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On July 7, Premier Guitar's Jason Shadrick was on location at Marcus Amphitheater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he caught up with Trace Foster, the guitar tech for AEROSMITH's Joe Perry, during the band's "The Global Warming Tour". In the 29-minute segment below, we get to see Perry's collection of touring gear.

Perry recently signed a deal to write his autobiography, likely to be released in fall 2013.

AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler's "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?" autobiography was issued last year, while the band's drummer, Joey Kramer, had his own tale, "Hit Hard: A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom At The Top", published in 2009. AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton is also rumored to be working on a book.

AEROSMITH's new album, "Music From Another Dimension!", will arrive on November 6 via Columbia Records. The CD was helmed by producer Jack Douglas, who previously worked with AEROSMITH on classic early albums like "Toys In The Attic" and "Rocks" as well as on 2004's "Honkin' On Bobo".
According to UnionLeader.com, a New Hampshire woman was arrested four times over a 26-hour period for blasting music — including AC/DC's classic song "Highway To Hell" at 1 a.m. — and for throwing a frying pan at her nephew.

Joyce Coffey, 53, got a warning from the police around 3 p.m. Tuesday after neighbors complained about her loud rock music. An hour later, police were called back to the residence for another noise complaint and Coffey was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct when she wouldn't turn down the music. The second arrest occurred at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday when police received yet another complaint from neighbors. The next noise complaint came in at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday when Officer Matt Blonigen said he could hear "Highway To Hell" as he pulled up in his cruiser. This time Coffey was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and breach of bail conditions.

Police arrested Coffey for the fourth time after her nephew said he tried to remove some of his belongings from her house and she threw a frying pan at him, hitting him in the head.
According to Metal-Rules.com, bassist Steve Harris of British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN has revealed to the German magazine Rock Hard that the band's "Maiden England" concert video will be re-released in 2013, with the footage expanded to comprise the show's encores which were not included in the original VHS version of the set.

IRON MAIDEN's recent "Maiden England" tour closely mirrored, in terms of production and content, the original 1988 concert video of the same name, shot on the 7th Tour Of A 7th Tour. The spectacular stage set was recreated, complete with a magnificent light show, pyro and a newly reincarnated Eddie.

When asked by The Aquarian Weekly what the reason was behind choosing a setlist like that of the famous 1988 excursion, IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith said, "Well, we just thought it'd be fun to revisit that period in time — there were some good songs there. It's just great revisiting some of the songs we haven't played for a long while. It keeps us fresh and it's just, you know, we got a lot of new fans coming on board now, a lot of younger fans who probably never saw or were around when we did that tour. That's one factor of it for us revisiting that time and I think there's some good songs from that period, so it's fun to do."
"Destroyer: Resurrected", the newly remixed version of KISS's 1976 multi-platinum, landmark album "Destroyer", sold 7,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 58 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"Destroyer: Resurrected" features remixes by "Destroyer"'s album's original producer, Bob Ezrin. Ezrin pulled the tapes from the vaults and painstakingly remixed the entire album, enhancing the sound and bringing out its rich texture and vibrancy, while keeping the integrity of the original recording intact. "Destroyer: Resurrected" will also include rare and unreleased recordings rediscovered during the remixing process, plus the originally intended cover artwork.

Hot on the heels of their breakthrough hit album "Alive!", KISS released their fourth studio album "Destroyer" which is considered the most ambitious studio recording of KISS's '70s catalog. Bob Ezrin, who had previously worked with Alice Cooper, was brought in to produce the album and among the production flourishes Ezrin introduced to KISS were sound effects, strings, a children's choir, reversed drumming and the eerie, echoing sounds of screaming children over Gene Simmons' vocals on "God Of Thunder". Upon its release, "Destroyer" reached the No. 11 position on the Billboard Top 200 and, with the help of the surprise top-10 hit "Beth", was their first album to go platinum.

Originally released as the B-side to the single "Detroit Rock City", "Beth — the heart-yearning ballad co-written and performed by drummer Peter Criss — was quickly picked up by radio nationwide and became the first top 10 for KISS, climbing all the way to the No. 7 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. While going through the original tapes, a forgotten vocal piece that was originally edited out in the final mix of "Beth" was discovered and now, for the first time, the complete original vocal recording has been restored and is included in the final mix. Other rediscovered gems include a complete, alternate guitar solo for the track "Sweet Pain", now heard for the first time since it was originally recorded. The newly remixed "Sweet Pain" with the original guitar solo will be included as a bonus track. In addition to the treasures found buried in the hours of recordings, KISS classics such as "Detroit Rock City", "Shout It Out Loud", "Do You Love Me?" and "God Of Thunder" were painstakingly remixed by Ezrin as he fleshed out the drums and guitars, bringing out the bottom end to the bass, making his mixes tight and tough.

