KAMELOT and ESP Guitars Team up With Revolver and Guitar World for Fantasy Guitar Giveaway

KAMELOT will be touring North America in just a few short weeks in support of their latest release Silverthorn. The bands Delain and Eklipse will be opening all shows. A complete list of dates can be found below and a trailer for the tour can be viewed HERE.  In celebration of their headline tour, KAMELOT and ESP Guitars have teamed up with both Revolver Magazine and Guitar World Magazine for an exclusive guitar giveaway.


Starting today fans have their chance to win their very own ESP/LTD Eclipse guitar signed by the entire band.  Not only do you get that, but the band will also present the guitar to the winner at a show of the winner’s choosing on the upcoming North American tour.  Four runners up will receive a special edition of Silverthorn autographed by the band.  The contests are open now and will wrap on September 1st, the day before the tour starts.  The contests are open to NORTH AMERICAN RESIDENTS ONLY!


Enter the Guitar World Giveaway HERE


Enter the Revolver Magazine Giveaway HERE.


Silverthorn is available in four exclusive formats.  The LP and limited edition has one version of the art, while the standard version of Silverthorn has a different but equally exquisite version of the artwork.  The standard version is presented as an Ecolbook.  The limited edition contains the Ecolbook, a bonus CD with nearly 60 minutes of music, a 44 page book and an exclusive poster.  The double LP version is a gatefold on colored vinyl.  The digital version is available on iTunes.


A video for the song “My Confession” can be viewed HERE.


KAMELOT have held their own, very special position in the world of rock and heavy music: their elaborate melodic metal has always opened itself in a remarkably clever way to like-minded styles, integrating progressive elements as well as cross-references to doom/gothic metal and classical music, which have allowed their songs to define their own genre. Two of their most successful releases in particular, namely the albums Karma (2001) and The Black Halo (2005), are prime examples of KAMELOT‘s multi-layered approach, intensity and outstanding musicality. Silverthorn, sees the band raise this demanding standard even higher, becauseSilverthorn is a masterpiece of grand gestures, gritty melodies and haunting atmospheres.


KAMELOT North American Headline Tour With Delain and Eklipse:

9/2: Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa

9/3: Baltimore, MD 2 Soundstage

9/5: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero

9/6: New York, NY @ Stage 48

9/7: Worcester, MA @ Palladium

9/8: Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda

9/10: Toronto, ON @ Opera House

9/12: Chicago, IL @ Mojoe’s

9/13: Kansas City, KS @ Granada Theater

9/14: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

9/15: Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue

9/17: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

9/18: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

9/20: San Francisco, CA @ Slims

9/21: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove

9/22: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red / Red Owl

9/24: Dallas, TX @ Trees

9/25: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

9/27: Louisville, KY @ Diamonds

9/28: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

9/29: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues


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ARTIZAN New Album Ancestral Energy Streaming in Full on GuitarWorld.com


New Album Ancestral Energy Available May 10th on Pure Steel Records

Jacksonville Florida’s melodic metal quartet ARTIZAN will release theier sophomore effort Ancestral EnergyMay 10th via Pure Steel Records.Founded in 2008 by drummer Ty Tammeus, ARTIZAN have established themselves as one of the premier acts in their genre.


Today the band has teamed up with GuitarWorld.com the online home of Guitar World Magazine for an exclusive full album stream of Ancestral Energy.  Check out the album in its entirety HERE.


Although they have created a truly unique sound for themselves, many comparisons to classic Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Fates Warning have been made. Clean, multi-octave vocals, classic riffing, spirited melodies and a touch of progressive elements are woven into the seven tracks on the new album. Matt Barlow (Ex-Iced Earth) is a special guest on the epic 10 minute title track. The album illustration was created by Berlin based artist Eliran Kantor (Testament,Evile,Hatebreed,Atheist,Sigh)


Ancestral Energy will be released on May 10th via Pure Steel Records.


Pre-order in North America here: http://artizanmetal.com/store.html


European orders are availble here: http://www.puresteel-shop.com/ARTIZAN-Ancestral-Energy_1


Ancestral Energy Tracklisting:


1. I Am the Storm

2. The Raven Queen

3. The Guardian

4. The Death of Me

5. Deep Ocean Dreams

6. You Can’t Take the Metal

7. Ancestral Energy



A Legend is Reborn: D’ANGELICO GUITARS to Launch ‘Reborn’ Campaign

New 2013 Line Preserves John D’Angelico’s Legacy While Exploring New Horizons


Named #1 Product of NAMM 2013 in Guitar World Magazine


D’Angelico, one of the most highly respected names in guitars, has kicked off a major development regarding its top-selling line. Earlier this year, D’Angelico reissued a collection of entrancing, iconic, and classic guitar models that preserves John D’Angelico’s legacy. However, the line also explores new horizons such as basses, pedals (by Pigtronix), and soon, amps. The reissue campaign, suitably christened “Reborn”, is being heralded as one of the biggest line launches amongst the major guitar industry.


