Monday, September 19, 2005

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ARCHIVE MQM Press Releases - September 19, 2005

Blood Sweat and Ears III: The Adrenaline Cup
Presented by: Squared Circle Training

Wrestling and Music takes center stage, Sunday September 25th at Nashville North in Norval, Ontario. Blood Sweat and Ears steamrolls into Nashville North for the third show, featuring a main event with NWA/TNA Superstars Chris Sabin taking on Team Canada member "Hotshot" Johnny Devine, the 8-man Adrenaline Cup Tournament with eight of the hottest up and coming wrestlers on the indy circuit today, with the outstanding Ontario band Hostage Life contributing to the 'Ears' portion of the show.

James Champagne will debut his his new interview show called "The Champagne Room", where his first guest will be NWA/TNA Star Alex Shelley. The last show surprised everyone in attendance with Chris Sabin being added to the main event unannounced. Who knows what will be in store for future Blood, Sweat and Ears shows. Don't miss out on the unique brand of entertainment from Squared Circle Training and Blood Sweat and Ears. There will also be an exclusive announcement on the fourth BSE show, taking place on Sunday October 30th 2005 in Mississauga Ontario, for those in attendance.

Doors open at 5pm, and the bell is set for 6pm, so get ready for more high-impact, high-volume wrestling and music!

Matches Announced:
Main Event - Chris Sabin vs. Team Canada's Johnny Devine
8-man Adrenaline Cup Tournament
6 Person Intergender Tag Match:
The Blackouts & Tiana Ringer vs.
The Suicide Kids & Shantelle Taylor
and more!!!

Tickets can be reserved online by emailing or
by calling Squared Circle Training at 416-236-3980. They will be held at the
ticket booth at Nashville North, 530 Guelph Street, Norval (Georgetown),
Ontario and will be there when you arrive on Sept 25th. Ticket prices will
be as follows:
a.. $5 for kids 12 and under
b.. $10 for 13 and up
c.. $20 V.I.P Package (Limited), includes a seat on the floor, autographed Full Colour 11" x 17" Event Poster & picture with the wrestler of your choice

Anyone interested in being a vendor at the event can contact:

Blood Sweat and Ears III
Squared Circle Training

ARCHIVE MQM Press Releases - September 2, 2005




Official Website

Steamhammer Records

Jon Oliva - Vocals, Piano, Guitar (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, Doctor Butcher, Circle II Circle, Avatar (USA), Chris Caffery, Seven Witches)

Christopher Kinder - Drums (Circle II Circle)

John Zahner - Keyboard (Savatage, Circle II Circle)

Kevin Rothney - Bass, Backing Vocals (Circle II Circle)

Matt Laporte - Guitar (Circle II Circle, Last Things)

Jerry Outlaw- Guitars (The Genitorturers, Bogus Pomp, Money Shot)

Release: Chapter One: Tage Mahal - 2004, Steamhammer Records

JON OLIVA’S PAIN, the solo project of SAVATAGE founder and mountain king, JON OLIVA, features former members from CIRCLE II CIRCLE, guitarist Matt Laporte, keyboardist John Zahner, bassist Kevin Rothney and drummer Chris Kinder. Set list includes songs from ‘Tage Mahal’ and classic SAVATAGE tunes.

Forever writing songs, JON describes the music as “heavy Beatles meets Black definitely hear the SAVATAGE influence...there's also a much heavier edge...”.

As most SAVATAGE fans already know, JON has always been plagued with the dilemma of trying to choose which songs to put on the next SAVATAGE record, simply because there has always been too many songs to put on 2 CDs, let alone one. Between the collaborations and the material JON writes on his own, this daunting task has often left great songs in the closet. Hence, "JON OLIVA'S PAIN"!

With the break between a new SAVATAGE recording and the 2003 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour, JON finally had the time to pursue the goal of bringing some of those songs to life. It was clear to him from the beginning that these songs were going to be a departure from the style and sound of the ‘Sava-records’ of the past, and that was truly the point.

In August 2005, JON OLIVA won the Hard Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award held in Tampa, Florida. JON OLIVA has contributed some of metals most incredible and memorable music for over 20 years.



Official Website

Tim “Ripper” Owens - Vocals (Iced Earth, Judas Priest, Winters Bane)

John Comprix - Guitar (Spawn, 13 Faces)

Dwane Bihary - Guitar (Missing Skin)

Dennis Hayes - Bass (Winters Bane, Seven Witches)

Eric Elkins - Drums (Cryptkicker, All You Fear)

BEYOND FEAR, is the solo project of TIM “RIPPER” OWENS, the current singer of ICED EARTH and ex-JUDAS PRIEST frontman. The hard hitting metal outfit debuted at the 2005 Bravewords & Bloody Knuckles - Six Pack III in Cleveland, OH in May, 2005. The band has recently signed with SPV and is planning on entering the studio to record their debut album for a 2006 release.

"It feels great to sign with SPV," OWENS commented. "I have been with them for quite some time now with Iced Earth, so I know what they can do. It is always nice to have a label that makes you feel like family, and that's what SPV does for you!"

The band is off to a fast start, having recently announced their participation in a series of American dates with SAVATAGE leader JON OLIVA (JON OLIVA'S PAIN) and SAVATAGE axeman CHRIS CAFFERY. The tour kicks off on September 9, 2005 in Cleveland OH.

Never one to sit still for long, OWENS began forming BEYOND FEAR last year during breaks in the ICED EARTH touring schedule. The band also features John Comprix on lead and rhythm guitar, Dennis Hayes (ex-Winters Bane) on bass, Dwane Bihary on rhythm guitar, and drummer Eric Elkins. "This band means a lot to me and I'm having the time of my life doing it," continued OWENS. "It's fun when you finally get to do what you want. That being said, let's get this machine called BEYOND FEAR out there for the world to hear and see."

SPV Managing Director, Manfred Schuetz, explains, "Tim is one of the 5 best singer’s in metal. He will deliver an album that will convince everyone. SPV is excited about the worldwide commitment."


Winters Bane - Heart of a Killer (1993)

Judas Priest - Jugulator (1997)

Judas Priest - Meltdown (1998)

Judas Priest - Demolition (2001)

Judas Priest - Live in London (2003)

Iced Earth - The Reckoning (2003)

Iced Earth - Glorious Burden (2004 )



Official Website

Black Lotus Records

In support of his latest CD, titled W.A.R.P.E.D, which is scheduled for North American release through Black Lotus Records on September 27, 2005.

Chris Caffery - Vocals, Guitar (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Doctor Butcher)

Jeff Plate - Drums (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)

Ira Black - Guitar (Vicious Rumours)

Paul LaPlaca - Guitar, Keyboards (October Thorns)

Nick Douglas - Bass (Doro)

April 28, 2005 marked the debut live performance for CHRIS CAFFERY'S FACES, a dynamic variety of hard rock and heavy metal, with a recent follow-up CD entitled “W.A.R.P.E.D”. JON OLIVA makes a guest appearance on the song “Iraq Attack” on the “W.A.R.P.E.D.” CD. The band recently toured Europe with METAL CHURCH.

CHRIS CAFFERY is also a lead guitarist and Master of Ceremonies of THE TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. This multi-platinum act also breathed first life from the SAVATAGE family tree. The hit song "Christmas Eve 12/24" was originally recorded for SAVATAGE's "Dead Winter Dead" CD. TSO has since sold over 4 million CD's. The last TSO tour had sold over 530,000 tickets and was highlighted by a sold out performance at Madison Square Garden.

CHRIS joined the legendary SAVATAGE family back in 1987 when he was 19 years of age.

His first solo album, “Faces”, shows all the facets of his musical life. CHRIS’ first solo album delivers splendid versatile compositions with ultimately catchy hooks, ranging from ultra-heavy explosions to psychedelic slow songs, bluesy tunes and thrilling crossover (nu) metal anthems, powerful, with a distinctive progressive and personal touch, packed with discreetly added sound gimmicks all over the place.

Undoubtedly the biggest surprise of “Faces” is CHRIS’ strong, rough voice and his amazing vocal variations. Not bad for a guy, who has been facing the job of a lead vocalist for the very first time in his life! His spectrum ranges from aggressively barked aggro shouting to clean melodic singing with lots of experiments in between.

