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LED ZEPPELIN will release a film version of its 2007 reunion gig at the end of November. Titled "Celebration Day", the film will feature footage from the band's reunion gig in aid of the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

"Celebration Day" will see a worldwide theatrical release by Omniverse Vision on 1,500 screens in over 40 territories on October 17. The theatrical screenings will follow premieres in London, Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities. Tickets for the public screenings will be available on September 13 via LedZeppelin.com. "Celebration Day" will then be available in multiple video and audio formats on November 19 from Swan Song/Atlantic Records. Specific product details will be announced soon.

On December 10, 2007, LED ZEPPELIN took the stage at London's O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band's signature blues-infused rock 'n' roll that instantly became part of the legend of LED ZEPPELIN.

Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalogue including landmark tracks "Whole Lotta Love", "Rock And Roll", "Kashmir" and "Stairway To Heaven".

Although 20 million people applied for tickets, the band's first headline show in 27 years was seen only by the 18,000 ticket holders who were fortunate enough to have secured seats through the worldwide lottery.

Jason Bonham, who has officially drummed with LED ZEPPELIN several times, beginning with the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary concert in 1988, told The Pulse Of Radio at the time that he never assumed that the job of taking over for his father was automatically his. "I had to work at it, really prove that I could do it, and not just say, 'Hey, I'm John Bonham's son, I should be doing it,'" he said. "You've got to earn this, 'cause there's a million drummers out there that would love to cut your throat right now and take over.'"

"Celebration Day" track listing:

01. Good Times, Bad Times
02. Ramble On
03. Black Dog
04. In My Time Of Dying
05. For Your Life (live debut)
06. Trampled Underfoot
07. Nobody's Fault But Mine
08. No Quarter
09. Since I've Been Lovin' You
10. Dazed And Confused
11. Stairway To Heaven
12. The Song Remains the Same
13. Misty Mountain Hop
14. Kashmir
15. Whole Lotta Love
16. Rock And Roll

The "Celebration Day" can be seen below.
Former DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes tells CBS Local that he has been in touch with the band's ex-lead singer, David Coverdale, about doing something special to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the "Burn" album. He says, "David and I have talked about this weekly since [former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist] Jon [Lord] died [in July]. How we can do something to keep the flame burning. But we don't want to hinder the heritage of the band. Some bands get back together and sound bloody awful. It's the 40th anniversary of 'Burn' next year. I'm not giving you a hint to something that's gonna happen, but you just never know."

According to Hughes, he and Coverdale made an attempt several years ago to reunite with their DEEP PURPLE bandmates Jon Lord, Ian Paice (drums), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), but the roadblock was the band's famously mercurial guitarist. "Jon, David and I were trying to get it together," Hughes said. "[but] we couldn't get ahold of him. We sent carrier pigeons, and the Pony Express. But nobody at 'Castle Blackmore' answered the door. It wasn't meant to be."

Lord told U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine in 2010 that he couldn't ever see a reunion of PURPLE's Mk. III lineup.

"I think it's a dream too far," Lord said. "I know a lot of people would like it to happen, but it would have to have Ian Paice involved, and right now he's committed to the current PURPLE lineup. And I know they are planning a new studio album, as well as more touring."

He added, "I got an email from David recently, and it seems Glenn and Ritchie might be into it, although I don't know how Glenn feels now, with BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION happening.

"Yes, I would love to play with Ritchie again, but don't read anything into that as far as Mk. III is concerned.

"I must admit I'd also have a concern or two about David's voice."

Coverdale and Hughes joined DEEP PURPLE in 1973 to create the band's Mk. III lineup, though co-founding member and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left in 1975, to be replaced by Tommy Bolin.
According to the Herald Sun, AC/DC will release "Live At River Plate" on November 16 as a the three-disc red vinyl or a two-CD set featuring multiple covers. The live record follows last year's "Live At River Plate" DVD, filmed during their three triumphant Buenos Aires concerts on the "Black Ice" world tour, in December of 2009 in front of nearly 200,000 fans.

"Live At River Plate" track listing is as follows:

01. Rock N Roll Train
02. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
03. Back In Black
04. Big Jack
05. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
06. Shot Down In Flames
07. Thunderstruck
08. Black Ice
09. The Jack
10. Hells Bells
11. Shoot To Thrill
12. War Machine
13. Dog Eat Dog
14. You Shook Me All Night Long
15. T.N.T.
16. Whole Lotta Rosie
17. Let There Be Rock
18. Highway To Hell
19. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

In an interview with Fox411, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson was asked when fans can expect to see the band back on the road. "We're going to London in about three weeks; we're just going to have a sitdown like we usually do," he explained, befoe adding, "I wouldn't like to do another [tour] like the last one. The last one was two years. It broke your body in half."

He continued, "The thing with our band is we never want to go on stage and have people looking at us and saying, 'Oh you should have seen them ten years ago.' So we're going to take it as it come and see what happens. I doubt we'll be doing a big one. If we could do some festivals, I wouldn't mind that all. That would be lovely."

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young recently confirmed to Classic Rock magazine that the band is working on the follow-up to 2008's "Black Ice". But he said fans may have to wait longer than expected.

"I've been doing some jamming on some song ideas but I do that all the time, as do the rest of the band," he said. "We are still working. But we had a long rest between 'Stiff Upper Lip' and 'Black Ice', so I think we need a couple of years to recuperate and work on it a bit more."
According to NorthwestOhio.com, GUNS N' ROSES fans can own a piece of the band's storied history by bidding on pieces of GN'R's used touring equipment on eBay.

The equipment, which comes from the depths of the band's warehouse in Santa Monica, California, will be listed at random over the next several weeks under the eBay seller name "dvamp2u."

The touring crew has handpicked items to make room for new gear as GUNS N' ROSES prepares for upcoming shows.

Items currently up for auction include custom bass and electric guitars, banners, road cases, wireless microphone monitors and mixing boards. Buyers must pay for shipping and autograph requests will not be honored.

GUNS N' ROSES will launch a Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this fall. The series of 12 shows starts October 31 and wraps up November 24.

