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Y.O.C. new page on Twitter
Posted by: Denis / 26.06.2016
For the attention of rockers/metalheads: please check new Y.O.C.'s page on Twitter and follow it.

Frontiers Music / Tesla - Mechanical Resonance, Live!
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2016
It's been said that lightning never strikes the same place twice. However, it does in the case of Tesla. The band is thrilled to announce the release of a live recording of their classic album, Mechanical Resonance LIVE!, celebrating the original multi-Platinum record's 30th birthday in style. With a few surprises up their sleeve, including the single Save That Goodness written and produced by Phil Collen of Def Leppard, he album will be released in Europe on August 26th on Tesla's longtime label partner Frontiers Music Srl. The record is being released in conjunction with Tesla's USA summer tour opening up for Def Leppard, where they will perform in front of over half a million fans.

Said Frank Hannon, "30 years later and the songs on our first album still rock! Making this new live album of Mechanical Resonance was a reminder of the innocence and creative beginnings of Tesla."

Added Brian Wheat, "It was a lot of fun to re-visit some of the songs we hadn't played in decades and had a great time recording it."

Over the course of their thirty-year career, which started in 1986, the iconic Sacramento Melodic Hard Rock quintet—Frank Hannon (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass), Jeff Keith (lead vocals), Troy Luccketta (drums), and Dave Rude (guitar) — has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and played to sold out crowds across the globe, their three albums that followed Mechanical Resonance all went multi-Platinum in the USA. To say Tesla live is absolutely bombastic is an understatement, they are a Hard Rock band to beat all Hard Rock bands.

The 21st century has become something of a renaissance for Tesla. Most recently, 2014's Simplicity bowed at #14 on the Billboard Top 200. The group ignited ABC's Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! in addition to scorching stages at festivals such as Rocklahoma, Graspop Metal Meeting, and Sweden Rock Festival as well as the cruise Monsters of Rock! As they prepare to cut their ninth full-length album with Phil Collen in the producer's chair, Tesla takes another monumental leap forward as they glance back on Mechanical Resonance Live!
    Mechanical Resonance Live tracklisting:
  1. Rock Me To The Top
  2. Ez Come Ez Go
  3. Gettin' Better
  4. Comin' Atcha Live
  5. Changes
  6. Before My Eyes
  7. 2 Late 4 Love
  8. We're No Good Together
  9. Love Me
  10. Cover Queen
  11. Lil Suzie
  12. Modern Day Cowboy
  13. Save That Goodness (Studio Track)
Mechanical Resonance, Live! to be Released August 26th, 2016.

InsideOut Music / Fates Warning launch next song of 'Theories Of Flight' album
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2016
FATES WARNING, a new song is being debuted today via a play through video on the website of Guitar World Magazine.

Check out the track White Flag in a clip (with full studio album sound), which doesn't only feature multi-angle cams of guitarist and songwriter Jim Matheos, but also showcases the guest lead guitar parts by longtime Fates Warning member Frank Aresti and by recent Fates Warning live-guitarist Mike Abdow.

A complimentary drum and bass play through clip for the same track featuring a special audio mix will be available separately in the coming weeks too.

FATES WARNING's Jim matheos checked in to comment about the song as follows: "With White Flag I wanted to do something a bit heavier then what we've done in the recent past, but also to feature counterpoint type guitar parts, where the guitars are playing around and in between each other rather than in strict unison throughout. I also wanted to provide solo spots for Frank Aresti and Mike Abdow. Their contributions are one of the highlights in the song for me."

Intromental / QueensrŸche
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2016
Progressive Metal veterans QueensrŸche have announced their next headlining tour throughout the United States. The month-long trek will take place this fall, starting on November 15 in Seattle, Washington and concluding on December 15 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. QueensrŸche will be joined by Armored Saint as direct support, along with Intromental artist MIDNIGHT ETERNAL on all dates for the upcoming tour.
    The dates are as follows:
  • Nov. 15 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
  • Nov. 16 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
  • Nov. 18 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
  • Nov. 22 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
  • Nov. 23 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
  • Nov. 25 - Tyler, TX @ Clicks
  • Nov. 26 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
  • Nov. 29 - Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks at The Landing
  • Nov. 30 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
  • Dec. 01 - Tampa, FL @ The Cuban Club
  • Dec. 02 - Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
  • Dec. 03 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
  • Dec. 04 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
  • Dec. 06 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • Dec. 07 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
  • Dec. 08 - Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel Lounge
  • Dec. 10 - Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • Dec. 11 - Peoria, IL @ Limelight
  • Dec. 13 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
  • Dec. 14 - Overland Park, KS @ Kanza Hall
  • Dec. 15 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep

Massacre Records / New signing: VICTORIUS
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2016
The passion for Power Metal brought a few guys together more than a decade ago, and inspired them to form a band known as VICTORIUS!

VICTORIUS already released 3 studio albums, and toured with bands like Freedom Call or Van Canto through Europe, and played at festivals such as the RockHarz Open Air, among others.

Strong melodies, tough rhythms, catchy riffs and precise vocals characterize the sound of the German quintet.

VICTORIUS are currently working on a new album, that will be released in early 2017 via Massacre Records!

The band will also embark on an European tour in January/February 2017 with Grave Digger and their label mates Mystic Prophecy.
  • David Baßin - Vocals
  • Dirk Scharsich - Guitar
  • Florian Zack - Guitar
  • Andreas Dockhorn - Bass
  • Frank Koppe - Drums
Metal Mind Productions / Tank - 'Make a Little Time' video
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2016
British Heavy Metal legend TANK released today the first video from their most recent and also one of their best-selling studio albums, Valley of Tears.

Make a Little Time was filmed in the desert hills just outside the town of Mojacar in Southern Spain and the production was handled by MGV Productions. You can stream the video in this location.

Cliff Evans comments: "We didn't want to make the usual low budget, derelict warehouse style video that so many bands seem to go for these days so in order to do the song justice we decided to find a more interesting location. We contacted Dale Webb at MGV and he found the ideal backdrop that provided the essential vibe that goes so well with the song. Unusually for this part of Spain the weather was stormy and overcast but that added a great atmosphere to the performance. The video really captures the raw energy but also the laid back side of the band. We like nothing better than playing our own brand of rock 'n' roll and drinking beer together!"

Mick Tucker adds: "We're so pleased with the amazing response that we've had for our Valley of Tears album which was released at the end of last year. We wanted to portray the songs visually so we decided to invest in making a couple of top quality videos for our fans to enjoy and share the experience of what we're doing. We only had one day to film everything we needed so it was hard work but we had plenty of cold Estrella beer close to hand to keep us going."

A second video filmed for the title track of the album Valley of Tears is scheduled for release later this summer.

WARBRINGER sign to Napalm Records
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2016
Napalm Records is proud and honored to announce the signing of US Thrash Metallers WARBRINGER!

Started in 2004 by High School fellow metal heads, the members of Los Angeles' own WARBRINGER have made their way up through the Metal scene. After four releases and an endless succession of tours with the likes of Arch Enemy, Exodus, Suicide Silence, Megadeth, Napalm Death, Iced Earth, Kreator to name just a few, this hard working five-piece is ready to take the next step together with Napalm Records.

John Kevill, frontman of WARBRINGER comments on the signing: "We are excited to announce a new record deal with Napalm Records! We have been writing for the last couple months, the riffs are flowing and the new material is sounding goddamn lethal. We are planning to record at the end of summer and release it early next year, followed by a full worldwide touring campaign. The writing is being led by longtime members drummer Carlos Cruz and guitarist Adam Carroll, as well as myself, and we are being joined by Chase Becker on the lead guitar and Jessie Sanchez dropping the bass-hammer.

I've been on a mission to make this record for three years since Empires... was released, and it's great to see it finally coming to fruition. Thank you all the people at Napalm Records for their interest in the band, and thank you to the fans for your continued and undying support, We'll see you out there next year.

Keep it heavy my friends! Signing off."

Sebastian Muench, A&R Napalm Records states: "I have been following WARBRINGER's progress throughout the last 4 fantastic releases and am extremely confident that with the band's first release under the Napalm banner WARBRINGER could step in the footsteps of Thrash Metal Titans like Exodus, Kreator or Testament! We will work our asses off to make the album a success! Welcome to the Napalm family!"

The band is currently in the studio recording their upcoming masterpiece. Stay tuned for more info!

Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2016
Secret Rule will soon embark on a full European tour. The confirmed dates are as follows:
  • 20/07/2016 Maribor Dvorana Gustaf Pekarna Slovenia
  • 21/07/2016 Prague Exit-us Club Czech Republic
  • 22/07/2016 Kosice Collosseum Club Slovakia
  • 23/07/2016 Budapest Rocktogon Pub&Roll Hungary
  • 24/07/2016 Đakovo Rock Bar King Croatia
  • 17/08/2016 Northampton The King Billy United Kingdom
  • 18/08/2016 Manchester Grand Central United Kingdom
  • 19/08/2016 Pontypool The Dragonffli United Kingdom
  • 20/08/2016 Evesham The Iron Road United Kingdom
  • 21/08/2016 Birmingham The Asylum 2 United Kingdom
  • 25/08/2016 Maasmechelen Jan Hertog Belgium
  • 26/08/2016 Gorinchem Stichting PoGo Netherlands
  • 27/08/2016 Assen Bull’s Eye Netherlands
Y.O.C. studio news
Posted by: Denis / 23.06.2016
New Y.O.C.'s work is in progress, the new demo song is already available on our band's page!

Underground Symphony / Degrees of Truth - New Deal
Posted by: Denis / 23.06.2016
Underground Symphony is proud to announce a deal with Italian progsters Degrees of Truth for the release of their debut album The Reins of life in September 2016.

The album will feature 11 brand new tracks of eclectic and sophisticated progressive metal led by the surprising voice of Claudia Nora Pezzotta, by the melodic textures of Gianluca Parnisari (keyboards) and Graziano Franchetti (guitars) and by the tight rhythmic section with Matteo Clark (bass) and Luca Ravezzani (drums).

The artwork is made by the amazing Gustavo Sazes (Amaranthe, Arch Enemy, Kamelot, Firewind, Temperance, Sirenia, James LaBrie, Angra).
Punishment 18 Records / Exiled on Earth release date confirmed
Posted by: Denis / 23.06.2016
Exiled on Earth, Progressive Speed metallers that comprised in line-up members of Rosae Crucis, Maelstrom, T.I.R., have announced that the new album titled Forces of Denial will be released on July 25th by Punishment 18 Records. Recordings sessions were completed at prestigious 16th Cellar Studios (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour of Penance, Theatres Des Vampires, Subhuman) by Stefano 'Saul' Morabito.
Punishment 18 Records / Vanexa - Ken Hensley guest on 'Too Heavy to Fly' album
Posted by: Denis / 23.06.2016
Multi-instrumentalist Ken Hensley (ex-Uriah Heep, John Wetton) will play as guest on The Traveller, a song taken from the next Vanexa album Too Heavy to Fly. The new effort will be released in digipack format on next fall by Punishment 18 Records. Ligurian band can number among its members and former members of bands such a Mastercastle, Necrodeath, Labÿrinth, Hyaena.

Arthorium Records / GREY WOLF trailer of new album 'Glorious Death' available
Posted by: Denis / 22.06.2016
Brazilian true Heavy Metal band GREY WOLF is promoting a trailer with song samples of its new album Glorious Death.

Glorious Death will be released in CD on 18th June via Arthorium Records with better sound production than its predecessors and letting clear the maturing of the group. The beautiful and vibrant cover artwork was painted in acrylics by French illustrator Nicolas Bournay and audio mixing and mastering were done by Arthur Migotto (Hazy Hamlet, Brothers of Sword).

The video with the trailer is available on Arthorium Records official Youtube Channel.
Cruz del Sur Music / SACRED STEEL to release 'Heavy Metal Sacrifice' on Oct 14 2016
Posted by: Denis / 22.06.2016
German Heavy Metal veterans SACRED STEEL announce the release of their new album Heavy Metal Sacrifice on October 14 2016. The album was recorded at Music Factory Studio Kempten (Germany) and produced by Sacred Steel and Christian Schmid.

With the release of Heavy Metal Sacrifice, the band celebrates its first 20 years, providing one of their most convincing albums ever. With highlights such as Heavy Metal Sacrifice, Let There Be Steel, Hail The Godz Of War, Children Of The Sky SACRED STEEL set in motion a war-machine that will crush the enemies of true Heavy Metal!

The band has already announced a round of shows to accompany the release of the album. Confirmed dates are as follows:
  • 15.10.2016 – 20 years of Sacred Steel Festival & Record Releaseparty of HEAVY METAL SACRIFICE with SACRED STEEL, TANKARD, STALLION, TRAGEDY DIVINE (Reunion Gig), SEPTAGON Ludwigsburg (GER) – Scala
  • 21.10.2016 – Vienna (A) Escape
  • 22.10.2016 – Phantoms Of Pilsen Pilsen (CZ)
  • 12.11.2016 – Burn This Town Festival with ROSAE CRUCIS, HAMMER KING, BATTLE RAM, GRAAL Rome (IT) – Traffic Club
  • 13.01.2017 – Hamburg (GER) Bambi Galore

Posted by: Denis / 22.06.2016
The year was 1989. Cult-favorite Twin Cities shock metallers SLAVE RAIDER found themselves without a label, having been dropped from the Jive Records roster following the release of their first two albums — Take the World by Storm (1986) and What Do You Know About Rock ‘n Roll? (1988). Despite losing two members in the major label fallout, the group refused to throw in the towel and set to work independently producing what would become their most daring album... one that would be — quite literally — Bigger, Badder & Bolder.

Having previously reissued the first two SLAVE RAIDER classics in 2015, Divebomb Records is excited to complete the trilogy by issuing Bigger, Badder & Bolder on CD for the first time since its extremely limited edition release in 1990! This bigger, badder, and bolder (pun intended) edition has been brought back to life through the all-new mastering of Jamie King at The Basement Recording, two secret bonus tracks, and an essay on the band's closing chapter by co-editor Carlos Ramirez—featuring input from SLAVE RAIDER frontman Chainsaw Caine himself.

It may have taken 26 years, but it's time for these underground Heavy Metal legends to finally get their due. For the fans, by the fans!

  1. Bigger, Badder & Bolder
  2. D.O.A.(Dead On Arrival)
  3. Bad Boy Boogie
  4. Blackout
  5. Who Owns America?
  6. Fight For What You Believe In
  7. I Don't Need Your Love
    + two secret bonus tracks
GlobMetal Promotions / Thundering Herd released new album
Posted by: Denis / 21.06.2016
American Southern/Stoner Metal band Thundering Herd released their debut album Backyard Junkyard. The album was recorded and mixed at Pershing Hill Sound by Greg Elkins, and mastered at Studio B Mastering by Dave Harris.

The band was formed in 2013 by Mark Binion and Mike Goodwin after they left their previous band Blood Drunk. In 2015 Skully joined the band as the bass player and the band started recording their debut album.
Som do Darma / Pop Javali unveils cover and tracklist for 'Live In Amsterdam'
Posted by: Denis / 21.06.2016
After two albums released, shows with Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Ugly Kid Joe, Pop Javali walks increasingly toward success. Soon or not to say, the fact is that the band is going through its best time. Definitely! Last year the hard/heavy power trio went to Europe where played nine concerts in England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. Among the gigs, highlights the Cart & Horses in London - the same pub where Maiden started its career - the show they did in Amsterdam, at The Waterhole, and the two festivals, Sneker Metal Meeting in Holland, and Razorblade in Germany.

Proof of that excellent reception that Marcelo Frizzo (bass/vocal), Jaéder Menossi (guitar) and Loks Rasmussen (drums) had on the old world is published on the European press. The Pit, one of the most respected specialized Rock/Metal sites from Germany, published on its coverage of Razorblade Festival that Pop Javali was, 'no doubt, the biggest surprise of the festival'. In Brazil the impact has not been different. Roadie Crew, the main and most respected printed rock magazine, published a two pages interview with the group. Shortly, Killer Pumpkin, another Brazilian publication, gave Pop Javali a cover feature on its May 2016 edition.

To consolidate the success of this first experience in Europe, Pop Javali announced the release of its first live CD, Live In Amsterdam, recorded during one of the outstanding performances of the tour, at The Waterhole, in the dutch capital.

Live In Amsterdam is being mixed and will also be mastered by Andria Busic, of the legendary Brazilian group Dr. Sin, with whom the band had previously worked in its previous studio album, The Game Of Fate.
    Live In Amsterdam will bring the following tracklist:
  1. Road To Nowhere
  2. Freemen
  3. Lie To Me
  4. Time Allowed
  5. I Wanna Choose
  6. A Friend That I've Lost
  7. Wrath Of The Soul
The cover for Live In Amsterdam was designed by João Duarte that have worked with artists such as Metal Church, Circle II Circle, Angra, Torture Squad, Age Of Artemis, etc, and bring photos by Jörg Müller.

Live In Amsterdam will be released in the second half of 2016.
SPV / VICIOUS RUMORS release new lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 21.06.2016
US Metal masters VICIOUS RUMORS release a new lyric video for the song Chasing The Priest, taken from the forthcoming studio album Concussion Protocol.

Geoff Thorpe says about the song and the video: "In our dark tale of the earth's final days man turns his back on religious concepts! The Song Chasing the Priest was written by myself along with Nick, Tilen, and Larry in a house we rented last summer next to and old Church in the Netherlands. The band was in the beginning of the songwriting process for the album Concussion Protocol. We hope you enjoy our dark tale in Metal madness as much as we enjoyed making it for you!!! This video was produced by Jimmie Evans lll at Electric Punishment studios in Santa Rosa California. Turn it up and see you on tour!!! Metal on!"

SPV / MOB RULES announce headliner tour, special fan voting
Posted by: Denis / 21.06.2016
Back after a successful tour with Axel Rudi Pell and the release of the new studio album Tales From Beyond the North German Melodic Metallers MOB RULES hit the stages in autumn again. On their headlining tour, the band will play this time a comprehensive set of new songs and especially band classics – this is why the tour is titled 'Beyond The Classics'. The program will include tracks of all previous eight albums and beside some surprises, the fans will also have the opportunity to directly affect the setlist via Facebook by voting their 'favorite songs' personally!

"In our concerts we often note that our audience is mixed" says singer Klaus Dirks. "Besides many longtime fans of the first hour, we have many new fans and their favorite songs and albums are quite different. This time, we want to offer a perfect mix: new material, proven classics and songs we have never played before."
    MOB RULES live 2016:
  • 01.10. CH-Wetzikon – Hall Of Fame
  • 02.10. D-Weiher – Live Music Hall
  • 04.10. D-Munich – Backstage
  • 05.10. D-Siegburg – Kubana
  • 06.10. D-Wilhelmshaven – Pumpwerk
  • 07.10 B-Roselare – De Verlichte Geest
  • 09.10 D-Bochum – Matrix

High Roller Records / VULTURE - Victim to the Blade
Posted by: Denis / 20.06.2016
Attention, Speed Metal fans! Victim To The Blade, the debut EP of VULTURE is what you are looking for. The band of Nord-Rhine Westphalia combines influences of early Speed and Thrash Metal with a heavy approach and use those ingredients to create fresh yet traditional hymns. "We mainly concentrate on the beginning of Thrash and Speed when Heavy was a basic part of the extreme and the fast. That makes the aggression shines brighter through power and grace", says vocalist Steeler and adds: "Bands such as Agent Steel and Slayer are big influences for us, but I would also add Exodus (Paul Baloff), Dark Angel (Don Doty) and Razor (Sheepdog)."

The sovereignty and focus in songwriting and arrangement is just fantastic, especially when you see that the band is founded 2015 and planed Victim Of The Blade just as an appetizer demo for what is to come. Guitarist Genözider: "Actually we wanted to release Victim To The Blade as a tape only demo for the next EP. Contacted for this project, High Roller Records insisted on a Vinyl and CD-release because they were so enthusiastic. This was of course a more than welcome offer because High Roller Records were our first choice for the release of our music in the first place."

So let's have a few words about the three peak songs on Victim To The Blade: "Generally we try to add as many facets as possible to every song without protracting it unnecessarily. The will be no dummy bumbled A minor homages in our music. Variety is something very important in our riffs as much as in our structures. Every song should stand for itself, but a release should also be seen as a complete work." states Genözider and gives a word on the high quality standards of the songs: "Our list with potential riffs is very long, and we give our greatest efforts only to take the best of them. VULTURE definitely does not stand still and tries to evolve with every song. But not in a progressive way that throws in different styles by hook or by crook till you think you found yourself but in a just qualitative way. Every song is a lot of work, and at the end of it, we went a big step in a certain direction, what ever direction this is. We are just in the process defining the style of VULTURE."

The Judas Priest-cover Rapid Fire fits perfectly laying open the roots of VULTURE's music. It is far more than just another close-to-the-original-version but have its own taste and character. Steeler explains the choice and shows that there is more about than just to find a cool song: "We consciously decided for a song of the 'early' Priest, before the time dominated by synthesizers and doublebass attacks. This late time has also its point, but it utterly does not fit to us. The basic and raw of the early days of Heavy Metal are just more soulful than the artificial production and the 'more is more'-attitude a la Painkiller. Additionally Rapid Fire is perfectly made for Speed-Riffings, so we can bring in our own style. That made the choice easy for us."

It is no surprise that the band members also play in well-known bands such as Quintessence, Bulldozing Bastard, Luzifer, Hellhunt, Wifebeater. Is there any time left for a new band? "Our main focus is on VULTURE at the moment, so we put our other bands aside for the moment." bass man Axetinctor straights out. That main focus calls in every aspect of VULTURE. Genözider points out, why the optic is so important: "It is not about fitting into certain standard cliches or following role models, but to represent the mood of our music also optically. You will not find inverted crosses or pentagrams, but the three time dose Destroyer guitars. You can see how important that is when you see some of the reunion shows of Eighties bands. Look at the Agent Steel show on Dynamo 2004 or the jogging pants gig of Razor at Headbangers Open Air. My blood runs cold when I see this. We appear as a traditional Metal band, and this is, where I want to make the point." This also includes the lyrics, as Axetinctor points out: "Generally I would summarize our topics in the title Horror, but the focus is on classic stories and suspense movies. For example, the intro of Delivered to Die is a homage to the synthie melodies of old horror movies."

