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Y.O.C. new track exclusively on our pages
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2015
New Y.O.C. track - a tribute to Jeff Hanneman - Slayer's cover song Skeletons of Society's done and the first version of this song appeared on our pages only!

Punishment 18 Records / Running Death part ways with guitarist Julian Gruber
Posted by: Denis / 28.08.2015
Running Death and Julian Gruber parted ways. The group released an official statement yesterday, August 26th, through their official web channels, which claims that Julian Gruber has chosen to step down from the project. Running Death will not play gigs until December; after this they are sure to have a new guitar player and than the journey will go on!
Stormspell Records / HELLHOUND
Posted by: Denis / 28.08.2015
The veteran Bay Area Power/Speed combo HELLHOUND has finished recording a new album - their first actually. It consist of 9 tunes, several of which being conceived back in 1983 but never recorded previously - how's that for retro? The hound is alive and biting, BEWARE!
SOM DO DARMA / Pop Javali to perform at festivals in Germany and Holland in October
Posted by: Denis / 27.08.2015
Pop Javali to perform at festivals in Germany and Holland in October. The band's European tour will also include shows in Italy, England and Switzerland. These are the tour dates:
  • 08/10 @ Blue Rose Saloon - Milan/Italy
  • 09/10 @ Downi - Worblaufen/Switzerland
  • 10/10 @ Cart And Horses - London/England
  • 11/10 @ TBC - London/England
  • 14/10 @ Marias Ballroom - Hamburg/Germany (Acoustic Show)
  • 15/10 @ Club am Donnerstag | Happy Billard - Hamburg/Germany
  • 16/10 @ Sneker Metal Meeting - Sneek/The Netherlands
  • 17/10 @ Razorblade Festival - Oer-Erkenschwick/Germany
  • 18/10 @ Rockcafé Crossroads - Drachten/The Netherlands
  • 19/10 @ Waterhole - Amsterdam/The Netherlands
The band is very excited to play all the shows, but of course that playing in a European festival is something special. Even more if we consider the characteristics of both the Razorblade Festival in Germany and the Sneker Metal Meeting in The Netherlands.

According to Bart Schaaphok and Lennart Wardekker, organizers of Sneker Metal Meeting, Pop Javali's show at the festival is quite awaited. "Pop Javali, a Brazilian band who will venture to Europe for the first time. So when Pop Javali was offered to us to play on the first edition of Sneker Metal Meeting, we didn't doubt. Their music is similar to magic, it touches you and holds you close. Heavy and yet melodic and besides that it's a sound that is appreciated by many people. The perfect band for Sneker Metal Meeting on the 16th of October".

Jaéder Menossi, Pop Javali's guitar player, also highlights the participation at Razorblade Festival in Germany. "For us it means a very important conquer, an achievement of a goal we outlined since the beginning of our history. I can hardly believe that we are going to play at Cart And Horses in London, same pub where Iron Maiden was formed back in 1976, and at the Razorblade Festival in Germany, same festival where already have played big names in metal and our Brazilian mates of Uganga and Hellish War. It will certainly be a terrific experience that will add a lot to our career".

In Brazil, Pop Javali became popular after playing big shows with legendary bands such as Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and others. Its new album, The Game Of Fate was produced by Andria and Ivan Busic, the brothers of the band Dr. Sin, and has conquering press and public all around the country.
Metal Media / Creptum after eleven years new work is available
Posted by: Denis / 27.08.2015
CREPTUM just released after 11 years, a new work. Entitled In The Arms Of Death, the single was recorded at studio Ponto Zero and produced by Eric Nefus. The cover was again in the hands of the musician and designer Raphael Grizilli.

The single brings two bonus songs, also the unreleased Burn The Cross and a version of the song Massacre of the legendary Bathory. To listen to the material and purchase a copy, visit
Posted by: Denis / 27.08.2015
Formed in 2010 by former Imagika lead guitarist Steven Rice, Kill Ritual have released 2 critically acclaimed albums, The Serpentine Ritual (2010) and The Eyes Of Medusa (2014), and are now ready to unleash their fury with Karma Machine, a powerful sonic beast that can be described as the perfect mix of all the band's influences. Encompassing 10 tracks, the cd finds Kill Ritual going from Heavy to melodic while retaining the Thrash roots. The album was once again produced by guitarist Steven D. Rice and mixed/mastered by King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque. Artwork was completed by longtime Kill Ritual artist Jobert Mello (Sabaton, Primal Fear, Benedictum). Karma Machine also marks the debut of new vocalist David Reed Watson and drummer Koryun Bobikyan. Kill Ritual take no prisoners and are not to be taken lightly.
PSYCHOPRISM signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 27.08.2015
As a further enhancement of the US division of PURE STEEL RECORDS, they are proud to announce that PSYCHOPRISM have signed a worldwide deal with the label. The band released 2014 the EP Bloodlines. With this E.P and some very good livegigs the band raised a lot of dust. "We had PSYCHOPRISM on our radar for a longer time. The band plays very exciting sophisticated US Metal. We are very proud having signed this great US newcomer at PURE STEEL RECORDS."

Bandstatement: "Psychoprism is very proud and honored to be signed with Pure Steel Records. We know Pure Steel is a quality record company with so many amazing bands. The solid brotherhood is what makes our collaboration that much more incredible. Releasing our first full length album Creation through Pure Steel is very exciting. The possibilities are endless!"
Posted by: Denis / 26.08.2015
Here you can hear Daily Struggle, the first extract from the upcoming second album of the Italian Speed/Black thrashers EXTIRPATION, that will be entitled Wings of Decadence and will be released in autumn by NIGHTBREAKER PRODUCTIONS. The artwork has been done by the bands singer/bass player Darak.
    Wings of Decadence tracklist:
  1. Controlled By Rage
  2. Thrash the Enemy
  3. Sick Life
  4. Oath of the Death
  5. Desires of Dust
  6. Consumed Society
  7. Fall in the Dark
  8. Daily Struggle
  9. Eternal Moments
  10. Wings of Decadence
Details on release date and pre-orders will be announced soon.
GlobMetal Promotions / Adamas released new video clip
Posted by: Denis / 26.08.2015
Isreali Hardcore/Metalcore band ADAMAS released their first video clip You can come home, filmed by Vadim Mechona, from the EP which is destined to come this year.

ADAMAS was formed in 2007 by Amit Bachar, Boaz Goldstein and Orel Levy, whom decided to pass along their values. In 2013, the band and its style were finally formed, and played many shows across Israel.
Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars preparing to record vocals and guitars
Posted by: Denis / 26.08.2015
Former Holy Terror and Headcrasher / Jester Beast members band Mindwars is currently working on recordings of their next new record album that is due to come out at the end of the year / beginning 2016 by Italian label Punishment 18 Records. Band is ready to re-enter in Silent Sound Studio in Los Angeles to begin recording vocals and guitars. Works will start at September 21st.
Posted by: Denis / 26.08.2015
Ulterium Records are proud to announce the signing of the US Heavy Metal band MILLENNIAL REIGN to the label. Their new album Carry The Fire will be released on October 30th in Europe and North America on CD, LP and digital. The vinyl edition of Carry The Fire is strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide.

Millennial Reign was formed as a solo album project by ASKA bassist, Dave Harvey and the self-titled debut album was released independently in 2012. After new members joined Millennial Reign the decision was made to make Millennial Reign a full band, rather than just a recording project. Carry The Fire was mixed and mastered at Nomad Studio (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus, Absu) and the artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Theocracy).

Fans of Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Judas Priest, Crimson Glory will not be disappointed with this new album. Carry The Fire should be in any collection of melodic or traditional Heavy / Power Metal.
    Millennial Reign is:
  • James Guest - Vocals
  • Dave Harvey - Guitars
  • Jason Donnelly - Guitars
  • Daniel Almagro - Bass
  • Wayne Stokely - Drums
Check out an album teaser for Carry The Fire at YouTube.
    Upcoming Millennial Reign shows
  • September 30th: The Rail - Ft Worth, TX
  • October 16th: Wits End - Dallas, TX
  • November 21st: Acadia - Houston, TX
  • December 19th: TC's Midtown - Conway, AR
    Carry The Fire track listing
  1. Forever Changed
  2. Way Up High
  3. Millennial Reign
  4. Men Stand Alone
  5. Save Me
  6. This Day
  7. Will You
  8. Innocent Cry
  9. Not On My Own
  10. I'll Try
SOM DO DARMA / Maestrick to perform at La Plata Prog Festival in Argentina
Posted by: Denis / 25.08.2015
Maestrick to perform at La Plata Prog Festival in Argentina. Organized since 2010, the event is considered one of the most important of the Progressive Rock scene in South America.

It is scheduled to take place on 4, 5 and 6 of September in the city of La Plata, Argentina, the sixth edition of La Plata Prog, one of the most important festivals of classic Progressive Rock of South America. The event will happen in the auditorium of Centro Cultural Pasaje Dardo Rocha and will bring together a total of 12 bands: Ünder Linden, Akenathon, Alejandro Matos, Volvox, Zaedyus, Laquesis, Post Mortem and Baalbek, all from Argentina, besides Calle Santiago (Venezuela), Aisles (Chile), Tephiret (Chile) and, representing Brazil, Maestrick.

Currently formed by Fabio Caldeira (vocal/piano), Renato 'Montanha' Somera (bass), Heitor Matos (drums) and Paulo Pacheco (guitar), Maestrick released in 2011 one of the most significative works of the contemporary Brazilian heavy music, the album Unpuzzle! (Wikimetal Music). With references in artistic movements like surrealism and dialogs with several segments such as cinema, painting, literature, dance and performing arts, Unpuzzle! transcended the concept of Heavy Metal album and was considered, back then, a true 'Musical Aquarelle'.

The album was elected among the 'Best Of The Year' in many voting held by Brazilian specialized magazines and sites. With the release of the album in Europe, United States and Asia in 2013 by Prog Power Records, the album also reached the international press and conquered the critics, receiving statements such as 'Masterpiece' (Stormbringer - Germany), 'Fascinating' (Metal Temple - Greece) and 'Unique' (Lady Obscure - USA).

This is not the first time that Maestrick will represent Brazil on a foreign festival. Back in 2012 they were the only Brazilian band to play at ProgFest in Lima, Peru.

Fabián Alejandro Vera, representative of Colectivo Progresivo Platense, responsible for the production of La Plata Prog, says that is a honor to count with Maestrick on the event.
"It is with joy that we invite Maestrick to represent our brother country, Brazil, in the third day of the festival along with the bands from La Plata Akenathon and Baalbek, as well as Chilean Tephiret. I thank the band to come share their music with the public in our country and add that it's an honor to count on with a band with such level of professionalism as Maestrick."

Maestrick performs on September 6th at La Plata Prog. The shows are expected to begin at 8:00 pm. Tickets are already on sale at Jason Rock store (Calle 6 Nro. 817 E/ 48 Y 49).

Among other news, Maestrick will soon hit the studios to start the recordings for its second album, still untitled, but already announced as a double conceptual album. Before, the band shall also release a covers EP.
InsideOut Music / Spock's Beard posted a video message to their fans, 'The Oblivion Particle' is out now
Posted by: Denis / 25.08.2015
The Oblivion Particle, the brand new album from legendary Prog Rock group Spock's Beard is out now.

The band have made a video message for their fans, which you can see here.
    The full list of tour dates are as follows:
  • 16.09 - Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
  • 17.09 - De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
  • 18.09 - Framus & Warwick Music Hall, Markneukirchen, Germany
  • 19.09 - Progresja, Warschau, Poland
  • 20.09 - Metro Club, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 21.09 - Ship A38, Budapest, Hungary
  • 23.09 - Legend, Milan, Italy
  • 24.09 - Kantine, Augsburg, Germany
  • 25.09 - Sudhaus, Tübingen, Germany
  • 26.09 - Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
  • 27.09 - Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
  • 29.09 - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
  • 30.09 - Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK
  • 1.10 - The Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
  • 2.10 - O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
  • 3.10 - Club Academy, Manchester, UK

Cruz del Sur Music / KING HEAVY stream 'Thirteen Chosen Ones' from forthcoming album
Posted by: Denis / 25.08.2015
As release-date approaches, it's time for Chilean / Belgian epic Doom metallers KING HEAVY to stream a new song Thirteen Chosen Ones from upcoming self-titled release.

King Heavy will be released on Compact Disc, Limited Vinyl and Digital. Confirmed release-date for Compact Disc and Digital is Sept 4 (Europe) and Sept 19 (USA & Rest of the World). Vinyl-release has unfortunately been postponed to Oct 2.
Massacre Records / MACBETH 'Imperium' track list
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2015
MACBETH are going to release their new album soon. The tracklisting of Imperium is as follows:
  1. Ultima Ratio Regis
  2. Das Große Gericht
  3. Inferno
  4. WN62
  5. Verloren
  6. König der Henker
  7. Pawlows Haus
  8. Imperium
  9. Ein Sturm Wird Kommen
  10. Soweit die Füße Tragen
  11. Death Under Moonlight (Live)
  12. Der Fährmann (Live - Unplugged)
  13. Maikäfer Flieg (Live - Unplugged)
Patrick W. Engel and the band's guitarist Ralf Klein produced the album, whereas Patrick W. Engel also took care of the mix and mastering at Temple Of Disharmony. The artwork's been created by Ralf Klein.
MACBETH will celebrate the album's release as well as the launch of their DVD 30 Jahre Macbeth on September 12th at the Club From Hell in Erfurt, Germany, supported by the German band Blindgänger.

MACBETH's new album Imperium is set to be released on September 11, 2015 via Massacre Records.

Nuclear Blast / EPICA launch official 'The Essence Of Silence' live video
Posted by: Denis / 21.08.2015
Dutch metallers EPICA have launched the official live video for The Essence of Silence, which was recorded live earlier this year during the European 'Enigma' tour at their sold-out show at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium.

The video was shot and edited by Jens de Vos and his team at Panda Productions. The show was recorded by Ace Zec and mixed by EPICA producer Joost van der Broek.

Nuclear Blast / METAL ALLEGIANCE seventh studio webisode ('Wait Until Tomorrow') released
Posted by: Denis / 21.08.2015
Heavy Metal is more than a genre, more than an attitude and certainly more than whatever cheap epithets are dismissively thrown at it by clueless critics. At its best, metal is a lifestyle, a community, a tribe uniting people across cultural, economic and philosophical divides with the primal pulse of bombastic and majestic expression.

Never before has one entity encapsulated so many components of the Heavy Metal community's continued vibrancy and dedication to the lifestyle than the collective fittingly called METAL ALLEGIANCE.

METAL ALLEGIANCE will release their debut self-titled album on September 18th via Nuclear Blast, but until then, the collective is teasing fans with videos from their sessions in the studio. The seventh trailer is now online and covers the recording of the track Wait Until Tomorrow, featuring Doug Pinnick, Jamey Jasta, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy.
It's All Red first music video from the new album is available for streaming
Posted by: Denis / 20.08.2015
The Brazilian quintet IT'S ALL RED has just released the first video clip taken from their upcoming third album, Lead By The Blind.

The song chosen for the video is Integrate Forever. The production was in the hands of director Lucas Cunha, Diego 'Peixe' and Debora Polto.

The album Lead By The Blind is expected to be released worldwide by the end of August. The work was recorded at studios Red, Hibria and Suminsky, produced by Rafael Siqueira and It's All Red and also featured the vocal production of Iuri Sanson (Hibria). The cover art contains the work of English photographer Rebecca Bentliff, the design was done by Daniel Siqueira.
Posted by: Denis / 20.08.2015
Following the impressive main stage performance of Zak Stevens with Savatage & Trans-Siberian Orchestra in front of 80.000 people at Wacken Festival 2015, Zak and his band CIRCLE II CIRCLE are about to release their new album Reign Of Darkness.

earMUSIC/Edel and Zak Stevens have enjoyed critical acclaim and commercial success together over the years with Savatage albums like Edge Of Thorns, The Wake of Magellan, Dead Winter Dead (true milestones of Hard Rock and Metal and some of the biggest charts Metal successes in the 90s) and Circle II Circle albums such as Seasons Will Fall alike.

Reign of Darkness, marking the third release in a row for CIRCLE II CIRCLE on earMUSIC, is released on October 16th, 2015.

CIRCLE II CIRCLE is a band that has been reinventing themselves through the years, but maintaining that signature sound that fans around the world love – Reign Of Darkness is no exception to that attitude, bringing out the very best, CIRCLE II CIRCLE has to offer. Needless to say, that Reign Of Darkness overshadows what has been done before.

"You might say that Reign of Darkness represents a musical reinvention for us, but the minute you hear each song you know right away that it's CIIC. We wanted to pay homage to the past, but we also wanted to create a musical renaissance within our genre that is fresh and energetic. This is an album that will positively pave the way for our future." - Zak Stevens.

Reign of Darkness features the powerful Metal sound, strong Hard Rock riffs, both emphasizing Zak Stevens' passionate melodic rock vocals. Again, the band has created something new, something fresh and vigorous. And the artwork definitely sets new standards.

In August 2012, Circle II Circle delivered a groundbreaking performance of Savatage's most successful albums The Wake of Magellan at the world biggest and craziest Heavy-Metal festival Wacken Open Air in Germany. Followed by a sold-out tour in Europe and Brazil in support of their studio album Seasons Will Fall, CIRCLE II CIRCLE really hit it off from this point. This album had been considered to be the strongest album of their entire career from both a musical and production standpoint... That was until now, when Circle II Circle is about to release their brand new record!

Metal Mind Productions / Tank 'Valley Of Tears' album teaser
Posted by: Denis / 20.08.2015
Metal Mind Production will release Valley Of Tears, the new album by the British Heavy Metal legend TANK, on September, 25th. An official album teaser is now available here.

Pure Steel / ZANDELLE the second of three videos
Posted by: Denis / 20.08.2015
The US-American Power Metal band ZANDELLE have released the second of three videos Shadow Slaves of their album Perseverance.

Metal Blade / Denner - Shermann to release 'Satan’s Tomb' on October 2nd
Posted by: Denis / 19.08.2015
A trailer for the new DENNER / SHERMANN EP SATAN'S TOMB has been released showcasing clips of songs from their upcoming release on October 2nd on METAL BLADE RECORDS.

Guitar legends MICHAEL DENNER and HANK SHERMANN of MERCYFUL FATE have given an offering of supremely, classic Heavy Metal infused with an overload of their signature, dark magic shredding. According to the legendary guitar duo, getting SNOWY SHAW (King Diamond / Therion / Sabaton) on drums, MARC GRABOWSKI (Demonica) on bass guitar, and SEAN PECK (Cage / Death Dealer) on vocals, onboard to form the band was a critical component to bringing these 4 tracks to life. Michael Denner added "Creating these songs with this line up really ignited my metal fire hotter than ever! I'm sure the fans are going to love this thing". "This mix ended up really having an old school feel to it that sounds awesome when blasting at an unhealthy volume" says Shermann.

"Being invited to collaborate with these two guys who had such a profound, major impact on my indoctrination to Metal, has been absolutely killer! And now we are continuing to write more material for a full length release too. My mind is officially blown!" says singer Sean Peck.

The EP was recorded in the USA, Denmark and Sweden and was mixed by Arnold Lindberg at Sound Industry Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. The mastering was done by Maor Applebaum in Los Angeles, California.

