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Y.O.C. new songs
Posted by: Denis / 28.09.2016
Y.O.C. is in the course of new songs recording. One of them is Znöwhite cover Something Wicked (This Way Comes)!

Everything will be available on our band's page!

GlobMetal Promotions / Black Smiths released new single
Posted by: Denis / 26.09.2016
Russian Alternative Metal band Black Smiths released their new single Out Of You from the upcoming EP The Road Has Just Begun.

Black Smiths was formed in 2009 at Rostov-on-Don, Russia by Eduard Sokolov and Yuri Demida. The band released their debut EP FirstShot in 2013 and now work on the second.
Metal Media / Creptum: Black Metal in its pure state on new music video
Posted by: Denis / 26.09.2016
Brazilian Black Metal band CREPTUM stream their first video clip taken from the album Of lies, curses and blood. The chosen song is On The Pale Horse. The video was directed and produced by Tandi Verissimo.

Of lies, curses and blood was recorded at studio Ponto Zero, in Brazil, and produced by guitarist Deimous Nefus, the cover was in the hands of the very singer Tanatos. The mastering was the responsibility of Absolute Master.

The album has the participation on the song An Inevitable End of the multi-instrumentalist musician Paolo Bruno, known especially for his work with the bands Desdominus and Thy Light.
AFM Records / Eden's Curse 'The Great Pretender' lyric video released
Posted by: Denis / 26.09.2016
Multinational Melodic Hard Rock/Metal band EDEN'S CURSE issue their second single off the band's upcoming album Cardinal (out October 14th). Check out the lyric video for The Great Pretender.

Posted by: Denis / 26.09.2016
French Heavy Metal pioneers NIGHTMARE release the first single and video Ikarus, taken from their new album Dead Sun, out on November 25th!

Century Media / Witchery upcoming album details, new line-up and cover artwork reveal
Posted by: Denis / 26.09.2016
A full six years after their latest studio album release, Linköping / Sweden based blackened Metallers WITCHERY finally return with their long-awaited 6th studio album, programmatically entitled In His Infernal Majesty's Service and announced for a worldwide release on November 25th, 2016.

WITCHERY had played a score of festivals in support of their latest release Witchkrieg (2010), did a tour of Japan together with Vader and Watain, but unfortunately the band's line-up rotation continued. While former Dark Funeral vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula assumed live-session duties for a while (replacing ex-Marduk/Devian frontman Legion), it was only recently that guitarist and band-leader Jensen managed to gather the right new members for the recordings of In His Infernal Majesty's Service, as he explains:
"We've sadly had to part ways with two members prior to this album; long time band member Martin Axenrot and live member (and recording member-to-be) Emperor Magus Caligula. Martin's departure is purely down to him being too busy with his other musical endeavors and Caligula had to leave the band over an unfortunate medical condition involving his hearing. These are both serious losses for the band and we wish them all the best in the future. We have however been able to find more than able replacements for our two lost brethren: Chris Barkensjö on the drums and Angus Norder on vocals. They both bring fresh blood and fresh ideas to the band and you can clearly hear that they both have made it necessary for us 'old members' to step up our game a notch or two!"

Celebrating the 20th year of the group's existence, In His Infernal Majesty's Service showcases an illustrious and revamped line-up consisting of original members Jensen (Guit., The Haunted), Rikard Rimfält (Guit., Seance) and Sharlee D'Angelo (Bass, Arch Enemy), alongside new additions to this nocturnal guild Angus Norder (Vox, Nekrokraft) and Chris Barkensjö (Drums, LIK).

Self-evidently, WITCHERY stays the stylistic course and continues their infamous tradition of combining the best elements of old school Thrash, Speed, Death, Black and ultimately pure Heavy Metal with dead-on songwriting precision for maximum listening pleasure. In regards to the musical approach and the recording procedure goals with the new album, which was produced and mixed by Daniel Bergstrand at Dug Out Studio (Behemoth, In Flames, Meshuggah), Jensen adds the following:

"Musically, I wanted to make this album more raw than the previous ones. Perhaps as raw as the first album even. I really didn't want to over-work things, as I myself enjoy music that comes more from feeling and enthusiasm than music that has been contemplated and construed. This album is recorded by Daniel Bergstrand at his Dug Out Studio in Uppsala, Sweden. Even though Daniel has been a high profile name for ages within the Metal community, I've never had the opportunity to work with him before. I have to say that Daniel is really easy to work with. All around a great guy and he immediately understood what I was looking for production-wise when I spoke to him about the album. My main request was that I wanted a raw and unpolished production. I really dislike productions where you can hear that the band has had ages to complete just one song. Where there might be a month's worth of coffee breaks between the guitar takes etc. I wanted it to sound like a real band that is playing together. My second request was that I wanted the drums to sound like on Van Halen's 1984 album. I seriously love that aggressive middy drum sound. I think Daniel did an amazing job and I know that he rates this production very highly on his own personal list of albums he's worked on..."

WITCHERY's In His Infernal Majesty's Service comes packaged in classy artwork designed by Andreas Diaz Pettersson. Jensen comments on the cover as follows:
"Long-time friend of the band - and designer of many things associated with WITCHERY - Andreas Diaz Pettersson was once again called upon to create the artwork for our new album. He has a great ability to create artwork that really stands out within the scene, without compromising on quality or with the essence of the band. We are very pleased with what he has created for us, and we think the artwork is a great addition to the overall massive quality and appeal we truly believe this album to have. Stoked!"

Inner Wound Recordings / Enbound 'The Blackened Heart' details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 26.09.2016
The Swedish Melodic Metal band ENBOUND will release their new album The Blackened Heart on November 18th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

The Blackened Heart contains a nice mix of heavy and up tempo songs, all with their own strong and grasping melodies. Enbound prove with The Blackened Heart that they can handle any angle of Melodic Metal. Like on their debut album, the characteristic powerful arrangements remain with the fantastic and emotional vocals from Lee Hunter on top.

The album was mastered by Jacob Hansen (Amaranthe, Volbeat, Primal Fear) and guests on the album includes Linnea Wikstrom (Kamelot, Therion) and Mike LePond (Symphony X).
    The Blackened Heart track listing
  1. Falling
  2. Give Me Light
  3. Crossroad
  4. Get Ready For
  5. Feel My Flame
  6. Twelve
  7. Holy Grail
  8. HIO
  9. They Don't Really Know
  10. Make You So Unreal

InsideOut Music / Riverside release statement on future of band
Posted by: Denis / 26.09.2016
Polish prog masters RIVERSIDE have released a statement regarding the future of the band and you can find the full text below:

"Dear Friends,
We'd like to thank you again for your friendship and support throughout this most tragic time for us and we'd like to officially announce that we have made a decision about our future.
We have decided that we are not going to do a casting for a new guitarist. Thus we have ceased to be a quartet and have become a trio. In this line-up we will prepare our new studio album. Both in the recording studio and on tour - if we get back to touring - we will be playing with session guitarists, who are our friends, whom we know and like. But the line-up of Riverside will be as shown in the picture.

Yes, we do realise that this is not going to be the same band. We know that for many of you the story of Riverside ends here, this year, and that Eye of the Soundscape might be the last Riverside album you'll buy. We know that some of you can't imagine this band without the characteristic guitar of Piotr Grudzinski and for you Riverside has ceased to exist. But our story is not over yet; with a flaw, with a scar, with a wealth of new experiences, we have decided to go on.

We know stories of many bands that have survived and have been successful, in spite of all. And we want to be the living proof that giving up is not an option and that we can be an inspiration for others, too. For as long as we can, we'll continue to do our best to create and meet with you wherever the emotions are running high. Grudzien will still be with us. We are definitely not going to forget him. He's a part of our lives. But in order for the memory of him to survive, we have to continue. And we want to. So we're embarking on another journey and we are thankful to everyone who will join us.
Our plans for the nearest future?
Next year we're going to start working on a new album. Marked by the circumstances, it will probably be a return to heavier and more intense sound. But before that, in February 2017, on the anniversary of Piotr's death, we'd like to play our first gig. A very special gig which will be an exceptional event. We'd like to play it with guests, with friends, for Piotr, for us. And for you. We'd like our music to be the hero of that day, we'd like to let it speak for itself. We'll give you more details about it in the coming weeks.
The river will never be the same again but it doesn't mean it has to stop flowing.
Best regards,
Mariusz Duda, Piotr Kozieradzki, Michal Lapaj."

Napalm Records / HAMMERFALL release new single & video 'Hammer High'
Posted by: Denis / 26.09.2016
Sweden's Heavy Metal master HAMMERFALL is back with the release of their hotly anticipated 10th studio album Built To Last, which is set to see the light of day on November 4th 2016 on Napalm Records. After leaving fans breathless with their first single The Sacred Vow, the band has now unleashed a brand new video for the track Hammer High.

Nuclear Blast / SONATA ARCTICA release video clip for 'Life'
Posted by: Denis / 26.09.2016
Finnish Melodic Metal titans, SONATA ARCTICA, will unleash their new studio album called The Ninth Hour on October 7th through Nuclear Blast. Now the band have released the music video for the brand-new song Life directed by Ville Juurikkala.

Y.O.C. new page on Twitter
Posted by: Denis / 25.09.2016
For the attention of rockers/metalheads: please check new Y.O.C.'s page on Twitter and follow it.

Stormspell Records / CLAYMOREAN
Posted by: Denis / 23.09.2016
CLAYMOREAN's sophomore album entitled Songs From a Dying World is coming out soon. If you dig female fronted epic Metal with Folk influences, check it out here.
Spinefarm Records / AMARANTHE DROP 'THAT SONG'
Posted by: Denis / 23.09.2016
AMARANTHE, the cutting edge rock band with the triple lead vocal attack, have dropped That Song from their upcoming album Maximalism, out October 21 via Spinefarm.

"The time has come to unveil That Song to the world", said guitarist Olof Morck. "Showcasing a new side of Amaranthe, the song combines an anthemic arena riff with an irresistibly groovy flow, creating maybe the most unique Amaranthe track yet! Describing the strife and hardships that follow with trying to pursue your dreams, That Song embodies the turning point in your life when your direction becomes clear. So stomp your feet and clap your hands to That Song!"

Maximalism is the follow-up to 2014's breakthrough MASSIVE ADDICTIVE.

Refusing to be pinned down by genre or convention, Amaranthe have consistently pursued the less-travelled path, blending different sounds and styles to create a signature hybrid approach. Maximalism sees their collective wide-angle vision laid out with greater skill and conviction than ever before.

The European tour begins on 25.Oct.
Posted by: Denis / 23.09.2016
One Machine are pleased to announce the final dates on their tour in support of The Final Cull. Says Steve Smyth: "We're very grateful to have had The Final Cull so very well received in this past year! To be able to tour for a year on a record at the present level of the band is something generally unheard of, and we're very grateful to all of the fans we have made out there in the last few years, as well as all of the new fans we have welcomed over 2016 to the world of One Machine! Thank you! Without you, we are nothing! We will start these dates with the first show taking place as a headliner in Cremona, Italy at Midian, in between it all a stop at the mighty Mammothfest 2016 in Brighton, U.K., and the final show taking place on October 15th in Edinburgh, Scotland as a headliner at an all day festival called Fleshtival! We want to see every one of you that can make these shows come on out to our last dates in support of The Final Cull, and our last dates of 2016! See you on tour!"
  • 09-29 Midian Cremona Italy
  • 09-30 De Verlicht Geest Roeselare Belgium
  • 10-01 Mammothfest Concorde 2 Brighton UK
  • 10-07 The Cobblestones Bridgwater UK
  • 10-09 Sound Circus Bournemouth UK
  • 10-14 Da Rock Gourock UK
  • 10-15 Fleshtival (headliner) Edinburgh UK

NoiseArt Records / SUICIDAL ANGELS playthrough video of 'Eternally to Suffer'
Posted by: Denis / 23.09.2016
The new album of Greek Thrash Metal tank SUICIDAL ANGELS, Division Of Blood, was released on May 27th via NoiseArt Records.

Now the band presents a playthrough video of the track Eternally to Suffer.

Progressive metal band Oni signs with Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records
Posted by: Denis / 23.09.2016
As Heavy Metal devotees may have noticed of late, rising Progressive Metal band Oni has been gearing up for something big. Now the band is pleased to reveal the news of their recent signing with Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records. The label will unleash Oni's highly-anticipated Progressive Metal opus, Ironshore, on Black Friday, November 25th.

Blacklight Media is a new label launched this past February by Chris Santos, executive chef and managing partner of the New York City restaurants VANDAL, The Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex, in partnership with Metal Blade Records CEO/founder Brian Slagel. Santos states, "One of the things that I think will make Blacklight Media a label to watch for years to come is the diversity of our roster. Oni is our first crushingly heavy signing that matches their heaviness with incredible progressive precision and classically brutal breakdowns. I'm very excited to have them as part of the Blacklight Media family!"

Vocalist Jake Oni adds, "We are excited to announce our signing with Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records. It is an honor to be on the same roster as so many amazing bands. With the support of this legendary label at our side, the world is ours!"

Featuring the already-buzzing single Eternal Recurrence – an uncompromising anthem that upon release gave Metal fans an early look at Oni's undeniable technical talent – Ironshore takes listeners on an absorbing ride that provides ample opportunity for head-banging, singing along and deep introspection. To hear Eternal Recurrence, stream the track or watch the official video here.

Formed in 2014, the initial vision for Oni was, "to be the band I never got to see&quiot;, explains Jake Oni. With their influences rooted in Progressive Metal, Oni's sound can be compared to the genre's heavy hitters – The Human Abstract, Protest The Hero, Between The Buried And Me – yet they remain truly unique. With Jake Oni handling vocal duties, Martin Andres and Brandon White on guitar, Chase Bryant on bass and Joe Greulich on drums, they are also perhaps the first Metal band to feature a Xylo-synth player, in the form of Johnny D, which adds an intriguing dynamic to the nine tracks found on Ironshore.
br /> Oni has now set their sights on conquering the music world, one show at a time. After their upcoming performance at this year's Knotfest (which will feature a special guest appearance by Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe during their 11:55am-12:25pm set on the Nuclear Blast stage), the band will join up with Max & Iggor Cavalera's Return To Roots tour and perform on select dates through October 21st. Following that tour, Oni will join the 'I Worship Chaos' Tour line-up, beginning November 23rd and featuring headliners Children of Bodom and fellow special guests Abbath and Exmortus (the latter of which they will perform five off dates with prior).
    Oni tour dates
  • Sept. 22 – San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick (headlining show)
  • Sept. 25 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheatre (Knotfest)

    Oni tour dates w/ Max && Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots
  • Sept. 30 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans Music Hall
  • Oct. 1 – St Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
  • Oct. 2 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
  • Oct. 6 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
  • Oct. 7 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s Concert Theatre
  • Oct. 8 – Dayton, OH @ Oddbodys
  • Oct. 9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rex Theater
  • Oct. 10 – Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s Bar
  • Oct. 11 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House/44 Fest
  • Oct. 12 – Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
  • Oct. 14 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
  • Oct. 16 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
  • Oct. 17 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
  • Oct. 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
  • Oct. 21 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red

    Oni tour dates w/ Exmortus
  • Nov. 17 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley
  • Nov. 18 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
  • Nov. 19 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
  • Nov. 20 – Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter
  • Nov. 21 – Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge

    Oni “I Worship Chaos Tour” dates w/ Children Of Bodom, Abbath & Exmortus
  • Nov. 23 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Imperial Bell
  • Nov. 24 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
  • Nov. 25 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
  • Nov. 26 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
  • Nov. 28 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
  • Nov. 29 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave – Eagles Ballroom
  • Nov. 30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
  • Dec. 2 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
  • Dec. 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
  • Dec. 5 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
  • Dec. 6 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
  • Dec. 7 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
  • Dec. 9 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
  • Dec. 10 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater
  • Dec. 11 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
  • Dec. 13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
  • Dec. 14 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
  • Dec. 16 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
  • Dec. 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
  • Dec. 18 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • Dec. 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
Limb Music / SYMPHONITY video interview part II
Posted by: Denis / 23.09.2016
Part II of the video interview that SYMPHONITY's Libor did with Spark TV is available now. Watch it on YouTube for some more info about the upcoming album titled King Of Persia, featuring Olaf Hayer and Herbie Langhans on vocals.

Frontiers Music / Welcome the reunion of Tracii Guns And Phil Lewis
Posted by: Denis / 23.09.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is delighted to welcome the reunion of Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis as L.A. GUNS to the label for the release of a brand new album set for release in the summer of 2017.

After a nearly 15 year break, Philip Lewis and Tracii Guns are back together for another chapter in their partnership that began in 1986, four years after Tracii formed L.A. Guns in 1982.

Their writing partnership spawned classic L.A. GUNS songs such as Sex Action, Never Enough, Electric Gypsy, The Ballad Of Jayne, and countless more in an impressive catalog of fan favorites. The last time Lewis and Guns joined forces was back in 2000 with legendary producer Andy Johns for the making of what would become Waking The Dead - an album that went on to receive tremendous critical acclaim and proved that their musical partnership was every bit as strong as the early days with all-killer-no-filler songs including Don't Look At Me That Way, Hellraisers Ball, The Ballad.

"I think we owe it to our fans who have stuck with us during the many ups and downs of the band's long and checkered career", says Lewis. "Tracii and I have written the songs to the soundtrack of many people's lives, and I think it's definitely worth investigating to see if the magic is still there."

As for Guns, he's been compiling song ideas over the last year and promises this one will be one of the band's heaviest records, simply stating, "It's good to be home";.

The band has already confirmed a bunch of UK shows in early 2017 and two shows at the legendary Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA with more surprises to be announced soon!
  • 03. Los Angeles, CA, Whisky A Go Go
  • 04. Los Angeles, CA, Whisky A Go Go
  • 10. Belfast. Limelight2.
  • 11. Phewelli. HRH fest.
  • 12. Swansea. Scene
  • 16. Bristol. Bierkeller.
  • 17. Basingstoke. Stage.
  • 18. Wolverhampton. Civic.
  • 20. Doncaster. Diamond.
  • 22. Sheffield. Academy2.
  • 23. Edinburgh. La Belle Angele.
  • 24. Glasgow. ABC2
  • 25. London. Academy2

Y.O.C. new songs
Posted by: Denis / 22.09.2016
Y.O.C. presents you an unreleased track, new original studio song: BORN TO A NEW DAY OF REALITY - acoustic and midi-drums version, all versions are available on our web-site for free listening.

AFM Records / HERMAN FRANK to release new album 'The Devil Rides Out' in November
Posted by: Denis / 22.09.2016
HERMAN FRANK is a German Metal legend. A guitarist and songwriter supreme, Frank was a member of both Accept and Victory. He also founded his own band Moon Doc (which released three albums in the 90's and early 2000's). In 2009, his first solo album Loyal To None was released, followed by Right In The Guts three years later. After re-issues of both Loyal To None and Right In The Guts by their new label AFM Records, HERMAN FRANK and his band are back with a brand new offering now! Titled The Devil Rides Out, this crushing piece of German Metal will make fans cry out in joy. It combines Frank's masterful guitar work with the raspy vocals of Swedish powerhouse Rick Altzi (Masterplan, At Vance), the powerful drumming of Andre Hilgers (ex-Rage) and the talent of Michael Müller (Jaded Heart) on bass.

The Devil Rides Out is a stunning piece of work, produced by Herman Frank and mixed by Charly Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, HammerFall, Helloween). It's a must have for the collection of every Accept- and Victory fan especially, but will amaze metalheads far beyond that.

The Devil Rides Out will be released on November 18th, available as CD, ltd. Digipak (incl. bonus track). ltd. silver Vinyl and ltd. Box Set.

Century Media / Dark Tranquillity announce 'Atoma' tracklist and album formats
Posted by: Denis / 22.09.2016
On November 4th, 2016, DARK TRANQUILLITY will release their 11th album Atoma worldwide through Century Media Records and start their North American headline tour.
br /> Fans needing a first taste of the album can hear the new track, The Pitiless this coming Friday, over at Music Choice (USA) or pre-order the digital album via Apple Music, Amazon or Google Play. To keep the excitement going, DARK TRANQUILLITY will premiere a video for The Pitiless (filmed during their stay at the German Turock Open Air Festival in Essen), on Monday September 26th, over at the Century Media YouTube channel.
    Here is the complete tracklisting of Atoma:
    1. Encircled
    2. Atoma
    3. Forward Momentum
    4. Neutrality
    5. Force of Hand
    6. Faithless by Default
    7. The Pitiless
    8. Our Proof of Life
    9. Clearing Skies
    10. When the World Screams
    11. Merciless Fate
    12. Caves and Embers
    A limited edition double CD will be available as a digipak in North America and as a Mediabook in Europe. The bonus disc features the songs The Absolute, Time Out of Place that showcase a very different side of the band. Recorded and mixed by Anders Lagerfors at Nacksving studios, these tracks are among the darkest and most brooding ever from the band-but their experimental nature make them far removed from the usual metal territory.

    The band explains, "A lot of our songs start out as pieces of music written on piano/keyboards before getting transformed into guitar driven Metal. With this recording, we wanted to explore what would happen if we instead let the material take another direction, and we're extremely thrilled by the result."

    These songs will exclusively be available on the physical deluxe edition of Atoma and won't appear on the digital edition of the album. A vinyl 7" is planned for early 2017.
      The gatefold vinyl LP will contain the 12 track CD and is available in different vinyl colors:
    • Black vinyl: worldwide
    • Blue vinyl: limited to 400 copies exclusive through Bengans in Sweden
    • Dark Green: limited to 200 copies exclusive through CDon in Scandinavia
    • Clear vinyl: limited to 400 copies in North America
    • Transparent Blue vinyl: limited to 300 copies exclusive through in North America
    • Transparent Red vinyl: limited to 200 copies exclusive available through in Europe
      Special pre-order bundles will be announced soon!
    Atoma was recorded at Rogue Music in Gothenburg, the studio owned by Dark Tranquillity keyboardist Martin Brändström. Mixing duties were handled by David Castillo, known for his work with bands such as Katatonia, Opeth, Candlemass. The striking cover artwork was once again created by the band's guitarist Niklas Sundin.
      US headlining tour dates with Swallow The Sun, Enforcer, Starkill:
    • 11.04.2016 The Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
    • 11.05.2016 Palladium Upstairs, Worcester, MA
    • 11.06.2016 Trocadero Theater, Philadelphia, PA
    • 11.07.2016 The Filmore, Silver Spring, MD
    • 11.08.2016 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
    • 11.09.2016 Foufonues Electriques, Montreal, Canada
    • 11.10.2016 Le Cercle, Quebec, Canada
    • 11.11.2016 Mavericks, Ottawa, Canada
    • 11.12.2016 The Opera House, Toronto, Canada
    • 11.13.2016 Token Lounge, Westland, MI
    • 11.14.2016 The Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
    • 11.15.2016 The Agora Theatre & Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
    • 11.16.2016 Park Street Saloon, Columbus, OH
    • 11.19.2016 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
    • 11.20.2016 Fubar, Saint Louis, MO
    • 11.22.2016 Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
    • 11.25.2016 Rickshaw Theatre, North Vancouver, Canada
    • 11.26.2016 El Corazon, Seattle, WA
    • 11.27.2016 Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
    • 11.28.2016 PBJ's, Reno, NV
    • 11.29.2016 Slim's, San Francisco, CA
    • 11.30.2016 City National Grove, Anaheim, CA
    • 12.01.2016 Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
    • 12.02.2016 LVCS, Las Vegas, NV
    • 12.03.2016 Club Red, Mesa, AZ
    • 12.05.2016 Trees, Dallas, TX
    • 12.06.2016 Cine El Rey, Mcallen, TX
    • 12.07.2016 Scout Bar, Houston, TX

Frontiers Music / Hevidence - Nobody’s Fault
Posted by: Denis / 22.09.2016
Frontiers Music Srl announces the release of Hevidence's debut album, Nobody's Fault on December 2, 2016.

Hevidence is the brainchild of Italian guitar player Diego Reali, founding member of Italian Prog Metal masters DGM. After he left the band in 2006, he started dabbling in some different musical styles, but his heart called for him to get back to Metal! Thus Hevidence were born and Diego joined up with DGM bass player Andrea Arcangeli, singer Corrado Quoiani and drummer Emiliano Bonini.

"This band is highly inspired by the classic Hard and Heavy sounds from the '70s and '80s, that's why we worked hard to make this album sound the most vintage that was possible", tells Diego. "We are convinced that a huge dose of improvisation during the recording sessions is needed for the success of an original product. Everyone of us has many different musical influences and they came out in a very spontaneous way within the song writing process, we just believe in the word 'ROCK'!!!"

Hevidence offer a mature and personal vision of Hard Rock and Metal with a style reminiscent of the classic official Yngwie Malmsteen albums mixed with Power Metal and Melodic Hard Rock influences (think early Europe).

The band will be launching the album with a special 'Release Party' show in Roma at the JAILBREAK LiveClub on December 1st.
    Nobody’s Fault tracklisting includes:
  1. Dig In The Night
  2. Nobody' Fault
  3. Miracle
  4. So Unkind
  5. Ave Maria
  6. Overdrive
  7. I Want More
  8. Out Of This Time
  9. Pack Your Bags
  10. All I Ever Needed
  11. Note
Frontiers Music / Eternal Idol - The Unrevealed Secret
Posted by: Denis / 22.09.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the upcoming release of ETERNAL IDOL's debut album, entitled The Unrevealed Secret, on December 2nd.

Eternal Idol is a new band formed in early 2016 and that marks the start of a new musical adventure for Rhapsody Of Fire, Angra singer Fabio Lione, together with the experienced Italian guitar player Nick Savio (ex HOLLOW HAZE) and a line-up completed by the young vocal rising star Giorgia Colleluori, Camillo Colleluori (both also from Hollow Haze) on drums and Andrea Buratto (Secret Sphere, Hell in the Club) on bass.

While all the musicians have solid pedigrees and musical history behind them, ETERNAL IDOL have a brand new and original sound which will certainly catch many fans by surprise. Fabio Lione says, "After all the experiences with bands such as KAMELOT, Rhapsody of Fire, Angra and many more, I think it is time to show the world a new side of myself with this amazing new band. Musically, ETERNAL IDOL offer an intriguing mix of classic metal, symphonic rock and a few progressive twists which is truly unique, thanks to the combination of female and male vocals."

Fabio took care of most of the lyrics and vocal melodies, along with three gorgeous tracks he wrote, while Nick Savio worked hard on songwriting and arrangements. "The Unrevealed Secret is the album where all our ideas came to the light", says the axeman from Vicenza. "Heavy classic rock with symphonic elements and the magic atmosphere of two lead vocals, male and female, create a contrast between good and bad as the main subject, as it is possible to see on the impressive and mysterious cover artwork."

The album was recorded in the summer of 2016, produced by Nick Savio and mixed by Simone Mularoni (DGM, Sunstorm) and promises to be one of the melodic Metal releases of the year. Fans of Kamelot, Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall, MasterPlan, Avantasia should pay attention. "There is a story to be told with this album, and the secret will be revealed on the next Eternal Idol releases, so please take your time to listen this first chapter and enjoy... A new story has begun," Nick concludes.
    The Unrevealed Secret tracklisting is:
  1. Evil Tears
  2. Another Night Comes
  3. Awake in Orion
  4. Is the Answer Far from God?
  5. Blinded
  6. Sad Words Unveiled
  7. Desidia
  8. Hall of Sins
  9. Feels Like I'm Dying
  10. A song in the wind
  11. Stormy Days
  12. Beyond
Frontiers Music / Dario Mollo’s CrossBones - Rock the Cradle
Posted by: Denis / 22.09.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Dario Mollo's CROSSBONES new album, Rock the Cradle on December 2nd.

Best known for his partnerships in the The Cage with Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) and Voodoo Hill with Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple, California Breed), Italian guitarist Dario Mollo began his career in 1981 with the band CROSSBONES. With them, he released his first studio album in 1989, which was produced by Kit Woolven (Thin Lizzy, MAGNUM, UFO, among others) before getting involved in the production side of things himself.

For this new CROSSBONES album, the Italian axeman brought back original drummer, Ezio Secomandi with the line-up completed by his regular collaborator Dario Patti on bass and keyboards. The choice for the singer was Carl Sentance (Nazareth, Don Airey Band, Persian Risk, KROKUS), who came at the suggestion of Don Airey of Deep Purple, during a recent visit to Dario's home.

