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Due to “unforeseen circumstances,” NIGHTRAGE‘s former singer, Jimmie Strimell (ENDS WITH A BULLET, ex-DEAD BY APRIL, DEATHDESTRUCTION) was unable to rejoin the band for their September 20 concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. Handling lead vocals at the show was Ronnie Nyman from ALWAYS WAR. Also appearing with NIGHTRAGE founder/guitarist Marios Iliopoulos at the Gothenburg concert were drummer Marcus Rosell (ENDS WITH A BULLET, DORM PATROL) and guitarist Jesper Strömblad (THE RESISTANCE, CEREMONIAL OATH, ex-IN FLAMES).

Fan-filmed video footage of the September 20 performance can be seen below.

Vocalist Antony Hämäläinen left NIGHTRAGE in June in order “to explore other musical ventures.”

Iliopoulos recently revealed that he was preparing to begin the songwriting process for the band’s new album, which is expected in 2014. The group is also seeking a suitable label home for the upcoming CD following NIGHTRAGE‘s split with Lifeforce Records.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Hämäläinen was unable to perform with NIGHTRAGE at the Gothenburg Sound Festival on January 5 at Trädgårn in Gothenburg, Sweden. His replacement for this show was NIGHTRAGE‘s former frontman Tomas Lindberg from AT THE GATES.

Lindberg — who is also known for his work with THE CROWN and LOCK UP — appeared on NIGHTRAGE‘s first two albums (2003’s “Sweet Vengeance” and 2005’s “Descent Into Chaos”) before being replaced by Jimmie Strimell, who sang on 2007’s “A New Disease Is Born”.

NIGHTRAGE‘s fifth album, “Insidious”, was released in September 2011 via Lifeforce Records. The CD featured guest appearances by Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND), Tomas S. Englund (EVERGREY), Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS), John K (BIOMECHANICAL) and Lindberg.

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One of the U.K.’s finest exponents of traditional metal, PRIMITAI has released the video for its new single, “Scream When You See Us”. The track, which features a guest appearance by JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner, is described in a press release as “a powerful blast of melodic metal but one that never loses sight of the rich heritage of bands like PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN and having the dextrous six string skills of Faulkner adds a whole new level of intensity.”

“Scream When You See Us” comes off PRIMITAI‘s new album, “Rise Again”, which will be released on October 14.

The debut single from the album, entitled “Fortune Favours The Brave”, was made available on July 31. The track is described in a press release as “a fist-in-the-air, intense slice of no-holds-barred heavy metal.”

Comments PRIMITAI drummer Chris Chilcott: “Mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordström (DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY, SABATON, IN FLAMES, HAMMERFALL, FIREWIND) at Studio Fredman, Gothenburg, Sweden, and recorded by Tom Keech at Stakeout Studios, London, this album represents a year’s worth of blood, sweat and tears. We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved with our latest creation and can’t wait for you guys to hear it.”

PRIMITAI recently announced the addition of guitarist Tom Draper to the group’s ranks. He replaces founding member Nick Saxby, who left the band earlier this year. Tom‘s arrival has added a fresh impetus to proceedings as well as, alongside Srdjan Bilic, some inspired guitar work.

PRIMITAI is:

Guy Miller (vocals)
Tom Draper (guitar)
Srdjan Bilic (guitar)
Jamie Lordcastle (bass)
Chris Chilcott (drums)



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Video footage of FIREWIND and OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G. (real name: Kostas Karamitroudis) demonstrating his signature BBE G Screamer overdrive pedal can be seen below.

“The Green Screamer was working great for me, but I had ideas about how to make it even better for my tone,” Gus said. “Paul Gagon and I collaborated, and we modified the input driver to the distortion circuit so that more lower-mid harmonics are focused where I want them. Now my new G Screamer pedal lets me drive even more harmonics, and they’re focused right where I need them to be for a cleaner, tighter distortion.

“The G Screamer delivers explosive power with precision. It’s my new weapon.

“Want a killer screaming lead tone like mine? Step on a G Screamer!”

For more information about the G Screamer, visit bbesound.com.

