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Y.O.C. new track exclusively on our pages
Posted by: Denis / 09.05.2016
New Y.O.C. track - a tribute to Jeff Hanneman - Slayer's cover song Skeletons of Society's done and the first version of this song appeared on our pages only!

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AXEMASTER signs management deal
Posted by: Denis / 30.04.2016
The Pure Steel Records' recording artist AXEMASTER is proud to announce that they have signed a deal with Ayers Entertainment from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA for management and representation. The band is confident that this will be a very positive step forward toward attaining further success in the future. Ayers Entertainment's official company statement on the signing is as follows: "Ayers Entertainment is known worldwide for representation, management, booking, marketing, PR, security, and A & R, representing A-List artists, bands, authors, illustrators, and those in Film and TV. Founder Ms. Ayers is well known for acting as an executive producer, producing music, film, & TV, and so forth. Ayers Entertainment proudly introduces the Pure Steel Records' recording artist Axemaster to their roster for management, booking, marketing, PR, and security.

Axemaster was formed in 1985 by lead guitarist Joe Sims, has stood the test of time, and remains strong after over 25 years. Axemaster has accomplished much during the past 25 years (many international label releases, worldwide press and radio play, appearances on several compilation releases, and their music featured in 2 films), and plan to release a new CD in the near future. They have recently been in talks with a variety of people within the music industry, and have endorsement deals with 'Sinister Guitar Picks' and 'Flying V Leather Accessories'. Stay tuned as Axemaster will be coming to your town soon!!!"


Joe Sims stated: "this is a very good step for us because, no matter how much business experience the members of a band may have, many music industry professionals are either very reluctant to, or completely refuse to discuss official business with band members, they want to talk exclusively with the band's official representation. So an experienced pro like Iris Ayers should be able to push us forward in ways that we're not able to do ourselves, as well as to help us reach a lot more people/places in the business."

Other major news in the Axemaster camp is that the band has finished writing all the material for their upcoming (as yet untitled) album, and are working out all the fine details in preparation to begin recording soon. After the outstanding fan reaction to the latest Axemaster album Overture to Madness (2015 Pure Steel Records), the band has been devoted to producing a follow-up which will be universally seen as superior to Overture, and show that Axemaster is continuing to progress, improve, and grow as a unit.

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BLACK FATE 'BLOOD RED SKY' FROM THE "DELIVERANCE OF SOUL" RE-ISSUE STREAMING ONLINE
Posted by: Denis / 29.04.2016
Ulterium Records will release a re-issue of Deliverance of Soul from the Greek Melodic Metal band BLACK FATE on April 29th in Europe and North America.

The track Blood Red Sky from the re-issue is streaming at YouTube.

Deliverance of Soul was originally released in 2009, and it was the first BLACK FATE album to feature Vasilis Georgiou on vocals.

The re-issue is remastered by Erik Tordsson (End of September) and features new artwork by Jan Yrlund (Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani, Leah).

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Stormspell Records / SILVERBONES
Posted by: Denis / 29.04.2016
SILVERBONES' debut album Wild Waves has been mixed and mastered! Fans of rum-fueled Power Metal, paying homage at the altar of classic pirate era Running Wild, start your counts. You are in for a treat!
Scarlet Records / TEMPERANCE NEW ALBUM TO BE RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER
Posted by: Denis / 29.04.2016
Melodic metallers Temperance have signed a new deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their much anticipated third album, which will be available starting from September. The band have recently completed a European tour with Luca Turilli's Rhapsody and opened for Within Temptation, Slipknot, Nightwish among others.

This is how drummer Giulio Capone commented: "We are really happy to have renewed our deal with Scarlet, the same label that released our debut album back in 2014 and supported us step by step through our second album Limitless and beyond. With our new release we pushed our boundaries more than ever, experimenting in total freedom with the desire to completely step out of our comfort zone. And I can say we reached our goal!"

Guitarist Marco Pastorino added: "We are very proud of this new album, our sound is more complex and mature than ever, songs are longer in duration and stylistically challenging, with a wide range of influences that have never found space in our previous albums and that now fit perfectly into our scheme also thanks to the amazing production of the one and only Simone Mularoni. We can't wait to share our new music with everybody out there!"
Pure Steel Records / ZARPA 'Dispuestos Para Atacar' cover, tracklist, release date: 03rd June 2016
Posted by: Denis / 29.04.2016
The release date of the ZARPA album Dispuestos Para Atacar on CD is June 03rd, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on May 20th, 2016 in label's webshop.

Among the groups coming from the Iberian Peninsula, the Spaniards ZARPA is probably one of the most consistent. Except for a hiatus that took place in the 90s, they have constantly brought new heavy metal to the stage since 1977. Now they offer their new staggering 15 full-length album. The band consists of Vicente Feijóo, the singer, guitarist and only original member, flanked by a more than competent staff of musicians. Besides, ZARPA has been unfailingly consistent. Contrary to many other groups, they always stuck to their Metal roots. This album shows hints of the Spanish Metal Heaven (Corazón Eléctrico) and integrate some medieval- (Un Peregrino Soy) and oriental-influences. Of course, Zarpa also offers guarantied hits (Buscando Un Nuevo Mundo) and awesome Metal anthems (Dispuesto Para Atacar) played in the purest Metal tradition.
    TRACKLISTING
  1. TROPAS DEL BIEN Y DEL MAL
  2. YO QUIERO MÁS
  3. UN PEREGRINO SOY
  4. CORAZÓN ELÉCTRICO
  5. BUSCANDO UN NUEVO MUNDO
  6. UN PERFECTO PLAN
  7. SOLDADOS DE LA FE
  8. DISPUESTO PARA ATACAR
  9. VIVIR CON HONOR
  10. EL REVERENDO JUDAS
  11. ECOS DEL FIN
    Total Playing Time: 46:55 min

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Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars 'Twisted' official lyric video posted on-line
Posted by: Denis / 29.04.2016
Thrashers Mindwars posted on-line, on YouTube, a promotional lyric videoclip concerning a song taken from their next studio effort titled Sworn to Secrecy. The album will hit the shops on April 26th 2016 by Punishment 18 Records.
InsideOut Music / Pain of Salvation to release 'Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived)'; New studio album update and first details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 29.04.2016
Swedish Progressive Rock/Metal innovators Pain of Salvation have announced a very special reissue version of their classic 2002 album Remedy Lane entitled Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived) for July 1st, 2016 via InsideOutMusic.

With this release, Pain of Salvation re-visit their ground-breaking and genre-bending Remedy Lane album by teaming up with old companion and mixing engineer wizard Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Devin Townsend, Haken, etc.) for a new sonic take on the original recordings as well as the intense full-album live performance from ProgPower USA Festival from 2014.

Both these Remedy Lane recordings will be made available either together as 2CD Digipak format dubbed Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived) with a total playing time of 142 minutes or individually as Gatefold 2LP (+ Its corresponding album as bonus CD) or Digital Download versions, respectively called Remedy Lane Re:mixed (Playing time: 68 min.) and Remedy Lane Re:lived (Playing time: 74 min). The releases will come with revised artwork, expanded booklet design and extensive liner-notes by Daniel Gildenlöw.

Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw commented as follows about the re-mix project: "Jens Bogren, aka Fascination Street Studios, approached us a few years after the release of Remedy Lane, saying he was a fan of the band and kindly offered his services. He was later involved in BE and Scarsick, but always in the periphery, since we were taking new directions in our sound and production by then. His true strengths lay in that impressive wall-of-sound type production that we had been aiming for with The Perfect Element and Remedy Lane, and I always wondered how those albums would have sounded in the care of his skillful hands. Maybe it was time to find out?"

In the meantime, Pain of Salvation are currently working on a new studio album release together with acclaimed producer Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad, etc.) at Dug-Out Productions in Sweden. The album will be entitled In The Passing Light Of Day and is expected to be released later in the year via longtime label-partner InsideOutMusic.

Daniel Gildenlöw checked in with the following status report: "For those who don't already know, we are currently deep into recording the new Pain of Salvation album In the Passing Light of Day with brilliant producer Daniel Bergstrand. This cooperation feels like a match made in heaven (or rather some other cool place that I actually believe in), and he was as thrilled to be working with us as we with him. The album will see us go back to our heavy roots again, with a vengeance, and we all feel that we are writing a super strong new chapter in the history of the band. Just wait and you'll see. Damn, we just want everyone to hear this stuff already! :)"
    Pain of Salvation have furthermore announced a few selected festival appearances for this summer:
  • 28.07.2016 Breitenbach / Herzberg (Germany) - Burg Herzberg Festival
  • 30.07.2016 Sibiu (Romania) - ARTmania Festival
    More dates to follow soon...

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DEADLY BLESSING TO REISSUE “PSYCHO DRAMA” AND MORE ON DIVEBOMB
Posted by: Denis / 29.04.2016
After many years of trying, it is finally official! Tom Umba and Dan Pettolina of DEADLY BLESSING with signed contracts.

The label will be reissuing the Psycho Drama demo material (sourced from the original DAT master) as well some unreleased recordings from the Larry Betson fronted era of the group.

The band has just begun work on this project and they hope to have it released by the end of 2016. Steven Cobb recently completed the new cover art and it will be revealing very soon.

Besides the DEADLY BLESSING material the collection will also include the OPTIMUS PRIME demo as well.

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AFM Records / Dirkschneider 'Sold Out' - Award for the most successful tour in his solo career
Posted by: Denis / 28.04.2016
Shortly before playing at the sold out Halle 02 in Heidelberg/Germany, rock legend Udo Dirkschneider was presented a Sold Out-Award by his Manager/Booker Frank Süpfle of ITM Agency for the extremely successful DIRKSCHNEIDER tour, where 31 out of 48 Europe shows were sold out!

"It's unbelievable, i never expected this tour to be so overly successful", Udo comments, "It's beautiful to see how many people walk with me on my personal way of saying goodbye to the ACCEPT chapter."

The singer with the charismatic voice had his musical breakthrough with ACCEPT in the early 80s.

"It's still so much fun to sing these songs live, they are a part of my biography, but nevertheless it's about time to turn that page. There was so much talking and speculations about me and ACCEPT, so this is kind of a musical statement from my end – which seems to be very interesting for the fans who came to these shows."

Due to extremely high demand from fans and promoters, DIRKSCHNEIDER will continue touring until the end of 2016. After the triumph all over Europe in spring 2016, DIRKSCHNEIDER will tour in Israel and Japan, doing a lot of summer festivals and then touring USA, Russia and Europe in fall and winter 2016.
    First dates to announce (presale starts soon):
  1. 01.11. NO-Oslo - Vulcan Arena
  2. 03.11. SE-Umea - Idun
  3. 04.11. SE-Borlaenge - Liljan
  4. 05.11. SE-Orebro - Frimis
  5. 06.11. SE-Linkoeping - Garden
  6. 18.11. SE-Stockholm - Rock at Sea
  7. 26.11. RU-Moscow - Stadium Live Club - Aria Fest
  8. 03.12. DE-Vacha - Vachwerk
  9. 08.12. AT-Dornbirn - Conrad Sohm
  10. 09.12. CZ-Brno - Hala Vodova
  11. 11.12. DE-Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
  12. 15.12. DE-Nuernberg - Loewensaal
  13. 16.12. DE-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
  14. 17.12. DE-Karlsruhe - Schwarzwaldhalle - Knock Out Festival
  15. 18.12. DE-Solingen - Cobra More shows to be announced soon!

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Massacre Records / New signing: ASSIGNMENT
Posted by: Denis / 28.04.2016
ASSIGNMENT's new album Closing The Circle is set to be released this summer via Massacre Records!

ASSIGNMENT stands for music without borders, because their style mixes various styles of Rock and Metal: You'll find everything from Death Metal to Progressive Rock.

Formed in 2004 by guitarist and composer Goran Panić, ASSIGNMENT have already released 3 studio albums and shared the stage with bands such as Poverty's No Crime, Orden Ogan, Stormental.

Vocalist Diego Valdez and bassist Heiko Spaarmann will be featured on the upcoming album for the very first time. Closing The Circle focuses on riffs without leaving epic hook lines and the previously mentioned mix of various musical styles behind.

ASSIGNMENT's new album Closing The Circle is set to be released on July 22, 2016 via Massacre Records.

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Massacre Records / LONEWOLF album track list
Posted by: Denis / 28.04.2016
Less than a month to go until LONEWOLF will release their new album The Heathen Dawn! The French true Heavy Metal outfit now revealed the complete tracklisting of their 8th album.

The Heathen Dawn was mixed and mastered by Charles Greywolf, Péter Sallai is responsible for the cover artwork.

LONEWOLF's new album The Heathen Dawn will be released on May 20th (July 8th in the US) via Massacre Records.

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Som do Darma / Imagery - Brazil's Progressive Power trio launches 'People Say' single
Posted by: Denis / 27.04.2016
The song will take part of the band's new studio album, successor of the highly acclaimed The Inner Journey distributed worldwide by Cleopatra Records.

The most dangerous power trio of the Brazilian Progressive Rock scene is back! Joceir Bertoni (vocal/guitar), Ricardo Fanucchi (bass) and Bruno Pamplona (drums/vocal), collectively known as Imagery, retook the recordings of its new studio album at Play Rec Pause Studios in Londrina/Brazil.

Still untitled, this will be the second Imagery's album, successor of the highly acclaimed The Inner Journey, that was nominated as one of the 'Best Brazilian Metal Albums from 2012' by Dynamite Magazine.

To give a taste of what is to come, the trio had already launched the single Blinded Nation and now presents a new one: People Say.

"This song was created from an intricate guitar riff", says vocalist and guitarist Joceir Bertoni. "Although the tense sonority, this song is an example of the democracy that exists in Imagery, once I started to write it by myself and in the end it had a part of the lyric written and sung by Bruno Pamplona, besides the arrangements done by our former keyboardist, Henrique Loureiro".

People Say, as the previous single, Blinded Nation and the entire new album, has on production the signature of the respected Julio Anizelli (Mamaquilla, Terra Celta), with whom the group worked on the debut album.
Ulterium Records / DIVINER 'EVILIZER' MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED
Posted by: Denis / 27.04.2016
The Greek Heavy Metal band DIVINER just released a music video for the track Evilizer from their debut album Fallen Empires that was released in November through Ulterium Records.
Stormspell Records / DETEST
Posted by: Denis / 27.04.2016
Stormspell Records are very glad to announce that the cult Swedish underground power Viking horde, also known as DETEST, are currently recording a follow-up to their highly acclaimed THUNDERSTEEL EP. 26 years to the day, the debut album is finally on its way.

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Nuclear Blast / RAGE second studio making-of trailer for 'The Devil Strikes Again' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 27.04.2016
Iconic German Metal trio RAGE are set to release their brand-new studio album called The Devil Strikes Again, on June 10th via Nuclear Blast. Now, the band revealed the second studio making-of trailer, giving an insight into the development of this upcoming new record.

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Swedish heavy metallers Trial sign worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records
Posted by: Denis / 27.04.2016
Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Swedish Heavy metallers Trial! Formed in 2007, Trial first wrote and recorded the Malicious Arts EP (2013), which became a stepping stone from where the band was to where they wanted to be. "That EP, in many ways, became our first road to liberate us from ourselves," Trial recalls. "Rising from the ashes of our former selves, we took things further beyond, which ultimately resulted in the album Vessel."

After earning acclaimed reviews for Vessel (2015), Trial's popularity continued to grow, and it wasn't long before Metal Blade Records signed the band. With plans to re-invent themselves once again, Trial's upcoming debut for the label promises to be another step forward in their career.

Trial comments: "We're honoured to be able to work with such a prestigious and historically important label as Metal Blade. Many of their previous releases are milestones in the genre and of great inspiration to us. To join their roster of artists and be a part of that legacy is one step further towards the perfection of our craft!"
Imperative PR / The UK's De Profundis & Egypt's Scarab join forces for UK tour
Posted by: Denis / 26.04.2016
De Profundis are about to hit the road again, co-headlining a UK tour with Egyptian Death metallers Scarab. Arranged by Concept Music Group and named the Kingdom Of Serpents tour, the five date, Zero Tolerance Magazine sponsored trek will see the two Metal behemoths descending upon Plymouth, Leicester, London, Brighton and Selby – to take part in the Warhorns Festival.
    The dates are as follows:
  • September 15th - Underground, Plymouth
  • September 16th - Firebug, Leicester
  • September 17th - Warhorns Festival, Selby
  • September 18th - Black Heart, London
  • September 19th - Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
These shows will conclude the touring in support of the critically acclaimed Kingdom Of The Blind album. The press reaction to the album was stunning, with Zero Tolerance Magazine branding it simply 'immense'. The album is available now, directly from their label, Wicker Man Recordings...
InsideOut Music / Fates Warning new studio album 'Theories Of Flight' announced; artwork unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 26.04.2016
U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have announced a worldwide release date of July 1st, 2016 for their much anticipated 12th studio album via InsideOutMusic.

FATES WARNING's new album is entitled Theories Of Flight and comes packaged with unique artwork created by Michigan artist Graceann Warn.

FATES WARNING guitarist and main composer Jim Matheos comments about the title and the artwork for the Theories Of Flight album as follows: "The working title for the album was The Ghosts Of Home and the song with that name was first called Home Again. When I started searching for artwork I came across the piece that's now the cover and it was called Theories Of Flight. In fact, the title you see on the cover is part of the original art, not something we added. There's a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately, where Ray and I are often writing about various uprooting, escapes... flights. So I was immediately drawn to that phrase as being a better description of what some of the songs are about."
    The tracklisting for Theories Of Flight reads as follows:
  1. From The Rooftops
  2. Seven Stars
  3. SOS
  4. The Light And Shade Of Things
  5. White Flag
  6. Like Stars Our Eyes Have Seen
  7. The Ghosts Of Home
  8. Theories Of Flight
    A limited 2CD version of the album (and also its 2LP) will include an acoustic bonus-disc with the following tracks:
  9. Firefly
  10. Seven Stars
  11. Another Perfect Day
  12. Pray Your Gods (Toad The Wet Sprocket cover)
  13. Adela (Joaquin Rodrigo)
  14. Rain (Uriah Heep cover)
Performed by the core line-up that returned to form with 2013's acclaimed Darkness In A Different Light release, Theories Of Flight was produced by Jim Matheos and mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Haken, etc.).

In related live-news, FATES WARNING are about to perform two special 30th anniversary-shows for their classic Awaken The Guardian album. These live-appearances in the original album line-up (featuring John Arch on vocals) will take place at the sold-out Keep It True festival in Germany on April 29-30th and at the sold-out ProgPower USA festival on September 9-10th.

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Metal Blade / Accuser launches live video for 'Unreal Perception'
Posted by: Denis / 26.04.2016
Last month, German thrashers Accuser released their new album – and Metal Blade Records debut – The Forlorn Divide. Now, the band is launching a live video for the album track, Unreal Perception, which was filmed at the release show a few weeks ago at the Vortex club in Siegen, Germany.

Accuser comments: "The song is about not real things that affect the human psyche to paranoia. Not real things are among others informative media or video games. The media madness. We had the idea to shoot a video for the song at our release show to capture the live energy of Accuser."

The Forlorn Divide took shape once again at Gernhart Studio, featuring Accuser's trademark blend of powerful Thrash Metal, virtuoso guitar-work, intricate drum patterns – and of course, gripping, harsh vocals, highlighting the dark recesses of human psyche that are described in the lyrics. After 30 years in the scene, the members of Accuser have perfected their signature style with The Forlorn Divide – a veteran lesson in thrash from Siegen's stalwarts!

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Metal Mind Productions / Tank new video out soon / festival update
Posted by: Denis / 26.04.2016
British Heavy Metal legend TANK, returned recently from three days filming in the mountainous region of Mojacar, Spain.

With spectacular scenery and perfect weather conditions it was the ideal location for the backdrop to the video of the title track from their latest album Valley of Tears. The video is scheduled for release at the end of May. A little teaser will be ready in a couple of weeks.

FESTIVAL UPDATE
TANK will be performing at the FULL METAL MOUNTAIN Festival 2017.

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Arthorium Records / GREY WOLF 'Glorious Death' cover artwork and details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 25.04.2016
GREY WOLF's third studio album will be released on June 18th via Arthorium Records. The CD titled Glorious Death will present a neat booklet with 16 pages and a stunning cover artwork painted in traditional media by French illustrator Nicolas Bournay. Cover illustration, which shows Grey Wolf warrior wounded and fighting recklessly over a pile of bodies and soldiers, was conceived to be purposely cliché and vibrant, resembling Conan magazines covers, as the theme is one of the biggest influences for the band.

Executive production and audio engineering are under responsibility of Arthur Migotto (Hazy Hamlet, Brothers of Sword), who also features as guest singer in song Cimmeria and some backing vocals. In regards to the material the musician/producer states: "Being finally able to work with Fabio (Paulinelli) and GREY WOLF is great, not only because of our friendship, but because the album fits like a glove to the style and quality I want linked to the label image. It sounds true Metal from the first second to the last. Soundwise, we opted for retaining timbres, and effects of the 80s, adding the punch of contemporary releases, but being careful enough not to sacrifice the dynamics of vintage metal. We're both pleased with the result. It was also great working with Nicolas Bournay, who achieved just what we wanted for the cover artwork painting."

Founder of the group, bassist and singer Fabio 'Grey Wolf' Paulinelli, adds: "We have a huge expectation on this new work, which, in my view, will be the most mature album released by the band until now."
    Glorious Death track listing:
  1. Wrath of the Gods (intro)
  2. The Eyes of the Medusa
  3. Glorious Death
  4. Metal Avenger
  5. The Axe Will Rule the Kingdom (King Kull pt 2)
  6. The Barbarian
  7. Conan The Liberator
  8. Warrior
  9. Red Sonja
  10. Cimmeria
A teaser video with song excerpts will be released in Arthorium Records Youtube channel by mid May. Meanwhile, GREY WOLF follows scheduling concerts for the promotion of its previous release, We Are Metalheads, and interested promoters may write directly to the group.
Metal Media / Dysnomia: New album out; listen to a song
Posted by: Denis / 25.04.2016
Brazilian Thrash/Death MetalDYSNOMIA, recently released their debut album Proselyte and now are making available a song for streaming.

The album was produced by DYSNOMIA and Gabriel do Vale. Already the cover was on account of Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes (Morbid Angel, Arch Enemy, Legion of the Damned). The work has eight tracks:
  1. Ascension
  2. Palingenesis
  3. Proselyte
  4. Spiralling into Oblivion
  5. Sisyphus
  6. Begotten
  7. The Storm Arrives
  8. Obsolete Humachinery
GlobMetal Promotions / Spawn of Annihilation released new single
Posted by: Denis / 25.04.2016
Mexican technical Brutal Death Metal band Spawn of Annihilation released new single Absortion for the creation from the new album Insurrection that will be released in summer 2016.

Spawn of Annihilation was founded in 2009 in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico by three friends - Alf Marquez (guitar), Javier Aguirre (drums) and Rafael Espindola (vocals). The band released their debut EP Inquisitor of Lies in 2013.
Pure Steel Records / OMEN 'Hammer Damage' cover, tracklist, releasedate: 27th May 2016
Posted by: Denis / 25.04.2016
The release date of the OMEN album Hammer Damage on CD is May 27th, 2016. The first edition comes with a special colored grey tray. The officially pre-order phase will start on May 13th, 2016 in label's webshop. But Pure Steel Records will do a pre-sale of the CD at the Keep It True festival in Germany.

With the signing of US Metal legend OMEN, an old dream of ours has come true. For us, at Pure Steel Records, classic albums like Battle Cry, Warning of Danger are historical contributions to the Metal world. With a striking release entitled Hammer Damage, the first studio album since Eternal Black Dawn (2003), OMEN is back in the saddle and means serious business. The new album was mixed by Kenny Powell and mastered by QuSound Studio/Michael Kusch.

When listening to epic and catchy power hymns such as Hammer Damage (the incisive title track) or the hard pounding Cry Havoc or the masculine pathos Hellas, fans of the Californian quartet will completely go crazy. Already active in OMEN between 1998 and 2009, Kevin Goocher (also Phantom X), with his raspy voice, will often remind you of the late J.D. Kimball, while guitarist Kenny Powell, also part of the 2016 lineup, has obviously not lost any of the striking guitar skills he displayed during Omen's glorious early days.

With Hammer Damage, OMEN clearly show that they are ready to reclaim their throne as masters of unadulterated US Metal.

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Nuclear Blast / WOLF HOFFMANN to release solo album 'Headbangers Symphony' on July 1st
Posted by: Denis / 25.04.2016
ACCEPT's guitar powerhouse WOLF HOFFMANN, inspiration and role model for generations of new guitar players - his classical handwriting carved a different niche for ACCEPT since the early music labeling of something called HEAVY METAL - is getting ready to release his 2nd solo album entitled Headbangers Symphony, completely dedicated to the grand Classic Maestros, on July 1st, 2016 by Nuclear Blast.

Wolf Hoffmann has a passion. His life-long love and dedication to Heavy Metal music is documented in dozens of albums spanning four decades with his long time Heavy Metal band ACCEPT. But beyond Heavy Metal, Wolf has an incessant craving for the classics, yes, the ones written decades and centuries ago.

Classical music has always been an influence - albeit limited - on ACCEPT's Teutonic approach to Rock and Heavy Metal. However, it wasn't until 1997 during a extended hiatus from ACCEPT, that Wolf Hoffmann finally had the chance to fully explore and fulfill this interest by recording his first astounding solo album Classical, a record filled with his rock guitar driven interpretations of some of classical music's most loved compositions.

"I have always incorporated classical music in my songwriting with ACCEPT, especially with Metal Heart, but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do and I did not want to overload ACCEPT or force it in any way. I always knew I could make a whole record of it and that's how the first record Classical was born. Even today, fans tell me that they are still listening to it, that's why it is so fantastic now to do another one."

Headbangers Symphony is truly a bold statement by a genuine musician who simply refused to rest on his laurels and continues to push and challenge himself.
    Headbangers Symphony - Track Listing:
  1. Scherzo (L. v. Beethoven)
  2. Night On Bald Mountain (M. Mussorgsky)
  3. Je Crois Entendre Encore (G. Bizet)
  4. Double Cello Concerto in G Minor (A. Vivaldi)
  5. Adagio (T. Albinoni)
  6. Symphony No. 40 (W. A. Mozart )
  7. Swan Lake (P. Tchaikovsky)
  8. Madame Butterfly (G. Puccini)
  9. Pathétique (L. v. Beethoven)
  10. Meditation (J. Massenet)
  11. Air On The G String (J. S. Bach)
"I am just so excited about Headbangers Symphony. It has taken a long, long time but here we are, it's done, finally!" Wolf is just bursting with vigor as he talks about his latest labor of love. But why now? "It's truly coincidental, after we completed the last ACCEPT tour, I finally had the time to finish it. I started this a few years ago. The early recordings have been sitting in my archives in my home studio for years, almost completed. The reality was that with the continued success of ACCEPT, I was only able to work on it when ACCEPT was not recording or touring."

The prevalent early challenge was to pick the most suitable compositions. This was an exploratory process that only increased Wolf's adoration for the classics. "I always listen to classical music, it's always playing throughout my house. I have a huge collection of classics and as I listen - often at random, I take notes if something truly strikes me. When I notice that this or that could work in a translation to Rock or Heavy Metal, I remember it and I pursue it! This has been going on for a long time!"

There are several reasons for the necessary experimentations that faced Wolf. Most classical compositions were written to be performed by a full orchestra. The fluid timing, those multiple, complex layers and sections that stretched out for lengthy periods, classical music was simply never designed to be played to the rigid beat so prevalent in rock 'n' roll.

Headbangers Symphony showcases an overabundance of highly skilled improvisations. Wolf took the main pieces, and then wrote riffs that fit them. Lastly, in the grand hard rock tradition, he layered a guitar solo over it. He shaped the sound into a quite adventurous elegance, but the key themes of the originals remained.

The first volume had a focus on the better known pieces; the second - Headbangers Symphony - takes a similar approach. "In general, it does follow the same path," admits Wolf, "but this time I did try to add a couple lesser known compositions. Mostly though, listeners will say, hey, I know that melody... so it's pretty much the same path as the Classical record. It was my desire to record melodies I like and melodies people recognise."

Now that the album is done, Wolf is proud looking back and is pleased with this true labour of love; something he has wanted to do since the first record Classical came out almost 20 years ago. While ACCEPT's Peter Baltes added several impressive bass lines, and other notable guest musicians made an appearance as well, the bulk of the work was completed by himself and Italian musician and arranger Melo Mafali.

"There are two major categories," Wolf elaborates. "First the heavier stuff like Beethoven, the bombastic, full force epics on which you can simply shred along. Of course then there are the ballads, slower compositions that bring out the deeper feelings in each listener."

