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EMI has set an October 8 European release date for the
40th-anniversary edition of DEEP PURPLE's classic 1972 album, "Machine
Head". This five-disc special edition will be accompanied with a fully
illustrated 60-page hardback booklet, housed in a luxury box.

Contents include:

* CD1: "Machine Head" original album 2012 remaster
* CD2: 1997 remix by DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover
* CD3: Original album Quad SQ stereo (2012 remaster)
* CD4: "In Concert '72" - 2012 Mix (recorded live at Paris Theatre,
London on March 9, 1972)
* DVD: 2012 high-resolution remaster and surround mix

Booklet features:

* Detailed essays from original bassist Roger Glover and Mojo magazine editor Phil Alexander.
* Quotations from DEEP PURPLE fans Mikael Åkerfeldt, Luke
Morley, Sebastian Vettel, Eddie Jordan, Brian Tatler, Janick
Gers and Peter Hook.
* An interview with famed photographer Didi Zill, whose photos of the
legendary recording sessions in Switzerland
illustrate the booklet.
A t-shirt currently being sold by Gap — the American clothing
and accessories retailer based in San Francisco, California
— bears more than a passing resemblance to the cover artwork of the classic JUDAS
PRIEST album "Screaming For Vengeance".

Guitarist Bill Kelliher of Atlanta
progressive metallers MASTODON was the first to point out the
similarities between the two designs, writing on his Instagram feed,
"Leave it to the Gap to steal ideas for kid T-shirts. Seriously
poor taste."

The Gap design and the "Screaming For Vengeance" t-shirt can be seen below in a side-by-side comparison.

JUDAS PRIEST's eighth studio album, "Screaming For
Vengeance", will be released as a special 30th-anniversary edition on
September 4 (one day earlier internationally) via Sony Music. The set
will contain not only the remastered original album plus bonus tracks, but also
a live DVD from the 1983 US Festival show, filmed in San Bernadino, California
on May 29, 1983.
confirmed bands for next year's Soundwave festival in Australia, set
to take place in late February/early March.

Tickets are priced at $189 including fees and public transport and go on sale
Thursday, August 23, with a presale commencing seven days prior.

Soundwave dates:

Brisbane: Saturday, February 23
Sydney: Sunday, February 24
Melbourne: Friday, March 1
Adelaide: Saturday, March 2
Perth: Monday, March 4

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

SUM 41
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash told New
York's Newsday that being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall
Of Fame and the fact that the band's lead singer, Axl Rose, refused
to be inducted along with the rest of the classic GN'R lineup closed the
book on a GUNS N' ROSES reunion once and for all.

"I think that time is sort of passed at this point, but there was a period
where big wads of cash were shaking in our direction," he said. "I
think the concept of getting the band back together based on money is not going
to happen."

Asked if the drama surrounding the GN'R Rock Hall induction — whether Axl
Rose would show — was a bizarre experience, Slash said, "Given
the history of the band, it really doesn't seem that bizarre. Originally I
didn't want to deal with it. It was a big, unanswered question up until the
11th hour. We made do with what we had, and it turned out to be a really cool

Regarding the 25th anniversary of GNR's "Appetite For
Destruction", one of the most successful and important debut albums of
all time which has gone on to sell more than 30 million copies, Slash said, "It doesn't seem like that long ago. The concept of a quarter of a
century is crazy. It's become a very iconic record, and I'm proud of that. One
of the most significant things about it is being considered a must-have for
everybody's rock 'n' roll collection."
Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum has
defended his performance in the classic GN'R track "November
Rain", insisting that "drumming isn't all about fancy drum fills
and splash cymbals."

Ex-DREAM THEATER and current ADRENALINE MOB drummer Mike
Portnoy, who normally doesn't shy away from his two cents on any
music-related discussion, took to his Twitter account on August 4 to
pose the question: "'November Rain' is an all-time classic song...
but why on Earth did Matt Sorum play the SAME EXACT fill every 4 bars?
(23 times, to be exact!)"

Two days later, Sorum finally replied to Portnoy, writing on Twitter,
"That fill was Axl's [Rose, GUNS N' ROSES singer]
idea as a musical phrase that carried on through the trilogy, 'Don't Cry' and 'Estranged'. Those albums, 'Use Your Illusion' [parts] 1 and
2 have sold 20 million combined."