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Due to “unforeseen circumstances,” NIGHTRAGE‘s former singer, Jimmie Strimell (ENDS WITH A BULLET, ex-DEAD BY APRIL, DEATHDESTRUCTION) will be unable to rejoin the band for their September 20 concert in Gothenburg, Sweden and their upcoming Japanese tour. The group states: “Ronnie Nyman from ALWAYS WAR will help us on that show on vocals.” Also appearing with NIGHTRAGE founder/guitarist Marios Iliopoulos at the Gothenburg concert will be drummer Marcus Rosell (ENDS WITH A BULLET, DORM PATROL) and guitarist Jesper Strömblad (THE RESISTANCE, CEREMONIAL OATH, ex-IN FLAMES)

Vocalist Antony Hämäläinen left NIGHTRAGE in June in order “to explore other musical ventures.”

Iliopoulos recently revealed that he was preparing to begin the songwriting process for the band’s new album, which is expected in 2014. The group is also seeking a suitable label home for the upcoming CD following NIGHTRAGE‘s split with Lifeforce Records.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Hämäläinen was unable to perform with NIGHTRAGE at the Gothenburg Sound Festival on January 5 at Trädgårn in Gothenburg, Sweden. His replacement for this show was NIGHTRAGE‘s former frontman Tomas Lindberg from AT THE GATES.

Lindberg — who is also known for his work with THE CROWN and LOCK UP — appeared on NIGHTRAGE‘s first two albums (2003’s “Sweet Vengeance” and 2005’s “Descent Into Chaos”) before being replaced by Jimmie Strimell, who sang on 2007’s “A New Disease Is Born”.

NIGHTRAGE‘s fifth album, “Insidious”, was released in September 2011 via Lifeforce Records. The CD featured guest appearances by Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND), Tomas S. Englund (EVERGREY), Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS), John K (BIOMECHANICAL) and Lindberg.

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The reformed CHASTAIN — featuring Leather Leone on vocals — has set “Surrender To No One” as the title of its comeback album, tentatively due in early 2014 via an as-yet-undetermined record label.

“Surrender To No One” track listing:

01. Surrender To No One
02. Fear My Wrath
03. I Am Sin
04. Stand And Fight
05. Freedom Within
06. Bleed Through Me
07. Call Of The Wild
08. Evil Awaits Us
09. Save Me Tonight
10. Deep Down In The Darkness
11. Rise Up

Guitarist David T. Chastain and Leather Leone have been writing material since January. Also back in the saddle is original bassist Mike Skimmerhorn. The drum tracks for the CD were recorded by Stian Kristoffersen (PAGAN’S MIND, FIREWIND) since original drummer Fred Coury is still busy touring with CINDERELLA and other projects.

The Leather-fronted version of CHASTAIN recorded five CDs in the mid-to-late 1980s: 1985’s “Mystery Of Illusion”, 1986’s “Ruler Of The Wasteland”, 1987’s “The 7th Of Never”, 1988’s “The Voice Of The Cult” and 1990’s “For Those Who Dare”. After the “For Those Who Dare” tour, David and Leather amicably went their separate ways but kept in touch over the years.

Leather last year released the debut album from her SLEDGE LEATHER project, “Imagine Me Alive”. The CD was inspired in 2010 when Leather called Sandy Sledge to collaborate on the Ronnie James Dio track “Egypt” for a demo tribute recording. Due to the overwhelming response for more material, SLEDGE LEATHER was born and was confirmed for Germany’s Keep It True festival in April 2011.

Regarding the new CHASTAIN material, David states: “We are trying to write and record music that is expected of us but with some modern twists and turns. We demoed up 20 tracks and it was difficult to leave any of them off the CD. Stian did an amazing job with the drum tracks and his performance is probably the best drumming on any CHASTAIN release to date. We have been in no rush as we wanted to make sure everything would live up to our past releases, but at this point we are in the home stretch.”

Leviathan Records in 2010 released “The Reign of Leather”, a collection of CHASTAIN tracks Leather had a hand in writing during her glory days with the band. Leviathan also reissued two of the classic CHASTAIN CDs with Leather: “The 7th of Never” and “The Voice Of The Cult”. Both were digitally remastered and are in their original unedited versions.

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One of the U.K.’s finest exponents of traditional metal, PRIMITAI will release a new single, “Scream When You See Us”, on September 9. The track, which features a guest appearance by JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner, is described in a press release as “a powerful blast of melodic metal but one that never loses sight of the rich heritage of bands like PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN and having the dextrous six string skills of Faulkner adds a whole new level of intensity.”

“Scream When You See Us” comes off PRIMITAI‘s new album, “Rise Again”, which will be released on October 14.

