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On November 6, AEROSMITHSteven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Joey Kramer (drums) — will release "Music From Another Dimension" on Columbia Records. It marks the band's 15th studio album and their first studio collection of all-new material in 11 years. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and at the band's studio in Massachusetts; it was produced by Jack Douglas, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, with the exception of three tracks produced by Tyler and Marti Frederiksen.

The second in a series of episodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Music From Another Dimension" can be seen
"Music From Another Dimension" features 15 new tracks, including two songs that audiences in North America were treated to on the first leg of the band's triumphant, sold-out "Global Warming Tour". The CD presents AEROSMITH in ferociously fine form and at the peak of their powers. They're the only band of their stature with all-original members and who are playing better than ever have before. The album abounds with one highlight after another, including "Out Go The Lights", "Oh Yeah", "Luv XXX", "We All Fall Down", "Street Jesus" and "Can't Stop Loving You", on which Tyler duets with Carrie Underwood. The album also includes "Freedom Fighter", which features Johnny Depp on backing vocals.

AEROSMITH wrapped their U.S. tour August 12 in Bristow, Virginia. The dates included the band's triumphant, sold-out return to the legendary Hollywood Bowl (August 6) in Los Angeles, where Depp joined the band onstage. A new leg of fall dates will soon be announced to support the release of "Music From Another Dimension".

"It's not that it took ten years," Steven Tyler says, "but that we were busy getting ready!"

"This is the album we wanted to make since the band got back together in 1984," Joe Perry says. "Can't complain about number one singles or album-driven sold-out world tours, as we blaze the AEROSMITH trail with our fans. But this is the record that when the five of us are in a room yelling turn up the volume, that room could be 1325 Commonwealth Avenue (a reference to the band's first apartment where they lived and wrote their first song)."

A deluxe version of "Music From Another Dimension" will include:

* Four live performance videos: "Rats In The Cellar", "Train Kept A Rollin'", "Oh Yeah" and "Same Old Song and Dance"

* Exclusive interviews with the members of AEROSMITH bandmembers

* Three exclusive new bonus tracks: "Up On A Mountain", "Oasis" and "Sunny Side of Love"

The "Music From Another Dimension" track listing is as follows:

01. Luv XXX
02. Oh Yeah
03. Beautiful
04. Tell Me
05. Out Go The Lights
06. Legendary Child
07. What Could Have Been Love
08. Street Jesus
09. Can't Stop Loving You
10. Lover A Lot
11. We All Fall Down
12. Freedom Fighter
13. Closer
14. Something
15. Another Last Goodbye
METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has scheduled the following signing events to promote his book, "Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection":

Oct. 11 - Barnes & Noble - Tribeca Store - New York, NY - 6 p.m.
Oct. 13 - New York Comic Con - Abrams Book Booth - New York, NY - 11:45 a.m.
Oct. 13 - New York Comic Con - Tokyo Toys Booth - New York, NY - 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 - Barnes & Noble - The Grove - Los Angeles, CA - 7 p.m.
Oct. 26 - Monsterpalooza - Burbank, CA - [time to be announced]
Oct. 27 - Chiller Theater - Parsippany, NJ - [time to be announced]
Nov. 20 - Books Inc - Opera Plaza, San Francisco, CA - [time to be announced]

Hammett spoke recently with the San Francisco Chronicle about "Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection", which is due out in October. The oversized 228-page hardback book documents Hammett's love of all things related to the horror genre and features more than 300 photos of items from the collection of horror memorabilia he has accumulated over the years. The book also includes three lengthy interviews with Hammett, who also wrote the captions for many of the photos.

Hammett told the Chronicle, "I've been into [horror] stuff since I was five years old . . . My love for this stuff is insane and totally obsessive-compulsive. It's just one of those things. I'm still waiting to outgrow it or get tired of it or get bored with it. But it does not seem to happen."

The guitarist figures that he may have the second best horror memorabilia collection in the world, but until now only his family and close friends have seen it.

Hammett has two young children and he has been slowly showing them the monster movies he grew up on. He explained, "The other day (my kids and I) watched 'Bride Of Frankenstein', and they loved it."

He added that during a recent viewing of "Ghostbusters", "I said to the younger one, 'This is a little scary, but I'll be sitting right next to you.' And he goes, 'You don't have to do that, Dad. I'm tough.'"
THIN LIZZY is preparing to enter the studio to begin recording its first new album in nearly 30 years for a tentative 2013 release. It will be the group's first studio set since "Thunder And Lightning" in 1983, and its first to not include frontman Phil Lynott, who died in 1986.

Guitarist Scott Gorham told HotPress.com the group will work with producer Kevin Shirley (IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER, JOURNEY, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) on the new CD, and that recording will likely start next month. "I'll be going out to Los Angeles at the end of the month to work on some songs with [guitarist] Damon [Johnson] and then I think we will start recording in October in our producer Kevin Shirley's studio," Gorham said.

"We are all excited about the new record but especially [vocalist] Ricky [Warwick] and Damon, they just can't wait to start recording!" said Gorham. "You have got six guys there that are chomping at the bit that can't wait to get this thing going."

THIN LIZZY's current lineup features Lynott-era LIZZY members Scott Gorham (guitar), Brian Downey (drums) and Darren Wharton (keyboards), as well as guitarist Damon Johnson, formerly of BROTHER CANE and Alice Cooper's band, former THE ALMIGHTY singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick, and bassist Marco Mendoza.

In a recent interview with Gibson.com, Johnson stated about THIN LIZZY's plans for a new studio album, "We all know it's going to be under the microscope. We know there will be pundits who criticize it. But pundits aren't necessarily fans. The fans have always wanted these amazing songs to continue to be performed live. And now we need new material to put extra life into this."

Regarding how the new material is sounding, Johnson said, "There's been a commitment from everyone to embrace the diversity of what THIN LIZZY is. Towards the original end, they made 'Thunder And Lightning'. That album was so heavy. A lot of the writing, it seemed Phil wanted to go down a heavy metal route for a while. That's not what the new album will be. There are some big fat riffs. Classic. I can assure you, we have the riffs."

On the topic of how Ricky Warwick is handling it all as THIN LIZZY's new frontman, Johnson said, "Ricky has been amazing. There is no easier target in this than Ricky — he knows that. But he has blown my mind with his writing. He's constantly writing, constantly reading, changing things to make lyrics better. I've done my own share of lyric writing, but I've never seen someone work so hard as Ricky. We can bring any piece of music to Ricky, and he comes up with a killer lyric. He deserves a huge amount of credit. He's not just 'a new frontman.' The guy is a class songwriter. And that's what Scott and Brian needed to make another THIN LIZZY record."
"Clockwork Angels: The Novel" (ECW Press), the landmark literary collaboration between RUSH drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and bestselling sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson, has landed at position No. 18 on The New York Times "Hardcover Fiction" best sellers list.

The book's first chapter is now available on RollingStone.com.

