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Y.O.C. new track exclusively on our pages
Posted by: Denis / 14.02.2016
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!

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Frontiers Music / Drive, She Said - Pedal to the Metal
Posted by: Denis / 10.02.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to present the return of DRIVE, SHE SAID with the release of their highly anticipated new album Pedal to the Metal on April 15th, 2016!

Mark Mangold's (one half of the driving force of Drive, She Said) creative rock flame was ignited once again after a performance with the Firefest version of Touch in Nottingham, UK in 2014. That creative desire and destiny intersected when he got an email from his old friend Serafino from Frontiers. Mangold, a renowned keyboardist, and his creative partner in Drive, She said, the amazing singer/multi-instrumentist Al Fritsch, then started talking with the Frontiers label about releasing new music. This was even more special of an event than a regular signing as Drive, She Said was the first proper artist that was signed to the label back when it started.

Mangold and Fritsch got together and they penned a few sensational classic Melodic Rock / AOR numbers, chock full of marvelous and unforgettable vocal harmonies, as well as looking in the archives for two songs that they hadn't recorded before.

Mangold says: "We tried to write this record as if we were again in the 80's/90's, with the benefit of time and modern recording techniques. In those days you needed to write a 'hit' to get signed and carve out an original sound. This record was a challenge because we did not want to clone ourselves, or the many bands that have now have mastered this genre, or be generic. And yet we wanted to keep the record in that same world as the first D,SS record. And of course, we wanted to make it totally over the top! Ultimately it's about the songs and having fun, and last but never least to try to give the fans, or should I say the esteemed melodic 'cult', something to... consider."

Pedal to the Metal is the final result: an absolute gem of a Melodic Rock album, guaranteed to please all fans of the genre.

DRIVE, SHE SAID is set to appear live at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Trezzo (Milano), Italy on April 23rd, 2016. Those attending are in for a treat!
    Pedal to the Metal tracklisting includes:
  1. Touch
  2. Pedal To The Metal
  3. In 'R Blood
  4. Said It All
  5. Writing On The Wall
  6. Rainbows And Hurricanes
  7. Love Will Win In The End
  8. Rain Of Fire
  9. In Your Arms
  10. I'm The Nyte
  11. Lost In You
  12. All I Wanna Do
    DRIVE, SHE SAID
  • Lead Vocals: Al Fritsch
  • Guitars: Al Fritsch with additional guitars by Tommy Denander, Daniel Palmqvist, Jon Bivona, Ray De Tone, Ricky Wheels
  • Keyboards: Mark Mangold, Al Fritsch
  • Bass: Ken Sandin, Al Fritsch, Paul St. James, Alessandro Del Vecchio
  • Drums: Peter Yttergren, Pontus Engborg, Francesco Jovino, Kenny Aronoff
  • Background Vocals: Goran Edman, Chandler Mogel, Ted Poley, Al Fritsch, Mark Mangold, Kevin Osborne, Randy Jackson, Thomas Vikstrom, Peppy Castro
  • Vocal Duet on In Your Arms: Al and Fiona

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Inner Wound Recordings / Sunburst 'Out Of The World' music video released
Posted by: Denis / 10.02.2016
The Progressive Metal band SUNBURST just released a music video for the track Out Of The World online. Their highly anticipated debut album Fragments of Creation will be released on February 26th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC signs ALBERTO RIGONI with his solo album BASSORAMA, release date set to April 15th, 2016
Posted by: Denis / 09.02.2016
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of Italian bass player and composer ALBERTO RIGONI!

BASSORAMA is his fifth solo album and once again combines the finest elements from the genres Funk, Electro, Pop, Rock and Experimental.

The album will be released on April 15th 2016 through Edel Music and Come Back Media distribution.

Video clips for the tracks Bass Guy and Future Funk are available in advance.

This album features guest appearances by bassists Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), Divinity ROXX (Beyoncé), Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani), Nik West (Prince), Steve Lawson, Anna Sentina, Lars Lehmann (UFO, Vinnie Moore) and Remco Hendrix.
Imperative PR / Russian expansive blackened Metal artist Frozen Ocean stream upcoming release exclusively with Zero Tolerance Magazine
Posted by: Denis / 09.02.2016
Zero Tolerance Magazine are exclusively streaming the upcoming new release from Frozen Ocean, The Prowess Of Dormition in full. The four tracks of epic, melodic, expansive blackened Metal are due to be released by Apocalyptic Witchcraft on February 26th.

The Prowess Of Dormition draws you into a world beyond the everyday and takes you on a wild, fantastical ride so perfectly realised that you can taste it and feel the cold winds of winter on your face. Let these songs bring your imagination to life, stir your blood and show you realms undreamt of.

With the backing of one of the most exciting new labels around in Apocalyptic Witchcraft and the support of the highly respected Zero Tolerance Magazine, 2016 should be the year that Frozen Ocean step from the shadows and into the consciousness of music fans the world over.
Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars 'Sworn to Secrecy' artwork unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 09.02.2016
Thrashers Mindwars unveiled the cover of their second release Sworn to Secrecy, slated to hit the streets April 2016 through Punishment 18 Records. New details will be released soon.
Nuclear Blast / SABATON premiere new clip from 'Heroes On Tour'; European tour is under way
Posted by: Denis / 09.02.2016
Swedish Heavy Metal heroes SABATON will release their brand-new live Blu-Ray+CD/DVD+CD package called Heroes On Tour, next month. It contains two entire, breathtaking shows, one filmed at Wacken 2015 and the other at Sabaton Open Air in their hometown of Falun in the same year. Bonus features include two switchable viewing angles, live and studio. Now the band have revealed another appetizer in the form of a new clip. Watch the Carolus Rex live video (filmed @ Sabaton Open Air 2015).
    Tour dates
  • 2016-02-09 Ljubljana (Kino Siska) SI
  • 2016-02-10 Bologna (Estragon) IT
  • 2016-02-12 Dornbirn (Conrad Sohm) AT
  • 2016-02-13 Linz (Posthof) AT
  • 2016-02-14 Graz (Orpheum) AT
  • 2016-02-15 Innsbruck (Music Hall) AT
  • 2016-02-17 Solothurn (Kofmehl) CH
  • 2016-02-18 Lausanne (Metropole) CH
  • 2016-02-19 Zürich (Komplex 457) CH
  • 2016-02-20 Chur (Palazzo) CH
  • 2016-02-22 Marseille (Espace Julien) FR
  • 2016-02-23 Bordeaux (Rocher De Palmer) FR
  • 2016-02-24 Nantes (Stereolux) FR
  • 2016-02-26 Norwich (UEA) GB
  • 2016-02-27 Manchester (Academy) GB
  • 2016-02-28 Birmingham (o2 Academy) GB
  • 2016-02-29 Southampton (o2 Guildhall) GB
  • 2016-03-02 Aberdeen (Music Hall) GB
  • 2016-03-03 Glasgow (Barrowlands) GB
  • 2016-03-04 Belfast (Limelight 1) GB
  • 2016-03-06 Dublin (Vicar Street) GB
  • 2016-03-07 Cardiff (Tramshed) GB
  • 2016-03-08 Bristol (Motion) GB
  • 2016-03-10 London (The Forum) GB
  • 2016-03-11 Tilburg (O1) NL
  • 2016-03-12 Esch-Sur-Alzette (Rockhal) LU
  • 2016-03-30 Nassfeld (Full Metal Mountain) AT
  • 2016-05-27 Gelsenkirchen (Rock Im Revier) DE
  • 2016-05-29 München (Rockavaria) DE
  • 2016-06-11 Sölvesborg (Sweden Rock Festival) SE
  • 2016-06-12 Paris (Download Festival) FR
  • 2016-06-30 Bilbao (Bilbao Arena Miribilla) ES
  • 2016-07-03 Madrid (Barclaycard Center) ES
  • 2016-07-09 Kuusisaari (Jalonmetalli) FI
  • 2016-08-03 Skandeborg (Smukfest) DK
  • 2016-08-07 Montreal (Heavy Montreal) CA
  • 2016-08-18 Dinkelsbühl (Summer Breeze) DE
  • 2016-08-19 Hamburg (Elb-Riot) DE
  • 2016-08-20 Falun (Sabaton Open Air) SE
  • 2016-08-28 Straszecin (Czad Festival) PL

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GlobMetal Promotions / Efpix 'Evil Sides' album details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 08.02.2016
Russian Industrial Metal band Efpix will release their new album Evil Sides is going to be released on the label Sliptrick Records in late February/early March.

The album was entirely produced, recorded and mixed in the studio of Alexander Kondrashov 'Burn In Heaven Studio'. The recording lasted for six months and then after the mixing and sound enhancement, mastered in 'Saturday Mastering' studio.
    Tracklist:
  1. The Bells of Destiny
  2. It's Time To Die
  3. God Is Our Entity
  4. Forget Me
  5. Evil Sides
  6. Revenge
  7. Don't Try To Escape
  8. Space Invaders
  9. The Slave of Satan
  10. Above My Mind
Frontiers Music / Eclipse Armageddonize (Deluxe Edition)
Posted by: Denis / 08.02.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of an expanded edition of Eclipse's hit album Armageddonize in conjunction with the band's forthcoming appearance at Melodifestivalen in Sweden! The Armageddonize (Deluxe Edition) will be released on February 28th in Sweden, March 15th in the rest of Europe and April 18th in North America.

The new and expanded edition in 2CD glossy digipak (first pressing only) includes the song Runaways, which the band will exclusively perform for the first time during their Melodifestivalen appearance at the Gavlerinken Arena in Gävle, Sweden on the evening of February 27th. The band and Frontiers strongly encourages all the fans to vote for the song in order to increase the possibilities for the band to pass to the final night in Stockholm on the 12th of March!

Besides the new song Runaways, the album also includes a bonus CD featuring live songs, 2 rare cuts (originally b-sides of the Bleed and Scream single, only released via Sweden Rock Magazine) and 3 original, Japan-only bonus tracks. Full tracklisting:
    CD1
  1. I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry
  2. Stand On Your Feet
  3. Runaways (Album Version)*
  4. The Storm
  5. Blood Enemies
  6. Wide Open
  7. Live Like I'm Dying
  8. Breakdown
  9. Love Bites
  10. Caught Up In The Rush
  11. One Life - My Life
  12. All Died Young
    *Melodifestivalen song / bonus track added to the regular edition
    CD2
  13. I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry (Live)
  14. Stand On Your Feet (Live)
  15. Wake Me Up (Live)
  16. The Storm (Live)
  17. Battlegrounds (Live)
  18. Breakdown (Live)
  19. Wide Open (Live)
  20. Blood Enemies (Live)
  21. Ain't Dead Yet (Live)
  22. Bleed & Scream (Live)
  23. Breaking My Heart Again (Live)
  24. Come Hell Or High Water (Bonus Track) §
  25. Into The Fire (Bonus Track) §
  26. The Storm (Acoustic)**
  27. I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry (Acoustic)**
  28. Battlegrounds (Acoustic)**
The live tracks are all brand new and unreleased. Bonus tracks listed with § have been released only as a B-side of the Bleed and Scream CD single for Sweden Rock Magazine. Bonus tracks listed with ** have only been released in Japan to date.

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Massacre Records / JADED HEART album title + artwork
Posted by: Denis / 08.02.2016
JADED HEART's upcoming album will be unleashed in late April 2016!

Guilty By Design was recorded at the Performance Studios in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and produced by the band. Erik Mårtensson of Eclipse took care of the mix and the mastering. The kick-ass cover artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard (Kissin' Dynamite, Eden's Curse, Avantasia).

JADED HEART already shared a short clip from the drum recordings as well as a video in which they're rehearsing a new song.

JADED HEART's new album Guilty By Design will be released on April 22, 2016 via Massacre Records.

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Massacre Records / MYSTIC PROPHECY album formats
Posted by: Denis / 08.02.2016
MYSTIC PROPHECY's upcoming album War Brigade will be released next month, and the band has now revealed details about the different album formats.

The jewel case edition will contain 11 songs.

The limited digipak will include the bonus track Sex Bomb, a cover of the song by Tom Jones and Mousse T.

The limited edition vinyl LP w/ gatefold cover will also include the bonus track, and will be limited to 500 units.

The limited box set is a real gem, containing the digipak CD, a tote bag, a patch, a sticker as well as a plectrum!

Rumor has it, that the band will soon release a new video as well.

War Brigade was produced and mastered by R.D. Liapakis and C. Schmid at the Music Factory/Prophecy Studios and mixed by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman. The artwork's been created by Uwe Jarling.

MYSTIC PROPHECY's new album War Brigade will be released on March 18th via Massacre Records.

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Metal Mind Productions / Arena 'Traveller Beware' from 'XX' DVD available on YouTube
Posted by: Denis / 08.02.2016
Arena – neo-Prog-Rock giants founded in 1995 by two celebrities of the scene: Mick Pointer (ex-Marillion) and Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Shadowland, Strangers on a Train, Caamora), release their brand new live DVD on February, 12th.

Material enitled XX was recorded last year during the Polish leg of '20th Anniversary Tour - The Unquiet Sky', shortly after the release of their 8th studio masterpiece The Unquiet Sky. The band once more graced their Polish fans with an outstanding show, this time at Katowice's Kinoteatr 'Rialto'. New release is a veritable feast for all Prog-Rock fans! More than two hours of darkly sublime beauty, interviews with Clive Nolan and Mick Pointer and more! XX is scheduled for a worldwide release on February, 12th 2016 via Metal Mind Productions. Also available as a double-CD release.

