It’s been five years since Immortal Dominion has issued a full-length studio album. But the wait is nearly over, metalheads. March 22nd, 2011 will see the release of the group’s third full-length overall, ‘Primortal’ (on 427 Records), and the album will surely take the group to the next level, as it was overseen by renowned metal producer Sterling Winfield (who has previously worked with the likes of Mercyful Fate, Pantera, Damageplan, and Hellyeah).
As Winfield explains, “I really enjoyed the studio experience with Immortal Dominion, not only for the band and what they brought to the table as far as their material, and their professional attitude, but the facility, Backbone Studios, in Loveland Colorado, is unbelievable! A killer place that was made just for the creative person in all of us. The staff is there to help you with your vision, and never said no to ANY of our crazy ideas. Don’t even get me started on the gear available to us. The best!”
Comprised of band members Ray Smith (vocals), Brian Villers (guitars/vocals), Louis Micciullo (guitars), Bryan “Ed” Schmidt (bass), and Casey Glass (drums), Immortal Dominion has assembled a strong album that easily measures up to other releases by modern metal acts. As Villers explains, “I think the current metal scene has come around full circle, with guitar solos and great drumming being prevalent again. And our new sound fits in with that perfectly.” Or as Schmidt describes Immortal Dominion’s sound, “Somewhere between Cannibal Corpse…and Elton John!” And after hearing such standout tracks as “Reanimated” and “Retroactive,” you’ll discover that Schmidt’s description is not that far off.
Immortal Dominion will be supporting the release of ‘Primortal’ with live dates throughout 2011, and as Smith describes, “Fans can expect an exciting performance that will blow them away. The guitar solos and drum beats take it to a new level of listening entertainment, while the vocals are great and easy to sing along with.” Adds Micciullo, “We are a very high energy band, so they should expect lots of head banging!”
And lastly, just what does the future hold in store for Immortal Dominion? “I see Immortal Dominion growing every day in the music industry,” explains Glass. “With the new band line-up, live performances and new songs, we will continue to bring something new to the table. Working with industry leaders and top bands will make Immortal Dominion a force to be reckoned with.”
Gothenburg Sweden based metal sextet MARIONETTE will support the
MURDERDOLLS – the band consisting of Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT, ROB ZOMBIE)
and Wednesday 13 – on the continental European dates of its “Women and
Children Last Tour” next week. Dates are as follows:
Jan 16, 2011 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan 18, 2011 – Backstage Hall, Munich, Germany
Jan 19, 2011 – SO 36, Berlin, Germany
Jan 20, 2011 – Grünspan, Hamburg, Germany
Jan 21, 2011 – Schlachthof, Lingen, Germany
Jan 23, 2011 – Magazzini Generali, Milan, Italy
Jan 25, 2011 – Dynamo Club, Zurich, Switzerland
Jan 26, 2011 – Transbordeur, Lyon, France
Jan 27, 2011 – Rockschool Barbey, Bordeaux, France
Jan 28, 2011 – Etage, Rennes, France
Jan 29, 2011 – Elysee Monmartre, Paris, France
Jan 31, 2011 – Trix Hall, Antwerp, Belgium
Feb 18, 2011 – Virus Bar, Örebro, Sweden (headline concert)
Robin Jensen will join MARIONETTE as fill in drummer.
Guitarist, backing vocalist, and founding member of MARIONETTE Aron
“We’re excited and honored to tour with the MURDERDOLLS next week on
the bands continental European dates. This is a band we feel really
confident touring with; they have a strong visual character and are
excellent performers. Sharing the stage with them for two weeks will give
us a chance to try out some of our new material from our third album, which
is now close to being completely mixed. We’re also looking forward to
seeing what our fill in drummer Robin Jensen will do on stage with us!
MARIONETTE recently inked a worldwide publishing deal with Warner/Chappell
Music Scandinavia (MESHUGGAH, SABATON). The band is currently mixing its
as-yet-untitled third album at Studio PH in Gothenburg with Pontus Hjelm
(DEAD BY APRIL). The album will be mastered at Masters of Audio (RAMMSTEIN,
WITHIN TEMPTATION, HELLACOPTERS) in Stockholm. Song titles set to appear
on the CD include “Something Forgotten”, “Remember Your Name”, “Stand In
Line” and “Lights Out”.
