Friday, October 29, 2004

Shopping tips from Sacred Heart

SACRED HEART's 10-track demo album "Lay It On The Line" is now also
available through our good friends at &

as well as & (3 samples
available here)

Reviews can be found at

GUITAR FEST 2004 !!!

GUITAR FEST 2004 tour is doing the circles in Spain, featuring:

(with Pat Torpey & Phil Soussan)


*Bilbao - Jueves 4 Noviembre - Sala Bilbo Rock - 21:00 h.
*Barcelona - Sábado 6 Noviembre - Sala Mephisto - 21:00 h.
*Madrid - Domingo 7 Noviembre - Sala Ritmo y Compás - 21:00 h.
*Madrid - Lunes 8 Noviembre - Sala Ritmo & Compás - 21:00 h.
Valencia - Viernes 5 Noviembre - Sala Republicca II + Sweet Little
Murcia - Sábado 6 Noviembre - Sala Gamma + Sweet Little Sister
Barcelona - Viernes 12 Noviembre - Sala Mephisto + Sargon
Madrid - Viernes 26 Noviembre - Sala Arena + Skyfire
Bilbao - Sábado 27 Noviembre - Sala Azkena + Skyfire

Ither gigs in Spain (sorry for the spanish but this is how this info
was provided to us)

HERMANO (with John Garcia Ex Kyuss) + Spoiler

Miercoles 24 Noviembre - 21:00 h.

Madrid - Sala Caracol

Precio: 20 ? Anticipado / 22 ? Taquilla


Spanish Reunion Tour 2004

Bilbao - Sábado 20 Noviembre - Sala Azkena Bilbao + Airless

Madrid - Domingo 21 Noviembre - Sala Arena + Jose de Castro




Madrid - Lunes- 22 Noviembre - Sala DIvino Aqualung


Madrid- Viernes 3 Diciembre - 20:00 h.

Sala Arena

Precio: 10 ? Anticipado / 12 ? Taquilla

Mas Información en:


With only 3 weeks to go until the release of Terrarosa's debut album
featuring the amazing
vocals of Ed Terry, we are proud to announce a World exclusive
preview. We are providing a full download of the debut albums
opening track "Real World" totally free of charge. Dont just take
our word for it check "Real World" out and discover the AOR
sensation of 2004 for yourself by visiting href=" target=blank>ZRECORDS.NET!

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Bad Habit live!

After almost 6 years of absence from the live scene, legendary Swedish
rockers BAD HABIT will make a guest appearance
at Gloris's Club in Malmö on Oct. 29th 2004!

Be there or be square!


SONIC X will finally have their self titled debut released in 7
days time, the much anticipated album has

already been receiving rave reviews on the most respected internet
sites and European press.

Joe and Adam from SONIC X gave us a brief track by track insight
into their awesome debut...

1. News for You - This song has a dark moody feel, with a tight
aggressive groove. It's about being pissed off at various people as
we were at the time. Metaphoric lyrics, chunky guitars, and a
powerful rhythm section move this track.

2. City Of Sin - City of Sin is a dark metaphoric account of what I
was going through when we were trying to break into the music
industry. The overall vibe of this one is dark, western, and seedy.
I love it.

3. Two Sides - This song is about a girl I once knew who was trying
to get my girl, at that time, to become an escort for extra money.
So when I heard the opening riff and the groove, this one wrote
itself. Of course the names have been changed to protect the
innocent (Or the guilty) which ever you choose.

4. Witches Den - The riff in this song just rips your head right
off. From start to finish it just plain rocks. It was written about
late night dealings with people and things that shouldn't be.

5. Lonely Heart - Another moody song about being in love with some
one who isn't in love with you, yet you kid your self into thinking
it's not true because "Your Lonely Heart Can't Take The Pain". The
throbbing bass line and rock solid drums move this track right
along, more of the tight harmonized guitars.

6. Obsession - Starts off with strong guitars in harmony into a nice
chunky rhythm, building to a strong chorus. The song is about a
woman I was completely and utterly obsessed with, only thing is, I
was with someone else.

7. Seasons Change - Big ballad with lots of hooks. This song is all
about love lost and how you look back on it and try to heal.

8. Broken Wings - Big guitars, rolling base line, Bonham like drums,
soaring vocals, this song is all about chasinga dream and people
telling you, you can't make it.

9. Feed the Flame - This song is all about addiction and how it
controls your mind. With it's dark eerie guitars,

off time drum outro, pulsating bass, and seething vocals you have to
listen to this one in the dark.

further news concerning the band will be posted at the Z Records
site later this week including the launch of the bands official


(Los Angeles, CA) Hot off the heels of their standout performance at
the recent Metal Sludge Extravaganza, MADISON PAIGE will be making
their final live appearance of the year supporting BANG TANGO on
November 4th at Club Vodka (7969 Santa Monica Blvd.) in Hollywood,
CA. The melodic hard rock band, which features Paul Caroul (vocals),
Richie Rivera (drums), Damon Valley (guitar), Will Arkosy (bass) and
Jonathan Rheuben (keyboards) plans on spending the remainder of the
year writing and demoing material for the follow up to their well-
received 2004 debut release, "Famous Last Words." Advance discount
tickets for the Club Vodka show can be purchased from the band's
website at

Tuesday, October 19, 2004


Here is an update about the upcoming Retroactive releases you have been salivating over. As you are probably already aware, the August releases never made it out in August. Instead, they have been rescheduled for November. The following 5 releases will be available for your listening pleasure in November:

BELIEVER - SANITY OBSCURE (classic reissue with IYF demo track as bonus)
BRIDE - SNAKES ALIVE (high-quality Cornerstone '92 show)
REGIME - STRAIGHT THROUGH YOUR HEART (ex-Soldier classic metal)
REZ - DMZ (classic reissue)
SACRAMENT - Testimony of Apocalypse (includes the Presumed Dead 7-track demo)

Additionally, the following releases will be available in December:
BELIEVER - DIMENSIONS (classic reissue with 3 bonus live tracks recorded October 31, 1989: "Blemished Sacrifices", "The Chosen", "Stress"), BRAINCHILD - MINDWARP (classic reissue), CIRCLE OF DUST - S/T (reissue of '92 version with 5-track Immortal demo Dead and Buried; tentatively will include an additional unreleased Immortal track space-permitting), FINAL AXE - BEYOND HELLS GATES (classic metal pre-Titanic), HAVEN - AGE OF DARKNESS (classic reissue with several unreleased bonus tracks from Kevin Ayers' hard rock band Thunderbucket), RESURRECTION BAND - MOMMY DOESN'T LOVE DADDY ANYMORE (classic reissue), SEVENTH ANGEL - LAMENT FOR THE WEARY (classic reissue with extensive notes by Nick Bolton), SEVENTH ANGEL - THE TORMENT (classic reissue with extensive notes by Nick Bolton). All of these releases have been digitally remastered for maximum audio clarity and will be limited to 1000 units each.

Frontiers Press Release




While preparing for brand new European tour, Mike Tramp, former singer of White Lion and Freak of Nature, decided to look through his archives and compile some of the songs that were either demoed or recorded during the sessions of his solo-albums and simply were "left behind" for various reasons. Hence the titles of the new album "Songs I Left Behind". "Looking back at it, it is not that these songs are any better or worse than the material that ended up on the albums but they simply did not make it on the albums at that time”, says Tramp. “Sometimes a song just does not fit the sequence or the mood of the album even though it is a great song. Listening back to them I realized that this material was still better than a lot of the albums that are being released today and also felt that I had to get these out of the way before I could start working on new material". Ranging back from 1992 to 2002, these songs are unique and classic and will leave any Tramp-fan beaming with happiness. A welcome bridge to the next studio-album which will be released in 2005 on Frontiers Records.


Full tracklisting of "Songs I Left Behind" is as follows: Sometimes (click to hear an Mp3 sample); Do It While You Can (click to hear an Mp3 sample); Over And Out (click to hear an Mp3 sample); Love Won't Wait On Me, If I Was Real, One For Anger, Two For Pain, Before The Night, I Won't Walk Away, Show Me, I'll Be There, I Don't Believe Anymore, What If I, Love Me Somebody, Think About The Times, Falling Down, Darkness. Frontiers Records will release the album in the whole of Europe on December the 6th 2004. In the meanwhile, the European tour started finally last week with guitar ace Lance Keltner joining the Tramp-ship. "This set will feature many songs I couldn't do on earlier tours and is also the longest set we have played so far", says Tramp who is thrilled to have such a killer band also featuring Kasper Foss on drums and Claus Langeskov on bass. These are the dates:


Tuesday           October 19, 2004 Hamburg, Germany Logo.

Wednesday      October 20, 2004 Munich, Germany Garage.

Thursday          October 21, 2004 Stuttgart, Germany Röhre.

Friday               October 22, 2004 Berlin, Germany Quasimodo.

Saturday           October 23, 2004 Bochum, Germany Matrix.

Sunday             October 24, 2004 Uster, Switzerland Rock City.

Monday            October 25, 2004 Frankfurt, Germany Nachtleben.

Tuesday           October 26, 2004 Hellendoorn, Holland De Lantaarn.

Wednesday      October 27, 2004 Verviers, Belguim Spirit of 66.

Thursday          October 28, 2004 Paris, France Le Plan.

Friday               October 29, 2004 London, England Underworld.

Saturday           October 30, 2004 Sheffield, England Corporation.

Sunday             October 31, 2004 Newcastle, England Trillians.

Thursday          November 4, 2004 Copenhagen, Denmark Pumpehuset.

Saturday           November 6, 2004 Vordingborg, Denmark Stars.


Tickets can be obtained in advance by contacting the venues or at the door.

 For further info:

HEALER - The Ultimate Cure?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Los Angeles, California: Former WHITE ZOMBIE drummer Ivan de Prume and CIRQUE du SOLEIL violinist Martin St-Pierre announce the formation of their new band HEALER. Also featured are: Cherokee Indian Scott Von Heldt (Theater of Madness, Kurai) vocals and guitar,acclaimed vocalist Kate St-Pierre (LA Opera, Shamans Dream) and bassist Nial McGaughy (3D House of Beef, 16). Drummer Ivan de Prume expresses his excitement about the new project. For me, music has to come from within. It's important to express what is inside you, and convey that honestly through the music. In bringing together the musicians that make up HEALER, it was real important to find the right people that could connect and bring this kind of energy to life.