The SATAN'S TOMB cover artwork was painted by Thomas Holm whose work on MERCYFUL FATE's MELISSA, DON'T BREAK THE OATH is well known throughout the Metal world.
    The track listing for SATAN'S TOMB is as follows:
  1. Satan's Tomb
  2. War Witch
  3. New Gods
  4. Seven Skulls
This will be available in both CD, vinyl formats and downloads.
Nuclear Blast / HELLOWEEN first European tour dates announced
Posted by: Denis / 19.08.2015
A few months ago, German-based Metal band HELLOWEEN released their current opus My God-Given Right, which cemented their status as the godfathers of Melodic Speed Metal again. With this outstanding album, the band reached high chart positions worldwide and played tons of successful festival shows over the summer. Now, HELLOWEEN announce the first shows of the European My God-Given Right Tour 2016. Their label mates RAGE as well as CRIMES OF PASSION are confirmed as support acts.
    Tour dates
  • 2015-08-21 Banska Mystrica (Amphitheatre) SK
  • 2015-08-23 Cieszanow (Cieszanow Rock Festival) PL
  • 2015-08-29 Moscow (Moscow Metal Meeting ) RU
  • 2015-08-31 Istanbul (100% Metal Fest HEadbangers) TR
  • 2015-10-10 Tokyo (Loudpark) JP
  • 2015-10-11 Tokyo (Loudpark) JP
  • 2015-10-14 Melbourne (170 Russell) AU
  • 2015-10-16 Sydney (Metro Theater) AU
  • 2015-10-17 Brisbane (Max Watt's) AU
  • 2015-10-19 Adelaide (The Gov) AU
  • 2015-10-20 Perth (Capitol) AU
  • 2015-10-22 Jakarta (Basket HallSenayan) ID
  • 2015-11-13 Pwllheli (Hard Rock Hell 9) GB
  • 2015-11-14 Weissenhäuser Strand (Metal Hammer Paradise) DE
  • 2016-01-29 Pratteln (Z7) CH
  • 2016-01-30 München (Backstage) DE
  • 2016-01-31 Mailand (Alcatraz) IT
  • 2016-02-02 Paris (Le Bataclan) FR
  • 2016-02-03 London (Forum) GB
  • 2016-02-05 Antwerpen (Trix) BE
  • 2016-02-06 Oberhausen (Turbinenhalle) DE
  • 2016-02-07 Stuttgart (Longhorn) DE
  • 2016-02-10 Oslo (Rockefeller) NO
  • 2016-02-11 Göteborg (Trädgarn) SE
  • 2016-02-19 Zlin (Hala Euronics) CZ
  • 2016-02-20 Prag (Forum Karlin) CZ

Nuclear Blast / AMORPHIS reveal sixth making-of episode of Under The Red Cloud
Posted by: Denis / 18.08.2015
In anticipation of their upcoming record Under The Red Cloud (out worldwide September 4th via Nuclear Blast), melancholic Metal masters AMORPHIS release the sixth and final making-of episode. The clip gives an insight, about the vocal recordings, mix and mastering along the work with producer Jens Bogren. "I am very happy and can honestly say I'm pleased with everything", Borgren commented.

Napalm Records / W.A.S.P. premiere brand new song 'Last Runaway'
Posted by: Denis / 18.08.2015
Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal icons W.A.S.P.. This October 9th, the wait ends, as Blackie Lawless and the legendary rockers W.A.S.P. will release their long waited new album and Napalm Records debut Golgotha.

Now the first single Last Runaway from Golgotha has been released!

Frontman Blackie Lawless on Last Runaway:
"40 years ago I came to Hollywood as a teenager. Terrified and scared out of my mind, I had no idea what waited there for me. The song Last Runaway is an intensely personal account of what happened to me, not only then but over the years and the success that followed after. Be it a kid looking for success in the music business or any life challenging endeavor that someone would Runaway from in life, I'm certain that everyone can relate to this story one way or another. It's another kid 'chasing the dream' ...and trying to survive it in the process... we've all been there!!!"

Limb Music / DRAGONY announce 'Shadowplay' guest appearance by Zak Stevens
Posted by: Denis / 18.08.2015
Band's statement: "As on our first album, we are once again thrilled to welcome a very special guest on our upcoming record, and this time it is none other than former SAVATAGE and TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA vocalist and current singer for CIRCLE II CIRCLE, Zak Stevens!

One of the most prolific and charismatic singers in the history of Metal, he has lent his voice to immortal classics such as Edge Of Thorns, Handful Of Rain, Dead Winter Dead, has just rocked the WACKEN OPEN AIR as part of a historical two stage performance with SAVATAGE and the TSO, and we are very honored to have Zak on board for our upcoming album Shadowplay (out in fall 2015), where he will contribute guest vocals to the song The Silent Sun."

Posted by: Denis / 18.08.2015
Kill Ritual has released a video for the song Rise, taken from their upcoming album Karma Machine. The video was shot at Soundwave Studios in Oakland, CA. with Mike Sloat (Testament, Machine Head, Lynard Skynyrd) directing and features the bands new revamped line-up and sound.
VIVALDI METAL PROJECT presents video diary
Posted by: Denis / 17.08.2015
The all-Metal-stars VIVALDI METAL PROJECT - produced by Mistheria together with co-producer Alberto Rigoni - which involves more than 70 musicians from such bands as Yes, Helloween, Stratovarius, Rhapsody Of Fire, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire, Royal Hunt, Avantasia, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Symphony X, Delain among others, presents a video diary about the recording of a Metal version of the legendary classic masterpiece The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.

It has been a big challenge to re-arrange and to perform this classic masterpiece beloved by millions all over the globe in the vein of Metal music power. It took about two years to form a cast and to arrange the stuff. The recordings started in June 2015. At the moment, the international team has finished most of the drum parts and started recording bass.

This video diary provides greetings of some musicians from the cast from various parts of the world.

The album release is set on March 2016. It's already available for pre-order via crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMusic as MP3 or CD with various exclusive options such as autographed CDs, CD special boxes, USB keys, Skype interviews, CME Xkey mobile keyboard, online lessons and shows and more.

A part of donations will be used for charity purposes to 'Lega Del Filo D'Oro'.
Arthorium Records / Dark Witch - music video for 'Wild Heart' unleashed, debut 'The Circle Of Blood' released in CD
Posted by: Denis / 17.08.2015
After 15 years of career and a lot of waiting it is finally released in CD album The Circle Of Blood, the debut of Brazilian Heavy/Power Metal group DARK WITCH. The material was presented in the first semester of 2015 in digital format by Heart Of Steel Records and in this 15th August is made available in physical format by Arthorium Records.

Cover and booklet artwork were crafted by designer Ygor Gatti and mixing and mastering were done by Felipe Quirino. The album counts with 12 authorial tracks, 16 pages booklet and one cover for the song Voz da Consciência, originally by Brazil's legendary Heavy Metal band HARPPIA, as bonus track.

Alongside DARK WITCH is promoting its first official music video. The audiovisual production corresponds to the song Wild Heart, one of its most traditional tracks.
    Album tracklist:
  1. Circle Of Blood
  2. Wild Heart
  3. Master Of Fate
  4. Cauldron
  5. Firestorm
  6. Stronghold
  7. Blood Sentence
  8. Liberty Is Death
  9. Lighthouse Reaper
  10. Death Rain
  11. Siegfried
  12. To Valhalla We Ride
  13. Voz da Consciência (bonus)
The band keeps scheduling concerts for the album promotional tour.
High Roller Records / HAMMERHEAD - The Sin Eater
Posted by: Denis / 14.08.2015
Cumbria's Hammerhead were one of the most talented acts to evolve from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement of the late 1970s. They came together at the turn of the decade after the demise of various small-time acts such as Judas, Bitter Harvest, 8 Hertz. After a few tentative appearances on the regional club scene during 1981, the group first came to public attention via a well-received demo tape. Their signature number Time Will Tell even made it into one or two regional heavy metal charts and local response was quite encouraging.

As a result, Hammerhead published a self-financed 7" single (with a circulation of 1,000 copies). Time Will Tell (with Lonely Man on the B-Side) was released on Linden Sounds in 1981. Hammerhead disbanded shortly afterwards.

In 2005, a retrospective album by the name of Will To Survive was issued, followed by the band's first studio album Headonizm on High Roller Records, including excellent numbers such as Ton Of Bricks, Heavy Handed, Crying As I Fall.

Now, ten years later, Hammerhead are back with their second longplayer The Sin Eater. It's a mighty fine album featuring brand new numbers such as Angels Fall, Faithless, Behind Your Eyes (with some truly outstanding guitar work). Guitarist Buzz Elliot comments: "Angels Fall and Faithless are more typical of the overall sound of the album, Behind Your Eyes is a rock ballad and not as rocky as our usual style, it will only appear on the CD and download formats. We decided not to include the acoustic song Tears Like Rain at all as it didn't really fit in with the theme of everything else (or what people might expect from us). We have never recorded an acoustic track before with Hammerhead, so we tried out this song written by bass player Steve Archer. I think it's a good song, but maybe not right for this album. Most of the album is quite dark and heavy. But the final song Psilocybin might make some people wonder what the hell is going on! It is much more psychedelic and trippy than anything we have ever done before. It is a concept song with three parts and an overall duration of almost 13 minutes! This is Hammerhead going totally insane!"

The guitar work on The Sin Eater is quite outstanding, as are the vocals. "Thank you for your comments," remarks Buzz Elliot. "The guitar work on any of our albums has always been one of the things that Brian and myself have a real passion and pride in. In the past the vocals were never our strongest point, (apart from when Billy Branch from the band Necromandus sang with us), this is why a couple of years ago, we invited a good friend of ours called Steven (Pecker) Woods to have a go with us. He also sings in a Thin Lizzy tribute band called Five And Dangerous, and used to be in another local band called Skunk. Pecker was already a long standing fan of Hammerhead and jumped at the chance to come along with us, he is also a very entertaining front man, so the combination of his vocals and showmanship made an immediate and positive impact on the band, it also allows me to concentrate on my guitar work and provide the backing vocals. In my opinion his vocal performance on all the new songs helps to make this album some of strongest material we have ever recorded."

The mentioned Behind your Eyes is quite mellow and the guitar work reminds me a bit of classic Scorpions from the Lovedrive and Animal Magnetism era. Was Michael Schenker an influence on Hammerhead at all when they formed in the late 1970s? "I have always loved the tone, feel and power in Michael Schenker's playing," states Buzz Elliot. "Strangers In The Night is one of my all time favourite albums, so I would say that he has influenced my playing to some degree. Since reforming Hammerhead we have also been fortunate enough to support him. Tony Steel and myself have also done some live work with UFO keyboard/guitarist Paul Raymond, which was great fun and very exciting! Regarding the song, I wrote the original version of Behind Your Eyes as an acoustic song in the mid 1990s, when I first started thinking about coming up with new material for Hammerhead. I tried to develop this old acoustic song into more of a rocky power ballad, I was going to leave it off the album altogether because it's not our usual heavier style, but some people seemed to like it a lot, so we decided to put it on the CD."

Angels Fall is more dark and possesses some kind of Eastern feel, quite a slow, deep, pounding Heavy Metal song - brilliant stuff with a really accessible chorus. That's how heavy metal should be played. "As well as playing in the more typical blues scales, I also love all those Eastern scales," explains Buzz Elliot. "I like to mix things up a bit, I mainly get this from being a life long fan of Ritchie Blackmore. Ritchie did this a lot, especially with Rainbow. I didn't have much to do with the actual writing of this song, but I played the Eastern style parts into it as it seemed to fit the song. I used a guitar with a built in sitar effect for the intro of the song, there is more Eastern influence throughout the whole album if you listen, especially the title track."

Faithless is another outstanding track on the new album. There are some shades of Led Zeppelin at the start, and then the song evolves into some kind of bluesy boogie rocker. Another mighty fine effort. "I am a not a religious person," states Buzz Elliot. "I believe in science and physics when it comes to explanations of life and the universe, so I have spent my whole life as an atheist. I have no plans to ever change my beliefs in this. In my opinion music has the power to bring different cultures together, whereas religion on the other hand always seems to be the root cause of much of the trouble in the world. I just can't grasp the reason why so many humans feel the need to believe in something/anything? Just like any other creature on this lump of rock in space that we call home; you are born, you live and you die. It's that simple, you just need to try and enjoy the middle bit while it lasts! On the way to a gig last year I was talking about this very subject to my friend Dek (our lighting technician) and I said to him: 'I wonder what it actually feels like when you are dead?' He came back with the remark: 'Can you remember what it was like before you were alive?' I thought about that for a while and then said: 'No, I can't.' So Dek said: 'Well, it's exactly like that marra!' I think he may be right!"
  1. Angels Fall
  2. The Sin Eater
  3. Faithless
  4. Behind Your Eyes
  5. Raindancer
  6. Closer to the Grave
  7. Psilocybin

Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD to release 'European Journey' 2-CD live album in November
Posted by: Denis / 14.08.2015
British Progressive Metal heroes THRESHOLD reveal first info on their upcoming new double-live-album European Journey, which was recorded at various venues across Europe during November 2014, in support of their current studio album For The Journey.

European Journey contains 15 live tracks and will be released as a 2-CD digipak, out November, 13th.

Richard West comments: "We had a fantastic tour playing so many fan favorites going back to '97 with Part Of The Chaos through Mission Profile, Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams to the present day with The Box. We recorded some shows along the way and it's turned into this really powerful double album."

"Threshold continue to enjoy fantastic support from our loyal fans. The band have always enjoyed mixing with the people who listen to our music and this tour was no exception", adds Karl Groom.
    European Journey tracklist:
    CD 1
  1. Slipstream
  2. The Hours
  3. Liberty Complacency Dependency
  4. Ground Control
  5. Unforgiven
  6. Long Way Home
  7. Part Of The Chaos
  8. Coda
    CD2 :
  9. Watchtower On The Moon
  10. Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams
  11. Lost In Your Memory
  12. Mission Profile
  13. The Box
  14. Turned To Dust
  15. Ashes

Nuclear Blast / SABATON confirmed for Summer Breeze 2016
Posted by: Denis / 13.08.2015
If there is a band in Heavy Metal who fits the term 'shootingstars of the last years', it is undoubtedly Sweden's SABATON. That's why it makes the Summer Breeze team especially happy they were able to book the band fronted by Joakim Broden for Summer Breeze 2016.

And those who remember their phenomenal gig in 2013 know that they will give their all in the coming year. SABATON have promised a 'killer' show, so you can look forward to a sweat-ridden Heavy Metal concert with crushing tracks such as Ghost Division, Cliffs Of Gallipoli, Swedish Pagans and other killers from their (still) current hit album Heroes. So put on your camo trousers and lubricate your vocal cords to chant 'Noch ein Bier!'.

InsideOut Music / Spock's Beard release video for Bennett Built A Time Machine
Posted by: Denis / 12.08.2015
Legendary Prog group Spock's Beard are pleased the reveal the new lyric video for Bennett Built a Time Machine from their upcoming 12th studio album The Oblivion Particle. The new album is set for release on August 21st, 2015.

Bennett Built a Time Machine is the first studio song to feature drummer Jimmy Keegan on lead vocals, and is also the song which the album is cover based on.

Massacre Records / IVANHOE New Album
Posted by: Denis / 12.08.2015
It's been 2 years since IVANHOE released their latest album Systematrix. Now the time has come to release its follow-up.

7 Days was produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Horn at Red Room.

Sua Balac has created the cover artwork.

IVANHOE's new album 7 Days will be available as digipak and is set to be released on October 16, 2015 via Massacre Records.

Nuclear Blast / CHILDREN OF BODOM launch lyric video of I Worship Chaos
Posted by: Denis / 12.08.2015
Finnish Metal superstars CHILDREN OF BODOM have just released the lyric video of the title track form their ninth studio album I Worship Chaos.

I Worship Chaos will be released October 02nd, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Mastermind Alexi states about the upcoming release:
"To me it seems like I Worship Chaos has a lot darker vibe in it than the previous albums and so far everyone has told me that the songs are a lot catchier this time which I'm definitely glad about. To sum it up... it's angry, dark and catchy as fuck. I think it's safe to say I Worship Chaos is COB reborn even more pissed off."

Punishment 18 Records / Warsenal streaming of a brand new song
Posted by: Denis / 12.08.2015
Canadian Thrash-Speed metallers Warsenal have posted on YouTube the streaming of a Dying on Stage, a brand new song taken from their new full-length album titled Barn Burner out on 28th September 2015 by Punishment 18 Records.
Posted by: Denis / 11.08.2015 has uploaded video footage of hi jinx in the 70000TONS OF METAL VIP Lounge at this year's Heavy Montreal festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The 2 Minute clip includes an inpromptu wrestling match between BLACKGUARD vocalist Paul Ablaze and Kim Dylla (Vulvatron, ex-GWAR); and ABBATH frontman Olve Eikemo (a.k.a. Abbath) making his entrance into the hot tub, which was made available to 70000TONS OF METAL Survivors who won VIP upgrades via social media contest.

70000TONS OF METAL is The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise - 60 Metal Bands play 120 Shows for only 3000 Fans on one 154,000 ton Cruise Ship sailing from Florida to Jamaica on board the Independence of the Seas, leaving from Port Everglades, FL on Thursday, February 4th 2016 and returning on Monday, February 8th.


Ticket prices start at USD $666 per person (plus taxes and fees), which includes all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, most on-board restaurants and even 24-hour room service.
Punishment 18 Records / Envenomed ‘Evil Unseen’ cover album unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 11.08.2015
Australian Melodic Thrash metallers Envenomed has unveiled the cover of their next studio album titled Evil Unseen. It will be released this year by Italian label Punishment 18 Records. Evil Unseen was released independently by the band in 2014 and than will be re-released and world distributed.
Nuclear Blast / AVATARIUM announce album title, tracklist and release date + reveal cover artwork of The Girl With The Raven Mask
Posted by: Denis / 11.08.2015
Swedish Doom Metal masters AVATARIUM are set to release their upcoming album, which is called The Girl With The Raven Mask, on October 23rd via Nuclear Blast.

Bassist Leif Edling is really content with the result:
"Think we have created something unique this time with AVATARIUM! The songs are more written to be just songs and there are some really nice moments on the record that I personally love... the straight forward title track, the beautiful January Sea, the riff in Ghostlight and the groove in Run Killer Run. The organ and the Rhodes piano are ridiculously loud in the mix at times, even Dr. Carl agrees hehe, but i think it gives even more edge to the songs! I hope people will dig The Girl With The Raven Mask as much as I do myself, and if they don't, it's their problem. A band can't deliver more than we have done here, so it is an album close to perfection! When an album is perfect... shoot me!"

Guitarist Marcus Jidell comments as well:
"AVATARIUM have been taking another big step with this album and I can't wait for people to hear the songs and to play them live on our tour in November! It has been a lot of work but also a great pleasure to be the producer of this album, I'm very happy with the result and I feel very proud to be a member of this powerful and talented band!"
    The tracklists for The Girl With The Raven Mask are as follows:
  1. Girl With The Raven Mask
  2. The January Sea
  3. Pearls And Coffins
  4. Hypnotized
  5. Ghostlight
  6. Run Killer Run
  7. Iron Mule
  8. The Master Thief
    Bonus DVD (live @ Hammer Of Doom 2014):
  9. Moonhorse
  10. Bird Of Prey
  11. All I Want
  12. Tides Of Telepathy
  13. Deep Well
  14. Pandora's Egg
  15. Avatarium
AVATARIUM will bring the energy of their records onto the tent stage of Summer Breeze in Dinkelsbühl, Germany at the NUCLEAR BLAST label night next Wednesday. Be there!

Don't miss the band on their tour in autumn with their label mates of THE VINTAGE CARAVAN and the also Sweden-based HONEYMOON DISEASE as well:
  • 18.11. DK Lyngby - Templet
  • 19.11. D Hamburg - Klubsen
  • 20.11. D Essen - Turock
  • 21.11. NL Eindhoven - Speedfest
  • 22.11. UK London - Underworld
  • 23.11. D Frankfurt - Das Bett
  • 24.11. CH Pratteln - Z7
  • 25.11. D Munich - Backstage
  • 26.11. D Leipzig - Moritzbastei
  • 27.11. A Wien - Szene
  • 28.11. A Innsbruck - Weekender
  • 29.11. D Berlin - Bi-Nuu
It's All Red presenting first song taken from the new album
Posted by: Denis / 10.08.2015
Brazilian It's All Red has just released the first song taken from their new studio album, Lead By The Blind.

Lead By The Blind, the third group's career album, is scheduled to be released worldwide in late August by the British Secret Service Records.

The album was recorded at the studios Red, Hibria and Suminsky, produced by Rafael Siqueira and It's All Red and also featured the vocal production by Iuri Sanson (Hibria). The cover art contains the work of English photographer Rebecca Bentliff.
GlobMetal Promotions / DRUKNROLL released new EP
Posted by: Denis / 10.08.2015
Russian Modern Heavy Metal band DRUKNROLL released on Metal Scrap Records, their new EP called The Loop Of World Creation which includes two new tracks and a cover-song of In Flames.
Nightmare Records / CHAOS FRAME 'Paths to Exile'
Posted by: Denis / 10.08.2015
US Power/Thrash/Progressive Metal band CHAOS-FRAME is releasing their second full length album Paths To Exile imminently on Nightmare Records.

