IRONWOOD Announces Storm Over Sea Details; Post Two Tracks Online

November 16th, 2010
by EvilG

November 15, 2010: Australian progressive folk metallers Ironwood has unveiled two tracks from their new album Storm Over Sea for free digital download. The tracks, Share the Burden and Will to Live, are available via the band’s website as well as Myspace, Facebook, iLike, and Reverb Nation pages.

“These two tracks represent the extremes that Ironwood runs to,” explained vocalist/bassist Henry Lauer, “from pastoral folk through to crushing metal. We’ve sought to capture every one of the ocean’s moods with our new album!”

Storm Over Sea, Ironwood’s second full length album, will be released on 1st December 2010. It will be available initially via the band’s website (, as well as digitally, with select distributors to stock the release soon after that date.

The entire album will be made available for listening and download for FREE via Ironwood’s website, as well as Myspace, Facebook, iLike, and Reverb Nation.
STORM OVER SEA tracklist:

Hail Sign

Infinite Sea

Arctic Tern

Weather the Storm

Share the Burden

Will to Live

A Bond to Sever

When it’s All Over

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GOD DETHRONED launch full album stream of upcoming album “UNDER THE SIGN OF THE IRON CROSS”

November 16th, 2010
by EvilG
GOD DETHRONED - "Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross"

GOD DETHRONED - "Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross"

In conjunction with the upcoming ninth full-length studio release from Holland’s GOD DETHRONED, Under the Sign of the Iron Cross, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with Metal to premier the death metal act’s album in its entirety. Check out Under the Sign of the Iron Cross HERE. The stream will only be running for one week so be sure to check it out while you still can. If you like what you hear, head over to the GOD DETHRONED landing page and order the album, which comes as a digipak, at a specially low price. Fans can purchase the album HERE as well as check out a music video from the band’s previous release Passiondale.

Under the Sign of the Iron Cross, the bands 9th album, was recorded at the Soundlodge Studios in Leer, Germany.

Comments singer/guitarist Henri Sattler: “Musically the new album turned out to be one of the most extreme records we ever did. Nevertheless with the very recognizable God Dethroned hooks present in all the songs. Producer Joerg Uken outdid himself this time, because our new album is in my opinion the best produced album we ever had. Extremely raw, heavy, but crystal clear and super dynamic at the same time.”

Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross track listing:
1. The Declaration of War
2. Storm of Steel
3. Fire Storm
4. The Killing is Faceless
5. Under the Sign of the Iron Cross
6. Chaos Reigns at Dawn
7. Through Byzantine Hemispheres
8. The Red Baron
9. On Fields of Death & Desolation

Henri “T.S.K.” Sattler – vocals and lead guitars
Henk “Henke” Zinger – bass
Michiel “Mike” vd Plicht – drums
Danny Tunker – guitars

Under the Sign of the Iron Cross will be released as a limited first edition Digipak as well as on vinyl (Europe only). The vinyl edition will be limited to 500 copies in total and three different colours will be available to choose from.

Under the Sign of the Iron Cross will be released the 19th/22nd of November 2010 via Metal Blade Records in Europe and the 23rd of November in North America!

Album of the month/soundcheck winner in Aardschok magazine, Holland!

“A sonic assault!” Rock Hard magazine Germany, 9,5/10 points

“A musical firestorm!” Legacy magazine Germany, 12/15 points

“An excellent album GOD DETHRONED fans shouldn’t miss!” Heavy magazine Gremany, 10/12 points

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Firewind confirm Breed 77 as support for London show

November 16th, 2010
by EvilG

Greek power metal legends Firewind have confirmed Breed 77 as main support for their upcoming appearance at The Relentless Garage, London on January 7th, 2011.

Firewind, featuring Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G, will be touring in support of their critically acclaimed ‘Days Of Defiance’ album, on now on Century Media.

