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Pure Steel Records / ChainReAction 'The Game Between Good And Evil'
Posted by: Denis / 23.04.2014
The release date of the ChainReAction debut album The Game Between Good And Evil on CD is May 30th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on May 16th, 2014 in label's webshop.

The label is proud to present the Melodic Heavy Metal band ChainReAction from Hamburg at Pure Underground Records. After three self-released EPs, now the first full-length album A Game Between Good And Evil releases.

The band plays classic Heavy Metal with great melodies. While both guitars (one is played by the former Stormwarrior guitarist Scott Bölter) are standing for catchy, simple and impulsive riffing in 80s Metal style meets Saxon, the smoky and harmonic voice of Conny Bethke often reminds of Klaus Meine at his best time. Backing choirs and a massive double bass, Twin-Leads in Running Wild style and catchy refrains are all put together on this album. The oppressive, natural production gives A Game Between Good And Evil an authentic style. The album was mastered by Dirk Schlächter (Gamma Ray). All who can imagine a good Female-Fronted version of Black Hawk will appreciate ChainReAction!
Frontiers Records / Uriah Heep - Outsider
Posted by: Denis / 23.04.2014
Uriah Heep, one of the pivotal Hard Rock groups to emerge from England in the late 1960s returns with Outsider, its 24th studio album, and the first since 2011's critically acclaimed Into the Wild album. Outsider will be released on June 6th in Europe, June 9th in the UK and June 10th in North America on Frontiers Records.

"We are very proud of our history" says founder/guitarist Mick Box, "but it is equally important to keep producing new material. This new album, Outsider, is very much a rock album in true 'Heep' style. It shows that we still have the same passion and energy for our music that we have always had."

From the opening chords of the album's hard driving rocker, Speed of Sound, to the more introspective closer, Say Goodbye, Outsider proves that Uriah Heep has remained a musical powerhouse, and one that can effectively balance its legendary sound with a distinctly contemporary approach. The record, which was produced by Mike Paxman (Asia, Status Quo), also introduces bassist Dave Rimmer, who joined the band last summer after the untimely death of long time member, Trevor Bolder.

Says Box of his late friend, Bolder: "We lost a world class bass player, singer, songwriter and friend. While Trevor was ill, he wanted us to continue working, so we used a bass player called Dave Rimmer, who Trevor approved of. It was only natural that Dave carried on with the band."

After major tours of Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and South America, upon the release of Outsider, Uriah Heep will launch a world tour that will take in many continents as the band promotes the new album to an eager international audience.

Confirmed Tour Dates:
    JUNE 05.06.14 Solvesborg Sweden Rock Sweden
  • 07.06.14 Espoo Kivenlahtirock Festival Finland
  • 08.06.14 Kauhava Hotel Kauhava Finland
  • 09.06.14 Pori Promenade-Keskus Finland
  • 10.06.14 Salo Teatteri Provinssi Finland
  • 11.06.14 Lahti Sibeliustalo Finland
  • 13.06.14 Alta Alta Soul and Blues Norway
  • 14.06.14 Haminkeln Thunderbike fest Germany
    JULY
  • 10.07.14 Sierre Sierre Blues Festival Switzerland
  • 25.07.14 Nova Gorica Rock Batuje Slovenia
  • 30.07.14 Lauchheim Schloss Kapfenburg Germany
    AUGUST
  • 01.08.14 Graz Seerock Festival Austria
  • 06.08.14 Schaffhausen Stars In Town Switzerland
  • 30.08.14 Stadtallendorf SUMMER-ROCK open air Germany
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EDGUY - NEW ALBUM 'SPACE POLICE - DEFENDERS OF THE CROWN' OUT NOW
Posted by: Denis / 22.04.2014
This past weekend the new EDGUY album SPACE POLICE - Defenders Of The Crown has been released in Europe; it will also hit stores in the US next week! ("Space Police isn't just the best thing EDGUY have released in years, it is one of the best Power Metal albums released in years." - Planetmosh.com). The new album is available as a limited 2CD-Digibook-version, standard-CD, 2LP, and download. The large deluxe edition book is pretty much already sold out! On Saturday, March 3rd Edguy will promote their first single Love Tyger on German TV (ARD) by delivering the walk-in anthem for boxing world champion Arthur Abraham. In autumn EDGUY will set off on their 'SPACE POLICE WORLD TOUR', visit edguy.net to make sure you get your ticket!
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Frontiers Records / Tesla new album
Posted by: Denis / 22.04.2014
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of TESLA brand new studio album entitled Simplicity on June 6th in Europe.

The Sacramento Rockers are back with 14 new songs offering a ride of energy that doesn't come easy for a band of rookies much less a band whose been doing this for over 20 years. Simplicity is TESLA's seventh all original studio album which follows a 6-years creative break from the release of the previous album Forever More.

After a string of shows in the USA in 2013, the band went back into the studio in early 2014 and came out with a new album, which goes straight back to the TESLA roots. The band worked and produced it as they did with Into the Now, their successful come-back album from 2004. Helped by the legendary Tom Zutaut who was the man behind the best TESLA albums, this new album rocks from start to finish, showing a variety of emotions where each song has its own twist - not sounding like another.

The first new song off the new album Taste My Pain, was released last summer digitally via iTunes and Amazon. The track was recorded during a two-day (June 5-6, 2013) session at J Street Recorders in Sacramento. The new song is, according to the band, 'A heavier song with a hard-driving beat and TESLA trademark blazing guitars'.

Guitarist Frank Hannon says about Simplicity: "I must say that this new TESLA album is really gonna be awesome. We went in more prepared with the songs and ideas way more than Forever More, and the style is pure TESLA back to our roots. I truly believe you guys are gonna love it!"

"The opening track is called MP3", continues Hannon "and starts off with an opus intro that orchestrates into a heavy slow groove with lyrics about technology and how we miss simplicity, vinyl albums, family values... and has a heavy ass riff! Then we segue into a rock n roll song called Ricochet that talks about uncle Ted... can't wait to play this stuff live!"
Limb Music / FIREFORCE - 'Deathbringer' coming soon...
Posted by: Denis / 22.04.2014
FIREFORCE, the Belgian Power Metal tank rolls again! After the release of March On it was time to go one step further and the band is now, after inking a worldwide deal with the German label Limb Music, proud to announce their new album Deathbringer, which will be released in May/June 2014.

The album consists of 12 Combat Metal songs with a powerful production of R.D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy, Devil's Train, Suicidal Angels, Crystal Tears).

The crusaders of Combat Metal will convince you that the only way to live is the Metal way, or the Deathbringer will come to rip your guts out...
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Massacre Records new signing: VENI DOMINE
Posted by: Denis / 22.04.2014
Welcome VENI DOMINE back in the Massacre Records family! If you're not familiar with the band, it's our pleasure to introduce you to them:

The story of VENI DOMINE began in 1987 when Torbjörn Weinesjö, Thomas Weinesjö and Anders Olofsson formed the band. Fredrik Sjöholm (back then Olsson) joined them shortly after.

At first, the band's name was Glorify, which soon got changed to Seventh Seal. The band name VENI DOMINE exists since the early 90's as the first record deal was landed. Bass and keyboard positions have changed a few times since then but the band's core still remains.

The musical style was soon labeled as doom but this was not the aim of the band. VENI DOMINE was always trying to evolve and symphonic elements as well as progressive ones are often heard on the albums.

The band recorded their debut album Fall Babylon Fall in Eastbourne, England, for Kingsway Music Records. The next albums - Material Sanctuary and Spiritual Wasteland - were released via Thunderload Records in Sweden only. Both albums, as well as the debut album, were then licensed from Thunderload to be released via Massacre Records in the rest of the world. There was a huge gap between the release of Spiritual Wasteland and the fourth album IIII - The Album Of Labour, which saw the light of day via Rivel Records, due to various reasons. For the latest full-length albums, 23:59 and Tongues, VENI DOMINE joined forces with the German label MCM Music.

VENI DOMINE now resigned with Massacre Records, where the first album since 7 years, entitled Light, will soon be released. Light was produced and mixed in Stockholm by Torbjörn Weinesjö at the Room Of Doom and mastered by Erik Marthinsen at the Skyline Studio. The artwork's created by the band's vocalist Fredrik Sjöholm himself.

The band has also released the first song off the upcoming album! VENI DOMINE's new album Light will be released on May 23, 2014 via Massacre Records!
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Alusonic Aluminium Instruments releases Alberto Rigoni Hybrid Signature Bass
Posted by: Denis / 21.04.2014
Italian company Alusonic Aluminium Instruments is proud to announce the release of 'Alusonic Alberto Rigoni Hybrid signature bass'!

"As many bass players, I'm affected by GAS but I'm also pretty eclectic – I'm always looking for innovative and exciting instruments. Based on a new concept, my new Alusonic Hybrid signature bass features an alder body which gives a punchy and full mid-tone, and an Aircraft Grade Aluminium Top that increases the attack of the notes and gives them an incredible clarity. The best bass I've ever had in terms of tone and design! Thanks Alusonic!" - Alberto Rigoni (Solo, TwinSpirits, Lady & the BASS, Kim Bingham, Vivaldi Metal Project).

"I worked hard together with Alberto to create this new model and we are both very excited about the result. Get ready for a new sound experience!" - Polly.

At the following link you can watch the presentation video.
Avantegarde MNGT / MISS LAVA Confirm live dates in Spain
Posted by: Denis / 21.04.2014
Lisbon, Portugal's intense heavy rock act MISS LAVA have recently announced their first mini-tour across Spain organized by Third Eye Society in support of their highly acclaimed second full length Red Supergiant, out worldwide last year on Small Stone Records.
    April:
  • 29/04/2014 Madrid @ Republik Club
  • 30/04/2014 Barcelona @ Rocksound
    May:
  • 01/05/2014 Erandio @ Sentinel Rock
  • 02/05/2014 Oviedo @ La Cajella de la Ciega
  • 03/05/2014 Pontevedra @ Sala Karma
In other news, the band announced their new bass-player as Nuno Vicente, who has played bass in great Portuguese acts such as Satan's Revolver, Black Sunrise and Aside. Nuno will be replacing Samuel Rebelo who decided to quit the band, to focus on new projects.
ALLTHENIKO: New Album and New Song in streaming
Posted by: Denis / 18.04.2014
ALLTHENIKO are proud to announce the following: the band has almost finished working on 5th studio album entitled FAST AND GLORIOUS and from Tuesday 22nd April the first new song KAISER OF STEEL, extracted from the album, will be available for listening in streaming on all band's web channels as a preview.
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SOM DO DARMA / Noturnall inducted into Brazilian's The RockWalk Of Fame
Posted by: Denis / 18.04.2014
Noturnall, the new Brazilian supergroup formed by the Shaman members Thiago Bianchi (vocal), Fernando Quesada (bass), Leo Mancini (guitar), Junior Carelli (keyboards) and the worldwide famous drummer Aquiles Priester (Hangar, ex-Angra), is confirming why it has been considered the new sensation of the Brazilian Rock/Metal scene.

After the resounding success that was the sold-out show realized in March in Sao Paulo that counted with the special participation of the Symphony X and Adrenaline Mob vocalist, Russell Allen, the band now noticed its induction into the Brazilian's RockWalk Of Fame.

The Brazilian RockWalk Of Fame is the local version of the original RockWalk Of Fame located on the Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood (USA) where are unforgettable names like Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, among others. The Brazilian version of The RockWalk, like the American original, aims to perpetuate the greatest representatives of the Brazilian rock, although it is an itinerant sidewalk being displayed across the country through special events.

Have been immortalized on the Brazilian RockWalk some major bands and rock musicians of the country such as Mutantes, Sepultura, Dr. Sin, Shaman and now Noturnall.

The ceremony of induction will happen on the next April, 27th in the city of Limeira/Brazil. The band will play a special pocket-show for this event.

"To participate in this important Brazilian rock event is an honor! Even more for the second time, since we were also included in the Brazilian RockWalk for our job in Shaman, so we are the only Brazilian musicians to appear twice in the project! A double honor! We're very happy with the recognition of our work by people and so important music critics. Hope to see you in Limeira." said bassist Fernando Quesada.

Besides the ceremony of the RockWalk, Noturnall prepares for the next shows in promotion of its self-titled debut album. Recorded at Fusao VM&T Studios in Sao Paulo and at The Shanty Shack Studios in New Jersey (USA), Noturnall's debut album has Russell Allen as one of the producers and for five consecutive weeks the album held the first position among the Best Sellers of Die Hard Records - one of the major Brazilian CDs stores - besides have beaten the record for pre-orders. The album also appeared on the second position on the charts of Roadie Crew Magazine, the most important rock magazine from Brazil, achieving better position than bands like Within Temptation and Epica.

Among other news, Noturnall's drummer Aquiles Priester had his most recent DVD Aquiles Priester's Top 100 Drum Fills elected as 'Best Educational DVD' by Modern Drummer magazine. This was the first time that a Brazilian drummer took first place in the ranking.
Alestorm - new album out on 1st August
Posted by: Denis / 18.04.2014
Alestorm statement:
"Ahoy there righteous dudes, babes, and all fans of Pirate Metal! It is my very great pleasure to tell you all that Alestorm's 4th album, to be entitled Sunset on the Golden Age will be released by Napalm Records on August 1st 2014!

Wow! Songtitles! Exclamation marks! We'll be telling you a bit more about the individual tracks sometime soon. What we will say for now, is that Hangover is a cover of the dance-pop anthem by Taio Cruz and Flo Rida. It works... trust me!

ANYWAY back to the good stuff. Check out the artwork for the album... how good is that? This rad painting was once again done by the very talented Ingo Römling, who has handled all of our previous album covers. It features a bunch of pirate ships doing what they do best: shooting the crap out of each other. Cannons are cool. Also, the sky is red, as if to imply it's sunset. See what we did there?

