GUS G. releases ‘I AM THE FIRE’ EPK; SiriusXM Octane adds title track to rotation

Guitar virtuoso GUS G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as OZZY OSBOURNE’s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, has released an EPK offering an inside look at his debut solo album ‘I AM THE FIRE’. The album will hit storesMarch 18, 2014 in North America (March 17 in Europe) and will be released worldwide by Century Media Records. You can watch the EPK here:
“I Am The Fire (featuring Devour The Day)” is the first radio single from the album and has been added into active rotation at SiriusXM Octane. The track goes for adds at terrestrial radio February 18, and the single will go on-sale digitally February 25 via iTunes (single artwork pictured above).

A first song from the album can be heard via a video for the album’s opening track “My Will Be Done (featuring Mats Levén)” – click here to watch the video.

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‘I AM THE FIRE’ TRACK LISTING:

  1. My Will Be Done (feat. Mats Levén)
  2. Blame It On Me (feat. Mats Levén)
  3. I Am The Fire (feat. Devour The Day)
  4. Vengeance (feat. David Ellefson)
  5. Long Way Down (feat. Alexia Rodriguez)
  6. Just Can’t Let Go (feat. Jacob Bunton)
  7. Terrified (feat. Billy Sheehan)
  8. Eyes Wide Open (feat. Mats Levén)
  9. Redemption (feat. Michael Starr)
  10. Summer Days (feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
  11. Dreamkeeper (feat. Tom S. Englund)
  12. End Of The Line (feat. Mats Levén)

 

Gus handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on ‘I AM THE FIRE’, and is joined by a roster of friends and guests that help bring his vision to fruition: drummers JEFF FRIEDL [A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Devo] and DANIEL ERLANDSSON [Arch Enemy], bassists DAVID ELLEFSON [Megadeth], BILLY SHEEHAN [Mr. Big, David Lee Roth] and MARTY O’BRIEN [Tommy Lee, We Are The Fallen], and vocalists MATS LEVEN [Clandesmass, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen/Therion], BLAKE ALLISON [Devour The Day], MICHAEL STARR [Steel Panther], ALEXIA RODRIGUEZ [Eyes Set To Kill], TOM S. ENGLUND [Evergrey], JACOB BUNTON [Adler] and JEFF SCOTT SOTO [Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Journey].

 

‘I AM THE FIRE’ (album cover below) was mixed by Jay Ruston [Anthrax, Stone Sour, Steel Panther] and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus’ home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. A few of the album’s tracks include “Eyes Wide Open,” “Redemption,” “End Of The Line” and “Blame It On Me.” The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey and opening doors to GUS G.’s soulful playing.

 

 Gus G I Am The Fire album cover
GUS G. has had an amazing rise within the worldwide rock and metal scenes and has amassed an impressive body of work, both in studio and touring. He emerged as an up-and-coming talent with the groups DREAM EVIL [Sweden], MYSTIC PROPHECY [German] and NIGHTRAGE [Greece], but it is his work with his own band FIREWIND (who have released seven studio albums and two live releases) and as a member of OZZY OSBOURNE’s band that have helped him emerge as one of the world’s top metal and rock guitarists. His work on OZZY’s ‘Scream’ album led to a Grammy nomination in 2010, and his list of accolades includes Guitar Player Magazine’s Best Metal Guitarist, the Dimebag Darrell Shredder award at the Metal Hammer UK Golden Gods Awards, and Metal Hammer Greece Best Guitarist on four separate occasions.

SCYTHIA and HeavyBlogisHeavy Announce the “Most Metal Couple” Valentine’s Day Photo Contest

Win a Signed Copy of “…Of Conquest” and a Pair of True Viking Drinking Horns! How Romantic!

