Triumph reunion at Sweden Rock Festival

Triumph announcement

TRIUMPH UNITES FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL.

The classic Triumph line-up (Rik Emmett/Mike Levine/Gil Moore) could not have selected a better way to reunite after a two decade absence – with what will undoubtedly be a show-stopping appearance at the 2008 Sweden Rock Festival.

Held over a four-day span (June 4-7), the Sweden Rock Festival has been an annual event since 1992, and over the past few years, has been held in Norje, outside of Sölvesborg. This year’s festival is featuring one of its strongest line-ups ever – in addition to Triumph’s highly anticipated appearance, such renowned groups as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Blue Öyster Cult, and Whitesnake (among others) have also been confi rmed.

“We have had Triumph in mind for many years and hoped that they would play together again one day . When we saw Triumph was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame, then read some statements from the members that “maybe one day we will do something together again,” we jumped in with an immediate offer – and it looks like we’re helping write some new history! A fantastic band with so many classic albums is just what Sweden Rock Festival is all about. I am very proud to be able to present this band at this years Sweden Rock Festival. I’m just one of many fans that are looking forward to this fantastic show.” – Ingolf Persson, Sweden Rock Festival

As one of the godfathers of prog metal and leading lights of arena rock, Triumph formed in 1975, and built a large and loyal fanbase by the late ‘70s on the strength of their non-stop touring schedule throughout Canada and the USA and the success of their classic albums, ‘Rock & Roll Machine’ and ‘Just A Game.’ But it was in the 1980’s when Triumph truly became a force to be reckoned with, as a string of gold/platinum-certifi ed albums (‘Progressions of Power,’ ‘Allied Forces,’ ‘Never Surrender,’ and ‘Thunder Seven’) and classic hits (“Fight the Good Fight,” “Magic Power”, “Lay It On The Line”) solidifi ed the group as one of rock’s top concert attractions. With their music continuing to live on during their absence, fans will now finally get the opportunity to catch this live legend on stage once more.

For more information, visit:

www.triumphmusic.com

www.rikemmett.com

www.swedenrock.com

For interviews or other inquiries please contact:

Jennifer Farhood: jen@chipsterpr.com

Johannes Lindstrom: johannes@swedenrock.com
 

Press Release: Metal Mind Productions signs deal with Nuclear Blast for their back catalog

From Metal Mind Productions

Metal Mind Productions is very proud to announce a multi licensing deal signed with Nuclear Blast Records for their interesting, valuable back-catalogue.

In the first half of 2008 Metal Mind Productions will re-issue nearly 70 albums from their deep archives. The selection of bands includes Brutallity, Control Denied, Darkseed, Disharmonic Orchestra, Gardenian, Horde, Hypocrisy, Impulse Manslaughter, Macabre, Mortification, Night In Gales, Slaughter, Warhammer or Winter to name a few. This is a must-have offer for fans of good music – re-issues of classic material in new digipak editions, each title limited to 2000 copies, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process. The albums will include additional features like bonus audio or video material, biography, liner notes from Artists etc.
 
Tomasz Dziubinski, the President of Metal Mind Productions: “We are very proud to have finalized the deal with Nuclear Blast. It is a huge distinction for Metal Mind Productions that such a fantastic label wanted to start co-operating with us. We expect that we will achieve great sales results as we want to make re-releases of the highest quality: classic albums in new, improved editions. We want to achieve the best results possible. We do hope that our cooperation with Nuclear Blast will develop very well and fans can expect more and more interesting albums to be re-released” 
 
Among first titles to be re-issued as part of this deal are 8 Mortification albums, Control Denied and Macabre!
 
More details on each release will follow soon!

CD Scavenger Hunt – Metal Mental Meltdown (Heavy Metal trivia board game)

Metal Mental Meltdown trivia board game promo pic (2001)

It has taken a few years but I have finally acquired a mint copy of Metal Mental Meltdown (The World’s First Heavy Metal  Trivia Board Game).

I have been after this game since it was made available online in 1999. I always wanted to order it but I never did. Unfortunately, the company who made it (JPW Metal Enterprises, Inc.) closed it’s website years ago and the game became hard to find. Only 2500 copies were manufactured (mine is #1857) and the price was somewhere around $50 I think. Don’t hold me to that price, it’s been 9 years since I could find the retail price online!

