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Metal Media /Scelerata: check out song that will be in the Brazilian tribute to Helloween
Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2014
Brazlian Scelerata is one of the bands that will participate in Brazilian tribute for the 30 years of Helloween, organized by the band's fan club in Brazil.

The chosen song was Twilight Of The Gods, the fourth track of Keeper Of The Seven Keys - Part I. This release also marks the official debut of the new lineup, check out the video with the song.

Twilight Of The Gods is also available for download on the band's official website and for streaming on soundcloud.

And the Brazilian band could not miss to pay this tribute to the Germans. After all, the relation between Scelerata and Helloween is old. The singer Andi Deris himself composed the song Must Be Dreaming for the group and participated on the same track on the disc The Sniper.

But this close contact does not stop there. The drummer Francis Cassol recorded the disc The Sniper using Dani Löeble's drums and Scelerata already worked with Helloween producer, Charlie Bauerfeind, in two albums.

To learn more about the tribute and all the bands that are participating, visit this link.

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Mistheria: New endorsement - Eduardo Tarilonte's Sampling Arts S.L.
Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2014
Mistheria announce the endorsement with composer Eduardo Tarilonte's Sampling Arts S.L., one of the greatest sample libraries producer nowadays on the market!

Mistheria's been impressed by all of his sample libraries, especially the vocal libraries which he loves a lot, so wonderful, epic and inspiring, nothing less than astonishing! Mistheria's new songs, albums and productions will proudly feature: Altus the voice of renaissance, Cantus Gregorian chant, Mystica female chamber choir, Shevannai the voice of elves.

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Pure Steel Records / MORTICIAN 'Shout For Heavy Metal' cover, tracklist, release date: 14th November 2014
Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2014
The release date of the new MORTICIAN album Shout For Heavy Metal on CD is November 14th 2014. The preorder phase will start on October 31st 2014 in label's webshop.

Since many years MORTICIAN from Vorarlberg / Austria got a cult status in their own country. The three track album No war from 1987 (rerelease via Pure Steel with Bonustracks in 2009) is a highly on demand collector's item. The second album was released in 2011 by Pure Underground Records after more than 20 years. Now we proudly present the third strike Shout for Heavy Metal.

Pure Heavy Metal with some up-tempo and small Thrash influences, but generally 80s sound without compromise including riffs reminding us of the best moments of ACCEPT and SAXON. This is combined with a dynamic production. The nine new songs are real Heavy Metal. The rough vocals from Daniel Khan fit perfectly and you will be excited from the heavy drums. German Metal fans will like this a lot of course, but anyone who is into Pure Steel should listen to Shout For Heavy Metal as well!

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Pure Steel Records / WARRANT official video to 'Asylum' published
Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2014
The German Speed/Heavy Metal band WARRANT has released a lyric video for the song Asylum. The Song is from the album Metal Bridge, which will be released on CD and on digital download on 31st October 2014 by Pure Steel Records. The video was produced by www.313worx.de and www.art-rauter.de.

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AXEMASTER signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2014
The cult US metalheads Axemaster from Ohio, which are surely well-known to friends of American steel with Blessing in the Skies and Death before Dishonor, have signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The new album is entitled Overture to Madness and will be probably released in 1st quarter of 2015.

Band statment: "Both the production of and release plans for the new Axemaster album have been long and challenging tasks; but this deal is obviously a HUGE step toward the release of Overture to Madness (a goal that has taken a lot of time and effort). Located in Germany, Pure Steel is a HIGHLY respected company internationally. So with Axemaster's past accomplishments and fan base, it's a perfect combination of band and label!"

Guitarist Joe Sims said: "We are really proud to be signed with a great company like Pure Steel and be label-mates with classic bands like Omen and Halloween. It's fitting that the label is from Germany because the fans from that part of the world have always been some of the most loyal supporters of Axemaster! I have always said that our new material really deserves to be released, distributed, and promoted properly by a good company, and it's great to know that that's definitely going to happen!!!"

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Pure Steel Records / METAL MERCY 'The Unborn Child'
Posted by: Denis / 22.10.2014
The release date of the METAL MERCY album The Unborn Child on CD is November 28th 2014. The preorder phase will start on November 14th 2014 in label's webshop.

In 1989 METAL MERCY from Jönköping (Sweden) produced the mini album The Unborn Child. Though it was released in the late 80s it does not contain any influences of 'modern' metallic styles. This typical 80s Heavy Metal with good choruses and an expressive vocalist is now very much in demand from collectors because The Unborn Child was not only a rare but also an excellent gem of Scandinavian Heavy Metal. The prices for the few items to be found rose continually. Now that this record is being rereleased on CD the original vinyl is very expensive if offered.

After The Unborn Child it was unfortunately only one release in 2002, though the band recorded some interesting demos. These demos are open to the public for the first time on this CD of Heavy Metal Classics series from Karthago Records.
    TRACKLIST:
  1. In total rage
  2. Who's in the dark
  3. The unborn child
  4. Rendevous with death
  5. Liferide
  6. Between life and death
  7. Two time loser
  8. Before all goes to hell
  9. Hills of madness
  10. Dark life
  11. Moran city
  12. Mister war
  13. My destiny
  14. Danger

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Pure Steel Records / MAD ALIEN official video to 'Kwisatz Haderach (part3)' published
Posted by: Denis / 22.10.2014
The German Heavy Metal band MAD ALIEN has released a lyric video for the song Kwisatz Haderach (part3). The Song is from the album Time War, which was released on CD and on digital download by Karthago Records.
Bandstatement: "This is perhaps the oldest Mad Alien song ever. Actually, I wrote him back then for Ill Prophecy with Michael Kiske on vocals. But after Michi went to Helloween, Ill Prophecy broke... I took it as the first song for Mad Alien! I was inspired for this song by Iron Maiden - 'to tame a land' and so it is not surprising that this is the direct continuation of it!"
Punishment 18 Records / Ancient Dome 'Cosmic Gateway To Infinity' album teaser
Posted by: Denis / 22.10.2014
Cosmic Gateway to Infinity, the new album from Italian thrashers Ancient Dome, will be released on October 27 by Punishment 18 Records.

The album features guest appearances by Dave White (Heathen), as guest vocals on ...Hyperspace, Thaen Rasmussen (Anvil Chorus) as guest solos on Empire Of Lies and Alessandro Monopoli (Chantry) as guest solos on Nebuloid. You can listen to the promo album teaser here.

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Nuclear Blast / ENFORCER additional headliner shows announced
Posted by: Denis / 22.10.2014
Swedish Speed Metal maniacs ENFORCER have just announced their return to the European roads for November. Following the success of their latest album Death By Fire, the band will be playing a run of shows including renowned Speedfest in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Commented vocalist & guitarist Olof Wikstrand: "In connection with the forthcoming European tour with OVERKILL, we can now announce that we will be doing a few extra selected headliner shows. These will also include longer and special sets."
    Don't miss the chance to enjoy ENFORCER live at the following confirmed dates:
  • 16.11. NL Antwerpen - Kavka
  • 17.11. D Eisenach - Alter Schlachthof
  • 18.11. D Aalen - Rock It
  • 19.11. D Trier - Ex House
  • 20.11. IT Brescia - Circolo Colony
  • 21.11. AT Dornbirn - Conrad Sohm
  • 22.11. NL Eindhoven - Speedfest
    ENFORCER supporting their US label mates OVERKILL on their Killfest 2014 tour:
  • 30.10. ESP Barcelona - Razz2
  • 31.10. ESP Madrid - Shoko
  • 01.11. PT Lisbon - Paradise Garage
  • 02.11. ESP Bilbao - Kafe Antzokia
  • 04.11. I Milano - Live Club
  • 05.11. CH Pratteln - Z 7
  • 06.11. D Karlsruhe - Substage
  • 07.11. D Osnabrück - Rosenhof
  • 08.11. D Bremen - Tivoli
  • 09.11. D Nürnberg - Hirsch
  • 11.11. D Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
  • 12.11. D Hamburg - Markthalle
  • 13.11. D Berlin - Postbahnhof
  • 14.11. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
  • 15.11. NL Uden - De Pul

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InsideOut Music / Haken launch 'Crystallised' stream & competition; UK tour begins this week
Posted by: Denis / 21.10.2014
London-based Progressive metallers Haken are set to begin their UK & Ireland tour with Leprous & Maschine this week, before their new EP Restoration is released on the 27th October. To celebrate they have launched a stream of the longest track on the album Crystallised, as well as a competition to win a signed copy of the vinyl EP, a t-shirt & a poster.

The band also recently launched a brand new video for the track Darkest Light taken from that EP, and you can view that here.
    The track list and playing times are as follows:
  • Darkest Light (06:44)
  • Earthlings (07:52)
  • Crystallised (19:23)
The final track is a no holds barred epic including guest 'cameo' appearances by Pete Rinaldi (Headspace) and Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic / Flying Colors).

The band is also about to embark on a run of UK & Irish dates with label-mates Leprous & Maschine. This will be the band's biggest run of dates in their own country yet and they can be found below:
    Haken, Leprous & Maschine Presented by Prog Magazine
  • 23rd October, 2014 - London, The Garage
  • 24th October, 2014 - Leamington Spa, Assembly
  • 26th October, 2014 - Bristol, The Fleece
  • 27th October, 2014 - Wolverhampton, Robin 2
  • 29th October, 2014 - Dublin, The Village
  • 30th October, 2014 - Liverpool, O2 Academy 2
  • 31st October, 2014 - Manchester, Club Academy
  • 1st November, 2014 - Edinburgh, The Liquid Room
  • 2nd November, 2014 - York, The Duchess

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Inner Wound Recordings / LEAH 'Otherworld' EP re-issue announced
Posted by: Denis / 21.10.2014
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce a re-issue of the Otherworld EP from the Celtic Metal star LEAH. The re-issue will be out on October 24th in Europe and October 28th in North America.

This 5-song Celtic-Metal masterpiece from Canadian artist LEAH takes you from the stormy shores of an ancient era... to fantasy landscapes... to the battlefield of love and loss. Cinematic character vocals from Metal god Eric Peterson (Testament, Dragonlord) leave you electrified in his wake with an 'echo's breath, a romance death!' Otherworld is where the ethereal and the brutal collide.

The artwork for Otherworld was created by Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Design (Delain, Apocalyptica, Sirenia).
    Otherworld track listing
  1. Shores of Your Lies
  2. The Northern Edge
  3. Surrounded
  4. Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
  5. Dreamland
    (feat. Eric Peterson)
Pure Steel Records / EMERALD recording a a new album
Posted by: Denis / 21.10.2014
Swiss traditional Heavy Metal band EMERALD will start recording a new album in November 2014. The band will record again at the Little Creek Studio in Switzerland with Producer V.O. Pulver (Poltergeist, Gurd, Destruction). The release date for the 7th Emerald studio album is not fixed yet. It will be the first studio album with George Call (ASKA, ex-OMEN) on vocals and Vania Truttmann on bass.

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Pure Steel Records / MORTICIAN announce new drummer
Posted by: Denis / 21.10.2014
Pure Underground Records Aatist, MORTICIAN from Austria are very pleased to announce Alex from Mexico (now living in Austria), as new drummer and member. Now MORTICIAN is complete.

On 16th January 2015 will be a Live CD presentation in Dornbirn, Austria (Schlachthaus).

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Nuclear Blast / Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY – the last recordings for 'Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus' started
Posted by: Denis / 20.10.2014
Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY are currently in the Backyard Studios of Kempten (Germany) to end the recordings of the new upcoming album entitled Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus.

The regular edition of the album will be over 70 minutes long, featuring 11 titles and will be released in early spring by Nuclear Blast. Once again, the producer will be Luca Turilli, composer and orchestral/choral arranger of all the songs, while Sebastian Roeder will be the engineer and responsible for the mix. The new album will be mixed and mastered around Christmas time and 2 singles will be released shortly after the same mix.

Vocalist Alessandro Conti reveals: "This album surely includes the most and greatest challenging parts I ever recorded until now. I am sure our fans will go crazy for this new RHAPSODY release because of the many surprises and real hit songs included inside it. I also had the chance to sing together with one of my all-time favorite singers and this has been a further satisfaction".

The composer Luca Turilli adds: "This is really a super production close to the one of a soundtrack for an Hollywood blockbuster. We recorded all kind of choirs for over 15 long and exhausting days, collaborating with amazing singers like Ralf Scheepers, Dan Lucas, Bridget Fogle, Previn Moore plus other special guests. I composed and arranged all the choral and orchestral parts in the same way I would do it while scoring for a movie or videogame trailer and I am sure our fans will go crazy for this new album as we do! I simply love it and I could surely define it as 'the quintessence of CINEMATIC METAL'. Bombastic, epic and dramatic as never before!"

Check out the official album trailer on Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

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Nuclear Blast / The German PANZER 'Panzer' single and lyric video released
Posted by: Denis / 20.10.2014
The German PANZER, the Teutonic Heavy Metal trio, is comprised of yet three undisputed genre legends: Vocalist & bass-player Schmier, best known as frontman of DESTRUCTION and HEADHUNTER, guitarist Herman Frank (ACCEPT, VICTORY) as well as drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (ACCEPT).

The first The German PANZER longplayer, called Send Them All To Hell will be out on November 28th 2014.

Now the band reveals the lyric-video to their new track Panzer.
InsideOut Music / Pain of Salvation: Debut first track for "Falling Home" acoustic release; European pre-order start
Posted by: Denis / 20.10.2014
Swedish Progressive Rock innovators Pain of Salvation have recently announced their much anticipated acoustic album, Falling Home, to be released in Europe on November 10th, 2014 and on January 13th, 2015 in North America via the band's longtime label partner InsideOutMusic.

