Press Release: Whitesnake to release Made In Japan (live DVD/CD) April 23, 2013 via Frontiers Records

MULTI-PLATINUM ROCK BAND WHITESNAKE TO RELEASE NEW DVD/LIVE CD PACKAGE: “MADE IN JAPAN” DUE OUT APRIL 23RD IN NORTH AMERICA VIA FRONTIERS RECORDS

Whitesnake - Made In Japan (2013) Whitesnake - Made In Japan (2013) DVD & Blu-Ray

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of legendary rock band Whitesnake’s new DVD/live CD package, MADE IN JAPAN. MADE IN JAPAN is set for release on April 23rd in North America and will be available in several formats: a deluxe 2CD/DVD edition, Blu-ray and a standalone DVD. The performance footage is shot in stunning HD in 5.1 and stereo and is taken from Whitesnake’s co-headlining set at the “Loud Park” festival on October 11th, 2011 held at Saitama Super Arena in Japan during their “Forevermore World Tour.” The performance was initially recorded only for Japanese TV and future Loud Park promotions, but after three songs were broadcasted on a Loud Park highlights program in Japan, Whitesnake received unprecedented requests for this performance to be made available to the general public.

MADE IN JAPAN contains songs from Whitesnake’s most recent studio album, FOREVERMORE, as well as classic hits such as “Is This Love,” “Still Of The Night” and “Here I Go Again.” The bonus CD also includes never-before-heard outtakes and acoustic versions of material from the award-winning FOREVERMORE album that were recorded during soundchecks on the 2011 Japanese tour. Additional DVD content includes various band photo slideshows and fan-shot videos. Please see below for the full content listing.

Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary David Coverdale, Whitesnake carry a rightful reputation as one of the world’s leading rock bands. Coverdale’s blues roots, combined with a feral sense of rock and roll, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound along with Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable musicianship. Whitesnake’s ascent to the very top of the rock n’ roll heap was confirmed with 1987′s self-titled mega-platinum album, which saw two massive Top 10 hits, two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” and a virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the world. David Coverdale was recently named one of Revolver’s “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” and the UK’s Kerrang voted Coverdale the “Last Great Rock Star.” Musicians on MADE IN JAPAN include David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass), Briian Tichy (drums) and special guest Brian Ruedy (keyboards).

MADE IN JAPAN track listing:

CD 1

1. Best Years
2. Give Me All Your Love Tonight
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. Is This Love
5. Steal Your Heart Away
6. Forevermore
7. Six String Showdown
8. Love Will Set You Free
9. Drum Solo
10. Fool For Your Loving
11. Here I Go Again
12. Still Of The Night

BONUS CD 2

1. Love Will Set You Free
2. Steal Your Heart Away
3. Fare Thee Well (acoustic)
4. One Of These Days (acoustic)
5. Lay Down Your Love
6. Evil Ways
7. Good To Be Bad (acoustic)
8. Tell Me How (acoustic)

DVD & BLU-RAY: TRACK LISTING

1. Best Years
2. Give Me All Your Love Tonight
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. Is This Love
5. Steal Your Heart Away
6. Forevermore
7. Six String Showdown
8. Love Will Set You Free
9. Drum Solo
10. Fool For Your Loving
11. Here I Go Again
12. Still Of The Night
13. Forevermore (fan video)
14. Steal Your Heart Away (fan video)

For more information, please visit:

www.whitesnake.com

www.facebook.com/Whitesnake.official

www.twitter.com/davidcoverdale

www.frontiers.it

CD Scavenger Hunt – January 2013 update

The first month of the new year is off and running with some great shopping trips to the record stores and some great Ebay finds…..I grabbed a lot of 2012 releases I missed and I grabbed a few used bargains and hard to find albums along the way. I crossed a lot of my want list!

Newbury Comics & FYE

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Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud (2012 Deluxe Edition) – $2
Black Country Communion – Afterglow (2012) – $2
Graveyard – Lights Out (2012) – $8
Sepultura – A-Lex (2009) – $5 used
Lamb Of God – New American Gospel (2000) $6
Alice Cooper – Old School box set (2012) – $50
Iced Earth – Dark Genesis box set (2001) – $25 used
Kix – Live In Baltimore CD/DVD (2012) – $0
UFO – Live Throughout The Years box set (2011) – $20 used
Doro – Raise Your Fist (2012) – $14
AC/DC – Live At River Plate CD (2012) – $0

Well the month started out with one last gift card burning a hole in my pocket so I went to my local Newbury Comics store in North Attleboro, MA and immeadiately put that $25 card to the test. Easy pickings on this trip as I grabbed the new Devin Townsend Project and Black Country Communion albums. The DTP album, Epicloud, was a limited edition that came with a bonus CD and there was still a sale sticker on one copy for $15! Regular price for the other three copies of the limited edtion was $22 so I saved $7 straight away and another $13 when I split the gift card up. Same thing with Black Country Communion’s Afterglow, there were a few copies available but only one still had a sale sticker on it for $14. Regular price was $19 so I saved $5 right away then another $12 with the other half of the gift card.