 

New Album ‘… Of Conquest’ Hits Stores on February 25th

“Just a few weeks into 2014 and we already have an album that’s sure to reach some Top 10 lists by year’s end. …Of Conquest is simply spectacular.” – Pittsburgh Music Magazine

 

“Grab a mug of your finest ale and sit down and listen to these musical barbarians! You’ll be entirely glad you did! “…Of Conquest” is another great album that kick starts 2014 and blasts down all expectations!” – HeadbangorGTFO.com

 

“‘…Of Conquest’ is the band’s third full-length in unsigned-band-ville, yet it’s of the utmost sonic quality… if the Alestorm/Swashbuckle crew latches on to these Canucks, they shouldn’t remain an unsigned being for long.” – DeadRhetoric.com

 

 

Who says metal heads can’t be romantic? Canadian medieval metallers SCYTHIA andHeavyBlogisHeavy are teaming up today to bring you a very romantic photo contest for your Valentine’s Day week! If you and your sweetie are the most metal couple you know, and you think you can out-metal every lovebird in the land, then this is a contest for you! Plus, if you take the cake (or… chocolate covered strawberries…) you’ll win a pair of REAL drinking horns and a signed copy of …Of Conquest, courtesy of SCYTHIA!

 

That’s right! After weeks of tirelessly enduring a mighty tavern crawl and trekking through the deep tundra, SCYTHIA is ready to relax and enjoy Valentine’s Day before leaving again for tour. The band wants to see pictures of the most metal couples decked out in their best garb, striking their finest poses. Bonus points for costumes of a “medieval” nature! Send these pics to SCYTHIA via their Facebook page by February 14th and you could win the special prize pack mentioned above!

 

Single, you say? No problem! Think of a funny prop like a guitar, a broadsword or a neighbour and shoot the photo. Credit will be given for originality.

 

Now, a little bit more on those special drinking horns… “These horns are very special indeed.  These are genuine grade A, cow-horn drinking horns,” states guitarist/lead vocalist David Khan. “They have been procured from a burly Nordic merchant who goes by the name Ragnar. He wears chainmail to metal shows and his giant red beard flows majestically past his mid-section. Not to mention his penchant for fine ale and exotic wares.  These horns are a hot-commodity and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win not one but two!”

 

Head to HeavyblogisHeavy.com right now to read more about the contest.

 

 

As you now most certainly know by now, SCYTHIA’s upcoming album, …Of Conquest, hits stores on February 25, 2014. You can pre-order …Of Conquest now athttp://scythia.bandcamp.com/releases.

 

…Of Conquest, which in addition to power and folk metal influences also includes hints of progressive and death metal, is engineered/produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Halcyon Way, Svarsot) at LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany, with co-production by Shaun Thingvold (Strapping Young Lad, Lamb of God, Fear Factory). The album is mixed byNino Laurenne (Ensiferum, Wintersun, Kiuas, Firewind) at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Mastering credits go to Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Firewind, Korpiklaani,Apocalyptica) at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland.

 

 

SCYTHIA will hit the road this spring on a tour Canada and the Northwest U.S.! See below for tour dates and stay tuned for more coming soon.

 

SCYTHIA Tour Dates:

Mar 29th: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop w/ Ides of Winter, Eye of Horus, Ironstorm

Apr 3rd: Golden, BC @ Rockwater Grill

Apr 4th: Vancouver, BC @ Funky Winkerbeans w/ Iron Kingdom, 88 Mile Trip, Alchemy Chamber

Apr 5th: Longview, WA @ L&J Grill w/ Within the Pyre, Zorakarer

Apr 7th: Seattle, WA @ Two Bit Saloon w/ Zorakarer, Fallen Angels

Apr 8th: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge w/ Gorgon Stare, Terraclipse

Apr 19th: Calgary, AB @ Lord Nelson’s Pub w/ Viathyn, Enemyus, Skymir

Apr 26th: Calgary, AB @ The D w/ Wacken Battle

 

 

Last year, SCYTHIA released their new music video for ‘Bear Claw Tavern’ via Guitar World, and it instantly went viral with over 80,000 views in less than a month’s time. Even io9 called it “20 Times Better Than ‘The Hobbit’! Watch the video now, here:http://youtu.be/pHytTKn9w70.

