Screamer Magazine May 2013
Featuring: Tom Keifer. Also Included Stryper, Marky Ramone, GWAR, Jeff Rabhan, Killswitch Engage, Eve To Adam, Candlelight Red, Acidic, Wilson, Intronaut, Oleander, Fair Warning, Cojones, Close Up On the Quiet Ones, Pretty Maids, Starkill, Prospect Hill, L.A. Guns, A Pale Horse Named Death and Much More.

Articles in the May 2013 Issue

Interviews

  • STRYPER - Second Coming

    With a career spanning over 30 years, and with a touring history that includes groups such as Bride, Testament, and Mad Max, Stryper is a band of legendary proportions, and they have been busy recently. In 2013 alone they have released a re-recording album by the name Second Coming with two all new songs on the record, Blackened and Bleeding

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  • MARKY RAMONE - Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

    In the underground debate of who was truly the first heavy metal band, one must weigh the evidence because it’s almost like asking the question that never truly gets an answer, which came first; the chicken or the egg.  Music historians feel back in merry old England, Black Sabbath gave birth to the grotesque evil sound that roamed the earth

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  • GWAR - The Chaos Continues

    When you interview the members of the band GWAR you completely expect their answers to be bizarre, grotesque, demented, inappropriate and hilarious. So it's no surprise that it went down exactly that way when we sat down with frontman Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) in the green room at Wooly's in Des Moines, Iowa, before the band's show with Wilson

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  • TOM KEIFER - Beyond Dead-End Street

    Tom Keifer is best known as the vocalist and songwriter on a series of four studio albums performed by a band called Cinderella that have achieved sales of around 15 million to date.  In this article you'll read about why it's taken so long for his latest album of original material to surface, what he thinks makes a good song and we get an

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  • Inside The Industry with JEFF RABHAN

    The entertainment industry has traditionally been a tough business for a young person to break into.  The supply of people wanting to get in will always be greater than the availability of jobs, a fact that inevitably leads to fierce competition.  For someone contemplating a career in music, anything one could use to get a leg up would be invaluable.

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  • KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - Back Together

    Jesse Leach is one of the founding members of Killswitch Engage. Now he has found his way back to the band after being away for ten years. He sounds relaxed and humble on the phone and his tone doesn't carry any traces of rock star cockiness or over inflated ego, but you can hear a sound of experience and maturity

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  • EVE TO ADAM - C'mon, Taste the Apple

    With the release of their new album Locked And Loaded, New York-based hard rock band Eve To Adam may be on the edge of something they have long craved and worked for—a chance to break through the genre’s glass ceiling and make the transformation from perpetual opening act to headliner status. That would be something that lead vocalist Taki Sassaris

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  • CANDLELIGHT RED - Burning Bright

    Frontman Ryan Hoke and guitarist’s Jeremy Edge from the band Candlelight Red, are two solid musicians.  Before the show at Mojoe's in Joliet, Illinois, Hoke and Edge sat down to discuss the band and where they're headed just an hour before they hit the stage.  “I started learning instruments at an early age and in high school bands," says Edge.

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  • ACIDIC - Burning Through The Layers

    Rolling down the highway, an hour outside Ft. Worth, Texas, Michael Gossard, Ted Dubrawski and Matt Whittaker are on their way to a show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.    Taking a break from the view of the road rushing by, Gossard is grateful to speak about the band, their accomplishments and fame. Acidic was formed while the band mates were still in

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  • WILSON - Fuckery At Its Best

    The members of the band Wilson were all sitting in a row on a couch in the green room of Wooly's in Des Moines, Iowa, ordering sushi and preparing for their show that night, when we had a chance to speak with them about their beginnings and where this tour is taking their careers in the music scene. At the

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  • INTRONAUT - The Past, The Present, The Future

    After touring with both TOOL and Meshuggah, respectively; Intronaut has acquired a league of loyal fans.  With their fourth studio album, Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones), hitting record stores across the world; Intronaut is getting ready to set some high standards in the metal world.  Sacha Dunable of Intronaut was kind enough to take us into his world for

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  • VAN'S WARPED TOUR 2013 - featuring Craig Owens and Chiodos

    In its 19th year, not much has changed about the Van's Warped Tour. Despite the growing popularity of concert goers traveling to weekend long music festivals, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman is still dedicated to bringing the festival right into your backyard. With shows in over 40 different cities across the United States, the Warped Tour is arguably the most convenient festival