To set up interviews with Chris Caffery (Faces & T.S.O.) for US tour dates, please contact Maria Abril of Triquetra Media Services at


Dirty Looks – Turn Of the Screw (1988)

Big Mouth – Quite Not Right (1988)

Savatage – Gutter Ballet (1989)

Witchdoctor – Witchdoctor (1991)

Doctor Butcher – Doctor Butcher (1994)

Savatage – Dead Winter Dead (1995)

Savatage – Ghost In The Ruins (1995)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve And Other Stories (1996)

Savatage – The Wake Of Magellan (1997)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – The Christmas Attic (1998)

Metalium – Metalium Metal, Chapter One (1999)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Beethoven’s Last Night (2000)

Savatage – Poets And Madmen (2001)

John West – Earthmaker (2002)

Circle II Circle – Watching In Silence (2003)

Chris Caffery - Faces/God Damn War (2004)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Lost Christmas Eve (2004)

Chris Caffery - W.A.R.P.E.D. (2005)

Doctor Butcher (2005)


Sun Red Sun – Sun Red Sun (1995)

Rock Super Stars Vol. 2 – A Tribute To Guns N’Roses (1999)

Slave To The Power – A Tribute To Iron Maiden (2000)

A Tribute To The Beast, Vol. 2 (2000)

TM Stevens – Shockazooloo (2001)

Blokk 16 – Too Brutal For Radio (2001)

Doro – Fight (2002)

Joe Lynn Turner – JLT (2003)

Murder 1 – On High (2003)

Jon Oliva’s Pain - Tage Mahal (2004)

Circle II Circle - The Middle of Nowhere (2005)




9/9: House of Blues: Cleveland - World Series of Metal with special
guests Therion and Beyond the Embrace

9/15: JAXX: Springfield, VA

9/16: The Brooklyn Music Terminal (formerly La'mours): NYC, NY

9/23: Jannus Landing: St. Petersburg, FL

9/25: TBD: Atlanta, GA

NOTE:To honor the men and women that proudly and bravely put their lives on the line, daily, Chris Caffery and The Metal Insurgence Tour are offering free admission to the first 10 people with valid US military I.D.’s at each show. Additional discounts on merchandise for military personnel are also being extended. This offer is valid for Metal Insurgence shows, only.

Chris commented on this special offer saying, "The sacrifice they make is not appreciated nearly enough. This is the least that we can do to give something back and say thank you."

Oliva adds, "This small gesture is one way that the bands can express their respect for the tireless sacrifice that these soldiers endure for their family's and the country. Our military are die-hard metal fans, and they deserve whatever we can do for them!"


9/10: Mr. Kelly’s Music Club: Chicago, IL

9/17: TBD: Allentown, PA


9/30: Hardenburg-NL @ The Podium

10/1: Oslo-Norway @ Rockefeller for the Scream Festival

10/3: Tilburg-NL @ O13

10/5: Bochum-Germany @ Zeche

10/7: Aschaffenburg-Germany @ Colos Saal

10/8: Pratteln-Ch @ Z7

10/9: Ludwigsburg-Germany @ Rockfabrik

10/11: Milan-Italy @ The Rolling Stone


11/10: Erie, PA

11/10: Jackson, MS

11/11: New Orleans, LA

11/11: Wilkes Barre, PA

11/12: Biloxi, MS

11/12: Wilkes Barre, PA

11/13: Birmingham, AL

11/13: Youngstown, OH

11/14: Nashville, TN

11/14: Toledo, OH

11/15: Fort Wayne, IN

11/16: Cape Girardeau, MO

11/17: Indianapolis, IN

11/17: Memphis, TN

11/18: Bossier City, LA

11/18: Lexington, KY

11/19: Greensboro, NC

11/19: Oklahoma City, OK

11/20: Charlotte, NC

11/20: Omaha, NE

11/21: Raleigh, NC

11/22: Columbia, SC

11/22: Denver, CO

11/23: Colorado Springs, CO

11/23: Richmond, VA

11/25: Salt Lake City, UT

11/25: Uncasville, CT

11/26: Atlantic City, NJ

11/26: Boise, ID

11/27: Hershey, PA

11/27: Spokane, WA

11/28: Hershey, PA

11/28: Seattle, WA

11/30: Hampton, VA

11/30: Portland, OR

12/1: Charleston, WV

12/ 2: Cleveland, OH

12/2: San Jose, CA

12/3: Cleveland, OH

12/3: Sacramento, CA

12/4: Anaheim, CA

12/4: Dayton, OH

12/6: Fresno, CA

12/7: Columbus, OH

12/7: San Diego, CA

12/8: Cincinnati, OH

12/8: Las Vegas, NV

12/9: Detroit, MI

12/9: Phoenix, AZ

12/10: Albuquerque, NM

12/10: Chicago, IL

12/11: Grand Rapids, MI

12/11: Tucson, AZ

12/13: El Paso, TX

12/13: Toronto, ON

12/15: Providence, RI

12/16: Hartford, CT

12/16: San Antonio, TX

12/17: Dallas, TX

12/17: Philadelphia, PA

12/18: Houston, TX

12/18: Pittsburgh, PA

12/19: Austin, TX

12/19: New York, NY

12/21: Baltimore, MD

12/21: Little Rock, AR

12/22: Kansas City, MO

12/22: Washington, DC

12/23: Rochester, NY

12/23: St. Louis, MO

12/26: Albany, NY

12/26: Green Bay, WI

12/27: Boston, MA

12/27: Minneapolis, MN

12/28: Buffalo, NY

12/28: Madison, WI

12/29: Milwaukee, WI

12/30: Manchester, NH

12/30: Moline, IL

Interviews & Media Contact for Canadian dates, please contact:

Metal Queen Management

Tel: 416-500-8141


ARCHIVE MQM Press Releases - August 1, 2005

Attention Press: Text Only Available Here

**Release 1**

"Blood, Sweat and Ears" Wrestling and Music Fest - August 28, 2005
held at Nashville North, 530 Guelph Street, Norval (Georgetown), Ontario.
All ages event.

For the first time in Canada, Blood, Sweat and Ears and Squared Circle Training present a monthly wrestling and music festival that will be broadcast live on-line in high quality at It's an innovative concept that will feature musical acts and a full wrestling card featuring wrestling stars from Mexico, Japan, US and Canada. The show will run for approximately 3 hours and will be taped for DVD release and future Pay Per View broadcast on Bell Express Vu.

Scheduled to Appear:

Musical guest:

MAIN EVENT: X-Division Challenge - Christopher Daniels vs. Petey Williams
Also The Suicide Six-Pack 2. A high flying elimenation match

Autographs sessions being held.

Door at 5:00 p.m. Bells at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets: Adults $10.00
Available at:
NASHVILLE NORTH (905) 702-0777
Email Blood, Sweat and Ears

Sponsorship packages available, contact Dave Blezard (416) 346-7443

Package 1: (Best Value)
- Lead sponsor of the event ie "Smirnoff Ice" presents...
- 5 - 30 second commercials (to be provided by the clients) during the live webcast
- Big logo on all flyers / posters (Which will be seen by *40,00 + patrons of Nasville North) plus all outside advertising locally.
- 7,000 flyers and 500 posters will be printed for each show.
- Banners or billboards / Ads on 3 Big screens at Nashville North during the event (To be provided by the client)
- Product distribution / merchandising at Nashville North during the event
- Flyer and logo on websites, , - advertising banner on all websites
*(based on attendance markings of 1 month at Nashville North)
COST: $3000 inclusive

Package 2:
- "Brought to you by...." secondary sponsorship
- small logo on flyer / posters
- 3 - 15 second commericals during live webcast
- In house banners during event (Banners to be provided by the clients)
COST: $2000 inclusive

Package 3:
- Sponsor name (no logo) on flyer
- 1 - 15 second commercial during live webcast
- Flyer ads in house during event
COST: $1000 inclusive


** Release 2**

Rehab For Quitters

Toronto punk sensations, Rehab For Quitters, are about to release their first full-length CD filled with blistering catchy songs that will be dancing between your ear drums for years to come. The LP will also feature a never before heard acoustic song.

New samples available here.

Track listing:

the Cheese
What Time Is it Suicide?
Strung out
Slicked Back Hair (I Don’t Care)
Running Away
Punk Rock Girl
Jack in Her Box
Home Wrecker
Captain Obvious

Punk Rock has come a long way since it's inception in the mid-to-late 70's. While the original punk bands varied somewhat in terms of sound, they were united in their uncompromising attitude, do-it-yourself ethos and a sonic attack that prized energy and passion over technical skill.

