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METALMESSAGE / MELKOR (Atmospheric Black Metal from Germany) New album 'Irrlicht' (Dec. 12, 2014)
Posted by: Denis / 25.11.2014
Mainman Patrick, known (as a live guitarist) to insiders of German Black Metal acts NOCTE OBDUCTA and AGRYPNIE, presents his new songs with full devotion.

MELKOR was founded in the beginning of 2004, rising from the ashes of two-men-project Kheled-Zarâm. Irrlicht is scheduled for December 12, 2014 and celebrates the 10th anniversary of the project with 8 carefully chosen songs that, as results of a long maturing process, get to the heart of MELKOR's very essence. Not unlike the first demo, Patrick recorded and engineered this work almost entirely on his own.

Irrlicht offers a heavy and abyssic kind of passionate ATMOSPHERIC BLACK METAL.

MELKOR has a tangible surface, offers melodies, stories, rhymes, and yet is ambivalent and permeated by metaphors. The project enters the maelstrom of the depths and stares into the abyss, gives the listener presentiments of the enigmatic workings of powers that consume all existence and at the same time make it blossom.

The purpose is not to glorify, but to preserve an unflinching view at the splendor of destruction and the temptation of poison. No Satan, no other gods inhabit the world that the music and lyrics of MELKOR try to approach in a respectful and yet passionately entangled manner – a blind behemoth, a blaze in the dark, beautiful and terrifying, cold and hot, black, white and grey.

METALMESSAGE promotes the new album of this capable Black Metal true-believer from Frankfurt very timely: at winter!
BLIZZARD HUNTER signed a worldwide deal with PURE UNDERGROUND RECORDS / PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 25.11.2014
The Heavy/Speed Metal band BLIZZARD HUNTER from Lima (Peru), which released one demo in 2011 and 2014 the EP Conqueror of Destiny, have signed a worldwide deal with PURE UNDERGROUND RECORDS, a sublabel of PURE STEEL RECORDS!

Bandstatement: "We proudly announce the release of our 1st full-length album called Heavy Metal to the Vein in collaboration with the German label Pure Underground Records. The album contains 10 songs of pure Heavy Metal!"
    LINE-UP:
  • Sebastian 'Dragon' Palma (ex-Morvidhen, Lightning) - vocals
  • Lucho Sanchez (ex-Disinter, ex-Necropsya, ex-Bleed of Hate) - guitars
  • Toño 'Wild Rocker' Rojas - guitars
  • Lalo 'Indú' Salas - bass
  • Daniel 'Frost' Ruiz de Castilla (ex-Rotten Evisceration, ex-Two Face Sinner) - drums
My Kingdom Music / DRAGONHAMMER: early albums reissued
Posted by: Denis / 25.11.2014
My Kingdom Music are really glad to reissue the first two DRAGONHAMMER's albums released 14 and 10 years ago.

They are the legendary The Blood Of The Dragon (originally issued on 2001) and Time For Expiation (which saw the light on 2004) presented here in a new 2015 editions featuring a new digital treatment for the artwork thanks to the artist Antonio Pannullo, a completely new layout and for both releases 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.

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Cruz del Sur Music / ARGUS to play ROADBURN and DUBLIN in 2015. New 7" release in the making
Posted by: Denis / 25.11.2014
Very exciting news for all the ARGUS' fans in Europe. The band will be back in Europe in April 2015 for at least 2 shows, one of them at the prestigious ROADBURN FESTIVAL! But first the band will hit their European hometown Dublin, where a show is scheduled on April 10th at Gypsy Rose Rock and Blues Bar. Mighty TERMINUS from Belfast has been confirmed as supporting act. Be there!

Back to ROADBURN FESTIVAL, here's the official statement from the organizers:
"It is our pleasure to announce that Cruz Del Sur recording artists ARGUS will perform at the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival on Sunday, April 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Hailing from the Western Pennsylvania ARGUS has been building a reputation as one of the finest bands in the Metal underground. Forging a potent mix of epic traditional Metal, laced with moody passages and doom flourishes ARGUS brings a stunning double guitar attack, a tight and pounding rhythm section and strong, soaring vocals. Eschewing pure nostalgia for the 'old school' ARGUS evokes the spirit of Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Candlemass, Dio, et al all the while bringing their own personal, unique flair to their music. Their most recent release, Beyond the Martyrs was met with praise by critics worldwide and was received rabidly by their fanbase. The band has built a reputation as a tremendous live act having toured Europe most recently in the Autumn of 2013. It is a set not to be missed! 2015 looks to be a busy year which will see ARGUS releasing a new 7", Let Now Your Heart be Troubled / Streets of Gold (to coincide with their appearance at Roadburn 2015) as well as completing their 4th, as yet untitled, album. Says ARGUS 'We are honored and humbled to be invited to an event as prestigious as Roadburn and to play alongside so many killer bands. We look forward to meeting you all and to raising the flag of Metal over the Green Room!'"

The 20th edition of Roadburn Festival runs from April 9 to 12, 2015 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
GlobMetal Promotions / Russian band 'Ne spitsya' has introduced the future album tracklist and announced the release date
Posted by: Denis / 24.11.2014
Russian Alternative Metal/Dream-Rock band Ne spitsya has announced the release date of their full-format album. It is called The Awakening and will come out on label 'GlobMetal Promotions' on the 1st December 2014.

After the success of the debut EP in Russia, where the band had got numerous reviews from the fans of quality Rock and Metal music, they began working on a full-format album.

The record has been made in 'Legion 600' studio by a talented sound producer Marsel Vetrov. The music, texts and the design of the CD are made by Elena Chesnokova. The art of the band Ne spitsya is a loose fantasy flight, conceived in a sincere desire to take freedom on a wing and fly away from all chores and restrictions, imposed on us by a tough system of rules and regulations, called 'the life of the modern person'.

"We are delighted to present the result of our work," the band commented on the upcoming release. "This album is made for romantic and delicate natures. It is filled with deep lyrics, light and some kind of mysterious melodies and Russian motives. As always, our goal is to immerse the listener into the world of the deepest and the most intimate feelings that are impossible to experience in everyday life. Open the hidden doors of your soul. Your guide will be Ne spitsya."
    The album's tracklist:
  1. Supernova
  2. The Day Burns Silently
  3. A Bird
  4. Home
  5. To Explode
  6. On The Edge Of The Earth
  7. I'm With You
  8. My Voice
  9. Bird's Shadow
  10. A Dream
  11. The Diving
    Group members:
  • Elena Chesnokova - guitar, texts, music.
  • Dmitry Polozok - guitar, vocals.
  • Nadezhda Zelenova - the keys.
  • Jakov Chadaev - bass-guitar.
  • Egor Artyomenko - drums.
Metal Media / Morfolk 'Shadows Of Fear' music video is available
Posted by: Denis / 24.11.2014
Brazilian Old School Death Metallers MORFOLK just released their first video clip since their foundation in 1990. The chosen song for the job was Shadows Of Fear. First track from the newly released album ...Until Death.

For the production, direction and edition was invited the company Extreme Audiovisual. The location chosen to run the external footage was the Weaving Factory Parahyba in São José dos Campos, the band's hometown. The factory was built in 1920.

...Until Death was released by Violent Records and features eight songs. The CD hes the production of musician and producer Leandro Queiroz. Already the cover was on account of drummer Daniel Sanchez.
Century Media / Angelus Apatrida unveils artwork for new album, 'Hidden Evolution'; posts album teaser online
Posted by: Denis / 24.11.2014
Spanish thrashers ANGELUS APATRIDA are preparing for their upcoming 5th studio album, Hidden Evolution, which is set to be released on January 19th in Europe and January 27th in North America (digital only) via Century Media Records.

After having recently announced a massive European tour together with SUICIDAL ANGELS and new labelmates DR. LIVING DEAD! in February/March 2015, as well as some special Spanish shows in January to promote the release, ANGELUS APATRIDA is now revealing the album's artwork, plus the first teaser video featuring various song-samples from the album.

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

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HAMMER KING on Cruz Del Sur Music
Posted by: Denis / 24.11.2014
CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC will release the debut album from new German epic Power Metal sensation, HAMMER KING!

Even though Kingdom of the Hammer King is their debut album, HAMMER KING's members are no novices. Singer Titan Fox is known for being the lead vocalist of ROSS THE BOSS' solo project (and also IVORY NIGHTS), and drummer Herr Schmitt is the former drummer of Germany's Top-Ten Rockoutfit SALTATIO MORTIS. What emerges from the gathering of these stalwart Metal musicians is a slab of traditional, epic Power-Metal in the best Teutonic tradition!

Expect an album with plenty of melodies, epic choruses and galloping guitars produced with a clean, brilliant sound by the excellent Charles Greywolf (of POWERWOLF fame) in his own studio.

Kingdom of the Hammer King will see the light in the first half of 2015 in compact disc, vinyl (with one bonus track) and digital editions. You can already have a taste of HAMMER KING by listening to the album's title track.
Frontiers Records / Revolution Saints
Posted by: Denis / 24.11.2014
Deen Castronovo, Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich. Put these three rock titans together in a band and you have the exciting new Hard Rock/Melodic Rock supergroup REVOLUTION SAINTS.

Superbly handling drums and lead vocals is Deen Castronovo. Already renowned for his drum talents and backing vocals in Journey, Bad English and more, Deen's excellent vocal talents are in the spotlight on this release. On bass, and co-lead vocals on a few tracks, Jack Blades is well known for his melodic, yet hard rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band Night Ranger, as well as with the Damn Yankees and the Shaw/Blades releases. On guitar, Doug Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who just left Whitesnake after a fruitful 12 year run (including co-writing 2010s critically acclaimed Forevermore release) and also of Burning Rain and formerly of DIO, has a deep pedigree and is one of today's most respected guitarists.

You can tell by the name - and the names involved - that REVOLUTION SAINTS isn't your average rock 'n roll band. The new album brings back the classic Melodic Rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. It's completely badass.

The project is the vision of Frontiers' President Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for Perugino.

With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man, Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process took place in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2014.

REVOLUTION SAINTS' music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today. Truly, this will be a release that you cannot afford to miss. Lovers of melodic rock will fall in love all over again with REVOLUTION SAINTS.

Revolution Saints have released an EPK discussing the new project that can be seen here.

Released on CD, Deluxe Edition w/ bonus DVD, Digital Download and 180 gram black vinyl. European release by Frontiers Records - Friday 20 February 2015; US release: Tuesday 24 February 2015.
Inner Wound Recordings / LEAH New album 'Kings & Queens' announced
Posted by: Denis / 21.11.2014
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the Celtic Metal star LEAH to the label. Her new album Kings & Queens will be released on January 30th in Europe and February 3rd in North America.

Featuring musicians such as Timo Somers and Sander Zoer of Delain, and Barend Courbois of Blind Guardian and Vengeance, this 14-track masterpiece emerges as the heaviest of all her releases. Dabbling in worldly Celtic, middle eastern, and New-Age flavors, while lyrically laced with epic imagery of dystopias, fallen empires, spiritual warfare, love and destiny, this album proves to be very promising and is expected to be received by fans and critics as one of the top symphonic metal albums of the year.

The artwork for Kings & Queens was created by Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Design (Delain, Apocalyptica, Sirenia).
    Kings & Queens track listing
  1. Arcadia
  2. Save the World
  3. Angel Fell
  4. Enter the Highlands
  5. In the Palm of Your Hands
  6. Alpha et Omega
  7. Heart of Poison
  8. Hourglass
  9. Palace of Dreams
  10. This Present Darkness
  11. The Crown
  12. Remnant
  13. There Is No Farewell
  14. Siúil a Rún (Acoustic version)
Metal Blade / King Diamond 'Dreams of Horror' debuts on Billboard charts
Posted by: Denis / 21.11.2014
King Diamond's Dreams of Horror was released last week and has debuted at #28 on the Billboard Hard Music charts! This is the ONLY 'best of' album covering the band's entire career. King Diamond and Andy LaRocque meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs. Dreams of Horror will be available on November 11th. Listen to The Puppet Master from disc 2 of Dreams of Horror and order a copy now at metalblade.com/kingdiamond.

King Diamond's massively successful headlining tour wrapped up on November 8th at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX. Photo galleries have sprung up across the web, including one from the Los Angeles gig on Halloween night at the Wiltern on revolvermag.com.

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U.D.O. 'Decadent' cover artwork, first tour dates 2015
Posted by: Denis / 20.11.2014
The cover artwork of the forthcoming U.D.O. album Decadent (release date: January 23rd, 2015) is already available.

Also U.D.O. announce the first dates for the European tour 2015:
  • Mar 06, 2015 D-Würzburg - Posthalle
  • Mar 07, 2015 D-München - Backstage
  • Mar 11, 2015 D-Hamburg - Markthalle
  • Mar 13, 2015 D-Kiel - Pumpe 6
  • Mar 14, 2015 DK-Kolding - Godset
  • Mar 18, 2015 D-Bochum - Zeche
  • Mar 19, 2015 D-Losheim/Saarland - Eisenbahnhalle
  • Mar 20, 2015 D-Andernach - JUZ
  • Mar 21, 2015 D-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
  • Mar 22, 2015 D-Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
  • Mar 25, 2015 D-Nürnberg - Hirsch
  • Mar 26, 2015 D-Berlin - C Club
  • Mar 27, 2015 D-Leipzig - Hellraiser
  • Mar 28, 2015 D-Regensburg - Airport
  • Mar 31, 2015 GB-London - The Garage
  • Apr 03, 2015 GB-Nuneaton - Queens Hall
  • Apr 09, 2015 E-Madrid - Sala Caracol
  • Apr 10, 2015 E-Valladolid - Polideportivo
  • Apr 11, 2015 E-Zaragoza - CC Delicias
  • Apr 12, 2015 E-Barcelona - Sala Salamandra
  • Apr 14, 2015 E-Ibiza Wacken Cruise - tba
  • Apr 16, 2015 E-Valencia - Sala Rock City
  • Apr 23, 2015 S-Stockholm - Klubben
  • Apr 24, 2015 S-Borlänge - Liljan
  • Apr 25, 2015 S-Gothenborg - Trädgårn
  • Apr 26, 2015 S-Malmö - KB
  • Apr 30, 2015 N-Oslo - Vulkan Arena
  • May 01, 2015 N-Haugesund - Karmoygeddon Festival
  • May 02, 2015 N-Trondheim - Byscenen

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Inner Wound Recordings / Nocturnal Rites limited 12" vinyl editions of 'Grand Illusion' and 'New World Messiah' announced
Posted by: Denis / 20.11.2014
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce limited 12" vinyl editions of the classic NOCTURNAL RITES albums Grand Illusion and New World Messiah. A deal was inked with Century Media Records, and the release dates are set to February 6th for Europe and March 3rd for North America.

Both editions are strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide. 400 copies are standard black, and 100 copies are transparent. The vinyls also comes with an insert with lyrics.

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Metal Media / NoWrong music video for 'End Of Question' is available for streaming
Posted by: Denis / 19.11.2014
The first music video from the Brazilian band of Thrash/Heavy Metal NOWRONG, is available on their channel on YouTube. The video for the song End Of Question was produced and directed by Leonardo Ronqui and also features actress Thiene Garrido.

Prognostic Of A Great Disaster was recorded at Studio Lau (Conspiração Records). The production was on account of the band and Lau Andrade. The cover was created by artist Jean Michel from Designations Artwork.
Century Media / Triptykon new video clip for 'Tree Of Suffocating Souls'; touring commencing soon
Posted by: Denis / 19.11.2014
On the eve of returning to the stage in their native Switzerland after an absence of more than two years, and two weeks before embarking on a tour of Europe with At The Gates, Swiss avant-garde extreme Metal act Triptykon are debuting a new visualization of a song off their acclaimed second album, Melana Chasmata.

See the video for the album's opening track, Tree Of Suffocating Souls.

The video was directed by Philipp Hirsch (who previously worked with Triptykon for the group's highly acclaimed Shatter and Aurorae video clips).

Triptykon singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior: "In producing this footage, we have elected to once again work in partnership with long-standing Triptykon collaborator and director, Philipp Hirsch, in Leipzig, Germany. As intensely minimalist as Triptykon's approach and music are, as perfect and passionate was Philipp in creating images which combine such minimalism with the required darkness. The night during which most of these images were created was, for many reasons, a truly extraordinary night none of us shall ever forget."

Next to the soon commencing European tour with At The Gates and Morbus Chron, Triptykon have recently confirmed a string of festival dates, including appearances at next year's Maryland Deathfest (US) and Hellfest (FR).

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High Roller Recods / AIR RAID 'Point of Impact' out now
Posted by: Denis / 19.11.2014
Air Raid is the newest traditional Heavy Metal sensation from Gothenburg in Sweden. The band was originally formed in 2009. In 2011 they recorded a CD EP entitled Danger Ahead, followed by their full-length debut album Night Of The Axe in 2013. In April of the same year Air Raid appeared at the legendary 'Keep It True' festival in Germany. This was followed by a live appearance in Japan as well as gigs in Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Having changed singers, Arthur W Andersson (vocals), Andreas Johansson (guitars), Johan Karlsson (guitars), Robin Utbult (bass) and David Hermansson (drums) started work on their first High Roller album Point Of Impact in June 2014. The eight tracks on the new album show influences of traditional Metal all the way through from Judas Priest and Iron Maiden to Riot and Chastain (including some slight Teutonic leanings in the form of Accept and Grave Digger thrown in for good measure).

