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Legendary Seattle rockers QUEENSRYCHE are poised to regain their place as hard rock/heavy metal royalty in 2013. The band has just signed a new label deal with Century Media for the release of their latest studio album. The album is slated for release on June 10th, 2013 in Europe (June 11th in North America) and marks the debut album from the lineup comprised of Todd La Torre (Vocals), Michael Wilton (Guitars), Parker Lundgren (Guitars), Eddie Jackson (Bass) and Scott Rockenfield (Drums). The band premiered a snippet from a new song called "Redemption" from the upcoming release which can be viewed at QUEENSRYCHE join Century Media's diverse roster comprised some of music's most recognizable talent including In Flames, In This Moment, Lacuna Coil and Arch Enemy to name a few.

"QUEENSRYCHE is excited to begin writing this next chapter of our career with Century Media. Their passion and love for music has been apparent since early discussions and we are pleased to call them partners on this journey," states bassist Eddie Jackson. "We are also thankful for all of the fans who have supported us from day one and helped us get to where we are today. Todd, Scott, Parker, Michael and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for each and every one of you."

QUEENSRYCHE will also be heading out on their RETURN TO HISTORY World Tour this March and April. The tour kicks off on March 5th in Dubuque, IA and makes stops in 9 different countries wrapping up on April 26th in the Netherlands. The band will also be taking to the high seas on this year's Monsters Of Rock Cruise and Sweden Rock Cruise. The 23 date trek will make stops in New York, Tennessee and Florida as well as in Canada, United Kingdom and Germany amongst others. Tickets for all shows are currently on sale.

QUEENSRYCHE first burst onto the music scene in 1982 with the release of their self-titled 4 song EP "Queensrÿche". They very quickly gained international recognition and performed to sold out audiences around the world. With the follow up first full-length album "The Warning" in 1984, and the ground breaking 1986 release of "Rage For Order", QUEENSRYCHE continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80's. In 1988 the band turned out yet another monumental album "Operation: Mindcrime", which would go on to become one of the TOP 10 best-selling concepts records of all time, and set the stage for continued sold out performances around the world. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful "Empire" in 1991, the band earned multiple Grammy Award nominations and won the MTV "viewers choice" award for the #1 chart topping hit "Silent Lucidity". During the next ten years, the band continued to release albums and tour the world to sold-out audiences. QUEENSRYCHE has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and have continued to break new ground and push their creative process.


14.04.2013 Mons Power Prog & Metal Festival (B)
14.04.2013 Eindhoven Effenaar (NL)


Epica gaat Retrospect show via (Retro)stream online uitzenden

Op zaterdag 23 maart 2013 zendt Epica zijn spraakmakende concert Retrospect live op Internet uit middels een stream. Retrospect vindt die dag plaats in het Klokgebouw in Eindhoven en wordt Epica’s meest ambitieuze show tot nu toe, compleet met een 70-koppig Hongaars koor en orkest (respectievelijk het Extended Remenyi Ede Chamber Orchestra en Choir of Miskolc National Theatre). Internationale gasten en special effects maken dit unieke evenement extra bijzonder.

Niet alleen in eigen land is Epica enorm populair, ook internationaal gooit de Nederlandse symfonische metalband hoge ogen. Op Facebook passeerde het zestal onlangs bijvoorbeeld nog de magische grens van anderhalf miljoen fans (“likes”). Nadat Epica zijn Retrospect show had aangekondigd, kwamen buitenlandse fans met de vraag of deze show ook in hun land te zien zou zijn. Weer andere Epica-liefhebbers (vooral buiten Europa) lieten weten het enorm jammer te vinden niet naar Eindhoven af te kunnen reizen voor dit speciale concert.

Uit respect voor zijn fans besloot de band hun de kans te bieden om Retrospect tóch live bij te kunnen wonen en benaderde het bedrijf LiveMusicStage, dat het concert nu op 23 maart live en in HD kwaliteit gaat uitzenden op Internet. Middels de zogeheten Retrostream beleeft de kijker een exclusieve concertervaring met perfect uitzicht, alsof hij daadwerkelijk als bezoeker voor het podium staat.