In addition sole original member Axl Rose (vocals), the current lineup of GUNS N' ROSES includes guitarists Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Richard Fortus and DJ Ashba, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman and drummer Frank Ferrer.
MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil says that he broke his foot onstage at last night's (Wednesday, September 12) CRÜE/KISS show in Ohio. Neil's injury could affect the remainder of "The Tour", which kicked off at the end of July and is set to run for another week and a half.

Paramedics were called to treat Neil after he reportedly sustained the injury during the concert at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, a suburb of Cleveland.

Neil travelled to the next tour stop in Toronto, Canada, where he is currently consulting physicians after undergoing an X-ray.

Vince confirmed the injury in a post on his Twitter profile, writing, "Cleveland tonight. Paramedics think I broke my foot. I hope not. Getting X-ray tomorrow in Toronto. Thanks Cleveland for understanding!!"

Today Neil updated his fans with the following tweet: "Yea it's broke!!" he also attached a photo of his foot before it was placed in a cast.

**UPDATE**: According to Neil, he has "two fractured bones [but] the show must go on!!" He adds, "I'm sorry I won't be able to give you the show you deserve!" A post-cast photo is also available.
MÖTLEY CRÜE has released the following statement:

"While [MÖTLEY CRÜE singer] Vince Neil sustained two fractures in his foot during last night's show in Cuyahoga Falls [Ohio],we'd like to let everyone know that this injury will not affect upcoming shows on 'The Tour' with KISS. Tonight's [Thursday, September 13] show in Toronto will go on as planned, though perhaps with a few less high kicks from Mr. Neil. Vince would like to sincerely thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes!"

MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS's tour — dubbed simply "The Tour" — kicked off on July 20 in Bristow, Virginia and is currently scheduled to wrap on September 23 in Hartford, Connecticut. Although the bands are officially co-headlining the tour, MÖTLEY CRÜE is opening for KISS each night.

In July, MÖTLEY CRÜE released "Sex", the first studio track from the band since the June 2008 release of "Saints Of Los Angeles". The song was recorded in part at CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee's studio called The Atrium in Calabasas, California.
A photo of the upcoming expanded, commemorative 20th-anniversary reissue edition of MEGADETH's "Countdown To Extinction" album being advertised on the world's largest digital display system located in New York's Times Square via the 126-foot-wide, 47-foot-tall Reuters sign can be seen below.

The 7,400-square-foot digital billboard, which soars 23 stories into the sky above Times Square, reaches more than 1.5 million people per day.

PR Newswire in 2007 entered into an agreement with TimesSquare2, a division of Reuters, to make its customers' photos and images viewable on the Reuters sign. The billboard features a regular stream of PR Newswire customer photos throughout each day. The photos are accompanied by a news-release headline, and are displayed in fifteen-second increments.

MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine has personally overseen a new 20th-anniversary edition of the band's most popular album, 1992's double platinum-certified "Countdown To Extinction", to be released November 6 by Capitol/EMI.

After wrapping up their "TH1RT3EN World Tour" this fall, MEGADETH will perform the acclaimed album in its entirety on their "Countdown To Extinction 20th Anniversary Tour" this November and December.

Presented in a 2CD lift-top box and digitally, "Countdown To Extinction"'s new commemorative edition pairs the remastered original album with a 1992 concert, recorded live at San Francisco's Cow Palace, which has never before been released in its entirety. The concert audio has been newly remixed for this release. The physical and digital versions both include a booklet with a new liner notes essay by music journalist Kory Grow, and the 2CD box also contains a 24" x 36" poster and four collectible postcards.

"Countdown To Extinction", MEGADETH's fifth studio album, was recorded in Los Angeles in 1992 as rioting raged across the city in response to the Rodney King trial verdicts. American tensions weren't limited to L.A., by any means, as the Gulf War was still fresh in people's minds, the state of the environment was becoming headline news, and President George H.W. Bush was seeking reelection in a heated campaign season.

Out of this turmoil, MEGADETH was inspired to create "Countdown To Extinction", considered by many to be the band's best and most accessible album. The group's previous albums, including "So Far, So Good…So What!" and "Rust In Peace", included songs that tackled topics like censorship and religious bloodletting in the Middle East. But none were as polemical as the sonic missiles launched by "Countdown". MEGADETH laced the songs with acid-tongued commentary about subjects ranging from the futility of war ("Architecture Of Aggression") to the senseless brutality of caged hunting ("Countdown To Extinction"). "Foreclosure Of A Dream" sampled George Bush's infamous "Read my lips" speech, making a statement about taxation endangering the American Dream.

Thanks to a perfect balance of hard-rock song structures, epic choruses, and fleet-fingered guitar work, "Countdown To Extinction" became an instant classic, benefiting from copious MTV and radio play. Spin magazine raved that "Countdown" "may just be the finest thrash-metal album ever made," and before long, songs like "Symphony Of Destruction", "Sweating Bullets" and "Skin O' My Teeth" had entered metal's canon of essential recordings. The album shot to No. 2 on the Billboard chart (it may have hit No. 1, if not for Billy Ray Cyrus' long chart-topping reign with "Some Gave All"), and it was certified double platinum in the U.S. within two years, with sales of more than two million copies.

MEGADETH was in top form, with Mustaine, the band's then 31-year-old singer and guitarist leading the album's assault with lyrics like "You know your worth when your enemies praise your architecture of aggression," not to mention his venomous rhythm guitar attack. His band mates completed the picture, as lead guitarist Marty Friedman blazed with memorable solos, bassist David Ellefson jammed dizzying arrays of low-end thunder, and drummer Nick Menza attacked his kit. MEGADETH sounded hungry, and the band was rewarded when the album earned a Grammy Award nomination ("Best Metal Performance") and when its title cut garnered a Genesis Award from the Humane Society for raising awareness for animal rights issues.

