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The 2012 Experience Hendrix tour has wrapped up in the USA. When the traveling rock circus came through Wichita, Kansas Classic Rock Revisited stopped by to take in the show and spend a few minutes on the bus talking with Rock n Roll Hall of Famer Brad Whitford of Aerosmith.
Whitford is a fan of Jimi and has been a big part of the concerts that are going on around the world in the guitar player's honor. In the interview below, Brad shares his thoughts on the tour, as well as the how Hendrix influenced him.

We don't' just talk Jimi, however, as Whitford chimes in and discusses what he thought of the 60 Minutes expose on Aerosmith, as well as the band's upcoming new release. Last, but not least, we also discuss Whitford picking up his guitar again and working with Ted Nugent vocalist Derek St. Holmes, with whom Whitford made an album with back in the day.

Special thanks for this interview goes out to Brad Gregory.

Jeb: Talk about why you keep doing the Experience Hendrix Tour? Why is it so endearing to you?
Brad: A lot of it has to do with the people who come back on a regular basis. I have made some great friendships here and we have a lot of fun doing this. Ordinarily, in this business you run into people, here and there, and see them for a day or so, but with this you get to hang out with people for a couple of weeks and get to know each other. I think that is one of things I like the most.
Jeb: The man of the hour here is Jimi Hendrix. I would guess he was an influence to you.
Brad: Absolutely, he was. His influence to me was enormous. The first experience I had with Jimi was hearing his first album. I saw him play live in 1968 in Boston and it was a pretty profound experience for me. I walked on air for about a year. It was The Experience with Noel [Redding], Mitch [Mitchell] and Jimi.
Jeb: I was only a child when Jimi was playing live. Can you explain to me, since I missed out on this, what made Hendrix so special at the time?
Brad: It was a totally different era. There were a lot of new things happening concerning the electric guitar. From amplifiers and foot pedals to actual new ways to utilize the instrument were coming out. There was a lot of experimentation going on with fuzz tones and wah-wah pedals. It was a very exciting time. Jimi had a new sound that nobody had ever heard before. It was a lot of fun trying to figure that all out. You would wonder, "What is this? What is going on there? How did he do that?" You didn't have all the answers right away. Today, you would just go on the Internet and you could figure it all out Day One. It was fun to have the mysteries and to have to figure out how it was all done.
Jeb: Did Hendrix inspire Aerosmith?
Brad: He did, but it was more in his attitude and his approach. For a trained ear one might notice a musical influence but there was not a real tip of the hat to him, music wise. Back then, he was the scene ten times over. I never did get to meet him but I felt his influence.
Jeb: Are you still a music fan? Does being on this tour awaken the fan inside of you?
Brad: I think being a fan is a big part of what I do. It is wonderful to be a part of this and to play with all of these great musicians.
Jeb: Aerosmith has been talking about the new album they are working on. I have heard that the album is going to be like the 1970's albums. Is that true?
Brad: There is more of that on the new album. It is not as much as I would like, as I would have preferred to do it all old school. For the most part, the band recorded live. There is more of a tip of the hat to the old approach. A huge part of that is having Jack Douglas back producing the band once more.
Jeb: Explain to me how a producer can influence the band?
Brad: In the context of the band, sometimes you don't see the stuff that is right in front of you and you need somebody to point that out. You take certain things for granted and you have to have somebody there who can point things out to you, or to guide you to do something. Being a fan, once again, is a huge part of that because you are a fan of music and a fan of the other guys in the band and you want to do your best. Jack is a huge part of that. Back in the day, Jack was the sixth member of Aerosmith. He fit in and he always will.
Jeb: You guys have all gone through hell with Aerosmith. It has been a great thing but at times it has been total insanity. You, however, never seem to cause trouble. I have to ask if you role is to be a peacekeeper or are you just the kind of guy that fades into the background?
Brad: I suppose you could say I am a peacemaker, as I try to keep things moving forward. Aerosmith has a tendency to stall over silly stuff. I think that is part of my role. I try to smooth out the bumps.
Jeb: I love Joe Perry's playing and I will never say a bad word about it. I think, however, the guy named Whitford does not get all the respect he deserves. Does it bother you that Joe gets a bigger spot light?
Brad: At certain times it has but I really don't care anymore. The people that appreciate it and really know me realize my contributions and that is all that I'm really concerned about. I am there for my fans and they know what I do.
Jeb: We scheduled this interview for six o'clock and on my way here I got a text from Derek St. Holmes to see if we could do an interview at the same time. I am a huge fan of Whitford/St. Holmes that you did back in the '80's. I texted Derek and said, "You're not going to believe who I am talking to tonight. Do you have anything you want me to say to him?" Derek responded and said, "Ask him when he is coming to Nashville to play on my album?"
Brad: I was actually going to Nashville on Sunday but I was just talking to Jack Douglas and he wants me to come back to LA to cut a couple of guitar things next Monday. I am not sure I can make that work. If that is the case then I guess I will be in Nashville in a couple of weeks. Derek and I talk all the time. I sit in with his band when I am around. We get together and work on ideas and stuff or we just hang out.
Jeb: Every album in the world is on iTunes except Whitford/St. Holmes. Is there a reason that is not for sale anymore?
Brad: I have no idea why it is not on iTunes. I love that album. I really don't know and I have never even asked. I will have to look into that. I have that album but I don't have a turntable anymore. I will have to check into that.
Jeb: Did you watch the 60 Minutes segment on Aerosmith?
Brad: I watched it.
Jeb: What are your thoughts on it? When Steven said, "They ride my coattails I about fell off the couch."
Brad: I kind of saw it coming. I think Laura Logan saw that she could get Steven defensive and unnerved and she went for it, and she did it. I felt bad for Steven. I was like, "Steven, how long have you been doing this? You didn't see this coming? You didn't see her going for it?"
Jeb: She got him alone and got him talking and it ended up one of those moments that makes for good TV.
Brad: Oh yeah, of course, and that is what they were going for. I thought it was just another piece of the Aerosmith puzzle and I think it was good for people to see that part of it.
Jeb: Do you ever take a moment to gaze at the Gold and Platinum albums on the wall and the Hall of Fame Award and think, "Damn, we really are that good."
Brad: Now and then, I do that, but it is not something that I dwell, on or even think about that much. I am just like anybody else; life goes on and you've got all sorts of day to day stuff that you have to deal with. I don't stop and think about it that much. I'm happy to just be playing my guitar and making a living at it.
Jeb: Last one: I have been told in the early days Aerosmith printed up rolling papers with the band's logo on them. Is that true?
Brad: I don't remember that. It could have been…I don't remember it, though. I don't remember ever seeing them…but…it could have been…it certainly could have been.
On May 22, internationally renowned guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa will release a brand new solo album, "Driving Towards The Daylight" (J&R Adventures) — his "lucky" 13th CD. The effort was produced by Kevin "Caveman" Shirley (BLACK CROWES, AEROSMITH, LED ZEPPELIN) at Studio At The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada; The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, California; and The Cave in Malibu, California.

According to a press release, "Driving Towards The Daylight" is a balanced back-to-basics album that highlights Bonamassa's signature style of roots blues with rock-and-roll guts, while honoring the traditions of the original blues musicians. "We've taken some really traditional old blues songs — the HOWLIN' WOLF song 'Who's Been Talkin'?' and the ROBERT JOHNSON song 'Stones In My Passway' — and we've tried to imagine how they would do them in a rock context," said Shirley. "It's a very exciting return to the blues in a very visceral way. It's vibrant and it's gutsy and it's really, really rugged."

To challenge Joe and move him out of his comfort zone, a unique group of musicians was gathered, including AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford, Blondie Chaplan (guitar), Anton Fig (drums and percussion), Arlan Schierbaum (keyboards), Michael Rhodes (bass), Carmine Rojas (bass), Jeff Bova and THE BOVALAND BRASS, Pat Thrall (guitar), and Brad's son Harrison Whitford (guitar).

Brad Whitford, speaking from the studio in Vegas, said, "This is definitely more influenced by the stuff that the guys and musicians in this room love, early '60s English and American rock and blues. I guess we'll never get that out of our system and its fun to come in here and find our own path down that highway."

The album features four Bonamassa-penned originals, including the bruising opener "Dislocated Boy", the road warrior title track (and first single) "Driving Towards The Daylight", "Heavenly Soul" and "Somewhere Trouble Don't Go". Other tracks include Bonamassa's versions of TOM WAITS' "New Coat Of Paint", "Lonely Town Lonely Street" by Bill Withers, "A Place In My Heart" by Bernie Marsden of WHITESNAKE, and "I Got All You Need", by Willie Dixon, widely considered the "father of modern Chicago blues." On the album closer, Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes sings lead vocals on his 1987 hit "Too Much Ain't Enough Love".

Continuing each week for ten weeks is "Countdown to Daylight", the new reality series of 3-4 minute webisodes featuring interviews with Joe and his band as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the band recording "Driving Towards The Daylight" in the studio. Tune in every Friday for a new episode on Joe's official YouTube channel.

"Driving Towards The Daylight" track listing:

01. Dislocated Boy
02. Stones In My Passway
03. Driving Towards The Daylight
04. Who's Been Talkin'?
05. I Got All You Need
06. A Place In My Heart
07. Lonely Town Lonely Street
08. Heavenly Soul
09. New Coat Of Paint
10. Somewhere Trouble Don't Go
11. Too Much Ain't Enough Love (w/ Jimmy Barnes)
For 35 years, KISS fans have reveled in the sounds and images of "Alive II". To celebrate the anniversary of this masterful live album, Fan Mosaics and KISS are inviting fans to be part of some of the most recognizable rock images of all time.

"Every KISS fan knows and loves these images of the Demon, the Starchild, the Spaceman, and the Catman," says KISS co-founder and frontman Paul Stanley. "In honor of this big anniversary, we're giving fans the chance to see these photos in a new way — featuring them in a supporting role."

