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Full Throttle Rock recently conducted an interview with German metal queen Doro Pesch. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Full Throttle Rock: Congratulations on what has been an outstanding career; could you have imagined when you started out singing that your career would last 30 years?

Doro Pesch: Oh no, no. It was, like, when I started I thought maybe two, three, four years. After thirty years, it has been great. It has been a hard fight, but it has been fantastic, touring around the world with many great experiences, many great friends. We toured with all the bands I love, that I would never have imagined I’d have a chance to talk to them, then we were on tour with all my heroes, Ronnie James Dio, JUDAS PRIEST, SCORPIONS, MOTÖRHEAD, and it has been a great amazing time.

Full Throttle Rock: Congratulations on the release of the “Raise Your Fist” album. You must be incredibly proud at how this album turned out?

Doro Pesch: Yes, yes, absolutely. I think, you know, what can be better than a duet with the man, Lemmy Kilmister. I love that song, it is called “It Still Hurts”. It is very soulful and it is totally different to what people expect, but I think it is a killer song. And the title track, “Raise Your Fist In The Air”, actually is our new anthem, almost like the same feedback like “All We Are”, which is usually our big thing. We play “All We Are” as the last song in the set and everybody gets crazy, but “Raise Your Fist In The Air”, you know, is totally doing the same. I always wanted to have another anthem. Then there are a couple of very fast, speed metal songs like “Revenge” and “Little Headbanger” and one song which I really love is dedicated to Ronnie James Dio which is called “Hero” and I play it at every concert and people are usually moved to tears. I know millions of rock fans feel the same and we had a great chance to tour with Ronnie and we actually became great friends over the last ten years.

Full Throttle Rock: I think “Raise Your Fist” and the last album, “Fear No Evil”, have had a very strong WARLOCK feel about them. Do you feel that too?

Doro Pesch: Yeah, well, I think you could say that. Yeah, it is more the metal spirit, I feel the last couple of years that metal is getting so huge again, I think every record is a sign of the times and I think the last five, six years, it is bigger than ever. When I start writing a record, I do not think like that, I do not think about it, but in the end, when it comes out or it is finished, you think, yeah, it has a lot of old-school great things on it. I always love anthems, but stuff comes out when it comes out, you know. Sometimes you cannot even force it. When something comes out naturally, that is what you are hoping for, and I think on this album many things came out naturally.

Full Throttle Rock: A question I ask a lot of bands I speak to is about metal fans and their incredible loyalty to the genre. Do you have any thoughts on why they remain so devoted and loyal to their favourite bands the way they do?

Doro Pesch: I tell you that is why I have never been married; I love the metal fans. To me, it is like they are my family, my closest friends, and I would do anything for the fans and that will never ever change. They can count on me, because I know I can count on them. The fans worldwide have a heart of gold and they are great people with great spirits and I would totally trust them with my life, which I always do every day. I am so happy to belong to this great metal family, to be one with them, to be a part of them, and I am a fan myself. I think it is something special, something unique, and I am still a big metalhead.

Read the entire interview at Full Throttle Rock.

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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

CONEY HATCH is:

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



Coney-Hatch-Four

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Picture what a combination such metallic-yet-melodic bands as CHEVELLE, DISTURBED and SEVENDUST would sound like, and you’re not far off from 3 YEARS HOLLOW. Hailing from the Quad Cities (Illinois, Iowa), 3 YEARS HOLLOW is comprised of Jose Urquiza (vocals), Tony Reeves (guitar), Neil Kuhlman (guitar, vocals), Dex Digga (bass) and Chris Cushman (drums), and the band is certainly creating a buzz with rock fans throughout the country, resulting in the recent recording contract with Imagen Records.

“We are proud to add 3 YEARS HOLLOW to Imagen‘s increasing lineup,” said Bob Winegard, president of Imagen Records. “We first noticed them in the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands powered by Imagen in last year’s Uproar Tour.” Morgan Rose, newly minted A&R V.P. at Imagen (and drummer of SEVENDUST), added, “We had them out for a few dates and I was floored, extremely tight and energetic. Jose was spot-on every night. The kids were all over them. I wanted them on our label.”

