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Sept. 2012


SATAN launches official website and announce new album for 2013
SATAN are currently adding the finishing touches to material for a new album. The album will be released next year around springtime to coincide with the 30th Year Anniversary of the release of the first album "Court In The Act". It of course will feature the original members, who performed on that album and the band look at it as the recording that would have been the follow up featuring that line-up. They already have offers from various labels for the release and are negotiating and will make a decision soon. Featured track titles among others are; "Twenty Twenty Five", "Testimony", "Cenotaph", "Incantations", "Time To Die" and "Demons Pulling You Down". Also watch out for upcoming festival shows in 2013. Website: http://www.satanmusic.com/

June 2012


ELIXIR Announce Final Farewell Shows
It is with a heavy (metal) heart, that ELIXIR announce their final farewell shows at The Bridge House, East London on Saturday October 13th, and De Verlichte Geest, Roeselare, Belgium on Saturday October 20th. The band would like to thank their fans for the fantastic support over the years and hope to see as many as possible at their final shows to say goodbye. ELIXIR guitarist Phil Denton said “Since we re-formed in 2002, we have had a fantastic 10 years playing live in Greece, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Italy, Bulgaria, Norway, Spain and the USA and have received warm and enthusiastic welcomes from fans in those countries. We will miss you as much as we will miss playing together on stage. We also had the opportunity to record three more studio albums since our re-formation, and feel that our most recent, 2010’s "All Hallows Eve" is not a bad way to finish our recording career. I love Paul, Norman, Kevin and Nigel like brothers and will miss their talent, friendship and above all, their humour and wish them well for the future. We plan to have a good drink together and enjoy each other’s company one last time when we are together for the final shows, and then plan to finish off in style by rocking hard on stage! We hope to see you there!”

July/August 2011


HEAVY METAL MANIACS Festival Line-up Confirmed for October 2011!!!
The line up for the 2011 edition of the Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival has been announced. The festival will be held at the Manifesto in Hoorn (Netherlands) on October 22, 2010. The following bands have been confirmed: GIRLSCHOOL (UK), PEGAZUS (AUS), MURO (ESP), ALPHA TIGER (GER) and FIREFORCE (B).
Unfortunately, the CULPRIT show has been cancelled due to a severe error made by a booker. The Heavy Metal Maniacs organization and CULPRIT tried to have the booker resolve the issue, but without any luck. The HMM organization will do their best to make it happen in 2012, when they have more time. PEGAZUS will take the spot from CULPRIT and therefore they will play an extended setlist. The replacement band will be ALPHA TIGER from Germany, who already played at KIT in Germany earlier this year.
Pre-sale has already started, so grab your tickets now by going to the Heavy metal Maniacs website and click on the flyer below.

April 2011


Former MANOWAR drummer Scott Columbus Dead At 54

With great sadness, it has come our attention that former MANOWAR drummer Scott Columbus died on April 4th at the age of 54.
Scott joined MANOWAR in 1983, but left the band in 1990, when his son fell ill. He returned to the fold for the "Louder Than Hell" album in 1996 and remained with the group April 2008. He explained in a 2010 interview that his final departure from the band came after he disagreed with MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio on a few points of interest, but said they remained on speaking terms. In the months prior to this death, Scott Columbes was working on an instrumental project called INSTRUMETAL. Scott, our brother-in-metal, we will miss you and R.I.P.!

March 2011


TOKYO BLADE announces new album in March
Fastball Music has set a March 18 release date for "Thousand Men Strong", the brand new studio album from the newly revamped lineup of TOKYO BLADE, featuring Andy Boulton (guitar), John Wiggins (guitar), Andy Wrighton (bass) and Steve Pierce (drums), alongside new singer Nicolaj "Nick" Ruhnow (IRONY, VOIVITTU, DOMAIN, NICK HELLFORT). The CD was helmed by veteran British producer Chris Tsangarides, who has previously worked with THIN LIZZY, Y&T, FREE, BLACK SABBATH, IAN GILLAN, JUDAS PRIEST, OZZY OSBOURNE and ANVIL, among others.

HELL releases new single and forthcoming album is being scheduled for May
HELL just released their "Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us" singe — a re-recording of the band's original single released in 1983 — digitally and on picture vinyl, limited to 666 copies. The single contains the title track backed with "On Earth As It Is In Hell". "Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us" is the first single from HELL's forthcoming album "Human Remains", which will be released on May 13 via Nuclear Blast Records.

February 2011


Former WATCHTOWER, RIOT Members Join Forces In EVIL UNITED
EVIL UNITED is the new band featuring Jason McMaster (WATCHTOWER, DANGEROUS TOYS, BROKEN TEETH) on vocals, Don Van Stavern (RIOT, S.A. SLAYER) on bass, T.C. Connally (PB/DC, CULT TO FOLLOW) on guitar, Shakes West (NEUROTICA, PB/DC, SEBASTIAN BACH) on drums and John Valenzuela (PB/DC, URIAL) on guitar. The band is an onslaught combining musical elements of new-school metal and the old NWOBHM sound ala MERCYFUL FATE/SLAYER crossed with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. You can download their debut album from CD Baby, USA. For more information, visit the band's Facebook page.

R.I.P. Manny van Oosten [09/09/1955 - 25/02/2011]


Our sincere condolances go out to the family and friends of Manny van Oosten (BLACK OUT/TO ELYSIUM/INFERNORAMA, etc.), who sadly passed away on February 25th because of A.L.S. (muscle disease). Manny was 55 years old. R.I.P. Manny - we will miss you!!

SHOCK!!! Guitarist GARY MOORE dies at 58...
Gary Moore passed away in his sleep Sunday morning (Febr. 6), hours after checking into the five-star Kempinski Hotel in Estepona on the Costa del Sol, Spain with an unnamed female friend. He was 58 years old. While forensic experts are satisfied he died from natural causes, they requested further tests on tissue samples taken from his body ahead of a final report. His body will be flown to Britain this Friday, Febr. 11th, 2011. Gary's funeral is expected to take place over the weekend in Brighton, where the Belfast-born 58-year-old had been based for some time. R.I.P. Gary - you will be sadly missed!!!

December 2010


ELISE (NL) reunion in Veeningen announced for April 2011
The once-only reunion of Dutch hardrock band ELISE will definately take place. The show will be held on April 16th in Veeningen/De Stapel at Loonbedrijf Gorter. ELISE was founded in 1980 and were known for their great live shows with enormous sound equipment and huge beer parties. Tickets are currently on sale at Bemo Entertainment, De Wijk; Café De Falieberg, Zuidwolde; Kapsalon Hairtrends, Ruinerwold; Multi Media Shop, Dedemsvaart and the Music Store in Coevorden. The organisation is courtesy by artist agency Bemo Entertainment. This agency also organised oldtime rock shows from New Adventures, Powerplay, Vengeance and Frankenstein. More information, videos and music can be found by clicking on the festival poster below:


September 2010


R.I.P. Thys Bruyns 21/11/1960 - 28/08/2010
Dutch Heavy Metal lost one of it's most beloved and charismatic frontmen Thys "Maniac" Bruyns of Hammerhawk and No Class passed away at 49 years of age on 28th August 2010. His music will live on in our hearts. Heavy Metal Forever ! Thys his last gig will be held on Friday September 3 at 11.00 o'clock at Duinhof Cemetary IJmuiden (NL). The service is open to all inclined to pay homage. Last words can be written down here:
Condoleance Register for Thys Bruyns

July 2010


HEAVY METAL MANIACS Festival Line-up Confirmed for October!!!
The line up for the 2010 edition of the Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival has been announced. The festival will be held at the Manifesto in Hoorn (Netherlands) on October 23, 2010. The following bands have been confirmed: VICIOUS RUMORS (USA); TOKYO BLADE (UK), BITCHES SIN (UK), WARRANT (GER), EMERALD (NL) and STEEL HORSE (ESP). More info will soon follow.


Third TAKEN BY FORCE Festival in Vroomshoop (NL)!!!
The line up for the 3rd edition of Taken By Force 3 has been finalized. The festival will be held at the Front in Vroomshoop (Netherlands) on October 9th, 2010. The following bands have been confirmed: BLITZKRIEG (UK), GILGAMESJ (NL), VANDERBUST (NL), STRONGHOLDE (GER), NEURASTENIA (IT) and OL'DEEZER (NL). Unfortunately, DARK WIZARD has been forced to cancel, due to sickness of the guitarist. We wish him well !!


March 2010


R.I.P. Garry Sharpe-Young!!!!
Garry Sharpe-Young — who worked as a journalist for British, American and German rock magazines, wrote music reference books, biographies for OZZY OSBOURNE and BLACK SABBATH and set up the popular encyclopedic rock music web site Rockdetector (since renamed Musicmight) — died at his home on Friday (March 12) after suffering an aneurism. He was 45 years old. We send our condolences to Garry's family and friends. He will indeed be missed.

January 2010


OZZY OSBOURNE: New Concert DVD To Feature Previously Unseen RANDY RHOADS Footage
OZZY OSBOURNE is planning on releasing a concert DVD later this year featuring never-before-seen footage of his band, including late guitarist RANDY RHOADS performing in 1981.

Luther Beltz: Back For Good with WITYCHFYNDE
WITCHFYNDE announces the return of former singer Luther Beltz within' the band. Gigs/festival for 2010 will be announced soon!

TYGERS OF PAN TANG To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of "Wildcat" Album
2010 will see TYGERS OF PAN TANG celebrate the 30th anniversary of the "Wildcat" album. The band has decided to re-record five songs [Euthanasia, Slaves to Freedom, Suzy Smiled, Don't Touch Me There and Wildcat] to celebrate and remind the fans of the quality of the album which may have been long forgotten. The songs will be re-arranged to utilize modern technology and recorded by the 2010 lineup.The five-track EP will be recorded late January and be available for pre-sale exclusively from the TYGERS web site/shop in February. The band expects to dispatch the EP to buyers in early March 2010. This will be a limited-edition release of 1000 copies, with new artwork. It will only be available from the web site and TYGERS live shows. The band will also be looking at some commemorative shirts which will also be sold via the web site from March onwards.

CLOVEN HOOF: "Throne Of Damnation" EP Now Available
CLOVEN HOOF have decided to release a five-song EP entitled "Throne Of Damnation" by popular demand. It will contain three new songs — "Prime Time", "Running Man" and "Freak Show" — along with reworked versions of "Whore of Babylon" and "Night Stalker", the latter of which is featured on the Brütal Legend game. The EP is available as a limited run only. The first 500 copies will be on sale at a special price of £5.00, including postage and packing. Order a copy at this location.