Changing singers was not an easy decision for Air Raid to take, says Andreas Johansson: "Yes, we have changed our singer to Arthur W Andersson. We are very excited, as we love his voice very much. The reason we didn't continue with the former singer Michalis were the big personal differences and disputes. We couldn't continue like that, so it had to be done. Michalis sort of sounded like Paul Di'Anno sometimes. Our new singer Arthur has a more high-pitched voice and has no similarities to him. I would say that Night Of The Axe sounds a bit like Accept at times, much because of our former vocalist's type of singing. But certainly not Point Of Impact, as you will hear soon! We don't sound like a specific band, we are old school Metal fans, but we always try to write in our own way. Don't get me wrong, we do like Accept and old Helloween. But I can't say they have had a special impact on our songs. When people try to describe our music, they always cite many different bands. I think we must have been compared to over 20 bands now, ha, ha."

Featuring songs such as Bound To Destroy, The Fire Within or We Got the Force Point Of Impact is a big step up from the band's previous two efforts. Guitarist Andreas Johansson thinks the same: "I would say that the album is generally more melodic and has better songwriting than Night Of The Axe for example. It came naturally as Arthur has more of a hard rock voice, but also the mood we were in when writing the songs. I wrote almost all the music and also the vocal melodies. The lyrics were written by me and bassist Rob."

Signing with High Roller Records was a vital decision for the band to make: "We absolutely consider it an important step! It was really time for us to move on. High Roller was the perfect choice, and we are happy with the collaboration work for this album."

The band's first album Night Of The Axe was received very well, this was why High Roller took notice of Air Raid in the first place. Andreas Johansson explains: "Mostly we got really impressive ratings and reviews. We didn't really expect that, although we felt we had a strong debut in our hands."

In their relatively short career Air Raid have already been able to gain an excellent reputation in the current underground scene. Andreas knows why: "Well, it has been very much hard work, but it also helped us to play at 'Keep It True' of course, that was the biggest audience we have played for so far! Otherwise, we have done two short tours in Europe, some smaller festivals ('Swordbrothers', 'SkullFest' and 'Metalheadz Open Air'), and also the gig at the 'Japanese Assault Fest' in Tokyo, together with Girlschool. So we have steadily gathered more and more fans!"

As Sweden currently does possess probably the most vital Metal scene in the world, a lot of the bands tend to come from smaller cities rather than from Gothenburg or Stockholm. Air Raid, however, are about to change all this: "Yes, each of us comes from different parts of the Gothenburg suburbs and surrounding areas, except our singer, Arthur. He lives in a small city 150 km from Gothenburg. I think you are quite right, many bands come from small cities in Sweden, even though we have some cool bands in Gothenburg, which has always been a Hard Rock and Metal city. I honestly don't know much about the Stockholm bands, but I guess it's the same situation there."

Air Raid plan to tour Europe extensively soon. They are also looking to produce a video for one of the songs on Point Of Impact. As for now there is no better way to get acquainted with the Gothenburg boys than to take a listen to their new album. You won't regret it.
ARCH ENEMY welcomes Jeff Loomis as their new guitarist
Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2014
Metal icons ARCH ENEMY are proud to announce that guitar legend Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) will be joining their ranks for their upcoming European tour which kicks off November 26, as well as all future tours in 2015.

Jeff Loomis states: "I'm very excited to be playing with Arch Enemy. Michael Amott and I have stayed in contact over the years since we toured together when I was playing in Nevermore. Not only do I admire his guitar playing and songwriting, but I also consider him a close friend. To be able to share the stage with Michael, Sharlee, Daniel and Alissa is something I'm really looking forward to. 2015 is going to be a great year... See you all on tour!"

After a great year of intensive touring in support of their critically acclaimed album, War Eternal, Arch Enemy are parting ways with guitarist Nick Cordle who states: "With War Eternal I believe we wrote an album together which will stand the test of time, and I wish them well for the future."

USA fans will be able to catch a special reunion as Christopher Amott (the brother of ARCH ENEMY founder/bandleader Michael Amott) has joined the band for the remainder of their American headlining tour.

Michael Amott (guitars) comments: "We all wish Nick the very best in his new endeavors and we are sure that you will hear much more from him. We're also super grateful to my brother Christopher for stepping in to finish the current American tour!
The prospect of working with Jeff Loomis moving forward is truly awesome! Jeff Loomis is one of the best guitar players in the metal world in my opinion, as well as being a long time friend. I look forward to tearing it up on stages around the world together as we continue on the War Eternal' touring cycle throughout all next year and beyond!"

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Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars another song on SoundCloud
Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2014
Mindwars, the new band featuring Holy Terror and Jester Beast members, has released its debut album The Enemy Within.

It is now possible to listen a preview of a new song titled Chaos by soundcloud! The album is being released by Punishment 18 Records (physical and digital edition). A vinyl edition is expected on January 2015 by Night Of The Vinyl Dead.
GlobMetal Promotions / DESERT - NEW SINGLE PREMIERE AS LYRICS VIDEO
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2014
Dark epic metallers DESERT released their first internet single Assassin's Fate as a lyrics video. This song taken from the upcoming album Never Regret, which scheduled to be released worldwide on March 30, 2015 via Raven Music.

The song theme inspired by the famous video game saga - Assassin's Creed. DESERT's frontman, Alexei Raymar, well known as a 'heavy' gamer.

The audio single Assassin's Fate is already available for purchase on digital stores: iTunes, Amazon, CD-Baby.

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Avantegarde MNGT / HEAVENWOOD crowdfunding campaign for upcoming album
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2014
Portugal's Dark metallers HEAVENWOOD started a crowdfunding campaign for The Tarot Of The Bohemians (Part 1), their upcoming 5th studio album. 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 you choose. The first promo single and video for the track The Juggler has already been presented to the audience and you can check it out 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.

To enter the campaign and help HEAVENWOOD just follow to this link.

This Crowdfunding Campaign ends at 31/12/2014.

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Limb Music / ASTRALION
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2014
The fact that ASTRALION comprises of former members of bands such as Olympos Mons, The Addication and HumanGod has the advantage that we have experienced musicians with a firm and clear target ahead of them. The musical direction of the Finns was influenced by bands such as Sonata Arctica, Thunderstone, Hammerfall, Stratovarius, early Blind Guardian and Y. Malmsteen. In a nutshell then we are talking about broad choruses, voluminous melodies, galloping guitar attacks as well as tactful, neo-progged 6-string inserts. Speed is an important characteristic of ASTRALION's style, similar to early Sonata Arctica work but with higher melodic content. Yet on the other hand you cannot miss a touch of Teutonic-Metal a la Helloween. The motto of the band is very apt: "Forget the dragon, forget the sword, here's true power from the chord!"
InsideOut Music / Nightingale 'Retribution' out now; new song launched online
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2014
Sweden's NIGHTINGALE have now released their much anticipated 7th studio album in Europe. Entitled Retribution, the follow-up to 2007's acclaimed White Darkness, marks the band's debut release via their new worldwide label home InsideOutMusic.

A next new song off Retribution, has therefor now made available as online stream. Check out On Stolen Wings here.

NIGHTINGALE's Dan Swanö (vocals, guitars, keyboards) checked in about the track as follows:
"After all the demos were done for the album, we gathered in the rehearsal room and gave them all a thorough spin. It took some time to get the arrangement right for On Stolen Wings and during the intense rehearsals there were a few 'happy accidents' that completely changed the vibe of the song into something that I had been searching for all along.
The lyrics deal with the kind of person that sucks the lifeblood out of creative people, that doesn't know how to bring their visions to the real world and then steal their ideas and then take full credit for it."
CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC - GATES OF HELL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2014
CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC are proud to announce that in 2015 the label will give birth to a little, lovely sister: GATES OF HELL RECORDS!

GATES OF HELL RECORDS is a sub-label of Cruz Del Sur that will focus on old school Metal bands of all styles. It means classic Heavy Metal, but also Black, Death and Thrash.

Many times they have been approached by valid bands, but unfortunately did not feel as a good fit for Cruz Del Sur Music's roster. But now, the label is constantly searching for high-quality bands, they want to fill the gap with GATES OF HELL RECORDS, whose distribution & promotional tools will be the same as Cruz Del Sur Music's.

However, GATES OF HELL RECORDS has its own A&R staff, so all inquiries regarding the label's news, releases, merchandise etc., you should refer to www.gatesofhellrecords.com.

The first release will be the new ANAL VOMIT's album Peste Negra, Muerte Negra to be released in early 2015 under license of Icarus Music. The cult Peruvian-combo returns to spread terror with an overdose of blackened Death-Thrash in the best tradition of the old South American masters.

Peste Negra, Muerte Negra is a massive and crushing opus, guaranteed to summon the dead from their graves and unleash Hell on Earth.

The album will feature an outrageous artwork by Mottla Art and will be available in compact disc and vinyl formats, both limited.
Pure Steel Records / WRETCH 'Warriors' cover, tracklist, release date: 5th December 2014
Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2014
The release date of the new WRETCH album Warriors on CD is December 5th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on November 21st, 2014 in label's webshop.

WRETCH is a U.S. Power Metal band from Cleveland, Ohio, with origins that go back to the mid-80s. Their major musical influences are in the vein of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio & Helloween. WRETCH's music features strong melodic elements, clean vocals and twin lead guitars for harmonies and dueling leads. The lyrical element of the songs tends to run along the lines of Dio and Black Sabbath, with subject matter focusing on the struggle between good and evil, fantasy, magic and the human condition.

The drive behind WRETCH is the love of writing, recording and the live performance of Heavy Metal. The feel of performing in front of an audience of Metal fans is a thrill few other musical genres offer. This shared passion, enthusiasm and energy between Metal bands and Metal fans is why they do what they do.

The album Warriors is band's first offering on Pure Steel Records. WRETCH are extremely proud of the work they did on this album. Although, at times, it appeared that the project wasn't meant to be as they faced several set-backs and struggles during the production of this album, WRETCH really came together as a band and they think the song writing and performances on this album will show that.
    TRACKLIST:
  1. Into Madness
  2. Sleepless Dreams
  3. The Ones
  4. Warriors
  5. Fallen From Grace
  6. Sacrifice
  7. All I See
  8. Sword And Stone
  9. Death of Innocence
  10. Never Alone
  11. Watching The World
  12. In Those Eyes
  13. Rain
    Total Playing Time: 58:29 min
        LINE-UP:
      • Ron Emig – vocals
      • Michael Stephenson – guitars
      • Nick Giannakos – guitars
      • Tim Frederick – bass
      • Evan Gottschalk – drums
Nuclear Blast / The German PANZER lyric video on 'Mr. Nobrain' released!
Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2014
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).

The first PANZER onslaught entitled Send Them All To Hell will roll down onto the unholy European soil on November 28th 2014. Send Them All To Hell was mixed and mastered by VO Pulver at Little Creek Studios in Gelterkinden/Switzerland, giving the album a crunchy & powerful production with a great old school flair.

Now the band released the lyric video on the track Mr. Nobrain.

Commented frontman Schmier: "Who is Mr. Nobrain? A lot of people have been asking me this already. I think this lyric video will show you one point of view - on the other hand we ALL had those days where we just meet the WRONG people right? Life is sometimes more inspiring than fiction!"
Schmier continues: "Musically this song REALLY unites the 'thrashy' and the 'melodic' side of the band to a real skull crusher with a catchy but NOT cheesy chorus, that sticks to your brain like that bloody gum to your boot! Enjoy PANZER at its best!"
Nuclear Blast / EPICA announce the Russian and Scandinavian Enigma Tour
Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2014
Dutch Symphonic Metallers EPICA have announced Scandinavian and Russian dates in support of the band's latest album The Quantum Enigma.

EPICA keyboard player Coen Janssen commented: "Awesome! We are going North again. These countries were not included in the European tour but we are certainly not forgetting about you guys! I'm excited to take this show to Sweden, Finland and Russia!"
    Check out EPICA live at the following dates:
  • 21.04.2015 S Stockholm - Göta Källare
  • 22.04.2015 FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
  • 24.04.2015 RUS St. Petersburg - Cosmonavt Club
  • 25.04.2015 RUS Moscow - Red Club
  • 26.04.2015 RUS Ekaterinburg - Teleclub
The band will start the first leg of The European Enigma Tour next month in support of the album. The European Enigma tour Leg 1 with Very Special Guest DRAGONFORCE and DAGOBA:
  • 20.11.2014 LUX Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik
  • 21.11.2014 FR Strasbourg - La Laiterie SOLD OUT
  • 22.11.2014 CH Zurich - X-TRA
  • 24.11.2014 I Milan - Alcatraz
  • 25.11.2014 I Rome - Orion
  • 26.11.2014 FR Marseille - Le Moulin
  • 28.11.2014 ESP Madrid - Shoko
  • 02.12.2014 ESP Barcelona - Apolo
  • 03.12.2014 FR Toulouse - Bikini
  • 04.12.2014 FR Bordeaux - Rocher de Palmer
  • 06.12.2014 UK London - The Forum
  • 07.12.2014 NL Utrecht - Vredenburg
      EPICA LIVE:
    • 28.12.2014 IND Bombay, Mumbai - Mood Indigo IIT
      The European Enigma Tour leg 2 with Very Special Guest DRAGONFORCE:
    • 15.01.2015 D Bochum - Zeche
    • 16.01.2015 D Hamburg - Markthalle
    • 17.01.2015 D Berlin - C-Club, Berlin
    • 19.01.2015 D Leipzig - Hellraiser
    • 20.01.2015 CZ Prague - Meet Factory
    • 22.01.2015 P Wroclaw - Eter, Wroclaw
    • 23.01.2015 P Warsaw - Progresja
    • 24.01.2015 H Budapest - Petofi Hall
    • 26.01.2015 AT Vienna - Arena, Vienna
    • 27.01.2015 D Munich - Theaterfabrik
    • 29.01.2015 FR Paris - L’Olympia
    • 30.01.2015 CH Geneva - Salle des Fêtes de Thônex
    • 31.01.2015 D Cologne - Essigfabrik, Cologne
    • 01.02.2015 BE Brussels - Ancienne Belgique
      The South American Enigma Tour:
    • 26.02.2015 EC Quito - Casa De La Cultura
    • 20.02.2015 PE Lima - Teatro de la Uni
    • 03.03.2015 BR Porto Alegre - Bar Opinião
    • 04.03.2015 BR Curitiba - Master Hall
    • 06.03.2015 BR Rio De Janeiro - Fundição Progresso
    • 07.03.2015 BR Belo Horizonte - Music Hall
    • 08.03.2015 BR Sao Paulo - Audio
    • 12.03.2015 RCH Santiago - Teatro Caupolican
    • 13.03.2015 RA Buenos Aires - Teatro Flores
    • 03.04.2015 ZA Pretoria - Witchfest

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    Frontiers Records / Level 10: Mat Sinner and Russell Allen
    Posted by: Denis / 13.11.2014
    Frontiers Music Srl, is pleased to announce another impactful release to kick 2015 off with a (Heavy Metal) bang: LEVEL 10's debut album, Chapter One. Set for release in the EU on January 23rd and in North America on January 27th, the album features 12 songs performed in a true Metal style, with a distinctly contemporary edge.

    LEVEL 10 was born out of a collaboration between American powerhouse singer Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB, ALLEN LANDE) and the iconic German producer/bassist Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER). The pair met a few times during the years and swore to each other to find the time to work together. That occasion finally came about when Frontiers President, Serafino Perugino managed to connect with the two and get them committed to the creation of a new Metal album which could meld the more contemporary and aggro sound of Adrenaline Mob with the more traditional European Power Metal assault of Primal Fear.

    Sinner quickly put together a killer lineup for the album, including his Primal Fear cohorts Randy Black (on drums) and Alex Beyrodt (on guitar) and called Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Voodoo Circle) to complete the lineup on lead guitar and keyboards respectively. On the songwriting side – besides the band members – the album also sees contributions from Magnus Karlsson, Carsten Schulz, Sander Gommans and Amanda Somerville.

    While the actual recording took a long time due to the 'day job' commitments from the various musicians involved in this release, the result is an outstanding and super heavy – yet infectiously melodic - album! With Allen's over-the-top vocals and a powerful lineup second to none, the resulting album is – from start to finish a true delight for all Heavy Metal fans!

    "The target was to write and record a traditional and powerful heavy rock album with some of the best players in this genre" says Sinner. "The result is just amazing. Russell's voice is in a fantastic shape, kick ass songs and I'm really proud of the album!"

    Russell Allen concludes: "When Mat and I met many moons ago we became fast friends. He's a great talent and a great guy. We had talked about working together in some way and it took shape in the form of level 10. I'm very excited for the world to finally hear this great record!"
    Total Death signs for Punishment 18 Records
    Posted by: Denis / 13.11.2014
    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.
    Punishment 18 Records / Alkoholizer 'Free Beer... Surf's Up!!!' cover album
    Posted by: Denis / 13.11.2014
    Before end of November 2014, Italian label Punishment 18 Records will release Free Beer... Surf's Up!!!, the new studio album from Italian thrash-core metallers Alkoholizer.

    The cover artwork is designed by Velio Josto, well known for its works for Ultra-Violence, Medieval Steel, Iron Kobra, Deliverance and many more.
    Pure Steel Records / RENEGADE 'Thunder Knows No Mercy' cover, tracklist, release date: 5th December 2014
    Posted by: Denis / 13.11.2014
    The release date of the new RENEGADE album Thunder Knows No Mercy on CD is December 5th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on November 21st, 2014 in label's webshop.

    On the same release date like ALLTHENIKO we like to present another young, Italian band called RENEGADE - a new signing. Since 2006, the quartet (hailing from Florence) already released three studio albums. Now a new strike called Thunder Knows No Mercy will be unleashed.

    Classical Heavy Metal with great doublebass drumming, some speedy parts and strong vocals: everyone, who likes to Keep It True, will love Thunder Knows No Mercy directly. Great riffs, striking high pitched vocals and twin leads are driven by a tight rhythm section. Catchy heaviness is mixed up with calm, quiet parts.

