “stoked to be working
with a prolific studio and producer at Audiohammer. We’re so focused
on making a killer follow-up album and we feel that Mark Lewis will
help bring our raw, live sound to life.”

Metal Blade President Michael Faley said, “2013 is destined to be big
year for Battlecross starting with a tour with In Flames in February,
followed by recording the new album with Mark Lewis in March and
April. We have high expectations for the band’s sophomore effort which
will be released to coincide with a massive tour this summer (stay
tuned for details). We are excited by the band’s ‘non-stop’ approach
which has landed them on significant tours and support from Jose
Mangin at Sirius XM Liquid Metal. Thanks for all the support from the
metal community.”

In addition, festival organizer Scott Lee, recently announced the
addition of Battlecross to the 15th annual New England Metal &
Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts. This will be the band’s
first appearance and will join Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Opeth and
many more.

PURSUIT OF HONOR’s three singles — “Push Pull Destroy,” “Man Of
Stone” and “Breaking You” — spent more than 50 combined weeks on
Sirius XM Liquid Metal’s “Devil’s Dozen” list of most requested songs,
with “Push Pull Destroy” at the top spot for five weeks last spring.
The accompanying video has racked up more than 1.5 million views on
YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miZLob1Hi4I ) and was the
break-out track for these high-energy thrashers.

http://www.metalblade.com/Battlecross
https://www.facebook.com/battlecross

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-Witchcraft & Orchid Embarking On A Eurpean Tour!

Attention, heavy rockers, doomheads, retro aficionados, hippies or
simply lovers of timeless rock music: rejoice! Two absolute giants of
’70s riff worshipping sound will embark on a tour together in April
and May of 2013 — Witchcraft and Orchid!

Swedes Witchcraft were one of the first bands who started to recreate
the sound of old heroes like Pentagram around 2000 and who only had
one goal in mind: to revive the ’70s sound with landmark releases such
as FIREWOOD. They returned with LEGEND in 2012 and proved their status
as leaders of a whole subgenre once more!

Orchid from San Francisco are more of a recent phenomenon: the four-
piece made quite a bunch of heads turn with their debut EP THROUGH THE
DEVIL’S DOORWAY in 2009 before they firmly established themselves as
the rightful heirs to Black Sabbath’s throne with their album
CAPRICORN in 2011. Their second full-length release will be upon us
early 2013.

WITCHRAFT & ORCHID live!
Presented by Rock Hard, Musix, Metallian Magazine (FR), Rock Hard
(IT), LA Heavy (ESP), Mariskal Rock (ESP), Noiseletter, Metalnews and
Blast!

26.04. Lichtenfels (DE) – Paunchy Cats
27.04. Berlin (DE) – Desertfest
28.04. Warschau (PL) – tbc
29.04. Krakau (PL) – Lizard King
30.04. Wien (AT) – Szene
01.05. Darmstadt (DE) – Steinbruch Theater
02.05. München (DE) – Backstage Halle
03.05. Siegen (DE) – Vortex
04.05. Paris (FR) – Trabendo
06.05. Tilburg (NL) – O13
07.05. Aarau (CH) – Kiff
09.05. Barcelona (ES) – Razzmatazz 3
10.05. Madrid (ES) – El Sol
11.05. San Sebastian (ES) – C.C. Intxaurrondo
12.05. Toulouse (FR) – Le Saint des Sains
13.05. Milano (IT) – Lo Fi Club
14.05. Rome (IT) – Traffic Live Club
15.05. Bologna (IT) – Freak Out Club
16.05. Dornbirn (AT) – Schlachthaus
17.05. Stuttgart (DE) – Universum
18.05. Hamburg (DE) – Markthalle
19.05. Gelsenkirchen (DE) – Rock Hard Festival (Orchid only)

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-Havok: “Point Of No Return” Video Premiere Hosted By Bloody
Disgusting

Havok’s latest video has premiered today via Bloody Disgusting. “Point
Of No Return” is the title track to the band’s EP, released last
Spring as a tide-me-over while the band continued their non-stop
touring. The video was directed by Roy Warner and filmed on location
in Detroit, Michigan.

Discussing the video, vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez elaborates, “The
lyrics of ‘Point Of No Return’ are highly interpretable, but the
message of the video pretty simple: The world as we know it is a
delicate place and we have never had such a high capacity to destroy
the human race as we do now. At some point, our self-made concoction
of nuclear/biological weaponry, ancient superstitious beliefs,
nationalism, corruption, ignorance, and conflicting ideologies is
going to become lethal, on a global scale. We live in a time like no
other and it’s obvious that if we don’t change our behavior, it’s only
a matter of time before the world is extinguished at the hand of
fanatics. It’s literally within everyone’s power to leave the world a
little nicer than we found it. Don’t believe everything you’re told:
Think for yourself.”

Director Roy Warner notes, “Working with the guys from Havok was
great. They had awesome ideas to start out with and build from;
wanting to showcase real life as the concept. It really illustrates
the depths of human depravity in the past, present and what we can
expect from the future if attitudes don’t change.”

To view “Point Of No Return” click here:
http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3215831/exclusive-watch-the-premiere-of-havoks-new-music-video-point-of-no-return/

Havok, called “the finest thrash band in existence” by PopDose,
released their full-length debut, BURN, mid-2009. The record found an
immediate fan base and the curiosity of media around the globe. TIME
IS UP would follow in 2011. “Havok have hit their stride,” said
Decibel Magazine in review of the album. “Havok is everything that is
great about thrash,” added Terrorizer. Now with the band busy at work
recording their new full-length, anticipated for early summer release,
Havok fans can expect the Denver-based thrashers to keep an active
schedule for 2013. Sanchez says, “We’re currently wrapped up in the
studio writing our new album. We should be finished recording in March
and then, in usual Havok fashion, we’ll tour practically all year!
There are lots of exciting things coming up in 2013. Keep an eye out
for tour dates and we’ll see all of you on the road soon! Until then,
spread the word and support heavy metal.”

Havok is guitarist/vocalist Dave Sanchez, bassist Jesse de los Santos,
guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webb.

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

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-Lost Society’s “Behind The Scenes At The GBOB World Finals” Video
Online; Digital Single To Be Released February 8!

17, 18, 19, 19. No, that’s not today’s lottery numbers, but the age of
the band members of Finland’s most promising contemporary newcomer
combo — Lost Society! Crafted under the aegis of famous producer Nino
Laurenne (Amorphis, Ensiferum, Lordi) in the prestigious Sonic Pump
Studios (Finntroll, Sonata Arctica, Omnium Gatherum), the band’s debut
entitled FAST LOUD DEATH will be released via Nuclear Blast on March
15, 2013. Already in the first quarter, this record can doubtlessly be
ranked among this year’s best releases of its genre!

On the 9th of December 2012, Lost Society went to London to play at
the world finals of the renowned “Global Battle Of The Bands” (GBOB).
In order to share their great memories of this thrilling trip with
you, they’ve now uploaded a hilarious behind-the-scenes video. Make
sure to check it out here:

Love the song that’s playing in the video? Then here’s something for
you: On February 8, the digital two-track single “Trash All Over You”
will be released via iTunes, including the following songs:

1. Trash All Over You
2. Braindead Metalhead

Order it right away: http://bit.ly/116PGJN

Lost Society
http://www.youtube.com/user/lostsocietyfinland
http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland
http://www.myspace.com/lostsocietyfinland

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-Intöxicated Announce Release Date For Hells Headbangers Debut

Today, Hells Headbangers announces May 14 as the international release
date for Intöxicated’s debut album, ROCK N ROLL HELLPATROL. Fueled by
sex, drinks, and Satan, Intöxicated are coming to terrorize your town
with their ROCK N ROLL HELLPATROL! Encompassing the entire spectrum of
dirty, sleazy metalpunk from ancient times, Intöxicated’s ROCK N ROLL
HELLPATROL debut charges forward like a motorcycle out of hell,
billowing toxic smoke and violently shaking the foundations of
everything it passes on its way to the next party to dominate and
destroy. Each song here — whether it’s “Crush Your Local Disco,”
“Lock Up Your Daughters,” or the penultimate “Slutanic Speed Metal” —
is an anthem of annihilation, a harbinger of hedonism, a manifesto of
maximalism: you can’t escape the ROCK N ROLL HELLPATROL!

Track listing for Intöxicated’s ROCK N ROLL HELLPATROL:
1. Sex Drinks Satan
2. Metal Porno Slut
3. Lock Up Your Daughters
4. Suffering For Löve
5. Rock N Roll Hellpatrol
6. Crush Your Local Disco
7. Slutanic Speed Metal
8. Break Your Limits
9. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch (Motörhead cover)

More info:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Int%C3%B6xicated-official/192396997448637
http://www.myspace.com/intoexicated
http://www.reverbnation.com/int%C3%B6xicated

Hells Headbangers
http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/
“When you need metal, go to hell!”

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-Two Side Moon Promotions Update

Requinox – THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD

Label: KingRock Records
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Heavy Metal

Web:
http://www.requinox.net/
http://www.myspace.com/requinox
http://www.facebook.com/requinox
http://www.twitter.com/followrequinox
http://www.reverbnation.com/requinox
http://www.numberonemusic.com/requinox

Requinox is a smashing heavy metal band from Norway with the most
powerful riffs you could possibly imagine. The band delivers edgy,
melodic hard rock and metal at its best. The five musicians compose
melodic metal in the style of their influences in Iron Maiden,
Metallica and Black Sabbath. Musically they focus on heavy riffs and
melodies that engage the audience in an experience which brings out
energy and feelings from the listeners. The musicians have played in
other bands before, and have participated different venues in Norway
which have taken them to many of the biggest stages in Oslo. Requinox
was established in 2010. They have received great attention for their
live shows since then and have always been wanted back from the
promoters. They have played several venues in Norway, Sweden, Austria
and Latvia.

As a help to promote the band, the vocalist founded an organization
called “Rockealliansen” (Rockalliance) in Norway. Today that is an
official organization that includes several bands that cooperate,
share experiences and the manager is booking many venues throughout
the year. Two venues have been successfully arranged at John Dee in
Oslo, with Requinox as the headline artist. The band created a three-
year plan that they wanted to follow to see how far they could take
the band. First year, compose music to make a long live set and tour
several cities. Second year, promote the band, continuing touring and
make an album. Third year, work with PR, more touring and gain
festival venues.

In 2011 the band was ready for touring and played many concerts in
Norway. Some of the places were played two or three times due to
request from the promoters. They went to Vienna and played concerts in
the city. At Amistahl the band headlined a festival for upcoming
bands. They later took the trip to Stockholm in Sweden for live gigs.
In 2012 Requinox started their tour in Latvia, and they were booked
right away to return for three more gigs later that year, including
headlining Fontaine Palace in Liepaja. Most of the year went to record
and EP and their first full-length album. They recorded both at Niss
Studios in Oslo. In the process they spent a lot of time working with
Rockalliance, helping other bands getting concerts and reach more
audience. On the 21th of December 2012 the band released the album,
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD. They had a release party in Oslo the
same day, which sold out the venue with several guest artists
appearing on stage.

The booking for 2013 is currently in progress and venues in Norway
have been confirmed. Requinox is following their plan and work on
reaching more people, promoters and connections which will lead to
more live shows, hopefully in several countries in Europe.

Band Lineup:
Vocals – Kenneth KingRock Fjeldstad
Guitar – Terje SpeedKing Teigen
Guitar – Eirik Avalanche Grue
Bass – Ola Bassanova Øverli
Drums – Kim RogneRock Rognerud

Track Listing:
1. Mr. Mad Murderer
2. Literally Horror
3. Diabolical Equinox
4. Jack The Ripper
5. Jackie The Stripper
6. Dance Of The Dragon
7. Shadowland
8. True Barbarian
9. Fall Of An Empire
10 End Of The World
11. Shadowland (acoustic)

Messenger – YOU CHOOSE

Label: Indie
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

Web:
http://www.MessengerMetal.com/
http://www.myspace.com/MessengerDC
http://www.facebook.com/aaaconcerts

Artist Showcase:
http://www.twosidemoon.com/featured/messenger.htm

Messenger is a four-piece original hard rock band with a strong
message. Their sound arises from Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and
Progressive Rock influences, from Black Sabbath and Rush to Alter
Bridge and Hinder. The original storyline lyrics are set in ethereal
and progressive style metal and then sometimes just simple, hard rock
and blues.

They started with the present lineup — founder Frank Clifton Herring
on vocals, guitar and synths, Tim “TNT” Tieff on drums, Roy Richardson
on bass and Vlad Gurin on lead guitar — in late 2008, publishing
their first CD together at the turn of the next year. Frank started
two years before that to get the right talent, partly because of the
different direction they would take and partly because of a desire for
a high level of skill and talent. The bold message and quality
musicianship Messenger puts out leaves no question that this is
something different from anything else being done today.

The new CD, YOU CHOOSE, started production the Summer of ’11 as a band
collaborative work allowing Vlad more input in the music writing than
the first. Paris Hollins, as Producer, worked with Messenger on the
YOU CHOOSE CD as he was engineer and co-producer on the first one. At
Vlad’s Studio Vovka in Springfield, VA, Vlad engineered the capture
tracking and co-produced with Frank as Paris in Studio House North in
Churchton, MD mixed, produced and mastered the songs. CD release date:
Oct. 23, 2012.

Messenger has sold hundreds of CDs and DVDs since the turn of 2009 and
has found Internet and broadcast radio airplay in America, Australia,
Cyprus and Greece. Since April ’09 http://www.MessengerMetal.com/ has
had tens of thousands of visits and their MySpace profile (
http://www.myspace.com/MessengerDC ) has had tens of thousands of
views in the four years they have been together — hits from all over
the world.

They bring a great show with good music and loud guitars. The music,
the musicianship, the melodies, the songwriting and growth are all a
part of a larger effort to expand their audience and reach many with
their songs. Working with the best professionals in the music
business; public relations, venues, promoters and hopefully a great
label soon, will allow Messenger to achieve that goal.

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals – Frank Clifton Herring
Lead Guitar – Vlad Gurin
Bass Guitar – Roy Richardson
Drums – Tim “TNT” Tieff

Track Listing:
1. The Sacrifice
2. The End Of Time
3. Paradise
4. Christian Rocker
5. The Back Of My Mind
6. Come Home
7. Power
8. Rulemaker
9. The Cave (Intro To The Risen Christ)
10. The Risen Christ

As seen in Fireworks Magazine.

The Wake Of Man – THE WAKE OF MAN EP

Label: Unsigned
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Artistic Melodic Rock

Web:
http://www.thewakeofman.com/

The Wake Of Man was originally founded years ago by vocalist Darin
Watson and drummer Jordan Pipka. But before its conception, the band’s
past has always been intertwined and close for years before everyone
came together. After a few member changes, the fall of 2011 brought a
new face behind the name, along with a new sound and message.

Coincidentally enough, Darin and Jordan’s first show ever with their
first band was with Casey’s previous band, who later on, was joined by
Airik and continued to all play shows together for years. Also during
that time, Jordan and Airik lived in an apartment together, which is
where the band’s initial ideas started flowing.

Once additional members Casey Hollyfield and Airik Denton joined the
group, they immediately entered the studio with producer, Geoff
Rockwell (Forever The Sickest Kids, Artist Vs. Poet, Memphis May Fire,
These Kids Wear Crowns) in Fort Worth, Texas.

While in the studio for several months, they formulated their own
unique blend of “polyrhythm, complex meter, bitonality, and counter-
melodic material” into what they describe as artistic melodic rock.
Each instrument equally shares the spotlight on every song while still
contributing to the overall groove. Each song’s thought-provoking
lyrics, dueling guitars, intense percussive rhythms, and soaring vocal
melodies grab your attention and always keeps you guessing throughout
every listen.

THE WAKE OF MAN, a 30-minute self-titled EP features seven songs
involving both light and dark themes with a lasting hopeful concept of
perseverance, and making it through any situation, especially the most
difficult ones. Life is a journey, and these songs definitely take you
on one of your own.

Paul Leavitt (Conditions, Circa Survive, All Time Low, Versa Emerge,
Senses Fail) of Valencia Recording Studio mixed and mastered the
release, with additional mastering by Nolan Brett from Crystal Clear
Studios.

Influenced by creative groups such as Circa Survive, Minus The Bear,
Thrice, and The Receiving End Of Sirens who have always strived to
stand apart amongst the other copycat and branded groups that have
over saturated today’s society.

The Wake Of Man is currently looking for support on all levels of
promotion, booking & management, while continuing to build a fan base
on a local and regional level booking shows with other driven artists
throughout Texas.

The band’s future plans for 2013 will be to record and perform as much
music as possible and will be continuing to experiment with more types
of instrumentation, incorporating even more styles into their music,
and continuing to push their limits as musicians.

Band Lineup:
Darin Watson – Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Casey Hollyfield – Guitar
Airik Denton – Bass Guitar
Jordan Pipka – Drums, Percussion

Track Listing:
1. The Course Of Perseverance
2. Policy Of Hypocrisy
3. An Act, A Phase
4. We Are Both,We Are Neither (The Light)
5. Where We Came From
6. The Outcome I Despise
7. I Can Still See Your Face

When They Wake – BE YOUR OWN HERO (double album)

Label: TSM/Independent
Street Date: February 2013
Genre: Rock

Web:
http://www.whentheywake.com/
http://www.facebook.com/whentheywake
http://twitter.com/whentheywake

http://www.youtube.com/whentheywake

BE YOUR OWN HERE is the name of the new double album of When They
Wake. The album title could hardly be more fitting for the band:
Whereas at the start a simple album had been planned, the idea of a
double album emerged from the inexhaustible wealth of creativity of
the three musicians (Stephan Kaiser, Jonathan Geiger and Silvan
Stirnimann).

Passion, precision and dedication shape their artistic work. And this
is what makes the band so outstanding: their striving for quality,
professionalism and their willingness to invest a great deal of time
and effort.

In 2008, the band When They Wake was founded by singer Sven Ehmes and
guitarist Stephan Kaiser. What started as occasional jam sessions
developed into the EP THE PROGRESSION (April 2010), which is a symbol
for the musical awakening of the musicians. Once awoken, so many ideas
for new songs arose that they soon were planning another album.
Simultaneously to their musical development, they fitted out their own
studio where they produced their first EP.

In spring 2011, the band parted company with singer Sven Ehmes. In
addition to the songwriting Stephan Kaiser now takes on the lead
vocals. For their double album, they did not only record in their
studio in Zug, but also travelled to Berlin and Hamburg to record the
piano and drum parts. The band has been getting about a lot for their
gigs: Besides their shows at the Swiss festivals and Rock Oz Arènes,
they count their shows at the Backbooth and the Lyrica at the Florida
Music Festival among their highlights. This experience reinforced
their inspiration and joy for experimenting, which is expressed in the
contrasts on their new album: on the one hand melancholic, hard rock-
style, aggressive music and on the other hand melodious, emotional and
varied tunes.

The song “Satellites” — which is on their double album — stands
symbolically for their development. The expressive texts and catchy
melodies on the new album are emphasized by melancholic piano
interludes as well as cello, violin and choir recordings. Their album
shows influences from bands such as Bullet For My Valentine, Red,
Breaking Benjamin, 30 Seconds To Mars, Linkin Park and Story Of The
Year. BE YOUR OWN HERO is about loneliness and lack of orientation;
the album shows how this can be overcome with a great deal of courage
and will. Or just with music.

Once they have awakened, everything is possible:
Be it hard guitar riffs and rocking texts carrying away the crowd and
getting them to sing along or sentimental ballads, which make people
swing their lighters to the beat — When They Wake know how to capture
their audience. Full speed ahead has been the motto for the band, who
was elected “Best Talent” in a contest by the Swiss radio station
Radio SRF 3 in December 2012, since the release party of their debut
album BE YOUR OWN HERO (27th October 2012). Supported by various Arts
Councils of the Canton Aargau, the natives of Muri Stephan Kaiser
(vocals, guitar), Jonathan Geiger (bass, piano) and Silvan Stirnimann
(drums, piano) have claimed a place in the playlists of the big Swiss
radio stations and so they have won the hearts of the listeners. Two
things in particular make the trio stand out: their diversity and
their drive to create the unusual. Once awakened, they really go for
it — the name says it all! Thus, with their debut record they went
straight for a double album where on one disc they show their rocky
and energetic side and on the other their calm and sensitive side. But
they are far off from being purely a studio band — they have already
had some live experiences as a festival band at the freestyle
festival, as a newcomer act at the Florida Music Festival, at the Rock
Oz Arènes festival and at countless other gigs and festivals. Their
enormous musical variety makes them versatile and perfect for any
occasion. You should bookmark the name When They Wake, as you will
hear a lot more.

Band Lineup:
Stephan Kaiser (vocals, guitar)
Jonathan Geiger (bass, piano)
Silvan Stirnimann (drums, percussion, piano)

Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Feel Alive
3. Not Alone
4. Unbroken
5. Wake Me (When It’s Over)
6. Falling Star
7. Unstoppable
8. Waiting For A Sign
9. Save Me
10. Let Go
11. Getting Over You
12. Last Way Out
13. Satellites
14. War Is Over (feat. Sifecta)
15. Change This World
16. Without You
17. Interlude
18. Until The End (feat. Sifecta)
19. Hold Me
20. Miss You
21. Be Your Own Hero
22. Satellites (re-mix by Benny Richter)

Two Side Moon Promotions
http://www.twosidemoon.com/
http://www.myspace.com/nickyaor

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV: More Bands Announced

Enter To Win 2 VIP Passes To The Festival Including Hotel + Airfare
Courtesy Of F.Y.E.

This week the promoters of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
are pleased to welcome two new additions to this year’s fest in the
form of crossover legends D.R.I. and technical death metal battalion
Job For A Cowboy!

This follows last week’s unveiling of Mission Quest to Metal Fest.
Formed to aid a few of this year’s acts to and from NEMHF this year,
the fourth annual tour curated by MassConcerts unifies Expire, Alpha &
Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues and Antagonist A.D. on a ten-date
assault leading up to their individual performances at the event. See
confirmed dates below. Further audio annihilation will come from the
third annual Metal Alliance Tour featuring Exodus, Municipal Waste,
Holy Grail and Friday headliners Anthrax performing their iconic AMONG
THE LIVING full-length in its entirety. Additional headliners include
Hatebreed, Opeth and Suicidal Tendencies and nearly fifty more acts
from all walks of the extreme music spectrum!

The three-day event will take place the weekend of April 19th, 20th
and 21st at the historic Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts marking
its 15th anniversary. Info on the kick-off party on Thursday, April
18th will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition, NEMHF has partnered with F.Y.E. to offer a VIP Flyaway
package for the event! One lucky winner will get two (2) VIP passes to
the festival as well as airfare and hotel accommodations

F.Y.E stores are currently offering an assortment of pummeling metal
CDs for $9.99, each on a NEMHF endcap. Any purchase of these titles
will receive a free NEMHF CD Sampler featuring tracks from Hatebreed,
Holy Grail, Shadows Fall, Continents, Sister Sin and many more!

Enter to win the contest and grab some great metal CDs from F.Y.E.
here:
http://www.redmusic.com/metalandhardcorefestival

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.