The highlights on Headbangers Symphony are plentiful and easy to pin point. The album kicks off with Scherzo from the well-known 9th Symphony by Ludwig v. Beethoven. Many listeners might recognise the opening riff from the ACCEPT song Teutonic Terror. "Back in 2009," Wolf explains, "when we started working on the songs for the Blood Of The Nations album, I played the classical demos to our producer Andy SneapTeutonic Terror using this 'borrowed' riff."

All in all, the eleven compositions on Headbangers Symphony paint the perfect portrait of Wolf's life-long passion for the classics and his adoration for Heavy Metal. "I worked so much and so long on this until I felt it was ready. Now it is and I am thrilled and proud. This is my baby, my labor of love, ready for me to set it free."

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NoiseArt Records / SUICIDAL ANGELS & SKULL FIST: European tour announced
Posted by: Denis / 25.04.2016
In support of their upcoming record, Division Of Blood (out May 27th via NoiseArt Records), the Greek Thrash Metal tank SUICIDAL ANGELS will join forces with Canada-based Heavy Metal monsters SKULL FIST (which are working on their new record at the moment) and Thrash Metal newcomers EVIL INVADERS from Belgium, to tour Europe this fall.

SUICIDAL ANGELS states: "Soon after the festival season comes to an end we'll hit the road again for the European part of the Division of Blood World Tour. Along with Skull Fist and Evil Invaders we join forces to offer you a young, fresh and killer package! Loud stages, killer nights and a lot of headbanging is what comes as a promise from this combination! Division of Blood European Assault it is, check the poster below, choose your town, pick your date and meet you all soon. It's gonna be killer!"

SKULL FIST adds: "This tour is something we are wicked syked about, It'll be with a new album, with new shoes, new pants, new attitude and after much needed brain rest, this will be the first time in our fistory with our 3rd album in which we've decided it's all about the music braa. The bands we are touring with are wicked fast and heavy so in celebration of this we will up the tempo's an entire 2 beats and casey will sing backups like Chuck Schuldiner haha. The release date for the next album will be announced very soon but obviously now you know it will be sometime around this date!"

EVIL INVADERS says about the tour: "We're currently still touring in South-America but we're already beyond thrilled to announce our upcoming European tour with Suicidal Angels and Skull Fist this fall! It's exciting to think about the crowd since this package is combining the coolest subgenres in today's Metal scene. We can't wait to join this battle and to raise some fucking HELL! By the way, we will release some brand new material right on this tour and we can't wait to share it with all of you! More info about it will follow very soon! This tour is gonna be wild as fuck!"

Opening support will be announced soon.
    The tour dates are as follows:
  • 29/09/2016 - NL - Enschede - Atak
  • 30/09/2016 – GER – Essen - Turock
  • 1/10/2016 - NL - Leeuwarden - Neushoorn
  • 2/10/2016 - UK – London - Underworld
  • 3/10/2016 - GER - Osnabrueck - Bastard Club
  • 4/10/2016 - GER - Hamburg - Bambi Galore
  • 5/10/2016 - FR - Colmar - Le Grillen
  • 6/10/2016 - GER - Neunkirchen - Stummsche Reithalle
  • 7/10/2016 - BE - Vosselaar - Biebob
  • 8/10/2016 - FR - Paris - Petit Bain
  • 9/10/2016 - FR - Nantes - Ferrailleur
  • 11/10/2016 - ES - Madrid - Penelope
  • 12/10/2016 - POR - Lisbon - RCA Club
  • 13/10/2016 – ES - Murcia - Garaje
  • 14/10/2016 – ES - Barcelona - Salamandra 1
  • 16/10/2016 - IT- Brescia - Circolo Colony
  • 19/10/2016 – GER - Weinheim - Café Central
  • 20/10/2016 – GER - Nuremberg - Der Cult
  • 21/10/2016 – GER - Munich - Backstage
  • 22/10/2016 – AT - Dornbirn - Schlachthaus
  • 23/10/2016 - CH - Zurich - TBA
  • 24/10/2016 – AT - Vienna - Viper Room
  • 25/10/2016 – CZ - Prague - Modra Vopice
  • 26/10/2016 – HU - Budapest - Barba Negra
  • 27/10/2016 - PL - Warsaw - Hydrozagadka
  • 28/10/2016 - PL - Cracow - Zascianek
  • 29/10/2016 – GER - Leipzig - Hellraiser
  • 30/10/2016 – GER - Berlin - Bin Nuu

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Mascot / Ayreon signs with Mascot Label Group, stream back catalogue
Posted by: Denis / 25.04.2016
Mascot Label Group is proud to announce the signing of Ayreon, the highly acclaimed project from singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist / record producer Arjen Lucassen. The Ayreon catalog, comprising seven studio albums, will be released on various digital platforms on April 22nd.

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AFM Records / D-A-D European tourdates
Posted by: Denis / 25.04.2016
Denmark's finest, D-A-D, are touring Europe in April/May, playing their two classic albums Riskin' It All and No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims LIVE:
  • 2016-04-27 GB London, Academy Islington
  • 2016-04-28 FR Savigny-le-Temple, L'Empreinte
  • 2016-04-29 CH Pratteln, Z7
  • 2016-04-30 DE München, Backstage
  • 2016-05-01 DE Nürnberg, Hirsch
  • 2016-05-03 DE Bochum, Zeche
  • 2016-05-04 DE Berlin, Huxleys Neue Welt
  • 2016-05-05 DE Leipzig, Hellraiser
  • 2016-05-06 DE Hannover, Musikzentrum
  • 2016-05-07 DE Kiel, Halle400

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AFM Records / Nightmare working on new album
Posted by: Denis / 22.04.2016
After several months of hard work of songwritings and rehearsing at studio At Rock in Grenoble (France) with band's friend Pierre Caci behind the desk, Nightmare have entered the studio to start the recordings of the new album... The album is produced and arranged by Patrick Liotard and Joost Van Den Broek (Epica) and recorded at Noise Factory Studio in Belgium with Gerald Jans (Epysode, Channel Zero). Mixing will be done in May at Sandlane studio in The Netherlands by Joost Van Den Broek.

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AFM Records / Serious Black announce first headlining tour
Posted by: Denis / 22.04.2016
After tours with HammerFall and Gamma Ray in 2015 and the release of their highly-successful debut album (As Daylight Breaks), melodic metallers SERIOUS BLACK are busy working on songs for their upcoming sophomore album. The band now also has unveiled the dates for their upcoming first headlining tour (support acts will be Sinbreed and Hammerschmitt).

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High Roller Records / MERCILESS DEATH - Taken Beyond
Posted by: Denis / 22.04.2016
Merciless Death hail from Canyon County, California, and when it comes to present-day Thrash Metal played like back in the day, they are 'the real deal' (blabbermouth.com) and 'the cream of today's 'retro Thrash' crop (metalinjection.net). But cross out the 'retro' and keep the 'real', as Merciless Death are everything but your usual retro-old school-wannabe. Their first two albums scored enthusiastic reviews from both sides of the Atlantic, and now High Roller Records are more than pleased to present fans of real old school Thrash with their third full-length album, Taken Beyond.

Guitarist Dan tells us how he got started with Merciless Death back in 2003: "I had been into old school Metal for a long time, and by highschool I was more than ready to begin working on my own music. I met Andy and started showing him some of the stuff I was into, like Haunting the Chapel, To Mega Therion, Venom... he got more into that stuff and we started working on music I had been writing, it progressed greatly from there, now it's been almost 13 years..." A long time well spent: Merciless Death developed their own, very traditional take on early- to- mid-80s Thrash in the vein of Possessed, Death and early Slayer, to name their most important influences. "You are very correct. We are all about the original extreme wave of Metal. Those bands are the fucking heaviest of all time... To be honest, we are into all things true metal, Thrash, Speed, Black, Death, Power, Heavy, Doom. All of it is good, but our main influences are always going to be early Thrash/Death bands. We are also greatly into late 80's/early 90's Death Metal like Morbid Angel, Malevolent Creation, Obituary, everything else from Florida, hahaha..." But Merciless Death are not just about looking back and paying tribute to old heroes. Dan is quite clear about what makes Merciless Death stand out from the masses: "I'm going to be perfectly honest because that's how I am. You know why we sound different or stand out from a lot of the new bands doing similar Metal? Because we didn't start listening to this a couple years ago, and race to create something that rips off ten bands we claim to worship but had no clue of a year or two earlier, it shows in the music... We have been at this for a long time and I was well schooled on all of it long before starting a band. We get older fans that say 'You guys really sound like you are from back then without ripping anybody off!' That's because when I started writing this music it wasn't everywhere and I really spent the time coming up with Metal that sounded the way metal was supposed to sound to me, I wasn't listening to what was going on in Metal back then, I didn't care... I was busy listening to Dark Angel, Exodus' first album with Baloff, Bonded by Blood, and again, Celtic Frost's To Mega Therion."

So it's probably true (and makes perfect sense) that the band was named after a Dark Angel song? "Yes. It was between Dark Angel's Merciless Death and the one no one ever seems to realize, Metal Church's Merciless Onslaught. Again, this is back in 2002, Thrash and old school Metal is kinda dormant, but I'm obsessed, I wanted my band to have a name that paid homage to the greats while also letting some of the older heads know what we might be about, and I think it fits better than most. We have been able to expand our sound just a bit to include that late 80's Death extreme vibe and it still falls under Merciless Death."

Taken Beyond was recorded in North Hollywood at a place Dan had looked up and decided on: "That place was right next to a chapel that was having services on the nights we were recording, too fitting. Our old guitarist Mike Griego was with us to help out, and the engineer. I recorded the drums in one 12 hour session. It was insane, there is a picture somewhere, we recorded the whole thing pretty quick, not as quick as Realm of Terror, but still fast, we had to keep going back which frustrated us though. I would go home after we had finished and Andy and I would spend a few days listening to it and making notes of things, we went back many times, and at the end of it all, I really honestly feel that the engineer was a bit lazy, he knew his job and had done it well, but you could almost tell a sense of 'I've been doing this too long', and if we weren't so anal about everything the sound would not be very good, oh and anyone who just downloaded it: don't comment on the sound! Everyone who bought the CD says it sounds awesome and they can hear everything very well, except one person who thought it sucked but oh well, he doesn't share my vision! In the end I don't think I would change anything really, it is a prime slab of extreme Metal, that stands with the best!"

Before recording Taken Beyond, Merciless Death went through some line-up changes, leaving only Dan and Andy in the band - so what was it like to record a whole album with only two people, and what has changed since then? "Gio is back with us and has done a hell of a job learning the Taken Beyond material, he will be the drummer on our next album that we are working on. Recording with two people is interesting, I do a lot of recording at home before we go into the studio, so we were used to it, but basically, I would play the song on drums, the parts that were just guitar; I would time with the high hat and later remove if we felt necessary, this was mandatory in order to go back with a guitar and have everything sinc up properly. I did well and playing my guitar tracks over the drums I had recorded was smooth... Andy would sing and play bass along to my drums which would help me to be able to think of where I'm at in the song since there is no guitar playing while I'm doing that..."

With now three full albums up their sleeves, is there anything Merciless Death have changed about their approach to writing and playing Thrash Metal? "I have tried with Taken Beyond and now the new stuff I'm writing to expand the ideas of Realm of Terror, to keep the same style underlying, but go back and forth with early Death Metal and a hint of Black Metal. My main thing I always remember is to think of my favorite bands and how I felt when they changed too much, I don't want to be that to one of our fans." They'll probably love you him for that. Merciless Death's sophomore album Realm of Terror was a lot more evil, darker and grittier than the debut Evil in the Night which sometimes even had a slight tongue-in-cheek-feel about it. If one compares Taken Beyond to the two previous albums, what has changed, what has remained the same? Dan: "We keep getting darker, heavier, more our own style I'd say. It's Thrash, but you know it's us... and I know what you mean, I really enjoy Evil in the Night, shit, we were 19 years old when we did that, Cesar was still in highschool. My vision wasn't fully realized until Realm of Terror, that was the album I really wanted to do. I think Taken Beyond has a lot of similarity to Realm..., same subject matter and similar pace, but the pace is more frantic and evil, and the lyrics are even further down in hell, also there isn't much reverb, it could have been either way but I think it makes the music push straight forward and murky in its own way... plus a few blast beats, just a couple..."

Asked for his own favourite tracks, Dan can come up with some mouth-watering answers: "Hmmm, I think the whole intro to Christians of Gomorrah is sick as fuck, so heavy! Baptism at the Skull I think has a really badass chorus part too, any of them really..."

Taken Beyond is not only full of great music, it also has a coherent lyrical concept that deals with Christianity and the band's feelings towards it. Dan gives the details (and talks himself into a rage): "Yes, the overall theme is sin and the sacrifice of the Son of God for it. The cover is Jesus after returning from hell on the third day and upon retaking his body and rising. Satan manifests as a serpent and takes him back to hell for eternity. It is fitting with the bible verse on the sleeve, basically it's Satan again telling Christ to worship him and all the world is his. The title track is about this, the first track is about the Garden of Eden and the serpent obviously, and Baptism is about the crucifixion. Worldly religions are a disease on this planet! So your god is all powerful but always needs money? Feed the poor they say, but the church looks so nice with all its gold!!!"

Taken Beyond was initially self-released, limited to a thousand copies. Dan remembers that it wasn't all too easy to manage: "It was a little tough to handle all the aspects of it smoothly, when we actually finished and had the album ready, I don't think many people even knew we were together, so we tried to get word out, and it ended up, people started saying the release date was February 15th, rather than not release it and have people think it was b.s., I went with it and released it based on the word of mouth. It sold fairly well, for just being sold through the facebook. We still have some copies but I was surprised how it moved originally. I mailed them all out from where I work on my breaks... that was our whole distribution. I mailed copies to Metal Forces and anyone else who would take one; I almost sent Metal Forces another one and said 'This time give it 1 out of 10 and actually listen to it!' They gave it a bad review (which is fine) but don't turn around and still give it 5 out of 10, haha... I think having it backed by High Roller Records is going to get the word out to a much bigger audience and hopefully it sells really well, we shall see! I am so happy to have made a deal with HRR, and I am eagerly awaiting a vinyl copy of Taken Beyond as that is the ultimate sense of satisfaction with our albums! They made us a really great offer and we are extremely happy to be working with them, they have done releases of so many records we love - it's great to be a part of it!"

The High Roller-edition of Taken Beyond won't come with many changes, it is, as Dan puts it, "a faithful release of the way we originally did it, just on a much broader scale." Merciless Death's second album Realm of Terror was released on Heavy Artillery Records, the third one was then again a self-release, after a hiatus of seven years. In 2012 the band even made a statement that they would disband – Dan tells more about that turbulent part of the band history: "That label was horrible, they wanted us to do so much with so little, High Roller has already done more for us than they did. I'm not kidding. There was a time after Realm of Terror where I was a bit down about what had happened and for a while it affected everything for me. They basically stole what I had worked so hard to create, and said, 'Too bad...'! Around 2011 I made a decision that no one else can do it for me and no one else is going to, so if I want to play this music and make albums, I had to get back to doing it and don't worry about all that b.s." After having worked with legendary artists Ed Repka and Andreas Marschall for the previous releases, who's this time responsible for the cover artwork? "Well, this is the real reason the album took so long to come out. We would have probably released it in 2014, but no one would paint that awesome cover. My first choice was a very well known first wave Death Metal artist from back in the day who has done so many covers for classic extreme bands, its ridiculous, he told me he couldn't get into it, I was crushed, but kept looking. After a few more failed attempts, I stumbled upon the website of this nice lady who does professional oil painting and canvas and things like that. At first I wasn't going to do it, then my girlfriend said 'If you don't ask, you will never know'. I said you're right, and emailed her and sure enough she was totally down to make it happen, I sent here sketches of what I wanted, just like with Repka on 'Evil...' and Marschall on 'Realm...', but this time I got to talk back and forth with her and work with her on what I wanted, it was great. Her name is Polly Podolski, and she is quite talented."

There is some live footage from a show in 2006 (the song is Death Warriors), and it looks like it was originally recorded back in the 80s! Now what does 'old school' really mean to Merciless Death? How important is it to be old school through and through? "That was one of the early shows somewhere in L.A. making a name for ourselves, good times... you know here is the thing, a lot of people think we were and still are trying to attain this 1980's look and feel and that we are all about it, the thing is, I couldn't care less what anyone thinks, I've been completely obsessed with all things early extreme metal, so I guess 80's extreme Metal since I was a young boy, I don't know why, it has just always given me my fix, and I've always wanted to have a band that sounded like what I think Metal should sound like. It probably helped that mainstream and more known metal at that time was all complete cookie monster; Death Metal lacking any creativity that Cannibal Corpse had, or 3rd wave Black Metal clones... I was not into that shit, I was into Celtic Frost and Venom, and that's all I cared about. So yeah, when people saw me and my friends out of nowhere and we looked like that it was like 'oh man these guys play dress up for their music'. NO, METAL IS A WAY OF LIFE FOR US AND YOU HAVE BEEN MISSING OUT, WELCOME TO THE PARTY. WE LIVE IT, BREATHE IT, AND WILL DIE WITH IT, I LOOK THE WAY I DO BECAUSE THIS DIDN'T START YESTERDAY, IT STARTED YEARS AGO AND NOW YOU HAVE THE END RESULT OF A MASSIVE OBESSION." That could have been some nice last words, but Dan still has something left to say about Taken Beyond: "This album is our slab of true extreme metal in the purest form. No nonsense, if you don't like it fuck off. Our main influences on this album are just like the past albums, with a more extreme push in the direction of bands like Vulcano on Bloody Vengeance and even more Protector on Misanthropy. We truly hope that those that have followed us to this point from the first two albums can see, and especially hear what we are doing and connect it to what we have already done, it is a progression from Realm of Terror, on extremity... thank you to all our loyal diehard fans worldwide, come and join the sinners in hell!"
Massacre Records / HIGHLORD album artwork
Posted by: Denis / 22.04.2016
HIGHLORD's new album entitled Hic Sunt Leones and will be released in 2 months!

The artwork has been created by Massimiliano Flak, who has also produced, recorded and mixed the album.

Tony Lindgren took care of the mastering at Fascination Street Studios.

Hic Sunt Leones marks the 8th album of HIGHLORD and is set to be released on June 24, 2016 via Massacre Records.

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Massacre Records / HEAVENWOOD new album
Posted by: Denis / 22.04.2016
HEAVENWOOD recently re-signed with Massacre Records and will release a new album this summer!

Vocalist Ricardo Dias comments: "Massacre Records is one of the strongest European Heavy Metal record labels working on the development of the world Metal scene for many years. It is with joy, effort and remembrance that Heavenwood return to their second home: Germany!"

The occult emotive Metal band is around since more than 2 decades and is one of the most important Portuguese Metal bands, alongside of Moonspell.

They have toured with bands such as Atrocity, Solitude Aeturnus, Saviour Machine and were the first Portuguese band ever to play at Germany's Wacken Open Air! Other festival appearances include Live Summerfest, Santa Maria Summer Fest or Dubai Rockfest, among others.

The new and fifth HEAVENWOOD album is entitled The Tarot Of The Bohemians - Part 1 and marks the band's most ambitious album so far.

The album is inspired and dedicated to the French occultist Papus and his studies regarding the Tarot.

HEAVENWOOD's new album The Tarot Of The Bohemians - Part 1 is set to be released on June 24, 2016 via Massacre Records.

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Massacre Records / CRYSTAL BALL new album
Posted by: Denis / 22.04.2016
CRYSTAL BALL have extended their contract with Massacre Records, and plan to release a new album this fall!

The upcoming record is entitled Déjà Voodoo and will be produced by Stefan Kaufmann. Thomas Ewerhard (Jaded Heart, Kissin' Dynamite, Eden's Curse etc.) will create the cover artwork.

It will be the 9th album by the Swiss Melodic Metal outfit and follows their latest, successful album and chartbuster LifeRider.

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Ulterium Records / PROJECT AEGIS RELEASES 'ANGEL IN THE ASHES' CHARITY SINGLE [FEAT. MEMBERS OF THEOCRACY, VANDROYA, ROB ROCK, BLACK FATE, LEAH]
Posted by: Denis / 22.04.2016
Ulterium Records is proud to announce the release of Angel In the Ashes, an all-star charity track for sale with 100% of the income going to feed homeless and refugee families in Greece. The song is being released under the banner Project Aegis, and was composed by Theocracy songwriter and vocalist Matt Smith. You can watch a studio video with the track here.

Angel In the Ashes features vocals by Rob Rock (Solo, Impellitteri), Daísa Munhoz (Vandroya, Soulspell), Vasilis Georgiou (Sunburst, Black Fate), Leah McHenry (LEAH) and Smith, as well as a guitar solo by Gus Drax (Sunburst, Black Fate). The artwork was created by Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater, Harmony).

Project Aegis previously released the charity single Collide and Spark in 2014, the proceeds from which went to feed the homeless in the Nashville, Tenn., area of the U.S.

"I've been wanting to do another charity single since we had such a great experience the first time around," says Smith. "The challenge was finding the time and the appropriate cause, as well as putting together a lineup worthy of the caliber of talent we had on the last song. I think we did it!"

"The song is about someone who decides to take that first step to help a person in a dark or dangerous situation. I was talking to some friends of mine who live in Greece, and every weekend they help feed the huge number of poor, homeless and refugee families in that area. It's a massive need, and the dollar you spend on this song can make a huge difference in providing a hot meal or a blanket for someone. It's a very worthy cause, and everyone involved in the track freely gave their time and talent to make this happen. We hope you enjoy it!"
GlobMetal Promotions / BORDUR released their debut video
Posted by: Denis / 21.04.2016
Ukrainian Metalcore band BORDUR released their debut video for the single Who are you? from the upcoming EP that is scheduled for release this summer.

BORDUR band was founded by three friends - Serhii Myronchuk (drums), Alexander Matveyev (bass, vocal) and Dmitry Khitry (guitar) in 2015.
Metal Blade / Armored Saint announces European festival and club appearances
Posted by: Denis / 21.04.2016
This summer, the mighty Armored Saint will head back out on the road, playing to fans across the world! The band will make several European festival and club appearances in July (including Armored Saint's first show in Spain!); the global trek concludes with a performance at Japan's Loud Park Festival in October – another first for the group!

Armored Saint's Joey Vera (bass) comments: "We're super excited to go back out for some select dates this summer. The festivals in Europe are always killer! And for our first time in Spain, it's gonna be sick! And as if this wasn't enough – Saint is playing for the first time ever in Japan! Loud Park Festival Oct 8 & 9! We look forward to seeing you all out there!"
    Armored Saint tour dates
  • July 14 – London, UK – Underworld
  • July 16 – Barcelona, Spain – Rock Fest Barcelona @ Parc de Can
  • July 28 – Brande-Hornerkirchen, Germany – Headbangers Open Air
  • July 29 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Saarmageddon @ Messegelande
  • July 30 – Essen, Germany – Nord Open Air
  • Oct. 8 – Tokyo, Japan – Loud Park Festival

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Metal Blade / Act of Defiance (feat. Chris Broderick, Shawn Drover, Matt Bachand, Henry Derek) announces spring/summer tour dates, plus first appearance in the Philippines
Posted by: Denis / 21.04.2016
On April 30th, Act of Defiance will kick off their spring/summer tour dates by making their first appearance in the Philippines at Pulp Summer Slam – a festival that boasts a line-up of Lacuna Coil, Protest the Hero, Veil of Maya, and more! After this special fest, the band will then hit the road in North America, playing headlining shows as well as supporting Hatebreed and DevilDriver at select dates.

Act of Defiance's Chris Broderick (guitars) comments: "I am extremely excited to get back out on the road to tour! Starting with the Pulp festival, it will be the first time Act Of Defiance will play on a different continent and I couldn't think of a better festival to start with. After that, opening up for Hatebreed and DevilDriver will be a great experience for us as both of those bands put on a killer live show and will be awesome to see live. I am also excited to do some more headlining shows in the US and Canada, meeting more of our fans, and making more friends. I hope to see you all out there."

Shawn Drover (drums) adds: "For me, going back to the Philippines is something I am really looking forward to – the fans of Heavy Metal there are so amazing and I cannot wait to bring Act of Defiance over to the Pulp Summer Slam Festival!!! As well, I am extremely excited about the A.O.D 2016 North American tour – both headlining and playing several shows with Hatebreed, which will be crushing!!! Come out and rage with us!!!"
    Act of Defiance tour dates
  • Apr. 30 – Manila, Philippines – Pulp Summer Slam
  • May 20 – Orangevale, CA – Boardwalk #
  • May 21 – Bend, OR – 3rd Street Pub – METALFEST
  • May 22 – Tacoma, WA – Jazzbones #
  • May 23 – Everett, WA – Tony V’s Garage #
  • May 24 – Spokane, WA – The Pin #
  • May 26 – Calgary, AB – Dickens Pub #
  • May 27 – Edmonton, AB – Brixx #
  • May 28 – Saskatoon, SK – Louie’s #
  • May 29 – Regina, SK – The Exchange #
  • May 31 – Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre #
  • June 1 – Thunder Bay, ON – Rockhouse #
  • June 3 – Sudbury, ON – The Asylum #
  • June 5 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre ***
  • June 6 – Toronto, ON – Opera House ***
  • June 7 – Milvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre ***
  • June 8 – Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall ***
  • June 9 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground ***
  • June 10 – Providence, RI – Lupos ***
  • June 11 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place ***
  • June 12 – Elmhurst, NY – Blackthorn 51 #
  • June 13 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall #
  • June 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #
  • June 16 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s #
  • June 17 – Memphis, TN – The HiTone Cafe #
  • June 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom #
  • June 19 – Lubbock, TX – Backstage #
  • June 23 – Albuquerque, NM – The Co-Op #
  • June 24 – Flagstaff, AZ – The Green Room #
  • June 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky-A-Go-Go #
    #=Act of Defiance headline
    ***=supporting Hatebreed, DevilDriver

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Inner Wound Recordings / Midnight Eternal 'Signs Of Fire' music video released
Posted by: Denis / 20.04.2016
The US symphonic Metal band MIDNIGHT ETERNAL just released a music video for the track Signs Of Fire from their upcoming self-titled debut album. The album will be released in Europe and North America on April 29th through Inner Wound Recordings and in Japan on April 27th through Avalon/Marquee.
Limb Music / ASTRALION - Outlaw
Posted by: Denis / 20.04.2016
In the last ten years Finland has risen to become one of the world's most potent suppliers of Heavy Metal. The number of bands without whom the scene would simply be unimaginable is enormous, and anyone who thinks that the country comprises solely of reindeer, snow and the taiga is definitely missing something. Despite Finland's huge size, the music scene is closely linked and musicians from a number of different styles continue to get together to form new, interesting bands. ASTRALION is no exception. The band, christened in a pub in southern Finland five years ago, have now advanced so much that they are now releasing their second album, Outlaw. ASTRALION plays hard-hitting, melodic Power Metal, marked by needle-sharp guitar parts, huge keyboard melodies, lovely clear vocals and choruses which you can just imagine being sung by masses of fans. The band's motto says it all: Forget the dragon, forget the sword – here's true power from the chord!

Bands such as Sonata Arctica, Thunderstone, Hammerfall, Stratovarius, early Blind Guardian and Yngwie Malmsteen are the most noticeable influences of ASTRALION's sound. That means broad choruses, voluminous melodies, racing guitar attacks as well as subtle neo-progged 6-string interludes. Whilst the album's opener Deathphone is a steeply driven, whiplike hymn, Black Adder and The Outlaw are pure, melodic Speed Metal hammers to set the adrenalin flowing. The Great Place Of The Sea is a 10 minute long opus which reminds the listener somewhat of Alestorm, whilst Sacrificed & Immortalized stamps forwards with thrilling Malmsteenic solo parts. With Wastelands Of Ice the band recorded a semi-ballad in the style of the album's predecessor's track, At The Edge Of The World and as a song with a great melody will certainly be recognised as such.

Outlaw has all the ingredients to make the discerning heavy metal fan smile with satisfaction.
    Tracklisting:
  1. Deathphone (Final Destination)(06:09)
  2. Black Adder (04:37)
  3. Sacrificed & Immortalized (07:20)
  4. Be Careful What You Wish For (05:49)
  5. Nightmares Never Give Up (04:56)
  6. Wastelands Of Ice (04:30)
  7. The Outlaw (04:43)
  8. Ghosts Of Sahara (05:00)
  9. Heading West (05:36)
  10. The Great Palace Of The Sea (10:01)
    Total playing time 58:41
Pitch Black Records / Marauder return with 'Bullethead'
Posted by: Denis / 20.04.2016
Legendary Greek Heavy Metal act MARAUDER are back with their sixth studio album, Bullethead, a follow-up to 2012's Elegy of Blood.

