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InsideOut Music / Spock's Beard announce European tour dates for September
Posted by: Denis / 30.07.2014
Last year, legendary Progressive-rockers Spock's Beard released their latest album Brief Nocturnes & Dreamless Sleep to much critical acclaim. The band are now pleased to announce further European tour dates supporting the album, following last year's jaunt with Sound of Contact and Beardfish. The full list of dates can be found below, and support at all shows comes from The Sixxis:
    2014 European Tour
  • 02/09/14 De Boerderij, Zoetermeer - Netherlands
  • 03/09/14 Spirit of 66, Verviers - Belgium
  • 04/09/14 De Bosuil, Weert - Netherlands
  • 05/09/14 Backstage, Munchen - Germany
  • 06/09/14 2 Days Prog Festival, Veruno - Italy
  • 07/09/14 Hirsch, Nurnberg - Germany
  • 09/09/14 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava - Slovakia
  • 10/09/14 A38, Budapest - Hungary
  • 11/09/14 Roxy, Prague - Czech Republic
  • 12/09/14 Drumfest, Opole - Poland
  • 13/09/14 C-Club, Berlin - Germany
  • 15/09/14 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg - Germany
  • 16/09/14 Divan Du Monde, Paris - France
  • 17/09/14 The Musician, Leicester - UK
  • 18/09/14 The Dome, London - UK
  • 19/09/14 Essigfabrik, Cologne - Germany
  • 20/09/14 Matrix, Bochum - Germany
  • 21/09/14 Z7, Pratteln - Switzerland
This year has already seen Spock's Beard play the Progressive Nation at Sea cruise, where they were joined by former member Neal Morse for a couple of songs as part of their second set of the trip.

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Punishment 18 Records / Burning Nitrum 'Molotov' artwork by Ed Repka
Posted by: Denis / 29.07.2014
Italian Thrash metallers Burning Nitrum has revealed the cover for their upcoming debut full-length album titled Molotov.

The artwork was created by artist Ed Repka (Megadeth, Death, Massacre, Vio-Lence, Toxik, Uncle Slam and many more).

The full-length will be released before end of 2014 via Punishment 18 Records.
    Tracklist:
  1. Subversive Nausea (intro) (01.01)
  2. Remote of Death (05.46)
  3. Apocalypse of Pain (04.04)
  4. High Speed Bangers (05.32)
  5. Lying Until The End (04.26)
  6. Falling into Slavery (intro) (01.58)
  7. Slave of Lust (06.38)
  8. Sparkling Splatter (04.28)
  9. Nemesis, The Death Star (instrumental) (07.52)
  10. Turned to Ashes (Nothing Stands Still) (06.34)
Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars new full-length title revealed
Posted by: Denis / 29.07.2014
Mindwars, the new band featuring Holy Terror and Jester Beast members, has settled on a name for their forthcoming debut full-length album slated for release in October 2014.

The album will be titled The Enemy Within. New information will follow soon.
Pure Steel Records / CREATION'S END 'Metaphysical' - Cover, Tracklist, release date: 29th August 2014
Posted by: Denis / 28.07.2014
The release date of the new CREATION'S END album Metaphysical on CD is August 29th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on August 15th, 2014 in label's webshop.

CREATION'S END is our newest band on Pure Prog Records whom released the studio album A New Beginning in 2010. CREATION'S END consists of some famous musicians; On vocals is the former Riot/Masterplan vocalist Mike DiMeo, the guitarists are Rudy Albert and Marco Sfogli which were or are active through acts like Zandelle and the solo band James LaBrie.

Pure Steel Records presents the second and brand new album Metaphysical, the quintet from New York City are playing eleven clear, imaginative and filigree Progressive Metal songs. The strenuous song structures are in a perfect balance with the melodic-rough, slightly bluesy vocals. Spherical keyboard meets ingenious guitar, the precise drumming with the strong, powerful double bass could be compared with Mike Portnoy's technique.

With the new album Metaphysical CREATION'S END is offering the absolute full service for every disappointed Dream Theater fan!

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Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD release 'Watchtower On The Moon' single & lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 28.07.2014
British Progressive Metal heroes THRESHOLD will release their upcoming new album For The Journey on September 19, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

The successor for their 2012 output March Of Progress was produced by Karl Groom and THRESHOLD keyboardist Richard West at Thin Ice Studios in England and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox in Finland.

Now THRESHOLD release Watchtower On The Moon, the first single out of For The Journey.

Also enjoy the lyric video for Watchtower On The Moon, which has its premiere at PROG MAGAZINE.

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METALMESSAGE Promotion / SKYCONQUEROR (Teutonic Heavy Metal from Germany) - New album 'Under The Pentagram'
Posted by: Denis / 25.07.2014
Typically Teutonic HEAVY METAL of the classic school - SKYCONQUEROR is a straight Heavy Metal band with an occult fable & fine touches of NWOBHM.

Founded in the surroundings of Münster (North Western Germany) in early 1997, the fourpiece never stopped to live an own musical vision. Over the years a massive (and not less melodic) influence of NWOBHM came in their stable & luckily fully trendless soundframe. Beside the hearts of the members beat strongly for well known & cult acts as Accept, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, DIO, Mercyful Fate, Hellhammer, Metallica, Exciter, Rainbow, Kiss, Deep Purple, Lizzy Borden, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Helloween, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Mötley Crüe, Slayer, Metal Church, Tank, Omen, Thin Lizzy, Warlord, Savage Grace & ZZ Top. It took them a decade to get out their debut full length: Hellstory, a lethal dose of Metal, emerged from the pits of hell in June of 2008. The following years the band gave several infernal gigs, took part in the movie 'Fate and Destruction', found new inspiration and collected a lot of material.

The eleven songs of the new CD UNDER THE PENTAGRAM were recorded from December 2012 until March 2014 in 'The Crypt'-Studio out there in the dark and mysterious landscape of the wild Westfalian countryside.

Finally more than 'only' music - it's their very own way of life. Now UNDER THE PENTAGRAM is ready to Metal your heart out!

Release date: July 9. 2014, self-financed. Distribution: oomoxx media, CD & DVD production.
Metal Heaven / 220 Volt
Posted by: Denis / 25.07.2014
Swedish Hard Rock act 220 Volt returns to the scene with a new album called Walking In Starlight. Anders Engberg (ex-Therion ex-Lions Share), who joined this group on late 2012, is the new voice of the band. This is his first full album with 220 Volt. Founding members Thomas Drevin and Mats Karlsson handle the guitars, and drummer Peter Hermansson completes the line-up.

220 Volt (founded 1979) was among the top Hard Rock acts in Scandinavia during the 80's and released their first, self titled album on CBS in June 1983. The band then went on to release five albums between 1983-1988. The last one recorded in the 80's was the album Eye to Eye which is their best selling album internationally, and it was also on heavy rotation on MTV and many radio stations around the world. It was produced by legendary producer Max Norman (Ozzy / Megadeth / Y&T etc..) and who also has mixed 5 tracks for Walking In Starlight.

The band's reputation was built on frequent album releases and energetic live shows. Besides performing their own headline shows, the Swedes have also toured as support for AC/DC and Nazareth among others. In 1985, 220 Volt performed in front of 80.000 people in Warsaw, Poland. The show was broadcasted live on Polish TV, among the first ever TV-shows in the eastern block to feature a Hard Rock band.

220 Volt split up in 1992, but released the studio album Lethal Illusion in 1997.

The quartet was active for a while between 2002-2008 with members from an earlier line-up and produced two albums, Volume 1 and the live album Made in Jamtland.

Songs like Firefall, Love Is All You Need, Beat Of A Heart, The Harder They Come, Heavy X-mas and Power Games to name a few, still get airplay around the world... Songs you'll be likely to hear live again soon!

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Metal Heaven / Grand Design
Posted by: Denis / 25.07.2014
Grand Design was formed in 2006 by singer/producer Pelle Saether, and the band's first 1st album Time Elevation was released by AOR Heaven in October 2009. The album featured guest spots from guitarists Janne Stark and Tommy Denander. The release gained massive success and was awarded 'best album' and 'best song' by BeRockRadio and received numerous top 10 positions for 'best album 2009'. Several concerts, including the prestigious FireFest in Nottingham, UK proved that Grand Design also deliver live. Pelle Saether comments: "Since we all love Def Leppard, it will always be an influence we use to spice things up."

Two years later, it was time for Grand Design's second album – Idolizer.

Pelle says: "We knew we had found a formula to make an 80's rock record work in the 21st century – so why change it?" With new anthems like Get On With Action, OughtoGraph and Your Love's A Runaway, Idolizer followed up the fans expectations. Grand Design again proved that the songs and sound of 80's rock belong in your players and on the big stages.

In 2012 the line-up saw singer Pelle Saether and guitarist Dennis Vestman, now flanked by guitarist Janne Stark (Constancia, Overdrive etc), bassist Mats Vassfjord (Chris Laney Band, Scaar) and drummer Peter Hermansson (Talisman, John Norum, 220 Volt). The band continued playing shows and festivals, building a solid following.

Early 2013 the band recorded two new songs, featuring guest singer Susie Päivärinta (of Lili & Susie), of which the song Baby It's You (Promises cover) was released as a digital only single and video in June 2013. The band also welcomed new drummer Magnus Ulfstedt (Eclipse, Jimi Jamison, Talisman, Lion's Share etc), who made his debut in the video. The band also performed at festivals such as Skogsröjet and Rock Out Wild.

Early 2014 Grand Design started working on the third album, and we are now proud to present the band's third outing: Thrill Of The Night. This album has definitely taken the band to a whole new level, musically, song wise and regarding production. The band is packed with potential hits and choruses that you will wake up in the middle of the night singing! Sorry about that, but that's how it is. From the opening chords of U Got Me Good, followed by the anthem rocker Rawk ‘N’ Roll Heart Attack, to up-tempo rocker 10 Outta 10 and the big epic balladry of When The Greatest Love Of All Kicks In. This time the band has also had some outside help in the song writing, where Melodic Rock icon Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T) has co-written the hit style Who's Gonna Rawk U Right and You're The Only One. The production, again by singer Pelle Saether, is big, ballsy yet ambient enough to probably make even John 'Mutt' Lange proud.
Guitarist Simone Mularoni (DGM) announced as special guest on Alberto Rigoni's upcoming prog album 'Overloaded'
Posted by: Denis / 24.07.2014
Italian prog bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni is proud to announce that, together with guitarists Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie) and Fabrizio 'Bicio' Leo, Simone Mularoni is one of the special guests of the upcoming album Overloaded out on October 1st (Any and All Records).

Simone is a top class Italian guitar player, also known as member of the progressive Italian bands DGM and Empyrios. Simone also mixed the drums of Alberto's new album. Here you can see Simone recording some stunning guitars.

Overloaded" line-up is completed with drummer Denis Novello and keyboards wizard Federico Solazzo who also mixed and made the mastering of the album.

More heavy and progressive than its predecessors, fully instrumental, Alberto's new prog album will be released by Any and All Records on October 1st 2014 and it will be distributed worldwide by PowerProg (Europe), Nightmare Records (USA & Canada), Disk Union (Japan), Mylodon Records (Chile), BTF (Italy), La Mazakuata Records (Mexico), Record Heaven (Sweden).
Pure Steel Records / MAD ALIEN 'Mad Alien' cover, tracklist, release date: 29th August 2014
Posted by: Denis / 24.07.2014
The release date of the MAD ALIEN album Mad Alien on CD is August 29th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on August 15th, 2014 in label's webshop.

Coming into the Rock scene in 1989 with the EP We are alive MAD ALIEN showed a lot of potential with their Melodic Heavy Metal/Hard Rock. Combining a fine vocalist, good guitars, outstanding songwriting and the typical 80s feel, this high quality was 'standard' for all songs also on the forthcoming full length in 1992.

The problems for MAD ALIEN in the early 90s were not produced by themselves, but from a short living Zeitgeist. The NIRVANA poisoned youth was filled up with low quality Grunge and other short living 'alternative' trends. So there was no time and space for a fine band far away from the bad smelling teen spirit of the age.

Founder and head of the band Raico Ebel still is active with a lot of projects so he supported to bring his very rare masterpieces again on the market via the Karthago Heavy Metal classics series. Of course finally for another public concerning the title of the 1992 final album Qui Habet Aures Audiendi, Audiat (The ones who have ears to hear, listen!). The gourmet public and all 'No-trends' will enjoy the treasures of MAD ALIEN!
    TRACKLIST:
  1. We are alive
  2. Creature of the storm
  3. One of these days
  4. Lady Desireous (Opus 9,7)
  5. Time War
  6. Shout it out
  7. Kwisatz Haderach (Part I - III)
  8. Only for you
  9. Goodbye
  10. Nightmare on Elmstreet
  11. Fire on Ice
  12. Opus 8,5
  13. Together
  14. Lovesong
    Total Playing Time 76:12 min
Pure Steel Records / PROJECT TERROR 'Conquistador' - cover, tracklist, release date: 22nd August 2014
Posted by: Denis / 24.07.2014
The release date of the new PROJECT TERROR album Conquistador on CD is August 22nd, 2014. The preorder phase will start on August 8th, 2014 in label's webshop.

Like Ichabod Krane the Pure Steel Family got with PROJECT TERROR another brand new band in the program where the band members are no unknown. This Texan quintet was founded five years ago by Ex-Vicious Rumors and Shadowkeep singer Ronnie Stixx.

After several festival gigs and opening shows for Sabaton now the first studio album Conquistador is coming out with eight fresh and strong tracks. The music moves in the classic Heavy / Power Metal sector with references to Vicious Rumors (of course), Judas Priest, Saxon, Helloween and Co. A powerful double bass hits melodic, emotional and poignant vocals with high-pitched interludes and a strong songwriting with filigree lead guitar work. The 40-minute album offers exquisite first-class entertainment for lovers of 'American Steel'!