"Megadeth: Countdown To Extinction (20th Anniversary Edition)" track listing:

CD 1

01. Skin O' My Teeth
02. Symphony Of Destruction
03. Architecture Of Aggression
04. Foreclosure Of A Dream
05. Sweating Bullets
06. This Was My Life
07. Countdown To Extinction
08. High Speed Dirt
09. Psychotron
10. Captive Honour
11. Ashes In Your Mouth

CD 2 – Live At Cow Palace, 1992

01. Intro
02. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
03. Skin O' My Teeth
04. Wake Up Dead
05. Hangar 18
06. Countdown To Extinction
07. Foreclosure Of A Dream
08. This Was My Life
09. Lucretia
10. Sweating Bullets
11. In My Darkest Hour
12. The Conjuring
13. Tornado
14. Ashes In Your Mouth
15. Symphony Of Destruction
16. Peace Sells
17. Anarchy In the UK
The retail edition of MANOWAR's twelfth studio album, "The Lord Of Steel", originally scheduled for September 28, will now hit the stores on October 19 on CD, limited-edition picture vinyl and as digital album.

"The Lord Of Steel" was made available earlier this summer as a limited-edition pre-release as the "Hammer Edition" in collaboration with U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine.

The retail edition of "The Lord Of Steel" will feature different mixes and mastering, an additional song, spectacular new art by fantasy artist Ken Kelly, and other surprises.

"MANOWAR have always dared to do things differently. You have to look at these two versions like a movie that comes out in alternate versions; a director's cut or alternate endings or stories even told from different perspectives," explained bassist Joey DeMaio. "For those of you who enjoyed the first taste of 'The Lord Of Steel', meaning the Metal Hammer version, I can tell you that the forthcoming 'The Lord Of Steel' release on Magic Circle Entertainment will be even more unique and yes, more brutal," he continued.

Described by the press as "a brutal and unstoppable force of molten metal" and "flawlessly heavy," "The Lord Of Steel" is a raw-to-the-bone production, merging vintage elements with the trademark sound MANOWAR have developed over the years.

"When you have to make room for literally hundreds of other instruments such as orchestras, choirs, marching armies on 'Gods Of War', for example, you have to create sonic space for that. The fewer instruments you have the louder they can be individually. As an artist you want to give your audience new experiences. This is not 'elevator music.' This is an album that hits you hard right between the eyes and does not let up," said Joey DeMaio.

For their twelfth studio album, MANOWAR have tapped into the world of action heroes and their stories, writing their first song specifically for a Hollywood movie, "El Gringo", and another one, "Expendable", inspired by Sylvester Stallone's action movie franchise "The Expendables". The band has meanwhile confirmed their next movie project, "Soldiers", for "The Expendables 2" star Jean-Claude Van Damme.

From the furious title track and the pumping "Black List", to the power ballad "Righteous Glory" and the Ennio Morricone homage "El Gringo""The Lord Of Steel" is full of surprises.

"The Lord Of Steel" (retail edition) will be mixed and mastered by longtime collaborators, mixing engineer Ronald Prent and two-time Grammy-award-winning mastering engineer Darcy Proper.

Coinciding with the release of the album, MANOWAR will kick off "The Lord Of Steel" world tour, with first shows in October and November, in Europe and the United States.
German power metallers HELLOWEEN have set "Straight Out Of Hell" as the title of their new album, due on January 18, 2013. The CD is once again being helmed by longtime producer Charlie Bauerfeind at HELLOWEEN singer Andi Deris's Mi Sueño Studios in Tenerife, Spain. A limited-edition version of the album will be made available with bonus tracks and special packaging.

HELLOWEEN previously promised that its new new album would be "much more than a fine follow-up to the highly acclaimed 'Gambling With The Devil' and '7 Sinners' albums. Bombastic epic pieces have been worked on as well as ultrafast heavy songs and mid-tempo anthems."

HELLOWEEN will join forces with GAMMA RAY for the "Hellish Rock Part II" tour starting in March.

"7 Sinners", the 13th studio album from HELLOWEEN, sold around 1,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 7 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
IRON MAIDEN bassist/founder Steve Harris will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, October 3 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with Harris by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on the "Rockline" web site for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.

For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com.

Harris' debut solo/side project album, "British Lion", will be released in the U.S. on September 25 via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). Mixed by Kevin Shirley — whose credits include IRON MAIDEN as well as Led ZEPPELIN, JOURNEY and RUSH, among many others — the CD, which features Harris alongside vocalist Richard Taylor, guitarists Graham Leslie and David Hawkins and drummer Simon Dawson, presents a different side of the bassist's musical visions.

Asked where the impetus for "British Lion" came from, Harris told Classic Rock magazine, "How it started was that Graham Leslie came to me with a cassette of songs — which shows how long ago it was! — and I thought they were really good, so I said I'd try to help his band do something. I ended up managing them and producing them and writing with them, although I kept that fact under wraps, to the point where even some people in the band didn't know. Anyway, when that band imploded I thought, 'Well, I've got to do something with this,' because I thought the songs were so strong."

He continued, "Over the years I've kept in touch with Richie and Graham, and then Richie was working with another guitarist called David Hawkins, who's a really talented guy, and so we started writing songs together. So on the album there are six songs written with Richie and David, there's one with just me and Richie, and the others are me, Richie, Graham and a couple of other guys that were around at the time."

"British Lion" comprises ten songs that Steve and his collaborators have been working on between IRON MAIDEN tours and releases and is described by Harris as "'70s-influenced, British-sounding hard rock." "I'd say it's more mainstream rock than metal... and quite commercial… but good commercial," he said. "There's all kinds of stuff going on, with nods to THE WHO and UFO and some classic British rock bands, but it's not the progressive rock album some might be expecting."

On the topic of why this is the right time for a Steve Harris solo album, the IRON MAIDEN bassist told Classic Rock, "Because it's ready, it's finally, finally ready. The guys have been waiting very patiently for years for me, and it's been frustrating at time, but what can I do?! I'm so busy with MAIDEN. People have already said to me, 'Are you going to do this instead of MAIDEN?' and I'm like, 'Of course not!' MAIDEN is always going to be the priority — always has been and always will be — but it's interesting and exciting to try new things."

He added, "On the early [IRON MAIDEN] albums, most of the songs are mine, but as we've gone into different eras with different people writing, there's been more and more collaborations. And I think it's been important for MAIDEN to do that rather than have me dictating everything. But I have bags full of ideas, so many that I couldn't record them all in my lifetime, and I tried out a few different things on this, because I had the time to do experiment."

