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Stratovarius Elements Revisited
PR reports: Stratovarius is without question one of the most recognizable and respected bands in the history of progressive power metal. Over the last 20 years the group released 12 LPs and a number of compilation and live albums. "Elements", the epic double offering from 2003 is by many fans considered as Stratovarius' most ambitious and monumental work yet.

These two exclusive re-releases of "Elements Pt.1" and "Elements Pt.2" bring back some of the most enchanting sounds found within the power metal genre. The monumental albums brilliantly combine power metal heaviness with progressive soundscapes, bringing some of the most memorable compositions in the band's career.

Metal Mind Productions will re-release "Elements Pt.1" & "Pt.2" on 21st September in Europe and 1st December in USA (via MVD). Both titles will be available in a new digipak edition, each limited to 2000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on a golden disc. - more on this story

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Dethklok and Mastodon Expand Tour Plans
PR reports: The anticipation and excitement continues to build for one of the most brutal North American tours as Dethklok, stars of the animated Adult Swim series, Metalocalypse and Mastodon announce the addition of five additional tour dates to their upcoming co-headlining tour.

Set to kick off on October 2 in Portland, Ore., the Adult Swim Presents Dethklok and Mastodon tour will now feature second dates in New York and Los Angeles, while also adding Norfolk, Charlotte and San Jose to the extensive, 37-city roster.

A ticket pre-sale for these added shows begins on Wednesday, September 9 at 10:00 AM EST, while the full allotment of tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, September 11. - more on this story

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Chad Smith Giving the UK His Meatbats
Noble reports: earMUSIC Records today announced the debut CD release of Chad Smith's new solo venture 'Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats'.

Already hailed as one of the most compelling and unpredictable instrumental bands in years, their debut album, 'Meet The Meatbats', is released in the UK on Monday October 12th.

Formed by Chad Smith, legendary drummer of the 'Red Hot Chili Peppers' and, more recently, of rock supergroup 'Chickenfoot', the remaining members of the Meatbats includes guitarist Jeff Kollman (Glenn Hughes), bassist Kevin Chown (Ted Nugent) and keyboardist Ed Roth (Glenn Hughes). -

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Classic Rockers Super 400 Set New Release
PR reports: Super 400 is gearing up to release their fifth studio album, Sweet Fist, out September 15th, 2009 on Response Records/Rock Ridge Music. Recorded on tape at the famed Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN, with cover art by Klaus Voormann, the renowned creator of the Beatles' 'Revolver' album cover, this album is the band's most skillful work to date, holding strong to their influences from legends like Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Blind Faith and Zeppelin.

Super 400 takes the classic 'power trio' approach: three instruments taking up the sonic space of an airplane hangar, rocking to the heavens - but their vocal dynamics and spiritual synergy cause the sounds to swell to the bursting point. In the band's first year, Geoff Travis of Trade 2 Records brought them over to London, and they were signed by Island Records. Island planned to herald the return of Rock and Roll with Super 400 as a flagship force in the new millennium. The young band had their first album in the chamber, ready to take on the world. In a twist of fate that would foreshadow an unstable music biz, Polygram Co was soon bought out, folding the hierarchy at Island, but this didn't break the bands bond, only made them stronger.

When asked where the title "Sweet Fist" originated from, bassist Lori Friday says, "The sweet fist is a beautiful moment in imagination, a sincere effort, strength in kindness, truth in a message, this family's assemblage of love and warmth through sound. Recording the record in Memphis allowed us to absorb the grit and fever of the town - the album title revealed itself through the adventures we had there and is a adjective for the sounds we will share with fans."
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Ben Frost Hopes To Take Fans By The Throat This Fall
PR reports: Heralded by Resident Advisor as "awe inspiring...the most visceral show of the festival," following his performance at Sonar 2009 festival in Spain, Ben Frost has captured the public imagination and seized critical attention. One of a new breed of composers willfully crossing genres, Frost continues to defy classification with his second full length BY THE THROAT released October 19 on Bedroom Community.

Frost took the spotlight in 2007 with his critically acclaimed LP Theory of Machines. Wire Magazine called it "simply awesome—this is Arvo Pärt as arranged by Trent Reznor," and the BBC's Mary Anne Hobbs called it "arresting and exquisite" including the title cut on her acclaimed Evangeline compilation. Taste-making European music retailer Boomkat named Frost "one of the most interesting and groundbreaking producers in the world today" and even went so far as to call Theory of Machines "the future of electronic music."