It is obvious that the story does not end here, but has just started. With Victim To The Blade VULTURE put a strong landmark in the realms of traditional Speed and Thrash Metal, and it is just natural that after such a strong first sign the band is hungry for more: "We are in the songwriting for the debut album at the moment. Concept and direction are there. We hope to finish it in summer." We hope so too, guys, and we are really looking forwards for some more sharp and speedy VULTURE-stuff.
VIVALDI METAL PROJECT: The Illusion of Eternity (Spring 1st mov.) - Official Lyric Video
Posted by: Denis / 20.06.2016
This is the OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO for the track The Illusion Of Eternity (Spring, 1st movement, arr. by Douglas R. Docker) taken from the release The Four Seasons which will be in stores (CD/digital)from July 22nd, 2016 via Pride & Joy Music! The Vivaldi Metal Project PledgeMusic campaign will end on June 20th!
Nuclear Blast / EPICA tracklist of 'The Holographic Principle' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 20.06.2016
Dutch symphonic Metal stars EPICA announced the release of their forthcoming record The Holographic Principle (September 30th through Nuclear Blast), two weeks ago. Now the artwork has been revealed it is time for the band to announce the tracklisting of this highly-awaited album. It racks up as follows:
  1. Eidola
  2. Edge Of The Blade
  3. A Phantasmic Parade
  4. Universal Death Squad
  5. Divide And Conquer
  6. Beyond The Matrix
  7. Once Upon A Nightmare
  8. The Cosmic Algorithm
  9. Ascension - Dream State Armageddon
  10. Dancing In A Hurricane
  11. Tear Down Your Walls
  12. The Holographic Principle - A Profound Understanding Of Reality
The band commented: "The Holographic Principle deals with the near future wherein virtual reality has taken off and allows people to create their own virtual worlds which can't be distinguished from 'reality as we know it'. This raises the question whether our current reality is a kind of virtual reality on itself, a hologram. This implies the existence of a higher reality which we currently do not have access to. The lyrics challenge you to think out of the box, to reconsider everything you thought to know for sure and to be open-minded towards recent revolutions in science. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a ride as nothing appears to be what it seems in our holographic universe."
    Don't miss EPICA on tour!
  • 24.06. DK Copenhagen - Copenhell
  • 09.07. D Geiselwind - Out & Loud Festival
  • 16.07. H Dunaujvaros - Rockmaraton Festival
  • 23.07. MEX Mexico City - Heaven & Hell Festival
  • 06.08. LT Zarasai City - Roko Naktys
  • 01.10. NL Tilburg - Epic Metal Fest Netherlands
  • 15.10. BR Sao Paulo - Epic Metal Fest Brazil
  • 12.01. D Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
  • 13.01. D Cologne - Palladium
  • 14.01. D Ludwigsburg - MHP Arena
  • 16.01. CH Geneve - Salle Des Fetes De Thonex
  • 17.01. CH Zurich - Volkshaus
  • 20.01. D Munich - Tonhalle
  • 21.01. A Vienna - Gasometer
  • 24.01. PL Warsaw - Progresja
  • 25.01. D Berlin - Huxley's
  • 27.01. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
  • 28.01. CZ Prague - Forum Karlin
  • 03.02. UK London - o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
  • 04.02. F Paris - Le Zénith

Pure Steel Records / SALEM 'Dark Days' limited vinyl edition - cover, tracklist, releasedate: 22th July 2016
Posted by: Denis / 20.06.2016
The release date of the SALEM album Dark Days on limited vinyl is July 22nd, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on June 08th, 2016 in label's webshop.

The English band SALEM will surprise all Metallians and Hard Rockers this year with their new album Dark Days. Founded 1979 in Hull - out of the ashes of ETHEL THE FROG - SALEM has played numerous festivals like BROFEST, Play it Loud, Very Eavy, Headbangers Open Air, Rock You to Hell, BÄÄÄM, etc, and gigs across Europe and even in Dubai, since they reformed in 2010 after a long silence. Dark Days is their third album following the 2010 In The Beginning... compilation of 80s tracks and Forgotten Dreams in 2013 (both released by Pure Steel). After the CD release in April 2016 follows the album Dark Days in a limited edition of 250 black copies with insert on vinyl. The new album, with powerful songs and majestic melody lines, reveals a wide musical range with hints of RAINBOW, THIN LIZZY, UFO. Not Guilty and Lost My Mind are perfect examples of this. Heavier songs include Tormented and Second Sight, and they daringly include the likes of Toy Story - but all songs will delight you with fine guitar playing and the outstanding vocals from Simon Saxby. The eight minute long epic Nine Months is a highlight composition that many bands would only dream about in their whole time of existence but never will be able to write. So try SALEM if you haven't already done so!
  1. Not Guilty
  2. Nine Months
  3. Complicated
  4. Lost My Mind
  5. Dark Days
  6. Second Sight
  7. Tormented
  8. Fallen Angel
  9. Toy Story
  10. Prodigal Son
  11. Tank
    Total Playing Time: 52:53 min
  • Simon Saxby – vocals
  • Paul Macnamara – guitars
  • Paul Mendham – drums
  • Mark Allison – guitars
  • Adrian Jenkinson - bass
Y.O.C. news
Posted by: Denis / 19.06.2016
Y.O.C.'s version of AXEL RUDI PELL song Eyes of the Lost on YouTube!

Furia Music Press / Shadowside closes endorsement with ENGL amplifiers
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2016
Brazilian Metal band are proud to announce the endorsement agreement with ENGL amplifiers, whose family of artists include names such as Steve Morse, Paul Stanley (Kiss), Marty Friedman, Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy), Andre Olbrich (Blind Guardian), Michael Romeo (Symphony X).

Guitarist Raphael Mattos will use the Fireball amp, which is already being used on the recordings of Shadowside's new album. Raphael Mattos commented on his new amp: "When I recorded the Inner Monster Out album in 2011, I had the opportunity to use an ENGL Fireball and that was when I finally found my sound. ENGL amps are simply the personification of Heavy Metal!"

Alberto Rigoni releases BASSORAMA video featuring Anna Sentina
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2016
Italian bassist Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, Vivaldi Metal Project, The Italians, BADASS), two months after the release of his fifth solo album BASSORAMA (Pride & Joy Music / Edel Music - April 15th 2016), has just released the video of the album title song, also featuring bassist Anna Sentina as special guest.
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2016
For the past few months Firewind've been busy composing our 8th album and this week they finally entered the studio to start recording! the band is super excited about it, as this is their first recording in 4 years, plus this will be the first album with the new singer Henning Basse.

Firewind've entered Noise Factory Studios in Belgium this week with producer/engineer Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69, Krokus, etc.) to track drums and it's sounding huge already!

As the schedule is pretty hectic for the next few months with recordings, finalizing everything, etc. they feel they need time to have a proper setup for the album release and give it the attention it deserves.

Therefore, Firewind have decided to postpone our UK/European club dates to early 2017. All dates are there and they've even added an extra UK show in Southampton and one more in Strasbourg, France. Moreover, they will have Sweden's MANIMAL as special guests, as well as Greece's SCAR OF THE SUN opening the shows. Tickets already purchased are still valid for the re-scheduled dates.

Band's summer festival appearances are still on and we'll be revealing more info on the new album as they go along!
    FIREWIND - Europe & UK Tour 2017 Special Guests: MANIMAL + SCAR OF THE SUN
  • 15/2/17 Glasgow, UK @ Audio
  • 16/2/17 Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
  • 17/2/17 Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
  • 18/2/17 Wolverhampton, UK @ Slade Rooms
  • 19/2/17 London, UK @ Underworld
  • 21/2/17 Southampton, UK @ Engine Rooms
  • 22/2/17 Paris, FR @ Backstage by the Mills
  • 23/2/17 Strasbourg, FR @ La Laiterie
  • 25/2/17 Vienna, AT @ Szene
  • 26/2/17 Budapest , HU @ A38
  • 27/2/17 Munchen, DE @ Feierwerk
  • 28/2/17 Aschaffenburg, DE @ Colos-Saal
  • 01/3/17 Bochum, DE @ Rockpalast
  • 02/3/17 Vosselaar, BEL @ Biebob

Stormspell Records / Roadhog
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2016
Check out the debut video clip by classic Metal warriors ROADHOG! The label still have a handful copies of their debut album, which will be added to CDBaby store shortly.
SPV / SODOM release new album 'Decision Day' in August
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2016
Tom Angelripper is proud and excited to announce the release of the new Sodom album Decision Day for August 26th 2016. Together with his two comrades-in-arms, guitarist Bernemann and drummer Markus 'Makka' Freiwald, Angelripper spent four months at the studio honing the new Sodom material. The result is a hard-as-nails, diverse Thrash Metal offering on the subject of D-Day, the day in June 1944 when the troops of the Western Allied forces landed in Normandy to liberate mainland Europe from the scourge of Nazi Germany. Songs such as Belligerence, Decision Day, Strange Lost World present the Sodom frontman once more as a historically well-versed contemporary witness and critical observer of current international events. Decision Day was produced by Cornelius 'Corny' Rambadt, sound engineer and drummer with Angelripper's side project Onkel Tom.

The new release is bound to cause a stir, not least thanks to its impressive artwork courtesy of none other than Joe Petagno. As well as having worked for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, Petagno is also Motörhead's favoured graphic designer and has created legendary album covers such as Overkill, Orgasmatron, Another Perfect Day. Angelripper: "I was surprised and proud to learn how familiar Joe is with Sodom, immediately bringing up associations of our Knarrenheinz when we talked about the artwork. For a Motörhead fan like myself, this cover is an absolute dream come true."

Petagno: "After having spoken with Tom about the current state of world affairs and heard some brilliant tracks from the album I wanted to visualize the History of Man from the dawn of creation to the mess we have today. Firstly and rather obviously it's World War 3. However on psychological and symbolic level it's considerably more. I used Knarrenheinz as a symbol for the countless numbers who have soldiered on thru' the centuries in one guise or another just to get us here anno 2016 where we seem to be on the brink of another possible eruption."
  1. In Retribution 06:14
  2. Rolling Thunder 04:22
  3. Decision Day 04:03
  4. Caligula 04:01
  5. Who Is God? 04:35
  6. Strange Lost World 04:59
  7. Vaginal Born Evil 05:15
  8. Belligerence 04:00
  9. Blood Lions 03:17
  10. Sacred Warpath 05:34
  11. Refused To Die 04:27
  12. Predatory Instinct 04:44 (bonus track for vinyl and iTunes edition)
    SODOM live 2016
  • 18.06.D-Gardelegen – Metal Frenzy Open Air
  • 09.07.HU-Dunaujvaros – Rockmaraton Festival
  • 13.07.D-Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
  • 16.07.CZ-Trutnov – Obscene Extreme Festival
  • 13.08.D-Schlotheim – PartySan Open Air
  • 20.08.SK-Zvolenska Slatina – More Than Fest
  • 27.08.D-Sulingen – ReLoad Festival
  • 10.09.I-Milan – Live Club
  • 16.09.D-Berlin – Metal Hammer Awards
  • 24.09.ISR-Tel Aviv – Bascula
  • 04.11.RUS-St. Petersburg – Klub Zal Ozhidaniya
  • 05.11.RUS-Moscow – Klub Volta

IN FLAMES - sign to Nuclear Blast
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2016
Nuclear Blast proudly announce the signing of Swedish Metal icons, IN FLAMES for the world ex-North America and Scandinavia. Formed in 1990, the band are considered one of the forefathers of Melodic Death Metal and the purveyors of the 'Gothenburg sound'. With eleven studio albums released, countless successful tours around the globe, millions of records sold and a massive fanbase worldwide, IN FLAMES have proven to be an unstoppable force in heavy music. From their 1994 debut Lunar Strain to the most recent Siren Charms (2014), the band's intricate twin guitar attack, melodic vocals and superb arrangements have given them a signature sound that has evolved throughout the years.

"In a way, IN FLAMES and Nuclear Blast share a similar story", said IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Fridén. "Both started in a garage in Europe, both love Metal and both have grown a lot bigger over the years. For these reasons, it seemed a natural fit to come back to the place it all started."

"We're enormously happy that IN FLAMES decided to return and trust in us for the second time - Nuclear Blast is their home again from now on. I remember well how their debut album, Lunar Strain, inspired me back in the days. I was totally fascinated by their great and absolutely unique blend of Death Metal with delicate melodies", commented Nuclear Blast CEO Markus Staiger. "One year later, IN FLAMES signed with us and released eight splendid records over the years, including groundbreaking classics such as Whoracle, Clayman, Reroute To Remain. IN FLAMES developed all the time, reinvented themselves again and again and enthused fans of various genres with their always innovative sound. We're looking forward to the common future with Anders, Björn, Peter, and Niclas."

Currently, the band are working on the release of a new live DVD.

AFM Records / Solution .45 reveal album cover art
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2016
SOLUTION .45 will be releasing their new album Nightmares In The Waking State - Part II worldwide on August 26th!
  1. Dim Are The Pathways
  2. The Faint Pulse Of Light
  3. Mind Mutation
  4. Built On Sand
  5. Inescapable Dream
  6. The Curse That Keeps On Giving
  7. Chain Connector
  8. What Turns The Wheels
  9. Misery Mantra
  10. Heavy Lies The Crown

Metal Blade / Denner / Shermann launches trailer for upcoming video, “Son of Satan”
Posted by: Denis / 16.06.2016
The trailer for the long-awaited music video, Son of Satan, from Denner / Shermann has been released. The track is taken from the band's new studio album, Masters of Evil, which will be released on June 24th via Metal Blade Records. Swedish director Owe Lingwall shot the video entirely at studio 1646 in Umea in Northern Sweden. The date for the world premiere of Denner / Shermann's Son Of Satan music video will be announced shortly.
OPETH sign to Nuclear Blast Entertainment, 'Sorceress' to be released in late 2016
Posted by: Denis / 16.06.2016
Nuclear Blast Entertainment is very pleased to announce the signing of Swedish Progressive legends, OPETH. Always an unstoppable force for uniqueness amid a sea of generic swill, OPETH have been setting the rulebook ablaze, and ploughing a uniquely Progressive and exploratory furrow for over 25 years now. Neither conforming nor exhibiting any desire to be restricted to a single genre, OPETH, quite simply, have a time honored tradition of blowing our minds with both class and forward thinking. All these years later, nothing and everything has changed once again with their forthcoming album Sorceress.

"We're happy to confirm that we have indeed signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment and will be putting out our 12th studio album Sorceress via our own imprint, Moderbolaget Records", states Mikael Åkerfeldt. "The decision was made in Markus Staiger's (Nuclear Blast kingpin) ridiculously potent Porsche going at 150 mph somewhere in the south of Germany. We're happy to be part of the NB team and look forward to a fruitful relationship."

Nuclear Blast owner, Markus Staiger, continues: "I am honored that OPETH have joined the Nuclear Blast family. Mikael Åkerfeldt and his fellow bandmates have demonstrated time and time again that OPETH are a band that never release an album that sounds the same. You never know what their new music will sound like! Nuclear Blast has been following the musical journey of OPETH from the beginning with Orchid to landmark albums like Still Life, Deliverance, Damnation, Blackwater Park, right up to 2014's Pale Communion! The band have become one of the most challenging artists in rock music today. It is not often that we get to work with musicians of their caliber and I'm thrilled to have such a unique genre-leader on the label. The future for OPETH and Nuclear Blast looks very bright."

Monte Conner, Nuclear Blast Entertainment president adds: "OPETH are a band that have continually evolved and moved forward at every stage. Always innovating and always continuing to challenge themselves as players and writers. They are simply fearless. I can't wait to hear what they come up with next! It's an amazing feeling to be reunited with one of my favorite bands and I look forward to my colleagues here at Nuclear Blast being able to have their own OPETH experience and role in the band's continuing journey. I want to thank Mikael Åkerfeldt and OPETH for putting their faith and trust in everyone here at Nuclear Blast."

OPETH are currently in the studio with Tom Dalgety putting the finishing touches on Sorceress. A release for the album is tentatively scheduled for the fall via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE sign worldwide deal with SPV
Posted by: Denis / 16.06.2016
Three years after their most recent release Antiadore, Lacrimas Profundere have gone public with two important pieces of news: the Goth Rock act has signed with Hanover imprint Oblivion/SPV and are set to present their first concept album Hope Is Here on 12 August 2016. We all can look forward to a recording that's special in every respect. "We've never worked harder and better as a unit. I'm really happy because the album has turned out exactly the way we'd hoped it would; in fact even better", guitarist and founder member Oliver Nikolas Schmid reveals when asked about the three-month-long preproduction phase at the Engine Studios. "Hope Is Here will whisk you away and take you on a journey. A journey deep into a forest, to a boy who lives there, alone, abandoned. Why is he there? What's his name? But that's only the beginning..."

The new album was produced by Schmid and vocalist Roberto Vitacca and mixed and mastered by Kristian 'Kohle' Kohlmannslehner at the Kohlekeller Studio (Powerwolf, Eskimo Callboy, Aborted, among others). The cover artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Elton Fernandes, who also created the Antiadore sleeve. Schmid: "Elton has captured the atmosphere of our songs perfectly, almost as if he'd been there when we were writing the material".

Now the band is looking forward to their collaboration with Oblivion/SPV and want to duly celebrate the contract with their new album: "We're extremely proud to have become a part of this fantastic family, alongside so many other amazing artists on SPV. It's great that we have found a partner who shares our vision and in some respects is even crazier than we are".

Gero Herrde, A&R manager at Oblivion/SPV, is also delighted with this promising signing: "SPV has worked with Lacrimas Profundere on the distribution side in the past. I've been following the career of this unusual band with great interest ever since. Now I'm proud to have signed them directly to SPV and am very much looking forward to our collaboration!"
    LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE live in 2016
  • 10.06.2016 CH-INTERLAKEN – Greenfield Festival
  • 23.06.2016 DE-KOBLENZ – Festung Ehrenbreitstein (mit IN EXTREMO)
  • 16.07.2016 DE-SPEYER – Hallenbeben Open Air
  • 23.07.2016 DE-GÖRLITZ – Kulturbrauerei (mit IN EXTREMO)
  • 30.07.2016 DE-DORMAGEN – Rock’n’Roll Slam Festival
  • 13.-14.08.2016 DE-HILDESHEIM – M’era Luna Festival
  • 17.08.2016 DE-MÜNCHEN – Backstage/RELEASE-KONZERT
  • 25.-26.11.2016 AT-SCHWECHAT – Schattenwelt Festival

PARADISE LOST sign with Nuclear Blast
Posted by: Denis / 15.06.2016
Iconic UK metallers, PARADISE LOST, have signed a worldwide deal with German-based Metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast! Formed in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1988 and still boasting 4 of its 5 original members, the band are widely-credited with co-founding the Gothic Metal genre with their sophomore album, Gothic (1991). Through the years, PARADISE LOST have changed their style effectively and reinvented themselves again and again. They elbowed their way from their original Melodic Death Metal on their debut, Lost Paradise (1990) to the classic Icon (1993) and more experimental One Second (1997). Finally they went back to the roots with their current release, The Plague Within (2015) and some of the best reviews of their career.

Vocalist Nick Holmes commented: "PARADISE LOST's career has run alongside Nuclear Blast Records since the label began in the late 80's. And as huge fans of original Death Metal, we still have the majority of the label's first releases from those very early days. It's pretty incredible to see how the label has become a real force in Metal music over the years, both in Europe and America and now, nearly 30 years later, in a new chapter for the band, it's exciting for PARADISE LOST to be a part of Nuclear Blast in 2017!"

Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger adds: "As a fan from day one I've been following PARADISE LOST ever since their Death Metal era but also enjoyed watching them grow into something even bigger and so unique. They defined and later on re-defined the Gothic genre and always delivered the most dark and memorable songs. It's with great pleasure to finally welcome the band to the ever-growing Nuclear Blast family! Needless to say that we're very much looking forward to this cooperation!"

GlobMetal Promotions / Knight of Tears released debut EP
Posted by: Denis / 15.06.2016
American Heavy/Thrash Metal band Knight of Tears released their debut 5-track self-titled EP. The release was recorded and mixed in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho at Quad Rocker Records by engineer Tom Hall, and mastered by John Cuniberti.

Knight of Tears formed in the summer of 2014 when Colin Burgeson and Seamus Gleason began playing original music together. Lead vocalist Scott Omeara joined in October and bassist Dave Swiecki joined a few weeks after.
Running Wild - new album details
Posted by: Denis / 14.06.2016
Good things come to those who wait: three years after the release of Resilient, RUNNING WILD have announced the title and release date of their latest album: Rapid Foray will be available from physical and digital retailers from August 26, 2016 as a boxed set, on Digipak CD, double vinyl LP and for digital download. The band's mastermind Rolf Kasparek apologises for the long delay: "Due to my broken shoulder, I was totally or at least partly incapacitated for more than twelve months from spring 2014, something that repeatedly delayed work on the new material. After that I had to prepare intensively for our show in Wacken, which was also very time-consuming. Now I'm all the more pleased to be able to present an exceptionally strong new recording to all RUNNING WILD fans." Kasparek promises his fans one of the most diverse albums yet in the career of RUNNING WILD, featuring eleven varied numbers and a great deal of attention to detail. "The new tracks are more complex than those on our previous two releases", Kasparek reveals, "which I noticed in particular when we were recording the guitars. At the same time some of the numbers remind me of RUNNING WILD classics. I feel that we've come up with a very interesting and impressive mix". Rapid Foray was produced by Rolf Kasparek with Niki Nowy as sound engineer, who also mixed and mastered the material together. The cover artwork is based on a photo by Kasparek which Jens Reinhold (VIRGIN STEELE, FREEDOM CALL, among others) subsequently gave the look of an oil painting.

InsideOut Music / Karmakanic reveal 1st teaser for new album 'DOT'
Posted by: Denis / 14.06.2016
Sweden-based Progressive rockers Karmakanic recently announced the release of their fifth album DOT for the 22nd July 2016. Now they are pleased to reveal the first album teaser video, which you can see here.

The band, who originally formed in 2002, have returned with their first studio album since 2011's much-praised In A Perfect World and the current line-up includes Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen), Morgan Ågren (Casualties Of Cool, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai), Lalle Larsson (Agents Of Mercy), Nils Erikson, Krister Jonsson, Andy Bartosh and Ray Aichinger.

Punishment 18 Records / Vexed is working on a new full-length album
Posted by: Denis / 14.06.2016
In the twenty year anniversary of activity, Italian thrashers Vexed has confirmed the deal for a new record with Punishment 18 Records. The band features members and former members of band such as Total Death, Madhour, Warhammer, Longobardeath. Their new effort is due out later this year.
Pure Steel Records / A TORTURED SOUL 'On This Evil Night' cover, tracklist, releasedate: 29th July 2016
Posted by: Denis / 14.06.2016
The release date of the A TORTURED SOUL album On This Evil Night on CD is July 29th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on July 15th, 2016 in label's webshop.

Six years after Lucifer's Fate, A TORTURED SOUL returns with their fourth studio album On This Evil Night, packed with 10 great new songs. Originated in Milwaukee Wisconsin, the quintet is ready to conquer the world again.

A TORTURED SOUL stayed true to their Metal roots, while others would follow trends and the pop culture. Finally they found three great new musicians with the same desire to write songs that were are both heavy and melodic. Lyrically influenced by themes like darkness, horror and religion they sometimes show up parallels to acts such as King Diamond/Mercyful Fate, Helstar and Heathendom, but still offer a unique, original sound.

This album contains everything, a dark, sophisticated Metal album has to offer.
  1. On This Evil Night
  2. Crimson
  3. Black Dragon
  4. Dreams
  5. All Alone
  6. Smoke
  7. Waiting For Death
  8. The Ripper's Curse
  9. Mourning Son
  10. Murdering

Furia Music Press / Magnus Rosén release date for 'The World Changes' album
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
Swedish bass player Magnus Rosén (ex-Hammerfall and currently member of Brazilian Metal band Shadowside) has recently signed with Brazilian label Furia Music Records for the worldwide release of his new solo album The World Changes and will hold a release gala lunch party on June 17th, at the refined restaurant of Gothia Towers Hotel in Gothenburg, Sweden. On the occasion, the musician will be accompanied by friends, celebrities and local authorities.

In Brazil and worldwide, the album will be released on July 8th, both in physical and digital versions.

