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Y.O.C. new page on Twitter
Posted by: Denis / 25.08.2016
For the attention of rockers/metalheads: please check new Y.O.C.'s page on Twitter and follow it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Y.O.C. new songs
Posted by: Denis / 21.08.2016
Y.O.C. presents you an unreleased track, new original studio song: BORN TO A NEW DAY OF REALITY - acoustic and midi-drums version, all versions are available on our web-site for free listening.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out a special video message from KOBRA here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Y.O.C. - crown versions of new songs
Posted by: Denis / 31.07.2016
Y.O.C. presents you plenty of the different versions for a new original studio song: BORN TO A NEW DAY OF REALITY.

Imperative PR / Solitary to play Hammerfest alongside Destruction, Grand Magus, Napalm Death & more
Posted by: Denis / 29.07.2016
Imperative PR proudly announce that UK Thrash masters Solitary will be appearing at the 9th edition of Hammerfest – 'Metal On Metal'.

The completely sold out Metal extravaganza will take place at the Hafan Y Môr Holiday Park in North Wales from the 23rd – 26th of March 2017 and the bill is a headbangers dream. Alongside our very own Solitary the line-up features Destruction, Hammerfall, Armored Saint, Napalm Death, Grand Magus, Venom Inc and many, many more.

Solitary will be playing on the Friday evening and will be unleashing a set that mixes up fan favourites and some incredible, neck-breaking new material. Their show promises to be one of the highlights of a weekend packed with formidable Metal muscle.
Posted by: Denis / 29.07.2016
Thrashers National Suicide have released a video for the song No Shot No Dead, taken from the band's new album Anotheround, available on Scarlet Records.

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

Nuclear Blast / IN FLAMES to embark on UK tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed, premiere exclusive first listen to new music from forthcoming album
Posted by: Denis / 29.07.2016
Sweden's finest modern heavy music institution, IN FLAMES, have announced the first tour dates for their upcoming studio release. In January 2017, the band will embark on a tour of major UK arenas together with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DISTURBED, to destroy England, Scotland and Wales and give a demonstration of their impressive live abilities, that their fans will witness on the next DVD Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg, scheduled for release on September 23rd.

The band also premiered an exclusive preview of new music from the forthcoming.
    Catch IN FLAMES on the following UK dates early next year:
  • 2017-01-10 Glasgow (The SSE Hydro) GB
  • 2017-01-12 Newcastle (Metro Radio Arena) GB
  • 2017-01-13 Birmingham (Genting Arena) GB
  • 2017-01-15 Sheffield (Sheffield Arena) GB
  • 2017-01-16 Manchester (Manchester Arena) GB
  • 2017-01-18 Nottingham (Motorpoint Arena Nottingham) GB
  • 2017-01-19 Cardiff (Motorpoint Arena Cardiff) GB
  • 2017-01-21 London (O2 Arena) GB

Napalm Records / EVIL INVADERS Announce Eastern Europe Tour Dates & Release First Album Trailer
Posted by: Denis / 29.07.2016
EVIL INVADERS unleash the beast on their upcoming 4-track EP entitled In For The Kill!

Two brand new tracks as well as two live versions of songs from of their debut album Pulses Of Pleasure make for audible madness.

To get a first appetizer of the upcoming EP, check out a first video trailer of the upcoming EP.

Prepare for high velocity, skull crushing riffs and solos that will melt your face off ... not only on the EP, but also live on their upcoming tour! Find new tour dates for Eastern Europe, as well as dates supporting Suicidal Angels listed below:
    EVIL INVADERS Eastern Europe Tour Dates:
  • 14.11.16 PL - Gdansk / Bunkier
  • 15.11.16 LT - Kaunas / Lemmy
  • 16.11.16 LAT - Riga / DEPO Club
  • 17.11.16 EST - Tallinn / Tapper
  • 18.11.16 RU - Saint Petersburg/Mod
  • 19.11.16 RU Vologda / Irris
  • 20.11.16 RU - Moscow / Les
    Tour /w Suicidal Angels, Skull Fist, Crisix & Mortillery
  • 29.09.16 NL - Enschede / Atak
  • 30.09.16 DE – Essen / Turock
  • 01.10.16 NL - Leeuwarden / Neushoorn
  • 02.10.16 UK – London / Underworld
  • 03.10.16 DE - Osnabrueck / Bastard Club
  • 04.10.16 DE - Hamburg / Bambi Galore
  • 05.10.16 FR - Colmar / Le Grillen
  • 06.10.16 DE - Neunkirchen / Stummsche Reithalle
  • 07.10.16 BE - Vosselaar / Biebob
  • 08.10.16 FR - Paris / Petit Bain
  • 09.10.16 FR - Nantes / Ferrailleur
  • 11.10.16 ES - Madrid / Penelope
  • 12.10.16 PT - Lisbon / RCA Club
  • 13.10.16 ES - Murcia / Garaje
  • 14.10.16 ES - Barcelona / Salamandra 1
  • 16.10.16 IT - Brescia / Circolo Colony
  • 18.10.16 SL - Ljublijana / Orto Bar
  • 19.10.16 DE - Weinheim / Café Central
  • 20.10.16 DE - Nuremberg / Der Cult
  • 21.10.16 DE - Munich / Backstage
  • 22.10.16 AT - Dornbirn / Schlachthaus
  • 23.10.16 CH - Zurich - TBA
  • 24.10.16 AT - Vienna / Viper Room
  • 25.10.16 CZ - Prague / Modra Vopice
  • 26.10.16 HU - Budapest / Barba Negra
  • 27.10.16 PL - Warsaw / Hydrozagadka
  • 28.10.16 PL - Cracow / Zascianek
  • 29.10.16 DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser
  • 30.10.16 DE - Berlin / Bin Nuu
Posted by: Denis / 28.07.2016
Y.O.C. presents you final version of new original studio recordings: BORN TO A NEW DAY OF REALITY (acoustic drums).

Imperative PR / UK Black metallers FORMICARIUS join only UK date of NEGURA BUNGET tour
Posted by: Denis / 28.07.2016
On October 22nd Formicarius will be playing alongside Negura Bunget and Ossific at the Boston Music Room in London's Tufnell Park. This stunning package, presented by Arcane Productions and sponsored by Zero Tolerance Magazine, is Negura Bunget's only UK date on this, their 20th Anniversary tour. The Romanians will be playing a special two hour set of their unique, dark sounds, and will see their classic OM album performed in full.

Formicarius have been absent from London stages for too long and this prestigious show is the perfect opportunity for them to return in style – all guns blazing. The band are currently riding high on the wave of interest generated by their successful Lake Of The Dead single.

Discussing their inclusion on the bill, Formicarius' front man, Lord Saunders commented "Being fans of their unique approach to Black Metal for many years we are of course both thrilled and honoured to return to London supporting Romanian legends Negura Bunget! This being our only hometown show this year, it is something of a victory for us to be recognised as worthy of this opportunity."
AFM Recods / Dirkschneider live album release in October
Posted by: Denis / 28.07.2016
The long-awaited live album from DIRKSCHNEIDER's 'Back To The Roots Tour' will be released on October 28th as 2-CD DigiPak and triple vinyl in 4 different vinyl colors (black, gold, silver and clear) via AFM Records.

The album Live - Back To The Roots was recorded at the sold out show at the 'Kaminwerk' in Memmingen on April 2nd, 2016 and contains the following tracks:
  1. Intro
  2. Starlight
  3. Living For Tonite
  4. Flash Rockin‘ Man
  5. London Leatherboys
  6. Midnight Mover
  7. Breaker
  8. Head Over Heels
  9. Neon Nights
  10. Princess Of The Dawn
  11. Winterdreams
  12. Restless And Wild
  13. Son Of A Bitch
  14. Up To The Limit
  15. Wrong Is Right
  16. Midnight Highway
  17. Screaming For A Love-Bite
  18. Monsterman
  19. T.V. War
  20. Losers And Winners
  21. Metal Heart
  22. I’m A Rebel
  23. Fast As A Shark
  24. Balls To The Wall
  25. Burning
InsideOut Music / Karmakanic launch lyric video for 'Steer By The Stars'
Posted by: Denis / 28.07.2016
Sweden-based Progressive rockers Karmakanic have just released their fifth album DOT on InsideOutMusic. To celebrate they have released a brand new lyric video for the track Steer By The Stars.

Jonas Reingold had this to say: "This 4 min song stands in contrast to the 30 min epic that is on the album. I like the Yin and Yang philosophy; dark / bright, complex / simple. It has always been a real thread throughout the musical history of Karmakanic. It showcases Göran Edman at his best, Gentle Giantish vocal harmony arrangement with a stunning lead performance. This is also my very first compositional collaboration with my long time buddy Andy Tillison, he also recorded some awesome Hammond organ for the track. Start the engines and steer by the stars, it might take you to places never seen before."

Century Media / CORONER to release 'Autopsy' 3x Blu-ray + LP / 3x DVD + CD set on September 23rd, 2016; New studio album in the works for 2017
Posted by: Denis / 27.07.2016
Legendary Swiss Metal pioneers, CORONER, whose line-up currently consists of Tommy Vetterli (guitar), Diego Rapacchietti (drums) and Ron Broder (bass/vocals), are heading back into the studio for the first time in over two decades!

The band originally made a name for themselves in the underground music scene with their discerning brand of technical Thrash Metal. Now, after 23 long years since the release of the bands last album Grin (1993), CORONER are pleased to announce plans to release a new studio album with Sony Music and Century Media Records in 2017.

For those not in the know; in the 1990s, CORONER caused quite a stir within the music industry with their Progressive and technically sophisticated sound. All over the world, CORONER was considered one of the most unconventional, avant-garde Metal bands, attracting the attention of global greats like Metallica.

Today, CORONER is highly respected by not only by musicians such as Max Cavalera (Sepultura), Franz Treichler (The Young Gods), Mille Petrozza (Kreator), but also by Metal fans throughout all genres of Metal. After the release of Grin, CORONER unfortunatelycalled it a day, which saw their best-of album, CORONER, being released two years later. Then, in 2011, Tommy Vetterli, Ron Broder, and the then drummer and founding member, Marky Edelmann returned to the stage. At the time, the members of CORONER were almost certain that they would not be able to find the time for a new studio album. 'Almost' being the key word here.

For their seventh studio album, due to be released in 2017, CORONER have signed a worldwide record deal with Sony Music Switzerland, which has enlisted the help of Century Media Records, whom will release the new CORONER record internationally. For fans whom simply cannot wait for their next fix, CORONER have a special treat in store with Autopsy.

Autopsy is a 3 x Blu-ray + LP or a 3 x DVD + CD set that is jam-packed with live recordings, a documentary movie of the band's history, previously unseen interviews and a best of compilation. The Vinyl + Blu-ray Box, which is limited to 3,000 copies, is a real collector's item and every copy of the box is signed by the band members themselves. This awe-inspiring collection will see the light of day on September 23rd, 2016.
    CORONER Live:
  • 08.11.2016 Monthey (Switzerland) - Palp Festival
  • 08.12.2016 Jaromer (Czech Republic) - Brutal Assault Open Air
  • 09.08.2016 Hüttikon (Switzerland) - Meh Suff Festival

Frontiers Music / Secret Sphere - Anette Olzon on 'Lie To Me'
Posted by: Denis / 27.07.2016
Former Nightwish singer Anette Olzon just recorded her vocal parts for a new version of Secret Sphere's Lie To Me.

Originally included on the album Portrait of a Dying Heart, the video for this song has over 800,000 views on YouTube. The new version, featuring a duet between Anette and singer Michele Luppi (also keyboard player with Whitesnake), will be released as a special bonus studio track on the band's forthcoming live album which is coming this fall.

Thobbe Englund leaves Sabaton
Posted by: Denis / 26.07.2016
Band's statement:
"Our colleague and brother Thobbe Englund has decided to part ways with Sabaton. We wish him nothing but success and good luck in the future, and we salute him for all the good years and the fantastic moments we shared both on and off the stage!
Below is Thobbe's own words:

'Dear friends!
Today I have decided to announce my leave from Sabaton. Why? ...many may ask.
There is this thing that I truly believe in, and that is that one should always follow the heart. I have in recent years become more aware of what would make me feel real happiness and content, and that is to expand my own creativeness in combination with a somewhat stiller life, where I will not tour all year round at the speed of light.
Unfortunately as a consequence I will not be able to meet all of you wonderful people out there, which is sad, and I'm really gonna miss you all. But I will still be making music, of course, and as I am writing this I am making plans for the future.
During the many years of touring with Sabaton we have become like brothers. Together with the best crew in the world we've had a true blast and there is a bond between all of us that cannot be broken. Therefore I find no reason to be sentimental, because brothers and sisters are friends for life, and the future is bright!
Always yours truly. Thobbe.'

Thobbe will do some more shows during the summer and play his final gig with Sabaton in our hometown Falun, on our own festival Sabaton Open Air, for the releaseparty of our new album The Last Stand.

After that a new guitar player will carry on.Do not fear friends, the show will go on!"