Track Traveller Beware taken from XX DVD is now available on YouTube.

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Nuclear Aggressor: brand new album by Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 08.02.2016
Following the success got by the debut album Condemned to Rot (2013), Italian raw thrashers Nuclear Aggressor will release their new full-length album later this spring by Italian label Punishment 18 Records. Recordings were made in the early days on 2016 by sound engineer Enrico Perusin.
70000TONS OF METAL 2016 is SOLD OUT, Sets Sail February 4, 2016
Posted by: Denis / 05.02.2016
70000TONS OF METAL is The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise - 60 Metal Bands play 120 Shows for only 3000 Fans on one 154,000ton Cruise Ship sailing from Florida to Jamaica on board the Independence of the Seas, leaving from Port Everglades, FL on Thursday, February 4th 2016 and returning on Monday, February 8th.

Now in the Sixth year, the event is boasting its sixth consecutive sellout - a testament to the brand's staying power, innovation and intense customer loyalty. Fans on 70000TONS OF METAL get unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board, not just one show per band with assigned seating based on which cabin category was booked.

Two full days at Sea and the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with World Class artists on a floating luxury resort in the middle of the Caribbean. This event truly has no comparison and since there are no VIP areas it's like everyone has a backstage pass!
60 BANDS TO PERFORM
With something for even the most discerning Metal Head, 70000TONS OF METAL offers a diverse lineup covering almost every subgenre of Heavy Metal imaginable - with bands coming from all over the world, including acts from AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, COLOMBIA, GERMANY, GREECE, FAROE ISLANDS, FINLAND, ICELAND, ITALY, THE NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, RUSSIA, SWEDEN, UNITED KINGDOM and USA.

Every band that is booked for 70000TONS OF METAL 2016 will play two shows - once on the way to Jamaica, and once on the way back to Florida, presenting fans the opportunity to see 120 shows, including some very special exclusive performances:
As an exclusive World Premiere, DIAMOND HEAD will be playing unreleased tracks from their upcoming self-titled album. DRAGONFORCE promises a special set dedicated to their 2014 release Maximum Overload. Former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo will be bringing his brand new band DEAD CROSS - having only played a couple of warm up shows in California, this will be the newly formed band's first show in front of a Global audience! Commemorating 20 years since the release of their 1996 album Irreligious, MOONSPELL will perform Irreligious it's entirety for the first time ever.
    The complete Lineup for 700000TONS OF METAL 2016 is:
  • ABINCHOVA
  • ANCIENT RITES
  • ARKONA
  • AT THE GATES
  • AURA NOIR
  • BELPHEGOR
  • BLOODBATH
  • CARACH ANGREN
  • CHILDREN OF BODOM
  • CRADLE OF FILTH
  • DEAD CROSS
  • DELAIN
  • DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
  • DIAMOND HEAD
  • DISTILLATOR
  • DRAGONFORCE
  • ELUVEITIE
  • EPICA
  • FALLUJAH
  • FIREWIND
  • FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
  • GAMMA RAY
  • GHOUL
  • HAMMERFALL
  • HOLY MOSES
  • ICED EARTH
  • INCANTATION
  • INSOMNIUM
  • JAG PANZER
  • KATATONIA
  • KOYI K UTHO
  • KRISIUN
  • LACUNA COIL
  • MANILLA ROAD
  • MOONSPELL
  • MY DYING BRIDE
  • NERVOSA
  • NO RAZA
  • NOVEMBERS DOOM
  • PAINFUL
  • PARADISE LOST
  • RAVEN
  • RHAPSODY OF FIRE
  • ROTTING CHRIST
  • SAMAEL
  • SK&LMÖLD
  • SODOM
  • SQUEALER
  • STARKILL
  • STRATOVARIUS
  • SUBWAY TO SALLY
  • SUSPERIA
  • THYRFING
  • TSJUDER
  • TURISAS
  • TWILIGHT FORCE
  • TYR
  • VADER
  • VALLENFYRE
  • VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
JAMMING WITH WATERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS

Hosted by Jeff Waters of ANNIHILATOR, the official 70000TONS OF METAL All Star Jam will once again write Heavy Metal History on board The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise when a spectacular lineup the of musicians on board team up to perform classic Metal Anthems!

Mr. Waters has assembled an impressive lineup of participants including Dave Lombardo (DEAD CROSS, ex-SLAYER), Gus G (FIREWIND), Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL), Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM), along with members of DELAIN, DRAGONFORCE, HAMMERFALL, HOLY MOSES, ICED EARTH, JAG PANZER, KRISIUN, MOONSPELL, RAVEN, TURISAS, VADER, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS.
Imperative PR / Incendiary British Heavy Metal band NEVERWORLD - 'Dreamsnatcher' new album
Posted by: Denis / 05.02.2016
NEVERWORLD - DREAMSNATCHER, Label: Dream Demon Recordings, Release date: 04.03.16

Two years on from Visions Of Another World it is time to return to Neverworld! The gateway has opened again and you are invited to step once more into the realm where all your Metal dreams - and nightmares – come true; but this time the Dreamsnatcher is waiting for you...

Harder and heavier, yet also more melodic and refined, with their second album Neverworld offer you more of everything that they summoned up on their exhilarating Visions Of Another World debut. This is the Neverworld sound honed to perfection. Full of crisp, classic metal riffs, sublimely constructed songs with irresistible melodic progressions and fantastic solos that bring to mind the finest work of the fabled Judas Priest duo K.K. Downing and Glen Tipton. Wrapped around all this are the rich keyboards which add texture, atmosphere and bombast, filling the songs with an array of bright colours and deep shadows. In a world of fragmented genres and sub-genres, ever changing trends and scenes Neverworld stand true for magnificent Heavy Metal in all its glory, power and passion. In these soaring vocals, thundering drums and spiralling, cascading solos you'll find the reasons why you fell in love with Metal in the first place. The door to Neverworld is open again... step through and never look back.
    Line-up:
  • Mike Vaughan - Drums
  • Ben Colton - Guitar/Vocals
  • Gary Payne - Bass
  • Jack Foster - Guitar Daniel Potter - Keyboards
For fans of: Judas Priest, Savatage Vicious Rumors
    Track Listing:
  1. Into The Mouth Of Madness
  2. Dreamsnatcher
  3. Armies Of The Night
  4. Passion Killers
  5. Under The Asylum
  6. Fall Forever
  7. All I Am
  8. Awakening
  9. The Grand Illusion
  10. Face The Fear
Imperative PR / UK Doom act MY SILENT WAKE announce 2 shows with THE VISION BLEAK and OFFICIUM TRISTE to support new album
Posted by: Denis / 04.02.2016
On March 10th My Silent Wake will be at the Exchange in Bristol with Dutch heavyweights Officium Triste, Belgian Doom/Death lords Marche Funèbre and fellow Brits Eye Of Solitude; truly a night of staggering, soul-crushing heaviness.

Then, on April 16th My Silent Wake will be joining The Vision Bleak and Saturnus for a night of melancholy magic at The Boston Music Room in London. This show is an unmissable event for devotees of the dark, the dolorous, the sorrowful but beautiful. Arcane Productions and Zero Tolerance Magazine have come together to present the show and both names are hallmarks of quality.

These two nights are a chance for fans to help My Silent Wake celebrate their first ten years together and to hear a set of classics old and new, spanning that decade of incredible music. The superb upcoming compilation album featuring new, rare, live and remastered tracks - An Unbroken Threnody 2005 – 2015 – is also available for pre-order now, through Stone Groove Records.
Stormspell Records / LUNAR SHADOW
Posted by: Denis / 04.02.2016
Stormspell Records will release the debut demo by German arcane Metal enchanters, also known as LUNAR SHADOW.
Metal Blade / Artillery reveals details for new album, 'Penalty By Perception'
Posted by: Denis / 04.02.2016
Danish Power Thrash metallers Artillery will release their new full-length, Penalty By Perception, on March 25th worldwide via Metal Blade Records!

Written over the course of the last two years, Artillery's seventh full-length draws from their classic albums like Fear of Tomorrow (1985) and By Inheritance (1990), as well as When Death Comes (2009) and Legions (2013). Having recorded at Medley Studios and bringing Soren Andersen on board as the producer, Artillery achieved the sound that they were aiming for: "We worked really hard together to get this amazing sound. I feel the band have come up with some great songs," asserts guitarist Michael Stutzer. "The best musical performance in the history of Artillery. Can't wait to hear the fans' reactions!"

A familiar, yet modern Thrash attack, Penalty By Perception delivers the band's signature riffing, with powerful drumming and melodic singing – and promises to be a new fan favorite in the Danish quintet's storied career! See below for the track-listing.
    Penalty By Perception track-listing:
  1. In Defiance Of Conformity
  2. Live By The Scythe
  3. Penalty By Perception
  4. Mercy Of Ignorance
  5. Rites Of War
  6. Sin Of Innocence
  7. When The Magic Is Gone
  8. Cosmic Brain
  9. Deity Machine
  10. Path Of The Atheist
  11. Welcome To The Mind Factory

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AFM / Thunderstone 'Apocalypse Again' cover and tracklisting unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 04.02.2016
THUNDERSTONE are back! The Finnish Power Metal act presents its new album Apocalypse Again on April 1st. It is not only the return of the band after almost six years, Apocalypse Again sees Pasi Rantanen re-unite with THUNDERSTONE. The band's original vocalist, who left after 2007's Evolution 4.0, has been an integral part of THUNDERSTONE's characteristic sound ever since and was sorely missed after his departure back then.

Apocalypse Again is melodic Metal perfection. From the speedy opening track Veterans Of The Apocalypse and the catchy single The Path with its uplifting chorus, to the epic completion with Barren Land - it clearly shows that THUNDERSTONE are one of the finest offerings in the current scene and how much Rantanen was missing. Welcome back!

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Som do Darma / Brazil's Maestrick premier new EP with versions for songs of Yes, Jethro Tull and Queen
Posted by: Denis / 03.02.2016
Brazil's Maestrick premier new EP with versions for songs of Yes, Jethro Tull, Queen The Trick Side Of Some Songs is being released amid the recordings of the new studio album of the band.

'Masterpiece' (Stormbringer - Germany), 'Fascinating' (Metal Temple - Greece) and 'Unique' (Lady Obscure - USA). These were some statements in press that the Brazilian Progressive Rock/Metal band Maestrick got with its debut album, Unpuzzle. In Brazil, the album was elected among the 'Best Of The Year' in many voting held by specialized magazines and sites.

Such recognition increases the expectation for a new studio effort. And Maestrick promises not to disappoint. Expected to reach the stores on the second semester of 2016, the album will be conceptual and released in two separated discs. The effort is still untitled, but all the structures are defined and it will bring 24 songs, with 12 in each album divided in three movements of four songs.

But in order to not let fans without new things until the release of the next studio album, 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 EP's tracklist is formed by the following songs:
  1. Near-Brain Damage
  2. Yes, It's a Medley!
  3. The Ogre Fellers Master March – Part I: The Battle
  4. The Ogre Fellers Master March – Part II: The Fairy and The Black Queen
  5. Aqualung
  6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  7. Near-Brain Damage (Reprise)
  8. Rainbow Eyes (Bonus Track)
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.

The bonus track from the EP, Maestrick's version for Rainbow Eyes, had been previously released on the five-year anniversary of the death of Ronnie James Dio. The song got a video clip.
AFM Records / Rhapsody Of Fire new lyric video released / chart entries!
Posted by: Denis / 03.02.2016
Italian symphonic Metal kings RHAPSODY OF FIRE are celebrating the success of their new album Into The Legend, which hit the charts in Germany (#47), Switzerland (#34), Italy (#76) and France (#91)!

For the song Volar Sin Dolor (Spanish version of Shining Star), which can be found as bonus track on the Into The Legend Digipak, a new lyric video was released now too.

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Frontiers Music / Treat - Ghost of Graceland
Posted by: Denis / 03.02.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is truly excited to announce the return of the mighty TREAT with their brand new, kick ass album entitled Ghost of Graceland! It will be released on April 15th.

Building on the success of their last album Coup de Grace (2010), hailed by both fans and critics as a masterpiece, Treat is releasing an album packed with reflective, soul searching songs dressed in devilishly seductive yet hard hitting Melodic Rock.

"This is where we are today. As a band, as musicians, songwriters and individuals. It's a statement: this is us in 2016", says main songwriter and guitarist Anders Wikström.

Ghost of Graceland, produced by long time TREAT fan and respected writer/producer Peter Mansson and co-produced by Anders Wikström, showcases a band with a thirty plus career, that are hungrier and more energetic than ever!

To achieve the organic, pure, bold, (somewhat) cocky, contemporary sound with melodies and choruses to die for that they were going for, the band took a step back. Says Anders Wikström: "It's a musical as well as a personal soul searching. We traced us back to our roots, the music and the heroes that got us dreaming back in the 70's: KISS, Van Halen, Sweet, Deep Purple, UFO. An era where music and musicianship really mattered and rock 'n' roll was a matter of life or death."

TREAT got in the time machine and retrieved all that restless energy. But Ghost of Graceland, with all it's delicious, action packed and hook ladden Melodic Rock that could soundtrack a party, also sees a band that reflects on their personal lives.