"I think this record has a strong identity and character", tells Dario. "It is a mature production and the songs range on many styles of Hard Rock and classic Heavy Metal, but every song has a catchy chorus. I also think this album shows how much I liked working with Carl. He is easily one of the best singers I have ever worked with. I am certain our cooperation will not end with this CD!" concludes Dario. The quality of the material presented here is witness to that statement.
    Rock the Cradle tracklisting:
  1. Red
  2. Take Me High
  3. Navigation
  4. Rock The Cradle
  5. Gates Of Time
  6. I Got This Feeling
  7. In My Blood
  8. Running From The Shadow
  9. Speed
  10. Fright
Nuclear Blast / OPETH release new song 'The Wilde Flowers'
Posted by: Denis / 22.09.2016
Sweden's musical alchemists, OPETH, have premiered a new song called The Wilde Flowers. The track is featured on the band's highly anticipated, 12th studio album, Sorceress, which is scheduled for release on September 30th via the band's imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast.

Speaking with Metal Hammer, vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt says, "This was the first song I wrote for this album. It's kind of an OPETH standard, in a way, like from the last two albums. It's very dynamic. It has a chorus, I guess. Then there's a big QUEEN-sounding bit in the middle just before this massive solo... oh, and harps! They're hidden in the mix but they're there. The title comes from the band CARAVAN – they were originally called Wilde Flowers. I always liked those weird spellings."

Punishment 18 Records / Adversor cover artwork for 'Rise To Survive' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 21.09.2016
Italian thrashers Adversor have posted on-line the cover artwork of their debut album titled Rise To Survive. The new effort in studio will be released by Punishment 18 Records later this year.
Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars European tour dates
Posted by: Denis / 21.09.2016
Thrashers Mindwars has revealed the European tour dates in promotional supporting their new studio full-length titled Sworn to Secrecy. The album was released last April 26th by Italian label Punishment 18 Records.
Debackliner sign with Pitch Black Records
Posted by: Denis / 21.09.2016
Pitch Black Records is pleased to welcome DEBACKLINER into its artist roster and announce the band's self-titled debut, out on October 21st!

Heavy Metal outfit DEBACKLINER from Marseille, France, were originally formed in 2006 as The Omega and quickly got to work gradually developing and perfecting their style. About five years later and after numerous live appearances, including an opening slot for BLAZE BAYLEY, their unique style had reached perfection. The band's name also changed to DEBACKLINER.

DEBACKLINER's truly authentic style combines melodic Heavy Metal with some occasional Death growls, some speed outbursts and even a sprinkle of some 'pirate Metal' as well as a touch of symphonic/operatic parts. Pure energy is just flowing out of DEBACKLINER, a result of a superb blend of old school Metal with a powerful modern sound. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Freaky Dog Studio in their hometown, this is a debut album that simply sounds mind-blowingly glorious!
  • Bob Saliba: Vocals
  • Thomas Pognante: Bass
  • Rémi Caleca: Guitars
  • Serge Servise: Drums
  • Eric Luvera: Rhythm Guitars
    Album tracklisting:
  1. Pandora
  2. Rise of Angel
  3. Children of the Night
  4. Werewolf
  5. Erase the Hordes
  6. Mr. Jack
  7. The Omega
  8. Jolly Roger
  9. Circle
Nuclear Blast / EPICA announce 'The Nordic And Russian Principle Tour'
Posted by: Denis / 21.09.2016
Dutch symphonic Metal band EPICA have announced their return to Russia and the Nordic countries early next year in support of their upcoming album The Holographic Principle. It will mark the band's first ever club show in Denmark and the band's first performance in Norway in 7 years!

The band's guitarist Mark Jansen is excited about the tour and commented: "We hope to welcome all of our Scandinavian and Russian fans to the upcoming 'Nordic And Russian Principle Tour'! It's good to be back! Let's heat up the cold February nights with you guys and the band being on fire!"

Icelandic metallers SKÁLMÖLD will be supporting the band on this part of the tour.
    Tour dates
  • 2017-01-12 Wiesbaden (Schlachthof) DE
  • 2017-01-13 Köln (Palladium) DE
  • 2017-01-14 Ludwigsburg (MHP Arena) DE
  • 2017-01-16 Geneve (Salle Des Fetes De Thonex) CH
  • 2017-01-17 Zürich (Volkshaus) CH
  • 2017-01-18 Milan (Live Club) IT
  • 2017-01-20 München (Tonhalle) DE
  • 2017-01-21 Wien (Gasometer) AT
  • 2017-01-22 Budapest (Barba Negra) HU
  • 2017-01-24 Warsaw (Progresja) PL
  • 2017-01-25 Berlin (Huxley's) DE
  • 2017-01-27 Oberhausen (Turbinenhalle) DE
  • 2017-01-28 Prague (Forum Karlin) CZ
  • 2017-01-29 Hannover (Capitol) DE
  • 2017-01-31 Hamburg (Mehr! Theater) DE
  • 2017-02-01 Brussels (Ancienne Belgique) BE
  • 2017-02-03 London (o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire) GB
  • 2017-02-04 Paris (Zenith) FR
  • 2017-02-24 Moscow (Bud Arena) RU
  • 2017-02-25 Ekaterinburg (Tele Club) RU
  • 2017-02-26 St. Petersburg (Aurora) RU
  • 2017-02-28 Helsinki (Tavastia) FI
  • 2017-03-01 Stockholm (Debaser Strand) SE
  • 2017-03-03 Copenhagen (Amager Bio) DK
  • 2017-03-04 Oslo (Vulkan Arena) NO
  • 2017-03-05 Malmö (KB) SE
  • 2017-08-09 Villena (Leyendas Del Rock) ES

GlobMetal Promotions / Radtskaffen released new EP
Posted by: Denis / 20.09.2016
Danish Groove/Thrash Metal band Radtskaffen released their debut EP Worldwide Anarchy. The EP was fully recorded and produced by Ben Radtleff.

The band was formed at Jaegerspris in 2014. Radtskaffen current line up is Ben Radtleff (Guitars, Vocals), Bjørn Hjortgaard (Bass) and Christian Maj Albrektsen (Drums).
Posted by: Denis / 20.09.2016
With origins dating back to early- to mid-'80s acts Deus Vult and Divine Right, New Orleans, LA's THEE FINAL CHAPTRE got its start around 1989, when guitarist Gary Wilson was driven to put together a new, more intense and resolute group of musicians. The band laid its foundation performing a mix of covers and originals around area bars, eventually solidifying its lineup with David Osbourn on drums, Paul Starnes handling bass duties, and frontman Andrew 'Tripp' Whittington.

Drawing influences from an assortment of Hard Rock and Metal UFO, Kiss, Queensryche, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Exodus, etc. as well as their Christian Metal predecessors such as Stryper, Deliverance, Tourniquet; THEE FINAL CHAPTRE forged an explosively diverse sound centered around hard-charging guitar riffs, a locked-in rhythm section, and Whittington's soaring vocal prowess. This ultimately landed the group a deal with WEI Records for the release of their lone six-song album, It Is Written, in 1991.

However despite capturing the interest of Polygram subsidiary Jaguar Records due to limited touring opportunities, managerial mishaps, burgeoning creative differences, and the changing landscape of the Metal scene, THEE FINAL CHAPTRE had fallen apart before the end of 1992... thus unable to capitalize on the true potential of their songwriting firepower.

But now, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original cassette release through WEI, Divebomb Records is proud to announce for the first time ever on CD this expanded edition of THEE FINAL CHAPTRE's It Is Written. Sourced directly from the DAT master, the album has been digitally remastered alongside nine previously unreleased live bonus tracks; packaged with updated cover art by Steven Cobb, archival photographs straight from the band, and an all-new interview with founder Gary Wilson conducted by Olaf Becker. For the fans, by the fans!

  1. Day After Day
  2. The Key
  3. The Hallowed Hymn
  4. Come As You Are
  5. All For One
  6. Don’t Let It Run You Down (Thunder Trilogy, Part I)
  7. Just A Memory (Demo)
  8. Blood In The Sand (Live)
  9. Insane (Live)
  10. Wisdom’s Call (Live)
  11. Whisper To Scream (Live)
  12. Edge Of Sadness (Live)
  13. Just A Memory (Live)
  14. Bullet In The Chamber (Live)
  15. Armageddon (Live)
  16. Black Rain (Live)
Posted by: Denis / 20.09.2016
When your music is described as 'more intense than a pitbull on crack', you know you're doing something right. Although Green Bay's legendary ANTAGONIST has not performed in over 20 years, their diabolical, full-throttle assault continues to gain popularity with Heavy Metal fans worldwide. For many years, a single used copy of their much sought-after six track EP has routinely sold for over $100, and in this age of downloading, that's no small sign of respect or credibility.

Suspiciously little is known about ANTAGONIST. Since their disappearance in the mid-'90s, there have been no signs of life nor any internet presence. It would seem as though ANTAGONIST always knew to leave the world wanting more. Some people claim they still gig on the weekends... in Hell.

ANTAGONIST formed in 1993 as a direct consequence against their weaker, trend-driven surroundings. When the band entered Simple Studio in October 1993 to record their debut (and only) release, no one would have foreseen the impact it would have for years to come. Expertly produced and engineered by the band's lead architect, Todd Tousey, and digital wizard, Eric James, the material is more relevant to the Metal scene of 2016 than it was upon its release in January 1994. Walking a perfect line between melodic Death Metal and chaotic Thrash, the material infuses hectic speeds with interesting melodies and a tactful sense of musical muscle—dark and aggressive, yet loaded with energy. Combining elements of traditional Metal with the intensity of Extreme Metal, the band has referred to their music as 'Heavy Black Thrash'.

Now, more than two decades later, Divebomb Records is proud to bring new life to ANTAGONIST's scorching debut with Damned And Cursed... To Life On Earth; including lyrics, archival photographs, an all-new retrospective band interview, plus a full live set recorded in 1993 all fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios. Or, to be more accurate, in the words of ANTAGONIST's Todd Tousey himself, "This is neither a reissue nor remaster, as it was never mastered the first time. This is the first official release actually; it only took Divebomb Records 22 years to make it happen."

  1. Black Sands Of Time
  2. Dead Priest
  3. Lies After Death
  4. Good Day To Die
  5. Live In Fear
  6. Cracking Skulls
  7. Dead Priest (Live)
  8. Mad As Hell (Live)
  9. Lies After Death (Live)
  10. Good Day To Die (Live)
  11. Live In Fear (Live)
  12. Hell Awaits (Live)
  13. Balls To The Wall (Live)
  14. Leather Rebel (Live at Soundcheck)
  15. Black Sands Of Time (Demo)
  16. Dead Priest (Demo)
High Roller Records / HIGH SPIRITS - Motivator
Posted by: Denis / 20.09.2016
13 years of High Roller Records. What better way to celebrate than with a brand new studio album by the most promising heavy metal band of the current decade? Motivator by High Spirits is going to be catalogue number 500 on High Roller Records!

Following their self-titled debut album and follow-up Another Night High Spirits have already put their 'difficult third album' behind them. You Are Here has been widely regarded as the band's most accomplished work to date. So after four albums are High Spirits a 'mature' band now? Chris 'The Professor' Black reflects: "We're all in our 30s, so I'd say that's very mature indeed to be having these kind of rock and roll dreams, ha, ha, ha! Some might say that's too old! But that doesn't matter at all, because what we do is for all ages. By the way, I think most people will count Another Night as the debut album, whereas the self-titled was actually a demos collection."

After three albums, or two according to Chris' way of counting, it surely must have been extremely difficult to keep that 'naivety' of the early days? "Definitely, and it's not something you can fake", he remarks. "Another Night was a bit of a surprise, and that goes for me too! I put way too much pressure on myself for You Are Here, but I couldn't help it. There were other aggravating factors besides the pressure. Some were under my control and some were not. For example it was recorded during the harshest winter in Chicago in 40 years. I had a blanket over my legs while playing the guitar tracks. But the pressure to follow Another Night was immense, yes. By comparison, You Are Here felt very easy to follow."

According to main man Chris 'The Professor' Black the motivation behind Motivator was a different one this time around: "The challenge was to not work too fast, because believe me, the inspiration hit me hard! It was only a few months after I had finished You Are Here that I had a complete vision for the music, lyrics, title, and album cover, for Motivator, and it was very hard to be patient and let things breathe. I was so excited about the new songs that I almost released a demo in the summer of 2014."

One of the catchiest songs on the new album, This Is The Night, might sound familiar to die-hard fans of the band. It has been a constant in the live set since May 2014 and also appeared on the 'Official Bootleg'. The rest of the nine songs, including the intro Up And Overture, is brand new though. Songs like the memorable Reach For The Glory or the upbeat Do You Wanna Be Famous carry on where You Are Here has left off. Haunted By Love may sound like a ballad, but it's surely been done the way it has to be done: the High Spirits way. The mentioned Reach For The Glory turns out to be one of the more melodic and accessible tunes on the new album. A sure winner without the shadow of a doubt... "Someone told me it sounds 'athletic'", reveals Chris. "I like that! This one went through a lot of revisions, there's kind of a lot going on so it's a 'maybe' for the live set." Another sure highlight of Motivator is a little number entitled Do you Wanna Be Famous. Are the lyrics of the song open to interpretation at all? I could well imagine that it refers to a certain kind of band (no names mentioned) playing music just for the sake of becoming famous, and not for the art itself. So the total opposite of High Spirits, actually... "It might be hard to explain", states 'The Professor', "but I think this song asks the question: how big is your ambition? Once you've had some success, once you've reached an initial goal, where do you go from there? How big do you dare to dream, versus being satisfied with what you've already accomplished? These are questions that any band will ask themselves and I'm sure it can apply to many other situations." The last song on Motivator is called Thank You. The obvious question is: Who is this number called Thank You dedicated to? "Surely you are included Matthias", jokes Chris. "Actually, I thought about making a list for the liner notes this time! Thank You is dedicated to... and then a huge long list but of course the fear is that you forget someone very important and I can't take that chance. We have encountered so many outstanding people who have given us such great memories during our short time as a band, it's really overwhelming to think about it all. That's why I made the song! It was actually written and partially recorded for You Are Here, but it didn't fit the mood. But it's the perfect ending to Motivator, and we're looking forward to doing it live!"

Talking of playing live, High Spirits are one of the very few American bands to have appeared at the legendary Brofest in Newcastle. So how was it like playing amongst all those semi-legendary N.W.O.B.H.M. bands? "It was great", beams Chris. "And a bit chilling to see our logo on the poster with so many legendary acts. I saw lots of great bands that weekend. The venue and organization were also excellent. We will play at Brofest again, next time with the full five-piece band."
Nuclear Blast / TWILIGHT FORCE - The Lore Of Blackwald
Posted by: Denis / 20.09.2016
TWILIGHT FORCE's label debut called Heroes Of Mighty Magic, was released last month via Nuclear Blast. After several lore clips during the last weeks, the sixth and final video of the band's character series has been revealed now. Learn more about Blackwald here.

VARG MEDIA GROUP / TomCat released new album
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2016
Russian Heavy Metal band TomCat released new album Spokoinoi nochi Moskvichi (Good night Moscow). The album was recorded in VARLAMOV Studio and Astalavista Records by Sergei Varlamov and Michail Suhorukov.

TomCat was formed at 1992 in Moscow by Andrei Salichev. The band released 11 albums and played more then 500 gigs all over Russia.
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2016
This September sees the start of Myrath's first ever headlining tour throughout Europe. Kicking off in Munich, Germany on September 25th, the 'Legacy Tour 2016' will take the Tunisian Metal band from Germany to the Netherlands, from France to Bulgaria and Romania.

Having already supported bands such as Symphony X, HIM, W.A.S.P., it is about time for Myrath to introduce their unique and effortless fusion of bombastic Progressive Metal and traditional oriental tunes on their own headlining shows. The band is celebrating their upcoming live dates by premiering the lyric video for their song Endure The Silence taken from their recent studio album Legacy. Once again, Myrath surprise with a powerful, one of a kind video that sets the bar in regards to storytelling, quality and – of course – musically. The video definitely fuels the excitement for Myrath's energetic live performance and strengthens Myrath's position as one of the biggest Metal revelations.
    LEGACY TOUR 2016
  • 10.09. – Raismefest, Raismes (FR)
  • 24.09. – Eleven Rock Prog, Solothurn (CH)
  • 25.09. – Backstage Club, Munich (GER)
  • 26.09. – Nachtleben, Frankfurt (GER)
  • 27.09. – Underground, Ehrenfeld (GER)
  • 28.09. – Rockpalast, Bochum (GER)
  • 29.09. – Headcrash, Hamburg (GER)
  • 01.10. – Epic Metal Fest – with Epica, Tilburg (NL)
  • 08.10. – Loud Park Festival, Saitama (JP)
  • 11.11. – Brainstorm Festival, Apeldoorn (NL)
  • 12.11. – Patronaat, Harleem (NL)
  • 16.11. – MJC Ô Totem, Lyon (FR)
  • 17.11. – Le Metronum, Toulouse (FR)
  • 18.11. – Café Charbon, Nevers (FR)
  • 19.11. – Le Forum, Vauréal (FR)
  • 25.11. – Joy Station, Sofia (BG)
  • 27.11. – Timisoara (RO)
  • 01.12. – Quantic Club, Bucharest (RO)

Inner Wound Recordings / Dark Sarah 'The Puzzle' details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2016
The cinematic Metal band DARK SARAH will release their new album The Puzzle on November 18th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

The new album The Puzzle is a concept album and it continues the story from Behind The Black Veil. The Puzzle tells a story of Dark Sarah who has been send to an island where the banished souls live. To get off the island she needs to solve the puzzle and find three keys.

Dark Sarah's music combines Metal, film music and theatrical elements. On The Puzzle album Dark Sarah's thoughts are best depicted in the dialogues (duets) with the guests: FATE: Manuela Kraller (ex. Xandria), EVIL SIREN MERMAID: Charlotte Wessels (Delain) and DRAGON: JP Leppaluoto (Charon, Northern Kings).
    The Puzzle track listing
  1. Breath
  2. Island In The Mist
  3. Little Men
  4. Ash Grove
  5. For The Birds
  6. Deep And Deeper
  7. Dance With The Dragon (feat. JP Leppaluoto)
  8. Cliffhanger
  9. Aquarium (feat. Charlotte Wessels)
  10. Rain (feat. Manuela Kraller)
Napalm Records / CIVIL WAR reveal new album details
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2016
Fear an eruption of Sweden's landmass! Fear the fire, creaking steel and scattered mud!

Civil War are back and shooting martial anthems into the darkened sky. On November 4th the proud Heavy Metal-hitmakers are releasing their third epos The Last Full Measure. The quintet with former Sabaton-members present twin guitars, keyboard-fanfares and doublebass-marches. Full of honor they are flying the flag as high as possible. Astral Doors-singer Nils Patrik Johansson proves that his powerful voice was marked by destiny. It offers guts for more. It's the call of duty. "Heaven can wait 'cause we have so many more battles to win", shouts the opening track Road To Victory. Their debut album The Killer Angels was purified with gold already - their triumph is inevitable. If you hear the bloodcurdling barking of the dogs from Civil War you will pray that you are not standing on the other side of the battlefield.

Comment of Nils Patrik Johannson: "After The Killer Angels and Gods & Generals, we are extremely proud and can't wait to share the last part of the trilogy! This is our best work so far, at least this is what we think, but I'm sure you won't be disappointed!"

The Last Full Measure will be released worldwide on November 4th 2016.
  1. Road To Victory
  2. Deliverance
  3. Savannah
  4. Tombstone
  5. America
  6. A Tale That Never Should Be Told
  7. Gangs Of New York
  8. Gladiator
  9. People Of The Abyss
  10. The Last Full Measure
  11. Strike Hard Strike Sure (Bonus Track)
  12. Aftermath (Bonus Track)

Nuclear Blast / IN FLAMES announce new drummer
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2016
After the departure of their longtime friend and drummer Daniel Svensson, the Swedish heavy music institution IN FLAMES was looking for a new rhythm master - now their search is finally over and the new fifth member of the band is... Joe Rickard!

Meet Joe in this newest webisode, where he speaks about his first meeting with IN FLAMES and gives a little guided tour through the studio where Battles was recorded.

"As you know — our longtime drummer, friend, and brother that is the almighty Daniel Svensson has left IN FLAMES to pursue other dreams. He is still with us in spirit when we write our music, in our lives, and someone whom we will cherish forever. We are truly grateful for the nearly 20 years that Daniel devoted to IN FLAMES", the band states. "Because of each other, we've grown exponentially as musicians and brothers. Our 12th studio album is the first we will release without Daniel since 1998, so entering the studio this time around was a bittersweet moment. At the time, we didn't know who could even replace him, and making new music without him felt strange. We were missing a piece of IN FLAMES."

But, of course, the show must go on and now the band is back with a new man behind the drumkit, who first joined the band while they recorded their upcoming album Battles: "From February to April of 2016 we recorded our newest album, Battles with legendary producer, Howard Benson. Howard and his team pushed our boundaries and kept our energy high every day while navigating us through a new process. Suddenly, we felt at home. Howard introduced us to one of his trusted and so talented studio drummers, Joe Rickard. Joe had formerly been a member of Grammy nominated RED, toured with numerous bands such as Islander and RED, and has played drums on many successful albums for artists such as RED, Vamps, Starset, Brian 'Head' Welch and our very own Battles. Joe had such natural talent behind the kit; it seemed effortless. Once we witnessed him laying down drums to our own songs with parts we couldn't have imagined better ourselves — we knew we had to have him join IN FLAMES. During nearly two months recording in Los Angeles with Howard Benson, Joe quickly became not only a musician that we highly respected, but also a friend. We are proud and excited to finally announce that Joe Rickard will be taking over the drums for In Flames. We feel by adding such a talented and pure musician to our band and brotherhood that we are doing Daniel a great justice in ensuring his hard work and talent will continue on. Daniel, thank you for your incredible talent and time dedicated to this band and family that is In Flames. We are so honored to have had the privilege of playing music with you all of these years and we couldn't have achieved so much without you.
Jesterheads, please welcome JOE RICKARD to IN FLAMES and make him feel welcome! We will see you all out on the road very soon."

Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2016
Melodic metallers Temperance have released the video of their new single Unspoken Words, taken from their brand new album The Earth Embraces Us All out on Scarlet Records.

This is how bassist Luca Negro commented: "This is probably the most representative song of our new album, with plenty of melodies and great instrumental parts, including unusual sounds such as those of the Scottish bagpipes. Close your eyes and listen to Marco and Chiara's astonishing duet: you will feel the Northern winds on you!"
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2016
AIRBOURNE have dropped the video for new single Rivalry from the band's forthcoming studio album, Breakin' Outta Hell. The album will be released on September 23.

The Rivalry clip was filmed in the UK and Ireland by Dark Fable Media and contrasts the spectacle of the Airbourne live setup with an underground tale of one-on-one conflict.

"The lyric probably came from us watching Football Factory or The Firm, one of those kind of films", explains frontman Joel O'Keeffe. "And I think at the time there was a big Grand Prix race on, lots of intense rivalries being reported in the media. Plus, as with other songs we've done, there's an aspect here of rock 'n' roll taking a stand against those corporate forces that seek to restrict our freedoms, that try to shut down the little live venues, leaving bands with nowhere to really hone their craft..."

Musically, Rivalry represents something of a different groove for Airbourne. It's a barrel-chested stomper shot through with typical bite and power, as is the whole of Breakin' Outta Hell (the album). It boasts 11 brand new numbers produced by Bob Marlette and engineered/mixed by Mike Fraser.
Stormspell Records / BLAZON STONE news
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2016
The cover art for the upcoming BLAZON STONE's 3rd album, entitled War of the Roses unveiled. Painted by Yannick Bouchard in the best Andreas Marschall traditions. To be released fall 2016.

And a song Voici La Grande Peur to give you an idea of what to expect, and introduce the amazing voice of Erik Forsberg!

AFM Records / Kryptos
Posted by: Denis / 16.09.2016
Want some Old school Heavy/Thrash Metal from India? Kryptos' new single One Shot To Kill is out now! Taken from Burn Up The Night (out on September 23rd EU/September 30th USA).

Frontiers Music / Anette Olzon / Jani Liimatainen together for a new studio album
Posted by: Denis / 16.09.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is very pleased to announce the launch of a new musical partnership between singer Anette Olzon and producer/songwriter/guitar player Jani Liimatainen for a new studio album, which will see release on the label in 2017.

Anette is mostly known for being the immaculate voice on hit albums from Nightwish such as Dark Passion Play and Imaginareum. Jani has recently been busy in Cain's Offering alongside Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto, but left a deep mark on the minds of all Power Metal fans thanks to his time in Sonata Arctica. They are now working together on a record which promises to be a huge statement in the European Metal scene for years to come!

Jani says, "I have always been a big fan of Anette's voice and when the opportunity to work with her arose, writing and producing an album, it was something I just couldn't say no to! It has been a blast working on the songs already and I can't wait for the final result, this will be epic! The songs will be extremely melodic and to the point. My goal has been to write catchy songs with hooks that will haunt your dreams, and I think it's pretty much 'mission accomplished'. Stay tuned for something special!"

Anette adds, "I am so looking forward to sing on an album with Jani and to finally work with Frontiers. I believe it will be a perfect match and I am really happy that Jani and Frontiers asked me to do this with them!"

Frontiers President Serafino Perugino concludes, "I originally envisioned the musical alliance between those two musical giants and the fact that they liked the concept proposed makes me incredibly proud! Working with two high class musicians like Jani and Anette is a true honor and we will do our complete best to please them and to release a record which will make all the Melodic and Power Metal fans very happy!"

Frontiers looks forward to releasing this record in mid to late 2017!
Frontiers Music / Stephen Pearcy his fourth original solo album Smash
Posted by: Denis / 16.09.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to announce the signing of STEPHEN PEARCY for the release of his fourth original solo album, Smash.

Stephen Pearcy, best known as the original vocalist and founding member of the platinum Rock band RATT, has been working hard to complete his highly anticipated new album, while at the same time keeping busy performing shows across the U.S. "I am very happy with the new music and the diversity of the songs. It's taken some time. I'm sure all the fans will be excited too. Also, to be involved with the Frontiers Music Srl family is way cool", says Stephen about the new songs which are coming to life now.

The good news is that the first taste of new music has been already made available! Check out I Can't Take It.

Smash will be mixed and mastered by none other than the legendary Beau Hill, the producer of RATT's first four albums, among many other hit records. Stephen will be supporting Smash with live dates in the U.S. and internationally.

With over 15 million records and gold and platinum long form videos sold in the U.S. alone with RATT, touring the world with over 20 albums to his credit with other ventures, solo projects, compilations, best of records, and other bands he created, there is no slowing Pearcy down.

Pearcy is an accomplished songwriter with credits on all of RATT's records through the years (including Out Of The Cellar, Invasion Of Your Privacy, Dancing Undercover and more). More recently, RATT's last studio album, Infestation was released to a few years ago to rave reviews around the world. Stephen is also a producer, composer, television program creator, art director, marketing director, and owner/product creator of 'Mic Knuckle' (hands free mic holder) and has also been involved in music for ESPN2 NHRA Drag Racing. Additionally, he has been involved in sponsoring several top fuel dragsters and funny cars since the mid 80's-90's thru the 00's.

Smash is planned for release in early 2017.

InsideOut Music / Fates Warning debut video clip for 'Seven Stars'
Posted by: Denis / 16.09.2016
In promotion of their much acclaimed new album Theories Of Flight, U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING are debuting a promotional video for the song Seven Stars, which was directed by David Brodsky for MyGoodEye.

FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment about the video: "We are happy to debut the new video for Seven Stars from our latest album Theories Of Flight. This song is very special to me. The lyrics for this song were the first that I had written for the new album. I knew that my life was changing, I had met my lovely (now) wife who lived in Madrid, Spain and she was the inspiration for this song. I knew that I would be moving to Madrid soon, so the lyrics tended to come very organically. That theme would develop more as the writing progressed. Stories of change and moving on. Living life really. I found the flag of Madrid quite interesting. Seven white stars surrounded by red... Hence the inspiration for the title. I figured I would give a little tour of the city in the video since I'm now here. Enjoy!"

Massacre Records / GUN BARREL line-up changes
Posted by: Denis / 16.09.2016
The line-up of GUN BARREL underwent a few changes recently. Following the departure of vocalist Patrick Sühl last month, Thomale Nathan stepped into his shoes.

Now the dirty Metal Rock 'n' Roll outfit has welcomed another new band member: Guitarist Heiwi Esser!

The band stated: "Heiwi 'Doc' Esser has joined our ranks on guitar! The composer and guitarist of Substyle, Shanai and Nathan/Esser will add yet another facet to Gun Barrel! His classic rock attitude matches us perfectly! Heiwi is an experienced musician and producer both in the studio and on stages worldwide, having supported bands like Slayer, Motörhead or In Extremo in the past."