Adversor signs worldwide deal with Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 26.07.2016
Italian thrashers Adversor have recently signed a worldwide deal with Punishment 18 Records that will release their debut album titled Rise To Survive. Band was formed from Thrash Metal band H.o.S ashes by the frontman Dadö.
Punishment 18 Records / Vanexa 'Too Heavy to Fly' tracklist revealed
Posted by: Denis / 26.07.2016
Too Heavy To Flight, the new full-length album from Italian Heavy metallers Vanexa will be released in digipack format on next fall by Punishment 18 Records. Ligurian band can number among its members and former members of bands such a Mastercastle, Necrodeath, Labÿrinth, Hyaena. You can see the definitive tracklist:
  1. Too heavy to fly
  2. 007
  3. Life is a war
  4. Rain
  5. It's illusion
  6. Tarantino theme
  7. In the dark
  8. Kiss in the dark
  9. Paradox
  10. The traveller

Nuclear Blast / BATTLE BEAST new tour dates announced
Posted by: Denis / 26.07.2016
Finnish Heavy metallers, BATTLE BEAST, are currently working on their fourth, yet-untitled studio album. But the band with frontwoman Noora Louhimo can't rest easily. To prove there is no rest for the wicked, the band have added some shows in between their recording sessions. The band will tour Europe in support of their latest record, Unholy Savior (2015). A few new dates have been added to the touring schedule now.
  • 2016-07-30 Kuopio (Kuopio Rockcock) FI
  • 2016-08-05 Maasmechelen (Metal Babes II) BE
  • 2016-08-06 Geiselwind (Bike And Music Weekend) DE
  • 2016-08-19 Tel Aviv Yafo (Havana Club ) IL
  • 2016-08-27 Dormettingen (Summer Night Dream) DE
  • 2016-08-28 Bruchsal (Rockfabrik) DE
  • 2016-10-21 Lahti (Möysän Esso) FI
  • 2016-10-22 Helsinki (Virgin Oil) FI

Nuclear Blast / OPETH releases first studio blog for 'Sorceress'
Posted by: Denis / 26.07.2016
Swedish experimental Heavy-rock pioneers OPETH have released a new video blog, 'Studio Report - Episode 1' ahead of their upcoming release of Sorceress, which will debut on September 30th via the band's imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

In the new video, OPETH vocalist and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt gives an in-depth tour of Rockfield Studios in Wales during the recording/production process of their 12th studio album, Sorceress. Subsequent videos will be released in the coming weeks and will give fans an inside looking at the making of one of the year's most dynamic and anticipated Heavy rock releases.

GlobMetal Promotions / Big Fucking Gun released new album
Posted by: Denis / 25.07.2016
Russian Groove Metal band Big Fucking Gun released their new album Fury. The album was recorded in Gigant Record and mastered and mixed by Andrey Teterlev from Binomial Records.

Big Fucking Gun was formed in 2012 by Michail Chernyshov (guitar), Alexey Alikin (guitar), Uriy Garifov (bass) and Vitaliy Lyadov (drums).
Solreid signed a contract with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 25.07.2016
Russian symphonic / Power Metal band Solreid signed a contract with GlobMetal Promotions.

"We are pleased to cooperate with the European label, we are glad that our music will resonate in the hearts of Europeans", the band member said on their official VK page.

The band was formed in 2010 in Smolensk by Pavel Korchagin. In may 2016 at band released their debut album Price Discovery via MUSICA Production.
Posted by: Denis / 25.07.2016
Fast becoming home base for an elite squadron of U.S. Heavy Metal troops, Divebomb Records is proud to enlist science-centric Sacramento, CA Power metallers HELION PRIME to a growing roster that already includes such acts as WÜLFHOOK, ZEPHANIAH, EVERTHRONE, FINAL SIGN, JUDICATOR. HELION PRIME's self-titled debut album will see release via Divebomb Records on August 12th, 2016.

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

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

Divebomb Records has now stepped in to help HELION PRIME expand upon their growing popularity by granting wider exposure to this epic album, packed with all of the fast-paced, high-energy guitar acrobatics one would expect from a power metal quartet—not to mention Heather's uniquely soaring vocal harmonies—alongside a bounty of raging riffs that should appeal to fans of melodic Swedish Death Metal and traditional Heavy Metal fare alike... plus a few other surprise twists and turns to boot!
Posted by: Denis / 25.07.2016
EDEN's roots date back to one of Orange County, CA's most popular hard rock acts of the early-'80s: AUGUST REDMOON. However, despite sold out shows and the success of their groundbreaking 1982 EP, Fools are Never Alone as well as an appearance on the Metal Massacre IV compilation AUGUST REDMOON disbanded in 1983.

Following a brief stint as Terracuda, EDEN was born when remaining members Michael Henry (vocals) and David Young (drums) joined forces with Salt Lake City transplant Rick Scott Crocco on guitar; and his former sound tech, Dave Henriod, on bass. The quartet eventually secured a deal with Enigma/Restless and entered Westwind Studios in Thousand Oaks, CA to record a full-length—but not before bringing former AUGUST REDMOON bassist Gary Winslow back into the fold. Packed to the brim with raucous, energetic Heavy Metal anthems, EDEN's long-awaited self-titled debut hit the streets in 1986.

After being released from their contract due to a lack of label support, the group recruited new frontman (and future QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist) Mike Stone and second guitarist Lenny Spickle recording a new five-song demo in 1987 that displayed a logical progression from the hard-hitting catchiness of the album. This lineup showcased for several major labels, but luck was not on their side, and EDEN folded by the end of 1988. David, Gary, Lenny, however alongside an assortment of singers and guitarists gave EDEN new life in the 2000s, recording a four-song EP in 2010 and making their European live debut at the Headbanger's Open Air Festival in Hamburg, Germany in 2012.

Originally reissued on CD by European label High Vaultage/Metal for Muthas in 2003, the limited edition 1,000-unit pressing sold out quickly and has remained out of print... until now. Divebomb Records is thrilled to shed new light on these classic recordings for the first time in North America—1986's 11-song Eden full-length, rare demo cuts from '85 – '87, and tracks from the 2000s era Judgement Day EP fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, and including an in-depth EDEN biography penned by former Headbanger fanzine editor and close friend of the band, Bob Nalbandian. For the fans, by the fans!

Frontiers Records / Cry of Dawn featuring Goran Edman
Posted by: Denis / 25.07.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to present CRY OF DAWN, a new Melodic Rock/AOR project featuring Göran Edman on all lead vocals. The self-titled debut album will be released on September 23rd.

Over the years, Göran Edman's unique vocal style has been showcased in numerous genres including neoclassic Metal, Progressive Rock, and AOR, just to name a few. His vocal stylings can be found on records by John Norum, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brazen Abbot, Glory, among others.

CRY OF DAWN is Goran Edman's latest musical adventure: a straight ahead AOR / Melodic Rock album which highlights his amazing vocal abilities on superb songs written especially for him by the likes of Michael Palace (Palace, First Signal, Kryptonite), Steve Newman, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Sören Kronkvist, Daniel Palmqvist, Robert Säll among others.

"It's been a privilege to work with all these good songwriters within the genre of classic AOR", tells Goran. "The conformity of the production has a good red line with a straight forward melodic flow as you would expect. Its been a true pleasure performing it. The recording of the album took place in Daniel Flores' studio for the instrumental part while I did the vocals in my own studio. Personally I am grateful to be a part of this project and look forward to the fans listening to the album."

The result is a true feast for the ears of all lovers of this music. Picture hints of the likes of Night Ranger, Journey, Bad English, Starship and you'll get a sense of what is in store for you!
  1. Chance
  2. Listen To Me
  3. When Right Is Wrong
  4. Tell It To My Heart
  5. Light A Light
  6. Can't Go On
  7. Building Towers
  8. Hands Around My Heart
  9. Life After Love
  10. Yearn
  11. Tell Me
Massacre Records / HAMMERSCHMITT: New Video
Posted by: Denis / 25.07.2016
HAMMERSCHMITT just released the official video clip for the brand new song Metalheadz!

The song is featured on the upcoming album Still On Fire, which will be released on August 26, 2016 via Massacre Records. The album was recorded by Bobby Altvater, and mixed and mastered by Mario Lochert. Markus Salmanir is responsible for the cover artwork.

Y.O.C. new song, final version
Posted by: Denis / 24.07.2016
Y.O.C. presents you new original studio recordings: BORN TO A NEW DAY, final mix of midi drums version in three formats.

Vivaldi Metal Project / 'The Four Seasons' album released
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2016
Today, July 22nd, 2016, Vivaldi Metal Project's album The Four Seasons is released via Pride & Joy Music.

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

The project is a symphonic-Metal opera based on Antonio Vivaldi's Baroque masterwork 'The Four Seasons', featuring more than 130 amazing metal and classical artists, orchestra, a string quartet and three choirs from all over the world. The album features 14 tracks – all the movements from Antonio Vivaldi's original score plus two original new songs written by Mistheria. The impressive roster of artists probably makes this titanic album the biggest all-star project ever!

A cast of ten arrangers joined Mistheria creating epic and memorable music, combining a standard metal band lineup with strings, orchestra and choir.

It took more than 2 years of intensive non-stop hard work to get the album done. Mixed and mastered by Ivan Moni Bidin at 'ARTESONIKA' recording studio in Italy and assisted by Fabio D'Amore, the album is a full 75 minutes of intense, passionate, fascinating, powerful and majestic experience!
  1. Escape From Hell
  2. The Illusion Of Eternity
  3. Vita
  4. Euphoria
  5. Sun of God
  6. Immortal Soul
  7. Thunderstorm
  8. The Age Of Dreams
  9. Alchemy
  10. Stige
  11. The Meaning Of Life
  12. The Final Hour
  13. Grande Madre
  14. Doomsday
Nuclear Blast / SONATA ARCTICA - announce new album 'The Ninth Hour'
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2016
Only two years after the release of Pariah's Child and a massive world tour, the Finnish Melodic Metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA are already back for more – their ninth masterpiece entitled The Ninth Hour will see the light of day on October 7th.

Once again, the album was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen, to create a typical yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016.

"The studio work for the new record started seriously in mid-April 2016 in several home studios around Finland", singer Tony Kakko explains. "But the main recording and mixing took place at the Studio57 in Alaveteli, Finland. It functions as a kind of centre point and all work finally ends up there. We aimed to create another melodic, beautiful, surprising SONATA ARCTICA album... Did it turn out that way? I surely think so. But maybe I should leave that for you to decide!"

After a North American tour with their friends from NIGHTWISH plus many headline shows around the globe, the band was once again able to take a look at the entire world as it is at the moment – on the edge of a possible Armageddon. This spirit is reflected in the new artwork of The Ninth Hour.

"The artwork of our ninth studio album The Ninth Hour depicts a future utopian landscape on the background. Nature and human technologies are in balance. In the middle we have an hour glass contraption with a knob for us to meddle with. The right-hand side cup represents the nature side with no humans left, on the left we have the human dystopia after we have destroyed Nature. The idea I had was, that turning the knob will tilt the hour glass in one direction or another, and the other cup will slowly empty and that future will be erased. Biblically we are expected to repent and sacrifice on The Ninth Hour... to dive right back to a more mundane reality, it's a fact that we are currently living in critical, historical times. Our decisions will define the future. Not only ours as a race, but the future of this entire planet. We need to make sacrifices and in many cases we will repent our already made choices."

