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Nevereven and ANVIL - next week!
Posted by: Denis / 30.01.2015
Nevereven've had some killer shows thus far and they want to thank everybody for their interest and support. This next time out, the band is taking it up a notch. Their next show will be opening for Heavy Metal's most tenacious act, Anvil, on the first date of their 2015 Hope in Hell Tour. You heard correctly. For those of you who know, this is the Anvil from the well-known music documentary and from years of Heavy Metal fortitude. For those of you who don't know... well, it's these guys...

...Needless to say, Nevereven're probably going to keep their pants on, so they are going to need everyone's support on this one! The show is at The Shop Brooklyn, on Thursday, February 5th at 7pm... Nevereven are selling advance tickets at a discounted price, so send them an email and they'll be more than happy to hook you up. More details about this show can be found here. This is the first show ever opening for a national (technically international... they're Canadian) act, so come on out for some Metal on Metal!

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Napalm Records / EVIL INVADERS to tour with Majesty
Posted by: Denis / 30.01.2015
The Belgian Heavy Speed Thrash band EVIL INVADERS prefer it fast, loud & rude, especially when it comes to their new record Pulses Of Pleasure! This exceptional debut album will entice fans of both the Speed and genres and is ready to set for release on March 2nd in the UK & March 10th US/CAN (Napalm Records).

On top of it, wait until you seen these guys live on tour! Here are all upcoming EVIL INVADERS European tour dates together with MAJESTY:
  • 20.03.15 DE - Siegen / Vortex
  • 21.03.15 DE - Aalen / Rock it
  • 22.03.15 IT - Brescia / Circolo Cologny
  • 23.03.15 SI - Ljubliana / Gala Hala
  • 24.03.15 AT - Wien / Aera
  • 25.03.15 CH - Pratteln / Mini Z7
  • 26.03.15 DE - Nürnberg / Rockfabrik
  • 27.03.15 DE - Berlin / K17
  • 28.03.15 DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser
  • 29.03.15 DE - Köln / MTC
  • 30.03.15 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
  • 31.03.15 DE - Weinheim / Cafe Zentral
  • 01.04.15 UK - London / Underworld
  • 02.04.15 NL - Denn Haag / Paard
  • 03.04.15 DE - Bremen / Tivoli
  • 04.04.15 DE - Essen / Turock
  • 05.04.15 BE - Vosselaar / Biebob
My Kingdom Music / DRAKKAR present 'Run With The Wolf' cover and tracklist
Posted by: Denis / 30.01.2015
The new DRAKKAR album Run With The Wolf will be released via My Kingdom Music on March 16th!
With special guest appearances by Terence Holler (ELDRITCH's vocalist), Olaf Thorsen (VISION DIVINE, LABYRINTH) and Mat Stancioiu (ex-LABYRINTH) and with a limited digipack deluxe edition including a bonus CD titled Coming From The Past, with 5 classic songs from the first three albums of DRAKKAR re-recorded by the current lineup, Run With The Wolf could already be announced as one of the most awaited Italian releases of the year! Expect something modern, epic and personal as a few others are!

Album cover created by Alessandro Bragalini who created When Lightning Strikes cover too.

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METALMESSAGE promotion / NORTHLAND (VIKING FOLK METAL from Spain) Album 'Downfall And Rebirth'
Posted by: Denis / 29.01.2015
After a hard-working period of composition and studio enclosure, Spanish VIKING FOLK METAL masters NORTHLAND steps forward towards its consolidation with their second full-length Downfall And Rebirth.

The origin of NORTHLAND, back into the end of 2007, started when the band edited the first demo Freezing Sadness. Wagering on a quite unknown style in Spain, NORTHLAND began to make concerts in order to claim for a place within the national Metal scene.

Their melodic music crossed the borders and the band signed up for the German label Black Bards. As a result, Northland (2010), their first studio release, was brought to light. This launch of finest VIKING FOLK METAL opened the gates for NORTHLAND to participate in numerous festivals, tours and concerts around the European continent.

After three years and almost a hundred of gigs, NORTHLAND began to be considered one of the significant bands among the Folk Metal scene.
Blind Guardian new bass player
Posted by: Denis / 29.01.2015
Blind Guardian introduce new bass player Barend Courbois!

In the course of his career he had played over 4,000 shows and recorded over 60 albums. He worked together with musicians like Adrian Vandenberg (WHITESKNAKE), Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE) and Atma Anur (JOURNEY). In 2004 he has been voted as best metal and allround bass player by Guitar Player magazine.

His name is Barend Courbois, and he is the new bass player of BLIND GUARDIAN. Fans will be able to enjoy his skills on the new BLIND GUARDIAN album, Beyond The Red Mirror.

"This was the longest production I have ever been involved in," the Dutch musician explains. "As we all know, the recordings took a total of two years. The music is so versatile, which is just what makes the style of BLIND GUARDIAN so unique."

Regarding his own style, Courbois is quite confident: "I play in a very powerful, but also melodic way," he explains. "You could compare me to John Deacon. Something that QUEEN-fans Hansi Kürsch and guitarist André Olbrich really like."

Frontman Hansi Kürsch confirms: "Barend is top. He is the ideal bass player for us and has a lot of musical understanding. He is variable and multifaceted, but still able to create all the power we need. And the fact that Krefeld is so close to the Dutch border makes our liaison really easy."

Music has always been in Barend's (who studied bass at Lyceum in Arnhem) blood. His father Pierre (74) is a world-famous jazz drummer and still performing on stage and had played alongside superstars like Jean-Luc Ponty and Ben Webster. At the age of four Barend started playing drums himself, at age eight he first picked up the bass and for quite a while enjoyed bagpipes as well. No wonder he feels right at home everywhere from rock and Metal to jazz and funk.

The way he got in touch with BLIND GUARDIAN is not as spectacular as one might think. "One day I got an unexpected phone call from producer Charlie Bauerfeind, whom I had met at a project we both were involved in the early 90s," the bass player recalls. "He asked me, if I was available during the next six months, to tour with a major Metal band. He wouldn't tell me the band's name at first though."

Just one day after agreeing to this new engagement, Barend Courbois met BLIND GUARDIAN in Krefeld, only to find himself on tour two weeks later. "I was a total wreck before my first gig: It's a real challenge to play BLIND GUARDIAN songs, but I love it!"

BLIND GUARDIAN will release their highly-anticipated tenth studio release, Beyond The Red Mirror, on January 30th in Europe, February 2nd in the UK and February 3rd, 2015 in North America.

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Century Media / Voivod launch new song 'We Are Connected' from upcoming split 7" with At The Gates; Start North American Tour with Napalm Death
Posted by: Denis / 28.01.2015
VOIVOD have recently recorded a new song for a split 7" vinyl release with label-mates At The Gates. The collectors item will be available in stores April 7 and you can check out the song, We Are Connected on Spotify now.

You can also check also check it out in visual form on the Century Media YouTube channel.

The band will also set out on their first full length North American tour tonight, with label-mates Napalm Death, since the release of their most recent album, TARGET EARTH, which was released in January of 2013. The band had to take time off due to personal injuries and a line-up change. They are now back in full swing and start the 'Through Space And Grind' tour tonight in Miami. Here are the dates:
    'Through Space And Grind' North American Tour 2015: Featuring NAPALM DEATH & VOIVOD w/ Exhumed, Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate and special guests (on select dates) Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia
  • 01.27.2015 - Miami, FL - Grand Central *
  • 01.28.2015 - St Petersburg, FL - State Theater *
  • 01.29.2015 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *
  • 01.30.2015 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's *
  • 01.31.2015 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage *
  • 02.02.2015 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater *
  • 02.03.2015 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
  • 02.04.2015 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
  • 02.05.2015 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick's
  • 02.06.2015 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
  • 02.07.2015 - Worcester, MA - Palladium *
  • 02.08.2015 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance Theater *
  • 02.09.2015 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom *
  • 02.10.2015 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's *
  • 02.11.2015 - Minneapolis, MN - Amsterdam *
  • 02.12.2015 - Winnipeg, MB - The Zoo
  • 02.13.2015 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
  • 02.14.2015 - Calgary, AB - Republik
  • 02.15.2015 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
  • 02.17.2015 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater **
  • 02.18.2015 - Seattle, WA - Studio 7 #
  • 02.19.2015 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
  • 02.20.2015 - Oakland, CA - Metro ##
  • 02.21.2015 - Fresno, CA - Strummers ##
  • 02.22.2015 - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
  • 02.23.2015 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red ##
  • 02.24.2015 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater ##
  • 02.25.2015 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall ##
  • 02.26.2015 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater ##
  • 02.27.2015 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey ##
  • 02.28.2015 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's ##
    * = Ringworm, ** = Dayglo Abortions, # = Theories, ## = Phobia

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Lion Music / Opposing Motion to record new album
Posted by: Denis / 28.01.2015
British Prog metallers Opposing Motion 2nd album is now in the works and the production will be in the hands of Simone Mularoni at Domination Studios (EMPYRIOS LALU, DGM, VISION DIVINE etc.).
Lion Music / new video clip from Simone Fiorletta
Posted by: Denis / 28.01.2015
Italian guitar ace Simone Fiorletta has a new video available.

Except for this four amazing solo albums (Personalities is his latest release) Simone has also released and album with the all star Prog Metal band No Gravity as well as two albums with his first band Moonlight Comedy.
GlobMetal Promotions / Fatum Aeternum release new maxi-single 'The Pain'
Posted by: Denis / 27.01.2015
After almost a year of silence, Fatum Aeternum presents their new work – Maxi Single The Pain, intended to be the first but not the last in a sequence of releases, aimed to be a new vision of dark rock and Gothic Metal. Renewed with strong electronics bit, arranged by Steve Gershin and completed by the sound production of George Falk, The Pain is a deep and highly visualized presentation of all the bands' influences.

The band comments: "After releasing our previous single One Bastard we once again went into a creative search. It took us a while, but eventually we came across the combination that fits us both as a band and as individuals. This combination includes dominating atmosphere created by the new means of technology, specifically by Orion Platinum by Synapse Audio Software and Addictive Drums by XLN Audio. We're very grateful to the creators of these amazing tools for helping musicians to achieve a great sound easily and with affordable price".

Among others, the new musical style of the band preserves the elements from years back: expressional male and female vocals, heavy, yet atmospheric guitars and piercing violin solos. As for the future, the band plans to continue the practice of maxi-singles, releasing new songs alongside reworked and improved versions of older songs that didn't receive the exposure they deserve.
Nuclear Blast / BLIND GUARDIAN 'Beyond The Red Mirror' signing sessions and release parties announced
Posted by: Denis / 27.01.2015
Celebrating the release of their tenth studio album, Beyond The Red Mirror, Metal's most acclaimed storytellers BLIND GUARDIAN will do a run of release parties and signing sessions at several locations in Germany. The release parties give the fans a chance to listen to Beyond The Red Mirror in its entirety on the release day and win some merchandise.

For those who want to meet & greet the band in person, there will be three dates to check: Vocalist Hansi Kürsch and guitarist Marcus Siepen will be around for the signing session at the Saturn stores in Düsseldorf and Cologne and guitarist André Olbrich will join in Hansi and Marcus for the third session at Saturn Hamburg.
  • Saturn Düsseldorf – January 30 at 18 CET Address: Königsallee 56, 40212 Düsseldorf
  • Saturn Köln Hansaring – February 03 at 18 CET Address: Maybachstraße 115, 50670 Köln
  • Saturn Hamburg – February 04 at 18 CET Address: Mönckebergstraße 1, 20095 Hamburg

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Massacre Records / STORMWITCH and SCANNER new albums out now
Posted by: Denis / 27.01.2015
STORMWITCH's new album Season Of The Witch is out now.

SCANNER's new album The Judgement is out now.
Century Media / Paradise Lost announces new album title and release date
Posted by: Denis / 27.01.2015
After taking a trip back in time with the Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) album and the last studio album Tragic Idol (2012) which entered the charts in over 10 European countries - most notably #2 in UK Rock Charts, #6 in Germany, #15 in Austria, #30 in France and #32 in North America Top New Artists/Heatseeker Charts - it's now time for PARADISE LOST's 14th studio album! The album will be titled The Plague Within and will be released via Century Media Records on June 1st in Europe and June 2nd in North America.

Nick Holmes comments: "We wanted to approach the new album differently this time by embracing the band's VERY early days. We have written a very dark, yet melodic album, but this time many songs definitely have a death metal edge, which is something we haven't done for a long long time in PARADISE LOST."

The Plague Within was produced and mixed by Jaimie Gomez Arellano from Orgone Studios in London (GHOST BC, ULVER, CATHEDRAL, ANGEL WITCH).

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GRIMLORD - HELL'S YEAR (LIVE STREAM ON LINE) TRAILER 01.03.2015
Posted by: Denis / 26.01.2015
GRIMLORD will release live bootleg! GRIMLORD - HELL'S YEAR IN GRIMSHOP

AND STREAM IT ON LINE (LIVE) - watch at home by platform Grimlord TV 01.03.2015.

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Century Media / Adrenaline Mob premiere their cover of 'Devil Went Down To Georgia'
Posted by: Denis / 26.01.2015
ADRENALINE MOB recorded a guitar driven version of the classic fiddle duel, The Devil Went Down To Georgia for their upcoming rarities EP.

Following the success of their 2013 covers release, Coverta, Adrenaline Mob will release Dearly Departed through Century Media on February 10th. In a departure from Coverta the disc will feature in addition to 4 cover tunes, an unreleased track from the Men of Honor sessions, 3 acoustic renditions of songs from both Omerta and Men of Honor, and an edited version of the Men of Honor track Dearly Departed which is service to radio.

