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Friday, July 06, 2007

Newswire #1052

URIAH HEEP update –
"Well I can finally report that we have finished the mixing of the new CD. We found that a good way of doing this was to let Mike Paxman go in the studio for a few days at a time and get most of the mix down with a guy called Mark 'Tufty' Evans. The CD was mixed in it's entirety at Tufty's studio in Wispington Studios, Berkshire, UK. Tufty is someone Mike has known for a long time and he specialises in just mixing. The template for the mixing became Mike and Tufty getting it all together and then the band received CD's of the mixes in the post and made their comments to Mike who then went back in and tweaked them to everybodies satisfaction. Except for me and Bernie who could not wait and we drove up there in my car every Friday to pick ours up. It was a long hard haul of a drive each time to get there on a busy Friday afternoon but well worth it as the journey back we rocked out in the car listening to the mixes which made the return journey so much sweeter and less painful. It was a good way of working because we had the luxury of being able to play the CD on a variety of Hi Fi and Low Fi systems and add comments. The end result is that they all sound FANTASTIC. The Mastering will be completed shortly with any luck. Mike has someone he wants to work with on that and all of his decisions thus far have been spot on so we are happy to go with it. As for the cover we are getting ever closer and I am presently compiling all of the text and lyrics to send to Ioannis in the USA.
'Appy days!

BALANCE are reforming and will release their comeback album via Frontiers.

Rick Chase has sent out the following announcement: "Unfortunately I have come to the difficult decision to leave Alibi as lead vocalist. I must take this opportunity in thanking Vince O'Regan for involving me in this project, though unfortunately it soon became apparent that due to his commitment with other projects, Alibi was never his main concern.
The recording of the second Alibi album has been complete for some time, but due to ongoing disputes between Vince and the record company Escape Music regarding production, this has left Alibi in a stalemate situation with nothing happening for several months. Vince is a prolific songwriter and an incredible guitarist, which makes the decision so hard to make, but the circumstances leave me no choice.
Finally, I would like to thank the many people who have taken interest in Alibi during my stay, and especially those who have helped us out. I wish Vince and the guys of Alibi the very best in their future pursuits. As I am currently contractually free, and am now in pursuit of another band or project, interested parties please feel free to visit"

MONSTER MAGNET release their new album "4 Way Diablo" on November 2, 2007 via SPV Records.

Organisers of the London Leg of the Live Earth concert, which takes place at the new Wembley Stadium on this Saturday (July 7), have the revealed the official line up and the set lists. Please note - I have removed R’N’B rubbish & Madonna :)

Genesis: 'Turn It On Again', 'No Sun Of Mine' and 'Land Of Confusion'
Razorlight: 'Before I Fall To Pieces' and 'America'
Snow Patrol: 'Open Your Eyes', 'Shut Your Eyes' and 'Chasing Cars'
David Gray: 'Babylon'
Damien Rice: 'The Blower's Daughter'
David Gray/Damien Rice: 'Que Sera Ser'
Kasabian: 'Empire', 'Club Foot' and 'ID'
Duran Duran: 'Planet Earth', 'Ordinary World', 'Night Runner' and 'Falling Down'
Red Hot Chili Peppers: 'Can't Stop', 'Dani California', 'So Much I' and 'By The Way'
Bloc Party: 'Hunting For Witches', 'Banquet', 'So Here We Are' and 'The Prayer'
Corinne Bailey Rae: 'I'd Like To', 'Mercy Mercy Me' and 'Put Your Records On'
Keane: 'Everybody's Changing', 'Somewhere Only We Know' and 'Is It Any Wonder'
Metallica: 'Enter Sandman', 'Nothing Else Matters', 'Sad But True' and 'For Whom The Bell Tolls'
Spinal Tap: 'Stonehenge', 'Warmer Than Hell' and 'Big Bottom'
James Blunt: 'Same Mistakes' and 'Wiseman'
Keith Urban and Alicia Keys: 'Gimme Shelter'
Beastie Boys: 'Sabotage', 'So What'cha Want', 'Sure Shot', 'Intergalatic' and 'Off The Grid'
Foo Fighters: 'Best Of You', 'All My Life', 'My Hero' and 'Everlong'

ARCH ENEMY are pleased to announce that they have completed work on their
highly anticipated new album. The new masterpiece entitled RISE OF THE
TYRANT was recorded at Studio Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström and
will be unleashed on 24th September 2007.