HEALER certainly does just that it is at once epic and beautiful, combining a power and positivity that is refreshingly different for heavy music. The energy that HEALER presents is unique two distinct voices, a soaring violin and a primal backline combine to form a seamless soundscape of exotic Middle Eastern melodies enmeshed with heavy overtones. The diverse musical backgrounds that contribute to the sound of HEALER come together to create an intensely creative journey. For more information visit


(Press Release) GUITARS4KIDS ( announces the newest eBay Auction of guitars that will raise money to benefit St. Jude's Children's Cancer Research Hospital. KISS fans will take note of the Silvertone Apocalypse Special Electric Guitar autographed on the body in silver marker by frontman/guitarist PAUL STANLEY. 100% of this auction will go directly to the ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL ( PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CHARITY AUCTION. PLEASE DO NOT BID IF YOU DO NOT PLAN ON BUYING!!! Sorry, WE WILL ONLY SHIP TO USA. Auction does NOT include a case, but does include a color print of Paul with THIS guitar! You can find the guitar auction here

ARCH ENEMY - New EP out November 15th 2004!

Swedish extreme metal leaders ARCH ENEMY continue their worldwide rebellion this Fall: After the release of their career's most successful album so far, "Anthems Of Rebellion" (2003), they return with the special-priced "Dead Eyes See No Future EP" via Century Media Records all over Europe on November 15th, 2004. The EP contains more than 30 (!) minutes of highest quality metal, including exclusive live materials recorded in Paris by producer extraordinaire Abdy Sneap during the band's latest European headlining tour (with support coming fromZyklon and label-mates Stampin' Ground), three fantastic cover songs (Megadeth, Manowar and Carcass) as well as an enhancement of their amazing "We Will Rise" video clip.

Michael Amott (guitars) further describes the group's excitement over their new EP and upcoming "Headbanger's Ball" tour in North America together with Cradle Of Filth, Bleeding Through & Himsa: "Well - finally! Back to the U.S. again! After some of the problems we had earlier this year in America, it's a relief to know we'll be back again before the end of the year to shred it up for all you maniacs one more time! It'll be a real blast coming out with Cradle of Filth, not only will it give us a chance to play to a slightly different audience, but it'll also be like a family outing for the drumming brothers Adrian (CoF drummer) and our very own Daniel. Obviously Daniel's going to enjoy showing Adrian how it's really done every night - we'll see!! We're also pleased to get a chance to get back to Canada again - we had such a great response last time we played there with Iron Maiden, we wanna see if they still remember us..." Please get on for the full statement!

ARCH ENEMY - "Dead Eyes See No Future EP" (30:25) track-listing:
1. Dead Eyes See No Future (studio version, taken from the album "Anthems Of Rebellion")
2. Burning Angel (Live in Paris 2004)
3. We Will Rise (Live in Paris 2004)
4. Heart of Darkness (Live in Paris 2004)
5. Symphony Of Destruction (Megadeth cover)
6. Kill With Power (Manowar cover)
7. Incarnated Solvent Abuse (Carcass cover).
8. We Will Rise (Enhanced video clip)
Full current tour dates and more details on the EP can be found at: or

Monday, October 18, 2004

OZZY - Sympathy for the Devil

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ozzy Osbourne has returned to his satanic roots by recording a version of the Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil for an upcoming covers CD. The disc, one of four to be featured in a boxed set due next February, also includes fresh takes on the Beatles' In My Life, King Crimson's 21st Century Schizoid Man and Arthur Brown's Fire, Osbourne told Reuters in an interview at his Beverly Hills home on Thursday. Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunter shares vocals with Osbourne on the glam band's signature song All the Young Dudes. Leslie West reprises his guitar work on power trio Mountain's Mississippi Queen, and he "still absolutely kicks ass," Osbourne said. The three other discs will include demos, rarities and outtakes from Osbourne's solo career, which began after he was kicked out of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath in 1978. I've done a lot of choruses and verses on other people's stuff, and I've actually sung with other people," Osbourne recalled. "I goofed around with Dweezil Zappa one time" on a version of the Bee Gees' Stayin' Alive, which has been dusted off for the boxed set. "For die-hard fans it's a real good overview of Ozzy's career," his wife and manager Sharon said during the interview. The Stones cover is appropriate fare for a man somewhat reluctantly linked with devil imagery in the decades since he co-founded Black Sabbath in 1968. Their 1970 song "N.I.B.," featuring the line "My name is Lucifer, please take my hand," echoes the sentiment of 1968's "Sympathy for the Devil" with its chorus "Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name." But Osbourne's first musical love is the Beatles. Books on the Fab Four vie for shelf space with weighty tomes on World War II at the house. His version of In My Life will be released as a single in Europe in November.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Terrarosa -

Based in New York Terrarosa are the latest addition to the Z Records roster. The multi album deal which was finalised recently with the multi talented Ed Terry is one that was kept heavily under wraps for some time. Terrarosa's advance promo actually arrived at Z's offices during late 2003 and was simply filed away and forgotten, thus proving that even the ears of A&R staff  can be wrong sometimes. That is until the summer of 2004  when  AOR legend Mark Mangold exchanged regular e mails with Mark Alger which resulted in a package containing once again Terrarosa! The reaction this time was the complete opposite, in fact everyone at Z was completely blown away. The rest is now history and the bands debut will be released on November 17th.

Terrarosa have been described as  "a fusion of Giant , The Storm and It Bites resulting in a nail biting rollercoaster ride through some of  the best AOR material recorded in recent years!" The public will get their chance to comment in just 33 days time Ed Terry made the following statement about the exciting forthcoming debut........ "Hi I'm Ed Terry and I`d like to say hello to everyone. I am very excited about my new solo project  entitled Terrarosa..It will be released on Z records. In November. I would also like to thank Mark Mangold and Mark Alger for making it happen and believing in the project. I am looking forward to touring with the band and the beginning of a long and prosperous relationship with Z. I can`t wait to get started."