Mission Quest to Metal Fest
w/ Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues, Antagonist
A.D:
4/08/2013 The Underground – Phoenix, AZ
4/09/2013 The Studio – Tucson, AZ
4/10/2013 The War Room – El Paso, TX
4/12/2013 The Low Key Parts – Hot Springs, AR
4/13/2013 The Hatch – Evansville, IN
4/14/2013 Skate Naked – Columbus, OH
4/15/2013 907 Lincoln – Ann Arbor, MI
4/16/2013 Funeral Home – Buffalo, NY
4/17/2013 West Side Park – Wilkes Barre, PA
4/18/2013 Moose Lodge – Glen Cove, NY
4/19-21/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal &
Hardcore Fest XV

Friday, April 19th: Anthrax, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Exodus,
Municipal Waste, Black Breath, Holy Grail, VYGR, Multilation Rites,
Trap Them, Death Before Dishonor, Xibalba, The Mongoloids, Power Trip,
Expire, Twitching Tongues, Alleageon, Suburban Scum, Rude Awakening,
The Greenery, Disgrace, Antagonist AD, The Greenery, Battlecross

Saturday, April 20th: Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Katatonia,
Trollfest, Tyr, Hellsot, Heidevolk, Ensiferum, Alpha & Omega, Born Of
Osiris, After The Burial, Dead By Wednesday, The Contortionist,
Legion, Erra, Fit For An Autopsy, Born Low, MurderDeathKill, Sworn In,
Reflections, Mouth Of The South, Ark Of The Covenant, Those Who Fear,
Saving Grace, Years Since The Storm, King 810

Sunday, April 21st: Suicidal Tendencies, Miss May I, Texas In July,
Trapped Under Ice, Glass Cloud, Your Memorial, No Mercy, I Declare
War, Foundation, Remembering Never, Bracewar, Mother Of Mercy,
Agitator, Incendiary, Thick As Blood, Dark Sermon, To The Wind,
D.R.I., Job For A Cowboy

New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2013 Ticket Prices/Packages:

Weekend Pass For All 3 Days – $90
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7410867

Thursday, April 18th – Kick Off Party – $12 In Advance/$15 Day-Of
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7418257

Friday, April 19th: $35 In Advance/$40 Day-Of
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7418258

Saturday, April 20th: $40 In Advance/$45 Day-Of
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7418262

Sunday, April 21st: $35 In Advance/$40 Day-Of
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7418266

VIP Three-Day Package – $165: Includes one three-day NEMHF Pass, entry
to Thursday’s pre-party, an NEMHF T-shirt, 18 x 24 NEMHF poster, NEMHF
sampler CD, exclusive meet and greets with artists all weekend, early
entry each day, NEMHF guitar picks, NEMHF button pack, raffles for
exclusive gear, NEMHF beer koozie, NEMHF + Shock Clothing key chain,
free Monster energy drink at the signing tent.
http://www.soundrink.com/products/3-day-weekend-vip-pass

VIP One-Day Pass – $80: Includes one NEMHF day pass for Friday,
Saturday or Sunday, a NEMHF T-shirt, 18 x 24 NEMHF poster, NEMHF
sampler CD, exclusive meet and greets with artists all weekend, NEHMF
guitar picks, NEMHF beer koozie, NEMHF + Shock Clothing key chain,
free Monster energy drink at the signing tent.
http://www.soundrink.com/products/one-day-vip-passes

https://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest
http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/
https://twitter.com/moshfest
http://www.massconcerts.com/

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-Jess And The Ancient Ones Premiere New Video

Today, Jess And The Ancient Ones premiere the new video “Astral
Sabbat” at MSN Entertainment. Set for international release on
February 22nd through Svart Records, “Astral Sabbat” is the title
track of Jess And The Ancient Ones’ brand-new EP, ASTRAL SABBAT. The
video for “Astral Sabbat” can be viewed exclusively here:

http://social.entertainment.msn.com/music/blogs/headbang-blogpost.aspx?post=62eb4cea-be16-4901-b393-ba757c38d773

Although it’s been only nine months since the release of their
brilliant and spellbinding debut album on Svart, Finland’s Jess And
The Ancient Ones have already moved on. After a split 7″ with Spain’s
Deadmask last November on Doomentia, the band is already gearing up
for something new: a three-song EP titled ASTRAL SABBAT — to be
released on CD, LP, and digital download via Svart Records — is
expected to shatter most of the preconceptions some already held
against the band. Track listing follows below.

Once again recorded with Swedish sonic wizard Tore Stjerna of
Necromorbus Studio in their hometown of Kuopio, ASTRAL SABBAT sees
Jess And The Ancient Ones pushing forward the boundaries of the sound
established on their debut full-length and forging their own path, as
personified by the rather unusual choice of cover song: “Long And
Lonesome Road,” originally written and recorded by Dutch rock outfit
Shocking Blue, mostly known for their mega-hit “Venus.”

“We wanted to give these works a space entirely their own,” reveals
guitarist Thomas Corpse, “so that listeners are able to focus on them
completely. For this purpose, we consider an EP the perfect means.
Regarding the surprising choice of cover, I had heard the song at a
very young age. And now, after travelling many roads, it returned to
me. It is a timeless song, and I hope someone discovers Shocking Blue
through us.”

With its cover art designed by Adam Burke of Nightjar Graphics, its
accompanying video (a first for the band) that will be released to the
public on February 6th, and its epic “More Than Living” that swallows
the entire B side on the vinyl version, ASTRAL SABBAT will prove that
Jess And The Ancient Ones are now way beyond all those occult, prog,
or retro-rock tags and playing a game on their own.

Preorder for CD:
http://www.svartrecords.com/shoppe/releases/1715-jess-and-the-ancient-ones-astral-sabbat-mcd.html

Preorder for LP:
http://www.svartrecords.com/shoppe/home/1716-jess-and-the-ancient-ones-astral-sabbat-lp.html

Track listing for Jess And The Ancient Ones’ ASTRAL SABBAT:
1. Astral Sabbat
2. Long And Lonesome Road
3. More Than Living

More Info:
http://www.facebook.com/jessandtheancientones
http://www.jessandtheancientones.com/
http://www.svartrecords.com/

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*** NEWS/RUMORS ***
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-220 Volt is back. Sony/BMG recently digitally reissued the band’s
first five albums — 220 VOLT, POWER GAMES (with bonus material), MIND
OVER MUSCLE, YOUNG AND WILD, and EYE TO EYE (with bonus material) —
and a revamped lineup and new music is on the way for later in 2013.
Check out http://www.facebook.com/pages/220-Volt/359383687415864 for
an ongoing series detailing the band members’ recollections of each
album in their discography.

-Anthem is back with a new website, http://www.heavymetalanthem.com/ ,
and a deal with Universal to release BURNING OATH. Check out the video
for last year’s single “Evil One” at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PjN2dVksec . The three-track single —
featuring “Evil One” plus live-in-the-studio versions of “Empty Eyes”
(from BOUND TO BREAK) and “Shadow Walk” (from NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE)
— can be ordered at
http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=UICN-5001 . Drummer
Hirotsugu Homma didn’t participate fully in the album as he was
recovering from a 2008 car accident; the rest of the lineup consists
of Eizo Sakamoto on vocals, Akio Shimizu on guitar, and Naoto Shibata
on bass. Shibata was recently diagnosed with gastric cancer; the band
had to postpone a Japanese tour but he has successfully undergone
surgery and everyone hopes to return in time for the Japanese OZZfest
in May. Follow @anthem_official on Twitter for the latest updates.

-Crimson Glory news… According to a statement last week at his
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jeff.lords.5 , bassist Jeff
Lords has “taken a leave of absence” from the band, emphasizing he has
not quit but has “decided to simply step away and pursue other
interests for the time being.” One of the reasons Lords cited is that
although he does not disapprove of singer Todd LaTorre joining
Queensryche, Lords believes Crimson Glory “has been around long
enough, is unique enough, and has paid their dues long enough” that it
shouldn’t have to share with another band. He hopes to reconvene with
Crimson Glory at a future date.

In related news, drummer Dana Burnell is also now in A Persuasive
Reason. Check out a “behind-the-scenes look & interview” featuring
Burnell and bassist T.J. Jones talking about the band’s debut, SPIRE,
at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wx-caOrY1M&feature=youtu.be . See
https://www.facebook.com/dana.burnell.5 ,
http://www.apersuasivereason.com/ ,
https://www.facebook.com/APersuasiveReason ,
https://twitter.com/apersuasivereas , and
http://www.reverbnation.com/apersuasivereason for more.

Finally, guitarist Ben Jackson’s band Avenging Benji has posted a
couple more songs online:

“Tired”

“Again & Again”

The former comes from GOLD & DRAGONS and “tributes Rock’n’Roll idols
who have lost their lives due to drug or alcohol related
circumstances;” the latter is a love song from Jackson to his wife.
See https://www.facebook.com/pages/Avenging-Benji/152611988155826 ,
http://www.reverbnation.com/avengingbenji , and
http://us.myspace.com/avengingbenji for more.

-Alberta-based “power thrashers” Edge Of Attack — featuring Roxanne
Gordey on vocals, Jurekk Whipple on lead guitar and vocals, Dallas
Dyck on rhythm guitar, Denver Whipple on bass, and Trevor Swain on
drums — have released their video for “In Hell” at
http://youtu.be/qBRj84u-i50 and
http://blanktv.com/index.php/component/content/article/320 . The track
comes from the band’s upcoming self-titled debut, due out February 19
on Spread The Metal Records. See http://www.EdgeofAttack.com/ ,
https://www.facebook.com/edgeofattackofficial , and @EdgeOfAttack for
more.

-Enforcer’s DEATH BY FIRE is out now through Nuclear Blast Records,
and streaming at the UK’s Terrorizer magazine site:
http://terrorizer.com/2013/01/29/terrorizer-exclusive-stream-the-new-enforcer-album
. Hype from Metalassault.com calls it “the perfect dose of traditional
metal,” adding “Fans of early Maiden, and fans of speed metal, pick up
Enforcer’s DEATH BY FIRE as soon as you can, because this flawless
traditional metal album is worth its weight in gold.” Track list:
“Bells Of Hades,” “Death Rides This Night,” “Run For Your Life,”
“Mesmerized By Fire,” “Take Me Out Of This Nightmare,” “Crystal
Suite,” “Sacrificed,” “Silent Hour / The Conjugation,” “Satan.” Check
out the video for “Mesmerized By Fire” at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYUJkg2SiZA . The band is currently
touring Europe with Grand Magus and Angel Witch. See
http://www.enforcer.se/ for more.

-Issue #54 of Frontiers Records’ free Melodic Rock Fanzine is
available now on Frontiers’ official site, http://www.frontiers.it/ ,
at http://issuu.com/frontiers_records/docs/mrf54 , and “all over the
world through record shops, mail orders and every fine dealer carrying
the Frontiers Records releases.” The issue spotlights W.E.T.,
Crashdiet, Snakecharmer, Hardcore Superstar, Rage Of Angels, Vandroya,
Great White, Diamond Dawn, Player, Pink Cream 69, Jorn, and more.

-Frontiers posted a new 28-second instrumental teaser at
http://youtu.be/8AGBu0cFTYc , with the caption “Tune in on February
11th for more news.”

-There’s a new Greek-language interview with Great White vocalist
Terry Ilous at
http://www.rockway.gr/synenteykseis-world/item/4694-great-white .

-FireHouse guitarist Bill Leverty’s new solo album, DRIVE, will be
ready to ship on February 8. Fans on his mailing list can pre-order an
autographed copy and a combo pack at a discount; check out
http://www.leverty.com/ for more on how to sign up. According to
Leverty “DRIVE is a cover tunes CD of songs that influenced me before
I started playing guitar. These are 10 of my all-time favorite songs,
and they made me who I am as an artist.” Track list: “Fortunate Son”
(Creedence Clearwater Revival), “Spanish Moon” (Little Feat), “Free
Ride” (Edgar Winter Group), “One” (Harry Nilsson / Three Dog Night),
“I Shot The Sheriff” (Bob Marley / Eric Clapton), “Fire” (The Ohio
Players), “No Time” (The Guess Who), “Jesus Children Of America”
(Stevie Wonder), “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” (Steely Dan), “I Just
Want To Celebrate” (Rare Earth). Leverty also has a free new app for
iPhone and Android as follows:

iPhone:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/levertymusic/id590939838?mt=8

Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_levertymusic.layout&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5hcHBfbGV2ZXJ0eW11c2ljLmxheW91dCJd

See http://www.firehousemusic.com/ ,
http://www.facebook.com/LevertyMusic , and http://twitter.com/Leverty
for more.

Thanks to Jon Asher for help gathering some of this information.

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*** ROCK HARD RIDE FREE ***
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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-That Gloryhammer album TALES FROM THE KINGDOM OF FIFE, from
Alestorm’s Christopher Bowes, has to be a joke right? You saw the hype
above: “TALES FROM THE KINGDOM OF FIFE is a concept album and tells
the story of an alternate-history medieval Scotland, a realm of
dragons, wizards, magic and dark sorcery. It is the legend of the
glorious hero Angus McFife, who wages a long war against the evil
wizard Zargothrax, in order to free the people of Dundee.” I certainly
dig me some Alestorm, and I anticipate I’ll dig Gloryhammer, but this
just sounds kind of sideways.

-The Crimson Glory news with bassist Jeff Lords broke last week, and I
was totally bummed, but really not surprised. Nothing ever seems to
come easy for this band. I’m just crossing my fingers they can regroup
sooner rather than later and unleash some new music. What’s Wade Black
up to? I swear these guys are cursed…

-I asked one of our folks (who shall remain anonymous) to check out
Intöxicated, saying “They are probably Motörhead Jr., right?” His
response after listening to some samples: “They WISH they were
Motörhead Jr.” Not good. I do like the song title “Crush Your Local
Disco” though.

-I’m looking forward to Bill Leverty’s covers album DRIVE. Many of the
tracks have been available as singles for a while — “One” and “No
Time” are particularly cool — but it will be nice to have them all
collected together.

-Okay, that Requinox album THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD is funny. The
track “Jack The Ripper” followed up by “Jackie The Stripper?” Good
stuff.

-New Serenity album! Yeah!

-In my current playlist: Circle II Circle – SEASONS WILL FALL (Armoury
Records), Mortillery – ORIGIN OF EXTINCTION (Napalm Records), Aeon Zen
– ENIGMA (Nightmare Records), Kingcrow – IN CRESCENDO (Sensory
Records).

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*** REVIEWS ***
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SAXON – SACRIFICE (A-) UDR/EMI, 2013
CD 1: 10 tracks, RT: 39:28
CD 2: 5 tracks, RT: 22:48
[ http://www.saxon747.com/ ]
[ http://saxon.udr-music.com/ ]
Saxon just keeps on rollin’, eh? The last studio album CALL TO ARMS
was pretty good, then fans were treated to last year’s pile o’ Wacken
live stuff, and now we have the band’s 20th album, SACRIFICE. There
are several formats for this release and my promo apparently is the
“limited edition deluxe digi-book” version, in that it contains the
standard 10-track CD plus a five-track bonus CD. The album opens with
“Procession,” an ominous intro piece that sounds like credits music
for a horror or fantasy movie. The title track then kicks off with
crunchy, aggressive riffing, a fast, stomping beat, and great guitar
work complete with cool fills and a two-part solo. “Made In Belfast”
features banjo (or fiddle?) in the intro and later on in the
background for atmospheric effect; the mid-tempo rocker has more of
that crunchy guitar that’s featured throughout the album. “Warriors Of
The Road” is a pretty straightforward up-tempo “AC/DC on speed” kind
of thing. “Guardians Of The Tomb,” my personal favorite, is another
up-tempo aggressive rocker with a doubled vocal line and top-notch
choruses and riffing; for some variety it slows down a bit for the
solo section. “Stand Up And Fight” opens with a slick little guitar
solo before resuming the crunchy riffing; it has plenty of nice guitar
fills, too. “Walking The Steel” is predominantly a mid-paced chugger
that serves as an ode to 9/11 and the World Trade Center; it features
a very well-executed slow, emotional breakdown section right before
the solo. “Night Of The Wolf” is sort of a mini-epic packed into only
4:20; there’s a stellar mix of aggressive soloing and riffing in the
choruses, clean guitar in the melodic, mid-tempo verses, and some
flavorful church hymn/chant sounds in the background. “Wheels Of
Terror” — yes, Biff is still singing about wheels! — has more
crunch, impassioned vocals from Mr. Byford, and a downright awesome
sped-up solo section with sweet harmony parts. The closer “Standing In
A Queue” has more of a groovin’ Krokus vibe, with funny lyrics about
— you guessed it — waiting in line.🙂 Andy Sneap’s production is
crystal clear; no muddy waters here. SACRIFICE is just another in a
long, long line of quality heavy metal albums from Saxon. It seems to
blow by quickly with the not-quite 40-minute running time, but that
just means there’s no filler, right? (And, the iTunes version is
buffed out with a bonus track called “Luck Of The Draw.”) The bonus
disc of “revisited classic tracks” wisely doesn’t cross paths with the
previous release of re-recordings, 2002’s HEAVY METAL THUNDER. The re-
recorded versions of “Just Let Me Rock” (from 1984’s CRUSADER) and
“Forever Free” (from 1992’s FOREVER FREE) are perhaps a bit pointless;
yes, they certainly sound better with bigger production, but to these
ears they’re just played straight. I will take “Forever Free” because
it certainly rocks out, but “Just Let Me Rock” has always struck me as
kind of dumb… The other three tracks are more worthy of your
attention. The “orchestrated version” of “Crusader” is really well
done; it has an epic vibe and is freshened up with acoustics, strings,
and — of course — better, modern production. Reaching way back to
the 1979 SAXON debut, there’s an acoustic version of “Frozen Rainbow,”
featuring a really nice solo. The highlight of the bonus disc is the
acoustic version of SOLID BALL OF ROCK’s (1991) “Requiem (We Will
Remember)” — here titled “Requiem.” This is one of those songs that
just flat-out works as either electric or acoustic. I am extremely
happy the band dug this one up, and I envision them playing it live,
with the first half unplugged before kicking in electric! Overall the
bonus disc has some inspired choices for re-workings and is worth
seeking out.
– Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

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*** LET IT BE KNOWN ***
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-I think 2013 must be the Chinese “Year Of The Big Issue” or something. Thirty-four press releases?! – Tim

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*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
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-Queensryche Signs Record Deal With Cleopatra

New Lineup For 25th Anniversary MINDCRIME Tour Now Set In Stone With Addition Of Drummer Simon Wright And Guitarist Robert Sarzo

Queensryche — featuring original lead singer Geoff Tate at the helm — have just signed a worldwide record deal with Los Angeles-based independent record label, Cleopatra Records.

Although a lineup was originally announced in the fall of 2012, things have changed.

The band will now feature Tate along with bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Dio, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche 1998 – 2001), keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth), drummer Bobby Blotzer and stellar new additions, guitarist Robert Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Hurricane) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio, Rhino Bucket). Wright will be in the studio and on the road with the band, while Blotzer will be primarily utilized in the studio.

Queensryche, with all members cited above, will soon be entering the studio for the first Cleopatra effort due out later this year.

The recording will mark the band’s thirteenth studio album and its first with this particular lineup.

Legendary guitar slinger K.K. Downing of Judas Priest fame will be making a special guest appearance on the forthcoming CD.

“I try to surround myself with the best players available and feel our longtime fans deserve nothing less,” states Geoff Tate. “I expect the forthcoming effort to be one of our best yet.”

New member Simon Wright expressed his excitement by stating, “I’m very much looking forward to being involved in the Queensryche project with Geoff. I’ve always admired his singing and songwriting and working with Rudy Sarzo again is going to be cool! Between this and my other project, Dio Disciples, I look forward to a very busy year!”

Beginning in early April, Queensryche will be hitting the road to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band’s epic 1988 release, OPERATION: MINDCRIME, performing all fifteen songs from the album (including “Revolution Calling,” “Operation: Mindcrime,” “I Don’t Believe In Love” and “Eyes Of A Stranger”) along with other well-known hits and rarities from the catalog they’ve compiled over the past 30 years (see list of scheduled dates below).

Last November, Tate released his first solo CD in over a decade titled, KINGS & THIEVES (InsideOut Music) and toured with his solo band in support of the CD, which included dates with the legendary Alice Cooper.

For additional information, please see Queensryche’s official website at http://www.queensryche.com/ .

25TH ANNIVERSARY OPERATION: MINDCRIME TOUR 2013*

April 6 – Peppermill Casino in West Wendover, Nevada
April 9 – Belly Up in Aspen, Colorado
April 11 – Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado
April 12 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 13 – Chrome in Las Vegas, Nevada
April 14 – Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona
April 16 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
April 17 – The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
April 18 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
April 19 – Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California
April 20 – Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California
April 21 – Fillmore in San Francisco, California
April 22 – Ace of Spades in Sacramento, California

*More dates to be announced.

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-Blind Guardian: Update On The Orchestra CD!

[Note: This is from NuclearBlast.de. – Tim]

For many years, the members of Blind Guardian have talked about it — finally lead singer Hansi Kürsch gives a certain update about it: the orchestral CD! Hansi published the following news on their homepage:

Hi there,

…first a late, but still fresh, Happy New Year to everyone. After getting rid of some bonus pounds gained over the last few months due to live abstinence we are now getting ready for a very busy and exciting year of creativity and efficiency. Wishful thinking, you think? Blasphemy, I would reply! As most of you may have recognized, we have been busy all during 2012 with some additional touring activity and some extra missions, such as the completion of A TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO SPACE AND TIME, which is a great legacy. It features all of our material from the Virgin era in a new and accurate framework, beautifully designed by Felipe Machado. The whole box offers a great insight about that particular part of our career. Even though it took us more time than expected, we are really pleased with the final result. It’s something we are really proud of and something which you hopefully are going to enjoy as much as we do. I just got my sample yesterday, and am really blown away.

This, of course, has not been the only thing we were doing during the last year. For the sake of fun and leisure we were working on new stuff and progressed far quicker than we would have expected. Not that this means a lot in the generous production time frame of Blind Guardian. But it might secure a late 2014 release for at least one BG album. As you may have read in interviews we are intending to bring a long story to a well deserved and hopefully happy end. As already announced with A TWIST IN THE MYTH and also with AT THE EDGE OF TIME, apart from a regular album there finally will also be the release of the orchestral album. Why am I so sure about not being wrong again this time? I have no idea. Nothing new here, one could say.

The difference might be that throughout the last 18 months we have recorded 7 songs in Prague. There probably is a handful of additional songs to record during this year, but they are also already finalized with regard to composition. In theory we do not need any further songs for this album but ideas simply seem to flow endlessly… The reason why this album is still far from being released is partly based on the regular album, which we definitely would like to release first. At this point in time I am in a very tricky situation. How to continue from here? I think it is probably easiest to simply continue by telling you something about the regular album since this would be next anyway. Keep in mind that “next” is relative!

Well, we have started working on four songs and already were able to finish two songs musically. The working titles are “Encrypted Time” (I think this title is inspired by Andre’s passion for “World Of Warcraft” or so — I can only guess…) and “The Ocean” (here, Andre has been inspired by my undefined mumbling in the song). “Encrypted Time” is a modern speed metal song with some tribal aspects and some ’70s inspirations, while “The Ocean” is a very progressive (this time I talk about ELP meets Savatage art rock when I say progressive) orchestra dominated song which will give you a further glimpse of what to expect from the orchestral album. I am clueless about the right story board for “Encrypted Time” but “The Ocean” could be used as a theme opener for the orchestral project. We will see… The other four songs seem to turn out very special and obviously very different. Working titles: “The Irish Hill,” “Prophecies,” “Soundtrack 2” and “Midtempo Song.” I cannot tell you exactly about how many times we have had a song over the years which was first called “Midtempo Song.” I am pretty sure we are not the only band abusing this spectacular title over and over again. Thank God, the title is not copyright protected, yet. We would be in trouble then. Maybe it is and that’s the reason why it barely ever ended up as a title on the album.

Out of those tracks “Prophecies” is the one which is developed the most. It is almost straightforward, has a very strong pre and main chorus and offers some “Queensrychish” prog (this time I do mean Queensryche when I say prog) elements in combination with some Blind Guardian fantasy metal. A nice one. I’ll keep it short from here: “Irish Hills” might be a surprise with some Irish melodies, which none would expect in a song with such a name… “Midtempo Song” is a great song of misunderstandings and technical failures, the result so far is a little surprising to everyone involved and has nothing to do at all with a song entitled “Midtempo Song.” I enjoy this one a lot, because I cannot remember us doing something like this. The song is still in a very early phase and Andre has kept it hidden from me for a while now. “Soundtrack 2” has been the first song fragment for the new album. We had put that aside for a while, but it contains some very heavy elements, almost thrash metal like. Let’s see how this is going to end up. You see, there is a lot in the pipeline already. But there certainly will be more new stuff during the year. Even though we have already started to record some drums for the album at the end of the last year, the whole thing is going to keep us busy until the spring/summer of 2014 for sure.