A first track off Falling Home is now being launched promotionally on the website of UK's Prog Magazine. Check out the acoustic version of Linoleum here.

Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw has checked in about the release as follows: "Damn, it will be so nice finally to have this album see the light of day in a context larger than my head, our rehearsing room and a multitude of work computers and hard drives in selected homes. It has been a long time, and the road to release has been very complicated and unexpected, including finding myself in hospital for four entire months after a close call with flesh eating bacteria. Who would have guessed as we set out to record a quick little acoustic something all those many months ago in what seems like another lifetime by now? On the other hand, it has turned this album into so much more than we ever expected it to be. I find the term 'acoustic album' very misleading. This album is as bold a statement as any of our albums, and will in the same way offer laughter, tears, surprises and challenges. If it's not original, if it's not uncompromisingly passionate, then it's not Pain of Salvation."

And Gildenlöw commented about the track Linoleum in particular as follows: "I love the versatility of this animal, and I keep dragging it into different contexts to see how it will adapt and respond. In other words, this track was a given when we started discussing an acoustic project, and probably the first one I sat down with to rearrange. I have always loved to play around with the emotional spectrum of suppressed rage in music and lyrics, and making this song acoustic called for even higher levels of challenge when it came to finding that perfect balance of dialed down subtlety and sudden bursts of emotional display. I love how it came out in the end. An agile predator. Let's invent a word today: Pantheresque."

Falling Home is a very special album, which contains reimagined versions of favourite catalogue-songs, two cover versions (Holy Diver by Dio and Perfect Day by Lou Reed) and a brand new song (The title track, Falling Home).

Next to the Jewel Case CD and the Digital Download formats, Falling Home will be also available in Europe as limited edition Digipak CD with expanded artwork and two bonustracks (She Likes To Hide and King Of Loss) and also as limited Gatefold LP version on 180gr. vinyl (On black vinyl, but also 200x copies on white vinyl exclusively from the IOM Webshop).

In related news, InsideOutMusic has recently released Pain of Salvation's classic albums The Perfect Element Part I from 2000 and Remedy Lane from 2002 in the LP format for the very first time ever. The limited coloured vinyl editions were quickly sold out, but you can still obtain the Gatefold 2-LP (Plus bonus CD!) in the classic black vinyl versions.

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Y.O.C. new song, exclusively available on our website only
Posted by: Denis / 19.10.2014
Y.O.C.'s new songs recording is already on the way. The brand new song is Jeff Hanneman tribute, SLAYER cover SKELETONS OF SOCIETY that will be released very soon and will be appeared on our web-site only. Check out other Y.O.C. songs on our page!

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Metal Media / LOTHLÖRYEN new single 'Time Will Tell' available for streaming and free download
Posted by: Denis / 17.10.2014
Brazilian bards LOTHLÖRYEN just released a new and unpublished single, Time Will Tell, for free download and free listening. The song was recorded at the studios Jack Studios and Bar dos Bardos. The mixing and mastering were done in São Paulo by Thiago Okamura at To-Mix Studios. Already the cover was again created by artist Marcus Lorenzet.
Pure Steel Records / BORN OF FIRE 'Dead Winter Sun'
Posted by: Denis / 17.10.2014
The release date of the new BORN OF FIRE album Dead Winter Sun on CD is November 14th 2014. The preorder phase will start on October 31st 2014 in label's webshop.

Originally founded in 1998, US Metal band BORN OF FIRE first made their mark with their self-titled demo, released a year after their forming. They quickly became known for their signature style that fused elements of Metal greats with a sophisticated sound all their own, and went on to release Transformation in 2000, followed by a 3 track EP in 2001 that saw major recognition in international Metal charts. The band took a hiatus for 10 years, only to come back strong following a reforming and rebirth in 2012 when they released their Anthology album, supported by big-budget music video for their popular track In The End. The now-veterans of Metal, along with Pure Steel Records have announced the release of their latest and greatest: Dead Winter Sun, BORN OF FIRE's second full-studio album.

Dead Winter Sun showcases the Arizona-based quintet's wholly unique style of Power Metal in 10 powerful tracks. BORN OF FIRE's musical spectrum reaches from Progressive influenced parts like (newer) Fates Warning and Rainbow-styled keyboard-parts to hymnic guitar leads and thundering double bass parts. The dominating, soaring vocals of newcomer Gordon Tittsworth come full of substance and emotion, and the range that Dead Winter Sun showcases waxes and wanes between driving, murderous intensity and ominous calm, fitting perfectly into BORN OF FIRE's brand of truly atmospheric Metal that you can lose yourself in.

BORN OF FIRE has returned with sophisticated, exquisite Metal, stronger than ever before.

Fans of Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, Fates Warning, Crimson Glory, and similar styled Metal will find familiar, nostalgic elements interlaced with BORN OF FIRE's refreshingly unique and modern sound.

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Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars - a brand new song on SoundCloud
Posted by: Denis / 17.10.2014
Mindwars, the new band featuring Holy Terror and Jester Beast members, is preparing the release its new album The Enemy Within.

It is now possible to listen a preview of a new song titled Crash by soundcloud!

The album will be release on October 27th by Punishment 18 Records (physical and digital edition). A vinyl edition is expected on January 2015 by Night Of The Vinyl Dead.
Punishment 18 Records / Highlord line-up renewed
Posted by: Denis / 17.10.2014
Highlord are proud to announce two important variations in the line up of the band.

The role of axeman will be taken by the young and talented Francesco Lombardo, who is already active with the band Myriad Lights.

At the same time, the band is pleased to welcome back Lele 'Mr. Triton' on keyboards.

Important news will follow this year and in 2015: stay tuned, and, as usual: Stay High!

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Massacre Records / VANISH album track list
Posted by: Denis / 16.10.2014
VANISH's new album Come To Wither will be released next week!

The band recently announced that they've teamed up with Primal Fear's Ralf Scheepers on the album's final track!
    The tracklisting of the album is as follows:
  • Come To Wither
  • Great Collapse
  • Bless The Buried Child
  • Renewal
  • This Is How We Die
  • Curtain Call
  • Silence
    (Video clip)
  • Hollow
  • Hope Shall Rise
  • Reboot
  • The Grand Design
    (Featured Ralf Scheepers)
VANISH's new album Come To Wither will be released on October 24, 2014 via Massacre Records and will be available for an attractive 'Newcomer Price'.
Massacre Records / LONEWOLF - Cult Of Steel
Posted by: Denis / 16.10.2014
LONEWOLF are going to release their new album Cult Of Steel next week!

The tracklisting is already available.

The album was recorded by Xavier Sindt and mixed & mastered by Charles Greywolf. Peter Salaï is responsible for the cover artwork.

LONEWOLF's 7th album Cult Of Steel will be released on October 24, 2014 via Massacre Records.

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Nuclear Blast / SABATON lyric video on 'Night Witches' released; European tour starts next month
Posted by: Denis / 16.10.2014
Swedish Heavy Metal institution SABATON released their seventh full-length record Heroes on May 16, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and reached some of the highest chart entries in the band history, among them the first #1 in their native Sweden, #2 in Finland, #3 in Germany, #4 in Czech Republic, #6 in Poland, #7 in Switzerland – and many more!

Today the band unveils the lyric video on the album opening track Night Witches. Check out the clip on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

Commented guitarist Thobbe Englund: "Actually it's one of my favorites. It reminds me a lot of JUDAS PRIEST, in a kind of ACCEPT style. It's a really cool Metal song - tough & hard."

Added guitarist Chris Rörland: "It's a very good opening song for the album. You start with it, and you get a good idea for the whole album."

While SABATON are currently touring the US, they will return to Europe on November 25 and will be on the road for an extended run in late 2014 and early 2015. For all dates, check below:
  • 25.11. DK Copenhagen - Stora Vega
  • 27.11. FR Lille - Aeronef
  • 28.11. UK Norwich - Waterfront
  • 29.11. UK Brighton - Concorde 2
  • 30.11. UK Plymouth - White Rabbit
  • 02.12. UK Reading - Sub 89
  • 03.12. UK Weymouth - The Pavillion
  • 05.12. UK Glasgow - QMU
  • 06.12. UK Belfast - Limelight
  • 07.12. UK Dublin - The Academy
  • 08.12. UK Manchester - The Ritz
  • 09.12. UK Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms
  • 11.12. FR Toulouse - Le Bikini
  • 12.12. ES Bilbao - Santana 27
  • 13.12. ES Madrid - La Riviera
  • 14.12. PT Porto - Hard Club
  • 16.12. ES Valencia - Koh Tao Club
  • 17.12. ES Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
  • 18.12. FR Lyon - Transbordeur
  • 19.12. CH Lausanne - Les Docks
  • 20.12. FR Strasbourg - La Laiterie
  • 09.01. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
  • 10.01. D Geiselwind - Event Halle
  • 11.01. NL Tilburg - 013
  • 12.01. UK London - HMV Forum
  • 14.01. F Paris - Bataclan
  • 15.01. CH Pratteln - Z7
  • 16.01. D Ludwigsburg - MHP Arena
  • 17.01. D Langen - Event Hall
  • 19.01. D Berlin - Huxley’s
  • 25.01. H Budapest - Petofi Hall
  • 27.01. RO Bucharest - Turbohalle
  • 28.01. BG Sofia - Hall Universiada
  • 30.01. GR Athens - Fuzz Live Club
  • 31.01. GR Thessaloniki - Principal Club Theater
  • 02.02. HR Zagreb - Tvornica
  • 03.02. I Milano - Alcatraz
  • 04.02. D Munich - Tonhalle
  • 06.02. AT Vienna - Gasometer
  • 07.02. CZ Prague - Forum Karlin
  • 08.02. CZ Zlin - Hala Euronics Novesta
  • 10.02. SK Bratislava - Refinery Gallery
  • 11.02. D Saarbrücken - Garage
  • 13.02. BE Antwerpen - Lotto Arena
  • 14.02. D Hamburg - Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
  • 15.02. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg

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METALMESSAGE / DISSORTED (Melodic Thrash Metal, Germany) new EP 'I' out
Posted by: Denis / 15.10.2014
DISSORTED plays MELODIC THRASH METAL connecting fast, neck breaking riffs influenced by EXODUS and TESTAMENT mixed with traditional bands like ICED EARTH and MEGADETH, always focusing on their own, yet recognizable sound.

With plenty of action and the love to Heavy Metal on stage Mirco (v), Florian (g), Sebastian (g), Dillon (b) and Martin (d) developed a good reputation as an impactful live band by thrilling gigs throughout Germany.

Their first EP I has been released in September 2014.

Also you can watch DISSORTED EP-Promo-Video.
Diamond Head singer Nick Tart quits the band
Posted by: Denis / 15.10.2014
Statement from Nick Tart:
"After 11 years of being the singer for Diamond Head I now feel it's time for me to move on. As most are aware they have already started the October tour with a replacement singer and I wish them nothing but the very best. I haven't heard the new guy yet but I'm sure he will be great; Brian has good quality control over Diamond Head and I don't believe he would continue touring unless he had found a singer who could pull it off. They are a very powerful band to front, so the best of luck to him, no doubt I will be snooping into you tube to see what they sound like.

I was hoping to pen a third album, but making new music with the band became limited; Brian mentioned he had no interest in making a new album, he didn't feel the urge, which I can totally understand. He's been doing it for a long time, but if there is no urge to make a new album, then an album doesn't belong. I made things even more difficult by moving to the other side of the world.

After living in Brisbane for nearly 6 years now, I've been very fortunate to still be able to fly to the UK and US for tours, thanks to hard work and determination of Karl Wilcox our drummer, without him there's quite a lot that wouldn't have been possible for Diamond Head. When Diamond Head get offered work, festivals for example, they should be in a position to say yes, without worrying about all the hassle it will take to get me involved.

I'm very proud of the 2 albums I have written and recorded with Diamond Head and the touring we have done was way beyond my expectations, especially performing at Knebworth with Metallica. I have had some fantastic times, the guys in Diamond Head are so grounded which made the tours such a joyful ride, and we have had some laughs.

I now have my own band here in Brisbane; it's taken me a long time to find someone to connect with musically, but I'm now writing new material and things are shaping up nicely. I'm getting quite excited, so I now need to move forward.

Love and thanks to those Diamond Head fans that accepted and encouraged me when I first joined the band and have followed us ever since, you know who you are."

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Limb Music / RED CIRCUIT Haze Of Nemesis CD/DVD
Posted by: Denis / 15.10.2014
Red Circuit are the perfect example of a band, whose result is the sum of its individual parts: world class vocalist plus brilliant instrumentalists equals a great band. The finely balanced mixture of technically classy Power Metal, refined Progressive Rock and a cleverly unwoven mainstream attitude, which serve to make the songs so memorable has been praised for years, and not only by the music press, but also by an ever-growing hoard of fans, who are now getting getting what they were hoping for – namely an album of musical class and high nutritional, artistic value.

The package includes a DVD featuring the band's performance at the US Progpower XII Festival.

Release date: 24th, October 2014.

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Frontiers Records / Harem Scarem
Posted by: Denis / 14.10.2014
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release dates set for the anticipated new album from Canadian rockers HAREM SCAREM entitled 13 on December 5th in Europe an and in North America on December 9th.

Coming back - after a long hiatus - Thirteen is, arguably, the band's 13th original studio album, a release that was decided by after the band's return in 2013 with the release of Mood Swings II: the re-recorded version of their career defining album Mood Swings, originally released in 1993. Harem Scarem embarked on an international tour and reconnected with all the fans. They were actually very pleasantly surprised about the level of interest in the band and decided to move forward.

