CONQUEST Launch Their Latest Single NEW AUGUST onto Sirius XM Satellite Radio

Dark Star Records artist CONQUEST are pleased to announce that they have just launched their latest single NEW AUGUST onto Sirius XM Satellite Radio, as well as iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and all available digital retailers.

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This song is one of the bands most radio friendly tracks and it has already been received very well by fans and critics alike. The song follows up the bands mega selling tribute to the Metal Gods album UNDER THE INFLUENCE. And, the band is currently in the studio working on their next full length album due out by the end of the year.

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by Stephen Goldstein / Publisher / Editor / Writer

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New Sci-fi TV Series “The Omega File” is Now Filming on Location in Colombia

We have a first look at the new Sci-fi TV Series The Omega File, which is now Filming
on Location in Colombia.

The Omega File

Solomon Archer, the leader of THE ALLIANCE, has been captured. He will be freed by his lover, a Snake Woman. Together with the help of Rocky and another team mate, they will try to destroy THE ORDER, the evil that is ruling planet earth.

Phyllis Spielman

Phyllis Spielman

The Omega File is Written, Directed and Produced by Massimiliano Cerchi, with Executive Producers Massimiliano Cerchi, Jeffrey A. Swanson and Damien Dante. And Stars: Phyllis Spielman, Sebastian Van Vrey, Don Yates, Didrik Davis, Al Snow, Jeff Kim and Jack E Curenton.

On the Set of The Omega File

On the Set of The Omega File

SGL Entertainment is handling Sales, Acquisitions plus Distribution and have already secured a 4K Release with UltraFlix a streaming media service that will make The Omega File available on the new Samsung and Sony Bravia 4k Flatscreen and Curved TV’s.

Don Yates

Don Yates

Sebastian Van Vrey and Phyllis Spielman

Sebastian Van Vrey and Phyllis Spielman

The Omega File

HERE IS A 16 SECOND TEASER OF SOME OF THE

VISUAL EFFECTS USED IN THE OMEGA FILE TV SERIES:

STILLS FROM THE SET OF “THE OMEGA FILE”

The Omega File

The Omega File

The Omega File

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“The War We Rage” by Conquest Getting Rave Reviews

“Conquest” a band that has been around since the 80’s is getting some serious recognition this year. The band has performed shows with some of the greatest metal bands on the planet including: SLAYER, ICED EARTH, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, QUIET RIOT, TESTAMENT, BULLET BOYS, OVERKILL, DOKKEN, IRON MAIDEN, WASP, POISON, NAPALM DEATH, SLASHES SNAKEPIT, SAVATAGE, MANOWAR, FATES WARNING, ROB HALFORD, MORBID ANGEL, QUEENSRYCHE, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, PRONG, GREAT WHITE, YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN, GEORGE LYNCH, LACUNA COIL, STONE SOUR, SHADOWS FALL AND MORE… Conquest has had a slew of album releases since the 1980’s including the successful “End of Days” Album released in 2008. But their latest and most triumphant achievement is the critically acclaimed “The War We Rage” Album (2013) Dark Star Records / Sony Music Entertainment

Conquest

Years of hard work have finally paid off for the the St. Louis Missouri based Thrash Metal band known as “Conquest”. Their latest Release “The War We Rage” has been getting rave reviews worldwide.

The War We Rage

Here are just some of the reviews:

METAL TEMPLE:

http://www.metal-temple.com/site/catalogues/entry/reviews/cd_3/c_2/conquest-the-war-we.htm

DANGERDOG MUSIC REVIEWS:

http://www.dangerdog.com/2013-music-reviews/conquest-the-war-we-rage.php#.UlxdoxCYxbE

BLOODY GOOD HORROR:

http://www.bloodygoodhorror.com/bgh/blogs/09/23/2013/album-review-conquest-the-war-we-rage

SHAKEFIRE:

http://www.shakefire.com/review/conquest-the-war-we-rage

METALHOLIC:

http://metalholic.com/cd-review-conquest-war-rage/

UBER ROCK: (UNITED KINGDOM)

http://www.uberrock.co.uk/cd-reviews/32-december-cd/10004-conquest-the-war-we-rage-dark-star-records.html