In addition, "Destroyer: Resurrected" has now been issued with the originally intended cover art thought too controversial for the time. Created by artist Ken Kelly, the "brown" cover depicts KISS dressed in their "Alive!" costumes and standing on rubble in front of a burning city in ruins. At the time, the record company thought it was too violent and settled for the tamer "blue" version known today. This release also marked the first time that a comic-book illustration of the band appeared on the cover, confirming that the band was transforming from hard rockers to superheroes.

To this day, "Destroyer" remains one of the group's most ambitious recordings and greatest accomplishments. In both Kerrang! and Guitar World magazine it is listed as one of the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time" and in 2003, it was included on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time." Now, with today's state-of-the-art technology, this landmark release can be heard the way that KISS intended.

"Destroyer: Resurrected" track listing:

01. Detroit Rock City
02. King Of The Night Time World
03. God Of Thunder
04. Great Expectations
05. Flaming Youth
06. Sweet Pain
07. Shout It Out Loud
08. Beth
09. Do You Love Me?
10. Sweet Pain (original guitar solo) (bonus track)

The "Destroyer: Resurrected" cover artwork can be seen below.

Released in March 1976, "Destroyer" was the second consecutive KISS album to reach the Top 20 in the U.S. The LP was certified gold by the RIAA on April 22, 1976. It was certified platinum on November 11, 1976, the first KISS album to achieve that distinction.
Singer Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE) revealed last month that he will support ALICE COOPER on a Canadian tour in November, and will embark on a QUEENSRŸCHE "anniversary tour" in 2013 backed by an "all-star lineup" of musicians.

Tate's personal web site, GeoffTate.com, was upgraded with a new banner that reads "Geoff Tate: The Voice Of QUEENSRŸCHE." In addition, he is billed on the web site for booking agency Monterey International as "QUEENSRŸCHE Starring Geoff Tate: The Original Voice."

In a new post on the Queensryche.com web site, which the singer still controls, Geoff has revealed the lineup of his version of QUEENSRŸCHE. It is as follows:

* Geoff Tate - Vocals
* Bobby Blotzer (RATT) - Drums
* Glen Drover (MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND) - Guitar
* Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE) - Guitar
* Randy Gane – Keyboards

Says Blotzer: "Geoff and QUEENSRŸCHE and RATT have a long history of touring together and I am very excited about this new project with Geoff and the guys."

Adds Drover: "[QUEENSRŸCHE] is a band that I grew up with and have always respected a great deal. [It] will also be great to play with the other musicians involved that I have never played with before. [I am] really looking forward to to this!"

Comments Geoff: "I'm sure the last few months have been very frustrating for you. I know they have been for me. There are so many questions and so few answers.

"It is said that adversity makes one stronger. Well, I'm definitely in a better place now than I've ever been before. I feel very positive and excited.

"The challenge, when you're in a creative environment, is keeping things fresh and invigorating, and after working with the same people for thirty years, it gets very difficult. You walk into the room, and everybody knows what everyone is going to do. There's no spark, the chemistry is very tried and true and you just keep coming up with the same ways of expressing yourself.

"Today is a new day and I am thrilled to announce the new QUEENSRŸCHE.

"Together we shall embark on a new musical journey that will be a greater extension of where QUEENSRŸCHE has ever been.

"With this new project, with these new people, it's a whole new scene. There are new ideas, different musical backgrounds and a whole new set of parameters. Everyone has ideas you haven't heard before, and everyone is throwing them against the wall and suddenly … the music has a whole new life.

"I look forward to this new life and I hope to see you on tour as all of us come together and begin this new era."

Guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scott Rockenfield, bassist Eddie Jackson and Parker Lundgren (guitar) announced on June 20 that they were parting ways with Geoff Tate and recruiting Todd 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.

Tate taped a guest appearance on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" last month for an episode which premiered on August 25.

Asked about the cirumstances that led to the split with his QUEENSRŸCHE bandmates after nearly 30 years of working together, Tate said, "Well, really, it's kind of difficult to explain, 'cause I'm not in their heads. I can only speculate, really. It came out of the blue for me. We've never had any kind of creative differences, or any kind of a situation where we are at odds with each other. It just happened. And I can only speculate that we're in a really tough recession right now all over the world, and I think that when we have economic times like this, it kind of makes people do strange things. That's really the only speculation I can give — that it's a money thing. We have a company together and [now that] they kicked me out, they can split my 25 percent."

On the topic of whether he is planning on fighting to keep the name QUEENSRŸCHE for himself, Tate replied, "It's something that I've worked all my adult life to take care of and build and protect, and I feel like, yes, it's mine." He continued, "[Right now] we both have the name. The judge [who denied Tate's motion for a preliminary injunction that would have kept his former bandmates from touring and operating under the band name. — Ed.] said something very interesting. My lawyer wanted to say, 'Look, we think that nobody should use the name until we have our court date.' And the judge says, 'I don't see anything different about QUEENSRŸCHE or the FOUR TOPS. It's the same situation.' The FOUR TOPS… [laughs] But, basically, there's two QUEENSRŸCHEs now. Or [at least we have] the ability to have two QUEENSRŸCHEs."