"British Lion" track listing:

01. This Is My God
02. Lost Worlds
03. Karma Killer
04. Us Against The World
05. The Chosen Ones
06. A World Without Heaven
07. Judas
08. Eyes Of The Young
09. These Are The Hands
10. The Lesson
Orange Amplification has announced that legendary bassist Glenn Hughes (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, TRAPEZE) is now endorsing its amps.

For over forty years, Glenn has been a vocalist, bass player and songwriter in some of the greatest rock acts of all time as well as achieving success in his own solo career.

From his early days with TRAPEZE, the British rock bassist and vocalist went onto to join one of the biggest bands of the '70s, DEEP PURPLE, where Glenn's bass playing and vocals were the anchor for several classic albums, including "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste The Band". He is currently lead vocalist and bass player in the rock supergroup BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION and still finds time to record and tour in his own name as well as many other projects such as Rock 'N' Roll Allstars.

His move to Orange Amplification sees him returning back to his roots of using a British-made vintage inspired amp with full modern tones.

"I plugged into to that Orange amp and it was as though it had been designed for me!" Glenn said. "It was the Glenn Hughes sound... It was the sound I had with TRAPEZE in '69 and the sound I had with DEEP PURPLE!"

Glenn will be using the AD200B MK3 head with an OBC810 8 x 10" bass speaker cabinet on his latest tour. The AD200B MK3 is quite simply one of the purest bass amps ever produced with a creamy dynamic low end and a focused midrange crunch. The OBC810 is a revered bass cabinet first made in small numbers back in the 1970s, and recently relaunched, it has to be heard to be believed.
Patrick Prince of Powerline recently conducted an interview with vocalist Chuck Billy of San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Powerline: The new album is doing really well in the charts and pleasing a lot of fans. How do you think "Dark Roots Of Earth" improved upon what some had called your comeback album, "The Formation Of Damnation"?

Billy: I think, definitely going into this record, having the original lineup back together brought a boost of self-confidence as far as songwriting, musicianship, friendships … everything all together. Before we got the original lineup back together, we were, definitely at that time, almost not a full-on touring band. We were kind of getting a little fed up with just trying to find replacement musicians and never knowing who was gonna be in the band. We weren't touring that hard or working that hard. Since we got the lineup back together — and doing a few years of touring now — it's gotten us more motivated and brought our self-confidence up. And I think it really shows in this record, in the writing. With some records in the past, when we wrote, we were really self-conscious about what fans or the media would think about putting songs like "Cold Embrace" or "Dark Roots Of Earth" on the record. This year, when we wrote, we put those songs in. When we wrote them, we thought, "This feels good." And thinking about what people would think didn't really cross our minds. We just wrote it for ourselves. I think that's what really stands out on the record, all of that, you know. We're touring a lot harder. We have a lot more confidence in choosing what we're doing. And I think I consciously really wanted to sing a little more and put a little melody and hooks in the vocals. I took that approach and it definitely got received well by people. We're really just pleased at the response from people digging it. And we took a different approach mixing it this time. In the past, Eric [Peterson, guitar] and I would always be in the mix process, and we'd always be using probably too many delays and reverbs and effects on the vocals where it kind of got buried. This year I really felt so good about the lyrics and the melodies that I wanted a different approach. I wanted it a little bit drier, not much effects and make more of the mix centered around the vocal, and I think it turned out for the better by doing that. Now, looking back, I'm like, "Wow, I should have done this a few records ago." [laughs]

Powerline: A lot was made of [drummer] Gene Hoglan's blast beats. Do you think he brought something to the sessions this time around?

Billy: His style and just how good he is and having such a solid tempo, it adds to making it a better record. But, really, Eric had a lot of that stuff created and thought out in his mind. He knew what he wanted already, and knowing that Gene could pull it off was a bonus. If we were to have had some other drummers that didn't have the skills as Gene, maybe those blast beats wouldn't have made it because it wouldn't have sounded right. But Eric knew that whatever he threw at Gene, he was gonna get.

Powerline: "Native Blood", which draws on your family heritage, is such a strong song. What emotions were at play when writing the lyrics to that particular song?

Billy: Well, when I was sick, I really went back to my native roots to help me mentally, spiritually face the cancer and get through it. That was a big part after a hundred and something songs of TESTAMENT. I really never touched on a lot of that. And it was a big part of my life and it just kind of came to me. I wanted a song like that. It was written coming from my Native American aspect but the song was really written about indigenous blood. I mean, everywhere in the world there are indigenous people. And there's always people that feel like they have something to say, they have a voice, they want to be heard. I sang the song in Spanish and the Spanish interpretation doesn't say "native blood," it says "indigenous blood." It ended up being one of the catchier songs with riffs, so we chose that song to be the first single with the video. People have been really relating to it and relating to the video, especially natives. I've been doing a lot of press for that and people have been really moved and if you see the video it brings out a lot of emotion, you know. When I had seen the first edit I was holding back because I was just choked up for minute because it was really emotional. It had captured the story and a strong message. It was killer.

Powerline: You've been touring with ANTHRAX and DEATH ANGEL, two bands that have been around since the beginning of the whole thrash/speed/power metal thing. What do you think contributes to the longevity of your band and bands like that?

Billy: In the '90s, metal was kind of a bad word. Over the last 10-12 years or so, there's been a lot more new generations of thrash-style music and it's getting more popular. It's just a new generation of that fan base. There's always gonna be a young rebellious teenager looking for something against the grain. And heavy metal's always been the answer it seems like, or punk rock or something. I think bands like us kind of survived those '90s and are still creating music that doesn't sound like it's dated, or like a 30-year-old band writing the same stuff. You always try to keep it new and different with every record we do. I think that's what kept us alive. And it just happens that there's a true spirit at heart still driving us.
Weed Street Journal recently conducted an interview with GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Weed Street Journal: Are you aging gracefully or are you fighting it tooth and nails?

