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SUPER DELUXE EDITION OF DIO's "Holy Diver"
Dio at Lisebergshallen
To celebrate Ronnie James Dio's 80th birthday (July 10), Rhino revisits the epic debut album from DIO, "Holy Diver".
"Holy Diver: Super Deluxe Edition", will be available on July 8 as a 4-CD boxed set and digitally. The collection comes with 2 versions of "Holy Diver". The first is a new mix of the album made by Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SLIPKNOT). He used the original analog tapes to remix all 9 tracks on the album. The second is a newly remastered version of the original 1983 mix. The Super Deluxe Edition also features unreleased live performances and outtakes, along with a selection of rarities from the era.
In addition, Barresi's new mix of "Holy Diver" will be released the same day as a 2-LP set on 180-gram vinyl. It includes the original 9 tracks, plus the 1983 B-side version of "Evil Eyes" as a bonus track.
ronniejamesdio.com

NEW ALBUM WITH QUEENSRŸCHE IN OCTOBER
Queensryche at Tradgarn in GBG
QUEENSRŸCHE has set "Digital Noise Alliance" as the title of its new studio album, due on October 7 via Century Media Records.
centurymedia.com / queensrycheofficial.com

HAMMERFALL ANNOUNCES FRENCH DATES
Joacim Cans of HammerFall at Liseberg
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL have announced 3 dates in France early next year. These dates are:
Jan. 31: La Laiterie, Strasbourg
Feb. 1: Trabendo, Paris
Feb. 2: Ninkasi Kao, Lyon
hammerfall.net

AIRBOURNE ANNOUNCES SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE have announced a South American tour in August/September, where they will visit Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico.
More info and tickets: airbournerock.com

NEW ALBUM WITH WITCHERY IN JULY
Swedish blackened thrashers WITCHERY will release their 8th studio album, "Nightside", on July 22 through Century Media Records.
Check out the first single, "Popecrusher": youtu.be/aGyJbj0IWYo
Pre-order the album: witchery.lnk.to/NightsideID
facebook.com/officialwitchery / centurymedia.com

NEW SINGLE WITH SATOR
Sator at Homens Rock
Swedish rock legends SATOR will release a sequel to their highly appreciated cover album "Barbie-Q-Killers". It will be titled "Return of the Barbie-Q-Killers", and will be released on July 29 via Wild Kingdom Records.
The first single, "Brown Eyed Son", is out now. It was originally recorded by KATRINA AND THE WAVES.
Check out the single and pre-order the album: orcd.co/brown-eyed-son
sator.se / wildkingdom.se

NEW SINGLE WITH WITCHERY
Swedish extreme metallers WITCHERY will be back again with a new single, "Popecrusher", tomorrow (Friday, May 20). The song is taken from their upcoming album, "Nightside".
facebook.com/officialwitchery

ONSLAUGHT TO BE INDUCTED INTO METAL HALL OF FAME
British thrash metal pioneers ONSLAUGHT will be inducted into the 2022 Metal Hall of Fame during their on-stage performance at Maryland Deathfest on May 28.
facebook.com/onslaughtuk / metalhalloffame.org

SPLIT ALBUM WITH ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN AND THE DRIPPERS
The Drippers live in GBG
Punk rock veterans ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN have teamed up with Swedish action rockers The DRIPPERS for a split album. It will be released on both LP and CD via Dead Beat Records on May 27.
shop.dead-beat-records.com

FORMER GUITARIST FOR DAVID BOWIE AND IGGY POP IS DEAD
Ricky Gardiner, former guitarist for David Bowie and Iggy Pop, has passed away. He was 73. He had been battling a rare form of Parkinson's.
Ricky Gardiner played on David Bowie's "Low" and Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life". His playing can also be heard on Iggy Pop's live album "TV Eye" and compilation "The Bowie Years". Ricky Gardiner also played in BEGGAR'S OPERA, and released several solo albums.

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TIMECHILD: Son And Daughter
Mighty Music on May 20 - Digital Single
Danish hard rockers TIMECHILD released their debut album in the end of 2021, and now they release a new single, which is a cover of an old QUEEN song from 1973, that I don't think that I have heard before. This sounds just as good as their album did though, so you should definitely give it a try. And there's not much else to add there, as you probably will figure out that you have to check out the album too after hearing this.
timechild.lnk.to/son / mightymusic.dk / facebook.com/timechildofficial

SPHERIC UNIVERSE EXPERIENCE: Back Home
UPRISING! Records on May 20 - CD, Digital
Another progressive adventure. This time by a French prog metal band called SPHERIC UNIVERSE EXPERIENCE. "Back Home" is their fifth album, and it's said to make people who like DREAM THEATER, SYMPHONY X and similar happy. It's as much as 13 tracks here, and 3 of them are 7 minutes long and 1 is 9 and a half minutes, so this album last for a long time. But luckily the songs are not too advanced and pretty good, so I guess it's o.k. anyway.
uprisingrecords.de / facebook.com/SphericUniverseExperience