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Reviews

  • EVE TO ADAM - Locked and Loaded

    Everyone has had the experience of listening to an album where you hear a couple of great songs, and then you skip one.  A few more killer tunes, and skip another one.  Right?  Well, Locked and Loaded ain't one of those kinds of albums.  If you are a fan of melodic, indie-style hard rock (sorry, no growler vocals or slick, corporate rock

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  • KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - Disarm The Descent

    Everybody should have already heard about Howard Jones’ departure and Jesse Leach coming back to Killswitch Engage. This change has created such interest and expectation in the new Killswitch Engage album that anything than perfect would be disappointing. The album sounds awesome. The guys know their strengths and production is as close to flawless as an album can be. You

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  • TOM KEIFER - The Way Life Goes

    The Way Life Goes incorporates many instruments which all compliment the varying styles that are showcased.  You will hear some modest brass in places, a little harmonica here and there, a splash of piano and some tasty organ.  All collaborate with various guitars throughout.  What about the Cinderella front man’s voice though?  After the well publicised tales of woe concerning

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  • OLEANDER- Something Beautiful

    Post-grunge band Oleander first hit the airwaves in 1999, with huge hits like Why I’m Here and I Walk Alone. Their music was featured in several popular television shows and movies and they continued to pump out the tunes until they went on hiatus in 2004. Though they apparently reunited in 2008, no new music was released and many fans

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  • FAIR WARNING - Sundancer

    Since their last studio album Aura, Fair Warning with their 23 years of releases and touring are totally at home in what they deliver.  Bassist Ule Ritgen was quoted as saying, "We make a point of avoiding any particular stylistic agenda; we're open to influences from all directions.   After all, it doesn't matter what inspires an idea, it'll always end

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  • COJONES - Bend To Transcend

    Croatian psychedelic rockers Cojones released their newest record Bend To Transcend in November 2012. Largely unknown within the US, the band played Stoned From The Underground 2012 (one of the biggest underground music festivals) with the bands St. Vitus, Orange Goblin, Monster Magnet, Red Fang, and others. And they've toured extensively through Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Croatia, Slovenia, and the

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  • CLOSE UP ON THE QUIET ONES - Land Ho

    The guitarist for Close Up On the Quiet Ones, Brandon Washington says “Land Ho is a very natural progression from the last release.  We took some big steps in some directions we hinted at a little bit on the debut and we think it came out just how we wanted.  It's aggressive, passionate, and just Close Up On the Quiet

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  • PRETTY MAIDS - Motherland

    In 2010, Pretty Maids made a splash throughout parts of Europe with their Pandemonium album charting well.  The band have been around much longer than that of course, and regarding this new album, lead vocalist Ronnie Atkins recently proclaimed “We knew it was going to be a tough one to follow! I remember back in the day when we had to follow-up

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  • STARKILL - Fires of Life

    Parker Jameson is the lead guitarist and vocalist, plus keyboardist and orchestrated programmer for Starkill.  If this wasn't sufficient, he also undertakes production duties on Fires of Life.  This full length debut album also credits James Murphy (former guitarist in respected bands Testament and Death) with mastering responsibilities.  They have both succeeded in giving Fires of Life a good sound which complements

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  • PROSPECT HILL LIVE- April 7th - Tailgators - Cedar Rapids, IA

    Blitzcreek Bookings has done it again by bringing national talent to the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area. On Sunday, April 7th, Prospect Hill rolled into the parking lot of local bar, Tailgators for their seventh straight show in as many days. Prospect Hill hails from Massachusetts where they have been pounding the pavement for several years now. Their most recent album,

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  • L.A. GUNS LIVE - Friday, April 19th - Count's Vamp'd, Las Vegas, NV

    L.A. Guns is a band notorious for lineup changes, but they are also known for having some of the most loyal fans around.  There could never be enough words to describe the drive of this band and despite all they have been through they continue to come out on top.  With their new lineup in place, a possible new record on the

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  • A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH - Lay My Soul to Waste

    A Pale Horse Named Death is the brain child of former Type O Negative drummer Sal Abruscato. Grabbing other members from Type O Negative as well as notable bands such as Life of Agony, A Pale Horse Named Death is a powerhouse of the Gothic metal scene. Their latest album, Lay My Soul To Waste, really brings this fact home.