From this newcomer you will be hearing a lot more...
    TRACKLIST:
  1. Breaking the Spell
  2. Conquistador
  3. Day of the Jackal
  4. Killing Machine
  5. Take to the Sky
  6. Destiny's Eyes
  7. Blood Red Skies
  8. United
    Total Playing Time: 38:55 min
Jolly Roger Records / GUNFIRE 'Age of Supremacy'
Posted by: Denis / 23.07.2014
Jolly Roger Records proudly announces the come-back of Italian GUNFIRE with their new concept-album Age of Supremacy, out on 8th September on CD format. The idea behind the album is the history of mankind that left the earth 1000 years ago and is now divided into two factions that evolved in different ways. The story is not based on the fight between good and evil but rather the inability of communication between two peoples in the distant and hypothetical future, as often happens today. This is the reason of war and destruction.

Gunfire were born in Ancona in 1983 and in 1984 they recorded their first, self-titled mini LP (4 tracks), nowadays a pretty rare and expensive collectible item. They broke in 1986 and came back in 2000 with original line-up, except the drummer, adding a second guitar. Thunder of War was released in 2005 by German label Battle Cry. Drummer Marco Bianchella plays also in symphonic-gothic band The Dogma.

Following this link you can listen to new track Man and Machine.

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SOM DO DARMA / Noturnall's debut album to be released on vinyl
Posted by: Denis / 23.07.2014
Only seven months has passed since the band begun, but Noturnall already released an album that hit several sales records, played a 'sold-out' show at Carioca Club in Sao Paulo, shot its first DVD, launched three video clips, the most recent for a new recording of Woman In Chains of Tears For Fears, and was featured on all the major specialized media from Brazil.

In fact, we could not wait another repercussion than this considering that Noturnall is a supergroup formed by some of the most experienced and respected musicians of the Brazilian Heavy Metal scene, as the Shaman members Thiago Bianchi (vocal), Fernando Quesada (bass), Leo Mancini (guitar), Junior Carelli (keyboards) and the worldwide famous drummer Aquiles Priester (ex-Angra).

Recorded at Fusao VM&T Studios in Sao Paulo and at The Shanty Shack Studios in New Jersey (USA), Noturnall's debut album has as one of the producers the Symphony X and Adrenaline Mob vocalist, Russell Allen. The big news is that the album will now be released on vinyl in September by Mafer Records from Brazil. The pressing will be limited on 300 copies with gatefold sleeve and a deluxe booklet. As bonus track, the band's recording for Woman In Chains of Tears For Fears.
Metal Media / NervoChaos: New music video is available
Posted by: Denis / 23.07.2014
The Brazilian Death Metal band NervoChaos just released a music video for the song The Devil's Work. The video was directed by Cherry Taketani.

The album The Art Of Vengeance, released by Cogumelo Records in Brazil and by Greyhaze Records worldwide, is the sixth studio album from NervoChaos, the material was produced by Italian Alex Azzali and the cover art was done by Marco Donida.
Metal Blade Records / Slough Feg parts ways with Harry Cantwell; new drum auditions to begin ASAP
Posted by: Denis / 23.07.2014
Heavy Metal stalwarts Slough Feg have announced that longtime drummer Harry Cantwell will be leaving the band after their July 28 show at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Cantwell has performed with the band for the past seven years, and on their last three studio albums: Ape Uprising!, The Animal Spirits, and Digital Resistence. The band plans to begin auditioning new drummers as soon as possible.

Vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi offered the following comment: "After almost seven years as drummer of Slough Feg, Harry Cantwell will be leaving the band after our July 28th show at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. We're sad to see him go, for he's been a great drummer and also truly great person, and of course we wish him luck in all of his future pursuits. Luckily Harry gave us plenty of notice, and also played fantastically at the last two shows in Minneapolis and Chicago - so not a drop of bad blood here. I'm sure we'll all remain friends, and of course we'll continue to use Harry's talents as fashion consultant to the band after his departure. So come celebrate Harry's last show on July 28th at Bottom of the Hill!! Obviously this news brings up the question: what are we gonna do about a drummer? Well, we do have some stuff scheduled for a few months down the road, so we'll be auditioning drummers ASAP. If you think you're up to the task, then let us know!!!"

Digital Resistance was recorded with Justin Weis (who produced the album with vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi) at Trakworx in South San Francisco from January-October 2013 and marks the band's first new studio album since 2010′s The Animal Spirits.

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SOM DO DARMA / Primator: listen to the track that takes the name of the band
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2014
The city of Sao Paulo is perhaps the main home in terms of Heavy Metal in Brazil. If not enough big names that originate in the city as Angra, Korzus, Viper, Dr. Sin, Shaman, Noturnall, etc, we can also say that bands like Sepultura and Krisiun became known worldwide after moving to Sao Paulo.

Primator is the new name of Heavy Metal from Sao Paulo. With five years down the road, the band is already well known on the nights of Sao Paulo for several shows already made at major rock bars in the city as Manifesto, Blackmore, Dynamite Pub, Gillan's Inn, Cerveja Azul, among others.

After a great season of rehearsals, concerts and pre-production, the band reached a technical and creative level they deemed ideal for locking in the studio and begin recording the first album of its career. Produced by Daniel de Sa (Andragonia, Crossrock, Strip No Altar), Primator's debut album still hasn't a title defined but is already being recorded at GR Studios in Sao Paulo and its expected to reach the stores in the second half of 2014.

The song that takes the name of the band, Primator, is available on the band's official Soundcloud channel.

Primator is formed by Rodrigo Sinopoli (vocal), Marcio Dassie (guitar), Diego Lima (guitar), Andre dos Anjos (bass) and Alexandre Birao (drums).
Pure Steel Records / ZARPA 'Bestias Del Poder' officially released
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2014
The new album from ZARPA Bestias Del Poder was officially released. The album is now available as CD and digital download.
Pure Steel Records / FORENSICK 'The Prophecy' officially released
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2014
The new album from FORENSICK The Prophecy was officially released. The album is now available as CD and digital download.
Axenstar signs with Inner Wound Recording
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2014
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the Swedish Power Metal band Axenstar to the label. Their up-coming album Where Dreams Are Forgotten will be released later this year. Release dates, track listing and album samples will be announced later this summer.

Axenstar was formed in 1998, and have since then released five albums: Perpetual Twilight [2002], Far From Heaven [2003], The Inquisition [2005], The Final Requiem [2006] and Aftermath [2011].

Axenstar about the new album: "This is an album we're extremely proud of! The whole band have contributed to the songwriting and we have really taken the time to make sure every song has gotten the attention it deserves. We have gone back to the roots of the Axenstar sound and mixed it with all the new influences we got over the years and it has turned into this great and exciting new album. As always we have recorded the album at Studio Underground with Pelle Saether in charge of the mixing and producing. And of course we're really excited to have been signed to Inner Wound Recordings and to work with them on this release! Make sure to check out our new album Where Dreams Are Forgotten later this year!"

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King Diamond / Hal Patino
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2014
Hal Patino has been relieved of his duties with King Diamond, for reasons very similar to why he was fired from the band in 1990.

This will have NO negative impact on band's upcoming shows whatsoever.

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Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL 'White Devil Armory' out now
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2014
The waiting is finally over as Jersey Thrash legends OVERKILL release their brand new creation White Devil Armory 18.07.2014!

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Nuclear Blast / ACCEPT first single 'Stampede' out now
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2014
18.07.2014 Heavy Metal pioneers ACCEPT released the first single called Stampede from their forthcoming new album Blind Rage, which will be out on August 15th via Nuclear Blast.
    The tracklist:
  1. Stampede
  2. Teutonic Terror
    (live)

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Massacre Records / HALCYON WAY artwork and release shows
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2014
HALCYON WAY recently revealed the album artwork of their upcoming album Conquer.

Singer Steve Braun commented on the new album: "We are super stoked about how this entire album has come out, from music down to the artwork. Once again our good friend Travis Smith has taken our basic artwork concept and made it into a masterpiece. The artwork visually shows the struggles we as a band have faced and how it could have destroyed us, yet at the same time shows how we've emerged from the rubble as a solid unit ready to conquer ANY obstacle in our way. For us we raised the bar with Building The Towers back in 2010, and with the new album Conquer we've surpassed our wildest dreams."

HALCYON WAY also announced two release shows, which will take place in Nashville and Atlanta:
  • 16.08.2014 US Nashville, TN - The Rutledge
  • 23.08.2014 US Atlanta, GA - The 120 Tavern & Music Hall
HALCYON WAY's new album Conquer will be released in late September 2014 via Massacre Records!
Y.O.C. news
Posted by: Denis / 20.07.2014
Check new Y.O.C. covers on the new myspace page, TORANAGA, MALMSTEEN, ICED EARTH, etc.

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SOM DO DARMA / Higher: watch studio report of the Brazilian metal band formed by jazz musicians
Posted by: Denis / 18.07.2014
With a musicality full of identity, as never heard before, Higher's debut album is awaited with the same expectation of a big Brazilian Heavy Metal name, although it is a newly formed band.

The band has launched a Studio Report of the recordings on its official Youtube channel.

Higher's debut album will be released independently in August. The pre-sales in Brazil are already available through Die Hard Records.
SOM DO DARMA / Imagery starts recording new album
Posted by: Denis / 18.07.2014
Imagery starts recording new album. The album will be successor of the highly acclaimed debut The Inner Journey distributed in Europe, USA and Asia by Cleopatra Records.

The most dangerous power trio of the Brazilian Progressive Rock is back in the studios. Joceir Bertoni (vocal/guitar), Ricardo Fanucchi (bass) and Bruno Pamplona (vocal/drums) are already locked in Play Rec Pause Studios in Londrina/Brazil to record the new Imagery album.

Still untitled, the new effort will be the second of the band's career, successor of the highly acclaimed debut The Inner Journey, that was nominated for Dynamite Prize as one of the Best Brazilian Heavy Metal Albums of 2012.

According to Joceir Bertoni, the moment for the recording of the second album could not be better. "The release party of The Inner Journey happened with a support show for Focus in 2012. We finished the tour for this album with two more wonderful shows with Focus in Curitiba and Florianopolis. This, added to the great feedback in terms of sales and also critical, in Brazil and abroad, have given us the motivation to start recording the new album with the best possible energy."

Joceir is really right on highlighting the feedback that The Inner Journey got on the media. After all, in numerous reviews the record received maximum rates, including Rock On Stage that also published that Imagery 'owes nothing to bands such as Dream Theater'. On international press the reception was not different. The U.S. site Critical Jazz stated that Imagery 'is one of the few bands working in the field of Progressive Rock with the ability to keep the music fresh and revigorating.'

Like in the debut, the production of the new album will be signed by the experienced Brazilian producer Julio Anizelli (Cluster Sisters, Mamaquilla, Terra Celta). One of the tracks from the new album, titled Blinded Nation, will be released as virtual single in a few months.
Frontiers Records / State of Salazar - All the Way video
Posted by: Denis / 17.07.2014
Swedish melodic rockers State of Salazar's video All the Way from forthcoming debut album has exclusive worldwide premiere on melodicrock.com.

Eat Your Heart Out also available as instant grate track; All the Way due out in August on FRONTIERS RECORDS!

Melodic Rock Fans can surf to Melodicrock.com to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for All the Way.

The new video is taken from the forthcoming debut album All the Way coming out on Frontiers Records on August 22nd in Europe and August 26th in North America. State of Salazar sound is influenced by such greats as Toto, Queen, Journey and Survivor but with these guys, everything is musically possible! The song All the Way is also available now – together with the other awesome album track Eat Your Heart Out - as instant gratification track for all those who preorder the album now via iTunes. The two songs can also be streamed via Spotify.

STATE OF SALAZAR came to the attention of Frontiers A&R dept after the release of their debut EP Lost my Way in the summer of 2012. Reviews spread fast in magazines and blogs and created a flood of praise from all over the world during a very short period: 'This is something that can grow really big.' '...State Of Salazar will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the genre.' '...this EP is an extremely polished piece of art...' 'The performances and the production are superb...'

STATE OF SALAZAR had their live debut at the Frontiers Rock Festival last May in Milan where they took the audience by surprise with their 'feel good' Melodic Rock music!
Lion Music / Nicolas Waldo
Posted by: Denis / 17.07.2014
Lion Music are proud to announce the signing of Colombian guitar virtuoso Nicolas Waldo who is releasing his debut album Master of the Universe on August 15 digitally.

Nicolas Waldo is sponored by Dean Guitars, Rotosound Strings, Shark Tooth Picks and Joyo Tech for which he makes workshops and clinics regularly. He also has his own touring live band featuring Daniel Pinzon (Bass), Andres Parada (Rythm Guitar) and Miguel Rodriguez (Drums).

Nicolas was graduated at the El Bosque University as professional musician and Sound engineer in 2005.

His compositions incorporate a diverse amount of musical elements, which include; improvised solos, odd meters, polyrhythms, classical harmony, classical counterpoint, jazz harmony, modern harmony, dense orchestration and outlandish song forms.

Nicolas has participated in several Guitar World Competitions like Dean Guitars Search Shredders, Guitar Idol 2009 and Aurora Contest from Spain (3RD PLACE).

Cover art painting by Sindy Restrepo.

He has also worked with the Power Metal band Vorpal Nomad as lead guitarist and composer. Vorpal Nomad was produced by the German producer Piet Sielck (Blind Guardian, Iron Savior, Gamma Ray).
Pure Steel Records / OVERDRIVE 'The Final Nightmare' - Cover, Tracklist, release date: 22nd August 2014
Posted by: Denis / 17.07.2014
The release date of the new OVERDRIVE album The Final Nightmare on CD is August 22nd, 2014. The preorder phase will start on August 8th, 2014 in label's webshop.