OF COURSE the title of the album is a reference to The Golden Age of Piracy, which was a period roughly between the years 1680-1720 (depending on who you ask), during which time all the famous pirates you've probably heard of were doing their thing in the Caribbean. Stealing treasure, kicking the ass of the British Navy, plundering wenches, and so forth. Like all good things, this age had to come to an end, and so we've used that as a general theme for this album. There's also songs about drinking and partying too.

In the coming weeks and months we'll be giving you more details about the album, including preorder information, special editions, and other stuff... and we'll maybe let you all hear a song if you're good boys and girls! Until then, stay piratical!"
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SOM DO DARMA / Amazon: listen the new song 'The Path'
Posted by: Denis / 17.04.2014
If you are a symphonic Metal fan and are into the Brazilian bands, you surely knows Amazon. After all, the band's debut album Victoria Regia (Hellion Records - 2005), was very well received by press and public at the time and allowed Amazon to play important shows with Nightwish and Epica in Brazil. In 2010 the band's second album was released, Nature's Last Ride, and it got the same warm reception that its predecessor.

Four years later, the band formed by Sabrina Todt (vocal and flute), Renato Angelo (guitar and keyboards), Andre Pedral (bass) and Marcos Frassao (drums) announces the release of its third studio effort.

Titled RISE!, the album will bring the tracks The Path, Ball Of Vanities, New Horizons, Prisoners Of The Sea, Sins, Time, Immortal, Three Lives, Bittersweet and Suicide Note. RISE! was recorded at The Rock Station studios in Reuver, Holland, and brings two very respected producers: Sander Gommans, founding member of After Forever, and Amanda Somerville, famous vocalist with participations in bands like Avantasia, Aina, Epica, Edguy and Kamelot. Besides appearing as producers, both also co-wrote some songs from RISE! and Gommans also does some special participations in some songs as musician.

The track The Path is already available for listening on Soundcloud.

"This song is one of my favourites from RISE! Check out the great orchestration job by Ivo Van Dijk", declared the guitar player Renato Angelo. Amazon still studies some record labels proposals, but guarantees that RISE! will hit the stores before the end of the first semester of 2014.
Karthago Records / LEWD PREACHER 'The Raw Age'
Posted by: Denis / 17.04.2014
The release date of the LEWD PREACHER album The Raw Age on CD is May 23rd, 2014. The preorder phase will start on May 9th, 2014 in label's webshop.

Founded 1985 in Marburg, LEWD PREACHER are a well hidden mystery of German Heavy Metal. Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde and Knight of unknown destiny from the 1988 demotape The master socks the fuse are very catchy and totally convincing. Their influences reached from NWoBHM to Speed, Thrash and even US-Metal. Their ability to write unique but commercial songs including even keyboards made them something really special.

The longer the band existed the less easy it was to unite the ideas of the different artists in the band. After the second -more complex- demo The fuse strikes back LEWD PREACHER existed only a few more years until they finally disbanded in 1992. In 2009 there was a reunion concert, but sadly this had been the only sign of life until the release of this compilation CD containing the great moments of a really promising band which sadly never got the big chance.
Metal Blade / Sweden’s FALCONER return with Black Moon Rising
Posted by: Denis / 17.04.2014
Swedish Folk Metal forerunners FALCONER return to glory with their new album Black Moon Rising, which is scheduled to be released the June 6th in Europe, June 9th in the UK, and June 10th in North America! The first single to be released from the album, Locust Swarm, is streaming now here.

After the release of their last album Armod in 2011, the first album entirely sung in Swedish and concentrating on the folk elements in the music, FALCONER return to the power and the glory of their roots. Black Moon Rising was recorded at Sonic Train Studios with Andy LaRocque, and is scheduled for release in June 2014 via Meta Blade Records. This album is the most guitar oriented, riff-filled, and fastest Falconer release to date. This is a much hungrier and more vital Falconer, with some of their finest material in many years.

Comments FALCONER main composer Stefan Weinerhall: "After an 8 month complete break from music on the verge of quitting it, I finally returned with a feeling of hunger, power and commitment to the song writing. The goal we all had was to wake up, stir things up a bit and perform at our very best. And so we all did!!"
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Nightmare Records / TERAMAZE 'ESOTERIC SYMBOLISM' NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE
Posted by: Denis / 16.04.2014
TERAMAZE returns with their 4th full length album after completely grabbing the attention of the underground Thrash and Prog-Power Metal fans with their 2012 release AnhedoniA. Teramaze blends amazingly tight and speedy syncopated guitar/drum riffs and rhythms, with melodic hard vocals, for a very unique brand of Metal.
Nightmare Records / ANUBIS GATE 'HORIZONS' NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE
Posted by: Denis / 16.04.2014
Finally the eagerly anticipated sixth album of Danish Prog-Metallers Anubis Gate is here. Horizons is unquestionably the bands most mature work to date. Combining their signature epic songwriting with the brilliant production team of Kim Olesen and Jacob Hansen.
Frontiers Records / Night Ranger - High Road
Posted by: Denis / 16.04.2014
Iconic arena-rockers Night Ranger are set to release their new studio album, HIGH ROAD, on June 6th in Europe and June 10th in North America via label home Frontiers Records. Produced by the band itself, HIGH ROAD will be available in two formats – a standard CD version and a deluxe version which includes two bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album along with video clips. HIGH ROAD can be pre-ordered now at Amazon as the standard version and as the deluxe version. Look for the band to tour North America and around the globe this year in support of HIGH ROAD.

Of the new album, frontman/bassist/songwriter Jack Blades commented, "It's almost summer and a great time to take a trip down the HIGH ROAD! Our new record features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy kick-ass rock n' roll. We can't wait for our fans to hear." Drummer/singer Kelly Keagy added, "We're so proud of this new record and excited to get back on the road to bring the new music to our fans."

Night Ranger's legendary hits Sister Christian, (You Can Still) Rock in America, and Don't Tell Me You Love Me are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band's inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band's music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture. Night Ranger's songs can be heard in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games; Rock of Ages hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film Boogie Nights; FOX's hit TV Show American Dad; JBL's 'Hear The Truth' campaign; and many more! To date, Night Ranger has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums.
Burning Nitrum: new band under Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 15.04.2014
Italian Thrash metallers Burning Nitrum has signed a new record deal with Punishment 18 Records that will release their debut full-length album before the end of the year. In 2012, the young band released a five song EP titled Pyromania.
Nuclear Blast / RAGE release lyric-video for Anybody Home?
Posted by: Denis / 15.04.2014
Standing strong and ready to celebrate their 30th band anniversary, German Heavy Metal masters RAGE now release a lyric video for Anybody Home?, the opening track of their forthcoming new output The Soundchaser Archives.

This outstanding song collection with a total amount of 30 tracks contains a number of previously unreleased songs or versions, demo recordings and fractions of ideas, which finally went to find clear sonic ground.

The following statement was revealed as part of the RAGE liner notes on The Soundchaser Archives Anybody Home?: "This is a new recorded song we created from leftover Ideas we had from the 21 sessions. In that time we couldn't find the right grooves for it and after changing the arrangement a million times, it was too late for that album. Now, after re-visiting the tune two years later, it came out naturally. It was real fun for us to turn up the volume and kick it out roughly, a good marker for our future."

The song was recorded in the current line-up - Peavy Wagner: vocals, bass; Victor Smolski: guitars; Andre Hilgers: drums - in January 2014 at 'Studiozwei' by Lars Dietrich.

The Soundchaser Archives holds a full run of two CDs (plus Bonus DVD), and will be released on May 23, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

Don't miss the chance to see RAGE live at any of the following dates:
  • 19.04. B Mons - PPM Fest
  • 26.04. D Dernbach/Pfalz - Dorfgemeinschaftshaus
  • 23.05. D Bergeheim - Tribute to Jon Lord
  • 30.05. D Geiselwind - Out & Loud Festival
  • 31.05. CZ Plzen - Metalfest
  • 07.06. D Siegen - KulturPur24
  • 08.06. HR Zadar - Underwall Festival
  • 26.07. D Rengsdorf - Rock The Forest
  • 06.09. CH Porsel - FestiWolf
LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA feat. RAGE
  • 05.07. D Gelnhausen - 1. Gelnhäuser Sommerfestival 2014
  • 11.07. D Hamm - KlassikSommer Hamm
  • 25.07. D Seebronn - Rock Of Ages Festival
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Nuclear Blast / BLIND GUARDIAN announce European tour in 2015
Posted by: Denis / 15.04.2014
The waiting is over: BLIND GUARDIAN will return! As of today Hansi Kürsch & Co. have announced the first dates for their highly anticipated European tour, that will see the band en route through nine different countries in April and March 2015. Kicking off on April 10, 2015 in the Netherlands (Eindhoven - Effenaar), shows in Belgium, England, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Greece will follow, concluding the run on May 10, 2015 in Athens. From April 23 to May 02, the Metalheads will be in Germany, with shows in Trier, Frankfurt, Bamberg, Munich, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Hamburg and as a highlight the 'home show' at Düsseldorf 'Mitsubishi Electric Halle' (former Philipshalle) on April 25, 2015. Tickets for all shows are available at Eventim, Metaltix and all pre-sale ticket providers.

Those who can't wait that long, will have the chance to see BLIND GUARDIAN perform live at the '70.000 Tons of Metal' cruise that will be taking place January 22. to 26, 2015 and will take off at Miami to the Caribbean Sea.

BLIND GUARDIAN will also appear at a few chosen shows this year, the first of which will be at Saarbrücken 'Garage' on Mai 30, and the very next day, May 31, 2014 BLIND GUARDIAN will be headlining at 'Out & Loud Festival' in Geiselwind. Furthermore, the band has been confirmed to play at 'Seerock Festival' in Graz on August 02 and at 'Metal Hammer Awards' at Berlin 'Kesselhaus' on September 12, 2014.

"The last time we were on stage was at 'Rock Harz Festival' 2012," vocalist Hansi Kürsch explains. "After that we had to take a pause from touring in order to work on our ninth studio album. Now that the production is almost done, we are really eager to go on tour again and to introduce the new songs live and to celebrate the old hits with the fans in 2015."

BLIND GUARDIAN European tour includes the following dates so far:
  • 10.04. NL Tilburg - O13
  • 11.04. BE Antwerps - Ho ter Loo
  • 12.04. UK London - The Forum
  • 14.04. FR Paris - Bataclan
  • 15.04. FR Strasburg - La Laiterie
  • 17.04. ESP Bilbao - Santana 27
  • 18.04. ESP Barcelona - St Jordi Club
  • 19.04. ESP Madrid - La Riviera
  • 21.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
  • 23.04. D Trier - Europa Halle
  • 24.04. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
  • 25.04. D Düsseldorf - Mitsubishi Electric Halle
  • 26.04. D Bamberg - Brose Arena
  • 28.04. D München - Zenith
  • 30.04. D Leipzig - Haus Auensee
  • 01.05. D Stuttgart - Liederhalle Beethoven Saal
  • 02.05. D Hamburg - O2 Arena
  • 05.05. I Milan - Alcatraz
  • 06.05. I Rome - Atlantico
  • 08.05. GR Thessaloniki - Principal Club
  • 09.05. GR Athens - Fuzz Club
  • 10.05. GR Athens - Fuzz Club
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Cruz del sur Music / The Cult of Vestal Claret: streaming and free download
Posted by: Denis / 14.04.2014
Cruz del sur Music are pleased to offer the first song off Vestal Claret's upcoming release in streaming and free download!

The title track The Cult of Vestal Claret is one of the strongest compositions on the album. Enjoy its monolithic yet eclectic rhythmic session, the dark, precise and cutting riffs, and the charismatic, preaching voice of Phil Swanson, the Ceremonial Master of The Cult of The Vestal Claret!

The album has been recently described by UK's Doom Metal Heaven as "the jangling melancholy of Trouble, the epic stomp of Candlemass, the creative freedom of Sabbath, add a big handful of classic 1980′s Metal and off they go, exploring places where no light shines."

Cruz del sur Music believe the description fits quite well with what you listened on this premier of The Cult of Vestal Claret.

Release-date: May 2nd. Available in CD, LP, DIGITAL.
Limb Music / ANCIENT BARDS New video clip 'In My Arms'
Posted by: Denis / 14.04.2014
Ancient Bards, Limb Music and Rockshots Music Management are proud to present the videoclip of In My Arms, the first single extracted from A New Dawn Ending, the band's new album, to be released on on April 25th in Europe and Japan and on June 10th in North America.

In My Arms is the dejected and resigned inner cry of queen Shena, her aching eyes, now witnessing the awful duel between Daltor and Sendor, are the same that saw her son Surod (Dorus) pass away 16 years ago.

The video was directed by Matteo Ermeti.
Massacre Records / CRYSTAL EYES New Drummer
Posted by: Denis / 14.04.2014
The band recently issued a statement regarding the latest addition to CRYSTAL EYES:
"Stefan (Svantesson) has left CRYSTAL EYES after 12 years of solid Heavy Metal drumming. He made his decision right after the recording of KILLER and the reason is that he couldn't take part in any upcoming gigs. We thank Stefan for a great time together and wish him all the best in the future.
We're now proud to welcome back Martin Tilander as our new drummer!"


The last sentence already suggests that Martin isn't a stranger to the band. He already played in a Judas Priest tribute band with Mikael and Niclas and was also a part of CRYSTAL EYES in the mid-90's.

