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earMusic / Stratovarius new album
Posted by: Denis / 27.04.2015
Stratovarius have broken their year long silence to reveal they are in the studio completing a new record. Its release will be preceded by a performance at Wacken Open Air Festival and followed by a full tour soon after release.

Eternal is the fourth studio album by the Finnish symphonic Metal originators for the earMUSIC label. The trilogy of albums Polaris, Elysium and Nemesis were released close to each other as the consequence of the renewed creative energy the band gained following the arrival of new members to support the historical members Kotipelto, Johansson and Michael. The previous three albums by Stratovarius showcased the many talents of guitarist Mattias Kupianen (prolific songwriter and producer of all the albums, including Eternal), virtuoso bass player Lauri Porra and, on the third of the three, the young talent Rolf Pilve, one of the best drummer of his generation who had to replace Jörg Michael after the latter decided to move into a new role in Stratovarius management. The most recent album Nemesis included the single Unbreakable, which became one of the most streamed songs ever released by Stratovarius.

Kotipelto and Johansson proudly carry the torch of the glorious Stratovarius tradition, but now many fans of the band consider the current line-up 'classic Stratovarius'. The new album Eternal has been the longest album in the making from the band.

"Since Polaris we have released a new studio album pretty much every two years" - reflects Jens Johansson"but after Nemesis, we all decided to take a little bit of time off after we finished the world tour. Now we're all tanned and rested and it's about f***ing time to get back into the saddle. Everybody has been busy the last few months writing lots of new songs, and only the best has been recorded for Eternal."

Song details and formats (including a limited deluxe edition as in the Stratovarius tradition) will be revealed in the next weeks as well as details for a tour in Finland. In rest of the World, the first shows in support of Eternal are as follows:
    ETERNAL WORLD TOUR With Special Guests
  • 10/05 Tallinn – Factory (EST)
  • 10/06 Riga - Melna Piektdiena (LIT)
  • 10/07 Vilnius - Galaxy Event Hall (LIT)
  • 10/09 Cracov – Fabryka (PL)
  • 10/10 Warsaw – Progresja (PL)
  • 10/11 Berlin – C-Club (GER)
  • 10/13 Vienna – Szene (AT)
  • 10/14 Budapest – Club 202 or Barba Negra (HUN)
  • 10/16 Geiselwind – Musichall (GER)
  • 10/17 Lindau – Vaudeville (GER)
  • 10/20 Munich – Backstage (GER)
  • 10/21 Milano – Live Club (IT)
  • 10/23 Bilbao – Santana (ESP)
  • 10/24 Madrid – Sala BUT (ESP)
  • 10/25 Sevilla – Custom (ESP)
  • 10/27 Valencia – Koh-Tao (ESP)
  • 10/28 Barcelona – Razzmatazz (ESP)
  • 10/30 Pratteln – Z-7 (CH)
  • 10/31 Besancon – La Rodia (F)
  • 11/01 Paris – Trabendo (F)
  • 11/03 London – O2 Islington Academy (UK)
  • 11/04 Vosselaar – Biebob (BE)
  • 11/05 Eindhoven – Effenaar (NL)
  • 11/06 Cologne – Essigfabrik (GER)
  • 11/07 Bochum – Matrix (GER)
  • 11/09 Frankfurt – Batschkapp (GER)
  • 11/10 Stuttgart – LKA (GER)
  • 11/11 Hamburg – Gruenspan (GER)
  • 11/12 Karlsruhe – Substage (GER)
  • 11/13 Kufstein – Kulturfabrik (AT)

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InsideOut Music / Next To None release video EPK for upcoming debut album
Posted by: Denis / 27.04.2015
Next To None, the teen prodigy band recently signed to InsideOut, have released a video EPK in advance of their upcoming album A Light in the Dark. The group's debut album is due for release on June 30th in the US and June 29th in Europe. You can view the video here.

Based in Pennsylvania, Next To None features Max Portnoy on drums, Ryland Holland on guitar, Kris Rank on bass, and <>Thomas Cuce on keyboards and lead vocals. The band have been honing their craft for several years, recording a self-released EP and playing various live gigs, including a slot at the Progressive Nation At Sea 2014 cruise. Later that year, the band went into the studio to record their debut album. At the ripe young ages of 15 and 16, they emerged with an album they and producer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Flying Colors, ex-Dream Theater) are extremely proud of. A Light in the Dark also features guest appearances by Bumblefoot (Guns N Roses) and Prog legend Neal Morse.

Drummer Max Portnoy says, "It's so exciting to be signing with InsideOut... the home of the greatest Prog bands in the world! We are honored to be part of the family."

Says producer Mike Portnoy, "Producing the Next To None album was like a trip back in time for me. I couldn't be prouder of this album and think that Next To None represents the next generation of Progressive Metal."

A Light in the Dark available June 30th, 2015 in the US and June 29th in EU.

Prior to the album's release, the band will be opening shows for English labelmates Haken on that band's April/May US tour.
    Tour Dates supporting Haken:
  • 4/25 Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
  • 4/26 Chicago, IL - Reggie's
  • 4/27 Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
  • 4/30 New York, NY - Studio at Webster Hall
  • 5/1 Philadelphia, PA - Bull Shooters Saloon
  • 5/3 Springfield, VA - Empire
SPV / RAVEN release new video and announce European Tour
Posted by: Denis / 24.04.2015
NWoBHM legends RAVEN release a new video for the song Battle March/Tanks Treads (The Blood Runs Red) taken from the forthcoming album ExtermiNation, which marks the first new studio album since 5 years and is hailed by many who heard it already as one of their best albums ever.

ExtermiNation will be released in Scandinavia on April 22nd, in Germany on April 24th, in Europe on April 27th and in the USA on April 28th as a digipak version (incl. 1 bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.

RAVEN also announce a massive European tour for September and October 2015:
    RAVEN live 2015:
  • 16.09. D-Berlin – Comet
  • 17.09. D-Hannover – Lux
  • 18.09. D-Lünen – Lükaz
  • 20.09. NL-Zwolle – Hedon
  • 22.09. F-Paris – Maroquinerie
  • 23.09. F-Bordeaux – Le Rocher Palmer
  • 24.09. E-Oviedo – Sala Whippoorwill
  • 25.09. E-Zaragoza – Centro Civico Delicias
  • 26.09. E-Valladolid – Sala Porta Caeli
  • 27.09. E-Valencia – Sala Rock City
  • 29.09. F-Lyon – Le Marche Gare
  • 30.09. D-Freiburg – Slow Club
  • 01.10. D-Munich – Backstage
  • 02.10. D-Burglengenfeld – VZA Pfarrheim
  • 03.10. D-Dresden – Metal Festival
  • 04.10. CZ-Prague – Nova Chmelnice
  • 06.10. A-Vienna – Escape
  • 07.10. HU-Budapest – Dürer Kert
  • 08.10. SK-Kosice – Colloseum
  • 09.10. SK-Bratislava – Randal Club
  • 10.10. A-Innsbruck – Weekender
  • 11.10. SLO-Ljubljana – Orto Bar
  • 13.10. I-Milan – Club Legend
  • 14.10. CH-Luzern – Schüür
  • 15.10. D-Bruchsal – Fabrik
  • 17.10. D-Rheine – Hypothalamus
  • 18.10. D-Krefeld – Kulturrampe

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Punishment 18 Records / In Malice’s Wake 'Eternal Nightfall' reissued with 'Blackened Skies'
Posted by: Denis / 24.04.2015
Recently, Punishment 18 Records is proud have signed Australian thrashers In Malice's Wake for the new full-length album expected out in 2015. At the moment, the label has reissued their debut album Eternal Nightfall plus 2005 Blackened Skies (EP) as bonus material.
InsideOut Music / Spock's Beard announce new album 'The Oblivion Particle'; European tour scheduled
Posted by: Denis / 23.04.2015
Legendary progressive-rockers Spock's Beard are pleased to announce that they will return with their brand new 12th studio album The Oblivion Particle, to be released at the end of August 2015. They will also head back to Europe later this year for a string of live dates in support of the record. The band will be joined by young UK act Synaesthesia and Hungarian band Special Providence.
    The full list of dates are as follows:
  • 16.09 - Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
  • 17.09 - De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
  • 18.09 - Framus & Warwick Music Hall, Markneukirchen, Germany
  • 19.09 - Progresja, Warschau, Poland
  • 20.09 - Metro Club, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 21.09 - Ship A38, Budapest, Hungary
  • 23.09 - Legend, Milan, Italy
  • 24.09 - Kantine, Augsburg, Germany
  • 25.09 - Sudhaus, Tübingen, Germany
  • 26.09 - Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
  • 27.09 - Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
  • 29.09 - O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
  • 30.09 - Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK
  • 1.10 - The Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
  • 2.10 - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
  • 3.10 - Club Academy, Manchester, UK

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InsideOut Music / Ayreon THE HUMAN EQUATION THEATER EXPERIENCE ANNOUNCED
Posted by: Denis / 22.04.2015
Nearly 6000 Ayreon fans from 49 different countries will flock to Rotterdam (NL) this September to witness the once-in-a-lifetime theater production 'The Theater Equation' based on Ayreon's The Human Equation. The album's original vocalists James LaBrie, Devon Graves, Heather Findlay, Eric Clayton, Marcela Bovio, Magnus Ekwall and Irene Jansen will reprise their roles on 18th, 19th and 20th of September in the new Luxor theater. Rounding out the cast are Ayreon veterans Wudstik, Anneke van Giersbergen and Mike Mills.
For years fans of Arjen Anthony Lucassen's rock operas have begged for a live performance. The creative team of Shadow Freaks, a theater production company lead by Lucassen's former manager Yvette Boertje, now answers that call by staging a fan favorite; The Human Equation.

The Human Equation tells the story of comatose man who battles his emotions that have come to life in a frightening and bizarre world: his own mind. After a 20-day emotional rollercoaster ride filled with good and bad memories, shocking revelations and hope-filled desires, the man has to make a decision: wake up or die?

The band features some of Lucassen's finest guest musicians: Ed Warby, Johan van Stratum, Jeroen Goossens, Ben Mathot and Maaike Peterse. Joost van den Broek is music director and arranger for the band that also features Marcel Coenen, Freek Gielen, Erik van Ittersum and Ruben Wijga. The Epic Rock Choir, assembled especially for this show, will bring an extra dimension to this production as a finishing touch.

The Theater Equation's spectacular cast, band, stage design and costumes promise to turn this production into the Prog event of 2015! The first three shows sold out so fast, that a fourth (and final) show was added later. Tickets for this show are available now via www.thetheaterequation.com.
    SHOW DATES:
  • 18 September (SOLD OUT) Showtime: 20.00hrs
  • 19 September (TICKETS AVAILABLE) Showtime: 15.00hrs
  • 19 September (SOLD OUT) Showtime: 20.00hrs
  • 20 September (SOLD OUT) Showtime: 15.00hrs

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Intromental / VOTUM
Posted by: Denis / 22.04.2015
Intromental Worldwide are very proud to announce the signing of one of the really exciting artists, to emerge from Poland in the recent years - VOTUM. The Polish Melodic post-Rock/Metal scene is thriving and Votum is a fantastic ambassador for this particular style of music. Ambience, aggression, melody, catchiness... they have it all. They'll be a great add, to an already splendid Intromental roster, and the label expect big things to happen for the band.
Nuclear Blast / CRADLE OF FILTH unveil the cover artwork for forthcoming album 'Hammer Of The Witches'
Posted by: Denis / 21.04.2015
CRADLE OF FILTH the UK's most visionary and hellish outfit have unveiled the serene and alluring, yet harrowing cover artwork for their upcoming 11th studio album and opus nocturne entitled Hammer Of The Witches.

Fiendish main man and vocalist Dani Filth explained the provocative artwork: "The artwork for Hammer Of The Witches was created by Latvian artist Arthur Berzinsh and is a lavish walk-through of the lyricism, drawing on rich Renaissance themes and displaying them in beautiful yet unsettling scenarios. Half of the detailed pieces are totally original for the release, others are Berzinsh classics cunningly tailored to the themes of the album, which are themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation. The female form is rampant throughout the artwork, unashamedly displayed in its classical rendition of beauty... and horror."

Arthur Berzinsh is best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings, postmodern interpretations of classic myths and refined hooliganism in the playground of contemporary art. He has been proclaimed as a 'sacred monster of Latvian postmodernism'. And rightly so, his visually expressive and mannerly works tend to trigger emotions which can make thoughts fidget and wriggle, unable to find a comfortable position among the impressions gathered. His creative work is characterized by a varied range of voluptuous erotica, intensified imagery, dream-like scenes and decorativeness weighed down by visual metaphors and contrasts teetering on the edge of symbolism.

Arthur Berzinsh explains his artwork and concepts: "In terms of mood, I was looking for the inspiration of this set in the spirit of Faustian romanticism, the ambivalent art of Renaissance that reanimated motives of pagan mythology after the Middle Ages, and of course, the darkly beautiful and charming spirit of Goetia traditions that is filled with the atmosphere of hermetical rituals. My personal conceptual leitmotif that inspires me, is a conflict between the free-thinking and totalitarianism, where the raw power always gains the upper hand over individualism. The act of art is a theurgical act that creates existence in the Platonic reality - reality of ideas. So, at least in this Platonic dimension let's give the suppressed ones a chance to get their revenge. For me the Goat of Mendes on the cover symbolizes the scapegoat, who's tired of his humiliating role and wants a payback. This character is an archetypical symbol of libido and other primordial forces and instinctive aspects of a human being. And these forces always have been a menace for those who want to reign over the others, like it's schematically represented in George Orwell's '1984'."

CRADLE OF FILTH have been ensconced in creative purgatory for the last few weeks in Britain's darkest rural Suffolk, busy finishing the recording of their album at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios. It has been three years since the release of their previous album – the longest gap in the band's history. And the wait is almost over.

Hammer Of The Witches the fruit of their diabolical endeavours is due for global release this July via Nuclear Blast.

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Century Media / Paradise Lost launches new track, 'No Hope In Sight', online
Posted by: Denis / 21.04.2015
Returning with opus number fourteen, The Plague Within (due out June 1st in Europe, June 2nd in North America), PARADISE LOST is once again refining the chemical equation to their sonic alchemy with the kind of creative invincibility few can afford. It's a collection of songs that will surprise even the most seasoned of fans in its ambition: a monochrome miasma of morbidly uplifting anthems and heart-aching melancholia.

In anticipation of this release, the band has now teamed up with Metal Hammer for the premiere of the new lyric video for the track No Hope In Sight which can be seen here.

PARADISE LOST comments: "Check out the first track from our new album The Plague Within. No Hope In Sight was one of the first tracks we wrote and it reflects a blend of styles. From Death Metal to Gothic to classic Rock. It's like all eras of Paradise Lost wrapped up into one track. We hope you all like it!"

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Nuclear Blast / HELLOWEEN first single 'Battle's Won' out now, lyric-video available
Posted by: Denis / 20.04.2015
HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global Metal scene. With the release of their 15th studio album My God-Given Right, due on May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US), the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German Melodic Speed Metal. The band's first self-titled EP was released in 1985, making their new album My God-Given Right the celebratory marker for their impressive 30 year career.

Now HELLOWEEN release their first single Battle's Won digitally.

Additionally, enjoy the brand-new lyric video of Battle's Won here.

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Nuclear Blast / SLAYER release new track 'When The Stillness Comes'
Posted by: Denis / 20.04.2015
The Southern Californian Thrash Metal pioneers SLAYER released the first track in nearly a year, When The Stillness Comes.

Check out the eerie new crusher When The Stillness Comes here.

SLAYER guitarist Kerry King was in an unusually bad mood when he wrote the band's crushing new single: "We were touring Europe and we had a three-hour ride in some fucking minivan, and I'm just miserable in the backseat, not into anything," he says of the song. "So I just stated jotting down hateful thoughts. It's about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realizes he's killed everybody. It's really cool."

The track, which begins with an eerie guitar line before evolving into a full-on doomy (and classic SLAYER) riff onslaught, will be coming out this weekend on a picture-disc seven-inch for Record Store Day. It's one of 12 new songs that will appear on the Thrash Metal titans' upcoming new record, their first since 2009's World Painted Blood. The LP, produced by Terry Date (PANTERA, WHITE ZOMBIE), will also be the band's first album since the death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman in 2013 and the departure of drummer Dave Lombardo that same year.

When The Stillness Comes will be available as part of Record Store Day on April 18. The song, accompanied by alive recording of Black Magic, from the band's 1983 album Show No Mercy and recorded live at the 2014 Wacken Open Air Festival, will be available as a limited-edition (only 5000 copies worldwide), 7-inch vinyl picture disc exclusively at all participating independent record stores worldwide.