Going to Prague to see how the orchestra songs come alive is a very special and intense moment for us. Thanks to “Sacred Worlds” and “Wheel Of Time” I can say that we have learnt a lot about scoring, recording and mixing when it comes to such music. You will notice a great improvement when you listen to the final result of this adventurous trip we have started so long ago. Last week some of us went there again to record “The Ocean,” a pure orchestral song called “Misty Mountain” and some more stuff. We once again had to realize how ambitious this whole project is and how time demanding! Luckily, everyone who is involved has understood, that there will be no compromises. We would never accept “second best” or “we fix it in the mix” here. This means that even though we can see the end of the road here, it still is a long and winding one and will demand our full concentration for the next 12 to 18 months. Charlie (Bauerfiend) and I already did some demo recordings for four of the earlier recorded orchestra songs sometime last year. We all consider this session and its result a very promising experience. Now I am ready to start proper album recordings for this one. I will do my best to finish most of the vocals during the year. This seems a very ambitious goal but is not impossible. I say that in the first days of January… Apart from the music and the concept we will also work on some additional surprises. Keep yourself prepared. One thing is for sure there will be nothing comparable to this on the market. It’s not a typical soundtrack, a typical musical, nor it is a rock opera. It is typical Blind Guardian — more or less without band. At that point, I would say this is going to stay unique until we will release part 2. The good thing: we already have some material for it and another 15-17 years before it has to be released. CHINESE DEMOCRACY was yesterday.🙂

Cheers,
Hansi

http://www.blind-guardian.com/

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-Sebastian Bach’s DVD/Live CD Package Release Date, Cover Art And Track Listing Revealed

ABACHALYPSE NOW Due Out In March Via Frontiers Records

Iconic rock vocalist Sebastian Bach’s brand new CD/DVD package ABACHALYPSE NOW has now been set for release on March 22nd in Europe and March 26th in North America via Frontiers Records. The ABACHALYPSE NOW Ultimate CD/DVD Edition includes never-before-seen footage from this 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 at http://www.frontiers.it/news/10616/ . Please see below for the complete track listing.

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 5-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.

ABACHALYPSE NOW track listing:

DVD:
Live At Hellfest, France, June 16th, 2012
Live At Nokia, Los Angeles, CA, August 2nd, 2012
Live At Graspop, Belgium, June 24th, 2012
Bonus Music Videos: “Kicking & Screaming,” “TunnelVision,” “I’m Alive”

CD1 – Live At Hellfest, France, 2012

CD2 – Live At Nokia, Los Angeles, CA 2012

Set lists:
Live At Hellfest, France, June 16th, 2012
1. Slave To The Grind
2. Kicking & Screaming
3. Here I Am
4. Big Guns
5. Piece Of Me
6. 18 & Life
7. American Metalhead
8. Monkey Business
9. I Remember You
10. Youth Gone Wild

Live At Nokia, Los Angeles, CA, August 2nd, 2012
1. Big Guns
2. (Love Is) A Bitchslap
3. Piece Of Me
4. 18 & Life
5. American Metalhead
6. Monkey Business
7. I Remember You
8. TunnelVision
9. Youth Gone Wild

Live At Graspop, Belgium, June 24th, 2012
1. Kicking & Screaming
2. Dirty Power
3. Here I Am
4. Big Guns
5. 18 & Life
6. American Metalhead
7. Monkey Business
8. I Remember You
9. TunnelVision

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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-earMusic/Armoury Records To Release Glenn Hughes’ LIVE IN WOLVERHAMPTON

2CD And Digital Audio Due February 12, 2013

NEW YORK, NY — On February 12, 2013 LIVE IN WOLVERHAMPTON, a 2CD set from bassist Glenn Hughes will be released (earMusic/Armoury Records). [MSRP $17.98].

Recorded in June 2009, this two-night celebration of Glenn Hughes’ music took place in his English hometown of Bilston, Wolverhampton. These nights were packed with hits and favorites culled from his rich musical career.

The first night included cuts from Hughes’ time as lead vocalist in Deep Purple. “Crave,” “Muscle & Blood,” “Don’t Let Me Bleed,” and “Mistreated” were all served up to an enthusiastic audience. The second evening, themed “You Are The Music: An Evening Of Trapeze,” was the first time that Hughes has performed songs preceding his days in Deep Purple. Tracks such as “Touch My Life,” “Black Cloud,” “Coast To Coast,” and “You Are The Music” were all unearthed from the Trapeze repertoire. Performing this music struck an emotional chord with Hughes, as former Trapeze guitarist Mel Galley had recently passed away. It proved to be a fitting remembrance to perform these songs, and the emotion of the night is captured beautifully on LIVE IN WOLVERHAMPTON.

From deep cuts to world-beloved legendary hits, LIVE IN WOLVERHAMPTON is a definitive live collection of Glenn Hughes history.

Hughes currently performs in Black Country Communion, a band he founded in 2009 with guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa.

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:

Disc 1:
1. Muscle & Blood
2. You Got Soul
3. Love Communion
4. Don’t Let Me Bleed
5. What’s Going On Here
6. Mistreated
7. Crave
8. Hold Out Your Life

Disc 2:
1. Way Back To The Bone
2. Touch My Life
3. Jury
4. Coast To Coast
5. Seafull
6. Good Love
7. Your Love Is Alright
8. Medusa
9. You Are The Music
10. Black Cloud

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-Circle II Circle: New Track Stream Hosted By BW&BK

Popular Brave Words & Blood Knuckles today brings fans a preview of “Killing Death” from American metal ministers Circle II Circle. The track stream comes in anticipation of the band’s forthcoming SEASONS WILL FALL full-length, set for North American release via Armoury Records on January 29, 2013.

Led by former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens, the 12-track SEASONS WILL FALL promises to be the band’s strongest album to date both musically and sonically. Blending Stevens’ history and unique “Savatage style” with the fresh sounds he’s meticulously developed with CIIC, SEASONS WILL FALL is a commanding fusion of metal and hard rock, powered by his passionate melodic rock vocals. Colossal Pop calls Stevens, “one of the best vocalists in the rock world,” while Hardrock Haven opines: “This is a must-have album your music collection, especially if you are a Circle II Circle or Savatage fan or checking out the progressive metal scene for the first time.” The Age Of Metal agrees: “Circle II Circle have indeed exceeded their potential, and challenged their capabilities to the most on this record. A great hard rock album full of heavy riffs, high note vocals, and a pure rocking attitude all around it. One of the greatest albums to begin this 2013, no doubt.”

Details Stevens of the theme behind the track “Killing Death:” “The lyrics are basically about taking control of something that is detrimental or that may be shortening your life. It’s about ridding yourself of the things that you know are making your days numbered before they wind up actually killing you.”

Check out “Killing Death” at http://www.bravewords.com/news/197758 .

Formed in 2001, Circle II Circle has released five albums to date consistently progressing into something more powerful with each offering without sacrificing the signature sound fans around the globe have grown to adore. The turning point for CIIC came in 2012 with their monumental performance of THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN in its entirety at Germany’s legendary Wacken Open Air Festival. What followed was a sold-out European club tour with a full European jaunt set to follow later this year.

http://www.circle2circle.net/
http://ww.ear-music.net/
http://www.eaglerockent.com/
http://ww.facebook.com/earMUSICofficial

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-Krokus: The New CD DIRTY DYNAMITE Is Slated To Be Released February 22nd, 2013

[Note: This is from http://www.krokusonline.com/ . – Tim]

Lineup:
Marc Storace – vocals
Chris Von Rohr – bass, vocals + producer
Fernando Von Arb – guitar + vocals
Mark Kohler – guitar
Mandy Meyer – guitar

Guests:
Kosta Zafiriou – Drums
Mark Fox, Tommy Heart – Vocals

For almost 40 years now Krokus has stood for high-quality, honest-to-goodness, hand-made power rock. No other Swiss rock band sells albums and its back catalogue worldwide like Krokus. The band has already sold over 14 million records, toured the world and received gold and platinum record awards including the USA and Canada. The milestones in their rock career are dotted around the world: from Australia and the USA to Mexico, Russia, Japan and China.

But it hasn’t all been one long “high:” death, sickness and internal strife have pushed the band to the brink of collapse. The story of Krokus is like no other. Dotted with highs and lows, sell-out stadium concerts and sweaty club gigs, these five musketeers of rock have outlasted trends and survived treacherous US managers, tough splits, bad deals, shady lawyers, drugs, awful fast food, endless bus trips, disco, grunge, grotesque record companies and double-dealing advisors.

Today they are back in their original lineup plus Mandy Meyer and are stronger than ever on their new album DIRTY DYNAMITE. The band spent a whole two years working on the new album under the watchful eye of bassist and original founder Chris Von Rohr. “We didn’t spend all that time on golf courses or tennis courts. No, we just wanted to make the best album yet, the magnum opus of the new Krokus era,” says the hit producer. Guitarist Mark Kohler has this to add: “This is not just another Krokus album. I think we have definitely passed another rock milestone with this record.”

To reach this goal, no expense was spared. The band booked into the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. Krokus went back to their roots, back to where it all began with the Stones, the Beatles, the Free, the Who and the Bluesbreakers. Back to where the band headlined concerts in the Hammersmith Odeon, celebrating their first international success. “The atmosphere there is very special and we wanted to make the most of that,” says vocalist Marc Storace. Guitarist Fernando Von Arb is quick to add: “With DIRTY DYNAMITE we have recorded the urgently needed dirty kind of rock that no one plays in this country.”

http://www.krokusonline.com/

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-Avantasia: Song Titles And More Guests Announced!

After Biff Byford (Saxon), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance) another guest star has been revealed: legendary former Deep Purple, Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Joe Lynn Turner will appear on the new Avantasia album THE MYSTERY OF TIME (to be released by the end of March).

Lyrically it marks a conceptual story again, and the track list reads as follows:

1. Spectres
2. The Watchmakers’ Dream
3. Black Orchid
4. Where Clock Hands Freeze
5. Sleepwalking
6. Savior In The Clockwork
7. Invoke The Machine
8. What’s Left Of Me
9. Dweller In A Dream
10. The Great Mystery

You can see Avantasia Live at the following shows:

12.04. B Moens – PPM Festival

THE MYSTERY WORLD TOUR 2013
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. D 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 BR Sao Paolo – HCBC Hall
13.07 D Ballenstedt – Rock Harz
14.07 CZ Zlin – Masters Of Rock
10.08 UK Derbyshire / Catton Park – Bloodstock Festival

http://www.tobiassammet.com/

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-Rhapsody: Long-Term Collaboration With Symphonic Orchestra And Choir!

On their way to sound more cinematic than ever before, Rhapsody are proud to announce a special long-term collaboration with the amazing Czech conductor Petr Pololanik and his Capellen Orchestra & Choir. Nominated for Hollywood Music in Media Award in 2011, Petr and his orchestra worked for acclaimed music composers (Thomas Bergersen, Trevor Morris, Jo Blankenburg, Henry Lai), leading trailer music companies (Two Steps From Hell, Position Music, Audiomachine) and revolutionary sample libraries (Garritan, Sonokinetic, 8Dio). His recordings were featured in award winning movies and videogames (“Sim City 4,” “Transformers” and many others).

“I had the chance to know my friend Petr some years ago, while I and my old band mates were recording some orchestral parts for the Rhapsody album SYMPHONY OF ENCHANTED LANDS – PART 2,” says Luca Turilli. And adds: “In the meantime he and his orchestra became a ‘must’ for many Hollywood composers and in the last couple of years, also thanks to his new recording studio featuring cutting-edge technology, he established himself as one of the ‘main men’ of the whole soundtrack-related music scene. Therefore it is a true honor for me, Alessandro, Patrice, Alex and Dominique, to have joined our forces with such an inspiring and wonderful person.”

Alessandro Conti, the singer, continues: “This magic collaboration will lead to many artistic surprises and special live and studio events that will be revealed in the months to come. Moreover our fans will have the possibility to enjoy the majestic sound of the full orchestra and choir, featuring all in all more than 100 people, on our next full-length release! Yes, I am speaking about the new Rhapsody album, planned to be released by Nuclear Blast in the late spring of 2014. Be ready and STAY CINEMATIC!”

http://www.ltrhapsody.com/

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-Threshold’s Official “Staring At The Sun” Video Clip To Premiere On ProgRockMag.com!

A few months ago, British progressive metallers Threshold held 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 here: 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. Finally the time has come to unveil the magnificent outcome — the new, official video clip for “Staring At The Sun” will premiere next Wednesday January 30 at 11 a.m. GMT / 12 CET on the website for UK magazine, Classic Rock Presents Prog.

Mark the date, set your alarm clocks and stay tuned to http://www.progrockmag.com/ to see the exclusive premiere of “Staring At The Sun.”

Don’t miss Threshold live on tour in March:

01.03. UK London, Underworld
02.03. NL Helmond, Lakei
03.03. NL Rotterdam, Baroeg
04.03. D Hamburg, Markthalle
05.03. D Berlin, C-Club
06.03. PL Warsaw, Progresia
08.03. A Kufstein, Kulturfabrik
09.03. CH Aarau, Kiff
11.03. SLO Ljubljana, Orto Bar
12.03. D Augsburg, Spectrum
13.03. D Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal
14.03. D Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
15.03. D Essen, Turock
16.03. D Osnabrück, Bastard Club
17.03. B Vosselaar, Biebob
11.05. UK Kingston Hippodrome, Celeb8 Festival

Get MARCH OF PROGRESS in the Nuclear Blast Online Shop:
http://smarturl.it/ThresholdCD

http://www.thresh.net/

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-Tainted Nation: “Loser” Video Released

Tainted Nation, the new modern Rock/Metal outfit, are pleased to announce the release of the first video clip “Loser” to promote their brand new album F.E.A.R. The video can be viewed below:

The band — somewhat an “all-star” lineup of Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse) on vocals, Mark Cross (ex Firewind, Helloween) on drums, Pontus Egberg (The Poodles) and Ian Nash (Lionsheart) — release the debut album on January 25th 2013 through Massacre Records.

Vocalist Pete said, “This is a major achievement for the band and we are very proud of what we have done thus far. We believe the album is pushing Rock and metal into 2013 and further and that it has something new to offer. It was a pleasure working with Independent Element ( http://www.independentelement.co.uk/ ) for the video, and it was nice to break away from the standard formula of video clips around today. Hopefully it shows a band chemistry, a humorous side and a musical side to boot. Album reviews for F.E.A.R. have been pretty overwhelming to say the least and I am pleased to say we seem to be getting talked about. We look forward to the future.”

Tainted Nation are already booked for R-Mine Metalfest 2013 in Tongeren Belgium in June ( https://www.facebook.com/events/123709357795939 ) alongside Jorn Lande, Rapsody Of Fire, Nightmare and Raven Lord to name but a few.

Mark Cross added, “We plan on doing dates around the UK and Europe, which to us is very important… live shows are what this band is about.”

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.

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

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-Enforcer Video Clip’s Online Premiere On RockHard.de!

From 15.00 CET on German Rock hard magazine premiers the new Enforcer video clip for “Mesmerized By Fire” on their homepage:

http://www.rockhard.de/megazine/praesentationen/enforcer-mesmerized-by-fire.html

“We shot a music video for the song ‘Mesmerized By Fire’ together with our long time friend director Gustav Öhman Spjuth. We really feel we have something special to show this time, and it’s definitely not just any other video,” says Olof Wikstrand of Enforcer.

The new Enforcer album DEATH BY FIRE will be released on February 1st 2013 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Free download for “Mesmerized By Fire” here:
http://www.nuclearblast.de/en/label/music/band/about/2782176.enforcer.html

The limited vinyl 7″ for “Mesmerized By Fire” was released on January 18 and includes the non-album track “You Can Be.”

Order the single, and pre-order the album and merchandise here: http://www.nuclearblast.de/suche/enforcer

Enforcer
http://www.enforcer.se/

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-My Soliloquy: Debut From UK Prog Metal Magicians Out Now

Full Album Streaming Via This Is Not A Scene

The debut album from English progressive metal magicians My Soliloquy, THE INTERPRETER, is officially in stores across the globe today through Sensory Records.

With praise of My Soliloquy’s diversified and creative professional approach rolling in from trustworthy prog/metal media outlets via reviews of THE INTERPRETER, the long-awaited debut has already clearly helped solidify the band’s name within the upper ranks of contemporary progressive metal.

To celebrate its release, today online metal portal This Is Not A Scene is streaming My Soliloquy’s THE INTERPRETER in its entirety. Check it out here:

http://www.thisisnotascene.com/2013/thisisnotascene-earsplit-pr-team-up-to-stream-debut-album-from-my-soliloquy/

Formed by multi-instrumentalist Pete Morten of British prog metal legends Threshold, the essence of My Soliloquy is pure forward-thinking metal — symphonic keyboards, shredding guitar leads, soaring vocals — all finely woven together through a blend of intricacy and melody. Following a pair of demos and an EP, Sensory is proud to finally unleash the newly-completed first full-length from this act. With nearly all instrumentation on the recording executed solely by Pete Morten, minus the drumming, THE INTERPRETER flows with over fifty minutes of grand musicianship, expertly mixed and mastered by Rob Aubrey, a mainstay of Marillion’s camp for many years.

“…sure to spark the interest of Threshold’s fans and they won’t be disappointed once they hear My Soliloquy’s excellent modern progressive metal… this release is more diverse throughout. 4.5/5” – Sea Of Tranquility

“…an exceptional album of progressive metal and strongly recommended. 4.5/5” – Dangerdog Music Reviews

“…there are echoes from Zero Hour, Silent Force, Manticora & obviously and influence from association with Threshold… with most of the songs clicking in at 6-7 minutes, there is room for this band to move around and really break the rules of simple song structures, yet honoring the knack to create hooks and catchiness. 4/5” – Ytsejam

http://www.mysoliloquy.net/
https://www.facebook.com/mysoliloquy
https://twitter.com/MySoliloquyUK
http://www.lasersedgegroup.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge

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-Eden’s Curse Begin Recording New Album

Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden’s Curse are currently in the studio working on their as-yet-untitled fourth album which is scheduled for worldwide release via AFM Records in late Summer 2013.

English drummer Pete Newdeck entered the studio in mid January and has now completed recordings on all fourteen tracks at Higher Studios in Tewkesbury.

German virtuoso guitarist Thorsten Koehne began guitar recordings this weekend at COP Studio in Bielefeld, Germany.

Among the fourteen songs selected for recording are “Evil & Divine,” “Break The Silence,” “Unbreakable,” “Great Unknown” and “Devil In Disguise.”

Mixing duties will once be performed by the band’s long time engineer, Pink Cream 69 and Unisonic bassist, Dennis Ward, whilst German graphic designer Thomas Ewerhard (Edguy, Avantasia, Jorn) completes the same winning team who worked on the band’s previous album, 2011’s critically acclaimed TRINITY record.

The fourth album will be the first to feature the band’s new vocalist, who at this point has yet to be named, from a meticulous audition process.

“The plan was never to rush this appointment,” states bassist Paul Logue, who further adds “Our aim is to find the best possible voice and personality for Eden’s Curse. Getting to know these guys is a fun but slow process and we are extremely excited about the quality on show.”

Further studio video diaries and news will be posted on the bands official sites at:

http://www.edenscurse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/edenscurseofficial

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-Corrosion Of Conformity Writing New Material

Corrosion Of Conformity has begun writing material for their next album, the follow-up to the well-received self-titled record released via Candlelight Records late February 2012, the reissue of their EYE FOR AN EYE debut, and recently released Scion A/V EP MEGALODON. The album, untitled at this time, will again feature the trio of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woodroe Weatherman, and drummer Reed Mullin.

Last week the band announced their first live performance for the New Year at the annual Metal Fest Chile on April 13th. It will be the first Corrosion Of Conformity appearance ever in Chile. Mike Dean comments, “We have been talking about going to South American forever and with Chile being a big source of so much of our Facebook traffic, I know it’s going to be epic. Another chance for us to do a festival with Down is always a very good thing.”

The festival follows the completion of the band’s recent US tour that concluded in southern California alongside High On Fire. The trio was also a featured participant on Barge From Hell that left Florida shores on December 7. Dean notes, “The cruise was pretty awesome. We had Rick and Jonathan from Torche masquerading as our crew and watching their antics alone was worth the trip. The seas were calm so there was no hurling over the bow.”

Corrosion Of Conformity continues to promote the self-titled album in interviews with media as well spreading word on their recently released MEGALODON EP. The EP, sponsored by the amazing folks at Scion A/V, is available for free now via various outlets. Dean says, “The EP was written, recorded, and released in two months time. It really challenged us in a good way. It feels good to get two releases out in one year and I expect that we will continue that level of productivity.” Continuing he shares, “The self-titled album is holding up very well for me. There is a wide variety of material there. It’s all definitely COC but at the same time everything is really a stretch for us. Within the realm of never being totally satisfied, I am very happy with how it came out.”

Formed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982, Corrosion Of Conformity quickly transformed heavy music. Politically charged and socially aware, the band has influenced countless others and today remains humble about their accomplishments. With over 1.1 million albums sold in the United States alone, the band continues to find new fans via non-stop touring.

“Thirty years into an expansive and rollercoaster career, Corrosion Of Conformity have done the major label song-and-dance and survived, and markedly changed musical directions more than once. Their latest isn’t a comeback album or an example of diminishing returns. It’s a testament to immense talent and the elusive endowment of staying power.” – Invisible Oranges

“In an era when doom metal keeps growing bleaker and artier, and hardcore skews ever more dire, Corrosion Of Conformity serves as a reminder that swagger, soul, and song craft still have a place in the heavy-rock underground. Corrosion Of Conformity, indeed.” – Pitchfork

“Corrosion Of Conformity will challenge as many fans as it excites. And that, of course, suits COC’s legacy, no matter which era holds your allegiance.” – Indy Week

http://www.coc.com/
http://www.facebook.com/corrosionofconformity
http://candlelightrecordsusa.com/

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-Falconer Post Band Update!

Guitarist Stefan Weinerhall of the Swedish folk metallers Falconer has just posted a band update.

“The Falconer is awake from slumber. After the darkest year yet I am once again in a writing mood, and what a mood! I guess something good really can come out of something bad after all. After rebooting musically from a year of creative vacuum there is a fresh hunger and optimism.

“The six songs completed so far are harder and faster and with more of an attitude again, some of the songs sound like they’re taken from the first album. After reading a book about deciphering and reading the language of runestones I really got some lyrical inspiration too!

“I must say that it hasn’t been this rewarding and promising for many years to write for a new album, without being carried away too far. The future plan is to concentrate on writing, re-writing and rehearsing for the new album, being sure it is as good as it can and not re-using too many patterns. All songs will be in English this time.

“We are just to begin rehearsing once again after a two-year break and I can’t wait to put Mathias through some tests and find out the speed limit of Karsten.

“Hails from Stefan and the falcons!!”

http://www.falconermusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/falconermetal

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-SPRING BREAK Promises To Rock With New BlancaWhite EP Featuring Singers Jeff Paris And Paul Shortino

Bring on SPRING BREAK! On the heels of their critically acclaimed debut album, RESURGENCE OF ROCK, BlancaWhite has announced the release of two great new singles and an EP that are dedicated to one thing: “This year Spring Break is going to ROCK!”

The single and title track “Spring Break” is a total beach party, southern fried, boogie boarding, hard drinking, girls-in-bikinis rocker about spring breaks remembered and those yet to come. “Uno Mas!” is a rock anthem to those times when you need just one more: One more drink … One more score … One more party! The two singles headline BlancaWhite’s new EP, SPRING BREAK, which also includes four great party rock songs originally released on the RESURGENCE OF ROCK album. The EP is on sale now for $3.99 on iTunes.

“The new EP is the ultimate rocking soundtrack for spring break,” says BlancaWhite’s Ken Savage. “This is vintage BlancaWhite: hard partying, fun-loving rock with no other purpose than to have a good time!”

Following the model used on the RESURGENCE OF ROCK album, songwriters Savage and Austin Schell enlisted the talents of renowned veteran rock vocalist Jeff Paris (Cinderella, Vixen, Slash, and Keb Mo) and Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt, and King Kobra) to sing lead vocals on the new singles. Paris brings his trademark energy and humor to “Spring Break.” Shortino and his distinctively hard rock pipes absolutely rock it out on “Uno Mas!”

BlancaWhite has also launched official lyric videos for the two new singles on their YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/resurgenceofrock .

BlancaWhite is named after the world-famous bar in Matamoros, Mexico, just across from the Texas border where Savage and Schell grew up. The band’s signature style is ’70s and ’80s “classic” rock, sung by legendary performers from that era, with lyrics and themes for the modern day.