“We’ve spent the last year working tirelessly to bring these classic guitars back to life, while improving and expanding are product line to include more styles of guitars and basses. D’Angelico is a legacy of excellence and that reflects in every model and product we offer” says Brenden Cohen, CEO of D’Angelico Guitars. “Now music lovers, guitar players and guitar collectors everywhere have the chance to experience owning a product held to the D’Angelico standard of excellence for a surprisingly accessible price.”

The line includes a full range of handcrafted reissues of D’Angelico archtops, semi-hollows and solid bodies. All feature the spruce top, maple back, and stair-step pickguard and tailpiece that are quintessential D’Angelico design.


The “Reborn” line made their exciting debut at the industry-leading NAMM Show (Jan. 24 – Jan. 27, 2013), unveiling three new D’Angelico Standard Excel model reissues, including two single-cut guitars in Natural and Sunburst and a double-cut guitar in Cherry, White, Natural and Sunburst. Retail prices range from $1149 to $1419. A USA Masterbuilt 1942 Excel Reissue, the first in a series of limited edition USA Masterbuilt reissues being built for D’Angelico by acclaimed boutique luthier Gene Baker of Premier Builders Guild (PBG) in Arroyo Grande, California, was also introduced at this year’s NAMM convention. Baker’s reissues are based on extensive research that began with actual MRIs of the original 1942 Excel. The retail price has not yet been set. The result of this unveiling: the title of “#1 Product of NAMM 2013” in Guitar World magazine.


Current artists that have been seen with a D’Angelico guitar in-hand include Bernie Williams, Joe Perry, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Rick Nielsen, Hanan Rubinstein,(Alicia Keys’ guitarist), and many more.


Concurrent with renewed artist interest in classic archtop guitars, John D’Angelico and D’Angelico Guitars were featured in Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York, a major 2011 exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.



About D’Angelico Guitars:


D’Angelico was founded in 1932 by archtop luthier John D’Angelico, the spiritual descendent of a line of legendary Italian stringed instrument master builders that dates all the way back to Antonio Stradivari. From his workshop on New York’s Lower East Side, D’Angelico painstakingly created exquisite guitars that were embraced by leading artists (Chet Atkins, Johnny Mercer, many more). They are considered among the finest guitars ever made by human hands – the stringed equivalents of limited edition Ferrari automobiles.


The D’Angelico story is one of the more inspiring in lutherie: With John D’Angelico’s death in 1964 the D’Angelico brand faded from view. Through the following decades the brand had various owners, some with great intentions but none with the necessary financial resources and business acumen to put in place the management, manufacturing, sales, distribution and marketing infrastructure required to successfully relaunch a major guitar brand.


Enter John Ferolito, Sr., a highly successful entrepreneur (co-founder of the multi-billion dollar Arizona Iced Tea Company and additional successful businesses). An avid guitar collector, Ferolito purchased the D’Angelico brand and recruited an expert management team led by CEO Cohen, President of Sales Steve Pisani and Chairman John Ferolito, Jr. He supported the effort with a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing, warehousing and distribution infrastructure.


During the initial months of operation, the D’Angelico team worked under the radar, perfecting a line of authentic reissues that delivers D’Angelico quality and tone for an accessible price. The new models were enthusiastically received, and through 2012 D’Angelico has re-emerged as one of the fastest-growing brands in the category.



For more information on D’Angelico, please visit www.dangelicoguitars.com.

ADRENALINE MOB and GuitarWorld.com Release First ‘Coverta’ In-Studio Video for ‘Romeo Delight’ (Van Halen Cover)

This is killer…you have to see Portnoy wailing on a classic VH tune.  PMM can’t wait to cover them when they come to Altar Bar Pittsburgh March 14…


GuitarWorld.com has posted an exclusive new video of ADRENALINE MOB recording their cover of ‘Romeo Delight’ (originally by Van Halen) for their new covers album Coverta, hitting stores on March 12, 2013. ADRENALINE MOB, featuring Russell Allen (Symphony X), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), John Moyer (Disturbed) and Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp), will release a series of these in-depth recording videos via GuitarWorld.com in the coming weeks. Check out the current video of ‘Romeo Delight’ at this location.