METAL UNDERGROUND (AUSTRIA) 5 out of 5

http://www.metalunderground.at/conquest-the-war-we-rage/

METAL FIELDS (GERMANY) 9 out of 10

http://www.metalfields.net/conquest.html

Watch “The War We Rage” Promo Video:

23 Minute Streaming Sample of “The War We Rage” Album:

 

For Purchase Options and to find out more about Conquest go to:

www.darkstarrecords.com/conquest.htm

Conquest

Conquest

Conquest

Conquest

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6519 Worldwide and Dark Star Records Release “Strangers” by The Blushing Gun

The Blushing Gun

Dark Star Records in Association with Sony Music Entertainment have signed a deal with 6519 Worldwide to distribute the hot new single “Strangers” by The Blushing Gun. 6519 Worldwide is now an official label under the Dark Star Records, Sony Music group of labels. The new “Strangers” Single will include two killer Remixes that will go straight to Radio. Mike Hernandez of 6519 Worldwide has already landed many songs in the Top Ten on Billboard and is no stranger to the music business.

“STRANGERS” IS SET FOR RELEASE IN OCTOBER
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The Blushing Gun is comprised of Ian Moore, Nicholas McClelland and Athan Mireles. Ian leads the band with his unique and captivating voice, and mature acoustic and electric guitar stylings. Nick gives the music a great foundation with his mixing and big bass lines. The smooth yet powerful beats from Athan on drums rounds out this trio. The band’s diversity has allowed them to share the stage with national acts such as Papa Roach, Chevelle, Hinder, In this Moment, Black Stone Cherry, The Venetia Fair, Boy Hits Car, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, and many more.

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“Elysium” with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster are Looking to Score Big at the Box Office

Elysium

“Elysium” with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster could possibly be one of the biggest box office hits of the Summer. Director Neill Blomkamp known for his breakout film “District 9” has developed his own style of Sci-Fi that has gained quite a following. And with the star power of Matt Damon who is on the top of his game, Elyysium is set to deliver the goods. Below is a review from the Hollywood Reporter. And, remember, it’s only a review… “Make sure and see this film for yourself, I think you will be highly entertained”. ~Jeffrey A. Swanson

IN THEATERS AUGUST 9TH 2013

A Film Review by The Hollywood Reporter:

Matt Damon and Jodie Foster star in “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp’s latest politically tinged sci-fi feature, about a factory worker’s attempt to hijack his way onto a space station inhabited by the elite. A politically charged flight of speculative fiction makes an exciting launch, only to tailspin into an ungainly crash landing in Elysium. Coming in the wake of After Earth and White House Down, this marks Sony’s third big-budget disappointment of the summer, the problems this time stemming from deflating final-act script problems that one would think could have been easily identified. Like Neill Blomkamp’s out-of-nowhere sci-fi triumph with District 9 four years back, this one puts rugged action and convincing visual effects at the service of a sociologically pointed haves-and-have-nots storyline, but when the air goes out of this balloon, it goes fast. There will no doubt be partisans, but an embrace by the masses will elude it. Blomkamp gets the dystopian juices flowing with images of future sprawling slums and urban ruin that one might initially take to be Mexico City or Sao Paulo but are soon identified as belonging to Los Angeles in 2154.

Elysium Stills

Most of the beleaguered inhabitants seem to speak Spanish and perform menial labor if they do anything at all, while good health care is very difficult to come by. By contrast, hovering far above Earth and appearing like a five-spoked wheel in the sky is Elysium, an enormous space station where the rich live in a stress-free country-club environment enhanced by marvelous technology that can cure any ailment, meaning that life can theoretically go on indefinitely. A kind of United Nations council of international fat cats runs the place, and riffraff from the overpopulated and polluted planet visible beneath them is rigorously kept out, no matter how many desperate refugees dare the 19-minute dash in makeshift spacecrafts in order to get their illnesses treated. Liberals may embrace the film and conservatives might attack it strictly on the reductive basis of its obvious plea for universal health care. All the same, the growing contemporary disparity between the privileged classes and the poor in many parts of the world is plausibly extended for dramatic effect in Blomkamp’s script, which has the wretched Earth dwellers kept in line by robo-cops and where anyone who actually has a job is counted as lucky. Among these is former convict Max (Matt Damon), now holding down a lowly factory gig but maintaining ties with the criminal/revolutionary underworld, part of which is devoted to running “illegals” up to the spinning celestial orb. Much in the manner of District 9, but without the aliens, this early stretch creates a potently physical impression of a dangerous and destitute urban environment, one where immediate threats could lurk anywhere and a sense of one’s physical and societal inferiority can never be escaped; all one has to do is look up. With all this, Blomkamp sets several narrative pots to simmering, promising much in the way of eventual direct conflict and potential intellectual complexity.