CRYSTAL EYES continued:
"There was no doubt about that he was the right man for the job. We knew he had been waiting for this opportunity for years and after the first rehearsal everything fell into place. We've spent the last 3-4 months rehearsing and the new line-up is now ready to destroy the stages all over the world."
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Obsession news
Posted by: Denis / 11.04.2014
OBSESSION will be launching a KICKSTARTER campaign this Saturday, April 12 to fund the recording of the band's new album!

"This time, with Kickstarter and our fans help, we can make the album we want, the way we want to do it, without any outside influences, If we hit our goal, we will have enough to finally make the ultimate OBSESSION album and release it ourselves."

Also OBSESSION welcome band's new drummer Yanni Sofianos!
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SPV / AXEL RUDI PELL release new video for 'Long Way To Go'
Posted by: Denis / 11.04.2014
AXEL RUDI PELL releases a new video for the song Long Way To Go, taken from the chart album Into The Storm. The video was directed by Tim Assmann.

July 11th 2014 will see Axel Rudi Pell celebrate his 25th anniversary as a solo artist by performing a very special show at the prestigious BANG YOUR HEAD FESTIVAL, in Balingen, Germany. Not only will he be joined on stage by some very special guests, but he will also be reunited with the original members from his former band STEELER. This is a show not to be missed!

Then Axel Rudi Pell will continue with the second part of the Into the Storm-Tour. A new date has already been added to the schedule, 19th September 2014, Switzerland, Once again, they will be supported by young German newcomers REBELLIOUS SPIRIT, who were so impressive on the first part of the tour, they've been invited back.

'Into The Storm'-Tour 2014Part 2, AXEL RUDI PELL special guests: REBELLIOUS SPIRIT
  • 19.09. CH-Pratteln - Z7
  • 20.09. NL-Zoetermeer - Boerderij
  • 21.09. D-Cologne - Essigfabrik
  • 23.09. D-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
  • 24.09. D-Munich - Backstage
  • 26.09. A-Vienna - Szene
  • 27.09. CZ-Zlin - Masters of Rock Cafe
  • 28.09. CZ-Prague - Matrix Music Club
  • 30.09. D-Berlin - Huxleys
  • 01.10. D-Bremen - Aladin
  • 03.10. D-Karlsruhe - Substage
  • 04.10. B-Vooselaar - Biebob
  • 05.10. D-Bochum - Zeche
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Pure Steel Records / OMEN announce new Lead vocalist
Posted by: Denis / 11.04.2014
Pure Steel Records artist OMEN from the USA are excited to announce that the PHANTOM X member Kevin Goocher will be taking over for Matt Story as singer.
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FORENSICK signed a worldwide deal with PURE UNDERGROUND RECORDS/PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 11.04.2014
FORENSICK (Germany) have signed a worldwide deal with PURE UNDERGROUND RECORDS, a sublabel of PURE STEEL RECORDS!

"We, Forensick, are really happy having signed the deal with Pure Steel Records. For us, a dream became true. We are looking forward to the cooperation!"
SHADOWBANE signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 11.04.2014
SHADOWBANE (Germany) have signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS.

"Shadowbane are very satisfied to release our debut album on Pure Steel! We are proud that we arrived with our 'Post Apocalyptic Power Metal' at Pure Steel universe."
Punishment 18 Records / Chronosphere: Josh Christian guest on the new album
Posted by: Denis / 11.04.2014
Recently, Greek Thrash metallers Chronosphere has signed a deal with Punishment 18 Records for their new second studio album Embracing Oblivion, a concept album about how this world tends to self-destruct due to humanity. The new CD, that will be released before end of June 2014, will feature the participation of guitarist Josh Christian (Toxik) as guest solo on the song Herald the Uprising.
SOM DO DARMA / Imagery on tour with Focus in Brazil
Posted by: Denis / 10.04.2014
IMAGERY has surprised even the most optimistic forecast. Definitely! After all, who would expect that a power trio from the countryside of Brazil who plays progressive rock mixed with Heavy Metal and jazz would reap many fruits with so little time of career and just one album released?

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

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

Now the year 2014 has barely begun and the band has announced another major achievement: Imagery will perform three more shows with Focus in the new Brazilian tour of the band that starts yesterday! The Dutch progressive rock giants have landed in Brazil for another series of shows, this time with dates in Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, Florianopolis, Catanduva and Belo Horizonte. Imagery made the opening acts for Focus yesterday, April 9th, at John Bull in Florianopolis; today, April 10th in Curitiba, also at John Bull; and on April 17th at Sesc in Catanduva. "Having played with Focus in 2012 was the realization of a dream, and have the opportunity to repeat that in this new tour, in three shows, is surreal," says Imagery's vocalist and guitarist, Joceir Bertoni.

Besides these three shows with Focus, Imagery will also play two additional shows in Brazil this weekend as part of the tour: Friday at Bar do Boris in Vinhedo/SP and Saturday at the 12º Loucos Por Vinil Fair in Embu das Artes/SP.
Inner Wound Recordings / Pyramaze 'Immortal' re-issue announced
Posted by: Denis / 10.04.2014
The classic Pyramaze album Immortal will be re-issued through Inner Wound Recordings on May 9th in Europe and May 13th in North America. Immortal was originally released in 2008 and received fantastic response within the Metal community. The album features Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth) on vocals on all tracks and marked his return to the Metal scene.

Immortal was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Pretty Maids) and the artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth). The re-issue features track commentary and album history written by Pyramaze guitarist and founder Michael Kammeyer.
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Metal Blade / Swedish Heavy Metal gang PORTRAIT releases 2nd song taken off new album ‘Crossroads’ exclusively via Rock Hard Germany!
Posted by: Denis / 10.04.2014
Swedish Heavy Metallers PORTRAIT have just released the 2nd song taken off their new album Crossroads due April, 29th via Metal Blade Records. Surf over to our partners Rock Hard Germany to listen to We Were Not Alone.

You can still stream the 1st single In Time, where fans can also pre-order copies of Crossroads on CD, vinyl and digital downloads.

Comments PORTRAIT: "Crossroads is a sevenfold blessing and curse upon a dying music scene, an album imbued with something untouchable and yet undeniable. We Were Not Alone is a haunting mid-tempo song that should not disappoint any real headbanger!"

The relentless, Swedish Heavy Metal monster known as PORTRAIT was born in the year 2006 with the intention to exterminate the entire world. After the release of a demo, two singles and their self-titled full length debut PORTRAIT released their Metal Blade debut Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae in 2011. After numerous tours and festival appearances the band began to focus on the third album, entitled Crossroads. The writing and recording process took about a year and Tore Stjerna of Necromorbus Studio handled the production together with the band.

"This is our most important album up to date in so many ways, and we couldn't be more satisfied with the final outcome. To me personally, PORTRAIT has finally become what I have always wanted the band to be, and we are hungrier than ever. The new album will speak for itself, and the year 2014 will be a year of Truth and of Conquest. Beware!"Christian Lindell, guitars.
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SPV / HAMMERCULT joined by Alpha Tiger guitarist for the April tourdates
Posted by: Denis / 09.04.2014
Just a few days before their 'Steelcrusher European tour', Hammercult announced that they will be joined by Alpha Tiger guitarist Alexander Backasch.

Backsach will temporary replace Hammercult guitarist Aria Aranovich who recently suffered from health issues, preventing him to tour.

Hammercult vocalist Yakir Shochat have issued the following statement: "Cancellation was never an option. There is no chance in hell. There are people out there who have been waiting for a while for Hammercult – and we will never let them down!

Thanks to Alex and Alpha Tiger who have agreed to pull this with us on such a short notice, it's certainly going to be an interesting experience. See you guys there!"


HAMMERCULT released a new lyric video for the track Into Hell of their new album Steelcrusher.

HAMMERCULT live 2014
  • 10.04. D-Eisenach - Alter Schlachthof
  • 11.04. F-Pontoise - Observatoire (with Napalm Death)
  • 12.04. F-Creil - Grange a Musique (with Napalm Death)
  • 13.04. F-Nantes - Ferrailleur (with Napalm Death)
  • 14.04. F-Paris - Fleche d`Or (with Napalm Death)
  • 15.04. F- Lyon - CCO (with Napalm Death)
  • 16.04. F-Toulouse - Le Metronom (with Napalm Death)
  • 17.04. F-Angouleme - La Nef (with Napalm Death)
  • 18.04. B-Antwerp - Kavka
  • 19.04. D-Siegen - Vortex
  • 07.06. D-Reichenbach - Chronical Moshers Open Air
  • 10.07. D-Ballenstedt - Rock Harz Open Air
Frontiers Records / Timo Tolkki’s AVALON - Design The Century
Posted by: Denis / 09.04.2014
Timo Tolkki's AVALON, the awesome Metal Opera masterminded by former STRATOVARIUS member Timo Tolkki, premieres the first official lyric video for their current single Design The Century on Finland's Radio Rock website and on Ruutu.fi.

The video was directed by Patric Ullaeus (Amaranthe, Within Temptation, Kamelot, In Flames, Europe etc.) and features current NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen appearing on lead vocals.

The song is also available as a digital single for download and streaming on all music platforms.

The anticipated sophomore release from TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON will be entitled Angels Of The Apocalypse, and is slated for a May 16th release in Europe and May 19th release in North America through Frontiers Records. Besides Floor Jansen, the amazing cast of vocalists appearing this time includes Simone Simons (EPICA), Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE), David DeFeis (VIRGIN STEELE), Zachary Stevens (ex-SAVATAGE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE), plus Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE) — who appears again after contributing to the first album — and the stunning Chilean singer Caterina Nix, who is working on her debut album, which is also produced by Tolkki. As for the players on the album, Tolkki finally managed to reunite the legendary STRATOVARIUS Dreamspace lineup, calling Antti Ikonen and Tuomo Lassila to play keyboards and drums respectively.

Once again the stunning artwork is provided by the French artist Stanis W. Decker and the first pressing of the physical edition will be available in a glossy digipak.
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Punishment 18 Records / MadMaze: Danny has left the band
Posted by: Denis / 08.04.2014
After a year and half spent together, now MadMaze sadly communicate that Danny has left the band. Time the band spent together plus the passion that he put on the band will never be forgotten. Sharing the stage and loving the music was fantastic with this extraordinary guy, really! Thank you Danny and good luck for your future!

With a goodbye to Danny, MadMaze say 'Welcome!' to Marco Spagnuolo (Penthagon), on board in a record time directly from Brescia!

And now... on work!
Frontiers Records / Neal Schon
Posted by: Denis / 08.04.2014
Guitar legend Neal Schön has joined forces with bassist Marco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) to create a unique body of work with jazz and blues-inspired virtuosic Hard Rock playing, entitled SO U. The new album features Schön, Mendoza and Castronovo splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee's songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades. Of SO U, Neal Schön commented, "This is a great new record that features all three of us – Deen, Marco and myself – sharing lead vocals. Enjoy!"

Best known as founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schön has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n' roll's top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time. Beginning his career more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana. Schön moved on in 1973 to form Journey. With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious 'Legend Of Live Award' at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was individually inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013. As the only member to record on all of Journey's albums, Schön continues with the band today in its latest incarnation.

In addition to 6 solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Neal Schön has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer, Hardline and supergroup Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects. His latest instrumental solo album, THE CALLING, released in 2012 via Frontiers Records, won rave reviews from fans and the media alike, with Vintage Guitar declaring "THE CALLING is a fine piece of work demonstrating that Schön still has it going on – and then some... The songs are strong and his guitar tones are absolutely luxurious." In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schön also worked with Gibson to manufacture his own limited edition 'Neal Schön Signature Model Custom Les Paul' guitar, but now uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars, made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.
Massacre Records / CRYSTAL TEARS' new album 'Hellmade' is available since a few days
Posted by: Denis / 07.04.2014
The band has now posted a brand new video clip for the final song on the album: Beds Are Burning. The song's a cover version of the Midnight Oil classic! The clip was realized by Peter Amasiadis, George Kakalis and Kostas Christoforidis (FrameBOX Productions).
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Exciter news
Posted by: Denis / 07.04.2014
Exciter has decided to release bassist Rob 'Clammy' Cohen due to differences (both personal and business) regarding the future of the band.

"We ARE NOT disbanding but we will be taking some time to regroup.

We apologize to all of our fans for the confusion during this recent turmoil. Rest assured that EXCITER will return to Smash and Thrash for all you Heavy Metal Maniacs worldwide.

We'll see you on the road."
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Cruz Del Sur Music / BATTLEROAR releases single video clip “Poisoned Well”
Posted by: Denis / 07.04.2014
BATTLEROAR have released today the first video clip and single from their forthcoming album Blood of Legends.

Poisoned Well features amazing footage taken from Greek epic-fantasy movie 'The Dragonphoenix Chronicles: Indomitable' (to whose soundtrack BATTLEROAR contributed).