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Intromental / KINGCROW new album
Posted by: Denis / 20.04.2015
Rome, Italy's Progressive Metal masters, KINGCROW, have wrapped up the final touches on the band's valiant sixth album, Eidos, and is preparing to release it through Sensory Records this June.

Describing the band today is quite a difficult task, but one could state that the influence of such artists as Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Opeth, Anathema, Pink Floyd, Meshuggah, Radiohead, King Crimson and Massive Attack are all present in the music of KINGCROW. With each release, the band has taken a step further away from their original roots as a classic Hard Rock/Metal band, and is today one of the most personal and exciting bands that Italy has to offer the scene.

Following the success of their In Crescendo album released through Sensory in February 2014, KINGCROW returns this year with Eidos, a new conceptual album about choices, consequences, dealing with regret and disillusion. After their album, Phlegethon, dealt with childhood, and In Crescendo about the end of youth, Eidos can be considered the third part of a trilogy about the path of life. Musically it sees the band exploring new territories and pushing the extremes of its complex soundscape with a darker atmosphere and a more progressive attitude. With over an hour of new material, Eidos is the next logical progression in the evolution of KINGCROW, and will open the next doorway for what lies in wait for them next.

Also responsible for the release of KINGCROW's In Crescendo album, Sensory Records - the metal subdivision of progressive music collective, The Laser's Edge - will unveil Eidos worldwide on June 23rd. Additional album details and audio samples will be released in the very near future.

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ORPHEUS BLADE joins Pitch Black Records roster, debut album in May
Posted by: Denis / 20.04.2015
Pitch Black Records announces the addition of Israeli Progressive Metal act ORPHEUS BLADE to its artist roster and the release of the band's debut album Wolf's Cry.

Progressive and Heavy Metal, film music and musicals, a concept fantasy that is really an allegory to real life endeavors – these are just some of the cornerstones of ORPHEUS BLADE, a project led by talented singer/songwriter Adi Bitran. Armed with an attitude of 'all or nothing' that has made her almost bleed for her creation and never choosing to take the easy road, Adi has selected only the best to accompany her in this journey for her first album.

Wolf's Cry has been in the making for nearly six years. This was necessary as Adi patiently waited for the 'right hands' that would help her shape it into the strong and unique piece of music it deserved to be. And when long-time friend Erez Yohanan (AMASEFFER) stepped in that was it – Adi and Erez spent endless hours and long months in the studio rewriting, rearranging, producing and polishing everything, creating a mature album with a strong backbone.

Apart from Adi's vocal performance, a male vocalist was also needed. Someone who would fully embody the story's character and accurately portray him through singing. After a worldwide search, Henning Basse (METALIUM, EPYSODE) was the perfect choice. As expected, Basse has done a wonderful job, perfectly stepping into character. To top it all off, the album received the full big sound it deserved after renowned producer Jacob Hansen (Hansen Studios, Denmark) was assigned the task of mixing and mastering. The album's killer cover artwork was designed by Eliran Kantor.

Wolf's Cry is an eclectic collection of shapes and colors. It's metal that goes hand in hand with film music and orchestrations, offering layers upon layers of cruel guitars and carefully written lyrics. It will hold much of your own essence in it along with your life-long demons. It is not only the epic fantasy it holds inside, but also a journey into your deepest emotions, to the burning core of the beast that lurks inside. It's always dark there, always restless and maybe you too will find yourself in this scenery; one that Orpheus Blade have bled to create.

Wolf's Cry is out on May 8 (EU) / May 11 (UK) / May 12 (US) on CD and digitally.
Y.O.C. new song
Posted by: Denis / 19.04.2015
Y.O.C.'s mix of Slayer's Tribute is delayed but it's almost complete. It will appear on our band's page very soon.

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METALMESSAGE Promotion / MORTHUS (BLACKENED MELODIC DEATH METAL) EP 'Into Oblivion'
Posted by: Denis / 17.04.2015
MORTHUS EP Into Oblivion was finally self-released on October 22nd in 2014. Into Oblivion delivers a devilish well composed and technical demanding 4-track orgy, to which the band wants to invite lovers of NAGLFAR, DISSECTION and DARK FUNERAL now.

Raised to serve the dark in fall 2011, the line-up of Blackened Melodic Death Metal enthusiasts MORTHUS was unholy completed at the end of 2013. First gigs were celebrated, the style of the formation got optimized.

The Teutonic encouraged hell-horde from the eastern part of Germany decided to besiege a record studio for their first Demo EP in early 2014. In summer 2014, after playing several sweat-driving club gigs, MORTHUS recorded four well chosen Satanic hymns at Nautilus Studio in Gera / Germany.
Napalm Records / POWERWOLF release first part of 'The Road To Blessed & Possessed' video series
Posted by: Denis / 17.04.2015
Following the release of the chart topping album Preachers Of The Night that garnered the band many new fans and critical acclaim worldwide, POWERWOLF are back with their the new masterpiece Blessed & Possessed. The band has released the first part of 'The Road To Blessed & Possessed' series giving an insight of the songwriting process. See the video here!

POWERWOLF recently finished the mix of their upcoming album Blessed & Possessed at Studio Fredman, with Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at the helm of the desk. Jens Bogren laid final touches to the song, mastering the album at Fascination Street.

"We have just had the pleasure to listen to the mastered album for the very first time" reports Matthew Greywolf. "We're more than proud and satisfied with the result, and yet can hardly believe to have finished this intense production. Both Fredrik Nordström and Jens Bogren did killer jobs giving these songs exactly the sound they need."

Blessed & Possessed will be released in July via Napalm Records.

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Punishment 18 Records / Bloodrocuted line up renewed
Posted by: Denis / 17.04.2015
Belgian thrashers Bloodrocuted are happy to announce the coming of a new drummer. His name is Sander Vogt, already in Deserter line-up. The reason why band parted with Gaëtan was that Gaëtan doesn't want to tour again. Their new record, titled Disaster Strikes Back, was released on March 30th by Punishment 18 Records. Artwork was created by artist Mario Lopez (Game Over, Sabbat, Warstorm, Sofisticator, Repulsor, Axe Battler and many more).
AFM Records / Iron Savior unveil Live DVD/CD details
Posted by: Denis / 17.04.2015
German Power metallers IRON SAVIOR will release their first ever DVD/Live CD Live At The Final Frontier on May 29th.

It includes the recordings of the band's show in their hometown Hamburg (from January 2015) and comes as exclusive DVD/2CD Digipak.

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JOLLY ROGER RECORDS / WITCHWOOD - LITANIES FROM THE WOODS: debut album out 25th May
Posted by: Denis / 16.04.2015
Debut album from Italian WITCHWOOD (born from the ashes of Buttered Bacon Biscuits) entitled Litanies from the Woods will be released on CD and Digital (double LP will follow) 25th May on Jolly Roger Records (Alive Distribution / Code7 Distribution).

A long journey (79 minutes) from classic rock to Progressive rock, with blues and southern rock elements and with an obscure and 70's vintage attitude, enriched by insertions of hammond, piano, synth & moog, flute, armonica, mandolin. Fans of Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin, Kansas take note!

A Place for the Sun videoclip, available here.
    TRACKLIST:
  1. PRELUDE
  2. LIAR
  3. A PLACE FOR THE SUN
  4. RAINBOW HIGHWAY
  5. THE GOLDEN KING
  6. SHADE OF GREY
  7. THE WORLD BEHIND YOUR EYES
  8. FAREWELL TO THE OCEAN BOULEVARD
  9. SONG OF FREEDOM
  10. HANDFUL OF STARS
    LINE UP:
  • RICKY DAL PANE - VOCALS, RHYTHM and ELECTRIC GUITAR, MANDOLIN, PERCUSSIONS
  • DAVIDE MOSCA - LEAD GUITAR
  • LUCA CELOTTI - BASS
  • STEFANO OLIVI - HAMMOND, KEYBOARDS, SYNTH, MOOG
  • SAMUELE TESORI - FLUTE, HARMONICA
  • ANDREA PALLI - DRUMS
Avantegarde MNGT / HEAVENWOOD - FRANKY COSTANZA (DAGOBA) TO GUEST ON NEW ALBUM
Posted by: Denis / 16.04.2015
Portuguese Metallers HEAVENWOOD have announced that the French Drum God, Franky Costanza (DAGOBA) will be a very special guest on The Tarot Of The Bohemians, their new album. Franky will appear on the tracks The Lovers and Wheel Of Fortune, two tracks chosen by his own and that fits very well his fantastic musical versatility and technique.

Commented HEAVENWOOD guitarist Ricardo Dias: "Franky Costanza is, nowadays, one of the best French Metal/Rock drummers. We always desired to melt the harmony, melody and HEAVENWOODs musical expression with the colossal rhythms developed by this true musical warrior. It is an honor to have Franky's musical DNA and Spirit through is percussive expression with HEAVENWOOD". Franky Costanza added that he is "Very Excited & Honored to play drums on the next HEAVENWOOD album! I LOVE their music and this upcoming album!"

As previously reported, HEAVENWOOD have announced the return of drummer Daniel Cardoso (ANATHEMA) to the group's ranks, who recorded the drums on the Redemption (2008) and Abyss Masterpiece (2011) albums and played with the band during this period. HEAVENWOOD are currently recording their fifth studio album, The Tarot Of The Bohemians to be released late September 2015. Bass and main vocal recording sessions took place at Stone Sound Studio, in Oporto, under the supervision of producer/ bassist Ricardo Oliveira; the drum recording session took place at Ultrasoundstudios in Braga with Pedro Mendes. Now HEAVENWOOD are at the Raising Legends Studio, where producer André Matos is at helm of the final recordings.

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High Roller Recods / BLIZZEN - Time Machine
Posted by: Denis / 16.04.2015
Following the huge success of Stallion, High Roller Records is proud to announce the debut mini-album of Germany's newest Heavy Metal sensation Blizzen. Andi Heindl (guitars), Marvin Kiefer (guitars), Daniel Stecki (vocals, bass) and Gereon Nicolay (drums) formed the band in February 2014. In April of the same year they issued a three-track demo to download freely from the internet. In October 2014 Blizzen appeared live at the 'Manilla Road festival'. Now it's time for the first official release on High Roller Records entitled Time Machine.

"We have been influenced by classic Metal and Thrash Metal from the eighties," states singer/bassist Daniel Stecki. "But also classic rock from the sixties and seventies. If I go through the A-Z of bands having influenced us I'd start at Anthrax and end with ZZ Top. There'd be at least one band per letter in the alphabet. Iron Maiden, Tank, Diamond Head, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy – those were also bands that have influenced us quite heavily."

So the title of the mini-album Time Machine (featuring a lightning bolt on the album cover which looks exactly like the one from Raven's Wiped Out album) is to be taken literally after all? "I guess you could say this", laughs Daniel. "Our debut is a travel back in time to the glory eighties, a time in which all our heroes put out their best records."

Just listen to the opening riff of Gone Wild and you will instantly hear where Blizzen are coming from, classic Jaguar springs to my mind. "Yes, that might be true", says Daniel. "Jaguar are definitely one of the bands we adore. I have just listened to their new album Metal X and I must say it is really, really good."

There is a good chance that some people will describe Blizzen as the 'new Stallion', a description Daniel has no problem with: "That'd be a big honour for us. Stallion are not only a fantastic band, they are very nice people as well. In general though I don't think that we are the 'new Stallion'. Our style is a bit different from theirs, to be honest."

Blizzen will be playing the warm-up show to 'Hell over Hammaburg' in 2015 and they have already started work on their first full-length album: "We have finished eleven songs. There are a few more to come but the material for the album is almost complete. Our live set at the moment is 45 minutes long including one cover version, namely Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden."
Royal Hunt new album 2015
Posted by: Denis / 15.04.2015
Band statement:
"We'd like to announce that we already completed the songwriting/pre-production process for our new (thirteenth) studio album due to release later this year. Recordings will start shortly at NorthPoint Productions with André Andersen producing.

As a new twist on proceedings we've also started our first ever pre-ordering campaign on pledgemusic.com. Support us by sharing this information with your friends and other music fans, or even becoming a pledger."

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BEAUVOIR FREE recreate the magic of Crown of Thorns debut on 'American Trash' - out on Frontiers in June
Posted by: Denis / 15.04.2015
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of American Trash the anticipated new album featuring Rock & Roll veterans Jean BEAUVOIR and Micki FREE on June 3rd in Europe and June 7th in North America.

Best known as the driving force behind the legendary Crown of Thorns self-titled debut album in 1994, Jean Beauvoir and Micki Free's collective credits read like a 'who's-who' Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with a list of collaborations that includes the likes of the Ramones, KISS, Debbie Harry, The Pretenders, John Waite, Lionel Richie, N'Sync, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Bill Wyman, Carlos Santana and Prince to name but a few.

The duo both coincidentally moved back to LA in 2003 and re-connected. They discussed joining forces again for a new project and after a few shows in Europe in 2013, a deal with Frontiers was inked for a brand new album to be recorded in 2014.

The result is American Trash, an album that shaped up as "the continuation of the BEAUVOIR FREE sound as the writing team for the Crown of Thorns debut,” explains Jean Beauvoir. "When we write together there really is this magic. We know we want killer guitar riffs and major melodic chorus... and this is what turns out in our songs, in Beauvoir Free style."

All the new songs came out like 'rocking-babies' in the BEAUVOIR FREE fold. "...And all represent the sound only Jean and I create together. The 'inimitable' sound of BEAUVOIR FREE," tells Micki Free.

Joining forces once again, Jean and Micki can truly unleash the magic that they can only create when they write together, of that there is no doubt!

"We both feel this CD is some of the best work we have done, right up their next to the Crown of Thorns debut" concludes Jean. "We want to get out on the road and bring it to the fans. We receive a lot of enquires of when are you guys coming back out on tour and people telling us they can't wait to hear the new material. Frankly we can't wait for our fans to hear American Trash as well!"
AXEMASTER Webstore now open
Posted by: Denis / 14.04.2015
Axemaster would like to let everyone know that the store in the Axemaster website is now stocked and open for business! It not only includes the new album Overture to Madness and standard merchandise, but there are also several other Axemaster releases, some non-Axemaster releases done by current band members, and some very rare collectible items. Something any fan of Axemaster and metalheads in general should definitely check out!

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Ulterium Records / SIGNUM REGIS 'MY GUIDE IN THE NIGHT' LYRIC VIDEO RELEASED
Posted by: Denis / 14.04.2015
SIGNUM REGIS just released a lyric video for the track My Guide In The Night online. Their upcoming EP entitled Through The Storm will be released on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America through Ulterium Records.

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Pure Steel Recprds / DSG 'Still A Warrior'
Posted by: Denis / 14.04.2015
The new album of DSG Still A Warrior is now available in label's webshop. Safe 1 Euro during the preorder time. The official release date of the album is the 24th of April 2015.

"I'm very happy to say that I feel this is the best DSG record to date," says Shankle. "I also feel this is the best DSG band out of all three of them so far. I'm very proud of everyone of these guys great job they did on the record." Joining Shankle in DSG are vocalist Warren Halvarson, bassist Mike Streicher, and drummer Gabriel Anthony. "With new singer Warren Halvarson, new bass player Mike Streicher, and our new drummer Gabriel Anthony, this is by far the BEST line up to date."

For 13 years, Shankle has been enjoying a solo career, as evidenced by the two albums, Ashes To Ashes (2003) and Hellborn (2007). And Still A Warrior does not disappoint, as it features both metallic anthems (the title track) and instrumentals (The Hitman) with such guest artists as Michael Angelo Batio, Joe Stump, and Parker Lundgren from QUEENSRYCHE. Also, the 'Demonic Solo' (from the movie 'Jezebeth') is being hailed as one of the fastest guitar solos in the world.

Shankle: "I think the new DSG record, Still A Warrior, is a combination of the best from the Ashes to Ashes and Hellborn CD's. A lot of great melodic vocals and full neo-classical shred guitar in your face." Still A Warrior confirms: friends of US Metal with a classical shred guitar influences will completely be satisfied by their old hero again!

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Punishment 18 Records / Hyades 'The Wolves Are Getting Hungry' artwork unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 14.04.2015
Italian Thrash masters Hyades will release a new record titled The Wolves Are Getting Hungry by Italian label Punishment 18 Records soon.

