To Speak Of Wolves Streaming Tracks
As the May 18th street date for their forthcoming album draws ever closer, red-hot rock upstarts TO SPEAK OF WOLVES continue marking their territory with the release of the second track from Myself < Letting Go. The band is now previewing the anticipated album’s second cut, ‘You Should Have Locked Your Doors Days Ago,’ available for streaming right now on Noisecreep.com and at the band’s MySpace page. “The song pretty much runs the gamut on what we do as a band,” explains drummer Phil Chamberlain. “It has chaos, some spacey guitars, a very drum-driven part and probably my favorite chorus on the record.” He adds, “It’s probably my favorite song to play live. It’s a lot of fun to play and we’ve been opening our sets with it recently.” The album’s lead track, ‘Darkness Often Yields the Brightest Light’, which has been streaming on the band’s MySpace page since last week, is available for purchase today on iTunes. Myself < Letting Go hits stores on May 18th, courtesy of Solid State Records, but those who don’t want to ‘Let Go’ of a good deal can take advantage of a special preorder package now here. In addition, leading up to the release of the album TO SPEAK OF WOLVES have been and will continue to release new video blogs inviting fans into their world including sneak peaks, behind the scenes footage and video introductions to each members of the band.

Up From The Ashes III Show Celebrates 25 Years Of HM Magazine
The year was 1985, the Metal scene was alive and thriving, many magazines and fanzines were popping up to cover the latest and greatest in the metal scene. Magazines like Metal Edge and Spin would rise to the top of the rock and metal scenes in covering the hard rock and metal scene and excel at it for many years. But only one magazine would rise to the occasion of exclusively covering the Christian hard rock and metal scene. One magazine that 25 years later is still alive and thriving today, ‘in a print format’, which is a huge accomplishment, amidst the many ongoing changes in the ways we promote music to the world today! Join us for one special weekend as we celebrate 25 years of Heaven’s Metal Magazine! Two days of heavenly metal from artists that have in the past, and still do today, grace the pages of Heaven’s Metal magazine! But wait, not only will we be celebrating 25 years of Heaven’s Metal magazine, we will also be celebrating several seminal anniversaries from some of the key artists that helped shape the magazine, many of which still continue to grace the pages of the magazine today! Featuring performances from Deliverance celebrating the bands 25th Anniversary, Bloodgood celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their ‘Metal Missionaries’ EP, Once Dead celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Vengeance Rising’s ‘Once Dead’ album and a special reunion marking the 25th Anniversary of Stevie and the Saints!!! Not enough for you? How about performances from New Mexico’s very own Ultimatum in their only California appearance! How about Indiana’s very own Grave Robber in their first and only Southern California appearance! Still want more? How about performances from Klank, fasedown, Stricken, Souljourners, Troglodyte Dawn, Fellguard and I built the Cross! August 28th and 29th at the Vault in Temecula California, Limited tickets are available for this very special once in a life time event! Join us as we celebrate the Anniversaries of some of the most influential artists in the Christian Metal and Hard Rock Scene and one of the longest running print rock magazines in the industry, Heaven’s Metal!
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Announcing … the Cool Tour
2010 witnesses the inaugural year of COOL TOUR, in association with Metal Blade Records, Atticus Black by Atticus Clothing, and Musician’s Institute College of Contemporary Music, and features AS I LAY DYING, UNDEROATH, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, BLESSTHEFALL, THE ACACIA STRAIN, ARCHITECTS, CANCER BATS, and WAR OF AGES. COOL TOUR is brought to you by Ibanez, Ding, Alternative Press, altpress.com, Invisible Children, Facedown Records, Mesa Boogie, Ampeg, Live Nation, The Agency Group and Good Fight Entertainment. COOL TOUR 2010 begins on 7/12th in Orlando, FL, and comes to a halt in San Francisco, CA on August 1st. A ticket pre-sale is available beginning Tuesday, April 27th, and tickets go on sale to the public Friday, April 30th -Sunday, May 2nd. Check your local listing for on sale dates near you. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster locations and online, unless otherwise noted. Also, starting April 27th, a VIP “Cooler Package” will be on sale to the public, along with general admission pre sale tickets. Fans will be able to purchase an Atticus COOL TOUR T-shirt, a signed tour poster, and a souvenir tour laminate for only $20 plus the cost of a ticket. Cooler Packages will be available through Ticketmaster while supplies last.
Tour Dates:
7/12 – Orlando, FL
7/13 – Atlanta, GA
7/14 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC
7/15 – Charlotte, NC
7/16 – Baltimore, MD
7/17 – Toronto, ON
7/18 – Royal Oak, MI
7/20 – Boston, MA
7/21 – Sayreville, NJ
7/22 – Philadelphia, PA
7/23 – Columbus, OH
7/24 – Milwaukee, WI
7/25 – St. Louis, MO
7/27 – Houston, TX
7/28 – Dallas, TX
7/30 – Mesa, AZ
7/31 – Los Angeles, CA
8/1 – San Francisco, CA