The disc, co produced by vocalist Russell Allen and guitarist Mike Orlando, features the following tracks:
  1. Snortin' Whiskey (Pat Travers)
  2. Dearly Departed (Edited version of Men of Honor track)
  3. The Devil Went Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels Band)
  4. Crystal Clear (Acoustic version of Men of Honor track)
  5. Sabbath Medley (Black Sabbath)
  6. Whatever Gets You Through The Night (Unreleased from Men of Honor sessions)
  7. Angel Sky (Acoustic version of Omerta track)
  8. All on the Line (Acoustic version of Omerta track)
  9. Tie Your Mother Down (Queen)

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High Roller Records / TRIAL - Vessel out now
Posted by: Denis / 26.01.2015
Trial are the newest Metal sensation from Sweden. They originally formed in 2007 but only when singer Linus Johansson joined in 2010, they were beginning to make headway as guitarist Andreas Johnsson explains: "Before Trial we all played in different bands and whatnot with each other, but since we were so young, I view those years as the period where we all learned how to play our instruments. Alexander Ellström was more or less the one who got me in to playing guitar, so we often sat together as kids with KISS posters on the wall and played covers until our parents bled from their ears..."

In 2011 Trial issued their debut album The Primordial Temple via the Coffins Slave label, followed by the Malicious Arts 7" single on Nuclear Winter Records in 2013. Vessel is the band's first album for High Roller Records containing seven songs reminiscent of early Iron Maiden, mid-period Mercyful Fate with a bit of Omen thrown in for good measure. "Well, it is of course a great honour to be mentioned among such powerful names," says Andreas Johnsson. "It's flattering. But we don't want to be seen as a copy of these bands or write songs similar to theirs. If we've managed to capture the same feelings or energies as these bands on certain records it's great, but like I said, our intention was never to try to sound like them."

Which ever way you look at it, Vessel is a clear improvement in comparison to Trial's debut album. Guitarist Andreas Johnsson explains: "We've had the opportunity to work with driven people who put the music first, and High Roller is no exception. This is what we feel is the most important part, and High Roller will probably be able to get our music out to more people which of course is a great thing. We are very satisfied with how the album turned out. We surrounded ourselves with talented people throughout the whole process and it turned out exactly how we wanted it to, or even better. The studio with Andy & Olof, Costin who did all the layout and High Roller for making it all come together has our complete admiration. It's hard to pinpoint why Vessel is so much better than The Primordial Temple, but we've all grown into our roles in a weird kind of way. We've learned what tools to use and how to use them, and on Vessel I think that we have perfected it all. We've never been so close to our vision before, so it feels great. We wanted to create something that was entirely our own, so we looked as much inwards as possible and wrote whatever we felt 'hit the spot' inside."

Introspection, the B-Side of the band's latest 7" single, is not to be found on the album. Certainly to give the punters more value for money? Not a lot of young bands do this any more these days... "We thought about having it on the album to be honest," states Andreas "but in the end, we had too much material. Introspection is a special song that sticks out from the rest of the album, so we and High Roller decided that we could instead put that special track on a single instead of a cover or whatever. It just felt like a natural thing to do so we did it."

Bands like Portrait or In Solitude are very dark and have occult leanings. Is that a concept Trial sympathizes with? Andreas Johnsson elaborates on Trial's lyrical concept: "Our lyrics are about life and death, what once was, what is to come and what is beyond. That is the complete definition of it all. For me personally, I use music as a tool to explore and express parts of me. Nothing is off the limits, everything can be said and done. It's a powerful medium in that sense. The term occult Heavy Metal and/or occult rock gets thrown around far too much these days."

In the past Trial have not done a lot of touring, just a handful of gigs. They just take it as it comes: "Who knows, maybe we'll get on a proper tour in the not so distant future? We have set ourselves no goals whatsoever to be honest, we will continue doing our thing for as long as it's interesting and serves a purpose. I have no idea of what will happen after Vessel, but I like it that way. Music should never be predictable!"
Punishment 18 Records / Total Death release date announced
Posted by: Denis / 23.01.2015
Punishment 18 Records has confirmed that The Pound of Flesh, the new Italian metallers Total Death full-length, will be released on next January 25.

The new album was produced at Studio Decibel in Busto Arsizio (Varese, Italy) by the expert sound engineer Lorenzo Testa.
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS signs To Napalm Records
Posted by: Denis / 23.01.2015
Female fronted Metallers, UNLEASH THE ARCHERS have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records!

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS live shows are fast-paced and wildly entertaining; the combination of power vocals, death screams, tasty guitar licks and complex drumming provides a little something for everyone. The Canadian shooting stars plays kick ass heavy metal; with fist-pumping anthemic melodies you can't help but sing along to! Their upcoming record is scheduled for early/mid June 2015!

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS on their signing with Napalm Records: "We are so honoured to be joining the team at Napalm! The roster is fantastic, and there are actually already some of our Canadian friends on there so we know it's a great fit. We can not wait to share our new album with the world, and we have the utmost confidence in Napalm to help us do that!"
Massacre Records / New signing: STORMHAMMER
Posted by: Denis / 22.01.2015
STORMHAMMER are going to release their new and fifth album Echoes Of A Lost Paradise in summer 2015 via Massacre Records!

The band, hailing from Munich (Germany), is around since 1993 and recently introduced the new band members Jürgen Dachl (vocals), Bernd Intveen (guitar) as well as Chris Widmann (drums).

Influenced by their previous work in other metal bands, the sound of STORMHAMMER will change a little bit! The band's currently in the final stages of the album recordings.
    STORMHAMMER Live
  • 08.-09.05.2015 DE Straßkirchen - Plutonium-Klub (Bavarian Hard Festival)
  • 05.06.2015 DE Geiselwind - EventZentrum Strohofer Geiselwind (Out & Loud Festival)
  • 28.11.2015 DE München - Backstage

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Nightmare Records / CROSSNAIL 'Sands of Time'
Posted by: Denis / 22.01.2015
CrossNail is a melodic heavy rock band with Metal elements hailing from Norway. Formerly known as Teodor Tuff the bands sound had changed dramatically on their last album with the addition of the Haroy Brothers and new vocalist their cousin Terje. In an effort to establish the new name, they're offering these two HUGE songs the the masses.
  1. Sands of Time Released December 19th, 2014. Featuring contributing guest vocals by the stunning Amaranthe vocalist Elize Ryd
  2. Somebody That I Used To Know a massive remake of GOTYE's 2011 mega hit.
Raging Death signs for Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 22.01.2015
Polish Thrash metallers Raging Death have signed a new record deal with Punishment 18 Records for the release of their new full-length album.

Raging Death play an old school Thrash Metal influenced by 80s Teutonic Thrash scene.
Stormspell / Blazon Stone
Posted by: Denis / 22.01.2015
Message from Stormspell:
"I showcase a new demo track of Blazon Stone! This song is not going to be an official part of the upcoming album, it's more of an audition for the new kick ass vocalist, Georgy Peichev (Outer Limits, Mosh-Pit Justice)! So yeah once I've finished recording Breitenhold guitars I will start with the REAL Blazon Stone recordings! And yes, as you can hear it's Angelo Sasso guesting on drums on this track, but I will record real drums for the album.

Lyrics for A Traitor Among Us are written by Mina Walkure, who won the Blazon Stone lyric contest a while ago!

Also Fight Or Be Dead and The Lost Vessel is written by Jan Pawel from Poland, who will in the first place take care of all atmospheric background sounds and other sound effects. So yeah, this is oddly enough the first album I do not write everything for, except Lector of course, but most Stormspell releases have been penned completely by yours truly. Don't worry, Jan Pawel writes some good stuff too!"

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Anatomy of I - new supergroup signs for Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 21.01.2015
Anatomy of I is a new supergroup that has just signed a new record deal with Italian label Punishment 18 Records.

The band is made up of several different famous and talented musicians including bass player Steve di Giorgio (Sadus, Testament, Artension, Control Denied, Sebastian Bach, Death and many more), drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, Aborted, Devin Townsend Project, Warrel Dane and many more) and singer and guitarist Michael Dorrian. The release is expected in summer 2015.
CRIMSON WIND join Pitch Black Records
Posted by: Denis / 21.01.2015
Pitch Black Records announces the addition of Italian symphonic Power Metal band CRIMSON WIND to its artist roster.

Formed in Palermo, Italy, in December 2008 by Claudio Florio (of Trinkarius and Holy Knights) and Niki Zummo who both wanted to form a band heavily influenced by Power Metal, the band's debut album (The Wings of Salvation) was released in 2011 receiving raving reviews worldwide from fans and music critics.

The band is now back with their sophomore effort, titled Last Poetry Line and featuring a new vocalist along with a refreshing sound delivering their fierce version of symphonic Power Metal which apart from some damn serious drumming and riffing also includes fine keyboard and choir arrangements among other elements. This is definitely an album no Power Metal fan should miss!

Last Poetry Line is out on February 23rd / April 14th (US and Canada) on CD and digital with the CD version including a bonus track. A song from the album is now available for streaming and free download here. The album is up for preorder at label's Online Store.
    Album tracklist:
  1. Black Shelter
  2. Last Poetry Line
  3. Death Dwells in Sight
  4. In Vain
  5. The Hills Gaze in Silence
  6. Still
  7. The Storm
  8. Whisper
  9. Heirloom
    Bonus(es):
  10. Farewell is Forever

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My Kingdom Music / DRAGONHAMMER 'TIME FOR EXPIATION (MMXV EDITION)'
Posted by: Denis / 21.01.2015
Released 10 years ago, the album was welcomed as one of the best Italian Power Progressive releases of all time and the 5000 copies sold till now demonstrate the great value of this album. It is an explosive mix of Power, epic and Progressive Metal in the real DRAGONHAMMER tradition and style.

This new edition includes a new digital treatment for the artwork thanks to the artist Antonio Pannullo and 3 bonus tracks: Letters Of Pain already released on the Japanese edition of the album first press, and two bonus live tracks recorded during the 2014 European tour together with FREEDOM CALL.

A new European tour will start early next year and some live shows in South America are in program too. Wait for something really shattering!

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LETHAL SAINT signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 21.01.2015
The Heavy Metal band LETHAL SAINT from Nicosia (Cyprus), which released two demos, one single and 2010 the full-length album Lethal Saint, have signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS.

Band statement:
"It's an honour for us to announce the release of our second complete album named Third World War – WWIII under the German record label Pure Steel Records. Pure Steel is an outstanding record label with which we have established excellent communication over the past few months and has agreed to publish, release and distribute our album. Having a number of honourable Metal bands in its fleet and combined with exceptional distribution capabilities, pure steel is a massively respected record label in the world of metal music and hence it is a pleasure for Lethal Saint to collaborate with Pure Steel."

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My Kingdom Music / A new epic journey for DRAKKAR
Posted by: Denis / 20.01.2015
It's time for DRAKKAR to sail again.

Prime movers of the Italian Power Metal scene, DRAKKAR have completed work on their fifth album, titled Run With The Wolf set for release on March 16th on My Kingdom Music.

It's once again an epic journey, a perfect mixture of Power and traditional Metal that will have you sing along from start to finish!

Special guest appearances by Terence Holler (ELDRITCH's vocalist), Olaf Thorsen (VISION DIVINE, LABYRINTH) and Mat Stancioiu (ex-LABYRINTH) make it a must for all fans of the Italian Metal scene.

The album will be released in limited digipack deluxe edition including a bonus CD titled Coming From The Past, with 5 classic songs from the first three albums of DRAKKAR re-recorded, refreshed and taken to new heights by the current lineup!

The dragonship sails on!

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Napalm Records / MOONSPELL announce release dates & album cover
Posted by: Denis / 20.01.2015
MOONSPELL are one of the few pioneers of their Dark Metal style and they are contemporary of the greats in their genre. For more than 20 years, when writing an album, they go deep and they sign their souls away to the lunar side. Their upcoming album Extinct will be released via Napalm Records on the following dates:
  • G/A/S/Europe/AUS: 06.03.2015
  • UK/NO/FR/DK/IT: 09.03.2015
  • SE/ESP: 11.03.2015
  • USA/CAN: 17.03.2015
There will also be a very special 80-minute documentary Bonus DVD included in the media book edition, which provides an in-depth making of the album feature from the first note on, as well as the day-to-day lives of a Portuguese band in the studio. The exclusive DVD also includes statements from scientists covering the subject of Extinction, particularly the extinction of the Iberian Wolf, a cause MOONSPELL is personally involved.

Stay entranced and under the spell and don't forget to book a ticket to their forthcoming European headliner tour 'Road to Extinction' with special guests SEPTIC FLESH.
    MOONSPELL TOUR 2015 /w Septic Flesh
  • 12.03.15 NL - Nijmegen / Doornroosje
  • 13.03.15 NL - Haarlem / Patronaat
  • 14.03.15 BE - Vosselaar / Biebob
  • 15.03.15 DE - Darmstadt / Steinbruch Theater
  • 16.03.15 DE - Essen / Turock
  • 17.03.15 DE - Hamburg / Knust
  • 18.03.15 DE - Berlin / K 17
  • 19.03.15 DE - Munich / Feierwerk
  • 20.03.15 CH - Pratteln / Z 7
  • 21.03.15 CH - Vevey / The Rocking Chair
  • 22.03.15 IT - Romagnano Sesia / R'n'R Arena
  • 23.03.15 FR - Lyon / Ninkasi Kao
  • 24.03.15 FR - Toulon / Vox
  • 25.03.15 ES - Barcelona / Razz 2
  • 26.03.15 ES - Madrid / Shoko
  • 27.03.15 PT – Lisbon / Coliseum
  • 28.03.15 PT – Porto / Hard Club
  • 29.03.15 ES - Santiago de Compostela / Capitol
  • 30.03.15 FR - Toulouse / Metronum
  • 31.03.15 FR - Paris / Trabendo
  • 01.04.15 LU - Esch sur Alzette / Kulturfabrik
  • 02.04.15 UK - London / Underworld
  • 03.06.15 DE – Geiselwind / Out & Loud Festival – Napalm Records Label Night

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InsideOut Music / Riverside working on new studio album; announce title and upcoming tourdates
Posted by: Denis / 20.01.2015
Following up on 2013's extremely successful Shrine of New Generation Slaves release, Polish Prog masters RIVERSIDE are now working on a new studio album, to be released August/September 2015 via InsideOutMusic.