Stated 3 YEARS HOLLOW: “It’s such an amazing feeling to sign with Imagen Records. It feels like we’re able to end one chapter and start a new one with a brand new excitement. This not only opens up more opportunities for us, but also allows us to give more to our fans. That’s something that’s always been important to us. We’re looking forward to working with a group of people and a label that believe in our vision and dream as much as we do.”

3 YEARS HOLLOW‘s as-yet-untitled new album was produced by SEVENDUST guitarist Clint Lowery, and recorded at multiple studios, including Groovemaster Studios (DISTURBED, SEVENDUST, POP EVIL) in Chicago, Ilinois; Trailer Studios in St. Louis, Missouri; and the band’s own studio, Real Trax Recording, in Davenport, Iowa.

3 YEARS HOLLOW has already made their presence felt on SiriusXM Octane, when the station added the song “Remember” to rotation. The band has also shown that they can deliver the goods on the concert stage, as evidenced by dates with the likes of EYE EMPIRE, SEVENDUST and LACUNA COIL.

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BeatallicaAbbey Load
2013 Oglio Entertainment Group
Ray Van Horn, Jr.

The legend of Milwaukee genre splicers Beatallica is familiar to most rock fans, the most important fact being that they have the endorsements of both Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield behind them.  Their fans are known globally as “heshers” and “Beatallibangers.”  Not too shabby for a Spinal Tap-ish pseudo career that began as a contest parody and took an improbable life of its own.  If you’re one of the unlikely souls coming across this review without knowing who or what Beatallica is, then one gander at the artwork of their fourth official album, Abbey Load should be indicative of what you’re in for. 

In the past, Beatallica has presented a cement head’s (if mostly harmless) alter vision of famous Beatles songs played in the static key of “ca.”  At times, Beatallica have wielded some hilarious nuggets such as “Hey Dude,” “Leper Madonna,” “Got to Get You Trapped Under Ice” and “I Want to Choke Your Band.”  Their sheer balls for issuing All You Need is Blood on repeat in thirteen languages is likewise a high point, albeit that’s only saying so much.  If the components of Beatallica weren’t sharp musicians coming into this ridiculous venture, they would’ve been cast away into the ether of a novelty act phantom zone where Dread Zeppelin and Napoleon Bonaparte have long been banished.  Their last album Masterful Mystery Tour from 2009 was not a bad ride whatsoever.  It seemed like Beatallica had engineered a riotous coda from which they probably should’ve carried their weight to an appropriate fade to black.

Enough wasn’t enough, though, and this year Beatallica resurfaces once again with Abbey Load.  Frankly, if you’re thinking the title hints at material more watered down than a Coors Light, trust your instincts.  While there are some fun bits of thrash midway through the end of the album, it’s evident by the fact Beatallica has this time laid down a strict cover album of Beatles cuts with no attempt to weave some of their looney tune title and lyrical scrambles indicates the group has run out of gas. 

Abbey Load is merely Beatles familiars given the amplified treatment with a heavy concentration of Metalli-riffs grabbed from the latter’s Load couplet.  For example, “Until it Sleeps” winks into the Beatles’ “Golden Slumbers” and Beatallica thus keeps the track rolling in low key with a thin resemblance to the original song.  That’s the general status quo to this album. 

Beatallica ho-hums through a grungy and blasé take of “Come Together” while they limp through “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Help!” and “Please Please Me” with bloodless riffs and the now-tiresome yo-ooooo Hetfield impressions conducted by Jaymz Lennfield.  Let’s not go there with “Michelle,” ripped asunder (with seemingly intentional poor execution) by the crunch of Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”  In this case, Beatallica invites you to snicker over their lone external interjection, a morphed chorus tweak, “for whom Michelle tolls.”  Yeah, they went there.  Sorry, but these cuts are just nowhere, man.