He added, "Remember, kids, drumming isn't all about fancy drum fills and
splash cymbals. Ask Charlie Watts, Ringo [Starr] and Phil

Portnoy then replied, "Agree 1000%!! Ringo is one of my
greatest heroes!! No disrespect meant, bro... Just making an observation of
that song. Peace! : )"

In a 2009 interview with Music Radar, Sorum spoke in more detail
about his drumming approach on "November Rain", explaining,
"The track I get the most amount of grief for, from drummers, is 'November
Rain'. The reason I did that tom fill so many times is I felt it was a
musical part. A lot of drummers were like, 'Why'd you play the same fill so

"Me and Axl were sitting in the studio late one night, having a
couple of drinks and listening to Elton John, a song called 'Don't
Let The Sun Go Down On Me'.

"Axl goes, 'Do you hear that?' I'm like, 'Yeah, I love Nigel
Olson, man'. He says, 'Do that on the song we're going to record tomorrow!'
We'd rehearsed it but I didn't have all the fills and stuff, it was just a
groove. In the end of 'November Rain', I get into that whole marching
band trip."
The new QUEENSRŸCHE lineup — featuring singer Todd
La Torre as the replacement for Geoff Tate — is currently writing
material for its new album, tentatively due sometime in 2013. La Torre writes on his Facebook page. "Listening to new QUEENSRŸCHE material with vocals I recorded today. Oh... my... Gawd. It ROCKS!"

QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Parker Lundgren (guitar)
announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with Geoff Tate and recruiting La Torre of CRIMSON GLORY as his replacement. The new QUEENSRŸCHE lineup previously played two shows in their home city of Seattle under the name RISING WEST.

Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield defeated Tate's
motion for a preliminary injunction on July 13 that would have kept them from
touring and operating under the band name,

Tate and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE's former manager,
filed a lawsuit against Geoff's ex-bandmates on June 22 in King County
Superior Court over whether he should be awarded the QUEENSRŸCHE name
after being dismissed from the group in June. Their complaint states Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson wrongfully fired the singer
and are tarnishing the group's brand by attempting to move forward without him.

If the case goes to trial, the date is set for November 18, 2013.

In the meantime, Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield, along
with Lundgren and La Torre have launched a new web site at

The new QUEENSRŸCHE lineup made its official live debut as the headliner
of the last day of this year's Halfway Jam, which took place July 26-28
in Royalton, Minnesota.

Lundgren was briefly married to Geoff's stepdaughter Miranda;
they have since divorced.
Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate taped a
guest appearance on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" this past weekend for an episode which is expected to air in late August or
early September. "That Metal Show" co-host Eddie Trunk says, "We asked Geoff every tough question and he dodged nothing.
He was honest in his assesment of what went down from his perspective [between
him and his former bandmates]."

Sample quote from Geoff's "That Metal Show" segment:
"I'd like to sit in a room with those gentlemen [referring to his former QUEENSRŸCHE bandmates] and have them tell me face to face what the situation is. Explain
their actions. I'd like to know and actually understand their point of view.
I'd like to see them talk to me face to face rather than through the Internet.
Communication is a big part of any relationship, right? If nobody's talking,
then nothing's getting settled. My door's open!"

Season 11 of "That Metal Show" kicks off on Saturday, August
11 and other featured guests include AEROSMITH's Joey Kramer and Brad
Whitford, IRON MAIDEN's Steve Harris, CHICKENFOOT's Sammy
Hagar and Michael Anthony and Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL

QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Parker Lundgren (guitar)
announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with Geoff Tate and
recruiting La Torre of CRIMSON GLORY as his replacement.

Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield defeated Tate's
motion for a preliminary injunction on July 13 that would have kept them from
touring and operating under the band name,

Tate and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE's former manager,
filed a lawsuit against Geoff's ex-bandmates on June 22 in King County
Superior Court over whether he should be awarded the QUEENSRŸCHE name
after being dismissed from the group in June. Their complaint states Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson wrongfully fired the singer
and are tarnishing the group's brand by attempting to move forward without him.

If the case goes to trial, the date is set for November 18, 2013.

In the meantime, Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield, along
with Lundgren and La Torre have launched a new web site at

The new QUEENSRŸCHE lineup made its official live debut as the headliner
of the last day of this year's Halfway Jam, which took place July 26-28
in Royalton, Minnesota.

Lundgren was briefly married to Geoff's stepdaughter Miranda;
they have since divorced.
Frontiers Records has announced the signing of KIX.
The return of the Maryland rockers will
materialize with the worldwide release of the band's first-ever live DVD and CD
entitled, "Live In Baltimore",
on September 21 in Europe and September 25 in North America.

Since KIX's return to the national stage in 2008 with appearances at two
of the biggest rock festivals in the U.S., Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma
and Rock The Bayou in Houston, Texas , KIX has played a large
number of successful live shows all across the USA, with regular appearances at
festivals, casinos and biker rallys, culminating with headlining the hugely
successful M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, Maryland two years in a row.
The new live CD/DVD is packed with fan favorites and a choice catalog of great
hard rock KIX songs recorded live in Baltimore, Maryland.