Wintersoul Announce Release Date
The UK ice-cold legionaires, Wintersoul have set the official release date of their debut full length “Frozen Storm Apocalypse” for MAY 17, 2010. The album will be released in the USA by Nokternal Hemizphear and in the June/July timeframe will reach the shores of Europe! To reign in the coming of the winter holocaust, Wintersoul is unleashing a special limited package deal. The Frostland Bundle is exclusively available at Nokternal Hemizphear. This package deal is a limited time offer while supplies last. Available only as a pre–order, the Frostland Bundle will cease to exist at the time of the official release date of the Wintersoul debut album “Frozen Storm Apocalypse” on MAY 17, 2010! The Frostland Bundle offer is the only pre–order available for any of the Wintersoul merchandise!
Frostland Bundle Includes:
1. Full Length Debut CD
2. 11 x 17 inch Poster
3. T – Shirt “Dawn Of Ice Hearts”
4. (2) 2 x 4.5 inch Stickers:
I. “Ice Dragon” Sticker Limited Edition
II. “Winter Holocaust” Sticker Limited Edition

We Are The Fallen Add Tour Dates
Universal Republic Records’ compelling new rock brigade, We Are The Fallen, will release their debut album Tear The World Down on May 11th, 2010. The first single from this iconic band ‘Bury Me Alive,’ is already making its way up the modern and active rock charts. The formidable five-some is comprised of the original members of multi-platinum trailblazing band Evanescence, guitarists Ben Moody and John LeCompt along with drummer Rocky Gray, joined by breakout American Idol finalist Carly Smithson on vocals. Acclaimed bassist Marty O’Brien (Disturbed and Static-X, among others) rounds out We Are The Fallen’s unique sound. The group has been on a 28-city tour with Finnish rock band H.I.M., which finishes in New York on May 9th. Following the conclusion of that run, We Are The Fallen will head out on their own two week headlining tour beginning on May 13th in Northampton, MA. In June, We Are The Fallen will return to Europe for performances at the Download Festival and Rock am Ring/Rock im Park. Summer U.S. touring plans are also in the works and will be announced shortly. Moody left platinum-plus breakthrough rock act Evanescence in 2003 and has since co-written major hits for Chris Daughtry and Kelly Clarkson among others. Evanescence’s groundbreaking 2003 album, Fallen, spent an incredible 43 weeks on the Billboard Top Ten Albums Chart, selling 15 million copies worldwide and 7 million + albums in the U.S. alone. For Smithson, We Are The Fallen fulfills her destiny as one of rock’s most potent new female voices. She first turned heads as one of American Idol’s more engaging rock candidates, landing a controversial sixth place slot during Season 7 of the landmark television series, but not before gaining traction as one of the show’s most original and uncompromising new talents. The powerful vocalist’s ‘elimination’ sent shockwaves through the ‘Idol’ blogger nation, with her acclaimed performances on the 2008 American Idol Tour cementing her current reputation as a force to be reckoned with – possessing a riveting rock presence that is second to none.
Tour Dates:
5/2 – Orlando, FL
5/3 – Atlanta, GA
5/4 – North Myrtle Beach, SC
5/7 – New York, NY
5/8 – New York, NY
5/9 – New York, NY
5/13 – Northampton, MA
5/14 – Poughkeepsie, NY
5/16 – Lancaster, PA
5/17 – Baltimore, MD
5/18 – Toronto, ONT
5/19 – Flint, MI
5/20 – Chicago, IL
5/22 – Oklahoma City, OK
5/23 – Tulsa, OK
5/25 – Little Rock, AR
6/5 – Nurburgring, Germany
6/6 – Nuremberg, Germany
6/11 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
6/12 – Donington Park, UK

Bombworks/Retroactive Bands Play Unrest In The Midwest Festival
Retroactive & Bombworks Records would like you to know that they will be sponsoring the first Annual UNREST IN THE MIDWEST FESTIVAL. It will be 12 Bands for 12 hours & only $10. Bands play will be DAGON, GRAVE ROBBER, MAIN LINE RIDERS, BOARDERS, KIDNAP THE SUN, DIVULGENCE, A HILL TO DIE UPON, REX CARROLL & THE HEAL etc. Find out more information here.

The Afters News
The Afters’ “Never Going Back to OK” will be featured on the upcoming soundtrack of the family friendly film “Secrets of the Mountain.” Hand-picked for the soundtrack by GRAMMY ® Award winning producer and music supervisor for the film and soundtrack, Randy Jackson, The Afters’ music will be featured with the likes of Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks and more on the soundtrack. The “Secrets of the Mountain” will debuted on NBC April 16th. The movie focuses on a single mother who brings her family to a mountainside cabin. The film highlights values such as generosity, honesty and togetherness. The DVD version of the film bundled with the soundtrack will be available exclusively at Walmart. The Afters are currently working on their third studio project titled Light Up the Sky set to hit retailers on Aug. 24. “This record is new and exciting territory for us,” says Josh Havens, band front man. “We’re thrilled with how the songs are turning out! I hope you guys are ready to join us on this journey.”