The World Changes is mostly instrumental and shows the versatility of the Swedish musician in an atmosphere outside Heavy Metal, genre that brought him worldwide success, a Swedish Grammy nomination and golden records. This new material brings the listeners to an erudite ambiance with the Nordic melancholy in a work filled with expression and sophistication. The songs are interpreted by a quartet of great names of the Swedish music such as George Keczán (grand piano), Johan Stengård (saxophone), Carolina Sandgren (voice) besides Magnus Rosén himself (bass).

Besides the renowned Swedish musician that play on the CD, The World Changes also brings two heavyweight special appearances of rockstars: Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) and Anders Johansson (ex-Hammerfall).
Falling Antares ink worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
American extreme Progressive Metal band Falling Antares inked worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions.

Falling Antares is a Metal band originating from the Bronx, New York. It is currently made up of 5 members: Kira (vocals), Jay (guitar), Knigel (guitar), Ulises (guitar), and Charles (bass). The band released their debut EP 1st Phase: From the Pariah in the House of the Scorpion in 2015. The band is currently working on their debut album that will be released in the end of the year.
SPV / VICIOUS RUMORS release all infos and teaser for the new album
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
VICIOUS RUMORS Concussion Protocol proves yet again... as pioneers of Power Metal, they remain driven to consistently innovate and forge new paths into ever-expanding musical territory. Known worldwide for their high energy shows and top quality musicianship... VICIOUS RUMORS is perhaps the most versatile band of the Heavy Metal genre.

The stage is now set, and Aug 26th 2016 is the date to mark on your calendar – the worldwide unveiling of what will no doubt be remembered as a milestone release for both the band and the genre, Concussion Protocol. Not simply a 'return to form', the production team of Juan Uteaga (Testament) and band leader Geoff Thorpe has been solidifying their working relationship for the past ten years, and has deftly zeroed in on the new strengths of a fully re-vitalized band – that now features newcomer Nick Holleman on vocals, Tilen Hudrap on bass and Thaen Rasmussen on guitar alongside veteran guitarist Geoff Thorpe and drummer Larry Howe as well as guest appearances by some long time Vicious Rumors friends: guitarists Steve Smyth and Brad Gillis.

Consider yourself forewarned – Concussion Protocol will simultaneously explode out of the gate with the passion & fire of a newly galvanized band – and the maturity in writing and performances that can only come from the most seasoned metal outfits. The songs run the gamut: the Melodic Power of Take It Or Leave It, the brutality of 1000 Years, and the haunting Circle Of Secrets will take you on a sonic roller coaster ride of pure, unadulterated, cutting-edge Metal adventure – and will demonstrate yet again – Vicious Rumors will place no limits on their creative inspirations. Of course, true to form – there's the shredding guitar solos, melodic and powerful vocals, double bass drum thunder, bass guitar madness, and the thought provoking songs that are all part of the historical band sound – yet somehow, amazingly – Vicious Rumors still expertly traverses both known and yet unknown Metal territory.

Concussion Protocol will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on August 26th, 2016 as a digipak version (incl.poster), 2LP gatefold red vinyl edition and download.

See the teaser here.

SPV / NIGHT DEMON announce European-Tour 2016
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
US Metal band NIGHT DEMON announce the 'Final Curse European Tour 2016'. Here are the dates:
  • 08.06.P-Cascais – Club Stairway
  • 09.06.P-Algarve – Prusttyk Club
  • 10.06.E-Madrid – Sasa Silikona
  • 11.06.E-Salamanca – Nave Bunker
  • 12.06.E-Doursense – Berlin
  • 13.06.E-Barcelona – Rocksound
  • 14.06.E-Lleida – Les Paul
  • 15.06.F-Marseille – Le Molotov
  • 16.06.CH-Chur – Palazzo Beat Club
  • 17.06.D-Daun/Rengen – Der Betze Rockt VI
  • 2.06.D-Munich - Backstage
  • 23.06.D-Weiden – Music Club Salute
  • 24.06.CZ-Pilsen - Music Sklep Spálené Poříčí
  • 25.06.PL-Goleniow – Rock Hard Ride Free Festival
  • 26.06.D-Hamburg – Bambi Galore
  • 28.06.D-Düsseldorf - Stone im Ratiger Hof
  • 01.07.D-Saalfeld – Klubhaus
  • 02.07.D-Kassel - K19
  • 03.07.D-Konstanz – Rock Bar
  • 05.07.D-Karlsruhe – Alte Hackerei
  • 08.07.CH-Zurich – Ebrietas
  • 09.07.A-Satteins/Feldkirchen – Terasse Fussballplatz
  • 10.07.NL-Tilburg – Little Devil
  • 12.07.B-Roeselare - De Verlichte Geest
  • 13.07.NL-Leiden – Gebr. de Nobel
  • 14.07.D-Etzenrot – Soundcheck One
  • 15.07.D-Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
Vocalist/bassist Jarvis Leatherby says about the tour: "We are very excited to return to Europe for the Final Curse tour! We will be performing an extended set on all headlining dates. We've waited a while to come back, and we know the fans have been waiting even longer! Let's rage this summer!"

The much acclaimed debut album Curse Of The Damned was released in Europe last year through SPV/Steamhammer as CD, LP and download.

Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
Secret Rule have revealed the video for their first single The Saviour, taken from the band's new album Machination.

Secret Rule is fronted by powerful singer Angela Di Vincenzo and includes notable musicians such as keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) and drummer Sander Zoer (ex Delain). Machination has been produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Moonspell, Dark Tranquillity) and features special guest appearances by Stefan Helleblad (Within Temptation), Timo Somers (Delain), Fabio D'Amore (Serenity) and more.
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
Melodic metallers Temperance are going to release their new album The Earth Embraces Us All on September 16th. The tracklisting is as follows:
  1. A Thousand Places
  2. At The Edge Of Space
  3. Unspoken Words
  4. Empty Lines
  5. Maschere
  6. Haze
  7. Fragments Of Life
  8. Revolution
  9. Advice From A Caterpillar
  10. Change The Rhyme
  11. The Restless Ride
The album artwork has once again been made by Gustavo Sazes (Kamelot, Arch Enemy, Morbid Angel).

This is how singer Chiara Tricarico commented: "This is without any doubt the most complex and mature album we've ever done. It basically gave us the chance to add many new elements to our music. Most of the songs in our previous albums were short and straight to the point, these new ones are longer and stylistically challenging, it takes time to fully grasp their essence. The Earth Embraces Us All is the natural evolution of our musical path, we are very proud of it, I think it represents us well!"
Punishment 18 Records / Exiled on Earth album title and definitive tracklist revealed
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
Recently, Italian Progressive Speed metallers Exiled on Earth, that comprised members of Rosae Crucis, Maelstrom, T.I.R., announced that recordings sessions were ended at prestigious 16th Cellar Studios (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour of Penance, Theatres Des Vampires, Subhuman) by Stefano 'Saul' Morabito. Now you can see the definitive Forces of Denial tracklist:
  1. Forces Of Denial
  2. The Glory And The Lie
  3. Hyponotic Persecutions
  4. The Mangler
  5. Vortex Of Deception
  6. Underground Intelligence
  7. Into The Serpent's Nest
  8. Lifting The Veil
Nuclear Blast / MUNICIPAL WASTE announce new member
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
Richmond, Virginia's Speed Metal punks MUNICIPAL WASTE have announced the addition of Nick Poulos on second guitar.

Guitarist Ryan Waste comments: "Nick joining the Waste is a big deal for us, we couldn't just add anyone to the fold. It had to be a close friend, and he's one of our best buds in fact. It doesn't hurt that he can play his ass off too! He gets our style and totally adds to it, making us an even heavier force to be reckoned with. We're all having a blast working together, cooking up new tunes and pulling out some classic Waste cuts for this upcoming European tour!"

Poulos adds: "I couldn't be more thrilled about teaming up with the Waste! We're no strangers when it comes to making music together and when they asked me to join on second guitar, there was zero hesitation. The history of this band and watching the growth has not only made me proud but excited for the future."

Poulos currently plays with Ryan in VOLTURE and BAT, and formerly played with bassist Phil Hall in CANNABIS CORPSE.

Additionally, MUNICIPAL WASTE are set to commence on a European headlining tour in June and July. This marks the band's return to the continent since 2012 with appearances at the esteemed open air festivals: Hellfest, Download, Resurrection Festival, and Graspop Metal Meeting among others. Check the tour dates:
  • 016-06-11 Donington Park (Download Festival) GB
  • 2016-06-12 Manchester (Sound Control) GB
  • 2016-06-13 Glasgow (Cathouse) GB
  • 2016-06-14 Newcastle (Think Tank) GB
  • 2016-06-15 Leeds (Brudenell) GB
  • 2016-06-16 London (Underworld) GB
  • 2016-06-19 Dessel (Graspop Metal Meeting) BE
  • 2016-06-19 Clisson (Hellfest) FR
  • 2016-06-21 Selestat (Fete De La Musique) FR
  • 2016-06-22 Aarschot (De Klinker) BE
  • 2016-06-23 Kassel (K19) DE
  • 2016-06-24 Ysselsteyn (Jera On Air) NL
  • 2016-06-25 Berlin (Hellfire Fest) DE
  • 2016-06-26 München (Backstage) DE
  • 2016-06-28 Roma (Traffic Club) IT
  • 2016-06-29 Milano (Circolo Magnolia) IT
  • 2016-06-30 Zürich (Dynamo) CH
  • 2016-07-01 Wiesbaden (Schlachthof) DE
  • 2016-07-02 Münster (Vainstream) DE
  • 2016-07-03 Hamburg (Bambi Galore) DE
  • 2016-07-05 Köln (MTC) DE
  • 2016-07-06 Paris (Divan Du Monde) FR
  • 2016-07-07 Lyon (Warm Audio) FR
  • 2016-07-08 Biarritz (Atabal) ES
  • 2016-07-09 Viveiro (Resurrection Fest) ES

Nuclear Blast / TWILIGHT FORCE to release 'Heroes Of Mighty Magic' on August 26th
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
Swedish adventure metallers, TWILIGHT FORCE, recently signed a record deal with German metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast. Now, after several months of work in the band's studio, the Twilight Force, the band is set to release their sophomore album and label debut called Heroes Of Mighty Magic, on August 26th.

"Hear ye! We can finally unveil the first mystical details of our next opus. Your thirst will be quenched even earlier than anticipated, for the album will be unleashed upon the world by Nuclear Blast on August 26th. The title of this monumental creation will be Heroes Of Mighty Magic. All the absolutely exquisite original artwork made for this album is conceived and forged by the mighty Kerem Beyit. Here is the glorious cover artwork."

"This next opus of TWILIGHT FORCE will be a journey unlike any you have ever experienced. While we are still staying true to the essence of power metal, the songs, sounds and magic adventures have all evolved from the once drake hatchling into a colossal arcane arch-dragon. The time, effort and primordial wisdom that we have invested into this album is truly immeasurable, and we profoundly hope that this will shine through upon our venerated audience."

AXEMASTER starts work on new album
Posted by: Denis / 09.06.2016
After the success of the album Overture to Madness (2015 Pure Steel Records), which was the first AXEMASTER album of all new material in over 20 years, the band is happy to announce that they have started recording their new (as yet untitled) album. The drums and bass are being recorded at 'Studio 45' in Akron, Ohio by producer/engineer Rick Fuller (who has done tracking for, among many others, the artists Duffy for Mercury Records, and If These Trees Could Talk for Metal Blade Records). After which, Joe Sims will be recording all the remaining tracks and mixing the album at 'Chamber Studio' in Ravenna, Ohio.

Mascot Records / Hear track taken from supergroup Meshiaak's upcoming debut album 'Alliance Of Thieves'
Posted by: Denis / 09.06.2016
Made up of power house, seasoned musicians, Meshiaak have delivered a savage and crushing slab of Metal the way it used to be done. The twin guitar attack of Danny Camilleri and Dean Wells locked down by bassist Nick Walker and cemented by the heavy hitting drums of Jon Dette (Iced Earth, Slayer, Anthrax and Testament) have created a force de rigueur not seen since Metal's hey day.

In a Thrash world gone metalcore, blackened or conversely, NWOBHM-scrappy, Meshiaak have bestowed on the scene an egregiously confident and 'old soul' record that evokes the magic of Ride The Lightning, Rust In Peace, South Of Heaven, Burn My Eyes.

Meshiaak's debut album Alliance of Thieves will be released worldwide on August 19, 2016 on CD and vinyl.

Watch the video for Drowning, Fading, Falling.
Metal Blade Records / Hammers of Misfortune reveals details for new album, 'Dead Revolution'
Posted by: Denis / 09.06.2016
On July 22nd, West Coast Progressive heavy metallers Hammers of Misfortune will release their sixth full-length, Dead Revolution, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Hammers of Misfortune enlisted Nick Dumitriu (Vhol, Ritual Chamber) to produce this record, utilizing a vintage Trident board and minimizing digital processing. The result is a warm, sharp sound that harkens back to productions like John Leckie's treatment of Pink Floyd's Meddle or David Hitchcock's master work in Camel's Mirage. For a preview of Dead Revolution – and to pre-order the album in various formats! – please visit:, where the title track is streaming.

Recorded at Light Rail Studios in San Francisco, CA, Dead Revolution is more varied than its predecessor (2011′s acclaimed 17th Street), by using different tones, and delving into heavier, darker territory. With tracks like the stupendous The Precipice, the raging Flying Alone, and the riff-organ fest that is Dead Revolution, Hammers Of Misfortune have found a way to indulge their Progresssive and psychedelic tendencies while remaining decidedly Metal. That's not to say Dead Revolution is without its slow-burners: Here Comes the Sky pivots off a Pink Floyd axis (think A Pillow in the Wind) – with its soft strums, careful vocal interplay, and delicate percussion – before jettisoning into traditional Heavy Metal motifs. "Of course, every song stands out to me", says principal songwriter and guitarist John Cobbett. "I've no idea how listeners will react to them. The Velvet Inquisition is probably one of the most ambitious compositions we've ever recorded. I was trying some different writing methods and the results are... interesting. Days of '49 is an attempt to repurpose an old traditional folk song, which is new for us."
    Dead Revolution track-listing
  1. The Velvet Inquisition
  2. Dead Revolution
  3. Sea of Heroes
  4. The Precipice (Waiting for the Crash...)
  5. Here Comes the Sky
  6. Flying Alone
  7. Days of '49
    Hammers of Misfortune line-up:
  • John Cobbett – guitar
  • Will Carroll – drums, percussion
  • Sigrid Sheie – organ, piano
  • Leila Abdul-Rauf – guitar, vocals
  • Joe Hutton – vocals
  • Paul Walker – bass
Y.O.C. new track exclusively on our pages
Posted by: Denis / 08.06.2016
New Y.O.C. track - a tribute to Jeff Hanneman - Slayer's cover song Skeletons of Society's done and the first version of this song appeared on our pages only!

Metal Media / MAUA - Brazilian Technical Death/Thrash Metallers promote new clip and album
Posted by: Denis / 08.06.2016
The Brazilian band Maua, which focus their music on a technical and energetic Death/Thrash Metal, release a new music video. The chosen song is Resist and the video was recorded by Marcelinho Hora and Luã Hora. The edition was handled by Julio Andrade.

The video clip is part of the the new album Unconscience, released recently and has the beautiful visual work created by Indian artist Sajid Wajid Shaikh.
Som do Darma /Former members of Fates Prophecy, Fire Strike and Eyes Of Gaia gather forces on new band Rising
Posted by: Denis / 08.06.2016
The new Brazilian band Rising was formed in 2013 by the keyboardist Zélão Baal. Initially focused on the heavy rock genre, the group released in 2015 the demo Archaic Monolith that was very well received by the Brazilian specialized press. The song Hexencraft, extracted from the demo, took part of the sixth edition of the compilation released by the radio show Roadie Metal.

The good repercussion of the demo was the guarantee that the group needed to invest professionally at the work. Thus, changes in the line-up ended up being inevitable. Besides Zelão, the singer Riq Therrys remained in the team. The search for new members yielded the duo the opportunity to join forces with experienced and respected musicians from the Brazilian Heavy Metal scene: the guitar player Carlos Kippes (Fates Prophecy), the drummer Jean Praelli (ex-Fire Strike, current MadDög) and the bass player Rodolfo Liberato (Eyes Of Gaia).

The music background of the new members has affected directly Rising's sonority, now heavier and focused on the traditional Heavy Metal. The song Road Of Metal is the first registration of this new line-up and sonority.

"Road Of Metal marks the beginning of this new step on Rising, now focused on the purest traditional Heavy Metal", tells Zélão Baal. "It all happened naturally. The fruition of the work, and the new line-up, determined these changes, which will remain from now on."

Still according to Zelão, the lyric of Road Of Metal was inspired on Gleison Junior's work along the Brazilian radio show 'Roadie Metal'. "The music is inspired by Gleison's work along both the compilation and radio show, and his effort to provide the Brazilian Metal bands the chance to have its works promoted. But the lyrics are also a metaphor for the individual struggle of all of us, musicians, promoters, agents, labels, zines, radio and headbangers for the aggrandizement of the Brazilian Metal scene."
Nuclear Blast / RAGE official music video for 'The Devil Strikes Again' released
Posted by: Denis / 08.06.2016
Iconic German Metal trio RAGE will release their upcoming studio album called The Devil Strikes Again, this week via Nuclear Blast. Last week, the band have launched the official music video for the title track.

The clip was directed and edited by Ivan K. Maras.

Nuclear Blast / WOLF HOFFMANN first track from 'Headbangers Symphony' released
Posted by: Denis / 08.06.2016
ACCEPT's guitar powerhouse, WOLF HOFFMANN, is set to release his second solo album entitled Headbangers Symphony, completely dedicated to the grand classic maestros, on July 1st, 2016 through Nuclear Blast. In support of this record, the first single, Scherzo, has been released. Listen to Wolf's interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven's composition here.

Frontiers Music / King Company - One For The Road
Posted by: Denis / 07.06.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release date of KING COMPANY's debut album, One For The Road on August 26th!

Formed in the spring of 2014 under the name No Man's Land, KING COMPANY is a band featuring cream of the crop Finnish Hard Rock scene members. Drummer Mirka 'Leka' Rantanen (Raskasta Joulua, Warmen, Thunderstone, Kotipelto) had been thinking about forming a new Hard Rock/Melodic Metal band for a long time. He wanted to play with people with whom he had worked before and who he knew both as good musicians and as friends. First, he contacted guitarist Antti Wirman (Warmen) who immediately joined the band. Singer Pasi Rantanen was in Mirka's mind from the beginning, as they had played together in a couple of bands before (Thunderstone, Warmen). After keyboardist Jari Pailamo (Kiuas, Ponies To Kill) and bassist Time Schleifer (Enfarce) joined the band, this super group of sorts was finally ready to start working.

KING COMPANY's debut album One For The road is a trip back in time to the Melodic Hard Rock world of the golden 80's and 90's. The band's biggest influences come from legendary bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake, but also from other great acts like Europe, Mr Big, Lynch Mob, Dokken. All this, but with a contemporary twist! Singer Pasi Rantanen has taken his biggest influences from the great David Coverdale and you can definitely hear it. KING COMPANY salutes all these great bands and fans of this genre with their debut album and they are hoping to reach people who are new to this kind of music too. The album's title track, One For The Road says it all. "Some of us got in this ride back in the 80's and we are still on that same road", tells Mirka Rantanen. "It was 1985 we were young and wild and free, We dreamed of playing rock'n roll, and sitting in a black limousine... we still believe!"

Mirka continues: "Our debut album One For The Road should have been done years ago, but there wasn't simply time to form KING COMPANY. We all had our own projects and we were too busy in our personal lives. Many of us have played in Power Metal and extreme Metal bands, but something has always been missing. We wanted to write an album full of songs that we have always wanted to play. And we did. Most of the songs have been written together around Antti Wirman's guitar riffs, but there are some older song from Pasi Rantanen that we re-arranged to a more modern form. The greatest ballad on the album is called Cast Away and it's written by the keyboardist Jari Pailamo. Most of the lyrics are written by Mirka and Pasi."
    One For The Road tracklisting:
  1. One For The Road
  2. Shining
  3. In Wheels Of No Return
  4. Coming Back To Life
  5. No Man's Land
  6. Farewell
  7. Wings Of Love
  8. Cast Away
  9. Desire
  10. Holding On
  11. One Heart
InsideOut Music / Ayreon launch 'Day Eleven: Love' clip from 'The Theater Equation'
Posted by: Denis / 07.06.2016
Ayreon's The Theater Equation DVD/Blu-Ray package is set for release in just under two weeks on the 17th June 2016, and you can now view the second full clip from the production. Watch Day Eleven: Love here.

Napalm Records / POWERWOLF And EPICA join forces for a co-headline European Tour 2017
Posted by: Denis / 07.06.2016
German Heavy Metal giants POWERWOLF and Dutch symphonic Metal stars EPICA are teaming up for an European tour in early 2017. This impressive co-headline tour comes in support of the highly awaited new EPICA album HOLOGRAPHIC PRINCIPLE, which is scheduled for a September 30th 2016 release and POWERWOLF's spectacular DVD THE METAL MASS LIVE, which will be released July 29th 2016.

Comments Matthew Greywolf of POWERWOLF: "In early 2017 we will embark on a special tour, sharing stages throughout Europe with the amazing EPICA. Those shows will become POWERWOLF's biggest indoor Metal masses to date. Be prepared for an amazing stage set and crazy nights full of Metal madness!"

"Woohoow, this fall we're releasing our 7th studio album and the band has exciting times coming up! A new album means a new EPICA chapter and obviously a new world tour. Early 2017 we'll join forces with our German friends in POWERWOLF and together we'll storm stages allover Europe. If you want to hear our brand new songs come to live, if you want to see our brand new visuals and if you simply want to have a good time with us, we expect you on our biggest tour to date! I really can't wait to be back on the road again and to see the music, the energy and our lovely fans become one. Until then!" commented EPICA frontwoman Simone Simons.
  • 12.01.2017 DE - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
  • 13.01.2017 DE - Cologne, Palladium
  • 14.01.2017 DE - Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
  • 16.01.2017 CH - Geneve, Salle des Fetes de Thonex
  • 17.01.2017 CH - Zurich, Volkshaus
  • 20.01.2017 DE - Munich, Tonhalle
  • 21.01.2017 AT - Vienna, Gasometer
  • 24.01.2017 PL - Warsaw, Progresja
  • 25.01.2017 DE - Berlin, Huxleys
  • 27.01.2017 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
  • 28.01.2017 CZ - Prague, Forum Karlin
  • 03.02.2017 UK - London, Shepherds Bush Empire
  • 04.02.2017 FR - Paris, Zenith
Som do Darma / Broken Jazz Society - watch the band's music video about the political and moral crisis in Brazil
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Brazil's political crisis, the police operations against corruption and the manifestations of the people in the streets, all this has inspired Mateus Graffunder (guitar/vocal), João Fernandes (bass) and Felipe Araújo (drums) to write a song called Riot Spring. This song is on the tracklist of the EP Gas Station, new effort of Broken Jazz Society, band that has been the reason to live for these three Brazilians since 2013, when it was formed.

With scenes shot in Uberaba/MG, the band's homeland, and in different locations in the old city center of Sao Paulo, the video clip for Riot Spring is a reliable expression of the moment of revolution that Brazil is living right now. Courtesy of the directors Foster Caldas Rodrigues and the respected Rodolpho 'Rod' Cauhi (Movieheads Film Co.). Riot Spring also counted with screenplay written by André de Vito. Riot Spring debuted on the Brazilian television on the last Saturday.

