Avantasia “The Mystery of Time” out now on Nuclear Blast‏

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AVANTASIA “THE MYSTERY OF TIME” OUT NOW IN NORTH AMERICA

New masterpiece from Tobias Sammet available on Nuclear Blast

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GERMANY – The Mystery of Time, the latest release from German composer and vocalist Tobias Sammet’s, Avantasia, is out now in North America on Nuclear Blast Records. Featuring a 60-piece-symphonic-orchestra, the German Filmorchestra Babelsberg (Rammstein, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams) and guest appearances by Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Bob Catley (Magnum), Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep) and more, The Mystery of Time can be purchased online through the Nuclear Blast web-store: http://smarturl.it/AvaMysTi and Amazon.com: http://smarturl.it/avmytiamz, or digitally via iTunes: http://bit.ly/avamotit.

 

While Sammet has sold more than 3 million discs worldwide, The Mystery of Time easily set Avantasia sales records when it released in Germany earlier this month; it sold more than twice as many copies as any previous Avantasia album in the first week of its release, while rocketing straight to #2 on the official German Mediacontrol album charts. The record also cracked the Top 10 in Finland, Sweden and England.

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1.) Spectres

2.) The Watchmakers’ Dream

3.) Black Orchid

4.) Where Clock Hands Freeze

5.) Sleepwalking

6.) Savior in the Clockwork

7.) Invoke the Machine

8.) What’s Left of Me

9.) Dweller in a Dream

10.) The Great Mystery

 

Check out the music video for “Sleepwalking” on YouTube at:http://smarturl.it/SleepwalkingVideo, as well as a lyric video for “Invoke the Machine” at:http://youtu.be/WfQEclxbQrs.

 

Stay tuned for more information on Avantasia and The Mystery of Time.

Avantasia online…

 

www.facebook.com/avantasia

www.nuclearblast.de/avantasia

www.tobiassammet.com

 

 

Additional Avantasia multimedia…

 

The Mystery of Time Album Trailer: http://youtu.be/JTq8Q94eLDk

The Mystery of Time Studio Reports: http://youtu.be/k8tFi-8zyUk

“Invoke the Machine” Lyric Video: http://youtu.be/WfQEclxbQrs

 

Tobias Sammet talks about his guests:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OdsSoPjqYTY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WdhVXZ20irc

 

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The Sword Premiere New “Cloak Of Feathers” Video Exclusively On VEVO

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ImageProxyTHE SWORD PREMIERE NEW “CLOAK OF FEATHERS” VIDEO EXCLUSIVELY ON VEVO

In conjunction with their forthcoming tour supporting Clutch (starting this Wednesday May 1stin Richmond, VA), The Sword today release their new video, “Cloak Of Feathers.” The video, directed by Rich Ragsdale, is the second clip from The Sword’s fourth album,Apocryphon (Razor & Tie).  To view “Cloak Of Feathers”, click here VEVO(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyJR5sGEdaM).

The Sword Tour Dates With Clutch
5/1/13                 Richmond, VA                                  The National
5/2/13                 New York, NY                                   Terminal 5
5/3/13                 Clifton Park, NY                               Upstate Concert Hall
5/4/13                 Portland, ME                                     State Theatre
5/5/13                 Boston, MA                                        House of Blues Boston
5/7/13                 Charlotte, NC                                     Amos’ Southend
5/9/13                 St Petersburg                                     State Theatre
5/10/13              Fort Lauderdale, FL                           Revolution Live
5/11/13              Orlando, FL                                        House of Blues Orlando
5/12/13              Pensacola, FL                                    Vinyl Music Hall
5/14/13              New Orleans, LA                               House of Blues New Orleans
5/15/13              Atlanta, GA                                         Center Stage Theatre
5/17/13              Philadelphia, PA                                 The Electric Factory
5/18/13              Columbus, OH                                   Rock on the Range Festival*
5/19/13              Indianapolis, IN                                 The Vogue
5/21/13              Milwaukee, WI                                   Turner Hall Ballroom
5/22/13              Fargo, ND                                           The Venue
5/23/13              Lincoln, NE                                        Bourbon Theater
5/24/13              Pryor, OK                                           Rocklahoma Festival*
5/25/13              Houston, TX                                      House of Blues Houston
5/26/13              San Antonio, TX                               River City Rock Festival*
*Festivals