Ghost of Graceland is Anders Wikström's take on the world: both his own and the bands personal journeys, and perspective on modern life in general. "I really wanted to express what goes on in my mind and talk about relationships, politics, economics and the choices we make. The title song is a metaphor… paradise or prison? It´s up to you to decide."

I Don't Miss the Misery tells the story of a man on the brink of madness, going through hell and he finally sees the light; perspective changes in a crisis and you find new kicks in life. In Do Your Own Stunts, which musically is in the same vein as the classic Get You On The Run, Anders writes about a father trying to teach his kids how to live their lives to the fullest, and Together Alone is a heartbreaking and powerful ballad, that sees Anders singing lead vocals for the first time. But, it wouldn't be a TREAT album without a kick ass, Friday-night-let's party-and-get-too-wild song: Too Late To Die Young is a tongue in cheek classic rocker, with some clever name checking.

Robert Ernlund (vocals), Anders Wikström (Guitars and backing vocals), Patrick Appelgren (keyboards, guitar and backing vocals), Jamie Borger (drums) and new bass player Pontus Egberg (King Diamond) are a powerhouse. Pontus replaces the band's songwriting partner Fredrik Thomander who has also been performing live with the band since 2013. "When we started working on this album and in need of a permanent replacement on bass, Pontus was the only guy we had in mind. He's a good friend of ours and a fantastic musician and live performer. He and Jamie just blow the roof off together on this new album!"

"We're doing what we love. We're proudly flying the flag for hard and melodic rock. Honestly, this is a very, very good TREAT album", says Anders Wikström. TREAT are proud, confident and hungry for more!

Experience TREAT Live at Frontiers Rock Festival in Trezzo Sull'Adda (Milano) on April 23rd 2016!
    Ghost of Graceland tracklisting:
  1. Ghost Of Graceland
  2. I Don't Miss The Misery
  3. Better The Devil You Know
  4. Do Your Own Stunts
  5. Endangered
  6. Inferno
  7. Alien Earthlings
  8. Nonstop Madness
  9. Too Late To Die Young
  10. House On Fire
  11. Together Alone
  12. Everything To Everyone

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Metal Blade / Redemption premieres new track, 'Thirty Silver'
Posted by: Denis / 03.02.2016
On February 26th, Los Angeles Prog-Metal outfit Redemption – featuring Nick van Dyk, Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), Sean Andrews, Chris Quirarte (as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on an indefinite medical hiatus) – will release their sixth full-length, The Art of Loss, via Metal Blade Records worldwide! In anticipation of its release, the band has premiered a new track, Thirty Silver – featuring guest guitarists Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, Chris Broderick.

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Fragmenta inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 02.02.2016
Fragmenta has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. The band released 2 albums and next month will release a new single Repository Of Human.

Fragmenta is an original Industrial Thrash Metal band, formed in Adelaide, South Australia. The band gained national recognition in Australia after featuring on popular currant affairs program *Today Tonight*, which branded their 'dark themes' 'a violent assault on the senses', which featured band leader Duncan Fisher in an investigation into an alleged murder attempt. All charges against Fisher were withdrawn.
Imperative PR / Russian dark ambient Metal band GOATPSALM release new album
Posted by: Denis / 02.02.2016
Imperative PR have the pleasure of announcing the arrival of Goatpsalm to the roster. Imperative've been looking forward to working with this unique musical entity for some time now and when you take a listen to their incredible third album, Downstream, you'll see why.

This mystical musical collective came into being in 2009 when two members of the vicious Black/Death Metal band Sickrites decided they needed an outlet for their musical creations that wandered territories too strange and arcane for the full-frontal-assault mindset of Sickrites. Goatpsalm opened up new worlds for them to explore, pathways into dark and ancient mysteries that they followed wherever they lead.

From the beginning, the music of Goatpsalm has been impossible to constrain or imprison within the walls of genre and definition; as futile as trying to mould quicksilver with your hands. When they were joined by multi-instrumentalist Vaarwel, also of Frozen Ocean, the resulting injection of creativity and vision infused the music of Goatpsalm with an even more bewitching atmosphere and mercurial nature. This alchemical blending of talents has lead to Downstream; a dream-walk through the mist shrouded forests and frozen fjords of the far north.

Dark ambience, pure atmosphere, touches of doom, hints of blackness, hypnotic enchantment, enticing strangeness and sheer, enthralling magic; with this album Goatpsalm have created something unique and special. More than just a listening experience, Goatpsalm can open doors. Follow them Downstream and discover what lies on the other side of dreams.
PURE STEEL RECORDS / SLEEPY HOLLOW 'Black Horse Named Death' official single from the upcoming album 'Tales Of Gods And Monsters' - release date 19th February 2016
Posted by: Denis / 02.02.2016
The US Metal veterans SLEEPY HOLLOW already released their reunion album Skull 13 through Pure Steel Records back in 2012. Although they have parted ways with former singer Bob Mitchell meanwhile, they found a dignified replacement in Altar Of Dagon singer Chapel Stormcrow. The dramatic, plainly deeper vocals, which sometimes remind back to early Candlemass (especially in Bound By Blood) also fit to the traditional US Metal sound as good as the bursting high pitched screams of Mr. Mitchell.

Recorded at Dirge Studios in Newark, Delaware and mastered at QuSound Studio in Deutschland, the eleven tracks (including an intro) obtained a modern, but classic Metal sound. With Tales Of Gods And Monsters SLEEPY HOLLOW will release a masterpiece of their career, that will elate old fans and recruit new ones!

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PURE STEEL RECORDS / NINJA 'Thunder' official single from the upcoming album 'Into The Fire' - release date 18th March 2016
Posted by: Denis / 02.02.2016
Since 1997 nobody has heard from NINJA. In 2014 the band had a comeback with a new studio album, but this album was only available on a self-made CD-Rom. The same procedure the band had chosen for their second and third albums. This is probably the reason why they stayed in the underground. Apart from the new album, NINJA's other three albums will be released in a high-quality CD edition by Pure Steel/Karthago Records. NINJA represent traditional German Heavy Metal with good songwriting. Their sound sometimes reminds you of WASP with a pinch of ACCEPT and AC/DC, all done very cleverly. Those bands would certainly like to have songs of a quality like Thunder, Vagabond Heart over Blood of my blood in their program. NINJA are definitely the German rediscovery of 2016!

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PURE STEEL RECORDS / SARASIN 'In Our Image' official single from the upcoming album 'Sarasin' - release date 26th February 2016
Posted by: Denis / 02.02.2016
The Canadian band SARASIN was originally formed in the 80's when their first EP Lay down your guns was released. Only guitarist Greg Boileau remains from the bands original line-up.

Long time bass player and other founding member Rob Grant died after a battle with cancer in 2012, the new SARASIN album is dedicated to him. The band convinces with heavy riffs and deep feelings. Please check out the songs The Hammer and Soul in Vain to get an impression. Vocalist Michael Wilson is sometimes reminiscent to OZZY OSBOURNE which is to the bands advantage. Fine melodic songs with great choruses will convince old and new fans of classic Heavy Metal! Welcome back, SARASIN!
PURE STEEL RECORDS / DESTRUCTOR 'The Shedding Of Blood And Tears' official single from the upcoming album 'Back In Bondage' - release date 26th February 2016
Posted by: Denis / 02.02.2016
With the eternal cult band DESTRUCTOR from Cleveland/Ohio, we have signed a real treasure via Pure Steel Records. To aficionados, the 1985 debut Maximum Destruction (Auburn Records) owns an irrefutable, godlike status for already three decades. Unfortunately the career of the aspiring band ended very sudden back in early 1988, when bassist Dave Holocaust has been murdered from behind. Afterwards the band had a break for eleven years.

Now, for the first time, the label officially releases the second album Back In Bondage. Fast and energetic US Power Metal, provided with a decent Thrash mark, will satisfy every Metal maniac. On this nine great, outstanding tunes, the unique, screaming high pitched voice of band leader Dave Overkill will also thrill every real, dedicated fan. A powerful, spirited Old School production remind back to the collection of hymns from the debut album.

Thanks to the Back In Bondage release, from now on every crazy Auburn lunatic can be reassured; a real masterpiece!

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AFM Records / Voodoo Circle - German tour dates confirmed
Posted by: Denis / 01.02.2016
Classic Hard Rock act VOODOO CIRCLE (which is led by guitarist Alex Beyrodt) prepares to finally unleash 'voodoo vibes' again on their upcoming, recently scheduled German tour dates.
    Voodoo Circle live:
  • 08.03.2016 D-München/Garage Deluxe
  • 09.03.2016 D-Augsburg/Spectrum
  • 10.03.2016 D-Mannheim/7er
  • 11.03.2016 D-Burgrieden/Riffelhof
  • 12.03.2016 D-Bochum/Matrix
  • 13.03.2016 D-Hamburg/Rock Cafe

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AFM Records / The Last Vegas announce release date of their 6th studio album
Posted by: Denis / 01.02.2016
THE LAST VEGAS are proud to announce their 6th studio album, released exclusively through AFM Records Germany, March 18th, 2016.

To commemorate, THE LAST VEGAS have a special message to the world:
"Eat Me
Yes, Eat Me is a mash-up of full-tilt boogie rock, droney Zeppelin-esque riffs, and alt-psychedelic acoustic ballads. Equal part American bluesy riffs and Swedish production technique, the album balances grit & polish."


Eat Me is the first time THE LAST VEGAS have collaborated with a European production team (Sweden's Chris Laney mixing & Grammy-nominated Classe Persson mastering). Being long-time fans of Scandinavian rock production and influenced by records from The Hellacopters, Turbnonegro, Nomads and more, The Last Vegas were thrilled with a new approach in making an modern-day album; and the results of the inter-continental experiment.

"We chipped away at each track's session, layering guitars, Moog synths, bongos, bells, wind chimes, and even an old-school talk-box" says The Last Vegas.

"Chris's mixes just kept blowing us away. He asked if he could go crazy in the mixes, and we demanded he do so. We found the soul in rock'n'roll; from both Chicago and Stockholm. But let's not get too serious, I mean the album is called Eat Me after all. Catch you on tour in Europe April 2016!"

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Century Media / Voivod pre-order started; title track launched online
Posted by: Denis / 01.02.2016
Canadian Progressive sci-fi Metal innovators VOIVOD are soon approaching the release of their Post Society - EP Mini-CD on February 26th, 2016 via Century Media Records.

Accordingly, VOIVOD are now launching the Mini-CD's title track, Post Society, for you to check out here.

VOIVOD's drummer Michel 'Away' Langevin checked in to comment as follows about the song: "Another apocalyptic song from the RadicArt sessions. I think Post Society is a good indication of where we are heading for musically. Ingredients from all the VOIVOD eras with a futuristic touch. I can't wait to play it live!"

The Post Society - EP is a very special release available as Digipak CD and as Digital Download, containing 5 studio tracks, including the previously vinyl-only new VOIVOD songs from the limited split 7" EP's with label-mates At The Gates and Napalm Death, two brand new songs and a Hawkwind cover (Silver Machine) with a total playing time of 30 minutes. The artwork was once more created by VOIVOD drummer Michel 'Away' Langevin. Here is the full track-listing:
    VOIVOD - Post Society - EP (30:34):
  1. Post Society (06:17)
  2. Forever Mountain (05:12)
  3. Fall (06:42)
  4. We Are Connected (07:26)
  5. Silver Machine (04:48)
The Post Society - EP can be pre-ordered as of today from CM Distro or AMAZON.

Michel 'Away' Langevin previously checked in to comment on the Mini-CD release as follows: "More songs from out in the woods! In between tours, we are steadily finding our way through recording the next album at RadicArt studio. Many riffs were composed on the bus but until the North American tour with Vektor in 2016, we will spend most of wintertime in Montreal writing another batch of material. Meanwhile, we hope you will enjoy this EP of good old Thrash-prog-punk-Metal or whatever people want to call Voïvod nowadays :)"

VOIVOD's first leg of their next US tour in February/March 2016 with support by Vektor, as well as Eight Bells from February 6th - 287h and Black Fast from February 28th - March 5th, starts soon! Here is the updated schedule (Recent changes marked *):
    VOIVOD & Vektor - US Tour 2016:
  • 02.06.2016 Providence, RI - Fete Ballroom
  • 02.07.2016 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
  • 02.08.2016 Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
  • 02.09.2016 Morgantown, WV - Mainstage
  • 02.10.2016 Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
  • 02.11.2016 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
  • 02.12.2016 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
  • 02.13.2016 Washington, DC - Black Cat
  • 02.14.2016 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
  • 02.16.2016 Raleigh, NC - Kings
  • 02.18.2016 Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
  • 02.19.2016 Sanford, FL - West End Trading Co.
  • 02.20.2016 Ybor City, FL - The Orpheum
  • 02.21.2016 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
  • 02.22.2016 Knoxville, TN - The Concourse
  • 02.23.2016 Newport, KY - Southgate House Revival
  • 02.24.2016 Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club*
  • 02.25.2016 Cudahy, WI - The Metal Grill
  • 02.26.2016 St Paul, MN - The Amsterdam
  • 02.27.2016 Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
  • 02.28.2016 St. Louis, MO - Firebird
  • 02.29.2016 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
  • 03.02.2016 Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar
  • 03.03.2016 Detroit, MI - The Masonic Temple*
  • 03.04.2016 Toronto, ON - Mod Club
  • 03.05.2016 Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood

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Nuclear Blast / ALMANAC 'Self-Blinded Eyes' video premiere, new homepage online
Posted by: Denis / 01.02.2016
ALMANAC, the new band of Victor Smolski, will release their debut record Tsar on March 18th via Nuclear Blast. Now, the band premieres their new video-clip Self-Blinded Eyes on rockhard.de.