Fan Mosaics has combined the larger-than-life images from the "Alive II" cover into a single picture that will be reproduced as an official collector's item print.

"It's more than just an amazing print," says Rob Hixenbaugh, Fan Mosaics' director of fan and brand development. "It's a mosaic that uses fan-submitted photos as its building blocks. The fans' images will actually make up the big picture, letting them get inside a major part of KISStory."

The 24-inch by 30-inch prints make great gifts or unique collectibles for everyone who's ever dreamed of getting up close and personal with the band. Fans can unleash their inner rock star and upload their photo for inclusion in the officially licensed "Alive II Fan Mosaic" at this location.

Northfield, Ohio-based Fan Mosaics, LLC, is the bridge that connects fans and stars. The company's officially licensed celebrity photo mosaics — made up of fan-submitted images — are a unique and lasting outlet for fans' enthusiasm and loyalty. Entertainers in all industries choose Fan Mosaics to thank fans for their dedication, and charities partner with Fan Mosaics to raise funds for their worthwhile causes.
THE CULT's 20-date North American tour is set to kick off on Friday, May 25 in San Diego, California, bringing the band's incendiary rock energy to major and secondary markets across the continent.

For most of the dates, THE CULT will be supported by AGAINST ME! and THE ICARUS LINE. Ticket on-sales begin later this week; go to this location for all details and to purchase tickets.

"This is going to be a very intense, high-energy tour," said THE CULT vocalist Ian Astbury. "We are really looking forward to the time we spend on stage connected to our music and our audience. That's our purpose."

THE CULT 2012 North American tour dates:

May 25 - San Diego, CA - Humphreys By the Bay
May 26 - Las Vegas, NV - M Resort
May 27 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
May 30 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Jun. 01 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
Jun. 02 - Windsor, ON - Great Canadian Beaverfest, Riverfront Festival Plaza
Jun. 03 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE - Indoor Stage
Jun. 05 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Jun. 07 - Buffalo, NY - Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf
Jun. 08 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
Jun. 09 - Hampton Beach, NH - Ballroom
Jun. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Jun. 12 - Washington, D.C. - The Fillmore
Jun. 13 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
Jun. 15 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
Jun. 16 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
Jun. 17 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
Jun. 19 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Jun. 20 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Jun. 22 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre

Audio samples of all songs that are set to appear on THE CULT's new album, "Choice Of Weapon", are available for streaming at Amazon.com. The band's first full-length studio release in five years will be made available on May 22 via THE CULT's new label Cooking Vinyl.

"Choice Of Weapon" is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2007 release "Born Into This" that the U.K.'s Mojo magazine called "a wholehearted, utopian and irrefutably exciting record." Longtime THE CULT collaborator and producer Bob Rock (METALLICA, BUSH), who produced one of THE CULT's most successful albums, the platinum-certified "Sonic Temple", put the finishing touches on the foundations that were laid by co-producer Chris Goss (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, U.N.K.L.E., MASTERS OF REALITY).

The album was written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, recorded in New York City, Los Angeles, the California high desert, and the band's Witch Mountain studio between July and December 2011. The new release features founding members Astbury on vocals and Duffy on guitars, with drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse.

Speaking to Austin360.com, Astbury said of "Choice Of Weapon", "I think we went back to a place of instinct. There were no predetermined agendas. We've had periods of stagnation and being stale and repeating ourselves, but I think that's common. With 'Choice Of Weapon', we just said, '(Screw) it! We're going to grab every jewel we can find. We're going to play the ace and go as deep as we can.' There's definitely hard rock moments on this record, but then again, there's moments that are kind of pastoral."

"Choice Of Weapon" is aimed at the heart of THE CULT's loyal following. It reflects the current discontent and destruction of our eco systems, the search for individual meaning against a tide of rampant materialism, narcissism and disconnected lives.

"We're still growing and still developing," Astbury told Austin360.com. "We're still students; we're still inquisitive; we're still passionate. I still think what we're doing is relevant. We still have an awareness of what's going on around us. It's not like I live in a cave."
An exhibition celebrating the life and work of legendary guitarist Gary Moore has been launched at the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast, United Kingdom.

Gary Moore was an exceptional guitarist, songwriter and performer. His solo records are internationally admired, likewise his work with the likes of THIN LIZZY, SKID ROW, THE TRAVELLING WILBURYS, BB King and George Harrison.

Gary was born in Belfast on April 4, 1952. Sadly, he passed away on February 6, 2011. To mark what would have been his 60th birthday, the family of Gary Moore is helping with a unique exhibition of his personal effects.

The exhibition includes:

* Gary's Black "quilted" Gibson Les Paul guitar
* A suit, shirt and shoes, specially commissioned by the tailor Gresham Blake for an Amnesty International event.
* A series of gold albums, framed magazine covers, signed photos, tour passes, posters and flyers.
* A brass plaque to mark a sold out Hammersmith Odeon show in 2001
* A mounted brick from the Martime Hotel, Belfast, presented by the Belfast Blues Society to Gary.
* Plus many more effects.

This is the first of a series of events that will mark the legendary achievements of Gary Moore.

Exhibition dates: April 5 to June 30, 2012

Oh Yeah Music Centre,
15-21 Gordon Street
United Kingdom BT1 2LG

For more information, visit www.ohyeahbelfast.com.

Gary Moore suffered a heart attack brought on by a massive amount of alcohol he consumed prior to being found dead in bed at a luxury Costa del Sol hotel in February 2011.
California thrash metal legends SLAYER have released their own Sweden-exclusive red wine. The name of the wine, "Reign In Blood", is taken from the band's classic album, which came out in 1986.

In the past few years, hard rock acts like MOTÖRHEAD, AC/DC and KISS have all launched their own wines, and now it's time for SLAYER to join in the battle for the thirsty metalheads, reports the Swedish business magazine Dagens Media.

Behind the launch is the start-up company Brands For Fans.

The fact that Sweden is the first market to enjoy the "Reign In Blood" wine is a well-thought-out strategy.

"Sweden is a good market to start with," says Brands For Fans founder Sari H Wilholm. "We are a small country but we have incredibly dedicated fans, which makes it worthwhile to do the test launch in Sweden."

For the launch, Brands For Fans hired Agent Kommunikation, which designed the bottle and wrote the press release.

According to Wilholm, the response to the wine has been astounding. If the wine is successful, she hopes to export it to other countries.

"The demand has been enormous; we never expected it to be quite like this," she says. "Given the reactions, there seems to be a lot of SLAYER fans out there. Especially the response we have received from Finland, which has a lot of metalheads."

When asked why it was a good idea to launch a SLAYER wine, Wilholm tells Dagens Media, "I think people understand that SLAYER would never sell their name without having been involved throughout the process and having tried and approved the product. That kind of commitment, I think, is different from other artists who release similar products."

She adds, "It is quite unexpected for a band like SLAYER to release a wine, but they are just ordinary guys who like the same things as you and I do."

The wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon from California, is as uncomprimising and tough as the band. After a couple of Seasons in the Abyss, the wine has an undisputed attitude and a soft nose of dark berry fruits with oak and spicy nuances. Good mouth feel with hints of fresh fruit and juicy, smooth tannins. Well structured and rounded with subtle notes of oak, showing true Divine Intervention. Enjoy it while headbanging, riffing or with food, friends and great music. Reign in Wine!

Name: SLAYER "Reign In Blood" Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Item No.: 74527-09
Year: 2010
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California, USA
Quantity: 6 bottles (cardboard)
Price: 714 SEK (approximately $107) per cardboard box (6 bottles)
"The Electric Age", the new album from New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL, sold 6,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 77 on The Billboard 200 chart.

OVERKILL's previous CD, "Ironbound", opened with 4,100 units to enter the chart at No. 192. The effort landed at No. 4 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.

"The Electric Age" track listing:

01. Come And Get It
02. Electric Rattlesnake
03. Wish You Were Dead
04. Black Daze
05. Save Yourself
06. Drop The Hammer Down
07. 21st Century Man
08. Old Wounds, New Scars
09. All Over But The Shouting
10. Good Night
German thrash metal veterans KREATOR will release their new album, "Phantom Antichrist", on June 1 in Europe and June 5 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with renowned producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, DEVIN TOWNSEND, AMON AMARTH).

The cover artwork for the standard edition of "Phantom Antichrist" was created by Wes Benscoter (SLAYER, DIO, BLACK SABBATH) and can be seen below.

The limited edition of "Phantom Antichrist" will be made available as two-disc digipack, including a bonus DVD.

"Phantom Antichrist" formats:

- Jewel case CD *
- 2LP yellow vinyl *
- 2LP bi-colored vinyl (red/black): limited to 500 copies, hand-numbered *+
- 2LP picture vinyl **
- CD/DVD digi limited edition: 2 digipacks in a slipcase. **
- Limited mailorder edition: metallic box including CD/DVD digi limited edition, T-shirt, exclusive CD "Live In Wacken", poster, signing card, limited to 500 copies, hand-numbered **+

* = Featuring artwork by Wes Benscoter (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, SLAYER)
** = Featuring artwork by Jan Meininghaus
+ = only available at www.nuclearblast.de/shop

Commented KREATOR guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza: "Jan Meininghaus, who did this one, is a cover artist from my hometown, Essen, Germany. I really love the artwork he came up with for the limited edition. It's pure mayhem, powerful and dark!"