These days, the meaning of the words Punk Rock are not as clear. High-energy pop bands with stylist-created spiky hair masquerade as punk, but crack through the perfectly groomed exterior and you'll see it's all bubble-gum on the inside - just one choreographed step away from the boy bands of the 90's. On the other end of the spectrum are bands that wave the punk banner proudly - sincere, hard-edged and true to punk's original attitiudes. They've got the dedication and energy, but too often sacrifice melody and hooks in the pursuit of "punk purity".

Enter Rehab For Quitters, the perfect antidote for disillusioned punk rock fans who are tired of bubble-gum pop cynically marketed as rebellion. Sonically, they're loud, fast and aggressive. But get this, their songs have plenty of hooks and memorable sing-along choruses, and their stripped-down guitar, bass and drum attack combines ferocity and technical skill. Clearly, whoever decided punk is best served either bubble-gum lite or battery-acid heavy didn't send these guys the memo. Like their name suggests, they're sonic rehabilitation for those thinking of "quitting" the punk scene.

Having formed just over a year ago, these three young men from Toronto - Dan Lobalsamo on vocals and guitar, and brothers Matt and Chris Gee on drums and bass, respectively have already made a loud impression on the local scene. They've played dozens of shows, including gigs at the Reverb, Kathedral, El Mocambo, Club 279, a very well attended show at Dundas Square, The Molson Indy yearly auto racing event, and even opening for major acts such as The Dickies, Agent Orange and The Misfits.

But even before their first gig, the buzz had already started - working out some songs in a local rehearsal space one day, they sounded so loud and so good that a few people dropped by to ask them if they had any CDs for sale! This incident confirmed their suspicions - that they had real chemistry and a distinct sound that set them apart. From that day on, they've been completely focused on one thing: assaulting as many eardrums as possible with their unique brand of loud, fast rock and roll. And they'll let nothing stand in their way: at one show, Dan was so sick with the flu that he could barely stand up or see straight, but that didn't stop them from putting on one of their most memorable performances yet.

As songwriters, they've amassed an impressive body of work in a short amount of time. Their aptly titled 6-song demo EP, Leave 'Em Wanting More, proved to be a good indication of their strengths as a band. It was fast, loud, uncompromising Rock and Roll, with lyrics that run with gamut from heartfelt to humorous to in-your-face aggression. While the influence of bands such as The Misfits and Ramones can be heard, they have not been afraid to branch out and shades of 60's vocal groups like the Shangri-Las can be heard in tracks like Punk Rock Girl. This demo, however, was just a snapshot of a band progressing and developing at a breakneck pace.

More recently, they have been in the studio with Dan Turcotte recording their debut album. Mixing is complete and mastering has begun!

Rehab For Quitters chew up and spit out a myriad of sounds and styles faster than some bands can tune their guitars, while always sounding like themselves. Additionally, they'll continue to play as many gigs as humanily possible. Don't miss the chance to see their explosive live show!!


** Release 3 **


Bulldog Bess, PENETRATOR

New Pics On-line!!
Official Website: PENETRATOR

CD available here

Crazy Mark TV - PENETRATOR Video Footage from I-Rock, Detroit

Upcoming Shows:
AGGRESSION SESSION Sat. Aug. 13 @ L3 Night Club, St. Catherines, ON
WAR ON THE SHORE Sat. Aug. 27 @ The Apollo, Thunder Bay, ON


** Release 4**

The Hellz Kitchen Show

Upcoming Shows:
Aug 4 2005 @ Foundation in Barrie. ALL AGES
Aug 13 2005 @ The Dungeon in Oshawa. ALL AGES
Sep 10 2005 @ Playdium in Mississauga. ALL AGES
Sep 25 2005 @ Gothstock 2005 in Hartford, CT's Webster Theatre (info below)


** Release 5 **

Metal Queen Management Interview on Space Junkie Magazine

This issue also features Penetrator, Endorphins, Jimmy Degrasso and Hard Beyond Driven Radio.

This issue is viewable until August 8, 2005 only.


** Release 6 **


UPDATE: Magazine goes to print August 12, 2005!!

Metal Queen Management (cover & interview)
Queens of the Stone Age
Iron Maiden
Black Sabbath
Glenn Hughes
The Hellz Kitchen Show (MQM)

On Line
Retail - Canada: Chapters, HMV, Great Canadian Newsstand
Retail - USA: Hastings, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Tower, Newbury


** Release 7 **


Diskery's Polishing of Metal project featuring 1,304 artists, 900 reviews, 100 pictures with some 10,000 pages of digital (PDF) text on the bios, reviews and history of Heavy Metal itself, and at least 30 music tracks and 14 videos from bands around the world.

Programming and writing of the project are complete and testing is in process. The last bit is the cover art, adding logos, text and sizing.


** Release 8 **

Cryptopsy - NEW CD Complete

"Once Was Not", Cryptopsy's fifth studio album, is now complete. Engineered and mixed at Sébastien Marsan's Studio Vortex and mastered by UE Nastasi's Sterling Sound in New York City. CD features artwork by François Quévillon, Filip Ivanovic and Martin Lacroix. With eleven tracks totaling about 50 minutes, this is a concept album where every song has its own identity, lots of flavors and different rhythms and tempos throughout. The variations in the tracks may surprise some of you.

An exclusive Cryptopsy studio report will be featured in BW&BK Issue #91.


** Release 9 **

Crossroads Music

Become a member of the newest approach in Digital Music Promotion. Now you can upload your "press kit" for distribution to the music industry instead of mailing it!

Crossroad Music are seeking independent artists who would like exposure to the music industry. Upload your music, bio, image and even your music video for exposure to radio, record Labels, management, promotion and more.

The fee? There is none. Until September 1st, 2005, new members can register for FREE. After that, new members will be charged a $45 yearly membership fee. (Still a great deal!)

Register here and upon verification of your email address, you can begin entering your information for use in the exclusive "Artist Directory".

Regardless of your music genre, you are welcome to join.

Music is submitted to the music industry once a month. If they like your music, they will contact you directly. Simple as that! Crossroad Music receives no "kick-backs" or "finder's fees".


** Release 10 **

GothStock Music Festival: Independent Musicians Take Charge of Their Own Career

New York, NY -- August 1st, 2005 -- Local promoters are making a bold move putting together a two days major event in September 24-25, 2005 - GothStock Festival in Webster Theatre, CT to celebrate dark lifestyle with music, fun and entertainment to celebrate the beauty and dark lifestyle that is sometimes misunderstood by the mainstream.

As an answer to the major records labels suffering with the sluggish sales and lack of interest to new music, independent companies are pulling together in effort on create an event worthy and surpassing the major ones. GothStock is featuring over 40 different artists from all over the country including acts as The Hellz Kitchen Show, Genutorturers, Cruxshadows, The Last Dance, Bella Morte, Carfax Abbey, Dead Emotion, Ego Likeness and more. GothStock is geared up for people of different subcultures to come together raising awareness for a peaceful community that supports children, medical illness and animal rights. A portion of the profits of this event will go to charities that support that cause.

“This is our answer to the scene when no one cares about and no one wants to do anything to promote”, says Charles Cudd, CEO of New Goth America Inc, the main presenter of the event. He is not alone. Hot Picks USA has endorsed three of the GothStock bands – Sister Kill Cycle, The Blessed Virgin Larry and Dead Emotion. Wild Cauldron Production, Volume Magazine, Rapture Radio, Independent Music Conference are among growing sponsors and supporters of the festival.

Other presenters of GothStock are Lethal Zone Productions, independent production company specializing in the right size room for the right size event, which has worked with many of NYC finest venues such as Tramps, Lime Light, The Bank, Wetlands, Down Time, Continental and the Spiral; Artillery Promotion, which specializes on promoting metal events and managing local death and metal bands such as Scorched Earth and Dead Man Society; Evil Empire Entertainment – NY and NJ’s own Media company that focuses on events, underground music and television; Akasha Multimedia- New York City’s premiere promotions and publicity firm; and Axis Video - NJ independent music and film production company, with such classics under it’s belt as “Dynasty of Darkness”, Dead Emotion’s music video “Bytch” and “Nothing To Die For” and feature short films.

GothStock Festival will be held on September 24 and 25, 2005 at Webster Theatre in Hartford, CT. Tickets are on sale now at here

For phone orders, call at 800-477-6849 or come to the Webster Box Office, Monday thru Friday, 12 noon to 5:30 pm.