Matt Damon

Instead, the film narrows into a series of standard gun battles, explosions, mad dashes, close calls, tough-guy fisticuffs, ridiculously fast downloading of massive computer files under maximum duress and, in the end, mawkish sentimentality. All the interest and goodwill built up by the sharply conceived preliminaries is washed away in a succession of scenes that feel crushingly routine and generic, not to mention guided by ideological urges. Contaminated in the workplace by radioactivity that leaves him with five days to live, Max is convinced by his insurrectionist gangland pal Spider (Wagner Moura) to be painfully fitted with a metal exoskeleton that will turn him into a veritable robo-rebel, an abundantly armed knight of the righteous. In an unusually contemporaneous twist, they intend to capture Elysian pioneer (William Fichtner) and transfer the central organizational file from his head into Max’s, which they believe will open up the Elysian gates to the masses. Trying to orchestrate a coup for her own interests is Armani-clad regime iron lady Delacourt (Jodie Foster), who has an Earthbound stealth agent, Kruger (Sharlto Copley), to do her dirty work. Unfortunately, Kruger all but hijacks the film in the late-going with his irrational behavior and cackling his sword-twirling villainy comes off as something more appropriate for a live-action cartoon bad guy, or an enemy in a 300-like bloodbath. Not helping is Copley’s unsoftened South African accent, which makes much of his dialogue very difficult to decipher, even if the character’s intent remains unmistakable. Max’s transformation into a part-metal fighting machine may have been conceived as a noble act of self-sacrifice, an existential act or both, but dramatically it has a highly constricting effect on his behavior, as well as on the viewer’s ability or desire to relate to him. Bereft of full mobility and reduced, in effect, to a simple fighting machine, the character loses his unpredictability along with much of his appeal. Had the climactic action been pitched in a less ordinary way, Max could have emerged as a genuine tragic hero, but the character’s full potential is missed by a long shot.

Jodie Foster

Conceptually as well, Blomkamp has failed to take the extra step with both the ruling class and the denizens of the lower depths; despite the fact that the action is set 131 years hence, both look exactly as they do now. The fancy mansions of Elysium and their inhabitants’ wardrobes are exactly what you’d find in Malibu or Miami today, while the rough-hewn down-and-outers sport tats and attitude and would look right at home in a Fast and Furious film. With his noggin shaved, Damon comes off credibly as a ticking time bomb early on but becomes unduly constrained by his metal apparatus later. Foster is all official business and ambition as the devious politician, often speaking French to her colleagues and then English in a firm international accent of sorts. Alice Braga plays for empathy as a single mother with a leukemia-stricken little daughter for whom a trip to Elysium represents the final hope. As in District 9, the excellent effects and location work (Mexico City stood in for Los Angeles, while Vancouver represented aspects of Elysium) make for a vivid, convincing backdrop.
~The Hollywood Reporter

Elysium with Matt Damon

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Major Label Artists at Dark Star Records Will Be Receiving Some of the Highest Royalty Rates on iTunes Radio

Major Label Artists at Dark Star Records will be receiving some of the Highest Royalty Rates for their music on iTunes Radio because of their Partnership with Sony Music Entertainment. Dark Star Records Artists included in the deal are: Black and White, Blackfinger, Bloodstream Parade, Bloody Mary, Conquest, Daisy Chain, DD Rand, Deepest Symphony, Drop, Grigori 3, Hammeron, Herman Ze German Rarebell, House Of Holland, Jeff Swan, Lords of Meat, Low Twelve, Lydian Sea, Matt Mercado, Metal Shop, Pist, Ript, Rival, Sacred Dawn, Shatter Their Illusion, Shooting Hemlock , Slam Bang, Slave Driver, Supermercado, The Projectionists, True Witness and Two Ton Anvil. “This is a Huge Deal for us”. Quotes Dark Star Records Label President ~Jeffrey A. Swanson. “As streaming music will most likely play a key role in the future of digital media”.