As the demand from the fans for new KIX music has never subsided and, in
fact, has only increased over the last few years, the bandmembers have decided
that they can no longer ignore the overtures from the fans and are writing new KIX songs for a new album, due out on Frontiers Records in 2013.

KIX singer Steve Whiteman stated: "This is a great thing for
us and we hope it's a great thing for KIX fans all around the world. We
are so thrilled to finally be able to give the fans what they have been asking
for, a live DVD and new KIX music in 2013! We have been hard at work
getting new material together that we think will stand shoulder to shoulder
with any previous KIX record. It's a really exciting time for KIX!"

KIX lineup includes original members Steve Whiteman, Jimmy
Chalfant, Ronnie Younkins and Brian Forsythe, with Mark
Schenker on bass.

"Live In Baltimore" will be released in a CD/DVD configuration with the following track listing :


01. No Ring Around Rosie
02. Atomic Bombs
03. Lie Like A Rug
04. Don't Close Your Eyes
05. Girl Money
06. Cold Blood
07. Cold Shower
08. She Dropped Me The Bomb
09. Blow My Fuse
10. Kix Are For Kids
11. Midnite Dynamite
12. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah


01. No Ring Around Rosie
02. Atomic Bombs
03. Lie Like A Rug
04. Sex
05. The Itch
06. Don't Close Your Eyes
07. Hot Wire
08. Same Jane
09. Girl Money
10. Ronnie "10/10" (Solo)
11. Cold Blood
12. Jimmy "Chocolate" (Solo)
13. Cold Shower
14. She Dropped Me The Bomb
15. Blow My Fuse
16. Kix Are For Kids
17. Midnite Dynamite
18. For Shame
19. Brian "Damage" (Solo)
20. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Digital Edition (audio only):

01. No Ring Around Rosie
02. Atomic Bombs
03. Lie Like A Rug
04. Sex*
05. The Itch*
06. Don't Close Your Eyes
07. Hot Wire*
08. Girl Money
09. Cold Blood
10. Cold Shower
11. She Dropped Me The Bomb
12. Blow My Fuse
13. Kix Are For Kids
14. Midnite Dynamite
15. For Shame*
16. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

* Bonus Tracks
The official headstone ceremony for late RIOT guitarist Mark Reale will be held this Saturday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m.
at Holy Cross Cemetary (17501 Nacogdoches Rd.) in San Antonio, Texas (behind
Rolling Oaks Mall). The event is open to the public.

Reale died on January 25 in a San Antonio hospital due to complications of Crohn's
disease — an ailment he had battled for most of his life. He was 56 years old.

Reale had reportedly been in a coma for two weeks after suffering a
subarachnoid hemorrhage on January 11.

Mark is survived by his father, Anthony Reale, and was preceded
in death by his mother, Frances Reale.

Mark spent most of his life working and performing while enduring almost
constant pain and the side effects of treatment for Crohn's disease. He was in Texas bravely attempting
to practice for the shows, but was felled by a severe onset of Crohn's
symptoms, leaving him in the Intensive Care Unit at an undisclosed facility. Mark was struggling with these symptoms throughout the production of RIOT's
new album, "Immortal Soul", and guitarist Mike Flyntz recorded a major portion of the guitars on the LP with Mark's creative
direction while Reale was unable to perform.
German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION have tapped Thomas
"Angelripper" Such (SODOM) and Andreas "Gerre"
Geremia (TANKARD) to lay down vocals on an as-yet-undisclosed song
from their forthcoming 30th-anniversary album, "Spiritual
Genocide", to be released in November via Nuclear Blast Records.

DESTRUCTION vocalist/bassist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer previously said that the band's new CD would be "much more intense than 'Day
Of Reckoning'! And that wasn't a blues album ...haha!"

DESTRUCTION earlier in the year completed the North American "30th
Year Anniversary Tour" with support from WARBRINGER, VITAL
REMAINS (who were alternating each night) and PATHOLOGY.

original lineup included vocalist and bassist Marcel "Schmier"
Schirmer, drummer Tommy Sandmann, and guitarist Mike Sifringer.
They soon changed their name to DESTRUCTION and released a demo titled "Bestial
Invasion Of Hell" in 1984.

"Day Of Reckoning", the latest album from DESTRUCTION,
sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD
landed at position No. 58 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.

"Day Of Reckoning" was the first album to feature drummer Vaaver (real name: Wawrzyniec Dramowicz; INDUKTI, ex-UNSUN).
German metallers MOB RULES are putting the finishing
touches on their seventh album, "Cannibal Nation", for a
tentative fall release. According to the band, the CD title "is taken from
an eponymous song that will be included on the album. It is about Jean-Bedel
Bokassa, the African human butcher."