Thankfully, we have Ebay! In the last year, I’ve found 4 copies of the game at auction but either the price was too high or there was a defect to the game itself (missing pieces, broken box, etc.). If I’m going to spend my hard-earned money then I want a quality product. I can deal with minor imperfections but missing pieces is out of the question. Also, there were more than a few bidders so demand was high.

I found this game just before Xmas and the auction ended 12/26. I decided that my Xmas present to me was this game. Opening bid was $19.97, shipping $8.95, and the game was in mint condition with all the pieces intact. I was the only bidder.

MMM 1 MMM 2 MMM 3 MMM 4

Total (w/shipping) = $28.92

Now I just need to find someone to play with…..

(For more info on Metal Mental Meltdown, Metal-Rules.com conducted an interview with the creator back in 2001. You can read it here.)

Making the List: My project for 2008

I have a lot of CDs but I have no idea how many I actually have. I probably own somewhere between 2500 and 3500 but not having an actual count, and inventory, bothers me. I’m a very anal person when it comes to my music collection, so much so that even my wife thinks I’m crazy!

As many of you have read before, I bought a house and moved in on Halloween 2006. When I was in my apartment, I had three beautiful wood CD cases that showcased my collection. Those cases didn’t fit in my new master bedroom (low ceilings) so they lie on the floor and keep things organized to a point. Before that, my collection resided in the moving boxes.

Everything is organized meticulously so I know where everything is but sometimes the mind fails and I forget what I actually have. The last few times I’ve gone out on CD hunts, I’ve brought my Want List but I didn’t have a “master list” of what I own. I can spend hours in a record store finding hidden treasure but sometimes I forget if I have some of the things I’m finding. I used to have a list that I made in 1998 using Microsoft Works, I updated it everytime I acquired a new album. Unfortunately, that list was deleted and I would have to start from scratch, an ominous task with thousands of albums and so little free time. Nontheless, I have decided to make a “master list” of my collection.

Late in 2006, I purchased the Collectorz Music Collector software and I actually started putting CDs into the database. I’m up to 256, a small fraction of what I have! So I have decided to make this my project for 2008 and my hope is that I will be able to post a full and complete list here at Heavy Metal Addiction.

I’m wondering how many readers out there have done the same thing. How many of you have a list of what albums are in your collection? For those who know how many, let’s hear those totals!

Weekend Playlist – 1/12/08 & 1/13/08

A lot went on this weekend, mostly football! I was at the Patriots playoff game Saturday night, I’m a 15 year season ticket holder. In between football games, I listened to a lot of music…..

Primal Fear – New Religion (2007): Haven’t tired of this album yet, probably the band’s best to date!

The Donnas – Bitchin’ (2007): This is my first Donnas album and I picked a good one to start with. Sounds like Joan Jett mixed with ’80s Hard Rock and a dash of Punk.

Armory – The Dawn Of Enlightenment (2007): If I expanded my Top 15 of 2007 to twenty albums, this one would make it. Solid Power Metal that compares well to the leaders of the genre. And they’re local guys from Massachusetts!

The Great Kat – Worship Me Or Die! (1987 orig./2007 reissue): I remember reading about The Great Kat back in the Summer before my freshman year of high school, she was supposedly the next big shredder. Well she shreds…..and shreds…..and shreds!

The Great Kat – Beethoven On Speed (1990 orig./2007 reissue): Kat shreds Beethoven…..and shreds…..and shreds!

The Darkness – Permission To Land (2003): Remember the hype on this band? I bought into it and I liked it at the time but it didn’t have the staying power…..time to revisit this to see if it was worth the hype.

Ozzy Osbourne – No More Tears (1991): I wanted to hear a great Ozzy album.

Ozzy Osbourne – Ozzmosis (1995): I liked this record when it came out and I still think it’s a good solid album, a notch below No More Tears.

W.A.S.P. – The Neon God (Pt.1): The Rise: I wanted to give this a fresh chance because I thought it sucked when it first came out…..I was right!

Michael Schenker – Thank You 4 (2004): Michael Schenker is one of my favorite guitarists and his Thank You series of acoustic instrumental albums is really great. My youngest daughter was a baby when I bought this from Michael’s website, I used to put this on, press REPEAT, and my daughter would nap until I stopped the CD. I played it and she fell asleep, she’s 4 now!