 

Formed in 2008, SCYTHIA’s music is recognized throughout their home country for its rich, poetic storytelling and epic melodies. A few years back, the band was nominated for the Best Metal Group/Duo for Canada’s Sirius XM Indies – Independent Music Awards, amongst other reputable Canadian metal bands. Other nominees included Bison B.C, Derelict, Devin Townsend Project and Mares Of ThraceSCYTHIA delivered their first album Of War in 2010, and released an EP, For The Bear, in 2012.

 
SCYTHIA is:

Dave Khan – guitars, main vocals

Terry Savage – bass, harsh vocals

Jeff Black – keyboards, back-up vocals

Celine Derval – Drums, back-up vocals

 

 

Learn more about SCYTHIA at:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Scythiametal

Twitter : www.twitter.com/ScythiaMetal
Website : www.scythia.ca
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ScythiaBand

GUS G. sets March 18 release of ‘I AM THE FIRE’; Releases “My Will Be Done” video

Lead Single “I Am The Fire (featuring DEVOUR THE DAY)”

To Be Released Digitally February 25 

 NAMM Signings And Performance Announced

Guitar virtuoso GUS G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as OZZY OSBOURNE’s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, is proud to announce the March 18, 2014 release of his debut solo album ‘I AM THE FIRE’ in North America. The album will be released internationally on Century Media Records, and will come out March 17 in Europe.

A first song from the album can now be heard via the video for the album’s opening track “My Will Be Done (featuring Mats Levén)”, which was produced by Patric Ullaeus /revolver.se [Within Temptation, In Flames, Lacuna Coil]. You can watch the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPqtMMGJAO4&feature=youtu.be.

Says GUS G. of the song and album: “I hope you all enjoy the first taste of things to come. ‘My Will Be Done’ is a cool rock track with a modern edge to it… Looking back, I can’t believe all the great musicians that got on board for this album. Everybody brought in their unmistakable style and talent and they really lifted the songs! Check it out and enjoy the music!”

 

GUS G. will be attending the 2014 NAMM convention, which runs January 23 – 26, 2014, in Anaheim, CA. In addition to signing sessions at ESP Guitars [January 24, 2pm] and Blackstar Amps [January 25, 1pm], Gus will also appear as guest at the RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED tribute concert at The Observatory in Santa Ana, January 25. Other guests include Nuno Bettencourt [Extreme / Rihanna], Phil Demmel [Machine Head], Marty Friedmann, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal [Guns N’ Roses] and more.

 

Gus handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on ‘I AM THE FIRE’, and is joined by a roster of friends and guests that help bring his vision to fruition: drummers JEFF FRIEDL [A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Devo] and DANIEL ERLANDSSON [Arch Enemy], bassists DAVID ELLEFSON [Megadeth], BILLY SHEEHAN [Mr. Big, David Lee Roth] and MARTY O’BRIEN [Tommy Lee, We Are The Fallen], and vocalists MATS LEVEN [Clandesmass, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen/Therion], BLAKE ALLISON [Devour The Day], MICHAEL STARR [Steel Panther], ALEXIA RODRIGUEZ [Eyes Set To Kill], TOM S. ENGLUND [Evergrey], JACOB BUNTON [Adler] and JEFF SCOTT SOTO [Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Journey].

 

‘I AM THE FIRE’ was mixed by Jay Ruston [Anthrax, Stone Sour, Steel Panther] and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus’ home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. A few of the album’s tracks include “Eyes Wide Open,” “Redemption,” “End Of The Line” and “Blame It On Me.” The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey and opening doors to GUS G.’s soulful playing.

The album’s first commercial single – title track “I Am The Fire (featuring DEVOUR THE DAY)” – will be released digitally February 25 in North America.