The British NWOBHM cult band OVERDRIVE from Grantham (not to be confused with the Swedish Obscure-Metal band) are a misunderstood gem for lovers of the genre. In 1981 the band released the three track single On The Run – which is now extremely rare, followed by four studio albums since 1990. Now they have signed a deal with our sub-label Pure Rock Records and the first album of this collaboration is called The Final Nightmare.
The five gracefully aged men are playing nine catchy, driving and moving Hard Rock songs, very near to the border of classic Heavy Metal, spiced up with several Deep Purple/Rainbow-like Hammond/Keyboard solos. The vocals are reminding sometimes a little bit of Saxon front man Biff Byford, while original guitarist Tracey W. Abbott is celebrating simple, catchy riffs that are going straight into the ear. Between faster tracks like Glass Game and Wasted or good mid-tempo songs like Twisting My Mind and Lost On A Mountain, you can also find powerful ballads like Taken Young (Ben's song) or epic tracks like the final title track. Chris Tsangarides, who already cooperated with titans such as Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, has mastered the album. He gave an oppressive, earthy sound to the album, which perfectly fits to the strong tracks.

One of the biggest underdogs of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal is back; stronger than before!
    TRACKLIST:
  1. Invited to Hell
  2. Twice Shy
  3. Glass Game
  4. Twisting My Mind
  5. Wasted
  6. Lost on a Mountain
  7. Nightwalker
  8. Taken Young (Ben's Song)
  9. Final Nightmare
    Total Playing: 45:23 min
    LINE-UP:
  • Ian Hamilton – bass, vocals
  • Tracey Abbott – guitars
  • David Poulter – vocals
  • Ian 'Scratch' Padgett – drums
  • Tim Hall – keyboards, vocals
Ulterium Records / THEOCRACY: NEW DRUMMER ANNOUNCED
Posted by: Juliette / 17.07.2014
Georgia-based Melodic Metal band Theocracy is excited to announce the addition of drummer Patrick Nickell to the lineup. Patrick is originally from Nashville, TN, and brings 13 years of drumming experience to the band. His Power and Progressive Metal background is a perfect fit for Theocracy, and the band is thrilled to see where this new musical union leads them.

Theocracy first met Patrick several years ago when he was a member of Nashville's Oblivion Myth, and when the time came to begin searching for a new drummer, he was one of the first candidates they auditioned. It was immediately apparent to everyone that he was the perfect fit, both musically and personally. He has the skills to faithfully execute all of the older material, while bringing his own brand of power, finesse and flair.

To offer the fans a small glimpse of what he can do, the band recorded a live in-studio performance of the As the World Bleeds track Nailed. Theocracy's first live performance with Patrick will be a private show for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in late August, followed by Midweek Mayhem at the prestigious ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, GA, September 10.

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BLACK FATE SIGNS WITH ULTERIUM RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2014
Ulterium Records are proud to announce the signing of the Greek Melodic Metal band Black Fate to the label. Their as-yet-untitled new album will be released during fall 2014 and more details will be announced soon.

Check out a short teaser for the up-coming album at YouTube here.

Led by the incredible vocals from Vasilis Georgiou and the technical playing from guitarist Gus Drax, Black Fate will surely gain attention in the scene with their new album that could be described like a mix between Kamelot, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater and Conception.

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Scarlet Records / Faithsedge
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2014
After the critically acclaimed debut album, Faithsedge return this fall with The Answer Of Insanity on Scarlet Records. Featuring singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, former Dokken lead guitarist Alex De Rosso, drummer Tony Morra (Van Zant) and two of the best keyboard players in melodic rock, Eric Ragno (Trixter / Fergie Frederiksen) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), The Answer Of Insanity is simply a perfect mix of Hard Rock, Heavy Metal and Progressive, with plenty of melodic old school hooks, concept songwriting and stripped-down edgy in your face production to rebel back at current trends and fads in the music business. Produced by Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai / Steve Lukather) and mastered by Peter Doell (David Lee Roth / Richard Marx) at Universal Mastering in Los Angeles, the album will be available starting from September 1st in Europe and September 2nd in the rest of the world.
Scarlet Records / Mastercastle
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2014
Founded in 2008 by guitarist Pier Gonella (Necrodeath) and vocalist Giorgia Gueglio, Mastercastle soon became one of the leading forces in the European Power/neoclassical Metal scene, thanks to an addictive mix of strong riffs, virtuoso guitar solos and captivating female vocals, developed through each of their four, critically acclaimed albums. After having signed a new deal with Scarlet Records, Mastercastle are currently in the studio to complete the recordings of their fifth, upcoming album Enfer De La Bibliothèque Nationale, out this fall. This new work, inspired by the different meanings and aspects of 'censorship', has been described by the band as their heaviest effort to date, while still maintaining their trademark sound and with a special mention for the strongest production the band have ever benefited from. A very special guest appearance by Andrea De Paoli (Labyrinth, Vision Divine) is also confirmed.
Metal Blade Records / Artillery announces North American Thrash Invasion tour this fall
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2014
Denmark Thrash Metal veterans will return to North America this fall for their first ever North American tour. Artillery will join Onslaught and Striker beginning on October 23 at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY. The tour will weave its way throughout North America before coming to a close at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, CA on November 26.

Guitarist Michael Stützer comments: "One of Artillery's biggest goals way back since the early demo days in 1982 has been to tour USA/Canada. After a few shows in the USA, playing at Maryland Deathfest, Barge to Hell and Saint Vitus Club (in New York) we are finally doing our first full North American tour! We can't wait to play songs from our new album Legions together with old classic songs like Terror Squad and Khomaniac! JOIN THE LEGIONS!"

Artillery are one of Europe's earliest and most important exponents of Thrash Metal, and the band's contribution to the bourgeoning genre is difficult to ignore. The Danish quartet successfully managed to fuse an abrasive brutality with technicality and strong melodies, with the noteworthy guitar leads of the Stützer-brothers serving as highlights.
    NORTH AMERICAN THRASH INVASION TOUR 2014
    Presented by Distilled Entertainment
    Featuring ONSLAUGHT, ARTILLERY, STRIKER
  • 10/23 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
  • 10/24 Cambridge, MA Middle East Club
  • 10/25 Long Branch, NJ The Brighton Bar
  • 10/26 Peterborough, NH The Wreck Room
  • 10/28 Chicago, IL Reggie's
  • 10/29 Indianapolis, IN The Headquarters
  • 10/30 Lakewood, OH The Foundry
  • 10/31 Columbus, OH The Alrosa Villa
  • 11/01 Rochester, NY The Bug Jar
  • 11/02 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar
  • 11/03 Springfield, VA Empire
  • 11/04 Hartford, CT Webster Underground
  • 11/05 Albany, NY Bogie's
  • 11/06 Quebec City, QC La Salle Multi
  • 11/07 Toronto, ON Hard Luck
  • 11/08 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
  • 11/09 Montreal, QC Le Petit Campus
  • 11/11 Kingston, ON Mansion
  • 11/12 Detroit, MI The Token Lounge
  • 11/13 Milwaukee, WI The Metal Grill
  • 11/15 Winnipeg, MB Zoo Caberet
  • 11/16 Calgary, AB, Palomino's
  • 11/17 Edmonton, AB, The Pawn Shop
  • 11/18 Vancouver, BC Red Room
  • 11/19 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
  • 11/20 Spokane, WA The Hop
  • 11/21 Victoria, BC Canada The V-Lounge
  • 11/22 Portland, OR Tonic Lounge
  • 11/23 San Francisco, CA The DNA Lounge
  • 11/25 Mesa, AZ Club Red
  • 11/26 Hollywood, CA The Whisky a Go Go

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Jolly Roger Records / RAFF
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2014
Italian Heavy Metal legend Raff signed a deal with Jolly Roger Records for CD edition of their long awaited first album, to be out 8th September, LP edition is already available from Cruz del Sur Music. Most of the songs were originally recorded in 1983, supposed to be released by King Steve Records on debut Gates of Fortune LP, which never came out. All tracks have been re-recorded in 2013 and finally officially released 30 years later! Raff prove true music is ageless.

You can listen to Raff Force Commandos on this link.
    Tracklist:
  1. RAFF FORCE COMMANDOS
  2. RUNNING LIKE HELL
  3. I TRUST
  4. ROCKER
  5. LIVE IT LOUD
  6. WATCH IT
  7. DREAMER
  8. SIGNAL FROM HELL
  9. ALL FOR ONE (I WANT YOU NOW)
  10. DRIVEN MAD
  11. GATES OF FORTUNE
    Bonus(es):
  12. ROCK THE WORLD
    Line-up on Raff:
  • CHRIS BIANCO - VOCALS & BASS
  • TONY ARCURI - GUITARS
  • FABIANO "MASTER" BIANCO - DRUMS
Frontiers Records / Work of Art
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2014
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the long awaited third album from Swedish melodic rockers WORK OF ART entitled Framework on September 19th in Europe and September 22nd in North America.

Framework comes 3 years after the release of In Progress, an album that solidified WORK OF ART's reputation as one of the most talented newcomers in the Melodic Rock genre. Drawing comparisons from such bands as Toto, Giant and Journey, WORK OF ART literally came from nowhere when in 2008 their debut album Artwork hit the streets and catapulted them into the stardom of the genre!

"After our last record was released, we started to play live for the first time" says main composer and guitar player Robert Säll. "It really brought us together in a whole new way and kind of revitalized the band. From there, the decision to make a new album was more or less a no brainer. So really, the inspiration for this new album came from playing live and from meeting all the wonderful fans!"

The new album was written and recorded in a time frame of about one year and a half and is the logical next step after In Progress. Framework musically encompasses all that WORK OF ART managed to create until now, offering another bunch of unforgettable songs with soaring melodies (courtesy of the golden throat of singer Lars Säfsund) and amazing instrumental prowess (offered by Robert Säll and drummer Herman Furin). Overall this is certainly WORK OF ART's most up-tempo and straight ahead album so far, but – as it should be – some unbelievable softer moments are there as well!

"I think it safe to say that, style wise, this album continues in the footsteps of our previous two albums. We tried to stretch our sound a little though, some heavier songs and some softer songs" continues Robert.

By popular demand WORK OF ART debuted live in Madrid, Spain in January 2012. When asked if WORK OF ART will be following up the new release with a proper tour, Robert Säll answers: "We will certainly try to gig as much as possible. We're already in discussion with several different promoters and then of course, we'll be playing at Melodicrock Fest in Chicago in October!"
ALLTHENIKO new album FAST AND GLORIOUS
Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2014
Alltheniko has just completed its 5th full-length studio album entitled Fast And Glorious and you can listen to some extracts on www.alltheniko.it.

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Nightmare Records / HALCYON WAY 'Conquer'
Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2014
HALCYON WAY releases it's fourth full length album simply called Conquer. HALCYON WAY delivers modern metal, punishing riffs, big grooves, huge hooks and hyper-intense live shows. Seamlessly mixing multiple genres of rock and Metal. Conquer is for fans of early NEVERMORE, METALLICA, SKID ROW, ALL THAT REMAINS, SEVENDUST, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, MEGADETH, PANTERA and even QUEENSRYCHE.

Since the successful releases of their last three albums HALCYON WAY has toured extensively in Europe and the US as opener for SAXON, FOZZY, FATES WARNING, U.D.O and DELAIN, performing to thousands of metal fans across dozens of countries. Additionally the band licensed the last two releases to RockBand and has sold nearly 20,000 downloads into their XBox/PS3 franchise. Tracks from these have also appeared in various movie and documentary projects.

CONQUER features the soon to be smash hit single Web of Lies which has been heard on terrestrial as well as satellite radio, backed with a killer video with tens of thousands of plays already on youtube.

Returning a fourth time to produce is Lasse Lammert and the stunning artistic graphics of Travis Smith.
Massacre Records / ARVEN + STORMWARRIOR guitarists wanted
Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2014
Two of Massacre Records bands, ARVEN and STORMWARRIOR, are currently looking for a new guitarist!

Here's what they are looking for:

ARVEN is looking for a female guitarist, who plays the guitar very well and wants to have a lot of fun with four girls and the band's drummer Till.
The new guitarist should:
  • be professional and very dedicated to what she's doing
  • be relatively flexible with scheduling her time
  • willing to sometimes spend her free time w/ the band on the weekend
The band offers:
  • a rehearsal room in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
  • songs (two released album, currently writing new material)
  • gigs (both in Germany and abroad)
  • a loyal fan base

STORMWARRIOR
Since Alex decided to leave STORMWARRIOR, the band's looking for a new, permanent guitarist as well!

STORMWARRIOR didn't name any special requirements they are looking for, except that the new guitarist should be located in Northern Germany.

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Y.O.C. youtube page
Posted by: Denis / 13.07.2014
Check out Y.O.C. YouTube page! The new songs were added there!

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Furia Music Press / SupreMa announces new lineup and talks about their 10th anniversary
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2014
Brazilian band SupreMa, who has been establishing themselves each day more worldwide with their recently released, announces changes in their lineup.

Lead vocalist Pedro Nascimento and drummer Fernando Castanha are no longer part of the band and the change happens due to musical differences.

To continue the 'Traumatic Scenes' tour, the band announces the return of the experienced drummer Helmut Quacken, who had been in the band from 2008 to 2011 and did 3 tours with the band in the North/Northeast of Brazil, and also recorded the Traumatic Scenes album. Helmut Quacken is known for his great ability and creativity that he has demonstrated also in other bands such as Glory Opera and Dominus Praelli.