BLACK ROSE: New Album In The Works
23 years after the release of its last studio album back in 1986, BLACK ROSE will put out its third LP, tentatively titled "Cure For Your Disease", in early 2010. As a taster for the upcoming album, some new song samples have been uploaded to the band's MySpace page.

November 2009


TOKYO BLADE Announce New Singer
The newly revamped lineup of TOKYO BLADE, featuring Andy Boulton (guitar) alongside John Wiggins (guitar) and bassist Andy Wrighton (bass), has announced the addition of singer Chris Gillen to the group's ranks. The band's new drummer will be announced shortly.

NWOBHM Bands Featured In 'No Sleep Till Saltburn' Book
"No Sleep Till Saltburn", an affectionately humourous look at the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) scene of the mid-1980s, was released this past Halloween and can now be purchased via http://www.Lulu.com. It provides an insight and history into the many active bands in and around the North East of England, including the TYGERS OF PAN TANG. Author Mark Gregory, who is also a broadcaster and commercial voice artist, appeared recently on U.K. television to talk about the book.

October 2009


CLOVEN HOOF Parts Ways With Singer
Vocalist Russ North has left CLOVEN HOOF to pursue a solo singing career away from heavy metal. The Barbaars festival in Holland and the Newcastle Cluny shows will have to be cancelled as result of Russ's departure, but Rorth will play a final show at the Hard Rock Hell festival (UK) in December. A new singer will be announced shortly. The remaining bandmembers are currently in pre production working with producer Tom Galley (PHENOMENA) on the next album. It is scheduled for release in the spring of 2010. The band recently announced the addition of guitarist Mick Powell to the group's ranks. He made his live debut with the band at the Rock of Ages festival in Belgium on October 17. CLOVEN HOOF re-recorded 24 of its classic songs for a two-part "best-of" compilation, "The Definitive Part One" and "The Definitive Part Two".

September 2009


TOKYO BLADE To Release CD/DVD in January 2010
TOKYO BLADE will release the CD/DVD "Live In Germany" in January 2010 through Razar Ice Records. The effort was recorded last November at the Keep It True festival in Würzburg, Germany during the band's "Die By The Sword" tour. It was mixed and mastered by Sid Garcia at Sight 16 Studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The DVD will contain bonus material, including tour rehearsal, candid footage with the band and additional live songs from throughout the 2008 tour. Track listing: Intro - The Killer; Lovestruck; Lightning Strikes; Midnight Rendezvous; Death On Main St.; Dead Of The Night; Attack, Attack; Monkeys Blood; Long Live Rock and Roll; If Heaven Is Hell and Night Of The Blade + bonus tracks; Someone To Love, Blackhearts And Jaded Spades and Unleash The Beast.

JAGUAR: New Dates Announced
JAGUAR have scheduled the following dates:
Sept. 10 Rock City, Uster, Switzerland
Sept. 25 Kutten Festival, Hannover, Germany
Sept. 26 Taken By Force Festival, Vroomshoop, Holland
Oct. 09 Met Bar, Lenzburg, Switzerland
Sept. 10 Rock City, Uster, Switzerland

August 2009


Original BITZKRIEG Guitarist IAN JONES Dies
Ian Jones, original guitarist for BLITZKRIEG, passed away on August 10 after a long illness. Jones was in BLITZKRIEG in 1980-1981 and played rhythm guitar on BLITZKRIEG's 1981 seven-inch EP "Buried Alive", which was released by Neat Records. He also co-wrote the classic track "Blitzkrieg", which was on the B-side. Ian's funeral will be held in Leicester, England on August 19.

July 2009


REKUIEM Begins Recording New Album
REKUIEM (formerly REQUIEM) has issued the following update: "At last, the studio recording of the new REKUIEM album, 'Raise The Dead', is underway. Pre-production, which has taken a lot longer than anticipated, is finally complete. The new songs are sounding good and everyone in the band is excited to be making the new record." The upcoming REKUIEM album, "Raise The Dead", will feature singer Chitral "Chity" Somapala (ex-FIREWIND), who joined the band in 2007.

April 2009


CLOVEN HOOF, ANGEL WITCH, WITCHFYNDE, DEMON, GIRLSCHOOL and ROCK GODDESS (reunion) Confirmed For U.K.'s HARD ROCK HELL Festival
NWOBHM pioneers ANGEL WITCH, WITCHFYNDE, DEMON and CLOVEN HOOF have been confirmed for this year's Hard Rock Hell festival, set to take place December 4-5, 2009 at Pontins in Prestatyn Sands. North Wales, United Kingdom. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ANGEL WITCH, DEMON, CLOVEN HOOF, WITCHFYNDE, GIRLSCHOOL, ROCK GODDESS, HYDROGYN, LAUREN HARRIS, MARYA ROXX, NEW YORK DOLLS, QUEENSRŸCHE, SONATA ARTICA, THE QUIREBOYS, TERRORVISION, TIGERTAILZ, W.A.S.P., WRATHCHILD. For more information, go to www.hardrockhell.com

PRAYING MANTIS: New Album Details Revealed
Frontiers Records has set a June 5 European release date for the new studio album from NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) legends PRAYING MANTIS, entitled "Sanctuary" (July 14 in the U.S.). The CD was recorded in Atlanta, Georgia under the direction of producer/engineer Andy Reilly (ASIA, THE CULT, BRUCE DICKINSON, FM, etc). "Sanctuary" track listing is as follows: "In Time", "Restless Heart", "Tears In The Rain", "So High", "Lonely Way Home", "Touch The Rainbow", "Threshold of a Dream", "Playing God", "Highway", and "Sanctuary".

March 2009


HEAVY METAL MANIACS Festival Line-up 2009 Confirmed !!!
The line up for the 2009 edition of the Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival has been announced. The festival (two days this time) will be held at the Manifesto in Hoorn (Netherlands) on October 23 and 24, 2009. The following bands have been confirmed: EXCITER (CAN); TYGERS OF PAN TANG (UK); PICTURE (NL); TOKYO BLADE (UK); VORTEX (NL); SAD IRON (NL); HYSTERICA (SWE); ENFORCER (SWE) and CHAINSAW (NL). More info will soon follow.

TREDEGAR: New DVD To Be Released
Ray Phillips, original drummer and founding member of legendary Welsh rockers BUDGIE and TREDEGAR, is continuing work on his very first solo album, tentatively due later this year. In addition, there are plans to issue a couple of TREDEGAR DVDs, one of which will feature a live show as well as an all-new 2009 documentary/interview film. There are also plans to release rare, never-before-seen footage (promo videos, and three live television interviews) and to make the TREDEGAR albums available for download from various digital retailers.Ray is also putting pen to paper to produce his first book, which will feature many tales from the road, especially those from his BUDGIE years: from 1967 to late 1973.

Keep It True 13 [April 2010] Announces First Headliner!
The billing for K.I.T XIII is shaping up nicely. So far, the confirmed bands are:
ADX (FRA); ANACRUSIS (USA); CANDLEMASS (SWE)(Special 25th Anniversary "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus Show"); CRYSTAL VIPER (POL); DEMON (UK)(Special 30th Anniversary Show);HADES (USA); HEART OF CYGNUS (USA); KALAPACS (HUN)(Special POKOLGEP Show); OBSESSION (USA); SATANS HOST (USA)(with Harry Conklin); SAVAGE GRACE (USA); SIREN (USA); STRIKER (CAN); THOR (CAN); TYGERS OF PAN TANG (UK); WATCHTOWER (USA); WHIPLASH (USA);

February 2009


ANGELWITCH Are back To Hit The Road!
Reactivated legends ANGELWITCH have been confirmed for Friday's April 24 date at the 2009 Roadburn Festival (NL). Furthermore, the band will co-headline the 4th Play It Loud Festival on September 26 in Bologna, Italy. Others names, that will play there are SACRED STEEL, STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER and TYSONDOG. ANGELWITCH anno 2009 is comprised of guitarist and vocalist Kevin Heybourne, Chris Fullard (guitar), Will Palmer (bass) and Andy Prestidge (drums)

January 2009


TANK Reissues To Include Bonus Tracks
Metal Mind Productions will reissue two remastered albums by TANK, one of the most influential formations which emerged in the beginnings of the NWOBHM madness. "War Of Attrition Live 1981" and "Filth Hounds Of Hades" will be made available on January 26 in Europe. Each limited-edition digipack title (limited to 2,000 copies) was digitally remastered using 24-bit technology and will contain bonus tracks.

November/December 2008


BRITISH STEEL FESTIVAL 4 Line-up Confirmed!!
CELTIC LEGACY, ELIXIR, BITCHES SIN, PAGAN ALTAR and CLOVEN HOOF have been confirmed for the fourth British Steel festival, held on April 4th, 2009 in The Underworld, Camden, London, UK.

TANK New Lineup
TANK have re-grouped and are ready for battle once more. TANK now has a new all-star line-up fully equipped to crush everything in its path. Joining Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on guitar will be original TANK drummer Mark Brabbs alongside two new recruits — ex-RAINBOW/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Doogie White and ex-BRUCE DICKINSON bassist Chris Dale. Unfortunately, original TANK vocalist/bassist Algy Ward has decided to retire from active service and will concentrate his efforts on writing his autobiography.

October 2008


New Guitarist CLOVEN HOOF
Guitarist Christian Horton makes his CLOVEN HOOF debut on October 25th at the Metal Maniacs 2008 festival in Hoorn, Holland. Christian supported CLOVEN HOOF whilst playing in the excellent band DARK FOREST. The band recently re-recorded 24 of its classic songs for a two-part "best-of" compilation, "The Definitive Part One" and "The Definitive Part Two".