The album’s highlight is a somewhat serious (and well-performed) instrumental take on “Blackbird” yielding a smidge of metal warping to Beatallica’s acoustic parlay.  Okay, it is genuinely funny to hear “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window” and “Carry that Weight” thrown through Beatallica’s grinding wind tunnels.  Yet Abbey Load represents an end of the line moment for these Metalligoofs, at least on record.  There’s a bald absence of the creative zeal that made Masterful Mystery Tour and Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band pretty danged funny joints.

What really reeks on Abbey Load, however, is the band’s swipe from Megadeth’s “Bad Omen” in the midst of transition between “Mean Mr. Mustard” and “Polythene Pam.”  They’ve already teased their listeners by tooling well-familiar rolling riffs into “Mean Mr. Mustard” found in Metallica’s “Four Horsemen” and Megadeth’s “Mechanix.”  You know, the same songwriting split over two different groups’ tunes that continues to fuel the wrath of scrumming pundits over who won the battle over Dave Mustaine’s work.  Followed by the “Bad Omen” hijack, you’re not sure if this is gonzo stuff or if Beatallica’s opened a can of worms they sure as hell didn’t need to now that the Metalli-deth war has been put to rest.  Moreover, is Mustaine going to have a sense of humor that some of his fiercest licks bred in the midst of that long-ago feud has been ripped by a Metallica joke band?  You understand Beatallica’s jibe, but is this indeed a bad omen?  Probably.  Bad taste, for certain.  Beatllica may want to keep Lars Ulrich’s proffered retainer money handy.

Sad but true, Abbey Load has pushed the Beatallica farceur vehicle as far as it’s going to go.  Once a pretty funny and talented band of metalhead pranksters, their diehard Beatallicabangers may delight in this album but there’s no denying Abbey Load is flatter than a highway flip cat.  These guys will probably sustain themselves as Friday and Saturday night bar sensations since nothing opens beer bottles faster than a good party onstage, but their future memory is in danger of remaining only in theory.  Like the epochal piano crash at the end of “A Day in the Life,” this is done.

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Anthony Morgan of Metal Forces recently conducted an interview with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer.

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A new study has found that the listening habits of 12 year olds is a reliable predictor of their teenage behaviour – and young rock fans are more likely to commit minor crimes.

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FLOOD WARNING LOL

All the best new bands are rock fans first and foremost. It means they’re here for the sheer love of it, with no ulterior motive, just like the rest of us. James Power, frontman for St Albans post-hardcore band Floods, still hasn’t quite got over the shock of last year’s festival season, which saw him tracking down his heroes (Brent Hinds from Mastodon, Jason Butler from LetLive, Chris Jericho from Fozzy, and er, Steve-O from Jackass) like the world’s biggest fanboy. But it was hitting the Sonisphere stage that made him realise his own band may soon be inspiring similar devotion.

“It was an amazing feeling to be able to play in front of that kind of crowd,” he remembers. “We got to play Download too, so that’s a life goal ticked off the sheet. The only thing now is to go up a stage each time.”

Not bad for a band that were only ever supposed to be a bedroom project. When they formed, the plan was just to make music for themselves. Members came and went with dizzying regularity. Everyone got on with day jobs and other projects. But then, people started to notice the music – melodic but tough post-hardcore that reveals a love of turn-of-the-century British bands like Hundred Reasons and Million Dead, with a fat dose of metalcore thrown in for good measure. But they find their own groove on their self-titled new album thanks, oddly enough, to the upheaval in personnel. Co-frontman Jason Houlihan quit earlier in the year, leaving James – a screamer, not a singer – to step into the breach alone.

“It was a massive jump for me to go from being the second guy to doing the main vocals for the whole band,” he admits. “But I’m a complete attention seeker even if I’m not on the stage. I have no problem with making myself look like a dick. If that’s what it takes, so be it. It’s an outer manifestation of what I actually am – a bit of a freak.”

