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STRATOVARIUS: 'Elysium' Collector's Edition Detailed

Pure Rock Newswire


Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS will release their thirteenth full-length studio album, "Elysium", in Asia on January 12, 2011 via JVC and in the rest of the world on January 14, 2011 through earMUSIC/Edel. A single with two new songs will be released on November 26 to coincide with the start of the "7 Sinners World Tour" on which STRATOVARIUS will join HELLOWEEN as very special guests — kicking off the same day at the Szene in Vienna, Austria.

The following tracks will be part of the single:

* Darkest Hours (from the upcoming album "Elysium")
* Infernal Maze (from the upcoming album "Elysium")
* Darkest Hours (demo version)
* Against The Wind (live recording, Sofia, Bulgaria)
* Black Diamond (live recording, Göteborg, Sweden)

"Elysium" will be released as a regular CD; a deluxe digipak edition with bonus track; a "collector's edition" (featuring two exclusive bonus tracks on a seven-inch single); and on vinyl.

"Elysium" collector's edition track listing:

Disc 1:

01. Darkest Hours
02. Under Flaming Skies
03. Infernal Maze
04. Fairness Justified
05. The Game Never Ends
06. Lifetime In A Moment
07. Move The Mountain
08. Event Horizon
09. Elysium

Disc 2:

01. Darkest Hours (Demo)
02. Under Flaming Skies (Demo)
03. Infernal Maze (Demo)
04. Fairness Justified (Demo)
05. The Game Never Ends (Demo)
06. Lifetime In A Moment (Demo)
07. Move The Mountain (Demo)
08. Event Horizon (Demo)
09. Elysium (Demo)

7" single:

A. Last Shore
B. Hallowed

The cover artwork was created by Gyula Havancsák and can be viewed below.

"Polaris", the 2009 comeback album from STRATOVARIUS, was reissued as a two-CD digipak on May 21 via earMUSIC/Edel. In addition to the original album, the package includes a bonus disc containing 75 minutes of live material recorded during the "Polaris" tour and spanning the band's entire history.

STRATOVARIUS' first CD since the departure of guitar player and main composer Timo Tolkki, "Polaris" was released in the U.S. in May 2009 via Armoury Records (a division of Eagle Rock Entertainment).

STRATOVARIUS' latest addition is 27-year-old Finnish guitar phenomenon Matias Kupiainen. Drummer Jörg Michael said, "In Matias we found new character who fits perfectly with his way of melodic guitar shredding. He is a killer player, a 'wunderkind' from Finland!"


Timo Kotipelto - Vocals
Matias Kupiainen - Guitars
Lauri Porra - Bass
Jörg Michael - Drums
Jens Johansson - Keyboards











WENDY DIO Says HEAVEN & HELL Should Carry On Under Different Name

Pure Rock Newswire

Wendy Dio, the wife/manager of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, has told VH1 Radio that she encourages the surviving members of HEAVEN & HELLTony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice — to work together again under a different moniker.

"I don't know what they're doing right now," she said. "I know that Geezer's been asked several times, and he's just ... he took it very hard. I don't really know what they're doing right now. They should do something else, with Vinny, too. I mean, the band was amazing, an amazing band and they should carry on to do something. It won't be called HEAVEN & HELL but whatever they call it, it will be great, it will be amazing."

On July 24, 2010, Iommi, Butler and Appice performed at the High Voltage festival at Victoria Park in London, England as a tribute to their fallen bandmate, Ronnie James Dio. They were joined festival by legendary former DEEP PURPLE and BLACK SABBATH man Glenn Hughes and Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande, who sings for power metallers MASTERPLAN and recently released his own tribute to Ronnie.

The setlist was as follows (vocalist for each track listed in parenthesis):

01. The Mob Rules (Jorn Lande)
02. I (Jorn Lande)
03. Country Girl (Glenn Hughes)
04. Children Of The Sea (Glenn Hughes)
05. Turn Up The Night (Jorn Lande)
06. Voodoo (Jorn Lande)
07. Bible Black (Glenn Hughes)
08. Falling Off The Edge Of The World (Glenn Hughes)
09. Die Young (Jorn Lande)
10. Heaven And Hell (Jorn Lande, Glenn Hughes)
11. Neon Knights (Jorn Lande, Glenn Hughes, Philip Anselmo)

Check out a professional photo gallery from Express & Star.




