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It's been four decades since BLACK SABBATH unleashed heavy metal onto an unsuspecting world and became a truly global musical phenomenon.

Back in the day Tony Iommi's amp of choice was a Laney L100BL. Since this auspicious day, Laney's association with Tony Iommi has gone from strength to strength, resulting in the launch of his first signature model, the GH100TI, originally called the GH100S, almost 20 years ago.

Commented Laney: "We are extremely proud of our association with Tony Iommi and very happy to be able to announce the launch of a new Tony Iommi signature amp — the amazing TI100.The new Tony Iommi TI100 signature amp represents a dramatic leap forward in guitar tone.

"Born out of an exhaustive period of product development, carried out hand in hand with Tony, with Tony bringing unique insight, suggestions and innovations at every stage of the process, whilst continually assessing and refining the sonic character of guitar tone.The result — what we think will be the most significant amp launch of 2012.

"The TI100 features: 100 Watts RMS, 4 x 6L6 output section, twin channels, footswitchable variable pre boost on each channel, three-band EQ, volume, enhance, and presence. The amplifier is finished off with Tony's trademark livery and to top it all it even glows an ominous red.

"There are very few chances in life to claim a first. Many people can claim to be the biggest or the fastest but only one person can claim to be the first. In the case of heavy metal: The first heavy metal guitar tone was crafted by Tony Iommi and powered by Laney."

Tony had this to say about his new amplifier: "Almost 40 years ago I embarked on my musical journey with Laney. My first signature Laney amp, the GH100TI came out almost 20 years ago and it served me faithfully on the biggest stages in the world with BLACK SABBATH as well as recently with HEAVEN & HELL.

"'I'm always searching for more out of my tone, more flexibility, more dynamics and that's where my ideas for the new TI100 came from. It took time and dedication to get it right and I'm happy to say I was involved in each step of the amps design, development and testing. The end result is a signature amp that I am extremely proud of and happy to stand in front of anywhere in the world. The TI100 represents everything I've ever wanted in an amp, it's fabulous."

For more information, visit Laney.co.uk.
AEROSMITH is expected to officially announce its North American tour next week.

A tweet posted earlier today on singer Steven Tyler's Twitter profile reads, "OK… NXT WEDNESDAY (((HUMP DAY)))…SEE U AT THE GROVE LA??? … SUMTHIN BIG GOING DOWN!!!...MEET ME AT THE FOUNTAIN…11:30???"

A similar message posted at the band's Facebook page states: "Hey – something's going on big at The Grove in Los Angeles. Be at the fountain near the patch of grass, Wednesday, March 28th promptly at 12 PM. This is YOUR chance to see Aerosmith and a whole lot more!"

AEROSMITH is currently mixing a reworked version of its 1991 outtake "Legendary Child" (originally written during the "Get A Grip" sessions) for inclusion in the upcoming summer film "GI Joe: Retaliation" (which arrives in theaters around the U.S. on June 29). The song is also expected to appear on AEROSMITH's long-awaited new studio album, which is tentatively due later this year.

AEROSMITH began work on its first all-new album since 2001 last year, with the rest of the band working on music while singer Steven Tyler made his "American Idol" debut.

The band has been working with producer Jack Douglas, who collaborated with them on classic early albums like "Toys In The Attic" and "Rocks".
Legendary guitarist Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) is currently shooting a "dark" video for his new single, "You're A Lie", with director Anthony Leonardi III. Leonardi is also helming the first feature film produced by Slash, called "Nothing To Fear", which was recently picked up for distribution by Anchor Bay Entertainment. The movie is the first of a proposed series of horror films produced by Slash's company, called Slasher Films, which he launched last year in partnership with two other producers. The film began shooting last month in Louisiana, with Anne Heche and others confirmed for the cast.

A teaser for the "You're A Lie" clip can be seen below. The track is the first single from Slash's second solo album, "Apocalyptic Love", which will be released on May 22 via his own label Dik Hayd International distributed through EMI. The CD will follow his 2010 debut album, "Slash", and his November 2011 first-ever live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set "Made In Stoke 24/7/11". Notably, the "Slash" album debuted on The Billboard 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart). Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand.

"You're A Lie" can be streamed in its entirety at RollingStone.com.

"'You're A Lie' is the second song I brought to the band in 2011 during the last tour," explains Slash. "We worked on it at soundcheck somewhere, I can't remember where. It's gone through some minor changes along the way, mainly the chorus. But for the most part, it's remained true to its original arrangement. I can't wait to play this live."

In the U.K., "Apocalyptic Love" will be released on May 21 in exclusive Classic Rock Fan Pack form — providing a unique collectable package containing the studio album with bonus tracks alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together by Classic Rock. The Fan Pack format will also come with free gifts, including a pin badge and artwork poster and will be available to buy via more than 2000 retail outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and online music retailers. Roadrunner Records will simultaneously release the record digitally. The standard physical release of the Slash album will follow through Roadrunner Records on June 18.

For the new album, Slash — along with and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) — teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the "Slash" disc. All the songs were written together by Slash and Kennedy, and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the album.

"Apocalyptic Love" track listing:

01. Apocalyptic Love
02. One Last Thrill
03. Standing In The Sun
04. You're A Lie
05. No More Heroes
06. Halo
07. We Will Roam
08. Anastasia
09. Not For Me
10. Bad Rain
11. Hard & Fast
12. Far And Away
13. Shots Fired
THIN LIZZY will support GUNS N' ROSES on their upcoming U.K. tour.

Commented THIN LIZZY guitarist Scott Gorham: "To tour with a band the caliber of GUNS N' ROSES is an honor and a privilege. Being on the road with a great band who are also great friends is the perfect way to go. It'¹s like one big family, so [we] can't wait to see you all out there."