Sully: I'm definitely fighting it. [laughs] I work out every day. I started with my ex-girlfriend, who was a volleyball player. I got addicted to it. It just makes me feel better physically. I used to be on a lot of drugs and stuff. So it's good just to feel healthy. After we broke up, I just kept working out. Am I aging gracefully? You'd have to ask my friends or my fans. Actually, you would probably get a more honest answer from my fans. [laughs]

Weed Street Journal: Being a father, do you find that you are more protective because of the things you got into as a kid?

Sully: Well, of course you want to be. But I think kids are too protected nowadays. Parents don't let their children experience enough. I was raised in a tough neighborhood, where there was a lot of drugs, gangs and crime. It made me who I am today. I think that parents should let their children lose at board games and such. Otherwise, they grow up being spoiled and unaware of the real world. I think parents should sit their kids down and talk to them when they lose at baseball or whatever. Otherwise, when they grow up, they can't accept it when they go to a job interview but don't get the job.

Weed Street Journal: What do want your legacy to be? What do you want to be remembered by?

Sully: Wow! Nobody's ever asked me that before. Good question! I hope to be remembered as just a great person. I don't want to be remembered as the man who changed the world, honestly. I want to be remembered as being a little bit valuable… just a nice guy.

Weed Street Journal: Do you plan on doing another solo album?

Sully: Oh, definitely. I want to do it all. I want to play music, write, act, do a soundtrack. I just finished this album and we are just starting the tour for it. It's in the future. I want the brand Sully Erna to continue to grow.
Cleopatra Records has set an October 2 release date for "Who Are You: An All Star Tribute To The Who".

As THE WHO approaches a nearly 50-year career, artists in genres from classic to progressive rock, and from punk to country, collaborate on a stunning celebration of the band's remarkable catalogue.

THE WHO has sold over 100 million records, had 27 Top 40 hits, 17 Top 10 albums, and have been certified gold (18 times), platinum (12 times) and multi-platinum (5 times). They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990, and have been described as one of the greatest rock bands in history by Rolling Stone, the Grammy Foundation, VH1, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Artists from CHEAP TRICK and RUSH to PEARL JAM have counted THE WHO as a primary influence. With such weight put on this legendary band's musical output, the contributors to "Who Are You" have brought every ounce of creativity, attitude, and reverence to the collection.

"Who Are You" track listing:

01. Eminence Front

* John Wetton (ASIA)
* K.K. Downing (JUDAS PRIEST)
* Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER)

02. Baba O'Riley

* Nektar

03. I Can See For Miles

* Wayne Kramer (MC5)

04. Love Reign O'er Me

* Joe Elliot (DEF LEPPARD)
* Rick Wakeman (YES)
* Huw Lloyd-Langton (HAWKWIND)
* Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE)

05. My Generation

* Dave Davies (THE KINKS)
* Rat Scabies (THE DAMNED)

06. The Kids Are Alright


07. Won't Get Fooled Again


08. Anyway Anyhow Anywhere

* Todd Rundgren
* Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE)

09. I Can't Explain

* Iggy Pop

10. Behind Blue Eyes

* Pat Travers

11. Magic Bus

* Peter Noone (HERMAN'S HERMITS)
* Peter Banks (YES)
* Ginger Baker (CREAM)

12. Who Are You

* Gretchen Wilson

13. Pinball Wizard

* Terry Reid
* Mike Pinera (BLUES IMAGE)
* Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER)

14. Squeeze Box

* John Wesley (PORCUPINE TREE)
* David Cross (KING CRIMSON)

15. Bargain

* Ted Turner (WISHBONE ASH)
* Ian Paice (DEEP PURPLE)

16. The Seeker

* Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW)
* Leslie West (MOUNTAIN)

"Eminence Front" is now available for streaming at this location.
Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH kicked off their North American headlining tour last night (Wednesday, September 12) at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia.

The band's setlist was as follows:

(Intro) Crimson Tide (Hans Zimmer song)

01. Storytime
02. Wish I Had An Angel
03. Amaranth
04. Scaretale
05. Dead To The World
06. Slow, Love, Slow
07. I Want My Tears Back (with Troy Donockley)
08. The Crow, The Owl And The Dove (with Troy Donockley)
09. The Islander (with Troy Donockley)
10. Nemo (with Troy Donockley) (Acoustic)
11. Last Of The Wilds (with Troy Donockley)
12. Planet Hell
13. Dark Chest Of Wonders
14. Over The Hills And Far Away (GARY MOORE cover) (with Troy Donockley)


15. Song Of Myself
16. Last Ride Of The Day

(Outro) Imaginaerum

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.
Bryan Reesman of The Aquarian Weekly recently conducted an interview with guitarist Thomas Youngblood of American/German/Swedish symphonic metallers KAMELOT. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On KAMELOT's new singer Tommy Karevik:

Youngblood: "He was capturing the essence of KAMELOT from the past but was bringing in his emotion and a style of his own. He toured with us in Europe and came out for one song every night, so we were kind of grooming him for the role. His first show as KAMELOT's frontman was at the Masters Of Rock festival in the Czech Republic in front of 30,000 people, and he totally killed it. We were really happy that day, and everybody was drinking champagne."

"We already did some big festival shows like Wacken, which was in front of 80,000 people. The guy was killer. There's an exciting feeling and a renewed energy within the band in terms of touring, and it just seems fun again."

On the recording process for the new KAMELOT album, "Silverthorn":

Youngblood: "[Tommy's] a perfectionist, so he flew back and forth between Sweden and Germany and spent 14 hours a day working on songs with [longtime producer] Sascha [Paeth]. We were all really surprised at what was coming back from those guys when it came to vocal ideas. The music was pretty much done, and it was important for me to write the songs and music like we've always done. We didn't change keys for any vocal type, and he assimilated into the band perfectly with his marriage of the past and the future."

On KAMELOT's 2010 album, "Poetry For The Poisoned", which Youngblood deems "a little too experimental":

Youngblood: "We got to a point where certain people within the band didn't want to work on the record anymore. There was a little more of a monotone vibe on that record. (Specifically, the modern rock approach of crafting choruses based on only one chord.) Even though I still love the album, I wanted to get back to the more melodic side of KAMELOT, mixing this melancholy feeling underneath. But also at the end of the record you don't want to slit your wrists. You want to have a little bit more of a positive feeling about the record, about your life, or whatever it might be. That was one of the cool things that we were establishing with records before that, like [2001's] 'Karma' and [2007's] 'Ghost Opera', and I think on 'Poetry', it was a little bit too depressing. Bringing back some of those melodic elements on 'Silverthorn' was important."

