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Nuclear Assault are among thrash metal’s most socially aware groups, making room for serious subject matter (and occasional goofs) in their careening speed metal riffing. They also remained closer to the world of hardcore than most of their peers, and at their late-’80s peak released some of the most uncompromising thrash metal offerings of the time including “Survive” in 1988, and at the peak of their career “Handle with Care” in 1989. After performing on Anthrax’ 1984 debut Fistful of Metal, bass player Dan Lilker was canned because of issues getting along with vocalist Neil Turbin. Eventually, Lilker formed Nuclear Assault with drinking buddy and guitar/vocalist John Connelly (also a brief member of Anthrax). Guitarist Mike Bogush and drummer Scott Duboys lasted a few months before being booted & replaced by lead guitarist Anthony Bramante and ex-T. T. Quick powerhouse drummer Glenn Evans, who ironically was booted from the tri-state heros “T. T. Quick” just as the band signed to Island Records, a major label. One of the Big Apple’s few challengers (along with Anthrax and Overkill) to the Bay Area dominance of all things thrash metal, Nuclear Assault became immediate contenders due to the cumulative sum of its parts — not to mention, their extreme nature and their ability to back it up with solid musicianship. Glenn immediately took over management position with an “Iron Fist” and started the Nuke train rolling by recording, shopping the demo and videos to music attorneys all over NY, NJ, & PA, as well as every record label. Eventually, Glenn had two record labels his line. Combat Records & Roadrunner Records. After a bidding war started between Combat Records & Roadrunner Records which lasted months, Glenn and his attorney agreed that Combat Records was the better overall deal. Glenn & Steve Sinclair (A&R of Combat at the time) decided on recording the first record in Ithaca, NY using Alex Perialas as the producer & engineer. In Glenn’s own words “the worst production I’ve ever heard, but what can you do with a $10,000 budget (including hotels, food, beer, fuel, etc) and Steve Sinclair breathing down my neck the entire session”. All that aside, 1986’s Game Over was regarded as a breath of fresh air with its potent speed metal tinged with hardcore overtones. In the process, fans and critics alike instantly accepted it and the band was quickly off to the races. The following year “The Plague” EP was was recorded in a real studio with a real producer.! After lengthly conversations between Glenn Evans and Steve Sinclair of Combat Records, they both agreed that Randy Burns was the man for the job and Music Grinder Studios in Los Angeles was studio to record in. This time with an $18,000 recording budget, the band knocked out a 6 song EP in less than a week That became “The Plague”. After some research, Glenn hired a “real” artist from Canada to do an airbrush cover of an idea he had, and the result was “The Plague” released in 1987. The release had an even more intense aural experience, but also managed to introduce Nuclear Assault’s dark sense of humor with an ode to Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil (fresh off his vehicular manslaughter rap) on “Butt Fuck” (sometimes retitled “You Figure It Out”). With constant touring making up for their obvious commercial limitations (no internet, no radio, just word of mouth and underground fanzines), the band continued to hone their craft in the studio. After a triumphant European tour as openers and blowing away headliners Agent Steel off planet earth, the band returned from Europe once again as the new kings of thrash. In the weeks following that Europen tour, Glenn was in Ian Copeland’s office (the bands US booking agent) in New York City “bitching” about getting Nuke on a real US tour. The problem, Nuke didn’t bill very well with the Go Go’s, R. E. M. , or anyone else on the FBI (Frontier Booking International) booking roster. At that vey moment, Miles Copeland (Ian & Stewart Copeland’s brother) walked into the Ian’s office. Ian introduced Glenn to Miles. The conversation was brief and to the point. Glenn quickly told Miles Copeland his position and his visions for Nuclear Assault. Glenn received a call two days later from Miles Copeland. He was sold. Miles immediately flew Glenn to LA to take a lengthly meeting discussing the current position of the band and the business end. According to Glenn “That was an experience. Never been in a house like THAT before”
The results of the meeting were that Miles would be Executive Manager of Nuclear Assault, Stevo Glendinning (Miles assistant) would oversee major funding and operations, and Glenn was to remain day to day manager of the group. The band signed a managment contract with “Miles Copeland III” in 1988 and released their first album for I. R. S. Records. Nuclear Assault finally had major distribution through MCA & Universal. They entered the studio in the winter of 1988 in Los Angeles using team “Randy Burns as producer & Casey McMackin as engineer” once again at the Music Grinder, but this time with an $80,000 budget. The band spent several months on the record, and the results became what is now known as “Survive”. Survive sold “bucket loads” and the distributers couldn’t keep it in stock. In just 3 months “Survive” sold over 250,000 copies and the band was on it’s way, hitting Billboard charts in the 140’s with a bullet. They released their first video “Brainwashed” and made it’s debut on the then “Brand New MTV Headbangers Ball” slot as the very last video. Record sales skyrocketed and the group was invited to open for Slayer on their 1988 European tour. The group conquered Europe and returned to the states with another victory under their belt. In 1989 they entered the recording studio once again with team “Randy Burns & Casey McMackin. The group refined their political speed metal and songwriting without compromising their anti-establishment stance. Glenn began contributing a big part of the songwriting efforts, seeing that the it was beginning to sound too one demential and all Dan & John riffs. mostly E to B. boring after 10,000 times. Writing and contributing “Search & Seizure”, “Emergency”, and “Mother’s Day” , Glenn felt more comfortable with the versatility on the record now. The result. 