Brazen Abbot - News

Frontiers Records proudly announce they have signed a multi album worldwide deal with Nikolo Kotzev and Brazen Abbot! The first step of the new partnership will be the release of a Live CD / DVD package aptly entitled A Decade Of Brazen Abbot. Following the release of the last Brazen Abbot studio album, the critically acclaimed Guilty As Sin, the band had for the first time the possibility to be embarked on a tour in Nikolo Kotzev's home country Bulgaria. The shows held in Varna, Sofia and Plovdiv were both filmed and recorded by a professional crew and the result is the testament to a great tour with amazing shows and great performances by all.

The line up featured on the album and the DVD includes: Nikolo Kotzev on guitars; Joe Lynn Turner on vocals; Wayne Banks on bass; Lars Pollack on keyboards and Thomas Broman on drums. The musical documentary on the DVD is 1 hour and 47 minutes long, featuring images and sound from the various concerts held, TV appearances as well as some older pictures and interviews with Nik and all the singers that were part of Brazen Abbot during the years (Jorn Lande, Glenn Hughes, Goran Edman and of course Joe Lynn Turner), apparitions on the Bulgarian TV and more! The songs performed live on the DVD include: 1. Mr. Earthman, 2. Slip Away, 3. Supernatural, 4. Feeling Like A Rolling Stone, 5. Jamsession (Nik, Joe, Jeff Paris and Jorgen Carlsson) 6. Stone Cold, 7. Guilty As Sin, 8. I Surrender, 9. Can't Let You Go, 10. I'll Be Free, 11. One Life To Live, 12. Road To Hell. The DVD will be released on the NTSC Region Free format.

Mister Kite on tour with Saga

Swedish melodic progressive rockers Mister Kite are to support Saga  on their upcoming Scandinavian tour. Mister Kite are one of the hottest properties on the melodic metal market and their acclaimed live show can be caught at:

November 4th: Kulturbolaget, Malmoe, Sweden
November 5th: Kino, Kalrskrona, Sweden
November 6th: Musikhuset, Århus, Denmark
November 7th: Trädgårn, Gothenburg, Sweden
November 9th: Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark

The band will be performing songs from their acclaimed 2004 release "Box Of Fear" and debut album "All in Time"; in addition to a few suprises. For more information on the band / tour please contact:

VIXEN - Reissues at work

The hard-rocking female glam metal band Vixen roughed LA's club circuit throughout most of the 1980s before signing with EMI Music in 1987. Known as 'the female Bon Jovi,' Vixen enjoyed national exposure with the 1998 release of their self-titled debut album and MTV's embrace of the band's first mega-hit, Edge Of A Broken Heart. The band's long out-of-print EMI albums, Vixen and Rev It Up, are set for reissue by EMI Music Catalog Marketing on November 2. The two albums have been fully remastered and will be in stores in time for the reunion of all of Vixen's original members on VH1's popular show, “Bands Reunited.”
Vixen's self-titled debut was released in 1988, and fueled by heavy radio and MTV rotation of the single, Edge Of a Broken Heart, the album surpassed the Gold sales mark in the U.S. and went on to sell over one million copies around the world. Vixen's follow-up album, Rev It Up was released in 1990, and the singles How Much Love and Love Is A Killer spent some time on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart.

Next month, Vixen's original members, Janet Gardner (vocals), Jan Kuehnemund (guitar), Share Pedersen (bass) and Roxy Petrucci (drums) will all appear together on VH1's “Bands Reunited” to reminisce about their start on LA's Sunset Strip and their rise to fame in the late 1980s, before the onset of grunge in the early 1990s displaced metal at the top of the charts.
Track Listings: Vixen - Edge Of A Broken Heart . I Want You To Rock Me . Cryin' . American Dream . Desperate . One Night Alone . Hell Raisers . Love Made Me . Waiting . Cruisin' . Charmed Life. Rev It Up - Rev It Up . How Much Love . Love Is A Killer . Not A Minute Too Soon . Streets In Paradise . Hard 16 . Bad Reputation . Fallen Hero . Only A Heartbeat Away . It Wouldn't Be Love . Wrecking Ball.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Sonic Age Records News

SONIC AGE records, is in the final stage of signing an one album deal with the Polish band HELLFIRE. The band has released in the past a self-financed CD entitled "Recoffination". The style of HELLFIRE will cause shock to all KING DIAMOND / ANNIHILATOR fans that really miss the first albums of these acts. The title of the album will be "Requiem for my Bride" and it will contain the following songs: 01. Fallen Mary, 02. Road To Hell, 03. The House, 04. Needle Dance, 05. Twist Of Knife, 06. Wired Tale / Deadly Lullaby, 07. Insidious Treat, 08. Defection, 09. ...The Answer. The line up of HELLFIRE is : Tomasz Twardowski - Vocals, Grzegorz Olejnik - Drums, Jakub Olejnik - Lead Guitar, Artur Grabowski - Lead Guitar, Tomasz Weglewski - Bass Guitar

 - At last!! The mighty return of a U.S. metal legend like OVERLORDE is reality! Their long awaited debut full-length CD "Return of the Snow Giant", will be out on the 17th of December by SONIC AGE records. The final song order is this: 01. And the Battle Begins... , 02. Snow Giant, 03. Hell Hath No Fury, 04. Starcastle, 05. When he Comes, 06. Metallic Madness, 07. Blackness, 08. Ogre Wizard, 09. Mark of the Wolf, 10. My Disease, 11. Trapped by Magic, 12. Colossus (Island of the Cyclops), 13. Overlorde
- The debut same-titled album of MADE OF IRON, will be released on 17th of December too and it will contain 9 pure heavy metal dynamites in the vein of IRON MAIDEN/ SAXON/ JUDAS PRIEST. The final song order is this: 01. Fight for the Cross...Die for Jerusalem, 02. The Storm just Began, 03. Made of Iron, 04. The Alchemist, 05. Never Deny Your Fate, 06. Peace in Flames, 07. Time to Repent, 08. Gates to Purgatory, 09. King of All Kings

The SIGN...