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  • GWAR LIVE – Wooly's, Des Moines, IA

    GWAR has played at other venues in Des Moines, Iowa throughout the years, but this stop on April 19, 2013, with Wilson and Warbeast was their first appearance at Wooly's, one of the newest venues in the city. The crowd was fairly youngish at the show with a mix of some older and even a few young children, who were

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  • WILSON LIVE – Wooly's, Des Moines, IA

    The expectations for an opening band most times are low. But when you have GWAR to contend with, you might want to step up your game. Wilson was just the band to do it when they opened for GWAR and Warbeast at Wooly's on April 19, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. Wilson is fairly unknown nationally. This countrywide tour with

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Press Releases

  • Trash Cowboys Playing San Fernando Valley

    Trash Cowboys is playing a show in the San Fernando Valley for the first time. The foursome is headlining Paladino's on Friday, May 3 in Reseda. Tickets are available at the door, and the band is scheduled to perform at 11 p.m. Trash Cowboys has been featured in L.A. Daily News, AOL Patch, melodicrock.com and other top rock publications and sites. "The

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  • TOM KEIFER ‘The Way Life Goes’ Debut Solo Album Out Today

    TOM KEIFER’s highly anticipated debut solo album, THE WAY LIFE GOES, is finally available everywhere via Merovee Records in conjunction with ADA Label Services.  It was self-produced along with Savannah Keifer and Chuck Turner, and recorded in Nashville. The album’s being featured in MSN Music's "Listening Booth" section all week at this location:  http://music.msn.com/music/listeningbooth. “The Flower Song” and “Solid Ground”

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  • Black Star Riders: All Hell Breaks Loose Pre-Order Bundles Available

    All Hell Breaks Loose, the debut album by hard rock super-group BLACK STAR RIDERS is now available for pre-order purchase from the BSR landing page.  Versions include: Jewel-case CD CD + ”Making of” DVD digi-pak (featuring the bonus track “Right To Be Wrong”) Exclusive album art t-shirt + CD or digi-pak Visit the landing page to view other exclusive pre-orders at: http://bit.ly/BSR-AHBL

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  • Carolina Rebellion: Updated Band Performance Times Announced

    Updated band performance times have been announced for Carolina Rebellion, the Carolinas’ BIGGEST Weekend of Rock. Carolina Rebellion has grown to two full days in its third year and takes place May 4 & 5 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte. Carolina Rebellion 2013 features a lineup full of rock

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  • Insult To Injury Announces Summer Tours

    Pittsburgh Metalcore outfit Insult To Injury has announced that they will be hitting the road in June and July with plans to hit most of the US. The June tour, named “Touraholics,” will feature Burn False Idols and cover the east coast by beginning in Morgantown, WV June 12th, and ending in Canton, OH June 23rd. Insult To Injury will

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  • Children Of Bodom Release First New Album Track

    "Transference," the first new track from CHILDREN OF BODOM’s eighth studio album Halo Of Blood, is now available for purchase on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/COBiT. COB frontman, guitarist, and mastermind Alexi Laiho shares the following about the new song:  “’Transference’ has an evil vibe to it which I wish I knew how to explain because it still gives me chills. This is

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  • Melodic Rockers BREACHED New Music Video 'Control'

    Heavy melodic rockers BREACHED have released a new music video for the strip down acoustic version of their track 'Control', which is one of five unplugged tunes from their newly released acoustic EP 'Revolution Sessions'. The EP features four originals from their 2011 self titled EP along with a cover of Alice In Chains' 'No Excuses'. "Control is a song about being able to

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  • BLACK SABBATH Confirm Full North American Tour

    Following the overwhelming response to the initial announcement of just four tour dates, BLACK SABBATH have now confirmed a full 20-city North American trek.  Launching July 25 in Houston, TX, the tour will include shows in Philadelphia, Boston, Tinley Park (Chicago), San Francisco and other major markets, along with the previously announced stops in Holmdel, NJ (NY-area), Los Angeles, Seattle

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  • Kreator Announce Southern California Show

    In addition to their two recently announced shows in New York City, German thrash overlords KREATOR will be performing in southern California on Friday, November 15th at The Grove in Anaheim in support of their thirteenth studio album Phantom Antichrist.  Also on the bill are Overkill and Warbringer. Confirmed shows for the three-band bill are: 11/15/13  The Grove – Anaheim,

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  • Joe Satriani Announces US Tour - Starting August 29th in San Diego

    Joe Satriani is announcing a new U.S. tour, supporting his latest album Unstoppable Momentum. The tour is set to launch on August 29th in San Diego, CA before hitting Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Denver, Texas and heading east to New York, Boston and Upper Darby, PA before winding up in late October back on the west coast with a

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  • Scorpion Child Announce Headlining Shows In May