Now the plan is to strike while the iron is hot – after getting a taste for big crowds, there’s ambitious talk of weightier tours and European festivals, of reaching more people and carving a gloriously noisy trail across the UK. And most of all, having seen the local St Albans scene dwindle in the last few years, they want to inspire the next wave of British metal fans to pick up a guitar and make things happen for themselves.

“Anyone can be in a band,” says James. “I don’t really have any massive musical talent. I can scream, which is pretty abstract, that someone can do that in a band. Metal is very nonjudgmental, isn’t it? Anyone can do it, anyone can go in and be in a metal band with their friends and have fun. And they will!”

What are you waiting for? The floodgates have opened.

Floods is out now via SmallTown

Download 98 for free from http://www.wearefloods.com

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To rock fans and musicians alike Bruce Kulick made himself a name as the guitarist of Meat Loaf during the “Bat Out Of Hell” tour in 1978. After that he also joined Michael Bolton, but it wasn’t until the mid eighties that he gained worldwide notoriety by joining Kiss during the unmasked era for a relationship that was to last twelve years. In those years he put his lead guitar stamp on hits such as “Crazy, Crazy Nights” and “God Gave Rock’n Roll To You.”

Bruce has just been in the studio to record some lead guitar tracks for the forthcoming Rock Opera of Tobias Sammet‘s Avantasia project, due out in March 2013. Bruce had already appeared on the previous Avantasia album while Tobias sang guest vocals on Bruce‘s last solo album “BK3,“ which featured guests such as Gene Simmons of KISS and Steve Lukather of Toto.

Tobias says: “Bruce and I have been friends for some years now, he is a lovely person and an amazing guitarist. It was really obvious I would ask him to come on-board for Avantasia once again. Two of the tracks he plays on are more than 10 minutes long, and they include screaming and whammy-bar driven stuff as well as anthemic Meat Loafish type melodies. I love it because it’s got such an old school quality, and Bruce just has it! Class act!“

Avantasia will also hit the stages again in April 2013, right after the release of the new CD.
Tobias’ tour management is currently working on a headlining indoor tour for Avantasia in April. The group will also play a few chosen summer festivals, and a South American and Asian tour is planned for late summer.

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Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release “Rage Against the Machine – XX,” commemorative 20th anniversary editions of the eponymous debut album from the band, on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.

Formed in 1991, Rage Against the Machine opened the gates of a new boundary-obliterating rock-rap musical alliance with the band’s literate and politically-charged debut album, originally released in November 1992. Featuring band members Tim Commerford, Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk, Rage Against the Machine became a critical and commercial success, selling millions of copies around the world while attaining legendary status among alt-rock fans. To this day the album, and the band, remain standard-bearers for uncompromising incendiary rock.

Newly remastered for this anniversary release, “Rage Against the Machine – XX” will be available as a CD in three configurations:

1. 20th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set housing two CDs, two DVDs, one 12″ 180gm vinyl LP, one 40 page booklet and two-sided poster;

2. 20th Anniversary Special Edition featuring two CDs and a bonus DVD featuring six tracks in an oversized softpack and

3. 20th Anniversary Edition single compact disc (with three bonus tracks). 12″ 180gm vinyl editions–a picture disc and a facsimile reproduction–of the original LP, remastered (no bonus tracks) will also be available.

Compact Disc One of the newly remastered “Rage Against the Machine – XX” will include the original album, in its entirety, as well as three collectible b-sides from era.

Compact Disc Two presents the original “Rage Against the Machine” demo tape. Recorded in 1991 and sold for $5 at the merch table at early Rage shows, the tape achieved mythical word-of-mouth status amongst music fans while helping to seal the band’s deal with Epic Records. The 20th anniversary releases of “Rage Against the Machine – XX” marks the first time the entire Rage Against the Machine demo tapes have seen a full official release.

DVD #1 included in the Deluxe Box Set features Rage Against the Machine’s historic free concert in Finsbury Park on June 2010, performed as a thank-you to UK fans for making “Killing in the Name” the UK’s Number One Single during Christmas week 2009. Also included are the band’s groundbreaking music videos plus live concert performance clips.

