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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check also out the first album trailer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And so it came to pass...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Punishment 18 Records / Exiled on Earth 'Forces of Denial' front cover unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2016
Italian Progressive Speed metallers Exiled on Earth have unveiled the front cover artwork of their next full-length album titled Forces of Denial. The new effort in studio will be released later this year by Italian label Punishment 18 Records.
Y.O.C. new page on Twitter
Posted by: Denis / 10.07.2016
For the attention of rockers/metalheads: please check new Y.O.C.'s page on Twitter and follow it.

Massacre Records / GLORYFUL album trailer
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2016
Who's ready for GLORYFUL's upcoming album The End Of The Night?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: Denis / 29.06.2016
Light & Shade is a new, young supergroup whose members have already acquired extensive live and studio experience having being part or shared the stage with renowned acts such as Nightwish, Dream Theater, Amaranthe, Sonata Arctica, Rhapsody, Within Temptation, Arch Enemy, Slipknot, Fleshgod Apocalypse and many more, and having received recognition and awards from the Lollapalooza Festival and the International Portuguese Music Awards among others for their expertise in rock/metal.

Featuring vocalist Adrienne Cowan (USA/Seven Spires), guitarist Marco Pastorino (IT/Temperance, Secret Sphere), bassist Luca Negro (IT/Temperance) and guest drummer Alex Landenburg (DE/Luca Turilli's Rhapsody), their debut full-length The Essence of Everything has been produced by Simone Mularoni (DGM) and is set for release on November 18th (USA) and November 25th (EU) on Scarlet Records.
Punishment 18 Records / Myriad Lights 'Abyssal March' clip available
Posted by: Denis / 29.06.2016
Italian heavy metallers Myriad Lights have posted on-line, on their official ReverbNation website, a video clip for the song Abyssal March taken from their new full-length album Kingdom of Sand. The new effort in studio will be released later this year by Punishment 18 Records.
Punishment 18 Records / Raging Death split with Igor, band became a trio
Posted by: Denis / 29.06.2016
Raging Death has got few important news for you! "We had to split our ways with Igor (vocal and rhythm guitar). But nothing changes in our deal, we assure you. Second thing – now we are trio, Piotr now sings and plays lead guitar. Last thing, and it's really important. We will play as a support for Testament! Show is on Tuesday at Eter Club in Wrocław! Check for details on Facebook official band page!"
Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars third video taken from 'Sworn To Secrecy'
Posted by: Denis / 29.06.2016
Los Angeles thrashers Mindwars, former Holy Terror guitarist Mike Alvord, have released the third video from the latest album Sworn To Secrecy (mixed and mastered by legendary Metal producer Bill Metoyer). The song is about animal testing and torturing for cosmetic and scientific purposes.
Cruz del Sur Music / DARK FOREST’s 'Beyond the Veil' tracklist and available formats
Posted by: Denis / 29.06.2016
One of the most anticipated release for Cruz Del Sur Music in 2016 is the new DARK FOREST full-length album to be released on August 26.

Beyond the Veil's promotion has started now and the first feedback from media and fans are amazing! The label really can't wait the moment the first promotional track will be made public because all the good press you're hearing about the album is totally worth!
    The album contains 12 tracks, for a total running time of about 70 minutes:
  1. On the Edge of Twilight
  2. Where The Arrow Falls
  3. Autumn's Crown
  4. Blackthorn
  5. Lunantishee
  6. The Wild Hunt
  7. Earthbound
  8. The Undying Flame
  9. Mên-An-Tol
  10. Beyond the Veil
  11. Ellylldan
  12. The Lore of The Land
Beyond the Veil will be available in COMPACT DISC featuring a 16-page booklet with additional, original Duncan Storr's art, in a GATEFOLD, DOUBLE LP edition including an A2 poster with cover artwork and download card and in DIGITAL. Besides REGULAR BLACK vinyl, the DOUBLE LP will also be available in an OLIVE GREEN pressing of 150 units only.
AFM Records / Evergrey 'The Storm Within' coming in September
Posted by: Denis / 29.06.2016
Summing up EVERGREY's new album The Storm Within quick and to the point, the band is celebrating their 20th Anniversary with the strongest album of their career.

While this may come off as music industry lip-service in honour of the Swedish quintet, anyone who has followed Evergrey will find it impossible not to become completely enthralled by the music on The Storm Within within the space of the first listen. The band's trademark Progressive, dark and melancholic elements are as strong as ever, the album ranks as one of the most Progressive record they've created in terms of performance, but Evergrey managed to put it in a package that is more accessible and direct compared to any of their nine previous outings. Frontman / founder Tom S. Englund credits Evergrey's learning-by-doing over the past two decades for the feel of The Storm Within, in particular their all-important Hymns For The Broken record from 2014, which saw a revitalized Evergrey line-up return with a new energy.

"We went from having no intention of making an album at all to having all the inspiration in the world on Hymns For The Broken", says Englund. "But, honestly, we've never felt better. The Storm Within is a massive album. There are no fillers on it and we've never been about that. I think the inspiration speaks for itself."

Evergrey's lyrics have always matched the depth and intensity of their music, and the concept behind The Storm Within is no exception. Englund considers the storyline behind the lyrics to be one of the biggest concepts Evergrey has ever tackled, based on something that everyone can relate to; having someone, losing them, and having to pick yourself up and move on. He goes so far as to call it the band's first 'love' album, but it's not a subject that should be taken lightly in the Evergrey universe.

"As usual, the lyrics are based on someone or some event in my life", says Englund. "When we were making this album a lot of these relationship issues were going on around me; people losing a partner or a loved one and grieving. The Storm Within is about a search for identity, trying to make yourself full when you feel half empty, and I placed that storyline in an interstellar world."

Musically, The Storm Within plays to Evergrey's trademark Prog Metal attack but it's loaded with double-take moments. Lead-off track Distance is a surprise lead single (and first video), the melodically and lyrically stunning Passing Through is destined to become a fan favourite, My Allied Ocean is one of Evergrey's most aggressive songs to date, and the epic title track makes for the perfect album closer in the tradition of Devin Townsend or Rush. The addition of Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen on In Orbit is the icing on an already filling cake.

"That was actually my wife (Carina Englund) thinking for me", Englund says of Jansen's involvement. "Floor is a personal friend and major Evergrey fan, so it was over a glass of wine between her and my wife, who asked her if she wanted to do the song. In Orbit is a powerhouse of a song and it would be easy to make it the first single, but it's not the first impression we want to make. That said, it would be stupid not to release it as a single, and if we could get Floor to do the video, that would be a home run."

Speaking of Englund's better half Carina, she reprises her ongoing role as Evergrey's secret weapon on every album since they began, contributing vocals this time out to the song The Paradox Of The Flame. In addition, Evergrey renewed their partnership with critically acclaimed video director Patric Ullaeus for The Storm Within, fulfilling the band's vision of creating the most cinematic album in their catalogue. Three stellar clips were shot and, in a huge promotional push, are slated to hit the internet leading up to the official album release.

Englund is proud to have The Storm Within represent Evergrey's all-important 20th Anniversary, although he freely admits he didn't take note of the landmark occasion until the album was well underway.

"I had a goal when I started Evergrey; I wanted to make 10 albums and that would fulfill my life plan. That's not something I ever thought I would accomplish. It's quite an amazing thing to be a band for 20 years and release albums that aren't sub-par. When I realized we'd done 10 albums in 20 years it was mind-boggling. I'm proud to say that out of all the albums we've released over the last 20 years, we've never released one that we didn't feel was the best we could do at that time. That goes for every song, every note, everything. That's why we don't do anything half-assed."

The Storm Within will be available as CD, Digipak, ltd. colored Vinyl, ltd. Picture Vinyl and ltd. Box Set.
  • Distance
  • Passing Through
  • Someday
  • Astray
  • The Impossible
  • My Allied Ocean
  • In Orbit (Featuring Floor Jansen)
  • The Lonely Monarch
  • The Paradox Of The Flame (Featuring Carina Englund)
  • Disconnect (Featuring Floor Jansen)
  • The Storm Within

Imperative PR / ThrOes stream upcoming album exclusively with Invisible Oranges
Posted by: Denis / 28.06.2016
Imperative PR are pleased to announce that ThrOes's devastating This Viper Womb is streaming, in full, at Invisible Oranges now! The entire album of genre defying, boundary smashing, convention destroying sonic violence can be experienced here.

The album will be officially released on June 29th through Aesthetic Death Records.

Open your mind to one of the most individual and challenging extreme Metal albums of the year.
Nuclear Blast / SABATON first album trailer for 'The Last Stand' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 28.06.2016
Swedish Heavy Metal heroes SABATON recently announced the release of their brand-new, 8th studio album, The Last Stand out on August 19th via Nuclear Blast. Now, the band have revealed the first album trailer, talking about different topics.