The dates are as follows:

May 19 - Capital FM Arena - Nottingham
May 20 - Echo Arena - Liverpool
May 23 - Metro Radio Arena - Newcastle
May 25 - SECC - Glasgow
May 26 - LG Arena - Birmingham
May 29 - Manchester Arena - Manchester
May 31 - O2 Arena - London
Jun. 01 - O2 Arena - London

For more than forty years, THIN LIZZY has been delivering its brand of rock 'n' roll to audiences all over the world. Even with the untimely passing of legendary frontman Phil Lynott twenty six years ago, the band has continued on. Over the years, many rock luminaries have graced the ranks of THIN LIZZY, including the likes of Brian Robertson, Snowy White and the late Gary Moore. DEF LEPPARD's resident guitar wizard Vivian Campbell joined the band for their 2011 European tour. When DEF LEPPARD called Vivian back to their camp, GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus joined the boys on their European festival run last summer. Continuing on in the tradition of top-notch performers, the members of THIN LIZZY last fall announced that veteran guitar player Damon Johnson has joined their ranks as a permanent member.
In anticipation of the reissue of one of the greatest metal albums of all time, PANTERA's 1992 masterpiece "Vulgar Display Of Power", Revolver magazine has created a PANTERA special issue, which includes the whole story of the band, an in-depth look at the making of "Vulgar", fallen guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's final interview, and more.

Revolver will host a release party for the issue on April 12 at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California. Plus, cover illustrator Tim Bradstreet will be on hand to sign copies of the issue. Providing the soundtrack for the evening will be members of SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, and some very special guests, who will all be putting on the "Metal Masters 3" clinic for musicians, presented by Samson, Zoom, and Hartke.

February 25 marked the 20-year anniversary for PANTERA's "Vulgar Display Of Power", a landmark album widely acknowledged as one of metal's most enduring and influential masterworks. Recorded by singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, the album has been certified double platinum by the RIAA and features several of the group's most iconic songs including "Walk", "Mouth For War", "This Love" and "Fucking Hostile".

To celebrate, Rhino channels the album's relentless blitzkrieg of musical aggression onto a two-disc Deluxe Edition. The CD includes the original album remastered and "Piss", a recently discovered unreleased track from the recording sessions. The DVD contains an unreleased live performance filmed in Italy in September of 1992 plus the three official music videos from the album.

Due out May 15, 2012 from Rhino, the CD/DVD set will be available at retail outlets, including Pantera.com and Rhino.com, for a suggested list price of $19.98. A version of the release will also be available digitally.

The collection features the debut of "Piss", an incendiary blast of vintage PANTERA from the original recording sessions. It remained lost until Vinnie Paul rediscovered the track while going through the band's vault.

Along with the unreleased song, "Vulgar Display Of Power (Deluxe Edition)" also features unreleased video of the quartet performing six songs at the Monsters Of Rock show in Reggio Emilia, Italy on September 12, 1992. The set list draws almost exclusively from "Vulgar" ("This Love", "Rise", "Mouth For War"), but also includes the title track from their previous album, "Cowboys From Hell", and a melding of "Vulgar"'s "Hollow" and "Cowboys"' "Domination", which was a live staple of the band. Video of PANTERA performing live during this era is extremely rare, making the DVD one of the few ways to see them in their prime.

"Vulgar Display Of Power (Deluxe Edition)" track listing:


* "Mouth For War"
* "A New Level"
* "Walk"
* "Fucking Hostile"
* "This Love"
* "Rise"
* "No Good (Attack The Radical)"
* "Live In A Hole"
* "Regular People (Conceit)"
* "By Demons Be Driven"
* "Hollow"
* "Piss" - Previously Unreleased


* "Mouth For War" - Live In Italy
* "Domination/Hollow" - Live In Italy
* "Rise" - Live In Italy
* "This Love" - Live In Italy
* "Cowboys From Hell" - Live In Italy
* "Mouth For War" - Video
* "This Love" - Video
* "Walk" - Video

Dimebag Darrell was co-founder and lead guitarist for PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, Dimebag and his brother Vinnie Paul formed DAMAGEPLAN. On Dec. 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.
On March 12, a select group of special MANOWAR fans known as The Circle, who represent the band's worldwide fan base, were invited to a private pre-listening session of the forthcoming MANOWAR album, as well as a tour of Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands where the album will be mixed and mastered.

MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio, and longtime collaborators, mixing engineer Ronald Prent and Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer Darcy Proper, provided insight into the making of a record, and the specific requirements in the production for a band that is world-renowned for a sound that is louder than any other band and yet equally clear and perfect.

Fans from all over the world were chosen to represent their countries and receive news and updates to share them with their fellow brothers and sisters, and listen to first songs from the new album that is set for release in June/July.

"It was important to us that the fans should be the first to hear the new music. After all, it is all for them!" explained DeMaio.

DeMaio promised that the story behind the song "El Gringo", which could not yet be explained due to confidentiality clauses, will soon be revealed and asked the fans to stay tuned on Facebook. He did mention the word "movie" after the song was played.

The new album will be "everything you've come to know and to love about MANOWAR; and more," DeMaio recently said in a press conference.

When asked about the long gap between MANOWAR's last CD and upcoming effort, DeMaio said, "I know that a lot of people don't wanna wait another five years for a MANOWAR record, but we hope that people are gonna think that it was worth waiting the time. Because, you know, you go to a restaurant and you order dinner, if the waiter walks in the kitchen and comes back out two seconds later and puts the dinner on the table, I really don't know what you're gonna get. Every now and then I like McDonald's, too — it doesn't mean something fast is not good — but we're not a fast-food restaurant with MANOWAR. We think it's quality, so we hope you're gonna feel the same way."
TOOTH AND NAIL — the new project featuring current and former members of DOKKENGeorge Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass), and Mick Brown (drums) — has been forced to shorten its name to T&N for legal reasons. The band states, "We cannot keep [the name] as TOOTH AND NAIL as there is a label that has it trademarked. [Fans] can still call us TO$%H AND NA$L... We can't."