For all information on The Sword, go to:

Rob Traynor gives us the lowdown on Black Water Rising

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Rob Traynor-Vocals/Guitar
Dennis Kimak-Guitar
Mike Meselsohn-Drums
Oddie Mclaughlin-Bass

The first time I heard the track “Brother Go On” by Black Water Rising it stopped me in my tracks. Groovin’ with a heavy vibe it was something special. After searching around for the record, to no avail in the stores, I ordered it online and was completely satisfied. Heavy with killer riffs, powerful lyrics it kept my attention with every song. Here we are years later and there is an impending new release from Black Water Rising and, I nailed an interview with vocalist/guitarist/founder Rob Traynor.

2102_1084084425275_8625_n     Before you listen to the interview, Which includes the new track “Show No Mercy”, watch the video which started it all for me “Brother Go On”:

     Be sure and check them out at : http://www.blackwaterrising.com/ and on facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Water-Rising/14816181590?fref=ts

     Now, sit back, open a cold beverage, and enjoy getting to know Rob:

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!

     the Hellion

Orchid launches “Wizard of War” music video, “The Mouths Of Madness” album stream

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ORCHID LAUNCHES “WIZARD OF WAR” MUSIC VIDEO, “THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS” ALBUM STREAM

“The Mouths Of Madness” out May 14 on Nuclear Blast

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco, Calif. doom rocker, Orchid, has released the official music video for “Wizard of War,” the first single off the band’s upcoming masterpiece The Mouths Of Madness, out May 14 on Nuclear Blast. Check out the video on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/VA_Q8ci7bag.

 

Furthermore, Britain’s Metal Hammer has made the entire The Mouths Of Madnessalbum available for streaming at: http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/orchid-exclusive-album-stream-the-mouths-of-madness.

 

Fans can pre-order The Mouths Of Madness on CD and vinyl via the Nuclear Blast web-store at: http://smarturl.it/Orchid.

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02. Marching Dogs of War
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04. Nomad
05. Mountains of Steel
06. Leaving It All Behind
07. Loving Hand of God
08. Wizard of War
09. See You on the Other Side

Carrying the 70’s-doom-hard-rock vibe to a new level of intensity and adding new facets to the work of art, Orchid has succeeded in staying true to its roots while refining its trademark sound at the same time.

 

The Mouths Of Madness instrumental recordings, split into two separate sessions, were done in Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, Calif. (Dead Kennedys, Mr. Bungle, Joe Satriani, Exodus) as well as in Laughing Tiger Studios, San Rafael, Calif. (Santana, Sammy Hagar), before long-time producer and engineer Will Storkson and his home studio came into play, where the vocals were tracked.

 

The Mouths Of Madness was mastered by Richard Whittaker, who also took care of the latest Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy rereleases/analogue transfers. The legendary producer had this to say: “I’ve been a huge fan of Orchid since I first heard their debut EP back in 2009, and they’ve certainly come a long way since then. So, as you can imagine, to be asked to work with Orchid on their records was an honor and a pleasure.

The Mouths Of Madness is such a well-crafted and awe inspiring album. Sonically, it’s 1974 meets 2013 which, for me, takes the Sabath/Pentagram vibe to a whole new level.”

 

As an appetizer for The Mouths Of Madness, Orchid recently released the exclusive 10″ vinyl EP. ‘Wizard Of War,’ containing a brand new track, a rare bonus track as well as one song off the band’s stunning debut album Capricorn. The EP can also be purchased via the above link.

 

Stay tuned for more information on Orchid and The Mouths Of Madness.