Inner Wound Recordings / Sunburst 'Lullaby' music video released
Posted by: Denis / 28.06.2016
The Progressive Metal band SUNBURST just released a music video for the track Lullaby online. The highly anticipated SUNBURST debut album Fragments of Creation was released on February 26th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
Posted by: Denis / 28.06.2016
With the release of Tarja's upcoming studio album The Shadow Self only being six weeks away, the queen of heavy rock premieres the official music video for her new single Innocence.

Directed by Argentinean movie director Mariano Cattaneo and filmed in Buenos Aires, the video surprises with a movie like optic and a corresponding, emotional plot. But it is not only the video clip that leaves you astonished – so does the song. Innocence perfectly captures the essence of Tarja: her unique way of melting heavy rock and classical music. Adding a melancholic piano etude inspired by Chopin, a driven beat and a striking chorus, the first single from The Shadow Self leads the way to even more inspiring music of Tarja.

The single and video versions of Innocence will also be available as part of the limited box set of The Shadow Self in an exclusive 7" vinyl+CD format.

The Shadow Self is going to be released on August 5th, 2016 in various formats, including 1CD Standard Edition, Special Edition Digipak CD+DVD, Limited Box Set (CD+DVD The Shadow Self, 7" vinyl+CD Innocence, 7" vinyl+CD No Bitter End, picture frame, 3 postcards, poster, t-shirt in size L), 2LP+Download and Digital.

FEN Inked Worldwide Management Deal With GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 27.06.2016
Russian modern Metal band FEN inked worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions.

"This is a major new page for our band. Start to new possibilities, to the European audience" - commented the musicians.

The band was formed in 2013 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The band released 2 EP and their debut album Vse Nashi Slezi (All our tears) this year.
Posted by: Denis / 27.06.2016
The VIVALDI METAL PROJECT is a music creation born from an idea conceived and developed by Italian keyboard player, composer and producer MISTHERIA (solo artist, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock, Roy Z, Artlantica).

The project is a symphonic-metal opera based on Antonio Vivaldi's Baroque masterwork 'The Four Seasons', featuring more than 130 amazing metal and classical artists, orchestra, a string quartet and three choirs from all over the world.

Production, ideation, concept and artistic direction by MISTHERIA. Co-produced by Alberto Rigoni.
  • CD RELEASE (digipack w/24-page booklet): July 22nd, 2016
  • VINYL RELEASE (double album): September 9th, 2016
  • DIGITAL RELEASE (including 24-page booklet): July 22nd, 2016 on iTunes, Amazon (singles already available)
Napalm Records / POWERWOLF launches Cover Contest to Celebrate the Release of Live DVD
Posted by: Denis / 27.06.2016
Following six successful studio albums, POWERWOLF will finally release their first DVD The Metal Mass – Live on July 29th! It contains almost 7 hours of material and features plenty of songs, old and new.

Now the Wolves decided that they want to hear YOU play YOUR favourite Powerwolf track of all times! Grab your instrument (or microphone) and upload your cover version to Youtube. Submit your entry by posting the video publicly on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #PowerwolfCoverContest and tagging both the band and Napalm Records.

The band will check out ALL submissions and hand-pick the winner! The best entry will be shared by both the band and Napalm Records on their socials, added to a Powerwolf 'The Metal Mass' Playlist on the Napalm Channel and also get a surprise pack by the band, including signed items!

Videos can be submitted until July 7th. Good luck, everyone!

Nuclear Blast / TWILIGHT FORCE first album trailer of 'Heroes Of Mighty Magic' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 27.06.2016
Swedish adventure metallers, TWILIGHT FORCE, are set to release their new long-player Heroes Of Mighty Magic on August 26th through Nuclear Blast. "It will be a tale of mythic kingdoms, epic battles and ancient prophecies", the band states. "Stories and lore from the Twilight Kingdoms will gradually be brought to light, and for the first time, the origin and quests of the TWILIGHT FORCE will be partially unveiled."

Now the band have revealed the first album trailer.

"This next opus of TWILIGHT FORCE will be a journey unlike any you have ever experienced. While we are still staying true to the essence of power metal, the songs, sounds and magic adventures have all evolved from the once drake hatchling into a colossal arcane arch-dragon. The time, effort and primordial wisdom that we have invested into this album is truly immeasurable, and we profoundly hope that this will shine through upon our venerated audience."

Stormspell Records / GRIMGOTTS
Posted by: Denis / 27.06.2016
Stormspell Records are stoked to announce the label'll be releasing the upcoming GRIMGOTTS EP Extenditus Playus on CD format - limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. Extended edition with the debut EP Here Be Dragonlords added as bonus.

Dramatic sympho Power from UK, akin to bands such as early Dragonforce, Labyrinth, Heavenly, Rhapsody, etc.
Frontiers Music / Tesla - Mechanical Resonance, Live!
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2016
It's been said that lightning never strikes the same place twice. However, it does in the case of Tesla. The band is thrilled to announce the release of a live recording of their classic album, Mechanical Resonance LIVE!, celebrating the original multi-Platinum record's 30th birthday in style. With a few surprises up their sleeve, including the single Save That Goodness written and produced by Phil Collen of Def Leppard, he album will be released in Europe on August 26th on Tesla's longtime label partner Frontiers Music Srl. The record is being released in conjunction with Tesla's USA summer tour opening up for Def Leppard, where they will perform in front of over half a million fans.

Said Frank Hannon, "30 years later and the songs on our first album still rock! Making this new live album of Mechanical Resonance was a reminder of the innocence and creative beginnings of Tesla."

Added Brian Wheat, "It was a lot of fun to re-visit some of the songs we hadn't played in decades and had a great time recording it."

Over the course of their thirty-year career, which started in 1986, the iconic Sacramento Melodic Hard Rock quintet—Frank Hannon (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass), Jeff Keith (lead vocals), Troy Luccketta (drums), and Dave Rude (guitar) — has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and played to sold out crowds across the globe, their three albums that followed Mechanical Resonance all went multi-Platinum in the USA. To say Tesla live is absolutely bombastic is an understatement, they are a Hard Rock band to beat all Hard Rock bands.

The 21st century has become something of a renaissance for Tesla. Most recently, 2014's Simplicity bowed at #14 on the Billboard Top 200. The group ignited ABC's Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! in addition to scorching stages at festivals such as Rocklahoma, Graspop Metal Meeting, and Sweden Rock Festival as well as the cruise Monsters of Rock! As they prepare to cut their ninth full-length album with Phil Collen in the producer's chair, Tesla takes another monumental leap forward as they glance back on Mechanical Resonance Live!
    Mechanical Resonance Live tracklisting:
  1. Rock Me To The Top
  2. Ez Come Ez Go
  3. Gettin' Better
  4. Comin' Atcha Live
  5. Changes
  6. Before My Eyes
  7. 2 Late 4 Love
  8. We're No Good Together
  9. Love Me
  10. Cover Queen
  11. Lil Suzie
  12. Modern Day Cowboy
  13. Save That Goodness (Studio Track)
Mechanical Resonance, Live! to be Released August 26th, 2016.

InsideOut Music / Fates Warning launch next song of 'Theories Of Flight' album
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2016
FATES WARNING, a new song is being debuted today via a play through video on the website of Guitar World Magazine.

Check out the track White Flag in a clip (with full studio album sound), which doesn't only feature multi-angle cams of guitarist and songwriter Jim Matheos, but also showcases the guest lead guitar parts by longtime Fates Warning member Frank Aresti and by recent Fates Warning live-guitarist Mike Abdow.

A complimentary drum and bass play through clip for the same track featuring a special audio mix will be available separately in the coming weeks too.

FATES WARNING's Jim matheos checked in to comment about the song as follows: "With White Flag I wanted to do something a bit heavier then what we've done in the recent past, but also to feature counterpoint type guitar parts, where the guitars are playing around and in between each other rather than in strict unison throughout. I also wanted to provide solo spots for Frank Aresti and Mike Abdow. Their contributions are one of the highlights in the song for me."

Intromental / QueensrŸche
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2016
Progressive Metal veterans QueensrŸche have announced their next headlining tour throughout the United States. The month-long trek will take place this fall, starting on November 15 in Seattle, Washington and concluding on December 15 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. QueensrŸche will be joined by Armored Saint as direct support, along with Intromental artist MIDNIGHT ETERNAL on all dates for the upcoming tour.
    The dates are as follows:
  • Nov. 15 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
  • Nov. 16 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
  • Nov. 18 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
  • Nov. 22 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
  • Nov. 23 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
  • Nov. 25 - Tyler, TX @ Clicks
  • Nov. 26 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
  • Nov. 29 - Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks at The Landing
  • Nov. 30 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
  • Dec. 01 - Tampa, FL @ The Cuban Club
  • Dec. 02 - Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
  • Dec. 03 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
  • Dec. 04 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
  • Dec. 06 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • Dec. 07 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
  • Dec. 08 - Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel Lounge
  • Dec. 10 - Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • Dec. 11 - Peoria, IL @ Limelight
  • Dec. 13 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
  • Dec. 14 - Overland Park, KS @ Kanza Hall
  • Dec. 15 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep

Massacre Records / New signing: VICTORIUS
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2016
The passion for Power Metal brought a few guys together more than a decade ago, and inspired them to form a band known as VICTORIUS!