Addressing the accusations by his former bandmates that he was controlling QUEENSRŸCHE's musical direction for much of the last couple of decades, Tate said, "Well, I don't know how I would do that. I have one vote. We do everything by voting. 'I think we should do this, I think we should do this…' That's how we do it. So I don't have the power to dictate where we go in that regard."

When "That Metal Show" co-host Don Jamieson brought up the fact that QUEENSRŸCHE's latest album, 2011's "Dedicated To Chaos", was a huge departure from the metallic sounds of the band's early efforts, Tate said, "[It's] redefining what metal is? Thank you. That's what we've always tried to do — we've always tried to not be somebody else's version of what metal is. We've always tried to forge our own path. And how people take that, you never know. You have to just, kind of, write what's in your heart, you know?!"

Asked what he hopes will happen in his ongoing legal battle with his former bandmates, Tate said, "I'd like to sit in a room with those gentlemen 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 kind of relationship — you've gotta have it. And if nobody's talking, then nothing's getting settled. And that's where we're at right now — nobody's talking."

Tate recently completed work on his sophomore solo album, "Kings And Thieves", for an October release via InsideOut Music.
LOST ANGELS, the band featuring singer John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, RATT), guitarist Eric Dover (SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, SEXTUS, ALICE COOPER), drummer Troy Patrick Farrell (WHITE LION, GILBY CLARKE, PRETTY BOY FLOYD), has recruited Eric Brittingham of CINDERELLA to fill in for bassist Muddy Stardust, who is currently on tour with the CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD.

Commented Farrell: "Eric put a feeler out there that he had some time off from CINDERELLA and wanted to use it by playing some shows.

"Back in 2008, Eric almost did the WHITE LION tour, so I'm glad we're able to finally get to play together.

"We are letting our friends in Mexico, South America, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan, the U.K., India and, of course, those in the USA that we want to play for you, and perhaps a few dates might come to fruition for the fall and winter of this year."

In September 2009, LOST ANGELS performed its inaugural shows in India along with visiting a hospital for children with cleft lip and palate, donating proceeds of their shows to help aid in surgeries and research. The band is planning to go back to India sometime later this year or in 2013.

For more information, visit www.lostangelslive.com.
Patrick Prince of Powerline recently conducted an interview with vocalist Hansi Kürsch of German power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Powerline: Your musical style has been called power metal, speed metal, thrash, progressive … even bard metal … Doesn't it get tiring to hear all these labels?

Kürsch: As long as people talk, everything is fine. One of the best things which can happen to a band is that it is categorized by its own trademark, so I am very fine with bard or fantasy metal. Luckily, it seems to be difficult to categorize us. Sometimes I am getting more confused by the bands we are compared with.

Powerline: BLIND GUARDIAN's first two albums, "Battalions Of Fear" and "Follow The Blind", were more in the style of speed metal than their following works.

Kürsch: ?Depending on the point of view. They certainly are easier to categorize. Speed, in terms of music, is so much a matter of understanding and one's musical point of view. I, personally, think we have accomplished many faster songs afterwards. Some fans may disagree about that. It really is a matter of perspectives. Both albums were strongly related to the spirit and the musical understanding of the late '80s.

Powerline: And then there's the term "German metal." Germany has represented heavy metal very well for decades with bands like SCORPIONS, ACCEPT, HELLOWEEN … Is there a certain German sound to you — even subtle? Were you influenced by these bands and did you ever get a chance to form a camaraderie with them?

Kürsch: Yes and no. The SCORPIONS and ACCEPT have not been our number one bands, but are always very well respected by us, while HELLOWEEN can be seen as a strong inspiration for BLIND GUARDIAN. There were other bands, of course, but when we listened to the HELLOWEEN outputs in the mid-'80s, we knew our mission. We have a very good relationship with Kai [Hansen] and HELLOWEEN. They belong to the nicest people you can imagine.

Powerline: Do you feel that you have captured the American market well enough?

Kürsch: No, not at all. It took almost 12 years to get a foot in the door and another 13 years to introduce ourselves. That's all what has happened so far. I believe, that the Northern American market, especially the U.S. market, is about to become aware of the band in a more mainstream-ish manner. Quality music will be rediscovered by the people.

Powerline: In America, the term "power ballad" comes with some negative connotations of it being a wimpy song from a hair band. However, BLIND GUARDIAN's European style of power ballads, if you will, are a lot more riveting and mature. Songs such as "Lord Of The Rings" and "The Bard's Song", for instance. Is it harder to write a power ballad than a regular metal song?

Kürsch: Depending on the composer. To Marcus [Siepen, guitar] or me, a power ballad usually comes more natural, while for André [Olbrich, lead guitar], it most probably would be a straight-forward song such as "Another Stranger Me", which might come more natural. The regular heavy stuff such as "Tanelorn" or "Imaginations" require a lot of detailed work and serious thoughts, because they are not written on a nice and sunny afternoon, but over months. So they are definitely harder to compose.

Powerline: What's the update on an orchestral project for BLIND GUARDIAN? Is it still slated for 2013?

