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RUTHLESS signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS ! PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 20:11

RUTHLESS (USA) have signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS! The band is currently in the studio with Producer Bill Metoyer working on their next release. More news coming soon.


Sammy DeJohn - vocals
Kenny McGee - guitars
Dave Watson - guitars
Marc McGee - bass
Jason VanSlyke - drums


> www.puresteel-records.com

CHRONOSPHERE new album soon out ! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 20:01

Greek thrashers Chronosphere has revealed the release date of their new second studio album "Embracing Oblivion". The album, that will feature the participation of guitarist Josh Christian (Toxik) as guest solo on the song 'Herald the Uprising, was mastered by Fredrik Nordström at Fredman Studios (Dark Tranquillity, Opeth, Old Man's Child, Evergrey, etc.) and will be avaiable, by Punishment 18 Records, next Monday, 16th June.

> www.facebook.com/ChronosphereGr
> www.punishment18records.com

B.A.C.K. ! ! ! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Sunday, 01 June 2014 15:04

Looks like time has come to bring METAL HEART back to life ! The aim is to keep on helping the underground scene (labels, bands & gigs) as usual. You'll find here from time to time new reviews & possible interviews... What's new with METAL HEART is that we're now also offering a promotion service to all bands willing to work with us, as long as their musical style is into old-school Hard-Rock & Heavy-Metal. More infos soon. Stay tuned !

BLACK MAJESTY "Stargazer" CD coming out this week via Limb Music ! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Thursday, 19 July 2012 16:41

Australia's high decibel Metal scene is subject to certain rules. Because of the immense distance many of the hundreds of promising newcomers on the Australian scene never make it across the pond. The few combos who do manage to make the trip to Europe are a huge enhancement for the European scene. BLACK MAJESTY is one such band and, with four albums under their belt, have proved that groups from down under can easily match themselves against their colleagues of the Old World and enjoy an ever-growing number of fans of their own. Melodic Power Metal is nothing new these days, but it is the little things such as an innate knack for musical finesses, which raises a band from the rest of the scene. Superb Power Metal with lots of melodies, finely spun prog elements and a huge portion of sheer joy and unbroken enthusiasm are the chief characteristics of "Stargazer". As self-confident as they were on their previous albums, BLACK MAJESTY are looking forward to a new step in their creativity.


On their fifth album BLACK MAJESTY celebrate an impressive mixture of all the unforgettable elements of its predecessors. In a more than worthy manner, "Stargazer" follows the musical line of the highly-praised "In Your Honour". Roland Grapow has again given the album a transparent, crystal clear mix, which even manages to enhance the great hymns by the Australians. On "Stargazer" BLACK MAJESTY demonstrate all the aspects of their unmistakable style and make an impressive statement on the subject of melodic Power Metal. The German edition of the album has a bonus track, "Shine" beside the nine regular tracks, which is replaced by "Ariel" on the Australian issue and by "Lycan" on the Japanese edition. Once again the band worked together with Dirk Illing, known from his work for Scorpions etc, for the concept and the design of the cover. Illing has done his work well and has given the album the perfect look.


> www.blackmajesty.com - www.limb-music.com

Rest In Peace Jon Lord (1941 - 2012) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 July 2012 17:27

- from http://jonlord.org -

"It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.

Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including Smoke On The Water and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.

Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto for Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.

Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.

Jon passes from Darkness to Light.

Jon Lord 9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012". ""

Legendary MASSACRE (USA) returns !!! PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 July 2012 08:21

21 years after the release of "From Beyond" and the huge impact it had on the rising death metal movement, MASSACRE is back with a vengeance: a new 7" Ep entitled "Condemned To The Shadows" featuring 2 new tracks ("Back From Beyond" and "Succumb To Rapture") to be released on Monday 30 of July, a few days before the band's live show at this year's Wacken Open Air (August 2nd - 4th).

Rick Rozz (guitars), Terry Butler (bass), Mike Mazzonetto (drums) and Ed Webb (vocals) teamed up with Tim Vazquez of CGM Studios, Florida as far as recording, mixing and mastering was concerned and with Richard Schouten as far as the aesthetic aspect of things was concerned. The result is a brilliant 7" Ep which will definitely show the world that MASSACRE is back with genuine death metal, the way it was meant when Mantas, Possessed and a few other acts defined the standards of the genre. Check out "Succumb To Rapture" and judge by yourself !

After their trip to Germany, the guys will start working hard on a new album to be released worldwide on Century Media Records in early 2013.

> more infos here.

Original guitarist Doug Piercy rejoins ANVIL CHORUS ! PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 July 2012 22:42

Anvil Chorus guitarist Thaen Rasmussen and bassist/vocalist Aaron Zimpel have rejoined forces with former 80s classic line-up guitarist Doug Piercy (ex-Heathen). The SF bay-area guitar team of Rasmussen and Piercy was one of the greatest under the radar metal duos of the 80s. The first explosive performance of this newly reunited guitar team was back on February 24th when they played with Death Angel at Slims in San Francisco.
The group is currently working on the follow up to 2009's phenomenal return to action, "The Killing Sun." While this album featured original tracks written during the band's 80s heyday, the new album will contain all newly written tracks such as Solar Flux, Blood Memory, Colossus, Moonstroke and more and promises to be another thundering release that solidly establishes the group's return.
Watch for the long-awaited double vinyl release of "The Killing Sun" coming later in 2012 !