BLITZKRIEG Cancels Show At The East Riding Rock Festival and adds More Dates
BLITZKRIEG have cancelled their previously announced October 4 appearance at this year's East Riding Rock Festival at the Memorial Hall in Beverley, United Kingdom. Vocalist Brian Ross is still recovering from a punctured lung and fractured ribs, that he sustained during a recent trip to Greece. Brian and the band would like to apologize to everyone involved. Upcoming BLITZKRIEG shows:
Nov. 30 Crook Town F.C., Crook, Northeast (UK)
Dec. 06 Hard Rock Hell, Prestatyn, Wales (UK)

September 2008


Bill Keep It True 12 Finalized!
The bill for K.I.T XII has been finalized and the following bands will appear:
ARMORED SAINT (USA - headliners); LIZZY BORDEN (USA - headliners); NWOBHM ANNIVERSARY (various guest appearances); ABATTOIR (USA); TYRANT (USA); EXXPLORER (USA); PICTURE (NL); LIVING DEATH (GER); ZOUILLE (FRA) (A Night Of SORTILEGE); EXUMER (GER); RIGOR MORTIS (USA); RUTHLESS (USA); CLOVEN HOOF (UK); MILITIA (USA); THE GATES OF SLUMBER (USA); PROCESSION (Chile); ATLANTEAN KODEX (GER); ASKA (USA); IN SOLITUDE (SWE) and DEJA VU (GER). Tickets are sold out!!!

DIAMOND HEAD Reissues On Universal Music (Japan)
Japan's Universal Music has re-released the "Borrowed Time" (1982) and "Canterbury" (1983) LPs from DIAMOND HEAD as part of a special "NWOBHM Hall Of Fame" collection series. The albums are faithful carded reproductions of the original album sleeves and feature bonus tracks, all delivered on Super High Material (SHM) CDs. "Borrowed Time" comes in a gatefold sleeve with miniature poster and lyric sheet. Bonus tracks include the "Four Cuts" EP ["Trick Or Treat", "Dead Reckoning" and "Shoot Out The Lights"] and from the "Heat Of The Night" release, "In The Heat Of The Night", "Play It Loud" (live), "Sweet & Innocent" (live) and the 1982 Tommy Vance interview with Sean Harris and Colin Kimberley. "Canterbury" comes with reproductions of the original inserts supplied with the vinyl album, lyric sheet, and bonus tracks of the 12" extended version of "Makin' Music", "Sucking My Love" (live at Reading) and the Andy Peebles interview. For the collector, there are seven albums in this series including JOHN SYKES, QUARTZ, FIST, WHITE SPIRIT and GARY MOORE. If they are bought together, they come in a very nice box set designed around the "Borrowed Time" cover.

DRAGONSLAYER: '80s Recordings To Be Released On CD
DRAGONSLAYER (UK) will have its music released on a special CD reissue from Shadow Kingdom Records in October. Shadow Kingdom has assembled and made available together for the first time ever the band's three-song 7", as well as demo material from 1982 and 1986, all in their original quality on CD. It was also be available in a gorgeous limited-edition 2xLP format. The full track listing is as follows: "The Slayer", "Run Like Hell", "Blind Terror", " I Want Your Life", "Satan Is Free", "Broken Hearts", "Man In The Dark", "Hammer Head", "Lady Of The Night", "Rock With Me", "Lies In Your Eyes", "Dragon Drums", "The Hunger", "Satan's Soldiers", "The Battle Is On'and "Catch Me".

WITCHFINDER GENERAL Prepares To Release New Album
WITCHFINDER GENERAL will release its new album "Resurrected" on August 30 in the USA and September 2 in the UK via Buried In Time And Dust Records. This will be their first recording in over 25 years, featuring the original lineup with Phil Cope (guitar), Rod Hawkes (bass) and Dermot Redmond (drums) plus new vocalist Gary Martin in place of original singer Zeeb Parkes. The track listing is as follows: "The Living Hell", "The Gift Of Life", "Final Justice", "Bryn-Y-Môr", "Brutal Existence", "Euthanasia", "A Night to Remember" and "The Funeral / Beyond The Grave".

TYGERS OF PAN TANG To Tour UK With STEVE GRIMMETT
TYGERS OF PAN TANG will team up with THE STEVE GRIMMETT BAND, led by former GRIM REAPER/ONSLAUGHT singer Steve Grimmett, for the following UK dates: Oct. 26 JBs, Dudley, UK
Oct. 30 Yardbirds, Grimsby, UK
Nov. 02 Moses Gate, Bolton, UK
Nov. 06 Trillians, Newcastle, UK
Nov. 07 Intake - Mansfield, UK
Nov. 08 Milkwood Jam Swansea, South Wales, UK
TYGERS' new album "Animal Instinct" was released in Italy, Germany and Scandinavia on June 9, and was made available and in Japan in mid-July via Marquee/Avalon. The CD is also available in the UK and via the band's official web site.

RITUAL Albums To Be Reissued With Bonus Tracks
Shadow Kingdom Records continues to give attention to some of the classic and rare NWOBHM treasures. This time RITUAL (UK) is getting the royal treatment. This month the heavy metal label is reissuing RITUAL's early albums on CD; "Widow" (1983) and "Valley Of The Kings" (1993). Both albums include bonus tracks, an interview in the "Widow" booklet, lyrics, new and original artwork (you can flip the booklet) and more! The albums are expected in stores before the end of the month.

July/August 2008


SLAUTER XSTROYES Working On New Material
Reactivated Chicago cult metal band SLAUTER XSTROYES is writing material for a new CD, which will include brand new songs as well as re-worked numbers that have never been officially released. Proceeds from a recently released DVD ("Exhumed") of Jonathan's solo band ENERGY VAMPIRES will help finance the recording process for not only the SLAUTER XSTROYES CD but perhaps another ENERGY VAMPIRES album as well. Earlier this year Jonathan teamed up with Monster Vision Publishing to produce and distribute a DVD of never-before-seen live footage of ENERGY VAMPIRES. The disc is set to a music video-type theme that includes footage from 1991-1992 shows in Hollywood, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago. For more information, visit their website: http://www.slauterxstroyes.com.

SCARAB Reactivated And In Studio
Reactivated underground NWOBHM band SCARAB, whose 1984 "Poltergeist" single is reportedly one of the most sought-after NWOBHM singles ever released, will enter Symbol Of Life studios in South Wales in August to begin recording its first-ever full-length album "A Requiem Of War". A gatefold 10-inch limited-edition vinyl EP featuring a re-recorded track from each SCARAB lineup will act as a taster for the double album out around Christmas on The Miskatonic Foundation label. Track listing for the EP:
01. A Soul For A Soul (Poltergeist ll) (written 2008)
02. The Plague (1886)
03. For Whom The Bell Tolls (1982)
SCARAB's new lineup is: Dave Parrish on guitar (founding member), Garry Wain on bass, Chris Mchale on drums and Paul Britton on vocals & guitar (founding member). The band hopes the double CD, featuring re-recorded SCARAB classics, demos, live tracks, singles and interviews, will end the SCARAB story up to 2009. The group will then start work on the second album, with all-new material, early next year. European festivals appearances in 2009 as well as the band's first show in 23 years this Christmas are already booked.

New CD PRAYING MANTIS In The Works
PRAYING MANTIS have commenced work on their long-awaited new studio album with the working title of "Touch the Rainbow". The CD will likely be recorded during the month of September in Atlanta, Georgia for an early 2009 release via Frontiers Records.

More US Shows For RAVEN
RAVEN has scheduled a few shows in the USA for August and September. The following dates are confirmed:
Aug. 23 Safari Sam's, Hollywood, CA (with HIRAX and HATCHET)
Sep. 12 The Sterling House, Allentown, PA
Sep. 13 L'Amour, Staten Island, NY
The band recently posted a new song, entitled "Breaking You Down" on its official web site. The track comes off the group's forthcoming album, "Walk through Fire", which was recorded at the Assembly Line Studios with engineer/mixer Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS).

BLITZKRIEG and TYGERS Headlining Rock Of Ages Fest UK
BLITZKRIEG and TYGERS OF PAN TANG have been confirmed as the headliners of the Rock Of Ages Fest 2008, a charity event in aid of cancer research happening on September 6-7 at The Asylum in Birmingham, England.

SWEET SAVAGE Release "Eye of the Storm - The Early Years" on High Roller Records
Maniacal Records (USA) and High Roller Records (Germany) have announced a joint vinyl release for 2008, a SWEET SAVAGE two-LP release of studio material and live songs from the band's early years (1978-1981) done with the group's co-operation. Due in the summer, "Eye of the Storm - The Early Years" marks the first time that original studio recordings from the late '70s and early '80s are properly made available to the general public and also the first time that most of the songs have been committed to vinyl. The material consists of studio material and some live cuts from the early years. This is rare studio and live material that holds its own alongside the other NWOBHM greats of that era like ANGELWITCH, IRON MAIDEN, HOLOCAUST and TYGERS OF PAN TANG. 500 copies will be pressed and only 250 will be available for the USA. Half the pressing will be on green vinyl in tribute to Ireland. Contact Mike at: Maniacalrecords@aol.com for pre-order information. Or if in Europe, contact Steffen at: info@high-roller-records.de. SWEET SAVAGE have been confirmed for this year's Headbangers Open Air on July 24-26 in Brande (near Elmshorn/Hamburg), Germany and Wacken Open Air on July 31 - August 2 in Wacken, Germany.

BITCHES SIN Schedules First Gig
BITCHES SIN schedules their first gig on Friday, July 18th at The Canteen in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria. The band is said also on the bill for the fourth installment of the British Steel Festival in 2009. More details will folllow soon.

CYNIC (UK) Releases Long-Awaited New Album "Suburban Crisis"
Reactivated CYNIC (not to be confused with the USA outfit!!) will release its long-awaited new album "Suburban Crisis" on June 30. The CD comes in a full-color, four-page digipak with a full-color, 16-page booklet, and Sony's unique retro-vinyl style CD discs. There will be a limited-edition (500 quantity) 12-inch vinyl version especially for fans of NWOBHM, which will have been mastered for vinyl at London's Abbey Road Studio (release date to be confirmed).

May/June 2008


HALLOWEEN Part Ways With Guitarist Donny Allen
Due to a difference in artistic vision, Detroit SHOCK horror metal band HALLOWEEN and Donny Allen have decided to part ways. MOURNING SUN/NIGHT CREATURE guitarist Don Guerrier and ABANDON axeslinger Shawn Moore have joined the band. HALLOWEEN is currently in the studio finishing up their new disc "Terrortory".

HEAVY METAL MANIACS Festival Line-up Confirmed !!!
The line up for the 2008 edition of the Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival has been announced. The festival will be held at the Manifesto in Hoorn (Netherlands) on October 25, 2008. The following bands have been confirmed: CLOVEN HOOF (UK); WIZARD (GER); GILGAMESJ (NL); PORTRAIT (SWE); ROADKILL (NL) and EAR DANGER (NL). More info will soon follow.