"It's been 6 years since our last studio album and we're feeling rejuvenated and couldn't be more excited about the new tunes!" tells singer Harry Hess and with juices of inspiration flowing it could not have been easier to give birth to a strong musical statement such as Thirteen.

The new album encompasses everything that the fans would expect from Harem Scarem: very addictive guitar riffs and choruses from heaven with big over the top hooks. A definite and true return to the sound that put Harem Scarem on the map over 20 years ago.

With 12 top 40 hits around the world and sales well over a million records in 43 countries, 2015 will see the Harem Scarem touring the world in support of their 13th studio album Thirteen!
Limb Music / Burning Black album trailer
Posted by: Denis / 14.10.2014
With Remission Of Sin BURNING BLACK have a particularly lucrative ace up their sleeves, one which will immediately draw in not only the Euro-Traditionalists but also US Power Metal fans, as it is hovering between European and American influences and uniting the very best of the two. Excellent vocals and aggressive riffing is just as important to the band as the dressed-up-to-the-nines melody and rhythm parts which are such recognizable parts of the BURNING BLACK sound. Check out their album trailer video.
Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH release 'Arabesque' (special clip), studio update
Posted by: Denis / 14.10.2014
Finland-based symphonic Metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are currently working on their upcoming new album. The band was recently recording the orchestra at the London based Angel Studio's, along with Pip Williams.

Floor Jansen about this experience: "This was the first time I witnessed the recording of an orchestra and it was so enchanting! I was stunned by the professionalism of the players, the conductor, the studio engineers and by the amazing arrangements Pip made again. To hear it all come together is amazing, goose bumps all the way through!!!"

The yet-untitled creation will be the first NIGHTWISH studio-record to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen. Longtime drummer Jukka Nevalainen will sit out on the recording sessions due to health issues; Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY) will replace him. It's set for a release in spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Now the band releases a special clip for their hymn Arabesque, with impressions of the 'Imaginaerum' world-tour. Expect a lot of fire!
    NIGHTWISH recently announced their North American tour for April and May 2015.
  • 09.04 USA New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
  • 10.04. USA Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
  • 11.04. USA Worcester, MA - Palladium
  • 13.04. CND Quebec City, QC - Capitole Theatre
  • 14.04. CND Toronto - Phoenix Concert Theatre
  • 16.04. USA Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
  • 17.04. USA Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
  • 18.04. USA Chicago, IL - Concorde Music Hall
  • 19.04. USA Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
  • 21.04. USA Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
  • 22.04. USA Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
  • 24.04. USA Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
  • 25.04. CND Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
  • 26.04. USA Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
  • 18.04. USA San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
  • 30.04. USA Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
  • 01.05. USA Los Angeles, CA - Greek theatre
  • 02.05. USA Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
  • 03.05. USA El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
  • 05.05. USA Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
  • 06.05. USA Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
  • 08.05. USA Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
  • 09.05. USA Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
  • 11.05. USA Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Work
  • 12.05. USA Louisville, KY - Expo Five
  • 13.05. USA Charlotte, NC - Filmore
  • 14.05. USA Silver Springs, MD - Filmore

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Stormspell Records / DOCTOR SMITH Into the Unknown
Posted by: Denis / 14.10.2014
Stormspell Records have a special treat for all thinking Metal fans: DOCTOR SMITH - Into the Unknown CD. Conceived and nurtured by Arthur Melonas from the mighty Spectral Incursion fame, DOCTOR SMITH is a sci-fi space opera, following the traditions of transcending musical boundaries and breaking genre definitions. It is an epic journey for the open minded, to boldly take you where only true masters like Pink Floyd and Voivod can.

To be released on Halloween 2014, limited to 500 copies.
Nuclear Blast / EXODUS 'Blood In Blood Out' out now, new trailer released
Posted by: Denis / 13.10.2014
The wait is finally over, as Bay Area Thrash Metal provocateurs EXODUS finally release their new hate campaign Blood In Blood Out via Nuclear Blast.

Furthermore the band just put up the fifth and final exclusive trailer that showcases material from the bonus 'Making Of' DVD/Blu-ray entitled Blood Upon The Goat, EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting gives fans a tour of his 'Goats-R-Us Ranch & Studios' where the band's tenth studio album Blood In, Blood Out was recorded.

"We took a little bit different approach to the recording of the drums this time," shares Hunting. "We wanted a real drum room with live mics to have that ambient room tone."

Watch the last trailer (and hear about Tom's über-Satanic goats!) here.

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Nuclear Blast / BLIND GUARDIAN back with a vengeance, new single 'Twilight Of The Gods' will be out on December 05, 2014
Posted by: Denis / 13.10.2014
The wait is over! BLIND GUARDIAN is back! The world's most popular fantasy Metal band gives us Twilight Of The Gods – the first single from their long-awaited new album, to be unleashed upon the world in in January 2015.

Twilight Of The Gods is the first creation of the Krefeld, Germany based band in more than four years will be released on December 5, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kürsch assures, "this song is a statement about BLIND GUARDIAN. The pure definition of all that the band stands for: it is innovative, melodic and brutal". And thus a perfect choice to get fans into the proper mood for the upcoming album.

Twilight Of The Gods is a 'neck breaker' in the true tradition of BLIND GUARDIAN "that will captivate you with the most epic and catchy chorus we've ever written," says Kürsch.

In Twilight Of The Gods BLIND GUARDIAN is singing about the deities' waning power; no such times are in sight for the band. BLIND GUARDIAN is back with a vengeance; with an impressive single from an overwhelming record!

Also be sure to check out BLIND GUARDIAN on tour in 2015 in a city near you!
    BLIND GUARDIAN - Live in 2015:
  • 22.-26-01 USA Caribbean Sea - 70.000 Tons of Metal
  • 02.04. D Krefeld - Kulturfabrik
  • 10.04. NL Eindhoven - Effenaar
  • 11.04. BE Antwerps-Borgerhout - Trix Zall
  • 12.04. UK London - The Forum
  • 14.04. FR Paris - Bataclan
  • 15.04. FR Strasburg - La Laiterie
  • 17.04. ESP Bilbao - Santana 27
  • 18.04. ESP Barcelona - St Jordi Club
  • 19.04. ESP Madrid - La Riviera
  • 21.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
  • 23.04. D Trier - Europa Halle
  • 24.04. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
  • 25.04. D Düsseldorf - Mitsubishi Electric Halle
  • 26.04. D Bamberg - Brose Arena
  • 28.04. D München - Zenith
  • 30.04. D Leipzig - Haus Auensee
  • 01.05. D Stuttgart - Liederhalle Beethoven Saal
  • 02.05. D Hamburg - O2 Arena
  • 05.05. I Milan - Alcatraz
  • 06.05. I Rome - Atlantico
  • 08.05. GR Thessaloniki - Principal Club
  • 09.05. GR Athens - Gagarin 205
  • 10.05. GR Athens - Gagarin 205
  • 13.05. TR Ankara - Jolly Joker Ankara
  • 14.05. TR Istanbul - KüçükÇiftlik Park
  • 15.05. RO Bucharest - tba
  • 16.05. BG Sofia - UNIVERSIADA HALL
  • 21.05. SLO Ljubjana - Kino Siska
  • 22.05. AT Graz - Explosiv
  • 23.05. AT Vienna - Gaswerk
  • 24.05. CZ Zlin - Masters of Rock Café
  • 26.05. PL Warsaw - Progresja Music Zone
  • 27.05 D Berlin - Huxley´s Neue Welt
  • 29.05. S Gothenburg - Trädgårn
  • 30.05. S Örebro - Metallsvenskan Festival
  • 31.05. NOR Oslo - Rockefeller
  • 02.06. FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
  • 04.06. RUS St.Petersburg - A2 Club
  • 05.06. RUS Moscow - Ray Just Arena
  • 07.06. RUS Ekaterinburg - Tele Club
  • 09.06. RUS Samara - Metelitsa

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Limb Music / Fireforce tour starts
Posted by: Denis / 13.10.2014
Don't miss FIREFORCE on the KILLHAMMER TOUR 2014 along with headliner Mystic Prophecy and support Crystal Tears.
    KILLHAMMER TOUR 2014:
  • 15.10.2014 – Nürnberg, Germany – Rockfabrik
  • 16.10.2014 – Ottweiler, Germany – Club Schulz
  • 17.10.2014 – Mechelen, Belgium – Club Kamikaze
  • 18.10.2014 – Kerkrade, Netherlands – De Steen
  • 19.10.2014 – Rheine, Germany – Hypothalamus
  • 20.10.2014 – Hamburg, Germany – Rockcafe St. Pauli
  • 21.10.2014 – Berlin, Germany – Blackland 666
  • 23.10.2014 – Vienna, Austria – Viper Room
  • 24.10.2014 – Memmingen, Germany – Kaminwerk
  • 25.10.2014 – Wuppertal, Germany – Die Börse
    FIREFORCE dates to check out:
  • 08.11.2014 – Athens, Greece – 7Sins Club – Rock You To Hell Festival
  • 22.11.2014 – Maasmechelen, Belgium – Concordia – Metal For Angels
  • 29.11.2014 – Ans, Belgium – Alleur Metal Fest – Centre Culturel
  • 13.12.2014 – Waregem, Belgium – Gasolina – Metalnight
  • 20.12.2014 – Keerbergen, Belgium – De Nieuwe Loeter – Metalnight

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Anders Johansson has decided to leave Hammerfall
Posted by: Denis / 10.10.2014
Hammerfall statement:
"Life in a Heavy Metal band is indeed filled with twists and turns, highs and lows, ups and downs. On Monday, we rolled out our own whiskey, Legacy Of Kings. Today is a shocking and monumental day for all, HammerFall members and fans alike: Anders Johansson has decided to leave the band, after 15 years as the drummer. Brought on by increasing musical differences, as well as a career in the music industry that spans almost four decades, he has come to the conclusion that enough is enough. But fear not, we have already formulated a plan to get us through this even stronger. As a replacement we have found a most excellent drummer in David Wallin, who most notably has been beating the skins in the Swedish industrial force Pain. David will fill the void left by 'The Swedish Tank' with his youthful intensity and fantastic musicianship during the upcoming tour. We wish Anders all the best in his future endeavours and hope that 15 years can't be erased that easily.

Also, bassist Fredrik Larsson will have his second child in December, and is therefore on parental leave through March. But we think you will like the choice to fill his shoes. For anyone who is the least bit familiar with Hammerfall, this one needs no introduction: handling the 4-string duty in Fredrik's absence, none other than former guitar player Stefan Elmgren has agreed to make a triumphant return to the band! Yet another reason not to miss catching us live on the upcoming tours, this will be a very unique constellation. So it is with mixed emotions we say goodbye to an old friend and welcome an even older one back into the fold. The Swedish Templars of Steel cannot and will not be subdued, we will carry on heeding the call as long as the crimson thunder still is flowing in our veins. It is not the end of anything, it's the dawn of a new era. And we welcome it with our hammers high!"

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Nightingale to release new album 'Retribution' via InsideOutMusic
Posted by: Denis / 10.10.2014
Sweden's NIGHTINGALE are back in the spotlight with their long overdue 7th studio album. Entitled Retribution, the follow-up to 2007's acclaimed White Darkness, will be released via the band's new worldwide label InsideOutMusic as of November 10th, 2014.

NIGHTINGALE was established by musical multi-talent and producer Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity / Witherscape) almost 20 years ago and in the good tradition of the band, which is completed by Dan's brother Dag Swanö (guitars, keyboards), Erik Oskarsson (bass) and Tom Björn (drums), the new album once again showcases a fabulous and timeless hybrid of different musical styles: From atmospheric Metal to catchy AOR and also Melodic Prog, Retribution offers an amazingly broad variety of moods and always tuneful songwriting skills.

Dan Swanö, who contributes vocals, guitars and keyboards to the fold, commented as follows on Retribution: "We started putting material together for this album already around 2008, but out of all those songs only 2 made it to the album. I felt that, unless it is the best possible NIGHTINGALE album, where every song on the album easily could replace any song from our previous albums, there was no point in making a new album at all.

During the writing of the Witherscape debut album, I wrote a lot of stuff that would work better on a NIGHTINGALE album, and before I knew it, I had the skeleton for a lot of potentially awesome NIGHTINGALE songs! It was important that the new material had the vibe of the older albums, yet with a better production and performance.

I am very confident that all the NIGHTINGALE fans will love Retribution since I made sure I felt the same rush inside me when I listened to the tracks that I did upon listening to the finished version of our most famous tracks from the past!"
    Here is the album's complete tracklisting:
  1. On Stolen Wings
  2. Lucifer's Lament
  3. Chasing The Storm Away
  4. Warriors Of The Dawn
  5. Forevermore
  6. Divided I Fall
  7. The Voyage Of Endurance
  8. 27 (Curse Or Coincidence?)
  9. The Maze
  10. Echoes Of A Dream
NIGHTINGALE's Retribution features artwork from courtesy of Travis Smith (Opeth, Nevermore, Katatonia, etc.) and should equally appeal to open-minded fans of bands like Rush, Marillion, Styx, Kansas, The Mission, Queensryche, Enchant, Threshold, Arena or even Opeth and Katatonia.
Metal Blade Records / POWERWOLF to release 'The History Of Heresy II' 3-disc-boxset on October, 24th
Posted by: Denis / 10.10.2014
Metal Blade Records announces The History Of Heresy II, a massive boxset containing three CDs!