Right after the release of their anticipated record and their European tour with label mates TWILIGHT FORCE, SONATA ARCTICA will return to the states for a headlining tour with LEAVES' EYES and OMNIUM GATHERUM.
    Confirmed dates for SONATA ARCTICA's 2016 North American Tour with LEAVES EYES, OMNI GATHERUM are:
  • 11/06/2016 The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
  • 11/07/2016 The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD
  • 11/08/2016 Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY
  • 11/09/2016 The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
  • 11/11/2016 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
  • 11/12/2016 Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
  • 11/13/2016 Club Soda - Montreal, QC CANADA
  • 11/14/2016 Mavericks - Ottawa, ON CANADA
  • 11/16/2016 Dallas - Kitchener, ON CANADA
  • 11/17/2016 Park Street Saloon - Columbus, OH
  • 11/18/2016 Token Lounge - Westland, MI
  • 11/19/2016 Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 11/21/2016 Rave - Milwaukee, WI
  • 11/22/2016 Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN
  • 11/24/2016 The Exchange - Regina, SK CANADA
  • 11/25/2016 Dickens - Calgary, AB CANADA
  • 11/26/2016 Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB CANADA
  • 11/28/2016 The Venue - Vancouver, BC CANADA
  • 11/29/2016 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
  • 11/30/2016 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
  • 12/02/2016 Slim’s - San Francisco, CA
  • 12/03/2016 Brick by Brick - San Diego, CA
  • 12/04/2016 The Grove - Anaheim, CA
  • 12/05/2016 Club Red - Tempe, AZ
  • 12/06/2016 Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX
  • 12/08/2016 Gothic Theater - Englewood, CO
  • 12/09/2016 Granada - Lawrence, KS
  • 12/10/2016 Trees- Dallas, TX
  • 12/11/2016 Cine El Rey- McAllen, TX
  • 12/13/2016 Alamo Music Hall- San Antonio, TX
  • 12/14/2016 Scout Bar- Houston, TX
  • 12/16/2016 House of Blues- Lake Buena Vista, FL
  • 12/17/2016 The Masquerade- Atlanta, GA

Nuclear Blast / MEAL CHURCH European summer tour under way
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2016
Heavy Metal titans, METAL CHURCH, released their latest album entitled XI, in March this year through Nuclear Blast Records. After a successful European tour with DISTILLATOR, BLIKSEM in May and two US touring treks, the band are back in Europe for a few festival shows and selected headline dates. The tour started last weekend with enthusiastically celebrated shows at Bang Your Head!!! Festival in Balingen, Germany and at Dynamo Metalfest in Eindhoven, Holland.
  • 2016-08-05 Pori (Porispere Festival) FI
  • 2016-08-06 Wacken (Wacken Open Air) DE
  • 2016-08-09 Ascoli Piceno (Beast Coast Festival) IT
  • 2016-08-10 Novara (Phenomenon) IT
  • 2016-08-12 Essen (Turock) DE
  • 2016-08-13 Kortrijk (Alcatraz Metal Fest) BE
  • 2016-09-20 Casper, WY (Casper Events Ctr.) US
  • 2016-09-22 Las Vegas, NV (The Joint) US
  • 2016-09-27 Seattle, WA (Wamu Theater) US
  • 2016-09-28 Eugene, OR (Mathew Knight Ctr.) US
  • 2016-09-29 San Jose, CA (National Civic) US
  • 2016-10-01 Broomfield, CO (1st Bank Arena) US
  • 2016-10-03 Council Bluffs, IA (Mid-America Rec. Ctr.) US
  • 2016-10-04 St. Paul, MN (Roy Wilkins Ausitorium) US
  • 2016-10-05 Chicago, IL (Sears Center) US
  • 2016-10-07 Moline, IL (Iwireless Ctr.) US
  • 2016-10-08 Milwaukee, WI (UWM Panther Arena) US
  • 2016-10-09 Detroit, MI (Joe Louis Arena) US
  • 2016-10-11 Bethlehem, PA (Sands Events Center) US
  • 2016-10-12 Worcester, MA (DCU Center) US
  • 2016-10-13 Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena) US
  • 2016-10-14 Newark, NJ (Prudential Ctr.) US
  • 2016-10-16 Camden, NJ (BB & T Pavillion) US

Nuclear Blast / EPICA release first trailer for 'The Holographic Principle'
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2016
The Dutch symphonic Metal stars EPICA grant a little insight into the making of their massive new longplayer The Holographic Principle and release a first trailer from the studio. In this brandnew clip, the band explains their songwriting process and even comes up with some musical surprises.

"Halfway through 2015, Epica started a new journey: writing and recording the 7th studio album The Holographic Principle", explains guitarist Isaac Delahaye. "In between touring we spent our time in the Sandlane Recording Facilities with producer Joost van den Broek and here's the first part of our studio documentary! It gives you a little insight into the creation of what we see as our most complete album ever. You'll hear rough snippets of new music, and you'll see how we built things up. Enjoy!"

SPV / VICIOUS RUMORS release new video, announce tour with DIRKSCHNEIDER
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2016
US Metal masters VICIOUS RUMORS release a new video for the song Take It Or Leave It, taken from the forthcoming studio album Concussion Protocol.

Geoff Thorpe: "The Concussion Protocol album has been a the most intense recording project of my long career! We're working together as a team! A year and half of writing, recording and now the release is right around the corner Aug 26th. Nick and Tilen came to California to record and we made the Take It Or Leave It video together giving fans a first time look at the making of the album and the power of our performance. Vicious Rumors runs on fire and passion! The reaction from the first video Chasing The Priest was so overwhelmingly positive. Now check out the members of Vicious Rumors in full force with Take It Or Leave It."
    VICIOUS RUMORS will go as special guest on a massive European-Tour with DIRKSCHNEIDER from October to December 2016.
  • 31.10.16 NOR-Stavanger – Folken
  • 01.11.16 NOR-Oslo – Vulcan Arena
  • 03.11.16 SWE-Umea – Idun
  • 04.11.16 SWE-Borlänge – Liljan
  • 05.11.16 SWE-Örebro – Frimis Salonger
  • 06.11.16 SWE-Linköping – Garden
  • 07.12.16 D-Vacha - Vachwerk
  • 08.12.16 A-Dornbirn – Conrad Sohm
  • 09.12.16 CZ-Brno – Hala Vodova
  • 11.12.16 D-Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
  • 13.12.16 I-Milan – Live Club
  • 15.12.16 D-Nuernberg – Loewensaal
  • 16.12.16 D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
  • 18.12.16 D-Solingen – Cobra (sold out)
    More dates will be added soon!
Geoff Thorpe: Vicious Rumors just confirmed as the special guest for the Dirkschneider European tour! The ball is rolling full speed a head!"

IRON CURTAIN signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2016
The Spanish Speed/Thrash/Heavy band IRON CURTAIN from Murcia signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS. The band is formed in 2007 and the new album Guilty as Charged, will be released via PURE STEEL RECORDS.

Bandsatment: "Iron Curtain & Pure Steel Recs join forces to spread the flame of Heavy Metal!!! The NEW RECORD of the Spanish combo will be released in CD format by the Cult Heavy Metal label this fall! The album, finished yet, will be called Guilty as Charged, include 8 new songs and 1 exclusive bonus track for this release. Expect nothing but Heavy Metal in the Tank, Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, Tygers of Pan Tang, Venom and first Maiden sounds!"
NoiseArt Records / WINTER STORM digital single 'Through the Storm' out now
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2016
German Folk/Power-Metal heroes WINTERSTORM are set to release their fourth studio album, Cube Of Infinity, on August 19th, 2016 via NoiseArt Records.

Now, the band has just released the first digital single Through the Storm. The song is now available as an instant grat track when you pre-order Cube Of Infinity via Amzaon or iTunes.

WINTERSTORM premiered the lyric video for the new track on YouTube recently.

The band states: "New ways! Powerful and with new strength we are heading for a adventurous Journey. The storm in us is blowing stronger than ever before. Don't worry about the hat. ;-)"

Check also out the first album trailer.

Cube Of Infinity shows that WINTERSTORM by far haven't reached the end of their journey. Once more, their highly diversified songs lure the listeners into a Fantasy World that becomes a thrilling adventure thanks to the high quality of the musical background. Catchy rhythms, enthralling melodies, and elating refrains make Cube Of Infinity a model of how Power Metal should sound in the year of 2016... that will fascinate not only fans of bands such as Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, Orden Ogan.

WINTERSTORM again skillfully succeed in uniting Folk elements and Power Metal to form a unique and kitsch-free mixture of their own. Cube Of Infinity is in schedule to offer a cooling summer storm in the heat of August, drying the sweat of fans with a huge portion of passion and fresh wind.
Y.O.C. new songs
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2016
Y.O.C. presents you new original studio recordings: BORN TO (A/THE) NEW DAY OF REALITY in three versions, as far as the different demos for this song.

Frontiers Music / Seventh Wonder - Welcome To Atlanta Live 2014
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2016
One of the major draws of the fifteenth edition of ProgPower USA, that was the opportunity to get to see Sweden's finest Progressive Metal band, Seventh Wonder perform their signature album Mercy Falls in its entirety. And judging by the crowd's reaction on that night, it was obvious that the fans had been waiting for this for a long time. Not content, the band played again the following day to a crowd of gold badge-holders and VIPs, including singer Tommy Karevik's mates from his other band KAMELOT, and performed a bunch of songs from other albums which were not played the night before.

All in all it was a genuine and raw performance and this live album sums up very well all the best material included in Seventh Wonder's acclaimed first four albums and lets you know what to expect in terms of direction of new material to come. In fact, the band decided to round out this amazing release with two studio tracks. One is the awesome Inner Enemy, already available on YouTube. The other song, The Promise, is an epic track of almost 10 minutes in length which highlights the multifaceted talents of this band.

Bass player Andreas Blomqvist says, "It has been a dream of mine for many, many years to be able to record and release a solid live product. Fans of music such as ours usually enjoy watching live performances as the musicianship is often very much in focus. Mercy Falls was the perfect album to bring to the live setting, but we just never had a chance to pull it off before. Finally the stars aligned, and we made it happen. As icing on the cake, Frontiers stepped in to release it for us, which we are delighted about. We are very happy with the way it turned out, and the mix is nothing short of amazing! I am thrilled to be able to bring you guys this release and thankful that Frontiers chooses to prioritize this release right away, so that the fans starved for Seventh Wonder releases at last gets something solid to sink their teeth into while waiting for the upcoming studio album!"

This album aptly closes the first chapter of the band's history and works as a tasty appetizer for the new studio album planned for release in early 2017.

Welcome To Atlanta Live 2014 will be available in two physical configurations: a 2 DVD set and a very special, limited edition deluxe digibook containing 2 CDs and 2 DVDs. Final tracklisting includes (CD version is only available in the deluxe edition 2CD/2DVD).
    DVD 1 - Mercy Falls Live
  1. A New Beginning
  2. There and Back (overture)
  3. Welcome to Mercy Falls
  4. Unbreakable
  5. Tears for a Father
  6. A Day Away
  7. Tears for a Son
  8. Paradise
  9. Fall in Line
  10. Break the Silence
  11. Hide and Seek
  12. Destiny Calls
  13. One Last Goodbye
  14. Back In Time
  15. The Black Parade
  16. Encore: Inner Enemy.

    DVD 2 – Bonus Tracks
  17. Taint the Sky
  18. Banish the Wicked
  19. Alley Cat
  20. Walking Tall
  21. The Edge of My Blade
  22. King of Whitewater
  23. Seventh Wonder Odyssey

    CD1 - Mercy Falls Live (DELUXE EDITION ONLY)
  24. A New Beginning
  25. There and Back (overture)
  26. Welcome to Mercy Falls
  27. Unbreakable
  28. Tears for a Father
  29. A Day Away
  30. Tears for a Son
  31. Paradise
  32. Fall in Line
  33. Break the Silence
  34. Hide and Seek
  35. Destiny Calls
  36. One Last Goodbye
  37. Back In Time
  38. The Black Parade

    CD2 – Bonus Tracks (DELUXE EDITION ONLY)
  39. Taint the Sky
  40. Banish the Wicked
  41. Alley Cat
  42. Walking Tall
  43. The Edge of My Blade
  44. King of Whitewater
  45. Seventh Wonder Odyssey
  46. Inner Enemy (new studio track)
  47. The Promise (new studio track)

Frontiers Music / Jack Russell's Great White
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the signing of Jack Russell's Great White to the label.

Jack Russell's Great White represents the next phase of the iconic singer's Rock n’ Roll legacy.

Since Jack Russell's Great White inception in 2011, the frontman welcomed back longtime bassist and friend Tony Montana — this time as a guitar player and keyboardist—lead guitarist Robby Lochner (Rob Halford), drummer Dicki Fliszar (Bruce Dickinson) and Dan McNay (Montrose) on bass. The new album on the horizon, which is Jack's 14th studio album, boasts the bluesy hard rock stomp that made Russell an icon in the first place.

"I want to say how happy and excited I am about my band", states Jack Russell regarding the recent signing with Frontiers for the new album. "I have so much respect for Serafino, Mario, Derek and their team and am so thankful to be working with them. The band and I are off the hook about the new material. You are going to love it!"

The GRAMMY's nominated Great White originally broke out of the Los Angeles scene in 1984 with its self-titled debut. The record was followed by the sophomore release Shot in The Dark and then by seismic platinum-selling outings such as 1987's Once Bitten... and 1989's ...Twice Shy (which reached #9 on the Billboard Album chart). Moving over 8 million copies worldwide, they stood out as tried-and-true rock stalwarts into the 21st century until 2011, when Russell went on to form Jack Russell's Great White.

In 2014 JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE gave fans a taste of new music with the release of the single Hard Habit which received rave reviews from fans clamoring for the 'classic' early sound of GREAT WHITE.

Ultimately, the new music is for the millions of fans who stuck by Russell all these years. It's everything they've been waiting for and more. Russell leaves off, "this is fun, first and foremost. I feel like I'm 27 again. I hope it sounds like Great White but for 2016."

Frontiers plans to release the new record in early 2017.
    JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE is currently performing various concerts around the U.S., for all dates and details visit the band's website. Upcoming dates include:
  • July 20 - Stafford, TX
  • July 21 - Frisco, TX
  • July 22 - Beaumont, TX
  • July 23 - Leon, TX
  • Aug. 19 - Reno, NV
  • Sept. 29 - Hollywood, CA
  • Oct. 7 - Englewood, FL
  • Oct 8 - New Port Richey, FL
  • Oct. 29 - Joliet, IL
Massacre Records / CRYSTAL BALL Video Shoot
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2016
CRYSTAL BALL once again teamed up with Yorkproduction to shoot an official album for the title song of their upcoming album Déjà-Voodoo!