REKUIEM PLans UK Shows in June
REKUIEM (formerly REQUIEM)has lined up the following dates:
June 26 Rock Cafe 2000, Stourbridge, West Midlands (UK)
June 27 Sheldon Marquee (Chestnut Tree), Birmingham (UK)
June 28 The British Rock And Metal Festival 2008, JB's, Dudley, West Midlands (UK)
The upcoming REKUIEM dates and the group's forthcoming studio album, "Raise the Dead", will feature singer Chitral "Chity" Somapala (ex-FIREWIND), who joined the band last year.

March/April 2008


BITCHES SIN does VUDU!!!
BITCHES SIN will release their brandnew album, entitled "UDUVUDU" on April 23rd 2008. The track listing is as follows: "UDUVUDU", "Metalize", "Selling Paradise", "Red Skies", "Nobody Wants You Here", "Mr Toomey", "Beggars Parallel", "Second Life", "White Room" and "Eleventh Hour". The album was produced by Chris Tsangarides (THIN LIZZY/JUDAS PRIEST/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, etc.). The band line-up is Ian Toomey (lead guitar), Chris Tsangarides (guitar and keyboards), DBasser (bass), Steve Turton (drums and classical guitar) and Tony Tomkinson on vocals. The album will be available directly from the band website www.bitchessin.co.uk/ and through most major retail outlets, as well as available for download from iTunes.

TIMELORD Replaces BLASPHEME At Keep It True XI
French metallers BLASPHEME were removed from the KEEP IT TRUE 11 billing, because the band suddenly wanted to have the triple amount of money, that was first agreed upon. American progressive Speed Metallers TIMELORD will take the place of BLASPHEME in the billing and play their first ever European show.

ATTACKER Announces New Vocalist!
New Jersey metallers ATTACKER have announced the addition of Walter Figueroa to the group's ranks. Figueroa is the former lead singer of SEVERED HAND and he has also been involved with progressive rock/metal band PARADOX (New Jersey). Former vocalist Bob Mitchell departed from the band right after their special "Battle At Helm's Deep" show at KIT X, due to ongoing personal and financial circumstances.

MARTYR Signed With Rusty Cage
Recently, Dutch metal band MARTYR signed a record deal with Rusty Cage records. This summer, a re-release of the album "For The Universe" will see the light, which will contain four bonus tracks.

Reunited BLACK ROSE Releases First New Recordings In 20 Years
Reunited NWOBHM band BLACK ROSE has finished recording a new demo as a taste of what is to come on the group's new full-length album, due later in the year. These are the first recordings made by BLACK ROSE in nearly 20 years. Four brand new song snippets can be heard at the band's MySpace page.

GIRLSCHOOL: Tour Dates Announced
GIRLSCHOOL has scheduled the following dates:
April 23 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK (w/SAXON)
May 03 Biker-Union Festival, Hildburghausen, Germany
May 27 Carling Academy, Birmingham, UK (w/DIO)
May 28 Astoria, London, UK (w/DIO)
July 26 Benatska Nok Open Air, Mala Skala, Czech Republic
Sept. 04 100 Club, London, UK (album release party)
Oct. 19 Metal Female Voices Festival, Wieze, Belgium
Nov. 15 Keep It True Festival, Wuerzburg, Germany
Dec. 16 Astoria, London, UK (30th anniversary show, w/DORO and MCQUEEN)

TOKYO BLADE Schedules European Shows
TOKYO BLADE have scheduled the following dates:
Aug. 23 Leyendas Del Rock Festival, Puerto de Mazarro, Spain
Nov. 14 The Purple Turtle, Camden/London, UK
Nov. 15 Keep It True 11 Festival, Wurzburg, Germany
Nov. 16 Mylos Complex, Xyloyrgeio, Thessaloniki, Greece
Nov. 18 Underworld Club, Athens, Greece
Nov. 21 Motorockas Club, Como, Italy
Nov. 22 Stonehedge Pub, Verona, Italy
Nov. 23 True Metal Festival, Bologna, Italy

CLOVEN HOOF Announces More Dates In The UK
CLOVEN HOOF have scheduled the following UK dates:
May 08 Zico's Bar, Wishaw, Scotland (UK)
May 15 Bridgewater Arts Centre, Taunton (UK)
July 05 Gosport Waterfront, Southampton (UK)
July 13 Diamond Club, Sutton In Ashfield (UK)
July 26 Metal Brew festival, London (UK)
Sept. 26 Underworld Club, Athens (Greece)
Sept. 27 Harley Bar, Thessaloniki (Greece)
Oct. 18 Darwin Library Theatre, Blackburn (UK)
Oct. 25 Metal Maniacs 2008 Festival, Hoorn (NL)
CLOVEN HOOF was recently rejoined by guitarist Mick Powell

February 2008


PICTURE Starts Shows In May
The recently reformed band PICTURE has been added to the bill of the Sweden Rock Festival on June 4-7 in S?sborg, Sweden. The band is also playing at Headbangers Open Air in Brande-H?rkirchen (near Hamburg) in Germany on July 26th. The band will kick off with a few shows in their home-country, including a try-out show in de Peppel, Zeist on April 18th and a gig in de Pul, Uden on May 24th. The 2008 line up is: Pete Lovell (vocals), Rinus Vreugdenhil (bass), Laurens 'Bakkie' Bakker (drums), Jan Bechtum (guitars) and Rob van Enkhuizen (guitars).

BLITZKRIEG To Be Joined By INTENSE On UK Dates
BLITZKRIEG have scheduled the following dates:
Apr. 26 Thatched House, Stockport, UK
Apr. 27 Carling Academy 2, Newcastle, UK
Apr. 28 Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, UK *
Apr. 29 The Town Mill, Mansfield, UK *
Apr. 30 Camden Underworld, London, UK *
May 01 Rio's, Leeds, UK *
Aug. 14 Gloria Kulttuuriareena, Helsinki, Finland
Aug. 15 Jalometalli Festival, Oulu, Finland
Sep. 07 Rock of Ages Festival, Birmingham, UK
Oct. 04 East Riding Rock Festival, Beverley, UK
[* With special guests INTENSE]

CLOVEN HOOF Announces New Shows
CLOVEN HOOF would like to announce two shows in Greece this September:
Sept. 26 Underworld club, Athens, Greece
Sept. 27 Harley Bar, Thessaloniki, Greece
The band will also play a secret show at the Bar Monsta in Camden, London on Friday, April 25th as the official warm-up party to the 3rd British Steel festival. They are supported by DESOLATION and DARK FOREST.

January 2008


BRITISH STEEL FESTIVAL 3 Confirmed!!
WITCHFYNDE, PRAYING MANTIS, ELIXIR, REDLINE (featuring two ex-members of BITCHES SIN) and LYADRIVE have been confirmed for the third British Steel festival, held on April 26th, 2008 in The Underworld, Camden, London, UK.

Read the personal message of guitarist Phil Denton of ELIXIR regarding the festival here and buy your tickets at TicketWeb

ANVIL Members At Sundance Film Festival Premiere Of "The Story Of Anvil"
"Anvil! The Story of Anvil" is currently making its debut in the Premieres section of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 17-27, 2008, in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. Remaining screening times for "Anvil! The Story Of Anvil" at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, January 26, midnight - Egyptian Theatre, Park City.

TYGERS OF PAN TANG: Tour Dates Announced
TYGERS OF PAN TANG have scheduled the following dates for 2008:
Febr. 02 Crook AFC, Durham, UK
Febr. 09 Rio's, Leeds, UK
Febr. 16 An Club, Athens, GRE
Febr. 22 Spring & Airbrake, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Febr. 23 The Nerve Centre, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Febr. 29 Intake Mansfield, Mansfield, UK
March 06 The Underworld, London, UK
March 14 Riffs Blackpool, Blackpool, UK
March 15 Holmfirth Picturedrome, Huddersfield, UK
March 21 Carling Academy 2, Newcastle, Northeast, UK
Apr. 10 Auditorium F.L.O.G, Florence, ITA
Apr. 11 Music Drome, Milan, ITA
Apr. 12 Lucille Rock n roll House, Verona, ITA
Apr. 13 Sottotetto Sound Club, Bologna, ITA
Apr. 19 The White Rabbit, Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
May 31 Cliveaid - Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
Sept. 06 Rock of Ages Festival, The Palace, Tamworth, UK

TOKYO BLADE: New Lineup Revealed
The new lineup of the reactivated TOKYO BLADE will include founding lead guitarist Andy Boulton, former ARREST lead guitarist Bryan Holland, current OVERLOADED vocalist Chris Gillen, drummer Lorenzo Gonzalez and ex-MINDCANDY bassist Frank Saparti. TOKYO BLADE, known for such metal anthems as "Midnight Rendezvous", "Night Of The Blade" and "If Heaven Is Hell", has reformed and is currently booking a European tour with confirmed dates in November 2008 on the NWOBHM Festival II in Athens, Greece (Nov. 08, 2008) and the Keep It True festival in Germany (Nov. 14, 2008). The band recently started rehearsals with an eye on writing and recording a new studio album.

December 2007


DIAMOND HEAD Schedules First-Ever Japanese Concert
Following a successful UK tour with THIN LIZZY, DIAMOND HEAD will be playing in Japan in 2008. This will be the first time, that the band have played there. The venue is Shibuya O-East and the date is Sunday, February 17.

CLOVEN HOOF Re-Recording Classic Tracks For "The Definitive" Compilation
CLOVEN HOOF are currently re-recording 24 of their classic songs for a two-part "best-of" compilation, "The Definitive Part One" and "The Definitive Part Two". The first part will be available via the CLOVEN HOOF web site at the end of January. It will then get a worldwide release in June to coincide with the band's tour of South America, where the group is planning on filming its first official live video. "The Definitive Part One" track listing: "Inquisitor", "King For A Day", "Nova Battlestar", "Reach For The Sky", "Kiss Of Evil", "Gates Of Gehenna", "Return Of The Passover", "Laying Down The Law", "Road Of Eagles", "Notre Dame", "Astral Rider", "Mistress Of The Forest", "Forgotten Heroes" and "Mutilator" [a sample of what is to come on the "Throne of Damnation" album, that will be released towards the end of 2008!]