"Phantom Antichrist" track listing:


01. Mars Mantra
02. Phantom Antichrist
03. Death To The World
04. From Flood Into Fire
05. Civilisation Collapse
06. United In Hate
07. The Few, The Proud, The Broken
08. Your Heaven In My Hell
09. Victory Will Come
10. Until Our Paths Cross Again
11. Iron Destiny (Japan exclusive)

Limited-edition bonus DVD:

* Conquerers Of The Ice – The Making Of Phanom Antichrist
* Harvesting The Grapes Of Horror
* Live at Wacken Open Air in 2011 and 2008 (mixed by Klaus Scheuermann, edited by Marcel Schleif and Stephan Lier)

Wacken Open Air 2011:

01. Choir Of The Damned
02. Hordes Of Chaos
03. War Curse
04. Coma Of Souls / Endless Pain
05. Pleasure To Kill
06. Destroy What Destroys You
07. Phobia
08. Terrible Certainity / Reconquering The Throne
09. Flag Of Hate / Tormentor

Wacken Open Air 2008:

10. The Patriarch
11. Violent Revolution
12. People Of The Lie
13. Europe After The Pain

KREATOR will release a seven-inch single containing the "Phantom Antichrist" title track on April 20. The collector's item will be available in colored red vinyl (limited to 250 pieces) as well as in clear vinyl (limited to 250 pieces, exclusively available at the Nuclear Blast mailorder).

A brand new promotional photo of KREATOR can be seen below (photo by Stefan Heilemann of Stuttgart, Germany's Heilemania).

When asked about the musical direction of KREATOR's new material, the band's guitarist/vocalist Miland "Mille" Petrozza stated in a recent interview, "I think it's OK to say that this will be our most epic album so far. There's some classical, a lot of traditional metal, and, of course, a huge dose of thrash metal influences in the new stuff."

Speaking to Aftonbladet journalist Mattias Kling, Petrozza stated about KREATOR's collaboration with Jens Bogren, "He's really good; I like him. I like the sounds that he gets. And I think the combination — Jens Bogren and KREATOR — it will be pretty heavy."

On the topic of how the new material is different from KREATOR's previous output, Mille said, "It will definitely have all the KREATOR trademarks. The lyrics will talk about nowadays stuff, as usual, so it will be like a photography of the year 2012. Also the lyrics will deal a lot of things that are actually happening at this point in time. It will be like reading a newspaper or something [laughs], with all the stuff happening. And, of course, the music will be typical KREATOR, and we also wanna expand the sound and progress as musicians. I mean, this lineup has been the strongest lineup KREATOR ever had since ten years, and now I think we're ready to come out with an album that blows everyone away."

KREATOR has selected Poland's Grupa 13 (BEHEMOTH, ELUVEITIE, SONATA ARCTICA, DECAPITATED) to helm the video for the title track of their forthcoming album, "Phantom Antichrist".

Commented <Petrozza: "The clips produced by Grupa 13 are groundbreaking visual trips that justify the existence of music videos in this day and age. In support of the lyrical concept of our new album, I could not think of a better creative solution than a collaboration with these great visionaries."


Miland "Mille" Petrozza – Vocals, Guitrar
Sami Yli-Sirniö - Guitar
Christian "Speesy" Giesler - Bass
Jürgen "Ventor" Reil - Drums

"Phantom Antichrist" limited-edition artwork:
On May 22, Joey Ramone's second solo album, "…Ya Know?" will be released (BMG Rights Management), eleven years after his life was cruelly cut short by lymphoma. The tracks were drawn from a cache of demos and unreleased recordings that Joey had cut at various times during the last decade and a half of his life.

Joey's brother, musician Mickey Leigh, executive-produced the project. "It was of the utmost importance to me that these remaining songs of Joey's be finished properly, and made available for the world to hear," Leigh says of "…Ya Know?", which is comprised primarily of never-before-heard songs written and sung by his brother.

But this is no half-baked grab-bag of odds and ends. Rather, it's a riveting collection of first-rate songs that embody Joey's trademark intensity and wit, and that can stand proudly alongside his most beloved RAMONES compositions. It's also a fitting, if belated, follow-up to Joey's first solo album, "Don't Worry About Me", which was recorded just prior to his death and released the following year.

"...Ya Know?" — whose title refers to the phrase that was a ubiquitous staple of Joey's conversation — adds a significant new chapter to the seminal punk icon's hugely influential body of work.

Among the many talented people Mickey Leigh and Joey's manager Dave Frey reached out to in bringing "...Ya Know?" to fruition was veteran producer Ed Stasium, who was behind the board for many of the RAMONES' greatest albums, including their early classics "Leave Home", "Rocket To Russia" and "Road To Ruin".

In addition to producing ten of the album's fifteen tracks, Stasium also contributed instrumentation and vocals to each.

The swaggering album-opener "Rock 'n' Roll Is the Answer" (co-written with PLASMATICS guitarist Richie Stotts) will be released as a limited-edition seven-inch single for Record Store Day on April 21, 2012.

That song and the hometown shout-out "New York City" demonstrate Joey's knack for channeling his personal passions into bracing anthems. The playfully breezy "Make Me Tremble" (which Joey wrote and recorded with DICTATORS founder Andy Shernoff) and the bittersweet acoustic ballad "Waiting for That Railroad" find him exploring some of the more introspective territory that he'd been unable to visit within the format of his former band.

Elsewhere on "...Ya Know?", "I Couldn't Sleep" is a collaboration between brothers Joey and Mickey, who also teamed up to record a romantic alternate version of the RAMONES' holiday classic "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)" in Joey's apartment. Meanwhile, a previously unreleased reprise of Joey's late-period RAMONES tune "Life's A Gas" ends the album on an appropriately uplifting note.

Also contributing to "…Ya Know?" is an assortment of musicians and producers whose prior relationships with Joey help to give the album an organic vibe that enhances its power and character. The cast of players includes Joan Jett, and Little Steven Van Zandt, who plays guitar on "Party Line" and wrote the album's poignant liner notes, along with such notables as former RAMONES drummer Richie Ramone, Bun E. Carlos of CHEAP TRICK, Dennis Diken of the SMITHEREENS, Richie Stotts, PATTI SMITH guitarist Lenny Kaye, punk survivor Holly Beth Vincent, members of the RAMONES' punk-era contemporaries THE DICTATORS, and producers Jean Beauvoir and Joe Blaney.

The resulting album is a brilliant encapsulation of the qualities that made Joey Ramone one of rock's most unlikely, yet most beloved, heroes.

Leigh reflects: "Over the past eight years I've been getting barrages of emails and Facebook messages from Joey's fans, wanting to know when this album would be coming out. So having it finally become a reality gives me a feeling of triumph — not for me, but for my brother, and for his fans. And there's not the slightest doubt in my mind that people are gonna be blown away by it."
Norwegian powerhouse vocalist Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN, AVANTASIA) will release a new studio album, "Bring Heavy Rock To The Land", on June 1 via Frontiers Records.

The cover artwork for the CD can be seen below.

South American fans had experienced Jorn Lande live as frontman for MASTERPLAN and recently on the world tour with AVANTASIA "The Flying Opera", but in July 2011 he visited South America for the first time under the JORN banner.

JORN lineup for the South American tour was as follows:

Jorn Lande: Vocals
Tore Moren: Guitar
Trond Holter: Guitar
Nic Angileri: Bass
Willy Bendiksen: Drums

Jorn Lande's "Live In Black" 2-CD/DVD set was released in August 2011 via Frontiers Records. The concert was recorded on June 10, 2010 at the Sweden Rock Festival in front of more than 25,000 people.

2010 was a significant year in Jorn's career. Besides releasing a tribute album to his hero Ronnie James Dio, Jorn was invited to perform, alongside Glenn Hughes, with HEAVEN & HELL at their final concert, which was held in July 2010 at the High Voltage festival in Victoria Park, London, England.

Just a few weeks earlier, Jorn appeared at the Sweden Rock Festival, in Sölvesborg and blew the crowd of more than 25,000 fans away.

"The special thing with 'Live In Black' is that it captures a very rough, uncut and spontaneous moment in the band's history," says Jorn Lande. "It was a hectic day, with many interviews and several TV appearances and I also had to do a short speech and statement regarding the great Ronnie James Dio's untimely passing a few weeks earlier. The whole festival became in the spirit of Ronnie, and it was very moving to see everyone there, including the artists honoring his memory."
The self-titled debut studio album from UNISONIC — the band featuring former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY, ex-HELLOWEEN) alongside guitarist Mandy Meyer (ASIA, GOTTHARD and KROKUS), bassist Dennis Ward and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (both of Germany's PINK CREAM 69) — will be released in North America on May 22 via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records.

"Unisonic" was recorded at ICP Studios in Brussels, Belgium. The CD — which features 11 tracks, plus a bonus live version of HELLOWEEN classic "I Want Out", only available on the domestic edition, and cover art by Martin Häusler (MEAT LOAF, GOTTHARD, HELLOWEEN, MOTÖRHEAD) — marks the first full-length musical union between Kiske and Hansen in 23 years!

"Unisonic" track listing:

01. Unisonic
02. Souls Alive
03. Never Too Late
04. I've Tried
05. Star Rider
06. Never Change Me
07. Renegade
08. My Sanctuary
09. King For A Day
10. We Rise
11. No One Ever Sees Me
12. I Want Out (live)

UNISONIC's video for the song "Unisonic" can be seen below. According to a press release, the clip, which was directed by Häusler, "shows a powerful band performance at a magnificent ballroom in Heidelberg, Germany."

UNISONIC released its debut EP, "Ignition" on January 27 via earMUSIC/Edel. The effort includes the track "Unisonic" plus one demo song and a cover version of the HELLOWEEN classic "I Want Out", recorded live on October 15 at last year's edition of the Loud Park festival at Saitama Super Arena, a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Saitama City, Japan.

UNISONIC's music is very versatile and shows a broad approach to heavy rock without sacrificing the power and strong, catchy melodies that characterized the bandmembers' previous projects.

Kai Hansen's position in GAMMA RAY will be unaffected by his involvement with UNISONIC.