The second part of The History Of Heresy will be out October 24th. Besides featuring both albums: Bible Of The Beast and Blood Of The Saints with bonus tracks, plus The Sacrilege Symphony orchestra album, the boxset includes the second part of the autobiographic hardcover book. The book, The History Of Heresy, includes 128 pages full of candid stories, as well as tour, and studio reports. A ton of pictures will be included in the box which comes in lavish hardcover box matt laminated with embossing and partial gloss vanish!

Copies are available for pre-order now in Europe at emp.de and the official Metal Blade ebay store!

POWERWOLF will celebrate the release during their two upcoming shows in November.
  • 14/11/14 DE – Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
  • 15/11/14 DE – Weissenhäuser Strand – Metal Hammer Paradise

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Pure Steel Records / SoulHealer 'The Journey Goes On' video released
Posted by: Denis / 09.10.2014
SoulHealer, Melodic Metal band from Finland, have released a video for the song The Journey Goes On. It is taken from the new album Bear The Cross, which will be released on 17th October 2014 through Pure Legend Records, a division of Pure Steel Records.
  • Video by: Esa Haverinen, Marko Karvonen, SoulHealer
  • Edited by: Niko Saarela, (Cloudberry Services)
Punihsment 18 Records / Ancient Dome release date announced
Posted by: Denis / 09.10.2014
Cosmic Gateway to Infinity, the new album from Italian thrashers Ancient Dome, will be released on October 27 by Punihsment 18 Records which has already released Human Key (2009) and Perception of this World (2010). The album features guest appearances by Dave White (Heathen), as guest vocals on ...Hyperspace, Thaen Rasmussen (Anvil Chorus) as guest solos on Empire Of Lies and Alessandro Monopoli (Chantry) as guest solos on Nebuloid.

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Nuclear Blast / ACCEPT BLIND RAGE WORLD TOUR kicks off in Paris
Posted by: Denis / 09.10.2014
ACCEPT release a live video of Pandemic from their recent performance at the 2014 Woodstock Festival in Poland. The festival broke all records with over 750,000 fans in attendance for the charity event. Let this video be a warm up for the 2014 BLIND RAGE WORLD TOUR.
    The dates of the BLIND RAGE WORLD TOUR 2014:
  • 08.10. FR Paris - Bataclan
  • 10.10. ESP Pamplona - Totem
  • 11.10. ESP Madrid - Riviera
  • 12.10. ESP Barcelona - Razzmatazz 1
  • 14.10. FR Toulouse - Bikini
  • 16.10. FR Straßbourg - La Laiterie
  • 17.10. I Mailand - Live Club
  • 18.10 D München - Tonhalle
  • 20.10. D Langen / Frankfurt - Neue Stadthalle
  • 21.10. D Berlin - Huxleys
  • 22.10. D Köln - Live Music Hall
  • 24.10. D Erfurt - Stadtgarten
  • 25.10. CZ Zlin - Euronics
  • 26.10. HU Budapest - Petöfi Hall
  • 27.11. UK London - The Forum Kentish Town
  • 28.10. CH Pratteln - Z7
  • 29.10. D Filderstadt - Filharmonie
  • 07.11. JP Hiroshima - Club Quattro
  • 09.11. JP Osaka - Umeda Club Quattro
  • 10.11. JP Nagoya - Bottom Line
  • 11.11. JP Tokyo - EX Theater Roppongi
  • 14.11. AUS Marrickville - Factory Theatre
  • 15.11. AUS Melbourne - Corner Hotel SOLD OUT!
  • 16.11. AUS Brisbane - The HIFI
  • 27.11. UK London - Forum
  • 28.11. LT Vilnius - Forum Palace
  • 30.11. RUS Moscow - Stadium Live

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Metal Media / SOMAGNET 'Healed' music video available for streaming
Posted by: Denis / 08.10.2014
Mb>Brazilian Heavy Metal act SOMAGNET has just released a music video for the song Healed, taken from their latest EP Haunted Mansion.

The clip was produced by Vinicius Hozara of CS Music Videos and was filmed at Fazzi Custom (which is a customization shop specialized in Harley Davidson motorcycles). External takes were filmed in Itaipu (Niterói/RJ).

Recalling that the EP Haunted Mansion was produced by Danish Flemming Rasmussen, responsible for the production of universal classics like Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets and ...And Justice for All by Metallica, Covenant by Morbid Angel, Imaginations from the Other Side and Nightfall in Middle-Earth by Blind Guardian, among others.

The EP can be listened for free and also purchased by this link.
AFM Records / U.D.O. new album 'Decadent' to arrive in January
Posted by: Denis / 08.10.2014
The grandmasters of Teutonic Heavy Metal return with a new studio album. After the success of Steelhammer and the Live album/DVD Steelhammer - Live From Moscow, U.D.O. are busily working on new material. Udo Dirkschneider and his band will release Decadent in January.

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AFM Records / Korzus return with new album and lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 08.10.2014
High-class Thrash Metal from Brazil, anyone? KORZUS were founded more than 30 years ago and are one of the most popular metal bands of South America. Four years after Discipline Of Hate, which marked their first worldwide release so far, the cult act returns with Legion on October 24th.

A lyric video for the brand new song Bleeding Pride is available now.
AFM Records / Onslaught new video clip / US tour
Posted by: Denis / 08.10.2014
Unfortunately ONSLAUGHT singer Sy Keeler has to sit out the band's US tour, but a replacement was found in Neil Turbin (ex-Anthrax), so all shows of the U.K. thrash masters can take place as scheduled. Here are the dates.

The band has also released a new video clip for the song 66Fucking6, taken from their latest album VI.

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AFM Records / Triosphere 'The Heart Of The Matter' coming in November
Posted by: Denis / 08.10.2014
Norway's best female-fronted Metal band, TRIOSPHERE, has completed work on their new album. Almost four and a half years after The Road Less Travelled and following European tours with Kamelot, Sonata Arctica and Crimson Glory, TRIOSPHERE's highly-anticipated new album The Heart Of The Matter will finally be released on November 7th.

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Nuclear Blast / EXODUS fourth making of trailer on 'Blood In, Blood Out' released
Posted by: Denis / 07.10.2014
Bay Area Thrash Metal provocateurs EXODUS are set to unleash their new hate campaign Blood In, Blood Out, which will be out on October 10 (EU) / October 13 (UK) / October 14 (US) via Nuclear Blast.

Now the band releases the fourth album making of trailer on Blood In, Blood Out.

EXODUS bassist Jack Gibson checks in about stepping up to the plate to handle engineering duties on the band's new Blood In, Blood Out album: "With Gary (Holt) doing the SLAYER stuff, we were really getting down to the wire. We were gonna need to make this record in this window of time... so I just stepped up and said, 'I'll do it.'"

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AFM Records / Bloodbound Stormborn to be released on November 21st
Posted by: Denis / 07.10.2014
Swedish Heavy/Power metallers BLOODBOUND have announced the arrival of their new studio album for November 21st.

Two years after In The Name Of Metal and touring in support of the album (f.a. with U.D.O. and Brainstorm), the band now returns with their most bombastic and well-produced effort to date.

"It took a while to get where we are now with this album", keyboard player Frederik Bergh reflects. "We were aiming for a special sound and it feels great that we have achieved that. The whole team was very passionate and our engineer Jonas Kjellgren did a fantastic job. We couldn't be more happy with Stormborn."

Stormborn will be available as Digipak und red Vinyl-LP (limited to 500 units only).

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Mistheria's Alien Keyboards Akademy: new location
Posted by: Denis / 06.10.2014
Mistheria's Alien Keyboards Akademy is now embedded into official Mistheria website.

All lessons are available as VOD (video-on-demand) for a quick and easy access including digital downloads (add-ons: mp3, scores, backing tracks, etc.) related to the videos. The new system guarantees a perfect compatibility on all devices (tablets, laptop, computers) running on any operating system (Microsoft, Apple, Android).

Please, visit the new location of Alien Keyboards Akademy here.

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Ulterium Records / HARMONY: 'THEATRE OF REDEMPTION' DETAILS REVEALED
Posted by: Denis / 03.10.2014
Theatre of Redemption, the up-coming album from the Swedish Melodic Metal band HARMONY will be released on November 28th in Europe and on December 2nd in North America through Ulterium Records. The opening track The Window of My Soul will be released as a digital single late October.

The album will be released in the following formats:
  • Regular CD edition
  • Wooden box edition (Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. Includes a Harmony guitar pick, a sticker, a postcard and an exclusive 'The History of Harmony' 20-page booklet)
  • Vinyl edition [Limited to 500 copies. Includes insert with lyrics]
  • Digital edition
Theatre of Redemption features Daniel Heiman [ex-Lost Horizon, Heed] on vocals on all tracks. The album was mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall) and mastered by Thomas 'Plec' Johansson (Scar Symmetry, Watain).

The strong and diverse songs, the emotional and technical guitar playing by Markus Sigfridsson and the fantastic vocals provided by Daniel Heiman brings Harmony up to the same level as the biggest bands in the Melodic Metal genre. Just listen and you will see. Follow Harmony into the Theatre of Redemption...

All physical editions of Theatre of Redemption as well as three different t-shirt designs are available for pre-ordering at the Ulterium Records Store.

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Pure Stee Records / PLEONEXIA official video to 'Pleonexia' published
Posted by: Denis / 03.10.2014
The Italian Heavy/Power Metal band PLEONEXIA has released a new video for the song Pleonexia. The Song is from the album Break All Chains, which was released on CD and on digital download by Pure Underground Records.
Pure Steel Records / BORN OF FIRE official video to 'Dead Winter Sun' published
Posted by: Denis / 03.10.2014
The US Metal band BORN OF FIRE has released a new video for the song Dead Winter Sun. The band put a lots of ideas and hard work into this video. The Song is from the upcoming album Dead Winter Sun, which will be released on CD by Pure Steel Records on 14th November 2014.
InsideOut Music / Pain of Salvation announce release of 'Falling Home' acoustic album; playing two special sets at ProgPower Europe festival
Posted by: Denis / 03.10.2014
Having just wrapped up a tour of North America (with dates across the USA, Canada and Mexico), Swedish Progressive Rock innovators Pain of Salvation are now announcing their much anticipated acoustic album, Falling Home, which will released in Europe on November 10th, 2014 via the band's longtime label partner InsideOutMusic.

Falling Home is a very special album, which contains reimagined versions of favourite catalogue-songs, two cover versions (Holy Diver by Dio and Perfect Day by Lou Reed) and a brand new song (the title track, Falling Home). Here is the track-listing for the standard version of the release:
  1. Stress
  2. Linoleum
  3. To The Shoreline
  4. Holy Diver
  5. 1979
  6. Chain Sling
  7. Perfect Day
  8. Mrs. Modern Mother Mary
  9. Flame To The Moth
  10. Spitfall
  11. Falling Home
Next to the Jewel Case CD and the Digital Download formats, Falling Home will be also available as limited edition Digipak CD with expanded artwork and two bonustracks (She Likes To Hide and King Of Loss) and also as limited Gatefold LP version on 180gr. vinyl.

The pre-order for Falling Home starts on October 13th, 2014 here: www.insideoutshop.de.

In the meantime, Pain of Salvation will be playing two very special sets on this weekend's 2014 edition of the ProgPower Europe festival at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, The Netherlands: On Saturday, October 4th, Pain of Salvation will be playing a newly announced, additional 70 minutes set of old material and then on their initial slot of Sunday, October 5th, they will playing a full headline set including a section dedicated to their classic Remedy Lane album.
    These are the upcoming shows for Pain of Salvation in Europe:
  • 04.10.2014 Baarlo (The Netherlands) - ProgPower Europe
  • 05.10.2014 Baarlo (The Netherlands) - ProgPower Europe
  • 10.11.2014 Wroclaw (Poland) - International Drumfest
  • 11.10.2014 Opole (Poland) - International Drumfest
  • More shows will be announced soon...
In related news, InsideOutMusic has recently released Pain of Salvation's classic albums The Perfect Element Part I from 2000 and Remedy Lane from 2002 in the LP format for the very first time ever. The limited coloured vinyl editions were quickly sold out, but you can still obtain the Gatefold 2-LP (Plus bonus CD!) in the classic black vinyl versions here: www.insideoutshop.de/Artist/Pain_Of_Salvation.

Pain of Salvation's latest album release, Road Salt Two, managed to enter the official national charts upon release in Autumn of 2011 in the following European countries: Sweden at # 24, The Netherlands at # 82, Finland at # 31, and Norway at # 51 in its second week (first week was at # 94).

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Century Media / Sanctuary releases video for 'Frozen'
Posted by: Denis / 03.10.2014
Reactivated Seattle Metal band, SANCTUARY, has released the video to their track, Frozen, which was filmed in Germany and directed by Dirk Behlau. The track comes off their upcoming album, The Year The Sun Died, which is due out October 6th in Europe and October 14th in North America via Century Media Records.

Guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments: "This video shoot was a blast. The location was an abandoned coal mine processing plant near Essen, Germany. You can see many bizarre birdcage size baskets hanging from the ceiling. There were thousands of them. We were told that they were some type of 'laundry management devices'. They appear as something much more creepy and ominous in my opinion. Almost as if they were some sort of medieval torture devices. The entire building seemed to have a very haunting vibe."