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OUTLOUD to play Friday, November 19th at REVENGE OF ROCK

November 16th, 2010
by EvilG

After last years successful debut release in 2009 and a busy year of writing, recording and performing just a few gigs, Chandler Mogel, Bob Katsionis, Mark Cross, Tony Kash and Sverd T. return with only one show in Greece for their fans on Friday, November 19th to the REVENGE OF ROCK in Athens, Greece! Recently the “Revenge of Rock” expanded its stage, added new lights and sound to it’s production and will ensure much greater live quality in the future!

Outloud will perform a full set of their first album’s material, as well as a few songs from the upcoming album which has recently been mixed, but not released yet!
Don’t miss that unique show, meet the band and rock away the night!

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PRIMAL FEAR singer Ralf Scheepers in the very final stages of production for solo album!

November 16th, 2010
by EvilG

Ralf Scheepers

Ralf Scheepers

The forthcoming solo album from PRIMAL FEAR singer Ralf Scheepers is in the very final stages of production. Some very special guests agreed to appear – the list includes guitarists “Metal” Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD), Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY), Sander Gommans (AFTER FOREVER) and Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR, ALLEN/LANDE). Powerhouse American vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) is dueting with Scheepers in the track “Remission Of Sin“, Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, DIMMU BORGIR) appears on drums and PRIMAL FEAR’s Mat Sinner is playing bass on the entire LP and produced the album. Achim Koehler is currently in the final stages of the mixing session and will shortly be mastering the production.
Scheepers revealed that his upcoming solo album will include a remake of his song “Saints Of Rock” Scheepers originally recorded with his band TYRAN PACE and a cover version of the JUDAS PRIEST classic “Before The Dawn’. ‘Saints Of Rock’ is gonna be, of course, a little bit more modern and updated than it was [when the original version was recorded] in 1986,” he explained. “I mean, right now we have much more possibilities to make songs sound a little bit more modern, starting with the drum sound and the bass sounds.” He added, “I think ‘Before The Dawn’ pretty much is a straight cover, but the first song I’m playing (nearly) all instruments — just a little more orchestral things going on. Vocal-wise, I just added a harmony vocals, plus the two outstanding guitar solos by maestro VICTOR SMOLSKI (RAGE). The album is like a trip through my entire career from hard driven crushing metal, groovy heavy beats, orchestral epic to stripped down basic songs and of course some nice surprises!”

The musical direction of his forthcoming solo CD is more diverse than PRIMAL FEAR, from the hardest to the softest tones. The album was recently presented to the German press and some of the reactions included

“A varied, magic masterpiece! Intensive, passionate and faithful – a terrific singer!” – Markus Wosgien (Rock It!, EMP, Blast!)

“A surprisingly varied and still compact metal-masterpiece, that leaves nothing to be desired!” – Andreas Schöwe (Metal Hammer)

“The vocals and the songwriting are just terrific and you’ve never experienced Ralf Scheepers so relaxed. The album is a hit! Does the world needs a solo album of the Primal Fear singer? Yes, of course!”  – Birgit Braeckle (Breakout)

Frontiers plans to release the album in February 2011.

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Mosh Potatoes – Discusses Book on The Butcher Blog

November 16th, 2010
by Celtic Bob

Music Industry veteran and musician Steve “Buckshot” Seabury brings you “Mosh Potatoes – Recipes, Anecdotes & Mayhem From The Heavyweights Of Heavy Metal”. Over 5 years in the making, Simon & Schuster the publisher, will be releasing the book on November 16th. Seabury recently sat down with The Butcher Blog a food website that caters to all of your grilling and music needs. During the interview Seabury discusses the inspiration and ideas behind the book, some of the best recipes from the book, what kind of alcohol should be consumed while you cook or grill, metal music and the secrets behind Max Cavalera family “Brazilian Lemon Chicken” recipe.

You can check out the interview and get the Max Cavalra “Grilled Lemon Chicken” recipe here:

A portion of the proceeds from each sale of the book to benefit The Meals on Wheels Charity. “This organization is very dear to my heart because it provides for so many great people, people like my own grandma. For the metal community to stand together and help these elderly people experiencing financial stress is a true blessing in my eyes.” The Meals on Wheels Charity provides a great service by delivering over a million meals a day to senior citizens who are experiencing economic hardships or disabilities and cant afford to buy food.

