PROSTHETIC RECORDS is proud to announce the signing of neo-fusion instrumental power trio NIACIN. The supergroup consists of legendary bass guitarist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth), keyboardist John Novello (Chick Corea, Edgar Winter) and world-renowned drummer Dennis Chambers (Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic), will release their sixth studio album, Krush, this spring.

The moniker NIACIN – the common name of the vitamin B3 – refers to the integral musical role played by the Hammond B-3 organ in shaping the band’s sound, described by All Music Guide as “part acid jazz, part progressive rock, and part jazz-rock fusion.” Inspired by the likes of Return To Forever and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the group released their debut album in 1996 on Stretch, the label of jazz legend Chick Corea (who later wrote and performed on a track on NIACIN’s second album). With each member already firmly established in their respective genres, the band set out to form a new sound combining their jazz and rock roots, mixed with inspiration from B-3 legends such as Blind Faith, Keith Emerson, Jon Lord (Deep Purple), and Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep). As the buzz spread, the group toured the world periodically over the following decade, during which they released four additional critically acclaimed albums featuring such notable guests as Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion) and Toto guitarist Steve Lukather.

For the last several years, the individual members of NIACIN have worked steadily on various other projects – Chambers, for example, continues to serve as the musical anchor for Carlos Santana’s ongoing Las Vegas residency — but in 2012, the group reconvened for the first time since 2006 to write and record Krush. More details on the release – the group’s first in eight years – will be announced shortly.

ODERUS URUNGUS Heavy MTL 2013 Guest Judge


Following the success of the inaugural edition in 2012, Dungeon Works Productions and Evenko are proud to present En Route to Heavy MTL 2013 and the selected twenty bands that will be battling it out over the next five months to win one of two opening slots at this year’s 2013 HVY MTL.

Battle 2 of the BOTB will take place on Thursday, February 7 at Les Katacombes (1635 St-Laurent Blvd) with special guest judges GWAR‘s vocalist Dave Brockie best known as Oderus Urungus, along with Slaves on Dope vocalist and CHOM 97.7FM DJ Jason Rockman, plus award winning producer/mixer Glen Robinson (GWAR, Voivod, Grim Skunk) (more credits here), along with local music industry for the alternative metal night.

Competing bands: Alternative Metal Night

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Projekt F –

D.O.T. –

Truth or Scare –

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Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Time: 8:30PM

Cost: $12 Advance / $15 Door

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Progressive Death Metal Night:

Brought By Pain –
Pronostic –
Tunguska Mammoth –
Derelict –

Prog/Power/Epic Metal Night:
Transcend –
Eclipse Prophecy –
Kalter (Quebec City) –
Unbeing –

Deathcore Night:
Rosewood –
Self Collapse –
Of Temples –
Death Lullaby –




(Detroit, MI) – FiXT artist Blue Stahli has released Antisleep Vol. 03, an instrumental album of apocalyptic Electronic Rock and Ambient Noise geared for Film and TV, along with crafting a dark-pop mash-up of the album’s Atom Smasher with Fever Ray’s The Wolf, available for FREE download.


“Since the songs on Antisleep Vol. 03 are all instrumental, I had to satisfy my craving for doing vocals in some capacity. Fever Ray is one my favorite artists and the aim was to have this weird union be something to soundtrack whatever strange rituals you’re compelled to perform out in the woods (provided you still have an iPod handy). If you find your eyes rolling back into your head, your body shaking uncontrollably, and you begin speaking in tongues when listening…that’s totally normal. Just let it happen.” – Blue Stahli

Fans of Blue Stahli’s Antisleep series may also have heard the Blue Stahli’s track Takedown during last week’s episode of American Horror StorySeason 2, Episode 12: Continuum.

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About Blue Stahli:

The sole member of Blue Stahli, Bret, comes from a background of fetish burlesque troupes, drag queen fronted punk bands and believes that he is visited in his dreams by the ghost of William S. Burroughs.

