DREAM THEATER: Revised Edition Of Authorized Biography To Cover MIKE PORTNOY’s Departure

Out of print for four years, the new release of "Lifting Shadows: The Authorized Biography Of Dream Theater" is now available to order. Publication will be in September but pre-ordered books will ship as soon as they are available. This paperback edition is fully updated by author Rich Wilson, featuring all-new interviews with the bandmembers and others. It covers the departure of drummer Mike Portnoy, the search for his successor and the group's subsequent return to recording and touring success.

TANKARD: German-Language Biography Coming Soon

Michael "Schumi" Schumacher, a musicologist at the University Of Cologne and longtime TANKARD fan, has penned the German alcoholic thrashers' first official biography called "Life In Beermuda", featuring many photos and commentary from musicians from all over the world. Says TANKARD: "Our biography/book will be only published in German. If the demand for an English version is big enough, there might be a chance for an English version too, though." The 208-page "Life In Beermuda" book will be published in the fall byNicole Schmenk Publishing. TANKARD's 30th-anniversary album, "A Girl Called Cerveza", was released in July 2012 via the band's new label home, Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Studio 23 in Frankfurt with producerMichael Mainx (ONKELZ, DER W, DISBELIEF, D-A-D).

Unauthorized PANTERA Biography ‘Reinventing Metal’ Coming In September

Backbeat Books has set a September 10 release date for "Reinventing Metal - The True Story Of Pantera And The Tragically Short Life Of Dimebag Darrell", the unauthorized PANTERA biography from U.K. authorNeil Daniels. Official book description: "PANTERA is widely regarded as one of the most influential and revered American metal bands of the past 20 years. Although its output was relatively short — from 1983 to 2000 it released only nine studio albums — its impact on the metal scene since the band split up in 2003 is still felt to this day. Guitarist Dimebag Darrell was tragically killed in 2004 but his legacy remains undiminished. "PANTERA had an enormous influence on nu-metal, groove metal, metalcore, and grindcore and continues to be publicized and written about. Its 1990 breakthrough album 'Cowboys From Hell' is still regarded as one of the greatest metal albums in history, as is PANTERA's sixth opus, 'Vulgar Display Of Power'.