MARIONETTE recently concluded its “The SlaughTour 2010” UK headline
tour and Scandinavian dates supporting DARK TRANQUILLITY: the first tour
dates featuring new vocalist Alexander Andersson (ELDRIMNER) who joined the
band last spring. More info is available on the widget below:
Fans of strippers, hard drugs, punk rock production and cock rock douchebaggery, rejoice: The one and (thankfully) onlyANAL CUNT have returned with a spankin’ new album, and this time around, they’re shooting to thrill (instead of just horrifically maim).
They’re here to fuck your girlfriend, steal your drugs, piss in your whiskey, and above all, ROCK!
Seth Putnam & Co. love themselves a good theme (remember their acoustic abomination Picnic of Love?) , and this time around, they channel Sunset Strip scumbags like Motley Crue and Ratt to bring you a rock’n’roll nightmare fueled by their preferred cocktail of sex, violence, and unbridled disgust. From ripping off the Crue’s cover art to the massive hard rock riffs of “Hot Girls on the Road,” “”I’m Gonna Give You AIDS,” and “Fuck Yeah!” and tender ballad “I Wish My Dealer Was Open,” Fuckin’ A is an instant scuzz rock classic.
Fuckin’ A was released today January 11th, 2011 and is now available. The record will be distributed by PATAC RECORDS (USA) and Trendkill Entertainment (Europe), and will first be available on CD (and include a signed copy of the now-infamous “Seth Putnam’s heroin blowjob” photo). An expanded vinyl version will be released later this spring, and the band are already plotting North American and European live actions for 2011!
ANAL CUNT have been shocking, appalling, and causing grievous bodily harm to audiences all over the world since 1988, peddling their ultraviolent noise-riddled grindcore and giving birth to some of the most hilarious (and hideously offensive) song titles in heavy metal history. Like GG Allin and the Dwarves before them, ANAL CUNT practice what they preach, gleefully embracing their own degeneracy and weathering an endless storm of drug busts, jail time, riots, controversy, and a drug-induced coma with two middle fingers aloft. Love them or hate them – they don’t give a fuck either way.
TRACKLISTING FOR Fuckin’ A:
1. Fuck Yeah
2. Crankin’ My Bands Demo On A Box At The Beach
3. Loudest Stereo
4. Kickin’ Your Ass And Fuckin’ Your Bitch
5. Hot Girls On The Road
6. Whiskey, Coke And Sluts
7. All I Give A Fuck About Is Sex
8. I’m Gonna Give You AIDS
9. Yay! It’s Pink!
10. I Wish My Dealer Was Open
PRAISE FOR FUCKIN’ A
“Fuckin’ A” absolutely guts every cock rock cliche from stem to sternum.” – Metal Underground
“Reviewing an Anal Cunt album is probably the shittiest thing I’ve done this week.” – Stereokiller
“Even when the jokes fall flat, it’s all played loud enough, hard enough, straight enough to not even matter. Sounds from a shriveled sac so goddamn obnoxious and catchy it’s almost enough to make up for Lord Petrus’s sudden croakage.” – Left Hand Path
“The final two tracks are just genius though and are definitely my personal highlights. Closing your album that mocks the 80s with a soppy ballad entitled ‘I Wish My Dealer Was Open’ is just pure fucking class. Typical Anal Cunt. If you have avoided their music up until now this album may be your gateway into enjoying their sound.” – The Number of the Blog
“Fuckin’ A is one of those Anal Cunt releases that shy away from being spastic manifestations of primal anger, ignorance and stupidity in favor of simply being funny.” – Metal Storm
” Putnam sounds like AC/DC’s Brian Johnson on a coke binge after smoking a carton of cigarettes.” – Kik Axe Music
Shocking It’s Prey will also be released on limited edition vinyl MLP on February 15th. Additionally, A deluxe numbered edition of 200 will be available exclusively at http://store.heavyartillery.us on February 8th.