Virtuosic performances balanced with captivating songwriting and a strong focus on melody, Paths To Exile features eight new studio tracks which will appeal to fans of Symphony X, Pagan's Mind, Beyond Twilight, Wintersun, Pyramaze, Therion.

Mixed by Carlos Alvarez for Dirty Viking Audio (Divine Disorder, Noble Beast, Shadowdance, upcoming Judicator) and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studios (Ayreon, Pain of Salvation, Megadeth, Devin Townsend Project).
  1. Painful Lessons (5:36)
  2. Paths To Exile (7:44)
  3. Derceto (5:03)
  4. Terra Firma (6:06)
  5. Paper Sun (5:29)
  6. Giantkiller (7:09)
  7. Doomed (5:11)
  8. The World Had Two Faces (7:45)
Posted by: Denis / 10.08.2015
The Greek melodic metallers INNERWISH entered the studio on the 5th of August and began recording their fifth studio album, for an early 2016 release through Ulterium Records.

Drums are being tracked at Devasoundz Studios (of SEPTIC FLESH fame) in Athens, Greece, with Fotis Benardo (ex- SEPTIC FLESH drummer and current SIXFORNINE vocalist) handling the recordings.

The as-yet-untitled new album, is the first with the two newest members of the band, George Eikosipentakis on vocals and Fragiskos Samoilis on drums.

Regarding the musical direction of the new material, the band stated: "This time things worked a bit differently, still maintaining the basic core. New members, fresh ideas were blended to our music characteristics and we believe this is the more diverse album we have ever created. Yet powerful, melodic, heavy, lyrical and full of energy. All the INNERWISH elements are still here, but expanded in a way that came naturally through this long and difficult period, during which we were composing and trying to guarantee the best possible result. In the end though, we are proud with these new songs, the sound of INNERWISH of today and feel confident that you will love them too! Let's roll the dice again."

METALMESSAGE / RUNNING DEATH (Thrash Metal) debut album Overdrive
Posted by: Denis / 07.08.2015
In the year 2012 RUNNING DEATH for the first time managed to be heard and saluted outside of the THRASH METAL underground, thanks to their EP titled The Call Of Extinction. Their search for style, flow of ideas and songwriting started taking extraordinarily unique shapes on their just as playful as original release.

A major factor why fans and music media alike received it with highest praise is the plethora of wonderfully fresh ideas, the Bavarian Thrash Metal exception around singer and guitarist Simon bring to life.

We write 2015, the year RUNNING DEATH released their shining debut album Overdrive. Inspired to a huge extend by their experience on the road, playing highly explosive and headcrushing shows wherever they can, Overdrive is one of the most original, interesting and rewarding releases of it's own demonstratively sophisticated Thrash genre, that has made it into our ears for a long time. This is due a lot to the extraordinary vocals by axeman Simon, whose voice couldn't be less conformant. While others constantly scream with all they got, the RUNNING DEATH frontman prefers giving in fully to his own individuality.

In an ever so solid and exciting team with co-six-stringer Julian the guitars keep screaming high intensity riffs to your ears, even when the songs dive into some of the more progressive areas. Drummer Jakob as well is no small deal, besides keeping it professional all the time he is giving those surprising accents that listeners desiring for precision and complex rhythms enjoy so much. And especially if you're a fan of MEGADETH or the good old INTRUDER you should find just what you're looking for in this masterful Bavarian band.

Their elaborate mix of old school Metal, timeless art and finest melodies together with a huge portion of idealism gives the quickly moving band a huge space to work and develop in. If you first are put off by their individuality, this will soon be what brings you back to their music over and over again.

Last but not least, all of the above also applies to the artistically as well as meaningful front cover artwork of Overdrive, which helps RUNNING DEATH set apart from the broad masses a lot.

The four men from Kaufbeuren celebrate a well working mixture of talent, intellect, class and innovation as well as having the greatest fun working on their material. And you will feel that. If you want to verify all the above for yourself, please go ahead and let yourself be taken away by the richly detailed and energetic songs that as a whole make Overdrive.
Posted by: Denis / 07.08.2015
The Melodic Metal band WITHIN SILENCE just uploaded a video to YouTube that shows how the bands drummer Peter Gacik prepares for a show and at the same time stays fit.
Posted by: Denis / 07.08.2015
Hyaena is the new, long-waited album of Progressive Death Metal legends Sadist. Produced and mixed by Tommy Talamanca at Nadir Music Studios in Genova, Italy, Hyaena is a compelling mix of the band's traditional Death Metal and Progressive influences with ethnic and tribal sounds, centered around an intriguing concept about one of Africa's most fascinating predators, whose legend says is ridden by the devil. This is without any doubt the band's most mature, diverse and experimental album to date, in which every detail has been meticulously looked after, musically and visually (the beautiful front cover by painter Luca Orecchia and booklet design by Alex Del Bono are both top notch). The cover artwork, tracklist and a videoclip for the first single The Lonely Mountain will be released soon. Hyaena features a very special guest appearance by percussionist Jean N'Diaye, who will also follow the band on stage on the next tour, and will be available starting from October 16th.

Nuclear Blast / AMORPHIS reveal fifth making-of episode of!
Posted by: Denis / 07.08.2015
In anticipation of their upcoming record Under The Red Cloud (out worldwide September 4th via Nuclear Blast), melancholic Metal masters AMORPHIS release the fifth making-of episode. The clip gives an insight, about recordings in Sweden, the chosen equipment and the work with producer Jens Bogren. Furthermore, keyboard player Santeri Kallio explains the use of church organs to create a massive wall of sound. "In a couple of songs you will hear this nice piece of history", he adds.

Napalm Records / AMBERIAN DAWN reveal new album details
Posted by: Denis / 07.08.2015
Finnish symphonic Metallers AMBERIAN DAWN are pleased to unveil more details of their upcoming album Innuendo.

Together with AMBERIAN DAWN's co-producer Mikko P. Mustonen (known for his work with Delain, Ensiferum, Sonata Arctica) the band is hard at work laying the finishing touches on the record. Vocalist Capri brings tons of emotions with her singing and outstanding lyric writing!

The album will be released worldwide on October 23rd via Napalm Records and was mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox studios & mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers.

The cover artwork was created by Jan 'Örkki' Yrlund. The track listing reads as follows:
  1. Fame & Gloria
  2. Ladyhawk
  3. Innuendo
  4. The Court Of Mirror Hall
  5. Angelique
  6. Rise Of The Evil
  7. Chamber Of Dreadful Dreams
  8. Knock Knock Who's There
  9. Symphony Nr 1, Part 1 – The Witchcraft
  10. Your Time – My Time
  11. Bonus Tracks (4p Digipak)
  12. Fame & Gloria (Instrumental Version)
  13. Sunrise (Re-Recording)
Together with their label mates in DELAIN & Anneke van Giersbergen of THE GENTLE STORM, AMBERIAN DAWN is going to hit the road in October & November! Don't miss this tour!
  • 14.08.15 CZ – Hodonin / Made Of Metal Open Air
  • 27.10.15 CH - Solothurn / Kopfmehl
  • 28.10.15 FR – Strasbourg / La Laiterie
  • 29.10.15 FR – Paris / Divan Du Monde
  • 30.10.15 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob
  • 31.10.15 DE – Andernach / Juz Live Club
  • 02.11.15 DE – Munich / Backstage Halle
  • 03.11.15 IT – Milan / Live Club
  • 04.11.15 AT – Graz / Explosiv
  • 05.11.15 HU – Budapest / Club 202
  • 06.11.15 SK – Bratislava / Randal Club
  • 07.11.15 PL – Warsaw / Club Progresia
  • 08.11.15 DE - Berlin / K17

Limb Music / DRAGONY to support GAMMA RAY on their 25 Years in Metal tour
Posted by: Denis / 07.08.2015
In the bands own words:
"Sometimes, dreams do come true – so it is with great honor that we are able to announce that DRAGONY will be joining the legendary GAMMA RAY (Official) on their upcoming '25 Year Anniversary Party Tour' this fall to promote our new album Shadowplay, out on 18th September 2015!

Together with GAMMA RAY and Serious Black – Official we will rock the stages of Europe on the following dates:
  • 28.10. Wilhelsmhaven – Pumpwerk (GER)
  • 30.10. Hamburg – Markthalle (GER)
  • 31.10. Berlin – C-Club (GER)
  • 01.11. Bochum – Zeche (GER)
  • 03.11. Munich – Backstage Werk (GER)
  • 04.11. Praha – Meet Factory (CZ)
  • 06.11. Brno – KC Semilasso (CZ)
  • 07.11. Lucenec – Sports Hall (SK)
  • 08.11. Budapest – Club 202 (HUN)
  • 10.11. Graz – Explosiv (A)
    Our other upcoming live dates are:
  • 14.11. Graz – Explosiv (A) Metal For Breathing
  • 04.12. Vienna – Szene (A) Shadowplay Album Presentation
A big shout-out also goes out to our friends in NeonFly, who will join the tour for the second leg in Spain!

We are thrilled to be part of this amazing tour, and look forward to meeting you all on the road! Spread the word, get your tickets, and Unicorns – unite!"

Posted by: Denis / 06.08.2015
Fireland is the Power Metal band from Santiago of Chile released on August 2nd the first single of their upcoming album called The Time Traveler. The song name is Angels Falling and is fast and melodic with a very catchy chorus and epic parts in the middle. It will be a happy finding for fans of bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray, Nocturnal Rites, Dream Evil, etc.

Angels Falling is one of the 13 songs that the band recorded for the new album. The song will be accompanied with a lyrics video and will be available at Itunes and Spotify as many others Digital media publishers.

Fireland the band formed at 2007 at Santiago of Chile had their debut with the album God N' Evil at 2011 which have two video clips Azgaroth and Where is Heaven, the album had some great reviews and is digitally distributed by the German label Power Prog Records and available at Amazon, Itunes, Spotify as many other digital distributors.

The album The Time Traveler was again produced by Franco Lama and was mixed and mastered by Javier Bassino. There is still no release date for the new album but is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Here are the link to the youtube video.

AFM Records / U.D.O.: farewell to Accept!
Posted by: Denis / 06.08.2015
At a press conference in the VIP tent of Wacken Open Air, legendary Metal singer, Udo Dirkschneider dropped some bombshell news: The 62 year old cult musician announced his definitive farewell to the Accept song library.

On a special tour beginning in 2016, he will perform songs by Accept one last time before he retires them for good. During this Accept farewell tour, he will only showcase songs from the Udo era of the band.

In the early 80's, the Solingen-raised singer skyrocketed to worldwide acclaim with the band Accept and with his unmistakeable voice he had several hits such as Balls To The Wall, Metal Heart, Princess Of The Dawn.

"I still love singing these songs live", Dirkschneider says. "The songs are still an important part of my catalogue and still suit my voice very well. But at some point in your life, it's just time to close the chapter. There has been so much talk and speculation about Accept, so I just want to give my last definitive musical statement about it and give my fans a chance to see me perform a complete concert of these songs one last time on stage."

After this tour, Udo will only play songs from his extensive library of U.D.O. material. After being kicked out of Accept in the late 80's, he garnered many classic hits with his new band in a long and successful career, such as Animal House, Timebomb, Man and Machine.

"There is enough high quality material to fill a two hour set with no problem," says Dirkschneider. "U.D.O. has been the band where I belong for 18 years and I want to pay tribute to them from now on."

The musician will not perform this farewell tour under the name U.D.O. but simply as DIRKSCHNEIDER.

Udo once again proved impressively at the Wacken stage what he is capable of musically. Together with the German Armed Forces Concert Band he put on a masterful concert. The next day, the new U.D.O. DVD was released featuring a concert with the Marine Music Corps of the North Sea which was filmed last year in Tuttlingen. It is called Navy Metal Night and it's available via AFM Records!

Cruz del Sur Music / MAGISTER TEMPLI stream first track off upcoming 'Into Duat' release
Posted by: Denis / 06.08.2015
Norwegian occult Heavy Metal band MAGISTER TEMPLI have teamed with for the exclusive stream of Slaying Apophis, as well as an in-depth interview. The track comes from upcoming album Into Duat, which will be released through Cruz Del Sur Music. on September 4 in Europe and September 18 in North America. The album was recorded in Oslo between Evil Octopus and Sorcerer studios, with former band member Simon Aarset as technician. The cover painting was done by the German painter Stefan Bleyl.

Following the release of Into Duat the band will embark on a major live campaign which will bring the band to play at the No Sleep Til Dublin Festival 2015 and afterwards on a European tour with Christian Mistress:
  • 2-10 Tilburg
  • 3-10 Belgium TBA
  • 4-10 France TBA
  • 5-10 France TBA
  • 6-10 Innsbruck
  • 7-10 Berlin
  • 8-10 Erfurt
  • 9-10 Olten
  • 10-10 Milan
  • 11-10 Bologna
  • 12-10 Vienna
  • 13-10 Germany TBA
  • 14-10 Hamburg
  • 15-10 Copenhagen
  • 16-10 Goteborg
  • 17-10 Oslo
  • 18-10 Denmark TBA
  • 20-10 Cologne
  • 21-10 London
  • 22-10 Birmingham
  • 23-10 Oxford
  • 24-10 Leeuwarden
InsideOut Music / Haken to release Restoration EP on CD to coincide with Between The Buried & Me tour
Posted by: Denis / 06.08.2015
London-based Progressive metallers Haken will be heading out on tour with the mighty Between The Buried & Me this September in Europe. To coincide with this, last years Restoration EP will be released on CD on the 11th September 2015. You can check out a video for the track 'Darkest Light' from the EP here.

As previously mentioned, Haken will head out on tour starting the 16th September, all around Europe with Between The Buried & Me who recently released their new album Coma Ecliptic. HAKEN previously had this to say about the dates: "Excitement levels are off the scale in the Haken camp at the moment! Being offered a tour support slot with one of our favourite bands is an absolute dream come true. Their music has had a massive impact on us as a band and individual musicians over the years. Our new album is shaping up to be a real beast! We've written a bunch of sketches and are currently selecting which ones to develop further. We can't wait to share it with everyone."
    The band will be playing the following dates:
  • 16/9 Southampton, England @ Talking Heads
  • 17/9 London, England @ Electric Ballroom
  • 18/9 Manchester, England @ Gorilla
  • 19/9 Glasgow, Scotland @ The Garage
  • 20/9 Leeds, England @ The Key Club
  • 22/9 Nottingham, England @ Rescue Rooms
  • 23/9 Brighton, England @ The Haunt
  • 25/9 Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
  • 26/9 Brussels, Belgium @ Magasin 4
  • 27/9 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
  • 28/9 Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
  • 29/9 Berlin, Germany @ Magnet
  • 30/9 Munich, Germany @ Backstage Club
  • 1/10 Cologne, Germany @ Euroblast Festival
  • 3/10 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega Small Hall
  • 4/10 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers
  • 5/10 Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
  • 6/10 Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben/Fryshuset
  • 8/10 Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia
HAKEN recently also completed some summer live dates including Hellfest in France, Night of the Prog in Germany, Ramblin Man in the UK, plus a run of dates in Sweden with Neal Morse Band. The band is also currently at work on their forthcoming new studio album.

Metal Mind Productions / Cochise reveal the artwork of their new album
Posted by: Denis / 05.08.2015
Polish Rock/Metal band Cochise release this Autumn their new studio album entitled The Sun Also Rises for Unicorns.

All guitars, bass and drum parts were recorded in just one take at The Rolling Tapes studio. All vocals were recorded at Nagrywatornia Studio in their hometown Bialystok.

The follow-up to the 118 album is their fourth full-length album and will be released on October 2nd, 2015 (November 13th in North America) by Metal Mind Productions. Now the band reveal the artwork of The Sun Also Rises for Unicorns.

Paweł, lead singer of the band, says - "The album is full of questions, sadness, anxiety and nostalgia. There is also strength, rebellion, joy, love and pride. There are some utopian-romantic visions of the world. This is the album about unique individuals, sensitive and full of passion but often apathetic, amoral, introverted and withdrawn."

Musically, The Sun Also Rises for unicorns is a continuation of what the band recorded so far. "We hope, this album is a step forward, a natural development for the band" says Wojtek, Cochise's guitarist.

The Sun Also Rises for Unicorns features 13 new tracks:
  1. The Sun also rises for unicorns
  2. The Boy who lived before
  3. I don't care
  4. Homeland
  5. The Viper room
  6. Falling
  7. Circus
  8. Perfect place to die
  9. Stupid love
  10. Monster
  11. Black summer
  12. Karma
  13. Dead men wanted
The band was formed in 2004 in Białystok, Poland. The current line-up includes: Paweł Małaszyński on vocals (he is also a very successful movie actor in Poland), Wojtek Napora on the guitar, Radek Jasiński on the bass guitar and Czarek Mielko on the drums. So far, they have released a demo 9 plus three full-length releases - Still Alive in 2010, Back to Beginning in 2012 and 118 in 2014. On their studio albums, Cochise perfectly blend energetic songs enriched with heavy, almost metal sounds with more delicate, atmospheric ones. The band's most recent studio album 118 proved that they can remain true to the rock tradition and still enrich their sound with fresh and original ideas. The band follow this path on their new studio album The Sun Also Rises for Unicorns scheduled for release on October, 2nd via Metal Mind Productions.
Century Media / Queensrÿche reveal Condition Hüman album cover-art and track-listing
Posted by: Denis / 04.08.2015
QUEENSRŸCHE's highly anticipated new, full-length offering, Condition Hüman, is set for a release via Century Media Records on Oct 2nd. The album's cover-art and official track-listing is now available.

Todd LaTorre (vocals) states: "The artwork depicts a beautiful innocence surrounded by the darkness of a jaded unpredictable world."

Against the formidable obstacles of an ever-changing cultural landscape, the rise and fall of various musical trends, and the near collapse of the record industry itself, QUEENSRŸCHE secured a triumphant legacy as one of Hard Rock's most respected and celebrated acts, selling 30 million albums around the world across a 30-plus-year career.

The much-anticipated new offering, Condition Hüman, sees LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime on what is now his sophomore recording effort with the band. Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary) in the band's native Washington, Condition Hüman is a new mountain towering over many of the peaks and valleys of the hard rock landscape.

The epic album opening track, Arrow of Time, can be heard now exclusively here.

Also, don't miss QUEENSRŸCHE on tour as direct support to the legendary Scoprions across North America from Sept 10th to Oct 9th.

The band's name is uttered in the same breath as many of the groups they looked to as influences and others who arose as peers. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, Def Leppard. In recent years, they've consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen. Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and a several Top 10 Hard Rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won't relent. In fact, they're in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.
    QUEENSRŸCHE - Condition Hüman official track-listing
  1. Arrow of Time
  2. Guardian
  3. Hellfire
  4. Toxic Remedy
  5. Selfish Lives
  6. Eye9
  7. Bulletproof
  8. Hourglass
  9. Just Us
  10. All There Was
  11. The Aftermath
  12. Condition Hüman

Metal Blade Records / King Diamond announces 'Abigail In Concert 2015' tour
Posted by: Denis / 04.08.2015
King Diamond will be back on tour soon for an extra special event for fans – one not to be missed! As part of the set, the band will be performing the classic 1987 album Abigail in its entirety! The tour will begin on October 29th and runs through December 5th with legendary Bay Area Thrash Metal band Exodus as the opening act! The full list of confirmed dates is below. The general on sale for tickets begins Friday, August 7th at 10am ET.
    KING DIAMOND tour w/ Exodus
  • 10/29 Denver, CO The Fillmore
  • 10/31 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
  • 11/02 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
  • 11/05 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
  • 11/08 Tucson, AZ The Rialto Theatre
  • 11/09 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
  • 11/13 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre
  • 11/15 New Orleans, LA The Civic Auditorium
  • 11/16 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
  • 11/21 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
  • 11/24 Boston, MA Orpheum
  • 11/25 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
  • 11/27 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
  • 11/28 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
  • 11/30 Minneapolis, MN Myth
  • 12/02 Tulsa, OK Club Brady
  • 12/04 Houston, TX House of Blues
  • 12/05 Dallas, TX House of Blues

In Fall ink management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2015
Russian Gothic Metal band In Fall has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. The band will release this summer their highly anticipated new album Delete which GlobMetal are going all out to promote.