VICTORIUS already released 3 studio albums, and toured with bands like Freedom Call or Van Canto through Europe, and played at festivals such as the RockHarz Open Air, among others.

Strong melodies, tough rhythms, catchy riffs and precise vocals characterize the sound of the German quintet.

VICTORIUS are currently working on a new album, that will be released in early 2017 via Massacre Records!

The band will also embark on an European tour in January/February 2017 with Grave Digger and their label mates Mystic Prophecy.
  • David Baßin - Vocals
  • Dirk Scharsich - Guitar
  • Florian Zack - Guitar
  • Andreas Dockhorn - Bass
  • Frank Koppe - Drums
Metal Mind Productions / Tank - 'Make a Little Time' video
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2016
British Heavy Metal legend TANK released today the first video from their most recent and also one of their best-selling studio albums, Valley of Tears.

Make a Little Time was filmed in the desert hills just outside the town of Mojacar in Southern Spain and the production was handled by MGV Productions. You can stream the video in this location.

Cliff Evans comments: "We didn't want to make the usual low budget, derelict warehouse style video that so many bands seem to go for these days so in order to do the song justice we decided to find a more interesting location. We contacted Dale Webb at MGV and he found the ideal backdrop that provided the essential vibe that goes so well with the song. Unusually for this part of Spain the weather was stormy and overcast but that added a great atmosphere to the performance. The video really captures the raw energy but also the laid back side of the band. We like nothing better than playing our own brand of rock 'n' roll and drinking beer together!"

Mick Tucker adds: "We're so pleased with the amazing response that we've had for our Valley of Tears album which was released at the end of last year. We wanted to portray the songs visually so we decided to invest in making a couple of top quality videos for our fans to enjoy and share the experience of what we're doing. We only had one day to film everything we needed so it was hard work but we had plenty of cold Estrella beer close to hand to keep us going."

A second video filmed for the title track of the album Valley of Tears is scheduled for release later this summer.

WARBRINGER sign to Napalm Records
Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2016
Napalm Records is proud and honored to announce the signing of US Thrash Metallers WARBRINGER!

Started in 2004 by High School fellow metal heads, the members of Los Angeles' own WARBRINGER have made their way up through the Metal scene. After four releases and an endless succession of tours with the likes of Arch Enemy, Exodus, Suicide Silence, Megadeth, Napalm Death, Iced Earth, Kreator to name just a few, this hard working five-piece is ready to take the next step together with Napalm Records.

John Kevill, frontman of WARBRINGER comments on the signing: "We are excited to announce a new record deal with Napalm Records! We have been writing for the last couple months, the riffs are flowing and the new material is sounding goddamn lethal. We are planning to record at the end of summer and release it early next year, followed by a full worldwide touring campaign. The writing is being led by longtime members drummer Carlos Cruz and guitarist Adam Carroll, as well as myself, and we are being joined by Chase Becker on the lead guitar and Jessie Sanchez dropping the bass-hammer.

I've been on a mission to make this record for three years since Empires... was released, and it's great to see it finally coming to fruition. Thank you all the people at Napalm Records for their interest in the band, and thank you to the fans for your continued and undying support, We'll see you out there next year.

Keep it heavy my friends! Signing off."

Sebastian Muench, A&R Napalm Records states: "I have been following WARBRINGER's progress throughout the last 4 fantastic releases and am extremely confident that with the band's first release under the Napalm banner WARBRINGER could step in the footsteps of Thrash Metal Titans like Exodus, Kreator or Testament! We will work our asses off to make the album a success! Welcome to the Napalm family!"

The band is currently in the studio recording their upcoming masterpiece. Stay tuned for more info!

Posted by: Denis / 24.06.2016
Secret Rule will soon embark on a full European tour. The confirmed dates are as follows:
  • 20/07/2016 Maribor Dvorana Gustaf Pekarna Slovenia
  • 21/07/2016 Prague Exit-us Club Czech Republic
  • 22/07/2016 Kosice Collosseum Club Slovakia
  • 23/07/2016 Budapest Rocktogon Pub&Roll Hungary
  • 24/07/2016 Đakovo Rock Bar King Croatia
  • 17/08/2016 Northampton The King Billy United Kingdom
  • 18/08/2016 Manchester Grand Central United Kingdom
  • 19/08/2016 Pontypool The Dragonffli United Kingdom
  • 20/08/2016 Evesham The Iron Road United Kingdom
  • 21/08/2016 Birmingham The Asylum 2 United Kingdom
  • 25/08/2016 Maasmechelen Jan Hertog Belgium
  • 26/08/2016 Gorinchem Stichting PoGo Netherlands
  • 27/08/2016 Assen Bull’s Eye Netherlands
Y.O.C. studio news
Posted by: Denis / 23.06.2016
New Y.O.C.'s work is in progress, the new demo song is already available on our band's page!

Underground Symphony / Degrees of Truth - New Deal
Posted by: Denis / 23.06.2016
Underground Symphony is proud to announce a deal with Italian progsters Degrees of Truth for the release of their debut album The Reins of life in September 2016.

The album will feature 11 brand new tracks of eclectic and sophisticated progressive metal led by the surprising voice of Claudia Nora Pezzotta, by the melodic textures of Gianluca Parnisari (keyboards) and Graziano Franchetti (guitars) and by the tight rhythmic section with Matteo Clark (bass) and Luca Ravezzani (drums).

The artwork is made by the amazing Gustavo Sazes (Amaranthe, Arch Enemy, Kamelot, Firewind, Temperance, Sirenia, James LaBrie, Angra).
Punishment 18 Records / Exiled on Earth release date confirmed
Posted by: Denis / 23.06.2016
Exiled on Earth, Progressive Speed metallers that comprised in line-up members of Rosae Crucis, Maelstrom, T.I.R., have announced that the new album titled Forces of Denial will be released on July 25th by Punishment 18 Records. Recordings sessions were completed at prestigious 16th Cellar Studios (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour of Penance, Theatres Des Vampires, Subhuman) by Stefano 'Saul' Morabito.
Punishment 18 Records / Vanexa - Ken Hensley guest on 'Too Heavy to Fly' album
Posted by: Denis / 23.06.2016
Multi-instrumentalist Ken Hensley (ex-Uriah Heep, John Wetton) will play as guest on The Traveller, a song taken from the next Vanexa album Too Heavy to Fly. The new effort will be released in digipack format on next fall by Punishment 18 Records. Ligurian band can number among its members and former members of bands such a Mastercastle, Necrodeath, Labÿrinth, Hyaena.

Arthorium Records / GREY WOLF trailer of new album 'Glorious Death' available
Posted by: Denis / 22.06.2016
Brazilian true Heavy Metal band GREY WOLF is promoting a trailer with song samples of its new album Glorious Death.

Glorious Death will be released in CD on 18th June via Arthorium Records with better sound production than its predecessors and letting clear the maturing of the group. The beautiful and vibrant cover artwork was painted in acrylics by French illustrator Nicolas Bournay and audio mixing and mastering were done by Arthur Migotto (Hazy Hamlet, Brothers of Sword).

The video with the trailer is available on Arthorium Records official Youtube Channel.
Cruz del Sur Music / SACRED STEEL to release 'Heavy Metal Sacrifice' on Oct 14 2016
Posted by: Denis / 22.06.2016
German Heavy Metal veterans SACRED STEEL announce the release of their new album Heavy Metal Sacrifice on October 14 2016. The album was recorded at Music Factory Studio Kempten (Germany) and produced by Sacred Steel and Christian Schmid.

With the release of Heavy Metal Sacrifice, the band celebrates its first 20 years, providing one of their most convincing albums ever. With highlights such as Heavy Metal Sacrifice, Let There Be Steel, Hail The Godz Of War, Children Of The Sky SACRED STEEL set in motion a war-machine that will crush the enemies of true Heavy Metal!

The band has already announced a round of shows to accompany the release of the album. Confirmed dates are as follows:
  • 15.10.2016 – 20 years of Sacred Steel Festival & Record Releaseparty of HEAVY METAL SACRIFICE with SACRED STEEL, TANKARD, STALLION, TRAGEDY DIVINE (Reunion Gig), SEPTAGON Ludwigsburg (GER) – Scala
  • 21.10.2016 – Vienna (A) Escape
  • 22.10.2016 – Phantoms Of Pilsen Pilsen (CZ)
  • 12.11.2016 – Burn This Town Festival with ROSAE CRUCIS, HAMMER KING, BATTLE RAM, GRAAL Rome (IT) – Traffic Club
  • 13.01.2017 – Hamburg (GER) Bambi Galore

Posted by: Denis / 22.06.2016
The year was 1989. Cult-favorite Twin Cities shock metallers SLAVE RAIDER found themselves without a label, having been dropped from the Jive Records roster following the release of their first two albums — Take the World by Storm (1986) and What Do You Know About Rock ‘n Roll? (1988). Despite losing two members in the major label fallout, the group refused to throw in the towel and set to work independently producing what would become their most daring album... one that would be — quite literally — Bigger, Badder & Bolder.