Orchid online…

 

http://www.OrchidSF.com

http://www.facebook.com/orchidsf
http://orchid.bandcamp.com/
http://www.youtube.com/OrchidSF

Also check out…

Under The Influence w/ Carter Kennedy: http://youtu.be/8ylnfdi8aEM
Under The Influence w/ Mark Thomas Baker: http://youtu.be/AJs2UvN6yiE

Under The Influence w/ Keith Nickel: http://youtu.be/Wn_rn9xLEbQ

Album trailer 1: http://youtu.be/zNslhPDg_Jg

Album trailer 2: http://youtu.be/fPZpjCemApY

“Wizard Of War” lyric video: http://youtu.be/K0nFQxXmmx4
“Capricorn” music video: http://youtu.be/hTygdeTwZ9U

 

Orchid is…

 

Theo Mindell – Vocals
Carter Kennedy – Drums
Mark Thomas Baker – Guitar
Keith Nickel – Bass

MY CONTINUING JOURNEY WITH TESLA 04/20/2013 – THE LAZY DAYS AND CRAZY NIGHTS TOUR

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I was “Teslafied” on 03/25/1987 in Albuquerque, NM. My friend Steve and I had bought tickets for the Alice Cooper “Raise Your Fist And Yell” tour. At that point we had never heard of Tesla. When Tesla took the stage and vocalist Jeff Keith announced that we were about to be “Teslafied” we looked at each other in amusement, for about 30 seconds. This band ROCKED! I became an instant fan and have been ever since. I eagerly purchased each new release and caught them several times when they rolled through my town. Years later a very good friend of mine, Mike Araiza, won a chance to play a song on stage with Tesla. That one song turned into several and a long-lasting friendship with the band. A couple of years later that relationship led to a collaboration with Mike’s musical partner, vocalist Jeff Sandoval, and Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon.

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04/20/2013 – My wife and I purchased VIP seats to once again see one of our favorite bands. It was a mellow evening as we waited for the show, there was no opener so the stage was set for just Tesla.

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After a brief intro the band came on strong with “I Wanna Live” and took hold of the sold out crowd and never let go. Despite a few technical glitches the show went off amazingly. Jeff Keith’s vocals were spot on and powerful as ever. Smiling, and at ease, the perfect host for an evening of Rock N’ Roll. Jeff has a personality that makes you feel like you’re at a backyard party watching your friends band.

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 The rhythm section of Troy Luccketta and Brian Wheat anchored the band solidly. Brian is a joy to watch as a bass player. He doesn’t stand in one spot, as some other do, he plays to the crowd from all over the stage. His playing style is solid and rock steady providing the beautiful low-end to the Tesla songs we all know and love. Troy provides the beat with a no B.S. approach. Perfect timing and giving the band the foundation to rock your ass off.

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     Which leaves me with the Dynamic Duo of guitars, Frank Hannon and Dave Rude. These guys are here to amaze. From heartfelt acoustic, to in your face shred these two have got you covered. Frank and Dave compliment each other so well. The classic Tesla song were played live as if they were in super HD, brilliant, and flawless. Flying across the stage, engaging the crowd, drawing you in to the show. This guitar tag team remains one of my favorites. They have gotten the Rock N’ Roll equation right.

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      During the show we noticed that Mike Araiza and Jeff Sandoval (previously mentioned as members of the Frank Hannon band, and close personal friends) had arrived and were enjoying the show as well. We all said hello and hugs were given all around and went back to watching the show.

Jeff Sandoval and Mike Araiza from the Frank Hannon Band.

Jeff Sandoval and Mike Araiza from the Frank Hannon Band.

     The evening’s  set list consisted of songs from the vast library of Tesla greats. Tesla gave the crowd their money’s worth and then some. Including: “I Wanna Live”, “Hang Tough”, “Breakin’ Free”, “Heaven’s Trail”, “Mama’s Fool”, “Getting Better”, “The Way It Is”, “Signs”, “What You Give”, “Love Song”, “Edison’s Medicine”, “”Lazy Days”, “Modern Day Cowboy”, and “Little Suzi” as their encore.   When their set was finished the band took pictures of the crowd and thanked and shook hands with as many as they could from the stage. 

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     The show was over but the evening had just begun to get interesting. We hung around and caught up with Jeff  and Sharon Sandoval and Mike and Marta Araiza. During our catching up a magic “King” and  “Queen” (they’ll know who they are when they read this) managed to slip us a couple of guest passes to meet the band. All of these years of listening to Tesla and now we were getting the chance to meet them.