MOB RULES in 2010 parted ways with longtime keyboardist Sascha Onnen and replaced him with Jan Christian Halfbrodt.


Klaus Dirks - Vocals
Matthias Mineur - Guitar
Sven Lüdke - Guitar
Jan Christian Halfbrodt - Keyboards
Markus Brinkmann - Bass
Nikolas Fritz – Drums

MOB RULES's latest album, "Radical Peace", was released
in November 2009 via AFM Records. The CD was recorded at Bazement
Studio with longtime engineer Markus Teske (VANDEN PLAS, SPOCK'S
BEARD, OASIS). A single, "Astral Hand", preceded
the full-length CD on October 9, 2009.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin revealed in a new interview with Noisecreep that while the band's recent concert album, "Live And Inspired",
included four new cover songs recorded in the studio, the quartet also cut a
fifth cover that didn't make it. Larkin explained, "We did a very
cool industrial-sounding version of the PHIL COLLINS song 'In The Air
Tonight'. It just didn't fit what was happening on the record. But I'm
hoping we find a place to release it at some point. I think we will. Trust me,
it is very cool."

The covers that did make the record, which came out in May, were JOE WALSH's "Rocky Mountain Way", METALLICA's "Nothing Else
Matters", THE BEATLES' "Come Together" (see
video below) and PINK FLOYD's "Time".

Larkin recalled that "Rocky Mountain Way" was "the first song I
ever played live in my life," adding, "I was 11. My band was playing
a Pagan keg party — a biker kind of thing. And that was the first tune we
played, so it's still near and dear to me. I am so glad we covered that

GODSMACK will appear later this month on the Rockstar Energy Uproar
Festival tour, alongside SHINEDOWN, STAIND and others, and is
also booked to perform at the Rock Vegas festival in late September and
on board the ShipRocked 2012 cruise at the end of November.
DISTURBED frontman David Draiman has revealed via Twitter that he has written the first three
chapters of his forthcoming autobiography. According to the singer, the book's
release will coincide with the arrival of the debut album from DEVICE,
his new industrial-style collaboration with former FILTER guitarist Geno

In January 2011, Draiman gave a lengthy interview to the Jerusalem
Post in which he spoke in detail about his Jewish upbringing, spending part
of his childhood and teen years in Israel, and how he confronts
anti-Semitism among rock fans. Draiman recalled, "I came (to Israel) many
times as a kid with my family. I think the first time I was six. I used to come
here for summer camp a couple times in my childhood, and I spent the year after
high school here studying at Neve Zion yeshiva."

Draiman told The Pulse Of Radio that during his year of religious
study, his life could have taken a very different course. "The level of
study that I was at, I was probably only about two or three years away from
being ordained as a rabbi, so I really needed to figure out in my head where I
wanted to go with things," he said. "And I just couldn't do it
habitually anymore. I grew a very strong dislike for the organized aspect of
religion over the course of time."

Draiman also told the Jerusalem Post that he attended five
different Jewish day schools as a teenager, including the Wisconsin Institute
for Torah Study in Milwaukee
— where he was asked to leave after the first year.

The singer admitted that the strict religious code at the school led him to
rebel, revealing, "I'd set my friends up on dates with girls that I knew,
in defiance of the school . . . Or I'd smoke a little bit of weed here and
there, I'd get my buddies high, so I was the drug dealer on campus even though
that's not what I was doing."

Asked by the Post about running into heavy metal fans who are
anti-Semitic or sometimes even neo-Nazis, Draiman replied, "I'm
incredibly defiant against neo-Nazis and skinheads," adding that he
convinced one fan who used to come to the band's early shows in Chicago to get a swastika
tattoo removed from his head after he learned that Draiman was Jewish.

A song called "Never Again" on DISTURBED's latest
album, "Asylum", deals with the Holocaust and calls out people
who deny it.

DISTURBED went on an open-ended hiatus last fall, with Draiman saying at the time that all four members wanted some time to pursue other
endeavors. "We've got other things that each of the band members wanted to
pursue individually, outside of DISTURBED," he said. "There's
other businesses we have, there's other interests. We've got futures hopefully
to help cultivate for our families and our children, and they can't all revolve
specifically around DISTURBED."

DISTURBED has not indicated when it plans to return, although all four
members say they're likely to come back.