Speaking to SciFiPulse.Net, Anderson stated about how the novelization came to life, "Neil and I discussed the story of the album as he developed the songs, and so the plot came together as the lyrics were finished. I read the song lyrics as he completed them, but the last pieces didn't gel until I heard the rough mixes of the songs, music and words (back in February). Then I started writing."

He added, "[The novel and the album] are independent. You can enjoy the novel fully without listening to the album, even if you're not a RUSH fan. But if you are a RUSH fan, you've probably already heard the CD. I think you can hear the CD a couple of times, and play it while you're readeing the novel. The two should be greater than the sum of the parts."

Regarding the book cover, which was created by artist Hugh Syme, Anderson said, "Hugh contributed tremendously; he read parts of the drafts and found focal points that I hadn't seen (he was the one who picked up on the honeybee as a perfect symbol for the Watchmaker). Hugh was doing the illustrations for the songs, which appear in the CD booklet, as we were drafting the novel, so each image gave inspiration and setting for the scene. And then as we gave him drafts of certain scenes, he created new art exclusive to the book–particularly the clockwork gypsy, the alchemy college and the steamliner scoutship. Hugh and I worked together to crate a beautiful booklet to accompany the unabridged audiobook from Brilliance. I should also note the additional cool thing: Neil narrates the audiobook himself."
Reformed Seattle grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN will release "King Animal", the band's first new studio album in over 15 years, via Tom Whalley's new record label, a partnership between his Seven Four Entertainment and Republic Records, on November 13. The album's first single, "Been Away Too Long", will be available via digital retailers on September 27. The band co-produced their sixth studio album with longtime SOUNDGARDEN friend and producer Adam Kasper (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA, PEARL JAM) and recorded at Studio X in Seattle. "King Animal" was mixed by Joe Barresi (THE MELVINS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, WEEZER) in Pasadena, California.

The writing and recording of the album was a true collaborative effort. Riotous album opener and first single "Been Away Too Long" finds SOUNDGARDEN back at it with a double-edged blast of homecoming celebration and urban angst. "King Animal" can be explosive, as in "Blood On The Valley Floor", nightmarish ("Worse Dreams") or wistful ("Halfway There"), leading us through changing sonic landscapes that can embrace both the jazz inflections of "Black Saturday" and the feral rocker "Attrition", with compelling lyrics by bassist Ben Shepherd. The subject matter is broad — Kim Thayil's lyrics for "Non-State Actor" are a sharp and cynical take on the powers behind political thrones, while Cornell's bruised and introspective "Bones of Birds" explores the terrors and vulnerabilities of parenthood.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, "Been Away Too Long" will be shipped to rock radio stations this coming Wednesday (September 19), with a digital release set for September 27.

"King Animal" track listing:

01. Been Away Too Long
02. Non-State Actor
03. By Crooked Steps
04. A Thousand Days Before
05. Blood On The Valley Floor
06. Bones of Birds
07. Taree
08. Attrition
09. Black Saturday
10. Halfway There
11. Worse Dreams
12. Eyelid's Mouth
13. Rowing

SOUNDGARDEN drummer Matt Cameron told The Pulse Of Radio that the band's 2010 reunion after 13 years apart never felt contrived. "You know, it never really felt forced or anything to try to make a big comeback and, you know, make a reunion happen, 'cause it can certainly backfire," he said. "I think we wanted to just approach it very methodically, and I think we've been doing so."

The band recently launched a web site and teaser video for "King Animal", which included an excerpt from a track called "Worse Dreams".

The only new SOUNDGARDEN song to be heard in its entirety so far is "Live To Rise", which was the lead single from the soundtrack album of the blockbuster superhero film "The Avengers" this past summer.

SOUNDGARDEN's last full-length album was 1996's "Down On The Upside". The quartet disbanded the following year. Singer Chris Cornell embarked on a solo career and also joined AUDIOSLAVE, while Cameron became a member of PEARL JAM in 1998.

SOUNDGARDEN has yet to announce live plans for the rest of 2012 and beyond.

Finnish love metallers HIM have entered the studio with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (APOCALYPTICA, AMORPHIS, MOONSPELL) to begin recording their ninth full-length album, "Tears On Tape", for an early 2013 release. The CD will be mixed by Tim Palmer, who has previously worked with PEARL JAM, U2 and ROBERT PLANT, among many others.

HIM will end this year by bringing back the Helldone Festival at club Tavastia in Helsinki, where they will perform for four nights in a row. Supporting HIM on all Helldone 2012 dates are their longtime partners in crime, THE SKREPPERS. This outrageous band fronted by producer/friend Hiilesmaa has stuck stubbornly to its blurry vision, operating somewhere between the psychobilly badlands, and rock and roll outer space. All dressed up in black leather, shiny vinyl, and stiletto heels. THE SKREPPERS' fifth album, "Sherwood Gays", was released in May 2012.

Another constant Helldone 2012 feature — bar New Year's Eve — will be Helsinki Vampire Club by DJ Jyrki69. From goth to glam and beyond, DJ Jyrki69 spins the records and you around at his pop-up dark discotheque at Semifinal Club during the Helldone nights. This is the best place to dance to the beat of HANOI ROCKS and turn into a Helsinki Vampire!

Additional support bands are:

Friday, December 28 - FACE OF GOD, a high-energy Helsinki trio that has released an EP called "Fire" and played over 130 gigs in well under two years — all the way from the dingiest of cellars to the Helldone stage. Right now the band is heading into the studio to record their debut album, a double nonetheless, consisting of an electric ("Dead Ballads And Forgotten Love Songs") and an acoustic ("Illogical Psychology") half.

Saturday, December 29 - FINAL ASSAULT consider themselves "gentlemen on their journey through '80s thrash." Their 2010 debut album was hardcore punk as uncompromising as it comes, but already last year's sophomore work, "Dead By Dawn", showed clear signs of crossing over into metal. The band is already working on their third album, promising it to be nothing less than "an epic speed-thrash-metal record."

More support acts for Sunday, December 30 and Monday, December 31 will be announced shortly.

HIM will release a greatest-hits album, "XX - Two Decades Of Love Metal", on October 26. The set will include the band's new cover version of the song "Strange World", originally recorded in the 1990s by Kevin Grivois (a.k.a. ).

The "Strange World" video and digital single was originally due on September 21 but has had its release date pushed up due to an online leak. You can now purchase the track digitally via iTunes.
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, TRAPEZE), drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER), Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, ALICE COOPER, BILLY IDOL) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, will perform a one-off U.K. show in the heart of the Black Country, at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday, January 5, 2013.

U.K. digital radio station Planet Rock will launch an exclusive 48-hour ticket pre-sale starting on Wednesday, September 19 via www.planetrock.com.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on a strictly first-come-first-served basis from 9 a.m. on Friday, September 21 via the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 478 0898 and www.thegigcartel.com.

When fans visit www.planetrock.com from Wednesday, September 19, they will be able to receive a free download of the new BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION track "Confessor".

