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Y.O.C. new track exclusively on our pages
Posted by: Denis / 02.08.2015
New Y.O.C. track - a tribute to Jeff Hanneman - Slayer's cover song Skeletons of Society's done and the first version of this song appeared on our pages only!

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Napalm Records / ALESTORM unveil new music video
Posted by: Denis / 31.07.2015
Check out the brand new ALESTORM music video for the track Magnetic North taken from their latest masterpiece Sunset On The Golden Age, which was produced by the mighty Lasse Lammert.

Travel with them to Magnetic North, but don't get lost in the seven seas. Check out the video here!

You MUST definitely see this five-piece pirate crew at these upcoming festival shows!
  • 06.08.2015 ES - Leyendas Del Rock
  • 14.08.2015 DE - Summer Breeze
  • 21.08.2015 NL - Lowlands
  • 28.08.2015 PL – Czad

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Nuclear Blast / METAL ALLEGIANCE fourth studio webisode released
Posted by: Denis / 31.07.2015
Heavy Metal is more than a genre, more than an attitude and certainly more than whatever cheap epithets are dismissively thrown at it by clueless critics. At its best, metal is a lifestyle, a community, a tribe uniting people across cultural, economic and philosophical divides with the primal pulse of bombastic and majestic expression. Never before has one entity encapsulated so many components of the heavy metal community's continued vibrancy and dedication to the lifestyle than the collective fittingly called METAL ALLEGIANCE.

METAL ALLEGIANCE will release their debut self-titled album on September 18th via Nuclear Blast, but until then, the collective is teasing fans with videos from their sessions in the studio. The fourth trailer is now online and covers the recording of the third track, Can't Kill The Devil (feat. Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD), Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA)).
Nuclear Blast / AMORPHIS reveal fourth making-of episode of 'Under The Red Cloud'
Posted by: Denis / 31.07.2015
In anticipation of their upcoming record Under The Red Cloud (out worldwide September 4th via Nuclear Blast), melancholic Metal masters AMORPHIS release the fourth making-of episode. The clip gives an insight into the studio with Esa Holopainen and into Tomi Koivusaari's guitar as well as Niclas Etelävuori's bass recordings.

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InsideOut Music / Caligula's Horse announce new album 'Bloom' and European tour dates
Posted by: Denis / 30.07.2015
Melding the forthright intensity of Rock with the skill and inventiveness of Progressive Metal, Brisbane's CALIGULA'S HORSE have announced the 16th October 2015 release of their 3rd record Bloom through InsideOutMusic, as well as extensive Australian and European tour dates.

Bloom follows 2011's colourful and dynamic debut Moments From Ephemeral City, and 2013's critically acclaimed dark narrative concept album The Tide, the Thief & River's End, an album that Metal Obsession hailed as 'nearly perfect'.

"Bloom is very special to all of us - it's an album full of colour and life, vibrance and energy, but one that breathes in and out with a natural ebb and flow," says lead vocalist Jim Grey. "It's exactly what we hoped to achieve with Caligula's Horse. To us, this album has a life of its own."

Equal parts grandiose and crushing, melodic and energetic, enjoy the first taste of Caligula's Horse's third record Bloom right this moment. Check out a trailer for the album here.

Having secured deals with The Agency Group for live bookings, and signing an international record deal with lauded Prog/Metal label InsideOut Music (home to Devin Townsend, Spock's Beard, Pain of Salvation), the band will tour Australia with UK Metal heroes TesseracT this October, before embarking on an extensive month-long tour of Europe and the UK with Norwegian blackjazz innovators Shining.

Caligula's Horse are known for their energetic live show and fierce stage presence, a quality that has seen them join the likes of Opeth, Mastodon, The Ocean and Protest The Hero on the stage and the road. This kind of intense touring regime will see them right at home.
    AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES with TesseracT (UK)
  • 14/10 - Brisbane, The Zoo
  • 15/10 - Sydney, Factory Theatre
  • 16/10 - Melbourne, Maxx Watt's
  • 17/10 - Adelaide, Fowlers Live
  • 18/10 - Perth, Amplifier Bar

    EUROPEAN TOUR DATES with Shining (Norway)
  • 28/10 - Gothenburg, Fangelset
  • 29/10 - Copenhagen, Lille Vega
  • 31/10 - Dresden, Grovestation
  • 01/11 - Krakow, Fabryka
  • 02/11 - Warsaw, Hydrozagadka
  • 03/11 - Wroclaw, Liverpool Club
  • 04/11 - Prague, Podnik
  • 05/11 - Vienna, Viper Room
  • 06/11 - Budapest, A38
  • 07/11 - Ljubljana, Kino Siska
  • 08/11 - Bologna, Locomotiv
  • 09/11 - Milan, Lo Fi
  • 10/11 - Winterthur, Salzhaus
  • 12/11 - Luxembourg, Sonic Visions
  • 13/11 - Frankfurt, Nachtleben
  • 14/11 - Stuttgart, Keller Club
  • 15/11 - Utrecht, Tivoli de Helling
  • 16/11 - Bochum, Matrix
  • 17/11 - Brussels, Rotonde
  • 18/11 - Paris, Divan Du Monde
  • 19/11 - London, Underworld
  • 20/11 - Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
  • 21/11 - Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
  • 22/11 - Manchester, Sound Control
Frontiers Music / Joel Hoekstra - Dying to Live
Posted by: Denis / 30.07.2015
Whitesnake's guitarist Joel Hoekstra to release Dying to Live via Frontiers Music srl on October 16, 2015 World-wide. One of the most exciting melodic, Hard Rock albums of the year! Featuring: Jeff Scott Soto, Russell Allen, Tony Franklin, Vinny Appice, Derek Sherinian and more!

HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 29, 2015) Joel Hoekstra has announced the release of his new Melodic Hard Rock studio album Dying To Live from his electrifying new side project, Joel Hoekstra's 13. Hoekstra is best known to rock fans as the current guitarist for Whitesnake, and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages.

Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.

Hoekstra took charge of the creative process by handling the production, song writing and arranging (music and lyrics). The end result could best be described as hard, melodic, classic Rock that is Dio'ish at its heaviest and Foreigner'ish at its lightest.

"Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music. I wanted to put something out that showcased my production, writing and playing in the genre that I'm known for, which is melodic, Hard Rock", explains Hoekstra. "That's when I decided to start what I consider to be my rock side project, Joel Hoekstra's 13. Dying To Live focuses on struggles, potential pitfalls and the art of overcoming obstacles in life to finally arrive where we are meant to be."

Dying To Live
was conceived before Hoekstra joined Whitesnake. David Coverdale gave the album his full blessing. "David wants his players to spread their wings and fly and of course be ready to rock when Whitesnake needs them, which obviously won't be an issue."

Excited how the new album turned out, Hoekstra is looking forward to the overall reaction from fans and media. "I hope everyone will give it a listen. I feel it showcases my production, writing and playing in the genre I'm best known for thèse days. The line-up of musicians is stellar! I want to thank everyone for any support in advance. Life is good!"
    Album tracklisting:
  1. Say Goodbye To The Sun
  2. Anymore
  3. Until I Left You
  4. Long For The Days
  5. Scream
  6. Never Say Never
  7. Changes
  8. The Only Way To Go
  9. Dying To Live
  10. Start Again
  11. What We Believe
  12. Kill or Be Killed
    (Bonus Track digital download)
Nuclear Blast / SLAYER 'Chasing Death' video promo clip online
Posted by: Denis / 29.07.2015
In anticipation of Repentless, SLAYER's first new album in six years, due out 9/11/15 (Nuclear Blast), the band releases a video promo clip for the track Chasing Death.
    SLAYER's Repentless will be available in a wide array of formats:
  • Limited CD + Blu-ray digipak (includes Blu-ray of SLAYER Live At Wacken 2014 and the 'Making Of Repentless Documentary')
  • Limited CD + DVD digipak (includes DVD of SLAYER Live At Wacken 2014 and the 'Making Of Repentless Documentary')
  • Strictly limited 12-inch sized box (includes CD + Blu-ray digipak; DVD; exclusive Repentless 12-inch picture vinyl; SLAYER Live At Wacken 2014 CD; 12-inch photo card; 12-inch fold-out poster)
  • CD jewel case
  • Vinyl in gatefold (audio mastered for vinyl)
  • Digital (all digital platforms)
  • Limited edition 'Metal Eagle Edition'

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Punishment 18 Records / Warsenal: new album, title and tracklist revealed
Posted by: Denis / 29.07.2015
Recently, Canadian Thrash-Speed metallers Warsenal has signed a new record deal with Italian label Punishment 18 Records for the release of their new full-length album titled Barn Burner. You can see the tracklist here:
  1. Dying On Stage
  2. Let Me Out
  3. Hit 'n' Run
  4. Conquer
  5. Stab You One By One
  6. Unstoppable
  7. Wars
  8. NightStalker
  9. Minefield Game
Pure Steel Records / POWER THEORY 'Cut and Run' video released
Posted by: Denis / 29.07.2015
The US Power Metal band Power Theory has released a new video for Cut and Run. The song will be on the upcoming album Driven by Fear.
Frontiers Music / Voodoo Hill (Dario Mollo & Glenn Hughes) Waterfall
Posted by: Denis / 28.07.2015
After more than a decade, VOODOO HILL, the alliance between Dario Mollo and Glenn Hughes returns with a new album. Out in October via Frontiers.

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the eagerly anticipated new album from VOODOO HILL entitled Waterfall on October 16th in Europe and North America.

The new VOODOO HILL album – the third release from the musical alliance between Italian axeman and producer Dario Mollo and legendary former Deep Purple singer / bassist Glenn Hughes – is the culmination of a 30+ year career for Mollo as a musician, songwriter and producer. Dario Mollo's career started in 1981 with the Heavy Metal band Crossbones, he continued to develop his abilities with musical giants like Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, MSG), Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy, Deep Purple) and several others. The Voodoo Hill albums with Glenn Hughes has always marked a special milestone in Dario's career though.

With the acclaimed first Voodoo Hill album in 2000, Dario, for the first time, had the chance to have a proper international release, while the follow up album Wild Seed of Mother Earth is probably the heaviest and strongest release ever from Dario. Both releases came out via the Italian label Frontiers with whom Dario has built a strong relationship during the years.

The new record came about as a result "of the most prolific and creative period I had in my entire career" tells Dario. "I wrote and recorded more than 35 song ideas in a very limited amount of time, leveraging from all the experiences I gathered as a guitar player, writer and producer. This creative phase had a further development when Dario Patti (keyboardist, bass player and orchestra arranger) came into the picture. He brought the songs a new palette of sounds and some superb arrangements. I also wanted the songs to sound as fresh as possible, trying my best to preserve the feeling of the overall performances, so I used very old school recording methods, including recording acoustic drums in rooms with natural reverb."

"It was right in the middle of this creative spring that Serafino of Frontiers called me to see whether I wanted to finally work on a third Voodoo Hill album after all these years," continues Mollo. "He said Glenn Hughes was available in principle, so the next thing I did was to choose the 11 songs which I thought suited the project the best. In comparison to the previous albums, I wanted to have Glenn more involved in the artistic decisions, so I sent him the songs before the final mixes in order to have his advices on the final result. That was a precious process that brought substantial changes, for instance on 'Last Door', where I literally changed the entire guitar riff to make it work better with the vocal melodies. In the end the song was basically rewritten and dramatically improved. It was a fabulous creative process, which I am truly confident will last more than a bunch of listening sessions and will offer a lot of enjoyment to all those will want to follow Voodoo Hill in this exciting musical venture."

Waterfall is a strong and straightforward hard and heavy rock album which is equally split between aggressive and heavy moments and beautiful melodies. A stunning release which all fans of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal truly won't want to miss!

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METALMESSAGE / BLOODRED (Blackened Death Metal) STARTED RECORDING THE FIRST FULL-LENGTH ALBUM
Posted by: Denis / 27.07.2015
BLOODRED have recently started recording for the longed-for by many debut album.

For this Ron Merz has teamed up with Alexander Krull (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES) in its Mastersound Studio in Germany from 17 July. For the two is to continue the successful cooperation from last year.

Recording master Krull produces the whole and overtakes mixing and mastering.

After the critically acclaimed EP The Lost Ones, which was released in August last year, the current co-operative represents the second collaboration of this team.

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

Once more with the mystical BLACKENED DEATH METAL game in Swabian realms is also Joris Nijenhuis (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES), who overtakes the drums just as it did at last year's EP The Lost Ones.