NoiseArt Records / SUICIDAL ANGELS animated video clip of 'Image Of The Serpent'
Posted by: Denis / 16.09.2016
The new album of Greek Thrash Metal tank SUICIDAL ANGELS, Division Of Blood, was released on May 27th via NoiseArt Records. Now, the band presents the official video clip of the track Image Of The Serpent.
br /> The clip was created by students at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia as part of the Bachelor of Design (Animation & Interactive Media) program. Directors: Brandon Chung & Aonghas Shearer-Boyd. Animators: Veronika Aifeld, Laura Battista, Constance Boyce, Sean Carter, Kangsun Cho, Brandon Chung, Bonita Colles, Toby Garrow, Skye Henwood, Dylan Langmaid, Saskia Milledge, Thomas Murray, Madison Palmieri, Jaidon Powell, Aonghas Shearer-Boyd. Producers Aaron McLoughlin & Simon Norton spent around 3000 working hours with their team to create the Video.

The band states: "What an honor it is, when a piece of your music becomes the project of work from some students, obviously really talented, in the other side of the world! An absolutely killer animated video for the song Image of the Serpent, from the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia which gives another view and different approach to the world of animation. Thank you very much guys, best of success to anything you do in the future!"
    Don't miss SUICIDAL ANGELS on tour:
    DIVISION OF BLOOD - WORLD TOUR: Suicidal Angels, Skull Fist, Evil Invaders, Crisix
  • 29/09/2016 - NL - Enschede - Atak
  • 30/09/2016 – GER – Essen - Turock
  • 1/10/2016 - NL - Leeuwarden - Neushoorn
  • 2/10/2016 - UK – London - Underworld
  • 3/10/2016 - GER - Osnabrueck - Bastard Club
  • 4/10/2016 - GER - Hamburg - Bambi Galore
  • 5/10/2016 - FR - Colmar - Le Grillen
  • 6/10/2016 - GER - Neunkirchen - Stummsche Reithalle
  • 7/10/2016 - BE - Vosselaar - Biebob
  • 8/10/2016 - FR - Paris - Petit Bain
  • 9/10/2016 - FR - Nantes - Ferrailleur
  • 11/10/2016 - ES - Madrid - Penelope
  • 12/10/2016 - POR - Lisbon - RCA Club
  • 13/10/2016 – ES - Murcia - Garaje
  • 14/10/2016 – ES - Barcelona - Salamandra 1
  • 16/10/2016 - IT- Brescia - Circolo Colony
  • 19/10/2016 – GER - Weinheim - Café Central
  • 20/10/2016 – GER - Nuremberg - Der Cult
  • 21/10/2016 – GER - Munich - Backstage
  • 22/10/2016 – AT - Dornbirn - Schlachthaus
  • 23/10/2016 - CH - Zurich - TBA
  • 24/10/2016 – AT - Vienna - Viper Room
  • 25/10/2016 – CZ - Prague - Modra Vopice
  • 26/10/2016 – HU - Budapest - Barba Negra
  • 27/10/2016 - PL - Warsaw - Hydrozagadka
  • 28/10/2016 - PL - Cracow - Zascianek
  • 29/10/2016 – GER - Leipzig - Hellraiser
  • 30/10/2016 – GER - Berlin - Bin Nuu
  • 31/10/2016 - GER - Cologne – MTC

Nuclear Blast / TANKARD working on new album
Posted by: Denis / 16.09.2016
Legendary German alcohol soaked Thrash Metal act TANKARD are currently working on the follow up to their highly acclaimed 2014 album, R.I.B.. The guys will enter Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with producer Martin Buchwalter (Destruction, Accuser, Perzonal War, Suidakra, etc.) in January 2017 to kick off the recordings of their 35-year-anniversary album. The currently untitled album is planned for a 2017 release via Nuclear Blast.

SPV / ASSASSIN to present Frank Blackfire (ex Sodom, Kreator) as new guitarist
Posted by: Denis / 16.09.2016
After a 10 year stint with German Thrash Metal legend Assassin, Michael Hoffmann decided to quit the band. His departure showed up on the horizon, as the band worked on the last album Combat Cathedral, were he did hardly contribute. After a long period of thinking and in awareness of the musical direction, Assassin was taking, he made this personal decision. A replacement had to be found quick, as the band is preparing to hit the stages, from mid September on, to present their actual output and the band classics live. Luckily they found not only a replacement, but an addition to the groups ranks: Frank Blackfire, best known for his work with Kreator and Sodom will be the man on the second guitar! Be prepared for some merciless live shows! More EU dates to follow soon.
    ASSASSIN live:
  • 16.9. Little Devil- Tilburg / NL
  • 7.10. Magnapop – Krefeld
  • 8.10. Night of Desaster Festival- Heilbronn
  • 12.11. Sojus 7 – Monheim
  • 18.11. Lezard OZ Metalfest – Saint-Dizier / France
  • 13.1. Kulttempel-Festival – Oberhausen
  • 14.1. Kuzifest – Emden

GlobMetal Promotions / Atonismen released new video
Posted by: Denis / 15.09.2016
Russian chamber Gothic-Metal band Atonismen premieres a new music video for Wise Wise Man, taken from the band's taken from the band upcoming EP.

The band was formed by composer and singer Alexandr Orso in 2016. In November the band will go on their first tour with Russian folk band Izmoroz and going to support The 69 Eyes and Graveworm, shows in Moscow on October.
Posted by: Denis / 15.09.2016
Ulterium Records will release a LP edition of Enlighten, the debut album from the symphonic Metal band SLEEPING ROMANCE. The LP will be strictly limited to 300 copies and the release date is set to October 7th.
    Enlighten LP track listing:
    Side A
  1. Hybrid Overture
  2. Enlighten
  3. The Promise Inside
  4. Soul Reborn
  5. Free Me
    Side B
  6. December Flower
  7. Finding My Way
  8. Passion Lost
  9. Devil's Cave
  10. Aeternum
Posted by: Denis / 15.09.2016
Light & Shade have revealed the details of their debut album The Essence Of Everything. The tracklist is as follows:
  1. Essence Of You
  2. Drown In The Absurdity
  3. Spirit Of Anne
  4. Burned
  5. You Are
  6. Meet Me In Summer
  7. Brokenhearted
  8. Lionhearted
  9. Wander So Far
  10. Welcome The Cold
  11. The Essence Of Everything
The artwork has been handled by Tiziano Spigno (Secret Sphere).

Light & Shade is a new, young supergroup whose members have already acquired extensive live and studio experience having being part or shared the stage with renowned acts such as Nightwish, Dream Theater, Amaranthe, Sonata Arctica, Rhapsody, Within Temptation, Arch Enemy, Slipknot, Fleshgod Apocalypse and many more, and having received recognition and awards from the Lollapalooza Festival and the International Portuguese Music Awards among others for their expertise in Rock/Metal.

Featuring vocalist Adrienne Cowan (USA/Seven Spires), guitarist Marco Pastorino (IT/Temperance, Secret Sphere), bassist Luca Negro (IT/Temperance) and guest drummer Alex Landenburg (DE/Luca Turilli's Rhapsody), their debut full-length The Essence of Everything has been produced by Simone Mularoni (DGM) and is set for release on November 18th (USA) and November 25th (EU) on Scarlet Records.
Nuclear Blast / ALMANAC new tour dates announced
Posted by: Denis / 15.09.2016
ALMANAC, the symphonic metallers led by ex-RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski, released their debut album, Tsar, in March via Nuclear Blast. Now the band have announced new tour dates to present this outstanding record to their fans again.
  • 21.10. CH Wetzikon - Hall Of Fame
  • 22.10. D Hechingen - The Ranch Festival
  • 11./12.11. D Weissenhäuser Strand/Ostsee - Metal Hammer Paradise
  • 17.11. PL Warszawa - Progresja
  • 18.11. CZ Chmelnice - Exit
  • 22.11. F Colmar - Le Grillen
  • 23.11. F Paris - Le Petit Bain
    More shows to be announced soon
  • 26.11. RUS Moscow - Aria Fest
  • 17.12. D Karlsruhe - Knock Out Festival
  • 07.01. CH Wasen - Ice Rock Festival

Nuclear Blast / IN FLAMES release lyric video for 'The Truth'
Posted by: Denis / 15.09.2016
"We are the truth that hurts the most" - since their forming in 1990, IN FLAMES walked their own path and never cared much about rules or hurt Feelings of naggers. And with their new melodic anthem The Truth, the Swedes once again prove that their diversity is endless and that their previously released clip for The End was only the beginning of a new era.

AFM Records / NIGHTMARE new album in November
Posted by: Denis / 14.09.2016
French Heavy Metal pioneers NIGHTMARE with brand new line-up will release their new album, Dead Sun on November 25th via AFM Records.

World premiere of the new video clip + digital single Ikarus will be on Friday, September 23rd at 12:00pm CET.

The album has been arranged in France by the band's long time friend and producer Patrick Liotard together with Joost Van Den Broek (The Gentle Storm, Epica), produced and mixed by Joost Van Den Broek at Sandlane Studios in The Netherlands, and recorded at Noise Factory Studio in Belgium with Gerald Jans behind the desk. Cover artwork of Dead Sun was created by Julien Spreutels (Epysode).
    Dead Sun track list:
  1. Infected
  2. Of Sleepless mind
  3. Tangled In The Roots
  4. Red Marble & Gold
  5. Ikarus
  6. Indifference
  7. Dead Sun
  8. Seeds Of Agony
  9. Inner Sanctum
  10. Serpentine
  11. Starry Skies Gone Black
The new NIGHTMARE band made its live debut with new singer Maggy Luyten and new drummer Olivier Casula on June 19th 2016 at Hellfest in France, on July 29th at Metaldays in Slovenia and on August 19th at the Sabaton Open Air in Sweden. Next show will be at FEMME Metal Female Event on Sunday September 25th in Eindhoven (The Netherlands).

To celebrate the album release, the band will be preparing a special night and 'release party show' in their hometown of Grenoble (France) at La Belle Electrique on November 25th 2016.

Frontiers Music / Kane Roberts next solo album in 2017
Posted by: Denis / 14.09.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of KANE ROBERTS to the label for the release of his next solo album, sometime in 2017.

Kane says, "Once you strap on a guitar and make the hard coded decision to play music in the face of everything you know and don't know, you find that 'the life' (of a musician) has its way with you no matter what and WILL tear you up if you try and wander too far away. I may have stepped into other enterprises and projects, but I was never far from the jet stream that I was lucky enough to have been a part of in the 80s and 90s. Now, because of the new songs inside of me, my guitar and the fans I'm in contact with, I know the creative fire will burn me down if I don't step back inside the flames. I believe the people at Frontiers Music Srl also feel that creative heat, the need to be an integral part of the music industry (their output is resoundingly prolific) and I don't know of a better place for me to record and release my new album.

Over the last few years the songs, the messages, and the fans have been burning a hole on my insides. This new album has been gearing up for a while and the songs and messages I'll be forging will emerge from the fire.

Sorry it took me so long, all kinds of life happened that will definitely find it's way onto the record and yeah, I'm gonna hit this one hard."

Kane has recorded a total of four solo albums so far (also including the Phoenix Down project released on Frontiers in the late 90's). Kane's name and abilities first came to prominence on Alice Cooper's Constrictor album, which was soon followed by his self-titled debut solo album in 1987. More albums and tours with Alice followed, making Kane a well known face in the business especially for his guitar skills, but also for his body-builder image and his now iconic machine-gun guitar.

As a solo recording artist, he has landed a few Top 40 hits and his varied musical background includes recording, writing and touring with artists such as Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Desmond Child, KISS, Diane Warren, Alice in Chains, Berlin, Guns N' Roses, Garland Jeffries and more. He's also written or recorded music for films like Light Sleeper, Penelope Spheeris' Decline of Western Civilization, Friday the 13th IV Jason Lives, John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness, and more. In 1991, his second solo album, Saints and Sinners for Geffen Records included the Top 40 Billboard hit Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?, originally written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.

Limb Music / SYMPHONITY video interview out now
Posted by: Denis / 14.09.2016
Watch SYMPHONITY's Libor giving some background information about the new King Of Persia album in a little video conducted by Spark TV.

Napalm Records / KOBRA AND THE LOTUS debut new single 'TriggerPulse'
Posted by: Denis / 13.09.2016
Canadian Hard Rockers, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS recently signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. They are set to release their fourth album and Napalm Records debut Prevail I + II as two separate volumes of a double album. The first part will be released in February 2017 with the second part to follow in October of 2017.

But don't worry as today KOBRA AND THE LOTUS are debuting their new single TriggerPulse taken from Prevail I.

Of the song, KOBRA says: "We are ecstatic to finally be releasing a new track from KOBRA AND THE LOTUS! After two years it's time to unleash something new and tasty so here we go... TriggerPulse is coming for you and it's ready to make some waves in the Omnivers!e!! See you out there in space!!!"

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS will take to the road this fall in Europe alongside label-mates Delain. Fans can expect to hear a mix of KOBRA AND THE LOTUS classics and new songs from Prevail I + II.
  • 24.09.2016 NL - Eindhoven, Poppodium de Effenaar (with Arch Enemy)
  • 30.09.2016 LT - Kaunas, Lemmmy*
  • 01.10.2016 LV - Riga, Nabakab*
  • 02.10.2016 EE - Tallinn, Tapper*
  • 05.10.2016 FI - Helsinki, Elmun Baari*
  • 06.10.2016 FI - Tampere, Yo-talo*
  • 07.10.2016 FI - Oulu, Hevimesta*
    *Headline Shows

    With Delain
  • 14.10.2016 DE – Köln, Essigfabrik
  • 15.10.2016 DE – Stuttgart, Im Wizemann
  • 16.10.2016 DE – Hamburg, Gruenspan
  • 17.10.2016 DK – Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
  • 19.10.2016 DE – Berlin, Columbia-Theater
  • 20.10.2016 PL – Cracov, Kwadrat
  • 21.10.2016 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
  • 22.10.2016 CZ – Zlin, Masters of Rock Club
  • 25.10.2016 SK – Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
  • 27.10.2016 AT – Vienna, Szene
  • 28.10.2016 DE – Munich, Backstage
  • 29.10.2016 DE – Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
  • 30.10.2016 CH – Pratteln, Z 7 3
  • 01.10.2016 FR – Lyon, Ninkasi Kao
  • 02.11.2016 ES – Madrid, Arena
  • 03.11.2016 FR – Toulouse, Metronum
  • 04.11.2016 FR – Paris, Elysee Montmartre
  • 05.11.2016 FR – Lille, Le Splendid
  • 06.11.2016 BE – Antwerp, Trix
  • 08.11.2016 UK - Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
  • 09.11.2016 UK - Glasgow, Classic Grand
  • 11.11.2016 IE - Dublin, The Button Factory
  • 12.11.2016 UK - Manchester, O2 Ritz
  • 13.11.2016 UK - London, Koko
  • 15.11.2016 UK - Southampton, Engine Rooms
  • 16.11.2016 UK - Cardiff, Tramshed

Napalm Records / HAMMERFALL first single 'The Sacred Vow'
Posted by: Denis / 13.09.2016
Without a shadow of a doubt HAMMERFALL is among the top forces in Heavy Metal and bringing back the melodies and honesty in music! HAMMERFALL have been the undisputed masters of groundbreaking anthems since the start of their remarkable career in 1993! Now these Swedish legends are back with their 10th studio effort in 20 years: Built To Last!

The first single The Sacred Vow has already been premiered worldwide with a stunning lyric-video.

The band commented on their first single release The Sacred Vow: "Choosing a track for this was not easy, as we had several suitable songs. But The Sacred Vow is a pretty classic HammerFall tune and very representative of the album as a whole: speed, power, energy and with a catchy chorus that oozes of Heavy Metal spirit!"

The upcoming HAMMERFALL album Built To Last will be released on November 4th, 2016 via Napalm Records. The first single The Sacred Vow is now available as Standalone digital single through all digital outlets! Digital album pre-orders are now up and ready! The Sacred Vow is the first Instant Gratification track for all of you ordering via iTunes!

Often credited with delivering high-quality music as well as furious live shows for the past two decades, HAMMERFALL will be heavily hitting the road on a recently announced extensive tour all over Europe!
    Built To Tour 2017 Presented by Metal Hammer, EMP, MusiX and
  • 12.01.17 DE - Bremen / Aladin
  • 13.01.17 DE - Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle 1
  • 14.01.17 DE - Bamberg / Brose Arena
  • 16.01.17 NL - Utrecht / Tivoli Vredenburg
  • 17.01.17 BE - Antwerpen / TRIX
  • 18.01.17 DE - Fulda / Wartenberg Oval
  • 20.01.17 DE - Langen/Frankfurt / Stadthalle
  • 21.01.17 CH - Pratteln / Z7
  • 22.01.17 CH - Pratteln / Z7
  • 25.01.17 DE - Saarbrücken / Garage
  • 26.01.17 DE - Filderstadt / Filharmonie
  • 27.01.17 DE - München / Backstage
  • 28.01.17 DE - Kaufbeuren / AllKart Halle
  • 29.01.17 IT - Mailand / Live Club
  • 31.01.17 HU - Budapest / Barba Negra
  • 01.02.17 AT - Wien / Arena
  • 02.02.17 AT - Graz / Orpheum
  • 03.02.17 CZ - Zlin / Hala Euronics
  • 04.02.17 PL - Warsaw / Progresja
  • 06.02.17 DE - Berlin / Huxley´s Neue Welt
  • 07.02.17 DE - Hamburg / Große Freiheit 36
  • 08.02.17 DK – Copenhagen / Amager Bio

Metal Media / Endrah releasing new EP for free and new music video
Posted by: Denis / 12.09.2016
Along with the release of new EP, Shoot, Shovel, Shut Up, the Brazilian Death/Hardcore band ENDRAH, which feature the North American singer Relentless, also released a music video for the song Bully.

The EP Shoot, Shovel, Shut Up has five songs and is available for free listening and free download.
GlobMetal Promotions / Beyond the Darkness released new video
Posted by: Denis / 12.09.2016
Belarusian Death/Doom Metal band Beyond the Darkness premieres a new music video for Avid Hunger, taken from the band's latest album Blind Shadows.

Beyond the Darkness was formed in 2007 by Mihail Stefanovich and Denis Pavluchenko. The band released their debut album Blind Shadows in 2015, and now work on the second album.
InsideOut Music / Fates Warning announce European tour + Film video clip
Posted by: Denis / 12.09.2016
U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have confirmed their first touring run in Europe for their much acclaimed new album Theories Of Flight.

The tour will be taking place in January/February 2017 and will feature Armored Dawn in the opening slot and one further band to be announced soon. Here is a list of the dates:
    FATES WARNING - Theories Of Flight tour 2017:
  • 24.01.2017 Hamburg (Germany) - Logo
  • 25.01.2017 Cologne (Germany) - Underground
  • 27.01.2017 Essen (Germany) - Turock
  • 28.01.2017 Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul
  • 29.01.2017 Haarlem (The Netherlands) - Patronaat
  • 30.01.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colossaal
  • 01.02.2017 Brno (Czech Republic) - Metro Music Bar
  • 02.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
  • 03.02.2017 Bratislava (Slovakia) - Majestic Music Club
  • 04.02.207 Munich (Germany) - Backstage Halle
  • 05.02.2017 Stuttgart (Germany) - Universum
  • 07.02.2017 Nuernberg (Germany) - Hirsch
  • 08.02.2017 Aarau (Switzerland) - Kiff
  • 09.02.2017 Bologna (Italy) - Zona Roveri
  • 10.02.2017 Brescia (Italy) - Circolo Colony
  • 12.02.2017 Athens (Greece) - Gagarin205
FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment: "Hello all! We are happy to finally announce the tour dates for the first leg of our world tour for Theories Of Flight! We are very excited and cannot wait to hit the road with the new album! There will be more dates announced soon, as well as a few surprises, so keep an eye out... We look forward to seeing you all on this next tour! See you soon!"

In other news, FATES WARNING have just completed working on a first promotional video for Theories Of Flight, so look out for the clip for the song Seven Stars to make a debut soon...

Metal Blade / Armored Saint launches PledgeMusic campaign for new live album
Posted by: Denis / 12.09.2016
Having toured with Metallica, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, The Scorpions, and many other artists since their inception in the early 80s, Armored Saint has always been a highly regarded live act – not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, but also around the world. The only official release to capture this, however, is 1989′s live album, Saints Will Conquer – until now.

After reforming with their original line-up in 1999 (John Bush – vocals, Joey Vera – bass, Phil Sandoval – guitar, Jeff Duncan – guitar, Gonzo Sandoval – drums), and releasing subsequent albums, La Raza (2010) and Win Hands Down (2015), to critical acclaim, Armored Saint has been delivering their Heavy Metal mastery around the globe, joining the likes of Saxon, Metal Church – and even Queensryche in November/December 2016 – on the road. Of all of these performances, the band recorded their 2015 Wacken festival set as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany, with the intention of giving fans another live release that holds up to Saints Will Conquer.

In conjunction with PledgeMusic, this special live album is now available in various formats and bundles, with every 'pledge'/purchase receiving a digital download of the tracks, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes content (including footage from Wacken 2015, plus 2016′s Ozzfest and Queensryche appearances, and more!).

Armored Saint comments: "Why PledgeMusic? Our fans have been extremely supportive over the years. We want to share the process of realizing this project with you by giving you the chance to be a part of it, from start to finish. How does it work? You place your orders here and when the album is released, you will get your items in the mail. But throughout the process, you will have access to the regular updates that we will post on this page."
    Armored Saint tour dates
  • Sept. 23 – San Bernardino, CA – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest kick-off party w/ Havok, Exmortus, Thrown Into Exile
  • Oct. 8 – Tokyo, Japan – Loud Park Festival
    Armored Saint tour dates w/ Queensryche, Midnight Eternal
  • Nov. 15 – Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
  • Nov. 16 – Ace of Spaces – Sacramento, CA
  • Nov. 17 – Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside, CA
  • Nov. 18 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
  • Nov. 19 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ *
  • Nov. 21 – Jakes Backroom – Lubbock, TX *
  • Nov. 22 – Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
  • Nov. 23 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
  • Nov. 25 – Clicks – Tyler, TX
  • Nov. 26 – Trees – Dallas, TX
  • Nov. 29 – Mavericks at the Landing – Jacksonville, FL
  • Nov. 30 – Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Dec. 1 – The Cuban Club – Tampa, FL
  • Dec. 2 – The Music Farm – Charleston, SC
  • Dec. 3 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
  • Dec. 4 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
  • Dec. 6 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
  • Dec. 7 – Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dec. 8 – Diesel Concert Lounge – Chesterfield, MI
  • Dec. 9 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
  • Dec. 10 – The Metal Grill – Milwaukee, WI *
  • Dec. 11 – Limelight – Peoria, IL
  • Dec. 13 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
  • Dec. 14 – Kanza Hall – Overland Park, KS
  • Dec. 15 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
    *=Armored Saint only

Metal Mind Productions / Ceti revealed the first track from their new album 'Snakes Of Eden'
Posted by: Denis / 12.09.2016
Polish Heavy Metal band CETI return this Autumn with their tenth studio album entitled Snakes Of Eden. The follow up to the acclaimed album Brutus Syndrome (2014) is scheduled for the worldwide release on October, 7th 2016 via Metal Mind Productions.

Now, the band revealed the first promo single entitled Wild and Free.
Posted by: Denis / 12.09.2016
Forsaken is the new album by Progressive Metal powerhouse Noveria. The album is a concept based on the theory of the five stages of death by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and written in memory of a brilliant young woman who was taken away from her family by an aggressive cancer. Each track describes the different states of mind of a person facing a fatal illness, taking the listener on an emotional rollercoaster through denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance at the end of the journey.

The album trailer is available here.

Musically every song reflects a specific lyrical theme. Francesco Corigliano's vocals impersonates the emotions of a victim of sudden illness and their inner journey to redemption. Francesco Mattei's violent guitar riffing is contrasted by Julien Spreutels's atmospheric keyboards, creating dynamic pieces where lyrics, melody and harmony unite to touch the multiple aspects of each emotion described in the songs. Omar Campitelli's drum grooves and Andrea Arcangeli's sturdy bass lines add depth to the songs, steadily accompanying them through every mood. Dueling solos between the guitar and keyboard reflect the inner conflict to move from one emotional stage to the other and the electronic drum loops depict the relentlessly advancing tumor.

Forsaken has one purpose: trying to understand the emotions of a person confronted with an existential crisis. It's also a reminder for those who are affected by cancer that a diagnosis is not to be intended as the end. Not even those who have been forsaken by fortune are lost while their memory lives on in our hearts.

Forsaken will be available starting from October 28th.
SPV / ROCK WOLVES release debut single and video
Posted by: Denis / 12.09.2016
ROCK WOLVES feat. Herman Rarebell, Michael Voss, Stephan 'Gudze' Hinz, release their debut single Rock For The Nations in digital format. The song is taken from the forthcoming album Rock Wolves out on October 28th. They also release the video for the single.

Herman Rarebell: "Rock for the nations is better than war for the nations!!! Rock Wolves bring the nations good rock music!!! See you soon at our concerts!!!"

Rock Wolves will be released worldwide (ex Japan) as digi, LP and download on October 28th,2016 through Steamhammer/SPV.
UNDERGROUND SYMPHONY / Hidden Memories - New Deal
Posted by: Denis / 12.09.2016
UNDERGROUND SYMPHONY is proud to announce the sign of a new record deal with the band HIDDEN MEMORIES for the release worldwide of their new album Empirical Fragments produced by Giulio Capone of Temperance and available this autumn as CD and digital.

This is going to be a direct, no frill album, lead by the amazing guitarwork of Jader Phan Van and Andrea Agliardi, by the thunderous drums of Michael Borghi, by the amazing bass of Andrea Boccarusso and by the pristine vocals of Filippo Riganti. The album will feature songs as Over the Edge, First step in the dark, Insane equilibrium and the band's style could be described as a powerful mix between classic Metal, catchy melodies, shredding solos and a very punchy approach improved by some keyboards elements.

Gianni Galli made the original artwork of this new album.
Posted by: Denis / 09.09.2016
On the CRUZ DEL SUR Soundcloud page, SACRED STEEL present the first single taken from their new album Heavy Metal Sacrifice.

The title track Heavy Metal Sacrifice, introduced by (Intro) Glory Ride, is a hymn that goes back to the band's roots and to their classic style of traditional Heavy Metal. Everything in it, from the music to the lyrics, is an act of devotion for the true metal gods.

Sacred Steel never compromised. Heavy Metal Sacrifice is the proof. Born to reign in iron glory, forever!

Frontiers Music / Labyrinth new album update
Posted by: Denis / 09.09.2016
Labyrinth are currently working hard on the songwriting for their highly anticipated comeback album, which is planned for release on Frontiers Music Srl in 2017.

"We have written, so far, seven complete songs which we are very pleased with", says guitar player Olaf Thorsen. "We have some very heavy and fast songs and a few more proggy and melodic. We will end up writing 10 or 11 songs for the new album. We think we know what the fans are expecting from us and I am absolutely confident that everyone will love the new songs. There are lots of killer melodies and the sound will be definitely and recognizably 100% Labyrinth!"

LABYRINTH's reunion line-up features founding members Olaf Thorsen and Andrea Cantarelli on guitars and the return of Roberto Tiranti on lead vocals along with none other than John Macaluso (Yngwie Malmsteen, James Labrie, Riot, Symphony X, Starbreaker, TNT, ARK) on drums, Oleg Smirnoff (Eldritch, Vision Divine, Death SS) on keyboards, and Nik Mazzucconi on bass.

"The new line-up is stronger than ever!" continues Olaf. "Me, Andrea and Roberto are enthusiastic for the contributions that the new guys are bringing to the band and their style will certainly enhance the Labyrinth sound and bring it into 2016 and beyond!"

LABYRINTH first show with this new line-up will be at the Frontiers Metal Festival at the Live Music Club in Trezzo Sull'Adda on October 30th. The band will be exclusively playing their entire hit album Return to Heaven Denied plus a few more fan favorites! More international shows are planned for next year in support of the release of the new album.

Massacre Records / HEAVENWOOD new song
Posted by: Denis / 09.09.2016
Portuguese occult emotive Metal outfit HEAVENWOOD has released a new video for the track The Empress, taken from their latest album The Tarot Of The Bohemians - Part 1!

Nuclear Blast / EPICA new music video for 'Edge Of The Blade' launched
Posted by: Denis / 09.09.2016
EPICA's new masterpiece The Holographic Principle will be available in stores in about three weeks' time. In anticipation of this album, a new music video for Edge Of The Blade has been launched!