In Fall - it is a subtle feeling of light sadness, when you begin to look at things philosophically. It is a romantic drive and ironic lyrics, simplicity and sincerity, emotional detachment and piercing sarcasm. Duet from Yekaterinburg offers you their vision of Gothic-Rock.
Endless Void - rhythm, lead guitarist, and drummer needed
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2015
Rhythm, lead guitarist, and drummer needed for possibly performing several shows in the USA and abroad as well as needed for making a demonstration video and assisting me in finishing recording a record. Participants /musicians must be willing to seriously meet deadlines, fulfill obligations, and accept responsibility. Equally important potential participants must pass a basic audition exhibiting their musical talent and ability to play as well as perform Heavy Metal and classic Doom Metal music. Specifically music by the band Endless Void and Metal music from the 1980's and 1990's eras (NWOBHM). For more details contact James Owen / Endless Void / email: or telephone: 727-644-5232 or 814-823-6786. Furthermore, interested and like minded individuals are welcome to inquire and should research the validity of my musical endeavors and achievements as an Independent & Underground recording artist.

Massacre Records / MACBETH new album
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2015
Just in time for the band's 30th anniversary, MACBETH will release a new album called Imperium!

Patrick W. Engel and the band's guitarist Ralf Klein produced the album, whereas Patrick W. Engel also took care of the mix and mastering at Temple Of Disharmony.

The artwork's been created by Ralf Klein.

Imperium will also be available as limited edition digipak with three exclusive bonus tracks.

MACBETH's new album Imperium is set to be released on September 11, 2015 via Massacre Records.

Massacre Records / REBELLION new album
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2015
Who's ready for a new REBELLION album?

Wyrd Bið Ful Aræd – The History Of The Saxons is - as the title suggests - a historical concept album about the history of the Saxons - from the early days until the subjection under Frankish rule and religion in the early 9th century.

It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Oliver Geibig at Tone Town Music, and produced by Oliver Geibig and Tomi Göttlich.

The artwork, created by Hanspeter Ludwig, features an exaggerated image of the Externsteine, a distinctive sandstone rock formation located in Germany, and how they could have looked like when they were used as a pagan place of worship. You can expect a top-notch arrangement and a catchy mix of melodic hymns and double-bass tracks!

REBELLION's new album Wyrd Bið Ful Aræd – The History Of The Saxons will be released on September 25, 2015 via Massacre Records.

Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2015
Intromental Worldwide are extremely excited to announce the signing of New York / New Jersey based female fronted Power Metal artist MIDNIGHT ETERNAL. With their epic song writing, heavy sounds and beautiful melodies, the band took us by surprise and made us realize that this was exactly the kind of band the label needed on its roster.

Don't forget to check out their video for the song When Love And Faith Collide.
AFM Records / Brainstorm to unleash 'Scary Creatures' in January
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2015
German Power metallers BRAINSTORM are about to enter the studio in early August, to record the follow-up to 2014's Firesoul album, which will be titled Scary Creatures and is set for release in January 2016. The album will be produced by Achim Köhler once again.

Napalm Records / ALESTORM unveil new music video
Posted by: Denis / 31.07.2015
Check out the brand new ALESTORM music video for the track Magnetic North taken from their latest masterpiece Sunset On The Golden Age, which was produced by the mighty Lasse Lammert.

Travel with them to Magnetic North, but don't get lost in the seven seas. Check out the video here!

You MUST definitely see this five-piece pirate crew at these upcoming festival shows!
  • 06.08.2015 ES - Leyendas Del Rock
  • 14.08.2015 DE - Summer Breeze
  • 21.08.2015 NL - Lowlands
  • 28.08.2015 PL – Czad

Nuclear Blast / METAL ALLEGIANCE fourth studio webisode released
Posted by: Denis / 31.07.2015
Heavy Metal is more than a genre, more than an attitude and certainly more than whatever cheap epithets are dismissively thrown at it by clueless critics. At its best, metal is a lifestyle, a community, a tribe uniting people across cultural, economic and philosophical divides with the primal pulse of bombastic and majestic expression. Never before has one entity encapsulated so many components of the heavy metal community's continued vibrancy and dedication to the lifestyle than the collective fittingly called METAL ALLEGIANCE.

METAL ALLEGIANCE will release their debut self-titled album on September 18th via Nuclear Blast, but until then, the collective is teasing fans with videos from their sessions in the studio. The fourth trailer is now online and covers the recording of the third track, Can't Kill The Devil (feat. Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD), Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA)).
Nuclear Blast / AMORPHIS reveal fourth making-of episode of 'Under The Red Cloud'
Posted by: Denis / 31.07.2015
In anticipation of their upcoming record Under The Red Cloud (out worldwide September 4th via Nuclear Blast), melancholic Metal masters AMORPHIS release the fourth making-of episode. The clip gives an insight into the studio with Esa Holopainen and into Tomi Koivusaari's guitar as well as Niclas Etelävuori's bass recordings.

InsideOut Music / Caligula's Horse announce new album 'Bloom' and European tour dates
Posted by: Denis / 30.07.2015
Melding the forthright intensity of Rock with the skill and inventiveness of Progressive Metal, Brisbane's CALIGULA'S HORSE have announced the 16th October 2015 release of their 3rd record Bloom through InsideOutMusic, as well as extensive Australian and European tour dates.

Bloom follows 2011's colourful and dynamic debut Moments From Ephemeral City, and 2013's critically acclaimed dark narrative concept album The Tide, the Thief & River's End, an album that Metal Obsession hailed as 'nearly perfect'.

"Bloom is very special to all of us - it's an album full of colour and life, vibrance and energy, but one that breathes in and out with a natural ebb and flow," says lead vocalist Jim Grey. "It's exactly what we hoped to achieve with Caligula's Horse. To us, this album has a life of its own."

Equal parts grandiose and crushing, melodic and energetic, enjoy the first taste of Caligula's Horse's third record Bloom right this moment. Check out a trailer for the album here.

Having secured deals with The Agency Group for live bookings, and signing an international record deal with lauded Prog/Metal label InsideOut Music (home to Devin Townsend, Spock's Beard, Pain of Salvation), the band will tour Australia with UK Metal heroes TesseracT this October, before embarking on an extensive month-long tour of Europe and the UK with Norwegian blackjazz innovators Shining.

Caligula's Horse are known for their energetic live show and fierce stage presence, a quality that has seen them join the likes of Opeth, Mastodon, The Ocean and Protest The Hero on the stage and the road. This kind of intense touring regime will see them right at home.
  • 14/10 - Brisbane, The Zoo
  • 15/10 - Sydney, Factory Theatre
  • 16/10 - Melbourne, Maxx Watt's
  • 17/10 - Adelaide, Fowlers Live
  • 18/10 - Perth, Amplifier Bar

    EUROPEAN TOUR DATES with Shining (Norway)
  • 28/10 - Gothenburg, Fangelset
  • 29/10 - Copenhagen, Lille Vega
  • 31/10 - Dresden, Grovestation
  • 01/11 - Krakow, Fabryka
  • 02/11 - Warsaw, Hydrozagadka
  • 03/11 - Wroclaw, Liverpool Club
  • 04/11 - Prague, Podnik
  • 05/11 - Vienna, Viper Room
  • 06/11 - Budapest, A38
  • 07/11 - Ljubljana, Kino Siska
  • 08/11 - Bologna, Locomotiv
  • 09/11 - Milan, Lo Fi
  • 10/11 - Winterthur, Salzhaus
  • 12/11 - Luxembourg, Sonic Visions
  • 13/11 - Frankfurt, Nachtleben
  • 14/11 - Stuttgart, Keller Club
  • 15/11 - Utrecht, Tivoli de Helling
  • 16/11 - Bochum, Matrix
  • 17/11 - Brussels, Rotonde
  • 18/11 - Paris, Divan Du Monde
  • 19/11 - London, Underworld
  • 20/11 - Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
  • 21/11 - Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
  • 22/11 - Manchester, Sound Control
Frontiers Music / Joel Hoekstra - Dying to Live
Posted by: Denis / 30.07.2015
Whitesnake's guitarist Joel Hoekstra to release Dying to Live via Frontiers Music srl on October 16, 2015 World-wide. One of the most exciting melodic, Hard Rock albums of the year! Featuring: Jeff Scott Soto, Russell Allen, Tony Franklin, Vinny Appice, Derek Sherinian and more!

HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 29, 2015) Joel Hoekstra has announced the release of his new Melodic Hard Rock studio album Dying To Live from his electrifying new side project, Joel Hoekstra's 13. Hoekstra is best known to rock fans as the current guitarist for Whitesnake, and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages.

Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.

Hoekstra took charge of the creative process by handling the production, song writing and arranging (music and lyrics). The end result could best be described as hard, melodic, classic Rock that is Dio'ish at its heaviest and Foreigner'ish at its lightest.

"Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music. I wanted to put something out that showcased my production, writing and playing in the genre that I'm known for, which is melodic, Hard Rock", explains Hoekstra. "That's when I decided to start what I consider to be my rock side project, Joel Hoekstra's 13. Dying To Live focuses on struggles, potential pitfalls and the art of overcoming obstacles in life to finally arrive where we are meant to be."

Dying To Live
was conceived before Hoekstra joined Whitesnake. David Coverdale gave the album his full blessing. "David wants his players to spread their wings and fly and of course be ready to rock when Whitesnake needs them, which obviously won't be an issue."

Excited how the new album turned out, Hoekstra is looking forward to the overall reaction from fans and media. "I hope everyone will give it a listen. I feel it showcases my production, writing and playing in the genre I'm best known for thèse days. The line-up of musicians is stellar! I want to thank everyone for any support in advance. Life is good!"
    Album tracklisting:
  1. Say Goodbye To The Sun
  2. Anymore
  3. Until I Left You
  4. Long For The Days
  5. Scream
  6. Never Say Never
  7. Changes
  8. The Only Way To Go
  9. Dying To Live
  10. Start Again
  11. What We Believe
  12. Kill or Be Killed
    (Bonus Track digital download)
Nuclear Blast / SLAYER 'Chasing Death' video promo clip online
Posted by: Denis / 29.07.2015
In anticipation of Repentless, SLAYER's first new album in six years, due out 9/11/15 (Nuclear Blast), the band releases a video promo clip for the track Chasing Death.
    SLAYER's Repentless will be available in a wide array of formats:
  • Limited CD + Blu-ray digipak (includes Blu-ray of SLAYER Live At Wacken 2014 and the 'Making Of Repentless Documentary')
  • Limited CD + DVD digipak (includes DVD of SLAYER Live At Wacken 2014 and the 'Making Of Repentless Documentary')
  • Strictly limited 12-inch sized box (includes CD + Blu-ray digipak; DVD; exclusive Repentless 12-inch picture vinyl; SLAYER Live At Wacken 2014 CD; 12-inch photo card; 12-inch fold-out poster)
  • CD jewel case
  • Vinyl in gatefold (audio mastered for vinyl)
  • Digital (all digital platforms)
  • Limited edition 'Metal Eagle Edition'

Punishment 18 Records / Warsenal: new album, title and tracklist revealed
Posted by: Denis / 29.07.2015
Recently, Canadian Thrash-Speed metallers Warsenal has signed a new record deal with Italian label Punishment 18 Records for the release of their new full-length album titled Barn Burner. You can see the tracklist here:
  1. Dying On Stage
  2. Let Me Out
  3. Hit 'n' Run
  4. Conquer
  5. Stab You One By One
  6. Unstoppable
  7. Wars
  8. NightStalker
  9. Minefield Game
Pure Steel Records / POWER THEORY 'Cut and Run' video released
Posted by: Denis / 29.07.2015
The US Power Metal band Power Theory has released a new video for Cut and Run. The song will be on the upcoming album Driven by Fear.
Frontiers Music / Voodoo Hill (Dario Mollo & Glenn Hughes) Waterfall
Posted by: Denis / 28.07.2015
After more than a decade, VOODOO HILL, the alliance between Dario Mollo and Glenn Hughes returns with a new album. Out in October via Frontiers.

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the eagerly anticipated new album from VOODOO HILL entitled Waterfall on October 16th in Europe and North America.

The new VOODOO HILL album – the third release from the musical alliance between Italian axeman and producer Dario Mollo and legendary former Deep Purple singer / bassist Glenn Hughes – is the culmination of a 30+ year career for Mollo as a musician, songwriter and producer. Dario Mollo's career started in 1981 with the Heavy Metal band Crossbones, he continued to develop his abilities with musical giants like Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, MSG), Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy, Deep Purple) and several others. The Voodoo Hill albums with Glenn Hughes has always marked a special milestone in Dario's career though.

With the acclaimed first Voodoo Hill album in 2000, Dario, for the first time, had the chance to have a proper international release, while the follow up album Wild Seed of Mother Earth is probably the heaviest and strongest release ever from Dario. Both releases came out via the Italian label Frontiers with whom Dario has built a strong relationship during the years.

The new record came about as a result "of the most prolific and creative period I had in my entire career" tells Dario. "I wrote and recorded more than 35 song ideas in a very limited amount of time, leveraging from all the experiences I gathered as a guitar player, writer and producer. This creative phase had a further development when Dario Patti (keyboardist, bass player and orchestra arranger) came into the picture. He brought the songs a new palette of sounds and some superb arrangements. I also wanted the songs to sound as fresh as possible, trying my best to preserve the feeling of the overall performances, so I used very old school recording methods, including recording acoustic drums in rooms with natural reverb."

"It was right in the middle of this creative spring that Serafino of Frontiers called me to see whether I wanted to finally work on a third Voodoo Hill album after all these years," continues Mollo. "He said Glenn Hughes was available in principle, so the next thing I did was to choose the 11 songs which I thought suited the project the best. In comparison to the previous albums, I wanted to have Glenn more involved in the artistic decisions, so I sent him the songs before the final mixes in order to have his advices on the final result. That was a precious process that brought substantial changes, for instance on 'Last Door', where I literally changed the entire guitar riff to make it work better with the vocal melodies. In the end the song was basically rewritten and dramatically improved. It was a fabulous creative process, which I am truly confident will last more than a bunch of listening sessions and will offer a lot of enjoyment to all those will want to follow Voodoo Hill in this exciting musical venture."

Waterfall is a strong and straightforward hard and heavy rock album which is equally split between aggressive and heavy moments and beautiful melodies. A stunning release which all fans of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal truly won't want to miss!

Posted by: Denis / 27.07.2015
BLOODRED have recently started recording for the longed-for by many debut album.

For this Ron Merz has teamed up with Alexander Krull (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES) in its Mastersound Studio in Germany from 17 July. For the two is to continue the successful cooperation from last year.

Recording master Krull produces the whole and overtakes mixing and mastering.

After the critically acclaimed EP The Lost Ones, which was released in August last year, the current co-operative represents the second collaboration of this team.

In the technically well-equipped halls of the renowned Mastersound Studios releases of known acts like ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES, BELPHEGOR and OBSCURA have already been provided with a great sound. The guitars get recorded by Thorsten Bauer (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES).

Once more with the mystical BLACKENED DEATH METAL game in Swabian realms is also Joris Nijenhuis (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES), who overtakes the drums just as it did at last year's EP The Lost Ones.

BLOODRED mastermind, singer and multi-instrumentalist Ron Merz comments: "I am insanely blazed with great joy at the new recording sessions! In the Mastersound one can work as relaxed as fully focused. And Alex is always close with words and deeds."

Equally important to the studious BLOODRED main actor is the competent and experienced Joris Nijenhuis who plays the drum parts for the upcoming longplay crusher: "Joris is a world-class drummer, bringing in a whole new way ennobling, powerful dimension to my music with its style!"

The release of the debut album strike of BLOODRED, to date untitled, is scheduled for autumn 2015.
InsideOut Music / Spock's Beard release new lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 27.07.2015
Legendary Prog group Spock's Beard's 12th studio album The Oblivion Particle is set for release on August 21st, 2015. In advance of the album's release, the band is pleased to announce the first lyric video from the album, for the track Minion. The song is classic Spock's, sure to please fans both old and new.

SAVIOR FROM ANGER signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 27.07.2015
The Italian Power Metal band (US Metal style) SAVIOR FROM ANGER from Neaples signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS. The new album Temple of Judgment, which is produced at the moment, will be released next year.

Bandstatement: "This is Savior From Anger fourth album. So we are proud to sign with Pure Steel Records from Germany. It is an awesome label and we are sure that will do a great work with our album."

Nuclear Blast / CHILDREN OF BODOM first 'I Worship Chaos' trailer released
Posted by: Denis / 24.07.2015
World renowned Finnish Heavy Metal powerhouse CHILDREN OF BODOM are pleased to release the first trailer for their upcoming masterpiece I Worship Chaos, which will be in stores on October, 2nd via Nuclear Blast. Now the band have released a trailer in which bassist Henkka explains the concept behind cover artwork for the new album.

Returning to Finland's Danger Johnny Studios (located at a top secret, undisclosed location in Helsinki) to record I Worship Chaos, the album was produced by COB and Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their earlier albums Halo Of Blood, Hatebreeder, Follow The Reaper, Hate Crew Deathroll. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland, the artwork was created by Finnish artist Tuomas Korpi.

Nuclear Blast / AMORPHIS reveal third making-of episode of 'Under The Red Cloud'
Posted by: Denis / 24.07.2015
Melancholic Metal masters AMORPHIS release another appetizer, the third making-of episode, in support of their upcoming record Under The Red Cloud (out worldwide September 4th via Nuclear Blast) today. This trailer examines the vocal recordings for the new album of the Finns.

AMORPHIS vocalist Tomi Joutsen comments:
"This time, I was prepared really well for the recordings. When we started in Stockholm, I already had the final ideas for the songs. So it was really easy and nice to work there."

Redemption complete new album and sign to Metal Blade Records
Posted by: Denis / 24.07.2015
Progressive Metal act Redemption have completed recording a new album and signed with Metal Blade Records! The band is helmed by Nick van Dyk (guitars, keyboards), and includes legendary Prog vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), bassist Sean Andrews and drummer Chris Quirarte, as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on a medical leave of absence from the band.

Nick van Dyk comments on signing with Metal Blade: "We are incredibly fired up to join the Metal Blade family. Brian and his team have been friends for years and many of them have been supporters of the band from early days, and the influence of Brian and his label on the history of heavy music is indelible. We're working with friends who are passionate about the music and who are some of the best in the world at what they do – Redemption is really excited about our collaborations to come!"

With the new record, Redemption is returning from a longer than usual break - van Dyk explains: "We've taken the longest break between records in our history, for a number of reasons. But we are excited to return with what I honestly believe may represent the best record thus far in our career. We are just putting the finishing touches on it now. The songs are unmistakably Redemption, with the combination of energy, urgency, melody and heaviness that marks all of our work. But the songwriting and performances have been taken up a notch across the board. The music ranges from short, hard-hitting Power/Prog to sprawling epics, including the longest song we've ever recorded with Ray on vocals. The album is being mixed as we speak and we're very excited for our fans to hear it!"

Finally, Redemption would like to update everyone on the status of Bernie Versailles: "This is also the first record we have done without the involvement of our dear friend and bandmate Bernie Versailles, who is recovering from the aneurism he suffered last October. We are thrilled with his progress but his road to recovery is going to be a long one. After numerous conversations with Bernie, his family and close friends, we have collectively decided that Bernie's recovery should be directed by what is needed to fully restore his physical well being, not by the needs of this band. Bernie is a founding member of this band and his place will be kept for him while he is on extended medical leave. We have been fortunate to have a tremendous guitarist step in, as well as a couple of other special guests. I look forward to announcing these guests in the coming weeks as the album is finalized. The guitar playing on this record is insane – and I think fans of a particular band are going to have their mind absolutely blown and can't wait for the big reveal!"

New music and more details surrounding the band's sixth album and follow up to 2011′s This Mortal Coil will be released in the coming weeks.

Posted by: Denis / 23.07.2015
This September sees the release of Tarja Turunen's classical solo debut Ave Maria – En Plein Air.