BLOODRED mastermind, singer and multi-instrumentalist Ron Merz comments: "I am insanely blazed with great joy at the new recording sessions! In the Mastersound one can work as relaxed as fully focused. And Alex is always close with words and deeds."

Equally important to the studious BLOODRED main actor is the competent and experienced Joris Nijenhuis who plays the drum parts for the upcoming longplay crusher: "Joris is a world-class drummer, bringing in a whole new way ennobling, powerful dimension to my music with its style!"

The release of the debut album strike of BLOODRED, to date untitled, is scheduled for autumn 2015.
InsideOut Music / Spock's Beard release new lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 27.07.2015
Legendary Prog group Spock's Beard's 12th studio album The Oblivion Particle is set for release on August 21st, 2015. In advance of the album's release, the band is pleased to announce the first lyric video from the album, for the track Minion. The song is classic Spock's, sure to please fans both old and new.

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SAVIOR FROM ANGER signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 27.07.2015
The Italian Power Metal band (US Metal style) SAVIOR FROM ANGER from Neaples signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS. The new album Temple of Judgment, which is produced at the moment, will be released next year.

Bandstatement: "This is Savior From Anger fourth album. So we are proud to sign with Pure Steel Records from Germany. It is an awesome label and we are sure that will do a great work with our album."

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Nuclear Blast / CHILDREN OF BODOM first 'I Worship Chaos' trailer released
Posted by: Denis / 24.07.2015
World renowned Finnish Heavy Metal powerhouse CHILDREN OF BODOM are pleased to release the first trailer for their upcoming masterpiece I Worship Chaos, which will be in stores on October, 2nd via Nuclear Blast. Now the band have released a trailer in which bassist Henkka explains the concept behind cover artwork for the new album.

Returning to Finland's Danger Johnny Studios (located at a top secret, undisclosed location in Helsinki) to record I Worship Chaos, the album was produced by COB and Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their earlier albums Halo Of Blood, Hatebreeder, Follow The Reaper, Hate Crew Deathroll. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland, the artwork was created by Finnish artist Tuomas Korpi.

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Nuclear Blast / AMORPHIS reveal third making-of episode of 'Under The Red Cloud'
Posted by: Denis / 24.07.2015
Melancholic Metal masters AMORPHIS release another appetizer, the third making-of episode, in support of their upcoming record Under The Red Cloud (out worldwide September 4th via Nuclear Blast) today. This trailer examines the vocal recordings for the new album of the Finns.

AMORPHIS vocalist Tomi Joutsen comments:
"This time, I was prepared really well for the recordings. When we started in Stockholm, I already had the final ideas for the songs. So it was really easy and nice to work there."

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Redemption complete new album and sign to Metal Blade Records
Posted by: Denis / 24.07.2015
Progressive Metal act Redemption have completed recording a new album and signed with Metal Blade Records! The band is helmed by Nick van Dyk (guitars, keyboards), and includes legendary Prog vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), bassist Sean Andrews and drummer Chris Quirarte, as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on a medical leave of absence from the band.

Nick van Dyk comments on signing with Metal Blade: "We are incredibly fired up to join the Metal Blade family. Brian and his team have been friends for years and many of them have been supporters of the band from early days, and the influence of Brian and his label on the history of heavy music is indelible. We're working with friends who are passionate about the music and who are some of the best in the world at what they do – Redemption is really excited about our collaborations to come!"

With the new record, Redemption is returning from a longer than usual break - van Dyk explains: "We've taken the longest break between records in our history, for a number of reasons. But we are excited to return with what I honestly believe may represent the best record thus far in our career. We are just putting the finishing touches on it now. The songs are unmistakably Redemption, with the combination of energy, urgency, melody and heaviness that marks all of our work. But the songwriting and performances have been taken up a notch across the board. The music ranges from short, hard-hitting Power/Prog to sprawling epics, including the longest song we've ever recorded with Ray on vocals. The album is being mixed as we speak and we're very excited for our fans to hear it!"

Finally, Redemption would like to update everyone on the status of Bernie Versailles: "This is also the first record we have done without the involvement of our dear friend and bandmate Bernie Versailles, who is recovering from the aneurism he suffered last October. We are thrilled with his progress but his road to recovery is going to be a long one. After numerous conversations with Bernie, his family and close friends, we have collectively decided that Bernie's recovery should be directed by what is needed to fully restore his physical well being, not by the needs of this band. Bernie is a founding member of this band and his place will be kept for him while he is on extended medical leave. We have been fortunate to have a tremendous guitarist step in, as well as a couple of other special guests. I look forward to announcing these guests in the coming weeks as the album is finalized. The guitar playing on this record is insane – and I think fans of a particular band are going to have their mind absolutely blown and can't wait for the big reveal!"

New music and more details surrounding the band's sixth album and follow up to 2011′s This Mortal Coil will be released in the coming weeks.

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earMUSIC / TARJA TURUNEN TO RELEASE CLASSICAL SOLO DEBUT 'AVE MARIA - EN PLEIN AIR' ON SEPTEMBER 11th
Posted by: Denis / 23.07.2015
This September sees the release of Tarja Turunen's classical solo debut Ave Maria – En Plein Air.

Ave Maria is a traditional prayer dedicated to the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, asking for her intercession. It has been set to music in over 4000 songs, some of which kept the original prayer as words while others used a different text than the traditional one.

Ave Maria - En Plein Air features 12 beautiful Ave Maria songs by a wide variety of composers. Tarja Turunen breathes life into some of the most loved and rare songs of Paolo Tosti, David Popper, Astor Piazzolla, and of course Johann Sebastian Bach / Charles Gounod, among others. The closing track of the album presents a magnificent composition by Tarja Turunen herself. Recorded in the stunning Lakeuden Risti Church in Seinäjoki, Finland – a snow-white landmark, both national heritage and significant example of modern Finnish architecture designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto – the Lutheran church offers the perfect soundscape for Tarja Turunen's crisp clear voice. Combined with a piercing organ, cello and harp, the music blends into a rich sound universe.

Ave Maria – En Plein Air will be released as Limited Super Audio CD, Vinyl and download on September 11th, 2015 on earMUSIC.

Classical music was Tarja Turunen's first love. The classically trained soprano studied Church Music at Sibelius Academy in Finland as well as German Lied at the Music University of Karlsruhe, Germany. She became one of the most important female voices of metal: first as part of multi-million selling and groundbreaking symphonic Metal band Nightwish and later with her successful solo career, carrying her own name and releasing three studio albums so far. Tarja Turunen has always crossed genres and musical cultures, showing a wide versatility with projects such as Tarja Turunen & HARUS and Beauty & The Beat; HARUS being a mix of traditional and modern pieces whereas Beauty & The Beat created an interface between classical and rock music, arranged with orchestra and choir.

Tarja Turunen is one of the few artists who can perform at the biggest rock and Metal festivals one night, in a cathedral the next. This December, Tarja Turunen will introduce her favourite Ave Maria's as well as her most beloved Christmas carols on tour:
    AVE MARIA Christmas Tour 2015
  • 04.12. OLOMOUC – Kostel Panny Marie Sněžné (CZ)
  • 10.12. BERLIN – Passionskirche (GER)
  • 11.12. BOCHUM – Christuskirche (GER)
  • 12.12. BIELEFELD – Altstädter Nikolaikirche (GER)
  • 14.12. MAGDEBURG – Johanniskirche (GER)
  • 15.12. MAINZ – Frankfurter Hof (GER)
  • 16.12. ZURICH – Theater Spirgarten (CH)
  • 27.12. MOSCOW – The Great Hall of Moscow State Conservatory (RU)
    AVE MARIA Joulukonsertti 2015
  • 21.12. TAMPERE – Kalevan kirkko (FIN)
  • 22.12. HELSINKI – Kallion kirkko (FIN)
    Tracklist
  1. Paolo Tosti
  2. Axel von Kothen
  3. David Popper
  4. Camille Saint-Saëns
  5. Astor Piazzolla
  6. J. S. Bach / Charles Gounod
  7. Pietro Mascagni
  8. Ferenc Farkas
  9. Giulio Caccini
  10. Michael Hoppé
  11. Charles-Marie Widor
  12. Tarja Turunen

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Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars bass guitar recordings done
Posted by: Denis / 23.07.2015
Former Holy Terror and Headcrasher / Jester Beast members band Mindwars has finished recordings bass sessions of next new record album that is due to come out at the end of the year/beginning 2016 by Italian label Punishment 18 Records. After a brief holiday, trio will enter the Silent Sound Studio in Los Angeles for guitars and vocals in September.
GlobMetal Promotions / Nota Amara released new EP
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2015
Russian Progressive symphonic Metal band Nota Amara released their new EP Mediocrity.

EP Mediocrity is the second creation in the group's discography. Tracking, mixing and mastering by Dmitry Taranov (Narwhal Tusk), Studio 'Bass-Bochka', Rostov-on-don.

Nota Amara is a Melodic Progressive Metal band, which united Alexander Bryl (guitars) and Natalia Kononova (vocals) and also invited musicians such as Dmitry Returns (Narwhal Tusk). The band is based in Novocherkassk, Rostov Region, Russia. At the moment the band has debut full album At the Line (2014) and EP Mediocrity (2015).
High Roller Records / WHITE HORNET - s/t 7"
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2015
WHITE HORNET - s/t 7" ltd 500, 250 x transparent ultra clear + 250 x black vinyl, lyric sheet
  • TODD L. EDWARDS - lead vocals
  • MATT 'SAINT' ST.OURS - lead guitars/bass/backing vocals/drum programming
  1. Goin' Straight to Hell
  2. Satan's Arrow Strikes
  3. Condemned to Hell
  4. White Hornet
Matt St. Ours's story:
"The story of White Hornet, like many others who came before, begins (and to this very day remains) in a cramped attic bedroom. If there's any of you reading this out there that have ever been the unknown in music and tried starting your own band from the bottom up; you'll already know how very difficult it is to truly get things on the path to even basic recognition. The year was 2010; I was a senior at Parkville High School in Baltimore Maryland, and I had never been in a band before (hell, I hadn't even been playing guitar for but a year or so). My heart was dead set on playing the music that I loved, and being a huge fan of the NWOBHM, traditional Metal, and Heavy Metal underground as a whole, I knew it'd be no easy task. Upon looking into the Baltimore music scene, it didn't take long to find out that no other bands were doing anything even close to my vision, and after many fruitless attempts to find any like-minded, I simply decided to do things on my own. There's so much more to say, but I wouldn't want to bore everyone to death (I can do that another time haha!)... so let's fast-forward a bit...

The years passed, and by early 2013 finally saw the release of the debut EP Apocalypse with the following year seeing the release of the debut full-length Give 'Em The Axe, which really put us on the oldschool Heavy Metal map. Now here we are in 2015, still in that same attic bedroom, and this new self-titled EP will soon release for you all to hear. I should mention the fantastic cover art by Ole Hamilton of Mandrake and Witch Cross (he drew the iconic Mercyful Fate EP and Witch Cross 'Fit For Fight' covers; the man is a legendary artist and guitarist both!). The EP takes two tracks from the first Apocalypse EP and re-creates them how I originally envisioned; they've been given a complete overhaul vocally by the killer vocals of Todd L Edwards, and I couldn't be more glad with the result. The EP also contains 2 brand new songs exclusive to this EP alone, one being the self-titled killer that describes the band name perfectly; fast, aggressive, and in your face. The band is already working on a second full-length, and I really hope you enjoy this EP release; as it wouldn't have been possible without labels like High Roller and all the true oldschool metalheads worldwide. People always ask me where the name came from, and if there's any meaning behind it; check out this EP and I think you'll fully understand. To see my music on a fantastic label like High Roller (who has more bands on their roster that I love than I can even count), much less a vinyl record is the opportunity of a lifetime to me; so I hope every single person out there who buys this EP will wholeheartedly love it. Heavy Metal never dies, and after listening to this EP from us, we hope you'll see that the flame is burning ever so-strongly and has no intention of going out."
MINDLESS SINNER signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2015
The Swedish Heavy Metal Band MINDLESS SINNER from Linköping signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS. After 25 years the band will be released on 16th October 2015 their new album The New Messiah.

Bandstatment: "We're proud to announce that Mindless Sinner has signed a worldwide record deal with Pure Steel Records. We're looking forward to some great stuff and a great collaboration for the future."
    LINE-UP:
  • Christer Göransson - vocals
  • Magnus Danneblad - lead guitar
  • Jerker Edman - lead guitar
  • Christer Carlson - bass
  • Tommy Viktorsson - drums
Stormspell Records / NUMENOR
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2015
Please welcome Stormspell Records latest signing - NUMENOR - the fantasy masters of black romantic tales inspired by Moorcock and Tolkien. Their sophomore album aptly entitled Sword & Sorcery will be released with label's next batch of releases, coming out soon.

