EKTOMORF: new video clip “Whisper” available

December 6th, 2014
by EvilG

Ektomorf is here with their new video for “Whisper” from the latest album “Retribution”. The clip contains tour footage, recorded by band and crew, and it is truly a showcase of the Hungarian quartet’s live intensity. Stage moments of their latest headlining tours and Summer festivals dominate the video, while for short moments you may check some backstage action too. “Whisper” is considered as a fan-favorite, and the band certainly hopes that their fans are going to recognize themselves in the video, moshing & jumping in the crowd.
EKTOMORF “Outcast Bells” tour:

17.12.2014 Berlin K17 (GER)
18.12.2014 Frankfurt Nachtleben (GER)
19.12.2014 Hartberg Neo-Music Club (AT)
20.12.2014 Cham L.A. Lifestyle (GER)
21.12.2014 Bielefeld Metal Christmas (GER)

 

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WOLFPAKK: the melodic metal allstar-project releases its third album in February

December 6th, 2014
by EvilG

The two alpha wolves Mark Sweeney and Michael Voss continue their journey on February 27th whenWOLFPAKK‘s third album “Rise Of The Animal” will be released. For the follower to „Wolfpakk“ (2011) and „Cry Wolf“ (2013) again many high-class musicians contributed to make this a very special album once again.

Guest vocalists and musicians are a.o.:

Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween)
Marc Storace (Krokus)
Don Dokken (Dokken)
Andi Deris (Helloween)
Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow)
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio)
John Norum (Europe)
Axel Rudi Pell
Al Barrow (Magnum)
Bob Daisley (ex-Black Sabbath)
Chris Slade (ex-AC/DC)
Simon Philips (ex-Toto)

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ENUFF Z’NUFF Release Whacky New Video For “The Stroke”

December 6th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

It’s been 30+ years since Billy Squire unleashed his debut single “The Stroke,” and gave teenage boys everywhere a reason to grab their instruments and get strokin’. Now, Enuff Z’nuff just gave them one more! The classic hard rock group, who this year celebrate their 30th anniversary, just released a light-hearted and sexy video for their cover version of Squire’s rock anthem. The video, directed by David Stekert, stars Enuff Z’nuff founder, bassist, singer and namesake, Chip Z’nuff, fronting an all female band who romp their way through the song at double speed, like a Benny Hill sketch trapped in a studio rehearsal room. The video also features a guest appearance by Jesse Camp, everyone’s favorite shaggy-haired stoner and winner of MTV’s first “Wanna Be A VJ” contest in 1998!

Established in Blue Island, IL 1984, Enuff Z’nuff scored its first major success in 1989 with their gold-selling debut album, containing the hit singles “New Thing” and “Fly High Michelle.” In 1991, the second album Strength appeared, which had Rolling Stone magazine calling them “The Hot Band Of The Year” as well as earning them numerous appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman. The mid-late ‘90s brought difficult changes, but Chip kept the Enuff Z’nuff torch burning with several tours both Stateside and overseas as well a steady stream of well-received studio albums. Earlier this year the band released its first ever covers album, Covered In Gold, a collection of 12 eclectic cover tunes from Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” and Nirvana’s “All Apologies” to Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and Smokey Robinson’s “Tears Of A Clown,” all of which showcase this group’s incredibly diverse yet supremely melodic sensibility. Covered In Gold, like Enuff Z’nuff, is further testament to the timeless appeal of great rock melodies, and not to be missed by fans of Steven Tyler, Robert Plant, and Paul Stanley. As David Letterman says of the group, “When it comes to Rock N’ Roll, you don’t need anybody else.”

“These guys deserve Rock Superstar status!” – Howard Stern

“This band writes great songs!” – Paul Stanley

“One of the more exciting and gifted bands on the scene today!” – Rolling Stone magazine

“Enuff Z’nuff is one of the most underrated bands in the world!” – Steven Van Zandt

Track List for Covered In Gold
1. Everything Works If You Let It (Cheap Trick cover)
2. Stone Cold Crazy (Queen cover)
3. She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult cover)
4. All Apologies (Nirvana cover)
5. Believe It Or Not (The Greatest American Hero theme)
6. The Jean Genie (David Bowie cover)
7. Run For Your Life (The Beatles cover)
8. When Doves Cry (Prince cover)
9. Tears Of A Clown (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles cover)
10. The Stroke (Billy Squier cover)
11. Yankee Rose (David Lee Roth cover)
12. Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover)
BONUS TRACKS
13. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Live on Howard Stern)
14. New Thing (Live Unplugged In London)

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EXODUS Drummer TOM HUNTING Performs for New Jersey Music Students at Master Class Clinic

December 5th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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This past Sunday, November 30th, students at The Old Bridge Music Center School in Old Bridge, New Jersey, were treated to a special Master Class clinic with EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting. The event was part of the school’s ongoing “Meetings with Masters” series that offers young music students the chance to learn from top music industry professionals from around the world.

