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Jalometalli 2012 – Oulu Finland

October 27th, 2012


The mighty Jalometalli Open Air Metal festival strikes back once again with a killer line-up to maintain its metallic lofty status on the Finnish festival map. The festival is known for relying on an old school metal approach offering traditional metal to extreme metal with classic metal to the extreme black metal. The festival also paid attention to young rising and local bands who played the small third stage. That was unique and thankfully most of the bands sounded killer. The Metal Rules team hit the grounds of Oulu to see several absolutely killer bands. The whole Jalometalli as a festival is so unique and one of kind that anyone reading this article should take a glance at the offering of the festival. Here is a brief article on the fest.

Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen

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The raw version of the new Crimson Glory song available

September 1st, 2012

The raw version of the new Crimson Glory song has been uploaded to the youtube site. The band also posted the following statement regarding the new material:

“This is a rough/raw demo version of a new Crimson Glory song entitled “Garden Of Shadows”, from the new Crimson Glory concept album. A rarity, this version is not the final version to be released on the record, but is the original version of the song and was the first song written for the concept album.”


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Queensrÿche minus Geoff Tate = RISING WEST?

May 29th, 2012


On Friday June 8th and Saturday June 9th, the core members of Queensryche will debut their new band “Rising West” at the Hard Rock Café in Seattle WA. Rising West features Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, and Parker Lundgren of Queensryche, with powerhouse vocalist Todd La Torre of Crimson Glory. The band will be performing rare and classic hits from the first 5 Queensryche albums and plan on hitting the studio sometime early summer to begin recording their first release.

Direct links to shows:

Friday, June 8 —

Saturday, June 9 —

A seven-minute YouTube clip containing samples of Todd La Torre performing a number of QUEENSRŸCHE classics can be found below. Also available is Todd’s full-length performance of the song “Queen Of The Reich”.


QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate entered the studio on February 29 to begin recording his second solo album.


Tate released his first solo CD in 2002 on Sanctuary Records. Self-titled, the LP was a huge departure from the work he had previously done with QUEENSRŸCHE.

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Crimson Glory statement regarding the passing of Matt LAporte

April 23rd, 2011
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Florida metalers Crimson Glory have released the following statements on the rec…ent passing of guitarist and friend, Matt La Porte:

“We were all deeply saddened to learn of Matt’s untimely departure from this realm. He left indelible marks on the lives of the people who knew him, both as a highly accomplished musician and a true friend. He was a great teacher and an eager friend, and always wanted to help with the band in any way. He truly dedicated himself to the people and the music he was passionate about, and he always added a unique element of comedic revelry, coupled with a certain melancholy depth that can only come from someone who has loved and lost in the ways that Matt La Porte has. He stuck to his guns and he stuck by his friends, and he will be very sorely missed by all of us.”

“Matt was my dear friend, as well as my introduction to Crimson Glory.” “I’m so glad to have collaborated on other musical projects with him. If it weren’t for him, a lot of people wouldn’t be in the bands they’re in: Circle II Circle, Jon Oliva’s Pain, and of course my involvement with Crimson Glory. He’s the one who introduced Crimson Glory’s music me, and this whole thing that I’m inolved in is because of Matt. I’m so thankful to have had him in my life.”

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my good friend. He was a beautiful, passionate, generous, witty human being, and an ultra-talented guitarist. I was always impressed with his guitar skills, but even more impressed by how generous and nice he was to all his friends and fans around him.

We became good friends after the passing of Midnight, and having him perform with us at Prog Power X for Midnight’s benefit was very special. He always said that he felt so honored to have had the opportunity to be Midnight’s friend and to write music with him, and we shared those same sentiments. He shared with me about how amazing it was to just hear these incredible, creative ideas and songs coming out of Midnight, and he helped him turn them from ideas into tangible recordings that we otherwise might not have ever heard. Indeed, he truly revered and loved Midnight and his body of work with Crimson Glory, and it was only natural that he was able to help us find Todd La Torre: the new voice and the personality to fill Midnight’s shoes and get CG back on track.

Matt gifted us with many priceless things, from his friendship and commitment to our endeavors, to Midnight’s recordings, to the introduction of Todd La Torre. I remember how excited he was about Todd, and he had every right to be.

Matt had a keen ear for talent and was a spectacular guitarist as well, and I was always humbled by how much he admired my songwriting and guitar playing with Crimson Glory; he always made me feel so much more special than I ever thought I was. I think he had that effect on everybody who knew him.

It’s very difficult to start our 25th Anniversary tour on the heels of such sorrowful news, but I find solace knowing he is at peace transcending the electric skies with his dear friend, Midnight. I can still see his big, bright, beautiful sky-blue eyes sparkling with stars, and I will always remember him that way…”

“I am so saddened by the news last night of the passing of my good friend and much admired musician/guitarist Matt Laporte… He was the brilliant guitar player of Jon Oliva’s Pain, Circle II Circle, numerous other bands and honorary third guitarist of Crimson Glory when we played live for Midnight’s memorial concert at prog power. We all loved and admired Matt and were happy to have his presence in our band to help us through a hard time. Matt introduced us to our new singer, Todd La Torre, helping to make a bright new beginning possible for Crimson Glory. His presence will remain with us forever, along with all his friends and fans he left behind. R.I.P. Matt Laporte Your friend, Ben Jackson”

“Matt was a great technical player, yet his delivery was one of great feeling. Off stage, his quirky, dry sense of humor had me in stitches. I’m going to miss that guy. RIP, Matt.”

“My heart is heavy for the loss of my friend Matt La Porte. He was an incredible guitarist and a wonderful human being! I will miss him.
Rock in Peace Matt!!”