1989’s “Handle With Care” release. The band toured and supported the album with several successful European, South American, Japanese, Mexican & US tours. Building momentum at sonic speeds and relentless touring they ended the year as headliners over Exodus, and later U. S. jaunts with Testament, eventually selling out 3000 to 5000 seat theaters as headliners across the US. 1990s Live at Hammersmith Odeon video celebrates this great era and the band came off the road having won yet another victory. Shortly afterwards, the band entered the studio again. This time the chosen studio was the “Hit Factory” in NYC. Glenn had recorded his 1990 Solo album drum tracks there for “In the Red” and liked the drum room, and it was way much closer to home base. At around this time, the band was offered the MTV US Tour being put together with bands such as Anthrax and others. Glenn received a called from Miles and was told “this will cost us $75,000. 00 to get on the bill. Glenn’s response. “Fuck the tour Miles, we need the cash. ” The tour was a mild success, but certainly not worth $75,000 hard earned dollars. After all, it was just another tour with bands of equal caliber, or less. And we all know what happened to MTV. Joke TV. In 1991 “Out Of Order” was released which was mostly recorded by Glenn due to non-interest from the other members while off pursuing solo deals & recordings. Glenn’s successfully release of his first solo album in 1990 “In The Red” under the moniker “CIA” stirred up jealousy within the band. In Glenn’s words “I was bored and just felt like doing a record on my own time, I didn’t know it was going to start all this shit”. In 1992 Dan Lilker left to nurture his new side project “Brutal Truth”. Ironically, Glenn recorded, engineered & produced Brutal Truth’s first demo in his own studio, and Glenn signed an exclusive management contract with Dan Lilker dba Brutal Truth, which eventually led to Dan’s new record deal with Combat Records. The contract is still valid to this day. Glenn then approached close friend & lead guitarist Dave DiPietro from his previous band T. T. Quick, along with Scott Metaxas on bass to join the band. They agreed, and with Connelly & Evans, Nuclear Assault signed a brand new deal with IRS Records. Nuclear Assault, or as Glenn calls it “Nuclear Quick” released one more album “Something Wicked” in 1994 on IRS Records. The title track “Something Wicked” was licensed to Warner Brothers for credit rolls at the very end of “Warlock II – The Armageddon”. After more extensive world touring, Glenn had enough of the road and Nuke and subsequently pulled the plug and called it quits for Nuclear Assault. In early 2002 the band was approached by a mutual friend to reform for a couple of shows. Their first reunion show was a the Metal Meltdown in April and there they found out that their was a demand for the band to continue. They played the classic NYC venue CBGB in May along with a show in Massachusetts that was recorded for a live album to be released on Screaming Ferret Wreckords in early 2003. After a long European tour ending with a triumphant performance at the famous Wacken Open Air festival with Nirvana and Megadeth in Germany in August, the band rweturned back the states again with another victory. Following that tour original lead guitarist Anthony Bramante once again left the band and was replaced by guitarist Erik Burke. In September 2002 the band returned to Sao Paolo, Brazil, where they had played back in 1989 with the then fledging unknown Sepultura opening. They continued to tour the world and eventually recorded & released a new studio album in 2005 titled “Third World Genocide”. Problems started from the beginning. It was recorded in a dark damp basement with no drum room and a drum set slapped together with riffs being emailed rather than rehearsed. The results. The album sucked. Poor recording environment & sessions, no rehearsals, just show up – play your part – go back home. Didn’t work. Not for Nuclear Assault. The album was even close to par with the rest of the back catalog. Glenn’s song (Track #13) was the only song with all 4 original members playing on it (Glenn, Anthony, John & Danny). Being stuck at the end of the record as Track #13 and not the same as the rest of the “John & Dan” riffs, Glenn removed it along with “Whine & Cheese” and “Long Haired Asshole” (the worse songs on the release). Glenn trimmed the fat and rereleased it on his label “Sidipus Records” where you can find the entire back catalog, mostly all of the back catalog releases have been digitally remastered by Glenn for the best quality sound. The band has toured every year since 2005, but not as aggressive as in the early years. In Dan’s words “We’ve been resuscitated”
In the past few years the band has conquered Norway, Germany, Holland, Chile, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Japan, Manitoba Canada, the East & West coasts of the USA building the strongest fan base since 1990. With re-releases, remasters and a new studio album in the works (due to be released in late 2015 on Sidipus Records), the touring train is gearing up for 2015 !!!!