Mosh Potatoes features 147 exciting recipes from legendary icons like LEMMY, ZAKK WYLDE and LITA FORD to the thrash titans of PANTERA, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL and ANTHRAX to the hair metal bands of GUNS & ROSES, DOKKEN, LA GUNS, STEEL PANTHER, TWISTED SISTER to the mayhem of metal including MUDVAYNE, LAMB OF GOD, SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED and DEVILDRIVER to death metal pioneers of NAPALM DEATH, OBITUARY and DEATH and the book wouldnt be complete without the future of the new school like MUNICIPAL WASTE, SKELETONWITCH, HOWL, EVILE and MOTH EATER.

If you live for metal and love amazing food then you will without a doubt love Mosh Potatoes. So put the beers on ice, fire up the grill and Cook Out With Your Book Out!!!

For more information please check out the new Mosh Potatoes website at:

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Pre Order on Amazon:

Meals On Wheels:

“Keep a copy of Mosh Potatoes in your kitchen and your guitar case to make sure your culinary desires are well tended to, both at home and on the road.” —Dave Ellefson, Megadeth

“Mosh Potatoes is the book to get your ‘pit’ on, the BBQ pit! Killing in the kitchen!” —Bobby Blitz, Overkill

“I am thrilled to be included in this amazing peek at the world’s most extreme heavy metal cookbook. This is a must have! Seriously BASS ASS!” —Scott Rockenfield, Queensryche

“Mosh Potatoes is so damn hot that Satan himself would get out of the kitchen!” —Morgan Lander, Kittie

“Mosh Potatoes sets the stage to eat to the beat of a different drummer!”—Frankie Banali, Quiet Riot

“Preheat your oven, blanch your vegetables, plug in your ghetto blaster and crank up the Metal. Mosh Potatoes will be an ear-splitting dining experience.” —Joel Grind, Toxic Holocaust

“I’m really excited to be a part of Mosh Potatoes. After all Metal Heads have to eat too!” —Jason Bittner, Shadows Fall

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KEEL – Vocalist Ron Keel

November 16th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala




Keel is an American hard rock / metal band originally formed in 1984 in Los Angeles. The band is best known for their rock anthem "The Right to Rock" and their mid 80’s success albums THE RIGHT TO ROCK and FINAL FRONTIER which both were produced by KISS bassist Gene Simmons. Their classic lineup included vocalist Ron Keel, guitarists Marc Ferrari and Bryan Jay, bassist Kenny Chaisson and drummer Dwain Miller and they stayed together until 1988 when Ferrari and Jay decided to leave the group. The band replaced them with keyboardist Scott Warren and guitarist Tony Palmucci and managed to release one more album LARGER THAN LIVE before they slowly disbanded in late 1989. The classic lineup did a brief reunion in 1988 and released a collection of unreleased material under album title BACK IN ACTION but it wasn’t until 2008 before they made a decent return. The new Keel studio album STREETS OF ROCK’N ROLL saw the light of day in early 2010.  I had the pleasure to sit down with Ron Keel in Stockholm in September of 2010 and discuss the reunion, the future of Keel, and various other topics including Ron Keel’s other bands and projects: Fair Game, Iron Horse, Saber Tiger,  Ron’s country music years and working with Gene in the 80’s and… read on !


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METAL FOR HAITI: Brazilian metal musicians compose song to help Haiti

November 15th, 2010
by EvilG


METAL FOR HAITI: brazilian metal musicians compose song to help Haiti   – Metal For Haiti is a project created by brazilian metalheads Renato Osorio (Magician, Scelerata) and Tiago Masseti (Daydream XI) aiming to raise funds for the reconstruction of Haiti. The idea was to write a song and gather a large group of musicians, involving various bands from the south of Brazil, to record for a good cause and help people through heavy metal music.

