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from BALLBANGER

35th Edition! 2-06
February/March 2006

This Issue Includes:
– 6 New Hard Talk Interviews-
-18 New HardVision DVD Reviews-
– 1 New Voice Of The Underground-
– 4 New Gut Buster Comedy Reviews-
– 1 New Haunted Happening-
– 6 New Banger Picks-
– 2 New Axebangers Profiles-
– 1 New Hard Expression-

– Also 120+ New EarDamage Reviews, Hard News, Industry Insights & more!
*Appropriate Links Below*
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Featuring Hard Talk
Interviews / Profiles with:
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-LA GUNS:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_talk/01-2006/la_guns.html

-DEADSOUL TRIBE:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_talk/01-2006/deadsoul_tribe.html

-MACK:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_talk/01-2006/mack.html

-GOREFEST:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_talk/02-2006/gorefest.html

-GOD FORBID:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_talk/02-2006/god_forbid.html

MANNTIS
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_talk/02-2006/manntis.html
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Hard Announcements:

-The Scoop: (Feb 06)
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_announcements/industry_lowdown/02-2006.html

-Audio streams from Rob Zombie & Whitesnake

-Video streams from Motley Crue, Limp Bizkit, At All Cost, Look What I
Did & Horse The Band
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HardVision- VHS / DVD Reviews:
-MOTLEY CRUE / PAT TRAVERS BAND / SPENCER DAVIS GROUP / TAKEN /
MARILLION / BRAZEN ABBOT / THUNDERS, KANE & NOLAN / SAMHAIN / EVERGREY /
ALICE COOPER / PAPA ROACH / YNGWIE MALMSTEEN / GOD SAVE THE QUEEN / IAN
HUNTER / SOLUTION 13 / UFO / QUEEN / TOP TEN PARTY SCHOOL’S

-Motley Crue:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/motley_crue.html

-Pat Travers Band:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/the_pat_travers_band.html

-Spencer Davis Group:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/the_spencer_davis_group.html

-Taken:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/taken.html

-Marillion:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/marillion.html

-Brazen Abbot:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/brazen_abbot.html

-Thunders, Kane & Nolan:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/thunders_kane_&_nolan.html

-Samhain:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/samhain.html

-Evergrey:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/evergrey.html

-Alice Cooper:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/alice_cooper.html

-Papa Roach:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/papa_roach.html

-Yngwie Malmsteen:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/yngwie_j_malmsteen.html

-God Save The Queen:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/god_save_the_queen.html

-Ian Hunter:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/ian_hunter_&_the_rant_band.html

-Solution 13:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/solution_13.html