Having previously reissued the first two SLAVE RAIDER classics in 2015, Divebomb Records is excited to complete the trilogy by issuing Bigger, Badder & Bolder on CD for the first time since its extremely limited edition release in 1990! This bigger, badder, and bolder (pun intended) edition has been brought back to life through the all-new mastering of Jamie King at The Basement Recording, two secret bonus tracks, and an essay on the band's closing chapter by co-editor Carlos Ramirez—featuring input from SLAVE RAIDER frontman Chainsaw Caine himself.

It may have taken 26 years, but it's time for these underground Heavy Metal legends to finally get their due. For the fans, by the fans!

  1. Bigger, Badder & Bolder
  2. D.O.A.(Dead On Arrival)
  3. Bad Boy Boogie
  4. Blackout
  5. Who Owns America?
  6. Fight For What You Believe In
  7. I Don't Need Your Love
    + two secret bonus tracks
GlobMetal Promotions / Thundering Herd released new album
Posted by: Denis / 21.06.2016
American Southern/Stoner Metal band Thundering Herd released their debut album Backyard Junkyard. The album was recorded and mixed at Pershing Hill Sound by Greg Elkins, and mastered at Studio B Mastering by Dave Harris.

The band was formed in 2013 by Mark Binion and Mike Goodwin after they left their previous band Blood Drunk. In 2015 Skully joined the band as the bass player and the band started recording their debut album.
Som do Darma / Pop Javali unveils cover and tracklist for 'Live In Amsterdam'
Posted by: Denis / 21.06.2016
After two albums released, shows with Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Ugly Kid Joe, Pop Javali walks increasingly toward success. Soon or not to say, the fact is that the band is going through its best time. Definitely! Last year the hard/heavy power trio went to Europe where played nine concerts in England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. Among the gigs, highlights the Cart & Horses in London - the same pub where Maiden started its career - the show they did in Amsterdam, at The Waterhole, and the two festivals, Sneker Metal Meeting in Holland, and Razorblade in Germany.

Proof of that excellent reception that Marcelo Frizzo (bass/vocal), Jaéder Menossi (guitar) and Loks Rasmussen (drums) had on the old world is published on the European press. The Pit, one of the most respected specialized Rock/Metal sites from Germany, published on its coverage of Razorblade Festival that Pop Javali was, 'no doubt, the biggest surprise of the festival'. In Brazil the impact has not been different. Roadie Crew, the main and most respected printed rock magazine, published a two pages interview with the group. Shortly, Killer Pumpkin, another Brazilian publication, gave Pop Javali a cover feature on its May 2016 edition.

To consolidate the success of this first experience in Europe, Pop Javali announced the release of its first live CD, Live In Amsterdam, recorded during one of the outstanding performances of the tour, at The Waterhole, in the dutch capital.

Live In Amsterdam is being mixed and will also be mastered by Andria Busic, of the legendary Brazilian group Dr. Sin, with whom the band had previously worked in its previous studio album, The Game Of Fate.
    Live In Amsterdam will bring the following tracklist:
  1. Road To Nowhere
  2. Freemen
  3. Lie To Me
  4. Time Allowed
  5. I Wanna Choose
  6. A Friend That I've Lost
  7. Wrath Of The Soul
The cover for Live In Amsterdam was designed by João Duarte that have worked with artists such as Metal Church, Circle II Circle, Angra, Torture Squad, Age Of Artemis, etc, and bring photos by Jörg Müller.

Live In Amsterdam will be released in the second half of 2016.
SPV / VICIOUS RUMORS release new lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 21.06.2016
US Metal masters VICIOUS RUMORS release a new lyric video for the song Chasing The Priest, taken from the forthcoming studio album Concussion Protocol.

Geoff Thorpe says about the song and the video: "In our dark tale of the earth's final days man turns his back on religious concepts! The Song Chasing the Priest was written by myself along with Nick, Tilen, and Larry in a house we rented last summer next to and old Church in the Netherlands. The band was in the beginning of the songwriting process for the album Concussion Protocol. We hope you enjoy our dark tale in Metal madness as much as we enjoyed making it for you!!! This video was produced by Jimmie Evans lll at Electric Punishment studios in Santa Rosa California. Turn it up and see you on tour!!! Metal on!"

SPV / MOB RULES announce headliner tour, special fan voting
Posted by: Denis / 21.06.2016
Back after a successful tour with Axel Rudi Pell and the release of the new studio album Tales From Beyond the North German Melodic Metallers MOB RULES hit the stages in autumn again. On their headlining tour, the band will play this time a comprehensive set of new songs and especially band classics – this is why the tour is titled 'Beyond The Classics'. The program will include tracks of all previous eight albums and beside some surprises, the fans will also have the opportunity to directly affect the setlist via Facebook by voting their 'favorite songs' personally!

"In our concerts we often note that our audience is mixed" says singer Klaus Dirks. "Besides many longtime fans of the first hour, we have many new fans and their favorite songs and albums are quite different. This time, we want to offer a perfect mix: new material, proven classics and songs we have never played before."
    MOB RULES live 2016:
  • 01.10. CH-Wetzikon – Hall Of Fame
  • 02.10. D-Weiher – Live Music Hall
  • 04.10. D-Munich – Backstage
  • 05.10. D-Siegburg – Kubana
  • 06.10. D-Wilhelmshaven – Pumpwerk
  • 07.10 B-Roselare – De Verlichte Geest
  • 09.10 D-Bochum – Matrix

High Roller Records / VULTURE - Victim to the Blade
Posted by: Denis / 20.06.2016
Attention, Speed Metal fans! Victim To The Blade, the debut EP of VULTURE is what you are looking for. The band of Nord-Rhine Westphalia combines influences of early Speed and Thrash Metal with a heavy approach and use those ingredients to create fresh yet traditional hymns. "We mainly concentrate on the beginning of Thrash and Speed when Heavy was a basic part of the extreme and the fast. That makes the aggression shines brighter through power and grace", says vocalist Steeler and adds: "Bands such as Agent Steel and Slayer are big influences for us, but I would also add Exodus (Paul Baloff), Dark Angel (Don Doty) and Razor (Sheepdog)."

The sovereignty and focus in songwriting and arrangement is just fantastic, especially when you see that the band is founded 2015 and planed Victim Of The Blade just as an appetizer demo for what is to come. Guitarist Genözider: "Actually we wanted to release Victim To The Blade as a tape only demo for the next EP. Contacted for this project, High Roller Records insisted on a Vinyl and CD-release because they were so enthusiastic. This was of course a more than welcome offer because High Roller Records were our first choice for the release of our music in the first place."

So let's have a few words about the three peak songs on Victim To The Blade: "Generally we try to add as many facets as possible to every song without protracting it unnecessarily. The will be no dummy bumbled A minor homages in our music. Variety is something very important in our riffs as much as in our structures. Every song should stand for itself, but a release should also be seen as a complete work." states Genözider and gives a word on the high quality standards of the songs: "Our list with potential riffs is very long, and we give our greatest efforts only to take the best of them. VULTURE definitely does not stand still and tries to evolve with every song. But not in a progressive way that throws in different styles by hook or by crook till you think you found yourself but in a just qualitative way. Every song is a lot of work, and at the end of it, we went a big step in a certain direction, what ever direction this is. We are just in the process defining the style of VULTURE."

The Judas Priest-cover Rapid Fire fits perfectly laying open the roots of VULTURE's music. It is far more than just another close-to-the-original-version but have its own taste and character. Steeler explains the choice and shows that there is more about than just to find a cool song: "We consciously decided for a song of the 'early' Priest, before the time dominated by synthesizers and doublebass attacks. This late time has also its point, but it utterly does not fit to us. The basic and raw of the early days of Heavy Metal are just more soulful than the artificial production and the 'more is more'-attitude a la Painkiller. Additionally Rapid Fire is perfectly made for Speed-Riffings, so we can bring in our own style. That made the choice easy for us."

It is no surprise that the band members also play in well-known bands such as Quintessence, Bulldozing Bastard, Luzifer, Hellhunt, Wifebeater. Is there any time left for a new band? "Our main focus is on VULTURE at the moment, so we put our other bands aside for the moment." bass man Axetinctor straights out. That main focus calls in every aspect of VULTURE. Genözider points out, why the optic is so important: "It is not about fitting into certain standard cliches or following role models, but to represent the mood of our music also optically. You will not find inverted crosses or pentagrams, but the three time dose Destroyer guitars. You can see how important that is when you see some of the reunion shows of Eighties bands. Look at the Agent Steel show on Dynamo 2004 or the jogging pants gig of Razor at Headbangers Open Air. My blood runs cold when I see this. We appear as a traditional Metal band, and this is, where I want to make the point." This also includes the lyrics, as Axetinctor points out: "Generally I would summarize our topics in the title Horror, but the focus is on classic stories and suspense movies. For example, the intro of Delivered to Die is a homage to the synthie melodies of old horror movies."