This special concert marks BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's only U.K. appearance in 2013.

Given BCC's geographical and spiritual ties to the area (both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised in the Black Country), when discussions arose about where in the world the band would perform this one-off show, there was only ever going to be one outcome. The band is very excited to come home for this performance.

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION will release its third album, "Afterglow", on October 30 (one day earlier internationally).

Just like its two predecessors, "Afterglow" was overseen by Kevin Shirley, whose catalog of hit records for LED ZEPPELIN, IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, JOURNEY, THE BLACK CROWES and many more has made him one of the hottest producers that rock music has to offer. Shirley — who had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa together in a band together after seeing them jamming onstage in Los Angeles back in November 2009 — is the group's unofficial "fifth member."

The additions of Jason Bonham, esteemed son of LED ZEPPELIN's John, who took his father's place when the legendary group made musical history by reuniting at London's O2 Arena in December 2007, and the in-demand Derek Sherinian, made them a force to be reckoned with.

In terms of content, "Afterglow" expands upon the progression that took place between "BCC" and "BCC2". Rich in hooks, melodies and choruses, it's nonetheless another of those highly rewarding albums that bears additional fruit with repeated spins.

"I wanted this album to have more acoustic moments than the previous two," explains Hughes. "I wanted to hear more of Derek [Sherinian] and I wanted the more angelic voice of Glenn as well as the more aggressive one which is there on songs like 'Crawl' and 'Midnight Sun'. Above all, I wanted more drama."
Geoff Tate, the legendary QUEENSRŸCHE frontman and one of the most acclaimed vocalists in the history of hard rock and heavy metal, will release his second solo album, "Kings & Thieves", on November 6 via InsideOut Music.

"My goal with this record was to make a solid rock album," says Tate. "I wanted it to be an album that I could play live that would be both satisfying and fun, because, as a singer, you need to create a show that has a lot of dynamics to it and takes people on a ride."

Tate previously told AnthologySD.com about the musical direction of his forthcoming CD, "Well, it's very different from my last one, for sure. It's a new bunch of people I've been working with to write and record it, so that changes things. When you're working with different people, it really changes the record. This one is really hard rock. The last one was really all over the place with different styles of music and everything, but this one really keeps with the hard rock style. It does it in kind of a different way — more of my way or what I would envision. I guess it's experimental in some ways, while in others it's very traditional. What I tried to do was take traditional rock instrumentation and apply it in kind of a different song structure."

"Kings & Thieves" track listing:

01. She Slipped Away
02. Take A Bullet
03. In The Dirt
04. Say U Luv It
05. The Way I Roll
06. Tomorrow
07. Evil
08. Dark Money
09. These Glory Days
10. Change
11. Waiting

The cover artwork for the album can be seen below.

Tate released his first solo CD in 2002 on Sanctuary Records. Self-titled, the LP was a huge departure from the work he had previously done with QUEENSRŸCHE.

"[Sanctuary weren't really a record company. Sanctuary was a money-making machine and they went out of business very quickly," Tate told Oregon Music News earlier this year. "I'm glad to be done with that, actually."

Tate, who was fired from QUEENSRŸCHE in June after fronting the group for three decades, recently sought to prevent his former bandmates from touring and operating under the QUEENSRŸCHE name without him. While ruling against Tate, the presiding judge determined that there was no legal hurdle in Tate also using the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. "I don't see any reason that Mr. Tate can't have the benefit, if he gets other members, of whatever name he uses of using the brand," Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira said during the July 13 court hearing. "I think [doing that would be] inherently confusing, although I'm sure the market can get these things sorted out," she added.

On September 2, Tate announced that he was launching his own version of QUEENSRŸCHE with RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer, former QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE and WHITESNAKE bassist Rudy Sarzo and former MEGADETH and KING DIAMOND guitarist Glen Drover. Also on board in the new group are returning QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Kelly Gray — who played with the band from 1998 until 2001 and also produced several of their albums — and keyboardist Randy Gane, who has toured and recorded with QUEENSRŸCHE and Geoff's solo group in the past.
British power metal mercenaries TANK — featuring Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on guitar alongside ex-RAINBOW/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Doogie White and ex-BRUCE DICKINSON bassist Chris Dale and former HELLOWEEN drummer Mark Cross — will release a new DVD, "War Machine Live", on November 12 in Europe via Metal Mind Productions and December 11 in the USA through MVD. The set will feature live performances filmed on March 9, 2012 at Stodola in Warsaw, Poland and August 10, 2011 at Metal Hammer Festival in Katowice, Poland, plus band interviews, on-the-road footage and the promotional video for "War Nation", the title track of the band's most recent studio album.

Commented Evans: "This is our first official live DVD release so we wanted to make sure it would appeal to all TANK fans, old and new. With such an extensive back catalog to choose from, we think we've selected some real gems that all fans of real British metal will enjoy. We've captured the raw energy that TANK is known for in a performance that features classic tracks such as 'This Means War', 'Power Of The Hunter' and 'Honour And Blood' plus new fan favourites 'Judgement Day' and 'Phoenix Rising'. Also featured is a live version of the new song 'Don't Dream In The Dark' from our latest album, 'War Nation'."

"War Machine Live" track listing:

01. This Means War
02. Judgement Day
03. Echoes Of A Distant Battle
04. Phoenix Rising
05. Feast Of The Devil
06. Honour And Blood
07. Great Expectations
08. T.W.D.A.M.O.
09. Don't Dream In The Dark
10. Power Of The Hunter
11. (He Fell In Love With A) Stormtrooper
12. The War Drags Ever On

Bonus video:

* "War Nation" video
* Interview with Mick Tucker, Cliff Evans and Doogie White
* Live at Metal Hammer Festival 2011
* At the Studio / On the Road


* Photo gallery
* Biography
* Discography
* Desktop images

The band plans to promote the DVD on a tour in Europe in December.

Commented Evans: "It's been a while since our last shows earlier this year in Scandinavia and Poland, so we're looking forward to hitting the road again and making some noise. We'll be adding songs from our new album, 'War Nation', to the set plus a couple from 'War Machine' plus all the old classics. The tour will be announced in the coming weeks."

"War Nation" was released on June 5 via MVD (one day earlier in Europe through Metal Mind Productions). The follow-up to 2010's "War Machine" was helmed by new hotshot producer Phil Kinman at his west London studios.

Former VAN HALEN and current CHICKENFOOT frontman Sammy Hagar celebrated the soft opening of his new restaurant, Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar & Grill, this past Saturday, September 15 in Roseville, California.

"This is really a home run," Hagar told CBS 13. "It looks fantastic; it's got a great vibe about it."

Roseville Mayor Pauline Roccucci presented Hagar with a key to the city and declared Saturday Sammy Hagar Day.

Roccucci hoped Hagar's restaurant would bring an economic boost to Roseville.