Carlos Whittaker On Good Morning America
Whittaker gained overnight popularity recently when he posted a clip of his children’s back-seat sing-a-long to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” (and the now-famous incident that followed) on his blog last week, little did he know the priceless moment would grab the attention of CBS’ “The Early Show”, NBC’s “TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda,” ABC’s “Good Morning America, “ AOL, CNN and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” among others, bringing nearly 1 million views to this video on YouTube in less than 4 days. Whittaker will be partnering with Dillon International Texas, For This Child and Adoption Access adoption agencies in Dallas to bring awareness to the issue of adoption, an issue close to his heart. To bring meaning and unexpected depth to the entertaining moment, the viral video sensation is shedding new light on a subject dear to Whittaker’s heart: adoption. Whittaker plans to harness this recent popularity and use it to help others, by partnering with local adoption agencies on his tour. The Whittaker’s four-year-old son, Losia was adopted from South Korea in 2006, and he will be using this as a platform to encourage others to adopt and bring awareness to the issue. The first single from Whittaker’s new project, Ragamuffin Soul, titled “God of Second Chances,” penned by Whittaker, Jason Ingram and Phillip LaRue, was partially inspired by Losiah’s adoption. Radio disc jockeys and listeners will not only hear about Carlos Whittaker’s upcoming album, Ragamuffin Soul, but become better aquainted with Carlos, the family man. A husband and father of three, Whittaker also served as a key planner and teacher at last year’s Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, which drew over 12,000 people. Whittaker can currently be seen on tour with artists Shane & Shane and John Mark McMillan.

Third Day Notches Eighth Career RIAA Gold Certification
The honors and awards for Third Day’s Live Revelations: On Stage, Off Stage, Backstage keep flowing in, as the live concert video project earned a Gold sales certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. The RIAA Gold certification follows a busy early 2010 that saw the project earn a GRAMMY Award for the band, along with Dove Award nomination for Long Form Music Video of the Year. “We’re definitely both honored and humbled to be receiving this news. It was our desire to give our fans a real sense of what life on the road looks like – just being ourselves; sometimes tense, sometimes funny but always being real,” says bassist Tai Anderson. All tolled, the Live Revelations honor marks the band’s eighth overall Gold certification and second for a video project, with Third Day, Offerings, Offerings II, Come Together, Time, Wherever You Are and the CD/DVD version of Live Wire all hitting Gold status. (Offerings and Live Wire have also hit the organization’s Platinum threshold.)

Mantric’s New Album Streaming Now
Mantric’s new album is streaming now! You can listen to the album here.

Punk Goes Classic Rock
Punk Goes Classic Rock which premiered on MySpace Music, features a selection of the best up-and-coming alternative rock bands, including Mayday Parade, The Almost, Forever The Sickest Kids and Never Shout Never doing their own cover versions of classic tracks by such bands as Journey, Queen, KISS and Def Leppard. Listen to the whole album, streaming in full now on AOL’s Listening Party!
Track Listing:
1. Hit The Lights – “More Than A Feeling” (originally recorded by Boston)
2. Versa Emerge- “Paint It Black” (originally recorded by The Rolling Stones)
3. The Almost – “Free Fallin’” (originally recorded by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
4. Mayday Parade – “We Are The Champions” (originally recorded by Queen)
5. The Summer Set – “Rock ‘n Roll All Nite” (originally recorded by KISS)
6. We The Kings- “Caught Up In You” (originally recorded by .38 Special)
7. A Skylit Drive- “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” (originally recorded by Journey)
8. I See Stars- “Your Love” (originally recorded by The Outfield)
9. Pierce The Veil- “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (originally recorded by Blue Oyster Cult)
10. Forever The Sickest Kids- “Crazy Train” (originally recorded by Ozzy Osbourne)
11. The Maine – “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (originally recorded by Def Leppard)
12. Envy On The Coast- “All Along The Watchtower” (originally recorded by Bob Dylan)
13. Every Avenue- “Take Me Home Tonight” (originally recorded by Eddie Money)
14. Never Shout Never – “Bohemian Rhapsody” (originally recorded by Queen)
15. blessthefall – “Dream On” (originally recorded by Aerosmith)

As Hell Retreats Pre-Order Available Now
Pre-orders are now available for Strike First’s newest member, As Hell Retreats. Strike First’s newest family member comes to us from Hendersonville, TN. As Hell Retreats have been propelling themselves forward since forming in 2005 by setting motivational goals, and step by step they are realizing the benefits of their hard work. They have self released five-song demos each year for the past 4 years, and 2010 will be the year they see the release of their first full length album. The new project promises to be a polished culmination of their past work, showcasing their death metal roots laced with thrash and hardcore.

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