To take over as the new voice of SupreMa Diogo Noleto was recruited, a new guy in the scene who has, however, brought to the band a powerful voice with the feeling that Progressive Metal requires.

"I can only thank the former members for the good moments and wish them good luck in their career. Many times our lives point at different paths and basically that's what happened. For the past few months SupreMa has been working day and night for this second leg of the tour in support of the album and I'm extremely happy and motivated with this new lineup. We took new breath, new energies, people with 'blood in the eyes', willing to lift SupreMa's name and also Brazilian Metal even higher all over the world, and that's what I can say SupreMa is today, a team that's totally focused on work and with a lot of fuel for the next steps.

I'm thrilled to have Helmut back in the band, last year he played a show with us in Manaus without one rehearsal whatsoever and it was amazing, the chemistry that we have when we're playing is scary! I'm also happy with Diogo Noleto joining us, a simple and charismatic guy who will surely enchant every fan of the band right away. He's an amazing singer that got me and the whole band and crew amazed even before his first audition with us. His voice is HUGE and I have no doubts it will surprise all fans of the band. Be it in the heavy parts, be it with his clean voice or even the feeling Progressive Metal needs, he surprises during each second of the song. He has an unique voice and I wish for every fan enjoying with us this new Brazilian talent. With these guys full of fire we will climb the next steps we are aiming for"
, said guitarist and band founder Douglas Jen.

The band has its lineup debut performance scheduled and will announce the date and location in the next few days.

"We are super excited about this new stage and new cycle, this year when SupreMa has its 10th anniversary is a very special year and we are preparing a few releases with this new lineup, we can't wait to be able to announce the news and show the fans the new sound that's coming ahead", says bass player Fabio Carito.

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METALMESSAGE Promotion / NOTHGARD (Epic Melodic Death Metal (Germany) 2nd full-length album 'Age Of Pandora' out on 12. Sept.
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2014
With their new and second album Age Of Pandora NOTHGARD is heading straight towards to originality, technical finesse and maturity. The outstanding formation stands out for 3 technical guitars and epic orchestral parts combined with influences of Folk, Classic, Melo-Death and Hard Rock.

"With Age Of Pandora we've made, what we haven't reached with it's album predecessor. Aggression combined with harmony, technical parts combined with silent nuanced, more emotional, orchestral passages. Even on lyrical level I'm very satisfied this time. There are no clichés at all on these new album, but true real-life topics and very own feelings, which have a deep meaning for me and the band. Simply perfect for our fans to get eventually 'lyrical mirrored' so to say." - Dom R. Crey.

In April 2011 NOTHGARD has released their debut album called Warhorns Of Midgard, which received rave reviews. In the same month they performed their first European tour together with Skyforger, Heljareyga, Gernotshagen, Kromlek and Northland. 2012 Skaahl of the mighty WOLFCHANT joined NOTHGARD as their 3rd guitarist. Since then the line-up is constant and stronger than ever.

The new material of NOTHGARD will be bombastic, epic and very technical simply because all three guitars establish a new way of a harmonic interplay between rhythm and double-leads. Beside this 'Guitar-Orchestra' the orchestra parts of the keys ensure pure epicness and heroic power all along the line.

Please note the special guest appearance on the new album: EQUILIBRIUM singer Robse participated with his martial voice at the new NOTHGARD song Obey The King.
AFM Records / Kissin' Dynamite 'Megalomania'
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2014
KISSIN' DYNAMITE unveil the cover artwork of their upcoming album Megalomania due on September 5th.

Preceding the release there will be the single DNA.

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Limb Music / New signing: ASTRALION
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2014
Limb Music are proud to announce the signing of ASTRALION. The Finnish band with vocalist Ian E. Highhill (Olympos Mons), featuring members of bands such as The Addication and formerly of HumanGod, plays straight Melodic Power Metal and will be a perfect addition to our artist roster. The release is scheduled for fall of 2014. To say it in the bands words: Forget the dragon, forget the sword here's true power from the chord!
New AXEMASTER band member and other news
Posted by: Denis / 10.07.2014
After a successful show and great weekend overall at the Ragnarokkr Metal Apocolypse festival in Chicago last April, the band decided that a change was needed in order for Axemaster to best move forward. The band is now proud to announce that Denny Archer (who played with the band at the festival) is now the permanent drummer of AXEMASTER. As mentioned earlier, Denny and Joe Sims played together for a number of years in the late 90's with a very successful band called Reign, so they already have chemistry in both playing and writing together which has already proven to be very beneficial. Denny is highly experienced, an absolute professional, and a greatly respected world-class drummer who has played and/or recorded with a number of higher level projects. It's an honor to include him in the Axemaster family, his addition has already done and will continue to do a lot for the project in every way.

Joe Sims said: "I can't totally express how happy and excited I am that Denny decided to come on board for the long run. I have known him since we were little kids, we're like family! Actually, all the way around, this band has an AMAZING lineup. It's beyond great to be able to work with a group of guys who are not only outstanding musicians, but also professionals in every sense of the word and the best of friends. No egos, no drama, no problems; unless you have been in or worked closely with bands you have no idea how rare that is!!!"

Although a lot of work still needs to be done to finish the new Axemaster album Overture to Madness, enough has been completed to allow the band to submit material and begin talking to labels about its release. Quite a few have expressed interest, and the band is currently in negotiations with one in particular. Axemaster will go into more detail once there is more definite information. Although mixing and mastering each song takes quite a length of time to compete (due to several different factors), all the work is proving to be VERY worthwhile as the band believes the most recently completed masters definitely have the sound quality necessary to be considered entirely professional.

Lastly, as fate would have it, the album that Joe and Denny recorded with Reign (originally released independently in 1997) titled Now and Forever was recently re-released on CD by Divebomb/Tribunal Records. It's been re-mastered (much improved sound) and includes new killer artwork, vintage photos, song lyrics, and an interview with Joe. You can find more information about the disc here.

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Vivaldi Metal Project fundraising campaign (helping deaf-blind children)
Posted by: Denis / 10.07.2014
Vivaldi Metal Project is a new project of Mistheria in collaboration with the bass player and composer Alberto Rigoni. They are going to rearrange Vivaldi's masterpiece The Four Seasons in a Metal version with an amazing ALL-METAL-STAR lineup! The project will feature amazing musicians from all the world: Mark Boals, Mike LePond, John Macaluso, Joe Stump, Neil Zaza, Tommy Denander, to name a few already announced.

The project launched a fundraising campaign and part of the income raised will be donated to 'Lega del Filo d'Oro' which helps deaf-blind children since 45 years.

Your support would be much appreciated and will help children in need! Please, check the official web page to know more details and to discover how you can donate and what you'll get in exchange (MP3 download, CD, USB stick, etc.).
Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH new album in the making, first trailer online
Posted by: Denis / 10.07.2014
Sit back and fasten your fairytale seatbelts, as of yesterday NIGHTWISH revealed a first glimpse into their new album. The yet-untitled creation will be the first NIGHTWISH studio-record to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen. It's set for a release in spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast.
Check out the first 'Making of' trailer here.

Enjoy the ride, as NIGHTWISH take you on a trip to where the magic happens: Settled right in the middle of the beautiful wintery landscape of Eno, Finland, band members and sound staff gather round the long table of 'the Cabin' to discuss every aspect, relevant for the making of NIGHTWISH album #8. So far the bands' mastermind, keyboardist and visionary composer Tuomas Holopainen and sound engineer Tero 'TeeCee' Kinnunen recorded demo version of 12 songs.

Commented Tuomas Holopainen: "From the moment I start writing the song, I have the story in my head. I have a really clear vision how the songs should sound like at this point. Of course they will chance after band rehearsals and arranging. And they should change!"

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Pure Steel Records / SUNLESS SKY 'Firebreather'
Posted by: Denis / 09.07.2014
The release date of the new SUNLESS SKY album Firebreather on CD is August 8th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on July 25th, 2014 in label's webshop.

SUNLESS SKY from Cleveland / Ohio are still unknown in the music world, but not some of the members. Frontman Juan Ricardo was active in the 80s/90s with cult bands like Attaxe and Ritual, guitarist Harry Hillock played over 15 years ago at Erecto Hector. With Firebreather the band is releasing their debut album worldwide through Pure Steel Records on 8th August 2014.

The band plays traditional melodic US Heavy / Power Metal with driving, strong melodies, powerful vocals and catchy songs. The extravagant, impressive vocal style of Juan remembers of Helstar singer James Rivera. This is mixed up with filigree, clean guitar harmonies and a strong professional sound.

With Firebreather SUNLESS SKY created a successful debut and deserves the attention of many friends of true Heavy Metal!
    TRACKLIST:
  1. Subzero
  2. Deathmachine
  3. Firebreather
  4. Immortality
  5. Pandemonium
  6. The Whaler
  7. Fear
  8. Grind You Down
  9. Human Time Bomb
  10. Air Raid
  11. Planet - X
  12. Solitude
  13. Warlords
  14. Candys Gone Bad
Frontiers Records / MOONLAND the return of Vanilla Ninja’s Lenna Kuurmaa
Posted by: Denis / 09.07.2014
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of MOONLAND self titled debut album on September 19th in Europe and September 23rd in North America.

This anticipated album finally brings back to the spotlight on the international Rock music markets Estonian singer, actress and TV personality Lenna Kuurmaa. Lenna has been the front-woman of the Pop-Rock sensation VANILLA NINJA, an all-female outfit, which debuted in 2002 with their self-titled album and went on to release internationally another 3 very successful studio albums (which won Gold and Platinum Records awards in Germany and Gold in Austria and Switzerland). In 2005 VANILLA NINJA also won the selection to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Festival with the song 'Cool Vibes', ending at the 8th place.

The group's latest album, Love is War, was released in May 2006 and brought VANILLA NINJA to appear successfully at the Viña del Mar Festival in Chile. The latest release from the band was a single Crashing Through the Doors, a great rock song penned specifically for VANILLA NINJA by Roxette's Per Gessle.

VANILLA NINJA however went into hiatus since then and the members started to get involved in different projects. Lenna Kuurmaa appeared as an actress and TV presenter in Estonia and started a musical solo project under her own name, until she was approached by Frontiers Records with a concept to be return with a new international release with songs tailored for her singing style, with musical influences ranging from classic Heart and Europe with a touch of Roxette.

With Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, LRS, Issa) taking care of the production and a concert appearance in front of the Frontiers Rock Festival crowd in Milano in May, MOONLAND (a name coming from the translation of finnish words Kuu / Moon and Maa / Land which also make up Lenna's name) is a new exciting musical venture from Lenna Kuurmaa, which is ready again to show the World her brilliant voice and talents.

"I am excited to see how this new international project will turn out and where will it lead me to" says Lenna. "Musically Moonland is more adult oriented compared to Vanilla Ninja but both have strong melodic rock melodies! It will be interesting to see which songs will reach the audience more than the others."
A.R. Press Office / ERRATA CORRIGE: July 24th: Kim Bingham opening the 'Suoni di Marca Festival' with Urock feat. Alan Parsons
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2014
Canadian Rock singer and songwriter Kim Bingham is proud to announce that, backed by her Italian band (Alberto Rigoni on bass, Steve Silenzi on guitars, Denis Novello on drums), she will be opening the Suoni di Marca festival in Treviso (Italy) with Urock feat. the legendary Alan Parsons on July 24th 2014. The show will start at 9 pm and the entrance will be free.

Kim Bingham is a Canadian singer-songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and composer. She began her career as a member of the Montreal ska band Me Mom and Morgentaler and has released a number of solo albums, penning hits for other artists and winning awards for her composing work ('les Invincibles'). Kim has toured Europe and the U.S. with pop singer Nelly Furtado as a guitarist and backing vocalist in Furtado's band. Kim's video for Up won a 2013 Independent Music Award for Best Video (USA). Kim Bingham's latest album Up can be listened here.
Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD artwork, tracklist and more details about 'For The Journey' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2014
British Progressive Metal heroes THRESHOLD reveal further info on their upcoming new album For The Journey. The successor for their 2012 output March Of Progress was produced by Karl Groom and THRESHOLD keyboardist Richard West at Thin Ice Studios in England and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox in Finland and will be released on September 19, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork was created by Polish artist Leszek Bujnowski, who THRESHOLD found on the internet. "He's designed some beautiful pieces and we thought this was a perfect THRESHOLD cover," stated West.

Commented Richard West: "For The Journey is one of our strongest albums and one of the most enjoyable to make. I've probably heard it a thousand times during the recording process, but now that's it's over I still can't stop listening to it!"

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Massacre Records new signing: LONEWOLF
Posted by: Denis / 07.07.2014
The history of LONEWOLF, hailing from Grenoble (France), began back in 1992. They played true Heavy Metal since the very beginning and soon released several demo tapes as well as a 7" and recorded even an album, which unfortunately never got released and is referred to as 'the lost album'. Following a bad experience with a French label, LONEWOLF split up in 1996.

They came back in 2000, along with the demo March Into The Arena, which was re-released as the band's debut album via Goi Music in 2001. The second album Unholy Paradise followed two years later. Made In Hell was released in 2008 via Eat Metal, followed by The Dark Crusade in 2009 (via Kathargo Records/Killer Metal Records). The band's latest albums are Army Of The Damned (2012, Napalm Records) and The Fourth And Final Horseman (2013, Napalm Records).

LONEWOLF were the first French band ever to play in Greece and were opening act for Grave Digger at their first gig in France. During the past decade, LONEWOLF went on headliner EU tour with Dragonsfire and Iron Fate in 2011 and were part of the 'Wolfsnächte Tour' 2012, along with Powerwolf, Stormwarrior and Mystic Prophecy. They also played at festivals such as the Up The Hammers (GR), Headbangers Open Air (GER), Hard Rock Session (FR), Beastival (DE) or the Metalfest Open Airs (DE and AT).