Michael Kiske (vocals)
Mandy Meyer (guitar)
Kai Hansen (guitar)
Dennis Ward (bass)
Kosta Zafiriou (drums)
Veteran NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) band BLACK ROSE has inked a deal with the German record label Metalizer to release its new album, "Cure For Your Disease", on CD for the first time in the summer of 2012. Previously the album was only available as a download but the new release will be a limited 1,000 pressing featuring new artwork and photography.

In other news, BLACK ROSE will play a nostalgic warm-up gig before flying out to Germany for their appearance at the Headbangers Open Air festival in Brande-Hörnerkirchen on July 28. The gig will take place on Thursday, July 26, at a venue BLACK ROSE used to play regularly in the 1980s — The Swan Hotel in Billingham, Teesside.

BLACK ROSE opened this year's Hammerfest "Hammer Of Thor" on the VIP night, Thursday, March 15 at Pontins Holiday Park in Prestatyn.

The band's current lineup features original members Steve Bardsley (lead vocals, guitar) and Kenny Nicholson (lead guitar) plus Kiko Rivers (bass) and Chris Bennett (drums).

For more information, visit www.blackroseuk.co.uk.
EMPIRES OF EDEN — the brainchild of PAINDIVISION/ex-DUNGEON guitarist Stu Marshall — will release its third album, "Channelling The Infinite", on June 1 in Japan through Rubicon, and on June 6 in rest of the world June 6 through Music Buy Mail. The CD features guest appearances by some of the most influential voices in metal, including:

* Udo Dirkschneider (ACCEPT, U.D.O.)
* Sean Peck (CAGE)
* Carlos Zema (OUTWORLD, VOUGAN)
* Danny Cecati (EYEFEAR, PEGAZUS)
* Louie Gorgievski (CRIMSONFIRE)
* Vo Simpson (DARKER HALF)

Loaded with 12 tracks of brain-blasting power metal, "Channelling The Infinite" features killer production and powerful, hook-laden music that will appeal to any aficionado. Each song is carefully crafted specifically to suit the singer involved, and designed to best complement their range and style. From there, the vocalists have complete freedom to write the lyrics and melodies, providing a unique insight into what truly inspires these artists. It is also available as a limited-edition digipak that includes bonus tracks for each territory.

In addition to the spectacular vocals, face-melting lead breaks and riffs that could take on a nuclear arsenal. EMPIRES OF EDEN once again showcases the incredible cover art by Los Angeles-based artist Alex Ruiz.

Commented Marshall: "I am overwhelmed by the power and emotion of the vocal performances that these amazing singers have brought to the album. It's pushed my playing to levels I never thought possible and has created the most well-rounded release I have ever been involved with. Writing for these incredible artists is a dream come true and the finished product has actually exceeded my expectations. Every song is filled with a passion and spirit that immediately grabs the listener; I am very excited for people to hear this album."

A digital single, "This Time", featuring Steve Grimmett, is scheduled for release on May 26.
SHINEDOWN's fourth studio album, titled "Amaryllis", sold 106,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart.

SHINEDOWN landed the biggest debut of its career in July 2008 when its third album, "The Sound Of Madness", sold 50,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200. This marked the first Top 10 album of the band's career.

SHINEDOWN performed two songs — "Bully" and "Unity" — on the March 26 episode of ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!". You can now watch video footage of their appearance below.

"Amaryllis" arrived in stores almost four years after the band issued "The Sound Of Madness". SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith told The Pulse Of Radio that even though the band really came together on that last effort, they didn't want to rest on their laurels while making "Amaryllis". "We're never really a band that's gonna ever be satisfied," he said. "We're never gonna be complacent with 'Oh, well, that'll do.' We're the band that's looking for the doors that everyone is afraid to find, because we like that. We like pushing the envelope constantly. It keeps us on our toes."

The first single from "Amaryllis", "Bully", has already topped the rock radio charts. The new single is called "Unity".

The million-selling "The Sound Of Madness" yielded six chart-topping singles like "Second Chance", "Devour", "If You Only Knew" and the title track. It debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, spending 120 weeks on the album chart.

The release of "Amaryllis" is being accompanied by an e-book called "For Your Sake: Inside The Making Of Amaryllis", a 75-page, "completely interactive" e-book that contains commentary, photos, video footage and other content exclusively chronicling the creation of the new record.

SHINEDOWN is headlining the 2012 edition of the Avalanche Tour, which kicked off on March 27 in Anaheim, California, with ADELITAS WAY, NEW MEDICINE and ART OF DYING also on the bill.
French progressive metallers GOJIRA have set "L'Enfant Sauvage" as the title of their fifth album, due on June 26 via Roadrunner Records. The CD (the title of which translates to "The Wild Child") features 11 tracks of mind-bending, thunderous metal.

"When you become a musician, you don't have a boss telling you what to do so you have to be very responsible," GOJIRA singer/guitarist/songwriter Joe Duplantier said, shedding a little light on the title and its meaning. "With freedom comes responsibility, so I'm asking myself, 'What is freedom? What does it mean to me?' 'L'Enfant Sauvage' reflects on that. There's no answer though. There's just life and questions."

A special collector's package of "L'Enfant Sauvage" will feature two bonus tracks and a double-colored vinyl version of the record, along with an exclusive t-shirt.

"L'Enfant Sauvage" track listing:

01. Explosia
02. L'Enfant Sauvage
03. The Axe
04. Liquid Fire
05. The Wild Healer
06. Planned Obsolescence
07. Mouth Of Kala
08. The Gift Of Guilt
09. Pain Is A Master
10. Born In Winter
11. The Fall

GOJIRA recorded its new album at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York with co-producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD).

When asked how the deal with Roadrunner came about, GOJIRA vocalist/guitarist Joseph Duplantier told MetalSucks.net, "We really needed a platform for the band to be promoted and distributed properly. We've been in touch with a lot of labels lately since we finished our contract with Listenable [who released the band's three previous albums]. To go on with Listenable was not an option, even though we had excellent relations with them. We really needed a bigger platform, and Roadrunner offered us an amazing deal. They have been super into the band for years and years. They have been… I would not say 'chasing us,' but… well, I would say 'chasing us,' but they would say 'interested.' . . . We've known [the Roadrunner] guys for years and years — first as metal fans, when we were listening to SEPULTURA and DEATH and all those bands. I remember buying a CD because the Roadrunner logo was on it. It was a sign of quality. And we've known those guys for a couple of years. We've known [Senior Vice President of A&R] Monte Conner and [U.K. General Manager] Mark Palmer. They expressed how enthusiastic they were about our music in a very intelligent way. They really get what we're trying to do, so we signed with them."

Regarding the musical direction of the new GOJIRA material, Duplantier said, "It's more mature . . . There's less bullshit. [laughs] There's more intensity and simplicity at the same time. Drum-wise, for example, Mario [Duplantier] has been serving the music, but with a lot more of his experience in the drumming, and a lot of reflection in the work. His drum fills, for example, are be simpler, yet more technical. For a real drummer to hear [what he's doing], they'll go, 'Holy shit, man. What did you do?' For someone who is not into drumming, they'll go through the song and say, 'Wow, cool.' There's more technique and more experience."

He continued, "Personally, I had a vision of this album, with what I would like to see happening. I was imagining something very organic and very deep, with more natural sounds. Music-wise, it's something like a dream and a storm… it's magical. I had this vision with colors, sounds and shapes in my mind. I almost dreamed about it. 'Wow, I feel like this album is going to be like that.' But I didn't know. I have no idea until we see what happens when we get into the practice room."

On the topic of GOJIRA's collaboration with Wilbur, Joseph said, "We were in touch with several producers in Los Angeles. We didn't know yet if we would use a producer for the first time or not. We mostly wanted to have advice on sound. We usually do everything ourselves. I produced the last album. I was following the whole process: mixing and making sure that the vision of the band was respected in the studio. This time, we wanted to have more help from someone with more experience with producing. It couldn't happen with a bunch of guys in Los Angeles and other places. No one was available. There were a lot of people who said that they wanted to do it, but it didn't work out. At one point, I said, 'Fuck it, I'm going to produce it.' Mario was like, 'Yeah, I like this idea. I like that we can be free to do whatever we want to do.' Not that it would be the opposite with a producer. There are tons of ways to work with a producer. It could just be someone who brings amazing advice, who looks at you and how you play and says, 'Maybe you should try that amp. Maybe you should jam more, because that riff could be a little stronger.' I said that I didn't want to go to Los Angeles because I wanted to go to New York because I loved this city since I was a kid. . . So I decided to find a studio and an engineer or co-producer/mixer or whatever to put the thing together. That's what I did a month and a half ago when I came here. The first studio I visited was here, Spin Studios. The guys are super nice. I'm alone, and I'm like, 'Hey, I'm looking for a studio.' 'Who are you?' 'I'm from that French band GOJIRA.' I visited this one first, and Josh was in this room mixing the new LAMB OF GOD ['Resolution']. I was like, 'Hey, what's up?' He was like, 'Hi, my name is Josh.' I didn't know him, never heard of him before. He played some songs from LAMB OF GOD because he was mixing it, and then I asked him to play the drums dry without any reverb or anything, to hear how the drum room sounds here — because that's the most important thing on the record. And it sounded amazing. He taught me some tricks, like what microphones to use and this and that. He's young and full of energy. He was bouncing on his chair when he was playing the songs. I was like, 'Wow.' I was listening on the headphones and on the speakers, and it just sounded exactly the way I was imagining the next GOJIRA. We're not so far from LAMB OF GOD, but far enough that we're different genres. So I felt the potential of the studio and of Josh. I called Mario and said, 'I met this young guy and he's full of energy and he's working on LAMB OF GOD.' Mario said, 'Fuck yeah, let's go!' So we're co-producing this album — Josh and I."

GOJIRA is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier, who has a previous relationship with Roadrunner, having played bass on CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's debut "Inflikted", along with guitarist Christian Andreu, bassist Jean-Michel Labadie and drummer Mario Duplantier, who is also Joe's brother!