Highlights of the Master Class included an inside look at Hunting’s successful career, drum tips and techniques, advice to young musicians looking to have a career in the music industry, and a Q&A session. Students were then given the opportunity to play along with Hunting on a second drum set with other student musicians in a series of “Double Drum” jams to close the event, much to the delight of all in attendance.

“Wow! What an amazing day! We had such a great time and it was really inspiring to take part in the very important work that The Old Bridge Music Center School does,” states Tom Hunting. “I couldn’t be happier about how the day went. We talked a lot about touring, and the lifestyle, practice techniques, different styles of music, and pretty much every aspect of music. And the kids were so smart, extremely talented, and very engaged in the process. I left there wishing we had more time to talk and jam!

Hunting adds, “Teaching is something I plan to pursue as a career when all the touring, recording, and traveling with EXODUS settles down in the future. This was my first time teaching (other than a few private lessons) and I left Old Bridge inspired and with a feeling that this is a good path for me. I wanna thank both of the Gregg’s and Zipperhead and everyone else involved in this school for one of my favorite days I can ever remember!  It was a true pleasure and I can’t wait to get back to Old Bridge! Cheers!”

To learn more about the Old Bridge Music Center and their programs, please visit www.oldbridgemusiccenter.com, http://oldbridgemusiccenter.wordpress.com, or www.facebook.com/oldbridgemusiccenter.

Tom Hunting and EXODUS are currently wrapping up their tour with headliners Slayer and fellow special guests Suicidal Tendencies. Afterward, EXODUS will embark on a quick run of headline shows from December 7th through December 14th. See below for all remaining tour dates.

EXODUS in North America with SLAYER & SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
12/06 – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino – Hammond, IN

EXODUS Headline Dates:
12/07 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
12/13 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
12/14 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers

On October 14th, EXODUS released their brand new album, Blood In, Blood Out, via Nuclear Blast. The record debuted at #38 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week, which concretes Blood In, Blood Out’s status as the band’s highest-charting album to date. Blood In, Blood Out can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats. The album can also be purchased via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Or, pick up a copy of the album at your local music retailers.

Like: www.facebook.com/EXODUSATTACK
Follow: twitter.com/EXODUSATTACK
Watch: www.YouTube.com/EXODUS

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TANK – new record deal with Metal Mind Productions

December 4th, 2014
by EvilG

We are very happy to announce the extension of the recording deal with the British heavy metal legend – TANK. Through the years, we have re-released the band’s back catalogue and released their recent albums “War Machine” (2010) and “War Nation” (2012). TANK’s forthcoming yet untitled album is planned for March 2015.

The band’s current line-up includes:

Cliff Evans – guitars
Mick Tucker – guitars
ZP Theart (Dragonforce) – vocals
Bobby Schottkowski (Sodom) – drums
Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian) – bass guitar

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RANDY RHOADS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

December 4th, 2014
by EvilG
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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE OPEN HOUSE – DECEMBER 4TH – 6TH
FREE EVENT – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – 3PM TO 9PM
ACOUSTIC SET SATURDAY DECEMBER 6TH

Come celebrate the Late, Great Randy Rhoads birthday with his family this week at Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and her husband Richard D’Argenzio’s wine tasting room in Burbank.