Ave Maria is a traditional prayer dedicated to the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, asking for her intercession. It has been set to music in over 4000 songs, some of which kept the original prayer as words while others used a different text than the traditional one.

Ave Maria - En Plein Air features 12 beautiful Ave Maria songs by a wide variety of composers. Tarja Turunen breathes life into some of the most loved and rare songs of Paolo Tosti, David Popper, Astor Piazzolla, and of course Johann Sebastian Bach / Charles Gounod, among others. The closing track of the album presents a magnificent composition by Tarja Turunen herself. Recorded in the stunning Lakeuden Risti Church in Seinäjoki, Finland – a snow-white landmark, both national heritage and significant example of modern Finnish architecture designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto – the Lutheran church offers the perfect soundscape for Tarja Turunen's crisp clear voice. Combined with a piercing organ, cello and harp, the music blends into a rich sound universe.

Ave Maria – En Plein Air will be released as Limited Super Audio CD, Vinyl and download on September 11th, 2015 on earMUSIC.

Classical music was Tarja Turunen's first love. The classically trained soprano studied Church Music at Sibelius Academy in Finland as well as German Lied at the Music University of Karlsruhe, Germany. She became one of the most important female voices of metal: first as part of multi-million selling and groundbreaking symphonic Metal band Nightwish and later with her successful solo career, carrying her own name and releasing three studio albums so far. Tarja Turunen has always crossed genres and musical cultures, showing a wide versatility with projects such as Tarja Turunen & HARUS and Beauty & The Beat; HARUS being a mix of traditional and modern pieces whereas Beauty & The Beat created an interface between classical and rock music, arranged with orchestra and choir.

Tarja Turunen is one of the few artists who can perform at the biggest rock and Metal festivals one night, in a cathedral the next. This December, Tarja Turunen will introduce her favourite Ave Maria's as well as her most beloved Christmas carols on tour:
    AVE MARIA Christmas Tour 2015
  • 04.12. OLOMOUC – Kostel Panny Marie Sněžné (CZ)
  • 10.12. BERLIN – Passionskirche (GER)
  • 11.12. BOCHUM – Christuskirche (GER)
  • 12.12. BIELEFELD – Altstädter Nikolaikirche (GER)
  • 14.12. MAGDEBURG – Johanniskirche (GER)
  • 15.12. MAINZ – Frankfurter Hof (GER)
  • 16.12. ZURICH – Theater Spirgarten (CH)
  • 27.12. MOSCOW – The Great Hall of Moscow State Conservatory (RU)
    AVE MARIA Joulukonsertti 2015
  • 21.12. TAMPERE – Kalevan kirkko (FIN)
  • 22.12. HELSINKI – Kallion kirkko (FIN)
  1. Paolo Tosti
  2. Axel von Kothen
  3. David Popper
  4. Camille Saint-Saëns
  5. Astor Piazzolla
  6. J. S. Bach / Charles Gounod
  7. Pietro Mascagni
  8. Ferenc Farkas
  9. Giulio Caccini
  10. Michael Hoppé
  11. Charles-Marie Widor
  12. Tarja Turunen

Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars bass guitar recordings done
Posted by: Denis / 23.07.2015
Former Holy Terror and Headcrasher / Jester Beast members band Mindwars has finished recordings bass sessions of next new record album that is due to come out at the end of the year/beginning 2016 by Italian label Punishment 18 Records. After a brief holiday, trio will enter the Silent Sound Studio in Los Angeles for guitars and vocals in September.
GlobMetal Promotions / Nota Amara released new EP
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2015
Russian Progressive symphonic Metal band Nota Amara released their new EP Mediocrity.

EP Mediocrity is the second creation in the group's discography. Tracking, mixing and mastering by Dmitry Taranov (Narwhal Tusk), Studio 'Bass-Bochka', Rostov-on-don.

Nota Amara is a Melodic Progressive Metal band, which united Alexander Bryl (guitars) and Natalia Kononova (vocals) and also invited musicians such as Dmitry Returns (Narwhal Tusk). The band is based in Novocherkassk, Rostov Region, Russia. At the moment the band has debut full album At the Line (2014) and EP Mediocrity (2015).
High Roller Records / WHITE HORNET - s/t 7"
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2015
WHITE HORNET - s/t 7" ltd 500, 250 x transparent ultra clear + 250 x black vinyl, lyric sheet
  • TODD L. EDWARDS - lead vocals
  • MATT 'SAINT' ST.OURS - lead guitars/bass/backing vocals/drum programming
  1. Goin' Straight to Hell
  2. Satan's Arrow Strikes
  3. Condemned to Hell
  4. White Hornet
Matt St. Ours's story:
"The story of White Hornet, like many others who came before, begins (and to this very day remains) in a cramped attic bedroom. If there's any of you reading this out there that have ever been the unknown in music and tried starting your own band from the bottom up; you'll already know how very difficult it is to truly get things on the path to even basic recognition. The year was 2010; I was a senior at Parkville High School in Baltimore Maryland, and I had never been in a band before (hell, I hadn't even been playing guitar for but a year or so). My heart was dead set on playing the music that I loved, and being a huge fan of the NWOBHM, traditional Metal, and Heavy Metal underground as a whole, I knew it'd be no easy task. Upon looking into the Baltimore music scene, it didn't take long to find out that no other bands were doing anything even close to my vision, and after many fruitless attempts to find any like-minded, I simply decided to do things on my own. There's so much more to say, but I wouldn't want to bore everyone to death (I can do that another time haha!)... so let's fast-forward a bit...

The years passed, and by early 2013 finally saw the release of the debut EP Apocalypse with the following year seeing the release of the debut full-length Give 'Em The Axe, which really put us on the oldschool Heavy Metal map. Now here we are in 2015, still in that same attic bedroom, and this new self-titled EP will soon release for you all to hear. I should mention the fantastic cover art by Ole Hamilton of Mandrake and Witch Cross (he drew the iconic Mercyful Fate EP and Witch Cross 'Fit For Fight' covers; the man is a legendary artist and guitarist both!). The EP takes two tracks from the first Apocalypse EP and re-creates them how I originally envisioned; they've been given a complete overhaul vocally by the killer vocals of Todd L Edwards, and I couldn't be more glad with the result. The EP also contains 2 brand new songs exclusive to this EP alone, one being the self-titled killer that describes the band name perfectly; fast, aggressive, and in your face. The band is already working on a second full-length, and I really hope you enjoy this EP release; as it wouldn't have been possible without labels like High Roller and all the true oldschool metalheads worldwide. People always ask me where the name came from, and if there's any meaning behind it; check out this EP and I think you'll fully understand. To see my music on a fantastic label like High Roller (who has more bands on their roster that I love than I can even count), much less a vinyl record is the opportunity of a lifetime to me; so I hope every single person out there who buys this EP will wholeheartedly love it. Heavy Metal never dies, and after listening to this EP from us, we hope you'll see that the flame is burning ever so-strongly and has no intention of going out."
MINDLESS SINNER signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2015
The Swedish Heavy Metal Band MINDLESS SINNER from Linköping signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS. After 25 years the band will be released on 16th October 2015 their new album The New Messiah.

Bandstatment: "We're proud to announce that Mindless Sinner has signed a worldwide record deal with Pure Steel Records. We're looking forward to some great stuff and a great collaboration for the future."
  • Christer Göransson - vocals
  • Magnus Danneblad - lead guitar
  • Jerker Edman - lead guitar
  • Christer Carlson - bass
  • Tommy Viktorsson - drums
Stormspell Records / NUMENOR
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2015
Please welcome Stormspell Records latest signing - NUMENOR - the fantasy masters of black romantic tales inspired by Moorcock and Tolkien. Their sophomore album aptly entitled Sword & Sorcery will be released with label's next batch of releases, coming out soon.

Fans of Bal-Sagoth, Skyfire, Brimstone, Stormlord, Domine, and sympho blackened Power Metal in general, take note: Númenor's The Oath of Fëanor.
Imperative PR / Designs Of Chaos to support Soulfly in London
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2015
This Saturday, July 25th Designs Of Chaos will take to the stage of the O2 Islington Academy as support to Max Cavalera's Soulfly. This prestigious slot has been well earned by the band who recently performed a stunning tribute show to their sadly departed friend and drummer, Chris Crammond, at the Camden Barfly. Designs Of Chaos proved just what a devastating live proposition they are that night and will no doubt repeat the feat and win themselves many new fans from amongst the Soulfly faithful.
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2015
Formed in 2010 by former Imagika lead guitarist Steven Rice, Kill Ritual have released 2 critically acclaimed albums, The Serpentine Ritual (2012) and The Eyes Of Medusa (2014), and are now ready to unleash their fury with Karma Machine, a powerful sonic beast that can be described as the perfect mix of all the band's influences. Encompassing 9 tracks, the CD finds Kill Ritual going from Heavy to melodic while retaining their Thrash roots. The album was once again produced by guitarist Steven D. Rice and mixed/mastered by King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque. Artwork was completed by longtime Kill Ritual artist Jobert Mello (Sabaton, Primal Fear, Benedictum). Karma Machine also marks the debut of new vocalist David Reed Watson, drummer Koryun Bobikyan and bassist Bobby HQ Storm. The album will be available starting from September 18.
Napalm Records / GRAVE DIGGER unveil details of upcoming album
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2015
After three decades of making Heavy Metal history, GRAVE DIGGER is still one of the very best German Metal bands enjoying a leading role, when it comes to classic Heavy Metal! Now the band has unveiled heavy details of their upcoming album for their 35 years anniversary: Title, artwork, track list, release date!

Back to the 80s and back to their roots! That's what the Exhumation - The Early Years is going to be with re-recordings of their absolute classics with a dynamic and powerful sound of 2015 – Set to be released worldwide on October, 23rd!

Napalm Records / KAMELOT announce European tour 2015
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2015
After a hugely successful run of North American shows earlier this year in support of their new blockbuster release Haven, KAMELOT have announced another leg in support of the Haven album that kicks off September 17th in Paris, France. The European trek will span many of Europe's top venues, the tour wraps up October 16th in Tilburg, Netherlands newly renovated 013.

The band says, "Kamelot Nation Europe!!! Kamelot is super stoked to announce this tour and special guests Gus G. and Kobra and The Lotus. Crushing riffs and Metal anthems are coming back this September and October!!!"

KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood adds: "Since Haven has been released, we have been waiting anxiously to play the new songs for our fans in Europe, it's time now! I am also happy to have our long time friend Gus G. and Canadians Kobra and The Lotus on board. This will be one killer package for the fans."

As mentioned above, Gus G. (Firewind/Ozzy) will be bring his latest album Brand New Revolution to the tour, along with openers, Canada's Kobra and The Lotus, in support of their new EP Words of the Prophets.

Gus G. states: "I'm proud & excited to confirm that I'll be touring Europe this Fall as special guest of Kamelot! I've known the guys for many years and we've toured on various occasions in Europe & Japan, whether it's been w/ Firewind or Dream Evil. Last March we played a one-off show in London together and the feeling was fantastic, we even got to jam on stage! I'm happy we'll be touring together again. Can't wait to see you all out there. So get your tickets, this is an event you don't want to miss out on!"
  • 17.09.2015 FR – Paris / La Cigale
  • 18.09.2015 DE – Köln / Essigfabrik
  • 19.09.2015 CH – Pratteln / Z7 Konzertfabrik
  • 20.09.2015 DE – Bochum / Zeche
  • 24.09.2015 DK – Rødovre / Kulturhuset Viften
  • 25.09.2015 SE – Gothenburg / Trädgår'n
  • 26.09.2015 NO – Oslo / Sentrum Scene
  • 27.09.2015 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Medis
  • 29.09.2015 FI – Jyväskylä / Lutakko
  • 01.10.2015 FI – Joensuu / Kerubi
  • 02.10.2015 FI - Seinäjoki / Rytmikorjaamo
  • 03.10.2015 FI – Helsinki / Circus
  • 05.10.2015 LT – Vilnius / Forum Palace
  • 06.10.2015 PL – Warszawa / Club Progresja
  • 08.10.2015 IT – Milano / Live Music Club
  • 10.10.2015 JP – Tokyo / Loud Park Festival
  • 13.10.2015 FR - Strasbourg / La Laiterie
  • 14.10.2015 FR - Lyon / Ninkasi Kao
  • 16.10.2015 NL – Tilburg / Poppodium 013

Cruz del Sur Music / KING HEAVY lights on 'La Gárgola'
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2015
Epic Doom metallers KING HEAVY introduce La Gárgola - the first track off their upcoming self-titled release out in early September.

La Gárgola (Spanish for 'Gargoyle') gives a very good perspective of what you will find on the album, Heavy epic Doom Metal led by the multifaceted vocals of Luce Vee (Hooded Priest / Witchsmeller Pursuivant), melting into twisted and obscures melodies much in the line of Celtic Frost's masterpiece Into the Pandemonium.
Century Media / Queensrÿche announce new album specifics, post new track and prepare for fall tour as direct support to The Scorpions
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2015
Against the formidable obstacles of an ever-changing cultural landscape, the rise and fall of various musical trends, and the near collapse of the record industry itself, QUEENSRŸCHE secured a triumphant legacy as one of Hard Rock's most respected and celebrated acts, selling 30 million albums around the world across a 30-plus-year career.

The much-anticipated new offering, Condition Hüman, sees vocalist Todd LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime on what is now his sophomore recording effort with the band. Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary) in the band's native Washington, Condition Hüman is a new mountain towering over many of the peaks and valleys of the hard rock landscape. Look for the album via Century Media Records on Oct 2nd.

The epic album opening track, Arrow of Time, can be heard now exclusively here.

Also, don't miss QUEENSRŸCHE on tour as direct support to the legendary Scoprions across North America from Sept 10th to Oct 9th.

The band's name is uttered in the same breath as many of the groups they looked to as influences and others who arose as peers. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. In recent years, they've consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen. Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and a several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won't relent. In fact, they're in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.
    QUEENSRYCHE w/Scorpions
  • Sep 10 @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA
  • Sep 11 @ The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY* (QUEENSRYCHE Headlining Off-Date)
  • Sep 12 @ Barclay's Arena - Brooklyn, NY
  • Sep 13 @ Meadowbrook - Gilford, NH
  • Sep 14 @ State Theatre - Portland, ME* (QUEENSRYCHE Headlining Off-Date)
  • Sep 16 @ Moncton Coliseum - Moncton, Canada
  • Sep 17 @ Imperial Theatre - Quebec, Canada* (QUEENSRYCHE Headlining Off-Date)
  • Sep 18 @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, Canada
  • Sep 19 @ Bell Centre - Montreal, Canada
  • Sep 22 @ LC Pavilion - Columbus, OH
  • Sep 23 @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica - Cleveland, OH
  • Sep 24 @ The Vogue - Indianapolis, IN* (QUEENSRYCHE Headlining Off-Date)
  • Sep 25 @ Caesar's Windsor - Windsor, Canada
  • Sep 26 @ Allstate Arena - Chicago, IL
  • Sep 29 @ Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre - Denver, CO
  • Oct 01 @ SAP Center - San Jose, CA
  • Oct 02 @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe - Stateline, NV*(QUEENSRYCHE Headlining Off-Date)
  • Oct 03 @ The Forum - Los Angeles, CA
  • Oct 04 @ House of Blues San Diego - San Diego, CA* (QUEENSRYCHE Headlining Off-Date)
  • Oct 06 @ Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Oct 07 @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV
  • Oct 09 @ ShoWare Center - Seattle, WA

Posted by: Denis / 20.07.2015
One Machine, the brainchild of acclaimed guitarist/songwriter Steve Smyth (Testament, Nevermore, Forbidden, Dragonlord, Vicious Rumors), have set The Final Cull as the title of their second album, due on September 18th on Scarlet Records.

Commented Smyth: "We are very excited to release The Final Cull to you all on September 18th! This is the album I've been wanting to write for years, and we've done it now, with One Machine. The perfect storm of a bit of careful planning, a lot of spontaneity in the songwriting department, and jamming as a band together with Jamie (Hunt, guitar), Chris (Hawkins, vocals), Stefano (Selvatico, bass), and Michi (Sanna, drums) live in the studio, we have come out the other side of this with what I feel is a really heavy, living, breathing, live metal album! Did I mention it's heavy, and it's metal?! We tracked live at Death Island Studios, with Marco Angioni and Tue Madsen helming. Tue came in and set up the studio, and off we went for 9 days solid, 15-18 hour days, eat, sleep, and right back in, it was awesome! Tue mixed, mastered and produced Chris' vocals (I leaned in a little), and I produced the music. It was so refreshing to work in this way again! Music is meant to be heard live, especially metal, that's why I wanted to do it this way, and we couldn't be happier with this album. I hope you'll join us down the dark futuristic path that is The Final Cull!"
Limb Music / DRAGONY unveil collaboration with Lukas Knoebl of ILLUMINATA
Posted by: Denis / 20.07.2015
Limb Music would like to continue giving you some details on upcoming new Dragony's album Shadowplay which will be released on 18th September 2015, and it is with great pleasure that the band can announce a collaboration with Lukas Knoebl, guitarist and mastermind of Austrian symphonic metallers ILLUMINATA!

Lukas is not only a great guitarist and songwriter, but he is also a highly talented arranger of orchestral music, and when Dragony were looking to take the 'symphonic' aspect of the new songs to the next level, they got in contact with Lukas when the band heard his amazing work on ILLUMINATA's new album Where Stories Unfold. Dragony are very happy to have him on board, as he provided some excellent orchestral arrangements for band's new songs!

Intromental / SIMULACRUM
Posted by: Denis / 20.07.2015
SIMULACRUM have released a video teaser from their upcoming concept album Sky Divided. The video presents the versatile sound of the band which, in some occasions, bows towards classic progressive metal but in others, ventures into unexplored grounds.

The next important dates in Simulacrum's calendar are the 14th and 28th of August, when the band releases two large-budget music videos that deepen the post-apocalyptic world of Sky Divided to the listener. The album will be released on the 28th of August on CD as well as on digital download by Inverse Records.
InsideOut Music / Riverside first 'Love, Fear and the Time Machine' album trailer
Posted by: Denis / 17.07.2015
Polish Prog masters RIVERSIDE are currently on the road and pre-promoting their much anticipated new studio album Love, Fear and the Time Machine, set to be released on September 4th, 2015 via InsideOutMusic.

A first trailer ('Love') for the album has now been launched here.

Nuclear Blast / METAL ALLEGIANCE second studio webisode released
Posted by: Denis / 17.07.2015
METAL ALLEGIANCE recently announced the release of their debut self-titled album on September 18th but until then, the collective is teasing fans with videos from their sessions in the studio. The second trailer is now online and covers the recording of the second track, Let Darkness Fall (feat. Troy Sanders (MASTODON), Rex Brown (PANTERA, KILL DEVIL HILL) and Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD)).
SOM DO DARMA / Maestrick announces release of concept album divided in two parts
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2015
Maestrick announces release of concept album divided in two parts. The new work will be successor of the acclaimed debut Unpuzzle released in USA, Europe and Asia by Prog Power Records.

In 2011, the Brazilian Progressive Rock/Metal band Maestrick presented the music market with an invaluable work of art. The album Unpuzzle! brought together 11 tracks of a genial musicality, with references in artistic movements like surrealism and dialogs with several segments such as cinema, painting, literature, dance and performing arts. Back then, the musicians themselves titled Maestrick's music as a 'Musical Aquarelle'.

Unpuzzle! was exceptionally well received by press at the time. The album was elected among the 'Best Of The Year' in all voting held by readers of Brazilian specialized magazines and sites. With the release of the album in Europe, United States and Asia in 2013 by Prog Power Records, the album also reached the international press and conquered the critics, receiving statements such as 'Masterpiece' (Stormbringer - Germany), 'Fascinating' (Metal Temple - Greece) and 'Unique' (Lady Obscure - USA).

After the tour in promotion of Unpuzzle! that passed by several states in Brazil, including two unforgettable shows at the festivals Roça 'N' Roll in Varginha/MG and ProgFest II in Lima, Peru, Maestrick started to focus on writing new songs for its second album.

Still untitled, the album will be conceptual and released in two separated discs. All the structures are defined and it will bring 24 songs, with 12 in each album divided in three movements of four songs.

