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Chicago-based rock outfit THE LAST VEGAS will release its fifth studio album, “Sweet Salvation”, on May 12 in Europe and May 13 in North America via The ILS Group. The follow-up to 2012’s “Bad Decisions” was recorded at the end of 2013 in Los Angeles, California by renowned producer and engineer Roy Z. (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON, JUDAS PRIEST, HELLOWEEN, SEPULTURA).

“Sweet Salvation” track listing:

01. Touch The Sky
02. Come With Me
03. Invicible Summer
04. Lucky 13
05. Miss You
06. Face In The Crowd
07. You & Me (You Never Know)
08. Death Style
09. Sweet Salvation

Check out the video for lead single “Come With Me” below and grab a free download of the track here.

THE LAST VEGAS will embark on a 23-date European tour on May 15. The band will be visiting U.K., Germany, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, The Netherlands and Belgium through June in support of the new album.

Formed in 2005, THE LAST VEGAS cut its teeth relentlessly playing in support of two independent releases. In 2009, the band burst on to the national scene when MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s Nikki Sixx saw them play live in Los Angeles and subsequently co-produced their third album, “Whatever Gets You Off”. More touring followed, including a stint opening MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s “Saints Of Los Angeles” tour.

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Brazil’s Wikimetal podcast recently conducted an interview with DOKKEN frontman and namesake Don Dokken. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

DOKKEN‘s eleventh studio album, “Broken Bones”, sold around 2,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 173 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on September 25 via Frontiers Records, the effort was made available in two configurations: standard CD and limited-edition CD in digipak with a bonus DVD, which features a comprehensive “Making Of The Album” documentary.

“Broken Bones” was produced by Don Dokken and was mixed by Bob St. John (EXTREME, DURAN DURAN, COLLECTIVE SOUL) and Wyn Davis (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, WHITESNAKE) and mastered by famed engineer Maor Appelbaum (HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA). The new set features a return to the band’s signature sound of catchy melodies, hot riffs and monster production.

Interview (audio):

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The official lyric video for the song “Over The Top” from Finnish metallers BATTLE BEAST can be seen below. The track comes off the band’s self-titled sophomore album, which entered the official chart in the band’s home country at position No. 5. Released in Europe on May 17 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was produced and mixed by the band at JKB Studios in Helsinki and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. The cover artwork was created by Claudio Bergamin (HALFORD, ARJEN A. LUCASSEN, MAGICA).

Comments the band: “Over the top — words to live by! This song perfectly sets the tone for our upcoming metal crusade next month.

“We’re stoked to get back on the streets and tour with all these great bands [POWERWOLF, MAJESTY, ASHES OF ARES and WISDOM]. It’s gonna be fun, it’s gonna be metal and it sure the hell is gonna be OVER THE TOP!! See you all next month!”

BATTLE BEAST last fall parted ways with lead singer Nitte Vänskä and replaced her with Noora Louhimo.

In an interview with Metal Divas, Noora explained how she ended up fronting BATTLE BEAST: “Last September (2012), I got a call from Anton [Kabanen, guitar] that they want me to join BATTLE BEAST. I had heard their music and loved the sound and the vocals, so the next day I called Anton and said I’m in.

Anton found me by accident on YouTube when he was searching for the new vocalist. He had been looking for a vocalist — male or female; [it did not] matter. The only thing that mattered was can that [he or she could] sing his songs without compromises.

“I’ve been singing since I was 4 years old. While being a huge fan of heavy metal of ’80s and a teenager, I had some classical singing lessons when I was 16 years old. Then at the age of 19, I started studying music in pop/jazz line. At the same time, I started doing some jam sessions at bars. There I found my first band (ADMIRAL OCTOPUS) in the blues bar. We used to play rock and blues music from ’60s-’70s and Janis Joplin was the reason I got the rasp in my voice. After ADMIRAL OCTOPUS, in 2011, I took part in a singing competition (‘Wanna Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star’) at Henry’s Pub of Tampere and won it with Janis Joplin‘s ‘Piece Of My Heart’. That’s how my single ‘Relax’ was born.”