Gas Station points to a new sonority in comparison with Broken Jazz Society's debut album, Tales From Purple Land from 2014. Recorded by Ricardo Barbosa at 106Studio in Uberaba/MG and mixed/mastered by Gustavo Vazquez (Black Drawing Chalks, Hellbenders, Uganga), Gas Station brings Broken Jazz Society less lo-fi and more centered on guitars and basses, full of fuzz. With references on both the classic bands and nowadays alternative rock, Gas Station is a lisergic explosion of stoner rock, without giving up the richness and complexity in the melodies. This is shown by Riot Spring and the other two tracks of the EP, Mean Machine and the title track.

Gas Station was released in Brazil by Sapólio Rádio, same record label of important names of Brazilian rock like Uganga, Seu Juvenal, Lava Divers.
GlobMetal Promotions / Frozen Hell released new album
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Italian Melodic Death Metal band Frozen Hell released their debut album Path To Redemption. The album was completely composed, recorded and mixed by the band and the mastering operations were made by Jens Bogren from Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.

The band was formed in 2012, by Patrick Stradiotto. In January 2013 the band recorded their debut EP titled Rise!. After the EP outcoming, the band started to play on festivals with HATE, Painful and many more.
VICIOUS RUMORS reveal 'CONCUSSION PROTOCOL' track-list and album cover
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Concussion Protocol will be released worldwide through SPV/Steamhammer on August 26th (EU, USA, Latin America) as a Digipak version (incl.poster), 2LP Gatefold red vinyl edition and as a digital download pack. JAPAN release date: August 24th (incl. a special bonus track).

Concussion Protocol cover art was created by Stripe (Count Raven, Anvil), German artist extraordinary who created the last 4 Vicious Rumors album covers (Razorback Killers, LYTD I, Electric Punishment, LYTD II: American Punishment).

Punishment 18 Records / Myriad Lights new album title and cover unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Italian Heavy metallers Myriad Lights has just unveiled the cover of Kingdom of Sand, their second full-length album that will be released later this year by Punishment 18 Records. Myriad Lights features members and former members of band such as Highlord, Bastard Saints, Furor Gallico.
Punishment 18 Records / Nuclear Aggressor 'Slow Dismemberment' out in September
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Slow Dismemberment, the second studio album from Italian old school thrashers Nuclear Aggressor will be internationally released on September 26th via Punishment 18 Records. The album will feature some guests enlisted from the true Italian and German underground: Alice Murder (GraveLead), LTZ (Black Chain Ritual), Karlo (Screaming Whores), Tracy T., 'Stanley Screwdriver', Valentino Cussigh (Nuclear Storm). A heap of pure fuckin' raw Thrash Metal!
Punishment 18 Records / Vanexa 'Too Heavy To Flight' expected out next fall
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Too Heavy To Fly, the new full-length album from Italian Heavy metallers Vanexa will be released in digipack format on next fall by Punishment 18 Records. Ligurian band can number among its members and former members of bands such a Mastercastle, Necrodeath, Labÿrinth e Hyaena. Their first single, that's the title track, has already achieved position nú14 in the best Amazon Hard'n'Heavy songs chart.

InsideOut Music / Pain of Salvation launch first track of 'Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived)' release online
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Swedish Progressive Rock/Metal innovators Pain of Salvation will release a very special reissue version of their 2002 album Remedy Lane entitled Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived) on July 1st, 2016 via InsideOutMusic.

Therefore, Rope Ends (Remix) is being launched as first impression of the release via a static clip.

With this release, Pain of Salvation re-visit their ground-breaking and ProgPower USA Festival from 2014.

Additionally, Pain of Salvation continue working on a new studio album release entitled In The Passing Light Of Day together with acclaimed producer Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad, etc.) at Dug-Out Productions in Sweden.
    Pain of Salvation - Live 2016/2017:
  • 28.07.2016 Breitenbach / Herzberg (Germany) - Burg
  • 30.07.2016 Sibiu (Romania) - ARTmania Festival
  • 07.-11.02.2017 Tampa (US) / Cozumel (Mexico) - Cruise

InsideOut Music / Fates Warning launch first full song of 'Theories Of Flight' album via lyric-video
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
The July 1st release date for the much anticipated 12th studio album, Theories Of Flight, by U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING keeps drawing nearer.

Therefore, FATES WARNING are now launching a lyric-video designed by Cloud Music Typography for the impressive album opening track, From The Rooftops.

FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder had the following to say about From The Rooftops: "This song is opening track on Theories. The lyrics in this song are about life, and how we only have one, we need to live it to the fullest. We can't hide from things we fear, we have to live, to take advantage of what little time we have here. Take chances, make changes and leave your mark on this world..."

AFM Records / Flotsam and Jetsam 'Life Is A Mess' video clip
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Shortly after the release of their new studio album Flotsam and Jetsam, the U.S. Thrash veterans follow up with their new official video clip, filmed for the song Life Is A Mess. The clip was directed by Jeremy Tremp.

Flotsam and Jetsam secured charts entries in Germany and the U.S. The album is available as Digipak, ltd. Vinyl (golden and black) & ltd. box set (incl. Digipak, textile flag, patch).

Furia Music Press / Shadowside begins new album recordings with renowned producer Fredrik Nordström in Sweden
Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2016
Brazilian female fronted Metal band Shadowside has arrived in Sweden for the recordings of their 4th studio album. The band has been focused during the past few months on the pre-production of the new album and is already at Fredman Studio in Gothenburg, where they started the official recordings of this new album, that will feature Swedish bass player Magnus Rosén (ex-Hammerfall) debuting as the band's new bassist.

The band is already with producer Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, Evergrey, Bring me the Horizon, Hammerfall, Architects), who had already produced the band's previous album Inner Monster Out, to work together during the next four weeks until the conclusion of the new material.

The new Shadowside album features the collaboration of Andy La Rocque, guitarist known worldwide for his work with King Diamond. Andy La Rocque wrote a few songs together with Magnus Rosén which will be on the new work.

SPV / EDENBRIDGE new album coming in 2017
Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2016
EDENBRIDGE will enter the studio in June to record their 9th full length album THE GREAT MOMENTUM. The album will be released through Steamhammer/SPV in February 2017!

Guitar player Lanvall: "A full year of songwriting and arranging lies past me and I am really looking forward to the actual start of the recordings now. After the quiet and melancholic debut Everflow of the acoustic project VOICIANO and the huge 6 DVD documentation A Decade And A Half.. The History So far about the first 15 years of EDENBRIDGE, it was time to focus on new, symphonic and bombastic sound territories again!I am extremely happy with the new songs, 'cause they continue our trademark style on one hand, but integrate a lot of new facets in our sound on the other. The music seems to be heavier than on our predecessor The Bonding and the orchestra parts and choruses are even more concise and bombastic than in the past!

The Great Momentum for me, transports everything that EDENBRIDGE stands for in the year 2016. This goes from the short, sentimental ballad Only A Whiff Of Life to the monumental 12 minutes longtrack The Greatest Gift Of All.

Furthermore Sabine and I co-worked on 5 of 9 lyrics. We started this creative process on our acoustic project VOICIANO and I believe that songs like A Turnaround In Art, The Die Is Not Cast, Return To Grace are wonderful witnesses!"

Singer Sabine Edelsbacher: "Our new creations show, that we had no standstill, although the frequency of our album releases has larger intervals than in the past. It simply takes time to let such a sophisticated production grow and EDENBRIDGE stands for quality and not quantity! Our co-working process on the lyrics was absolutely amazing again as already mentioned. Lanvall and I are highly complementing one another and the result is profound and hopefully inspiring again for libertines, like we are! I still feel a constant development in my voice although I relatively don´t sing that much in rest periods. Still I am working on expression and dynamics and to record a new album is motivating me even more to discover and allow new nuances in my voice. All in all I can just say: a lot of things happened in our lives and this can be heard and felt on our new album!"

Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2016
DragonForce, the Grammy-nominated Power metallers, are poised to release a comprehensive career-spanning Best Of - the first time the UK band has presented this kind of historical 'chapter & verse' collection.

Killer Elite – The Hits, The Highs, The Vids is scheduled for an July 22 release through Spinefarm Records. The 22-track set —two hours and 30 minutes of music, featuring both studio and live material, with promo clips added to the Deluxe set— fully showcases the ambition, variety and skill of the group's musical output, now taking in six studio albums; elements of Thrash, Speed and Power Metal are spread across accelerated rockers and more measured, melodic offerings.

It encompasses everything, from their biggest hit, Through The Fire And Flames, a staple inclusion on several best-selling video games (i.e. Guitar Hero) and recently used as the basis of a U.S. mockumentary featuring the band and Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey through Dawn Over a New World, a ballad harking back to the early years.

With latest recruit, singer Marc Hudson, now having two studio albums under his belt (2012's The Power Within and 2014's Maximum Overload), Killer Elite... is the chance for new fans to familiarise themselves with glories past and for long-standing supporters to revel in the attention to detail of a multi-format package balancing audience faves with compositions close to the collective DragonForce heart...

Guitarist Herman Li, who started the group in 1999 with fellow shredder Sam Totman, says, "The aim of this release is to give a strong flavour of everything we've recorded so far, and I like to think it shows a lot of diversity. Certainly, we tried to make it as broad-based as possible. Since Marc joined the band (replacing original frontman ZP Theart), we've actually released some of our speediest songs and some our most melodic compositions, too. DragonForce isn't just about the relentless tempos and the flashy solos; ultimately, it'd the feel of the music that counts..."
    The release will be available in the following formats:
  • 2 CD package (The Hits, The Highs)
  • Deluxe Special Digi-Pack Edition, including a DVD featuring all of the band's promo clips (The Hits, The Highs, The Vids)
  • Digital download (The Hits, The Highs)
The band has also set to work on the follow-up to Maximum Overload at Fascination Street studios in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren; this new record is provisionally scheduled for a mid-March 2017 release with a world tour to follow.

DragonForce will be headlining the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta on Wednesday September 7 and a special 'up close and personal' show at St. Vitus in Brooklyn on Saturday, September 10.

At both shows the band will be playing a Best Of set to reflect the tracklisting of the Killer Elite album.

Pure Steel Records / BORN OF FIRE are covering KANSAS Song 'Carry On Wayward Son'
Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2016
Born of Fire are very proud to announce the release of the new single, band's rendition of the 1976 Kansas classic Carry On Wayward Son.

To accompany this single the band has put together a very cool unique style video with some fantastic artistry & visuals. This is definitely a very different type of video from what you would typically see from us but we feel this unique artistry style gives it that epic throw back feel this classic song deserves.

The band wanted to put out a single before starting the writing process for the next album and to show the support to the fans Born of Fire are offering the song as a free download on band's website

Napalm Records / ALESTORM signs contract in rum
Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2016
The pirate Metal band has just announced their worldwide re-signing with Napalm Records and they have inked this contract in blood... OK they decided to use rum instead. Cheers!

Read what Chris and Alestorm have to say about the re-signing: "AHOY! After 8 years, 4 albums, 1 live DVD, an EP and a couple of singles, it is my great pleasure to announce that ALESTORM will be re-signing our record contract with Napalm Records. Seven years ago I was standing naked in the middle of a field at Summer Nights Festival in Austria, screaming at Thomas Caser (CEO of Napalm Records), demanding more money. Now here we are today... looks like our plan worked! Being pirates, we had to sign the contract using rum as ink, nothing else would do! Unfortunately we only had white rum left (all the good stuff had already been drunk), so our signatures are invisible. We'll leave that one to the lawyers to sort out.

Expect the 5th Alestorm album to be released on Napalm Records in 2017! We're taking our time with this one, and it's gonna be good. Maybe."

Napalm Records A&R Nadir Amrioui states: "We are more than proud of ALESTORM and their remarkable success! 8 years ago we[ve received this strange demo CD of an even stranger pirate-Metal-band. That was the beginning of a piratic journey all over the world. We at Napalm are so much looking forward to the next album. This is going to be awesome. It surely is!"

AFM Records / Kissin' Dynamite 'Hashtag Your Life' video clip released
Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2016
Modern Hard rockers KISSIN' DYNAMITE have launched their spectacular new video clip Hashtag Your Life, a track taken from the upcoming album Generation Goodbye, which will drop on July 8th (EU) / July 22nd (US).

Besides all the entertainment value this new clip brings, it also deals with a serious and omnipresent topic: the shocking evolution of 'generation smartphone', losing touch to the 'real' life.

Massacre Records / HIGHLORD Video
Posted by: Denis / 02.06.2016
HIGHLORD recently introduced their new keyboarder, and have posted a teaser for a new video clip.

The official video for One World At A Time, directed by Giovanni Lavagno and Stefano Perlo, is now available.

The song and video features a guest appearance by Linnéa Vikström of Therion.

HIGHLORD's new album Hic Sunt Leones will be released on June 24, 2016 via Massacre Records.

Metal Blade / Act of Defiance's Chris Broderick launches guitar play-through for 'Thy Lord Belial'
Posted by: Denis / 02.06.2016
Currently on tour in North America, Act of Defiance's Chris Broderick has launched a new guitar play-through for the track Thy Lord Belial, taken from the group's debut album, Birth And The Burial. You can watch this video here.
    Act of Defiance tour dates
  • June 1 – Thunder Bay, ON – Rockhouse #
  • June 3 – Sudbury, ON – The Asylum #
  • June 5 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre ***
  • June 6 – Toronto, ON – Opera House ***
  • June 7 – Milvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre ***
  • June 8 – Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall ***
  • June 9 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground ***
  • June 10 – Providence, RI – Lupos ***
  • June 11 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place ***
  • June 12 – Elmhurst, NY – Blackthorn 51 #
  • June 13 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall #
  • June 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #
  • June 16 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s #
  • June 17 – Memphis, TN – The HiTone Cafe #
  • June 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom #
  • June 19 – Lubbock, TX – Backstage #
  • June 23 – Albuquerque, NM – The Co-Op #
  • June 24 – Flagstaff, AZ – The Green Room #
  • June 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky-A-Go-Go #
    #=Act of Defiance headline
    ***=supporting Hatebreed, DevilDriver

Nuclear Blast / RAGE release official 'My Way' fan video
Posted by: Denis / 01.06.2016
Iconic German Metal trio RAGE will release their upcoming studio album called The Devil Strikes Again, next week via Nuclear Blast. Now, the band have released a fanmade live clip for My Way (live), which is featured on the live bonus disc of the 3CD DIGI of RAGE's upcoming release.

Nuclear Blast / SABATON announce first dates of 'The Last Tour' in Europe 2017
Posted by: Denis / 01.06.2016
Swedish Heavy Metal heroes SABATON have announced the first dates for their massive European tour 2017. 'The Last Tour' is the biggest tour of SABATON yet and scheduled to kick off January 7th at König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Very special guests are none other than Heavy Metal legends ACCEPT.

Says SABATON's bass player Pär Sundström: "We have just finished our new album, which is titled The Last Stand and we know we have done a great album, which all fans of SABATON can appreciate for many years. If it is the best album of us, time will tell... But what we can tell for sure is that 'The Last Tour' will be the biggest and best tour of SABATON ever. It is the tour we have been looking forward to do for all these years!"

Added ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann: "Accepting a tour with SABATON is the result of a very cool relationship we have with the band. It was a great pleasure to tour with them in USA and we followed their career with respect over the years. We have not seen a band who has such a clear vision where they want to go and it is rare that bands can translate their visions into real action. SABATON are a hard working band and are a serious role model for aspiring musicians and young bands. We are looking forward to have an exciting tour - especially after we have been in the studio for a while and sure feel some kind of cabin fever..."
    'The Last Tour' - Europe 2017 w/ ACCEPT
  • 2017-01-07 Oberhausen (König Pilsner Arena) DE
  • 2017-01-08 Antwerp (Lotto Arena) BE
  • 2017-01-10 Dublin (Vicar Street) IE
  • 2017-01-11 Glasgow (O2 Academy) GB
  • 2017-01-13 Manchester (O2 Apollo) GB
  • 2017-01-14 London (O2 Brixton Academy) GB
  • 2017-01-28 Ludwigsburg (MHP Arena) DE
  • 2017-01-29 Amsterdam (Heineken Music Hall) NL
  • 2017-01-31 Frankfurt (Jahrhunderthalle) DE
  • 2017-02-01 Saarbrücken (Saarlandhalle) DE
  • 2017-02-04 Bamberg (Brose Arena) DE
  • 2017-02-05 München (Zenith) DE
  • 2017-03-15 Berlin (Columbiahalle) DE

Massacre Records / ASSIGNMENT: Album Artwork
Posted by: Denis / 01.06.2016
The Progressive Power Metal outfit ASSIGNMENT will release its 4th studio album Closing The Circle this summer!

The album was mixed by Norbert Leitner, and mastered by Mike Wulf. The Brazilian artist Caio Caldas (CadiesArt - Digital ArtWork) has created the futuristic cover artwork.

Guitarist and main songwriter Goran Panić about the artwork and the album: "Visually, it's a logical continuation of the previous album Inside Of The Machine and corroborates the digital society.

Conceptually, the sci-fi genre is also part of the songs Entering The Universe and Between Parallel Worlds: 'The day mankind has to leave planet earth'. Quite a few people believe that mankind originally came to existence somewhere in the galaxy, so everything would probably become a full, cosmic circle if they leave planet earth to return where they've come from.

The album's title song metaphorically deals with the closing of circles as well, but more in an emotional, interpersonal context."

ASSIGNMENT's new album Closing The Cirlce will be released on July 22, 2016 via Massacre Records.

Posted by: Denis / 01.06.2016
KAI HANSEN, earMUSIC and WACKEN Foundation are happy to announce the release of XXX, the first 'solo project' album by Kai Hansen, one of the most influential guitarists and singers to emerge from Germany during the first part of the 80s. First with ground-breaking band HELLOWEEN (of which Hansen is one of the founding members) and later with GAMMA RAY, one of the bands that contributed to define the genre Power Metal, bringing it to generation of devoted fans worldwide since its first album.

XXX is, in pure Hansen tongue-in-cheek style, a reference to over 30 years of involvement in the world of heavy rock, as explained with the album's sub-title 'Three Decades In Metal'. The album will be released in August 2016 on earMUSIC with further news to be shared soon.

XXX is a magical journey. It is the story of how powerful dreams can be. Dreams and passions big enough to bring a teenager from Hamburg who is in love with Rock music, Glam Rock and the first Heavy Metal sounds from the practicing space in his bedroom and rehearsal rooms to the biggest stages in the world practicing, and ending up influencing and sharing the stage with the very same bands he admired in the first place.

Not strictly autobiographical, XXX is without doubt the story of Kai Hansen but it could very well represent the story of anybody who is not afraid to believe in dreams, with passion and dedication. It is the story of the ups and downs that everybody faces at some point during the journey of life: the lost and found-again friends, the glory, the tragedies and the joys.

After the achievements enjoyed by Hansen lately with Unisonic and especially Gamma Ray's recent work Empire Of The Undead, Kai Hansen has started working on the album with no precise commercial masterplan. Just playing music with the same spirit as in the very beginning. This certainly was the reason for Hansen to communicate to his label the intention of donating the first advance payment he will receive for XXX - which in the meantime was shaping into a proper album - to the Wacken Foundation. A foundation which helps and supports young Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands for over seven years now: musicians full of hopes and dreams, exactly as Hansen had in the beginning of the 30 years story told on this album... in the hope that one day, somebody could tell another 30 years long magic story, also thanks to this album.

Together with Hansen, a stellar band of musicians gravitating around the Chameleon Studio in Hamburg has formed spontaneously: Alex Dietz (guitar player of Heaven Shall Burn) on bass, Eike Freese (who already worked as engineer and co-producer with Hansen on the last Gamma Ray album) on guitar and phenomenal drummer Daniel Wilding (Carcass). The four will be joined by various guests, ranging from friends to followers to heroes – some having played a significant part in Kai's career, some who have expressed the wish to join the project with the same spirit that is leading Kai, Alex, Eike and Daniel to create loud music with joy, freedom and determination.

Kai & friends will do an exclusive one-time performance at this year's Wacken Open Air Festival, introducing the songs from the album to the audience for the first and only time.

Watch the video of Kai Hansen and Eike Freese discussing XXX.

Talking about XXX (while in the studio, recording guitars) KAI HANSEN has declared: "30 years in Metal, that's a damn long time. Over the course of all these years, I never recorded a solo album. It is quite nice and a hell lot of fun to create something without any boundaries and to get a fresh view on music. I am celebrating 30 years of being able to do what I like best... On XXX I am reflecting on my roots, where I come from, how it all started for me. I believe you need a certain drive, passion and of course a bit of luck and coincidence to make it in the music world – and of course some financial support. This is where the Wacken Foundation came to my mind. They are helping people, musicians just like me, who want to make it. And I remember having had help myself, from my family, the families from the other band members – and by doing a paper round. So hopefully, with my donation, young musicians are given the same chance that I was given a long time ago, too. And who knows, maybe we all will be playing together at Wacken in 20 years..."

Wacken Foundation's Thomas Jensen adds: "This is really generous donation to the Wacken Foundation. Heavy Metal is a way of life – and with this this amazing gesture Kai showed what it stands for: selflessness, thoughtfulness and most of all the passion and love for music. The goal of the foundation is to keep this kind of spirit going. With Kai's doing we are one step closer to this goal."

About Wacken Foundation: The Wacken Foundation was founded in 2009 and is a non-profit foundation which dedicates itself to the support of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music. Basically every artist and every band from the Heavy Metal scene can be supported by the Wacken Foundation. If the name Wacken Foundation is a bit misleading, the promoters of the Wacken Open Air do not receive a single cent of the donations. The entire assets of the foundation are solely used to support artists from the Metal scene.

VIVALDI METAL PROJECT: Press Release + first single
Posted by: Denis / 31.05.2016
The project is a symphonic-Metal opera based on Antonio Vivaldi's baroque masterwork 'The Four Seasons', featuring more than 130 amazing Metal and classical artists, orchestra, a string quartet and three choirs from all over the world. The album features 14 tracks - all the movements from Antonio Vivaldi's original score plus two original new songs written by MISTHERIA. The impressive roster of artists probably makes this titanic album the biggest all-star project ever!

Back in 2013, MISTHERIA started thinking about making a Metal version of 'The Four Seasons', a masterpiece that he loved and kept listening to since his childhood. MISTHERIA started to play and record all the movements on the piano but then felt that a parallel symphonic-Metal version would have been the perfect continuation. Therefore, he recorded and uploaded a short trailer on the web to start engaging musicians. A few days later, Italian bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, TwinSpirits, Kim Bingham, The Italians, BADASS), who had already collaborated with Mistheria by recording bass on his previous solo album Dragon Fire, learned about the project and contacted MISTHERIA offering his support to work on the project as co-producer. Also, MISTHERIA made the 'innovative' choice - never done so far - to add lyrics and singers to 'The Four Seasons' which, as composed by Vivaldi, is an instrumental work. For this important task, he invited Douglas R. Docker who perfectly translated the producer's concept into brilliant lyrics. Additional lyrics were written by Mistheria, Rob Rock and Lance King.

A cast of 10 awesome arrangers joined MISTHERIA creating epic and memorable music, combining a standard Metal band lineup with strings, orchestra and choir: Douglas R. Docker, Francesco Dall'O', Frank Caruso, Gabriels, Keiko Kumagai, Nicolas Waldo, Pawel Penksa, Tomas Varnagiris, Yannis Androulakakis and Zhivko Koev.