Three years later, Frost returns with BY THE THROAT. Produced in Iceland by Frost and Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, Coco Rosie, Bonnie "Prince" Billy), the album also features performances by Amiina, The Arcade Fire's Jeremy Gara, Swedish metal outfit Crowpath and composer Nico Muhly. - more on this story

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Bones Of Freedom Aim For World Domination
PR reports: Swedish Hardrockers Bones Of Freedom have just released their full length album "World Domination 1" through Spook Records. This CD is the follow up from their critically acclaimed 2008 debut E.P "Butterfly".

Both releases have been self financed by the band, recorded and produced at Studio Hardrock Gothenburg and released through Spook Records, Lossiemouth, Scotland.

World Domination is the theme (don't mention concept) of the album, rather than the bands manifesto and boasts 13 tracks covering subjects that dominate our world today. Themes include Love, Sex, Money, Greed, Reality TV, Global Warming,Myths & Legends, History and Religion.
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VicTorV Turns 50
Submitted News reports: Victory Records' video program, VicTorV, will be celebrating its 50th episode at 1:00PM EST today. VicTorV is the only in-house, label produced, bi-monthly video program showcasing exclusive artist interviews, live performances and behind the scenes footage, music news, product information and Victory artists' music videos. VicTorV is a free program available internationally.

VicTorV currently has over 400,000 monthly viewers across various outlets and platforms. The program's viewership has grown organically on a monthly basis since its inception. Over the past four years VicTorV has been hosted by, and included in-depth interview footage from, A Day To Remember, Between The Buried And Me, Hawthorne Heights, Silverstein, Bury Your Dead, The Audition, Aiden and The Sleeping amongst many others. Multiple music videos have been world premiered on VicTorV including Bayside – "No One Understands", Aiden – "Scavengers Of The Damned", and William Control – "Beautiful Loser".

The 50th episode of VicTorV is hosted by California ska-punk band Chase Long Beach and will feature a world premiere from The Autumn Offering's new music video "The Curtain Hits The Cast". A slew of exclusive content will appear in this milestone episode. Victory Records Founder Tony Brummel said, "We conceptualized and created VicTorV over four years ago to provide a Victory branded, visually programmed medium for our artists coupled with it being free for its viewers. As a privately held, independent record label we are continually challenged to find new and creative methods to facilitate exposure for our artists. We invested early and harnessed the necessary staff and technologies to develop several proprietary promotional platforms. Victory is the only label with its own bi-monthly "TV show", embeddable and streaming media player and social networking community. We understand and have always embraced technology. Our properties are continually improved to benefit and expose our artists along with hopefully getting more people excited about what they have to offer via creatively accessible and interesting formats. In an industry that has been chastised for not thinking "outside of the box" (in terms of technology) we are lucky to have had a natural aversion to boxes."
- http://www.victorv.tv/

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The Acacia Strain Heading Down Under
PR reports: Western Massachusetts', The Acacia Strain have announced their first Australian headlining tour, to take place this November. Support will come from Melbourne's The Red Shore. The band last toured Australia in December 2008 with Parkway Drive.

Vocalist Vincent Bennett had this to say about their imminent return to Australia: "Can't wait to get back to Australia! I'm considering calling it a second home. Hope everyone is ready for us and The Red Shore to shake some ---- up! See ya in November!"

The Acacia Strain are also supporting August Burns Red in the United States in September and October. The band released their fourth full length, "Continent," last year, on Prosthetic Records. - more on this story

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Tiny Tim's Richard Barone Produced Album Sees Light Of Day
conqueroo reports: In 1976, at the age of 16, Richard Barone — known for his acclaimed solo albums, fronting the '80s pop trio the Bongos, and authoring Frontman: Surviving the Rock Star Myth — produced an album for the late Tiny Tim. As a high-school student in Tampa, Barone happened to notice an ad announcing that the artist would be appearing at a roadside TraveLodge on the edge of town and, lacking over-21 IDs, listened from the lobby with two friends. Suddenly the bar door opened and there, clutching his ukulele in one hand and his ever-present shopping bag in the other, stood Tiny Tim. A hotel-room concert for an audience of three ensued, and before you knew it, 16-year-old Barone had booked a ramshackle studio on the edge of Tampa and an album was made. The tapes sat on the shelf, unreleased, for 33 years as Barone pursued other projects — which have included sold-out concert events at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, as well as collaborations with artists ranging from Moby to Liza Minnelli.