"I think it's going to make it a lot of fun for a lot of people," said Roccucci. "We're going to have a good time."

Hagar, who hired approximately 150 people to work at his restaurant, said that he chose Roseville as the location of for his newest restaurant because "there's something special about the old parts of cities. It's got history. It's got soul."

The money raised from Saturday's concert will go to local charities.
According to MelodicRock.com, legendary singer Joe Lynn Turner (pictured below; RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) is rumored to be putting together a new supergroup. This time he is apparently hooking up with drummer Carmine Appice (KING KOBRA, VANILLA FUDGE, OZZY OSBOURNE, BLUE MURDER) and bassist Michael Anthony (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN), with a guitarist yet to be announced. The group plans to write and record new music in the vein of classic '70s rock artists such as FREE, BAD COMPANY, LED ZEPPELIN and DEEP PURPLE.
On August 7, Japan Nick of WMSC 90.3's "Japan Nick's Rock And Metal Pandemonium" conducted an interview with WARBEAST drummer José Manuel Gonzales about the upcoming WARBEAST/DOWN tour, visiting Europe as a touring member of Hank Williams III, appearing on DOWN/ex-PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo's solo album, the upcoming WARBEAST split release with Anselmo and more.
According to MetalShockFinland.com, drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, UFO, RHINO BUCKET, DIO, DIO DISCIPLES) is featured on the second album from Italian hard rockers THE ROCKER. Entitled "Blood Strength And Soul", the CD will contain eleven tracks of "pure hard rock with some Southern [overtones]" and will be released in the coming months.

"Blood Strength And Soul" was mixed between end of August and September 10 at Command Studio in Los Angeles, California by Fabrizio Grossi, known both as a bassist (having worked with Steve Vai, Steve Lukather, Neal Schon, Slash and others) and a sound engineer and producer of such artists as Glenn Hughes, Dave Navarro, Steve Lukather and HOUSE OF LORDS. The mastering was handled by Pete Doell of Universal Mastering.

In addition to vocalist Edo Arlenghi (better known as the leader of RIFF-RAFF, the famous Italian AC/DC tribute band), guitarist Sergio Aschieris and bassist Fabrizio Grossi also participated in the new album recordings.

THE ROCKER recently filmed a video for the "Blood Strength And Soul" title track in the Californian desert.
VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen made his first two appearances as part of CREED/ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti's solo band last week at shows in Rhode Island and New York City. This marks the first time Wolfgang has played with anyone outside of his father Eddie, his uncle Alex and singer David Lee Roth. The Pulse Of Radio asked him how he felt about doing these gigs. "It all feels incredible," he said. "It's just, it's so much fun to be able to do something different, but also do it with three of my best friends in the music business. So it's like, we're just four best friends playing awesome music and it's — I'm just having a great time."

The two shows last week were warm-ups for Tremonti's headlining stint on the annual HardDrive Live tour, presented by HardDrive Radio. The trek begins on Thursday (September 20) in Flint, Michigan.

Van Halen is replacing Tremonti's bandmate from CREED and ALTER BRIDGE, Brian Marshall, who is sitting out the Tremonti trek for undisclosed personal reasons. The other members of Tremonti's touring band include Eric Friedman on guitar and Garrett Whitlock on drums.

Tremonti is on the road behind his debut solo album, "All I Was", which came out this past July.

Wolfgang Van Halen's dad, Eddie Van Halen, is currently recuperating from emergency intestinal surgery, which will keep the VAN HALEN band off the road until early 2013.
Bassist Robbie Crane has released the following statement:

"With much thought and regret, I am resigning as the bass player of LYNCH MOB...

"Thank you to all of the fans for your support of the band and 'Sound Mountain Sessions'... It has been a wild two-year ride that I wouldn't change for anything!"

Crane, who had played with RATT from 1997 until earlier this year, quit the band in March to focus on LYNCH MOB. During an appearance on the March 22 edition of the "Headbangers At 11" show on the 93.3 KDKB radio station with host Mike Gaube, Crane stated about his decision to leave RATT, "I've been playing in LYNCH MOB since October of 2010. It's a thing that I've always loved doing, and I love playing with the band. . I'd been with RATT for 15 years and it was time to move on. I love being in LYNCH MOB and this is where my heart's at."

LYNCH MOB's four-song EP, "Sound Mountain Sessions", was released on August 7 via Rat Pak Records.
Earlier this month, Dave "Higgo" Higgins of "Distortion", which airs on Australia's long-running rock station Triple M, conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo.

"Down IV Part I - The Purple EP", DOWN's first in a series of four EPs to be released over the next few years (with a year between EPs), each touching on a different aspect of the band's sound, can be streamed in its entirety below (courtesy of Billboard.com).

The first six-song EP, which heralds the sound of DOWN going back to its roots, with influences from BLACK SABBATH, SAINT VITUS and WITCHFINDER GENERAL, will be released on September 18. It will be followed by the second collection of songs early next year, around the time of a planned U.S. tour. EPs three and four are scheduled for later in 2013.

"People talk about four EPs," Anselmo told "Distortion". "We brought it up, of course, and then the press has taken that and run with it. I think it is the big plan, I think we can do it, and to me, to do EPs is so much easier. To apply ourselves, as busy as we are, to a 10-song, 12-song full-length record these days, it's draining, it's taxing. And for me, when you do something like that, there's more probability of a song being considered a filler-type song. With an EP, you can concentrate on four songs, or six songs, or whatever it is. You can concentrate on those particular tracks and not this big, drawn-out thing. It's just easier. And in theory, hopefully, quicker to get product out, because once again, we are liars. We've told the press, we've told people friends and crowds of people, 'Yeah, we've got something new in the works, and it'll be out next year.' And five years later, we're talking about it still. So I'm not promising jack to anybody, but I'll say that, hey, the four EPs are in the plans, it's in the works, and I think, once again, in theory, it's the way to go, brother."

"Down IV Part I - The Purple EP" track listing:

01. Levitation
02. Witchtripper
03. Open Coffins
04. The Curse Is A Lie
05. This Work Is Timeless
06. Misfortune Teller
Tentatively due in March 2013 via Anselmo's record label, Housecore Records, Philip's solo album, "Walk Through Exits Only", features the former PANTERA frontman backed by Gonzales, guitarist Maziar "Marzi" Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and up-and-coming New Orleans bassist Bennett Bartley. Two songs from the album will be made available this November on a split EP with a pair of previously unreleased tracks from WARBEAST.

Asked about the musical direction of "Walk Through Exits Only", Gonzales told "Japan Nick's Rock And Metal Pandemonium", "I recently read an interview that [Anselmo] did, and he kind of said it best. You can't lump it into one category, but if you had to call it metal, that'd be sort of a safe assumption. It's definitely not black metal, but it has some extreme feels to it. It's extreme as fuck. Honestly, besides NECROPHAGIA or CHRIST INVERSION, I think this is some of the most extreme stuff that he's done, but it's not in those veins, if you know what I'm saying. Dude, it's so chaotic and cryptic and epic; it's definitely a different monster."