The Year The Sun Died, the first SANCTUARY album in 25 years, is the long-awaited follow-up to the band's first two studio albums that were released on Epic Records: Refuge Denied (1987) and Into the Mirror Black (1989). Singer Warrel Dane's sky-high vocals combined with guitarist Lenny Rutledge's more mature take on classic Thrash riffs separated the band from the throes of Metal acts struggling to get noticed at the time. With The Year The Sun Died, SANCTUARY continues that legacy that they started decades ago, delivering yet another fresh take on 'classic-sounding' Metal. Featuring artwork by Travis Smith (OPETH, NEVERMORE) and mixed/produced by Zeuss (ROB ZOMBIE, SUICIDE SILENCE, CROWBAR, etc.), this upcoming album promises to be worth the wait.

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REACTION ink management deal With GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 02.10.2014
Italian Metal band REACTION has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promitions. The band released their album Kill The Parasite which GlobMetal are going to promote.

The band singer Viper said: "This collaboration gives us the opportunity to spread our music all over the world and we hope the world will appreciate that, thanks to GlobMetal Promotions".
Alberto Rigoni releases Overloaded album
Posted by: Denis / 02.10.2014
After the release of Three Wise Monkeys album which featured contributions from legendary musicians such as Kevin Moore (ex-Dream Theater), Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Italian bassist and Prog Rock composer Alberto Rigoni releases today his fourth album entitled Overloaded (October 1st 2014).

More heavy and progressive than its predecessors, the new album, fully instrumental, is inspired by Alberto's vision of our contemporary society. "I think that everything is going too fast today and one of the reasons is technology: hyper fast communications (mostly through social networks), multitasking activities, tons of information as well as misinformation, products, services... In a couple of words - we are OVERLOADED! The Internet has changed our lives, and even though it is indeed a great tool we have to be careful and use it judiciously. Excessive use may cause several diseases such as stress, depression, and social isolation." explains Alberto.

At the following link you can watch the video teaser directed by Gustavo Arteaga.
Inner Wound Recordings / MindMaze new track streaming online
Posted by: Denis / 02.10.2014
The track Back From The Edge, taken from the up-coming MINDMAZE album Back From The Edge is now available for streaming at YouTube.

Back From The Edge will be released on October 24th in Europe and October 28th in North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
Massacre Records / VENI DOMINE: band quits
Posted by: Denis / 02.10.2014
On September 20, 2014 VENI DOMINE announced the band's breakup on their fb page. Here's the full statement:
"With a heavy heart we bring you the news that we decided to put the band to sleep, it is no longer.

27 years that holds and keeps the full spectra of every emotion imaginable, not without sadness we left the table with the decision unthinkable but yet inevitable.

Time caught up with us and at the end of the day we found that trying keeping a band at a high level with all including parts is a task too time-consuming to handle. On the horizon we saw it coming. Even though we steered clear of the horizon on many occasions the horizon moved closer, faster than expected this time.

We left the table with a sense of mutual respect, the brotherhood and friendship will live on.

Being labeled a Christian band we fought the preconceptions on many fronts and we feel fortunate to have gained friends all over the world, including all kinds of different worldviews excluding no one.

Our love and respect to all our friends who stood by us during the years, our families who took the downside of the business, all of you who bought the music, responded and communicated back to us, we shared this journey that ends today.

We leave with the legacy of seven albums, there's a lot to say about that but one must not linger in the past, tomorrow must not be bound by yesterdays, life will move on.

The future holds no promises other than that all is possible. Branching out from here: The Redstone Project, Grand Stand and Nubian Rose - keep track of those and we will meet again."


VENI DOMINE's final album Light was released in late May 2014 via Massacre Records.

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'Second To Sun' ink management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 01.10.2014
Russian Modern Metal/Deathcore band Second To Sun has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promitions. The band released their new EP Three Fairy Tales which GlobMetal are going to promote.

The band guitarist Vladimir Klimov-Lehtinen said "For Second To Sun this cooperation with GlobMetal Promotions it is a gigantic step for future and present".

Streaming of the new EP Three Fairy Tales is available for viewing and listening here.
Metal Media / GRIMRIOT: 'Under Red Stars' is available for sale
Posted by: Denis / 01.10.2014
GRIMRIOT's Under Red Stars is already available through the British label Raptors Music. The album carries the title of Under Red Stars and features a band that knew how to mix Modern Metal, Prog Metal and the feeling of traditional Metal.

The album is already on sale at the following stores: www.amazon.com, www.itunes.apple.com. You can also hear it in full via streaming services such as Spotify and others.

The album was recorded at studio Suminsky with production in charge of Henrique Lopes and guitarist Brunno Tripovichy. The cover was on account of the artist Carlos Fides, who has worked with names like Sacrificed, Sacrario, Underpain, Semblant, among others.
Pitch Black Records / HOLY DRAGONS are back with Dragon Inferno
Posted by: Denis / 01.10.2014
HOLY DRAGONS, Kazakhstan's Heavy Metal giants, return with their new album Dragon Inferno! A follow-up to 2012's Zerstörer, the album features new vocalist Alexander 'Demoraivola' Kuligin. While the 80s influence is evident in the band's style the band delivers a fresh sounding blend of Heavy, Power and Speed Metal.

Formed in 1992, HOLY DRAGONS have literally dozens and dozens of releases, they now strike back as mighty as ever and they strike hard and fast!

Dragon Inferno is out on October 13th (UK), October 17th (EU) and November 11th (US) on Pitch Black Records. It will also be available through all major mp3 stores. A track is available for streaming and free download below while the album can be pre-ordered at store.pitchblackrecords.com with free worldwide shipping.

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Frontiers Records / Whitesnake Live in ‘84 - Back to the Bone
Posted by: Denis / 01.10.2014
WHITESNAKE fans worldwide now have something to be excited about! To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of WHITESNAKE's multi-platinum Slide It In album, Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label, will release Live In '84 - Back To The Bone, a complete celebration of the group's awe inspiring lineup during what many feel was the incredible beginning of what Coverdale called his desire to make WHITESNAKE more 'electrifying' on record & on stage.

Set for release in the EU on November 7th and in North America on November 11th, this release will be available in DVD and a Deluxe CD/DVD edition.

Culled from audio and video recordings & unheard demos from the private collection of WHITESNAKE leader and vocalist, David Coverdale, the release offers an ultra-rare collection of material, performed by the band's acclaimed 83-84 line-ups. Featured on the record & driven by the awesome Cozy Powell on drums (ex- Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, MSG and later on Gary Moore and Black Sabbath, among others); unique guitarist John Sykes, whom Coverdale credits with inspiring a whole generation of six stringers after his breathtaking work on the WHITESNAKE 87 album & Bassist Exceptionale Neil Murray.

There is also an extraordinary emotional bonus content featuring legendary keyboardist Jon Lord performing his last show ever with WHITESNAKE on video & also the bonus CD.

"It's still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half the incredible band who originally recorded the Slide It In album with me have passed away," says Coverdale. "It's incredibly difficult to articulate: Cozy Powell... Mel Galley... Jon Lord... All amazing people and amazing musicians. Their memories live on in our hearts & in the music they made. I miss them beyond words… Wait until you see & hear them playing as only they can and add in the fiery guitar assault of the incredibly gifted John Sykes, plus the relentless melodic bass pounding of Neil Murray."

Coverdale and co-producer Michael McIntyre launched a worldwide search for the best quality video footage and audio tracks from the 1984 tour. Among the gems found was a set from: Super-Rock, recorded at the first Japanese rock festival at Seibu Stadium in Tokyo and an invaluable video of Jon Lord's final appearance with WHITESNAKE recorded live in Sweden. "All of the features on this package have been treated lovingly & respectfully, with no expense spared, utilizing technology to improve sound & picture quality," says Coverdale, who personally oversaw all elements of this release.

Concludes Coverdale, "These are memories I treasure and delight in sharing with you as we continue our celebration of the 30th Anniversary of WHITESNAKE's Slide It In."

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Massacre Records / SCANNER new album
Posted by: Denis / 30.09.2014
SCANNER have resigned to Massacre Records and plan to release a new album!

SCANNER sure aren't strangers in the Metal scene, since they're around since the mid-80's!

SCANNER had a few bumps in the road of their journey so far, but that didn't stop them from doing their thing! SCANNER always existed, even when there were false rumors circulating regarding the band's status.

The band can look back on an impressive live history, including numerous live gigs worldwide, European tours and appearances at festivals, such as Germany's Wacken Open Air.

From 1988 'til 2002, SCANNER released 5 albums so far and now - almost 13 years after the release of their latest album Scantropolis - the band is back with a new record!

The band's brand new album is entitled The Judgement! The cover artwork's been created by Anestis Goudas.

The idea behind the album is that the Scanner has returned to earth to see what religion has done to mankind. He also asks himself how a society would evolve if there wouldn't be any religion at all. Would it be possible to live in peace?

The new album promises to feature true and uncompromising Power Speed Metal! There will be catchy songs like the album's title track, but also songs that will have you chanting and singing along, and even high Speed Metal tracks.

SCANNER's new album The Judgement is planned to be released in late January 2015 via Massacre Records!

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Massacre Records / new signing: STORMWITCH
Posted by: Denis / 30.09.2014
STORMWITCH have signed with Massacre Records and are going to release their new album Season Of The Witch in early 2015!

The band was formed in the early 80's and released its debut album Walpurgis Night in 1984. With the release of their 4th album Beauty And The Beast in 1987, which featured the band's first ballad, the fans soon referred to them as the masters of black romantic.

The band's 7th album Shogun should be the last for the next few years since STORMWITCH decided to disband in 1996. In 2004, the band briefly returned and released the album Witchcraft but split up again shortly after. In 2010, STORMWITCH were finally back again with a new line-up.

Meanwhile, the band's line-up consists of vocalist Andy Mück, guitarists Ralf Stoney and Volker Schmietow, bassist Jürgen Wannenwetsch and drummer Micha Kasper, who recently replaced Peter Langer who left the band due to private reasons.

STORMWITCH were always known for their memorable live shows and played numerous club shows as well as festival gigs worldwide and toured with bands such as Killer or Krokus.

STORMWITCH wrote history, but are still bursting with new ideas. Beware, the WITCH is alive!

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Neonfly signs with Inner Wound Recordings
Posted by: Denis / 30.09.2014
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the Melodic Metal band Neonfly to the label. Their up-coming album Strangers in Paradise will be released on November 28th in Europe, December 1st in the UK and December 2nd in North America.

Strangers In Paradise is the work of a band who have patently grown in stature and now very much developed their own true musical and lyrical voice. Issues addressed include invasion, addiction, social injustice, political corruption, the end of innocence and emotional loss. The album artwork, inspired by Aztec / Mesoamerican culture, is courtesy of up and coming US artist Jorge 'Qetza' Garza.

Strangers in Paradise was produced, mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Unisonic, Angra, Primal Fear, Krokus).

Neonfly are currently on tour with Dragonforce on the UK leg of their 'Maximum Overload' world tour. The UK tour runs through 18 cities, and almost all shows are sold out.
    Strangers in Paradise track listing
  1. Whispered Dreams
  2. Highways To Nowhere
  3. Better Angels
  4. Rose In Bloom
  5. Heart Of The Sun
  6. Aztec Gold
  7. Fierce Battalions
  8. Sons Of Liberty
  9. Chasing The Night
  10. Falling Star
SOM DO DARMA / Higher launches track by track of debut album
Posted by: Denis / 29.09.2014
Formed by professional musicians with successful careers on the Brazilian jazz scene, the group Higher has called attention from the press and public in Brazil with its unique and difficult to label type of Heavy Metal.
Its self-titled debut album was released in August during an event for the Brazilian press that gathered journalists from important media vehicles such as Rolling Stone magazine and the Brazilian music television channel Play TV, besides the specialized media like the magazines Rock Brigade, Dynamite, Hell Divine, among others.

Recorded in Sao Paulo at Fusao Studios with the production by Thiago Bianchi (Shaman, Noturnall), the album brings the tracks Lie, Illusion, Keep me High, Climb the Hill, Like the Wind, Break the Wall, Time to Change, Make It Worth and The Sign.

The band launched on its Youtube official channel a 'Track By Track' with excerpts of all the tracks from the album. Check it out.

Higher's debut album is an independent release. The band is still looking for distribution partners to release the physical edition in Europe, Asia and North America. The digital edition of the album is already available on iTunes.
EDGUY / SPACE POLICE OVER GERMANY - LIVE
Posted by: Denis / 29.09.2014
Finally the Space Police has arrived in Germany. Today, Saturday September 27th EDGUY are going to play at Aladin, Bremen. The Bremen show will be followed by a streak of German dates. Fulda is already sold out, fans who intended to see that show and couldn't get a ticket are advised to attend the Langen show on the following day. Go to metaltix.de to get your ticket now or check availability for any city!

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SOM DO DARMA / Noturnall: watch one more video extracted from the DVD 'First Night Live' with participation of Russell Allen
Posted by: Denis / 29.09.2014
The DVD First Night Live from Noturnall is already available, the Brazilian new group formed by the Shaman members, Thiago Bianchi (vocal), Fernando Quesada (bass), Leo Mancini (guitar), Junior Carelli (keyboards), besides the drummer Aquiles Priester (Primal Fear/ex-Angra).

Recorded on March, 29th during a sold-out show at Carioca Club in Sao Paulo, First Night Live is the register of Noturnall's first live concert. Several tons of equipment were used to record the DVD, including 15 cameras, three cranes and a 10 feet long led screen.

On the occasion, none other than Russell Allen (Symphony X/Adrenaline Mob) made a special guest appearance on a set list that counted with all the songs from the band's debut CD besides some surprises that thrilled the fans.

Noturnall had already launched the track Hate to promote the release of First Night Live. Now the band also released on Youtube the video of Nocturnal Human Side with the special participation of Russell Allen.

