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AMARANTHE Completes Work On Debut Album

Pure Rock Newswire

(formerly AVALANCHE) — the new project featuring Olof Mörck (NIGHTRAGE, DRAGONLAND), Jake E (ex-DREAM EVIL, DREAMLAND), Andy Solveström (WITHIN Y, EVILDOER, CIPHER SYSTEM), Morten Lowe Sorensen (THE ARCANE ORDER, SUBMISSION) and Johan Andreassen (ex-ENGEL) — has completed work on its as-yet-untitled debut album at Hansen Studio in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, MERCENARY, NIGHTRAGE) for a spring 2011 release via Spinefarm Records.

Commented guitarist Olof Mörck: "After two long months in Danish exile away from our homes in Sweden, we have now reached that magical milestone where we can consider this album finished! It means no rest for us, however, with videos to be recorded and all that stuff, plus, more importantly, [plans to] kick off the new year with a headline show in Gothenburg, on to Tunisia and Belgium later [in 2011] — plus another 18 shows in 13 countries to be announced soon! Don't miss AMARANTHE when we come to YOUR town in 2011!"

AMARANTHE vocalist Elize Ryd was selected to fill the female singer spot on KAMELOT's last European tour.

Mörck previously stated about the band: "AMARANTHE has for long been an idea between me and Jake E to break out of the mold of our past projects and create something new and fresh entirely and to give room for ideas not appropriate for the other acts and projects we are part of. The result is an onslaught of soaring melodies, heavy riffing and guttural screams from the netherworld, a result of having three singers in the band; Jake E on clean vocals, cabaret virtuoso Elize on female vocals and Andy on screams. The result is a quite distinct sound, especially combined with the music itself that draws upon influences from a varied spectrum of genres, all to create a thrilling experience for the listener. Another defining feature of AMARANTHE is the idea of a collective — everyone from superstars of the industry to just generally talented people will lend their unique skills to AMARANTHE on the coming album. This, however, won't stop AMARANTHE from being a tour de force in live shows and tours, since the core of this metal machinery is based primarily on the regular members."


* Olof Mörck (NIGHTRAGE, DRAGONLAND) - Guitar, Keyboards
* Jake E (ex-DREAM EVIL, DREAMLAND) - Clean Vocals
* Andy Solveström (WITHIN Y, EVILDOER, CIPHER SYSTEM) - Screams
* Morten Lowe Sorensen (THE ARCANE ORDER, SUBMISSION) - Drums
* Johan Andreassen (ex-ENGEL) - Bass
* Elize Ryd - Female Vocals

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OMNIUM GATHERUM: New Album Details Revealed

Pure Rock Newswire

Finnish melodic death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM will release their fifth album, "New World Shadows", via Lifeforce Records on the following dates:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland: February 4, 2011
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: February 9, 2011
Rest Of Europe: February 7, 2011
North America: March 1, 2011

The CD was recorded at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland with Teemu Aalto, and was mixed and mastered at Unisound Studio in Örebro, Sweden by Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, HAIL OF BULLETS, NOVEMBERS DOOM).

"New World Shadows" track listing:

01. Everfields (9:17)
02. Ego (4:07)
03. New World Shadows (6:00)
04. Soul Journeys (4:54)
05. Nova Flame (4:10)
06. An Infinite Mind (5:43)
07. Watcher Of The Skies (4:17)
08. The Distance (3:59)
09. Deep Cold (9:29)

Regarding the material for the band forthcoming CD, OMNIUM GATHERUM previously said in a statement, "This time we really put a lot of time and effort on the pre-production of the stuff.

"It's going to be an epic and massive attack of ever-flowing stream of Finnish 'melodic death metal,' straight from the souls of black."

OMNIUM GATHERUM recently parted ways with guitarist Harri Pikka after "13 years of solid service." He has since been replaced by session axeman Joonas Koto (MALPRACTICE, ex-TO/DIE/FOR, ex-HATEFRAME).

Released in October 2008 in the U.S. via Candlelight Records, OMNIUM GATHERUM's last album, "The Redshift", was recorded at Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland with Janne Saksa and SouthEastSounds studio in Karhula with Teemu Aalto.

An e-card for the CD can be accessed at this location.






AXL ROSE Is 'Greatest Lead Singer Of All Time,' According To New Poll???