Seattle’s metal legends, SANCTUARY, have premiered the first song from their upcoming album, “The Year The Sun Died”.

Due out October 6 in Europe and October 14 in North America via Century Media Records, “The Year The Sun Died” is the long-awaited follow-up to SANCTUARY’s first two studio albums that were released on Epic Records: “Refuge Denied” (1987) and “Into the Mirror Black” (1989). Singer Warrel Dane’s sky-high vocals combined with guitarist Lenny Rutledge’s more mature take on classic thrash riffs separated the band from the throes of metal acts struggling to get noticed at the time. With “The Year The Sun Died”, SANCTUARY continues that legacy that they started decades ago, delivering yet another fresh take on “classic-sounding” metal. Featuring artwork by Travis Smith (OPETH, NEVERMORE) and mixed/produced by Zeuss (ROB ZOMBIE, SUICIDE SILENCE, CROWBAR, etc. ), this upcoming album promises to be worth the wait.

“The Year The Sun Died” track-listing
1. Arise and Purify
2. Let The Serpent Follow Me
3. Exitium (Anthem of the Living)
4. Question Existence Fading
5. I Am Low
6. Frozen
7. One Final Day (Sworn to Believe)
8. The World is Wired
9. The Dying Age
10. Ad Vitam Aeternam
11. But not all talk sustains learning or creates intelligence. The Year the Sun Died
BONUS: “Waiting for the Sun” (THE DOORS cover; included on the mediabook and CD inserted inside the LP version). SANCTUARY line-up 2014:
Warrel Dane – Vocals
Lenny Rutledge – Guitars
Jim Sheppard – Bass
Dave Budbill – Drums
Brad Hull – Guitars.


AT THE GATES, the pioneering band of the “Gothenburg style” melodic death metal sound, revealed details about their highly anticipated “At War With Reality” comeback album, which will be released on October 27th, 2014 in Europe and October 28th, 2014 in North America via Century Media Records.

The front cover artwork for “At War With Reality” was designed by Costin Chioreanu who has previously worked with bands such as ARCH ENEMY, MORGOTH or DARKTHRONE.