In November Noturnall will accomplish a tour with 15 shows in nine different Brazilian states. In December they embark for its first European tour.
SOM DO DARMA / Primator: cover and tracklist of debut album revealed
Posted by: Denis / 29.09.2014
"We need to give a step back and rethink our path". This is a statement, in urgent tone, from Rodrigo Sinopoli, singer of the Brazilian traditional Heavy Metal band Primator.

Thoughts like that, inspired on 'On the Origin of Species' by Charles Darwin and on other thinkers from philosophy and psychoanalysis, permeates the concept of the band's debut album titled Involution.

The album is being produced by Daniel de Sa (Andragonia, Crossrock, Strip No Altar) and will bring the tracks
  • Primator
  • Black Tormentor
  • Deadland
  • Flames of Hades
  • Erase The Rainbow
  • Caroline
  • Let Me Live Again
  • Face The Death
  • Praying for Nothing
  • Involution
The cover illustration of Involution was designed by Rodrigo Sinopoli and, according to him, reflects directly the central theme of the album. "We tried to reproduce the evolutionary scale, being seen backwards, putting the viewer as part of the illustration. This is our 'involution' scale. The illustration shows the man and his ideals being crushed by the destructive Primator - a bestial entity - while others goes in the opposite direction, seeking redemption and a new chance to fix everything that went wrong. The responsibility to take this change is mine, yours and of all those who meet face to face with illustration".

The tracks Praying For Nothing and Primator are already available on Soundcloud.

Involution will be released in January of 2015.
Pure Steel Records / WARRANT 'Metal Bridge' cover, tracklist, release date: 31st October 2014
Posted by: Denis / 26.09.2014
The release date of the new WARRANT album Metal Bridge on CD is October 31st 2014. The preorder phase will start on October 17th 2014 in label's webshop.

WARRANT is well known to all fans of German Speed Metal since the early 80s. With First strike and their one and only album The enforcer two classics exist. Who won't remember songs like Satan, The Enforcer, The Rack or Nuns have no fun?

After the rerelease of their complete old recordings on Pure Steel Records the band went into the studio again and Metal Bridge is the result and first album since nearly 30 years.

Of course we don't have the 80s anymore but WARRANT play Heavy Metal with a lot of influences from that time, so you will have the old WARRANT but also some hints of METALLICA or even some light Thrash parts. The new recordings of Ordeal of death and The enforcer are the connection between the beginnings and today.

Only vocalist and bassist Jörg Juraschek is left after all these years, but his aim is to keep WARRANT where they had been: at the top of German Speed and Heavy Metal!

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Alkoholizer - a new album by Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 26.09.2014
Italian Thrashcore band Alkoholizer's back! They will release their new album this fall via Punishment 18 Records.

Alkoholizer opened their career by the partnership of Punishment 18 Records in 2009, with the debut album Drunk or Dead....
Nuclear Blast / The German PANZER 'Send Them All To Hell' Covertrailer incl. 'Panzer' track-excerpts revealed
Posted by: Denis / 26.09.2014
The German PANZER, the Teutonic Heavy Metal trio, is comprised of yet three undisputed genre legends: Vocalist & bass-player Schmier, best known as fronter of DESTRUCTION & HEADHUNTER, guitarist Herman Frank (ACCEPT, VICTORY) as well as drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (ACCEPT).

To celebrate the nearing end of the year with a real killer release, the first The German PANZER onslaught entitled Send Them All To Hell will roll down onto the unholy European soil on November 28th 2014.

Now the band put out the second album trailer on Send Them All To Hell. Check out the clip at the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

Commented frontman Schmier: "Like a Panzer … - the self-titled track Panzer is a marching song monster that is different than the rest of the more classical material. We wanted a song that sounds like a steamrolling TANK - straightforward in your face! Panzer will be a perfect live song, cause of its intense beat, guitar crunch and the hypnotic chorus! Traditional metaheads might not expect a track like this from us, but the record has a wide range from classical ACCEPT/PRIEST Metal up to Speed Metal/MOTÖRHEAD influences - so this track sure stands out with its intensity!"

The first trailer is available here.
    The track listing of Send Them All To Hell:
  1. Death Knell
  2. Hail And Kill
  3. Temple Of Doom
  4. Panzer
  5. Freakshow
  6. Mr. Nobrain
  7. Why?
  8. Virtual Collision
  9. Roll The Dice
  10. Bleed For Your Sins
The artwork for Send Them All To Hell was created by Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák, who also created the recent artworks of DESTRUCTION and HEADHUNTER.

If you like it Heavy, more melodic or if you dig Speed Metal, then The German PANZER will hit right on - Or to say it with Hermann Frank: "No left - no right! Just straight forward like a Panzer!"
GlobMetal Promotions / Serbian STVOR release brand new video clip 'Biser'
Posted by: Denis / 25.09.2014
STVOR is relatively young band that was formed in July 2013, consisting 4 members, Voja (vocals), Aca (bass), Uros (guitar) and Bane (drums).

Interesting fact is that Voja, Aca and Uros knows each other for more then 10 years as they have played together in the band called CANNOT.

Recently STVOR released a new single and video for Biser, can be seen here. The band will release their debut album in 2015.
Jolly Roger Records / I MITI ETERNI - HISTORIA CUMAE
Posted by: Denis / 25.09.2014
Debut album from I MITI ETERNI, titled Historia Cumae will be out on 27th October (Cd) by Jolly Roger Records (Distribution Tws / Code7).

Bruno Masulli's (In Aevum Agere) I Miti Eterni (The Eternal Myths) is inspired by Homeric and Esodiacs poems and by classic literature. Treats Magna Grecia's high value epic-historical-cultural matters and its very ancient legends and myths, mixing different idioms as Italian, Latin, ancient Greek and English on an epic Heavy Metal sound, trying the most possible to make international a message that speaks of sharing cultures, not abusing.

At this link you can listen in streaming to Legend of Apollo.
    TRACKLIST:
  1. INTRODUZIONE
  2. CUMAE (PARTE 1)
  3. PARTHENOPAE
  4. CUMAE (PARTE 2)
  5. LEGEND OF APOLLO
  6. PROLOGOS
  7. CRISE E AGAMENNONE
  8. ETTORE (PARTE 1)
Ronny Monroe leaves Metal Church
Posted by: Denis / 25.09.2014
After 10 years, 4 albums and many great shows & performances, lead vocalist Ronny Monroe will be leaving Metal Church to pursue other interests. This is regrettable, but understandable. The band wishes Ronny success with his new endeavors. To the fans Metal Church want you to know that the band is still very much alive and Metal Church will have some big announcements for you in the very near future.

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Inner Wound Recordings / Axenstar 'Where Dreams Are Forgotten' details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 25.09.2014
Where Dreams Are Forgotten, the up-coming album from the Swedish Power Metal band AXENSTAR will be released on November 28th in Europe and December 2nd in North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

Where Dreams Are Forgotten was mixed by Axenstar and Pelle Saether (Wolf, Harmony, Månegarm) at Studio Underground and mastered by Daniel Beckman (Månegarm, In Mourning, Deals Death) at Ridge Street Studios. The artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth).

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

Check out an album teaser at YouTube.

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Lion Music / Lars Eric Mattsson news
Posted by: Denis / 25.09.2014
Following up Lars' recent release Hot And Able (1983-85) Lars has released the second half of his unknown early works Let Me Rock You (1984-87).

These two albums containing 16 tracks each, are a must have for all fans of Lars' early work as much of this material surpasses the two first official releases which will also be reissued (with bonus material).

Celebrating 25th years since Lars two first albums Eternity and No Surrender were released in Japan we are releasing both albums as well as the 2005 album Earthbound all with bonus material and new mixes. No Surrender even has all new vocals.

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Alberto Rigoni: 'Ubick' available for free download
Posted by: Denis / 24.09.2014
8 days before the official release of Alberto Rigoni's new prog album Overloaded, the single Ubick is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD! Between Prog Rock and Metal, Ubick features Simone Mularoni (DGM, Empyrios) on guitars, Federico Solazzo on keyboards and Denis Novello on drums.

Alberto Rigoni's Overloaded will be released by Any and All Records on October 1st 2014 and it will be distributed worldwide by PowerProg (Europe), Nightmare Records (USA & Canada), Disk Union (Japan), Mylodon Records (Chile), BTF (Italy), La Mazakuata Records (Mexico), Record Heaven (Sweden).
Nuclear Blast / HAMMERFALL Making of 'Hector’s Hymn' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 24.09.2014
Swedish Metal pioneers HAMMERFALL recently released their brand-new masterpiece entitled (r)Evolution featuring 11 glorious hymns. Now the band unveils the making of trailer of the band's video for Hector's Hymn.

The clip gives you an insight on the work of HAMMEFALL and 11Frames Productions, using green screen technique, mattresses and definitely more than eleven frames. Check it out at the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

And the final result can be seen here.

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Punishment 18 Records / Ancient Dome 'Cosmic Gateway to Infinity' tracklist unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 24.09.2014
Italian thrashers Ancient Dome has revealed the tracklist of their new album, the third full-length of their career, Cosmic Gateway to Infinity.

The new release will be managed by Punihsment 18 Records which has already released Human Key (2009) and Perception of this World (2010).
  1. N.I.F. (New Interstellar Force)
  2. ...Hyperspace
  3. A Sea Of Stars
  4. Cosmic Gateway To Infinity
  5. Colonizing Asteroids
  6. Nebuloid
  7. Dead Zone
  8. Empire Of Lies

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Punishment 18 Records / Ultra-Violence sign for Candlelight Records ...and new video
Posted by: Denis / 24.09.2014
Punishment 18 Records is pleased to announce that one of their own band, Italian thrashers Ultra-Violence, has signed a brand new deal with prestigious label Candlelight Records (Limbonic Art, Blood Red Throne, Corrosion of Conformity, Sigh, Throne of Katarsis, Carnal Forge, Absu and many more). The label is very happy to have supported a band of talented musicians who released for us the masterpiece Privilege to Overcome.

Punishment 18 Records wish the band a successful future in music! Below the new videoclip for the song Turn Into Dust.
SOM DO DARMA / Psychotic Eyes to play first acoustic Death Metal show of the history
Posted by: Denis / 23.09.2014
The Brazilian Progressive Death Metal pioneers Psychotic Eyes are still searching for a new drummer to replace Alexandre Tamarossi that was forced to leave the group recently. The new member will come with the responsibility to record the band's new studio album that once again will be produced by the Kataklysm guitar player, Jean François Dagenais. Even without a new drummer, the remaining Psychotic Eyes members, Dimitri Brandi (guitar/vocal) and Douglas Gatuso (bass) keep working on the pre-production of the new album and also playing live. Yes! The band was invited to play on the official release party of the compilation Ainda Respira! - O Melhor Rock do Brasil do Século XXI, that brings some of the highlights of the current Brazilian Rock/Metal scene.

According to Dimitri Brandi, as they did not want to waste the opportunity to perform at the event, the idea of​doing an acoustic show, without a drummer, emerged. "I suggested to Douglas to take our acoustic guitars and start working on acoustic versions of some Psychotic Eyes songs", Dimitri says. "We're going to do something different in comparison with all the bands that have explored the acoustic format, since we almost rewrote the arrangements to adapt our riffs and melodies to two guitars. We'll not have the aggressiveness of distorted guitar or the pulsating bass or drums. But we still are a Death Metal band and we kept the growling vocals and our melodies will emerge stronger."

Also according to Dimitri, the occasion will eventually become historic, since there isn't, until now, any registration of other Death Metal band that played an acoustic show. "So far that I know, we are the first Death Metal band to try something like that, and the experience will be very interesting for the music lovers in general, it's going to be like dissecting our music to show how it is when (almost) all aggressiveness is removed."

The event with the Psychotic Eyes acoustic show will happen on the next September, 27th at Galeria Olido in Sao Paulo.
Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars: new album cover revealed
Posted by: Denis / 23.09.2014
Thrash metallers Mindwars has revealed the cover of their new full-length album titled The Enemy Within that will be released later this year by Italian label Punishment 18 Records.

The author of the artwork was Mario E. López M. (Critical Solution, Game Over, Nephthys, Repulsor, Sabbat and many more).
Metal Blade / DRAGONFORCE Announces North American Tour Dates With Kamelot
Posted by: Denis / 23.09.2014
DRAGONFORCE released their latest album Maximum Overload to critical acclaim this past August on Metal Blade Records. Produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new opus will be the band's first ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom.

In support of the album DRAGONFORCE has announced they will be returning to North America in 2015 on tour with Kamelot. The tour begins April 27th in Baltimore, MD and wraps up May 23rd in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL.

Guitarist Herman Li on the tour: "It's always a problem where to start a World Tour and as we started the last touring cycle in North America we started this one in the UK, but there was another factor, we wanted to go out touring in North America with a superb band, so when the call came from Kamelot for us to join them on their tour we didn't hesitate! This will be a fantastic tour and a fantastic evening for the fans... see you all there!!!"