Frontiers Records  are pleased to announce the worldwide release of the highly anticipated second album from THE SIGN entitled “The Second Coming” for November 22nd 2004. The Sign is a band made up of some very talented stars of American Hard Rock music including Mark Mangold (Drive She Said, Touch) on keyboards, Terry Brock (ex Strangeways) on vocals with Jon Bivona (Trans Siberian Orchestra) and Mark Hermann joining the line-up respectively on guitars and bass. Guitarist and singer Randy Jackson (Zebra) once again also took part of the recording and songwriting.  The Sign debut album “Signs of Life” was voted as #2 best album of the year in the readers poll of the year 2000, with top 5 placements in other categories such as best singer, best keyboardist and best song of the year.


Once again based around the story of Aryon, a girl saved from a coma, the new record unfolds as a concept album confirming The Sign as the only real Pomp Rock purveyors of the new millennium. Final tracklisting of “The Second Coming” shall include the following songs: Aryon Overture; Stained (Gone); The Morning After (Time To Run) (click to hear an Mp3 sample);  Motorcycle Messiah; Shine; Bliss; If For One Moment; Flame Of The Oracle; The Ooze; Inner Child (Exorcise); Black Mountain; Keep On Breathin'; Shine (Finale); Rapture (Ode To Aryon); Maniac (click to hear an Mp3 sample).

Once again a new pomp rock masterpiece is ready to hit the market !


ANTHRAX! ANTHRAX! ANT...well, you get the idea by now...

Press Release) Throughout their infamous 20 year career, the mighty ANTHRAX has always prided themselves on being a band of the people, for the people and by the people. This being said and with 2004 being an election year, ANTHRAX have taken that ideal one step further with their upcoming release, THE GREATER OF TWO EVILS, an all out assault on their history with each song being voted on by their fans via the Internet. Recorded "live" in the studio over the course of two days, THE GREATER OF TWO EVILS stands out, as guitarist Scott Ian puts it, "As a raw, balls out, and in your face representation of how brutal this band is, was, and will always be."

Covering their history from 1984 to 1990, THE GREATER OF TWO EVILS is made up of fourteen classic ANTHRAX songs the fans demanded by way of the thousands of votes from all over the world received on the bands official website, Based on those votes, the band entered Avatar studios in NYC one cold and snowy weekend last winter and took a trip back in time to revisit songs from their formative releases Fistful Of Metal(1984), Spreading The Disease(1985), Among The Living(1987), State Of Euphoria(1988), and Persistence Of Time(1990). "It was just the five of us in a room ripping. It was intense," Ian continues, "like when we first wrote these songs and started playing them for the first time. Except now the songs have evolved after years of playing them live to where I wish they were when we first recorded them. Like good whisky, they've aged wonderfully. There's so much energy on this record. Busting the tracks out live in two days was definitely the way to do it. What's crazy is when I listen to it it's like I'm listening to it from outside the band because it's made up of all these old songs that we haven't played much over the years and I really only know the studio versions so when I hear John singing them, it's like I get to here it from your point of view if that makes any sense. And let me tell ya, John and Rob are killing on this."

"Our fans have been so loyal over the years that we wanted to give them something special," explains drummer Charlie Benante, "so we came up with the idea of letting them pick the songs for this album. Not to take away from our past, but ever since John has been in the band, people are always coming up to us and saying "I wish you would re-record this or I would love to hear John sing that, so we did it and it came out great." A point that lead singer John Bush expounds upon, "When I joined Anthrax 12 years ago we wrote and recorded Sound Of White Noise. Although, at that time, we felt we were going to play a lot of those tunes live, there was still a giant catalog of older songs for me to learn. From that time until now I've embraced those older songs like they were children of my own. Taking nothing away from the original versions, because they definitely stand tall on their own, it felt like a good idea to give the fans the choice if they wanted to hear new versions of these songs and which songs they wanted to hear the most. This is not an attempt to relive the past, just an attempt to kick 'em out with the 21st century line-up of Anthrax." ANTHRAX hopes that THE GREATER OF TWO EVILS serves as a history lesson and a starting off point for the whole new generation of fans who were turned onto the band over the course of the last couple of years, something that was quite evident during their never-ending 2003-04 MUSIC OF MASS DESTRUCTION World Tour. On that tour, which took them to virtually every continent on the planet including shows in Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary, the members of ANTHRAX were noticing that their crowds were being made up of kids who were not old enough to be around when the previously mentioned Among The Living was released some years ago. "Its weird," says Benante, "when I talk to our fans I find myself amazed that we have made such an impact for all these years. When we first started we were kids with nothing to do who just wanted to play. The fact that we have been around for a generation and continue to play to thousands of kids all around the world 9 months out of the year, I would have never have believed it. I think this album brings it back full circle."