With “Spring Break” and “Uno Mas!,” BlancaWhite delivers two of its greatest songs yet, destined to appeal to the younger crowd heading out for Spring Break 2013. “This is what BlancaWhite is all about,” says Savage. “Making music that resonates today using the style and talent from rock’s greatest era.”

Mixed at Yellow Dog Studios (Green Day, Charlie Sexton, Meat Puppets) in Austin, Texas and mastered by Dave Collins (Black Sabbath, Quiet Riot, Linkin Park) in Los Angeles, BlancaWhite’s two new singles and EP were released on January 22, 2013 as digital downloads only on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other digital outlets worldwide. Additionally, BlancaWhite has posted official lyrics videos for the two singles on YouTube.

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-Mad Association Is Proud To Announce The Release For March 2013: Shannon – CIRCUS OF LOST SOULS

Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Hard Rock
Catalog #: MAD-0001-2012
EAN: 401899623730 6
Copyright: 2013 Mad Association
Label: Mad Association
Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 01. March 2013
Distribution: Music Buy Mail.eu

Finest Hard Rock from France, featuring guest musicians: Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), Tony Mills (Shy, TNT), Paul Sabu, Praying Mantis & Sideburn

Track List:
1. Ride To Live (3:19)
2. Forever Now (4:08)
3. Halfway To Heaven (3:38)
4. Can’t Stop The Rain (4:46)
5. Don’t Get Me Wrong (3:26)
6. Dust To Dust (4:25)
7. Death On The Run (5:43)
8. Let’s Make Rock (3:23)
9. Kick It Down (3:48)
10. I Don’t Need You Anymore (4:08)
11. In Your Eyes (6:05)
12. Drive Me Crazy (4:27)
13. Smalltown Boy (cover)

Formed in the beginning of 1998 by Patrice Louis (guitar) and Thierry Dagnicourt (keyboards), Shannon plays melodic hard rock that sticks to the skin. During the spring of 1998, the band enrolled ex-Jannylee singer Olivier Del Valle behind the microphone, then bassist Claude Thill (ex-Der Kaiser) and drummer Maxence Pilo (ex-Heavenly) to finally complete the lineup.

Shannon’s eponymous debut album was released in November 2003 on the Anvilcorp label and distributed by Wagram. It has been unanimously praised and was regarded by the international press as one of the most impressive and brilliant records of the year in the classic ’80s US melodic rock style. With catchy hook lines, infectious choruses and a groovy and powerful rhythm section, Shannon is the perfect alchemy between classic US melodic hard rock and typical European influenced NWOBHM sound, delivering a music as powerful as melodic.

In the middle of 2005, Shannon saw their first lineup changes with the departure of Claude and Maxence, immediately replaced by Nicolas Fixy (bass) and Benjamin Bergerolle (drums), both formerly in the French progressive outfit Tai Phong.

WORLD OF DESIRE, a five-track demo EP, was released in 2007. The band played several shows to present the new songs and were selected to play before Gotthard at the Raismes Festival. ANGEL IN DISGUISE was released in 2007, the band’s second full-length album, even more powerful than their debut.

Prior to beginning CIRCUS OF LOST SOULS Nicolas and Benjamin decided to leave the band and were replaced by ex-Square Philippe Sassard and Jean-Marc Anzil.

Some rocking guests have made awesome backing vocals and duet on this release: Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), Tony Mills (Shy, TNT), Paul Sabu, Praying Mantis & Sideburn members.

Official Artist Website:
http://www.shannon-rock.com/

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-Scorpion Child Signs To Nuclear Blast, Announces Album Details!

Attributes in music are known to be cyclical. Every few years, a band comes along who borrows just enough from the revered past to bring a new infusion of vitality to the musical present. Scorpion Child’s sound invokes a time when guitar-driven rock ruled radio’s airwaves, when being hypnotized by a front man and his band mates in a concert arena was one of life’s ultimate main events. A five-piece from Austin, Texas, Scorpion Child have spent the last few years perfecting both their songwriting and stage show. Guitarists Chris Cowart and David Finner deliver their finessed twin guitar attack with experience older than their years; bassist Shaun Avants and drummer Shawn Alvear are steadfast sentinels of their driving rhythm section; and lead singer Aryn Jonathan Black fronts the psychedelic rock cavalry with a passion & voice reminiscent of the early eras of Robert Plant and Ronnie James Dio.

“I’ve always wanted to hear new musical ingredients within a classic heavy sound,” states vocalist AJB. “It’s great to witness captivating performances where both the live show and the band’s recorded material can complement one another. The heavy-prog sounds of Uriah Heep, Hairy Chapter, and the epic delivery of early Rainbow showcases these crossovers brilliantly and gave us all honest — yet relentless — sonics to aspire to. That’s why it’s important for us as a band to maintain spontaneity while putting a special emphasis into integral hooks.”

This May, Nuclear Blast will release Scorpion Child’s self-titled, full-length debut. Produced and arranged by Chris “Frenchie” Smith (The Answer, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead…), the album uses analog recording technology to organically capture a hybrid of nine hook-filled chapters of heavy psych rock. The goal? To breathe new life into a neglected yet still important musical heritage.

Dangerous guitar riffs, soul-ridden bass lines, and thunderous drums with powerful rock vocals as lead conductor convey the on-stage swagger of Scorpion Child and will prepare you for the live experience awaiting you when the band tours the US and Europe throughout 2013.

To watch the lyric video for “Polygon Of Eyes” or to stream the song, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYw9hFeonW8 or surf to http://www.facebook.com/scorpionchild and “like” the band!

SCORPION CHILD track listing is:
1. Kings Highway
2. Polygon Of Eyes
3. The Secret Spot
4. Salvation Slave
5. Liquor
6. Antioch
7. In The Arms Of Ecstasy
8. Lover’s Leap
9. Red Blood (The River Flows)

Members:
Aryn Jonathan Black (Vocals)
Shaun Diettrick Avants (Bass)
Christopher Jay Cowart (Lead)
Shawn Paul Alvear (Percussion)
David Finner (Guitar)

http://www.facebook.com/scorpionchild
http://www.nuclearblast.de/scorpionchild

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-Divebomb Records: FIVE YEAR CAMPAIGN (Free Download/Streaming Sampler)

Divebomb Records is celebrating five years in operation with this massive 43-song digital compilation featuring a track from nearly every release we have done so far, plus some tracks from forthcoming releases scheduled for later in 2013.

Download/stream here:
http://tribunalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/divebomb-records-five-year-campaign

Track List:
1. Vamp – “Stand By Me” (4:51)
2. Vamp – “Little Bit” (ONE SMACK KILLER – Demo) (4:21)
3. Brett Walker – “More Than A Memory” (3:22)
4. Deathrow – “Events In Concealment”* (5:32)
5. Slammer – “Tenement Zone”* (4:27)
6. Toranaga – “Food Of The Gods”* (5:57)
7. Raped Ape – “Land Of Broken Promises”* (4:16)
8. Scanner – “Warp 7″* (4:31)
9. Scanner – “The Law”* (4:18)
10. Forte – “One Flesh”* (3:47)
11. Grinder – “Just Another Scar”* (4:11)
12. Inner Sanctum – “Regression”* (7:01)
13. Tyrranicide – “Hiding Under White”* (5:12)
14. Night In Gales – “Deathaddiction” (Unmastered)* (3:38)
15. Manta Ray – “Lords Of Atlantis” (Unmastered)* (5:02)
16. Midas Touch – “Sepulchral Epitaph” (4:03)
17. Dead On – “Beat A Dead Horse” (5:43)
18. D.A.M. – “My Twisted Mind” (5:23)
19. D.A.M. – “Human Wreckage” (3:50)
20. WatchTower – “The Eldritch” (3:16)
21. Epidemic – “In Fear We Kill” (4:36)
22. Solstice – “Transmogrified” (3:46)
23. Fly Machine – “Victimize” (5:13)
24. Cyclone Temple – “Down The Drain” (4:41)
25. Confessor – “The Secret” (5:37)
26. Deathwish – “Demon Preacher” (5:21)
27. Ironchrist – “World War Three (Crack Party Weekend)” (2:34)
28. For The Love Of – “Beastman” (2:31)
29. Forte – “Dementia By Design” (3:38)
30. Anacrusis – “Terrified” (5:00)
31. Leather – “All Your Neon” (4:20)
32. Chastain – “For Those Who Dare” (4:07)
33. Elysium – “Inspired Hatred” (5:54)
34. Line Of Fire – “Paradise” (4:59)
35. Widow – “Reunion” (3:40)
36. Oracle – “Witches & Warlocks” (6:03)
37. Casanova – “The Girl Is Mine” (4:19)
38. Uncle Slam – “Up From Beneath” (5:01)
39. Solitude – “Alter The Red” (4:50)
40. Dominance – “Resurrected” (5:01)
41. Sargant Fury – “Me” (3:45)
42. Dimage – “Running For Cover” (4:25)
43. TKO – “I Wanna Fight” (Remix) (3:57)

We are offering this sampler to everyone for FREE. Yes, 43 songs, for FREE. Download it, stream it, share it, play it for your friends. We appreciate all the support over the last five years and we hope to be around for many more fun filled years.

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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-The New Australian Rock Sensation De La Cruz To Unleash Their Debut Album STREET LEVEL, Out On Frontiers In March

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of De La Cruz’s debut full-length album STREET LEVEL on March 22nd in Europe and March 26th in North America.

Hailing from the Gold Coast, Australia, De La Cruz are easily one of the most promising Arena Hard Rock bands to come out of underground scene. They came to the attention of the fans when Geoff Barton of Classic Rock Magazine described their sound: “like a Pomptastic, Hyper-active Leppard!” in his review of the band’s self-financed EP.

De La Cruz are born from the meeting between guitarist Casey Jones — a guy born and raised with ’80s Rock Music — with Auckland born singer Roxxi Catalano. With Catalano’s air-raid siren vocals, street level attitude and Jones fretboard melting riffs and string-searing shred, the pair instantly clicked musically and through a shared passion for ’80s arena-style rock and musical respect the dream was started, Jones and Catalano going on to record several demos via the Internet over the next few years, until they put together the right lineup, adding Rory Joy on guitar, Grant Daniell on bass and Lacey Lane on drums.

“This album talks about our highs, the lows, the parties and all of the crazy times we’ve had!,” says guitarist Casey Jones. “We aimed for a killer album to introduce De La Cruz to the world and this is the height of our musical existence thus far and we cannot wait for everyone to have the CD in their hands — This is De La Cruz!”

The band has kept the musical coordinates of their debut EP and developed into something new and exciting. “De La Cruz means anthemic Rock!” continues Casey, “We make Hard-hitting-YELL- IT-OUT-LOUD-arena-rock with a blast from the past and a twist of something new!” So get the party started and enjoy STREET LEVEL which promises to be one of the Hard Rock highlights of the season and certainly puts on the map one of the most promising bands of the globe.

Anticipated by the digital release of the awesome first single “Cherry Bomb” on February 4th, STREET LEVEL’s final track listing will include the following tracks:

1. Street Level
2. Girls Go Wild
3. Turn It Up
4. Legions Of Love
5. Gimme Love
6. Cherry Bomb
7. Dreaming
8. Invincible
9. Worlds Collide
10. S.E.X.
11. Set The Night
12. Shine

Turn it up loud and enjoy a sneak peak at the songs of the new album following this link: http://youtu.be/AqhJ7-7FR9o

The band shows no sign of stopping with the boys currently setting their sights firmly on rocking the global arena into 2013. “De La Cruz will be hitting the road real soon! We’re going to be heading to the USA Mid this year on a coast to coast tour! We’re also looking to tour Europe, Japan and Australia shortly after! It’s going to be a wild ride!” concludes Casey.

Get ready to Rock and Roll!

De La Cruz:
Roxxi Catalano – Lead Vocals
Casey Jones – Guitar
Rory Joy – Guitar
Grant Daniell – Bass
Lacey Lane – Drums

http://www.delacruzofficial.com/

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-Livewire / Cargo Records Is Proud To Announce The Release For January 2013: Wildside Riot – NO SECOND TAKE

Catalog No.: LW033-2
Format: CD
Price: £5.00
Release Date: January 28
Label: Livewire/Cargo
Barcode: 5055300356765

Fronted by the Godfather of Glam, the one and only Rocky Shades. The former front man of the Titans of Trash — Wrathchild UK!

Wildside Riot are a new five piece melodic sleaze band based in the Midlands who combine a heavy edge to instantly infectious songs. They are fronted by the Godfather of Glam, the one and only Rocky Shades. RS is the former front man of the Titans of Trash — Wrathchild UK. Wrathchild were one of the forerunners of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and many of today’s leading Glam/Trash/Sleaze bands admit to being heavily influenced by the band’s imagery and music.

Wildside Riot have an incredible live energy and bring an exciting attitude and energy to an at times lackluster scene. The band have recently performed at Hard Rock Hell and have two London shows early in ’13, firstly supporting John Corabi (The Scream / Motley Crue) at the Underworld on 24th January and with Bai Bang at Surya Kings Cross on 15th February. Look out for press and additional dates.

Track List:
1. All Hail The Wasted
2. Wildside Riot
3. Broken Toys
4. Fukk Em
5. Candiis Gone Bad
6. That’s What Sunday Mornings Are For
7. Babe I Gotta Go
8. Angel On My Back
9. My Paradise
10. Glitter-Tramps
11. Wasted Lust
12. My Woman
13. There Is A Bullet For Each Of You

Official Artist Website:
http://www.wildsideriot.com/

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-Australia’s Babyjane Ink Deal With Z Records

We are proud to announce that Australia’s Babyjane have inked a multi-album deal with England’s Z Records. Upon hearing material that was sent into the label an offer was immediately made after the album instantly grabbed everybody’s attention at Z’s office. Fans of Lillian Axe’s classic LOVE + WAR album will drool over the forthcoming album MAKE IT SICK which will be released during March 2013.

Babyjane, Australia’s most explosive hard rock act, have come out of the rusty gate with all guns blazing…

Andy Smith (no singer comes closer to the swagger of Jagger and the presence of Plant than THIS one); John Gerasolo (rock’s next guitar hero — forget the Top Hat); Paul Judge (a moody Sid Vicious who can really play the bass) and Nik “Animal” Kats (the bombast of John Bonham meets the terror of Tommy Lee) unleashed their debut scorcher ARE YOU LISTENING in 2011. Mixed by famed American producer Michael Wagener (Metallica/Janet Jackson/Ozzy Osbourne/Extreme), it’s hard rock at its absolute best (including “can’t stop singing it” classic “Can You Keep a Secret?”).

A rousing support gig with Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach in 2008 left the word on everyone’s lips that Babyjane “are the band to watch.” Recently, they’ve gone from strength to strength — securing airplay on American radio, global release of AYL, regular rotation on WA’s number one radio station 96FM and over 5,000 YouTube views of their clip single (“Are You Listening”).

Now, Babyjane have stepped it up a notch. The 11-track second album, MAKE IT SICK, was recorded in Nashville, 2012 with Michael Wagener taking the reigns from start to finish — the end result is what one industry insider has described as “the most balls-to-the-wall rock album since Guns N’ Roses’ APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION,” with one-time Motley Crue/Union singer John Corabi making a screaming guest appearance on the title track.

#1 rock website Blabbermouth.net has made Babyjane front-page news three times (covering Corabi’s appearance and previewing the album). Featuring a sound only a world-class producer can muster, hugely hooky tracks like “Bad Woman” and “Ruby Roulette,” and a well-oiled four-piece band behind it, Babyjane are ready to step up to the big league.

For further info visit http://www.z-records.com/ .

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-King’s Call Recruit New Lead Singer

GERMANY — The search is over for German based rockers King’s Call, they have recruited Mike Freeland to sing on their forthcoming new album LION’S DEN.

King’s Call is a melodic rock outfit that’s the brainchild of Greek-born Alex Garoufalidis (guitars, vocals), who is joined by Azerbaijan native Asec Bergemann (drums) and Germany’s Andreas Kramer (bass), and now the lineup will be completed with Mike Freeland hailing from the UK.

King’s Call’s search for a new singer went on from Germany, Scandinavia to the States and even Brazil but found Mike Freeland basically in their backyard. As it turns out while laying down the tracks producer Chris Tsangarides introduced Mike Freeland to the guys and they hit it off straight away.

Mike Freeland is known for his work fronting legends Praying Mantis, also the band More, and takes on this new challenge. The new adventure with King’s Call will not interfere with Mike’s other bands and he is looking forward to work with his new band mates and help them to conquer the melodic rock scene all over the world.

The Euro rockers recorded the new album LION’S DEN in the Ecology Studios with top producer Chris Tsangarides (Gary Moore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy) and are in the final stages of mixing their next epic. The new recording will be the follow-up album to their 2011 debut album DESTINY (Mausoleum Records). More news about the release date will follow shortly.

See the band’s video from the single “All You Can Do” on YouTube:

DESTINY is still available through Mausoleum Records or the band’s website.

http://www.kings-call.com/
http://www.myspace.com/kingscallrock

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-Lost Society Presents First Single Of FAST LOUD DEATH!

17, 18, 19, 19. No, that’s not today’s lottery numbers, but the age of the band members of Finland’s most promising contemporary newcomer combo — Lost Society! Crafted under the aegis of famous producer Nino Laurenne (Amorphis, Ensiferum, Lordi) in the prestigious Sonic Pump Studios (Finntroll, Sonata Arctica, Omnium Gatherum), the band’s debut entitled FAST LOUD DEATH will be released via Nuclear Blast on March 15, 2013. Already in the first quarter, this record can doubtlessly be ranked among this year’s best releases of its genre!

Today, the thrashing youngsters proudly present the album’s first single entitled “Trash All Over You” — a song that perfectly captures what Lost Society are all about: speed, toughness — and huge fun! Band leader Samy Elbanna comments:

“Many people have asked us why we misspelled the song title — we always give the same answer: It’s not about the thrash genre, but depicts how the whole world is collapsing on you. All the problems in the world seem to pile up and you get trashed all over. The song carries the feeling of being mad at everything and everyone at the same time — it’s something we all can relate to.”

Find out why even no less a figure than legendary Mille Petrozza of Kreator praises Lost Society to the skies — listen to “Trash All Over You” via the official band page on the Nuclear Blast website and download the track for free: http://www.nuclearblast.de/lostsociety !

Members:
Samy Elbanna (Guitar & Vocals)
Arttu Lesonen (Guitar)
Mirko Lehtinen (Bass)
Ossi Paananen (Drums)

http://www.youtube.com/user/lostsocietyfinland
http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland
http://www.myspace.com/lostsocietyfinland

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-Ensiferum: Finnish Folk Metal Merchants To Headline Paganfest America IV

Finnish folk metal merchants, Ensiferum, are pleased to announce their return to North American soil as headliners of the fourth edition of Paganfest America. The epic jaunt will commence March 30th in Denver and pillage through 21 cities and includes a slot on this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts. Among the strongest Paganfest lineups assembled thus far, support will be provided by Tyr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott.

Comments the band: “Finally, Ensiferum will to return to North America! It’s been way too long since we shared wild Paganfest nights with our brothers and sisters across the ocean. We will not come to pillage your cities alone; it’s a great honor to join forces with Tyr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott for this once-in-a-lifetime tour.”

Ensiferum: Paganfest America IV
w/ Tyr, Heidevolk, Trollfest, Helsott
3/30/2013 The Summit – Denver, CO
4/01/2013 901 Live – Tempe, AZ
4/02/2013 TBA – Los Angeles/West Hollywood, CA
4/03/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
4/04/2013 The Alley – Reno, NV
4/05/2013 Hawthorne – Portland, OR
4/06/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/07/2013 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
4/09/2013 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 ionto 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.”

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

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-Swedish Doom Metallers Memory Garden Finish Recordings On New Album And Announce Album Title!

Swedish epic Doom Metallers Memory Garden has finished the recordings for their upcoming fifth album DOOMAIN!

DOOMAIN was recorded 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.”

And about the album title: “We wanted a short and effective title to this album. It’s a little game of words referring to the style of music we play ‘Doom metal’ and the actual word Domain. We see this album as a statement of what Memory Garden stands for music wise and this album is certainly down our alley, it’s in our DOOMAIN.”

DOOMAIN will be released the 12th/15th of April via Metal Blade Records in Europe on vinyl and as a Digi-CD!

Memory Garden just recently resigned to Metal Blade Records.

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

The landing page for DOOMAIN featuring the album art and the first new song will be released soon. Stay tuned!

http://www.memorygarden.se/
https://www.facebook.com/memorygardenofficial

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-Folk Metallers Scythia Nominated For SiriusXM Indie Award For Metal Group Of The Year

Canada’s favorite purveyors of folk/prog metal, Scythia, are proud to announce they have been nominated for Metal Group Of The Year at this year’s SiriusXM Indie Awards during Canadian Music Week this coming March in Toronto, ON.

Scythia is nominated with the following Canadian bands:

http://indies.ca/nominees/ (online voting begins January 28)

METAL ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Bison b.c. (Metal Blade Records)
Derelict (Independent)
Devin Townsend Project (eOne Music Canada)
Mares Of Thrace (Sonic Unyon Records)
Scythia (Independent)

Event Details:
Date: Friday, March 22, 2013
Venue: Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay E.)
Doors: 7:00 p.m.
Show: 8:00 p.m.
All Ages / General Admission
Ticket Link: http://indies.ca/buy-tickets/

Vocalist / guitarist Dave Khan comments:
“Scythia is honored to be nominated for an Indie Award. It’s great to know that our fellow Canadians appreciate our unconventional take on metal. It’s killer to be doing this alongside such heavyweights in the scene and this is the fuel to keep going and push this project further!”

Following the success of their 2010 …OF WAR and 2011 …OF EXILE albums, Scythia unleashed their 2012 scorcher, FOR THE BEAR. The short but sweet seven-track EP departs from the orchestration and central concept of its predecessors, instead representing a leaner, faster, sharper folk metal machine.

The FOR THE BEAR EP is now streaming at http://soundcloud.com/scythia-metal/sets/for-the-bear along with their latest music video “Video Game Medley,” which can be viewed at:

http://www.scythia.ca/
http://www.facebook.com/scythiametal
http://twitter.com/scythiametal
http://www.youtube.com/scythiaband
http://www.reverbnation.com/scythia
http://radio3.cbc.ca/%23/bands/Scythia

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-Mike Oldfield Releases New Studio Album TUBULAR BEATS

Re-Worked And Re-Mixed Together With Producer Torsten “York” Stenzel, On February 5th, 2013 Via earMUSIC

Album Includes Brand New Song “Never Too Far” Featuring Tarja Turunen

NEW YORK, NY — earMUSIC/Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce the release of TUBULAR BEATS, the brand new re-mix album by Mike Oldfield. The album will be released on February 5th, 2013 and will include the most popular songs by Oldfield who has worked on new arrangements and new sounds for his compositions. [MSRP $13.98]

All tracks have been re-worked from the original multi-track recordings and re-mixed together by Mike Oldfield and multi-platinum awarded German producer Torsten “York” Stenzel. Having previously worked together, the duo fused their style in a full elaborate project for the first time, embellishing Oldfield’s most famous songs with the aid of modern electronic music.

Newly recorded guitar parts by Oldfield have been added to the mix, and a brand new song featuring ex-Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen closes the album on a high note.

Classics like “Tubular Bells,” “To France,” and “Moonlight Shadow” shine again through fresh and danceable new versions. Mike Oldfield kept creative control throughout the whole production and despite the “new dress” the songs managed to keep the original melodies and structure intact, being brand new at the same time.

“Never Too Far” is a brand new song featuring singer Tarja Turunen who not surprisingly is offering one of her most emotional performances ever, as Oldfield is one of the singer’s heroes.

Tarja explains: “It was such a pleasure to work with Mike Oldfield. The song turned out to be even better than I could have ever expected. Mike has a vast career and experience in pop, instrumental and electronic music. I love his music and his personal guitar sound.

“My work in this song was inspired by Mike’s ‘Islands’ featuring another of my youth idols: Bonnie Tyler,” continues Tarja. “A way to thank them for the nice melodies I grew up with was to add a line from their hit. And I believe Mike liked the idea too. That’s how ‘Never Too Far’ was born. Hope that you enjoy the song as much as I do.”