Maximum Overload available in CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats! Don't forget to check out the band's brand new video for The Game here.
    DRAGONFORCE w/ Kamelot
  • 04/27: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
  • 04/28: Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
  • 04/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
  • 05/01: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
  • 05/02: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
  • 05/03: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
  • 05/05: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
  • 05/06: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
  • 05/07: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
  • 05/09: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
  • 05/10: Saskatoon, SK @ Louis Pub
  • 05/11: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
  • 05/12: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
  • 05/14: San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at the Regency
  • 05/15: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
  • 05/16: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
  • 05/18: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
  • 05/20: Austin, TX @ Emos
  • 05/21: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City Live
  • 05/22: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Civic Theatre
  • 05/23: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues (Orlando)

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EDGUY: SPACE POLICE TOUR: SHOWN IN JAPAN, ENGLAND AND GERMANY SOLD OUT!
Posted by: Denis / 22.09.2014
After having sold out several shows in Japan and England, many European mainland promoters are happy about selling out shows as well. Some shows look like there'll be no tickets left for in a couple of days, in fact Fulda promoters have just announced that the show is already completely sold out at this point. Fans from the Fulda area who couldn't get a ticket are advised to attend the Langen show the next day, which a few tickets are still available for.

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet says: "We have played Japan and England now and those who've seen us will testify that we're stronger than ever. It's great fun to be back on stage and that's why it's no surprise to me that ticket sales are great. But of course: I wanna thank all our great fans on behalf of the band cause you make this tour a success. Where the venues are going to allow it we'll bring the biggest and most expensive show production we have ever had, so nobody will regret having bought that ticket."

The Continental European leg of the tour will kick off on September 19th at Metal Dayz Festival in Hamburg. After that EDGUY will tour across Scandinavia, supported by Freedom Call. Then they'll tour Germany, Switzerland and Italy with special guests Unisonic (featuring Michael Kiske & Kai Hansen) and Starchild (feat. Helge Schneider guitarist Sandro Giampedro, Jens Becker of Grave Digger and Michael Ehré of Gamma Ray). Finally EDGUY will finish the first leg of the tour in Spain, France and Cologne, supported by Masterplan.

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Cruz del Sur Music / MAUSOLEUM GATE announce 'Lost Beyond the Sun' streaming
Posted by: Denis / 22.09.2014
As MAUSOLEUM GATE's self-titled debut album release-date approaches, we are stoked to present another of its gripping tracks on streaming.

Lost Beyond the Sun, an epic 8-minute-long piece, it's now available exclusively on streaming on Brave Words website.

Early reviews of the album describe the band as "Epic, Majestic and Bizarre... one of the best newcomers in years" (DEAF FOREVER.DE) and "destined to be the next hot ticket item when it comes to vintage-sounding Heavy Metal" (Heavy Metal Time Machine).

Mausoleum Gate will be released on compact disc and digital editions on Oct 10 in Europe, and Oct 7 in the USA. A belated Vinyl edition is scheduled for Nov 10 due to delays in the manufacturing process that label, unfortunately, cannot control.
Frontiers Records / Rated X: All Star Hard Rock Line Up
Posted by: Denis / 22.09.2014
Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label known for embracing new music from legendary Rock artists, returns with another impactful project: RATED X. Set for release in the EU on November 7th and in North America on November 11th, the album features all new songs built upon a classic Hard Rock foundation, with a distinctly contemporary edge.

RATED X was formed at the suggestion of Frontiers President Serafino Perugino, who mentioned to singer Joe Lynn Turner that a band of highest caliber musicians should be assembled to create an album of classic Hard Rock music. Turner, the former lead vocalist for both Rainbow and Deep Purple and a solo artist in his own right, agreed, and the search for the right players was on. Carmine Appice, who already had a relationship with Frontiers, was on board immediately. A true percussion icon, Appice's resume is one that Rock legends are made of: Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Blue Murder, King Kobra and others.

Appice's former Blue Murder bandmate and bassist, Tony Franklin (best known for his work with The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, David Gilmour, Kate Bush, and Whitesnake), signed up next. After a lengthy search for the right guitarist, they settled on long-time Turner collaborator Karl Cochran, who has also worked with Ace Frehley, and worked in the past with Joe Lynn Turner on his solo albums.

"I believe we wanted to keep it a bit retro with a modern edge," says Turner. "The songs are classic rock, but then that's an understatement. They are what they are; and they transformed as we went along recording. So, all in all, we are very happy to finish the record and finally able to get it out to the public. Everyone in this band is a true individual and stylist. When you put it all together, you have Rated X."

The debut album, simply titled, Rated X, is remarkable in that it sounds like a band that has worked together as a unit for years. The songs are powerful and the performances are tight and innovative. Frontiers in-house producer, Alessandro del Vecchio, not only handled studio production but added keyboards on several tracks. Pat Regan (Mr. Big, Deep Purple, Gotthard, Kiss, Doro) mixed the album.

Says Carmine Appice: "With his help in coming up with the song ideas and working together with the band I believe we came up with the sound from the late 70s -80s. To me, it sounds like Blue Murder with Joe Lynn Turner singing. Having Tony and myself as the rhythm section and with the heavy guitars, it gives the record a Blue Murder-vibe. Then, adding Alessandro on keys gave us a bit of the Deep Purple thing. It all works together and I loved playing each song."
Witch Meadow 'Cry Of The Wolf'
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2014
Witch Meadow is about to release, Cry Of The Wolf, a 14 song retrospective on CD complete with lyrics and never before seen photos of the New England Power Metal band. This is the last recorded material by the band digitally remastered, available at www.divebombrecords.com, www.facebook.com/witchmeadow.

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Metal Media / HIBRIA debuting in USA at ProgPower 2015; Defying The Rules 10th year edition new art contest released
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2014
Brazilian Power metallers HIBRIA have just been confirmed by ProgPower production as one of the bands that will be part of the cast in 2015.

Lead singer Iuri Sanson celebrates the opportunity to finally debut in American soil: "We are extremely happy for this chance to plunge the flag of HIBRIA in the United States, even more at one of the biggest Power Metal festivals in the world. We have many fans out there and we know that the expectation of them as our own is too big!"

The festival is held every year in the USA since 2001. For next year, the event will take place on September 11 and 12 in Atlanta. The cast announced is:
  • Friday:
    • Anathema (UK)
    • Falconer (Sweden)
    • Voyager (Australia)
    • Morgana Lefay (Sweden)
    • Anubis Gate (Denmark)
    • Hibria (Brazil)
  • Saturday:
    • Angra (Brazil)
    • Royal Hunt (Denmark/USA)
    • Riverside (Poland)
    • Dynazty (Sweden)
    • Persefone (Andorra)
    • Helker (Argentina)
A video featuring ProgPower 2015's cast was released, check out.

Recently the band announced the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Defying the Rules, which will be re-recorded and released in Japan by King Records.

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Stormspell Records / 'Disciples of Steel' volume
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2014
Stormspell Records next Disciples of Steel volume would contain a mega-awesome arcane slab of 80s US Power/Prog Metal - a ear candy for all early Queensryche, Fates Warning, Kingsbane, Regime fans.

The band is called LABYRINTH, which in late 80s changed name to SUPERSTITION, releasing two killer demos.

Check a sample, it's a random youtube link with awful sound, not representing the CD audio.
Pure Steel / WARRANT new album after 30 years
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2014
WARRANT are back!!! After 30 years the well-known German band WARRANT around mastermind Jörg Juraschek (once hottest newcomer) have finished their new album. Pure Steel Records are very proud and honored that the label is allowed to release Metal Bridge. On CD the release is planned for 31st October 2014, the vinyl for beginning of 2015.

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Inner Wound Recordings / Silent Voices 'The Fear of Emptiness' video released
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2014
The Finnish Progressive Metal band Silent Voices have released a video for the track The Fear of Emptiness online. The track comes off their latest album Reveal the Change that was released last year through Inner Wound Recordings.

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Alltheniko's new album release
Posted by: Denis / 18.09.2014
The Italian band ALLTHENIKO has announced its 5th album FAST AND GLORIOUS release on 5th December 2014 under the German Metal label Pure Steel Rec. Listening to some extracts of the album available on the band's official website www.alltheniko.it.

Moreover, the new songs will be performed during two live concerts: Friday 19th September in Madrid (Spain) and Saturday 20th September in Valencia (Spain).

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Metal Media / X-EMPIRE new video clip 'End Of Times' is available
Posted by: Denis / 18.09.2014
The Brazilian Metal act X-EMPIRE has just released the second video clip taken from the EP End Of Times. This time for the title track.

The clip was again produced by M&H Studio, with executive production by Monia Aires and the team: Litsuko Yoshida (Camera 1), Vanda Marques (Camera 2) and Ana (Tourist Guide). Was chosen an extremely special location: Alto da Serra, in the resort town of Serra Negra/SP.

The work features special guest vocalist Raphael Dantas (P3rception) and guitarist Cauê Leitão (Andragonia).
Metalmessage / TOXIC WALTZ official new music video 'Decades Of Pain'
Posted by: Denis / 18.09.2014
Bavarian Thrash Metal high-flyers TOXIC WALTZ released their first official music video on September, 14., which can be seen here.

Recorded and produced by a professional film team, the video includes inter alia extra performers and some extraordinary cool views, filmed by a drone with a GoPro camera. It has been produced for the title song of their highly successful debut album Decades Of Pain, out since January 2014.
Cruz del Sur Music / CONVENT GUILT releases good and bad news
Posted by: Denis / 18.09.2014
Cruz del Sur Music are extremely sorry but because of to a production delay at the pressing factory outside of our control, the label is forced to postpone the release of CONVENT GUILT's Guns For Hire to November 6th.

Luckily, it's not all about bad news: in fact, the good news is that Cruz del Sur Music have made public another song off the album. The track Don't Close Your Eyes can be streamed now at label's Bandcamp page.

Guns For Hire vinyl edition will be released with an A2 poster, insert with lyrics and download code for your digital files. Be prepared for a pummeling, punishing ride across the badlands of purest NWOBHM-inspired Heavy Metal!
High Roller Recors / STALLION - Rise and Ride out now!
Posted by: Denis / 18.09.2014
2014 might as well turn out to be the year of the Stallion. They are one of the most promising up and coming traditional Heavy Metal bands from Germany. The re-issue of their debut mini-album Mounting The World via High Roller Records sold out in no time. Earlier in the year, the band took the prestigious Keep It True festival by storm. "Playing Keep It True, standing on this very stage in front of this legendary backdrop was a dream come true for me," says guitarist Äxl. "Paul and me have attended this festival for such a long time as fans. Now being able to play there with Stallion was just unbelievable. The audience at Keep It True is very special, they support each and every band. Even when the opening act comes up on stage, people are already there banging their heads and singing along."

And now it is time for Stallion's first longplay album... The ten songs on Rise And Ride carry on where Stallion have left off with Mounting The World. Due to popular demand, the band has re-recorded two old numbers, namely The Right One as well as the fans' favourite Canadian Steele. Äxl explains: "Well, yes, our fans have demanded that, really. And, to be honest, after such a long time, I still do love the song Canadian Steele, which is a good sign, isn't it? It was not set out to become a hymn. Our fans made it a hymn and I am very grateful for that. You have to bear in mind that the success of Stallion did not come over night. I have been sharing a flat with Paul for years. We had been waiting until we felt everything was just the way we wanted it. There's a couple of very catchy numbers on Rise And Ride as well but I am of the opinion that only fans can turn a song into an anthem. Let's wait and see what happens." The title track Rise And Ride is quite an epic number, Wooden Horse will turn a few heads as well with its Spanish-flavoured bridge. Stigmatized is the hardest song on the album. All in all, Rise And Ride again offers a well-balanced mixture of Speed Metal, Hard Rock and a bit of Thrash. It's a much more rounded effort in comparison to the debut mini-album, which was a collaboration of Äxl and Paul (who shared all the instruments). Nowadays, Stallion is a full-fledged band consisting of: Pauly (vocals), Äxl (guitar), Oli G. (guitar), Nicki 'Schnicki' (bass) and Aaron (drums). Äxl takes over the story: "Well, yes, Rise And Ride is very much a group effort. We have a constant line up now. And all the new members fit in very well. Their musical tastes are as broad as Paul's and mine. There are too many Metal hearts beating in our body for limiting our style and just playing one style of Metal music. It's the mixture of different influences that makes Stallion great. Take a song like Watch Out from the new album for example. The new guys have contributed a lot of intricate parts to this number, which Paul and me would not have thought of, really. We are really proud of our new songs."

If you look at successful German bands like The Scorpions, Accept or even Helloween (with their Wagnerian pomp), they all had this kind of 'Teutonic' flair going for them in one form or the other. So is Stallion 'Teutonic' in any shape or form? Äxl reflects: "That's a difficult question to answer. As I said, our influences are really broad. There are bound to be some German bands we have been influenced by, like Running Wild, Accept or Warrant. But we are surely not striving to sound German or 'Teutonic' per se. It's got to be fitting the actual song. And if that song in question sounds 'Teutonic', then that's okay with us. I do not have a problem with that at all."

On their debut mini-album Mounting The World Stallion covered Heavy Metal Rock 'n' Roll by Rock Goddess. There's no cover tune on the new album but the band surely plays a few more covers in their practice room, as Äxl explains: "Yeah, it's fun. We wanted to concentrate on our own material for the new album, so we didn't really have time to play too many covers lately. We tried Out In The Streets by Atlain. And we did Flame Of The Show by the German Warrant. Not a lot of people know of this song as it was only included on a re-issue but in my book it's one of the greatest Speed Metal anthems ever written. That's why we are planning to record it for the B-Side of our next 7" single. This song really deserves to be heard by more people."

Stallion already have a solid local fan base here in Germany and with their first album Rise And Ride and a long list of live dates later this year (including a full-blown European tour in autumn supporting Bullet and Striker), there's surely no stopping them in 2014!
SOM DO DARMA / All female Brazilian Metal band Girlie Hell launches EP on vinyl and discuss about violence and oppression against women
Posted by: Denis / 17.09.2014
Think about a highly flammable all female Brazilian Hard Rock/Metal band! This is Girlie Hell. Weaker sex? Bullas, Carol, Fernanda and Júlia are willing to show you not. Do you want to face them?