The cast furthermore includes performances by Mark Boals (Malmsteen, Royal Hunt), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire, Angra), Edu Falaschi (Almah), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Mike Lepond (SymhonyX), Dani Löble (Helloween), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Mark Cross (Firewind, Scorpions), Steve Di Giorgio (Testament), Rolf Pilve (Stratovarius), Victor Smolski (Rage, Almanac), Ruben Israel (Delain), John Macaluso (ARK), Marco Sfogli (James Labrie), Chris Caffery (Savatage), Mark Wood (Trans Siberian Orchestra), Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork), Atma Anur (Tony MacAlpine), Vitalij Kuprij, Anna Portalupi (Tarja Turunen), Sean Tibbetts (Kamelot), Martijn Peters (Stream of Passion) and many more.

It took more than 2 years of intensive non-stop hard work to get the album done. Mixed and mastered by Ivan Moni Bidin at 'Artesonika' recording studio in Italy and assisted by Fabio D'Amore, the album is a full 74 minutes of intense, passionate, fascinating, powerful and majestic experience!

Production, ideation, concept and artistic direction by MISTHERIA. Co-produced by Alberto Rigoni.

Release date: July 22nd, 2016, label: Pride & Joy Music, in formats: CD digi-pack, download & double vinyl. A double vinyl release of 'The Four Seasons' will be scheduled for a release in September 2016.
Magnus Rosén signs with Furia Music Records for the release of his solo album
Posted by: Denis / 31.05.2016
Swedish bass player Magnus Rosén (ex-Hammerfall, currently on Brazilian Metal band Shadowside) signed with Brazilian label Furia Music Records for the worldwide release of his new solo album The World Changes, to be released on the second half of 2016.

The World Changes is mostly instrumental and shows the versatility of the Swedish musician in an atmosphere outside Heavy Metal, genre that brought him worldwide success, a Swedish Grammy nomination and golden records. This new material brings the listeners to an erudite ambiance with the Nordic melancholy in a work filled with expression and sophistication. The songs are interpreted by a quartet of great names of the Swedish music such as George Keczán (grand piano), Johan Stengård (saxophone), Carolina Sandgren (voice) besides Magnus Rosén himself (bass). The CD also brings special appearances from other renowned musicians that will be announced soon.
    Track list:
  1. Centuries of Memories
  2. The bridge from the past to the future
  3. Soul Essence
  4. The World Changes
  5. Celestial Port
  6. Bach Badinerie
  7. Ack Värmeland du sköna
  8. The World Wide Blues
  9. E Lucevan Le Stelle
  10. The Castle of Imagination
The musician, who recently has been on a promotional tour of his solo album in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is currently recording the new Shadowside album. The album will feature the collaboration of Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) in the songwriting of 2 songs and in charge of the production is Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, Evergrey, Bring me the Horizon, Hammerfall), the same producer of their latest album Inner Monster Out.
Metal Mind Productions / Exlibris new single and new line-up
Posted by: Denis / 31.05.2016
Polish Heavy metallers Exlibris revealed a lyric video for their brand new single Harmony Of The Spheres. It is the first taste of band's upcoming album and the first track to feature Finnish singer Riku Turunen on lead vocals. Lyric video is available in this location.

Band's drummer Misiek Ślusarski comments: "Some people were quick to name Krzysiek's departure as the end of the band but we always knew it was just another obstacle in our way. Since the formation of Exlibris the vast majority of music was written by original members Daniel Lechmański and Piotr Sikora so we never worried about the quality of new material. We did however expect finding a new singer to be some kind of a problem. It turned out in the end, that the best one lives over a thousand kilometers away."

Piotr Sikora, keyboardist adds: "In addition to Riku being an experienced and very professional singer, we simply hit it off on a personal level. That and not being driven away by our sense of humor is what makes him the person we were looking for for almost a year. The physical distance surely is a challenge but it also opens new exciting possibilities. At the moment we're preparing to hit the stage for the very first time but right after that we will begin the pre-production of our new album. The new single is just a small taste of what we have in store so it's definitely something to be excited about!"

On June 25th, Exlibris will headline the second stage at Rock Hard, Ride Free Festival in Goleniów Poland. More dates will be announced soon. Band's touring schedule for this year includes shows in Poland, Germany and Finland.

Riku Turunen comments joining the band: "I have been super excited to get on stage with Exlibris guys since I first heard their music. The original plan for me was to do only couple of gigs to patch up missing lead singer position for those shows... but then one thing led to another... I have been working on new a single with Exlibris for the past few weeks and when I was asked to join the group, I didn't have to think twice! I hope... no, I am sure the fans of Exlibris will like how the new group sounds. It is definitely different with my Mickey Mouse vocals on top of killer music material, but just give a listen to the new single and make up your own mind!"

GlobMetal Promotions / Omnifariam released new EP
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
Death Metal band Omnifariam released their debut EP Vitiate.

Omnifariam was formed in the summer of 2010 in Puerto Rico by Gabriel and Norberto Muñoz, Juan Barroso, and Jorge Hernández. Soon afterwards, the band released their first demo and later recorded their single, Scarred and Blinded. The current lineup consists of Gabriel Muñoz (vocals), Eric Martínez (guitars), Miguel Medina (guitars), Félix Vega (drums), and Jorge Hernández (bass).
Stormspell Records / Blazon Stone
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
3rd BLAZON STONE album is in the works expected to materialize sometime later in the year. And as it has become a tradition, it will have a new singer - welcome Erik Forsberg!

The difference this time is that Erik is local and the band is finally becoming a unit able to rehearse, record in person, and hopefully, even play live shows in the near future.

Here is a little something to showcase Erik's prowess at the helm of the pirate Galleon. All hands on deck, ready for boarding!

Punishment 18 Records / Exiled on Earth: recordings done
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
Recently, Punishment 18 Records has announced the signing of Italian metallers Exiled on Earth. The Progressive Speed metallers, that comprised members of Rosae Crucis, Maelstrom, T.I.R., announced that recordings sessions were ended at prestigious 16th Cellar Studios (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour of Penance, Theatres Des Vampires, Subhuman) by Stefano 'Saul' Morabito.
Nuclear Blast / DORO 'Bad Blood' (feat. LORDI) live clip revealed
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
The Metal Queen, DORO, will release her brand-new 2Blu-ray/3DVD+CD package entitled Strong And Proud - 30 Years Of Rock And Metal, on June 24th, 2016 through Nuclear Blast. To give her fans another taster of what is to expect from this release, the live clip for Bad Blood (feat. LORDI - Rock Night) has been revealed now.
    Don't miss the exclusive cinema premieres!
  • 06.06. D Düsseldorf - UCI KINOWELT @ Medienhafen (Cinema Preview)
  • 20.06. D Berlin - UCI KINOWELT Colosseum (Premiere)

Masot Label Group / The Jelly Jam's epic new album Profit is out now via Music Theories Recordings
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
The Jelly Jam, featuring DREAM THEATER's John Myung, WINGER / DIXIE DREGS' (live) Rod Morgenstein and KING'S X's Ty Tabor, have returned with a new album and their first ever live shows.

Profit is a glorious and affecting cinematic experience; full of suspense, the record follows the heroic yet daunting journey of The Prophet who, inspired by a deep sense of responsibility embarks on a mission to try and save the world, to open the eyes of Those Who Will Not See.

The Jelly Jam will support their latest album with a full tour. As guitarist Ty Tabor explains, "This album is without a doubt the most special moment the band has ever had together and we must make touring real this year to support this album".

Profit is now available from the MLG store. The 180 grams vinyl is limited to 2000 copies, and comes with a downloadcard.

InsideOut Music / Ayreon launch 'Day Two: Isolation' clip from 'The Theater Equation'
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
Ayreon's The Theater Equation DVD/Blu-Ray package was recently announced for release on the 17th June 2016, and you can now view the first full clip from the production. Watch Day Two: Isolation here.

InsideOut Music / Fates Warning launch 'Theories Of Flight' album teaser video
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
In light of the upcoming release of their much anticipated 12th studio album, Theories Of Flight via InsideOutMusic on July 1st, 2016, U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING are now launching an album sampler video, containing excerpts from all songs on the album.

Check the clip, which features footage entitled Feeding The Gulls by Dennis Hlynsky.

FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder checked in to comment about Theories Of Flight as follows:
"We began writing the music for Theories while we were still touring for Darkness... I believe that the anticipation to write another record was due to the fact that we were once again touring and playing new material after nine years of playing the same songs. It was exciting to be on stage again and we looked forward to getting back in the studio. I also believe that our fans were happy to finally having something new to listen to...
I/we are very happy with the way that Theories turned out. Jim and I collaborated practically every day on the new album for over a year until we actually went into the studio... There were many different versions of the songs until they were finally complete, and I believe it shows in the final product. I think that Jim did an excellent job producing the new album. The material is, I believe heavier than what people are used to from us, as well as my vocal style. We wanted something different than Darkness but something that still carried a lot of melody."

Frontiers Music / DGM - The Passage
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the brand new album from Italian Prog Metal masters DGM, entitled The Passage, on August 26th.

The Passage is DGM's eighth studio album and is the culmination of almost 20 years of hard work that started back in 1997 with the release of their self-produced mini-album, Random Access Zone. The band went through several incarnations and lineup changes during the years, but since singer Mark Basile joined the group in 2007, DGM evolved and developed their sound into what they have now become.

It was probably the release of Frame (2007) that pushed the band into the top of the league of international Prog Metal. It was also on the strength of this material that DGM managed to tour for almost four years around the world, taking part in some of the biggest Metal festivals, supporting Symphony X on their European tour, and sharing the stage with Pagan's Mind too. In 2013, DGM came back with Momentum, an album which showed the full stylistic maturity of a band which felt fully confident with their abilities, both on the songwriting and the musicianship side. The last album was promoted with more shows and after several gigs in Europe, they performed for the second time at ProgPower USA and started their first Asian tour in November 2014 playing Beijing, Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka as headliners.

The new album, The Passage is another substantial step forward for DGM. Sounding like a hungry, urbanized version of Symphony X, with substantial hard rock influences, the new record is remarkable in several aspects. The compositions are phenomenal, with sweeping choruses, technical passages, lightning fast fretwork, big vocals and bombastic transitions. The playing is simply faultless and the melodies are perfectly woven into the killer guitars, epic keyboards, and pounding drums!

"This album can easily be seen as our most ambitious work to date", says guitarist and producer Simone Mularoni. "This time we tried to evolve to an even more personal sound. We took all the elements we developed through all these years and we tried to take them to the limit. Throughout the whole record you will hear a recurrent musical theme. Instead of doing a usual concept album with the lyrics, we decided to do a sort of musical concept with this melody that repeats in every song but every time with different time signatures and keys", tells drummer Fabio Costantino. "This album will offer to the listener a key for a positive dimension. A path made of sound vibrations: The Passage to our dreams and hopes", concludes bassist Andrea Arcangeli.

Evergrey singer Tom Englund and Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo also appear as special guests tributing the value of this outstanding album. And let's not forget the great job that producer Simone Mularoni did in the studio! The future looks bright for these guys! Check them out live when they come to a town near you!
  • June 18 - Roverè Veronese, Festival (Italy)
  • July 21 - Napoli, New Sea Legend (Italy)
  • September 16 - Titans Club, Lens (Belgium)
  • September 17 - Moonlight Club, Diest (Belgium)
  • September 18 - De Meister, Geleen (Holland)
  • September 24 - Kofmehlweg Soletta, ElevenRock Fest (Switzerland)
  • November 3 - Osaka, LiveHouse (Japan)
  • November 4 - Nagoya, Sakae (Japan)
  • November 5 - Tokyo, Shinijuku (Japan)
  • November 6 - Tokyo, Shinijuku (Japan)
  • More shows TBA

Y.O.C. news
Posted by: Denis / 29.05.2016
Y.O.C.'s Lost track has been found, recommended for all Progressive Metal fans, check out the song on youtube.

Also you can check out EP SANITY WITHIN on youtube.

Imperative PR / UK cult Black metallers THUS DEFILED stream upcoming album
Posted by: Denis / 27.05.2016
Imperative PR are delighted to be able to announce that, in a world exclusive, Zero Tolerance Magazine are now streaming the upcoming devilish collection from Thus Defiled, An Unhallowed Legacy. The magazine also spoke at length with founder member Paul C about the release, the past and the future.

The six black-crowned invocations of evil that make up the beautifully presented An Unhallowed Legacy will be officially unleashed on the world on 6.6.16, but this will be a chance for fans, new and old, to revel in the bestial malevolence of the first Thus Defiled release in five years before the appointed time.

Simply by heading over to they'll be able to dive into the flames of classic material like Eden Stands Aflame, Of Shadow And Storm, remastered for a new devastating assault on the Metal world. It's time to walk beyond the seventh circle of fire once again, in the company of one of the greatest Black Metal bands this island has ever produced. Thus Defiled have returned and the pretenders' days are numbered.

An Unhallowed Legacy brings together the legendary and long out of print EPs, A Darker Beauty and Fire Serpent Dawn. The physical release will be available in limited, lavish ancient grimoire packaging as breathtaking as the savage hymns held within. Recalling the grandeur of Venom's At War With Satan, this is no ordinary CD release – but then Thus Defiled are no ordinary band...
AFM Records / Paradox new lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 27.05.2016
PARADOX release the lyric video for their first single Ballot Or Bullet taken from the upcoming album Pangea (out on June 3rd in Europe and June 24th in the US). Available as CD or Vinyl.

AFM Records / Thunderstone 'Fire And Ice' video clip released
Posted by: Denis / 27.05.2016
Finnish Power Metal masters THUNDERSTONE follow up on the success of their latest album Apocalypse Again (which became their first ever Top 5 in Finland). A new video clip for the song Fire And Ice is available now.

High Roller Records / DEATHSTORM - Blood Beneath the Crypts
Posted by: Denis / 27.05.2016
Austria-based Thrash Metal hopefuls Deathstorm have been added to the High Roller Roster and are now unleashing their second full-length album Blood Beneath the Crypts. The Styrian crew formed in 2007, first starting out as Damage before changing their name to Deathstorm in 2010. From the very beginning Damage/Deathstorm have been celebrated as a true kult band that manages to keep the balance between continuously building up a fanbase and staying true to the (Austrian) underground. Vocalist and bassist Mac gives a short account of the history of Deathstorm: "Celebrated? That must have passed us by, ha ha! Back when we started there was no 'underground' or anything. We were surrounded by very arrogant people who played in very ridiculous bands which is what motivated us the most to start our own thing. We have always been influenced by Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motörhead and all the other classics, but somehow nobody in our area who claimed to be a 'Metalhead' was into those kinda bands. It was rather that everybody hated and despised them. That was basically the reason why we started DAMAGE; to show everyone what heavy music is supposed to sound like. We started out as a five-piece but after a year of little progress, we stripped the line-up down to a three-piece which resulted in the release of our first demo soon after. After that we played our first gigs, recorded another demo, signed with I Hate Records, released an MLP and our debut full-length, added a fourth member to the group, released another EP and here we are now, awaiting the release of our second full length which we are very proud of, to say the least."

Mac also tells us about the goals Deathstorm had set themselves for their sophomore studio album: "Our goal was to progress in every kinda way, which we have achieved in our book. Of course, as soon as you have finished a recording session, there are always some little bits and pieces you would rather have done differently, but as long as they stay at a minimum everything is fine. With this recording we have become a lot more mature we'd say. The songwriting is a lot better and more thought-through, it is still chaotic and fast but as a whole, the album is a lot more consistent than the last one. We definitely made the album we intended to make." Though developing as musicians and songwriters, Deathstorm stay true to what they love: Old School Teutonic Thrash Metal; therefore Blood Beneath the Crypts shows progress in quality, not in style: "We got better at playing our instruments, got some tricks up our sleeves with regard to writing songs and gained a lot more experience with the recording process. Basically the new material does not differ a lot from the older stuff, it is just, and as I have mentioned above, more mature and 'thought-through'. So generally speaking, approaches were actually not changed at all rather than improved."

After first reducing the band to a three-piece, Deathstorm have re-grown into a quartet by adding Steindl on second guitar. Mac on his newest band mate: "He actually already joined in late 2012, shortly before As Death Awakes was released. On Blood Beneath The Crypts he contributed some of his ideas as well as a shitload of hellraising and mind-bending guitar leads from beyond." New band members often bring some changes; so how much Damage is still left in Deathstorm? "DEATHSTORM basically is 100% DAMAGE plus another 25% Steindl. It is still the same vision, the same hunger and the same attitude. We started off with a more speed metal oriented sound, you know, those typical Kill 'em All riffs etc. After a while it naturally progressed into heavier and more evil sounding compositions. On the one hand we got faster and faster but on the other we also included mid-tempo parts, which got as far as even having hints of Doom in our music. The doomier parts are fairly 'new' but mid-tempo stuff could already be heard on our second demo Less Silence, More Violence with songs like Desperate Acts or Satan’s Spell."

One particularly cool song on Blood Beneath the Crypts is the last track I saw the Devil, especially because it has this unusual opening riff with a deep black touch. "Thank you very much! But to be honest we do not really understand how quite a lot of people tend to hear Black Metal influences in our material. Of course there are some hints in tracks like Consummate Horror off of last year's The Gallows EP or Nihilistic Delusion from the debut full-length, but to us our sound is way more on the death metal side of things." Mac himself finds it hard to pick a favourite song: "We actually love all songs equally since they are our blood. But if we had to pick one, we'd probably choose Verdunkeln and Murder of a Faceless Victim. We debuted Murder... during a gig at Helvete in Oberhausen last September and Verdunkeln last week at the 'Alpine Steel Festival' and they are one hell of a lot of fun to play live. The crowd reactions are great as well. Those songs give and take a lot of energy which is what we are aiming for."

So far reviewers are haven been very pleased with Deathstorm's true-to-the-bone mid 80's old school attitude & music and for sure this can be said about Blood Beneath the Crypts, too. It's another offering of uncompromising Old School Thrash in the veins of the legendary Kreator and other Teutonic Thrash heroes. Is that right or is there anything missing, any other influential band you would name? "No, this is 100% correct. German heroes like (old) Kreator and especially Sodom are some of our main influences. Other than that it is the classics like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Priest, KISS... (the list goes on forever)"

With a title like Blood Beneath the Crypts it's no surprise that the album's lyrics deal with death and dying, but Mac is more an expert on the topic than most other thrash vocalists are: "Besides studying I work as a mortician, so death is pretty much the omnipresent topic throughout all of our songs."

Blood Beneath The Crypts was recorded within five days in December 2015 in a small studio in Graz called SiSi Top Studios, as Mac reports: "It's a very small studio and we have become good friends with the studio owner. We also recorded The Gallows EP there. Basically it is very hard to find a suitable place for a band like us in our region. People here do not understand our music at all."

Blood Beneath the Crypts was mixed in Magnus 'Devo' Andersson's Endarker Studio.

What was working with him like? He is widely known as the bassist in Swedish Black Metal commando Marduk, but does he also have a real connection to Old School Thrash? "Working with him was great! He's a very relaxed and fast working person who completely immersed himself into what we wanted. He is a big collector of Slayer as far as I know, so there you have the connection."

The cover artwork was again drawn by Linda Nygren, a Swedish artist working under the nom de guerre 'Henbane Art & Illusions', who already contributed cover artworks for the previous records. Linda has also worked for The Wounded Kings and other bands; how did Deathstorm get in touch with her? "She is the girlfriend of Peter Liden, the owner of I Hate Records, our former label, and he got us in touch with her. She's a very talented artist and she has always delivered great work!"

As mentioned above, earlier this month Deathstorm played the Alpine Steel Festival, a very small, very underground fest with a strict Austrian-bands-only policy: "Playing there was great and indeed a total success. We debuted a lot of new material, which was very well received by the crowd. The fest is organized by Bruder Cle (Deaf Forever, ex-Rock Hard writer) and some other people, total die-hards who know the ropes. Definitely the best festival on Austrian soil!" Talking about Austrian soil, Mac almost goes into a rage when asked about his opinion on the recent Austrian (Thrash) Metal scene: "To make it short, there are three bands worth mentioning, namely Kringa, Ewig Frost, Triumphant. Those are the only bands that somehow developed an 'international' status. Other than that it is very weak. Especially Styria (where we are from) is beyond horrible. Bands tend to be 'fun projects' that are nothing more than a parody of what they actually want to be. It is disgusting." Having signed with High Roller, Deathstorm can be sure that Blood Beneath the Crypts will get all the attention it deserves. Mac remembers how he first got in touch with us: "After As Death Awakes had been released Steffen contacted us. He was interested in working with the band and we met at KIT 2013 where we had a little chat. After that we were not 100% sure if the band got what it takes to work with a big label like High Roller so we did not accept his offer immediately. Two years and another EP later we knew that now it was time to get in touch again. Steffen was still interested and we sealed the deal. We are very happy to be a part of the High Roller family and are excited about what's to come."

It's maybe unlikely, but does the song title Verdunkeln have anything to do with the Black Metal band from Aachen of the same name? Mac denies: "I'm sorry but I have never heard of them before, so no. Since we like German song titles a lot we thought that the term Verdunkeln would be a perfect piece to fit into the Blood Beneath The Crypts-jigsaw-puzzle." Now with all the details discussed, Mac has one last thing to say: "People who are into honest and trend-free music definitely should give it a listen and people who are into chaos and mayhem definitely should come to see our live shows! Other than that, all has been said. Thank you very much!"
High Roller Records / BLIZZEN - Genesis Reversed
Posted by: Denis / 27.05.2016
Blizzen, along with Alpha Tiger and underground sensation Stallion, are at the forefront of the new 'new wave of traditional German Heavy Metal'. Formed in February 2014 by Andi Heindl (guitars), Marvin Kiefer (guitars), Gereon Nicolay (drums) and Daniel Steckenmesser (vocals and bass), the band's first mini-album Time Machine received rave reviews in the German metal press (winning them a lot of fans in the process). "Yeah, that's quite unbelievable," gleams bassist/vocalist Daniel Steckenmesser, spokesperson of Blizzen. "We simply recorded the music we liked. It's a real surprise that there's so many fans out there liking the same stuff as us. Because of all the splendid reviews the EP got, a lot of new doors opened up for the band. I am very grateful for that, to be honest."

At the beginning of their career, Blizzen were compared to label mates Stallion maybe once too often. It's totally likely that the new album Genesis Reversed will put to sleep those comparisons once and for all. The record features strong traditional Metal tunes such as Trumpets Of The Gods (one of the best songs on the album) along with slightly speedier numbers such as Masters Of Lightning, Skid Into Death. "Musically, we all share the same values," says Daniel about how Blizzen approached the songwriting of the new record. "That definitely helps. Somebody has got an idea or a riff and we collectively work out the song. I am of the opinion that with Genesis Reversed we have matured a bit. We still stick to our musical roots but we have progressed in a certain way. We are 100% satisfied with how the album turned out. Actually, we can't wait to hold the finished product in our hands. And we are very much looking forward to perform the songs off Genesis Reversed outside of our own rehearsal room."