Now you can see the artwork for this album.
Punishment 18 Records / Running Death listen to new Running Death song, 'Psycho'
Posted by: Juliette / 14.04.2015
Posted on YouTube Psycho, a brand new song from Running Death new album titled Overdrive, recently released by Italian label Punishment 18 Records. Artwork was created by talented artist Gyula Havancsak (Annihilator, Tyr, Sear Bliss, Jorn, Destruction, Grave Digger, Jungle Rot, Elvenking, Tankard and many more).
Kontra - Italian Thrash Metal band
Posted by: Denis / 13.04.2015
Kontra, the Italian Thrash Metal band from Naples existing from 1999 to 2007 made a reunion. The band influenced both by Bay Area Thrash and by German Thrash Metal, now is composed of 3 member which the only original one is the singer/rhythm guitar and founder of the band Marco Barraco.

Kontra played live in many stages in Naples and suburbs producing also 2 demo: Strike Zero in 2003 limited in only 100 copies, and Demo 2005 never published because the band splitted up.
ACCEPT ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST UWE LULIS AND DRUMMER CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS
Posted by: Denis / 13.04.2015
ACCEPT... Wolf Hoffmann, Peter Baltes, Mark Tornillo, Uwe Lulis, Christopher Williams... proudly announce their upcoming BLIND RAGE TOUR 2015 Part II! See you in MEXICO, BRAZIL, GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, POLAND, SLOVAKIA, FINLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVENIA, FRANCE, SPAIN, AUSTRIA, DENMARK, SWEDEN, BELGIUM and MORE to come!

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Symphony X new album
Posted by: Denis / 13.04.2015
Symphony X is happy to report that the mixing and mastering of the new CD is complete! The process was handled by Jens Bogren, who also did last two CDs, and who did an amazing job as always.

As for the artwork, they turned once again to Warren Flanagan. Warren has worked on band's last two CDs as well, and can also be relied upon for amazing work.

Symphony X will be wrapping up the booklet layout and finalizing things over the next couple of weeks. The band is really excited about this one, and they anxiously look forward to getting it out there to everyone.

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Frontiers Records / House of Lords - Indestructible
Posted by: Denis / 13.04.2015
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the HOUSE OF LORDS tenth studio album aptly entitled Indestructible on June 3rd in Europe and June 7th in North America.

The new album shows once again what HOUSE OF LORDS stands for: powerful and heavy songs, with major hooks and melodies and grandiose arrangements. "The name Indestructible was chosen because we all felt that we have been through a lot in our long careers and what better way to say 'Hey, I'm still Here' than by giving the CD a BOLD title," says singer James Christian.

Indestructible features eleven brand new songs, which masterfully combine the best of Heavy and Melodic Hard Rock. "The album is heavier in the beginning, but we love songs that are both Melodic and Heavy" continues Christian, "and the idea was to fill the best of both on one CD without sounding like two different bands. I think we have accomplished that. A good example would be the song Pillar of Salt especially gives a good representation of how the new album sounds: a combination of heavy, melodic, and thoughtful lyrics. This song is one of my favorites!"

Besides being HOUSE OF LORDS tenth studio album, the new record sees the new line-up celebrating their first ten years together. "It is amazing to work with BJ, Chris and Jimi" tells James Christian, "they are all very aware of what HOUSE OF LORDS represents and they are committed to making records that complement the history of the band. No matter which HOUSE OF LORDS album you listen to, there is a common thread, which comes from the fact that the four of us are musically in sync. This is the real reason why we have been able to produce records of this calibre".

HOUSE OF LORDS will exclusively appear at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Trezzo (MI) next Sunday, April 12 and start a European tour in September, with a very special surprise show to be announced soon.

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Y.O.C. songs
Posted by: Denis / 12.04.2015
You can download all Y.O.C. songs for free from our band's page!

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In Malice’s Wake: talented thrashers sign for Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 10.04.2015
Punishment 18 Records is proud to announce to have signed Australian thrashers In Malice's Wake for the new full-length album expected out in 2015. In Malice's Wake is Australia's premier Thrash band combining relentless speed, iconic riffs and haunting melodies.
Napalm Records / POWERWOLF have finished mix of upcoming album
Posted by: Denis / 10.04.2015
POWERWOLF have just finished the mix of their upcoming album Blessed & Possessed at Studio Fredman, with Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at the helm of the desk. These days Jens Bogren laid final touches to the song, mastering the album at Fascination Street.

"We have just had the pleasure to listen to the mastered album for the very first time" reports Matthew Greywolf. "We're more than proud and satisfied with the result, and yet can hardly believe to have finished this intense production. Both Fredrik Nordström and Jens Bogren did killer jobs giving these songs exactly the sound they need."

Blessed & Possessed will be released in July via Napalm Records.
    POWERWOLF will present Blessed & Possessed live at their 'Wolfsnächte Tour 2015':
  • 04.09.15 DE – Speyer / Halle 101
  • 05.09.15 DE – Köln / Live Music Hall
  • 09.09.15 UK – London / 02 Academy Islington
  • 10.09.15 FR – Paris / Trabendo
  • 12.09.15 FR – Strasbourg / La Laiterie
  • 01.10.15 DE – Bremen / Aladin
  • 02.10.15 DE – Oberhausen / Turnbinenhalle
  • 03.10.15 DE – Hamburg / Grosse Freiheit
  • 22.10.15 DE – Berlin / C-Club
  • 23.10.15 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
  • 24.10.15 DE – München / Backstage
  • 29.10.15 DE – Ravensburg / Oberschwabenhalle
  • 30.10.15 DE – Geiselwind / Music Hall
  • 31.10.15 DE – Stuttgart / LKA Longhorn
  • 07.11.15 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage

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Napalm Records / CIVIL WAR new 'Bay Of Pigs' video revealed
Posted by: Denis / 10.04.2015
The finest Swedish Heavy Metal - that's what CIVIL WAR stands for! This breathtaking six-piece features former members of Sabaton and Astral Doors. Their forthcoming release Gods And Generals is the band's latest masterpiece following their successful debut Killer Angels in 2013. Gods And Generals features galloping Heavy Metal riffs that melt into epically sweeping melody lines, which serve as an opus magnum filled to the brim with anthems.

CIVIL WAR has released the brand new music video for the track Bay Of Pigs from the new album Gods And Generals (11th in the UK & May 12th US/CAN on Napalm Records)!

Get ready and be prepared for a CIVIL WAR in 2015 with a new masterpiece full of catchy melodies & Heavy Metal arrangements!

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Burning Point sign with AFM Records!
Posted by: Denis / 10.04.2015
Finnish Power metallers BURNING POINT have signed with AFM Records. Being an active part of the European Power Metal scene for the last 15 years, the band around mastermind/guitarist Pete Ahonen has added former Battle Beast vocalist Nitte Valo to the group's ranks in 2014 and is set to release their new album soon.

Ahonen comments: "To me AFM Records has always been a label of quality releases and the words can't describe of how happy and excited I and we are to be a part of the AFM family! It has been very clear from the start that they have a heart full of fire and huge load of enthusiasm towards the bands in their roster. I have to say that first time in YEARS we (label and the band) work as a TEAM."

A first song snippet (re-recorded 2015 version of the band's track All The Madness) is available for streaming here.

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Graveworm sign with AFM Records, new album coming in June
Posted by: Denis / 10.04.2015
Italian dark metallers GRAVEWORM have signed with AFM Records.

AFM has already re-released the band's early albums As The Angels Reach The Beauty, Scourge Of Malice and When Daylight's Gone / Underneath The Crescent Moon in 2012 and will now follow up to release GRAVEWORM's brand new studio album, entitled Ascending Hate, which will see the light of day on June 19th.

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JOLLY ROGER RECORDS / GRAAL - CHAPTER IV
Posted by: Denis / 09.04.2015
New GRAAL album, titled Chapter IV, will be released on Cd and Digital, 24th May 2015 on Jolly Roger Records. (Alive Distribution / Code7 Distribution). The Italian quintet GRAAL first came to prominence in 2005 when it released its full-length debut album Realm of Fantasy (self-released on CD and LP). Since then the band has hooked up with label Bloodrock Records, and two new more productions have seen the light: Tales Untold in 2007 and Legends Never Die in early 2011. Also in 2013 Bloodrock reissued on double LP their debut.

Chapter IV, the brand new album, is far by the most mature and complete of their discography, underlining a constant and progressive growth. Musically Graal is placed well inside the retro-oriented Hard Rock universe: some details heralding a plausible Deep Purple influence, others with similarities closer to Iron Maiden and early 80's UFO, with occasional additional flavorings folk-oriented.

At this link 3 audio tracks available for streaming.
    TRACKLIST:
  1. LITTLE SONG
  2. PICK UP ALL THE FAULTS
  3. SHADOWPLAY
  4. REVENGE
  5. THE DAY THAT NEVER ENDED
  6. STRONGER
  7. GUARDIAN DEVIL
  8. LESSER MAN
  9. LAST HOLD
  10. GOODBYE
  11. A POETRY FOR A SILENT MAN
  12. NORTHERN CLIFF
    LINE UP:
  • ANDREA CICCOMARTINO - VOCALS, RHYTHM, ACOUSTIC GUITAR
  • FRANCESCO ZAGARESE - LEAD GUITAR
  • MICHELE RASPANTI - BASS
  • DANILO PETRELLI - KEYBOARDS
  • ALEX GIULIANI - DRUMS
Ulterium Records / WITHIN SILENCE 'ROAD TO THE PARADISE' LYRIC VIDEO RELEASED
Posted by: Denis / 09.04.2015
The Melodic Metal band WITHIN SILENCE just released a lyric video for the track Road To The Paradise online. Their upcoming debut album Gallery of Life will be released on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America through Ulterium Records.
Metal Blade / Armored Saint to release 'Win Hands Down' this summer
Posted by: Denis / 09.04.2015
Los Angeles, California's Armored Saint are set to release their seventh studio album this summer. The album, Win Hands Down, is all things Armored, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015. The album is scheduled for release on June 2nd in North America, with release dates for June 1st in Europe/UK, and May 29th in DE/CH/AT. A brand new video was recently shot by director Andrew Nethery, and is available for streaming now at metalblade.com/armoredsaint, where album pre-order bundles are also ready for order. Additionally, a behind the scenes video from the photo shoot for the Win Hands Down album cover is on youtube now here.

Win Hands Down – mixed by Jay Ruston, produced by Joey Vera.

VH1 Classic's centerpiece in original programming, That Metal Show, returned earlier this year with an episode that welcomed Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed alongside John Bush and Joey Vera of Armored Saint. Jamey Jasta talked about the upcoming Hatebreed tour, the podcast he hosts, recounted how a recent tour they did with Black Label Society was one of the best he had ever done, and even gave a compilation CD to each member of the audience. John Bush and Joey Vera talked about their forthcoming seventh album Win Hands Down, their upcoming tour with Saxon and recalled memories from their time in Anthrax. Watch the full episode, along with bonus clips of John and Joey, on vh1.com now here.

While in New York for the TV taping, Jamey Jasta sat down with Bush and Vera for an episode of 'The Jasta Show'. Subscribe and listen via iTunes, or stream the episode on soundcloud here.

Armored Saint are also proud to be joining the legendary Saxon for a few select, high profile shows across the country from May 12th through May 30th.
    ARMORED SAINT Tour with Saxon
  • 05/12 New York, NY BB Kings
  • 05/13 Worcester, MA The Palladium
  • 05/23 San Antonio, TX 210 Kapone’s Live
  • 05/24 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
  • 05/29 San Jose, CA Rockbar
  • 05/30 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues

    ARMORED SAINT European Tour Dates
  • 06/19 Clisson, FR Hellfest
  • 07/30 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
  • 08/02 Munich, DE Free & Easy Festival
  • 08/03 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg w/ Queensryche
  • 08/04 Eindhoven, NL Effenaar w/ Queensryche
  • 08/06 London, GB Electric Ballroom w/ Queensryche
  • 08/07 Derby, GB Bloodstock Festival
  • 08/08 Kortrijk, BE Alcatraz Festival
  • 12/04 Hamburg, DE Waterkant X-Mas Bash
  • 12/05 Oberhausen, DE Ruhrpott Metal Meeting

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SPV / MAGNUM Bob Catley video message, summer schedule updated
Posted by: Denis / 08.04.2015
British Melodic Rock icons MAGNUM are releasing a new live album which was recorded at selected venues from their successful 'Escape From The Shadow Garden' European tour in the spring of 2014. The set list comprises songs chosen from 7 of their 18 studio albums, the band have produced this album so that fans can fully appreciate the songs penned from Magnum's beginning, in the 1970s, right up to the present day.

Escape From The Shadow Garden – Live 2014 will be released in Scandinavia on May 06th, in Germany on May 08th, in Europe on May 11th and in the USA on May 12th as a super jewel case version, double gatefold vinyl version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.

Furthermore the band is already working hard on their new studio album which will be released by the beginning of 2016.
    TRACKLISTING:
  1. Super Jewel Case
  2. Live 'til You Die
  3. Black Skies
  4. Freedom Day
  5. Dance of the Black Tattoo
  6. Blood Red Laughter
  7. Unwritten Sacrifice
  8. How Far Jerusalem
  9. Les Morts Dansant
  10. Falling For the Big Plan
  11. All England's Eyes
  12. Vigilante
  13. Kingdom of Madness
    LIVE 2015:
  • 17.07. GB-Derbyshire – Rock and Bike Fest
  • 18.07. SE-Väsby – Väsby Rock Festival
  • 31.07. SE-Rejmyre – Skogsröjet Festival
  • 01.08. D-Seebronn – Rock Of Ages Festival
  • 08.08. CH-Brienz – Brienzersee Festival
Nevereven live with Dog Fashion Disco - April 11
Posted by: Denis / 07.04.2015
The next show that Nevereven have to offer you is one they are particularly psyched for. The mighty Dog Fashion Disco is coming to town on their national Performance Enhancement tour and Nevereven will be helping them out at their Brooklyn appearance. Also on the tour are Beeb$ and her Money Maker$ and Shinobi Ninja.

It's all going down at The Shop Brooklyn. This new venue in Bushwick is quickly becoming one of band's favorite places for live music. Doors at 7, the band plays at 8. 21+. More details about this show can be found here.

It's also Gary's birthday show, so if you want to see him get hit in the face with a cake, this is probably the best place to see it. Nevereven'll see you this Saturday, April 11th!

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SKID ROW and Solinger split
Posted by: Denis / 07.04.2015
After 14 years of touring and 4 releases, SKID ROW and singer Johnny Solinger have parted ways.

Founding member Snake Sabo said, "We had a lot of great times together and created a lot of great music. We wish him nothing but the best."

"Sometimes things just end. People go in different directions and grow apart and you have to make a decision. He will always be our brother" adds co-founder Rachel Bolan.

The vacancy for a new front man has been filled by powerhouse vocalist Tony Harnell. This news comes hot of the heels of his departure from Norway based band, TNT. "Tony's experience, power and undeniable range made our decision an easy one" commented guitarist Scotti Hill. Drummer Rob Hammersmith added, "I believe this will be a great year for SKID ROW. I'm looking forward for things to come."

When asked about joining forces with SKID ROW Harnell said, "I'm so excited and honored to be a part of such a great band with an amazing legacy and legions of faithful fans! The guys and I have known each other for many years and this is such a natural fit. I look forward to getting out there and playing live together and being a part of making new music and creating our future together. It's time to rock!"

The band will head into the studio to record the third chapter of the United World Rebellion trilogy this summer. They will also hit the road for another world tour in support.

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GlobMetal Promotions / FS PROJEKT released new single
Posted by: Denis / 06.04.2015
Russian Heavy/Power Metal band FS PROJEKT released their new single ELFIYSKIY MARSH (The Elven March). The song is dedicated to the third and final installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. It is also a tribute to all those who left their hearts in Middle - Earth forever and ever.

FS PROJEKT is the result of the creative effort and cooperation of its mastermind Efes Efesov with Oleg Mishin, a renowned Russian musician (Catharsis).
KIKO LOUREIRO Of ANGRA Officially Joins MEGADETH
Posted by: Denis / 03.04.2015
Dave Mustaine:
"I first met Kiko around 8 years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! magazine. I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard. Since then I've come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I'm deeply encouraged by his depth and talent. Very few Megadeth alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko. As Frank Sinatra says, 'the best is yet to come!'"

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Pure Steel Records / STARBLIND first album teaser released
Posted by: Denis / 03.04.2015
STARBLIND from Sweden have started the recording of their upcoming album at Studio 2-Takt together with their producer Cedrick Forsberg (Rocka Rollas) and released a first teaser video.
Nuclear Blast / ALMANAC Victor Smolski reveals new band
Posted by: Denis / 03.04.2015
Few weeks ago, the announcement about the separation of the current RAGE line-up caused some furor within the Metal scene. While founding-member Peavy Wagner decided to continue RAGE with new members, guitar player Victor Smolski set his mind on following his passion for neo-classical, orchestral Metal and continue on the path that ended up with the LINGUA MORTRIS ORCHESTRA debut LMO. This marks the birth of new band called ALMANAC .