According to the vocalist and pianist Fabio Caldeira, this mathematical operation has, as result, a new and big equation with multiple emotions. "We have practically all composed and the pre-production at an advanced stage", says the musician. "Again we have a conceptual design, and again everything is flowing naturally. From an unassuming talk in my house, an idea emerged and the whole concept has been developed so far. We will have a trip, again uniting various artistic universes and divided into two parts. We decided to give attention to each disc separately, focusing on every detail, every note, every word of every song. We will have everything that Maestrick has to offer, but now on double dose!"

The recordings of the new Maestrick album will soon begin. Names of producer and studio will soon be revealed.

Among other news, on May 16th completed five years since the death of one of the greatest Heavy Metal vocalists of all time: Ronnie James Dio. Musicians from around found a way to honor the master. Maestrick was one of them that recorded a tribute to honor the legacy left by Dio. It is a new recording for Rainbow's classic Rainbow Eyes, with the special participation of the Brazilian orchestra 'Belas Artes' (OBA!) under the baton of conductor Andrea Porzio Vernino.

Maestrick's version for Rainbow Eyes was released on video. It's already available on the band's official Youtube channel.
Punishment 18 Records / In Malice's Wake: rhythm guitars complete and bass begins
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2015
Australian thrashers In Malice's Wake will release their new full-length album, Light Upon the Wicked, in 2015 by Punishment 18 Records. Works are going on, day by day. Underneath a brand new public statement from the band:
"After an intense few weeks of tracking, we can report that the rhythm guitar tracks for the album are now complete. They are sounding savage, and fill out the devastating drum foundations beautifully. Karl begins tracking his bass tomorrow night and vocals will be soon to follow... Piece by piece it is all falling into place now..."
Punishment 18 Records / Envenomed new videoclip posted on YouTube
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2015
Recently, Australian Melodic Thrash metallers Envenomed has sign a record deal with Italian label Punishment 18 Records. Their first album, titled Evil Unseen, was released independently by the band in 2014 and now will be re-released and world distributed in this year. The official videoclip for the song Within Me can be seen here.
Nuclear Blast / AVANTASIA is back; new album and world tour
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2015
The original is back! EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has returned to the studio to work on the new chapter of AVANTASIA. The sequel to the successful latest album The Mystery Of Time (2013, charting in 16 countries in Europe, Asia and America, including #2 in Germany) will be called Ghostlights and is scheduled to be released in early 2016. An EP/ single is also planned to be released this autumn, and in March 2016 a giant all-star ensemble will set off on the GHOSTLIGHTS WORLD TOUR.

Tobias Sammet: "In the past months I've spent a lot of time in the studio, an odd recluse in the basement, secretly working obsessively on something that reads and feels and sounds like a new - very strong - chapter in the story of AVANTASIA. I must say AVANTASIA is a fantastic outlet for creativity, and it's truly inspiring to create a piece of music for so many great vocalists and instrumentalists.
The new material is very bombastic and dynamic, and even though it's extremely diverse, every minute of it sounds like AVANTASIA. I'm really proud of what we're creating right now. And as if that wasn't enough: I'm anxiously looking forward to hitting the road again. I didn't necessarily expect this to happen as in the past it has always been difficult to align the individual schedules of the guest stars, but things have worked out, and we're ready to make it happen one more time! We'll put on a big show, we're gonna play over three hours, and we'll take the fans to a magical world all its own - to AVANTASIA. The live setlist is going to embrace the entire history of AVANTASIA, from The Metal Opera to Ghostlights and of course everything in between!"

The world tour will kick off in Berlin on March 4th, 2016.
    Tour dates
  • 2016-03-04 Berlin (Huxley's) DE
  • 2016-03-05 Hamburg (Große Freiheit) DE
  • 2016-03-06 Bremen (Aladin) DE
  • 2016-03-08 London (The Forum) GB
  • 2016-03-09 Paris (Le Trianon) FR
  • 2016-03-11 Barcelona (Razzmatazz 1) ES
  • 2016-03-12 Madrid (La Riviera) ES
  • 2016-03-15 Frankfurt-Langen (Stadthalle) DE
  • 2016-03-16 Prague (Forum Karlin) CZ
  • 2016-03-18 Kaufbeuren (All-Karthalle) DE
  • 2016-03-19 Bamberg (Brose-Arena) DE
  • 2016-03-20 Oberhausen (Turbinenhalle) DE
  • 2016-03-22 Milan (Alcatraz) IT
  • 2016-03-24 Pratteln (Z7) CH
  • 2016-03-25 Pratteln (Z7) CH
  • 2016-03-27 Banska Bystrica (Ice Stadium) SK
  • 2016-03-28 Bratislava (Sportshall) SK
  • 2016-03-31 Saarbrücken (Saarlandhalle) DE
  • 2016-04-01 Ludwigsburg (Arena) DE
  • 2016-04-02 Fulda (Esperantohalle) DE

Cruz del Sur Music / MAGISTER TEMPLI's 'Into Duat' artwork revealed
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2015
The artwork for MAGISTER TEMPLI's Into Duat created by Stefan Blyel perfectly captures the spirit of the album, an opening to the Realm of Duat, the world of the Gods of the Ancient Egyptian mythology.

Into Duat will be released in early September on Compact Disc, Limited Vinyl, Limited Tape and Digital.
Napalm Records / W.A.S.P. announce new album details
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2015
Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal icons W.A.S.P.. This October 2nd, the wait ends, as Blackie Lawless and the legendary rockers W.A.S.P. will release their long awaited new album and Napalm Records debut Golgotha. Now the artwork and track listing have been revealed.

Frontman Blackie Lawless on the new album Golgotha:
"There are times in any band's career that somehow all things mesh together. Their experiences, influences, and personal timing bring them into a common space. This has happened with this record. Four years in the making has provided direction, but even greater reflection. Golgotha, where Christ was crucified - Hebrew for 'the place of the skull'."

Golgotha is available as SPECIAL DELUXE METAL BOX, exclusive LTD VINYL, CD and Merchandise and up for pre-order from the Napalm Records Webstore.

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

Pure Steel Records / SHADOWKILLER 'Until The War Is Won' cover, tracklist, release date: 28th August 2015
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2015
The release date of the SHADOWKILLER album Until The War Is Won on CD is August 28th, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on August 14th, 2015 in label's webshop.

With SHADOWKILLER there is yet another new, intense Power Metal band from Northern California signed with Pure Steel Records. The quartet did already release their debut album Slaves Of Egypt in 2013 through Stormspell Records (US) and with that, they were quite successful in the underground.

Now, two years later, they unleash the successor Until The War Is Won on which the horde around Hellhound (US) musicians Gery Neff and Joe Liszt present nine innovative new tracks. Contemporarily and greatly produced, with a progressive hint, tight rhythms, distinctive leads and charismatic, strong vocals: On their label debut SHADOWKILLER prove all their strengths and musical qualities and show impressively that sophisticated classical Metal is still alive and well in the USA! It's a great pleasure for fans of this genre!

Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2015
Athens, Georgia-based Melodic Metal band Theocracy is happy to announce that original drummer Shawn Benson will record the drums on their highly anticipated fourth album. Benson played drums on 2011's As the World Bleeds and 2008's Mirror of Souls, as well as the 2013 re-release of Theocracy's self-titled debut album.

The band are in the early stages of recording, and are excited to showcase Benson's unique style on their upcoming release, which will be their third on Swedish label Ulterium Records. Here is studio footage of Benson playing one of the new songs.

Theocracy recently returned from a brief tour in Scandinavia, including their first performance in Sweden, with Halcyon Way drummer Ernie Topran filling in on the drums.

Former drummer Patrick Nickell quit Theocracy last November after recording the Christmas single Night of Silence, and the band wishes him well in his future endeavors. No decision has been made regarding a permanent replacement.

Nuclear Blast / CHILDREN OF BODOM to tour Europe with LAMB OF GOD, SYLOSIS and MEGADETH in fall 2015
Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2015
In support of their upcoming record, I Worship Chaos (out October 2nd via Nuclear Blast), the Finns CHILDREN OF BODOM will join forces with US-based groove monsters LAMB OF GOD, which will present their new record VII: Sturm Und Drang (out July 24th via Nuclear Blast) as well, to tour Europe this fall.

COB fronter Alexi Laiho comments:
"We're all super psyched to hit the road with LAMB OF GOD this fall as we have a long history of touring and kicking some serious ass all over the globe with those guys! This is something you might not wanna miss, trust me!"

Opening support will come by British Melodic Death/Thrash masters SYLOSIS.

For a few dates in the UK and Ireland, this touring package will team up with mighty MEGADETH.
    Tour dates
  • 2015-10-25 Gdansk (B90) PL
  • 2015-10-26 Krakow (Fabryka) PL
  • 2015-10-27 Brno (Club Fleda) CZ
  • 2015-10-29 Marseille (Espace Julien) FR
  • 2015-11-04 Bordeaux (Le Rocher De Palmer) FR
  • 2015-11-05 Lyon (Le Transbordeur) FR
  • 2015-11-06 Paris (Le Bataclan) FR
  • 2015-11-07 Strasbourg (Le Laiterie) FR
  • 2015-11-09 Dublin (3Arena) IE
  • 2015-11-11 Glasgow (Braehead Arena) GB
  • 2015-11-12 Manchester (O2 Apollo Manchester) GB
  • 2015-11-14 London (The SSE Arena Wembley) GB
  • 2015-11-15 Birmingham (Birmingham O2 Academy) GB
  • 2015-11-17 Stuttgart (LKA Longhorn) DE
  • 2015-11-18 Tilbourg (O13) NL
  • 2015-11-19 Oberhausen (Turbinenhalle) DE
  • 2015-11-20 Wiesbaden (Schlachthof) DE
  • 2015-11-22 Zurich (Komplex) CH
  • 2015-11-23 Lausanne (Les Docks) CH
  • 2015-11-24 Milan (Alcatraz) IT
  • 2015-11-25 München (Kesselhaus) DE
  • 2015-11-26 Wien (Gasometer) AT
  • 2015-11-28 Leipzig (Haus Auensee) DE
  • 2015-11-29 Brussels (Ancienne Belgique) BE
  • 2015-11-30 Hamburg (Docks) DE
  • 2015-12-01 Copenhagen (Store Vega) DK
  • 2015-12-05 Södra Hammarbyhamnen (Fryshuset) SE
  • 2015-12-06 Oslo (Rockefeller Music Hall) NO

Nuclear Blast / METAL ALLEGIANCE first studio trailer (feat. Randy Blythe & Gary Holt) released
Posted by: Denis / 13.07.2015
Heavy Metal is more than a genre, more than an attitude and certainly more than whatever cheap epithets are dismissively thrown at it by clueless critics. At its best, Metal is a lifestyle, a community, a tribe uniting people across cultural, economic and philosophical divides with the primal pulse of bombastic and majestic expression. Never before has one entity encapsulated so many components of the Heavy Metal community's continued vibrancy and dedication to the lifestyle than the collective fittingly called METAL ALLEGIANCE.

METAL ALLEGIANCE recently announced the release of their debut self-titled album on September 18th but until then, the collective is teasing fans with videos from their sessions in the studio. The first trailer is now online and covers the recording of the first track, Gift Of Pain. Watch out for appearances by Randy Blythe, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy and Gary Holt here.
Nuclear Blast / DEATH ANGEL release official live track 'Execution/Don’t Save Me' from 'The Bay Calls For Blood'
Posted by: Denis / 13.07.2015
San Francisco Bay Area Thrash veterans DEATH ANGEL have released a live rendition of the song Execution/Don't Save Me at this location.

The track comes from their upcoming The Bay Calls For Blood - Live In San Francisco album, which will also be included with the release of their 'a thrashumentary' DVD.

The 'a thrashumentary' DVD release was directed, shot and edited by Tommy Jones (KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK, LAMB OF GOD, CARCASS, TESTAMENT) of Videohammer Studios. It will be released July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. The release will include a bonus full live album entitled The Bay Calls For Blood - Live In San Francisco.

The Bay Calls For Blood - Live In San Francisco will also be sold as a vinyl LP exclusively through Nuclear Blast mail-order and will be made available in the digital format as well. Artwork for the LP version was created by Joey James Hernandez.

Nuclear Blast / CHILDREN OF BODOM first track 'Morrigan' from 'I Worship Chaos' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 13.07.2015
The world renowned Finnish Heavy Metal powerhouse CHILDREN OF BODOM (aka COB) is pleased to release a first track from the upcoming ninth record I Worship Chaos, which will be released on October, 2nd via Nuclear Blast.

In anticipation of CHILDREN OF BODOM's new album, the band reveals the official track video for Morrigan today, which can be seen here.

Napalm Records / AMBERIAN DAWN announce album details and tour with Delain
Posted by: Denis / 13.07.2015
Finnish symphonic Metallers AMBERIAN DAWN are pleased to unveil the first details of their next masterpiece! Together with AMBERIAN DAWN's co-producer Mikko P. Mustonen (known for his work with Delain, Ensiferum and Sonata Arctica), vocalist Capri and the band's composer Tuomas Seppälä the band are hard at work right now on the new album. The album will be released worldwide on October 23rd via Napalm Records! Handling production duties on the record is composer Tuomas Seppälä who also plays keyboards and guitar.

AMBERIAN DAWN mastermind Tuomas Seppälä on the upcoming album, entitled Innuendo:
"This is one of the most melodic and vocal-driven album in AMBERIAN DAWN's history. I've composed these songs in a little bit of a different way than I've used to do before. I have worked with these songs without any limitations. Some of the elements I've used have been quite unusual in the Heavy Metal genre and there's going to be a fresh new sound for AMBERIAN DAWN. Musically these songs are still very much influenced by classical music but also by electro-composers like Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis for example. Our new vocalist Capri was able to bring tons of emotion with her sound and lyric writing and I'm sure that this album will be our best so far!"

Together with their label mates in DELAIN & Anneke van Giersbergen of THE GENTLE STORM, AMBERIAN DAWN is going to hit the road in October & November!
  • 27.10.15 CH - Solothurn / Kopfmehl
  • 28.10.15 FR – Strasbourg / La Laiterie
  • 29.10.15 FR – Paris / Divan Du Monde
  • 30.10.15 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob
  • 31.10.15 DE – Andernach / Juz Live Club
  • 02.11.15 DE – Munich / Backstage Halle
  • 03.11.15 IT – Milan / Live Club
  • 04.11.15 AT – Graz / Explosiv
  • 05.11.15 HU – Budapest / Club 202
  • 06.11.15 SK – Bratislava / Randal Club
  • 07.11.15 PL – Warsaw / Club Progresia
  • 08.11.15 DE - Berlin / K17
  • 14.08.15 CZ – Hodonin / Made Of Metal Open Air

Intromental / Loch Vostok/
Posted by: Denis / 13.07.2015
Swedish Prog/chaos/Death/avantgarde/masters-of-all-things LOCH VOSTOK have released their new video for the title song off of their new album From These Waters. The video can be seen here.

AFM Records / Nightmare line-up changes and new plans
Posted by: Denis / 10.07.2015
Vocalist Jo and his brother David Amore (drums) have just left French Heavy Metal pioneers NIGHTMARE. Therefore, the remaining members Yves Campion (bass), Franck Milleliri (guitar) and Matt Asselberghs (guitar) decided to change plans and not continue to work on the band's planned project of re-recording songs from their first two albums. Instead, NIGHTMARE will search for new members to replace Jo and David, to start working on a studio album with all brand new material (to be released in the second half of 2016) soon.
See the full statement here:
"It's with deep sadness that we have to announce the departure from the band of Jo and David... We respect their choice and wish them all the best in their current and future musical adventures. We will never forget what we have accomplished together starting in the early 80's, and it will remain forever engraved in our hearts and memories... The answer to the question that everyone asks: 'Did the band split?' is: NO, the band is still alive!!! We are well aware of the huge challenge that we have to face now, and there will inevitably be a change of identity... Naturally, the re-recording of the first two albums originally planned to be released early 2016, without Jo and David has no meaning and no interest at all anymore, and we are forced to stop this project!
We are very sorry and we send our apologies to all the fans who wanted to see us live in Belgium at the Kraken Fest on November 7th 2015. (a big thank to you Nadia!)... and we promise that we will return in Belgium in 2016! We want to thank our record company for their huge support in these difficult moments, and all the fans who support us and who want this adventure to continue... The new album is still expected for the second half of 2016 and we will give you more news very soon… Stay connected!"

Cruz Del Sur Music / KING HEAVY reveals cover artwork and tour plans
Posted by: Denis / 10.07.2015
Chilean/Belgian Heavy Doom Metal band KING HEAVY has revealed today the cover artwork from its forthcoming self-titled release. The artwork was created by singer Luce Vee himself.

The album will be released SEPT 4 in Europe and SEPT 19 in North and South America and will be supported by a long set of live shows, including full Chile and and European tours.
    Confirmed Chilean shows are as follows:
  • OCT 2 Valparaíso, ELE Bar, w/ Inquisición, Metal Grave,
  • OCT 3 Olmué, KH HeadQuarters
  • OCT 8 Santiago, Mi Bar
  • OCT 9 Rancagua, Golden Ba, w/ Clair de Lune Morte
  • OCT 10 Osorno, w/ Ruined
  • OCT 11 Temuco, w/ Retrosatan
    Shortly after, the band will start an European tour that will bring them play
  • OCT 15 TBA
  • OCT 16 Leipzig, Germany
  • OCT 17 Wien, Austria
  • OCT 18 TBA
  • OCT 23 Malta Doom Fest
  • OCT 24 TBA
  • OCT 25 TBA
  • OCT 28 Birmingham, UK w/ Iron Void
  • OCT 29 London, UK w/ Iron Void
  • OCT 30 Lille, France w/ Iron Void
  • OCT 31 Vosselaar, Biebob, Belgium w/ Iron Void, Witchsmeller Pursuivant
  • NOV 01 Dutch Doom Days, Rotterdam, Baroeg, Netherlands
InsideOut Music / Riverside launch new track Discard Your Fear via lyric-video
Posted by: Denis / 10.07.2015
Polish Prog masters RIVERSIDE are now kicking off the promotional activities for much anticipated new studio album Love, Fear and the Time Machine, which will be released on September 4th, 2015 via InsideOutMusic.

Now the band is revealing a first track off the album via a lyric-video. Check out Discard Your Fear here.

RIVERSIDE's Mariusz Duda checked in about Discard Your Fear as follows: "On the new album I wanted to combine the 70's and the 80's. The 80's were a decade of musical growing up for me. I remember being enchanted by music deep with bass, chorus and all kinds of reverb. Discard Your Fear is a good example of this flow. The lyrics are about the most popular kind of fear that touches most of us - the fear of the unknown."

GlobMetal Promotions / White Sound released a debut album called Offline
Posted by: Denis / 09.07.2015
Russian Alternative Metal band White Sound released a debut LP called Offline. The album is about the Generation Y, stuck on the edge of two worlds - real and virtual.

"We empathize with six billion people, but lose sight of the closest ones. We are wasting our time thinking that we have the entire life ahead while it is passing by. We think that war is something far away and long ago until it comes to our place..."

The recording of the album began in 2013, right after the release of a debut EP You're Not Alone, and had been going on for almost two years. Finally, on 23 June 2015 Offline appeared on all digital music distribution platforms.
  1. Intro
  2. Love online
  3. On your own
  4. In the mirrors
  5. If you want
  6. I'll find and lose
  7. Teach me how to fly
  8. Mirages
  9. Rain
  10. Sex and rock'n'roll
  11. No more me
White Sound is a rock band from Belgorod, working on the edge of such styles as alternative, light Metal, pop-rock and hard-rock. The musicians have performed at Maxidrom and Invasion festivals, as well as on many stages throughout the CIS.
SPV / HAMMERCULT to release teaser for upcoming album Built For War
Posted by: Denis / 09.07.2015
Just a few weeks to go until Israels premiere Thrash Metal act HAMMERCULT will release their brand new studio album Built For War.

The release dates are:
  • Europe and Germany: August 28th, 2015
  • USA + Canada: September 4th, 2015
To give you a first impression about the new album the band releases a short teaser!