Strictly speaking, this has already been the case. When Blizzen performed live on the little festival tour alongside thrash metal sensation Space Chaser from Berlin, Tracer (kind of a sidekick of Space Chaser), Pripjat and Dust Bolt, they already played three new songs off the new album at each gig. The mentioned tour was organized by the bands themselves and carried the slogan 'No bookers, no rivals, no bullshit'. "That's right", agrees Daniel. "But to be honest, the organization of the whole thing was mainly handled by Space Chaser and by Pripjat. And they both did a fantastic job. Those festivals were great for all the bands who participated. Our first record Time Machine had been recorded in September 2014 and came out in April 2015. So by the time we played those fests, it was more than a year old. We were continuously writing new material, so it was only logical for us to play some brand new songs live as well."

"Genesis Reversed has more complex song structures and deeper lyrics", continues Daniel on the topic of how Blizzen have progressed in comparison to Time Machine. "The new album has been recorded and mastered in the same studio as Time Machine. Our guitarist Marvin has got a new amp – so maybe that's why the record is sounding a tiny bit different."

The main influences for Blizzen have stayed the same though: "We do love the old Teutonic Metal stuff, Accept and Running Wild. And old German thrash as well. That's maybe why we have this kind of 'Teutonic' edge to our style. But we are certainly not going out saying: 'Right, let's write a song which sounds like Tyrant'. It would be quite ridiculous to think that, actually."
Massacre Records / HIGHLORD: Line-up Update + Album Teaser
Posted by: Denis / 27.05.2016
The release of HIGHLORD's new album Hic Sunt Leones is merely a month away!

The Italian Power Metal outfit has now introduced its newest band member - keyboardist Davide Cristofoli!

The band comments: "Davide is a young and extremely gifted musician, already known in the Heavy Metal scene, having played the ivory keys for such bands as Black Corsair, Sound Storm, Amethista, Resintear, and many more."

HIGHLORD furthermore teased the upcoming release of the official video clip for the new song One World At A Time off the new album.

HIGHLORD's new album Hic Sunt Leones will be released on June 24, 2016 via Massacre Records.

Massacre Records / ELM STREET Live Dates
Posted by: Denis / 27.05.2016
Australia's finest ELM STREET are going to release a new album next month!

Knock 'Em Out... With A Metal Fist was recorded, mixed and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic at Systematic Productions. The living legend Ken Kelly is responsible for the killer cover artwork.

ELM STREET recently announced a few gigs that are going to take place in Australia, including the record release show in Melbourne on July 23rd:
  • 02.07.2016 AU Brisbane - The Back Room
  • 09.07.2016 AU Newcastle - The Vault
  • 23.07.2016 AU Melbourne - Cherry Bar
  • 04.11.2016 AU Sydney - The Bald Faced Stag Hotel (Steel Assassins True Metal Festival)
ELM STREET's second album Knock 'Em Out... With A Metal Fist will be released on June 24, 2016 via Massacre Records.

Imperative PR / Russia's FROZEN OCEAN release huge back catalogue for less than the price of a CD
Posted by: Denis / 26.05.2016
Frozen Ocean have enjoyed unprecedented success over the last few months with the release of their latest EP, The Prowess Of Dormition. Released on February 26th by Apocalyptic Witchcraft, Prowess... has been inundated with praise from around the world.

However, the Frozen Ocean story began long before the release of The Prowess Of Dormition. Over the last decade Vaarwel, the artist behind the Frozen Ocean name, has released an array of startling, diverse and thrilling albums and EPs, which range in style from ambient reflection to furious blackened rage! Now, Vaarwel is opening up the kingdom of Frozen Ocean and for a limited time, a huge selection of past releases will be available in a variety of vastly discounted bundles from

The different bundles will include Frozen Ocean releases ranging from 2008s Depths Of Subconscious up to 2015s Prills Of Remembrance and a selection of merchandise, limited edition items and unreleased material.

This is a magnificent opportunity for everyone to discover the glorious past of Frozen Ocean, the creative steps which have lead to the release of The Prowess Of Dormition.
Stormspell Records / DETEST
Posted by: Denis / 26.05.2016
The upcoming DETEST album will be called The End of All Ends.

Here's what Micke Därth had to say about it:
"The upcoming DETEST album will be called "The End of All Ends happened - we had split at the time - somewhere '91 - '92. Some of the tracks lacked lyrics, a solo-part or a chorus, that have been polished up to be able to make a full album. Two of the tracks were written for the band Twilight (Beyond Twilight) in the early days of that band, but never got past the rehearsal room, we're talking mid 90's. One of the tracks were actually recorded with Detest (me and Jörgen), but that track was not finished, until now. Here is the track-list:
  1. The Solemn Avenger
    A re-write for Twilight of the Detest-track 'The Avenger'. Detest fans can see it as a continuing saga of 'The Avenger'.
  2. Final Hour
    A couple of the riffs were written during the Detest-period, but never used. Was arranged and fully written with the aid of Andreas Lagerin in Twilight mid 90's. Andreas was good enough to put his solo down again for this recording.
  3. Divide and Conquer
    Track written in '91 and demo-recorded by myself between bands (Detest - Twilight).
  4. Rebellion
    Same story as 03.
  5. Away
    Detest-track first recorded '89 by myself and Jörgen Svahn. Polished up for this occasion.
  6. The Savior
    Same story as 03.
  7. Aim Higher
    Written for Twilight mid 90's. Been polished to match Detest-sound better. Never got past rehearsal-room.
  8. Thoughts of Love
    Written for Hellrats - my band that preceded Coma and Detest. Has much of what Detest became, written '87.
  9. Renegade
    Same story as 03.
  10. Light In the Sky
    Same story as 03
  11. The Creatures
    Same story as 03
  12. The End of All Ends
    Same story as 03. A good way to seal the Detest legacy.
An hour of never heard Detest-material is about to come your way soon."

Once again Yannick Bouchard draws the cover art and all interior illustrations in the vein of the original Thundersteel style, featuring the old warrior in his red-white-black glory of course!

Napalm Records / DUST BOLT release first lyric video for track 'Allergy'
Posted by: Denis / 26.05.2016
It's only been five years since Southern Germans DUST BOLT won the W:O:A Metal Battle 2011 – five years the band used to transform themselves from hot newcomers into national Thrash heroes with their debut Violent Demolition! These Bay Area aficionados are ready to drop their third full length Mass Confusion now. The band's relentless touring plus constant fine-tuning of the their sound have finally paid off: the old school songwriting is focused and free of ballast weight, yet despite all the rage and aggression there is still plenty of breathing space for melodic guitar work, gang shouts and ten ton grooves.

Here's the first lyric video for the track Allergy.

Get ready for Mass Confusion – out on July 8th via Napalm Records.
    Wanna see them live on tour? Here's your chance:
  1. 02.04 Iron Force Festival - Stans (SWI)
  2. 14.05 Metalheadz Open Air - Oberndorf
  3. 26.05 M:O:A Open Air - Büßfeld (GER)
  4. 27.05. Rockavaria Open Air - München (GER)
  5. 28.05 Rage against Racism Open Air – Duisburg (GER)
  6. 10.06 Kuckucksnest - Berchtesgaden w/ Power Trip (GER)
  7. 17.06 Hellfest Open Air - Clisson (FRA)
  8. 02.07 Tepih Na Paleti Open Air - Petišovci (SLO)
  9. 08.07 Rockharz Open Air - Ballenstedt (GER)
  10. 16.07 Dong Open Air - Halde (GER)
  11. 22.07 Agressive Music Fest - Pohori (CZ)
  12. 23.07 R:U:D:E Open Air – Bertingen (GER)
  13. 26.07 Free and easy Festival – München (GER)
  14. 12.08. Brutal Assault Festival (CZ)
  15. 13.08 Trafostation 61 Festival - Frechen (GER)
  16. 26.08 Coast Rock Open Air - Emden (GER)
  17. 02.09 Metallergrillen Open Air - Rockenhausen (GER)
  18. 03.09 Bonebreaker Festival - Kleinwenkheim (GER)
  19. 24.09 Angerfest - Luxemburg (LUX)
  20. 15.10 Metal Scar Festival - Luzern (SWI)

GlobMetal Promotions / Esperoza finishes new album
Posted by: Denis / 25.05.2016
Moldovanian symphonic Extreme/Dark Metal band Esperoza finished the work on their new album Aum Corrupted. The album will be released on WormHoleDeath Records and Aural Music this summer.

The band was formed by Zoya Belous and Dmitrii Prihodko in 2010. In 2012 they released their debut EP Tempest, and in 2014 the band released a full length album Esperoza. This was followed by concerts, festivals and a tour in Moldova, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine.
Som do Darma / Brazilian Rock and Metal bands shout to the world: f*** politics, listen heavy music!
Posted by: Denis / 25.05.2016
In recent months the world has been following the developments of the political, moral and economic crisis plaguing Brazil. The most recent episode - and most important to date - was the removal of President Dilma Roussef through impeachment. All Brazilian citizens expect that the problems begin to be solved in this new political stage of the country, although many others believe not.

Between the right and left politics are Rock and Metal musicians from Brazil that has accompanied all that is happening and hope to live in a better country - regardless of partisan issues - but living for many years in the midst of many difficulties, learned to care for their careers on their own, without any help from public or private spheres.

It is because of this that at a time like this, these bands can say: f*** politics, listen heavy music! Below there are some samples proving that, regardless the crisis, heavy music is in excellent health in Brazil:

UGANGA - One of the most important thrashcore bands from Brazil leaded by Manu Joker, ex-Sarcófago. They are for 20 years on the road, toured all over Europe (twice) and have five albums released, one recorded live in Germany. Guerra (Official Video Clip).

MAESTRICK - Brazilian Progressive Rock/Metal band Maestrick got with its debut album, Unpuzzle. H.U.C. (Official Video Clip).

HIGHER - This band is formed by experienced and renowned musicians from the Brazilian Jazz scene, but, with a differential: they play Metal! Heavy and loud Metal! Break The Wall (Official Video Clip).

PRIMATOR - Traditional Heavy Metal band from Sao Paulo. Their debut album was praised by the Brazilian press and their second effort will be produced by Mario Linhares (Dark Avenger). To Mars (Official Video Clip).

PSYCHOTIC EYES - Experienced Death Metal band from Brazil with two praised albums released. Psychotic Eyes is now in studio recording what will be the first acoustic Death Metal album of the history! Throwing Into Chaos (Live).

SIOD - "This hate I feel... Against the Brazilian Culture... The country only moves.. After the end of Carnival!" . This words, sang in Portuguese, are the first verses of the song esSIODio ('This Hate', in English), of the new Brazilian Metal band, Siod. The message is simple and direct and could not come in a most appropriate moment. esSIODio (Lyric Video).
Posted by: Denis / 25.05.2016
Swedish Melodic Metal forerunners Amaranthe have officially entered the studio to work on the follow up to 2014's breakthrough album MASSIVE ADDICTIVE, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon release and which enjoyed healthy U.S. rock radio airplay in support of the singles Drop Dead Cynical and Digital World.

The new album is due out in October. Watch the teaser here.

Amaranthe will spend their summer laying waste to stages at all of the relevant European rock festivals before embarking on a near-constant global touring schedule after the album's release.

"As some of you no doubt have heard by now, we have entered Top Floor studios with Jakob Herrman in Gothenburg to record our fourth album," said guitarist Olof Morck. "It is extremely exciting to be back in the creative zone after spending two years traveling the whole world in support of MASSIVE ADDICTIVE. We will spend one month here recording drums, bass and guitars before once again moving onto Jacob Hansen's studio in Denmark for vocal recordings and mixing."
He continued, "We are beyond thrilled about the new material, which is certainly Amaranthe's most diverse so far; our trademark bleeding edge modern Metal is ever-present, but fused with an even wider range of genres than before, featuring everything from stadium rock, the latest in pop music innovation, and danceable super-hits. Expect these tunes to enter your mind permanently —never to leave— later this year!"

In other Amaranthe news, they've racked up some new certifications. The band's single Nexus went gold and Amaranthine and Hunger have gone platinum — all in their home country Sweden.
'Live at Teatro delle Voci': the new EP by The Italians
Posted by: Denis / 24.05.2016
The Italians, Rock band made in Treviso, are the perfect 'Britalian' mix, merger of British rock and Italian passion, elements that stand out in all their vitality in the new EP Live at Teatro delle Voci recently recorded by the group and outgoing on June 15, 2016.

Four songs written by London singer-songwriter William Knight and arranged with Italian bassist Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, Vivaldi Metal Project, Kim Bingham) and young drummer Alessandro Miazzi. The result is a rough, rock sound, exquisitely natural, made of vibrations which express at best the atmosphere of the lyrics, often critical towards social stereotypes. The music becomes a series of messages, pure expression of feelings, emotions, criticism of the human component that creates the social context.

"The EP was recorded in a single breath, a day of registration full of meaning and adrenaline, also possible thanks to the professionalism of the Teatro delle Voci team (Treviso, Italy). No editing, overdubbing ... old style! We are very proud of this". This is the band's comment, which is now getting ready to introduce the songs to the audience on several live gigs. "In the summer we will have several occasions in northern Italy to play and present our work, hoping to soon return to the studio to record an entire album."

Together with the official release of the EP, the band has also launched its first video Live in the studio, live witnessing of the making of the EP.

The EP Live at Teatro delle Voci will be released on June 15 in CD digipack and on digital stores and it is already available for pre-order on Bandcamp.
Imperative PR / ThrOes - This Viper Womb (Tasmanian Dissident Metal)
Posted by: Denis / 24.05.2016
Some bands, some artists, some albums stand alone. They don't slip neatly into a genre pigeonhole; they don't readily display a host of obvious influences and inspirations, they don't toe the party line or say all the right things to woo fans to their banner. Trent Griggs is such an artist, ThrOes are such a band and This Viper Womb is most definitely such an album.

This Viper Womb grew at its own pace, coming into being over a number of years. It is the worldview, the philosophy, the truth of Trent Griggs. Every element of this music, every word of these lyrics has been crafted meticulously to convey this truth. With the assistance of notorious Australian Metal scene vocalist, James Ludbrook and current Suffocation drummer, Kevin Talley (also ex-Misery Index, ex-Six Feet Under, ex-Dying Fetus and a host more) Trent Griggs has brought an incredible extreme Metal album to life; wild and unrestrained yet perfectly planned – chaos within structure, structure within chaos.

With the established 'rules' of Metal having little relevance to ThrOes, Griggs, like other great pioneers, has created his own genre – Dissident Metal... population one.

"I stand by the fact that I feel ThrOes does not sound like anything else in Metal" the band mastermind explains. "I feel it is in opposition to 90% of Metal on a stylistic and thematic level and I do not care one bit about belonging to a group or limiting my style to a few enforced adjectives by authorities I do not follow."

Welcome to This Viper Womb. There is knowledge to be found here, there are lessons to be learned. There is thrilling, original music and a sound like no other. This is Dissident Metal. This is ThrOes.
SPV / VARDIS release new lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 24.05.2016
NWoBHM veterans VARDIS release a new lyric video for the song Paranoia Strikes taken from their comeback album Red Eye.

Steve Zodiac says about the song: "Paranoia Strikes is about the animal instinct for self preservation amplified to the point of mania. It's potential is within us all, but Emperors, Dictators and the like seem to be especially susceptible. In that sense paranoia is the flip side of egomania: an excess of power, wealth or drugs can bring both to the surface. My starting point was that animal trigger in humanity, so this track was written to be feral and frenzied, with savage riffs."

The new album Red Eye will be released on May 20th, 2016 as a digipak version (incl. 2 bonus tracks + poster), LP version in red vinyl and download (iTunes exclusive contains 2 bonus tracks).
  1. Red Eye 4:08
  2. Paranoia Strikes 3:36
  3. I Need You Now 3:26
  4. The Knowledge 4:24
  5. Lightning Man 3:33
  6. Back To School 3:36
  7. Jolly Roger 5:15
  8. Head of the Nail 4:22
  9. Hold Me 4:59
  10. 200 M.P.H. 7:47
  11. Living Out Of Touch 3:31
  12. 200 M.P.H. (Reprise) 3:38
    VARDIS live 2016
  • 12.05.E-Ibiza – Hard Rock Hell Road Trip
  • 03.06.SE-Alvesta – Muskelrock
  • 26.06.GB-Biggar – Wildfire Festival
  • 30.07.D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air
  • 17.09.I-Villa Rosa - Heavy Metal Night 9
  • 03.12. GB-Sheffield – Hard Rock Hell NWoBHM
Vivaldi Metal Project - release date announced
Posted by: Denis / 23.05.2016
Vivaldi Metal Project are very thrilled to announce that the long-awaited album The Four Seasons will be released on July 22nd 2016 by Pride&Joy Music.
NoiseArt Records / SUICIDAL ANGELS release new live video taken from 'Division Of Blood' bonus DVD
Posted by: Denis / 23.05.2016
The new album of Greek Thrash Metal tank SUICIDAL ANGELS will be entitled Division Of Blood. The follow up to their highly acclaimed 2014 album, Divide and Conquer will be released on May 27th, 2016 via NoiseArt Records.

The limited digipak edition of Division Of Blood includes the bonus DVD Conquering Europe with a entire live show from 2015 and a tour documentary with interviews and backstage footage.

Now, the band have released a live video from the song Divide & Conquer, taken from the bonus DVD of the upcoming album.

Nuclear Blast / RAGE - third album trailer launched
Posted by: Denis / 23.05.2016
Iconic German Metal trio RAGE are set to release their upcoming studio album called The Devil Strikes Again, on June 10th via Nuclear Blast. Now, the band have launched the third album trailer in support of this upcoming release.

Punishment 18 Records / Extrema premiere new song and music video 'Carcasses'
Posted by: Denis / 23.05.2016
Italian Thrash act Extrema will release The Old School EP on May 27 via Punishment 18 Records. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with Revolver to premiere its new song and music video, Carcasses. The track was originally written in 1987 and features brand new production and guest guitarist Ralph Salati of Destrage.
BOYZ TYME RECORDS / Sergeant Steel show off ballad video
Posted by: Denis / 20.05.2016
Austria's Hard Rock band #1, Sergeant Steel showcase a further music video to promote their actual album Riders Of The Worm. Now Where My Heart Is is online.

Full-length record Riders Of The Worm was released globally last November. There's no better time than spring, for a ballad video such as Where My Heart Is.

Lead singer Phil Vanderkill talks about the concept behind the clip: "Where My Heart Is probably contains everything you may love or even hate about power ballads: A mysterious beauty, a sentimental musical performance and tons of rose leafs."

The album was done by famous producer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, etc.) in Nashville/Tennessee.
Arthorium Records / DARK WITCH releases 'To Valhalla We Ride' lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 20.05.2016
Brazilian true Heavy/Power Metal band DARK WITCH is promoting the lyric video for song To Valhalla We Ride. The track is part of The Circle of Blood CD released in late 2015 via Arthorium Records.

The song promoted in the new lyric video, To Valhalla We Ride, presents the fastest facet of the band, with an instrumental which references the aggressiveness of groups like MANOWAR, and counting with a technical chorus of multiple voices full of energy and pleasantness, flirting with the Power Metal of bands like ICED EARTH and BLIND GUARDIAN of the 90s.

GlobMetal Promotions / Intoxicated Rage released new EP
Posted by: Denis / 20.05.2016
American Heavy/Thrash Metal band Intoxicated Rage released their debut EP Patient Zero Boston. The band is currently playing shows in the Boston and Worcester, MA area and will be opening for Apocalyptica May 21st at the Palladium in Worcester, MA.

Intoxicated Rage is a Metal band based out Boston, MA. The band was founded in 2015 by Giuseppe Mellone and Sean Brady.
Nuclear Blast / ALMANAC release new lyric video for 'No More Shadows', Victor Smolski to take part in 24h race
Posted by: Denis / 20.05.2016
ALMANAC, the symphonic metallers led by ex-RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski, unleashed their debut album, Tsar, in March via Nuclear Blast. This was followed by their first successful European tour with ORDEN OGAN and MANIMAL and, now, the band present another song off that record in the form of a lyric video - No More Shadows.

Other things are also rapidly moving to the next stage for guitarist Smolski: invited by motorsport legend Armin Schwarz and the Subaru Team, Victor will take part in ADAC Zurich 24h Race 2016 at Nurburgring, the legendary 'Green Hell', next week. About 160 teams, more than 600 pilots and about 200,000 spectators are expected.

Victor: "After many weeks of hard training, I really look forward to take part in the 24h Race at Nurburgring for the tenth time! After special coaching by rally legend Armin Schwarz, taking part in rally and Nascar events, a lot of sports in the mountains, on the water and on stage with ALMANAC, I'm ready for the next challenge."
Massacre Records / HEAVENWOOD album re-release
Posted by: Denis / 20.05.2016
HEAVENWOOD's third album Redemption, originally released in 2008, will be re-released!

The album was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Amon Amarth) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. The artwork's been created by Jobert Mello (Sabaton, Primal Fear, Leaves' Eyes).

Special guests on Redemption are Gus G. (Firewind/Ozzy Osbourne), Jeff Waters (Annihilator) and Tijs Vanneste (Oceans of Sadness).

The re-release of HEAVENWOOD's Redemption will see the light of day on June 24, 2016 via Massacre Records, whetting every fan's appetite for the new album The Tarot Of The Bohemians - Part 1, which will also be released via Massacre Records in late July 2016.

NoiseArt Records / AFTER ALL first single and video of 'Rejection Overruled' released
Posted by: Denis / 19.05.2016
The flagship of the Belgian Metal scene, AFTER ALL, are going to release their new Thrash Metal hammer Waves Of Annihilation on June 10th via NoiseArt Records.

Now, the band just released the first digital single Rejection Overruled. Make sure to check the video for Rejection Overruled.

The band will officially launch Waves Of Annihilation with a live performance at Skullfest in Wervik, Belgium, on June 11th.

Cruz del Sur Music / DARK FOREST 'Beyond The Veil' cover artwork revelead
Posted by: Denis / 19.05.2016
Cruz del Sur Music are extremely proud to introduce you to one of the greatest original cover artwork ever featured on label's release... Upcoming Dark Forest Beyond the Veil (release date Aug 26) features the amazing artwork provided by Duncan Storr, the English Artist that has made the history of Metal providing amazing paintings for Skyclad and Rage.

Dark Forest has recently finished the recordings of Beyond The Veil at HellFire Studio, and own studio's mastermind Ajeet Gill is actually in the process of mixing and mastering. The album is almost 70 minutes long, featuring 13 tracks of astonishing Heavy Metal with folk and medieval elements in. Tracklist will be revealed soon together with the first audio samplers.
Posted by: Denis / 18.05.2016
Rising from the Midwestern Hard Rock scene of the mid-'80s, BANSHEE was a band that balanced traditional Heavy Metal with melodic Hard Rock with winning results. Featuring former members of such underground Kansas City groups as Granmax and Frodo, BANSHEE was fronted by Tommy Lee Flood, a vocalist that many have compared to Ronnie James Dio in his range and power. A few years after forming, BANSHEE self-released their Cry in the Night EP, selling so many copies independently that both Metal Blade and Atlantic Records courted the young act.

BANSHEE ended up signing on with A&R legend Jason Flom at Atlantic Records, but not before licensing the EP to Metal Blade, in turn bringing international attention to the group. 1989 found the quartet releasing their debut album, Race Against Time, an 11-song collection that focused on their more melodic tendencies. Despite MTV's Headbangers Ball giving the band's Shoot Down The Night video healthy airplay, behind-the-scenes drama lead to Banshee being dropped by Atlantic Records. The group would break up in 1993 after releasing their Take 'Em By Storm that year on their own Snowblind label.