Track Listing:

1. Deathrider
2. Metal Thrashing Mad
3. Caught In A Mosh
4. A.I.R.
5. Among The Living
6. Keep It In The Family
7. Indians
8. Madhouse
9. Panic
10. I Am The Law
11. Belly Of The Beast
12. N.F.L.
13. Be All End All
14. Gung-Ho


Jesse Damon recently took time out to run us through his new album "Nothin Else Matters" which was officially released in Europe on October 6th to critically acclaim by the music press. Jesse's insight to each track can be found below.
'What Your Doin' To Me'  Contemporary hard rock track with raw guitars, and gritty vocals. This song is heavier than my previous Material, and fits somewhere between my Hand That Rocks CD, and Silent Rage's "Still Alive" album. This song is about all the cheats and cons of this world, and I let em' know that I know what their doin' to me! 'Messin' With My Head' Upbeat rock track with a slight modern punk edge, main hooks are slide guitar, and catchy chorus, good solid production. Hints of Blink 182 and Greenday. This song is about the cliché girl that prick teases, but says "lets just be friends," bull shit to that, she's messin' with my head! 'Good Life'  Modern contemporary rock track with strong melodic vocals, interesting and different style arrangement with a hard rock edge, and a signature style Jesse Damon guitar solo. Rivals the likes of Velvet Revolver, and Evanescence. This song is about finally achieving the good life with the person you want, and never having to look back again. 'Don't You Know' Melodic rock track with a ballad style verse, and an explosive chorus, along with emotional vocals and blazing guitar solo makes this standout song a key fit for a soundtrack placement, ala Spiderman Soundtrack song "Hero." This song is about rivalry,  and the kind of jealousy it can create! 'I Want You' Modern rock track with energy and enthusiasm, killer power chord guitars, and addictive chorus, this is strong song, reminiscent of Sammy Hagar and a Y&T tune? This song is about animal magnetism, lust, and going after it!

'Your My Reason For Livin' Dark melodic pop-rock track, written by Gene Simmons. This laid back semi-ballad highlights Jesse's vocals, complimenting it's catchy arrangement, and features an acoustic guitar solo. This song is about a love story that wasn't meant to be! 'Fame that's callin' Contemporary modern rock track with a melodic 3-part harmony style chorus. Has a flavour and contrast of style, sounding like Goo Goo Dolls meets Cheap Trick. This song is about following your dreams of making it big as a rock star! 'Nothin else matters', Melodic rock track with a darker feel to it, and this one has a heavier verse with a very addictive chorus. This song is the title track of the album, and sends the message I'll do what ever it takes to reach my goal but not with out the one I love! 'Where you goin', Dark melodic pop ballad. This song is diverse in it's feel and arrangement and has a pink floyd quality to it. Acoustically driven, with the bass as a major highlight! This song is about asking the person you were with where are they going, why are they leaving! 'Rains with fire' Electronic hard rock track that has some strange sound effects and has a very floating style chorus vocals. Classic Silent Rage lead vocals style on the verses of this one. This song is about arriving in heaven, what you see, and what it feels like once your there! Jesse will be announcing some UK dates in the UK during 2004,

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Edenbridge Shines again

To celebrate the release of their new album 'Shine'
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Friday, October 08, 2004

Nuclear Blast - Label News

Guitar player Oscar Dronjak just gave us some news about the forthcoming HAMMERFALL album:
This time, the Swedish crusaders have chosen a quiet place in the middle of Denmark for the recordings. Together with star producer Charlie Bauerfeind, they will settle down there in whole September and October. The release of their follow-up work to their successful and in Sweden gilded "Crimson Thunder" album is planned for the 7th of March 2005. All in all, the CD will contain ten songs, the titles are as follows (in no particular order):

01. Born to Rule
02. Hammer of Justice
03. The Templar Flame
04. Take the Black
05. Fury of the Wild
06. Secrets
07. Never, Ever
08. Blood Bound
09. Imperial
10. Knights of the 21st Century

At first, in January there will be a single. For more information please visit 
Canadian hyper blasters KATAKLYSM are going to shoot a new video for their "Serenity In Fire" track 'The Resurrected'. The filming is supposed to take place in Los Angeles on November 6th together with director Joe Lynch. In other news, the guys continue working on their upcoming DVD "The Test Of Time" which shall be released in ate 2005: The DVD will include live and behind the scenes footage of the "No More Serenity" tour as well as all of the band's video clips, interviews and a "making of" of their next studio album. The "No More Serenity" European tour has kicked off in the Netherlands on October 1st, an US tour will follow.