Blood of Legends will be released on May 2nd in Europe and May 6th in the USA in Digipack, Gatefold Double LP and Digital editions. Pre-orders will be announced soon.
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InsideOut Music / Riverside: European tour
Posted by: Denis / 04.04.2014
After an incredibly active and successful year of activities promoting their latest, much acclaimed album Shrine of New Generation Slaves, Poland's prog masters RIVERSIDE are starting their next headlining touring run throughout Europe and the UK today with support act Votum. Here is an overview of all upcoming RIVERSIDE dates:
    RIVERSIDE + Votum - New Generation Tour 2014:
  • 01.04.2014 Reichenbach (Germany) - Bergkeller
  • 02.04.2014 Hannover (Germany) - Musikzentrum
  • 04.04.2014 London (UK) - O2 Academy Islington
  • 05.04.2014 Liverpool (UK) - O2 Academy 2
  • 06.04.2014 Manchester (UK) - Academy 3
  • 07.04.2014 Bilston (UK) - The Robin 2
  • 08.04.2014 Bristol (UK) - The Fleece
  • 10.04.2014 Edinburgh (SCOT) - The Liquid Room
  • 12.04.2014 Colmar (France) - Le Grillen
  • 13.04.2014 Essen (Germany) - Turock
  • 14.04.2014 Heerlen (The Netherlands) - LIMBURGzaal
  • 15.04.2014 Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) - De Boerderij
  • 16.04.2014 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
    RIVERSIDE + Retrospective & Xposure - Live in Poland:
  • 23.04.2014 Gdansk (Poland) - B90
  • 24.04.2014 Poznan (Poland) - Eskulap
  • 25.04.2014 Kraków (Poland) - Studio
  • 26.04.2014 Warszawa (Poland) - Progresja Music Zone
    RIVERSIDE - Festivals 20ß14:
    12.07.2014 Joensuu (Finland) - Ilosaarirock Festival
    16.08.2014 Balve/Sauerland (Germany) - Balver Höhle / German Kultrock Festival
The band has checked in to comment about the upcoming dates as follows: "As you already know, in April we're giving the last 2014 club shows and at the same time ending our adventure with the Shrine of New Generation Slaves promotion. The important thing to know for all of those who saw us last year is that - yes, we will change the setlist. Yes, the shows are going to be a bit different - for sure there'll be stuff we didn't play in 2013 and some of the songs will be arranged differently. After the April tour we're planning a longer break to enter the studio and work on our 6th full album. But before that happens, we want to come together with the best audience in the world. See you soon!"
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ACCEPT release new album BLIND RAGE on July 18th Worldwide
Posted by: Denis / 03.04.2014
Hardly any other band has influenced the Heavy Metal genre as much as German legends ACCEPT! Classics albums such as Restless And Wild (1982), Balls To The Wall (1983) and Metal Heart (1985), have inspired generations of new bands, and this has continued since their reunion in 2009. Both Blood Of The Nations (2010) and Stalingrad (2012) entered the charts globally ( #6 in Germany, #81 in the USA) and underline the premiere league status ACCEPT still have today.

Now ACCEPT announce the release of their new studio album: "Something happened to us, something subliminal and impetuous," commented main composer Wolf Hoffmann. "It is wild and scary and it's called Blind Rage!"

Blind Rage, just like its two predecessors has been produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap. On July 18, 2014 Blind Rage will be released worldwide. "The cover artwork done by Daniel Goldsworthy shows the beast coming over us – in blind rage – all over the planet. Wherever we go, whenever you turn on the TV – there is blind rage in the works – either natural catastrophes or man-made madness", the axe man of ACCEPT states.
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Nuclear Blast / TANKARD album cover and tracklist revealed
Posted by: Denis / 03.04.2014
German Thrash Metal heroes TANKARD just revealed the album cover for their upcoming new album R.I.B.. The artwork was brought to life by Patrick Strogulski, who is a student of Sebastian Krüger, the former TANKARD cover artist.

Mastermind Gerre states: "R.I.B. continues the story of Chemical Invasion. The crazy professor is back is takes revenge on mankind, because he failed in 1987! The cover is done again by Patrick Strogulski, an apprentice of Sebastian Krüger and really hits the spot! As always with Tankard, things shouldn't be taken too seriously!"

Taking inspiration from the motto 'never change a winning team', the guys did the recording again with producer Michael Mainx (BÖHSE ONKELZ, DER W, D-A-D, DISBELIEF), who also produced the last two albums.

The new album will be titled R.I.B. and is set to be released June 20th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
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Limb Music / ANCIENT BARDS 'A New Dawn Ending'
Posted by: Denis / 03.04.2014
ANCIENT BARDS along with Limb Music and Rockshots Music Management, are proud to present A New Dawn Ending.

This is the title of the new album of Ancient Bards, containing the third and last chapter of the first part of the Black Crystal Sword Saga, which began with The Alliance of the Kings in 2010 and continued with Soulless Child in 2011.

A New Dawn Ending will be released via Limb Music on April 25th, 2014. Cover art designed by the master Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody).

The album contains 10 songs, including 2 suites: one of over 12 minutes, and one of nearly 17 for a total of over 70 minutes. Here's the tracklist of A New Dawn Ending:
  1. Before the Storm (1:39)
  2. A Greater Purpose (7:55)
  3. Flaming Heart (6:52)
  4. Across This Life (4:31)
  5. In My Arms (5:25)
  6. The Last Resort (6:06)
  7. Showdown (12:48)
  8. In the End (5:11)
  9. Spiriti Liberi (4:49)
  10. A New Dawn Ending (16:37)
SPV / HIRAX's Katon W. De Pena announce 'The Metal Apocalypse Tour 2014'
Posted by: Denis / 02.04.2014
Legendary Thrash Metal Act HIRAX will be on tour in Europe for the 'The Metal Apocalypse Tour 2014' together with Bonded By Blood, Nuclear, Crescent and Methedras.

HIRAX singer Katon W. De Pena: "We are looking forward to seeing all of our fans on the upcoming 23 concert dates of Europe. The audiences will be treated to a very special show that will include select song titles from our complete record catalogue that spans over our 30 year career. The concerts will also feature some of the songs from the newest album Immortal Legacy released now on Steamhammer / SPV Records. Prepare for the THRASH Attack!!!"

Here are the confirmed tourdates with new additions in red:
  • 25.04. E-Madrid - Caracol
  • 26.04. PT-Barroselas - SWR Barroselas Metalfest
  • 27.04. E-Almeria - Sala Jala Jala
  • 28.04. E-Bilbao - Santana 27 Black
  • 29.04. E-Badalona - Estraperlo Club
  • 30.04. F-Toulouse - Terre Blanque
  • 01.05. F-Nantes - Le Ferailleur
  • 02.05. F-Montpellier - Secret Place
  • 03.05. I-Florence - Uh! Fest
  • 04.05. I-Brescia - Circolo Colony
  • 05.05. I-Rome - Traffic Club
  • 06.05. I-Bologna - Freakout
  • 07.05. SLO-Skofja Loka - Pri Rdeci Ostrigi
  • 08.05. A-Vienna - Metal Escape
  • 09.05. D-Cottbus - Gladhouse
  • 10.05. D-Essen Turock
  • 11.05. D-Darmstadt - Steinbruch Theater
  • 12.05. CZ-Brno - Melodka Club
  • 13.05. D-Hamburg - Bambi Galore
  • 14.05. D-Munich - Feierwerk
  • 15.05. NL-Arnhem - Willemeen @ The Move
  • 16.05. NL-Sneek - Het Bolwerk
  • 17.05. B-Leffinge - Huggins Awakening Fest
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DRAGONFORCE - NEW ALBUM 'MAXIMUM OVERLOAD'; NEW SONG DEMO STREAMING; UK TOUR
Posted by: Denis / 01.04.2014
UK Metal titans DRAGONFORCE are nearing completion of their sixth studio album entitled Maximum Overload. Produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new opus will be the band's first ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom.

Fans can stream a demo of a new track now on MetalHammer.co.uk! Listen to Defenders now here.

Maximum Overload will be the band's debut album for new label Ear Music, part of the German Edel music group, who will release the album in the UK on August 18th, and in the USA on Metal Blade Records on August 19th.

"Working with Jens gave us a different perspective on the songs and a different sound dynamic. We always previously recorded in our own studios but recording in Sweden made us focus and maybe drove us harder, Jens certainly did, he doesn't believe in days off"! said guitar maestro Herman Li.

"The album title and album cover artwork is inspired by the constant bombardment of information we are subjected to during our daily lives" Li added. "We were in an airport departure lounge surrounded by TV screens, flight information screens and advertising screens. We then looked around and no one was saying a word, they were all looking at more screens on tablets, laptops and mobile phones, there's no escaping it, it's complete information overload!"

Maximum Overload features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from Trivium's Matt Heafy. "We've always gotten on really well with the Trivium guys and it was great when Matt had a couple of days to spare and agreed to weigh in on some of the songs!" added Frederic Leclercq.

The album also features an all time first for DragonForce... a cover version! Sam Totman explained "Just before the last Australian tour our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we've always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers every band member wrote down 3 songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down Ring Of Fire by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we've DragonForce-ized it!"

Maximum Overload will be released on Standard CD, Standard Digital Version, Special Edition CD with 5 bonus tracks and a bonus DVD, Special Edition Digital Version (same bonus material as Special Edition CD), and Vinyl.

The band will embark on a massive 20 date UK & Ireland tour in September under the strapline '...this time it's personal' alluding to the fact that instead of playing a handful of larger venues the band are playing many shows geographically spread out across the country. Commenting on the nature of the tour Herman Li said "We did a tour like this in between the Sonic Firestorm and Inhuman Rampage albums and have wanted to repeat it ever since but couldn't because of touring commitments elsewhere in the world. This time we were determined to make it happen so we're going to some cities we haven't visited for years and some we've never visited at all. One of the venues is a boat and one is a deconsecrated church! It will be great to see the fans up close and personal again, it's going to be very hot, very sweaty and great fun!"
  • SEPTEMBER 2014
    Wednesday 17th EDINBURGH Liquid Room
  • Thursday 18th ABERDEEN Lemon Tree
  • Friday 19th GLASGOW King Tuts
  • Saturday 20th BELFAST Limelight 2
  • Sunday 21st DUBLIN Whelan's
  • Tuesday 23rd CARLISLE Brickyard
  • Wednesday 24th MIDDLESBRO' Empire
  • Thursday 25th MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
  • Friday 26th STOKE Sugarmill
  • Saturday 27th BIRMINGHAM Institute
  • Tuesday 30th BRIGHTON The Haunt
  • OCTOBER
    Wednesday 1st SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
  • Thursday 2nd PLYMOUTH White Rabbit
  • Friday 3rd BRIDGEND Hobo's
  • Saturday 4th BRISTOL The Thekla
  • Tuesday 7th LEEDS Brundenell
  • Wednesday 8th NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
  • Thursday 9th COLCHESTER Arts Centre
  • Friday 10th NORWICH Waterfront
  • Saturday 11th LONDON Bush Hall
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EMBRACE OF DISHARMONY signs a multi-album deal with MY KINGDOM MUSIC
Posted by: Denis / 01.04.2014
EMBRACE OF DISHARMONY have signed a multi-album deal with us and that their debut Humananke will be released on May 19th.

They present a magnificent sound made by Progressive Metal structures, the essence of the extreme Metal and Symphonic arrangements, for what we call Progressive Avantgarde Metal and could be considered a sort of golden son of Opeth, Therion and Symphony X.

Their debut album titled Humananke, is a fascinating journey into a musical universe made precious by the wonderful Gloria's voice and the complex progressive structures.

The album is enriched by the participation of international artists like Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land), Mike Lepond (Symphony X), Rafael Bittencourt (Angra) and Gabriele Caselli (Eldritch).
METALMESSAGE Promotion / ARISING FEAR Debut 'Beyond Betrayal'
Posted by: Denis / 31.03.2014
The four playful guys of ARISING FEAR released the debut album BEYOND BETRAYAL March 29, 2014. Followers of bands as Machine Head and early Trivium are invited to check the new material.
Nuclear Blast / SONATA ARCTICA 'Pariah’s Child'
Posted by: Denis / 31.03.2014
Finally the day has come: the brand new SONATA ARCTICA album Pariah's Child already hits the stores!

Don't miss the chance to see SONATA ARCTICA live at any of the following events:
  • 10.04. NL Eindhoven - Effenaar
  • 11.04. BE Bormal-Sur-Ourthe - Durbuy Rock Festival
  • 13.04. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
  • 14.04. D Hamburg - Markthalle
  • 16.04. D Braunschweig - Meier Music Hall
  • 17.04. D Berlin - C-Club
  • 18.04. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
  • 19.04. D Bochum - Matrix
  • 21.04. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
  • 22.04. D Saarbrücken - Garage
  • 23.04. F Paris - Bataclan
  • 24.04. D Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
  • 26.04. D Nürnberg - Hirsch
  • 27.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
  • 28.04. I Trezzo - Live Club
  • 30.04. HU Budapest - Club 202
  • 01.05. CZ Prague - Retro Music Hall
  • 02.05. AT Vienna - Szene
  • 04.05. F Lyon - Transbordeur
  • 05.05. ESP Barcelona - Bikini
  • 06.05. ESP Madrid - Arena
  • 02.08. CZ Ostrava - Dolni Vitkóvice-Open Air
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Century Media / Arch Enemy reveals artwork, track-listing for 'War Eternal'
Posted by: Denis / 31.03.2014
Extreme Metal icons ARCH ENEMY will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records (Trooper Entertainment in Japan) on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America. The artwork for the album was created by Costin Chioreanu, who previously worked with Michael Amott on SPIRITUAL BEGGARS' re-issue of their self-titled debut.

Chief song-writer, guitarist and band leader Michael Amott comments: "I was looking for a hand-drawn feel with a unique atmosphere, something that would complement the music that we've been working so hard on these last couple of years. In the end my choice fell upon Romanian artist Chioreanu Costin, who's work I've admired for some time. Costin really grasped my vision for the artwork and layout, he's delivered some of the coolest artwork elements we've ever had with ARCH ENEMY!"

ARCH ENEMY's upcoming album, War Eternal, was recorded in various studios during winter 2013/2014 and produced by the band themselves with Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR) mixing and mastering the album at Fascination Street Studio. For a preview of War Eternal, be sure to check out the official video for the album's title track, created by Patric Ullaeus.

ARCH ENEMY will start their War Eternal world tour in May with an extensive run through Europe. A US tour is planned for fall 2014.
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Witch Meadow news
Posted by: Denis / 28.03.2014
The entire Witch Meadow catalog has been re-mastered and will be released on one CD through Divebomb/Tribunal records this spring 2014.