Yorkproduction also realized the official video clips for Paradise or Eternal Flame as well as other band-related clips like the short band introduction or a tour dates info clip.

CRYSTAL BALL's new album Déjà-Voodoo is already available for pre-order and will additionally be available as limited digipak with bonus tracks!

Stefan Kaufmann produced, mixed and mastered the album. Thomas Ewerhard is responsible for the cover artwork.

It will be released via Massacre Records on September 2, 2016. The confirmed US release date is October 7, 2016.

Massacre Records / ASSIGNMENT New Video
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2016
The release of ASSIGNMENT's new album Closing The Circle is only a few days away!

The band has now posted the official video for the album opener Evolution.

Closing The Circle was mixed by Norbert Leitner and mastered by Mike Wulf. Caio Caldas (CadiesArt - Digital ArtWork) is responsible for the cover artwork.

ASSIGNMENT's new album Closing The Circle will be released on July 22nd via Massacre Records.

Nuclear Blast / ANTHRAX celebrate their 35th anniversary
Posted by: Denis / 19.07.2016
Thirty-five years ago (July 18, 1981), the New York-based Thrash Metal band ANTHRAX was formed and started on the road to help change the history of music. "Thirty-five years have passed since that day and my life has changed profoundly", states co-founder Scott Ian. "I am a husband, I am a father. I am a long way from the 17-year-old soon-to-be-college dropout who co-founded a heavy metal band. The only thing that hasn't changed in 35 years, the one constant, is that I am still the rhythm guitar player in ANTHRAX. It's what I GET to do. I GET to play in a band and I never take that for granted."

Over that 35-year period, ANTHRAX has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. In 1991, their music helped break down race and genre barriers when they collaborated with Public Enemy on Bring The Noise. And, of course, along with METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH, ANTHRAX helped pioneer the Thrash Metal genre as a member of The Big Four.

So, with all those years, all those experiences, all those memories, what's the one big takeaway experience that stands out for the guys? Was it when legendary author Stephen King included the band in one of his 'Dark Tower' series books? Or in 2012 when ANTHRAX became the first Metal band to have its music played on Mars, when NASA played Got The Time to wake up the Mars Rover, Curiosity? Or how about in 1991 when they received their first Grammy nomination? Maybe it was when the band was caught up in the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks and considered changing their name due to the PR nightmare that was caused. Or possibly it was when ANTHRAX made a cameo appearance on the popular 1992 TV series, 'Married... with Children'.

Remembers Charlie Benante, the band's drummer since 1983, "We had such a ball doing that show. We taped the episode twice, once in the afternoon then another one in the evening, which was done with rewrites. They changed some of our lines, but we got bigger laughs the second time so it was all worth it. After the show, we went to a sit-down dinner with the entire cast and crew at a restaurant in Hollywood. Here I am sitting next to Al Bundy (played by actor Ed O'Neill), and I look over at the booth across from us, and there are Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman having dinner. Al said, 'hey, let's go talk to Clint and Morgan', and I went 'whaaaaa???'. He took us over there and introduced us to them – and I'm thinking 'where am I? Am I here right now? This is actually happening?' It was just surreal. That stands out as one of the highlights. It wasn't really a musical thing, but music got us to that. I'm just a guy in a band making music…what am I doing here with these stars?"

Then there is newest member, lead guitarist Jonathan Donais who has a completely different take on his 'best Anthrax moment': "It was probably 1989 or '90, whenever the Antisocial video blew up at Dial MTV," he remembers. "It was the first time I'd ever heard Anthrax, and I immediately fell in love with the band." Donais' 'best Anthrax memory' now happens like Groundhog Day: "I brought a tape of the Dial MTV performance to my guitar teacher and told him I wanted to learn how to play it. Now I get to play every night with the band!"

The most memorable time as a member of ANTHRAX could have been on September 14, 2011 as it was named 'Anthrax Day' in the Bronx. Or June 22, 2010 when The Big Four played together on the same stage for the first time ever in Sofia, Bulgaria.

For ANTHRAX's Ian, it was a different occasion: "My ONE thing of thousands of things I've done in ANTHRAX that stands out the most in the world would be playing Yankee Stadium," he said, referencing The Big Four's second of only two U.S. concerts, held on September 14, 2011. "For me that is the pinnacle. My mecca. The most NY thing a NY band could ever do. I got to play on stage on the field, in the building where so many of my heroes since I was a child played. It was surreal and overwhelming and I was in tears almost the entire first song, I had so much emotion pouring out of me. Like the words to the song say, I was 'King of the hill, top of the heap'. So, to quote the Scottish poet Robbie Burns, 'Here's to us; who is as good as us? Damn few, and they're all dead'. Thank you my friends... 35 and counting."

ANTHRAX - Ian, Benante, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donais - will celebrate their 35 years well into the fall playing major festivals, headline shows and as Special Guest with fellow Big Four comrades SLAYER.

David Taylor, a staunch ANTHRAX fan, compiled a variety of in-concert clips of the band performing the 1988 classic Antisocial over the past three-plus decades, to create a celebratory gift for the band and their 35th anniversary. Check out that tribute video here.

InsideOut Music / Fates Warning new play through video launched
Posted by: Denis / 19.07.2016
U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have entered the sales charts in various countries with their new, 12th studio album, Theories Of Flight, released last week via InsideOutMusic.

FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment: "Thanks to everyone who contributed to this amazing first week. We're blown away by the response so far. Thanks again!"

A new drum and bass play-through video (with a slightly adapted audio mix) for the song White Flag has now also been launched online.

InsideOut Music / Leprous announce North American headlining tour; touring Europe with Devin Townsend Project and Between The Buried And Me
Posted by: Denis / 19.07.2016
After having recently recorded a hometown show in Oslo for an upcoming DVD / live album release, Norwegian Prog metallers LEPROUS have announced further live action in support of their current album The Congregation, which was released worldwide via InsideOutMusic.

The next live campaign steps include some European festival dates in the summer, a North American headline run in September/October as well as a massive European tour supporting Devil Townsend Project alongside Between The Buried And Me.

LEPROUS vocalist and keyboardist Einar Solberg checked in about the recent DVD shoot as follows: "The recording of the DVD went great, and it was one of the best nights of our career so far! We just received the rough mix of the Audio, and we can tell that it's definitely approved. On most live albums these days, bands are re-recording most of the stuff afterwards in the studio, to make it sound 'perfect'. For us that's out of question. We wanna keep the live feel, especially to give a big contrast to the rather 'perfected' studio albums! Definitely more organic!"

And he added the following comment about the upcoming European tour: "We're very happy to be a part of such a fantastic tour package, and it will be pure joy to play together with both Between The Buried And Me and Devin Townsend Project! We believe this tour can help us up to the next level, and that there are many potential new followers to convince here!"
    LEPROUS - European festival dates 2016:
  • 11.08.2016 Josefov (Czech Republic) - Brutal Assault Open Air
  • 03.09.2016 Bryne (Norway) - Brynerocken
  • 04.11.2016 Barcelona (Spain) - AMFest
    LEPROUS - North American headline tour with Earthside, Binary Code, Dissona:
  • 27.09.2016 Atlanta, GA - Vinyl at Center Stage
  • 28.09.2016 Baltimore, MD - Cafe 611
  • 29.09.2016 TBA
  • 30.09.2016 New York City, NY - Gramercy Theater
  • 01.10.2016 Niagara Falls, NY - The Rapids Theater
  • 02.10.2016 Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
  • 03.10.2016 Montreal, QC - TBA
  • 04./05.10.2016 Quebec City, QC - TBA
  • 06.10.2016 Toronto, ON - The Garrison
  • 07.10.2016 Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
  • 08.10.2016 Chicago, IL - Reggie’s
  • 09.10.2016 Minneapolis, MN - TBA
  • 11.10.2016 Calgary AB - Distortion
  • 12.10.2016 Vancouver, BC - Red Room
  • 13.10.2016 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
  • 14.10.2016 Portland, OR - High Water Mark
  • 15.10.2016 San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall
  • 16.10.2016 Los Angeles, CA - Complex
  • 17.10.2016 Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
  • 19.10.2016 San Antonio, TX - Rockbox
  • 20.10.2016 Fort Worth, TX - Tomcats West
  • 21.10.2016 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
  • 22.10.2016 Mexico City, MX - Foro Indie Rocks * LEPROUS only!
    LEPROUS - European tour with Devin Townsend Project, Between The Buried And Me:
  • 28.01.2017 Antwerpen (Belgium) - Trix * No BTBAM
  • 30.01.2017 Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) - Rockhal
  • 31.01.2017 Paris (France) - Bataclan
  • 01.02.2017 Bordeaux (France) - Rockschool Barbey
  • 03.02.2017 Madrid (Spain) - La Reviera
  • 04.02.2017 Barcelona (Spain) - Razzmatazz 2
  • 05.02.2017 Marseille (France) - Le Moulin
  • 07.02.2017 Milan (Italy) - Live Club
  • 08.02.2017 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
  • 09.02.2017 Stuttgart (Germany) - LKA Longhorn
  • 10.02.2017 Munich (Germany) - Backstage
  • 12.02.2017 Zagreb (Croatia) - Tvornica Club
  • 13.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
  • 14.02.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Arena
  • 16.02.2017 Prague (Czech Republic) - The Roxy
  • 17.02.2017 Leipzig (Germany) - Täubchenthal
  • 18.02.2017 Kraków (Poland) - Kwadrat
  • 19.02.2017 Warsaw (Poland) - Stodola
  • 21.02.2017 Hamburg (Germany) - Grünspan
  • 22.02.2017 Aarhus (Denmark) - Voxhall
  • 23.02.2017 Göteborg (Sweden) - Pustervik
  • 25.02.2017 Bergen (Norway) - Blastfest
  • 26.02.2017 Oslo (Norway) - Sentrum Scene
  • 28.02.2017 Helsinki (Finland) - The Circus
  • 01.03.2017 Seinajoki (Finland) - Rytmikorjaamo
  • 03.03.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) - Berns
  • 04.03.2017 Malmö (Sweden) - KB
  • 05.03.2017 Copenhagen (Denmark) - Amager Bio
  • 07.03.2017 Berlin (Germany) - Columbia Theater
  • 08.03.2017 Dortmund (Germany) - FZW
  • 09.03.2017 Tilburg (The Netherlands) - 013
  • 10.03.2017 Amsterdam (The Netherlands) - De Melkweg

Frontiers Music / Hell in the Club - multi album deal
Posted by: Denis / 19.07.2016
Hell in the Club is the name of the Rock n' Roll monster created by members of two of the most talented Italian Heavy Metal bands around: Andy (Andrea Buratto), bass player of Secret Sphere and Elvenking's Dave (Davide Moras) on vocals.

With a lineup completed by Marco 'Lancs' Lanciotti on drums and Andrea 'Picco' Piccardi on guitar, Hell in the Club released three increasingly acclaimed studio albums which eventually brought the band to the attention of Frontiers, who decided to snap them up.

For the uninitiated, Hell In The Club mixes classic Hard Rock and modern sounds, Heavy Metal and party songs, '50s rock n' roll and anything in between.

"We are thrilled to announce that we just inked a deal with Frontiers Music Srl, home of some of the greatest Hard Rock bands out there - many of which are among our biggest musical influences", announced the band. "This is definitely a big step forward for HELL IN THE CLUB, we are really happy and proud as Italians to be part of this family! We are already working hard on the new songs, so get ready since the new album will be released sooner than you think!"
Former Members of Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, Crimson Glory And Kamelot Form CLOCKWORK REVOLUTION And Debut Video
Posted by: Denis / 18.07.2016
CLOCKWORK REVOLUTION, formed at the end of 2015, features former members of Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Crimson Glory, Kamelot. Currently mastering their debut album, the band has released their debut video – Give Me the Reins.

Clockwork Revolution is drummer Patrick Johannson (W.A.S.P., Yngwie Malmsteen, G3, Gus G, Lynch Mob), singer Wade Black (Leatherwolf, Crimson Glory, Seven Witches, Leash Law, War of Thrones), bassist Dirk Van Tilborg (Alias, Attakk, Crimson Glory, Kamelot) and guitarist Dewayne Hart (Kinlin) delivering a powerful sound that draws from both modern and classic Metal.

Clockwork Revolution wrote and recorded the 10 original tracks in August and November of 2015. The album has been mixed and is currently being mastered for a 2016 release.

Talking about the album, Black said "I've been in the music business a long time. All I can say about Clockwork Revolution is great musicians plus chemistry equals an album I'm really proud of."
AFM Records / Kryptos first song of the new album and tourdates
Posted by: Denis / 18.07.2016
Burn Up The Night, out on September 23rd (EU) / September 30th (US), is the fourth album by KRYPTOS, featuring amazing 80's throwback cover art by Mattias Frisk, renowned for his stunning work with occult rockers Ghost.

The album is packed with steely riffs and twin guitar melodies straight out of the glory days of 80's Metal and the NWOBHM movement. With a rasping vocal attack and a gritty, street-ready production, Burn Up The Night is the ultimate sound of battle jackets, spikes and leather. It's old school or no school!