RIVERSIDE just finished composing all material and announced Love, Fear and the Time Machine as the title of their sixth album, further commenting: "Our sixth album, six words in the title, sixty minutes of new music, that's about how long the new release will be. And we won't be playing Hard Rock any more", Mariusz Duda laughs. "There will be many more melodies dressed in completely different shades. We're changing and evolving as a band, we're growing up but most of all we want to keep recording different albums which are simply great to listen to. And the new one will be like a deep breath of fresh air, very different to what we'd done before.

Love, fear and the times that have shaped us have the biggest influence on our life choices. The lyrics will be about everything that pushes us to make the most important decisions in our life."


The band are going to start recording the new material in March and it will be possible to follow the progress of their work on a special Instagram profile.

Some of the new songs will already be played at this year's summer festivals. Here is an overview of all upcoming RIVERSIDE festival appearances announced so far for 2015:
    RIVERSIDE Live 2015:
  • 11. July 2015 - Barcelona (Spain) - Be Prog! My Friend
  • 18. July 2015 - St. Goarshausen (Germany) - Night Of The Prog X
  • 26. July 2015 - Maidstone (UK) - Ramblin' Manfair
  • 12. September 2015 - Atlanta (USA) - ProgPower USA XVI / Sold Out!

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Vivaldi Metal Project / Rick Wakeman and more
Posted by: Denis / 19.01.2015
On January 12th, 2015, Vivaldi Metal Project's mastermind Mistheria and co-producer Alberto Rigoni met the wizard of keyboards and Rock legend of all times Mr. Rick Wakeman (YES). We are extremely proud to announce that he has confirmed his participation in the Vivaldi Metal Project! The project really amazed and deeply honored! Rick left a message to the Vivaldi Metal Project's fans/followers as well.

Special thanks to Mrs. Linda Brusasco, Mrs. Ros Tsang and Mr. Tim Tate and all the staff at Interesting Films for having organized the meeting in such a fantastic way and all together we thank Giorgio Spolaor, kind friend and pro engineer, at Blue Train's studio for hosting the meeting.
Metal Media / Save Our Souls new single 'Soul Domination' is available for download
Posted by: Denis / 19.01.2015
The new single, Soul Domination, from Brazilian symphonic Metal band SAVE OUR SOULS is available for free download.

The single was recorded at Studio UFO with production by Diego Voges. The cover was provided by artist João Duarte (Korzus, Hangar, Woslom).
Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH tracklist & formats of 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 19.01.2015
Finland-based symphonic Metal masters NIGHTWISH recently revealed the title of their upcoming new studio album called Endless Forms Most Beautiful. The record will be out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US).

Now the NIGHTWISH unveil all formats and the different track listings according to each individual format of their highly anticipated new creation.

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ALLTHENIKO new video clip online 'SCREAM FOR EXCITER'
Posted by: Denis / 19.01.2015
The band Alltheniko has just made available the video clip for Scream For Exciter, the song extracted from its new album Fast And Glorious recently released by the German label Pure Steel Records.

You can watch the video at the following link.

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InsideOut Music / The Neal Morse Band: EU pre-order for The Grand Experiment begins 19th January
Posted by: Denis / 16.01.2015
The Neal Morse Band are set to release their new album The Grand Experiment on the 16th February 2015, and the pre-order for the album will launch on the 19th January 2015 at www.insideoutshop.de

The Grand Experiment will be available as:
  • 2CD & DVD Special edition digipak featuring a bonus disc of unreleased studio and live tracks plus a 'Making Of' DVD
  • 180g LP + 2CD featuring the full standard album on CD plus the bonus CD
  • Standard edition jewel case CD

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KAMELOT Signs to Napalm Records, new album
Posted by: Denis / 15.01.2015
Symphonic Metal masters KAMELOT entered the studio in mid 2014 to begin recording their follow-up to the highly acclaimed chart topping album Silverthorn. The new album will make KAMELOT history as it will be released worldwide (excl. Asia) on Napalm Records/Universal and Napalm Records/ADA-Warner as an exclusive licensing deal through the band's KAMELOT MUSIC LLC this April/May 2015. In support of this highly anticipated release, KAMELOT will hit the road starting in March for select UK shows, followed by a massive North America Tour this Spring, with special guests Dragonforce (UK). Select Summer Festivals will follow and the band returns to Europe in September/October for their biggest headliner tour to date.

"We are extremely excited about having a growing and hungry independent label like Napalm with the power of major distribution that we will get with Universal and ADA Warner." states KAMELOT founder and guitarist Thomas Youngblood.

Thomas Caser, Vice President of Napalm Records: "Being a fan of the band since the band's Epica release it has always been a dream for me to work with KAMELOT! Finally this dream came true and we at Napalm Records are delighted and honoured to announce this signing. I foresee a bright future and we will spare no efforts to bring the band to where it deserves – the top! Watch out for the band's monumental new album this spring and witness KAMELOT & Napalm Records conquering the world in 2015!"
    Catch KAMELOT live on their upcoming live shows:
  • 12.03.2015 IRL – Dublin / Button Factory
  • 13.03.2015 UK – Pwllheli / HammerFest VII Festival
  • 14.03.2015 UK – London / O2 Academy Islington
  • 25.04.2015 MX – Mexico D.F. / José Cuervo Salón
  • 09.07.2015 CZ – Vizovice / Masters Of Rock Festival
    KAMELOT North American Tour With Special Guest Dragonforce:
  • 4/27: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
  • 4/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
  • 4/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
  • 5/1: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
  • 5/2: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
  • 5/3: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
  • 5/5: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
  • 5/6: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
  • 5/7: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
  • 5/9: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
  • 5/10: Saskatoon, SK @ Louis Pub
  • 5/11: Calgary, AL @ MacEwan Hall
  • 5/12: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
  • 5/14: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center
  • 5/15: Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
  • 5/16: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
  • 5/18: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
  • 5/20: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
  • 5/21: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Civic Theater
  • 5/22: Birmingham, IL @ Iron City Live
  • 5/23: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

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Metal Media / Syren: cover and new song from 'Motordevil'
Posted by: Denis / 14.01.2015
Rio de Janeiro's Heavy Metal act SYREN has just released the first song taken from their upcoming second album, Motordevil, scheduled for mid-February. The song chosen was My Shadow, My Dear Friend and is being presented through a lyric video developed by the group's drummer, Julio Martins.

Recently SYREN released the album cover. The work was in the hands of the artist Antonio Cesar from Not A Pipe Studio.
METALMESSAGE Promotion / MYRKGRAV (Finest FOLK METAL from Norway) New single 'Vonde Auer'
Posted by: Denis / 14.01.2015
Lars Jensen and his one-man FOLK METAL project MYRKGRAV is finally out with new material – the independently released digital exclusive single Vonde Auer.

Vonde Auer continues where Sjuguttmyra, the band's most recent musical effort from 2013, left off. In other words: old-fashioned Folk Metal in which Jensen blends old and new in a manner distinctly Norwegian – including extensive use of Norway's national instrument: the Hardanger fiddle, masterfully executed by renowned folk musician Olav Luksengård Mjelva.

Continuing the conceptual lyrical and visual tradition of MYRKGRAV, Vonde Auer features lyrics based off of folklore from Ringerike in Norway, Lars Jensen's homelands.

In addition to the regular Vonde Auer version (though there is very little regular about it), the release also features a genuine folk music twist wherein the song has been broken down, rewritten and rearranged for the Hardanger fiddle.

If one wouldn't know better, one'd probably think it a centuries old traditional piece of music from a faraway Norwegian fjord village. Alas, it's simply Jensen and MYRKGRAV continuing with 1000 mile steps towards the most genuine blend of folk music and Metal possible.
Intromental / Loch Vostok
Posted by: Denis / 14.01.2015
Swedish extreme Progressive metallers LOCH VOSTOK are set to release their 6th album titled From These Waters on March 27, 2015 through Vicisolum Records. Ten new songs that covers pretty much anything and everything metal, from Doom to übershred, from Death Metal to djent, from Black Metal to Prog Metal, from beauty to the ugliest of ugly! This time, only grittier!

Two new songs Like Poison to the Stars and Sentiment is streaming on Bandcamp.

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Limb Music / VEXILLUM - Unum
Posted by: Denis / 14.01.2015
Unum is a concept album, on which singer Dario Vallesi holds the sceptre as main character. He is supported in his singing role by internationally known vocalists Hansi Kürsch of BLIND GUARDIAN, Chris Bay (FREEDOM CALL), Maxi Nil (JADED STAR, ex-VISIONS OF ATLANTIS) as well as Mark Boals (MALMSTEEN, IRON MASK, RING OF FIRE), who sing the parts of other characters in the story. The songs, all highly melodic, do not sound overly polished, but the punchy sound blows your socks off. Unum stands for a strong mixture of Power and Folk, marked by superfast guitars, great choruses, bagpipes and lots of small finesses, which the listener will notice and register. All this makes VEXILLUM one of the top bands of the Italian scene, with an unmistakeable style of great Power Metal and Folk elements.
    Tracklisting:
  1. The Departure: Blow Away The Ashes (06:46)
  2. The Jester: Over The Clouds (Chris Bay from Freedom Call as The Jester) (04:57)
  3. The Sentenced: Fire And Blood (Hansi Kürsch from Blind Guardian as The Sentenced) (05:39)
  4. Lady Thief: What We Are (Maxi Nil from Jaded Star as Lady Thief) (04:47)
  5. The Hermit: Through The Mirror (Mark Boals from Ring of Fire as The Hermit) (05:26)
  6. The Way Back: The Clash Within (05:01)
  7. The True Beginning: Standing As One (05:54)
  8. Spunta La Luna Dal Monte (04:53)
    (by Tazenda)
  9. Run Runaway (03:08)
    (by Slade)
    Total playing time (46:25)

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SPAINT ink management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2015
Russian Alternative Metal band SPAINT has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions.

SPAINT vocalist Mikhail Krasnov said: "This collaboration gives us the opportunity to spread our music all over the world and we hope the world will appreciate that, thanks to GlobMetal Promotions."

SPAINT is a Russian band formed in 2005 in Moscow, Russia. The band can be truly named a perfect example of a 'middle way' in Metal. Balancing on the edge of styles the band performs an integral mix of melody and groove, urgency and tradition. SPAINT is about the search for the quintessence of Metal experience as well as for its new vectors. The band keeps itself busy with regular live shows and discography updates via Russian label Mazzar Records. On December 23, the band released their new EP MEΛOΔIA.
Nevereven first show of 2015
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2015
2014 was a watershed year for Nevereven as a group... a new line-up, new material, new website and of course, the first show in over two years this past November.

After lots of change and preparation, the band is poised and ready to take 2015 by the cojones. Starting with this show on Saturday, January 17th at Blackthorn 51.

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JOLLY ROGER RECORDS / WITCHWOOD - LITANIES FROM THE WOODS
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2015
Jolly Roger Records is pleased and excited to announce the signing of the contract with the Italian band Witchwood (born from the ashes of Buttered Bacon Biscuits), for the release of the debut album titled Litanies from the Woods which will come out in spring 2015 on CD and double LP formats.

At this link the album teaser video.
    WITCHWOOD:
  • 'Ricky' Dal Pane - Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin & Percussions
  • Andrea 'Andy' Palli - Drums & Percussions
  • Stefano 'Steve' Olivi - Hammond, Piano, Synth & Moog
  • Luca 'Celo' Celotti - Bass
  • Samuele 'Sam' Tesori - Flute & Harmonica
  • Davide Mosca - Lead Guitar
Nuclear Blast / BATTLE BEAST Unholy Savior out now
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2015
Finnish Power Metal institution BATTLE BEAST release their new studio album Unholy Savior, followed by UK (January 12) and US (January 27) 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

The international media result is already overwhelming. Among others, Unholy Savior won the Soundchecks of German Metal Hammer and Sweden Rock Magazine, and even made it on the cover of Inferno Magazine from Finland.

Check out the new 'track-by-track' trailer, including the songs Lionheart, Unholy saviour, I want the world... and everything in it, Madness, Sea of dreams and Speed and danger following this link.

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Nuclear Blast / ENFORCER new album 'From Beyond', first details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2015
Swedish Heavy Metal act ENFORCER has finished the recordings of their upcoming new album, called From Beyond. This fourth ENFORCER record will contain ten new songs, produced, mixed and mastered by the band members Olof and Jonas Wikstrand. The album will be out on February 27th (EU), March 2nd (UK) and March 10th (US).

Vocalist and guitar player Olof Wikstrand comments: "From Beyond is faster, heavier, louder, darker and more viscous all at the same time without loosing a tiny bit of what ENFORCER stand for. A fist in the face of all current trends and a stake through the throat of modernity. Total Metal!"

From Beyond will be released on a limited edition digipak, as well as on gatefold vinyl in different colors. Every sound wave you hear on From Beyond is 100% ENFORCER.

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The Rock N Roll Principal / Flesh and Blood Records / Things Are Looking Up for Principal Removed from His Position
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2015
Fresno, CA. middle school principal, Curtis Shamlin, was recently removed from his position. Since October 2014, Curtis has written a book, become a TV talk show host, sings in a Rock/Metal band, and runs a record label. His book, 'The Rock N Roll Principal', was just posted on Amazon a couple of days ago. It is an inspirational story of perseverance. It is somewhat dark about his abusive childhood, rollercoaster past, and how he became a success story. Curtis was physically and mentally abused as a child. He was a suicidal troubled soul bouncing around from home to home. He was deep into sex, cocaine, weed, and alcohol. He was the most likely of his classmates to be expelled from school, was kicked out of college, went back and graduated from college, became an elementary school teacher, signed a record deal, left his teaching job to go on tour with his rock band GRYP, quit his band to avoid a divorce, and became a successful decorated principal. The book led to Curtis becoming the host of internet TV talk show, 'The Rock N Roll Principal', which airs live every Friday night pacific time from 7pm-8pm on www.centralvalleytalk.com. The show features rock bands, political debate from all sides of the isle, and undiscovered bands and entertainers. All previous episodes can be seen on www.therocknrollprincipal.com.