-UFO:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/ufo.html

-Queen:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/queen.html

-Top Ten Party School:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_vision/02-2006/top_ten_party_schools_uncensored.html
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EarDamage: (Hard Reviews) Feb/Mar 06
-STEVE LUKATHER / FIGHTING WARRIORS / VOODOO SCREW MACHINE / THE LIFTERS
/ RUSSELL ALLEN / BIOLICH / MODEST & HUMBLE / DIVINE EMPIRE / FILII
NIGRANTIUM INFERNALIUM / SHADOW GALLERY / KHOLD / PENETRATOR / BRONX
CASKET COMPANY / HEWCORRUPTS / IRON MAIDEN SALUTE / SCID / INSIDIOUS
DECREPANCY / BIG D / DREAM OR NIGHTMARE / SHAME LADY / EARTHRIDE / JAMES
CHRISTIAN / CATHETER / VILE / APOLLO BRAUN / DARK FUNERAL / PETER & THE
TEST TUBE BABIES / MASTERPLAN / WOJCZECH / STARBREAKER / LUNATICA / 45
GRAVE / JADED 52 / SCUM / SO I HAD TO SHOOT HIM / DRAGONLORD / NORTH TO
EMERSON / TO THE BONE / FEMALES ON FIRE / SOURVEIN / AUSTIN BRIDGES /
V:28 / VOODOO HILL / DEADLY SIN / STRONGHOLD / ANTIQUUS / THE RELIEF
EFFORT / CONTINIUM RESEARCH PROJECT / ROBIN BECK / XYZ / DEAD SOUL TRIBE
/ LOUD-N-NASTY / WARMACHINE / RAINBOW SIX: LOCKDOWN / ARCTURUS / THE
CONSPIRACY / WHITE CROW / CONFESSOR / TAZ TAYLOR / DEADLOCK / MACK /
MIDNIGHT CIRCUS / MY INSANITY / URTO / MANTICORA / SUPERKOLLIDER / SMILE
EMPTY SOUL / KRAGENS / ZAN CLAN / ANTIGAMA / MATT KONFIRST / STREET DOGS
/ YUGGOTH / EVOLOTTO / RAZOR RIDE / STRATOVARIUS / ANUBIS GATE / JOURNEY
/ COME AND GO / ZERO HOUR / ICARUS WITCH / SATHANAS / OPPOSITION / DIREN
GRAY / HELLOWEEN / HATE PROFILE / BEYOND TWILIGHT / URIZEN / WITHER /
LIECUS / CRAFT / KILLING SPREE / ONLY NOW EXISTING / SUPER LIQUID
COURAGE / CIRCUS OF DEAD SQUIRRELS / SWITCHED / STRIDE / JEFF URSO /
VADER / ASCENSION THEORY / IGNARUS / SHAKRA / LUXT / DIVER / HORSE THE
BAND / SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM / STAINLESS / MINDFLOW / BILLION DOLLAR
BABIES / PROJECT STEIGER / SOS / DAVID EARL LEWIS / WET ANIMAL / DEVIN
TOWNSEND BAND / NOSTRADAMUS / DEGREE ABSOLUTE / ERIC GALES / HEADRUSH /
1/2 MAD POET / EARLY EMPIRE / AMERICAN DOG / SUPERMERLADO / DEEP PURPLE

http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_reviews/02-2006/index.html
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Banger Picks (Hard Suggestions)
-MOTORHEAD:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/banger_picks/01-2006/motorhead.html

-SEVENDUST:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/banger_picks/01-2006/sevendust.html

-BIOHAZARD:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/banger_picks/10-2005/biohazard.html

-TNT:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/banger_picks/01-2006/tnt.html

-ARMAGEDDON OVER WACKEN:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/banger_picks/01-2006/armageddon_over_wacken_live_2004.html

-CANVAS SOLARIS:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/banger_picks/01-2006/canvas_solaris.html
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Gut Buster (Comedy Reviews)
-BILL HICKS:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/gut_buster/01-2006/bill_hicks.html

-DANIEL TOSH:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/gut_buster/01-2006/daniel_tosh.html

-HARLAND WILLIAMS:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/gut_buster/01-2006/harland_williams.html

-INVITE THEM UP:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/gut_buster/01-2006/comedy_central_records.html
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Industry Insights:
-What To Do Immediately After Getting Radio Airplay:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/industry_insights/02-2006/radio_airplay.html
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Hard Read! (Book & Zine Reviews)
-Snaggletooth Magazine
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_read/10-2005/snaggletooth_magazine.html
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Hard Expressions
(Visions into the Metal Art World)
-Featuring NEW works of Art from RAINER KALWITZ

http://www.ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_expressions/index.html
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AxeBanger-Guitarist Profiles:
-ERIC MANTEL
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/axe_banger/01-2006/eric_mantel.html

-JEFF URSO:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/axe_banger/12-2005/jeff_urso.html
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Voice Of The Underground
(Unsigned Artist Speak Out)
-CAVEAT
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/votu/02-2006/caveat.html

-LIES:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/votu/11-2005/lies.html
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Hard Features:

-ANTHRAX:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/hard_features/10-2005/anthrax.html
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Introducing The Official Spring/Summer 2006 BallBuster Babe: -KAREN
LYNN:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/babes/karen_lynn.html

More BABES? Go Here:
http://www.ballbusterhardmusic.com/babes/index.html
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Woman In Rock:
-IRON MAIDENS:
http://ballbusterhardmusic.com/women_in_rock/06-2005/iron_maidens.html
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HAUNTED HAPPENINGS:
-GOD FORBID Vocalist BYRON DAVIS:
http://www.ballbusterhardmusic.com/haunted_happenings/index.html
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Releases & more below…
Nuff Said / Now Bang Thy Head !!!!