    RENEGADE keep the old spirit alive: and that's the reason why they sound so fresh and young!

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    Pure Steel Records / SPACE VACATION 'Cosmic Vanguard' cover, tracklist, release date: 5th December 2014
    Posted by: Denis / 13.11.2014
    The release date of the new SPACE VACATION album Cosmic Vanguard on CD is December 5th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on November 21st, 2014 in label's webshop.

    The Californians SPACE VACATION are already well known to many followers of our back catalogue. Already two years ago the outstanding, second album Heart Attack has been released through Pure Steel. Now the quartet will unleash a successor called Cosmic Vanguard.

    With their well known style the Americans remain loyal to their old work. Melodic US Metal, provided with a decent dose of NWoBHM, will fascinate fans of those genres completely. Musical parallels to High Spirits (especially within the vocal lines) can't be ignored by listening to Cosmic Vanguard. The clear, organic production gives additional depth to all eleven tracks. Detailed, strong lead guitar parts, done by ex-Vicious Rumors guitarist Kiyoshi Morgan, are a decent, musical crown of a sophisticated, soulful Metal album!

    Timeless, classical Metal on the highest level: The Underground will appreciate it!
      TRACKLIST:
    1. On Your Feet
    2. More Is More
    3. Rolling Thunder
    4. Cosmic Vanguard
    5. Get Down
    6. The Living Damned
    7. Say My Name
    8. Eye To Eye
    9. Witch Wizard
    10. Battle Jacket
    11. Land Of Steel
      Total Playing Time: 44:07 min
      LINE-UP:
    • Scott Shapiro – vocals, guitars
    • Kiyoshi Morgan – guitars
    • Cubby Baumann – drums
    • Mark Shapiro – bass
    Century Media / Sanctuary to kick off West coast tour this week
    Posted by: Denis / 12.11.2014
    Having recently released their first new album in 25 years, Seattle's Metal legends, SANCTUARY, are now ready to hit the West coast this week! See below for all upcoming dates:
      SANCTUARY live:
    • Nov. 14 - Seattle, WA - S7
    • Nov. 15 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw
    • Nov. 16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
    • Nov. 19 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
    • Nov. 20 - Las Vegas, NV - LVCS
    • Nov. 21 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
    • Nov. 22 - San Diego, CA - Ramona Mainstage

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    Nuclear Blast / SABATON return to North America in 2015 with NIGHTWISH
    Posted by: Denis / 12.11.2014
    Globally-charting Swedish Metal band SABATON – who devastated U.S. and Canadian stages with their boundless energy this past year opening for ICED EARTH and most recently AMON AMARTH – are returning to North America in 2015 as direct support to Finland-based symphonic Metal storytellers NIGHTWISH.

    Taking a moment prior to their headlining show at The Whisky in Hollywood, California, SABATON members share their thoughts on their quick return to the western hemisphere: "After the amazing North American tour we've just done, it's time to follow-up! And what is better than another tour? This time, it's with our friends in NIGHTWISH."

    Come out and experience first-hand why SABATON are one of the most popular breakthrough bands in Heavy Metal.
      Confirmed dates for the upcoming NIGHTWISH 2015 tour with SABATON and DELAIN are:
    • 09.04 USA New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
    • 10.04. USA Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
    • 11.04. USA Worcester, MA - Palladium
    • 13.04. CND Quebec City, QC - Capitole Theatre
    • 14.04. CND Toronto - Phoenix Concert Theatre
    • 16.04. USA Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
    • 17.04. USA Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
    • 18.04. USA Chicago, IL - Concorde Music Hall
    • 19.04. USA Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
    • 21.04. USA Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
    • 22.04. USA Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
    • 24.04. USA Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
    • 25.04. CND Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
    • 26.04. USA Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
    • 18.04. USA San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
    • 30.04. USA Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
    • 01.05. USA Los Angeles, CA - Greek theatre
    • 02.05. USA Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
    • 03.05. USA El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
    • 05.05. USA Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
    • 06.05. USA Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
    • 08.05. USA Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
    • 09.05. USA Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
    • 11.05. USA Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Work
    • 12.05. USA Louisville, KY - Expo Five
    • 13.05. USA Charlotte, NC - Filmore
    • 14.05. USA Silver Springs, MD - Filmore

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    CRADLE OF FILTH sign worldwide record deal with Nuclear Blast Records
    Posted by: Denis / 11.11.2014
    After having worked with the band for several years in the United States already it is with great pleasure that Nuclear Blast Records can officially announce the worldwide signing of Great Britain's most visionary, sickening and disturbing outfit: legendary CRADLE OF FILTH.

    Iconic vocalist Dani Filth had this to say on the eminent subject... : "Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger has been trying to snare the band ever since I flew over to see him way back in 1996 as a viable label option, after we left Cacophonous records. He barely missed out due to the close proximity to the band of Music For Nations, the label that CRADLE stayed with until 2001. Now, not only do Nuclear Blast have offices all over the world, but the one in London is actually dead opposite to the old MFN building! Which is weird!
    For the full frontal assault we have planned for the awesome new album, Nuclear Blast are the perfect war stallion to carry us screaming into the heart of the next chapter of Cradle Of Filth's dark, enigmatic history. Next year is going to be a massive year for the band and the black flags start flying here, with the announcement of our unholy union with Nuclear Blast who have already done great things with my Witch County band, DEVILMENT."


    CRADLE OF FILTH have just returned from their successful run through Russia and will hit the studio to begin recording the successor of 2012's The Manticore And Other Horrors later this month.

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    Pure Steel Records / ALLTHENIKO 'Fast And Glorious'
    Posted by: Denis / 11.11.2014
    The release date of the new ALLTHENIKO album Fast And Glorious on CD is December 5th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on November 21st, 2014 in label's webshop.

    Two years after making their label debut Back In 2066 on Pure Steel, ALLTHENIKO from North of Italy are back with their next strike. With their already fifth studio effort Fast And Glorious the trio does not leave the chosen path for one second.

    Classical Heavy/Speed Metal with raw power and energy, with massive double-bass and sharp lead-guitars plus the high pitched falsetto vocals, are the formula for the original sound from ALLTHENIKO, which will blow away their fans once more. You can find a mixture of European Power/Speed and American stainless steel in those eight own compositions. Scream For Exciter is an Up-tempo Smasher, perfect for every Metal Party. And the great closing Saxon cover Power And The Glory is the ultimate NwoBHM tribute.

    With this strong produced album ALLTHENIKO are the living proof, that the Metal Underground in Italy is still alive and full of innovations.

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    Pure Steel Records / CRUIZZEN 'Free Ride' cover, tracklist, release date: 5th December 2014
    Posted by: Denis / 11.11.2014
    The release date of the new CRUIZZEN album Free Ride on CD is December 5th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on November 21st, 2014 in label's webshop.

    Welcome newest signing on Pure Rock Records: CRUIZZEN from Bavaria, playing hard Rock'n'Roll. After releasing the debut Hellrocker in 2006, they had some longer time-out. But now they are back with their new album Free Ride.

    The five guys are offering 13 new song of flawless Rock'n'Roll, with might be some roots from Down Under included. Catchy riffs, raw whiskey-drinker vocals similar to those from Brian Johnson, a driving rhythm section, gives CRUIZZEN some AC/DC touch. The title track however with some slide guitar is a quote to the legendary Rose Tattoo. But the organic and powerful sound is offering some small Metal influences too, the six-strings show some Iron Maiden touch here and there. And the track It's Over has a bit of a Guns'n'Roses vibe. But even with those big names mentioned, the Bavarians have their really own sound, extraordinary classical hard Rock'n'Roll.

    With Free Ride CRUIZZEN can convince all along the line.
      TRACKLIST:
    1. Soundmaker
    2. Rock And Roll Generator
    3. Crazy Dayzz
    4. Straight Down Dirt
    5. Heaven Can Wait
    6. Touch of Evil
    7. Free Ride
    8. Trouble
    9. It's Over
    10. Lipstick On My Pillow
    11. Sparkplugs Blowing
    12. Love Is A Sweet Torment
    13. Time
      Total Playing: 55:32 min
      LINE-UP:
    • Alexander Mayer – vocals
    • Captain H. Forster – guitars
    • Michael Hennig – guitars
    • Renè Baumann – drums
    • Markus Kerscher – bass
    Ulterium Records / BLACK FATE 'LINES IN THE SAND' LYRIC VIDEO RELEASED
    Posted by: Denis / 11.11.2014
    The Melodic Metal band BLACK FATE just released a lyric video for Lines in the Sand, the first single from their up-coming album Between Visions & Lies. The single is also released digitally and can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon etc.

    Between Visions & Lies will be released on November 28th in Europe and on December 2nd in North America through Ulterium Records.

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    Metal Media / Blackning 'Thy Will Be Done' music video available for streaming
    Posted by: Denis / 10.11.2014
    The new video clip of BLACKNING, band formed by musicians from the traditional Brazilian bands Andralls, Woslom and PostWar, is available.

    The video Thy Will Be Done was taken from the album Order Of Chaos and produced by musician, producer and videomaker Denis Di Lallo.

    Order of Chaos will have ten songs, including a cover of Children Of War, originally recorded by the legendary Brazilian band Overdose. Check out the tracklist:
    1. Thy Will Be Done
    2. Terrorzone
    3. Unleash Your Hell
    4. Against All
    5. Death Row
    6. Silence Of The Defeat
    7. Devouring The Weak
    8. Censored Season
    9. Killing Or Being Killed
    10. Children Of War (Overdose cover)
    The production of the album was due to Fabiano Penna, who in addition to be producer, sound technician, soundtracks composer, also has played in two Brazilian legends, The Ordher and Rebaelliun.

    Order Of Chaos will be released in Brazil by Vingança Music. The cover was on account of the artist Marcus Zerma.
    Don Dokken announces addition of Mark Boals
    Posted by: Denis / 10.11.2014
    Dokken vocalist Don Dokken announced that Mark Boals (Yngwie J. Malmsteen / Ted Nugent) has replaced Sean McNabb as the bassist of Dokken. Appearing on THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW on Saturday, November 8th, Dokken discussed Boals joining the band as well as McNabb's departure. According to Dokken, the split was amicable with McNabb, who leaves the band to continue his acting and various musical projects.

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    BLIND GUARDIAN - NEW ALBUM BEYOND THE RED MIRROR OUT IN JANUARY
    Posted by: Denis / 10.11.2014
    Beyond the Red Mirror will be the title of the highly-anticipated tenth studio album by Germany's favorite sons and Metal's most epic storytellers Blind Guardian. Prepare to have your senses overwhelmed.

    Four-and-a-half years in the making, the follow-up to 2010's At the Edge of Time (which debuted at #2 on the German album charts and at #1 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart & #108 on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart) is scheduled for release in Europe on January 30, 2015 and February 3, 2015 in North America.

    Recorded at Twilight Hall Studio in Grefrath, Germany and produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (Saxon, Hammerfall, Helloween), Beyond the Red Mirror showcases Blind Guardian's long-awaited collaborative work with three different classical choirs: one from the Czech Republic (Prague), one from Hungary (Budapest), and one from the United States (Boston). Two grand orchestras – each featuring 90 musicians – also lend their brilliant talents to the new recordings with absolutely spellbinding results.

    Transporting listeners via a mysteriously powerful red mirror into an otherworldly dimension that includes tyrants, gods, and the Holy Grail, the ten songs comprising Beyond the Red Mirror's story lines revolve around the young protagonist we first met twenty years ago in the 1995 tracks Bright Eyes and And the Story Ends.

    "A story between science fiction and fantasy," explains Blind Guardian vocalist & lyricist Hansi Kürsch. "The story begins with our 1995 album, Imaginations from the Other Side. The two worlds described therein have changed dramatically for the worse since then. While there used to be several passages between the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at any cost."

    Asked to describe the band's guiding principles for the creation of this new release, Blind Guardian guitarist André Olbrich shares: "We want to surprise and impress with our music. Nowadays, music tends to be arbitrary and predictable. But we want to keep developing our music."

    Opening with a tidal wave of surging emotion courtesy of a spine-tingling choir Beyond the Red Mirror unleashes its first gem, The Ninth Wave, a consciousness-expanding palette of landscapes and moods bearing the message of an urgent mission still seeking resolution. Closing with an explosion of heroic harmonies & choral glories with a nine-and-a-half minute, self-contained saga Grand Parade (called 'the best song we have ever written' by Olbrich), the grandiose, uplifting, and ingenious storytelling in Beyond the Red Mirror is guaranteed to leave you breathless.

    Come 2015, you will soon experience why Blind Guardian are so influential in their genre and without equal in the pantheon of Heavy Metal music.

    Featuring artwork by long-time collaborator Felipe Machado, Beyond the Red Mirror will be available in the following formats:
    • Jewel Case (10 songs)
    • Limited Edition Digi-Pack (11 songs)
    • Double LP gatefold vinyl
    • Earbook (12 songs plus illustrations, photos, and liner notes)
    • NB-Mailorder-Earbook (12 songs plus illustrations, photos, liner notes + bonus 10")

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    Inner Wound Recordings / Axenstar 'Fear' music video released
    Posted by: Denis / 07.11.2014
    The Swedish Power Metal band AXENSTAR just released a music video for Fear, the opening track from their up-coming album Where Dreams Are Forgotten that will be released on November 28th in Europe and December 2nd in North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

    The video was directed and filmed by Magnus Ewald and Mattias Björkbacka.

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    Metal Mind Productions / Alastor welcome new members
    Posted by: Denis / 07.11.2014
    After a short break, the Thrash Metal musicians from the band Alastor return in a new lineup. The period of silence in the ranks of that legendary band turned out to bring about some very constructive results and we'll soon have a chance to hear the band's new musicians at concerts.

    Right now, most intense rehearsals are being held with the guitarist Piotr Szoszkiewicz and the bassist Mariusz 'Metys' Matusiak, formerly performing in the band AHAJA. Both bands had played together on a number of occasions and, today, these two musicians have been invited to cooperate with Alastor. Soon, we'll have a chance to check out the results of this cooperation.

    The latest album released by the legendary Alastor, Out of Anger, was released back in 2012. It was their first release after the new singer, Michał 'Mish' Jarski, joined their ranks. The album is comprised of 8 modern Thrash Metal songs, which were recorded at ZED Studio. The band was formed in 1986 and has a well-established position on the Polish Metal scene.
    Century Media / Arch Enemy launches live video for 'As The Pages Burn' from Masters of Rock 2014 festival; currently on tour in North America with KREATOR
    Posted by: Denis / 07.11.2014
    Currently headlining a North American tour in support of their critically acclaimed album, War Eternal, metal icons ARCH ENEMY have launched a new live video for As The Pages Burn, taken from their Masters of Rock 2014 festival performance. To watch the video, head over to Century Media Records' official YouTube channel.

      To witness this must-see live show in the USA, be sure to catch the band on the road with KREATOR, HUNTRESS, and STARKILL at one of the remaining tour dates:
    • Nov. 6, 2014 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC *
    • Nov. 7, 2014 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA *
    • Nov. 8, 2014 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR *
    • Nov. 10, 2014 - Regency Center - San Francisco, CA
    • Nov. 11, 2014 - House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
    • Nov. 12, 2014 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
    • Nov. 14, 2014 - The Marquee - Tempe, AZ
    • Nov. 15, 2014 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM *
    • Nov. 16, 2014 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
    • Nov. 18, 2014 - Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN *
    • Nov. 19, 2014 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL
    • Nov. 20, 2014 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
    • Nov. 21, 2014 - Majestic Theatre - Detroit, MI
    • Nov. 22, 2014 - Bogarts - Cincinnati, OH
    • Nov. 23, 2014 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH

      * = without STARKILL

      ARCH ENEMY - live 2015
    • Jan. 22-26, 2015 - 70,000 Tons Of Metal - Miami, FL

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    Punishment 18 Records: YouTube official channel!
    Posted by: Denis / 06.11.2014
    Punishment 18 Records/The Spew Records is glad to announce to have given life to its new YouTube Channel where you can watch and listen songs in streaming and videoclips. Enjoy it!
    Punishment 18 Records / Ancient Dome '…Hyperspace' streaming available on-line
    Posted by: Denis / 06.11.2014
    Cosmic Gateway to Infinity, the new album from Italian thrashers Ancient Dome, was released on October 27th by Punihsment 18 Records which has already released Human Key (2009) and Perception of this World (2010). Available on-line the new song titled ...Hyperspace you can listen using this link. The song features guest appearances by Dave White (Heathen), as guest vocals.

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    Nevereven return
    Posted by: Denis / 05.11.2014
    Nevereven statement:
    "Greetings from beyond the grave! That's a customary Halloween-time way of saying hi, but it kind of rings true here. We've been away for a long time, and just like the phoenix in our logo, we've risen from the ashes. Again.

    We invite you to our first show in over two years at Trash Bar on Friday, November 14th at 10pm. We've been working very hard with our new lineup on fresh arrangements of familiar material... and even some brand new music! We would love if you could make it... it's been a while. Facebook invite page is here. Awesome flyer with all of the details is here. So come on down, meet the new guys and be a part of this special night with us.

    Some other big news you should know about... today, after years of talk, we've finally launched our new updated website. Check it out at www.neverevenmusic.com and be sure to click all of the buttons.

    There have also been big updates to the Nevereven youtube channel which now has new content... be sure to visit there and subscribe. Not to mention our new Instagram account... Follow us and watch musicians try to take pictures."

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    InsideOut Music / The Gentle Storm reveal artwork for debut album 'The Diary'
    Posted by: Denis / 05.11.2014
    Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) have joined forces for new band The Gentle Storm, and they have now revealed the cover artwork for their debut album The Diary, which is due out early next year.