Iron Maiden Shuffle – 1/13/08

Tale Of The Tape:
Dell DJ 30 (1st gen)
3689 songs (309 full albums)

 First 15 songs by Iron Maiden (song-album-year):

  1. ‘The Duellists’ – Powerslave (1984)
  2. ‘Gangland’ – Number Of The Beast (1982)
  3. ‘Powerslave’ – Live After Death (1985)
  4. ‘Gates Of Tomorrow’ – Dance Of Death (2003)
  5. ‘When Two Worlds Collide’ – Virtual XI (1998)
  6. ‘Dance Of Death’ – Dance Of Death (2003)
  7. ‘Be Quick Or Be Dead’ – Live At Donnington (1998)
  8. ‘Iron Maiden’ – Iron Maiden (1980)
  9. ’22 Acacia Avenue’ – Number Of The Beast (1982)
  10. ‘Heaven Can Wait’ – Somewhere In Time (1986)
  11. ‘The Longest Day’ -  A Matter Of Life And Death (2006)
  12. ‘The Fallen Angel’ – Brave New World (2000)
  13. ‘Mother Russia’ – No Prayer For The Dying (1990)
  14. ‘Tailgunner’ – No Prayer For The Dying (1990)
  15. ‘Afraid To Shoot Strangers’ – Fear Of The Dark (1992)

Bonus Track: ‘Revelations’ – Piece Of Mind (1983)

Icarus Witch – Songs For The Lost (2007)

Icarus Witch - Songs For The Lost (2007)

Icarus Witch – Songs For The Lost (2007, Cleopatra Records)

  1. Out For Blood
  2. Written In The Stars
  3. The Sky Is Falling
  4. Nature Of The Beast
  5. Mirror Mirror
  6. Queen Of Lies
  7. Devil’s Hour
  8. House Of Usher
  9. Afterlife
  10. Smoke & Mirrors

Band Lineup:
Matthew Bazilia – Lead & Backing Vocals
Steve Pollick – Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocals*
Jason Myers – Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Eric Klinger – Drums, Keyboards, Backing Vocals and Rhythm Guitar on ‘Afterlife’
Quinn Lukas – Guitars, Backing Vocals**

Additional Musicians:
Joe Lynn Turner – Vocals on ‘Mirror Mirror’
Katherine Blake – Backing Vocals on ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ and Spoken Word on ‘Afterlife’
Cassandra Sotos – Violin on ‘Smoke & Mirrors’
Jere Jameson – Drums on ‘Mirror Mirror’

(* left the band shortly after the album’s release)
(** joined the band after Steve Pollick’s departure)

Produced by: Eric Klinger

Total Time – 46:41

Icarus Witch official website
Icarus Witch MySpace page
Cleopatra Records

I have been a big fan of Icarus Witch since the ROSES ON WHITE LACE E.P. (2005) and I am really psyched for this new album. The review here is long overdue because I picked this album up the day it was released and it easily came in at #5 on my Top 15 Albums of 2007. The band plays old school Traditional Heavy Metal with a major nod to the NWOBHM…..it’s easy to hear the Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden influences.

‘Out For Blood’ starts off with the trademark galloping Maiden bass line and main riff, making you wonder if it’s actually early Iron Maiden. Absolute driving song, attacking the listener by the throat right away. ‘Written In The Stars’ has an eerie and evil feel to it, definitely in the vocals. When Matthew Bazilla shrieks, …”the Zodiac”… a few lines in, it sends a shiver up your spine and makes you raise that fist. Almost like old Judas Priest, pre-British Steel, and a touch of Guns ‘N Roses.

I like the acoustic intro to ‘The Sky Is Falling’, it adds a bit of mood to the proceedings. The song is slower compared to the first two but it still maintains a sinister feeling while invoking melodic stylings. The Iron Maiden influence is back big time on ‘Nature Of The Beast’ with the opening instrumental. It gallops about, a la Maiden, but the song slows down and finds a moody groove until just before the chorus where it picks up again. Good Metal gives the listener a lot to listen to and the different pace changes keeps things moving nicely. I hate cover songs but it’s nice to hear the band’s take on an old lost track from Def Leppard’s HIGH ‘N DRY album. ‘Mirror Mirror’ is done extremely well, rivaling the original to my ears! It also doesn’t hurt to have one of the best vocalists in Rock to guest on your cover song, Joe Lynn Turner turning in another flawless performance  accompanying Icarus Witch.