Commented Coen Janssen (synths, piano): "Finally another video! We are very happy with the way it turned out! It gives a glimpse on what to expect from our upcoming live shows, so watch it a few times because I'm expecting to see you sing along with it soon!"

Nuclear Blast / TESTAMENT release 1st 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' video trailer
Posted by: Denis / 09.09.2016
Legendary bay area Thrash Metal giants TESTAMENT have released the first of several trailers for their upcoming 12th album, Brotherhood Of The Snake. Watch vocalist Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson, speak about the touring that lead up to recording and how that affected their song writing process.

Brotherhood Of The Snake will be released on October 28, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.

Imperative PR / De Profundis release stunning new video + tour info
Posted by: Denis / 08.09.2016
To mark their fast approaching co-headlining UK tour with Egyptian Death metallers Scarab, De Profundis have released a stunning new promotional video clip, for their song All Consuming.

All Consuming is taken from the critically acclaimed Kingdom Of The Blind album out on Wicker Man Recordings.

Beautifully shot, the video captures the atmosphere of the song and the supreme technical and song writing skills of the band. This should whet the appetite of fans around the country looking forward to those imminent live dates.
  • September 15th - Underground, Plymouth
  • September 16th - Firebug, Leicester
  • September 17th - Warhorns Festival, Selby
  • September 18th - Black Heart, London
  • September 19th - Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
Underground Symphony / S91 new deal
Posted by: Denis / 08.09.2016
Underground Symphony is proud to announce a deal with Italian band S91 for the second full-length album release, after the success of the debut Volontà Legata.

The Christian band plays Progressive Metal with modern shades, psychedelic atmospheres and complex time signature. Behold The Mankind is a masterpiece for fans of Delain, Darkwater, Shadow Gallery and it will be available at 7th November under Underground Symphony Records in deluxe digipak edition.

The album is produced by Cristiano Bertocchi (Vision Divine, Labyrinth, Wind Rose) and Christian Liljegren (Narnia, Golden Resurrection, Divinefire, etc) is a very special guest on The Cry Of Life. The artwork, created by JahnVision Art.
  1. The Cry Of Life
  2. Wandering Souls
  3. Slaves And Kings
  4. The Calling
  5. Blind Revolutions
  6. The Son Of God
  7. Sacrificed
  8. The Bloody Revelation
Posted by: Denis / 08.09.2016
THEOCRACY will release their new album Ghost Ship on October 28th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records. An album teaser video was just posted at YouTube.

Ghost Ship will be available on CD, 2LP and digital. The 2LP edition is strictly limited to 1001 copies worldwide. 750 copies comes with black vinyl discs and 251 copies comes with white vinyl discs.

Season of Mist / ROTTING CHRIST
Posted by: Denis / 08.09.2016
Greek Metal masters ROTTING CHRIST have already kicked off their previously announced North American tour. The band is joining MARDUK and Season of Mist label mates CARACH ANGREN, NECRONOMICON.
  • Sept. 7 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
  • Sept. 8 Montreal, QC @ L'Astral
  • Sept. 9 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
  • Sept. 10 Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
  • Sept. 11 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
  • Sept. 12 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
  • Sept. 13 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
  • Sept. 14 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
  • Sept. 16 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
  • Sept. 17 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
  • Sept. 18 Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
  • Sept. 19 Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
  • Sept. 20 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
  • Sept. 21 Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
  • Sept. 22 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
  • Sept. 23 El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
  • Sept. 24 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
  • Sept. 25 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar

Punishment 18 Records / Vexed artwork and release date unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 08.09.2016
In the twenty year anniversary of activity, Italian thrashers Vexed will release Legion Deathblood, their new full-length by Italian label Punishment 18 Records. The album, that includes important guest musicians such as Andy Panigada (Bulldozer), Pier Gonnella (ex-Labyrinth, Necrodeath), Nico e Umbe (Total Death), Lore (Hyades), Mattia Stancioiu (ex-Labyrinth), will be released on next September 27th.
METALMESSAGE Global PR / Melodic Heavy Metallers OVERTURES new song 'Through The Storm' goes NFL Season on Mediaset Premium - Italy
Posted by: Denis / 07.09.2016
During the night of Monday 5th September on the Italian TV-Channel 'Premium Sport', the new OVERTURES' song Through The storm was introduced with a videoclip containing the best actions of the 2015-2016 NFL Championship.

OVERTURES' new composition has been commissioned by the Italian TV Show to be used as soundtrack for the entire NFL Season, from September to February with the Superbowl event! The main theme of Through The Storm will be used as soundtrack for all the matches, recap and TV Shows on Premium Sport.

Frontiers Music / Graham Bonnet Band - The Book
Posted by: Denis / 07.09.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Graham Bonnet Band's new album, The Book on November 4th!

Graham Bonnet is a rock legend. With a pedigree that includes Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz, Impellitteri, he is one of the finest vocalists of his generation. His is a recognizable and unique voice on a number of classic Hard Rock albums, including Rainbow's Down To Earth (1979), Michael Schenker Group's Assault Attack (1982), Alcatrazz's No Parole For Rock 'n' Roll (1983) and Disturbing The Peace (1985), and Impellitteri's Stand In Line (1988).

The recently formed Graham Bonnet Band, features Graham Bonnet on, of course, lead vocals, Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass, South American guitar sensation Conrado Pesinato on lead guitar, ex-Alcatrazz man Jimmy Waldo on keys, and Mark Zonder (known for his acclaimed work with Warlord, Fates Warning) on drums.

The new album, The Book offers 11 new songs where Bonnet lays down his legendary vocals over a selection of Hard Rock tunes that are chock full of great hooks and melodies. "The songs on the album are very similar to what I have done in the past with Rainbow, Alcatrazz and MSG";, says Graham. "I think this is what people want to hear from me and won't be disappointed". Graham Bonnet is in fine form and the album is easily his best in decades: 11 new tracks that will blow hard rock fans away! The album also includes a bonus disc featuring re-recorded versions of some of the most well known classics he has sung in his solo career and with Rainbow, Alcatrazz, MSG, Impellitteri.

The Graham Bonnet Band has spent the last 12 months touring solidly around the world, with performances at several major European festivals including an acclaimed set at Sweden Rock 2016. The Book will be supported with several shows in the UK and Spain in 2016, with more dates to be added.
    The Book tracklisting: CD 1 (new songs)
  1. Into The Night
  2. Welcome To My Home
  3. Earth's Child (I Am Your Son)
  4. Rider
  5. Dead Man Walking
  6. Strangest Day
  7. The Dance
  8. Where Were You?
  9. The Book
  10. Everybody Wants To Go There
  11. California Air
    CD 2 (re-recorded classics)
  12. Eyes Of The World
  13. All Night Long
  14. Lost In Hollywood
  15. Since You Been Gone
  16. Night Games
  17. S.O.S.
  18. Assault Attack
  19. Dancer
  20. Desert Song
  21. Island In The Sun
  22. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  23. God Blessed Video
  24. Will You Be Home Tonight
  25. Witchwood
  26. Stand In Line
  27. Here Comes The Night (Down Without A Fight)
  • 3 November Sala Chango, Madrid, Spain
  • 4 November Sala Totem, Pamplona, Spain
  • 5 November Sala Capitol, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • 8 November Boston Music Room, London, UK
  • 9 November Stourbridge, River Rooms, UK
  • 10 November Warehouse 23, Wakefield, UK
  • 11 November Pwllheli, Hard Rock Hell, UK
  • 12 November Manchester, Club Academy, UK
  • 13 November Edinburgh, Bannermans, UK
  • 15 November Doncaster, Diamonds, UK
  • 16 November Think Tank, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
  • 18 November Derry-Londonderry, Nerve Centre, UK
  • 19 November Limelight 2, Belfast, UK
  • 20 November Monroes, Galway, Eire
  • 21 November Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, Eire
  • 22 November Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff, UK

Charred Walls Of The Damned’s Richard Christy launches drum play-through for new track, “My Eyes”
Posted by: Denis / 07.09.2016
Charred Walls Of The Damned – the brainchild of former Death/Iced Earth drummer Richard Christy – will release their third full-length, Creatures Watching Over The Dead, on September 23rd via Metal Blade Records. Now Richard Christy has launched a drum play-through for the new track, My Eyes.

For another preview of Creatures Watching Over The Dead, the first single, The Soulless.

With five years having elapsed since the quartet dropped Cold Winds On Timeless Days, it's understandable that fans have been yearning for more, but Charred Walls Of The Damned has not exactly been sitting around, kicking their heels. Christy – who has previously played with Iced Earth, Death, Control Denied, Burning Inside, Leash Law – played drums on Monte Pittman's Inverted Grasp Of Balance, wrote music for New York State's 'The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze' event, and co-wrote a Heavy Metal comedy Viking rock opera with guitarist Jason Suecof and Titmouse Animation, titled 'Majestic Loincloth'. Suecof is of course one of the most in demand producers in contemporary Metal. Then there's legendary bassist Steve DiGiorgio, who made a name for himself in the ranks of Death, Testament, Vintersorg, Dragonlord and a myriad of other great Metal bands; in recent years, he has laid down his inimitable style on records from Ephel Duath, Soen, Memorain and others. Which just leaves vocalist Tim 'Ripper' Owens, who for a time fronted Judas Priest, before lending his formidable pipes to Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen's mighty compositions, touring relentlessly under his own name, and starting a new band (Project Rock).

When it was time to lay the songs down, Charred Walls Of The Damned convened at Suecof's Audiohammer Studio, outside Orlando, FL. The nine resulting tracks are heavy, catchy, anthemic and downright killer music to wreck your neck to.
    Creatures Watching Over the Dead track-listing
  1. My Eyes
  2. The Soulless
  3. Afterlife
  4. As I Catch My Breath
  5. Lies
  6. Reach into the Light
  7. Tear Me Down
  8. Living in the Shadow of Yesterday
  9. Time Has Passed

Nuclear Blast / OPETH release new song 'Will O The Wisp'
Posted by: Denis / 07.09.2016
Sweden's musical alchemists, OPETH, have unveiled an earnest new track called Will O The Wisp. The track is found on the band's forthcoming, 12th studio album, Sorceress, that will be released on September 30th via the band's imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast.

In a recent, exclusive track-by-track feature with Metal Hammer, vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt gave some insight behind the creation of the song: "It's a song inspired by Dun Ringill by Jethro Tull (from the album Stormwatch, 1979). I wanted to do a song with my capo really high, so it's up on the fifth fret. It makes the guitar sound really glittery. I just wanted to go for a simple, catchy vocal melody. It has a slightly positive vibe to it, but the lyrics are really, really dark. It's a beautiful song, I think. I'm really happy with that one."

Nuclear Blast / EPICA release guitar play-through videos for 'Universal Death Squad'
Posted by: Denis / 07.09.2016
The release of EPICA's new masterpiece The Holographic Principle is slowly approaching and the Dutch symphonic Metal stars are already prepared to give some music lessons! So get ready to watch axemaster Isaac Delahaye deliver an impressive demonstration of his shredding abilities on this play-through video of Universal Death Squad.

And a play-through for the same track is also available from drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek.

SPV / FREEDOM CALL release 'Master Of Light' in November
Posted by: Denis / 06.09.2016
New Freedom Call's studio album Master Of Light out on 11 November 2016 (USA/Canada 18 November).

Good news for all those who didn't get enough light during this, in meteorological terms, rather mixed summer. The coming of the light is near ... from 11 November 2016 (USA/Canada: 18 November 2016) the arrival of Master Of Light will put an end to all this weather-related tristesse and brighten the mood with the familiar positive Freedom Call aura. Frontman Chris Bay promises: "Our fans can look forward to a whole dozen new songs which once again present the different aspects of our Melodic Metal with lots of fast-paced numbers but also progressive references and balladesque moments. There's bound to be something for every Freedom Call fan." Master Of Light will be available on Steamhammer/SPV in a Digipak and double colour vinyl version, as a limited box set with lots of bonus material and a special give-away, as well as for digital download.

The album was recorded at the band's own Little Sun Creek Lounge studio near Nuremberg, with Chris Bay and Stephan Ernst, who already co-produced the predecessors Land Of The Crimson Dawn (2012), Beyond (2014) and Eternity – 666 Weeks Beyond Eternity (2015), manning the controls. The current line-up featuring the two founder members Chris Bay (vocals, guitars) and Ilker Ersin (bass) plus their two fellow combatants, guitarist Lars Rettkowitz and drummer Ramy Ali, has proved itself many times over, currently captivating audiences at major festivals worldwide with their lead single Hammer Of The Gods, which arrived at the physical and digital stores in July. Even before the release of the album, there will be a new video clip to support the album track Metal Is For Everyone, which is set to additionally whet our appetite for Master Of Light. Bay on the significant song title: "There's a bit of Heavy Metal in all of us, isn't there?"

Master Of Light will be released in three physical versions, each with a different cover:
  • Green: DigiPak incl. Poster
  • Blue: Double LP Gatefold, 180 g, printed inner sleeves, blue Vinyl, CD in paper sleeve
  • Red: Ltd. Boxset incl. DigiPak, Bonus CD, Sun Glasses, Sticker, handsigned Photocard
  • And exclusive Download Versions for iTunes and amazon.
    FREEDOM CALL Master Of Light-Tour 2016/2017
  • 09.09.US-Atlanta,GA – ProgPower
  • 24.09.A-Vorchdorf – Runen der Nacht Festival
  • 25.11.MEX-Mexico City – Circo Volador
  • 26.11.PER-Lima – Taste Of Evil Steel
  • 27.11.COL-Bogota – Powermetal Fest
  • 29.11.CH-Santiago de Chile – San Diego
  • 07.02.D-Cologne – Underground
  • 08.02.D-Aschaffenburg – Colos Saal
  • 09.02.D-Hamburg – Knust
  • 10.02.D-Erfurt – From Hell
  • 11.02.CH-Pratteln – Z7
  • 12.02.D-Stuttgart – Club Cann
  • 14.02.D-Munich – Backstage
  • 15.02.D-Nürnberg – Hirsch
  • 16.02.D-Bremen – Tivoli
  • 17.02.D-Bochum – Matrix
  • 18.02.D-Berlin – Badehaus

SPV / CREMATORY release new lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 06.09.2016
Germany's leading Gothic Metal band CREMATORY release a new lyric video for the song Die So Soon out of their new album Monument. The video was created by Ingo Spörl who also did lyric videos for bands like Sabaton, Sodom, Pain.

The new album Monument is out now on Steamhammer/SPV as digi / 2LP / download and mark an unmistakable return to their metallic roots.

Believe in you and especially in CREMATORY!
    CREMATORY live 2016
  • 30.09.D-Erfurt – From Hell
  • 01.10.D-Leipzig – Werk 2
  • 02.10.D-Dresden – Reithalle
  • 14.10.D-Dortmund – Piano
  • 15.10.D-Hameln – Autumn Moon Festival
  • 28.10.D-Stuttgart – Cann
  • 29.10.D-Mannheim – 7er Club
  • 30.10.D-Markneukirchen – Music Hall
  • 31.10.D-Burglengefeld – VAZ
  • 31.12.D-Nürnberg – Aqua Ruction Schiff

Pure Steel Records / ICHABOD KRANE 'Beyond Eternity' cover, tracklist, releasedate: 14th October 2016
Posted by: Denis / 06.09.2016
The release date of the ICHABOD KRANE album Beyond Eternity on CD is October 14th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on September 30th, 2016 in label's webshop.

Pure Steel Records are friends with the US-Americans ICHABOD KRANE now for many years and already released their debut album Day Of Reckoning (2014).

In the line up you can see the still actual Halloween bass player George Neal but also the guitarist Rick Graig, who've been in this Michigan cult band until 2001, as well the Damien and Halloween drummer Rob Brug. New by ICHABOD KRANE is Lisa Hurt on keyboards. Classical US Metal, strongly influenced by Judas Priest, is presented on the second album of the US quintet.

Driven by a great production and powerful double bass, ICHABOD KRANE present nine great Metal tunes, which are driven by the outstanding voice of Wülfhook singer Jeff Schlinz.

A must have for every lover of US Metal and visitor of Keep It True!
  1. Black World
  2. Metal Messiah
  3. Pandora's Box
  4. Beyond Eternity
  5. When The Stars Fall
  6. Bring It Down
  7. Why So Sad
  8. Whiskey Angel
  9. Bitter Romance
    Total Playing Time: 41:27 min

Pure Steel Records / LEGION 'On The Pale Horse' official single from the album 'War Beast'
Posted by: Denis / 06.09.2016
LEGION On The Pale Horse official single from the album War Beast - official release date: 30th of September 2016 by PURE STEEL RECORDS.

With the New Jersey quintet LEGION the label is proud to present a new signing on Pure Steel Records.

Classical, Melodic Heavy Metal, deeply rooted in the American Steel of the 80s, is presented here. Already in 2005 the self released debut Shadow Of The King has been unleashed, where they gained their first success with. One year later it has been re-released through Majestic Rock Records.

After a long break the second album War Beast is ready. Driven by majestic leads, energetic high pitched screams from the new singer Ralph Gibbons and varied song writing LEGION offer everything an aficionado of American Steel adore.

Mixed by Black Label Society bassist John 'JD' DeServio, the eight tracks have been forged to a work they can be proud of.
Pay for Pleasure signed a contract with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 05.09.2016
Italian Death/Thrash Metal band Pay for Pleasure has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions.

The band was formed at Bologna, Italy in 2014 by Anuar Arebi. The band debut self-titled album Pay for Pleasure was released in June 18th, 2016. The album was produced, recorded and mixed by Anuar Arebi at HowManySound Studios and mastered by Larsen at RecLAB studio, Milan, Italy.
Nuclear Blast / TESTAMENT release 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' title track
Posted by: Denis / 05.09.2016
Legendary bay area Thrash Metal giants TESTAMENT have released the title track for their upcoming 12th album, Brotherhood Of The Snake, which will be released on October 28, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.

Nuclear Blast / SONATA ARCTICA release third trailer for 'The Ninth Hour'
Posted by: Denis / 05.09.2016
Finnish Melodic Metal titans, SONATA ARCTICA, will unleash their new studio album called The Ninth Hour on October 7th through Nuclear Blast. Now the band have released the third trailer in support of this upcoming record.

Punishment 18 Records / Adversor revealed the definitive 'Rise To Survive' tracklist
Posted by: Denis / 05.09.2016
Italian thrashers Adversor, that have recently signed a worldwide deal with Punishment 18 Records are ready to promote their debut album titled Rise To Survive. Now you can see the first detail about it: the definitive tracklist.
  1. Echoes from uprising
  2. Triumph of Terror
  3. Envenomed
  4. Rise to survive
  5. Abandoned in hell... farewell!
  6. Beware of Soothsayer
  7. Abhor War Crimes
  8. Final Call
  9. Event Horizon
Frontiers Music / Rock Brock Project - The self-titled debut album
Posted by: Denis / 02.09.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Roth Brock Project self-titled debut album on November 4th.

The Roth Brock Project is the exciting artistic union between guitarist John Roth (Winger, Starship, Giant) and singer Terry Brock (Strangeways, Giant, Leroux). The pair first met in 2009 while working on Giant's Promise Land record. They soon developed a unique songwriting chemistry and musical bond which all these years later has led to their debut release for Frontiers Music Srl. Powerhouse vocals and thundering guitars are at the forefront of this stellar collaboration from two of rock's most seasoned and underrated veterans.

John Roth landed his first gig at the age of 19, with Southern boogie rock legends Black Oak Arkansas in 1986, and soon found himself in demand for recording and touring with the likes of Jimi Jamison (R.I.P.) of Survivor, and 80's rock legends, Winger. Terry Brock's first job in the music business was as a vocalist on the Kansas album Drastic Measures in 1983, which was soon followed by a tour with the Steve Morse Band and two albums with Strangeways (who were signed to BMG/RCA Records). Terry is currently on tour with Louisiana's Leroux, while John is on tour with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.

"The Roth Brock Project is the kind of record I've been wanting to make for a long time!" says John Roth. "Guitar-Driven High Energy Rock with Stellar vocals is the first thing you'll hear when you put this album on, so get ready to crank it up! Stay tuned to Frontiers. It for news on the Roth Brock Project debut record release date, as well as the premier of our first single and video, Young Gun!"
Massacre Records / GLORYFUL video
Posted by: Denis / 02.09.2016
GLORYFUL's new album End Of The Night was released last Friday. The band has now posted another video for a song off their latest record. Enjoy the official Hail To The King video.
Massacre Records / AETERNITAS album details
Posted by: Denis / 02.09.2016
The German symphonic Metal outfit AETERNITAS has revealed further details about their upcoming album.

House Of Usher is a concept album, based on the famous short story 'The Fall of the House of Usher' by Edgar Allan Poe. It was produced, recorded and mixed by Alexander Hunzinger at Serpina Studio, and mastered by Götz Kretschmann at Wonderlandstudio. Henning Basse produced the vocals at Vocalbase. The artwork's been created by Kurt Wörsdorfer (a.k.a. Headcrime Artwork).
    The album includes the following tracks:
  1. Le Coeur
  2. House Of Usher
  3. The Prophecy
  4. Roderick
  5. Madeline
  6. Fear
  7. Forbidden Love
  8. The Haunted Palace
  9. Tears
  10. Buried Alive
  11. Can You Hear The Demons
  12. The Fall
  13. Falling Star
  14. Open Your Eyes
  15. Ethelred
You can look forward to modern symphonic Metal with complex orchestral arrangements and groovy rock parts, all held together by the strong & catchy voices of Alma Mathar and Oliver Bandmann.

AETERNITAS' new album House Of Usher is already available for pre-order, and will be released on October 21, 2016 via Massacre Records.
Nuclear Blast / DESTRUCTION 'Europe Under Attack 2016' tour trailer released
Posted by: Denis / 02.09.2016
Legendary German Thrashers DESTRUCTION will return to the road with their Europe Under Attack 2016 Tour this month. The band will join forces with US-based Thrash Metal monsters FLOTSAM & JETSAM, Swedish Metal maniacs ENFORCER and Brazil's NERVOSA.

DESTRUCTION has just released the official tour trailer via YouTube.
    Tour dates
  • 2016-09-15 Pratteln (Z7) CH
  • 2016-09-16 München (Backstage) DE
  • 2016-09-17 Brescia (Circolo Colony) IT
  • 2016-09-18 Ludwigsburg (Rockfabrik) DE
  • 2016-09-20 Bochum (Matrix) DE
  • 2016-09-21 Strasbourg (La Laiterie) FR
  • 2016-09-22 Grenoble (La Belle Electrique) FR
  • 2016-09-23 Marseille (Le Moulin) FR
  • 2016-09-24 Toulouse (Metronum) FR
  • 2016-09-25 Barcelona (Razz2) ES
  • 2016-09-27 Sevilla (Custom) ES
  • 2016-09-28 Lisabon (RCA Club) PT
  • 2016-09-29 Porto (Hard Club) PT
  • 2016-09-30 Madrid (Arena) ES
  • 2016-10-01 Bilbao (Santana 27) ES
  • 2016-10-02 Paris (La Maroquinerie) FR
  • 2016-10-04 Glasgow (Audio) GB
  • 2016-10-05 Dublin (Voodoo Lounge) IE
  • 2016-10-06 Manchester (Club Academy) GB
  • 2016-10-07 London (Underworld) GB
  • 2016-10-08 Rijssen (Lucky) NL
  • 2016-10-09 Drachten (Iduna) NL
  • 2016-10-10 Rostock (M.A.U. Club) DE
  • 2016-10-11 Prag (Storm Club) CZ
  • 2016-10-12 Nürnberg (Hirsch) DE
  • 2016-10-13 Siegburg (Kubana) DE
  • 2016-10-14 Dornbirn (Conrad Sohm) AT
  • 2016-10-15 Hasselt (Muziekodroom) BE
  • 2016-10-16 Mannheim (7er Club) DE

Imperative PR / Apocalyptic Withchcraft release promo video for FROZEN OCEAN 'No Blizzard'
Posted by: Denis / 01.09.2016
Draw your attention to a brand new promotional video clip, just released by Frozen Ocean's label, Apocalyptic Witchcraft. The clip is to support the track No Blizzard, taken from the recent Frozen Ocean EP, The Prowess Of Dormition and it's a suitably chilly viewing experience. Icebergs, frostbite and freezing wastelands abound as the visual tale of polar exploration unfolds. Most importantly though, it's another reminder of the stunning music to be found on The Prowess Of Dormition.

The Prowess Of Dormition features four sprawling tracks of stirring, thrilling, melodic blackened Metal that draw you into a world beyond the everyday, offer you escape to a wild, fantastical ride so perfectly realised 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.
Posted by: Denis / 01.09.2016
Portland traditional Heavy Metal outfit SPELLCASTER have announced a series of headlining shows along the West Coast this Fall en route to their upcoming performance at California's Frost & Fire II Festival featuring Cirith Ungol, Midnight, Omen and many more. SPELLCASTER will be joined by Pittsburgh NWOBHM act Midnight Chaser on select dates leading up to the festival in addition to one-off shows with Kataklysm, Visigoth, Hellchamber, Iron Kingdom.

Bassist Gabe Franco commented, "We're really looking forward to hitting the road again. We will be playing cities we have not hit in years and with MIDNIGHT CHASER no less. To top it all off we will be appearing at Frost & Fire Fest II in Ventura, CA with a multitude of killer bands old and new. See you all soon!"

Midnight Chaser vocalist Josh Rodstein also chimed in stating, "Midnight Chaser is stoked to announce five West coast dates leading up to Frost and Fire Fest II with our pals and old Heavy Artillery label mates, Spellcaster!!! Don't miss our triumphant return to the west coast. Bring your moms! Let's Party!"
    Dates are as follows:
  • 9/30 Vancouver, BC – Hindenburg (w/ Hellchamber)
  • 10/1 Victoria, BC – V Lounge (w/ Kataklysm)
  • 10/2 Seattle, WA – Highline * (w/ Visigoth)
  • 10/3 Bend, OR – 3rd St. Pub *
  • 10/4 Reno, NV – Shea’s Tavern *
  • 10/5 San Francisco, CA -Elbo Room *
  • 10/8 Ventura, CA – Frost & Fire II
  • 10/9 Oakland, CA – The Golden Bull
  • 10/10 Eugene, OR – Old Nicks Pub (with Iron Kingdom)
    * with Midnight Chaser
SPELLCASTER's debut PROSTHETIC RECORDS release Night Hides the World was released earlier this year to critical acclaim with likening to some of Metal's most notable acts, for their 'Iron Maiden-esque hooks with Ghost-ish melody' (Angry Metal Guy) and vocalist Tyler Loney's impressive high resonance with 'Queensryche meets Metal Church' swoons.

Nuclear Blast / TWILIGHT FORCE - The Lore Of Lynd
Posted by: Denis / 01.09.2016
TWILIGHT FORCE's label debut called Heroes Of Mighty Magic (Nuclear Blast), was unleashed last Friday. Now the time has come to present the Knights of Twilight's Might the lore of guitar wizard Lynd. Click here to learn more about him.

Boogieman's Curda signed a contract with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 31.08.2016
Venezuelan Thrash Metal band Boogieman's Curda has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions.

The band was formed in Merida in 2008. Boogieman's current line up consists of vocalist Freddy Rivero, guitarists Luis Gómez & Daniel Rondón, bassist Emanuel Muñoz and drummer Francisco Díaz. The band released their debut album Freedom Of Repression in 2015.
Limb Music / SYMPHONITY - King Of Persia
Posted by: Denis / 31.08.2016
The Czech Republic has until now never been a shining light on the international Heavy Metal scene. Now and again a band would appear but then disappear again shortly afterwards. That, however, does not apply to SYMPHONITY, a union of talented Czech, Slovakian and German musicians who have just recorded their third album, King Of Persia. The band can be classified in the classical-symphonic genre, plays at a very high international standard and easily keeps pace with established bands such as Stratovarius, Rhapsody, Dionysus, Thunderstone, Sonata Arctica. Up-tempo hymns with high classical melodies, complex guitar parts played with virtuosity, unmistakeable vocals and memorable melodies are the characteristics of this, the band's third album. Their previous work, Voice from the Silence had already impressed both the press and fans and came highly recommended listening. 2016 is sure to be a successful year for SYMPHONITY.

King Of Persia contains all the ingredients that fans of Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, Rhapsody, Thunderstone expect from a high quality album: a build-up of broad choruses, voluminous melodies, galloping guitar attacks as well as neo-progged 6-string inserts. Add to that the vocals, which will send shivers down the spine of voice freaks. In The Name Of God with its classical guitar tracks will get the headbangers active and the melodies are irresistable and simply force you to sing along with them. The seven minute long Children Of The Light changes pace, mood and progressive claims – it's a fast paced firework display of inspiration and complexity. The title track, around nine minutes long, is the core of the album and shows off the band's clear talents for writing exciting songs and to put them to music in an equally impressive manner. Whilst Siren Call curls through your ears in a ballad-like way, Live To Tell The Tale is almost a rock number. The Choice will certainly thrill Avantasia fans. You can see, or rather you can hear that SYMPHONITY have managed to expand their musical field without having reduced the level of their basic influences. King Of Persia is a 'Must Have' album for fans of Melodic Heavy Metal in 2016.