 

GUS G. has had an amazing rise within the worldwide rock and metal scenes and has amassed an impressive body of work, both in studio and touring. He emerged as an up-and-coming talent with the groups DREAM EVIL [Sweden], MYSTIC PROPHECY [German] and NIGHTRAGE [Greece], but it is his work with his own band FIREWIND (who have released seven studio albums and two live releases) and as a member of OZZY OSBOURNE’s band that have helped him emerge as one of the world’s top metal and rock guitarists. His work on OZZY’s ‘Scream’ album led to a Grammy nomination in 2010, and his list of accolades includes Guitar Player Magazine’s Best Metal Guitarist, the Dimebag Darrell Shredder award at the Metal Hammer UK Golden Gods Awards, and Metal Hammer Greece Best Guitarist on four separate occasions.

OZZY OSBOURNE’s guitarist GUS G. signs worldwide solo deal with CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Guitar virtuoso GUS G. has signed a worldwide solo deal with Century Media Records. Well known in rock and metal circles for his work as OZZY OSBOURNE’s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, GUS G. will make his solo debut with the release of ‘I AM THE FIRE’ in spring 2014.
Says GUS G. of the signing: “Loyalty is a very important thing in the music business, and for me it just felt natural to trust my first solo effort to the hands of the record company that has been loyal, supportive, and has helped build my career for more than 11 years now – a label that I truly feel as a family. Thank you Robert Kampf, Leif Jensen, Antje Lange, Don Robertson, Steve Joh, Jens Prueter, Nasrin Vahdani, Paul Gargano and the rest of the Century family! I truly feel blessed to be a part of CM history and look forward to exploring new territories with this new album!”
Century Media founder and owner Robert Kampf adds: “‘I AM THE FIRE’ is going to be another display of the amazing talent GUS G. possesses. We at Century Media are proud to work with a player and songwriter of his class and status, as well as the fantastic new album that Gus has crafted. Horns up!”
‘I AM THE FIRE’ was mixed by Jay Ruston [ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER] and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus’ home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. A few of the album’s tracks include “Eyes Wide Open,” “Redemption,” “End Of The Line” and “Blame It On Me.” The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey and opening doors to GUS G.’s soulful playing. Guest musicians and vocalists will be revealed in the coming weeks.
GUS G. has had an amazing rise within the worldwide rock and metal scenes and has amassed an impressive body of work, both in studio and touring. He emerged as an up-and-coming talent with the groups DREAM EVIL [Sweden], MYSTIC PROPHECY [German] and NIGHTRAGE [Greece], but it is his work with his own band FIREWIND (who have released seven studio albums and two live releases) and as a member of OZZY OSBOURNE’s band that have helped him emerge as one of the world’s top metal and rock guitarists. His work on OZZY’s ‘Scream’ album led to a Grammy nomination in 2010, and his list of accolades includes Guitar Player Magazine’s Best Metal Guitarist, the Dimebag Darrell Shredder award at the Metal Hammer UK Golden Gods Awards, and Metal Hammer Greece Best Guitarist on three separate occasions.

TURISAS to kick-off North American tour with FIREWIND, STOLEN BABIES

Battle metallers TURISAS will be returning to North America this week for their headlining “Guards Of Glory” tour with FIREWIND and STOLEN BABIES as support! See below for a complete list of tour dates:

Revolver Magazine presents: “Guards of Glory – North American Tour 2013” feat. TURISAS with special guests FIREWIND, STOLEN BABIES
Sat/Feb-02–Jacksonville, FL–Roc Bar
Sun/Feb-03–Atlanta, GA–The Masquerade – Downstairs
Tue/Feb-05–Richmond, VA–Empire
Wed/Feb-06–New York, NY–Gramercy Theatre
Thu/Feb-07–Worcester, MA–The Palladium – Upstairs
Fri/Feb-08–Montreal, QC–Les Foufounes Électriques
Sat/Feb-09–Toronto, ON–The Mod Club
Sun/Feb-10–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge
Mon/Feb-11–Cleveland, OH–Peabody’s Downunder
Wed/Feb-13–Minneapolis, MN–Mill City Nights
Fri/Feb-15–Denver, CO–Marquis Theatre
Sat/Feb-16–Salt Lake City, UT–In the Venue
Mon/Feb-18–Seattle, WA–Studio Seven
Tue/Feb-19–Vancouver, BC–Biltmore Cabaret
Wed/Feb-20–Portland, OR–Branx
Thu/Feb-21–Oakland, CA–Oakland Metro OperaHouse
Fri/Feb-22–West Hollywood, CA–Key Club*
Sat/Feb-23–Santa Ana, CA–The Constellation Room*
Mon/Feb-25–Tempe, AZ–910 Live*
Thu/Feb-28–Dallas, TX–Door*
Fri/Mar-01–San Antonio, TX–White Rabbit*
Sat/Mar-02–Houston, TX–Warehouse Live*
Mon/Mar-04–Orlando, FL–The Social*
Tue/Mar-05–Ft. Lauderdale, FL–Culture Room*
Wed/Mar-06–Tampa, FL–State Theatre*

*=TURISAS and FIREWIND only

A special VIP Meet & Greet package is available for all the shows. For full details, please see http://turisas.myshopify.com/

In addition to previewing material from their upcoming release (scheduled for a worldwide release in May 2013), TURISAS will be touring in support of their latest release, Stand Up And Fight, which is available for purchase at CM Distro here and at iTunes here.

Read on for a few reviews of TURISAS and Stand Up And Fight:

“[TURISAS] play rampaging anthems that angry up the blood and their ardent fans, like their heroes, aptly turn up to shows wielding axes and baring skin ready for the fight.” — THE NEW REVIEW.net

“TURISAS plays a rousing brand of pagan, folk and symphonic metal that’s melodic and catchy, and also has a lot of atmosphere.” — HEAVY METAL.ABOUT.com

“Full of chants, symphonic elements, narrations, and tales of lore and war, [TURISAS’] newest album, ‘Stand Up And Fight,’ is the soundtrack to a glorious battle.” — HEAVY BLOG IS HEAVY.com

TURISAS online:
http://www.turisas.com/
http://www.myspace.com/turisasofficial
http://www.facebook.com/turisas

STOLEN BABIES Joins Select Dates on Upcoming COAL CHAMBER and SEVENDUST Tour

North American Tour with TURISAS and FIREWIND kicks off Sunday, February 3rd in Atlanta, GA

New Album ‘Naught’ in Stores NOW

Vote for Gil Sharone in the Modern Drummer 2013 Readers Poll HERE

STOLEN BABIES is gearing up for a busy touring season! The band is pleased to announce that they will be joining Coal Chamber, Sevendust, and Lacuna Coil on their upcoming North American tour for select east coast dates. STOLEN BABIES will join the tour on April 13th in Toronto, ON and will stick with the tour through the closing date in Dallas, TX on April 28th.

STOLEN BABIES will also be hitting select east coast markets from March 22nd-30th with World/Inferno Friendship Society. Rasputina will join two dates on that short tour as well.

STOLEN BABIES recently announced several North American tour dates with Turisas and Firewind. STOLEN BABIES will appear on the tour from February 3rd in Atlanta, GA through February 21st in Oakland, CA.

See below for all currently confirmed tour dates and stay tuned for more dates being announced soon.

