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“Blown Away”, the new video from Canadian rockers CONEY HATCH, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s reunion album, “Four”, which will be released on September 24 in North America and September 27 in Europe via Frontiers Records.

Once dubbed “the loudest band in Toronto,” CONEY HATCH is back with its first record of new material in over two decades. “Four” is chock-full of the unique brand of melodic riff-rock that first brought the band to the attention of critics and rock fans all over the world.

Formed back in the early ’80s in Toronto Canada, original members Andy Curran, Carl Dixon, Dave Ketchum and Steve Shelski released three records on Anthem Records in Canada and Polygram for the rest of the world. The band toured relentlessly and played support slots on tour with the likes of JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, ACCEPT, TED NUGENT and CHEAP TRICK, to name a few. After three releases and many miles of success and rocky road under their belts, the four band members went their separate ways in 1986.

The story of this reunion is an amazing journey that only fate could be responsible for. Late one night, on his way home from a recording session in Australia, a weary Carl Dixon had a near fatal head-on car collision that left him clinging to life. While Carl was still in an induced coma, his wife reached out to the other members of CONEY HATCH and asked them to offer words of encouragement over to the phone to Carl. She held the phone to his ear as he lay unconscious in his bed. “I told him to get better quick,” says bassist/vocalist Andy Curran. “I said we had a lot more rockin’ to do with CONEY HATCH. I really didn’t think we’d play together again but it just came out of my mouth… and Carl remembered it!”

After many operations, Band-Aids, stitches, titanium rods, doctors, nurses, medicine and sheer gut-determination Carl Dixon returned to the stage with his three original bandmates in August of 2010 in Hamilton Ontario in front of 7,500 hungry HATCH fans. News of that show travelled fast and the original CONEY HATCH was soon invited to play Firefest 2011 for their first time ever in the U.K.! The rave reviews flooded in after that sweaty night in Nottingham and the band returned to their homeland to find a record deal offer waiting for an all new CONEY HATCH record.

After much discussion and soul-searching, the band decided to grab the opportunity from Frontiers to work together again. They enlisted the help of long time friend and Juno Award-winning engineer Vic Florencia (Danko Jones, Nelly Furtado, Hillary Duff, Marc Jordan, Olivia Newton-John etc) to capture the new recordings.

“All of us are thrilled to have recorded a fourth CONEY HATCH record,” says Curran. “We never thought it would happen but the stars aligned and hell froze over! The new material feels like it could have been the record after ‘Outa Hand’ before ‘Friction’… Its raw and not too overproduced, but still has that vintage HATCH sound. Sonically, we did a ‘2013 L.A. botox face lift’ job and it sounds pretty fresh. The recording process was extremely challenging as the four of us all live separate lives in four different towns…it was honestly like herding cats, but eventually we got them all in the same bag! We’re very happy with the final outcome.”

“Four” track listing:

01. Blown Away
02. Boys Club
03. Down & Dirty
04. Do It Again
05. Connected
06. Revive
07. We Want More
08. Devil U Know
09. Marseille
10. Keep Drivin’
11. Holdin’ On


Carl Dixon (lead vocal, guitar)
Andy Curran (vocals, bass)
Steve Shelski (lead guitar)
Dave Ketchum (drums)


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New Jersey melodic thrash-metal warriors GOD FORBID have officially called it quits following the departure of guitarist/vocalist Doc Coyle.

Said guitarist Matt Wicklund in a statement: “As many of you have heard, GOD FORBID has broken up. It is a sad time for us and also a time of new beginnings.

“The past four years have been an amazing journey for me and I am forever thankful for the experiences I have gained and the the musical family that I was welcomed into. I have grown immensely from all of this as an artist and a person.

“I am very proud of the album ‘Equilibrium’ that I got to write and record with the guys and I loved every minute I got to play all of the songs, new and old, on stages around the world for all of the wild and loyal GOD FORBID fans. Thank you all again for the good times. . Cheers to all of you and to my brothers Doc Coyle, John Outcalt, Corey Pierce and Byron Davis.

“New chapters are unfolding for all of us and I am taking all I’ve learned forward into a new and exciting musical adventure. GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS is now my main musical outlet and I would be honored to see all of you again and share this new journey with you all!

“Here’s to good memories and to amazing things yet to come!!!”

Added vocalist Byron Davis: “Yes, it’s true, GOD FORBID is down. We are a family for the most part. Some move on while others keep it real like before the band began. I should feel sad, but I don’t right now because a new chapter has begun. I’ll be seeing you all around somewhere. Believe that.”

Drummer Corey Pierce said simply: “No more suspense… GOD FORBID is over. Sorry.”

“Equilibrium”, sold 3,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 156 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at No. 7 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

“Equilibrium” was released on March 27, 2012 via Victory Records. The bulk of the CD was recorded by Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, TRIVIUM), with Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, CHIMAIRA, DEVILDRIVER) stepping in during the the vocal-tracking stage. The effort was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with such acts as KATATONIA, OPETH, PARADISE LOST and AMON AMARTH.

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Guitarist Rob Maric of Dead Letter Circus has checked in with the following announcement about officially parting ways with the band:

“Hey folks,

“As some of you have noticed I have not been in DLC for most of 2012. I’d like to take this moment to let everyone know that I officially won’t be returning to the band. I’d like to thank Kim, Stewie, Licka, Scott and Tom for an amazing journey over the last 8 years.

“I’d like to say an extra special thanks to Mr. Kim Benzie (aka Benzel Washington). The friendship and musical bond we’ve shared since our random meeting in 2004 (no, it wasn’t a public toilet) is a rare thing and I feel very lucky to have experienced that. You will always be a role model for hard work, determination and general life ass-kickery. Also not to mention the way you handled some things this year which would have driven anyone else to strangle me. You looked out for me like a true brother and I’ll never forget that.

“I’d also like to sneak in a big thank you to Forry, Ev McHugh, Vinnie, Pete, Jim, Rog, Griff, Tonks, Tiff, Stevie, Greg, Adrian, Danielle, AJ, Ernie, Loosh, Owen, Julia, Edwin, Kurt, Ben, Adam, Chantelle, Tyson, Forbes, Jarrad, Cameron Gray, Matt Bartlem and the amazing fans that made the DLC ride possible.

“Love you all (in the most manly way possible). Have an amazing 2013. Peace out y’all.”

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