"Almanac is the continuation of the concept, which I started back in 2013 with LMO", says the guitar player and adds: "The well-known faces of LMO stay the same: both female singers Jeannette Marchewka and Dana Harnge, as well as the Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia. On top of that I am proud to announce that we also have two outstanding male singers joining us: Andy B. Franck (BRAINSTORM) and David Readman (PINK CREAM 69)! All of them offer me the possibility to add more variety and a new musical dimension to the new tracks' arrangements."

At a later point, Victor Smolski will announce the bass player and drummer of ALMANAC – but their baptism of fire is close: "I will present the whole new band on our first live appearance on the 'Musikmesse Frankfurt'", reveals the guitar wizard. ALMANAC will perform on April 16th at 17.30 CET on the Agora Stage.

Furthermore, Victor Smolski plans to enter the studio even in 2015 and record their debut album.
Napalm Records / KAMELOT 'Veil Of Elysium' lyric video revealed
Posted by: Denis / 03.04.2015
Symphonic Metal masters KAMELOT have returned after two years of touring the globe and twelve months of intense writing and recording. The new album titled Haven will make KAMELOT history as it will be released worldwide (excl. Asia) on Napalm Records/Universal and Napalm Records/ADA/Warner as an exclusive licensing deal through the band's KAMELOT MUSIC LLC on May 4, 2015 (North America) and May 8, 2015 (Europe and rest of the world) and will showcase KAMELOT at their finest!

Now a breathtaking lyric video for the track Veil Of Elysium has been unveiled! It's time to step into the cinematic, epic and emotionally dynamic world of Haven.

Following the release of Haven, KAMELOT will embark on a massive WORLD TOUR, starting with North America in April/May 2015 followed by European shows in the Summer 2015 and with The Haven European Tour in September/October 2015 the band will return to Europe for their biggest headliner tour to date.
    KAMELOT North American Tour With Special Guest Dragonforce:
  • 4/27: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
  • 4/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
  • 4/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
  • 5/1: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
  • 5/2: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
  • 5/3: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
  • 5/5: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
  • 5/6: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
  • 5/7: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
  • 5/9: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
  • 5/10: Saskatoon, SK @ Louis Pub
  • 5/11: Calgary, AL @ MacEwan Hall
  • 5/12: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
  • 5/14: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center
  • 5/15: Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
  • 5/16: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
  • 5/18: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
  • 5/20: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
  • 5/21: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Civic Theater
  • 5/22: Birmingham, IL @ Iron City Live
  • 5/23: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
    SUMMER FESTIVALS
  • 27.06.2015 BG – Kavarna / Kavarna Rock Festival
  • 04.07.2015 RO – Romania / I Am The Rocker Festival
  • 09.07.2015 CZ – Vizovice / Masters Of Rock Festival
    EUROPEAN HEADLINING TOUR
  • 17.09.2015 FR – Paris / La Cigale
  • 19.09.2015 CH – Pratteln / Z7 Konzertfabrik
  • 25.09.2015 SE – Gothenburg / Trädgår'n
  • 26.09.2015 NO – Oslo / Sentrum Scene
  • 27.09.2015 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Medis
  • 29.09.2015 FI – Jyväskylä / Lutakko
  • 01.10.2015 FI – Joensuu / Kerubi
  • 02.10.2015 FI - Seinäjoki / Rytmikorjaamo
  • 03.10.2015 FI – Helsinki / Circus
  • 05.10.2015 LT – Vilnius / Forum Palace
  • 06.10.2015 PL – Warszawa / Club Progresja
  • 08.10.2015 IT – Milano / Live Music Club
  • 16.10.2015 NL – Tilburg / Poppodium 013

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Napalm Records / AMBERIAN DAWN studio news and new bass player
Posted by: Denis / 03.04.2015
Finish Symphonic Metallers AMBERIAN DAWN are pleased to announce that they've started working on a new studio album to be released via Napalm Records. Together with AMBERIAN DAWN's co-producer Mikko P. Mustonen, vocalist Capri and band's composer Tuomas Seppälä the band are hard at work right now in the studio polishing the vocal arrangements.

Tuomas had the following to say about the new album: "The new album is going to be the most vocal-driven one in AMBERIAN DAWN's history. This album continues the style which Magic Forest started and takes it even further. Very melodic stuff coming up. I just realized that I've written over 60 songs for Amberian Dawn during these years and it's really amazing to realize that I haven't lost 'The Flame' to do this. I feel like reborn with each and every AMBERIAN DAWN album. This album is going to be the best so far, no doubt of it!!!"

AMBERIAN DAWN is also introducing new bass player Jukka Hoffren, a very experienced and talented Finnish musician (Adamantra, Epicrenel, Ragged Saints). "Now it's official! Jukka isn't actually so new with us. He played all the base parts on our previous album Magic Forest as a session player. Now everyone will have a chance to meet Jukka on our next gig which is held on 22th of April in Nosturi/Helsinki/Finland. Welcome to Amberian Dawn, Jukka!!!"

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Season of Mist / SEPTICFLESH new video 'Prometheus'
Posted by: Denis / 02.04.2015
SEPTICFLESH are now premiering a spectacular video for Prometheus, a song taken from the Greek demons' latest album Titan. The clip has been created by the band and director Jon Simvonis and is now exclusively streaming via the official media partners.

SEPTICFLESH comment: "We now present our second video clip since our founding. The first was The Eldest Cosmonaut from the album A Fallen Temple. This time we chose the song Prometheus from our latest album Titan. The storyline revolves around the theme of transformation and crossing the thin line between predator and prey. It is something that literally delivers food for thought. Provoking, disturbing, resisting, surviving the ordeal..."

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METALMESSAGE Promotion / HALO CREATION (Female fronted DEATH METAL from Austria) debut album in autumn
Posted by: Denis / 01.04.2015
HALO CREATION is a DEATH METAL band from Vienna, Austria and was founded in 2014. Their unequivocal message is: BANG YOUR FUCKIN' HEAD!!!

The five members of the band bring you real, powerful and straight Metal. And also live, you can feel and see the brute force of HALO CREATION. It began in a small rehearsal room in the middle of Vienna. Since the very beginning they rehearse regularly and so the first songs accrued. In summer of 2014 a Demo CD with four songs on it was recorded. In September, HALO CREATION played their first live show, together with ILLDISPOSED. Since this show, they play live regularly, and already shared the stage with GRAVEWORM or JINJER.

These days they are busy with songwriting for their first album and in summer 2015 they will enter the studio. The release of the full-lenght is scheduled for autumn.

For HALO CREATION, it is important to produce elaborated and very powerful music. When they're playing live, the crowd should go crazy and while listening to their songs, any kind of emotions should arise. The music should be real Death Metal, which means, there will be no clean vocals nor Nu Metal parts in it. Moreover, outstanding chorus lines are important. Further, excesses in speed, or changes in rhythm should be a big part of this music.
Limb Music / WIZARD remastered reissues
Posted by: Denis / 01.04.2015
The opinion of the international press that Wizard is Germany's answer to Manowar is not entirely incorrect. The band with singer Sven D'Anna take their fast, furious true Metal sound from similar sources as Joey DeMaio's American band. Despite that, Wizard's songs are not lacking in individuality.

"Nobody told us that Metal was dead – believe me", Snoppi says with a deadpan face, "we didn't notice that in the rehearsal room..." This totally naive and very honest statement, taken from an early interview, is WIZARD in a nutshell. WIZARD have remained true to themselves – and they are the only real choice for anyone searching for the true Metal spirit.

Limb Music reissues three classic albums, remastered by Markus Teske (Vanden Plas, Mob Rules, Symphony X, Neal Morse, Saga and Ian Parry's Consortium Project): Head Of The Deceiver, Odin, Magic Circle.

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Nightmare Records / EXXILES 'Oblivion'
Posted by: Denis / 31.03.2015
Nightmare Records is proud to announce the release of EXXILES Oblivion coming May 26th, 2015.

EXXILES is a symphonic/Progressive Metal band formed by drummer Mauricio Bustamante with members and guests from: Symphony X, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Circle II Circle, Communic, Circus Maximus, Stream of Passion, Revolution Renaissance, Spiral Architect.

Yet... Exxiles is a band, not just another project.

After Mauricio Bustamante left Reign of the Architect, he started working on his new production and multinational band called EXXILES, seeking to reflect how sometimes we are exile in life by simple or great things when we are betrayed by something we believed in. At the end of which... there is only abandonment... pain... and anger. Yet with passion, you discover that you learn how to rise... to liberate and fight for the things you believe in once again! That is the moment when the exile transforms into something stronger, especially if walk with other exiles toward your goal.

The first part of a pending trilogy, will be a cinematic conceptual album about loyalty, a symbol of friendship, politics, religion, love… It will have many stories but but each will seek become one with the rest. It will show how loyalty becomes weak when personal interests are involved, and in sacrificing a dreamers dreams in order to achieve power, neither side wins. The ultimate dream is lost but never the hope!
    The band and guest list includes:
  • Mauricio Bustamante (Ex Reign of the Architect)
  • Simon Rojas
  • Noel Martínez
  • Mike Lepond (Symphony X)
  • Chris Caffery (Trans Siberian Orchestra)
  • Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle)
  • Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion)
  • Oddleif Stensland (Communic)
  • Wilmer Waarbroek (Ayreon)
  • Gus Monsanto ( Ex-Adagio)
  • Øyvind Hægeland (Spiral Architect)
  • Mats Haugen (Circus Maximus)
  • David Grey ( Lost in Thought)
  • Sergio Agilar (Agora)
  • Antonio Rivera (Solitude)
Scarlet Records / HOLLOW HAZE NEW ALBUM 'MEMORIES OF AN ANCIENT TIME'
Posted by: Denis / 31.03.2015
Formed back in 2003 and after having released 5 albums, including the latest, critically acclaimed Countdown To Revenge (2013), and having toured the world with celebrated acts such as Tarja, Dragonforce and Accept to name a few, Hollow Haze are going to release their new effort Memories Of An Ancient Time on Scarlet Records. The band has recently parted ways with singer Fabio Lione, but shortly after announced that Mats Leven, Rick Altzi and Amanda Somerville took part in the recording sessions as very special guest singers. Memories Of An Ancient Time offers a wide range of musical landscapes, mixing heavy guitar riffs and pounding rhythms with inspiring and emotional lead vocals and choruses. Thanks to their passion and hard work, Hollow Haze are not afraid to confront themselves with every music style, getting their inspiration both from the past and the modern Heavy Metal scene. Memories Of An Ancient Time has been mastered by Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Apocalyptica, Children Of Bodom) at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland and will be available starting from June 9th, 2015.

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Metal Media / Lothlöryen: Brazilian band launch crowdfunding
Posted by: Denis / 30.03.2015
The Brazilian Power/Prog Metal band LOTHLÖRYEN released a crowdfunding campaign to gather money for the release of their fourth album.

The band is offering a special number of merchandising products exclusively for those who gets involved with the campaign, so there are a few packs you can pick for a promotional price, including a virtual copy of the CD, with virtual booklet, stickers, your name on the booklet, physical CDs, posters and others, like having a song made especially for you.

It's important to mention that the CD is already fully recorded, and mixed, so it will be released and delivered to funders anyway! By the way, everybody that helps LOTHLÖRYEN's campaign will already receive a few songs.

The singer Daniel Felipe also sends a message.

Everyone around the globe that wishes to help and buy a pack, can make by the link.
SPV / AXEL RUDI PELL releases teaser for 'Magic Moments'
Posted by: Denis / 30.03.2015
AXEL RUDI PELL teaser for Magic Moments

It was a hot summer night and the beach was burning... Wrong song, wrong place! But the weather gods smiled on Axel Rudi Pell on that memorable magic evening of July 11th 2014: There had been a severe weather alert, but in the end the floodgates of heaven opened only during the last song of his regular set, the Rainbow classic Long Live Rock'n'Roll. "That was Ronnie James Dio crying from above," promoter Horst E. Franz speculated while bidding his farewells to the almost 15.000 drenched- but-happy fans at the festival site.

Three hours before the sun went down, creating a beautiful atmosphere at the 'Bang Your Head' festival in Balingen/Germany, where Axel Rudi Pell celebrated his 25th anniversary as a solo artist with a once-in-a-life-time performance. The CDs and DVDs document a show that is unlikely to ever be seen again in this constellation – a special present the protagonist had worked hard for. It took almost a year to set everything up: "The actual organization started in the summer of 2013 when the promoter and I went public with the idea of this event," Axel tells with obvious relief. He's still happy about how things have turned out. With a little help from his friends at his booking agency, the Bochum guitarist set up an extraordinary line-up. "It was mostly all about personal contacts", because after more than 30 years in the business Axel Rudi Pell is not only well-known, but also well-respected in the worldwide rock community, so the affix '& Friends' is not one of those usual exaggerations. Almost all of his favoured candidates agreed on this one July date.

As Axel is an early bird, the whole organization was fairly easy. Of course there were rehearsals, but only one day before the show. Over fifty minutes worth of footage from those remarkable sessions are featured on the DVD and Blu-ray versions of this package. During those sessions Axel realized that something unique was happening. "Everybody involved had a blast and was right on track," he remembers. Unfortunately, Doogie White had a prior engagement with Michael Schenker on that rehearsal day, but was replaced with ARP frontman Johnny Gioeli. And except for Charlie Huhn, who had already agreed to play a gig in the USA with his current band Foghat, Axel's former singers turned out in full force: Rob Rock (1991) and Jeff Scott Soto (1991-1997) together with long-time ARP drummer Joerg Michael (until 1998) took the stage by storm after a historical four-song Steeler reunion at the beginning of the show. Axel's current line-up put on a best-of show with a blisteringly atmospheric version of the Neil Young classic Hey Hey My My and a few epic ARP classics like Mystica, The Masquerade Ball, Casbah and Into The Storm. You could feel those goose bumps spring up, and the climax was still to come: after a furioso battle between drum gods Vinny Appice and Bobby Rondinelli, a long list of rock legends took the Balingen stage: stepping in for Joe Lynn Turner, who was tied up with business affairs, Pretty Maids frontman Ronnie Atkins performed a superb version of Deep Purple's Black Night, including audience sing along. Then John Lawton, the former voice of Uriah Heep, demonstrated why he still deserves a lot of Sympathy (Uriah Heep), and he was still looking for some Tush (ZZ Top). When ex-Rainbow keyboard player Tony Carey joined in for an emotional Mistreated, the now available Doogie White and Johnny Gioeli set the roof on fire. Graham Bonnet, another Rainbow veteran from the glorious Down To Earth era, remembered the good old times with Since You Been Gone and, of course, the aforementioned Long Live Rock'n'Roll. At the end of those three hours plus all guests (and friends!) gathered on stage for the grand finale Smoke On The Water. A legendary evening drew to a spectacular close. Are you happy, Axel? "Of course! I could have played at least for another hour." Did anything go wrong? "Nothing, but there was no way we could have prevented those long change-overs in between." But at least the weather gods smiled...
    Tracklisting:
  1. CALL HER PRINCESS – Steeler
  2. NIGHT AFTER NIGHT – Steeler
  3. ROCKIN' THE CITY – Steeler
  4. UNDERCOVER ANIMAL – Steeler
  5. NASTY REPUTATION – Rob Rock, Joerg Michael
  6. WARRIOR – Jeff Scott Soto, Joerg Michael
  7. FOOL FOOL – Jeff Scott Soto, Joerg Michael
    (Current ARP Band)
  8. BURNING CHAINS
  9. STRONG AS A ROCK
  10. LONG WAY TO GO
  11. HEY HEY MY MY
  12. MYSTICA
  13. INTO THE STORM
  14. TOO LATE / ETERNAL PRISONER / TOO LATE
  15. THE MASQUERADE BALL / CASBAH
  16. ROCK THE NATION
  17. DRUM BATTLE – Vinny Appice, Bobby Rondinelli
  18. BLACK NIGHT – Ronnie Atkins
  19. SYMPATHY – John Lawton
  20. TUSH – John Lawton
  21. MISTREATED – Doogie White, Tony Carey, Johnny Gioeli
  22. SINCE YOU BEEN GONE – Graham Bonnet, Michael Voss, Doogie White
  23. LONG LIVE ROCK'N'ROLL – Doogie White, Graham Bonnet, Tony Carey
  24. SMOKE ON THE WATER – all guests

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Massacre Records / New Signing: BLOODLOST
Posted by: Denis / 30.03.2015
In 2005, Tchico (guitar, vocals) and Rob (guitar) thought that Thrash Metal was dying and formed BLOODLOST to do something about it! Norcrow (bass) and Nico (drums) then completed the line-up.

