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    For the first time in a music video game, master tracks from popular heavy metal band BLACK SABBATH are hitting center stage as part of the vast Guitar Hero
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      For the first time in a music video game, master tracks from popular heavy metal band BLACK SABBATH are hitting center stage as part of the vast Guitar Hero music library with downloadable content for Activision Publishing, Inc.'s Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero.

      Heavy metal pioneer and Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee BLACK SABBATH brings their original music to a music game for the first time on February 18. With master tracks of the hard-hitting, crunching classics "After Forever", "Into The Void" and "Sweet Leaf" all off of their certified-platinum album "Master of Reality", the Black Sabbath Track Pack delivers an unforgettable and intense music experience where fans can enjoy music they love in a whole new way.

      For more information about Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero and their entire lineup of downloadable content, visit www.guitarhero.com.

      Ozzy Osbourne appeared on CNN International's "Connect the World" program on Wednesday, January 27 as "Connector of the Day".

      Hosted by CNN anchor Max Foster, "Connector of the Day" is an interactive segment of the program which encourages viewers to submit questions online, which are then asked by Max on air.

      Watch the "Connector of the Day" segment featuring Ozzy below.

      Ozzy Osbourne says his upcoming new album, the 10th solo studio effort of his career, will not be called "Soul Sucka" as first reported. The Prince of Darkness told RollingStone.com, "When we put that on the Internet none of my fan base liked the title. They were like, 'I can't imagine me walking around the fucking house with the words 'Soul Sucka' on my T-shirt.' So I was like, 'Fuck it. I've got to come up with something else!'" No matter what it's called, Ozzy told The Pulse of Radio what to expect. "It's very heavy. It's a cross between — it's kind of like a SABBATH/Ozzy album, you know. It's kind of, it wasn't meant to, I didn't plan on doing it but that's the way it unfolded. A lot of it's very, very heavy. I just hope people like it. I love it."

      The new set is due out in July, with a fresh title yet to be announced. Ozzy's last solo project, "Black Rain", came out in 2007.

      Ozzy also confirmed that Ozzfest will return this summer after taking a one-year break but did not reveal whether it would be a one-shot affair like the 2008 edition or go back to its roots as a traveling event. He also plans to head out on his own headlining arena tour next fall.

      The new album and tour will introduce guitarist Gus G. Ozzy parted ways last year with axeman Zakk Wylde, who has played on every Ozzy album and almost every tour since 1988.

      Ozzy's first memoir, "I Am Ozzy", arrived in bookstores this week.

      Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE ) paid tribute to to the late, great Les Paul this past Monday night (January 25) at the Iridium jazz club in New York City.

      Wylde's setlist was as follows:

      * T-BONE WALKER - "Stormy Monday Blues"
      * JIMI HENDRIX - "Little Wing"
      * LEON RUSSELL - "A Song For You"
      * BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - "The Blessed Hellride"
      * JIMI HENDRIX - "Voodoo Child"
      * CREAM - "Sunshine Of Your Love"

      Video footage of Zakk's performance can be viewed below.

      Les Paul, the innovator and inventor who passed away at 94 years of age in August 2009, was known throughout the world as the man who created multi-track recording and the father of the electric guitar. Many musicians pay homage to Les Paul and credit their careers and musicianship directly to him.

      BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde's (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) will be the featured guest on this Monday's edition of Headbangers Ball, which now airs every Monday night (technically Tuesday morning) at 3 AM (EST/PST) on MTV2.

      This episode includes short interview segments conducted by Talking Metal's John Ostronomy and Mark Strigl, as well as numerous music videos spanning Zakk's legendary career.

      As previously reported, PiercingMetal.com has posted an extensive review and pictures from Zakk's January 25th New York City performance in tribute to guitar innovator/inventor Les Paul. Go to this location and here for the complete experience.

      Wylde performed the following setlist at the Iridium jazz club:

      T-BONE WALKER - 'Stormy Monday Blues'
      JIMI HENDRIX - 'Little Wing'
      LEON RUSSELL - 'A Song For You'
      BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - 'The Blessed Hellride'
      JIMI HENDRIX - 'Voodoo Child'
      CREAM - 'Sunshine Of Your Love'

      Footage of the performance can be seen below.



      Classic Rock can confirm that Paul Rodgers was invited to be Aerosmith’s new frontman.
      This happened at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in London last November, when Aerosmith’s troubles with singer Steven Tyler were just beginning to surface.
      The awards were a star-studded affair. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and Rodgers were among the multitude of high-profile rockers in attendance.
      During a break in the ceremony Perry approached Scott Rowley, Classic Rock’s Editor In Chief, and asked him: “Can you introduce me to Paul Rodgers?”
      Amazingly, Perry had never met the Free/Bad Company/The Firm/Queen + Paul Rodgers frontman before.
      Rowley guided Perry to Rodgers’ table and the two stars engaged in conversation while Rowley chatted to Rodgers’ wife, Cynthia.
      However, Classic Rock’s Jerry Ewing, who was sitting at the table, overheard Perry make a direct approach to Rodgers about replacing Tyler in Aerosmith.
      Ewing recalls:
      “Basically Scott came over with Joe Perry who had asked to be introduced to Paul. After an initial introduction Perry started saying how Rodgers was his second-favourite vocalist of all time.
      “Rodgers typically asked who Perry’s favourite was, and Perry said: ‘The lead singer of Aerosmith.’ Cue some embarrassed laughter.
      “The talk then moved on to what Perry was doing and he said that he was doing the Joe Perry Project and they were looking to come over here and tour, at which point Rodgers mooted the idea of them supporting Bad Company on their just-announced shows.
      “The next thing, Perry is starting to tell Rodgers that they have problems with Tyler and that they intend to carry on regardless – and how great it would be if Rodgers took the slot, and would he be interested in trying out?
      “If I remember correctly there were the usual ‘how flattering’ platitudes but no real commitment, as you’d expect, nor refusal.”
      Classic Rock knows of two more major names who have been approached to sing for Aerosmith.
      We’ll be revealing another of those names on www.classicrockmagazine.com tomorrow (Thursday, January 28), with the final one to follow on Friday. So stay tuned to the Classic Rock website.
      The March issue of Classic Rock, which goes on sale next Wednesday, February 3, features Joe Perry on the cover and contains more exclusive Aero-revelations.
      Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal of Full Metal Rock recently conducted an interview with SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

      Full Metal Rock: What made you decide that this is going to be the farewell?