Aside from Draiman, DISTURBED bassist John Moyer has
branched out recently by joining ADRENALINE MOB, a new group also
featuring ex-DREAM THEATER and AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer Mike
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Jason Hook has revealed in a new interview with that the band already has "probably six
to eight songs worked up" for its next album and that the group is
"probably going to be working on new material all the way up until the New
Year, and then we'll start tracking in mid-January, maybe."

"The idea behind that is just to keep the creative muscle worked out," Hook explained. "It's just like going to the gym; if you stop for a
year, you lose all your strength. It's easy to get lazy and get sort of soft.
We're in the business of making music; touring is great, but we should always
be prepared and always exercising that creative muscle — in my opinion,

He added, "It's just like anything: if you come in unprepared you get what
you get, but if you do a decent amount of preparation, then at least you have
options. The records are the launch pad for everything else, and I want to make
the records great. If we need 10 killer songs, I'd rather have 30 songs to pick
from than have eight and need two desperately at the end. I don't want to make
records in a panic."

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's third studio effort, "American
Capitalist", arrived less than a year ago in October 2011.

Asked about the hurry to get back into the studio, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory explained in a recent interview, "I don't
believe that a band today can afford to wait two, three, four years with an
album, they just can't. So there's no reason, why not give new material, the
consumption of music, the consumption of everything is super fast. You give
somebody an album and they listen to it and a year later it's obsolete. We
thought, 'Let's give them another one, they want to hear the music, we can make
the music, then why not.'"

When asked how the new songs stack up to the material on "American
Capitalist", Bathory replied, "It's kind of like the band
has found its place where we are. We are a melodic heavy metal band and it has
its balance. We have some ballads, we have some super heavy songs and
everything goes between the big choruses — singable, remember-able — that we
grew up on."

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is currently headlining the Trespass America tour, also featuring KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM, POP EVIL and others.
During a recent interview with the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, outspoken conservative rocker Ted Nugent was asked the question: "If [Republican presidential
candidate Mitt] Romney were a rock band, what band would that be?
[And how about President Barack] Obama?"

"Out and out politicians are anathema to rock and roll, so I hesitate to
attempt to connect the two," Nugent replied. "But on important
issues, I am saddened to admit that Obama represents everything bad
about humanity and Romney pretty much all that is good. It is really
that stark."

Asked about his involvement with Knife Rights — the organization which
is dedicated to providing knife and edged tool owners an effective voice to
influence public policy and to oppose efforts to restrict the right to own, use
and carry knives and edged tools — Nugent said, "The right to
self-defense is secondary to the pure righteous instinct to self-defense.
Historically, monster freedom crushing tyrants, kings, emperors, despots, and
evil slavedrivers denied mankind of such basic God-given rights, and this
sacred experiment in self-government is based on refusing to give any of them
up ever again."

He continued, "I saw the curse of apathy metastasize across this great
country and the horrific attempt of evil politicians to infringe on these
sacred rights through this increasingly opening door. I decided early on that
we the people have a moral bound duty to remain engaged and halt those daring
to infringe.

"Freedom is not free and due diligence and vigilance is the only way to
safeguard it. If a man is forced to be unarmed and helpless, you are at the
mercy of evil, and that simply does not compute to conscientious, thinking
people, so we stand and fight."
Guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy of Florida metallers TRIVIUM will take
part in a special one-night-only acoustic performance to benefit MOSCOT
Mobileyes Foundation. The event will take place on Monday, August 13
between 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at The MOSCOT Gallery & Music Space in New York City.

For more information, see the flyer below.

MOSCOT Mobileyes Foundation Inc.'s mission is to preserve sight and
improve lives by providing free quality medical eyecare and eyewear to New York City's
underserved populations.

In a recent interview with Sweden's Metalshrine, Heafy stated about TRIVIUM's
plans for the next album, "We have nine songs pretty much completely
recorded as pre-production, recorded on our bass player's laptop, and it
actually sounds better than our first record. Paolo's [Gregoletto]
really good at recording shit. It's all programmed drums, but programmed in a
way that Paolo programmed the bass part, like the underlying drum tracks
and Nick [Augusto, drums] would sit with him and rewrite them,
but on the computer. We tracked guitars, we tracked bass and we're gonna track
vocals soon, we tracked solos and I've got an album title, album arts, song
names. We've got about 15 songs and everything's planned out. Video ideas,
photo shoot ideas, everything. But we just can't reveal anything."

When asked about who will produce the next TRIVIUM CD, Heafy said, "We don't exactly know. We've got the plan, but we can't reveal.
It's also kinda far to tell, but it will be different again. The new stuff
sounds amazing and I know every bands says that, but yeah, it's really great.
The fact that we're all working on it so much already, we know that it's
something really special."

BODY will join forces for a European tour this fall.