T&N last week taped an appearance on an episode of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" which will air on April 14.

T&N's debut album is expected later in the year. The CD will feature new original material as well as reworked versions of around five or six DOKKEN classics. Pilson has contributed vocals to a new track title "When Eagles Die", with additional lead vocal duties on the CD by former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach (on DOKKEN's "Alone Again"), Doug Pinnick (KING'S X), Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, DIO DISCIPLES on a killer new version of DOKKEN's "Kiss Of Death" in what is described as a Ronnie James Dio-inspired performance) and Mick Brown (on DOKKEN's "When Heaven Comes Down"). The drum tracks on the new, original compositions were laid down by Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER).

Regarding how T&N came together, Pilson said in an August 2011 interview, "The DOKKEN [original lineup] reunion has been scrapped, and I take a lot of the initial responsibility for that because of my schedule and commitment to FOREIGNER. . . Then George asked me about working with him on the next LYNCH MOB record — and I jumped at the chance. He and I started writing, got into a groove and wrote an album's worth of stuff, all with the intention of Oni [Logan, LYNCH MOB singer] writing lyrics and it being their next record. Brian Tichy laid down some incredible drums at his studio (and co-wrote some music on one track) and we had an incredibly strong start. Then Oni just wasn't feeling the music as being LYNCH MOB, so it was shelved. We figured it'd be the start of another LYNCH/PILSON record some day. Then, actually, it was Brian who had the idea that Mick, George and I should do a band, similar to what HEAVEN & HELL was to BLACK SABBATH, and call it TOOTH AND NAIL. Because of everything else we have going, it'll be just a recording project at first, but sure sounds fun. We'd record the classics keeping true to the originals but make them fresh and organic. Then the idea of doing new songs came up, and it grew from there."

He added, "I have absolute belief that the music George and I make together (along with Brian Tichy in this case) is real and inspired, and that's what it's really all about. So out of a mess of a reunion attempt, I think we'll end up with a really fabulous record, and what could be better than that?"

When asked if T&N is basically DOKKEN without Don, Pilson said, "Don is, and will always be, the singer of DOKKEN and an invaluable part of the DOKKEN chemistry. No one ever wants to take that away or dispute it one iota. But the three of us do have time tested amazing chemistry, and because we were writers on these songs, I feel we have a lot to express. If anything I think this will be a show of respect for Don, not some kind of competition. I only hope people enjoy it in the spirit for which it's intended . . . Don't think of this as DOKKEN without Don... that's misleading. Think of it as a band with great chemistry coming up with new music that excites them, and also paying tribute to DOKKEN — music which the members all are heavily invested in emotionally."
BeyondPaisley recently conducted an interview with vocalist Burton C. Bell of Los Angeles cyber metallers FEAR FACTORY. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

BeyondPaisley: First things first: How's the new album?

Burton: Man, it's great. I just completed the drawings that tell the backstory. It's a concept album.

BeyondPaisley: Of?

Burton: An automaton who becomes self aware. He starts experiencing memory and as a result develops emotions, like empathy and anger. He ends up being both industry's greatest creation and its ultimate destruction.

BeyondPaisley: Does it have an industrial sound?

Burton: We incorporate a lot of industrial elements into the music, a lot of texture and ambience. But Dino [Cazares, guitar] keeps it metal.

BeyondPaisley: I've gotta know, where did the inspiration for the concept come from?

Burton: I read. A lot. And I target specific things to read about or watch, like "The Venus Project" or "Zeitgeist". One thing I noticed about sci-fi writers is that they write about what they see and know, reimagined. Orwell took what he saw and lived and moved it forward and came up with 1984. So I looked at what was going on in the Occupy movement, and with Anonymous, and the religious right, and this is one way I pictured them all coming together. But you can find inspiration anywhere. I took the title for the song "God Eater" from the side of a box of an action figure I saw in Japan.

BeyondPaisley: So you do the lyrics and then Dino takes over the music?

Burton: Well, yeah, mostly. But Dino and I push each other. He'll make a suggestion about some lyrics, I'll recommend a different take on some music.

BeyondPaisley: It sounds like you're glad to be working with him again.

Burton: I've always considered him to be a brother. But now that we're a little older, we've finally learned to communicate. When we were younger, him telling me what to put into the lyrics would probably have resulted in a "Fuck you!" and a fight, and the same would go for me approaching him about the music. Now we still tell each other to fuck off but there's joking behind it, and we know enough to not take it to heart and listen to what we're trying to say.

BeyondPaisley: So this album is a collaborative effort?

Burton: Absolutely. Dino and I worked very closely with [producer] Rhys Fulber, who we've worked with for most of our projects since 1992. And since ours were the only hands at the controls, the album is more focused. What we wanted to make happen, what we needed to make happen, happened.

BeyondPaisley: You've had a pretty crazy couple of years. Was it important for you to feel more in control of your work?

Burton: Yeah. Now that the lawsuit (involving former FEAR FACTORY members Raymond Herrera and Christian Olde Wolbers) is over, we were able to put that stress behind us and just concentrate on the artistic side of what we're doing. And it came together pretty quickly.

BeyondPaisley: Is that how you prefer to write?