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     We got meet and talk with Frank Hannon, Troy Luccketta, Brian Wheat, and Dave Rude (Jeff Keith had already retired to the tour bus). We hung around for about an hour and half just talking about projects, music etc. Jeff Sandoval was in full on pimp mode telling the band members about this blog site. He sure made me feel good about what I am doing here on this blog. The guys took a definite interest in it and we shared information for future writings and interviews. Thank you Jeff, Mike, and Marta for the chance to meet this great bunch of guys.

Mike Araiza, Frank Hannon, the Hellion, Mrs. Hellion, and Jeff Sandoval

Mike Araiza, Frank Hannon, the Hellion, Mrs. Hellion, and Jeff Sandoval

Dave Rude and the Hellion

Dave Rude and the Hellion

Troy Luccketta and the Hellion

Troy Luccketta and the Hellion

Brian Wheat and the Hellion

Brian Wheat and the Hellion

     A very special thanks to Jeff, Frank, Brian, Troy, and Dave from Tesla, you guys continue to amaze.

     A super special thank you to Frank Hannon for making the evening EXTRA special!

     “Lazy Days and Crazy Nights” for sure!

     It’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!

     the Hellion

THROW THE TEMPLE – A BAND ON THE RISE!

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https://www.facebook.com/throwthetemple

http://www.reverbnation.com/throwthetemple

Throw The Temple:

Gabriel Gambino – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Matt Garcia – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Joey Diaz – Drums
Kody Audette – Bass Guitar/Vocals

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     Not only did I have the opportunity to interview this fun band, I have had the chance to enjoy some of their music. Hard rocking at times, mellower at others, Throw The Temple is a “peoples band”. Easy to like and VERY easy to listen to Throw The Temple makes you feel comfortable. My favorite tracks are “White Collar Baller” and “The Causeway”.  Be on the lookout for Throw The Temple  making waves soon……

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     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!

     the Hellion

Autopsy “The Headless Ritual” coming this July, Cover art + track list revealed‏

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AUTOPSY “THE HEADLESS RITUAL” COMING THIS JULY

Cover art + track list revealed

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CALIFORNIA – July 2 will mark the return of Autopsy, the U.S. master of brutality, with the band’s sixth studio opus of horror and all-out madness, The Headless Ritual, on Peaceville Records.

Featuring the returning quartet of Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, Danny Coralles, and Joe Trevisano,The Headless Ritual is a relentless monster of violent and brutal death metal mastery delivered in the unmistakable Autopsy style of chaotic riffing, insane solos and doom-filled interludes, all served with the band’s unhinged brand of vocal sickness. The album was recorded and mixed April 2013 at Fantasy Studios, San Francisco, Calif. with Adam Munoz, and features cover artwork by renowned artist Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin).

Said drummer/vocalist Chris Reifert, “Expect nothing less than the monstrous brutality that Autopsy has been known to offer. Laurels will not be rested upon, trends will not be followed and mercy will not be shown. Mark your calendars for June and pick out a coffin to lie down and die in. Darkness and death await…”

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The track listing for The Headless Ritual is…

01. SLAUGHTER AT BEAST HOUSE
02. MANGLED FAR BELOW
03. SHE IS A FUNERAL
04. COFFIN CRAWLERS
05. WHEN HAMMER MEETS BONE
06. THORNS AND ASHES
07. ARCH CADAVER
08. FLESH TURNS TO DUST
09. RUNNING FROM THE GOATHEAD
10. THE HEADLESS RITUAL

Among the early breed of U.S. death metal pioneers, Autopsy formed in 1987 in the San Francisco Bay Area and released four albums on Peaceville Records. Beginning with the classic debut Severed Survival in 1989, the group disbanded in 1995 with members going on to form Abscess. Autopsy triumphantly and officially returned from the grave after a 15 year hiatus with the 2010 EP, ‘The Tomb Within,’ followed by the release of the band’s widely acclaimed fifth studio album, Macabre Eternal in 2011.

 

Stay tuned for more information on Autopsy and The Headless Ritual.

Autopsy is…

 

Chris Reifert – drums/vocals

Danny Coralles – guitar

Eric Cutler – guitar

Joe Trevisano – bass

 

 

For more info…

 

www.autopsydeathmetal.com

www.facebook.com/pages/Autopsy-Official/162194133792668

www.peaceville.com/autopsy

www.peaceville.com