TRIVIUM's latest album, "In Waves", sold 22,000 copies
in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on
The Billboard 200 chart — the highest U.S. chart entry of the band's career.
"Blood", the fourth album from Southern California's IN THIS MOMENT, will be released on August 14
via longtime label Century Media Records. The CD was once again produced
by Kevin Churko, who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, among others.

In advance of "Blood"'s North American street date, IN THIS
MOMENT fans worldwide can now experience a full stream of the CD via Xbox
Live's Music Marketplace With Zune Music Pass. The album stream is free of
charge to all those with an Xbox Live subscription and will be available
until Tuesday, August 14.

IN THIS MOMENT began work on the new album just a few months following
the departures of drummer Jeff Fabb and guitarist Blake Bunzel,
who left the band late last year in order to join the backing group of "American
Idol" finalist James Durbin. Fabb and Bunzel have
since been replaced by Tom Hane (THYATEIRA) and Randy Weitzel (FLATLINE, 3/13, AMERICAN MASSACRE), respectively.

"Blood" track listing:

01. Rise With Me
02. Blood
03. Adrenalize
04. Whore
05. You're Gonna Listen
06. It Is Written
07. Burn
08. Scarlet
09. Aries
10. From The Ashes
11. Beast Within
12. Comanche
13. The Blood Legion
14. 11_11
"A Girl Called Cerveza", the 30th-anniversary album from
German alcoholic thrashers TANKARD, entered the German Media Control
chart at position No. 32, the band's highest-ever chart showing in their home

"A Girl Called Cerveza" was released on July 27 via the band's
new label home, Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Studio
23 in Frankfurt with producer Michael

"A Girl Called Cerveza" track listing:

11. Running On Fumes
12. A Girl Called Serveza
13. Witchhunt 2.0
14. Masters Of Farces
15. The Metal Lady Boy (feat. Doro Pesch)
16. Not One Day Dead (But One Day Mad)
17. Son Of A Fridge
18. Fandom At Random
19. Metal Magnolia
20. Rapid Fire (A Tyrant's Elegy)

TANKARD's fourteenth studio album, "Vol(l)ume 14", was
released on December 17, 2010 via AFM Records. The limited-edition
digipak version of the album included a bonus DVD containing footage of TANKARD's
performance at the 2009 edition of the Headbangers Open Air festival,
which took place July 23-25, 2009 in in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany.
Swedish blues rockers GRAVEYARD have set "Lights Out" as the title of their next album, due on October 26 via Nuclear Blast
Records. A single, "Goliath", will precede the full-length
CD on September 21 as a digital download and on seven-inch vinyl. The single
will include a special non-album track, "Leaving You".

The "Goliath" seven-inch vinyl will be issued in four
different colors (see below), featuring four different cover artworks.

Comments the band: "The ['Goliath'] lyrics deal with the feeling
that everyday life is a constant David vs. Goliath scene. You all
know the story and the scene. You look around, get pissed off and want to
'stick it to the man.' Musically, it has many influences. And, as usual, we've
tried to get it both heavy and swinging at the same time. So why don't you just
shake your record collecting old ass to the beat of the new tune from your
favourite Swedish numbskulls?"

Regarding the "Lights Out" cover artwork, GRAVEYARD states, "The cover is something completely different than the last cover.
It has a lot to do with the title, 'Lights Out'. Our goal was that both
the title and the cover would sum up the feeling of the album. And just to make
things clear, 'Lights Out' is not a reference to either UFO or ENTOMBED.
Even though both are excellent bands."

GRAVEYARD was honored with the "Best Hard Rock/Metal" award at
the Swedish "Grammis" gala, which was held on February 14 at
Kungliga Operan in Stockholm.

GRAVEYARD's second full-length album, "Hisingen Blues",
sold 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD
landed at position No. 48 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.

"Hisingen Blues" entered the official chart in Sweden at
position No. 1. The CD, which was released in North America on April 19, 2011
via Nuclear Blast Records, was produced, recorded, and mixed in 100
percent analog by Don Alsterberg (JOSÉ GONZALES, JUNIP, SOUNDTRACK
Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.
San Francisco
metallers EARLY GRAVES will release their new album, "Red
Horse", on October 30 via No Sleep Records. The CD — which was
recorded with Tim Green at Louder Studios — marks the band's
intrepid return since the tragic death of founding singer Makh Daniels two years ago, and the next chapter of the group's career, with close friend John
Strachan of THE FUNERAL PYRE taking over vocal duties.

EARLY GRAVES recently released a rough demo of the song "Days
Grow Cold", featuring Strachan on vocals. You can now stream it
using the SoundCloud player below.