It was 2005's "From Mars to Sirius" and 2008's "The Way of All Flesh" which established GOJIRA as a metal force of nature and a key player in the scene.
"Koloss", the new album from Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH, sold 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 17 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Released in March 2008, MESHUGGAH's previous CD, "obZen", opened with 11,400 units to debut at No. 59. This was substantially more than the 7,000 first-week total achieved by its predecessor, "Catch 33", which entered the chart at No. 170 back in June 2005.

"Koloss" was released in Germany on March 23 and the rest of Europe on March 26 (March 27 in North America) as a CD digi, limited-edition Magic Cube (CD digi plus DVD exclusive to Nuclear Blast mail order) and two-LP brown vinyl via Nuclear Blast Records.

"Koloss" track listing:

01. I Am Colossus
02. The Demon's Name Is Surveillance
03. Do Not Look Down
04. Behind The Sun
05. The Hurt That Finds You First
06. Marrow
07. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
08. Swarm
09. Demiurge
10. The Last Vigil

The "Break These Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion" video can be seen below. The performance clip was directed by Owe Lingvall of Sweden's Village Road Film.

States MESHUGGAH vocalist Jens Kidman: "We were high on tacos and sodas when we recorded this video."

In a recent interview with MSN's metal music section Headbang, MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake stated about the band's decision to call the new album "Koloss", "It's not so much like a theme, it's kind of how the overall album is more towards something heavier than anything that we've ever done. We wanted something that had that sound to it, something monolithic, something huge. Also a few things that tied into that was the stress and anxiety that a few of us went through up until we started recording this album because of previous sessions where we felt we were doing things the wrong way. That lingers with you, you don't want to do the same mistakes again, you want to save the mental health of a few in the band as well, try to do things another way. So it felt like a colossal thing to get out of the hat this time, even though it went smoother in a lot of ways. Also once we knew what artwork we were using, because it's not artwork that was designed for this album, it was an existing piece of art by this Russian artist Luminokaya, we just fell in love with the piece and we found out it hadn't been used for anything, so we could buy the rights for it. Once we saw that, and we already had the title 'Colossus', we had that song in there, we just felt like this creature on the cover looks like, is it a god, is it a devil, what is it? The word 'Koloss' just fit for some reason."

On the topic of how the band found the album artwork, Haake said, "I don't even remember, I think I was just looking through random art online probably three or four years ago I saw this guy's art the first time. I got in contact with him, and initially he was supposed to do something for the album but we trailed off into other things and we didn't stay in touch for a while. I just took for granted that the piece had been used for something already, but when I finally asked him he said no, it was up for grabs. He's done a lot of additions and renditions and versions of it for the whole layout, so he's spent a lot of time on it too, and we're really stoked that we ended up using this art."

Regarding the suggestion that "Koloss" sounds like MESHUGGAH deliberately tried to expand its sound even more than on "ObZen", Haake said, "We definitely pushed ourselves hard with 'ObZen', too, but maybe that one feels even more like a flirtatious thing with the stuff we were doing earlier on and the stuff we grew up with. I still feel there's some of that on this one too, with the different tunings, and a couple of the songs are actually written for six-string guitar and not all of them being really down-tuned eight-stringed stuff. That's definitely to get that old-school thrash vibe in there, even though the music is different, of course. There's definitely a little bit of that going on this album, too. But apart from that, we basically tried to create something that we find intriguing. We always try to find new ways of writing our own music, so to speak, to see if there's an additional lateral movement, a sideways step that we can take for ourselves to feel that we did something new with this one and that we pushed ourselves into doing something that came out cool and refreshing. That's kind of what we always aim for, and this time it came out like this."
HALESTORM's second album, "The Strange Case Of…", arrives next Tuesday (April 10) and singer Lzzy Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that fans are "going to be hearing and tasting a lot of different sides of HALESTORM" on the record, adding, "It's us really not boxing ourselves in. On our last record, we were trying really hard to make sure everything is consistent, that there was a theme, everything was on 10. With this new one, we just kind of let it be what it was going to be . . . this record is a lot more human than the last record. I decided to be brave on this record and go to all extremes."

Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that the writing process for "The Strange Case Of…" was split in two distinct halves. "We went into it right off the road, so the first half of the record that we wrote was very… We were writing some of the most aggressive songs that we've ever written, I'm screaming my head off, you know," she said. "And then halfway through, started writing some of the most personal songs that, you know, we've ever written, and some things that I've never talked about before, and it's interesting — there's two definite sides and very real sides to what we do and who I am."

Hale also said about the new disc, "With this record, we had just a better concept of our fans and a lot of what we did was inspired by them and the feeling that we got during our live shows.? Also, the music is bridging the gap between what we do live and what we can do in the studio."

"The Strange Case Of…" follows up HALESTORM's acclaimed 2009 self-titled debut, which featured the hits "I Get Off" and "Familiar Taste Of Poison".

"The Strange Case Of…" track listing:

01. Love Bites (So Do I)
02. Mz. Hyde
03. I Miss The Misery
04. Freak Like Me
05. Beautiful With You
06. In Your Room
07. Break In
08. Rock Show
09. Daughters Of Darkness
10. You Call Me A Bitch Like It's A Bad Thing
11. American Boys
12. Here's To Us

The band will be the openers for the Mass Chaos tour, starring GODSMACK and STAIND, which starts on April 13 in Augusta, Georgia.
Hungarian "progressive-grunge metallers" ANGERTEA have entered the studio to begin recording their fourth full-length album for a September release via the Norwegian label Smash Fabric Records. The band states, "We're recording 10 songs in Szeged, Hungary with producer Gábor Vári. Compared to our previous recordings, this one is gonna include shorter and maybe more 'understandable' songs. Some guest musicians are gonna play on the record. Not necessarily big stars, but people that we admire a lot, our childhood heroes."

ANGERTEA's "Distrust" video can be seen below. The song is the title track of the band's 2011 EP, which features a guest appearance by former KYUSS bassist Scott Reeder.

ANGERTEA previously released three full-length albums — "Lélekvágy" (2001), "Rushing Towards the Hateline" (2006) and "Twenty-Eight Ways to Bleed" (2009) — and an EP that was mixed by Neil Kernon (NILE, NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE).


Mihály Gergely - Vocals/Guitar
Peralta Miguel - Bass
Bárkai László – Drums
BUFFALO THEORY MTL — the project featuring former members of GHOULUNATICS and ARSENIQ 33 and current members of LES EKORCHÉS — has inked a deal with Galy Records. The band's full-length debut, "Heavy Ride", was recorded in January and February at studio Le Plateau. The CD was mixed and mastered by Dan Lagacé (GRIM SKUNK, ANVIL, LES EKORCHÉS) and is set for a May 1 release.

According to a press release, BUFFALO THEORY MTL's "sound will appeal to fans of PRIESTESS, DOWN and HIGH ON FIRE."

"Heavy Ride" is available right now only at the Galy webstore. Get your copy before it hits the stores and receive a free 11 x 17 color poster and a free bonus CD.

Commented BUFFALO THEORY MTL in a statement: "The band is proud to be a part of the Galy Records family. Some of us have been on the Galy roster before with other bands so it's kind of like coming home. It will be a great honor and a pleasure to work together on promoting this release. 2012 will be a great year for us!"

Two songs from "Heavy Ride" are available for streaming on the band's new web site, www.buffalotheorymtl.com.

BUFFALO THEORY MTL will release a video for the track "Du Metal" in the coming weeks.


Gary Lyons (ex-GHOULUNATICS) - Bass
Yannick Pilon (ARSENIQ 33) - Guitar
Brian Craig (ex-GHOULUNATICS) - Drums
Anton Parr – Vocals
German progressive metallers VANDEN PLAS have been forced to cancel their previously announced shows in Wolverhampton, U.K. (May 5 at Z Rock) and Siena, Italy (May 12) so that guitarist Stephan Lill could undergo surgery.

Commented the band in a statement: "Hard to find some words for this worst scenario! Unfortunately, we have to tell you that Stephan Lill needs to go to the hospital for an operation which is inevitable; there is nothing to change! We've tried to find immediately a solution — so we did ask a few well-known guitar players, but none of our representatives felt comfortable to replace Stephan for the shows and the clinic. So we have to cancel the shows. I hope in case of our reputation that we will play Siena and find also a chance to see our fans in the United Kingdom as soon as possible. We feel guilty while telling you this, but there is no way around it. Again we lowly realize that health is our strongest and most important property! We don't know how to apologize our dear friends."


Andy Kuntz (Vocals)
Stephan Lill (Guitar)
Günter Werno (Keyboards)
Torsten Reichert (Bass)
Andreas Lill (Drums)

VANDEN PLAS' Mathias Fickert-directed video for the song "Holes In The Sky" can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's latest concept album, "The Seraphic Clockwork", which was released on June 22, 2010 in the U.S. via Frontiers Records.
The Grammy Museum in cooperation with Revolver magazine will debut a major new exhibition, Golden Gods: The History Of Heavy Metal, opening on April 11. Through rare artifacts from iconic metal bands and interactive experiences, the exhibit will teach visitors about the origins of heavy metal, its many subgenres, the bands that made heavy metal famous and offer a look into the controversy that has surrounded the genre for the past four decades.

Launching on the same day as the Revolver Golden Gods award show taking place next door at Club Nokia at L.A. Live, this will be the first major museum exhibition to explore heavy metal in America, and the genre's impact across the globe. Visitors will enjoy a wide-array of items, including:

* Handwritten lyrics and sketches from MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister;
* Several wardrobe pieces, from acts like BLACK SABBATH and GWAR;
* Stage props from bands such as Alice Cooper, IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER and more;
* An interactive "scream booth," designed to introduce metal vocal technique;
* Several famous guitars including Chuck Schuldiner's (DEATH) B.C. Rich Stealth;
* Concert posters, tour books and fan memorabilia

Exhibit runs from April 11 2012 to February 2013.
Reunited seminal Swedish hardcore band REFUSED will be the musical guest on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Monday, April 23. The show airs on NBC at 12:30 ET/PT and 11:30 CT.