Warsenal sings for Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 09.07.2015
Canadian Thrash-Speed metallers Warsenal has just signed a new record deal with Italian label Punishment 18 Records. Band was born in 2011. They released its first three songs Demo in February 2012. Than, the band started performing live, playing with bands such as: Raven, Skeletonwitch, Havok, 3 Inches of Blood, DBC, among others. Now they are ready to release the debut full-length album!
Australian Thrashers HARLOTT sign to Metal Blade!
Posted by: Denis / 09.07.2015
Metal Blade Records is excited to announcing the signing of Australian Thrash Metal act, HARLOTT! Forged in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, HARLOTT are the finest example of the Thrash Metal genre in recent years. Taking their influence from the 80′s Bay Area Thrash scene, and blending it with the Teutonic melody and grit, they focus on high energy, up tempo music with lyrical influence from war, religion, chaos, and the human condition. Unrivaled live concerts, an aggressive recognizable sound, clinical musicianship, and a classic 'Aussie' sense of humour have earned HARLOTT a strong and dedicated fan base, which continues to grow day to day.

HARLOTT's debut release Origin blew audiences away with its unrelenting speed, ferocious sound, and hook driven riffs, and did much to solidify HARLOTT as an up and coming force to be reckoned with. The four piece thrash outfit followed with a national tour, a string of Australian Heavy Metal Festival performances and a handful of support positions, including Germany's Accept and Megadeth's very own Dave Ellefson.

Their follow up release Proliferation only proves that the band means business, and could not only match their own fury, but even surpass it.

The band comments: "Harlott are extremely excited to be signing on with METAL BLADE for the worldwide release of Proliferation. METAL BLADE have worked with some of the most important and influential Heavy Metal bands of all time, and we feel absolutely privileged to have the opportunity of engaging with such dedicated persons from a record company that has been so vital to the history of our music."
    Proliferation track listing:
  1. Proliferation
  2. Denature
  3. Systematic Reduction
  4. Restless
  5. The Fading Light
  6. Lord of War
  7. Civil Unrest
  8. Hellbent
  9. Bloodlust
  10. Cross Contamination
  11. Legion
  12. Means to an End
HARLOTT are hungry for the World, and in October 2015, they will be dominating Europe with Canada's Annihilator, the first step in what is to be a long and grueling career in total devastation!
    Annihilator + HARLOTT + Archer
  • 30/09/15 UK – Birmingham – O2 Academy
  • 01/10/15 IE – Dublin – Button Factory
  • 02/10/15 UK – Glasgow – O2 ABC2
  • 03/10/15 UK – Sheffield – O2 Academy
  • 04/10/15 UK – London – O2 Academy Islington
  • 06/10/15 FR – Paris – Divan du Monde
  • 08/10/15 ES – Bilbao – Santana 27
  • 09/10/15 PT – Porto – Hard Club
  • 10/10/15 ES – Madrid – But
  • 11/10/15 ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
  • 13/10/15 CH – Pratteln – Z7
  • 14/10/15 IT – Brescia – Circolo Colony
  • 15/10/15 SI – Ljubljana – Kino Siska
  • 16/10/15 SR – Belgrade – Dom Omladine
  • 17/10/15 RO – Bucharest – Maximum Rock Festival
  • 19/10/15 HU – Budapest – A38
  • 20/10/15 AT – Wörgl – Komma
  • 21/10/15 AT – Wien – Szene
  • 22/10/15 CZ – Zlin – Masters of Rock Café
  • 23/10/15 PL – Krakow – Fabryka
  • 24/10/15 PL – Warsaw – Proxima
  • 25/10/15 DE – Berlin – Lido
  • 27/10/15 DK – Kolding – Godset
  • 28/10/15 DE – Hamburg – Grünspan
  • 29/10/15 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
  • 30/10/15 DE – München – Backstage Halle
  • 31/10/15 DE – Karlsruhe – Substage
  • 02/11/15 DE – Nürnberg – Hirsch
  • 03/11/15 LU – Luxemburg – Den Atelier
  • 04/11/15 NL – Tilburg – 013
  • 05/11/15 NL – Haarlem – Patronaat
  • 06/11/15 BE – Kortrijk – De Kreun
  • 07/11/15 DE – Bochum – Zeche
  • 08/11/15 DE – Köln – Underground
Jolly Roger Records / DISTRUZIONE new album
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2015
Distruzione's come-back self titled album now available on CD and Digital for Jolly Roger Records (Alive Distribution for G.A.S. / Code7 for Uk). Distruzione, 11 years after the previous Malicidium, celebrates 25 years of activity of the band featuring 10 tracks of powerful Thrash / Death Metal with the classic trademark of Italian lyrics, since the debut album Olocausto Cerebrale out in 1992.

At this link 2 audio tracks available for streaming.
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Nuclear Blast / DORO announces 'Strong & Proud' European tour with ARCHER in fall 2015; mega show at Rock In Rio before
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2015
On September 19th, DORO will hit one of the most famous festival stages on earth: She will rock at Rock In Rio together with ANGRA!

A bit later after this mega show in Brazil, DORO looks forward to her 'Strong & Proud' European tour - and to show a young American band as special guest: ARCHER. The trio with the charismatic vocalist and super guitarist Dylan Rose is from Santa Cruz, California, and delivers independent, merciless Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

"These guys are really good, especially the guitarist is great. ARCHER fit super to the DORO band. In spring, they've already proved their qualities as support on our US tour," DORO reveals. "I'm looking forward to present them to my German and European fans now." Because: "For my career, I've benefited enormous from tours with JUDAS PRIEST and DIO," she tells. "Young bands need these experiences. That's why I'm very keen on taking ARCHER with me on tour through Europe and that's why I'm deploying the Wacken Foundation for newcomer bands and musicians for years."

For all of you, who want to get a first impression of ARCHER before the DORO-'Strong & Proud' European tour kicks off in the UK on November, 20th: Their new record, Culling The Weak, will be released on July, 30th.

Pure Steel Records / ZANDELLE the first of three videos 'Unending Fortitude' released
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2015
The US-American Power Metal band ZANDELLE have released the first of three videos Unending Fortitude of their album Perseverance. The album will be out on 24th July 2015 through PURE STEEL RECORDS.

Pure Steel Records / AS DARKNESS DIES promotionvideo for the album 'Life Incomplete' released
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2015
The US Metal band AS DARKNESS DIES has released a new video for Life Incomplete.

A year and half ago we started a project that would become a part of our very being. 11 days of recording and guidance from an icon and friend, Michael Vescera, months of production time and we are finally seeing our passion become a reality. As we get closer to the finish line we wanted to share with you some clips of our journey thus far. This is an album that we are infinitely proud of and we thank you for sharing in this amazing endeavor.
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2015
Symphonic Power Metal masters Dark Moor will enter New Sin Studios in Loria, Italy, to record their anticipated new album, which will be once again produced by Luigi Stefanini (Rhapsody Of Fire, Labyrinth, Vision Divine) and is expected to be released in November. The album follows the highly successful Ars Musica, which forged a more identifiable sound for the band and expanded their songwriting in multiple directions. With Ars Musica Dark Moor paid homage to the Spanish cultural heritage, but elsewhere they went more personal, still giving high priority to their trademark melodies and elaborate harmonies.

Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2015
Kaledon's best known album, Legend Of The Forgotten Reign – Chapter 4: Twilight Of The Gods is what you call a true epic / Power Metal masterpiece. Originally recorded at Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) in 2006, the album came out in Europe on Hellion records, in America on Universal Metal Production and in Asia on HotRockin! Along with the speedy and melodic epic Power Metal that's such a staple of Kaledon's sound, this record displayed a newfound sense of melodic structure as far as introducing more memorable melody lines and melodic hooks than ever before. The new version of the album, which will be released on August 21st, has been completely remastered by Orlando and features two songs re-recorded by the band's current line-up. The beautiful and completely renovated artwork was handled by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rage, Rhapsody Of Fire).

Nightbreaker Productions / EXTIRPATION
Posted by: Denis / 07.07.2015
Nightbreaker Productions can finally announce that the Italian Thrash/Black band EXTIRPATION has signed with the label for the release of their second album that will be entitled Wings of Decadence.

The band's born in July 2009 from the will of Eros and Darak of keep on playin' together following the split of their first band, shortly after their schoolmate Elia joins the band as drummer.

Following a first covers repertoire the band begins to write original songs and playin' the first lives until recording the first self titled demo in the summer of 2010. During the 2012 the band enters the studio to record the single Door of Madness that earns a fairly good success in the underground local scene leading them to play many live in the north of Italy.

In February 2013 the first full length Reverse the Reality see the light in CD format by Grom Records and in tape format by Total Desaster Prod. (the LP edition is expected for January 2016) that allows the band to play live as support act of many worldwide leading underground bands in different occasions. In September 2013 Magikk, a long-standing friend and already Eros's bandmate in Terrorsaw, joins the band as second guitar player.

A 7" split with the Brazilian band Whipstriker entitled Start The Warcollapse / Oath of The Death was released in May 2014 by the Greek label Hell's Fire Records and Metalthrone Prod. After this release the band begins to play live also outside the Italian territory (Switzerland, France, Belgium, Romania etc...) and in January 2015 Extirpation enter the studio to record their new album Wings of Decadence that will be release soon by Nightbreaker Productions.

Meanwhile a tribute compilation to the German cult Black/Thrash band Desaster is released by Grom Records, involving the participation of Extirpation, Nocturnal Witch, Nocturnal, Witchburner, Triumphant, Terrorhammer, Slaughtered Priest and more.
Frontiers Music / BLACKMORE'S NIGHT to release the tenth studio album entitled 'All Our Yesterdays' in September on Frontiers
Posted by: Denis / 07.07.2015
On September 18, 2015, Frontiers Music SRL will release ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, the tenth studio album from Blackmore's Night, the world's number one Renaissance act and one of the most popular folk-rock bands in the world.

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS will be released on a variety of formats: CD, CD/DVD, 2LP, Box Set and Digital.
  • CD/DVD Deluxe edition includes the full album plus a DVD with music videos for All Our Yesterdays and Will O' The Wisp, plus an extensive interview with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night on the making of the new album;
  • 2LP vinyl edition with a gatefold sleeve;
  • Box Set Limited Collector's edition includes CD/DVD deluxe edition, 2LP, tshirt (L size ONLY), poster, lithograph.
Blackmore's Night vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Candice Night says, "There's a theme to ALL OUR YESTERDAYS' chosen songs that focuses on the attitude of living in the present, and looking toward the future, because we are, indeed, enriched by our past. My main theme and inspiration has always been nature and folklore from around the world."

Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore's lives and creative journeys have taken them through different characters and songs from a variety of times in history. That is part of the attitude in the song Where Are We Going from Here, about a traveling minstrel's journey through life and age.

The title track (and also the first single and video), All Our Yesterdays echoes the sounds of Candice's Russian roots, while a new song written by Germany's George Hesse is an old-style, fiddle-driven instrumental with the Welsh title Allan yn y Fan (meaning 'Out There'). Ritchie's heritage includes family from Wales.

The album also includes stunning instrumentals: the acoustic guitar piece, Queen's Lament and the dramatic The Darker Shade of Black that spotlights violin and guitar.

Elsewhere on the recording, Earth Wind and Sky is a delicate ode to nature. The Other Side, a latter-day folk dance joins two jigs that Candice sings: Coming Home and the supernatural-themed, Will o' the Wisp.

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS gets further inspiration from Candace and Ritchie's home town, where they take part in community folk nights during which the neighbors share guitars and songs, and sing melodies that have come from a variety of times in their own history. That's how they fell in love with songs of various radio formats of years gone by. The album includes the Linda Ronstadt hit Long Long Time (penned by Gary White); the Mike Oldfield song, Moonlight Shadow; and an inspiring Maypole Dance treatment of Sonny & Cher's I Got You Babe.

InsideOut Music / Leprous launch lyric-video for album track 'Slave'; More live dates
Posted by: Denis / 06.07.2015
After having performed at Metropolis Fest in Belarus with Dream Theater last weekend, Norwegian Prog metallers LEPROUS continue to promote their newest studio album The Congregation, which was recently released worldwide via InsideOutMusic.

Now, LEPROUS are pleased to launch the lyric video for the album track Slave. The clip was created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media.

LEPROUS' Einar Solberg checked in with the following comment about the track: "I would say that Slave is one of the most emotional tracks of the album. The foundation is simple, but the content is rich."
    Here is an overview of upcoming LEPROUS live-appearances, including some newly added (*) dates:
    LEPROUS - Live 2015:
  • Fri. 10.07.2015 Newark-On-Trent (UK) - UK Tech-Fest
  • Sat. 11.07.2015 Barcelona (Spain) - BeProgMyFriend Festival
  • Fri. 18.09.2015 Yerevan (Armenia) - Puppet Theater
  • Sat. 19.09.2015 Tiblisi (Georgia) - Venue TBA
  • Sun. 20.09.2015 Istanbul (Turkey) - Garajistanbul *
  • Mon. 21.09.2015 Athens (Greece) - AN Club
  • Tue. 22.09.2015 Thessaloniki (Greece) - Eightball Club
    LEPROUS + Sphere & Rendezvous Point / European Tour 2015:
  • Fri. 25.09.2015 Bergen (Norway) - Garage
  • Fri. 02.10.2015 Copenhagen (Denmark) - Forbraendingen
  • Sat. 03.10.2015 Cologne (Germany) - Euroblast Festival
  • Sun. 04.10.2015 Baarlo (The Netherlands) - Progpower Europe
  • Mon. 05.10.2015 Paris (France) - Le Divan Du Monde
  • Tue. 06.10.2015 Nantes (France) - Le Ferrailleur
  • Thu. 08.10.2015 Lisbon (Portugal) - RCA club
  • Fri. 09.10.2015 Madrid (Spain) - Caracol
  • Sat. 10.10.2015 Murcia (Spain) - Garaje
  • Sun. 11.10.2015 Barcelona, (Spain) - Apolo 2
  • Mon. 12.10.2015 Lyon (France) - Ninkasi Kao
  • Tue. 13.10.2015 London, (UK) - Garage
  • Wed. 14.10.2015 Manchester (UK) - Ruby Lounge
  • Thu. 15.10.2015 Bristol (UK) - The Fleece
  • Fri. 16.10.2015 Maasmechelen (Belgium) - Jan Hertog
  • Sat. 17.10.2015 Karlsruhe (Germany) - Substage
  • Sun. 18.10.2015 München (Germany) - Backstage Club
  • Mon. 19.10.2015 Milano (Italy) - Legend Club
  • Tue. 20.10.2015 Aarau (Switzerland) - Kiff
  • Thu 22.10.2015 Brasov (Romania) - Rockstadt
  • Fri. 23.10.2015 Belgrade (Serbia) - Dom Omladine *
  • Sat. 24.10.2015 Bratislava (Slovakia) - Majestic Club
  • Sun. 25.10.2015 Prague (Czech Republic) - Nova Chmelnice
  • Mon. 26.10.2015 Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja
  • Tue. 27.10.2015 Riga (Latvia) - Rockcafe
  • Wed. 28.10.2015 Helsinki (Finland) - Nosturi
  • Fri. 30.10.2015 Stockholm (Sweden) - Bryggarsalen
  • Sat. 31.10.2015 Oslo (Norway) - John Dee
    LEPROUS - Live 2015:
  • Sat. 21.11.2015 Nürnberg (Germany) - Generation Prog Festival * LEPROUS - Live 2016:
  • 28.-30.04.2016 Koparvik/Haugesund (Norway) - Karmoygeddon Metal Festival*
InsideOut Music / Enchant announce European tour and North American dates
Posted by: Denis / 06.07.2015
ENCHANT, the Bay Area's long-running Prog Rock institution, are finally returning for live appearances in Europe this October in order to promote their acclaimed comeback album The Great Divide, which was released via the band's longtime label partner InsideOutMusic last year.

The tour will be a double-headlining bill featuring ENCHANT as well as Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion, kicking off (for ENCHANT) at the 2015 edition of ProgPower Europe festival in The Netherlands on October 4th. Here are the exact dates:
    Enchant + Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion - European Tour 2015:
  • Oct 4 Baarlo, The Netherlands - ProgPower Europe (Enchant only!)
  • Oct 5 Berlin, Germany - Magnet
  • Oct 6 München, Germany - Kranhalle
  • Oct 7 Oberhausen, Germany - Zentrum Altenberg
  • Oct 8 Rüsselsheim, Germany - Das Rind
  • Oct 9 Stuttgart, Germany - Schocken Club
  • Oct 10 Zoetermeer, The Netherlands - De Boerderij
  • Oct 11 London, UK - The Underworld
  • Oct 12 Bilston, UK - The Robin 2
  • Oct 13 Paris, France - Backstage
ENCHANT's Douglas A. Ott checked in about the band's upcoming touring activity as follows: "We are super excited to be headed back to Europe to play for our fans! It's been way too long and we're looking forward to being back on the road performing again, playing old favorites and a bunch of new material from The Great Divide! We are doing a double headlining tour with Hasse Froberg & Musical Companion, which will be a great overall evening of killer Progressive music every night! Hope to see everyone come out for these shows!"
    Additionally, ENCHANT have confirmed the following appearances in North America:
  • Saturday August 29th Whittier, CA @ CalProg + Spock's Beard
  • Friday October 23rd Houston, TX - BFE Rock Club
  • Saturday October 24th Austin, TX - Empire Control Room & Garage
  • November 15-19th Cruise To The Edge + Yes, Marillion, Saga. Etc.

Metal Mind Productions / Knight Area reveal the title and artwork of their first DVD release
Posted by: Denis / 06.07.2015
Knight Area, a Progressive Rock band from Holland, reveal the title and artwork of their first live DVD. Hyperlive was recorded in April this year in Katowice, Poland, where the band supported British band Arena. The band's first live DVD is scheduled for a worldwide release on November, 13th 2015 via Metal Mind Productions.

Front cover illustration of the album was done by Gustavo Sazes, known for his work for Kamelot, Morbid Engel Amaranthe or Gus G.

Pieter Von Hoorn commented the DVD on one of the social networking sites: "We had a preview of the Knight Area's Hyperlive DVD yesterday evening. We were amazed, it is far beyond expectations. The guys of Metal Mind Productions did an excellent job! Sound and vision are superb."

Knight Area is a Dutch Progressive Rock band which was formed in 2004 by brothers Joop and Gerben Klazinga. The band play rock music, with roots in symphonic and neo-progressive rock. The music blends a variety of styles using very melodic keyboards and guitars and the dynamic songs vary from ballads to more rock and Metal kind of music. In October 2014, the band released their fifth studio album Hyperdrive. The album was mixed by Joost van den Broek (After Forever, Ayreon, Star One) and Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One) contributed to the album by playing guitar on one track. In April 2015, the band played in Poland for the first time as support for Arena (UK). One of the shows was recorded by Metal Mind Productions.
AFM Records / Danzig 'Skeletons' will be released in autumn 2015 via AFM Records
Posted by: Denis / 03.07.2015
It's exactly 5 years ago, when Danzig's latest studio album Deth Red Sabaoth was released.

Now Danzig and AFM Records both agreed to continue their successful collaboration, which already started in 2007 with The Lost Tracks.

The band finally returns in autumn 2015 with their long-awaited cover album Skeletons, which is a collection of Glenn's renditions of some of his favourite classic songs from ZZ Top and many more.

A new studio album is due in early 2016.

Frontiers Records / Operation: Mindcrime - Geoff Tate is back!
Posted by: Denis / 03.07.2015
Frontiers Records are extremely pleased to announce the upcoming release of Operation: Mindcrime's debut album, THE KEY on September 18th! To hear a taste of four songs from the album, check out the trailer. The first full song from the album will be released in the coming weeks!

Geoff Tate's new band features Kelly Gray on guitars (Queensrÿche), Scott Moughton on guitars, John Moyer on bass (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob) Randy Gane on keyboards, Simon Wright on drums (AC/DC, Ronnie James Dio), Brian Tichy on Drums (Whitesnake / David Coverdale, Billy Idol) with special appearances from David Ellefson (Megadeth), Mark Daily, and Scott Mercado.
Punishment 18 Records / In Malice's Wake 'Eternal Nightfall' promotional videoclip
Posted by: Denis / 03.07.2015
Punishment 18 Records has reissued Australian thrashers In Malice's Wake debut album Eternal Nightfall. The new release will contain 2005 Blackened Skies (EP) as bonus material. You can see the promotional videoclip here.
Metal Blade / Armored Saint announce additional shows with Saxon
Posted by: Denis / 03.07.2015
Los Angeles, California's ARMORED SAINT will join back up with the legendary Saxon for some additional shows in the US this fall to continue touring in support of their highly acclaimed seventh studio album Win Hands Down. The disc is all things ARMORED, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015.