ZIXTH ZENSE (Tribute To GILGAMESJ) announces dates for 2008
ZIXTH ZENSE (Tribute to GILGAMESJ) has announced two live shows for 2008. You can see the guys playing 'live' at the folowing venues:
Jan. 20 Festival Asperen Rock City, Dorpshuis, Asperen (NL)
Febr. 16 De Haarhorst, Gorinchem (NL) [with rockband ICE]
Don't miss this opportunity!


THE HANDSOME BEASTS releases "Rock And A Hard Place" and announces new singer
THE HANDSOME BEASTS album "Rock And A Hard Place" (Q Records 2007) can be ordered for 13 UK Pounds through the bands website. Go to their merchandise page at: http://www.thehandsomebeasts.co.uk/merch.html. The following tracka are on the album: "Rock And A Hard Place", "Animal", "Blood On Their Hands", "Drama Queen", "One Thing More", "Never Before", "Heartbreaker", "Headstrong", "Love's A Game", "Piper" and "Believe".
Other news is, that due to other commitments, Simon 'Mongo' Hall and Si 'Fungus' Fielding have left THE HANDSOME BEASTS. Their new singer will be none other than Rocky Shades, former frontman of the notorious shock rock band WRATHCHILD.

IGNITOR auditioning singers and rhythm guitarists
IGNITOR singer Erika and lead guitarist Annah Moore have recently quit the band. Currently, IGNITOR is auditioning singers and rhythm guitarists, male or female, to reinforce the band on a tour in the Northeast US and Europe in 2008 to support "Road Of Bones".

BLITZKRIEG confirmed for UK's Stockfest
BLITZKRIEG have been confirmed for next year's Stockfest, set to take place April 26, 2008 at The Thatched House in Stockport, UK.

STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER and WITCHFYNDE confirmed for Greece's NWOBHM Festival in November 2008
STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER and WITCHFYNDE have been confirmed for the second installment of the NWOBHM Festival, set to take place November 8, 2008 in Athens, Greece. Also scheduled to appear are reunited NWOBHM masters TOKYO BLADE. The first NWOBHM Festival will be held on February 16, 2008 at AN club in Athens, and will feature performances by TYGERS OF PAN TANG, CLOVEN HOOF, JAGUAR and ELIXIR. Tickets cost 25 euros. For more information, contact promo@sold-out.gr.

November 2007


ATTACKER will release 'Best-Of'CD "Standing The Test Of Time"
Chavis Records has set a November 27 release date for "Standing The Test Of Time", the "best-of" release from New Jersey metallers ATTACKER. The CDs exquisite cover art was hand painted by artist Jowita Kaminska. The CD will contain sixteen tracks, including four tracks from each release.

RAVEN is walking through fire
RAVEN is putting the finishing touches on its new album, "Walk through Fire", at Assembly Line Studios with engineer/mixer Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS). A spring release is expected.

October 2007


New TANK releases revealed
Soundhouse Records, the new London-based label started by Cliff Evans, guitarist for the UK bands TANK and KILLERS, has set an October 15 release date for the new TANK collection entitled "Live and Rare". The CD will include nine tracks from the band's 1981 tour supporting MOTÖ’HEAD, four 1981 studio demos (containing material that was later included on the "Filth Hounds of Hades" album), two songs from TANK's 1984 tour with METALLICA, and two live tracks recorded in 1999 in Japan. For more information, visit http:// www.myspace.com/soundhousemetal.
Furthermore, Metal Mind Productions will release the complete discography of TANK, called "The Filth Hounds of Hades - Dogs of War 1981 - 2002" on November 19. The collection, containing their full discography extended with exclusive bonus material, will be available in two editions: as a nine-CD box (8CD+DVD) and a six-LP box.

REKUIEM recruits former FIREWIND singer for upcoming shows
REKUIEM has recruited guest vocalist Chitral "Chity" Somapala (ex-FIREWIND) for its upcoming live dates that will take the group to the end of 2007. REKUIEM will support GOTTHARD at JB's in Dudley, England on Friday, November 16. They will also perform at the Sheldon Marquee in Birmingham on November 14.

TYGERS OF PAN TANG announce release date for "Back & Beyond" EP
TYGERS OF PAN TANG will release their brand new five-track EP called "Back & Beyond" on Oct. 29. The EP has two brand new songs "Live For Today" and "Bury The Hatchet", as well as three reworked classics "Hellbound", "Take It" and "Rock And Roll Man". The EP was mixed by Ben Matthews of THUNDER and released through THUNDER's record label. It will be priced ?5.50 + P&P and available from http://www.tygersofpantang.com or http://www.thunderonline.com. For any other information or PayPal orders, please contact the band management at: simon.morton4@btopenworld.com.

September 2007


RAVEN, HALLOWS EVE and ATTACKER performances to be broadcast On KWTF THE EDGE
KWTF The Edge will broadcast live performances by RAVEN, HALLOWS EVE, ATTACKER, OVERDRIVE and SEVENTH CALLING on Saturday October 13 from Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey.
The live broadcast will begin at 7:30 p.m. at www.kwtfworldwide.com.
In the meantime, RAVEN is putting the finishing touches on its new album "Walk through Fire" at Assembly Line Studios with engineer/mixer Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS). A spring release is expected.

CLOVEN HOOF to play first London show in 16 years
CLOVEN HOOF will play their first London show in 16 years at The Purple Turtle, Camden Town, London on Saturday, October 20. Support will come from fellow NWOBHM band ELIXIR.
Upcoming CLOVEN HOOF shows:
Oct. 13 Rock Cafe 2000, Stourbridge, UK (supporting DIAMOND HEAD)
Oct. 20 The Purple Turtle, Camden, London, UK
Febr. 15 [2008] An Club, Athens, GREECE

PRAYING MANTIS confirmed for Germany's HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Festival
PRAYING MANTIS have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Headbangers Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place July 24-26, 2008 in Brande-H?rkirchen, Germany.

August 2007


TYGERS OF PAN TANG back in action!
After nearly three years, the TYGERS OF PAN TANG are ready to roar back into action with new material due later this year. The band have written nine songs that are ready to demo and two, which are work in progress. The new album, which has a working title of "Animal Instinct" sees the band go back to their early roots, playing hard edged rock in the manner of "Wildcat" and "Spellbound". A brand new TYGERS website is to be launched in September, which will be updated weekly and bring the fans closer to the band.

GIRLSCHOOL play tribute show to former bandmember Kelly Johnson
GIRLSCHOOL and the ROCK 'N'ROLL GYPSIES (feat. Tracey Lamb ex-ROCK GODDESS and GIRLSCHOOL) will be playing a tribute concert to Kelly Johnson (ex-GIRLSCHOOL who recently died of cancer) on August 20, 2007 at the Sojo Revue Bar in London. For more information visit the Girlschool's Myspace page.

CHAIN REACTION demos released
After many years, CHAIN REACTION (1980-1986; Cornwall area) has released a CD, featuring their unreleased remastered demo tracks, which is considered as being high class NWOBHM stuff. The CD is limited to 1000 copies and can be ordered at CD Baby [http://www.cdbaby.com] or the Obscure Nwobhm Releases site [http://www.onr-records.com/].

July 2007


BUDGIE cancel Australian gigs
From their official website: "Sadly, due to circumstances way beyond the control of the band, management and promoters, Budgie shows announced for October in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane (Australia) have now been rescheduled for February 2008. Apologies to our brothers and sisters in Oz for any inconvenience or disappointment this has caused and we hope those of you, who had plans to party with us in October will still do so next February."
Rescheduled BUDGIE Australian tour dates:
Febr. 14 Enmore Theatre, Sydney (AUSTR.)
Febr. 16 The Tivoli, Brisbane (AUSTR.)
Febr. 21 The Forum, Melbourne (AUSTR.)

RAVEN return to the studio and announce live dates
RAVEN will return to the studio on July 9 to resume recording material for its new album, tentatively due late 2007/early July 2008. The band recorded four new tracks last year "Against The Grain", "Running Around In Circles", "Breaking You Down" and "Necessary Evil" at Assembly Line Studios with Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS) engineering and mixing. The band has been confirmed for The Monsters Ball, set to take place Friday, October 12 at The Rock Room of the Sterling hotel in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Saturday, October 13 at Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey. RAVEN will also perform at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio on September 15 and is one of the confirmed bands for the Hard Rock Hell festival, set to take place from November 9-11 at Butlins in Minehead, UK (Somerset).

OVERLORDE announces new singer
OVERLORDE have announced that Chris Colfax has permanently joined the group as its new lead vocalist. "The band looks forward to working with Chris as they write and prepare for the release of their second CD on Sonic Age Records".

DENIGH back together and in the studio
DENIGH's Jon Everett (bass guitar/leadvocals) and Phil Allchin (lead guitar) are back together and will be recording many of the DENIGH tracks, that have never been available, for a future release. If you want to read more about the band, go and visit their website at: http://www.denigh.com/

June 2007


PICTURE back together again and possibly a new CD in 2008
Guitarist Jan Bechtum recently contacted former band members Ronald, Laurens and Rinus to see if they could do something with PICTURE again. Jan was already in touch with Shmoulik Avigal for his other band MIXTURE to work on new material. Shmoulik also recorded the vocals on the "In Your Face" demo in 1997. Currently, Shmoulik lives in New York and is producing an album for THE RODS, on which Ronnie James Dio is singing two songs. Later this summer, Shmoulik will record his solo album "Avigal", which will contain thirteen songs. After that, Shmoulik will work with Jan to write some music for a new PICTURE CD. When everything works out, we can expect a new CD in 2008.

OVERLORDE parts ways with singer Bobby Lucas
New Jersey-based metallers OVERLORDE have parted ways with vocalist Bobby Lucas. Appearing on stage with the band during its upcoming set at Brooklyn Metalfest II on June 23 will be singer Chris Colfax.

DIAMOND HEAD release new album in July
DIAMOND HEAD will release their long-awaited new album "What's In Your Head?" on July 30 on Livewire/Cargo records LW020-2. The album features eleven new songs and stunning artwork by Rory Fioritto.

THE HANDSOME BEASTS to release "Rock And A hard Place"
THE HANDSOME BEASTS have announced, that if all goes according to plan the latest album "Rock and a Hard Place" should be out by the end of June. At present the artwork has been completed and the album is off for mastering. This album is going to reflect on Gary "Flabby" Dalloway's legacy and also act as an introduction to Mongo.