Melodic Power metallers MYSTIC PROPHECY have just finished shooting a video clip for the track "Burning Bridges", taken from their upcoming new album "Never-Ending". As director, the band engaged Ioannis Nikolaidis who already produced videos for e.g. Tori Amos - so expect a high quality clip! Recordings for "Never-Ending" have been finished now - the new MYSTIC PROPHECY album will get in stores on October 25th. A release for Japan is planned as well, featuring an exclusive bonus track.
NY Hardcore legends Agnostic Front have signed a recording deal with Nuclear Blast worldwide! The official release date for the very much anticipated "Another Voice" is set for November 22nd in Europe and January 5th for the United States! With Matt Henderson (Madball/AF) on guitars! and Production by Zeuss and Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), AF is offering their meanest, nastiest and sheer brutal NYHC Anthems! The enhanced CD will including a ripping band performance and a guest appearance by Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) captured by acclaimed director Dale "Rage" Resteghini (Fear Factory, Hatebreed, God Forbid, Shadows Fall, Candiria...) Other special guest vocal appearances on "Another Voice" will include Scott Vogel (Terror) and Karl Buechner (Earth Crisis)"

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Press release!!! Broken Teeth CD "Blood On The Radio"

Perris Records is extremly proud to announce the release of the new Broken Teeth CD "Blood On The Radio" Broken Teeth features Jason McMaster & Paul Lidel of Dangerous Toys fame. "Blood On The Radio" was recorded LIVE in 2004 in Austin, Texas and features 15 tracks spanning both studio albums "Broken Teeth" & "Guilty Pleasure". "Blood.." also features a brand new track called "Bonfire". Look for the release  "Blood On The Radio" just in time for Halloween 2004! Also, look for Broken Teeth on tour this fall with  Stephen Pearcy & Joey Belladonna. CD was engineered by Chet Himes (Ted Nugent)

Track Listing:1. She's Gonna Blow 2. Pull the Plug 3. Stick it in 4. Chaingang 5. Devil Money 6. Hangin' by the Skin 7. Down to the Fire 8. High on Danger 9. Shangrila 10. She dances Evil 11. Bonfire (unreleased) 12. Undertaker 13. Crashlanding Affair 14. Guilty Pleasure 15. El Diablo CD cover and more details at

THUNDER - Press Release

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the brand new THUNDER single "I Love You More Than Rock'n'Roll" for November the 8th 2004. "I Love You More Than Rock'n'Roll" anticipates the release of the new Lp entitled "The Magnificent Seventh" to be out in early 2005. The tracklisting of the single on Frontiers shall be:

I Love You More Than Rock'n'Roll (radio edit)
Closer To The Fire (not on any album)
Loser (acoustic) (not on any album)
The Pride (taken from the forthcoming album "The Magnificent Seven")
Sound samples of the songs included on the maxi single can be heard at
Continuing the positive partnership started with the release of Thunder's last full length album "Shooting At The Sun", Frontiers will handle the release in Europe excluding the UK.
For further info: 

How about a QUIET RIOT???

QUIET RIOT, the band who introduced the world to their groundbreaking #1 selling album "Metal Health," are back after an eighteen month absence. Driven by vocalist KEVIN DUBROW, powered by drummer FRANKIE BANALI, both Quiet Riot founding members, the band is now fueled by longtime Quiet Riot contributing bassist Chuck Wright and energized with Beautiful Creatures, Bang Tango guitarist Alex Grossi to bring you their prescription for Metal Health. Quiet Riot have entered into an equitable and legal agreement with bassist RUDY SARZO, now with Dio, making it possible for the continuation of the group. Former guitarist CARLOS CAVASO has chosen not to participate. Everyone concerned wishes each other continued success. Quiet Riot will be releasing their first ever official live CD Quiet Riot Live & Rare in January 2005. It will include tracks from their 1983 Metal Health tour and the 1984 Condition Critical tour as well as three rare 1981 "demo" tracks for their "Metal Health" release.

MTM news

Here is a short recording / release update from :
Former PUSH singer Martie Peters already finished his debut solo album MPG "Martie Peters Group" which will be scheduled in January 31st worldwide. Hewill perform a few shows together with Mike Tramp in Denmark in October. The GREENHOUZE album which was already announced for November is now scheduled for mid January / February. SHY finished their new album "Sunset And Vine" and the band has the mastering date this Wednesday so that the album is ready to be released most probably in early February. Check out the new MTM COMPILATION Volume 10 which features a new SHY song! After the re-release of the ZENO cult debut "Zeno" his brand new album "Zenology II" is already recorded and the release will be parallel to the Japanese release date. Also scheduled for early 2005: the guys from SEVEN WISHES finished their new album "Destination: Alive", NOVAK "Forever Endeavour", BRUNOROCK "Interaction" and the new EDGE OF FOREVER album "Let The Demon Rock 'N'
Roll" is already recorded and Bob Harris will do the vocals late October. This album is produced by Bobby Barth who will do another great production! This album should be ready for a release in May 2005. More news soon.

HEARTPLAY is talking about "Where The Deadends Meet":
Kimmo Blom and Sakari Salli: "The whole project started actually last year when our first album gained some attention. This brough us together after a few years silence. Sakari had already some musical ideas waiting for the right context. When the details concerning our deal were settled we started the pre-production in Sakari's studio. Basicly we "jammed" the songs throwing ideas in and arranged them following our instincts and not being tied to some certain style or genre. This is the general idea behind Heartplay. We want to explore our musical ideas wherever it might lead us,take for example " Silhouettes". Recording itself went smoothly and was mainly a great fun. The songs really started to fly and we seemed to have a mutual understanding how each song should be played. Speedy Saarinen (our recording and mixing engineer) really did an excellent job given the time he had.
There's plenty of emotional variety on this album, from a straight forward rock to deeper moods. Every song stands on its own and has certain edge. No fillers on this album!!! The title is about standing in the crossroad and being able to get another chance to start over again". Helsinki, October 2004 Some signed HEARTPLAY booklets are available on

JESSE DAMON & Other Z News

JESSE DAMON'S brand new studio album "Nothin Else Matters" has been officially released today in Europe. Anticipation has been high while Jesse spent the last several months finishing his latest CD, and he had these words to say; "This album is for my fans and all who have believed in me, I poured my heart into this CD!" Go check out upcoming tour dates and other information at REMAINING RELEASES FOR 2004 Due to seasonal delays out release schedule has been slightly changed for the remainder of 2004. Sonic X  will now be released  on October 25th with new releases from Law & Order, Skull and a as yet unannounced signing during November.