On "Silverthorn" being a concept album, telling the story of a young girl named Jolee who dies in the arms of her twin brothers and takes their secret to their grave:

Youngblood: "I think if you look at any classic concept record — and for me it's like PINK FLOYD's records or [QUEENSRŸCHE's] 'Operation: Mindcrime' — you don't really reveal too much about it. That makes it interesting for the fans to analyze things. We have a book that has a more detailed outline about the family in the story and about the time period, which is the 19th century. It's more descriptive but still leaves a lot of the mystery in the story that you want to have there."
Jason Bodak of Examiner.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist Wolf Hoffmann of German heavy metal legends ACCEPT. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Examiner.com: ?Now that you got your "comeback" album out of the way with "Blood Of The Nations", and now that vocalist Mark Tornillo has been overwhelmingly welcomed to the fold by fans and critics alike, was it a much more pleasant experience recording the follow-up album, "Stalingrad"?

Wolf: Well, yes and no. "Blood Of The Nations" has been a total freefall for all of us as we just opened up and let it out. [ACCEPT bassist] Peter [Baltes] and I have been writing songs together since we were 16 years old. "Blood Of The Nations" surprised us as much as the fans. After being not in the business for so long, we did not even know if that what came out was "it." Our producer, Andy Sneap, was as much a miracle as us running into Mark Tornillo, when none of us had plans to revive the band again. Two world tours later, the next round was foreboding… lots of pressure. But because we wrote the album in such a short time after the first, it seemed as we just continued where we left [off]. I am probably the biggest "problem" in all of that, as I am a perfectionist and a never-ending critic of myself. So, perhaps we were not that "innocent" the second time around, as we wanted to please our fans. The verdict is out: we got that covered.

Examiner.com: ?Working with producer Andy Sneap has now yielded two exceptional albums. What is it about working with him that brings out the best in you?

Wolf: Maybe that he grew up with ACCEPT as one of his most influential bands. We believe that he brought us back to us, the way we were… and besides many other outstanding talents he has, this was perhaps the key moment in all of this.

Examiner.com: You've written many, many great songs with former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, and now you are writing great songs with Tornillo. Has the songwriting process changed at all, having a new vocalist, or is there a set methodology for creating a new ACCEPT album?

Wolf: You know, we do not talk about Udo at all. Never. He left the band 25 years ago. People forget that sometimes. He has painted a picture about his role in ACCEPT and we are so very disconnected from the past that we would have a hard time to go back to define his role. One thing I can say for sure: his reality has never been ours. We hope he is doing what he loves to do… really! Mark presented us with a special situation. It is not the question about who is a better singer. The question is: what does the singer inspire the songwriters to do, how far can they go in the moment they are at that minute? I like to compare the relation between a singer and a band to a marriage. Not everybody in a marriage is bringing the best out in the other. That has nothing to do with good or bad, just with what do they inspire and positively bring out in each other. Peter and I are joined at the hips at songwriting — always have been. For us the process has never changed, but the possibilities have, big time! People are different and different experiences make you do different things. Mark is as he is now and we are as we are now: a match made in heaven. We never felt we have to prove anything beyond the songs we are writing and performing. And with great humility. I tend to believe the fans got that. We are who we are and we write songs and perform always with one thought in mind: this is the moment where you get the best we have. You judge if that is what you have been looking for. Seems to me… after a little over 30 months from the very first show we did, the fans said and say yes!

Examiner.com: With your new lineup, do you feel you could go in certain musical directions that you couldn't before?

Wolf: We know now only one direction works for us; the time of searching is long gone. But then you never know… I am pretty sure we are where we want to be and when that is the case, I believe, you do not search for something else. I guess we're busy to better ourselves and therefore we automatically step into new waters. You get cocky when something works well. We can do that freely, as we have Andy who will rein us in when needed!
Brazilian/American thrashers SEPULTURA have been confirmed for next year's edition of the Rock In Rio festival, set to take place in September 2013. The band will be joined on stage by Les Tambours Du Bronx, featuring sixteen drummers from France.

Founded in 1987, Les Tambours Du Bronx beat 225-liter barrels with beech wood bats or even axe handles. In more than 1000 concerts they've smashed about 16,000 barrels and more than 110,000 broken "drum sticks!"

SEPULTURA's concert at Rock In Rio will be professionally filmed for the band's next DVD, to be released sometime in 2014.

Professionally filmed video footage of SEPULTURA's performance with Les Tambours Du Bronx at this year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival — shot on August 2 in Wacken, Germany — can be seen below.

Asked about SEPULTURA's plans for the remainder of 2012, the band's guitarist, Andreas Kisser, recently told Metal Hammer, "We're going to Indonesia and Malaysia, we're going to South America still, and we're doing a cruise at the end of the year — Barge To Hell — which will be very interesting. And then we're gonna stop. We're already thinking about new ideas for the next album, so probably next year we're gonna have something new going on. We have also plans to record a DVD with the French percussive group [Les Tambours Du Bronx], [with] which we did a show at [the] Wacken [Open Air] festival [in early August] — old SEPULTURA, new SEPULTURA music with them. And that's the plan — finish the year on a high note."

Regarding what SEPULTURA's new, 21-year-old drummer Eloy Casagrande has added to the band, singer Derrick Green told Metal Hammer, "Definitely the fact that he's young and that energy helps a lot. He's a very disciplined drummer — he's been playing since he was seven. And he's been doing a lot of things by himself and playing with different people, and that's really, really impressive. He had a lot of things put together before we even met him; he's already done so much. And I think with us, a combination us together, it's a great learning process for him to grow and at the same time, we're learning a lot from him, so we can do this together. And this is something extremely important when you're doing a band that's been together for so long, to have this connection. And we felt this connection with him immediately. And we could tell that he was very focused and very committed to doing extremely good music."