Kürsch: 2013 sounds a little ambitious at the moment. I am hoping for 2014. This could be a great year. Ever since "A Night At The Opera", my goal is to release the orchestral album the same year we are going to release the studio album. In vain, so far. But I will never give up hope.
Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach told Billboard.com in a recent interview that he was approached to write a memoir, which he predicted could "make the dirt look clean."

The Billboard.com writer, Gary Graff, took Sebastian's comment to mean that the singer's autobiography would top MÖTLEY CRÜE's "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band", something Bach now insists he never said or even implied.

In a new post on his Facebook page, Bach writes, "Why does the press always put words in my mouth? You would think I would know better by now.

"Someone asked me about my book and my answer was exactly this: 'I could make the dirt look clean if I wanted to.' Now every single thing I read about my book says, 'Sebastian says his book will surpass MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'The Dirt'. Only thing is... I never said that. I don't even know what kind of book it will be yet.

"My book has nothing to do with MÖTLEY CRÜE! I love the CRÜE, but I have not decided if I want my book to be full-on burrito-fucking madness, or something different.

"I have never used the words 'MÖTLEY CRÜE' when talking about my book, until this very post.

"Thank you, I feel much better."

During the Billboard.com interview, Bach stated about the prospect of writing his memoir, "It seems like such an overwhelming project, so don't hold your breath for it. He added, "It has to blow me away before I release it. I want to write it by myself; I look at Duff McKagan's [VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES] book, Dee Snider's [TWISTED SISTER] book, they wrote them by themselves and they're amazing books. So I might try, but if it doesn't put goosebumps on my arm, I won't put it out."

Bach told the QMI Agency last year that his memoir would likely be a collaboration with Larry Sloman, the same man who helped pen "Scar Tissue", the autobiography of RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS singer Anthony Kiedis.

"'Scar Tissue' had a lot to do with Anthony Kiedis's relationship with his dad, and I had a very 'strong' relationship with my dad," Sebastian said. "[My dad] was a famous painter in Canada, he owned Art Space in Peterborough in the '70s and we came from California, and we were like freaks in Peterborough. The Peterborough Examiner — all the articles about when my dad first got there, it was like, 'The hippies are coming to town!' I swear."
After a summer devoted to work, work and more work, Italian "cinematic" metallers LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY have announced that all is proceeding perfectly with the production of their "Ascending To Infinity Cinematic World Tour". The band's guitarist/mainman Luca Turilli and singer Alessandro Conti just came back from the Backyard Studios in Kempten, Germany where they recorded a new session of epic choirs exclusively for the upcoming trek.

Explains Luca: "As in our shows we will also play some of the very old RHAPSODY songs, rarely or never played until now, we decided to re-record the choirs for those same songs in order to present them on stage with the best sound quality possible. Moreover, we decided to add a great choral impact to some songs that originally were not featuring a choir."

Adds Alessandro: "A couple of days ago, we met in Germany some of the singers who already performed on the new album 'Ascending To Infinity', and, thanks to their unique vocal power, we gave new energy and new life to those glorious and legendary tracks that made the history of RHAPSODY!"

The singers who took part in the new choral recordings are Conti, photographer Johnny Eisprung; Matthias Stockinger, singer and actor from the musical "Evita"; and the AOR legend Dan Lucas, who sold 1.4 million copies with the single "Heart Of America".

In August 2011, RHAPSODY OF FIRE guitarist Luca Turilli and keyboardist Alex Staropoli announced their decision to go their separate ways.

Due to legal reasons, Staropoli is continuing under the RHAPSODY OF FIRE name. Turilli, on the other hand, is making his efforts available under the RHAPSODY moniker (RHAPSODY OF FIRE's original name), in which he is joined by guitarist Dominique Leurquin, bassist Patrice Guers, singer Alessandro Conti (TRICK OR TREAT) and drummer Alex Landenburg (AT VANCE, ANNIHILATOR, MEKONG DELTA, STRATOVARIUS).

LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY's new album, "Ascending To Infinity", entered the German Media Control chart at the position No. 32.
German metallers MOB RULES will release their seventh album, "Cannibal Nation", on October 19 via AFM Records. According to a press release, the CD "is a varied, hook-oriented and energetic record. By building their own studio, a whole lot of new possibilities opened to the band. So the Dwelling Mound studio of guitarist Sven Lüdke became the place for MOB RULES to compose their new material. The result: every song on 'Cannibal Nation' appears sophisticated and right on point. From the prog metal-influenced opening track 'Close My Eyes' to the following 'Lost' with its strong hookline, the first single 'Ice & Fire' (inspired by the story of the abducted Colombian politician Íngrid Betancourt), which features atmospheric orchestral parts by Michael 'Miro' Rodenberg (AVANTASIA), to 'Scream For The Sun' (lyrically dealing with the first ascent of Mount Everest) and the album's final song 'Sunrise', every track was arranged with passion and reason. With 'Tele Box Fool' also a song whose lyrics criticize today's dull TV/media culture, can be found on the album."