Fans of Bal-Sagoth, Skyfire, Brimstone, Stormlord, Domine, and sympho blackened Power Metal in general, take note: Númenor's The Oath of Fëanor.
Imperative PR / Designs Of Chaos to support Soulfly in London
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2015
This Saturday, July 25th Designs Of Chaos will take to the stage of the O2 Islington Academy as support to Max Cavalera's Soulfly. This prestigious slot has been well earned by the band who recently performed a stunning tribute show to their sadly departed friend and drummer, Chris Crammond, at the Camden Barfly. Designs Of Chaos proved just what a devastating live proposition they are that night and will no doubt repeat the feat and win themselves many new fans from amongst the Soulfly faithful.
Scarlet Records / KILL RITUAL NEW ALBUM 'KARMA MACHINE'
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2015
Formed in 2010 by former Imagika lead guitarist Steven Rice, Kill Ritual have released 2 critically acclaimed albums, The Serpentine Ritual (2012) and The Eyes Of Medusa (2014), and are now ready to unleash their fury with Karma Machine, a powerful sonic beast that can be described as the perfect mix of all the band's influences. Encompassing 9 tracks, the CD finds Kill Ritual going from Heavy to melodic while retaining their Thrash roots. The album was once again produced by guitarist Steven D. Rice and mixed/mastered by King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque. Artwork was completed by longtime Kill Ritual artist Jobert Mello (Sabaton, Primal Fear, Benedictum). Karma Machine also marks the debut of new vocalist David Reed Watson, drummer Koryun Bobikyan and bassist Bobby HQ Storm. The album will be available starting from September 18.
Napalm Records / GRAVE DIGGER unveil details of upcoming album
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2015
After three decades of making Heavy Metal history, GRAVE DIGGER is still one of the very best German Metal bands enjoying a leading role, when it comes to classic Heavy Metal! Now the band has unveiled heavy details of their upcoming album for their 35 years anniversary: Title, artwork, track list, release date!

Back to the 80s and back to their roots! That's what the Exhumation - The Early Years is going to be with re-recordings of their absolute classics with a dynamic and powerful sound of 2015 – Set to be released worldwide on October, 23rd!

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Napalm Records / KAMELOT announce European tour 2015
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2015
After a hugely successful run of North American shows earlier this year in support of their new blockbuster release Haven, KAMELOT have announced another leg in support of the Haven album that kicks off September 17th in Paris, France. The European trek will span many of Europe's top venues, the tour wraps up October 16th in Tilburg, Netherlands newly renovated 013.

The band says, "Kamelot Nation Europe!!! Kamelot is super stoked to announce this tour and special guests Gus G. and Kobra and The Lotus. Crushing riffs and Metal anthems are coming back this September and October!!!"

KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood adds: "Since Haven has been released, we have been waiting anxiously to play the new songs for our fans in Europe, it's time now! I am also happy to have our long time friend Gus G. and Canadians Kobra and The Lotus on board. This will be one killer package for the fans."

As mentioned above, Gus G. (Firewind/Ozzy) will be bring his latest album Brand New Revolution to the tour, along with openers, Canada's Kobra and The Lotus, in support of their new EP Words of the Prophets.

Gus G. states: "I'm proud & excited to confirm that I'll be touring Europe this Fall as special guest of Kamelot! I've known the guys for many years and we've toured on various occasions in Europe & Japan, whether it's been w/ Firewind or Dream Evil. Last March we played a one-off show in London together and the feeling was fantastic, we even got to jam on stage! I'm happy we'll be touring together again. Can't wait to see you all out there. So get your tickets, this is an event you don't want to miss out on!"
  • 17.09.2015 FR – Paris / La Cigale
  • 18.09.2015 DE – Köln / Essigfabrik
  • 19.09.2015 CH – Pratteln / Z7 Konzertfabrik
  • 20.09.2015 DE – Bochum / Zeche
  • 24.09.2015 DK – Rødovre / Kulturhuset Viften
  • 25.09.2015 SE – Gothenburg / Trädgår'n
  • 26.09.2015 NO – Oslo / Sentrum Scene
  • 27.09.2015 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Medis
  • 29.09.2015 FI – Jyväskylä / Lutakko
  • 01.10.2015 FI – Joensuu / Kerubi
  • 02.10.2015 FI - Seinäjoki / Rytmikorjaamo
  • 03.10.2015 FI – Helsinki / Circus
  • 05.10.2015 LT – Vilnius / Forum Palace
  • 06.10.2015 PL – Warszawa / Club Progresja
  • 08.10.2015 IT – Milano / Live Music Club
  • 10.10.2015 JP – Tokyo / Loud Park Festival
  • 13.10.2015 FR - Strasbourg / La Laiterie
  • 14.10.2015 FR - Lyon / Ninkasi Kao
  • 16.10.2015 NL – Tilburg / Poppodium 013

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Cruz del Sur Music / KING HEAVY lights on 'La Gárgola'
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2015
Epic Doom metallers KING HEAVY introduce La Gárgola - the first track off their upcoming self-titled release out in early September.

La Gárgola (Spanish for 'Gargoyle') gives a very good perspective of what you will find on the album, Heavy epic Doom Metal led by the multifaceted vocals of Luce Vee (Hooded Priest / Witchsmeller Pursuivant), melting into twisted and obscures melodies much in the line of Celtic Frost's masterpiece Into the Pandemonium.
Century Media / Queensrÿche announce new album specifics, post new track and prepare for fall tour as direct support to The Scorpions
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2015
Against the formidable obstacles of an ever-changing cultural landscape, the rise and fall of various musical trends, and the near collapse of the record industry itself, QUEENSRŸCHE secured a triumphant legacy as one of Hard Rock's most respected and celebrated acts, selling 30 million albums around the world across a 30-plus-year career.

The much-anticipated new offering, Condition Hüman, sees vocalist Todd LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime on what is now his sophomore recording effort with the band. Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary) in the band's native Washington, Condition Hüman is a new mountain towering over many of the peaks and valleys of the hard rock landscape. Look for the album via Century Media Records on Oct 2nd.

The epic album opening track, Arrow of Time, can be heard now exclusively here.

Also, don't miss QUEENSRŸCHE on tour as direct support to the legendary Scoprions across North America from Sept 10th to Oct 9th.

The band's name is uttered in the same breath as many of the groups they looked to as influences and others who arose as peers. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. In recent years, they've consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen. Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and a several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won't relent. In fact, they're in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.
    QUEENSRYCHE w/Scorpions
  • Sep 10 @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA
  • Sep 11 @ The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY* (QUEENSRYCHE Headlining Off-Date)
  • Sep 12 @ Barclay's Arena - Brooklyn, NY
  • Sep 13 @ Meadowbrook - Gilford, NH
  • Sep 14 @ State Theatre - Portland, ME* (QUEENSRYCHE Headlining Off-Date)
  • Sep 16 @ Moncton Coliseum - Moncton, Canada
  • Sep 17 @ Imperial Theatre - Quebec, Canada* (QUEENSRYCHE Headlining Off-Date)
  • Sep 18 @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, Canada
  • Sep 19 @ Bell Centre - Montreal, Canada
  • Sep 22 @ LC Pavilion - Columbus, OH
  • Sep 23 @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica - Cleveland, OH
  • Sep 24 @ The Vogue - Indianapolis, IN* (QUEENSRYCHE Headlining Off-Date)
  • Sep 25 @ Caesar's Windsor - Windsor, Canada
  • Sep 26 @ Allstate Arena - Chicago, IL
  • Sep 29 @ Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre - Denver, CO
  • Oct 01 @ SAP Center - San Jose, CA
  • Oct 02 @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe - Stateline, NV*(QUEENSRYCHE Headlining Off-Date)
  • Oct 03 @ The Forum - Los Angeles, CA
  • Oct 04 @ House of Blues San Diego - San Diego, CA* (QUEENSRYCHE Headlining Off-Date)
  • Oct 06 @ Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Oct 07 @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV
  • Oct 09 @ ShoWare Center - Seattle, WA

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Scarlet Records / ONE MACHINE NEW ALBUM 'THE FINAL CULL'
Posted by: Denis / 20.07.2015
One Machine, the brainchild of acclaimed guitarist/songwriter Steve Smyth (Testament, Nevermore, Forbidden, Dragonlord, Vicious Rumors), have set The Final Cull as the title of their second album, due on September 18th on Scarlet Records.

Commented Smyth: "We are very excited to release The Final Cull to you all on September 18th! This is the album I've been wanting to write for years, and we've done it now, with One Machine. The perfect storm of a bit of careful planning, a lot of spontaneity in the songwriting department, and jamming as a band together with Jamie (Hunt, guitar), Chris (Hawkins, vocals), Stefano (Selvatico, bass), and Michi (Sanna, drums) live in the studio, we have come out the other side of this with what I feel is a really heavy, living, breathing, live metal album! Did I mention it's heavy, and it's metal?! We tracked live at Death Island Studios, with Marco Angioni and Tue Madsen helming. Tue came in and set up the studio, and off we went for 9 days solid, 15-18 hour days, eat, sleep, and right back in, it was awesome! Tue mixed, mastered and produced Chris' vocals (I leaned in a little), and I produced the music. It was so refreshing to work in this way again! Music is meant to be heard live, especially metal, that's why I wanted to do it this way, and we couldn't be happier with this album. I hope you'll join us down the dark futuristic path that is The Final Cull!"
Limb Music / DRAGONY unveil collaboration with Lukas Knoebl of ILLUMINATA
Posted by: Denis / 20.07.2015
Limb Music would like to continue giving you some details on upcoming new Dragony's album Shadowplay which will be released on 18th September 2015, and it is with great pleasure that the band can announce a collaboration with Lukas Knoebl, guitarist and mastermind of Austrian symphonic metallers ILLUMINATA!

Lukas is not only a great guitarist and songwriter, but he is also a highly talented arranger of orchestral music, and when Dragony were looking to take the 'symphonic' aspect of the new songs to the next level, they got in contact with Lukas when the band heard his amazing work on ILLUMINATA's new album Where Stories Unfold. Dragony are very happy to have him on board, as he provided some excellent orchestral arrangements for band's new songs!

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Intromental / SIMULACRUM
Posted by: Denis / 20.07.2015
SIMULACRUM have released a video teaser from their upcoming concept album Sky Divided. The video presents the versatile sound of the band which, in some occasions, bows towards classic progressive metal but in others, ventures into unexplored grounds.

The next important dates in Simulacrum's calendar are the 14th and 28th of August, when the band releases two large-budget music videos that deepen the post-apocalyptic world of Sky Divided to the listener. The album will be released on the 28th of August on CD as well as on digital download by Inverse Records.
InsideOut Music / Riverside first 'Love, Fear and the Time Machine' album trailer
Posted by: Denis / 17.07.2015
Polish Prog masters RIVERSIDE are currently on the road and pre-promoting their much anticipated new studio album Love, Fear and the Time Machine, set to be released on September 4th, 2015 via InsideOutMusic.

A first trailer ('Love') for the album has now been launched here.

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Nuclear Blast / METAL ALLEGIANCE second studio webisode released
Posted by: Denis / 17.07.2015
METAL ALLEGIANCE recently announced the release of their debut self-titled album on September 18th but until then, the collective is teasing fans with videos from their sessions in the studio. The second trailer is now online and covers the recording of the second track, Let Darkness Fall (feat. Troy Sanders (MASTODON), Rex Brown (PANTERA, KILL DEVIL HILL) and Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD)).
SOM DO DARMA / Maestrick announces release of concept album divided in two parts
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2015
Maestrick announces release of concept album divided in two parts. The new work will be successor of the acclaimed debut Unpuzzle released in USA, Europe and Asia by Prog Power Records.

In 2011, the Brazilian Progressive Rock/Metal band Maestrick presented the music market with an invaluable work of art. The album Unpuzzle! brought together 11 tracks of a genial musicality, with references in artistic movements like surrealism and dialogs with several segments such as cinema, painting, literature, dance and performing arts. Back then, the musicians themselves titled Maestrick's music as a 'Musical Aquarelle'.

Unpuzzle! was exceptionally well received by press at the time. The album was elected among the 'Best Of The Year' in all voting held by readers of Brazilian specialized magazines and sites. With the release of the album in Europe, United States and Asia in 2013 by Prog Power Records, the album also reached the international press and conquered the critics, receiving statements such as 'Masterpiece' (Stormbringer - Germany), 'Fascinating' (Metal Temple - Greece) and 'Unique' (Lady Obscure - USA).