The will to help Haiti gave birth to “Don’t Lose Hope”, a single available for streaming on MySpace ( Metal fans willing to help this cause can buy the single on iTunes ( and Amazon ( All funds raised will be donated monthly to Haiti fundations.

Check out the line-up of Metal For Haiti:  

– Tiago Masseti (Daydream XI)
– Eduardo Clark (Unmaker)
– Iuri Sanson (Hibria)
– Gui Antonioli (Anaxes, Tierramystica) – Ricardo Vieira (Fighterlord)

– Renato Osorio (Magician, Scelerata)
– Magnus Wichmann (Scelerata)
– Jonathan Spinelli (Liberty)
– Diego Kasper (Hibria)  

– Tomás Gonzaga (Daydream XI)  

– Rodrigo Bitarello (Sun Chasky)  

– Zé Bocchi (Magician)  

“When a whole country
Lies broken on the ground
And you see the bodies laying there
Without making a sound
Make an effort
The smallest act of a healthy, wealthy person
Can become the light of hope to the needed, desperate eyes
Of those who cry
Of those who die”
– Metal For Haiti

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Kaktus Project cover art revealed + medley

November 15th, 2010
by EvilG
Kaktus Project

Kaktus Project

Metalodic revealed the cover art of the new Heavy Metal project Kaktus. The cover art has been realised by JP Fournier (Edguy, Avantasia, Kerion, Instanzia…)

A medley of 4 songs has been published in the MySpace page

Kaktus is a brand new metal project which will kick ass of all fans of heavy metal. The impressive guest list make this album one of the most important metal release of the beginning of 2011. More infos and guests will be announce soon!
Guest List:

Amanda Somerville (Avantasia…)

Mike Dimeo (Masterplan, Riot, The Lizards)

Henning Basse (Metalium, Sons Of Season )

Oliver Hartmann (ex At vance , Hartmann)

Severine (Krestenta)

Patrick Manouguian (Helene Segara, I muvrini…)

Alesk ( No Way, Chattahoochee)

Vincent Morla (Larry Crockett Band, Teste of hell)

Charley Corbiaux (Heavenly)

Olvier Lapauze (Heavenly)

Didier Chesneau (Headline)

Christophe Babin(Headline, Virus IV..)

Matthieu g Plana (Heavenly)

Fanfan (ex Cry Freedom Family)

Igor Lalai (Igor Lalai)

Manu Martin (Patrick Rondat..)

Oliver Palotai(Kamelot,Sons Of Season.)

David Rousseau  (No way, Sainte Ombre..)

Benoit vedrenne (edgar allan)
Track list

1 : Alone in the dark “3:44”

2 : Farewell “4:55”

3 : I’m living my death “4:45”

4 : My reality “4:30”

5 : Possession “3:20”

6 : Superstition “3:35”

7 : Tonight “5:20”

8 : My tears “3:50”

9 : Above the flames “4:00”

10 : Cold in the night “3:25”

11 : Dark room “4:48”

12 : The sadness “4:08”

13 : Resurection “4:20”

14 : Future World “3:40”

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GWAR To Host Headbangers Ball Tonight On MTV2 At 3:00 Am (Early Tuesday)

November 15th, 2010
by EvilG
Gwar "Bloody Pit of Horror"



Mutant metal-masters GWAR will continue their media domination with yet another TV appearance later this evening. The band that has taken over NBC and Fox News are now taking over MTV2. Tonight your Lords and Masters will be hosting Headbangers Ball at 3 AM (Early Tuesday morning). Lead singer Oderus Urungus and bass player Beefcake the Mighty will be sharing some of their favorite metal videos in addition to premiering their new video “Zombies, March”, from their just released album “Bloody Pit of Horror”. Check your local listings to find out what station MTV2 is on in your area. Check out a preview at

When reached for comment lead singer Oderus Urungus politely screamed:

“I am not going to waste time telling you the why’s and where’s of a bunch of crap concerning our massive show of supremacy on Headbangers Ball–I am just telling you to watch it or I will rip your fucking head off!”