ADRENALINE MOB guitarist Mike Orlando states, “Recording ‘Romeo Delight’ was an absolute blast for me. I grew up listening to EVH, and from the moment I heard ‘Eruption,’ I was hooked for life! Tracking the guitars was such a blast, as I plugged in my white-and-black Charvel, my trusty ol’ MXR Phase 90 and went right into my cranked-up Marshall JCM800, entering that EVH zone and giving my all to pay tribute to one of the greatest rock guitarists ever! We had a great time with Mike Portnoy’s idea to insert a medley of kick-ass VH parts in the mid-section while going into a great treat before we head back to the final chorus!”


Coverta is an eight-track EP featuring cover versions of some of the band’s favorite songs. Long-time fans of Mike Portnoy are aware of the multiple cover CDs he has released with Dream Theater and with Neal Morse. Coverta is the first CD of covers recorded by ADRENALINE MOB.




01. “High Wire,” Badlands

02. “Stand Up and Shout,” Dio

03. “Break on Through,” The Doors

04. “Romeo Delight,” Van Halen

05. “Barracuda,” Heart

06. “Kill the King,” Rainbow

07. “The Lemon Song,” Led Zeppelin

08. “The Mob Rules,” Black Sabbath



In support of their album Omerta and debut single, ‘Come Undone’, ADRENALINE MOB will be commencing a U.S. tour on March 12th.


Yesterday, the band began leaving individual posts on their official Facebook page for each tour date below, inviting attendees to that specific date to comment. A few of the lucky commenters on each date post will be chosen to take part in a special meet & greet with the band before that show date (winners will be announced in the comments). Head to www.facebook.com/adrenalinemob to check out the posts… New Haven, CT and New York City have already been posted!



The tour will consist of two legs this spring and tickets are on sale now. The dates for the first leg are:


3/12 – New Haven, CT @ Toads Place

3/13 –New York, NY @ Marlin @ Webster Hall

3/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

3/15 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock

3/16 – West Springfield, VA @ Empire

3/18 – Jacksonville, FL @ Brewster’s Roc Bar

3/19 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum

3/20 – Orlando, FL @ The Haven

3/22 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

3/23 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

3/24 – Dallas, TX @ Trees

3/25 – Abilene, TX @ Lucky Mule

3/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto

3/28 – San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick

3/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon

3/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy

4/1 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep

4/2 – Kansas City, KS @ The VooDoo Lounge

4/4 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar

4/5 – Nashville, TN @ Exit IN

4/6 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

4/7 – Richmond, VA @ Kingdom


Nothing More will be the support act on the first leg.



For more information on ADRENALINE MOB, please visit www.adrenalinemob.com.

AEON ZEN Releases Second Video in “Top 5 Riffs” Series

English progressive-metallers AEON ZEN released their third opus Enigma to the word one week ago today onNightmare Records / Sony / RED. It is an ambitiously creative and powerful concept album featuring nine continuous tracks that show the obvious strengths of the band, plus two bonus tracks available on the CD version only. Enigma is available on CD and Digital Download at your favorite North American vendors.

Today AEON ZEN is pleased to present the second in their series of their “Top 5 Riffs” series. The second video in the series features vocalist Andi Kravljaca and his “Top 5 Vocal Riffs”, check it out:

Andi commented on the video:

“The vocals on any AEON ZEN record are always a cacophonous spectacle of layers, harmonies and characterizations done by some of the best voices in the business – and, of course, me. Nowhere is this more evident than in our latest offering – Enigma. Join me, if you will, in an exploration of the five places on Enigma where the vocals really make the album shine.”

GuitarWorld.com the online home of Guitar World Magazine, is hosting an exclusive stream of Enigma. Hear it HERE.

Don’t miss the bands “Top 5 Guitar Riffs” Video HERE.

Four years after their formation and having released two albums AEON ZEN are continuing from strength to strength, bringing their own brand of creative, complex, melodic progressive metal to fans all over the world, along with their highly energised live shows.

Enigma was produced by founding member Rich Hinks, AEON ZEN pushes the boundaries even wider from beautiful to brutal incorporating their own technical groove prog style and their early influences of Dream Theater, Metallica, Opeth and Cynic to create their own unique sound and identity.