After the tour in promotion of Unpuzzle! that passed by several states in Brazil, including two unforgettable shows at the festivals Roça 'N' Roll in Varginha/MG and ProgFest II in Lima, Peru, Maestrick started to focus on writing new songs for its second album.

Still untitled, the album will be conceptual and released in two separated discs. All the structures are defined and it will bring 24 songs, with 12 in each album divided in three movements of four songs.

According to the vocalist and pianist Fabio Caldeira, this mathematical operation has, as result, a new and big equation with multiple emotions. "We have practically all composed and the pre-production at an advanced stage", says the musician. "Again we have a conceptual design, and again everything is flowing naturally. From an unassuming talk in my house, an idea emerged and the whole concept has been developed so far. We will have a trip, again uniting various artistic universes and divided into two parts. We decided to give attention to each disc separately, focusing on every detail, every note, every word of every song. We will have everything that Maestrick has to offer, but now on double dose!"

The recordings of the new Maestrick album will soon begin. Names of producer and studio will soon be revealed.

Among other news, on May 16th completed five years since the death of one of the greatest Heavy Metal vocalists of all time: Ronnie James Dio. Musicians from around found a way to honor the master. Maestrick was one of them that recorded a tribute to honor the legacy left by Dio. It is a new recording for Rainbow's classic Rainbow Eyes, with the special participation of the Brazilian orchestra 'Belas Artes' (OBA!) under the baton of conductor Andrea Porzio Vernino.

Maestrick's version for Rainbow Eyes was released on video. It's already available on the band's official Youtube channel.
Punishment 18 Records / In Malice's Wake: rhythm guitars complete and bass begins
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2015
Australian thrashers In Malice's Wake will release their new full-length album, Light Upon the Wicked, in 2015 by Punishment 18 Records. Works are going on, day by day. Underneath a brand new public statement from the band:
"After an intense few weeks of tracking, we can report that the rhythm guitar tracks for the album are now complete. They are sounding savage, and fill out the devastating drum foundations beautifully. Karl begins tracking his bass tomorrow night and vocals will be soon to follow... Piece by piece it is all falling into place now..."
Punishment 18 Records / Envenomed new videoclip posted on YouTube
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2015
Recently, Australian Melodic Thrash metallers Envenomed has sign a record deal with Italian label Punishment 18 Records. Their first album, titled Evil Unseen, was released independently by the band in 2014 and now will be re-released and world distributed in this year. The official videoclip for the song Within Me can be seen here.
Nuclear Blast / AVANTASIA is back; new album and world tour
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2015
The original is back! EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has returned to the studio to work on the new chapter of AVANTASIA. The sequel to the successful latest album The Mystery Of Time (2013, charting in 16 countries in Europe, Asia and America, including #2 in Germany) will be called Ghostlights and is scheduled to be released in early 2016. An EP/ single is also planned to be released this autumn, and in March 2016 a giant all-star ensemble will set off on the GHOSTLIGHTS WORLD TOUR.

Tobias Sammet: "In the past months I've spent a lot of time in the studio, an odd recluse in the basement, secretly working obsessively on something that reads and feels and sounds like a new - very strong - chapter in the story of AVANTASIA. I must say AVANTASIA is a fantastic outlet for creativity, and it's truly inspiring to create a piece of music for so many great vocalists and instrumentalists.
The new material is very bombastic and dynamic, and even though it's extremely diverse, every minute of it sounds like AVANTASIA. I'm really proud of what we're creating right now. And as if that wasn't enough: I'm anxiously looking forward to hitting the road again. I didn't necessarily expect this to happen as in the past it has always been difficult to align the individual schedules of the guest stars, but things have worked out, and we're ready to make it happen one more time! We'll put on a big show, we're gonna play over three hours, and we'll take the fans to a magical world all its own - to AVANTASIA. The live setlist is going to embrace the entire history of AVANTASIA, from The Metal Opera to Ghostlights and of course everything in between!"


The world tour will kick off in Berlin on March 4th, 2016.
    Tour dates
  • 2016-03-04 Berlin (Huxley's) DE
  • 2016-03-05 Hamburg (Große Freiheit) DE
  • 2016-03-06 Bremen (Aladin) DE
  • 2016-03-08 London (The Forum) GB
  • 2016-03-09 Paris (Le Trianon) FR
  • 2016-03-11 Barcelona (Razzmatazz 1) ES
  • 2016-03-12 Madrid (La Riviera) ES
  • 2016-03-15 Frankfurt-Langen (Stadthalle) DE
  • 2016-03-16 Prague (Forum Karlin) CZ
  • 2016-03-18 Kaufbeuren (All-Karthalle) DE
  • 2016-03-19 Bamberg (Brose-Arena) DE
  • 2016-03-20 Oberhausen (Turbinenhalle) DE
  • 2016-03-22 Milan (Alcatraz) IT
  • 2016-03-24 Pratteln (Z7) CH
  • 2016-03-25 Pratteln (Z7) CH
  • 2016-03-27 Banska Bystrica (Ice Stadium) SK
  • 2016-03-28 Bratislava (Sportshall) SK
  • 2016-03-31 Saarbrücken (Saarlandhalle) DE
  • 2016-04-01 Ludwigsburg (Arena) DE
  • 2016-04-02 Fulda (Esperantohalle) DE

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Cruz del Sur Music / MAGISTER TEMPLI's 'Into Duat' artwork revealed
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2015
The artwork for MAGISTER TEMPLI's Into Duat created by Stefan Blyel perfectly captures the spirit of the album, an opening to the Realm of Duat, the world of the Gods of the Ancient Egyptian mythology.

Into Duat will be released in early September on Compact Disc, Limited Vinyl, Limited Tape and Digital.
Napalm Records / W.A.S.P. announce new album details
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2015
Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal icons W.A.S.P.. This October 2nd, the wait ends, as Blackie Lawless and the legendary rockers W.A.S.P. will release their long awaited new album and Napalm Records debut Golgotha. Now the artwork and track listing have been revealed.

Frontman Blackie Lawless on the new album Golgotha:
"There are times in any band's career that somehow all things mesh together. Their experiences, influences, and personal timing bring them into a common space. This has happened with this record. Four years in the making has provided direction, but even greater reflection. Golgotha, where Christ was crucified - Hebrew for 'the place of the skull'."

Golgotha is available as SPECIAL DELUXE METAL BOX, exclusive LTD VINYL, CD and Merchandise and up for pre-order from the Napalm Records Webstore.

W.A.S.P. came out of the Los Angeles Metal scene in 1982 gaining notoriety for their shock rock antics. With a career spanning over 3 decades, 17 world tours, and now their 15th studio album, they are a Metal band that has evolved in maturity without having lost their signature sound, unlike many of their peers from their origins. Golgotha will continue down the path that 2007's Dominator and 2009's Babylon started on, both in production style and theme. Years in the making, Golgotha will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for!

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Pure Steel Records / SHADOWKILLER 'Until The War Is Won' cover, tracklist, release date: 28th August 2015
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2015
The release date of the SHADOWKILLER album Until The War Is Won on CD is August 28th, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on August 14th, 2015 in label's webshop.

With SHADOWKILLER there is yet another new, intense Power Metal band from Northern California signed with Pure Steel Records. The quartet did already release their debut album Slaves Of Egypt in 2013 through Stormspell Records (US) and with that, they were quite successful in the underground.

Now, two years later, they unleash the successor Until The War Is Won on which the horde around Hellhound (US) musicians Gery Neff and Joe Liszt present nine innovative new tracks. Contemporarily and greatly produced, with a progressive hint, tight rhythms, distinctive leads and charismatic, strong vocals: On their label debut SHADOWKILLER prove all their strengths and musical qualities and show impressively that sophisticated classical Metal is still alive and well in the USA! It's a great pleasure for fans of this genre!

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Ulterium Records / THEOCRACY - DRUMMER FOR NEW ALBUM ANNOUNCED
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2015
Athens, Georgia-based Melodic Metal band Theocracy is happy to announce that original drummer Shawn Benson will record the drums on their highly anticipated fourth album. Benson played drums on 2011's As the World Bleeds and 2008's Mirror of Souls, as well as the 2013 re-release of Theocracy's self-titled debut album.

The band are in the early stages of recording, and are excited to showcase Benson's unique style on their upcoming release, which will be their third on Swedish label Ulterium Records. Here is studio footage of Benson playing one of the new songs.

Theocracy recently returned from a brief tour in Scandinavia, including their first performance in Sweden, with Halcyon Way drummer Ernie Topran filling in on the drums.

Former drummer Patrick Nickell quit Theocracy last November after recording the Christmas single Night of Silence, and the band wishes him well in his future endeavors. No decision has been made regarding a permanent replacement.

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Nuclear Blast / CHILDREN OF BODOM to tour Europe with LAMB OF GOD, SYLOSIS and MEGADETH in fall 2015
Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2015
In support of their upcoming record, I Worship Chaos (out October 2nd via Nuclear Blast), the Finns CHILDREN OF BODOM will join forces with US-based groove monsters LAMB OF GOD, which will present their new record VII: Sturm Und Drang (out July 24th via Nuclear Blast) as well, to tour Europe this fall.

COB fronter Alexi Laiho comments:
"We're all super psyched to hit the road with LAMB OF GOD this fall as we have a long history of touring and kicking some serious ass all over the globe with those guys! This is something you might not wanna miss, trust me!"

Opening support will come by British Melodic Death/Thrash masters SYLOSIS.

For a few dates in the UK and Ireland, this touring package will team up with mighty MEGADETH.
    Tour dates
  • 2015-10-25 Gdansk (B90) PL
  • 2015-10-26 Krakow (Fabryka) PL
  • 2015-10-27 Brno (Club Fleda) CZ
  • 2015-10-29 Marseille (Espace Julien) FR
  • 2015-11-04 Bordeaux (Le Rocher De Palmer) FR
  • 2015-11-05 Lyon (Le Transbordeur) FR
  • 2015-11-06 Paris (Le Bataclan) FR
  • 2015-11-07 Strasbourg (Le Laiterie) FR
  • 2015-11-09 Dublin (3Arena) IE
  • 2015-11-11 Glasgow (Braehead Arena) GB
  • 2015-11-12 Manchester (O2 Apollo Manchester) GB
  • 2015-11-14 London (The SSE Arena Wembley) GB
  • 2015-11-15 Birmingham (Birmingham O2 Academy) GB
  • 2015-11-17 Stuttgart (LKA Longhorn) DE
  • 2015-11-18 Tilbourg (O13) NL
  • 2015-11-19 Oberhausen (Turbinenhalle) DE
  • 2015-11-20 Wiesbaden (Schlachthof) DE
  • 2015-11-22 Zurich (Komplex) CH
  • 2015-11-23 Lausanne (Les Docks) CH
  • 2015-11-24 Milan (Alcatraz) IT
  • 2015-11-25 München (Kesselhaus) DE
  • 2015-11-26 Wien (Gasometer) AT
  • 2015-11-28 Leipzig (Haus Auensee) DE
  • 2015-11-29 Brussels (Ancienne Belgique) BE
  • 2015-11-30 Hamburg (Docks) DE
  • 2015-12-01 Copenhagen (Store Vega) DK
  • 2015-12-05 Södra Hammarbyhamnen (Fryshuset) SE
  • 2015-12-06 Oslo (Rockefeller Music Hall) NO

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Nuclear Blast / METAL ALLEGIANCE first studio trailer (feat. Randy Blythe & Gary Holt) released
Posted by: Denis / 13.07.2015
Heavy Metal is more than a genre, more than an attitude and certainly more than whatever cheap epithets are dismissively thrown at it by clueless critics. At its best, Metal is a lifestyle, a community, a tribe uniting people across cultural, economic and philosophical divides with the primal pulse of bombastic and majestic expression. Never before has one entity encapsulated so many components of the Heavy Metal community's continued vibrancy and dedication to the lifestyle than the collective fittingly called METAL ALLEGIANCE.

METAL ALLEGIANCE recently announced the release of their debut self-titled album on September 18th but until then, the collective is teasing fans with videos from their sessions in the studio. The first trailer is now online and covers the recording of the first track, Gift Of Pain. Watch out for appearances by Randy Blythe, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy and Gary Holt here.
Nuclear Blast / DEATH ANGEL release official live track 'Execution/Don’t Save Me' from 'The Bay Calls For Blood'
Posted by: Denis / 13.07.2015
San Francisco Bay Area Thrash veterans DEATH ANGEL have released a live rendition of the song Execution/Don't Save Me at this location.