    Arjen had this to say: "I loved the front cover of the last Stream of Passion album, so I tracked down the cover artist, Alexandra V. Bach. I sent her some samples of the The Gentle Storm music, and explained the album concept. She made a moodboard that captured the feel of the story and the music. We then gave her the go-ahead to design the cover. She did an amazing job that exceeded our expectations: Alexandra's cover art represents The Gentle Storm perfectly!"

    Having originally worked together back in 1998 on Ayreon's album Into The Electric Castle, and reconvening again for the seventh Ayreon album 01011001, The Gentle Storm sees the duo collaborate for a full double-album that will see the light of day next year. Anneke will also take the music on the road in 2015, backed by a band of Dutch musicians; however Arjen himself will not take part.

    Arjen Lucassen recently picked up the Virtuoso award at this year's Progressive Music Awards, in front of an audience that included Peter Gabriel & Rick Wakeman amongst other progressive rock legends. Last year saw the release of the latest album from his Ayreon project entitled The Theory Of Everything which featured guest appearances from the aforementioned Wakeman as well as Steve Hackett and Keith Emerson.

    Anneke Van Giersbergen has also had an extremely busy 12 months following the release of her latest solo album Drive, playing live across the world with her solo band, Devin Townsend Project, and with Daniel Cavanagh of Anathema. She will also be playing a special anniversary show with former band The Gathering in November as well has having taken part in Devin Townsend's forthcoming new album Z2.
    Pure Steel Records / BLEEDING new album details
    Posted by: Denis / 05.11.2014
    The new album Behind Transparent Walls from the German Prog Metal band BLEEDING will be released by PURE PROG RECORDS. The album will be released as CD in March 2015 and as vinyl edition at the Keep It True Festival 2015.
      TRACKLIST:
    1. Behind transparent walls
    2. Fading world
    3. Humanoluminescence
    4. Symbol of the sun
    5. Madness
    6. Infinite jest
    7. Solitude, pt. 1
    8. Solitude, pt. 2
      LINE-UP:
    • Haye Graf - vocals
    • Jörg von der Fecht - guitars
    • Marc Nickel - guitars
    • Marc Kriese - bass
    • Michael Leska - drums
    AXE CRAZY signed a worldwide deal with PURE UNDERGROUND RECORDS/PURE STEEL RECORDS
    Posted by: Denis / 05.11.2014
    The Poland Heavy Metal band AXE CRAZY from Lędziny, which was founded in 2010 and released their first EP Angry Machines in 2014, have signed a worldwide deal with PURE UNDERGROUND RECORDS, a sublabel of PURE STEEL RECORDS!
      LINE-UP:
    • Adrian Bigos – guitar, backing vocals
    • Andrzej Heczko – drums
    • Michael Skotnicki – lead vocals
    • Kamil Pieściuk – bass
    • Robson Bigos – guitar, backing vocals
    Y.O.C. new song, exclusively available on our website only
    Posted by: Denis / 04.11.2014
    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 / THRESHOLD premier their new video 'Unforgiven', European tour kicks off on Friday
    Posted by: Denis / 31.10.2014
    British Metal stalwarts THRESHOLD recently released their new album For The Journey via Nuclear Blast, reaching high chart entries all around the globe.

    Now the band unveils the official music video for the new album track Unforgiven. The video premieres exclusively through Metal Hammer UK and Rock Hard Germany.

    Additionally, THRESHOLD will embark on a European tour to present For The Journey to their fans, heading off this Friday.
      Check out THRESHOLD live at the following dates:
    • 31.10 B Vosselaar - Biebob
    • 01.11 D Hamburg - Markthalle
    • 02.11 D Bremen - Tivoli
    • 03.11 D Flensburg - Roxy
    • 04.11 D Berlin - K17
    • 06.11 D Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
    • 07.11 NL Weert - Boscul
    • 08.11 D Essen - Turock
    • 09.11 NL Zoetermeer - Boerderij
    • 11.11 D Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
    • 12.11 F Èragny - Covent Garden Studios
    • 13.11 D Aachen - Musikbunker
    • 14.11 D Rheine - Hypothalamus
    • 15.11 CH Aarau - Kiff
    • 16.11 IT Brescia - Circolo Cologny
    • 17.11 SK Bratislava - Randal Club
    • 18.11 D München - Feierwerk
    • 20.11 UK London - O2 Islington Academy
    • 21.11 UK Chester - The Live Rooms

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    Nuclear Blast / EPICA premiere music video for 'Victims of Contingency'
    Posted by: Denis / 31.10.2014
    Dutch Metallers EPICA have premiered the official music video for Victims of Contingency. For this premiere EPICA partnered up with Metal Hammer (UK), Revolver (US), Rock Hard (Germany), Large (Benelux), Metalitalia (Italy) and Radio Metal (France).

    The video is directed by Remko Tielemans (TEXTURES) and produced by the Kunstoff Kollectiv. The same team who were responsible for the highly acclaimed EPICA music video for Storm The Sorrow.

    EPICA guitar player Mark Jansen states about the video: "We've picked a heavy and brutal track this time as we wanted to surprise everybody. As Victims of Contingency is also a fan-favourite, we are convinced that it is the right choice. The video for Storm the Sorrow has been received very well by the fans so we were very happy to work with Remko and his team again. We think the end result for Victims of Contingency is astonishing and I am very excited that we can finally share this video with all of you!"

    Victims of Contingency is taken from the band's latest album The Quantum Enigma which was released in spring 2014 and charted all over the world.

    The band will start the first leg of The European Enigma Tour next month in support of the album.

      The European Enigma Tour Leg 1 with Very Special Guest DRAGONFORCE and DAGOBA:
    • 20.11. LUX Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik
    • 21.11. FR Strasbourg - La Laiterie SOLD OUT
    • 22.11. CH Zurich - X-TRA
    • 24.11. I Milan - Alcatraz
    • 25.11. I Rome - Orion
    • 26.11. FR Marseille - Le Moulin
    • 28.11. ESP Madrid - Shoko
    • 02.12. ESP Barcelona - Apolo
    • 03.12. FR Toulouse - Bikini
    • 04.12. FR Bordeaux - Rocher de Palmer
    • 06.12. UK London - The Forum (Co-Headline with Dragonforce)
    • 07.12. NL Utrecht - Vredenburg
      More EPICA shows:
    • 28.12. IND Bombay, Mumbai - Mood Indigo IIT
      The European Enigma Tour leg 2 with Very Special Guest DRAGONFORCE:
    • 15.01. D Bochum - Zeche
    • 16.01. D Hamburg - Markthalle
    • 17.01. D Berlin - C-Club, Berlin
    • 19.01. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
    • 20.01. CZ Prague - Meet Factory
    • 22.01. P Wroclaw - Eter, Wroclaw
    • 23.01. P Warsaw - Progresja
    • 24.01. H Budapest - Petofi Hall
    • 26.01. AT Vienna - Arena, Vienna
    • 27.01. D Munich - Theaterfabrik
    • 29.01. FR Paris - L’Olympia
    • 30.01. CH Geneva - Salle des Fêtes de Thônex
    • 31.01. D Cologne - Essigfabrik, Cologne
    • 01.02. BE Brussels - Ancienne Belgique
      The South American Enigma Tour:
    • 26.02. EC Quito - Casa De La Cultura
    • 20.02. PE Lima - Teatro de la Uni
    • 03.03. BR Porto Alegre - Bar Opinião
    • 04.03. BR Curitiba - Master Hall
    • 06.03. BR Rio De Janeiro - Fundição Progresso
    • 07.03. BR Belo Horizonte - Music Hall
    • 08.03. BR Sao Paulo - Audio
    • 12.03. RCH Santiago - Teatro Caupolican
    • 13.03. RA Buenos Aires - Teatro Flores
    • 03.04. ZA Pretoria - Witchfest

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    InsideOut Music / Fates Warning European tour starting
    Posted by: Denis / 31.10.2014
    U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING are returning to Europe for a headlining tour through 11 countries, continuing to support Darkness In A Different Light, their acclaimed newest album and first studio effort in almost a decade, released worldwide via InsideOutMusic last year. Here is a list of all dates for the run which starts today and shouldn't be missed:
      FATES WARNING - Live in Europe 2014:
    • 30.10. Maasmechelen (Belgium) - Jan Hertog
    • 31.10. Helmond (The Netherlands) - Cacaofabriek
    • 01.11. Hamburg (Germany) - Rock Café
    • 02.11. Nürnberg (Germany) - Rockfabrik
    • 03.11. Krakow (Poland) - Fabryka
    • 05.11. Stuttgart (Germany) - Universum
    • 06.11. Innsbruck (Austria) - PMK
    • 07.11. Uster (Switzerland) - Star Club
    • 08.11. Torino (Italy) - Audiodrome
    • 09.11. Brescia (Italy) - Colony Club
    • 11.11. Zagreb (Croatia) - Hard Place
    • 12.11. Belgrade (Serbia) - Dom Omladine
    • 13.11. Sofia (Bulgaria) - Mixtape 5
    • 14.11. Larissa (Greece) - Stage Club
    • 15.11. Athens (Greece) - Gagarin 205
    All shows will feature the Italian group Headless in the support slot.

    FATES WARNING's vocalist Ray Alder checked in as follows: "We are excited to announce that FATES WARNING will be returning to Europe in the fall of 2014! We're going to be all over the map on this next tour, and we will finally be playing for our friends in Poland, as well as Croatia and Serbia for the first time! We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at the shows. See you soon, Europe!"

    By the end of this next touring run, FATES WARNING will have played more around 60 shows in 19 countries in promotion of their Darkness In A Different Light release throughout the years since its initial release and before starting work on a follow-up album in 2015.

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    InsideOut Music / Pain of Salvation debut video clip for '1979' off acoustic album 'Falling Home'
    Posted by: Denis / 31.10.2014
    The release date for the much anticipated acoustic album Falling Home by Swedish Progressive Rock innovators Pain of Salvation via the band's longtime label partner InsideOutMusic is drawing closer. Here are the exact street days by territory:
    • GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / FINLAND: Friday, November 07, 2014.
    • UK / BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / PORTUGAL / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, November 10, 2014.
    • ITALY / SPAIN / POLAND: Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
    • SWEDEN: Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
    • AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, November 14, 2014.
    • NORTH AMERICA: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
    Now, the atmospheric video clip directed by Stefan Daniels for the song 1979 has been launched online.

    Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw has checked in as follows about the clip: "We had the greatest time shooting this video. We went up north to an old fisher village where Johanna's family has rented old fisher cabins in the summers since her father was a little child. I have spent time there with her since we met twenty years ago and I love the place. No phones, no television, just the ocean and nature and these old cabins. It seemed the perfect place to shoot the video for 1979. So, we spent a few days there, the entire band with families and Johanna's sisters and their families, and we just had a wonderful time together. I remember standing in the store googling beer brands to find out which bottles had remained most the same since the 70s, hahaha.

    We had many scripted scenes that we shot but that never ended up in the final video - some nude bathing and Ragnar jumping into the water with his clothes on from a row boat. In the end Stefan Daniels (the director) decided to go with the small gestures and made Sandrian and his kite be the heart of the video, which was a perfect decision.

    My favorite clips are probably the ones at the breakfast table in the cabin and the one in front of the cinema, simply because, to me, they capture the air of the late 70s so perfectly, as I knew them. It almost hurts to watch those clips, and I'm close to tearing up every time. My intellect knows perfectly well that these are new recordings, but my heart connects at a split second and breaks from the loss of an era."

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    Century Media / Angelus Apatrida announces details for new album, 'Hidden Evolution'
    Posted by: Denis / 30.10.2014
    Spanish thrashers ANGELUS APATRIDA are ready for a new attack as they are currently finishing up the last details of their anticipated new album via Century Media Records. The same creative staff that worked on the band's previous two studio recordings, Clockwork (2010) and The Call (2012), has teamed up with them again for this new effort, entitled Hidden Evolution. The album was once again recorded in Moita, Portugal at Ultrasound Studio with producer Daniel Cardoso (ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN, ANATHEMA, etc.) and will be released on January 19th in Europe and January 27th in North America (digital only).

    ANGELUS APATRIDA comments: "It's been the hardest recording work we ever done, but we couldn't be happier about how it sounds. Inspiration for the music in this album came from all the experiences we lived through on the road during the last two years and the result sounds more elaborated. There's some of the hardest and fastest stuff we ever done, but also some of the more melodic stuff we ever composed. Working with Daniel and the people from Ultrasound Studios has been killer as usual. Moita is a small, cozy and quiet town close to Lisbon, and it's been the third time we recorded there. Their narrow streets made of stone, the beautiful river and decadent squares feel like home; the perfect home for us, a place to get away from other things and fully concentrate."
      Hidden Evolution track-listing:
    1. Immortal
    2. First World Of Terror
    3. Architects
    4. Tug Of War
    5. Serpents On Parade
    6. Wanderers Forever
    7. End Man
    8. Speed Of Light
    9. I Owe You Nothing
    10. Hidden Evolution

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    Punishment 18 Records / Alkoholizer new album is done
    Posted by: Denis / 30.10.2014
    Italian thrashcore band Alkoholizer is ready to release its new full-length album by Punishment 18 Records. Titled Free Beer... Surf Up!!!, it was produced, mixed and mastered by Mark Laizer at Chris Scarponi's Necro's Cave (Achernar, Icy Steel, Necromessiah).

    A November release is expected.
    My Kingdom Music / CRIMSON BLUE 'The Angelic Performance' official teaser and European tour
    Posted by: Denis / 30.10.2014
    CRIMSON BLUE are ready to start their European tour with TARJA TURUNEN (ex NIGHTWISH) that will touch 10 countries from Greece, to Finland passing through Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Poland, Belarus, Lithuania and Estonia.

    The tour will start on October 31st, in Athens and for the band there is no better way to support and promote the imminent new album The Angelic Performance that is scheduled for November 17th via My Kingdom Music. Watch the official album teaser.

    The Angelic Performance will be your soundtrack to enter into the same universe of bands like Lacuna Coil, Evanescence, A Perfect Circle, Nightwish, a world made of amazing melodies, unique voice and a catchy and amusing Gothic Art Metal.
    Metal Media / Old Place: EP is available; first fifteen days for free download
    Posted by: Denis / 29.10.2014
    The first EP from the Brazilian band OLD PLACE, Breathing The Ashes is officially released via the UK label Raptors Music.

    To celebrate the release, band and record label decided to deliver as a free download for fifteen days. So until November 10th it is free available through this link.

    Breathing The Ashes was recorded at Fantom Studios and features five songs. The cover was done by artist Paulo Rogério Menezes.

    A lyric video for the title track was also released.
    Pure Steel Records / JAVELIN announce new drummer
    Posted by: Denis / 29.10.2014
    Pure Underground Records artist, JAVELIN from Germany are very pleased to announce Christoph Koch, as new drummer and member.

    Band statement: "After a surprisingly short time, that seemed like eternity to us, we are completed again and hotter than ever. 'Never change a winning team' and so we are particularly pleased, that we could reunite the '2009 - Dark broken land - line up!
    Drummer Christoph Koch has returned and makes JAVELIN to what we wanted to be again, a real band. Welcome back, Christoph!"

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    Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars streaming of a new song titled 'Lost'
    Posted by: Denis / 29.10.2014
    Mindwars, the new band featuring Holy Terror and Jester Beast members, has released its debut album The Enemy Within.

    It is now possible to listen a preview of a new song titled Lost by soundcloud!

    The album is being released by Punishment 18 Records (physical and digital edition). A vinyl edition is expected on January 2015 by Night Of The Vinyl Dead.
    Limb Music / FIREWÖLFE We Rule The Night
    Posted by: Denis / 29.10.2014
    We Rule The Night sounds like a tribute to the great times of the Hollywood Strip and its countless legendary bands of the eighties, combined with musicianship of such an excellent class that is not often encountered. They have a lot of competition but FIREWÖLFE, featuring David Fefolt (Masi, Angels of Babylon, Valhalla), Jay Schellen (Badfinger, Unruly Child, Hurricane, Asia), as well as Bobby Ferkovich (Presto Ballet, Power Train, Heir Apparent, Pamela Moore Band), have much stronger traits, which raise them up above the masses. Fans of bands such as Icon, Rough Cutt, Dokken, Malice, Ratt and Eden will simply lap up We Rule The Night.

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    Intromental / DIVINE ASCENSION
    Posted by: Denis / 29.10.2014
    Intromental are very proud to announce the upcoming worldwide release of the new DIVINE ASCENSION album Liberator. The album will be released through Vicisolum Productions on November 21, 2014.

    Check out the first single/video Stronger from the album.
    GlobMetal Promotions / DESERT to release the upcoming 'NEVER REGRET'
    Posted by: Denis / 28.10.2014
    DESERT's title of the new record is Never Regret and it will be released worldwide on March 30, 2015 via - Raven Music. All those who participated in band's Indiegogo album campaign – the band will give all perks a month before the official album release date at the end of February.

    First internet single Assassin's Fate will be released on November 13 as a lyric video via Youtube, Vimeo etc.