Listen to the full stream of VOLTUREShocking It’s Prey here:
With the humblest beginnings the seeds for VOLTURE were first laid in November 2008. Inspired by a mutual interest in obscure NWOBHM and early European heavy metal VOLTURE was born when friends Ryan Waste (of MUNICIPAL WASTE) and Nick Poulos over a few beers agreed to channel those mutual interests into a fully realized project. With Ryan and Nick, respectively, on bass and guitar they were soon joined by vocalist Brent Hubbard and drummer Barry Cover, who had previously worked with Ryan in 2003 in a band called IMMORTAL AVENGER. Throughout 2009, a demanding tour schedule with their other bands left the members of VOLTURE with minimal time to practice. In January 2010 the four piece entered a small studio in Ryan’s neighborhood to lay down the tracks for Shocking Its Prey, sans any modern studio trickery solely relying on capturing VOLTURE’s natural ability to unleashraw, unedited heavy metal fury.
Upon putting the finishing touches on Shocking Its Prey, VOLTURE welcomed to its ranks guitarist Dave Boyd, known for his work with heavy metal stalwarts TWISTED TOWER DIRE. With the line up in place and forthcoming mini lp, workoncreating its own iconography begun by envisioning VOLTURE as an electric bird made of steel, shocking its prey to an untimely demise came into focus. This vision was brought to life by artist Sean McGrath and perfected in paint by the great Andrei Bouzikov, all under the direction of Ryan. With all of the creative pieces in place VOLTURE came to the attentionof New York’s purveyors of steel, HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS, whom will release Shocking Its Prey in all of its glory in the U.S. on January 25th and in Europe on January 28th.
With tour plans and a full length album on the horizon, the future is bright for VOLTURE as they shock the music world back to life with their brand of true heavy metal!
In a mere three days the legendary NAMM tradeshow will kick off in Anaheim, CA. InsideOut Music is happy to announce the participation of two of the label’s most respected acts; Devin Townsend and King’s X will both be on hand to participate in this year’s festivities. Townsend, who is currently finishing up work on his two new releases ‘Ghost’ and ‘Deconstruction’, will be at NAMM on Thursday, January 13th. His schedules is as follows:
Thur, Jan 13th
1pm – 1:40pm – Mackie stage
3pm – 3:40pm – Mackie stage
3:40pm – Signing session at Mackie
4:30pm – Signing session at EMG
Devin had the following to say, “NAMM time again, and I’m very much looking forward to meeting up with folks who are able to attend as well as the companies whose generosity and understanding of my musical vision allows me to do my job. The guitar I have worked on with Peavey has quietly been released in it’s first incarnation (the version I used all last year) and we are on the verge of releasing a fine tuned version in conjunction with ‘Deconstruction’. Alvarez acoustics and Mackie have invited me to play an acoustic show at NAMM as well as several signings and DVD performances which will all be seeing the light of day around the release of the two records, ‘Deconstruction’ and ‘Ghost’.
KING’S X recently released their wildly acclaimed ‘Live Love in London’ CD/DVD combo and are now excited to appear at NAMM on Friday, January 14th with the following scheduled events.
Fri, Jan 14th
1pm – 1:40pm – Mackie stage
3pm – 3:40pm – Mackie stage
Ty Tabor recently completed a six-part video interview with Harmony Central. Check out the first part here:
The demands from the Greek fans have been answered and MANOWAR will be heading to Thessaloniki to bring TRUE metal to Greece on March 18, 2011 at the Principal Club Theater! After confirming shows in the UK and in the USA, now it’s time for Continental Europe to witness the raw power of a live performance by the Kings Of Metal once again! In addition to performing MANOWAR classics, the band will perform the entire Battle Hymns record in celebration of the release of Battle Hymns 2011. The time to strike is now! Stin ygeia mas!