    Having just wrapped up a North American tour opening up for Clutch, Austin’s acid rockers SCORPION CHILD will be playing seven headlining shows surrounding their festival appearances at Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio on May 18th and Rocklahoma 2013 in Oklahoma on May 26th. Dates are: 05/14  Three Links - Dallas, TX 05/15  Juanita's - Little Rock, AR

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  • THE FUZZ DRIVERS Release “The Poet and the Thief” Video

    The Poet and the Thief”, the new video from rockers THE FUZZ DRIVERS, can be seen below. The video is the second single from the band’s self‐titled debut album, released worldwide on January 31st and available for FREE download at www.thefuzzdrivers.com http://www.youtube.com/v/SKR3s-qmXe4 Currently riding a wave of rave reviews for their debut album, THE FUZZ DRIVERS recently decided to take a

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  • ORPHANED LAND reveals new album artwork and track-listing for 'All Is One'

    Israel's very own ORPHANED LAND will release their long awaited new album, All Is One, on June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records. Today the band has revealed the incredible cover artwork for their 6th full-length, which was created by the French artist Metastazis (PARADISE LOST, AS I LAY DYING, SONNE ADAM, WATAIN,

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  • EDENBRIDGE to Release "The Bonding" July 2nd in North America

    It's now more than a decade since EDENBRIDGE first created a stir with the launch of their debut Sunrise In Eden back in 2000. What presented itself as a young but already immensely talented band has evolved into one of the genre's most independent acts. Their latest album The Bonding sees the group from Austria underline their exceptional status in

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  • Heaven and Earth release 'Dig'

    Heaven & Earth (guitarist STUART SMITH, singer JOE RETTA, bassist CHUCK WRIGHT, drummer RICHIE ONORI, and keyboardist ED ROTH) have just released their highly anticipated new album 'DIG' on Quarto Valley Records. Fans can purchase the album on iTunes and Amazon. AOL Music recently premiered 'DIG' - which fuses elements of hard rock, blues, and bits of classical with bravado

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  • Chthonic To Release Seventh Studio Album, Bú-Tik, On June 3rd

    TAIWANESE METALLERS, Chthonic, have confirmed a June 3rd release for their seventh studio album, ‘Bú-Tik’, via Spinefarm Records. Recorded at Sweden’s Sweetspot Studio by producer Rickard Bengtson, who also worked on 2011’s ‘Takasago Army’, ‘Bú-Tik’ sees the band returning to the scene with their signature brand of symphonic ‘orient metal’, as they choose to define it; as usual, the musicians

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  • Michael Monroe To Release New Studio Album

    Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, uber-energetic front-man & all-round rock ‘n’ roll legend, Michael Monroe, has confirmed the release of new studio album, ‘Horns And Halos’, for August 26th 2013 via Spinefarm Records; this is the follow-up to 2011’s critically-acclaimed ‘Sensory Overdrive’, winner of Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘Album Of The Year’ and a No. 1 record in MM’s Finnish homeland. Monroe’s touring & recording outfit – bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi

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  • TERROR prepare for US tour with LAMB OF GOD

    TERROR recently celebrated the release of their fifth studio album Live By The Code. Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, #28 on the Billboard Independent chart, and making it into the Billboard Top Current Album Chart at #122, “Terror shows yet again why they have become known as one of the most consistent and highly regarded hardcore bands

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  • Attila Launch Pre-Orders for "About That Life"

    Atlanta's favorite party metallers Attila are launching the pre-orders for their new album About That Life today, 4/20, at 4:20PM via Merchnow. The date is no accident, either. 4/20 is like a national holiday for the band, which seeks good times, all of the time. Attila could think of no better way to celebrate the forthcoming release of About That Life

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  • CANDLELIGHT RED Set To Release ‘Reclamation’

    CANDLELIGHT RED (@CandlelightRed)--Ryan Hoke (lead vocals), Jeremy Edge (guitars), Jamie Morral (bass) and Brian Dugan (drums)--is ready to reclaim their place in the Active Rock community with the release of their highly anticipated second album, RECLAMATION, which is due out June 4 on Imagen Records.  The new album’s first single, “Feel The Same,” will be released to radio May 14. 