It is obvious that the story does not end here, but has just started. With Victim To The Blade VULTURE put a strong landmark in the realms of traditional Speed and Thrash Metal, and it is just natural that after such a strong first sign the band is hungry for more: "We are in the songwriting for the debut album at the moment. Concept and direction are there. We hope to finish it in summer." We hope so too, guys, and we are really looking forwards for some more sharp and speedy VULTURE-stuff.
VIVALDI METAL PROJECT: The Illusion of Eternity (Spring 1st mov.) - Official Lyric Video
Posted by: Denis / 20.06.2016
This is the OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO for the track The Illusion Of Eternity (Spring, 1st movement, arr. by Douglas R. Docker) taken from the release The Four Seasons which will be in stores (CD/digital)from July 22nd, 2016 via Pride & Joy Music! The Vivaldi Metal Project PledgeMusic campaign will end on June 20th!
Nuclear Blast / EPICA tracklist of 'The Holographic Principle' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 20.06.2016
Dutch symphonic Metal stars EPICA announced the release of their forthcoming record The Holographic Principle (September 30th through Nuclear Blast), two weeks ago. Now the artwork has been revealed it is time for the band to announce the tracklisting of this highly-awaited album. It racks up as follows:
  1. Eidola
  2. Edge Of The Blade
  3. A Phantasmic Parade
  4. Universal Death Squad
  5. Divide And Conquer
  6. Beyond The Matrix
  7. Once Upon A Nightmare
  8. The Cosmic Algorithm
  9. Ascension - Dream State Armageddon
  10. Dancing In A Hurricane
  11. Tear Down Your Walls
  12. The Holographic Principle - A Profound Understanding Of Reality
The band commented: "The Holographic Principle deals with the near future wherein virtual reality has taken off and allows people to create their own virtual worlds which can't be distinguished from 'reality as we know it'. This raises the question whether our current reality is a kind of virtual reality on itself, a hologram. This implies the existence of a higher reality which we currently do not have access to. The lyrics challenge you to think out of the box, to reconsider everything you thought to know for sure and to be open-minded towards recent revolutions in science. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a ride as nothing appears to be what it seems in our holographic universe."
    Don't miss EPICA on tour!
  • 24.06. DK Copenhagen - Copenhell
  • 09.07. D Geiselwind - Out & Loud Festival
  • 16.07. H Dunaujvaros - Rockmaraton Festival
  • 23.07. MEX Mexico City - Heaven & Hell Festival
  • 06.08. LT Zarasai City - Roko Naktys
  • 01.10. NL Tilburg - Epic Metal Fest Netherlands
  • 15.10. BR Sao Paulo - Epic Metal Fest Brazil
  • 12.01. D Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
  • 13.01. D Cologne - Palladium
  • 14.01. D Ludwigsburg - MHP Arena
  • 16.01. CH Geneve - Salle Des Fetes De Thonex
  • 17.01. CH Zurich - Volkshaus
  • 20.01. D Munich - Tonhalle
  • 21.01. A Vienna - Gasometer
  • 24.01. PL Warsaw - Progresja
  • 25.01. D Berlin - Huxley's
  • 27.01. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
  • 28.01. CZ Prague - Forum Karlin
  • 03.02. UK London - o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
  • 04.02. F Paris - Le Zénith

Pure Steel Records / SALEM 'Dark Days' limited vinyl edition - cover, tracklist, releasedate: 22th July 2016
Posted by: Denis / 20.06.2016
The release date of the SALEM album Dark Days on limited vinyl is July 22nd, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on June 08th, 2016 in label's webshop.

The English band SALEM will surprise all Metallians and Hard Rockers this year with their new album Dark Days. Founded 1979 in Hull - out of the ashes of ETHEL THE FROG - SALEM has played numerous festivals like BROFEST, Play it Loud, Very Eavy, Headbangers Open Air, Rock You to Hell, BÄÄÄM, etc, and gigs across Europe and even in Dubai, since they reformed in 2010 after a long silence. Dark Days is their third album following the 2010 In The Beginning... compilation of 80s tracks and Forgotten Dreams in 2013 (both released by Pure Steel). After the CD release in April 2016 follows the album Dark Days in a limited edition of 250 black copies with insert on vinyl. The new album, with powerful songs and majestic melody lines, reveals a wide musical range with hints of RAINBOW, THIN LIZZY, UFO. Not Guilty and Lost My Mind are perfect examples of this. Heavier songs include Tormented and Second Sight, and they daringly include the likes of Toy Story - but all songs will delight you with fine guitar playing and the outstanding vocals from Simon Saxby. The eight minute long epic Nine Months is a highlight composition that many bands would only dream about in their whole time of existence but never will be able to write. So try SALEM if you haven't already done so!
  1. Not Guilty
  2. Nine Months
  3. Complicated
  4. Lost My Mind
  5. Dark Days
  6. Second Sight
  7. Tormented
  8. Fallen Angel
  9. Toy Story
  10. Prodigal Son
  11. Tank
    Total Playing Time: 52:53 min
  • Simon Saxby – vocals
  • Paul Macnamara – guitars
  • Paul Mendham – drums
  • Mark Allison – guitars
  • Adrian Jenkinson - bass
Y.O.C. news
Posted by: Denis / 19.06.2016
Y.O.C.'s version of AXEL RUDI PELL song Eyes of the Lost on YouTube!

Furia Music Press / Shadowside closes endorsement with ENGL amplifiers
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2016
Brazilian Metal band are proud to announce the endorsement agreement with ENGL amplifiers, whose family of artists include names such as Steve Morse, Paul Stanley (Kiss), Marty Friedman, Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy), Andre Olbrich (Blind Guardian), Michael Romeo (Symphony X).

Guitarist Raphael Mattos will use the Fireball amp, which is already being used on the recordings of Shadowside's new album. Raphael Mattos commented on his new amp: "When I recorded the Inner Monster Out album in 2011, I had the opportunity to use an ENGL Fireball and that was when I finally found my sound. ENGL amps are simply the personification of Heavy Metal!"

Alberto Rigoni releases BASSORAMA video featuring Anna Sentina
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2016
Italian bassist Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, Vivaldi Metal Project, The Italians, BADASS), two months after the release of his fifth solo album BASSORAMA (Pride & Joy Music / Edel Music - April 15th 2016), has just released the video of the album title song, also featuring bassist Anna Sentina as special guest.
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2016
For the past few months Firewind've been busy composing our 8th album and this week they finally entered the studio to start recording! the band is super excited about it, as this is their first recording in 4 years, plus this will be the first album with the new singer Henning Basse.

Firewind've entered Noise Factory Studios in Belgium this week with producer/engineer Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69, Krokus, etc.) to track drums and it's sounding huge already!

As the schedule is pretty hectic for the next few months with recordings, finalizing everything, etc. they feel they need time to have a proper setup for the album release and give it the attention it deserves.

Therefore, Firewind have decided to postpone our UK/European club dates to early 2017. All dates are there and they've even added an extra UK show in Southampton and one more in Strasbourg, France. Moreover, they will have Sweden's MANIMAL as special guests, as well as Greece's SCAR OF THE SUN opening the shows. Tickets already purchased are still valid for the re-scheduled dates.

Band's summer festival appearances are still on and we'll be revealing more info on the new album as they go along!
    FIREWIND - Europe & UK Tour 2017 Special Guests: MANIMAL + SCAR OF THE SUN
  • 15/2/17 Glasgow, UK @ Audio
  • 16/2/17 Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
  • 17/2/17 Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
  • 18/2/17 Wolverhampton, UK @ Slade Rooms
  • 19/2/17 London, UK @ Underworld
  • 21/2/17 Southampton, UK @ Engine Rooms
  • 22/2/17 Paris, FR @ Backstage by the Mills
  • 23/2/17 Strasbourg, FR @ La Laiterie
  • 25/2/17 Vienna, AT @ Szene
  • 26/2/17 Budapest , HU @ A38
  • 27/2/17 Munchen, DE @ Feierwerk
  • 28/2/17 Aschaffenburg, DE @ Colos-Saal
  • 01/3/17 Bochum, DE @ Rockpalast
  • 02/3/17 Vosselaar, BEL @ Biebob

Stormspell Records / Roadhog
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2016
Check out the debut video clip by classic Metal warriors ROADHOG! The label still have a handful copies of their debut album, which will be added to CDBaby store shortly.
SPV / SODOM release new album 'Decision Day' in August
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2016
Tom Angelripper is proud and excited to announce the release of the new Sodom album Decision Day for August 26th 2016. Together with his two comrades-in-arms, guitarist Bernemann and drummer Markus 'Makka' Freiwald, Angelripper spent four months at the studio honing the new Sodom material. The result is a hard-as-nails, diverse Thrash Metal offering on the subject of D-Day, the day in June 1944 when the troops of the Western Allied forces landed in Normandy to liberate mainland Europe from the scourge of Nazi Germany. Songs such as Belligerence, Decision Day, Strange Lost World present the Sodom frontman once more as a historically well-versed contemporary witness and critical observer of current international events. Decision Day was produced by Cornelius 'Corny' Rambadt, sound engineer and drummer with Angelripper's side project Onkel Tom.