Regading how his drumming approach on the upcoming WARBEAST album was different to that on Anselmo's solo CD, Gonzales said, "WARBEAST has been trying to experiment with different time signatures — nothing too fancy, but try to add a little flavor here and there. And as far as WARBEAST being more straight-forward, it's definitely different and a little bit more straight-forward than the Philip stuff. Philip's stuff… I guess, at first listen you can call it spastic. But once you start listening to it, you can definitely get the groove of it. It's meant to hit you in the face and to throw you off — to really hammer you hard — and I think it does a good job of that. We've been trying our best to add all kinds of different elements into the material. Both projects, [our approach was] it's [either] 110 percent or it's gonna suck. Different styles, but definitely [with] both I have to be on my game."
Bryan Reesman of Attention Deficit Delirium sat down with ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante, DOWN/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo and SLAYER guitarist Kerry King about two hours before they hit the stage at the September 7 "Metal Masters 4" clinic at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked for their thoughts on LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe's recent incarceration in the Czech Republic in connection with the death of a fan at a LOG concert more than two years ago, King said, "Realistically, it sounds like something that should have happened here. 'Cause America does stupid shit like that; you can sue anybody for anything. It struck me funny as hell, because I expect Americans to say, 'Oh, this guy touched me. I'm gonna sue him,' because we're sue-happy here."

Added Anselmo: "The truth is, the kid that died — I'm sorry about that — but apparently, after multiple stage dives, if he jumps off… I mean, you get on the stage at a metal show, you, nine times out of ten, are pretty much gonna jump off the front of the stage. He hits his head on the ground… I'm no lawyer, I'm no cop, but there's this thing called 'free will,' and when you do something like that, that, to me, is accidental death. So whatever happened with Randy is just super-unfrotunate, and I think it's gonna, really, affect who goes to play Prague, honestly. Who's gonna wanna play Prague that is in an extreme metal band where the kids are gonna go friggin' nuts?"

Anselmo also recalled an incident that happened at a MOTÖRHEAD show more than 25 years ago that resulted in the band's frontman, Lemmy, almost cutting the concert short due to the crowd's rowdiness.

"In 1984 or 1985, I went and saw AGNOSTIC FRONT and MOTÖRHEAD in New Orleans, my hometown," Anselmo said. "And MOTÖRHEAD got through about three songs and Lemmy had had his teeth smacked by his microphone, 'cause kids were absolutely friggin' berserk, and I was one of them. And he got pissed off, grabbed the microphone and slammed it into this dude's face, his whole eye swole up. The kids went outside, trashed the whole bus, broke the windshield."

He continued, "Me and Lemmy have had this conversation before, and I'll tell you what: he's still pissed about it, he's still fucking angry about that show. He just didn't like it. He did not like the fucking fact that kids were getting up and bumping his microphone. He was, like, 'Let us play songs.' And he walked off the stage at one point, came back on…

"To me, I'm not Lemmy, I can't think for anybody, but… Think about right there, in the early '80s, when circle pits and stage diving became this phenomenon, I don't know if MOTÖRHEAD was ready for it, I don't know that they were going to be acceptable. Because, go back a couple of years, go look at the EXODUS / SLAYER / VENOM thing ['Ultimate Revenge' video filmed at Studio 54 in New York City in 1985], the kids are just standing there headbanging to the music — that's all you see is headbangers. And then the crossover between hardcore and metal was prominent… It was gonna happen, it was gonna happen. And I think it was just an unfortunate situation with MOTÖRHEAD in New Orleans, because kids were coming to be in pits and it was one of the most insane things and most impressionable things in my life as a young guy. Me and Mike Williams, the singer for EYEHATEGOD, were at that show — we were both kids — and the circle pit was a swirling mass of awesomeness. And MOTÖRHEAD just did not get. So it was a real unfortunate thing."
NIGHTWISH songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen recently spoke to Artisan News about the band's North American tour; how their latest album, "Imaginaerum", has been received; and the forthcoming premiere of the "Imaginaerum" movie. You can now watch the report below.

"We got some criticism for 'Imaginaerum', saying that this is no more metal, it's just soundtrack, there's too much orchestra, all that," Tuomas revealed. "There is a lot of that; that's what we wanted to do with this album, 'cause it's a soundtrack for a movie. Maybe next album will be total black metal without any orchestras or keyboards or totally acoustic. Who knows?! The main thing is that you always need to do what feels right."

NIGHTWISH's long-awaited "Imaginaerum" film — based on the band's album of the same name — will be released theatrically in Finland on November 23.

The movie will have its premiere on November 10 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, where the audience will be treated to both a full-scale NIGHTWISH concert and the first-ever public screening of the movie.

Eagerly anticipated around the world, "Imaginaerum" creates a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Cirque du Soleil. The movie is an innovative mixture of story-telling and music, an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination… and what's ultimately important in life.

Shot and post-produced in Canada, the movie was directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Films, and features appearances by all NIGHTWISH members. The screenplay is based on a wild vision that Tuomas Holopainen, the mastermind of the band, devised after the album "Dark Passion Play" came out in 2007.

The official soundtrack of the movie, "Imaginaerum By Nightwish: The Score", will be released on the day before the premiere — Friday, November 9. The album features 13 grandiose, unreleased re-interpretations of "Imaginaerum" tracks by Petri Alanko.

The "Imaginaerum" album was released in the U.S. on January 10 via Roadrunner Records.
Former AEROSMITH lead guitarist Jimmy Crespo will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the band's "Rock In A Hard Place" album by performing the LP in its entirety backed by SIN CITY SINNERS.

The event will take place in Las Vegas on November 3 at The Railhead (inside Boulder Station) and will be a free show.

Jimmy is best known as the man who replaced Joe Perry in AEROSMITH from 1979 to 1984. In addition to appearing on the "Night In The Ruts" album, Jimmy co-wrote the majority of songs and performed almost all the guitar on "Rock In A Hard Place".

SIN CITY SINNERS' own Zach Throne will handle the lead vocals for this special event, with special guests Ron Keel (KEEL), Paul Shortino (ROUGH CUTT, QUIET RIOT), Frank Dimino (ANGEL) and Louie Merlino (BEGGARS & THIEVES) each singing a track. Rounding out the night will be Brent Muscat (FASTER PUSSYCAT) on guitar, Rob Cournoyer (RAGING SLAB) on drums and Michael T. Ross (LITA FORD, MISSING PERSONS) on keyboards.
According to NorthJersey.com, a New Jersey attorney has filed lawsuits on behalf of Century Media Records that collectively target more than 7,000 people for allegedly using peer-to-peer networks to unlawfully distribute "Dark Adrenaline", the most recent album by the Italian band LACUNA COIL, and "Dystopia", the 2011 album by ICED EARTH.