The track comes from their upcoming The Bay Calls For Blood - Live In San Francisco album, which will also be included with the release of their 'a thrashumentary' DVD.

The 'a thrashumentary' DVD release was directed, shot and edited by Tommy Jones (KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK, LAMB OF GOD, CARCASS, TESTAMENT) of Videohammer Studios. It will be released July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. The release will include a bonus full live album entitled The Bay Calls For Blood - Live In San Francisco.

The Bay Calls For Blood - Live In San Francisco will also be sold as a vinyl LP exclusively through Nuclear Blast mail-order and will be made available in the digital format as well. Artwork for the LP version was created by Joey James Hernandez.

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Nuclear Blast / CHILDREN OF BODOM first track 'Morrigan' from 'I Worship Chaos' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 13.07.2015
The world renowned Finnish Heavy Metal powerhouse CHILDREN OF BODOM (aka COB) is pleased to release a first track from the upcoming ninth record I Worship Chaos, which will be released on October, 2nd via Nuclear Blast.

In anticipation of CHILDREN OF BODOM's new album, the band reveals the official track video for Morrigan today, which can be seen here.

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Napalm Records / AMBERIAN DAWN announce album details and tour with Delain
Posted by: Denis / 13.07.2015
Finnish symphonic Metallers AMBERIAN DAWN are pleased to unveil the first details of their next masterpiece! Together with AMBERIAN DAWN's co-producer Mikko P. Mustonen (known for his work with Delain, Ensiferum and Sonata Arctica), vocalist Capri and the band's composer Tuomas Seppälä the band are hard at work right now on the new album. The album will be released worldwide on October 23rd via Napalm Records! Handling production duties on the record is composer Tuomas Seppälä who also plays keyboards and guitar.

AMBERIAN DAWN mastermind Tuomas Seppälä on the upcoming album, entitled Innuendo:
"This is one of the most melodic and vocal-driven album in AMBERIAN DAWN's history. I've composed these songs in a little bit of a different way than I've used to do before. I have worked with these songs without any limitations. Some of the elements I've used have been quite unusual in the Heavy Metal genre and there's going to be a fresh new sound for AMBERIAN DAWN. Musically these songs are still very much influenced by classical music but also by electro-composers like Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis for example. Our new vocalist Capri was able to bring tons of emotion with her sound and lyric writing and I'm sure that this album will be our best so far!"

Together with their label mates in DELAIN & Anneke van Giersbergen of THE GENTLE STORM, AMBERIAN DAWN is going to hit the road in October & November!
  • 27.10.15 CH - Solothurn / Kopfmehl
  • 28.10.15 FR – Strasbourg / La Laiterie
  • 29.10.15 FR – Paris / Divan Du Monde
  • 30.10.15 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob
  • 31.10.15 DE – Andernach / Juz Live Club
  • 02.11.15 DE – Munich / Backstage Halle
  • 03.11.15 IT – Milan / Live Club
  • 04.11.15 AT – Graz / Explosiv
  • 05.11.15 HU – Budapest / Club 202
  • 06.11.15 SK – Bratislava / Randal Club
  • 07.11.15 PL – Warsaw / Club Progresia
  • 08.11.15 DE - Berlin / K17
  • 14.08.15 CZ – Hodonin / Made Of Metal Open Air

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Intromental / Loch Vostok/
Posted by: Denis / 13.07.2015
Swedish Prog/chaos/Death/avantgarde/masters-of-all-things LOCH VOSTOK have released their new video for the title song off of their new album From These Waters. The video can be seen here.

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AFM Records / Nightmare line-up changes and new plans
Posted by: Denis / 10.07.2015
Vocalist Jo and his brother David Amore (drums) have just left French Heavy Metal pioneers NIGHTMARE. Therefore, the remaining members Yves Campion (bass), Franck Milleliri (guitar) and Matt Asselberghs (guitar) decided to change plans and not continue to work on the band's planned project of re-recording songs from their first two albums. Instead, NIGHTMARE will search for new members to replace Jo and David, to start working on a studio album with all brand new material (to be released in the second half of 2016) soon.
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See the full statement here:
"It's with deep sadness that we have to announce the departure from the band of Jo and David... We respect their choice and wish them all the best in their current and future musical adventures. We will never forget what we have accomplished together starting in the early 80's, and it will remain forever engraved in our hearts and memories... The answer to the question that everyone asks: 'Did the band split?' is: NO, the band is still alive!!! We are well aware of the huge challenge that we have to face now, and there will inevitably be a change of identity... Naturally, the re-recording of the first two albums originally planned to be released early 2016, without Jo and David has no meaning and no interest at all anymore, and we are forced to stop this project!
We are very sorry and we send our apologies to all the fans who wanted to see us live in Belgium at the Kraken Fest on November 7th 2015. (a big thank to you Nadia!)... and we promise that we will return in Belgium in 2016! We want to thank our record company for their huge support in these difficult moments, and all the fans who support us and who want this adventure to continue... The new album is still expected for the second half of 2016 and we will give you more news very soon… Stay connected!"

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Cruz Del Sur Music / KING HEAVY reveals cover artwork and tour plans
Posted by: Denis / 10.07.2015
Chilean/Belgian Heavy Doom Metal band KING HEAVY has revealed today the cover artwork from its forthcoming self-titled release. The artwork was created by singer Luce Vee himself.

The album will be released SEPT 4 in Europe and SEPT 19 in North and South America and will be supported by a long set of live shows, including full Chile and and European tours.
    Confirmed Chilean shows are as follows:
  • OCT 2 Valparaíso, ELE Bar, w/ Inquisición, Metal Grave,
  • OCT 3 Olmué, KH HeadQuarters
  • OCT 8 Santiago, Mi Bar
  • OCT 9 Rancagua, Golden Ba, w/ Clair de Lune Morte
  • OCT 10 Osorno, w/ Ruined
  • OCT 11 Temuco, w/ Retrosatan
    Shortly after, the band will start an European tour that will bring them play
  • OCT 15 TBA
  • OCT 16 Leipzig, Germany
  • OCT 17 Wien, Austria
  • OCT 18 TBA
  • OCT 23 Malta Doom Fest
  • OCT 24 TBA
  • OCT 25 TBA
  • OCT 28 Birmingham, UK w/ Iron Void
  • OCT 29 London, UK w/ Iron Void
  • OCT 30 Lille, France w/ Iron Void
  • OCT 31 Vosselaar, Biebob, Belgium w/ Iron Void, Witchsmeller Pursuivant
  • NOV 01 Dutch Doom Days, Rotterdam, Baroeg, Netherlands
InsideOut Music / Riverside launch new track Discard Your Fear via lyric-video
Posted by: Denis / 10.07.2015
Polish Prog masters RIVERSIDE are now kicking off the promotional activities for much anticipated new studio album Love, Fear and the Time Machine, which will be released on September 4th, 2015 via InsideOutMusic.

Now the band is revealing a first track off the album via a lyric-video. Check out Discard Your Fear here.

RIVERSIDE's Mariusz Duda checked in about Discard Your Fear as follows: "On the new album I wanted to combine the 70's and the 80's. The 80's were a decade of musical growing up for me. I remember being enchanted by music deep with bass, chorus and all kinds of reverb. Discard Your Fear is a good example of this flow. The lyrics are about the most popular kind of fear that touches most of us - the fear of the unknown."

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GlobMetal Promotions / White Sound released a debut album called Offline
Posted by: Denis / 09.07.2015
Russian Alternative Metal band White Sound released a debut LP called Offline. The album is about the Generation Y, stuck on the edge of two worlds - real and virtual.

"We empathize with six billion people, but lose sight of the closest ones. We are wasting our time thinking that we have the entire life ahead while it is passing by. We think that war is something far away and long ago until it comes to our place..."

The recording of the album began in 2013, right after the release of a debut EP You're Not Alone, and had been going on for almost two years. Finally, on 23 June 2015 Offline appeared on all digital music distribution platforms.
    Track-list
  1. Intro
  2. Love online
  3. On your own
  4. In the mirrors
  5. If you want
  6. I'll find and lose
  7. Teach me how to fly
  8. Mirages
  9. Rain
  10. Sex and rock'n'roll
  11. No more me
White Sound is a rock band from Belgorod, working on the edge of such styles as alternative, light Metal, pop-rock and hard-rock. The musicians have performed at Maxidrom and Invasion festivals, as well as on many stages throughout the CIS.
SPV / HAMMERCULT to release teaser for upcoming album Built For War
Posted by: Denis / 09.07.2015
Just a few weeks to go until Israels premiere Thrash Metal act HAMMERCULT will release their brand new studio album Built For War.

The release dates are:
  • Europe and Germany: August 28th, 2015
  • USA + Canada: September 4th, 2015
To give you a first impression about the new album the band releases a short teaser!

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Warsenal sings for Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 09.07.2015
Canadian Thrash-Speed metallers Warsenal has just signed a new record deal with Italian label Punishment 18 Records. Band was born in 2011. They released its first three songs Demo in February 2012. Than, the band started performing live, playing with bands such as: Raven, Skeletonwitch, Havok, 3 Inches of Blood, DBC, among others. Now they are ready to release the debut full-length album!
Australian Thrashers HARLOTT sign to Metal Blade!
Posted by: Denis / 09.07.2015
Metal Blade Records is excited to announcing the signing of Australian Thrash Metal act, HARLOTT! Forged in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, HARLOTT are the finest example of the Thrash Metal genre in recent years. Taking their influence from the 80′s Bay Area Thrash scene, and blending it with the Teutonic melody and grit, they focus on high energy, up tempo music with lyrical influence from war, religion, chaos, and the human condition. Unrivaled live concerts, an aggressive recognizable sound, clinical musicianship, and a classic 'Aussie' sense of humour have earned HARLOTT a strong and dedicated fan base, which continues to grow day to day.

HARLOTT's debut release Origin blew audiences away with its unrelenting speed, ferocious sound, and hook driven riffs, and did much to solidify HARLOTT as an up and coming force to be reckoned with. The four piece thrash outfit followed with a national tour, a string of Australian Heavy Metal Festival performances and a handful of support positions, including Germany's Accept and Megadeth's very own Dave Ellefson.

Their follow up release Proliferation only proves that the band means business, and could not only match their own fury, but even surpass it.

The band comments: "Harlott are extremely excited to be signing on with METAL BLADE for the worldwide release of Proliferation. METAL BLADE have worked with some of the most important and influential Heavy Metal bands of all time, and we feel absolutely privileged to have the opportunity of engaging with such dedicated persons from a record company that has been so vital to the history of our music."
    Proliferation track listing:
  1. Proliferation
  2. Denature
  3. Systematic Reduction
  4. Restless
  5. The Fading Light
  6. Lord of War
  7. Civil Unrest
  8. Hellbent
  9. Bloodlust
  10. Cross Contamination
  11. Legion
  12. Means to an End
HARLOTT are hungry for the World, and in October 2015, they will be dominating Europe with Canada's Annihilator, the first step in what is to be a long and grueling career in total devastation!
    Annihilator + HARLOTT + Archer
  • 30/09/15 UK – Birmingham – O2 Academy
  • 01/10/15 IE – Dublin – Button Factory
  • 02/10/15 UK – Glasgow – O2 ABC2
  • 03/10/15 UK – Sheffield – O2 Academy
  • 04/10/15 UK – London – O2 Academy Islington
  • 06/10/15 FR – Paris – Divan du Monde
  • 08/10/15 ES – Bilbao – Santana 27
  • 09/10/15 PT – Porto – Hard Club
  • 10/10/15 ES – Madrid – But
  • 11/10/15 ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
  • 13/10/15 CH – Pratteln – Z7
  • 14/10/15 IT – Brescia – Circolo Colony
  • 15/10/15 SI – Ljubljana – Kino Siska
  • 16/10/15 SR – Belgrade – Dom Omladine
  • 17/10/15 RO – Bucharest – Maximum Rock Festival
  • 19/10/15 HU – Budapest – A38
  • 20/10/15 AT – Wörgl – Komma
  • 21/10/15 AT – Wien – Szene
  • 22/10/15 CZ – Zlin – Masters of Rock Café
  • 23/10/15 PL – Krakow – Fabryka
  • 24/10/15 PL – Warsaw – Proxima
  • 25/10/15 DE – Berlin – Lido
  • 27/10/15 DK – Kolding – Godset
  • 28/10/15 DE – Hamburg – Grünspan
  • 29/10/15 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
  • 30/10/15 DE – München – Backstage Halle
  • 31/10/15 DE – Karlsruhe – Substage
  • 02/11/15 DE – Nürnberg – Hirsch
  • 03/11/15 LU – Luxemburg – Den Atelier
  • 04/11/15 NL – Tilburg – 013
  • 05/11/15 NL – Haarlem – Patronaat
  • 06/11/15 BE – Kortrijk – De Kreun
  • 07/11/15 DE – Bochum – Zeche
  • 08/11/15 DE – Köln – Underground
Jolly Roger Records / DISTRUZIONE new album
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2015
Distruzione's come-back self titled album now available on CD and Digital for Jolly Roger Records (Alive Distribution for G.A.S. / Code7 for Uk). Distruzione, 11 years after the previous Malicidium, celebrates 25 years of activity of the band featuring 10 tracks of powerful Thrash / Death Metal with the classic trademark of Italian lyrics, since the debut album Olocausto Cerebrale out in 1992.