      Rudolf: We were mixing the album and we realized how good the album is. It is like an anthem of the whole of the best songs of the '80s. After working so much on the album, you know, we didn't realize. But you do when you have the whole picture in front of you. I said to the guys, "Hey, I can see how excited you are with this amazing album and I think that this could be a fantastic thing for you guys. If you know what I'm talking about, it could be a good last album and a last tour." So in the first place they said, "Hey, are you kidding or what?" I said, "No, think about it." Then we started talking and then we noticed that really it is in an outstanding kind of way how this album sounds like. We had some producers where the chemistry worked out so amazing. Two guys from Sweden, one is a very good guitar player and the other one is a very good technician on the boards, and somehow the chemistry was working in my studio and also in Stockholm. We recorded
      the parts of the backing vocals, guitars and bass here in my studio and other parts like main vocals and drums we did in Stockholm, working together with these guys and really they somehow got this special guitar work out of us, which is really really kicking ass. So this is right essence of the SCORPIONS to really go on tour again with amazing '80s kind of rock show, the kind of big show we are known for from the '80s. To do that and release the album, that would be fantastic and make it a really big world tour. So more and more we thought about it, the more we came to the point that, yes, this is the right situation because SCORPIONS being on stage we make our name as a great live band because of the very powerful act on stage. When that acting gets less and less, it means that the "sting" is not there anymore. And SCORPIONS is nothing without the "sting." In this case, we know now that we are fit enough to really present a 100 percent SCORPIONS show
      with a 120% SCORPIONS album, which would make it a successful tour, especially for a band from Germany where people thought that rock music never can come out of Germany. So we are now aware of that and we will give everything to make this last tour around the world a big rock and roll party.

      Full Metal Rock: Your upcoming album was supposed to be "Humanity Hour II", but it's not. What happened to that?

      Rudolf: The truth came after "Humanity Hour I". We talked about the fact that we had to be careful with the "Humanity Hour I" album. Our fears and everything came true, and because of financial crisis and everything, even a band like LINKIN PARK was talking about the same thing. So in this case, we didn't have anything, any reason to discuss about another concept album. So we said you know, why talking again and again [about it]? Now is the time to say, "Hey, guys, now we are in deep shit, let's rock, let's get positive energy and let's get out of this shit and make our world positive again." And that's what we did with "Sting In The Tail".

      Full Metal Rock: You recorded this one in Germany as compared to the previous album that you did in the U.S. How much of a difference you think that has made?

      Rudolf: It [recording in the U.S.] was fantastic! I tell you what, we really enjoyed being in Los Angeles and America is still our dream country. It's pure rock and roll and it was really fun. They gave us personal trainers to be fit, especially coming out of the production and to go on tour again. It was a great idea because after doing this program that time with the personal trainers, we are still doing it because it helps us really to be powerful on stage.

      Full Metal Rock: Your farewell tour is supposed to last for two years. During this time, can we expect the SCORPIONS to play in as many cities around the world as possible, covering places you've never been to before?

      Rudolf: Of course! We are ready to rock everywhere in the world. Because we did already, but you can talk about SCORPIONS even playing in the jungle in Amazon, playing in Mongolia, the pyramids in Egypt and there are so many places. The fun thing about it is, its so great to see people who may be never saw a rock and roll band, like when we played in the eastern part of the Europe in Russia. They never saw a rock band live before. We enjoyed very much to play in front of the Russian audience and also we like to play in front of American audience or South America. It's great to see the different mentalities and it's fantastic to see that rock music is really building bridges between generations, between continents and religions.

      Billboard.com has issued the following report from Gary Graff:

      Despite SCORPIONS' recent farewell announcement, guitarist Rudolf Schenker says the German hard rockers "will never be done."

      "This history of the band is so amazing. We have so much film in our library and other things which will keep coming out," Schenker, who founded Scorpions in 1965 and shepherded the band to worldwide sales of more than 100 million albums, tells Billboard.com. He says the group's treasure trove includes footage from early concerts in Germany and Japan, from the 1983 US Festival, from the Scorps' commercial zenith in 1988 and from the band's 2002 tour of Russia.

      First priority, of course, is putting out the final Scorpions studio album, Sting In The Tail, on March 23rd, then commencing a two-year, five-continent world tour on March 15th in Prague, with North American dates planned for June - September. The tour will also be filmed and recorded for potential future release.

      "We will sit together after we take a vacation and make a list and then come out with different (releases)," Schenker says. "We'll make a plan and then come out year by year with some surprise kind of stuff."

      Schenker says the prospect of ending Scorpions is indeed "really sad, and I don't even want to think about it." But explains that band and management ultimately feel it's the right move to end the band on a high note with Sting In The Tail - which he says "brings us back full circle to the sound we had in the 80s" - rather than risk a slow decline.

      "Motörhead: in the Studio", written by biographer Jake Brown with with MOTÖRHEAD mainman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, has been nominated for the 2010 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards in the specific category of Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. According to Dr. Roberta Freund Schwartz, Chair of the ARSC Awards Committee, "These awards are presented each year by ARSC to recognize excellence in published research on any subject related to recorded sound."

      Released in November in the United Kingdom, "Motörhead: In The Studio" is due to hit retail Stateside in April 2010. The book is described in a press release as "the first comprehensive study of the in-studio making of MOTÖRHEAD's legendary catalog — including such classics as 'Overkill', 'Bomber', 'Ace of Spades', 'Orgasmatron', 'March or Die' and 'Motörizer', among others — told via first-hand interviews with engineers and legendary producers as Tony Platt, Trevor Hallesy, Will Reid, Thom Panunzio, John Burns, Howard Benson, Ryan Dorn, Mark Dearnley, Chuck Reed, Peter Solley, Arabella Rodriguez, Cameron Webb, and former drummer Pete Gill." The book's cover was conceived by Kilmister and features the band's classic warpig logo sporting sunglasses and headphones.

      Ex-IRON MAIDEN vocalist Blaze Bayley is featured in a new interview with Greece-based RockPages.gr. An excerpt is available below.