Rich Hinks – Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Andi Kravljaca – Vocals
Matt Shepherd – Guitar
Shaz – Keyboards
Steve Burton – Drums

Enigma Tracklisting:
1. Enter the Enigma
2. Artificial Soul
3. Divinity
4. Seven Hills
5. Warning
6. Turned to Ash
7. Still Human
8. Eternal Snow
9. Downfall
10. Survival (Bonus Track)
11. Time Divine 2.0 (Bonus Track)

Enigma features guest vocals by:
Nate Loosemore (Lost In Thought)
Atle Pettersen (Above Symmetry)
Jonny Tatum (Eumeria)

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Alice in Chains Release Fan Made Lyric Video for “Hollow”

Those who have been following recent Alice in Chains news know that they have teasing us with snippets of lyrics for the past few weeks. Finally, The band has released a fan made lyric video for the single “Hollow” for the as yet untitled and no release date specified. Cantrell recently told Guitar World, “It’s like having to deal with the sophomore jinx for the second time in our career,” said guitarist Jerry Cantrell of the pressure to follow 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue. “In my opinion, that record stood up to anything else we’ve put out in our career. And this new one is right up there as well.”

Check out “Hollow” here:

THERION New Album Les Fleus du Mal Streaming on GuitarWorld.com

THERION are currently celebrating their 25th anniversary and will release their new album Les Fleurs du Mal tomorrow in North America via End of the Light Records. Today GuitarWorld.com the online home of Guitar World Magazine is hosting an exclusive stream on Les Fleurs du Mal in its entirety HERE. The album can also be streamed courtesy of AOL Music HERE.

There are still many details that are unknown about this mystical art project, and so far only the album title Les Fleurs du Mal can be officially announced. The album title refers to Charles Baudelaire’s (French author and poet 1821 – 1867) famous poem collection “Flowers of Evil” (Les Fleurs du Mal in French) that caused such an upset of emotions in France that the author was brought to court and got fined for “insulting the public” with six of the poems, that remained forbidden in France until 1949 when the ban was finally lifted. The spirit of the project is a tribute to Baudelaire, and is imbued into both music and artwork. The album was recorded at Adulruna studio, located in a separate building next to Johnsson’s decadent “Villa Adulruna” where the band lived together while recording.

Les Fleurs du Mal is available to order on Amazon.

MISS MAY I to Headline THE AP TOUR FALL 2012

Cleveland-based youth-culture magazine C has just announced MISS MAY I as the headliner for their annual fall tour, THE AP TOUR FALL 2012, sponsored by PETERSAYSDENIM. The tour, featuring a line-up handpicked by the AP staff, will be heading out on a 32-day trek that kicks off mid-October till the end of November. Tour dates will be announced soon.

MISS MAY I will receive direct support from California heavy hitters THE GHOST INSIDE, melodic metal act LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES, Australia’s modern metal quintet THE AMITY AFFLICTION, and technical metal up-and-comers GLASS CLOUD.

Once again, THE AP TOUR includes built-in incentives for both the fans and the bands. Presale purchasers will be given the first opportunity to buy a limited VIP package along with an exclusive add-on offer. With the purchase of a ticket and an additional $17, fans will receive a one-year subscription to AP and all three covers of the AP TOUR FALL 2012 issue. In addition, AP is offering a limited VIP Package with the purchase of a ticket and an additional $48. This package includes all three covers of the AP Tour issue, a one-year subscription to AP, access to a meet & greet with MISS MAY I, a sit-in on MISS MAY I’s soundcheck, a signed copy of Miss May I’s new record At Heart, a VIP laminate and an AP Tour USB with exclusive MP3s, videos and additional content from all your favorite AP Tour bands. Don’t miss out on this first-come-first served opportunity before they sell out.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale from August 7th through 9th at http://theaptour.ducatking.com/ and go on general sale on August 10th at 10 am local venue time. To read more about the tour, please visit www.altpress.com/theaptour and www.twitter.com/theaptour.

Guitar World Magazine and DRUM! Magazine recently posted exclusive videos highlighting MISS MAY I’s gear that they are using on this year’s VANS WARPED TOUR. You can check out the guitar/bass video here and the drum video here. Take a behind-the-scenes look at specific gear the band uses and hear explanations straight from the guys on why they use the gear they do and how it shapes their signature sound.

Additionally, MISS MAY I posted their third official VANS WARPED TOUR video update today. Head to the band’s official YouTube page right now to check out the video.