My second trip to the same Newbury Comics was prefaced by a quick trip across the mall to the FYE store to burn a $3 off coupon. When I walked in, I noticed there was a Revolver Magazine display with a bunch of 2012 Metal releases on sale for really low prices, something about the magazine’s year end awards issue. I owned most of the CDs already, or I had a promo download from the label, but one release caught my eye…..Graveyard – Lights Out. I’ve had that Graveyard record on my list since it came out but I never got around to buying it and, when I did, it wasn’t at a sale price. Regular price at FYE was $12 but it was on sale for $7.99 so I saved $4. Unfortunately my coupon required a CD priced at $12.99 or above to get the $3 off so I found a copy of the latest Grave Digger album, Clash Of The Gods, on sale for $15. Regular price was $18, then add the $3 coupon, and I scored it for $12. I went up to the Newbury Comics to do a quick check around and there was nothing new that I wanted but I did find a used copy of Sepultura’s 2009 album A-Lex for $5, which officially replaces my simple promo copy from the label, and Lamb of God’s first album from 2000, New American Gospel, for $6 brand new and sealed. I’ve been trying to pick up all the Lamb of God records I’m missing and this was a steal because there was another copy at a regular price of $15, I saved $9 on a brand new CD!

Last trip to the record store took me to the Newbury Comics in Warwick, RI for a “Buy 2 get 1 Free” sale on all CDs new and used, I wanted a little variety so I was hoping that the Warwick store had a decent selection. My daughter and I were outside the store at 9:50 on a Saturday morning waiting for the doors to open so we could be first inside to snag any bargains. By 10:10, my daughter had her CDs ready but my list is longer and more specific and I was armed with $100 in spendable cash! By 10:20, I had gone through the Rock, Metal and boxed set sections and I came away with some great stuff. Box sets were included in the sale so I grabbed the CD version of the Alice Cooper box set Old School for $50, a $25 used copy of Iced Earth’s Dark Genesis box set and a used copy of the UFO – Live Throughout The Years box set. Old School was on my list of 2012 releases so I grabbed it immeadiately because of the sale tag (regular price was $75) and I have been searching for a used copy of Dark Genesis for years. I could have bought it on Ebay a number of times but they go upwards of $30 + shipping. I’d never seen the UFO box set before but it’s UFO and it was $20 used but still factory sealed. I already had the Doro and AC/DC albums in my hands (both on sale for $14 and both regular priced $18) so I decided to spluge and pick up the Kix – Live In Baltimore CD/DVD package for $22. I saved an extra $2 by pairing the Kix set with Alice and Iced Earth and I got AC/DC for free paired with UFO and Doro. I went a little over budget but the cash was basically money that could be spent wildly so the extra $9 was all that come out of my bank account.

Ebay

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Cutty Sark – Heroes (1985/1997 reissue) – $26
Bullet – Execution (1981/1997 reissue) – $6.25 used
MP – Bursting Out (Beast Becomes Human)/Get It Now (1986 & 1987/2006 reissue) – $6.25 used
Herazz – Yet To Come (1985/2006 reissue) – $6.25 used
Intrinsic – s/t (1987 & 1988/2008 reissue) – $6.25 used
Odin – Fight For Your Life (1988/2001 reissue) – $6.25 used
Steel Assassin – From The Vaults (1997/2003 reissue) – $6.25 used
Lizzy Borden – The Murderous Metal Road Show (1985) – $6 used
Lizzy Borden – Menace To Society (1986/2001 reissue) – $5 used
Lizzy Borden – Visual Lies (1987/2002 reissue) – $5 used

Nothing beats a good Ebay win and I scored more than a few this month. One of my goals is to complete my collection of High Vaultage reissues from the late 1990s/ early 2000s but it’s getting harder with the label out of business and the years going by. I found out about High Vaultage in 1997 from the Metal Dreams fanzine and I started collecting the releases I could find in the record shops but I missed out on most of them. I can get any of the releases on Ebay but it’s the prices that have kept me from buying all of them. There’s one seller in particular that I buy from all the time and they have pretty much the entire catalog for sale but at $23 each + shipping. That’s where I bought the Cutty Sark reissue from, I just couldn’t let it go by at that price when other copies were going for double.

In my quest for High Vaultage reissues, I found a seller basically dumping his/her collection. The saved search for Bullet’s Execution came up in a 6 CD lot from this seller including the MP, Herazz, Intrinsic, Odin and Steel Assassin reissues. I checked my usual seller of High Vaultage releases and he had this particular Bullet CD at the same $26 total so I figured if I could snag this CD lot for under $50 it would be worth it. The main concern was the Bullet album but the rest of the CDs were all ones I didn’t currently own and they were all names I didn’t know (except for Odin and Steel Assassin) so I could discover some new music along the way. The MP disc was interesting because it was a 2 on 1 CD and, although I would prefer to have each on a separate CD, it was another bonus to this really good lot. I topped out at a $50 bid and won at $37.50 (includes shipping) so I only paid $6.25 per CD. Moving to the three Lizzy Borden albums, I found that lot with the same seller so I put in a bid of $20 and won for $16 (includes shipping). Surprisingly, I really only have the later Lizzy albums so I really needed to get the early stuff in my collection.