REFUSED's first-ever television appearance will coincide with the band's appearance at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held for the first time over two consecutive weeks in mid-April.

REFUSED played a "secret" show this past Friday, March 30 at Debaser Medis in Sotckholm, Sweden. Video footage of the gig can be seen below.

The group's first concert in 14 years took place on February 29 at the tiny club The Scharinska House in their hometown of Umeå.

REFUSED was only together seven years (from 1991 to 1998), but released three full-length albums before calling it quits. Their "The Shape Of Punk To Come" LP is considered one of the best punk albums ever.

The members of REFUSED released a statement in January explaining their decision to reunite by saying, "We never did 'The Shape Of Punk To Come' justice back when it came out; too tangled up in petty internal bickering to really focus on the job. And suddenly there's this possibility to do it like it was intended. We wanna do it over, do it right. For the people who've kept the music alive through the years, but also for our own sakes. We feel that you deserve it and we hope the feeling is mutual."

Two years ago, REFUSED lead singer Dennis Lyxzén told Excite in an interview, "To be in that band is one of those things that half the time I'm sympathetic and understanding towards why people would do it. The other half, it's just such a useless maneuver. It's a defeatist attitude but if your objective is to play music with your friends and have a good time, there's no harm in reuniting your band for a couple of shows. For us, there have always been so many other aspects of what we did, that it always felt like a complete no-no. You can't do that shit. MINOR THREAT never got back together. That's kind of our take on it. With some things, the legend is better than the actual thing."