      Rockpages.gr: Just when I thought that Blood And Belief” was the most introspective album of your career, you released The Man Who Would Not Die that it may have sounded optimistic but from a lyrical point of view it dealt with some very personal issues…

      Blaze Bayley: The Man Who Would Not Die came after a break…I had released Blood and Belief which was a very important and honest record. I was suffering a lot from depression at the time and actually The Man Who Would Not Die was about my revenge and not being a victim of the circumstances. I had big problems with SPV; they lied to me, cheated me…they still owe me money. So, I said that if I would do another album, I’d release it through my own label. I’ve always believed in the fans. If the fans know about your music, if you play from your heart, they will support you. But, as it happens most of the times, the business side gets in the way. You sign a deal with a label and at the end of the day you have 50 people putting money in their pockets from your work and the fans’ support and the last person that gets paid is actually you! It should always be about the artist and the fans and not some guys with suits that don’t even care about you.
      So, I decided to do my own label and a lot of the songs in The Man Who Would Not Die follow a theme…the revenge, the refusal to give up, because right before the album I was completely on my own, I had no band together, I had nothing happening for me at all…so, The Man Who Would Not Die is about me saying to the label that I am not gonna die and I will always play music to my fans. That’s all that really matters."

      "The last couple of years, I’ve been really lucky because I travel throughout the world, playing my own music and having a great time with the band and the fans. The whole idea right from the beginning was that we won’t make any big stage plans but we will try to stick on the road and play for as many fans as possible to every single corner in the world. It’s about the music and the show and we honestly try to give 100% to every show of the Blaze Bayley Band."

      Go to this location for the complete interview.

      Bayley's new studio album, Promise And Terror, will be released via Blaze Bayley Recordings on February 1st and distributed by Plastic Head.



      Guitarist Todd Youth (D-GENERATION, DANZIG, THE ROYAL HIGHNESS, MICHAEL MONROE) will join legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley for his upcoming tour of Australia.

      Comments Youth: "I can't even begin to say how excited I am to play with Ace!!

      "Like many guitarists my age, Ace is the reason I started playing guitar; he's my Chuck Berry, my Jimmy Page . Every note I play, it all comes back to Space Ace, and I think [Frehley's new album] 'Anomaly' is a smoking classic Ace record,so I'm planning on it being a blast!!"

      The dates are as follows:

      Feb. 01 - Perth, Australia - Metropolis Fremantle
      Feb. 04 - Adelaide, Australia - HQ Complex
      Feb. 05 - Melbourne, Australia - Palace Theater
      Feb. 07 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
      Feb. 08 - Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Tivoli Theatre

      "Anomaly" sold around 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart.

      In addition to the standard CD release, unique "Anomaly" packages were made available at Wal-Mart and Best Buy locations. The Wal-Mart version includes an Ace autographed tattoo while the Best Buy edition is printed on silver stock, like the KISS "Double Platinum" album.

      Released on September 15 via Ace's own Bronx Born Records, with Rocket Science providing a full label service platform in the U.S., "Anomaly" was produced and recorded in Westchester County, New York between 2007 and 2009 and was mixed in Los Angeles.

      The newly revamped lineup of the NWOBHM bandTOKYO BLADE — featuring Andy Boulton (guitar) alongside John Wiggins (guitar) and bassist Andy Wrighton (bass), alongside new singer Chris Gillen — has announced the return of the group's original drummer, Steve Pierce.

      TOKYO BLADE's current lineup is:

      Andy Boulton (guitar)
      John Wiggins (guitar)
      Andy Wrighton (bass)
      Steve Pierce (drums)
      Chris Gillen (vocals)

      Razar Ice Records has just released TOKYO BLADE's "Live In Germany" DVD. The effort was recorded in November 2008 at the Keep It True festival in Würzburg, Germany during the band's "Die By The Sword" tour.

      "Live In Germany" was mixed and mastered by Sid Garcia at Sight 16 Studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

      The DVD, which is the companion to the previously released "Live In Germany" CD (available at this location), contains bonus material, including candid footage with the band, additional live songs from throughout the 2008 tour as well as previously unreleased photo galleries.

      "Live In Germany" DVD track listing:

      01. Intro - The Killer
      02. Lovestruck
      03. Lightning Strikes
      04. Midnight Rendezvous
      05. Death On Main St.
      06. Dead Of The Night
      07. Attack, Attack
      08. Monkeys Blood
      09. Long Live Rock and Roll
      10. If Heaven Is Hell
      11. Night Of The Blade

      UFO have announced the following European tour dates:

      April
      16 - Athens, Greece - Fuzz Live Music Club
      17 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Block 33
      22 - Workington, England - Carnegie Theatre
      23 - Middlesbrough, England - Town Hall
      24vEdinburgh, Scotland - Picture House
      25 - Inverness, Scotland - Ironworks
      27 - Sheffield, England - Academy
      28 - Leamington Spa, England - The Assembly
      29 - Cardiff, Wales - Millennium Music Hall

      May
      1 - Charleroi, Belgium - Le Coliseum
      2 - Zoetermeer, Holland - Boerderij
      4 - Paris, France - La Trabendo


      Everyone knows more FOREIGNER than they think… classics such as "Cold As Ice", "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and the No. 1 hit "I Want to Know What Love Is" have cemented the band's status one of the most popular rock acts ever. FOREIGNER's mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop continues to captivate generation after generation of music fans.

      And after racking up 70 million album sales worldwide, they now have a brand new studio album, "Can't Slow Down" — their first for 15 years!

      "Can't Slow Down" will be released on March 1 on Edel's international rock and pop label, earMUSIC. The album features 13 brand new songs and is produced by Marti Frederiksen (AEROSMITH , BUCKCHERRY) and celebrated Grammy Award -winning producer Mark Ronson (AMY WINEHOUSE ).

      This is an album that grabs you from the outset, with straight rock opener "Can't Slow Down", which stands strong beside melodic mid-tempo songs such as "Angel Tonight" and "Too Late" and beautiful ballads "When It Comes To Love" (one of the strongest tracks on the album and surefire hit) to the last chord of the Ronson production "Fool For You Anyway".

      Founding member Mick Jones — lead guitars and vocals — is joined by Kelly Hansen on lead vocal (ex-HURRICANE); Tom Gimbel (longterm touring with AEROSMITH) on guitar, saxophone, flute and backing vocals; on keyboards, Michael Bluestein (STEVIE NICKS, ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, ANASTACIA); Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN, DIO, MSG) on bass; and on drums, Brian Tichy (OZZY OSBOURNE, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, GLENN HUGHES, BILLY IDOL).

      Of the album and the lineup, Mick Jones says, "Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide. Unwittingly, we've weaved into the fabric of people's lives and this new line-up is working extremely hard to live up to the high bar that was set years ago. This is the most dynamic line-up that we've had since the early days."