Watch and listen to Full Throttle here.
    KRYPTOS Tourdates (Germany and Switzerland):
  • 2016-07-15 DE Neukirchen Vluyn, Dong Open Air
  • 2016-07-16 DE Hamburg, Apes Enraged Festival
  • 2016-07-28 DE Brandenhörner Kirchen, Headbanger's Open Air
  • 2016-07-31 DE Hamburg, Wacken Open Air Warm Up Party
  • 2016-08-03 DE Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
  • 2016-08-04 DE München, Free and Easy Festival
  • 2016-08-05 DE Marburg, Marburg Kulturshock
  • 2016-08-07 DE Köln, RheinRiot Festival
  • 2016-08-08 CH Pratteln, Z7
  • 2016-08-10 DE Cham, LA
  • 2016-08-13 DE Leidersbach, Sam's Hard'n Heavy Open Air

Nuclear Blast / SABATON second single 'Blood Of Bannockburn' released
Posted by: Denis / 18.07.2016
Swedish Heavy Metal heroes SABATON will release their brand-new, 8th studio album, The Last Stand on August 19th through Nuclear Blast. Now, the band have revealed the second single called Blood Of Bannockburn.

The story behind the lyrics: 1314, nine years after the execution of William Wallace, the Scottish laid siege upon Stirling Castle and an agreement was made that if it had not been relieved by mid-summer the English would surrender the castle to the Scottish. The English could of course not ignore that challenge, and sent a formidable force north towards Stirling to break the siege and relieve the troops inside. In the end Robert the Bruce and the Scottish defeated the English under Edward II's command with a force half the size and not nearly as well equipped of what the English had at their disposal.

Nuclear Blast / TWILIGHT FORCE second album trailer of 'Heroes Of Mighty Magic' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 18.07.2016
Swedish adventure metallers, TWILIGHT FORCE, will release their sophomore album entitled Heroes Of Mighty Magic on August 26th through Nuclear Blast. After revealing the first sonic taster from their opus last week, it's time to experience more about the making-of and the concept behind this magical musical journey. Listen what the heroes have to say about their allies in the second album trailer.

Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE) commented: "I remember I was on tour with RHAPSODY OF FIRE and GAMMA RAY in Scandinavia and while I was doin' some shows the guys of TWILIGHT FORCE called me and proposed that I be a guest on their new record... well... it was great! I went into the studio with them and we had a great time together... a cool time with cool guys... It was a day off from the tour... so I had some hours to do the parts, listen to the song and talk with the guys (...and drink some cappuccinos together!) I think the band were very nice with me and they had in mind exactly what they wanted from my collaboration... my parts were 'epic' and in general the vocal lines were made for my voice and style... I would like to thank them and I'm happy to know that Nuclear Blast is releasing this new work! I'm so sorry I couldn't attend their show in Northern Italy some months later. I really wish the best to the guys and to their new work!"

Posted by: Denis / 18.07.2016
In what promises to be Stryper front-man Michael Sweet's most intense solo release to date, One Sided War showcases a full plate of Hard Rock & classic Metal riffs from start to finish. One Sided War marks Michael's 7th studio solo album and it clearly proves that he is still at the very top of his game! "I;ll tell you about it", says Michael, "Musically it's my heaviest solo album. It's not Thrash Metal but there are definitely some songs on there that will pop out at you. There are some songs that have a bit of the Iron Maiden / Dio feel to them, as well as some songs that have a little bit of a Van Halen influence to them. It's a very guitar-oriented, Hard Rock/Metal album with lots of melodies and hooks!"

Surrounding himself in the studio with Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O'Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh, Michael began creating what would soon be known as One Sided War. Michael states "Originally I planned on showcasing my own guitar playing; I was going to do it all myself, but once I brought Joel & Ethan into the picture, things began to take a new direction and I am very happy with what we have accomplished". Says Ethan Brosh about working with Michael, "He's one of those guys who have always been at the top of their game and has just never lost it and for me to be a part of this is very special". Joel Hoekstra comments "Michael and I actually go back to my time in Night Ranger when we opened for him when he was playing with Boston. Ever since then we've just been kind of collaborating and this is sort of a natural evolution getting to play on a few songs on his solo album".

The fast and furious opener Bizarre ignites the album's pace with it's lightning fast riffage, soaring vocals and blazing guitar solos. Tracks like Can't Take This Life, One Sided War, Golden Age, I Am, Comfort Zone keep the Metal fires ablaze, while tracks like Radio, One Way, You Make Me Wanna bring the Hard Rock vibe to the forefront. One Sided War features only one ballad, Who Am I?, a heartfelt, passionate song that reminds us of the softer side of Michael's talents. Closing out the disc is a bonus track; it's a different version of the song Can't Take This Life, a duet with Michael and 16 year old up-and-coming female vocalist Moriah Formica. If you are a fan of Michael Sweet / Stryper or a fan of classic Hard Rock & Metal in general One Sided War is an absolute must have, you won't be disappointed! Official release date is August 26, 2016.
  1. Bizarre
  2. One Sided War
  3. Can't Take This Life
  4. Radio
  5. Golden Age
  6. Only You
  7. I Am
  8. Who Am I
  9. You Make Me Wanna
  10. Comfort Zone
  11. One Way Up
  12. Can't Take This Life (bonus track featuring Moriah Formica)
SPV / ANVIL release new video, announce European Tour and Canadian dates
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2016
Canadian Metal heroes ANVIL release a new video for the song Zombie Apocalypse taken from their new studio album Anvil Is Anvil.

Guitar player and singer Lips says about the song: "Zombie Apocalypse is my personal favorite from the new CD. I love the feel and tempo which allows for melody and sheer power. I'm still finding it funny when I was asked 'Zombie A coffee Lips?'"

Drummer Robb Reiner adds: "A blood Rock / Sabbath inspiration of sorts, combined with slamming doom feel. The track is hypnotic in nature, displaying a shredding of a guitar solo and has been fun to perform live!!! One of the many top tracks from Anvil Is Anvil!"

The new album Anvil Is Anvil was released in February 2016 through SPV/Steamhammer as a digipak version (+1 bonus track and poster), 2LP gatefold clear version and download.

ANVIL will embark on a massive European-Tour in October and November 2016 and they confirmed the first Canadian shows. Here are the confirmed dates.
    ANVIL 'Anvil Is Anvil' European Tour 2016
  • 20.GB-London – Academy
  • 21.GB-Manchester – Rebellion
  • 22.GB-Doncaster – Diamond
  • 23.GB-Cardiff-The Globe
  • 25.GB-Gloucester – Guildhall
  • 26.GB-Edinburgh – La Belle Angele
  • 27.GB-Grimsby – Yardbirds
  • 28.GB-Bristol – The Bierkeller
  • 29.B-Roeselare – De Verlichte Geest
  • 30.NL-Tilburg – Little Devil
  • 04.NO-Sandnes – Tribute
  • 05.NO-Fosser – Oeak Metal Club
  • 06.SE-Stockholm – Debaser Strand
  • 08.DK-Kolding – Godset
  • 10.NL-Amstelveen – P60
  • 11.D-Bochum – Matrix
  • 12.D-Weissenhäuser Strand – Metal Hammer Paradise
  • 13.NL-Landgraaf – Oefenbunker
  • 15.F-Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
  • 16.I-Calenzano – Cycle
  • 17.I-Rome – Jailbreak
  • 18.I-Erba – Centrale
  • 19.I-Padova – Bullet
  • 20.I-Borgo Priolo – Dagda
  • 24.D-Sieburg – Kubana
  • 25.D-Lorsch – Rex
    more dates will be added soon

    ANVIL 'Anvil Is Anvil' Canada-Tour 2016
  • 22 Arnprior,ON – St. John Pub
  • 23 Oshawa,ON – The Music Hall
  • 12 London,ON – Norma Jeans
  • 19 Brampton,ON – Spot 1 Music Hall
  • 26 St. Johns,NL – Factory
  • 10 Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey

SPV / FREEDOM CALL release new single, lyric video and tourdates
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2016
German Melodic Metal band Freedom Call will unmistakably be swinging the hammer this summer: 8 July 2016 sees the release of their brand new single Hammer Of The Gods, a first taster from the upcoming album Master Of Light as the approaching release date glows upon the horizon.

With Hammer Of The Gods the band surrounding frontman Chris Bay prove once again their ability to blend gritty, cool grooves and anthemnic melodies to a typical Freedom Call song. "With its epic flair I think this number sets the mood perfectly for our new album. Is it going to trigger an earthquake? Who knows? In any event the song will hit like a metallic crash of thunder", explains Bay.

With their new single Freedom Call illustrate the intense energy that emerges from the current lineup. Through extensive touring the two founding members Chris Bay (vocals, guitar) and Ilker Ersin (bass), together with comrades-in-arms guitarist Lars Rettkowitz and drummer Ramy Ali, have cemented once and for all their reputation as a live band to be reckoned with and are set to thrill their faithful followers on stage this summer. Bay: "Even if we've been a little quiet of late and only played a couple of selected festivals, the fans can look forward to some great shows where we'll also being playing Hammer Of The Gods, giving them a glance at the future direction of the band."

The band also created a lyric video for the song which you can see here.
    Hammer Of The Gods – Festivals 2016
  • 15.07. DE – Balingen/Bang Your Head Festival
  • 16.07. CZ – Vizovice/Masters of Rock Festival
  • 20.08. SK – Zvolenská Slatina/More Than Fest
  • 26.08. PT – Pindelo dos Milagres/Metaleiro Festival
  • 09.09. USA – Atlanta/Prog Power Festival
  • 24.09. AT – Vorchdorf/Runen der Nacht Festival
    Master Of Light” – Mexico 2016
  • 26.11. MEX-Mexico City – Circo Volador
    Master of Light – Tour 2017
  • 07.02. DE – Cologne/Underground
  • 08.02. DE – Aschaffenburg/Colos Saal
  • 09.02. DE – Hamburg/Knust
  • 10.02. DE – Erfurt/From Hell
  • 11.02. CH – Pratteln/Z7
  • 12.02. DE – Stuttgart/Club Cann
  • 14.02. DE – Munich/Backstage
  • 15.02. DE – Nürnberg/Hirsch
  • 16.02. DE – Bremen/Tivoli
  • 17.02. DE – Bochum/Matrix
  • 18.02. DE – Berlin/Badehaus

AC ANGRY sign worldwide deal with Steamhammer, new album to be released in November
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2016
SPV are very proud to announce, that AC ANGRY from Saarbrücken, Germany have recently inked a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer. The new album will be released in November this year. It will be available as CD, Vinyl Version and of course as download. The debut album Black Denim (2013) will be available as download again soon worldwide too.

Alan Costa (AC Angry) on the signing: "We are thrilled to announce that we will be working with SPV/Steamhammer from now on! The legendary label boasts decades of experience and unrivalled expertise in the music business and we are happy to have found precisely the right partner for our future endeavours. Being part of the SPV/Steamhammer family, home of many of our heroes, is just awesome! There is a true passion for music here! Maximum Rock 'n' Roll!"

Georg Schröder (A&R Steamhammer): "This 4-headed Rock n Roll beast fits perfectly into our current Steamhammer roster. The band was able to get international attention with their debut album Black Denim and they toured very successful with some big names in the music biz, such as Airbourne, Black Label Society, Saxon and many others. The new album will be a good step forward in their career and we are honored that they decided to go this way together with SPV/Steamhammer."
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2016
Progressive metallers Eldritch have released a video of their new single The Face I Wear, taken from their latest album Underlying Issues, out now on Scarlet Records.

Underlying Issues consists of 11 powerful tracks with a strong progressive touch. The album has once again been recorded in two different studios, Bigwave Recording studios and Eldritch's very own bunker studios in Livorno, Italy, with the bands guitarist Eugene Simone also producing. Simone Mularoni (DGM) mixed and mastered the tracks at his Domination studios in San Marino, Italy.

Punishment 18 Records / Myriad Lights released date announced
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2016
Italian Heavy metallers Myriad Lights has just revealed the release date for their new second full-length album titled Kingdom of Sand. The new effort will be released on August 27th by Italian label Punishment 18 Records. Myriad Lights features members and former members of band such as Highlord, Bastard Saints, Furor Gallico.
InsideOut Music / Karmakanic release lyric video for 'God, the Universe, and Everything Else No One Cares About, Pt.1 (edit)'
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2016
Sweden-based Progressive rockers Karmakanic are set to release their fifth album DOT on the 22nd July, 2016. Now they are pleased to reveal the first lyric video for an edit of the originally 23-minute epic track God the universe and everything else no one really cares about, Pt. I (edit).

Jonas Reingold had this to say about the track, which also features his colleague from The Tangent, Andy Tillison, on Hammond organ: "When you are trying to compress a 30-minute Prog epic into 6 minutes, you know that you are up for a difficult task. What parts should be in it? Will the fans get the lyrical content? Can I somehow make a coherent piece of music in this format? Well, that's really up to the listener to decide but I feel strongly that the parts I put together really work well in combination with this fantastic video. I hope you will enjoy this as much as I did while working on this. Soon you all will hear the whole song, but until then, enjoy!!!"