Burton: It depends on how you look at it. I spend a lot of time prepping, thinking about what I want to write, and walk in with a lot of ideas. For "The Industrialist", we just had to get in there to meet our delivery date. It was exciting, a fast and furious work. A lot of times I feel that the more time you spend working on an album, the more it loses its luster. You get tired of singing the same things over and over again, listening to the same riffs, and that comes across in the music. With this album time was short, but there's a spark of creative energy in everything. It's cool.
Swedish female-fronted heavy rockers SISTER SIN have set "Now And Forever" as the title of their third album, due on May 22 via Victory Records. The CD was recorded at Standstraight Studios in Stockholm with producer Chris Snyder.

Various pre-order options for "Now And Forever" can be found at VictoryRecords.com.

SISTER SIN last fall released a video for its cover version of the MOTÖRHEAD classic "Rock 'N' Roll". The track, which was made available on all digital platforms worldwide via Victory Records in September, features guest vocals from the German metal queen Doro Pesch. It was produced by Snyder at Standstraight and was mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, England.

SISTER SIN's second album, "True Sound Of The Underground", landed at position No. 97 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

SISTER SIN in November 2010 announced the addition of bassist Andreas Strandh to the group's ranks.

"True Sound Of The Underground" was released in North America on June 22, 2010 via Victory Records and was issued in Europe on July 23, 2010 through Metal Heaven Records. It was produced by Henrik Edenhed (DEAD BY APRIL, ROBYN, LAMBRETTA, TEDDYBEARS, CHRISTIAN WALTZ, THE SOUNDS) in Stockholm at Studio 301 and Cosmos Studios.

For more information, visit www.sistersin.com.
PUMP, the German heavy rockers featuring ex-BRAINSTORM singer Marcus Jürgens, are working on their fourth album, tentatively titled "Waiting For The Rapture", for a late 2012 release.
A rough-mix version of a new PUMP song, "Halo (I Don't Care)", can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below.

PUMP is:

* Marcus Jürgens (BRAINSTORM, KASHMYR) - Vocals
* Marcel "Selly" Bernhardt (TALES OF SORROW, UNFROYND) - Guitars
* Axel "Aki" Reissmann (DOWNSPIRIT, HAZY SHADE) - Guitars
* Andreas Minich (UNFROYND) - Drums

PUMP was formed in February 2002 by a group of talented, hard-working musicians. Tired of being told what type of music they should play, PUMP decided to go against the pervasive grunge/nu-metal grain to write the hard rock music they love in the vein of SKID ROW, TESLA, WHITESNAKE, AEROSMITH and DOKKEN.

The guitar team of Marcel "Selly" Bernhardt and Aki Reissmann each bring his own unique guitar style to this hard-driving mix: bluesy, yet melodic with a heavy twist. Bassist Michael Vetter and drummer Andreas Minich provide the solid, rhythmic foundation on which the music is built.
Three years in the making, "xxx All Ages xxx - The Boston Hardcore Film" will finally receive its world premiere be at the Independent Film Festival Boston on Friday, April 27. Tickets will go on sale in mid-April. Screenings details for other cites, as well as information regarding the film's DVD release, will follow in the next few weeks.

Directed By Drew Stone, "xxx All Ages xxx" is a documentary film that explores the early Boston hardcore music scene from the years 1981 through 1984. Unlike earlier films that were centered on the members of the bands, this film delves into the social and communal aspects of that particular era. The community, culture, straight edge and DIY (do-it-yourself) ethic of the time are all explored in the film. Never-before-seen archival footage, photographs, interviews and dramatizations make up the body of the film.

Former THE HAUNTED singer Peter Dolving has resumed work on his much-anticipated O project, which also features Jesper Liveröd (NASUM, BURST) and Scott Reeder (KYUSS). The group has been collaborating on material, on and off, for the past several years with producer Fredrik Reinedahl (OPETH, IN FLAMES, GADGET, BURST).

In a new posting on his Facebook page, Dolving writes, "[I have finished recording] basic guitar tracks on a song called 'Pigshit And Vomit' for the O project. I can't wait to get vocals laid down so I can send these three tracks off to Fredrik Reinedahl, and then on to Scott Reeder." A short time later, Reeder added the following comment: "I can't fucking wait to get it. I have a sweet new bass and I'm pissed — ready to unleash."

In a 2009 interview with Metal Hammer, Dolving stated about O, "O is a friendship project. I've worked on the music — like, the initial pieces of the music — that's been done for over a year. And I've been working on trying to set together a good construction of people who are really good friends and who are also very, very skilled musicians. It's not just about being skilled musicians; it's about understanding the music and understanding the kind of... I don't know... humanity... It's very heavy music. It would be somewhere... I don't know... NEUROSIS meets RADIOHEAD. It's very eclectic. It's not like a 'band' band; it's a project of friends."

He added, "There is at least one instrumental piece. What we're concentrating now on are the 15 songs that are the strongest. There's a couple of songs that are very long, but most of the stuff is around three-and-a-half to five minutes. It's pretty basic songs, as far as length goes."

He continued, "The idea is to do something that's not a traditional rock or metal construction. Instead we go about it as if it's an orchestra — like a classical orchestra, but we happen to play electrical instruments. And that's how I composed the pieces. If we ever get the possibility to play live, if we do that, it will be eight to ten musicians on stage, because that's the only way to perform it.

"I've been holding on to this project for, like, three years. It's a dream come true. For me, it's something that... it's fun. I've really wanted to do something that's very different from what I do; it's kind of artistically a change.

"We don't have a record company. I've shopped this stuff around to record companies over the last three years, and everyone... no one believes... 'cause everyone's like... they're looking after their money. So, in a way, I'm feeling like, 'Well, fuck you!' 'Cause I can just put that stuff out on iTunes and not have to fucking worry about it."