    Following the success of Desert's previous record Star Of Delusive Hopes, which had received great response by fans and press worldwide, Never Regret was recorded, mixed and mastered at A.G. Studio in Tel-Aviv, Israel, with the producer Alex Zvulun. The artwork was done, as usual, by the great Brazilian artist Jobert Mello (SledgeHammer Graphix) – the one who stands behind the artworks of Sabaton, Primal Fear, Grave Digger, Leave's Eyes and many others. The album line-up features guest appearances by great musicians such as:
    • Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray) - lead vocals
    • Infy Snow - female lead vocals
    • Alex Zvulun (The Fading) - lead guitars
    • Merry Ann Genin - violin
    Desert's lead singer Alexei Raymar comments: "I'm really thrilled about finally being able to present to all of you the final result of our 2 years intensive work! Never Regret includes 11 tracks, and expanding on the musical direction of our previous record - 11 great, dark, heavy and epic masterpieces will show off all our ideas, creativity and passion along with more skills, maturity and a solid concept. Tearing and screaming guitars, bombastic choruses, epic keyboards and even cinematic elements – that's Never Regret sounds like. Lyrically, the album continues to explore the themes of courage, struggle for freedom and justice, depicts dramatic stories based on real and fictional heroes.
    Use your imagination and prepare yourself for the experience you've never heard before from DESERT!!!"

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    Nightmare Records / DIMENSION 'Revolution'
    Posted by: Denis / 28.10.2014
    Dimension, The revolution machine is back after a 6 year silence.

    This powerful trio returns near the end of 2014 with thirteen tracks revealing their weapons of heavy complexity mixed with bright, irreverent lyrics, taking you through a sci-fi journey of melodic passages, and their revealing statements about politics, war, religion, drugs and the human condition of our society.

    For fans of Progressive Metal music in the musical vain of Dream Theater, Periphery, Evergrey and the lyrical vain of RATM, Nothing More, SOAD, etc... Definitely something you should NOT miss!!!

    Dimension is a mix of progressive sounds and the most extreme Metal music, combined with intelligent and provocative lyrics. Creating a new alternative for the lovers of Metal, Progressive and Rock music. Based in Denver, Colorado, founded by David Quicho & Mane Cabrales.

    The debut opus UNIVERSAL was released in 2002, being distributed worldwide by Nightmare Records, by 2007 the band released their second album called EGO, this one had a great success on the Prog/Metal scene making the band to step higher in it's career, sharing the stage with bands such as Evergrey, Anthrax, Pagan's Mind, Dokken, Shining, among others...

    Release Date: November 18, 2014
    Pure Steel Records / ICHABOD KRANE official video to 'Dark Valentine' published
    Posted by: Denis / 28.10.2014
    The US Metal band ICHABOD KRANE has released a new video for the song Dark Valentine. The song is from the album Day Of Reckoning, which was released on CD and on digital download by Pure Steel Records.
    Ulterium Records / HARMONY 'THE WINDOW OF MY SOUL' LYRIC VIDEO RELEASED
    Posted by: Denis / 27.10.2014
    The Swedish Melodic Metal band HARMONY just released a lyric video for The Window of My Soul, the first single from their up-coming album Theatre of Redemption. The single is also released digitally and can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon etc.

    Theatre of Redemption will be released on November 28th in Europe and on December 2nd in North America through Ulterium Records.

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    Pure Steel Records / MORTICIAN official trailer for the album 'Shout For Heavy Metal' published
    Posted by: Denis / 27.10.2014
    The Austrian Heavy Metal band MORTICIAN has released a trailer for the upcoming album Shout For Heavy Metal. The trailer is 9 minutes long. The video was produced by the band. The album will be released on CD and on digital download on 14th November 2014 by Pure Underground Records.

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    Nuclear Blast / WHILE HEAVEN WEPT epic masterpiece 'Suspended At Aphelion' out now
    Posted by: Denis / 27.10.2014
    Virginia's long running epic Metal legends WHILE HEAVEN release of their sixth full length album Suspended At Aphelion via Nuclear Blast.

    Suspended At Aphelion is undoubtedly their most ambitious, epic, and progressive album so far, featuring a single track divided into 11 parts, performed by the entire Fear Of Infinity line-up as well as several esteemed guests, including FATES WARNING alumni drummer Mark Zonder and co-founding guitarist Victor Arduini - uniting two eras of FATES WARNING for the first time ever.

    Victor Arduini commented: "Being asked to contribute to WHILE HEAVEN WEPT newest creation will be a highlight in my career. This CD is something very special. Rest assured this will stand tall among some of the great progressive masterpieces of all time. Like nothing you've heard before. Truly epic at all levels."
    RENEGADE signed a worldwide deal with PURE UNDERGROUND RECORDS/PURE STEEL RECORDS
    Posted by: Denis / 24.10.2014
    The Italian Heavy Metal band RENEGADE from Florence, which released 4 Albums (for example in 2006 Too Hard to Die and 2010 W:A:R), have signed a worldwide deal with PURE UNDERGROUND RECORDS, a sublabel of PURE STEEL RECORDS! The new album is entitled Thunder Knows No Mercy and will be released on 5th December 2014.

    Band statement: "The latest record builds upon the powerful sound with uncompromised vocal melodies, great dueling guitar work and pounding rhythm section. The album was mixed and mastered by producer Simone Mularoni, known for his work with Vision Divine, Secret Sphere, DGM, Eldritch, to name a few. IF YOU LIKE METAL, YOU'LL LOVE THIS ALBUM!"

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    CRUIZZEN signed a worldwide deal with PURE ROCK RECORDS/PURE STEEL RECORDS
    Posted by: Denis / 24.10.2014
    The Bavarian Hard Rock band CRUIZZEN, who released their debut album Hellrocker in 2006, have signed a worldwide deal with PURE ROCK RECORDS! The new album is entitled Free Ride and will be released on 5th December 2014.

    Band statement: "After a long creative break we are now back with a record deal and new bandmembers and get back on the highway of Bad Ass Rock & Roll. We look forward to the restart and on the new album FREE RIDE. We hope that our fans are still loyal to us and we promise a great start to the new year with a CD-release party. Many more live performances will follow!"
    Nuclear Blast / BATTLE BEAST new album 'Unholy Savior' completely recorded, first details revealed
    Posted by: Denis / 24.10.2014
    Hailing from the southern edge of Finland, BATTLE BEAST were founded in 2008 and established themselves with their trademark pure crunching riffs, high screams, blistering solos and strong choruses. Following the success of their eponymous second creation Battle Beast, which charted at an amazing #5 in their native Finland and cracked the German Top 100, BATTLE BEAST are now set to release their third studio album entitled Unholy Savior. It will be out on January 09 (EU), January 12 (UK) and January 13 (US) 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

    "I thirst to go further as a human being, and the music on this album represents a part of the ongoing spiritual journey - that's what I tend to call it - which is my road onward. Music-wise the songs have been expanded to a wider area as an effort to call out emotions close to those I had myself during the times of birth of these songs," commented guitarist & vocalist Anton Kabanen about the upcoming new BATTLE BEAST album Unholy Savior.

    "Like always, I wrote songs about a manga and anime series 'Berserk', as well, and the reason behind writing songs about that particular series is that I can strongly relate to that, especially to certain characters and to their way of thinking and feeling," Anton adds.

    Just in time for the release of Unholy Savior on January 09, BATTLE BEAST will embark on a European tour with Swedish label mates & Metal heroes SABATON, who did not only invite the band to play at their very own Sabaton Open Air, but also feature a cover version of BATTLE BEAST's Out Of Control as a bonus track on their current charting success Heroes.
      Don't miss the chance to enjoy BATTLE BEAST & SABATON live at the following dates:
    • 09.01. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
    • 10.01. D Langen - Stadthalle
    • 11.01. NL Tilburg - 013
    • 12.01. UK London - HMV Forum
    • 14.01. F Paris - Bataclan
    • 15.01. CH Pratteln - Z7
    • 16.01. D Ludwigsburg - MHP Arena
    • 17.01. D Langen - Event Hall
    • 19.01. D Berlin - Huxley’s
    • 25.01. H Budapest - Petofi Hall
    • 27.01. RO Bucharest - Turbohalle
    • 28.01. BG Sofia - Hall Universiada
    • 30.01. GR Athens - Fuzz Live Club
    • 31.01. GR Thessaloniki - Principal Club Theater
    • 02.02. HR Zagreb - Tvornica
    • 03.02. I Milano - Alcatraz
    • 04.02. D Munich - Tonhalle
    • 06.02. AT Vienna - Gasometer
    • 07.02. CZ Prague - Forum Karlin
    • 08.02. CZ Zlin - Hala Euronics Novesta
    • 10.02. SK Bratislava - Refinery Gallery
    • 11.02. D Saarbrücken - Garage
    • 13.02. BE Antwerpen - Lotto Arena
    • 14.02. D Hamburg - Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
    • 15.02. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
    BATTLE BEAST will additionally play the following dates in late 2014 and early 2015:
    • 08.11. FIN Uusikaupunki - Night Club Reeina
    • 22.11. FIN Tampere - Pakkahuone
    • 04.01. D München - Tonhalle

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    Metal Mind Productions / Exlibris new album to feature guest appearance by Tom Englund from Evergrey
    Posted by: Denis / 24.10.2014
    Exlibris, the Heavy Metal sensation from Poland, return this autumn with the third studio album entitled Aftereal. The release date is scheduled for December, 1st in Europe and January, 13th 2015 in North America (via MVD).

    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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    Metal Media /Scelerata: check out song that will be in the Brazilian tribute to Helloween
    Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2014
    Brazlian Scelerata is one of the bands that will participate in Brazilian tribute for the 30 years of Helloween, organized by the band's fan club in Brazil.

    The chosen song was Twilight Of The Gods, the fourth track of Keeper Of The Seven Keys - Part I. This release also marks the official debut of the new lineup, check out the video with the song.

    Twilight Of The Gods is also available for download on the band's official website and for streaming on soundcloud.

    And the Brazilian band could not miss to pay this tribute to the Germans. After all, the relation between Scelerata and Helloween is old. The singer Andi Deris himself composed the song Must Be Dreaming for the group and participated on the same track on the disc The Sniper.

    But this close contact does not stop there. The drummer Francis Cassol recorded the disc The Sniper using Dani Löeble's drums and Scelerata already worked with Helloween producer, Charlie Bauerfeind, in two albums.

    To learn more about the tribute and all the bands that are participating, visit this link.

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    Mistheria: New endorsement - Eduardo Tarilonte's Sampling Arts S.L.
    Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2014
    Mistheria announce the endorsement with composer Eduardo Tarilonte's Sampling Arts S.L., one of the greatest sample libraries producer nowadays on the market!

    Mistheria's been impressed by all of his sample libraries, especially the vocal libraries which he loves a lot, so wonderful, epic and inspiring, nothing less than astonishing! Mistheria's new songs, albums and productions will proudly feature: Altus the voice of renaissance, Cantus Gregorian chant, Mystica female chamber choir, Shevannai the voice of elves.

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    Pure Steel Records / MORTICIAN 'Shout For Heavy Metal' cover, tracklist, release date: 14th November 2014
    Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2014
    The release date of the new MORTICIAN album Shout For Heavy Metal on CD is November 14th 2014. The preorder phase will start on October 31st 2014 in label's webshop.

    Since many years MORTICIAN from Vorarlberg / Austria got a cult status in their own country. The three track album No war from 1987 (rerelease via Pure Steel with Bonustracks in 2009) is a highly on demand collector's item. The second album was released in 2011 by Pure Underground Records after more than 20 years. Now we proudly present the third strike Shout for Heavy Metal.

    Pure Heavy Metal with some up-tempo and small Thrash influences, but generally 80s sound without compromise including riffs reminding us of the best moments of ACCEPT and SAXON. This is combined with a dynamic production. The nine new songs are real Heavy Metal. The rough vocals from Daniel Khan fit perfectly and you will be excited from the heavy drums. German Metal fans will like this a lot of course, but anyone who is into Pure Steel should listen to Shout For Heavy Metal as well!

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    Pure Steel Records / WARRANT official video to 'Asylum' published
    Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2014
    The German Speed/Heavy Metal band WARRANT has released a lyric video for the song Asylum. The Song is from the album Metal Bridge, which will be released on CD and on digital download on 31st October 2014 by Pure Steel Records. The video was produced by www.313worx.de and www.art-rauter.de.

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    AXEMASTER signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
    Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2014
    The cult US metalheads Axemaster from Ohio, which are surely well-known to friends of American steel with Blessing in the Skies and Death before Dishonor, have signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The new album is entitled Overture to Madness and will be probably released in 1st quarter of 2015.

    Band statment: "Both the production of and release plans for the new Axemaster album have been long and challenging tasks; but this deal is obviously a HUGE step toward the release of Overture to Madness (a goal that has taken a lot of time and effort). Located in Germany, Pure Steel is a HIGHLY respected company internationally. So with Axemaster's past accomplishments and fan base, it's a perfect combination of band and label!"

    Guitarist Joe Sims said: "We are really proud to be signed with a great company like Pure Steel and be label-mates with classic bands like Omen and Halloween. It's fitting that the label is from Germany because the fans from that part of the world have always been some of the most loyal supporters of Axemaster! I have always said that our new material really deserves to be released, distributed, and promoted properly by a good company, and it's great to know that that's definitely going to happen!!!"

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    Pure Steel Records / METAL MERCY 'The Unborn Child'
    Posted by: Denis / 22.10.2014
    The release date of the METAL MERCY album The Unborn Child on CD is November 28th 2014. The preorder phase will start on November 14th 2014 in label's webshop.

    In 1989 METAL MERCY from Jönköping (Sweden) produced the mini album The Unborn Child. Though it was released in the late 80s it does not contain any influences of 'modern' metallic styles. This typical 80s Heavy Metal with good choruses and an expressive vocalist is now very much in demand from collectors because The Unborn Child was not only a rare but also an excellent gem of Scandinavian Heavy Metal. The prices for the few items to be found rose continually. Now that this record is being rereleased on CD the original vinyl is very expensive if offered.

    After The Unborn Child it was unfortunately only one release in 2002, though the band recorded some interesting demos. These demos are open to the public for the first time on this CD of Heavy Metal Classics series from Karthago Records.
      TRACKLIST:
    1. In total rage
    2. Who's in the dark
    3. The unborn child
    4. Rendevous with death
    5. Liferide
    6. Between life and death
    7. Two time loser
    8. Before all goes to hell
    9. Hills of madness
    10. Dark life
    11. Moran city
    12. Mister war
    13. My destiny
    14. Danger

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    Pure Steel Records / MAD ALIEN official video to 'Kwisatz Haderach (part3)' published
    Posted by: Denis / 22.10.2014
    The German Heavy Metal band MAD ALIEN has released a lyric video for the song Kwisatz Haderach (part3). The Song is from the album Time War, which was released on CD and on digital download by Karthago Records.
    Bandstatement: "This is perhaps the oldest Mad Alien song ever. Actually, I wrote him back then for Ill Prophecy with Michael Kiske on vocals. But after Michi went to Helloween, Ill Prophecy broke... I took it as the first song for Mad Alien! I was inspired for this song by Iron Maiden - 'to tame a land' and so it is not surprising that this is the direct continuation of it!"
    Punishment 18 Records / Ancient Dome 'Cosmic Gateway To Infinity' album teaser
    Posted by: Denis / 22.10.2014
    Cosmic Gateway to Infinity, the new album from Italian thrashers Ancient Dome, will be released on October 27 by Punishment 18 Records.

    The album features guest appearances by Dave White (Heathen), as guest vocals on ...Hyperspace, Thaen Rasmussen (Anvil Chorus) as guest solos on Empire Of Lies and Alessandro Monopoli (Chantry) as guest solos on Nebuloid. You can listen to the promo album teaser here.

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    Nuclear Blast / ENFORCER additional headliner shows announced
    Posted by: Denis / 22.10.2014
    Swedish Speed Metal maniacs ENFORCER have just announced their return to the European roads for November. Following the success of their latest album Death By Fire, the band will be playing a run of shows including renowned Speedfest in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

    Commented vocalist & guitarist Olof Wikstrand: "In connection with the forthcoming European tour with OVERKILL, we can now announce that we will be doing a few extra selected headliner shows. These will also include longer and special sets."
      Don't miss the chance to enjoy ENFORCER live at the following confirmed dates:
    • 16.11. NL Antwerpen - Kavka
    • 17.11. D Eisenach - Alter Schlachthof
    • 18.11. D Aalen - Rock It
    • 19.11. D Trier - Ex House
    • 20.11. IT Brescia - Circolo Colony
    • 21.11. AT Dornbirn - Conrad Sohm
    • 22.11. NL Eindhoven - Speedfest
      ENFORCER supporting their US label mates OVERKILL on their Killfest 2014 tour:
    • 30.10. ESP Barcelona - Razz2
    • 31.10. ESP Madrid - Shoko
    • 01.11. PT Lisbon - Paradise Garage
    • 02.11. ESP Bilbao - Kafe Antzokia
    • 04.11. I Milano - Live Club
    • 05.11. CH Pratteln - Z 7
    • 06.11. D Karlsruhe - Substage
    • 07.11. D Osnabrück - Rosenhof
    • 08.11. D Bremen - Tivoli
    • 09.11. D Nürnberg - Hirsch
    • 11.11. D Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
    • 12.11. D Hamburg - Markthalle
    • 13.11. D Berlin - Postbahnhof
    • 14.11. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
    • 15.11. NL Uden - De Pul

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    InsideOut Music / Haken launch 'Crystallised' stream & competition; UK tour begins this week
    Posted by: Denis / 21.10.2014
    London-based Progressive metallers Haken are set to begin their UK & Ireland tour with Leprous & Maschine this week, before their new EP Restoration is released on the 27th October. To celebrate they have launched a stream of the longest track on the album Crystallised, as well as a competition to win a signed copy of the vinyl EP, a t-shirt & a poster.

    The band also recently launched a brand new video for the track Darkest Light taken from that EP, and you can view that here.
      The track list and playing times are as follows:
    • Darkest Light (06:44)
    • Earthlings (07:52)
    • Crystallised (19:23)
    The final track is a no holds barred epic including guest 'cameo' appearances by Pete Rinaldi (Headspace) and Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic / Flying Colors).