The new release is bound to cause a stir, not least thanks to its impressive artwork courtesy of none other than Joe Petagno. As well as having worked for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, Petagno is also Motörhead's favoured graphic designer and has created legendary album covers such as Overkill, Orgasmatron, Another Perfect Day. Angelripper: "I was surprised and proud to learn how familiar Joe is with Sodom, immediately bringing up associations of our Knarrenheinz when we talked about the artwork. For a Motörhead fan like myself, this cover is an absolute dream come true."

Petagno: "After having spoken with Tom about the current state of world affairs and heard some brilliant tracks from the album I wanted to visualize the History of Man from the dawn of creation to the mess we have today. Firstly and rather obviously it's World War 3. However on psychological and symbolic level it's considerably more. I used Knarrenheinz as a symbol for the countless numbers who have soldiered on thru' the centuries in one guise or another just to get us here anno 2016 where we seem to be on the brink of another possible eruption."
  1. In Retribution 06:14
  2. Rolling Thunder 04:22
  3. Decision Day 04:03
  4. Caligula 04:01
  5. Who Is God? 04:35
  6. Strange Lost World 04:59
  7. Vaginal Born Evil 05:15
  8. Belligerence 04:00
  9. Blood Lions 03:17
  10. Sacred Warpath 05:34
  11. Refused To Die 04:27
  12. Predatory Instinct 04:44 (bonus track for vinyl and iTunes edition)
    SODOM live 2016
  • 18.06.D-Gardelegen – Metal Frenzy Open Air
  • 09.07.HU-Dunaujvaros – Rockmaraton Festival
  • 13.07.D-Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
  • 16.07.CZ-Trutnov – Obscene Extreme Festival
  • 13.08.D-Schlotheim – PartySan Open Air
  • 20.08.SK-Zvolenska Slatina – More Than Fest
  • 27.08.D-Sulingen – ReLoad Festival
  • 10.09.I-Milan – Live Club
  • 16.09.D-Berlin – Metal Hammer Awards
  • 24.09.ISR-Tel Aviv – Bascula
  • 04.11.RUS-St. Petersburg – Klub Zal Ozhidaniya
  • 05.11.RUS-Moscow – Klub Volta

IN FLAMES - sign to Nuclear Blast
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2016
Nuclear Blast proudly announce the signing of Swedish Metal icons, IN FLAMES for the world ex-North America and Scandinavia. Formed in 1990, the band are considered one of the forefathers of Melodic Death Metal and the purveyors of the 'Gothenburg sound'. With eleven studio albums released, countless successful tours around the globe, millions of records sold and a massive fanbase worldwide, IN FLAMES have proven to be an unstoppable force in heavy music. From their 1994 debut Lunar Strain to the most recent Siren Charms (2014), the band's intricate twin guitar attack, melodic vocals and superb arrangements have given them a signature sound that has evolved throughout the years.

"In a way, IN FLAMES and Nuclear Blast share a similar story", said IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Fridén. "Both started in a garage in Europe, both love Metal and both have grown a lot bigger over the years. For these reasons, it seemed a natural fit to come back to the place it all started."

"We're enormously happy that IN FLAMES decided to return and trust in us for the second time - Nuclear Blast is their home again from now on. I remember well how their debut album, Lunar Strain, inspired me back in the days. I was totally fascinated by their great and absolutely unique blend of Death Metal with delicate melodies", commented Nuclear Blast CEO Markus Staiger. "One year later, IN FLAMES signed with us and released eight splendid records over the years, including groundbreaking classics such as Whoracle, Clayman, Reroute To Remain. IN FLAMES developed all the time, reinvented themselves again and again and enthused fans of various genres with their always innovative sound. We're looking forward to the common future with Anders, Björn, Peter, and Niclas."

Currently, the band are working on the release of a new live DVD.

AFM Records / Solution .45 reveal album cover art
Posted by: Denis / 17.06.2016
SOLUTION .45 will be releasing their new album Nightmares In The Waking State - Part II worldwide on August 26th!
  1. Dim Are The Pathways
  2. The Faint Pulse Of Light
  3. Mind Mutation
  4. Built On Sand
  5. Inescapable Dream
  6. The Curse That Keeps On Giving
  7. Chain Connector
  8. What Turns The Wheels
  9. Misery Mantra
  10. Heavy Lies The Crown

Metal Blade / Denner / Shermann launches trailer for upcoming video, “Son of Satan”
Posted by: Denis / 16.06.2016
The trailer for the long-awaited music video, Son of Satan, from Denner / Shermann has been released. The track is taken from the band's new studio album, Masters of Evil, which will be released on June 24th via Metal Blade Records. Swedish director Owe Lingwall shot the video entirely at studio 1646 in Umea in Northern Sweden. The date for the world premiere of Denner / Shermann's Son Of Satan music video will be announced shortly.
OPETH sign to Nuclear Blast Entertainment, 'Sorceress' to be released in late 2016
Posted by: Denis / 16.06.2016
Nuclear Blast Entertainment is very pleased to announce the signing of Swedish Progressive legends, OPETH. Always an unstoppable force for uniqueness amid a sea of generic swill, OPETH have been setting the rulebook ablaze, and ploughing a uniquely Progressive and exploratory furrow for over 25 years now. Neither conforming nor exhibiting any desire to be restricted to a single genre, OPETH, quite simply, have a time honored tradition of blowing our minds with both class and forward thinking. All these years later, nothing and everything has changed once again with their forthcoming album Sorceress.

"We're happy to confirm that we have indeed signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment and will be putting out our 12th studio album Sorceress via our own imprint, Moderbolaget Records", states Mikael Åkerfeldt. "The decision was made in Markus Staiger's (Nuclear Blast kingpin) ridiculously potent Porsche going at 150 mph somewhere in the south of Germany. We're happy to be part of the NB team and look forward to a fruitful relationship."

Nuclear Blast owner, Markus Staiger, continues: "I am honored that OPETH have joined the Nuclear Blast family. Mikael Åkerfeldt and his fellow bandmates have demonstrated time and time again that OPETH are a band that never release an album that sounds the same. You never know what their new music will sound like! Nuclear Blast has been following the musical journey of OPETH from the beginning with Orchid to landmark albums like Still Life, Deliverance, Damnation, Blackwater Park, right up to 2014's Pale Communion! The band have become one of the most challenging artists in rock music today. It is not often that we get to work with musicians of their caliber and I'm thrilled to have such a unique genre-leader on the label. The future for OPETH and Nuclear Blast looks very bright."

Monte Conner, Nuclear Blast Entertainment president adds: "OPETH are a band that have continually evolved and moved forward at every stage. Always innovating and always continuing to challenge themselves as players and writers. They are simply fearless. I can't wait to hear what they come up with next! It's an amazing feeling to be reunited with one of my favorite bands and I look forward to my colleagues here at Nuclear Blast being able to have their own OPETH experience and role in the band's continuing journey. I want to thank Mikael Åkerfeldt and OPETH for putting their faith and trust in everyone here at Nuclear Blast."

OPETH are currently in the studio with Tom Dalgety putting the finishing touches on Sorceress. A release for the album is tentatively scheduled for the fall via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE sign worldwide deal with SPV
Posted by: Denis / 16.06.2016
Three years after their most recent release Antiadore, Lacrimas Profundere have gone public with two important pieces of news: the Goth Rock act has signed with Hanover imprint Oblivion/SPV and are set to present their first concept album Hope Is Here on 12 August 2016. We all can look forward to a recording that's special in every respect. "We've never worked harder and better as a unit. I'm really happy because the album has turned out exactly the way we'd hoped it would; in fact even better", guitarist and founder member Oliver Nikolas Schmid reveals when asked about the three-month-long preproduction phase at the Engine Studios. "Hope Is Here will whisk you away and take you on a journey. A journey deep into a forest, to a boy who lives there, alone, abandoned. Why is he there? What's his name? But that's only the beginning..."

The new album was produced by Schmid and vocalist Roberto Vitacca and mixed and mastered by Kristian 'Kohle' Kohlmannslehner at the Kohlekeller Studio (Powerwolf, Eskimo Callboy, Aborted, among others). The cover artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Elton Fernandes, who also created the Antiadore sleeve. Schmid: "Elton has captured the atmosphere of our songs perfectly, almost as if he'd been there when we were writing the material".

Now the band is looking forward to their collaboration with Oblivion/SPV and want to duly celebrate the contract with their new album: "We're extremely proud to have become a part of this fantastic family, alongside so many other amazing artists on SPV. It's great that we have found a partner who shares our vision and in some respects is even crazier than we are".