STOLEN BABIES
with TURISAS, FIREWIND
2/3 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Downstairs
2/4 – Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall
2/5 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
2/6 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
2/7 – Worcester, MA @ Upstairs @ The Palladium
2/8 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
2/9 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
2/10 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
2/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Downunder
2/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
2/15 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
2/18 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
2/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
2/20 – Portland, OR @ Branx
2/21 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse

with WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY
3/22 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
3/23 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
3/26 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
3/27 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
3/29 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza (with RASPUTINA)
3/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (with RASPUTINA)

with COAL CHAMBER, SEVENDUST and LACUNA COIL
4/13 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
4/14 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
4/16 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
4/17 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
4/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
4/19 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
4/20 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
4/22 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
4/23 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
4/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
4/26 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom
4/27 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
4/28 – Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom

STOLEN BABIES released their new album in October, entitled Naught. The album is available at your local music retailer and through iTunes, Amazon and all other standard digital retailers.

TURISAS Enters Studio to Record ; Announces Line-up Change

Battle metallers TURISAS have officially started recording their upcoming 4th studio album. The band is currently recording drums at Atomic Spa studio in Helsinki, Finland, and they will continue the recordings in different locations until the end of January. This follow-up to 2011’s Stand Up And Fight is scheduled for a worldwide release in May 2013 via Century Media Records.

TURISAS has also announced a few line-up changes in conjunction with the band entering the studio. After spending 15 years with TURISAS behind the kit, original member, Tuomas “Tude” Lehtonen, has decided to part ways with the band. Lehtonen explains the reasons behind his decision:

“I can’t tell you how hard it feels to step away from the path we’ve been walking together for the last 15 years – and to start a new era in my life without the band. There are many reasons for me to quit the band. The stress from the years spent on the road and different artistic visions have lead to a mutual decision for me to step back and hand over the drumsticks to the next guy. In any case, it has been a great experience and all the memories from being on the road are something that I will always cherish. The biggest thanks go to all of the past and present members of the band, not to forget all the technicians and fellow drummers I’ve met on shows and on tour – and, of course, especially to all the fans that have allowed us to grow to the level that TURISAS are at today. Good luck and lots of success to all my bandmates – I feel that I will never be straying too far away from the band. I shall always be proudly carrying the heart of TURISAS wherever I go. The man can leave the band but the band will never really leave the man. Battle Metal!”

Along with Lehtonen, TURISAS’ current tour bass player, Jukka-Pekka Miettinen, will part ways with the band as he needs to focus on his own musical projects. The relationship with both members remains friendly and amicable. Their official farewell party will happen at TURISAS’ special New Year’s Eve show on December 31st, 2012 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.

In light of Lehtonen’s and Miettinen’s departure, TURISAS is proud to welcome two new members to the band: their new drummer, Jaakko Jakku, who has already started recording his drum parts for the upcoming album, and their new bassist, Jesper Anastasiadis. Both are excellent musicians with great personalities, and the rest of the band is already looking forward to the upcoming shows.

After the new album is finished at the end of January, TURISAS will appear on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise (http://70000tons.com/), which kicks off on January 28th in Florida; then they’ll head out on their headlining “Guards Of Glory” tour throughout North America and Latin America. Support in North America will come from FIREWIND, as well as STOLEN BABIES. See below for a list of tour dates (with more to be announced soon!):

Revolver Magazine presents: “Guards of Glory – North American Tour 2013” feat. TURISAS with special guests FIREWIND, STOLEN BABIES
Sat/Feb-02–Jacksonville, FL–Roc Bar
Sun/Feb-03–Atlanta, GA–The Masquerade – Downstairs
Tue/Feb-05–Richmond, VA–Empire
Wed/Feb-06–New York, NY–Gramercy Theatre
Thu/Feb-07–Worcester, MA–The Palladium – Upstairs
Fri/Feb-08–Montreal, QC–Les Foufounes Électriques
Sat/Feb-09–Toronto, ON–The Mod Club
Sun/Feb-10–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge
Mon/Feb-11–Cleveland, OH–Peabody’s Downunder
Wed/Feb-13–Minneapolis, MN–Mill City Nights
Fri/Feb-15–Denver, CO–Marquis Theatre
Sat/Feb-16–Salt Lake City, UT–In the Venue
Mon/Feb-18–Seattle, WA–Studio Seven
Tue/Feb-19–Vancouver, BC–Biltmore Cabaret
Wed/Feb-20–Portland, OR–Branx
Thu/Feb-21–Oakland, CA–Oakland Metro OperaHouse
Fri/Feb-22–West Hollywood, CA–Key Club*
Sat/Feb-23–Santa Ana, CA–The Constellation Room*
Mon/Feb-25–Tempe, AZ–910 Live*
Thu/Feb-28–Dallas, TX–Door*
Fri/Mar-01–San Antonio, TX–White Rabbit*
Sat/Mar-02–Houston, TX–Warehouse Live*
Mon/Mar-04–Orlando, FL–The Social*
Tue/Mar-05–Ft. Lauderdale, FL–Culture Room*
Wed/Mar-06–Tampa, FL–State Theatre*