Total = $211.50

Total (year) = $211.50

Average Price (per item) = $9.61

Total CDs (year) = 19

Total Box Sets (year) = 3

Black Veil Brides (with Silent Season & William Control) in concert at The Palladium (Worcester, MA) – 1/26/2013

One of my teenage daughter’s favorite bands in the Black Veil Brides and I took her up to Worcester, MA to the Palladium for their show about a week and a half ago, billed as The Church Of The Wild Ones Tour. We had the tickets since November as they were a birthday gift for turning 14 so she was pretty excited. I, on the other hand, was not at all. Don’t get me wrong, I always love going to live shows but this wasn’t one of my bands so I was there to support my kid. I do have the band’s first two albums on my iPod but I’ve never given them much attention save for a couple of songs so I didn’t really know what to expect. What I didn’t expect was the extremely long line we had to wait in to get into the venue! It stretched down the side of the building for the better of three blocks and turned right another block getting close to the major concert hall, the DCU Center. I’ve been to my fair shre of shows at The Palladium and I’d never seen a crowd like this, it was almost old school like when I was 14 back in 1984 so I knew that there would be some serious energy in there. The crowd was mostly young kids, ages 12 to 20, a ton of parents with them (like me!), and some older metalheads sprinkled throughout. Once we got in, it was off to the merchandise booth to hook my daughter up and the t-shirts were flying off the tables. The place was jam packed for the openers and the kids were getting rowdy…..the lights went down for Silent Season and the place went mental!

Silent Season setlist:

I have no idea what Silent Season played but I do know they were on for a good half hour or so and played 5 or 6 songs. We were in line at the merch booth when the band came on so I was a little busy buying shirts for my daughter to pay attention but, when we were done, I got to catch some of their set. They are a local Massachusetts band and they play a heavy brand of current modern Metal, I liked them enough to check the merch tables for a CD but the band had nothing out. I like picking up CDs from opening acts I’ve never heard of so I decided to check the band’s website when I got home. They put on a solid performance so I suggest checking them out at….. http://www.silentseasonmusic.com/ or http://www.reverbnation.com/silentseason

William Control setlist:

Again, I have no idea. I’ve never heard of William Control before and, from what my daughter told me, the band was like a Goth and Dance hybrid. I knew it was going to be interesting when I heard ’80s hits from Billy Ocean playing over the P.A. system as the crew tore down Silent Season’s gear and set up William Control’s…..extremely odd to hear ‘Caribbean Queen’ at a Metal show! Once the band started playing, the crowd down front went wild. When I mean band, I mean 2 guys (the singer and bass player) playing to a backing track of music and samples. The overall music sounded Goth,  dance, electronica and 80s synth pop, almost like a cross between Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Depeche Mode and the Pet Shop Boys mixed modern metal. It was very ’80s New Wave but called Dark Wave by the younger crowd. I’ll give the band credit, they had the crowd going and the house was still packed. They played about 6 or 7 songs which all sounded similar, kind of like a bastardised ’80s soundtrack to a Jon Hughes film. Aside from the dance moves and mic twirling the singer did, there wasn’t much to the performance but it was interesting, definitely a different take on Metal that I hadn’t heard before! You can check out William Control at http://williamcontrol.com/

Black Veil Brides setlist:

Exordium (intro)
I Am Bulletproof
New Religion
Wretched And Divine
All Your Hate
God Bless You
Children Surrender
Rebel Yell (Billy Idol cover)
Love Isn’t Always Fair
Overture
Shadows Die
Nobody’s Hero
Youth And Whiskey
Rebel Love Song
Resurrect the Sun
Perfect Weapon
Knives And Pens
The Legacy

Encore
Fallen Angels
In The End

So the lights go down and the banner goes up for Black Veil Brides and the crowd goes completely insane…..my daughter is screaming and holding back tears and I’m just in awe of what’s happening. Is this how it was back in the day when I started going to shows? Was I crying at the KISS reunion show in Boston in 1996? I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! From the opening music of the ‘Exordium’ intro into the opening song ‘I Am Bulletproof’, the 2000+ in attendance were jumping up and down, screaming and singing…..there was so much energy I couldn’t believe it.