Recently GWAR took to the stage on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC. The band performed their new single “Zombies, March”. Check out the performance for yourself at:

GWAR’s latest masterpiece “Bloody Pit of Horror” is in stores on now and you can also purchase it on the official GWAR page on the Metal Blade Records website at: The landing page includes all current tour dates, GWAR footage from BOTH and, and pre-orders for “Bloody Pit of Horror” on CD, a GWAR t-shirt, or the ultimate “Bloody Pit” package that includes the CD, the GWAR t-shirt, and a 12×12 autographed cover print! (While supplies last or until GWAR decides to start using the prints as rolling papers…whichever comes first)


“Bloody Tour Of Horror” with The Casualties, Infernaeon and Mobile Deathcamp

11/15 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

11/16 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

11/17 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater

11/18 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater

11/19 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory

11/20 – Bend, OR @ Midtown Music Hall

11/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

11/22 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House Concert Hall

11/24 – Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air

11/26 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

11/27 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House

11/28 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo

11/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

12/1 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre

12/2 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom

12/3 – Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre

12/4 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre

12/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze

*Denotes Festival Date



12/10 – Auckland, New Zealand @ ASB Showgrounds

12/12 – Perth, Australia @ Arena Joondalup

12/15 – Adelaide, Australia @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre

12/17 – Melbourne, Australia @ Melbourne Showgrounds

12/18 – Sydney, Australia @ The Entertainment Quarter Moore Park

12/19 – Brisbane, Australia @ RNA Showgrounds


12/26 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

12/27 – So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

12/28 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place

12/29 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

12/30 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva





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November 15th, 2010
by EvilG
Slayer - The Vinyl Conflict - Product Shot

Slayer - The Vinyl Conflict - Product Shot

Los Angeles, CA – MONDAY, November 15, 2010 — Counting down to the band’s 30th anniversary, Slayer’s Kerry King sat down and talked about “The Vinyl Conflict,” the band’s high-end, limited edition vinyl box set that was just released.  Representing Slayer’s entire American Recordings catalogue, “The Vinyl Conflict” begins with 1986’s genre-defining “Reign In Blood,” and goes all the way up to the band’s most recent release, 2009’s “World Painted Blood.”  It’s the musical history of Slayer all in one uber-cool box, and on this video clip, King shares a few memories about all ten of the releases.

Check it out below or here

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Ultimate GRAVE DIGGER Contest

November 15th, 2010
by EvilG

From Grave Digger:

Hi Fans,

Here it is : The ULTIMATE Grave Digger competition for guitar players all over the world. Take a look to the video (below) where Axel explains how the competition works …. and than take a look to the PRIZES …. HUGE or what ?

So please send your solos for Highland Faerwell to the competion contact adress and good luck.

Hope to see ya all on tour soon.

Metal on
Chris, HP, Axel, Stefan and Jens

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Sin City Sinners Benefit Concert

November 15th, 2010
by EvilG

On Saturday Nov 27th Vegas’ favorite band The Sin City Sinners will kick off a open ended weekly run at Chrome (inside Santa Fe Station) in Las Vegas. Sin City Sinners features Todd Kerns (Slash, Age of Electric) Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat) Rob Cournoyer (Raging Slab) & Michael Ellis

The first show at Chrome will also serve as a benefit for Cystic Fibrosis Research & Awareness at 10pm. For the event The Sinners will be joined by several special guests including Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith) Phil Varone (Skid Row, Saigon Kick) Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt) Louie Merlino & Ron Mancuso (Beggars & Thieves) and Carol Lyn-Liddle (Dangerous Curves).

Sin City Sinners manager Jason Green’s best friend Amanda Thompson is living with Cystic Fibrosis making this cause very close to him and the band.