SPV Announces New A&R Partnership With DEREK OLIVER

Pure Rock Newswire

SPV has announced that veteran A&R executive Derek Oliver will join forces with the label effective immediately. This alliance signifies yet another positive step forward for the company following a period of consolidation and restructuring that denotes a renewed commitment to expanding SPV's presence in the international market.

Working closely with SPV's Hannover, Germany-based operational headquarters, Derek will contribute his successfully proven A&R activity in addition to communicating to the global artistic community opportunities that now exist with the label. Based in London, Derek will focus on working with established artists looking to broaden their appeal by plugging into the infrastructure of one of the last truly comprehensively independent rock record labels in Europe.

Commencing his career as a music journalist with the Melody Maker and later Kerrang!, Derek relocated to the USA in 1989 to work in A&R for several labels, including Atlantic, Atco, East West, Elektra and Roadrunner, signing and working with a number of acts, including DREAM THEATER, PANTERA, BETTER THAN EZRA, THE REMBRANDTS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, AC/DC, BAD COMPANY and THE CULT. Derek is also the owner of highly respected rock reissue label Rock Candy Records.

SPV General Manager Frank Uhle comments: "With Derek we have found a well respected and experienced insider who still retains a deep passion for music — something that is quite unique in this business. Derek joining the SPV family will help to strengthen and expand our A&R skills and bridge the gap between classic rock and cutting-edge metal."

Derek Oliver states: "I'm very excited by the opportunity of working with SPV and in particular executives Frank Uhle and Olly Hahn, who have proved to be dynamic and forward thinking pillar's of strength in an organization that I truly believe is well placed to meet the great challenges of our industry ahead."





SYSTEM OF A DOWN Comeback Tour Announcement Expected On Monday

Pure Rock Newswire

SYSTEM OF A DOWN's much-rumored comeback/reunion tour is expected to be announced on Monday, November 29, along with details of several European festival appearances in 2011, including the U.K.'s Download.

When asked by a fan via Twitter if there is any truth to reports that SYSTEM OF A DOWN will play next year's Download festival, SYSTEM bassist Shavo Odadjian replied, "Stay tuned."

Download festival organizer Andy Copping revealed that Download 2011 early-bird tickets will go on sale on December 3. Writing on his Twitter, Copping said, "Christmas comes early! Download 2011 early bird tickets on sale 9 a.m. Friday 3rd December 2010. There will be more Download info [on November 29]. Please…any specific questions about bands being announced, ticket prices, RIP, length of time for early birds etc. will be answered November 29."

According to the official blog of Francis Zégut, host of the show "Pop Rock Station" on the French radio station RTL2, SYSTEM OF A DOWN will perform at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy in Paris, France on June 6, 2011. This is expected to be one of many gigs the reunited band will play in Europe during next summer's festival season.

When asked about the possibility of a full-blown SYSTEM reunion during an August 2010 interview with The Pulse of Radio, singer Serj Tankian replied, "Shavo got married like two months ago, we were all at his wedding, and you know, we all talk, we're friends, nothing's changed, and we get offers to play shows, tours, whatever, and we discuss them once in a while. We have not made any decisions as of yet as to what we're gonna do. But when we do, it'll be quite obvious."

(A short audio clip of Serj Tankian talking to The Pulse of Radio about SYSTEM OF A DOWN's status is available at this location [Real Media].)

Meanwhile, Odadjian himself said in a recent interview with Hustler magazine that SYSTEM went on an "indefinite break" to save the band from splitting up permanently.

Odadjian explained, "We won a Grammy and we had two number one records. We were making a lot of loot [money]. Then some people within the group of four brothers started seeing things differently . . . and their actions made the reactions of others pretty unbrotherly-like."

The bass player added, "All of a sudden band members are having problems financially. . . . [and] fighting about, 'I want my style of music to be this and that.' I love them. They're my brothers, but I couldn't see my brothers digging into each other's pockets and killing each other's artistic creativity."