There can never be enough said about this cult band's long history. Formed in 1991 and still going strong, with a moto that hasn't changed since day one and which has always summed it up pretty nicely: 'FOR US, METAL IS ENOUGH'!

Bullethead features the band's new vocalist, a fact making this album even more eagerly anticipated by their many die-hard fans! This is MARAUDER's most powerful and epic album to date, guaranteed to please even the most demanding Heavy Metal fan! Also featured are guest appearances by: Tassos Krokodilos (SPITFIRE), Kostas Tokas (POWER CRUE) and Makis Tselentis (2002GR).

MARAUDER's Bullethead is out on May 6th on CD and digital through Pitch Black Records.

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Scarlet Records / DARK AVENGER 'THE LAMENT' REISSUED AND NEW ALBUM OUT SOON
Posted by: Denis / 20.04.2016
Brazilian veteran Power Metal band Dark Avenger have signed a deal with Scarlet Records and will reissue Tales Of Avalon: The Lament on June 24th. Following in late August/early September, a brand new album will see the light of the day.

Astonishment. With this great feeling Dark Avenger present and lead the listener through the Tales Of Avalon, a play in two acts: The Terror and The Lament. Dialogs of love and hatred, honor and despise, compassion and vindication, hopes and farewells, in a frantic unfolding journey through the emotions shared by Morgana, Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin, Mordred and all the ones who dwell in the Arthurian atmosphere of the album.

Tales of Avalon: The Lament was produced and recorded at Rossom Records by Tito Falaschi and R. Schumann. The band and producers brought to life the atmosphere originally conceived for the songs, adding their combined talents to the musical work. The mix and master process was in charge of the renowned Sound Engineer Michael Wagener, who created masterpieces such as Master of Puppets (Metallica), No More Tears (Ozzy Osbourne), Slave To The Grind (Skid Row), Balls to the Wall (Accept), among others.

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Underground Symphony / Great Master - Last Details
Posted by: Denis / 20.04.2016
Underground Symphony proudly announces all the last details regarding the new Great Master's album Lion & Queen.

The album, mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studios of San Marino, will be published in an exclusive elegant digipak package and in a Deluxe Boxset limited edition of 200 copies handly numbered, unmissable work for fans.

Lion & Queen will be available from June 15th, on www.usstore.it and with Audioglobe distribution.

The cover designed by Jahn Vision Art.

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NoiseArt Records / SUICIDAL ANGELS release lyric video of brand new song 'Image Of The Serpant'
Posted by: Denis / 19.04.2016
The new album of Greek Thrash Metal tank SUICIDAL ANGELS will be entitled Division Of Blood. The follow up to their highly acclaimed 2014 album, Divide and Conquer will be released on May 27th, 2016 via NoiseArt Records.

The stunning cover artwork was created by acclaimed artist Ed Repka (MEGADETH, DEATH, MUNICIPAL WASTE).

Now, the band have released the lyric video of the brand new Song Image Of The Serpant via Youtube.

Mastermind Nick commented: "2 years after the release of our previous album, our 6th studio album comes to light! Super excited to share this first song with you all! Speed and aggression to the bone, enjoy and see you all soon..."
    The tracklist of DIVISON OF BLOOD:
  1. Capital Of War
  2. Division Of Blood
  3. Eternally To Suffer
  4. Image Of The Serpent
  5. Set The Cities On Fire
  6. Frontgate
  7. Bullet In A Chamber
  8. Cold Blood Murder
  9. Of Thy Shall Bring The Light
    Bonus Digipak-Version: 'Conquering Europe - LIVE DVD incl. tour documentary'
Recorded in Sound Lodge in Germany, Nick Melissourgos and producer Jörg Uken arranged a sound that gives SUICIDAL ANGELS' energetic art the fitting, powerful clothing it deserves. Division of Blood will not only make your stereo raise the roof, but it will also bring several Open Airs and clubs to boil!

The band states: "Against the odds of the times (that we live), against gods, masters and slaves, the Division of Blood marches on and kills! Another incredible piece of art from Mr. Repka, follows our official 6th studio album. The banners of the Moshing Crew raise high and the legions are ready to unleash all the passion and the flame. Join the forces to clear the path, one is the way, no side loss just wrath!"

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CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC announces to have inked a deal with traditional heavy rock band TYBURN
Posted by: Denis / 19.04.2016
Tyburn was a village in the county of Middlesex close to the current location of Marble Arch and the southern end of Edgware Road in present-day London. For many centuries, the name Tyburn was synonymous of capital punishment, having been the principal place for execution of London criminals and convicted traitors.

Inspired by the likes of Pentagram and late 70s Hard Rock bands as well as by the NWOBHM era, TYBURN hails from Norway and features members of Devil, Vesen, Electric Woodland among its ranks. In Tyburn gallows, ropes and executions are the gloomy backdrop of a brilliant songwriting that turns every song into a memorable, grim yet catchy musical experience.

The recordings of TYBURN's debut album are set for November 2016 for a release in the early months of 2017.
Mørknatt inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 18.04.2016
Spanish Black Metal band Mørknatt has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions.

Mørknatt is a Black Metal band formed in Tarragona, Spain in 2014 by Kongen av Slanger on the lead guitar and Kunstdood on the drums. The band released their debut EP Witchcraft of Domination in March 2016.
Nuclear Blast / RAGE first studio making-of trailer for 'The Devil Strikes Again' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 18.04.2016
Iconic German Metal trio RAGE are set to release their brand-new studio album called The Devil Strikes Again, on June 10th via Nuclear Blast. Now, the band revealed the first making-of studio trailer, giving an insight into the development of this upcoming new record.

The Devil Strikes Again was recorded in September/October 2015 at Megafon Studios (Burscheid, Germany) and at Soundchaser Studios (Zandhoven, Belgium). Its production was handled by Marcos Rodriguez and Peavy Wagner, whilst renowned the Dan Swanö (MARDUK, OPETH, DISSECTION, KATATONIA) took care of the mix and mastering at Unisound Studios (Grefrath, Germany). The stunning cover artwork was created by Karim König.

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Pitch Black Records / New video by Arrayan Path
Posted by: Denis / 18.04.2016
A new video by Arrayan Path has just been released. This is for Gabriel is Rising taken off the band's latest album, Chronicles of Light. The video was directed by Bob Katsionis.

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Scarlet Records / FAITHSEDGE -NEW ALBUM 'RESTORATION'
Posted by: Denis / 18.04.2016
Faithsedge is returning with Restoration, their third and most melodic release to date. Fronted by mastermind singer / songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, the band returns with a stellar line-up featuring Stryper bass player Tim Gaines, Ace Frehley / Mr. Big drummer Matt Starr and former Dokken guitarist Alex De Rosso. Both keys and production have been handled by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline / Revolution Saints).

The approach is very melodic with an old school feel: 80's style hooks, big drums, slamming bass, epic keys and big production. At the same time the album keeps a current up to date feel with lyric content of today's world mixed with a competitive metal feel. Giancarlo's songwriting approach mixed with each members experience and skills takes the album to new heights.


With different supergroups that come and go, Faithsedge is more than just that, the band members worked together as a tight team and the result and chemistry show in the end result. The album will be released on Scarlet Records in Europe and North America on June 24th and on Spiritual Beast in Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan on June 15th.
Divebomb Records / KENN NARDI HEADS TO EUROPE
Posted by: Denis / 15.04.2016
KENN NARDI (and new solo group) is hitting the road performing both solo and classic ANACRUSIS material in Europe this April.
  • Apr 16 – Tilburg, Netherlanads (ROADBURN FESTIVAL)
  • Apr 17 – Rheine, Germany (Hypothalamus) w/Bliksem
  • Apr 21 – Aarschot, Belgium (de Klinker) w/Bliksem
  • Apr 23 – Cologne, Germany (Underground) w/Bliksem
  • Apr 24 – Hamburg, Germany (Bambi galore) w/tba
  • Apr 27 – Prague, Czech Republic (Exit-US)
  • Apr 30 – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany (KEEP IT TRUE XIX)
Dancing With The Past has received critical acclaim from both the press and fans leading to the first pressing (deluxe digipack) to sell out in record time. In celebration of his European dates a second pressing of the album (in 2 CD jewel case) will be available at all shows and is available now via Divebomb Records store.

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Frontiers Music / Bulletboys - Signing!
Posted by: Denis / 15.04.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of BULLETBOYS to the label for a new album to be released in the last part of 2016!

BULLETBOYS formed in 1988 at the very peak of the Los Angeles hard rock movement. With record companies constantly searching for new talent, they possessed a pedigree that most bands would kill for. Unlike the other rockers of the day, the BulletBoys were more Hard Rock and Blues fusion than pure hair Metal. Using their credentials, they were able to quickly capture the attention of music fans around the world while frontman Marq Torien emerged as one of the most underrated vocalists of the era. Thanks to comparisons to the likes of Aerosmith and especially Van Halen, talent scouts came running and the band quickly received their first major label contract.

With a debut album, produced by none other than Ted Templeman (Van Halen, Montrose) which sported the the smash hit single Smooth Up in Ya, BulletBoys officially established themselves as the leaders of the then LA rock scene. Constant tours and the support of MTV soon brought the album to platinum status. Two more albums soon followed, Freakshow and Za-Za.

The band continued to tour and release albums surviving throughout the grunge era and outlasting the nu-metal craze. With 8 more studio albums under their belt, BulletBoys are ready to start again with a new label, feeling stronger than ever!

"We could not be more ecstatic about signing with Frontiers" says Marq Torien. "Thank you to the Executives at the label and Artists Worldwide for believing in our music. We have worked diligently over the past years musically, touring, writing and performing. We are excited to embark on this new venture with Frontiers as our support and really looking forward to releasing our new music with your amazing label. Our new joint is going into a completely new direction musically that has not been heard from us ever. We promise not to disappoint!"

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Frontiers Music / Enuff Z'Nuff brand new studio album to arrive in the fall of 2016
Posted by: Denis / 15.04.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the signing of ENUFF Z'NUFF to the label for the release of a brand new studio album to arrive in the fall of 2016!

Wrongly lumped in with the disposable pop-metal bands of the late '80s, Enuff Z'Nuff are instead a truly gifted power pop act. Founded in Chicago in 1984 by Chip Znuff, Enuff Z'Nuff arrived with their self-titled debut in August 1989, scoring a couple of hit singles with New Thing and Fly High Michelle. The follow up was 1991's Strength album, where the band had noticeably toned down their image and turned up their creative ambitions to deliver a masterful '90s take on the crunchy power pop sound of Cheap Trick and Badfinger.

As of today, Enuff Z'Nuff is still going strong and continues touring the globe. Singer-songwriter Johnny Monaco now fronts the power-pop trio along with co-founder Chip Z'Nuff and drummer Erik Donner.

Chip Znuff says, "We are very excited with this new deal with Frontiers, thanks to old friend who discovered us, Derek Shulman. The new record is pure ROCK and features a couple rockstar friends, most notably James 'JY' Young (Styx), and the late great Jani Lane (WARRANT) singing on one of his last recording sessions. The band will be touring through 2016, worldwide. A few of the titles on the new Enuff Z'nuff record are: Good Luv, Radio, Nothing, The Devil of Shakespeare. Wishing everyone a prosperous 2016 and may the BEST thing that happened to you last year be the WORST thing that happens to you this year!"

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My Kingdom Music / BRAINDAMAGE 'The Downfall' full album streaming
Posted by: Denis / 15.04.2016
BRAINDAMAGE are streaming from now 'till April 21st in exclusive for METALLUS.IT their new album The Downfall which will be out on Aprl 18th via My Kingdom Music.

Seven years after their last work, BRAINDAMAGE return with their most futurist, abrasive and visionary output of their 28 years career appealing to that growing audience that during the last decade makes great post-Thrash Metal scene.
Pure Steel Records / ZIX 'Crucible' first official single from the upcoming album 'Tides Of The Final War'
Posted by: Denis / 15.04.2016
ZIX Crucible – first official single from the upcoming album Tides Of The Final War by PURE STEEL RECORDS.

The Heavy Metal band ZIX from Beirut (Lebanon), which got big attention with the EP The WarWhore in 2012, released the first single from the upcoming debut album Tides Of The Final War.
Pure Steel Records / KROSSFIRE 'Shades Of Darkness' cover, tracklist, release date: 03rd June 2016
Posted by: Denis / 15.04.2016
The release date of the KROSSFIRE album Shades Of Darkness on CD is June 03rd, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on May 20th, 2016 in label's webshop.

KROSSFIRE shows us a dozen new songs full of power and emotions. A small progressive influence and a light symphonic attitude is supported by high, but always fine vocals. A female voice is also added without affecting the whole impression of the music. The choirs in The last ride may lead to a special direction, but KROSSFIRE would not be KROSSFIRE, if the power of the songs wasn't strong enough during the whole album. Songs like Destiny's calling comes like a tsunami and Annabelle tells a story from different angles. If you don't feel trembling and increasing heat in your body now, you are definitely not a fan of Power or US-Metal.

"Shades of Darkness is an album full of emotions - negative and positive ones. It brings dark themes and explores human nature's deepest fears. However, through it's dark clouds a bright light shines. We put a lot of efforts in bringing our ideas to life, not only when composing, but when recording as well. It was quite challenging making this album, but the final result is outstanding to us. This is big step forward for the band. We love what we do and we do it with passion." KROSSFIRE.
    TRACKLISTING
  1. The Ninth
  2. The Last Ride
  3. King Will Come
  4. Destiny's Calling
  5. One More Time
  6. Farewell
  7. Fall From Grace
  8. Annabelle
  9. Glory To Heavens
  10. Like A Shadow
  11. Rule The Dark
  12. Heaven Halls
    Total Playing Time: 62:55 min
    LINE-UP
  • Dimo Petkov – vocals
  • Georgi Kushev – guitars
  • Peter Boshnakov – keyboards
  • Georgi Driev – bass
  • Spas Markov – drums
    special guests:
  • Violeta Kusheva – female vocals on song 4, 5, 12
  • Vesela Sarvanska, Svetlana Vassileva, Krassimir Shopov, Georgi Sakadzhiyski - choir on song 2, 8, 12,
  • Daniela Djorova Waldhans - cello on song 6
UNDERGROUND SYMPHONY / RainVeil new deal
Posted by: Denis / 14.04.2016
UNDERGROUND SYMPHONY is pleased to announce to have signed an agreement with the band RAINVEIL, for the publishing of their debut album Verses.

The album will feature 9 modern Power Metal songs, catchy melodies and thunderous rhythmics with its main influences based on Kamelot's music.

The album has been produced by the band and it will feature guest musicians as Marika Vanni from Eternal Silence, Sara Zuppa, Richard Meiz from Genus Ordinis Dei and Giulio Capone from Temperance / Bejelit and it has been mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studios.

Verses will be available at May.
    TRACKLIST:
  1. Prologue: Into the Void
  2. Macabre Ecstasy
  3. Break Out
  4. Drowned
  5. Mirror
  6. Fire Opal
  7. Eleanore
  8. Shades of Darkness
  9. Epilogue: Is this the End?
Stormspell Records / STEEL AGGRESSOR
Posted by: Denis / 14.04.2016
Artwork for the upcoming STEEL AGGRESSOR album is done and it is as epic as ever! The album entitled A Rival of the Fittest is currently being mixed, for a summer release date.

It is also a return to the band's origins - an offering at the altar of Blind Guardian shrine.

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Season of Mist / ROTTING CHRIST
Posted by: Denis / 14.04.2016
ROTTING CHRIST are streaming a new lyric video for the track Le Litanies de Satan in support of their latest album Rituals. The Greeks have just been nominated for the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards and are announcing a European co-headlining tour with INQUISITION.

Le Litanies de Satan features SAMAEL frontman Vorph as guest-vocalist, reciting in the original French language from Charles Baudelaire's masterpiece 'Les Fleurs du Mal', which inspired this song.

Frontman Sakis Tolis comments: "Dear friends, we proudly present to you our second official lyric video created for a song taken from our current album Rituals. The song Le Litanies de Satan has been inspired by a fascinating literary masterpiece, namely Charles Baudelaire's grand creation 'Fleurs du Mal'. These dark flowers have been greatly enhanced by our long-time friend Vorph from SAMAEL, who has kindly lent us his amazing voice to read the original French text. We cannot thank him enough. Enjoy this unholy beauty!"

On further news, ROTTING CHRIST and INQUISITION have announced the extensive 'European Bloodshed Rituals' tour for this autumn. This unholy duo will be joined by MYSTIFIER and SCHAMMASCH. Tour presented by Rock Hard (France, Germany, Italy), Rock Tribune and Terrorizer.
  • 19 Oct 16 Hamburg (DE) Markthalle
  • 20 Oct 16 København (DK) Beta
  • 21 Oct 16 Berlin (DE) TBA
  • 22 Oct 16 Warszawa (PL) Progresja
  • 23 Oct 16 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
  • 24 Oct 16 Praha (CZ) Storm
  • 25 Oct 16 Budapest (HU) Barba Negra
  • 26 Oct 16 Ljubljana (Sl) Gala Hala
  • 27 Oct 16 Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse
  • 28 Oct 16 München (DE) Backstage
  • 29 Oct 16 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
  • 30 Oct 16 Lausanne (CH) Les Docks
  • 31 Oct 16 Lyon (FR) CCO
  • 01 Nov 16 Luynes (FR) Le Korigan
  • 02 Nov 16 Madrid (ES) Caracol
  • 03 Nov 16 Barcelona (ES) Apolo 2
  • 04 Nov 16 Toulouse (FR) Metronum
  • 05 Nov 16 Rennes (FR) Ubu
  • 06 Nov 16 Paris (FR) Petit Bain
  • 08 Nov 16 Dublin (IR) Voodoo Lounge
  • 10 Nov 16 Esch-sur -Alzette (LU) Kultur Fabrik
  • 11 Nov 16 Bochum (DE) Matrix
  • 12 Nov 16 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
  • 13 Nov 16 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
  • 14 Nov 16 Weinheim (DE) Café Central
    Headliner shows and festival dates
  • 15 Apr 16 Corfu (GR) Tehnon Topos
  • 16 Apr 16 Polihoros (GR) Ioannena
  • 17 Apr 16 Pirgos (GR) T.B.A.
  • 28 Apr 16 Haugesund (NO) Karmøygeddon Festival
  • 12 May 16 Alexandroupoli (GR) Notos Stage
  • 13 May 16 Kastoria (GR) Pargue Live Stage
  • 14 May 16 Drama (GR) Mylos
  • 15 May 16 Sofia (BG) T.B.A.
  • 03 Jun 16 Bucharest (RO) Metalhead Meeting
  • 10 Jun 16 Sevilla (ES) Sala X
  • 11 Jun 16 Beja (PT) SMSF Festival
  • 24 Jun 16 Nicosia (CY) Diahroniki
  • 01 Jul 16 Johannesburg (ZA) Bassline
  • 02 Jul 16 Cape Town (ZA) The Assembly
  • 09 Jul 16 Viesite (LV) Zombens Un Lemess Open Air
  • 10 Jul 16 Tallinn (EE) Clubbi Tapper
  • 14 Jul 16 Vizovice (CZ) 2016 Master Of Rock
  • 16 Jul 16 Simandre Nur Suran (FR) Ragnard Rock Fest
  • 17 Jul 16 Chania (GR) Chania Rock Festival
  • 23 Jul 16 Ostry Grun (SK) Gothoom Festival
  • 30 Jul 16 Kiev (UA) Carpathian Alliance Festival
  • 06 Aug 16 Derbyshire (UK) Bloodstock Festival
  • 12 Aug 16 Eeklo (BE) Herbakkers Festival
Sakis of ROTTING CHRIST comments regarding the tour: "Dear friends, we present you our first European tour for our last album Rituals. On this journey we will perform 27 shows all over the continent. We will be accompanied by the great metal warriors of INQUISITION, MYSTIFIER, SCHAMMASCH. See you all on the battlefield and let's raise serious hell!"

Last but not least, ROTTING CHRIST and Season of Mist have been nominated for the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.

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Punishment 18 Records / Nuclear Aggressor: new song available for streaming
Posted by: Denis / 14.04.2016
Italian raw thrashers Nuclear Aggressor will release their new second full-length album of their career, titled Slow Dismemberment, later this spring by Italian label Punishment 18 Records. You can listen a new song via SoundCloud.
Punishment 18 Records / Extrema reveals 'The Old School EP' mini album details
Posted by: Denis / 14.04.2016
Legendary Italian thrashers Extrema prepares for the release of their new album titled The Old School EP set for May 27th by Punishment 18 Records. The EP, that will be released as digital version, CD and vinyl (250 copies limited edition), will feature two powerful guests: Ralph Salati (Destrage) and Bob Capka (ex-Vicious Rumours). A promo video regarding the song Carcasses is waited to be posted on-line on May.
  1. Life
  2. Carcasses
  3. Tribal Scream
  4. Child Abuse
  5. M.A.S.S.A.C.R.O.
  6. Life (Live in Rome)
  7. Ace of Spades (Live in Rome)
METALMESSAGE / OVERTURES (Melodic Heavy Metal, IT) 4th album 'Artifacts'
Posted by: Denis / 13.04.2016
Sophisticated Italian metallers OVERTURES just released through their web pages the official lyric video for Unshared Worlds, first song from their fourth album Artifacts.

Artifacts will be published on May 27th by established Greek label Sleaszy Rider Records. In the next weeks the band around powerful singer Michele Guaitoli will announce all the details about the promo tour and an official videoclip, too.

The album has been mastered once again at GateStudios Hamburg (Avantasia, Edguy, Kamelot, Rhapsody Of Fire) by Olaf Reitmeier in Wolfsburg, Germany. The artwork was made by the German artist Franziskus Pfleghart.
    Tracklist for Artifacts:
  1. Repentance
  2. Artifacts
  3. Gold
  4. As Candles We Burn
  5. Profiled
  6. Unshared Worlds
  7. My Refuge (feat. Paolo Campitelli on keyboards)
  8. New Dawn, New Dusk
  9. Teardrop (feat. Marco Pastorino, Caterina Piccolo on vocals & Paolo Campitelli on keyboards)
  10. Angry Animals
  11. Savior - Alternative version

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Imperative PR / Russian grinders Smothered Bowels unleashing mini movie and need your help
Posted by: Denis / 13.04.2016
Insane Russian gore-grind merchants Smothered Bowels are reaching out to their fans around the world, to help them finish the production of their hugely ambitious video project for classic track U.S. Butcher. Not content with the usual promo video, the band decided that the brutal anti-hero of U.S. Butcher deserved more, so they set out to make a complete mini-movie to tell his blood-soaked tale.

You can see the brilliant trailer for the film here.

The band began filming in a secret location outside Moscow and all was progressing well; but somehow, such was the intensity of their blast-beat driven madness, the Butcher was infused with demonic life and drawn from the screen into reality! The result of this hideous spawning was nothing less than utter carnage and the Butcher remains free to pursue his riot of cruelty and mindless slaughter. The only way to return the beast to the realms of dark fantasy is for Smothered Bowels to finish their story and complete the filming of U.S. Butcher – but funds are running short...

Even in times as dark and desperate as these, Smothered Bowels are not expecting their fans to part with their money for nothing. They have set up a fundraising campaign with an array of gory products available in exchange for pledges of support. CDs, exclusive t-shirts, bloody butcher's aprons, horrifying figurines of the Butcher himself...the band are even offering to write and record a gore-grind anthem for one dedicated supporter! Time is short, people are dying and the Butcher roams free – so head to the campaign page and play your part in saving humanity from this unwittingly unleashed horror. CAMPAIGN PAGE.
Frontiers Music / Jorn - Heavy Rock Radio
Posted by: Denis / 13.04.2016
One of the greatest rock singers of our time, Jorn Lande returns with a unique album of covers of classics from artists and bands that have meant something special to him, and helped forge this talented man's own unique style.

Through Jorn's extensive career, which includes more than 40 albums of mostly original songs, he has also recorded great versions of several rock classics such as Thin Lizzy's Are You Ready, UFO's On and On, Deep Purple's Perfect Strangers, and many more. Jorn also recorded a successful Ronnie James Dio tribute album, released in 2010. Every song JORN covers is treated with the utmost respect and 'Jorn-ized' accordingly. A good example is his heavy sounding version of I Walk Alone, first released by Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish).

Heavy Rock Radio is not an ordinary album of cover songs, it is truly a songbook of hits. Featured – among others - are great versions of the Eagles' Hotel California and Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill, which gets the Jorn style treatment to become very powerful and epic, without losing its commercial touch. More great classics included are John Farnham's You're The Voice, Queen's Killer Queen, and two absolute melodic rock evergreen gems in Journey's Don't Stop Believin' and Foreigner's Rev On The Red Line. The original concept of the album was to create a sort of jukebox of radio hits, but to avoid leaning too much on the pop side of rock, JORN decided to blend the tracklisting with a few more up tempo rock tracks as well, such as The Final Frontier by Iron Maiden ('probably the closest you get to anything commercial with Iron Maiden,' says Jorn), Live to Win by Paul Stanley (a song which was also featured on the popular television series South Park), and a few hard rock classics show up as well from Deep Purple (Stormbringer), Dio (Rainbow In The Dark) and Black Sabbath (Die Young) to complete the mix.

Jorn says: "The most important thing was to treat these songs with respect towards the original versions, my goal was always to think that the original artist would be honoured and find my version relevant. At the same time my intention was never to try to compete with the original song and artist, but make it a strong alternative version to enjoy. At the same time it is a well deserved homage to these artists and bands, who influenced me strongly, and I have wanted to record these songs for quite some time but was always too busy writing and recording my own songs to make it happen. Originally I had a list of 40-50 songs I wanted to do, but I had to strip it down to about 15 songs before deciding on the final tracklist. This means that there are some unfinished business musically, and I will most likely record more of these songs in the future."

Since releasing the critically acclaimed Dracula Swing of Death album last year, Jorn has also been working on an album of brand new songs, which will be the successor to the 2013 Jorn album Traveller, to be released in early 2017. Jorn's catalogue is getting too long to include in brief press statements, and his innovative and creative skills have led to him selling millions of albums worldwide and being a frequent entry on sales charts around the world including Billboard. Worth a mention is his years with German based MasterPlan, whom he recorded three albums with. Claimed to be the biggest selling Norwegian musical export, since the pop band A-ha, Jorn continues his rock crusade, and there are no signs of him slowing down yet.

The title Heavy Rock Radio came quite naturally, as the sound of this album feels like if it's tailor made for any rock radio station, and while Jorn's voice can be enjoyed on more than 40 albums in different Rock and Metal styles, this record is a special treat which will tide over all the fans waiting for the new original album which is being worked on at the moment.
    Heavy Rock Radio tracklisting includes:
  1. I Know There's Something Going On
  2. Running Up That Hill
  3. Rev On The Red Line
  4. You're The Voice
  5. Live To Win
  6. Don't Stop Believin'
  7. Killer Queen
  8. Hotel California
  9. Rainbow In The Dark
  10. The Final Frontier
  11. Stormbringer
  12. Die Young

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InsideOut Music / Haken release 'The Endless Knot' lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 12.04.2016
HAKEN are set to release their fourth full-length studio album Affinity, on the 29th April 2016. With just a few short weeks to go, the band are pleased to launch a lyric video for brand new track The Endless Knot.

The band had this to say: "The Endless Knot explores ideas of human survival instinct and the power of unity in the face of extinction. Musically, you could say this is new territory for us as we've taken sounds from dance and electronica music and blended them with our own brand of Rock/Metal. The end result hopefully gives the song a nice and upbeat, energetic feel. The visuals loosely follow the life-cycle of a star and Miles Skarin at Crystal Spotlight did an awesome job with the animation on this one!"

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Graham Bonnet Band CD / DVD at the Frontiers Rock Festival
Posted by: Denis / 12.04.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce that GRAHAM BONNET BAND will be shooting a live Cd/DVD during their appearance at the forthcoming Frontiers Rock Festival to be held at the Live Club in Trezzo (Milano), Italy on April 24!

Graham says: "It's been a very long time since I last released a live video, 32 years to be exact, with Alcatrazz. Myself and the band are very excited to be filming and recording our performance at the Frontiers Rock Festival for a live album and DVD, the setlist will draw from my time with Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz, Impellitteri and my solo career, I think the fans will be very happy with the selection of songs."

GRAHAM BONNET BAND features, besides Graham Bonnet on vocals, also Conrado Pesinato on guitars, Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass and Mark Zonder on drums. Don't miss this unique and unmissable opportunity to rock with Graham & his timeless songs!