The band will hit the road with fellow metalheads SKELETONWITCH in

EARLY GRAVES formed in the Bay Area in early 2008 and released two
full-length albums, "We: The Guillotine" (2008) and "Goner" (2010), on Metal Blade Records' Ironclad imprint. The band's
sound has been described as a mixture of old-school Swedish death metal and
American hardcore punk and has drawn comparisons to NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS, TRAGEDY and TESTAMENT, among others.

In the summer of 2010, tragedy struck when EARLY GRAVES was involved in
a van accident, which resulted in the death of singer Makh Daniels.
After about a year of contemplation, the band decided to continue on, with
close friend, John Strachan, of THE FUNERAL PYRE (who were in the
same van during the accident) stepping in for Daniels.

The band reconvened with Strachan helming vocals at last summer's Power
Of The Riff festivals in Los Angeles and San Francisco alongside PELICAN, PENTAGRAM and more. Since then, the band has battered the western half
of the U.S.,
appearing at Scion's Metal Matinee series with the CRO-MAGS and
performing with such bands as NASUM, GHOUL, RINGWORM and CANCER

In early 2012 EARLY GRAVES began writing and recording demos for their
follow-up to "Goner" and first with Strachan.
"End Of The Line", the first single from SISTER
SIN's upcoming third full-length album, "Now And Forever",
was released today via all digital platforms worldwide. The track is also
available for streaming below.

"Now And Forever" will be released on October 23 via Victory
Records. The CD was recorded at Standstraight Studios in Stockholm with producer Chris Snyder and was mixed

Various pre-order options for "Now And Forever" can be found

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

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

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

"True Sound Of The Underground" was released in North America
on June 22, 2010 via Victory Records and was issued in Europe
on July 23, 2010 through Metal Heaven Records.

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Lead guitarist Ian Gray (a.k.a. Shrapnel) has
left Australia-based blackened thrash metallers DESTRÖYER 666 for
personal reasons.

Commented guitarist/vocalist KK: "The end of an era — Shrapnel has for personal reasons decided that the past weekend's Southern Cross Fest will be his last show with DESTRÖYER. The man has been with the band
since 1996 and has been pivotal to the bands career over the past 16 years. It
was, without doubt, a fitting end to what has been one hell of a ride. A fine
musician, a great mate, a brother, and an integral member of this pack, he will
be greatly missed. DESTRÖYER will continue..."

Added Sharpnel: "Many thanks for all the words of support. I raise
my glass to you all. DESTRÖYER 666 has been a massive part of life for
the last 16 years and will always be a part of me. The journey it has taken me
on has been simply incredible. From the other side of the planet... to places I
never dreamed of going, to meeting people from all over the world... and many
becoming my friends. No, I'm not stopping music or turning my back on metal. I
can't... it runs through my veins. I wish my brothers KK, Matty and Mersus every success and the beast that is DESTRÖYER 666 will

After the success of last year's reissue of DESTRÖYER 666's classic "Cold
Steel… For An Iron Age", many fans asked for the 2000 masterpiece "Phoenix Rising" to get the same treatment. Well, that time has come. On August 24 (August 28 in
North America), the band's sophomore album will hit the stores as CD and LP in
remastered editions with brand new artwork and liner notes from the band.

With the release of "Phoenix
Rising", the band reached a new dimension. With their steadily growing
popularity, DESTRÖYER 666 had clearly delivered a must-have masterpiece
in the view of old and new fans alike.

The icing on the cake is that the long-awaited reissue of "Cold
Steel…" on vinyl LP will be released on August 24 as well.
Universal Music Germany and the renowned rock/metal
label Napalm Records have signed a long-term distribution partnership
deal. The news was officially announced by both companies yesterday (Monday,
August 6). From now on, Universal Music will distribute all Napalm
Records longplayers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Markus Riedler, founder and CEO Napalm Records Handels GmbH,
states: "For Napalm Records, the distribution deal with Universal is both a challenge and an incentive. In addition, it will lead to a lot more
metal and rock in the home of Universal. Along with Universal, we
want to further improve our strengths, find trends in the metal and rock scene,
establish newcomers and to take care of international acts. Napalm Records,
the independent rock and metal label joining forces with the strongest partner
in the music business, will present the market with lots of surprises. We look
forward to this exciting co-operation and are happy about the trust put in our
label. Thanks a lot to the whole Universal team!"