LONEWOLF's new album Cult Of Steel will be released in autumn 2014 via Massacre Records!

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Massacre Records / HEVILAN New Drummer
Posted by: Denis / 07.07.2014
Good news from Brazil's Heavy Metal outfit HEVILAN!

The guys have a new, permanent drummer named Rafael Dyszy. He started playing the drums at age 14 and was, among others, also taught by the well-known Brazilian drummer Edu Ribeiro. Dyszy already joined HEVILAN on tour back in 2006 during the band's 'Blinded' tour, but couldn't permanently join the band at that time.

HEVILAN recently announced a new gig, which is going to take place in Jandira, Brazil:
26.07.2014 BR Jandira (São Paulo) - Caveira Velha Rock Bar

HEVILAN's debut album The End Of Time is scheduled to be released later this year via Massacre Records.
Cruz del Sur Music / STEEL PROPHET releases third video off their new album 'Omniscient'
Posted by: Denis / 07.07.2014
STEEL PROPHET has released the third video off their new album Omniscient which is released in Europe as of now, and will be available next week in the USA.

QUEEN's Bohemian Rhapsody was performed last year at Keep It True with an awesome crowd's participation and a strong performance of the band. The video reflects the visual magic of that night, and can be streamed from YouTube here.

Omniscient features 14 songs for over 60 minutes of Progressive Power Metal glory and it's actually available in limited edition digibook (available in 10 days) with a 36-page booklet containing the art of Timo Würz and the entire album story/synopsis, and also in a regular, 24-page compact disc and digital editions. The double gatefold LP edition will be released Sept 1st.

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Y.O.C. songs
Posted by: Denis / 06.07.2014
You can listen directly to Y.O.C.'s Metal songs from here.

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METALMESSAGE Promotion / SYLVATICA debut full-length 'Evil Seeds' out NOW
Posted by: Denis / 03.07.2014
Deep from the swamps of Denmark, to draw any unwelcome guest inside the murky depths... Finest Melodic Death Metal with a folkish touch!

SYLVATICA's debut full-length Evil Seeds has been released at July, 1. Check their surprisingly high class & be a dark part of their realm.
Punishment 18 Records / Highlord parts ways with Stefano 'Sted' Droetto
Posted by: Denis / 03.07.2014
Italian Power metallers Highlord decided to part ways with historical guitarist Stefano 'Sted' Droetto.

The band want to say that this problem will not slow down the group activities. Auditions for new guitarist will be held in a few time. At the same time, the band is writing the new album, following the previous The Warning After, released in 2013.

The band members will wish good luck to Sted future projects and express deepest gratitude for the basic contribution Sted put in the band work.

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Pure Steel Records / SLEEPY HOLLOW announce Benefit Show
Posted by: Denis / 02.07.2014
On August 10th 2014, SLEEPY HOLLOW will be playing a benefit concert in St. Nick's Grove, Erie, Pennsylvania (USA). This event is an all important one for it will be a fund raiser for vocalist Bob Mitchell's cousin Doug Peck, who is suffering from a a serious medical condition.

Bandstatment: "We are excited to share the stage equally with the great bands did comprise the strong music scene in Erie, we look forward to finally meeting our fans in Erie and rock with you for a great cause. We thank you for the privilege and honor of doing this."

The show starts at 12pm and ends 7pm. Tickets are on pre-sale for $ 10.00 and at the box office for $ 15.00.
With: GRIND IRON, A BED OF RAZORS, DECEMBER BLUE, HAMMERSMITH, NUMBSKULL, LEADER OF MEN and GEEK ARMY.

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Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL release official 'Armorist' music video
Posted by: Denis / 02.07.2014
Jersey Thrash legends OVERKILL release the official music video for the track Armorist from their upcoming new album White Devil Armory. The video is co-premiering July 1st at 21:00 CET on Metal Hammer (UK) and Rock Hard (Germany) and Noisy (USA). Check it out here.

The band just recently released the official lyric video for Armorist, which is available to watch here.

Commented vocalist Bobby Blitz: "We had a head banging riot working with Kevin Custer, he has an eye for the performance and the fast editing hand. Just what the doctor ordered for a face-melting, thrash-a-thon! I was quite blown away with his use of natural light in Armorist, as if he let the sun in through the windows, then controlled how it was used. Horns up Kids, here comes the OVERKILL/Custer, Armorist!"

White Devil Armory will be out on July 18, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's The Electric Age.

Check out OVERKILL live at the following dates:
  • 30.10. ESP Barcelona - Razz2
  • 31.10. ESP Madrid - Shoko
  • 01.11. PT Porto - Hard Club
  • 02.11. ESP Bilbao - Kafe Antzokia
  • 04.11. I Milano - Live Club
  • 05.11. CH Pratteln - Z 7
  • 06.11. D Karlsruhe - Substage
  • 07.11. D Osnabrück - Rosenhof
  • 08.11. D Bremen - Tivoli
  • 09.11. D Nürnberg - Hirsch
  • 11.11. D Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
  • 12.11. D Hamburg - Markthalle
  • 13.11. D Berlin - Postbahnhof
  • 14.11. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
  • 15.11. NL Uden - De Pul
Presented by EMP, Rock Hard, Guitar, EMP Rock Invasion.

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Alberto Rigoni unveils the title, the artwork and one of the special guests of his new album
Posted by: Denis / 01.07.2014
After the success of Three Wise Monkeys which featured amazing contributions from legendary musicians such as Kevin Moore (ex-Dream Theater) and Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Italian bassist and prog rock composer Alberto Rigoni (Solo, TwinSpirits, Vivaldi Metal Project, Kim Bingham) is proud to announce the release of his new album OVERLOADED.

More heavy and progressive than its predecessors, Alberto's new album will be released by Any and All Records on October 1st 2014 and it will be distributed worldwide by PowerProg (Europe), Nightmare Records (USA & Canada), Disk Union (Japan), Mylodon Records (Chile), BTF (Italy), La Mazakuata Records (Mexico).

The artwork of Overloaded has been designed by Chris van der Linden.

Alberto also announces that one of the special guests of the album is the talented Italian guitarist Marc Sfogli (James LaBrie). At the following link you can see Marco recording guitars on the album title track Overloaded. More guests will be announced soon.
Nuclear Blast / HAMMERFALL first '(r)Evolution' online trailer revealed
Posted by: Denis / 01.07.2014
After taking a creative break last year, Swedish Heavy Metal pioneers HAMMERFALL are fully recharged and back with a vengeance. Entering a new chapter of the HAMMERFALL success story, (r)Evolution will be out on August 29 (Sweden: 27.08., UK: 01.09., USA: 02.09.) via Nuclear Blast.

Enjoy the first album trailer, recorded during the band's album presentation in Gothenburg on May 24th, edited by David Havlena at the 'Pax studio'.

On July 18, 2014 the hymn-like Bushido will be released as the first single track – digitally as well as on vinyl. The song sums up the band and its history perfectly, as in Japanese bushido means 'the way of the warrior'.

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Pure Steel Records / SPACE EATER
Posted by: Denis / 30.06.2014
The new album from SPACE EATER Passing Through The Fire To Molech was officially released. The album is now available as CD and digital download.
Nuclear Blast / ACCEP video clip 'Stampede' released
Posted by: Denis / 30.06.2014
Heavy Metal pioneers ACCEPT will release their new studio album Blind Rage on August 15th. Now ACCEPT present the video clip of their first single called Stampede. You can watch it here.

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AFM Records / Evergrey new album
Posted by: Denis / 27.06.2014
Swedish metallers EVERGREY are preparing to unleash their new album Hymns For The Broken on September 26th. Preceding the release will be the single King Of Errors.

The 2nd Hymns For The Broken album trailer is available now, the cover artwork unveiled.

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Limb Music / JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR new video released
Posted by: Denis / 27.06.2014
U.S. Power Metal act JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR has released the Sands Of Time video clip. The song is taken from band's latest studio album Land Of The Dead and is a foretaste of JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR's recently announced short European tour.

On July 18 the band will appear in the 27 Club in Melbourne, Florida, and on September 26, JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR will appear at the '80s In The Park festival' in Melbourne, Florida together with GREAT WHITE, ZEBRA, FASTER PUSSYCAT and others.

JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR is currently working on a new studio album titled Stand Your Ground with producer Bart Gabriel, who helmed Land Of The Dead and has previously worked with SACRED STEEL, CRYSTAL VIPER and SABATON. JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR was formed in 1985 by ex-VIRGIN STEELE guitarist Jack Starr. After recording four albums in the '80s, the band returned with a new lineup featuring Starr alongside Ned Meloni (bass; ex-JOE LYNN TURNER, DEVIL CHILDE, PHANTOM LORD), Kenny 'Rhino' Earl (drums, ex-MANOWAR) and Todd Michael Hall (vocals, also in RIOT V), and released the well-received comeback album titled Defiance in 2009. The touring lineup is completed by CRYSTAL VIPER frontwoman Marta Gabriel on rhythm guitar.

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METALMESSAGE Promotion / STRAIGHTLINE (Melodic Skatepunk Thrash from Munich, Bavaria) New 7 EP 'Alteration Of The Rules'
Posted by: Denis / 26.06.2014
STRAIGHTLINE returns with an electrifying release! Three questions in advance:
  • Giant demand about highest musical culture?
  • Urgently desires for rhythmic precision?
  • Big appetite for flipping out completely?
For many rebel souls & musical scale strikers there's only one answer these days: STRAIGHTLINE!!!

The new 7" EP Alteration Of The Rules of the 1998 founded formation offers their roundabout proven style at it's very best: MELODIC SKATEPUNK THRASH!
SOM DO DARMA / Higher: listen one more song
Posted by: Denis / 26.06.2014
Cezar Girardi (vocal) and Gustavo Scaranelo (guitar) are two very experienced and respected professional musicians in the Brazilian music scene, especially in the fields of jazz and instrumental music. However, both nourish another feature in common: a passion for Heavy Metal. With a musicality full of identity, as never heard before, Higher's debut album is awaited with the same expectation of a big Brazilian Heavy Metal name, although it is a newly formed band.

After the success that they had with the lyric video of Climb The Hill, now the band launched Keep Me High on its official Youtube channel.

Higher's debut album will be released independently in the first half of 2014.
Mistheria's 'Gemini' update / Malmsteen's Eclipse by left hand only
Posted by: Denis / 25.06.2014
The guitar recording sessions for Mistheria new instrumental Metal album GEMINI are finally booked for this Summer 2014: Roger Staffelbach will record the most of the songs, Leonardo Porcheddu and Ivan Mihaljević will complete the job on a song each. Special guests will be announced soon. GEMINI lineup is completed with John Macaluso (drums), Steve DiGiorgio and Dino Fiorenza (bass), Mistheria (keyboards).

In the meantime, take a look to the videoclip from the KLAVITARA Zagreb Festival (June 7, 2014) on the amazing mobile keyboard Xkey by CME. A performance by Mistheria only left hand possible thanks to the excellent key's mechanic featured by this compact and portable USB keyboard to play anywhere, anytime.

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FireWölfe sign with Limb Music
Posted by: Denis / 25.06.2014
Limb Music is proud to announce the signing of FireWölfe! We Rule The Night includes ten heart-pounding, guitar-shredding, fist-pumping, melodic Metal anthems and is scheduled for a September 2014 release. The sophomore album of the band, consisting of David Fefolt (Forgotten Realm, Hawk, Valhalla) – lead vocals, Nick Layton – guitar, Jay Schellen (Asia, Hurricane, Unruly Child) – drums and Bobby Ferkovich (Pamela Moore Band, Presto Ballet) on bass, has been mixed by John Payne (Asia) together with Jay Shellen and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Halford, Malmsteen). The artwork has been created by Eliran Kantor (Testament).

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Metal Media / HIBRIA: Music video for 'Shall I Keep On Burning' is available
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2014
HIBRIA's new music video, Shall I Keep On Burning, is available. Besides all the careful production with professional actors, special effects and locations thoroughly selected by the director Deivis Horbach (Plano9 Filmes), the work features a technology used in Brazil just few times: the video was shot in 4K or Ultra HD.

Shall I Keep On Burning is the third audiovisual work taken from Silent Revenge which also includes clips for the songs Silence Will Make You Suffer and the title track.

Released in 2013 by the label King Records in Japan and AFM in Europe, Silent Revenge is HIBRIA's fourth studio album and earned the band a new tour in Japan, plus concerts alongside of Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Obituary and of course, at Rock in Rio festival.

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Pure Steel Records / CAGE with SPLIT HEAVEN and JAVELIN on European tour
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2014
The US Metal band CAGE will be on European tour. They are supported by the Heavy Metal band SPLIT HEAVEN from Mexico and JAVELIN, the Power Metal band from Germany.
    European Tour 2014:
  • 16th July 2014 Musikkeller, Frankfurt (Germany)
  • 17th July 2014 UJK Uelsen, Uelsen (Germany)
  • 18th July 2014 Little Devil, Tilburg (The Netherlands)
  • 19th July 2014 BÄÄÄM Festival, Kierspe (Germany)
  • 20th July 2014 Joe's, Erkenschwick (Germany)
  • 23rd July 2014 The Jack, Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
  • 24th July 2014 Headbangers Open Air
  • 25th July 2014 Cafè Jan Hertog, Maasmechelen (The Netherlands)
  • 26th July 2014 Come Inn, Renchen (Germany)

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Punishment 18 Records / Burning Nitrum: title of the new album
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2014
The new album from Italian Thrash metallers Burning Nitrum will be titled Molotov.