“If there is one thing I have learned from Amanda, it is to never give up. I could sit around and feel bad or I can step up and try to make a difference” Green said

The band will be selling limited edition merchandise at the show with all profits going directly to

“Through managing The Sinners, I have been fortunate to know some really great and famous musicians. Many stepped up to get me items to help raise money for the charity. Growing up these guys were my heroes and they still are“ said Jason

Beginning Monday Nov 29th You will be able to visit to bid on autographed items generously donated from Twisted Sister (donated by Eddie Ojeda & AJ Pero) Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath) L.A. Guns (Donated by Phil Lewis) Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot) Cheetah Chrome (The Dead Boys) Dave Ellefson (Megadeth) Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest) Ron Keel (Keel) Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard) Blas Elias (Slaughter) Bruce Kulick (KISS) Trixter (donated by Pete Loran) and more

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States. In the 1950s, few children with Cystic Fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond. The possibility of a cure is only limited by dollars. Money buys science and science buys life, hopefully one day CF will stand for “Cure Found

On April 9th 2011, Jason Green will captain the Sin City Sinners Team for a 5k walk in Las Vegas to raise money for CF . He will also be joined by all the members of the band and fans are  encouraged to join the band and participate in the walk.

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HELIX Sign with EMI

November 15th, 2010
by Celtic Bob


This week we returned to the E.M.I. fold by signing a licensing deal with Canada E.M.I. for “Smash Hits Unplugged”. E.M.I. won’t be releasing the CD until January, but in the meantime I’m allowed to sell the units I have at live gigs, on Ebay, and through Planet Helix. Last night at Molly Blooms we sold 20 units and at the release party today at Planet Helix I’m sure we’ll go through a whack as well. We’ll also be releasing two songs to radio in January: That Day is Gonna Come to rock radio and Dream On to Hot AC. For any of you that pick up the CD please let me know what you think the first single should be. Email me at

Last night’s show at Molly Blooms was once again sold out and the club was packed to the rafters. Thanks to all of you who made it out for the show. Also Gary Kelly for having us.

We’re in St. Catherines (Daryl’s hometown) this upcoming Thursday, November 18th at Barracuda Pretty. This is a HTZ presents and we’ll be going into the studio in the afternoon to play a couple of songs acoustically as well as going to supper with the station’s contest winner. HTZ will be giving out 20 station shirts plus 20 “Smash Hits Unplugged” to other contest winners as well. Should be a fun night. If you live in the Niagara region we hope that you can make it out to the show.


Throughout all these gigs we’ve been busy filming for the pilot for our reality show “Vagabond Bones” with Pat Portelance, Mike Valenza (sound), and Thane Silliker. I felt kinda sorry for all three of them last night at Mollys as they were getting knocked around in the crowd. Definitely guerilla filming! Mike and Pat will be coming out west with us for our three day stint at the end of the month and then in December we’ll start editing everything down. It’s a long process and we’re working on a shoestring budget, but ya gotta walk the walk if you’re gonna talk the talk. As well as the live gigs Pat has also been filming me while I go about my “daily” routine, which is about as un-routine as you can get. The other night, for instance, the Trailer Park Boys were in town at Centennial Hall and Rob Wells phoned me up and asked me not only to the show, but also to come over to their tour bus before the show to say hello. Lynda, Pat, and I showed up with Helix hoodies for all of them (Jean Paul wore his onstage when he came out at the end!) and Pat got some good stuff in the dressing room. Of all people who know about “guerilla filming” and trying to get someone to pick up the show, it’s them. It was their low budget film at the Atlantic film festival many years ago that got them their deal with Showcase and led to one of the most popular series on Canadian TV. Even though the show has now finished production, ironically it’s finally taken off in England and the U.S. Rob told me the dates they’ve just finished in England saw fans lining up 2 hours before showtime. Ditto for the States.

