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NOSTRADAMEUS – Illusion’s Parade

January 12, 2010 in News by TMC

NOSTRADAMEUS Swedish power metallers NOSTRADAMEUS will release their sixth full-length, Illusion’s Parade, in the US next month. Featuring members of Fejd and Pathos, the record was once produced by Anders “Theo” Theander at Roasting House Studios in Sweden.

The result is a fresh mixture of speed, heaviness and intensity.

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DARK AGE – Acedia

January 12, 2010 in News by TMC

DARK AGE Originally known as Dyer’s Eve, German melodic death metallers DARK AGE will release their sixth full-length on January 29th. Titled Acedia, the record marks their first recording for new label home AFM Records.

Acedia was produced by vocalist/guitarist Eike Freese at Eikey Studios with artwork by Niklas Sundin (Cabin Fever Media/Dark Tranquillity).
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MANIMAL – The Darkest Room

January 12, 2010 in News by TMC

MANIMAL Traditional heavy metal newcomers MANIMAL will release their debut full-length entitled The Darkest Room via AFM on January 26th. The album consists of nine tracks characterized by the Gothenburg metallers’ finely honed hard/melodic/progressive sound.

The band, who were recently nominated for the Swedish Metal Awards 2010 http://www.swedishmetalawards.com break new ground in the well-established Gothenburg metal scene.

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BRAINSTORM – Memorial Roots

January 12, 2010 in News by TMC

BRAINSTORM Long-running German power metallers BRAINSTORM, featuring vocalist Andy B. Franck of Symphorce, will unleash their eighth full-length opus Memorial Roots upon the US next week.

The long player was recorded at Gate Studios and produced by the band with Sascha Paeth and Miro. According to the band, Memorial Roots is sure to “make your skull smoke!”

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The Dropzines

January 10, 2010 in Alternative, Featured Artist by TMC

Genre: Alternative
Website: http://www.dropzines.com

The Dropzines: A COLLECTION OF CIRCA 1930′S PERIODICALS DEDICATED TO ESSAYS ON NATIONAL DEPRESSION AND MASS EXHAUSTION.

The Dropzines’ singer/songwriter/guitarist, Shawn Stabley, has been composing and performing melody-intensive music since he was a teenager. From 1988 to 1991, Shawn wrote, sang and played bass for the NYC alternative rock group, The Dutch Provos. In ’91, Shawn, along with fellow Dutch Provos’ guitarist, Tim Archer, founded The Most Sordid Pies. The Pies, as they became referred to by fans, recorded their debut LP, “Grit & Sunshine,” along side producers John Siket (Sonic Youth, Phish, Yo La Tengo) and Kramer (Shimmy Disc Records), utilizing legendary rock recording facilities, Bearsville and Power Station Studios. The gritty, yet euphonious acuity of “Grit & Sunshine” would, without a doubt, have gotten The Pies their “just dessert” had its release not been suddenly halted by the bankruptcy of its label’s parent company, Power Station Records. Sadly, The Pies would not recover from the harsh turn of events, and “Grit & Sunshine” would never see its release date, as they disbanded in 1995.

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Shortly afterward, Stabley switched from composing and performing his songs on 4-string bass to a 6-string electric guitar, and in 2000 founded the true vehicle for performing his musical compositions, The Dropzines. Accompanied by the perfect vocal harmonies and dead on percussion accuracy of Jason Kline (York, Pa) and the soulful bass of Grant Jenkins (Baltimore, Md), The Dropzines sound has been described as “The Beatles meets The Sex Pistols” or “The Replacements meets The Standells”.

Jason Kline, The Dropzines’ drummer, grew up in a family with a music room, but no TV. He took drum lessons for many years from his father, learned to play piano from his mother and taught himself to play guitar. By 15 he had fashioned his first musical collaboration with a punk influenced band called Youth Alliance. A few years later this vocalizing harmonist, who grew up with music in his soul, would showcase his talents at venues he had only dreamed of. Although his early influences were the likes of Buddy Rich and Lars Ulrich, his tastes ranged from punk to alternative before settling into heavy electronica. In 2000, Jason joined The Dropzines, in part because of the intricate rhythms and meters of Shawn’s writing, but the ear-pleasing harmonies they sing together draw a crowd by themselves!

As bassist for The Dropzines, Grant Jenkins’ musical experience is second to none. He started on the bass at the modest age of 15, and has had more than his share of bands with whom to collaborate. Most notably, he was with The Reputations for five years and Love in 25th Century for three years before joining The Dropzines! This phenomenal bassist plays anything from four- to seven-string bass, and leaves the crowd begging for more!

With the 2004 release of their 10 song debut, “Between Sheets and Walls” , The Dropzines have gained worldwide attention through continual  Radio airplay and the placement of 3 songs from “Between Sheets and Walls” appearing in theDamon O’Steen directed film, “29 Reasons To Run” and The Samsung Fresh Films 2006 release, “The Super Dupers”. In addition to “29 Reasons To Run” winning best feature at 4 different Film Festivals in 2006, the soundtrack has won “Best Impact Of Music” at Park City and “Best Music” at the Bare Bones film festivals.

With a 2nd album, “Celebration Of Sorrow” recorded and due for release in 2008, The Dropzines are scheduling tour dates that will include The United States, Holland, Germany, Japanand Australia.

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Lloyd Banks and 4 Others Arrested For Assault

January 9, 2010 in News by TMC

Lloyd Banks New York rapper and G-Unit honcho Lloyd Banks has been arrested along with four other men in Ontario Canada.

Banks, real name Christopher Charles Lloyd, and four others allegedly sequestered road manager and “Canadian booking artist” Chris Hines of Chris Hines/ Ultimate Ent in a hotel near Kitchener (Ontario, Canada) where Banks was scheduled to perform.

According to accounts of the alleged incident, they assaulted Hines and left him to be rushed to hospital.

Hines suffered a few minor lacerations as well as a bruised eye and a possible head trauma.

Details will be posted as they become available
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DIE HARD Nihilistic Vision

January 9, 2010 in News by TMC

DIE HARD Sweden’s DIE HARD have unleashed their sophomore release Nihilistic Vision. The album torches you with 10 tracks of old-school thrash, bursting with solos, thunderous drumming and buzzsaw guitars.

The smell of total death will engulf you while listening to DIE HARD at maximum volume. Features Hakan Jonsson of Watain on drums.

“…old school thrash metal with a swinging set of elephant balls and a death metal attitude. Featuring members of Watain, the style owes as much to early Slayer and Venom as it does to Exodus or the Bay Area School…” – Teethofthedivine.com

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