These girls are not messing around. They are for seven years on the road and have played on the most important Brazilian festivals, including shows with bands like Bad Religion, Kyuss Lives, Sepultura and Crucified Barbara, with whom they completed a small tour in Brazil. Get Hard, the debut album, was produced by Gustavo Vazques (Black Drawning Chalks, Uganga) and was released in 2007 by Monstro Discos. The album was very well received by several Brazilian journalists: "Consistent and convincing Hard Rock", declared back then Silvio Essinger from Jornal O Globo, one of the most important Brazilian daily newspapers.

After the release of several music videos and some digital singles, the Girlie Hell ladies now announces the release of Hit And Run. The EP will be launched on vinyl and will bring only two tracks: Gunpowder on the A Side and Till The End on the B Side. Hit And Run was recorded at Mr. Som Studio in Sao Paulo and produced by the Latin Grammy winners Marcello Pompeu and Heros Trench. The mastering was done at the West WestSide Music in the United States by the Death Metal specialist Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Death, Deicide, Krisiun, Mastodon).

Musically, Hit And Run brings a heavier and more intense Girlie Hell, with a very sharp speech.

"Hit And Run is, until now, Girlie Hell's better prepared work", says the drummer Carol Pasquali. "Everything is loaded with meanings and feelings. We're talking about overcoming difficulties, breaking barriers and unravel problems that tries to prevent us from following our path. This was also illustrated on the cover art signed by Wildner Lima which has two stages: the first that alludes to the violence suffered by women and the difficulties of the feminine universe, showing the anguish and the marks of the struggle for what is believed, and the side of awareness that the fight is worth."

Still according to Carol, the tittle Hit And Run is a direct reference to one of the band's main influence. Musically and ideologically. "The album takes the same name of the Girlschool song, which is one of our main references in the world of female rock. And this connection is no accident. Times have changed and so the difficulties, but they still exist. And as the British rockers, we want to arose attention to this force and this claw that we need to have daily and say that we are here to face the problems and support women of our generation."

Did you get the message? So be prepared because Hit And Run will hit the stores in October in Brazil by Monstro Discos. European, US and Asian releases are still being planned.

Meanwhile, check out Gunpowder music video.
Alberto Rigoni new video: Ubick! (Prog Rock Metal)
Posted by: Denis / 17.09.2014
Ubick is one of the song of Alberto Rigoni upcoming album Overloaded, probably one of his favorites. It's a mix of Prog, Rock and Metal with some experimental bass sounds too. Simone Mularoni on guitars, Federico Solazzo on keys and Denis Novello on drums.
METALMESSAGE / NOTHGARD new OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO to 'Age Of Pandora'
Posted by: Denis / 17.09.2014
German Epic Melodic Death Metal band NOTHGARD released an new OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO for the title-song of their upcoming 2nd full-length Age Of Pandora, which can be seen here.

Their 2nd full-length Age Of Pandora was released at Sept., 12. (Vocalist & lead-guitarist Dom R. Crey recently joined German top-notch Epic Metal act EQUILIBRIUM!)

With their new and second album Age Of Pandora NOTHGARD is heading straight towards to originality, technical finesse and maturity. The outstanding formation stands out for 3 technical guitars and epic orchestral parts combined with influences of Folk, classic, Melo-Death and Hard Rock.
Jolly Roger Records / Fangtooth '...As We Dive Into The Dark'
Posted by: Denis / 17.09.2014
New, second album from Italian doomsters FANGTOOH, titled ...As We Dive Into The Dark will be out on 27th October (CD / LP) by Jolly Roger Records.

The band has filmed a promotional video-clip for Of Flesh And Bolts track, you can see it following this link.

Fangtooth will play live at Malta Doom Metal Festival warm-up gig on 23rd October.
Alberto Rigoni: Overloaded video teaser and the concept behind the new album
Posted by: Denis / 16.09.2014
After the release of Three Wise Monkeys album which featured amazing contributions from legendary musicians such as Kevin Moore (ex-Dream Theater), Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Italian bassist and Prog Rock composer Alberto Rigoni is now going to release his fourth album entitled Overloaded (October 1st 2014).

More heavy and progressive than its predecessors, the new album, fully instrumental, is inspired by Alberto's vision of our contemporary society. "I think that everything is going too fast today and one of the reasons is technology: hyper fast communications (mostly through social networks), multitasking activities, tons of information as well as misinformation, products, services... In a couple of words - we are OVERLOADED! The Internet has changed our lives, and even though it is indeed a great tool we have to be careful and use it judiciously. Excessive use may cause several diseases such as stress, depression, and social isolation." explains Alberto.

You can watch the Overloaded video teaser directed by Gustavo Arteaga.

Spanning genres from Progressive Metal to Rock to ambient and atmospheric, Overloaded also features top class Italian musicians: drummer Denis Novello, keyboard player Federico Solazzo, guitarists Simone Mularoni (DGM, Empyrios), Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie), and Fabrizio 'Bicio' Leo.

The album is dedicated to the great bassist Randy Coven (Steve Vai, Ark) who sadly passed away on May 20th 2014. "R.I.P. Randy, you will always inspire my music!" - Alberto Rigoni. Corruption, song in memoriam of Randy.

Alberto Rigoni's Overloaded will be released by Any and All Records on October 1st 2014 and it will be distributed worldwide by PowerProg (Europe), Nightmare Records (USA & Canada), Disk Union (Japan), Mylodon Records (Chile), BTF (Italy), La Mazakuata Records (Mexico), Record Heaven (Sweden).
Mistheria update
Posted by: Denis / 16.09.2014
Concerning Mistheria's new instrumental Metal album GEMINI, it's finally the time to lay down some guitar tracks! The first week of September, his great friend and amazing guitarist Roger Staffelbach recorded on 7 songs. Roger's 'low, heavy & dark' sound is ready to forge the album and shred on! Other tracks will be recorded later on. The terrific and superb rhythmic section composed by drummer John Macaluso and bass players Steve DiGiorgio and Dino Fiorenza have already already laid down their tracks, the result is nothing less than majestic!

The Vivaldi Metal Project, co-produced with 'all-in-one' restless brain bassist Alberto Rigoni, is getting huge and huge with many amazing Metal stars involved!

Mistheria's thoughts are on the KLAVITARA Zagreb Rock Festival 2015. This month of September is the decision time. Mistheria and the staff want to go for the second edition, all their efforts are in that direction... in a few weeks, they will know more and, hopefully, Mistheria can start seriously working on it. It's one of his first goals to reach for the next year.

Also, Mistheria's really proud to be featured among the 'Artists that love the Xkey'. He invites you to check the CME XKey, small & cool mobile keyboard which sets you free! Watch the XKey in action, here Mistheria play Y. Malmsteen's 'Eclipse' song with the left hand only.

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Metal Media / PANZER: Streaming lyric video for the song 'The Last Man On Earth'
Posted by: Denis / 16.09.2014
Brazilian Thrash/Stoner act Panzer has just released a new lyric video on their YouTube channel, for the second track of the album Honor, The Last Man On Earth. The work of editing and sync was made by Wolff Videomaker.

The band continues to promote the album and preparing news. Among them is the release of a newly recorded DVD that is in the editing process.

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Nuclear Blast / PANZER (Germany) - Teutonic supergroup to unleash first strike 'Send Them All To Hell'
Posted by: Denis / 16.09.2014
Nuclear Blast is thrilled to announce the signing of the true Teutonic Heavy Metal trio PANZER! The new German supergroup is comprised of yet three undisputed genre legends: Vocalist & bass-player Schmier, best known as fronter of DESTRUCTION, guitarist Herman Frank (ACCEPT, VICTORY) as well as drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (ACCEPT, ex-RUNNING WILD). "If you are a METALHEAD you will love PANZER, I m a 100% sure about it," vows Schmier.

To celebrate the nearing end of the year with a real killer release, the first PANZER onslaught entitled Send Them All To Hell will roll down onto the unholy European soil on November 28th 2014.

The initial idea was born when drummer Stefan Schwarzmann, who has relocated to Switzerland about seven years ago, had a chat with the owner of renowned Swiss club Z7 in Pratteln. The two tried to figure out a way to fill the empty space within touring and recording, the venue has been facing with its most frequently playing bands. To make a long story short: Nobert Mandel (owner of Z7) had the idea of a trio, with both Stefan and Herman in it. The only vacancy for bass and vocals wouldn't stay open for long, as Stefan had the phone number and mail address of DESTRUCTION's Schmier right at hand - and so 'The German Panzer' was born!

Commented vocalist & bass-player Schmier: "When Stefan Schwarzmann, drummer of ACCEPT and an old friend came to me with the idea of putting a band together, I first thought he tried to fool me... hahaha! But the idea sounded amazing from the beginning and after the first meeting with Herman Frank, the German guitar legend, that everybody knows from his work with ACCEPT and VICTORY and Stefan, we realized really fast, that this team could really kick some serious ass together. And instead of talking too long about it, we started writing songs right away and within some weeks had half of the album recorded and it sounded wicked! We don t wanna re-invent the Metal-wheel. We play the music we love, easy as that and it's great fun cause we all dig this shit since we are teenagers!"

Naming a band after fierce war machinery might seem a bit off for some, but if you take a look at the lyrics, this is picture perfect. The lyrics provoke, criticize and are part of the art. "My lyrics criticize... I don t pray," adds Schmier.

And as difficult as the search for a name was at first, with all members being German die-hards and organizers of the Teutonic scene, PANZER seemed to be the name everybody remembers right away.

As for the album title, Send Them All To Hell was almost mandatory, as these are the first words to be heard on the record, with Schmier whispering them into the mic. With the exception of two tracks that feature all three members, all songs are written entirely by Herman Frank and Schmier.

If you like it heavy, more melodic or if you dig Speed Metal, then PANZER will hit right on - Or to say it with Hermann Frank: "No left - no right! Just straight forward like a Panzer!"

Watch the first trailer to get an idea of this Teutonic explosion here.
Som do Darma / Amazon inks worldwide record deal with Ravenheart Music
Posted by: Denis / 16.09.2014
If you are a symphonic Metal fan and are into the Brazilian bands, you surely knows Amazon. After all, the band's debut album Victoria Regia (Hellion Records - 2005), was very well received by press and public at the time and allowed Amazon to play important shows with Nightwish and Epica in Brazil. In 2010 the band's second album was released, Nature's Last Ride, and it got the same warm reception that its predecessor.

Four years later, the band formed by Sabrina Todt (vocal and flute), Renato Angelo (guitar and keyboards), Andre Pedral (bass) and Marcos Frassao (drums) announces the release of its third studio effort.

Titled RISE!, the album will bring the tracks
  • The Path
  • Ball Of Vanities
  • New Horizons
  • Prisoners Of The Sea
  • Sins
  • Time
  • Immortal
  • Three Lives
  • Bittersweet
  • Suicide Note
RISE! was recorded at The Rock Station studios in Reuver, Holland, and brings two very respected producers: Sander Gommans, founding member of After Forever, and Amanda Somerville, famous vocalist with participations in bands like Avantasia, Aina, Epica, Edguy and Kamelot.

Besides appearing as producers, both also co-wrote some songs from RISE!" and Gommans also does some special participations in some songs as musician.

With half the band now living in Europe, Amazon invested in the possibility of signing an international record deal. They were very successful and inked a deal with nothing but Ravenheart Music, British label that is specialized in female Rock/Metal bands.

"We are very proud to have a partnership with Ravenheart", says guitarist Renato Angelo. "This is a fantastic chapter in the history of Amazon because of the commitment and dedication that the people involved have provided to our third album. We worked with great musicians, made friends and partners, and Ravenheart was exactly what was needed to complete the package: a label that is honest, dedicated and passionate for music. This is for Amazon the essence of making music, especially in the Metal scene: always seek the best quality possible, but never give up the spirit and relationships that should be the essence of any band. Making music for music and reap these results is everything you could hope for, and we believe that the philosophy of Ravenheart aligns perfectly with ours. Could not be more pleased, and now, along with Dave and Aimee, write the next chapters in the history of Amazon. Get Ready To RISE!"

The official release date of Amazon's new studio album RISE! will soon be announced by Ravenheart Music.
25 albums entered into our database lately are:
1. Exlibris
"Aftereal"

2. Exlibris
"Humagination"

3. Exlibris
"Skyward"

4. Exlibris
"Znamię"

5. Mekong Delta
"In a Mirror Darkly"

6. Evertale
"Of Dragons And Elves"

7. Carnivore
"Retaliation"

8. Carnivore
"Carnivore"

9. Essence of Sorrow
"Reflections of the Obscure"

10. Sigh
"Hangman's Hymn - Musikalische Exequien"

11. Epicrenel
"The Crystal Throne"

12. Epicrenel
"The Crystal Throne (demo)"

13. Ibridoma
"Goodbye Nation"

14. Ibridoma
"Night Club"

15. Energy Strike
"Extra Formation"

16. Silver Lake
"Every Shape And Size"

17. Enceladus
"Journey to Enlightenment"

18. Enceladus
"Time in a Dream"

19. Innerload
"React"

20. Enbound
"And She Says Gold"

21. Enbound
"You Are Now Forever Enbound"

22. Red Circuit
"Haze of Nemesis"

23. Eclipse
"Days of Judgement"

24. Eclipse
"The Bard's Song - in the Forest"

25. Cryptic Slaughter
"Speak Your Peace"


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