Also, the new ALMANAC homepage went online - check out for further news!
Royal Hunt / New double live album CARGO
Posted by: Denis / 29.01.2016
ROYAL HUNT to release the brand new double Live album Cargo. Out Worldwide on Frontiers Music Srl in March.

Following the release of their latest studio album – Devil's DozenROYAL HUNT participated in three widely known Festivals around the globe in the fall of 2015: ProgPower USA, Loud Park Japan and Rockingham UK. They performed their energetic brand of symphonic/progressive yet highly melodic and instantly accessible Royal Rock for thousands of appreciative fans.

While ROYAL HUNT's next tour – sat to the spring of 2016 – is being announced (see dates below), the band found the time to gather in the studio and pick out the best performances recorded during their festival trek: an hour and a half of ROYAL HUNT's trademark sonic assault, skilfully captured on tape.

Why live album and why now? "Well, mostly because we haven't released any live recordings for – roughly – 10 years or so." says keyboard maestro and principal songwriter Andre Andersen, "2006 was great and many fans consider it to be our best (some will pick 1996 or Closing the Chapter as their favourite) but anyway – it's been awhile, so we assumed that it might be interesting for you to check out our 'new swing' at this live set. Just think about it: last time we recorded Paradox live was almost 20 years ago! Add a few new songs, the excitement of the festival performance, a couple of new faces to the line-up and – all of a sudden – things are sounding quite a bit different. We'd say it sounds fresh but let's see what's your opinion on this matter will be."

The album includes a complete performance of their signature concept album Paradox (chosen by the media and fans alike as one of the most essential sympho/prog releases of the decade) among other songs. Royal Hunt released 13 studio albums to date and their name stands for quality Melodic Symphonic / Progressive Metal; chockfull of hooks and a larger-than-life production to match.
    Tour dates:
  • March 09, 2016 – Bruggarsalen, Stockholm, Sweden
  • March 11, 2016 – De Pul, Uden, Netherlands
  • March 12, 2016 – Corporation, Sheffield, UK
  • March 13, 2016 – Rock Palast, Bochum, Germany
  • March 14, 2016 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
  • March 16, 2016 – RCA Club, Lisbon, Portugal
  • March 17, 2016 – Sala Chango, Madrid, Spain
  • March 18, 2016 – Sala Fanatic, Seville, Spain
  • March 19, 2016 – Sala Apolo [2], Barcelona, Spain
  • March 20, 2016 – Circolo Colony, Brescia, Italy
  • March 22, 2016 – Randal Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • March 23, 2016 – Club Nova Chmelnice, Prague, Czech Republic
  • March 24, 2016 – The Rock Cafe – St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
  • March 26, 2016 – Riffelhof, Burgrieden, Germany
  • March 27, 2016 – Foeyr, Burglengenfeld, Germany
  • March 29, 2016 – Progresjia, Warsaw, Poland
  • March 30, 2016 – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • March 31, 2016 – Jagger Club, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • April 02, 2016 – Izvestia Hall, Moscow, Russia
  • April 03, 2016 – A38, Budapest, Hungary
  • April 04, 2016 – Atlas Club, Kiev, Ukraine
  • April 05, 2016 – DKS, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
  • April 06, 2016 – KKZU, Kharkov, Ukraine
  • April 08, 2016 – DKZD, Vladivostok, Russia
  • April 11, 2016 – Club Quattro, Osaka, Japan
  • April 12, 2016 – Liquid Room, Tokyo, Japan

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Nuclear Vlast / AVANTASIA entire 'Ghostlights' album streaming on Bild.de, new music video for 'Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose' premieres on MyVideo.de
Posted by: Denis / 29.01.2016
Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA release their new rock opera masterpiece Ghostlights NOW via Nuclear Blast. You can already listen to the entire album over on Bild.de.

Furthermore a new music video for the song Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose premieres over on MyVideo.de.

Don't forget, AVANTASIA will take part in the German preliminary round of the Eurovision Song Contest on February 25th (German National TV ARD, 8.15pm CET, live from Cologne). The band will perform Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose.

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Nuclear Blast / LOST SOCIETY second track-by-track for 'Braindead' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 29.01.2016
Young Finnish thrashers LOST SOCIETY will release their third studio album entitled Braindead, on February 12th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. In support of this upcoming, much-anticipated record, the band has released the second track-by-track trailer, which can be viewed here.

In this second episode, Samy provides you with background information on the below tracks:
  • 04. Hollow Eyes
  • 05. Rage Me Up
  • 06. Hangover Activator

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Massacre Records / MYSTIC PROPHECY artwork + track list
Posted by: Denis / 29.01.2016
MYSTIC PROPHECY proudly present the tracklisting of their upcoming 9th album WAR BRIGADE!
The album - which will additionally be available as limited digipak including bonus track, limited box-set and limited vinyl LP with gatefold cover.

The fitting artwork of WAR BRIGADE was once again created by Uwe Jarling.

The album was produced and mastered by R.D. Liapakis and C. Schmid at the Music Factory/Prophecy Studios and mixed by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman.

WAR BRIGADE will be presented live during Orden Ogan's upcoming 'The Book Of Ogan Tour 2016', which kicks off on March 18th in Bochum, Germany.

MYSTIC PROPHECY's new album WAR BRIGADE will be released on March 18, 2016 via Massacre Records.

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Massacre Records / THORNBRIDGE - tracklisting
Posted by: Denis / 29.01.2016
The release of THORNBRIDGE's debut album What Will Prevail is only a few weeks away!

Following the revelation of the album's artwork, created by Juanjo Castellano Rosado, THORNBRIDGE have now also unveiled the album's tracklisting:
  1. Intro
  2. Blow Up The Gates Of Hell
  3. The Dragon's Reborn
  4. What Will Prevail
  5. Coachman's Curse
  6. Symphony Of The Battlefield
  7. Eternal Life
  8. Neverwinter Nights
  9. Under The Ice
  10. Tower Of Lies
  11. Galley Of Horror
The 7th song, Eternal Life features guest vocals by Philip 'Sly' Dennis Schunke of Van Canto!

THORNBRIDGE's debut was produced and mixed by Orden Ogan's Seeb Levermann and mastered by Dennis Koehne.

What Will Prevail by THORNBRIDGE will be released on February 19th via Massacre Records.
Divebomb Records / NARCOTIC GREED’S 'FATAL' IN STORES MARCH 11TH
Posted by: Denis / 28.01.2016
The Japanese Thrash scene has never been held in quite the same regard as those in the Bay Area, Germany, or even the U.K., but Thrash Metal's influence most definitely spread to the Land of the Rising Sun in the early-'80s. Bands like OUTRAGE, UNITED, AION began making waves in the late-'80s; while Osaka's NARCOTIC GREED — whose origins also date back to 1989 — finally released their first demo, Absurd War, in 1991.

Channeling American acts like Forbidden, Toxik, Nuclear Assault, NARCOTIC GREED released two more demos between 1992 and 1993—tirelessly sharpening their teeth in preparation for what would become their debut full-length, Fatal.

Released in 1994 with minimal distribution outside of Japan, Fatal unfortunately hit the streets too late for the U.S. market to consume its splendor. Though never leaving its mark on the global Metal scene, NARCOTIC GREED had managed to put forth an album of pure, unadulterated Thrash Metal that - despite never gaining the notoriety it deserved — has become a cult favorite amongst thrash enthusiasts the world over.
Nuclear Blast / SABATON exclusive cinema premieres of 'Heroes On Tour' in Germany
Posted by: Denis / 28.01.2016
Swedish Heavy Metal heroes SABATON will unleash their newest live output, a 2-DVD+CD / 2-Blu-ray+CD package called Heroes On Tour, on March 4th via Nuclear Blast.

The band have deliberated a once in a lifetime event in support of this forthcoming release: fans can experience the new DVD's premiere in one of 25 CineStar cinemas in Germany one day before the official release, on March 3rd, at 8pm CET. The full Wacken show of 2015 will be shown on this evening.

Enjoy the ultimate SABATON live experience with great sound and the best viewing quality exclusively in the CineStar cinema in your vicinity! This events are not to be missed!

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Nuclear Blast / CHILDREN OF BODOM release lyric video for 'Horns'
Posted by: Denis / 28.01.2016
In October 2015 Finnish Metal Superstars CHILDREN BODOM released their latest album I Worship Chaos via Nuclear Blast Records. Now, the band has released a brand new lyric video for the song Horns taken from I Worship Chaos.

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Scarlet Records / GAME OVER - NEW ALBUM 'CRIMES AGAINST REALITY'
Posted by: Denis / 28.01.2016
Crimes Against Reality is the third album for Game Over, one of the most promising up and coming bands in the European Metal scene. It follows the widely successful Burst Into The Quiet, which put Game Over on the map and displayed their massive potential. Inspired by the classic Bay Area Thrash Metal scene of the Eighties, Game Over mix those influences with modern sounds and a very distinctive personality. Crimes Against Reality contains ten new tracks that mix sharp riffs, anthemic choruses and powerful rhythms, enriched by the use of unusual instruments such as Moogs and Hammonds. Lyrics vary from B-movie scenarios to social-political themes, science fiction, mythology and dystopian visions. The album has been recorded by Simone Mularoni (DGM) at Domination Studio in San Marino. Cover artwork was handled by acclaimed artist Mario E. Lopez (Evil Invaders, Impalers, Hyades). Soon after the album release the band will embark in an extensive world tour, with dates in America in April, and European & Japan later this year.

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Cruz del Sur Music / Beware! SEPTAGON reveals a conspiracy!
Posted by: Denis / 27.01.2016
German Speed/Thrash Metal band SEPTAGON is releasing a new song off their forthcoming album Deadhead Syndicate, out on Cruz Del Sur Music in early February (5/2 in Europe, 12/2 in US).

Septagon Conspiracy streams exclusive on New Noise Magazine at this location.

Matching the aggressive sound of Exodus / Testament and the melodic and technical appeal of Forbidden / Heathen, SEPTAGON features the skills of Markus Becker of ATLANTEAN KODEX's fame on vocals together with Markus Ullrich (gt) and Jürgen Schrank (dr) of LANFEAR. lexander Palma on bass and Stef Binnig-Gollub on guitar complete this stellar line-up which perform live next weekend at Metal Assault festival in Würzburg, DE.
Punishment 18 Records / Schizo 'Main Frame Collapse' reissue teaser
Posted by: Denis / 27.01.2016
Recently, historical Italian psycho-Thrash Metal band Schizo has signed a deal with Punishment 18 Records for the production of the next studio album that will be released in 2016. Recording sessions was realized at 'New Sound' studio in Zurigo (Switzerland), under Tommy Vetterli (Coroner) supervision. Vetterli will appear as guest as well. Meanwhile the label reissued their debut album Main Frame Collapse originally released in 1989 by Crime Records. You can see the trailer here.
Pure Steel Records / SPLIT HEAVEN video 'Speed Of The Hawk' released
Posted by: Denis / 27.01.2016
Speed Of The Hawk, official video is taken from the album Death Rider. Release date: March 25th, 2016 @ Pure STEEL Records.

Split Heaven is back with a vengeance with their new album Death Rider. They have formed an alliance with their new singer Jason Conde-Houston, from Seattle, the frontman of US Metal band Skelator. He is strongly influenced by high pitched legends like Helstar's James Rivera and Primal Fear's Ralf Scheepers.

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Stormspell Records / Hypertension
Posted by: Denis / 27.01.2016
Stormspell Records's homies from Hypertension have recorded a new EP Dark Storms Arise. Check it out the video here.
Frontiers Music / Last in Line
Posted by: Denis / 26.01.2016
Last In Line has released two videos, a lyric video for Blame It On Me and a music video for Starmaker, in tribute to the memory of bassist Jimmy Bain. Jimmy Bain passed away at the age of 68 this weekend. Both videos were scheduled for release prior to Bain's passing and his excitement for the world to experience these new songs has caused the band to decide to move ahead with their release today.

As guitarist Vivian Campbell stated yesterday in a statement on his social media: "It's with the heaviest of hearts that I must confirm the news of the passing of our dear friend and Last In Line band-mate, Jimmy Bain. It was Jimmy who gave me my first big break in the music industry and for that I am forever indebted. Jimmy was immensely proud of our new album and his input to it was immeasurable. We will continue to celebrate his life through his music. On behalf of Vinny and Andrew, our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this most difficult of times. Rest in peace, dear friend."

The lyric video for Blame It On Me can be seen here. Loudwire.com also premiered the lyric video for the song as word of Jimmy's passing circulated. The video for Starmaker can be seen here. Last In Line is comprised of the original Dio band members Vivian Campbell on guitars, Jimmy Bain on bass and Vinny Appice on drums. Newcomer Andrew Freeman rounds out the lineup on vocals.