Visit Gothstock for more information, or phone (646) 541-6505


ARCHIVE MQM Press Releases - June 28, 2005
** Release 1 **

PENETRATOR (Sonic Age Records)
Official Website
Fan Site



Recently coming off tour with Buddy Guy's Legends, OGIE DAWG steps back into his metal roots. Influenced by a lifetime of heros, Tommy Aldridge, Neil Peart, Joey Krammer and John Bohnam, OGIE is a true hard hitter from Toronto.

Original drummer, Simon Vanderzand, who recorded PENETRATOR's demo Unleash The Fury in his studio, The Sound Lounge, departed from the band to pursue his passion in the pop-punk genre.

In April 2005, OGIE entered PENETRATOR's realm of insane song writing, learning 23 songs and writing 3 new ones with the far...

OGIE's first show with the band will be on Tuesday, July 12 in Toronto opening for fellow power metal band METAL CHURCH at The Reverb, 651 Queen Street West.

PENETRATOR also plays the AGGRESSION SESSION in St. Catherines, Ontario at L3, 6 James Street on August 13 and Thunder Bay, Ontario's WAR ON THE SHORE 2005 on August 27.

Pre-production, set designing and final touches are taking place for PENETRATOR's video the Adulteress. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art has been chosen for the live band footage. Also, watch for some special guest appearances on the video.

New Reviews:
Greece's Metal Temple
Germany's Brighteyes
Italy's Metal.It
Brazil's Thundergod Zine
Germany's Metal District

Attention Radio: Penetrator Promo CDs are ready. Email MQM for your copy.


** Release 2 **

SEX SLAVES Radical Records, New York City Rockers!
Official Site
Fan Site

Recently packing the house at the Vatikan in Toronto's NXNE music festival, New York City's SEX SLAVES are back on tour.

Upcoming Shows:

Jul 4/05 Party
Jul 5/05 Chestnut St. Cafe - Sharon, PA
Jul 6/05 Hi-Fi Club - Cleveland, OH
Jul 7/05 Jacoby's - Detroit, MI
Jul 10/05 Pub 161 / Billiard Club - Columbus, OH
Jul 13/05 Corktown Tavern - Hamilton, Ontario
Jul 14/05 The Dungeon - Oshawa, Ontario
Jul 15/05 The Vatikan - Toronto, Ontario
Jul 19/05 Second Story Nightclub - Indianapolis, IN
Jul 21/05 Hairy Marys - Des Moines, Iowa
Jul 22/05 Sioux City Pete's - Sioux City, IA
Jul 26/05 Green Door - Oklahoma City, OK
Jul 29/05 Wreck Room - Ft. Worth, TX
Aug 4/05 JUGHEADS - Phoenix, AZ
Aug 5/05 Havasu Undergound - Lake Havasu City, AZ
Aug 6/05 Double Down Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
Aug 17/05 Dixie Tavern - Portland, OR
Aug 24/05 Sioux City Pete's - Sioux City, IA
Sep 17/05 Big White Church - Queens, NY

NYC rockers, the SEX SLAVES are best known for their raucous live show. Anything goes here, whether its girls dancing, stages collapsing or the whiskey flowing. No surprise, as they've done three U.S. tours, trashed the Viper Room and toured all over Japan twice, surviving a typhoon and earthquake in Japan. Their brand new album "Bite Your Tongue" was released by Radical Records on June 21st, full of those songs you can't stop singing. SEX SLAVES are influenced by The Misfits, The Cult, Sex Pistols, Guns'N'Roses, The Beatles and Hank Williams.

Band Bio in the Archives below


** Release 3 **

Official Website

THE HELLZ KITCHEN SHOW is confirmed to play Goth Stock being held in Hartford, CT September 24 and 25, 2005 at The Webster Theatre.

GothStock is a Summer Peace Festival featuring 50 different artists from all over the world, pleasing Gothic, Black Metal, Industrial, Death Metal, Doom, Hardcore and Rock fans. A two-day gathering of live music and entertainment to celebrate the beauty and dark lifestyle of the mainstream subculture. GothStock brings you the best of dark music, culture and outreach. “Peace, Love…and Darkness”

THE HELLZ KITCHEN SHOW also plays the annual JACK DANIELS "GET SHITFACED" SHOW taking place on Saturday, July 30 at The Reverb, Toronto, ON. This is the tenth annual JACK DANIELS show the band has performed.

THE HELLZ KITCHEN SHOW is in the studio recording Dark Of Oz and currently searching for a producer.


Band Bio in the Archives below


** RELEASE 4 **


Metal Queen Management (cover & interview)
Queens of the Stone Age
Iron Maiden
Black Sabbath
Glenn Hughes
The Hellz Kitchen Show (MQM)

On Line
Retail - Canada: Chapters, HMV, Great Canadian Newsstand
Retail - USA: Hastings, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Tower, Newbury


** RELEASE 5 **

ZEROSCAPE in the UK Until August 21st
Official Website
Fan Site

August 21 will end ZEROSCAPE's 6 month tour bring the band through Germany & France. Zeroscape had their van "pimped" in Germany. Check it out!

Tour Schedule:

JUNE 26/05 "THE STAR" Guilford, UK
JULY 2/05 "THE EXCHANGE" Edinburgh, UK
JULY 3/05 "THE SUBWAY" Edinburgh, UK
JULY 4/05 "THE TUNNELS" Aberdeen, UK
JULY 5/05 "ROCKERS" Glasgow, UK
JULY 7/05 "THE MARQUEE" Hertford, UK
JULY 9/05 "EDWARD'S NO 8" Birmingham, UK
JULY 13/05 "THREE FAT FISH" Exeter, UK
JULY 14/05 "WA1 VENUE BAR" Warrington, UK
JULY 15/05 "THE MAN ON THE MOON" Cambridge, UK
JULY 17/05 "CERTIFICATE 18" York, UK
JULY 19/05 "JOINERS" Southampton, UK
JULY 20/05 "MR. SMITH'S" Bournemouth (Acoustic Set), UK
JULY 21/05 "MR. SMITH'S" Bournemouth, UK
JULY 22/05 "THE TOWNHOUSE" Torquay, UK
JULY 23/05 "EXETER INN" Exeter, UK
JULY 28/05 "PRIORS INN" Bury St. Edmunds, UK
JULY 29/05 "TAP'N'TIN" Chatham, UK
JULY 30/05 "BRECHIN HALL" Glasgow, UK
AUG 3/05 "THE HEX" Birkenhead, UK ***ALL AGES***
AUG 5/05 "THE HEX" Birkenhead, UK
AUG 8/05 "PHOENIX" Plymouth, UK
AUG 10/05 "TALBOT" Stoke, UK
AUG 11/05 "WA1" Warrington, UK
AUG 12/05 "HEYGATE" Wellington, UK
AUG 13/05 "CAFE NIRVANA" Wigan, UK
AUG 14/05 "SNOOTY FOX" Wakefield, UK
AUG 17/05 "BAR BLU" Rhyl, UK
AUG 19/05 "THE NAGS" Nuneaton, UK
AUG 20/05 "MR. SMITH'S" Bournemouth, UK
AUG 21/05 "THE OASIS" Cwnbran, UK


** RELEASE 6 **

Official Website
Fan Site
Endorphin's Forum

Toronto's aggressive death metal band ENDORPHINS will be heading into Chemical Sound Studios on July 16 with producer Ian Blurton (C'mon, Bionic, Blurtonia) to record their first full length album. 11 Tracks have been selected for the new album, some old ones and some news ones... "Rise & Fall", "the Dead Man" and lots more.


Rob - Bass
Toonz - Guitar
Patrick - Drums
Michael - Guitar & Vocals

Friends since grade school, Michael and Patrick, formed ENDORPHINS in 1995. They started as a cover band jamming on everything from Nirvana and Green Day to Metallica and Smashing Pumpkins. Over the next few years there would be a few line-up changes (mostly on bass), but the two mainstays were Michael on guitar and vocals and Patrick on drums. ENDORPHINS appeared in many shows in Toronto at the time, including The Opera House, The El Mocambo and the infamous Gasworks. During that time, the boys began to write their own songs and even record them whenever an eight track recorder or their high school's recording studio was available. In August of 1996 another old friend of the boys joined the group, Mike "Toonz" Antunes. The band's line-up was finalized in 1997 with the addition of bass player Rob Amaral, Michael's older brother. They continued playing shows in Toronto and won their high school battle of the bands.