"Cannibal Nation" track listing:

01. Close My Eyes
02. Lost
03. Tele Box Fool
04. Ice And Fire
05. Soldiers Of Fortune
06. The Sirens
07. Scream For The Sun (May 29th 1953)
08. Cannibal Nation
09. Sunrise
10. Children Of The Flames (live in Atlanta) (digipak bonus track)

MOB RULES will celebrate the release of "Cannibal Nation" with a live release party on October 20 in their hometown of Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

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.
Legendary NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) band SATAN is putting the finishing touches on the material for a new album. The CD, which will arrive early next year to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the release of the first SATAN LP, "Court In The Act", will feature the band's original members and is regarded by the group as the recording that would have been the follow-up effort featuring the classic SATAN lineup.

SATAN already has offers from various record companies for the release of the new album and will announce a new label home soon.

Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Twenty Twenty Five", "Testimony", "Cenotaph", "Incantations", "Time To Die" and "Demons Pulling You Down".

Watch out for upcoming SATAN festival appearances in 2013.


Brian Ross (vocals)
Steve Ramsey (guitar)
Russ Tippins (guitar)
Graeme English (bass)
Sean Taylor (drums)

SATAN's classic "Court In The Act" lineup — including singer Brian Ross and SKYCLAD's Graeme English and Steve Ramsey — performed for the first time since 1984 at the 2004 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival.

SATAN is one of the most important groups that emerged in the early NWOBHM era. Their unique mixture of heavy and power metal spirit with thrash riffage brought a handful of unforgettable tunes and revolutionized heavy music as we know it.

"Court in the Act" was SATAN's debut release and was considered a true milestone at the time of its release (1983). The songs were melodic, but at the same time very aggressive. The band's two guitarists, Russ Tippins and Steve Ramsey, delivered a truly amazing performance; although their styles were completely different, they managed to perfectly complement each other's playing and introduced a handful of timeless riffs and solos.

A digipack reissue of "Court In The Act" was made available in November 2008 featuring three bonus tracks.

Fan-filmed video footage of SATAN's performance at the Keep It True XIV festival, which was held April 29-30, 2011 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany, can be seen below.

For more information, visit www.satanmusic.com.
Drummer Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN) will sit behind the kit for MANMADE GOD's September 15 performance at New Parish in Oakland, California as the support act for M.I.R.V.

MANMADE GOD features in its ranks Bostaph's former FORBIDDEN bandmate Craig Locicero (guitar).

Commented Locicero: "A little over a week ago, MANMADE GOD got an offer to support one of the Bay Area's most experimental, talented and respected bands, M.I.R.V., on September 15th at the New Parish in Oakland. At the time we didn't think it was possible to play the gig because our drummer, Steve Jacobs, is having family matters that needed tending to. After talking to the Pann [Reed, vocals] and James [Walker, bass], I decided to reach out to Paul Bostaph and see if he'd be interested. I barely explained the situation and he said, 'Yes, I'll do it!'

"Paul will be sitting in for MANMADE GOD for this gig and it marks the first time in a LONG time that Paul and I will get some extensive work in together.

"Rehearsals have been fantastic! It's a new discipline for Paul to play like we do in MANMADE GOD and he's been amazing so far.

"With both of us being older and wiser, there is a great respect and appreciation for each other. I'm really enjoying my time playing with Paul again.

"It's funny, because of the time frame when MANMADE GOD came around in the early 2000s, people assume we were like the rest of the bands around the time. Not even close! It's nice to touch on that era again and give the songs the justice they deserved."

He continued, "We are supporting Steve Jacobs while he's dealing with his personal business and hope everything turns out OK for him and his family. We love our brother. In the meantime, MANMADE GOD rocks with Paul!"

Added Bostaph: "I'm really looking forward to playing live with MANMADE GOD . The songs are really deep and the musicianship is inspiring. I think they were ahead of their time when the first record came out. This will be a blast!"

MANMADE GOD reformed for a Bay Area appearance on July 21 at the New Parish in Oakland, California. It marked the first time all four members played together since January 2005 when they abruptly and unexpectedly called it a day.

MANMADE GOD's self-titled debut album was released in 2004 under Rick Rubin's guidance while co-produced by Brian Joseph Dobbs and later mixed by Sean Beavan. The CD was acclaimed by fans and critics but extremely underexposed and not properly supported after its release. That turned into the frustration that led to their inevitable breakup.
Karlstad, Sweden-based metal/rock band SPARZANZA will release its sixth album, "Death Is Certain, Life Is Not", on September 29 via Spinefarm Records. The CD was once again recorded at Leon Music with producer Rikard Löfgren, who helmed the band's previous three CDs and has also worked with such other artists as HELLFUELED, VOMITORY and DEATHSTARS.