Pure Rock Newswire

frontman Axl Rose has been voted the greatest lead singer of all time by readers of, ahead of such legendary vocalists as Freddy Mercury, Robert Plant, Ronnie James Dio, John Lennon and Bruce Dickinson. says: "The public have spoken. Forget the caricature of recent years and think back to the late 1980s — he was dangerous, lean, angry, confrontational, and controversial. The hotheaded, horny ginger stepchild of Steven Tyler and Robert Plant, a born rock star who made being fashionably late a lifestyle choice and started riots in the process."'s 30 greatest lead singers of all time:

01. Axl Rose (GUNS N' ROSES)
02. Freddie Mercury (QUEEN)
03. Robert Plant (LED ZEPPELIN)
05. John Lennon (THE BEATLES)
06. Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN)
07. Thom Yorke (RADIOHEAD)
08. Kurt Cobain (NIRVANA)
09. Matt Bellamy (MUSE)
10. Paul McCartney (THE BEATLES)
11. Jim Morrison (THE DOORS)
12. James Hetfield (METALLICA)
13. Maynard James Keenan (TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE)
14. Mick Jagger (THE ROLLING STONES)
15. James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER)
16. Bon Scott (AC/DC)
17. Steven Tyler (AEROSMITH)
18. Roger Daltrey (THE WHO)
19. Geddy Lee (RUSH)
20. Morrissey
21. Liam Gallagher (OASIS)
22. Jack White (THE WHITE STRIPES)
23. Joe Strummer (THE CLASH)
24. Stevie Nicks (FLEETWOOD MAC)
25. Iggy Pop (THE STOOGES)
26. Smokey Robinson
27. Black Francis / Frank Black
28. Diana Ross
29. Debbie Harry (BLONDIE)
30. Martha Reeves





FRANK PALANGI releases "I'm Waiting" Single

Pure Rock Newswire

Upstate, N.Y. solo artist FRANK PALANGI, whose music ranges from acoustic rock to heavier flavors, has released his first single in August of this year entitled "I'M WAITING". A mainstream rock version over the original solo version he recorded in his home studio previously. Frank headed into the Nashville, Tennessee studio in 2010 with record producer ROGERS MASSON. He secured the Grammy nominated rock band DAY OF FIRE (featuring former lead singer of FULL DEVIL JACKET, JOSH BROWN) and toured with bands such as DAUGHTRY and NONPOINT. Rogers says, "This is the baddest rhythm section in the land, and along with the vocal guidance of singer JOSH BROWN, Frank's songs are going to turn out amazing."

Working as a solo artist who performs, creates and writes his own music has been a blessing for him. He explains...

"Over the past months I've just been blessed with all the things that are happening in my life. I've released my new single "I'M WAITING" and have been getting great feedback, press write-ups, worldwide internet and local and national FM radio play. Talking with the people I've been emailing and calling has been awesome! From college kids my age to people that are over 50 that have a strong passion for music. It's great to do all these interviews because it's prep for the future and getting more experience makes you better. Through hard work, passion and the will not to give up, I can't believe have many opportunities are coming up. You notice it in certain areas like getting an email about wanting to add the track to a station, getting fans that request the tracks on the stations, or doing an interview."

Recording this new version brings the track into the mainstream. It deals with someone who you care about, who is going down a bad path in life and your waiting and praying for them to get back on track. Frank wants to get his original music out there as much as he can to whomever he can. He even decided to try out for AMERICA'S GOT TALENT this coming season. He's received an interview by JASON SAULNIER of PURE ROCK RADIO's "GOOD TIME METAL OLDIES" radio show and podcast. Jason has done extensive write-ups and interviews with band members from RATT, OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, JUDAS PRIEST and TONS more. It will be released in the near future.

Frank's constant playing, writing and recording are signs of his passion for music. Something he believes is required for someone to be truly accomplished as a musical artist. If you want to play music, it must be a passion and a drive. Recording with a professional band and producer has heightened Frank's awareness of the industry and the will to succeed. "This business is a tough one, but this is what I want to do the rest of my life. No plan B in my mind."

FRANK PALANGI's future EP release is planned for 2011 sometime, and is currently in production.

You can hear some other interviews featuring Frank at

Look for FRANK PALANGI on Myspace, Twitter, Facebook, Reverbnation and more! You can purchase Frank's new single "I'M WAITING" on ITUNES, AMAZON MP3, RHAPSODY, NAPSTER, CD BABY and more!