Friday March 12, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH – USA
Friday March 18, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki – Greece
Sunday March 27, 2011 @ O2 Academy in Birmingham – UK
Friday April 08, 2011 @ Rodahal in Kerkrade – The Netherlands
Guitarists Ivar Bjørnson and Ice Dale of the Norwegian progressive/psychedelic black metal band ENSLAVED are featured on Page 23 of the February 2011 issue of Guitar World, on newsstands now.
“With [Axioma Ethica Odini], we wanted to get as close to our live sound as possible: urgent, upbeat and in your face,” says ENSLAVED founding guitarist and main songwriter Ivar Bjørnson to journalist Henry Yuan. “This approach actually ended up leaving an open field for the more melodic and progressive parts, and, in a way, helped crystallize them.”
More information on the February 2011 issue of Guitar World is available here.
ENSLAVED latest release, Axioma Ethica Odini, won the Terrorizer Reader’s Poll for “Best Album of 2010,” ranked #5 in Decibel Magazine’s “Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2010” list, and appeared on over 65 “Best Albums of 2010” lists in North America, repeatedly ranking in the Top 10. It also debuted at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart, #40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and #72 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its release.
On Tour This Winter with Death Angel & Bonded By Blood
New Album Black Rivers Flow To Be Released on February 1st, 2011
Wisconsin thrash metallers LAZARUS A.D. and MetalInjection.net have just released the second of six exclusive episodes chronicling “The Making of Black Rivers Flow”. Check out the new installment at this link. The behind the scenes footage for the series was filmed by the band and produced/edited by Clay Cook at Dirty Cheese Design & Development. Stay tuned into MetalInjection.net for new episodes posting throughout the month of January, and check out the first installment here.
LAZARUS A.D. and Metal Blade Records are now offering four special pre-order options for fans to ring in the new album:
1) A copy of LAZARUS A.D.’s upcoming new album, Black Rivers FlowCD only – $9.99
Click on the embedded links above to purchase your exclusive Black Rivers Flow merchandise.
AOL’s Noisecreep.com recently revealed the new single ‘Black Rivers Flow’, cut from LAZARUS A.D.’s upcoming full-length release of the same name. The track is available for streaming now at this link. The band’s recently released first single, ‘The Ultimate Sacrifice’ can be heard now on www.metalblade.com/lazarusad.
LAZARUS A.D.’shighly anticipated upcoming album, Black Rivers Flow, was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Djuricic and was mixed and mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production. The album hits stores on February 1st, 2011.
Track listing for Black Rivers Flow:
2-The Ultimate Sacrifice
3-The Strong Prevail
4-Black Rivers Flow
6-Light A City (Up In Smoke)
7-Through Your Eyes
8-Beneath the Waves of Hatred
9-Eternal Vengeance LAZARUS A.D. is set to tour the U.S. this winter on the North American Retribution Tour alongside thrash metal legends Death Angel. Bonded by Blood will also perform.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Jan. 13 – Miramar Theatre- Milwaukee, WI
Jan. 22 – Danish Brotherhood- Kenosha, WI
Jan. 28 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
Jan. 29 – Championship Bar and Grill – Trenton, NJ NORTH AMERICAN RETRIBUTION TOUR 2011 w/ DEATH ANGEL, BONDED BY BLOOD
Jan. 30 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Jan. 31 – The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
Feb. 01 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 – Club Hell – Providence, RI
Feb. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Feb. 07 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 08 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
Feb. 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Feb. 11 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Feb. 12 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 13 – Numbers – Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Drummer Michel “Away” Langevin of Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD tells myTELUS in a new interview that the band is planning on releasing a live album and a new studio CD in 2011. In addition, the group is scheduled “to tour in Chile, USA, Europe and Russia.”
VOIVOD will take part in the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which is set to sail from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico on January 24, 2011 and return four days later. A total of 40 acts will appear at the event.
VOIVOD‘s new DVD, “Tatsumaki: Voivod in Japan 2008”, was released on November 17, 2009 via MVD Entertainment Group. The disc contains professionally filmed footage (three-camera shoot) of VOIVOD‘s September 20, 2008 concert at Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan. The band was in Japan taking part in the two-night Thrash Domination 2008 event alongside TESTAMENT and FORBIDDEN.
