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.
R.I.P. Manny van Oosten [09/09/1955 - 25/02/2011]
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!!!
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 !!
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.
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.
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
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".
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);
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 â€” 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.
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)
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-MÃ´r", "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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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  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.
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/].
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/
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.
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
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".
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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: email@example.com) 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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 /
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.
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.
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!!!
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!).
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!
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.
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".
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.
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.