ENDORPHINS were still playing covers but also started to write their own material with each new song they got heavier and louder. The band kept evolving while listening to much more aggressive music like The Haunted and Slayer, and mixing in the classics like Black Sabbath.

In late 2001, ENDORPHINS knew it was time to either make a record or stay as a garage band. The decision was easy, make an album and be taken seriously. The boys were lucky enough to work with Producer Ian Blurton (Change of Heart, Bionic, Blurtonia) at Chemical Sound Recording in the spring of 2002.

Despite a tight budget, everyone worked hard to get this record done in four days. "Volume One" has only six tracks, but each one has its own vibe, a little bit of everything that ENDORPHINS has to offer.

Since its release, the album has had many favorable reviews and air play on college and university radio, plus Distribution in Canada and western Europe. ENDORPHINS played regularly in support of their record through the summer and fall of 2003.

The band has been writing songs for the full length album. The new songs are more aggressive, more melodic, loud, heavier and better then anything they've ever written before.

Plans are in the works to tour Canada and USA in support of their forthcoming album.


** RELEASE 7 **

Chile's Risestar Music's is accepting submissions for its Metal Compilation Vol. 3 is to be released in August 2005.

(Release date: August 20th)

- 1000 copies
- Full color box case
- Professional CD with color Silk-screen printing
- 200 copies for: Concerts & contest in FM Radios
- 200 Special promotion in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Finland, Canada, USA, Japan(CD Shops)
- Promotion in 80 media partners in Europe, USA, SA and Canada
- 200 copies available for distribution in shows (Chile, Colombia, Canada)
- 240 free copies available (announced in internet)
for metal fans (free) worldwide, only paying the shipping cost.
- Band info and links in Risestar Music site
- 5 free copies per each band (without shipping cost for you)
- all the bands chosen will be considered in a distribution deal with Risestar Music

Price: 120 Euro/$145.00 USD (special price for more songs) / Song: 2:00 to 6:00 mins.

Price Reduction:
Paying before July 20th, you can discount 10 Euros of the final payment.

Payment: July 30th
Receipt Send Stuff: July 30th

If the compilation CD is not released as final deadline in August 30th, you will receive your money of return.

For further information, Email Metal Mike, Hard Beyond Driven and Risestar Music Label Rep


** RELEASE 8 **

Ladyfest Ottawa

We are now booking bands! We can provide very warm and appreciative audiences, places to stay and meals. You will also get a free pass to the festival, on top of getting paid. This year we have done additional fundraising in order to better cover transportation costs. Our deadline for applying is August 1st 2005.

Ladyfest Ottawa is a non-profit, primarily women-organized music and arts festival that is open to everyone. Now in our fourth year, Ladyfest Ottawa 2005 remains a volunteer driven organization that both showcases women's artistic expression and shares ideas through music, spoken word, performance, film and video, exhibitions, panels and workshops. Our festival will be taking place September 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th 2005. Thursday will be primarily films, while Friday, Saturday and Sunday will feature concerts.

Past performers have included Alix Olsen, Pony Up!, Lesbians on Ecstasy, Les Sequelles, Rae Spoon, the Jane Waynes, Lederhosen Lucil, the Sick Lipstick, Anna Oxygen and Kids on TV.

Ladyfest Ottawa Website
Email Christina Abraham for more information


** RELEASE 9 **


Domenic Troiano, one of Canada's most highly regarded guitarists, played an integral role in The Mandala, Bush, The James Gang and The Guess Who. He scored music extensively for film and television and is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

The Domenic Troiano Guitar Scholarship is named in honour of this extraordinary Canadian guitar legend. The $1,500 scholarship is presented annually to a Canadian guitarist who will be pursuing post-secondary guitar education in Canada or elsewhere.

A committee of established Canadian guitarists will review the submissions and select the scholarship winner.

Eligible music programs are any university, college or private institution guitar program. The scholarship funds will be forwarded directly to the chosen institution of the winner.

Application deadline is October 31st. The recipient will be notified by January 1st.

The Scholarship was established by John Harris of Harris Institute and Jim Norris of Canadian Musician magazine and is supported by the Troiano family.

To apply or donate funds, visit Domenic Troiano Website, call (416) 367-0162 or Email


ARCHIVE MQM Press Releases - May 29, 2005
** Release 1 **

SEX SLAVES play NXNE on Saturday, JUNE 11 @ MIDNIGHT at The Vatikan

The Sex Slaves, New York City’s dirtiest secret are coming to Toronto to dish out all the testosterone you can take! Be high as HELL in no time. Saturday, June 11, double check your health insurance, then get your ass over to The Vatikan, for some sexy, sleazy, f*ck or fight rock-– roll! Prepare to get the shit kicked out of your waning faith, ‘cause the Sex Slaves are going to reaffirm that “Sex, Drugs and Rock-n-Roll” still embody the holy trinity in this religion we call rock. Leave your piety at the door and get it hard and fast like it was meant to be. When its all over, throw a towel over the wet spot and light yourself a cigarette. But don’t bother to leave your number, they’ll be gone in the morning.

It's finally here -- the brand new album from the SEX SLAVES, "Bite Your Tongue", produced by Ray Martin and released by Radical Records on June 21st, 2005.

The second full length CD contains 12 brand new tracks including "We're Going Out Tonight", ""Kiss Me", "See You Naked", "Search and Destroy" and "Thank God for Jack Daniels".

-available June 1st @ SexSlavesNYC.COM (shipping date: June 21)
-available in stores and on-line nationwide on June 21st

Official Website


ERIC 13: vocals & guitar
DEL CHEETAH: bass & vocals
J-BOMB: big drums


It was 2003. New York City. Lower East Side.
Eric13, singer, guitarist and a rock community mainstay from Philly strolled into 3 of Cups bar with a burlap bag and a roll of duct tape. He was starting a band, and the elusive bassist Del Cheetah would be his first accomplice. Twenty minutes later in the rehearsal room, Eric13 spoke to the dazed Mr. Cheetah: "Guess what- you're in the f*cking SEX SLAVES".

They began to write songs based on their experiences; music that reflected their identity, their influences, their way of life - something every boy and girl could relate to. The SLAVES released their first full-length debut "Nikki" in in the US and on Japan's Wizzard in Vinyl label. The initial pressing disappeared almost instantly, so by popular demand they soon followed it with a live album, "Pull The Trigger", on Germ Music. The line-up was finalized with the addition of drummer and New York band kid, J/Bomb. They were lean, mean and professional.

Three US tours and two Japanese tours solidified the SEX SLAVES' reputation as the toughest, baddest and hardest working band in NYC. Drawing on influences like the Misfits, Dead Boys, The Cult, Sex Pistols, Guns 'N' Roses, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and one of the original musical outlaws, Hank Williams, the SLAVES took their music to the masses, playing venues all across the country from CBGB's to LA's Viper Room and a memorable performance on opening night at Slamdance in Salt Lake City, Utah. They caught the attention of several American and Japanese publications, as well as rock icons Gene Simmons, C.C. DeVille, Davey Havoc and Lemmy Kilmister. When asked about his new favorite bands, Motorhead's Lemmy was quoted in UK's music magazine "The Big Cheese" as saying, "I saw a good band called SEX SLAVES from New York - they were pretty good'.

SEX SLAVES created their brand new album, "Bite Your Tongue", with producer Ray Martin at Shelter Island Studios in New York City. With songs like "We're Goin' Out Tonight", "See You Naked", "One More Night", "Thank God For Jack Daniel's", "2am", "Kiss Me", "All Night Long", and a cover of the Iggy & the Stooges classic track, "Search & Destroy". Fans can instantly relate to the SEX SLAVE lifestyle.

No one can be prepared for the all-out rock 'n' roll experience that is SEX SLAVES. Just see them live. Once they take the stage, these three boys from NYC become everyone's favorite. Blood, sweat and booze pour out of the SLAVES at every show. Their killer songs keep the crowd involved; the connection they share with their fans is undeniable. They sing about girls, girls, girls, raw lyrics, with girls screaming in the front row...screaming their heads off for more.

SEX SLAVES. It's not just music. It's a f*cking balls-out rock 'n' roll movement.