TEN YEARS AFTER is touring in support of the album, NOW. The band is
Ric Lee on drums, Leo Lyons on bass, Chick Churchill on keyboards and
Joe Gooch on guitar and voice.
The group is planning a few trips to the States this year! They are a
real cohesive band, that plays music with a modern edge according to
MUSIC MORSELS, and their finest studio album in years according to
Greg Prato of the ALL MUSIC GUIDE.

Ten Year After Tour Dates:
March 9 Magic Bag, Detroit
Michigan
March 10 Wilberts, Cleveland Ohio
March 11 Celtic House, Fishkill, (near
Woodstock and Poughkeepsie)
March 14 Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville, Philadelphia,
PA
March 15 BB Kings, NYC
USA
March 16 Johnny D’s, Boston,
MA
March 17 Jaxx, West Springfield, VA March 18
Moondogs Pittsburgh, PA
www.tenyearsafternow.com
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MEGAHERZ – set to release latest effort “5” in USA on 2-21-2006… Feb
2005 – After the great waves of success in 2001 and 2002, hundreds of
European music publications including ROCK HARD and KERRANG described
MEGAHERZ as one of the most important representatives of German modern
rock & industrial metal music. After two years of preparation and
intensive song writing, the German superstars MEGAHERZ are ready to
unleash their fifth album entitled “5” upon the United States through
Eclipse Records (the mighty indie best known for launching Mushroomhead,
Scum of the Earth & Bobaflex to success). – With their new single “Gott
Sein ’04” the band has redefined their sound and musical vision as more
dynamic, more vivid, and better than ever before. Produced by Ralph
Quick (Die Happy, H-BlockX, etc.), the album “5” was recorded in the
Lundgaard Studios in Denmark. The outcome is an outstanding album that
satisfies even the most difficult-to-please listeners ? somewhere
between industrial metal, modern rock, and electronica, with pummeling
grooves. An album that rocks and speeds along, in the vein of RAMMSTEIN,
but also one that doesn’t ignore the sensitive, down-tempo ballads. ?5?
sets the new standard for industrial metal by which all will be judged
by…

Track listing is as follows:
1. Dein Herz Schlagt
2. G?ich
3. Ja Genau
4. Gott Sein ’04
5. Wann Wirst du Gehn?
6. Mach Dich Frei
7. Eigentlich
8. Zeig Mir, Dein Gesicht
9. Ebbe & Flut
10. K omm R?Schattenland)
11. Weiter
12. Es Tut Weh
13. Augenblick
More information can be found at www.eclipserecords.com
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WICKED WISDOM Set To Release New Self titled Album on February 21, Also,
On Tour With Sevendust.

The invitation to perform at Ozzfest 2005 came at a perfect time for the
band Wicked Wisdom who had an amazing summer on the tour. Now, WW is set
to release their self titled debut on 100% Womon Records & Suburban
Noize Records on February 21, 2006.

More than two years ago Wicked Wisdom set out on a fearless journey to
create music that defies boundaries and convention. Fronted by lead
singer Jada Pinkett Smith, Wicked Wisdom gives birth to a sound
unconventional and confined in any single genre. Seamlessly fusing the
screaming guitars of heavy rock, driving drums of speed metal and
unmistakably locked grooves of funk, with a melodic vocal style; that is
fierce and vulnerable.
When Wicked Wisdom’s Pocket Honore tuned down his Guitar and started
writing new material with recent addition Cameron Graves A.K.A. Young
Beige, the two realized they were creating a truly explosive sound. This
new sound combined with Smith’s searingly honest and revealing vocals
proved the band was on the right path. The addition of Fishbone founding
member Phillip “Fish” Fisher on the drums pushed the sound even deeper.
Bass player Rio Lawrence’s extreme stage presence can only be topped by
his ability to fly through his booming bass riffs with an easy
aggression. Rhythm Guitarist and keyboard player Cameron Graves plays
the crucial role of maintaining this band’s hard melody while
accompanying Pocket’s wild guitar style.

It was not long before the Wicked Wisdom live show garnered major buzz
and caught the attention of influential ears, including Ozzfest tour
organizer Sharon Osbourne. Mistress of Ceremonies Sharon Osbourne boldly
states, “I went to see Wicked Wisdom play last April in a tiny (Los
Angeles) club at midnight. Let me tell you, I was blown away. When you
see and hear Jada with her band it’s apparent that she has nothing but
love and respect for this genre of music. I totally respect that the
band wants to pay their dues playing the second stage on Ozzfest.”