Blame It On Me and Starmaker come from the debut album Heavy Crown. The record is slated for release worldwide on February 19th via Frontiers Music SRL.
earMUSIC / SOTO TO RELEASE SECOND ALBUM 'DIVAK' ON APRIL 1st 2016
Posted by: Denis / 25.01.2016
SOTO, featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, has completed their 2nd studio album, DIVAK, to be released on April 1st 2016 via earMUSIC.

DIVAK (pronounced dee-vock) comes shortly after the debut release Inside The Vertigo, a mere 15 months partly due to Jeff Scott Soto's insistence on continuing to create and build a true brand for his new venture. Once again the album is produced by Jeff Scott Soto and drummer, Edu Cominato, mixed by long time JSS engineer/associate, John Ellis.

The band features Soto on vocals, Cominato on drums, lead guitarist Jorge Salan, bassist David Z and keyboardist/guitarist BJ. The guys are heavily featured on DIVAK with their writing contributions together.

The 1st single FreakShow was co-produced/written by Tony Dickinson, who also co-wrote The Fall, (the 1st single released from Inside The Vertigo), the track is an extension of the SOTO sound created especially for this new band.

SOTO will debut live during Feb 2016 with a string of East Coast US dates leading into the annual Monsters Of Rock Cruise (East) alongside Steve Vai, Extreme, Queensryche and countless headliners. In April, the band makes its European debut with a short run through selected cities and countries. The month of May sees SOTO touring Latin America, which includes dates in Brazil supporting The Winery Dogs.

SOTO, formed in 2014, is the dream band created when Jeff Scott Soto realized how much he missed the 'heavier side' of his career after fronting artists Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman, Journey and even his own solo albums. The band hope to continue its construction as a driving force in today's Hard Rock & Metal scene.

DIVAK will be available on April 1st 2016 as CD Digi and Download.
    Tracklist
  1. DIVAK (Intro)
  2. Weight Of The World
  3. FreakShow
  4. Paranoia
  5. Unblame //
  6. Cyber Masquerade
  7. In My Darkest Hour
  8. Forgotten
  9. SuckerPunch
  10. Time
  11. Misfired
  12. The Fall From Grace
  13. Awakened
    Bonus Tracks (all digital retailers)
  14. Final Say (live)
  15. The Fall (live)
  16. Break (live)
  17. When I'm Older (live)
  18. Stand Up (live)
    Additional Bonus Tracks itunes/apple music
  19. My Life
  20. Cracking The Stone
    SOTO EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
  • April 1st, Barcelona, Razzmatazz 3 (ES)
  • April 2nd, Madrid, Catz (ES)
  • April 3rd, Lisbon, RCA Club (PRT)
  • April 5th, Zaragoza, Sala Lopez (ES)
  • April 7th, Wetzikon, Hall of Fame (CH)
  • April 8th, Munich, Garage Deluxe (D)
  • April 10th, Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik (D)
  • April 11th, Prague, Nova Chmelnice (CZ)
  • April 12th, Nuremberg, Der Cult (D)
  • April 14th, Siegburg, Kubana Club (D)
  • April 15th, Weert, De Bosuil (NL)
  • April 17th, Rotterdam, Baroeg (NL)
  • April 19th, Verviers, Spirit Of 66 (BE)
  • April 21st, Trieste, Rock Out (IT)
  • April 22nd, Bresso, Blue Rose Saloon (IT)

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Pure Steel Records / DESTRUCTOR 'Fight'
Posted by: Denis / 25.01.2016
DESTRUCTOR's Fight - official single from the upcoming album 'Back In Bondage' release date 26th February 2016.

With the eternal cult band DESTRUCTOR from Cleveland/Ohio, we have signed a real treasure via Pure Steel Records. To aficionados, the 1985 debut Maximum Destruction (Auburn Records) owns an irrefutable, godlike status for already three decades. Unfortunately the career of the aspiring band ended very sudden back in early 1988, when bassist Dave Holocaust has been murdered from behind. Afterwards the band had a break for eleven years.

Now, for the first time, the label officially releases the second album Back In Bondage. Fast and energetic US Power Metal, provided with a decent Thrash mark, will satisfy every Metal maniac. On this nine great, outstanding tunes, the unique, screaming high pitched voice of band leader Dave Overkill will also thrill every real, dedicated fan. A powerful, spirited Old School production remind back to the collection of hymns from the debut album.

Thanks to the Back In Bondage release, from now on every crazy Auburn lunatic can be reassured; a real masterpiece!

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Rage new video clip 'My Way'
Posted by: Denis / 22.01.2016
Friday January 22nd, it's time to release limited 4-track EP My Way – right on time for the start of the tour with labelmates HELLOWEEN. "This EP will shorten your waiting time until the release of our new album – the first one since 2012 – which will be in the shops next May...," - Peavy Wagner.

The video clip for My Way premiers now here.

The EP My Way contains four tracks, two re-recorded ones from the splendid album Black In Mind and a brand-new song in an English and a Spanish version.

The EP will be released on time for the opening of the European tour with HELLOWEEN on January 22nd, 2016 and will be available as MCD and 7"-vinyl exclusively at the Nuclear Blast Shop and on tour at the merchandising booth.
    RAGE live 2016 w/ HELLOWEEN, CRIMSON OF PASSION
  • 29.01. CH Pratteln – Z7
  • 30.01. D München – Backstage
  • 31.01. I Mailand – Alcatraz
  • 03.02. UK London – Forum
  • 05.02. B Antwerpen – Trix
  • 06.02. D Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
  • 07.02. D Stuttgart – Longhorn
  • 10.02. N Oslo – Rockefeller
  • 11.02. S Göteborg – Trädgan
  • 13.02. FIN Turku – Logomo
  • 14.02. FIN Helsinki – The Circus
  • 16.02. PL Warszawa – Progresja

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Ulterium Records / SIGNUM REGIS 'QUITTERS NEVER WIN' MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED
Posted by: Denis / 22.01.2016
The Melodic Metal band SIGNUM REGIS just released a music video for the song Quitters Never Win online. Their new album Chapter IV: Reckoning was released on November 20th through Ulterium Records.
    Upcoming Signum Regis shows:
  • March 3rd: P3 - Purmerend, Netherlands
  • March 4th: De Kei - Ede, Netherlands
  • March 5th: Fullmetal Osthessen - Niederjossa, Germany

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Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars 'Sworn To Secrecy' studio vlog #3 posted on-line
Posted by: Denis / 22.01.2016
Mindwars and legendary Metal producer Bill Metoyer are teaming up to mix and master their second release Sworn to Secrecy, slated to hit the streets April 2016 through Punishment 18 Records. You can see a brand new videolog about it here. Bill Metoyer who has worked with such greats as Agent steel, Armored Saint, COC, DRI, Dark Angel, Fates Warning, Flotsam And Jetsam, Sacred Reich, Slayer, WASP and many more... handled mixing and mastering duties at his Skull Seven Studio in North Hollywood, Los Angeles. Furthermore, the album has been recorded between Los Angeles and Turin. Stay tuned for more updates and sneak peaks in the coming weeks.
Nuclear Blast / LOST SOCIETY first track-by-track for 'Braindead' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 22.01.2016
Young Finnish thrashers LOST SOCIETY will release their third studio album entitled Braindead, on February 12th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. In support of this upcoming, much-anticipated record, the band has released the first track-by-track trailer, which can be viewed here.

In the first episode, Samy provides you with background information on the album's first three tracks: I Am The Antidote, Riot, Mad Torture.

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Metal Blade / Accuser reveals details about new album, ‘The Forlorn Divide’
Posted by: Denis / 21.01.2016
On March 11th, German thrashers Accuser will release their new album, The Forlorn Divide, via Metal Blade Records worldwide! To hear Tribulation – the first single from their 11th full-length (and Metal Blade debut!) – head over to metalblade.com/accuser, where the record can also be pre-ordered in various formats.

Accuser celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2013 by starting work on a new album and inviting guitarist Dennis Rybakowski to join their ranks; however, the reinvigorated group took their time to craft their 11th full-length. Slowly but steadily, that new effort, The Forlorn Divide, took shape once again at Gernhart Studio, featuring the band's trademark blend of powerful Thrash Metal, virtuoso guitar-work, intricate drum patterns – and of course, gripping, harsh vocals, highlighting the dark recesses of human psyche that are described in the lyrics. After 30 years in the scene, the members of Accuser have perfected their signature style with The Forlorn Divide – a veteran lesson in Thrash from Siegen's stalwarts!
    The Forlorn Divide track-listing:
  1. Predawn
  2. Lust For Vengeance
  3. Unreal Perception
  4. Arbitrary Law
  5. Impending Doom
  6. Tribulation
  7. Perish By Oblivion
  8. Fifth Column
  9. Sulfur Rain
  10. Flow Of Dying

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Metal Blade / Exumer launches new track, Catatonic
Posted by: Denis / 21.01.2016
Ready to unleash their fourth album, The Raging Tides, on January 29th worldwide via Metal Blade Records, German Thrash metallers Exumer have launched a new track, Catatonic.

Vocalist Mem von Stein comments: "We wanted to display the entire scope of our Thrash and traditional Heavy Metal roots on the new album. Catatonic is a prime example when we used a mid-tempo track, on an otherwise fast-paced record, to sonically create some variety without losing any momentum."

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Massacre Records / THORNBRIDGE album artwork
Posted by: Denis / 20.01.2016
THORNBRIDGE are going to release their debut album What Will Prevail next month, and have now revealed the album's cover artwork.

It's been created by Juanjo Castellano Rosado, who worked with bands like Vomitory or Portrait.

The artwork has some parallels to the album's title track, explains bassist Burghi: "The song What Will Prevail is about all those, who refused to yield, who held on to their beliefs even when they were tortured and killed. It's about those who will be remembered."

Burghi also stated that the album doesn't follow any theme, but that it's set in a fantastic medieval setting.

What Will Prevail was recorded and mixed by Sebastian 'Seeb' Levermann and mastered by Dennis Koehne. Philip Dennis 'Sly' Schunke of Van Canto contributed guest vocals on the song Eternal Life.

THORNBRIDGE's debut What Will Prevail is set to be released on February 19th via Massacre Records.
Massacre Records / HARDHOLZ track list
Posted by: Denis / 20.01.2016
HARDHOLZ will release their new album Herzinfarkt next month. The band has now revealed the complete tracklisting:
  1. Charon
  2. Die Prophezeiung
  3. Herzinfarkt
  4. Praeludium Wielandia
  5. Wieland, Der Schmied
  6. Bonusdreck
  7. Jäger Und Gejagte
  8. Hartholz
  9. Asphaltlady
  10. Tannhäuser
  11. Spiel Mir Das Lied Vom Tod
The album was recorded by Thomas Thiele at Cold Ground Studio, mixed by Thiele and the band, and mastered by Markus Stock at Klangschmiede Studio E. Tassilo Hörchner has created the cover artwork.

HARDHOLZ use a wide range of stylistic elements in their songs, thus creating their very own style.

HADHOLZ's second album Herzinfarkt will be released on February 19th via Massacre Records.
Nuclear Blast / SYMPHONY X kick off European tour next month; reveal new track video
Posted by: Denis / 20.01.2016
World Management and SYMPHONY X announced the complete line-up for the 'Underworld Europe Tour 2016' two months ago. Support will be coming from Tunisia's fantastic Prog rockers MYRATH and from France the incredible MELTED SPACE. This touring package will kick off in Wolverhampton's Robin 2 on February 12th and come to an end on March 20th in Tilburg's 013.

SYMPHONY X states: "Together we are excited to offer what we feel will be a great night of live music for the fans and hope to see all of you at these shows."

In support of this upcoming European tour, the band have launched a new track video for a song of their current record called Underworld, In My Darkest Hour.

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Ulterium Records / INNERWISH - 'INNERWISH' DETAILS REVEALED, SONG STREAMING
Posted by: Denis / 20.01.2016
The Greek melodic metallers INNERWISH will release their new album entitled InnerWish on March 18th in Europe and North America via Ulterium Records. The album will be available on CD, LP, Tape and digital. Bickee Music will issue the album in Japan on March 30th.

The song Rain Of A Thousand Years from the album can be streamed at Youtube.

The album was mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, Hammerfall) and mastered by Peter In De Betou (Arch Enemy, Opeth, Amon Amarth). The artwork of the album was created by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Xandria) and the design was done by Jan Yrlund (Korpiklaani, Apocalyptica, Manowar).

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METALMESSAGE Global PR / IN SOMNIA (Melodic Death Metal) news about album 2016
Posted by: Denis / 19.01.2016
IN SOMNIA was founded by Simon A. Brunner and Mattias Girstmair in January 2013, for the sake of doing serious music. The hammer smashing bass of Patrick Koesslbacher, the clear guitar riffs of Tobias Rainer and the tight and dynamic piano runs of Dominik Senfter completed the sound of this unique Tyrolean MELODIC DEATH METAL style.

In 2014 the band signed their first worldwide record deal at 7hard records, a division of 7 us media group, and released their album Withered - Frozen - Perished on November 14. A feast for fans of INSOMNIUM or BEFORE THE DAWN.

The organic and versatile sounding debut brought fresh air into modern Rock music and features elements of different Metal, Punk and classical sounds. 2016 IN SOMNIA is working on the next album, entitled For The Harvest, which is planned to be recorded until summer this year.