The music of Blue Stahli is not only meant to be aggressive, artistic, and full of piss n’ vinegar, but also vividly cinematic and wildly epic. Trailers and promos for films such as Expendables 2, Underworld: Awakening, Tron Legacy, and others all the way to TV shows like America’s Next Top Model, Big Bang Theory, and MTV’s The Challenge feature Blue Stahli to create an exciting musical backdrop. Video games like Dead Rising 2 and ads for Victoria’s Secret have also utilized the music of Blue Stahli to inject their productions with rawness and energy. Either that, or a family member was held for ransom. Bret has never been successfully prosecuted, so we may never know.

The self-titled debut album, released in March of 2011, is a double-barreled blast of anthemic songs that are just as focused on providing an emotional escape as they are to making you feel as though you could singlehandedly take on an entire army. Infectious vocal hooks ranging from sensual and emotive to screaming-bloody-murder serve as the foundation for stronger-than-steel songwriting while giant chainsaw guitar riffs threaten to burn cities to the ground in a blaze of hooky, distorted glory. Slick electronics and dramatic production provide a gripping cinematic atmosphere with more intrigue than a box full of Bond flicks. Live drums and tribal toms are pulverized with a ferocity typically reserved for guerilla warfare while sexy breakbeats cut through with a precision hellbent on giving you and your hips more groove than is physically or legally allowed. These ten songs of fury and release will get stuck in your head and stay there. Do not defy them.

The pure visceral feeling of Blue Stahli is a getaway drive into oblivion, cutting a jet-black swath down midnight asphalt. Clawing, scratching and tearing through to catharsis with the hyperstylized jagged edge of revenge. Art is a weapon. Use it.


CHRIS ADLER Takes The Modern Drummer Cover

After facing a trying year, modern metal’s greatest band, LAMB OF GOD, is being honored by one of our generation’s greatest music publications. Arriving just a few short weeks after the band’s fourth Grammy nomination, February 1 will mark the release of Modern Drummer Magazine’s March 2013 issue—featuring none other than LAMB OF GOD drummer CHRIS ADLER on the front cover. This is Chris’ second cover appearance with Modern Drummer Magazine.


In the exclusive Modern Drummer Magazine interview, CHRIS ADLER takes readers through his recent experiences and explains how mental toughness has kept him positive in his professional and personal life. Check your local magazine stand or bookstore for a copy!

CHRIS ADLER is heading out to Prague within the coming days to support his band mate and brother in music, Randy Blythe, during his trial. When he returns, Chris will announce his involvement in an upcoming drumming project. He will also put the finishing touches on his third book, The Making of Ashes of the Wake, coming soon.

In other news, CHRIS ADLER recently announced his exclusive North American endorsement and distribution deal with VRUK Corporation, specifically in conjunction with the CHRIS ADLER Signature VRUK DrumMaster Heel Plate—a vital tool for drummers looking to increase endurance and speed that CHRIS ADLER himself is distributing exclusively throughout North America. Click here to view a video about how the VRUK DrumMaster Heel Plate works (click “watch video” link), read testimonials, grab coupon codes and more.

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SEPTICFLESH Streaming New Old Track


Greek metal masters SEPTICFLESH are streaming a song from their recently re-issued debut albumMystic Places of Dawn. Click here to listen to Return to Carthage.

This deluxe re-issue has been remastered, repackaged (by vocalist/bassist Spiros “Seth” Antoniou), features new cover art, and four bonus tracks from 1991’s EP Temple of the Lost Race.

Mystic Places of Dawn is the first in a series of SEPTICFLESH albums set for re-issue by Season of Mist. It is available on deluxe CD and limited edition gate-fold, double LP in the Season of Mist E-shop now.

SEPTICFLESH recently completed the Conquerors of the World tour with support from KRISIUN, EX-DEO, MELECHESH and new label mates INQUISITION.

The band is currently writing material for a new full length.