Dolving announced his departure from THE HAUNTED on February 29, writing on his Facebook page, "I have had it. I will NOT answer questions to why. It's no one else's business. I am looking forward to seeing you people at other shows with other projects."
WARBEAST, the Texas-based band featuring RIGOR MORTIS vocalist Bruce Corbitt, guitarist Scott Shelby, GAMMACIDE/DEVILFIST bassist Alan Bovee, DEMONSEED drummer Joe Gonzalez and guitarist Bobby Tillotson (a.k.a. "J.R." ), has issued the following update:

"Regretfully, WARBEAST will be losing an original member of our family. Our bass player, Alan Bovee, will be leaving WARBEAST after our performance on June 2 at The Rail Club in Ft. Worth.

"This is sometimes the hardest part of being in a band. It is never easy to part ways with a band member that's been part of an amazing journey since day one. Alan was one of the core members of the original TEXAS METAL ALLIANCE gig that we did back in October 2006. That show led to us continuing this band that has now evolved in WARBEAST.

"WARBEAST would like to express that words can't describe how saddened we are that Alan's time with WARBEAST will be coming to an end soon. But, thankfully, there are no hard feelings at all… only great memories and our friendships with Alan will remain strong forever. He will always be part of our WARBEAST family. Oh, and you can bet your ass that we will send Alan out in grand style like he deserves. We have four shows left with Alan and we're gonna make the most out of all of them.

"We all wish Alan and his wife, Jennifer, nothing but the best of luck with their future. We will miss you, Alan… It will never be the same without you!!! You made it fun to be in this band. Thanks for your talent, dedication, humor and mainly for your friendship. We all love you, Mr. Bovee… we couldn't have done it without you! We promise to make you proud of WARBEAST!"

Commented Bovee: "It is after much contemplation, and with mixed emotions, that I hereby announce my departure from WARBEAST.

"Due to pressing Bovee family matters, I am unable to devote the time and attention needed for the recording of the upcoming sophomore album and subsequent touring that is to follow. As I will need to stay near family in the [Dallas/Fort Worth] area for the foreseeable future, it is only fair that I step down. While staying local and tending to the needs of my family, I will also be using my new-found time off from the music scene to pursue my other career goals.

"To Philip [Anselmo, Housecore Records owner], Kate and the Housecore family, thank you for all you have done for us. I will always remember great times playing alongside many of the best musicians in metal.

"I would like to thank my bandmates, present and past, for the honor and privilege of being a part of this band… The memories will last a lifetime! Without you I would not likely have made it this far in music. My hat goes off to all the bands and professionals alike that I have shared the stage with, as well as the friends and fans that have always been supportive. Special thanks to my beloved wife and those in my immediate family who have done far more than their share.

"I wish only the best for WARBEAST in the future. The past 5+ years of my life have been extraordinary to say the least! Not everyone gets the chance to drop everything and go do what I've been able to do with this band… be a touring musician. There have been a few pretty tough times, but so many great times, too. I wouldn't want to relive it any other way. I love you, guys!"

WARBEAST will enter a studio in Louisiana on May 4 to begin recording its sophomore album for a tentative late 2012 release via Housecore.

The band last fall completed a tour withGWAR and EVERY TIME I DIE.

WARBEAST's debut album, "Krush The Enemy", was released in the U.S. on April 27, 2010 via Philip Anselmo's (DOWN, PANTERA) Housecore Records. The record features ten tracks covering a wide range of metal terrain aimed squarely at the neck-snapping headbanger in the front row.
"Caligvla", the sophomore album from KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono's Ancient Roman-themed arsenal EX DEO, si scheduled for release on August 31 via Austria's Napalm Records.

In addition to the previously announced guest appearances by ALL SHALL PERISH guitarist Francesco Artusato and TRISTANIA singer Mariangela Demurtas, the CD will feature contributions from SEPTICFLESH's Seth Siro Anton and GRAVEWORM's Stefano Fiori. Every invited guest on the album is of Roman or Greek descent.

"Caligvla" is being mixed by KATAKLYSM guitarist Jean-François Dagenais, who has previously worked with MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX and DESPISED ICON, among others. The artwork and layout for the album will be handled by SEPTICFLESH's Seth Siro Anton.

"Caligvla" track listing:

01. I, Caligvla
02. The Tiberius Cliff (Exile To Capri)
03. Per Oculos Aquila
04. Pollice Verso (Damnatio Ad Bestia)
05. Divide Et Impera
06. Burned To Serve As Nocturnal Light
07. Teutuborg (Ambush Of Varus)
08. Along The Appian Way
09. Once Were Romans
10. Evocatio: The Temple Of Castor & Pollux

EX DEO recently canceled its participation in the "Paganfest America Part III" tour with TURISAS, ALESTORM, ARKONA and HUNTRESS due to delays in the production of "Caligvla". The band will still perform with Paganfest on April 1 in Montreal at Club Soda and April 2 in Toronto at The Opera House.

EX DEO last year completed a North American tour with NILE, PSYCROPTIC and KEEP OF KALESSIN.

"Romulus", the debut album from EX DEO, landed at position No. 90 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
Norwegian thrashers DEAD TROOPER have parted ways with guitarist/vocalist Birger Larsen.

Commented Larsen: "After 10 wonderful years in DEAD TROOPER, I have decided to leave the band. The reason for me leaving is that it takes a lot of time, and effort, to make DEAD TROOPER the band it is today, and the band it will be in the future. The band needs members that have the possibilities for doing that, and for the time being it is not me. There is no bad blood between me and the rest of the band. It has been 10 years with so many good memories, Mexico, the European tour in 2005 with SUSPERIA and the Norwegian tour with fellow bastards PANTHEON I is standing out as highlights. My last two shows will be the Inferno metal festival [in] Norway and Musikkflekken (Sandvika) [on] April 13. Let's make both nights a night to remember." He added, "I'm still playing in METAL MILITIA and GROTESQUE HYSTERECTOMY."