Cry Of The Wolf will feature all of the bands recorded material complete with lyric inlay and new artwork plus rare photos.

Also rare Witch Meadow videos from Down Eternity's Hall tour 97 are available on youtube.
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Cruz Del Sur Music / DARKEST ERA New Album Artwork And Track Listing Revealed
Posted by: Denis / 28.03.2014
Northern Ireland's Darkest Era have revealed the cover artwork and track listing for their forthcoming album Severance which is due for release on June 3rd (US) and June 13th (Europe) via Cruz Del Sur. The album was recorded at Data Recording Studios in Ballyheigue, Ireland and produced by Chris Fielding and Darkest Era. The artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu.

Guitarist Ade Mulgrew said: "We are really pleased with the artwork which totally captures the atmosphere of this album. Costin has a unique style and immediately got what we were looking for. Severance was recorded during what was a pretty stormy time in the band and against the backdrop of some very atmospheric natural scenery in one of the remotest parts of the west of Ireland. I think all that certainly comes across in the music and we are looking forward to finally unleashing it this summer."

The track listing for Severance is:
  1. Sorrow's Boundless Realm
  2. Songs Of Gods And Men
  3. The Serpent And The Shadow
  4. Beyond The Grey Veil
  5. Trapped In The Hourglass
  6. The Scavenger
  7. A Thousand Screaming Souls
  8. Blood, Sand And Stone
Severance will be released June 13th in Europe and June 3rd in the US on Compact Disc/ Vinyl / Digital.
EDGUY CONSIDERS APPROACHING NASA FOR STAGE SET
Posted by: Denis / 27.03.2014
In September EDGUY will hit the road in support of their forthcoming album SPACE POLICE - DEFENDERS OF THE CROWN (out April 18th). The tour management has just revealed that they considered approaching NASA to help realize the stage for the show. A spokesman from All Access Entertainment says: "Working with EDGUY is a pleasure, but at the same time it's a major challenge. The best is not good enough for EDGUY because they love their fans like no other band in the world. They have always been the hardest working band on the planet to give their audience the biggest bang for the buck. It's an honor to work for them. The first time we considered approaching NASA was for a keyboard, due to frictional heat caused by Tobi's fast playing - the keys literally caught fire. We were in need of special material and gear used in the world of aerospace technology. That's when we got the idea of building a life-size model of Cape Canaveral to take out on the road with us. However, it was difficult to transform, we failed - but it was worth the try. Now, we see what we can come up with for the forthcoming tour, but we're optimistic that it will blow away everything known to humankind."

EDGUY - SPACE POLICE WORLD TOUR
  • 12.09.14 UK - Manchester, Sound Control
  • 13.09.14 UK - Nuneaton, Queens Hall
  • 14.09.14 UK - London, Islington Academy
  • 19.09.14 GER - Hamburg, Markthalle (Metal Dayz)
  • 20.09.14 SWE - Malmö, KB
  • 21.09.14 SWE - Göteborg, Brewhouse
  • 23.09.14 SWE - Lulea, Kulturens Hus
  • 24.09.14 FIN - Jyväskylä, Lutakko
  • 25.09.14 FIN - Helsinki, Tavastia
  • 27.09.14 GER - Bremen, Aladin
  • 28.09.14 GER - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
  • 30.09.14 GER - München, Backstage
  • 02.10.14 GER - Bamberg, Brose Arena
  • 03.10.14 GER - Filderstadt, Filharmonie
  • 04.10.14 GER - Kaufbeuren, All Kart Halle
  • 06.10.14 ITA - Rome, Orion
  • 07.10.14 ITA - Milan, Live Club
  • 09.10.14 GER - Saarbrücken, Garage
  • 10.10.14 GER - Fulda, Wartenbergoval
  • 11.10.14 GER - Langen/Frankfurt, Stadthalle
  • 13.10.14 SUI - Pratteln, Z7
  • 14.10.14 FRA - Lyon, Le Transbordeur
  • 15.10.14 FRA - Paris, Le Trabendo
  • 17.10.14 ESP - Madrid, Penélope
  • 18.10.14 ESP - Bilbao, Santana 27
  • 19.10.14 ESP - Barcelona, Razzmatazz
  • 21.10.14 GER - Köln, Live Music Hall
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SPV / VIRGIN STEELE announce new re-release and more
Posted by: Denis / 27.03.2014
SPV / Steamhammer is proud to re-release Virgin Steele's The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell I+II and Invictus. These 2 CD digipak re-release both come with special bonus material and a huge booklet with new liner notes and unseen photos by David DeFeis.
  • Release Date Scandinavia: June 11th, 2014
  • Release Date Germany: June 13th, 2014
  • Release Date Europe: June 16th, 2012 4
  • Release Date USA/Canada: June 24th, 2014
David DeFeis comments on the re-releases: "It is an honor, and it is my great pleasure to be able to re-release with SPV, The two Marriage Of Heaven and Hell albums, and the Invictus album this year. These albums loom large in our catalogue, and so much of our blood, sweat & history can be found within the fabric of these works. In addition to the original running order titles we will also present various bonus tracks... The Marriage Of Heaven and Hell discs contain two live tracks recorded in Germany during 'The Marriage' Tour, plus some new songs. Originally on the bonus disc for Invictus we had planned to issue this new 19 song GHOST HARVEST collection that I had spoken about in the latest interviews. That plan has changed. GHOST HARVEST, (which has now grown into more than 1 CD at this time!!!)... will instead be included in the upcoming box-set... (Please See further down)... and the bonus disc inside Invictus, which bears the title: FIRE SPIRITS, will contain over the top acoustic versions of various songs mainly taken from The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell and Invictus albums... (but a few others appear as well)... It will also contain a brand new track recorded this week. The performances on FIRE SPIRITS were captured live and are raw, heartfelt and genuine. We wanted to show those who missed out on the acoustic gigs we had done, some of what went on there, and to also express how powerful these stripped down versions can be. With the appearance of these re-issues and the inclusion of all the various bonus tracks contained within these collections, we give thanks and salute all of You who have taken this Barbaric-Romantic ride with us... we hope you will enjoy these Works that celebrate the interaction and chemistry of the group, and which are testament to the enduring strength of our friendship..."

Furthermore VIRGIN STEELE is celebrating their 35th anniversary this year. In autumn the band will release a 35th Anniversary Box Set incl. the CDs The Book Of Burning and Hymns To Victory as well as the new recordings named the Ghost Harvest - The Spectral Vintage Sessions. On top the box will include an extensive book and a poster.

And expect a totally new studioalbum and live activities for the beginning of 2015.
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Chronosphere signs for Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 27.03.2014
Greek Thrash metallers Chronosphere has just signed a deal with Punishment 18 Records for their new second studio album Embracing Oblivion that will be released before end of June 2014.
HELLOWEEN ANNOUNCES THEIR RETURN TO NUCLEAR BLAST
Posted by: Denis / 26.03.2014
Founded in 1984 and hailed as one of the pioneering Power Metal bands from Germany, the Hamburg-based quintet HELLOWEEN is celebrating their 30th Anniversary in 2014 and have announced their return to Nuclear Blast's worldwide artist family.

"As a label, Nuclear Blast is 'Heavy Metal to the bone,'" shares HELLOWEEN vocalist Andi Deris, "and we are really looking forward to working together with a lot of familiar faces."

Nuclear Blast's founder & label owner Markus Staiger is overwhelmed at bringing the band back into the fold. "We are more than proud that HELLOWEEN is part of the Nuclear Blast family again," he states. "All those years we had a friendship-like connection and our ways crossed on a regular basis at concerts and festivals. HELLOWEEN to us is a matter of the heart. There's not only the two records we released, but they're an act that has influenced me and many of our employees. Together there are big plans and we are looking forward to having another productive and successful cooperation."

Following HELLOWEEN's appearances on the European summer festival circuit, the band will enter Mi Sueño Studio on the island of Tenerife off the coast of Morocco with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL, PRIMAL FEAR) to record a new studio album for an early 2015 release.

Last month, Nuclear Blast released special edition re-issues of The Dark Ride and Rabbit Don't Come Easy, featuring 3 bonus tracks on each album, which can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.
Straight Out Of Hell, HELLOWEEN's latest studio album released in early 2013, debuted on the German album chart at #4 - the band's highest chart entry in their home country to date - and held this position for five weeks. The album had five other 'Top Ten' album entries in Europe and also cracked the American Billboard Top 100 chart with an entry at #97.
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Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL cover artwork and track listing of 'White Devil Armory' unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 26.03.2014
New Jersey Thrash Metal veterans OVERKILL will release their new album, White Devil Armory, on July 18, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and will be mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's The Electric Age.

Said OVERKILL in a statement: "We are still working on the new record, but this is gonna be worth the wait, with more old-school, face-melting Thrash!"

Speaking to Steppin' Out magazine, OVERKILL vocalist Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth stated about the band's upcoming album: "The new record has a blend of what we've done over the past half-decade. I'm noticing it's a more punchy Heavy Metal record with more dimension than the last record had. Where is it going to end up on the food chain? I really don't know. But my feeling is it's an eclectic collection of moments from us. The Electric Age came across, to me, as kind of a two-dimensional Thrash record. This one is punchy but has a whole different bunch of ways to go and things to hear on it."

OVERKILL released a very special limited tour edition of The Electric Age in Europe on April 19, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The limited 2CD tour edition included the regular album as well as four additional live tracks on a bonus CD, recorded at The Metro in Sidney, Australia on September 25, 2010.
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Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD NEW ALBUM TITLE ANNOUNCED
Posted by: Denis / 26.03.2014
British Progressive Metal act THRESHOLD have just revealed the title of their upcoming tenth studio album. Due to be released in late 2014, For The Journey is being recorded at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, England with band members Karl Groom (guitars) and Richard West (keyboards) at the production helm.

"Our recording sessions have been wonderful," states THRESHOLD's Richard West. "We've really enjoyed making this record. All the basic parts are recorded so now it's just a case of finishing our solos, compiling the vocals and adding more production moments. I think we've made a very solid record, we're really looking forward to putting it out there!"

THRESHOLD will take a short studio break in April to perform shows in Germany and Holland before commencing the final album mixing in May.

THRESHOLD's 2012 studio album, March Of Progress, debuted at the following world chart positions: #28 - Germany, #30 - Switzerland, #43 - Sweden, #55 - Austria, #70 - Netherlands, #102 - France.

Nuclear Blast has re-issued 'definitive' versions of the first seven albums in THRESHOLD's back-catalogue: 1993's debut Wounded Land, 1994's Psychedelicatessen, 1997's Extinct Instinct, 1998's Clone, 2001's Hypothetical, 2002's Critical Mass, and 2004's Subsurface. All are available from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.
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Broad Horizon Records / THE MIGHTY SWINE to release New CD
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2014
Broad Horizon Records, Inc. is pleased to announce that THE MIGHTY SWINE have recently finished up recording tracks for their upcoming album, Last Man Standing due out May 20, 2014.

Hot on the tails of Bassist Mike Skimmerhorn's other release, CHASTAIN's Surrender to No One (Leviathan Records) the band once again team up with Rob Nadler at Fat Track Studio in Forest Park, OH to record the 11 song disc. The first single is the title track and will feature a video by Nikk Hearn-Sutton (RUSH - Time Machine DVD).

Other tracks include; All That Is Evil, Two Graves, Tomorrow, Vengeance is Mine, and Dead Man's Stare, for a darker, more political stance than previous releases. It will also feature a scorching rendition of the Judas Priest classic, Hell Bent for Leather and the Bonus Track: Pool of Emptiness aka: P.O.E. which Mike demo'd for BHR 5years ago.

The Mighty Swine went on hiatus in 2013 while Mike recorded Surrender to No One, but has returned with a vengeance! After working with David T. Chastain again, Mike wanted to pursue a more progressive, guitar driven sound aimed at the purists, along with a more modern drummer than the previous releases. He enlisted Stacey Donahue and Jeff Tong on Guitar and Rory Faciane on drums for this latest release and the result has been amazing. "I couldn't be any happier with the way this (disc) has turned out. This is the album I have always wanted to make. I truly feel that this is The Swine's best and heaviest material since it's inception... our first true Metal album."

Brian Basher of Hard Rock Nights says "NO ONE does it better than The Mighty Swine... Loud, Sweaty, and Raw - makes you want to break things... exactly what rock n roll is supposed to be" and Kevin 'Grape Ape' Dean - Rock 105.1 FM - KTMC had this to say: "The Mighty Swine blew me away! I'm loving their vocals - BAD ASS! - bottom line, I'm adding them to my rotation effective NOW! Thank you for allowing me to share this with my listeners". Modern Drummer calls Rory Faciane a 'drummer on the move' and we can't wait to show the new lineup off.

Mike lives in Cincinnati, OH while Stacey and Jeff both reside in the Columbus, OH area. Rory moved from New Orleans after Katrina and currently resides in Nashville, Tn. but the band is attaining worldwide status with fans emailing in from Brazil, Russia, Costa Rica, Australia, Germany, Canada, Sweden, Finland, etc. The guys are hoping to embark on their first ever European tour this summer.