      To be released on CD, "Can't Slow Down" will also be made available as part of a 2CD/1DVD set (Disc 1: Can't Slow Down Studio Album, Disc 2: Foreigner Live Disc 3: DVD featuring live footage, backstage footage and interviews) in 5.1 sound, and Collectors Edition, which features signed 7" vinyl and CD.

      Deluxe 2CD + DVD Format:

      CD1 - "Can't Slow Down"

      01. Can't Slow Down
      02. In Pieces
      03. When It Comes To Love
      04. Living In A Dream
      05. I Can't Give Up
      06. Ready
      07. Give Me A Sign
      08. I'll Be Home Tonight
      09. Too Late
      10. Lonely
      11. As Long As I Live
      12. Angel Tonight
      13. Fool For You Anyway

      Plus two exclusive live tracks

      CD2 - "Foreigner Live"

      01. Head Games
      02. Cold As Ice
      03. Waiting For A Girl Like You
      04. That WasYesterday
      05. Blue Morning
      06. Dirty White Boy
      07. Starrider
      08. Feels Like The First Time
      09. Urgent
      10. Juke Box Hero / Whole Lotta Love
      11. I Want To Know What Love Is
      12. Hot Blooded

      DVD - "Live and More…"

      01. Double Vision
      02. Head Games
      03. That Was Yesterday
      04. Say You Will
      05. Starrider
      06. Feels Like The First Time
      07. Urgent
      08. Juke Box Hero
      09. I Want To Know What Love Is
      10. Hot Blooded

      Bonus: Band interviews filmed in Berlin 2009, behind-the-scenes footage and making of the album.

      Plus new promo videos for "Can't Slow Down", "When it Comes to Love" and "Too Late".

      Standard CD: "Can't Slow Down"

      01. Can't Slow Down
      02. In Pieces
      03. When It Comes To Love
      04. Living In A Dream
      05. I Can't Give Up
      06. Ready
      07. Give Me A Sign
      08. I'll Be Home Tonight
      09. Too Late
      10. Lonely
      11. As Long As I Live
      12. Angel Tonight
      13. Fool For You Anyway
      14. I Want To Know What Love Is (live) (bonus track)

      Collectors edition signed 7" vinyl + CD album: "Can't Slow Down"

      7" A + B side bonus tracks: "Head Knocker", and "At War With The World" - CD is full new album (14 tracks)

      LP Limited Edition: "Can't Slow Down" - all CD album tracks on one 12" LP
      Ashland, Kentucky-based rockers HYDROGYN have announced the addition of former MEGADETH guitarist Jeff Young, KHZ drummer Joe Migz and bassist Jake Wolf to the group's ranks.

      Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine are back and ready to rock into the fourth season of VH1 Classic's hit original series "That Metal Show" on Saturday, February 6 at 11:00 p.m.

      "That Metal Show" is the home for all things hard rock and heavy metal. It's the show that serious metal connoisseurs look to for the latest rock and metal news and where devoted fans come to discuss and outright debate the best bands in the business. Rolling Stone magazine recognized the show in its "50 Reasons to Watch TV Right Now" and with past guests like RUSH, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, AC/DC , Alice Cooper , Lars Ulrich, Lita Ford, Ace Frehley of KISS, and Alice Cooper, it's no wonder.

      Each week hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, and Don Jamieson discuss the latest rock news, share stories and argue about their favorite bands. Joined by special guests who weigh in with their opinions and offer their own unique viewpoints, the show caters to some of the most opinionated heavy metal and hard rock fans across the country.

      This season's scheduled guests include Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH), Joey Kramer (AEROSMITH), ACCEPT, WINGER, Joe Satriani, Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Pearl Aday and more. "That Metal Show" is also proudly bringing back studio segments including, "Whatever Happened To," and the weekly battle to settle all metal battles and end all debates, once and for all, "The Throwdown."

      Fans can catch all of season one and season two online at VH1Classic.com. New episodes will launch online every Monday morning following the show's on-air premiere.

      "That Metal Show" is a production of VH1 Classic. Adam Heydt serves as director, with Lee Rolontz and Keshia Williams as executive producers for VH1 and Jeff Baumgardner producer for the series.

      "This is something that has been coming on for a while now," HYDROGYN guitarist Jeff Westlake explains. "Julie [Westlake, HYDROGYN singer] and I have known Jeff Young through our mutual connection with producer Michael Wagener (METALLICA, MEGADETH, OZZY OSBOURNE, ALICE COOPER). Finally everything is just falling in place and it's spurring everyone's creativity to new heights... We can't wait for people to hear what we're about to throw down!"

      Young, who played on MEGADETH's classic "So Far, So Good... So What!" LP and just released his solo CD, "Equilibrium", states that "The first time Michael Wagener played HYDROGYN for me, I was knocked out! Julie and Jeff have all the things people want but rarely find in music today... Julie's voice and presence are 'peerless' in rock and when listeners hear where Jeff and I are taking the twin guitar team concept, I feel they're really gonna dig it."

      The band is currently in the midst of writing and recording tracks, has a live DVD in the offing and a simple mission: "To rock every town on planet earth."

      ORODRUIN and ARGUS have pulled out of the seventh edition of the Doom Shall Rise festival, set to take place April 9-10, 2010 at the Chapel in Göppingen, Germany. Replacement acts will be announced soon.

      The festival billing is as follows:

      40 WATT SUN (UK)
      DOOMSHINE (GER)
      GRIEVING AGE (SAUDI ARABIA)
      IRON MAN (USA)
      ISOLE (SWE)
      JEX THOTH (USA)
      KODIAK (GER)
      MAGMA RISE (HUN)
      MOURNING BELOVETH (IRE)
      NOMADSON (MALTA)
      RITUALS OF THE OAK (AUS)
      SHEVER (CH)
      THE 11TH HOUR (NL)
      UNSILENCE (UK)

      For more information, visit www.doomshallrise.de.

      EUROPE, SICK OF IT ALL, D-A-D and HARDCORE SUPERSTAR are among the confirmed bands for this year's Peace & Love festival, set to take place place June 28 -July 3 in Borlänge, Sweden.

      So far the following rock/metal acts are scheduled to appear at the event:

      ASTRAL DOORS
      AVATAR
      D-A-D
      HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
      KHOMA
      NOFX
      SICK OF IT ALL
      SKUMDUM
      THE ACCIDENTS
      TRIBULATION
      TROUBLEMAKERS
      VENEREA

      Last year's Peace & Love was attended by over 37,000 music fans, who witnessed performances by such acts as TURBONEGRO, VOLBEAT, FAITH NO MORE, SATYRICON, THÅSTRÖM, MÖTLEY CRÜE, CHRIS CORNELL, MONSTER MAGNET and 200 other artists.