*=TURISAS and FIREWIND only

A special VIP Meet & Greet package is available for all the shows. For full details, please see http://turisas.myshopify.com/

In addition to previewing material from their upcoming release, TURISAS will be touring in support of their latest release, Stand Up And Fight, which is available for purchase at CM Distro here and at iTunes here.

Read on for a few reviews of TURISAS and Stand Up And Fight:

“[TURISAS] play rampaging anthems that angry up the blood and their ardent fans, like their heroes, aptly turn up to shows wielding axes and baring skin ready for the fight.” — THE NEW REVIEW.net

“TURISAS plays a rousing brand of pagan, folk and symphonic metal that’s melodic and catchy, and also has a lot of atmosphere.” — HEAVY METAL.ABOUT.com

“Full of chants, symphonic elements, narrations, and tales of lore and war, [TURISAS’] newest album, ‘Stand Up And Fight,’ is the soundtrack to a glorious battle.” — HEAVY BLOG IS HEAVY.com

STOLEN BABIES Announces North American Tour Dates

Avant-garde metal band Avant-garde metal band STOLEN BABIES are pleased to announce several North American tour dates planned for February 2013. The tour dates will also feature headliners Turisas and direct support from Firewind. STOLEN BABIES will appear on the tour from February 2nd in Jacksonville, FL and through February 21st in Oakland, CA. A month prior to the tour on December 29th, the band will perform a solo show at Bar Sinister in Hollywood, CA. STOLEN BABIES also plans on scheduling select headlining dates before the 2013 tour kick off. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.

STOLEN BABIES only:
12/29 – Hollywood, CA @ Bar Sinister

STOLEN BABIES with TURISAS and FIREWIND:
2/2 – Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar
2/3 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Downstairs
2/5 – Richmond, VA @ Empire
2/6 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
2/7 – Worcester, MA @ Upstairs @ The Palladium
2/8 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
2/9 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
2/10 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
2/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Downunder
2/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
2/15 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
2/18 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
2/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
2/20 – Portland, OR @ Branx
2/21 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse

TURISAS announces North American headlining tour with FIREWIND, STOLEN BABIES

After successfully headlining the North American “PaganFest” tour this past Spring, battle metallers TURISAS will once again return to the States in February/March 2013 for a headlining tour featuring FIREWIND and STOLEN BABIES as special guests! In regards to the trek, the band comments: “Back to America straight out of the studio! We’ve spent the last six months off the road writing some new killer tunes and are just about to start recording them as we speak. The great memories from our previous tour last spring is making us even more excited to hit the road again after this long break. We’re coming up with new cool and crazy ideas for this tour, and who knows, maybe we’ll even try out and premiere some completely unreleased new material. One thing is certain, after 9 months off the road there’ll be some serious energy to be released on stage! Serve us your weakest piss-light beer! We’ll take it! America here we come!”