Gero Herrde, A&R manager at Oblivion/SPV, is also delighted with this promising signing: "SPV has worked with Lacrimas Profundere on the distribution side in the past. I've been following the career of this unusual band with great interest ever since. Now I'm proud to have signed them directly to SPV and am very much looking forward to our collaboration!"
    LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE live in 2016
  • 10.06.2016 CH-INTERLAKEN – Greenfield Festival
  • 23.06.2016 DE-KOBLENZ – Festung Ehrenbreitstein (mit IN EXTREMO)
  • 16.07.2016 DE-SPEYER – Hallenbeben Open Air
  • 23.07.2016 DE-GÖRLITZ – Kulturbrauerei (mit IN EXTREMO)
  • 30.07.2016 DE-DORMAGEN – Rock’n’Roll Slam Festival
  • 13.-14.08.2016 DE-HILDESHEIM – M’era Luna Festival
  • 17.08.2016 DE-MÜNCHEN – Backstage/RELEASE-KONZERT
  • 25.-26.11.2016 AT-SCHWECHAT – Schattenwelt Festival

PARADISE LOST sign with Nuclear Blast
Posted by: Denis / 15.06.2016
Iconic UK metallers, PARADISE LOST, have signed a worldwide deal with German-based Metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast! Formed in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1988 and still boasting 4 of its 5 original members, the band are widely-credited with co-founding the Gothic Metal genre with their sophomore album, Gothic (1991). Through the years, PARADISE LOST have changed their style effectively and reinvented themselves again and again. They elbowed their way from their original Melodic Death Metal on their debut, Lost Paradise (1990) to the classic Icon (1993) and more experimental One Second (1997). Finally they went back to the roots with their current release, The Plague Within (2015) and some of the best reviews of their career.

Vocalist Nick Holmes commented: "PARADISE LOST's career has run alongside Nuclear Blast Records since the label began in the late 80's. And as huge fans of original Death Metal, we still have the majority of the label's first releases from those very early days. It's pretty incredible to see how the label has become a real force in Metal music over the years, both in Europe and America and now, nearly 30 years later, in a new chapter for the band, it's exciting for PARADISE LOST to be a part of Nuclear Blast in 2017!"

Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger adds: "As a fan from day one I've been following PARADISE LOST ever since their Death Metal era but also enjoyed watching them grow into something even bigger and so unique. They defined and later on re-defined the Gothic genre and always delivered the most dark and memorable songs. It's with great pleasure to finally welcome the band to the ever-growing Nuclear Blast family! Needless to say that we're very much looking forward to this cooperation!"

GlobMetal Promotions / Knight of Tears released debut EP
Posted by: Denis / 15.06.2016
American Heavy/Thrash Metal band Knight of Tears released their debut 5-track self-titled EP. The release was recorded and mixed in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho at Quad Rocker Records by engineer Tom Hall, and mastered by John Cuniberti.

Knight of Tears formed in the summer of 2014 when Colin Burgeson and Seamus Gleason began playing original music together. Lead vocalist Scott Omeara joined in October and bassist Dave Swiecki joined a few weeks after.
Running Wild - new album details
Posted by: Denis / 14.06.2016
Good things come to those who wait: three years after the release of Resilient, RUNNING WILD have announced the title and release date of their latest album: Rapid Foray will be available from physical and digital retailers from August 26, 2016 as a boxed set, on Digipak CD, double vinyl LP and for digital download. The band's mastermind Rolf Kasparek apologises for the long delay: "Due to my broken shoulder, I was totally or at least partly incapacitated for more than twelve months from spring 2014, something that repeatedly delayed work on the new material. After that I had to prepare intensively for our show in Wacken, which was also very time-consuming. Now I'm all the more pleased to be able to present an exceptionally strong new recording to all RUNNING WILD fans." Kasparek promises his fans one of the most diverse albums yet in the career of RUNNING WILD, featuring eleven varied numbers and a great deal of attention to detail. "The new tracks are more complex than those on our previous two releases", Kasparek reveals, "which I noticed in particular when we were recording the guitars. At the same time some of the numbers remind me of RUNNING WILD classics. I feel that we've come up with a very interesting and impressive mix". Rapid Foray was produced by Rolf Kasparek with Niki Nowy as sound engineer, who also mixed and mastered the material together. The cover artwork is based on a photo by Kasparek which Jens Reinhold (VIRGIN STEELE, FREEDOM CALL, among others) subsequently gave the look of an oil painting.

InsideOut Music / Karmakanic reveal 1st teaser for new album 'DOT'
Posted by: Denis / 14.06.2016
Sweden-based Progressive rockers Karmakanic recently announced the release of their fifth album DOT for the 22nd July 2016. Now they are pleased to reveal the first album teaser video, which you can see here.

The band, who originally formed in 2002, have returned with their first studio album since 2011's much-praised In A Perfect World and the current line-up includes Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen), Morgan Ågren (Casualties Of Cool, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai), Lalle Larsson (Agents Of Mercy), Nils Erikson, Krister Jonsson, Andy Bartosh and Ray Aichinger.

Punishment 18 Records / Vexed is working on a new full-length album
Posted by: Denis / 14.06.2016
In the twenty year anniversary of activity, Italian thrashers Vexed has confirmed the deal for a new record with Punishment 18 Records. The band features members and former members of band such as Total Death, Madhour, Warhammer, Longobardeath. Their new effort is due out later this year.
Pure Steel Records / A TORTURED SOUL 'On This Evil Night' cover, tracklist, releasedate: 29th July 2016
Posted by: Denis / 14.06.2016
The release date of the A TORTURED SOUL album On This Evil Night on CD is July 29th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on July 15th, 2016 in label's webshop.

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

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

This album contains everything, a dark, sophisticated Metal album has to offer.
  1. On This Evil Night
  2. Crimson
  3. Black Dragon
  4. Dreams
  5. All Alone
  6. Smoke
  7. Waiting For Death
  8. The Ripper's Curse
  9. Mourning Son
  10. Murdering

Furia Music Press / Magnus Rosén release date for 'The World Changes' album
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
Swedish bass player Magnus Rosén (ex-Hammerfall and currently member of Brazilian Metal band Shadowside) has recently signed with Brazilian label Furia Music Records for the worldwide release of his new solo album The World Changes and will hold a release gala lunch party on June 17th, at the refined restaurant of Gothia Towers Hotel in Gothenburg, Sweden. On the occasion, the musician will be accompanied by friends, celebrities and local authorities.

In Brazil and worldwide, the album will be released on July 8th, both in physical and digital versions.

The World Changes is mostly instrumental and shows the versatility of the Swedish musician in an atmosphere outside Heavy Metal, genre that brought him worldwide success, a Swedish Grammy nomination and golden records. This new material brings the listeners to an erudite ambiance with the Nordic melancholy in a work filled with expression and sophistication. The songs are interpreted by a quartet of great names of the Swedish music such as George Keczán (grand piano), Johan Stengård (saxophone), Carolina Sandgren (voice) besides Magnus Rosén himself (bass).

Besides the renowned Swedish musician that play on the CD, The World Changes also brings two heavyweight special appearances of rockstars: Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) and Anders Johansson (ex-Hammerfall).
Falling Antares ink worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
American extreme Progressive Metal band Falling Antares inked worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions.

Falling Antares is a Metal band originating from the Bronx, New York. It is currently made up of 5 members: Kira (vocals), Jay (guitar), Knigel (guitar), Ulises (guitar), and Charles (bass). The band released their debut EP 1st Phase: From the Pariah in the House of the Scorpion in 2015. The band is currently working on their debut album that will be released in the end of the year.
SPV / VICIOUS RUMORS release all infos and teaser for the new album
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
VICIOUS RUMORS Concussion Protocol proves yet again... as pioneers of Power Metal, they remain driven to consistently innovate and forge new paths into ever-expanding musical territory. Known worldwide for their high energy shows and top quality musicianship... VICIOUS RUMORS is perhaps the most versatile band of the Heavy Metal genre.

The stage is now set, and Aug 26th 2016 is the date to mark on your calendar – the worldwide unveiling of what will no doubt be remembered as a milestone release for both the band and the genre, Concussion Protocol. Not simply a 'return to form', the production team of Juan Uteaga (Testament) and band leader Geoff Thorpe has been solidifying their working relationship for the past ten years, and has deftly zeroed in on the new strengths of a fully re-vitalized band – that now features newcomer Nick Holleman on vocals, Tilen Hudrap on bass and Thaen Rasmussen on guitar alongside veteran guitarist Geoff Thorpe and drummer Larry Howe as well as guest appearances by some long time Vicious Rumors friends: guitarists Steve Smyth and Brad Gillis.