      For more information, visit www.peaceandlove.nu.


      Classic Rock reports:

      Geoff Workman, who collaborated as a producer and engineer with some of the greatest names in rock, has died.

      Not much is known about the circumstances of Workman’s demise.

      However, session guitarist Michael Riesenbeck posted the following on Facebook: “Guys, we lost Geoff Thursday morning. He was at home, in his bed and it was peaceful. We will be making funeral arrangements early this coming week. It has been rough. Please pass this on to anyone who knew him or loved him.”

      Workman’s career stretched back to 1970, when he was the tape op on the KING CRIMSON album Lizard.

      Subsequently, he worked with QUEEN, JOURNEY, FOREIGNER, MÖTLEY CRÜE, THE CARS, TWISTED SISTER and TOTO.

      Workman engineered the Crüe’s Shout At The Devil album. That’s his voice you can hear on the intro track, 'In The Beginning'.


      POISON frontman BRET MICHAELS' website has been updated with the following:

      Bret Michaels' Roses & Thorns Tour could be coming to your town!

      Bret Michaels, the charismatic frontman and star of NBC's hit show Celebrity Apprentice will be bringing his record setting solo tour across the United States this spring!

      Michaels, who is currently in the studio collaborating with MILEY CYRUS on the remake of the #1 hit 'Every Rose Has It's Thorn', a song which he wrote, as well as working on a new solo album to be released later this year, continues to break attendance records on his own with his high energy performances.

      The first single, 'Nothing To Lose', from the new album will be available February 2nd from iTunes! You can hear a clip of the song by visiting www.BretMichaels.com.

      The Bret Michaels Band (B*M*B) is set to invade the country this spring and the dates are starting to be announced... starting with the first three!

      They are:

      March
      12 - The Venue @ The Hub - Fargo, ND
      13 - Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake, IA
      17 - Joe's - Chicago, IL

      Many more dates to come in the near future.

      As previously reported, Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice Season 3 premiers Sunday, March 14th at 9pm Eastern with a special two-hour episode on NBC. The official cast is as follows:

      Comedian/writer Carol Leifer
      Comedian/actor Sinbad
      WWE wrestler Maria Kanellis
      Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
      SHARON OSBOURNE
      Track and field Olympian Michael Johnson
      Chef Curtis Stone
      Cyndi Lauper
      WWE heavyweight Bill Goldberg
      Baseball star Darryl Strawberry
      Poison vocalist Bret Michaels
      Lingerie model Selita Ebanks
      Swimmer Summer Sanders
      Actress/author Holly Robinson Peete

      Bret Michaels declared that, with a party-hearty rock singer's image, he would be assessed as the season's "super-underdog. But I've been my own boss since I've been 19 years old," said the 46-year-old star of the Rock Of Love reality show. "For better or worse, I've been on my own, I've learned to roll with the punches."

      For all info about the show, visit the official Celebrity Apprentice NBC page by clicking here.



      KAMELOT's official web site recently conducted an interview with frontman Roy Khan and guitarist Thomas Youngblood. The question-and-answer session follows below.

      Kamelot.com: So we're getting very excited about the upcoming tour and new album. Can you tell us something about the new CD and maybe some of the song titles?

      Thomas: It's going great, and we feel we are continuing to grow musically and also explore new sounds for the band.

      Khan: Yes, the topics on this album are diverse and we are curious to see the interpretation of the fans for these songs. Some of the titles include "The Great Pandemonium", "Hunter's Season" and "Thespian Drama", to name a few.

      Thomas: Also we are going with Seth Siro Anton for the cover art. We have seen some of the first ideas and they look fantastic. Release is hopeful for late spring early summer.

      Kamelot.com: Most of us know that you were on SPV Records with "Ghost Opera" and they have since claimed insolvency. How did that affect KAMELOT and the new album?

      Thomas: Our deal with SPV was finalized before they claimed insolvency, there are still some small legal matters to finalize but it hasn't changed the process of this album. We have been very slow in choosing a new partner for the next album and there have been quite some offers from all of the relevant labels in the genre. We hope to have the final agreements in place very soon.

      Kamelot.com: So let's discuss the touring coming up. First you will tour European this spring. What can we expect?

      Khan: This tour will be the start of the most intense and widespread touring ever. Of course we plan to take the show another notch up in performance, lighting and sound. The new tour will obviously feature songs from the new album and will be themed around the new release. In addition we will play some songs that we have not played in a while and also one or two we have never played.

      Thomas: Also we are planning to have a person on the entire tour filming behind the scenes, talking to fans, shots from the stage... everything; well, almost everything we do on tour. This footage will eventually be on our next DVD. So smile if you see our man Pako with a camera in your face!

      Kamelot.com: I noticed you have two shows in Oslo. Will they be different from each other?

      Khan: Each night will have unique opening acts and the KAMELOT stage set will be different in look and design. The set we play for each night will be altered as well, something we also plan for the shows in Tilburg and Amsterdam.

      Kamelot.com: You recently posted that you will have a new singer on the tour, Elize Ryd. Can you tell us more about Elize?

      Thomas: I first heard about Elize after checking out our friend Jake E's band AMARANTHE. We liked the band and also liked Elize's voice. We were casually looking for a new singer for the next tour and we thought she would be perfect.

      Roy: Yea, AMARANTHE will open for us in Sweden, Finland and Norway. So fans of Elize will get to see her quite a bit on this tour.

      Kamelot.com: Great news for North America, you announced a tour there for fall of 2010!

      Roy: Yes, we will return to North America and hit some new cities as well as longtime favorites.

      Thomas: I am excited about the tour! Playing the Nokia in New York will be a blast! Also returning to Canada, I love Montreal. I also have some longtime friends living in Toronto and have been there many times when not touring.

      Kamelot.com: Also your first concert in Orlando. We have gotten emails from all over the Southeast about this show. I guess Orlando is also a huge vacation area, so fans are combining the show with holidays. We have even gotten emails from Puerto Rico and other Caribbean countries as well about the Orlando show.

      Thomas: Yeah, that's awesome. It will be a blast and we look forward to that entire tour!

      David Priest of OnTrackMagazine.com recently conducted an interview with vocalist Simone Simons of the Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA. The chat, during which Simone reveals that she is planning on working on material for a solo album, can now be streamed using the audio player below.