AXEMASTER announces new lead guitarist
Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2016
For the first time in the long history of AXEMASTER, the band would like to announce that they have added a second lead guitarist, Damin Bennett. He has fit in perfectly with the band and is already playing a major role in songwriting by creating unique guitar parts to go along with many of the existing riffs from both the band's new and old material. Damin's debut show is booked for July 29th at the Empire concert club in Akron, Ohio with Axemaster's Pure Steel label-mates Power Theory and Wretch.

Joe Sims said on Damin's addition to the band's roster "it's one of the best things we've ever done as a band, right along with when we decided to add first Geoff and then Denny. Damin is an AMAZING player who's really creative and provides a different and fresh perspective on all the tunes. Also, now that we are splitting all the leads and since his style is pretty different than mine, everything has a lot of extra diversity. Last and most importantly, he's a great guy and total professional who fits in with everyone like he was born to be a part of Axemaster! I hope the fans in the area will come out to our show on the 29th and see all this for themselves!!!"

NIRALAMBHA signed a contract with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2016
Belarusian Alternative Metal band NIRALAMBHA signed a contract with GlobMetal Promotions.

NIRALAMBHA was formed in 2013 in Minsk, and currently based in St. Petersburg. In spring of 2016 the band released their debut album Life identical to natural.
Century Media / Dark Tranquillity announce new album details
Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2016
Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY are currently recording their 11th full-length album Atoma, set for release on November 4, 2016 through Century Media Records.

"That's right! We're more than halfway done with the recording of the upcoming album, and it's shaping up to be a diverse and challenging affair that will feature a lot of different aspects of the Dark Tranquillity sound. It's hard to be more specific while still immersed in the creative process, but we're incredibly excited about the material and can't wait to share the results with all of you soon", comments the band on the upcoming album.

Atoma is being recorded at Rogue Music in Gothenburg, the studio owned by Dark Tranquillity keyboardist Martin Brändström. Mixing duties will be handled by David Castillo, known for his work with bands such as Katatonia, Opeth, Candlemass. The cover artwork was once again created by the band's guitarist Niklas Sundin.

The touring cycle for Atoma will start with a headline North American run in November, featuring Swallow The Sun, Enforcer, Starkill as support acts. A European tour is planned for early 2017.
  • 07.15.2016 Gefle Metal Festival, Gavle, Sweden
  • 07.23.2016 River-side Festival, Esslingen, Germany
  • 08.11.2016 Brutal Assault, Josefov, Czech Republic
  • 08.12.2016 Leyendas del Rock Festival, Vilena,, Spain
  • 09.03.2016 Turock Open Air, Essen, Germany
  • 09.10.2016 Metal Italia Festival, Milano, Italy
    U.S. headlining tour dates with SWALLOW THE SUN, Enforcer, Starkill
  • 11.04.2016 The Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
  • 11.05.2016 Palladium Upstairs, Worcester, MA
  • 11.06.2016 Trocadero Theater, Philadelphia, PA
  • 11.07.2016 The Filmore, Silver Spring, MD
  • 11.08.2016 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
  • 11.09.2016 Foufonues Electriques, Montreal, Canada
  • 11.10.2016 Le Cercle, Quebec, Canada
  • 11.11.2016 Mavericks, Ottawa, Canada
  • 11.12.2016 The Opera House, Toronto, Canada
  • 11.13.2016 Token Lounge, Westland, MI
  • 11.14.2016 The Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 11.15.2016 The Agora Theatre & Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
  • 11.16.2016 Park Street Saloon, Columbus, OH
  • 11.19.2016 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
  • 11.20.2016 Fubar, Saint Louis, MO
  • 11.22.2016 Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
  • 11.25.2016 Rickshaw Theatre, North Vancouver, Canada
  • 11.26.2016 El Corazon, Seattle, WA
  • 11.27.2016 Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
  • 11.28.2016 PBJ's, Reno, NV
  • 11.29.2016 Slim's, San Francisco, CA
  • 11.30.2016 City National Grove, Anaheim, CA
  • 12.01.2016 Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
  • 12.02.2016 LVCS, Las Vegas, NV
  • 12.03.2016 Club Red, Mesa, AZ
  • 12.05.2016 Trees, Dallas, TX
  • 12.06.2016 Cine El Rey, Mcallen, TX
  • 12.07.2016 Scout Bar, Houston, TX

Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2016
Rock 'n' roll is the devil's music, and Heavy Metal its bastard child. In the 1980s, America's radical fundamentalist Christian right-wing waged a war against this music, bringing its practitioners and its unholy muse to the forefront of the public consciousness.

Over a quarter-century later, the devil's rock 'n' roll is still alive and well, but the war is far from over.

And so it came to pass...

In the 13th year of Satan's third millennium, a new force arose to defend the ways of old. BEWITCHER is the ancient black flame of magic, mayhem, freedom, and liberation—burning in blatant opposition to the laughable norms of this modern age. Instead, they look to that bygone era, before its pollution by crybaby emo wimps, when Heavy Metal—in all its glory—truly represented the tenets upon which it was founded.

May your children be corrupted, may your foundations be shaken, may your mundane existences be forever altered, for this spell cannot be broken...

Fall and obey! And beware the curse of the BEWITCHER!

Divebomb Records is thrilled to present the blackened Speed Metal of BEWITCHER. Their self-titled debut was produced by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust, Lord Dying, Coliseum) and features 9 tracks sure to appeal to fans of Midnight, Venom, Celtic Frost, Toxic Holocaust, Bathory.
Frontiers Music / Operation: Mindcrime - Resurrection
Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2016
Frontiers Music srl is excited to announce the release of Resurrection, the new album from Operation: Mindcrime, the brainchild of legendary vocalist Geoff Tate. The album is set for a worldwide release on September 23, 2016.

Resurrection is the second part of the musical trilogy from iconic Metal vocalist Geoff Tate. Following one year after the release of the debut album in September 2015, Operation: Mindcrime continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensrÿche vocalist's iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music's most resolute forces and frontmen.

"The album Resurrection is the second part of our three album presentation or trilogy. It continues the story that began on the first album The Key with the near death experience of the lead character known as 'H' and his subsequent recovery of the missing encryption key. With the Key finally in his possession, 'H' has everything he needs to finally launch his long awaited project called 'The New Reality'. Or does he...," explains Geoff Tate.

Tate continued, "I'm excited for people to hear and experience Resurrection because I think it answers some of the questions that were posed in the first album, The Key. Musically, it offers some of the most diverse and challenging material that I've ever written."

Geoff Tate has sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensrÿche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three GRAMMY nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nominations, and one MTV Video Music Awards along the way. The landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust Tate's unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered Queensryche to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles and radio staples Silent Lucidity and Jet City Woman. By the time the band released Promised Land in 1994, Geoff Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in Rock and Metal, and a driving force behind one of the most innovative bands in mainstream music. From Mindcrime and Promised Land through 2009's overlooked gem American Soldier - Tate's ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans - Tate's 13-album tenure with Queensryche was marked by exploration, intrigue, bold risks and gratifying results.
    Resurrection Track Listing:
  1. Resurrection
  2. When All Falls Away
  3. A Moment In Time
  4. Through the Noize
  5. Left For Dead
  6. Miles Away
  7. Healing My Wounds
  8. The Fight
  9. Taking On The World (Feature Tim Ripper Owens and Blaze Bayley)
  10. Invincible
  11. A Smear Campaign
  12. Which Side Your On
  13. Into The Hands Of The World
  14. Live From My Machine
    Musicians Featured On Resurrection Include:
  • Geoff Tate - Vocals, Keyboards, Saxophone
  • Kelly Gray - Guitars, Bass, Vocals
  • Scott Moughton - Guitars, Keyboards
  • Randy Gane - Keyboards
  • David Ellefson - Bass
  • John Moyer - Bass
  • Simon Wright - Drums
  • Scott Mercado - Drums
  • Brian Tichy - Drums
  • Tim 'Ripper' Owens – Vocals
  • Blaze Bayley – Vocals
  • Mark Daily – Vocals
  • Nick Greatrex - Guitars

Massacre Records / HEAVENWOOD track list
Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2016
HEAVENWOOD's new album The Tarot Of The Bohemian - Part 1 will be released next week.

You can already listen to The High Priestess in its entirety here.

The album was recorded and mixed by André Matos, and mastered by Wojtek Wieslawski. Gustavo Sazes has created the cover artwork.

HEAVENWOOD's The Tarot Of The Bohemians - Part 1 will be released on July 22, 2016 via Massacre Records.

Metal Mind Productions / Ceti - new album 'Snakes Of Eden' to be released in Autumn
Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2016
Polish Heavy Metal band Ceti return this autumn with their tenth studio album entitled Snakes Of Eden. The follow up to the acclaimed album Brutus Syndrome (2014) is scheduled for the worldwide release on October, 7th 2016 via Metal Mind Productions.

Now the band reveal the cover artwork of Snakes Of Eden. As it was with their previous offering, the artwork was done by Piotr Szafraniec.

Grzegorz Kupczyk, Ceti's vocalist comments: "It's a wonderful, almost unbelievable coincidence that fate brought Piotr Szafraniec and Ceti together. Piotr - a brilliant artist with an open mind, full of artistic visions, and us - people without complexes, artistically independent. I gave Piotr a free hand, he had a freedom of expression as an artist and graphic designer. Final result is simply stunning.

Ceti is a Polish Heavy Metal band founded in 1989 by Grzegorz Kupczyk (vocals) and Maria Wietrzykowska (keyboards). Fronted by the living legend of the Polish Heavy Metal and one of the most charismatic frontmen of the genre, Grzegorz Kupczyk (ex-Turbo, ex-Non Iron), the band return in late 2016 with their tenth studio album. New album is the follow-up to the highly acclaimed album Brutus Syndrome from 2014. Heavy and guitar-laden, but also tastefully melodic, Snakes Of Eden is a brilliant compromise between the contemporary production and the classic Metal sound. Highly recommended and a valuable addition to your Metal album collection.
Y.O.C. news
Posted by: Denis / 13.07.2016
New song is done, it will appear on our band's page soon!

METALMESSAGE / BETRAYAL (high class Death Metal) new album 'Infinite Circles'
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2016
In their first line-up, BETRAYAL was founded at the beginning of 2005. The band rapidly achieved brighter recognition in the Region of Aschaffenburg, Bavaria. After various line-up changes and a long break thereafter, the band regrouped at the beginning of 2015. A Demo Tape followed in 2015.

The debut album Infinite Circles has been released in June 2016. Even if their sound-range has widened since the beginnings, BETRAYAL remains true to DEATH METAL. BETRAYAL have a significant preference for the overwhelming legacy of US originators Death, as one hears quickly in the often similar liquid songs of the fit German quartet.

The stylistically interesting intersection of the audibly enthusiastic formation around shouter Alex quotes in an original way established acts such as At The Gates, Hypocrisy, Edge Of Sanity. Early Arch Enemy may also be used as a cross reference.

Sophisticated technical and rhythmic parts alternate with brutal riffs, melodies and thundering blast-beat attacks. At this point, BETRAYAL is more motivated than ever to persuade the audience live and on record.
  1. Prologue (00:57)
  2. The Shell (05:24)
  3. Infinite Circles (04:39)
  4. Contamination (04:41)
  5. Fighting Perdition (04:07)
  6. Watershed (01:51)
  7. Flagellation Of Mind (04:42)
  8. Monuments (03:04)
  9. The Awakening (05:17)
  10. Order Of Chaos (05:32)
    Total: 40:14
Furia Music Press / Magnus Rosén announces new The World Changes tourdates
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2016
Swedish bass player Magnus Rosén (ex-Hammerfall, currently on Shadowside) continues with the promotion of his 10th solo album The World Changes after a very successful release party in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the Gothia Towers Hotel, which counted with the presence of politicians, business people and musicians.

The musician started on July 6th a new sequence of concerts in promotion of his new album, which are part of a tour that has already been through China, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Check out the new tour dates below:
    The World Changes Tour
  • Wednesday, July 6 Borås Gustaf Adolfs kyrka / Sweden
  • Sunday, July 10 Musik på Billingen, Skövde S:t Lukas kyrka. / Sweden
  • Saturday, August 13 Veresegyház, Hungary
  • Wednesday, August 24 Tjörn Stenkyrka kyrka, with the guitar player from ABBA - Janne Schaffer / Sweden
  • Sunday, August 28 Ljungskile Forshälla kyrka with the guitar player from ABBA - Janne Schaffer / Sweden
  • Saturday, September 10 Simrishamn / Sweden
  • Friday, October 7 Kungsbacka / Sweden
  • Saturday, October 8 Kungälv / Sweden
GlobMetal Promotions / Dead on Impact released new single
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2016
Israeli Alternative/Thrash Metal band Dead on Impact released their new single Rise. The single was recorded, mixed and mastered by Alex Zvulun in A.G. Studio, Tel Aviv.

