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  • Blabbermouth reports American metallers STEEL PROPHET will release their long-awaited new album, "Omniscient", next year via Cruz Del Sur Music, both on compact disc and vinyl formats.  STEEL PROPHET needs no introduction to the heavy metal world: with a long history, the band is particularly known for the technical and versatile guitar work of founding member Steve Kachinsky Blakmoor. And let's not forget the soaring vocals of Rick Mythiasin, who has returned to sing with STEEL PROPHET for the first time since 2002's "Unseen" album.  "Omniscient" is a conceptual, science-fiction-themed album, with a heavy dose of unusual philosophies and ideas, that will appeal to all fans of STEEL PROPHET's early works, especially the "Dark Hallucinations" period. This new album will have a visually outstanding package that will read like a graphic novel to highlight the story that underlines the music.  "Omniscient" will be released in June 2014 to coincide with STEEL PROPHET's planned return to Europe after their successful 2013 headlining show at the German cult festival Keep It True.


  • Blabbermouth reports Swedish female-fronted sleaze/hard rock quartet VANITY BLVD has completed work on its second full-length album, "Wicked Temptation", for an early 2014 release via Noisehead Records.  Recorded at Deep Blue Studios with producer Nicko Di Marino (STEELWING) and mastered at Black Lounge Studios by Jonas Kjellgren (AMORPHIS, PAIN, OVERKILL), the CD contains 11 tracks of "high-octane hard rock deeply rooted in the late '80s Sunset Boulevard sound, all driven forth by the energetic and charismatic frontlady Anna Savage," according to a press release.

    "Wicked Temptation" track listing:

    01. Dirty Rat
    02. Miss Dangerous
    03. Do or Die
    04. Hot Teaser
    05. Had Enough
    06. Soulshaker
    07. Scream Out
    08. Thrills in the Night
    09. Falling Down
    10. Desperate Heart
    11. Dirty Action


  • Blabbermouth reports six months after it was announced that PHENOMENA — the rock project formed by record producer Tom Galley, would make its first-ever live appearance at next year's edition of the Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 4-7, 2014 in Sölvesborg, Sweden — the event's organizers have released the following statement:  "We regret to inform you that there will be no PHENOMENA concert at Sweden Rock Festival 2014.  "Our contract for PHENOMENA's appearance at Sweden Rock, which was signed by the person who sold us the show, clearly states that a specific lineup would be participating. Unfortunately, it has come to our knowledge that, contrary to our what we were previously led to believe, no deals between the PHENOMENA representative and some of these specific artists were ever finalized, and a couple of these key performers have let us know that they will not be able to participate. We have also been made aware that two different parties are claiming to own the rights to the name PHENOMENA, and that the person who signed the deal with us may not have had the right to do so. In the light of all this, we have decided to cancel the PHENOMENA concert.  "We deeply regret having to make this decision, but we feel that these musicians are such a vital part of this project that it would not be right to our audience to let the show go on without them.  "If a PHENOMENA live show with a relevant cast, that can be verified independently by all parties involved, is put together in the future, we will naturally do what we can to give our audience the chance to see PHENOMENA then instead."  PHENOMENA's concert at Sweden Rock Festival was originally slated to include guest appearances by Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), John Norum (EUROPE) and Neil Murray (BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE).  The story began in the year 1983 when Tom Galley wrote a couple of short stories with a transcendental background. Backed by record label Bronze, the recordings for the album "Phenomena" started soon which finally hit the stores in 1985. Besides the extraordinary concept story, both musicianship and the names involved with the project are highlights to mention. Names such as Glenn Hughes, drum legend Cozy Powell (RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE), Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE), Neil Murray — the elite of the British hard rock scene — had joined the project. "Phenomena" received high critical acclaim in the press and extremely good sales.  The second PHENOMENA album, "Phenomena II - Dream Runner", was released in 1987 and was welcomed with a similarly warm response. The musicians around the Galley brothers had changed slightly, so that this album in the end featured contributions from Ray Gillen (BADLANDS, BLACK SABBATH), John Wetton (ASIA), Scott Gorham (THIN LIZZY) and Max Bacon (GTR), amongst others.  With new label Parachute involved, in 1991 the time was right for "final part" of the conceptional story; "Phenomena III - Inner Visions". Besides Brian May (QUEEN) and Keith Murrell (AIRRACE), you'll here also find performances by Michael Sturgis (A-HA) and Scott Gorham (THIN LIZZY). "The Complete Works" were released in a triple fold-out digipack by Escape Music.  However, the PHENOMENA concept continued in 2006 under the banner "PsychoFantasy", which strictly follows the traditions of its three predecessors. Besides the concept story background, you will once again will find a whole bunch of amazing artists performing on this record: Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH), Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE), Keith Murrell (MAMA'S BOYS) and Mel Galley (WHITESNAKE, TRAPEZE).  In September 2010, a new chapter began with a whole host of musicians, and "Blind Faith" was born to explosive effect. With new vocalists like Robin Beck, Terry Brock (STRANGEWAYS) and Rob Moratti (SAGA), a whole new world was unveiled and the concept became so fresh again. The rock audience once more were thrilled to hear the latest in this timeless story.  In 2012, PHENOMENA released "Awakening", an album chock-full of new ideas and featuring James Christian (HOUSE OF LORDS), Lee Small (SHY) and Toby Hitchcock (PRIDE OF LIONS) as well as familiar faces like Rob Moratti, Terry Brock and Mike DiMeo. Powerful songs executed by some of the finest rock musicians make this a hugely enjoyable album and it boasts a fine production from Tom Galley and Martin Kronlund.