Wicked Wisdom is: Jada Pinkett Smith (vocals), Pocket Honore (lead
guitar), Phillip “Fish” Fisher (drums), Rio Lawrence (bass guitar),
Cameron Graves (rhythm guitar & keys)

Tour dates are as follows:

2/3 Club Fever – South Bend, IN
2/4 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
2/5 Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
2/9 The Warehouse – Springfield, IL
2/10 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
2/12 The Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI
2/14 Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
2/16 Big Easy – Boise, ID
2/17 Big Easy Concert House – Spokane, WA 2/18 The Premier – Seattle, WA
2/19 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
2/21 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
2/24 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
2/25 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
2/28 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
3/2 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
3/3 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
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JOHN-5’S NEW BAND LOSER
ON TOUR WITH STAIND

FORMER MANSON FAMILY SHREDDER GOES ON HIS OWN SEE ‘LOSER’ LIVE OUT WITH
STAIND FOR LIMITED USA SHOWS

“John 5 is an underrated guitar Giant.
It’s rare to hear a musician fuse various styles and create a unique
blend and brand all his own. It takes balls but that’s what’s needed
to be truly original.” Steve Vai

HOLLYWOOD- John 5 is best known for his tour-of-duty with the
controversial Marylin Manson. “I had a great run with Marilyn Manson. It
was a lot of fun and it was a really great experience, but I’ve got a
lot of other stuff going on. I’m busier now than I was on tour,”
explains John5. A lot of stuff going on indeed.

John5 launches is new band LOSER to the public on Island/Def Jam Records
this coming May.

Show Listings:
Wed
02/08/06
North Charleston, SC

Centre Stage @ The Plex
Thu
02/09/06
Atlanta, GA

Tabernacle
Tue
02/14/06
Springfield, MO

Shrine Mosque
Wed
02/15/06
Oklahoma City, OK

Coca Cola Bricktown Event Center
Fri
02/17/06
Sioux City, IA

Orpheum Theatre
Sat
02/18/06
La Crosse, WI

La Crosse Center
Sun
02/19/06
Maplewood, MN

Myth
Wed
02/22/06
Portland, ME
State Theatre
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FORMER SPINESHANK VOCALIST JONNY SANTOS RESURFACES IN SILENT CIVILIAN

FORMER SPINESHANK VOCALIST JONNY SANTOS RESURFACES IN SILENT CIVILIAN!
DEBUT ALBUM ‘REBIRTH OF THE TEMPLE’
DUE APRIL 18TH ON MEDIASKARE RECORDS
TOUR W/ NOTHINGFACE BEGINS FEBRUARY 11TH

Coming out of the SGV in California, SILENT CIVILIAN is set to release
their debut album ‘REBIRTH OF THE TEMPLE’ on April 18th through
MEDIASKARE RECORDS. Produced and mixed by former Machine Head guitarist
Logan Mader, the album is set to breathe new air into the current new
wave of American metal. Four tracks from the album, “Rebirth Of The
Temple”, “The Song Remains Un-Named”, “Divided”, and “Falling Down”, can
now be heard online at www.myspace.com/silentcivilian and
www.purevolume.com/silentcivilian.

SILENT CIVILIAN was formed by JONNY SANTOS, who is best known for his
work as the vocalist/songwriter in the Grammy nominated metal band
Spineshank. After selling 1,000,000 records worldwide, SANTOS chose to
leave Spineshank in January of 2004. With SANTOS feeling the need to
resurface in another band to feed his appetite for brutal metal, SILENT
CIVILIAN was born. Being a veteran of the music industry and
understanding the pressure to be commercially accepted, JONNY decided to
go back to his metal roots and create a monster that would have no
boundary or restrictions when it came to the music. Joining SANTOS
(vocals/guitar) are TIM MANKOWSKI (guitar), HENNO (bass), and CHRIS MORA
(drums).

With a music video directed by Scott Culver (Yellowcard, Mikoto, Hit The
Lights) already completed for the title track from the album and
national touring being lined up, 2006 is shaping up to be a huge year
for SILENT CIVILIAN. To kick things off, the band will be hitting the
road with Nothingface beginning February 11th.