Pat also filmed me last week when I was interviewed at Rogers TV for a show they have about people over 55 and what their retirement plans are (if any). They’ve asked me to be their “poster boy” (which ties right in with the whole vibe of Vagabond Bones), to which a quickly accepted. They’re sending over a photographer to the house tomorrow to shoot me and I’m also going on-air in the morning to talk about my teaching and the new CD. As well, I also did an interview this week with CBC radio:

To catch my recent interview on CBC radio:
Broadcast: 10 am Saturday, CBC Radio 1
Podcast: iTunes itpc://


Last week I made a comment in the Sunday Update about Dick Wendling being a “dick”. I had the usual suspects snipe at me on Facebook-Jason Jansenkovich the main one. At first I was going to write a little “expose” on why I was so upset and also about the people attackilng me, but during the week something changed my mind. It was a dinner I had with my old friend John Ball, whom I greatly admire.

John is a very successful businessman whom I’ve known for years. We had planned some weeks ago to get together for a meal. When we went out for lunch the talk turned to the psychological aspects of success and failure (John is worth several million dollars) and also our spiritual outlook on life and how that has affected it as well. John is a person who speaks no ill of anyone, although there are probably plenty of people who he’s had bad run-ins with in his life. We discussed how talking about people and running them down was just negative energy, and so, with that in mind, I decided to refrain from getting into plastering my grievances with the aforementioned individuals all over The Sunday Update. I decided to let my reputation speak for itself instead. Those that know me personally know how I conduct my affairs & life. Those that know the people cutting me up on Facebook know how they conduct their lives as well. Thanks to all of you who came to my defense on Facebook.

Having said that however, I would still like to make a comment about London radio, as a few people on Facebook were trying to insinuate that Helix not getting airplay was nothing but “sour grapes” on my part. Consider these facts:

1.Helix is from London
2.Helix is one of the few “international” acts to come out of London.
3.Helix has sold out the last four times we’ve played London.
4.We received airplay on Bruce Dickenson’s Friday Night Radio show, Dee Snider’s House of Hair, The Boneyard (Sirus Radio), and heavy rotation on KOOL FM (Kitchener), Q104 (Halifax), and The Fox (Fredericton) as well as getting airplay right across Canada on other stations like Krock in Kingston, C103 in Moncton, Free FM in Grand Prairie, HTZ FM in St. Catherines, and The Eagle in Sarnia. “Make ‘em Dance” went to Number 31 on the Active Rock Charts (the chart most Canadian radio stations follow). Even stations that didn’t add us to their playlist had us in for an interview or did phone interviews with us (especially if the gig we were playing was being advertised on that station). In the next 5 dates we’re playing before the end of November for instance, all of the stations in those markets have interviewed the band or given us airplay.
5.Our last CD “Vagabond Bones” has also gotten airplay around the world in England, The Netherlands, and France.


Our position is this: It’s London radio’s right not to play us, although we can’t figure out why they won’t even give us a chance. Can you? It’s OUR right to point out to London listeners what we consider an injustice. All we’re asking for is a chance, but it’s pretty hard for any of the London listening audience to have an opinion one way or the other on the song if they won’t even feature it. ‘Nuff said.

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Tom G. Warrior (Triptykon) & Ravn (1349)

November 15th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Interview with Tom G. Warrior (Triptykon) & Ravn (1349)

Conducted by Robert Williams

Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres

1349 vocalist Ravn has been a longtime devotee of the music of Tom G. Warrior, whether it’s Hellhammer or Celtic Frost or even now in Triptykon. The two had shared the stage twice before to perform the Frost classic "The Usurper". Tom Warrior felt an artistic connection to 1349 and their uncompromising dark experimental leanings. The two have worked together pretty extensively in the studio, with Warrior performing bass and guitar tracks on 1349’s cover of the Pink Floyd song "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" in addition to co-mixing and co-producing for the band. The two dark visionaries hit the road with their respective bands 1349 and Triptykon with support from Yakuza on the "Weltenbrand Tour 2010". As the North American tour comes to a close this night in Austin, Ravn once again joins Tom G. Warrior to perform "The Usurper" for a third time. Time will tell, whether the two might join forces on a new musical project, set on decimating your mind into the black aural abyss of oblivion. For now, enjoy the chat conducted with Tom and Ravn…

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