Sonic Age / Cult Metal Classics Records

The debut album of the Italian masters of power metal VALKIJA entitled "Avengers of steel" will be released on the 26th of November. It contains 9 power metal dynamites, sung by the divine voice of female singer, Zoraija, that brings back the golden days of heavy metal's most important female singers like Doro of WARLOCK and Jutta of ZED YAGO. All tracks were recorded from the 10th to the 22nd of June, in VERSUS STUDIOS, in Athens, mixed by Akis Pastras & Alex Manikis and mastered by George Kalavrezos & Vasilis Vores. Watch out for the avengers will soon strike.... - The division of SONIC AGE RECORDS, CULT METAL CLASSICS, has bought the rights of the 4 classic MANILLA ROAD albums "Invasion", "Metal", "Live:Roadkill" & "Out of the abyss" from IRON GLORY RECORDS, that is based in Germany and they will soon be releasing all of them on vinyl and CD. The first in this series of re-issues will be the double CD edition of "Invasion / Metal" that will be out on the 26th of November featuring remastered sound, lyrics and original photos of the band in a detailed booklet. And as the masters of U.S. epic / heavy metal say...

Lion Music - coming releases

Dogpound - Led Clones / Arabesque - She's Got You / Domain - Over the Hills and Far Away / Star Queen - Empty Rooms / Daniel Flores and Friends - Wild Frontiers / Mark McGee and Luvplanet - Don't Take Me For A Loser / Tony Hernando - Thunder Rising / Joop Wolters - The Loner /  Regi Hendrix and Craig Erickson - Reach for the Sky / Eric Sands - Military Man  / King of Darkness - Falling in Love with You / House of Shakira - Shapes of Things / Iron Mask - Out
in the Fields / Orion Riders - After the War / Mattsson - Parisienne Walkway

The lead guitarist of Arabesque returns with his second solo release on Lion Music.  Speed, Traffic & Guitar Accidents is home to 17 tracks that see Joop delve deep into his emotions to produce this stylistically varied release.  Music fans that appreciate strong focussed guitar work will find Speed, Traffic & Guitar Accidents a true gem. ZELLO - FIRST CHAPTER, SECOND VERSE
A release full of elaborate themes, rich arrangements and sophisticated orchestration is offered up by Zello on First Chapter, Second Verse.  Originally released in 1996, the album has had a sonic overhaul thanks to the addition of fine guitar work from Janne Stark (Locomotive Breath).   Fans of classic Kansas and Magnum will revel in the musical treat that is First Chapter, Second Verse.

And here are some other artists and releases which we will announce soon:
Alex Masi - In the Name of Beethoven, Metal Majesty  - 2005, James Byrd - Crimes of Virtuosity (reissue with bonus tracks)
Iron Mask - Hordes of the Brave Torben Enevoldsen - Flying Solo Mike Terrana - Man of the World Tony Hernando - III
Winterlong - Winterlong Lalu - Oniric Metal

Swedish melodic hard rock sensation Dogpound are currently in the studio finishing their second album which will be released during the first quarter of 2005. House of Shakira will tour Spain in December in support of their new album "First Class". Expect reissues of their first albums with bonus material during 2005. New signings:Spearfish (Sweden) Locomotive Breath  (Sweden)
Virus  (Germany) Listeria  (Italy

Tuesday, October 05, 2004


Following the excellent press and fan responses after the release of "Lost In The Translation", Jeff Scott Soto speaks about the songs included on his brand new album : Believe In Me - This 1 is about having someone you can truly trust in a world where it's difficult to find. It's also about letting your guard down with someone new after coming out of a bad relationship. Soul Divine - This 1 is about not realizing what one has until it's gone. Sometimes in life we take for granted how good things really are & stop working to make it grow, but once you lose it, you realize the grass is NEVER greener on the other side.

Drowning - This 1 is about being a very controlled, imprisoning relationship where the partner gives no room to walk or breathe. If This Is The End - This is about a relationship that has inevitably come to an end, yet there seems to always be reason found not to completely close the book. Lost In The Translation - This is about an offering to so many woman in society today just looking to have fun without commitment. The lyrics vow no need to worry about falling in love or getting attached. Pure fantasy. Doin' Time - This is about the sexuality & the love combined, the animalistic side of a loving relationship. High Time - This is a subtle lyric about escaping the stranglehold of drugs. I wrote it about so many I've known & seen addicted to substances but finally broke free from it. Beginning To End - This 1 was written as a tribute to all the men & woman who have recently left their loved ones for the call of duty. So many years I can only relate leaving home to tour with a band so the emotions in this are 1000 times harder when there's a chance you may never see each other again.

On My Own - This is about not putting up with someone's lies anymore, finally breaking away to live a normal life. Find Our Way - This is about losing your way, your faith in life & love, about reaching for someone to help you come back to the innocence you once knew as a child when everything was easier & happier. Sacred Eyes - This 1 is about escaping with your partner to another world, a paradise that only exists in dreams, a getaway from the dark realities we live everyday. Dulce Lady - This 1 is another sexuality lyric that just gets to the point in what everyone wants  every once in a while.