Welcome to the crushing world of Silent Civilian. This is metal.

TOUR DATES
w/ Nothingface
2/11 Towson, MD – Recher Theatre
2/12 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
2/14 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
2/16 Nashville, TN – The Muse
2/17 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
2/18 Winston Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
2/23 Battle Creek, MI – Planet Rock
2/24 Traverse City, MI – Streeter’s
2/25 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
2/26 Kent, OH – Screwy Louie’s
2/28 Bedford, NH – Mark’s Showplace
3/01 Bedford, NH – Mark’s Showplace
3/02 Farmingdale, NY – Crazy Donkey
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PROSTHETIC RECORDS SET TO RELEASE DELUXE VERSION OF LAMB OF GOD DEBUT On
April 4, 2006 Prosthetic Records is proud to announce a deluxe reissuing
of LAMB OF GOD’s influential and highly-lauded debut album, New American
Gospel.

Since the original release of Lamb Of God’s “New American Gospel” the
face of American metal and metal music as a whole, as fact, has by no
means been the same. Never ones to sacrifice underground credibility
and a bludgeoning sound for commercial success, LAMB OF GOD instead
brought success to the metal underground, opening the doors for their
contemporaries and inspiring a legion of up-and-coming bands along the
way. Quickly transforming from a group of Richmond, Virginia metalheads
into one of heavy metal’s most admired and influential bands of the last
decade, LAMB OF GOD is now a living testament to the old motto “a little
hard work goes a long way,” and New American Gospel was only the
beginning.

Remastered and repackaged with four bonus tracks, exclusive liner notes
from the band, and the video for the proven classic “Black Label,”
alongside a re-imaging facelift from longtime band collaborator Ken
Adams, LAMB OF GOD’s now famous debut album finally gets the treatment
it deserves in 2006. The music on New American Gospel has quickly become
both essential and classic metal material, having already helped to
revitalize and re-inspire a once stale American metal scene and assist
in usher in this decade’s New Wave of American Heavy Metal and forever
leaving its mark on the worldwide metal scene. With the band’s brand of
death-influenced thrash metal with hardcore grooves, and a plethora of
devastating live shows through the band’s diehard work ethic, LAMB OF
GOD continues to wave the flag for uncompromisingly heavy music, even
half a decade after the band’s breakthrough album.

After the trail Lamb of God blazed with their Epic Records debut “Ashes
of the Wake”, never has there been a better time to unsheathe this
long-deserved, updated take on a new American metal classic to the
hordes of heavy music fans that have, since the release of New American
Gospel half a decade ago, been inspired by the revolutionary and
scene-leading band LAMB OF GOD has become today.
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SWEDEN ROCK FEST
SIX NEW BANDS CONFIRMED!
DRAGONFORCE(UK)
The British melodic metal scene has been small to non-existant for quite
some time now. The only real exception is Dragonforce, who miraculously
have made it to the big league on their home turf in just a few years
time. Musically, they are often compared to bands like Stratovarius and
Sonata Arctica, although Dragonforce serve their brand of
neo-classically influenced power metal at such warp speeds that they are
likely to have reached the speed limits of what is humanly possibly to
perform. Their greatest virtues, however, are their explosive
stageshows.
A string of technical difficulties and a last minute line-up change
sabotaged the bands SRF 2003 performance and later visits to the country
have also been troubled by what seems like a Swedish curse. Hopefully
that curse has been lifted in early June?

ONSLAUGHT(UK)
Many British bands were influenced by the American thrash metal movement
in the 80´s but only Onslaught really measured up to the overseas
competition. The band released the thrash classics “Power From Hell” and
“The Force” in 1985 and 1986 respectively (the latter aruably being the
band’s magnum opus to date) and both records seemed to have drawn heavy
inspiration from bands like Slayer and Possessed. A big record label
decided to put some muscle behind the band, who mellowed down to a sound
somewhere between Megadeth and Judas Priest for their 1989 album “In
Search of Sanity”, but the venture never quite took off and the group
disbanded the following year. Fifteen years on, the band is reformed in
its original line-up (well, almost), have been touring the past
fall/winter and have a new studio album coming out sometime in 2006.