And the band is very hungry for new concerts - organizers should not hesitate to get in touch about!
Pure Steel Records / SPLIT HEAVEN 'Death Rider' cover, tracklist, release date: 25th March 2016
Posted by: Denis / 19.01.2016
The release date of the SPLIT HEAVEN album Death Rider on CD is March 25th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on March 11th, 2016 in label's webshop.

The wait is over, after more than two years since SPLIT HEAVEN's last release, Mexico's Speed Metal demons return. Their last effort, The Devil's Bandit, was released on sub label Pure Legend, but this new album is coming back through Pure Steel Records, like thet label did with Street Law in 2011.

Now in 2016, Split Heaven is back with a vengeance with their new album Death Rider. They have formed an alliance with their new singer Jason Conde-Houston, from Seattle, the frontman of US Metal band Skelator. He is strongly influenced by high pitched legends like Helstar's James Rivera and Primal Fear's Ralf Scheepers. As always Split Heaven is keeping it true, this time with Painkiller style double bass drumming, Thundersteel style guitar melodies, and glorious NWoBHM style solos. This album features an uptempo smasher Speed Of The Hawk, the Spanish fistpumper Descarga Letal as well as the striking opener Death Rider. The explosive, crushing, Death Rider will take the hearts of many Metal maniacs by storm! Split Heaven returns stronger than ever!

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Intromental Worldwide / VOTUM
Posted by: Denis / 19.01.2016
The Polish Prog band VOTUM just released a music video for Satellite, the opening track from their upcoming album :KTONIK: online. The video was directed by Pascal Pawliszewski. :KTONIK: will be released on February 26th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

:KTONIK: was mixed by David Castillo at Ghost Ward (Katatonia, Opeth, Bloodbath) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios (Paradise Lost, Kreator, Leprous). VOTUM combines dark and vibrant atmosphere with Metal traditions, bringing both force and ambience to play. The band is no stranger to musical diversity with subtle cinematic frailty and modern electronica. Dealing in powerful guitars and acoustic ballads VOTUM creates a very specific blend of fresh and unusual approach to Progressive Rock and Metal.

VOTUM will tour Europe together with Kingcrow in February and March. Below you'll find the confirmed dates. More dates will be announced soon.
    February:
  • 26: Progresja - Warsaw [PL]
  • 27: Exit-US - Prague [CZ]
    March:
  • 01: Bambi Galore/Kultur Palast - Hamburg [DE]
  • 02: De Pul - Uden [NL]
  • 03: Boerderij - Zoetermeer [NL]
  • 04: La Boule Noir - Paris [FR]
  • 05: Verlichte Geest - Roeselare [BE]
  • 06: The Underworld - London [UK]
  • 10: Barrio's Cafe - Milano [IT]
  • 11: Traffic Club - Rome [IT]
  • 12: Alchemia Club - Bologna [IT]
Cruz del Sur Music / RAVENSIRE premieres 'Cromlech Revelations'
Posted by: Denis / 18.01.2016
Portuguese Epic Metal heroes RAVENSIRE have revealed the opening track of their forthcoming album The Cycle Never Ends.

DECIBEL MAGAZINE is America's premier Heavy Metal printed magazine on monthly basis, and the label is proud to have RAVENSIRE's Cromlech Revelations stream available on its website.

The Cycle Never Ends will be released by Cruz Del Sur Music on Feb 5 2016 in Europe and Feb 12 in United States on Compact Disc and Digital. The Vinyl edition will be released in March.
earMUSIC / VAN CANTO 'CLASHINGS ON ARMOUR PLATES' FROM UPCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'VOICES OF FIRE'
Posted by: Denis / 18.01.2016
Clashings On Armour Plates marks a new chapter in Van Canto's musical story: Metal Vocal Musical. The first song of the album to see the light of day perfectly demonstrates that the six musicians of Van Canto are not only able to imitate instruments such as guitars, basses and keyboards but instead and first and foremost tell stories.

Clashings On Armour Plates showcases the band's variety with impressive and sometimes surprising vocal performances, a catchy sound to stick in your head for days to come, heavy drumming and a bombastic choir soundscape created by the London Metro Voices ('Lord of The Rings').

The lyric video for Clashings On Armour Plates is here.

Van Canto's new album Voices Of Fire will be released on March 11th, 2016 on earMUSIC.

The band has teamed up with German bestseller author Christoph Hardebusch ('Die Trolle' – engl. 'The Trolls') who is going to release his new fantasy novel 'Feuerstimmen' on March 17th, 2016 on Piper Verlag. The audio book for which Van Canto set the 17 bard songs included in the story to music will be released on the same day.

Working hand in hand on this crossover media project, Van Canto and Christoph Hardebusch created a whole new world filled with competing kingdoms, epic battles, dragons, of course the element fire and bards. It is hard to define if the novel influenced the music – or if it was the other way around.

Coinciding with the album release, Van Canto is going to tour throughout Europe in March and April 2016.
  • March 18 Leipzig – Hellraiser (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
  • March 19 Zlin – Masters of Rock Cafe (+ Grailknights + Winterstorm)
  • March 20 Prag – Meet Factory (+ Grailknights + Winterstorm)
  • March 24 London – O2 Islington (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
  • March 25 Tilburg – O13 (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
  • March 26 Vosselaar Biebob (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
  • March 27 Paris – Le Petit Bain (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
  • March 31 Wien – Szene (+ Grailknights + Dragony)
  • April 1 Pratteln – Z7 (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
  • April 2 München – Backstage (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
  • April 3 Stuttgart – Im Wizemann (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
  • April 9 Hannover – Musikzentrum (+ Grailknights + Sinbreed)
  • April 10 Berlin – Lido (+ Grailknights + Sinbreed)
  • April 15 Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle (+ Freedom Call + Grailknights)
  • April 16 Hamburg – Markthalle (+ Freedom Call + Grailknights)
  • April 17 Frankfurt – Batschkapp (+ Freedom Call + Grailknights)

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Massacre Records / MYSTIC PROPHECY album title
Posted by: Denis / 18.01.2016
MYSTIC PROPHECY will release the band's 9th studio album in March 2016!

The band around frontman and producer R.D. Liapakis has already finished the album recordings at the Music Factory & Prophecy Studio. R.D. Liapakis and Fredrik Nordström are currently adding finishing touches to the album at the Fredman Studio (In Flames, Sabaton, Arch Enemy, etc.).

R.D. Liapakis comments: "It's been the 6th time we're working with Fredrik. We go along well and respect his work. I can't wait to get feedback for the new album, because the expectations are high. I'm 100% sure that we won't disappoint any fan with WAR BRIGADE!"

Yes, the cat's out of the bag, the new album's called War Brigade!

The band also revealed that the cover artwork will once again be created by Uwe Jarling, who is also responsible for the artwork for KillHammer, MYSTIC PROPHECY's 8th album.

European fans can look forward to March/April 2016, when MYSTIC PROPHECY will present the new album live on tour with Orden Ogan and Manimal!

MYSTIC PROPHECY's new album War Brigade will be released on March 18, 2016 via Massacre Records.

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Nuclear Blast / DESTRUCTION recording new album 'Under Attack'
Posted by: Denis / 18.01.2016
Iconic Thrash Metal band DESTRUCTION are currently working on their new album entitled Under Attack. The band started the recording sessions after the summer festivals last year and have been recording segments in various studios between September 2015 and January 2016. So far they have completed the drum recordings with Martin Buchwalter at Gernhart Studios in Germany, as well as completing some basic recordings, mixing and mastering with VO Pulver at Little Greek Studios in Switzerland.

Under Attack will be released on May 13 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Band leader Schmier states: "We really took our time for this album. After the summer festivals we went into the studio every couple of weeks to record brand new songs and ideas in between all the touring activities. We took several studio sessions instead of one long one, to keep the ideas fresh and have time later before the mix to change bits and pieces that we did not like! Maybe this was the most effective writing we did in the last years!
Due the fact we had more time in between the albums there was a lot of musical output and creativity but also less pressure. From my point of view you can definitely hear the crispiness in the songwriting and the kick ass attitude we brought from the shows into the studio. The 'on tour into the studio on tour mode' was so effective that I wanna keep this method for the future!
How does the new record sound? For sure not like a band that is in its 33 years of existence: Efficient aggression: FAST - CATCHY - ORIGINAL!"

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Scarlet Records / A PERFECT DAY - NEW SIGNING AND NEW ALBUM 'THE DEAFENING SILENCE'
Posted by: Denis / 15.01.2016
A Perfect Day have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of the band's second album, The Deafening Silence. A March 18th, 2016 release has been confirmed.

Formed in 2011, A Perfect Day is the brain-child of Andrea Cantarelli, already guitarist and co-founder of Italian Heavy Metal band Labyrinth, and includes drummer Alessandro Bissa (Labyrinth) and singer Alessandro Barruffetti.

Inspired by post-grunge era Metal, Rock and Hard Rock sounds, A Perfect Day is one of those bands in which melody plays a leading role, as well as class-A musicianship and classy arrangements. The band released their debut album on Frontiers records with talented musician Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth) on vocals and bass, and got immediate attention for being able to combine a very relaxed atmosphere with aggressive sounds in quite a unique way. Roberto left the band in 2014 but was replaced by Alessandro Barruffetti, who was able to bring his many talents and a very positive vibe in the A Perfect Day camp.

This is how the band commented: "We are extremely excited for the release of this new album. We worked very hard for more than two years, trying to keep intact the stylistic stamp that marked our debut album whilst evolving in multiple directions. The songs are in-your-face, the melodies are immediately able to capture the listener's attention and the extremely diverse sound will surely attract a wide and diverse audience."

Produced in collaboration with Giovanni 'Meniak' Nebbia (co-producer and sound engineer of Labyrinth, Vision Divine, Timo Tolkki), described as 'the fifth member of the band', the album – whose tracklist will be revealed to the fans via Facebook on February the 18, 2016 – offers a feast of listening experiences. "We put the record together with a lot of confidence," Cantarelli reveals, "and without the need to include commercially-driven songs. We did it for ourselves, something to be proud of ourselves for years to come. The Deafening Silence will take you on a ride that you will not forget!"
Scarlet Records / EDU FALASCHI - 25TH YEAR CAREER ANNIVERSARY ALBUM 'MOONLIGHT'
Posted by: Denis / 15.01.2016
Worldwide known Brazilian singer and composer Edu Falaschi (Almah, Symbols, ex-Angra) celebrates his 25 year career anniversary this year with a special 'best-of' album, Moonlight, in which he offers some gems from his extensive catalog rearranged for voice, piano, guitar and orchestra. The album includes an outstanding mix of classic Rock, jazz and popular music, in which Falaschi displays his amazing talents like never before. Some of these songs are already among Metal fans favourites, songs like Nova Era, Rebirth, Heroes Of Sand, Spread Your Fire and many more, with Symbols, Angra and Almah equally represented.

Moonlight will be available starting from March 18th, 2016. More details will be revealed soon.

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Pure Steel Records / NINJA 'Into The Fire' cover, tracklist, releasedate: 18th March 2016
Posted by: Denis / 15.01.2016
The release date of the NINJA album Into The Fire on CD is March 18th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on March 04th, 2016 in label's webshop.

Since 1997 nobody has heard from NINJA. In 2014 the band had a comeback with a new studio album, but this album was only available on a self-made CD-Rom. The same procedure the band had chosen for their second and third albums. This is probably the reason why they stayed in the underground. Apart from the new album, NINJA's other three albums will be released in a high-quality CD edition by Pure Steel/Karthago Records. NINJA represent traditional German Heavy Metal with good songwriting. Their sound sometimes reminds you of WASP with a pinch of ACCEPT and AC/DC, all done very cleverly. Those bands would certainly like to have songs of a quality like Thunder, Vagabond Heart over Blood of my blood in their program. NINJA are definitely the German rediscovery of 2016!
    TRACKLISTING
  1. Frozen Time
  2. Thunder
  3. Vagabond Heart
  4. Masterpiece
  5. Hot Blond Shot
  6. Always Been Hell
  7. Blood Of My Blood
  8. Coward
  9. Last Chance
  10. Sledgehammer
  11. Supernatural
  12. Into The Fire
    Total Playing Time: 50:36 min

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Nuclear Blast / Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY kick off European tour
Posted by: Denis / 15.01.2016
Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY, the creators of cinematic Metal, kick off their long-awaited Prometheus Cinematic European Tour at Le Brise Glace in Annecy, France. The tour will end on February 19th at Live Club in Milan in the band's homecountry Italy. RHAPSODY will be joined on stage by opera singers Riccardo Cecchi and Emilie Ragni. Support will come from five bands: IRON MASK, TEMPERANCE, ASYLUM PYRE, QANTICE, ANCIENT BARDS.