They released their first demo Discover The Hell in 2006. About 2 years later, the debut Hellcome followed and was presented in the course of an European tour in 2009 as well as on support gigs for bands like Destruction or Napalm Death.

In 2009, Rob left the band, Lionel was announced as new bassist and Norcrow took over the guitar.

In 2011, BLOODLOST entered the Roystone Studio to record their second album Trashell.

As in many other bands, BLOODLOST's line-up changed during the years and in 2013 they decided to continue as a trio, after Norcrow left the band.

With a new record deal with Massacre Records and a booking contract with Red Lion Music under their belt, the future looks bright for BLOODLOST from Switzerland!

A few gigs are already scheduled for 2015, with their long-time roadie Norgrim supporting them live on guitar.

BLOODLOST's upcoming album Evil Origins is set to be released on May 22, 2015 via Massacre Records!
Nuclear Blast / EPICA new 'The European Enigma' after movie; announce new tour dates
Posted by: Denis / 27.03.2015
Dutch Symphonic Metallers EPICA recently returned home from a successful South American Tour, where the band performed in front of thousands of people In Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Argentina.

EPICA's guitar player Isaac Delahaye has the following to say about the tour "Damn, this has been a great tour once again! More and more bands are going to this beautiful part of the world and we all understand why: some of the most enthusiastic and passionate metalheads can be found in South America. We've been overwhelmed by the warm welcome, the great weather, the gifts, the hospitality, the food, the cheering and the support from the crowds, etc. Thanks for all of that and for charging our batteries to keep the whole circus going! See you all next time!"

In Sao Paulo the band was joined in by Bruno Zuppone from VTV Filmes. He followed the band during the entire day and created an awesome aftermovie... The video can be viewed here.

The coming months will see EPICA tour Greece, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Russia. Hereafter the band will hit the European festival circuit.
    EPICA Live:
  • 27-03-15 Fuzz Athens Greece
  • 28-03-15 Fix Factory of Sound Thessaloniki Greece
  • 05-04-15 WitchFest Pretoria South Africa
  • 11-04-15 De Oosterpoort Groningen Netherlands
  • 21-04-15 Göta Källare Stockholm Sweden
  • 22-04-15 Nosturi Helsinki Finland
  • 24-04-15 Cosmonavt club St Petersburg Russia
  • 25-04-15 Red Club Moscow Russia
  • 26-04-15 Teleclub Ekaterinburg Russia
  • 30-05-15 Rockavaria Munich Germany
  • 31-05-15 Grüne Hölle Nürburg Germany
  • 06-06-15 FortaRock Nijmegen Netherlands
  • 13-06-15 Nova Rock Nickelsdorf Austria
  • 19-06-15 Graspop Dessel Belgie
  • 21-06-15 Hellfest Clisson France
  • 09-07-15 Rock Harz Festival Osterode am Harz Germany
  • 31-07-15 Wacken Open Air Wacken Germany
  • 07-08-15 City Rock Leeuwarden Netherlands
  • 08-08-15 Leyendas del Rock Villena Spain
  • 16-08-15 Made of Metal Hodonin Czech Republic
  • 16-10-15 Maximum Rock Festival Bucharest Romania
  • 17-10-15 Rock Your Brain Selestat France

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Punishment 18 Records / Bloodrocuted 'Mors Indecepta' preview available on-line
Posted by: Denis / 27.03.2015
This is Mors Indecepta taken from the new record called Disaster Strikes Back by Belgium thrashers Bloodorocuted! The new album will be released next March 30th by Punishment 18 Records. Artwork was created by artist Mario Lopez (Game Over, Sabbat, Warstorm, Sofisticator, Repulsor, Axe Battler and many more).
Ulterium Records / HARMONY 'REMEMBRANCE' EP DETAILS REVEALED
Posted by: Denis / 27.03.2015
The Swedish Melodic Metal band Harmony will release a new EP entitled Remembrance on May 22nd in Europe and on May 26th in North America through Ulterium Records.

The 6 track EP includes four re-recorded songs from Harmony debut album Dreaming Awake as well as two new songs. Remembrance features the legendary vocalist Daniel Heiman (ex. Lost Horizon) on vocals on all tracks. The EP is mixed at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Metal Media / King Bird new song, 'Break Away', just released for streaming
Posted by: Denis / 26.03.2015
The Brazilian Hard'n'Heavy KING BIRD has just released a new song from their upcoming album, the third of career.

The new song is labeled Break Away and according to vocalist Ton Cremon "is one of the heaviest compositions from the new album, but that keeps the various elements that characterize the musical identity of King Bird."

The new album, still untitled, has entered the mixing stage in the hands of producer Henrique Baboom (Panzer, Jeff Scott Soto, Richie Kotzen).
STARBLIND signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records
Posted by: Denis / 26.03.2015
STARBLIND was formed in early spring 2013 and began the recordings of its album debut Darkest Horrors six months later, it was released in July 2014 on Stormspell Records and it received very good reviews which resulted in a three week European Tour in support of Tim Ripper Owens. In less than two years since the inception of the band, STARBLIND has managed to play over 30 live shows in more than ten countries and has become a live act to be reckoned with. After the tour STARBLIND have been focusing on writing songs for album number two, a pre-production was recorded with Starblind's producer Cedrick Forsberg in February 2015 and the new record deal with Pure Steel Records was inked in March. The recordings of the new album will commence in April 2015 at Studio 2-Takt which is owned by the producer Cedrick Forsberg (Rocka Rollas).

Some of the Starblind members have previously played in bands like Steel Attack, Danger and Sadauk to name a few.

Bandstatement:
"After a few months of negotiating with different labels STARBLIND are proud to announce the signing with Pure Steel Records GMBH for a worldwide release of our upcoming album. Pure Steel's profile fits us as a band perfectly and we feel confident that this will help us take the next step as a band."
Pure Steel Records / HELLISH WAR Official video for 'The Challenge' released
Posted by: Denis / 26.03.2015
Brazilian Metal band HELLISH WAR has released a new video for the song The Challenge, taken from the PURE STEEL album Keep It Hellish.

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AFM Records / Magic Kingdom 'Savage Requiem' lyric video available
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2015
Right in time for the release of their new album Savage Requiem (which is out now in Europe and will drop in the US on April 14th), Belgian Power Speed metallers MAGIC KINGDOM have unleashed a lyric video for the album's title track.

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AFM Records / Eden's Curse 'No Holy Man' live video
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2015
EDEN'S CURSE have released the second promo video from their new Double Live CD Live With The Curse which was released in Europe last week.

Mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69, Krokus) the video is a live rendition of the song No Holy Man, which was originally a duet recorded with Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie and one of the band's most popular songs.

Live With The Curse is out now in Europe and will be released in North America on April 14.

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W.A.S.P. sign to Napalm Records
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2015
Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal icons W.A.S.P. That is about to change as W.A.S.P. has signed a new worldwide record deal with Austria's Napalm Records. W.A.S.P. will release their 15th studio album titled Golgotha this August.

"W.A.S.P. are excited to announce they have signed an exclusive recording contract with Napalm Records. We chose Napalm for their personal belief and professional commitment to our career. We're looking forward to years of great success together starting with the release of our upcoming album Golgotha", states W.A.S.P. front man Blackie Lawless.

Vice President of Napalm Records Thomas Caser on W.A.S.P. joining Napalm Records: "It is a true honor to announce this signing today, a dream has come true. With their impressive career and ability to create musical masterpieces W.A.S.P. have always been one of the most influential Metal bands out there since the beginning of their career. We are thrilled about the upcoming album Golgotha which will be released this summer!"

W.A.S.P. came out of the Los Angeles Metal scene in 1982 gaining notoriety for their shock rock antics. With a career spanning over 3 decades, 17 world tours, and now their 15th studio album, they are a metal band that has evolved in maturity without having lost their signature sound, unlike many of their peers from their origins. Golgotha will continue down the path that 2007's Dominator and 2009's Babylon started on, both in production style and theme. Six years in the making, Golgotha will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for!

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Punishment 18 Records / Hyades 'The Wolves Are Getting Hungry' tracklist revealed
Posted by: Denis / 25.03.2015
In 2014, Italian Thrash masters Hyades has signed a new record deal with Punishment 18 Records that will release their new full-length album titled The Wolves Are Getting Hungry, the fourth of their career which began in 1996. You can see the tracklist below:
  1. The Economist
  2. Ignorance is no Excuse
  3. The Decay of Humankind
  4. The Apostles of War
  5. The Great Lie
  6. Heavier Than Shit (Hyz IV)
  7. Sing This Rhyme
  8. 8 Beers After
  9. The Wolves Are Getting Hungry
  10. Hyades
METALMESSAGE Promotion / CYRENCE Top-notch Classic Thrash Metal from Munich new EP 'The Hospital' (March 27, 2015)
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2015
No boundaries for erupting energies!

CYRENCE from the worldwide known capital of delicious beer, Munich, play melodic and lively THRASH METAL in the vein of MEGADETH, METALLICA and ANTHRAX.

Their style is very unique, there are no boundaries for the skillful Bavarian bunch of enthusiastic Thrash-heads.

March 27 will see the release of their EP The Hospital.

One will enjoy a shitload of rough and edgy neckbreakers as well as clean, almost psychedelic moments, always maintaining the right amount of strong heaviness, martial groove and fine melody. The lyrics of CYRENCE cover a wide range of different topics.

It's high time to spread their melodic and highly energetic Thrash sound to worldwide ears!
Massacre Records / New CRYSTAL BALL song available for streaming
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2015
Your prayers have been heard! The new CRYSTAL BALL song Paradise is now available for streaming in its entirety here.

The band's new album LifeRider was produced, mixed and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann (ex-Accept, ex-U.D.O.). Thomas Ewerhard has created the cover artwork.

The album will feature a duet with Battle Beast's Noora Louhimo as well as guest musician Stefan Kaufmann on acoustic guitar!

CRYSTAL BALL's LifeRider will be released on May 22, 2015 via Massacre Records and will also be available as limited edition digipak with exclusive bonus tracks!

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Ulterium Records / IMPELLITTERI 'VENOM' LIMITED 12" EDITION ANNOUNCED
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2015
Ulterium Records are proud to announce the release of a limited 12" vinyl edition of the upcoming IMPELLITTERI album VENOM. A deal was inked with Frontiers Records and the release dates are set to May 29th for Europe and July 7th for North America. The edition is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide and includes an insert with lyrics. 350 copies comes with a standard black disc and 150 copies with a white disc.

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Punishment 18 Records / Anatomy of I new song audio teaser
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2015
Substratum was Anatomy of I debut full-length album and it will be available by Punishment 18 Records in spring. Issued in 2011, the album contains ten extraordinary technical Death Metal tracks, result of spectacular avant-garde minds of Steve di Giorgio (Sadus, Testament, Artension, Control Denied, Sebastian Bach, Death and many more), of the drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, Aborted, Devin Townsend Project, Warrel Dane and many more) and of the talented singer and guitarist Michael Dorrian.

Punishment 18 Records is going to produce a Special Edition with a tracklist added of bonus tracks. You can listen a teaser from the instrumental new one, In Memoriam.
Nuclear Blast / Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY details about the new album 'Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2015
The creators of CINEMATIC METAL are finally back with their most outstanding record: Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus, which is set to be released in June!

Once again, the album was composed and produced by Luca Turilli, as always responsible for all the orchestral and choral arrangements. It was recorded and mixed at the Backyard Studios of Sebastian Roeder (Bonfire a.o.) and mastered by Christoph Stickel (Michael Schenker's TEMPLE OF ROCK a.o.) at MSM studios.

Seven months of composition, three months of production, over 50 days of mix, two choirs, several special guests, including Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR), Dan Lucas (KARO) and David Readman (PINK CREAM 69). Including 70 minutes of epic music, sounding cinematic, bombastic and dramatic as never before, the new RHAPSODY masterwork will lead the listener to an emotional and memorable journey between quantum gates, parallel dimensions, myths and legends hiding cosmic truths, ancestral secrets and spiritual revelations.

And this time it was not enough for the band to simply sound CINEMATIC. It came the time for RHAPSODY to finally 'look' CINEMATIC too. Therefore, the new cover artwork and the album booklet, introducing the new cinematic graphic style of the band, were realized by the well-known amazing artist named Stefan 'Heile' Heilemann (EPICA, LINDEMANN a.o.).

The first single, entitled Rosenkreuz (The Rose And The Cross) will be released on April 24th, 2015.

The digipak version of the album will include the cinematic version of Thundersteel, the famous song of RIOT, performed by the RHAPSODY singer Alessandro Conti in duet with Ralf Scheepers!

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A.R. Press Office / Alberto Rigoni releases 'Into THE BASS' limited edition CD
Posted by: Denis / 23.03.2015
Into the BASS is selection of songs from Italian bass player and composer Alberto Rigoni's four studio albums (Something Different, Rebirth, Three Wise Monkeys, Overloaded).

With a range of influences from Dream Theater, Rush, YES to artists such as Michael Manring & Stu Hamm, Into THE BASS is an eclectic mix of instrumental tracks that shows the potential of the bass as more than a rhythm instrument. An aural journey of melody and groove that showcases a wide variety of genres covering progressive, rock, ambient and experimental, while maintaining the artist's distinctive style.

The texture of the album is enriched by the participation of top class musicians such as Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), Michael Manring, John Macaluso (ex Yngwie Malmsteen, ARK), amongst others.
Metalmessage Promotion / THARAPHITA (BLACKENED PAGAN METAL from Estonia) 'Ülestõus'
Posted by: Denis / 23.03.2015
Estonian Metal band THARAPHITA has released their latest album titled Ülestõus ('Uprising') in summer 2014.

The new album's music is a mix of Black, Heavy and Thrash Metal. Lyrics are mostly inspired by Estonian history and our ancestors' hard struggle for survival and the freedom of their homeland. According to legend, the mightiest Estonian fire god Tarapita landed at Estonia's biggest island Saaremaa.

The album cover depicts the main crater of lake Kaali, which was formed by a meteorite. It caused enormous damage and chaos but our ancestors starting to worship this mystical fire in the sky. The meteorites also contained iron ore, which made it possible to forge extremely strong weapons for the ancient times warriors and tools for farmers.

The new release of THARAPHITA provides great contribution into Estonian Metal music but the lyrics also a call to reconsider the values dominant in our society. It was also nominated in the category of the best metal album at the Estonian Music Awards 2015.

The album was recorded at the Roundsound studio and contains eight songs.
    THARAPHITA Ülestõus (Uprising) 2014
  1. Ülestõus (Uprising)
  2. Viimsepäeva koidik (The Dawn of Armageddon)
  3. Luupainaja (The Nightmare)
  4. Tuhandeaastase orjaöö tuhast (From the Ashes of a Thousand Years of Slavery)
  5. Sõnad sõlmedesse (Knotting the Words)
  6. Surma-arbujad (Sorcerers of Death)
  7. Tuuled rändavad ringi (Winds Wander)
  8. Terasest taotud teel (On a Road Made of Steel)
Two songs from the new album (Ülestõus and Luupainaja) can be listened at Tharaphita Official Youtube channel.
Nuclear Blast / HELLOWEEN announce album tracklist & first single
Posted by: Denis / 23.03.2015
HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global Metal scene. With the release of their 15th studio album My God-Given Right, due on May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US), the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German Melodic Speed Metal. The band's first self-titled EP was released in 1985, making their new album My God-Given Right the celebratory marker for their impressive 30 year career.

On April 17th, HELLOWEEN will release the first single out of My God-Given Right, which will be for the Speed Metal hymn Battle's Won. Besides the digital download, there will be a limited edition 2-track vinyl single, also featuring the album-track Lost In America.

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Nightbreaker Productions / FINAL FRIGHT: 'ARTIFICIAL PERFECTION' TRACKLIST AND ARTWORK REVEALED
Posted by: Denis / 20.03.2015
The first full length of the Italian thrashers will be released on May by NIGHTBREAKER PRODUCTIONS.

The artwork has been done by Jon Whiplashh (Skelethal, Infinite Translation).
    Artificial Perfection tracklist:
  1. 1. Cane Arrabbiato (Rabid Dog)
  2. Blind
  3. Human
  4. The Springwood Slasher
  5. You Deserve To Die
  6. My Day
  7. Serial Victim
  8. Parasite
  9. La Polizia Non Può Sparare
Metal Media / Hammurabi new single and video clip released
Posted by: Denis / 20.03.2015
Brazilian Death/Thrash Metal act HAMMURABI just released a single and video for the new song ‘The Emperor Returns To The Front.