DVD#2 takes you back to the release of Rage’s debut album focusing on live performance from 1991-1994, featuring the full set of the band’s first public performance as well as various live, rare clips.

“Rage Against the Machine – XX” will include new liner notes penned especially for the band’s 20th anniversary by longtime fan and hip-hop pioneer Chuck D.

I. Rage Against the Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set)
2 x CDs + 2 x DVDs + 180gm LP
12″ lift-off box
40 page booklet
2 sided poster

CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered
1. Bombtrack
2. Killing In The Name
3. Take The Power Back
4. Settle For Nothing
5. Bullet In The Head
6. Know Your Enemy
7. Wake Up
8. Fistful Of Steel
9. Township Rebellion
10. Freedom
Bonus Tracks (b-sides)
11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single)
12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single)
13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single)

CD 2 – “The Original Demos” – first official commercial release (except where noted)
1. Bombtrack
2. Take The Power Back
3. Bullet in the Head
4. Darkness of Greed (previously released)
5. Clear the Lane (previously released)
6. Township Rebellion
7. Know Your Enemy
8. Mindset’s A Threat
9. Killing In The Name
10. Auto Logic
11. The Narrows
12. Freedom

DVD #1
“The Battle of Britain” – previously unreleased
FINSBURY PARK, LONDON ENGLAND (JUNE 6, 2010)

1. Testify
2. Bombtrack
3. People Of The Sun
4. Know Your Enemy
5. Bulls On Parade
6. Township Rebellion
7. Bullet In The Head
8. White Riot
9. Guerrilla Radio
10. Sleep Now In The Fire
11. Freedom
12. Killing In The Name

MUSIC VIDEOS
“Killing in the Name” (1992)
“Bullet in the Head” (1993)
“Bombtrack” (1993)
“Freedom” (1993)
“Bulls on Parade” (1996)
“People of the Sun” (1996)
“No Shelter” (1998)
“Guerrilla Radio” (1999)
“Sleep Now in the Fire” (2000) – first official commercial release
“Testify” (2000) – first official commercial release
“Renegades of Funk” (2000) – first official commercial release
“How I Could Just Kill a Man” (2000) – previously unreleased

LIVE MATERIAL FROM 1997 VIDEO COMPILATION – first time on DVD
“The Ghost Of Tom Joad”
“Vietnow” – Irvine, CA – 1997
“People Of The Sun”
“Bulls On Parade”
“Bullet In The Head”
“Zapata’s Blood” – Rock Am Ring Festival, Germany – 1996
“Know Your Enemy”
“Bombtrack”
“Tire Me” – Reading Festival 1996
“Killing In The Name” – Pink Pop Festival – 1994

DVD #2 – all previously unreleased
“First Public Performance”
CAL STATE NORTH RIDGE, CA (OCTOBER 23, 1991)

1. Killing In The Name
2. Take The Power Back
3. Autologic
4. Bullet In The Head
5. Hit The Deck
6. Township Rebellion
7. Darkness Of Greed
8. Clear The Lane
9. Clampdown
10. Know Your Enemy
11. Freedom

PINK POP 1994 – “Freedom”
VIC THEATRE 1993 – “Take the Power Back”
JC DOBBS 1993 – “Fistful of Steel”
SOUNDSTAGE PERFORMANCE 1992 – “Bombtrack”
Halfway House 1992 – “Wake Up”
Castaic 1992 – “Settle for Nothing”
San Luis Obispo 1992 – “Clear the Lane”
CWNN 1992 – “Untitled”
Zed’s Records 1992 – “Darkness of Greed”
NOMADS 1992 – “Wake Up”

II. Rage Against The Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Special Edition)
Oversized softpack

CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered
1. Bombtrack
2. Killing In The Name
3. Take The Power Back
4. Settle For Nothing
5. Bullet In The Head
6. Know Your Enemy
7. Wake Up
8. Fistful Of Steel
9. Township Rebellion
10. Freedom
Bonus Tracks (b-sides)
11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single)
12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single)
13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single)