The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Thursday, December 4th and ends Saturday, December 6th – open from 3pm to 9pm daily.  This will be a weekend to remember for all fans and friends alike. You will get to meet the whole Rhoads family, taste the Randy Rhoads wine, and see personal memorabilia that has not been shown for public viewing. Read the rest of this entry »

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MELECHESH to Release “Enki” Early Next Year

December 4th, 2014
by EvilG

Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH return this winter with their sixth full-length album! On February 27th (EU), March 2nd (UK) and 10th (US) 2015 MELECHESH will release Enki, the follow-up to their 2010 masterpiece The Epigenesis. With this deep and personal album, filled with metaphor and spiritual/philosophical references, MELECHESH are yet again ready to spread their sonic magic and enlightened revelations to the cosmos! Pre-order your copy here: http://smarturl.it/MELECHESH-Enki-NB

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VENOM Reveal Stunning From The Very Depths Cover Art!

December 4th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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VENOM announced the January 27 release of From The Very Depths (Spinefarm Records) last week, news that was met with elation among the metal community, from tastemakers to fans. The metal icons, who are pretty much responsible for authoring their own genre, have followed up the album release news by sharing the two-horns-up album artwork.

The cover is visually arresting, featuring skeletal beings bathed in red and orange tones. The image is dominated by the instantly recognizable VENOM logo, and is a natural successor to the artwork for previous album, 2011’s Fallen Angels, also released via Spinefarm.

And to think this is merely the cover! The album’s accompanying music slays, and early praise indicates that this could be one VENOM’s best releases…ever. Even the album title is 100 per cent ‘Venomous’, referencing the band’s infamous live intro tape.

Screw the holiday season. January 27 can’t get here fast enough!

For More Info Visit:
www.venomslegions.com
www.spinefarmrecords.com

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HACKNEYED – are back / new video clip on Xmas

December 4th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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After a long break the German death metal machine HACKNEYED is back – louder than ever. The recordings for their upcoming fourth studio album are at full blast and it is set to be released in spring 2015.

But now the band wants to give their fans a little foretaste and Xmas present with an exclusive world premiere of a video clip of the brand new track “The Flaw Of Flesh”.

HACKNEYED states:

“Check out the exclusive video premiere for our brand-new song “The Flaw of Flesh” on December 24th! Preparations for our upcoming fourth studio album are at full blast and this track will give you a foretaste of what to expect. Mark the date. Be prepared. We’re back. More power, new influences and bone-crushing new music!”

More information coming soon – stay tuned.

www.hackneyed.de | https://de-de.facebook.com/hackneyed | http://thoughtcrime-promotion.de/

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Napalm Records Signs PRODUCT OF HATE

December 4th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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“Hailing from the Kenosha, Wisconsin area, PRODUCT OF HATE have been crafting their vicious blend of groove, thrash, and new-wave metal for the past few years. Sharing the stage with some of the biggest bands in metal including TESTAMENT, LAMB OF GOD, GWAR, CHIMAIRA, UNEARTH, MESHUGGAH, JOB FOR A COWBOY & LAZARUS A.D. PRODUCT OF HATE is now set to take on the world.

PRODUCT OF HATE have signed with Austrian Metal Powerhouse Label Napalm Records, and will release their debut album in early 2015.Their new album is being currently being mixed and mastered at SafeHouse Production by James Murphy (Death, Testament, Obituary)

Vocalist Adam Gilley on signing with Napalm Records:

“On behalf of PRODUCT OF HATE we are proud and thankful to be apart of the Napalm team. We look forward for all to hear our new album & touring til we drop!!!”
~Adam Gilley~

Band Lineup:
Adam Gilley
Cody Rathbone
Gene Rathbone
Mark Campbell
Mike McGuire

For More Info Visit:
http://www.productofhate.com/
https://www.facebook.com/productofhateofficial/
https://twitter.com/productofhate

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RANDY RHOADS Birthday Celebration

December 4th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Come celebrate the Late, Great Randy Rhoads birthday with his family this week at Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and her husband Richard D’Argenzio’s wine tasting room in Burbank.

The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Thursday, December 4th and ends Saturday, December 6th – open from 3pm to 9pm daily.  This will be a weekend to remember for all fans and friends alike. You will get to meet the whole Rhoads family, taste the Randy Rhoads wine, and see personal memorabilia that has not been shown for public viewing.

The D’Argenzio winery, has for several years, produced a special wine in the name of Randy Rhoads with all proceeds of this wine going to fund the Randy Rhoads Foundation to assist kids in learning music.

A special note from the Rhoads family:

The Rhoads family wishes to thank you all for all the heartfelt support and love for Randy. We also thank you for keeping his memory alive.