‘Queen Of Lies’ is slow and moody and ‘Devil’s Hour’ adds more of a Hard Rock groove with a NWOBHM influence. Both songs remind me of Queensryche a bit probably due to the overall grandness of the sound, excellent vocals on these two songs just like the rest of the album. Doom-laden Sabbath influence all over ‘House Of Usher’ with the bass right in your face. Very heavy track with the guitar and bass dueling and complementing each other while the drums are the heaviest yet on the album. ‘House Of Usher’ has that retro heavy ’70s Classic Hard Rock feel.

‘Afterlife’ has some different elements to it: I like the spoken word intro by Katherine Blake and the Who-like acoustic guitars mid-track. It’s a very melodic track especially toward the last minute of the song with all the solos, etc. ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ ends the album on a slower note with violin complementing the acoustic guitars, courtesy of Cassandra Sotos, and backing vocals by Katherine Blake. Another melodic ’70s Classic Rock styled song that reminds me of Led Zeppelin mixed with Queensryche. I’m always a sucker for acoustics so this is one of my favorite songs on the album.

Bottom Line:
Icarus Witch has taken the best from all of their influences and incorporated them into there best recording so far. SONGS FOR THE LOST is as melodic as it is heavy and shows that the band is using as many elements as possible to create well-crafted songs. The music runs from the Maiden/Priest/Queensryche Metal to the ’70s retro Sabbath and Zeppelin with unique vocals and solid solos. I really like the whole album but if I had to pick a couple of favorites: ‘House Of Usher’, ‘Smoke & Mirrors’, Out For Blood’, and ‘Devil’s Hour’. Watch this band closely because Icarus Witch is a major force already!

Reissue Report: Metal Mind Productions to reissue first two Crimson Glory albums

From Metal Mind Productions:

Metal Mind Productions present re-release of two Crimson Glory albums – the self titled debut album and the follow-up “Transcendence”.

Crimson Glory emerged on the 80’s metal scene as quite a phenomenon, delivering a groundbreaking mixture of glam and power-metal, with a progressive twist to it. Their debut album “Crimson Glory” from 1986 has brought them a huge acclaim from the fans, to whom they would refer to as The Crimson Militia. The album’s success was not surprising – the unique collaboration of heavy, yet melodic guitars, brilliant drumming and amazing vocals brought a true masterpiece onto the prog/metal soil. But the band did not rest after the release of their debut and immediately begun working on a follow-up. And so in 1989 Crimson Glory’s finest achievement was born… “Transcendence” took almost two years to create, but the result was simply astounding. Crimson Glory managed to come up with an album that featured all the unique elements found in the debut and took them to the next level.

Both titles include a bonus track and will be available on the 4th February 2008 in Europe and on 15th April in US (via MVD). Classic material from Roadrunner Records archives in a new digipak edition, limited to numerated 2000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc.

Crimson Glory - s/t

Crimson Glory - s/t (remastered + bonus tracks)
1. Valhalla
2. Dragon Lady
3. Heart of Steel
4. Azrael
5. Mayday
6. Queen of the Masquerade
7. Angels of War
8. Lost Reflections
Bonus track:
9. Dream Dancer
Crimson Glory - Transcendence
Crimson Glory – Transcendence (remastered + bonus tracks)
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 track:
11. Lonely (remix)

Roadkill – God Bless America (2007)

Roadkill - God Bless America

Roadkill – God Bless America (2007, independent release)

  1. Get Outta My Way
  2. Day After Day
  3. Living In Hell
  4. God Bless America
  5. Hollywood
  6. Lazy
  7. King Hit
  8. Sex Machine
  9. Incubator
  10. Last Man Standing
  11. Locomotive
  12. D.F.W.M. (Don’t Fuck With Me)

Roadkill band photo 2007

Band Lineup:
Neil Steel – Vocals
Zig – Guitars
Craig Shepherd – Bass
Keith Kenny – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Brett Collidge – Vocals
Tanya Cook – Vocals

Produced by: Roadkill & Brett Collidge

Total Time – 42:32

Roadkill MySpace page

Roadkill is out to prove that Hard Rock is not dead in Australia with their debut Album, GOD BLESS AMERICA. Well, they’re right! Hard Rock is not dead in Australia, it’s thriving! A couple of years ago, Jet hit U.S. shores with a Top 40 debut and now Airbourne has taken the Metal world by storm by offering what AC/DC and Rose Tattoo should be. So where does Roadkill fit in? After giving this CD serious spins, I’ve come to the conclusion that they are way behind their contemporaries in Airbourne and they need to improve dramatically.