Bass player Patrice Guers commented: "Such a tour will represent a real emotional adventure: an amazing setlist, video projection, special guests, surprises... We are all waiting for you. Stay Cinematic!"
    Tour dates
  • 2016-01-15 Annecy (Le Brise Glace) FR
  • 2016-01-16 Mannheim (Alte Seilerei) DE
  • 2016-01-17 Tilburg (013) NL
  • 2016-01-18 Bochum (Matrix) DE
  • 2016-01-20 Hamburg (Logo) DE
  • 2016-01-21 Berlin (Columbia Theater) DE
  • 2016-01-22 Prague (Nova Chmelnice) CZ
  • 2016-01-23 Wroclaw (Alibi) PL
  • 2016-01-24 Warsaw (Proxima) PL
  • 2016-01-26 Kosice (Collosseum) SK
  • 2016-01-27 Budapest (Club 202) HU
  • 2016-01-29 Bratislava (Majestic Music Club) SK
  • 2016-01-30 Wien (Szene) AT
  • 2016-01-31 Augsburg (Spectrum) DE
  • 2016-02-01 Aschaffenburg (Colossaal) DE
  • 2016-02-03 München (Backstage) DE
  • 2016-02-04 Ludwigsburg (Rockfabrik) DE
  • 2016-02-05 Lyss (Kufa) CH
  • 2016-02-06 Paris (Divan Du Monde) FR
  • 2016-02-08 Glasgow (Divan Du Monde) GB
  • 2016-02-09 London (02 Academy Islington) GB
  • 2016-02-10 Vosselaar (Biebob) BE
  • 2016-02-12 Madrid (Caracol) ES
  • 2016-02-13 Barcelona (Salamandra 1) ES
  • 2016-02-16 Lyon (Ninkasi Kao) FR
  • 2016-02-17 Bologna (Estragon) IT
  • 2016-02-18 Rome (Orion) IT
  • 2016-02-19 Milan (Live Club) IT
  • 2016-04-26 Hartford, CT (Webster Theater) US
  • 2016-04-28 New York City, NY (Stage 48) US
  • 2016-04-29 Pittsburgh, PA (Altar Bar) US
  • 2016-04-30 Cleveland, OH (Agora Theater) US
  • 2016-05-01 Detroit, MI (Token Longue) US
  • 2016-05-03 Chicago, IL (Concord Music Hall) US
  • 2016-05-04 Minneapolis, MN (Mill City Nights) US
  • 2016-05-05 Kansas City, MO (Granada Theater) US
  • 2016-05-06 Denver, CO (Bluebird Theater) US
  • 2016-05-08 Seattle, WA (El Corazon) US
  • 2016-05-09 Vancouver, BC (Rickshaw Theater) CA
  • 2016-05-11 San Francisco, CA (Rockbar Theater) US
  • 2016-05-12 Los Angeles, CA (The Grove) US
  • 2016-05-13 Las Vegas, NV (LVCS) US
  • 2016-05-14 San Diego, CA (Brick By Brick) US
  • 2016-05-15 Phoenix, AZ (Club Red) US
  • 2016-05-17 Dallas, TX (Trees) US
  • 2016-05-18 Houston, TX (Scout Bar) US
  • 2016-05-20 Orlando, FL (The Haven) US
  • 2016-05-21 Tampa, FL (Orpheum) US
  • 2016-05-22 Atlanta, GA (The Masquerade) US
  • 2016-05-24 Baltimore, MD (Soundstage) US
  • 2016-05-25 Albany, NY (Upstate Concert Hall) US
  • 2016-05-26 Philadelphia, PA (The Trocadero) US
  • 2016-05-28 Worcester, MA (The Palladium) US
  • 2016-05-30 Montreal, QC (Club Soda) CA
  • 2016-05-31 Quebec City, QC (Imperial) CA
  • 2016-06-01 Toronto, ON (Mod Club) CA

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Metal Blade / Redemption reveals details for new album, 'The Art of Loss'
Posted by: Denis / 15.01.2016
On February 26th, Los Angeles Prog-Metal outfit Redemption – featuring Nick van Dyk, Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), Sean Andrews, Chris Quirarte (as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on an indefinite medical hiatus) – will release their sixth full-length, The Art of Loss, via Metal Blade Records worldwide! The album is available for pre-order now in various formats at metalblade.com/redemption, where fans can also watch the lyric video for the first single, Damaged – featuring guest guitarist Marty Friedman!

Containing over 70 minutes of their unique blend of passion, melody, aggression and complexity, The Art of Loss was produced once again by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pagan's Mind, Pretty Maids, etc.), who worked with the band on 2009's Snowfall on Judgment Day. The cover artwork was also created by long-time Redemption collaborator Travis Smith (Opeth, Amorphis).
Musically, The Art of Loss follows its predecessor (2011's This Mortal Coil), but their newest work finds composition, musicianship and production taken up another notch, with an array of songs ranging from hard-hitting Melodic Metal to the 23-minute epic At Day;s End – plus, special guest appearances from Chris Broderick, John Bush, Marty Friedman, Simone Mularoni, Chris Poland.
    The Art of Loss track-listing
  1. The Art of Loss (featuring Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland)
  2. Slouching Towards Bethlehem (featuring Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland)
  3. Damaged (featuring Marty Friedman)
  4. Hope Dies Last (featuring Chris Poland)
  5. That Golden Light
  6. Thirty Silver (featuring Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, and Chris Broderick)
  7. The Center of the Fire (featuring Chris Poland)
  8. Love Reign o'er Me (The Who cover; featuring John Bush and Chris Poland)
  9. At Day's End (featuring Chris Poland and Simone Mularoni)

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Massacre Records - new signing: WICKED MARAYA
Posted by: Denis / 15.01.2016
WICKED MARAYA - and they're finally going to release the long lost album Lifetime In Hell on Massacre Records!

The band has been active since 1991 and has already released 3 albums: Cycles (1994), No Hope For Humanity (1996) as well as Counterculture (1997). They're a force on stage, and have toured with bands such as Metal Church, Widowmaker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Skyclad, Superjoint Ritual, Great White in the US and abroad.

Lifetime In Hell was originally planned to be the band's 1991 debut, but due to unforeseen circumstances with the independent record label they first signed to, Cycles became the band's official debut instead.

With legendary producer Jim Morris, WICKED MARAYA recorded their 9 song effort at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida. A heavy, bombastic and raw album, Lifetime In Hell is WICKED MARAYA at their earliest, hungry stage. An album setting the pre-cursor to the Cycles-sound with big, moody vocals and twin harmony guitar work!

Now, after 18 years, for the first time since 1998, WICKED MARAYA is proud to finally release Lifetime In Hell, including 2 brand new, classic sounding songs - Fall From Grace and Suicidal Dawn!

WICKED MARAYA's 4th album Lifetime In Hell is set to be released in spring 2016 via Massacre Records.

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Massacre Records / ELM STREET new album
Posted by: Denis / 15.01.2016
Massacre Records are happy to announce that the Heavy Metal outfit ELM STREET from Australia has re-signed with Massacre Records, and plans to release a new album this summer!

With the success of the Heart Racer EP in May 2015, ELM STREET's now ready to release the band's second album, titled Knock 'Em Out... With A Metal Fist! It will feature 10 original songs, and will be produced by Ermin Hamidovic at Systematic Productions. Ken Kelly, who has already worked with bands like Manowar or Kiss, will create the artwork.

ELM STREET stated that the 10 songs will showcase the band's signature sound, along with added production elements, which will make this album a highlight in every true metalhead's collection!

ELM STREET's second album Knock 'Em Out... With A Metal Fist will be released on June 25, 2016 via Massacre Records.

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Ukrainian metal band SCARLETH has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 14.01.2016
Ukrainian Metal band SCARLETH has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. The band released this autumn their new album The Silver Lining, that GlobMetal is going to promote.

The band guitarist Victor Morozov says: "We are pleased to say that we are starting working with GlobMetal Promotions! I expect it to be efficient collaboration and we hope you'll like our new album as much as we do."
Century Media / Queensrÿche exclusively debuts new music video for 'Eye 9' with Loudwire; currently headlining across North America
Posted by: Denis / 14.01.2016
QUEENSRŸCHE kicked-off the New Year with a massive bang embarking on a lengthy North American headlining run.

The striking new music video for Eye 9 can be seen exclusively now via Loudwire at this link.

QUEENSRYCHE's highly acclaimed new, full-length offering, Condition Hüman, via Century Media Records debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 charts with 13,798 units sold. The disc sees LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime on what is now his sophomore recording effort with the band. Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed) in the band's native Washington, Condition Hüman is a new mountain towering over many of the peaks and valleys of the hard rock landscape.

Against the formidable obstacles of an ever-changing cultural landscape, the rise and fall of various musical trends, and the near collapse of the record industry itself, QUEENSRŸCHE secured a triumphant legacy as one of Hard Rock's most respected and celebrated acts, selling 30 million albums around the world across a 30-plus-year career.
    QUEENSRŸCHE Headlining
  • Jan. 12 @ Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
  • Jan. 14 @ Alamo City Music Hall - San Antonio, TX
  • Jan. 15 @ Trees - Dallas, TX
  • Jan. 16 @ Scout Bar - Houston, TX
  • Jan. 17 @ Brewster Street Ice House - Corpus Christi, TX
  • Jan. 21 @ Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
  • Jan. 22 @ Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
  • Jan. 23 @ The Palladium - Boston, MA
  • Jan. 24 @ Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
  • Jan. 25 @ 9:30 Club - Washington D.C.
  • Jan. 27 @ Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
  • Jan. 28 @ Limelight - Peoria, IL
  • Jan. 29 @ St. Croix Casino - Turtle Lake, WI
  • Jan. 30 @ The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
  • Jan. 31 @ Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
  • Feb. 2 @ Knuckleheads - Kansas City, MO
  • Feb. 3 @ Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
  • Feb. 4 @ In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
  • Feb. 5 @ Knitting Factory - Reno, NV
  • Mar 10 @ Badlands Pawn Gold and Jewelry Sioux Falls, SD
  • Mar 19 @ Snoqualmie Casino Showroom Snoqualmie, WA
  • Apr 14 @ Chumash Casino Santa Ynez, CA
  • Apr 16 @ Fort Hall Casino Fort Hall, ID
  • May 06 @ Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel & Casino Biloxi, MS

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InsideOut Music / Headspace launch first track from new album 'All That You Fear Is Gone'
Posted by: Denis / 14.01.2016
Headspace, the band featuring Damian Wilson (Threshold) & Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne, Snakecharmer), recently announced the release of their second album All That You Fear Is Gone on 26th February 2016. The band, completed by guitarist Pete Rinaldi (Hot Leg) & bassist Lee Pomeroy (It Bites, Steve Hackett), and new drummer Adam Falkner (Babyshambes, Dido, One Eskimo) have also launched the first track to be taken from the album, and you can listen to Your Life Will Change here.

Vocalist Damian Wilson had this to say about the track: "We have a natural need to better ourselves, our situation and future. This is part of the human survival instinct and is encouraged and fed by the world we live in. Despite being aware that the real value is in the here and now, we find ourselves brushed along. But is it truly possible to opt out from this merry go round? Your Life Will Change references past civilizations to modern entertainment. We are distracted and controlled by a society. But what happens if we really break away from the group and ignore the ideal we're being sold? Will we become gods or fallen angels?"

Guitarist Pete Rinaldi adds of the album: "This album picks up where I Am Anonymous finishes. The process of each of us adding their creativity to the tracks has made this something we are really proud of. All That You Fear Is Gone features the debut of my good friend Adam Falkner on drums who has done a fantastic job making his mark on this record, we are all looking forward to bringing it to live audiences."
    The full track-listing for the album is as follows:
  1. Road to Supremacy
  2. Your Life Will Change
  3. Polluted Alcohol
  4. Kill You With Kindness
  5. The Element
  6. The Science Within Us
  7. Semaphore
  8. The Death Bell
  9. The Day You Return
  10. All That You Fear Is Gone
  11. Borders and Days
  12. Secular Souls
Adam Wakeman previously commented on the record: "This album is the first to debut new drummer Adam Falkner whom Pete Rinaldi and I have toured with a lot in the past. He's a superb player and he really fits with the band's sound and style. He also gets a round in, which is a plus."

Damian Wilson adds: "The conforming individual represented in the first album that breaks away, is reflected in All That You Fear Is Gone. Free thinking, fighting against natural grouping, what appears as destructive rebellion is in fact evolution. Written to make the listener think, whilst capturing the ear with complexity and simplicity combined. Embarking on the second Headspace album I personally had a clear vision, but by the time each band member had thrown in their piece, I thought we had produced an album that was unlistenable to. As it progressed, the rough edges and corners seemed to settle like a good lasagne. Everyone has their own tastes, but I know this is a bloody good lasagne."

All That You Fear Is Gone is the follow-up to 2012's debut album I Am Anonymous, once again produced by the band and mixed by Jens Bogren. Expect more information, including tour dates, in the coming months.

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Pitch Black Records / Arrayan Path back with new album
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2016
Epic Heavy/Power Metal masters ARRAYAN PATH are back with their fifth album, a follow-up to 2013's excellent IV: Stigmata.

As previously announced the album is titled Chronicles of Light and it will be released on February 5th through Pitch Black Records on CD and Digital. Chronicles of Light was recorded at Maranis Studios in Germany and Play on Ten Studios in Nicosia. It was produced by ARRAYAN PATH and Vagelis Maranis who also handled mixing and mastering. The album's amazing cover was designed by the well-known artist Caio Caldas.

It's been a little over 2 years since the band's last offering and their new and highly anticipated album will not disappoint any existing ARRAYAN PATH fans or even new Power Metal fans! The band's unique and epically melodic and powerful style for which they are well-known is still strongly evident throughout their new album, offering a pure kick in the gut right from the start!

The album also includes a somewhat 'unusual' cover of 80's Greek pop song 'Me to Simadi tou Skorpiou' (direct translation: 'With the Sign of the Scorpion') by Stefanos Korkolis but with new lyrics in English. This track is only available on the CD version of the album.