      Keyboardist Coen Janssen was forced to sit out EPICA's current North American headlining tour because of "personal reasons." He was replaced by Simone's boyfriend Oliver Palotai (KAMELOT, SONS OF SEASONS, DORO).

      EPICA's latest album, "Design Your Universe", landed 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.

      "Design Your Universe" was released in Europe on October 16, 2009. The follow-up to 2007's "The Divine Conspiracy" was recorded at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany with producer Sascha Paeth.

      Norway's LEPROUS, Canadian newcomers BOREALIS and Texas progressive metallers SIX MINUTE CENTURY have been confirmed for the ProgPower USA Showcase, which will take place on Thursday, September 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.

      The headliner for the ProgPower USA Showcase will be announced soon.

      The ProgPower USA XI festival will be held September 8-11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.

      The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

      KAMELOT (USA/Norway)
      HAMMERFALL (Sweden)
      NOCTURNAL RITES (Sweden)
      TAROT (Finland)
      TYR (Denmark)
      DELAIN (The Netherlands)
      SEVENTH WONDER (Sweden)
      LEAVES' EYES (Germany/Norway)
      DGM (Italy)
      OCEANS OF SADNESS (Belgium)
      STORMWARRIOR (Germany)
      PARADOX (Germany)
      ILLUSION SUITE (Norway)

      ProgPower USA is a progressive and power metal festival held annually in the United States since 2001. Its latest edition was held September 11-12, 2009 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. It was headlined by CRIMSON GLORY and FATES WARNING.

      Visit the newly re-launched web site at www.progpowerusa.com.

      Pomona, California thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD will enter the studio next week to begin recording the long-awaited follow-up to their 2008 debut, "Feed The Beast". On February 1, the young thrash disciples will begin their sessions in Phoenix, Arizona at Highland Recorders. They will later migrate to nearby Stealth Sound for additional work. Producing the record will be Ralph Patlan (WHITE WIZZARD, MEGADETH, UFO).

      The members of BONDED BY BLOOD cannot wait to show the world how much of a step forward they've made with their new material. Frontman Jose "Aladdin " Barrales states, "The album is a bit more thought out than our prior attempt." Guitarist Alex Lee adds, "this album is a lot more technical and heavier than our previous."

      BONDED BY BLOOD's new CD will mark the recording debut of new bassist Jerry Garcia. "I'm really excited to record my debut album with BONDED BY BLOOD," he says. "With Ralph on our side, the outcome will be a heavy, technical speed metal explosion in your ears."

      That explosion is exactly what Ralph Patlan is setting out to accomplish in producing the album. No stranger to taking artists to the limits of their potential, he is thrilled to start working with BONDED BY BLOOD. "I've heard the album demos and I'm very excited to start working with them," he says. "These guys are on point and these songs will have major balls to them."

      BONDED BY BLOOD's new album is tentatively scheduled for release in the spring via Earache Records.

      Upcoming BONDED BY BLOOD shows:

      March 03 - Whiskey a Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
      March 04 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
      March 05 - Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
      March 06 - U.B.'s Bar - Mesa, AZ

      Long-running Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES has been confirmed for this year's Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 9-12, 2010 in Sölvesborg in southern Sweden.

      The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

      ALDO NOVA (CAN)
      ALESTORM (UK)
      ANVIL (CAN)
      BACHMAN & TURNER (CAN)
      BEHEMOTH (PL)
      BIGELF (US)
      D-A-D (DK)
      DANZIG (US)
      JORN (N)
      MAGNUM (UK)
      MOTHER'S FINEST (US)
      NAZARETH (UK)
      OPETH (S)
      RICK SPRINGFIELD (AUS/US)
      RATT (US)
      RAVEN (UK/US)
      SABATON (S)
      SAGA (CAN)
      STEEL PANTHER (US)
      STRATOVARIUS (FIN)
      SUICIDAL TENDENCIES (US)
      UNISONIC (D)
      W.A.S.P. (US)
      WATAIN (S)
      Y&T (US)

      Last year's festival was attended by 35,200 people, but in 2010 the maximum number of visitors will be limited to 33,000.

      For more information, visit www.swedenrock.com.

      Jane’s Addiction fansite xiola.org reports that original Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan is the mysterious new writing partner and bassist for Jane’s Addiction. As we reported earlier this month, Original Jane’s bassist Eric Avery is officially out, once again, due to… the usual.


      As the LA Weekly blog very correctly asserts, McKagan is the “one with his shit together.” We’ve been fans of Duff’s for a long time now, and consider this a perfect time to remind you that we did a great interview with the man back in May.

      He’s a very talented bassist and underrated songwriter, and overall we’re pretty excited about this completely unexpected news strong rumor.

      ARTISTdirect.com editor Rick Florino recently conducted an interview with vocalist Randy Blythe of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD about his role in the horror/thriller "The Graves", which was written and directed by former comic book writer Brian Pulido. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

      ARTISTdirect.com: Do you feel like you tap into a similar rhythm on stage and on set?

      Blythe: Absolutely! It was definitely a learning experience for me. I'm not going to say by any stretch of the imagination that I'll be up for an Academy Award for my acting [Laughs]. It was a big learning experience, but I definitely got to go to a darker mental place when I was filming the scenes. It required me to think, "Okay, now I'm this totally evil guy. Whatever comes out of me comes out of me, with no regard for anybody else's feelings or safety whatsoever." It's like the lid that society puts on you just gets taken off completely. You're like, "Okay, I'm going to do whatever I want. She needs her throat slit; kill her."

      ARTISTdirect.com: Was it really a trip to watch the performance?

      Blythe: I've only watched it a couple of times. It's the same thing with our music. Some guys when they get done recording a record, they listen to it relentlessly. I don't. I listen to it once or twice because if I keep on listening to it or, in this case, watching the scene over and over again, I'm going to start criticizing myself really heavily. I'd say, "I could've done this better, that sounds horrible or I look stupid there." Once something is down on wax, there's nothing more that you can do about it, except live with it. I tend to get really critical of myself when I review any sort of material that I've worked on. It was cool to watch for sure though — a couple times. I wouldn't watch it every day or anything [Laughs].

      ARTISTdirect.com: Did you have a favorite scene other than the throat-slashing?