DEAD TROOPER recently released a live album with a bit of a difference. The eight-track effort, "No Tan En Vivo En Mexico", with artwork by Danny Larsen, was released digitally on March 9, and is inspired by the band's appearance at Mexico's Wild Metal Fest last year which was rained off only one and a half songs into the set. As a result, the group decided to release a live studio recording of what would have been the entire show as a tribute to the fans who took DEAD TROOPER to their hearts after they performed an impromptu set at a local biker bar following the cancelation of the festival.

The members of DEAD TROOPER, who describe their music as "groovy, aggressive thrash metal," are currently on the hunt for a label to release what will be their sophomore full-length album. The band's next live appearance will take place at the Inferno Festival in Oslo on April 6.

"Kiss of the Kannibal", a track from "No Tan En Vivo En Mexico", along with other songs from DEAD TROOPER can be heard using the SoundCloud player below. Also available is audio of Meister Muller explaining the decision to release "No Tan En Vivo En Mexico" during a recent interview with DJ Malice for Canada's Nuclear Holocaust Radio.

For more information, visit www.deadtrooper.com.
South Florida's UNDERLINED has inked a worldwide deal with Standby Records. The band recently finished recording its debut album, "Deadtime Stories", at Cleveland's Studio D Productions with producer Don Debiase for a fall release.

"UNDERLINED is by far the perfect definition of 'Rock N' Roll 2.0,' which is why we couldn't be more excited to be the conduit to spread their destruction to the world," said Standby Records owner Neil Sheehan. "It's been almost two decades since bands like MUSHROOMHEAD and SLIPKNOT redefined the incorporation of theatrics with punishing metal. No one has done this significantly since...until now."

As an introduction to UNDERLINED's destructive force, the band has released the first song from "Deadtime Stories", "The Suffering".

A still video showcasing the band's bizarre look, as well as "The Suffering", can be seen below.

Mixing modern-day power with the electronic haze reserved in the past for powerhouse bands like MINISTRY, UNDERLINED is poised to show a new generation of fans just how punishing the next wave of masked heavy metal bands can be.

"I believe that our contortion of already iconic imagery will only assist us in the carving out of our path in the entertainment industry," said UNDERLINED frontman H7. "While the use of makeup, body paint, masks, costuming and special effects are surely nothing new, I damn well know that we're a perfect 'horror metal' band of sorts, for all horror movie buffs, metal or industrial music fans and mental patients alike."

While many may look to label UNDERLINED as a clone band, the group has received support from some of the genre's biggest acts. For "Deadtime Stories", the band recruited ex-CHIMAIRA drummer Andols Herrick and solicited guest appearances from MUSHROOMHEAD's Waylon Reavis and Skinny Felton on the track "Personal Demons In The Void".

But UNDERLINED's deep industrial metal pedigree doesn't end there. The band tapped Kem Secksdiin of SUBKULTURE (featuring ex-CELLDWELLER and CROSSBREED members) to provide programming and electronics on "Deadtime Stories", and lastly, ex-MARILYN MANSON keyboardist Madonna Wayne Gacy (a.k.a. Pogo) was brought on to provide remixing services for the first single, "The Suffering".

UNDERLINED's over-the-top post-apocalyptic imagery — falling somewhere between "Mortal Kombat", comic book villains, and the fifth circle of hell — and brutal industrial metal sound is surely guaranteed to help the band work its way into the hearts, heads and record collections of metal fans around the world.


H7 - Vocals
0R1AS - Guitar
MaRAX - Guitar
TR1MUr3 - Bass
K3M - Samples, Vocals
J0NF3kT - Keyboards
NiV3kK – Drums
The documentary film "Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet" will be screened at the Hot Docs Canadian international documentary festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the end of April and early May.

Screening dates/times:

* Saturday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m. - Isabel Bader Theatre
* Sunday, April 29 at 4:15 p.m. - TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
* Sunday, May 6 at 4:00 p.m. - TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
Kathleen Stevenson of BAMMagazine.com conducted an interview with Jason Becker immediately following the world premiere of "Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet", on March 3 at the Cinequest film festival in San Jose, California at the San Jose Repertory Theatre. You can now watch the chat below.

"Not Dead Yet" won two awards at at the Cinequest: Audience Award for Best Documentary and the Special Jury Prize for Documentary.

Jason Becker, a onetime guitar prodigy first known as part of the metal duo CACOPHONY, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's Disease) at age 20, shortly after joining David Lee Roth's band for the gold-selling 1991 album "A Little Ain't Enough". Although the disease robbed him of his ability to play guitar — and eventually left him both paralyzed and unable to speak — Becker continues to compose music with the help of computers, collaborators, and a system of communication using eye movements that was devised by his father Gary.

Even after his once prodigious axe skills left him, Jason's music continued to earn the respect of his peers. Joe Satriani called 2001's "Perspectives"Jason's first recorded work after losing his motor functions (originally self-released in 1996) — "a triumphantly powerful and beautiful album." Fellow virtuosos joined the chorus of praise, including Steve Vai, who said, "Jason has discovered a brilliant source of inspiration within himself. His deep soul searching has resulted in a body of music that reveals courage and insight and is deeply moving."

Jason's original partner in CACOPHONY, Marty Friedman added, "To call Jason a genius is an understatement. He doesn't cater to trend, target audiences, marketing gimmicks or anything like that. He plays out the emotions from his heart and makes real music that is a salute to the human spirit. Jason is a prodigy and on 'Perspectives' he realizes his miraculous potential."

Jason's most recent album, 2008's "Collection", is a mix of old recordings and new compositions, with guest guitar work from Satriani, Vai, Friedman, Michael Lee Firkins, and Greg Howe.

