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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Mighty TANK Rolls On!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Watch trailer #1 on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

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

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

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

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    Woslom unleashing a new video, Purgatory
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2014
    WOSLOM, Thrash Metal act from Brazil, has just released a new music video, this time for the song Purgatory, taken from the most recent album Evolustruction, released worldwide via the Italian Punishment 18 Records.

    In a clip full of disturbing images, the directors Diogo Alvino and Edu Lawless were able to capture the essence of the message and transported it to images.

    The quartet continues to promote the DVD DestrucTVision recently released in partnership with the Brazilian Wikimetal Music.
    Nuclear Blast / DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER acoustic tour trailer released
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2014
    After two sold out acoustic premiere shows in Berlin and Jena, the wait is now over. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER will embark their first ever acoustic tour featuring ten hand-picked shows throughout Germany. Evergreens of the extended band history will be played in a whole new sound setting. Due to the overwhelming fan reactions, the trip down memory lane continues.

    Don't miss DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER at their 'Flieg, Mein Herz!' acoustic tour at the following dates:
    Presented by: Extratours, Metal Hammer, Musixx, Metalnews & Blast!

    Check out the new tour trailer here.

    Commented the band: "When we first played some acoustic shows, two years ago, we had no idea whatsoever, how the fans would react. We've expected anything, but not that our die-hard fans would be those to mostly appreciate it and give us padding on the back. It was just magic, very close and personal. It gives us goose bumps time and again, to play those songs we wrote as teenagers with a totally different sound. We are psyched and glad to have found very special locations that will be the right setting for those concerts."

    Joining DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER will be Sydney, Australia-based singer/songwriter JOE ASTRAY, who spent the past years touring with bands like ANTI-FLAG and FEHLFARBEN.

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    Metal Heaven / AMMUNITION - Shanghaied
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2014
    Age Sten Nilsen is picking up where his former band Wigwam left off. Penning new rock anthems with Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse/W.E.T) in Stockholm since October 2013. When Wigwam surprisingly decided to call it a day after 13 years, Age Sten soon formed his own band, recording the new songs in the vein of the new band effort Age Sten Nilsen's AMMUNITION.

    The new material wears the same catchiness as Wigwam, yet offers a rougher and more subtle sound and arrangements than his former band's latter productions. Produced by one of melodic rocks most esteemed producers Erik Mårtensson, Age Sten Nilsen's AMMUNITON is now on the verge of promoting their first album SHANGHAIED due for a release in January.

    With a dream team of rock musicians in the line-up Age Sten Nilsen's AMMUNITION has already had great success in Norway, playing shows to more than 5000 rockers.

    This release is available on AOR Heaven outside of Scandinavia.
      Line-up:
    • AGE STEN NILSEN – vocals
    • HAL PATINO - bass (King Diamond / PRETTY MAIDS / Nordic Beast)
    • ROBBAN BÄCK - drums (Sabaton/Eclipse)
    • ERIK MÅRTENSSON - guitars (W.E.T / Eclipse)
    • LASSE FINBRÅTHEN - keyboards (Wigwam/Circus Maximus)
    • JON PETTERSEN - guitars (Åge's Queen show/Bad Habits/Wild Willyʼs gang)
    Release Date: 23.01.2015.
    Massacre Records / MESSIAH'S KISS album track list
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2014
    MESSIAH'S KISS will soon release their long-awaited 4th album Get Your Bulls Out!.
      The tracklisting is as follows:
    1. Livin' In Paradise
    2. Immortal Memory
    3. Rescue Anyone? Rescue Me!
    4. Survivor (Take A Ride On My Heels)
    5. Time To Say Goodbye
    6. Only Murderers Kill Time
    7. Fuel For Life
    8. Mission To Kill
    9. Symphony Of Sin
    10. Nobody Knows Your Name
    11. Who's The First To Die
    12. Whisper A Prayer
    13. Without Forgiveness
    14. Buried Alive
      Bonus(es):
    15. Only Murderers Kill Time
      (Acoustic version)
    16. It's No Good
    MESSIAH'S KISS' new album Get Your Bulls Out! will be released on December 5, 2014 via Massacre Records!

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    Lion Music / Johann Sebastian Bach - Interpretations
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2014
    Johann Sebastian Bach - Interpretations will be released early 2015: Some of abel's best artists interprets the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in unique never before heard versions.

    Among the artists you will find Mistheria, Charly Sahona (Venturia), Robert Rodrigo (Airless), Patrik Carlsson, Lord of Mushrooms, Lars Eric Mattsson, Grönholm, Pier Gonilla...
    Inner Wound Recordings / Axenstar: 'The Return' lyric video released
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2014
    The Swedish Power Metal band AXENSTAR just released a lyric video for the track The Return. The track comes off 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.

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    Flotsam and Jetsam line up change
    Posted by: Denis / 27.11.2014
    Flotsam and Jetsam, regretfully announce that Kelly Smith will be stepping out from behind the drums to focus on caring for his family. Please, extend him you love and support during this time, as the band wishes nothing but the best for Flotsam brother.

    Kelly was instrumental in bringing FLOTSAM back to its current form with a touring and festival schedule that, since 2013, saw the band perform live in 15 countries and across the U.S. for more than 80 shows.

    Kelly has issued the following personal message to the FLOTSAM fans: "As of August, my family has suffered the loss of two family members and a third is now in critical condition. With all that has taken place, it has taken me away from the focus of my duties in FLOTSAM for the foreseeable future.
    In 1982 FLOTSAM (first as DREDLOX, then as DOGZ) was born in Scottsdale, Arizona on my parents back patio. Despite all the progress we have made, I am regretfully unable to continue on this journey, as always I only want the best should my comrades continue the good fight. Flotz til Death."