Track Listing:
1. Let There Be Light (York Remix)
2. Far Above The Clouds (York Remix)
3. Ommadawn (Mike Oldfield & York Remix)
4. Guilty (Mike Oldfield & York Remix)
5. Tubular Bells (Mike Oldfield & York Remix)
6. To France (York & Steve Brian Radio Mix)
7. Northstar (Mike Oldfield & York Remix)
8. Moonlight Shadow (York & Steve Brian Radio Mix)
9. Guilty (York & Mike’s Electrofunk Remix)
10. Tubular Bells 2 (Mike Oldfield & York Remix)
11. Never Too Far (new song, with Tarja Turunen)

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

http://www.mikeoldfieldofficial.com/
http://www.ear-music.net/
http://www.youtube.com/earMUSICofficial
http://www.facebook.com/earMUSICofficial
http://www.twitter.com/earMUSICedel

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-Raven Black Night Stream New Single “Lips Of Desire” Exclusively Via Rock Hard Germany!

New Album BARBARIAN WINTER Out February, 15th/18th!

Australian epic Heavy Metal warlords Raven Black Night will release their Metal Blade debut BARBARIAN WINTER February, 15th/18th!

In collaboration with Rock Hard Germany Raven Black Night has now posted the second single “Lips Of Desire” taken off BARBARIAN WINTER. Surf over to Rock Hard Germany at this location to check out the exclusive song premiere!

http://www.rockhard.de/megazine/praesentationen/raven-black-night-lips-of-desire.html

Check out the album artwork and the first single Morbid Gladiator at http://www.metalblade.com/ravenblacknight !

BARBARIAN WINTER will be released as a CD, double gatefold vinyl and digital download. The double gatefold vinyl will feature two exclusive bonus tracks, “Metal Martyr” and “Love Is Holy!”

BARBARIAN WINTER track listing:
1. Fire In Your Eyes
2. Morbid Gladiator
3. Mystery Woman
4. Fallen Angel
5. Black Queen
6. If You Choose The Dark
7. Warriors Call
8. Barbarian Winter
9. Changes
10. Lips Of Desire
11. Nocturnal Birth
12. Angel With A Broken Wing
13. Metal Martyr (vinyl exclusive!)
14. Love Is Holy (vinyl exclusive!)

About Raven Black Night:
It was late 1999 when Jim Petkoff, The White Knight (guitar/vox), and Rino Amoriono, The Raven (guitar), met over a cold beer in Adelaide, South Australia: the city of churches and where AC/DC found Bon Scott. This would mark the beginning of Raven Black Night’s campaign to bring their traditional metal sound to a worldwide audience.

After deciding to form a doom/heavy metal band, they enlisted Matt Spencer, The Black Knight (bass), and Jeremy, The Godfather (drums). They began building a formidable live reputation, with a style of metal that appealed to many varieties of metal heads in their home town. With their stage adorned with swords, shields, and candles, they spent 2003-2006 criss-crossing Australia, performing at various metal festivals and underground clubs. Drummer Joe Toscano was brought into the band and their first album, CHOOSE THE DARK, was recorded and released in 2005.

CHOOSE THE DARK garnered praise throughout Australia and Europe culminating into an invitation in 2007 to perform at the 10th annual Headbangers Open Air in Germany, where they band performed with Candlemass, Rage, and many others.

Several years of touring and festival appearances were to follow: Hard and Heavy summer nights, the Hamburg Ballroom, and more dates throughout Australia. In 2011 Jim and Rino, with Chris on bass, enlisted Matt Enright to record new material for their long-awaited follow-up CD.

Jim and Rino are prepared to take the Raven Black Night sound of true metal/doom rock to a global audience. A new partnership with Metal Blade Records and a new album will firmly place Raven Black Night on the world map of true heavy metal.

http://www.facebook.com/ravenblacknightofficial
http://www.facebook.com/rinoamor
http://www.reverbnation.com/ravenblacknight
http://www.youtube.com/jimpetkoff

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-Power Thrashers Edge Of Attack Post Behind The Scenes Video For “In Hell”

Grande Prairie, AB power-thrash five-piece Edge Of Attack whom are gearing up for the release of their self-titled debut album next week on Tuesday, February 19th via Halifax metal label Spread The Metal Records, have posted behind the scenes video from their upcoming music video directed by Karen Michelle Meola in support of their second single “In Hell.”

To view the video please visit the following link:

In addition, the band has posted a video teaser on Blank TV, which can be viewed here:

Album pre-order available here:
http://spreadthemetalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/edge-of-attack

Produced by EAO guitarist/vocalist Jurekk Whipple, the debut features ten tracks of haunting vocals, shredding guitars, complex bass lines, furious drumming plus choral and symphonic arrangements along with guest artists by solo artist Ivan Gianinni, Ryan Boivard (Hallows Die) and Pellek (Damnation Angels).

EDGE OF ATTACK Track Listing:
1. In Hell (4:36)
2. The Haunting (5:08)
3. Demon (Of The Northern Seas) feat. Ivan Giannini (5:04)
4. Take Me Alive (4:24)
5. In The Night (4:27)
6. Edge Of Attack (5:07)
7. Rise Above (5:55)
8. Forever (3:46)
9. The Damned feat. Ryan Bovaird (6:01)
10. Set The World Aflame feat. PelleK (8:29)

“Forever” Music Video

Bio:
No good could possibly come out of the frigid Northern lands of Alberta, you say? Well, sorry to tell you, there’s an exception to every rule. Enter smoldering power-thrash five-piece Edge Of Attack.

Combining haunting vocals, shredding guitars, complex bass lines, furious drumming and choral and symphonic arrangements with surprising depth, Edge Of Attack has not only taken the metal scene by storm, but also by surprise. Having been featured in Revolver magazine, you’d think the band has surely been around for years, but truth be told, they’ve accomplished all this while releasing no more than two singles.

Representing the changes that have taken place and the reinvention of Edge Of Attack’s sound, the self-titled album, which was produced by guitarist/vocalist Jurekk Whipple himself and is soon to be released with Spread the Metal Records, is, simply put, a reawakening and rebirthing of power metal with thrash creeping its way into the picture.

For more info on Edge of Attack please follow the band at these links:
http://www.EdgeofAttack.com/
https://www.facebook.com/edgeofattackofficial
@EdgeOfAttack

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-Tombstone Highway Premieres New Song From Agonia Debut

Italian Southern rock/doom metal act Tombstone Highway have premièred a new song off their debut album, RURALIZER, coming out February 28th in Europe/UK and March 19th in North America on Agonia Records. The song entitled “Bite The Dust (And Bleed)” — featuring guest appearance by electric guitar virtuoso Mario Percudani (HungryHeart, Mitch Malloy) — can be streamed at the following location:

Apart from Mario Percudani, RURALIZER will also feature guest appearances by 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!”

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 organ.

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:
http://www.facebook.com/Tombstone.Highway
http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/1814120

Agonia Records:
http://www.agoniarecords.com/
http://www.myspace.com/agoniarecords
http://www.facebook.com/agoniarecords
http://www.youtube.com/user/AgoniaRec
https://twitter.com/agoniarecords
info@agoniarecords.com (general info and order inquires)

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-Prog Rockers Fen Post New Video “Of Losing Interest”

Vancouver progressive rockers Fen have posted a video for their title track from their fifth and latest album OF LOSING INTEREST, released last summer via indie label Ripple Music to follow up their fourth release TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM.

“The song ‘Of Losing Interest’ broke new ground for us. We didn’t try to shape it into some convoluted or grandiose structure. We just let the riff be a riff and do its job and we kept the dynamics fairly steady throughout. At one point I considered titling the song ‘The Grump,’ based on the fact that the lyrics are from the perspective of someone who detests social interactions and does what he can to either cut them short or avoid them altogether. Overall, the video is a lo-fi attempt to reveal what might be inside his head,” comments vocalist / guitarist Doug Harrison.

To view the video, please visit the following link below.

“Of Losing Interest”

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 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)

Show Dates:
March 21, 2013 – The Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC w/ Marching Mind, Porn for the Blind
(kick off show for the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival, coming to Whistler April 12-21)

About:
In January of 1998, in the mountain shadows of Nelson, British Columbia, a creatorship emerged called Fen. The road has been long for this dark-leaning band, which after more than a decade of obscurity, was finally ushered into the prog and metal fan’s psyche. This occurred in 2010, when Fen signed to California label Ripple music and released their fourth album TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM. The album garnered impressive reviews from bloggers and print magazines worldwide, including mention in the UK’s Classic Rock magazine and a perfect 16/16 score from the US authority on prog: Progressions Magazine. To follow up this attention, in May of 2011, the management of UK/Israeli prog veterans Blackfield invited Fen to open for them on the Vancouver stop of their North American tour.

To date, Fen’s music has sold in more than fifteen countries, and with the help of dedicated bloggers, two AAA-radio campaigns, and a music video for the single “Miracle,” the band’s following continues to expand. In surprising contrast to the dark nature of Fen’s music, their songs have been placed on HGTV (Home & Garden Television) and Animal Planet’s “From Underdog To Wonderdog,” among others. The song “Through The Night” will soon be available on the video game “Rock Band.”

Fen has performed at clubs and festivals throughout BC, and in the summer of 2011, took part in the Forest Symphony at UBC’s Pacific Spirit Park. Fen’s fifth album, OF LOSING INTEREST, will be available in August 2012, and is a return to the heavier aspects of the band’s sound. It is their second release under the Ripple Music label, and it brings together a band lineup first assembled in 1999.

http://www.fenmusic.ca/
http://www.facebook.com/fenmusic
http://twitter.com/fenmusic
http://www.youtube.com/user/ingrowth
http://www.reverbnation.com/fen
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/fen/id255360979
http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Fen

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-Art Development Productions Is Proud To Announce The Release For February 2013: Øl – CORELLO MOTELLO

Released Formats: Download
Style: Rock – Pop
Catalog #: ADP 0138
EAN: 4260090090138
Copyright: ADP 2012
Label: Art Development Productions
Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 28. February 2013
Distribution: Kontornewmedia

Track List:
1. Intro (:57)
2. Feeling (4:00)
3. Heartbeat (3:27)
4. Come On Come On (3:45)
5. Hold Your Hand (3:16)
6. Long Way (4:07)
7. Just Like You Just Like Me (3:55)
8. Girlfriend (3:52)
9. Out There (4:14)
10. Ballad Of Wild (3:56)
11. Touchdown (3:21)
12. You Say (4:18)
13. Somebody Else (2:54)
14. Sun In My Hand (4:20)
15. All In All (11:19)

With the acclaimed release of their latest album THE MERGING, Øl (a.k.a. Oel) celebrated a rebirth which they subsequently put live on stage impressively.

Since then two years have passed and the time has come for the first “real” result of the new Øl lineup. CORELLO MOTELLO is a production, showing at first hearing that here each of the five musicians have left their mark. CORELLO MOTELLO is packed full of catchy tunes in crisp alternative rock and pop songs that despite their catchiness never appear boring or constructed. A foretaste was already released in June with the “EM” single “Heartbeat,” which various radio stations used as their official EURO song. Live Øl’s 2012 show is a show back to the roots, without loads of gimmicks. Just five guys who, after a year of production time are hot to perform the new songs live on stage.

Official Artist Website:
http://www.oel-music.de/

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-World War IX Set To Release OFF THE WAGON, A New Five-Song EP And Collectible Comic Book

“WWIX doesn’t radically invent punk, but they do fill the needed gap for nasty, sloppy, reckless abandonment that seems to have declined with the rise of the Internet.”
– John Gentile, PUNK NEWS

WWIX – “Carrera Con El Diablo” – OFF THE WAGON EP:

It’s a double shot from your mentally ill cousin’s favorite punk rock and roll band, World War IX.

These NYC slingers of sleaze have got your eyes and ears covered with a sick-tastic, brand new, bomb-blastic dual release comic book and five-song EP.

You can read about the band’s brush with destruction and subsequent triumphant resurrection in guitarist Justin Melkmann’s latest comic, “Earaches & Eyesores” #4.

Then, prepare yourself for band’s latest sonic slab of arrogant audio audacity, OFF THE WAGON.

“Brooklyn-based trash punks World War IX play sing/shout-a-long riddled, snarky-themed songs that are rarely longer than a minute and thirty seconds.”
– STEREOKILLER

“…Sardonic, hardcore punk in the spirit of DAMAGED-era Black Flag.”
– BROOKLYN ROCKS

Website:
http://www.worldwarix.com/

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/World-War-IX-WWIX/122625501170653

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-There’s a 15-minute audio interview with Sebastian Bach, captures at the Hellfest open air in France last June, at http://soundcloud.com/user4667961/interview-sebastian-bach .

-The Salt Lake Tribune reported Great White will play at the Ride For A Cure benefit in Salt Lake City, UT, this June. The band’s third single from ELATION, “Hard To Say Goodbye,” hit #10 on the classic rock radio Mediabase chart.

-There’s a new interview with Helloween guitarist Michael Weikath at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/IaY%5D .

-There’s a cool article called “40 Years Later: The Story Of Kiss & Makeup” at http://ca.music.yahoo.com/blogs/awards/40-years-later-story-kiss-makeup-205254089.html .

-Check out the video for Krokus’ “Dirty Dynamite” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEg4rNH09rM&feature=share . See http://www.krokusonline.com/ for more.

-Lizzy Borden is embarking on the “Thirty Years Of American Metal” tour, complete with “a brand new show, we will be doing songs from each and every Lizzy Borden record plus songs we never performed live,” according to bassist Marten Andersson in his latest newsletter. The dates so far:

1/28 – 2/1 – 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise
4/13 – Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood, CA
4/25 – Changes Nightclub, New Castle, PA
4/26 – Dead Horse Cantina Music Hall, McKees Rocks, PA
4/27 – Spring Stampede @ House Of Rock, White Marsh, MD

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

-The Maximum Rock Festival will take place indoors this year, at the 2,000-capacity Turbohalle in Bucharest, Romania. The fest will be held October 25-26. See http://www.maximumrock.ro/ and http://www.facebook.com/MaximumRockFestival for more.

-Detritus fave Lyden Moon (Chicago/Wisconsin-area instrumental guitarist) will open for legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (and Matt Meyer & The Smooth Riders) on February 15 at the Brat Stop in Kenosha, WI. Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/450011678386418/ . Roth will be playing a 40th anniversary Scorpions set plus selections from throughout his career. See https://www.facebook.com/lydenmoon for more on Mr. Moon, and http://www.ulijonroth.com/ for more on Mr. Roth. (Congrats Lyden! – Tim)

-A live clip of Nightwish’s “Ghost Love Score” is now online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4V_eoR6r1Tw . It was filmed last December 14 at Teatro de Flores in Buenos Aires, Argentina. See http://www.nightwish.com/ for more.

-Pretty Maids’ new video for “Mother Of All Lies” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98yioLUluzk . See http://www.prettymaids.dk/ and https://www.facebook.com/prettymaids for more.

-Queensryche — the Todd LaTorre-fronted version — will play the Wolfman Jack stage at this year’s Sturgis Music Festival, on August 2 at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, SD.

-Attention Deficit Delirium has a brief write-up (with photos) on last week’s Stratovarius NEMESIS listening party in New York City, at http://www.bryanreesman.com/2013/01/28/stratovarius-idle-hands/ .

-Check out a new interview with Voivod drummer Michel “Away” Langevin at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/IaYa , that covers the band’s new album TARGET EARTY — the first with new guitarist Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain (Martyr) and returning bassist Jean-Yves “Blacky” Theriault.

Thanks to Bryan Reesman, Chad Bowar, David E. Gehlke, David Burger, Lyndsey Parker, Eric Helgeson, and John “Midnight Maniac” Erigo for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-I haven’t done a column in a while but this was just too good to pass up.🙂

Everyone knows I’m a huge Kiss fan. I mean, I was aware of them in the ’70s but I really fell for them hook, line, and sinker when I saw the video for “I Love It Loud” back in 1982. I was just starting to really seriously get into music, and that (now, admittedly, very cheesy…) video was just soooo cool. Then I saw the CREATURES OF THE NIGHT album cover with the awesome dark blue theme and glowing eyes artwork, and that was IT! I was floored when the CD version first came out sporting a dumb photo from the band’s makeup-free era on the cover. WTF?! I actually went out and found a vinyl copy of the album just so I could have a large size version of that killer original cover. (Luckily the band fixed this error when the album was re-mastered, as they restored the original cover art.)

So anyway, last week we were at my kid’s school for the annual used book sale fundraiser, and I found a little paperback book from 1979. Check out the cover:

Resemble any album art you know?🙂 I was floored again. Did Kiss really rip off a children’s book for their cover??????????

And yes, I bought the book for a quarter.

-I was happily surprised to find the new Saxon CD, SACRIFICE, in my mailbox the other day. It sounds good after one spin. Watch for a review soon.

-And seriously now, what is Geoff Tate doing?

-In my current playlist: Saxon – SACRIFICE (UDR/EMI), Helloween – STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL (Sony/The End).

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Detritus Issue #637

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Detritus
Issue #637
Week of January 21, 2013
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-Anthrax To Release ANTHEMS EP, Announce Stand-In Guitarist!

Anthrax are set to release a special edition of their 11th studio album WORSHIP MUSIC through Nuclear Blast on 22nd March, 2013.

Anthrax, one of heavy metal’s all-time great acts who, along with Slayer, Metallica and Megadeth — The Big Four — are credited with co-founding the thrash genre, return with a special edition of WORSHIP MUSIC. The “Special Edition” includes a bonus ANTHEMS disc which includes 6 covers, “Anthem” (Rush cover), “Jailbreak” (Thin Lizzy), “T.N.T.” (AC/DC), “Big Eyes” (Cheap Trick), “Smokin'” (Boston) and “Keep On Runnin'” (Journey) as well as a re-mix of the track “Crawl”. WORSHIP MUSIC was the band’s first release in seven years and marked the return of singer Joey Belladonna, an essential part of Anthrax’s lineup from 1985 to 1992.

The band, who picked up the highly prestigious “Metal Guru” award at the Classic Rock Awards last November, will be returning to the live circuit this year with an appearance at the annual Bloodstock Open Air festival on Sunday 11th August 2013. Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais will temporarily fill in for the departed Rob Caggiano when the band play previously announced dates in India, Australia and North America.

Anthrax live 2013:
02.08. PL Przystanek – Woodstock
03.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air
11.08. UK Derbyshire – Bloodstock

ANTHEMS Track List:
01. T.N.T. (AC/DC)
02. Smokin’ (Boston)
03. Keep On Runnin’ (Journey)
04. Big Eyes (Cheap Trick)
05. Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy)
06. Crawl (album version)
07. Crawl (re-mix)

ANTHEMS will be available both as a package along with WORSHIP MUSIC, but also separately on CD or Vinyl.

http://www.anthrax.com/

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-Ross The Boss Returns With A Vengeance, In All-New Metal Group, Death Dealer

As a founding member of both Manowar and the Dictators, guitarist Ross The Boss needs no introduction. But it’s been a while since the metal masses heard from Ross, leading some to wonder if or when he would return. The wait is now over, as his newly formed outfit, Death Dealer, is ready to rock and take the world by storm, with their debut album, WARMASTER.

“The Death Dealer sound is a mighty combination of five very talented, seasoned musicians,” explains Ross. “It’s classic power metal with the brutal edge of thrash, speed, and precision.” And when he says the band is comprised of talented and seasoned musicians, he’s not kidding, as Death Dealer also includes 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).

Formed last year via correspondence over the Internet, as soon as work commenced on the material, Ross knew he had met his metallic match. “Well, after they sent the first tune over, I was blown away, then Stu and Sean tell me they want me to join this band, called Death Dealer. I say, ‘Who else is in the band?’ They say, ‘Rhino on drums.’ I’m in! Stu goes, ‘It was either you or we would have asked K.K. Downing to be on guitar.’ Wow!”

As evidenced by such tunes as “Death Dealer,” “Never To Kneel,” and “The Devil’s Mile,” for fans of authentic, no-holds-barred, manly heavy metal, WARMASTER is an absolute godsend. And soon, Death Dealer will be converting metalheads worldwide to their cause. “Our future plans? Obviously to put Death Dealer on the worldwide metal map, and to engage large crowds and render them shocked and satisfied.”

Death Dealer is:
Sean Peck – vocals
Stu Marshall – guitar
Ross The Boss – guitar
Mike Davis – bass
Rhino – drums

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
http://www.deathdealer.co/
http://www.facebook.com/DeathDealerband

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Queen – LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM 2DVD 25th Anniversary Edition

Released On March 12, 2013

NEW YORK, NY — On March 12, 2013, Eagle Rock Entertainment will issue the 2DVD and Digital Video release of Queen – LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM. A new edition of the 25th Anniversary DVD of Queen’s legendary 1986 concerts, the 2 disc set comes with previously unreleased footage and brand new bonus features [Pre-book Order Date February 15, MSRP $17.98 for 2DVD].

Over one remarkable summer weekend, on Friday, July 11th and Saturday, July 12th 1986, Queen performed two sell-out shows at Wembley, concerts which have been widely acknowledged as two of the most incredible rock events ever staged.

Now, both the Friday and Saturday night concerts can be seen in their entirety on the Anniversary edition DVD, highlighting that no two Queen shows were ever the same. The driving rain of the Friday night show presented its own challenges but failed to dampen the mood or the music, presenting Freddie Mercury with some perfect opportunities to amuse the crowd. The sun shone on Saturday, making it a magical summer’s evening, as the band showcased everything that made Queen brilliant live.

The DVD footage has been restored for the Anniversary edition and the sound has also been re-mastered with a brand new stereo mix and 5.1 sound.

Extras on the DVD include “The Magic Tour,” a short feature containing brand new interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor filmed in 2011. They reflect back on what was to be their final tour with their familiar intelligence, honesty and brilliant wit and humor. They explain in depth how they would approach planning their concerts and they also reflect on the poignancy of the shows which were to become among the last few performances with Freddie.

“The Wembley concerts in 1986 were the pinnacle for us,” says Brian May. “We were at our height band-wise, and Freddie had developed this phenomenal way of dealing with stadium audiences. Being back home in London playing two sell-out nights was such a big, big occasion for us. None of us realized that this would be almost the last time we played together…”

Queen’s 1986 Magic Tour had been their most successful to date. Regenerated and reinvigorated by their triumph at Live Aid almost exactly a year earlier, the band were on a 26-date tour of the UK and Europe and after a month out of the country returned home to London to play two defining concerts at the “place of champions,” Wembley Stadium.

These were to be Queen’s biggest stage, their biggest lighting rig, the biggest screen that not only Queen had performed with, but also that Wembley Stadium had ever seen. For director Gavin Taylor, filming it involved the unprecedented use of no less than 15 cameras and a helicopter to capture the aerial shots.

For Freddie it was the start of one very long party. Friends were flown in from New York and ferried from his London home to Wembley in special coaches. It was one of the proudest days of his life.

The Saturday show saw a previous wet day turn into one of the sunniest of the year. “It was a perfect day,” says director Taylor. And the Wembley roar went up as Brian, Roger, John and Freddie arrived on stage to the synthesized opening chords on “One Vision.”

For the next 110 minutes Queen played what was undoubtedly one of their most potent concert performances. The two Wembley concerts, along with a hastily added final date at Stevenage’s Knebworth Park a month later, were among Queen’s finest moments.

“Wembley Stadium was such a special place,” says Roger. “Having played it as part of Live Aid and to come back and play it again was such a blast.”

It’s perhaps no surprise that Queen’s hit musical, “We Will Rock You,” sees the show’s heroes end up at Wembley Stadium, “the place of living rock,” for the storming finale where the roots of rock are rediscovered and the rebellious bohemians find their way to recreating the music of the Mighty Queen.

Towards the end of Queen’s performance on the DVD, Freddie Mercury addresses the audience: “There’ve been some rumors we’re splitting. They’re talking through their *****,” Freddie says. “We’ll be together forever.”

“And in a way,” says Brian, “I guess we were. We might not have been a touring band much longer, but we were together as a band right until the end.”

“I don’t think anyone expected the Magic tour to be the band’s last dates; things had gone so well and we were already planning the next one,” says Gerry Stickells, Queen’s tour manager. “There was no sense of anything coming to an end.”

But as things turned out, Queen only ever played two further UK concerts, in Manchester on July 16 and that final concert at Knebworth on August 9.