"Death Is Certain, Life Is Not" track listing:

01. When The World Is Gone
02. The Fallen Ones
03. Dead Inside
04. Endeavor The Dark
05. Legion
06. I Am Your God (only on CD)
07. Walk Into The Fire
08. The Enemy
09. Death Is Certain, Life Is Not
10. Ad Viventes
11. When Death Comes

"The Fallen Ones" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

SPARZANZA previously stated about the new record, "This time we have dug a little bit further in our minds, trying to create a really dark and heavy album, but still having focus on writing good melodies. We also added a lot more percussion parts, dark choirs and live strings. It sounds so good and we know that you will be blown away."

SPARZANZA's fifth album, "Folie À Cinq", was released in February 2011 via Spinefarm.


Fredrik Weileby - Vocals
Calle Johannesson - Guitar
Magnus Eronen - Guitar
Anders Åberg - Drums
Johan Carlsson – Bass
ATTIKA 7 guitarist Rusty Coones will play nomad charter president Quinn on the upcoming season of FX's "Sons Of Anarchy" The wildly successful show is now on its fifth season. Rusty is not new to television, having appeared on the Discovery Channel's bike club series, "The Devil's Ride", this past spring.

Season 5 of "Sons Of Anarchy" premieres on Tuesday, September 11 at 10/9c.

Rusty commented, "I am very honored and, of course, very excited to be chosen for a character role in this season's 'Sons Of Anarchy', especially with my long-running relationship with the show. Things just get better with this, and, of course, the ATTIKA 7 album and upcoming tour, long may it continue!!"

ATTIKA 7/ex-BIOHAZARD singer Evan Seinfeld is also headed to the TV screen this weekend with an appearance on this Saturday's "That Metal Show" on VH1 Classic. The show airs at 11 p.m. on September 1 in all time zones. Evan will discussing the top five screams of all time and, of course, ATTIKA 7. Also appearing on this episode will be AEROSMITH.

ATTIKA 7 will take part in several Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival western U.S. dates of later this month. The band will join the trek on September 19 in Salt Lake City, Utah and stay on through September 30 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In addition to Seinfeld, and Coones, ATTIKA 7 features guitarist Zach Broderick (formerly with NONPOINT), drummer Tommy Holt (ex-UPO) and former KYUSS bassist Scott Reeder

ATTIKA 7's debut album, "Blood Of My Enemies", was released on July 31 via Rocket Science Ventures/THC:MUSIC in North America and Membran/Ninetone in Europe. The CD was recorded with producer Mudrock (AVENGED SEVENFOLD, GODSMACK).

The bass and drum tracks on "Blood Of My Enemies" were laid down by Tony Campos (SOULFLY, POSSESSED, STATIC-X, ASESINO, MINISTRY) and Devin Lebsack, respectively, but due to scheduling conflicts they were not able to make the required commitment to ATTIKA 7.
Former ELIXIR vocalist Paul Taylor and guitarist Phil Denton have launched a new band called MIDNIGHT MESSIAH. The name of the group is taken from one of the songs the pair wrote for the final ELIXIR album.

"We wanted to retain a connection to ELIXIR and our past, as the new band will be similar in style to what we have done before," commented Denton.

MIDNIGHT MESSIAH is currently rehearsing new material before entering the studio to record its debut album, tentatively due in 2013. The band will then make its live debut promoting the new CD as well as including some ELIXIR favorites in the live set.

"We have a brilliant young lead guitarist, Dave Strange, and a solid, powerful drummer in Darren Lee, and the new guys have learned the new songs very quickly," adds Phil. "The two of them have really brought our songs to life and Paul and I are really pleased with how things are going."


Paul Taylor – Vocals
Phil Denton - Guitar
Dave Strange - Guitar
Darren Lee - Drums

A bass player for the band has not yet been announced.

ELIXIR play two final farewell shows in October at The Bridge House 2, Canning Town, London on Saturday, October 13 and at De Verlichte Geest in Roeselare, Belgium on Saturday, October 20.
Black Market Activities has set an October 23 release date for "Danza IIII: The Alpha - The Omega", the fourth and final album by THE TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA.
Singled out early on by Alternative Press magazine as "one of the underground's fiercest live acts," THE TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA cut its teeth in the mid-00s, touring with the likes of THE ACACIA STRAIN, DESPISED ICON, CATTLE DECAPITATION, MISERY INDEX and SUICIDE SILENCE. With a rep for dazzling chops and planet-smashing heaviness, balanced by a healthy sense of humor, the Tennessee band released three albums — 2005's self-titled debut, 2007's "Danza II: Electric Boogaloo", and 2010's "Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events" — honing a style that would help pave the way for countless younger bands.

For the fourth and final album, "Danza IIII" (think tally marks, not Roman numerals), we find a stripped-down DANZA, consisting solely of core members Jessie Freeland and Josh Travis. With Freeland manning the vocals as always, this time with even more vitriol than ever, the virtuoso Travis is responsible for all other instrumentation on the album. The result: the most musical and bloodlettingly honest work ever to bear the DANZA name. With a decade-long legacy behind them, Freeland and Travis have delivered what will serve as an incredible last will and testament for their band.