  • THE MIGHTY SWINE features Mike Skimmerhorn (CHASTAIN/CJSS) on Vocals / Bass, Stacey Donahue and Jeff Tong on Guitar, and Rory Faciane on Drums.
  • THE MIGHTY SWINE released their full length debut release in 2009 featuring the single Layin' Down the Law which made HARD ROCK NIGHTS Best of 2009 Playlist
  • along with favorable reviews including Blabbermouth.net Metal Observer.com & City Beat
  • THE MIGHTY SWINE have opened for Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Dokken, Skid Row, LA Guns, Adler's Appetite, and more
  • THE MIGHTY SWINE released their single LUST / Pagan Holiday May 29, 2012 with its first professional video shot by Dave Morgan
  • The video for LUST racked up over 23,000 views on Youtube and was the Artist Pro Spotlight Artist for June 2012
  • It debuted at #1 on Roxwel.com where it stayed for 13wks on BOTH the Rock AND Metal Charts and continues to chart in the Top 10
  • THE MIGHTY SWINE was nominated for a C.E.A. (Cincinnati Entertainment Award) for Best Hard Rock act in 2012
  • and is recognized worldwide by industry and fans alike
Public Sales For 70000TONS OF METAL 2015
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2014
70000TONS OF METAL 2015: New Ship, New Destination, More Bands!
What do you get when you take 60 Metal Bands and have them play 120 Shows for only 3000 Fans from over 60 countries on one 154,000ton Cruise Ship sailing to Jamaica?
70000TONS OF METAL 2015!
The Original!
The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!
Round 5, Still The Original!

There are many oceans and many ships, but 70000TONS OF METAL is different: They spare no expense to remove seats in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? On 70000TONS OF METAL you get unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board, not just one show per band with assigned seating based on which cabin category you booked. On 70000TONS OF METAL everyone is a VIP and you can come and go to any and all events as you please. With 60 Bands on board, this means you get access to 120 shows, Metal Karaoke until sunrise, the All Star Jam, Clinics and Work-Shops with the musicians on board, the infamous Belly Flop Contest and Bars that never close, yes, you heard right: Bars that never close! Two full days at Sea and the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with your favorite artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

A New Ship, A New Destination!
Moving 70000TONS OF METAL to Royal Caribbean's 'Liberty Of The Seas' exemplifies their continued dedication to next-level onboard innovation. This cruise liner offers everything you could dream of having on your floating Heavy Metal Paradise including their 4 Stages: The PLATINUM THEATER is a five-storied concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating; The more intimate Egyptian themed SPHYNX lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in STUDIO B, the ice skating rink; and last but not least their jewel: The POOL DECK stage - The World's Biggest Open Air Stage structure to sail the Open Seas, surrounded by several bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the POOL DECK stage to soak in while you watch the shows!
But that's not all, The Liberty Of The Seas is also a faster ship. This enables 70000TONS OF METAL to travel further... in this case Ocho Rios, Jamaica!

More Bands, More Fans!
Andy Piller, 70000TONS OF METAL's Skipper states: "I want to make sure the intimacy between the bands and the fans does not change in our new environment. When we had 2000 cruisers we booked 40 bands. Now we will have 3000 cruisers which means we will be inviting 60 bands to perform!"

Every Genre Of Metal! Something For Everyone!
70000TONS OF METAL has already confirmed: Annihilator, Arch Enemy, Blind Guardian, Cannibal Corpse, Chimaira, Ensiferum, Equilibrium, Grave Digger, Heathen, In Extremo, Korpiklaani, Origin, Therion, Threshold, and Xentrix, with 45 more to come!

Public Sales Begin Friday March 21, 2015 at 9:00am EDT!

70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, will sail Thursday, January 22, 2015 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Liberty Of The Seas' from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale near Miami, FL and will not return to the real world until Monday, January 26, 2015. Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$333 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 hour room service!

Check out www.70000tons.com for more information.
Y.O.C. youtube page
Posted by: Denis / 23.03.2014
Check out Y.O.C. YouTube page!
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KILLER METAL RECORDS / EDGE OF THORNS Insomniarelease date April 4th 2014
Posted by: Denis / 21.03.2014
INSOMNIA is the title of EDGE OF THORNS new and third album. One hour of Heavy Metal, powerful, with melody! David Brixius seasons the twelve songs with killer leads, catchy, feelingly, brilliant! Guest singer for the Metal hymn Metal unity is Ralf Scheepers (ex-GAMMA RAY, PRIMAL FEAR) who does a superb job! A video was done for this one as well. EDGE OF THORNS having a sound that grasps of contemporary developments and at the same level with other major players of the style!
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Grave Digger new album
Posted by: Denis / 21.03.2014
New Grave Digger album Return of the Reaper will be released on the following dates:
  • July 11: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Benelux
  • July 16: Spain, Sweden, Norway
  • July 14: Rest of Europe
  • July 15: USA, Canada
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Furia Music Press / SupreMa released their brand new video for the song 'Fury and Rage'
Posted by: Denis / 20.03.2014
The video which has been receiving many comments by the photos and making of snippets unleashed on the Suprema's social networking websites, was filmed in the cities of Paranapiacaba and Joanópolis (Brazil) and produced by the experient Nevasca Filmes. With a careful and detailed production, the band together with the film company used great technological equipment used in cinema and created a short-film emphasizing a drama and horror story.

The quartet's performance alongside actress Mayra Moura (playing 'Serena') can be seen here.

To understand the video story, read the synopsis here.

Video details:
  • Produced by Nevasca Filmes
  • Director: Raphael Mattos
  • Director of Photography: Rafael Marques
  • Editing and Post Production: Alexandre Bordon
  • Costume Designer: Dani Nolden
  • Makeup Artist (band): Sabrina Calixto
  • Makeup Artist (actress): Adri Queiroz
  • Crew: Max Ferreira
  • Filmed at Paranapiacaba and Joanópolis, São Paulo (Brazil).
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A.R. Press Office / Alberto Rigoni new album
Posted by: Denis / 20.03.2014
Alberto Rigoni talks about his new (IV) progressive rock album. You can watch it here.
Flotsam & Jetsam line up changes
Posted by: Denis / 19.03.2014
Flotsam and Jetsam has posted an update, following their European tour with Sepultura. The band comments:
"We would like to send out a huge thank you to the many fans and press that came out to support us on our tour with Sepultura. This tour was the largest European tour to date for Flotsam and Jetsam.

Our main goal is to get connected to all of you, shake your hands, look you in the eyes and let you know how much we appreciate you. You are the life blood of music.

As you know we released a complete reproduction of No Place for Disgrace this year. This was so we could present the album the way it was intended to heard. Many of you had great comments about this and that confirmed our decision to get this done.

After completion of the 2013 tour with Testament in the US, Edward Carlson was no longer able to tour due to physical issues that would require back and neck surgery to possibly correct. We will miss our comrade and wish him well on his next adventure. Steve Conley has been officially recruited to fill the spot. Having played with David Ellifson (Megadeth) in F5, we are confident in his ability to hold the spot with integrity.

Jason Ward's departure happened after the tracking of Ugly Noise. Jason had spent nearly 16 years in Flotsam and decided to stay at home with his new family and career. He was and is one of the strongest personalities in the Flotsam catalog of players. We have all had a turn on the sidelines, we will miss his participation on the road and his witty humor. Shorty after the Testament tour in 2013, Michael Spencer took the helm as bassist. He was the first bassist to replace Newsted in 1987 (Spencer was formerly in Sentinel Beast). He was a part of the writing of No Place for Disgrace in 1987, and he was on our first tour with Megadeth in the US and Europe. With that history, it made perfect sense that No Place should be redone. You can hear him on the reproduction of No Place for Disgrace."
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Cruz del Sur Music / STEEL PROPHET reveals cover artwork for Omniscient
Posted by: Denis / 19.03.2014
Progressive Power Metal originators STEEL PROPHET (US) have made public today the cover artwork for Omniscient, the album that marks their come-back ten years after their last studio release.

The spectacular artwork was specifically created by German artist Timo Würz and represents one of the central themes of the album: 'The Tree of Knowledge'. Omniscient is a concept-album based on an original story written by lead guitarist and founding member Steve Kachinsky Blakmoor, and 'The Tree of Knowledge' of the cover represents a very important 'character' in the plot.

Following Steve's suggestions, Timo Würz has also created 12 additional original panels that will guide the listener through the whole story.

On this regards, Steve adds "It was great to work with Timo. His sense of form, color and space are impeccable. He has great imagination, and his familiarity with the concepts we wanted to work with made it a perfect fit in bringing the story ideas to life."

Omniscient will be released by the end of June / beginning of July in Limited edition Digibook Compact Disc, Compact Disc, Limited Double LP and Digital.
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ARCH ENEMY announces new singer
Posted by: Denis / 18.03.2014
In early June 2014, ARCH ENEMY will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records and Trooper Entertainment in Japan. With this upcoming release, the band will introduce a new member to their ranks: Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian extreme metallers THE AGONIST. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now classic Wages Of Sin (2001), will be stepping down as front-woman and focusing on management, while Alissa takes her place.

Angela Gossow comments: "Dear ARCH ENEMY fans, this is not easy to tell you... I have decided to step down from being ARCH ENEMY's voice of anger. After 13 years of pure fucking Metal, 6 studio albums and countless tours through five continents, I feel the need to enter a different phase in my life, be with my family and pursue other interests. I will however remain business manager for ARCH ENEMY, and I will continue to develop my artist management roster.

I am staying true to my Heavy Metal roots, just leaving the spotlight so to speak. I am passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz, whom I've known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years. I always thought she deserved a chance to shine - and now she's getting it. Just like I got that chance back in 2001.

I want to thank all ARCH ENEMY fans, our labels Century Media (worldwide) and Trooper Entertainment (Japan), our dedicated road crew, and in particular Michael, Daniel and Sharlee for their love and support throughout all these years. It's been one hell of a ride! We conquered every situation, made it through thick & thin together in the most exciting and rewarding time of my life. Thank you all for being there with me on stage, in front of the stage, and backstage. You have touched my heart, and I hope I was able to give something back to you. I am grateful for the wonderful memories - I will cherish them forever!

I am looking forward to the next decade of ARCH ENEMY madness! Right now I am listening through rough mixes of the new studio album and I am blown away! 2014 will see a renewed ARCH ENEMY at the top of their game. I am proud to be part of this ARCH ENEMY chapter, albeit in a different way - revving up the engines behind the scenes. I hope to see you in front of the stage, I will join you there this time. Let the killing begin, once again!"


Alissa White-Gluz comments:"I am very honored and happy to announce a new chapter in my life and musical career beginning now; I have joined forces with one of my all-time favorite and globally respected bands, ARCH ENEMY. Wages of Sin was the first metal album I ever bought, and it was love at first listen. It is not often that you get a phone call from your favorite band asking you to join! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such amazingly talented musicians whom I also consider great friends. I look forward to being able to write and perform at a whole new level now with ARCH ENEMY! Music is forever, metal is limitless and this is only the beginning!"

Chief song-writer and band leader Michael Amott, who founded ARCH ENEMY in 1995, comments: "We are eternally grateful to Angela for all her passion, hard work and talent. Her legacy is tremendous and will always be a big part of the band's history. We feel great pride in what has been achieved in the past, but also look forward to new battles and new victories. We welcome Alissa with open arms - and we hope you will have open ears. We might have just created our most wicked Metal opus yet with our upcoming album War Eternal!"

On March 20th, ARCH ENEMY will present the video for the album's title track, War Eternal.
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Metal Blade / FALCONER complete recording for new album Black Moon Rising
Posted by: Denis / 18.03.2014
Swedish Folk Metal experts FALCONER have finished the recordings for their 8th album Black Moon Rising, scheduled for release on June, 6th of this year.

The band comments: "So now the mix and mastering is done for BLACK MOON RISING. After having a break from the studio and then returning my first impression was: 'Was it that much double bass drums?' I'm sure this album will compete with NORTHWIND as being my favourite album though they are not alike. The last album entirely in Swedish was really rewarding to do but I must admit it's always great to be back where you feel you belong! Well, enough with the self admiration for this time."

Producer Andy LaRocque had the following to say: "This is how Falconer should sound!"
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CHECK OUT A NEW EDGUY SONG
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2014
On April 18th EDGUY are going to release their new album to date SPACE POLICE - Defenders Of The Crown. Go to edguy.net to check out the lyric-video for the first new song Sabre & Torch now!
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AFM Records / Helstar first track from new album available for streaming
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2014
This Wicked Nest, the new studio album by legendary U.S. metallers HELSTAR, will be released on April 25th (Europe), April 29th in the U.S. The Texas-based band's new piece of work will come as CD and ltd. Vinyl (666 copies in black). Check out the new track Fall Of Dominion which is available for streaming now.
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AFM Records / Vanishing Point new single and lyric video available
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2014
Australian melodic metallers VANISHING POINT have just released a digital single and lyric video for their track Circle Of Fire, where Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica) contributes guest vocals. The song is taken from the bands's latest album Distant Is The Sun, which was released on February 21st (Europe), March 4th in the U.S.

As an exclusive bonus track, the previously unreleased Journey cover version Separate Ways can also be found on the single.
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Nightmare Records / TERAMAZE debut track from ESOTERIC SYMBOLISM on YouTube
Posted by: Denis / 14.03.2014
TERAMAZE debut's a full track Punishment by Design early to YouTubers here!

Aussie heavy progressive metallers TERAMAZE will release their 4th album Esoteric Symbolism on April 15th on Nightmare records distributed by Sony/RED. This a highly overdriven concept album that features Dean Kennedy's exceptional drumming and puts vocalist Brett Rerekura and guitarist Dean Wells in the forefront.

Fans can Pre-Order MP3 and CD versions of the album now at AMAZON at Nightmare Records, get this song immediately with cover art when you Pre-Order the MP3 version at Nightmare CD version includes track 9 The Divulgence Act not available on digital release of the album.

TERAMAZE returns with their 4th full length album after completely grabbing the attention of the underground Thrash and Prog-Power Metal fans with their 2012 release AnhedoniA. Teramaze blends amazingly tight and speedy syncopated guitar/drum riffs and rhythms, with melodic hard vocals, for a very unique brand of Metal. Creating a Testament & Tool meets Pantera & The Police in a dark sci-fi video game vibe. Teramaze burst out of Australia in 2012 and received well-deserved critical acclaim worldwide with their release AnhedoniA.