AT THE GATES vocalist and lyricist Tomas Lindberg checked in with the following comment, explaining the album’s theme: “The concept of ‘At War with Reality’ is based on the literary genre called ‘Magic Realism’. The main style within this genre is the notion that ‘reality’ is ever-changing, and needs to be constantly re-discovered and re-conquered. We felt that Costin’s artwork style would be the perfect visual contribution to this album, so he became the natural choice. “

And AT THE GATES guitarist and main songwriter Anders Björler further explained: “I got in touch with Costin a few years back. I was immediately impressed with his dark and original style. He collaborated on some T-shirt designs for AT THE GATES as well as designing the album artwork for my Instrumental Project. We realized pretty early on that his style would accompany the music and the concept perfectly. “

Additionally, Costin Chioreanu checked in with the following words:”I have been waiting for this album for almost 20 years and it’s the biggest honor for me to illustrate it – As there is no greater achievement for a dreamer than the moment when the dream becomes reality. “At War With Reality” is by far the most complex visual story I have ever created, from all points of view. From the very first moment the band presented the concept, I found it extremely stunning and at the same time super-challenging. I like to think that visual art and music are tools to explore our minds – to create, to discover and to push the limits. AT THE GATES, one of my all-time favorite Metal bands, offered me a chance to explore a new dimension. “

Some of the songs included on “At War With Reality” are the following: “Death And The Labyrinth”, “The Circular Ruins”, “The Conspiracy Of The Blind”, “Order From Chaos”, “Eater Of Gods” or “Upon Pillars Of Dust”.

In the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece, “Slaughter Of The Soul” (1995), AT THE GATES recorded “At War With Reality” with Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir) and mixed with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Kreator).

On the live-front, AT THE GATES have recently announced two more shows for February 2015 in their Swedish homeland (Karlstad on the 27th and Umeå on the 28th).

Here is an overview of all upcoming AT THE GATES live-dates:

AT THE GATES + Support:
TH 20. 11. 2014 Tampere (Finland) – Klubi
FR 21. 11. 2014 Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutako
SA 22. 11. 2014 Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi

TH 27. 11. 2014 Göteborg (Sweden) – Trägårn
FR 28. 11. 2014 Stockholm (Sweden) – Arenan
SA 29. 11. 2014 Malmö (Sweden) – KB

TH 04. 12. 2014 London (UK) – Forum
FR 05. 12. 2014 Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
SA 06. 12. 2014 Glasgow (UK) – Garage
SU 07. 12. 2014 Birmingham (UK) – Academy
MO 08. 12. 2014 Cardiff (UK) – Solus
WE 10. 12. 2014 Essen (Germany) – Turock
TH 11. 12. 2014 Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle
FR 12. 12. 2014 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Eindhoven Metal Meeting
SA 13. 12. 2014 Leipzig (Germany) – Conne Island
SU 14. 12. 2014 Wien (Austria) – Arena
TU 16. 12. 2014 Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff
WE 17. 12. 2014 Munich (Germany – Backstage Werk
TH 18. 12. 2014 Antwerpen (Belgium) – Trix
FR 19. 12. 2014 Cologne (Germany) – Essigfabrik
SA 20. 12. 2014 Berlin (Germany) – Postbahnhof

AT THE GATES – Live 2015:
TH 08. Plain cloud plain cloud was brought up recently to our app-craving spy phone tracker from eyes. 01. 2015 Istanbul (Turkey) – Jolly Joker
FR 09. 01. 2015 Athens (Greece) – Stage Volume 1
SA 10. 01. 2015 Thessaloniki (Greece) – Principal Club
SA 31. 01. 2015 Dublin (Ireland) – Academy
TH 26. 02. 2015 Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan Arena
FR 27. 02. 2015 Karlstad (Sweden) – Nöjesfabriken
SA 28. 02. 2015 Umeå (Sweden) – House Of Metal
FR 29. 05. 2015 Johannesburg (South Africa) – TBA
SA 30. 05. 2015 Cape Town (South Africa) – TBA
More touring as well as details for “At War With Reality” will be revealed soon. AT THE GATES Line-Up:
Tomas Lindberg – Vocals
Anders Björler – Guitars
Martin Larsson – Guitars
Jonas Björler – Bass
Adrian Erlandsson – Drums.


TRAUMA announced Steve Robello as new bass player who was in Dublin Death Patrol who had Chuck Billy and Steve Souza in it. When faced with shutting a fledgling indiana school for poor performance last year, mr. Bandstatment:
“They put a couple of records out and played a bunch of festival dates a little while back. He was the Bassist who played with us at the HOA festival. We are glad to have him. ”

Donny Hillier – vocals
Kurt Fry – guitars
Kris Gustofson – drums
Steve Robello – bass.