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iTunes Radio and Dark Star Records

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Ahead of its launch of an online radio service Apple AAPL -0.56% circulated terms to independent record labels last week, many of them more generous to the music companies than what rival Pandora Media P +2.14% currently pays.

Apple intends to pay royalties to labels based on a blend of how many times listeners hear their songs and how much advertising Apple sells, according to the terms, which were reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

During iTunes Radio’s first year, Apple will pay a label 0.13 cents each time a song is played, as well as 15% of net advertising revenue, proportionate to a given label’s share of the music played on iTunes. In the second year, that bumps up to 0.14 cents per listen, plus 19% of ad revenue.

That compares to the 0.12 cents Pandora pays labels per listen on its free service. Apple is also offering music publishers more than twice as much in royalties than Pandora does.

Apple won’t have to pay royalties for some performances of songs that are already in listeners’ iTunes libraries, or songs that might be on an album that a listener owns just part of. Similarly, “Heat Seeker” tracks selected by iTunes for special promotions, are also exempted. Apple also doesn’t have to pay for songs listeners skip before 20 seconds have elapsed. The company only gets to avoid paying royalties for two songs per hour for any given user.

The terms for independent labels are similar but not identical to those given to the three major record companies – Vivendi SA VIV.FR +1.50%’s Universal Music Group, Access Industries Inc.’s Warner Music Group and Sony Corp. 6758.TO +1.70%’s Sony Music Entertainment – which are expected to receive cash advances against future royalties.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

iTunes Radio and Dark Star Records

Pandora was criticized by members of the band Pink Floyd in a recent USA Today opinion piece for complaining it pays too much in royalties to make a profit and asking artists to support its efforts to get a law passed that would cut the fees it pays.

Pandora founder Tim Westergren said Wednesday that it isn’t fair to compare Apple’s royalty rates with Pandora’s because the services work differently, and that different features on the two services could trigger different royalty payments.

“It’s apples and oranges,” said Mr. Westergren, referring to the two services.

The ad revenue iTunes Radio generates might not necessarily be more significant than Pandora’s. People familiar with Apple’s thinking said the company is primarily hoping that iTunes Radio will encourage listeners to buy the tracks they like at the iTunes Store and help the tech giant sell more iPhones, iPods and other hardware.

Though music sales are slipping fast across the industry with the growth of subscription streaming services that offer unlimited music for a monthly fee, Apple is likely to stick for now to its business model of selling songs on iTunes. That business has become marginally profitable in recent years, these people said – as long as that model remains sustainable.

The new radio service gives Apple a venue to develop its iAd system – a mobile advertising platform for Apple devices that allows third-party developers to embed their apps with ads, these people added.

The iTunes Radio licensing document also includes several references to terms for the use of music in talk, weather, sports and news programming on the new service. The agreement said Apple wouldn’t have to pay the independent labels royalties for snippets of music used in the background of those sorts of programs. But it’s unlikely Apple will invest much in creating such programming, given that it has long shied from creating its own content.

Clear Channel Communications Inc. Chief Executive Bob Pittman said recently that only a tiny fraction of the people who listen to iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s digital service, listen online to such programming.

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Dark Star Records Artists will come standard in the new BMW 5 Series

Watch this Special Promotional Video featuring the Song “Big Green Monster” by Shooting Hemlock
Courtesy of Dark Star Records


BMW

Dark Star Records Artists will come standard in the new BMW 5 Series as part of a deal with the U.K. based music streaming service rara.com billed as the first direct-to-car music streaming service in Europe. Major Label Dark Star Records in Association with Sony Music Entertainment is part of a deal with rara.com that includes the labels entire catalog of over 50 titles to be available for streaming direct from the dashboard of the new BMW 5 Series. Unlike most other in-car streaming services currently available throughout Europe, rara.com’s fully integrated offering is built into the vehicle allowing users to instantly stream music without needing to plug in a smartphone. Launched in December 2011, London-based rara.com currently operates in 33 international markets, including U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa. In addition to its new BMW offering, the service is available to access via the web and on Windows 8, iOS and Android devices. “The digital music landscape is always changing” quotes Dark Star Records President Jeffrey A. Swanson. “Right now we are focusing heavily on streaming music services like: Pandora, Rdio, Jango, Spotify, Slacker, Rara.com, Etc. as we see the world is embracing these evolutionary ways to discover and listen to new music”. “The deal with BMW and rara.com is a major milestone in the evolution of digital music distribution, and everyone at Dark Star Records is very excited to be a part of this historic deal.