“Infini”, the latest album from VOIVOD, landed at position No. 67 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
VOIVOD‘s final album featuring the group’s late guitarist, Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, “Infini” was released in the U.S. on June 23, 2009 via Relapse Records. The CD, which was issued in Europe via Nuclear Blast, contains the last thirteen songs written by Piggy and again features bassist Jason “Jasonic” Newsted (ex-METALLICA). Jason played bass on all the songs and mixed the album, which was released as a deluxe, digipack CD and was also issued on vinyl as a double LP.
Steven Patrick of Uweekly.com recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST/HALFORD frontman Rob Halford. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Uweekly.com: Pat Lachman, he was one of your guitarists in HALFORD, who went on to front the band DAMAGEPLAN. This being a Columbus, Ohio, paper and the Dimebag tragedy still fresh in our memory, I’m sure metal fans in the area would like to know how he’s doing and what he’s up to. Do you stay in contact with him?
Halford: I’ll be seeing Pat soon. I think he’s living in Dallas now. I got an e-mail from him the other day and I hope to be seeing him in the next couple of weeks. I don’t really know what he’s doing musically, but when I see him I’ll be asking him obviously. He’s an incredibly talented guitar player, but a great voice as well. I certainly hope he’s still working. He’s got everything that he needs to be a great metal musician.
Uweekly.com: I wouldn’t be able to call myself a metal fan if I didn’t ask about the news that JUDAS PRIEST will be doing a farewell tour in 2011. What brought that on? Was it just time?
Halford: Yeah, I think it’s time, you know. We’re not the first band to say farewell, it’s just the way everyone comes to at some point and we’re gonna say a few more things early next year, so I think the main thing that we just want to ask everybody to consider is don’t be sad about this, start celebrating and rejoicing over all the great things we’ve done in JUDAS PRIEST.
Uweekly.com: Does this news mean that HALFORD will be getting more of your attention in the future?
Halford: Yeah, I’ve always said regardless of anything else that’s going on when time permits and when there’s no conflict with PRIEST, I love to do what I do with the HALFORD band, so that really hasn’t changed at all.
Sarcofagus is the legendary first heavy metal band in Finland, founded in 1977 by guitarist Kimmo Kuusniemi. All their original LPs are being re-released as Luxury Vinyl editions by Finnish SVART Records.
“Sarcofagus Live in Studio 1979” and “Cycle of Life” 1980 are already out, NOW in worldwide distribution by the following distributors:
Finland: Svart Records (www.svartrecords.com)
Sweden: Record Heaven
Germany: High Roller, Underground Power, Iron Bonehead
France: Season of Mist
UK: Code7 / Plastichead
USA: Relapse Records
Netherlands: Bertus, Clear Spot
The next worldwide Sarcofagus re-releases by SVART Records will be Luxury Vinyl Editions of 1980 “Envoy of Death” LP, and Sarcofagus guitarist Kimmo Kuusniemi Band’s 1981 “Motobirds/Moottorilinnut” LP and full Album Length Video.
Sarcofagus is currently mixing the new “Live in Studio 2010” Album recorded in one day inOctober 2010 following their “Back from the Dead” tour in Finland.
Re-release of 1980 “Cycle of Life” Album, now out as luxury Vinyl edition, by SVART Records
This is luxury reissue of their first studio LP “Cycle of Life” from 1980. The new edition is remastered for vinyl from the original master tapes and wrapped inside a glossy gatefold jacket. Includes a large booklet with all the material from the original, rare inserts plus new liner notes from band leader Kimmo Kuusniemi, as well as previously unseen photos.
140 gram clear vinyl, sturdy glossy gatefold jacket, large 8 page booklet with unseen photos and information. Limited to 500 copies on clear vinyl.
180 gram black vinyl limited to 200 copies, sturdy glossy gatefold jacket, large 8 page booklet with unseen photos and information.