  • Blabbermouth reports Hungarian extreme metallers EKTOMORF will release their new album, "Retribution", on January 31, 2014 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2012's "Black Flag" is described in a press release as a "first-class fist-in-your-face album, displaying heavy grooves and sheer power in the best of ways. Refining and bringing things to perfection was the goal, and this has been achieved impressively."  On the song "Numb And Sick", EKTOMORF welcomes ILL NINO vocalist Cristian Machado as a guest, and his duet with Zoltán "Zoli" Farkas gives another new flavor to a record that clearly points out that EKTOMORF, even 20 years after its foundation in 1993, is still a raging, energetic force with the intensity of a bulldozer.  "Retribution" was again mixed and mastered by the band's longtime producer Tue Madsen (Antfarm Studios).

    "Retribution" track listing:

    01. You Can’t Control Me
    02. Ten Plagues
    03. Face Your Fear
    04. Escape
    05. Who The Fuck Are You
    06. Numb And Sick
    07. Lost And Destroyed
    08. Souls Of Fire
    09. I Hate You
    10. Watch Me
    11. Mass Ignorance
    12. Save Me
    13. Whisper
    14. Collapsed Bridge

    EKTOMORF's lyrics reflect this situation and deal with discrimination, society, pain and anger but show a strong will to survive and overcome all problems. Their music combines the burning fire of the primal gypsy music with modern elements: groovy, downtuned guitar riffs and aggressive drums, supplemented by powerful and raw screaming vocals became their trademarks.





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  • Classic Rock reports some of the best moments from Hard Rock Hell 7 in Wales over the weekend, starring Black Star Riders, Skindred, Michael Monroe, Airbourne, Phil Campbell and more


  • Billboard reports A Perfect Circle's best-of collection "Nice, Nostalgic Walk Down Memory Lane," guitarist says


  • Billboard posts an article on "Hava Nagila"



  • Blabbermouth posts video of "Behind The Ink" with I Killed The Prom Queen


  • Blabbermouth posts audio samples of the entire Mastic Scum album "CTRL"


  • Blabbermouth posts album trailers from Darkology, "Fated To Burn"




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