At this link 2 audio tracks available for streaming.
    TRACKLIST:
  1. IL SIGNORE DELLE MOSCHE
  2. VERITA' E AUTORITA'
  3. HOMO MECHANICUS
  4. LA SOGLIA
  5. OLTRE LA SOGLIA
  6. NEL TUO NOME
  7. STULTIFERA NAVIS
  8. MINOTAURO
  9. CORNICE DE' SUPERBI
  10. I TRE VIVI E I TRE MORTI
    LINE UP:
  • DEVID RONCAI - VOCAL
  • MASSIMILIANO FALLERI - GUITAR
  • GIANLUCA DE LILLO - GUITAR
  • DIMITRI CORRADINI - BASS GUITAR
  • DAVE COLOMBO - DRUMS
Nuclear Blast / DORO announces 'Strong & Proud' European tour with ARCHER in fall 2015; mega show at Rock In Rio before
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2015
On September 19th, DORO will hit one of the most famous festival stages on earth: She will rock at Rock In Rio together with ANGRA!

A bit later after this mega show in Brazil, DORO looks forward to her 'Strong & Proud' European tour - and to show a young American band as special guest: ARCHER. The trio with the charismatic vocalist and super guitarist Dylan Rose is from Santa Cruz, California, and delivers independent, merciless Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

"These guys are really good, especially the guitarist is great. ARCHER fit super to the DORO band. In spring, they've already proved their qualities as support on our US tour," DORO reveals. "I'm looking forward to present them to my German and European fans now." Because: "For my career, I've benefited enormous from tours with JUDAS PRIEST and DIO," she tells. "Young bands need these experiences. That's why I'm very keen on taking ARCHER with me on tour through Europe and that's why I'm deploying the Wacken Foundation for newcomer bands and musicians for years."

For all of you, who want to get a first impression of ARCHER before the DORO-'Strong & Proud' European tour kicks off in the UK on November, 20th: Their new record, Culling The Weak, will be released on July, 30th.

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Pure Steel Records / ZANDELLE the first of three videos 'Unending Fortitude' released
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2015
The US-American Power Metal band ZANDELLE have released the first of three videos Unending Fortitude of their album Perseverance. The album will be out on 24th July 2015 through PURE STEEL RECORDS.

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Pure Steel Records / AS DARKNESS DIES promotionvideo for the album 'Life Incomplete' released
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2015
The US Metal band AS DARKNESS DIES has released a new video for Life Incomplete.

A year and half ago we started a project that would become a part of our very being. 11 days of recording and guidance from an icon and friend, Michael Vescera, months of production time and we are finally seeing our passion become a reality. As we get closer to the finish line we wanted to share with you some clips of our journey thus far. This is an album that we are infinitely proud of and we thank you for sharing in this amazing endeavor.
Scarlet Records / DARK MOOR NEW ALBUM IN THE WORKS
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2015
Symphonic Power Metal masters Dark Moor will enter New Sin Studios in Loria, Italy, to record their anticipated new album, which will be once again produced by Luigi Stefanini (Rhapsody Of Fire, Labyrinth, Vision Divine) and is expected to be released in November. The album follows the highly successful Ars Musica, which forged a more identifiable sound for the band and expanded their songwriting in multiple directions. With Ars Musica Dark Moor paid homage to the Spanish cultural heritage, but elsewhere they went more personal, still giving high priority to their trademark melodies and elaborate harmonies.

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Scarlet Records / KALEDON 'TWILIGHT OF THE GODS' NEW VERSION OUT IN AUGUST
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2015
Kaledon's best known album, Legend Of The Forgotten Reign – Chapter 4: Twilight Of The Gods is what you call a true epic / Power Metal masterpiece. Originally recorded at Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) in 2006, the album came out in Europe on Hellion records, in America on Universal Metal Production and in Asia on HotRockin! Along with the speedy and melodic epic Power Metal that's such a staple of Kaledon's sound, this record displayed a newfound sense of melodic structure as far as introducing more memorable melody lines and melodic hooks than ever before. The new version of the album, which will be released on August 21st, has been completely remastered by Orlando and features two songs re-recorded by the band's current line-up. The beautiful and completely renovated artwork was handled by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rage, Rhapsody Of Fire).

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Nightbreaker Productions / EXTIRPATION
Posted by: Denis / 07.07.2015
Nightbreaker Productions can finally announce that the Italian Thrash/Black band EXTIRPATION has signed with the label for the release of their second album that will be entitled Wings of Decadence.

The band's born in July 2009 from the will of Eros and Darak of keep on playin' together following the split of their first band, shortly after their schoolmate Elia joins the band as drummer.

Following a first covers repertoire the band begins to write original songs and playin' the first lives until recording the first self titled demo in the summer of 2010. During the 2012 the band enters the studio to record the single Door of Madness that earns a fairly good success in the underground local scene leading them to play many live in the north of Italy.

In February 2013 the first full length Reverse the Reality see the light in CD format by Grom Records and in tape format by Total Desaster Prod. (the LP edition is expected for January 2016) that allows the band to play live as support act of many worldwide leading underground bands in different occasions. In September 2013 Magikk, a long-standing friend and already Eros's bandmate in Terrorsaw, joins the band as second guitar player.

A 7" split with the Brazilian band Whipstriker entitled Start The Warcollapse / Oath of The Death was released in May 2014 by the Greek label Hell's Fire Records and Metalthrone Prod. After this release the band begins to play live also outside the Italian territory (Switzerland, France, Belgium, Romania etc...) and in January 2015 Extirpation enter the studio to record their new album Wings of Decadence that will be release soon by Nightbreaker Productions.

Meanwhile a tribute compilation to the German cult Black/Thrash band Desaster is released by Grom Records, involving the participation of Extirpation, Nocturnal Witch, Nocturnal, Witchburner, Triumphant, Terrorhammer, Slaughtered Priest and more.
Frontiers Music / BLACKMORE'S NIGHT to release the tenth studio album entitled 'All Our Yesterdays' in September on Frontiers
Posted by: Denis / 07.07.2015
On September 18, 2015, Frontiers Music SRL will release ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, the tenth studio album from Blackmore's Night, the world's number one Renaissance act and one of the most popular folk-rock bands in the world.

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS will be released on a variety of formats: CD, CD/DVD, 2LP, Box Set and Digital.
  • CD/DVD Deluxe edition includes the full album plus a DVD with music videos for All Our Yesterdays and Will O' The Wisp, plus an extensive interview with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night on the making of the new album;
  • 2LP vinyl edition with a gatefold sleeve;
  • Box Set Limited Collector's edition includes CD/DVD deluxe edition, 2LP, tshirt (L size ONLY), poster, lithograph.
Blackmore's Night vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Candice Night says, "There's a theme to ALL OUR YESTERDAYS' chosen songs that focuses on the attitude of living in the present, and looking toward the future, because we are, indeed, enriched by our past. My main theme and inspiration has always been nature and folklore from around the world."

Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore's lives and creative journeys have taken them through different characters and songs from a variety of times in history. That is part of the attitude in the song Where Are We Going from Here, about a traveling minstrel's journey through life and age.

The title track (and also the first single and video), All Our Yesterdays echoes the sounds of Candice's Russian roots, while a new song written by Germany's George Hesse is an old-style, fiddle-driven instrumental with the Welsh title Allan yn y Fan (meaning 'Out There'). Ritchie's heritage includes family from Wales.

The album also includes stunning instrumentals: the acoustic guitar piece, Queen's Lament and the dramatic The Darker Shade of Black that spotlights violin and guitar.

Elsewhere on the recording, Earth Wind and Sky is a delicate ode to nature. The Other Side, a latter-day folk dance joins two jigs that Candice sings: Coming Home and the supernatural-themed, Will o' the Wisp.

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS gets further inspiration from Candace and Ritchie's home town, where they take part in community folk nights during which the neighbors share guitars and songs, and sing melodies that have come from a variety of times in their own history. That's how they fell in love with songs of various radio formats of years gone by. The album includes the Linda Ronstadt hit Long Long Time (penned by Gary White); the Mike Oldfield song, Moonlight Shadow; and an inspiring Maypole Dance treatment of Sonny & Cher's I Got You Babe.

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InsideOut Music / Leprous launch lyric-video for album track 'Slave'; More live dates
Posted by: Denis / 06.07.2015
After having performed at Metropolis Fest in Belarus with Dream Theater last weekend, Norwegian Prog metallers LEPROUS continue to promote their newest studio album The Congregation, which was recently released worldwide via InsideOutMusic.

Now, LEPROUS are pleased to launch the lyric video for the album track Slave. The clip was created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media.

LEPROUS' Einar Solberg checked in with the following comment about the track: "I would say that Slave is one of the most emotional tracks of the album. The foundation is simple, but the content is rich."
    Here is an overview of upcoming LEPROUS live-appearances, including some newly added (*) dates:
    LEPROUS - Live 2015:
  • Fri. 10.07.2015 Newark-On-Trent (UK) - UK Tech-Fest
  • Sat. 11.07.2015 Barcelona (Spain) - BeProgMyFriend Festival
  • Fri. 18.09.2015 Yerevan (Armenia) - Puppet Theater
  • Sat. 19.09.2015 Tiblisi (Georgia) - Venue TBA
  • Sun. 20.09.2015 Istanbul (Turkey) - Garajistanbul *
  • Mon. 21.09.2015 Athens (Greece) - AN Club
  • Tue. 22.09.2015 Thessaloniki (Greece) - Eightball Club
    LEPROUS + Sphere & Rendezvous Point / European Tour 2015:
  • Fri. 25.09.2015 Bergen (Norway) - Garage
  • Fri. 02.10.2015 Copenhagen (Denmark) - Forbraendingen
  • Sat. 03.10.2015 Cologne (Germany) - Euroblast Festival
  • Sun. 04.10.2015 Baarlo (The Netherlands) - Progpower Europe
  • Mon. 05.10.2015 Paris (France) - Le Divan Du Monde
  • Tue. 06.10.2015 Nantes (France) - Le Ferrailleur
  • Thu. 08.10.2015 Lisbon (Portugal) - RCA club
  • Fri. 09.10.2015 Madrid (Spain) - Caracol
  • Sat. 10.10.2015 Murcia (Spain) - Garaje
  • Sun. 11.10.2015 Barcelona, (Spain) - Apolo 2
  • Mon. 12.10.2015 Lyon (France) - Ninkasi Kao
  • Tue. 13.10.2015 London, (UK) - Garage
  • Wed. 14.10.2015 Manchester (UK) - Ruby Lounge
  • Thu. 15.10.2015 Bristol (UK) - The Fleece
  • Fri. 16.10.2015 Maasmechelen (Belgium) - Jan Hertog
  • Sat. 17.10.2015 Karlsruhe (Germany) - Substage
  • Sun. 18.10.2015 München (Germany) - Backstage Club
  • Mon. 19.10.2015 Milano (Italy) - Legend Club
  • Tue. 20.10.2015 Aarau (Switzerland) - Kiff
  • Thu 22.10.2015 Brasov (Romania) - Rockstadt
  • Fri. 23.10.2015 Belgrade (Serbia) - Dom Omladine *
  • Sat. 24.10.2015 Bratislava (Slovakia) - Majestic Club
  • Sun. 25.10.2015 Prague (Czech Republic) - Nova Chmelnice
  • Mon. 26.10.2015 Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja
  • Tue. 27.10.2015 Riga (Latvia) - Rockcafe
  • Wed. 28.10.2015 Helsinki (Finland) - Nosturi
  • Fri. 30.10.2015 Stockholm (Sweden) - Bryggarsalen
  • Sat. 31.10.2015 Oslo (Norway) - John Dee
    LEPROUS - Live 2015:
  • Sat. 21.11.2015 Nürnberg (Germany) - Generation Prog Festival * LEPROUS - Live 2016:
  • 28.-30.04.2016 Koparvik/Haugesund (Norway) - Karmoygeddon Metal Festival*
InsideOut Music / Enchant announce European tour and North American dates
Posted by: Denis / 06.07.2015
ENCHANT, the Bay Area's long-running Prog Rock institution, are finally returning for live appearances in Europe this October in order to promote their acclaimed comeback album The Great Divide, which was released via the band's longtime label partner InsideOutMusic last year.