    The band is also about to embark on a run of UK & Irish dates with label-mates Leprous & Maschine. This will be the band's biggest run of dates in their own country yet and they can be found below:
      Haken, Leprous & Maschine Presented by Prog Magazine
    • 23rd October, 2014 - London, The Garage
    • 24th October, 2014 - Leamington Spa, Assembly
    • 26th October, 2014 - Bristol, The Fleece
    • 27th October, 2014 - Wolverhampton, Robin 2
    • 29th October, 2014 - Dublin, The Village
    • 30th October, 2014 - Liverpool, O2 Academy 2
    • 31st October, 2014 - Manchester, Club Academy
    • 1st November, 2014 - Edinburgh, The Liquid Room
    • 2nd November, 2014 - York, The Duchess

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    Inner Wound Recordings / LEAH 'Otherworld' EP re-issue announced
    Posted by: Denis / 21.10.2014
    Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce a re-issue of the Otherworld EP from the Celtic Metal star LEAH. The re-issue will be out on October 24th in Europe and October 28th in North America.

    This 5-song Celtic-Metal masterpiece from Canadian artist LEAH takes you from the stormy shores of an ancient era... to fantasy landscapes... to the battlefield of love and loss. Cinematic character vocals from Metal god Eric Peterson (Testament, Dragonlord) leave you electrified in his wake with an 'echo's breath, a romance death!' Otherworld is where the ethereal and the brutal collide.

    The artwork for Otherworld was created by Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Design (Delain, Apocalyptica, Sirenia).
      Otherworld track listing
    1. Shores of Your Lies
    2. The Northern Edge
    3. Surrounded
    4. Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
    5. Dreamland
      (feat. Eric Peterson)
    Pure Steel Records / EMERALD recording a a new album
    Posted by: Denis / 21.10.2014
    Swiss traditional Heavy Metal band EMERALD will start recording a new album in November 2014. The band will record again at the Little Creek Studio in Switzerland with Producer V.O. Pulver (Poltergeist, Gurd, Destruction). The release date for the 7th Emerald studio album is not fixed yet. It will be the first studio album with George Call (ASKA, ex-OMEN) on vocals and Vania Truttmann on bass.

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    Pure Steel Records / MORTICIAN announce new drummer
    Posted by: Denis / 21.10.2014
    Pure Underground Records Aatist, MORTICIAN from Austria are very pleased to announce Alex from Mexico (now living in Austria), as new drummer and member. Now MORTICIAN is complete.

    On 16th January 2015 will be a Live CD presentation in Dornbirn, Austria (Schlachthaus).

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    Nuclear Blast / Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY – the last recordings for 'Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus' started
    Posted by: Denis / 20.10.2014
    Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY are currently in the Backyard Studios of Kempten (Germany) to end the recordings of the new upcoming album entitled Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus.

    The regular edition of the album will be over 70 minutes long, featuring 11 titles and will be released in early spring by Nuclear Blast. Once again, the producer will be Luca Turilli, composer and orchestral/choral arranger of all the songs, while Sebastian Roeder will be the engineer and responsible for the mix. The new album will be mixed and mastered around Christmas time and 2 singles will be released shortly after the same mix.

    Vocalist Alessandro Conti reveals: "This album surely includes the most and greatest challenging parts I ever recorded until now. I am sure our fans will go crazy for this new RHAPSODY release because of the many surprises and real hit songs included inside it. I also had the chance to sing together with one of my all-time favorite singers and this has been a further satisfaction".

    The composer Luca Turilli adds: "This is really a super production close to the one of a soundtrack for an Hollywood blockbuster. We recorded all kind of choirs for over 15 long and exhausting days, collaborating with amazing singers like Ralf Scheepers, Dan Lucas, Bridget Fogle, Previn Moore plus other special guests. I composed and arranged all the choral and orchestral parts in the same way I would do it while scoring for a movie or videogame trailer and I am sure our fans will go crazy for this new album as we do! I simply love it and I could surely define it as 'the quintessence of CINEMATIC METAL'. Bombastic, epic and dramatic as never before!"

    Check out the official album trailer on Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

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    Nuclear Blast / The German PANZER 'Panzer' single and lyric video released
    Posted by: Denis / 20.10.2014
    The German PANZER, the Teutonic Heavy Metal trio, is comprised of yet three undisputed genre legends: Vocalist & bass-player Schmier, best known as frontman of DESTRUCTION and HEADHUNTER, guitarist Herman Frank (ACCEPT, VICTORY) as well as drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (ACCEPT).

    The first The German PANZER longplayer, called Send Them All To Hell will be out on November 28th 2014.

    Now the band reveals the lyric-video to their new track Panzer.
    InsideOut Music / Pain of Salvation: Debut first track for "Falling Home" acoustic release; European pre-order start
    Posted by: Denis / 20.10.2014
    Swedish Progressive Rock innovators Pain of Salvation have recently announced their much anticipated acoustic album, Falling Home, to be released in Europe on November 10th, 2014 and on January 13th, 2015 in North America via the band's longtime label partner InsideOutMusic.

    A first track off Falling Home is now being launched promotionally on the website of UK's Prog Magazine. Check out the acoustic version of Linoleum here.

    Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw has checked in about the release as follows: "Damn, it will be so nice finally to have this album see the light of day in a context larger than my head, our rehearsing room and a multitude of work computers and hard drives in selected homes. It has been a long time, and the road to release has been very complicated and unexpected, including finding myself in hospital for four entire months after a close call with flesh eating bacteria. Who would have guessed as we set out to record a quick little acoustic something all those many months ago in what seems like another lifetime by now? On the other hand, it has turned this album into so much more than we ever expected it to be. I find the term 'acoustic album' very misleading. This album is as bold a statement as any of our albums, and will in the same way offer laughter, tears, surprises and challenges. If it's not original, if it's not uncompromisingly passionate, then it's not Pain of Salvation."

    And Gildenlöw commented about the track Linoleum in particular as follows: "I love the versatility of this animal, and I keep dragging it into different contexts to see how it will adapt and respond. In other words, this track was a given when we started discussing an acoustic project, and probably the first one I sat down with to rearrange. I have always loved to play around with the emotional spectrum of suppressed rage in music and lyrics, and making this song acoustic called for even higher levels of challenge when it came to finding that perfect balance of dialed down subtlety and sudden bursts of emotional display. I love how it came out in the end. An agile predator. Let's invent a word today: Pantheresque."

    Falling Home is a very special album, which contains reimagined versions of favourite catalogue-songs, two cover versions (Holy Diver by Dio and Perfect Day by Lou Reed) and a brand new song (The title track, Falling Home).

    Next to the Jewel Case CD and the Digital Download formats, Falling Home will be also available in Europe as limited edition Digipak CD with expanded artwork and two bonustracks (She Likes To Hide and King Of Loss) and also as limited Gatefold LP version on 180gr. vinyl (On black vinyl, but also 200x copies on white vinyl exclusively from the IOM Webshop).

    In related news, InsideOutMusic has recently released Pain of Salvation's classic albums The Perfect Element Part I from 2000 and Remedy Lane from 2002 in the LP format for the very first time ever. The limited coloured vinyl editions were quickly sold out, but you can still obtain the Gatefold 2-LP (Plus bonus CD!) in the classic black vinyl versions.

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    Metal Media / LOTHLÖRYEN new single 'Time Will Tell' available for streaming and free download
    Posted by: Denis / 17.10.2014
    Brazilian bards LOTHLÖRYEN just released a new and unpublished single, Time Will Tell, for free download and free listening. The song was recorded at the studios Jack Studios and Bar dos Bardos. The mixing and mastering were done in São Paulo by Thiago Okamura at To-Mix Studios. Already the cover was again created by artist Marcus Lorenzet.
    Pure Steel Records / BORN OF FIRE 'Dead Winter Sun'
    Posted by: Denis / 17.10.2014
    The release date of the new BORN OF FIRE album Dead Winter Sun on CD is November 14th 2014. The preorder phase will start on October 31st 2014 in label's webshop.

    Originally founded in 1998, US Metal band BORN OF FIRE first made their mark with their self-titled demo, released a year after their forming. They quickly became known for their signature style that fused elements of Metal greats with a sophisticated sound all their own, and went on to release Transformation in 2000, followed by a 3 track EP in 2001 that saw major recognition in international Metal charts. The band took a hiatus for 10 years, only to come back strong following a reforming and rebirth in 2012 when they released their Anthology album, supported by big-budget music video for their popular track In The End. The now-veterans of Metal, along with Pure Steel Records have announced the release of their latest and greatest: Dead Winter Sun, BORN OF FIRE's second full-studio album.

    Dead Winter Sun showcases the Arizona-based quintet's wholly unique style of Power Metal in 10 powerful tracks. BORN OF FIRE's musical spectrum reaches from Progressive influenced parts like (newer) Fates Warning and Rainbow-styled keyboard-parts to hymnic guitar leads and thundering double bass parts. The dominating, soaring vocals of newcomer Gordon Tittsworth come full of substance and emotion, and the range that Dead Winter Sun showcases waxes and wanes between driving, murderous intensity and ominous calm, fitting perfectly into BORN OF FIRE's brand of truly atmospheric Metal that you can lose yourself in.

    BORN OF FIRE has returned with sophisticated, exquisite Metal, stronger than ever before.

    Fans of Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, Fates Warning, Crimson Glory, and similar styled Metal will find familiar, nostalgic elements interlaced with BORN OF FIRE's refreshingly unique and modern sound.

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    Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars - a brand new song on SoundCloud
    Posted by: Denis / 17.10.2014
    Mindwars, the new band featuring Holy Terror and Jester Beast members, is preparing the release its new album The Enemy Within.

    It is now possible to listen a preview of a new song titled Crash by soundcloud!

    The album will be release on October 27th by Punishment 18 Records (physical and digital edition). A vinyl edition is expected on January 2015 by Night Of The Vinyl Dead.
    Punishment 18 Records / Highlord line-up renewed
    Posted by: Denis / 17.10.2014
    Highlord are proud to announce two important variations in the line up of the band.

    The role of axeman will be taken by the young and talented Francesco Lombardo, who is already active with the band Myriad Lights.

    At the same time, the band is pleased to welcome back Lele 'Mr. Triton' on keyboards.

    Important news will follow this year and in 2015: stay tuned, and, as usual: Stay High!

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    Massacre Records / VANISH album track list
    Posted by: Denis / 16.10.2014
    VANISH's new album Come To Wither will be released next week!

    The band recently announced that they've teamed up with Primal Fear's Ralf Scheepers on the album's final track!
      The tracklisting of the album is as follows:
    • Come To Wither
    • Great Collapse
    • Bless The Buried Child
    • Renewal
    • This Is How We Die
    • Curtain Call
    • Silence
      (Video clip)
    • Hollow
    • Hope Shall Rise
    • Reboot
    • The Grand Design
      (Featured Ralf Scheepers)
    VANISH's new album Come To Wither will be released on October 24, 2014 via Massacre Records and will be available for an attractive 'Newcomer Price'.
    Massacre Records / LONEWOLF - Cult Of Steel
    Posted by: Denis / 16.10.2014
    LONEWOLF are going to release their new album Cult Of Steel next week!

    The tracklisting is already available.

    The album was recorded by Xavier Sindt and mixed & mastered by Charles Greywolf. Peter Salaï is responsible for the cover artwork.

    LONEWOLF's 7th album Cult Of Steel will be released on October 24, 2014 via Massacre Records.

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    Nuclear Blast / SABATON lyric video on 'Night Witches' released; European tour starts next month
    Posted by: Denis / 16.10.2014
    Swedish Heavy Metal institution SABATON released their seventh full-length record Heroes on May 16, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and reached some of the highest chart entries in the band history, among them the first #1 in their native Sweden, #2 in Finland, #3 in Germany, #4 in Czech Republic, #6 in Poland, #7 in Switzerland – and many more!

    Today the band unveils the lyric video on the album opening track Night Witches. Check out the clip on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

    Commented guitarist Thobbe Englund: "Actually it's one of my favorites. It reminds me a lot of JUDAS PRIEST, in a kind of ACCEPT style. It's a really cool Metal song - tough & hard."

    Added guitarist Chris Rörland: "It's a very good opening song for the album. You start with it, and you get a good idea for the whole album."

    While SABATON are currently touring the US, they will return to Europe on November 25 and will be on the road for an extended run in late 2014 and early 2015. For all dates, check below:
    • 25.11. DK Copenhagen - Stora Vega
    • 27.11. FR Lille - Aeronef
    • 28.11. UK Norwich - Waterfront
    • 29.11. UK Brighton - Concorde 2
    • 30.11. UK Plymouth - White Rabbit
    • 02.12. UK Reading - Sub 89
    • 03.12. UK Weymouth - The Pavillion
    • 05.12. UK Glasgow - QMU
    • 06.12. UK Belfast - Limelight
    • 07.12. UK Dublin - The Academy
    • 08.12. UK Manchester - The Ritz
    • 09.12. UK Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms
    • 11.12. FR Toulouse - Le Bikini
    • 12.12. ES Bilbao - Santana 27
    • 13.12. ES Madrid - La Riviera
    • 14.12. PT Porto - Hard Club
    • 16.12. ES Valencia - Koh Tao Club
    • 17.12. ES Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
    • 18.12. FR Lyon - Transbordeur
    • 19.12. CH Lausanne - Les Docks
    • 20.12. FR Strasbourg - La Laiterie
    • 09.01. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
    • 10.01. D Geiselwind - Event Halle
    • 11.01. NL Tilburg - 013
    • 12.01. UK London - HMV Forum
    • 14.01. F Paris - Bataclan
    • 15.01. CH Pratteln - Z7
    • 16.01. D Ludwigsburg - MHP Arena
    • 17.01. D Langen - Event Hall
    • 19.01. D Berlin - Huxley’s
    • 25.01. H Budapest - Petofi Hall
    • 27.01. RO Bucharest - Turbohalle
    • 28.01. BG Sofia - Hall Universiada
    • 30.01. GR Athens - Fuzz Live Club
    • 31.01. GR Thessaloniki - Principal Club Theater
    • 02.02. HR Zagreb - Tvornica
    • 03.02. I Milano - Alcatraz
    • 04.02. D Munich - Tonhalle
    • 06.02. AT Vienna - Gasometer
    • 07.02. CZ Prague - Forum Karlin
    • 08.02. CZ Zlin - Hala Euronics Novesta
    • 10.02. SK Bratislava - Refinery Gallery
    • 11.02. D Saarbrücken - Garage
    • 13.02. BE Antwerpen - Lotto Arena
    • 14.02. D Hamburg - Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
    • 15.02. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg

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    METALMESSAGE / DISSORTED (Melodic Thrash Metal, Germany) new EP 'I' out
    Posted by: Denis / 15.10.2014
    DISSORTED plays MELODIC THRASH METAL connecting fast, neck breaking riffs influenced by EXODUS and TESTAMENT mixed with traditional bands like ICED EARTH and MEGADETH, always focusing on their own, yet recognizable sound.

    With plenty of action and the love to Heavy Metal on stage Mirco (v), Florian (g), Sebastian (g), Dillon (b) and Martin (d) developed a good reputation as an impactful live band by thrilling gigs throughout Germany.

    Their first EP I has been released in September 2014.

    Also you can watch DISSORTED EP-Promo-Video.
    Diamond Head singer Nick Tart quits the band
    Posted by: Denis / 15.10.2014
    Statement from Nick Tart:
    "After 11 years of being the singer for Diamond Head I now feel it's time for me to move on. As most are aware they have already started the October tour with a replacement singer and I wish them nothing but the very best. I haven't heard the new guy yet but I'm sure he will be great; Brian has good quality control over Diamond Head and I don't believe he would continue touring unless he had found a singer who could pull it off. They are a very powerful band to front, so the best of luck to him, no doubt I will be snooping into you tube to see what they sound like.

    I was hoping to pen a third album, but making new music with the band became limited; Brian mentioned he had no interest in making a new album, he didn't feel the urge, which I can totally understand. He's been doing it for a long time, but if there is no urge to make a new album, then an album doesn't belong. I made things even more difficult by moving to the other side of the world.

    After living in Brisbane for nearly 6 years now, I've been very fortunate to still be able to fly to the UK and US for tours, thanks to hard work and determination of Karl Wilcox our drummer, without him there's quite a lot that wouldn't have been possible for Diamond Head. When Diamond Head get offered work, festivals for example, they should be in a position to say yes, without worrying about all the hassle it will take to get me involved.

    I'm very proud of the 2 albums I have written and recorded with Diamond Head and the touring we have done was way beyond my expectations, especially performing at Knebworth with Metallica. I have had some fantastic times, the guys in Diamond Head are so grounded which made the tours such a joyful ride, and we have had some laughs.

    I now have my own band here in Brisbane; it's taken me a long time to find someone to connect with musically, but I'm now writing new material and things are shaping up nicely. I'm getting quite excited, so I now need to move forward.

    Love and thanks to those Diamond Head fans that accepted and encouraged me when I first joined the band and have followed us ever since, you know who you are."

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    Limb Music / RED CIRCUIT Haze Of Nemesis CD/DVD
    Posted by: Denis / 15.10.2014
    Red Circuit are the perfect example of a band, whose result is the sum of its individual parts: world class vocalist plus brilliant instrumentalists equals a great band. The finely balanced mixture of technically classy Power Metal, refined Progressive Rock and a cleverly unwoven mainstream attitude, which serve to make the songs so memorable has been praised for years, and not only by the music press, but also by an ever-growing hoard of fans, who are now getting getting what they were hoping for – namely an album of musical class and high nutritional, artistic value.

    The package includes a DVD featuring the band's performance at the US Progpower XII Festival.

    Release date: 24th, October 2014.