For more on Jason Becker and his fight with ALS, go to www.jasonbeckerguitar.com.
Finnish melodic black metallers CATAMENIA will release "The Rewritten Chapters" on April 27 via Massacre Records. The collection, which was recorded last fall at Mastervox Studios in Oulu, Finland with Kari Vähäkuopus, contains re-recorded and rearranged versions of 14 songs from CATAMENIA's previous albums as well as a brand new cover version of BON JOVI's "Born To Be My Baby". According to a press release, "This six-piece band brings the old songs back with better sounds and giving them some new brutality, but still respecting enough the original versions." The cover art and booklet was designed by Riku Hopeakoski and Elsa Bergström.

"The Rewritten Chapters" track listing:

01. Hollow Out – ChaosBorn
02. Blackmension
03. Alive...Cold...Dead!
04. Cavalcade
05. Passing Moment of Twilight Time
06. The Day When The Sun Faded Away
07. My Blood Stained Path
08. Post Mortem
09. Morning Crimson
10. Eskhata
11. Coldbound
12. Lost in Bitterness
13. Pimeä Yö
14. Kuolon Tanssi
15. Born To Be My Baby (BON JOVI cover)

CATAMENIA in December 2010 announced the addition of vocalist Juha-Matti Perttunen (ALL AGAINST) to the group's ranks. The band also parted ways with Ari Nissilä (guitar, vocals), Toni Kansanoja (bass/backing vocals), Kari Vähäkuopus (clean vocals) and Mikko Nevanlahti (drums) and replaced them with Mikko Hepo-oja (bass), Tony Qvick (drums) and Sauli Jauhiainen (guitar).

The current CATAMENIA lineup is:

Riku Hopeakoski - Guitar
Mikko Hepo-oja - Bass
Tony Qvick - Drums
Sauli Jauhiainen - Guitar
Juha-Matti Perttunen - Vocals
Jussi Sauvola - Keyboards

CATAMENIA's most recent album, "Cavalcade", was released in February 2010 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded and mixed by Kari Vähäkuopus at Mastervox Studios in Oulu, Finland and was produced by CATAMENIA. POISONBLACK/ex-SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala makes a guest appearance on the album's opening track, "Blood Trails".
Austrian blackened death metal outfit BELPHEGOR has commenced the rehearsal sessions in Abtenau, Austria for its upcoming album recordings.

Commented guitarist/vocalist Helmuth Lehner: "All good so far. We just finished the second rehearsing session. Currently we're working on nine sound-collages, added a lot new arrangements, elements and structures. Serpenth, Marthyn and me shredded our asses off in these eleven days. There will be three more 'till we enter the studio by end of May 2012 and start to tracking drums. The titles on the setlist are working titles. Hell awaits!"

Several photos from the rehearsal sessions can be found at this location.

BELPHEGOR's as-yet-untitled new CD will be released in late 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band's last album, "Blood Magick Necromance", was released in January 2011 in Europe and February 2011 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was produced by Peter Tägtgren (IMMORTAL, CELTIC FROST, HYPOCRISY, DIMMU BORGIR) at his Abyss Studios in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren.
Resurrected 1990s Florida-based death metallers MASSACRE have inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The band entered CGM Studios in Altamonte Springs, Florida on February 17 with Tim Vazquez at the helm to record two brand new songs — "Succumb To Rapture" and "Back From Beyond" — to be released as a seven-inch single in August, in time for the group's appearance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany.

MASSACRE played "Succumb To Rapture" for the first time during the group's January 14 headlining concert at The Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida. Video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of Brutal Broadcast).

The Brass Mug show marked the first-ever appearance by MASSACRE's new lineup, which consists of bassist Terry Butler and guitarist Frederick "Rick Rozz" DeLillo alongside the band's latest additions, Mike Mazzonetto (drums; M INC., PAIN PRINCIPLE) and Ed Webb (vocals; DIABOLIC, GENERICHRIST, DESTINED TO RUIN).

MASSACRE's current lineup is as follows:

* Mike Mazzonetto (M INC., PAIN PRINCIPLE) - Drums
* Frederick "Rick Rozz" DeLillo (MANTAS, DEATH) – Guitar

Commented Rozz: "I am overwhelmed, and overly flattered, for this great honor in this day and age of being part of the Century Media family.

"I remember touring with [Century Media CEO] Robert Kampf and his band DESPAIR back in the late 1980s, on tour with DEATH, when he was first starting Century Media... and now we are on the same team 25 years later.

"After so many years gone by, it is great to be working with Terry again and our former DEATH manager Eric Greif, as well as getting to write and record with Ed Webb and Mike Mazzonetto.

"This whole thing came together on the fly, after 17 years in the waiting. Way cool... if you ask me. Nothing but respect!"

Added Butler: "It's a great honor to be part of the Century Media family and for me personally to be working with Rick again! We have found the perfect bandmembers in Ed and Mike to solidify the lineup. We are very excited and focused to get a new album out in 2012."

Stated Jens Prüter, head of A&R at Century Media Records in Europe, "Last October I met Terry in L.A. at a GRAVE show. Terry mentioned that they plan to reform MASSACRE and record a new album. Like many fans, I was a little bit skeptical if Ed can replace Kam Lee, but I was 100% convinced when I saw the MASSACRE show at the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise a few months later and made a handshake deal on the boat while the sun was going down over the Caribbean sea. Death metal romance — love at first sight! Listening to the first rough mixes of the upcoming 7", I can already tell you that 2012 is going to be a great year for death metal. So welcome another death metal legend to the Century Media roster!"

Some of MASSACRE's old buddies and new labelmates have offered the following words of welcome:

Ola Lindgren (GRAVE): "I'm very excited to hear that Century Media inked a deal with my old-time friends in MASSACRE. They are one of the originators of the scene, the 'From Beyond' album kicks ass and it's very cool to now have them as labelmates. GRAVE toured both the U.S. and Europe with them back in '91-'92 and they surely were memorable tours. We also had the pleasure to have Mr. Butler in our crew on our latest U.S. tour and he made sure to supply the metal and just being an amazing bro!"