The song was recorded and produced by the band at Mr. Sound Studio, supervised and mastered by Marcello Pompeu and Heros Trench. The cover art was provided by the artist Hugo Silva of Abacrombie Ink (Project 46, Feartone, Miasthenia) in partnership with the singer, and also designer, Daniel Lugondi.

The music video was done by Willians de Abreu from Lab Brain Filmes.

It is noteworthy that both in song, as on the video, there is the participation of bassist of the legendary Brazilian band Korzus, Dick Siebert.
Jolly Roger Records / NEGACY 'FLAMES OF BLACK FIRE'
Posted by: Denis / 20.03.2015
Jolly Roger Records is pleased and excited to announce the signing of the contract with the Italian, now moved to UK, band NEGACY (born from the ashes of Red Warlock), for the release of the debut album titled Flames of Black Fire out on CD and digital 15th June, featuring 10 tracks of Heavy Metal in the style of Megadeth, Nevermore, Sanctuary, Annihilator, Morgana Lefay.

The Great Plague official video clip is now released and also included in Nothing Changes digital-only 4 tracks release now available on BandCamp, containing 2 unreleased tracks (taken from upcoming new album) and 2 exclusive tracks.

About NEGACY:
The band was born in Italy in August 2005, playing since the beginning a dark modern Heavy Metal, raw and noble at the same time, under the monicker Red Warlock, recording first full-length album Serve Your Master (2010). In April 2012, after an US tour, the band changed name into Negacy. During all these years of growth, which has led it towards various different musical directions, it felt the need for a new moniker, suitable for the dark modern nature of the band. The result was to create Negacy, a fusion of the words 'Negation' and 'Legacy'.

This change is for sure the symbol of a fresh start for the band, which is setting up for working like never before, to gather as much as possible from its past and future. A new beginning, taking over and carrying on Red Warlock's aim throughout the years, with even more awareness.
  • MARCO PIU - VOCALS
  • ANDREA GIRIBALDI - GUITARS
  • GIANNI CORRAZZA - GUITARS
  • TONY RASSU - BASS
  • CLAUDIO SECHI - DRUMS
Mistheria upcoming show with Edu Falaschi (ex-Angra, Almah)
Posted by: Denis / 19.03.2015
Mistheria's really proud to announce that he will play for the great ex-Angra and now Almah singer EDU FALASCHI on his upcoming Italian tour (June 2015) together with an amazing band featuring Titta Tani (drums), Dino Fiorenza (bass), Francesco Corapi (guitars).

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POWERWOLF UNVEIL ALBUM TITLE AND COVER ARTWORK
Posted by: Denis / 19.03.2015
Powerwolf have just unveiled the title of their upcoming album, which is scheduled for a July 2015 release.

The album will be entitled Blessed & Possessed.

Once again guitarist Matthew Greywolf was also responsible for the artwork.

Currently the band is laying final touches to the mix together with sound wizard Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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SPV / RAVEN release lyric video for 'Destroy All Monsters'
Posted by: Denis / 19.03.2015
RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true Heavy Metal – a more intense live band does not exist on this planet!

NWoBHM legends RAVEN release a lyric video for the new song Destroy All Monsters taken from the forthcoming album ExtermiNation, which marks the first new studio album since 5 years and is hailed by many who heard it already as one of their best albums ever.

ExtermiNation will be released in Scandinavia on April 22nd, in Germany on April 24th, in Europe on April 27th and in the USA on April 28th as a digipak version (incl. 1 bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.

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AFM Records / Iron Savior Megatropolis 2.0 album coming in April
Posted by: Denis / 18.03.2015
Not one, but two new IRON SAVIOR products are set to arrive in the next few months! AFM Records already announced the band's first ever LIVE DVD/CD a while ago, but before that, a new version of their Megatropolis album, titled MEGATROPOLIS 2.0 (which comes with a new mix and a lot of re-recordings) will be released on April 24th.

Piet Sielck comments: "AFM has informed me that our Megatrolis album is sold out, so the idea came up to rework the material and release a new edition. Being unhappy with the album for a long time, I am absolutely delighted to get a chance to correct my errors. The new mix will carry all Iron Savior trademarks such as big choir backings and lots of multi timbral vocals. I left all these goodies out at the time to make the album more distinguishable from my former second band Savage Circus... a fatal error, which I finally can correct now."

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Inner Wound Recordings / Pyramaze Disciples of the Sun details announced
Posted by: Denis / 18.03.2015
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the Melodic Metal band PYRAMAZE to the label. Their new album Disciples of the Sun will be released on May 22nd in Europe and on May 26th in North America.

Pyramaze are devoted to making music that mirrors their souls, combines all of their influences, and stimulates the mind and spirit of their listeners... Pyramaze continue to make music that is dark, thought provoking, all with a sense of fearlessness! The band will forever be committed to making the melodic art of a group that understands the importance of staying true and faithful to one's passion.
"Divided by oceans, bound together by brotherhood, we must become that which divides us... we are PYRAMAZE, and we are the Ocean!"

Check out an album teaser for Disciples of the Sun at YouTube.

The vinyl edition of Disciples of the Sun is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide and includes an insert with lyrics. 400 copies comes with a standard black disc, and 100 copies with a white disc.

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Pure Steel Records / ARTIZAN 'The Furthest Reaches' cover, tracklist, release date: 24th of April 2015
Posted by: Denis / 18.03.2015
The release date of the new ARTIZAN album The Furthest Reaches on CD is April 24th 2015. The preorder phase will start on April 10th 2015 in label's webshop.

ARTIZAN is set for their third release The Furthest Reaches. The epic sci-fi concept album tells the story of an alien race returning to Earth after a distress signal is sent into space. Guest appearances from Matt Barlow (Ex-Iced Earth, Ashes of Ares) and Sabrina Cruz (Seven Kingdoms) are featured on the Metal opera. All of the elements that ARTIZAN are known for are showcased throughout this melodic masterpiece. The Furthest Reaches is their heaviest, most progressive material to date. Once again, legendary producer Jim Morris (Iced Earth, Crimson Glory, Jag Panzer) applies his wizardry, ensuring a sonic experience of the highest quality. The album will be available as normal and limited edition with different cover artworks. The limited edition will contain additionally the bonus track Come Sail Away.

Standard version artwork by Marc Sasso; Limited Edition Artwork by Eliran Kantor.
    TRACKLIST
  1. Coming Of Age
  2. Summon the Gods
  3. Hopeful Eyes
  4. The Furthest Reaches
  5. The Cleansing
  6. Wardens of the New World
  7. Heed The Warning
  8. Supernova
  9. Starchild
  10. Into The Sun
  11. Come Sail Away (Bonus Track Limited Edition)
    LINE-UP:
  • Tom Braden – Vocals
  • Ty Tammeus - Drums
  • Bill Staley - Rhythm/Lead Guitars
  • Shamus McConney - Rhythm Guitar
  • Jonathan Jennings - Bass Guitar
GlobMetal Promotions / DESERT RELEASES THE '1812' LYRICS VIDEO FEAT. RALF SCHEEPERS (PRIMAL FEAR)
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2015
Dark Epic metallers DESERT premiere the new lyrics video 1812, taken from their upcoming album Never Regret which is scheduled for release worldwide on March 30, 2015 through Raven Music. Guest vocals on this track performed by Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray). The song is telling the story about the Battle of Borodino, taken place on 1812 near Moscow, the crucial battle between Napoleon and Russian armies, which became the beginning of the end of French army and Napoleon Empire.

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Pure Steel Records / DSG 'Still A Warrior' release, tracklisting, release date: 24th of April 2015
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2015
The release date of the new DSG album Still A Warrior on CD is April 24th 2015. The preorder phase will start on April 10th 2015 in label's webshop.

Known for being a member of MANOWAR between 1988 and 1994, DAVID SHANKLE still is a fantastic guitar player for all true Metal fans. He was involved in the songwriting with hymns like Ride The Dragon and Master Of The Wind.

On many tours he also became a very well appreciated musician for all 'Manowarriors'. For 13 years, DAVID SHANKLE has been enjoying a solo career, as evidenced by the two albums, Ashes To Ashes (2003) and Hellborn (2007). Pure Steel is very proud, to release the third album Still A Warrior, after eight long years of waiting for the next strike.

Powerful and modern played US Power Metal meets sophisticated arrangements. The technical, shred‐styled guitar of the master himself can be heard very well in many solos and the final instrumental, The Hitman. The powerful, high‐pitched powerful vocals of Warren Halvarson (also in Damien Thorne) shows their unique charisma. Still A Warrior confirms: friends of US Metal with a classical shred guitar influences will completely be satisfied by their hero again!
    TRACKLISTING
  1. Still A Warrior
  2. Ressecution
  3. Glimpse Of Tomorrow
  4. Demonic Solo* (From the movie Jezebeth)
  5. Fuel For The Fire
  6. Eye To Eye
  7. The Hitman (instrumental)
  8. Suffer In Silence (Agenda 21)
  9. Into The Darkness
  10. Across The Line
    Total Playing Time: 48:11 min

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Punishment 18 Records / Bloodorocuted 'Disaster Strikes Back' release date announced
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2015
Punishment 18 Records is preparing to release Belgium thrashers Bloodorocuted new album Disaster Strikes Back on March 30th.

Artwork was created by artist Mario Lopez (Game Over, Sabbat, Warstorm, Sofisticator, Repulsor, Axe Battler and many more).
My Kingdom Music / Trinity: The Annihilation - EVERSIN’s new album is coming
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2015
Trinity: The Annihilation is the title of the new album of Technical Thrashers EVERSIN out via My Kingdom Music on May 18th in digipack format and that is for sure the most violent and powerful output ever released by the band. The title comes from the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon USA did in the Jornada del Muerto desert in New Mexico on July 16th, 1945.

Special guests of the album are James Rivera, HELSTAR's vocalist and Glen Alvelais (already with FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT).

Special mastering of the album was did by Stu 'Hammer' Marshall (Hobbs' Angel of Death, Paindivision, Death Dealer) at Frontier Mastering Studios in Sidney (Australia).
    The official tracklist
  1. Flagellum Dei
  2. Fire Walk With Me (feat. James Rivera)
  3. Chaosborn
  4. We Will Prevail (feat. Glen Alvelais)
  5. Crown Of Nails
  6. Beneath An Atomic Sun
  7. Litanies Of War
  8. Trinity
The band is preparing an intense live campaign for the next summer/fall. Already confirmed their presence at ROCK OFF TURKEY in Istanbul and will be the special guest of the only ANNIHILATOR live show in Italy on October 14th.

The thunders of war are coming!!!
Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH stream new song 'Shudder Before The Beautiful'
Posted by: Denis / 16.03.2015
In anticipation of their forthcoming studio album "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" - out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US) - Finland-based symphonic Metal masters NIGHTWISH now reveal the album opener Shudder Before The Beautiful as the second track after the recently unveiled first singe Élan.

Shudder Before The Beautiful is premiered today at Finland's biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, click here.

Tuomas Holopainen comments: "We wanted to present our upcoming album`s opening track Shudder Before The Beautiful for everyone to listen to before the album`s release in cooperation with the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Bringing together the most trustworthy Finnish media with a song about universal awe was a match made in heaven in its uniqueness. The core of Shudder Before The Beautiful lies in moments such as gazing at The Milky Way on a cold winter`s night, seeing a photo of our Planet Earth, 'a pale blue dot' taken by Voyager 1 as a tiny oasis in the unfathomable vastness of space, or when listening to music which momentarily takes away all woe and time.
And sharing those moments with people you love."

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Stormspell Records / Starblind
Posted by: Denis / 16.03.2015
While recording pre-production for Starblind upcoming album at Studio 2-Takt, thew band had a few extra hours to kill and therefor they decided to record a cover version of the legendary song Night of the Blade by Tokyo Blade.

Starblind recorded this live in the studio, without any use of a metronome and far away from any sort of drum triggers.
Metal Media / Executer: Music video for 'Helliday' is available
Posted by: Denis / 13.03.2015
It is available the new music video from the legendary Brazilian Thrash Metal band, Executer. The song chosen is the title track of their latest album, Helliday.

The video contains images of the band's European tour held last year, captured by photographer Reginaldo Leme. The edition was due to production company Kaiowas.

Helliday, released by Kill Again Records was recorded at Pinola Studio and produced by the group itself. The art was developed by the artist Giovanna Guimarães.
WITHIN SILENCE SIGNS WITH ULTERIUM RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 13.03.2015
Ulterium Records are proud to announce the signing of the Melodic Metal band WITHIN SILENCE to the label. Their debut album Gallery of Life will be released on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America.

Strong musicianship and the ability to write interesting songs with memorable melodies makes WITHIN SILENCE a band to be reckoned with for years to come. Their debut album Gallery of Life got everything from up-tempo Power Metal tracks like Silent Desire and Emptiness of Night to pounding Metal tracks like The Last Drop of Blood to epic Metal songs like Road to the Paradise.

Gallery of Life will be a perfect album for fans of bands like Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius and Theocracy and fans of Melodic Metal in general. The artwork was created by Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Design (Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani).

Check out an album teaser for Gallery of Life at YouTube.
    Gallery of Life track listing
  1. Intro
  2. Silent Desire
  3. Emptiness of Night
  4. Elegy of Doom
  5. The Last Drop of Blood
  6. Love is Blind
  7. Anger and Sorrow
  8. Judgement Day
  9. The World of Slavery
  10. Road to the Paradise
  11. Outro
Gallery of Life can be pre-ordered at the Ulterium Records Store.
SPV / ANVIL release video for 'Hope In Hell'
Posted by: Denis / 13.03.2015
Canadian Metal icons ANVIL release a new video for the title song of their latest album: Hope In Hell. It was again created by Swedish director Rene U Valdes for Greenworks Productions.

Anvil will embark on another European festival tour this summer with more dates to be added soon:
    ANVIL European Festival Tour 2015
  • 30.05. SE-Alvesta – Muskelrock
  • 10.07. CZ-Vizovice – Masters Of Rock
  • 17.07. D-Balingen – Bang Your Head
  • 20.07. SO-Tolmin – Metaldays

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SPV / HIRAX release video for 'Hellion Rising'
Posted by: Denis / 13.03.2015
Legendary Thrash Metal Act HIRAX released the new video for the song Hellion Rising from their latest album. HIRAX vocalist Katon W. De Pena comments on the making of their new music video from the album Immortal Legacy:
"The new HIRAX video Hellion Rising is a visual thrash metal experience. We filmed on location in the historic Battery Bunkers built in 1942 hidden in the hills of San Pedro, California. This is our second video directed and produced by Donovan Vim Crony. The scenery is the perfect backdrop for HIRAX's brand of intense Thrash Metal. No green scenes, fake production or props were used in the making of this high definition video / film. The release will coincide with the announcement of our upcoming European tour / concert dates 2015. We are very excited to hit the road again and play our music for all the die hard, European, Thrash Metal maniacs."
    HIRAX European Tour Dates 2015
  • 13.03. UK-Gwynedd – Hammerfest Festival
  • 14.03. UK-Glasgow – Ivory Blacks
  • 15.03. UK-Birmingham – Asylum 2
  • 16.03. UK-Manchester – Sound Control
  • 17.03. UK-Winchester – Railway Inn
  • 18.03. UK-London – Black Heart Camden
  • 19.03. B-Deinze – Elpee
  • 20.03. NL-Tilburg – Little Devil
  • 21.03. NL-Katwijk – Scum
  • 24.03. E-Zaragoza – Sala Utopia
  • 26.03. E-Madrid – Sala Lemon
  • 27.03. E-Palencia – At Mosh Phera Zero
  • 28.03. E-Granada – La Petite
  • 30.03. F-Toulouse – Les Pavillions Sauvages
  • 03.04. I-Milan – Blue Rose Saloon
  • 04.04. SVK-Bratislava – Randal Club
  • 05.04. D-Hamburg – Bambi Galore
  • 09.07. CZ-Trutnov – Obscene Extreme Festival
  • 10.07. PL-Zori – Ozi Pub
  • 11.07. PL-Gdynia – Atlantic Club
  • 12.07. PL-Szczecin – Slowianin Club
  • 13.07. PL-Warsaw – Progressja
  • 14.07. D-Berlin – SO36
  • 16.07. SVK-Kosice – Colliseum Club
  • 17.07. CZ-Pohori – Agressive Fest
  • 18.07. D-Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
  • 19.07. D-Egelsee – Schwarzer Adler
  • 20.07. CH-Olton – Coq d`Or
  • 21.07. SLO-Tolmin – Metal Days Festival
  • 22.07. A-Dornbirn – Conrad Sohm
  • 23.07. D-Kassel – K19
  • 24.07. D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air
  • 25.07. NL-Steenwijk – Stonehenge Festival
  • 26.07. B-Ostend – JH Ohk

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Nuclear Blast / AMORPHIS heads for studio, new album out in September
Posted by: Denis / 13.03.2015
Finnish Metal act AMORPHIS has started the year off by demoing new songs for their upcoming 12th studio album due out in Autumn. The band has started pre-production this month in Helsinki with producer Jens Bogren. The album recordings will begin in April at Bogren's Fascination Street Studio in Stockholm.