AVENGER UK announce tour
AVENGER UK (formerly known as AVENGER) has scheduled the following dates:
July 06 The Snooty Fox, Wakefield, Yorkshire (UK)
July 07 The Ship Inn, Great Yarmouth (UK)
July 08 The Ringside, Hull, Midlands (UK)
July 12 Headbangers Open Air Festival, Brande-H?rkirchen (GER)
Aug. 06 Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle (UK)
Aug. 28 Ringfest, Hull (UK)
Sep. 22 Metievial Festival @ Beverly Memorial Hall, Beverly, Yorkshire (UK)
Nov. 09 Hard Rock Hell festival @ Butlins, Minehead (UK)

BLITZKRIEG releases "Theatre Of The Damned" in August & confirmed for Wacken Open Air, Germany
Blitzkrieg will release their new album, entitled "Theatre of the Damned" on August 10 via Germany's Armageddon Music. The CD was recorded at Absurd Studio in Hamburg with producer Schroedey and co-producer Biff Byford (Saxon). According to a posting on the Armageddon website, the album offers the same authentic heavy metal of the '80s along with a super freshness and total attitude. Furthermore, the band has been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany.

May 2007


ZIXTH ZENSE: A tribute to GILGAMESJ play at Glaspop 2007 in Leerdam
Okay, hard rock lovers. Take out your agenda and write down in huge letters: Sept. 1, 2007 - location: Leerdam Rock City, live show of ZIXTH ZENSE. Is this over the top in your opinion? Then you ain?t seen nothing yet. ZIXTH ZENSE has a strong line up, consisting of former GILGAMESJ members Rene Sterk (bass), Gerrie den Hartog (guitar) and Frank van Stijn (vocals and keyboards), with Sylvester van Leeuwen (guitar) and Willem Prins (drums). The melodic rock of the band has a sound similar to GILGAMESJ, and their mini album ?Tooth Of Time? captures the best moments of the band on a silver disc. Now the band is headlining in their hometown Leerdam, and is ready to kick your ass with ZIXTH ZENSE originals, GILGAMESJ covers and possible appearances of special guests. This opportunity to see the band live may not be missed!!! That?s why I tell you upfront. For further details go to the website of Glaspop and check out all the information you need.

REKUIEM parts ways with drummer
REKUIEM (formerly REQUIEM) has parted ways with drummer Karl Wilcox (DIAMOND HEAD). According to the group, the band's plan to perform live shows later this year was proving difficult to envisage with Karl's other commitments, so the band now plan to carry on into this next realm with a new drummer."

PREDATUR latest album on sale
PREDATUR has announced their latest album "In Your Garden" is available to purchase from the bands website at http://flash.predatur.com/.

COVEN HOOF rejoined by drummer Lynch Radinsky
CLOVEN HOOF will be rejoined by drummer Lynch Radinsky (who played on the band's "Eye of the Sun" album) for their upcoming appearances in Thessaloniki, Greece and Crewe, England. According to the band, Lynch's vituoso drum solo will be a highlight of the CLOVEN HOOF set.
Upcoming CLOVEN HOOF shows:
May 20 Mylos Complex, Thessaloniki, Greece (w/SCANNER)
May 31 Limelight, Crewe, UK

April 2007


WITCHFINDER GENERAL releases "Buried Amongst The Ruins" CD soon
WITCHFINDER GENERAL has revealed the details of its upcoming collection of obscure material. Entitled "Buried Amongst the Ruins", the release includes for the first time the "Burning a Sinner" 7", "Soviet Invasion" 12" and four live tracks from 1981 (including the never-before-heard "Phantasmagorical"). The package also features never-before-seen photos of the band's original recording lineup of Zeeb Parkes (vocals), Phil Cope (guitar), Toss McCready (bass) and Steve Kinsell (drums) along with pictures of the original lyric book for many of the songs, gig flyers and original artwork and perhaps some other suprises. The track listing for "Buried Amongst the Ruins" is as follows: "Burning A Sinner", "Satan's Children" (from the "Burning A Sinner" 7"); "Soviet Invasion", "Rabies", "R.I.P." (from the "Soviet Invasion" 12") and "Satan's Children", "Rabies", "Phantasmagorical" and "Soviet Invasion" (Live 1981).

BITCHES SIN releases ?Essential Sins? CD
April 2007 will see the new release of all the outstanding BITCHES SIN material, including some previously unreleased tracks, that include four ?Live in the Studio? bonus tracks from "Predator". The four tracks; "Hanneke", "April Fool", "Lady Lies" and "The Land That Time Forgot" are all first take recordings recorded at the end of the session at Moor Green Studios in Easter 1982 and complete the BITCHES SIN legacy. The complete tracklisting of "Essential Sins" is: "Intro", "Sign Of The Times", "Overnight" (YPOM), "Livin? On The Highway", "What The Hell", "Fallen Star", "Over The Top", "XF2894", "Up For Grabs", "Hold On To Love", "Ridin? High", "Runaway", "Hanneke", "April Fool", "Lady Lies", "The Land That Time Forgot", "Overnight" (NMC EP), "Abduhl?s Boogie", "Alligator", "The Cry", and "Destroyer".

March 2007


TYGERS OF PAN TANG to Headline Greece's NWOBHM FESTIVAL; BLITZKRIEG Pulls Out
BLITZKRIEG has cancelled its appearance at the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Festival I, set to take place October 13, 2007 at AN Club in Athens, Greece. No reason was given for the cancellation. In other news, TYGERS OF PAN TANG has been confirmed to headline the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Festival I in what will mark the group's first appearance in Greece ever. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: TYGERS OF PAN TANG, CLOVEN HOOF, JAGUAR and ELIXIR.

DIAMOND HEAD Finalizing New Album, Planning Video Shoot
DIAMOND HEAD is currently putting the finishing touches on its new album, "What's In Your Head?", due later in the year. A video for the song "This Planet and Me" is also in the works. "What's In Your Head?" was previously described by the band as "a powerful but varied collection of songs." Other songtitles set to appear on the album include "Nothing To Lose" ("an hypnotic track with great lyrics from singer Nick Tart"), and the "Reign Supreme" ("the heaviest track DIAMOND HEAD have recorded since 'Am I Evil?'"). Dave Nicholls is the recording engineer and producer with guitarist Brian Tatler.

Upcoming DIAMOND HEAD shows:
Apr. 14 Tauberfrankenhalle, Lauda-K?shofen, GER (Keep It True VIII festival)
Apr. 19 The Robin, Wolverhampton, UK (w/ DEMON)
Apr. 21 The Twist, Colchester, UK
Apr. 28 Sottosopra Rock Club, Padova, ITA
May 04 The Intake Club, Mansfield, UK
May 05 Bradford Rios, Bradford, UK
May 11 The Gravy Train, Newton Le Willows, UK
May 18 Certificate, York, UK
May 25 The Attic, Northants, UK
July 20 Ballykeefe Amphitheatre, Kilkenny, IRE
July 21 Half Moon Theatre, Cork, IRE
July 24 Round Room/Mansion House, Dublin, IRE

December 2006


REKUIEM begins pre-production on new album
REKUIEM (formerly REQUIEM) has started pre-production work on a brand new REKUIEM album, provisionally titled 'Raise the Dead'. The record is planned for release mid-2007 and will feature around twelve brand new compositions of the heaviest variety. The band also plan to play live shows from mid-2007 onwards, which will include a few high-profile festival appearances in the summer/autumn of 2007. Sometime during this period REKUIEM also is planning to shoot a live DVD for fans, who are not able to catch the band live. The DVD will feature most of the classic tracks from "Time Will Tell" along with some of the new songs from the planned new studio album. Also keep an eye out for the limited edition release of "Time Will Tell" on vinyl and REKUIEM digital downloads on their official website.

CLOVEN HOOF: Reunited lineup to make live debut in March 2007
CLOVEN HOOF have annouced their first live show with the reunited line up. The band will play at the Limelight club in Crewe (UK) on Thursday 29th, March 2007. As the bands states: "It promises to be quite a night, as we will be committed to tight recording deadlines for the early part of 2007. So a rare chance to see us live in action, as we will tear through a set packed with HOOF classics. Two songs from the forthcoming album, "Throne Of Damnation" will also get an airing for the first time, so be there and prepare to feel the power!" Other news is, that CLOVEN HOOF has been confirmed for the British Steel Festival 2, set to take place April 28, 2007 at The Pitz, Milton Keynes, England. Also scheduled to appear are JAGUAR, ATTACKER, CHARIOT, ELIXIR and ATTACKER.

November 2006


TYGERS OF PAN TANG live gigs in December and more in 2007
TYGERS OF PAN TANG have three gigs lined up in December and this is only the begining. As of next year, the band will be out there playing at least three dates every month. They are also trying to book some dates in Italy. Also next year, the TYGERS will be doing a special show with the US Metal band ATTACKER.
Upcoming TYGERS OF PAN TANG shows are:
Dec. 14 Queens Hall, Nuneaton (UK)
Dec. 15 Rio, Bradford (UK)
Dec. 16 Potters Langley Mill, Nottinghamshire (UK)

WITCHFINDER GENERAL reunites and begins work on new album
WITCHFINDER GENERAL has reformed and is presently holding auditions to replace singer Zeeb Parkes, who has moved on to other things and wishes to keep his identity anonymous. Derm [drummer Dermot Redmond], Rod [Hawkes, bass] and Phil [Cope, guitar] are back together and it's official. They have started recording two tracks this month with a view to doing the third album. The band are currently looking for a vocalist to replace Zeeb.

Re-issues of CLOVEN HOOF albums "Dominator" and "A Sultan's Ransom"
Escape Records will reissue CLOVEN HOOF's classic power metal albums "Dominator" (1988) and "A Sultan's Ransom" (1989) as part of a boxed double album deluxe set. Two bonus tracks are included, along with a glossy booklet containing rare archive pictures.

October 2006


BITCHES SIN compilation to be released in February 2007
The follow-up to "The First Temptation" - a compilation of BITCHES SIN demos and previously unreleased tracks - will be released on CD in February 2007 and will be titled "Your Place Or Mine". This release will be digitally re-mastered at SRT studios and feature more information on the band.