The band was formed by guitarists Felix Sandler and Kirill Shvetsov in May 2010. After releasing the debut single Progress to Nothing in 2012 the band members decide to take a break from activity. In 2015 the band returned with new line-up and currently working on new material.
Frontiers Music / Dario Mollo’s CrossBones - the signing
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2016
Best known for his partnerships in the The Cage with Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) and Voodoo Hill with Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple, California Breed), Italian guitarist Dario Mollo began his career in 1981 with the band Crossbones. With them, he released his first studio album in 1989, which was produced by Kit Woolven (Thin Lizzy, Magnum, UFO, among others) before getting involved in the production side of things himself.

"This new project, CrossBones was created with the intent to pay homage to the band from where it all started", says Dario. For the occasion, he brought back the drummer of the original lineup, Ezio Secomandi together with his regular collaborator Dario Patti on bass and keyboards.

The choice for the singer is Carl Sentance (Nazareth, Don Airey Band, Persian Risk, Krokus), who came at the suggestion of Don Airey of Deep Purple, during a recent visit to Dario's home. "This album includes the best of all the experience I gathered in my career in music and in artistic production", concludes Dario. The quality of the material he recorded is witness to that. The album is planned for release towards the end of 2016, with tour dates to follow.
Intromental / WOLVERINE
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2016
It is with immense pleasure the label announces the signing of Swedish Prog Metal legend WOLVERINE. Intromental've been fans of these guys for years, in fact they were in the audience when they opened up the very first ProgPower festival in Tilburg, Holland in 1999 - great concert, and very much foretelling of the future of this amazing band. As things have it, Intromental didn't get to connect with them until now, but it just makes them even more proud to finally be able to represent this band, that has clearly chosen to not follow trends, but instead has become a true leader on the Progressive Metal / post-Rock scene over the years. Their new release, Machina Viva, is a true testimony to their creative genius, so go check it out now - start by watching the stunning and deeply emotional video to Our Last Goodbye from the new album.

Nuclear Blast / TESTAMENT announce title and release date of upcoming album
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2016
Legendary Bay Area Thrash Metal giants TESTAMENT have announce the title and release date of the band's upcoming 12th album.

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

The record was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy and is currently being mixed and mastered by well-known Metal producer Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY, CRADLE OF FILTH, KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH).

Commented Peterson in an interview with Metal Maniac: "It's very diverse, but it's very epic. There's nothing on there that breeds commercial. And I think for thirty years of recording music and trying different formulas and stuff, I think we've found a formula that is very Metal. I think for the metal fan that is looking for something for the nook and crannies... not just your normal, 'Oh, it's got a thrash beat and a riff.' There's a lot going on here."

The songwriter also told Metal Forces in another interview: "It's different. This one is more thrash. I mean, this has got some of the fastest stuff that we have ever played. Usually, we have one or two thrash songs, and then we have some mid-tempo, and then we have a slow, heavy one, and then up-tempo kind of stuff. Half of the new record is Thrash, which we've never done before."

He continued: "It's kind of like Demonic and The Gathering, but a little bit wiser, I think. Chuck's not singing so death. I mean, he does some death stuff but he's singing more like he did on the last record and then with the craziness of The Gathering or even heavy stuff like Demonic."

Punishment 18 Records / Exiled on Earth 'Forces of Denial' front cover unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2016
Italian Progressive Speed metallers Exiled on Earth have unveiled the front cover artwork of their next full-length album titled Forces of Denial. The new effort in studio will be released later this year by Italian label Punishment 18 Records.
Massacre Records / GLORYFUL album trailer
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2016
Who's ready for GLORYFUL's upcoming album The End Of The Night?

Enjoy the album trailer, with snippets of a few new songs.

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

GLORYFUL's new album The End Of The Night will be released on August 26, 2016 via Massacre Records.

The strictly limited vinyl LP will be released on ftwctp Records, but the LP release date hasn't been announced yet.
Napalm Records / DUST BOLT full album preview clip for 'Mass Confusion' now available
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2016
German power four-piece DUST BOLT are ready to drop the third full-length album via Napalm Records! Now the band has released an album preview clip, featuring clips of all tracks off of the upcoming album.

This Thrash demolition crew will be busy on the road for summer festival shows, followed up by lots of club shows this September & October. Find all dates listed below:
  • 08.07.16 DE - Ballenstedt / Rockharz Open Air
  • 16.07.16 DE - Halde / Dong Open Air
  • 22.07.16 CZ - Pohori / Agressive Music Fest
  • 23.07.16 DE - Bertingen / R:U:D:E Open Air
  • 26.07.16 DE - München / Free and easy Festival
  • 13.08.16 DE - Frechen / Trafostation 61 Festival
  • 26.08.16 DE - Emden / Coast Rock Open Air
  • 02.09.16 DE - Rockenhausen / Metallergrillen Open Air
  • 03.09.16 DE - Kleinwenkheim / Bonebreaker Festival
  • 22.09.16 DE - Hamburg / Logo
  • 23.09.16 DE - Hannover / Lux
  • 24.09.16 LU - Luxenburg / Angerfest
  • 29.09.16 DE - Frankfurt / Nachtleben
  • 30.09.16 DE - Köln / Underground
  • 01.10.16 DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser
  • 02.10.16 DE - Cham / L.A. Lifestyle Cafe
  • 06.10.16 ES - Barcelona / Rocksound
  • 07.10.16 ES - Errenteria / Sala Niessen
  • 08.10.16 ES - Zaragoza / C.C. Valdefierro
  • 09.10.16 ES - Oviedo / TBA
  • 11.10.16 ES - Badajoz / Metalarium
  • 12.10.16 ES - Madrid / Sala Silikona
  • 14.10.16 AT - Dornbirn / Schlachthaus
  • 15.10.16 CH - Lucern / Metal Scar Festival
  • 21.10.16 DE - Mannheim / 7er Club
  • 22.10.16 DE - Kaufbeuern / Juze
  • 04.11.16 AT - Innsbruck / Weekender
  • 05.11.16 DE - Balingen / Sonnenkeller
  • 10.11.16 DE - Berlin / Cassiopeia

Nucleaqr Blast / METAL ALLEGIANCE announce new EP scheduled for August 12th
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2016
Heavy Metal is more than a genre, more than an attitude and certainly more than whatever cheap epithets are dismissively thrown at it by clueless critics. At its best, Metal is a lifestyle, a community, a tribe uniting people across cultural, economic and philosophical divides with the primal pulse of bombastic and majestic expression.

METAL ALLEGIANCE have announced they will release a special EP, entitled Fallen Heroes, on August 12, 2016. The band united to pay homage to the 3 legends - Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, and Glenn Frey - who impacted not just their lives but the world as well.

"The end of 2015 and most of 2016 has been a brutal year with many of our heroes passing", comments Mark Menghi. "When Portnoy called me in January to alert me that Glenn Frey had passed, I literally broke down. That night after having a few Tequila Sunrises in Glenn's honor, a lightbulb went off... We're going to record a few tunes to honor our fallen heroes. I called back Mike that evening and asked him what he thought and the next day we were in the studio recording. By weeks end, all guitars, drums and bass were complete. I can't begin to explain the influence that Glenn Frey, Lemmy, and David Bowie had on me. Each of their music has helped me immensely during some real dark periods of my life and not to mention their influence on me as a musician and songwriter. Lemmy is God, Glenn is King and David is the Architect."

Alex Skolnick comments: "These brilliant artists have an extensive catalogue that is sometimes on the softer side (with the exception of MOTÖRHEAD, of course). So when it came to THE EAGLES & BOWIE, we specifically chose tunes of theirs that are riff-based and translatable to high energy arrangements. For Lemmy, we immediately crossed out Ace Of Spades (great tune but the last thing the world needs is yet another cover version) and chose Iron Fist, which we already had a good handle on from playing live and to us is every bit as much a signature MOTÖRHEAD tune."

"I'm really excited to be a part of the Fallen Heroes EP", comments Alissa White-Gluz. "I think we have all felt the weight of losing so many great musicians this year. I think these songs are a cool way to pay tribute to a few people who contributed so much to the world of music and showcase a different side of ourselves."

Recorded at Conclave Studios in New York City, Fallen Heroes was produced by Mark Menghi and Alex Skolnick. The album was mixed by Jay Ruston in Los Angeles, CA and mastered at Sterling Sound New York City by Ted Jensen. The initial sketch of the artwork was created by Mark Menghi and Stephen Thompson (ANTHRAX) and was later finalized by Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER).
    Below is the track list for Fallen Heroes:
  1. Iron Fist (feat. Troy Sanders)
  2. Suffragette City (feat. Mark Osegueda)
  3. Life In The Fast Lane (feat. Alissa White-Gluz)
METAL ALLEGIANCE took the news of Lemmy's passing very hard as the bands very first gig was on MOTÖRHEAD's first Motörboat Cruise. It was on that boat where the idea to write a record together and carry the MA flag as a brand/band rather than a sporadic, special event show... all of us in MA are humbly grateful for the opportunity that team MOTÖRHEAD gave us.

In late 2015, the band scheduled a West Coast string of intimate club dates with a stop as the world-famous Whisky A Go-Go. The year concluded with the band heartbroken saying goodbye to their beloved friend. They later found out that his funeral and memorial services would be held the day of their performance. The band was asked by their tour agent who is also MOTÖRHEAD's agent, Lemmy's management, close friends of his, and the owner of the Rainbow and Whisky to incorporate a tribute which of course, they obliged. The day of their performance, Sunset Blvd. was shut down and their bus was parked on a street filled with tears, madness, partiers and a sea of mourning metal heads. They said goodbye to their friend that evening with help from MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee amongst a ton of other special guests.

The next day they played their final show at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. Mid-set they were informed that David Bowie had passed. Mark Menghi comments: "I remember coming off stage to trade bass duties with David Ellefson (we would rotate songs) and he stopped me, looked me and Osegueda in the eyes and said 'Dude, Bowie just passed away'. Literally in mid-set we got that news. I looked at Mark and he was in tears. Not even a minute later, he was on stage telling the Bay Area crowd of the news he just learned. I turned to the side and looked over at Mike Portnoy and he just had his head down with his hands over his head trying to comprehend what Mark was saying. The next few songs was our Lemmy tribute and tears rolled off all of our eyes while paying tribute to one while learning of the passing of another."
  • 11.08. USA Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
  • 14.08. UK Derby - Bloodstock Open Air

Spinefarm Recods / Airbourne drop title track from new album ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2016
Aussie rockers AIRBOURNE have shared the first song from their new album Breakin' Outta Hell. The title track premiered via Metal Injection.

The album is the band's Spinefarm Records debut and it's out September 16.

The band will also crash North American shores this fall, as well, embarking on a tour that runs from September 12 through October 14. The band will perform 21 gigs in total on the trek.
  • Mon/Sep 12, 2016 San Diego, CA House of Blues
  • Tue/Sep 13, 2016 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Theatre
  • Wed/Sep 14, 2016 San Francisco, CA Independent
  • Fri/Sep 16, 2016 Seattle, WA Tractor
  • Sat/Sep 17, 2016 Vancouver, BC Commodore
  • Tue/Sep 20, 2016 Victoria, BC Sugar
  • Thu/Sep 22, 2016 Kamloops, BC Cactus Jacks
  • Fri/Sep 23, 2016 Calgary, AB Gateway
  • Sat/Sep 24, 2016 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
  • Sun/Sep 25, 2016 Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Events Center
  • Wed/Sep 28, 2016 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid
  • Thu/Sep 29, 2016 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
  • Fri/Sep 30, 2016 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
  • Sat/Oct 1, 2016 Detroit, MI Smalls
  • Tue/Oct 4, 2016 Waterloo, ON Maxwell’s
  • Wed/Oct 5, 2016 London, ON London Music Hall
  • Fri/Oct 7, 2016 Toronto, ON Opera House
  • Sat/Oct 8, 2016 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
  • Tue/Ot 11, 2016 Boston, MA The Middle East
  • Wed/Oct 12, 2016 New York, NY Gramercy
  • Fri/Oct 14, 2016 Baltimore, MD Soundstage
Nuclear Blast / TWILIGHT FORCE - Joakim Brodén and Fabio Lione on new album
Posted by: Denis / 07.07.2016
Swedish adventure metallers, TWILIGHT FORCE, are set to release their new studio album Heroes Of Mighty Magic on August 26th through Nuclear Blast. Today, the band can proudly announce the guest bards on their forthcoming record. Fabio Lione from RHAPSODY OF FIRE joined them on There And Back Again and Joakim Brodén from SABATON on the title track, Heroes Of Mighty Magic.

Joakim commented: "When one of the best bands to come out of Sweden in a long time turns out to be your friends and people you have played with many times over the years, it's quite easy to feel proud about being invited to sing on the title-track on their new album, fantastic!"

The band adds: "It is an honour to have two of the most powerful, esteemed and renowned voices of the genre appear on Heroes Of Mighty Magic. Joakim Brodén and Fabio Lione are two very different sonic entities. They each bring something very unique and captivating to our tonal landscape. Our old and revered friend Joakim appears on the title track of the album, and provides an excellent contrast to Chrileon's voice, at just the right moment in the song. Nothing in the world even comes close to Joakim's unbelievably mighty voice! Fabio did an amazing performance on There And Back Again. He entered the Twilight Forge with a brave and proud mind, emerged victoriously and left us in complete awe. His familiar voice provided the track with an absolutely magical contribution. We feel really humbled and grateful to have been given the opportunity to create something alongside these two titans of the genre!"