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  • Jordan Rudess Of DREAM THEATER Launches PledgeMusic Campaign Today

    JORDAN RUDESS, the keyboardist/Continuum-player/multi-instrumentalist for Grammy-nominated prog rock/metal icons Dream Theater, has teamed up with PledgeMusic to launch his next campaign starting today, April 22. Through PledgeMusic--a music company offering artists a new music model to take control of their work through their online, hands-on, direct-to-fan music platform--and the support of his fans, Jordan will release brand new music, technology

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  • Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival Band Lineup

    The fourth annual Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival will include a stellar lineup of multiplatinum superstars and breaking talent, featuring Alice In Chains, also with Jane’s Addiction. These seminal alternative rock bands will be joined by Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive on the Rockstar Energy Main Stage. The Ernie Ball Festival Stage will host performances from Walking Papers (featuring Duff McKagan), Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones, Chuck Shaffer Picture Show and the local

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  • “The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express” Tour Donates Proceeds To Victims Of The Boston Marathon Bombings

    At every stop along the “The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express” tour with STYX, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent, which kicked off in Grand Forks, ND last week at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, STYX’s Rock to the Rescue charity organization will be giving away a guitar signed by all three acts as part of a silent raffle.   75% of the

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  • Kreator Announce Two New York City Shows

    Returning to North America in support of their thirteenth studio album Phantom Antichrist, German thrash overlords KREATOR will be performing in New York City at Stage 48 with hometown thrashers Overkill on November 23rd & 24th. KREATOR frontman/guitarist Mille Petrozza shares the following about the scheduled sonic devastation: "We are more than excited to play with the strongest thrash metal

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  • IMMOLATION are Coming to Your Town w/ The Decibel Magazine Tour 2013

    After a bloody successful maiden voyage in 2012, Decibel Magazine is doubling down on veteran star power for their second annual national tour. This spring, the plague spreads as they bring you three living legends of death metal and grindcore: preeminent gore institution CANNIBAL CORPSE; rabble-rousing U.K. grind icons NAPALM DEATH, and NYDM stalwarts IMMOLATION. "I can't even articulate how excited we are to be part of this year’s Decibel

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  • BLACK SABBATH’s ‘13’ Exclusively Available For Pre-Order On The iTunes Store

    In advance of the much-anticipated release of BLACK SABBATH’s 13, the album is now available for pre-order on the iTunes Store.  Fans who pre-order either the standard or the deluxe edition, with three additional tracks,  will immediately receive a download of “God is Dead?” the album’s first single. On 13, the band that defined heavy metal picks up immediately where they

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  • Joe Satriani’s First Single/Video For “A Door Into Summer” Released

    Joe Satriani, the incomparable guitar aficionado, is readying for the release of his 14th studio album, Unstoppable Momentum, on May 7, 2013 through Epic Records, by releasing the first single, “A Door Into Summer,” at radio this week.  The video conceived as a musical journey of sorts, was actually shot as Satriani and his band made their way to the legendary Skywalker

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  • DEVOUR THE DAY Release New lyric video

    DEVOUR THE DAY (featuring former Egypt Central bassist Joey “Chicago” Walser and drummer Blake Allison) just released a new lyric video on their YouTube and Facebook pages, and thought you might like to post it on your website.  It’s for another track, “Handshakes To Fist Fights, from their debut TIME & PRESSURE album, which is due out May 7 on

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  • CODY BEEBE & THE CROOKS To Release New Full-Length Album 'OUT HERE' On Tuesday, May 7

    CODY BEEBE & THE CROOKS will release their new full-length album OUT HERE on Tuesday, May 7 independently. Meanwhile, the Seattle-based, self-proclaimed “road warriors” have unveiled a new music video for the first single “Hold The Line.” The song and video bring to light a recent hot-button social issue--gun control. The video is creating buzz online, having been viewed over 4,000

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  • ARSIS Video Shoot for "Scornstar" Completed

    Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal masters, ARSIS, recently wrapped up the music video shoot for the song “Scornstar” with director Scott Hansen (UNEARTH, CARNIFEX, AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK). "When you film a metal video, and the special effects artists are actually excited about the amount of carnage, you know you've done it correctly," commented Hansen. The song comes from the group’s

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Product Press Releases

  • GJ2 Guitars by Grover Jackson Grows

    Orange County-based guitar maker GJ2 Guitars has expanded its headquarters to meet increased demand by adding a fourth unit, bringing its total space to over 10,000 square feet. GJ2 added space to its current paint facility building—which now includes assembly, quality control, packing and shipping— to accommodate the need for greater production capacity. CEO Jon Gold explains the reason GJ2

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  • Fargen Amplification Introduces the Third and Final John Lennon Guitar Amplifier

    Fargen Amplification has introduced the third and final guitar amplifier model to complete its line of amps that pays homage to John Lennon.   The Imagine series amplifier is boutique luxury at its best with only 51 pieces to be made. The Imagine series amp is available in limited edition, and combines the finest woods, materials and components with a three-way

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