Now, over 30 years since BANSHEE formed, Divebomb Records is excited to bring you the Race Against Time + Cry In The Night 2 CD set with each release pressed on its own CD. The remastered collection will feature archival BANSHEE photos from throughout their career as well as reversible covers. In addition, there's a new interview with guitarist Terry Dunn done by's Carlos Ramirez especially for this reissue. With both titles long out of print, this is your chance to own two pieces of melodic hard rock gold all over again.


InsideOut Music / Headspace: announce European live dates
Posted by: Denis / 18.05.2016
Headspace's new album All That You Fear Is Gone was released back in February, and following the previously announced UK festival dates, the band has confirmed some select European shows in December. The band, featuring Damian Wilson (Threshold), Adam Wakeman (Black Sabbath, Snakecharmer), Pete Rinaldi (Hot Leg, Dido, One Eskimo), Lee Pomeroy (It Bites, Steve Hackett, Jeff Lynne's ELO), and (Babyshambes, Dido, One Eskimo), will play the following dates:
  • 20th December - Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
  • 21st December - Zoetermeer, Boerderij, Netherlands
  • 22nd December - De Bosuil,Weert, Netherlands
    This is in addition to the already announced UK festival appearances:
  • 24th July - Ramblin Man Fair, Mote Park, Maidstone
  • 12th August - Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Cropredy, Banbury
The band had this to say about the dates: "It's been really tricky this year to plan any live dates due to Lee's commitments with ELO and mine with Black Sabbath but all the stars have aligned and we've managed to fit in some live shows which we're excited to be doing!" - Adam Wakeman.

Nuclear Blast / DEATH ANGEL Rob Cavestany talks about the guitars on 'The Evil Divide'
Posted by: Denis / 18.05.2016
San Francisco Bay Area Thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, will release their eighth studio album, The Evil Divide, worldwide on May 27, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records. Now, the band have released their fifth in-studio video. In it, guitarist Rob Cavestany talks about the guitars on The Evil Divide.

Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars 'Sworn To Secrecy' title-track videoclip posted on-line
Posted by: Denis / 17.05.2016
Thrashers Mindwars has posted on-line the videoclip of the title track of their new studio full-length titled Sworn to Secrecy. The album's released by Punishment 18 Records.
Posted by: Denis / 17.05.2016
Divebomb Records are excited to finally announce the reissue of HARD KNOX mega rare Psyco's R Us album this July. The label started this in 2011 and this time has finally arrived for this once super rare album to be enjoyed by everyone!

Drawing from a wide range of influences that spanned from Led Zeppelin and Bad Company, to early AC/DC and the Scorpions, and even further to Fates Warning and Savatage; Salt Lake City, Utah's HARD KNOX got its start when vocalist Therron Arrington and guitarist Chris Gigliotti began recording early tracks in—of all places—a closet in Chris' mother's house.

The quintet grew to achieve local notoriety—helped along by opening slots for acts like David Lee Roth, Great White, Mr. Big, Slaughter, and even Pantera (among many others)—but after interest from Atlantic Records failed to result in a suitable recording contract, HARD KNOX decided to strike out on their own to self-release a full-length album, Psyco's R Us, in 1993.

The 10-song release carried a sound representative of the changing landscape of hard rock at the time—Skid Row meets Mother Love Bone; or, as the band describes, equal parts Dirty Looks, Kix, Alice in Chains. HARD KNOX promoted the album by plastering the town with full-size posters to support a continued onslaught of live gigs. However, the hard rockin', hard partyin' lifestyle eventually caught up with them, and the band self-destructed before they were able to capitalize on the momentum they had built.

Out of print for decades and now an increasingly rare collector's item (once cited in VH1's list of the '100 Rarest Hard Rock CDs'), original copies of the album have sold on eBay for astronomical prices of more than $300. After years of trying, Divebomb Records is now thrilled to finally present this deluxe reissue of Psyco's R Us including HARD KNOX's original four-song demo (one track from which also appeared on KBER 101's The Best of Rock From the Wasatch Front compilation CD) fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording; and including a brand new interview with vocalist, Therron Arrington, alongside archival photographs. For the fans, by the fans!

  1. Freight Train From Hell
  2. R.R. Tracks
  3. Feels So Good
  4. OGA
  5. Psyco's R Us
  6. Not So Bad
  7. Hairy Kari
  8. You're A Mess
  9. Keepin' Up
  10. Pushin'
  11. Don't Point Your Finger
  12. Pushin' (Demo)
  13. Will We Make It (Demo)
  14. She Do It For Money (Demo)
Som do Darma / Brazil's Maestrick announces title and concept for new studio album
Posted by: Denis / 16.05.2016
Espresso Della Vita was the title chosen by Fabio Caldeira (vocal and piano), Renato 'Montanha' Somera (bass) and Heitor Matos (drums) for this new Maestrick studio effort. The album will be conceptual and released in two separated discs. The first one, Espresso Della Vita: Solare is already being recorded at Rush Studios and also at Blue Note Studios, both in Sao Paulo state. The production brings the signature of the renowned Adair Daufembach that already worked with bands such as Project46, Jhon Wayne, Hangar, Trayce, Hevilan, among others.

Expected to reach the stores in the second half of 2016, Espresso Della Vita: Solare is an observation of human life like "if it was a train ride", explains Fabio Caldeira.

"When departed, we started a new learning cycle when we meet people, things, feelings and landscapes. We witness the boarding of new passengers, as well as the landing of other, sometimes beloved ones, until one day it is time for our own landing - and the continuity of learning, out of there. Everything will spend a period of one day, with the first album, Solare, that will have 12 songs representing the 12 hours of the day. The second will be called Lunare and will also have 12 songs representing 12 hours of the night."

Still according to Fabio, Espresso Della Vita: Lunare will be recorded and released separately, but must be considered a complementary work to the first one. "Not only in terms of concept and lyrics, but musically Lunare will also be complementary to Solare."

In order to not let fans without new stuff until the release of Espresso Della Vita: Solare, Maestrick decided to solve the problem paying a tribute to those bands that most influenced them. This is the EP The Trick Side Of Some Songs that includes new versions that Maestrick done for classics of Beatles, Yes, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rainbow, Jethro Tull. The Trick Side Of Some Songs is already available for free download at the band's official site and will also count with a limited physical edition to be out still in May.
GlobMetal Promotions / Daedric Tales released new single
Posted by: Denis / 16.05.2016
Austrian symphonic Power Metal band Daedric Tales released their new single Sleepers Awake. The female fronted band made their brand new song available for free download and released lyric video on their YouTube-channel.

At the same time Daedric Tales started a crowdfunding campaign to fund the mixing and mastering of their new upcoming EP Cult Of Ashes and their first full length album The Divine Menace.
Vivaldi Metal Project track-list announced
Posted by: Denis / 16.05.2016
Vivaldi Metal Project are happy to show you the official track-list of the album. Full credits for each song on project's web page.
  3. VITA part 1: Darkness; part 2: Light
  4. EUPHORIA part 1: Metamorphosis; part 2: Into the Game
  9. ALCHEMY part 1: The Abyss; part 2: Canto; part 3: Golden Number
  10. STIGE
  14. DOOMSDAY part 1: Skyfall; part 2: Doomsday; part 3: Resurrection
Century Media / Voivod North American tour starting next week; European summer dates announced
Posted by: Denis / 16.05.2016
Canadian Progressive sci-fi Metal innovators VOIVOD will kick off their North American 'Post Society' tour next week in continued support of their latest release, the Mini-CD entitled Post Society - EP, out now via Century Media Records. Joined by King Parrot and Child Bite; the 'Post Society' tour will be followed by European Summer festival dates beginning in August. All upcoming shows below (Updates marked *):
    VOIVOD, King Parrot, Child Bite - 'Post Society' North American Tour 2016:
  • 05.19.2016 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
  • 05.20.2016 San Antonio, TX - The Rock Box
  • 05.21.2016 Austin, TX - Barracuda
  • 05.23.2016 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
  • 05.22.2016 McAllen, TX - Yerberia Cultura*
  • 05.23.2016 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
  • 05.25.2016 Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
  • 05.26.2016 Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
  • 05.27.2016 Salt Lake City, UT - Liquid Joes
  • 05.28.2016 Las Vegas, NV - Vinyl / Hard Rock Café
  • 05.30.2016 Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge
  • 05.31.2016 Flagstaff, AZ - Green Room
  • 06.01.2016 San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
  • 06.02.2016 Los Angeles, CA - The Whisky A Go Go
  • 06.03.2016 Santa Ana, CA - The Underground
  • 06.04.2016 Fresno, CA - Strummers
  • 06.07.2916 San Jose, CA - The Ritz*
  • 06.08.2016 San Francisco, CA - Slims
  • 06.09.2016 Eugene, OR - WoW Hall
  • 06.10.2016 Portland, OR - Dante's
  • 06.11.2016 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
  • 06.12.2016 Victoria, BC - Distrikt
  • 06.13.2016 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
  • 06.15.2016 Calgary, AB - Dickens
  • 06.16.2016 Edmonton, AB - Starlight Room
  • 06.17.2016 Regina, SK - The Exchange
  • 06.18.2016 Winnipeg, MB - Good Will Social Club
  • 06.19.2016 Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks
  • 06.21.2016 London, ON - Call The Office
    VOIVOD at festivals 2016:
  • 06.25.2016 Montebello, QC - Amnesia Rockfest *
  • 07.23.2016 Mexico City (Mexico) - Hell & Heaven Fest
    VOIVOD - Live in Europe 2016:
  • 08.09.2016 Oslo, Norway - Øya Festival After Party *
  • 08.10.2016 Copenhagen, Denmark - Beta *
  • 08.11.2016 Berlin, Germany - Hellfire Fest 3 @ Bi Nuu + Unearth *
  • 08.12.2016 Jaromer, Czech Republic - Brutal Assault
  • 08.13.2016 Leeuwarden, The Netherlands - Into The Grave Festival
  • 08.15.2016 Warsaw, Poland - Hydrozagadka *
  • 08.17.2016 Osnabrück, Germany - Bastard Club *
  • 08.19.2016 Cagliari, Italy - Cueva Rock *
  • 08.20.2016 Pianella Di Cervia, Italy - Rock Planet *
  • 08.21.2016 La Spezia, Italy - Spazio Boss *
  • 08.23.2016 Zürich, Switzerland - Werk 21 *
  • 08.24.2016 Essen, Germany - Turock *

Posted by: Denis / 16.05.2016
After their successful second album The Savage And The Grace and their exciting tour with OMEN in Spring 2015 MASTERS OF DISGUISE felt the need to return to their musical roots and to make tribute to their dedication to the US Metal of the 1980s.

Before beginning work on their third, regular long player, MASTERS OF DISGUISE releases the EP The Fine Art Of Aging Gracefully off their own bat, recorded & mixed by Coldsmith, mastered by Eroc. It introduces an unforgettable renaissance of the 80s US Metal scene, and MASTERS OF DISGUSE feel it their duty to uphold the spirit and feeling in modern times, they bring new life into US-(Speed) Metal classics.

Pure Steel Records / WIDOW 'Carved In Stone' cover, tracklist, releasedate: 24th June 2016
Posted by: Denis / 16.05.2016
The release date of the WIDOW album Carved In Stone is June 24th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on June 10th, 2016 in label's webshop.

Five years after Life's Blood, North Carolina's beauties WIDOW present a brand-new album that will leave no one indifferent. Carved In Stone is a fifth album released over the last thirteen years. This album marks the arrival of a new drummer, who joined the already established singers/guitarists John E. Wooten IV and Cristof Bennett. The band still plays a wonderful mix of traditional American-rooted Hard Rock and fine old-school Metal. When listening to the songs, one cannot help but notice the qualities one would traditionally find in classics like OZZY OSBOURNE, ALICE COOPER, VAN HALEN or even hints of LION, in a Metal style that the band fully masters and even brings to new grounds. WIDOW will dazzle the listener with strong titles like Another Time and Place or And We Are One. Headbanging and fist pumping tracks like Wisdom and Of the Blood We bind could even awake a dead body from its torpor. Then, like a rollercoaster, WIDOW slows the pace down with Time On Your Side, but soon sets all engines on again with songs like Borrowed Time and Live by the Flame. This album is definitely a must.
  1. Burning Star
  2. Carved In Stone
  3. Another Time and Place
  4. Wisdom
  5. Time on Your Side
  6. Borrowed Time
  7. And We Are One
  8. Anomaly
  9. Live By The Flame
  10. Of The Blood, We Bind
  11. Nighttime Turn
  12. Let It Burn

Exiled on Earth signs for Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 13.05.2016
Punishment 18 Records has announced the signing of Italian metallers Exiled on Earth. The Progressive Speed metallers, that comprised members of Rosae Crucis, Maelstrom, T.I.R., are ready to release their new, second full-length album later this year.
Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL to tour Europe in November!
Posted by: Denis / 13.05.2016
Legendary New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL recently completed a European tour, during which they also filmed the concert in Oberhausen, Germany. At that show they played the classic albums Horrorscope and Feel The Fire in their entirety, for an upcoming DVD release. Now the band are working on the next studio album whose release is scheduled for October. But now, OVERKILL are already announcing the corresponding tour. Support on this trek will come from US sludge Metal kings CROWBAR, Israel-based metallers SHREDHEAD and Aussie thrashers DESECRATOR.

Vocalist Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth commented: "Let the killing begin, yes, yes, yes, here we go again. With a lead foot and speed, and a hammering stampede, as our ears they will bleed... we are preparing to start recording our next project... indeed. The riffs and ideas have been flying and exploding, all systems are go and the 'wheels' are rolling. This October, the next OVERKILL, we will be there... will you?"
  • 02.11. CH Zürich - Dynamo
  • 03.11. I Brescia - Circolo Colony
  • 04.11. I Pinarella - Rockplanet Club
  • 05.11. A Graz - Explosiv
  • 06.11. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
  • 07.11. D München - Backstage
  • 08.11. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
  • 09.11. D Köln - Essigfabrik
  • 10.11. D Erfurt - HSD Erfurt
  • 11.11. D Osnabrück - Hyde Park
  • 12.11. D Weissenhäuser Strand/Ostsee - Metal Hammer Paradise
  • 13.11. D Berlin - SO36
  • 15.11. PL Warsaw - Progresja
  • 16.11. PL Krakow - Kwadrat
  • 17.11. H Budapest - Barba Negra Club
  • 18.11. A Vienna - Szene
  • 19.11. CZ Zlin - Winter Masters Of Rock
    More OVERKILL dates:
  • 14.06. RUS St. Petersburg - A2 (w/ ONSLAUGHT)
  • 15.06. RUS Moscow - Yotaspace (w/ ONSLAUGHT)
  • 17.06. F Clisson - Hellfest
  • 18.06. D Gardelegen - Metal Frenzy
  • 19.06. B Dessel - Graspop
  • 13.07. D Balingen - Bang Your Head!!! Festival
  • 15.07. S Gävle - Gefle Metal Festival
  • 16.07. E Barcelona - Rock Fest

Nuclear Blast / KREATOR announce European headlining tour w/ SEPULTURA & SOILWORK
Posted by: Denis / 13.05.2016
In early 2017, German Thrash giants, KREATOR, will tour Europe in support of their upcoming, yet untitled new record. Legendary guitarist/singer Mille Petrozza and his crew will be accompanied by a varied as well as iconic billing. Brazilian-American extreme Metal pioneers SEPULTURA are announced to be direct support to the headliners, followed by visionary Swedish Melodic Death metallers SOILWORK and Belgium's finest Death/Grind outfit, ABORTED.

Commented Mille Petrozza: "Finally we are gonna be back on a headlining tour through Europe again. It will be more than two years by then since our last run and we have some amazing ideas for a new stage show, supporting our new album. It will be nothing less than spectacular, I promise! Looking forward to see all of you Metal maniacs in 2017. And this will just be the beginning..."
  • 02.02.2017 NL – Tilburg, 013
  • 03.02.2017 DE – Munich, Tonhalle
  • 04.02.2017 DE – Hamburg, Mehr! Theater
  • 06.02.2017 DK – Copenhagen, Amager Bio
  • 07.02.2017 NO – Oslo, Rockefeller
  • 12.02.2017 EE – Tallinn, Rock Cafe
  • 13.02.2017 LT – Vilnius, Siemens Arena
  • 15.02.2017 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
  • 17.02.2017 DE – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
  • 18.02.2017 DE – Berlin, Columbiahalle
  • 19.02.2017 CH – Pratteln, Z 7
  • 21.02.2017 IT – Trezzo, Live Club
  • 22.02.2017 FR – Grenoble, Summum
  • 23.02.2017 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
  • 24.02.2017 ES – Madrid, Riviera
  • 25.02.2017 FR – Toulouse, Bikini
  • 26.02.2017 FR – Paris, Bataclan
  • 28.02.2017 UK – Manchester, Academy
  • 01.03.2017 IR – Dublin, Vicar Street
  • 02.03.2017 UK – London, O2 Forum
  • 03.03.2017 BE – Torhout, De Mast
  • 04.03.2017 DE – Essen, Grugahalle

Napalm Records / GRAVE DIGGER entering the studio & support Blind Guardian on tour this fall
Posted by: Denis / 13.05.2016
GRAVE DIGGER's last collection of all-new material, Return Of The Reaper, was released in July 2014 via Napalm Records. The latest album was Exhumation - The Early Years, a special 35th-anniversary album containing re-recorded versions of the band's absolute classics with a dynamic and powerful sound of 2015.

Now it's time to release some new all-time hits! The band featuring frontman Chris Boltendahl has announced that they are entering the studio in June to begin recording their new album for an early 2017 release.

In the meantime meet these Heavy Metal legends live on tour together in North America with their German mates in BLIND GUARDIAN:
  • 09.09.16 US - Tampa / Orpheum
  • 10.09.16 US - Fort Lauderdale / Revolution
  • 12.09.16 US - Wilmington / Ziggy´s By The Sea
  • 13.09.16 US - Chapel Hill / Cats Cradle
  • 15.09.16 US - New York / Webster Hall
  • 16.09.16 US - Worcester / Palladium
  • 19.09.16 CA - London / London Music Hall
  • 20.09.16 US - Pontiac / Crofoot
  • 22.09.16 US - Omaha / Sokol Auditorium
  • 23.09.16 US - Milwaukee / The Rave
  • 24.09.16 US - Fort Wayne / Piere´s Entertainment Center
  • 26.09.16 US - Houston / Warehouse Live
  • 27.09.16 US - Dallas / Gas Monkey Live
  • 29.09.16 US - Denver / Summit Music Hall
  • 30.09.16 US - Salt Lake City / Complex
  • 01.10.16 US - Las Vegas / House of Blues
  • 02.10.16 US - San Diego / Observatory
  • 04.10.16 US - Los Angeles / The Fonda Theatre
  • 05.10.16 US - San Francisco / Fillmore

Napalm Records / MORTILLERY music video premiere for track “Torture”
Posted by: Denis / 13.05.2016
Canadian Thrash act MORTILLERY will release their new album Shapeshifter on May 27 via Napalm Records. In anticipation, the band is pleased to premiere their new song and music video for the track Torture.

MORTILLERY are on a clear mission to deliver true Thrash Metal, standing out with their smashing riffage, raw energy and dynamic female vocals. Drawing influence from a wide range of artists such as Judas Priest, Death Angel, Detente, Warfare, Holy Moses the unstoppable force of Mortillery is reminiscent of the glory days of Bay Area Thrash, as well as the primal aggression of hardcore/punk.

Wanna see them live on tour? Here's your chance together with Suicidal Angels, Evil Invaders, Skull Fist:
  • 19.10.16 DE - Weinheim / Café Central
  • 20.10.16 DE - Nuremberg / Der Cult
  • 21.10.16 DE - Munich / Backstage
  • 22.10.16 AT - Dornbirn / Schlachthaus
  • 23.10.16 CH - Zurich - TBA
  • 24.10.16 AT - Vienna / Viper Room
  • 25.10.16 CZ - Prague / Modra Vopice
  • 26.10.16 HU - Budapest / Barba Negra
  • 27.10.16 PL - Warsaw / Hydrozagadka
  • 28.10.16 PL - Cracow / Zascianek
  • 29.10.16 DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser
  • 30.10.16 DE - Berlin / Bin Nuu

Massacre Records / HIGHLORD track list for a new album
Posted by: Denis / 13.05.2016
HIGHLORD's 8th album Hic Sunt Leones is set to be released on June 24, 2016 via Massacre Records. The Italians have now officially revealed the tracklisting of the new album.

Hic Sunt Leones was recorded, produced and mastered by the band's bassist Massimiliano Flak, and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studio. Massimiliano Flak is also responsible for the album's cover artwork.

Apollo Papathanasio (ex-Firewind, Spiritual Beggars) and Linnéa Vikström (Therion) have contributed guest vocals on the new album.

Som do Darma / Primator - watch the new video clip 'To Mars'
Posted by: Denis / 12.05.2016
To Mars - never released before, the song was written by Dark Avenger's vocalist, Mario Linhares.

"A great discovery of the Brazilian Metal". This phrase was said by experienced and respected singer Mario Linhares, from the band Dark Avenger, about Sao Paulo's traditional Heavy Metal act Primator.

Primator is, indeed, a legitimate representative of the new generation of Brazilian Metal, although already count on experience and respect earned through its super praised debut album, Involution, voted one of the 'Best Brazilian Metal Albums from 2015' by the Brazilian webzines Heavynroll, Mundo Metal and Roadie Metal.

The friendship between Primator and Mario Linhares became even closer when, in April last year, Dark Avenger and Primator shared the stage in Sao Paulo. The approach also ended up yielding Linhares announcement as producer of next Primator's studio album. Mario Linhares also presented the group with a song of his own entitled To Mars which ended up turning a music video.

Produced by Daniel de Sá, the shootings for To Mars occurred at Pedreira do Icatu, in Votorantim/Brazil, same disabled mine that was used in 2012 for a memorable show of Focus, the legendary Dutch Progressive Rock band. All the scenes were filmed at night and shows the band on a literally incendiary performance.
InsideOut Music / Ayreon 'The Theater Equation' full trailer launched
Posted by: Denis / 12.05.2016
Ayreon's The Theater Equation DVD/Blu-Ray package was recently announced for release on the 17th June 2016, and you can now watch the full trailer for it here.

In September 2015, over the course of four sold-out shows, Ayreon's legendary progressive rock concept album The Human Equation was brought to life as a full-blown musical production at the Nieuwe Luxor theater in Rotterdam.

This limited run of performances was witnessed by die-hard fans from across the world, but now Arjen Lucassen's story can be witnessed by all, as a recording of the final night of those special evenings is being released as both a DVD & Blu-Ray package on the 17th June 2016. The Theater Equation is subtitled in nine different languages and includes nearly one-and-a-half hours of bonus content.

Arjen comments: "Even today as I write this, I am amazed and touched by how hard everyone worked and how much love and care they generously gave to make it all happen. Sometimes the dream becomes reality!"