Metal Blade Records / Hammers of Misfortune premieres new track 'Flying Alone'
Posted by: Denis / 07.07.2016
On July 22nd, West Coast Progressive Heavy metallers Hammers of Misfortune will release their sixth full-length, Dead Revolution, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. In anticipation of this release, the band has now launched a new track, Flying Alone.

Hammers of Misfortune also enlisted Nick Dumitriu (Vhol, Ritual Chamber) to produce this record, utilizing a vintage Trident board and minimizing digital processing. The result is a warm, sharp sound that harkens back to productions like John Leckie's treatment of Pink Floyd's Meddle or David Hitchcock's master work in Camel's Mirage.
Y.O.C. news
Posted by: Denis / 06.07.2016
Y.O.C. just recorded all vocal lines for a new track, the next step is to mix.

Prowling Death Records & Century Media Records to release HELLHAMMER 'Blood Insanity' 7" single
Posted by: Denis / 06.07.2016
Century Media Records & Prowling Death Records are proud to announce the joint release of HELLHAMMER's previously unreleased Blood Insanity 7" vinyl single. Originally conceived by the band in 1984, this piece of metal history will finally see a worldwide release on August 19th, 2016,with pre-sale being launched via CM Distro on July 22nd, 2016.

Tom Gabriel Warrior comments: "In early 1984, after Hellhammer's third demo Satanic Rites, Hellhammer bassist/singer Steve Warrior, Hellhammer roadie Marco Dinosaur Suremann, and I contemplated properly releasing some of the music Hellhammer had recorded the year before. We planned a NWOBHM-style 7" vinyl single, containing two songs taken from the Triumph Of Death demo recording sessions of June 1983. The single was to feature Blood Insanity as a title track, and Maniac as its b-side. The cover of the single was to be a photo taken by Hellhammer photographer Martin Kyburz in early 1983. We drafted a brief typewriter memo, recording the outline for this single proposal.
At the time, it was difficult and prohibitively expensive for a band to directly contract a manufacturing plant to produce a vinyl record without the involvement of a record company, so the single eventually remained a mere idea, while Hellhammer ultimately signed with Noise Records in West Berlin. The Blood Insanity single project thus languished in an unrealized state until the eventual dissolution of Hellhammer rendered any plans for further Hellhammer releases redundant.
Nonetheless, the unrealized single never really faded from my memory throughout all the commotion associated with Hellhammer's past existence during the many years since the band's termination. Moreover, Prowling Death Records, founded in my bedroom in 1983 to release the Hellhammer demos, had in the meantime become a proper record company. When I presented the idea to Century Media Records, the long-standing licensing partner of Prowling Death Records, they immediately pledged their support.
The original single was to be issued in a simple card sleeve; but the gatefold format now chosen allows us the luxury to expand the visual presentation: the outside representing the single exactly as it was to be in 1984, the inside adding information about the project's history.
The result is this single, produced in full coordination with the Hellhammer members who played on these songs and designed as faithfully as possible in accordance with the original concept we devised 32 years ago. It features the Prowling Death Records number we originally assigned to it: PDR 007."

The Blood Insanity 7" release is limited to a one-time only pressing of 3,000 copies and will be available in the following vinyl editions:
  • Picture 7" / 500 copies
  • Silver 7" / 300 copies (Century Media exclusive)
  • White 7" / 300 copies (Nuclear Blast exclusive)
  • Clear 7" / 300 copies (High Roller exclusive)
  • Transparent Red 7" / 600 copies
  • Black 7" / 1000 copies
All 7" vinyl single copies will be housed within a gatefold sleeve, then shrink-wrapped in plastic and marked with a different colored sticker (Golden color for the Picture 7") to indicate its respective edition.

In related news, Tom Gabriel Warrior's current band TRIPTYKON have just announced two special warm-up concerts in Germany before their appearance at the 2016 edition of the legendary Wacken Open Air festival. The two intimate warm-up concerts will take place in the week before the festival, on August 3rd (Freiburg) and 4th (Essen). Here is a list of the upcoming concerts for Triptykon:
    TRIPTYKON Live 2016/2017:
  • 08.03.2016 Freiburg, Germany - Crash
  • 08.04.2016 Essen, Germany - Zeche Carl
  • 08.06.2016 Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
  • 08.13.2016 Kortrijk, Belgium - Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival
  • 09.08.2016 Hüttikon, Switzerland - Meh Suff! Metal-Festival 2016
  • 03.03.2017 Tilburg, The Netherlands - Netherlands Deathfest II

Nuclear Blast / SABATON second album trailer for 'The Last Stand' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 06.07.2016
Swedish Heavy Metal heroes SABATON will release their brand-new, 8th studio album, The Last Stand on August 19th through Nuclear Blast. Today, the band have revealed the second album trailer.

Punishment 18 Records / Vexed title of their new album unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 05.07.2016
In the twenty year anniversary of activity, Italian thrashers Vexed has recently confirmed the deal for a new record with Italian label Punishment 18 Records for the release of their new full-length titled Legion Deathblood. The band features members and former members of band such as Total Death, Madhour, Warhammer, Longobardeath.
GlobMetal Promotions / Carnifliate released debut album
Posted by: Denis / 04.07.2016
Slovenian Death Metal band Carnifliate released their debut album Slaughterlust. The album was recorded in Velenje in Regionalni multimedijski center Kunigunda.

Carnifliate was formed in 2013 by the drummer Grega Cestnik, bassist Lejla Kozlica and guitar players Uroš Polovšak and Žiga Ring. Final line up was made in 2014 when Tilen Kirbiš joined the band as vocalist.
Bonfire and singer David Reece part ways / ex-BONFIRE Lead-Vocalist is back
Posted by: Denis / 04.07.2016
After two successful charting albums Glorious (2015) and Pearls (2016) and over 100 shows performed Bonfire and David Reece part ways citing the reasons as personal and professional differences. These differences are irreconcilable so both parties decide it is best to just part ways. Bonfire wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Returning to Bonfire will be former Bonfire singer Michael Bormann (1993/94). Michael is a very accomplished singer in his own right. A seasoned veteran of Germany's music scene and also well know for his appearances on the Television show 'The Voice Germany'. This reunion of sorts with mastermind Hans Ziller at the controls has all the ingredients for a truly incredible future. With all the missing pieces finally in place this alignment will prove to be the strongest Bonfire ever.

Herman Frank signs with AFM Records
Posted by: Denis / 04.07.2016
AFM Records is pleased to announce the signing of HERMAN FRANK! The much acclaimed guitarist has written Metal history with Accept and Victory amongst others and in addition he has released two successful albums with his solo band.

We all are looking forward to unleash the new Herman Frank album later this year and also re-issue the first two albums Loyal To None and Right In The Guts.

Massacre Records / ASSIGNMENT lyric video and tracklist
Posted by: Denis / 04.07.2016
The German Progressive Power Metal outfit ASSIGNMENT with the Argentine vocalist Diego Valdez will release the new album Closing The Circle later this month!

You can now watch the lyric video for the new song Genetic Slavery.
    The complete tracklisting of the album looks like this:
  1. Evolution
  2. Closing The Circle
  3. Presence Of Death
  4. Genetic Slavery
  5. Crimson Poison
  6. Chemical Healing
  7. Variaxis
  8. Taste For Sin
  9. Entering The Universe
  10. Between Parallel Worlds
Vocalist Maria José Pot and guitarist Ivan Iñiguez appear as guest musicians on the album, which was mixed by Norbert Leitner and mastered by Mike Wulf.

The Brazilian artist Caio Caldas (CadiesArt - Digital ArtWork) is responsible for the futuristic cover artwork.

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

Massacre Records / FEANOR video and guest musicians
Posted by: Denis / 04.07.2016
FEANOR have recently released the video clip for the title track of their upcoming album We Are Heavy Metal, which will be released later this year via Massacre Records.

The band's upcoming album features high-class guest musicians: lead guitarist Ross The Boss (ex-Manowar, Ross The Boss, Death Dealer), guitarist David Shankle (ex-Manowar, David Shankle Group, Voodoo Gods), vocalist Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath, Tony Martin, Giuntini Project), drummer Frank Gilchriest (ex-Virgin Steele, Liege Lord, Riot) and Ron Hendrix (Terra Nova) on keyboard.

We Are Heavy Metal was produced by Gustavo Acosta and Walter Hernández, mixed by Sebastián Manta and Gustavo Acosta and mastered by Gustavo Acosta at La Nave De Osberg in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Nuclear Blast / RAGE reveal new lyric video for 'War'
Posted by: Denis / 04.07.2016
After the release of their highly anticipated album The Devil Strikes Again, which immediately debuted at #37 in the German charts, Heavy Metal veterans RAGE are ready to strike again and present the brand new lyric video for War.

Pure Steel Records / ATTICK DEMONS 'Let's Raise Hell' cover, tracklist, releasedate: 12th August 2016
Posted by: Denis / 04.07.2016
The release date of the new album by ATTICK DEMONS Let's Raise Hell on CD is August 12th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on Juli 29th, 2016 in label's webshop.

2016 is a year to celebrate for both ATTICK DEMONS and their fans: it's the band's 20th anniversary... and there is not a better way to commemorate this impressive mark than to look to the future and release a new album that is a huge step forward in the Portuguese classic Heavy Metal band!

Being in the game for years of successful music, ATTICK DEMONS will manage to surprise and to delight with their album Let's Raise Hell. Magic twin guitar leads, pumping and impulsive bass parts, and a voice that naturally evokes that of Bruce Dickinson are combined to offer nine overwhelmingly powerful songs that are in a class of their own. While remaining astonishingly original, ATTICK DEMONS managed to offer an album that captures the spirit of such classics as Somewhere in Time and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. The clean, robust production, the great song writing and the unforgettable melodies make Let's Raise Hell a must for any Underground Heavy Metal fan.
  1. The Circle Of Light
  2. Adamastor
  3. Glory to Gawain
  4. Dark Angel
  5. The Endless Game
  6. Let's Raise Hell
  7. Ghost
  8. Nightmares
  9. Ritual
    Total Playing Time: 49:08 min

Posted by: Denis / 01.07.2016
Faithsedge have released the video for the song Faith And Chris, taken from the band's new album Restoration.

Faithsedge is back with Restoration, their third and most melodic release to date. Fronted by mastermind singer / songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, the band returns with a stellar line-up featuring Stryper bass player Tim Gaines, Ace Frehley / Mr. Big drummer Matt Starr and former Dokken guitarist Alex De Rosso. Both Keys and production have been handled by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline / Revolution Saints).

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

With different supergroups that come and go, Faithsedge is more than just that, the band members worked together as a tight team and the result and chemistry show in the end result. The album is available on Scarlet Records in Europe and North America and on Spiritual Beast in Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Napalm Records / ALESTORM to hit the high seas and return to North America this fall
Posted by: Denis / 01.07.2016
Hot on the heels of the announcement that ALESTORM have resigned to Napalm Records (in Rum of course), the band has now confirmed a North American headline tour this Fall on the 'Super Smashed Turbo Tour'. Nekrogoblikon and Aether Realm will support ALESTORM on this run. The tour is set to kick off October 2nd in Greensboro, NC and runs through Halloween night in Atlanta, GA. A complete list of dates can be found below.
  • 10/2: Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s
  • 10/3: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
  • 10/4: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
  • 10/5: Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
  • 10/6: Quebec City, QC @ Sallemulti
  • 10/7: Montreal, QC @ Theatre Corona
  • 10/8: Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s
  • 10/9: Toronto, ON Opera House
  • 10/10: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
  • 10/11: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
  • 10/12: Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
  • 10/13: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
  • 10/14: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
  • 10/15: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
  • 10/17: Calgary, AB @ Dickens
  • 10/18: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
  • 10/19: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
  • 10/20: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
  • 10/21: Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
  • 10/22: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
  • 10/23: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
  • 10/24: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
  • 10/25: Phoenix, AZ @ Joes Grotto
  • 10/27: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
  • 10/28: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
  • 10/29: New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
  • 10/30: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
  • 10/31: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

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"new album"

2. Timeless Miracle
"Under the Moonlight"

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"Back to Haunt"

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6. Thrust

7. Striker
"Stand in the Fire"

8. Thaurorod
"new album"

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10. Shakra
"High Noon"

11. Teatr Teney
"Kino (Cinema)"

12. Syth
"Road to Infinity"

13. Holy Grail
"Times of Pride And Peril"

14. Symphonity
"King of Persia"

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"new album"

17. Tattoo
"Blood Red"

18. Sunwalter
"Alien Hazard"

19. Sunrise
"Absolute Clarity"

20. Falaschi, Eduardo

21. Storyteller, The
"Sacred Fire"

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"One Last Stand"

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"On the Outside"

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"An Eye for an I"

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