But if ever a reminder was needed of why Queen earned themselves the mantle of best stadium rock group in history, then you only have to turn to this DVD to see Queen live, uncut, and at their ferocious, majestic, best.

http://www.queenonline.com/

Queen – LIVE AT WEMBLEY 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION CONTENT
DISC ONE

Live At Wembley Stadium Saturday 12-07-1986

1. One Vision
2. Tie Your Mother Down
3. In The Lap Of The Gods … Revisited
4. Seven Seas Of Rhye
5. Tear It Up
6. A Kind Of Magic
7. Under Pressure
8. Another One Bites The Dust
9. Who Wants To Live Forever
10. I Want To Break Free
11. Impromptu
12. Brighton Rock Solo
13. Now I’m Here
14. Love Of My Life
15. Is This The World We Created
16. (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care
17. Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)
18. Tutti Frutti
19. Gimme Some Lovin’ *
20. Bohemian Rhapsody
21. Hammer To Fall
22. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
23. Big Spender *
24. Radio Ga Ga
25. We Will Rock You
26. Friends Will Be Friends
27. We Are The Champions
28. God Save The Queen

* Saturday 12 July 1986 concert only

DISC TWO

Live At Wembley Stadium Friday 11-07-1986

Bonus Features:
· “The Magic Tour” – approx. 12 min. feature containing new interview filmed with Brian and Roger in 2011.
· “The Wembley Weekend” – approx. 25 min. feature where Brian and Roger describe what went into these legendary concerts filmed in 2003
· Rehearsal – Secretly filmed footage from the bands rehearsal for the Magic Tour.

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-Threshold: European Tour In March! Support Bands Announced!

After the phenomenal reactions to Threshold’s new amazing progressive metal masterpiece MARCH OF PROGRESS (out since the 24th of August via Nuclear Blast), the band will be touring Europe in March 2013!

UK-based act Threshold have been refining their unique and breathtaking sound ever since the late ’80s and have managed to hold the fragile balance between sophistication and heaviness — without ever sounding pompous or too technical. Albums like PSYCHEDELICATESSEN, CRITICAL MASS or DEAN RECKONING are a must-have for every prog fanatic, and in 2012 Threshold proved once more with MARCH OF PROGRESS that they are true genre leaders!

Now, the bands Enocian Theory & Cryptex have been announced as support acts! Find further info about the bands here:

Enocian Theory – http://www.enochiantheory.co.uk/
Cryptex – http://www.cryptexmusic.com/

Here are the dates:

THRESHOLD live 2013
Presented by Rock Hard, Legacy, Musix, Piranha, Slam, Powermetal.de, Noizeletter, Blast! and Metalnews

Bands:
THRESHOLD
ENOCIAN THEORY
CRYPTEX

01.03.2013 London – Underworld (UK)
02.03.2013 Helmond – Lakei (NL)
03.03.2013 Rotterdam – Baroeg (NL)
04.03.2013 Hamburg – Markthalle (DE)
05.03.2013 Berlin – C-Club (DE)
06.03.2013 Warschau – Progresja (PL)
08.03.2013 Kufstein – Kulturfabrik (AT)
09.03.2013 Aarau – Kiff (CH)
11.03.2013 Ljubljana – Orto Bar (SI)
12.03.2013 Augsburg – Spectrum (DE)
13.03.2013 Aschaffenburg – Colos Saal (DE)
14.03.2013 Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik (DE)
15.03.2013 Essen – Turock (DE)
16.03.2013 Osnabrück – Bastard Club (DE)
17.03.2013 Vosselaar – Biebob (BE)

Tickets are available at http://www.hardticket.eu/ .

http://www.thresh.net/

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-Lion Music: Latest Label And Artist News

Docker’s Guild / Special Event

Docker’s Guild will host a Special Event on February 23, 2013 for the worldwide premiere of the short film “Darwin’s Tears,” which will include a press conference, the debut live performance of the band, preceded by opening act Last40Days, a few contests with prizes, a meet & greet with the band, lots of merchandising, a few special guests and a live shooting of the entire evening.

All takes place on 23 February 2013 at Audiodrome Live Club, Strada Mongina, 9, 10024 Moncalieri. Italy:

Full details on the event can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/events/447667928624073/

The Docker’s Guild live lineup is confirmed as Douglas R. Docker on keyboards and vocals, lead vocalists Andrea Rampa (Rustfield) and Anna Petracca (Last40Days), guitarist Davide Ronfetto (Rustfield), bassist Anna Portalupi (Hardline) and Salvatore Amato (Rustfield) on drums.

Teaser video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rag9kHYl87U

For band mastermind Douglas R. Docker taking the band out of its until now studio environment and into the live arena is the next step on what is proving to be an exciting journey. Docker comments:

“The Docker’s Guild project was conceived from the beginning as a multimedia story to be told in various formats, with the albums and music at its center and with videos, games, comics, novels and the like expanding the world I have created.

“The release of short film ‘Darwin’s Tears,’ shot and produced by Silos Production (the same team that produced ‘011’ by Therion), is the first major step in that direction. They have done a spectacular job, with the film being shot in black and white, in the style of 1920’s German Expressionism and movie serials of that time. It will be about 11 minutes long and I have to say I haven’t seen anything quite like it anywhere else.

“There was never any intention of playing live or touring at first, but the release of the short film required a special event to mark the occasion, and I thought that combining this with a long overdue album release party would be a good idea. At that point, there was no choice but to go live, something I am very excited about. Writing, developing and recording the first album was a very exciting albeit solitary journey, and it is a very welcome change to be able to interact with other musicians who also happen to be very good friends of mine. The new lineup is very skilled and motivated and I can’t wait for the show. If that goes well, I am already toying with the idea of bringing the project on the road for an Italian tour first, perhaps followed by something more international a little later. Keep your fingers crossed!”

Not only does 23 February 2013 mark the band’s first live appearance but also the premiere of the highly anticipated short film for the track “Darwin’s Tears” taken from the band’s debut album THE MYSTIC TECHNOCRACY – SEASON 1 (out now). The worldwide premiere of the “Darwin’s Tears” video will commence at 15:00 hrs. with a press conference and projection of the “Darwin’s Tears” short film following later in the evening at 22:00 hrs. with the band’s live performance with special guests Last40Days along with a long awaited album release party.

The “Darwin’s Tears” short film will then be made available worldwide via YouTube on the following day, 24 February 2013.

Docker’s Guild
http://www.youtube.com/dockersguild
http://www.facebook.com/dockersguild
http://www.reverbnation.com/dockersguild

Buy the album from Lion Music LTD:
http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/mystictechnocracy.htm

Buy the album on iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mystic-technocracy-seaon-1/id537543481

Ashent Serve Up Two Live Video Offerings

Italian progressive metallers Ashent have made available two live videos from their recent support slot to Jorn in Italy live performance at New Age Club (Italy) on 13/12/2012.

Ashent released the critically acclaimed INHERITANCE album last year which won praise for the bands original take on the prog metal genre.

“Sinking Beneath:”

“Shipwrecked Affair:”

Venturia — Fan Made Video For “Devil In Disguise”

Check out this great fan made video for Venturia of the track “Devil In Disguise” taken from the band’s current release DAWN OF A NEW ERA.

Mastercastle Guitarist Pier Gonella Takes You On A “Space Trip”

Mastercastle guitarist Pier Gonella has just released this close-up solo performance of the instrumental track “Space Trip” taken from the Italian band’s second album, 2011’s LAST DESIRE.

The band are currently putting the finishing touches to their fourth release (and first to feature new drummer John Macaluso) which will see release in the first half of 2013 on Lion Music.

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

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-Napalm Records News

Serenity: WAR OF AGES

The new album of the Symphonic Metal masters will be released on April 9th in North America! Right on time for the release of WAR OF AGES, the band will embark on a tour with their label mates Visions Of Atlantis. Please see below for the dates! Get ready for a sweeping and bombastic new album!

WAR OF AGES track list:

Wings Of Madness
The Art Of War
Shining Oasis
For Freedom’s Sake
Age Of Glory
The Matricide
Symphony For The Quiet
Tannenberg
Legacy Of Tudors
Royal Pain
Fairytales (Ballad Version / Bonus Track / Limited Edition)
Love Of My Life (Bonus Track / Limited Edition)

http://www.serenity-band.com/

Visions Of Atlantis: ETHERA

April will be quite a symphonic month, as Visions Of Atlantis will also be releasing their latest album! ETHERA has all the trademarks fans of the band love, and so much more! ETHERA will be released on April 9th in North America! The album was produced and mixed by Frank Pitters & Jakob Grabmayr at the Wildonemusic Studios. The mastering was done by Mika Jussila / Finnvox.

ETHERA track list:

The Ark
Machinage
Avatara
Vicious Circle
Hypnotized
Tlaluc’s Grace
Burden Of Divinity
Cave Behind The Waterfall
A.E.O.N. 19th
Bestiality vs. Integrity
Clerics Emotion

https://www.facebook.com/visionsofatlantisofficial

Serenity & Visions Of Atlantis: On Tour in March 2013

Serenity & Visions Of Atlantis & Souldrinker
22.03.13 AT – Wörgl / Komma
23.03.13 DE – Köln / Underground
24.03.13 NL – Roermond / ECI
25.03.13 UK – London / Boston Music Room
26.03.13 BE – Brusseles / Magasin 4 / + SKEPTICAL MINDS
27.03.13 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos Saal
28.03.13 FR – Paris / GlazArt
29.03.13 FR – Lyon / MJC o Totem
30.03.13 CH – Pratteln / Z7 Gallery

The Sorrow: New Clip

Make sure to check out The Sorrow’s brand new clip to their anthem “Perspectives!” The song is taken from their latest masterpiece MISERY ESCAPE! Click on the link below for the perfect dose of Metalcore!

The Sorrow – “Perspectives” clip

Lonewolf: New Album

Lonewolf have finished the recordings of their new album THE FOURTH AND FINAL HORSEMAN. The new metal hymns are currently being mixed by Charles Greywolf (Powerwolf) at the Studio Greywolf. The new longplayer will be unleashed in summer!

http://www.facebook.com/lonewolfdivision%20

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

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-Raven Lord: Third Episode Of “Raven Lord TV” Posted Online

Heavy Metal weights Raven Lord announce in their third episode of the “Raven Lord TV” video podcast the confirmation of their first Summer Festival — R-Mine Festival 2013, June in Belgium. Larry Paterson who is hosting the new episode also introduces his E-drum endorsement with Carlsbro for practice purposes. “Raven Lord TV” – Episode 3 – “Endorsement And Confirmed Festival” can be watched below:

While the band is priming themselves for some touring in Spring 2013 followed by Summer Festivals as well as some high profile shows.

Raven Lord’s debut album, DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD, will be released on February 1, 2013 in Europe and February 12, 2013 in North America via Mausoleum Records. The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, 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.

Raven Lord are:
Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine) – Vocals
Joe Stump (Holyhell, Reign Of Terror) – Lead Guitar
Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin) – Bass
Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (Blaze Bayley) – Drums
George Karafotis (Vermillion Days) – Guitar
Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) – Keyboards

“Unashamedly wearing their heavy metal roots on their leather-studded sleeves, Raven Lord combine the classic metal feel of the past with the fresh aggression of the present. Thunderous bass lines, pounding drums and explosive riffs blend with distinct heavy, melodic vocals to create driving and memorable songs.”

http://www.facebook.com/ravenlordmusic
http://www.raven-lord.com/
http://www.youtube.com/user/ravenlordmusic/videos

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-Hatriot: New Thrash Act From Original Testament/Exodus Vocalist Rises

Massacre Records is set to unleash the debut album from American thrash outfit Hatriot, celebrating the comeback of the infamous original vocalist for Bay Area legends Exodus, Testament and others, Steve “Zetro” Souza!

Having recently signed a deal with Germany’s Massacre Records, the band are now prepared to drop their debut, HEROES OF ORIGIN, the album set for North American release on February 12th, and preceded by the European release on January 25th. Raging with old-school Bay Area thrash metal in the best Testament/Exodus/Forbidden tradition, the album’s ten anthems were produced by Juan Urteaga at Trident Studios (Testament, Heathen, Exodus, Skinlab). The cover art and booklet was designed by Mark Devito (Motörhead, Laaz Rockit, Ruffians, Exodus).

Check out Hatriot’s official video for “Blood Stained Wings” from HEROES OF ORIGIN and more:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/01/21/hatriot-new-thrash-act-from-original-testamentexodus-vocalist-rises/

Having proven his metal allegiance by fronting such acts as Exodus, Legacy (Testament), Dublin Death Patrol, Tenet, AC/DZ, and more, Steve Souza has once again stepped into the thrash metal world with Hatriot, taking his musical roots back in time to the 1980s when metal was fast, furious, and yet still melodic. Souza has a vocal style that few singers possess, boasting a powerful sting yet at the same time delivering in a way where fans can fully understand the lyrics, a trademark trait that made him one of the premier singers in the thrash metal world.

Still residing in the evolutionary birthplace of thrash metal, Steve Souza brings Hatriot to life backed by his two sons — bassist Cody Souza and drummer Nick Souza — along with young guitar wizard, Kosta “V” and second guitarist Miguel Esparza, the quintet out to crush and destroy everything in its path. Unsatisfied with the newer trends in the metal scene, the band produces quality old-school metal with a proven formula with the perfect chemistry and hits the stage light a freight train!

Hatriot has earned respect having supported Testament and Forbidden on stage with sporadic performances, and in 2013 will take to the road in a much more rigorous fashion in support of HEROES OF ORIGIN!

HEROES OF ORIGIN Track Listing:
1. Suicide Run
2. Weapons Of Class Destruction
3. Murder American Style
4. Blood Stained Wings
5. The Violent Time Of My Dark Passenger
6. Globicidal
7. And Your Children To Be Damned
8. The Mechanics Of Annihilation
9. Shadows Of The Buried
10. Heroes Of Origin

Hatriot Lineup:
Steve “Zetro” Souza – vocals
Kosta “V” – guitars
Miguel Esparza – guitars
Cody Souza – bass
Nick Souza – drums

http://www.hatriotmetal.com/
https://www.facebook.com/hatriot
http://www.reverbnation.com/hatriot
http://www.massacre-records.com/
https://www.facebook.com/massacrerecordseurope

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-Metal Blade Records Inks Worldwide Deal With Slough Feg!

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of Slough Feg, whose style is an eclectic mix of Celtic Folk and Traditional Metal peppered with buckets of energy and lyrical depth. On February 5 the label will also be releasing three of the band’s early releases (North America only!) that, until now, were only available as imports. TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS (1999), DOWN AMONG THE DEADMEN (2000), and TRAVELLER (2003) will be packaged as a 3CD box set will also be made available on their own, digitally, via iTunes, Amazon, Google+, or your favorite digital retailer. Check out samples from these albums and preorder your copy at http://www.metalblade.com/thelordweirdsloughfeg/ .

Guitarist/vocalist Mike Scalzi comments: “We are very excited to announce that we have signed a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records for a new album, which we are beginning to record this month. The new material will be standard Feg-Fare — that is, totally non-standard!! Of course there will be some galloping, rollicking, bouncing buccaneer riffs unearthed from the Voi-Vaudevillian vaults, and a touch of good ol’ misery and madness (not to mention more peevishly punctuated puns) in the lyrics. But this time there will also be a cavalcade of cacophonous crooning to add to the caterwaul, as well as the lavishly-landscaped luster of some majestic Morricone-esque riffs at which to marvel — perhaps a slight proto-American-West feel. So as usual, you’ll just have to wait to hear it yourself!!!

“We are also equally excited (if not more excited!!) to announce that Metal Blade is re-releasing our second, third and fourth albums in the form of a bad-ass box set!! It’s about time these albums were made available in the USA!!! They’ve always been imports in the past, but now you can get them all at once!!”

Also available as part of a preorder is a The Lord Weird Slough Feg logo shirt that fans can pick up bundled with the 3CD for a special low price.

About the band:
Slough Feg — originally The Lord Weird Slough Feg which was shortened to Slough Feg after the release of their 2005 album ATAVISM — whose name is derived from a character in ancient Irish mythology, originates from Central Pennsylvania and relocated to San Francisco in 1990 in hopes of resurrecting the ailing “true metal” scene in the United States. The band quickly gained a reputation as “The band San Francisco loved to hate” by taking a stand against the trends and incorporating stage savagery with strong visual imagery.

The band produced three demos in the early to mid-nineties, which were followed up by a self-produced, self-titled debut CD released in 1996.

Scoring points for originality in the European underground, they aroused the interest of Dragonheart Records in 1998 and TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS was released in 1999 by the label. This was followed by the 2000 release of DOWN AMONG THE DEADMEN and Sci-Fi epic, TRAVELLER, in 2003. In 2005 the band moved to the Italian label Cruz Del Sur and shortened their name to simply, Slough Feg with the release of ATAVISM. 2007 brought the dawn of HARDWORLDER, and a slight change of direction to a ’70’s NWOBHM sound. 2008 saw the release of THE SLAY STACK GROWS, a compilation containing over 30 tracks on two CDs, with APE UPRISING! (2009), THE ANIMAL SPIRITS (2010), and the live album MADE IN POLAND (2011) rounding out the rest of the band’s catalog.

Slough Feg is:
Mike Scalzi – Guitars/Vocals
Angelo Tringali – Guitars
Adrian Maestas – Bass
Harry Cantwell – Drums

https://www.facebook.com/sloughfegofficial
http://www.youtube.com/sloughfegofficial
https://twitter.com/slough_feg
http://sloughfeg.com/

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-Holy Grail’s RIDE THE VOID Out Now!

RIDE THE VOIDE — the new, much-anticipated studio album by Californian up-and-comers Holy Grail — finally has hit stores! In case you haven’t checked out the full album stream on the Metal Hammer UK website yet ( http://bit.ly/10uw41Y ), that would doubtlessly convince you of the record’s splendor, let these euphoric press statements be your guide:

“You’d have to go back 20 years to find a metal record that achieves this level of instant infectiousness!” (J. Bennett / Decibel Magazine, USA)

“Old-school metal with a modern touch — HOLY GRAIL know their craft and surely will recruit a new generation of head bangers with RIDE THE VOID!” (Marc Halupczok / Metal Hammer Germany)

“This is an epic journey with neoclassic guitar cataracts and pure heavy metal bravura!” (Rock Tribune, B)

“A high-class distillate of modernity and tradition!” (Ronny Bittner / Rock Hard Germany)

Don’t wait any longer — get your copy now at the Nuclear Blast web shop:
http://www.nuclearblast.de/suche/holy_grail_ride_the_void

For the terrific Holy Grail Smartphone SongPier app and other cool gimmicks, visit:
http://www.nuclearblast.de/holygrail

Lyric video for the first single “Dark Passenger”:
http://bit.ly/VPQTMF

Lyric video for the title track “Ride The Void”:
http://bit.ly/UAeYIb

Guitar instructional video on MusicRadar.com:
http://bit.ly/TJbCWf

RIDE THE VOID track-by-track video series:
Pt.1: http://bit.ly/V7viVC
Pt.2: http://bit.ly/R6EF78
Pt.3: http://bit.ly/SUY8pL
Pt.4: http://bit.ly/U8B3zU
Pt.5: http://bit.ly/VPQTMF

http://holygrailofficial.com/

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-Tarja Turunen & Harus IN CONCERT – LIVE AT SIBELIUS HALL Blu-Ray/CD And CD Out February 12

Former Nightwish Vocalist Goes Back To Her Roots…

NEW YORK, NY — On February 12, Eagle Rock Entertainment and earMusic will release Tarja Turunen & Harus’ IN CONCERT – LIVE AT SIBELIUS HALL on CD, Digital Audio, and Blu-ray/CD. [Pre-book Order Date January 11, MSRP $29.98 for Blu-ray/CD, $17.98 for CD]

This is the first official release from Tarja’s new project Harus. Turunen achieved worldwide recognition as a premiere heavy metal/hard rock vocalist as the front woman of multi-million selling band Nightwish, before embarking on a successful solo career. However, Tarja’s background has always been classical music. Now, showcasing the true breadth of her talent, Tarja steps away from the hard rock/heavy metal sound that made her an international star to return to her classical music roots with Harus.

Filmed in Lahti, Finland in December 2009, IN CONCERT presents a blend of traditional Finnish music with classical and modern elements. The fusion of organ, electric guitar, percussion, and Turunen’s enchanting vocals filled Sibelius Hall that evening with an emotional, spellbinding energy. With a set that included three different versions of “Ave Maria,” this fresh approach to traditional music is an absolutely atmospheric experience.

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:
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-Aeon Zen’s New Album ENIGMA Released; Album Streaming In Full On Guitar World

English progressive metallers Aeon Zen released their third opus ENIGMA to the world on Nightmare Records / Sony / RED. An ambitiously creative and powerful concept album featuring nine continuous tracks that show the obvious strengths of the band, plus two bonus tracks available on the CD version only. ENIGMA is available on CD and Digital Download at your favorite North American vendors.

GuitarWorld.com, the online home of Guitar World Magazine, is hosting an exclusive stream of the entire new album. Hear it here:

http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-premiere-aeon-zen-enigma

Don’t miss the band’s “Top 5 Guitar Riffs” video here:

http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-rich-hinks-aeon-zen-demonstrates-top-five-riffs-new-album-enigma

Aeon Zen’s video for the song “Divinity” can be seen here:

Four years after their formation and having released two albums Aeon Zen are continuing from strength to strength, bringing their own brand of creative, complex, melodic progressive metal to fans all over the world, along with their highly energized live shows.

ENIGMA was produced by founding member Rich Hinks. Aeon Zen pushes the boundaries even wider from beautiful to brutal incorporating their own technical groove prog style and their early influences of Dream Theater, Metallica, Opeth and Cynic to create their own unique sound and identity.

Aeon Zen are:
Rich Hinks – Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Andi Kravljaca – Vocals
Matt Shepherd – Guitar
Shaz – Keyboards
Steve Burton – Drums

ENIGMA track listing:
1. Enter The Enigma
2. Artificial Soul
3. Divinity
4. Seven Hills
5. Warning
6. Turned To Ash
7. Still Human
8. Eternal Snow
9. Downfall
10. Survival (Bonus Track)
11. Time Divine 2.0 (Bonus Track)

ENIGMA features guest vocals by:
Nate Loosemore (Lost In Thought)
Atle Pettersen (Above Symmetry)
Jonny Tatum (Eumeria)

For more info visit:
http://www.aeonzen.com/
http://www.facebook.com/aeonzen
http://www.nightmarerecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/NightmareRecords?fref=ts

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-Ricky Byrd’s Solo Debut LIFER Out February 5

New York, NY — Guitarist/Singer-Songwriter Ricky Byrd will release his solo debut LIFER on February 5, 2013 (Kayos Records). Recorded in Nashville and New York City, Executive Produced by Ray Kennedy (five-time Grammy Winner, Steve Earle, Ray Davies, Sheryl Crow) and co-produced by Byrd and Bob Stander, it features Byrd’s knack for classic hooks and jagged riffs, which gloriously sets the table for cut after meaningful cut.

The former longtime Blackhearts guitar slinger, whose monstrous power chords helped define Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock & Roll,” is a restless New York City poet who carries a torch for the town he loves, along with enough handbags and glad rags to make you feel like it’s 1974 all over again.

But of course, it’s not, it’s 2013, so Byrd has created his defining musical statement, LIFER, which features 11 original odes to what got him here in the first place: British rock and roll, soul, R&B, AM radio, FM radio, “The Honeymooners,” Groucho Marx and Dorothy Parker, to name a few things. You’ve got to understand: Ricky Byrd is a slave to what he loves, and we all reap the rewards with LIFER.

“My main goal with this record was to try and craft the songs with the same heart and soul that filled the music I listened to as a kid in my parents Bronx apartment — the music that even at that young age, made the hair go up on my arms,” states Ricky.

The early Rolling Stones are what gave him the original reason to believe, and their misfit awkwardness was something he related to. It’s what he felt and they were what he wanted to be. It’s what The Who and Mott The Hoople did to him. So he grows up and ends up playing with Daltrey, Ian Hunter and lots of other idols. Now the circle completes. The kid from the Bronx finally creates the record he was put here to make, on his own terms, by his own rules and with all the swagger, attitude and street smarts he first honed as a punk kid hanging out in the back room at Max’s Kansas City.