Happy Birthday to my loving son and our dear brother~

Delores Rhoads, Kelle Rhoads and Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio~

Randy Rhoads is best known for his tour of duty with Ozzy Osbourne and his band, then known as The Blizzard of Ozz. Once Rhoads had officially joined, the band headed into the studio to record their debut album, titled Blizzard of Ozz. Propelled by Rhoads’ neo-classical guitar work, the album was an instant hit with rock fans, particularly in the USA. They released two singles from the album: “Mr Crowley” and the hit “Crazy Train”.  Rhoads left us March 19th, 1982 in a tragic plane crash leaving us a huge void in music. His legacy of brilliant music will live forever in the hearts of the people – He was a true hero and legend.

Please join us December 4th through December 6th and pay respects to Randy Rhoads and his family for his birthday at the:

D’Argenzio Tasting Room
1204 W. Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA  91506
818 846 8466
3pm to 9pm

For more information on Randy Rhoads click www.randyrhoads.us or www.dargenziowine.com

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SANTA CRUZ Confirm First U.S. Shows

December 4th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Finnish rock hellions SANTA CRUZ have booked their first U.S. shows. They will be playing The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC on Friday, December 12 and they will be playing Loaded Hollywood in L.A. on Friday, December 19.

Every night is a Friday night for SANTA CRUZ, but on these two particular and actual Friday nights, they are going to raise holy hell.

The band also booked a slot on the 2015 edition of Rock on the Range, with its self-titled new album out in March.

Want an early taste of SANTA CRUZ, without having to get good and liquored up? Watch the video for “Wasted and Wounded” HERE.

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REQUIEM Premieres Acoustic Video for “Sticks and Stones and Her Lovely Bones” via GUITAR WORLD’s Acoustic Nation

December 4th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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REQUIEM recently filmed an acoustic version of their track “Sticks and Stones and Her Lovely Bones” at Indigital Studios in Santa Cruz, CA, and today, the video is being unleashed to the world via Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation! Check out the video here: http://www.guitarworld.com/accoustic-nation-requiem-acoustic-sticks-and-stones-and-her-lovely-bones-exclusive-video-premiere, or via the Indigital Studios YouTube here: http://youtu.be/IO6EVIRMM8o

Schecter-sponsored guitarist and vocalist Jacklyn Paulette states, “This song was definitely interesting to play on acoustic guitars, but I think playing it this way really brought out the guitar melodies that tend to get a little buried when everything is in full blast.”

“A large portion of this song was actually written on the acoustic guitar, and it was later dissected and translated to the electric form you hear on the album,” adds guitarist Ryan Heggum.

NEW SPONSORSHIP ANNOUNCED!

Today marks the beginning of REQUIEM’s new sponsorship with MESA/Boogie amps! Since 1969, MESA/Boogie has been an exclusive American Custom Shop dedicated to creating the ultimate instruments of personal, musical expression — both sonically and stylistically. To this day, no other amplifier company offers more ways to make your tone your own than MESA/Boogie.

Garey Noble of MESA/Boogie Artist Relations states, “MESA/Boogie welcomes REQUIEM to the Mesa Artist family – happy to have them on-board!”

Vocalist Steve Juliano adds, “It’s an absolute honor to be a part of the MESA/Boogie family. They pride themselves with amazing quality of product, and we stand tall behind their name! So excited to be working with them!”

REQUIEM’s brand new album, The Unexplainable Truth, is out now via Cleopatra Records (E1)! Make sure to order your copy now via http://geni.us/Requiem! Featuring vocalist Steve Juliano (formerly of popular metalcore group I Am Ghost), The Unexplainable Truth combines dark melodies and soaring orchestras with vicious metal guitars and bass.

Make sure to pick up the December issue of REVOLVER Magazine (get your issue here), which features scintillating photos of Schecter-sponsored guitarist Jacklyn Paulette – December 2014’s Hottest Chick in Hard Rock! You can check out a behind-the-scenes photo shoot video here: http://youtu.be/XBIYxNaeIRE.