Before I get into the setlist, let me describe the stage setup and show. The palladium is small so this wasn’t an all out production show but the band had a small drum riser flanked by eight rotating lights on stage that really added to the show. A bit of fog and decent lighting from the above rig, there were no fireworks or screens so basically it was the lights and the band’s own merits to carry the performance. For a young band, it’s better to stand on your performance, that way you can win over some new fans and keep the respect of your current fanbase. I’m sure if BVB makes it to larger arenas, they will enhance their show. now because this is a general admission arena, I was glad to see the band had a stage length riser up front that the band could stand on so everyone could see them, this way the floor gets what the raised floor and balcony got. There was also a simple Black Veil Brides banner that went the length of the back drum riser, a simple backdrop and the band had their costumes on that reminded of Motley Crue circa 1984.

On to the show…..

The band was completely energetic and held the crowd in the palm of their hand. It did remind me of the Crue in ’84 or Guns ‘N Roses in 1987, they had that kind of command at the throngs of teenagers screaming every word. Thank god for Setlist.fm or I wouldn’t have known most of the songs. The crowd did and they sang every single word, at one point I tried to interrupt my daughter’s emotional screaming to ask what song it was and she abruptly ignored me! I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect much from the band but they play so well and so tight that I became a fan by the end of the show. For a bunch of guys in their early 20s, they played like seasoned veterans, absolutely great musicianship, that’s what won me over. I did know a few songs from my sporadic listens to their first two records (‘Knives And Pens’, ‘Fallen Angels’ and ‘Youth And Whiskey’) and I also new a couple new tunes from the new album, Wretched And Divine: The Story of The Wild Ones (‘I Am Bulletproof’ and ‘Resurrect The Sun’) so they were all highlights. I was surprised to hear the band do a cover of ‘Rebel Yell’ by Billy Idol but they did a really good job staying true to the original while beefing it up just a bit to the modern Metal standards. After the band left the stage, the crowd continued to go nuts and BVB came out to play a two song encore: ‘Fallen Angels’ and ‘In the End’. The venue exploded for ‘Fallen Angels’, which I assume is there signature hit, and it was the song of the night for me and there was a quick guest vocal from the singer of William Control (who I just figured out is named William Control).

All in all, a solid concert. All the bands played really well, it’s good to see a new generation of bands grabbing the Metal torch and giving the fans some high energy music. I’ll be checking out Silent Season’s CD and I’ll be giving the Black Veil Brides a little more time…..not sure about William Control, not my thing but they were a good alternative for an opener. It’s always good to open up to something new and I’ve got my daughter to thank for my discovery of two new bands.

You can check out the Black Veil Brides at http://www.blackveilbrides.net or http://www.officialbvb.com

CD Scavenger Hunt – A month’s worth of purchases! (Part 3)

So this whole “month of purchases” has really turned out to be about 6 weeks worth…..that’s what happens when you don’t keep up with posting! Buy, buy, buy…..that seems to be my motto lately, I just wish I had more time to listen! So here is what is left from the last few weeks…..

Newbury Comics

Black Majesty – In Your Honour (2010) – $14: A little pricey for a new release on sale but I like this Australian Power Metal band so I would have picked this up at some point. Regular price was $17 so I saved $3. I was able to pick up the European digipak on Limb Music, that meant I got the two bonus tracks: ‘Two Hearts’ and ‘Silent Company (acoustic)’. Taking a look at my collection, it seems that I have picked up all but one of Black Majesty’s releases, the first album SANDS OF TIME (2003)…..now I’m on to filling the hole in the collection!

In This Moment – A Star-Crossed Wasteland (2010) – $10: I have heard a few songs from In This Moment and I have read a ton of reviews on all their albums so they have been on my list for a while to try out. This is their newest album and I figured the $10 sale price was a good chance to take. I don’t know what it is about this band that has had me so intrigued over the last year, maybe it’s singer Maria Brink? I picked up the regular version, I see there is a deluxe edition with 2 bonus tracks and a bonus DVD and I’m sure that will be pricey. Regular price on the standard version is $16 so I saved $6.

In This Moment – The Dream (Ultra Violet Edition) (2008) – $10 used: When I get it in my head that I want to check out a band, I usually do my research. I have been watching this used copy of THE DREAM for a couple of months and it has been sitting right in front a brand new copy of the same edition priced at $18. When I picked up A STAR-CROSSED WASTELAND, I decided that it was time to pick up this album at the lower price. Who knows how long it will stay there $8 cheaper! With my luck it won’t be there next time around so I grabbed it and saved the $8. Turns out there are 5 versions of this CD: the regular release, the Japanese pressing, the U.K. pressing, the limited edition with a bonus audio CD and this Ultra Violet Edition. The difference is that this set includes the regular album plus a bonus disc that includes 5 bonus tracks culled from the U.K. & Japanese pressing alongwith a musiv video and live performances. Well worth the $10!

Hell Yeah – Stampede (Deluxe Edition) (2010) – $15: Even though I’m a Pantera fan, I’ve never gotten around to picking up any of the members’ solo projects. That includes Down, Superjoint Ritual, Damageplan and Hell Yeah. I’m not sure why I never bothered but I figured why not pick up this new record while it was on sale? I ended up springing for the deluxe edition with the bonus live DVD because the sale price difference with the standard version was only a couple of bucks. Why not pay $2 more and get a bonus DVD? Regular price on this deluxe version was $20 so I saved $5.