Curtis started his rock band GRYP back up. His record label, Flesh and Blood Records, has secured Shamrock Media Group (P.O.D., Brian 'Head' Welch (Love and War), Disciple, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Fireflight, Red) for radio promotion of GRYP's single Can't Explain going for adds now. It can be requested on radio everywhere now. GRYP's Black album was released on Flesh and Blood Records on 12/16/14. The album is currently up on CD Baby, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Rhapsody, Shazam, Yandex and more. Pandora approved GRYP's Black album through Flesh and Blood Records a couple of days ago but is not live yet. It should be live in a few days. GRYP was pretty big in the scene several years ago and is back to do it again. GRYP's last album was never released for sale due to the band's former record label folding. It was produced by W Records/Walden Media, recorded by Stoker (Drummer for Dexy's Midnight Runners, Come on Eileen), was mixed by Randy Staub (Five Finger Death Punch, Seether, Thousand Foot Crutch, P.O.D) and by Ben Grosse (Breaking Benjamin, Sevendust, Chevelle), mastered by Robert Vosgien (Megadeth, Sick Puppies, Evans Blue), was represented by manager, Tim Gardner (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age) and Peter Riedling (Rage Against the Machine).

To find out more on all Curtis is doing, go to his website www.therocknrollprincipal.com. Curtis comments, "I can't dwell on negativity, especially in what I have no control over. My passion has always been in music and entertainment and now I get to do it full time. What is Curtis going to do next?"
GlobMetal Promotions / DESERT 'NEVER REGRET' OFFICIAL ALBUM TRAILER
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2015
Dark Epic metallers DESERT releases the official video trailer of their upcoming album NEVER REGRET, which scheduled to be released worldwide on March 30, 2015 via Raven Music.

DESERT crew says: "We do this because of your, dear fans and friends, long and patient waiting for the album release and we want you to hear and feel the vibe of the album, just if it's a little bit. And it's our present to you for the End of 2014 year. This trailer contains the previews of each song on the album, so you can get the general idea and atmosphere. Feel the Power of DESERT! Stay Metal!"

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METALMESSAGE Promotion / WORSELDER (Stoner Groove Metal from France) New EP 'MMXIV'
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2015
Sudorific heating riff powers: after exploring various aspects of Heavy Metal, the members of WORSELDER brought the band towards a style that is more and more their own and modern, based on solid rhythms, progressive arrangements and diverse vocals, all of which serve a musical style made for the stage.

Sick of all the nu-wave stuff ?!
THIS IS IT:
STONER GROOVE METAL!

And these guys have a 100% authentic approach, as much in their attitude as in their music, proudly taking on their Pyrenean origins, as their new EP MMXIV shows. Officially the new release has been set off the chain at the end of November 2014.

Far from the traditional nail wielding leather clad biker look, WORSELDER from Pamiers refuse to belong to any established category.
Y.O.C. new song, exclusively available on our website only
Posted by: Denis / 11.01.2015
Y.O.C.'s new songs recording is already on the way. The brand new song is Jeff Hanneman tribute, SLAYER cover SKELETONS OF SOCIETY that will be released very soon and will be appeared on our web-site only. Check out other Y.O.C. songs on our page!

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Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH ninth making-of 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' trailer (mixing and mastering) online
Posted by: Denis / 30.12.2014
Finland-based symphonic Metal masters of NIGHTWISH recently revealed the title of their upcoming new studio album called Endless Forms Most Beautiful. The record will be out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US).

Now the NIGHTWISH release their ninth album trailer. In this episode mixing engineer Mikko Karmila, as well as mastering engineer Mika Jussila give an insight into their work on Endless Forms Most Beautiful.

Tuomas Holopainen commented: "I guess mixing an album can be compared to editing a movie. We have to arrange the clips into a dramatic arc and find a good balance."

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Herman and Stefan left Accept
Posted by: Denis / 29.12.2014
"WE ARE PARTING AS FRIENDS!"

ACCEPT would like to thank Herman Frank & Stefan Schwarzmann for being with theband these last 4 + years, for making themselves available whenever needed and for rocking their asses off! The band and the fans all knew that they had their own careers and that eventually Accept would run into scheduling and other conflicts beyond its control. Herman and Stefan are now ready to take on the world, with their own band PANZER, a Nuclear Blast Record deal under their belts and a new album!

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Running Death: signs for Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 29.12.2014
Punishment 18 Records has announced the signing of German thrashers Running Death for their debut full-length album that will be release next spring.

The band comes from Kaufbeuren, Bavaria; they have already released two EP album, Raging Nightmare (2010) and The Call of Extinction (2012).
Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars entire new album available for streaming
Posted by: Denis / 29.12.2014
In October, Mindwars, the band featuring Holy Terror and Jester Beast members, released its debut album The Enemy Within. It is now possible to listen it on-line, entirely! The album is being released by Punishment 18 Records.

A vinyl edition is expected in January 2015 by Night Of The Vinyl Dead.

ALBUM STREAMING
COBURN PHARR to join ANNIHILATOR on board 70000TONS OF METAL 2015
Posted by: Denis / 24.12.2014
70000TONS OF METAL is proud to announce that ANNIHILATOR mastermind Jeff Waters has invited ex-vocalist COBURN PHARR to feature in their performances when The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise sails to Jamaica in January 2015. Pharr was lead vocalist on ANNIHILATOR's critically acclaimed and best-selling 1990 release Never, Neverland which includes classics such as Road To Ruin, I Am In Command, Reduced To Ash and Phantasmagoria.

Waters comments: "Seeing as how it is the 25th Anniversary of my favorite ANNIHILATOR album, I thought it would be a lot of fun to invite Coburn with us to perform some of the songs he was a part of. I haven't seen him since 1992 so I think the fans are going to spot us having lots of conversations about the old days (and my 80's hair style)! Current ANNIHILATOR vocalist Dave Padden is very much looking forward to this as he is a huge fan of that album and Coburn, but also because he won't have to play and sing those songs hahaha...!"

Jeff Waters will also be hosting JAMMING WITH WATERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS All-Star Jam which will feature members from the 60 bands on board 70000TONS OF METAL 2015, which includes ARCH ENEMY, APOCALYPTICA, BEHEMOTH, BLIND GUARDIAN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DESTRUCTION, MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK, NAPALM DEATH, THERION, VENOM and many more!

70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, will sail Thursday, January 22, 2015 on board the Royal Caribbean 'Liberty Of The Seas' from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and will not return to the real world until Monday, January 26, 2015. Ticket prices start at USD 666 Per Person (plus Taxes & Fees), which includes all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!
King Diamond's new bassist
Posted by: Denis / 24.12.2014
Pontus Egberg has officially joined King Diamond as a new bassist.

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Drummer Francesco Jovino left U.D.O.
Posted by: Denis / 24.12.2014
Drummer Francesco Jovino left U.D.O. due to personal reason. The band is searching for a new drummer now since a complete world tour is scheduled for 2015 starting early March 2015. If you feel ready to become the new U.D.O. drummer feel free to mail your application to fsuepfle@itm-agency.com (please NO big attachements with soundfiles or similar).

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JOLLY ROGER RECORDS / DARKING - STEAL THE FIRE
Posted by: Denis / 24.12.2014
New DARKING album, titled Steal the Fire, will be released on CD and Vinyl, 2nd February 2015 on Jolly Roger Records.

Album from Agostino Carpo former guitarist of the cult epic Italian band Domine (with whom recorded first 3 demos from 1986 to 1991), follows the canons of old school Heavy Metal, mixing sound of bands as Iron Maiden, Running Wild and Chastain. Epic touch, after the Domine's experience, is still current, in tracks as Steal the Fire, Eldorado, Icarus, The Storyteller and in the self-homage and tribute to early Domine days with the cover of the Stormbringer track (featuring Domine's Enrico Paoli on guitar), from second tape Champion Eternal.

You can see Steal the Fire videoclip here.

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Nuclear Blast / SONATA ARCTICA announce 'Ecliptica over Europe Tour 2015'
Posted by: Denis / 23.12.2014
Finnish Melodic Metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA recently released a re-recorded version of their debut album Ecliptica, which came out 15 years ago, under the banner Ecliptica – Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition on Nuclear Blast.

Now SONATA ARCTICA are proud to announce the 'Ecliptica over Europe Tour 2015', together with special guest FREEDOM CALL.

Commented the band: "It's been some months since we released the re-recorded version of our debut album Ecliptica and of course we couldn't resist the temptation of attempting to play the whole album front to back live. Hence, we're happy to announce the Ecliptica special shows in Europe. On these shows we'll perform Ecliptica in it's entirety as well as assorted hits from our catalog. This is a one-time thing only, don't miss it.
As special guest we will bring FREEDOM CALL who will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Eternity record and play a special set around that album. See you all out there!!!"
    SONATA ARCTICA Ecliptica over Europe Tour 2015
    Special Guests: FREEDOM CALL
    Metal Hammer, Musix, Blast, Rock it + Powermetal.de & Dragon Productions present:
  • 30.04.2015 FR - Lille @ Le Splendid
  • 01.05.2015 UK - London @ O2 Academy Islington
  • 02.05.2015 NL - Eindhoven @ Effenaar
  • 03.05.2015 NL - Utrecht @ Tivoli Pandora
  • 05.05.2015 DE - Hamburg @ Markthalle
  • 06.05.2015 DE - Aschaffenburg @ Colos-Saal
  • 07.05.2015 DE - Berlin @ Postbahnhof
  • 08.05.2015 DE - Bochum @ Matrix
  • 09.05.2015 CH - Pratteln @ Z7
  • 11.05.2015 IT - Bologna @ Estragon
  • 12.05.2015 DE - München @ Backstage
  • 13.05.2015 HU - Budapest @ Club 202
  • 14.05.2015 PL - Cracov @ Fabryka
  • 15.05.2015 PL - Warsaw @ Progresja

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Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' comes to life
Posted by: Denis / 23.12.2014
Right before the peaceful days of Christmas, Finland-based symphonic Metal members of NIGHTWISH want to share some important news with everyone. On March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US), the long expected new studio album will be released, entitled Endless Forms Most Beautiful.

"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." - Charles Darwin, 'The Origin Of Species'

"This classic quote is where it all began. We set sail for the ultimate journey in March 2015, join us!", adds Tuomas Holopainen secretly.

The detailed cover-artwork was created by longtime collaborator Toxic Angel. Endless Forms Most Beautiful features eleven new songs and will be released in different formats:
  • Standard CD
  • Digibook (incl. instrumental CD)
  • 2LP (vinyl in gatefold) in different colours
  • Earbook (incl. instrumental and orchestral CD)
  • Earbook (deluxe version incl. bonus vinyl)
  • Download

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Mistheria / DUO SYMPHONIA - Pipe Organ & Piano
Posted by: Denis / 22.12.2014
It is time to announce a project Mistheria has in preparation over a year with Roberto Scarpa Meylougan, the DUO SYMPHONIA, classical/modern duo formed by Pipe Organ and Piano. Soon there will be the debut live. It 's not a conventional duo, of course! You know Mistheria's musical attitudes shared between Classical and Metal, just think to his colleague Roberto as his big brother. They range from Classical to Modern music, including ad-hoc arrangements of Rock songs by combining use of classical and digital instruments instruments and media.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM new drummer
Posted by: Denis / 22.12.2014
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM has announced the addition of drummer Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL) to the group's ranks. Bittner joins the veteran Arizona metallers as the replacement for Kelly Smith, who recently left the band to focus on family matters.

Being as Kelly's need to move on wasn't a band decision, FLOTSAM first looked to drummers that Kelly himself would want to see perform with the band.

"In my opinion, Jason in one of only a couple of men on my short list for the job," states Kelly. "Jason's an amazing all-around drummer, a true professional, good friend, and solid stand-up guy.
I was humbled to hear, after first meeting Jason in 1988 in Boston, that I had inspired him as a drummer."


Says Jason: "I have been a FLOTSAM AND JETSAM fan for decades, following the band around the East Coast in the eighties and nineties. I've been lucky enough to be in the background of the FLOTSAM AND JETSAM camp as a fan, supporter, and gear leader to my dear friend, Kelly David Smith. I am hard at work relearning all the classic FLOTZ material and can't wait to record and tour with the band in 2015. This will become my focus after the completion of the 2015 U.S. SHADOWS FALL hiatus tour, which will happen spring/summer 2015. As they say… 'Flotz 'till death!' See you in Europe, in April."

As FLOTSAM prepares to enter the studio to record its next album — tentatively due in April 2015 — Jason's involvement will add a new element to the band's sound, along with the addition of Steve Conley on guitar and Michael Spencer (who previously contributed to the writing of the band's classic 1988 release, No Place For Disgrace) on bass.

"The band already has over 20 songs in the works, so there's certainly no shortage of material to pick from," says Spencer. "Conley, along with guitarist Michael Gilbert, have been engineering pre-production tracks for the album at their respective studios that include a few songs written during the No Place For Disgrace era of the band. There's a great, old-school Thrash vibe going on with the direction of the songs and what originally influenced the band, mixed with a little of what we like about today's sound, in metal. We've also just begun to look outside of the band for a producer to take this album to where we hear it sonically, so we'll see where that side of things goes."

FLOTSAM is currently finalizing plans to tour Europe in the spring of 2015, with summer festival dates planned throughout Europe and beyond.

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Nuclear Blast / BLIND GUARDIAN third album trailer (In the studio) from 'Beyond The Red Mirror' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 22.12.2014
Metal's highly-esteemed storytellers BLIND GUARDIAN have just released the third new album trailer for their highly-anticipated tenth studio release, Beyond The Red Mirror, due out in Europe on January 30th, 2015, February 2nd in the UK and February 3rd, 2015 in North America.

"In terms of sound we were able to keep our stylistic integrity, yet we delivered something incredibly new and dark vibed", commented guitar player André Olbrich.

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Century Media / Angelus Apatrida launches 'End Man' video; North American pre-order for 'Hidden Evolution' now online
Posted by: Denis / 22.12.2014
The release of the upcoming 5th studio album by Spanish Thrash metallers ANGELUS APATRIDA is drawing nearer: Hidden Evolution will be unleashed on January 19th in Europe and January 27th in North America (digital only) via Century Media Records. In anticipation of its release, the band is now launching the album's first promotional video clip for the song End Man.