ARCH ENEMY mastermind Michael Amott comments on the new album and the band's upcoming touring activities as follows:

"To all ARCH ENEMY fans!
So how does it sound, you ask? Well, I am of the opinion that we have made
the 'ultimate ARCH ENEMY album'!!! To me, this album sounds like the perfect
mix of melody and brutality. This album is an organic and honest statement
from the band ­ it's pure f**king metal at its absolute best, the ARCH ENEMY

Producer Fredrik Nordström did a killer mix on the record ­ the sound is big
and intense! This album has everything that ARCH ENEMY represents in my
mind. I can't wait to release it and play these songs live for you, the

Actually, we have to start rehearsing at some point this summe, as we will
be playing a couple of festivals in the U.K. ('Bloodstock') and Germany ('Up
From The Ground'). These will also be the first shows with my brother
Christopher (Amott ­ guitar) back in the band! We also have to work out how
to play these new songs so we will have a very busy summer with ARCH ENEMY,
that's for certain!

The touring plan for ARCH ENEMY will start full on after the summer, and we
can confirm that we will be joining the European 'Black Crusade' tour
package with Machine Head, Trivium, Dragonforce and Shadows Fall ­ yeah,
that's a pretty impressive tour, huh? Equally exciting for us is the
Australian 'Black Crusade' tour which we will be doing with Trivium and
Machine Head.

Lot's of other cool touring ideas are flying around at the moment ­ looks
like we also might be visiting places on this planet where ARCH ENEMY has
not yet had the pleasure of playingŠŠŠŠŠthat's what it's all about!

Let the madness begin!"

RISE OF THE TYRANT ­ tracklisting:
Blood On Your Hands
The Last Enemy
I Will Live Again
In This Shallow Grave
Revolution Begins
Rise Of The Tyrant
The Day You Died
Intermezzo Liberté
Night Falls Fast
The Great Darkness

ARCH ENEMY - live:
Aug. 18 - Bloodstock Festival ­ Derby, UK
Aug. 24 - Up From The Ground Festival ­ Gemuenden, Germany
'Black Crusade' tour - Australia
(+ Trivium, Machine Head)
Oct. 28 ­ The Metro - Perth, Australia
Oct. 30 ­ The Barton - Adelaide, Australia
Oct. 31 ­ Festival Hall - Melbourne, Australia
Nov. 01 ­ Luna Park - Sydney, Australia
Nov. 02 ­ Luna Park - Sydney, Australia
Nov. 03 ­ Riverstage - Brisbane, Australia
'Black Crusade' tour ­ Europe
(+ Machine Head, Trivium, Dragonforce, Shadows Fall)
Nov. 20 ­ SECC - Glasgow, UK
Nov. 21 ­ MEN Arena Manchester, UK
Nov. 23 ­ NEC - Birmingham, UK
Nov. 24 ­ Brixton Academy - London, UK
Nov. 25 ­ Brixton Academy - London, UK
Nov. 26 ­ CIA Arena - Cardiff, UK
Nov. 28 ­ Elysee Montmartre - Paris, France
Nov. 29 ­ Elysee Montmartre - Paris, France
Nov. 30 ­ Heineken Music Hall - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dec. 01 ­ The Palladium - Cologne, Germany
Dec. 02 ­ Messe Congress - Stuttgart, Germany
Dec. 03 ­ Tonhalle - Munich, Germany
Dec. 05 ­ Gasometer - Vienna, Austria
Dec. 06 ­ Alcatraz - Milan, Italy
Dec. 07 ­ Eulachhalle - Winterthur, Switzerland
Dec. 09 ­ Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, Germany
Dec. 10 ­ KB Halle - Copenhagen, Denmark
Dec. 11 ­ Arenan - Stockholm, Sweden
Dec. 13 ­ Old Ice Hall - Tampere, Finland
Dec. 14 ­ Old Ice Hall - Helsinki, Finland

Angela Gossow - vocals
Michael Amott - lead & rhythm guitar
Christopher Amott - lead & rhythm guitar
Sharlee D'Angelo - bass guitar
Daniel Erlandsson - drums