      Blythe: Yeah, there's a scene in which we're in this abandoned power station that's set up as his church. The two female leads in the movie are tied up, and they're sitting on this low concrete stump. I'm facing them. I was looking at them and intimidating them just for the fun of it. I was looking at one of them and I was thinking about this story that my friend Sammy from GOATWHORE told me. He used to be in a band called ACID BATH, and they had a piece of art by John Wayne Gacy as their album cover for "When the Kite String Pops". ACID BATH was on tour, and they went to visit Gacy in jail. Sammy told me that when he was there it was just really fucked up. He felt that Gacy was looking into him — like looking at him like he was a piece of meat, as if he wanted to eat him. It made Sammy intensely uncomfortable. Even though Gacy was restrained, Sammy met him and he was like, "Wow, this is the real deal. This is a guy who murders people because that's
      what he has to do — what his inner being compels him to do. If he wasn't over there in chains, he'd probably be eating me right now." During that scene with those two girls, I was thinking about that. I started looking at the girl up and down, like she was a piece of meat. We had to cut. We kept on filming things a million times, and she was like, "You're really creeping me out!" I said, "Good!" [Laughs] I thought the other girl was going to be freaked out and she was like, "Why won't you look at me that way because you're eliciting some sort of fucked up emotional response?" So I did. It was just really fun. In my head, I was thinking horrible, horrible thoughts, making it real. That's kind of neat because you don't get to do that often [Laughs]. Maybe I'm having Freudian slips here or something [Laughs]. You're like, "There's this beautiful woman and I could eat her liver with fava beans and a nice chianti." [Laughs] That was one of my favorite
      scenes.

      ARTISTdirect.com: Would you ever think about writing a book?

      Blythe: I'm working on it right now. First of all, I'm working on a graphic novel script. I wrote the introduction awhile back for the second trade volume of a series called DMZ for Vertigo. This guy Brian Wood writes it. I'm a fan of his. Somehow he found out that I liked the series, and his editor approached me about writing the introduction to the second collection. I did, and the editor was like, "That's really good. Have you thought about writing anything yourself?" That put it in my mind to do so. I've been outlining that and world-building right now. I'm outlining a novel right now too. I'm trying to script this graphic novel and outline a regular prose novel at the same time. It might be a little too much. I need to take things off my plate a little bit and do one thing at a time [Laughs]. I do a lot of things at once, but it's what I'd like to do eventually for a living when I'm not doing the LAMB OF GOD thing. I really don't think I'm going to
      be Mick Jagger, 60-something years-old up there screaming, "Who gives a fuck?!" [Laughs] I don't think my body will take it. Hopefully by that time, I'll settle down into a nice little book life of sorts.
      Swedish sleaze rockers CRAZY LIXX will release their second album, "New Religion", on March 19 in Europe and April 6 in the U.S. via Frontiers Records.

      CRAZY LIXX was formed in 2002 in Malmö, Sweden. The core lineup up through the first album consisted of vocalist Danny Rexon (also known as Dirtchild Danny or D.C. Danny), guitarist Vic Zino, drummer Joél Cirera and bass player Loke Rivano. Zino has since been replaced by Andy Dawson after Vic left to join HARDCORE SUPERSTAR.

      CRAZY LIXX's debut album, "Loud Minority", was released in November 2007, and wasf followed by extensive touring throughout 2008 and some of 2009.

      According to a press release, the band's sound is often compared to the likes of DEF LEPPARD, KISS, WARRANT and SKID ROW, but has "now matured and evolved in a personal and ultra-melodic interpretation of the sleaze-arena hard rock style."

      "New Religion" includes a dozen hard rock gems recorded at Polar Studios in Stockholm with producer Chris Laney (EUROPE, CRASHDIET, CANDLEMASS).

      Commented singer Danny Rexon: "We set out with one goal, and that was to beat the living shit out of 'Loud Minority' with these new songs, and if you ask me, we've beaten it black and blue. I can't wait to get these new songs played live."

      "New Religion" track listing:

      01. Rock and a Hard Place
      02. My Medicine
      03. 21 'Til I Die
      04. Blame it on Love
      05. Road to Babylon
      06. Children of the Cross
      07. The Witching Hour
      08. Lock up Your Daughter
      09. She's Mine
      10. What of Our Love
      11. Desert Bloom
      12. Voodoo Woman

      CRAZY LIXX is:

      Danny Rexon - Vocals
      Andy Dawson - Guitars
      Joél Cirera - Drums
      Loke Rivano - Bass

      For more information, visit www.crazylixx.com.

      FLAMER — the Finnish band launched by former BLEAK vocalist/songwriter Caleb — has changed its name to FIREAL. The group's debut album, "Molotov Cocktails", is due later in the year via an as-yet-undetermined record label.

      A new track, "The Shadow (Live For The Pain)", is now available for streaming on the FIREAL MySpace page.

      FIREAL is:

      Caleb - Vocals
      Tayo - Drums, Vocals
      Jared - Bass,Vocals
      Sigur - Guitar, Vocals
      Ismer - Guitar, vocals

      FLAMER performed at the fifth annual Helldone festivalon December 28-31, 2008 at Tavastia and Semifinal clubs in Helsinki, Finland.

      The new dates have been announced for PARADISE LOST's previously postponed Australian tour with SIRENIA. They are as follows:

      April 24 - Hi Fi - Brisbane, Australia
      April 26 - Metro Theatre - Sydney, Australia
      April 27 - Billboard - Melbourne, Australia

      PARADISE LOST was forced to postone six shows on its recent European tour due to a serious illness within guitarist Greg Mackintosh's family. Milly Evans, PARADISE LOST's long-standing guitar technician and keyboardist from TERRORVISION, filled in for Greg for the other dates.

      The limited formats of PARADISE LOST's new album, "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us", include two orchestral versions of the album tracks "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us" and "Last Regret", which were recorded by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2008.

      The limited-edition deluxe two-CD includes special packaging (DVD-sized Mediabook with O-Card in a special leather look) and a bonus track, "Cardinal Zero", on Disc 1 plus a separate bonus CD featuring the "Lost In Prague" tracks. All vinyl lovers will be delighted to hear that the album is available as a limited-edition gatefold LP, including the bonus track "Cardinal Zero", the orchestra mixes on a separate bonus 7" EP, the entire album on CD (in a blank sleeve), and an exclusive poster.

      The follow-up to 2007's "In Requiem", "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us" was recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren.