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CRIMSON GLORY – “In Dark Places…1986 – 2000” 5 CD Box + 60 pages booklet

June 29th, 2010
Crimson Glory  “In Dark Places…1986-2000”

Crimson Glory “In Dark Places…1986-2000”

Metal Mind Productions presents the complete discography of one of the best and most influential prog-metal bands of the 80’s – Crimson Glory.   The exclusive 5 CD box entitled “In Dark Places… 1986 – 2000” contains all of their studio albums: “Crimson Glory”, “Transcendence”, “Strange And Beautiful”, “Astronomica” (2CD). The box also includes bonus tracks, such as songs taken from singles, videos, live or demo tracks plus a 60 pages booklet. All recordings are remastered using tube technology. Box is limited to 1000 numbered copies and is a must-have for all fans of the band as well as for the lovers of the progressive metal genre!   Crimson Glory’s origin reaches the 80’s, when the band emerged with a dazzling combination of early Queensryche style, fascinating guitar melodies and distinctive, emotive vocals. The line-up, consisting of Ben Jackson (guitars), Jon Drenning (guitars), Jeff Lords (bass), Dana Burnell (drums) and Midnight (vocals) recorded two albums – Crimson Glory and Transcendence, both bringing the band a large number of devoted fans. The unique musical mixture, followed by a characteristic image (all band members wore silver masks) marked the beginning of a prog metal legend. But the band did not wish to be captivated in only one musical style. With their third album, Crimson Glory reached far beyond simple power metal musicianship, replacing it with complex, precise songwriting, controversial both in sound and structure. Strange and Beautiful turned out as an epic musical experience, filled with elements borrowed from prog metal, as well as blues and hard rock. For some fans the band explored far too commercial regions, but others greeted Crimson Glory’s evolution enthusiastically.

Unfortunately, after the release of their third LP the group stepped down from the scene for six years. It wasn’t until 1997, when Jon Drenning and Jeff Lords decided to reunite Crimson Glory. Ben Jackson’s return was a great start to the process; however it was soon clear that this trio will be the only remaining members of the original line-up, as vocalist Midnight was at that time not interested in recording a new album. Drenning, Lords and Jackson had a tough decision on whom to set as a replacement for the charismatic singer. The final choice was Wade Black, whose vocals sounded much more powerful and aggressive, brining a totally new quality to Crimson Glory’s music. After adjoining ex-Savatage drummer Steve Wacholz the band was ready for a definite comeback. In 1999 Astronomica saw daylight. The album proved the band’s great form, being both a nod to the past as well as updated for the present, retaining some of the classic guitar harmonies with a slightly more dynamic approach. Although soon after its release Black left the band to front Seven Witches and Leash Law, Crimson Glory did not cease to exist. On May 2010 the band announced that a new singer, Todd La Torre, had joined the band. La Torre made his first (and as yet only) public appearance with Crimson Glory at ProgPower USA X as one of seventeen guest performers paying tribute to Midnight, the band’s original singer who passed away in 2009 The band is currently working on their new material.

Metal Mind Productions will release “In Dark Places…1986-2000” on 23rd August in Europe and 5th October in USA (via MVD).  

Crimson Glory
“In Dark Places…1986 – 2000”

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MMP 5CD BOX 007
Barcode: 5907785036055
Format: 5 CD Box + 60 pages booklet (limited edition of 1000 copies)
Genre: progressive metal
Release date: 23.08.2010 Europe / 5.10.2010 USA  

Tracklist: CD 1 – CRIMSON GLORY

1. Valhalla
2. Dragon Lady
3. Heart Of Steel
4. Azrael
5. Mayday
6. Queen Of The Masquerade
7. Angels Of War
8. Lost Reflection  
Bonus track:

9. Dream Dancer  


1. Lady Of Winter
2. Red Sharks
3. Painted Skies
4. Masque Of The Red Death
5. In Dark Places
6. Where Dragons Rule
7. Lonely
8. Burning Bridges
9. Eternal World
10. Transcendence  
Bonus Tracks:

11. Lonely (Re-Mix)
12. Lonely (Videoclip)  


1. Strange And Beautiful
2. Promise Land
3. Love And Dreams
4. The Chant
5. Dance On Fire
6. Song For Angels
7. In The Mood
8. Starchamber
9. Deep Inside Your Heart
10. Make You Love Me
11. Far Away  
Bonus Track:

12. The Chant (Videoclip)  


1. March To Glory (Instrumental)
2. War Of The Worlds
3. New World Machine
4. Astronomica
5. Edge Of Forever
6. Touch The Sun
7. Lucifer’s Hammer
8. The Other Side Od Midnight
9. Cyber-Christ
10. Cydonia  


1. War Of The Worlds – Remake
2. Astronomica – Demo Version
3. Touch The Sun – Demo Version
4. Edge Of Forever – Demo Version (bonus track)
5. Dragon Lady – Live
6. Eternal World – Live
7. Painted Skies – Live
8. Queen Of The Masquerade – Live
9. Lost Reflection – Live

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Jon Drenning of Crimson Glory

August 24th, 2005

Crimson Glory

Jon Drenning of Crimson Glory
Interviewed in October 1999 By EvilG

Many people haven’t forgotten Crimson Glory and for those who think their place in the history of metal was insignificant then I suggest you look deeper. Crimson Glory’s first two CD’s have influenced many newer bands riding the progressive / power metal wave today. On the eve of the North America release of their CD “Astronomica” I was given the honor of talk with Jon Drenning of Crimson Glory. Read on and discover what the band’s plans are for the new millennium and why they have returned to the metal arena once again. 

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