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Alberto Rigoni releases 'Mad Tex' video feat. legendary bassist Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai)
Posted by: Denis / 11.04.2016
After the release of Bass Guy and & Future Funk videos, eclectic Italian bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, Vivaldi Metal Project, Kim Bingham, The Italians) has just released the official video of MAD TEX, experimental instrumental song featuring the legendary bassist Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Frank Gambale).

Mad Tex is one of the song of Alberto's upcoming album BASSORAMA that will be released on April 15th 2016 by Pride and Joy Music (Edel Music / Come Back Media distribution). Full album special guests cast includes: Doug Wimbish, Divinity ROXX, Stu Hamm, Nik West, Steve Lawson, Anna Sentina, Lars Lehmann, Remco Hendrix.
BOYZ TYME RECORDS / Sergeant Steel show off second making-of
Posted by: Denis / 11.04.2016
Austria's Hard Rock band #1, Sergeant Steel showcase a new making-of series about their actual album Riders Of The Worm. As of now the final episode is online.

Full-length record Riders Of The Worm was released globally last November. The making-of mini-series 'On The Rock 'n' Roll Highway' provides a look behind the curtain. In the sequel the band shares memories on their journey to America!

Beside Sergeant Steel, guest vocalist Mark Slaughter (Slaughter) and music producer Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, etc.) get a chance to speak. Later one talks about his relationship with the group in particular. Jack Power (guitar, producer) and Ben Bateman (keyboards, piano) tell you everything about their personal trip around the states. It obviously ended up in Las Vegas.

Get to know Sergeant Steel as they are: Authentic, tongue-in-cheek yet uncompromising regarding their quality approach to themselves.
GlobMetal Promotions / Devolted released new EP
Posted by: Denis / 11.04.2016
Irish Heavy/Thrash Metal band Devolted released new EP Broken Kings. The new EP is now available on the band Itunes and Spotify.

Devolted was found in Dublin, Ireland in 2010. After the big success of their debut EP The Curious Case in 2014 the band start to work on new material and released their second EP Broken Kings this year.
AFM Records / Flotsam and Jetsam premiere new song 'Iron Maiden' with lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 11.04.2016
U.S. Thrash Metal veterans FLOTSAM AND JETSAM are set to unleash their new, self-titled studio album on May 20th.

Flotsam and Jetsam will be available as Digipak, ltd. Vinyl (golden and black) & ltd. box set (incl. Digipak, textile flag, patch and certificate).

A brand new lyric video for the track Iron Maiden is available now.

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Divebomb Records / MESSINA ANNOUNCE REUNION SHOW + DISCOGRAPHY REISSUE
Posted by: Denis / 11.04.2016
Divebomb Records is excited to announce not only the reissue of the entire discography of Dutch thrashers MESSINA on July 15th, but also that the band will be reuniting to perform for the first time in nearly 25 years!

MESSINA will be reuniting for a single performance (for now) on Saturday, May 14th at Groene Engel, Kruisstraat 15, 5340 AG Oss, Netherlands.

Formed in Heesch, Netherlands during the autumn of 1983 by five teenagers inspired by bands like Anvil, Raven, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Judas Priest, MESSINA got its start under the name of ASSASSIN. Six months later, the group made its live debut in the spring of 1984 and never looked back, releasing three demos in three consecutive years — Mission Completed (1986), Cease Fire (1987), and Murder in the First Degree (1988).

Due to confusion with the German band of the same name, and just prior to their first official appearance with two tracks on the Metal in Rocks Vol. I compilation in 1988, ASSASSIN settled upon the mysterious new name of MESSINA, after a town on the island of Sicily, Italy. The following year, they issued the Live! demo—showcasing the raw energy of their increasingly Thrash-based attack, drawing inspiration from more aggressive acts such as Metallica, Sepultura, Slayer.

Finally, the years of hard work practicing and playing gigs paid off, as MESSINA signed on with Inline Music for the release of their nine-song full-length album, Terrortory (1990). Unfortunately, their luck would soon change, as the label cancelled a German tour, and the band eventually lost its lead vocalist—the remaining members deciding to remain friends but go their separate ways before the end of 1993.

But now, more than 25 years later, the music lives on, as Divebomb Records is proud to announce this deluxe edition of Terrortory, a two-CD set collecting MESSINA's entire discography—including all three ASSASSIN demos—fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios; and including an in-depth, band-penned biography and loads of archival photographs. For the fans, by the fans.

The Terrortory deluxe edition will be available July 15th worldwide. Pre-ordering will begin in the coming weeks.
InsideOut Music / The Gentle Storm launch live video for 'Brightest Light'; South American tour dates incoming
Posted by: Denis / 11.04.2016
The Gentle Storm, featuring the talents of Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project), released their debut album The Diary last year to much critical acclaim. Since then, Anneke and her specially selected band have been busy touring the album and this year they will play some select shows, including South America in April and a final show in Amsterdam. To celebrate, the band has launched a live video of the track Brightest Light filmed in Zoetermeer.
    The upcoming tour dates are as follows:
  • 8th April - Teatro Vorterix, Buenos Aires - Argentina
  • 9th April - Teatro Cariola, Santiago - Chile
  • 10th April - Hangar 110, Sao Paulo - Brazil
  • 2nd July - Be Prog! My Friend Festival, Barcelona - Spain
  • 9th September - ProgPower USA, Atlanta - USA
  • 17th December - Melkweg, Amsterdam - Netherlands
Anneke will also be heading out on 'An Evening With' acoustic shows in Europe where she will be playing songs from across her career.
    The full list of dates is as follows:
  • 17th April - Muziekcafe, Helmond - Netherlands
  • 22nd April - Audio, Glasgow - UK
  • 23rd April - FAC251, Manchester - UK
  • 24th April - Soundhouse, Leicester - UK
  • 25th April - O2 Islington Academy 2, London - UK
  • 26th April - Exchange, Bristol - UK
  • 27th April - Engine Rooms, Southampton - UK
  • 28th April - Spirit Of 66, Verviers - Belgium
  • 29th April - Geyserhaus, Leipzig - Germany
  • 30th April - TheARTer Gallery, Berlin - Germany
  • 1st May - The Rock Café St Pauli, Hamburg - Germany
  • 5th May - Kulttempel, Oberhausen - Germany
  • 6th May - De Verlichte Geest, Roeselare - Germany
  • 7th May - La Maroquinerie, Paris - France
  • 8th May - Le Peniche, Lille - France
  • 12th May - Gong, Turku - Finland
  • 13th May - Semifinal, Helsinki - Finland
  • 14th May - Good Omens, Trondheim - Norway
  • 20th May - Thiemeloods, Nijmegen - Netherlands
  • 21st May - Muziekcafe De Steen, Willemsoord - Netherlands
  • 28th May - The Rock Station, Reuver - Netherlands

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Massacre Records / GLORYFUL New Album
Posted by: Denis / 11.04.2016
The new GLORYFUL album End Of The Night will be released on August 26, 2016 via Massacre Records!

The album will continue the storyline of its predecessor Ocean Blade: After the tragic demise of Captain McGuerkin, his soul returns on End Of The Night to recruit the descendants of his crew and to lead them into battle to avenge his death.

This is also reflected in the cover artwork, which was once again created by Kris Verwimp.

The band comments: "The cover artwork features the shield of the newly crowned King Guerkin, who's been freed from the realm of the dead. You can clearly see that his grave at the bottom of the sea has left its marks: The shield's covered with algae and framed by octopuses. The trident with the sacred star and the crossed sabers symbolize past and future battles and the black wings are those of a raven, who's said to be escorting the dead back to Earth."

GLORYFUL's new album End Of The Night was mixed and mastered by Charles Greywolf at Studio Greywolf.
Antillia released new album
Posted by: Denis / 08.04.2016
Russian symphonic Power Metal band Antillia released their debut album Drevnie Sily (Ancient powers).

The band was formed in 2009 by Valeri Ostrikov and Alexei Sporishev that was inspired by such band as Rhapsody, Kamelot, Nocturnal Rites, and want to create symphonic Metal in Russian language.
Metal Media / Distraught video clip for 'Shortcut To Escape' is available
Posted by: Denis / 08.04.2016
26 years old Brazilian Thrashers of Distraught just released a new music video for the song Shortcut To Escape, sixth track on the album Locked Forever. The work was directed by Prata Films.

The album Locked Forever takes us to a profound journey through the confines of hospices and prisons in Brazil. The work was produced by Renato Osorio (Hibria), mixed by Benhur Lima (Hibria) and mastered by Adair Daufembach (Hangar). The cover was made by the artist Marcelo Vasco (Slayer, Machine Head, Soulfly, NervoChaos, Astafix).
Scarlet Records / SECRET RULE - NEW SIGNING AND NEW ALBUM 'MACHINATION'
Posted by: Denis / 08.04.2016
Secret Rule have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their new album Machination. The band was formed in 2014 with the intention to create a powerful, melodic and rhythmically challenging sound. They released their first album Transposed Emotions the following year and toured Europe extensively in support of it, building a solid fan base in countries such as Belgium and the UK especially. The band is fronted by powerful singer Angela Di Vincenzo and includes notable musicians such as keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) and drummer Sander Zoer (ex Delain).

Secret Rule's new album Machination will be released on June 24th on Scarlet Records. The album has been produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Moonspell, Dark Tranquillity) and features special guest appearances by Stefan Helleblad (Within Temptation), Timo Somers (Delain), Fabio D'Amore (Serenity) and more. A full European tour will follow the album release, with additional dates to be announced throughout the year.
Pure Steel Records / SAVIOR FROM ANGER " Temple Of Judgment" - Cover, Tracklist, Release Date: 29th April 2016
Posted by: Denis / 08.04.2016
The release date of the SAVIOR FROM ANGER album Temple Of Judgment on CD is April 29th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on April 15th, 2016 in label's webshop.

Take care people of great Power Metal!!! Now there is Temple of Judgment, the fourth album from Italians Metal heroes SAVIOR FROM ANGER.

It was quite for a longer time around the band, but after different Line-up changes they went to studio again playing finest US-Metal style songs. Mark Ryal, the leader of SAVIOR FROM ANGER could get Bob Mitchel, (ex-Wycked Synn, Mind Assassin, ex-Alchemy X, ex-Attacker, ex-Sleepy Hollow, ex-Sceptor, ex-Vyndykator). In addition Frank Fiordellisi on bass and Michael Kusch on drums. Together they made an outstanding Metal album! Even Craig Wells (Ex-METAL CHURCH) wrote songs for Temple of Judgement, so you can expect highest class Metal from Italy sounding like true US Metal!

Great things are coming from Italy, SAVIOR FROM ANGER with TEMPLE OF JUDGMENT, e basta!

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Meridies inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 08.04.2016
Symphonic Black/Death Metal band Meridies has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions.

Meridies was formed in 2013, by Seung-yeob Shin in South Korea. In the beginning the band name was Methad, but after the release of the debut EP Teaching of the Moon the band decide to change their name to Meridies.

The new album On a Submerged Islet was released on October 2015.
Gasoline Guns news
Posted by: Denis / 07.04.2016
GASOLINE GUNS presents its music video for Panzer Rock'n'Roll song!!! Check it out on youtube.

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Grey Wolf signs with Arthorium Records
Posted by: Denis / 07.04.2016
True Heavy Metal group GREY WOLF signs with Arthorium Records. Founded in 2012 by veteran Fabio 'Grey Wolf' Paulinelli, bassist/singer known for his passages through significant Heavy and Thrash bands from the Brazilian underground scene, the group has been drawing attention of the Heavy Metal fans worldwide. In addition to having its two first independent full-length albums reissued by Stormspell Records (USA), GREY WOLF played recently aside bands like Torture Squad, Hibria, Salário Mínimo, will play with Evil Invaders (BEL), and is being highlighted wherever it performs with a very punchy Heavy Metal and outstanding stage presence.

The contract aims on the CD pressing, promotion and worldwide distribution of the third official album titled Glorious Death. The material is in final mixing stage and will count with 10 tracks and a rich booklet with 16 pages.

More details about the album will be announced in the following weeks. Meanwhile, GREY WOLF follows scheduling concerts for the promotion of its latest release, We Are Metalheads, and interested promoters may write directly to the group.
Century Media / Scorpions launch new clip of 'Rock'n'roll Band' live at Hellfest
Posted by: Denis / 07.04.2016
On April 22, Century Media will proudly release the Scorpions' Return to Forever - Tour Edition, including a treasure trove of goodies, including two complete concerts.

It's from one of these that the label has pulled this amazing clip of Rock'n'Roll Band from Hellfest.
    The Return to Forever - Tour Edition is a spectacular package boasting the following goodies: 1CD + 2DVDs in a 3-disc digipak. Return To Forever (Tour Edition) is an ultimate tour and fan version of their 2015 studio release with lots of content:
  • 3 ½ hours Live Material with 2 Scorpions gigs in Brooklyn (USA) & Hellfest (France)
  • 2 hours Interview material with the band in English and German
  • CD Album includes 7 bonus tracks
  • 4 music and lyric videos
  • plus a brand new 'On The Road in America' Documentary Video (filmed between Los Angeles, Santa Barbara & Las Vegas)

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Inner Wound Recordings / Universal Mind Project 'The Force Of Our Creation' lyric video released
Posted by: Denis / 07.04.2016
The international Progressive metallers UNIVERSAL MIND PROJECT just released a lyric video for the track The Force Of Our Creation from their upcoming debut album The Jaguar Priest. The album will be released in Europe and North America on April 29th through Inner Wound Recordings and in Japan on May 25th through Bickee Music.
Punishment 18 Records / Woslom European and Russian tours confirmed
Posted by: Denis / 06.04.2016
The thrashers of Woslom confirm another European tour, the fourth of the band's career. The shows will begin in May and this time Russia will be a prominent part.

"This is our 4th visit there to promote our work, every time we are managing to take a step forward, we have the support of our label and we are in some small and medium-sized festivals." Comments drummer Fernando Oster.

Woslom also follow in the final preparations for the release of A Near Life Experience, third album, and will be released worldwide via the Italian label Punishment 18 Records.
Punishment 18 Records / Schizo 'Deathwire' available for streaming
Posted by: Denis / 06.04.2016
Historical Italian psycho-Thrash Metal band Schizo has posted on-line Deathwire, a brand new song taken from their latest release Rotten Spiral, out by Italian label Punishment 18 Records. Recording sessions was realized at New Sound studio in Zurigo (Switzerland), under Tommy Vetterli (Coroner) supervision. Vetterli will appear as guest as well.
Sinnery sign with Pitch Black Records
Posted by: Denis / 06.04.2016
Pitch Black Records is pleased to welcome Israel's explosive Thrash metallers SINNERY into its artist roster.

SINNERY are one of those prime examples of 'education' (in Metal) done right! A group of friends (now in their early 20s), all youngsters when they first formed the band in 2012 wanting to play old school Thrash Metal.

A Feast of Fools is the band's debut album; a fierce Thrash Metal album that is hard to define, yet very easy to process! It's aggressive and relentless and although having a top-notch production, the band still manages through its sound to pay tribute to the glorious old days of Thrash Metal.

A fiery passion is evident throughout the album and as the band puts it 'the album steers clear from the modern approach of playing every trick in the book just to appear sophisticated'. Rightly so, this album is the perfect mix of just enough simplicity and raw brutality along with some fine moments of finesse and technicality drawing listeners in and keeping them locked in while enjoying their ears being destroyed!

Featuring superb artwork by Costin Chioreanu (Arch Enemy, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Opeth among others), A Feast of Fools is scheduled for release on May 6th on CD and digital.
Frontiers Music Srl is truly pleased to announce the signing of another Italian musical treasure, SECRET SPHERE for a multi-album deal
Posted by: Denis / 06.04.2016
Secret Sphere honour the heritage of big names in the metal scene by creating a very unique brand of symphonic Power Metal: catchy refrains, majestic arrangements, and a multitude of musical influences (from Hard Rock to Progressive Metal) make up the ingredients of their musical recipe!

The band was founded in the summer of 1997 by guitar player and composer Aldo Lonobile. With 8 albums under the band's belt, extensive tours, and great live shows around the world (including support slots for King Diamond and Gamma Ray and festival appearances at ProgPower USA, ProgPower UK, ProgPower Scandinavia, Metal Dayz, Gods Of Metal, and many more), Secret Sphere is one of the most exciting Melodic Metal bands around.

The band's latest original release, the critically acclaimed Portrait Of A Dying Heart – the first to feature extraordinary vocalist Michele Luppi - received overwhelmingly positive reviews and praise from fans and was heralded worldwide as one the best Melodic Metal albums of 2012. Some of you may recognize vocalist Michele Luppi's name as he was chosen to be the official keyboardist for the Whitesnake's 'The Purple Album' World Tour.

Aldo commented: "As fan of Frontiers for many years, I'm very excited to work with them! It's such a great honour to read Secret Sphere name alongside many of my idols. Currently we are working on the final touches of our release Live in Tokyo, recorded during the headlining tour of Japan and the writing process for the new album is running smoothly. There is a huge message behind the new music again and we are focused more than ever to deliver the best Secret Sphere album to date!!! Later in 2016 we will be again on tour."

Michele: "I'm truly happy to get to work again with the Frontiers family after 7 years. We are determined to write the best Secret Sphere album ever – get ready!"

Frontiers plans to release the Live CD/DVD Live In Tokyo in the fall of 2016 with the new album expected to come in the early months of 2017.

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earMUSIC / STRATOVARIUS RELEASE “BEST OF” ALBUM ON MAY 6th, 2016
Posted by: Denis / 06.04.2016
Stratovarius, one of the most influential, successful and enduring Power Metal bands in the world, release their long awaited Best Of album on May 6th on earMUSIC.

What started in 1985 under the name Black Water left a trail of 16 studio albums, ten Top 5 chart positions in their native country Finland and more than 40 top chart positions around the globe. Their distinguished mix of fast Progressive Metal and a melodic approach made symphonic Metal originators Stratovarius one of the top names in the world.

After a few bumpy steps and stones in the band's line-up, Stratovarius; song writing found its peak in their recent studio works Elysium, Nemesis, Eternal. All milestones in sound, creativity and song writing.

It happens rarely nowadays, especially in Metal, that a band creates one magic song after the other. Stratovarius are surely one of the few exceptions, now presenting 29 hits and fan favorites (and there could have been more!) on their long awaited Best Of album, which is going to be released as 2CD Standard Edition, 3CD Limited Edition and Download.

Both CD editions are released in a high quality packaging with liner notes written by exceptional keyboardist Jens Johansson and rare picture material from the band's private archive. The Limited edition also includes the exclusive 60 minute bonus CD Live At Wacken 2015. As a special treat, the Best Of features the brand new song Until The End Of Days from the current band line up consisting of Timo Kotipelto, Jens Johansson, Mattias Kupainen, Lauri Porra, Rolf Pilve.

All hand-picked by the band and adding up to 2 ½ hours of pure Stratovarius bliss, the songs give Metal fans and those to be, a great selection of the band's impressive work, including classics such as Black Diamond, Hunting High And Low, Speed Of Light as well as more recent material such as the most streamed song in the band's history UnbreakableShine In The Dark from their recent studio album Eternal. All songs are remastered by the band's long-time companion Mika Jussila of Finnvox Studios.

Jens Johansson explains: "It's been 20 years since the Episode album, we're all getting older but this stuff sounds as fresh as ever. Could it be that Stratovarius has discovered the fountain of Eternal Youth!? You may feel younger, but we can't actually (legally) promise you'll be younger after listening to this best-of album, but we can guarantee one thing: when you put it through your speakers, it will play Until the End of Days!!!
To me it's a testament to the fact that paying attention to song writing and production was expensive, but so worth it. The songs, the sound and the performances really have stood the test of time."


Timo Kotipelto adds: "Wow! 20 years in Stratovarius have passed at the speed of light! I still remember when I joined the band and was happy to do some Power Metal. And I am very happy to still be able to do it after all these years! This collection of songs is an excellent selections and a cool way to remember the history of the band from the past to the present! I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did while selecting the songs. Rock the Metal!"

All Stratovarius albums will be re-released throughout 2016 and 2017, including extensive booklets and a lot of bonus material.
    Stratovarius will perform songs from past and present throughout festivals in Europe this summer:
  • 16.04.2016 – Dettelbach, Metal Franconia (GER)
  • 21.05.2016 – Risteily, RadioRock (FIN)
  • 04.06.2016 – Plzen, Metal Fest (CZ)
  • 11.06.2016 – Kouvola, Vaakuna Piknik (FIN)
  • 23.06.2016 – Nummirock 2016 (FIN)
  • 22.07.2016 – Peurunka, John Smith Rock Fest (FIN)
  • 11.08.2016 – Villena, Leyendas del Rock (ESP)
  • 19.08.2016 – Zvolenská, Slatina More Than Fest (SLO)
  • 24.09.2016 – Milano, Spazio Rock Festival 2016 (IT)

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Imperative PR / UK Heavy Metal - Forged In Black - Fear Reflecting, RELEASE DATE: 29.04.16
Posted by: Denis / 05.04.2016
Forged In Black came into being in 2013, when the members of Merciless Fail decided a stronger, more metallic name was needed to accompany a new, more focused and driven attitude to their music. Their aim was to bring together the virtuosity and guitar melodies of traditional metal, the power and energy of Thrash Metal, the atmosphere of the darkest doom and the epic scope of Power Metal. Everything they loved in music alchemically blended into one potent potion of metal magic! Having released their self-titled debut album - an expanded version of a Merciless Fail EP with additional material and new cover art - Forged In Black quickly powered ahead, barely pausing for breath, before unleashing a new four track EP entitled The Tide. This highlighted their formidable new found sense of purpose and lead to them recording a single, The Exodus, with producer Romesh Dodangoda, noted for his work with Motorhead, Sylosis, Bullet For My Valentine. Now, in 2016, Forged In Black are preparing to unveil their finest release to date, their music honed to perfection through years sharing the stage with the likes of Breed 77, Savage Messiah, Praying Mantis, Beholder. The Fear Reflecting Fear EP was recorded with the legendary producer Chris Tsangarides, a man who helped to craft some of the finest albums recorded by bands such as Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, King Diamond. Soaring vocals, thundering rhythms, scything riffs and swirling, cascading solos; with Fear Reflecting Fear, Forged In Black are poised to make their mark in the annals of Metal history, following in the footsteps of those great names mentioned above.
    Line-up:
  • Chris 'Stoz' Storozynski - Lead Vocals
  • Andy Songhurst - Lead Guitar
  • Kieron Rochester - Bass/Vocals
  • Kev Rochester - Drums
Genre: Heavy Metal. For fans of: Judas Priest, Grand Magus, Memory Garden, Helloween.
    Track List:
  1. Fear Reflecting Fear
  2. Renegades Of The Last Rites
  3. 1000 Wings
  4. Shadows Still Remain
METALMESSAGE PR / SVOID (Black Metal, HU) new album 'Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion' (April 18th)
Posted by: Denis / 04.04.2016
Oh, Nameless One! We may rise up from the ashes of Doom!

The Chaotic Art. SVOID was formed in December 2009 by S with the intention to define a link between All and Nothing, which represents the formless End. The debut material, named Ars Kha (means Chaotic Art), was developed in the Fall of 2010, consisting mostly Black Metal-influenced tunes.
At this point of time Dániel joined on, drums, and with this the first line-up was established. After the recordings, Ars Kha was released in April of 2011. To unleash SVOID as a live, ceremonial act, a live line-up had been also outlined, as György (guitars) and Péter (bass) joined to complete the devotion to emptiness. The first ceremony was performed by these four members on the magical night of Walpurgis in 2011.

To Never Return. While Ars Kha was on its way, fragments of the first full-length material were composed during that cursed year. Musically, the centre was shifted to the corners of Void, and unbound progression beaten its path through different genres and built up the core, the essence of SVOID.
At the end of 2011 Péter found new ways and Tamás joined the band on guitars. The first full-length, entitled To Never Return was recorded in May of 2012 in Abnormal Studio. The album was self-released in February 2013 in a special digipak case, and was distributed by Sun & Moon Records, Ván Records and Sigillvm Tenebrae Records.

Hallowed Nights. The ensemble performed several ceremonies around Hungary, supporting acts like Enslaved, Winterfylleth, Year Of The Goat, Denial Of God. In Summer 2013, to perform and celebrate the hungry End, the band established an extemporal line-up with guest musicians on wind instruments, blowing reflections of Death deliberately for that eve. Thereafter, SVOID had some personnel changes – Tamás left the group for his own reasons and Gergő joined soon. György left the band in 2014, so with his leaving, the reborn line-up introduced itself on new rituals as a trio – to come close beyond.

Devil's Blood. Due to the major changes in the line-up and mind SVOID decided to declare a new aeon by unfolding a new instrumentation. For this purpose a very special cover was put together and recorded in 2015 which contained the track Devil's Blood from Watain. The aim with this cover was highlight the depths and lawlessness of the musical abyss of SVOID. The record was released in 111 copies.
During these times while the band was working on the new material, Sun & Moon Records signed SVOID to re-release the debut album To Never Return, which was finally released worldwide with the sincere support of the label.

Storming Voices. With the features of the new line-up the band entered the studio in 2015 to record the second full-length album titled Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion, which is out worldwide on 18th April, 2016 by Sun & Moon Records.

Lyric video for the new song Never To Redeem you can find here.
BOYZ TYME RECORDS / Sergeant Steel release making-of video
Posted by: Denis / 04.04.2016
Austrian hard rockers #1 Sergeant Steel released their album Riders Of The Worm last November. Now the sextet has put the first of two making-of episodes online.

The full-length Riders Of The Worm has been delighting both fans and press since its release in November 2015. As of now the first part of the new making-of series 'On The Rock 'n' Roll Highway' provides a look behind the curtain.

In the first part every band member is interviewed in detail. You probably will be surprised by a Swedish speaking guitarist, and even two drummers. The group filmed their studio activities for month. Be prepared for an exclusive view on the painstaking recording process.

The follow up of the YouTube-documentary is going to be released next week. It deals with Sergeant Steel's journey to producer legend Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, etc.) in America.
Vivaldi Metal Project - ARTESONIKA Mixing Studio announced
Posted by: Denis / 04.04.2016
Vivaldi Metal Project are extremely excited and proud to officially announce that Artesonika Recording Studio is the MIXING studio for the Vivaldi Metal Project album.

Mixing engineer Ivan Moni Bidin and production assistant Fabio D'Amore are giving the final epic touch to the album!
5 Stihiy released new album
Posted by: Denis / 04.04.2016
Russian Melodic Metal band 5 Stihiy released their new album Kolibel Vremeni (Cradle of time) on Russian label CD-MAXIMUM. The band guitarist Sergei Medvedev described the album as "an allusion to the connection between the past, present and future, because otherwise you can not understand who we are".

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Stormspell Records / SHAH - Escape from Mind
Posted by: Denis / 04.04.2016
SHAH, one of the most influential 80s Thrash Metal bands to emerge from the Soviet Union, and the most famous by far, touring successfully West Germany on multiple occasions during late 80s and releasing an album on major western label.

Escape From Mind originally was recorded as 8-track demo recording during winter 1987-1988 and self-released on limited tape pressing. In 1993, the band re-recorded the best 4 songs from demo 1987, plus 4 more previously unreleased demo songs from their archives, for what became the Escape From Mind album.

It was released in 1994 by Moroz Records on cassette tape format only. Unfortunately the label misplaced the final master and pressed the cassettes from previous, unmastered version with mixed-up track list.

So not only we have this album released officially on CD for the first time ever, but also in its proper form.

Limited edition to 500 hand-numbered copies, with completely restored original artwork (carefully re-drawn from scratch to preserve the original proportions and likeness to the original), on-disc pit-art, 12-page booklet with liner notes by Anton Garcia and Andrey Sazonov, info, and archive photos.

Cult Soviet Thrash Metal for fans of Anthrax, Exodus, Megadeth, Accuser, Metallica, just to name a few.

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Nuclear Blast / DESTRUCTION first single 'Second To None' released
Posted by: Denis / 04.04.2016
Iconic Thrash Metal band DESTRUCTION are set to release their new Thrash Metal hammer Under Attack on May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Now, the band has just released the first digital single Second To None. The song is now available as an instant great track when you pre-order Under Attack via iTunes.

DESTRUCTION premiered the lyric video for the new track on YouTube recently.

Mastermind Schmier states: "The lyric video of SECOND TO NONE explains itself, the problem with all the hate in the net is getting more and more present and meanwhile it also has certainly effected our music scene, RIP Keith..."