There are problems with this album:

First is the songwriting, I’ve heard it all before. Basically, if you bought a half-dozen Hard Rock albums in the ’80s then you’ve heard all the Rock cliches, and Roadkill uses them everywhere. Listeners are smarter than that today.

Second, the production is terrible. The bass is barely audible on most tracks, the guitar tone weaves in and out and it’s hard to discern where solos begin, and the drums crash right in front most of the time. If the bass and drums had a better mix, the songs would improve drastically. The vocals get the worst treatment. Neil Steel obviously puts his guts into the performance but he gets killed by being way up front in the mix. He just sounds like a big monotone mess on most songs.

Third is the vocals. There are some range/power problems for Steel. There are times when you think he’s going to hit that high note and take the song up a notch but he goes the safe route and keeps it all level. That’s a minor problem though. There are famous frontmen in the Rock world that lack range but they have the power to make that song go. It’s very possible that I’m not happy with the vocals due to the production.

I can see where the band is going with the music, there is some promise in certain songs and it all has an ’80s Sunset Strip vibe to it. The problem is that kind of music comes off dated when it’s not done with a more contemporary feel and I wonder if the guys have what it takes to improve and tighten up. Then they need to find another producer and let him produce, the band needs to be led in the studio and not have a hand co-producing.

Bottom Line:
Average Hard Rock from an Australian bar band. Production is bad and the band needs to tighten their sound and write better songs. Neil Steel needs to expand his vocal abilities rather than play it safe. There is potential but this is more like a rough demo than a real album. Favorite song: ‘Hollywood’ (maybe).

First official band picture of the new Journey with Arnel Pineda

From Melodicrock.com:

Here it is, the first official photo of the new Journey lineup featuring new singer Arnel Pineda!

Journey band lineup 2008

L-R: Arnel Pineda, Deen Castronovo, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, & Ross Valory (taken from the official Journey Myspace page)

Journey official website
Journey MySpace page

WANTED: Boss – Step On It (1984)

WANTED

 

Boss - Step On It (1984)

Boss – Step On It (1984)

I remember opening up either a Circus Magazine or Hit Parader back in grade school and seeing a full-page ad for this album. Not long after, I found a copy of STEP ON IT on vinyl at Good Vibrations…..but never a cassette copy. Back in ’84, I had a turntable but I never picked this record up because there was always something else to buy. I am still fascinated by this album to this day even though I don’t really know much about the band. Boss were from Australia, released the one album on RCA Records, and then some members continued on to record as BB Steal.

This album has never been officially released on CD. There was a CD release on Retrospect Records sometime in 2006 but there was some controversy whether or not it was a legit release with rights obtained from RCA or a bootleg. (NOTE: Retrospect Records is actually a legit reissue label that I have bought from in the past and will continue to in the future.) The vinyl sells on Ebay for around $10 so it’s easy to obtain…..I just need a turntable!

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Update – 1/25/08

Metal Mark over at the Heavy Metal Time Machine was nice enough to send me his copy of the Retrospect Records issue. Thanks to Mark for helping me acquire this CD.

Weekend Playlist – 1/5/08 & 1/6/08

Here’s what I’ve had playing this weekend:

After Forever – s/t (2007): A great pickup this past week on the hunt! I like the give and take between singer Floor Jansen’s operatic soprano voice and guitarist Sander Gommans death metal growls. Add the choir and atmospheric Metal and you’ve got a great package.

Lordi – The Arockalypse (Special Edition) (2006): I’m digging it! I like KISS and Gwar so Lordi is right up my alley. I’m kicking myself for passing this up for two years.

God Fires Man – A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun (2008): A promo copy of God Fires Man’s new record in stores on 2/19/08. A review is coming…..

Roadkill – God Bless America (2007): Another promo I got late in ’07 that I’ll have a review of soon…..

Primal Fear – New Religion (2007): I have really been enjoying this album, I’m glad I picked it up late in ’07 rather than waiting for the U.S. release in early 2008. Power Metal done with melody…..Ralf Scheepers proves why he is one of the best singers in Metal.

Queen – The Game (1980): One of the most WANTED. I finally got it so I’m listening to it a lot.

Fight – War Of Words (1993): I remember thinking how good this was when it came out and it still holds up today. Rob Halford came out of the ashes of Judas Priest with a great album.

Manowar – Gods Of War (2007): I’ve gotten a lot of email from Manowar fans regarding my placing this album at the #1 slot for The 5 Worst Albums of 2007. I figured I would listen one more time and decide if Manowar truly deserved the crown…..I was right!