Their music conjures such adjectives as, 'Innovative', 'Progressive' and 'Groove-laden' but most notably, 'Engaging'. Keeping the fundamental elements of Metal alive, Teramaze pushes Metal into un-chartered territory with guitar work that is incendiary with powerfully aggressive vocals that drive the song. The album on Nightmare Records will be distributed by Sony/RED.

"Esoteric Symbolism screams at the men behind the curtain, shining a spotlight on the establishment in an attempt to share their secrets."

For fans of Pantera, Tool, Metallica, Devin Townsend & Soilwork (Think Dream Theater on steroids without the extended wankery). Produced/mixed by Dean Wells and mastered by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Stuck Mojo).
AFM Records / Shakra announce 'Best Of' album
Posted by: Denis / 14.03.2014
Swiss hard rockers SHAKRA have disclosed their latest plans of releasing a 'Best Of' album, which will be titled 33 - The Best Of and it set to arrive on May 9th. The double album includes 30 SHAKRA classics and 3 brand new songs.
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PureSteel Records / AXEWORK release date: 18th April 2014
Posted by: Denis / 13.03.2014
The release date of the AXEWORK album Axework on CD is April 18th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on April 4th, 2014 in label's webshop.

AXEWORK - not many Hard Rock and Heavy Metal fans will recognize this band. The self-titled album of this band from Ingolstadt (Germany) was released in 1983. It was their first and last.

The compositions weren't just arbitrary, as with lots of 'simpler' bands of those days; no, AXEWORK had real talent. Though their songs are sophisticated, listening to them is quite easy and pleasant and they still sound surprisingly fresh and new.

AXEWORK don't play pure Heavy Metal; there are some influences in the songs, but luckily the band wasn't following the trends. Now we have an amazing timeless album which brings new facets to Rock Music.

One of the rarest vinyl of the early 80s is now released for the first time on CD. Influenced by URIAH HEEP and early ACCEPT a German Hard Rock / Heavy Metal classic is given to us who do enjoy classic status by music experts! This release includes fine songs, outstanding vocals and a private pressing far above average production. Of course from Karthago Records in the Heavy Metal classic series with an exclusive booklet, band history and limited-confirmed authenticity in the shape of a hologram.

possible TRACKLIST:
  1. Strangers
  2. Lonely Man
  3. Life Is Just a Game
  4. Night Riders
  5. Waisting Time
  6. Robbery
  7. Light And Time
  8. Show Me The Way
LINE-UP:
  • John 'Robo' Robinson - vocals
  • Gerd 'Max' Zettel - keyboard
  • Werner Reif - guitar
  • Günther Rupp - bass guitar
  • Tom Peroutka - drums
Metal Mind Productions / WAMI (White Appice Mendoza Iggy) reveal the first single from their forthcoming debut release
Posted by: Denis / 13.03.2014
WAMI, a new exciting project will see the light of day in May. The album entitled Kill the King will give a new meaning to Hard'n'Heavy music and today you can check the first single promoting this release. Wild Woman (You Oughta Know) is available on Metal Mind Productions' official YouTube channel.

You can also preview and purchase this track on iTunes.

The names associated with the project are true legends on the Hard Rock scene: on the vocals - Doogie White (Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen), on the drums - Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, DIO), on the bass - Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), who join forces with the 16-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy Gwadera, who made his debut 2 years ago as the guitarist of Anti Tank Nun.
METALMESSAGE Promotion / VENGEFUL GHOUL (Dynamic Power Thrash Metal from Istanbul) debut album 'Timeless Warfare'
Posted by: Denis / 12.03.2014
Ardent Power Thrash conjurings from Instanbul... VENGEFUL GHOUL, founded 2005, is hailing from Istanbul, Turkey. The style is intensely dynamic Power Thrash Metal with traditional elements. Music with an very own identity, in the vein of glorious legends such as HELSTAR, JAG PANZER, AGENT STEEL, VICIOUS RUMOURS and NEVERMORE.

Their debut album Timeless Warfare has been excellent mastered by Swedish sound guru Mr. Jens Bogren! Get prepared for an truly outstanding Power Thrash experience!
Frontiers Records / TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON
Posted by: Denis / 12.03.2014
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON sophomore album, Angels of the Apocalypse on May 16th in Europe and May 20th in North America.

Following the release of the debut album The Land of New Hope, the Metal Opera was met with critical and fan acclaim, entering the national album charts in seven European countries, including a top 10 entry in Tolkki's home country, Finland. In August 2013, Tolkki flew to Greece to seek the right inspiration for the follow-up album and upon his return he managed to develop a sound that is even more grandiose and symphonic and yet heavier and darker in direction as compared to the debut album. "In August 2012 I planned to release a Metal Opera that had to be a trilogy. I am following a specific storyboard in a musical format and this time the musical direction is heavier and darker than the previous Avalon" says Tolkki. "This was deliberate since the Apocalyptic scenes described in the lyrics demanded that."

As for the players on the album, Tolkki finally managed to reunite the legendary STRATOVARIUS Dreamspace lineup, calling Antti Ikonen and Tuomo Lassila to play keyboards and drums respectively. "It was really nice and brought good vibes and freshness to the album," tells Timo. "Definitely the right move".

The amazing cast of vocalists appearing this time includes NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen – who takes care of the lead vocals on the first single Design The Century – along with Simone Simons (EPICA), Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE), David DeFeis (VIRGIN STEELE), Zachary Stevens (ex-SAVATAGE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE), plus Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE) - who appears again after contributing to the first album - and the stunning Chilean singer Caterina Nix, who is working on her debut album which is also produced by Tolkki. "Some songs were written with a specific singer in mind, while for some others I decided based on the knowledge that I had on how he or she would perform. I am particularly happy of how this record sounds especially two songs You'll Bleed Forever and the 10 minute title track are among my favourite ever", says Tolkki.

Once again the stunning artwork is provided by the French artist Stanis W. Decker and the first pressing of the physical edition will be available in a glossy digipak.

The first single Design The Century (featuring NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen) will be released digitally worldwide on April 7th.
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PORTRAIT stream new track and announce new album 'Crossroads'
Posted by: Denis / 12.03.2014
Swedish Heavy Metal act, PORTRAIT, announce the release of their new album Crossroads for April, 25th in Europe, and April 29th in North America. The band has released the album title, art, and the first single from the record. In Time is streaming now on www.metalblade.com/portrait, where fans can also pre-order copies of Crossroads on CD, vinyl and digital downloads.

PORTRAIT comments: "Crossroads is a sevenfold blessing and curse upon a dying music scene, an album imbued with something untouchable and yet undeniable. This first single In Time was the first song written for Crossroads and is one of the more straight-forward ones of the album. Bang or be banged!"

The relentless, Swedish Heavy Metal monster known as PORTRAIT was born in the year 2006 with the intention to exterminate the entire world. After the release of a demo, two singles and their self-titled full length debut PORTRAIT released their Metal Blade debut Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae in 2011. After numerous tours and festival appearances the band began to focus on the third album, entitled Crossroads. The writing and recording process took about a year and Tore Stjerna of Necromorbus Studio handled the production together with the band.

"This is our most important album up to date in so many ways, and we couldn't be more satisfied with the final outcome. To me personally, PORTRAIT has finally become what I have always wanted the band to be, and we are hungrier than ever. The new album will speak for itself, and the year 2014 will be a year of Truth and of Conquest. Beware!"Christian Lindell, guitars.
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21Octayne signs with AFM
Posted by: Denis / 11.03.2014
AFM Records proudly present the newest addition to its roster: 21OCTAYNE, a fantastic new Rock act feat. members of Joe Perry band, Rhapsody, Axxis and Paul Gilbert, will release its debut album Into The Open on May 23rd!

21OCTAYNE is the epitome of soulful, honest, ass-kicking Rock with a slight modern touch. A new name, a new band, but no unknowns here: the band consists of vocalist Hagen Grohe (The Joe Perry Project), Marco Wriedt (Axxis), Andrew 'The Bullet' Lauer (Paul Gilbert) and drummer Alex Landenburg (Rhapsody). The four guys took their time and worked hard on their debut album for more than two years, ready for impact now! Meanwhile the young band scored first success by releasing a digital single for The Heart (Save Me) which went (without any kind of promotion) straight to #1 in Amazon Germany's Hard Rock/Metal chart and also appeared on the U.S. Itunes chart! This good start for 21OCTAYNE might be caused by several factors, one being vocalist Hagen Grohe who leads the band's U.S.-influenced Rock to international level. A quality that guitar icon Joe Perry (Aerosmith) realized quickly as well, so he made Grohe the vocalist of the Joe Perry Project. And he was not disappointed by the young German who convinced on album recordings and numerous live shows playing after in support of the release.

Also guitarist Marco Wriedt (Axxis), bass player Andrew 'The Bullet' Lauer (Paul Gilbert) and drummer Alex Landenburg (Rhapsody) have gathered quite a fan-following as musicians and songwriters over the years. Of course these fans quickly got excited when they heard about the new band 21OCTAYNE, so the band invited fans and interested journalists to 'listening session', presenting the first songs they had recorded. These intimate events quickly became 40-persons strong and saw the band playing acoustic sets even. Also the initial plan of doing one or 2 listening sessions in Germany only was change quickly because of the strong demand. And so 21OCTAYNE found themselves presenting their songs to people in a.o. London, Paris, Hollywood and Barcelona.

First concerts were played in Europe, supporting Pink Cream 69 and Germany chart band Ohrenfeindt, with offer now coming in from big festivals. 2014 will be a great year for Rock fans and there's no hiding from this awesome new band - 21OCTAYNE!
AFM Records / Elvenking - new album's news
Posted by: Denis / 11.03.2014
Italian Folk Power metallers ELVENKING have unveiled the cover artwork of their upcoming album The Pagan Manifesto, which will be released on May 9th.

Also, the band has announced that Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Kiske/Somerville) has contributed guest vocals to a 13-minute track that will be featured on the album.

ELVENKING will be touring with Gamma Ray and Rhapsody Of Fire in March/April.
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MAUSOLEUM GATE signs with Cruz Del Sur Music
Posted by: Denis / 11.03.2014
CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC is extremely pleased and proud to welcome Finnish sensational newcomers MAUSOLEUM GATE in its roster!

At the end of 2013 the label was introduced to their latest promo, thanks to producer Bart Gabriel ... A glorious and pure offering of retro Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, deeply rooted in a late-70s/early-80s atmosphere. Forged in the blood of Saxon, in the power and rudeness of the NWOBHM movement, in the spiritual, epic nature of Cirith Ungol but even in the elegance of Uriah Heep... A perfect band for Cruz Del Sur Music profile.

MAUSOLEUM GATE will release their self-titled debut album in mid October 2014 under the sign of Cruz Del Sur Music, in compact disc, vinyl and digital formats.

Their sold-out cassette EP Gateways For the Wicked will be soon re-press by the band itself on compact disc so watch out for it at the next Keep It True festival!
InsideOut Music / Thought Chamber video clip for 'Transcend'; appearing at ProgPower USA XV Festival
Posted by: Denis / 07.03.2014
U.S. Progressive Metal/Rock group THOUGHT CHAMBER released their sophomore album Psykerion worldwide via InsideOutMusic last year, they are now further enhancing the acclaimed record by launching a promotional video for the epic track Transcend. Check out the clip on the IOM-YouTube channel here.

"The making of the Transcend video confirmed my belief that Thought Chamber will be a musical force to be reckoned with in 2014," says THOUGHT CHAMBER co-founder, guitarist/composer Michael Harris. "It was the first time we were actually all in the same room together and it felt great. We wanted a no frills video showing us performing our 10 minute epic and finally giving our fans a true visual of the group. This video is truly all about the music. Chris Bowers did a great job capturing the vibe we wanted and editing the video."

THOUGHT CHAMBER features vocalist Ted Leonard (Spock's Beard, Enchant), drummer Mike Haid (David T. Chastain, Michael Harris, Joe Stump), keyboardist Bill Jenkins (Enchant), bassist Jeff Plant (Agrat) and guitarist Michael Harris (Darkology, Vitalij Kuprij).

In related news, THOUGHT CHAMBER will soon be debuting as a live-act by performing at the prestigious ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta, September 10-14, 2014 alongside labelmates Pain of Salvation and Leprous, Stratovarius, Jon Oliva's Pain, Pagan's Mind and a host of other international prog mega bands. ProgPower USA is already officially sold out.

THOUGHT CHAMBER are currently working on their third CD and plan to play additional shows in North America prior to their performance at ProgPower.

Psykerion is the follow-up release to their acclaimed debut album Angular Perceptions from 2007 and contains 16 tracks / 64 minutes of superb true Progressive Metal with a technical sci-fi twist, likely to appeal to fans of Dream Theater, Yes, Rush or Planet X. The album's cover artwork was designed by John E. Holland / MistyMountainGraphics.com. The album was recorded in various locations between 2012 and 2013 and finally mixed and mastered by Tom Size (Y&T, Aerosmith, Mr. Big, Enchant) at Tomland Studios, Pacheco, CA.
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InsideOut Music / Fates Warning returning to Europe for live shows in April
Posted by: Denis / 06.03.2014
U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have announced their return to Europe for a string of live-shows next month (April) in order to continue to support Darkness In A Different Light, their newest album and first studio effort in almost a decade, released worldwide via InsideOutMusic last September. Here are all the confirmed dates:
    FATES WARNING - Live in Europe 2014:
  • 19.04.2013 Weert (The Netherlands) - De Bosuil
  • 20.04.2014 Mons/Bergen (Belgium) - PPM Festival
  • 21.04.2014 Bochum (Germany) - Matrix
  • 23.04.2014 Copenhagen (Denmark) - Amager Bio
  • 24.04.2014 Berlin (Germany) - K17
  • 25.04.2014 Hamburg (Germany) - Rock Café St. Pauli
FATES WARNING's vocalist Ray Alder checked in to comment about the upcoming mini-tour as follows: "We are very excited to announce that FATES will once again be touring Europe! Although it will be a short run, we will be playing some cities that we haven't been to in a long time... We look forward to seeing all of you! Cheers!"
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METALMESSAGE Promotion / ARISING FEAR (Modern Thrash Metal) Debut 'Beyond Betrayal' (March, 29th)
Posted by: Denis / 05.03.2014
Intensive, up to date and original ... pure Modern Thrash Metal freshness for spring!