Tom Bohne, Senior Vice President Universal Music GmbH, adds:
"Markus and his Napalm Records team are one of the big names
in the metal scene. With Universal Music, Napalm Records shall
become the leading brand of the genre. I look forward to the cooperation and I
am sure that it will be exciting, successful and loud."
After releasing an amped-up cover of a holiday classic in
each of the past four years, Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Christian metalcore
quintet AUGUST BURNS RED will issue a full-length Christmas album, "August
Burns Red Presents: Sleddin' Hill, A Holiday Album". The 13-track
release features not only fresh takes on classics such as "Jingle
Bells", "Winter Wonderland" and even "Rudolph
The Red Nosed Reindeer", but also original compositions that are
destined to become future headbanging holiday favorites. The album also
compiles remixed and remastered versions of the band's previous holiday hits,
like "O Come, O Come Emmanuel", "God Rest Ye Merry
Gentlemen" and "Little Drummer Boy". Rounding out the
collection is an updated version of the band's rendition of "Carol Of
The Bells", heard in Frank Miller's ("300", "Sin
City") movie "The Spirit" and Seth MacFarlane's
("Family Guy") "American Dad".

"The idea of doing a full Christmas album has been floating around in the ABR camp for a few years now, but what always held us back was finding the time and
energy to write an additional full-length in between touring and writing our
regular records," explains guitarist and principal songwriter JB
Brubaker. "After finishing [2011's] 'Leveler', I finally felt
inspired enough to tackle the Christmas album idea."

After working with some of the biggest producers in the genre, the band chose
to come home and work at Lancaster's Atrium Audio with longtime friends Carson Slovak and Grant
McFarland on "Sleddin' Hill", which finds ABR at
its most ambitious and creative. It's a work that enhances the guitar and drum
mastery AUGUST BURNS RED are known for by adding unexpected elements
such as banjo, violin, cello, piano and even horns.

"Because this was such a different type of album, I was able to get a
little more wild with my influences," confesses Brubaker.
"There's a section inspired by one of my favorite bands, BEIRUT. There's also guitar solo that
is an ode to Blue Album-era WEEZER, and my punk roots are evident all
over the album."

"Writing metal versions of Christmas songs has always been a challenge for
me because the songs are driven by simple vocal melodies with the only variety
in the lyrics. We decided to take the songs and go the instrumental route — the
main melodies are there, but this record has a lot more to it then that,"
he adds. "The songs have sections of music that flow in and out of the
classic melodies we've all come to recognize. There is a lot of substance in
these songs- more than you'd find in your typical cover."

On whether "Sleddin' Hill" is destined to become a novelty
album or a key part of the band's discography, Brubaker has the final
word: "To some, the concept of a metal Christmas album may come off as
silly and a waste of time, but I think this record has plenty of original ABR substance to interest even the biggest Scrooges out there."

"August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin' Hill, A Holiday Album" track listing:

01. Flurries
02. Frosty the Snowman
03. Sleigh Ride
04. God Rest Ye' Merry Gentlemen
05. Jingle Bells
06. Oh Holy Night
07. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
08. Sleddin' Hill
09. Little Drummer Boy
10. Winter Wonderland
11. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
12. Carol of the Bells (2012)
13. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Leading up the release of "Sleddin' Hill", AUGUST BURNS RED is set to launch a five-week, 30-city North American tour on August 31 with
support from OF MICE & MEN, THE COLOR MORALE and labelmates THE
OVERSEER, before heading back to Europe where they'll hit 12 countries in
four weeks.
Jacksonville, Florida hard rock quintet ALLELE has inked a deal with MTV's Hype Music label. The band recently
spent time with Scott Bush of Timeline Studios in Cape Coral, Florida
recording five new songs.

A press release states: "In today's repetitious rock world, it's
refreshing when an artist comes along with a truly engaging and entertaining
sound that can grasp the listener's attention and leave a mark that is not soon
forgotten. As you listen to an album and accurately experience the passion the
artist felt, you carry that connection and share it with everyone around you.
This is definitely the case with Jacksonville's ALLELE, as the Florida
five-piece has been tearing up stages across the U.S. alongside major artists
along the way building an army of devoted followers."

ALLELE's sophomore album, "Next To Parallel", was
released lat year via Goomba Music. The CD was produced by the band and
mixed/mastered at Jacksonville's MyPlatinumSound by Paul Lapinski (RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, ALICIA
KEYS, EVERGREEN TERRACE, PUDDLE OF MUDD, MOLLY HATCHET, YELLOWCARD). The vocal tracks were engineered by Pete Charell (bassist of TRAPT) at Dexter Dog Studios in Laguna, California.

ALLELE (pronounced Uh-Leel) was formed in 2002 by vocalist Wally Wood and guitarist Lane Maverick.


Vocals: Wally Wood
Bass: Tim Tobin
Drums: Dusty Winterrowd
Lead Guitar: Lane Maverick
Guitar: Jessie Rush
What started out as a fun side-project for SEVENDUST guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vince Hornsby, ALTER

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