The debut single from the album, entitled “Fortune Favours The Brave”, was made available on July 31. The track is described in a press release as “a fist-in-the-air, intense slice of no-holds-barred heavy metal.”

Check out a teaser clip below.

Comments PRIMITAI drummer Chris Chilcott: “Mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordström (DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY, SABATON, IN FLAMES, HAMMERFALL, FIREWIND) at Studio Fredman, Gothenburg, Sweden, and recorded by Tom Keech at Stakeout Studios, London, this album represents a year’s worth of blood, sweat and tears. We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved with our latest creation and can’t wait for you guys to hear it.”

PRIMITAI recently announced the addition of guitarist Tom Draper to the group’s ranks. He replaces founding member Nick Saxby, who left the band earlier this year. Tom‘s arrival has added a fresh impetus to proceedings as well as, alongside Srdjan Bilic, some inspired guitar work.

PRIMITAI is:

Guy Miller (vocals)
Tom Draper (guitar)
Srdjan Bilic (guitar)
Jamie Lordcastle (bass)
Chris Chilcott (drums)



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“Too Big To Fail”, the new video from LOVE.MIGHT.KILL, the German/Italian melodic metal band led by drummer Michael Ehré (GAMMA RAY, FIREWIND, ULI JON ROTH, METALIUM), can be seen below. The song comes off the group’s sophomore album, “2 Big 2 Fail”, which was released last October via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2011’s “Brace For Impact” was once again produced by Ehré and mixed and mastered by Markus Teske at his Bazement Studios.

“2 Big 2 Fail” track listing:

01. Save My Soul
02. XTC
03. Burn The Night
04. The One
05. Restless Heart
06. Home
07. The Great Escape
08. Too Big To Fail
09. We Fall
10. The Big Screen Pleasure (And Pain)
11. Alone
12. The Perfect Mistake

While “Brace For Impact” was composed by Michael and Jan, LOVE.MIGHT.KILL now has three more “fantastic” songwriters in its ranks, having been joined by Christian Stöver (guitar), Stefan Ellerhorst (guitar) and Sascha Onnen (keyboards).

LOVE.MIGHT.KILL is:

Jan Manenti – Vocals
Michael Ehré – Drums
Stefan Ellerhorst – Guitar
Christian Stöver – Guitar
Jogi Sweers – Bass
Sascha Onnen – Keyboards

For more information, visit www.lovemightkill.com.



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DARKOLOGY, the Texas-based band featuring guitarist Michael Harris (VITALIJ KUPRIJ), drummer Brian Harris (ex-FIREWIND), bassist Mike Neal and vocalist Kelly “Sundown” Carpenter (FIREWIND, BEYOND TWILIGHT, OUTWORLD), will release its sophomore album, “Fated To Burn”, in late 2013 or early 2014 through Prime Eon Media. The CD was mixed and mastered by legendary producer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, ANVIL, THIN LIZZY) at his studio in the U.K. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include “Eyes Of The Machine”, “Quantum Genocide”, “On Morrow’s Break”, “Nobot 2” and “Your Hollow Soul”.

Says the band: “This is album is a tribute to the old-school and it’s our hope that what we’ve done here will remind the listener why they got into metal in the first place.”

The amazing Harris brothers have again put their indelible stamp on these songs. Michael, arguably one of the best guitarists in metal and beyond, brings the killer riffs, solos and big atmosphere as Brian, his younger brother, punishes the skins like there’s no tomorrow.

Finally, the always dynamic and melodic Mike Neal has not only played some mean bass and done a lot of backing vocals but has also written most of the lyrics on this album, proving this to be a total group effort.

Rainer Kalwitz, the illustrator for such bands as SHADOW GALLERY and PRAYING MANTIS, has provided DARKOLOGY with an eye-catching and very fitting cover painting.

The “Fated To Burn” title track can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

“Altered Reflections” was released in November 2009 via Rockaholics Records.

According to a press release, DARKOLOGY‘s music features “ultra-tight, technical playing that serves the songs just right and remains transparent. The rhythm section just grooves wildly and delivers some impressive battery. And towering above all else, Sundown just redefines the term ‘metal singer.’ With some 15 different vocal styles, ranging from whispers to delirious screams and wails, he’s as theatrical as they come. Imagine a guy with Ripper Owens‘ or Rob Halford‘s ra(n)ge, Jon Oliva‘s wickedness and Midnight‘s madness! Then multiply!”



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OZZY OSBOURNE and FIREWIND guitarist Gus G. (real name: Kostas Karamitroudis) was interviewed on the August 16-18 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.