Check out REQUIEM at some upcoming events:
12/5 – Bakersfield, CA @ Jerrys Pizza
12/6 – Hollywood, CA @ Bar Sinister
12/12 – San Jose, CA @ Rock Bar Theater

For more information on REQUIEM, please visit these websites:
http://www.requiemofficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/requiemrock/
http://twitter.com/requiem_music
http://instagram.com/requiemmusic
http://requiemstreetteam.tumblr.com/
https://requiemofficial.bandpage.com/
www.cleopatrarecords.com

REQUIEM is:
Steven Juliano- Vocals
Jacklyn Paulette- Vocals/Guitar
Finn Stobbe- Bass
Ryan Heggum- Guitar/Screams
Rick Siegfried- Drums

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Australian Hard Rockers DEAD CITY RUINS To Release New Album

December 4th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Splicing the musicianship of 70’s and 80’s metal and the soul catching riffs of bluesy rock with the intensity and “f*ck ‘em all” attitude of punk rock, Melbourne Australia’s Dead City Ruins have been hard at work carving out a path of their very own.

Featuring Jake Wiffen (vocals), Tommy Teabag (guitar), Sean Blanchard (guitar), Andy Alkemade (drums) and Tony Alkemade (bass), Dead City Ruins is a working class hard rock band fueled by what life throws at them … good times, bad times, disappointments, achievements, and life in the cruel fuckin’ city!

On January 20th the band will release the follow-up to their 2011 debut album, Midnight Killer with a new self-titled offering via Metalville Records.

The new album, which was engineered by James Lugo (Iron Maiden, Bruce Springsteen, Dokken), features ten tracks in total including standouts such as, “Happenzella”, “Til Death”, and a wholehearted tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio with an original track aptly titled, “DIO”.

In an appropriate finale, the band close with a bonus track and tribute to their Australian brethren AC/DC covering “Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation”, which includes a special guest appearance from vocalist Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe.

Following the recording of the album the members of Dead City Ruins immediately jumped back on the road for a thirteen country tour of the UK, Europe, and Scandinavia supporting American heavyweights Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe to rave reviews!

Dead City Ruins has also shared festival stages with the likes of Mastodon, Diamond Head, Orange Goblin, and Hardcore Superstar.

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Dead City Ruins official artwork and tracklist

1. Happenzella

2. Til Death

3. D.I.B.

4. Hurt

5. Shot Through

6. Blue Bastard

7. Broken Bones

8. DIO

9. Bloody Tools

10. Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation feat. Whitfield Crane

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ARBITRATOR Free Download ‘For That Which May Appease Lions’ Featuring Drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork)

December 4th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

FREE DOWNLOAD – http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/arbitrator-for-that-which-may-appease-lions-exclusive-free-song-download

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ARBITRATOR is a project that began in late 2010 as the brainchild of Robert Kukla and officially debut in 2011 with the EP ‘The Consummate Ascendancy’ with former drummer Corey Chernesky. Now, determined to release a full-length to top “TCA“, Kukla on rhythm guitar, bass and vocals has wrote the band’s first album with a whole new arsenal of musicians that includes drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, ex-Devin Townsend Project, ex-Aborted), Myles Malloy on lead guitar and Connor ORT Linning for programming. The planned 2015 release will be entitled ‘Indoctrination of Sacrilege’ and was produced by Sacha Laskow (ex-Divinity, Every Hour Kills), mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy) along with album artwork done by Colin Marks (Exodus, Scar Symmetry, Jeff Loomis).

The first track ‘For That Which May Appease Lions’ from the forthcoming 2015 album is now available for FREE download on PuregrainAudio.com here.

“‘For That Which May Appease Lions’ is quite possibly one of my favourite tracks off of the new album. Dark, ‘Resident Evil’ style passages compliment sections of blistering blast beats performed by the skins-king himself, Dirk Verbeuren. It is a track that is as dynamic as it is brutal, and certainly not for those that shy away from the radical nature of the progressive genre.” comments Kukla.

In addition, Toontrack.com has released on their youtube channel a drum playthrough video featuring drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, ex-Devin Townsend Project, ex-Aborted) performing ‘For That Which May Appease Lions’.

Video – Arbitrator – Dirk Verbeuren EZdrummer 2 playthrough – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfJMUOLlR90

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1. They Will Worship This Fire of Agony (6:41)

2. Stillborn Bastard of The Nazarene (6:50)

3. For That Which May Appease Lions (6:56)

4. Serpent of The Styx (8:41)

5. Profaned and Perfected (7:30)

6. The Burning Sands of His Kingdom (instrumental) (3:14)

Album Length: 39:54

For more info, please visit www.arbitratorofficial.net

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