Gitarist Mark Jansen is erg enthousiast over Retrospect: ,,Ik verheug me enorm op deze show. Al onze inspanningen en successen van de afgelopen tien jaar hebben geleid naar deze apotheose op 23 maart. Samen met een groot koor en orkest optreden is een zeldzaamheid en maakt onze muziek zoveel krachtiger. Sterker nog: zo is het eigenlijk bedoeld, zoals ook op ons live album The Classical Conspiracy te horen is.”

Retrostream tickets
Retrostream tickets zijn te koop via LiveMusicStage en kosten tot en met donderdag 7 maart vijf euro. Na die datum is de prijs zeven euro. Bovendien zal via de Epica webstore ook een exclusief pakket worden verkocht met daarin de Retrostream ticket, een Retrospect T-shirt en een Retrospect laminate.

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Founded by guitar virtuoso and acclaimed producer Simone Mularoni (DGM), Empyrios were able to push forward the boundaries of Progressive Metal with two critically acclaimed albums, ‘...And The Rest Is Silence’, 2007, and ‘The Glorious Sickness’, 2008, built on extreme musicianship and strong feelings, mixing some of the heaviest riffs in Metal with refined guitar and keyboard solos and symphonic orchestra passages. ‘The Glorious Sickness’ granted the band a mention in Metal Hammer's “Best upcoming metal band of 2008” section and in the past few years every single member of Empyrios has been busy touring and making music around the globe. Simone Bertozzi joined the danish metal machine Mnemic for an extensive tour of Europe and Australia, Simone Mularoni packed his guitars and lead DGM through a European tour with Symphony X and Dario Ciccioni kept hitting the stage with Oliver Hartmann's solo project Hartmann. At the same time, countless guitar riffs and drum parts have been exchanged between home studios and dressing rooms to magnificently craft their unique blend of melody, rhythm and sound pressure into a new Empyrios masterpiece. Produced by Simone Mularoni himself at Domination Studios, ‘Zion’ is the confirmed title for Empyrios long-waited new album, an exciting chapter in the band's career, in which once again these four musicians put on tape their incredible technical abilities and impressive mix of melodic and brutal heavy metal, in the vein of bands such as Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Symphony X, Fear Factory, Yngwie Malmsteen and Meshuggah to name a few. ‘Zion’ will be released April 23, 2013 on Scarlet Records. Follow and for all the latest news.


Metal Mind Productions is active on the Polish market since 1988. Our company can be found among the leaders of the independent music industry in Poland, we are also the oldest concert agency in our country. Metal Mind Productions was founded by the late Tomasz Dziubinski who turned a one-man endeavor into the successful enterprise that we are today. Metal Mind Productions’ team are all music enthusiasts who love their work. Our passion combined with experience and huge commitment is what makes us an extraordinary group of people who work hard to contribute to Metal Mind's achievements.

During the 25 years of our activity, Metal Mind Productions organized over 1000 shows, sold over 10 million records, 1000 licenses and worked with the biggest record labels in the world. We paved the way for metal music in Poland organizing the legendary “Monsters of Rock” show and all “Metalmania” festivals. We are the publishers of the Polish edition of Metal Hammer, the oldest music magazine in Poland. For us, the last 25 years were full of wonderful memories and unforgettable experiences...

This year marks our 25th Anniversary and we are proud to present to you our company's profile along with our most prominent achievements and successes.


Over the years Metal Mind Productions organized over 1,000 shows. We were involved in local production of many stadium shows, including Tina Turner, U2, Jose Carreras & Monserat Cabballe, Aerosmith and UB40. Solely as MMP we brought the following artists to Poland: : Jean Michel Jarre, Deep Purple, Placido Domingo, Black Sabbath, Slash, Chris Rea, Judas Priest, Faith No More, Serj Tankian, Chris De Burgh, YES, Korn, Tool, Type O Negative, Shakin Stevens, Whitesnake, Marillion, Soulfly, Gordon Haskell, Jon Anderson, Thin Lizzy, Papa Roach, Accept, Opeth, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Disturbed, Black Label Society, Heaven and Hell and more!