The stage show stars Dream Theater frontman James Labrie in his original roll as 'Me' and features nearly the entire cast of vocalists from the original 2004 album. The main cast is supported by a specially put-together 19-strong Epic Rock Choir. This is a unique document of an undertaking that was surely once in a lifetime.
  • James LaBrie as 'Me'
  • Devon Graves as 'Agony'
  • Heather Findlay as 'Love'
  • Eric Clayton as 'Reason'
  • Magnus Ekwall as 'Pride'
  • Marcela Bovio as 'Wife'
  • Irene Jansen as 'Passion'
  • Anneke van Giersbergen as 'Fear'
  • Jermain van der Bogt (Wudstik) as 'Best Friend'
  • Mike Mills as 'Rage/Father'
  • Nienke Verboom as 'Nurse'
  • Peter Moltmaker as 'Doctor'
  • Anita van der Hoeven as 'Mom'
  • Ed Warby: Drums
  • Jeroen Goossens: Flutes and woodwinds
  • Johan van Stratum: Bass
  • Maaike Peterse: Cello
  • Ben Mathot: Violin
  • Marcel Coenen: Guitars
  • Freek Gielen: Guitars
  • Erik van Ittersum: Keyboards/synths
  • Ruben Wijga: Keyboards/synths
  • Epic Rock Choir
The Theater Equation will be available as a deluxe artbook version including blu-ray, 2DVD's & 2CD's, as well as a special edition 2CD & DVD digipak, standalone blu-ray & digital audio download. Signed pre-orders for the world will be available exclusively through the InsideOut Europe shop from the 20th May.

My Kingdom Music / EVERSIN present the lyric video of SEPULTURA's classic 'Refuse/Resist'
Posted by: Denis / 12.05.2016
Italian Thrash Metal masters EVERSIN present the lyric video of the cover of SEPULTURA's classic Refuse / Resist featuring as very special guest on vocals Mick Montaguti from ELECTROCUTION with a devastating performance!

The song is part of FLAGELLUM DEI out soon on Club Inferno Ent., My Kingdom Music sublabel, and it is the second single from the last full-length Trinity: The Annihilation. The single will include three other songs, Flagellum Dei, For The Glory Of Men MMXVI in a new version and a remix of the song We Will Prevail realised by Mario De Castro from JACK JUMPER.
Imperative PR / Thus Defiled (old school UK Black Metal) An Unhallowed Legacy
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
While Thus Defiled have already announced the digital re-release of their two sought after EPs – A Darker Beauty and Fire Serpent Dawn – that was never going to be enough to satisfy the die-hard fans. For them these treasured parts of the Thus Defiled legacy were always going to deserve something more... and here is everything they have been hoping for...

Both A Darker Beauty and Fire Serpent Dawn are set to be released together in a lavish, ancient grimoire style packaging, wrapped in images of the arcane, the demonic, and the infernal denizens of the multitudinous planes of hell. All six of these skin-flaying tracks of wild magic and furious metal appear in their newly remastered forms and together represent a breathtaking firestorm of an assault on the senses. Of all the many, many albums of British black metal that have followed in the wake of the pioneering gods of Venom, there have been precious few that can stand their ground when confronted with An Unhallowed Legacy. All but the elite must drop their gaze and shuffle back into the shadows with all their pretence and weakness exposed in the blaze of Thus Defiled's unholy fire.

An Unhallowed Legacy is a documenting of two incredibly powerful releases from British Black Metal's history, but also a monumental release in its own right. Beautifully presented, this is an essential release, destined to make an indelible mark upon the scene – and one that will command respect and reverence for years to come. A fitting testament to a band that has commanded incredible reviews since their birth in 1992, found the ear - and radio airplay - of legendary DJ John Peel (of the eponymous Peel sessions) and joined artists such as Black Sabbath on an album covering the UK's rich occult musical heritage.

RELEASE DATE: 06/06/16
GlobMetal Promotions / Bootlegs is back in studio
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
Thrash Metal band Bootlegs is back in studio. The band decide to record their old songs from the backlog that was never released before, with some new stuffs. Most of these songs have been played live sometime in the past. The new material should be ready later this year and be followed by tour over Europe.

Bootlegs was one of the bigger names in Iceland Metal history at the end of last century, between 1986 - 1991, playing pure old - school unadulterated Thrash Metal. The band released 4 full length albums, and the band last album Ekki fyrir viðkvæma that was released last year received many positive reviews from all over the world.
Metal Media / Astafix streaming new music video, 'Karma Kill'
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
The Brazilian modern Thrash Metal band, Astafix, released the second music video from their new album, Internal Saboteur.

The song is Karma Kill, track that opens the album. The clip was directed by Maicon Damasceno.

The album Internal Saboteur was recorded at Norcal Studio and produced by Brendan Duffey with cover created by artist Marcelo Vasco (Slayer, Machine Head, Soulfly, Distraught, etc).
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
Acciaio Italiano Festival 6 - 14th May, Borderline (Modena, Italy)

Acciaio Italiano ('Italian Steel') is a live festival born from an idea of Jolly Roger Records to promote best Hard & Heavy Italian bands, arrived to 6th edition in a row. This year will take place in Modena (North Italy, near Bologna) at Borderline Club. Doors opened at 17:00 PM, ticket 6,00 €. We wait you, join us!
    The Bands:
  • CRIMSON DAWN (Doom) 17:35 - 18:10
  • GODWATT (Doom, Stoner) 18:25 - 19:00
  • DEATHLESS LEGACY (Horror Metal) 19:15 -19:50
  • RAIN (Hard Rock) 20:05 - 20:45
  • BLACK OATH (Cursed Rock) 21:00 - 21:40
  • WITCHWOOD (Hard Rock 70's) 21:55 - 22:45
  • HYAENA (Heavy Metal) 23:00 - 23:50
  • ANCILLOTTI (Heavy Metal) 0:05 - 0:55
Stormspell Records / Drifter
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
Ten years ago, when the label was making it's first baby steps, one of the first releases which put it on the map was a demo collection by DRIFTER. A decade later, it is still one of label owner's personal favorites, and it is only fitting to go the full circle and re-release their two albums: Reality Turns to Dust and Nowhere to Hide.

Instead of re-releasing the demo collection, which has been sold out for quite a while, the label is going to add the demos as bonuses to the albums. There also will be a very special bonus on Nowhere to Hide - a song from the album recording sessions which was not used previously.

The band is no longer active, but their legacy lives on!

Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
National Suicide is one of the most promising Thrash Metal bands on the European soil. Their first album (The Old Family Is Still Alive) came out in 2009 and attracted immediate attention from fans and media alike, and was followed by an extensive tour that included high profile festival appearances in Italy (Rock Hard Festival, Play It Loud), Germany (Thrash Assault), Spain (Keep It Thrash, Metal Cova) and more. Since their inception the band took the stage with Napalm Death, Assassin, Onslaught, Artillery, Exciter, Jag Panzer, Jaguar, Raven, Whiplash, Fueled By Fire, Satan, Sodom, Tankard, Omen, Savage Grace, Legion Of The Damned, Attacker and many other international acts. National Suicide's new album Anotheround will be released on July 22nd on Scarlet Records. The band's sound is faster and sharper than ever, with deep roots in the American Thrash Metal scene of the Eighties and some distinctive features that make it instantly recognizable.

Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
Faithsedge have revealed the details of their new album Restoration. The tracklist is as follows:
  1. Never A Day
  2. Jennifer
  3. You Cannot Give Up
  4. Faith And Chris
  5. Her Way Back
  6. Regret At All
  7. This War
  8. Taking Our Lives
  9. Let You Breathe
  10. This Is Everything
Restoration is Faithsedge's third and most melodic release to date. Fronted by mastermind singer / songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, the band returns with a stellar line-up featuring Stryper bass player Tim Gaines, Ace Frehley / Mr. Big drummer Matt Starr and former Dokken guitarist Alex De Rosso. Both Keys and production have been handled by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline/ Revolution Saints).

The approach is very melodic with an old school feel: 80's style hooks, big drums, slamming bass, epic keys and big production. At the same time the album keeps a current up to date feel with lyric content of today's world mixed with a competitive metal feel. Giancarlo's songwriting approach mixed with each members experience and skills takes the album to new heights.

With different supergroups that come and go, Faithsedge is more than just that, the band members worked together as a tight team and the result and chemistry show in the end result. The album will be released on Scarlet Records in Europe and North America on June 24th and on Spiritual Beast in Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan on June 15th.
Pitch Black Records / Crimson Fire join Pitch Black Records
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
Pitch Black Records welcomes Greek Heavy/Power metallers CRIMSON FIRE into its artist roster and announces the band's sophomore release Fireborn out on June 3rd!

Originally formed in 2004, Greek Heavy metallers CRIMSON FIRE are a band that remains faithful to the passion and glory of 80's Heavy Metal. The sound is there, the licks and kicks and riffs are there, along with the high-pitched vocals and powerful and melodic music, all blended nicely together to make you want to raise your fist way up high into the air and headbang like there's no tomorrow!

With a number of notable performances listed on their CV, including the support slot during a mini tour of Canadian band Anvil, CRIMSON FIRE have quickly gained a large number of loyal followers and in 2010 released their debut album (Metal is Back) which is now sold out.

Their new album, Fireborn is about re-inventing one's self. The idea of the circular process of life is represented by the mythical creature 'Phoenix' and through its prism we look at different aspects of this interminable process, be it youth, love, revenge, personal struggle, politics, new beginnings as well as endings, etc. It symbolizes man's power to face and overcome any kind of difficulty in order to emerge even stronger.

With 12 tracks clocking in at 42 minutes and an average song length of around 3.5 minutes this is an album filled with catchy and 'no BS' songs that will simply make you reach for that leather jacket and pick up your air guitar while the album's blasting through the speakers!

Fireborn will be out on June 3rd on CD and digital with pre-order links coming soon. The song Bad Girl is now available for streaming and free download while a video clip for the same song has also just been released!
Cruz del Sur Music / MAUSOLEUM GATE to release 'Metal And The Might' 7-inch
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
MAUSOLEUM GATE announces the release of a new 7" entitled Metal and the Might, to be released on Cruz Del Sur Music on June 17, 2016.

Those who have enjoyed MAUSOLEUM GATE's self titled debut album will definitely appreciate this release as well. Moving in between the late 70s proto-Metal and the aggressive approach of the NWOBHM spirit, the two new songs (the title track and Demon Soul) follow the same line drawn by the band on the debut album. Title track can be heard here!

With their unique sound and authentic approach, the band emotionally touches the emotional cords of every Metal fan looking for genuine Metal not trying to appeal to the mainstream consumer but rather following its own path and profile.
Imperative PR / The Drowning (UK Doom/Death) Senescent Signs
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Throughout their career The Drowning have demonstrated an incredible ability to carve out the very heaviest of riffs and sear into them heartrending sorrow, bitter anguish and overwhelming melancholy; emotion so unquestionably true that it has a profound effect on those who connect with their staggering sound. They have refined their artistry with the passage of time, channelling ever deeper emotions into the languid waters of their songs, painting in ever more beautiful, sombre shades. From the strength and maturity displayed on 2008s This Bleak Descent, onward to the magical split album with fellow Doom/Death stalwarts My Silent Wake, Black Lights And Silent Roads. From the towering majesty of their 2011 album Fall Jerusalem Fall to... silence; five long years of silence, during which time vocalist James Moore said his goodbyes to the band he had fronted for so many years.

But now the silence is broken. New vocalist Matt Small has stepped up to the mic and from the silent darkness The Drowning have been reborn, bringing with them the most spectacular album of their storied career. Senescent Signs is an incredibly evocative album that possesses all the qualities of The Drowning's past, bleak triumphs – but it also opens out its arms, reaching with cold hands into previously unexplored chambers of your heart. Matt Small's deep vocals, raw with emotion are entwined in guitar melodies that sing beautiful, heartfelt laments. White mists of atmosphere rise from the songs, enfolding riffs like ancient stone and painfully beautiful solos and guitar lines. The sheer depth and quality of the song writing is breathtaking, surpassing all The Drowning's former glories and tracks like Never Rest, The Lament Of Faustus are simply unforgettable.

Senescent Signs is an album that demands The Drowning be recognised as the masters of their art that they so truly are. Its implacable tide is irresistible and all who hear it will be swept up in its dark embrace, swallowed by its chilling waters. Release your failing grip on the shore and surrender to The Drowning...
  • Matt Small – Vocals
  • Mike Hitchen – Guitar
  • Jason Hodges- Guitar
  • Steve Hart – Drums
  • Richard Moore – Bass
Genre: Doom/Death Metal; for fans of Paradise Lost, Shape Of Despair, The Vision Bleak, Candlemass
RELEASE DATE: 03.06.16
    Track List:
  1. Dolor Saeculi
  2. Broken Before The Throne
  3. Betrayed By God
  4. Never Rest
  5. At One With The Dead
  6. House Of The Tragic Poet
  7. Dawn Of Sorrow
  8. When Shadow Falls
  9. The Lament Of Faustus
GlobMetal Promotions / Anthroplague released new album
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Canadian Blackened Death Metal band Anthroplague released their debut album Inoculation.

Anthroplague was formed in 2013 by Daniel Weselak. He then brought in Tony Masiuk on drums, and later James Frederick on bass. The band released their first demo in 2015.
Furia Music Press / Shadowside bassist Magnus Rosén in Swedish TV channel playing the Game of Thrones theme song
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Swedish bassist Magnus Rosén, currently a member of Brazilian Metal band Shadowside, made an appearance SVT2, one of the most traditional TV channels in Sweden. The musician was invited by the program 'Edit: Parisa Amiri' to perform an interpretation of the theme from the famous and enigmatic 'Game of Thrones' TV series.

Magnus's performance was energetic, just like what it used to be like for him on stage during the time when he was a member of Hammerfall. Check out the video performance here.

The bassist, who recently came back from a solo tour in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, is about to announce more information about the worldwide release of his solo album The World Changes.

With Shadowside, Magnus is getting ready to begin recordings of the band's new album in June 2016, which will feature the collaboration of Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) on the songwriting of two songs in the album and the production of Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, Evergrey, Bring me the Horizon, Hammerfall), same producer of the previous Shadowside album Inner Monster Out.

SKYCLAD work on brand new album; early years Best-of announced for May
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
BMG is currently re-launching legendary German Metal label Noise Records; starting with the release of a series of 2CD Best Ofs by Kreator, Helloween, Kamelot, Sinner, Running Wild, Tankard, Grave Digger, SKYCLAD.

SKYCLAD's A Bellyful Of Emptiness – The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1991 – 1995 is due to be released on May 27th 2016.

Noise also announced an eight track Album Sampler featuring the following songs:
  • Helloween – Dr Stein
  • Kreator – Betrayer
  • Tankard – Space Beer
  • Running Wild – Conquistadors
  • Skyclad – Thinking Allowed
  • Grave Digger – Heavy Metal Breakdown
  • Kamelot – We Are Not Separate
  • Sinner – Born To Rock
Meanwhile SKYCLAD are 'hard at work' on their yet unnamed 13th studio album.

Following the return of guitarist Dave Pugh to the band's line-up as a permanent member in 2014, SKYCLAD played several major festival shows including France's Hellfest Open Air Festival and England's Bloodstock Festival before being forced to take a year long break in 2015.

This February, SKYCLAD got back together to work on the successor to the band's 12th studio album In the... All together.

The band comments: "We're really excited about having Dave back in the band. He's a fantastic guy, a great musician and songwriter! The whole band is really inspired, and we're making good progress on the album. Most of the bits and pieces are there already.
Even though we played a couple of 'old school shows' recently, the new LP definitely won't be a Thrash album; but it will be no typical folk Metal album either. We'll use all the options we now have – with 3 Guitarists, additional vocals, fiddle, keyboards, bass and drums – to create an album that will be the same but different. 100% Skyclad!"

SKYCLAD hope to release the new album within the next 12 months. The band's next live appearance will be at Germany's Dong Open Air in July 2016.

Sabaton new album
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Right now Sabaton are in the studio, along with the producer Peter Tägtgren, recording an album that will mark a brand new chapter in Sabaton history.

Now the band can reveal the first details of the album that will be released world wide on August 19:th. Sabaton decided to name it THE LAST STAND.

Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Formed in western Germany in 1984 under the name Samhain and releasing three demos prior to rechristening themselves DEATHROW in 1986 for their debut full-length outing, Riders of Doom (a.k.a. Satan's Gift) — DEATHROW's early years laid a foundation of relentless Teutonic Thrash. In 1988, however, guitarist Thomas Priebe was replaced with Uwe Osterlehner, which ushered in a much more technical and dynamic approach for the group's third album, Deception Ignored.

Four years later, having severed ties with Noise Records, 1992's Life Beyond became DEATHROW's lone outing as a part of the growing roster of West Virginia Records (run by Andy and Sabina Classen from Holy Moses). Having decided that Deception Ignored may have been overly complex in hindsight, the quartet opted to streamline their approach for album number four: injecting Deception Ignored's intricacy and melody with a dose of focused, aggressive Thrash from their early roots—a fitting end to the 'second phase' of DEATHROW's career.

Now, nearly 25 years later, Divebomb Records is proud to present this expanded reissue of DEATHROW's Life Beyond fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, and including a slew of archival photographs direct from the band plus full lyrics as well as a brand new essay by Andrew Aversionline (of with participation from guitarist, Uwe Osterlehner. For the fans, by the fans!

Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Fast becoming home base for an elite squadron of U.S. Heavy Metal troops, Divebomb Records is proud to enlist science-centric Sacramento, CA Power metallers HELION PRIME to a growing roster that already includes such acts as WÜLFHOOK, ZEPHANIAH, EVERTHRONE, FINAL SIGN and JUDICATOR. HELION PRIME's self-titled debut album will see release via Divebomb Records on August 12th, 2016.

First conceived through a common love of Heavy Metal and science, HELION PRIME was born in 2014 when DIRE PERIL guitarist Jason Ashcraft joined forces with GRAVESHADOW vocalist Heather Michele to forge a new project—between the two, résumés boasted work alongside such greats as Andy LaRocque (King Diamond, Death, etc.), Mark Briody (Jag Panzer), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, Gamma Ray, etc.), Niklas Isfeldt (Dream Evil) and Brittney Slayes (Unleash The Archers). The name HELION PRIME was borrowed from an alien planet featured in the 2004 film The Chronicles of Riddick. The concept? Power Metal thematically based on actual scientific theories—with the occasional sci-fi tribute thrown in for good measure.

Their debut EP, The Drake Equation, followed in 2015, and HELION PRIME's lineup eventually solidified with the addition of Jeremy Steinhouse on bass and AXIOM's Justin Herzer behind the kit. Almost precisely one year later, the group returned with a self-titled 10-track full-length: independently released by the band in mid-February of 2016 and already out of print!

Divebomb Records has now stepped in to help HELION PRIME expand upon their growing popularity by granting wider exposure to this epic album, packed with all of the fast-paced, high-energy guitar acrobatics one would expect from a Power Metal quartet—not to mention Heather's uniquely soaring vocal harmonies—alongside a bounty of raging riffs that should appeal to fans of Melodic Swedish Death Metal and traditional Heavy Metal fare alike... plus a few other surprise twists and turns to boot!
InsideOut Music / Karmakanic announce forthcoming new album 'DOT'
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Sweden-based Progressive rockers Karmakanic have announced the release of their fifth album DOT for the 22nd July 2016. The band, who originally formed in 2002, have returned with their first studio album since 2011's much-praised In A Perfect World and the current line-up includes Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen), Morgan Ågren (Casualties Of Cool, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai), Lalle Larsson (Agents Of Mercy, Nils Erikson, Krister Jonsson).

Jonas Reingold had this to say about the album and its themes: "I got my inspiration to start writing DOT when I stumbled upon a text by the famous American author and astronomer Carl Sagan a while ago. He was talking about how small and insignificant we are in this vast universe.
It's fascinating to think that this little dot is all we are and all we'll ever be. It gives us perspective. And I think perspective is a great tool for making good choices."

DOT also features a track co-written with Jonas' old buddy and colleague from The Tangent, Andy Tillison, and he also contributes Hammond organ on the epic track God, The Universe and everything else no one really cares about which clocks in at nearly 30 minutes. You can find the full track-listing below:
  1. Dot
  2. God The Universe And Everything Else No One Really Cares About Part. 1
  3. Higher Ground
  4. Steer By The Stars
  5. Travelling Minds
  6. God The Universe And Everything Else No One Really Cares About Part. 2
The artwork for DOT was created by Hugh Syme, who has previously made covers for Rush, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden. The album will be available as a CD/DVD digipak (featuring 'The Making Of DOT', Karmakanic Live In The US and Interviews), LP with CD & digital download.

InsideOut Music / Haken launch video for 'Earthrise'; new album 'Affinity' out now
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
London-based Progressive Metal band Haken have released their much anticipated new album Affinity, and to celebrate they have launched a video for the track Earthrise.

The band had this to say about the new video and album release: "Earthrise is definitely one of the more joyful, upbeat and colourful songs on Affinity so we wanted to have some fun with this video. Miles at Crystal Spotlight pulled it out of the bag again and the visuals he's created hopefully add a new dimension to a song that's already proving to be quite popular with our fans!"

Denner - Shermann to release full-length album, 'Masters of Evil', on June 24th via Metal Blade Records
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Twin guitar legends of Mercyful Fate Michael Denner & Hank Shermann have completed the mixing and mastering of their new Denner / Shermann full-length album, Masters Of Evil – to be released by Metal Blade Records on June 24th.

The album cover was painted by Swedish artist Thomas Holm, who also created the Satan's Tomb artwork – and who is very well known amongst fans for his standout pieces over the past three decades! The mixing was once again handled by Arnold Lindberg at Sound Industry Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden – who engineered their critically acclaimed EP, Satan's Tomb. Mastering was done once again by Maor Appelbaum in Los Angeles, California. The vintage sound on the new record harkens one back to the days of 2 inch tape machines, long nights in dark studios, and huge consoles glowing under dim incandescent light.

Masters Of Evil contains 8 new Denner / Shermann tracks that continue right where the EP left off. Building upon the musical foundation of the Satan's Tomb EP, these songs cover the entire gamut of Heavy Metal nuances and take the listener down a mysterious path where tales of dark, supernatural fantasies are told, transporting you to places that can only be found in the most vivid, blood curdling nightmares.

Masters Of Evil is fully loaded to satisfy the old fans with just what they would expect – and also injected with menacing, sinister, new surprises that could only come from the sonic DNA of Michael Denner and Hank Shermann.

"After Satan's Tomb, we continued aggressively writing and recording ideas, except for the short break we took to do all the press for the release of the debut. We are very excited with the outcome, and the full-length album is ready to be unleashed this summer," says guitarist Hank Shermann.

Vocalist Sean Peck comments, "This record really has it all I think. Working with Hank and Michael and the guys creating this record, was the ultimate Metal thrill ride for me! I can't wait to hear the fan reaction to this sinister sonic salvo of savagery!"

Michael Denner also adds, "This new record really shows how the five of us have grown as a band and bonded as songwriters. It contains the kind of compositions I believe our fans would expect from us. I think this release will serve as kind of a tribute to our incredible fans worldwide, as we recognize and acknowledge their die hard loyalty over the years."

The first single, Angel's Blood, comes right at you with a sonic sledge hammer! Once the guitars hit your ears, the unmistakable trademark guitar sound of Michael Denner and Hank Shermann is instantly recognized. Prepare yourself for a Heavy Metal thrill ride!

With the upcoming Denner / Shermann release on June 24th, also comes live touring. Ever since the first announcement that this guitar duo was reforming, many show requests have been received from all over the world. Now with a full complement of original songs to draw from, look for the group to bring those to a city near you very soon.
    Masters of Evil track-listing:
  1. Angel's Blood
  2. Son of Satan
  3. The Wolf Feeds at Night
  4. Pentagram and the Cross
  5. Masters of Evil
  6. Servants of Dagon
  7. Escape from Hell
  8. The Baroness
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