Furthermore the band has chosen Ed Repka (Megadeth, Death, Massacre, Vio-Lence, Toxik, Uncle Slam and many more) to create the artwork.

The release is expected before end of the summer by Punishment 18 Records.
Nuclear Blast / BULLET Reveal 'Storm Of Blades' cover artwork and tracklist!
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2014
On September 5th (Sweden: 03.09., UK: 08.09., US: 09.09.) the new BULLET album called Storm Of Blades will hit the stores. It is their fifth longplayer and the first featuring the band's new guitar player Alexander Lyrbo, who replaced Erik Almström in 2012.

BULLET reveal the cover artwork and the tracklist for Storm Of Blades.

Storm Of Blades was recorded during December/January 2014 and April/May 2014 at the Pama Studio in Torsås, Sweden and produced by BULLET and Magnus 'Mankan' Sedenberg.

The album title Storm Of Blades came up during a soundcheck before a show last year. "We wanted to make the toughest Bullet song ever and this riff popped up. The first impression was the image of knifes falling from the sky and the title Storm Of Blades was born. To make this song the title track of our new album became a must as it is a tale about destruction, apocalypse and horror!"

Also check out BULLET live on their 'Tour of Blades over Europe 2014' with supports STRIKER & STALLION, presented by Rock Hard, Rocks, Guitar, Musix, Noizeletter, Metalnews.de & Blast:
  • 18.09.14 D Osnabrück Bastard Club
  • 19.09.14 D Wiesau Storm Crusher Festival
  • 20.09.14 D München Backstage
  • 22.09.14 CH Zürich Komplex Club
  • 23.09.14 F Luynes / Aix Le Korigan
  • 24.09.14 ES Barcelona Razzmatazz 3
  • 25.09.14 ES Madrid Sala Caracol
  • 26.09.14 ES Zaragoza Centro Civico Dalicias
  • 29.09.14 F Paris Glazert
  • 30.09.14 BE Antwerpen Kavka
  • 01.10.14 NL Tilburg Little Devil
  • 02.10.14 D Stuttgart Cann
  • 03.10.14 D Siegburg Kubana
  • 04.10.14 D Bochum Matrix
  • 05.10.14 D Frankfurt Nachtleben
  • 06.10.14 CZ Prag Storm Club
  • 07.10.14 AT Wien Escape
  • 09.10.14 D Berlin K17
  • 10.10.14 D Hamburg Markhalle
  • 11.10.14 D Dittigheim Sporthalle
  • 12.10.14 D Lindau Vaudeville

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SOM DO DARMA / Noturnall on the cover of Rock Meeting Magazine
Posted by: Denis / 23.06.2014
Only six months has passed since the band begun, but Noturnall already released an album that hit several sales records, played a 'sold-out' show at Carioca Club in Sao Paulo, shot its first DVD, launched three video clips, the most recent for a new recording of Woman In Chains of Tears For Fears, and was featured on all the major specialized media from Brazil.

In fact, Noturnall is a supergroup formed by some of the most experienced and respected musicians of the Brazilian Heavy Metal scene, as the Shaman members Thiago Bianchi (vocal), Fernando Quesada (bass), Leo Mancini (guitar), Junior Carelli (keyboards) and the worldwide famous drummer Aquiles Priester (ex-Angra).

All this made possible Noturnall to feature as cover story of the new issue of Rock Meeting Magazine. On four pages of interview, the vocalist Thiago Bianchi discusses several issues such as the formation of the band, the production of the debut album, the current situation of Shaman and advanced details of the DVD that comes around. Rock Meeting Magazine is free and distributed digitally.

Another highlight story about the band has been published on the latest issue of the Brazilian version of Bass Player magazine. On the two-page interview with bassist Fernando Quesada, too many behind the scenes information and details of the equipment used by Fernando in studio and also on stage. Issue #32 of Bass Player Magazine that brings as cover a story with bassist Nathan East is now on sale at Brazilian kiosks.
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Among other news, Noturnall and Almah will play a very waited concert at Aquarius Pub in Sao Paulo on July, 12th. This will be the first time that the bands will share the stage and both are considered the most prominent in Brazil nowadays. The event will also count with the bands Republica and Rexor as support acts.
Nuclear Blast / TANKARD 'R.I.B.'
Posted by: Denis / 23.06.2014
The new masterpiece of Germans Thrash Metal legends TANKARD, R.I.B., is out!

This new record combines all aspects that defined the past three decades of TANKARD: brilliant riffs, creaking old school Thrash attacks, catchy melodies and of course the very special type of humor this band has.

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Pure Steel Records / MORTICIAN - new drummer wanted
Posted by: Denis / 23.06.2014
Austrian band MORTICIAN have split from her drummer Gergely Nagy. The new album was recorded by the CRYSTAL VIPER Drummer Golem?, but the band is looking for new drummer.

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Pure Steel Records / CREATION'S END
Posted by: Denis / 20.06.2014
CREATION'S END (USA) have signed a worldwide deal with PURE PROG RECORDS, a sublabel of PURE STEEL RECORDS!

Band statement: "Creation's End are happy to announce that we have signed with Pure Steel Records for the release of our next album, Metaphysical. We are excited to be working with a label that understands and strongly supports Metal. Stay tuned for more information regarding release dates, formats, and other goodies in the near future."

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Punishment 18 Records / Woslom: new videoclip posted on-line
Posted by: Denis / 20.06.2014
New Faith, one of the most beloved songs from the latest Woslom album, Evolustruction, earned an audiovisual version. The videoclip was produced by Wyvern Films and directed by Marcos Rocha with technical support by Guilherme Sarmento. The release is available by Punishment 18 Records.
Limb Music / FIREFORCE new album
Posted by: Denis / 20.06.2014
The new FIREFORCE album Deathbringer was released yesterday via Limb Music. It is available on CD and as digital download. FIREFORCE play combat Power Metal. Their best position at Amazon.de Power & True Metal Bestseller-Ranking is #16 and at Amazon.co.uk it is #25.

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Cruz del Sur Music / STEEL PROPHET releases the 'Tree of Knowledge' video
Posted by: Denis / 20.06.2014
STEEL PROPHET released Tree of Knowledge, the second video clip taken from the forthcoming album Omniscient, which is due on July 11 in Europe and July 8 in the U.S. on Cruz del Sur Music. Firstly streamed exclusively at www.apochs.net earlier this week, the video is now available on STEEL PROPHET YouTube channel.

Omniscient will be released in less than 3 weeks in a limited edition 36-page digibook, compact disc (24-page booklet) and digital album. The band regrets to inform the fans that, because of production delays, the vinyl edition is postponed to late August.

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Limb Music / JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR to release 'Sands Of Time' video clip
Posted by: Denis / 19.06.2014
On Wednesday, June 25th, 2014, US Power Metal act JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR will release the Sands Of Time video clip. The song is taken from band's latest studio album Land Of The Dead, which was released in 2011 on CD via Limb Music, and 2 years later on LP via Blood And Iron Records. The video clip, which was directed by Oliver Barth and produced by Bart Gabriel, will promote the band's recently announced short European tour.

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Metal Blade / DragonForce launch 'The Game' video; announce August 19 release date for 'Maximum Overload'
Posted by: Denis / 19.06.2014
DragonForce have announced that they will be releasing Maximum Overload in the US on August 19! The band has just launched a brand new video for The Game, which was directed by XX. The video can be seen now at metalblade.com/dragonforce, where fans can also pre-order Maximum Overload on CD, digitally, and limited edition vinyl!

Produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new opus will be the band's first ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom. Maximum Overload will be the band's debut album for new label Ear Music, part of the German Edel music group, who will release the album in the UK on August 18th, and in North America on Metal Blade Records on August 19th.

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

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

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

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

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Pure Steel Records / BORN OF FIRE
Posted by: Denis / 19.06.2014
BORN OF FIRE (USA) have signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS! The new album is expected to be released in the fall of 2014.

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SOM DO DARMA / Fire Shadow show with Sabaton, new song online and EP available
Posted by: Denis / 18.06.2014
It's already available the new EP Phoenix of the Brazilian traditional Heavy Metal band Fire Shadow. Produced by the band members and Alexandre Cegalla, Phoenix was recorded in Curitiba/Brazil at the Bunker Studio and will bring the tracks
  • Scars
  • Inner Battle
  • Phoenix
  • From Darkness
  • Unbreakable
The band launched the title track on its official Soundcloud channel.

Fans interested to buy the album can place an order directly with band. Shippings are available worldwide.

Currently formed by Marco Lacerda (vocal), Bruno Quimelli (guitar), Francisco Kozel (guitar), Gustavo Adaeots (bass) and Leandro Zonato (drums), Fire Shadow is for nearly a decade on the road and is certainly one of the most prominent names in Brazil nowadays. So far, the band already released a demo, two singles and the self-titled debut album from 2007. Nevertheless, they played shows alongside world-renowned bands like Iced Earth, Grave Digger, Blaze Bayley, Paul Dianno and were the winners of Parana stage of Wacken Metal Battle 2011, which has accredited them to play at Roca 'N' Roll, one of the most important rock/metal festivals from Brazil.

If not enough, Fire Shadow just announced that will play with Sabaton in Curitiba at Music Hall on September, 12th during the first Brazilian tour of the swedish band. "It is always a honor and a great joy to receive invitations to open shows for renowned artists," says guitarist Francisco Kozel. "I believe that the invitations arise due to our effort to always be in evidence in Brazilian Metal scenario and our compositions, which mix elements of different strands of Heavy Metal. Thus becomes possible to 'fit us' for openings of different bands. The cool thing about this is that we can promote our stuff and show our music to different audiences and also get in touch with musicians who are a reference for us. The dudes of Iced Earth, for example, were extremely nice to us. John Schaffer received our shirt as a gift and was visibly pleased and posed for a picture after the show held at Curitiba Master Hall. Chris Boltendahl of Grave Digger was also very friendly. After the show, came to us and we talked a little bit. Is big the expectation for the opening show for Sabaton, especially because they have honored three Brazilian brave soldiers participants of World War II in one of the songs - Snakes Smoking - from their new studio album. This show will be a honor for us because we are fans of the band and for this fact that they did this homage to Brazilian combatants."
TRAUMA signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 18.06.2014
TRAUMA (USA) have signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS! The band has recorded a brand new 10 song album. All songs were produced by the band. The sound is unmistakably hard and heavy.

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Pure Steel Recods / ICHABOD KRANE 'Day Of Reckoning'
Posted by: Denis / 18.06.2014
The release date of the new ICHABOD KRANE album Day Of Reckoning on CD is July 25th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on July 11th, 2014 in label's webshop.

With ICHABOD KRANE Pure Steel Records presents a brand new project with famous musicians of the U.S. Metal scene. Drummer of this band is none other than the former Sleepy Hollow member Tom Wassman, the bass is played by George Neal, the co-founder of the horror Metal icons Halloween and Rick Graig (also Ex-Halloween) took on the guitars.

On the debut album Day Of Reckoning the quartet from the 'Motor City' Detroit plays traditional Heavy/Power Metal with high-pitched vocals of front man Jeff Schlinz (Wulfhook), which should put a smile on the face of followers of Judas Priest or Cage. A powerful double bass and driving riffs in the tradition of Accept and Saxon (Dark Valentine, Fallen Angel, Immortal) are meeting on catchy choruses and a thrilling, melodic songwriting, which perfectly fits on our label's philosophy.

Classic Heavy Metal, performed with an easygoing freshness always got the right to exist; and this won't change in the future...
    TRACKLIST:
  1. Dark Valentine
  2. Hypnotized
  3. Unwanted
  4. Final Warning
  5. Fallen Angel
  6. Evil in You
  7. Nothing without You
  8. Struggle Within
  9. Immortal
  10. Nostadamus
    Total Playing Time: 40:24 min
Century Media / Wolf announces details for new album DEVIL SEED
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2014
Sweden's pack of Heavy Metal stalwarts, WOLF return with their seventh studio album entitled simply, Devil Seed. The album will be released on August 25th in Europe and on September 2nd in North America via Century Media Records.

This time around, the wolves have teamed up with Jens Bogren (Kreator, Paradise Lost, Opeth) over at Fascination Street Studios and have delivered not only a heavy sounding release but also one chock full of clarity and complexity. With cover artwork being created once again by legendary designer Thomas Holm (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond), all the elements are aligned for this fierce slab of pure Heavy Metal mayhem.

Simon Johansson (guitars) comments: "WOLF is back and once again we have worked with the amazing Thomas Holm for the album art. Thomas has a way of catching the feeling of an album and to put colors to our music. This time Niklas Stålvind also contributed to some drawings found in the booklet and the collaboration between the two of them turned out great. Devil Seed starts as an embryo and when you least aspect it you find yourself dancing with the Devil."

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Pure Steel Records / FORENSICK 'The Prophecy'
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2014
The release date of the new FORENSICK album The Prophecy on CD is July 18th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on July 4th, 2014 in label's webshop.
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With FORENSICK from Horb am Neckar, a brand new act joined Pure Underground Records. The first life signs were 2 demos in 2010/2011 and their self-titled, independently released debut album two years ago.

On their second full-length album The Prophecy, the young musicians are playing melodic and classic Heavy Metal with a lot of catchy melodies. Clear, charismatic vocals are meeting good arranged twin lead guitars and the modern production got a lot of details and depth. Influences of bigger German bands can't be denied as well as of Iron Maiden. The cover was drawn by the established artist Markus Vesper, which did also cover artworks for acts like Manilla Road and Denial Of God.

All who like gripping hooklines and a steady heaviness will be best satisfied with FORENSICK.
SOM DO DARMA / Higher: Brazilian Metal band formed by jazz musicians reveals cover of debut album
Posted by: Denis / 16.06.2014
With a musicality full of identity, as never heard before, Higher's debut album is awaited with the same expectation of a big Brazilian Heavy Metal name, although it is a newly formed band.