Hell Yeah – s/t (2007) – $6 used: Same situation as with In This Moment: I decided I wanted to try out a band that’s new to me and I couldn’t pass up getting an older album at a great price. When I grabbed STAMPEDE in the New Release rack, I noticed there were no standard versions left so I went over to the Hell Yeah section in the Metal section to compare. That’s when I saw this used copy of the debut for $6 filed in with 3 regular priced CDs at $15 each. There was no way I was passing up a great bargain! Saved $9.

Ebay
(price includes shipping)

Cannibal Corpse – The Wretched Spawn/Worm Infested box set (2004) – $10 used: In my quest to broaden my Metal horizons this year, I decided I would check out more extreme Metal bands and Cannibal Corpse made the list. I was watching another CD by this seller and I notced no one had bid on this Cannibal Corpse set that included THE WRETCHED SPAWN album and the WORM INFESTED E.P. (2003). It was still at the starting bid of $4.99 so I put in a bid for the hell of it…..I won at $6, cut the shipping charge in half and it was $10. THE WRETCHED SPAWN has a bonus DVD included and it all comes in a black slipcase.

Jester – Tales From The Boogieman (1997) – $14 used: I have been hot on the trail of the original pressings of both Jester albums and I finally got one. About a year ago, I was able to pick up the 2 CD re-release of TALES FROM THE BOOGIEMAN and Jester’s second record DIGITALIA but that didn’t satisfy the collector in me. Opening bid was $4.99 and I won it for $10, cut the shipping in half with the Cannibal Corpse set and it was $14. Definitely a little pricey but I had to have it…..for some reason I am hooked on a few CDs from fanzine advertisements past and I’m out on the search!

Band Website

Snew – Snew You (2008) and We Do What We Want (2010) – $23: I’ve been hearing a lot about Snew since the beginning of the year but I never bothered to check them out, I figured they were kind of a joke band or something. After reading a lot of reviews, I decided to give Snew a try so I went to their official website and they were having a CD special – both albums for $17! I’m a sucker for a deal so I snatched both CDs up quick. Unfortunately the shipping was a little high at $6 but what can you do? I would have ordered the new album eventually but the package sale sealed the deal…..I even got a free sticker, LOL!

Concert

Sister Sin – Switchblade Serenades (2008) – $10: I went to the Michael Schenker concert last Tuesday and Sister Sin was the opening band, a complete surprise! I have had Sister Sin on the radar for a while but I never could get what I thought was their debut album, SWITCHBLADE SERENADES, at my local record store. It was there when it first came out 2 years ago but I haven’t seen a copy in about 18 months. After the show, I ended up meeting the band at their merchandise table and I noticed they were offering a CD/T-shirt package for $20…..that’s a deal! I already have their latest album, TRUE SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND (2010), so I picked up this missing album plus a cool tour shirt. Unfortunately the only shirts they had were XL and I’m a 2XL guy so the tour shirt went to my 12 yr. old daughter.

Total = $112

Total (year) = $1045

Average price (per item) = $10.25

Total CDs (year) = 93

Total DVDs (year) =2

Total Box Sets (year) = 6

Total LPs (year) = 1

CD Scavenger Hunt — A month’s worth of purchases! (Part 1)

It’s been a long month but I am on the verge of vacation so I’m hoping to post a little more but I have been listening to music…..and buying! A lot of cool new releases came out and I found a lot of cool bargains over the last month so this is going to be a long update that’s going to be posted in two parts…..

Ebay
(free shipping this time around)

Airbourne – No Guts, No Glory (Special Edition) (2010) – $9: When Airbourne came out in 2007, I became a big fan. Yeah, I know they sound like AC/DC, or Rose Tattoo, or The Angels/Angel City or…..well, you get the idea. I liked the music, your basic barroom boogie Rock ‘n’ Roll with a ton of energy. I ended up getting an email straight from Roadrunner Records offering a fan-pack that included a limited edition double disc set that included a live DVD in addition to the regular album, the album also included 5 new songs as bonus tracks and a limited edition t-shirt…..all for $40! I don’t like Airbourne that much! Could care less about the shirt or the DVD but the bonus tracks were the key. The regular U.S. pressing was $9.99 without the extra songs the first week of release but I passed. I found this seller on Ebay and I picked up this CD at a great price along with the next couple…..

Danger Angel – s/t (2010) – $7: I don’t know much about Danger Angel except that they are on Perris Records, so that means the music must be in the Hard Rock style, and Jeff Scott Soto added lead vocals to one of the songs. I actually received a digital promo of the album months ago and I have never listened to it…..not sure why because even the cover looks cool like an old school ’80s record. The band is from Greece, they’ve supported Winger and Jeff Scott Soto on tour and they’re a new band. Hopefully this is a promising debut…..