Metal Mind is known for organizing one of the biggest metal festivals in Eastern Europe – Metalmania – which had its 20th anniversary in 2006. Over the years the festival featured top names in the metal genre, including Megadeth, Testament, Paradise Lost, Sepultura, Cradle of Filth, Soulfly, Morbid Angel, Overkill, Dillinger Escape Plan and more.
We were proud to organize the memorable Monsters of Rock show in 1991 which featured AC/DC, Metallica and Queensryche, and gathered over 35 000 fans!
All editions of Metal Hammer Festival in Poland were also organized by MMP. The headliners since 2005 included Korn, Opeth, Tool and Judas Priest.


Metal Mind Productions' catalog features albums by top Polish and worldwide rock and metal artists. As an independent record label we sold over 10 million CDs and over 1000 licenses! Over the years we contributed to several successful releases.
Acid Drinkers, Collage, Nalepa Tadeusz & Dzem, Perfect, SBB, Haskell Gordon, Flapjack, Perfect, Budgie, Turbo
Tank, Pendragon, Sepultura, Deep Purple, Obituary, Michael Schenker Group, Vader, Paul D'anno, SBB, Behemoth


Metal Mind Productions collaborated with the biggest metal record labels around the world, distributing and promoting their releases in Poland. These labels included, among others, Roadrunner Records, Century Media and Metal Blade. During the years of our partnership, several albums that were promoted by our company went gold, i.e. Nickelback, Soulfly, Slash, Machine Head, Sepultura, Korn, Megadeth, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree.
When it comes to distribution outside Poland, MMP works with the finest - MVD (USA), Soulfood – Sony (Germany), Season Of Mist (France) and Plastic Head (UK).


In the recent years our company invested a lot in new talents and their debut albums. These include Noko (finalists of the Polish edition of “Must Be The Music”), Anti Tank Nun (a new project involving Titus of Acid Drinkers fame) or Minerals. Our label was also responsible for the tremendous success of the new Polish supergroup – Luxtorpeda.


Metal Mind Productions released nearly 200 DVDs! We are currently one of the leading companies in the DVD production sector.
Our catalog includes live shows by Deep Purple, Gordon Haskell, SBB, Tiamat Michael Schenker, Pendragon, Arena, Believe, Luxtorpeda, Tank, Obituary, Moonspell, Blaze Bailey, Decapitated, Flotsam and Jetsam, Sinister, Pallas, Par Lindh Project, Caamora, Artillery, Solitude Aeturnus, Onslaught, Gorgoroth, Oliver Wakeman and many others.

VINDICTIV sign to Escape Music

Swedish metallers VINDICTIV has inked a deal with UK based label Escape Music Ltd. The band's third album, "Cage of Infinity", was mixed by Lars Chriss (LION’S SHARE), and will mark the recording debut of their new singer, Marco Sandron (ex-EDEN'S CURSE).

"With the new album we are heading in a more straight-ahead heavy metal direction compared to the first two releases. I made an effort to make the album cohesive, but as a notorious shredder, I couldn't restrain myself completely," laughs band leader and guitar wiz Stefan Lindholm.

VINDICTIV released two albums so far — the self-titled debut in 2008 and "Ground Zero" in 2009. Apart from his main band, Stefan has been a successful soloist on a number of albums, among them record producer Tom Galley's international project "Phenomena" and "Soulspell". Other great vocalists Stefan has worked with include Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH), Oliver Hartmann (AT VANCE, AVANTASIA), Göran Edman (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JOHN NORUM) and Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, RING OF FIRE).

PITCH BLACK RECORDS celebrates 5 years - Free sampler available (download AND free CD)!

As part of our 5-year celebrations we are offering a free 20-track sampler containing a song from each of our releases since 2008 (total in over one hour of music). We are offering this as a free download BUT… we are also offering the same compilation (again, for free) on CD! More details on how to acquire either version (or both) are available on our official Facebook page ( ).

We may be small but we definitely have a big heart when it comes to metal and metal fans and we hope this is evident throughout everything we do. We’re driven by the same passion and dedication as we were on day one and we don’t foresee this changing any time soon, so stick around, we’re still just getting started…

We would also like to invite everyone to check out our just-released free mobile app. It is currently available for Android (Google Play - with the iPad and iPhone versions coming soon.

For a full announcement please visit

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