** Release 2 **

The Hellz Kitchen Show play NXNE on Friday, JUNE 10 @ 1:00 a.m. at The Vatikan

T.H.K.S. 2004 Highlights & Info:
- band members together for 10 years. 4 original members still in the band
- featured on Edge 102.1 as Indie Spotlight on numerous occasions (closed down Yonge Street in 2003 while showcasing at The Edge Studios)
- opened for Marilyn Manson, Dope, L.A. Guns and Dog Fashion Disco
- the video "Justify" due out on Much Music very shortly. Filmed, edited and produced by T.H.K.S.
- charted on Internet - Iuma, Garageband and Soundclick
- numerous appearances on, City TV, Much Music and "Ed The Sock"
- Eastcoast Candian Tour
- release of DVD “Three Penny Opera” filmed, edited and produced by T.H.K.S.

T.H.K.S. are currently in the studio recording “Dark Of Oz”

3 New Song Samples


The Hellz Kitchen Show are:
Jezla - cathartic philosophy, vocals
Cee-Dee - mentia - guitar, melody and rhythmic suggestion
Kool NME - keys and digital soundcraft
Appleboy - tribal beats and synchronicity
Side Show - bass, tone and distorted groove

The HELLZ kitchen SHOW (T.H.K.S.) was formed in 1997 on the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Their music can be described as an original mix of heavy metal, electronica, industrial, gothic and hard rock. The band has gained recognition with all different types of music lovers due to their crossover music and intense live show. They have a strong following in Ontario, Quebec and Eastern Canadian Provinces, as well as fans worldwide.

In the early stages of their career, T.H.K.S. negotiated a development deal with Omega Pictures International. This brought T.H.K.S. into contact with producer/engineer Rick Andersen (Rush, Triumph, The Nylons) who guided T.H.K.S. into being the well-oiled, 5-man machine that they are today.

T.H.K.S. can be heard on 102.1 CFMY, 100.3 FM CKMS, 88.3 FM CJIQ, 100.3 FM KMSC, 100.3 FM CKMS, 99.3 FM CFOR, 88.1 FM CKLN,, The Darkest Hours, The Alternative Noise Factor, Sub6Radio and Rapture

T.H.K.S. has made television appearances on Ed the Sock’s Night Party, Ed the Sock’s Big Wham Bam, Rogers Cable and Cogeco Cable.

T.H.K.S.’s EP “Vox Populi Vox Dei” (the voice of the people is the voice of God) was released in June 2003. This release has made an impact with it’s heart pounding tracks and incredible array of multi media content. Vox Populi Vox Dei combines T.H.K.S.’s unique musical style with a media rich CD Rom featuring videos, web links, and much much more. Vox Populi Vox Dei is currently available on the internet through Indie Pool,, HMV, Bent Music, and retail outlets across Canada.

T.H.K.S. released their first DVD “The 3 Penny Opera” on October 31, 2004 and the video for the song “Justify” is due out on Canada’s Much Music shortly. All video was filmed, produced and edited by T.H.K.S.

T.H.K.S. are currently in the studio recording their debut full length CD “Dark of OZ”. 3 songs samples have recently been released for review and radio play, Festa Da Puta and Triple Six, as well the band’s rendition of Electric Avenue (Eddie Grant).

** Release 3 **

Rumsfield play NXNE on Friday, JUNE 10 @ 11:00 p.m. at The Vatikan

RUMSFIELD from Oshawa Ontario, Canada, are influenced by Metal/Hard, Rock/Punk/Industrial and have two releases, “Violent Mood Swings” released in 2000 and “Terrible Times” recorded At Chalet Studios released in 2004, a video “This Fix (Runaway)” released and nationally televised in 2000 - 2002 and “Blister”, which is currently played by MuchMusic, MTV2, MTV Germany and Australia. "Blood will be spilled, dreams will be shattered and what will it all have been for if not for the music?" Here to Destroy!

Official Website:


Dean Scott - vocals, guitar
Eric Turner - bass
Luke Scott - drums, vocals
Mike LeFort - guitar

Rumsfield are from Oshawa, Ontario, influenced by Metal/Hard Rock/Punk and everything else. They push themselves to the edge at all of their live shows, combining technique and ferocity.

Rumsfield released their debut album in July of 2000 entitled Violent Mood Swings. The album was released independently and available at all HMV retail stores across Canada. Violent Mood Swings was HMV’s highest selling independent album in 2001.

The debut single from Violent Mood Swings entitled This Fix was released and a video was filmed at BlackWalk Studios in Toronto. The video was released to MuchMusic, YTV, and Edge TV in December of 2000. The video was on regular rotation on MuchLoud, YTV’s Chart Attack and Edge TV.

Countless numbers of live shows were played in support of Violent Mood Swings (2001-2002) which featured shows through out Ontario and Quebec. In late 2002, Rumsfield began work on their sophomore album Terrible Times. The album was recorded at Chalet Studios (RUSH) and was mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Mudvayne) @ Masterdisk, NYC and released in 2004.

Rumsfield released of Terrible Times and a new video for the debut single “Blister”, which has been featured on MuchMusic, MTV2, MTV Germany and Australia.

With an expanding fan base and a brand new album, Rumsfield plan on moving to the next level. They’re here to destroy.

** Release 4 **

FLO MOUNIER of Cryptopsy solo performance on Thursday, June 16 @ 8:00 pm at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), 952 Queen Street West, Toronto - Demons Stole My Soul – Rock ‘n Roll Drums in Contemporary Art Exhibit (running from June 3 to July 3)

NEW: Flo will also appear at The Drake Hotel on Saturday, June 18 at 2 pm for an open panel discussion.

Flo Mounier performs live solo drum performance in the MOCCA gallery on June 16 and his impressive drum kit will be on public display for the entire day preceding his show. A video projection of Flo playing the drums is included as the entrance piece throughout the duration of the exhibition which will garner the attention of MOCCA’s audience and build momentum towards the June 16 performance.


Flo Mounier Official Website
Cryptopsy Website

Born in France in 1974, Flo Mounier moved to Chicago 7 years later, where at the age of 13 the ground work was laid and his drumming career started with drum teacher Tony Castelli. A year later, and now in Montreal, he continued to gather ammunition and to develop his skills. His hard work paid off as he soon became one of the most recognized drummers within the metal scene.

Drummer for the band Cryptopsy, he has toured Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States as a headlining act over the last 6 years, and combined record sales have reached over 250,000 copies to date. Wherever Flo has played, his reputation remains the same; he combines great chops with blistering speed and technical brutality. Add this to an open mind approach that embraces different musical genres, and Flo has developed an even greater ability to enhance the creative edge within his unique phrasing.

Having studied with the likes of Magella Cormier and now part-time teacher Bruno Roy, his exploration of the Latin/Jazz approach has added an originality to his style which sets him apart from the rest. Flo's speed and precision apply to his live performances as well, and his playing continues to get even faster and tighter. His delivery and execution of complex fills at abnormal speeds will leave no one feeling indifferent. His drum kit is one of the most impressive kits in the world, with a custom rack created by Redge (Rene) Adolph.

Flo's style is the example to follow for the new generation of drummers who wish to find out more on what the discipline of extreme drumming is all about.

Flo’s forthcoming Instructional Drum Video (Tape and DVD) is a well documented experience in extreme metal drumming will cover such topics as warm ups, basics of speed drumming, endurance exercises, techniques, creative rhythms, and much more including different drum solos and play along segments for some of Cryptopsy’s most popular songs and bonus material. Expected release date: Summer 2005

Flo's Drum Kit:

Pearl Masterworks Series
2 - 18 x 16 bass drums (black mist with gold hardware)
8 x 8 tom
10" tom
12" tom
13" tom
16" tom
13" sensitone snare
14" free-floating metal snare

Sabian Cymbals
1 14” HH crash
2 16” ozone crashs
1 17” AA stage crash
1 18” AA medium crash
1 18” evolution crash
1 18” ozone crash
1 21” raw bell dry ride
1 18” B8 pro china
1 14” AA mini china
1 12” AA mini china
1 12” AA fusion mini hihats
1 13” AA hihats
1 14” AA sizzles hihats
1 8” AA splash
1 10” max stax
1 10” HH splash
1 10” AA splash

Pearl Hardware
4 eliminator pedals
2 snare stands
1 throne + stand
1 hihat adapter clamp
1 eliminator hihat pedal/stand
1 eliminator remote hihat
1 clave block and stand
20 pc 50 clamps
icon drum rack (Redge custom rack)
6 tom arms
12 boom cymbal stands
1 mini hihat boom stand holder
1 remote hihat boom stand holder

Remo Heads
All toms - Emperors coated top/ambassadors clear bottom
Main snare drum - Emperor coated top/ambassador clear bottom
Second snare drum - Ambassador coated top/ambassador clear bottom
Bass drums - Power stroke clear beater side/ambassador black front

Roland SPD 20
2 D-DRUM triggers for bass drums
cables and wires

AKG Microphones
8 C 418 for snare and toms
3 C 1000S for hi-hats and overhead
2 D 112 for bass drums
1 C 420 headset microphone

Vic Firth Signature Sticks (F1)

For interviews with Flo, please contact

** Release 5 **

PENETRATOR (Sonic Age Records)

Sonic Age Record's release of Penetrator's self-titled CD "Penetrator" has been delayed. The release expected worldwide between May 15 - June 15 in various regions. The band thanks you for your patience.