Casagrande joined SEPULTURA as the replacement for Jean Dolabella, who left the band because he could no longer handle being away from home for long periods of time.

Dolabella left SEPULTURA after a five-year run of relentless touring and two studio albums. He joined SEPULTURA in 2006 following the departure of the band's original drummer, Igor Cavalera.

SEPULTURA is touring in support of its 12th studio album, and Nuclear Blast Records debut, "Kairos", which hit stores in July 2011.
Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA will celebrate their 10th anniversary with a special performance, dubbed "Retrospect", which will take place on March 23, 2013 at Klokgebouw in Eindhoven, Holland.

"Retrospect" will be EPICA's most ambitious project to date, joined by a 70-piece symphonic orchestra and choir, international guests and lots of special effects.

Tickets will go on sale on September 15 at 10 a.m. (GMT+1) and will be available through the web sites of EPICA and Klokgebouw.

Specially for this show, EPICA will be joined by the Hungarian Extended Remenyi Ede Chamber Orchestra and Choir of Miskolc National Theatre, the same orchestra and choir with whom EPICA recorded the highly acclaimed live album "The Classical Conspiracy". This anniversary show will be a "Retrospect" on EPICA's career and will contain all trademark elements you can expect from EPICA.

Tickets will cost €35 plus service costs until October 1, and are available through the following web sites: Epica.nl, Epica-Retrospect.com and Klokgebouw.nl. Special VIP tickets are available as well and cost €65 plus service costs. VIPs will get early access to the venue and exclusive VIP goodies. From October 1, the price will increase by €4 for both normal and VIP tickets.

EPICA's fifth full-length album, "Requiem For The Indifferent", sold 4,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 104 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Design Your Universe", opened with 2,100 units to land at position No. 12 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.

"Requiem For The Indifferent" was released on March 9 in Europe and four days later in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany under the watchful eye of Sascha Paeth.

EPICA will embark on an extensive North American tour this fall. Support on the trek will come from ALESTORM, INSOMNIUM, SYSTEM DIVIDE and DESTINY POTATO.
Connecticut hardcore/metal masters HATEBREED have finished recording their new full-length album and are ready to begin the mixing process. The CD is being produced by the band with assistance from Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) and Chris "Zeuss" Harris (SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL THAT REMAINS, SHADOWS FALL).

Commented HATEBREED guitarist Wayne Lozinak: "I'm very excited that the album is tracked! It was a great experience working with Zeuss and Josh Wilbur on this one. Every song is heavy, straight and to the point, in keeping with the traditional HATEBREED sound. Can't wait to put some of these songs in the set and start playing them live!"

Added HATEBREED bassist Chris Beattie: "This is the album that HATEBREED fans have been waiting for — catchy, ignorant and full of energy!"

Regarding the musical direction of the new HATEBREED material, vocalist Jamey Jasta told "Maximum Threshold", "We did enough experimenting, I think, on the last record… A lot of people really liked that record and it did gain us a lot of new fans, but on this record, with the 10-year anniversary of [HATEBREED's 2002 album] 'Perseverance' and with Wayne [Lozinak, guitar] being back in the band — this will be his second record with us — it's just fun to kind of keep with the old-school influences. I hear more CRO-MAGS and KILLING TIME and SHEER TERROR and OBITUARY and BOLT THROWER and SLAYER and ENTOMBED and those kind of '80s and '90s influences in there. Which is fun for us, because we emulate the bands that we love. We try to make it our own sound and make it our own style, but at the end of the day, we're just fans of those styles of bands."

HATEBREED kicks off its "10 Years Of Perseverance" tour tonight in Clifton Park, New York with direct support from WHITECHAPEL and special guests ALL SHALL PERISH and DEEZ NUTS. The U.S. headline trek commemorates the 10th anniversary of HATEBREED's groundbreaking 2002 major-label debut, "Perseverance".

After the "Perseverance" tour, HATEBREED will join LAMB OF GOD, IN FLAMES and SYLOSIS on the road this fall from October 30 through November 19.

HATEBREED will headline the Persistence Tour 2013 in Europe in January.
MTV.com is pulling the plug on its web-only show "Headbangers Ball", the program's host and producer, Jose Mangin, revealed to Horns Up Rocks!

Jose, who also works as a program director/DJ on SiriusXM Octane and Liquid Metal, says that the decision to end "Headbangers Ball" was not a cost-cutting move. "Right now, it doesn't really cost [MTV] anything, 'cause I do it — I host it, produce it, edit it and do it all myself," he said. "But I guess it's just the odd man out of their lineup."

He continued, "They do a lot of hip hop, and they support that music fully. They used to support rock.

"Some day, somebody will be there and they'll be, like, 'Why aren't we doing something with rock music?' Somebody will some day that. But in the meantime, I've been honored to do it for four years, to be with it, involved with special events, and then since I took it over, producing and doing programming. Just to say those words together in one sentence, or even just by themselves, meant a lot for me, 'cause since I was a little kid, that was my show that introduced me to wanting to bring metal to the masses."

Mangin, who took over as the official "Ball" host in July 2011, is planning to launch a new show called "Hard Attack TV", which he says will be "an extension of 'Headbangers Ball'. . . [It's] just gonna be the same stuff that I'm doing, but I wanna do some more live stuff, maybe do some cool stuff from the 'Man Cave' [Jose's basement-turned-studio], concerts, taco sessions and stuff like that, interviews, get involved and get people involved and maybe get an 800 number and do something cool where I can talk to the fans and just talk to people, whether it's online or just do something cool."

"Headbangers Ball" began on MTV on April 18, 1987, playing heavy metal and hard rock music videos late at night, from both well-known and more obscure artists. The show offered (and became famous because of) a stark contrast to Top 40 music videos shown during the day.

However, with the mainstream rise of alternative rock and rap music in the 1990s, the relevance of "Headbangers Ball" came into question, and the show was ultimately canceled in 1995. Over eight years later, as new genres of heavy metal were gaining a commercial foothold and fan interest became unavoidable, the program was reintroduced on MTV2. It has remained in varying degrees on the network.