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    Frontiers Records / Harem Scarem
    Posted by: Denis / 14.10.2014
    Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release dates set for the anticipated new album from Canadian rockers HAREM SCAREM entitled 13 on December 5th in Europe an and in North America on December 9th.

    Coming back - after a long hiatus - Thirteen is, arguably, the band's 13th original studio album, a release that was decided by after the band's return in 2013 with the release of Mood Swings II: the re-recorded version of their career defining album Mood Swings, originally released in 1993. Harem Scarem embarked on an international tour and reconnected with all the fans. They were actually very pleasantly surprised about the level of interest in the band and decided to move forward.

    "It's been 6 years since our last studio album and we're feeling rejuvenated and couldn't be more excited about the new tunes!" tells singer Harry Hess and with juices of inspiration flowing it could not have been easier to give birth to a strong musical statement such as Thirteen.

    The new album encompasses everything that the fans would expect from Harem Scarem: very addictive guitar riffs and choruses from heaven with big over the top hooks. A definite and true return to the sound that put Harem Scarem on the map over 20 years ago.

    With 12 top 40 hits around the world and sales well over a million records in 43 countries, 2015 will see the Harem Scarem touring the world in support of their 13th studio album Thirteen!
    Limb Music / Burning Black album trailer
    Posted by: Denis / 14.10.2014
    With Remission Of Sin BURNING BLACK have a particularly lucrative ace up their sleeves, one which will immediately draw in not only the Euro-Traditionalists but also US Power Metal fans, as it is hovering between European and American influences and uniting the very best of the two. Excellent vocals and aggressive riffing is just as important to the band as the dressed-up-to-the-nines melody and rhythm parts which are such recognizable parts of the BURNING BLACK sound. Check out their album trailer video.
    Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH release 'Arabesque' (special clip), studio update
    Posted by: Denis / 14.10.2014
    Finland-based symphonic Metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are currently working on their upcoming new album. The band was recently recording the orchestra at the London based Angel Studio's, along with Pip Williams.

    Floor Jansen about this experience: "This was the first time I witnessed the recording of an orchestra and it was so enchanting! I was stunned by the professionalism of the players, the conductor, the studio engineers and by the amazing arrangements Pip made again. To hear it all come together is amazing, goose bumps all the way through!!!"

    The yet-untitled creation will be the first NIGHTWISH studio-record to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen. Longtime drummer Jukka Nevalainen will sit out on the recording sessions due to health issues; Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY) will replace him. It's set for a release in spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

    Now the band releases a special clip for their hymn Arabesque, with impressions of the 'Imaginaerum' world-tour. Expect a lot of fire!
      NIGHTWISH recently announced their North American tour for April and May 2015.
    • 09.04 USA New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
    • 10.04. USA Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
    • 11.04. USA Worcester, MA - Palladium
    • 13.04. CND Quebec City, QC - Capitole Theatre
    • 14.04. CND Toronto - Phoenix Concert Theatre
    • 16.04. USA Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
    • 17.04. USA Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
    • 18.04. USA Chicago, IL - Concorde Music Hall
    • 19.04. USA Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
    • 21.04. USA Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
    • 22.04. USA Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
    • 24.04. USA Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
    • 25.04. CND Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
    • 26.04. USA Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
    • 18.04. USA San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
    • 30.04. USA Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
    • 01.05. USA Los Angeles, CA - Greek theatre
    • 02.05. USA Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
    • 03.05. USA El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
    • 05.05. USA Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
    • 06.05. USA Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
    • 08.05. USA Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
    • 09.05. USA Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
    • 11.05. USA Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Work
    • 12.05. USA Louisville, KY - Expo Five
    • 13.05. USA Charlotte, NC - Filmore
    • 14.05. USA Silver Springs, MD - Filmore

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    Stormspell Records / DOCTOR SMITH Into the Unknown
    Posted by: Denis / 14.10.2014
    Stormspell Records have a special treat for all thinking Metal fans: DOCTOR SMITH - Into the Unknown CD. Conceived and nurtured by Arthur Melonas from the mighty Spectral Incursion fame, DOCTOR SMITH is a sci-fi space opera, following the traditions of transcending musical boundaries and breaking genre definitions. It is an epic journey for the open minded, to boldly take you where only true masters like Pink Floyd and Voivod can.

    To be released on Halloween 2014, limited to 500 copies.
    Nuclear Blast / EXODUS 'Blood In Blood Out' out now, new trailer released
    Posted by: Denis / 13.10.2014
    The wait is finally over, as Bay Area Thrash Metal provocateurs EXODUS finally release their new hate campaign Blood In Blood Out via Nuclear Blast.

    Furthermore the band just put up the fifth and final exclusive trailer that showcases material from the bonus 'Making Of' DVD/Blu-ray entitled Blood Upon The Goat, EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting gives fans a tour of his 'Goats-R-Us Ranch & Studios' where the band's tenth studio album Blood In, Blood Out was recorded.

    "We took a little bit different approach to the recording of the drums this time," shares Hunting. "We wanted a real drum room with live mics to have that ambient room tone."

    Watch the last trailer (and hear about Tom's über-Satanic goats!) here.

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    Nuclear Blast / BLIND GUARDIAN back with a vengeance, new single 'Twilight Of The Gods' will be out on December 05, 2014
    Posted by: Denis / 13.10.2014
    The wait is over! BLIND GUARDIAN is back! The world's most popular fantasy Metal band gives us Twilight Of The Gods – the first single from their long-awaited new album, to be unleashed upon the world in in January 2015.

    Twilight Of The Gods is the first creation of the Krefeld, Germany based band in more than four years will be released on December 5, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kürsch assures, "this song is a statement about BLIND GUARDIAN. The pure definition of all that the band stands for: it is innovative, melodic and brutal". And thus a perfect choice to get fans into the proper mood for the upcoming album.

    Twilight Of The Gods is a 'neck breaker' in the true tradition of BLIND GUARDIAN "that will captivate you with the most epic and catchy chorus we've ever written," says Kürsch.

    In Twilight Of The Gods BLIND GUARDIAN is singing about the deities' waning power; no such times are in sight for the band. BLIND GUARDIAN is back with a vengeance; with an impressive single from an overwhelming record!

    Also be sure to check out BLIND GUARDIAN on tour in 2015 in a city near you!
      BLIND GUARDIAN - Live in 2015:
    • 22.-26-01 USA Caribbean Sea - 70.000 Tons of Metal
    • 02.04. D Krefeld - Kulturfabrik
    • 10.04. NL Eindhoven - Effenaar
    • 11.04. BE Antwerps-Borgerhout - Trix Zall
    • 12.04. UK London - The Forum
    • 14.04. FR Paris - Bataclan
    • 15.04. FR Strasburg - La Laiterie
    • 17.04. ESP Bilbao - Santana 27
    • 18.04. ESP Barcelona - St Jordi Club
    • 19.04. ESP Madrid - La Riviera
    • 21.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
    • 23.04. D Trier - Europa Halle
    • 24.04. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
    • 25.04. D Düsseldorf - Mitsubishi Electric Halle
    • 26.04. D Bamberg - Brose Arena
    • 28.04. D München - Zenith
    • 30.04. D Leipzig - Haus Auensee
    • 01.05. D Stuttgart - Liederhalle Beethoven Saal
    • 02.05. D Hamburg - O2 Arena
    • 05.05. I Milan - Alcatraz
    • 06.05. I Rome - Atlantico
    • 08.05. GR Thessaloniki - Principal Club
    • 09.05. GR Athens - Gagarin 205
    • 10.05. GR Athens - Gagarin 205
    • 13.05. TR Ankara - Jolly Joker Ankara
    • 14.05. TR Istanbul - KüçükÇiftlik Park
    • 15.05. RO Bucharest - tba
    • 16.05. BG Sofia - UNIVERSIADA HALL
    • 21.05. SLO Ljubjana - Kino Siska
    • 22.05. AT Graz - Explosiv
    • 23.05. AT Vienna - Gaswerk
    • 24.05. CZ Zlin - Masters of Rock Café
    • 26.05. PL Warsaw - Progresja Music Zone
    • 27.05 D Berlin - Huxley´s Neue Welt
    • 29.05. S Gothenburg - Trädgårn
    • 30.05. S Örebro - Metallsvenskan Festival
    • 31.05. NOR Oslo - Rockefeller
    • 02.06. FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
    • 04.06. RUS St.Petersburg - A2 Club
    • 05.06. RUS Moscow - Ray Just Arena
    • 07.06. RUS Ekaterinburg - Tele Club
    • 09.06. RUS Samara - Metelitsa

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    Limb Music / Fireforce tour starts
    Posted by: Denis / 13.10.2014
    Don't miss FIREFORCE on the KILLHAMMER TOUR 2014 along with headliner Mystic Prophecy and support Crystal Tears.
      KILLHAMMER TOUR 2014:
    • 15.10.2014 – Nürnberg, Germany – Rockfabrik
    • 16.10.2014 – Ottweiler, Germany – Club Schulz
    • 17.10.2014 – Mechelen, Belgium – Club Kamikaze
    • 18.10.2014 – Kerkrade, Netherlands – De Steen
    • 19.10.2014 – Rheine, Germany – Hypothalamus
    • 20.10.2014 – Hamburg, Germany – Rockcafe St. Pauli
    • 21.10.2014 – Berlin, Germany – Blackland 666
    • 23.10.2014 – Vienna, Austria – Viper Room
    • 24.10.2014 – Memmingen, Germany – Kaminwerk
    • 25.10.2014 – Wuppertal, Germany – Die Börse
      FIREFORCE dates to check out:
    • 08.11.2014 – Athens, Greece – 7Sins Club – Rock You To Hell Festival
    • 22.11.2014 – Maasmechelen, Belgium – Concordia – Metal For Angels
    • 29.11.2014 – Ans, Belgium – Alleur Metal Fest – Centre Culturel
    • 13.12.2014 – Waregem, Belgium – Gasolina – Metalnight
    • 20.12.2014 – Keerbergen, Belgium – De Nieuwe Loeter – Metalnight

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    Anders Johansson has decided to leave Hammerfall
    Posted by: Denis / 10.10.2014
    Hammerfall statement:
    "Life in a Heavy Metal band is indeed filled with twists and turns, highs and lows, ups and downs. On Monday, we rolled out our own whiskey, Legacy Of Kings. Today is a shocking and monumental day for all, HammerFall members and fans alike: Anders Johansson has decided to leave the band, after 15 years as the drummer. Brought on by increasing musical differences, as well as a career in the music industry that spans almost four decades, he has come to the conclusion that enough is enough. But fear not, we have already formulated a plan to get us through this even stronger. As a replacement we have found a most excellent drummer in David Wallin, who most notably has been beating the skins in the Swedish industrial force Pain. David will fill the void left by 'The Swedish Tank' with his youthful intensity and fantastic musicianship during the upcoming tour. We wish Anders all the best in his future endeavours and hope that 15 years can't be erased that easily.

    Also, bassist Fredrik Larsson will have his second child in December, and is therefore on parental leave through March. But we think you will like the choice to fill his shoes. For anyone who is the least bit familiar with Hammerfall, this one needs no introduction: handling the 4-string duty in Fredrik's absence, none other than former guitar player Stefan Elmgren has agreed to make a triumphant return to the band! Yet another reason not to miss catching us live on the upcoming tours, this will be a very unique constellation. So it is with mixed emotions we say goodbye to an old friend and welcome an even older one back into the fold. The Swedish Templars of Steel cannot and will not be subdued, we will carry on heeding the call as long as the crimson thunder still is flowing in our veins. It is not the end of anything, it's the dawn of a new era. And we welcome it with our hammers high!"

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    Nightingale to release new album 'Retribution' via InsideOutMusic
    Posted by: Denis / 10.10.2014
    Sweden's NIGHTINGALE are back in the spotlight with their long overdue 7th studio album. Entitled Retribution, the follow-up to 2007's acclaimed White Darkness, will be released via the band's new worldwide label InsideOutMusic as of November 10th, 2014.

    NIGHTINGALE was established by musical multi-talent and producer Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity / Witherscape) almost 20 years ago and in the good tradition of the band, which is completed by Dan's brother Dag Swanö (guitars, keyboards), Erik Oskarsson (bass) and Tom Björn (drums), the new album once again showcases a fabulous and timeless hybrid of different musical styles: From atmospheric Metal to catchy AOR and also Melodic Prog, Retribution offers an amazingly broad variety of moods and always tuneful songwriting skills.

    Dan Swanö, who contributes vocals, guitars and keyboards to the fold, commented as follows on Retribution: "We started putting material together for this album already around 2008, but out of all those songs only 2 made it to the album. I felt that, unless it is the best possible NIGHTINGALE album, where every song on the album easily could replace any song from our previous albums, there was no point in making a new album at all.

    During the writing of the Witherscape debut album, I wrote a lot of stuff that would work better on a NIGHTINGALE album, and before I knew it, I had the skeleton for a lot of potentially awesome NIGHTINGALE songs! It was important that the new material had the vibe of the older albums, yet with a better production and performance.

    I am very confident that all the NIGHTINGALE fans will love Retribution since I made sure I felt the same rush inside me when I listened to the tracks that I did upon listening to the finished version of our most famous tracks from the past!"
      Here is the album's complete tracklisting:
    1. On Stolen Wings
    2. Lucifer's Lament
    3. Chasing The Storm Away
    4. Warriors Of The Dawn
    5. Forevermore
    6. Divided I Fall
    7. The Voyage Of Endurance
    8. 27 (Curse Or Coincidence?)
    9. The Maze
    10. Echoes Of A Dream
    NIGHTINGALE's Retribution features artwork from courtesy of Travis Smith (Opeth, Nevermore, Katatonia, etc.) and should equally appeal to open-minded fans of bands like Rush, Marillion, Styx, Kansas, The Mission, Queensryche, Enchant, Threshold, Arena or even Opeth and Katatonia.
    Metal Blade Records / POWERWOLF to release 'The History Of Heresy II' 3-disc-boxset on October, 24th
    Posted by: Denis / 10.10.2014
    Metal Blade Records announces The History Of Heresy II, a massive boxset containing three CDs!

    The second part of The History Of Heresy will be out October 24th. Besides featuring both albums: Bible Of The Beast and Blood Of The Saints with bonus tracks, plus The Sacrilege Symphony orchestra album, the boxset includes the second part of the autobiographic hardcover book. The book, The History Of Heresy, includes 128 pages full of candid stories, as well as tour, and studio reports. A ton of pictures will be included in the box which comes in lavish hardcover box matt laminated with embossing and partial gloss vanish!

    Copies are available for pre-order now in Europe at emp.de and the official Metal Blade ebay store!

    POWERWOLF will celebrate the release during their two upcoming shows in November.
    • 14/11/14 DE – Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
    • 15/11/14 DE – Weissenhäuser Strand – Metal Hammer Paradise

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    Pure Steel Records / SoulHealer 'The Journey Goes On' video released
    Posted by: Denis / 09.10.2014
    SoulHealer, Melodic Metal band from Finland, have released a video for the song The Journey Goes On. It is taken from the new album Bear The Cross, which will be released on 17th October 2014 through Pure Legend Records, a division of Pure Steel Records.
    • Video by: Esa Haverinen, Marko Karvonen, SoulHealer
    • Edited by: Niko Saarela, (Cloudberry Services)
    Punihsment 18 Records / Ancient Dome release date announced
    Posted by: Denis / 09.10.2014
    Cosmic Gateway to Infinity, the new album from Italian thrashers Ancient Dome, will be released on October 27 by Punihsment 18 Records which has already released Human Key (2009) and Perception of this World (2010). The album features guest appearances by Dave White (Heathen), as guest vocals on ...Hyperspace, Thaen Rasmussen (Anvil Chorus) as guest solos on Empire Of Lies and Alessandro Monopoli (Chantry) as guest solos on Nebuloid.

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    Nuclear Blast / ACCEPT BLIND RAGE WORLD TOUR kicks off in Paris
    Posted by: Denis / 09.10.2014
    ACCEPT release a live video of Pandemic from their recent performance at the 2014 Woodstock Festival in Poland. The festival broke all records with over 750,000 fans in attendance for the charity event. Let this video be a warm up for the 2014 BLIND RAGE WORLD TOUR.
      The dates of the BLIND RAGE WORLD TOUR 2014:
    • 08.10. FR Paris - Bataclan
    • 10.10. ESP Pamplona - Totem
    • 11.10. ESP Madrid - Riviera
    • 12.10. ESP Barcelona - Razzmatazz 1
    • 14.10. FR Toulouse - Bikini
    • 16.10. FR Straßbourg - La Laiterie
    • 17.10. I Mailand - Live Club
    • 18.10 D München - Tonhalle
    • 20.10. D Langen / Frankfurt - Neue Stadthalle
    • 21.10. D Berlin - Huxleys
    • 22.10. D Köln - Live Music Hall
    • 24.10. D Erfurt - Stadtgarten
    • 25.10. CZ Zlin - Euronics
    • 26.10. HU Budapest - Petöfi Hall
    • 27.11. UK London - The Forum Kentish Town
    • 28.10. CH Pratteln - Z7
    • 29.10. D Filderstadt - Filharmonie
    • 07.11. JP Hiroshima - Club Quattro
    • 09.11. JP Osaka - Umeda Club Quattro
    • 10.11. JP Nagoya - Bottom Line
    • 11.11. JP Tokyo - EX Theater Roppongi
    • 14.11. AUS Marrickville - Factory Theatre
    • 15.11. AUS Melbourne - Corner Hotel SOLD OUT!
    • 16.11. AUS Brisbane - The HIFI
    • 27.11. UK London - Forum
    • 28.11. LT Vilnius - Forum Palace
    • 30.11. RUS Moscow - Stadium Live

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    Metal Media / SOMAGNET 'Healed' music video available for streaming
    Posted by: Denis / 08.10.2014
    Mb>Brazilian Heavy Metal act SOMAGNET has just released a music video for the song Healed, taken from their latest EP Haunted Mansion.