CD 2 – “The Original Demos” – first official commercial release (except where noted)
1. Bombtrack
2. Take The Power Back
3. Bullet in the Head
4. Darkness of Greed (previously released)
5. Clear the Lane (previously released)
6. Township Rebellion
7. Know Your Enemy
8. Mindset’s A Threat
9. Killing In The Name
10. Auto Logic
11. The Narrows
12. Freedom

Bonus DVD:

Music Videos:
Killing In The Name
Bombtrack
Freedom
Take The Power Back (Vic Theatre) – previously unreleased
Bombtrack (Soundstage performance) – previously unreleased
Wake Up (Nomads) – previously unreleased

III. Rage Against The Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Edition)
Jewel Case

CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered
1. Bombtrack
2. Killing In The Name
3. Take The Power Back
4. Settle For Nothing
5. Bullet In The Head
6. Know Your Enemy
7. Wake Up
8. Fistful Of Steel
9. Township Rebellion
10. Freedom
Bonus Tracks (b-sides)
11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single)
12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single)
13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single)

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Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release “Rage Against the Machine – XX,” commemorative 20th anniversary editions of the eponymous debut album from the band, on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.

Formed in 1991, Rage Against the Machine opened the gates of a new boundary-obliterating rock-rap musical alliance with the band’s literate and politically-charged debut album, originally released in November 1992. Featuring band members Tim Commerford, Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk, Rage Against the Machine became a critical and commercial success, selling millions of copies around the world while attaining legendary status among alt-rock fans. To this day the album, and the band, remain standard-bearers for uncompromising incendiary rock.

Newly remastered for this anniversary release, “Rage Against the Machine – XX” will be available as a CD in three configurations:

1. 20th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set housing two CDs, two DVDs, one 12″ 180gm vinyl LP, one 40 page booklet and two-sided poster;

2. 20th Anniversary Special Edition featuring two CDs and a bonus DVD featuring six tracks in an oversized softpack and

3. 20th Anniversary Edition single compact disc (with three bonus tracks). 12″ 180gm vinyl editions–a picture disc and a facsimile reproduction–of the original LP, remastered (no bonus tracks) will also be available.

Compact Disc One of the newly remastered “Rage Against the Machine – XX” will include the original album, in its entirety, as well as three collectible b-sides from era.

Compact Disc Two presents the original “Rage Against the Machine” demo tape. Recorded in 1991 and sold for $5 at the merch table at early Rage shows, the tape achieved mythical word-of-mouth status amongst music fans while helping to seal the band’s deal with Epic Records. The 20th anniversary releases of “Rage Against the Machine – XX” marks the first time the entire Rage Against the Machine demo tapes have seen a full official release.

DVD #1 included in the Deluxe Box Set features Rage Against the Machine’s historic free concert in Finsbury Park on June 2010, performed as a thank-you to UK fans for making “Killing in the Name” the UK’s Number One Single during Christmas week 2009. Also included are the band’s groundbreaking music videos plus live concert performance clips.

DVD#2 takes you back to the release of Rage’s debut album focusing on live performance from 1991-1994, featuring the full set of the band’s first public performance as well as various live, rare clips.

“Rage Against the Machine – XX” will include new liner notes penned especially for the band’s 20th anniversary by longtime fan and hip-hop pioneer Chuck D.

I. Rage Against the Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set)
2 x CDs + 2 x DVDs + 180gm LP
12″ lift-off box
40 page booklet
2 sided poster

CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered
1. Bombtrack
2. Killing In The Name
3. Take The Power Back
4. Settle For Nothing
5. Bullet In The Head
6. Know Your Enemy
7. Wake Up
8. Fistful Of Steel
9. Township Rebellion
10. Freedom
Bonus Tracks (b-sides)
11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single)
12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single)
13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single)

CD 2 – “The Original Demos” – first official commercial release (except where noted)
1. Bombtrack
2. Take The Power Back
3. Bullet in the Head
4. Darkness of Greed (previously released)
5. Clear the Lane (previously released)
6. Township Rebellion
7. Know Your Enemy
8. Mindset’s A Threat
9. Killing In The Name
10. Auto Logic
11. The Narrows
12. Freedom