PENETRATOR - Penetrator Digi-CD (SARECD007)
Hammering metal into your head!!!
The Canadian heavy metal scene has always been one of the most quality scenes worldwide. Be ready for the best thing Canada has put out in a very long time in powerful heavy metal. Featuring "Bulldog" Bess Ross on guitar, Maxel Black, vocals , Dave T. Green, bass, all veteran musicians, and talented drummer, Simon Vanderzand. Their promo CD "Unleash The Fury" received triumphant reviews from the worldwide metal press. 9 metal-thirsty compositions comprise the release of "Penetrator" and be sure that some of them will become instant classics! Fantastic limited edition digi-pack CD release with 8 page booklet.

Distributed by:
Sonic Age Record Store
Sound & Vision
Rock Inc.
The End Records
Century Media
Goi Music
Twilight Distribution

When you think of a good, classic representation of heavy metal, and I’m talking Priest, Saxon, Overkill or Gamma Ray, what picture do you draw in your mind? If you’re a veteran of the genre, a stack of Marshalls ought to float to you automatically, as synonymous to the pure metal musician as a laptop is to the business traveler. Roasted and ridiculed by younger, jaded audiences with no appreciation for where their scene derives from, the sight of a wall of speakers with a flailing Fender or Flying V is so Michael Schenker, so Ace Frehley, so Tony Iommi, so goddamn right.

When I talked with Toronto’s Penetrator, bassist David Green called to mind the time he met his new bandmates when they invited him for a tryout. What he found were racks of Marshalls heaped in the basement of this up-and-coming power metal band that was already drawing curious hoverers from the streets outside their practice space. “I was blown away,” Green notes in deference to the alluring hardware, and with his new colleagues, vocalist Maxel Black, Bess Ross on guitar and Simon Vanderzand on drums, this Canadian muscle unit have been dogging their scene with such perseverance their hard work is about to pay off with a recording deal in 2005 with Sonic Age Records and the release of their debut album, Penetrator (formerly entitled "Unleash the Fury").

From the opening riffs of the title track, you’re wont to think Armored Saint or Racer X. “Spread the Mind” has part Anthrax, part Sabbath kitsch, while the grinding “Guns and Whiskey” practically throws alms in Sabbath’s direction. There’s a good reason for this, as Bess Ross is former roadie to none other than Tony Iommi. Iommi’s influence can be heard in Ross’ magnificent playing, which is not to say Ross is carbon copy. With his classic Fender/Marshall setup, he energetically strums and wails where appropriately, knowing when to pull back and when to, if you’ll forgive the pun, unleash the fury. As the acceptance of guitar solos is creeping slowly back into favor, Ross may well become one of those underground figureheads often talked about in metal circles like Nick Bowcott of Grim Reaper or Bobby Gustafson back in the day.

“Muso in a Bottle” is a slinky ditty that may be Penetrator’s claim to fame at this point in their early career. Set by the Days of the New-like acoustic-driven verses, the Scorpions-esque power pop chorus glues itself onto the brain, and had it been released in the 80s, it might’ve been considered a lost classic.

Vocalist Maxel Black weaves a web of varied pitches, even hitting octaves in King Diamond’s league at times, such as on “Shock Therapy.” In the manner in which his vocals are presented on Unleash the Fury, one can tell he rages live, and as Penetrator has now signed with Sonic Age, Black’s potential will undoubtedly be corralled and refined, and he should be downright lethal as time progresses. Bringing a pop punk background to the mix, drummer Simon Vanderzand (who also handled the engineering chores on this disc) abandons any trace of those roots and delivers completely solid metal licks. “I was always into the heavier stuff like White Zombie and Pantera,” Vanderzand notes. “That’s kind of why I got out of it,” he says, referring to his previous work.

Penetrator runs a gamut of speeds on this disc, from the conventional power grind of “Adulteress” and “Wheels of Justice” or the Maiden-like “Templars of Hate,” to the thrashy “Shock Therapy” and the balls-out “Penetrator.” As Maxel Black notes, “We go from heavy to thrash, we’re all over the place. It’s not like we’re trying to find our sound. It just happens.” Bess Ross adds, “We put a lot of emotion out there. We don’t hold back, we’re loud and powerful.”

Penetrator is a band quickly on the move.

Review by: Ray Van Horn, Jr., Pivotal Rage

Official Penetrator Website

Penetrator on My Space

For interviews and further information, please contact
For promotional copies of "Penetrator", please contact


** Release 6 **


Metal Queen Management (cover & interview)
Queens of the Stone Age
Iron Maiden
Black Sabbath
Glenn Hughes
The Hellz Kitchen Show (MQM)

On Line
Retail - Canada: Chapters, HMV, Great Canadian Newsstand
Retail - USA: Hastings, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Tower, Newbury

** RELEASE 7 **

Toronto's Zeroscape continue their European tour after a few minor set backs.

Tour Schedule:
JUNE 02/05 "LE WHEEELIE BAR" Clermont-Ferrand, France
JUNE 04/05 "LE PEANUTS BAR" Montpellier, France
JUNE 05/05 "TBA" Nimes, France
JUNE 10/05 "LE 412" Marange Silvange, France
JUNE 11/05 "LOGO" Hamburg, Germany
JUNE 12/05 "REHERSAL SPACE" Dortmund, Germany
JUNE 20/05 "Greg's House" Sheerness, UK
JULY 2/05 "THE EXCHANGE" Edinburgh, UK
JULY 3/05 "THE SUBWAY" Edinburgh, UK
JULY 4/05 "TBA" Aberdeen, UK
JULY 13/05 "THREE FAT FISH" Exeter, UK
JULY 14/05 "WA1 VENUE BAR" Warrington, UK
JULY 15/05 "THE MAN ON THE MOON" Cambridge, UK
JULY 16/05 Y-ROCK Festival York, UK
JULY 17/05 Y-ROCK Afterparty "CERTIFICATE 18" York, UK
JULY 19/05 "JOINERS" Southampton, UK
JULY 20/05 "MR. SMITH'S" Bournemouth (Acoustic Set), UK
JULY 21/05 "MR. SMITH'S" Bournemouth, UK
JULY 22/05 "THE TOWNHOUSE" Torquay, UK
JULY 23/05 "EXETER INN" Exeter, UK
JULY 28/05 "PRIORS INN" Bury St. Edmunds, UK
JULY 29/05 "TAP'N'TIN" Chatham, UK
JULY 30/05 "BRECHIN HALL" Glasgow, UK
AUG 3/05 "THE HEX" Birkenhead, UK ***ALL AGES***
AUG 5/05 "THE HEX" Birkenhead, UK
AUG 8/05 "PHOENIX" Plymouth, UK
AUG 10/05 "TALBOT" Stoke, UK
AUG 11/05 "WA1" Warrington, UK
AUG 12/05 "TBC" Wellington, UK
AUG 13/05 "CAFE NIRVANA" Wigan, UK
AUG 14/05 "SNOOTY FOX" Wakefield, UK
AUG 17/05 "BAR BLU" Rhyl, UK
AUG 19/05 "THE NAGS" Nuneaton, UK
AUG 20/05 "MR. SMITH'S" Bournemouth, UK


** RELEASE 8 **

Kingston, Ontario's female-fronted extreme metal band, I Hate Sally, have a new demo available, The Plague.