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Progressive, atmospheric black metallers Fen have been confirmed to support USA’s Agalloch on an extensive 28 date European tour during both April and May of this year. Commenting on the addition of Fen to the line-up Agalloch said: “We are proud to announce that joining us on our upcoming European tour will be our long time friends Fen (UK). We’ve played with FEN numerous times already in the UK, Belgium, and the US and are very pleased they’ll be with us for this extensive European tour…We are confident that our European fans will be blown away by the band’s fierce live show and their genuine and emotionally powerful music”. Fen, who are the only support on the tour, will be promoting their newly released album Dustwalker. Agalloch will play a set of around 2 hours which will include a performance of their new EP Faustian Echoes

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PSYCHOTHERMIA To Release Debut Album

While there are many bands in the hard rock/metal world that like to play with fire, it requires a certain combination of insanity and balls to douse yourself in it…

That is exactly what PSYCHOTHERMIA did to spark some attention for their debut album Fall To The Rising Sun dropping on February 8, 2013.

“We kept seeing other bands using fake fire in their photos and videos, we just thought it would be bad-ass to do it for real,” says guitarist Jon Russo.

Real is right. A stunt legend, an exhausting weekend, and a lot of burnt clothing later they walked away changed… the fumes may have proved inspiring.

With the easy part over, the band headed into the studio to really let loose. An indescribable energy lurks within the four members and is released in songs like the title track Fall To The Rising Sun.

“Stay one step ahead of yourself; stay one step ahead of the competition; always strive to better yourself… and if you don’t, you fall to the rising sun. Fate will catch up with you,” explains singer Johan Maldonado.

One listen leaves you with the rush of ripping through the night sky.

Personal experiences play a large part in the writing found on the album, and nowhere is this more apparent than Warbly.

Bassist Chenzo Vidalez explains, “I’m all about family and being loyal to friends. This song is about a deep betrayal. I was on a motorcycle trip where I caught a friend in a lie… tension escalated and it got to the point where I feared for my life. My instincts kept telling me if I stayed there someone was going to die.”

Quivering guitars and relentless double-bass drumming capture the inner turmoil of broken trust, while haunting vocals express the fear as ghostly silhouettes on chopper bikes approach at your weakest moment.

“One of my favorite tracks to jam live is ‘Anarchy’,” notes Mike. “It has a massive driving feel to it with galloping rhythms, and the build-up is just epic.”

A song that was originally inspired by distant uprisings of the oppressed, it features the voices of children chanting “Anarchy!” in the anthemic bridge section and choruses. While on the surface the song may seem political, the deeper meaning behind the track is not so vile.

“Anarchy is far from what the name depicts… the song is about being an individual and finding your voice,” says Johan.

No strangers to persistence and long hours in the studio, the guys in PSYCHOTHERMIA know what it means to take matters into their own hands. Fall To The Rising Sun was self-produced, recorded and engineered by the band in their home studio (Control Volume Studios). With the exception of Anarchy – mixed by the notorious Fred Archambault (producer/engineer, Avenged Sevenfold) – all songs were mixed by guitarist Jon Russo.

“I’d wake up after 15 hours in the studio, with my ears hurting, and have to go in and do it again… all while working around my jobs,” says Jon.

One cannot question their dedication.

Prior to April 2012, all four members performed together in a previous group (Canobliss). Together in this group they achieved such accolades as three nominations for San Diego Music Awards; opening performances for legends Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, HellYeah, Biohazard, & more; as well as song placements on nearly 10 extreme sports and motorsports DVDs. They have toured across much of the United States already; with a fresh project and new album Fall To The Rising Sun in their hands, PSYCHOTHERMIA is ready to catch the wind. The fire is real…

Fall to the Rising Sun Tracklisting:
1) Fall to the Rising Sun
2) Warbly
3) Slash and Burn
4) Anarchy
5) Don’t Look Back
6) Here’s to the Angels
7) Crazy X
8) The Wrath
9) Straight Faced
10) Orlando
11) Self Inflicted Wound
12) The Fight

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WALK AS CHAOS Unleash New Music Video

Walk As Chaos, the new extreme progressive metal collaboration from Alan Sacha Laskow (Divinity, Enditol) and Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster (Out of Your Mouth, Autobody) are proud to unleash a new music video in support of their first single Impasse.