In a typical illegal-downloading case, a lawyer hires a company to search for Internet protocol (IP) addresses associated with the use of file-sharing software such as BitTorrent. Once the IP addresses have been harvested, the lawyer's clients file suit naming defendants as John Doe. They then seek to have mass subpoenas issued for the Internet providers associated with the harvested IP addresses in order to obtain the name and address of the owner of the IP address on the date it was harvested. Once identified, an Internet account holder typically faces the prospect of settling the case for a few thousand dollars or hiring a lawyer to fight the charges.

"It's tough. If you get one of these letters you've been put in a difficult and unfair spot," said Rebecca Jeschke, a spokeswoman for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based civil-liberties group, referring to the notices that go out once a John Doe has been identified.

"In many of these situations," she added, "the goal doesn't seem to be to fight infringement; it seems to be to get settlements. That's where the money-making is."

Nuclear Blast Records made headlines earlier in the year when it filed a lawsuit against 80 users of the BitTorrent network over illegal music downloads of an album by Oakland, California-based extreme metallers ALL SHALL PERISH. The lawsuit was not only brought without the band's permission, but also without their knowledge.

After members of ALL SHALL PERISH made it clear that they did not want to participate in the legal proceedings, Nuclear Blast voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice.

In December 2008, the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) abandoned its litigation campaign against file sharers after having targeted some 18,000 individuals, usually naming dozens or hundreds of defendants per suit.

Most of the defendants settled out of court for a few thousand dollars rather than risk Copyright Act fines of up to $150,000 per purloined music track.
A Swedish scientist who made headlines in 2006 when he named a 428-million-year-old fossilized worm (a marine polychaete annelid worm) after MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister, has discovered a new fossil (see image below) and has christened it Kingnites diamondi in honor of the legendary Danish heavy metal singer King Diamond.

Dr. Mats E. Eriksson, Associate Professor of Paleontology - Department of Geology at Lund University in Lund, Sweden explains: "A cirka 420 million year old fossil organism was recently discovered from Silurian rocks of Sweden and Estonia. It is the remains of a marine worm with jaws. The critter was baptized Kingnites diamondi in honour of Danish metal maestro King Diamond. So, in addition to his obvious place in the history of heavy metal music, Diamond now also has left an eternal imprint in science. Father of this fossil is Mats Eriksson, a metal-loving professor of paleontology from Sweden."

According to GFF, a Scandinavian journal of Earth Sciences, "The polychaete annelid Kingnites diamondi, a new paulinitid genus and species, is described from the Silurian of Baltoscandia. Its large maxillae differ morphologically from those of all other known paulinitids, particularly in being very elongate and having conspicuous myocoele openings and posterior portions of the first maxillae (MI). Albeit rare, this polychaete taxon is highly characteristic and appears to be confined to the Wenlock–Ludlow transitional interval on Gotland, Sweden, and ranges into the upper Ludlow on Saaremaa, Estonia. All samples yielding this species derive from strata formed in proximal carbonate platform environments. The temporal and geographical distribution indicates that it first appeared in Gotland and subsequently spread north-eastwards to the present-day Saaremaa. Kingnites diamondi adds to the list of known members of the Paulinitidae and reinforces the importance of this family, in terms of abundance and diversity, in Silurian polychaete faunas of Baltica. This is the biggest paulinitid recorded from the Silurian with an inferred body length of approximately half a metre and its diagnostic jaws may serve as a proxy for shallow water, backreef (marginal marine to lagoonal) environments."
Uddevalla, Sweden-based metallers HELLENNIUM have tapped Andy La Rocque (KING DIAMOND) to produce their second album at his Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden.

La Rocque previously worked with HELLENNIUM on their self-titled debut CD, which came out in May via Gothenburg, Sweden's Rambo Music, a division of Gain Music Entertainment (which is distributed and partly owned by Sony Music).

Commented the band: "This time around the band has decided to record the album in live studio sessions. Modern-day studio technics with one-on-one recordings just kills too much of the magic. The idea came from that our fans kept telling us how different the magic is when we play live."

Added La Rocque: "The first album was great, but if we could just feed on the full potential this band has for the second album."

HELLENNIUM has completed most of the songwriting for the next CD and is planning on hitting the studio during the coming months.


Khaled El Tayara: Vocals
Martin Lindberg: Guitar
David Borg-Hansen: Guitar
Linus Palmqvist: Bass
Dave O'Neill: Drums
Bob Zerull of Zoiks! Online recently conducted an interview with guitarist Chris Howorth of Southern California's IN THIS MOMENT. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Zoiks! Online: First I want to say congratulations on the new album, "Blood". For how good it is and second for how well it's doing. At what point in the process did you know you were onto something special?

Chris Howorth: Well, thank you for that. We feel the same way about it. Honestly, it was kind of weird, because I don't know how much you know, but right before we went in to do the album… three months before, our manager dropped us and then a month later two of the guys in the band quit. We were like, "What are we going to do?" Really questioning ourselves, Maria [Brink, vocals] and I. But we rallied; we were trying to find new management while we were writing songs in my bedroom, trying to write some stuff that would be awesome. At a certain point, our friend Kevin [Churko, producer], who did the album with us, said… and this was like three or four months before we went in to do the record, he was like, "Come into the studio for a week. We're going to do a couple songs and this will help us show everybody what we're doing," because he believed in the band. Pretty much after we did "Blood", we were like, "What the hell is this?" We'd never done anything like it. We thought that it was something special. Once we sent it out all these managers that we'd been talking to… they didn't necessarily want to manage us, they were just like, "We'll see how it goes." Once they heard the song, they were like, "We want to manage you guys." We finally picked our manager that way. Once that happened, we realized that this was special. Everything that happened to us, with the management leaving us, and the guys leaving, was meant to be, because it opened us up to make the album that was made and to be where we are now. From that point on, it was, like, "This is going to be our best album ever."

Zoiks! Online: That was going to be my next question. When the two guys left, did you know you had it in you? How close to not continuing on where you?

Chris Howorth: I remember when I was on the phone with Jeff [Fabb], I had a moment where I was like, "I can't do this anymore." I've been that guy in the band since I was the kid, finding people and firing people and trying to make it. No matter what band I was in, I was that guy. It was a serious roller coaster of emotions. One minute you're on top of the world, the next minute you're depressed. It was maybe like forty minutes of tears and what are we gonna do, then it was like, "Fuck this." I'm not going to lie and say that we felt 100 percent from that moment on, because we definitely had our ups and downs. Once we heard the songs going and got the new management, we started to realize that this is the best thing that could have happened to us and we have to forge forward.

Zoiks! Online: Maria had been joining SHINEDOWN on stage [during the Rockstar Enery Drink Uproar Festival]. How did that come about?