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Cruz del Sur Music / DARK FOREST album’s artwork details revealed and slot on 'Hell Over Hammaburg V' Festival
Posted by: Denis / 04.04.2016
While DARK FOREST is about to enter Hellfire studio to start the recordings of their new album (third for Cruz Del Sur Music) entitled Beyond the Veil, English artist Duncan Storr has made public today some of the illustrations he especially crafted for the release. Besides the cover artwork, he worked on an entire set of original images that will be reproduced on album's booklet.

Duncan Storr is credited for the astonishing cover artwork for many Skyclad's classic albums such as Johan's Ark, Irrational Anthem but also for Rage's Missing Link (to not mention Elixir, Samson, Wyrd).

The label is also proud to announce that DARK FOREST has just been confirmed as part of the stellar line up of the 'Hell Over Hammaburg vol. V' festival, where they will share stage with ANGELWITCH, SORTILEGIA, NIGHT VIPER, TYGERS OF PAN TANG, KHTHONIIK CERVIIKS, QRIXKUOR among others! The festival will take place on March 3 and March 4, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.
Imperative PR / Old school UK Black metallers THUS DEFILED set to release 3 EPs with Mike Browning (Morbid Angel / Nocturnus) guest vocals
Posted by: Denis / 01.04.2016
Imperative PR are proud to welcome Thus Defiled to the roster, for the digital release of three EPs over the coming months. Thus Defiled have been kings of the British Black Metal underground for more than twenty years, their albums hailed by fans and critics alike. They have shared stages with bands such as Mayhem, Blasphemy, Cannibal Corpse, Immolation, Enslaved, Behemoth, Dissection and many more, have appeared on compilation albums alongside Black Sabbath and Venom, they have been championed by much missed DJ legend John Peel and had guest appearances on their albums from Sakis of Rotting Christ.

Now, Thus Defiled have stirred from their slumber and will be digitally releasing, for the first time, two long since sold out EPs – A Darker Beauty and Fire Serpent Dawn – both remastered by front man Paul C to sound more powerful and abyssic than ever. The third release is a brand new EP entitled A Return To The Shadows. This brings together four dramatic cover versions and one brand new, original recording. A Return To The Shadows features guest vocals from Mike Browning of Morbid Angel / Nocturnus and Donn Donni of Vesperian Sorrow and is both a tribute to the bands Thus Defiled grew up with - and a defiant roar that dares anyone to doubt their continued power and potency.

Each EP release will be preceded by a special promo video – the first of which you can see here.

The release schedule begins with 2000's A Darker Beauty, coming 6-6-16; a recording that perfectly encapsulates the sheer class that has always been the hallmark of Thus Defiled's music and stands as an unholy testament to the band's unswerving dedication to the darkness.

Be afraid – the wolves have returned!
AFM Records / Paradox reveal cover and tracklist
Posted by: Denis / 01.04.2016
German Thrash icons PARADOX reveal cover artwork and tracklist from their upcoming new studio album Pangea!

The album will be out in Europe on June 3rd and in the US on June 24th, available as CD and Gatefold 2-Vinyl.

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Massacre Records / FIRELEAF new Line-up
Posted by: Denis / 01.04.2016
FIRELEAF released their debut album Behind The Mask in mid-February. The German Power Metal outfit now presents its new line-up.

Vitali 'Vital Roxx' Schogenow (Kosmik Skream, ex-Exorcism) is the band's new drummer and replaces Micha Kasper who left the band due to time constraints.

Frank 'Fkey' Schmidts (ex-Letter X) has recently been introduced as new solo guitarist after Ralf Stoney parted ways with FIRELEAF.

The complete line-up now consists of vocalist Bastian Rose, guitarists Aki Reissmann and Frank 'Fkey' Schmidts, bassist Micha Vetter and drummer Vitali 'Vital Roxx' Schogenow.

The first gig with the new line-up will take place on April 22, 2016 at the Rock Cafe Kiss in Hechingen, Germany, along with Johnboy and White Coats - don't miss it!
Transmundane inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 01.04.2016
Melodic Death Metal band Transmundane has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. The band released this month their debut EP Vehement, Vol. 1.

Transmundane is a Metal act based out of Toronto, ON. It is currently a one-piece studio act who's goal is to write and release a diverse catalog of music rooted in Metal and all of it's sub genres. Ben Blue currently writes, records and produces all of Transmundane's music, with help from minus3audio.com in Toronto on the final mastering. The band debut release is set as a two part EP entitled Vehement Vol.1 and Vol.2.
Napalm Records / MORTILLERY unveil first lyric video of upcoming album 'Shapeshifter'
Posted by: Denis / 01.04.2016
Hailing from Edmonton, Canada MORTILLERY are on a mission to deliver true Thrash Metal, standing out with their smashing riffage, raw energy and dynamic female vocals.

Their third album Shapeshifter is a ferocious beast drunk on speed, venomous guitar solos and the rabid vocals of Cara McCutchen. This heavyweight release is the perfect blend between melody and aggression!

See it for yourself with the first lyric video for the track Radioation Sickness!

Shapeshifter will be released May 27th via Napalm Records.

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Spinefarm Records / ZAKK WYLDE DEBUTS 'SLEEPING DOGS' MUSIC VIDEO
Posted by: Denis / 01.04.2016
Guitar icon ZAKK WYLDE has debuted an all new music video for the track Sleeping Dogs from his forthcoming solo LP. Long-time collaborator Justin Reich was welcomed back to direct. "Black Label Brethren O' Doom Father Justin Reich did another amazing job directing the video", says Wylde. "I asked Father Justin to capture the sights, sounds, smell and feel of the first day my parents dropped me off at kindergarten. Watching the video made me realise why I'm so fond of reading and vegetables."

Grammy nominated >SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR front-man COREY TAYLOR appears on the Sleeping Dogs album version as well. Wylde continues, "Having Father Corey Taylor's brilliant voice sing on Sleeping Dogs fulfilled my vision of the two of us as the modern day Simon & Garfunkel. We may not be as legendary, talented or as handsome as those two, but we've eaten at some of the same restaurants as them."

1996's Book Of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favourite.

The fearlessly introspective melancholy and melody of Book Of Shadows helped to make its follow-up one of Rolling Stone's Most Anticipated Albums of 2016. As fierce and diverse as his work in Black Label Society and as large as his accomplishments as lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne have been, Book of Shadows II offers an even richer look into the spirit and psyche of one of the most beloved pillars of the Hard Rock community. Brand new tracks like Sleeping Dogs, Tears of December, Darkest Hour, Harbors of Pity, The King are bold proclamations of intense feeling and powerful catharsis.

Zakk Wylde's powerful pipes, mayhem-inducing charisma, mischievous humour, and instantly recognisable pinch-harmonic-driven blues-based histrionic guitar shredding have made him the world's most beloved American Guitar Hero.

Keeping up with the road dog reputation Wylde has accumulated over the decades, he is treating 2016 no differently. Having just wrapped up a successful stint on the 2016 Axes and Anchors Cruise, Wylde wasted no time in announcing a run of European dates from May 25th through June 19th in support of Book Of Shadows II. The tour – including headline shows & festival appearances – will see Wylde perform music from his extensive catalogue and vast spectrum of hits, with full band accompaniment.
    Tour dates:
  • 05.25 UK, London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
  • 05.26 France, Paris, Cabaret Sauvage
  • 05.27 Netherlands, Haarlem, Philharmonium
  • 05.28 Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Den Atelier
  • 05.29 Switzerland, Zurich, Komplex 457
  • 05.31 Germany, Stuttgart, Theaterhaus
  • 06.01 Austria, Linz, Posthof
  • 06.03 Poland, Lodz, Wytwornia
  • 06.04 Czech Republic, Plzen, Metalfest Open Air
  • 06.06 Slovenia, Ljubljana, Kino Siska
  • 06.07 Croatia, Zagreb, Tvornica Club
  • 06.09 Italy, Milan, Teatro Degli Arcimboldi
  • 06.10 France, Grenoble, La Belle Electrique
  • 06.11 France, Bordeaux, Le Rocher de Palmer
  • 06.13 Spain, Madrid, La Riviera
  • 06.14 Spain, Barcelona, Sala Barts
  • 06.15 Spain, Bilbao, Santana 27
  • 06.17 Belgium, Dessel, Graspop Metal Meeting
  • 06.18 Germany, Munich, Circus Krone
  • 06.19 Germany, Nuremberg, Serenadenhof
HELSTAR signs with ALPHA OMEGA Management, to release new album, first single out April 9th
Posted by: Denis / 31.03.2016
ALPHA OMEGA Management is extremely delighted to announce the great Heavy Metal monsters HELSTAR to its roster family, who just recently signed a contract with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson's EMP Label Group!

Houston, Texas based Heavy Metal Legends HELSTAR - formed in the early '80s by the band's guitarist Larry Barragan and vocalist James Rivera - have no need of long introductions, as their successful career speaks by itself, being the influential force in the American Metal scene, since the very beginning! Their latest effort This Wicked Nest came out to the masses in April 2014, promising the band's powerful return to the scenes!

Currently HELSTAR are preparing to unleash their new masterpiece, entitled Vampiro, another opus of tales of Dracula and vampires like the band's all time most acclaimed 1989 release Nosferatu (produced and mixed by Bill Metoyer) in the same vein musically with shades of who HELSTAR are today. First single Black Cathedral will be released on April 9th, via EMP Label group. Vampiro is being mixed by Bill Metoyer, and will certainly prove to the world that there is much much more left in these Texas Metal Legends!

Comments HELSTAR Frontman and vocalist, James Rivera: "It's with great pleasure that Helstar is proud to announce we will be working with Alpha Omega Management group. With a team like this that has satellite offices around the globe, we definitely feel the band will receive the exposure and promotion we deserve. This all was instigated by our life long friend and producer Bill Metoyer who recently joined the Alpha Omega team weeks prior to our decision to work with him in this sense on top of him still mixing our music to this day. Alpha Omega! Let's conquer new and bigger horizons!!!"

ALPHA OMEGA Management adds: "We're extremely honored to welcome HELSTAR to our roster family! Already from the very first exchange of messages and skype chats, we found out to be on the same wavelength with James and the whole band! We are ready and cannot wait to bring out to light the great plans we have to conquer new and bigger horizons! New Spring, New Greater Era has began! HELSTAR is ready to rock the stages worldwide, harder than ever before! Stay tuned for next announcements, soon!"

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VICIOUS RUMORS to release 'Concussion Protocol' album in August 2016
Posted by: Denis / 31.03.2016
Legendary San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have set CONCUSSION PROTOCOL as the title of their 12th studio album, due at the end of August via SPV/Steamhammer from Germany.

The album features 11 brand new songs and tells a chilling story of an Armageddon by a global killer asteroid and how humanity unravels in the wake of the news. It's the first concept album for the band. The album was produced by Geoff Thorpe and longtime co-producer and engineer Juan Urteaga at the world famous Trident studios in Pacheco, California (Machine Head, Testament, Heathen, Exodus, Ted Nugent, ...). A video for the first single TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT has been filmed a couple of months ago and is coming soon!
Guest solos by VICIOUS RUMORS brothers from the band`s rich history, BRAD GILLIS (Night Ranger, Ozzy Osbourne) and STEVE SMYTH (One Machine, Nevermore, Testament, Forbidden, Vicious Rumors 1995-1999) only add to the madness! Tour plans are in the works and shall be revealed soon!

Geoff Thorpe states: "The album is relentless and crushing in true, classic Vicious Rumors style but with many twists and turns. Believe me, you're in for a treat, VRazors!!! If you've ever been a fan of Vicious Rumors, Sabbath, Priest, Maiden and a little bay area style Thrash thrown in for good measure, then this album is definitely for you!!! Everything you love about VICIOUS RUMORS is present throughout the whole album!!!"

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Century Media / Voivod complete interview for the Strombo Show posted
Posted by: Denis / 31.03.2016
VOIVOD's recent interview with George Stroumboulopoulos, of CBC's Radio 2, for the Strombo Show is now online in its entirety.

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Som do Darma / Pop Javali to release live album recorded in Amsterdam
Posted by: Denis / 30.03.2016
Live In Amsterdam was recorded during the band's European tour that, besides the Netherlands, also went through England, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

After two albums released, shows with Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Ugly Kid Joe, Pop Javali walks increasingly toward success. Soon or not to say, the fact is that the band is going through its best time. Definitely! The hard/heavy power trio just returned from Europe where played nine concerts in England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. Among the gigs, highlights the Cart & Horses in London - the same pub where Maiden started its career - the show they did in Amsterdam, at The Waterhole, and the two festivals, Sneker Metal Meeting in Holland, and Razorblade in Germany.

Proof of that excellent reception that Marcelo Frizzo (bass/vocal), Jaéder Menossi (guitar) and Loks Rasmussen (drums) had on the old world is published on the European press. The Pit, one of the most respected specialized Rock/Metal sites from Germany, published on its coverage of Razorblade Festival that Pop Javali was, 'no doubt, the biggest surprise of the festival'. In Brazil the impact has not been different. Roadie Crew, the main and most respected printed rock magazine, published a two pages interview with the group.

To consolidate the success of this first experience in Europe, Pop Javali announces the release of their first live CD, Live In Amsterdam, recorded during one of the outstanding performances of the tour, at The Waterhole, in the dutch capital.

Live In Amsterdam will be mixed and mastered by Andria Busic, of the legendary Brazilian group Dr. Sin, with whom the band had previously worked in its previous studio album, The Game Of Fate.

According to Marcelo Frizzo, Live In Amsterdam reaffirms the success of the first international tour and summarizes the entire trajectory of Pop Javali until now.

"Launching this live album is undoubtedly one of the most important steps in Pop Javali's career," enthused says the musician. "We recorded the audio of several other shows during the tour, but Amsterdam has a special flavor. This show was amazing! First because it was a show on a Monday! Where else could you play on Monday and still record a live album with an audience made up of people from all over the world? This is only possible in Amsterdam! I even remember that during our set appeared a lot of Indonesian musicians in the audience and they were having fun and shaking all around. At the end of the show we had some beers with the guys. It was a very happy and exciting night, especially because it was the last show of the tour. Through this live album we want to share with our fans all that joy and surreal thrill it is to have your music well-received across the ocean."

Live In Amsterdam will be released before the end of the first semester of 2016. Tracklist and cover will soon be revealed.
Imperative PR / New video from progressive melodic death metallers NEMOST before appearance at METAL DAYS FESTIVAL
Posted by: Denis / 30.03.2016
Imperative PR are pleased to announce the release of a new promo video from French Melodic Death outfit Nemost. Beasts And Bullies is taken from the band's critically acclaimed second album As The Ocean Burns and is a powerful demonstration of just what Nemost have to offer – power, musical dexterity, atmosphere, skillful song writing and a progressive approach to Melodic Death Metal.

The band have released the video in the run-up to their appearance at METAL DAYS in Slovenia in July.

As The Ocean Burns was released through Dooweet Records.
Nuclear Blast / DEATH ANGEL second making-of trailer launched
Posted by: Denis / 29.03.2016
San Francisco Bay Area Thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, recently announced the release of their upcoming album The Evil Divide. Now, the band have launched the second trailer, which shows Mark and Rob talking about the recordings of the new album.

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Century Media / Voivod announce North American 'Post Society Tour' with King Parrot & Child Bite
Posted by: Denis / 28.03.2016
In continued support of the release of their mini-CD entitled Post Society to much worldwide acclaim via Century Media Records, Canadian Progressive sci-fi Metal innovators VOIVOD have announced their next North American tour for May / June as well as a run of European shows for August / September.

VOIVOD's drummer Michel 'Away' Langevin checked in with the following comment on the upcoming band activities: "After an exciting North American East Coast tour with Vektor, Eight Bells, Black Fast, we are thrilled to tour the West Coast of USA and across Canada with King Parrot, Child Bite. We have updated the set list, so be ready for a few classics mixed with new songs from the Post Society EP. In the meantime, well... we're still working hard on the next album!!!"
    Here is an overview of the upcoming dates announced so far (Updates marked *): VOIVOD, King Parrot, Child Bite - Post Society North American Tour 2016:
  • 05.19.2016 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey *
  • 05.20.2016 San Antonio, TX - The Rock Box *
  • 05.21.2016 Austin, TX - Barracuda*
  • 05.23.2016 Houston, TX - Scout Bar *
  • 05.25.2016 Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre *
  • 05.26.2016 Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
  • 05.27.2016 Salt Lake City, UT - Liquid Joes *
  • 05.28.2016 Las Vegas, NV - Vinyl / Hard Rock Café
  • 05.30.2016 Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge *
  • 05.31.2016 Flagstaff, AZ - Green Room *
  • 06.01.2016 San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick *
  • 06.02.2016 Los Angeles, CA - The Whisky A Go Go
  • 06.03.2016 Santa Ana, CA - The Underground *
  • 06.04.2016 Fresno, CA - Strummers *
  • 06.08.2016 San Francisco, CA - Slims *
  • 06.09.2016 Eugene, OR - WoW Hall *
  • 06.19.2016 Portland, OR - Dante's *
  • 06.11.2016 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
  • 06.12.2016 Victoria, BC - Distrikt *
  • 06.13.2016 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
  • 06.15.2016 Calgary, AB - Dickens *
  • 06.16.2016 Edmonton, AB - Starlight Room
  • 06.17.2016 Regina, SK - The Exchange *
  • 06.18.2016 Winnipeg, MB - Good Will Social Club *
  • 06.19.2016 Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks *
  • 06.21.2016 London, ON - Call The Office *
    VOIVOD at festivals 2016:
  • 06.25.2016 Montebello, QC - Amnesia Rockfest *
  • 07.23.2016 Mexico City (Mexico) - Hell & Heaven Fest

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Nuclear Blast / GRAND MAGUS digital single 'Varangian' out now
Posted by: Denis / 28.03.2016
Swedish riff lords GRAND MAGUS are set to release their new studio album Sword Songs on May 13th through Nuclear Blast.

In celebration of the new album, the band released the track Varangian as a digital single.

The band has also released the lyric video of Varangian on YouTube.

Mastermind JB commented: "Metalheads! GRAND MAGUS are back. We are proud to unleash this iron-clad anthem, we give you... VARANGIAN!"

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Pitch Black / Holy Dragons return with 14th album
Posted by: Denis / 28.03.2016
Kazakhstan's ultimate Metal band returns with their... FOURTEENTH album, two years after their last offering (Dragon Inferno).

Civilizator can best be described as an overview of the band's stylistic evolution during its 20-year history, showcasing the various dimensions of the band's sound.

This is pure classic old school Heavy Metal with the influence of the British and German schools of Metal being clearly evident. Shredding guitar parts, the occasional acoustic parts and the powerful guitar riffs make this their best album yet!

Civilizator will be out on April 15th on CD and digital through Pitch Black Records.

The band is about to embark on a mini tour in their home country. The dates are:
  • Astana – April, 8th
  • Karaganda – April 9th
  • Ust-Kamenogorsk – April 12th
  • Almaty -April, 16 th

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LEGION signed a worldwide Deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 28.03.2016
The US Metal band LEGION from New Jersey, which released their debut album Shadow Of The King in 2005 as a self release, have signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS. The band has enlisted Black Label Society bassist John 'JD' Deservio to mix the new album entitled Warbeast. The band is currently playing select shows in the NY/NJ area and is direct support for Ozzy Osbourne/Firewind guitar virtuoso GUS G. April 22, 2016 at The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, New Jersey.

Bandstatment, in response to the signing of Legion to Pure Steel Records: guitarist and founding member Frank Adamo was quoted: "On behalf of the band... It's a great honor to have Pure Steel Records release our new album Warbeast. We look forward to great things together for 2016 and beyond."
    LINE-UP:
  • Frank Adamo - guitars
  • Joe Adamo - guitars
  • Arthur Maglio - bass
  • Ralph Gibbons - vocals
  • John Soden - drums
Imperative PR / NEW VIDEO FROM MY SILENT WAKE AND IMMINENT APPEARANCE AT DOOM OVER LONDON VI
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2016
Now MY SILENT WAKE will be unveiling their new promo video for the monumental track And So It Comes To An End. This tour de force of grandeur and emotion is a key track on both 2015s critically acclaimed Damnatio Memoriae album and their current career retrospective collection An Unbroken Threnody 2005 – 2015. The video captures all the depth and power of the epic track in its sepia tones and dramatic contrasts – check it out here...

The new video also helps to build the anticipation for MY SILENT WAKE's appearance at Doom Over London VI this coming weekend. The three day celebration of the low, slow and crushingly heavy takes place at The Dome, The Boston Music Room and the Aces & Eights venues – all rooted in London's Tufnell Park.

MY SILENT WAKE appear on the main stage on Saturday evening, along with the likes of OFFICIUM TRISTE, HOODED MENACE and headliners MOONSPELL.
Underground Symphony / Sipario new deal
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2016
Underground Symphony is proud to announce a deal with Sipario for the second album release, after the success of Oblivion – Dark Thorns.

The Italian band, founded by keyboard player Daniele Tari with the guitar player Valerio Specchio and the vocalist Maeg Raheena, plays a symphonic Power Metal with orchestral arrangements and heavy influences.

The line-up is completed by Domenico Sibillo on drums, Sandro Iovanella on bass and the narrator Stefano Casciello Lauropoli.

Eclipse Of Sorrow is a masterpiece for fans of Epica, Avantasia, Kamelot and it will be available on the 15th May under Underground Symphony Records in deluxe digipak edition.
    Here's the full tracklist and artwork, realized by Pierre Alain-D.
  1. Echoes of Eternity
  2. Ante Lucem
  3. Carnage
  4. Revolution
  5. Celestial Karma
  6. Desolation
  7. Guardians of Eden Part I – The Purge
  8. Guardians of Eden Part II – Dandelion's Night
  9. Guardians of Eden Part III – Icarus' Symphony
  10. Insurgency
  11. Dawn of Silence
  12. Eclipse
  13. A New Day...
Ulterium Records / BLACK FATE 'DELIVERANCE OF SOUL' RE-ISSUE ANNOUNCED
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2016
Ulterium Records are proud to announce the re-issue of Deliverance of Soul from the Greek Melodic Metal band BLACK FATE. The re-issue will be released on April 29th in Europe and North America.

Deliverance of Soul was originally released in 2009, and it was the first BLACK FATE album to feature Vasilis Georgiou on vocals.

The re-issue is remastered by Erik Tordsson (End of September) and features new artwork by Jan Yrlund (Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani, Leah).

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Stormspell Records / Spellwitch
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2016
The label presents you SPELLWITCH - an acolyte's project, paying homage to the one and only true masters of black romantic - the mighty STORMWITCH.

Just like with Blazon Stone, this will be a project writing own songs, but in the best traditions and as much influenced by Lee Tarrot's legacy as humanly possible.

The label does not have anything to show you yet, apart from the cover artwork, personally to thank Lisa Parker for being so cool and letting license her amazing drawing 'The Witching Hour' for this project. The album will be entitled The Witching Hour too, of course.

Please keep in mind this is a low-res mock-up preview at this point. Final cover art and audio samples to come whenever available (which would take a while, as usual, so please be patient).
Stormspell Records / REPTILE - Solid Metal Rules
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2016
Evil Power Metal from hell for fans of mid-era Megadeth (Countdown to Extinction, Youthanasia circa, etc.)
  1. Enter...
  2. Wake Up Fool
  3. To Be Announced
  4. Solid Metal Rules
  5. Reptile (Instrumental)
  6. Pagans
  7. Sweet Smell of Hell
  8. Waves of Desolation
To be released spring 2016.
Nuclear Blast / DORO video premiere of 'Love's Gone To Hell'
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2016
DORO will release her new single Love's Gone To Hell on April 1st through Nuclear Blast. The single impressively cements exactly why DORO has worldwide status as the Queen of Rock and Metal. As expected for such a special song, DORO has recorded a visually stunning music video for Love's Gone To Hell. Filmed in amazing locations such as the renaissance castle Bückeburg, the video showcases DORO as you've never seen her before.

A true world rock star stands behind the microphone of the ROCK ANTENNE studio from Sunday, April 3rd, 2016: Metal queen Doro Pesch will present her very first own radio show. Every first Sunday of the month, the vocalist presents her favourite music, talks about her exciting experiences and answers questions from the listeners too.

About ROCK ANTENNE:
ROCK ANTENNE is Bavaria's first rock radio and Bavaria-wide digitally, Europe-wide via satellite as well as via Internet and mobile receivable. Additionally, ROCK ANTENNE broadcasts via ultrashort wave in Augsburg and Erding on 87,9 MHz, in the hinterland of Erding on 88,8 MHz, in Freising on 95,0 MHz, in Ebersberg on 93,0 MHz and in Munich's northeast on 99,4 MHz.

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Napalm Records / DUST BOLT German Thrash sensation news of opcoming album
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2016
It's only been five years since Southern Germans DUST BOLT won the W:O:A Metal Battle 2011 – five years the band used to transform themselves from hot newcomers into national thrash heroes with their debut Violent Demolition! These Bay Area aficionados are ready to drop their third full length in shape of Mass Confusion now!

DUST BOLT on their brand new album: "We are more than thrilled and excited to unveil MASS CONFUSION! We have never put so much blood, sweat and tears in anything else than this album before. Since the release of Awake The Riot we've incredibly learned, as musicians, as people and together as a band. With MASS CONFUSION, we have managed to accurately represent the band, exactly the way we wanted it to convey and we are incredibly happy about that. It shows the typical DUST BOLT sound, as well as new sides from us, which makes the album so unique. Our goal was to show that a new generation of musicians and metal bands have grown up, which is now ready to face the world with MASS CONFUSION on July 8th - The day everyone lives in confusion!"

Relentless touring plus constant fine-tuning of the typical DUST BOLT sound have finally paid off: the old school songwriting is focused and free of ballast weight, yet despite all the rage and aggression there is still plenty of breathing space for melodic guitar work, gang shouts and ten ton grooves.
    Mass Confusion track listing reads as follows:
  1. SickxBrain
  2. Mass Confusion
  3. Allergy
  4. Turned to grey
  5. Blind to art
  6. Mind the gap
  7. Exit
  8. Empty Faces
  9. Taking your last breath
  10. Portraits of decay
  11. Masters of war
  12. Into the void (LP Bonus Track)
Mass Confusion will hit the worldwide stores on July 8th 2016 via Napalm Records!
    In the meantime, check out all upcoming tour dates:
  • 02.04 Iron Force Festival - Stans (SWI)
  • 13.05 Metalheadz Open Air - Oberndorf
  • 27.05 M:O:A Open Air - Büßfeld (GER)
  • 28.05 Rage against Racism Open Air – Duisburg (GER)
  • 10.06 Kuckucksnest - Berchtesgaden w/ Power Trip (GER)
  • 17.06 Hellfest Open Air - Clisson (FRA)
  • 02.07 Tepih Na Paleti Open Air - Petišovci (SLO)
  • 08.07 Rockharz Open Air - Ballenstedt (GER)
  • 16.07 Dong Open Air - Halde (GER)
  • 22.07 Agressive Music Fest - Pohori (CZ)
  • 23.07 R:U:D:E Open Air – Bertingen (GER)
  • 26.07 Free and easy Festival – München (GER)
  • 13.08 Trafostation 61 Festival - Frechen (GER)
  • 26.08 Coast Rock Open Air - Emden (GER)
  • 02.09 Metallergrillen Open Air - Rockenhausen (GER)
  • 03.09 Bonebreaker Festival - Kleinwenkheim (GER)
  • 24.09 Angerfest - Luxemburg (LUX)
  • 15.10 Metal Scar Festival - Luzern (SWI)

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Massacre Records / New signing: HAMMERSCHMITT
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2016
30 years and counting - that's how long HAMMERSCHMITT are around in the music scene!

Even though there might be bands that are meaner, harder, faster, younger or more modern - HAMMERSCHMITT always delivers and the line-up hasn't changed at all in the past, which is pretty rare nowadays.

Real bands sadly aren't that common anymore, but the AOR Power Metal outfit HAMMERSCHMITT is a true force on stage!

A new HAMMERSCHMITT album will be released later this year via Massacre Records.

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Frontiers Music / Withem - The Unforgiving Road
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of WITHEM's new album, entitled The Unforgiving Road on June 3rd.

Withem is an upcoming Progressive Metal band hailing from Norway who are inspired by the likes of Symphony X, Pagan's Mind, Dream Theater, Circus Maximus, concentrating heavily on melodic, memorable hooks, but still with plenty of stunning and virtuoso instrumental sections. The band debuted with The Point of You in 2013, gathering excellent reviews from several music websites, blogs and magazines from all over the world. The release was followed by European touring with Pagan's Mind, Circus Maximus, Seventh Wonder, and performances at both ProgPower USA and ProgPower Oslo, always with an extremely positive reception.