Nuclear Blast / BLIND GUARDIAN 'Road To Wacken' documentary to be broadcast for the first time on September 3rd on DMAX
Posted by: Denis / 31.08.2016
Wacken Open Air is one of the most visited and biggest music festivals in Europe and said to be the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world. About 80,000 Metal and Rock fans gather in the otherwise tranquil town every year without fail. The visitors cause an almost crisis situation situation in the 2,000 capacity village for three days - and they do not care about the weather.

At this year's Wacken Open Air, DMAX followed the internationally successful band BLIND GUARDIAN. The band - Hansi Kürsch (vocals), André Olbricht (lead guitars), Marcus Siepen (guitars), Frederik Ehmke (drums) and Barend Courbois (bass) - have achieved status as one of the leading international metal acts for almost 30 years. They have sold more than 2,5 million records and are followed by an enormously loyal fanbase.

With BLIND GUARDIAN and their crew, DMAX goes behind the big stage and has a look behind the scenes of Wacken Open Air for the first time: how do you experience such an event, if you're not a guest, but a part of the crew? The DMAX documentary focuses on the varied and hectic daily routine of the musicians on tour as well as the hard work of the 'secret heroes' of Wacken Open Air (f.e. security, project manager), which is all running in the background unnoticedly. The DMAX documentary, 'Road To Wacken', delivers fascinating insights on the daily routine of an experienced band and shows the everyday life at the festival between adventurous fun and hard work.

Frontman Hansi Kürsch revealed: "Wacken festival is a very personal thing for me as I saw it growing as a musician. With BLIND GUARDIAN, I have played here six times. But I have also participated in Wacken for other bands and promotional activities. Spectators can look forward to extremely amazing footage in 'Road To Wacken', which will bring the phenomenon of Wacken straight into their living rooms. I can very well imagine that one or two will want to go to Wacken next year after watching this."

DMAX Doku - 'Road To Wacken' - September 3rd - 10.15pm CEST - for the first time exclusively on German free TV on DMAX!

Vivaldi Metal Project: VINYL limited edition to be released
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2016
The VINYL EDITION of Vivaldi Metal Project's The Four Seasons will be released on September 9th on double album!
PURE STEEL RECORDS / POLTERGEIST 'Back To Haund' and limited edition - cover, tracklist, releasedate: 21st October 2016
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2016
The release date of the POLTERGEIST album Back To Haunt (plus bonus song on the limited Edition) on CD is October 21st, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on October 07th, 2016 in label's webshop.

For aficionados of technical Thrash Metal the comeback of the Swiss POLTERGEIST might be one of the most sensational reunions.

With albums such as Depression (1989) and Nothing Lasts Forever (1993) the guys around mainman V.O. Pulver (guitar) and André Grieder (vocals) presented evergreen albums of the genre, which are still count as references for many. 22 years after the split they return with their fourth studio album, which is released through Pure Steel Records. Technical Thrash Metal with melodic vocals, sophisticated songwriting and a good, powerful production are the main strengths of the ten new tracks (plus bonus song on the limited Edition).

With Back To Haunt POLTERGEIST made a great album, followers of the genre will love.

PURE STEEL RECORDS / IRON CURTAIN 'Guilty As Charged' - cover, tracklist, releasedate: 14th October 2016
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2016
The release date of the IRON CURTAIN album Guilty As Charged on CD is October 14th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on September 30th, 2016 in label's webshop.

With the Spanish Heavy/Speed Metal warriors, IRON CURTAIN, we all have another upcoming, young band in our label catalogue.

Already with the two predecessors Road To Hell (2012) and Jaguar Spirit (2013) the quartet from Iberia took care of getting a good reputation. Also with their third album Guilty As Charged they offer 8 new songs and one exclusive bonus track for the CD release, where you can feel the spirit of old Motörhead, Tank, Exciter with some touches of Accept, Riot, Def Leppard every single second.

Simple, beer dipped doublebass tracks about all the good things in life, rough yet melodic vocals and flawless twin guitar leads go hand in hand with an authenticity, which is out of competition.
  1. Into The Fire
  2. Lion's Breath
  3. Take It Back
  4. Relentless
  5. Iron Price
  6. Outlaw
  7. Wild & Rebel
  8. Guilty As Charged
  9. Turn The Hell On
    Total Playing Time: 36:12 min
Massacre Records / new signing - MIDNIGHT RIDER
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2016
The German classic Heavy Metal outfit MIDNIGHT RIDER will release their long-awaited debut album Manifestation this winter via Massacre Records!

The band was formed 12 years ago, and released a self-titled EP in 2008.

They quickly became a well noticed band in the underground scene worldwide.

But now it's time to rise from the underground - and MIDNIGHT RIDER will do this with a brand new line-up, consisting of vocalist Wayne, guitarist Blumi, bassist Cliff and drummer Tim!
Frontiers Music / Secret Sphere - One Night In Tokyo
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of SECRET SPHERE first live album entitled One Night In Tokyo on October 14th!

Secret Sphere are without a doubt one of the most well known Metal bands in Japan, with a solid fan base there since their inception in 1997. All their albums have been released in Japan and in fact, it is the only country where you can find Secret Sphere's very rare, original debut demo tape, officially released as a special edition item there! That says a lot about the respect and affection that the fans in the Land of the Rising Sun have for Aldo LoNobile's band!

During the band's last Japanese tour, in support of the Special Anniversary Edition of the band’s signature album A Time Never Come, Secret Sphere had the chance to record their show in Tokyo in its entirety, which included all the band's major hits: Legend, Under The Flag Of Mary Read, plus the Melodic Metal gems taken from the latest album Portrait Of A Dying Heart. Featuring vocalist extraordinaire Michele Luppi (now also keyboard player with Whitesnake), the show was one for the ages.

The result is a genuine performance in a very warm atmosphere, a night to remember, where the band played all their classic songs with true passion. The same passion that you can expect from the band's next release, currently in the writing stages.

Aldo Lonobile says: "Since I started the band, the idea of recording our first live album in Japan, was the ultimate goal! All my musical heroes described their experiences in Japan with a happiness and a warmth that you could almost feel. That was the truth, among the most loyal fans in the world, and I am 100% happy that Frontiers liked the idea to release our first live album!"

To enhance the celebration, the band agreed to the label's suggestion to release a brand new version of Lie To Me, featuring an outstanding duet between Michele Luppi and former Nightwish singer Anette Olzon. Released originally on Portrait of a Dying Heart, the video reached almost 1M views and this new version shows a depth and a reach that makes it even better compared to the original!

Frontiers Music / Hevidence - multi album deal
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2016
HEVIDENCE is the brainchild of Italian guitar player Diego Reali. Diego's own story as a musician began in 1996 with his first band, DGM. Diego's songwriting and style contributed to six of that band's Power Prog Metal masterpieces: Random Access Zone, Change Direction, Wings Of Time, DreamLand, Hidden Place, Misplaced. For ten plus years, Diego recorded and toured with DGM around the world. During this time he also collaborated with Claudio Simonetti, the former keyboard player and mastermind of Italian Prog band Goblin, among others.

In 2006, Diego wanted to stretch his wings and try other musical styles, so he started to work on different projects, dabbling in many different kinds of music (blues, indie, country, pop, and rock). He spent a few months playing with his brother's indie band, Happy Never After, playing several gigs around Italy; however, it is always difficult to forget where we come from and that is why after almost four years of musical experimentation and journeys, Diego decided to go back to his original musical influence and first love: classic Heavy Metal. He started writing many tunes akin to early DGM, but this time with a more conscious idea of his own style and with a musical background richer than ever. In 2010, he called his brother Stef Reali (Hijack Party) to play drums and Andrea Arcangeli (DGM, NOVERIA, SOLISIA) to play bass and started a new band called Evidence, with whom he released There's Only Ten Left in 2011. Now, after some lineup changes (enter Corrado Quoiani on vocals and Emiliano Bonini on drums), a new label, an even more mature and personal vision, the band slightly altered the name from Evidence to Hevidence and are now ready to take on the world with a style reminiscent of the classic early Yngwie Malmsteen albums, mixed with Power Metal and melodic Hard Rock influences (think Europe at the height of their popularity). The new album, Nobody's Fault is a kick ass release from start to finish – a must for all fans of virtuoso and Melodic Metal!

Hevidence mastermind and guitar player Diego Reali says: "Everyone in the band is highly excited about this multi-album deal with Frontiers Music. I feel lucky and proud to be part of this big family and share their efforts together with other big names of the scene which I have followed since I was a child. The new album is the result of an awesome collaboration between me, my trusted friend Andrea and the new line-up and it's going to be a powerful mix of classic Heavy Metal and pure hard rock with a very raw sound and a vintage flavor, the new songs will perfectly suit the Frontiers releases within the same genre and will push the boundaries of the rock 'n' roll sound. Get ready to ROCK!!!"

HEVIDENCE debut album for Frontiers will see the light of day before the end of the 2016!
Imperative PR / Russia's Frozen Ocean release A Faded Missive Therefrom
Posted by: Denis / 29.08.2016
Earlier this year Frozen Ocean ran an extremely successful campaign on, where various bundles of digital material, spanning the entire back catalogue of the band, were sold. As special incentives, four exclusive, never before heard tracks, were made available as the pledges of support increased. These four songs will never be made available again in digital format – however Vaarwel, the mastermind behind Frozen Ocean, has agreed to a very, very limited physical release of the tracks. Collected together under the title A Faded Missive Therefrom, they are now to be released on CD by Operator Produkzion.

The CD will come in a printed four panel sleeve, specially designed by Cold Graves and A-Drone and the artwork is the perfect representation of the music within. These songs are another doorway into the world of Frozen Ocean, a world of wonders that can lift you away from the ordinary and everyday. A Faded Missive Therefrom is a collection of some of the most evocative and enthralling ambient music that Vaarwel has ever created, but due to the extremely limited nature of this release fans will need to move fast if they are not going to miss out.
Posted by: Denis / 29.08.2016
One thing you won't ever catch DEE SNIDER doing is being complacent. "I've never been about living in the past", Snider says. "The past is wonderful to reflect on and enjoy, but for me, I'd rather show you the latest thing I've been working on. I'm all about looking ahead, and this new record is very much about me moving forward."

DEE's vibrant new solo album, WE ARE THE ONES, is due out on October 21st, 2016 on earMUSIC (world ex. US/CA). Produced by Grammy®, Emmy® and Oscar® winning song writer, Damon Ranger, WE ARE THE ONES crackles with modern energy, from the call-to-arms manifesto of Rule the World, to the anthemic bonding of So What (complete with, yes, a string section) to the intensely synth driven Close to You, to the thematically soaring Superhero (a song tailor-made for running over the end credits of the next Marvel or DC movie blockbuster if ever there was one). Another significant highlight of the album is a newly re-recorded acoustic version of We're Not Gonna Take It which has also been tapped the official anthem for The Recording Academy's advocacy efforts, including the Fair Play Fair Pay Act.

Also featured is an explosive cover of Nine Inch Nails' Head Like A Hole. "I always thought it was a great song, a powerful song", DEE explains, "I can't wait to do that one live. Like We're Not Gonna Take It is iconic, Head Like a Hole is iconic for that era."

With Twisted Sister effectively entering the rearview mirror, DEE now has his sights dead-set on his new musical direction. "You can't expect others to embrace what you do if you don't embrace it yourself", he admits. "I have to believe it first before I can expect anybody else to believe it. When you're creating a new record, you want to make a statement, and you want to have music you can stand behind and feel strongly about. So it was a little unnerving when I started heading down this path. After Damon and I cut the first four tracks, I said, 'Oh yeah, there is a place for me here'. This is music I feel excited about, and I also look forward to playing it live."

Earlier this summer, DEEDEE performed a new acoustic version of Twisted Sister's legendary song, We're Not Gonna Take It.

In April 2016, DEE was called to Capitol Hill for the second time—the first at the infamous 1985 Senate hearing instigated by Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) to speak on behalf of The GRAMMY Foundation's 'Fair Play Fair Pay' initiative. On September 18, DEE will be presenting his new music at Riot Fest at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL.

DEE is unapologetically energized about where he's going as an artist. "Music inspires that genuine enthusiasm. I'm not anti the past — I'm just not one of those guys sitting there singing about the glory days. To me, these are the glory days, and the days to come are the glory days. And this new record is the part of my next glory days."

It sure is. WE ARE THE ONES opens an exciting new chapter in the ongoing, never-ending glorious saga of DEE SNIDER. And that's how you come to rule the world.
    Full Track Listing:
  1. We Are The Ones
  2. Over Again
  3. Close To You
  4. Rule The World
  5. We’re Not Gonna Take It
  6. Crazy For Nothing
  7. Believe
  8. Head Like A Hole
  9. Superhero
  10. So What

Posted by: Denis / 29.08.2016
THEOCRACY will return to Europe in November for the 'GHOST SHIP EUROPEAN TOUR'. See the list of confirmed shows:
  • Fri 4/11 - Hall of Fame - Wetzikon, Switzerland
  • Sat 5/11 - Kreatief - Neckarsulm, Germany
  • Sun 6/11 - Exit-US - Prague, Czech Republic
  • Tue 8/11 - Collosseum - Kosice, Slovakia
  • Thu 10/11 - Melodka - Brno, Czech Republic
  • Fri 11/11 - DGH Niederaula - Niederjossa/Hessen, Germany
  • Sat 12/11 - Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Within Silence [SK] will join THEOCRACY on the tour as support act for all shows.

InsideOut Music / Caligula’s Horse introduce new drummer with 'Rust' play-through video
Posted by: Denis / 26.08.2016
Caligula's Horse, one of Australia's most exciting and innovative Progressive bands, recently announced the departure of long-time drummer Geoff Irish and have revealed his replacement as Josh Griffin. As an introduction, he has recorded a drum play-through video for the track Rust, taken from the bands most recent album Bloom.

Bloom was released last year and enjoyed much praise for its multi-faceted dynamic and masterful production. It mines influences from heavy Rock to Jazz and beyond, making it a uniquely enticing sonic entity, and a powerful addition to the high quality canon of Progressive alternative rock. It is a unique thrill to watch a band's momentum build so steadily and confidently.
Massacre Records / New signing - WARPATH
Posted by: Denis / 26.08.2016
Worship the thrash and groove gods, WARPATH are working on a new album!

The quintet - hailing from Hamburg, Germany - definitely aren't newcomers anymore, 'cause they're already around since 1991! They quickly released a demo, followed by the debut When War Begins... in the summer of 1992. Meanwhile, the band can look back on 4 full-length releases.

They have played numerous club and festivals shows all around Europe in the past and present. Besides gigs and tours with bands like Holy Moses, Gorefest, Forbidden, Sodom, Endstille, WARPATH also graced the billing of music festivals like Germany's Headbangers Open Air, Metal Bash or this year's Bang Your Head!!! Open Air.

They went on hiatus at some point, but in the end they reunited again.

WARPATH has a new line-up since last year: Vocalist Dirk 'Dicker' Weiß is joined by drummer Norman Rieck, bassist Sören Meyer and guitarist Flint Razorhead.

The band hasn't been lazy these days either! They teamed up with producer and ex-WARPATH guitarist Schrödey and already recorded new songs at the Absurd Studio in Hamburg, Germany.

WARPATH also recently signed a record deal with Massacre Records, where the new album will be released in early 2017!
Massacre Records / JADED HEART Spain tour
Posted by: Denis / 26.08.2016
JADED HEART will go on tour in Spain this November/December, along with Crown Of Glory!
    Here are all confirmed dates of the 'Guilty By Design Spain Tour':
  • 29.11.2016 ES Palencia - Discoteca Quasar
  • 30.11.2016 ES Santander - Escenario Santander
  • 01.12.2016 ES Zaragoza - Sala King Kong
  • 02.12.2016 ES Cartagena - Angvs Rock
  • 03.12.2016 ES Madrid - Moondance
  • 04.12.2016 ES Cangas do Morrazo - SalaSon

POLTERGEIST signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 25.08.2016
The Swiss Thrash band POLTERGEIST from Liestal signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS. The band which is active since the 80's (Depression, Behind My Mask, Nothing Lasts Forever), will release the new album Back To Haunt via PURE STEEL RECORDS after 22 years.

Band statement: "Swiss Thrash Metal legend POLTERGEIST is extremely proud to announce the signing to Pure Steel Records for their upcoming new album BACK TO HAUNT! The band originally released three albums between 1989 and 1993 before calling it quits. Reunited in 2013 followed by powerful shows at the 70'000 Tons Of Metal Cruise, the Metal Assault and Headbangers Open Air Festivals, POLTERGEIST has come full circle for it's new and fourth album.

POLTERGEIST the cult Thrash institution since the late 80s is back to haunt once again!"

Punishment 18 Records / Myriad Lights 'Kingdom Of Sand' album teaser
Posted by: Denis / 25.08.2016
Italian Heavy metallers Myriad Lights have posted on-line on YouTube a promotional video teaser for their new full-length album Kingdom of Sand. The new effort in studio will be released on August 27th, by Italian label Punishment 18 Records.
Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars 'Cradle To Grave' video
Posted by: Denis / 25.08.2016
Los Angeles based Mindwars (former Holy Terror guitarist Mike Alvord) new Cradle To Grave video premier available now on YouTube. Their latest release Sworn To Secrecy (released on April 27th 2016 by Punishment 18 Records) has been mixed and mastered by Bill Metoyer (Agent Steel, Armored Saint, COC, DRI, Dark Angel, Fates Warning, Flotsam And Jetsam, Sacred Reich) at the Skull Seven Studios in Los Angeles.
Nuclear Blast / EXODUS more tour dates with OBITUARY, PRONG and KING PARROTT announced
Posted by: Denis / 25.08.2016
Bay Area Thrash titans EXODUS have just announced more tour dates for the 'Battle Of The Bays' European tour in October / November 2016, alongside famed Florida Death Metal squad OBITUARY. Support will come from influential NYC groove crossover metallers PRONG and Australian wrecking machine KING PARROT.

Legendary singer Steve 'Zetro' Souza said on the announcement: "Metalheads all over Europe have waited for a tour of this magnitude, OBITUARY, EXODUS, PRONG, and KING PARROT, this one will be talked about for years to come! Battle Of The Bays! I can guarantee EXODUS will be ready for battle! See you in the pit!"
    'Battle Of The Bays' - Europe 2016 w/ OBITUARY, PRONG, KING PARROT
  • 21.10. D Hannover - Capitol NEW!
  • 22.10. F Lille - Aeronef
  • 23.10. F Rennes - L’Etage
  • 24.10. F Paris - Elysée Montmartre
  • 25.10. UK London - Electric Ballroom
  • 27.10. UK Glasgow - Garage
  • 28.10. UK Manchester - Academy 2
  • 29.10. UK Birmingham - o2 Academy 2
  • 30.10. UK Southampton - Engine Rooms
  • 01.11. B Antwerp - Trix NEW!
  • 02.11. NL Tilburg - 013 NEW!
  • 03.11. NL Leeuwarden - Neushoorn NEW!
  • 04.11. D Köln - Live Music Hall NEW!
  • 05.11. DK Aarhus - Voxhall
  • 06.11. DK Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
  • 08.11. D Dortmund - FZW NEW!
  • 09.11. D Berlin - Huxley’s NEW!
  • 10.11. D Leipzig - Taubchenthal NEW!
  • 11.11. PL Warsaw - Progresja
  • 12.11. PL Katowice - Mega Club
  • 13.11. CZ Ostrava - Garaz NEW!
  • 15.11. RO Bucharest - Arenele Romane
  • 16.11. H Budapest - Dürer Kert
  • 17.11. HR Zagreb - Tvornica Club
  • 18.11. A Vienna - Arena NEW!
  • 19.11. I Bologna - Zona Roveri NEW!
  • 20.11. CH Zurich - Komplex NEW!
  • 01.09. USA San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
  • 02.09. USA Los Angeles, CA - The Novo
  • 03.09. USA Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
  • 08.10. J Tokyo - Loudpark
  • 26.11. LUX Esch/Alz. - Bang Your Head

Nuclear Blast / SABATON present new guitarist; more tour dates announced
Posted by: Denis / 25.08.2016
Swedish Heavy Metal heroes, SABATON, closed the release weekend of their new record entitled The Last Stand, successfully at their own festival, Sabaton Open Air. They not only had to say goodbye to their guitarist Thobbe Englund, but they also welcomed their new member Tommy Johansson.

The band commented: "Thank you Thobbe, welcome Tommy!
Our guitarplayer Thobbe did his final concert with us on last Saturday's very emotional show at the Sabaton Open Air festival. Celebrating the release of our new album while saying goodbye to a great friend is lots of mixed feelings. But the future is bright since this was not nearly our last stand, from now on you will see Tommy Johansson playing guitars with SABATON and we all look forward to see you on the road!"

Tommy added: "For me to be a part of the SABATON family is a huge honour and I couldn't be happier! The guys are awesome and among the nicest people you can meet. I've been following SABATON since 2005 when I saw them live for the first time and I have loved the band ever since, so when they asked me to join there was no hesitation. Although, they did ask me already back in 2012 but for many personal reasons it was not a good time for me to hit the road and give everything that was needed to the band. So I declined, but we have stayed in touch since then. I also wanna say that Thobbe is a great guitarist and such a wonderful guy! My job is not to replace him, it's to contribute to the band with my own style of guitarplaying but of course also to keep his fans happy by playing his wonderful solos with pride. I look forward to meet you all on tour and to do what I love the most in life - to play Heavy Metal!"

Nuclear Blast / CRADLE OF FILTH writing new material
Posted by: Denis / 25.08.2016
CRADLE OF FILTH the UK's most visionary and hellish outfit are very pleased to announce that they are currently writing new material. The band have been locked away for the past week in a studio in Brno, Czech Republic, working on the follow up to their 2015 opus Hammer Of The Witches.

The evening before embarking on their creative quest, rather vocal front man Dani Filth said the following: "As a band we are very much looking forward to our writing session in Brno. It's going to be very inspirational to just bury ourselves away in a rehearsal room in the Czech Republic and knead our ammunition of razor sharp flesh-ripping sonic torments into sinister form. Hopefully when we emerge from our musical chrysalis one week later, something beautiful will be born. The new CRADLE OF FILTH album will be mostly written. Then will come the long autumnal evenings bringing the monster further to life by dressing it in lyricism. I can hardly wait!

As a band, CRADLE OF FILTH have already written about fifty percent of the material towards the new album, which now requires collating and readdressing. We started writing shortly after returning from our highly successful tour of the U.S. and Canada back in March. We were adrenalised by the whole reaction we received out there, having not been back to that part of the world for a fair few years. The camaraderie of playing to that many people across seven weeks really inspired us to start writing material again so soon after the release of our previous endeavour, Hammer Of The Witches.

There are certainly a few songs completed already, though these will undoubtedly be scrutinised thoroughly when we hit the rehearsal studio. It'll just be awesome to play through it all creatively in the rehearsal room.

We can reveal that there is one song carried over from the previous album, a veritable lament entitled Achingly Beautiful. We've worked some more on it, fleshing it out considerably. It is very old school CRADLE OF FILTH, featuring a haunting middle section full of soaring female vocals and choir very akin to A Gothic Romance from the album Dusk... and Her Embrace. It may not even make this album's grade in the end, as we're being extremely thorough with quality control, but it's definitely something that is being delivered to the proverbial butcher's block from the off."

CRADLE OF FILTH chose Brno as a location for several reasons aside from the draw of its elegance and rich architecture; drummer Marthus and second guitarist Ashok live there, plus Brno is also home to Europe's second largest Ossuary, which is essentially a medieval charnel house filled with fifty thousand skeletons, second only in size to the catacombs in Paris.

JOLLY ROGER RECORDS / Fil di Ferro reissues
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2016
Jolly Roger Records is proud to announce Fil di Ferro first two albums, Hurricanes (1986) and Fil di Ferro (1988) will be available for the very first time on CD (and digital), completely remastered, on 14th October 2016.

First album featured bikers-hymn Hurricanes, also included in a different version (produced by Pete Hint, producer on Saxon Strong Arm of the Law) on following full-lenght produced by Guy Bidmead well known for having worked with Motorhead, Coroner, Cozy Powell, Hawkind, Exciter, Yes,...

Hurricanes video is now available as a introduction to the story of the band in that time.
Nuclear Blast / TWILIGHT FORCE - The Lore Of Chrileon
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2016
In three days, 'Heroes Of Mighty Magic' (Nuclear Blast), the label debut by Swedish adventure metallers TWILIGHT FORCE, will celebrate its release. In anticipation of this record, a clip revealing The Lore of Chrileon (lead vocals) has been launched now.

Nuclear Blast / TESTAMENT to support AMON AMARTH on European tour
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2016
Swedish Heavy Metal Vikings AMON AMARTH have announced legendary Bay Area Thrash titans TESTAMENT as Special Guest of the massive European 'Jomsviking' tour in Germany, France and Italy. Also joining AMON AMARTH as support is Sweden's epic GRAND MAGUS. Germany-based Death metallers DAWN OF DISEASE will be the opening act in Poland.

Comments TESTAMENT's Eric Peterson, "With a heart of steel and rippling distant thunder, we are honoured to board the AMON AMARTH viking ship and get ready to feast and plunder with them across Europe! Thor's hammering strikes shall lead the way! Skol!"

JB from GRAND MAGUS declares, "Warriors of the north Atlantic! We are proud and excited to be part of this tour. Earth-shattering Metal is coming your way. AMON AMARTH, TESTAMENT/BEHEMOTH, and GRAND MAGUS on the same night! There will be headbanging, thrashing, and all around heaviness to fill all needs. Join us! Rejoice!"
    AMON AMARTH 'Jomsviking' EUROPEAN TOUR 2016:
    ** = + GRAND MAGUS
  • 28/10/16 Oberhausen, Germany @ Turbinenhalle*
  • 29/10/16 Hamburg, Germany @ Sporthalle*
  • 30/10/16 Brussels, Belgium @ Forest National*
  • 31/10/16 Manchester, England @ Academy*
  • 01/11/16 Glasgow, Scotland @ ABC*
  • 02/11/16 Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street*
  • 04/11/16 London, England @ Roundhouse*
  • 05/11/16 Birmingham, England @ Academy*
  • 06/11/16 Tilburg, Netherlands @ O13*
  • 07/11/16 Paris, France @ Casino de Paris*
  • 09/11/16 Bilbao, Spain @ Santana 27*
  • 10/11/16 Porto, Portugal @ Coliseu do Porto*
  • 11/11/16 Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera*
  • 12/11/16 Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz*
  • 13/11/16 Lyon, France @ Transbordeur*
  • 15/11/16 Lausanne, Switzerland @ Metropole*
  • 16/11/16 Zurich, Switzerland @ Komplex 457*
  • 17/11/16 Offenbach, Germany @ Stadthalle*
  • 18/11/16 Ludwigsburg, Germany @ MHP Arena*
  • 19/11/16 Munich, Germany @ Zenith*
  • 21/11/16 Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz*
  • 22/11/16 Vienna, Austria @ Gasometer*
  • 23/11/16 Leipzig, Germany @ Haus Auensee*
  • 25/11/16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Forum Karlin*
  • 26/11/16 Geiselwind, Germany @ Eventhall*
  • 27/11/16 Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle*
  • 28/11/16 Bratislava, Slovakia @ Refinery Gallery**
  • 29/11/16 Zagreb, Croatia @ Tvornica**
  • 01/12/16 Athens, Greece @ Piraeus Academy**
  • 02/12/16 Thessaloniki, Greece @ Fix Factory of Sound**
  • 03/12/16 Sofia, Bulgaria @Hristo Botev Hall**
  • 04/12/16 Bucharest, Romania @ Arenele Romane**
  • 06/12/16 Budapest, Hungary @ Barba Negra**
  • 07/12/16 Cracow, Poland @ Fabryka***
  • 08/12/16 Gdansk, Poland @ B90***
  • 09/12/16 Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja***
  • 10/12/16 Vilnius, Lithuania @ Loftas**
  • 12/12/16 Tallinn, Estonia @ Rock Café**
  • 13/12/16 Helsinki, Finland @ Black Box****
  • 15/12/16 Oslo, Norway @ Sentrum Scene****
  • 16/12/16 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Liseberghallen****
  • 17/12/16 Stockholm, Sweden @ Arenan****
  • 18/12/16 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Store Vega****

Carnival of Flesh signed a contract with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 23.08.2016
Serbian symphonic Black Metal band Carnival of Flesh has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions.