    The clip was produced by Vinicius Hozara of CS Music Videos and was filmed at Fazzi Custom (which is a customization shop specialized in Harley Davidson motorcycles). External takes were filmed in Itaipu (Niterói/RJ).

    Recalling that the EP Haunted Mansion was produced by Danish Flemming Rasmussen, responsible for the production of universal classics like Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets and ...And Justice for All by Metallica, Covenant by Morbid Angel, Imaginations from the Other Side and Nightfall in Middle-Earth by Blind Guardian, among others.

    The EP can be listened for free and also purchased by this link.
    AFM Records / U.D.O. new album 'Decadent' to arrive in January
    Posted by: Denis / 08.10.2014
    The grandmasters of Teutonic Heavy Metal return with a new studio album. After the success of Steelhammer and the Live album/DVD Steelhammer - Live From Moscow, U.D.O. are busily working on new material. Udo Dirkschneider and his band will release Decadent in January.

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    AFM Records / Korzus return with new album and lyric video
    Posted by: Denis / 08.10.2014
    High-class Thrash Metal from Brazil, anyone? KORZUS were founded more than 30 years ago and are one of the most popular metal bands of South America. Four years after Discipline Of Hate, which marked their first worldwide release so far, the cult act returns with Legion on October 24th.

    A lyric video for the brand new song Bleeding Pride is available now.
    AFM Records / Onslaught new video clip / US tour
    Posted by: Denis / 08.10.2014
    Unfortunately ONSLAUGHT singer Sy Keeler has to sit out the band's US tour, but a replacement was found in Neil Turbin (ex-Anthrax), so all shows of the U.K. thrash masters can take place as scheduled. Here are the dates.

    The band has also released a new video clip for the song 66Fucking6, taken from their latest album VI.

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    AFM Records / Triosphere 'The Heart Of The Matter' coming in November
    Posted by: Denis / 08.10.2014
    Norway's best female-fronted Metal band, TRIOSPHERE, has completed work on their new album. Almost four and a half years after The Road Less Travelled and following European tours with Kamelot, Sonata Arctica and Crimson Glory, TRIOSPHERE's highly-anticipated new album The Heart Of The Matter will finally be released on November 7th.

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    Nuclear Blast / EXODUS fourth making of trailer on 'Blood In, Blood Out' released
    Posted by: Denis / 07.10.2014
    Bay Area Thrash Metal provocateurs EXODUS are set to unleash their new hate campaign Blood In, Blood Out, which will be out on October 10 (EU) / October 13 (UK) / October 14 (US) via Nuclear Blast.

    Now the band releases the fourth album making of trailer on Blood In, Blood Out.

    EXODUS bassist Jack Gibson checks in about stepping up to the plate to handle engineering duties on the band's new Blood In, Blood Out album: "With Gary (Holt) doing the SLAYER stuff, we were really getting down to the wire. We were gonna need to make this record in this window of time... so I just stepped up and said, 'I'll do it.'"

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    AFM Records / Bloodbound Stormborn to be released on November 21st
    Posted by: Denis / 07.10.2014
    Swedish Heavy/Power metallers BLOODBOUND have announced the arrival of their new studio album for November 21st.

    Two years after In The Name Of Metal and touring in support of the album (f.a. with U.D.O. and Brainstorm), the band now returns with their most bombastic and well-produced effort to date.

    "It took a while to get where we are now with this album", keyboard player Frederik Bergh reflects. "We were aiming for a special sound and it feels great that we have achieved that. The whole team was very passionate and our engineer Jonas Kjellgren did a fantastic job. We couldn't be more happy with Stormborn."

    Stormborn will be available as Digipak und red Vinyl-LP (limited to 500 units only).

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    Mistheria's Alien Keyboards Akademy: new location
    Posted by: Denis / 06.10.2014
    Mistheria's Alien Keyboards Akademy is now embedded into official Mistheria website.

    All lessons are available as VOD (video-on-demand) for a quick and easy access including digital downloads (add-ons: mp3, scores, backing tracks, etc.) related to the videos. The new system guarantees a perfect compatibility on all devices (tablets, laptop, computers) running on any operating system (Microsoft, Apple, Android).

    Please, visit the new location of Alien Keyboards Akademy here.

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    Ulterium Records / HARMONY: 'THEATRE OF REDEMPTION' DETAILS REVEALED
    Posted by: Denis / 03.10.2014
    Theatre of Redemption, the up-coming album from the Swedish Melodic Metal band HARMONY will be released on November 28th in Europe and on December 2nd in North America through Ulterium Records. The opening track The Window of My Soul will be released as a digital single late October.

    The album will be released in the following formats:
    • Regular CD edition
    • Wooden box edition (Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. Includes a Harmony guitar pick, a sticker, a postcard and an exclusive 'The History of Harmony' 20-page booklet)
    • Vinyl edition [Limited to 500 copies. Includes insert with lyrics]
    • Digital edition
    Theatre of Redemption features Daniel Heiman [ex-Lost Horizon, Heed] on vocals on all tracks. The album was mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall) and mastered by Thomas 'Plec' Johansson (Scar Symmetry, Watain).

    The strong and diverse songs, the emotional and technical guitar playing by Markus Sigfridsson and the fantastic vocals provided by Daniel Heiman brings Harmony up to the same level as the biggest bands in the Melodic Metal genre. Just listen and you will see. Follow Harmony into the Theatre of Redemption...

    All physical editions of Theatre of Redemption as well as three different t-shirt designs are available for pre-ordering at the Ulterium Records Store.

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    Pure Stee Records / PLEONEXIA official video to 'Pleonexia' published
    Posted by: Denis / 03.10.2014
    The Italian Heavy/Power Metal band PLEONEXIA has released a new video for the song Pleonexia. The Song is from the album Break All Chains, which was released on CD and on digital download by Pure Underground Records.
    Pure Steel Records / BORN OF FIRE official video to 'Dead Winter Sun' published
    Posted by: Denis / 03.10.2014
    The US Metal band BORN OF FIRE has released a new video for the song Dead Winter Sun. The band put a lots of ideas and hard work into this video. The Song is from the upcoming album Dead Winter Sun, which will be released on CD by Pure Steel Records on 14th November 2014.
    InsideOut Music / Pain of Salvation announce release of 'Falling Home' acoustic album; playing two special sets at ProgPower Europe festival
    Posted by: Denis / 03.10.2014
    Having just wrapped up a tour of North America (with dates across the USA, Canada and Mexico), Swedish Progressive Rock innovators Pain of Salvation are now announcing their much anticipated acoustic album, Falling Home, which will released in Europe on November 10th, 2014 via the band's longtime label partner InsideOutMusic.

    Falling Home is a very special album, which contains reimagined versions of favourite catalogue-songs, two cover versions (Holy Diver by Dio and Perfect Day by Lou Reed) and a brand new song (the title track, Falling Home). Here is the track-listing for the standard version of the release:
    1. Stress
    2. Linoleum
    3. To The Shoreline
    4. Holy Diver
    5. 1979
    6. Chain Sling
    7. Perfect Day
    8. Mrs. Modern Mother Mary
    9. Flame To The Moth
    10. Spitfall
    11. Falling Home
    Next to the Jewel Case CD and the Digital Download formats, Falling Home will be also available as limited edition Digipak CD with expanded artwork and two bonustracks (She Likes To Hide and King Of Loss) and also as limited Gatefold LP version on 180gr. vinyl.

    The pre-order for Falling Home starts on October 13th, 2014 here: www.insideoutshop.de.

    In the meantime, Pain of Salvation will be playing two very special sets on this weekend's 2014 edition of the ProgPower Europe festival at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, The Netherlands: On Saturday, October 4th, Pain of Salvation will be playing a newly announced, additional 70 minutes set of old material and then on their initial slot of Sunday, October 5th, they will playing a full headline set including a section dedicated to their classic Remedy Lane album.
      These are the upcoming shows for Pain of Salvation in Europe:
    • 04.10.2014 Baarlo (The Netherlands) - ProgPower Europe
    • 05.10.2014 Baarlo (The Netherlands) - ProgPower Europe
    • 10.11.2014 Wroclaw (Poland) - International Drumfest
    • 11.10.2014 Opole (Poland) - International Drumfest
    • More shows will be announced soon...
    In related news, InsideOutMusic has recently released Pain of Salvation's classic albums The Perfect Element Part I from 2000 and Remedy Lane from 2002 in the LP format for the very first time ever. The limited coloured vinyl editions were quickly sold out, but you can still obtain the Gatefold 2-LP (Plus bonus CD!) in the classic black vinyl versions here: www.insideoutshop.de/Artist/Pain_Of_Salvation.

    Pain of Salvation's latest album release, Road Salt Two, managed to enter the official national charts upon release in Autumn of 2011 in the following European countries: Sweden at # 24, The Netherlands at # 82, Finland at # 31, and Norway at # 51 in its second week (first week was at # 94).

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    Century Media / Sanctuary releases video for 'Frozen'
    Posted by: Denis / 03.10.2014
    Reactivated Seattle Metal band, SANCTUARY, has released the video to their track, Frozen, which was filmed in Germany and directed by Dirk Behlau. The track comes off their upcoming album, The Year The Sun Died, which is due out October 6th in Europe and October 14th in North America via Century Media Records.

    Guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments: "This video shoot was a blast. The location was an abandoned coal mine processing plant near Essen, Germany. You can see many bizarre birdcage size baskets hanging from the ceiling. There were thousands of them. We were told that they were some type of 'laundry management devices'. They appear as something much more creepy and ominous in my opinion. Almost as if they were some sort of medieval torture devices. The entire building seemed to have a very haunting vibe."

    The Year The Sun Died, the first SANCTUARY album in 25 years, is the long-awaited follow-up to the band's first two studio albums that were released on Epic Records: Refuge Denied (1987) and Into the Mirror Black (1989). Singer Warrel Dane's sky-high vocals combined with guitarist Lenny Rutledge's more mature take on classic Thrash riffs separated the band from the throes of Metal acts struggling to get noticed at the time. With The Year The Sun Died, SANCTUARY continues that legacy that they started decades ago, delivering yet another fresh take on 'classic-sounding' Metal. Featuring artwork by Travis Smith (OPETH, NEVERMORE) and mixed/produced by Zeuss (ROB ZOMBIE, SUICIDE SILENCE, CROWBAR, etc.), this upcoming album promises to be worth the wait.

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    REACTION ink management deal With GlobMetal Promotions
    Posted by: Denis / 02.10.2014
    Italian Metal band REACTION has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promitions. The band released their album Kill The Parasite which GlobMetal are going to promote.

    The band singer Viper 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".
    Alberto Rigoni releases Overloaded album
    Posted by: Denis / 02.10.2014
    After the release of Three Wise Monkeys album which featured contributions from legendary musicians such as Kevin Moore (ex-Dream Theater), Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Italian bassist and Prog Rock composer Alberto Rigoni releases today his fourth album entitled Overloaded (October 1st 2014).

    More heavy and progressive than its predecessors, the new album, fully instrumental, is inspired by Alberto's vision of our contemporary society. "I think that everything is going too fast today and one of the reasons is technology: hyper fast communications (mostly through social networks), multitasking activities, tons of information as well as misinformation, products, services... In a couple of words - we are OVERLOADED! The Internet has changed our lives, and even though it is indeed a great tool we have to be careful and use it judiciously. Excessive use may cause several diseases such as stress, depression, and social isolation." explains Alberto.

    At the following link you can watch the video teaser directed by Gustavo Arteaga.
    Inner Wound Recordings / MindMaze new track streaming online
    Posted by: Denis / 02.10.2014
    The track Back From The Edge, taken from the up-coming MINDMAZE album Back From The Edge is now available for streaming at YouTube.

    Back From The Edge will be released on October 24th in Europe and October 28th in North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
    Massacre Records / VENI DOMINE: band quits
    Posted by: Denis / 02.10.2014
    On September 20, 2014 VENI DOMINE announced the band's breakup on their fb page. Here's the full statement:
    "With a heavy heart we bring you the news that we decided to put the band to sleep, it is no longer.

    27 years that holds and keeps the full spectra of every emotion imaginable, not without sadness we left the table with the decision unthinkable but yet inevitable.

    Time caught up with us and at the end of the day we found that trying keeping a band at a high level with all including parts is a task too time-consuming to handle. On the horizon we saw it coming. Even though we steered clear of the horizon on many occasions the horizon moved closer, faster than expected this time.

    We left the table with a sense of mutual respect, the brotherhood and friendship will live on.

    Being labeled a Christian band we fought the preconceptions on many fronts and we feel fortunate to have gained friends all over the world, including all kinds of different worldviews excluding no one.

    Our love and respect to all our friends who stood by us during the years, our families who took the downside of the business, all of you who bought the music, responded and communicated back to us, we shared this journey that ends today.

    We leave with the legacy of seven albums, there's a lot to say about that but one must not linger in the past, tomorrow must not be bound by yesterdays, life will move on.

    The future holds no promises other than that all is possible. Branching out from here: The Redstone Project, Grand Stand and Nubian Rose - keep track of those and we will meet again."


    VENI DOMINE's final album Light was released in late May 2014 via Massacre Records.

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    'Second To Sun' ink management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
    Posted by: Denis / 01.10.2014
    Russian Modern Metal/Deathcore band Second To Sun has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promitions. The band released their new EP Three Fairy Tales which GlobMetal are going to promote.

    The band guitarist Vladimir Klimov-Lehtinen said "For Second To Sun this cooperation with GlobMetal Promotions it is a gigantic step for future and present".

    Streaming of the new EP Three Fairy Tales is available for viewing and listening here.
    Metal Media / GRIMRIOT: 'Under Red Stars' is available for sale
    Posted by: Denis / 01.10.2014
    GRIMRIOT's Under Red Stars is already available through the British label Raptors Music. The album carries the title of Under Red Stars and features a band that knew how to mix Modern Metal, Prog Metal and the feeling of traditional Metal.

    The album is already on sale at the following stores: www.amazon.com, www.itunes.apple.com. You can also hear it in full via streaming services such as Spotify and others.

    The album was recorded at studio Suminsky with production in charge of Henrique Lopes and guitarist Brunno Tripovichy. The cover was on account of the artist Carlos Fides, who has worked with names like Sacrificed, Sacrario, Underpain, Semblant, among others.
    Pitch Black Records / HOLY DRAGONS are back with Dragon Inferno
    Posted by: Denis / 01.10.2014
    HOLY DRAGONS, Kazakhstan's Heavy Metal giants, return with their new album Dragon Inferno! A follow-up to 2012's Zerstörer, the album features new vocalist Alexander 'Demoraivola' Kuligin. While the 80s influence is evident in the band's style the band delivers a fresh sounding blend of Heavy, Power and Speed Metal.

    Formed in 1992, HOLY DRAGONS have literally dozens and dozens of releases, they now strike back as mighty as ever and they strike hard and fast!

    Dragon Inferno is out on October 13th (UK), October 17th (EU) and November 11th (US) on Pitch Black Records. It will also be available through all major mp3 stores. A track is available for streaming and free download below while the album can be pre-ordered at store.pitchblackrecords.com with free worldwide shipping.

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    Frontiers Records / Whitesnake Live in ‘84 - Back to the Bone
    Posted by: Denis / 01.10.2014
    WHITESNAKE fans worldwide now have something to be excited about! To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of WHITESNAKE's multi-platinum Slide It In album, Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label, will release Live In '84 - Back To The Bone, a complete celebration of the group's awe inspiring lineup during what many feel was the incredible beginning of what Coverdale called his desire to make WHITESNAKE more 'electrifying' on record & on stage.

    Set for release in the EU on November 7th and in North America on November 11th, this release will be available in DVD and a Deluxe CD/DVD edition.

    Culled from audio and video recordings & unheard demos from the private collection of WHITESNAKE leader and vocalist, David Coverdale, the release offers an ultra-rare collection of material, performed by the band's acclaimed 83-84 line-ups. Featured on the record & driven by the awesome Cozy Powell on drums (ex- Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, MSG and later on Gary Moore and Black Sabbath, among others); unique guitarist John Sykes, whom Coverdale credits with inspiring a whole generation of six stringers after his breathtaking work on the WHITESNAKE 87 album & Bassist Exceptionale Neil Murray.

    There is also an extraordinary emotional bonus content featuring legendary keyboardist Jon Lord performing his last show ever with WHITESNAKE on video & also the bonus CD.

    "It's still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half the incredible band who originally recorded the Slide It In album with me have passed away," says Coverdale. "It's incredibly difficult to articulate: Cozy Powell... Mel Galley... Jon Lord... All amazing people and amazing musicians. Their memories live on in our hearts & in the music they made. I miss them beyond words… Wait until you see & hear them playing as only they can and add in the fiery guitar assault of the incredibly gifted John Sykes, plus the relentless melodic bass pounding of Neil Murray."

    Coverdale and co-producer Michael McIntyre launched a worldwide search for the best quality video footage and audio tracks from the 1984 tour. Among the gems found was a set from: Super-Rock, recorded at the first Japanese rock festival at Seibu Stadium in Tokyo and an invaluable video of Jon Lord's final appearance with WHITESNAKE recorded live in Sweden. "All of the features on this package have been treated lovingly & respectfully, with no expense spared, utilizing technology to improve sound & picture quality," says Coverdale, who personally oversaw all elements of this release.

    Concludes Coverdale, "These are memories I treasure and delight in sharing with you as we continue our celebration of the 30th Anniversary of WHITESNAKE's Slide It In."

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