Chris Howorth: Dude, SHINEDOWN… we'd never toured with them before. They're on our same management. Before this tour even started, we did a month-long tour with them headlining and ADELITAS WAY and we were opening the show. The first day Brent [Smith, SHINEDOWN singer] found us and was the most gracious man in the world. "Anything you need, come to me, I'm a huge fan of the record." We started noticing they were watching us every day. Barry [Kerch], the drummer, came up and was like, "I'm a huge fan. I love you guys." All this stuff and we were just blown away. We couldn't believe these guys were being so cool and helpful to us. Brent had the idea, "Hey, I think it'd be cool if you came up and sang with us." Maria obviously said, "Hell, yes" as fast as she could. Those guys being who they are, which is completely awesome people, plus they're fans of the band, and they like us as people, too, and they're trying to help us, and it's humbling and awesome.
Swedish modern metal band ONE WITHOUT has released the following statement:

"We have jointly decided to not continue with ONE WITHOUT, and are going separate ways to focus on other bands instead. ONE WITHOUT will not continue to function as a band, and we won't be working with the band at all.

"This is not due to any hard feelings in between us as members; we are still very good friends and everyone feels this is the right thing to do. It's just a natural move in musical taste combined with having a lack of energy for keeping ONE WITHOUT alive.

"We have put all our hearts and all our energy in this band for so many years, and, unfortunately, we just don't have it in us anymore to continue as it is, as it has been a long uphill battle in too many ways.

"When there is no joy left, and everything concerning the band becomes a struggle, there is no reason to continue as we all play and create music first and foremost because we love doing it. And at the end of the day it should be fun."

ONE WITHOUT released a new EP, "Numbers", at the end of June via all bigger online music stores (and Spotify). The effort was produced, mixed and mastered by Joonas Niskanen and Kenny Boufadene, with cover art by Markus Mönttinen.

ONE WITHOUT previously released two albums, 2011's "Sweet Relief" and 2009's "Thoughts Of A Secluded Mind", has toured with DEAD BY APRIL, EVERGREY, KATATONIA, MARIONETTE and the GENITORTURERS, been featured in numerous magazines and radio shows and shared stages with bands like SOULFLY, EPICA, DORO, KRYPTERIA, PARADISE LOST, CARPARK NORTH, and ALL ENDS.


Catrin Feymark - Vocals
Kenny Boufadene – Guitar, Screams
Joni "Jupiter" Kaartinen - Bass
Joonas Niskanen - Guitar
Håkan "H-Can" Strind – Drums
Maine progressive tech-metallists LAST CHANCE TO REASON will enter Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida later this week with producer Eyal Levi (DAATH, WHITECHAPEL, SIX FEET UNDER) to begin recording their third album for an early 2013 release via Prosthetic Records. The CD will mark the recording debut of Boston-based guitarist Mike Abdow, who joined the band last fall.

Commented LAST CHANCE TO REASON drummer Evan Sammons: "We've been working on the new album diligently and now we're headed to Audiohammer to begin tracking with Eyal. We've been sending material to Eyal and talking about production techniques and ideas for the album's tone and things are really clicking.

"Touring with great bands over the past couple years has really inspired us to up the ante for this release. We've grown as songwriters and are embracing our strengths as musicians.

"We're doing a concept piece again and we'll be making sure the music and production suits the story."

Added LAST CHANCE TO REASON vocalist Michael Lessard: "Having Eyal involved has been nothing short of excellent. He understands where we are going with the concept of this album and has only helped strengthen that vision."

LAST CHANCE TO REASON's Prosthetic debut, "Level 2", was praised by Outburn for its "climatic passages" and "stirring ethereality." The concept album, which was produced by Jamie King (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT), revolved around the relationship between man and technology. The band took the concept one step further by teaming up with indie developer Tom Vine and pixel artist Francis Coulombe to create a fully interactive video game version of the album in which the story unfolds through the band's thematic riffs, stirring vocal hooks and progressive virtuosity while the player blasts his way through vicious gameplay inspired by classics such as R-Type, Contra, and Super Metroid.
The official Russian LAKE OF TEARS fan site and Fono Ltd. have released "Twenty Years In Tears - A Tribute To Lake Of Tears", a double-disc tribute compilation celebrating the 20th anniversary of this legendary Swedish band.

The track listing for the set is as follows:


01. ATRA HORA (Russia) - Under The Crescent
02. SACRATUS (Russia) - Upon The Highest Mountain
03. GROBUT NEERG (Russia) - As Daylight Yield
04. ADFAIL (Russia) - Evil Inside
05. AGLAROND (Mexico) - Tears
06. MENTAL HOME (Russia) - RavenLand
07. TECTUM (Ukraine) - Dreamdemons
08. HEXENTRAUM (Russia) - Headstones
09. ZEROKARMA (Russia) - Burn Fire Burn
10. DOMINIA (Russia) - The Path Of The Gods
11. SATANATION (Russia) - Cosmic Weed
12. TARTHARIA (Russia) - Devil's Diner


01. AWAKE IN SHADES (Finland) - The Four Strings Of Mourning
02. AGLAROND (Mexico) - Raistling And The Rose
03. SHADOWGARDEN (Sweden) - Hold On Tight
04. INSIDE YOU (Russia) - Forever Autumn
05. DRACONIAN (Sweden) - Demon You/Lily Anne
06. WAY OF THE SUN (Russia) - Return of Ravens
07. THE EQUINOX OV THE GODS (Sweden) - Let Us Go As They Do
08. THE MARY MAJOR (Sweden) - The Greymen
09. XICON (Switzerland) - Dystopia
10. HANDFUL OF STARS (Ukraine) - Sister Sinister
11. EGONAUT (Sweden) - Children Of The Grey
12. THE EQUINOX OV THE GODS (Sweden) - Planet Of The Penguins
13. EGONAUT (Sweden) - Floating In Darkness

14. Bonus: TYPE V BLOOD (Russia) - Burn Fire Burn
Former HOUWITSER bassist Ramon Ploeg has launched a new band called BLEEDING GODS. 11 songs have already been written and a demo will be recorded soon.

Ramon will not play bass in BLEEDING GODS and will instead handle guitar duties for the first time in five and a half years.


* Arnold Oudemiddendorp (ALTAR, DEVIOUS, VICTIMIZER) - Vocals
* Ramon Ploeg (HOUWITSER) - Guitar
* Erwin Harreman (SUPREME PAIN) - Guitar
* Bart van Wallenberg (SINISTER) - Bass
* Marco de Groot (ALTAR, HOUWITSER) - Drums

After a five-year tenure with HOUWITSER, Ploeg left the band in March 2012, explaining that he couldn't "combine the band with [his] jobs anymore."
Massachusetts metallers REVOCATION have announced a North American tour for this fall presented by Scion A/V. The trek will begin October 18 in Trenton, New Jersey and run through November 14 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Support on the tour will come from A LIFE ONCE LOST and KEN MODE.

In conjunction with the tour, Scion A/V will release a new EP from REVOCATION later this month. Titled "Teratogenesis", the effort features the first recordings with the band's new bass player Brett Bamberger.