The band was formed at Belgrade, Serbia in 2002 when two guys, Dachaz and Dam, wanted to reshape the Serbian Black Metal scene with a sound that escapes the traditional Black Metal boundaries. In 2014 the band started to work on their debut album Stories from a Fallen World that was released in 2015.
Underground Symphony / Fury N Grace last details
Posted by: Denis / 23.08.2016
The masters of regressive Prog-Metal are back! Underground Symphony proudly announces all the last details regarding the new Fury N Grace's album.

A Dream-Letter To The Witches Of Western Europe is a horror tour de force celebrating everything monstrous: their third and finest effort finds the band reaching a creative peak of weirdness and intensity, taking their vision a step farther toward dementia and venom. Filled to the brim with the bizarre imagery of the lyrics, instrumental intricacies, menacing atmospheres and doomy vibes, the album features a stunning new singer with bluesy depth and potency, Franco Campanella (Spanking Hour). It is a strong and uncompromising musical statement, an enigmatic and ominous gem.

The album features guest performances by Fango DUmatt Gigerz, John Llewellyn Probert, Maurizio Savini, Davide Colombo, Federico Binelli, Gabriele Ferrario, D.F.Lewis, Matt Giuliani, Ian James Parker, Silvia Gadina, Marco Di Lucca, Marco Candela.

Produced and arranged by Fury N Grace; engineered by Davide Colombo @ Diana Studios; bass engineered by Marco Coti Zelati; mixed and mastered by Federico Pennazzato @ Music Ink.

A Dream-Letter To The Witches Of Western Europe is set for release on September 2016.
PURE STEEL RECORDS / ANCILLOTTI 'The Beast Is Rising' official single from the album 'Strike Back'
Posted by: Denis / 23.08.2016
ANCILLOTTI The Beast Is Risingofficial single from the album Strike Back - official release date: 16th of September 2016 by PURE STEEL RECORDS.

More than two and a half years after the longplayer debut The Chain Goes On (also released through Pure Steel Records) the Italians ANCILLOTTI are back with their second output Strike Back. Formed by the ANCILLOTTI brothers Bud (Strana Officina) and Bid as well as son/nephew Brian ANCILLOTTI with the blood brother guitarist Ciano, the family business committed themselves to classical Heavy Metal. Melodic, yet modern produced, but also with a big Rock’n’Roll drive. On the – plus intro – eleven new tracks ANCILLOTTI offer everything in handmade Heavy Metal; no matter if emotional ballads (Lonely Road), the anthem Fight or banging midtempo tracks (Life Is For Livin’) or doublebass parts (The Hunter). Traditional Italian Steel is reborn!
Punishment 18 Records / Exiled on Earth new album promo teaser posted on-line
Posted by: Denis / 23.08.2016
Exiled on Earth, Progressive Speed metallers that comprised in line-up members of Rosae Crucis, Maelstrom and T.I.R., have posted on-line a promo teaser about the new album titled Forces of Denial that will be released on August 27th by Punishment 18 Records. Recordings sessions were completed at prestigious 16th Cellar Studios (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour of Penance, Theatres Des Vampires, Subhuman) by Stefano ‘Saul’ Morabito.
Nuclear Blast / OPETH release fifth studio trailer for 'Sorceress'
Posted by: Denis / 23.08.2016
Swedish experimental heavy-rock pioneers OPETH have released the fifth instalment, 'Studio Report - Episode 5', of their in-depth, behind the scenes series on the making of their 12th studio album, Sorceress. In this new trailer, frontman Mikael Akerfeldt talks about the vocal recordings in the legendary Rockfield Studios and the writing process for his lyrics. The highly-anticipated record is due out on September 30th via the band's imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Imperative PR / De Profundis UK tour with Scarab
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2016
With the dates just around the corner now, this is a reminder of DE PROFUNDIS' autumn touring plans for the UK. The band will soon be joining forces with their Egyptian brothers in death, SCARAB, to bring the Kingdom Of Serpents Tour to the venues of the UK. The co-headlining package – sponsored by Zero Tolerance Magazine – will be descending on five venues across the country, including a stop at the mighty Warhorns Festival in Selby. The dates are as follows:
  • September 15th - Underground, Plymouth
  • September 16th - Firebug, Leicester
  • September 17th - Warhorns Festival, Selby
  • September 18th - Black Heart, London
  • September 19th - Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
These shows will conclude the touring in support of the critically acclaimed Kingdom Of The Blind album. The press reaction to the album was stunning, with Zero Tolerance Magazine branding it simply 'immense'. The album is available now, directly from their label, Wicker Man Recordings.
Nuclear Blast / IN FLAMES release live clip for 'Take This Life'
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2016
Fire, sweat and overwhelming guitar sounds - when IN FLAMES conquer Gothenburg, they reduce everything to dust. And with their new live DVD Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg, out on September 23, the Swedes prove that they are still the masters of heavy music. Watch their blazing finisher Take This Life in its entire length.

PURE STEEL RECORDS / A TORTURED SOUL 'Smoke' - official single from the album 'On This Evil Night'
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2016
A TORTURED SOUL Smoke – official single from the album On This Evil Night - official release date: 29th of July 2016 by PURE STEEL RECORDS.

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

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

This album contains everything, a dark, sophisticated Metal album has to offer.

SPV / RUNNING WILD release new lyric video for 'Black Bart'
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2016
German Metal Legends RUNNING WILD release a lyric video for the new song Black Bart. The song is taken from the forthcoming album Rapid Foray.

Rock N' Rolf: "Bartholomew Roberts, called 'Black Bart' was not only one of the most flamboyant personalities in the history of piracy, but also the most successful one with more than 200 captured ships."

Rapid Foray will be released worldwide on August 26th 2016 through SPV/Steamhammer.

SPV / FAIR WARNING release 'Pimp Your Past'
Posted by: Denis / 19.08.2016
If anybody really needed additional proof that all of their songs are timeless, classic and independent of trends and fashions, then Fair Warning provide that proof incontestably on Pimp Your Past. The current album by the band from Northern Germany features 2016 versions of the most important tracks from their first three studio albums Fair Warning, Rainmaker, Go!, originally released between 1992 and 1997. Every single note sees Fair Warning underline the motto which they have chosen for themselves: a good song will always remain a good song (at this point we will save ourselves a decisive 'full stop' as an expression of absolute conviction). At the same time, it's an integral part of the Pimp Your Past concept that the arrangements of some of the new versions differ significantly from the originals. As bassist Ule Ritgen puts it so aptly: "When our Japanese record company approached us with the request for this kind of album, we were skeptical to start with. But once we had made up our minds to not simply rerecord the material but furnish it with a few fresh arrangements, the project gained momentum and we were gripped by a kind of eagerness to explore the possibilities. Especially since the new recording are very energetic and sound excitingly different in parts while their essence has remained the same. You can tell that the originals have a lot of substance and that their quality is extremely robust."

So it comes as no surprise that the unmistakable spiritedness of this band, which has been on the scene for 25 years and is now throwing a new light on the beginning of their career with Pimp Your Past, is also reflected in the album's unusual cover artwork. "We've run out of dragons, unfortunately they're extinct", jokes Helge Engelke and gets to the serious core of the matter: "Of course people may wonder what this 'arty stuff' is all about. In view of the term 'pimp', a cover featuring old cars would probably have been the logical thing to go for. But honestly: who wants something normal? And after all, monkeys also stand for an early stage of the evolution of man, so the album title and the cover fit together really well. To put it in a nutshell: we played with our origins on Pimp Your Past, which was not only a lot of fun but is also expressed in this particularly humorous artwork."

Pimp Your Past will be release worldwide (ex-Japan) on October 28th, 2016 through Steamhammer/SPV.
  1. Longing For Love 3:50
  2. One Step Closer 3:58
  3. Out On The Run 3:59
  4. When Love Fails 4:37
  5. Long Gone 4:39
  6. Burning Heart 4:13
  7. Picture Of Love 4:44
  8. Angels Of Heaven 5:34
  9. Rain Song 4:46
  10. Save Me 5:34
  11. Don't Give Up 6:43

SPV / ROCK WOLVES reveal more infos about debut album
Posted by: Denis / 19.08.2016
No doubt about it, Rock Wolves leave no questions unanswered and certainly nothing to be desired. The band name alone is an unmistakable indication of the journey that this new all-star trio has embarked on: classic Rock music, melodic, powerful, contemporary, diverse, with just the right degree of toughness and a sure feel for gritty hooks. This band knows how these things are done, because thanks to Herman Rarebell, Michael Voss and Stephan 'Gudze' Hinz, Rock Wolves consists of three of the most renowned rock musicians of the past forty years. Musically as well as lyrically, their mission is straightforward, featuring great emotions but also clear words on current events. Their debut album will be available on Steamhammer/SPV as digi, LP and for download from 28 October 2016, the first single is scheduled for release on 9 September: Rock For The Nations will mark the launch of an outstanding recording which aims at putting the focus back on timeless rock music. You don't have to be a clairvoyant to predict that this concept is more than likely to work!

This diversity of ideas and the band's almost boundless musical enthusiasm is reflected in every one of the eleven songs on their debut release. Straight rock numbers like the first single Rock For The Nations, the shuffle groove-driven Surrounded By Fools, the fast-paced Out Of Time, The Lion Is Loose with its haunting live qualities, but also I Need Your Love, which brings to mind the likes of AC/DC and Bad Company, are thoroughbred rock tracks that go directly to the listener's gut and legs, as well as – like all ambitioned rock music should – touching on painful subjects. "Instead of delivering tanks and arms all over the world, Germany should concentrate on exporting good Rock music", Rarebell explains the message of Rock For The Nations. The lyrics on Surrounded By Fools with their warning of unscrupulous politicians are no less critical. Rarebell: "Let's not be dazzled by their colourful election campaigns. Those politicians can easily end up bringing war to their countries."

Naturally, no diverse rock album would be complete without two or three more quiet numbers with less controversial subjects. In Nothing´s Gonna Bring Me Down, Rock Wolves have succeeded in recording a strikingly contemporary ballad which could have been penned in the same or a similar manner by Lenny Kravitz. Talking of which: the original version of the deeply melodic What About Love was written by Jim Vallance, but celebrated its greatest success in 1985 with Heart, who topped the Billboard charts for an impressive 18 weeks with the song. "Our new version has been given the blessing by Jim Vallance himself. His only comment was: 'Your version is even better than my original, so go for it'," remembers Rarebell.

Rock Wolves will be released worldwide (ex Japan) as digi, LP and download on October 28th,2016 through Steamhammer/SPV.
  1. Rock For The Nations 3:46
  2. Surround By Fools 4:03
  3. Out Of Time 3:31
  4. What About Love 3:28
  5. The Blame Game 3:19
  6. Riding Shotgun 3:26
  7. Nothings Gonna Bring Me Down 3:05
  8. The Lion Is Loose 3.33
  9. I Need Your Love 3:33
  10. Lay With Me 3:30
  11. Inside Out 3:09 (iTunes exclusive bonus track)
Punishment 18 Records / Adversor 'Rise To Survive' works completed
Posted by: Denis / 19.08.2016
Italian thrashers Adversor, that have recently signed a worldwide deal with Punishment 18 Records, announce that their debut album Rise To Survive was officially completed. Band was formed from Thrash Metal band H.o.S ashes by frontman Dadö.
Pride & Joy Music / HARTMANN will release new album 'Shadows & Silhouettes' on Sept. 30th, 2016
Posted by: Denis / 19.08.2016
After numerous tours as part of Avantasia, Rock Meets Classic and as mastermind of the successful Pink Floyd Tribute Echoes the exceptional singer and guitarist Oliver Hartmann now presents his new fifth studio album Shadows & Silhouettes with Hartmann after nearly four years break since the latest release Balance. The new album will be released on 30th of September on the artist owned label SONIC11 in cooperation with Pride & Joy Music.

Supported by guest musicians as the well-known session keyboarder Jimmy Kresic (Rock Meets Classic, The Roots, Soundtopia), Miro Rodenberg (Avantasia) and also the Prague cellist Irena Morisáková and violinist Adéla Pecková the album contains 12 extra class songs combining modern melodic Rock (Irresisitible, Glow, High on you, I would murder for you) with many acoustic (The letting go, Shadow in my eyes, Still the same) and partly very intimate moments (Jaded heart, Last goodbye) pointing up the broadness and complexity of Hartmann. The catchy single When your mama was a hippie will also be released as video clip and instant grat on September 2nd.

Shadows & Silhouettes was co-produced again by Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Edguy, Kamelot, Beyond The Black, etc.) and mixed/mastered at Gate Studios Wolfsburg/Germany. The iTunes version will include the bonus track Soul Asylum.

Additionally to the new studio album, HARTMANN also will re-release the thought after and completely sold out Handmade 2008 DVD release as Deluxe Digi-Pack with DVD & CD included on September 30th, 2016 on Sonic11 in co-operation with Pride & Joy Music.
    Track list
  1. Irresistible
  2. High on you
  3. Glow
  4. When your mama was a hippie
  5. Jaded heart
  6. Amazing
  7. Still the same
  8. I would murder for you
  9. The letting go
  10. Too good to be true
  11. Shadow in my eyes
  12. Last goodbye
  13. Bonus track iTunes: Soul asylum
    Tour dates:
  • 01.10.16 Colossaal/D-Aschaffenburg
  • 08.10.16 Jonny’s Lion Cave/CH-Trübbach
  • 04.11.16 Tommi’s Bistro/D-Jettingen
  • 27.11.16 HEAT Festival/D-Ludwigsburg
    more dates coming soon

Nuclear Blast / SONATA ARCTICA release first trailer for 'The Ninth Hour'
Posted by: Denis / 19.08.2016
The Ninth Hour is approaching and Finnish Power Metal titans SONATA ARCTICA are ready to celebrate it with you on October 7th. Now the band releases the first trailer for their upcoming ninth album.

Cruz del Sur Music / DARK FOREST premieres 'Where The Arrow Falls'
Posted by: Denis / 19.08.2016
The release date for DARK FOREST's Beyond The Veil is approaching fast (AUG 26) and the label's extremely proud to offer all the fans a second track off the album.

The epic and evocative Where The Arrow Falls is one of the highlights and core of the album and prestigious German magazine DEAF FOREVER premieres it now.
GlobMetal Promotions / Scarleth parts ways with singer Oksana Element
Posted by: Denis / 18.08.2016
Ukrainian symphonic Power/Gothic Metal band Scarleth parts ways with their lead singer Oksana Element. The band announce on their VK page that Ekaterina Kapshuk became the band new vocalist.

The band was formed in 2005 at Donetsk, Ukraine by Viktor Morozov. The band released 2 albums - Break the Silence (2011) and The Silver Lining (2015).
High Roller Records / HELLBRINGER - Awakened from the Abyss
Posted by: Denis / 18.08.2016
With their debut album Australian black-thrashers Hellbringer have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with; their take on Aussie Thrash has been described as 'Iron Angel on speed'; doesn't sound too bad, right? Now four years after the release Dominions of Darkness via High Roller Records, the Canberra-based crew has a new full-length album on offer, a slab of thrashing darkness going by the promising name Awakened from the Abyss. Drummer Josh tells us what Hellbringer had in mind for their new album: "For Awakened... we wanted to write better and more riffs and music with more interesting song structures. More stuff going on while still keeping it fast and evil."

Hellbringer's debut has been praised a lot for its Hell Awaits-sound-a-like qualities; and the new record again pays some tribute to Slayer, right? "I think Dominion... was a lot more Teutonic with quite a big Sodom influence, but there is definitely still some Slayer there. With Awakened... though, early Slayer was, amongst other bands, a big influence on the music, like you said."

Apart from Slayer and Possessed Hellbringer mentioned Sodom, Kreator, Destruction as important influences. That makes total sense as they're a lot more Teutonic-tinged than most other Australian bands, such as Infernäl Mäjesty, Deströyer 666, Gospel Of The Horns, even though things have changed a bit with the new album: "With Awakened... we weren't really leaning so much towards the Teutonic stuff. It was more Slayer, Possessed, Sepultura influenced which we were listening to a lot at the time. But of course the German bands' influences will always creep in. Infernäl Mäjesty had a lot of influence on us, too."

Since the release of Dominions of Darkness Hellbringer could make a lot of new fans and played a number of shows around Europe (like Hell's Pleasure), so they surely must have made some memories? "Yeah we have gathered some more fans and it helped spread our name around a lot more for sure. We also played Metal Magic in Denmark and Headbanger's Open Air in Germany. We have some great memories for sure as they were some of the best shows we've played so far."

In July 2014 Hellbringer issued a 7" single with one new track, namely Horror from the Grave and a Possessed cover (Séance), and this release clearly had some Speed Metal elements. Josh tries to draw a line from Dominions... to Horror... to Awakened..., and to describe the development the band has made: "Horror from the Grave was more progressive compared to Dominion... in terms of riffs but it wasn't as focused as the song writing on Awakened. Awakened... doesn't really have any of those Speed Metal elements." With more experience under their belt, Hellbringer this time approached the song-writing and recording more consciously than on the previous record – with a great result: "The song writing process was a lot more thought out and focused. We were going over the songs more, deciding what could be done better, while still keeping the natural flow. It's a lot more vicious and unhinged than Dominion..., too. As people will probably guess we were listening to stuff like Hell Awaits, Haunting the Chapel, Possessed – Seven Churches, Dark Angel – Darkness Descends. There is even some stuff like Mercyful Fate that creeps in at parts. We were trying to avoid the generic Black/Thrash thing which you hear a lot these days."

There definitely isn't much that is generic about Awakened from the Abyss: The vocals sound aggressive and at times really unhinged, the guitar work is excellent, the bass comes out nicely, and the drums give the songs a relentless thrash drive – Awakened... is again a journey through time, back to somewhere between 1983 and 1986 – right? "Of course. That was the absolute golden era of Thrash!" One highlight of the album is Coven of Darkness which opens with this insane solo over rather simplistic drumming before the straightforward, catchy main riff sets in; Josh has another favourite: "I would say Dark Overseer. Totally wild and really killer to play!" Yet he could not pick one track that could stand for all and capture the essence of the whole album: "I'd say all of them capture it. They're all so different but all compliment each other and capture the darkness and evil of it." This time it was not Harris Johns who did the engineering, but Tim Duck, who already recorded and mixed the Horror from the Grave single. Finnish artist, musician and photographer Samu Salovarra, who has worked for Aktor, Speedtrap, and many more, did the cover artwork. "It is by far the best artwork we've had. The album will look killer. Journeying down into the bowels of hell!" Hellbringer will be touring the US, 'which is bound to be absolutely wild!!!' and they would love to come back to Europe as soon as possible: "We would love to tour Europe again! This time on a bigger, more organised tour if we can."
High Roller Records / ARMORY - World Peace… Cosmic War
Posted by: Denis / 18.08.2016
The reservoir of new Swedish Metal bands seems to be just endless. Hot on the trails of High Roller recording artists Ambush, Air Raid, Lethal Steel, and so many others, there is Armory, a Speed Metal outfit from the lovely city of Gothenburg. Originally formed in the late summer of 2012 (out of the ashes of a band called Resurrector), Armory recorded their first demo Open Fire in December 2012, followed by S.M.I. (short for 'Speed Metal Island', referring to the island Hisingen in Gothenburg, where the band is located).

World Peace... Cosmic War is the name of Armory's debut album on High Roller Records. It was recorded (live) at Black Path Studios, produced by Oscar of RAM fame. "We see ourselves as a Speed Metal band", comments guitarist Gustav Sundin. "Our main influences are a mix between the really early Speed/Thrash/ US Metal acts such as Agent Steel, Savage Grace, Helstar and some of the really classic bands such as Iron Maiden, Running Wild, Judas Priest, and the list goes on. I guess our influences from the German scene in particular are mostly based around acts such as Running Wild, early Helloween, Scanner, Atlain, Iron Angel. We don't really see the typical Bay Area bands as a major influence, although we do love bands such as Vio-lence and Exodus."

The superb cover art of World Peace... Cosmic War as well as some of the song titles and lyrics might lead the listener to speculate about the ten songs following a certain concept. Just like with the glorious Agent Steel back in the days... According to Gustav Sundin, however, that's not the case: "No, World Peace... Cosmic War isn't really a complete concept album. Most of the songs deal with some kind of space theme or futuristic visions based upon lack of faith in humanity, but not all of them. The two songs Spinning Towards Doom and Without Days, Without Years are closely interlinked though, these are both meant to function as individual stories about the downfall of mankind and as part 1 and 2 of a grander tale that is likely to be continued in the future... We would like to write a whole concept album some day but we are not really ready for that, yet. We think that a good concept album has to be more complex than just dealing with one subject. Maybe our third album will be a complete concept album, then we might be ready for it." That does indeed sound very interesting. And also very forward-looking for a young band such as Armory. The future does look bright for them, although there is a lot of competition as the guitars explains: "It really feels like there is a big wave of new, fast and hungry Speed Metal bands coming up! That's really great because speed metal is the most perfect form of music created in our universe (so far). Many of the bands seem to be located in Scandinavia, but the scene seems to be growing everywhere! Here in Sweden we have Tyranex, Antichrist, Immaculate, Enforcer; Finland has Ranger; Norway has Töxik Death, Deathhammer, Nekromantheon, Black Viper. Some great new speed metal bands from other countries include Sacral Rage, Vektor, Dungeon, Evil Invaders, Encyrcle, Speed Queen... And probably a lot more..." So are Armory's tastes geared more towards technical Speed and Thrash Metal or do they like it a bit rawer? The ten tracks on their debut album are very diverse, showing both styles. Gustav Sundin: "It all depends who in the band you ask, really, but I guess you could say we like both styles equally overall. Since we all participate in the music-writing the music easily gets very diverse, since we all have our own influences and references to whatever we would like to write. Ingelman is mainly the one writing the most technical parts, but Anglegrinder also has his moments of technicality, although his style of writing mostly resembles the Black/Thrash scene in a Speed Metal way, while Ingelman has lots of influences from the Progressive US Metal scene. Our singer Konstapel P’s contributions to the music writing are very much influenced by the German Speed/Thrash scene, but also some of the earlier German Power Metal acts such as Helloween (pre-Kiske era), Scanner, and of course Running Wild, as mentioned before. We have tried to combine all of our different influences in order to create an album as diverse as possible, while at the same time staying 100% true to our Speed Metal roots at all times. Luckily, Speed Metal is quite a broad and versatile genre, which has enabled us to explore different directions in our sound."

A song like Hell's Fast Blades is indeed pretty damn, well, fast and furious, reminding me a bit of very early raw Exodus... "Fast and furious we ride the universe!" jokes Gustav. "Hell's Fast Blades is perhaps our rawest and heaviest song. This song adds an evil doomsday feeling to the album, which fitted perfectly with our goal of creating an album as diverse as possible, without ever compromising regarding the quality. It is also a great live song which usually gets the front row bangers going crazy." Armory's singer, Konstapel P., has a very distinctive voice, he is no high-pitched screamer and no growler as well, his style of vocal delivery is more mid-range... "In my opinion, his voice adds a unique flavour to our music", confirms Gustav. "What makes his singing style so special is that he does all his falsettos inwards instead of outwards, like most 'normal' singers do! Apart from this, he also disposes quite an arsenal of snarls, screams, howls and cleaner singing as well. I guess it is just something that developed gradually and naturally over time."

The guitar work on World Peace... Cosmic War is really good, so is Armory a guitar-driven band after all? "Of course all Metal music, and perhaps Speed Metal in particular, is guitar-driven in some way", explains Gustav. "As we are also huge fans of almighty and legendary Heavy Metal bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, we also like to incorporate lots of twin guitar parts in our songs. This doesn't mean that the other instruments have to stand back though, quite the opposite in our case, but guitar solos and melodies tend to stand out more when you listen to it. I totally understand why you can get this impression while listening to our music, but we would never let the other instruments stand back in order to put more focus on the guitar work... It's all or nothing, all the time!"
Massacre Records / CRYSTAL BALL Track List
Posted by: Denis / 18.08.2016
CRYSTAL BALL's new album Déjà-Voodoo will be released in 2 weeks!
    In case you haven't seen the tracklisting yet, here it is:
  1. Déjà-Voodoo
  2. Director's Cut
  3. Suspended
  4. Never A Guarantee
  5. Reaching Out
  6. Home Again
  7. To Freedom And Progress
  8. Time And Tide
  9. Without A Net
  10. Full Disclosure (*)
  11. Fools' Parade (*)
  12. Dr. Hell No
  13. To Be With You Once More
    (*) Digipak Bonus
The band's 9th studio album was produced, mixed and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann. Thomas Ewerhard is responsible for the cover artwork.

CRYSTAL BALL's new album Déjà-Voodoo is set to be released on September 2, 2016 via Massacre Records. The confirmed US release date is October 7, 2016.

Massacre Records / VICTORIUS Album Details
Posted by: Denis / 18.08.2016
German Power Metal outfit VICTORIUS has just revealed the first info about their upcoming album!

It's entitled Heart Of The Phoenix and will be released on January 13, 2017 via Massacre Records!

The band stated: "Within the last weeks and months, we worked our asses off to deliver nothing but the best record we've done so far!"

Producer Lars Rettkowitz (Freedom Call) is taking care of the album's mix, the mastering is put in the hands of R.D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy).

VICTORIUS will embark on an European tour in January/February 2017 with Grave Digger and their label mates Mystic Prophecy.
Massacre Records / MESSIAH'S KISS Tour
Posted by: Denis / 18.08.2016
Guess who's joining RAGE on their 'The Devil Tours Again' tour this December!

Yup, that's right, MESSIAH'S KISS! Also joining them will be Darker Half from Australia.
    Here are all confirmed dates
  • 04.12.2016 DE Moerlenbach/Weiher - Live Music Hall
  • 06.12.2016 DE Kaiserslautern - Kammgarn
  • 07.12.2016 CH Pratteln - Z7
  • 08.12.2016 IT Cremona - Midian Live
  • 09.12.2016 AT Kufstein - Kulturfabrik
  • 11.12.2016 DE Markneukirchen - Warwick Music Hall
  • 13.12.2016 DE Berlin - Nuke Club
  • 14.12.2016 DE Nuremberg - Hirsch
  • 15.12.2016 DE Leipzig - Anker
  • 16.12.2016 DE Siegburg - Kubana
  • 17.12.2016 DE Goslar - Club Kartell
  • 18.12.2016 DE Luebeck - Werkhof

Posted by: Denis / 17.08.2016
It has been more than 30 years since Stratovarius got together and became one of the most influential, successful and enduring Power Metal bands in the world – and 27 years since the release of their debut album Fright Night in 1989. It is about time that their 16th studio album strong catalog and their rare live releases are going to be reissued in high quality packaging with a refreshed artwork by the band's trusted cover artwork designer Gyula Havancsák, extensive liner notes and, even more importantly, rare and newly recorded bonus material. On top, all albums will be remastered.

The reissue campaign is set to begin with one of the band's most successful and most loved albums Destiny (originally released in 1998) and the cult live album Visions Of Europe (originally released in 1998). Both albums will be released as 2CD Digipak and digital in October 2016 on earMUSIC.

Destiny, with its opulent, bombastic melodies and song structures, is regarded as one of the most important albums in the genre of melodic Metal and secured the pole position in their home country Finland. Also thanks to the hit S.O.S. which made it to #2 in the Finnish single charts. The 2016 edition of the album includes the rare live bootleg Visions Of Destiny which has been recorded in October 1999 during their triumphant, album accompanying tour. With over 60 minutes, the CD perfectly captures the band's energetic live spirit.

Visions Of Europe follows up on the mind-blowing live whirlwind that is Stratovarius. Recorded in 1997 during the band's tour to their hit album Visions – Rock Hard named it one of the 500 greatest Rock and Metal albums ever – one killer song follows another on the over 1 ½ hour long live set: Kiss Of Judas, Speed Of Light, Father Time as well as the Stratovarius classic not to miss Black Diamond.

All Stratovarius albums will be re-released throughout 2016 and 2017, including extensive booklets and a lot of bonus material.

Napalm Records / KAMELOT announces Haven European Tour Part III
Posted by: Denis / 17.08.2016
The highly-anticipated Kamelot's tour, promoted by NOISEGATE PRODUCTIONS, and produced by KMI Entertainment, will kick off in October 12th in Bratislava, Slovakia and continue throughout parts of Europe including first time cities like Lisbon, Portugal and Bucharest, Romania.