The tour will be a double-headlining bill featuring ENCHANT as well as Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion, kicking off (for ENCHANT) at the 2015 edition of ProgPower Europe festival in The Netherlands on October 4th. Here are the exact dates:
    Enchant + Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion - European Tour 2015:
  • Oct 4 Baarlo, The Netherlands - ProgPower Europe (Enchant only!)
  • Oct 5 Berlin, Germany - Magnet
  • Oct 6 München, Germany - Kranhalle
  • Oct 7 Oberhausen, Germany - Zentrum Altenberg
  • Oct 8 Rüsselsheim, Germany - Das Rind
  • Oct 9 Stuttgart, Germany - Schocken Club
  • Oct 10 Zoetermeer, The Netherlands - De Boerderij
  • Oct 11 London, UK - The Underworld
  • Oct 12 Bilston, UK - The Robin 2
  • Oct 13 Paris, France - Backstage
ENCHANT's Douglas A. Ott checked in about the band's upcoming touring activity as follows: "We are super excited to be headed back to Europe to play for our fans! It's been way too long and we're looking forward to being back on the road performing again, playing old favorites and a bunch of new material from The Great Divide! We are doing a double headlining tour with Hasse Froberg & Musical Companion, which will be a great overall evening of killer Progressive music every night! Hope to see everyone come out for these shows!"
    Additionally, ENCHANT have confirmed the following appearances in North America:
  • Saturday August 29th Whittier, CA @ CalProg + Spock's Beard
  • Friday October 23rd Houston, TX - BFE Rock Club
  • Saturday October 24th Austin, TX - Empire Control Room & Garage
  • November 15-19th Cruise To The Edge + Yes, Marillion, Saga. Etc.

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Metal Mind Productions / Knight Area reveal the title and artwork of their first DVD release
Posted by: Denis / 06.07.2015
Knight Area, a Progressive Rock band from Holland, reveal the title and artwork of their first live DVD. Hyperlive was recorded in April this year in Katowice, Poland, where the band supported British band Arena. The band's first live DVD is scheduled for a worldwide release on November, 13th 2015 via Metal Mind Productions.

Front cover illustration of the album was done by Gustavo Sazes, known for his work for Kamelot, Morbid Engel Amaranthe or Gus G.

Pieter Von Hoorn commented the DVD on one of the social networking sites: "We had a preview of the Knight Area's Hyperlive DVD yesterday evening. We were amazed, it is far beyond expectations. The guys of Metal Mind Productions did an excellent job! Sound and vision are superb."

Knight Area is a Dutch Progressive Rock band which was formed in 2004 by brothers Joop and Gerben Klazinga. The band play rock music, with roots in symphonic and neo-progressive rock. The music blends a variety of styles using very melodic keyboards and guitars and the dynamic songs vary from ballads to more rock and Metal kind of music. In October 2014, the band released their fifth studio album Hyperdrive. The album was mixed by Joost van den Broek (After Forever, Ayreon, Star One) and Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One) contributed to the album by playing guitar on one track. In April 2015, the band played in Poland for the first time as support for Arena (UK). One of the shows was recorded by Metal Mind Productions.
AFM Records / Danzig 'Skeletons' will be released in autumn 2015 via AFM Records
Posted by: Denis / 03.07.2015
It's exactly 5 years ago, when Danzig's latest studio album Deth Red Sabaoth was released.

Now Danzig and AFM Records both agreed to continue their successful collaboration, which already started in 2007 with The Lost Tracks.

The band finally returns in autumn 2015 with their long-awaited cover album Skeletons, which is a collection of Glenn's renditions of some of his favourite classic songs from ZZ Top and many more.

A new studio album is due in early 2016.

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Frontiers Records / Operation: Mindcrime - Geoff Tate is back!
Posted by: Denis / 03.07.2015
Frontiers Records are extremely pleased to announce the upcoming release of Operation: Mindcrime's debut album, THE KEY on September 18th! To hear a taste of four songs from the album, check out the trailer. The first full song from the album will be released in the coming weeks!

Geoff Tate's new band features Kelly Gray on guitars (Queensrÿche), Scott Moughton on guitars, John Moyer on bass (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob) Randy Gane on keyboards, Simon Wright on drums (AC/DC, Ronnie James Dio), Brian Tichy on Drums (Whitesnake / David Coverdale, Billy Idol) with special appearances from David Ellefson (Megadeth), Mark Daily, and Scott Mercado.
Punishment 18 Records / In Malice's Wake 'Eternal Nightfall' promotional videoclip
Posted by: Denis / 03.07.2015
Punishment 18 Records has reissued Australian thrashers In Malice's Wake debut album Eternal Nightfall. The new release will contain 2005 Blackened Skies (EP) as bonus material. You can see the promotional videoclip here.
Metal Blade / Armored Saint announce additional shows with Saxon
Posted by: Denis / 03.07.2015
Los Angeles, California's ARMORED SAINT will join back up with the legendary Saxon for some additional shows in the US this fall to continue touring in support of their highly acclaimed seventh studio album Win Hands Down. The disc is all things ARMORED, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015.

The group will also only be performing one, very special headlining date in the US this year and it's in Las Vegas at Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar and Grill on July 11th, so don't miss out if you are in the area.

Joey Vera states: "We had such a great time playing these dates with Saxon last May, and now they've asked us to join them again in September? We're In! It's an honor sharing the stage with Saxon and we're super glad we get to bring this great package to other parts of the country. See you all soon."

Vocalist John Bush added: "What can we say? The first six shows with Saxon were so good, we added more! We're playing cities in the midwest that we haven't played in years: Cleveland, Detroit, D.C. among others. Plus, San Diego! It's been awhile, thanks for your patience! The guys in Saxon are extremely cool. We look forward to kicking ass throughout America with them. Let's do this. Win Hands Down!!!"
    ARMORED SAINT Tour w/ Saxon
  • 07/11 Las Vegas, NV Count's Vamp'd
    Supporting SAXON
  • 08/20 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
  • 09/10 Atlanta, GA Centerstage
  • 09/12 Stafford, CT Palace Theater
  • 09/13 Portland, ME Asylum
  • 09/15 Washington, DC Howard
  • 09/16 Westland, MI Token Lounge
  • 09/17 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
  • 09/18 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
  • 09/20 St Charles, IL Arcada Theater

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GlobMetal Promotions / Efpix released new video
Posted by: Denis / 02.07.2015
Russian Industrial/symphonic Metal band Efpix released new music video for the single Nothing Remains that will be part of the band new full-length album Evil Sides that will be released in in the end of 2015.
Nuclear Blast / CRADLE OF FILTH announce 'Inquisitional Tourture' dates this October/November
Posted by: Denis / 02.07.2015
CRADLE OF FILTH, one of the greatest and most influential British Metal bands of all time are pleased to announce their European tour in celebration of latest endeavour and opus nocturne entitled Hammer Of The Witches – out on 10th July via Nuclear Blast.

Fiendish main man and vocalist Dani Filth had to say regarding the announcement: "CRADLE Of FILTH are extremely pleased to be hitting the European road in support of our latest album, Hammer Of The Witches, even more so now that British dates have been indelibly grafted onto the beginning! The band is sounding better than ever and are exhilarated to be starting our world tour here in England, at Rottingham Knock City nonetheless, the proverbial hub of Heavy Metal!
We have an amazing setlist prepared already and everyone, including our infamous Crewdle Of Filth, are chomping at the bit to get out there and start levelling cities with our unique brand of raucous, Hellish music and stage production.
So, long live the 'Filth and see you out there on the open field of battle!
Wielding the Witch hammers,
Your fiend, Dani"


Coinciding with the release of Hammer Of The Witches, CRADLE OF FILTH will play release show at this year's ROCK HARZ Festival on Saturday, July 11, 2015! For those who cannot attend this special night, you'll have your chance at this year's SUMMER BREEZE Festival!
    Tour dates
  • 2015-07-09 Ballenstedt (Rockharz Festival) DE
  • 2015-08-01 Wacken (Wacken Open Air) DE
  • 2015-08-05 Josefov (Brutal Assault Festival) CZ
  • 2015-08-07 Oulu (Jalometalli Festival) FI
  • 2015-08-13 Dinkelsbühl (Summer Breeze) DE
  • 2015-10-16 Nottingham (Rock City) GB
  • 2015-10-17 Bristol (Motion) GB
  • 2015-10-18 Norwich (The Waterfront) GB
  • 2015-10-20 Wolverhampton (Wulfrun Hall) GB
  • 2015-10-21 Glasgow (The Garage) GB
  • 2015-10-22 Manchester (Manchester Academy 2) GB
  • 2015-10-23 London (Koko) GB
  • 2015-10-24 Köln (Essigfabrik) DE
  • 2015-10-26 München (Backstage) DE
  • 2015-10-27 Strasbourg (La Laiterie) FR
  • 2015-10-28 Paris (Caberet Sauvage) FR
  • 2015-10-29 Antwerp (Trix Muziekcentrum) BE
  • 2015-10-30 Hannover (Capitol) DE
  • 2015-10-31 Nürnberg (Hirsch) DE
  • 2015-11-02 Saarbrücken (Garage) DE
  • 2015-11-03 Lucerne (Schuur) CH
  • 2015-11-04 Treviso (New Age) IT
  • 2015-11-06 Rome (Orion) IT
  • 2015-11-07 Milan (Fabrique) IT
  • 2015-11-08 Dornbirn (Conrad Sohm) AT
  • 2015-11-09 Budapest (Barba Negra) HU
  • 2015-11-12 Katowice (Mega Club) PL
  • 2015-11-13 Brno (Klub Fleda) CZ
  • 2015-11-14 Berlin (C-Club) DE
  • 2015-11-15 Hamburg (Markthalle) DE
  • 2015-11-17 Copenhagen (Pumpehuset) DK
  • 2015-11-18 Oslo (John Dee) SE
  • 2015-11-19 Göteborg (Sticky Fingers) SE
  • 2015-11-23 Stockholm (Debaser) SE

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Metal Mind / Tank listen to the first track from 'Valley Of Tears'
Posted by: Denis / 02.07.2015
Valley Of Tears, the new album by the British Heavy Metal legend TANK, it scheduled for release on September, 18th. Now, the band reveal the title track Valley Of Tears!

Valley Of Tears is scheduled for worldwide release on September, 18th 2015.

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InsideOut Music / Spock's Beard reveal 'Tides of Time'; first track from 'The Oblivion Particle'
Posted by: Denis / 02.07.2015
Legendary progressive-rockers Spock's Beard recently announced that their brand new 12th studio album The Oblivion Particle is set for release on the 21st August 2015, and now they are pleased to reveal the first track to be taken from the record. Fans can listen to the song Tides of Time over at Soundcloud for 7 days.

Dave Meros previously said of the track: "I think the opening track Tides of Time is classic Spock's in terms of arrangement and style, but everything else is fairly different. That said, the whole album is still within the parameters of what people expect to hear from us."

As with the previous album Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep, The Oblivion Particle was recorded at The Mouse House and produced by Rich Mouser, Alan Morse and John Boegehold, a band collaborator of many years.

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InsideOut Music / Riverside reveal artwork, track listing and street date for 'Love, Fear and the Time Machine'
Posted by: Denis / 02.07.2015
Having just played a first post-studio live-show as part of the Metal Hammer Festival / Prog Edition in Kattowice, Poland together with Dream Theater this past weekend, polish Prog masters RIVERSIDE are pleased to announce the first details for their much anticipated upcoming studio album.

Entitled Love, Fear and the Time Machine, the band's sixth studio longplay album will be released via InsideOutMusic on September 4th, 2015, feature cover artwork by longtime design-partner Travis Smith / Seempieces (Katatonia, Opeth, Nevermore, etc.) and contain the following track listing:
  1. Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?)
  2. Under the Pillow
  3. #Addicted
  4. Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire
  5. Saturate Me
  6. Afloat
  7. Discard Your Fear
  8. Towards the Blue Horizon
  9. Time Travellers
  10. Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching)
RIVERSIDE are additionally working on a musical bonus package entitled Day Session, the brighter companion of the Night Session presented on the band's previous album Shrine Of New Generation Slaves.