Signed by Carlos Fides (Noturnall, Shaman, Almah, Fire Shadow, etc), the art cover reflects directly the lyrics content and the ideological concept of the band members.

"When we decided to start this project, automatically asked ourselves: what ideas or concepts would be our songs about," says Gustavo Scaranelo. "The conclusion was instantaneous: enjoy life and its challenges to become a better person is something me and Cezar always valued, and for us this may justify the human life. From this concept was born the name Higher: humans fighting for a more elevated and highest condition. Nevertheless, the strength and vigor that Heavy Metal has always given us has made it a worthy vehicle, fully capable for carrying this concept, so important to us. But, anyway, we do not want to convey the idea that we (as a band) are on this highest condition, we're just strongly on this daily fight for self-transformation. Though obvious, it should be said that we are not in possession of any absolute truth, and hope that people receive our message and see us as accomplices in the relentless journey of human evolution, never as moralists. Respect is the principle of any higher level, is possible, and necessary, disagree without disrespect. All lyrics were written after these settings, the art cover and the composition of the new material were also totally based on this idea. Finally, the project has a very clear and well-defined ideological format, there is no Higher without this concept."

Higher's debut album will be released independently in the first half of 2014.
METALMESSAGE Promotion / SYLVATICA (Melodic Death Metal from Denmark) Debut full-length 'Evil Seeds'
Posted by: Denis / 16.06.2014
Deep from the swamps of Denmark, to draw any unwelcome guest inside the murky depths... Finest Melodic Death Metal with a folkish touch! SYLVATICA debut full-length Evil Seeds will be released at July, 1.

Check their surprisingly high class & be a dark part of their realm.
KUNVUK / Twitcher EP
Posted by: Denis / 16.06.2014
Twitcher is the third release from Australian unhinged metallers KUNVUK. A flurry of noise, intensity and groove, the 6-track EP Twitcher represents the most focused and deadly recording the band has ever recorded. Introducing new sounds and broadening the sonic fury, the EP demonstrates the growing depth and diversity of the Kunvuk catalogue.

Twitcher was released 06 June 2014, engineered and mixed by David Hart, mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (NY).

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Broad Horizon Records / The Mighty Swine to perform at Dirtfest 2014 with Killswitch Engage, Powerman 5000, Nonpoint, Hed(pe) Battlecross, Smile Empty Soul and more
Posted by: Denis / 16.06.2014
The Mighty Swine make a stop at The Birch Run Expo Center in Michigan Saturday, August 9 to perform at this year's Dirtfest with Killswitch Engage, Powerman 5000, Nonpoint, Hed(pe) Battlecross, Smile Empty Soul, and more. Dirtfest is an annual unrivaled experience in the heart of Mid-Michigan. With performances over the years from Adam Gontier, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Alien Ant Farm, All That Remains, Silverstein, Mayday Parade, Every Time I Die, as well as Michigan born bands like Pop Evil, Wilson, For The Fallen Dreams and The Black Dahlia Murder and hundreds of others, Dirt Fest stays on the cutting edge of new talent while bringing the best established acts as well.

As a one day event, Dirt Fest boasts well over 50 acts of various genres over multiple outdoor stages at The Birch Run Expo Center every year. Banana 101.5 FM hosts the Dirt Fest with promoters Matt Dalton and Andy Dalton. Founder Matt Dalton started the Dirt Fest in 1998 as a small outdoor music party which quickly grew into Mid-Michigan's ONLY long-running and large scale music festival of its kind which continues to reach a growing audience each year.

The Mighty Swine recently released their 3rd release on Broad Horizon Records but forget whatever you thought of The Mighty Swine before, this is a whole new animal! Bassist/Vocalist Mike Skimmerhorn went back to his Metal roots and enlisted Guitarist Stacey Donahue and Drummer Rory Faciane for a full on barrage of utter mayhem! Last Man Standing is a nail-biting excursion into the world of politically-charged Heavy Metal where the messages are never lost in translation perfectly crossing over between Progressive Hard Rock and true, traditional Heavy Metal!

For those of you not familiar with The Mighty Swine, they are Guitar Oriented, Lyric Driven, Bass Pounding, Drum Bashing Hard Rock / Melodic Metal with audible lyrics and hooks.

Hard Rock Nights listed their first single, Layin' Down the Law, on their Best of 2009 Playlist and it could be heard on radio worldwide It was also added to +40,000 jukeboxes nationwide on Touchtunes & AMI jukeboxes.

The Swine has been tour support for several major label acts including; Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Dokken, Skid Row, LA Guns, and Adler's Appetite.

In 2012 The Mighty Swine released the singles LUST / Pagan Holiday (May 2012) and Love Dies (July 2012) on Broad Horizon Records. The band shot their first professional video (Morgan Visual) in April 2012 for LUST. It spent 13 weeks at #1 on Roxwel's Music Video Charts and was nominated for a C.E.A. (Cincinnati Entertainment Award) for Best Hard Rock Video 2012.

In 2013 Mike went on to record a new album with old bandmates David T. Chastain & Leather Leone (CHASTAIN - Surrender To No One - Leviathan Records) before returning his efforts to his main priority, The Mighty Swine. Mike enlisted veteran axeman Stacey Donahue and Jeff Tong along with drummer Rory Faciane to finish work on the newest release which was released May 20, 2014. Last Man Standing (aka: LMS) features 9 new Swine songs with a remake of the Judas Priest classic, Hell Bent for Leather.

They recently finished up shooting video for Last Man Standing & Two Graves with Nikk Hearn, who worked on the video LUST, as well as provided cinematography for RUSH's 2012 DVD, Time Machine. The first video, Last Man Standing, was released May 20 along with the album release while the video for Two Graves will be released July 1 along with the single.
SPACE EATER first video
Posted by: Denis / 11.06.2014
Serbian Thrash Metal band SPACE EATER have released their first video for a song from the upcoming Passing Through the Fire to Molech album. The video is entitled A Thousand Plagues and is produced and directed by the band themselves.

Check out the video on SPACE EATER official YouTube channel.
Century Media / Arch Enemy premieres video for 'No More Regrets'; new album War Eternal out now worldwide
Posted by: Denis / 11.06.2014
ARCH ENEMY has now unleashed War Eternal worldwide via Century Media Records/Trooper Entertainment! To purchase the album, head over to iTunes or AmazonMP3 for a digital copy with a bonus track; a variety of physical formats are also available at CM Distro and your local retailer:
  • Standard CD
  • Ltd. CD Mediabook Europe version (+ bonus track & patch)
  • Digipak CD US version (+ bonus track, patch & sticker)
  • Deluxe 3CD Artbook (+ bonus track & patch):
    • worldwide limited to 2,500 hand-numbered copies
    • extended booklet
    • Seeds Of War - The Demos 5-track bonus CD
    • guitar tabs (PDF and Guitar Pro 6 format w/ Guitar Pro 6 Lite Win & Mac versions)
    • extra CD with instrumental play-through version of the album
  • LP, 180gr, gatefold cover, special vinyl mastering:
    • black vinyl: worldwide not limited
    • silver vinyl: 300 copies
    • red vinyl: 200 copies exclusive at CM Distro USA
    • gold Vinyl: 100 copies exclusive at CM Distro Europe
    • white vinyl: 200 copies exclusive at Nuclear Blast Europe
    • bootleg green vinyl: 500 copies exclusive at USA indie retailers
For a preview of War Eternal, head over to No Clean Singing.com for the exclusive premiere of the new music video for No More Regrets.

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Punishment 18 Records / Chronosphere release date announced
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2014
Greek thrashers Chronosphere has revealed the release date of their new second studio album Embracing Oblivion. The album, that will feature the participation of guitarist Josh Christian (Toxik) as guest solo on the song Herald the Uprising, was mastered by Fredrik Nordström at Fredman Studios (Dark Tranquillity, Opeth, Old Man's Child, Evergrey, etc.) and will be available, by Punishment 18 Records, next Monday, 16th June.
Frontiers Records / X-Drive
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2014
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of X-DRIVE's debut album entitled Get Your Rock On on August 22nd in Europe and August 26th in North America.

X-DRIVE is a new band centered around guitar player Jeremy Brunner, an Oregon transplant, who – on the heels of his songwriting skills managed to put together an impressive debut with an affinity for catchy riffs, insightful lyrics and huge choruses.

Some of the best in Los Angeles have joined the ranks of X-DRIVE, including bassist James Lomenzo (White Lion, Megadeth, Black Label Society), singer Keith St. John (Burning Rain, Lynch Mob, Montrose) and to round out the project hard-hitting drummer Fred Fischer from Midline. Then legendary producer Andy Johns, the former Led Zeppelin engineer, was able to finish the X-DRIVE tracks just before his tragic death in 2013.

"It was such a pleasure to contribute to Jeremy's effort! He has written and crafted an incredible homage to the style of 80's rock, a style that I cut my teeth on back in the day," Lomenzo said. "His love for the era and style really comes through in a surprisingly satisfying way."

"Writing with Brunner was an absolute pleasure," St. John said. "On the whole, the vehicle for his musical canvasses has been a breath of fresh air in directness and simplicity. I found myself patently inspired to fashion my parts for this collection of songs that was Jeremy's own refreshing take on the '80s."

Get Your Rock On was mixed by Wyn Davis (Black Sabbath, Dio, Whitesnake, Dokken), and it took more than a year in the studio to make things just the way Brunner wanted, as the guitarist is a bit of a mastermind perfectionist. But it was definitely worth the wait! The X-DRIVE debut positively rocks from beginning to end.
AFM Records / Evergrey new album
Posted by: Denis / 09.06.2014
Evergrey unveiled the title, tracklisting, release date and trailer for new album!

Swedish metallers EVERGREY will release their highly-anticipated new album Hymns For The Broken on September 26th. The limited edition will include additional tracks.

A first trailer can be found here.

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Massacre Records / New signing: HALCYON WAY
Posted by: Denis / 09.06.2014
HALCYON WAY was founded in 2001 and released its successful debut album A Manifesto For Domination in 2008 (via Nightmare Records).

HALCYON WAY started working on the second album Building The Towers in 2009, which was released in autumn 2010, once again receiving fantastic reviews. IndoctriNation, the band's third album, followed in late 2011.

In spring 2012, HALCYON WAY went on their largest tour yet, which led them through 9 countries in Europe and the UK, along with Delain. Another highlight in the band's live history is the 2-week US/Canada tour with U.D.O. in April 2013, the 32-day US/Canada tour as direct support for Saxon and Fozzy as well as support shows for Fates Warning in the US.

HALCYON WAY's sound cannot be neatly slotted into any sub-category of Metal; but it can be described as heavy, catchy, technical, and above all, focused on mature songcraft.

The band draws influences and inspiration from many Metal bands from Megadeth to Dream Theater, Testament or Chimaira. The focus of the songwriting is on catchy hooks, vocal harmonies à la King's X or Stryper, and on heavy, technical, but ultimately accessible instrumentation. Although these are many disparate influences, the net result is a brand of metal that is immediately familiar and comfortable to the listener, yet strangely hard to define.

HALCYON WAY's upcoming album Conquer is set to be released later this year via Massacre Records!
SOM DO DARMA / Uganga reveals cover of new album
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2014
Manu 'Joker' (vocal, ex-Sarcofago), Christian Franco (guitar), Thiago Soraggi (guitar), Raphael 'Ras' Franco (bass) and Marco Henriques(drums), collectively they are known as Uganga. In Brazil, everybody who is really into Metal and hardcore knows them, and if you are in Europe you also have a chance to have heard about the band. After all, these five Brazilian musicians are for 20 years on the road, have released four albums and completed two tours in Europe, besides countless shows in Brazil.

When it was thought that the band would slow down, behold they do announce the new studio album! Titled Opressor, the album was produced by the experienced Gustavo Vazquez (Black Drawning Chalks, Macaco Bong, Krow, Hellbenders) and will bring the following tracks
  • Guerra
  • O Campo
  • Veredas
  • Opressor
  • Moleque de Pedra
  • Casa
  • L.F.T.
  • Modus Vivendi
  • Nas Entranhas do Sol
  • Aos Pés da Grande Árvore
  • Noite
  • Who Are the True"
    (by Vulcano.)
  • Guerreiro
The video clip for Guerra debuted on Play TV (a Brazilian music TV channel) in February and is also available on Youtube.

Signed by the Brazilian artist Beto Andrade - the album art cover summarizes the content of the lyrics.

"The cover is an imaginary entity, the Oppressor," explains vocalist Manu Joker. "We can define it as a mirror of our own weaknesses. It is powered by the vices, the delays of the human being. On the entity figure some of these elements are represented as greed, drugs, wars, sex... I like to get positive things even writing on heavy topics and I think both lyrics and cover art express it clearly."

Opressor
PURE STEEL RECORDS signed new bands
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2014
SUNLESS SKY (USA) have signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS! On 8th August 2014 will be release their album Firebreather.

Also RUTHLESS (USA) have signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS! The band is currently in the studio with producer Bill Metoyer working on their next release.
Limb Music / JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR on tour in Europe
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2014
JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR feat. Ex-VIRGIN STEELE and ex-MANOWAR members will tour Europe in September.

Jack Starr's BURNING STARR confirmed 4 European live shows:
  • 12.09.2014 – Circolo Colony, Brescia, Italy
  • 13.09.2014 – Swordbrothers Festival, Germany
  • 14.09.2014 – Eightball Club, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 15.09.2014 – An Club, Athens, Greece
On September 26, BURNING STARR will also appear at the 80's In The Park Festival in Melbourne, Florida (USA), along with GREAT WHITE, ZEBRA, FASTER PUSSYCAT and others. The band is currently working on a new studio album titled Stand Your Ground with producer Bart Gabriel – who works with acts such as SACRED STEEL, MORTICIAN and SABATON – also produced BURNING STARR's latest album Land Of The Dead.