Odadjian said that the band members vowed to come back "when we again have the hunger and the fire in our eyes that we did when we started SYSTEM OF A DOWN."

SYSTEM OF A DOWN has been on hiatus since 2006 while its members have pursued various personal projects. Tankian released his first solo album, "Elect The Dead", in 2007 and a follow-up effort, "Imperfect Harmonies", earlier this year, while bassist Shavo Odadjian recorded with members of the WU-TANG CLAN and launched a new online music initiative. Meanwhile, guitarist Daron Malakian started a new band called SCARS ON BROADWAY, also featuring SYSTEM drummer John Dolmayan.











PANTERA: 'Ultimate Edition' Of 'Cowboys From Hell' Out Now; Complete Details


Released on November 22, the "Ultimate Edition" of of PANTERA's "Cowboys From Hell" album includes custom artwork and a 60-page booklet with rare photos, expanded liner notes and replicas from the "Cowboys" era as listed below.

* New Year's Puke Party T-Shirt – Designed By Dimebag Darrell (XL)
* "We're Takin' Over This Town" Flyer Reproduction (8 1/2" x 11")
* "It's Up To You/Censorship" Flyer Reproduction (8 1/2" x 11")
* Arcadio Theatre Poster Reproduction (11" x 17")
* "Cowboys From Hell Fucking Hostile" Button
* "All Access Tour Pass '90" Fabric Sticker
* "Cowboys From Hell" Texas Guest Laminated Pass
* "U.S. Tour '91" All-Access Laminated Pass
* Ticket Reproduction, June 14, 1991

PANTERA found its growl and groove on "Cowboys From Hell", a landmark album whose bone-powdering intensity, razor-sharp riffing and pummeling rhythmic assault represented a turning point in modern metal when it was released in 1990. More than just PANTERA's major label debut, many consider this album to be the official debut of the PANTERA lineup with singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown.

To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of "Cowboys From Hell", Rhino has put together a three-disc "Ultimate Edition," a three-disc "Deluxe Edition," and a two-disc "Expanded Edition." All three editions include a newly remastered version of the original album along with unreleased and rare live performances from the "Cowboys From Hell" tour. The "Ultimate" and "Deluxe" editions also feature a disc of unreleased demos for nearly every album track, plus, "The Will To Survive", a previously unreleased song recorded during the album's sessions.

The "Deluxe" and "Expanded" editions of "Cowboys From Hell" were released September 14 at all retail outlets, including
and . The "Deluxe Edition" is available for a suggested list price of $29.98 (physical) and $17.99 (digital) and the "Expanded Edition" for $19.98 (physical) and $12.99 (digital).

Along with the remastered version of "Cowboys From Hell", all three sets include a disc of live music recorded during the tour for the album. It begins with seven unreleased performances from PANTERA's September 15, 1990 appearance at the Foundations Forum metal convention in California, a show recorded for radio broadcast but never released commercially. The remainder of the disc contains the five-song EP "Alive And Hostile", a collection of performances recorded in 1991 at the Monsters of Rock festival in Moscow that was previously available only in Australia as part of a 1994 boxed set.

The "Ultimate" and "Deluxe" editions of "Cowboys From Hell" include a third disc that contains the previously unreleased "The Will To Survive", along with demos for 10 of the album's 12 songs, including early versions of the title track "Psycho Holiday", "The Art Of Shredding" and "Cemetery Gates".

After being turned down "twenty-eight times by every major label on the face of the earth," ATCO Records A&R rep Mark Ross saw the band when Hurricane Hugo stranded him in Texas. The rest, as they say, is history, including another seven years and over a million miles of touring for "Cowboys" to be certified platinum (one million album sales) by the RIAA.

The album's liner notes include essays by each of the band's surviving members, producer Terry Date, and the aforementioned Ross. Recalling the first time he saw PANTERA, Ross writes, "By the end of the first song, my jaw was on the floor. The sonic power of it all — the attitude and the musicianship — blew me away. Basically, you had to be an idiot to not think they're amazing. I mean, how could you see these guys and not think, Holy shit!?"