The clip was directed by Adriana Lorente and Sara Cort, who already worked with ANGELUS APATRIDA on their preview clips for You Are Next and Blast Off. The band comments:
7quot;Behind the meaning of End Man lies the desperation of someone who has reached the limit, on the verge of exploding. Going though certain tough situations in life creates inner demons that sometimes show when least expected. That feeling of stressing intensity is present during the whole song, only letting loose when choruses appear. Adriana and Sara have once again done an amazing work adapting the concept of the song to a video by melting the meaning of this track to the inner general concept of the album and its artwork, based around the astronaut (See here!) with such an amazing and super detailed result."

The artwork for Hidden Evolution was handled by Gyula Havancsák, who has also created album sleeves for bands such as ANNIHILATOR, DESTRUCTION, STRATOVARIUS, GRAVE DIGGER and NIGHTINGALE. The album was once again recorded in Moita, Portugal at Ultrasound Studio with producer Daniel Cardoso (ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN, ANATHEMA, etc.).

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Metal Media / Ancesttral new single 'What Will You Do?' available for streaming
Posted by: Denis / 19.12.2014
The new single of Brazilian Metal act ANCESTTRAL for the track What Will You Do? is available.

The single will be part of the album Web of Lies, which will be released in 2015. What Will You Do was released in the form of lyric video, animated by Tiago Kuurtz from Sunrise Films.

The song, as well as all Web of Lies album, is in the hands of the renowned producer, Latin Grammy winner, Paulo Anhaia.
Season of Mist / SEPTICFLESH are announcing their new drummer
Posted by: Denis / 19.12.2014
SEPTICFLESH are announcing their new drummer after recently parting ways with long-time percussionist Fotis Benardo. The new man on the sticks is now revealed to be Kerim 'Krimh' Lechner.

The Austrian drummer has already gained a strong reputation for his amazing work with DECAPITATED (2009 - 2012). Before playing with the Polish Death Metal act he was part of the symphonic Black Metal band THORNS OF IVY (2006 - 2009). Furthermore Lechner released a solo album entitled Explore in 2013 and helped BEHEMOTH out on tour, while regular drummer Zbigniew Robert Promiński underwent surgery.

SEPTICFLESH comment: "We welcome Kerim Lechner to our ranks! We are excited to start a new chapter with him and look forward to get back on the road!"

Kerim adds: "I feel very honoured to join such a great band, which has been one of my favourites for years. SEPTICFLESH's music is outstanding and unique. It is melodic and heavy but with a groove. This is exactly how I like it! I cannot wait to start a new chapter with the band and see you on the road!"

SEPTICFLESH have published a play-through link as a demonstration of the outstanding talent and skill of their new drummer, which can be viewed here.

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Metal Media / Hibria lyric video for 'Steel Lord On Wheels' is available
Posted by: Denis / 18.12.2014
HIBRIA has a very special Christmas gift for their fans worldwide. Not only a gift, but a 'thank you' for another year full of support, friendship and, of course, Metal! The band has just released a lyric video for the absolute classic Steel Lord On Wheels.

This is already the 10 years commemorative version of Defying The Rules release in Japan. The video was directed and edited by Dudu Oliveira from Like Id.

Recently HIBRIA also released the cover of the commemorative edition. The art was done by Jugo Iduhara (aka Crim-son 15).

The anniversary edition of Defying The Rules will be released on October 24 in Japan by the label King Records. This version includes Iuri Sanson, Abel Camargo, Renato Osorio, Benhur Lima and Eduardo Baldo.

The production was made by the guitarist Renato Osorio and mix by Benhur Lima, as well as the last album, Silent Revenge. The mastering was in the hands of renowned Brazilian producer Adair Daufembach.

A tour celebrating the ten years of HIBRIA history will also be announced soon.

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Punishment 18 Records / Total Death finishing work on new album
Posted by: Denis / 18.12.2014
Italian metallers Total Death are putting the finishing touches on their new full-length album that will be released next year by Punishment 18 Records.

Works is being handled at Studio Decibel in Busto Arsizio (Varese, Italy) by the expert sound engineer Lorenzo Testa.
Nuclear Blast / BATTLE BEAST First 'Unholy Savior' trailer revealed
Posted by: Denis / 18.12.2014
BATTLE BEAST reveal their first album trailer with some details about the new record.

The band was recently shooting a video clip for the glorious new hymn Madness, along with producer Ville Lipiainen (NIGHTWISH, HYPOCRISY and more) and some beautiful special guests. Watch the sexy result here.

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BADASS releases the video of their remake of Wonderful Life (Black)
Posted by: Denis / 17.12.2014
BADASS is a brand new Italian power Rock band founded by bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni (solo, TwinSpirits, Vivaldi Metal Project) featuring singer Stefano 'Stex' Sbrignadello, guitarist Albert 'Marshall' Biason and drummer Denis Novello.

While working on original material, the band is also covering famous pop songs (Tina Turner, Roxette, Michael Jackson, REM etc.) in a powerful rock style and will be playing live in 2015.

You can watch the video (directed by WOM Videos) of their version of Wonderful Life by Black.
Avantegarde MNGT / HEAVENWOOD ' The Empress' NEW PRE-PRODUCTION DEMO TRACK STREAMING ONLINE
Posted by: Denis / 17.12.2014
Portugal's HEAVENWOOD is streaming the new pre-production demo track called The Empress on Avantegarde MNGT's Official YouTube Channel. The Empress will be featured on the band's upcoming fifth studio album, The Tarot Of The Bohemians (Part 1).

The band wants to release this new album for free, via digital download or you can be one of the 500 to have the limited CD edition. The international supporters will receive free of shipping cost the CD or CD + T-Shirt depending what model of collaboration they choose. The first promo single and video for the track The Juggler has already been presented to the audience some weeks ago and can be checked here or download it for free here. The Tarot Of The Bohemians (Part 1) will be mixed and mastered by Kristian 'Kohle' Kohlmannslehner (CREMATORY, BENIGHTED, POWERWOLF and more) at Kohlekeller Studios in Germany. The artwork design will developed and realized by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art. Vickerstaff has worked previously with CRADLE OF FILTH, MY DYING BRIDE, GODFLESH, THE HAUNTED and CATHEDRAL to name a few.

The Tarot Of The Bohemians (Part 1) will succeed Abyss Masterpiece released back in 2011 via Listenable Records and will be inspired by the Spanish born French physician and hypnotist, Papus aka Gerard Encausse (1865 – 1916), who popularized occultism and founded the modern Martinist Order.

To enter the campaign and help HEAVENWOOD just follow to this link. This Crowdfunding Campaign ends at 31/12/2014.

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AFM Records / Orden Ogan video clip for new single F.E.V.E.R available
Posted by: Denis / 17.12.2014
German metallers ORDEN OGAN have just released their new single F.E.V.E.R.. The official video clip for the track is available now. F.E.V.E.R. comes off the band's new album Ravenhead, which will be released on January 16th (EU) / February 3rd in the US.

ORDEN OGAN's 2012 release To The End secured the international breakthrough for one of the finest Metal bands to emerge from Germany in the last decade. After the very well received Vale (2008, re-issued in 2010) and Easton Hope (2010), the next logical step was done with To The End and its widely popular hit single/video The Things We Believe In. Now, after finally receiving the more than deserved attention for their musical creations, ORDEN OGAN return with Ravenhead, likely their most catchy and fascinating record. More than ever before in the band's history, the new piece of work is the result of teamwork, as all members were contributing in the songwriting process, with the Lion's Share still coming from band leader Seeb.

"More Metal, more choruses, more Orden Ogan", is the quick summary that Seeb comes up with to describe the new material - a very accurate analysis. Ravenhead blends traditional Heavy/Power Metal with an up-to-date, modern production. It could be argued that it takes the sound of metal legends like Running Wild, Gamma Ray or Blind Guardian to the next level. Never before ORDEN OGAN have sounded so history. "We are fans of real painted artworks", Seeb states. "Working with somebody like Andreas, who did all our album artworks since Vale, is just great. He understands our ideas perfectly and became a constant part of the team." Guest singers on the album are HammerFall's Joacim Cans (who contributed vocals for Sorrow Is Your Tale and Chris Boltendahl (Grave Digger), who can be heard on Here At The End Of The World.

Ravenhead was produced and mixed by Seeb, the mastering was handled by Dennis Köhne (Sodom, Lacuna Coil).

ORDEN OGAN will be touring Europe with HammerFall in January/February.

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Pure Steel Records / SHADOWBANE official video to 'Under Bleeding Skies' published
Posted by: Denis / 16.12.2014
SHADOWBANE present the first video for the upcoming debut Facing the Fallout (release date: 16th January 2015 via Pure Steel Records).

The video was directed by Peter Gerulat and features actress Sandra Quadflieg. It was previewed at the Great Lakes International Film Festival, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA, in September and is now available online.

With Under Bleeding Skies SHADOWBANE introduce the first track from the long awaited debut to the public.
  • Directed by Peter Gerulat
    Cast:
  • Medical Scientist: Sandra Quadflieg
  • Ms. Radiation: Laura Siebeneicher
    Crew:
  • Production: FilmING Peter Gerulat
  • Kamera: Jens Apitz, Peter Gerulat
  • Motion Control: Peter Gerulat
  • SFX-MakeUp: Stefan Rohde
    Festival:
  • Great Lakes International Film Festival, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA, September 2014
    LINE-UP:
  • Stefan - vocals
  • Lukas - guitars
  • Dirk - guitars
  • Moritz - bass
  • René - drums
Metal Mind / Osada Vida an exclusive one-week streaming of their new album at Progstreaming.com
Posted by: Denis / 16.12.2014
Osada Vida, one of the most interesting Polish bands on the Rock/Metal scene, returned recently with their fifth studio album entitled The After-Effect. You can now stream the album for free at Progstreaming website. The album will be available till the end of this week only at THIS location.

Osada Vida is one of the most interesting Polish bands on the Prog-Rock/Metal scene. Their discography includes three demos and four well received official releases - Three Seats Behind a Triangle (2006/2007), The Body Parts Party (2008), Uninvited Dreams (2009) and Particles (2013). Their albums feature elaborately beautiful music in the vein of Yes, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation and Riverside. In July 2012, Osada Vida released their first live DVD entitled Where The Devils Live featuring the recording of their live appearance at the Wyspianski Theater in Katowice, Poland. In 2012 the band debuted in a new improved line-up - they have added a new vocalist Marek Majewski, previously known from the band Acute Mind. In Autumn 2013 the band replaced guitarist Bartek Bereska with young and talented musician – Jan Mitoraj. In summer 2014 drummer Adam Podzimski left the band and his place was taken by Marek Romanowski. Their brand new, fifth studio album entitled The After-Effect brings surprises. One of them is a guest appearance of a string quartet. Osada Vida comment: "...There's no need to worry that the album will turn out excessively poetic or romantic, as the string parts serve rather to infuse the songs with heaviness and incredible energy. So far, it sounds terrific!"
Massacre Records / SCANNER album track list
Posted by: Denis / 16.12.2014
SCANNER will release a new album next year! The Judgement's produced, recorded and mixed by Axel 'A.J.' Julius at s1s Studio and mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers. Anestis Goudas is responsible for the cover artwork. The album offers catchy songs that will have you singing along, high-Speed Metal tracks as well as hymn-like songs.

SCANNER's new album The Judgement will be released on January 23, 2015 via Massacre Records!

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Massacre Records / STORMWITCH track list
Posted by: Denis / 16.12.2014
STORMWITCH are ready to release a new album next year! Season Of The Witch's recorded, mixed and mastered by Stoney Stoner. Minz Meyer and Stoney Stoner are responsible for the cover artwork. STORMWITCH returns with strong guitars, thundering drums and bass and as well catchy vocals

STORMWITCH's new album Season Of The Witch will be released on January 23, 2015 via Massacre Records!

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Septem Voices signs with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 15.12.2014
Russian symphonic Gothic Metal band Septem Voices has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions.

The band vocalist Adelie says: "We are more then happy to start our work with GlobMetal, and happy introduce our new EP. We hope that all the metalheads around the world will like it."

Septem Voices is a Russian band formed in 2006. The basic concept of the band is a vivid blend of rock, gothic, classical music and ethno. The band released their new EP Bez Vesny on November 2014 by the Russian label Fono, witch GlobMetal Promotions will promote.
SOM DO DARMA / Noturnall is already in Europe for its first international tour
Posted by: Denis / 15.12.2014
Thiago Bianchi (vocal), Fernando Quesada (bass), Léo Mancini (guitar), Junior Carelli (keyboards) and the drummer Aquiles Priester (Primal Fear / Hangar) deserves the prize of 'Workaholics Of Brazilian Metal from 2014'.

Otherwise, let's see. Noturnall was formed in January of this year. In February the debut album was released (and set several sales records). In March the band played a sold out debut show at Carioca Club in Sao Paulo (that counted with the special participation of Russell Allen). In the months that followed the band played several shows in Brazil until September when they released it's first DVD, First Night Live, and re-released the debut album on vinyl. In November they embarked on a custom motorhome for a long tour in Brazil playing 14 shows in nine different states during almost 30 days! The musicians did not stay for one week at home to rest and they took a flight to Europe, where they are now doing it's first international tour. Do they deserve the prize, or not?

The quintet landed in Madrid, Spain, last Tuesday, December 09th. On the next day they played at We Rock, one of the coolest clubs of the Spanish capital, opening the sequence of shows that also goes by Porto/Portugal (11/12), Lisbon/Portugal (12/12), Zaragoza/Spain (13/12), Worblaufen/Switzerland (14/12) and Roeselare/Belgium (15/12).

Like the national tour, they are going to ride 6 thousand kilometers on board of a motorhome and will count with their own backline for all the shows. The Portuguese Doom Metal band Fallen Paradise will be the support act for all the gigs of the European tour.