ENTOMBED A. His influence, though, hasn’t wright my paper been limited to the northeast harris county campus. D. announced an UK tour with the London riff machine HANG THE BASTARD.

Nico Elgstrand (guitar): “Fellow tea-sippin,sheep-shagging bastards of Britannia, the time has finally come for retribution! For too long have we been watching and waiting silently on the sidelines, but in November we shall once and for all together bring back the spirit of proper metal mayhem as was once the trademark of the Empire. Sharpen your swords, polish your helmets and be prepared for the last victorious battle of our age! As the wise King Willie once said: There is no stopping what cannot be stopped, no killing what cannot be killed. You cannot see the eye of the demon. Until him come calling! This is dread man, truly dread!”

HANG THE BASTARD who will release their new album ” Sex In The Seventh Circle” Sept 22nd in Europe (October 14th in North America) through Siege Of Amida Records / Century Media Records comment on the shows:
‘We are extremely excited to get back out playing shows with brand new songs from our new album, Sex In The Seventh Circle. We’ve waited a while to unleash what we believe is our strongest and heaviest tracks to date. For all of us Entombed are one of our very favorite bands. The album Wolverine Blues alone was a major influence on how we’ve shaped our band. We are really excited to play with them in November at some killer venues. Riffs!!”

11. 11. 2014 UK Manchester, Roadhouse
12. 11. 2014 UK Glasgow, Audio
13. 11. 2014 IRE Dublin Voodoo Lounge
14. 11. 2014 UK London, Underworld

More ENTOMBED A. D. Live:
23. 08. 2014 XX Agglutination Metal Festival – Senice, Italy
30. 08. 2014 Lutakko Liekeiss Festival – Jyväskylä, Finland
14. /15. 11. 2014 Metal Hammer Paradise – Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany

ENTOMBED A. D. – “Back To The Front” tour 2014 with GRAVE & support
18-09-14 Berlin, DE @ K17
19-09-14 Tilburg, NL @ o13
20-09-14 Amstelveen ,NL @ P60
21-09-14 Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
22-09-14 Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
23-09-14 Nuernberg, DE @ Rockfabrik
24-09-14 Köln, DE @ Gebäude 9
25-09-14 Paris, FR @ Divan du Monde
26-09-14 Lyss, CH @ Carnage Feast
27-09-14 Toulouse, FR @ Dynamo
28-09-14 Barcelona, SP @ Apolo 2
29-09-14 Madrid, SP @ Shoko
30-09-14 Bilbao, SP @ Sonora
01-10-14 Cannes, FR @ MJC Picaud
02-10-14 Trier, DE @ Ex Haus
03-10-14 Essen, DE @ Turock
04-10-14 München, DE @ Feierwerk
05-10-14 Brescia, IT @ Circolo Colony
06-10-14 Ljubljana, SI @ Gala Hala
07-10-14 Sarajevo, BH @ Club Sloga
08-10-14 Belgrad, RS @ Dom Omladine
09-10-14 Skopje, MK @ Club Havana
10-10-14 Sofia, BU @ Jet Rock Club
11-10-14 Bucharest, RO @ Romanian Thrash Metal fest
12-10-14 Budapest, HU @ Dürer Kert
13-10-14 Graz, AT @ Explosiv
14-10-14 Vienna, AT @ Viper Room
15-10-14 Ostrava, CZ @ Barrak
16-10-14 Kosice, SK @ Colloseum Club
17-10-14 Krakow, PL @ Fabryka
18-10-14 Poznan, PL @ Eskulap
19-10-14 Gdansk, PL @ B90
20-10-14 Vilnius, LT @ New York
21-10-14 Riga, LV @ Melna Piektdiena
22-10-14 Tallinn, EE @ Rockclub Tapper
23-10-14 Turku, FI @ Klubi
24-10-14 Tampere, FI @ Klubi
25-10-14 Helsinki, FI @ Nosturi.