JAGUAR's "Holland '82" issued as part of Majestic Rock's 'Archive' Series
Majestic Rock Records has launched its 'Archive' series of rare live and studio recordings with the limited-edition, internet-only release of a previously unreleased live recording from JAGUAR. "Holland '82" was recorded at the Siesta Club, Hengelo, Holland on December 17, 1982 and is described as "a superb soundboard recording capturing the band at the height of its powers." Strictly limited to 1,000 copies and containing sleeve notes from JAGUAR guitarist Garry Pepperd, "Holland '82" is available for pre-order now at www.majesticrock.com

September 2006


25 Years of LYADRIVE
Members of LYADRIVE (four of the original five and one from a later linup) got together to celebrate 25 years of LYADRIVE with a one-off, for fun only, recording session. According to Lee Burrows of the band, they ran through, recorded & mixed (with no previous rehearsal), a version of the old RIOT classic "Warrior". This session is not for official release and only their close friends have copies.

Russ North back in CLOVEN HOOF
Russ North has returned in the Hoof, according to Lee Payne of CLOVEN HOOF. He has moved back to England, and they are doing demos for the next CLOVEN HOOF album to be called "Throne Of Damnation".

R.I.P. Garry Dalloway!
Garry Dalloway, lead singer for the longtime NWOBHM rockers THE HANDSOME BEASTS, was found dead at his apartment on August 20 from an apparent heart attack. Gary already had a heart attack a few years back, probably due to his rock 'n' roll way of life and [being] overweight. He will leave three classic albums, a couple of singles, and maybe a posthumous album, as the band already recorded the follow-up to the brilliant '04' CD. Pete Way from UFO was guesting on the new songs.

July 2006


Seventh HMM festival confirmed for October!
On Saturday, October 28th, the Dutch Heavy Metal Maniacs Fanclub organizes the seventh HMM festival. The line up of the bands is as follows: SNAKES & SIRENS (NL), ACCELERATE (NL), DOUBLE DIAMOND (B), LONE WOLF (F), Steve Grimmett?s GRIM REAPER (UK), SACRED STEEL (GER) and NIGHTMARE (F). The festival is held at the Manifesto in Hoorn and will start at 15:00 p.m. For more info, visit www.heavymetalmaniacs.com. Don't miss it!!!!!!

June 2006


RAVEN records four new songs
RAVEN went into the studio and recorded four new songs recently. Songs recorded were ?Against The Grain?, ?Running Around In Circles?, ?Breaking You Down?, and ?Necessary Evil?. The band expects to go back into the studio soon to record more songs.

Final Recordings Paul Samson to be released in September
A brand new Paul Samson CD, consisting of recordings the leader and founder of the seminal NWOBHM act SAMSON was working on in the months prior to his death in 2002, will be issued on September 4 via Angel Air Records under the title "P.S....". Produced and engineered by Paul Samson at Yds Norwich and John McCoy at the Where? House, Norfolk, the album was completed under extremely difficult circumstances by John McCoy, and is now ready for release. "P.S...." features the following lineup of musicians: Paul Samson - Lead And Rhythm Guitars, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Harmony And Backing Vocals, Percussion; Nicky Moore - Lead, Harmony And Backing Vocals; Ian Ellis -Bass Guitar, Harmony Vocals, Backing Vocals; Billy Fleming - Drums And Percussion; John McCoy - Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar. Paul Samson passed away at his Norfolk, England home during the afternoon of Friday, August 9, 2002 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Paul was 49 years old.

May 2006


TANK release a double live LP and expanded edition CD!
TANK's "War Of Attrition Live 1981" double LP and expanded edition CD is out now! The album contains eighteen tracks including demos, radio sessions and bonus live tracks not on original CD. Tracks: 1. Shellshock; 2. Steppin' On a Landmine; 3. Blood, Guts and Beer; 4. Run Like Hell; 5. Don't Walk Away; 6. Filth Hounds of Hades; 7. He Fell In Love with a (Stormtrooper); 8. The Snake; 9. Shellshock (Demo); 10. Run Like Hell (demo); 11. Blood, Guts and Beer (demo); 12. Hammer On (radio session); 13. Don't Walk Away (radio session); 14. Heavy Artillery (radio session); 15. T.W.D.A.M.O. (Parkpop, Holland 6/4/1982); 16.Blood, Guts And Beer (Parkpop, Holland 6/4/1982); 17. Too Tired To Wait For Love (demo); 18. The Man That Never Was (demo). For more information, go to the official TANK website and visit their merchandise page.

April 2006


GASKIN show in the UK and new album in the making!
GASKIN are doing a 25th Aniversary concert on August 11th at the Baths Hall, Scunthorpe (UK). Tickets are a mere ?5 each, and can be ordered from Paul Gaskin directly (email him at: gaskin2000@yahoo.co.uk) or booked at the Baths Hall, Website: http://www.bathshall.co.uk/
The line up of GASKIN is: Paul Gaskin (guitars/vocals), Dave Norman (drums), Tony Ilkiw (bass) and Andy Wood (vocals). GASKIN will then start working on a new studio album.

March 2006


RAVEN confirmed for Germany's Bang Your Head festival!
Long-running metallers RAVEN have been confirmed for this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany.

ELIXIR Sign With Majestic Rock Records!
Majestic Rock Records has announced the signing of cult British heavy metal act ELIXIR. The group's new studio album, "Mindcreeper", will be released this spring, to be followed by the reissue of their back catalogue later this year in remastered and expanded form. The band will be playing live shows this spring and summer.

METAL MIRROR have reformed and release live album!
NWOBHM band METAL MIRROR have reformed. The group will shortly publish a previously unreleased live album (recorded in London 1981), featuring the original lineup, including the late great Chris Haggerty, who sadly passed away in 2004. METAL MIRROR are currently working on material for a new studio album, titled "One Thousand Days In Hell", to be recorded later this year. The band are also planning a few live shows (dates to be announced). Replacing Chris Haggerty will be Andy Barnet, who has played with many metal legends, including Paul Di'Anno, Bernie Torme, Gary Barden, Doogie White, Neil Murray, "Fast" Eddie Clark and Zak Starkey. Andy was also in the NWOBHM band URCHIN (with Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, who later joined IRON MAIDEN). Benjamin Reio Franklyn replaced Mick Green on drums. Benjamin has been playing with the BARNSTORMERS, PRAYING MANTIS, and Jon Lord.

February 2006


WITCHFINDER GENERAL live CD at last!
NWOBHM friends, our dream has finally come true! Before WITCHFINDER GENERAL disbanded, they recorded a live album! Finally, after twenty-two years you'll get to hear the infamous band performing live at their peak with their most classic lineup. The CD contains 12 tracks, along with 'never seen before' photos and original artwork from the band, that was never used and will be scheduled for release early 2006. The track listing is as follows: Free Country; Burning A Sinner; Witchfinder General; Requiem For Youth; Shadowed Images; Friends Of Hell; Death Penalty; Last Chance; Invisible Hate; Quietus; No Stayer & Love On Smack. For more info or to pre-order the CD, contact Russ Vrankovich at: Sleepyhollow70@comcast.net or Yosuke Konishi at: nuclearwarnow_prod@yahoo.com.

January 2006


JAGUAR working on a new studio album!
NWOBHM veterans JAGUAR are currently writing material for a new studio album, which they plan on recording later in the year. No further information is currently available.

VENOM annouces UK gig and new album!
British black metal pioneers VENOM will play their first U.K. gig of the new millennium on Sunday, March 26 at the Manchester Academy. Also, the band [featuring original founder band member Cronos together with Antton (on drums) and Mykvs (on guitar)] have finished mixing their new album, "Metal Black" at the Townhouse Studios in London. The album contains fourteen new songs, including "Antechrist", "Burn In Hell", "House of Pain", "Death & Dying", "Rege Satanas", "Darkest Realm", "A Good Day to Die", "Assassin", "Lucifer Rising", "Blessed Dead", "Hours of Darkness", "Sleep When I'm Dead", "Maleficarvm" and "Metal Black". A March release via Castle Records/Sanctuary Group is expected.

October 2005


WITCHFYNDE dates addded!
NWOBHM legends WITCHFYNDE have confirmed the following live shows over the Halloween period:
Oct. 29 Heavy Metal Maniacs festival, Hoorn (NL)
Nov. 04 Astoria, London (UK)
Nov. 12 Langley Mill Potter?s Bar, Nottingham (UK)
The November 4 concert at the Astoria will celebrate "The 25th Anniversary of NWOBHM", with additional appearances by JAGUAR, DIAMOND HEAD, PRAYING MANTIS and BRONZ.

ELIXIR "Live" album on TPL Records
The new live album of ELIXIR is being prepared for release by TPL Records and will be available soon. The album captures the power and glory of an ELIXIR show and features songs from the first three Elixir albums, plus "Winds Of Time" (a song which was released as the 'B' side of the "Treachery" single), and "Death Toll" which was recorded on ELIXIR's very first demo tape in 1983, but has never before been officially released. Featuring the classic "Treachery" and "The Son Of Odin" line-up of Paul Taylor (vocals), Stormin' Norman Gordon and Phil Denton (guitars), Kevin Dobbs (bass) and Nigel Dobbs (drums), this will be the first opportunity to own songs such as "Visions Of Darkness' and "Llagaeran" played by the line-up that created them. The track listing is as follows: "The Return" (Intro), "Moonlight", "Trial By Fire", "Pandora's Box", "Hold High The Flame", "The Idol", "Son Of Odin", "Sovereign Remedy", "Born Loser", "Winds Of Time", "Death Toll", "Metal Trance", "Visions Of Darkness", "Shadows Of The Night", "Deal With The Devil", "Treachery (Ride Like The Wind)" and "Llagaeran".

September 2005


DIAMOND HEAD to release a new CD
DIAMOND HEAD have inked a deal with Cargo Records. Cargo will be releasing the group's long-awaited new CD "All Will Be Revealed" on October 31. Upcoming live shows: Nov. 04 The Astoria, London, UK (25th anniversary of NWOBHM show with WITCHFYNDE, PRAYING MANTIS, BRONZ and JAGUAR); Dec. 02 Edwards No 8, Birmingham, UK and Dec. 03 Rio, Bradford, UK.