LUCER: The New World
Mighty Music on May 20 - CD, Digital
How you can release such a modern and silly album like this after 2021's high voltage attack "L.A. Collection" is a big mystery to me. Instead of continuing to rock, they choose to go back to what they did on their 2019 album, "Ghost Town". Which I think was a very bad idea. You can actually wonder if this is the same band or if there's 2 Danish bands called LUCER? I actually don't understand this!
What Danish band LUCER is doing here is what I would describe as rock with a big dose of modern pop music. Sometimes it's just pure pop and not even rock. Absolutely not my thing as I actually hate modern pop. Listening to this just makes me angry! But we all have different taste. And I guess that the label see this as a chance to get a quick million, so that they can release some good music instead.
LUCER are said to be "the sound of rock a la 2022", and then there's not much hope for the future, because this is just a great betrayal of everything that rocks.
lucerofficial.com / mightymusic.dk

EVIL: Book Of Evil
From The Vaults on May 27 - LP, CD, Digital
The Danish metal scene in the early 80s are probably most well-known for bands like MERCYFUL FATE and ARTILLERY, but there were more bands than those 2. Like EVIL for example, who formed in Copenhagen in 1983 and released a demo and a EP before they went seperate ways in 1985. In 2015 original drummer Freddie Wolf, now on guitars, gave it another try and released the band's debut album, "Shoot The Messenger". But that version of the band didn't last that long.
Now they seems to be back for real though, and this new album is ready to be released. The songs are inspired by 80s bands like JUDAS PRIEST and ACCEPT, but doesn't really sound exactly like them as there's a modern touch too. Fans of old school heavy metal will probably like this though, no doubt about that.
facebook.com/EvilmetalDK / fromthevaults.dk

ERUPTION: Aegon's Wrath
From The Vaults on May 20 - Digital Single
Slovenian thrash/heavy metal band ERUPTION release a new single. The song is taken from their 4th studio album, which will be released later this year. It's delivered like a fist straight in your face. It's hard and heavy, but the vocals is melodic. Not so bad. The blend of thrash and heavy metal is perfect.
facebook.com/EruptionMetal / fromthevaults.dk

BRUTALITY: Sempiternity
Emanzipation Productions on May 27 - CD, LP, Digital
Tampa, Florida death metal veterans BRUTALITY has existed on and off since 1986. The last time they split up again was as late as in October 2020. 1 person, Michael H. Andersen of Emanzipation Productions, saw that as an opportunity to release 1 last album with the band. So the members slowly started to work on some new material, and this album is the result.
What we get is just 2 new songs, 2 re-recorded tracks (previously only available on a limited 7" EP) and 4 live tracks (from Maryland Deathfest 2019). And what can I say? If you like your death metal the good old American way, then you have nothing to fear. Because this is exactly what you need.
This album might not be the last you hear from BRUTALITY, as they are now open to continue after all. You can thank Emanzipation for that.
brutalitytheband.com / emanzipation.dk

RUNNING WILD: Ready For Boarding (Expanded Edition) (reissue)
BMG on May 27 - CD/DVD, 2LP
"Ready For Boarding" was originally released in 1988, and is RUNNING WILD's first live album. I think I still have it on a cassette, but have not heard it in an eternity, so it was fun to hear it again. This is an expanded edition though, with the songs from the "Death Or Glory Tour" VHS from 1990 included as well. And a difference between these 2 live recordings is that they had changed almost every song in the set list but a couple in a few years. That's how strong they felt that the newer material was (or maybe they were just tired of the early stuff?).
Both live recordings are great stuff. And I think it's just great that we get 2 completely different set lists. Because honestly, what's the point in including 2 identic concerts?
I think I have to dig up my old RUNNING WILD cassettes (copies of course, like everybody did back then) now and rip them to MP3s.
bmg.com / running-wild.net

RUNNING WILD: The First Years Of Piracy (reissue)
BMG on May 27 - CD, LP
Ah, that was a long time ago since I heard these songs. Or any songs at all with German heavy metal band RUNNING WILD.
The band existed from 1976 to 2009, and reformed in 2011. These legends invented the pirate metal genre with their 1987 breakthrough album, "Under Jolly Roger". After a few years and 2 more albums there was a change in the line-up fo the band, so in 1991 they decided to re-record the best tracks from the 3 first albums. The result was "The First Years Of Piracy", which is now being re-released as it has been out of print for years.
As far as I can remember, RUNNING WILD was hardly among the more popular bands among my friends in the 1980s. But I liked them anyway, no matter what anybody else was thinking about them. And now that I have heard these songs again, I can only say that I was right about their quality, because these songs are all great. So if you don't have this album, order it at once!
bmg.com / running-wild.net

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TWIN PIGS är ett punkband från Stockholm, som bildades 2015. Dagens line-up är: Erik Melin - Sång, Canan Rosén - Gitarr/Sång, Hanna Engström - Keyboard/Bas/Sång, Andreas Litfeldt - Trummor.
Denna intervju besvarades av Erik i början av Mars 2022.
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