Full Metal Jackie: FIREWIND celebrated its 10th anniversary by releasing a live album called “Apotheosis – Live 2012” and it’s sort of an end of a chapter in the FIREWIND story. It’s an overview of the first 10 years of recorded music and a farewell to singer Apollo [Papathanasio]. So is now a good time to think of taking the band in different direction?

Gus: Good question. I haven’t thought of it, actually. I haven’t thought how the future is going to be for the band. Right now we are touring with our new singer, Kelly Carpenter, who is actually an American guy who lives in Belgium, so he’s close to Europe. You know, it’s going really good with him and we’ll see what happens. I can’t image that the next music we will put out will be somewhat different, but I guess it will be great, too. You have to keep your own identity somehow.

Full Metal Jackie: Gus, you formed the band and you’re one of the members from the beginning. Many people regard FIREWIND as your band kind of like your other gig where it’s Ozzy‘s band. What’s the most important lesson you have learned from him about being a leader?

Gus: Ozzy is a leader but he’s the best player and he makes everyone feel special. He gives everyone the spotlight. He’s a team player. He’s such a professional guy and it’s been amazing to tour with him. He’s the first guy to show up and the last guy to leave. You wouldn’t expect that, right? But he still does it and still has such a passion after 40-plus years.

Full Metal Jackie: Did you ever think in a million years that you would play in a band with Ozzy Osbourne?

Gus: Never in a million years; just like you said it. I mean, come on, you know being from Greece, you don’t even think about it, like even when I got called to do the audition and I was like, “I probably won’t get the gig, but…”

Full Metal Jackie: But at least you get to say you got to audition for Ozzy.

Gus: Exactly! I will have the coolest story for my friends and whoever for life. Like, hey I got to jam with Ozzy for a few songs. Little did I know.

Full Metal Jackie: How do you feel about the difference between the fans here and the fans out there in the U.K.?

Gus: I think it’s very similar. I mean, American audiences know their metal and love their metal. You know, it’s the same in the U.K. I mean, you’re from here, so you spot differences but for me I see a lot of similarities. They are both passionate and love going crazy at the concerts, that is for sure.

Full Metal Jackie: Gus, your formative musical influences are a wide range of styles from progressive infusion to classic rock. What has been invaluable from coming from a diverse background in terms of the music you make now?

Gus: What sums up my style is, I have such a love for hard rock and the ’70s and ’80s. But also blending it with the modern stuff. Obviously I’m from the newer generation. I guess that’s what I’ve been trying to do all these years; mix it up. Have that classic rock or classic heavy metal vibe into the stuff I’m doing now.

Full Metal Jackie: You had a solo record coming out. What are you working on?

Gus: I’m working on my first solo album. It’s going to be something completely different from what I’ve been doing with FIREWIND. It’ll be more on the classic rock vibe, or straightforward rock and roll. There’s going to be some instrumentals with some different singers on it; special guests. I’ve been out here tracking drums in L.A. Now I’m going to go home and start tracking guitars.

Full Metal Jackie: You’ve played with everyone from ARCH ENEMY to DREAM EVIL, IN THIS MOMENT and many others. How does being so active musically benefit what you bring to FIREWIND?

Gus: I don’t know. Does it bring anything? I guess for me, I would think of myself as a musicians who can adapt to different situations depending on whatever band I’m jamming with.

Full Metal Jackie: There’s got to be different dynamics in every band you’ve ever guested in.

Gus: There is. You can’t compare anything with a band like ARCH ENEMY with FIREWIND. Obviously, it was a much heavier band, more brutal stuff. But I think I’ve been learning from each band I’ve played with. That’s helped me shape my sound and my style. I think somehow I hope some of that reflects what I’m doing with FIREWIND. Although that falls into a different genre.

Full Metal Jackie: What are you plans for the rest of the summer and beyond?

Gus: We actually played a bunch of festivals over in Europe and we’ve been gigging, doing festivals since late April. Now July was a break for us but we’re going back to do a few festivals again in Europe; Bloodstock and Summer Breeze. Then I think there are talks about going to Australia. We had that tour but we postponed it, it was supposed to happen last April. So, I’m hoping we’ll be putting that back together and announcing some Australian shows at the tail end of the year. In between I’ll just be finishing recording my solo project.

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Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne) has announced an Italian guitar clinic tour presented by Modern Music Institute.

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