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TIM ‘RIPPER’ OWENS Working On Long-Awaited Sophomore BEYOND FEAR Album

BEYOND FEAR, the new band featuring former JUDAS PRIEST and ICED EARTH frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens, is working on its long-awaited sophomore album. Owens has thus far laid down vocals on three songs at Empire Studios in Cleveland, Ohio for the CD, which he says will be “a bit heavier” than BEYOND FEAR‘s 2006 self-titled debut album.

BEYOND FEAR‘s current lineup is as follows:

* Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES) – Vocals
* John Comprix (RINGWORM, LAW OF DESTRUCTION) – Guitar
* Matt Sorg (RINGWORM) – Guitar
* Eric Elkins (CRYPTKICKER, ALL YOU FEAR) – Drums
* Ed Stephens – Bass

The recording sessions for BEYOND FEAR‘s new album are being funded entirely by Owens, who is seeking a new label home for the effort following the band’s split with Steamhammer/SPV.

In a 2006 interview with About.com Metal Metal, Owens stated about the formation of BEYOND FEAR: “[The other members] are local guys, friends of mine. We’ve always played and jammed together. [Former BEYOND FEAR] bass player [Dennis Hayes] was in WINTERS BANE with me, so we go back a ways. John, the guitar player, and I go back a ways, too. We knew each other and I knew it was the perfect fit for us.”

He added: “I started writing songs a few years [before the release of the debut album]. Not everything was written together. I probably wrote six or seven songs myself and then got together with John and we wrote the other ones. I’m not sure even when the first one was written. I’d write a song and then seven months later write another one whenever I had the time to sit down. It was an odd writing process, and I think that’s what gives the [first CD] so much substance and so many layers to it because it was written at different times.”

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Colorado’s JAG PANZER: Complete ‘Historical Battles – The Early Years’ Details Revealed

High Roller Records will release a 4LP vinyl box set from Colorado metal veterans JAG PANZER, entitled “Historical Battles – The Early Years”, on April 19. Limited to 500 copies, it will include an 80-page hardcover book. All tracks were remastered and partially restored from digital transfers of the original studio tapes in December 2012 by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony.

“Tyrants” (EP, 1983) + Early Unreleased Tracks

Side A:

01. Battle Zones
02. Death Row
03. Metal Melts The Ice
04. Iron Shadows
05. Tower Of Darkness (bonus track)
06. The Oracle (bonus track, previously unreleased)

Side B:

07. Under The Knife (bonus track, previously unreleased)
08. The Crucifix (bonus track, unreleased demo version)
09. Battle Zones (bonus track, unreleased demo version)
10. Rockin Roll Suicide (bonus track, previously unreleased)
11. On The Rocks (bonus track, previously unreleased)
12. Sit On My Face (bonus track, previously unreleased)

“Ample Destruction” (LP, 1984)

Side A:

01. Licensed To Kill
02. Warfare
03. Symphony Of Terror
04. Harder Than Steel
05. Generally Hostile

Side B:

06. The Watching
07. Interlude
08. Reign Of The Tyrants
09. Cardiac Arrest
10. The Crucifix
11. Black Sunday (bonus track)

“Shadow Thief” (Unreleased Recordings 1985 – 1986)

Side A:

01. Lustfull And Free
02. Fallen Angel
03. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
04. Take This Pain Away
05. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Side B:

06. Shadow Thief
07. Lying Deceiver
08. Viper
09. Eyes Of The Nite

“Chain Of Command” (unreleased album 1987)

Side A:

01. Prelude
02. Chain Of Command
03. Shadow Thief
04. She Waits
05. Ride Through The Storms
06. In A Gadda Da Vida

Side B:

07. Never Surrender
08. Burning Heart
09. Sworn To Silence
10. Dream Theme
11. Gavotte In D
12. When The Walls Come Down (bonus track, unreleased demo)
13. Battle Zones (bonus track, live)

As previously reported, JAG PANZER will perform at the 17th edition of the Keep It True festival, set to take place on April 25-26, 2014 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Koenigshofen, Germany. The show will mark the band’s first appearance in Europe with guitarist Joey Tafolla.

JAG PANZER called it quits in July 2011, with guitarist Mark Briody explaining that they could not “move forward as a band.”

Shortly before JAG PANZER‘s breakup, guitarist Christian Lasegue left the group to pursue his degree full time.

Issued on February 28, 2011 in Europe and on March 8, 2011 in the U.S. via SPV/Steamhammer Records, JAG PANZER‘s latest album, “Scourge Of The Light”, sold around 500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 117 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

“The Scourge Of The Light” was mixed by Jim Morris at Morrisound Studios in Florida and was mastered at New York’s renowned Sterling Sound.

BENEDICTUM’s Veronica Freeman To Co-Host Warriors Of Metal Fest VI Open Air

The Warriors Of Metal have announced that a veteran artist of Warriors Of Metal Fest IV Open Air, Veronica Freeman of BENEDICTUM has decided to join ranks with the organizers and the grass roots volunteers and sponsors who have been making this festival happen each year in a different capacity and to lead by example for everyone who wants to support the festival. She will be present at the Pre-Fest Showcase on Thursday, June 27th at The Shrunken Head Rock Club in Columbus, Ohio headlined by VINDICATOR and both days of the festival on Friday, June 28th headlined by MELIAH RAGE and Saturday, June 29th headlined by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM at the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio.

In an official statement released to Warriors of Metal, Inc., Veronica Freeman announces: “Metal fans everywhere… all I have to say is that its time we more than just click “like” a band on a screen and time we really start showing as much support as we can for the music that we love. That being said I really want to encourage everyone to get out and support Metal everywhere and in particular at the Warriors Of Metal Fest VI Open Air! I felt compelled to come back in some way and take part because I really want to see something like this grow here in the USA. Come on out, listen to some great bands and experience some Metal fellowship in person. Looks like I will be co-hosting this year’s 6th annual festival with our WOM Fest IV Benedictum fan and sponsor, Rayna Lawson (a.k.a DJ Valkyrie of Top Rock Radio) and I can’t wait to see you there!”

Confirmed acts:

Warriors Of Metal Fest VI Open Air Pre-Fest Showcase: FIAKRA, FLESH ENGINE, LADY BEAST, MACHINAGE, NOBLE BEAST, OBLIVION MYTH, SHALLOW GROUND, VALHALLA, VINDICATOR.

Warriors Of Metal Fest VI Open Air taking place on June 28th – 29th at the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio: ALAS NEGRAS, AMADIS, ATTACKER, AXENSTAR, BRAZEN ANGEL, DANTESCO, DAWN OF VALOR, EDEN’S FALL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, IRON WILL, MELIAH RAGE, POWER THEORY, RAVAGE, SEAX, SKULL HAMMER, SOLVO ANIMUS, SONIC PULSE, STEEL ASSASSIN, TWISTED TOWER DIRE, VACANT THRONE, VOLTAX, WULFHOOK.

For more details visit Warriorsofmetalfest.com.