Many of the videos that aired on the first incarnation of the series would find a home on the similarly themed "Metal Mania" on sister channel VH1 Classic.
A spokesperson for MTV has denied a claim by current "Headbangers Ball" host Jose Mangin (pictured below) that the Viacom Inc.-owned cable channel is pulling the plug on the show because it no longer supports heavy metal.

In a recent interview with Horns Up Rocks!, Mangin revealed that the decision to kill the currently web-only series wasn't about saving money. "Right now, it doesn't really cost [MTV] anything, 'cause I do it. I host it, produce it, edit it . . . all myself," he said. "But I guess it's just the odd man out of their lineup. They do a lot of hip-hop, and they support that music fully. They used to support rock."

He continued: "Some day, somebody will be there and they'll be, like, 'Why aren't we doing something with rock music?' Somebody will some day say that. But in the meantime, I've been honored to do it for four years. Just to say those words . . . means a lot for me, 'cause since I was a little kid, that was my show."

In response, MTV released the following statement to SPIN: "MTV is committed to the 'Headbangers Ball' franchise and can confirm that it will continue as an online destination with its hub remaining on MTV2.com. The company's deal with Jose Mangin has concluded. However, MTV will continue to program a weekly playlist for fans of the genre."

Mangin, who took over as the official "Ball" host in July 2011, is planning to launch a new show called "Hard Attack TV", which he says will be "an extension of 'Headbangers Ball'."

"Headbangers Ball" began on MTV on April 18, 1987, playing heavy metal and hard rock music videos late at night, from both well-known and more obscure artists. The show offered (and became famous because of) a stark contrast to Top 40 music videos shown during the day.

However, with the mainstream rise of alternative rock and rap music in the 1990s, the relevance of "Headbangers Ball" came into question, and the show was ultimately canceled in 1995. Over eight years later, as new genres of heavy metal were gaining a commercial foothold and fan interest became unavoidable, the program was reintroduced on MTV2. It has remained in varying degrees on the network.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman and founder Billy Corgan is opening a tea room called Madame ZuZu's on Thursday (September 13) in the Highland Park area of Chicago. Corgan said in a statement, "I'm a tea guy. always wanted to open a salon like this for everyone to enjoy. This is a place with no age boundaries. We hope to attract everyone from young students to seniors. With a blend of music, photo galleries, art displays and speakers, I think Madame ZuZu's offers something for everyone."

Corgan promised that Madame ZuZu's would feature a rotating menu of teas from around the world as well as "light vegan pastries from all spheres."

The singer/guitarist will celebrate the grand opening by giving a handful of acoustic performances in the shop throughout the day, beginning at 11:00 a.m. CT.

A press release said that the venture is "designed to serve as a social hub for the community, blending tea drinkers with the arts. Drawing from Corgan's love of music from the '30s, Madame ZuZu's is a Chinoise inspired teahouse found in Paris during this period."

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS will head out on a North American tour of arenas this fall, starting on October 10 in Seattle. The trek will be in support of the latest PUMPKINS album, "Oceania", which came out in June.

For more information, go to www.madamezuzus.com.
Swedish melodic metal five-piece FULLFORCE has finished recording its second album. The new CD is entitled "Next Level" and will be released later this fall via SPV/Steamhammer. The cover artwork was once again be created by Rainer Kalwitz, who previously worked with PRAYING MANTIS and METAL CHURCH, among others.

"Next Level" was mixed and mastered at Roastinghouse Studios in Malmö, Sweden by Anders "Theo" Theander. The CD contains 13 songs of "melodic, heavy" metal and the band is really excited it, according to a press release.

FULLFORCE's current lineup include new guitar ace Stefan Rosqvist, who replaced CJ Grimmark a few months ago.


Mike Andersson - Vocals
Stefan Elmgren - Guitars
Stefan Rosqvist - Guitars
Tommy Larsson - Bass
Anders Johansson - Drums

FULLFORCE's debut album, "One", was released in June 2011 via SPV/Steamhammer.
Former ACCEPT and current BANGALORE CHOIR singer David Reece (pictured below) will guest on the upcoming second album, "Judgement Day", from Sydney, Australia-based "epic, aggressive" metallers DRAGONSCLAW. Reece will be featured in the song "Watching My Every Move", which is described by DRAGONSCLAW as "one of the heaviest and most aggressive tracks on the record." Vocalist Giles Lavery remarked, "This track starts the new album with a heavy, intense metal assault. It's one of my favorites from our new songs and David's voice suits it perfectly."

Commented Reece: "DRAGONSCLAW are a great band with an exceptional singer and I'm truly honored to have been asked to participate."

As previously reported, "Judgement Day" will also feature a guest appearance by former VIRGIN STEELE guitarist and current BURNING STARR mainman Jack Starr. The guitar solo for the track featuring Jack, which is a tribute to late RIOT guitarist Mark Reale, were recorded at Kenny "Rhino" Earl's (ex-MANOWAR) studio.

DRAGONSCLAW's debut album, "Prophecy", was released in January via Arkeyn Steel Records. The CD features guest appearances by Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (EDGE OF FOREVER, EDEN'S CURSE).

The band's lineup is as follows:

Ben Thomas - Guitar
Giles Lavery - Vocals
Ray Martens - Keyboards
Aaron Thomas - Bass, Orchestration
Alcides "Seed" Stowe - Drums
Faroe Islands pagan metal band TÝR has inked a three-album deal with Metal Blade Records. The signing took place yesterday (Wednesday, September 12) at the famous Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California with the label's CEO, Brian Slagel. After the signing, TÝR played a show at the Whisky A Go Go two blocks down the Sunset Strip.

TÝR, whose next album is tentatively due in May 2013, is one of the support acts on KORPIKLAANI's "Manala" North American tour along with MOONSORROW and METSATÖLL.

TÝR's sixth full-length album, "The Lay Of Thrym", was released in May 2011 via Napalm Records. It was made available as a limited-edition first pressing digipack including two bonus tracks, and as a deluxe-box-set edition including the digipack and a vintage TÝR flag.

TÝR is:

Heri Joensen - Vocals, Guitar
Terji Skibenæs - Guitar
Gunnar H. Thomsen - Bass
Kári Streymoy - Drums

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