Awash in the warmth of organs, pianos and guitars woven together with the jaded, wasted elegance of all the best Faces records, LIFER reflects the best elements of what made his favorite music so special in the first place. Spoken asides and soaring choruses punctuated by the Stax-flavored horns and the most soulful of backing vocals blend into one funky rock ‘n’ roll stew.

We’re also reminded across each track that Byrd is a guitarist first. He never overplays, choosing instead to weave tasteful, tuneful solos that are as efficient as they are inspired; all bluesy, boozy and backroom.

The album kicks off with “Rock ‘N’ Roll Boys,” an over-the-shoulder tribute to the old glitter glam haunt Max’s, where Byrd got his first real taste of the other side of life. “Foolish Kind” in particular is a time machine all its own, replete with sunny organ fills and Byrd’s whiskey-soaked guitars weaving rich tapestries together as one as they do throughout the entire album. The soulful plea “Wide Open,” the tongue-in-cheek “Married Man” and the driving “Harlem Rose” all stay true to Byrd’s vision of making the music that first captivated him, but it’s the closer, “Turnstile ’01,” that may give the listener the deepest pause. It’s Byrd coming to grips with post-9/11 New York City, his chiming valentine to the Big Apple, a poignant, plaintive downtown tribute that rings things out exquisitely.

Subways are running slow, still I’ve got to smile
I’m heading downtown to you; my heart won’t stop beating wild
Girl I’ll meet you
By the turnstile

Simply put, this is rock and roll for people that miss this kind of rock and roll.

For more information on Ricky Byrd or to pre-order LIFER, please visit http://www.rickybyrd.com/ .

Track Listing:
1. Rock ‘N’ Roll Boys
2. Let’s Get Gone
3. Foolish Kind
4. Ways Of A Woman
5. Wide Open
6. Dream Big
7. Harlem Rose
8. Married Man
9. One Less Love
10. Things To Learn
11. Turnstile ’01

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“THIS is what rock and roll is SUPPOSED to sound like: great songs, great riffs, and rough, sweaty vocals. Ain’t no auto-tuning here: Ricky Byrd’s rock is alive and well, thank you!”
-Ken Dashow, Q104.3 Classic Rock New York

“This is the record for all of us that cut our teeth on the Stones, Mott, Bowie, the Faces — the stuff that never gets old. Ricky’s guitar playing is inspired, and he wears his New York heart on his sleeve, delivering honest, bluesy, beautiful odes to all the things he loves; a very cool thing given his amazing taste. With LIFER, Byrd reminds us why we fell in love with rock and roll so much in the first place.”
-Chris Epting, Music Journalist/Author

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-Tellus Requiem’s New Album Out Now; Streaming In Full On AOL Music!

Tellus Requiem’s new album INVICTUS (THE 11TH HOUR) was released on Nightmare Records / Sony / RED. In celebration of the album’s release, the band has teamed up with AOL Music for an exclusive full album stream. Get an exclusive first listen of INVICTUS (THE 11TH HOUR) on AOL Music at http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds#/6 . The album is available on CD and Digital Download at your favorite vendors that champion great music.

Tellus Requiem hails from Norway, bringing to the world a rich Scandinavian blend of Progressive Power Metal that combines the bands musings and many different styles of music into a heavy alloy of epic and majestic technical metal. Tellus Requiem has delivered their breathtaking sophomore album INVICTUS (THE 11TH HOUR).

Tellus Requiem means “The earth’s death mass.” Tellus being Latin for The Earth, Requiem being the last composition a composer writes before they died. The main theme of the band’s musings is about worlds shattering. This can either be global, personal, fictional or literary. Leaving it open to interpretation.

INVICTUS (THE 11TH HOUR) track listing:
1) Ab Aeterno
2) Red Horizon
3) Eden Burns
4) Reflections Remains
5) Twilight Hour
6) Sands Of Gold
7) Tranquility
8) Redemption
9) Invictus
10) Dies Irae

Lineup:
Ben Rodgers – Vocals
Vidar Lehmann – Drums
Stig Nergård – Guitars
Ivar Hagen Bøe – Bass
Anders Sundbø – Keys

For more info visit:
http://www.tellusrequiem.com/
http://www.facebook.com/tellusrequiem
http://www.nightmarerecords.com/

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-Code Of Silence’s “Sky Is Falling Down” Video Released

British Melodic Metal band Code Of Silence — fronted by Brazilian vocalist Gus Monsanto (Timo Tolkki’s Revolution Renaissance, Adagio, Symbolica, Lord Of Mushrooms) and young virtuoso guitar player Ben Randall (Power Quest) — have released their debut promo video for the track “Sky Is Falling Down.” The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/FSPtR8ote-I .

Filmed in the derelict Lansdowne Parish Church in Glasgow, Scotland, on a freezing cold December day, the video was captured by Director MJ Dixon of Mycho Pictures.

Written by Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and bassist James Murray, “Sky Is Falling Down” is the first single from the bands full-length debut, DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON, which is described in the label press release as “a grandiose thematic album based upon the tales of the legendary Knights Templar during the period of the Crusades.”

The four-minute composition about the legendary Knights Templar focuses on the protagonist’s experiences and thoughts, in particular, what it meant in regards to his personal sacrifice and chosen life path.

Code Of Silence recently signed with Mausoleum Records and Rubicon Music.

Produced by Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and mixed and mastered by Italian producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Eden’s Curse, Hardline, Lionville) Code Of Silence’s full-length debut, DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON, is scheduled for release on January 23 in Japan, February 25 in Europe and April 9 in North America.

DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON track listing:

01. Omertà
02. Bitter Sweet Paradise
03. Sky Is Falling Down
04. Tame The Tempest
05. Dark Skies Over Babylon
06. Seventh Seal
07. Witches Of November
08. Black Abyss
09. Knights Of The Crimson Cross
10. Midnight Cathedral (Veritas)
11. Here To Heaven

Guitarist Ben Randall (ex-Power Quest) turned heads when he won “The Most Promising Young Guitarist” award at the 2008 inaugural Guitar Idol competition in London at just 17 years old. With a field of over 750 international entrants, Randall wowed judges who praised “his level of technical virtuosity at such a young age, coupled with a level of phrasing beyond his years,” a hallmark of his playing throughout the Code Of Silence debut. The rest of Code Of Silence consists of keyboardist Scott McLean (Falloch, ex-Concept Of Time) and drummer John Clelland (The Crows, The Jack, Karma, The Troubleshooters).

http://www.codeofsilence.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/codeofsilenceuk

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-Korpiklaani Announce Second Leg Of “Manala European Tour 2013!”

A while ago, restless Finnish folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani announced the first dates of their upcoming “Manala European Tour 2013,” starting end of January, with support coming from Estonian fellow folk metallers Metsatoll. Now it’s time to unveil more cities that will get the chance to follow the sextet to the wondrous realms of Manala, the underworld in Finnish mythology — on the second tour leg in April! Check out the dates below.

To get an impression of the backstage craziness at a typical Korpiklaani show, watch this exclusive behind-the-scenes video of last year’s Heidenfest tour:

KORPIKLAANI
+ METSATÖLL

30.01. D Essen – Turock
31.01. UK Norwich – Open
01.02. UK Glasgow – Classic Grand
02.02. UK Manchester – The Academy
03.02. IRL Dublin – Button Factory
04.02. UK London – Underworld
05.02. F Colmar – Grillen
06.02. F Paris – Divan Du Monde
07.02. F Rennes – Antipode
08.02. F Cognac – West Rock
09.02. E Madrid – Caracol
10.02. E Barcelona – Razz2/Salamandra1
11.02. F Toulouse – Bikini
12.02. F Lyon – CCO
14.02. CH Solothurn – Kofmehl
15.02. CH Chur – Palazzo
16.02. I Reggio Emilia – Tempo Rock
17.02. I Turin – Combo@Suoneria
18.02. I Rome – Orion
19.02. I Treviso – New Age
20.02. SLO Maribor – Stuk
21.02. SK Bratislava – Majestic Music Club
22.02. H Budapest – Club 202
23.02. D Ingolstadt – Westpark

10.04. PL Gdansk – Parlament
11.04. PL Wroclaw – Alibi
12.04. PL Carcov – Kwadrat
13.04. PL Warsaw – Progresja
15.04. DK Copenhagen – Pumpenhuset
16.04. DK Aarhus – Voxhall
17.04. D Lübeck – Treibsand
18.04. NL Dordrecht – Biebelot
19.04. B Bomal-sur-Ourthe – Durbuy Rock Festival
20.04. D Bremen – Tivoli
21.04. NL Leeuwarden – Romein
22.04. D Berlin – K17
23.04. D Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
24.04. D Cham – L.A.
27.04. D Losheim – Hexentanz Festival

http://www.korpiklaani.com/

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-Free Fall’s Brand New Track Exclusively Available For Download At Planet Rock Radio!

“Free Fall,” a brand new track by Swedish freedom rockers Free Fall (featuring ex-members of Soundtrack Of Our Lives and The International Noise Conspiracy) is now exclusively available for download at Planet Rock Radio!

To be able to download the track you need to be a Planet Rock VIP member:
http://www.planetrock.com/vip-club/

Also check out “World Domination” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-piKzrZj4U and feel free to spread, share, like, embed the video!

A free SongPier app for iOS & Android devices has been available as well. Surf to http://songpier.com/freefall and safe the page to your home screen. You’ll be able to check out both singles, pictures, videos and more Free Fall info.

Check out the official “Power & Volume” music video at http://youtu.be/7xFYmCfZcyE . POWER & VOLUME, the album, will be released February 22, 2013.

“Power & Volume,” the single (including an exclusive non-album bonus track), is available digitally via iTunes and physically on 7″ vinyl via the Nuclear Blast Mail Order.

Also check out the official lyric video for “Power & Volume” at http://youtu.be/ZGf0-7ypEBE .

Free Fall
http://www.facebook.com/freefallpowerandvolume

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-Valor Joins Pitch Black Records

Second Album By Greek Epic Heavy Metal Outfit

Pitch Black Records is pleased to announce the newest addition to its roster — Greek epic heavy metal band Valor.

Valor were formed in 2002 and two years later released their first mini-CD (“The Nameless One”) which received high praises from international underground media. In 2008 came the band’s first full-length album (DESTINY’S PATH) which was again greatly received by fans and media while at the same time it laid strong foundations for a solid bond between band members both as friends and musicians.

Their forthcoming new album, THE YONDER ANSWER, is the result of an intensive collaborative effort between all band members, the result of which is an album full of melody and passion and pure epic heaviness!

THE YONDER ANSWER is scheduled for release on March 5th and it will be available through Pitch Black Records and its distribution partners as well as through all major MP3 stores.

The song “The Answer’s Yonder” is already available for streaming and free download from http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/ .

Album track list:
1. Intro – The Journey Begins
2. The Answer’s Yonder
3. Crossroads
4. The Guides
5. Follow Me
6. The Bravest Of Them All
7. Choices
8. One Hand Red
9. H.U.M.A.N.
10. Inner Nature

Valor is:
Vaggelis Krouskas: vocals
Chris Remoundos: bass
Spyros Soldatos: guitars
Vasilis Kourkoutas: guitars
Thanasis Lois: keyboards
Andritsos Thodoris: drums

Sound clip:

http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/
http://www.twitter.com/pitchblackrcrds
http://www.facebook.com/pitchblackrecords
http://www.youtube.com/pitchblackrec

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-Kill Ritual Announces US Tour Dates And New Guitarist

Bay Area Thrash and Rollers Kill Ritual have lined up the following US dates in support of their debut release THE SERPENTINE RITUAL (Scarlet Records).

The band are also introducing new guitarist Mehl Anoma (ex-Potential, Threat SF) who takes over for the departing Roberto Proietti who has stepped down because of a demanding professional career and new family. Roberto will be missed and we all understand and support his decision. Mehl is a Bay Area Metal veteran and we look forward to our future collaborations.

Kill Ritual is:
Josh Gibson – Vocals
Steven Rice – Lead Guitar (ex-Imagika)
Mehl Anoma – Guitar (ex-Potential, Threat SF)
Wayne De Vecchi – Drums (ex-Imagika, Doom Society)
Danyael Williams – Bass (ex-Dark Angel)

KILL RITUAL US TOUR 2013

3/1 – Gilbert, AZ – Crabby Don’s
3/2 – Albuquerque, NM – Hooligans
3/3 – El Paso, TX – Bombardiers
3/4 – Las Cruces, NM – The Green Room
3/6 – Roswell, NM – Silverdome
3/7 – Midland, TX – Fast Freddy’s
3/8 – Lawton, OK – The Railhead Saloon
3/9 – Ft. Worth, TX – The Rail Club
3/10 – Austin, TX – Headhunters
3/15 – Houston, TX-TBA
3/16 – Brownwood, TX – Brownwood County Fairgrounds
3/17 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon
3/18 – Wichita, KS – Kirby’s Beer Store
3/19 – Garden City, KS – Four Winds Bar And Grill
3/20 – Denver, CO – Casselman’s
3/21 – Casper, WY-TBA
3/22 – Salt Lake City, UT-TBA
3/23 – Reno, NV – Shea’s Tavern
3/30 – Las Vegas, NV – The Cheyenne Saloon

More dates will be announced soon.

http://www.killritual.com/
http://www.facebook.com/KillRitual

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-Lord Volture: Podcast #5 & New Album

Dutch heavy metallers Lord Volture have released their fifth podcast video. In the new podcast the band shows exclusive live footage, revealing backstage shots and crazy touring moments of the Metal Messiah European Tour. The tour went across Spain, France and Belgium where the band opened for Tim “Ripper” Owens. Watch the video below:

Lord Volture are promoting their sophomore release NEVER CRY WOLF which was released in November 2011. Currently the band is working on their third studio album. They expect to enter the studio in the coming spring.

Pure and Unpolished Heavy Metal band hailing from the Netherlands. For all who bear a heart of steel, Lord Volture is a definite MUST! “The majestic of a lordship, the velocity and power of an electrical charge and the beastly ruggedness of a scavenging vulture”

http://www.lordvolture.com/
http://www.facebook.com/lordvolture
http://www.youtube.com/user/LordVoltureTV

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-The Resistance: Decibel Brings You “Face To Face”

In celebration of the impending release of their RISE FROM TREASON EP, Decibel Magazine offers up The Resistance’s “Face To Face.” Featuring within its ranks some of Sweden’s most esteemed musicians, The Resistance includes In Flames’ founder Jesper Strömblad on guitar alongside second guitarist Glenn Ljungström (ex-In Flames), vocalist Marco Aro (ex-The Haunted, Facedown) and drummer Chris Barkensjö (ex-Kaamos, ex-Repugnant).

Far from a “supergroup” or “side project,” The Resistance is a veritable gang embracing the musical attitude and sounds of old-school Swedish death metal and the traditional “no compromise” values of hardcore. Sea Of Tranquility calls RISE FROM TREASON “consistently hard, driving, aggressive, fast, and angry,” while No Clean Singing adds: “crusty, d-beat influenced, old-school death metal with hardcore vocals and extremely headbangable rhythms. I like.”

RISE FROM TREASON will see North American release on January 29, 2013 via Armoury Records with a full-length to follow later this year.

In the meantime, check out “Face To Face” courtesy of Decibel Magazine:

http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/streaming-the-resistance-face-to-face/

http://www.facebook.com/theresistanceswe
http://www.eaglerockent.com/

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-Orchid To Release “Wizard Of War” 10″ Vinyl!

As an appetizer for their upcoming album, THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS, San Francisco-based doom rockers Orchid will release the “Wizard Of War” EP on 10″ vinyl, February 22, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

The EP will contain the following tracks:
1. Wizard Of War
2. Demon’s Eyes
3. Albatros

“Wizard Of War” will also appear on the upcoming full-length album, THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS. “Demon’s Eyes” was previously released on an underground Halloween compilation and “Albatros” was formerly released on the band’s significant debut album, CAPRICORN.

Stay tuned for more info about THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS. Release date, cover and track list to be announced soon!

Members
Theo Mindell (Vocals)
Carter Kennedy (Drums)
Mark Thomas Baker (Guitar)
Keith Nickel (Bass)

http://www.orchidsf.com/

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-The Earache Metalizer Spotify App Is Here! Try It Now!

Greetings!

It’s been a while in the making, but the Earache Metalizer Spotify app is now here, bringing the greatest metal music discovery tool to over 20 million users around the world!

Earache has spent the last 25 years uncovering new music, and now we’ve created a Spotify app that will help you do exactly that for yourself. The Earache Metalizer is the first-of-its-kind Spotify app dedicated purely to metal music, and allows you to create an endless number of killer playlists suited specifically to your tastes!

Simply use the sliding bars on the mixing desk to choose your perfect mixture of Metal, Thrash, Death and Grind, and the Earache Metalizer generates your dream playlist within Spotify. The songs are not just restricted to Earache tracks either — you’ll find everything from big-name acts such as Metallica, all the way through to Pig Destroyer.

Once you’ve created your perfect metal playlist, you can save it and share it with your friends via Facebook and Twitter, before doing it all over again!

Create your ultimate metal playlist now with the Earache Metalizer Spotify app at http://open.spotify.com/app/earache .

Check out an image of the app in action at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/earache_metalizer.jpg .

Have fun and don’t forget to show us your favorite playlists!

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-Extreme Prog Metallers Walk As Chaos Unleash New Music Video “Impasse”

Walk As Chaos, the new extreme progressive metal collaboration from Alan Sacha Laskow (Divinity, Enditol) and Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster (Out Of Your Mouth, Autobody) are proud to unleash their new music video in support of their first single “Impasse.”

Directed by one of Alberta’s leading independent music video directors, Doug Cook, the video incorporates various film making techniques like old school stop-motion photography, computer graphic elements mixed with live action along with fantastic set and costume design to bring “Impasse” to the visual forefront.

“We are super excited about our new music video for ‘Impasse.’ Doug Cook (director) went the extra mile and we are proud to say we feel it sticks out as being modern & inventive — just like our music. When we started talking about how to bring the song into the visual realm, Doug decided the backdrop should be a futuristic world made up of lines that had a difficult time connecting with each other, like a maze. He also wanted to put Jerrod and I into situations that showcased our collaboration (singer/engineer) but also the frustration one can be faced with when being at a impasse, whether is be Man vs. Man, Man vs. Tech and Man vs. Nature, etc.” comments Laskow.

Walk As Chaos – “Impasse” video

About:
Two musical comrades from the northern wasteland collaborate to create a unique hybrid between true Progressive and Extreme Metal leanings. All instrumentation is programmed and played by MIDI except the guitar and vocals. Think Cynic and Animals As Leaders meeting Meshuggah and Decapitated and you’re getting there.

A continuation of Enditol with a fresh start and new name, WAC is essentially a playground for their minds to unleash whatever they feel like and put down to “tape,” just pure expression and an honest attempt to communicate.

For more info on Walk As Chaos, please visit these following links:
http://www.walkaschaos.com/
https://www.facebook.com/walkaschaos

For more info on Doug Cook, please visit these following links:
http://www.dougcook.ca/
http://www.dougcook.ca/cook/ (Doug Cook Bio)

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV: Newest Bands Locked Down

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

The latest round of bands confirmed to storm the stage at New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV has today been announced. The fresh additions to the brutal three-day event include Alleageon, Alpha & Omega, Born Low, MurderDeathKill and Dark Sermon, as well as Baltimore hardcore squad Trapped Under Ice and New Jersey’s renowned explosive tech metal practitioners The Dillinger Escape Plan.

A tour based around the fest has also been created by MassConcerts, something they’ve done for the past four years. Dubbed Mission Quest To Metal Fest, the trek was formed in order to help a few of the bands get to and from NEMHF this year. This year the tour unifies Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues and Antagonist A.D. on a ten-date assault leading up to their individual performances at the festival. Stated promoter Scott Lee on the formation of this built-in tour: “We are really proud of this year’s lineup, and to bring these bands together leading up to it. The tour includes Expire who played last year, California powerhouse Alpha & Omega, Power Trip who is an up-and-coming hardcore band from Texas, and Twitching Tongues. We’re also very excited to have Antagonist A.D. from New Zealand; they are the band coming from the farthest away for the fest. Pretty happy to have them; we love putting foreign bands on the bill!”

Mission Quest To Metal Fest
w/ Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues, Antagonist A.D:
4/08/2013 The Underground – Phoenix, AZ
4/09/2013 The Studio – Tucson, AZ
4/10/2013 The War Room – El Paso, TX
4/12/2013 The Low Key Parts – Hot Springs, AR
4/13/2013 The Hatch – Evansville, IN
4/14/2013 Skate Naked – Columbus, OH
4/15/2013 907 Lincoln – Ann Arbor, MI
4/16/2013 Funeral Home – Buffalo, NY
4/17/2013 West Side Park – Wilkes Barre, PA
4/18/2013 Moose Lodge – Glen Cove, NY
4/19-21/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest XV

This follows the announcement that the third annual Metal Alliance Tour will provide audio annihilation from Exodus, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail and headliners Anthrax performing AMONG THE LIVING in its entirety, as well as additional headliners Hatebreed, Opeth and Suicidal Tendencies and nearly fifty more acts from all walks of the extreme music spectrum. The three-day event will take place the weekend of April 19th, 20th and 21st at the historic Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts marking its 15th anniversary. Info on the kick-off party on Thursday, April 18th will be announced soon.

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.

Friday, April 19th: Anthrax (performing AMONG THE LIVING in its entirety), Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Black Breath, Holy Grail, VYGR, Multilation Rites, Trap Them, Death Before Dishonor, Xibalba, The Mongoloids, Power Trip, Expire, Twitching Tongues, Alleageon, Suburban Scum, Rude Awakening, The Greenery, Disgrace, Antagonist AD, The Greenery, Battlecross

Saturday, April 20th: Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Katatonia, Trollfest, Tyr, Hellsot, Heidevolk, Ensiferum, Alpha & Omega, Born Of Osiris, After The Burial, Dead By Wednesday, The Contortionist, Legion, Erra, Fit For An Autopsy, Born Low, MurderDeathKill, Sworn In, Reflections, Mouth Of The South, Ark Of The Covenant, Those Who Fear, Saving Grace, Years Since The Storm, King 810

Sunday, April 21st: Suicidal Tendencies, Miss May I, Texas In July, Trapped Under Ice, Glass Cloud, Your Memorial, No Mercy, I Declare War, Foundation, Remembering Never, Bracewar, Mother Of Mercy, Agitator, Incendiary, Thick As Blood, Dark Sermon, To The Wind

New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2013 Ticket Prices/Packages:

Weekend Pass For All Three Days – $90
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7410867

Thursday, April 18th – Kick Off Party – $12 In Advance/$15 Day-Of
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7418257

Friday, April 19th: $35 In Advance/$40 Day-Of
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7418258

Saturday, April 20th: $40 In Advance/$45 Day-Of
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7418262

Sunday, April 21st: $35 In Advance/$40 Day-Of
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?&pid=7418266

VIP Three-Day Package – $165: Includes one three-day NEMHF Pass, entry to Thursday’s pre-party, an NEMHF T-shirt, 18 x 24 NEMHF poster, NEMHF sampler CD, exclusive meet and greets with artists all weekend, early entry each day, NEHMF guitar picks, NEHMF button pack, raffles for exclusive gear, NEMHF beer koozie, NEMHF + Shock Clothing key chain, free Monster energy drink at the signing tent.
http://www.soundrink.com/products/3-day-weekend-vip-pass

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

https://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest
http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/
https://twitter.com/moshfest
http://www.massconcerts.com/

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-Jess And The Ancient Ones Announce Release Date For New EP

Today, Svart Records announces February 22nd as the international release date for Jess And The Ancient Ones’ brand-new ASTRAL SABBAT. Although it’s been only nine months since the release of their brilliant and spellbinding debut album on Svart, Finland’s Jess And The Ancient Ones have already moved on. After a split 7″ with Spain’s Deadmask last November on Doomentia, the band is already gearing up for something new: a three-song EP titled ASTRAL SABBAT — to be released on CD, LP, and digital download — is expected to shatter most of the preconceptions some already held against the band. Track listing follows below.