DVD #1
“The Battle of Britain” – previously unreleased
FINSBURY PARK, LONDON ENGLAND (JUNE 6, 2010)

1. Testify
2. Bombtrack
3. People Of The Sun
4. Know Your Enemy
5. Bulls On Parade
6. Township Rebellion
7. Bullet In The Head
8. White Riot
9. Guerrilla Radio
10. Sleep Now In The Fire
11. Freedom
12. Killing In The Name

MUSIC VIDEOS
“Killing in the Name” (1992)
“Bullet in the Head” (1993)
“Bombtrack” (1993)
“Freedom” (1993)
“Bulls on Parade” (1996)
“People of the Sun” (1996)
“No Shelter” (1998)
“Guerrilla Radio” (1999)
“Sleep Now in the Fire” (2000) – first official commercial release
“Testify” (2000) – first official commercial release
“Renegades of Funk” (2000) – first official commercial release
“How I Could Just Kill a Man” (2000) – previously unreleased

LIVE MATERIAL FROM 1997 VIDEO COMPILATION – first time on DVD
“The Ghost Of Tom Joad”
“Vietnow” – Irvine, CA – 1997
“People Of The Sun”
“Bulls On Parade”
“Bullet In The Head”
“Zapata’s Blood” – Rock Am Ring Festival, Germany – 1996
“Know Your Enemy”
“Bombtrack”
“Tire Me” – Reading Festival 1996
“Killing In The Name” – Pink Pop Festival – 1994

DVD #2 – all previously unreleased
“First Public Performance”
CAL STATE NORTH RIDGE, CA (OCTOBER 23, 1991)

1. Killing In The Name
2. Take The Power Back
3. Autologic
4. Bullet In The Head
5. Hit The Deck
6. Township Rebellion
7. Darkness Of Greed
8. Clear The Lane
9. Clampdown
10. Know Your Enemy
11. Freedom

PINK POP 1994 – “Freedom”
VIC THEATRE 1993 – “Take the Power Back”
JC DOBBS 1993 – “Fistful of Steel”
SOUNDSTAGE PERFORMANCE 1992 – “Bombtrack”
Halfway House 1992 – “Wake Up”
Castaic 1992 – “Settle for Nothing”
San Luis Obispo 1992 – “Clear the Lane”
CWNN 1992 – “Untitled”
Zed’s Records 1992 – “Darkness of Greed”
NOMADS 1992 – “Wake Up”

II. Rage Against The Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Special Edition)
Oversized softpack

CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered
1. Bombtrack
2. Killing In The Name
3. Take The Power Back
4. Settle For Nothing
5. Bullet In The Head
6. Know Your Enemy
7. Wake Up
8. Fistful Of Steel
9. Township Rebellion
10. Freedom
Bonus Tracks (b-sides)
11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single)
12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single)
13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single)

CD 2 – “The Original Demos” – first official commercial release (except where noted)
1. Bombtrack
2. Take The Power Back
3. Bullet in the Head
4. Darkness of Greed (previously released)
5. Clear the Lane (previously released)
6. Township Rebellion
7. Know Your Enemy
8. Mindset’s A Threat
9. Killing In The Name
10. Auto Logic
11. The Narrows
12. Freedom

Bonus DVD:

Music Videos:
Killing In The Name
Bombtrack
Freedom
Take The Power Back (Vic Theatre) – previously unreleased
Bombtrack (Soundstage performance) – previously unreleased
Wake Up (Nomads) – previously unreleased

III. Rage Against The Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Edition)
Jewel Case

CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered
1. Bombtrack
2. Killing In The Name
3. Take The Power Back
4. Settle For Nothing
5. Bullet In The Head
6. Know Your Enemy
7. Wake Up
8. Fistful Of Steel
9. Township Rebellion
10. Freedom
Bonus Tracks (b-sides)
11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single)
12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single)
13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single)

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