Travis, now a full-time member of GLASS CLOUD with former OF MICE & MEN frontman Jerry Roush, made this comment about "Danza IIII": "For this album, Jessie and I were looking to create more of a visceral vibe than a completely technical vibe. There's parts that do still get a bit chaotic, of course, but not nearly as much as the avid listener is used to. Everything about this record is way more to the point, with much more heart put into it rather than just seeing how many notes could be thrown into a part or seeking to create 'the heaviest shit ever' or any of that nonsense. The record being titled 'The Alpha - The Omega', to us, symbolized the beginning and the end of DANZA. Jessie and I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it for you all."

"Danza IIII" contains guest vocal appearances by WHITECHAPEL's Phil Bozeman and OBEY THE BRAVE/DESPISED ICON's Alex Erian. The album was engineered and mixed by Nicholas Scott (MISS MAY I). The artwork was created by Michael J. Windsor, known for his work with THE RED CHORD and PIG DESTROYER, and for his book covers for bestsellers like "The Da Vinci Code" and "Darkly Dreaming Dexter".

Black Market Activities' release of "Danza IIII" consists of super-limited CD and vinyl pressings. The CD package contains a 16-page booklet; the vinyl version is comprised of an LP and an additional seven-inch single.

Fans can pre-order "Danza IIII" today via the band's official online store at IndieMerch.com. Various pre-order options are available, including a $99 collector's package which includes four shirts, one sweatshirt, the album on CD and vinyl, two posters, a sticker, and a flask.
Toulouse, France-based post-apocalyptic metal monsters ERYN NON DAE. (formerly END.) will release their sophomore album, "Meliora", on October 9 via M&O Office. The follow-up to 2009's "Hydra Lernaia" was recorded at Mobo's ConKrete Studio in Bordeaux, France.

According to a press release, "Meliora" "is both cerebral and organic, complete with dynamic relief, softer abstract and atmospheric passages of contained energy appear and transport the listener. From this highly textured mosaic the concept comes to life: this time coming from a long introspective process. 'Meliora' speaks of the metamorphosis of a man into a higher being. This transformation is born from a realization of inner truth. On this inexorable journey towards the end, a light may be found.

"The lyrics of 'Meliora' swing between appeasement and resignation, with references to mythology and alchemy. Filled with actual experiences, the album expresses a physical and psychic quest. The lyrics are raw and fragile, vindictive and sensitive, bleak yet filled with goodwill and hope. 'Meliora' is, finally, a fragment of pure humanity."

"Meliora" track listing:

01. Chrysalis
02. The Great Downfall
03. Scarlet Rising
04. Ignitus
05. Muto
06. Black Obsidian Pyre
07. Hidden Lotus


Mathieu B. Nogues: Vocals
Franck Quintin: Guitar/Vocals
Yann Servanin: Guitar
Mickael André: Bass
Julien Rufié: Drums

For more information, visit the band's Facebook page.
Yonkers, New York-based technical death/grind legends MALIGNANCY are preparing to unleash their latest slab of sonic bestiality in the form of "Eugenics". Set to be unearthed in Europe on October 8 through Willowtip/Hammerheart, the CD was recorded throughout 2010 and 2011 by Eliot Gellar at the Gellar Cellar Studio in Mahopac, New York, mixed and mastered by Luca Minieri at Dissonant Studio in Aosta, Italy and features the cover art of Justin Osbourn of Slasher Designs. Loosely based around the concept of eugenics — defined as "the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, especially by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics)" — the band's third full-length hurls forth 10 mercilessly brutal hymns of technically proficient audio carnage.

Elaborates the band in a collective statement: "'Eugenics' is a culmination of MALIGNANCY past and present with a hint of what's to come in the future. Recording the new tunes with a click track was a totally new experience."

Check out the first track, "Type Zero Civilization", below.

In the near future humans will face the very real threat of extinction. Either natural or man-made, it will come to pass. "Eugenics" is an account of what may happen.

Forced to dwell hundreds of miles underground, in an abandoned U.S. archive, they fight to live. This installation still contains all the necessary previsions needed for survival. A self sufficient complex, far removed from the vigor of life topside. It is equipped with generators, a constant replenishing air supply, even waste management. A perfect habitat for the evolution of the last species on Earth, Man.

"Eugenics" track listing:

01. Type Zero Civilization
02. Eugenics
03. Extinction Event
04. Global Systemic Collapse
05. Cataclysmic Euphoria
06. Separatists
07. Monstrous Indifference
08. Cryptobiosis
09. Creatures of Conformity
10. The Breach


Danny Nelson - Vocals
Ron Kachnic (ex-MORTICIAN) - Guitar
Roger J. Beaujard (MORTICIAN) - Bass
Mike Heller (FEAR FACTORY) – Drums
Drummer Kerim "Krimh" Lechner has left Polish extreme metallers DECAPITATED. He explained in a statement, "Too many personal differences and other difficulties made me decide like this." He added, "I appreciate the good times we had together and what we could achieve in more than two and a half years. Even if our ways are dividing, I wish the band to keep going. However, it's time for me to move on."