    As Kelly departs, FLOTSAM continues work on a new album that is still scheduled for a spring 2015 release, to coincide with the band's upcoming European tour and festival dates.

    Details on the upcoming album and new drummer will be released soon.

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    Nuclear Blast / EPICA releases behind-the-scenes footage from 'The European Enigma'- Tour
    Posted by: Denis / 27.11.2014
    EPICA kicked off the European Enigma Tour together with DRAGONFORCE and DAGOBA past Thursday at the Kulturfabrik in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. Panda Productions joined the band to capture behind-the-scene footage of the first shows of the tour. You can view the video here.

    The European Enigma tour will continue through France, Spain, Portugal and UK. The tour will finish in Holland where the band will perform a sold out show at the 2000 capacity venue Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. The second leg of the tour will continue in January 2015.

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    Metal Media / Leviaethan's 'Disturbed Mind' released in Europe
    Posted by: Denis / 26.11.2014
    The British label Secret Service Records has just released in Europe the second album of Brazilian band Leviaethan, Disturbed Mind. The work, originally released in 1992, is considered a classic of Brazilian Thrash Metal.

    The CD was released in digipack format and in limited edition, and has five exclusive bonus tracks, two covers: for Anthrax and Motorhead. Check out the tracklist:
    1. Seeds Of Violence
    2. Facing Reality
    3. Drinkin' death
    4. In Search Of Life
    5. My Cat
    6. Visions Of A Distorted Path
    7. The Evil Within
    8. Philip Vii
    9. Time For Lies
    10. Disturbed Mind
      Bonus(es):
    11. Endless Lie
    12. The Last Supper
    13. Pimponetta
    14. One World
      (by Anthrax)
    15. Stay Clean
      (by Motorhead)
    Nuclear Blast / The German PANZER new 'Send Them All To Hell' trailer released
    Posted by: Denis / 26.11.2014
    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 be out on the upcoming Friday, 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 a new trailer including excerpts from the upcoming music video on Death Knell.
    Ulterium Records / HARMONY 'INHALE' LYRIC VIDEO RELEASED
    Posted by: Denis / 26.11.2014
    The Swedish Melodic Metal band HARMONY just released a lyric video for the track Inhale from their up-coming album Theatre of Redemption.

    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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    VENOM to perform entire NEW ALBUM on board 70000TONS OF METAL!
    Posted by: Denis / 26.11.2014
    Legendary Metal band VENOM have confirmed that they will join 70000TONS OF METAL on it's voyage from Florida to Jamaica in January 2015.

    VENOM will play two sets on board, one will focus on greatest hits and one will be an Exclusive Live World Premier of their forthcoming new album which will be released later in 2015.

    Originally formed in 1978 and hailing from the English town Newcastle Upon Tyne, this will be VENOM's 14th studio album.

    VENOM will join the 60 band roster of 70000TONS OF METAL 2015, including Alestorm, Amorphis, Annihilator, Apocalyptica, Arch Enemy, Artillery, Behemoth, Blind Guardian, Cannibal Corpse, Crucified Barbara, D.A.D., Einherjer, Ensiferum, Equilibrium, God Dethroned, Grave Digger, Heathen, In Extremo, Kataklysm, Korpiklaani, Lake Of Tears, Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock, Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Origin, Primal Fear, Tank, Therion, Threshold, Triosphere and Xentrix.

    70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, will sail Thursday, January 22, 2015 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Liberty Of The Seas' from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and will not return you to the real world until Monday, January 26, 2015.
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    There are very few tickets remaining, prices start at US$666 plus US$333 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!
    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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    25 albums entered into our database lately are:
    1. Kingsbane
    "Kingsbane"

    2. Kingsbane
    "demo"

    3. Secret Illusion
    "Change of Time"

    4. Secret Illusion
    "Turn Back Time"

    5. Secret Illusion
    "Point of No Return"

    6. Secret Illusion
    "Illusion"

    7. Secret Illusion
    "Silent Voices"

    8. Militia (US)
    "Fiend of Misery"

    9. Militia (US)
    "demo"

    10. Militia (US)
    "demo"

    11. Ruinthrone
    "Urban Ubris"

    12. Ruinthrone
    "Leaden Field"

    13. Arryan Path
    "Ira Imperium"

    14. Prodigal Earth
    "Zenith II Zero"

    15. Ravenheart
    "Valley of the Damned"

    16. Ravenheart
    "Timeless Knights"

    17. Archontes
    "Kogda-Nibud' I Nikogda (Some Day And Never)"

    18. Pertness
    "Frozen Time"

    19. Pertness
    "From the Beginning to the End"

    20. Pertness
    "Seven Times Eternity"

    21. Pertness
    "Masslos"

    22. Pertness
    "demo"

    23. Pertness
    "demo"

    24. Serpent Saints
    "All Things Metal"

    25. Serpent Saints
    "Leather Lucifer"


    15 bands entered into our database lately are:
    1. Kingsbane
    2. Alexis
    3. Soul of Steel
    4. Militia (US)
    5. Secret Illusion
    6. Ruinthrone
    7. Prodigal Earth
    8. Ravenheart
    9. Pertness
    10. Serpent Saints
    11. Parsifal
    12. Day
    13. Pantheon
    14. Progredior
    15. Nocturne Moonrise

    All bands:
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