Sinbreed – When Worlds Collide (2010) – $4: Here’s another great deal that I got from the same seller on an album that I received a digital promo of but never really listened to. I’m a big Power Metal fan and Sinbreed is a pure Power Metal group from Germany so I’m hoping that it’s a solid record. The band has a U.S. distribution deal with Nightmare Records and I received a digital promo but with all the new releases out now, I pushed it aside. I’ve read a lot of good reviews on this record so I’m looking forward to it.

Online

Judas Priest – British Steel (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (2010) – $30: Back in mid-May, I went to the record store to pick up this album and, of course, I bought the 2 disc version not the 3 disc pressing…..I wrote about it in the “Buyer Be Aware” edition of CD Scavenger Hunt. I wanted the 3 disc set with the remastered album, the live DVD and the live CD of the live DVD. The version I ended up snagging for $14 on sale was just the remastered record and the live DVD and I returned it the next day for a refund. Turns out the 3 CD Deluxe set was released in Europe at the same time as the 2 disc set but the the U.S. release for the 3 disc was slated for early June. I ordered directly through JudasPriest.com so I wouldn’t have a hassle, it was $30 but I received the album within 48 hours from Sony Direct in a perfect package. Sometimes buying straight from the band is the way to go.

Best Buy

Lamb Of God – Hourglass (3 CD box set) (2010) – $7: Best price on this 3 disc set was at Best Buy, they had it advertised for $16.99 in their new ad for the Tuesday release so I definitely made the trip. The reason I got the set for $7 instead of $17 was because I had a $10 off coupon from the Best Buy Rewards program that I was going to use to reserve my copy of Madden 2011. I went for the instant $10 savings on the box set and, even though I’m new to Lamb Of God, it’s some very brutal music that I’m really getting into. I’ve actually seen Lamb Of God live but I never really got into their albums but I’ve made it a point lately to listen to more extreme Metal and the band fit the bill. Saved $10.

Newbury Comics

Visions Of Atlantis – Cast Away (2004) – $6 used: For the last couple of months I have been watching a few used CDs that have regular priced counterparts right with them. I’ve been meaning to buy them all up because they are solid bargains but I always find something else to pick up. This Visions Of Atlantis CD has been on my radar for at least two months, maybe longer. It’s regular priced comrade is $16 so I figured maybe someone would snag this album if they saw the $10 savings. These two discs were filed in the “V” section in the regular stock CDs so I took the used CD and placed it in the Heavy Metal section under the “V” there. Not every Newbury Comics has a specific Metal section but there are some Metal dudes that work there and they are cool enough to make a dedicated place for Metal, this is one of the reasons why I keep going to the same store! I figured that since Visions Of Atlantis were a Symphonic Metal band then they should have a presence in the Metal section…..and keeping the two differently priced CDs seperate so i could wait and decide when to buy the used one. Saved $10.

Bang Camaro – II (2008) – $4: Here’s another bargain CD that I’ve been watching for a while! Bang Camaro is a Boston band so I naturally have an interest because I live in Rhode Island about an hour away. Bang Camaro got a lot of press when they debuted in 2007 because they feature 8 to 12 singers on each album and sometimes on each song! The band lineup is a revolving door but the spirit of the project remains strong. I had the opportunity to buy the debut at a cheap price but I passed and now I can’t find it locally. Bang Camaro came to my attention when I heard their song ‘Revolution’ while playing Madden 2010 on my Playstation 3…..it’s a good tune so I figured I would finally give them a chance. There were three brand new copies of this CD: one for $8, another for $6 and the copy I bought for $4. Saved $4.

Stephen Pearcy – Social Intercourse (2002) – $5 used: I never really got around to buying any of Stephen Pearcy’s solo work until just over a month ago. I have all the records from Arcade and Vertex, and I’m a huge Ratt fan, so I finally decided to pick this stuff up. I didn’t expect to find anything new under Ratt but old habits are diehard and I checked their section…..there’s this CD! It’s been a while but I’ve seen this album go for around $15 in the record stores at regular price, while the online prices change rapidly, so I estimate I saved $10.

Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy (2010) – $12: I bought this album the day of release on sale for $12 because i thought the cover was really cool. I have been into Nevermore since 1999′s DREAMING NEON BLACK and that was only because I found out through the power of the Internet that the members of Nevermore were also members of Sanctuary…..I had a cassette copy of REFUGE DENIED when it came out in 1987! I’ve missed out on the last couple Nevermore albums since 2000′s DEAD HEART IN A DEAD WORLD so I figured that this new album would be a good way to reconnect. Regular price was $17 so I saved $5.