"Since we landed in Madrid, the reception and the affection of the crowd with us has been out of this world", said Thiago Bianchi. "We had no idea of how our music touches people's hearts and change lifes coming so far - and just in a short time since the album was released! All the guys in this band have been playing all around the world for so many years, but this tour has a different atmosphere. Now is time to make Portugal tremble!"

The keyboardist Junior Carelli also got surprised with the reception they had in the first show of the European tour. "Madrid is wonderful and its people is very opened for autoral music. The metalheads on the show sang our songs! It was a very nice experience!"
Metal Media / Hibria presenting the cover for 'Defying the Rules' anniversary edition
Posted by: Denis / 15.12.2014
In September, HIBRIA announced the celebration of 10 years of Defying the Rules with the rerecording and (re)release of the album in Japan. Now the band presents the art that illustrates the material, made by Jugo Iduhara (aka Crim-son 15).

The material is already all rewritten and a release date will be announced soon. The release will be done by the group's label in Japan, King Records, and will be accompanied by a commemorative tour.

Guitarist Abel Camargo, commented on the material: "The new recordings will honor the original as inspiration, but with extra power of the new band members, making full use of the power that these years of touring have given us. In addition, the disc will feature new arrangements and changes we made on the songs during the year playing them live."

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Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH release new single 'Élan' on February 13th 2015
Posted by: Denis / 15.12.2014
Finland-based symphonic Metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are currently working on their upcoming new album, which is set for a release in spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Now NIGHTWISH announces the release of their first single called Élan, which will be out on February 13, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

"Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me." - Walt Whitman

Commented NIGHTWISH keyboardist and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen: "This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt was the starting point for writing Élan. The underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us. It's important to surrender yourself to the occasional 'free fall' and not to fear the path less travelled by. Élan is a wonderful teaser for the full-length album, giving out a little taste, but revealing very little of the actual Journey of Grandeur to come..."
    Élan tracklisting:
  1. Élan (album version)
  2. Élan (radio edit)
  3. Élan (alternate version)
  4. Sagan (non-album bonus track)
NIGHTWISH also revealed the famed evolutionary biologist and writer, Professor Richard Dawkins as a guest on their eighth studio album. The yet-untitled new studio album will be the first one to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen.

Longtime drummer Jukka Nevalainen will sit out on the recording sessions due to health issues; Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN a.o.) will replace him.

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Nuclear Blast / SYMPHONY X new album update
Posted by: Denis / 15.12.2014
In true 'no update until there's something to say' form, New Jersey's Progressive Metal masters SYMPHONY X have been quiet as of late. Don't let the silence fool you, though; they've been busy. So busy, in fact, that the new CD is almost done!

Recording of the drums, lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and bass – a.k.a. the bulk of the as-yet-untitled new album - is complete. In the next few weeks, the keyboards, guitar solos, background vocals, and some miscellaneous odds and ends will be done, with the goal to have everything recorded by the end of the month.

SYMPHONY X guitarist & songwriter Michael Romeo comments: "The plan was to have everything tracked by Christmas, and we're pretty much on schedule. Things are moving at a good pace, and the songs are starting to come to life. More on that down the road a bit."

SYMPHONY X's innovative mixture of Heavy Metal and Progressive Rock has made them a favored staple among Prog Metal fans for almost 20 years. 2011's Iconoclast debuted at #76 on the American Billboard Top 200 chart and a.o. on #22 (Sweden), #25 (Germany), #25 (Finland), #51 (France).

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SOM DO DARMA / Hangar's past, present and future on the compilation 'The Best Of 15 Years, Based on a True Story...'
Posted by: Denis / 15.12.2014
In 1999, in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, a group of musicians friends, Heavy Metal fans, entered the studio to record an album called Last Time. Despite the title, it was only the first work of the band who had just been created called Hangar.

Fifteen years later, the friendship continues, as well as the love for Heavy Metal, but significant changes have occurred. Hangar has become one of the most respected bands in the current Brazilian Heavy Metal scene with four studio albums and a live DVD released, as well as concerts and tours that thrilled fans from all over Brazil. Nevertheless, Aquiles Priester, founder of the group, has become one of the best and most respected drummers in the world, now also an official member of the German legend Primal Fear and the Brazilian group Noturnall.

To register these first 15 years of sweat and many achievements, Hangar now releases the compilation The Best Of 15 Years, Based on a True Story ....

Much more than a simple compilation, The Best Of 15 Years, Based on a True Story... is a picture of the past, present and future of Hangar, as it marks the debut of the new singer, Pedro Campos, and the return of founding guitarist Cristiano Wortmann. The album also brings four new tracks Let me Know Who I Am, The Dark Passenger, Denied and Betrayer and new recordings of the classics To Tame a Land and Forgotten Pictures, now with the new line-up.

Released on a 2-CD set, The Best Of 15 Years, Based on a True Story... also sincerely recapitulates all periods of Hangar. The tracklist brings songs such as Like A Wind In The Sky (from the debut Last Time), Savior, Legions Of Fate and Inside Your Soul from the album with the same title released in 2001, besides Just The Beginning, Hastiness and others from the highly acclaimed effort The Reason Of Your Conviction that was released in Japan in 2007 by Spiritual Beast Records.

The most recent phase of Hangar with the album Infallible (2009) is also registered with the tracks Time to Forget and Colorblind, apart from the acoustic versions for Based on a True Story, Solitary Mind, One More Chance, Your Skin and Bones and Angel of the Stereo extracted from the live CD/DVD Acoustic, But Plugged In from 2011.

According to the drummer Aquiles Priester, The Best Of 15 Years, Based on a True Story... is a register of Hangar's contribution to the history of Heavy Metal. "I remember that every time I saw a band releasing a 'best of', I started thinking: -Wow, this band has history! Now here I am releasing a double CD with the best that Hangar composed in 15 years since the release of our first album. I'm very proud of our history, as we have always done it alone and moved some large stones from our way. We have done our part in history! And we always had the unconditional support of our fans! This is a special Christmas gift for you all!" The Best Of 15 Years, Based on a True Story... has the same impact of a studio album in Hangar's discography. So much so that the band has just released a music video for Let me Know Who I Am. Produced by Making Of Producoes and Foggy Filmes, and directed by Junior Carelli and Rudge Campos, the video was shot in Sao Paulo and it's the opportunity for the fans to check the firepower of Hangar's new line-up.

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Metal Media / Skinlepsy music video for the song 'Pride And Rancour' is available
Posted by: Denis / 12.12.2014
Skinlepsy's music video for the song Pride And Rancour is available for streaming on YouTube, the first video clip taken from the album Condemning The Empty Souls, released by SKINLEPSY, formed by veterans of Brazilian scene with passage through bands like Siegrid Ingrid, NervoChaos, Anthares, Face Of Desaster, Skullkrusher, Pentacrostic and Opera.

The video for Pride And Rancour was directed by Rafael Costa and produced by Studio 44.
Frontiers Records / ECLIPSE anticipated new album 'Armageddonize' out on Frontiers Music Srl in February
Posted by: Denis / 12.12.2014
Stockholm-based Hard Rockers ECLIPSE will release their fifth album Armageddonize on February 20th in Europe and February 24th in North America via Frontiers Music Srl. Recorded and produced by the band's main songwriter and singer Erik Mårtensson and lead guitarist Magnus Henriksson, this new release sees the quartet ready to unleash 11 monster slices of melodic, yet hard-hitting, Rock on their ever growing fan base!

In the second half of 2014, ECLIPSE teamed up again to write their new studio album. The bar was set high and the initial goal was to top their latest album and the result was achieved brilliantly with the aptly titled Armageddonize, an album where the band rocks from start to finish like there is no tomorrow!

Says guitarist Magnus Henriksson: "No ECLIPSE fan will be disappointed. I guarantee that! Eclipse fans are very open minded and have always embraced the fact that this band is constantly evolving for the better. We have some surprises on Armageddonize that the fans might not expect. We became better songwriters on each album we did and Erik on this one sings better than ever. It's incredible how he keeps getting better. I thought we had heard the best from him, but no. You´ll be surprised to hear how damn good he sings!"

With Armageddonize ECLIPSE are showing that they are not anymore the brightest hope for Melodic Hard Rock music, but a truly solid and hard as a rock reality. They are still young, ambitious and full of energy. ECLIPSE music is not a revival, and it's not nostalgic. Still... it's by far the best you can have today if you love rock music with energy, great songs, and want to hear a band that has the ambition to be on top of the world!

With the release of their fourth album Bleed And Scream, ECLIPSE gained a solid reputation and a steady following with this album that took their melodic Hard Rock roots in a more contemporary direction. Producer and main songwriters Erik Mårtensson and Magnus Henriksson strongly improved their skills by writing and producing a vast amount of bands and projects, from the successful W.E.T. albums (together with singer Jeff Scott Soto and Robert Säll from Work of Art) to Toby Hitchcock, Giant, Jimi Jamison, Dalton, Adrenaline Rush just to name a few. This has gained Mårtensson a reputation as one of the top producers/songwriters in this genre today.

Concludes Magnus: "We started as a band with all kinds of influences, but I think on our third release Are you ready to rock, we started to work more on the songwriting and the ECLIPSE sound finally took its shape. I think you can hear that most distinctly in the song How to mend a broken heart<. That style of songwriting is very Eclipse and it rubbed off a lot on the W.E.T. sound as well, particularly on songs like: One love and Walk away. On Armageddonize our style is chiseled out and it sounds more Eclipse than ever. We've got our own unique sound now. No other band sounds like Eclipse today and we wanna see where we can take this band. I know we've got so much more in us. The sonic blast is here to stay!!!"

ECLIPSE will support the release of the new album with an extensive European tour, which will kick off with a show at the Debaser in their hometown, Stockholm on March 4th. More shows are planned in Sweden, UK, Spain and Italy, where the band will appear at the Frontiers Rock Festival on April 11th.
InsideOut Music / The Neal Morse Band reveal artwork and formats for 'The Grand Experiment'
Posted by: Denis / 12.12.2014
The Neal Morse Band recently announced the release of their new album The Grand Experiment for the 16th February 2015 as well as a European tour for March 2015. Now they are pleased to reveal the new artwork, plus the full format details.
    The Grand Experiment will be available as:
  • 2CD & DVD Special edition digipak featuring a bonus disc of unreleased studio and live tracks plus a 'Making Of' DVD
  • 180g LP + 2CD featuring the full standard album on CD plus the bonus CD
  • Standard edition jewel case CD
    The track-listing for the main album is as follows:
  1. Following The Call
  2. The Grand Experiment
  3. Waterfall
  4. Agenda
  5. Alive Again

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Pure Steel Records / SKINFLINT 'Nyemba' cover, tracklist, release date: 16th January 2015
Posted by: Denis / 12.12.2014
The release date of the new SKINFLINT album Nyemba on CD is January 16th 2015. The preorder phase will start on January 2nd 2015 in label's webshop.

With the reissued albums Iklwa (2010) and Dipoko (2012) SKINFLINT from Botswana already got a lot of attention within the last few years. Their very original mix between obscure Epic and Heavy Metal, featuring elements of African Folklore, immediately got big attention.

The old tradition can still be heard very well on the new output Nyemba. With pure passion and enthusiasm guitarist/singer Giuseppe Sbrana and his two sidekicks prove, that also on the poorest planet on earth Heavy Metal has conquered the souls of many people. The folkloristic elements of the eight tracks also give that exotic flair to Nyemba, which meanwhile has got an original trademark of the band. Also the basic, solid production has been put down on the actual output.

On a bit more than 30 minutes Manilla Road of Africa are calling out for the fourth battle; and Nyemba will enlarge the fanclub even a bit more!
    TRACKLIST:
  1. Veya
  2. The Pits Of Wydah
  3. Okove
  4. Abiku
  5. The Wizard And His Hound
  6. Sinkinda
  7. Muti
  8. The Witches Dance
    Total Playing Time: 33:11 min
    LINE-UP:
  • Giuseppe 'Juice' - vocals, guitars
  • Kebonye 'Raskebo' - bass
  • Sandra 'Hurricane Sandy' Sbrana - drums
Ulterium Records / SLEEPING ROMANCE 'FIRE & ICE' DIGITAL SINGLE RELEASED
Posted by: Denis / 12.12.2014
The symphonic Metal band SLEEPING ROMANCE have just released a brand new digital single, entitled Fire & Ice. The digital single also includes two additional tracks: a 'cinematic version' of Fire & Ice as well as a re-recorded version of the track December Flower from their debut album Enlighten. The digital single is available at iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.
    Fire & Ice track listing
  1. Fire & Ice
  2. December Flower
    (Chamber music version)
  3. Fire & Ice
    (Cinematic version)
Nuclear Blast / SONATA ARCTICA 'Sonata Arctica' E-book now available in English
Posted by: Denis / 11.12.2014
Finnish Melodic Metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA recently released Ecliptica – Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition, a re-recorded version of their debut album Ecliptica which originally came out 15 years ago.

Now the band announces the publication of the English version of the Sonata Arctica book, which is now available as an E-book, a printed version will not be available. The Book tells the story about Kemi's most notable musical export.

With the voice of the band itself and the people close to them, Sonata Arctica tells the story about the bands rise to international fame. It´s also a story about the luck the band had in the beginning and the lucky coincidences that rarely happen to bands. In the book there's also a complete discography and a lot of previously unreleased pictures spanning the bands whole career. There will be also a short story, The Key in the book by Tony Kakko himself.

Ecliptica – Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition was released on October 24, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

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METALMESSAGE / INCURSED (Epic Viking Metal / Basque Country) new studio album 'Elderslied' & EP (Dec. 24.)
Posted by: Denis / 10.12.2014
Basque talents of INCURSED announce their fulminate return finally! The upcoming new studio album Elderslied offers their well proofed EPIC VIKING METAL style once more in catchy melodic perfection.

The official release date of the new album Elderslied is scheduled for Dec. 24, 2014, which becomes a public holiday so to say for all followers of epic and melodic Viking Metal simply shorthanded through the formation. Who needs despicable Christmas when new songs of INCURSED can be enjoyed there?