Finally, these remarkable recordings will be released as the album I've Never Seen a Straight Banana on Collectors' Choice Music on October 20, 2009. The set will include liner notes not only by Barone but also Tiny Tim's official biographer, Justin A. Martell.

Martell calls Tim "a performer of tremendous caliber and substance, but also a walking encyclopedia of popular songs spanning from the early 1800s to the year of his passing." He further notes that while best known for his hit cover version of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips," his Reprise albums and his wedding to Miss Vicki on the Tonight Show, "a completely unknown 16-year-old boy from Tampa, Fla., saw what [others] could not: a serious artist."
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CMJ Adds Artists and Hair
CMJ reports: The CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, announced its second round of performing artists this afternoon which will include: The xx, Pig Destroyer, Eyehategod, Patrick Watson, Z-Trip, Midnight Juggernauts, Saul Williams, Janelle Monae, Superdrag, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Bear Hands and UUVVWWZ.

Hundreds more artists will be announced in the upcoming weeks, so make sure to visit CMJ's website for continuous artist announcements. This year's event is being held from October 20th-24th.

CMJ Music Marathon is also pleased to announce its unique partnership with the Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Members of the storied musical's team will discuss the new, exhilarating production as part of CMJ Music Marathon's far-reaching four-day panel discussion program on Friday - more on this story

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Lock 13 Digital
MVD reports: Mortal Music and MVD Audio are proud to announce the digital release of Lock 13's Inner Enemy on September 8th worldwide.

Mixing both classic and modern metallic sounds - without sacrificing the importance of melody - the Birmingham, AL-based trio, Lock 13, are about to make major waves with their latest album, the digital-only release, Inner Enemy. Comprised of vocalist Jon Childers, guitarist Drew Hall, and drummer Brad Aaron, the band recently signed with the label Mortal Music - the label founded by Tim King (SOil) and Rob Such (Twelfth Gate, Chicago Powerfest).

"When I first heard Lock 13, I immediately thought of them as a band that makes timeless music," states King, SOil bassist and co-founder of Mortal Music. "This is such a rare trait in bands today, especially since trends go so fast, and disposable heroes are a dime a dozen"
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Richard Hawley Presents Truelove's Gutter
Mute reports: Richard Hawley's sixth studio album, "Truelove's Gutter," will be released on Mute September 22, 2009. A digital multi-track single "For Your Lover Give Some Time" is out September 8, 2009 and features the exclusive B-side "Sorry I lost My Way" and an instrumental version of "Born Under A Bad Sign" (originally released on Hawley's 2005 album "Coles Corner").

"For Your Lover Give Some Time," a bittersweet vignette depicting internal tensions in a perennial love affair, has Richard singing a confessional lyric over a light-footed arrangement of cello and violin. It is easily the most humorous track on the album, with a hint of the biting Gallic sarcasm of a Brel or Gainsbourg.
Richard explains, "I think this is a fairly honest and slightly wry look at lovers, as time goes by, especially long term relationships. It's a warning not to take things for granted – now and again you should buy a bunch of flowers randomly."

Arrangements on "Truelove's Gutter" occasionally feature some truly uncommon instrumentation, such as the megabass waterphone and crystal baschet. Eccentric instruments notwithstanding, the lush but minimal production provides a haunting backdrop to Hawley's unique voice and allows him plenty of space for some outstandingly beautiful guitar solos. - more on this story

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. Pearl Jam Month: Vs.
Originally titled Five Against One, Vs. is a collection where the five members indeed reverberate like a band ready to take on the world. While the songs are still intimate and personal, their scope went from full screen to widescreen with a rage reserved for the darkest of metal bands (5 stars) - Read the full Pearl Jam Month: Vs. review

.... Lightning Swords of Death + Valdur Split Album
It is worth noting the level of synergy between Lightning Swords and Valdur throughout the eight tracks. Though the two bands sport their own identities, they also play together with a comfort bordering on the supernatural. - Read the full Lightning Swords of Death + Valdur Split Album review

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