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Nuclear Blast / ALMANAC - reveal third studio episode; bonus DVD content announced
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2016
ALMANAC, the new band of Victor Smolski, will release their debut record Tsar on March 18th via Nuclear Blast. Now, the third and last studio trailer for the upcoming album has been launched. Watch the clip here.
Metal Blade / Exumer premieres new single, Sinster Souls
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2016
Ready to unleash their fourth album, The Raging Tides, on January 29th worldwide via Metal Blade Records, German Thrash metallers Exumer have launched a new track, Sinister Souls!

Singer Mem von Stein comments: "As with Fire and Damnation, we tried to carry the vibe of our earlier albums on The Raging Tides. Sinister Souls represents the bridge between an updated Thrash Metal sound and traditional riffing with a healthy infusion of 1980s spirit."

Recorded with producer/engineer Waldemar Soychta at Waldstreet Sound in Dortmund, Germany, The Raging Tides is a deliberate and violent Thrash attack that stays true to the band's 30 year legacy. Conceptually and lyrically, vocalist Mem V. Stein has based the bulk of the record around human suffering – specifically "caused by torture or other means for political, religious, or personal gain for the individuals/organizations who inflict the pain," Stein asserts. Inspired by a wide range of books and articles, the title of the album itself, according to Stein, "represents the ebb and flow of human misery and despair around the globe".

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Crafting the Conspiracy inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2016
Crafting the Conspiracy has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. The band released in 2015 their new EP Human Error, that GlobMetal is going to promote.

Crafting the Conspiracy was formed in 2014 Odessa, Texas, and in the past year played with Thy Art is Murder, Soulfly, Within the Ruins and many more. In November 2015 the band released their debut EP Human Error.
Imperative PR / My Silent Wake - 10 year anniversary album release
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2016
In celebration of their first ten years as a band, My Silent Wake are about to release An Unbroken Threnody 2005 – 2015; a reflective compilation album that brings together material from their fourth ever gig, from vinyl only releases, from classic albums, fan favourites and band favourites, all freshly remastered – not to mention a new and exclusive song. Ian Arkley, main man and constant creative presence, shares his thoughts on the band's career so far in the sleeve notes and Matt Vickerstaff – known for his work with My Dying Bride amongst others - has contributed some beautiful album artwork. As a thank you to purchasers, each CD will also come with a download code giving access to an array of further remastered classic My Silent Wake material.

An Unbroken Threnody sets the seal on a remarkable first chapter in the My Silent Wake story, a chapter overflowing with powerful, emotive and diverse musical accomplishments and it also announces the beginning of even more exciting times to come.

The album is released through Stone Groove Records on 08 February 2016.
Intromental Worldwide / LOST IN THOUGHT
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2016
Intromental Worldwide are extremely happy to be able to announce that what they consider one of the best young Progressive Metal bands of the last decade has decided to not only reunite after a three-year hiatus, but also to rejoin forces with the label here at Intromental. Without further ado, the label gives you LOST IN THOUGHT.
Nightmare Records / Myrath 'Legacy'
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2016
MYRATH return with a new album of their special brand of 'Oriental Metal'! After many shows in many countries and over four long years since their last album, they're back with a new collection of great tracks simply titled Legacy being released on Nightmare / Sony / RED to North America on February 12th, 2016.

MYRATH is a Franco-Tunisian Rock/Metal band, yet in just a few years they've become a very enjoyed and respected band by the international Prog-Power community. Their new album Legacy promises to rocket the band higher yet, with both European and North American tour plans and their most exciting album to date.

MYRATH released their first full length album Hope in 2007 to France. Their follow up album Desert Call released early 2010 by both French label XIII BIS RECORDS (Sony distribution) and in the rest of the world by American Label Nightmare Records (Sony/Red/MRI) Desert Call offered a new style of Progressive Power Metal consisting of a mix between traditional Tunisian music and Metal enhanced by a balanced Arabian and western sound that was received exceptionally well by critics. Third MYRATH album Tales Of the Sands was released in late 2011, dubbing their new sound as 'Oriental Metal' the band was again launched into even higher status, finding themselves on opening touring slots with major artists DREAM THEATER, HIM, WASP, ORPHAND LAND, TARJA.

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Nightmare Records / DIVIDED MULTITUDE s/t
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2016
Divided Multitude began 20 years past in 1995, releasing two demos Stranded and Tale Of Tomorrow. Signing with Sensory Records in 1999 the band released their debut-album Inner Self and toured Norway & Denmark with the Swedish band Hollow.

The bands second full length release, Falling To Pieces came in 2002 leading the band to playing numerous festivals the highlight for the band being Prog Power Europe.

On hiatus for awhile from 2003-2007, members were involved in Triosphere, TalRusha, Wattamezz.

In 2008 Divided Multitude returned to record their third album Guardian Angel in late 2008 with the amazing Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios giving the band the sound they were looking for, finally releasing the album with Silverwolf Productions in 2010 with cover art by Mattias Norèn (Evergrey, Ayreon, John Petrucci), and the album design by Per Spjøtvold. Receiving solid reviews, the band toured Norway, and later Europe with Manticora.

Feed On Your Misery was the bands fourth release and came in early 2013. Mixed and mastered again by Jacob Hansen with cover-art and design by Per Spjøtvold. This release saw the band touring Europe with legendary Fates Warning, a massive success for Divided Multitude that also earned the band a highly sought after slot at ProgPowerUSA festival.

Now marks the band's 20th anniversary showing their strength and versatility more than ever with 10 new hard-hitting tracks from these self proclaimed 'Godfathers' of Norwegian Prog-Metal.

The new self-titled album features guest singers Terje Harøy (Pyramaze, Crossnail) and Brian Ashland (Shadow Gallery, Eden).
Pure Steel Records / DESTRUCTOR 'Back In Bondage' cover, tracklist, releasedate: 26th February 2016
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2016
The release date of the DESTRUCTOR album Back In Bondage on CD is February 26th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on February 12th, 2016 in label's webshop.

With the eternal cult band DESTRUCTOR from Cleveland/Ohio, the label has signed a real treasure via Pure Steel Records. To aficionados, the 1985 debut Maximum Destruction (Auburn Records) owns an irrefutable, godlike status for already three decades. Unfortunately the career of the aspiring band ended very sudden back in early 1988, when bassist Dave Holocaust has been murdered from behind. Afterwards the band had a break for eleven years.

Now, for the first time, the label officially releases the second album Back In Bondage. Fast and energetic US Power Metal, provided with a decent Thrash mark, will satisfy every Metal maniac. On this nine great, outstanding tunes, the unique, screaming high pitched voice of band leader Dave Overkill will also thrill every real, dedicated fan. A powerful, spirited Old School production remind back to the collection of hymns from the debut album. Thanks to the Back In Bondage release, from now on every crazy Auburn lunatic can be reassured; a real masterpiece!
    TRACKLISTING
  1. Fight
  2. Final Solution
  3. G-Force
  4. N.B.K.
  5. Pompeii
  6. Powerslave
  7. The Shedding Of Blood And Tears
  8. Tornado
  9. Triangle
    Total Playing Time: 55:11 min

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Azerine inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 11.01.2016
Azerine has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. The band released in 2015 their new EP Orthodoxy, that GlobMetal is going to promote.

Azerine was formed in 2014 in Tucson, Arizona by a creature named Tempest. The band released 2 EP's Throne ov Perdition (2014) and Orthodoxy in 2015.
Alberto Rigoni releases 'FutureFunk' video feat. Remco Hendrix
Posted by: Denis / 11.01.2016
Let's start the new year with a crazy video!

Italian bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, Vivaldi Metal Project, Kim Bingham, The Italians) has just released the official video of FutureFunk, also featuring the talented and innovative Dutch bass player Remco Hendrix. The song will be featured on Alberto's upcoming album BASSORAMA that will be released in March/April 2016. Full album special guests cast includes: Doug Wimbish, Divinity ROXX, Stu Hamm, Nik West, Steve Lawson, Anna Sentina, Lars Lehmann, Remco Hendrix.
Asylum Pyre / New music video 'Unplug my Brain' is online
Posted by: Denis / 11.01.2016
The band is very pleased to present you Unplug my Brain, second music video and extract from the 3rd album of ASYLUM PYRE, Spirited Away, out since October, 23th through Massacre Records.

The band is also very happy to go on tour in 2 weeks with Luca Turilli's Rhapsody and Iron Mask through Europe (France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria). 13 dates from January 15th to January 30th.

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Imperative PR / Solitary join forces with One Machine (ft. Steve Smyth of FORBIDDEN) for a full Thrash assault
Posted by: Denis / 11.01.2016
Solitary will be taking a break from ongoing work on their latest album to join forces with Steve Smyth (Forbidden, Testament, Nevermore) and One Machine, to annihilate The Venue in Selby. Both bands have a formidable arsenal of riffs at their disposal and deliver live performances of incredible intensity. The show is presented in association with Zero Tolerance Magazine and ourselves, here at Imperative PR.

Solitary have been on the front lines of UK Thrash for over twenty years and are gearing up to make 2016 their biggest year yet. A brand new album, mixed by Simon Efemy (Amorphis, Paradise Lost, Napalm Death etc), will be out later this year and the band are booked to play at both Beermageddon and Wildfire festivals in the coming months.
Jolly Roger Records / GODWATT 'L'Ultimo Sole' new album and 'Memoria' videoclip available
Posted by: Denis / 11.01.2016
Italian doomsters Godwatt released a videoclip for track Memoria, taken from L'Ultimo Sole ('The Last Sun') album, out 29th February on LP, CD, Digital formats on Jolly Roger Records.

After some self-productions, having changed the name of the band from Godwatt Redemption to Godwatt and shared stages with bands as Ufomammut, Necrodeath, Doomraiser, Zippo, Lento, Karma To Burn, caught the attention of Jolly Roger Records. L'Ultimo Sole includes 7 tracks from MMXVXMM (January 2015) and for CD only 2 bonus tracks from Senza Redenzione (2013), completely re-recorded. At this link Memoria videoclip.
    GODWATT is:
  • Moris Fosco - Vocals, Guitar
  • Mauro Passeri - Bass
  • Andrea Vozza - Drums
Arthorium Records / Hazy Hamlet announces changes in line-up
Posted by: Denis / 11.01.2016
Brazilian veteran group of classic Heavy Metal HAZY HAMLET announces changes in line-up. Depart from the band Arthur Migotto, who, in addition to being singer, played the roles of composer and producer, and Cadu Madera, drummer.

This is the first change since March 2008 - the period before the release of album Forging Metal - when the group has stabilized with the addition of Cadu Madera. Both members left the band for personal reasons and in a friendly manner.

Cadu departs for a period of rest and with expectation of future finding a project with a more vintage sound proposal. For the drummer position returns Hermano Filho, original member that preceded him during the period from 1999 to 2008 and member of the line-up which effectively recorded the debut of the band. The two are friends and the transition occurred naturally and smoothly.

In its turn the vocalist position is vacant for the first time since 2002, when singer Arthur Migotto joined the group. Arthur departs by the difficulty carrying out activities related to the band. The member moved from Maringa to Curitiba in October 2010 and the distance of more than 400 km truly complicated the logistics and costs for rehearsals and events. In addition, the abrupt change of environment took the frontman to develop strong allergic reaction that degrades the performance of his voice, a problem from which he never fully recovered.

After departing Arthur Migotto will remain involved with the Metal scene through audio productions, one of his passions related to music, and with the future releases of his label Arthorium Records.

At the moment HAZY HAMLET is conducting hearings with candidates for the post of new vocalist. Despite the peaceful atmosphere, the band wishes this transition to occur briefly as the original trio Fabio Nakahara (B), Julio Bertin (G) and Hermano Filho (D) is already in the process of composition for the material which will succeed album Full Throttle, released in 2013.
25 albums entered into our database lately are:
1. Drakkar (Belgium)
"Once Upon a Time... Hellive!"

2. Drakkar (Belgium)
"Once Upon a Time... in Hell!"

3. Drakher
"Meat Grinder"

4. Within Silence
"Gallery of Life"

5. Dragonsfire
"new album"

6. Dragonsfire
"Metal X"

7. Dragonlance
"Shadow of the Elder Titans"

8. Incubus
"Serpent Temptation"

9. Incubus
"Beyond the Unknown"

10. Incubus
"Serpent Temptation"

11. Dragonforce
"In the Line of Fire"

12. Dragoner
"new album"

13. Dragoner
"Acordes de Libertad"

14. Shadowquest
"Last Farewell"

15. Shadowquest
"Blood of the Pure"

16. Shadowquest
"All One"

17. Dragon Guardian
"Ragnarok"

18. Dragon Guardian
"少年騎士と3人の少女の英雄詩"

19. Gus G.
"Brand New Revolution"

20. Thunderstone
"Apocalypse Again"

21. Dionysus
"promo"

22. DGM
"new album"

23. Wind Rose
"demo"

24. Wind Rose
"Shadows Over Lothadruin"

25. Defender
"Damien"


15 bands entered into our database lately are:
1. Gasoline Guns
2. Staryy Sklep
3. Commandment
4. Valkyrie's Cry
5. Deja Vu
6. Fallen Angels (US)
7. Wishdoom
8. Arkham Witch
9. Enchanter
10. Arion
11. Zephaniah
12. Yawarhiem
13. Winter's Verge
14. We Are Legend
15. Scintilla Project, The

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