BONFIRE(D)
German band Bonfire – who previously released two LP:s as Cacumen –
ranks among the finest, and most successful representatives of European
“hair metal” in the late 80s. Albums such as “Fire Works” and “Point
Blank” were also successful in Sweden, and the combined sales of the
group’s efforts surpass six million copies. Like so many of their peers
they had to suffer through the hardened conditions for this type of
music during the 90s, but the band have remained active for most of the
time until this day. In 2006, Bonfire celebrate the 20th anniversary of
their debut album, and also of their first visit in Sweden, supporting
ZZ Top. So there will be double cause for celebration when the Germans
(fronted, as always, by vocalist Claus Lessmann) enter the stage at the
SRF to perform songs from the new album “Double X” as well as –
obviously – a multitude of classic tracks.

NASTY IDOLS(S)
Hailing from Malmö in southern Sweden, Nasty Idols was spawned when
Andy Pierce and Dick Qwarfort decided to form a Swedish answer to
Mötley Crüe. Armed with scarfs, make-up, hairspray, hard riffs and
anthemic singalongs the made a reputation for themselves as Sweden´s
wildest rock band in the late 80´s and early 90´s. The released the
albums “Gigolos on Parole”, “Cruel Intention” and “Vicious” before a
bunch of depressed kids from Seattle re-drew the musical map and killed
everything even remotely related to the previous decade. Now the tides
have turned again and just in time for the release of the summing up of
the band’s career so far, “The Swedish Sleaze Collection”, the Nasty
Idols are reforming!

NEIL TURBIN’S DEATHRIDERS(US)
Recognise the name? Neil Turbin is, of course, the man who sang on
“Fistful of Metal”, the 1983 debut album of New York’s finest thrashers
– Anthrax. He also co-wrote a number of songs that wound up on the bands
“Armed and Dangerous” and “Spreading the Disease” releases, but has kept
a low profile since. Now Neil is back with a new band and in an e-mail
to the festival office he vows a setlist made out of material from his
Anthrax days mixed with songs from his new band’s upcoming album “A Fate
Worse Than Death”, which has been described as a mixture of thrash,
power metal and classic hard rock.

HOUSE OF SHAKIRA(S)
A truly classy act from the heavier end of the AOR spectrum which for
some reason has had more eyebrows raised in southern Europe and by the
music press than among the record buying public in their native Sweden.
You should definitely check them out though, especially if you are
consider Journey to be one of the most exciting acts on this years
line-up and have nothing against occasional experiments with, say,
African rythms. This Stockholm outfit celebrates their fifteenth
anniversary this year, among other things with a brand new live-DVD
which they hope will win over some of their reluctant countrymen.
Perhaps they will manage to persuade a few at Sweden Rock Festival as
well – House of Shakira has a reputation for being an outstanding live
act, you see.

PREVIOUS CONFIRMED BANDS:
DEEP PURPLE(UK)
WHITESNAKE(UK)
JOURNEY (US)
VENOM (UK)
CELTIC FROST (CH)
W.A.S.P. (US)
KROKUS (CH)
GAMMARAY (D)
JEFF HEALEY BAND (CAN)
STRYPER (US)
CACTUS (US)
GEORGE THOROGOOD & The Destroyers (US)
THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND (UK)
CATHEDRAL (UK)
MOLLY HATCHET (US)
ANVIL (CAN)
DORO (D)
THE SWEET (UK)
EASY ACTION (S)
NEVERMORE (US)
METAL CHURCH (US)
EVERGREY (S)
FROM BEHIND (S/UK/US)
BLITZKRIEG (UK)
LORD BELIAL (S)
FIREWIND (GR/S)
JADED HEART (D)
RAISE HELL (S)
THE STORYTELLER (S)

SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 8-10 JUNE 2006
More information about the bands, tickets etc. at our eminent homepage:
www.swedenrock.com

Sweden Rock Festival
Norjebokevägen 2
294 76 Sölvesborg
Sweden
Tel: 0456-317 95
Fax: 0456-317 94
===
THE HELLACOPTERS TO LAND IN AMERICA ON MARCH 6 Three-week U.S. tour with
Nebula is Swedish rock quintet’s first in four years International rock
superstars The Hellacopters – whose acclaimed new album, Rock & Roll
Is Dead, is now available – will soon return to America for their
first U.S. tour in four years. The three-week jaunt, which features
Liquor and Poker Music labelmates Nebula on all dates and New Zealand’s
The Datsuns on a select few, kicks off in Chicago on March
6. It also includes a performance alongside fellow Scandinavian rockers
Turbonegro at South By Southwest, an annual music industry event held
each spring in Austin, Texas.