"The release of the Haven album has opened so many doors for us and we are now doing our third tour of Europe on this release. It will be our last run before heading back to the Studio for our next offering. We can't wait!" states Kamelot founder and guitarist Thomas Youngblood.
Also added to the tour is Kamelot's return to Spain, after a 4 year hiatus the band is very excited about these appearances.

Joining Kamelot on this final HAVEN EU TOUR will be Melodic Metallers from Germany Aeverium and from Norway the band Wilhem.
  • Oct 12 Bratislava, SVK
  • Oct 13 Budapest, HU
  • Oct 14 Maximum Rock Festival*, RO
  • Oct 15 Sofia, BG
  • Oct 18 Vienna, AT
  • Oct 19 Fontaneto d’Agogna, IT
  • Oct 21 Barcelona, ES
  • Oct 22 Madrid, ES
  • Oct 23 Lisbon, PT
    * Special guest Aeverium only

Pure Steel Records / Sleepy Hollow introduces explosive new lineup and Hollowfest 2016
Posted by: Denis / 17.08.2016
Sleepy Hollow has put together an explosive new lineup. Founding member Steve Stegg (guitar) Paul Orkin (Bass) and Ted Domzalski (Drums) formerly of Flesh Engine. Steve Reimer (Vocals) from Slauter Xtroyes. The band is currently working on a live set consisting of tracks from the first record to the current. As well as new material slated for an unscheduled 2017 release on Pure Steel Records.

Sleepy Hollow will debut the new lineup at Hollowfest 2016.This is their second year presenting their celebration of Classic Heavy Metal. Bands confirmed to date are Sleepy Hollow: Power Theory, Axemaster, Sunless Sky, Psychoprism, Enchanter, As Darkness Dies, Legion (All on Pure Steel records), Voodoo Terror Tribe, Crown Of Earth, Demon Boy, Terror Inc and more.

The event will be held on October 21st and 22nd at the Half Time Music Venue in Newark, Delaware.

Posted by: Denis / 17.08.2016
The Athens, Georgia-based Melodic Metal band THEOCRACY will release their new album Ghost Ship on October 28th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.

With Ghost Ship, Theocracy perfects the lively and fully-realized sound of As the World Bleeds, delivering 10 muscular and streamlined tracks that never lose focus and combine for one memorable journey. You like midtempo singalong anthems? Try the Ghost Ship title track. Thrashy rhythms and intensity? The Wonder of It All should be to your liking. Emotional ballads with huge melodic hooks? Go Around the World and Back. Or if you prefer epic, progressive tracks that do all these things and more, 10-minute album closer Easter is sure to be a favorite. Each song on Ghost Ship stands alone and has a unique signature, but every moment sounds unmistakably like Theocracy.

"So many kids were coming up to us after shows and telling us their stories", says Theocracy vocalist Matt Smith. "A lot of them were searching for purpose and a place to fit in, and having grown up as an awkward and unpopular kid myself, their words really stuck with me. I started thinking about what a band of misfits Jesus' disciples were: fishermen, tax collectors, and people of little consequence in the eyes of the world. Sometimes the ones most people don't see, or choose to look straight through the ghosts of society, as it were, dead to the world end up having the biggest impact. That's where the title and idea for Ghost Ship came from: all the misfits, the uncool, the outcasts, there is a place where you do fit in. Although Ghost Ship is not a concept album, this is a recurring theme, particularly in the title track and Castaway."

Pure Steel Records / LEGION 'War Beast' cover, tracklist, releasedate: 30th September 2016
Posted by: Denis / 16.08.2016
The release date of the LEGION album War Beast on CD is September 30th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on September 16th, 2016 in label's webshop.

With the New Jersey quintet LEGION the label is proud to present a new signing on Pure Steel Records. Classical, Melodic Heavy Metal, deeply rooted in the American Steel of the 80s, is presented here. Already in 2005 the self released debut Shadow Of The King has been unleashed, where they gained their first success with. One year later it has been re-released through Majestic Rock Records.

After a long break the second album War Beast is ready. Driven by majestic leads, energetic high pitched screams from the new singer Ralph Gibbons and varied song writing LEGION offer everything an aficionado of American Steel adore.

Mixed by Black Label Society bassist John 'JD' DeServio, the eight tracks have been forged to a work they can be proud of.
  1. On The Place Horse
  2. Gypsy Dance
  3. Bricks Of Egypt
  4. When Life And Spirit Divide
  5. War Beast
  6. Stand And Fight
  7. Future Passed
  8. Luna
    Total Playing Time: 44:46 min
  • Ralph Gibbons – vocals
  • Frank Adamo – guitars
  • Arthur Maglio – bass
  • John Soden – drums
  • Joe Adamo – guitars
Nuclear Blast / OPETH release fourth studio trailer for 'Sorceress'
Posted by: Denis / 16.08.2016
Swedish experimental heavy-rock pioneers OPETH have released the fourth instalment, 'Studio Report - Episode 4', of their in-depth, behind the scenes series on the making of their 12th studio album, Sorceress. In this new trailer, Martin Méndez talks about his bass recordings and the work with their producer Tom Dalgety in the legendary Rockfield Studios. The highly-anticipated record is due out on September 30th via the band's imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Napalm Records / HAMMERFALL unveil first new album details
Posted by: Denis / 16.08.2016
The saviours of Heavy Metal, and one of the most influential bands for over 20 years in Metal, are finally back! HAMMERFALL, who recently signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records, have just left the studio and are about to release their hotly anticipated masterpiece in form of the band's upcoming 10th album, which marks their strongest work to date in their successful career and history. Sold out shows and headlining tours all over the world, HAMMERFALL stand for powerful, majestic and Melodic Heavy Metal. The memorable choruses, straight and heavy riffs, thundering drums, pounding bass power and outstanding vocals have already and without a doubt became Metal hymns for eternity. Their unstoppable creations reigned in a time when none cared about classical Heavy Metal, HAMMERFALL have and will always deserve credit for bringing the melodies back to metal music. 20 years later and with their upcoming studio album, HAMMERFALL prove that they still own the throne of Heavy Metal!

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak comments: *quot;Built To Last is our 10th studio album in 19 years, incredibly enough, but I think we sound more alive and vibrant than ever before! We have worked our asses off to make sure this album is a worthy successor to (r)Evolution, and I have no doubt in my mind that we have created one of the strongest records we have ever done. I am immensely proud and excited about this album, and I am confident all our Templars of Steel will agree once they hear it in November."

Now the band has unveiled the title, artwork and tracklist for their upcoming album, which will be titled Built To Last and will be released November 4th 2016 on Napalm Records. The stunning artwork was designed by Andreas Marschall!

In support of their new album, HAMMERFALL will be heavily hitting the road on a recently announced extensive European tour. Catch HAMMERFALL live, when they return to Europe on the following dates, presented by Metal Hammer, EMP, Musix and
    Built To Tour 2017
  • 12.01.17 DE - Bremen / Aladin
  • 13.01.17 DE - Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle 1
  • 14.01.17 DE - Bamberg / Brose Arena
  • 16.01.17 NL - Utrecht / Tivoli Vredenburg
  • 17.01.17 BE - Antwerpen / TRIX
  • 18.01.17 DE - Fulda / Wartenberg Oval
  • 20.01.17 DE - Langen/Frankfurt / Stadthalle
  • 21.01.17 CH - Pratteln / Z7
  • 22.01.17 CH - Pratteln / Z7
  • 25.01.17 DE - Saarbrücken / Garage
  • 26.01.17 DE - Filderstadt / Filharmonie
  • 27.01.17 DE - München / Backstage
  • 28.01.17 DE - Kaufbeuren / AllKart Halle
  • 29.01.17 IT - Mailand / Live Club
  • 31.01.17 HU - Budapest / Barba Negra
  • 01.02.17 AT - Wien / Arena
  • 02.02.17 AT - Graz / Orpheum
  • 03.02.17 CZ - Zlin / Hala Euronics
  • 04.02.17 PL - Warsaw / Progresja
  • 06.02.17 DE - Berlin / Huxley´s Neue Welt
  • 07.02.17 DE - Hamburg / Große Freiheit 36
  • 08.02.17 DK – Copenhagen / Amager Bio

GlobMetal Promotions / Atonismen released debut single
Posted by: Denis / 15.08.2016
Russian chamber Gothic-Metal band Atonismen released their debut 2 track single Almagest. The single was recorded in CDM Records by Sergey Lazar, the guitarist of Arkona that also features on the single.

The band was formed by composer and singer Alexandr Orso in 2016. In November the band will go on their first tour with Russian Folk band Izmoroz and going to support The 69 Eyes, in October. The band now working on their debut album with Sergey Lazar (Arkona), Aleksey Spiridonov (Sopor) and male chorus of the vocal ensemble 'Silver Voice', that will be released next year.
Nuclear Blast / RAGE announce support acts and more tourdates
Posted by: Denis / 15.08.2016
The German Heavy Metal trio RAGE just announced more dates for their 'The Devil TOURS Again'-tour where they will join forces with several fantastic support acts: "Rageheads: Here's the official poster for 'The Devil Tours Again 2016'! This first leg of the tour will be supported by the amazing bands MONUMENT (UK), SÔBER (ESP), DARKER HALF (AUS) and MESSIAH'S KISS (USA). Be sure to get your tickets. We are RAGE!!!"
    Catch Peavy and Co. on the following dates 'The Devil TOURS Again':
  • 10.11.16 FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
  • 12.11.16 RUS St. Petersbourg - Aurora Hall
  • 13.11.16 RUS Moskow - Volta Club
  • 15.11.16 AU Vienna - Szene
  • 16.11.16 AU Graz - Explosiv
  • 17.11.16 GER München - Backstage
  • 18.11.16 SK Martin - KD Zaturcie
  • 19.11.16 CZ Zlin - Winter Masters of Rock
  • 20.11.16 POL Warsaw - Progresja
  • 03.12.16 GER Oberhausen - Ruhrpott Metal meeting
  • 04.12.16 GER Moerlenbach-Weiher - Live Music Hall
  • 06.12.16 GER Kaiserlautern - Kammgarn
  • 07.12.16 CH Pratteln - Z7
  • 08.12.16 IT Cremona - Midian Live
  • 09.12.16 AU Kufstein - Kulturfabrik
  • 10.12.16 GER Geiselwind - X Mas Bash
  • 11.12.16 GER Markneukirchen - Warwick Music Hall
  • 13.12.16 GER Berlin - Nuke Club
  • 14.12.16 GER Nuernberg - Hirsch
  • 15.12.16 GER Leipzig - Anker
  • 16.12.16 GER Siegburg - Kubana
  • 17.12.16 GER Goslar - Das Kartell
  • 18.12.16 GER Luebeck - Werkhof
  • 27.12.16 GER Crailsheim - Dynamite Night

Nuclear Blast / TESTAMENT reveal 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' album art
Posted by: Denis / 15.08.2016
Legendary bay area Thrash Metal giants TESTAMENT have revealed the cover art for their upcoming 12th album, Brotherhood Of The Snake, which will be released on October 28, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.

The expressional cover was created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor who also did the art for the TESTAMENT's last album, The Dark Roots Of Earth, and also worked for bands like HATEBREED, SOULFLY, KATAKLYSM in the past.

Nuclear Blast / SABATON 'Shiroyama' lyric video revealed
Posted by: Denis / 15.08.2016
Swedish Heavy Metal heroes SABATON will release their new studio album, entitled The Last Stand, in exactly one week through Nuclear Blast. Now, the third preliminary song of the record, Shiroyama, has been revealed in the form of a lyric video.

The story behind the lyrics: "It's the nature of time and history that the old ways must give in to the new ways and the modern age. The battle of Shiroyama in 1877 marks the end of an era and is the last stand of the legendary Samurai. Led by Saigo Takamori, the Samurai was down to 500 warriors at the end of the rebellion when they made their last stand on Mount Shiroyama. At the end of the battle there were only 40 samurai left. They drew their swords and plunged downhill toward the enemy positions until the last of them was mowed down."

Nuclear Blast / TWILIGHT FORCE fifth and final trailer of 'Heroes Of Mighty Magic' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 15.08.2016
The release of the label debut, Heroes Of Mighty Magic (out: August 26th via Nuclear Blast), from Swedish adventure metallers TWILIGHT FORCE is drawing nearer. In the final trailer, the heroes are revealing details about the prophecy and the hymn of the Twilight Kingdoms.

Guitar wizard Lynd commented: "The anthem was recorded with a big epic choir, called Borganäskören, even more impressive than the choirs on the rest of the album. We're really satisfied with their performance, and we really think that it turned out as the perfect ending to a 70 minute long journey!"

Nuclear Blast / SONATA ARCTICA announce new single 'Closer To An Animal'
Posted by: Denis / 15.08.2016
After announcing the new album The Ninth Hour, due on October 7th, the Finnish Melodic Metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA now presents its first single and lyric video Closer To An Animal.

"Closer to an animal was a song that our vocalist Tony sent to the studio somewhere around the middle of the sessions with the words: 'This will be the album opener'", keyboarder Henkka Klingenberg remembers. "After checking out the demo, we all just had to agree. I would say that musically this is a 'Metal meets 80's' type of song. We wanted this as the first single, since it gives quite a clear picture of what you can expect on the upcoming album, or at least some of it. I'm really looking forward to opening the shows on the next World Tour with this track!"

Punishment 18 Records / Vanexa 'Too Heavy To Fly' cover artwork unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 15.08.2016
Too Heavy To Fly, the new full-length album from Italian Heavy metallers Vanexa will be released in digipack format on next fall by Punishment 18 Records. Ligurian band can number among its members and former members of bands such a Mastercastle, Necrodeath, Labÿrinth, Hyaena. Now you can see the cover artwork.

VATICAN signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 15.08.2016
As a further enhancement of the US division of PURE STEEL RECORDS, we are proud to announce that VATICAN from Cleveland Ohio, active since 1986, have signed a worldwide deal with us. The long-awaited new studio album of the band was recorded.
  • Brain McNasty: lead vocals, bass
  • Vincent J Vatican: guitar, vocals
  • Ed Miller: guitar, vocals
  • Vic Gribouski: drums, vocals
  • Jon Shatschneider: keyboards, vocals
Massacre Records / CRYSTAL BALL New Video
Posted by: Denis / 12.08.2016
CRYSTAL BALL recently teamed up with Jörg Hennecke of Yorkproduction, to shoot the video clip for the title track of their upcoming album Déjà-Voodoo. The official video is now available for your viewing pleasure.

The band's 9th studio album was produced, mixed and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann. Thomas Ewerhard is responsible for the cover artwork.

CRYSTAL BALL's new album Déjà-Voodoo is set to be released on September 2, 2016 via Massacre Records. The confirmed US release date is October 7, 2016.

Massacre Records new signing: THY SHADE
Posted by: Denis / 12.08.2016
Massacre Records is happy to announce the signing of the US symphonic Metal band THY SHADE!

The band was founded by the classical/crossover soprano Diana Shade and Mane Cabrales (Dimension) last summer. The band's sound is full of strong melodies and catchy choruses, and comes with a fresh neo-classical/symphonic Metal vibe.

THY SHADE's debut album The Last Goodbye is set to be released in late November 2016 via Massacre Records.
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS Sign Worldwide Deal With Napalm Records
Posted by: Denis / 12.08.2016
Canadian Hard Rockers, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. Their fourth album and Napalm Records debut Prevail I + II will be released as two separate volumes of a double album. The first part will be released in February 2017 with the second part to follow in October of 2017. But don't worry, you won't have to wait that long to hear new material from KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, as they will be releasing a new single very soon!

"We are delighted to announce this signing today. KOBRA AND THE LOTUS are one of the most exciting new bands in this genre", says Napalm Records Managing Director Thomas Caser.

The band on their signing to Napalm Records and upcoming albums: "It is with great pleasure and humility that we can finally announce our signing to Napalm Records!! We've been working very hard on creating our upcoming albums, Prevail I and Prevail II, and believe there couldn't have been a better partnership to help us bring this massive double record undertaking to the world. Get ready for lots of new music and the best sonic evolution of KOBRA AND THE LOTUS to date. We can't wait to see you all out there!! Horns up, love up!!!."

Check out a special video message from KOBRA here.

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS will take to the road this fall in Europe alongside label-mates Delain. Fans can expect to hear a mix of KOBRA AND THE LOTUS classics and new songs from Prevail I + II.
  • 24.09.2016 NL - Eindhoven, Poppodium de Effenaar (with Arch Enemy)
  • 30.09.2016 LT - Kaunas, Lemmmy*
  • 01.10.2016 LV - Riga, Nabakab*
  • 02.10.2016 EE - Tallinn, Tapper*
  • 05.10.2016 FI - Helsinki, Elmun Baari*
  • 06.10.2016 FI - Tampere, Yo-talo*
  • 07.10.2016 FI - Oulu, Hevimesta*
    *Headline Shows

    With Delain
  • 14.10.2016 DE – Köln, Essigfabrik
  • 15.10.2016 DE – Stuttgart, Im Wizemann
  • 16.10.2016 DE – Hamburg, Gruenspan
  • 17.10.2016 DK – Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
  • 19.10.2016 DE – Berlin, Columbia-Theater
  • 20.10.2016 PL – Cracov, Kwadrat
  • 21.10.2016 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
  • 22.10.2016 CZ – Zlin, Masters of Rock Club
  • 25.10.2016 SK – Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
  • 27.10.2016 AT – Vienna, Szene
  • 28.10.2016 DE – Munich, Backstage
  • 29.10.2016 DE – Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
  • 30.10.2016 CH – Pratteln, Z 7 3
  • 01.10.2016 FR – Lyon, Ninkasi Kao
  • 02.11.2016 ES – Madrid, Arena
  • 03.11.2016 FR – Toulouse, Metronum
  • 04.11.2016 FR – Paris, Elysee Montmartre
  • 05.11.2016 FR – Lille, Le Splendid
  • 06.11.2016 BE – Antwerp, Trix
  • 08.11.2016 UK - Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
  • 09.11.2016 UK - Glasgow, Classic Grand
  • 11.11.2016 IE - Dublin, The Button Factory
  • 12.11.2016 UK - Manchester, O2 Ritz
  • 13.11.2016 UK - London, Koko
  • 15.11.2016 UK - Southampton, Engine Rooms
  • 16.11.2016 UK - Cardiff, Tramshed

Posted by: Denis / 12.08.2016
Amaranthe, the cutting edge outfit with the triple-lead-vocal attack, can now reveal the title, artwork & arrival date for their latest studio album – the follow-up to 2014's breakthrough Massive Addictive release.

Titled Maximalism and due out via Spinefarm Records on October 21st, this hyper-modern, metallic beast of a record is the band's fourth since first joining forces back in 2008; produced once again by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica, Delain) and mastered by Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Apocalyptica, Dragonforce), it sees the Swedish / Danish sextet delivering 12 new tracks that fully live up to the 'bigger, bolder' promise of the title.

Refusing to be pinned down by genre or convention, Amaranthe have consistently pursued the less travelled path, blending different sounds and styles to create a signature hybrid approach, and Maximalism sees their collective wide-angle vision laid out with greater skill and conviction than ever before. From the locomotive power of Faster & Fury through to the more measured drama of Limitless & Endlessly (a solo tour-de-force for singer Elize Ryd), this is Amaranthe ramping up both the energy and the emotion, and generally pushing everything To The Max.

Says lead guitarist, Olof Morck: "Maximalism is our manifesto to the world! We are genuinely thrilled with the new material, definitely our most diverse collection to date; our trademark 'bleeding edge' modern Metal remains intact, of course, but fused with an even broader range of genres than before... there's everything here including stadium rock, innovative pop and danceable super-hits. Expect these tunes to enter your mind on a permanent basis!"
    The track-listing for Maximalism is as follows:
  1. Maximize
  2. Boomerang
  3. That Song
  4. 21
  5. On The Rocks
  6. Limitless
  7. Fury
  8. Faster
  9. Break Down And Cry
  10. Supersonic
  11. Fireball
  12. Endlessly
In support of Maximalism, Amaranthe embark on a headline European tour in October / November, with Sonic Syndicate & Smash Into Pieces guesting on all shows. US & UK tour dates will be revealed shortly.
Stormspell Records / Blazon Stone
Posted by: Denis / 11.08.2016
The time has come to reveal the first teaser from the upcoming BLAZON STONE album. This is an early-mix preview of the obligatory 'rocker' song Stay In Hell. But no worries, other songs are more pirate Speed Metal style as usual.

There is still some drums and vocals to be recorded, and then mixing and mastering, plus Yannick will start drawing the cover-art at the end of the month, so no release date as of yet.

Nuclear Blast / DESTRUCTION lyric video of 'Generation Nevermore' released
Posted by: Denis / 11.08.2016
Iconic Thrash Metal band DESTRUCTION has released their new masterpiece Under Attack on May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records. Now, the band has uploaded the lyric video for the track Generation Nevermore.

Frontman Schmier states: "Did you ever ask yourself how is it possible that the global population just loves to make cash with killing our planet and our fellowmen and doesn't give a fuck? Where is the wake up call of our political leaders in charge? Mankind does not really wanna have a look in the mirror till it's too late ... and this is an angry Thrash song about that sad fact!"

Metal Blade Records / Act of Defiance announces USA headlining tour, plus select dates with Killswitch Engage, Hellyeah
Posted by: Denis / 11.08.2016
After completing an extensive North American tour this past May/June, Act of Defiance is ready to get back out on the road this fall, headlining shows across the USA. Additionally, the band will appear with Killswitch Engage and Hellyeah on select dates, making this one trek not to be missed!
    Act of Defiance tour dates
  • Sept. 14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar
  • Sept. 15 – Grand Junction, CO – The Mesa Theater
  • Sept. 16 – Denver, CO – Marquis
  • Sept. 17 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
  • Sept. 19 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
  • Sept. 20 – Greensboro, NC – The Cone Denim *
  • Sept. 21 – Jacksonville, FL – Mavericks at the Landing *
  • Sept. 22 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre *
  • Sept. 24 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth
  • Sept. 25 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
  • Sept. 27 – Lombard, IL – Brauer House
  • Sept. 28 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
  • Sept. 29 – Sioux City, IA – Anthem @ Hard Rock *
  • Sept. 30 – Neillsville, WI – Silver Dome Ballroom
  • Oct. 2 – Bismarck, ND – Our Place Tavern
  • Oct. 3 – Billings, MT – Pub Station
  • Oct. 4 – Idaho Falls, ID – The Falls
  • Oct. 6 – Fresno, CA – Fulton 55
  • Oct. 7 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
  • Oct. 8 – Glendale, CA – Complex
  • Oct. 9 – Fullerton, CA – Slidebar (free show!)
  • Oct. 11 – Las Vegas, NV – Bunkhouse Saloon
  • Oct. 12 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge
  • Oct. 13 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues **
    *=w/ Hellyeah
    **=w/ Killswitch Engage

Posted by: Denis / 10.08.2016
Pre-Sales are currently underway for their Survivors who have previously sailed on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. Public Sales are slated to start on Tuesday August 16, 2016 at 3PM EDT / 9PM CEST. Mark down the date and time in your calendar as they have sold out the previous six consecutive sailings to sailors from over 70 different countries! Don't miss the boat, book your cabin as soon as the gates open! offers Metalheads a life-changing experience in an incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. Boasting the biggest Open Air Stage structure to ever sail the Open Seas, 70000TONS OF METAL gives Sailors unrestricted festival access to all 120 live shows by 60 unique Artists on board. Not only that, throw in Meet & Greets with every Artist, exclusive Art Exhibits and Artist Clinics and the infamous JAMMING WITH WATERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS, the official 70000TONS OF METAL All Star Jam hosted by ANNIHILATOR's Jeff Waters. Everyone sailing is a VIP, they spare no expense to remove seating in the theatre so that fans can create a mosh pit at sea (this is a Heavy Metal Cruise after all), and most importantly… there are bars that never close - you heard that right, bars that never close!

Round 7 Sails to Labadee
70000TONS OF METAL will sail February 2 - 6, 2017 onboard Royal Caribbean's luxurious Independence Of The Seas which will be leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to an all new Caribbean dream destination: Labadee, situated on the northern coast of Haiti, featuring pristine beaches, coral reefs and lagoon-like bays surrounded by forested mountains. Soar over the Dragon's Breath Flight Line, the world's longest zip line over water! Propel down the 300 foot long waterslides, get your adrenaline fix on the Dragon's Tail Roller Coaster, cool off in the Arawak Aqua Park, or kick back and relax at the cabanas on Nellie's Beach. There's no shortage of shore activities here! Don't miss out on your chance to explore this Caribbean dream destination with your favorite Artists! Check out official video footage of excursions available at Labadee here.

Sunday February 5, 2017 is #SuperMetalSunday! Start off the best Sunday of the year with Heavy Metal bands from around the globe playing concerts on 4 different stages. Think you can make a splash? Participate in the infamous 70000TONS Belly Flop Contest which is judged by a panel of Artists! Witness Heavy Metal history in the making with JAMMING WITH WATERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS - the official 70000TONS OF METAL All Star Jam. Don't forget your jerseys because the NFL Championship Game will also be screened on board! Not enough action for you? Throw in multiple workshops and Artist Clinics, and end the cruise with 70000TONS OF KARAOKE for a final sing along until the sun rises!

60 Bands Representing Every Genre Of Metal!
Every Artist on board 70000TONS OF METAL 2017 will play two shows - once on the way to Labadee, and once on the way back to Florida, presenting fans with the opportunity to see 120 shows, including some exclusive performances. The following 32 of 60 bands have been announced for Round 7: AMARANTHE, AMORPHIS, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ARCH ENEMY, CRUACHAN, DEATH ANGEL, DEVILDRIVER, DRACONIAN, DYING FETUS, QUILIBRIUM, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, KALMAH, KAMELOT, MOONSORROW, NILE, OMNIUM GATHERUM, ORDAN OGAN, ORPHANED LAND, POWERGLOVE, REVOCATION, SALTATIO MORTIS, SERENITY, STAM1NA, STUCK MOJO, SUFFOCATION, TESTAMENT, THERION, ULI JON ROTH, UNLEASHED, XANDRIA.
Furia Music Press / Shadowside releases video with footage of the new album recordings in Sweden
Posted by: Denis / 09.08.2016
Brazilian Metal band Shadowside is putting the finishing touches to the production process of their new album, which was recorded at Fredman Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden, with producers Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, Evergrey, Bring me the Horizon, Hammerfall) and Henrik Udd (Architects, Delain, Dream Evil, Bring me the Horizon) and will feature the debut of new bass player Magnus Rosén (ex-Hammerfall).

The band filmed a few snippets of their performances and relaxation moments during the recordings of the new material and the video can be watch here.

Nuclear Blast / AMORPHIS announce 'Eclipse' 10th anniversary tour
Posted by: Denis / 09.08.2016
Finnish masters of melancholic Progressive Metal, AMORPHIS, have announced a special Eclipse tour for this winter, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the legendary release. For this special occasion, the band will perform the album in its entirety, as they already did with Tales From The Thousand Lakes in 2014.

"A bit over ten years ago, we released one of the most remarkable AMORPHIS albums, Eclipse. An album that started a whole new era in AMORPHIS' history and has put its mark to all of us", states guitarist Esa Holopainen. "The first album with Tomi Joutsen on vocals and an album of timeless music. The circumstances making this record were totally different than with its predecessor, Far From The Sun. We had a highly talented new frontman and his energy truly motivated all of us. For a long time it was fun and inspiring to write and rehearse new music. I think Eclipse captured pretty much the elements of what AMORPHIS is nowadays, got generally known about for and it was a great platform for its followers (Silent Waters and Skyforger).
Travis Smith's artwork is stunning, his cover art is a perfect match for the music and lyrics and the Eclipse sun is still today an important symbol for AMORPHIS' visual outlook.
It's time to celebrate this album with our friends and fans. We are going to play Eclipse in its entirety. No need to say that these limited shows are going to be really special. We'll add more songs from the Silent Waters and Skyforger era. Some tracks that are not that often played.
Shine on brothers and sisters and get your tickets as long as they last!"
    Tour dates
  • 2016-08-12 Runni (RunniRock) FI
  • 2016-08-13 Sotkamo (Sotkamon Style) FI
  • 2016-08-27 Helsinki (Huvila-Teltta) FI
  • 2016-09-02 Capetown (The Assembly) ZA
  • 2016-09-03 Johannesburg (Bassline) ZA
  • 2016-10-08 Saitama Shi (Loud Park) JP
  • 2016-11-05 Helsinki (Nosturi) FI
  • 2016-11-26 Terminaali Areena (Oulu) FI
  • 2016-11-29 Herford (Club X) DE
  • 2016-11-30 Köln (Essigfabrik) DE
  • 2016-12-01 Tilburg (O13) NL
  • 2016-12-02 Regensburg (Airport Obertraubling) DE
  • 2016-12-03 Dresden (Reithalle) DE
  • 2016-12-04 Zürich (Komplex 457) CH
  • 2016-12-08 Jyväskylä (Lutakko) FI
  • 2016-12-09 Joensuu (Kerubi) FI
  • 2016-12-10 Kouvola (House Of Rock) FI
  • 2016-12-16 Seinajoki (Rytmikorjaamo) FI
  • 2016-12-17 Himos (Himos Areena) FI
  • 2016-12-30 Tampere (Pakkahuone) FI
  • 2016-12-31 Helsinki (Virgin Oil) FI

Nuclear Blast / METAL ALLEGIANCE release new trailer for 'Fallen Heroes' EP
Posted by: Denis / 09.08.2016
METAL ALLEGIANCE released the 3rd trailer in support of their upcoming special EP, entitled Fallen Heroes, which is set to be released on August 12. Mark Menghi is featured on the video talking about how the EP came into fruition.