"Cowboys From Hell" 20th-anniversary reissue track listing:

Disc One - Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions

01. Cowboys From Hell
02. Primal Concrete Sledge
03. Psycho Holiday
04. Heresy
05. Cemetery Gates
06. Domination
07. Shattered
08. Clash With Reality
09. Medicine Man
10. Message In Blood
11. The Sleep
12. The Art Of Shredding

Disc Two - Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions

01. Domination (live) *
02. Psycho Holiday (live) *
03. The Art Of Shredding (live) *
04. Cowboys From Hell (live) *
05. Cemetery Gates (live) *
06. Primal Concrete Sledge (live) *
07. Heresy (live) *
08. Domination (live, "Alive And Hostile" EP) †
09. Primal Concrete Sledge (live, "Alive And Hostile" EP) †
10. Cowboys From Hell (live, "Alive And Hostile" EP) †
11. Heresy (live, "Alive And Hostile" EP) †
12. Psycho Holiday (live, "Alive And Hostile" EP) †

Disc Three - Ultimate and Deluxe Editions Only

01. The Will To Survive *
02. Shattered (demo) *
03. Cowboys From Hell (demo) *
04. Heresy (demo) *
05. Cemetery Gates (demo) *
06. Psycho Holiday (demo) *
07. Medicine Man (demo) *
08. Message In Blood (demo) *
09. Domination (demo) *
10. The Sleep (demo) *
11. The Art Of Shredding (demo) *

* Previously unreleased
† Unreleased in the U.S.





Celebrate Christmas With MASTODON

Pure Rock Newswire


Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON have created a super-limited-edition Christmas t-shirt. The shirt is available on the band's web site and will be up until it sells out.

A super-deluxe, super-limited-edition version of MASTODON's latest album, "Crack The Skye", will be released on November 26 via Metal Club, a group of record stores throughout the U.S. and Canada that work to connect the vibrant metal community with their local record store. Only 600 of these sets are being made. This version will come housed in a hardbox case featuring a third-dimension wormhole design that contains exclusive and additional album art by long-time MASTODON artist Paul Romano. Inside is a full length "Crack The Skye" CD plus a DVD on the "Making Of Crack The Skye" with photo gallery, track-by-track band commentary and more, by director Jimmy Hubbard.

For more information, click here.

MASTODON recently completed the BlackDiamondSkye tour with ALICE IN CHAINS and DEFTONES. The trek was named after each of the three bands' latest albums — ALICE IN CHAINS' "Black Gives Way To Blue", DEFTONES' "Diamond Eyes" and MASTODON's "Crack The Skye".

MASTODON's six-song EP, "Jonah Hex", was released on June 29 via Reprise Records. The effort features an original score by MASTODON and Oscar-nominated composer Mario Beltrami ("The Hurt Locker", "3:10 to Yuma"). MASTODON was asked to create the score personally by the film's director, Jimmy Hayward, who was inspired by repeated listenings of MASTODON's 2006 album, "Blood Mountain".





FUNNY MONEY's 'Back Again' Re-Released On Super-Limited Colored Vinyl

Pure Rock Newswire

"Back Again", the 1999 sophomore album from FUNNY MONEY — the Maryland-based rock act featuring KIX frontman Steve Whiteman and drummer Jimmy Chalfant — has been reissued on super-limited colored vinyl via Heavy Metal Museum Records.

Total pressing of 500 pieces , hand-numbered limited edition:

* 001-100 Green Vinyl - Pink Splatter
* 101-200 Green Vinyl - Black Splatter
* 201-300 Green vinyl - Solid Green
* 301-400 Green vinyl - Halloween Orange Splatter
* 401-500 Green Vinyl - Red Splatter

The albums can be found at the Heavy Metal Museum Records eBay store. Available individually or save $10 on the complete set.

Perris Records in 2007 re-released FUNNY MONEY's two albums "Stick It!" (2006) and "Funny Money" (1996). The reissued self-titled debut CD featured a previously unreleased bonus track mixed by mega-hit rock producer Beau Hill (RATT, WARRANT, WINGER, ALICE COOPER, etc.).







'Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal' Coming In April

Pure Rock Newswire

Abrams Image has set an April 1, 2011 release date for "Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal", a new 240-page book from Eddie Trunk, the host of VH1 Classic's hit television program "That Metal Show". Featuring a foreword by JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford, the book will cover Trunk's favorite bands with a brief overview of their career highlights, the albums and songs that Eddie considers important and why, and many personal recollections of his experiences with these bands over the course of his career. Bands include a wide range of rock acts from BLACK SABBATH and LED ZEPPELIN to METALLICA and MEGADETH to the "golden years of hard rock" which includes bands like BON JOVI, MÖTLEY CRÜE and GUNS N' ROSES. Also included are Eddie's "Fun Facts," which consist of metal trivia and anecdotes.

Known as a "leading expert" on all things hard rock and heavy metal, Eddie Trunk continues to entertain fans on the radio and as the host of "That Metal Show" with his passion for music. Trunk is also heard on two weekly radio shows: "Eddie Trunk Live" on XM satellite radio, and "Friday Night Rocks", live in New York City. He lives in New Jersey.





Singer TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Says He 'Knows Nothing' About New YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Album

Pure Rock Newswire


Powerhouse American singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) says that he "knows nothing" about the new YNGWIE MALMSTEEN album, "Relentless", despite the fact that Owens' vocals are featured on most of the CD.

Speaking to Sweden Rock Magazine at his September 12, 2010 solo concert at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden, Owens said about the new Malmsteen album, "Every day people ask me if I'm gonna sing on [the new Yngwie CD], but your guess is as good as mine. It's quite possible [that my vocals will appear on it] because we recorded a bunch of songs last time around [during the sessions for 2008's 'Perpetual Flame'], but I would have to check my contract to see if they're allowed to be used on another record. I'm not really surprised that I haven't been asked to do it, even if [Yngwie and I] had a cup of coffee as late as a couple of months ago. We're both busy doing our own stuff, so I won't be hurt if he picks another singer."

When contacted earlier today (Wednesday, November 24) by BLABBERMOUTH.NET for clarification regarding his Sweden Rock comments, Owens said in an e-mail, "I know nothing about [the new Malmsteen album]!!! Sorry! Better ask Yngwie and his camp. I do have to say I enjoy working with Yngwie; he is a pleasure to be around.. But I have no comments on this CD because I know nothing about it!"

Audio samples of all the tracks that appear on "Relentless" are available for streaming on Released on November 22 via Malmsteen's own Rising Force Records, the CD contains more than 60 minutes of brand new material and showcases the guitar great at his best with the signature virtuosity and mind-blowing technical speed for which he has come to be known.

Of the new album, Malmsteen commented, "The album title really says it all. The drive to surpass my own accomplishments can best be described with one word — relentless. After all these years of composing and playing music, I still am passionate about pushing myself to the limit — to the highest, most demanding level of playing possible."

"Relentless" track listing:

01. Overture
02. Critical Mass
03. Shot Across The Bow
04. Look At You Now
05. Relentless
06. Enemy Within
07. Knight Of The Vasa Order
08. Caged Animal
09. Into Valhalla
10. Tide Of Desire
11. Adagio B Flat Minor Variation
12. Axe To Grind
13. Blinded
14. Cross To Bear
15. Arpeggios From Hell *

* Bonus track

Check out the cover artwork below.

For nearly three decades, Grammy-nominated Swedish guitar icon Yngwie Malmsteen has been amazing audiences with dazzling technical speed and ability. Malmsteen's signature style of playing, which combines elements of seemingly disparate styles of music — metal and classical, spawned the now commonplace genres of heavy metal known as "shred guitar" and "neo classical" and earned Malmsteen the title "the Paganini of heavy metal." Malmsteen was the first guitarist to have his own Fender signature guitar model (even before Eric Clapton). He has graced the cover of more than 200 magazines worldwide, has won every guitar award imaginable and to date, has sold millions of records. Time recently named Malmsteen one of the "Top Ten Greatest Electric Guitar Players," an honor he shared with the likes of Les Paul, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. "Guitar Hero" enthusiasts know they have arrived when they are bestowed with the Yngwie Malmsteen award in the Xbox 360 version of "Guitar Hero 2". The award signifies a 1000-plus-note streak in succession.