Kingdom Of Sorrow – s/t (2008) – $10: I work with a guy that is huge into Kingdom Of Sorrow and he constantly asks me if I have heard any of the music or if I have picked up a CD. Up until a couple of weeks ago I really didn’t pay attention to the recommendation but then the band’s new album came out and I decided to buy that one on sale (I’ll get to that next!). When I was going to grab the new CD, I noticed that the debut had a $9.99 sale sticker too. Maybe it was a mistake? The other two copies of the debut didn’t have sale stickers so I snagged this one quick. I like to start at the beginning if I can with new bands so this was a good purchase. Saved $5.

Kingdom Of Sorrow – Behind The Blackest Tears (2010) – $10: Like I mentioned above, when this album was released there was a great sale price. Add the sale price to the constant recommendation from a co-worker with my going to Ozzfest this summer and you have the recipe for a CD purchase. Truthfully, I’ve been meaning to check out KOS because I’ve read good things but my co-worker’s insistence made me not purchase the debut until this new record came out. Now I won’t be staring into space when I see the band on Ozzfest…..saved $5.

Savage Grace – The Dominatress/Master Of Disguise reissue (2010) & After The Fall From Grace/Ride Into the Night reissue (2010) - $24 ($12 each): Now this was a complete surprise! Every week I get the Newbury Comics e-newsletter telling me what the new releases are and how much they are going to be but somehow I missed the reissues for the Savage Grace albums. Before I went out to the store, I jumped online quick and I found a quick announcement regarding the reissues. I double checked my newsletters (I save them for a while) and there they were on sale for $12

each! When I got to the store they had 2 copies of each reissue so I was able to get both and let someone else enjoy some classic Heavy Metal. Each reissue is a single disc housed in a nice slipcase with 4 bonus tracks and 3 bonus tracks respectively. There are full color booklets with extensive liner notes and pictures along with the preserved and uncensored  original album artwork. You can tell that Limb Music took special time and care to get these reissues just right. Most of these albums are available on Ebay in cassette or LP form but the CDs are usually bootlegs. I believe AFTER THE FALL FROM GRACE has an official CD release but THE DOMINATRESS and MASTER OF DISGUISE are usually a 2-on-1 CD from Greece that is a definite bootleg. It’s nice to have an official re-release finally…..and a superb job as well. Regular price was $16 each so I saved $8 ($4 each).

Total = $128

Total (year) = $813

Average price (per item) = $10.04

Total CDs (year) = 74

Total DVDs (year) = 2

Total Box Sets (year) = 4

Total LPs (year) = 1

Catch Demon Hunter live at the Key Club Hollywood on 5/23

Check out the concert flyer for Demon Hunter live at the Key Club in L.A. For more information & tickets, go to the Key Club website.

Idols Are Dead – Mean (2008)

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Idols Are Dead – Mean (2008, Scarlet Records/SPV)

  1. This Is Not The End
  2. Let’s Do It
  3. Dance With The Devil
  4. Pain For Sale
  5. Dirt
  6. It’s So Easy
  7. The Name Of My Rage
  8. Proud To Be Sick
  9. Twiggy

Band Lineup:
Mana – Vocals
Alley X – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Ico – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Maxx C. – Bass & Backing Vocals
Luka – Drums

Producers: Gabriele Ravaglia, Simone Mularoni & Maxx C.

Country: Italy

Total Time = 32:36

Idols Are Dead MySpace page
Scarlet Records
SPV Germany
SPV USA

Idols Are Dead are a young Metal quintet from Italy that wear there influences right on their leather clad sleeves. Imagine bringing together APPETITE-era GNR, Black album-era Metallica and touches of classic Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Anthrax and fusing all of it to the latest sound of Metalcore by channelling the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage and Bullet For My Valentine. That’s a lot of sound and I’m not usually a fan of the newer breed of popular Metal but what I like about Idols Are Dead is that they stay true to their influences and they don’t compromise their sound.

‘This Is Not The End’ opens the album with a quick fire barrage of guitars and double-bass drums that remind me of the Hard Rock side of Metallica mixed with late ’90s Anthrax with John Bush. There’s an overall melodic tone to the song, especially in the singing, that sounds very American…..probably because lead vocalist Mana has a lot of James Hetfield in his delivery. Not a bad thing. ‘Let’s Do It’ is more of the straight forward catchy Metal while ‘Dance With The Devil’ has some interesting bass lines and buzzing guitars. Two things I noticed right away: this band has a lot of melody in it’s Metal assault and the production is top notch. This does not sound like a new band, a couple of the guys were in the Italian Death outfit Electrocution in the early ’90s, they sound like seasoned vets. Two more standout tracks, ‘Pain For Sale’ and ‘Dirt’, cement the band’s aggressive abilities with some outstanding riffs and solos while the rhythm section drives each song with a ton of power and attitude.