The new album, The Unforgiving Road sees the band perfecting their style. WITHEM's gripping, melody-driven songs avoid the clichés and pitfalls of overly dramatic instrumental sections and sheer senseless complexity and instead center on creative interplay between the musicians, while the unique vocal range of Ole Aleksander Wagenius gives the band a distinctive touch. Just like the debut album, The Unforgiving Road was produced and mixed by guitarist Øyvind Voldmo Larsen at his own Lionheart Studio, boasting powerful and bombastic production values with plenty of moments for the listener to notice the most subtle intricate parts of the songs.

"The Unforgiving Road is a the culmination of almost a year worth of composing, recording and producing. We didn't want to rush things after the first album, to avoid the usual pitfalls of 'sophomore albums'", says WITHEM guitar player and producer Oyvind Larsen. "The challenges we encountered while writing and recording can only be matched with how rewarding it feels after everything is set and done!"

"Øyvind once again took the helm for most of the composition and the whole scope of recording, mixing and producing, and we can't wait to hear everyone's reactions after they listen to the end result," adds new bassist Miguel Pereira. "We are looking forward to start promoting The Unforgiving Road with live shows right after the album is out, and meet all our friends and fans throughout the world."
    Tracklisting of The Unforgiving Road includes:
  1. ...Intro
  2. Exit
  3. In The Hands Of A God
  4. The Pain I Collected
  5. Riven
  6. C'est La Vie
  7. The Eye In The Sky
  8. Arrhythmia
  9. In My Will
  10. Unaffected Love
  11. Outro...
Divebomb Records / SKEPTIC SENSE 'MIND VERSUS SOUL: THE ANTHOLOGY'
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2016
The roots of SKEPTIC SENSE date back to southern Germany circa 1987, when co-workers Stephen Thumm (guitar) and Peter Sugg (guitar) bonded over their love of Heavy Metal and decided to form a band called Sluggard with friends (and half-brothers) Jürgen Knörle (bass) and Joachim Klinkosch (drums). After finally securing vocalist Cornelius Halder and releasing their debut demo in 1990, the group's final lineup was solidified in 1991 with a new drummer, Ilias Fischer, and a new name, SKEPTIC SENSE—inspired by lyrics from the SANCTUARY song Future Tense.

Increasingly influenced by more Progressive Metal acts such as FATES WARNING, WATCHTOWER, and fellow Germans SIEGES EVEN, SKEPTIC SENSE advanced towards a more technical direction — recording one more demo, Harmony of Souls, before entering Delta Studios in Wilster, Germany to begin work on their lone full-length, Presence of Mind — released by Inline Music sub-label Gorgon in 1994. Unfortunately, the record label had mysteriously disappeared by the end of that same year, so SKEPTIC SENSE was unable to capitalize on the favorable press received by Harmony of Souls, and Presence of Mind went largely unheard—the band falling apart shortly after its release.

Now, more than two decades later Mind Versus Soul: The Anthology collects the complete, 16-song SKEPTIC SENSE discography, fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording. In addition to all-new cover art by Steven R. Cobb, the booklet includes a retrospective interview by Andrew Aversionline (of NoEcho.net), lyrics, and photographs direct from the band's archives—finally treating this underappreciated jewel of Progressive Thrash Metal as the cult classic for which it has always deserved to be recognized... for the fans, by the fans!
New music from David Penna (Spastic Ink, Static, Ad Astra)
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2016
Just a note to let you all know about David Penna's new project PENNA and debut EP ChemicalGod, available for streaming or Name Your Price download from Bandcamp.

Also, an invitation to visit PENNA Facebook page for more info and content.
Frontiers Music / First Signal - One Step Over the Line
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the sophomore album from FIRST SIGNAL, One Step Over the Line on June 3rd.

In 2010, a marriage made in Melodic Rock heaven between Canadian singer Harry Hess and producer Dennis Ward launched the First Signal project. The concept developed when Frontiers' President Serafino Perugino presented Hess some Melodic Rock songs that harkened back to the magic of the early Harem Scarem sound, who at the time were on an artistic hiatus. The project was met with excellent reviews and interest from the Melodic Rock crowd and even when Harem Scarem re-launched with their album Thirteen (one of their strongest to date), Harry was still wanting to go back and sing some excellent Melodic Rock songs that he had from various songwriters under a different moniker.

So, the idea of another First Signal album started to float around and with the help of Swedish producer Daniel Flores (FIND ME, The Murder of My Sweet, etc.), the new record started to take shape. Once again, the inspiration behind the songs are the first two Harem Scarem albums, two absolute classic Melodic Rock releases. But once again, we have some new twists and interpretations, with songs covering everything from AOR to Arena Hard Rock.

Harry says, "I am very excited to be a part of the new First Signal release. I was pleasantly surprised with the positive reaction surrounding the first CD, so it was an easy decision to be a part of the new recording. Between Serafino, Daniel and myself we gathered some great songs that I'm sure the AOR fans will love. Daniel Flores did a fabulous job and put in a ton of effort to make this happen. We met many years ago on a writing trip to Sweden where I immediately noticed his work ethic and dedication to making music. I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's reaction to the new album on June 3rd!"

Musicians on the album include the outstanding new talent Michael Palace on guitars and bass, Daniel Flores on drums and keyboards, and background vocals from Hess' Harem Scarem bandmate (and Red Dragon Cartel singer) Darren Smith, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Nigel Bailey, Daniel Flores, Rolf Pilotti, Angelica Rylin.

Another Melodic Rock gem and an absolute contender for the AOR album of the year!
    Tracklisting of One Step Over the Line includes:
  1. Love Run Free
  2. Love Gets Through
  3. Still Pretending
  4. Broken
  5. Kharma
  6. Minute Of Your Time
  7. She Is Getting Away
  8. December Rain
  9. Weigh Me In
  10. Pedestal
  11. One Step Over The Line
Inner Wound Recordings / Midnight Eternal 'First Time Thrill' lyric video released
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2016
The US symphonic Metal band MIDNIGHT ETERNAL just released a lyric video for the track First Time Thrill from their upcoming self-titled debut album. The album will be released in Europe and North America on April 29th through Inner Wound Recordings and in Japan on April 27th through Avalon/Marquee.
Nuclear Blast / ENSLAVED - 25th anniversary European tour announced
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2016
After a fantastic three days of performances at By Norse in London, ENSLAVED 25 will continue around Europe to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band. The more progressive minded set, Spinning Wheel Ritual will be the focus of this tour.

Spinning Wheel Ritual is looking firmly to the future and the most recent chapter in Enslaved's story. Their progressive nature will take centre stage, as more recent albums like Vertebrae, RIITIIR, In Times are placed together for the first time. The focus here will be a reimagining of sorts - the emphasis on the band being viewed in a new light, touching potential new audiences as well as those who have followed the band since the early days.

Check out the 25th anniversary video on YouTube.

To help set the tone, Enslaved will be bringing one of the most exciting progressive metal artists out as special guest on this run: Australia's Ne Obliviscaris. This band should need no introduction having gained widespread attention with 2014's Citadel album and a festival run in 2015 that saw tents packed at Hellfest, Graspop, Resurrection and more.
    Tour dates
  • 2016-07-23 Lörrach (Baden In Blut) DE
  • 2016-09-29 Aarau (KiFF) CH
  • 2016-09-30 Stuttgart (Club Cann) DE
  • 2016-10-15 Berlin (BiNuu) DE
  • 2016-10-16 Warsaw (Progresja) PL
  • 2016-10-17 Wroclaw (Firlej) PL
  • 2016-10-18 Prague (Nova Chelmnice) CZ
  • 2016-10-19 München (Backstage) DE
  • 2016-10-20 Wien (Szene) AT
  • 2016-10-22 Brasov (Club Rockstadt) HU
  • 2016-10-24 Ljubljana (Kino Siska) SI
  • 2016-11-02 Toulouse (Metronum) FR
  • 2016-11-03 Rennes (Antipode) FR
  • 2016-11-04 Paris (Divan du Monde) FR
  • 2016-11-05 Leeds (Damnation Festival) GB
  • 2016-11-09 Hanover (Musikzentrum) DE
  • 2016-11-10 Dresden (Beatpol)

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Metal Blade / Artillery streams new album, 'Penalty by Perception'
Posted by: Denis / 23.03.2016
Danish Power Thrash metallers Artillery will release their new full-length, Penalty By Perception, this Friday (March 25th) via Metal Blade Records worldwide. To give fans a preview of the album, the band is now streaming Penalty By Perception in its entirety – alongside an exclusive interview! – at newnoisemagazine.com.

Written over the course of the last two years, Artillery's eighth full-length draws from their classic albums like Fear of Tomorrow (1985) and By Inheritance (1990), as well as When Death Comes (2009) and Legions (2013). Having recorded at Medley Studios and bringing Soren Andersen on board as the producer, Artillery achieved the sound that they were aiming for: "We worked really hard together to get this amazing sound. I feel the band have come up with some great songs", asserts guitarist Michael Stutzer. "The best musical performance in the history of Artillery. Can't wait to hear the fans' reactions!"

A familiar, yet modern thrash attack, Penalty By Perception delivers the band's signature riffing, with powerful drumming and melodic singing – and promises to be a new fan favorite in the Danish quintet's storied career!

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InsideOut Music / Caligula's Horse launch video for 'Turntail'
Posted by: Denis / 23.03.2016
Caligula's Horse, one of Australia's most exciting and innovative Progressive bands, have released a visually stunning and reflective video for Turntail which comes from their internationally critically acclaimed third album Bloom, released globally via InsideOutMusic in October 2015.

Filmed at GC Studios on the Gold Coast, Caligula's Horse further collaborated with one of Australia's most promising video clip filmmakers in Adrian Goleby, who also worked on the band's videos for A Gift To Afterthought and Firelight. The aim was to create a video that was uplifting, but also one that conveyed a strong political message.

In Turntail, a dancer is brightly coloured but trapped in darkness by an external force, and her own fear. She grasps her restraints, fighting against them, and learns to control and harness that fear. The colour gradually returns to her as she stands against the outside force, free and powerful.

Turntail has a message of rebellion, of fighting for freedom, of standing your ground against an oppressor. In Australia, we are engaging in an act of utter cowardice by our treatment of refugees. This is a song of courage, and the most courageous act in a time like this is compassion.

Caligula's Horse frontman, Jim Grey says of the video: "Turntail is exactly what Caligula's Horse is about - It's powerful, energetic, melodic and forthright - this is a song about taking a stand, about fighting for freedom in whatever way you can. Considering the atrocious political climate in Australia and worldwide, I don't think we could be releasing this single at a more appropriate time."
Divebomb Records / KENN NARDI TAKE SOLO ALBUM ON THE ROAD IN EUROPE
Posted by: Denis / 23.03.2016
KENN NARDI is hitting the road performing both solo and classic ANACRUSIS material in Europe this April.
  • Apr 16 – Tilburg, Netherlanads (ROADBURN FESTIVAL)
  • Apr 17 – Rheine, Germany (Hypothalamus) w/Bliksem
  • Apr 21 – Aarschot, Belgium (de Klinker) w/Bliksem
  • Apr 23 – Cologne, Germany (Underground) w/Bliksem
  • Apr 24 – Hamburg, Germany (Bambi galore) w/tba
  • Apr 27 – Prague, Czech Republic (Exit-US)
  • Apr 30 – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany (KEEP IT TRUE XIX)
Dancing With The Past has received critical acclaim from both the press and fans leading to the first pressing (deluxe digipack) to sell out in record time. In celebration of his European dates a second pressing of the album (in 2 CD jewel case) will be available at all shows and via Divebomb Records store starting in mid-April.

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Century Media / Intronaut release video for 'Sul Ponticello'; on tour now with Scale the Summit & North
Posted by: Denis / 23.03.2016
Los Angeles based Post-Prog Metal trailblazers INTRONAUT are pleased to present a brand new video for Sul Ponticello.

The ominously heavy track comes off of the band's newest effort, The Direction of Last Things, which was released last year via Century Media. INTRONAUT are currently on a headlining tour in North America, accompanied by Scale The Summit and North.
    Metal Injection Presents: INTRONAUT w/special guests Scale The Summit & North
  • 3/22 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
  • 3/23 Houston, TX @ Walters
  • 3/24 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
  • 3/25 Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
  • 3/26 Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
  • 3/27 Charlotte, NC @ Rabbit Hole
  • 3/28 Washington DC @ Rock And Roll Hotel
  • 3/29 New York, NY @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
  • 3/30 Boston, MA @ Middle East
  • 3/31 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
  • 4/01 Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
  • 4/02 Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch
  • 4/03 Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
  • 4/04 Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
  • 4/05 Winnipeg, MB @ Goodwill
  • 4/06 Regina, SK @ Exchange
  • 4/07 Edmonton, AB @ Skylite
  • 4/08 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
  • 4/09 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
  • 4/11 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
  • 4/12 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
  • 4/13 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
Aidan Hampson releases 'The Best of Alberto Rigoni' - BASS BOOK
Posted by: Denis / 22.03.2016
After a month of collaboration, Aidan Hampson is really excited to announce his latest book: The Best of Alberto Rigoni.

Alberto Rigoni is an Italian bass player and composer who rapidly gained audience in the international music scene thanks to his modern and fresh sound, far away from any well known music cliché. His solo albums (Something Different, Rebirth, Three Wise Monkeys, Overloaded, worldwide released between 2008 and 2014), between Progressive Rock Metal and fusion, also feature legendary musicians such as Kevin Moore (ex Dream Theater), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), Göran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen), Michael Manring and many others.

Alberto has been featured on the cover of magazines such as Bass Magazine Japan, Bass Musician Magazine and Bajos Y Bajistas. Moreover, On March 2015 the prestigious Bass Guitar Magazine (UK) released Alberto's CD anthology called Into THE BASS.

The book includes songs from throughout his career such as 2008's BASSex, 2012's Kikazaru and Bass Guy, to be released next month (BASSORAMA album will be out on April 15th 2016).
METALMESSAGE PR / BLOODRED (Blackened Death Metal) new lyric video 'The Hail-Storm' launched
Posted by: Denis / 22.03.2016
BLOODRED mastermind Ron Merz commented as follows:
"The Hail-Storm is one of the fastest and brutal songs on the new album. Black and Death Metal blend together to a massive whirlwind of rage in this piece of music. While the guitars shred without mercy, the drums hit you like a thunderstorm. Above all looms the harsh voice foreboding death and destruction. This is accompanied by the lyrics very well. The Hail-Storm is based on a poem by George Borrows and describes the mythical sea-battle between two rivaling viking-clans (the poem in return is based on a part of the 'Jómsvíkinga saga'). And while the battle is not going well, one captain decides to sacrifice his son to gain the support of the godess Þorgerðr (anglicized as 'Thorgerd'). With her help the enemy is crushed by gigantic hail and many warriors die. This song came together pretty fast, I think it only took me a couple of hours to get it done. It was Joris (Nijenhuis) who suggested to write another fast song and I gladly accepted the challenge. This song is quite demanding to play, but the outcome justifies the effort. While the music is a massive I wanted to keep the lyric-video more simple. Thus the listener can immerse himself more into the music and the lyrics. However the renderings of this ancient battle complement the lyrics very well and add to the atmosphere of the song."

See the new lyric video "The Hail-Storm" here.

The release of the debut album strike of BLOODRED, entitled Nemesis, is scheduled for April 8th, 2016.
Frontiers Music / DGM - Welcome!
Posted by: Denis / 22.03.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the signing of Italian Prog Metal masters DGM for a multi-album deal!

DGM started in 1994 as an instrumental band and evolved over the years into a formidable and tight unit, offering super heavy riffs, tight drum patterns, beautiful melodies, classy arrangements, and top notch musicianship!

With eight full length studio albums, one EP and a live CD/DVD under their belts, DGM is a band that has reached full stylistic maturity and is truly at the top of their game!

The band also spent a good amount of their time touring worldwide, taking part in some of the most important metal festivals including ProgPower USA, ProgPower Europe, PPM Festival and Gods Of Metal to name a few. They also supported Symphony X on their 'Iconoclast' European tour in 2010 and headlined an Asian tour in 2014, with shows in Japan and China.

Band guitarist and producer, Simone Mularoni says: "We are really excited to start this new journey with Frontiers Music Srl! We feel blessed and honoured to see our name close to the bigger acts of the rock scene we all love and to be part of a label we follow since the beginning of its career. In particular we think this new album perfectly suits the path that Frontiers pursued over the years, since it's extremely melodic, epic but in the same time with all the usual DGM's trademarks! We cannot wait for all of you to listen to the new songs and to meet everyone on the road!"

DGM new album will be released in late summer and be sure to look out for the band's live show in a town near you!

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Lizzy Borden signs solo artist deal with Metal Blade Records worldwide
Posted by: Denis / 22.03.2016
Lizzy Borden has spent over three decades creating some of the most theatrical Metal in existence, releasing classics such as Love You to Pieces (1985) and Master of Disguise (1989), while obliterating audiences worldwide with a stage show that rivals that of Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper. For his efforts, he has become nothing short of a Metal icon. Now, to take the next step in furthering his career, Lizzy Borden has signed a worldwide solo artist deal with Metal Blade Records – the label that helped to launch him to commercial success over 30 years ago. Ready to once again captivate both veteran and adolescent metal fans alike, Lizzy Borden plans to release a new album in 2016 and tour the world in support of it, with a reinvigorated band backing him up.

Lizzy Borden comments:
"I am extremely happy to re-sign with the same label we started with all those years ago (Metal Blade Records). I'm excited to be working with Brian Slagel and all the Metal Blade family again. It's been my home for all six of our (full-length) studio albums – with the new record being the seventh, and the start of a new series of albums to come. My focus for the last several years has been performing live and exposing my brand of American Metal to countries all over the world. Now I feel is the right time to step back and push the re-start button. Time to get back to the art of creating new music. Touring around the world and having new fans discover Lizzy Borden for the first time has been rejuvenating, and so a new album seems like the perfect way to bridge the past with the future.

I will take this part of my journey and these next series of albums as a solo artist, as I have for some of the past Lizzy Borden records and tours. I look forward to working with many different established musicians and friends, as well as some undiscovered talent like we have been lucky enough to unearth in the past. To all of our fans that have followed Lizzy Borden from the beginning and all the new younger fans who have just discovered us, I hope you will come along with me for this next chapter. I am inspired, excited and ready to begin again."

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Metal Blade / Exumer premieres new video for 'Catatonic'
Posted by: Denis / 22.03.2016
German thrashers Exumer have released Catatonic as the first video from their latest album The Raging Tides. The clip was filmed and directed by David Thelen during Exumer's European tour in January/February and captures the dark lyrical themes of the song, portraying the psychological manifestations of physical torture and abuse.

Vocalist Mem V. Stein explains: "We were compelled to use this track as our first clip from the new album because the song sums up the overall concept behind the record very well. Catatonic is also different as it is a mid-tempo cut, but yet just as hard-hitting as any of our fast songs – or even harder in a sense. We were able to create a visually daring piece with the help of our director and his crew, while exploring new techniques for us, working with an actor on the set for the first time."

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My Kingdom Music / BRAINDAMAGE first track off new album 'The Downfall'
Posted by: Denis / 22.03.2016
My Kingdom Music are thrilled to present the lyric video of the song Last Of The Kings, First Of The Slaves taken from the new BRAINDAMAGE album.

Only 4 weeks left till the release of The Downfall their sixth full length album out via My Kingdom Music on April 18th. It comes seven years after their last work and continues with it their path made of great visionary and futurist Post-Thrash Metal that during the 28 years of their career has created a cult status.
GlobMetal Promotions / Fragmenta released new single
Posted by: Denis / 21.03.2016
Australian Thrash Metal band Fragmenta released new single Repository Of Human Ills. The new single is now available on the band bandcamp.

Fragmenta is an original Industrial Thrash Metal band, formed in Adelaide, South Australia. The band gained national recognition in Australia after featuring on popular currant affairs program 'Today Tonight', which branded their 'dark themes' 'a violent assault on the senses', which featured band leader Duncan Fisher in an investigation into an alleged murder attempt. All charges against Fisher were withdrawn.
Metal Media / Vetor 'Endangered Species' music video is available
Posted by: Denis / 21.03.2016
Brazilian band VETOR, know for their mix of Heavy and Thrash Metal, have just released the first video clip taken from their new album Chaos Before The End.

The song chosen takes the title of Endangered Species. The clip was directed by Rodiney producer Just Multimedia Design Studio.

Chaos Before The End was recorded in Brazil, produced by Anibal Pontes and mixed and mastered by legendary Fredrik Nordström.
Scarlet Records / GAME OVER 'NEON MANIACS' VIDEO AVAILABLE
Posted by: Denis / 21.03.2016
Thrashers Game Over have released a video for the song Neon Maniacs, taken from their upcoming new album Crimes Against Reality, out on April 15th. Watch the video here.

Game Over will tour the US with New Jersey Thrashers Condition Critical straight after the album release. The confirmed dates as follows:
    US EXTERMINATION TOUR 2016
  • 4/7 – Lucky 13 Saloon – Brooklyn, NY
  • 4/8 – Infest Festival – Philadelphia, PA
  • 4/9 – The Wreck Room – Peterborough, NH
  • 4/10 – Rockin’ Buffalo Saloon – West Seneca, NY
  • 4/11 – Junker’s Tavern – Cincinnati, OH
  • 4/12 – Way Out Club – St. Louis, MO
  • 4/13 – Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI
  • 4/14 – Smith’s Downtown – Mishawaka, IN
  • 4/15 – Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI
  • 4/16 – The Fallout – Chicago, IL
  • 4/17 – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
  • 4/18 – Big’s Bar – Sioux Falls, SD
  • 4/19 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
  • 4/20 – 3 Kings – Denver, CO
  • 4/22 – Malones – Santa Ana, CA
  • 4/23 – Back Bar – San Jose, CA
  • 4/24 – OMD Theater – Las Vegas, NV
  • 4/25 – Tempe Tavern – Tempe, AZ
  • 4/26 – EpiQ – Roswell, NM
  • 4/27 – Bourbon and Brews – El Paso, TX
  • 4/29 – Lost Well – Austin, TX
  • 4/30 – Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX
  • 5/1 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX
  • 5/3 – Murphy’s – Memphis, TN
  • 5/4 – The Nick – Birmingham, AL
  • 5/5 – 529 – Atlanta, GA
  • 5/6 – Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
  • 5/7 – The Cave – Miami, FL

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Nuclear Blast / DESTRUCTION lyric video of 'Second To None' released/ first single announced
Posted by: Denis / 21.03.2016
Iconic Thrash Metal band DESTRUCTION are set to release their new Thrash Metal hammer Under Attack on May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Now, the band has uploaded the lyric video for the brand new track Second To None on YouTube.

Mastermind Schmier states: "The lyric video of SECOND TO NONE explains itself, the problem with all the hate in the net is getting more and more present and meanwhile it also has certainly effected our music scene, RIP Keith..."

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Nuclear Blast / METAL CHURCH new lyric video 'Reset' launched
Posted by: Denis / 21.03.2016
Heavy Metal titans METAL CHURCH have released a brand new song Reset, from their upcoming new album XI, slated for release on March 25th via Nuclear Blast Records. Watch the brand-new lyric video for the track here.

XI, the band's 11th studio album available worldwide on March 25th, marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe.

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Massacre Records / LONEWOLF line-up changes
Posted by: Denis / 21.03.2016
LONEWOLF has a new guitarist! The band recently announced that Alex Hilbert decided to leave the band due to personal reasons.

Vocalist Jens comments: "Alex fascinated me with his amazing/unique sense and feeling for music and his incredible talent. I learned so much playing at his side/composing with him. You'll hear on The Heathen Dawn leads & solos that I dare to say are some of the best he ever made! A great conclusion to his Lonewolf years, this album is the greatest gift he could deliver us for his last recording!"

Michael Hellström, band leader of Elvenstorm, is stepping into Alex's shoes and has joined LONEWOLF as new guitarist!

Jens about Michael joining LONEWOLF: "Replacing Alex is not an easy thing, but I do know one thing: Michael is the right man for the job, and the brother-in-arms that we needed. Technically, of course, but especially humanely.
A brother is gone, another arrives. In the darkness there is always a light: Believe me, one thing is for sure... We are far from being buried and there are a lot of beautiful things to come!"


LONEWOLF's new album The Heathen Dawn will be released on May 20, 2016 via Massacre Records.

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InsideOut Music / Haken launch video for 'Initiate'
Posted by: Denis / 21.03.2016
HAKEN recently announced the release of their fourth full-length studio album Affinity, on the 29th April 2016. Now they are pleased to reveal the video for the first single taken from the album, titled Initiate.

The band had this to say about the video: "Initiate was the first tune from the album that got mixed by Jens. We all remember feeling incredibly excited from the very first listen. Affinity was finally coming to life! Initiate combines the atmospheric and the modern aspects of our sound and, as the album opener, sets the scene for what's to come."

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Metal Blade / Visigoth announces North American tour with Night Demon
Posted by: Denis / 18.03.2016
This spring, Salt Lake City's Visigoth will embark on their first national trek with headliners Night Demon! The Heavy Metal quintet will be touring in support of their recently released debut, The Revenant King, which delivers 'real-deal old-school goods with power and swagger to spare' (Revolver Magazine). For a preview of their epic live show, be sure to check out the new video for Dungeon Master and Mammoth Rider, shot at the 'Frost and Fire Festival'.

Visigoth's Jake Rogers (vocals) comments: "We are pleased to embark on our first ever Eastward conquest alongside our brothers-in-arms in Night Demon! We are looking forward to the many nights of riff-fueled madness and heavy metal camaraderie that lie ahead.
Unfortunately, both our lead guitarist Lee and drummer Mikey are unable to join us for this run. We would like to welcome Noah Hadnutt and Connor Carlson onboard as they step in and take up arms in their absence and help us continue to die for rock'n'roll! See you on the road!"


Night Demon adds: "Well, it's been a fulfilling experience for Night Demon touring the world in support of our most recent effort, Curse of the Damned. We were fortunate enough to have the album honored as album of the year in five different publications, and make the top ten albums of 2015 in over thirty publications, worldwide. To honor our fans who now have had the time to sit with the album and get familiar with it, as well as the fans who have yet to see these songs performed live, Night Demon will be hitting the road this Spring for what we are calling the 'Final Curse' tour. We will be performing Curse of the Damned in its entirety every night of the tour in over thirty cities across the United States. We are also pleased to be bringing out Visigoth as support on their first national tour. Thanks for the endless support! This one is for the fans and all the people out there who have continued to make Curse of the Damned a very successful album for the band."
    Visigoth tour dates w/ Night Demon
  • Apr. 8 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
  • Apr. 11 – San Antonio, TX – Korova
  • Apr. 12 – Austin, TX – Beerland
  • Apr. 14 – Houston, TX – Rudyard’s
  • Apr. 15 – Ft. Worth, TX – Grotto
  • Apr. 19 – Atlanta, GA – TBA
  • Apr. 22 – Asheville, NC – Odditorium *
  • Apr. 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie *
  • Apr. 26 – Portland, ME – Geno’s Rock Club *
  • Apr. 28 – Boston, MA – Great Scott *
  • Apr. 29 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar *
  • Apr. 30 – Montreal, QC – Katakombes *
  • May 2 – Detroit, MI – Small’s *
  • May 3 – Cleveland, OH – TBA
  • May 8 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Music Joint *
  • May 9 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
  • May 11 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
  • May 12 – Denver, CO – TBA
  • May 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – TBA
    *=w/ Against the Grain
Napalm Records / MOONSPELL hit the road for intensive European Tour end of march
Posted by: Denis / 18.03.2016
Following the successful release of the eleventh studio album Extinct in March 2015, which exploded on the charts worldwide, the dark Metal pioneers in MOONSPELL will hit the road for a massive European tour soon.