The lyrics are written by AMORPHIS's spiritual mentor Pekka Kainulainen. "Like Kalevala, they are descriptions of natural phenomena, seasons and the human mind. Reoccurring situations where hope and uncertainty alternate. Attempting to gain advice from higher powers. The poems do not form a complete story per se, but they are drawn together by a certain theme. We live under a red cloud and once again, time weighs us," describes Pekka Kainulainen.

The new album will be released in autumn, when AMORPHIS will embark on a world tour, starting from their native Finland. AMORPHIS will be touring Europe with NIGHTWISH at the end of the year.

This past December, AMORPHIS completed a successful Central European 'Retro' tour where the band played their legendary Tales From The Thousand Lakes album in its entirety to celebrate the 20th anniversary of said record. As a special treat for the fans, AMORPHIS also played songs from their debut album, which they haven't played in more than two decades. In Germany the media praised the tour of its authenticity and its 'time travel to 20 years ago' aspect.

Commented the band: "The tour set pays homage to the Tales From The Thousand Lakes album and did not include a single song released after 1995. It was great to see how boldly Tales... functions as a whole."

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Jack Starr's BURNING STARR reveal first details of the new album
Posted by: Denis / 12.03.2015
Legendary American Power Metal act JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR (founded in 1984 by the ex VIRGIN STEELE / PHANTOM LORD guitar hero Jack Starr), started pre-production process of the new studio album titled Stand Your Ground, scheduled for recording during Spring and Summer of 2015. Some of the new song titles are: Stronger Than Steel, In Another Time (From Ashes We Rise), Stand Your Ground or To The Ends Of The Earth. Stand Your Ground is a loosely based concept album, about the problems facing America and the world, and the belief that many people have, that we are heading into an era of strife and conflict.

Stand Your Ground will include new songs, as well as several recently unearthed, unreleased and never recorded compositions written in the '80s. The new BURNING STARR album - like the previous one, Land Of The Dead, which came out on Limb Music in 2011, and which was promoted on European tour, special live show at the legendary KEEP IT TRUE Festival, and headlining show at the Swordbrothers Festival (both in Germany) - will be produced by Bart Gabriel, producer known from cooperation with acts such as SACRED STEEL, SATAN'S HOST or MORTICIAN, and will be recorded by the same stellar line up featuring - next to Jack Starr: Ned Meloni on bass guitar (ex-JOE LYNN TURNER band / DEVIL CHILDE), Kenny 'Rhino' Earl on drums (ex-MANOWAR, HOLYHELL), and vocalist Todd Michael Hall (RIOT V, REVERENCE). European touring lineup of the band is completed by the Crystal Viper front woman Marta Gabriel, who in BURNING STARR took over rhythm guitarist duties.

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Cruz del Sur Music / HAMMER KING reveals artwork and tracklist for 'Kingdom of the Hammer King'
Posted by: Denis / 12.03.2015
Teutonic Power/epic Metal band HAMMER KING have revealed the cover artwork for the upcoming release Kingdom of the Hammer King, which will be released by Cruz Del Sur Music on April 24 in Europe and May 4 in the US.

The artwork has been realized by Timo Würz, well-known and respected German comic-book artist (who also works for some of the most important brands worldwide) , also responsible for the latest Steel Prophet's art.
    The just announced album's tracklist is composed by 10 songs:
  1. I) Kingdom of the Hammer King
  2. I am The King
  3. Aderlass; The Blood of Sacrifice
  4. Chancellor of Glory
  5. II) I Am The Hammer King
  6. Blood Angels
  7. Visions of a Healed World
  8. Figure in The Black
  9. We Are The Hammer
  10. III) Glory to the Hammer King
Kingdom of the Hammer King will be released in compact disc, digital and vinyl. The Gatefold Vinyl Edition will include a bonus track.
Frontiers Records / Cain's Offering - Stormcrow
Posted by: Denis / 12.03.2015
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the second CAIN'S OFFERING studio album entitled Stormcrow on May 15th in Europe and May 19th in North America.

CAIN'S OFFERING is the brainchild of Finnish guitarist/songwriter Jani Liimatainen (founding member of one of Finland's biggest music exports SONATA ARCTICA).

Drawing its musical influence from both the classic Hard Rock scene, the fast-paced European Power Metal and a very modern Heavy Metal sound, CAIN'S OFFERING is, just as expected, another perfect example of today's living and breathing Finnish music scene.

Joining Jani on the band's sophomore release, coming after 2009's acclaimed debut Gather the Faithful, are STRATOVARIUS members vocalist Timo Kotipelto and keyboardist Jens Johansson, plus Jonas Kuhlberg on bass and Jani 'Hurtsi' Hurula (Paul Di'Anno) on drums. "I was approached about doing this second Cain's Offering album already a few years ago" explains Jani, "but back then I was way too busy with other projects to even consider taking the time to write an album worth of material, but last year when I was approached about it again I thought that the time might be right and felt like I could really focus all my energy on the album".

Jani continues "I think musically the new album is a bit more focused and coherent. Gather The Faithful was the first album where I wrote all the music and lyrics by myself, and in retrospect maybe I was a bit too ambitious, trying to prove that I can actually write really good, complex songs. It's been six years since the first one and I think that I have matured as a writer, not trying to prove anything anymore, just trying to write the best possible material. It's still very much vocal and melody orientated writing, since to me the melody is always the king, but I did try to keep things a bit more simple this time. Although I think Timo would still say some of the vocal melodies are quite complex!"
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Stormcrow is a tour-de-force of who's-who in the Finnish Heavy Metal scene, and yes, this does sound like a wet dream come through for all fans of melodic Heavy Metal. And guess what - the final result is going to blow you away as this album melts the best of SONATA ARCTICA and STRATOVARIUS in a new, exciting and powerful sound!

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Nightmare Records / Ilium 'My Misanthropia'
Posted by: Denis / 11.03.2015
The sixth release from Melodic Heavy Metal band ILIUM draws from a wide range of US, British and Euro traditional Heavy and Power Metal styles, with dark lyrical themes from various mythologies, legends and the depths of depression. Successfully marrying many different sub-genres into their own version of traditional Metal.

My Misanthropia features a new man at the front in vocalist Lance King and will be released digitally on March 24th and available for pre-sales via iTunes before release. The first CD version (only 1000 copies) will be released as a 'Limited Edition Double Digipak' including bonus CD Wendigo (5 Tracks) including three originals and two very special remakes; Tragedy - (The Bee Gee's) and Love is All - (Roger Glover / Ronnie James Dio).

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Metal Mind Productions / Arena to record a new DVD release
Posted by: Denis / 11.03.2015
Arena – neo-prog-rock giants founded in 1995 by two celebrities of the scene: Mick Pointer (ex-Marillion) and Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Shadowland, Strangers on A Train, Caamora). Together with guitarist John Mitchell (Frost*), bassist Kylan Amos, and with the charismatic Paul Manzi (Oliver Wakeman Band) on the vocals, the band return with a brand new studio album The Unquiet Sky. The release of their eighth studio album will be followed by a tour scheduled for March and April.

Clive Nolan comments: "2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Arena, and we are planning a substantial tour to celebrate this event. To coincide with this tour we are releasing a new studio album. It will be a concept album loosely based on an M.R. James horror story, with plenty of strong themes and dark drama... Pure, classic Arena!"

During the Polish leg of the tour the band will record their new DVD release. Clive Nolan: "The Arena 'Unquiet Sky Tour' is approaching fast and one of the highlights of these concerts will be the DVD show at the Rialto in Katowice on 9th April. We are promoting the new album as well as celebrating 20 years of Arena... it's going to be quite a set list representing all our albums along the way, and maybe a few surprises. ;) Don't miss this chance to be a part of this little bit of history!"

In Katowice, Arena will be supported by the Dutch progressive rock band Knight Area. Their show will be also recorded for their first official DVD release! The band play rock music, with roots in symphonic and neo-progressive rock. The music blends a variety of styles using very melodic keyboards and guitars and the dynamic songs vary from ballads to more rock and Metal kind of music.

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New AXEMASTER album has been released
Posted by: Denis / 10.03.2015
The new AXEMASTER album Overture to Madness is now out and available! It's 13 tracks of pure & true Heavy Metal released by Pure Steel Records (Germany) and is also being distributed by Nuclear Blast Records (among others).

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Massacre Records / There's a new CRYSTAL BALL album on the horizon
Posted by: Denis / 10.03.2015
LifeRider was once again produced, mixed and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann (ex-Accept, ex-U.D.O.). Thomas Ewerhard has created the cover artwork. The album will feature a duet with Battle Beast's Noora Louhimo as well as guest musician Stefan Kaufmann on acoustic guitar!

CRYSTAL BALL's Scott Leach commented: "LifeRider will feature 12 fresh and modern songs that deal with the journey through life in form of (musical) snapshots of various stations, similar to a train ride."

CRYSTAL BALL's LifeRider will see the light of day in late May 2015 via Massacre Records and will also be available as limited edition digipak with exclusive bonus tracks!

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Metal Mind Productions / Tank reveal the artwork and tracklist of the album 'Valley Of Tears'
Posted by: Denis / 10.03.2015
British Heavy Metal legend TANK return in June with their tenth studio album titled Valley Of Tears. Now the band reveal its artwork and tracklist.

Cliff Evans, TANK's guitarist, comments the album: Valley of Tears will be our first album release featuring the amazing vocal talents of former Dragonforce frontman ZP Theart and marks a new era for the band. He's injected so much new energy and inspiration into the band since joining us in 2013 as part of our touring line up for shows in South America, Europe and the US. Now it's time to capture this sound on our new record Valley of Tears which is scheduled for release in June 2015. To complement ZP's vocals we now have one of the best rhythm sections in Metal: Bobby Schottkowski, formerly drumming with Sodom and current Blind Guardian member - Barend Courbois on bass. Together with Mick Tucker and myself on guitars we're ready to take another big step forward in the evolution of TANK and make another Metal album of great quality that will surely stand the test of time.

Our last two releases War Machine and War Nation (Metal Mind Productions) were two of our bestselling albums and featured amazing performances from former Rainbow/Malmsteen and current Schenker vocalist - Doogie White. Now it's time to move on to the next chapter. Valley of Tears is heading in a much heavier direction and as always will be driven to the max by our trademark Gibson Les Paul/Marshall stack wall of sound. Production will be handled once again by upcoming mega-producer Phil Kinman."

The band return to Italy for the first time since 2010 to headline four shows. The list of gigs includes the following dates:
  • April 1st ROME - Jailbreak Club
  • April 2nd FLORENCE - Cycle Club
  • April 3rd BOLOGNE - Freakout Club
  • April 4th MILAN - Blue Rose Club
More dates in Europe to be announced soon!

Evans: "We recently played an exclusive show aboard the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise in the Caribbean to showcase some of the new songs for the first time which went down extremely well with the fans. The cruise was such a great experience and we highly recommend booking yourself on the boat for next year. We're really looking forward to getting back out on tour next month when we play our first Italian dates since 2010. We'll be playing some songs from the new album plus a great selection of TANK classics. For more tour info go to www.tankofficial.com"

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SPV / FATEFUL FINALITY
Posted by: Denis / 10.03.2015
German Thrash Metal youngsters FATEFUL FINALITY will release their new album Battery March 23rd, 2015 via Steamhammer / SPV within Europe. Now the band releases a lyric video for the song Get Things Straight.

The eleven tracks on Battery were recorded at Hamburg's Chameleon Studios with Eike Freese (Gamma Ray, Dark Age) and at the Chemical Burn Studios in Bad Kösen, Saxony, with Alexander Dietz (Heaven Shall Burn). FATEFUL FINALITY deliver an well produced and modern sounding Thrash Metal album which will take the fans of this genre by storm. The band will tour as a support for SUICIDE ANGELS and DR. LIVING DEAD in Germany and Austria. More Festival and European shows will be announced soon.
Ulterium Records / SIGNUM REGIS 'THROUGH THE STORM' EP DETAILS REVEALED
Posted by: Denis / 10.03.2015
The Melodic Metal band Signum Regis will release a new EP entitled Through The Storm on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America through Ulterium Records.

There are four new tracks on the EP, as well as a re-recorded version of All Over The World from their debut album and a cover medley of the Yngwie Malmsteen classics Vengeance/Liar. Through The Storm shows that Signum Regis is a band that is constantly developing and improving everything from song-writing and musicianship to production and the visual part of the band. With this EP and the full-length album that will be released later this year, Signum Regis will surely win over many new fans in the Melodic Metal scene.

The mastering of Through The Storm was handled by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Evergrey) and the artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani).

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Century Media / Warbringer - back in action with new line-up; Touring Asia & select California shows
Posted by: Denis / 06.03.2015
WARBRINGER built a reputation for themselves. The Southern California Thrash Metal band were part of every major tour around the globe for five years straight. In that time it was miraculous that they found time to record four albums of unrelenting aggression. And then it all came to a screeching halt.

"I really thought that the Empires Collapse record cycle ended prematurely due to the departure of (guitarist) John Laux and (drummer) Carlos Cruz. I figured it would be the end of the band, and the end of my life's work, as I'd really put everything I had into this band" explains singer John Kevill.

"I remember on the last show we played on that US tour (guitarist) Adam Carroll came to me and told me how we had to keep the torch held high and to realize the full potential of the band no matter what. We carried on the following European tour with fill-in members, as we really hate to cancel a gig and let down our fans, but it really seemed like the end for us. Fortunately, though it took a long time, we have been able to find musicians in our area to help carry on the torch of the destructive, intense music this band stands for. So welcome Vicken Hovsepian on drums, Noah Young on guitar, and Alex Malmquist on bass. Our mission since we started rehearsing together was to be the tightest incarnation of the band yet, and to raise the bar and move forward, never back. So far progress has been great and I can't wait to get out there and unleash this new weapon upon the world."

After months of intense rehearsal the five-piece is ready to show the world the new WARBRINGER. The campaign starts with an Asian Assault because there's nothing better than flying halfway across the world and debuting your new lineup in front of a huge crowd at the Hammersonic Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia alongside established heavyweights like Lamb of God, Mayhem, Vader, Unearth, and The Faceless among others. This show will be followed by additional headlining dates in the region, an area WARBRINGER have attacked feverishly before.

"We are extremely pumped to return to Asia. It will be our third time over there and we're ready to get back into action and bust some skulls! We've played Indonesia and Taiwan before but this run will include our first visit to China so we're excited for that" states Kevill.

WARBRINGER are already putting together plans for US shows throughout the summer in between writing sessions for a next album. The first of these short runs will begin with a pair of shows at the San Diego and Anaheim House of Blues with Meshuggah. Then headliners at the World Famous Whisky A-Go-Go in Hollywood, Thee Parkside in San Francisco and The Spring Meltdown Festival in Reno, NV.

"We're looking forward to playing our hometown again after well over a year. We're going to play some songs we have never played live before and seriously bring down the hammer. See you guys there, c'mon and let's wreck the place!"
    WARBRINGER - Live 2015:
  • March 8 - Hammersonic Festival - Jakarta, Indonesia
  • March 10 - Hidden Agenda - Hong Kong
  • March 11 - Yu Gong Yi Shan - Beijing, China
  • March 13 - The Wall - Taipei, Taiwan
  • April 13 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
  • April 14 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
  • April 30 - Whisky - W. Hollywood, CA
  • May 1 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
  • May 2 - Spring Meltdown Fest - Jub Jub's - Reno, NV

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Metal Blade / Armored Saint to release new album this summer
Posted by: Denis / 06.03.2015
The iconic ARMORED SAINT has returned with one of their heaviest records of their illustrious career. The crushing, epic new full-length release, Win Hands Down, shows the band have only grown stronger and tighter with age, making for a dynamic and enthralling Metal masterpiece. Look for the new album out June 2nd and more details (album art, track-listing, new music video, etc) will be announced over the coming weeks.

ARMORED SAINT are also proud to be joining the legendary Saxon for a few select, high profile shows across the country from May 12th through May 30th.

John Bush (vocals) states: "When we began talking about a new record I told Joey Vera (bass) to pretend we were a really huge band and that we could do anything we wanted. At least that was the mindset we should have, from the writing to the production. What came out was Win Hands Down, which is our first record in five years. There's everything from classic ARMORED SAINT rocker songs to epic songs and we all dug deep deliver something special. If we weren't going to, then we shouldn't have bothered. I'm glad we did. In May we are doing some shows in the States with Saxon. It's a great way to get the ball rolling."