Mark Menghi comments, "We got pissed. We got upset. We got angry. Just because our heroes were leaving us. The people that inspired us to pick up instruments, to write music are no longer with us... that is where this came from.&quyot;

GlobMetal Promotions / AcatoniA will release new album in September
Posted by: Denis / 08.08.2016
Russian Progressive Metal band AcatoniA will release their new album Zerkala in September on Metalism Records this year. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Sergei Lazar (Arkona) and Alexander Hovanski in AcatoniA RECORDS and CDM RECORDS.

AcatoniA was formed in 2011 by Alexander Hovanski and his wife Dasha Hovanski. The debut album Belii Korabl was released in 2014 and immediately received positive reviews all over the world.
Massacre Records / HAMMERSCHMITT track list
Posted by: Denis / 08.08.2016
HAMMERSCHMITT recently released the official video for Metalheadz, now the complete tracklisting of the upcoming album Still On Fire is available as well:
  1. Rock Steady
  2. Sanctuary
  3. Still On Fire
  4. Metalheadz
  5. Shout
  6. Zombie
  7. One Helluva Night
  8. Mean Streak
  9. Crazy World
  10. Whoohoo
  11. Killed By Death
The new album was mixed and mastered by Mario Lochert at Dreamsound Studios in Munich, Germany. Markus Salmanir (With Nothing Design) has created the artwork.

The band will join Serious Black on their 'Mirrorworld Tour 2016', along with Sinbreed, in late September/early August - don't miss it!

HAMMERSCHMITT's new album Still On Fire is available for digital and physical pre-order, and will be released on August 26, 2016 via Massacre Records.

Massacre Records / GLORYFUL Video Clip
Posted by: Denis / 08.08.2016
GLORYFUL already spoke about each track featured on their upcoming album End Of The Night, and released a short album trailer.

Now, the German Metal quintet has posted the brand new and official video clip for the song This Means War. The video was realized by Jaegerrot Movie Production.

The new album was mixed and mastered by Charles Greywolf at Studio Greywolf, and comes with an artwork created by Kris Verwimp.

GLORYFUL's new album End Of The Night is available for digital and physical pre-order, and will be released on August 26, 2016 via Massacre Records.
Massacre Records / GUN BARREL New Vocalist
Posted by: Denis / 08.08.2016
GUN BARREL recently announced that they've parted ways with their now ex-vocalist Patrick Sühl due to his busy schedule as a full-time professional musician.

Patrick stated: "First things first: There are no personal or musical differences! I still love the music and the guys. Unfortunately, I'm not able to fully concentrate on Gun Barrel due to my busy schedule.
I look back on five fantastic years, two great albums, my first worldwide release, my first tour and much more.
I am also happy and grateful for many friendships I would not have formed without Gun Barrel.
Mark my words, everyone: We are and we will stay friends! I'm looking forward to my first Gun Barrel gig as part of the audience, with a beer in hand. There is only one thing left to say: Thanks a lot!"

The band added: "We totally agree and are so glad that we've found a friend in Patrick, and look back on great times. We wish him all the best for his musical and personal future, and look forward to being a part of it. Patrick, you will alway be one of us, no matter where you sing! We had great times and a fantastic cooperation with Patrick and now we are looking forward to a new and exciting Gun Barrel era."

Patrick's successor will be Thomas 'Thomale' Nathan. He is no newcomer, and was baptised by fire at GUN BARREL's gig in the Czech Republic in early August, where he reportedly rocked like hell.

Punishment 18 Records / Vexed - lots of important guests on 'Legion Deathblood'
Posted by: Denis / 08.08.2016
In the twenty year anniversary of activity, Italian thrashers Vexed has recently confirmed the deal for a new record with Italian label Punishment 18 Records for the release of their new full-length titled Legion Deathblood. The band features members and former members of band such as Total Death, Madhour, Warhammer, Longobardeath. The album will include important guest musicians: Andy Panigada (Bulldozer), Pier Gonnella (ex-Labyrinth, Necrodeath), Nico e Umbe (Total Death), Lore (Hyades), Mattia Stancioiu (ex-Labyrinth).
Posted by: Denis / 08.08.2016
Melodic metallers Temperance have released an audio video of the song Revolution, taken from their new album The Earth Embraces Us All, which will be released on September 16th on Scarlet Records.

The Earth Embraces Us All was produced by Marco Pastorino and Giulio Capone, mixed by Simone Mularoni (DGM). The album artwork has once again been made by Gustavo Sazes (Kamelot, Arch Enemy, Morbid Angel).
AFM Records / Solution .45 new video
Posted by: Denis / 05.08.2016
SOLUTION .45's new single and video The Faint Pulse Of Light is out now!

Taken from the album Nightmares In The Waking State - Part II, to be released on August 26th as CD and Vinyl.

Frontiers Music / Tyketto - Reach
Posted by: Denis / 05.08.2016
In celebration of the band's 25th Anniversary, Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of TYKETTO brand new album Reach on October 14th.

After five years of relentless touring that included playing on some of the most prestigious stages on the planet, Tyketto took their revitalized energy in to the studio in the spring of 2016. The sessions took place at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales (Queen, Rush, Oasis). Musically the band is truly at the top of their game, with their muscular brand of melodic rock delivered with the finest arrangements and awesome performances.

Lead vocalist Danny Vaughn comments, "Although we only had planned on recording ten songs for REACH, we were so pleased with everything, we decided to keep all twelve songs on the record. We unanimously decided on REACH as the title of the album, as it defines who this band is in 2016. We have a new energy, some incredible new members, and a fresh outlook toward the future. All of us have pushed each other beyond our limits to make what we feel is a pinnacle record in our catalog."

Drummer and founding member Michael Clayton Arbeeny adds, "Many bands who have been out as long as we have feel they need to fit into a preconceived notion of what their fans expect to hear. Following in the footsteps of icons such as Queen, Led Zeppelin, Prince, we have decided to expand our musical boundaries and introduce our friends around the world to Tyketto 2016. Rest assured that all the songs on REACH still carry the trademark melodies and choruses our fans have grown to love over the decades. The band is feeling stronger and performing better than ever and we can't wait to share this music with the world."

In addition to Vaughn and Arbeeny, the unstoppable 2016 lineup includes Chris Green (guitars and vocals), Ged Rylands (keyboards and vocals) and Chris Childs (bass).

A video for the title track, Reach, will be released soon. An 11 country tour to support the album commences in October.
    REACH tracklisting:
  1. Reach
  2. Big Money
  3. Kick Like A Mule
  4. Circle The Wagons
  5. I Need It Now
  6. Tearing Down The Sky
  7. Letting Go
  8. The Fastest Man Alive
  9. Remember My Name
  10. Sparks Will Fly
  11. Scream
  12. The Run
  13. Precious Little Gets Away (Digital Bonus Track).
  • September 30th – Avalon - Hollywood, USA
  • October 1st – 5th - Monsters of Rock Cruise
  • November 13th – De Bosuil – Weert, Netherlands
  • November 14th – Spirit of 66 – Verviers, Belgium
  • November 16th – Pacific Rock – Cergy, France
  • November 18th – Hall of Fame – Wetzikon, Switzerland
  • November 19th – Riffelhof – Burgrieden, Germany
  • November 21st – Nachtlebel – Frankfurt, Germany
  • November 23rd – Matrix – Bochum, Germany
  • November 24th – Boerderij – Zoetermeer, Netherlands
  • November 26th – Cluny – Newcastle, UK
  • November 27th – O2 ABC2 – Glasgow, UK
  • November 28th – 02 Academy 2 – Liverpool, UK
  • November 29th - 02 Academy 2 – Islington, UK
  • December 2nd – Planet Rockstock - Trecco Bay, UK
  • December 4th – Robin 2 - Bilston, UK
  • December 5th – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, UK

Metal Blade records / Charred Walls of the Damned reveals details for new album, 'Creatures Watching Over The Dead'
Posted by: Denis / 05.08.2016
Charred Walls Of The Damned – the brainchild of former Death/Iced Earth drummer Richard Christy – will release their third full-length, Creatures Watching Over The Dead, on September 23rd via Metal Blade Records. Now the band has released the first single from the album, entitled The Soulless.

With five years having elapsed since the quartet dropped Cold Winds On Timeless Days, it's understandable that fans have been yearning for more, but Charred Walls Of The Damned has not exactly been sitting around, kicking their heels. Christy – who has previously played with Iced Earth, Death, Control Denied, Burning Inside, Leash Law – played drums on Monte Pittman's Inverted Grasp Of Balance, wrote music for New York State's 'The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze' event, and co-wrote a heavy metal comedy Viking rock opera with guitarist Jason Suecof and Titmouse Animation, titled 'Majestic Loincloth'. Suecof is of course one of the most in demand producers in contemporary Metal. Then there's legendary bassist Steve DiGiorgio, who made a name for himself in the ranks of Death, Testament, Vintersorg, Dragonlord and a myriad of other great metal bands; in recent years, he has laid down his inimitable style on records from Ephel Duath, Soen, Memorain and others. Which just leaves vocalist Tim 'Ripper' Owens, who for a time fronted Judas Priest, before lending his formidable pipes to Iced Earth and Yngwie Malmsteen's mighty compositions, touring relentlessly under his own name, and starting a new band (Project Rock).

When it was time to lay the songs down, Charred Walls Of The Damned convened at Suecof's Audiohammer Studio, outside Orlando, FL. The nine resulting tracks are heavy, catchy, anthemic and downright killer music to wreck your neck to.
    Creatures Watching Over the Dead track-listing
  1. My Eyes
  2. The Soulless
  3. Afterlife
  4. As I Catch My Breath
  5. Lies
  6. Reach into the Light
  7. Tear Me Down
  8. Living in the Shadow of Yesterday
  9. Time Has Passed

NoiseArt Records / WINTER STORM brand new song 'Pacts of Blood and Might' released
Posted by: Denis / 05.08.2016
The German Folk/Power-Metal heroes WINTERSTORM are set to release their fourth studio album, Cube Of Infinity, on August 19th, 2016 via NoiseArt Records.

Now the band has just released the lyric video of the brand new song Pacts of Blood and Might.

The band states: "Attention and buckled. A song written by guitarist Michael Liewald. Fast, heavy and melodic! A driving metal-steam-locomotive, catchy with earwig- and singcharacter in the best Winterstorm-fashion. Powerful, dynamic hooks for ears and neck. Good songwriting is, to remember a song that no one has written before - that is Pacts of Blood and Might." Cube Of Infinity shows that WINTERSTORM by far haven't reached the end of their journey. Once more, their highly diversified songs lure the listeners into a Fantasy World that becomes a thrilling adventure thanks to the high quality of the musical background. Catchy rhythms, enthralling melodies, and elating refrains make Cube Of Infinity a model of how Power Metal should sound in the year of 2016... that will fascinate not only fans of bands such as Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, Orden Ogan. WINTERSTORM again skillfully succeed in uniting Folk elements and Power Metal to form a unique and kitsch-free mixture of their own. Cube Of Infinity is in schedule to offer a cooling summer storm in the heat of August, drying the sweat of fans with a huge portion of passion and fresh wind.
Nuclear Blast / SABATON live clip from 'The Last Stand' bonus DVD released
Posted by: Denis / 05.08.2016
Swedish Heavy Metal heroes SABATON will release their new studio album, entitled The Last Stand, in two weeks through Nuclear Blast. To give their fans a taster of what to expect from the bonus DVD, which is included with the Digibook and Earbook formats, the live clip of The Art Of War (live @ Stereolux, Nantes (France)) has been launched now.

Pure Steel Records / A TORTURED SOUL 'All Alone' official single from the album 'On This Evil Night', release date 29th July 2016
Posted by: Denis / 05.08.2016
Six years after Lucifer's Fate, A TORTURED SOUL returns with their fourth studio album On This Evil Night, packed with 10 great new songs. Originated in Milwaukee Wisconsin, the quintet is ready to conquer the world again.

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

This album contains everything, a dark, sophisticated Metal album has to offer.

Posted by: Denis / 04.08.2016
Darktribe have released a video for the song The Modern Age, the titletrack from the band's latest album, available on Scarlet Records.

Darktribe formed in 2009 and recorded their first EP Natural Defender that same year. The band quickly evolved into a powerful live act and in 2012 released their debut album Mysticeti Victoria on German label Massacre Records. More touring followed, and shows with the likes of Girlschool, Crucified Barbara, Killers, Lacrimas Profundere, Nightmare and many other international acts. In 2015 Darktribe entered the studio to record their second album, The Modern Age, which was mixed and mastered at Hansen Studios in Denmark by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica, Doro, Primal Fear). The album displays a mature and confident band, still influenced by everything Melodic in Metal but with a very personal approach, multilayered songwriting and brilliant musicianship.

Nuclear Blast / IN FLAMES live clip for 'Everything's Gone', DVD track list
Posted by: Denis / 04.08.2016
Sweden's modern Metal virtuosi IN FLAMES are set to release their brand new live DVD, entitled Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg on September 23, 2016. Catch an exclusive first live clip preview of Everything's Gone in its entire length.

In addition, the band also announced the entire setlist of the live show they recorded for the DVD in their hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2014:
  1. In Plain View
  2. Everything’s Gone
  3. Fear Is The Weakness
  4. Trigger
  5. Resin
  6. Where The Dead Ships Dwell
  7. With Eyes Wide Open
  8. Paralyzed
  9. Through Oblivion
  10. Ropes
  11. Delight And Angers
  12. Cloud Connected
  13. Only For The Weak
  14. The Chosen Pessimist
  15. The Quiet Place
  16. When The World Explodes
  17. Rusted Nail
  18. The Mirror’s Truth
  19. Deliver Us
  20. Take This Life
With a length of over 90 minutes, the bombastic performance inside the Scandinavium arena shows the band at their very best, with pyro effects, a spectacular light show and wild crowdsurfers - right in front of 10.000 fans!

Catch IN FLAMES on the following UK dates early next year together with AVENGED SEVENFOLD / DISTURBED:
    JANUARY 2017
  • Tuesday 10th - GLASGOW, HYDRO
  • Friday 13th - BIRMINGHAM, GENTING
  • Sunday 15th - SHEFFIELD, ARENA
  • Monday 16th - MANCHESTER, ARENA
  • Saturday 21st - LONDON, 02 ARENA

NoiseArt Records / MAJESTY announce new album and short film
Posted by: Denis / 04.08.2016
Singer Tarek just announced a new MAJESTY album in a YouTube video which will outshine everything the band did before. That's why he used the term MAJESTY 2.0 to describe that the best way. The album will be released worldwide at the beginning of 2017 via NoiseArt records!

Furthermore the band also announced a short film for one of the new songs. For this ambitious project the band needs the support from everyone who is into film-making. So if you are ready to support the band on this unique cinematic project, write an E-mail to

Cruz del Sur Music / SACRED STEEL reveals artwork and tracklist for upcoming 'Heavy Metal Sacrifice' album
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2016
Celebrating their 20-year career, SACRED STEEL has revealed the cover artwork for Heavy Metal Sacrifice, the new album due out on October 14, 2016.

This sensational art was provided by Polish artist Lukasz Jaszak who has worked in the past with acts such as Blood Red Throne, Decapitated, Dornenreich, The Vision Bleak among others.

Heavy Metal Sacrifice will be released on Compact Disc (digipack edition), LP (featuring Sacred Steel's embossed logo) and digital.

The release of Heavy Metal Sacrifice will be backed by a series of live events celebrating one of the most long-lasting European Heavy Metal bands.
  • 15.10.2016 – 20 years of Sacred Steel Festival & Record Releaseparty of HEAVY METAL SACRIFICE, with TANKARD, STALLION, TRAGEDY DIVINE (Reunion Gig), SEPTAGON Ludwigsburg (GER) – Scala
  • 21.10.2016 – Vienna (A) ,Escape
  • 22.10.2016 – Phantoms Of Pilsen,Pilsen (CZ)
  • 12.11.2016 – Burn This Town Festival, with ROSAE CRUCIS, HAMMER KING, BATTLE RAM, GRAAL Rome (IT) – Traffic Club
  • 13.01.2017 – Hamburg (GER) , Bambi Galore

Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2016
Coinciding with the exclusive one-time performance at this year's Wacken Open Air Festival, Kai Hansen premieres the official music video for his first single Born Free. It is the first time fans are able to listen to a song from Hansen's solo debut XXX – Three Decades In Metal.

The album will be released as 1CD, 2CD Special Edition incl. all 11 songs with Hansen on vocals, 2LP and digital on September 16th on earMUSIC.

Shot at Chameleon Studio in Hamburg where the album also was recorded, the video for Born Free perfectly captures the essence of the song. Starting with the line "Born in the city of Hamburg, in 1963...," Kai sets the direction for his solo debut – a reference, a bow to his home town which is also represented in the images. Hansen roars into the mic like his life depends on it – like a wild, unleashed beast – and breaks free with liberating screams. Add explosive guitar solos, heavy riffs and the stellar line up that is Alex Dietz (guitar player of Heaven Shall Burn) on bass, Eike Freese on guitar and phenomenal drummer Daniel Wilding (Carcass) to the mix, and you get everything you ever searched for in Metal/Hard Rock. Or as Hansen puts it in Born Free: "It made me feel so groovy – it gave me instant heat". And thus a new Metal hymn is born. A hymn that will get fans all over the globe to stand up proud and shout 'I am BORN FREE – NO LIMITS IN THE SKY'.

Frontiers Music / Hardline - Human Nature
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the return of HARDLINE with the brand new album Human Nature, set for release on October 14th.

Following the rebirth of the band that happened with the release of Danger Zone in 2012, Hardline have regrouped around fabulous singer Johnny Gioeli (Axel Rudi Pell) with the excellent production and keyboard skills of Alessandro Del Vecchio (Rated X, Resurrection Kings, Revolution Saints), the shredding talents of guitarist Josh Ramos (The Storm), and the powerful rhythm section made up of bassist Anna Portalupi (Tarja Turunen) and drummer Francesco Jovino (Primal Fear, Jorn). All these musicians have an impressive pedigree, but what makes Hardline special is how well their unique and different talents blend together.

The goal for their new album was to have a heavier and updated version of the original Hardline sound. Think debut album, 1992's Double Eclipse updated for the 21st Century, with a grittier and more straight ahead sound. Anthemic, hard rocking songs are what you can expect from this record and hook after hook, riff after riff, you'll find yourself wowed by this absolute monster of an album! When Gioeli and Del Vechhio got together to begin writing songs for the album, "The plan was to create an album that emulates the feeling of Double Eclipse combined with the dynamics of modern day rock. Very heavy and in your face, but still with hitting melodies", says Johnny. "I have a tremendous amount of Axel Rudi Pell fans that know me for the way I deliver a metal song too. So yes, it's definitely the heaviest we have done since the debut. I see this album as the perfect mix of styles."

"As a producer I pushed everyone to squeeze these songs and put as much attitude as we could on tape", adds Alessandro Del Vecchio. "We wanted more of an in-your-face attitude than our softer albums. I think we understood we had something special in our hands when we finished Take You Home. Even if it's the ballad of the album I guess it's the focal point of the musical bond that Johnny and myself share with the whole band."

"The guys put their heart and soul into their performances", concludes Johnny "You can hear the essence of every drum strike and the sweat hitting the drums shortly after. Do it again, Cesco! HARDER, HARDER! Josh, Anna and Ale wouldn't stop until their fingers said 'enough' ...and then... we did it again and again. That's rock and roll man. Songs like Where Will We Go From Here, Human Nature, Take you Home to me they are the essence of what I LOVE to sing and HOW I love to sing!"
    Human Nature tracklisting:
  1. Where Will We Go From Here
  2. Nobody's Fool
  3. Human Nature
  4. Trapped In Muddy Waters
  5. Running On Empty
  6. The World Is Falling Down
  7. Take You Home
  8. Where The North Wind Blows
  9. In The Dead Of The Night
  10. United We Stand
  11. Fighting The Battle

Metal Blade records / Armored Saint announces performance at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest kick-off party with Havok, Exmortus, Thrown Into Exile
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2016
Currently on tour in Europe, Armored Saint will make a special appearance back in the USA this fall at the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest kick-off party – which is exclusively for campers at this double-header music and lifestyle weekend. The September 23rd pre-festival concert will give campers early access to the campsite, allowing them time to prepare for a night of performances from Armored Saint, Havok, Exmortus, Thrown Into Exile.
    Armored Saint tour dates
  • Sept. 23 – San Bernardino, CA – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest kick-off party
  • Oct. 8 – Tokyo, Japan – Loud Park Festival
    Armored Saint tour dates w/ Queensryche, Midnight Eternal
  • Nov. 15 – Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
  • Nov. 16 – Ace of Spaces – Sacramento, CA
  • Nov. 18 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
  • Nov. 22 – Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
  • Nov. 23 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
  • Nov. 25 – Clicks – Tyler, TX
  • Nov. 26 – Trees – Dallas, TX
  • Nov. 29 – Mavericks at the Landing – Jacksonville, FL
  • Nov. 30 – Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Dec. 1 – The Cuban Club – Tampa, FL
  • Dec. 2 – The Music Farm – Charleston, SC
  • Dec. 3 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
  • Dec. 4 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
  • Dec. 6 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
  • Dec. 7 – Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dec. 8 – Diesel Concert Lounge – Chesterfield, MI
  • Dec. 9 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
  • Dec. 11 – Limelight – Peoria, IL
  • Dec. 13 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
  • Dec. 14 – Kanza Hall – Overland Park, KS
  • Dec. 15 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO

Posted by: Denis / 02.08.2016
"I'm gonna hit the highway and never look back" is the line that launches Airbourne's latest, tarmac-trashin' single Breakin' Outta Hell.

The lyric video accompanying the song created by Richard Oakes from Dark Fable Media may have implications for those with easy access to open roads.

Watch the clip from start to finish and you might just get the urge to open the throttle.

"We get a lot of feedback from our fans saying how much they love the faster tracks", says Airbourne frontman Joel O'Keeffe. "But when they play them in the car... well, it can be tough on their pocket with all the speeding fines! Breakin' Outta Hell is definitely one of THOSE numbers... even the guys who filmed the lyric video were stopped by the police and given a fine.
For us, these visuals really sum up the feeling behind the song and the album, too. The whole message is right there. Put on the single, or the album, and its, 'Fuck the boss and fuck all the tax I owe. I'm going out, I'm getting pissed and I'm going to listen to some hard rock 'n' roll.' No ballads, no bullshit. I'm breaking out of hell!"

Breakin' Outta Hell is the title track of Airbourne's fourth studio album, which is due out via Spinefarm Records on September 23. It was produced by Bob Marlette. This 11-track release sees the Australian band driving their party-starting prowess to even greater heights, supported by a world tour.
Nuclear Blast / OPETH reveal title track 'Sorceress' from upcoming album
Posted by: Denis / 02.08.2016
As the Heavy-rock and Metal scenes brace for one of the year's most anticipated albums, experimental Prog pioneers OPETH has declared the wait is over. Now the band has partnered with to unveil the first new song and title track, Sorceress, from their upcoming, 12th studio album that's due out on September 30th via the band's imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Listen to Sorceress and read an exclusive interview with Mikael Åkerfeldt here.

"Here you go kids! Here's the title track, Sorceress, combined with the now obligatory lyric video. Why not, eh? We're happy with the tune. It's heavy, a bit 'meat and potato', but what the hell…we love it! Hope you do too!"Mikael Åkerfeldt.

Nuclear Blast / EPICA release lyric video for first single 'Universal Death Squad'
Posted by: Denis / 02.08.2016
Dutch symphonic Metal stars EPICA release the lyric video for their first single entitled Universal Death Squad. The song comes from the upcoming album The Holographic Principle and is an impressive first demonstration of what fans can expect from EPICA's sound in the year 2016.

"The first song we unleash upon you is Universal Death Squad", states guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen. "This track is representative for The Holographic Principle, as it's a heavy and melodic album. The lyrics are dealing about advanced robotic legions with a self-determination to kill. We have chosen for a different kind of lyric-video concept in which EPICA plays the track in a rehearsal room. The song is very much fun to play and I expect this one will do very well on stage. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did creating it!"

Nuclear Blast / TWILIGHT FORCE fourth album trailer of 'Heroes Of Mighty Magic' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 02.08.2016
Swedish adventure metallers, TWILIGHT FORCE, will release their sophomore album entitled Heroes Of Mighty Magic on August 26th through Nuclear Blast. Once again, the heroes give deep insights in the record in the form of the forth album trailer.

The Fall of Time Ink Worldwide Management Deal With GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 01.08.2016
French symphonic Death/Progressive Metal band The Fall of Time has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions.

The band was formed at Belfort, France in 2009 by Emmanuel Joly, who started writing a personal work, made of symphonic orchestrations and drums programming. The aim was to achieve the creation of a story, a science-fiction scenario, through melodies rich in originality, power and feeling, supported by drumming borrowed from the Brutal / Extreme Metal scene. In March 25th, 2016 the band released their debut album Universe Reloaded.
Mistheria - Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' Piano series completed
Posted by: Denis / 01.08.2016
The Piano series of the Vivaldi's masterwork 'The Four Seasons' is now complete featuring all 12 movements recorded on Piano solo.

All pieces are based on the Piano transcription published by Ricordi (Milano, Italy) and re-arranged by Mistheria.

The album Mistheria plays Vivaldi on Piano | The Four Seasons is available on Bandcamp.

AFM Records / Evergrey 'Distance' video clip released
Posted by: Denis / 01.08.2016
Swedish metallers EVERGREY have just unveiled their brand new video clip for Distance, a song taken from the band's upcoming album The Storm Within (out September 9th).

Evergrey comment: "Distance is the first of a series of videos we have shot for The Storm Within album. Working very closely with Patric Ullaeus and rEvolver Film Company our aim was to recreate the eerie and desolate sense we had while writing the songs for this – the 10th Evergrey album - One could say this is our first real attempt at inviting everyone into the cinematic world where we have been in mind and thought throughout this year while writing. We think the imagery speaks for itself. This is just the beginning. The storm is coming."

AFM Records / Serious Black 'Mirrorworld' to arrive on September 9th
Posted by: Denis / 01.08.2016
The year 2015 started more than promising for fans of high class Melodic Metal: SERIOUS BLACK, a so-called 'allstar band' appeared on the scene and dropped their highly acclaimed debut album As Daylight Breaks. Much to the surprise of many, the band indeed proved to be a real band and they kept their promise of rocking the stages wherever possible. So during only a year they not only successfully released a fantastic debut album, but also went on extensive European tours with HammerFall and later Gamma Ray. In addition, SERIOUS BLACK was chosen to be special guest on Kamelot's German Summer shows and also played numerous festivals in Europe. Being that active in the past 18 months, it's surprising to see the band announcing a brand new studio album already. You'll be even more surprise when Mirrorworld sees its release: SERIOUS BLACK have managed to outperform their excellent debut! Prepare for something special: the Mirrorworld opens on September 9th...

AFM Records / Shakra - High Noon Tour part II
Posted by: Denis / 01.08.2016
On January 29th 2016, swiss band SHAKRA released their album High Noon with old (and new) singer Mark Fox, which entered the swiss album charts at #2.

SHAKRA then toured successfully in Switzerland and Germany with The New Roses. This November, the band will return to Germany on the following dates:
    SHAKRA 'High Noon Tour part II':
  • 03.11.2016 Siegburg, Kubana
  • 04.11.2016 Bordesholm, Albatros
  • 05.11.2016 Bochum, Matrix
  • 15.11.2016 Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
  • 16.11.2016 Düsseldorf, Pitcher
  • 17.11.2016 Mannheim, 7er Club
  • 18.11.2016 Nürnberg, Der Cult
  • 19.11.2016 Ingolstadt, Eventhalle Westpark

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