SILO head to Europe

Pure Rock Newswire


Calgary rockers SILO are stoked to announce that they are the Only Canadian band selected to be part of an historic event! Their new single “FEELIN' HEAVY” (heard here on Pure Rock Radio) was chosen out of a multitude of submissions to be part of HOLLOW NATIONS' "Stoned Ryders Session: Road Riot Radio" Rock and Metal Compilation. The album will be released December 7, 2010. SILO will begin a European Promo Tour in early 2011 to support of the compilation albums release.





Police Investigating Whether Incident At MOTÖRHEAD Concert Is Linked To Fatal Attack

Pure Rock Newswire


According to BBC News, police officers are investigating whether an incident at a MOTÖRHEAD concert this past Thursday in Leeds, England was linked to a fatal altercation.

Andrew Crawford, 44, was attacked near The Light shopping center on Thursday evening. He died later in hospital.

Earlier, Crawford had been at a gig by MOTÖRHEAD at the O2 Academy when one of his friends' hair was set on fire.

Police said they were looking at CCTV footage and talking to Academy security staff.

Read more from BBC News.



THE NEW BLACK: New Album Artwork Unveiled

Pure Rock Newswire

THE NEW BLACK — the German band featuring members of SINNER, RUNAMOK, ABANDONED and MCF — will release its sophomore album, "II: Better In Black", on January 28, 2011 in Europe via AFM Records.

Check out the cover artwork below.

THE NEW BLACK has released a new song from "II: Better In Black" as part of a three-track digital EP. "The King I Was" is available on iTunes and Amazon and features the following track listing:

01. The King I Was (new song)
02. Simplify (live)
03. The Man Who Saw The Universe (acoustic)

Commented the band: "'The King I Was' is one of our favorites of 'II: Better In Black', with all the good stuff we like: heavy riffs, magic hooklines and shredding guitars. To give you something more alongside the new tune, we dug out two rare version of songs from the debut.

"'Simplify' has been played at almost every show since the band started, but this version is special: It was recorded in Wacken in 2010, when we — deprived of sleep, but high on adrenaline — attacked the tent stage like a overheated godzilla. Most of the performance couldn‘t exactly be called 'subtle,' but it definitely had some attitude, and this is what counts. Maybe that‘s why we pulled out a little blues jam at the beginning. After all, the working title of this song was 'ZZ Pussy' years ago...

"'The Man Who Saw The Universe' comes of our debut as well, a little rock tune that one was called 'Fabsrocklizzy'. We first played a stripped-down version like this at the night of Fludid's [vocals] wedding, not exactly sober and/or rehearsed, but much to the amusement of the guest. And us. So we decided to share this with you."

THE NEW BLACK's music is being described as "BLACK LABEL SOCIETY inviting the NICKELBACK guy over for some THIN LIZZY covers."

The band's self-titled debut album, was released in Germany in January 2010.


Fludid (Vocals)
Christof "Leimsen" Leim (Guitar)
Fabian "Fabs" Schwarz (Guitar)
Günt (Bass)
Chris Weiß (Drums)







ERIC CARR's 'Crazy Nights' KISS Drum Kit For Sale

Pure Rock Newswire


According to a posting on the KISS fan site, late KISS drummer Eric Carr's chrome Chikara drum set is available for purchase at The kit was used primarily during KISS' 1988 "Crazy Nights" tour and was played at the majority of the shows. has 18 pieces of the drum set for sale, if you would like to have a chance to own a piece of KISStory.

Eric Carr (real name Paul Charles Caravello) was selected as the new KISS drummer after Peter Criss left the band in 1980. He remained a band member until he became ill with heart cancer and died on November 24, 1991.





Murder Probe Launched After Fan's Hair Set Alight During MOTÖRHEAD Concert

Pure Rock Newswire


According to the Yorkshire Post, a murder investigation was launched today after a man died following an altercation at the O2 Academy concert venue in Leeds, England during a concert by MOTÖRHEAD.

Police said 44 year-old Andrew Crawford, who was manager of a builder's merchant, had been struck on the head several times in the center of Leeds. Two other men, now being hunted by police, were seen running off into nearby Cookridge Street.

Police believe the incident is connected to an earlier altercation during the MOTÖRHEAD concert, in which a friend of Crawford had his hair set alight by someone standing nearby.

Read more from the Yorkshire Post.