This Luxury Vinyl release was made by SVART Records in Finland, 2010.
“Sarcofagus Live in Studio 1979” Brand New Black & Clear Vinyl LP Release
This is the first ever official vinyl release of this forgotten “Sarcofagus Live in Studio 1979” tape by the grandfathers of Finnish Heavy Metal. This tape was made in Pan Studio, Helsinki Finland, during a single recording session in May 1979 and buried in time soon after. Lately the tape was rediscovered and is now available on limited high quality vinyl, as it should be! The Vinyl is newly mastered respecting the original tape master.
These early tracks are a brilliant document of the birth of Sarcofagus – the music has its roots in blues and progressive rock, as the band was still searching for its distinctive heavy metal style. Finnish national radio played some of these songs, which then led to a record deal and the rest is heavy metal history.
The Black Limited Edition 180 gram version, only few copies available! 350 gram heavy rough gatefold covers plus a large 16 pp booklet with liner notes and unseen photographs.
The Clear Limited Edition beautifully remastered on 140 gram clear vinyl! 350 gram heavy rough gatefold covers plus a large 16 pp booklet with liner notes and unseen photographs!
This Luxury Vinyl release was made by SVART Records in Finland, 2010.
There’s still a LIMITED AMOUNT of these re-released vinyls and other stuff available straight from the Sarcofagus website:
By buying straight from the Sarcofagus site you will support the band right away – and if requested Autographed by Guitarist Kimmo Kuusniemi!
Sarcofagus Skull T Shirt
Front: The same big skull design as in the cover of the new “Live in Studio 1979” Vinyl. Original old photo by Kimmo Kuusniemi.
Back: Text Sarcofagus with the Eye of the Horus symbol. Original design from Kimmo’s old leather jacket.
Printed on Gildan black heavy cotton, men’s standard T. Only LIMITED AMOUNT available in sizes S, M, L and XL.
Sarcofagus “Cycle of Life” T Shirt
Front: RedText “Sarcofagus” and the original inner sleeve design from the 1980 “Cycle of Life” Album.
Back: Red Text “Cycle of Life” and three Egyptian falcon mummies.
Printed on Gildan black heavy cotton, men’s standard T. Only LIMITED AMOUNT available in sizes S, M and L and XL.
Marks After the Rain 20th Anniversary with Critically Acclaimed Sequel Release
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 11, 2011) – Multi-platinum recording artists NELSON led by twin lead front men Matthew & Gunnar Nelson announced the U.S. release date of their new original album Lightning Strikes Twice, a seamless sequel to After the Rain their classic multi-platinum debut album as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary milestone of the phenomenal record and its #1 Billboard hit “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection”. EMI / Frontiers Records USA / Stone Canyon Recordswill release the new NELSON album sequel Lightning Strikes Twice in the U.S. on February 15, 2011.
To coincide with the new release and 20th Anniversary of After the Rain, EMI / Frontiers Records USA / Stone Canyon Records will also release twin (2) NELSON catalog albums: Before the Rain the demo collection of songs that secured their recording deal with Geffen Records in 1990 and Perfect Storm – After the Rain World Tour 1991 live concert album. The North American release of the twin rare NELSON albums on February 15, 2011, will be a complement to the release of NELSON’s brand new original album sequel Lightning Strikes Twice.
“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE is the creative masterpiece NELSON has waited over 20 years to unveil,” enthuses Gunnar Nelson. “It’s given us the opportunity to resolve some unfinished business musically and artistically. American fans have waited long enough. We’re thrilled the U.S. release is finally here.”
“The forecast for 2011 is incredible with releasing three NELSON albums,” adds Matthew Nelson. “We are thrilled to be releasing our new original NELSON album LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE in the United States. Plus, NELSON fans should enjoy the journey through the time capsule provided by these rare collectible albums – BEFORE THE RAIN and PERFECT STORM.”