      The album's artwork, which is based upon a "Danse Macabre" woodcut by Hans Holbein the Younger (first published in 1538), was created by Stefan Wibbeke at Medialogistics (LACUNA COIL, POISONBLACK)

      Norwegian gothic metallers TRISTANIA have entered the studio to begin laying down their new album for a spring/summer release. Guitarist/vocalist Anders Høyvik Hidle states, "Drum recordings for the new album is about to be finalized. 11 songs completed, only one left. Guitar and bass session is starting on Sunday. The result turns out to be great — we can't wait to release this baby!"

      Songtitles set to appear on the new TRISTANIA CD include "Patriot Games", "Year of the Rat", "The Emerald Piper" and "Sirens".

      TRISTANIA last year announced the addition of guitarist Gyri Losnegård to the group's ranks.

      The band played a couple of shows last summer with guest vocalist Kjetil Nordhus (ex-GREEN CARNATION, TRAIL OF TEARS) filling in for Østen Bergøy, including last year's Wacken Open Air festival, which was held July 30 - August 1, 2009 in Wacken, Germany

      TRISTANIA in 2007 announced the addition of Italian singer Mariangela "Mary" Demurtas to the group's ranks.

      The band's last album, "Illumination", was released in January 2007 via SPV. The CD was recorded at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, TIAMAT, GRIP INC.).

      Finnish melancholic metallers THE CHANT will release their second album, "This Is The World We Know", on March 17 via Full Metal Music. The first single from the CD, "New Reality", is currently available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.

      01. New Reality
      02. Reflected
      03. November 1987
      04. The Black Ascension
      05. Will You Follow?
      06. Safe World
      07. Common Price
      08. Armored Man
      09. Relativity

      "This Is The World We Know" was produced by MOONSORROW vocalist-bassist Ville Sorvali.

      A studio diary is available at this location.

      THE CHANT's debut album, "Ghostlines", was released in February 2008 the U.K. and Ireland via Shadow World Records / Plastic Head Distribution. "Ghostlines" was described as "a 54-minute emotionally charged rollercoaster ride with morose atmospheres, beautiful melodies and harmonies in the course of KATATONIA, ANATHEMA and HIM."

      For more information, visit www.thechant.net.

      Former VADER/BEHEMOTH bassist Marcin "Novy" Nowak is putting together a new band, tentatively dubbed ROAD'S END, with lead guitarist Chris Cannella (N17, AUTUMN'S END) and drummer Kevan Roy (ex-MASTERY). The group is still looking for another lead guitarist.

      Novy is currently available for studio/session work, either individually or as part of a rhythm section (along with the above-mentioned Roy).

      Novy has recorded 17 full length CDs and taped five official DVDs, all with worldwide distribution. He was also named one of the best bass players in all of the industry-related magazines.

      Novy is an extremely versatile musician who is inspired not only by heavy metal, but also jazz, classical and other "good" music.

      For more details, contact Novy's management at mj@... or visit www.desertcore.com.

      DYING FETUS and KETZER have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Party.San Open Air festival, set to take place August 12-14, 2010 in Bad Berka, Germany.

      The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

      AURA NOIR
      CANNIBAL CORPSE
      DEMONICAL
      DEVOURMENT
      DYING FETUS
      KETZER
      MÅNEGARM
      MERRIMACK
      MILKING THE GOATMACHINE
      MONSTROSITY
      NECROPHAGIST
      OFERMOD
      SARKE
      SUFFOCATION
      SUICIDAL ANGELS
      THE CROWN
      THE DEVIL'S BLOOD
      TRIBULATION
      UNDER THAT SPELL
      VARG
      WATAIN

      More acts will be announced soon.

      Long-running Italian extreme metallers NECRODEATH will celebrate their 25th anniversary by releasing a covers album, entitled "Old Skull". The CD, which is due on February 5, features guest appearances by members of influential Italian thrashers BULLDOZER and former members of SCHIZO.

      "Old Skull" was recorded at Quake Sound Studios in Rapallo (Ge) and was produced by the bandmembers themselves. It was mixed by Giuseppe Orlando at Outer Sound Studios in Rome and was mastered by Simone Mularoni at Fear Studios in Ravenna. The cover artwork was created by Davide Nadalin and Nerve Design.

      "Old Skull" track listing:

      01. Mater Tenebrarum (NECRODEATH 2010)
      02. Black Magic (SLAYER)
      03. Raise the Dead (BATHORY)
      04. Pleasure to Kill (KREATOR)
      05. Paranoid (BLACK SABBATH )
      06. Sodomy and Lust (SODOM)
      07. Bloodlust (VENOM)
      08. Ace of Spades (MOTORHEAD)
      09. Am I Evil? (DIAMOND HEAD)
      10. Mater Tenebrarum (NECRODEATH 1985)

      NECRODEATH is:

      Peso: Drums
      Flegias:Vocals
      Pier: Guitars
      Gl: Bass, Backing Vocals

      Additional musicians:

      * Claudio (ex-NECRODEATH) - Guitar on "Raise the Dead"
      * A.C.Wild (BULLDOZER) - Additional Voice on "Mater Tenebrarum"
      * Andy Panigada (BULLDOZER) - Guitar on "Ace of Spades"
      * Andy Bonfiglio (ex-NECRODEATH) - Guitar on "Am I Evil?"
      * Alberto Penzin (ex-SCHIZO, MONDOCANE) - Bass on "Sodomy and Lust"
      * John (ex-NECRODEATH, RAZA DE ODIO, CADAVERIA, DYNABYTE) - Bass on "Black Magic"

      An Italian tour in support of the CD will kick off in early March.

      NECRODEATH's last album, "Phylogenesis", was released in April 2009 via Scarlet Records.



      RAGNAROK (Norway) and RAGNARÖEK (Germany) have been confirmed for this year's Ragnarök Festival, set to take place April 30 - May 1, 2010 at Ostbayernhalle in Rieden/Kreuth, Germany.

      The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

      AGATHODAIMON
      AKREA
      ARKONA
      BELPHEGOR
      CARACH ANGREN
      CATAMENIA
      CTULU
      ENSIFERUM
      EQUILIBRIUM
      FJOERGYN
      GORGOROTH
      GRAILKNIGHTS
      HAGGARD
      HEATHEN FORAY
      HELFAHRT
      HELLSAW
      HELRUNAR
      HOLLENTHON
      IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
      KROMLEK
      MIDNATTSOL
      OBSCURITY
      RAGNAROK
      RAGNARÖEK
      RIGER
      SARKE
      SLARTIBARTFASS
      SÓLSTAFIR
      SUIDAKRA
      THE VISION BLEAK
      THORMESIS
      VARG
      VREID

      For more information, visit www.ragnaroek-festival.com.
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