The Band:
Vocals: Dee Prescott
Lead Guitar: Marc Garniss
Rhythm Guitar: Ben Thomas
Bass: Dan Vokey
Drums: Nick Steczkiewicz

Trent Radio Review
First of all I'd like to state that IHS have basically been one of my favourite bands since I first saw them play a Halloween show years ago at the 477, when they all dressed in preppie yellow sweaters and Dee was the bassist at the time and some other dude was on drums... basically they have evolved more and more over the past few years than a lot of other Ontario bands I'm familiar with; from their 1st demo to their latest disc, these guys are clearly one of the best up and coming heavy bands in Ontario.

Clean Up The Blood - the new version with Dee on vocals is just as brutal and precise as the original, though I think this one is definitely a lot better. You can definitely hear a marked difference between the original and the new one, and obviously it's a good difference.

Hand That Beats Us Down - this new song shows the serious carcass and maiden influences that IHS embody. The riffs on this track make me want to sail to Norway and burn a church, then eat a taco. The breakdown around 3:35 is totally sludgetastic, and I don't normally like a lot of stoner metal but I'm loving the thickness of the guitar tone here.

Transparent Hearts - Where the last track leaves us, this one picks up REALLY quickly and goes straight into some fresh metal shredding. Dee's vocals fit the song perfectly; it's pretty obvious that she can growl with the best, and as the song builds itself into a fury of guitars and growling it becomes more and more evident that IHS have left their old punk roots in a dirty bag full of misfits shirts.

The Plague - Now I'm sure some people here have heard this track, which I've been playing religiously on the radio. Everything is on point here, there's not a single part that isn't good. From the killer riffs to the drums to the bass, the entire song owns all. Marc and Ben's backup vocals are perfect additions and it makes me happy that they still do vocs from time to time. The breakdowns are placed perfectly and at around 2:20 things heat up into an orgy of sound. This song literally makes me want to punch things.

Iron Fist (live) - This live version of my favourite IHS tune sounds pretty fucking good and shows that these guys are not a studio band in the least. I guess with Dee doing all the vocs I won't have to run up on stage as I have numerous times in the past, but heck, judging from the crowd yelling it's evident that they don't need me... and I couldn't care less cause they rock. At 7:55 minutes long this song is epic and Dee's added "fuck shit up" choruses add to the killer breakdown that only a band like IHS could pull off. The last minute and a half pretty much echo just how great these dudes are live.

In The Name Of Democracy (live) - Again, another live track (I think these were recorded in Oshawa) from the sickness of the ages album. This one definitely gets the blood pumping, and it's easy to tell that the band have great lyrics, which too many metal bands sorely lack these days. Both live songs sound great, and it's cool to hear them as the last live IHS stuff I heard was circa 2001 from the 477 and it sounded like it was recorded on a fisher price tape recorder.

Basically everyone should go buy this, you won't be disappointed in the least. The cd is on Dogbus Music.
Nick Cunningham - Trent Radio 92.7FM Review
“Wanna trade punk shows?” A phrase that will always stick in my head. It was the subject line of an email from Marc of I Hate Sally. That was more than 4 years ago now and was the first time I had ever heard of I Hate Sally. A day I would not soon forget. For one reason or another I missed the first few shows they played in Oshawa and I was more and more eager to see them with every missed show.

The day finally came in January of 2003 when I saw them sharing the stage with the Mudmen and Chuck Calibre at Catch 22 in Oshawa. At the time they were a 4-piece band. An understatement would be to say that I was blown away. The amazing 30 minute set left me craving more. Immediately following their set I rushed over to their merch table (manned by Dan) and I bought “The Sickness of the Ages Promo Disc” (it was $4 and I wanted more beer) which would be the first in my collection of I Hate Sally’s awesome releases. After that show I promised myself that I’d make sure never to miss another local performance, since then I never have.

A while after that I picked up “Sickness of the Ages” their full length album released in 2003. An album that to this day I subject the local residents of Oshawa to on an almost daily basis as it blasts from my car at bleeding-ear-decibel-levels.
Last year I heard rumours that they’d brought on board a new vocalist. I’ll be honest I was a little worried that my all time favourite Canadian metal band may have completely changed their sound. It was a common topic of conversation among the local group of I Hate Sally fans. “Has anyone heard their new singer yet?, “is it true that their new singer is a girl?”, none of which anyone had answers to at the time. Then the day came, on the I Hate Sally website ( it was announced that Dee Prescott formerly of Chubbie, and a former bassist of IHS had now taken over the vocal duties.

A short time later I got wind of a show in Peterborough at the Trasheteria with Maximum RnR and F.A.T.O. With the prospect of seeing 3 of my favourite bands in one night I hopped into the car and made my way up the HWY115.

IHS hit the stage and shred through their set, my jaw was on the floor the entire time. I’ve never heard such amazingly gut wrenching vocals come out of a female vocalist. I mentioned earlier that I was afraid that IHS had changed their sound, well they had… for the better. They were so amazing that night that they converted a metal hating friend of mine from Peterborough into a front-row-head-banger after only a few songs. I head back to Oshawa with my news that IHS were better than ever. Some pessimism still lingered in a few of the hardcore metal fundamentalists stating that “there’s no way some chick can scream as well as Marc”. My only reply was “Go to the show, you’ll eat your words. Dee is amazing”. I followed up with them all after IHS’ first show with Dee at the Dungeon in Oshawa and the consensus was unanimous I Hate Sally are playing tighter and with more energy than ever!

Then the news came that I Hate Sally would be returning to the studio to record some brand new songs and some old favourites with the new line-up. It has been a really long time since I’ve looked forward to an album as much as I was looking forward to this one. Early in February we got a little taste of what was to come, an un-polished, un-mastered version of title track (at the time was still untitled) was released for download on, it was nothing less than incredible. I was even more excited to hear the finished product.

Just before the band left on their “East-Coast Fish Batter tour” an announcement came from the dungeon’s website ( that they’d be holding a double CD release party for I Hate Sally (releasing “the Plague” ep) and Chuck Calibre (releasing their new full length album “six the hard way”) on March 18th.

Everyone here in the Shwa was so eagerly awaiting the show and wanted hear the new songs live that when I Hate Sally hit the stage the place seemed to explode and a pit broke out almost immediately. It’s obvious that Marc is enjoying his relief of vocal duties as he’s able to get a lot more mobile and tends to shred riffs balancing on the edge of his stack a lot more often. The whole band seems to be a lot more mobile on stage, their new line-up seems to have brought them a lot more confidence and they seem much more comfortable on stage then they did that very first time I saw them years ago. They screamed, shred, and growled their way through the remainder of their set and left everyone in the place begging for more. That was the night that I finally got my hands on “The Plague”. It went directly into my CD player as soon as I got home that night and the 6 tracks blasted until the sun came up.

The Plague starts off with a low volume flickering sound that builds up to the new recording of “Clean Up The Blood”, an even heavier version of one of their most popular songs. Dee definitely makes her presence known with her insidious signature growl. “Hand That Beats Us Down” burst in next with a slight drum into to an incredible synchronized riff that makes you want to jump out of your seat and destroy something. It’s obvious that the guitars are a lot tighter on this release. Their new material is a lot more riff heavy than their older stuff and the entire band seems to be putting a lot more work in to their music and it shows. “Transplanted Hearts” seems to have a slight punk feel under all that screaming metal. Nick’s drums are absolutely amazing on this album and there are much more to the drum tracks on this album then there were on “sickness of the ages”. Title track “The Plague” is the last of the studio recorded tracks and it’s the perfect completion. It sums up in one song all of the best things about I Hate Sally, and showcases perfectly all the results of their hard work and everything they’ve emotionally poured into this recording.

As if to prove to everyone that they’re even better than ever live, they included two live tracks. “Iron Fist”, and “In The Name of Democracy” these are some great sounding live recordings as far as live recordings go. Play these songs for someone whose never heard of I Hate Sally and it’s almost certain that they’ll HAVE to see them live.

If I had to come up with something about this album that I didn’t like, it would have to be the mastering. Though it’s decent, it’s sonically not as good as the mastering on “Sickness of the Ages”. “The Plague” is a rawer, minimalist, sounding release.

All things considered and taken into account (that’s how I’m supposed to end something like this, right?). It’s an amazing album from one of the most talented bands performing in Canada right now. This is definitely a must have for anyone that’s into Metal, Thrash, Hardcore, Punk, Independent, or just anyone that loves good music.
- Stev Rothney, Site Administrator

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