RIVERSIDE's Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment about Love, Fear and the Time Machine:
"On the new album I wanted to combine the 70s and the 80s. The 80s were a decade of musical growing up for me. On the new album we don't sound as retro and 70s as before, we moved forward, we sort of demolished the previous foundations and build new ones. Despite the huge dose of melancholy and nostalgia, there is a new space, the songs are arranged with more flow and at the same time they have never been so concise and to the point before. The lyrics on Love, Fear and the Time Machine talk about a transformation. About making an important, perhaps life changing, decision everyone has to make at some point in their lives. What happens to us when we have to make it? On the one hand we're excited by the change, we feel free, liberated, and on the other we fear the unknown, we are afraid of what might happen to us. We go back in time and we go forward in time in our heads. And all that happens when we have to decide something important. The first of the songs on the album is called Lost, the last one, Found. If we sometimes get lost in life, it is to go through something and be found again on the other side, to be reborn as someone better and more valuable. I would like this album to be one of those that one day simply becomes your best friend."

Here is an overview of the upcoming RIVERSIDE tourdates, on which the band will already showcase some of the new material as well:
    RIVERSIDE summer festivals (*) and 'An evening with' headline shows:
  • July 11 Spain, Barcelona, Be Prog! My Friend festival *
  • July 14 Italy, Milano, Lo-Fi
  • July 15 Italy, Bologna, Alchemica club
  • July 18 Germany, St Goarshausen, Night of the Prog festival *
  • July 21 Germany, Reichenbach, Bergkeller
  • July 23 Germany, Worpswede, Music Hall
  • July 24 The Netherlands, Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
  • July 26 United Kingdom, Maidstone, Ramblin' Manfair
  • festival *
  • Aug 29 Poland, Olsztyn, Amfiteatr im. Czeslawa Niemena
  • Sept 5 Brazil, Sao Paulo, Via Marquês / Overload Music Festival *
  • Sept 7 Chile, Santiago, Teatro Cariola
  • Sept 10 Mexico, Mexico City, Lunario del Auditorio Nacional
    RIVERSIDE North America tour with special guests The Sixxis:
  • Sep 12 - Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA Center stage
  • Sep 13 - Richmond, VA - The Canal club
  • Sep 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Bull Shooters Saloon
  • Sep 16 - New Brunswick, NJ - NJ Proghouse at The Crossroads Theatre
  • Sep 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Hard Rock Cafe
  • Sep 19 - Montreal, QC - Theatre La Tulipe
  • Sep 20 - Quebec City, QC - L'Imperial
  • Sep 22 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
  • Sep 23 - Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
  • Sep 24 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
  • More dates to be confirmed soon...
    RIVERSIDE European Tour with special guests The Sixxis and Lion Shepherd:
  • Oct 15 Germany, Dresden, Tante Ju
  • Oct 16 Germany, Oberhausen, Turbinen Halle 2
  • Oct 17 The Netherlands, Zwolle, Hedon
  • Oct 18 The Netherlands, Tilburg, 013
  • Oct 20 UK, London, Islington Assembly Hall
  • Oct 21 UK, Bristol, Marble Factory
  • Oct 22 UK, Manchester, The Ritz
  • Oct 23 UK, Glasgow, O2 ABC2
  • Oct 24 UK, Northampton, The Roadmenders
  • Oct 26 UK, Southampton, The 1865
  • Oct 27 France, Paris, Divan Du Monde
  • Oct 30 Portugal, Lisbon, Paradise Garage
  • Oct 31 Spain, Madrid, Joy Eslava
  • Nov 1 Spain, Barcelona, Sala Apolo / Be Prog! The Madness Day festival
  • Nov 2 France, Lyon, Marche Gare
  • Nov 4 Switzerland, Pratteln, Z7
  • Nov 5 Germany, München, Strom
  • Nov 6 Germany, Karlsruhe, Substage
  • Nov 7 Germany, Berlin, C-Club
  • Nov 8 Poland, Krakow, Rotunda
  • Nov 10 Poland, Gdansk, B90
  • Nov 11 Poland, Warsaw, Stodola

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SPV / MAD MAX to release new album 'Thunder, Storm and Passion'
Posted by: Denis / 01.07.2015
MAD MAX will release the new album Thunder, Storm and Passion via Steamhammer / SPV shortly. The release dates are: Europe: August 28th, 2015; USA + Canada: September 4th, 2015

The album comes as a high class digipak and contains 12 re-recorded classics on CD 1 and a bonus CD Live at Bang Your Head Festival 2014.

As a new member of the band we welcome Mr. Thomas 'Hutch' Bauer on bass guitar!
    TRACKLISTING
    CD 1 (Re-Recorded Classics)
  1. Fly Fly Away 04:33
  2. Losing You 04:08
  3. Rollin`Thunder 04:24
  4. Thoughts Of A Dying Man 05:58
  5. Never Say Never 03:16
  6. Lonely Is The Hunter 05:40
  7. Stormchild 03:46
  8. Heroes Die Lonely 03:37
  9. Burning The Stage 05:35
  10. Wait For The Night 04:21
  11. Night Of Passion 03:52
  12. Hearts On Fire 03:45
    CD 2 (Bonus CD Live at Bang Your Head Festival 2014)
  13. Burning The Stage 05:23
  14. Night Of Passion 03:53
  15. Rolling Thunder 05:03
  16. Wait For The Night 04:40
  17. Lonely Is The Hunter 06:24
  18. Never Say Never 03:52
  19. Thoughts Of A Dying Man 06:19
  20. Fox On The Run 06:25

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SPV / HAMMERCULT to release new album in August; Artwork, Infos and Tracklisting
Posted by: Denis / 01.07.2015
Israels Thrash Metal flagship Hammercult will release their brand new studio album Built For War via Steamhammer / SPV shortly. Release dates are as follows: Europe and Germany: August 28th, 2015; USA + Canada: September 4th, 2015

Built For War will be available in 3 different physical formats:
  1. Jewelcase CD
  2. Ltd. Edition digipac CD + DVD (live in Tel Aviv)
  3. Ltd. Edition LP version – coloured 180gr. vinyl (red), printed innersleeve, 1 vinyl only bonus track, CD in papaersleeve included (Ltd. to 500 copies worldwide!)
Two years have passed since Israeli Thrash Metal act Hammercult released their album Steelcrusher. Two years during which not only the whole world but also the international metal scene have changed. Hammercult have stayed abreast of those changes: more than ever before, the band impress with their broad stylistic range, increasingly allowing – along with their unmistakable strengths – influences from the punk, hardcore and traditional Heavy Metal genres. The result is entitled Built For War, a true, intoxicating Thrash Metal manifesto with an inescapable knock-on effect. Hammercult's latest release will be out on Steamhammer/SPV on 28 August 2015 (US: 4 September 2015), so you'd better mark the date in your diary. Because one thing is certain: anybody who liked Steelcrusher is bound to be absolutely bowled over by Built For War. And all those who haven't got Hammercult on their metal menu yet will celebrate the group's latest offering as the discovery of the year.

Vocalist Yakir Von Hammer explains: "Every song on the album is the kind of pumping anthem which Hammercult are known for – but this time we've taken the songs to different places, with a more melodic and more original approach which really stands out. The vocals on Built For War are very unique and range from screams to growls, hardcore shouts to clean vocals – which I honestly believe has never been done before by a single performer. If I had to summarize Built For War in a single sentence it would be Destruction meets Manowar in an explosive mix of extreme music and true Metal."
    Tracklisting Digi
  1. From Parts Unknown (Intro) 01:37
  2. Rise Of The Hammer 04:07
  3. I Live For This Shit 03:52
  4. Spoils Of War 02:26
  5. Ready To Roll 02:41
  6. Raise Some Hell 03:10
  7. Blackened Blade 03:41
  8. Let It Roar 03:28
  9. Ode To Ares (Interlude) 01:23
  10. Altar Of Pain 03:42
  11. Blood And Fire 03:15
  12. Saturday Night Circle Pit Fight 03:12
  13. Road To Hell 03:42
    DVD (live in Tel Aviv 2014)
  14. Hymn To The Steel 1:32
  15. Steelcrusher 03:26
  16. Diabolic Overkill 03:05
  17. Metal Rules Tonight 03:23
  18. Into Hell 03:46
  19. Black Horseman 4:00
  20. We Are Hammercult 03:50
  21. Let The Angels Burn 03:09
  22. Stealer Of Souls 05:38

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SPV / BLACK TRIP release new album and announce tourdates
Posted by: Denis / 01.07.2015
"We are really excited about our second album coming out and are looking forward to finally getting some Black Trip dates in Europe under our belt!"Peter Stjärnvind
"Making this album was a real trip and to take it out on the road and finally play for our fans will be a blast"Joseph Tholl

Black Trip are back and they are on a mission! Their first all-killer-no-filler album Goin' Under released in 2014 (2013 in Scandinavia) was soaked in the true spirit of the NWOBHM and showed that great heavy metal music still can be made. With bands like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Thin Lizzy and 70's era Scorpions amongst their influences Black Trip really paid both homage and respect to the classic Metal sound that runs through the veins of every metalhead, and yet they have their own distinct sound and direction.
Now, two years on from that critically acclaimed debut they are about to release their second album Shadowline, which vocalist Joseph Tholl describes as "a bigger, more diverse and more personal album, but still dark, heavy metal rock". Guitarist Peter Stjärnvind adds "the album whilst heavy is also groovy and catchy and just makes you feel happy in a really good way".

Joseph"When Goin' Under was being shaped it was basically just me and Peter. But during that time we got offered gigs here in Sweden before we even had a band, so very quickly we had to get the other guys on board so we could play these gigs and record the album. Me and Jonas (Wikstrand – drums) didn't know the other guys that well so we've all been on this journey, getting to know each other and growing together as a band. We all love Heavy Metal, that's the common bond that binds us, but we all have our different tastes and different musical backgrounds because me and Jonas are from a different musical generation than Peter, Sebastian and Johan. With the writing and recording of Shadowline we have grown together and it really feels like we have become a band now. We've influenced each other and we've begun to understand what our potential is, what we can do and what we can't do. Every band member has contributed in one way or another to the shaping of this album and following on from what we did on Goin' Under this was a very natural step for us. With the first album we were establishing the foundations of our sound, now with Shadowline we have started to build the framework of the band."

Speaking about the influences for Shadowline it's clear the whole process isn't an exact science for Black Trip. Peter doesn't plan the songs, he just lets the mood take him and whatever comes out comes out. Two bands he has listened to constantly during this time are Geordie, particularly the album Don't Be Fooled by the Name and Blue Öyster Cult. "It's all about those little details and feelings that just blow you away!" says Peter enthusiastically.

Shadowline was recorded and mixed by Nicke Andersson (Entombed, Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric) at his studio The Honk Palace in February/March 2015. All being fans of his bands and his musical taste and approach to sound, they felt he was someone they could trust to get the very best in the studio. The recording went really smoothly and Andersson has definitely captured the sound and feel of the essence of what Black Trip are all about. Joseph"Nicke was totally on our wave-length from the start and during the recording process it felt like he was more or less one of us." Peter"His all round input was just great. He would suggest simple things like going from a 4/4 time to double time on the hi-hat to give that extra drive. He really brings the best out of you in the studio and recording guitar solos with him was a delight. He is always encouraging you to do your best."

The new album Shadowline will be released through Steamhammer/SPV on Aug 28th (USA September 04th) as a Digipak CD & Coloured Vinyl LP and Download.
    Tracklisting Digi:
  1. Die With Me 04:12
  2. Danger 04:56
  3. Shadowline 03:57
  4. Berlin Model 32 04:09
  5. Over The Worldly Walls 03:52
  6. Clockworks 03:54
  7. Rooms 00:46
  8. Subvisual Sleep 03:04
  9. Sceneries 03:28
  10. The Storm 05:23
  11. Coming Home 03:30
To coincide with the release of the new album Black Trip will finally hit the road for their first European tour dates outside of Sweden, something the band are hugely excited about.

    Deaf Forever and Rocks present BLACK TRIP live 2015
  • 18.09. DE – Flensburg – Roxy
  • 19.09. DE – Hamburg – Knust
  • 20.09. DE – Berlin – K17
  • 22.09. DE – Munich – Garage Deluxe
  • 23.09. DE – Tannheim – Schwarzer Adler
  • 24.09. DE – Mannheim – 7er Club
  • 25.09. DE – Rheine – Hypothalamus
  • 26.09. DE – Bochum – Matrix/Rockpalast
  • 27.09. BE – Vorselaar – Secrets Of Metal Festival
  • 28.09. DE – Cologne – Underground
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