Lastly appears at that day also the physical version of the delicious new EP Beer Bloodbath, which was available to date only in digital way.
Vivaldi Metal Project is looking for arrangers
Posted by: Denis / 10.12.2014
Are you an arranger? Do you like Metal? Do you like Classical/Baroque music? Do you like Antonio Vivaldi's masterpiece 'The Four Seasons'? Do you like epic and majestic music? Let's get started... It's your chance to show your talent and skills and to be part of this great All-Metal-Stars project!

To enter the contest, please read details here:
1. Here you can listen the Vivaldi's original piece 'Spring – 3rd movement, Allegro, RV 269' (as performed by Miroslav Vilímec, violin with the Symphony Prague Orchestra conducted by Stefan Britvik). If you need the original score, you can get it here. This is the part that you need to arrange to enter the contest. Keep the original score only as your reference when making YOUR Metal arrangement for the Vivaldi Metal Project.
2. Your arrangement style should include all or a combination of these instruments: drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, choir, vocals, back vocals, choir. Use strings sparingly, and not for the main parts or themes (project doesn't need another original version, it is already well done by Vivaldi). As idea, the arrangement should be a combination between elements included in the Vivaldi's score and new original parts written by you. You don't need to follow the original score 100%, but keep it as 'guide-line' , then make it yourself.
3. When you're ready with the work, please send the MP3 as download link to info@vivaldimetalproject.com (do not upload the MP3 directly to inbox, use dropbox, mediafire or similar services, thanks).

Last but not least: be sure to make it METAL and nothing less than EPIC!
Witch Meadow - Cry of the Wolf
Posted by: Denis / 09.12.2014
Witch meadow's Cry of the wolf album is available now on Divebomb records, #18 on the Bootcamp series.

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The Rock n Roll Principal / GRYP
Posted by: Denis / 09.12.2014
Fresno, CA band GRYP (pronounced grip), resurrected this month and released the single Can't Explain to radio. If you have not heard of GRYP, the band was pretty big in the Christian and mainstream scene several years ago. The last GRYP (Black) album was never released for sale due to the record label folding. The label spent a total of $75,000 on the album and a total of $300,000 on the band. Singer, Curtis Shamlin, is releasing the album in the next few months on Flesh and Blood Records. It was produced by W Records/Walden Media, recorded by Stoker (drummer for Dexy's Midnight Runners, Come on Eileen), was mixed by Randy Staub (Metallica, U2, Bon Jovi, Nickleback), was represented by manager, Tim Gardner (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age) and Peter Riedling (Rage Against the Machine).

Curtis Shamlin is pretty busy lately. He was fired from his middle school Principal job in October for writing a Christian book, The Rock N Roll Principal. He has recently become a TV talk show host for a Christian show, The Rock N Roll Principal airing live every Friday night from 7pm - 8 on www.centralvalleytalk.com. Curtis is also the manager of GRYP, booking agent for GRYP, and runs his own indie label, Flesh and Blood Records. GRYP will be touring in a few months and is currently writing another album.
AFM Records / Wolfpakk the melodic Metal allstar-project releases its third album!
Posted by: Denis / 09.12.2014
The two alpha wolves Mark Sweeney and Michael Voss continue their journey on February 27th when WOLFPAKK's third album Rise Of The Animal will be released. For the follower to Wolfpakk (2011) and Cry Wolf (2013) again many high-class musicians contributed to make this a very special album once again.

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Cruz Del Sur Music / KING HEAVY
Posted by: Denis / 09.12.2014
Another exciting newcomer will make its debut on Cruz Del Sur Music: KING HEAVY from Chile!

Featuring the amazingly epic vocals of Luther Veldmark (Hooded Priest), KING HEAVY also features ex-Procession member Daniel Perez Saa on bass. KING HEAVY performs a blend of Epic/Doom Metal with textured guitar lines and outstanding vocals. The 2014 debut EP Horror Absoluto put them prominently on the global metal map. The band is about to record their first full length debut album in sight of a mid-2015 release.
Frontiers Records / Issa Crossfire
Posted by: Denis / 09.12.2014
ISSA is back with her anticipated new all original album release Crossfire - Out on Frontiers Music Srl in February!

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to present Crossfire the brand new studio album from ISSA the popular Melodic Rock Norwegian singer, which will be released on the label on February 20th in Europe and February 24th 2015 in North America.

This new release goes straight in a classic Melodic Rock / AOR musical direction with huge vocals, layers of keyboards and masses of guitars! Think ROXETTE meets ROMEO'S DAUGHTER melted with 80's HEART albums, with a more up to date production and you won't be far away.

The album has been carefully produced by John Greatwood along with VEGA ivory-tinkler James Martin. Sessions started in early 2013 with a bunch of songs ISSA had co-written or demoed in the Martin Brothers songwriting sessions.

Issa says: "After 5 years of working together with Tom and James, we had come up with a collection of songs I had to keep for myself." One song in particular sees ISSA teaming up with FM vocalist Steve Overland on the dramatic ballad Raintown. "This was a dream come true for me," tells the Norwegian chanteuse. "Steve Overland is probably my favorite male singer and to get him on board was a true honor, his voice suits the song perfectly, wait till you hear this one!"

Other guest musicians stepped up when asked upon to perform solo's include Daniel Palmqvist (XORIGIN), Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE), Steve Newman (NEWMAN), Robert Sall (WORK OF ART), Daniel Johansson (DEGREED), Stephen Chesney. As well as powerhouse choir including Pete Newdeck (IN FAITH / TAINTED NATION), Matt Black (FAHRAN) and Michael Kew (VEGA).

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METALMESSAGE / PREMORTAL BREATH (Heavy Metal from Germany) full-length album 'They'
Posted by: Denis / 08.12.2014
True believers know it well:
So many fine pronouncements.
But so rarely fine deeds. 
Mankind truly seems lost on morally levels...
PREMORTAL BREATH don't want to be a part of these emotional decay. The special HEAVY METAL output of these wholeheartedly condemning accusers from Germany should concern! Their debut album They isn't made for simple minds.

In 2010 Tommy (vocals) and Potti (drums) decided to grab the bull by the horns. They wanted to start a fresh-sounding, heavy, yet melodic Metal band – and the idea of PREMORTAL BREATH has been realized now in powerful manner!
BE UNDER ARMS ink management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 08.12.2014
Russian Nu Metal/Alternative Metal band BE UNDER ARMS has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions.

The band vocalist Vladimir Nasonov says: "We started the cooperation with GlobMetal Promotions, as we are very interested in promoting the group in all possible ways, and we believe that this project really helps in this to young bands. We are waiting to see the reaction of the European public on our new album!"

The band formed at the beginning of 2013 by vocalists Anna Logacheva and Vladimir Nasonov, and in 2014 they released their first full-length album Let shots will be your music which GlobMetal Promotions will promote.
Massacre Records / ELM STREET
Posted by: Denis / 08.12.2014
ELM STREET fans living in the USA are in for a massive treat! The Australian Heavy Metal quartet will join Skullfist on tour in January 2015, along with Night Demon!
    Here are all confirmed dates:
    You're Gonna Pay USA Tour 2015 w/ Skullfist, ELM STREET, Night Demon
  • 02.01.2015 US Albany, NY - Bogies
  • 03.01.2015 US Amityville, NY - Amityville Music Hall
  • 04.01.2015 US New York, NY - Webster Hall
  • 05.01.2015 US Lemonye, PA - The Champ
  • 06.01.2015 US Providence, RI - Firehouse 13
  • 07.01.2015 US Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
  • 09.01.2015 US Chicago, IL - Red Line Tap
  • 10.01.2015 US Cudahy, WI - The Metal Grill
  • 11.01.2015 US Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
  • 12.01.2015 US Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
  • 13.01.2015 US Lincoln, NE - Vega
  • 15.01.2015 US Denver, CO - The Marquis Theatre
  • 16.01.2015 US Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Bar
  • 17.01.2015 US Farmington, NM - Studio 18
  • 18.01.2015 US Albuquerque, NM - Blu Phoenix Venue
  • 20.01.2015 US Mesa (Phoenix), AZ - Nile Theater
  • 22.01.2015 US Colton, CA - The Hub
  • 23.01.2015 US Los Angeles, CA - Airliner
  • 24.01.2015 US Fullerton, CA - Riff Haus
  • 25.01.2015 US Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
ELM STREET are currently working on the follow-up album to their 2011 debut Barbed Wire Metal.

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Massacre Records / Messiah's Kiss
Posted by: Denis / 08.12.2014
MESSIAH'S KISS' new album Get Your Bulls Out! was released on December 5, 2014 via Massacre Records!

Livin' In Paradise is also available as instant great track, if you pre-order the album on iTunes.

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Metal Media / Redquarter new video clip is available
Posted by: Denis / 05.12.2014
Brazilian Heavy Metal act REDQUARTER, just released a new music video for the song that names the band: Redquarter.

The images were captured during the group's presentation at Innersight release concert in Rio de Janeiro. The direction, edition and production were made by Ricardo Esteves and João Tayt-Sohn, from Radar Audiovisual.

Innersight is available for free download.
SOM DO DARMA / Music agency promotes what is being done in the current Brazilian metal scene
Posted by: Denis / 05.12.2014
Headed by the Brazilian music manager and journalist Eliton Tomasi, Som do Darma is one of the main music agencies in Brazil nowadays. They have been involved in many music festivals, events and projects all over the years and its current roster includes some of the most eminent Brazilian artists such as the supergroup Noturnall, formed by the Shaman members and Primal Fear's drummer, Aquiles Priester.

Among the 11 artists from Som do Darma's current roster, some of them are now launching new music videos for the public in general.

From Minas Gerais, same state of Sepultura, comes Uganga. Everybody who is into Metal and hardcore in Brazil knows them. They are one of the most respected thrashcore bands of the country, leaded by the ex-Sarcofago drummer Manu Joker. And if you are in Europe you also have a chance to have heard about the band. After all, these five Brazilian musicians are for 20 years on the road, have released four albums and completed two tours in Europe, besides countless shows in Brazil. They are now releasing a new studio album, Opressor, and a new music video for the song Casa.

Republica is a Brazilian sludge Metal band that was born big. The group has three released albums, and the most recent, Point Of No Return, from 2013, counted with the special participation of Roy Z. Nevertheless, Republica toured with Deep Purple in Brazil and last year played on two of the biggest rock festivals of the world, Rock In Rio and Lollapalooza. Rolling Stone Magazine also elected the single Change My Way as the 'Best Heavy Rock Song from 2013' and rated the album with 4/5 Stars. Some songs of the band are constantly played on the biggest Brazilian rock radios. They also are now releasing a new music video for the song El Diablo.

A new chapter in the heavy metal history was written in Brazil in September. After all, never before was registered an acoustic Death Metal show such as that performed by Psychotic Eyes in Sao Paulo. Unfavorable circumstances may even lead to great solutions. The Brazilian Progressive Death Metal pioneers had lost its drummer and the will to play a show made arose the idea for the acoustic project: Death Metal played with two acoustic guitars and guttural vocals! A non-official video shooting of the event is available on Youtube. Despite by the poor image and sound quality, it worth as historical registration.

Kappa Crucis combines elements from Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, southern rock, Heavy Metal and turned a 'cult' name in the Brazilian underground scene. They have a new album now, simply titled Rocks, and just launched a music video for the song What Comes Down.

Last, but not least, Seu Juvenal is a weird band! Too punk for Metal and too vintage for indie. The band was formed in 1997. They were known as Os Donátilas Rosários. They decided to change for Seu Juvenal because they didn't use to be invited to play so many shows. The group already released two albums and the new one is expected to reach the stores in January on vinyl by Sapolio Radio Records. The new effort is titled Rock Errado, or Wrong Rock in English. For those who got interest about listening these wandering beings of Brazilian rock 'n' roll, check out the music video for the song Burca.
Pure Steel Records / SHADOWBANE 'Facing The Fallout' cover, tracklist, release date: 16th January 2015
Posted by: Denis / 05.12.2014
The release date of the new SHADOWBANE album Facing The Fallout on CD is January 16th 2015. The preorder phase will start on January 2nd 2015 in label's webshop.

Their Demo EP from the beginning of this decade already made some experts on German underground Heavy Metal prick their ears. The specialized press recently called them 'promising Newcomer' and now finally the Hamburgians release their long awaited debut.

Musically SHADOWBANE's 'Post Apocalyptic Power Metal' is positioned between Melodic US Power Metal and raw Teutonic steel with dystopic lyrics. Definitely outgrown the demo sound, the mostly fast songs profit from a contemporary production – without leaving any doubt in the musical rootage within the Power Metal of the 80s and 90s. Besides the powerful yet melodic vocals the sound is dominated by two notable and equally shaping guitarists with a lot of thrashy riffs and harmonic melodies.

With their debut SHADOWBANE clearly stake their claim: The Power Metal newcomers from the Hanseatic city are inevitable to any Underground maniac in 2015.
    TRACKLIST:
  1. Red Alert
  2. Beyond the Winds Of War
  3. Traitor
  4. Under Bleeding Skies
  5. After The Fallout
  6. Dystopia
  7. Tear Down The Wall
  8. Badlands Law
  9. Last Division
  10. Source Of Grief
    Total Playing Time: 46:39 min
  • LINE-UP:
  • Stefan - vocals
  • Lukas - lead- and rhythm-guitars
  • Markus - lead- and rhythm-guitars
  • Moritz - bass and backing vocals
  • Renè - drums
  • AFM Records / Serious Black first single unleashed
    Posted by: Denis / 04.12.2014
    I Seek No Other Life, the first single by melodic metallers SERIOUS BLACK is available now. See the lyric video here.