WALK AS CHAOS – Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster (left) & Alan Sacha Laskow

Directed by one of Alberta‘s leading independent music video directors, Doug Cook, the video incorporates various film making techniques like old school stop-motion photography, computer graphic elements mixed with live action along with fantastic set and costume design to bring Impasse to the visual forefront.

“We are super excited about our new music video for Impasse. Doug Cook (director) went the extra mile and we are proud to say we feel it sticks out as being modern & inventive – just like our music. When we started talking about how to bring the song into the visual realm, Doug decided the backdrop should be a futuristic world made up of lines that had a difficult time connecting with each other, like a maze. He also wanted to put Jerrod and I into situations that showcased our collaboration (singer/engineer) but also the frustration one can be faced with when being at a impasse, whether is be Man vs. Man, Man vs. Tech and Man vs. Nature, etc” comments Laskow.




Two musical comrades from the northern wasteland collaborate to create a unique hybrid between true Progressive and Extreme Metal leanings. All instrumentation is programmed and played by MIDI except the guitar and vocals. Think Cynic and Animals as Leaders meeting Meshuggah and Decapitated and you’re getting there.

A continuation of ENDITOL with a fresh start and new name, WAC is essentially a playground for their minds to unleash whatever they feel like and put down to ‘tape’, just pure expression and an honest attempt to communicate.

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HOUR OF PENANCE Tour Recap Video, European Winter Dates

Italian death metallers HOUR OF PENANCE will continue to spread their blasphemous verses throughout Europe in the coming weeks whilst touring with brutal legends Cannibal Corpse, DevilDriver and The Black Dahlia Murder. The tour kicks off in Finland in just over two weeks and reachs its final destination of Glasgow, UK one month later.

HOUR OF PENANCE are no strangers to two of the three groups with whom they’ll be performing, having toured America with The Black Dahlia Murder last spring before supporting Cannibal Corpse on a fall U.S. tour. A five-minute video recap of the latter tour – featuring Misery Index – can be seen below.

HOUR OF PENANCE’s “technically precise and sonically crushing” (Terrorizer) 2012 Prosthetic debut Sedition is currently on sale for only $5 on AMAZON MP3 HERE.

2/9              Oulu, FI – Teatrie Oulu #
2/10            Tampere, FI – Pakkahuone #
2/11            Helsinki, FI – Nosturi #
2/13            Stockholm, SE – Gota Kallare #
2/14            Gothenburg, SE – Brewhouse #
2/15            Copenhagen, DK – Amager Bio #
2/16            Copenhagen, DK – Train #
2/17            Hamburg, DE – Gruenspan #
2/19            Tilburg, NL – O13 #
2/20            Cologne, DE – Essigfabrik #
2/21            Karlsruhe, DE – Substage #
2/23            Antwerp, BE – Trix #
2/24            Paris, FR – Le Bataclan #
2/26            Milan, IT – Alcatraz #
2/27            Lausanne, CH – Les Docks #
2/28            Zurich, CH – Komplex 457 #
3/1              Chemnitz, DE – Sudbahnhof #
3/2              Ostrava, CZ – Garage Club #
3/3              Berlin, DE – Columbia Club #
3/5              Munich, DE – Backstage #
3/6              Saarbrucken, DE – Garage #
3/7              London, UK – Forum #
3/8              Nottingham, UK – Rock City #
3/9              Manchester, UK – HMV Ritz #
3/10            Glasgow, UK – ABC #
# with Cannibal Corpse, DevilDriver, The Black Dahlia Murder

HOUR OF PENANCE U.S. Torture Tour 2012