Once again recorded with Swedish sonic wizard Tore Stjerna of Necromorbus Studio in their hometown of Kuopio, ASTRAL SABBAT sees Jess And The Ancient Ones pushing forward the boundaries of the sound established on their debut full-length and forging their own path, as personified by the rather unusual choice of cover song: “Long And Lonesome Road,” originally written and recorded by Dutch rock outfit Shocking Blue, mostly known for their mega-hit “Venus.”

“We wanted to give these works a space entirely their own,” reveals guitarist Thomas Corpse, “so that listeners are able to focus on them completely. For this purpose, we consider an EP the perfect means. Regarding the surprising choice of cover, I had heard the song at a very young age. And now, after travelling many roads, it returned to me. It is a timeless song, and I hope someone discovers Shocking Blue through us.”

With its cover art designed by Adam Burke of Nightjar Graphics, its accompanying video (a first for the band) that will be released to the public on February 6th, and its epic “More Than Living” that swallows the entire B side on the vinyl version, ASTRAL SABBAT will prove that Jess And The Ancient Ones are now way beyond all those occult, prog, or retro-rock tags and playing a game on their own.

Preorder for CD:
http://www.svartrecords.com/shoppe/releases/1715-jess-and-the-ancient-ones-astral-sabbat-mcd.html

Preorder for LP:
http://www.svartrecords.com/shoppe/home/1716-jess-and-the-ancient-ones-astral-sabbat-lp.html

Track listing for Jess And The Ancient Ones’ ASTRAL SABBAT:
1) Astral Sabbat
2) Long And Lonesome Road
3) More Than Living

More info:
http://www.facebook.com/jessandtheancientones
http://www.jessandtheancientones.com/
http://www.svartrecords.com/

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-Out Now! Joel Grind’s THE YELLOWGOAT SESSIONS — Name Your Own Price

Joel Grind’s THE YELLOWGOAT SESSIONS full-length is now available on iTunes, Bandcamp and Nimbits with Spotify, Amazon, MOG, etc. soon to follow.

Recorded as a Toxic Holocaust return-to-form of sorts (think the CRITICAL MASS demo), THE YELLOWGOAT SESSIONS features 10 tracks of raw, abrasive fuzzed out rock / metal / punk a la early Bathory and Motörhead. Comments Grind: “If you are looking for over-produced sh*t that passes as Metal today this is NOT for you.”

Like first single “Cross Damnation,” the album is now available as a “name your own price” release with a suggested donation of $5 allowing fans to pay whatever they feel like paying… or pay nothing at all.

Grind elaborates: “Making a recording is far from free; your donation of any size goes toward supporting an independent artist and allows projects like this to continue. In my opinion, music being released direct from the artist to the fan with no middle men is the future. With your support of this project as well as similar ones from other artists, I think we can make a serious change in the way the music ‘biz’ is run.”

Preorders for the LP, as well as a limited edition bundle that includes the LP, T-shirt and a bonus track are available at the links below.

LP Preorders:
http://www.indiemerch.com/toxicholocaust/item/17839

Limited Edition Bundle Preorders:
http://www.indiemerch.com/toxicholocaust/item/17840

“It’s thrashy in places, but has more of a thrash n’ roll vibe. ‘Hells’ Master Of Hell’ is very Motorhead-influenced, with even raspier vocals. Songs like ‘Foul Spirit Within’ have a slower tempo and more ominous feel. The production is rough and raw with plenty of distortion, perfect for a project like this. Fans of Toxic Holocaust will definitely dig THE YELLOWCOAT SESSIONS, as will those who appreciate down and dirty thrash-infused rock.” – About.com

http://joelgrind.bandcamp.com
http://www.nimbitmusic.com/joelgrind

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-En Route To Heavy MTL: Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie) Of GWAR To Guest Judge Round 2

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

Battle 2 of the BOTB will take place on Thursday, February 7th at Les Katacombes (1635 St.-Laurent Blvd.) with special guest judges GWAR’s vocalist Dave Brockie best known as Oderus Urungus, along with Slaves On Dope vocalist and CHOM 97.7FM DJ Jason Rockman, plus award winning producer/mixer Glen Robinson (GWAR, Voivod, Grim Skunk), along with local music industry for the alternative metal night.

Competing bands:
Alternative Metal Night:
Ogenix – http://www.reverbnation.com/ogenix
Projekt F – http://www.projektf.net/
D.O.T. – http://www.facebook.com/dotarmy
Truth or Scare – http://www.reverbnation.com/truthorscare

Event Details:
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/181396845317271/
Ticket Purchase: La Boutique Labyrinthe: 486 Ste. Catherine Ouest & http://www.admission.com/event/en-route-vers-heavy-mtl-2013-bataille-2-billets/704421
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $12 Advance / $15 Door

Sponsored by:
Budweiser – http://www.budweiser.ca/
Jagermeister – http://www.jagermeister.ca/
Galaxie – http://www.galaxie.ca/
Revolutionary Longboards – https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionaryLongboards
Godin Guitars – http://www.godinguitars.com/
Delta Hotels – https://www.deltahotels.com/Hotels/Delta-Montreal
Italmélodie – http://www.italmelodie.com/
La Boutique Labyrinthe – http://www.labyrintherock.com/
Slick Styled Steel Tattoo & Piercing – http://www.slickstyledsteel.com/
HMMAC – https://www.facebook.com/HMMACANADA
Absolute Underground Magazine – https://www.facebook.com/groups/10034445807/

For more info, please visit ( http://www.dungeonworksprods.com/ & http://heavymtl.com/en/jouer-heavy/ )

Rounds to come!

Progressive Death Metal Night:
Brought By Pain – http://www.facebook.com/broughtbypain
Pronostic – http://www.facebook.com/pronosticofficial
Tunguska Mammoth – http://tunguskamammoth.bandcamp.com/
Derelict – http://derelictmetal.com/

Prog/Power/Epic Metal Night:
Transcend – http://www.reverbnation.com/transcendband
Eclipse Prophecy – http://www.facebook.com/eclipseprophecy
Kalter (Quebec City) – http://kalterofficial.com/
Unbeing – http://www.unbeingmusic.com/

Deathcore Night:
Rosewood – http://www.facebook.com/RosewoodMTL
Self Collapse – http://www.reverbnation.com/selfcollapsemetal
Of Temples – http://www.facebook.com/oftemples
Death Lullaby – http://www.deathlullaby.com/

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-Candlelight Records 2013 Label Update

Candlelight Records extends a Happy New Years greeting to all our media, retail, and band friends around the globe. We have an active year planned and hope you will find many records of interest over the next twelve months. As always, if you have any questions or need anything, just ask one of our staffers and we’ll gladly sort. And now for the news…

New Signings:

We are proud to announce a number of new signings to the label.

Earth Crisis (World): No hardcore or metal fan can be unaware of Eart Crisis or the contribution the Syracuse-based band has made to heavy music since their founding in 1989. Now in 2013, the band begins a new chapter with a new record, a new label, a new quest to deliver music as only they can. Expected to begin recording late spring, watch for updates as the five-piece prep for an active and productive year.

Palehorse (World): Terrorizer Magazine call this UK bevy, “a band who marry a palpable viciousness of delivery with a desire to sidestep heavy amplification convention in search of a more unsettling and uncompromising onslaught.” Together since 2000, the band have released two full-length albums; both overwhelmingly received by media. Now for album number three, the band expects to turn even more heads.

Demon Lung (World): The Las Vegas-based quartet have completed recording with Billy Anderson and are anticipating a late spring release. The band notes of the recording adventure, “recording with Billy was an amazing experience creatively and personally. Having never met him before, we were a bit intimidated by his resume and the fact that he has recorded some of our favorite albums. But within the first three minutes we knew we were in good hands.” Anderson notes, “it’s going to be an epic album by an epic band.”

Voices (World): Featuring Akercocke/My Dying Bride drummer David Gray with Akercocke’s Peter Benjamin and Sam Loynes, this new UK-based black metal band is set to release their debut via Candlelight in the coming months. FROM THE HUMAN FOREST CREATE A FUGUE OF IMAGINARY RAIN was recorded at London’s Legacy Studios and was produced by Dan Abela. Terrorizer has already called the record “a unique beast brimming with ultra-blasts and dexterous riffing.”

Cnoc Un Tursa (World): The epic sounds of this Scottish quartet will impress those that enjoy the diversity of the current pagan/black/folk metal explosion. The band’s Candlelight debut, THE GIANTS OF AULD, was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales by acclaimed producer Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard). It is set for North American release late March. Heathen Harvest calls the album “a potent mixture of black metal riffage and rousing, epic atmosphere.”

Non Existence (World): The Austria-based band fronted by Philip Santoll is ready to unveil their second album via Candlelight this spring. ANTARCTICA combines the familiar bombast of Dimmu Borgir with an Arcturus-like avant-garde swagger, and the melancholy of My Dying Bride. The band says the album is as cold and massive as it is beautiful and raw. The album follows up the band’s 2007 debut, NIHIL.

Mael Mordha (World): With three full-length albums already to their credit, Ireland’s Gaelic doomsters now join forces with Candlelight for their next chapter. The quintet is currently busy working on the follow-up to 2010’s MANANNA. The band recently performed alongside Primordial at the Redemption Festival in Dublin. Rotting Christ, Solstafir, and label mates Winterfylleth were also featured on the bill.

Hopeless Youth (World): These Canadians have been stumbling between basement shows and venues as they strive to bring fast aggressive music to everyone. After self-releasing their own self-titled EP, Hopeless Youth have proved that they have what it takes to go to the next level. Now signed to Candlelight, the five-piece will be releasing a full-length with plans to tour the world. Whether it’s beer soaked or sober, they’ll stop at nothing to play everywhere.

Shade Empire (World): Finland-based symphonic black metal band are set to silence a four-year hiatus with a new record via Candlelight Records. Metal Observer calls the band, “a smorgasbord of melodic thrash, technical death metal, and synthesized chaos with an industrial sheen.” Chronicles Of Chaos call them, “a veritable melting pot of metal genres.” It will be exciting to hear what this six-piece have in store for fans in the coming months.

Armed For Apocalypse (Europe): The Sacramento band is hard-at-work on album number two. It is expected for release late spring. Featuring former members of Will Haven, the four-piece has performed alongside a wide range of artists including Unearth, The Used, Static-X, Helmet, Lazarus A.D., and The Funeral Pyre.

Wounded Kings (World): From the misty moors of Dartmoor, the respected quartet now call Candlelight their home. Roadburn alumni, Wounded Kings have a sizeable world following and their new record is already eagerly anticipated. Aquarian Weekly says the band’s “riffs are so locked in doom lore that you can almost imagine there was a thin sheet of dust on the two-inch tape this was plainly recorded on from the irregularly dusted castle it was plainly recorded in.”

Sadgiqacea (World): Heavy Planet says, “while destroying everything in their path, Philadelphia-based Sadgiqacea creates an inspiring assault of beauty meets devastation. Crushing riffs and ambient beauty swirl as the vocals bark… epic and full on sludge.” Fueled by the duo of Evan Schaefer and Fred Grabosky, the band recently completed their Candlelight debut. Expect an April release.

Hybris (World): Weaving technical thrash with classic heavy metal and strong hints of progressive, these London thrashers are set to unveil their debut album late spring. Band founder/leader Federica proves that girls can truly thrash. The band has been regulars to the stage, playing alongside Municipal Waste, Helstar, Volture, and others.

New Releases:

See below for confirmed releases as well recordings in progress.

Orange Goblin (World): Ready for what could be the biggest year in their career, the Orange Goblin boys are ready to hit the road to support their forthcoming A EULOGY FOR THE FANS/ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012. The CD/DVD will hit North American stores on March 12; just as the band begins their first stateside tour in many a year. Teaming up with Clutch, the band will visit cities all over the US and Canada playing fan favorites from their extensive recording registry. Confirmed tour dates are noted in the tour section below.

Ihsahn (World): The former Emperor vocalist/guitarist is set to touchdown on US soil for this year’s Maryland Death Festival. This will be only the second time the highly respected musician has performed as a solo artist since setting out on his own (following the 2001 demise of Emperor). He is already feverously working on new material which he plans to record in the coming months; songs to be included on his fourth solo recording anticipated for late year.

Havok (World): The Denver thrashers are getting ready to hit the studio to record what is expected to be a highly anticipated album. Planned for release late June, the still untitled album will follow TIME IS UP, the offering that really opened doors for the still young quartet. The band was a performer on Barge To Hell (alongside At The Gates, Napalm Death, Behemoth, and label mates Corrosion Of Conformity, among others). Watch for more recording details in the coming weeks.

Woe (World): The third record from the Philadelphia black metal band is set to be released this spring. Hailed by media since their debut, A SPELL FOR THE DEATH OF MAN in 2008, Woe has slowly built a solid fan base with Metal Sucks saying, “this is the sound of black metal to come.” Teeth Of The Divine note, “Woe carve out their own niche amid the US black metal scene without bowing down to either forced brittle Scandinavian worship, post rock injections or self-loathing depression.”

Meads Of Asphodel (World): Finishing up work on SONDERKOMMANDO, their second album for Candlelight, the UK-based black metal medievalists plan to take their loyal fan base on another dynamic adventure. Stereogum notes, “it’s impossible to nail their sound without just diving in,” when detailing the band’s unique sound. It is hard to pinpoint when you consider the band have covered Stiff Little Fingers, Discharge, the Stranglers, Conflict, Skeptix, the Kinks, and completed a split recording with Mayhem in 2002.

Also coming…. new recordings from Altar Of Plagues (Europe), Limbonic Art (World), and Abigail Williams (World).

Candlelight Artists On Tour:

Orange Goblin:
w/ Clutch
03/08/2013 Bogarts – Cincinnati OH
03/09/2013 Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
03/10/2013 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
03/11/2013 Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom – Little Rock, AR
03/12/2013 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
03/14/2013 Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX
03/18/2013 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
03/19/2013 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
03/21/2013 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
03/22/2013 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
03/23/2013 Hard Rock Café – Las Vegas, NV
03/24/2013 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA

Vision Of Disorder:
01/26/2013 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
01/27/2013 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
02/01/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
02/02/2013 Whiskey a Go-Go – Hollywood, CA

Demon Lung:
02/10/2013 Bunkhouse Saloon – Las Vegas, NV (supporting Castle)
03/16/2013 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV (supporting Gravehill, Avenger Of Blood)

http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/
http://www.facebook.com/candlelightrecordsusa
http://www.twitter.com/candlelightusa
http://www.candlelightrecords.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/candlelightrecords

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Interview w/ Jammer (Brute Forcz)
January, 2013

The old-school metal power trio Brute Forcz, consisting of the actor/ex-pro wrester brothers Steel — Robbn a.k.a. “Jammer” (bass, vocals) and Ronn a.k.a. “Slammer” (drums) — along with lead guitarist Will Wallner, released its debut full-length album OUT FOR BLOOD last fall. The 10-track release was produced and engineered by the renowned tandem of Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen, and sports a gritty, W.A.S.P.-meets-Motorhead type of sound. I spoke to Jammer back in September of 2011 (Mini-Issue #608.5 – September 16, 2011) when a four-track taster EP called, appropriately enough, KICK ASS HEAVY METAL had been released to raise interest in the band. Now that the album is here I again touched base with Jammer, to get all the updates.

DETRITUS: First off, congrats on getting the album out. When I spoke to you in 2011 the KICK ASS HEAVY METAL EP had just been released, and you were hoping it would make a splash. How was it received?

JAMMER: We put the EP out strictly to see how our music and sound would go over and if we should continue in this direction. It went over big for us; we got nothing but positive responses from everyone who heard or was sent the EP. We were hoping to get the album out sooner, but it did not work out that way. Regardless, we are very happy with the response from both our EP and new CD, OUT FOR BLOOD.

D: The songs from the EP — “Live For Speed,” “Sex Machine,” “Leather N Chains,” and “Thrill Queen” — rear their heads again on OUT FOR BLOOD. Were they re-mixed, re-mastered, or tweaked in any way for the album? If not, were you at least ever tempted to go back and “fix” anything with them?

J: They were not touched frankly because Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen did a great job with them. There was absolutely no reason whatsoever to tweak anything.

D: I always used to love the “Track-By-Track” feature in Metal Edge magazine 20+ years ago. For each song can you talk about its meaning or inspiration, or maybe relate a story about its genesis or recording?

1. “Live For Speed” – We have friends in NASCAR, everyone loves to drive fast and those are the inspirations behind this song. It is the way heavy metal fans like it, fast and hard….

2. “Out For Blood” – Just thinking about all of the killing that goes on in society. How cool it would be to hunt down the sick killers like the savage dogs they really are. The ones who hurt little kids or innocent people. This is about what it would be like to hunt down the killers and get your revenge.

3. “Metal Injection” – Open up and slide it in, you need a metal injection. Everyone knows Heavy Metal has the hottest chicks, and they need an injection from a heavy metal band. Or they can inject our metal CD into their box…

4. “Sex Machine” – Pretty much says it all. About a couple of strippers that I met who could do it all… and did, like a machine.

5. “Teenage Lover” – Do I really need to explain my thinking behind this?

6. “Leather N Chains” – The heavy metal lifestyle. Whatever you do — riding, partying, kicking ass, having sex — do it in leather and chains…

7. “Torture Chamber” – Destroying your mind, body and soul through drugs. Say what you want but at some point they will always catch up to you and the torture begins.

8. “Thrill Queen” – This song is dedicated to the beautiful women of porn. The ones who make you rise to the occasion and then work hard to make you explode in ecstasy. We salute them, keep them cumming.

9. “Hang Em High” – In the old west, when you committed a major crime, the posse hunted you down and hung you from the highest tree. I think about all the crimes committed in the world today and the system that allows criminals to stall and in some cases literally get away with murder. If they lived back in the old west, that would be a different story…

10. “Freedom’s Heart (Neda’s Song)” – This song is dedicated to the memory of Neda Agha-Soltan, a young Iranian woman who was killed at the 2009 Iranian election protests. It was described as “probably the most widely witnessed death in human history.” This is not a song about politics, but of human rights, something that we take for granted sometimes here in the US. A tragic story about a young woman who wanted to express her rights as a human being and as a woman and was tragically killed simply by observing.

D: The riff and solo in “Metal Injection” are both all sorts of killer. What’s your favorite part of the album, either a lyric, riff, solo, or a full song?

J: Well obviously I like every song, but I really like “Out For Blood.” I just like the evilness of the riff and Will did a great job on it. I will say this, the most underrated song is “Thrill Queen.” It is about porn chicks, I love the lyrics ’cause they are straight to the point, and when we play that song live, the women in the crowd love to dance to it. Maybe it has a special meaning to them, maybe they want to be Thrill Queens?

D: The cover art and song titles conjure up a pretty specific image, one of old-school ’80s metal with lots of partying and sexual escapades, and a dash of macho violence to grab kids’ attention. But then the album closes with the thoughtful “Freedom’s Heart (Neda’s Song).” Was there ever any hesitation to include this track? What kind of attention has it brought you?

J: We actually bumped a couple of songs off this album to put “Freedom’s Heart” on. We saw Neda’s story on an HBO special and it really got to me. Here is just an innocent person who wanted her freedom and wasn’t allowed to have such, like we have here in the US. There was more to her story than what people think, and in the end she was just accidentally shot. We plan to try to push this song in the Middle East. We know the kids there want to hear metal and rock music, so we plan to push this song more in the upcoming future.

D: “Teenage Lover” is like a skeevier, heavier, updated version of Kiss’ “Christine Sixteen.” How would you explain this one to your daughter?🙂

J: I don’t have a daughter, no explaining needed… But what I would say is, that if you listen to the song, we are talking about 18- or 19-year-olds. But for everyone with their minds in the gutter, go for it…

D: What’s the songwriting process like? Is there a dictator in the band or is it a team effort?

J: I do all of the writing right now, but Slammer and Will are welcome to throw their thoughts in… But as a dictator, I will veto it…

D: Were all 10 songs in the can back in ’11, and you just picked the four for the EP? Or did you just have the four ready, and now in the last year or so you’ve been able to finish up the other six?

J: All of the songs were not in the can when the EP was put out. We were able to finish recording the other songs over the last year or so.

D: As I recall from our previous interview, there are a few other songs in the Brute Forcz catalog that didn’t make it onto OUT FOR BLOOD. Are you intending to include them on the next album, or do you plan to start fresh when the time comes?

J: We already have a couple of songs from before, and the other eight songs have already been written and are just about ready to go. But I am not in a hurry, we have to get this album’s worth of songs out there as much as possible and to as many people as possible, so a new album is a ways away.

D: Does part of getting OUT FOR BLOOD out to the masses include touring, and/or any videos? What’s on tap?

J: Yes it definitely does. The last couple of things for us to accomplish to get the ball rolling are to tour and to put out a good video — you must be a mind reader. We have some big plans, cannot announce them yet until they are a definite, but look for us in 2013.

D: One last thing. Whatever happened with you and your brother’s appearance in the “Jack And Jill” movie last year? I never saw it — I guess I’m not much of an Adam Sandler fan these days.

J: Good question. We did the movie, got a starring credit. We are in the end of the movie; I think we have four scenes. We were happy, but I guess the movie did not do well. One thing though, Adam Sandler is very cool.

D: We wish you all the best in 2013. Any final words you’d like to say here?

J: We would like to thank all of our fans and the people who have hung in there with us so far. This is a tough business and can break you if you are not strong and have some good support. We would also like to thank you Tim, without an avenue like this, a lot of bands like ours would not get the chance to be heard. We really appreciate it, so there will be no body slam for you in the near future. We wish everyone a great 2013, and look for BRUTE FORCZ, we will be BIG, THICK, and IN YOUR FACE!!!!!!

-Well, clearly, I am happy Jammer won’t be slamming me onto the mat anytime soon.🙂 Give Brute Forcz a spin and see for yourself what we’ve been talking about.

Relevant links:

Brute Forcz
http://www.bruteforcz.com/
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/BRUTE-FORCZ/127211873983429
http://www.myspace.com/bruteforcz
http://www.reverbnation.com/bruteforcz

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-There’s a (really) short promo clip for Death Dealer — featuring singer Sean Peck, guitarists Ross The Boss and Stu Marshall, bassist Mike Davis, and drummer Rhino — at http://www.youtube.com/embed/3FhWYDV-Iks . There are also samples at http://www.deathdealer.co/ . See http://www.facebook.com/deathdealerband for more.

-Diamond Dawn’s debut single, “Take Me Higher” from the upcoming OVERDRIVE, is out now through “digital shops such as iTunes, Amazon, Emusic, etc.” Check out the video clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5jP1Dy29gY . OVERDRIVE will be released by Frontiers Records on February 22 (Europe) and February 26 (North America). See http://www.frontiers.it/ for more.

-Enforcer’s DEATH BY FIRE is due out February 1 from Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the video for “Mesmerized By Fire” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXfK51zsNHA . A 7″ vinyl single for the track, featuring the non-album track “You Can Be” on the B-side, is available now. See http://www.enforcer.se/ for more.

-Hardcore Superstar’s video for “One More Minute” is online at Metal Hammer UK’s site, http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/ . The album C’MON TAKE ON ME is due March 1 on Nuclear Blast Records. See http://www.hardcoresuperstar.com/ for more.

-There’s a new interview with Holy Grail singer James Paul Luna at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/IYLf . The band is set to take part in the upcoming Metal Alliance Tour with Anthrax, Exodus, High On Fire, and Municipal Waste. See http://holygrailofficial.com/ for more.

-Leg 2 of Manowar’s “The Lord Of Steel World Tour” kicks off March 4, with a show in Yekaterinburg, Russia just added. Hype: “The Lord Of Steel World Tour features a power filled set, including brand new songs, many other classic Manowar hymns and a brand new stage production.” The dates:

3/4 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
3/6 – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
3/8 – Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden
3/9 – Conventum Kongress, Örebro, Sweden
3/10 – Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden
3/13 – Club Teatria, Oulu, Finland
3/14 – Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
3/16 – The Circus, Helsinki, Finland
3/19 – KRK Uralec, Yekaterinburg, Russia

See http://www.manowar.com/ , http://www.thekingdomofsteel.com/ , and http://www.magiccirclemusic.com/ for more.

-Check out an “Retro Recommendation” feature on the recently-reformed Sword’s awesome 1986 debut METALIZED at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/IYLg , and some vintage live video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HDny3Y5fdY .

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

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