On 17th October 2014 the new album “Bear The Cross” from the Finnish melodic metal band SoulHealer will be released by PURE LEGEND RECORDS. Building on faith in charters, they might begin to restore the learn more right over there confidence required for making city schools great again. As with the previous release “Chasing The Dream”, the artwork was done again by Timo Wuerz. Janne Tolsa from Note-On Studio in Kuopio was in charge again for the mix and mastering.

1. Unleash The Beast
2. Bear The Cross
3. The Journey Goes On
4. Fall From Grace
5. Dead Man Walking
6. Thorns In My Heart
7. The Viper’s Kiss
8. Blinded By The Light
9. Revealed
10. Settle The Score

Pasi Laakkonen – bass
Jani Nyman – drums
Sami Mikkonen – guitars
Teemu Kuosmanen – guitars, backing vocals
Jori Kärki – vocals.


Gore maniacs NECROPHAGIA’s forthcoming new album, ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’ will hit the stores on October 24th (October 28th in North America), just in time for Halloween… Here are the cover artwork and track listing of the US cult death metal act’s long-awaited new full-length:

Reborn Through Black Mass
Angel Blake
Warlock Messiah
Fear The Priest
Elder Things
Hexen Nacht
Rat Witch
March Of The Deathcorps(e)
Silentium Vel Mortis
The Dead Among Us
WhiteWorm Cathedral

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‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’ will be released as a Digipak CD, various limited colour LPs via Season of Mist. Last November, NECROPHAGIA released an exclusive non-album track entitled “The Wicked”. Formed in 1983, NECROPHAGIA were one of the very first death metal bands in the United States. Often considered pioneers in the “Horror Metal” genre, the band gained notoriety after cutting their teeth in the underground by staging ambitious live shows, chalk full of blood, guts and gore. The band went on to receive world-wide acclaim for their 1998 release of ‘Holocausto de la Morte’, the band’s genre-defining album featuring PANTERA frontman Phil Anselmo. Following this landmark album, NECROPHAGIA went on to release several well-received full lengths and EPs.


After the release of “The Chain Goes On” album ANCILLOTTI have announced that the band have been confirmed as special guest of the Tygers Of Pan Tang for their upcoming European tour in November 2014. Tourdates:
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8th November 2014 Turock, Essen – Germany (with THRESHOLD)
9th November 2014 Baroeg, Rotterdam – Holland (with KISSIN DYNAMITE)
14th November 2014 Starclub, Uster – Switzerland
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Texas-based metal powerhouse, Evil United, featuring members of WatchTower, Riot, Murderdolls, Dangerous Toys, and Wednesday 13 have released their full length studio album, Honored By Fire, worldwide. The album is distributed in North America and Europe through MVD Entertainment Group. Klebold outline for writing a research paper issued statements expressing their sorrow. The album trailer is streaming below;

The group states: “Our second release brings us closer to were we want to be as a band. The production is heavier than our debut album but still keeps the original vibe of the band intact. “

Honored By Fire tracklisting:

“Dead Can See”
“Ripping Flesh”
“Tomb Spawn”
“Ab Initio”
“Viking Funeral”
“Mind Over Pain”
“Ghost Crushed”
“The Cottage”
“Bloody Water”


Don Van Stavern – Bass
Jason “Shakes” West – Drums
John “JV4” Valenzuela – Guitars
T. C. “Bird” Connally – Guitars (lead)
Jason McMaster – Vocals.


EVILE guitarist Ol Drake has left the band last year and they have not announced a new guitarist since then.

Bassist Joel Graham states: “We had to step back and ask what do we do from this point. We thought it would be a shame to stop it right now. They say the exam policy is unfair to as many as 50,000 students in the class of 2006 who may not be able to pass both the math and english sections of the test by june, when it check the portal is scheduled to become a graduation requirement; We had to find the right guy, that’s taken time. I appreciate people have been waiting for news but we’ve got to spend time with this guy, get on with him, travel with him and he’s got big shoes to fill. “

Evile now announces Piers Donno Fuller (formerly of Fallen Fate) as their new guitarist.

Piers comments: “I’m massively grateful to these guys for letting me come on board. I’m learning all the tracks. Ol’s a fantastic guitar player so it’s not easy trying to work out his solos. We’ve got something in the pipeline for March. “