BMW

BMW

BMW

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Dark Star Records Included In Epic Merger With Sony Music Entertainment

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Dark Star Records is now a part of the largest most powerful digital distribution company in the world. The Orchard and the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA), the two largest digital aggregators in the United States, have now merged. And, Sony Music Entertainment will be a strategic investor in the combined entity, sources tell Billboard Magazine. As part of the deal, Sony will own at least 50% of the merged company, the sources add. As a result of the deal, the merged company will have revenues of about $130 million.

Billboard Magazine

This deal comes in the wake of the merger between INgrooves and Fontana. Shamrock Capital acquired Fontana from the Universal Music Group and merged it with INgrooves, leaving the major as an investor with a 15%-20% stake in the combined entity. Dark Star Records the hard rock, metal music label who came in on the ground floor with IODA has been a part of the merger since day one. “We now have more options then ever for our artists” Quotes Dark Star Records label president Jeffrey A. Swanson. “And we will even have the opportunity to distribute some of our films through this newly formed company”. This is a major step forward for Dark Star Records and the world of independent media.

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Shooting Hemlock Releases Sophomore Album “Color Spackled Empty” Via Dark Star Records and Sony Entertainment

Dark Star Records is pleased to announce that the Sophomore album from Supergroup Shooting Hemlock “Color Spackled Empty” has just been released digitally worldwide via Dark Star Records and Sony Entertainment. Shooting Hemlock Was the brainchild of manager Brad Keene Who had worked with guitar player Joe Stump (Boston Mass.) on his solo projects. Brad wanted to put together a band comprised of members from different regions of the country, and with the addition of Jeff Tortora (Blue Man Group) and Jimmy Puma (Syracuse N, Y.,) Brad had the monster rhythm section he had been searching for. Both Jeff and Jim were playing with Joey Belladonna from Anthrax at that time, Brad then set his sights on a lead vocalist to fill the last remaining slot in the line up, enter Brian Troch (Chicago IL.), who just had left the Band Cyclone Temple. What ensued was a mixture of styles and influences that made a very different but awesome sound. The band wrote all their material via mail and e-mail and flew into one central location (Boston) to rehearse, do pre production work and record the actual tracks, Brian would eventually move to Boston and the project for “two albums” was finished. After many years in the making, Dark Star Records and Sony Music released the first of two albums “Big Green Monster” landing them at #30 on the CMJ charts. Now, a year later we bring you “Color Spackled Empty”. Shooting Hemlock’s new sophomore album is now available at hundreds of online digital retailers worldwide including itunes.

Shooting Hemlock is: Brian Troch (Vocals), Joe Stump (Guitars), Jeff Tortora (Drums), Jimmy Puma (Bass)

Dowload the new Album “Color Spackled Empty” from iTunes at:

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Conquest Reveal Their New Album Title and Bring In a New Bass Player

Conquest is nearing completion on their new album and have officially named it “The War We Rage”. The band is once again working with engineer Adam Long who also worked on their popular debut album “End of Days”. And the album will also be produced once again by lead singer Derrick Brumley. The latest release will feature new bass player Rob Boyer. Conquest has played a few gigs with Rob and the fit is perfect, Rob Boyer is from the same area, St. Louis Mo. and has played in rock and metal bands threw out his career. The New Album “The War We Rage” will be available worldwide in the Summer/Fall 2012
via Dark Star Records / Sony Music. Here is a look at the current track list:

The War We Rage
Wicked
Against all odds
Never forget
Tomorrows black
Live free or die
Turn me away
Coming with vengeance
Scream for my life
Get off my back
Tyrant of the new world
Fall from grace

Also, the band “Conquest” have decided to re-release their popular single called “Never Forget” a new tribute to 9/11 as a free download.

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