The Hellacopters – who will find out next week if they’ve earned
another Swedish Grammy Award, this time in the category “Best Rock Group
Of The Year” – have toured their home continent with the likes of
Kiss, The Rolling Stones and The Foo Fighters, and upon the European
release of Rock & Roll Is Dead last summer, they immediately embarked on
six months’ worth of overseas touring. Released Jan. 24, the American
version of the album features two bonus tracks not found on any other
version, as well as bonus music video clips for international hit
singles “I’m In The Band” and “Everything’s On T.V.” Nebula, meanwhile,
will embark on the first tour in support of new album Apollo (street
date: Feb. 21), the L.A. power trio’s fourth full-length. Produced by
Daniel Rey (Ramones, Misfits, L7), the album – which sees the addition
of new bassist Tom Davies – features a bonus bootleg video of new song
“Future Days” recorded during a recent Japanese tour. The group has
previously toured with Mastodon, Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity and
Mudhoney, among others.

The Hellacopters with Nebula (* and The Datsuns) March
6 Chicago, IL – Double Door March
7 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue March
8 Philadelphia, PA – Khyber (also w/
Bad Wizard, Rye Coalition)
March 9 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
March 10 New York, NY – Bowery
Ballroom*
March 11 Boston, MA – Axis*
March 12 Washington, D.C. – Black
Cat*
March 13 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
March 15 Dallas, TX – Lizard Lounge
March 16 Houston, TX – Meridian
March 17 San Antonio, TX – Sanctuary
March 18 Austin, TX – Emo’s (SXSW, w/
Turbonegro)*
March 20 Denver, CO – Bluebird
March 21 Salt Lake City, UT – Club
Sound
March 22 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
March 23 San Diego, CA – Casbah
March 24 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
March 25 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
===
SUPERCHRIST to Release First Single

Chicago’s self-described heavy metal derelicts SUPERCHRIST will be
releasing their first-ever single in March through Famine Records.
Featuring two brand-new songs (“Ladycutter” and “Baby Blood”), the 7″
vinyl release is said to be a preview of the direction of the band’s
upcoming fifth album, Headbanger, which is due later in 2006.

Listen to the song “Ladycutter” at this location:
http://www.superchrist.net/mp3/Ladycutter.mp3

SUPERCHRIST recently parted ways with longtime guitarist Hank
Bitchlover, who is rumored to have been incarcerated in the meantime.
Hank’s last performance with SUPERCHRIST was on October 28, 2005, when
the band played a set of Motörhead covers that included the entire
Overkill album. No information is available regarding his replacement.
www.SUPERCHRIST.net
faminerecords666@aol.com
===
CRASH MUSIC SIGNS LIVERPOOL’S TWIN METHOD PHOENIX, ARIZONA -Crash Music,
Inc. announces that they have signed UK progressive metal act Twin
Method to a four-album deal.

There¹s no denying the fact that Twin Method is a band that will leave
a
lasting impression, both musically and visually. Based out of Liverpool,
England, the band recently finished recording at Audio Lab Studio in Los
Angeles with producer/engineer Logan Mader (Machine Head) for their soon
to
be released Crash Music debut album “The Volume of Self”.

The album, featuring such mesmerizing tracks as “The Abrasive”
‘Flawless’
and ‘Fake’, takes a lyrical stanceSor better said a lyrical attack
on
people. According to lyricist/vocalist Jason, “I generally write
about
people who do things without thinking and cause problems for
othersSBasically, people who are idiots!” Twin Method¹s debut album
“The Volume of Self” is to be released May 30, 2006, and followed by a
US tour. With a unique sound and look and a high-energy live show
that is visually over the top, expect nothing but greatness to come form
these Liverpool lads.

For Fans of Linkin Park, Mudvayne and Prodigy, this band is for you!
Crash Music is distributed in the U.S. by Caroline Distribution and has
offices in France and Germany that handle the European territories
through
Crash Music Europe.

For more information contact
www.crashmusicinc.com
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