BATTLE BEAST‘s debut album, “Steel” — which was originally released in Finland in 2011 via Hype Records — was made available internationally on January 27, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Fan-filmed video footage of BATTLE BEAST‘s July 26 performance at Qstock at Kuusisaari in Oulu, Finland can be seen below.

The self-titled sophomore album from BATTLE BEAST entered the official chart in the band’s home country at position No. 5. Released in Europe on May 17 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was produced and mixed by the band at JKB Studios in Helsinki and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. The cover artwork was created by Claudio Bergamin (HALFORD, ARJEN A. LUCASSEN, MAGICA).

BATTLE BEAST last fall parted ways with lead singer Nitte Vänskä and replaced her with Noora Louhimo.

In an interview with Metal Divas, Noora explained how she ended up fronting BATTLE BEAST: “Last September (2012), I got a call from Anton [Kabanen, guitar] that they want me to join BATTLE BEAST. I had heard their music and loved the sound and the vocals, so the next day I called Anton and said I’m in.

Anton found me by accident on YouTube when he was searching for the new vocalist. He had been looking for a vocalist — male or female; [it did not] matter. The only thing that mattered was can that [he or she could] sing his songs without compromises.

“I’ve been singing since I was 4 years old. While being a huge fan of heavy metal of ’80s and a teenager, I had some classical singing lessons when I was 16 years old. Then at the age of 19, I started studying music in pop/jazz line. At the same time, I started doing some jam sessions at bars. There I found my first band (ADMIRAL OCTOPUS) in the blues bar. We used to play rock and blues music from ’60s-’70s and Janis Joplin was the reason I got the rasp in my voice. After ADMIRAL OCTOPUS, in 2011, I took part in a singing competition (‘Wanna Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star’) at Henry’s Pub of Tampere and won it with Janis Joplin‘s ‘Piece Of My Heart’. That’s how my single ‘Relax’ was born.”

BATTLE BEAST‘s debut album, “Steel” — which was originally released in Finland in 2011 via Hype Records — was made available internationally on January 27, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.





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A longtime contributor to Guitar World magazine with his “Metal For Life” instructional column, metal guitar shredder “Metal” Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, TESTAMENT, SEBASTIAN BACH) has delivered another DVD packed with intense heavy metal guitar instruction.

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DEATH DEALER, the new band featuring MANOWAR and the DICTATORS guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman alongside vocalist Sean Peck (CAGE), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike Davis (HALFORD, LIZZY BORDEN), and drummer Kenny “Rhino” Earl (MANOWAR), has posted the first video recap of the group’s recently completed string

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DEATH DEALER, the new band featuring MANOWAR and the DICTATORS guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman alongside vocalist Sean Peck (CAGE), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike Davis (HALFORD, LIZZY BORDEN), and drummer Kenny “Rhino” Earl (MANOWAR), kicked off its first-ever string of live shows this past Friday, July 5 at

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DEATH DEALER, the new band featuring MANOWAR and the DICTATORS guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman alongside vocalist Sean Peck (CAGE), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike Davis (HALFORD, LIZZY BORDEN), and drummer Kenny “Rhino” Earl (MANOWAR), will play its first-ever live shows on a string of dates in Southern Calif

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ACW Games has announced the release of “Destroy”, a heavy-metal instrumental single from the upcoming “Zombie Squash Soundtrack”, written, produced and performed by Roy Z, known for his stellar production work with SEPULTURA, SEBASTIAN BACH and HALFORD.

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Jose of MexProg recently conducted an interview via Skype with acclaimed drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, SEBASTIAN BACH, FATES WARNING) about a number of topics, including Jarzombek’s work on the upcoming FATES WARNING studio album.

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