1. Eden’s Curse
AFM are delighted to announce the signing of International Melodic Metal outfit Eden's Curse. Fronted by US born vocalist Michael Eden and Scottish bassist / songwriter Paul Logue (ex-Cry Havoc,) the lineup is completed by a host of well seasoned pro's; German keyboard player Ferdy Doernberg (Axel Rudi Pell), Englishman Pete Newdeck (Steve Grimmett Band) drums and the unbelievable talents of German guitar virtuoso Thorsten Koehne (Code Of Perfection). Produced and mixed by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69), who's previous work includes Silent Force and Allen/Lande amongst others and featuring David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Doogie White (Cornerstone / ex-Rainbow) and Carsten Schulz (Evidence One) on backing vocals, the debut album - “Eden’s Curse” is released on August 27th featuring the tracks;

1. Book Of Life (Intro)
2. Judgement Day
3. Eyes Of The World (donated by Carsten Schulz and left over from Evidence One’s own “Tattooed Heart”)
4. Stronger Than The Flame
5. The Voice Inside
6. After The Love Is Gone
7. Fly Away
8. What Are You Waiting For
9. Eden's Curse
10. Don't Bring Me Down
11. Heaven Touch Me
12. The Bruce (Intro)
13. Fallen King
14. We All Die Young

The bands website is currently being designed and will be online soon, but visit the band's MySpace site for more information now.
“The Bruce / Fallen King” will also feature on the re-designed web site for Scottish Charity The Bruce Trust which campaigns for recognition of Scot, Robert The Bruce - - very soon.

A&R Manager Markus Wosgien states "AFM is proud to announce the signing of Eden's Curse. They’ve created a brilliant melodic metal album. It’s just full of hymns that just blew us totally away. In Michael Eden they have one of the greatest vocalists we have heard for a long time. Fans of Pink Cream 69, old school Bonfire and Dokken will love it!".
Song-smith Logue added "It fills me with immense pride to see our names nesting alongside some of my favourite bands; Masterplan, Silent Force, Evidence One (on AFM). They’re probably the finest and fastest growing Melodic Rock/Metal label in Europe and I'm delighted that they are sharing in the vision Mike and I have had since day one.!"

2. Crystal Ball
After signing such great Swiss bands as Krokus and Shakra, we are proud to announce that we just signed another, the excellent, Crystal Ball, centered around very talented front man Mark Sweeney! The guys are currently working on their sixth album tentatively entitled “Secrets” and are set to work with producer Michael Bormann (ex-Jaded Heart, Bloodbound), and mix with Achim Köhler (Primal Fear, Brainstorm).
The release date; October 26th (TBC).

4. Helstar
Founded in 1982 in Texas, Helstar went onto become a legend with ground-breaking albums like “Burning Star” (1984), “Remnants Of War” (1986), and “Nosferatu” (1989). Singer James Rivera played in bands like Vigilante and New Eden also, but after several years as a solo artist and as the singer of Vicious Rumors, with whom he recorded the last album, he’s back and the new Helstar is now working in the studio to re-record some of the classics from the first Helstar records for a “Best Of…” album “Sins Of The Past” which will be released on November 19th. This album will contain 2 brand new tracks! The new studio album should then be released around Summer 2008.

3. Michele Darkness
Some time has passed since the last END OF GREEN album hit the charts but with the arrival of summer, singer, guitarist and songwriter Michelle Darkness has signed a long-term contract with AFM. He's currently holed up in Finland recording his first solo album at Sonic Pump Studios (Apocalyptica).
All songs have been written by Darkness, who's also going to play all the instruments; "I've been yearning to realize this for years. With AFM, I've not only found an excellent home for my music but also new friends.” stated the singer.
Producer Nino Laurenne is set to produce and more information is due soon.

Scheduled release date: October 26th (AFM Records/Soulfood). (TBC)

July 6 - Lovely Days Festival, Saint Polten, Austria
July 7 - Open Air, Peine (near Hanover), Germany
July 13 - Masters of Rock Festival, Vizovice, Czech Republic
July 14 - Rock 'N' Rowlit, Parainen, Finland
July 15 - GuilFest, Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey, UK
July 20 - Tall Ships’ Races, Kotka, Finland
July 21 - Open air, Breitenbach, Germany
July 26 - Keitelejazz, Äänekoski (north of Jyvaskyla), Finland
July 27 - Club Umpitunneli, Tornio (north of Oulu), Finland
July 28 - Vauhtiajot, Seinäjoki, Finland
July 29 - Piata Centrala, Open Air, Zalau, Romania
July 29 - Il Molo, Tarracina (near Rome), Italy
Aug 10 - Wrightegaarden, Langesund, Norway
Aug 24 - Seepark Linzgau, Pfullendorf, Germany
Sept 8 - Cover Festival, Plock, Poland


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