Commented REVOCATION frontman Dave Davidson: "As some of you have already noticed, Anthony has parted ways with the band. The split was amicable and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. We have recently enlisted the services of Brett Bamberger and we are incredibly stoked to have him on board as an official member. Come see us live and buy him a beer."

REVOCATION is currently on the road in Europe with labelmates DYING FETUS as part of "The Womb to Waste" tour.

REVOCATION's latest album, "Chaos Of Forms", was released in August 16, 2011 in North America and September 5, 2011 internationally via Relapse Records. The follow-up to 2009's "Existence Is Futile" was recorded at Damage Studios in Southbridge, Massachusetts with engineer Pete Rutcho and features 12 tracks with a running time of a little over 45 minutes.


David Davidson - Guitar, Vocals
Dan Gargiulo - Guitar, Vocals
Brett Bamberger - Bass, Vocals
Phil Dubois – Drums
According to RockOverdose.gr, Sons Of A Dream Music will re-release WARLORD's "Deliver Us" to coincide with the album's 30th anniversary.

"Deliver Us" underwent copious restoration and remastering in order to be presented in its intended form. For the first time in almost 30 years, Sons Of A Dream Music had access to the original quarter-inch tape masters and will present the album in its entirety (including the often overlooked, speed-infused epic "Mrs. Victoria"), unlike the original U.S. release. Not stopping at the audio quality, the now-classic cover also went through an extensive restoration and will be presented in all its canvas-quality glory.

From artwork, to sound, to liner notes (including the original liner notes in addition to the new ones), the album will be presented as it was envisioned by William J. Tsamis and Mark Zonder, who also oversaw the entire process, step by step.

"Deliver Us" will be re-released on September 30, initially via iTunes, in a special mastered for iTunes digital LP format, AmazonMP3, eMusic, GooglePlay, Zune Marketplace and other major e-tailers worldwide. CD as well as LP releases will follow soon thereafter.

The expanded reissue of "Deliver Us" marks the first in a series of WARLORD releases that will bring the glory of the band's music to the 21st century, making all their music available once again and allowing a new generation of fans to be exposed to the haunting melodies of Tsamis and thundering drumming of Zonder.

Fully following Tsamis and Zonder's wishes, Sons Of A Dream Music will price all releases in all formats competitively, allowing fans with limited budget access to these otherwise unreachable until now epic works.

Sons Of A Dream Music, listening to fans requests, is currently working to secure the best possible physical distribution in order to make the CDs and LPs available to as many fans as possible.
Southern California's HEARTIST has inked a deal with Roadrunner Records. The band's self-produced, six-song EP, "Nothing You Didn't Deserve", will be available on iTunes on October 16.

The lead track from the EP, "Disconnected", is now available for free download at www.heartistband.com.

"The band formed in early 2011," said HEARTIST vocalist Bryce Beckley. "It started with our two guitarists, Tim and John. They had come from another band that had recently broken up, and they decided to give it another shot, and they found me; I had recently left my band as well. I went over there and auditioned for them — they seemed to really like it, so we started writing together. We originally were going to do a couple of demos, but the more stuff we wrote, we were just like, let's shoot for a whole EP. We had Matt, our drummer, who at the time was playing with NORMA JEAN, track for us. Matt ended up leaving NORMA JEAN later on, after a little convincing by us. We picked up our bassist very late last year to complete the lineup."

Regarding HEARTIST's sound, Beckley said, "When we first joined together, we had a collective goal that we didn't want to get stuck in a specific scene; get locked in to where we could only play heavy shows and that kind of thing. We deliberately wrote our EP so that it was kind of a transitional sound, in between heavy rock and hardcore music, with breakdowns and stuff. And we did it that way so that if we made a transition in either direction, it wouldn't be super surprising to fans. Currently we're demoing out for a full-length, and we're going for a much heavier, dark rock sound."


Bryce Beckley - Vocals
Jonathan Gaytan - Guitar/Vocals
Tim Koch - Guitar
Matt Marquez - Drums
Evan Ranallo – Bass
Finnish black metallers GLORIA MORTI will release their fourth album, "Lateral Constraint", in November via Cyclone Empire Records. The CD was recorded and mixed by Juho Räihä at D-studio and SoundSpiral and was mastered by Svante Försback at Chartmakers. The cover artwork was designed by Björn Goosses and can be seen below.

"Lateral Constraint" track listing:

01. Lex Parsimoniae
02. The First Act
03. Our God Is War
04. Aesthetics Of Self-Hyperbole
05. Sleep, Kill, Regress, Follow
06. Hallucinations
07. Slaves
08. Non-Believer
09. The Divine Is A Fraud
10. Conclusion

Guitarist Juho Matikainen left GLORIA MORTI earlier in the year and was replaced by Eero Silvonen (CASKET, FINAL HARVEST, ROUTASIELU, DEATH CONFRONTING).

GLORIA MORTI's third labum, "Anthems Of Annihilation", was released in 2010 via Cyclone Empire.


Psycho - Vocals
Juho Räihä - Guitar
Eero Silvonen - Guitar
Aki Salonen - Bass
Kauko Kuusisalo – Drums
French melodic death metallers DESTINITY have set "Resolve In Crimson" as the title of their sixth full-length album, tentatively due in late 2012/early 2013 via Lifeforce Records. The CD was recorded at Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacon Hansen (DESTRUCTION, MAROON, HATESPHERE, ILLDISPOSED, MERCENARY, RAUNCHY, DEADLOCK) and features cover artwork by Strychneen studios.

"Resolve In Crimson" track listing:

01. Black Sun Rising
02. Reap My Scars
03. Aiming A Fist In Enmity
04. Can't Stand The Sight
05. A Scent Of Scorn (feat. Stephane Buriez of LOUDBLAST)
06. Redshift
07. Only Way
08. Break Into His Heart
09. The Hatred

DESTINITY's last CD, "XI Reasons To See", came out in February 2010 via Lifeforce.

According to a press release, DESTINITY's music is "melodic and anthem-like while being technical and extreme at the same time. This is exactly what makes the band unique and relevant because [they are] not focusing on one single style of metal exclusively. DESTINITY pay attention to the tradition of death and thrash metal and are technically experienced. On the other hand you will find an impulsive, catchy approach to the sound of DESTINITY that will blow you away!"
Swedish death metallers DEMONICAL will enter Necromorbus Studio (WATAIN, UNANIMATED, DESTRÖYER 666) in Alvik, Sweden in November to begin recording their fourth album for a tentative April/May 2013 release.

Commented DEMONICAL bassist Martin Schulman: "The past weekend was spent at the DEMONICAL headquarter rehearsing new material and making preparations for the pre-production phase of the next album. Five tunes were nailed and completed, deadly material that is still good old death metal (which we all worship) but with some new perspectives and varied influences."

DEMONICAL recently parted ways with guitarist Pablo Magallanes. A replacement axeman has not yet been announced.

DEMONICAL's third album, "Death Infernal", was released in April 2011 via Germany's Cyclone Empire Records.

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