Marc Grewe (MORGOTH, INSIDIOUS DISEASE): "I first met Rick and Terry in March 1989 when DEATH played their first-ever show on German soil. I would have never imagined back then sitting in a tour bus with them only two years later, but this time with death metal heroes MASSACRE on the legendary MORGOTH / MASSACRE / IMMOLATION tour back in 1991. It was just great to hear from Rick that there will be a 'Back From Beyond' 20 years thing this year. And I'm highly excited to see those guys back after more than 20 years! Welcome back, true brothers in blood!!!"

Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY): "MASSACRE was one of the bands that I worshipped when I first got into the death metal underground scene back in the days. Their astonishingly brutal demos and live tapes encapsulated everything that I loved about the genre. Looking forward to see what damage they can do now!"

Rozz started his career at the age of 16 when he formed MANTAS with Chuck Schuldiner. The band's "Death By Metal" demo from 1984 was as influential on the early death metal scene as early recordings by POSSESSED (who released their infamous "Death Metal" demo the same year) and HELLHAMMER's 1983 demos. MANTAS changed its name to DEATH later in 1984, followed by the creation of MASSACRE, with Butler joining the group a short time later. After recording and touring as members of DEATH, Rozz and Butler released the MASSACRE death metal cult classic "From Beyond" in 1991, influencing generations of extreme metal bands worldwide.

"From Beyond" was reissued as a limited-edition digipak CD via Earache Records.The long-out-of-print album was made available on CD with four bonus EP tracks and comes housed in a digipak with extended artwork and a fold-out poster.

A different version of MASSACRE — consisting of DENIAL FIEND members Sam Williams (guitar), Curt Beeson (drums; NASTY SAVAGE), along with Terry Butler, Steve Swanson (guitar) and Kam Lee (vocals; MASSACRE, DEATH, MANTAS) — completed a European tour in late 2007.
Danish death metallers DAWN OF DEMISE have inked a multi-album deal with Unique Leader Records. The band's third full-length album, "Rejoice In Vengeance", will be released this summer.

According to a press release, DAWN OF DEMISE "has always emphasized on heaviness and catchiness and with three successful releases under their belt, their recipe for death metal has remained the same, staying true to the pit-fueled, aggressive, slam-orientated style."

Commented the band: "It is an honor to have signed a multi-album deal with Unique Leader. The label has released so many killer albums and must be one of the premier death metal labels around. PYREXIA, INVERACITY, DECREPIT BIRTH, AEON, DEEDS OF FLESH, SPAWN OF POSSESSION, etc. We are beyond proud to have our name added to that roster and we are looking forward to see what the future might bring."

DAWN OF DEMISE's second full-length album, "A Force Unstoppable", was released in January 2010 via Deepsend Records.

The band's debut CD, "Hate Takes Its Form", arrived in January 2008 via Deepsend. The CD was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (ABORTED, MERCENARY, NIGHTRAGE). A follow-up EP, "Lacerated", also came out in 2008.


Scott Jensen - Vocals
Bjørn Jensen - Bass, Backing Vocals
Thomas "Hotdogger" Egede - Guitar
Martin Sørensen - Guitar
Simon Blaabjerg - Drums
"Incurso", the third full-length album from Swedish tech-death assassins SPAWN OF POSSESSION, sold around 700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD debuted at position No. 63 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

Released on March 13 via Relapse Records, "Incurso" was recorded at Pama Studios in Kristianopel, Sweden with engineer Magnus "Mankan" Sedenberg.

According to a press release, "devastating riffs, jaw-dropping time-signatures and improbably complex songwriting coalesce to create an opus of next-level death metal on 'Incurso', which the band promises to be their most supreme work to date, and more devastating than ever."

The "Incurso" cover art was created by graphic artist Pär Olofsson (IMMORTAL, IMMOLATION, DYING FETUS) and can be seen below.

"Incurso" track listing:

01. Abodement
02. Where Angels Go Demons Follow
03. Bodiless Sleeper
04. The Evangelist
05. Servitude Of Souls
06. Deus Avertat
07. Spiritual Deception
08. No Light Spared
09. Apparition

SPAWN OF POSSESSION is taking part in a month-long European tour in March as the support act for labelmates OBSCURA. Also appearing on the bill are GOROD and EXIVIOUS.

SPAWN OF POSSESSION (Jonas Bryssling: guitar, Dennis Röndum: vocals, Erlend Casperson: bass, Henrik Schönström: drums, Christian Münzner: guitar) formed in 1997 and has previously released two full-length albums. The band's latest CD, "Noctambulant" (2006, Neurotic Records), received international critical acclaim for its blend of musical chops and unfettered extremity.
Canadian blackened death metal blasphemers WEAPON entered The Physics Lab studio in their hometown of Edmonton on March 18 with producer Terry Paholek to begin recording their long-awaited Relapse debut and follow-up to 2010's critically acclaimed "From The Devil's Tomb". Continuing on the same scathing path as their previous works, the upcoming release, planned for the fall of 2012, is sure to be their most vicious and all-out evil offering to date.

Commented WEAPON guitarist/vocalist Vetis Monarch: "WEAPON loyalists can expect no-holds-barred Satanic death metal that the band displayed on it's previous work, but further refined and sharpened to ferocious perfection. 'Embers And Revelations' will be the apex of malice via music."

In other news, WEAPON has confirmed a three-week tour with black metal legends MARDUK and 1349, with additional support from WITHERED. The trek begins on June 2 in Baltimore, Maryland and ends on June 20 in San Diego, California.

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