> www.rockadrome.com

SINISTER REALM announce third studio album ! PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 July 2012 22:09

US Heavy Metallers SINISTER REALM have started working on their next, third studio album tentatively titled "World Of Evil". Some of the new song titles are: "Cyber Villain", "Bell Strikes Fear", "World Of Evil", "Call Of The Night Wolf" or "Dark Angel Of Fate". In other news, SINISTER REALM has been recently confirmed for the WARRIORS OF METAL FESTIVAL in Ohio, US, where they will play on June 30th.


The Pennsylvania-based squad released their last studio album "The Crystal Eye" in July of 2011, via Shadow Kingdom Records. In January of 2012 the band showed up on at German METAL ASSAULT FESTIVAL, where they shared the stage with acts such as SANCTUARY, HEIR APPARENT or PAGAN ALTAR. Their Traditional Heavy Metal style with slight doom influences generated a huge buzz between fans of bands such as CANDLEMASS, DIO, TWISTED TOWER DIRE and ARGUS and this is what we can expect from "World Of Evil" as well.


> www.sinisterrealm.net
> www.facebook.com/sinisterrealm  

JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR "Land Of The Dead" Video Released ! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Saturday, 14 July 2012 21:51

"Land Of The Dead", the new video from the US Power Metal act JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, can be seen at this location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvxhWcDo8Sk


The song comes off JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR's last studio album, "Land Of The Dead", which was released on November 11 via Limb Music. The CD was produced by Bart Gabriel (CRYSTAL VIPER, SACRED STEEL, LONEWOLF), and features cover artwork by Ken Kelly (RAINBOW, KISS, MANOWAR). "Land Of The Dead" was recorded by the same lineup that was responsible for 2009's "Defiance" album: Jack Starr (ex-VIRGIN STEELE, ex-GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME) on guitar, Ned Meloni on bass, Kenny "Rhino" Earl (ex-MANOWAR) on drums, and Todd Hall on vocals. The CD also features guest appearances by David Shankle and Ross The Boss (both ex-MANOWAR) on lead guitar, and Marta Gabriel (CRYSTAL VIPER) on grand piano and keyboards.


In other news: JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR will play an exclusive show at the 2013 edition of the Keep It True festival in Germany. The group's setlist will include classic songs from the early JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR albums, songs taken from the band's new CD, "Land Of The Dead", and select cuts from Starr's previous bands VIRGIN STEELE, PHANTOM LORD and GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME. The entire show will be filmed for a special DVD release, which will be out in 2014 - the 30th anniversary of JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR. Also in the works are European live shows for 2013.


Also the classic JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR album from 1986, "No Turning Back!", will be reissued in July via Skol Records. This will be the first official CD re-release of this album since 1998 - the album got new artwork (painted by the famous Polish artist Tomasz Oracz), got remastered, and will include 2 bonus tracks and thick booklet with all lyrics and many previously unseen photos. CD will be limited to only 1000 copies. Official premiere has been scheduled for July 25, 2012.


> www.jackstarrsburningstarr.com
> www.facebook.com/jackstarrsburningstarr  

Two First CRYSTAL VIPER Albums To Be Reissued... PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 July 2012 21:43

Two first studio albums of the Polish female fronted act CRYSTAL VIPER, "The Curse Of Crystal Viper" (recorded in 2006, originally released in 2007) and "Metal Nation" (recorded in 2008, originally released in 2009) will be reissued on July 20, 2012, via AFM Records. Both albums will be packed with bunch of rare bonus tracks, and will have extended booklets with lot of previously unseen photos and all lyrics.

"The Curse Of Crystal Viper" reissue track listing: 1. ...I see him! (Intro), 2. Night Prowler, 3. Shadows On The Horizon, 4. City Of The Damned, 5. The Last Axeman, 6. Island Of The Silver Skull, 7. I Am Leather Witch, 8. Demons' Dagger, 9. The Fury (Undead), 10. Sleeping Swords. Bonus tracks: 11. Flaming Metal Systems (MANILLA ROAD cover), 12. Demons' Dagger (2008 version), 13. The Last Axeman (Polish version), 14. Sleeping Swords (2008 version), 15. Mr. Gold (WARLOCK cover).

"Metal Nation" reissue track listing: 1. Breaking The Curse, 2. Metal Nation, 3. Bringer Of The Light, 4. 1428, 5. The Anvil Of Hate, 6. Zombie Lust (Flesh Eaters), 7. Her Crimson Tears, 8. Legions Of Truth, 9. Gladiator: Die By The Blade, I. Entering The Arena, II. Clash Of The Titans, III. Glory And Victory, 10. Agents Of Steel (AGENT STEEL cover), Bonus tracks: 11. Axeman's Revenge (live intro 2008-2011), 12. Metal Nation (karaoke version), 13. The Banshee (2011 version), 14. The Anvil Of Hate (demo version 2007), 15. Bringer Of The Light (karaoke version), 16. Libertalia (RUNNING WILD cover).

> www.crystalviper.com
> www.facebook.com/crystalviperofficial  

Written by Fab   
Saturday, 14 July 2012 21:37

Marta Gabriel, front woman of the Heavy Metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, launched her own clothing company named THUNDERBALL CLOTHING. Her first collection named "Screaming For Vengeance" is out now, and includes serie of hand made motorcycle jackets. THUNDERBALL CLOTHING started somewhere in 2003, when Marta Gabriel, singer & guitarist of CRYSTAL VIPER started to design and create stage clothes for herself and her band mates. Now, 9 years later, after many requests, clothes she design and create are available for everyone. Every single item she produce is inspired by same classic song or album, and is absolutely original, one of a kind, hand made, and available in just 1 copy and 1 size.

> www.facebook.com/thunderballclothing  -  www.etsy.com/shop/thunderballclothing  

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