Lightning Strikes Twice was recently released in Europe and the U.K. to overwhelming critical praise. Frank Thiessies of Metal Hammer Germany writes, “The two blonds have done the almost impossible: a comeback sequel as strong as Meatloaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL II. This sequel alone has more hits than Bon Jovi’s made in 18 years over 6 discs.”
Britain’s well-known music critic Alison Joy, who originally dubbed NELSON “the Timotei Twins” in Kerrang! in the U.K. back in 1990, writes in CLASSIC ROCK / AOR Legends magazine that Lightning Strikes Twice is “absolutely and unexpectedly awesome!”
“NELSON’s return has been hailed by the Melodic Rock press as one of the highlights of the year,” affirms Serafino Perugino, President & C.E.O. of Frontiers Records. “These results, along with the intrinsic quality of the album, make Frontiers extremely proud of this artistic cooperation. We look forward to more albums together with NELSON”.
After the Rain was the debut multi-platinum album by NELSON in the early 1990s. They zoomed to number one with their hit song, “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection,” which made history landing America’s iconic Nelson family (bandleader Ozzie Nelson, rock legend Rick Nelson, and twins Matthew & Gunnar) into the Guinness Book of World Records as the ONLY family in Entertainment with three (3) successive generations of #1 hitmakers.
NELSON’s After the Rain record and tour became a phenomenon just prior to the rise of grunge. The last major success of the good time rock’n’roll era, NELSON has had (1) Number One, (4) Top Ten, and (5) Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit singles, plus (5) #1 MTV videos and has sold over 6.5 million albums worldwide!
Nelson has always been synonymous with entertainment in America. Matthew and Gunnar follow Ozzie Nelson’s vision of embracing connecting with people and audiences through all forms of media. They have been doing television-hosting work for VH1 and E!
Plus, Gunnar co-hosted LIFETIME Radio’s nationally syndicated morning show.
NELSON has been headlining at major rock festivals around the globe celebrating the 20th anniversary of After the Rain. Touring in China, the U.K. where NELSON headlined the Firefest Rock Festival in 2010, and of course the U.S. where they have also toured extensively with Peter Frampton and Styx. A NELSON world tour in 2011 will soon be announced.
Lightning Strikes Twice tracklisting includes:
Call Me; Day By Day; Ready, Willing and Able; How Can I Miss You?; You’re All I Need Tonight; To Get Back To You; When You’re Gone; Take Me There; Come; In It For The Money; Change a Thing; Kickin’ My Heart Around.
The first single from the album released “You’re All I Need Tonight” and “Call Me” are available to listen online exclusively with full in streaming on Frontiers Web radio. www.frontiers.it/webradio
The new NELSON CD album sequel Lightning Strikes Twice will be available for purchase in the U.S. on February 15, 2011 on iTunes, Amazon.com and through retail stores nationwide.
Twin catalog NELSON CD collectible albums Before the Rain and Perfect Storm will also be available for purchase in the U.S. on February 15, 2011 on iTunes, Amazon.com and through retail stores nationwide.
Heaven and Hell Records are excited to announce label newcomers Ancient Creation. The Midwestern band is heavy metal in its purest form, with no concern for being modern or trendy. The only goals are to push the limits of their ability and create great progressive old school power metal that combines elements of power metal, complex song arrangements, aggressive drums, and powerful vocals.
Since the band’s formation in 2003 Ancient Creation have continued to grow as a band both musically and in reputation as one of the most promising upcoming U.S. power metal outfits. With the release of their 2007 “Evolution Bound” on Melissa Records, Ancient Creation began to create a buzz that got even louder heard aboard. Several glowing reviews would soon follow as anticipation for a follow up grew.
In early 2011 Heaven and Hell Records will be releasing Ancient Creation’s newest album, “Moonlight Monument”. The album was recorded at Studio City in Kansas City, Missouri and mixed & produced by Adam Lichtengaur and Ancient Creation. Mastering was provided by Gary Long (King Diamond, Solitude Aeturnus) at Nomad Recording Studio in Texas.
“Moonlight Monument” is sure to please those waiting for a second release from Ancient Creation as well to capture new fans seeking the finest in U.S. power metal.