Frontman Fernando Ribero comments:
"We are thrilled to get back on the road to extinction, our destiny and I hope tours too! This time it's just a small trip with some club exclusive show where we will travel to the past together to celebrate good times but also take you on a journey through extinction as seen in our last album and tours. France, UK, Ireland, Benelux, I hope you are so excited as we are to walk again the darkened paths, see you soon, blessed be!"
    Catch MOONSPELL live when they bring their beautiful darkness over Europe again:
  • 03.2016 FR - Rouen / LE 106
  • 26.03.2016 UK - London / The Dome
  • 27.03.2016 UK - Manchester / Sound Control
  • 28.03.2016 SCO - Glasgow / Audio
  • 29.03.2016 IE - Dublin / The Button Factory
  • 31.03.2016 NL - Hengelo / Metropool
  • 01.04.2016 NL - Rotterdam / Baroeg
  • 02.04.2016 BE - Tongeren / Tongeren Metal Fest
  • 08.04.2016 UA - Kiev / Sentrum
  • 09.04.2016 BY - Minsk / Tele-Club
  • 12.04.2016 RU - Yekaterinburg / Tele-Club
  • 13.04.2016 RU - Moscow / Volta
  • 14.04.2016 RU - St. Petersburg / ClubZal
  • 15.05.2016 DE - Gelsenkirchen / Amphitheater
  • 17.06.2016 BE - Dessel / Graspop
  • 24.06.2016 NL - Dokkum / Dokk'em Open Air
  • 15.07.2016 ES - Barcelona / Rock Fest Barcelona
  • 22.07.2016 PT - Famalicao / Laurus Nobilis Music
  • 24.07.2016 DE - Cologne / XII Amphi Festival
  • 10.08.2016 CZ - Josefov /Brutal Assault Festival

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Metal Media / D.I.E. music video with Ratos de Porão guitarist guesting as an actor
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2016
The Brazilian band of Thrash/Crossover DIE released their new music video that has the participation of Jão, guitarist and one of the founders of the legendary Hardcore band Ratos de Porão, which is presented here as an 'actor'.

The music video was directed by Diego Cesario and had the masks and effects made by artist Renato Fernandes.
PURE STEEL RECORDS / SPLIT HEAVEN 'Battle Axe' official single from the upcoming album 'Death Rider'
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2016
SPLIT HEAVEN - Battle Axe - official single from the upcoming album Death Rider - official release date: 25th of March 2016 by PURE STEEL RECORDS.

The wait is over, after more than two years since SPLIT HEAVEN's last release, Mexico's Speed Metal demons return. Their last effort, The Devil's Bandit, was released on sub label Pure Legend, but this new album is coming back through Pure Steel Records, like the label did with Street Law in 2011.

Now in 2016, Split Heaven is back with a vengeance with their new album Death Rider. They have formed an alliance with their new singer Jason Conde-Houston, from Seattle, the frontman of US Metal band Skelator. He is strongly influenced by high pitched legends like Helstar's James Rivera and Primal Fear's Ralf Scheepers. As always Split Heaven is keeping it true, this time with Painkiller style double bass drumming, Thundersteel style guitar melodies, and glorious NWoBHM style solos. This album features an uptempo smasher Speed Of The Hawk, the Spanish fistpumper Descarga Letal as well as the striking opener Death Rider. The explosive, crushing, Death Rider will take the hearts of many Metal maniacs by storm! Split Heaven returns stronger than ever!

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Extrema: 'The Old School EP' out on May 27th via Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2016
Back on the market with a real particular product the bishops of Italian Thrash. The Old School EP will be released worldwide on May 27th via Punishment 18 Records, G.L.Perotti and Co. churn out an EP, which smells wonderfully of 80's, with the origins of the songwriting and Live now known as 'collective massacre'.

The EP consists of 5 tracks recorded for the occasion, while keeping completely the spirit, immediacy and brutality of the years in which they were written, moreover there will be also two live bonus tracks. The band will perform the showcase presentation of the EP on May 21st at the Legend Club in Milan 'Old School'.

Is there a more used and abused word in metal music?

Well, for once, thanks to someone who lived 'the old days' and at the time was already sending out BPM counters, the term 'Old School' is not used inappropriately. Extrema have in fact entered the 'Fear Studio's' in Alfonsine (Ravenna) last. April 3rd to record a mini-album made of 5 songs, tentatively titled The Real Old School EP.

Why this specific title? Because all five songs were written originally in 1987, shortly after the release of the legendary EP We Fuckin' Care and only one of these songs 'saw the light' in an album, Life in 1993, on the the first full-length album Tension at the Seams.

On the new EP the song Life will be re-recorded in its original version and will be accompanied by other live classics such as Child Abuse and the instrumental M.A.S.S.A.C.R.O (both present on the band's tape Rehearsal'89), Tribal Scream (from Promo Tape'90) and Carcasses, never recorded before but played live dozens of times.

All songs will be recorded, except for some small re-arrangements, in the brutal version of 1987. The idea came to guitarist Tommy Massara, while tiding Extrema's audio archives and while Tommy began listening to a tape on which there were no notes nor text records of any kind.

"These very rough recordings of a handful of songs that were planned to end on the album before the album Tension... and that instead never materialized, 'magically' popped out."
"I was amazed by the speed at which we played even then and I thought it would be fun for us and for the fans to record them nearly 30 years later to hear what we did, when many of those who follow us now, were not even born. It is possible however, that their parents could have participated in the collective massacres at the time... if this is not old school what is it then!"

This will also be the first recording session with the band, for our new band member Francesco La Rosa, who recently replaced Paul Crimi on drums. It will be clear why his nickname is 'Frullo' Whipper in English!

The release date will be announced soon.

The last studio album of the band The Seed of Foolishness was released last May 2013 and has received raving reviews from all around the world.
Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL - tour trailer unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2016
Legendary New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL are set to kick off their upcoming tour on April 1st in Villeurbanne's Centre Culturel Oecuménique (France). Watch the brand-new tour trailer here.

On this tour, the band will play a special anniversary show at Turbinenhalle 2 in Oberhausen, Germany on April 16th, 2016. That evening the band will play the albums Horrorscope (25th Anniversary) and Feel The Fire (30th Anniversary) in their entirety! And if that wasn't enough, the show will be recorded for an upcoming DVD release capturing an event that every Thrash Metal fan should not miss!

Vocalist Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth states: "Hallo Killers! This April 16, in Oberhausen we are putting together a special show, one that celebrates our history together. On this day in April we're recording the video and audio for not one but two OVERKILL releases. The bludgeoning Horrorscope and where it all began for us, Feel The Fire. A full night of kill from the past, celebrated in the present. It's your music, your scene, your Metal. So be there, be loud and be proud!"
    Tour dates
  • 2016-04-01 Villeurbanne (Centre Culturel Oecumenique) FR
  • 2016-04-02 Rennes (Antipode Mjc) FR
  • 2016-04-03 Paris (Le Trabendo) FR
  • 2016-04-05 Birmingham (The Rainbow Warehouse) GB
  • 2016-04-06 Manchester (Sound Control) GB
  • 2016-04-07 Leeds (Leeds Uni Stylus) GB
  • 2016-04-08 Glasgow (The Classic Grand) GB
  • 2016-04-09 Belfast (The Limelight) GB
  • 2016-04-10 Dublin (The Academy) IE
  • 2016-04-12 Bristol (The Fleece) GB
  • 2016-04-13 London (O2 Academy Islington) GB
  • 2016-04-14 Leiden (Gebr. De Nobel) NL
  • 2016-04-16 Oberhausen (Turbinenhalle 2) DE
  • 2016-04-28 San Juan (Thrash The Island Festival) PR
  • 2016-06-14 St. Petersburg (A2) RU
  • 2016-06-15 Moscow (Yotaspace) RU
  • 2016-06-17 Clisson (Hellfest) FR
  • 2016-06-18 Gardelegen (Metal Frenzy) DE
  • 2016-06-19 Dessel (Graspop) BE
  • 2016-07-13 Balingen (Bang Your Head) DE
  • 2016-07-15 Gävle (Gefle Metal Festival) SE
  • 2016-07-16 Barcelona (Rock Fest) ES
  • 2016-11-11 Weissenhäuser Strand (Metal Hammer Paradise) DE

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Ulterium Records / INNERWISH 'MODERN BABYLON' MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED
Posted by: Denis / 16.03.2016
The Greek melodic metallers INNERWISH just released a music video for the track Modern Babylon from their upcoming self-titled album. The album will be released on March 18th in Europe and North America and will be available on CD, 2LP, Tape and digital.

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Underground Symphony / Great Master renewal of deal
Posted by: Denis / 15.03.2016
Underground Symphony is proud to announce the renewal of deal with the epic Power Metal band Great Master for the release and distribution of the third album Lion & Queen, after the success of Underworld published in 2004 and SerenissimA, published in 2013.

Produced and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Sounds Studio, with the participation of distinguished guests as Mularoni (DGM) and Yackson (Shadows of Steel) on guitars, Andreas Wimmer (Final Chapter) and Alessandro Battini (Dark Horizon) on orchestral part and piano, SY (Armonight) on vocals.

Great Master's line-up is composed by the leader and guitar player Jahn Carlini, the vocalist Max Bastasi, the bass player Marco Antonello and the drummer Massimo Penzo.

Lion & Queen will be available in June 2016, released in a limited edition in digipak packaging.

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Spinefarm Records / DRAGONFORCE announce ‘Best Of’ + extensive live activity
Posted by: Denis / 15.03.2016
DragonForce, the Grammy-nominated Power metallers, are poised to release a comprehensive career-spanning Best Of – the first time the UK band have presented this kind of historical 'chapter & verse' collection.

Titled Killer Elite – The Hits, The Highs, The Vids and scheduled for an April 29th release through Spinefarm Records, this 22-track set (two hours and 30 minutes of music, featuring both studio and live material, with promo clips added to the Deluxe set) fully showcases the ambition, variety and skill of the group's musical output, now taking in six studio albums; elements of Thrash, Speed and Power Metal are spread across accelerated rockers and more measured, melodic offerings – from biggest hit, Through The Fire And Flames, a staple inclusion on several best-selling video games (i.e. Guitar Hero) and recently used as the basis of a US mockumentary featuring the band and Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey, through to Dawn Over A New World, a ballad harking back to the early years.

With latest recruit, singer Marc Hudson, now having two studio albums under his belt (2012's The Power Within and 2014's Maximum Overload), Killer Elite... is the chance for new fans to familiarise themselves with glories past and for long-standing supporters to revel in the attention to detail of a multi-format package balancing audience faves with compositions close to the collective DragonForce heart...

Says guitarist Herman Li, who started the group in 1999 with fellow shredder Sam Totman: "The aim of this release is to give a strong flavour of everything we've recorded so far, and I like to think it shows a lot of diversity. Certainly, we tried to make it as broad-based as possible. Since Marc joined the band (replacing original frontman ZP Theart), we've actually released some of our speediest songs and some our most melodic compositions, too. DragonForce isn't just about the relentless tempos and the flashy solos; ultimately, it's the feel of the music that counts..."

Killer Elite... will be available in the following formats:
  • 2 CD package ('The Hits, The Highs')
  • Deluxe Special Digi-Pack Edition including a DVD featuring all of the band's promo clips ('The Hits, The Highs, The Vids')
  • Digital download ('The Hits, The Highs')
In support of Killer Elite..., DragonForce will return to the road this year for the most extensive European summer festival tour in their history; these 16 shows will see the now cosmopolitan DragonForce line-up playing a special set reflecting the track-listing of the album.

The band has also set to work on the follow-up to Maximum Overload at Fascination Street studios in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren; this new record is provisionally scheduled for a mid-March 2017 release with a world tour to follow. In the meantime, the confirmed European dates are as follows:
    MAY 2016
  • Sunday 1st: Jimi Festival, Wroclaw, Poland
    JUNE 2016
  • Saturday 4th: Metalhead Meeting Open Air, Bucharest, Romania
  • Sunday 5th: Rock Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • Sunday 19th: Hellfest, Clisson, France
  • Friday 24th: NummiRock, Kauhajoki, Finland
  • Saturday 25th: Dokk’Em Open Air, Dokkum, Netherlands
    JULY 2016
  • Sunday 10th: Rockoff Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Thursday 14th: Bang Your Head, Balingen, Germany
  • Friday 15th: Barcelona Rock, Barcelona, Spain
  • Saturday 16th: Woodstock, Kostryn, Poland
  • Friday 29th: Metal Days, Tolmin, Slovenia
    AUGUST
  • Saturday 6th: Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
  • Thursday 11th: Leyendas del Rock, Villena, Spain
  • Sunday 14th: Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-on-Trent, UK
  • Thursday 18th: Sabaton Open Air, Falun, Sweden
  • Saturday 20th: More Than Fest, Zvolenska Slatina, Slovakia

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earMUSIC / TARJA NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'THE SHADOW SELF' OUT AUGUST 5th, 2016
Posted by: Denis / 15.03.2016
earMUSIC and Tarja are very proud to announce the release of her new heavy rock album The Shadow Self. Over the last couple of weeks, the most successful Finnish solo artist has been teasing her fans on various occasions, revealing bits and pieces of the new studio album.

Finally, the highly anticipated news and the cover artwork are officially revealed: The Shadow Self will be released on August 5th, 2016 on earMUSIC.

"I am very excited to finally be able to share the first details of my new heavy rock album with all of you," says Tarja. "The Shadow Self is full of songs that are very dear to me. I cannot wait for you to hear the record that I believe is one of my heaviest albums to date. Keep your eyes open as there will be many surprises along the way to the album release on August 5th. I really mean it. Surprises will follow very soon."

With the release of her fourth rock album, the versatile singer is following up on the success of the multi-platinum and gold awarded previous records My Winter Storm (2007), What Lies Beneath (2010) and her most recent album Colours In The Dark (2013) which charted all over the globe including 4 Top 10 entries.

The Shadow Self is now available for pre-order in various formats, including CD Standard, Special Edition CD+DVD. The Digital pre-order is going to start on March 15th at 00:00am.

Tarja will perform songs from her upcoming album for the first time on festival dates this summer.

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AFM Records / The Last Vegas tourdates announced
Posted by: Denis / 14.03.2016
The first round of 'Eat Me World Tour' dates announced in Midwest, Canada, and West Coast. THE LAST VEGAS will be announcing more soon. Meanwhile get hungry for Eat Me, out on March 18!
  • 2016-03-30 US Rockford (IL), Kryptonite
  • 2016-03-31 US Madison (WI), The Frequency
  • 2016-04-01 US Chicago (IL), Double Door
  • 2016-04-02 US Jackson (MI), The Foundry
  • 2016-04-20 CA Hamilton (ON), This Aint Hollywood
  • 2016-04-21 CA Barrie (ON), The Roxy Sice Room
  • 2016-04-22 CA Toronto (ON), Cherry Cola's
  • 2016-04-23 CA London (ON), Call The Office
  • 2016-05-12 US San Francisco (CA), Bottom Of The Hill
  • 2016-05-13 US Los Angeles (CA), Viper Room
  • 2016-05-14 US Las Vegas (NV), Counts Vamp'd
  • 2016-07-23 US Seymour (WI), The Cow Festival

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earMUSIC / PAUL GILBERT 'I CAN DESTROY' OUT MAY 27th 2016
Posted by: Denis / 14.03.2016
From platinum album sales and number one chart success as a founding member of MR. BIG, to frightening the guitar community with new levels of ferocious picking technique with shred-pioneers RACER X, to exploring punk, pop, classical, blues, jazz, and progressive instrumental styles in his solo career, PAUL GILBERT has recorded a massive amount of stunning guitar music, all while circling the globe to play sold-out arenas from Japan to Jakarta. His newest record I Can Destroy is released on May 27th on earMUSIC 2016 as CD Jewel and digital.

PAUL GILBERT's style stands out for its rare combination of accuracy, creativity, and power – all which are balanced with PAUL's sense of humor and pure love of music.

Although PAUL is best known for his work with MR. BIG and RACER X, he has also toured with Joe Satriani's G3, played in a host of tribute concerts with legendary drummer Mike Portnoy, and been integral in the design of his signature Ibanez PGM and Fireman guitars. PAUL's legacy as a guitar instructor began when he was eighteen, when he was hired to teach at Hollywood's Guitar Institute of Technology. His groundbreaking 'Intense Rock' videos and DVDs have inspired legions of guitarists to improve their accuracy, speed, and phrasing. Years as a columnist for Guitar Player magazine, and most recently, Premier Guitar magazine, along with giving countless clinics, private lessons, and serving for five years as the dean of MI Japan, have given PAUL GILBERT deep experience in the art of communicating music to all levels of guitarists. Over twenty-five years in the music business have only increased PAUL's passion to explore the possibilities of music and the art of playing the guitar. Whether he's playing to 10,000 fans or jamming one-on-one with a student, PAUL GILBERT is living his childhood dream of taking the sounds in his head and bringing them into reality – on the electric guitar.

I Can Destroy is PAUL's next solo-masterpiece and will be his 18th solo album. The album features 13 very diverse rock-tunes. With Kevin Shirley producing, and an amazing band of Freddie Nelson and Tony Spinner on guitars and vocals, Kevin Chown on bass, and Thomas Lang on drums, PAUL rocks with more power and emotion than ever before.
    TRACKLIST
  1. Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal
  2. I Can Destroy
  3. Knocking On a Locked Door
  4. One Woman Too Many
  5. Woman Stop
  6. Gonna Make You Love Me
  7. I Am Not the One (Who Wants To Be With You)
  8. Blues Just Saving My Life
  9. Make It (If We Try)
  10. Love We Had
  11. I Will Be Remembered
  12. Adventure and Trouble
  13. Great White Buffalo (Bonus Track)

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earMUSIC / MYRATH TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'LEGACY' ON APRIL 29th 2016
Posted by: Denis / 14.03.2016
earMUSIC is proud to announce the cooperation with its French partner label VeryCords for the release of the new studio album by the Progressive Metal band MYRATH.

Legacy is a interesting album, not only for the undisputable impeccable and inspired playing, for the freshness of the songwriting and for the powerful production but because it is one of the very few examples of Metal music mixing oriental & cultural influences that rarely meet in the genre.

MYRATH (meaning 'Legacy') are in fact coming from Tunisia, a wonderful country mostly known for its Mediterranean beauty but certainly not for its heavy rock. In an historical moment where different cultures, different religions seem to be afraid of each other, once again music brings people together. What a refreshing and mysterious experience it is, to enjoy a band who has clearly admired the works of masters of the genres as Dream Theater and Stratovarius, adding the unique oriental harmonic touch coming from their history.

MYRATH tour Europe supporting Symphony X.

Their wonderful new album will be available on earMUSIC as CD Jewel and digital on April 29th 2016.
    TRACKLIST
  1. Jasmin
  2. Believer
  3. Get Your Freedom Back
  4. Nobody's Lives
  5. The Needle
  6. Through Your Eyes
  7. The Unburnt
  8. I Want To Die
  9. Daut
  10. Endure The Silence
  11. Storm Of Lies
    TOUR DATES 2016, support of SYMPHONY X
  • March 10th Feierwerk/Hansa, Munich (D)
  • March 11th Masters Of Rock Café, Zlin (CZE)
  • March 12th HSD, Erfurt (D)
  • March 13th Bi Nuu, Berlin (D)
  • March 15th Progresja, Warsaw (POL)
  • March 17th Knust, Hamburg (D)
  • March 18th Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DAN)
  • March 19th Matrix, Bochum (D)
  • March 20th 013, Tilburg (NL)

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Pure Steel Records / ASSASSIN'S BLADE 'Agents Of Mystification' cover, tracklist, releasedate: 29th April 2016
Posted by: Denis / 14.03.2016
The release date of the ASSASSIN'S BLADE album Agents Of Mystification on CD is April 29th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on April 15th, 2016 in label's webshop.

Ever since they heard the rumour that Jacques Bélanger was working on a new project, the first since his EXCITER days (The Dark Command, Blood of Tyrants, New Testament), the Metal legions have been expecting a new classic.

The label soon found out that Bélanger had joined forces with a trio of Swedish musicians, bassist/song writer/lyricist Peter Svensson (Void Moon, TRAP), guitarist/song writer David Stranderud (ex-PORTRAIT, INSTIGATOR, TRAP) and drummer Marcus Rosenkvist (Void Moon) to write some exciting new material. During the recording, Janne Stark (known from Overdrive and author of the Encyclopedia of Swedish Heavy Metal books) contributed with guitar solos on most of the songs. The result is simply amazing. Make no mistake: Bélanger's voice is as powerful as it ever was, with its typical US Metal - like high pitched screams! Now first, let it be known that Assassin's Blade material totally stands up to its Exciter influence, a trait that is most obvious in songs like The Demented Force, Transgression, Agents of Mystification. In Autumn Serenade or Crucible of War, Bélanger voice might even remind you of Bruce Dickinson, while the song Prophet's Urn will certainly appeal to younger fans of bands like TRIAL or PORTRAIT. Then, it is back to the thunderous mid-tempo Dreadnought and to the metallic Nowhere Riders, in which we hear a perfect mix of EXCITER and AGENT STEEL that will obviously appeal to masses of Metal fans.

As if it were not enough, those who want epic material will be pleased with Herostratos, where guitarist David Stranderud shows the World how much of a guitar wizard he really is. This album culminates in the heroic League of the Divine Wind, a saga in which the whole band shows its genius.

All things considered, Agents of Mystification is a killer album, and finally, it is made available to you, the Metal fans.
  1. Agents of Mystification
  2. Herostratos
  3. The Demented Force
  4. Dreadnought
  5. Autumn Serenade
  6. Transgression
  7. Nowhere Riders
  8. Crucible Of War
  9. Frosthammer
  10. League Of The Divine Wind
  11. Prophet's Urn
    Total Playing Time: 50:07 min
AFTER ALL sign with NoiseArt Records
Posted by: Denis / 14.03.2016
NoiseArt Records is proud to announce the signing of AFTER ALL, the flagship of the Belgian Metal scene for more than 20 years. Tours with legends such as ANTHRAX, KING DIAMOND, SACRED REICH, FEAR FACTORY and even a show as support of JUDAS PRIEST certify an extraordinary career.

The new After All album Waves Of Annihilation will be released on June 10th, 2016. It skillfully res on all cylinders and shows all the trademarks that have made AFTER ALL a genuine Thrash icon. Passionate energy meets creative songwriting. Guitarists Dries Van Damme and Christophe Depree deliver monster ri after monster ri – Thrash fans will have tears of joy in their eyes! Vocalist Sammy Peleman shines once more with his unique and profoundly diverse voice, providing goosebumps especially in the clean sung choruses.

The band states: "Dear Metal maniacs, we are both proud and stoked to announce that After All have signed a 3 album deal with NoiseArt Records. The new album Waves Of Annihilation is mixed, mastered and ready to be unleashed. In our humble opinion, the album contains some of the heaviest, fastest and most versatile stuff we have ever recorded. Prepare to be surprised… and floored!"

Waves Of Annihilation is After All's 9th full-length album. As on the previous two, Dan Swanö once again delivered a crushingly heavy, yet open production. No loudness war on this one! The intriguing sci-fi artwork was provided by Ed Repka.

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Imperative PR / UK thrashers SOLITARY set to tear up multiple festivals imminently
Posted by: Denis / 11.03.2016
SOLITARY have announced that they will be appearing at four of the UK's top underground Metal festivals this year.

First up on April 9th the Solitary thrash machine will be appearing at the Zero Tolerance Magazine sponsored Funeral Fest, where they will be second on the bill to French Death Metal monsters and Iron Bonehead artists Skelethal. Funeral Fest will be held at the Soccer Bar in Barrow in Furness and features an array of underground talent alongside Skelethal and Solitary, including Sodomized Cadaver, Burning Flag, Wolf Bastard, Repulsive Vision. There will also be a special tribute to the much missed legend, Lemmy Kilmister.

Next up will be the Mosh Against Cancer event, being held at The Magnet in Liverpool over the weekend of the 13th – 14th of May. Here the band will be lining up alongside heavy hitters like Desecration and Basement Torture Killings.

Then Solitary will be heading north to play at the 2016 installment of the Wildfire Festival, held at the Wiston Lodge, Biggar, in Scotland. Here the Thrash stalwarts will be appearing with Tim 'Ripper' Owens – the ex-Priest vocalist performing a special set based around the Judas Priest Live In London DVDRiot V, Vardis, RSJ, Soldier, The Deep, Wretched Soul and a host of other top Metal talent.

Finally, Solitary will be rolling into Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove for Beermageddon – the three day celebration of the finest in underground Metal talent taking place on the 26th, 27th and 28th of August. Here you'll be able to see Solitary test their fire power against the likes of Gehitika, Shadow Flag, Anihilated, Def Con One.

All these shows will be a great opportunity to hear Solitary unleashing some brand new material from what will be their first all new studio album since 2008s acclaimed Requiem. The Preston thrashers have just finished work in the studio with renowned producer Simon Efemy - noted for his work with Napalm Death, Paradise Lost, Amorphis, Crowbar and many, many more – and early indications are that this next release will be the finest of Solitary's twenty plus year career.
SPV / ASSASSIN are releasing new studio album 'Combat Cathedral' May 20, 2016
Posted by: Denis / 11.03.2016
German Thrash Metal pioneers ASSASSIN will come up with their new studio album Combat Cathedral May 20, 2016. The album will be released via Steamhammer / SPV worldwide and is available as CD, LTD. Edition LP version (500 only worldwide on red 180gr. Vinyl + CD) and of course as download.

The coverart was done by Marcelo Vasco who also did artworks for Slayer, Machine Head, Soulfly, Borknagar.

After founding member and shouter Robert Gonella has left the band in 2014 new singer Ingo 'Crowzak' Bajonczak joined in and it turned out that he was the right choice for the band. The new album shows very impressive that this band is still able to deliver fast and precise Thrash Metal on a high level. From the first to the last note of the album this is a full throttle Metal album containing loads of energy and ultra-heavy riffing! Fasten your seatbelt and welcome Combat Cathedral. This will make clear that Assassin is still on top of the list of German Thrash Metal bands.

Jürgen 'Scholli' Scholz (Assassin guitar) comments: "Like back in the 80s, the new album stands for Thrash Metal at it´s finest, but, after the last album Breaking the Silence, much more mature, developed and with a very fat production. Songs with 220 – 240 bpm are not rare, same with groovy moshparts, which are partially nested into each other and a lot of sticking refrains, which will animate you, to shout them along immediately together with our new singer Crowzak. The opener sums it up perfectly: Assassin are 'Back from the dead'!"

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Massacre Records new signing - FEANOR
Posted by: Denis / 11.03.2016
Are you ready for epic stories, face-melting songs and an overall thrilling Metal experience? Look no further, FEANOR offers all this and more!

The band's around since summer 1996 and has meanwhile released numerous successful and well praised demos/EPs and two studio albums.

FEANOR are no strangers when it comes to live shows, and the common bond of friendship and never-ending passion for metal between the band and the fans makes FEANOR an unstoppable force!

FEANOR is vocalist Sven D'Anna (Wizard); band founder, bassist and keyboardist Gustavo Acosta; guitarist Walter Hernandez and drummer Frank Gilchriest.

The band's upcoming album - We Are Heavy Metal - is the first record in the band's history that's sung entirely in English, and will be released later this year via Massacre Records!
High Roller Records / SAVAGE MASTER - Mask of the Devil
Posted by: Denis / 11.03.2016
Just as Savage Master's second album With Whips And Chains has been released to world-wide critical acclaim, it's time to have a look at what happened before this ground breaking release. Savage Master were formed in October 2013 by guitarist Adam Neal and female vocalist Stacey 'Savage' Peak in Louisville, Kentucky (of all places).

Taking their striking image from the 1960s cult movie 'Black Sunday' (aka 'The Mask Of Satan'), portraying executioners under the command of a witch, it was the band's 2014 debut album Mask Of The Devil that did take the metal world by storm. "We are thrilled with the reaction that Mask Of The Devil has received", enthuses mistress Savage. "It has been overwhelmingly positive, which was a bit of a shock as we did not realize we would gain as much recognition as we have, especially so early on".

Four hooded guys (looking not unlike the incredible mentors) plus a chick in high-heeled black leather boots swinging an iron Metal chain – don't get fooled by the promo pics. It's not about the image. With striking songs such as Blood On The Rose, The Ripper In Black, Altar Of Lust Savage Master instantly gained their well-deserved recognition with fans and press alike. Coming across like a raw mixture of Acid (Belgium) and Bitch (US) Mask Of The Devil is one of the best debut albums of any Metal band within the last couple of years. The album gained incredible marks in magazines such as Rock Hard (Germany), Deaf Forever (Germany) and Iron Fist (UK).

Due to public demand Mask Of The Devil is being re-issued on CD via High Roller Records.
Frontiers Music / Ten - new studio album in 2017
Posted by: Denis / 11.03.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the newly signed partnership with the band TEN for the release of a new studio album in 2017. In addition, the label acquired the band's full catalogue and will plan special releases in both physical and digital formats.

In April 1998, Frontiers Records released it first international release ever, that was from TEN and the album was the band's official live album, Never Say Goodbye. That release paved the way for more successful releases, both for the label and the band. TEN was also the very first band for Frontiers to make a dent in the national album charts. That happened with the band's fourth studio album, Spellbound which landed at #100 on the official album charts in Germany.

That record remains the band's most successful release and part of a catalog including classy Melodic Hard Rock masterpieces such as The Name of The Rose, Babylon and the awesome debut album, X. With a sound rooted in traditional British Hard Rock (think Whitesnake, Rainbow, UFO) and elements of American Arena Rock, TEN are now stronger than ever. As proof of this, the band's latest lyric video for The Dragon And Saint George will be showcased at SXSW Film, Interactive media and Music Festival at Austin, TX on the 18th and 19th of March – enjoy the video here.