    A new band - 6 members, 6 friends - all with huge experience and knowledge from many years in the business and being part of the most successful melodic metal bands: this is SERIOUS BLACK! The line-up consists of Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Thomen Stauch (ex-Blind Guardian), Mario Lochert (ex-Visions Of Atlantis), Dominik Sebastian (Edenbridge), Jan Vacik (ex-Dreamscape) and (last but not least) the golden voice of Urban Breed (ex-Tad Morose). SERIOUS BLACK is different to many of the so-called 'allstar' bands, because in fact, they are a real band. A band that crafted their incredible debut album As Daylight Breaks together, with every member involved into songwriting and recordings, a band that can't wait to enter the stages. As Daylight Breaks (out on January 16th)is a real teamwork effort, a Melodic Metal jewel displaying conviction, amazing musicianship and outstanding songwriting. Fans who embrace classic Melodic Metal in the vein of Avantasia or Masterplan have found a new favorite band now: SERIOUS BLACK! On European tour with HammerFall in January/February 2015!
    AFM Records / Evergrey release new video clip for 'The Grand Collapse'
    Posted by: Denis / 04.12.2014
    After the success of their latest album Hymns For The Broken and its lead single King Of Errors, EVERGREY now unleash the second video clip coming off the new record. Again the band teamed up with highly-acclaimed producer Patric Ullaeus (Revolver Films), who, once more, went beyond the normal and made The Grand Collapse the dark trip that the title implies.

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    Frontiers Records / Operation: Mindcrime
    Posted by: Denis / 04.12.2014
    OPERATION: MINDCRIME featuring singer Geoff Tate, bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) has signed a worldwide record deal with Frontiers Music Srl for their forthcoming trilogy project.

    "All of us in Operation: Mindcrime are looking forward to the new frontier with our new label, Frontiers Music Srl," states Tate regarding the signing. "They're giving us the creative freedom necessary to do the trilogy project I've envisioned for the past few years. It's going to be great fun for all of us involved and we hope our fans will enjoy listening to it as much as we plan to enjoy creating and recording it."

    Ecstatic to have the band on his label, Frontiers Music Srl President Serafino Perugino comments, "As a long time fan of Geoff Tate and Operation: Mindcrime (the album), I am truly honored that he decided to sign with my label to give a home to his forthcoming trilogy. We look forward to release Operation: Mindcrime's new music to the world!"

    Tate, who has always enjoyed telling stories though his music, considers the creation of the forthcoming trilogy one of his biggest and most ambitious works to date. "I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story," comments Geoff. "I knew that one record wouldn't cover it and that it would have to be a trilogy."

    OPERATION: MINDCRIME, named after Queensryche's epic concept album from 1988, recently entered the studio to begin recording the album that is expected to be released in the late Spring / early Summer of 2015.
    Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars - Bob Dylan’s 'Masters of War' cover streaming available
    Posted by: Denis / 04.12.2014
    In October, Mindwars, the band featuring Holy Terror and Jester Beast members, released its debut album The Enemy Within. It is now possible to listen on-line the Bob Dylan's Masters of War cover song by soundcloud! The album is being released by Punishment 18 Records. A vinyl edition is expected in January 2015 by Night Of The Vinyl Dead.
    Punishment 18 Records / Alkoholizer promo teaser on YouTub
    Posted by: Denis / 04.12.2014
    Recently Italian label Punishment 18 Records has released Free Beer... Surf's Up!!!, the new studio album from Italian thrash-core metallers Alkoholizer. A promo teaser can be seen here. The cover artwork was designed by Velio Josto, well known for its works for Ultra-Violence, Medieval Steel, Iron Kobra, Deliverance and many more.
    Punishment 18 Records / Total Death: new album title and tracklist revealed
    Posted by: Denis / 03.12.2014
    Recently, Italian Thrash metallers Total Death has signed a new record deal with Punishment 18 Records in order to promote and distribute their new debut full-length album titled The Pound of Flesh.
      You can see the tracklist below. New information will follow soon.
    1. Intro
    2. Downers
    3. Vhemt
    4. Morphine
    5. Haunted
    6. Four Walls – The Perfection Of Black
    7. Synthesis Of Human Failure
    8. Hybris
    9. Forced Path
    10. No Last Bullet
    11. The Pound Of Flesh
    Nuclear Blast / The German PANZER release new music video for 'Death Knell'
    Posted by: Denis / 03.12.2014
    Gathered under the banner The German PANZER are three incomparable scene-legends, hailing their Teutonic and traditional metal roots: vocalist and bassist Schmier, best known as frontman of DESTRUCTION, guitarist Herman Frank (ACCEPT, VICTORY) as well as drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (ACCEPT).

    Now the band releases the official music video on their album track Death Knell that was filmed in Hannover and produced by Kai Swillus.

    The first The German PANZER onslaught entitled Send Them All To Hell was unleashed on November 28, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
    TANK new record deal with Metal Mind Productions
    Posted by: Denis / 03.12.2014
    Metal Mind Productions are very happy to announce the extension of the recording deal with the British Heavy Metal legend - TANK. Through the years, the label has re-released the band's back catalogue and released their recent albums War Machine (2010) and War Nation (2012). TANK's forthcoming yet untitled album is planned for March 2015.

    Cliff Evans, TANK's guitarist, comments:
    "We are very pleased to announce that we will be continuing our successful relationship with Metal Mind Productions who will be releasing our new studio album planned for March 2015. Since originally signing with Metal Mind in 2009, they have released two of our best selling and most critically acclaimed albums War Machine and War Nation and were instrumental in the production of our very first official DVD War Machine Live. We enjoy working with an established metal label that understands what needs to be done to make a successful album release and we look forward to many more future collaborations.

    After our recent successful tour of Brazil, we're excited to be heading into the studio with our new band members to start creating and laying down some serious metal tracks. Joining Mick Tucker and myself on the new album will be vocalist ZP Theart (Dragonforce), drummer Bobby Schottkowski (Sodom) and bassist Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian). These guys are the 'Big Guns' who will help to push the limits of Tank to a new level. Their pedigree speaks for itself. We'll soon be announcing the album title along with studio updates and teasers.

    We will also have the pleasure of playing songs from the new album for the very first time at our performance on the '70,000 Tons of Metal' cruise in January 2015. European shows and festivals are now being scheduled for the new year and we will also be returning to South America later in 2015.

    The Mighty TANK Rolls On!"

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    InsideOut Music / The Neal Morse Band announce 'The Grand Experiment'; European tour dates with Beardfish confirmed
    Posted by: Denis / 03.12.2014
    The Neal Morse Band are extremely pleased to announce the release of their new album The Grand Experiment for the 16th February 2015 as well as a European tour for March 2015. For the first time ever prog icon Neal Morse came into a recording session with his long-time friend and collaborator Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillett... with NOTHING! He had no prepared material at all.

    Neal comments: "I wanted to see what it would be like to create freely in the room with no preconceived notions. It was quite a risk!" On previous albums, like the Testimony album for example, Morse had the entire album written in advance. "I used to be rather paranoid about whether things would turn out in the short space of time we had available... so I would fill all the space in advance!" This album was totally different. "I made a lot of room for the other guys to create and express themselves and the result is outstanding! We wanted to experiment, do something a bit different, and see what everyone is capable of... we found out... in SPADES!" The results are obvious! This was a 'grand experiment' that produced something far beyond anyone's expectations! The main disc, containing 5 tracks, 2 long prog epics that are sure to be favorites for years to come, as well as 3 shorter songs including the catchy rocking title track The Grand Experiment is sure to blow the minds of all prog fans and appeal to anyone who loves hooky song writing with virtuoso performances from some of the best musicians in the world. The Grand Experiment was mixed by Rich Mouser.

    The band will hit the road in Europe next year in support of the album, and the full list of dates can be found below. Swedish progressive-rockers Beardfish will support on all dates, playing music from their forthcoming new album +4626-COMFORTZONE which is due out 12th January 2015.
      Tourdates:
    • 5/03/15 Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
    • 6/03/15 De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
    • 7/03/15 Islington Assembly Hall, London
    • 8/03/15 Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
    • 9/03/15 Divan du Monde, Paris, France
    • 11/03/15 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
    • 12/03/15 Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
    • 13/03/15 Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
    • 14/05/15 Matrix, Bochum, Germany

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    Metal Mind Productions / Exlibris new single featuring Evergrey's Tom Englund now on YouTube
    Posted by: Denis / 02.12.2014
    To coincide with the European release of Exlibris' new album Aftereal, another track has just been revealed on Metal Mind Productions' YouTube channel. The track Closer, featuring guest appearance by Evergrey's guitarist and vocalist Tom Englund, is available at this location.

    Exlibris, the Heavy Metal sensation from Poland, return with their third studio album entitled Aftereal. The band are sure to surprise their fans this time around, also because of the many outstanding guest musicians featured on the album, Evergrey's Tom Englund being one of them!

    Piotr Sikora comments: "You could say that working on Aftereal was a constant test to us. We began by writing the music in record time and, once we did it, we kept checking what else we could accomplish. One of such tests was inviting well known artists from Polish and international music scene to perform on the album. Maybe it's not something you can hear from the very moment you play the album but Evergrey has been inspiring us, as musicians, ever since we founded Exlibris. We wrote a song which we thought Tom Englund's voice would fit perfectly, so he was the first person we thought we should invite... and he immediately accepted it! It's a wonderful feeling to hear your own song performed by a man that's been your musical hero for literally half of your life."

    In the end, the line-up became quite impressive – apart from Tom Englund, the album also features: Piotr 'Dziki' Chancewicz (Wild Pig, Mech), Piotr Rutkowski (Corruption), who played guitar solos, and Michał Staszkun, known from his cooperation with Hate, who recorded the album's intro. Exlibris's drummer comments: "We're extremely satisfied about that lineup, as every single guest performer did his absolute best, and every one of them did it in their own style, making the album even more diversified. I shudder at the thought of who we might be inviting on our next album."

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    INTROMENTAL / SIMULACRUM
    Posted by: Denis / 02.12.2014
    Intromental is proud to announce the signing of Finland's up-and-coming Melodic Progressive Metal band SIMULACRUM. Imagine a mixture of Symphony X, Circus Maximus, Vanden Plas, and Seventh Wonder, and you're pretty close to the sound of this exciting band. Currently hard at work on their second full length album, the band has released the video for the song Deep in the Trenches.
    AFM Records / Orden Ogan announce new album 'Ravenhead' for release on January 16th
    Posted by: Denis / 02.12.2014
    Power Metal fans had to wait two full years for this message: ORDEN OGAN have just finished works on their new album, titled Ravenhead, which is the successor to 2012's breakthrough album To The End. Ravenhead will be available as standard CD, ltd. Digipak (incl. 2 bonus tracks & bonus DVD 'Live @ Summer Breeze 2013'), ltd. Vinyl (500 copies in green) and limited Special Edition (raven sculpture + Digipak, limited to 1.000 units).

    Vocalist/guitarist Seeb: "As usual, we worked on the album until the very last second. Even though the new songs are somehow more firm and catchy, there are many details waiting to be discovered. Right now we feel both exhausted and very happy at the same time. We have already filmed our next video clip too. Ravenhead will be released on January 16th in Europe, the day when our tour with HammerFall kicks off. See you there!"

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    GlobMetal Promotions / TERRATOMORF band is working on its first full-length album
    Posted by: Denis / 01.12.2014
    During the interview with Russian Metal magazine 'FAKE-MM' TERRATOMORF founders - Alexander Dmitriev and Serey Gviniashvili admitted they work at the first full-length album.

    "Our debut full-length album will be a dangerous mix of good and evil. Recording this album was accelerated, as the drums and guitars had been already recorded, we are now working on vocals part. A release date for the album is scheduled for early 2015", - said the members.

    Today TERRATOMORF is one of the most recognizable bands in Moscow Heavy Metal Underground scene. The fame came to the musicians after publication of the first EP I am legend that was released in January, 2014. The song Sud'ba recorded in a duet with Arthur Berkut (ex-Aria) became the hallmark of the group.
    SACRAL RAGE joins Cruz Del Sur Music
    Posted by: Denis / 01.12.2014
    Welcome on Cruz Del Sur Music's board to one of the most interesting European young bands, SACRAL RAGE from Greece!

    After their 2013 debut EP Deadly Bits of Iron Fragments, SACRAL RAGE returns in 2105 with their first full length release Illusions in Infinite Void to be released in late March by Cruz Del Sur Music in compact disc and digital and by Underground Power in vinyl.

    Bits of this monumental piece of 80s Texas Metal (in the likes of Watchtower, S.A. Slayer etc.) can be heard on the demo-advance the band released in 2014, a release that made lovers of this style shake and secured the band a place on the next Keep It True festival line up.
    Nuclear Blast / BLIND GUARDIAN release first album trailer from 'Beyond The Red Mirror'
    Posted by: Denis / 01.12.2014
    Metal's most epic storytellers BLIND GUARDIAN have just released the first new album trailer for their highly-anticipated tenth studio release, Beyond The Red Mirror, due out in Europe on January 30th, 2015, February 2nd in the UK and February 3rd, 2015 in North America.

    "It is impossible for us to choose a song that represents the whole album. The upcoming single needs to be seen as an appetizer - Twilight Of The Gods is perfect, because it reveals incredible dynamic and contains great melody lines", shares BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist & lyricist Hansi Kürsch.

    Watch trailer #1 on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

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    Nuclear Blast / GRAND MAGUS premiering new video 'Steel Versus Steel'!
    Posted by: Denis / 01.12.2014
    Swedish riff lords GRAND MAGUS and Metal Hammer Magazine are premiering the new video of the track Steel Versus Steel here.

    The track comes from their seventh studio album Triumph and Power, which was released on January 31, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

    Triumph and Power was recorded at Studio Sweetspot in Halmstad, Sweden in September2013 with producer Nico Elgstrand and engineer Staffan Karlsson (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS). Artwork was done this time around by Anthony Roberts.

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    "Fall of the Feathered King"

    2. Suicidal Tendencies
    "Suicidal for Life"

    3. Suicidal Tendencies
    "Still Cyco After All These Years"

    4. Flashback of Anger
    "Splinters of Life"

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    "Off with My Heart"

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    "The Art of Rebellion"

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    "Lights... Camera... Revolution"

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    "The Crawlian Supremacy"

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    "Join the Army"

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    "Suicidal Tendencies"

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    "Dreamchaser"

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    "The Awakening"

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    "Unleash the Titans"

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    "demo"

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    "Siren Charms"

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    "Chateau de Versailles -Final-"

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    "Holy Grail"


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    8. Thunder And Lightning
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