Vera further comments: "We're very excited about our new record coming out in June! We've been writing over the past year and half and we feel like we've written some amazing music. We can't wait to share it! To get our whistle's wet, we're super excited about doing some warm up gigs before the record release with the legendary Saxon this May! We're doing a total of six shows between the East Coast, Texas, West Coast and we couldn't think of a better way to start off the summer! See you all soon."
    ARMORED SAINT
    Tour with Saxon
  • 05/12 New York, NY BB Kings
  • 05/13 Worcester, MA The Palladium
  • 05/23 San Antonio, TX 210 Kapone’s Live
  • 05/24 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
  • 05/29 San Jose, CA Rockbar
  • 05/30 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues

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SOM DO DARMA / One year after award-winning debut album, Noturnall announces second studio effort
Posted by: Denis / 05.03.2015
In January 2014, Thiago Bianchi (vocal), Fernando Quesada (bass), Leo Mancini (guitar), Junior Carelli (keyboard) - all ex-Shaman members and the drummer Aquiles Priester (Primal Fear) surprised the Metal world with the announcement of the creation of new band Noturnall and the release of the debut album that came hitting several sales records.

On the following months, the group continued bombing the heavy music market with videos, shows and tours. In September was released its first DVD, First Night Live, and the re-released of the debut on vinyl. In November they embarked on a custom motorhome for a long tour in Brazil playing 14 shows in nine different states during almost 30 days. The musicians did not stay for one week at home and they took a flight to Europe, where they held its first international tour with six shows in four countries: Switzerland, Belgium, Spain and Portugal.

Twelve months after, the result was a constant presence on 'Best Of' lists. On the voting held among the readers of Roadie Crew Magazine - the most important Rock/Metal magazine from Brazil - Noturnall won three categories: Best Drummer for Aquiles Priester, Best Guitarist for Leo Mancini and Best Keyboardist for Junior Carelli. On other four categories, Noturnall appears on second position: Best Vocalist for Thiago Bianchi, Best Bassist for Fernando Quesada, Best Album and Best DVD.

When imagined that Noturnall would take off the foot from the accelerator, the group announces the release of its second studio album. The title is still not defined, but the album is already being recorded at Fusao Studios in Sao Paulo and will hit the stores in May.

According to the drummer Aquiles Priester, on the new Noturnall album will be the most brutal songs that he have already recorded in his entire carrier! "The big differential of this album is that all the ideas were designed inside the studio. What we had until we start my recordings was a sketch of the band's best musical ideas. I felt more relaxed to create new groove patterns that I never have created before in my entire life! Thiago (Bianchi) was always trying something different when I was going to the trivial... We challenge ourselves out of my limits and this resulted on a brutal, technical and very, very fast album! The new tour is promising a lot and we can't wait to play these songs live."

The release of Noturnall's second studio album will take place on the eve of the tour that the quintet will do in Brazil in May with Adrenaline Mob, the North-American supergroup leaded by the Symphony X vocalist, Russell Allen, also producer of Noturnall's debut album.

The tour, that will also count with the participation of the band Republica, has the following confirmed dates:
  • 07/05 at Granfinos in Belo Horizonte/MG
  • 08/05 at Circo Voador in Rio de Janeiro/RJ
  • 09/05 at Carioca Club in Sao Paulo/SP
  • 10/05 at Iguatemi in Juazeiro do Norte/CE
  • 14/05 at Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago/Chile
  • 15/05 at Music Hall in Curitiba/PR
  • 16/05 at Mirage in Limeira/SP
Pure Steel Records / LETHAL SAINT 'WWIII' cover, tracklist, release date: 20th March 2015
Posted by: Denis / 05.03.2015
The release date of the new LETHAL SAINT album WWIII on CD is March 20th 2015. The preorder phase will start on March 6th 2015 in label's webshop.

With the True Metalheads LETHAL SAINT from Cyprus we welcome a brand new band on Pure Steel Records. In 2010 the quartet released their self-titled debut album on the domestic underground label Pitch Black Records and it was followed by a single through the French Emanes Metal label in 2012.

With WWIII LETHAL SAINT now have completed their second studio album. It contains powerful, Melodic Power / Heavy Metal with typical lyrics, majestic twin guitar harmonies and catchy songwriting and will not disappoint fans of 'genuine steel'. The guys from Southern Europe know how to put the Metal heads under their spell: powerful double bass, high-pitched vocals, which reminds of Iced Earth vocal lines and the corresponding Metal-Spirit makes any true Metal heart beating faster.

The fantastic artwork to such a serious theme was created by Dimitar Nikolov.

LETHAL SAINT are a revelation for traditionalists: Heavy Metal or no Metal at all!!!

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Pitch Black Records / SACRED BLOOD are back with new album
Posted by: Denis / 05.03.2015
Greek epic Heavy metallers SACRED BLOOD are back with their third album, Argonautica, a follow-up to their 2012 highly acclaimed release Alexandros which was also released through Pitch Black Records.

Hailing from Athens, Greece and formed in 2003, SACRED BLOOD quickly established themselves as a unique epic Metal band through the use of traditional folk instruments in their music. Each of the band's albums is clearly distinguished by a theme revolving around Ancient Greece. This time we're dealing with Argonautica and the myth of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts to retrieve the Golden Fleece.

The use of folk instruments such as Irish bagpipes and the bodhran as well as female choir vocals and narrations in Ancient Greek take the music of Sacred Blood to a completely new dimension making it a most interesting and pleasing listen. The album features a number of guest appearances including Nicholas Leptos (WARLORD, ARRAYAN PATH), Kyriakos Vasdokas and Leon Tsorbatsoglou (CROSSWIND) and Vangelis Yalamas (FRAGILE VASTNESS). Uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes) and the bodhran performed by Sir Andrew Mc Pleary.

Argonautica is out on April 13th (May 12th US and Canada) on CD and digital.

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SOM DO DARMA / Psychotic Eyes to release acoustic Death Metal album in June
Posted by: Denis / 04.03.2015
In late 2014 the Brazilian Progressive Death Metal band Psychotic Eyes wrote a new chapter in Metal history. The band had lost its drummer and received an invitation to play an important show. Once they did not want to miss the opportunity, the idea of presenting an acoustic show seemed ideal: Death Metal played with two acoustic guitars, guttural vocals and no drums.

What seemed unlikely has become history! Never before had been an acoustic Death Metal show like that one presented at Galeria Olido in Sao Paulo. The avant-garde spirit of Psychotic Eyes gained projection in the media worldwide.

The final result was so good that get into the studio and record some songs in this format became inevitable. Olhos Vermelhos (Red Eyes in english) was the title that Dimitri Brandi (vocal/acoustic guitars) and Douglas Gatuso (vocal/acoustic guitars) have chosen for what will be the third official album by Psychotic Eyes - even being entirely acoustic - and also the first acoustic Death Metal album of the history!

Olhos Vermelhos is already being recorded at HBC Records in Guarulhos/SP with the production by Humberto Belozupko. The album will bring two unreleased tracks, Olhos Vermelhos - based on a poem written by Luiz Carlos Barata Cichetto - and Memento Mori. Will also take part of the tracklist, in new arrangements, The Hand of Fate - song that appeared on the band's self-titled debut album - besides Life and Dying Grief, both from the second studio album, I Only Smile Behind The Mask (2011).

"The recordings are awesome, the material will be fantastic", says the euphoric Dimitri Brandi. "They are just taking more time than we expected, because to record death metal with acoustic guitars is proving a much more difficult task than expected. As the guitar is an acoustic instrument, everything we do is picked up by the microphone. A guitarist and bassist used to play harder on the strings produces many cavernous noises that do not sound well in the recording. This has made the process take longer than would a recording with electric instruments, but the result is getting amazing."
Flotsam and Jetsam news
Posted by: Denis / 04.03.2015
Flotsam and Jetsam are pleased to announce the first wave of confirmed club and festival dates for their upcoming 2015 European tour that's scheduled to start in May and run through August.

This tour will mark the bands' return Europe, coming off the heals of 2013's Ugly Noise and last year's re-recording of the band's 1988 classic No Place For Disgrace, which brought the band extensively through the US and Europe during 2013-2014.

Initially set to start in April, the tour was pushed out a month to May in order to allow the band time to continue writing for their new 2015 release that will feature new drummer, Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Anthrax), who joined the band in late 2014.

At press time, the band will begin tracking its latest untitled effort in March 2015, with more European and US tour dates to follow.
  • 13-5 GR Metropolis Live, Patras
  • 14-5 GR AN Club, Athens
  • 15-5 GR Eightball Live, Thessaloniki
  • 16-5 GR Polyxwros Agora, Ioannina
  • 18-5 UK Underworld, London
  • 19-5 UK Queens Hall, Nuneaton
  • 20-5 UK Stereo, Glasgow
  • 22-5 DE Rockhard Festival, Gelsenkirchen
  • 24-5 BE Biebob, Vosselaar
  • 25-5 DE Backstage, Munchen
  • 27-5 CZ Modra Vopice, Prague
  • 28-5 AT Viper Room, Vienna
  • 31-5 AT PMK, Innsbruck
  • 05-6 DE Hypothalamus, Rheine
  • 06-6 NL Fortarock, Nijmegen
  • 17-7 DE Bang Your Head Festival, Balingen
  • 24-7 DE Headbangers Open Air, Brande-Hornerkirchen
  • 27-7 NO Revolver, Oslo (w/ Death Angel)
  • 28-7 SE Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (w/ Death Angel)
  • 29-7 SE Debaser Medis, Stockholm (w/ Death Angel)

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Punishment 18 Records / Hyades band reveals new album title
Posted by: Denis / 04.03.2015
In 2014, Italian Thrash masters Hyades has signed a new record deal with Punishment 18 Records that will release their new full-length album titled The Wolves Are Getting Hungry, the fourth of their career which began in 1996.
Pure Steel Records / ST. ELMO'S FIRE wrapping up songwriting for next album
Posted by: Denis / 04.03.2015
PURE STEEL RECORDS recording artists ST. ELMO'S FIRE announced they are finishing up writing songs for their next album. The California based Metal band has been working on new material since late last year.

According to guitarist Jeff Jones, the album will contain between 10 to 12 new songs. Jones said, "We are extremely excited to be releasing our new music on PURE STEEL. They are one of the best metal labels around and we are thrilled to be part of their Metal family!"

The last studio recording from ST. ELMO'S FIRE was the 1992 album Desperate Years. The upcoming album on PURE STEEL RECORDS will be the bands 5th album dating back to 1986.

The album will feature original band members drummer Kris Gustofson and guitarist Jeff Jones. Mike Palombi who joined the band last year will be handling the lead vocals.

Pre-production and recording for the as of now untitled new record will begin soon in their studio in Sacramento.

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My Kingdom Music / DRAKKAR present 'Run With The Wolf' lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 03.03.2015
Only two weeks left till the release of their new album Run With The Wolf through My Kingdom Music and Italian Power Progressive metalllers DRAKKAR reveal the first song (the title-track) with a lyric video you can watch here.

Run With The Wolf was recorded at Elnor Studio with producer Mattia Stancioiu. Guests on the album include Terence Holler (ELDRITCH's vocalist), Olaf Thorsen (VISION DIVINE, LABYRINTH) and the same Mat Stancioiu (ex-LABYRINTH).

The album will be released on March 16th, 2015 in a limited digipack deluxe edition including a bonus CD titled Coming From The Past, with 5 classic songs from the first three albums of DRAKKAR re-recorded by the current lineup!

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Metal Blade recording artist Slough Feg announce new drummer
Posted by: Denis / 03.03.2015
Slough Feg is proud to announce the arrival of new drummer, Addison Filipczyk. Filipczyk, 25, will have big shoes to fill following in the wake of Harry Cantwell's departure, but after several months of rehearsal the group is confident that they are in capable hands and feet.

Bassist Adrian Maestas comments, "After trying out drummers for a few months we think we've found the right guy. Welcome aboard, Addison!"

Singer/Guitarist Mike Scalzi gave only a short list of the new drummer's vital statistics:
  • Loyal Slough Feg fan since 2007
  • Sharp wit / keen philosophical / linguistic intellect
  • Corrective lenses necessary when drumming / viewing oversized Metal chicks' asses
  • Huge Heavy Metal fan, with tastes ranging from early Maiden and Priest to Budgie and Beethoven
  • Corporate spirit with liberal incentives towards Slough Feg's prime directive
Guitarist Angelo Tringali couldn't be reached for comment, but his answering machine informed us that he was out in search of 'a different lime and whiskey cola.'

Addison will make his debut with Slough Feg on April 16th, 2015, at the Eagle S.F. in San Francisco.

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Inner Wound Recordings / Dark Sarah 'Behind The Black Veil' details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 02.03.2015
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the cinematic Metal project DARK SARAH to the label.

DARK SARAH is the new project from Heidi Parviainen (ex. Amberian Dawn). The debut album called Behind the Black Veil leads you through the psychological adventure of Sarah, who is hovering between her two personalities. Dark Sarah's music combines Metal, film music and theatrical elements. Sarah's thoughts are at best depicted in the dialogues (duets) with the guests - 'The Fate': Manuela Kraller (ex Xandria), 'The Queen of No Good': Inga Scharf (Van Canto) and 'The Moon': Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica).

Production, orchestrations and mixing was handled by Mikko P. Mustonen, Pathos Music (Delain, Sonata Arctica, Ensiferum) and the album was mastered by Henkka Niemisto, Chartmakers (Volbeat, Sonata Arctica, Korpiklaani). The artwork was created by Jan Yrlund, Darkgrove Design (Apocalyptica, Ensiferum, Sirenia).

Behind The Black Veil will be released on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America.
    Behind The Black Veil track listing
  1. Save Me
  2. Poison Apple
  3. Hide And Seek
  4. Memories Fall (feat. Manuela Kraller)
  5. Evil Roots (feat. Inga Scharf)
  6. Violent Roses
  7. Hunting The Dreamer
  8. Fortress
  9. Silver Tree
  10. Sun, Moon And Stars
  11. Light In You (feat. Tony Kakko)
  12. Sarah's Theme
  13. Memories Fall (orchestral version)
  14. A Grim Christmas Story
SHADOWKILLER signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 02.03.2015
Progressive Power Metallers SHADOWKILLER from North California have signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS!

The lyrics video for the song Survival gives a first foretaste for the second album Until The War Is Won, which will be released soon.

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Pure Steel Records / AXEMASTER official video for 'Sanity's Requiem' released! Overture To Madness preorder phase started
Posted by: Denis / 02.03.2015
Cult US Metallers AXEMASTER have released a video for the song Sanity's Requiem. The song is taken from the new album Overture to Madness, the first in 25 years, which will be released worldwide on March 6th 2015 through PURE STEEL RECORDS. The video consists of excerpts from the 1955 horror movie Dementia.

The new album of AXEMASTER Overture To Madness is now available in label's webshop. Safe 1 Euro during the preorder time. The official release-date of the album is the 6th of March 2015.

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25 albums entered into our database lately are:
1. Widow
"Life's Blood"

2. Equinox
"Journey into Oblivion"

3. Equinox
"Return to Mystery"

4. Stratovarius
"Eternal"

5. Power Theory
"Out of the Ashes, into the Fire... And Other Tales of Insanity"

6. Enemynside
"Whatever Comes"

7. Enemynside
"Let the Madness Begin..."

8. Iced Earth
"The Judas Goat"

9. Endovein
"Supreme Insatiable Need"

10. Thunderblast
"Invaders from Another World"

11. Empyrium
"The Turn of the Tides"

12. Emperor
"Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise"

13. Aska
"Fire Eater"

14. Aska
"Nine Tongues"

15. Electric Mistress
"Race to Space"

16. Edwin Dare
"Can't Break Me"

17. Edwin Dare
"The Unthinkable Deed..."

18. Ichabod Krane
"Day of Reckoning"

19. Echoes of Eternity
"The Forgotten Goddess"

20. Steel Raiser
"Regeneration"

21. Ebonsight
"As the River Runs Through the Pain"

22. Ebonsight
"The Ocean Ebon"

23. Cradle of Filth
"Hammer of the Witches"

24. Easy Rider
"From the Darkness"

25. Slayer
"new album"


15 bands entered into our database lately are:
1. Deja Vu
2. Fallen Angels (US)
3. Wishdoom
4. Arkham Witch
5. Enchanter
6. Arion
7. Zephaniah
8. Yawarhiem
9. Winter's Verge
10. We Are Legend
11. Scintilla Project, The
12. Witches Mark
13. Vorpal Nomad
14. Vacant Throne
15. Overdrive (UK)

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