The group will also only be performing one, very special headlining date in the US this year and it's in Las Vegas at Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar and Grill on July 11th, so don't miss out if you are in the area.

Joey Vera states: "We had such a great time playing these dates with Saxon last May, and now they've asked us to join them again in September? We're In! It's an honor sharing the stage with Saxon and we're super glad we get to bring this great package to other parts of the country. See you all soon."

Vocalist John Bush added: "What can we say? The first six shows with Saxon were so good, we added more! We're playing cities in the midwest that we haven't played in years: Cleveland, Detroit, D.C. among others. Plus, San Diego! It's been awhile, thanks for your patience! The guys in Saxon are extremely cool. We look forward to kicking ass throughout America with them. Let's do this. Win Hands Down!!!"
    ARMORED SAINT Tour w/ Saxon
  • 07/11 Las Vegas, NV Count's Vamp'd
    Supporting SAXON
  • 08/20 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
  • 09/10 Atlanta, GA Centerstage
  • 09/12 Stafford, CT Palace Theater
  • 09/13 Portland, ME Asylum
  • 09/15 Washington, DC Howard
  • 09/16 Westland, MI Token Lounge
  • 09/17 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
  • 09/18 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
  • 09/20 St Charles, IL Arcada Theater

GlobMetal Promotions / Efpix released new video
Posted by: Denis / 02.07.2015
Russian Industrial/symphonic Metal band Efpix released new music video for the single Nothing Remains that will be part of the band new full-length album Evil Sides that will be released in in the end of 2015.
Nuclear Blast / CRADLE OF FILTH announce 'Inquisitional Tourture' dates this October/November
Posted by: Denis / 02.07.2015
CRADLE OF FILTH, one of the greatest and most influential British Metal bands of all time are pleased to announce their European tour in celebration of latest endeavour and opus nocturne entitled Hammer Of The Witches – out on 10th July via Nuclear Blast.

Fiendish main man and vocalist Dani Filth had to say regarding the announcement: "CRADLE Of FILTH are extremely pleased to be hitting the European road in support of our latest album, Hammer Of The Witches, even more so now that British dates have been indelibly grafted onto the beginning! The band is sounding better than ever and are exhilarated to be starting our world tour here in England, at Rottingham Knock City nonetheless, the proverbial hub of Heavy Metal!
We have an amazing setlist prepared already and everyone, including our infamous Crewdle Of Filth, are chomping at the bit to get out there and start levelling cities with our unique brand of raucous, Hellish music and stage production.
So, long live the 'Filth and see you out there on the open field of battle!
Wielding the Witch hammers,
Your fiend, Dani"

Coinciding with the release of Hammer Of The Witches, CRADLE OF FILTH will play release show at this year's ROCK HARZ Festival on Saturday, July 11, 2015! For those who cannot attend this special night, you'll have your chance at this year's SUMMER BREEZE Festival!
    Tour dates
  • 2015-07-09 Ballenstedt (Rockharz Festival) DE
  • 2015-08-01 Wacken (Wacken Open Air) DE
  • 2015-08-05 Josefov (Brutal Assault Festival) CZ
  • 2015-08-07 Oulu (Jalometalli Festival) FI
  • 2015-08-13 Dinkelsbühl (Summer Breeze) DE
  • 2015-10-16 Nottingham (Rock City) GB
  • 2015-10-17 Bristol (Motion) GB
  • 2015-10-18 Norwich (The Waterfront) GB
  • 2015-10-20 Wolverhampton (Wulfrun Hall) GB
  • 2015-10-21 Glasgow (The Garage) GB
  • 2015-10-22 Manchester (Manchester Academy 2) GB
  • 2015-10-23 London (Koko) GB
  • 2015-10-24 Köln (Essigfabrik) DE
  • 2015-10-26 München (Backstage) DE
  • 2015-10-27 Strasbourg (La Laiterie) FR
  • 2015-10-28 Paris (Caberet Sauvage) FR
  • 2015-10-29 Antwerp (Trix Muziekcentrum) BE
  • 2015-10-30 Hannover (Capitol) DE
  • 2015-10-31 Nürnberg (Hirsch) DE
  • 2015-11-02 Saarbrücken (Garage) DE
  • 2015-11-03 Lucerne (Schuur) CH
  • 2015-11-04 Treviso (New Age) IT
  • 2015-11-06 Rome (Orion) IT
  • 2015-11-07 Milan (Fabrique) IT
  • 2015-11-08 Dornbirn (Conrad Sohm) AT
  • 2015-11-09 Budapest (Barba Negra) HU
  • 2015-11-12 Katowice (Mega Club) PL
  • 2015-11-13 Brno (Klub Fleda) CZ
  • 2015-11-14 Berlin (C-Club) DE
  • 2015-11-15 Hamburg (Markthalle) DE
  • 2015-11-17 Copenhagen (Pumpehuset) DK
  • 2015-11-18 Oslo (John Dee) SE
  • 2015-11-19 Göteborg (Sticky Fingers) SE
  • 2015-11-23 Stockholm (Debaser) SE

Metal Mind / Tank listen to the first track from 'Valley Of Tears'
Posted by: Denis / 02.07.2015
Valley Of Tears, the new album by the British Heavy Metal legend TANK, it scheduled for release on September, 18th. Now, the band reveal the title track Valley Of Tears!

Valley Of Tears is scheduled for worldwide release on September, 18th 2015.

InsideOut Music / Spock's Beard reveal 'Tides of Time'; first track from 'The Oblivion Particle'
Posted by: Denis / 02.07.2015
Legendary progressive-rockers Spock's Beard recently announced that their brand new 12th studio album The Oblivion Particle is set for release on the 21st August 2015, and now they are pleased to reveal the first track to be taken from the record. Fans can listen to the song Tides of Time over at Soundcloud for 7 days.

Dave Meros previously said of the track: "I think the opening track Tides of Time is classic Spock's in terms of arrangement and style, but everything else is fairly different. That said, the whole album is still within the parameters of what people expect to hear from us."

As with the previous album Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep, The Oblivion Particle was recorded at The Mouse House and produced by Rich Mouser, Alan Morse and John Boegehold, a band collaborator of many years.

InsideOut Music / Riverside reveal artwork, track listing and street date for 'Love, Fear and the Time Machine'
Posted by: Denis / 02.07.2015
Having just played a first post-studio live-show as part of the Metal Hammer Festival / Prog Edition in Kattowice, Poland together with Dream Theater this past weekend, polish Prog masters RIVERSIDE are pleased to announce the first details for their much anticipated upcoming studio album.

Entitled Love, Fear and the Time Machine, the band's sixth studio longplay album will be released via InsideOutMusic on September 4th, 2015, feature cover artwork by longtime design-partner Travis Smith / Seempieces (Katatonia, Opeth, Nevermore, etc.) and contain the following track listing:
  1. Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?)
  2. Under the Pillow
  3. #Addicted
  4. Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire
  5. Saturate Me
  6. Afloat
  7. Discard Your Fear
  8. Towards the Blue Horizon
  9. Time Travellers
  10. Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching)
RIVERSIDE are additionally working on a musical bonus package entitled Day Session, the brighter companion of the Night Session presented on the band's previous album Shrine Of New Generation Slaves.

RIVERSIDE's Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment about Love, Fear and the Time Machine:
"On the new album I wanted to combine the 70s and the 80s. The 80s were a decade of musical growing up for me. On the new album we don't sound as retro and 70s as before, we moved forward, we sort of demolished the previous foundations and build new ones. Despite the huge dose of melancholy and nostalgia, there is a new space, the songs are arranged with more flow and at the same time they have never been so concise and to the point before. The lyrics on Love, Fear and the Time Machine talk about a transformation. About making an important, perhaps life changing, decision everyone has to make at some point in their lives. What happens to us when we have to make it? On the one hand we're excited by the change, we feel free, liberated, and on the other we fear the unknown, we are afraid of what might happen to us. We go back in time and we go forward in time in our heads. And all that happens when we have to decide something important. The first of the songs on the album is called Lost, the last one, Found. If we sometimes get lost in life, it is to go through something and be found again on the other side, to be reborn as someone better and more valuable. I would like this album to be one of those that one day simply becomes your best friend."

Here is an overview of the upcoming RIVERSIDE tourdates, on which the band will already showcase some of the new material as well:
    RIVERSIDE summer festivals (*) and 'An evening with' headline shows:
  • July 11 Spain, Barcelona, Be Prog! My Friend festival *
  • July 14 Italy, Milano, Lo-Fi
  • July 15 Italy, Bologna, Alchemica club
  • July 18 Germany, St Goarshausen, Night of the Prog festival *
  • July 21 Germany, Reichenbach, Bergkeller
  • July 23 Germany, Worpswede, Music Hall
  • July 24 The Netherlands, Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
  • July 26 United Kingdom, Maidstone, Ramblin' Manfair
  • festival *
  • Aug 29 Poland, Olsztyn, Amfiteatr im. Czeslawa Niemena
  • Sept 5 Brazil, Sao Paulo, Via Marquês / Overload Music Festival *
  • Sept 7 Chile, Santiago, Teatro Cariola
  • Sept 10 Mexico, Mexico City, Lunario del Auditorio Nacional
    RIVERSIDE North America tour with special guests The Sixxis:
  • Sep 12 - Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA Center stage
  • Sep 13 - Richmond, VA - The Canal club
  • Sep 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Bull Shooters Saloon
  • Sep 16 - New Brunswick, NJ - NJ Proghouse at The Crossroads Theatre
  • Sep 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Hard Rock Cafe
  • Sep 19 - Montreal, QC - Theatre La Tulipe
  • Sep 20 - Quebec City, QC - L'Imperial
  • Sep 22 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
  • Sep 23 - Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
  • Sep 24 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
  • More dates to be confirmed soon...
    RIVERSIDE European Tour with special guests The Sixxis and Lion Shepherd:
  • Oct 15 Germany, Dresden, Tante Ju
  • Oct 16 Germany, Oberhausen, Turbinen Halle 2
  • Oct 17 The Netherlands, Zwolle, Hedon
  • Oct 18 The Netherlands, Tilburg, 013
  • Oct 20 UK, London, Islington Assembly Hall
  • Oct 21 UK, Bristol, Marble Factory
  • Oct 22 UK, Manchester, The Ritz
  • Oct 23 UK, Glasgow, O2 ABC2
  • Oct 24 UK, Northampton, The Roadmenders
  • Oct 26 UK, Southampton, The 1865
  • Oct 27 France, Paris, Divan Du Monde
  • Oct 30 Portugal, Lisbon, Paradise Garage
  • Oct 31 Spain, Madrid, Joy Eslava
  • Nov 1 Spain, Barcelona, Sala Apolo / Be Prog! The Madness Day festival
  • Nov 2 France, Lyon, Marche Gare
  • Nov 4 Switzerland, Pratteln, Z7
  • Nov 5 Germany, München, Strom
  • Nov 6 Germany, Karlsruhe, Substage
  • Nov 7 Germany, Berlin, C-Club
  • Nov 8 Poland, Krakow, Rotunda
  • Nov 10 Poland, Gdansk, B90
  • Nov 11 Poland, Warsaw, Stodola

SPV / MAD MAX to release new album 'Thunder, Storm and Passion'
Posted by: Denis / 01.07.2015
MAD MAX will release the new album Thunder, Storm and Passion via Steamhammer / SPV shortly. The release dates are: Europe: August 28th, 2015; USA + Canada: September 4th, 2015

The album comes as a high class digipak and contains 12 re-recorded classics on CD 1 and a bonus CD Live at Bang Your Head Festival 2014.

As a new member of the band we welcome Mr. Thomas 'Hutch' Bauer on bass guitar!
    CD 1 (Re-Recorded Classics)
  1. Fly Fly Away 04:33
  2. Losing You 04:08
  3. Rollin`Thunder 04:24
  4. Thoughts Of A Dying Man 05:58
  5. Never Say Never 03:16
  6. Lonely Is The Hunter 05:40
  7. Stormchild 03:46
  8. Heroes Die Lonely 03:37
  9. Burning The Stage 05:35
  10. Wait For The Night 04:21
  11. Night Of Passion 03:52
  12. Hearts On Fire 03:45
    CD 2 (Bonus CD Live at Bang Your Head Festival 2014)
  13. Burning The Stage 05:23
  14. Night Of Passion 03:53
  15. Rolling Thunder 05:03
  16. Wait For The Night 04:40
  17. Lonely Is The Hunter 06:24
  18. Never Say Never 03:52
  19. Thoughts Of A Dying Man 06:19
  20. Fox On The Run 06:25

SPV / HAMMERCULT to release new album in August; Artwork, Infos and Tracklisting
Posted by: Denis / 01.07.2015
Israels Thrash Metal flagship Hammercult will release their brand new studio album Built For War via Steamhammer / SPV shortly. Release dates are as follows: Europe and Germany: August 28th, 2015; USA + Canada: September 4th, 2015

Built For War will be available in 3 different physical formats:
  1. Jewelcase CD
  2. Ltd. Edition digipac CD + DVD (live in Tel Aviv)
  3. Ltd. Edition LP version – coloured 180gr. vinyl (red), printed innersleeve, 1 vinyl only bonus track, CD in papaersleeve included (Ltd. to 500 copies worldwide!)
Two years have passed since Israeli Thrash Metal act Hammercult released their album Steelcrusher. Two years during which not only the whole world but also the international metal scene have changed. Hammercult have stayed abreast of those changes: more than ever before, the band impress with their broad stylistic range, increasingly allowing – along with their unmistakable strengths – influences from the punk, hardcore and traditional Heavy Metal genres. The result is entitled Built For War, a true, intoxicating Thrash Metal manifesto with an inescapable knock-on effect. Hammercult's latest release will be out on Steamhammer/SPV on 28 August 2015 (US: 4 September 2015), so you'd better mark the date in your diary. Because one thing is certain: anybody who liked Steelcrusher is bound to be absolutely bowled over by Built For War. And all those who haven't got Hammercult on their metal menu yet will celebrate the group's latest offering as the discovery of the year.

Vocalist Yakir Von Hammer explains: "Every song on the album is the kind of pumping anthem which Hammercult are known for – but this time we've taken the songs to different places, with a more melodic and more original approach which really stands out. The vocals on Built For War are very unique and range from screams to growls, hardcore shouts to clean vocals – which I honestly believe has never been done before by a single performer. If I had to summarize Built For War in a single sentence it would be Destruction meets Manowar in an explosive mix of extreme music and true Metal."
    Tracklisting Digi
  1. From Parts Unknown (Intro) 01:37
  2. Rise Of The Hammer 04:07
  3. I Live For This Shit 03:52
  4. Spoils Of War 02:26
  5. Ready To Roll 02:41
  6. Raise Some Hell 03:10
  7. Blackened Blade 03:41
  8. Let It Roar 03:28
  9. Ode To Ares (Interlude) 01:23
  10. Altar Of Pain 03:42
  11. Blood And Fire 03:15
  12. Saturday Night Circle Pit Fight 03:12
  13. Road To Hell 03:42
    DVD (live in Tel Aviv 2014)
  14. Hymn To The Steel 1:32
  15. Steelcrusher 03:26
  16. Diabolic Overkill 03:05
  17. Metal Rules Tonight 03:23
  18. Into Hell 03:46
  19. Black Horseman 4:00
  20. We Are Hammercult 03:50
  21. Let The Angels Burn 03:09
  22. Stealer Of Souls 05:38

SPV / BLACK TRIP release new album and announce tourdates
Posted by: Denis / 01.07.2015
"We are really excited about our second album coming out and are looking forward to finally getting some Black Trip dates in Europe under our belt!"Peter Stjärnvind
"Making this album was a real trip and to take it out on the road and finally play for our fans will be a blast"Joseph Tholl

Black Trip are back and they are on a mission! Their first all-killer-no-filler album Goin' Under released in 2014 (2013 in Scandinavia) was soaked in the true spirit of the NWOBHM and showed that great heavy metal music still can be made. With bands like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Thin Lizzy and 70's era Scorpions amongst their influences Black Trip really paid both homage and respect to the classic Metal sound that runs through the veins of every metalhead, and yet they have their own distinct sound and direction.
Now, two years on from that critically acclaimed debut they are about to release their second album Shadowline, which vocalist Joseph Tholl describes as "a bigger, more diverse and more personal album, but still dark, heavy metal rock". Guitarist Peter Stjärnvind adds "the album whilst heavy is also groovy and catchy and just makes you feel happy in a really good way".

Joseph"When Goin' Under was being shaped it was basically just me and Peter. But during that time we got offered gigs here in Sweden before we even had a band, so very quickly we had to get the other guys on board so we could play these gigs and record the album. Me and Jonas (Wikstrand – drums) didn't know the other guys that well so we've all been on this journey, getting to know each other and growing together as a band. We all love Heavy Metal, that's the common bond that binds us, but we all have our different tastes and different musical backgrounds because me and Jonas are from a different musical generation than Peter, Sebastian and Johan. With the writing and recording of Shadowline we have grown together and it really feels like we have become a band now. We've influenced each other and we've begun to understand what our potential is, what we can do and what we can't do. Every band member has contributed in one way or another to the shaping of this album and following on from what we did on Goin' Under this was a very natural step for us. With the first album we were establishing the foundations of our sound, now with Shadowline we have started to build the framework of the band."

Speaking about the influences for Shadowline it's clear the whole process isn't an exact science for Black Trip. Peter doesn't plan the songs, he just lets the mood take him and whatever comes out comes out. Two bands he has listened to constantly during this time are Geordie, particularly the album Don't Be Fooled by the Name and Blue Öyster Cult. "It's all about those little details and feelings that just blow you away!" says Peter enthusiastically.

Shadowline was recorded and mixed by Nicke Andersson (Entombed, Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric) at his studio The Honk Palace in February/March 2015. All being fans of his bands and his musical taste and approach to sound, they felt he was someone they could trust to get the very best in the studio. The recording went really smoothly and Andersson has definitely captured the sound and feel of the essence of what Black Trip are all about. Joseph"Nicke was totally on our wave-length from the start and during the recording process it felt like he was more or less one of us." Peter"His all round input was just great. He would suggest simple things like going from a 4/4 time to double time on the hi-hat to give that extra drive. He really brings the best out of you in the studio and recording guitar solos with him was a delight. He is always encouraging you to do your best."

The new album Shadowline will be released through Steamhammer/SPV on Aug 28th (USA September 04th) as a Digipak CD & Coloured Vinyl LP and Download.
    Tracklisting Digi:
  1. Die With Me 04:12
  2. Danger 04:56
  3. Shadowline 03:57
  4. Berlin Model 32 04:09
  5. Over The Worldly Walls 03:52
  6. Clockworks 03:54
  7. Rooms 00:46
  8. Subvisual Sleep 03:04
  9. Sceneries 03:28
  10. The Storm 05:23
  11. Coming Home 03:30
To coincide with the release of the new album Black Trip will finally hit the road for their first European tour dates outside of Sweden, something the band are hugely excited about.

    Deaf Forever and Rocks present BLACK TRIP live 2015
  • 18.09. DE – Flensburg – Roxy
  • 19.09. DE – Hamburg – Knust
  • 20.09. DE – Berlin – K17
  • 22.09. DE – Munich – Garage Deluxe
  • 23.09. DE – Tannheim – Schwarzer Adler
  • 24.09. DE – Mannheim – 7er Club
  • 25.09. DE – Rheine – Hypothalamus
  • 26.09. DE – Bochum – Matrix/Rockpalast
  • 27.09. BE – Vorselaar – Secrets Of Metal Festival
  • 28.09. DE – Cologne – Underground
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5. Red Tide
"Para Bellum"

6. Red Tide
"Red Tide"

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"Working Late"

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"Wrong Side of Town"

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"Under the Siege"

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"Going Sane"

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