Hailing from Finland, TURISAS is currently finishing work on their latest studio album, which they are looking to release in summer 2013. See below for a list of tour dates (with more to be announced soon!):

“Guards of Glory – North American Tour 2013” feat. TURISAS with special guests FIREWIND, STOLEN BABIES
Sat/Feb-02–Jacksonville, FL–Roc Bar
Sun/Feb-03–Atlanta, GA–The Masquerade – Downstairs
Tue/Feb-05–Richmond, VA–Empire
Wed/Feb-06–New York, NY–Gramercy Theatre
Thu/Feb-07–Worcester, MA–The Palladium – Upstairs
Fri/Feb-08–Montreal, QC–Les Foufounes Électriques
Sat/Feb-09–Toronto, ON–The Mod Club
Sun/Feb-10–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge
Mon/Feb-11–Cleveland, OH–Peabody’s Downunder
Wed/Feb-13–Minneapolis, MN–Mill City Nights
Fri/Feb-15–Denver, CO–Marquis Theatre
Sat/Feb-16–Salt Lake City, UT–In the Venue
Mon/Feb-18–Seattle, WA–Studio Seven
Tue/Feb-19–Vancouver, BC–Biltmore Cabaret
Wed/Feb-20–Portland, OR–Branx
Thu/Feb-21–Oakland, CA–Oakland Metro OperaHouse
Fri/Feb-22–West Hollywood, CA–Key Club*
Sat/Feb-23–Santa Ana, CA–The Constellation Room*
Mon/Feb-25–Tempe, AZ–910 Live*
Thu/Feb-28–Dallas, TX–Door*
Fri/Mar-01–San Antonio, TX–White Rabbit*
Sat/Mar-02–Houston, TX–Warehouse Live*
Mon/Mar-04–Orlando, FL–The Social*
Tue/Mar-05–Ft. Lauderdale, FL–Culture Room*
Wed/Mar-06–Tampa, FL–State Theatre*

*=TURISAS and FIREWIND only

A special VIP Meet & Greet package is available for all the shows. For full details, please see http://turisas.myshopify.com/

Fans can also see TURISAS before their “Guards of Glory – North American Tour 2013” on the heavy metal cruise, 70,000 Tons Of Metal, which kicks off on January 28th in Florida. For more information about 70,000 Tons Of Metal, please visit: http://70000tons.com/

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS preparing new album for Spring 2013

Sweden’s classic rock heavyweights SPIRITUAL BEGGARS are currently at work on a new studio album and are targeting a Spring 2013 release via InsideOut Music. The album, their eighth studio offering, will be the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2010 release Return To Zero. Additionally, the band is proud to announce that they will be appearing at the 2013 Roadburn Festival Afterburner, on April 21 in Tillburg, Holland.

“Back in the early ’90s, Roadburn founder Walter Hoeijmakers was one of the very first supporters SPIRITUAL BEGGARS had in Europe,” says bandleader Michael Amott. “His unbridled enthusiasm for our music back then when most people didn’t ‘get it’ meant so much to us. It’s a great feeling to now play his fantastic festival and celebrate the staying power of SPIRITUAL BEGGARS and the Roadburn concept together! We’re releasing a new studio album and celebrating our 20th anniversary as a band in 2013, and I really can’t think of a better way to start the party than at the esteemed Roadburn Festival!”

Since their formation in the early ’90s, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS have been at the forefront of the burgeoning stoner rock scene, raising the benchmark for stoner metal bands around the globe through a succession of much acclaimed albums that redefined the genre. Records like Another Way To Shine, Mantra III, Ad Astra, On Fire and Return To Zero deliver a masterful homage to the rock sensibilities of DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, URIAH HEEP and TROUBLE, and also the blistering guitar heroics of Frank Marino and MOUNTAIN’s Leslie West.

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS line-up:
Michael Amott (Guitars | ARCH ENEMY, ex CARCASS)
Ludwig Witt (Drums | GRAND MAGUS, ex FIREBIRD)
Per Wiberg (Keys | ex OPETH)
Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass | ARCH ENEMY, WITCHERY)
Apollo Papathanasio (Vocals | FIREWIND)