ARISING FEAR was founded back in 2008 in Augsburg, Bavaria, and affect their listeners with catchy hooks, complex song structures and hard headbanger riffs - all those musical elements meet in the music of ARISING FEAR and give their individual wall of sound a very interesting and powerful attitude. Followed by an immense number of live shows in Germany, Poland and Italy, with well known Bands like Emil Bulls, Farewell To Arms or Tenside the band released their self-titled debut EP in September 2009 which received excellent press consistently.

In ARISING FEAR Alex Rauh (vocals/guitar), Kevin Pöllmann (guitar/vocals), Tobi Möhring (drums) and Tom Franz (bass) prescribe themselves to the passion for creating their own music which can be considered as a mix of classical Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal and elements of the Metalcore genre. Currently, the four playful guys of ARISING FEAR are in the studio and work diligently on their debut album BEYOND BETRAYAL which will be released on March 29, 2014.
Century Media / Arch Enemy reveals details for new album 'War Eternal'
Posted by: Denis / 05.03.2014
Three years after the release of Khaos Legions and their most successful world tour to-date, extreme Metal icons ARCH ENEMY have started mixing their 9th studio album with Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR) at Fascination Street in Sweden.

Michael Amott (guitar) comments: "We've been producing ourselves, as we did on Khaos Legions. We have a clear vision of what we want ARCH ENEMY to sound like, and we can actually achieve it without the help of outside producers. We also have the advantage of having two talented sound engineers among our ranks in Daniel Erlandsson (drums) and Nick Cordle (guitar).

We've been tracking at a few different studios here in Sweden, the drums at Fascination Street Studio and guitars and bass in another room. We just finished vocals in a third studio with engineer Staffan Karlsson (Khaos Legions) and the mix and mastering will done by Jens Bogren at his Fascination Street mixing facility.

Musically, this album is going a few places we haven't visited before. As our fans have come expect, our albums have all had their own vibe and War Eternal will leave its own mark. Lyrically it's a much more personal record, and I feel the songs have more dynamics and depth than ever before. The songs are loaded with strong and vicious Metal, drenched in tons of melody and emotion. All the trademarks of ARCH ENEMY are present, just more in your face and turned up to 11"
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The new album will be titled War Eternal. Michael explains: "A lot of times life is a struggle, a war against what I like to call 'mental chains' in society that try to prevent you from living life the way you want, that try to stop you from making your dreams come true. I have always resented that and I always will. The title sums up our collective attitude a band as well; stages will be destroyed, eardrums will bleed. There will be no choice. This, ladies and gentlemen, is War Eternal..."

ARCH ENEMY will debut new material on a short eastern European tour before the album is released in early June 2014; this trek will then be followed by an extensive run of European summer festivals, including Sweden Rock, Wacken and many more. A full headlining tour in North America, Europe, and the UK will take place in fall/winter 2014. ARCH ENEMY will once again tour nearly every corner of this world to spread the sound of War Eternal!
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Frontiers Records / California Breed
Posted by: Denis / 05.03.2014
California Breed is a new powerhouse trio featuring legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter Andrew Watt. Are set to release their first self-titled debut album in may available on cd and cd/dvd deluxe edition on Frontiers Records.

Think of California and you think of brilliant color and bright sunlight. Think of a breed and it's all about bloodlines and brotherhood. Put the two together as CALIFORNIA BREED, and you have the most exciting new band of 2014, built around the foundation of legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter Andrew Watt. Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, this powerful three-piece band will release their self-titled debut album May 16th in Europe and May 20th in North America on Frontiers Records. It was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings and more).

CALIFORNIA BREED was recorded at Cobb's Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. "It's proper rock," Hughes told ClassicRockMagazine.com (2/6), "but at the same time it's very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page." "This kid is amazing," says Bonham. "The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio likes he's onstage!" Glenn Hughes, 'The Voice Of Rock', is a true original, a legendary icon whose credits include Deep Purple and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire — up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of Hard Rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes' calling card. The legacy of Led Zeppelin lives on in Jason Bonham, British drummer and son of Zep's legendary John Bonham. He has inherited the best of his father's skills while mastering his own distinctive and dynamic technique. Jason has followed his own distinctive path over the years, fronting his own successful outfits like Bonham, and playing with Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Heart and, most recently, movie composer Hans Zimmer. Andrew Watt is a soulful singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist whose high-energy aggressive style & creative spirit are synonymous with New York City. Hughes says: "I live in the moment, it's all about NOW, California Breed is exactly where I live, breathe and where my freak flag flies."
Massacre Records / Crystal Eyes news
Posted by: Denis / 04.03.2014
Massacre Records are happy to announce the signing of Sweden's Heavy Metal quartet CRYSTAL EYES!

The story of CRYSTAL EYES began back in 1992, when Mikael Dahl and Niclas Karlsson formed the band to keep the legacy of Heavy Metal set in the 80's by bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden or Black Sabbath. During the mid 90's, the band built a strong underground reputation with the release of 4 demo tapes. The debut album World Of Black And Silver was released in 1999, followed by In Silence They March in 2000 both via CLM. Both albums received great reviews. Vengeance Descending hit the stores in 2003, released on Heavy Fidelity, and led to CRYSTAL EYES playing at the Sweden Rock Festival in the same year. Mikael handed over the microphone to Daniel Heiman, who was featured as new vocalist on the band's 4th album Confessions Of The Maker (2005). Also in 2005, CRYSTAL EYES returned to Sweden Rock as opening act. This gig was the only one with Daniel on vocals, who was then replaced by Soren Nico Adamsen in late 2005. The two following albums Dead City Dreaming (2006) and Chained (2008) were both mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom, with whom the band once again worked on the upcoming album. Soren Nico Adamsen left the band in 2009 and Mikael took over the microphone again. CRYSTAL EYES celebrated the band's 20th anniversary in 2012 with special gigs including former band members and songs from every record. In the past decades, CRYSTAL EYES also supported bands like Blind Guardian, Yngwie Malmsteen and Candlemass.

CRYSTAL EYES' new album Killer is set to be released later this year via Massacre Records!
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Massacre Records / Macbeth news
Posted by: Denis / 04.03.2014
MACBETH have released the final video of the Stalingrad trilogy! You can watch Stalingrad - Das Kreuz here.

The previous two videos, also directed by MACBETH's guitarist Ralf Klein, are available here: The songs are taken from MACBETH's latest album Wiedergänger, which was released in September 2012 via Massacre Records.

If you want to see the band live, here's your chance:
  • 29.03.2014 DE Leipzig - Bandhaus Leipzig
  • 03.05.2014 DE Zwickau - Klubhaus Sachsenring
  • 07.06.2014 DE Hauptmannsgrün/Reichenbach - Chronical Moshers Open Air. The Chronical Moshers Open Air also features MACBETH's label mates Sinister, Illdisposed as well as TotenmonD.
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Bleeding Gods: signs for Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 04.03.2014
Bleeding Gods, the Dutch metal band featuring former and current members of Altar, Sinister, Houwitser and Supreme Pain, has inked a deal with Punishment 18 Records.

The group will enter Soundlodge Studio in Rhauderfehn, Gremany in September with producer Jörg Uken to begin recording its debut album for a late November release. The artwork and layout will be designed by Italian master illustrator Marco Hasmann (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Vile).

Bleeding Gods plays groovy, riffing and shredding Metal with some thrash and death influences in it. The sound is inspired by bands like Slayer, old Metallica, Lamb of God, Black Sabbath, Opeth and Chimaira.
Metal Mind Productions / Osada Vida
Posted by: Denis / 04.03.2014
Osada Vida, one of the most interesting Polish bands on the Prog-Metal scene, is currently working on the material for their brand new studio album. The new release, planned for Autumn 2014, will mark a line-up change – Bartek Bereska, the band's previous guitarist, decided to part ways with the band due to personal reasons. He was replaced by Jan Mitoraj, a young and very talented guitarist known from his work with Brain Connect and Pasimito.

Osada Vida is one of the most interesting Polish bands on the Prog-Rock scene. Their discography includes three demos and four well received official releases - Three Seats Behind a Triangle (2006/2007), The Body Parts Party (2008), Uninvited Dreams (2009) and Particles (2013). Their albums feature elaborately beautiful music in the vein of Yes, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation and Riverside. In early July, Osada Vida released their first live DVD entitled Where The Devils Live featuring the recording of their live appearance at the Wyspianski Theater in Katowice, Poland in Autumn 2011. In 2012 the band debuted in a new improved line-up - they have added a new vocalist Marek Majewski, previously known from the band Acute Mind. In Autumn 2013 the band replaced guitarist Bartek Bereska with young and talented musician – Jan Mintoraj.

Osada Vida is also recognized worldwide - they played at the famous US' ROSfest 2011 and at the beginning of October 2012 they were a part of Israeli ProgStage festival where they performed next to Andromeda, The Flower Kings or Orphaned Land.

The band's fifth studio album is scheduled for release in Autumn 2014.
AXEMASTER news
Posted by: Denis / 03.03.2014
Axemaster would like to announce that they are now an official endorser of Flying V Leather Accessories. They produce bad ass leather products for guitar and bass as well as the revolutionary flying v legrest; a device which allows a Flying V guitar to be balanced properly so it can be played comfortably while a person is sitting down. You can check out all their cool merchandise at www.flyingvleatheracc.com. While your there be sure to check out Geoff's video demonstrating the V legrest!!!

The band has been constantly working to expand their exposure on the internet. A list of some of the sites on which Axemaster appears is below, the most recent being their new Twitter account. We hope you will take the time to check some of them out, it's a great way to be 100% updated on all axe-happenings! Also, if you would be interested in doing something to assist with our internet campaign, we are offering free downloads of songs from each Axemaster album as a 'thank you' for helping to spread the word about the band. You can find out all the details here.

Finally, there will be a special guest appearing with Axemaster when they play at the Ragnarokkr Festival in Chicago in April. Due to unusual circumstances, a fill-in drummer was needed; and the band was fortunate enough to be able to find a kick ass drummer in Denny Archer to fill the spot. Denny's a veteran musician who is greatly respected in the Ohio Metal scene, and he played with Joe Sims for a couple years in the mid 90's in a band called Reign, so they already have a lot of experience performing together. Joe said, "I'm really looking forward to working with Denny again even if it's possibly just temporarily. We played some killer shows together back in the 90's and I expect Ragnarokkr to be one we will never forget. We couldn't have found a better player or person to help Axemaster go kick Chicago's ass!!!"
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Alberto Rigoni announces new collaboration with Alusonic Aluminium Instruments
Posted by: Denis / 03.03.2014
Italian bass player and composer Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, TwinSpirits, Lady & THE BASS, Vivaldi Metal Project, Kim Bingham) is proud to announce a new collaboration with Italian company Alusonic Aluminium Instruments.

"As many bass players, I'm affected by GAS but I'm also pretty eclectic: I'm always looking for innovative and exciting instruments. I had the chance to try Alusonic aluminum basses and I was really impressed. I never though aluminum could sound so amazing. Well... I was wrong! We are now working on a new bass project. What I can say for now is that the bass won't be made just in aluminum... and that the project is focused on getting a superior tone for a competitive price. I'm proud to be in Alusonic family and glad to support my country!" - Alberto Rigoni.
25 albums entered into our database lately are:
1. Vicious Rumors
"Live You to Death 2 - American Punishment"

2. Messenger
"See You in Hell"

3. Messenger
"Under the Sign"

4. Messenger
"Kill the DJ"

5. Messenger
"Feel the Fire"

6. Messenger
"Infected"

7. Messenger
"Asylum X-T-C"

8. Messenger
"Titanic Suicide"

9. Uriah Heep
"Outsider"

10. Hammerforce
"Mass Media"

11. Saris
"Until We Have Faces"

12. Alltheniko
"Fast And Glorious"

13. Benedictum
"Uncreation"

14. Fate
"If Not for the Devil"

15. Teatr Teney
"Kul't (Cult)"

16. Kolizey
"Neonovyy Tsvetok (Neon Flower)"

17. Kolizey
"Imya Tvoyo (Your Name)"

18. Kolizey
"Skol'ko Dorog... (How Many Ways...)"

19. Kolizey
"Skol'ko Dorog... (How Many Ways...) (demo)"

20. Kolizey
"Vmeste Pobedim (We'll Win Together)"

21. Eihwaz
"Braveheart"

22. Artical
"Illusion X"

23. Artical
"Horizon"

24. Sunwalter
"Nibiru"

25. Gammacide
"Victims of Science"


15 bands entered into our database lately are:
1. Gammacide
2. Coldspell
3. Now Or Never
4. Minotauro
5. Messenger
6. Vicinity
7. Alekseevskaya Ploschad
8. Kolizey
9. Claymore
10. Eihwaz
11. Starshie Arkany
12. Sad Gryoz
13. Chyornyy Angel
14. Dimitriy Pavlovskiy's PowerSquad
15. Bereg Neba

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