He continued, "I don't know what will be next, but I would like to stay in this business. I love to write and play music for you guys. This is my life and this is what I want to continue."

DECAPITATED has reportedly recruited former VADER drummer Pawel Jaroszewicz as Lechner's replacement.

DECAPITATED's latest album, "Carnival Is Forever", sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 11 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.

"Carnival Is Forever" was released in North America on July 12, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD's cover art was created by Lukasz Jaszak and can be seen below. The follow-up to 2006's "Organic Hallucinosis" was recorded at Radio Gdansk Studio in Poland with producer Wacek Kieltyka and engineer Arkadiusz "Malta" Malczewski. Drums were tracked with Daniel Bergstrand (BEHEMOTH, MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, KEEP OF KALESSIN, DEFLESHED), who also handled mixing duties.
Malaysian war-themed death metal soldiers HUMILIATION have inked a multi-album deal with Deepsend Records. Their as-yet-untitled fourth album will be released in early 2013.

According to a press release, HUMILIATION "focus on mid-tempo headbangers with heavy anthems of war, lack of humanity and minimal guitar solos.

"HUMILIATION's war has been waged and will continue on until all in their path have been destroyed or join their hellbrigade.

"Even at the 'Dawn Of Warfare', the band will "Seek To Survive" marching 'From Strength To Strength' to raise the Malaysian death metal flag!!"
Holland-based death metallers ENRAGED are mixing their new album, "It's Your Fear That Feeds Their Power", with producer Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES guitarist and owner of Split Second Sound studio). The CD will feature guest guitar solos by James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY), Andy La Rocque (KING DIAMOND), Christofer Malmström (DARKANE) and Jens Van der Valk (AUTUMN, GOD DETHRONED).

Founded in 1997, ENRAGED released a demo ("Tirade", 1999), a mini-CD ("Counterblast", 2001) and a promo ("Resist Or Serve", 2004), and toured Europe with such bands as GOREFEST, DEICIDE and ARCH ENEMY.

Lineup changes in 2006, unfortunately, caused a major setback for drummer and founding member Douwe Talma. Talma eventually remained as sole member and started recording "It's Your Fear That Feeds Their Power" back in 2007. A whole bunch of tribulations caused a massive delay to finish all the recordings in the years that followed. But thanks to a lot of time and effort, plus the help of some befriended and skilled session musicians, the recordings were finally finished last summer.
One of the most memorable pioneers of the first wave of Finnish death metal, CONVULSE were there in 1990 with bands such as XYSMA, DISGRACE and ABHORRENCE to create the scene which was to become legendary.

Formed in 1988 under the name S.D.S., CONVULSE's first release was the "Resuscitation Of Evilness" demo cassette in 1990. The success of the demo led to a deal with the French record label Thrash Records, which released the band's first full-length album, "World Without God". A CD-single, "Lost Equilibrium", followed in 1993 via Relapse Records, after which CONVULSE prepared to record its second album, "Reflections". The group travelled to Sunlight Studios in Sweden and laid down the effort in a one-week period. The following year (1993) was dedicated to CONVULSE members performing their mandatory military service in Finland, which delayed the release of "Reflections" until the summer of 1994 (also through Relapse). An attempt to regroup in support of the CD ended "with poor results," and after serious discussions, a decision was made to put CONVULSE to rest.

After an 18-year break, CONVULSE returned in 2012 and played a few comeback shows in Finland. In addition, the band has already been confirmed to play next year's edition of the Maryland Deathfest, with more live appearances in the works.

A new CONVULSE vinyl EP, featuring two brand new tracks, is scheduled for a November release, and a new full-length album can be expected in 2013. Both the EP and the album will be made available via Svart Records.

"Our new material has a strong old-school death metal feel to it, and the band is tighter than ever before," says CONVULSE guitarist/vocalist Rami Jämsä. "When recording, we plan to concentrate on the energy brought on by playing everything live — no triggers or Pro Tools. Nothing beats a well-rehearsed band playing live, be it on stage or in the studio."

Video footage of CONVULSE playing the song "Incantation Of Restoration" live at their rehearsal studio can be seen below.

CONVULSE 2012 is:

Rami Jämsä: Guitar, Growls
Juha Telenius: Bass
Kristian Kangasniemi: Guitar
Rolle Markos: Drums
SUICIDE SILENCE vocalist Mitch Lucker was hospitalized this weekend after reportedly developing an infection related to his recently broken elbow.

A series of photos taken at the Orange Coast Memorial hospital in Fountain Valley, California can be found on Lucker's official Twitter profile.

SUICIDE SILENCE is currently seeking a new label home while continuing to write material for its next album, tentatively due in early 2013.

The band's latest album, "The Black Crown", sold around 14,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 28 on The Billboard 200 chart.

SUICIDE SILENCE 's previous CD, "No Time To Bleed", opened with 14,000 units in July 2009 to land at No. 32 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"The Black Crown" was released in North America on July 12, 2010 via Century Media Records.

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