RAVEN back in action!
RAVEN are continuing to write and demo material for a new album, their first new product since 1999's "One For All". The band was forced out of action in 2001,when guitarist Mark Gallagher suffered serious injuries. Songtitles set to appear on the upcoming CD include:"Against the Grain", "Running around in Circles", "Armageddon", "Long Hard Road", "Bulldozer", "Breaking You Down", "Under Your Radar", "Attitude", "Burn Your Bridges", "Long Day's Journey", "The Stranger Inside", "Desperate Measures", "Strip Away" and "Wrecking Crew". The band recently played an amazing set at the Bloodstock festival in Derby (the UK) and is confirmd to play at the Keep It True festival in Germany on Nov. 05.

July 2005


HEADACHE magazine suspended immediately!
HEADACHE does no longer exist. The Dutch magazine was forced to call it a day, because of illness within the editorial staff as well as economical reasons. I am truly sorry for the bands I won't be able to promote, but I hope to stay in touch with you all and hope for better times! I am still contributing to the Dutch Heavy Metal Maniacs 'zine and Metal Maidens' website, so I won't be completely gone! Cheers & Metal Forever, Toine \m/

NWOBHM festival lands in Hoorn, NL!
Saturday, 29th of October, the Dutch Heavy Metal Maniacs Fanclub organizes another event. This time, the festival is entirely dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). The line up of the bands is as follows: BLACK OUT (NL), SAD IRON (NL), CONQUEST OF STEEL (UK), PREDATUR (UK), AVENGER (UK), WITCHFYNDE (UK) and BLITZKRIEG (UK). The festival is held at the Manifesto in Hoorn and will start at 15:00 p.m. For more info, visit www.heavymetalmaniacs.com. Spread the news!!!!!!

Read the INTRODUCTION OF THE BANDS written by yours truly.

BITCHES SIN release "Your Place Or Mine"
The cult 80's NWOBHM band BITCHES SIN releases "Your Place Or Mine" on July 15th, 2005, including previously unreleased material and demos. This 12 track album will only be available as a FREE download from www.bitchessin.co.uk . Don't miss this opportunity!

New album for CLOVEN HOOF & "The Opening Ritual" re-released!
Reunited NWOBHM legends CLOVEN HOOF will release a new album in September via XZec Records. The as-yet-untitled effort was produced by Tom Galley of the PHENOMENA fame, who has previously worked with such high-calibre musicians as Brian May, Cozy Powell, Neil Murray, John Thomas, Glenn Hughes, Mel Galley, Don Airey, Ray Gillen, and Scott Gorham. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: Inquisitor; Whore of Babylon; Absolute Power; Angels in Hell; Kiss of Evil; Eye of the Sun; King for a Day; Golgotha; Freak Show and Running Man
The band's debut EP, "The Opening Ritual", will be re-released on Xzec Records later in the year as part of a DVD, that will also include live video clips and a booklet with never-before-seen pictures.

February 2005


Discovering Sharalee!
You now have the chance to buy yourself images of the original BITCHES SIN girl Sharalee (she's pictured on the sleeve of "The First Temptation" CD). Check this lady out at: BITCHES SIN website and go to the section Sharalee.

November 2004


OVERLORDE release full length album on Sonic Age Records!
Sonic Age Records has set a December 17, 2004 release date for the new album from American power metallers OVERLORDE, entitled "Return of the Snow Giant". The CD was recorded and mixed at Trax East studios in South River, NJ by Eric Kvortek and Eric Rachel, respectively. The track listing is as follows: And The Battle Begins.../Snow Giant/Hell Hath No Fury/Starcastle/When He Comes/ Metallic Madness/Blackness/Ogre Wizard/Mark Of The Wolf/My Disease/Trapped By Magic/Colossus(Island Of The Cyclops)/Overlorde.

October 2004


PEGAN ALTAR website and album
Pagan Altar now have a new official website at www.paganaltar.co.uk. Their re-recorded version of the "The Lords of Hypocrisy" album will be out soon.

TYGERS see Richie Wicks go!
TYGERS OF PAN TANG have parted ways with singer Richie Wicks due to "his ongoing work commitments" according to an official statement. The band hopes to announce a replacement singer shortly. TYGERS OF PAN TANG are currently preparing to begin recording the follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Noises From The Cathouse" CD, tentatively due sometime next year.

August 2004


DIAMOND HEAD part ways with Sean Harris!
Reunited NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD have part ways with singer Sean Harris. The band has already found a replacement with Nick Tart and are currently writing new material for a yet untitled album, due out Spring 2005.

June 2004


SOLDIER comes with a new album!
Reunited NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends SOLDIER will release their new album, "Sins Of The Warrior", on Heavy Metal Records later this year. The group are currently rehearsing for live shows to coincide with the release. A limited-edition red vinyl single, containing the track "Murderous Night" from the upcoming CD, backed with "I'm Taken In", is now available from the Heavy Metal label. In other news, Hellion Records (Brazil) will be releasing an album entitled "Heavy Metal Force", which will contain material from the very first incarnation of SOLDIER right up to 2003. Much of the "Live Forces" album will be included on it although there will be different versions of some of the tracks. For more information on SOLDIER, visit the band's official website at: www.soldier-nwobhm.cjb.net

January 2004


Reissues of BITCHES SIN and FLASHPOINT!
One of the most amazing NWOBHM bands of all-time, BITCHES SIN, are releasing their cult album "Invaders" on CD in January. Now's your chance to get yourself a digital copy of this album, which is full of heavenly NWOBHM, containing the awesome guitarwork of Ian and Pete Toomey. They also have the FLASHPOINT LP "No Point Of Reference"(*) available, which is in fact the more melodic "brother" of BITCHES SIN. The fast, mind dazzling guitarwork is the same, and that's what counts here. If you want to buy a copy of these albums, which are really a must to every devoted NWOBHM fan, then go to the website of BITCHES SIN to find out all the information you need to know and order yourself a copy of these two 'must have' items. Each CD sells for 9.99 UK Pound sterling (including postage and packing), which is definately not too much if you know the prices for the original items on vinyl nowadays. So don't hesitate any longer and go to BITCHES SIN website and order yourself a copy of these two masterpieces!

(*) includes the songs: Hot Tonight / Blackjack / I Need It / Modern Lover / It is Time / Grand Prix / Hey You! / Sweet Pretender / Rock'n Roll Heart / No More Love No More Lies /

November 2002


Setlist new TYGERS OF PAN TANG album!
Here is a list, in no specific order, of the tracks to be included on the proposed 2002 Tygers of Pan Tang album (set for Autumn release): Cybernation; The Spirit Never Dies; Master of Illusion (pt I,II & III) *pt I: The Arrival *pt II: The Illusion *pt III: The Belief; Symphonation (prelude to 'Boomerang'); Boomerang; Deja-Vu; God-Speak; Three in a Bed; Running Man; Bad Bad Kitty; High Speed Highway Superman; plus the bonus tracks Firepower & Mystical. The producted will be in the more than capable hands of the world-renowned producer Chris Tsangarides.

October 2002


ANGELWITCH are back!

It's Official, ANGELWITCH are back!!! The band (consisting of Kevin Heybourne (naturally), Richie Wicks, Scott Higham and Keith Herzberg) have already made plans to play live in 2003 and have confirmed that they will play at the Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany next year. See their website: www.angel-witch.com for the latest info here.

August 2002


New BLITZKRIEG album!!!
BLITZKRIEG will release a brand new album this month, called "Absolute Power". With their awesome appearance at Wacken Open Air (WET stage) earlier this month in mind, I can only agree on this very appropriate title!!!

January 2002


ANGELWITCH split up!!!
With great sadness, I have to inform you that ANGELWITCH are no longer together. Kevin has decided to relocate to the US; Bassist Ritchie Wicks has joined the TYGERS OF PAN TANG as their new singer, while guitarist Keith Herzberg is busy writing and preparing for the forthcoming SONS OF EDEN album (with Ritchie!).

August 2001


New ANGELWITCH drummer signing up!
Ace Finchum (ex-TIGERTAILZ) has joined ANGELWITCH, in the last week of August. The new Sticksman has completed the Witch line-up and is currently working on the songs for the new album. Plans are also in the making for ANGELWITCH to record their new album by the end of the year.
More details - coming soon!

March 2001


JAGUAR in the studio and re-release '84 album "This Time"
Neat Records (www.neatrecords.com) are going to re-release JAGUAR's 1984 album 'This Time' on CD. Besides the original ten tracks, Neat aims to add another ten (!!) bonus tracks. These 'may' include; The Jimmy Miller remixes of 'This Time' and 'Tear the Shackles Down' (originally intended for two single releases that never happened), live versions of 'This Time' songs and possibly some tracks from a post 'This Time' era demo.
The band have also entered the studio to record the next album, more on this soon.

February 2001


New album TYGERS OF PAN TANG
The TYGERS OF PAN TANG are now busy in the studio working on pre-production demos. The bands forthcoming album has already been given the working title "Mystical".

January 2001


TYGERS OF PAN TANG to play at Z Rock
The TYGERS OF PAN TANG will be playing at the Z Rock 2001 pt.II festival, which will take place on Aug. 26th at Maximes, Wigan in England.
Other bands at the festival are: HUMANIMAL (Jeff Scott Soto's band), HEARTLAND, ARABIA, CHANGE OF HEARTS, CONTAGIOUS, 24K & DANNY DANZI.

TYGERS OF PAN TANG REVEAL new frontman
TYGERS OF PAN TANG have confirmed that vocal duties will be taken care of by new frontman Tony Liddell. Tony has had a long career within music and will be best known to many for his vocal duties on the debut STRANGEWAYS release. Prior to STRANGEWAYS, Tony and Rob Weir had a project called SERGEANT that nearly signed with two major labels, but due to many circumstances the band disbanded. In 1987 Tony left England for the US and worked with many respected people including Jim Steinman. After being so close to finally making it, Tony decided it was time to return home to the north east of England.
During early January 2001 Tony was approached by Rob Weir re the demanding position as frontman for the legendary TYGERS OF PAN TANG. The result a meeting the next day, immediately the two hit it off and once more Tony proved he was more than capable of holding the position. Rob Weir then called the office of Z Records and sent some samples; the result the thumbs up from the label after only hearing the sample cdr for 5 minutes.The band will commence recordings during late March.
More news re the new TYGERS frontman Tony Liddell will be up soon.

October 2000


ANGELWITCH live album
ANGELWITCH will release their new CD, 2000/Live At The LA2, on October 10th. The set features one disc with 12 new tracks and a second video CD containing four songs from a London show in May of this year. The set is out through Zoom.

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