So far I’m into the record (and I don’t like bands that sound like Killswitch or Avenged) but the momentum stops with the Idols Are Dead cover of GNR’s ‘It’s So Easy’. This is why I hate cover songs, they disrupt the flow of the original material. Granted, it’s a good rendition of the GNR standard but not necessary…..a small complaint. The band makes up for it with the drum intro to ‘The Name Of My Rage’, a song that finds a certain driving groove that had my head bobbing back and forth in full headbang. Definitely a Metallica “Black era” influenced song but definitely faster with some interesting solos, one of my favorites of the record, especially that drum sound! The opening guitar of ‘Proud To Be Sick’ signals old school Thrash and the band incorporates that with the modern Metal sound like a Shadows Fall or All That Remains with clean vocals. Same thing with ‘Twiggy’, the band finds a certain classic Metal groove and combines it with a more modern sound. For some reason I really dig ‘Twiggy” and I can’t put my finger on way except for maybe there is just this certain old school root to it.

Bottom Line:
I really didn’t know what to expect from Idols Are Dead, especially when I read some of the band comparisons, but they impressed me. There is this classic Metal sound the band has that, when mixed with the melodic Metalcore, they come up with something really aggressive and full of groove. Aside from my disdain for the GNR cover, I thought MEAN was a seriously good debut. If I had to level any criticism, I would like to see the band branch out more and maybe experiment a little with different styles. The songs on MEAN are all very straightforward and tight, you can hear the influences the band has, their next album should be where they expand and explore their overall sound. I’ll definitely be looking forward to a new Idols Are Dead album, in the meantime I’ll keep this album in my listening rotation.

Favorite Songs: ‘The Name Of My Rage’, ‘Pain For Sale’, ‘Twiggy’, ‘Dance With The Devil’

In Shadows Reign – Phoenix (2008 demo)

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In Shadows Reign – Phoenix (2008, demo)

  1. Through The Dark Labyrinth
  2. Eye For An Eye
  3. Wheel Of Time
  4. Raising The Torch Of The Empire
  5. Depredation
  6. A Shadow From The Past
  7. Phoenix

In Shadows Reign

Band Lineup:
Alexander Austad – Bass
Daniel Elisenberg – Guitars & Vocals
Stian Elisenberg – Drums
Kristoffer Gravdal – Guitars

Producers: In Shadows Reign

Country: Norway

Total Time = 42:00

In Shadows Reign MySpace page

In Shadows Reign is a new band out of Norway that plays a blend of Hardcore, Thrash, and Traditional Metal with a touch of influence from The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, specifically Iron Maiden and Metallica. The guys in the band look pretty young but their collective ability and attitude won me over right away. There is a ton of energy on PHOENIX and it’s evident by the overall attack that the band has paid specific attention to having a great dual guitar sound like Maiden and Metallica. Listen to the guitar intro to ‘Through The Dark Labyrinth’ and it screams Iron Maiden and NWOBHM, it’s really good! That opening guitar sold me immeadiately on In Shadows Reign because it gave me the feeling that these young guys have a good understanding about what came before the current Metal trends and they know how to incorporate both into their own style.

‘Through The Dark Labyrinth’ (live)

‘Eye For An Eye’ has an early Metallica influence musically and Daniel Elisenberg trades off clean and harsh vocals very well. On ‘Wheel Of Time’ there are some very melodic guitar lines to go along with the speed and heaviness and those harsh vocals. I’m not usually a fan of that vocal approach but I like Daniel’s because I can still hear the words. To me, the lyrics are just as important as the music! One of my favorites on the demo is ‘Raising The Torch Of The Empire’ because of the soft acoustic intro that makes it sound like an epic but then the band kicks into high gear with a speed Maiden riff that really gets the blood flowing and the head banging. The bass and drums are a little further up in the mix and they cane be heard a lot better, Alexander and Stian really pound away and keep things very heavy even when the pace slows.

‘Depedation’ is a fast thrashing song that reminds me a bit of Slayer mixed with the NWOBHM when it gets a little more melodic with the cleaner vocals., a very powerful song. The crown jewel of PHOENIX has to be the 11+ minute ‘A Shadow From The Past’. This song showcases every strength that In Shadows Reign possesses: a solid rhythm section, good vocals, excellent guitar and diversity in sound. Most of ‘A Shadow From The Past’ is slow/mid-tempo but the band also kicks the power into gear halfway through for a Thrash attack. I also think the best guitar solos are here, there is emotion to them, as well as my favorite drum performance from Stian. The title track ‘Phoenix’ brings the band full circle again to the heavy riffing and speed that makes up the overall In Shadows Reign sound.

Bottom Line:
PHOENIX was released in November 2008 and it’s a demo so the production is a little raw but that can be helped when the band gets signed. I think the band did a good job in capturing their sound, it’s definitely a good sounding demo, I’ve heard some real bad ones over the years. What jumps out at you when you spin this disc is the dual guitars, the different styles and the pure energy the band has, you can just tell that these guys live for Metal and enjoy playing it. In Shadows Reign is a band I am going to keep a close eye on…..

Favorite Songs:
‘Through The Dark Labyrinth’, ‘A Shadow From The Past’, ‘Raising The Torch Of The Empire’