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SOM DO DARMA / Brazilian Metal/grunge band Republica launches video inspired on George Orwell's 'Animal Farm'
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2014
Inspired on the 'Best Seller' 'Animal Farm' from George Orwell, is already available the video clip Life Goes On of the Brazilian Metal/grunge band Republica. Life Goes On is the first video launched by the band in promotion of it's new studio album, Point Of No Return.

Directed by Gerardo Fontenelle and produced by Manimou Produtora, Life Goes On makes analogy to Orwell's work when presenting its main character, Poleona, an exuberant female pig in a woman's body. Through a radical skates sport practiced only by women (Roller Derby), the video discusses topics such as war and survival in a world of contempt for minorities.

According to the vocalist Leo Belling, the analogy of war and woman was the perfect plot for the aesthetic result of Life Goes On video clip. "The idea of the video connected directly to the song lyric that talks about the end of individualism and the need to share the desire of transformation, be yourself, follow your way with no fear. Overcoming obstacles and taboos in pursuit of perfection. Go ahead without looking back".

Watch now the video clip Life Goes On by Republica on Vevo and also on the website of Rolling Stone magazine.
Century Media / Wolf unveil brand new video for 'My Demon' via Metal Hammer
Posted by: Denis / 05.06.2014
Sweden's pack of Heavy Metal stalwarts, WOLF return with their seventh studio album entitled simply DEVIL SEED. This time around, the wolves have teamed up with Jens Bogren (Kreator, Paradise Lost, Opeth) over at Fascination Street Studios and have delivered not only a heavy sounding release but also one chock full of clarity and complexity.

WOLF have teamed up with Metal Hammer UK and launched a lyric video for their first single My Demon.

Founding member Niklas Stalvind comments: "Please enjoy My Demon, the first taste of the Devil Seed. Spread it, share it and play it loud! Watch out for the whole album in August."

Century Media Records will unleash DEVIL SEED on August 25th in Europe and September 2nd in North America. Then, a short time later, WOLF will take to the streets with a tour of the UK with further European dates to be announced soon.

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Cruz del Sur Music / STEEL PROPHET releases '666 is Everywhere (The Heavy Metal Blues)' videoclip
Posted by: Denis / 05.06.2014
STEEL PROPHET has released the first video clip taken from their forthcoming album Omniscient (out on Cruz Del Sur Music on July 4th in Europe and July 11th in the United States). Ten years after their last studio release, the originators of the Progressive Power Metal movement return with the their classic sound led by Steve Kachinsky Blakmoor (guitarist and founding member) and by veteran metal singer Rick Mythiasin. The recording line up is completed by Vince Dennis (b), Chris Schleyer (g), Jimmy Schultz (d); after the recording original drummer John Tarascio, and guitarist John Paget returned to the band together.

666 is everywhere (the Heavy Metal Blues) is the 6th(!) song of the album. Although Steel Prophet is not well known for always being humorous, the whimsy of the lyrics is reflected in the video clip shot by Agent Steel/Redemption guitarist Bernie Versailles. About the song Kachinsky says "Steel Prophet knows metal fans have a fascination with the numbers 666. And when you're in a Metal band trying to make a living, sometimes it seems like '666 is Everywhere'!"

Omniscient is composed of 12 songs based on an original story written by Kachinsky. The idea of telling a story throughout a whole album is similar to STEEL PROPHET's 1999 classic Dark Hallucinations which featured the 'Fahrenheit 451' story by Ray Bradbury. The famous German artist Timo Würz was hired to create the amazing cover artwork, and 12 original booklet illustrations to go with the lyrics and story itself. The album also contains a thirteenth song, a cover of QUEEN's Bohemian Rhapsody, which was successfully presented by the band at the 2013th edition of the Keep It True festival in Germany; a video clip of the event will see the light shortly before the release of Omniscient.

Omniscient will be release in limited edition 32-page digibook, regular compact disc, limited gate-fold double LP and digital download.

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BLOOD & IRON signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 05.06.2014
BLOOD & IRON (India)statment: "We (Blood & Iron) are very glad that we got signed on to a label like Pure Steel Records. We look forward to dishing out some great old school Metal in the near future, and connecting with fans - and I think Pure Steel Records is rearing to go!

Giles Lavery handles vocal duties for Blood & Iron. Giles is also the vocalist for American Heavy Metal legend Warlord and Australian Power Metal band Dragonsclaw. Other guest performers on Voices of Eternity include Youmni from Dubai-based Metal band Ascendant, Riju from Albatross (Mumbai) and Vin from Vin Sinners (Dubai).

We will be releasing our third studio album Voices of Eternity worldwide, exclusively via Pure Steel Records, and we've begun working on the next album already, out in 2015."
Metal Media / NECROMANCIA Lyric video for ‘Back From The Dead’ is available
Posted by: Denis / 04.06.2014
Veteran Brazilian Thrash Metal NECROMANCIA, formed in 1984, has just released a new lyric video.

The track chosen also became the title of the album, Back From The Dead check out.

NECROMANCIA continue promoting the album, which not only put the band back to the stage, but also collects extremely positive reviews and quotes as one the best Brazilian work in its year of release.

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DragonForce reveal new drummer
Posted by: Denis / 04.06.2014
DragonForce have announced former Braindamage and Kill Ritual drummer Gee Anzalone has joined the band.

A native of Turin, Italy, Gee is a drum teacher who graduated from the NAMM Academy of Milan and carries on the well established multi-national mix of musicians that make up DragonForce. Gee will make his live debut on the forthcoming 'Maximum Overload' UK Tour which commences on September 17th in Edinburgh and replaces Dave Mackintosh who recorded 4 albums with the band prior to the forthcoming Maximum Overload which is released on August 18th.

Dave is moving on to new pastures to focus on his first musical love which is Prog Rock and has released the following statement: "After much thought I have parted ways with the boys in DragonForce to pursue my first love of progressive rock, I wish the lads all the luck in the world and look forward to the release of Maximum Overload as I truly believe this is the most fantastic DragonForce album that I and the boys have recorded to date! Many thanks to all the fans who have supported me in this last decade of massive tours, countless shows and all the albums, I couldn't have done it without you. I will continue to tour and play with some of the greatest names in Prog Rock, and hope to see some familiar faces on the road!
In the meantime, stay Metal, watch out for the new Dave Mackintosh website which will be launched within the next 4 weeks as well as some great new videos I will be producing with my gear sponsors."


DragonForce guitarist Herman Li said "We have been through a lot with Dave and want to thank him for everything he has contributed to DragonForce, both as a friend and musician and we would all like to wish him well with his new project."

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SOM DO DARMA / Noturnall: band featuring ex-members of Angra and Shaman launches video clip for the Tears For Fears classic, 'Woman In Chains'
Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2014
It's already available the video clip Woman In Chains by Noturnall, the new Brazilian supergroup formed by the Shaman members Thiago Bianchi (vocal), Fernando Quesada (bass), Leo Mancini (guitar), Junior Carelli (keyboards) and the worldwide famous drummer Aquiles Priester (ex-Angra). The recording of the song and video was a promise made by vocalist Thiago Bianchi after being cured of cancer.

Originally recorded by Tears For Fears in 1989, this remake of the song and video fulfills a promise made by vocalist Thiago Bianchi 13 years ago when he received the news from doctors that had only six months to live due to a diagnosis of cancer in the mediastinum on terminal state. "When I was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and doctors told me I would live only six months, I told my mother I would go through that phase and, 13 years later, would do two things extremely relevant devoted to the subject. First would be the production of a show where all the proceeds would revert to an institution to support children with cancer, which I already realized through the recording of Noturnall's first DVD at Carioca Club in Sao Paulo who was a complete success of public and critics, and which we could raise tons of food, diapers and toys for 'Casas HOPE'. The second promise I come now become public, which was the recording of this Woman In Chains version along with my mother, Maria Odette, in honor of all mothers in the world", said the singer, now fully healed and living its best moment as a musician.

Maria Odette, Thiago's mother, is a renowned Brazilian singer and one of those responsible for introducing Caetano Veloso as composer. The video has thrilled fans and is a tribute to mothers around the world.
Pure Steel Records / EMERALD present new singer
Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2014
Amongst many great candidates, Emerald finally found the perfect singer for our sound! Many of you may already know him! It's GEORGE CALL (ASKA, ex-OMEN)!!!

The band is beyond happy that one of the greatest Metal singers of our times is now a part of the band! It's gonna be a whole new experience working with a singer that lives overseas, but everyone who has already heard his amazing voice knows it will be totally worth it!

Here's George's statement about joining Emerald: "It came to be that Emerald were in the unenviable position of having to look for a singer. They thought I was far too busy but I'm glad we talked because our collaboration on the song Eye of the Serpent was, bar none, among the best songs in all of Metaldom in 2013. How could we not possibly further explore that potential? I met the guys, their wives and girlfriends when we performed together in their native Switzerland on tour some years earlier and we hit it off magnificently. We nurtured a friendship and mutual camaraderie which now takes one further evolutionary step, sprouting wings as we combine our respective talents and seek to take Emerald to new heights of Metal glory. Hail!"

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Pure Steel Records / ChainReaction announce new lead-guitarist
Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2014
The German Melodic Heavy Metal band ChainReAction has a new band member. The band announces Konrad Napoleon Canton as new lead-guitarist and member.
Nuclear Blast / DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER 'Tief.Tiefer.' out now
Posted by: Denis / 02.06.2014
In 2014 DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER are going to extremes with what they have most impressively proven with their previous eight full-lengths: Creating symbioses that will not only wipe out but tear down musical boundaries. Tief.Tiefer. ('Deep. Deeper.' in English) is offering and demanding everything. Its pushing both the Indie-Shoe-Gazer, the Metal addict and the laser-flashed electro fan. It anoints the free spirit, heals the wailing. And it will make you shine. 'Cause it's flawless.

Tief.Tiefer. is demanding. Identical twins. Only seemingly equal. Fundamentally different. Not convenient and easy. But exciting and new.

Check out DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER live on their 'Die Welt Ist Tief - Tournee 2014' at the following dates:
  • 02.10. D Rostock - M.A.U. Club
  • 03.10. D Bremen - Aladin
  • 04.10. D Erfurt - Stadtgarten
  • 05.10. D Saarbücken - Garage
  • 09.10. D Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
  • 10.10. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle 2
  • 11.10. D Straubing - Metal Invasion Festival
  • 12.10. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
  • 16.10. D Berlin - C-Club
  • 17.10. D Dresden - Reithalle
  • 18.10. D Köln - Essigfabrik
  • 19.10. D Hamburg - Markthalle
  • 23.10. CH Pratteln - Z7
  • 24.10. D Linda - Club
  • 25.10. AT Steyr - Röda
  • 26.10. AT Wien - Arena

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Massacre Records / New signing: HEVILAN
Posted by: Denis / 02.06.2014
The history of HEVILAN from Brazil began back in 2005 when Johnny Moraes (guitar) decided to search for musicians that shared the same ideals and soon found Biek Yohaitus (bass) and Alex Pasqualle (vocals) to form a Heavy Metal group.

HEVILAN then released the well received 3-song EP Blinded Faith, which was followed by the 'Blinded Tour' through four Brazilian states and which included a gig at the Pedrock festival in Pedralva, Brazil. Support gigs for Primal Fear (2006) and Dr. Sin (2007) also should be mentioned.

HEVILAN describe the band's sound as 'dark, aggressive, but at the same time melodic'. After extensive touring, HEVILAN began to work on the band's debut album. After the pre-production, Aquiles Priester (Hangar, ex-Angra) was announced as guest drummer on HEVILAN's upcoming album.

HEVILAN's debut album The End Of Time is set to be released later this year via Massacre Records!
25 albums entered into our database lately are:
1. Andralls
"Andralls"

2. Vanlade
"demo"

3. Vanlade
"demo"

4. R.I.P. Soldier
"The True Soldiers Never Die"

5. Flotsam & Jetsam
"No Place for Disgrace 2014"

6. Stonehand
"Evil Machine"

7. Antikira
"Soldat"

8. Majesty (Germany)
"Banners High"

9. Mavrin, Sergey
"Protivostoyanie"

10. Suicidal Angels
"Divide And Conquer"

11. Gunfire
"Age of Supremacy"

12. Javelin
"Dark Broken Land"

13. Javelin
"Seasons of Grey"

14. Flash of Aggression
"Seed of Hate"

15. Axenstar
"Where Dreams Are Forgotten"

16. SeaGall
"Hidden Ego"

17. Aquarius, The
"Melodiya Planety (Melody of the Planet)"

18. Hame-leon
"Poprobuy na Vkus Etu Dushu! (Taste This Soul!)"

19. Cruise
"Volchok (Humming-Top)"

20. Nightfall
"Astron Black And the Thirty Tyrants"

21. Black Fate
"new album"

22. Black Fate
"Deliverance of Soul"

23. Van Canto
"Dawn of the Brave"

24. Leviathan
"Beholden to Nothing, Braver Since Then"

25. Altair
"Lost Eden"


15 bands entered into our database lately are:
1. R.I.P. Soldier
2. Flash of Aggression
3. Hame-leon
4. Altair
5. Black Hawk
6. Sage's Recital
7. Javelin
8. Xinr
9. Vanlade
10. Shadowkiller
11. Sacred Guardian
12. Restless Breed
13. Iscariot
14. Regime
15. Blazon Stone

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