REFUSED's legacy was chronicled via the "Refused Are Fucking Dead" collection, which featured never-before-seen material and videos. In addition, REFUSED's landmark 1998 album, "The Shape Of Punk To Come", was remixed and remastered in 5.1 surround DVD audio format, and was re-released through Epitaph Records. Also re-released were remastered editions of REFUSED's "Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent" and "The EP Compilation" CDs.
Studio full-length Equilibrium – the sixth to be issued by East Brunswick, New Jersey melodic thrash metal outfit God Forbid – marks the first not to feature the musical relationship of the brothers Coyle, the departure of Dallas having been officially confirmed on March 31st, 2009. From July 10th until August 16th God Forbid toured the United States as part of the Mayhem Festival line-up, performing on the Jägermeister Stage. The live debut of rhythm guitarist Matt Wicklund (ex-Himsa) as a God Forbid member occurred on these dates.
"We just tried to keep things moving forward," explains Byron Davis, lead vocalist and co-founder of God Forbid. "The whole idea of the band just kept growing. It's an extension of where we left off with Earthsblood, keeping it melodic, thrashy, groovy, with singing parts, with heavy parts, and intense with something to say. It's just a growth between individuals, and the unit as a whole.
"Since the last album we got a new rhythm guitar player, Matt Wicklund. Matt was very enthusiastic about being in a new project, playing with us, writing music, and wanting to continue doing music. He wrote half of the material for the record. He brought excitement and youth… I guess not youth, but he brought back the feeling of why we started doing music in the beginning. He brought a more at peace vibe than what the vibe had later became, a vibe of having fun, enjoying each other's company, and playing live music together again.
"The atmosphere recording Equilibrium was really laid-back, man. Every time you record a record it's a different vibe when you go in there, and fortunately for me each vibe when it comes to recording has gotten better. I was very comfortable in the studio working with the people I was working with; there wasn't really any negativity growing in the studio this time, as opposed to previous times where it would turn into arguments over certain things while we were recording. That didn't happen this time around, It was like a new day, a new vibe. A renewal of remembering why we do it, and loving why we're there.
"Matt writes like Doc writes, and they both share the same types of influences. Matt writes a lot of catchy riffs, and knows how to assemble them in a manner that makes it possible for people to hear and understand so to speak. I just feel that the music that Matt wrote was progressive in the sense that it was forward thinking. He wrote some really great songs as well as Doc. He loves to write music, so he brought that passion to the table when he came and joined the band. Some of the stuff that he wrote you might think Doc wrote, but Tricky actually wrote them. That's what I call Matt: I call Matt Tricky. He's just infused with us though if you will. It's like an updated version of God Forbid, version 2.0 so to speak.
"The album is amazing; I really can't say enough about this album because the album is by far the best album we've written to date. We say that with every record, but it's always true. We always try to one-up ourselves, and we're fortunate enough to be able to do that. I'm very proud of this record and the people involved in the making of this record. I also look forward to getting out and playing songs off of this record, having people hear it, and seeing what they think."
February 2009's Earthsblood was the last of a quartet of God Forbid studio albums to be issued by Century Media, the others being Determination (April 2001), Gone Forever (February 2004), and IV: Constitution Of Treason (September 2005). Victory Records was revealed to be the assortment's new label home on August 8th, 2011. "Our contract ended with Century Media, and we were free agents," the frontman clarifies. "We had been with Century Media for over ten years. I don't really wanna talk about that because Century Media was a good label, but we just didn't progress forward with them in the sense that… I love Century Media, and the people at Century Media are great and they do what they can. We'll just leave it at that.
God Forbid (l-r): Corey Pierce, John Outcalt, Matt Wicklund, Byron Davis and
Doc Coyle
"I think the vision that Victory has is what we need as far as being willing to go forward and try to break ground. They like what they heard, and they want other people to hear it and give people a chance to take it all in. I really don't like talking about labels man because you say something, it's taken out of context, and then the whole shit gets totally fucked up. There are some good labels out there, and there are some bad labels. The fact that Victory has a vast assortment of bands, bands that do well, and the genres that they may or may not be in speak volumes about the label itself. It speaks volumes about the work ethic, and the ideal of bringing new music from new bands as well as older bands back into the forefront of the industry."
Mark Lewis produced much of Equilibrium, Jason Suecof overseeing the tracking of vocals. Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida played host. "Audiohammer is a great studio – we recorded IV: Constitution Of Treason there," Byron notes. "Mark Lewis is an insane engineer / producer; he's very meticulous, and he's one of the best out there right now. You've seen his catalogue; he's done The Black Dahlia Murder, and DevilDriver. The list goes on and on, and that's why Doc wanted to work with Mark. The same with Jason Suecof; he's worked with All That Remains, he's worked with us, he's worked with Trivium.
"Mark and Jason are both fully efficient engineers and producers, but I personally wanted to work with Jason on my vocals because I knew we could be in a situation together where we were in a room and I could explain what I was trying to get. I knew that he would understand completely. It's like having the right part for the right thing; if you're working on a car let's say, you need a certain sized wrench to loosen this bolt over here and another wrench for this bolt over there. It's having the best tools for the job, and from past experiences I knew that Jason and I could work well together and be productive.
"Working with him was pretty cool. Me and Jason had worked together on IV: Constitution Of Treason like I said, so we've been in a situation where we've worked together. It's just like working with a friend who necessarily just wanted to get the best out of us. It's all about honesty; especially in this business, if you can't have honest people around you then you really don't know where you stand. Him being the person that he is and me being who I am, that brutal honesty worked out very well. The one thing you want when you get a producer is someone who is involved in the sense that even though they're your songs, they take pride in your songs and they want to help make the songs the best they can be. There was really never any feeling that he didn't care. Jason is a really good guy; he's a really talented producer / engineer and a musician, so he understands the whole spectrum of the whole thing.
"These dudes are top notch though, and that's what they do man. They don't do it for money; they do it because they love what they do, so that makes it even better. Those cats at Audiohammer we've known for a long time, so to be able to get back in a room with them was like magic."
In selecting Audiohammer for hosting duties, God Forbid sought a certain sound. "We just wanted a proper representation of who we are as people and the music that we write, and what we love to do," the singer relates. "God Forbid is a representation of the working class of America, the ones who grind it out no matter whether success comes or not. We follow our dreams, and we stick to our morals and beliefs insofar as what we want to accomplish with ourselves independently as well as a unit. We're the unheard, the unspoken, the ones in the background that people seem to forget about and don't realise that overall the bigger picture wouldn't be possible without the worker bees. God Forbid are basically the worker bees, that's what we are. That's what God Forbid is; that drive, that determination, that focus. That ability to move forward, and not let things get in your way or people get in your way.
Byron Davis
"God Forbid is a groundbreaking band. Visually when you look at us you wouldn't think that we all share common interests, but we do and I think that's the best thing about our band. We each bring our different flavours to the table, and are able and willing to work together and make it mould together in a form that is viable for anyone."
Members of the aforementioned American working class have participated in the Occupy Wall Street protest movement which began on September 17th, 2011 in Zuccotti Park, New York, highlighting the growing income inequality in the United States between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the country's population. "I think those activities are what made our country," Byron reckons. "That's what made America, the fight against tyranny. I think that illustrates what is important to Americans as a whole, what the values or lack of values have become to the extent that when people see something that they're not really feeling they're not willing to sit back and take it on the chin.
"They're willing to stand up for what they believe in and fight for what they think is right, certainly in this day and age where there are so many people that are empowered that make decisions for people. To judge a country as a whole by its leaders isn't right, but it's done anyway because there is just a lack of understanding about what's really going on. A lot of people have been glazed over in the sense that they're immune to the reality of what is really happening around them, and they're just content with their day-to-day life."
The global population in general arguably read newspapers and listen to televised news without asking questions of said coverage, taking what is being said at face value. "I think a lot of people do that," the co-founder agrees. "America is so vast, and there's so much that you can have at a whim that people have just become desensitised. I mean, certain things take precedent over really pressing issues as far as the news goes. You hear about a kid on the news whose mother abandons them and puts them in a dumpster, but Lindsay Lohan going back into rehab might be the top story. I think people's idea of importance has drifted away from what's really important."
Swedish producer Jens Bogren mixed Equilibrium, having previously worked with such acts as Opeth, Amon Amarth, Paradise Lost, and Katatonia. "Jens is great," Byron exclaims. "He's worked with Katatonia, Opeth, and Paradise Lost in the past, and those are some of the bands that we like and listen to. We heard what he did with them and we were like 'Let's give it a shot and see what he comes up with,' and that was Earthsblood. His mix was amazing. He is definitely very good at his craft as well, so it made sense. The machine ain't broke, you know what I'm saying? Don't fiddle with it."
Fellow musicians would benefit from listening to such advice. "The music business I have to say is one of the most confusing yet interesting businesses in the whole world," the vocalist comments. "On the one hand it's full of creative people, but on the other hand it's full of a bunch of number crunchers. It's the only industry that I've seen throughout my life where if you fuck up, you can still retain your job. There's not a lot of places where if you fuck up you can still keep your job, and the music industry just seems to be one of those places. It's a catch-22. You have to really, really mess up in order to lose your job, and even if you do mess up like that and you lose your job there's always someone to pick you up and put you in another position. It's very contradictory to real life in that manner."
The music industry is arguably less patient nowadays than it used to be. Artists were seemingly allowed more time to grow in the past, whereas nowadays certain quarters in the music industry want immediate results. "Right now in this day and age, music just seems to be…," Byron begins. "I don't really wanna say that there's not a thought process behind people writing music. Each time you take nothing and make something out of it you're being creative, but I just think that because of video games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero and things like that it just makes it more viable for people to try to explore, especially with the ability to have home studios. Now it's so easy to have a home studio; you can get a home studio for like $200 and just work with it until you're happy with something, as opposed to back when having a home studio you had to be well off to have one.
God Forbid (l-r): Matt Wicklund, Doc Coyle, Byron Davis, John Outcalt and
Corey Pierce
"I think just with the availability of technology, people are able to abuse technology in any form or fashion that they deem in terms of what's best for them. You're here today, gone tomorrow. Artists nowadays are basically like throwaways. It's just like how back in the day everyone had a fountain pen; the fountain pen went away, and then they started making disposable pens. You write and use it until it's dead, and then you throw it away and get a new one. I think that's part of what the industry has become along with the downloading aspect of it.
"There's not so much that the record companies can make now because of downloading. Whether you're for it or against it, the fact of the matter is that at the end of the day the person who really suffers from the downloading is the actual artist. Like most things, that always trickles down. The artist is always the last one to get paid, so it's 'We'll invest X amount of dollars in you and if you make this back in full you'll get this, but if you don't then fuck it. We've got four other bands who are young and willing to replace you, and they won't cost us a cent.' That's basically what the world is in a nutshell. You try not to think about those things, but that is the reality of the situation. You have to be very diligent with your beliefs and what you find important to make what you want a reality."
Vocally speaking, the frontman feels he "just went for it on this record. I always go for it, but there was just the feeling of wanting to grow. Like I said, we never try to write the same record twice. We don't do that, but always keep growing and expanding. I think that's what kind of sets this band apart, that it's so unpredictable. You never know what to expect when we get together because we don't set any limitations or boundaries on ourselves – we just go for it. We can do it, and it makes sense. We feel comfortable with it, it works for us, and we do it. As long as the five of us are happy first, that's all that really matters. I can honestly say that out of all the records, everyone is completely and 100% happy with what they did on this record and look forward to continuing this path onto the next one in the future."
God Forbid's writing methods have inevitably evolved with technological advances. "In the earlier days we'd use a four-track," Byron remembers. "Since technology has progressed though it's made it possible for us to be wherever we are, write, be able to send it to each other, take this or take that, rearrange it so to speak, and hear what it will sound like beforehand if it was rearranged. I just think that with time, the more tools available to you the better you can proceed to move forward.
"As far as the writing process it's still the same; we'll have demos, and then we'll get in a space. We'll play them together, and if they don't feel right we'll sit there, tweak it, and change it until it feels right. From there we'll practice it for a little while, and then we'll sit on it and see how it feels two or three weeks later after the changes were made. We then decide whether or not we still like the changes. or wanna move forward and change it to something else. It's a 100% creative environment though and I think that's very important, that it stays creative throughout the whole process. Once it becomes predictable, there's no real creativity."
Equilibrium's title is naturally lifted from the album track of the same name. "I heard the song a few times, and I would listen to the song constantly every day back and forth to work," the singer recalls. "Then it just hit me. I came up with this line 'We lose equilibrium / Why must I feel this way?' which is basically losing yourself within yourself, like trying to retain balance and understand that you're a part of something bigger. You're not necessarily the thing itself but a part of the machinery, so it's just trying to find out how you fit into this huge picture as opposed to being a team player instead of an individual. It's cool to have individuals, but things work better when it's a group effort as opposed to one person trying to dictate or control all avenues of everything around you. It's just trying to find balance, and be happy living in the skin that you're in."
God Forbid (l-r): John Outcalt, Byron Davis, Matt Wicklund, Doc Coyle and Corey
Penning lyrics can be a collaborative effort for God Forbid. "In the past there have been some collaborations," Byron confirms. "Doc and I would write together, Doc would write some lyrics, I would write some lyrics, and Dallas when he was in the band would write some lyrics. We all write; even Corey (Pierce, drums) has written lyrics in the past, so it's a group effort. One guy might have an idea and he'll run with it, and then another guy might have an idea and he'll run with it. Sometimes we feed off of each other; God Forbid is not one person, but five people. On certain things we handle it together. I'm not gonna sit here and say I wrote all of the lyrics because I didn't write all of the lyrics. Doc wrote some, and I wrote some. I think a lot of that depends on the song when we're writing it and on how each person feels about the song as to lyrical direction and where it goes from there.
"There's so many lyrics on Equililbrium though – I don't want to sit here and recite lyrics to you. There's other lyrics like in 'Where We Come From' for example which refers to things like seeing the world how I see it, and living life instead of viewing life. The frame you could say is the TV and the lyric is about viewing it that way as opposed to actually living life with no frame around you, and just being there in the moment and trying to exist in this moment right now. This time, this place. I find it difficult to explain my lyrics because it's like trying to explain how I think, and that's almost impossible because everyone thinks their own way.
"I express myself through my lyrics, and what I say. Now how you interpret my lyrics is based on your own life experiences and what you've been through, so for me to sit here and try to explain to you what they mean totally invalidates that. Music is the art, and art is like a picture; when you see it, you interpret it through your eyes. It's the same thing with music; when you hear it, you interpret it through your ears. I think it's unfair of me to try to explain to you exactly what I said when I wrote it because it was written out of passion and from a spot deep down that I felt was important to be voiced."
Performance footage for the music video 'Where We Come From' was filmed on February 24th at Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey with director Tommy Jones (All Shall Perish / Kataklysm). "We were on the phone with Victory," the co-founder discloses. "They were like 'We wanna do a video.' We were like 'Alright, that sounds cool,' so they basically flew out two dudes to film us the next day literally. We had an idea showing the reality of the passion of the band and the music. 'Where We Come From' basically shows five individuals in their daily lives coming together and playing a show at the end of it all. It's all based off of actual facts – there's no glitz and glamour. I'm not gonna sit here and say that I'm living off of music because I'm not. I need to support myself with having a job and there's nothing wrong with that, but by the same token I feel that I should be able to make a living off of my music. It doesn't need to be extensive, but moderate enough so that I can do this and live off of it.
"Like I said, the way the industry is it's nearly impossible unless you already have money or you grow to be able to do what you do for a living and enjoy it. We've been doing this for 16 years and still work jobs when we have to, so it's obviously not about the money for us. We still love writing music and we still love playing and entertaining, so that's what we do no matter what it takes. There's not a lot of bands that can say that. We've been around a long time; we've seen a lot of bands come, we've seen a lot of bands go, and we've seen a lot of bands grow. It is what it is man. We're not upset about it. We deal with it, but we just want people to see the reality of the situation and either help us or hurt us. Some people might be offended by the fact that we're doing these things but then there's other people that see yeah that yeah, they're just like us. They follow their passions and their heart, and they do what they do because they love it. That's I think the crowning jewel of that video.
"I've seen the video a few times and I love that video, but at the same time I have seen how certain people view you and think that it's all rosy and it's not all rosy. Getting back to reality TV, it paints this image that everything is glamorous. Real life is not glamorous. You can't walk around with a camera 24 hours a day, and portray reality. That is not real for everyone. Some people are in a position where they can live luxuriously, and some people aren't. It's not about that; it's about doing what you feel is good for you, and enjoying what you do. I think that is why I say God Forbid is a working man's band. We represent middle America who just want to pursue their dreams. Everything that is promised to you in the declaration of independence – in the constitution – those are the ideals that we shoot for along with other Americans who just get lumped in with the powers that be."
Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy / Firewind / Manowar) designed the artwork for Equilibrium, having done the same for Earthsblood. "Once again, if the machine ain't broke don't fix it," Byron reminds. "He's a great artist, and painted an excellent vision as far as artwork goes. He did the Earthsblood album; we love what he did, and we wanted to recruit him for Equilibrium. I basically told him 'We want you to go with your vision.' I sent him a couple of demo tracks and then I sent him the lyrics to the songs, and his artwork is just basically based off of the running themes of the music. He took what he heard and read, and he put it into artform."
Equilibrium was released on March 26th, 2012 through Victory Records.
OSI's new album, "Fire Make Thunder", sold 1,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 18 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.

"Fire Make Thunder" marks the fourth undertaking for the collaborative duo of Jim Matheos (FATES WARNING, ARCH/MATHEOS) and Kevin Moore (CHROMA KEY, former DREAM THEATER keyboardist).

Formed in 2002 by Matheos and Moore, OSI is a long-distance partnership, both musicians typically writing and recording alone and sending song ideas back and forth for further elaboration.