Singer and songwriter Gary Hughes says: "We are proud to return to Frontiers for a multi album deal that will secure both future and past legacies. It is a particularly poignant return, in that it brings Ten home to the label which began 20 years ago, releasing the Ten double live album Never Say Goodbye. The new studio album, that is to be recorded this year, promises to bear all the commercial trade marks of classic Ten with plenty of power too. In addition, Frontiers plans to reissue the entire Ten anthology in a 14 disc box set to be entitle Opera Omnia, the Latin phrase for Complete Works. Ten are returning home in many ways and the future longevity of the band and it's songs, is preserved for this new chapter in the bands ever evolving history".

Get ready for the return of TEN!

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Ciconia inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2016
Progressive Metal band Ciconia has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. The band released this month their highly anticipated second album Winterize.

The band was formed in 2013 in Valladolid, Spain. The band released in 2014 their debut album The Moon Sessions, toured all over Europe, and being candidates for the Independent Music Awards in Spain in 2015. The band released their second album Winterize on March 1st, 2016.
Alberto Rigoni releases BASSMAN video (feat. Absurdcus)
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2016
Do you remember the Batman TV Series Theme song from the '60's? Well.. Italian bassists Alberto Rigoni and Absurdcus came up with this video parody... BASSMAN. Enjoy it!
Punishment 18 Records / Nuclear Aggressor new album cover unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2016
Italian raw thrashers Nuclear Aggressor will release their new second full-length album of their career, titled Slow Dismemberment, later this spring by Italian label Punishment 18 Records. The artwork was created by Manuel Scapinello.
Punishment 18 Records / Woslom streaming of a brand new song
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2016
Underworld Of Aggression is a brand new song from Brazilian Thrash metallers Woslom. The track is taken from the band's next album titled A Near Life Experience. The global release will be made by the Italian Punishment 18 Records and in Brazil the disc will be released by Shinigami Records.
Nuclear Blast / ALMANAC making of 'Self-Blinded-Eyes' video
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2016
ALMANAC, the new symphonic Metal band formed by Victor Smolski (ex-RAGE), will release their debut record Tsar on March 18th through Nuclear Blast. In celebration of the new album, the band will release the title track as a single next Friday too. Be prepared!

Now, the band has uploaded a making of the Self-Blinded Eyes video to YouTube, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the video being filmed.
HAMMERFALL sign with Napalm Records
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2016
A new era in the history of Austrian based record label Napalm Records has begun, and this is it! The signing of the mighty HammerFall is now official - signed, sealed and inked in blood! HammerFall – the saviours of Heavy Metal and one of the most influential and best Metal bands on the globe are now under the wings of the double-headed eagle! A band which is not only a house-hold name worldwide, guaranteed for delivering high-quality music and furious live shows for the past two decades, HammerFall have been the undisputed masters of ground-breaking anthems since the start of their remarkable career in 1993! What is most exciting about HammerFall is that the band is still on the rise and hungry for even more – and now have a label partner by their side that is willing to go above and beyond to make this happen. This partnership is set to conquer the music world!

HammerFall have proven to be much more throughout all these years – aside from their obvious devotion and dedication, the guys have always shown themselves to be extremely hard-working, but above all, down to earth human beings who inspire fans with their music. It is rare to see an established band maintain and grow their status over such a long period of time. This is one of the many reasons Napalm Records is so proud, honored, and even humbled to announce the signing of mighty HammerFall! This partnership is not just one of the most exciting and high class signings for Napalm Records in their history to date, but it is also an important step for the band, as it marks their monumental 10th studio album and beyond. Napalm Records is planning a massive world-wide campaign for this upcoming masterpiece to be released on November 4, 2016 that will leave mouths ajar in all corners of the globe! HammerFall & Napalm Records will make history together in 2016 and beyond!

Joacim Cans, HammerFall singer:
"After two exciting decades in the line of Metal duty I feel that signing with Napalm Records is the necessary step we need to take in order to grow as a band and reach the next level. Even-though we've been around for such a long time we are still hungry and craving for more. There are still territories left to conquer and Metal hymns left to write. In the past Napalm has proven to be a very strong and reliable label with great success and chart entries with bands like W.A.S.P., Monster Magnet, Kamelot, Powerwolf."

Oscar Dronjak, HammerFall guitarist:
"HammerFall has been very successful and happy with Nuclear Blast for almost 20 years, but in order for us to continue to grow as a band and reach new heights we needed a fresh challenge. This felt like a right and necessary step at this point in our careers, in order to keep moving forward and upward at a high speed. We view this label change as an opportunity to create something special, and firmly believe our best times are still ahead of us. That's why we're very, very excited to work with the people at Napalm Records for our upcoming, 10th studio album!"

Thomas Caser, CEO of Napalm Records, states:

"The signing of this extraordinary band is the major milestone for Napalm Records. HammerFall's signing unlocks a lifetime achievement for all of us at Napalm Records, but also for me personally as well! We put all of our efforts into making this happen as a team, as we believe HammerFall are one of the Greatest Heavy Metal Bands of All Time, and this is just the start of a huge world-wide campaign. Fans can feel rest assured that we will spare no efforts to make HammerFall bigger than they have ever been!"

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Metal Blade / Accuser premieres new track, Unreal Perception
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2016
On March 11th, German thrashers Accuser will unleash their new full-length, The Forlorn Divide, via Metal Blade Records worldwide. In anticipation of the release, the band has premiered a new track, Unreal Perception, via BraveWords.com now.

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Metal Blade / Artillery launches video for second single, 'Live by the Scythe', online
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2016
Danish Power-Thrash metallers Artillery are set to unleash their new album, Penalty By Perception, on March 25th worldwide via Metal Blade Records. In anticipation of this release, the band has now launched a video for the second single, Live By The Scythe!

Artillery comments: "It was great fun to record the video for Live by the Scythe on Fyn in Denmark. The filming was done in an old castle – Hindsgavl castle – in the forest, and in a school near Hesselager.The story behind the video is about death, fate, the meaning and acceptance of life and death. The video was done by M&M Production who also did the video for Legions."

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Flotsam and Jetsam sign with AFM Records, new album out in May
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2016
U.S. Thrash Metal legends Flotsam and Jetsam have inked a worldwide deal with AFM Records. The band's new album, simply titled Flotsam and Jetsam will be released on May 20th.

Timo Hoffmann (AFM Records A&R): "We're honored that Flotsam and Jetsam have decided to join our roster. Of course we've followed their career for many years and always valued the band's qualities. This new, self-titled album is a blast! We've been convinced right from the very first demos sent. It was obvious to us why the album is titled as it is: Flotsam and Jetsam holds the essence of what defines the band – this album is a statement, something to be proud of. And we are proud to start working with the band with such a special release."

The band states: "Flotsam and Jetsam really appreciated the fact that AFM laid out a legitimate, business plan for us when they made their offer to sign us. We believe they are as committed to us as a band, as we are to providing them with quality Metal to get behind and promote. Along with signing to a new label, all the forward movement for the band in the last two years has also allowed us to partner with new team members; like Chris Collier of CMC21 Productions, who just completed the mixing and mastering of the album and Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art out of the UK, for the album cover and stage production art, who are both doing a phenomenal job for us. We're looking forward to playing the music on this album live, which hasn't been a luxury for the band on past releases, as well as debuting our new stage look."
    Flotsam and Jetsam album tracklisting:
  1. Seventh Seal
  2. Life Is A Mess
  3. Taser
  4. Iron Maiden
  5. Verge Of Tragedy
  6. Creeper
  7. L.O.T.D.
  8. The Incantation
  9. Monkey Wrench
  10. Time To Go
  11. Smoking Gun
  12. Forbidden Territories

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AFM Records / Iron Savior new album 'Titancraft' to be released on May 20th
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2016
German Power Metal force IRON SAVIOR has completed work on their upcoming new album, titled Titancraft, which will be released on May 20th! It will be available as CD, Digipak, ltd. clear Vinyl & ltd. box set.

The cover artwork was once again created by Felipe Machado Franco.

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AFM Records / Human Fortress 'Thieves Of The Night' video clip available
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2016
German Melodic Power Metal band HUMAN FORTRESS is preparing to release their new album Thieves Of The Night on March 18th. The succesor to Raided Land (which was released in late 2013) includes twelve brand new compositions, which were mixed by Sebastian 'Seeb' Levermann in the Greenman studios, Arnsberg (Germany).

Have a look at the just released Thieves Of The Night video clip.

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Imperative PR / Rising UK black metallers FORMICARIUS announce Spring live campaign
Posted by: Denis / 04.03.2016
In an effort to prolong the darkness of winter FORMICARIUS will be taking to the road and playing some select dates across the UK in March and April, bringing their ferocious black metal presence to the following events:
  • 27th March – EASTER ABOMINATION – The Gryphon Bristol
  • 16th April – NORTHERN SYMPHONY FESTIVAL - The Venue Selby
  • 23rd April – BLACK METAL INVASION – The Firehouse Southampton
  • 30th April – NECROW BLACK METAL SHOWCASE – Scruffy Murphy's Birmingham
Although the name of Formicarius may be a new one, the fiends that lurk behind it have plenty of experience to draw on – with members of De Profundis, Phyrexia, Premature Birth in the shadowed ranks – and all that experience is readily apparent in the ferocious adrenaline rush of Lake Of The Dead and in their heart-stopping live performances – a real white-knuckle ride of terrifying intensity. Check out the Lake Of The Dead single here.
Imperative PR / Akem Manah - Demons of the Sabbat (Arcane Necro Doom/Death) featured ex-NILE & WHITE ZOMBIE members
Posted by: Denis / 04.03.2016
In the summer of 2014 an incredible album of colossal, arcane, necrotic Doom Metal was self released by Akem Manah. It emerged from their tomb-like studio with little to no fanfare and tragically was heard by precious few. That album was Demons Of The Sabbat and its story could have ended there. However, fortune brought this monstrous album to the doors of Possession Productions who immediately recognised its unique character and combination of power and atmosphere second to none. They immediately determined that the metal world should have a proper opportunity to hear what Akem Manah had created, so here you have the reanimated, second coming of the Demons Of The Sabbat...
br /> Featuring ex-White Zombie drummer Ivan De Prume and ex-NILE bassist Chris Lollis, supporting guitarist/vocalist and founder member Dead Nedry, Demons Of The Sabbat blends the heaviest of Doom with the most diabolical of death and adds a sorcerous, haunted, crypt dwelling atmosphere. There's nothing out there that captures quite the same sense of ancient terror as Akem Manah.

The album is available to buy in superb digi-pack format and high quality download directly from Possession Productions Bandcamp page.

Thank the dark gods, thank Possession Productions and then grasp this second chance to discover the terrifying magic and majesty of AKEM MANAH's Demons Of The Sabbat.
  • Genre: Arcane Necro Doom/Death Metal
  • For fans of: Triptykon, Funebrarum, Coffins, Evoken
  • Label: Possession Productions
  • Release date: 11.01.16
    Recording Line-up:
  • Ivan De Prume - Drums
  • Dead Nedry – Guitar/Vocals
  • Chris Lollis – Bass
  1. Dark Ritual
  2. Worship In Fire
  3. Reign Of Terror
  4. Possession Of Nun
  5. Hollow Graves
  6. Unholy Horror
  7. The Twisted Rites Of Satan's Bride
  8. Nightfall
  9. Demons Rise
Massacre Records / New signing: HIGHLORD
Posted by: Denis / 04.03.2016
HIGHLORD, hailing from Turin (IT), play Heavy/Power Metal with Progressive and symphonic influences and will release a new album later this year!

The band's around since 1997 and has already released 7 albums so far. Horror movie buffs may have already heard a few HIGHLORD songs featured in 'The Werewolf Chronicles' and 'Blood Of The Werewolf'. Besides writing, recording and performing original songs, the band also contributed songs to Manowar, Helloween, Stratovarius tribute albums.

They've also shared the stage with bands like Freedom Call, Elvenking, Sacred Steel and many more, and appeared on festivals like the Rock Inn Somma.

HIGHLORD went through several line-up changes, but this didn't stop them from doing what they love. Those changes even added new dimensions to their sound!

The band's currently adding finishing touches to their upcoming 8th album, which is set to be released in summer 2016 via Massacre Records.

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Massacre Records / LONEWOLF album details
Posted by: Denis / 04.03.2016
In the past few months, LONEWOLF were busy writing and recording their upcoming album The Heathen Dawn.

They recently finished the recordings with Xavier Sindt at Microclimat Studio, and the album's now being mixed and mastered by Charles Greywolf at Studio Greywolf.

Péter Sallai of Mortpaintgraphics created the album's stunning cover artwork.

LONEWOLF's new album The Heathen Dawn is set to be released on May 20, 2016 via Massacre Records.

Are you ready for a true Metal invasion?

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Inner Wound Recordings / Midnight Eternal debut album details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 03.03.2016
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the US symphonic Metal band MIDNIGHT ETERNAL to the label. Their self-titled debut album will be released on April 29th in Europe and North America.

What characterizes the sound of Midnight Eternal is the sense of melody- a synthesis of melody and power, crushing guitars, double bass and beautiful multi-layered vocals. Led by the beautiful and emotional vocals of Raine Hilai, the future of Midnight Eternal looks very bright.

The album was engineered by Eric Rachel (Skid Row, Symphony X) and the mixing and mastering was handled by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pretty Maids, Jorn). The impressive artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani, Delain).
    Midnight Eternal track listing
  1. 'Till the Bitter End
  2. Repentance
  3. Signs Of Fire
  4. Shadow Falls
  5. The Lantern
  6. Believe In Forever
  7. Midnight Eternal
  8. When Love and Faith Collide
  9. Like an Eternity
  10. Silence
  11. Pilgrim and the Last Voyage
  12. First Time Thrill
Napalm Records / HAMMER FIGHT release music video for 'Gods of Rock n’ Roll'
Posted by: Denis / 03.03.2016
HAMMER FIGHT brings a sound that many kids these days may have missed; pure hard Rockin' Metal. Versatile enough to share the stage with the most extreme Death Metal acts to classic Hard Rock bands and everything in between, HAMMER FIGHT are ready to make an impression on the today's Heavy music scene with their upcoming album Profound & Profane set to be released on March 25th.

Watch their new music video for the track Gods of Rock n' Roll here.
Som do Darma / Imagery: Brazil's Progressive Power trio debuts 'Blinded Nation' single
Posted by: Denis / 02.03.2016
The song will take part of the band's new studio album, successor of the highly acclaimed The Inner Journey distributed worldwide by Cleopatra Records.

The most dangerous power trio of the Brazilian Progressive Rock scene is back! Joceir Bertoni (vocal/guitar), Ricardo Fanucchi (bass) and Bruno Pamplona (drums/vocal), collectively known as Imagery, retook the recordings of its new studio album at Play Rec Pause Studios in Londrina/Brazil.

Still untitled, this will be the second Imagery's album, successor of the highly acclaimed The Inner Journey, that was nominated as one of the 'Best Brazilian Metal Albums from 2012' by Dynamite Magazine.

To give a taste of what is to come, the trio decided to launch a single, Blinded Nation.

According to Joceir Bertoni, "Blinded Nation can, at the same time, gather what best characterizes Imagery's sound with a contemporary and innovative touch that can point to a new musical spectrum to be followed throughout the new album."

"This was the first song written by us in this second stage", tells Joceir. "This new album will have a special value for us. We have the return of a great artist and composer who is Bruno Pamplona and the music came with fundamental ideas from him. We also had arrangements by Henrique Loureiro (keyboardist) who were also essential to the closing of the music".

In terms of lyrics, still according to Joceir, Blinded Nation is about the power of words. "Through words we can manipulate nations. For good and for evil. Through words we truly know who people are. Our path on music is always uncertain, however, we believe in people and in its words, because we can do nothing alone. The cover art, made by our friend Enrico Tomasetti, talks about this subject very well".

Blinded Nation, as the entire new album, has on production the signature of the respected Julio Anizelli (Mamaquilla, Terra Celta), with whom the group worked on the debut album.

In April, Imagery will launch a second single for the new album titled People Say.

ABOUT IMAGERY:
When Imagery came to light they surprised even the most optimistic forecast. Definitely! After all, who would expect that a power trio from the countryside of Brazil who plays Progressive Rock mixed with Heavy Metal and Jazz would reap many fruits with so little time of career and just one album released?

It all started with the release show of The Inner Journey, their debut album, which came during the opening for Focus, the legendary Progressive Rock group, in 2012. Then, the impact of the album in the national press might not have been better. In numerous reviews, the record received maximum rates, including Rock On Stage that also published that Imagery 'owes nothing to bands such as Dream Theater'. The Inner Journey was also nominated for Dynamite Prize as one of the 'Best Brazilian Heavy Metal Albums' of 2012.

Right on the next year, Imagery gave one of the most important steps in its career that was the signing of a distribution agreement with the U.S. label Cleopatra Records (Tangerine Dream, Nektar, Hawkwind,Motörhead, Yes, Asia) that already released the album The Inner Journey in North America, Europe and Asia. Soon, super positive reviews started to be published in the international press. The U.S. site Critical Jazz stated that Imagery 'is one of the few bands working in the field of progressive rock with the ability to keep the music fresh and revigorating'.

In 2014, the paths of Imagery and Focus crossed again. Imagery performed two more shows with Focus in Curitiba and Florianopolis.

Imagery also visited many other cities in Brazil during the tour in promotion for The Inner Journey.

Since then, the band have been working on the compositions for its next album.
Stormspell Records / MASQUERAGE Breaking the Masks: 17 Years Anniversary album
Posted by: Denis / 02.03.2016
Something new, something old, something borrowed, and something blue. This album contains several selected tracks from Masquerage's debut album, completely re-recorded to showcase the current band line-up and to reveal the true potential of the tunes, plus several brand-new songs to showcase what's upcoming, as well as two killer cover tunes by the mighty Stormwitch and Thin Lizzy.

To be released soon!
Nuclear Blast / RAGE tracklist of bonus live CD of 'The Devil Strikes Again' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 02.03.2016
Iconic German Metal trio RAGE are set to release their brand-new studio album called The Devil Strikes Again, on June 10th via Nuclear Blast. Now, the band revealed the tracklisting of the bonus live CD, which is featured on the limited 3CD DIGI.

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Inner Wound Recordings / Ravenia: debut album details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 02.03.2016
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the symphonic/film score Metal band RAVENIA to the label. Their debut album Beyond The Walls Of Death will be released on April 29th in Europe and North America.

The sound of Ravenia is characterized by the massive orchestrations and the beautiful and emotional vocals from Armi and can be described as a mix between composers like Two Steps From Hell and Hans Zimmer, and Metal bands like Nightwish and Epica.

Beyond The Walls Of Death was mixed by Nino Laurenne (Wintersun, Battle Beast, Ensiferum) at Sonic Pump Studios and mastered by Svante Forsback (Volbeat, Sonata Arctica, Apocalyptica) at Chartmakers. The album artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (Korpiklaani, Apocalyptica, Leah).
    Ravenia is:
  • Armi Paivinen - Vocals
  • Samuli Reinikainen - Guitars
  • Veikko Ringvall - Drums
  • Toni Hintikka - Bass
  • Ville Koponen - Violin
  • Erkki Lasonpalo - Violin
  • Janne Ahvenainen - Viola
  • Juuli Ilmonen - Cello
  • Tommi Laitinen - Contrabass
    Beyond The Walls Of Death track listing
  1. For Those We Forsakened
  2. Into Oblivion
  3. We All Died For Honor
  4. There Is But One Path
  5. In Silence
  6. When Darkness Reigns
  7. The Fallen
  8. We Stand As One
Cruz del Sur Music / DARK FOREST announces new studio album
Posted by: Denis / 02.03.2016
UK traditional Heavy Metal band DARK FOREST will hit the studio again in April 2016 to record Beyond the Veil, the follow-up of their acclaimed The Awakening release.

For the album artwork the band has successfully hired the skills of Duncan Storr, known for having worked and produced some beautiful artworks for Skyclad, Rage, Hawkwind, Elixir etc.

The album is set to be released in late summer 2016.

Beyond the Veil's cover artwork and track list will be revealed soon!
AFM Records / U.D.O. 'Dirkschneider' tourdates and DVD recording in Memmingen
Posted by: Denis / 02.03.2016
It is confirmed that DIRKSCHNEIDER will record a live show of the current 'Back to the Roots European Tour' in order to release an album/DVD later in 2016. The show will be recorded in Memmingen/Germany on April 2nd. There is only a limited amount of tickets left so in case you wanna become part of this special project hurry up!
    DIRKSCHNEIDER 'Back to the Roots European Tour'
  • 19.02.16 NOR-Stavanger - Folkern SOLD OUT
  • 26.02.16 SWE-Gothenborg - Tradgarn SOLD OUT
  • 27.02.16 SWE-Sundsvall - Folkets Hus SOLD OUT
  • 28.02.16 SWE-Stockholm - Fryshuset Klubben SOLD OUT
  • 01.03.16 FI-Helsinki – Tavastia SOLD OUT
  • 04.03.16 FI-Jyväskylä – Lutakko SOLD OUT
  • 25.03.16 CZ-Ostrava – Garage SOLD OUT
  • 26.03.16 CZ-Zlin - Masters of Rock Cafe SOLD OUT
  • 27.03.16 CZ-Prague - Meet Factory SOLD OUT
    Close or very close to sold out already:
  • 11.03.16 D-Leipzig – Hellraiser
  • 12.03.16 D-Markneukirchen – Musichall
  • 13.03.16 D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
  • 23.03.16 D-Bochum – Zeche
  • 31.03.16 D-München – Backstage
  • 02.04.16 D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
  • 21.04.16 D-Hamburg - Markthalle
  • 22.04.16 D-Heidelberg - Halle 02
  • 24.04.16 D-Berlin – Postbahnhof

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METALMESSAGE / BLOODRED (Blackened Death Metal, DE) debut album 'Nemesis' (April 8th)
Posted by: Denis / 01.03.2016
BLOODRED have started the recording for the - longed-for by many - debut album in summer 2015.

For this the head of the band, Ron Merz, has teamed up with Alexander Krull (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES) in its Mastersound Studio in Germany mid of July. For the two it was to continue the successful BLACKENED DEATH METAL cooperation from the year before last year.

Recording master Krull produced the whole and took over mixing and mastering. After the critically acclaimed EP The Lost Ones, which was released in August 2014, the done co-operative represented the second collaboration of this proven team.

In the technically well-equipped halls of the renowned Mastersound Studios releases of known acts like ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES, BELPHEGOR, OBSCURA have already been provided with a great sound. The guitars got recorded under the direction of Thorsten Bauer (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES).

Once more with the mystical game in Swabian realms was also Joris Nijenhuis (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES), who played the drums just as it did at 2014 EP The Lost Ones. BLOODRED mastermind, singer and multi-instrumentalist Ron Merz comments:
"I was insanely blazed with great joy at the new recording sessions! In the Mastersound one can work as relaxed as fully focused. And Alex was always close with words and deeds."

Equally important to the studious BLOODRED main actor is the competent and experienced Joris Nijenhuis who plays the drum parts for the upcoming longplay crusher:

"Joris is a world-class drummer, bringing in a whole new way ennobling, powerful dimension to my music with its style!"

The release of the debut album strike of BLOODRED, entitled Nemesis, is scheduled for April 8th, 2016.
Century Media / Voivod 'Post Society' EP out now; more tour dates announced
Posted by: Denis / 01.03.2016
The latest release by Canadian progressive sci-fi Metal innovators VOIVOD is a Mini-CD entitled Post Society EP, out now worldwide via Century Media Records.

Post Society follows up 2013's acclaimed Target Earth album and is a very special release available as Digipak CD and Digital Download, adorned by the distinctive artwork of VOIVOD drummer Michel 'Away' Langevin.

The EP contains 5 studio tracks, including the previously vinyl-only new VOIVOD songs from the limited split 7" EP's with label-mates At The Gates and Napalm Death, two brand new songs and a Hawkwind cover (Silver Machine) with a total playing time of 30 minutes. Here is the full track-listing:
  1. Post Society (06:17)
  2. Forever Mountain (05:12)
  3. Fall (06:42)
  4. We Are Connected (07:26)
  5. Silver Machine (04:48)
The Mini-CD's title track, Post Society, can be checked out here.

In addition to their remaining North American tour dates with Vektor and Black Fast, VOIVOD have also revealed Summer tour plans alongside King Parrot and Child Bite in May/June taking place across North America. Europe and Mexico will also see VOIVOD for a string of festival appearances. Upcoming dates below with even more to be announced!
    Remaining VOIVOD & Vektor US tour dates:
  • 02.29.2016 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
  • 03.02.2016 Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar
  • 03.03.2016 Detroit, MI - The Masonic Temple*
  • 03.04.2016 Toronto, ON - Mod Club
  • 03.05.2016 Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood
    VOIVOD, King Parrot & Child Bite - North American Tour 2016:
  • 05.26.2016 Denver CO - Marquis Theatre
  • 05.28.2016 Las Vegas, NV - Vinyl / Hard Rock Cafe
  • 06.02.2016 Los Angeles, CA - The Whiskey
  • 06.11.2016 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
  • 06.13.2016 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
  • 06.16.2016 Edmonton, AB - Starlight Room
    VOIVOD - Live at Festivals 2016:
  • 07.23.2016 Mexico City (Mexico) - Hell & Heaven Fest
  • 08.12.2016 Jaromer (Czech Republic) - Brutal Assault
  • 08.13.2016 Leeuwarden (The Netherlands) - Into The Grave Festival

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Divebomb Records / FINAL SIGN ANNOUNCE NEW BASSIST
Posted by: Denis / 01.03.2016
FINAL SIGN has recruited bassist Cliff Stankiewicz to join the band going forward. Cliff is a member of The Reticent, and was also once a part of K-Octave with Brian and Shawn. This further solidifies the band's commitment to carry FINAL SIGN forward with shows and future recordings!

Cliff replaces Howard Baker, who declined to take part in the band's live activities. FINAL SIGN's debut album, Hold High The Flame, is available now and continues to receive rave reviews from around the world.

FINAL SIGN make their live debut on Friday, March 11 at The Pour House in Raleigh, NC with more shows to be announced!
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the signing of ETERNAL IDOL to the label
Posted by: Denis / 01.03.2016
ETERNAL IDOL is a new band which evolved from the ashes of HOLLOW HAZE (six albums released independently from 2006 to 2015) and features Angra and Rhapsody singer Fabio Lione, together with vocalist Giorgia Colleluori, Nick Savio on guitars, Camillo Colleluori on drums, and Andrea Buratto (Secret Sphere, Hell in The Club) on bass.

"We are very proud to be part of the Frontiers family and get the chance to release the first Eternal Idol album," says the band. "We are going to put all our energy, emotion and passion in the record. The new songs are the result of our live and studio experiences and combine hard and heavy material with acoustic and orchestral elements. We managed to forge a distinctive personal style which is the result of the background of each musician."

The band is set to enter the studio in the summer of 2016 and looks forward to releasing their debut album in early 2017. Fans of Hard Rock and Melodic Metal with Power, symphonic and Prog influences should stay tuned for this one!
25 albums entered into our database lately are:
1. Martyr (The Netherlands)
"You Are Next"

2. Maninnya Blade
"Tools of Destruction"

3. Maninnya Blade
"demo"

4. Manigance
"Volte-Face"

5. Deadly Blessing
"new album"

6. Majesty of Revival
"Dualism"

7. Majesty of Revival
"Broken"

8. Majesty of Revival
"Netherworld"

9. Mad Butcher
"demo"

10. Foreigner
"Mr. Moonlight"

11. Foreigner
"Unusual Heat"

12. Mad Architect
"Hang High"

13. Skull Fist
"new album"

14. Batio, Michael Angelo
"Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio"

15. Lujuria
"Esta Noche Manda Mi Polla"

16. Harlott
"Proliferation"

17. Lord Symphony
"new album"

18. Act of Defiance
"Birth And the Burial"

19. Lord
"What Tomorrow Brings"

20. Battlecross
"Rise to Power"

21. Queensryche
"Condition Hüman"

22. Lionsoul
"The Throne"

23. Dark Avenger (Brazil)
"new album"

24. Marauder
"Bullethead"

25. Riverside
"Love, Fear And the Time Machine"


15 bands entered into our database lately are:
1. Harlott
2. Act of Defiance
3. Battlecross
4. Detonator
5. December XII
6. Wildestarr
7. Atland
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9. Great Discord, The
10. Estate
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15. Staryy Sklep

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