Written and recorded throughout most of 2011, this latest release once again reflects the eclectic influences of both Matheos and Moore.

Returning as OSI's session drummer is Gavin Harrison of PORCUPINE TREE, this time co-writing one of the tracks with the band. All other instruments and programming were performed by both Matheos and Moore, while vocals and lyrics were handled exclusively by Moore.

All of the recording for "Fire Make Thunder", with the exception of drums, was done by Moore and Matheos at each musician's respective home studio with drums being recorded at Harrison's home in London. Final overdubs as well as some additional writing/arranging was completed in July 2011 in Jamaica, Iowa, where the band mixed alongside engineer Matt Sepanic at Sound Farm Studio & Recording Environment. Mastering was handled by renowned engineer Roger Siebel. The record was produced by both Moore and Matheos.

"Fire Make Thunder" track listing:

01. Cold Call
02. Guards
03. Indian Curse
04. Enemy Prayer
05. Wind Won't Howl
06. Big Chief II
07. For Nothing
08. Invisible Men
"Equilibrium", the new album from New Brunswick, New Jersey's melodic, thrash-metal warriors GOD FORBID, sold 3,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 156 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at No. 7 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.

GOD FORBID's previous CD, "Earthsblood", opened with 5,400 units back in March 2009 to enter The Billboard 200 chart at No. 110. Its predecessor, "IV: Constitution of Treason", debuted on The Billboard 200 chart at No. 119 in September 2005 after shifting 8,300 units.

"Equilibrium" was released on March 27 via Victory Records. The bulk of the CD was recorded by Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, TRIVIUM), with Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, CHIMAIRA, DEVILDRIVER) stepping in during the the vocal-tracking stage. The effort was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with such acts as KATATONIA, OPETH, PARADISE LOST and AMON AMARTH.

"With the new album, we focused on writing tight, hooky metal songs," commented guitarist/vocalist Doc Coyle on the creative process for "Equilibrium", "There are some really fast, super heavy, groovy songs – some of the catchiest, most melodic songs we've ever written. We wanted a modern, but organic-sounding album that was tight but still captured the intensity of the band. The album sounds huge!"

Coyle went on to speak about the overall theme of the album, "The title of the album says it all — it's about finding your way when you're lost. The lyrics come from a very personal, very real place. The recurring lyrical theme is about the everyday struggles of life and what it takes to persevere and follow your dreams."

GOD FORBID's solidified line-up, newly managed under World Entertainment's Alexander Ford and Gunter Ford, includes lead vocalist Byron Davis, guitarist/vocalist Doc Coyle, bassist John "Beeker" Outcalt, Corey Pierce on drums and newest member Matt Wicklund on guitar.
Florida metal legends NASTY SAVAGE will play their last concert ever on Saturday, May 5 at the Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida.

NASTY SAVAGE rose to popularity in the mid-1980s primarily due to lead vocalist "Nasty" Ronnie Galetti's over-the-top stage performances (in early shows Ronnie would smash television sets over his head). After landing a deal with Metal Blade Records, the band released three full-length albums and an EP between 1985 and 1989. NASTY SAVAGE split up a short time later and played some reunion shows in the late 1990s before officially reforming in late 2002.

NASTY SAVAGE's "comeback" album, "Psycho Psycho", was released in Europe in March 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The CD contained 12 songs in total, including a new version of the demo classic "Savage Desire".
Houston, Texas-based progressive instrumental act SCALE THE SUMMIT has parted ways with bassist Jordan Eberhardt and has replaced him with Mark Michell (TETRAFUSION).

Commented SCALE THE SUMMIT guitarist Chris Letchford: "Jordan decided earlier in the year he no longer wanted to tour full-time, so we have decided to part ways. We have had great luck having all original members for the past three full-lengths and over six years! We wish him the best!

"We are really excited to see what Mark brings to the band! So far our first rehearsal went great!"

Mark will make his live debut with SCALE THE SUMMIT on April 21 at the Fauxchella Fest in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

In other news, SCALE THE SUMMIT will embark on the "Adventure Metal Across America" tour in May. Support on the trek will come from TODAY I CAUGHT THE PLAGUE. This tour will be the second headlining tour for SCALE THE SUMMIT and will start on May 5 and run through June 6.

Stated Letchford: "There's been a lot going on in the SCALE THE SUMMIT camp since we got home from our first headlining tour! I'm very excited announce our new 'Adventure Metal Across America Tour'! It's our second headlining tour this year for 'The Collective', hitting a lot of the cities we missed on the first one. For those of you who came out to the first one, we'll be mixing up our entire 80-minute set with different songs! We're really excited to be bringing out TODAY I CAUGHT THE PLAGUE, great progressive band from Toronto, currently out on the road with our buddies in PROTEST THE HERO and PERIPHERY!"

SCALE THE SUMMIT's third album, "The Collective", sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 39 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.

The follow-up to 2009's "Carving Desert Canyons", "The Collective" was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (DEVILDRIVER, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER).

SCALE THE SUMMIT formed in 2005 while attending the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. The band relocated to Texas in 2006, where they recorded their first, self-released album. After signing with Prosthetic, they issued "Carving Desert Canyons", which Revolver called "a cinematic blast of intricately melodic fretwork and pummeling percussion," in 2009.
Comprising of vocalist William Camm (TYDUS FALLS), guitarists Aled Davies and James Britton (ANTERIOR) and drummer James Cook (ANTERIOR), BORN OF RUIN is a new death metal band with a cutting adrenaline edge. Taking influences from classic death metal acts such as AT THE GATES and CARCASS to more modern bands such as THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and MOLOTOV SOLUTION, BORN OF RUIN describes its sound as "no-strings-attached and no-holding-back pure metal."

Commented Britton: "This is a whole new band with an extremely fresh feel to it. We are all writing and firing on the same wavelength and felt that it was time to put a name to it and share it with you all. Fans of ANTERIOR and TYDUS FALLS can be in for a treat and maybe a trick when we unleash some demo material in the coming months. We can't wait to get on stage with this exciting new project and see what you all think!"


Will Camm - Vocals
James Britton - Guitar
Aled Davies - Guitar
James Cook - Drums

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/bornofruin.
Mike Van Dyne, drummer and founding member of Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal masters ARSIS, has announced his departure from the group. He says in a statement, "After five label releases and hundreds of shows in 19 countries, it's time to move forward and pursue my career full-time.

"The last fully-completed ARSIS song I contributed to was 'Since The Shadows' (released online last year), and it's one of my favorites.

"Through the years, I've accomplished everything in music I wanted to do. Not many people can say that, and I consider myself fortunate for having so many great experiences."

Van Dyne performed on ARSIS' highly-acclaimed debut album, "A Celebration Of Guilt", as well as "A Diamond For Disease" and "United In Regret" (Willowtip Records), "As Regret Becomes Guilt: The Demos Of Arsis" (Negative Existence Records), "Starve For The Devil" (Nuclear Blast Records), and "Since The Shadows" (2011 online release). From 2009 to 2011, Van Dyne toured Europe and North America extensively with the band, and performed on all of ARSIS' early tours from 2003-2007. Van Dyne has also recorded and performed notable live shows with the New York-based hardcore band CRIMSON MASK.

Formed in 2000 by Berklee prodigies James Malone and Mike Van Dyne, ARSIS has grown a strong and steady following for their unique intellectual brand of melodic death metal through various lineup changes. Most recently, ARSIS guitarist Nick Cordle was tapped to replace Christopher Amott in the Swedish/German extreme metal band ARCH ENEMY.

ARSIS' latest album, "Starve For The Devil", sold 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 13 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.

"Starve For The Devil" was released in North America on February 9, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, Massachusetts with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who has previously worked with MUNICIPAL WASTE, AGNOSTIC FRONT and HATEBREED, among others.
Candlelight Records has set a June 19 North American release date (one day earlier in Europe) for "Eremita", the fourth album from former EMPEROR vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn. Recorded and produced at Telemark's Ivory Shoulder Studios, with additional tracking completed at Notodden's Juke Joint Studio and Seattle's Envisage Audio, "Eremita" was mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. Alongside Ihsahn, the album features performances from drummer Tobias Ornes Andersen (LEPROUS), saxophonist Jørgen Munkeby (Norway's SHINING), guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE), and vocalists Devin Townsend, Einar Solberg (LEPROUS), and Heidi S. Tveitan (STAROFASH). The album's packaging was created by award-winning Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz.

"Eremita" begins a new musical chapter for the highly regarded musician; his previous album, "After", forming the final part of a planned trilogy on its release in early 2010. Offering nine new songs to his growing worldwide audience, "Eremita" is the longest and most spirited of Ihsahn's solo recordings.

Reflecting on the recording process, Ihsahn notes, "This is right where I want to be musically, with lots of room for dynamics and expressive variety. Tobias and Jørgen have really added to the organic vibe I was going for and have contributed to the overall feel with their fantastic musicianship. And to have Devin, Jeff, Einar and Heidi adding their special moments, I am very privileged to be able to work with such a talented group of people. I really feel this is some of my most inspired work yet."

Exhibiting Ihsahn's highly-trained guitar and keyboard skills, "Eremita" (Latin for "hermit") is a journey that is sure to find an expanded audience for the revered 36-year-old.

Guitar World senior editor Brad Angle says, "With 'Eremita', Ihsahn proves yet again that he is one of the most influential, progressive and enduring musicians to emerge out of the classic Norwegian black metal scene."

A special two-minute video preview of "Eremita", featuring audio segments from the record and exclusive footage filmed during the album's creation, is available below.

"Eremita" will be available on standard CD and a limited edition deluxe digibook (featuring an exclusive bonus track).

Confirmed track listing for "Eremita" is:

01. Arrival
02. The Paranoid
03. Introspection
04. The Eagle And The Snake
05. Catharsis
06. Something Out There
07. Grief
08. The Grave
09. Departure
10. Recollection(deluxe edition only)

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