Consider yourself forewarned – Concussion Protocol will simultaneously explode out of the gate with the passion & fire of a newly galvanized band – and the maturity in writing and performances that can only come from the most seasoned metal outfits. The songs run the gamut: the Melodic Power of Take It Or Leave It, the brutality of 1000 Years, and the haunting Circle Of Secrets will take you on a sonic roller coaster ride of pure, unadulterated, cutting-edge Metal adventure – and will demonstrate yet again – Vicious Rumors will place no limits on their creative inspirations. Of course, true to form – there's the shredding guitar solos, melodic and powerful vocals, double bass drum thunder, bass guitar madness, and the thought provoking songs that are all part of the historical band sound – yet somehow, amazingly – Vicious Rumors still expertly traverses both known and yet unknown Metal territory.

Concussion Protocol will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on August 26th, 2016 as a digipak version (incl.poster), 2LP gatefold red vinyl edition and download.

See the teaser here.

SPV / NIGHT DEMON announce European-Tour 2016
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
US Metal band NIGHT DEMON announce the 'Final Curse European Tour 2016'. Here are the dates:
  • 08.06.P-Cascais – Club Stairway
  • 09.06.P-Algarve – Prusttyk Club
  • 10.06.E-Madrid – Sasa Silikona
  • 11.06.E-Salamanca – Nave Bunker
  • 12.06.E-Doursense – Berlin
  • 13.06.E-Barcelona – Rocksound
  • 14.06.E-Lleida – Les Paul
  • 15.06.F-Marseille – Le Molotov
  • 16.06.CH-Chur – Palazzo Beat Club
  • 17.06.D-Daun/Rengen – Der Betze Rockt VI
  • 2.06.D-Munich - Backstage
  • 23.06.D-Weiden – Music Club Salute
  • 24.06.CZ-Pilsen - Music Sklep Spálené Poříčí
  • 25.06.PL-Goleniow – Rock Hard Ride Free Festival
  • 26.06.D-Hamburg – Bambi Galore
  • 28.06.D-Düsseldorf - Stone im Ratiger Hof
  • 01.07.D-Saalfeld – Klubhaus
  • 02.07.D-Kassel - K19
  • 03.07.D-Konstanz – Rock Bar
  • 05.07.D-Karlsruhe – Alte Hackerei
  • 08.07.CH-Zurich – Ebrietas
  • 09.07.A-Satteins/Feldkirchen – Terasse Fussballplatz
  • 10.07.NL-Tilburg – Little Devil
  • 12.07.B-Roeselare - De Verlichte Geest
  • 13.07.NL-Leiden – Gebr. de Nobel
  • 14.07.D-Etzenrot – Soundcheck One
  • 15.07.D-Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
Vocalist/bassist Jarvis Leatherby says about the tour: "We are very excited to return to Europe for the Final Curse tour! We will be performing an extended set on all headlining dates. We've waited a while to come back, and we know the fans have been waiting even longer! Let's rage this summer!"

The much acclaimed debut album Curse Of The Damned was released in Europe last year through SPV/Steamhammer as CD, LP and download.

Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
Secret Rule have revealed the video for their first single The Saviour, taken from the band's new album Machination.

Secret Rule is fronted by powerful singer Angela Di Vincenzo and includes notable musicians such as keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) and drummer Sander Zoer (ex Delain). Machination has been produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Moonspell, Dark Tranquillity) and features special guest appearances by Stefan Helleblad (Within Temptation), Timo Somers (Delain), Fabio D'Amore (Serenity) and more.
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
Melodic metallers Temperance are going to release their new album The Earth Embraces Us All on September 16th. The tracklisting is as follows:
  1. A Thousand Places
  2. At The Edge Of Space
  3. Unspoken Words
  4. Empty Lines
  5. Maschere
  6. Haze
  7. Fragments Of Life
  8. Revolution
  9. Advice From A Caterpillar
  10. Change The Rhyme
  11. The Restless Ride
The album artwork has once again been made by Gustavo Sazes (Kamelot, Arch Enemy, Morbid Angel).

This is how singer Chiara Tricarico commented: "This is without any doubt the most complex and mature album we've ever done. It basically gave us the chance to add many new elements to our music. Most of the songs in our previous albums were short and straight to the point, these new ones are longer and stylistically challenging, it takes time to fully grasp their essence. The Earth Embraces Us All is the natural evolution of our musical path, we are very proud of it, I think it represents us well!"
Punishment 18 Records / Exiled on Earth album title and definitive tracklist revealed
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
Recently, Italian Progressive Speed metallers Exiled on Earth, that comprised members of Rosae Crucis, Maelstrom, T.I.R., announced that recordings sessions were ended at prestigious 16th Cellar Studios (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour of Penance, Theatres Des Vampires, Subhuman) by Stefano 'Saul' Morabito. Now you can see the definitive Forces of Denial tracklist:
  1. Forces Of Denial
  2. The Glory And The Lie
  3. Hyponotic Persecutions
  4. The Mangler
  5. Vortex Of Deception
  6. Underground Intelligence
  7. Into The Serpent's Nest
  8. Lifting The Veil
Nuclear Blast / MUNICIPAL WASTE announce new member
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
Richmond, Virginia's Speed Metal punks MUNICIPAL WASTE have announced the addition of Nick Poulos on second guitar.

Guitarist Ryan Waste comments: "Nick joining the Waste is a big deal for us, we couldn't just add anyone to the fold. It had to be a close friend, and he's one of our best buds in fact. It doesn't hurt that he can play his ass off too! He gets our style and totally adds to it, making us an even heavier force to be reckoned with. We're all having a blast working together, cooking up new tunes and pulling out some classic Waste cuts for this upcoming European tour!"

Poulos adds: "I couldn't be more thrilled about teaming up with the Waste! We're no strangers when it comes to making music together and when they asked me to join on second guitar, there was zero hesitation. The history of this band and watching the growth has not only made me proud but excited for the future."

Poulos currently plays with Ryan in VOLTURE and BAT, and formerly played with bassist Phil Hall in CANNABIS CORPSE.

Additionally, MUNICIPAL WASTE are set to commence on a European headlining tour in June and July. This marks the band's return to the continent since 2012 with appearances at the esteemed open air festivals: Hellfest, Download, Resurrection Festival, and Graspop Metal Meeting among others. Check the tour dates:
  • 016-06-11 Donington Park (Download Festival) GB
  • 2016-06-12 Manchester (Sound Control) GB
  • 2016-06-13 Glasgow (Cathouse) GB
  • 2016-06-14 Newcastle (Think Tank) GB
  • 2016-06-15 Leeds (Brudenell) GB
  • 2016-06-16 London (Underworld) GB
  • 2016-06-19 Dessel (Graspop Metal Meeting) BE
  • 2016-06-19 Clisson (Hellfest) FR
  • 2016-06-21 Selestat (Fete De La Musique) FR
  • 2016-06-22 Aarschot (De Klinker) BE
  • 2016-06-23 Kassel (K19) DE
  • 2016-06-24 Ysselsteyn (Jera On Air) NL
  • 2016-06-25 Berlin (Hellfire Fest) DE
  • 2016-06-26 München (Backstage) DE
  • 2016-06-28 Roma (Traffic Club) IT
  • 2016-06-29 Milano (Circolo Magnolia) IT
  • 2016-06-30 Zürich (Dynamo) CH
  • 2016-07-01 Wiesbaden (Schlachthof) DE
  • 2016-07-02 Münster (Vainstream) DE
  • 2016-07-03 Hamburg (Bambi Galore) DE
  • 2016-07-05 Köln (MTC) DE
  • 2016-07-06 Paris (Divan Du Monde) FR
  • 2016-07-07 Lyon (Warm Audio) FR
  • 2016-07-08 Biarritz (Atabal) ES
  • 2016-07-09 Viveiro (Resurrection Fest) ES

Nuclear Blast / TWILIGHT FORCE to release 'Heroes Of Mighty Magic' on August 26th
Posted by: Denis / 10.06.2016
Swedish adventure metallers, TWILIGHT FORCE, recently signed a record deal with German metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast. Now, after several months of work in the band's studio, the Twilight Force, the band is set to release their sophomore album and label debut called Heroes Of Mighty Magic, on August 26th.

"Hear ye! We can finally unveil the first mystical details of our next opus. Your thirst will be quenched even earlier than anticipated, for the album will be unleashed upon the world by Nuclear Blast on August 26th. The title of this monumental creation will be Heroes Of Mighty Magic. All the absolutely exquisite original artwork made for this album is conceived and forged by the mighty Kerem Beyit. Here is the glorious cover artwork."

"This next opus of TWILIGHT FORCE will be a journey unlike any you have ever experienced. While we are still staying true to the essence of power metal, the songs, sounds and magic adventures have all evolved from the once drake hatchling into a colossal arcane arch-dragon. The time, effort and primordial wisdom that we have invested into this album is truly immeasurable, and we profoundly hope that this will shine through upon our venerated audience."

AXEMASTER starts work on new album
Posted by: Denis / 09.06.2016
After the success of the album Overture to Madness (2015 Pure Steel Records), which was the first AXEMASTER album of all new material in over 20 years, the band is happy to announce that they have started recording their new (as yet untitled) album. The drums and bass are being recorded at 'Studio 45' in Akron, Ohio by producer/engineer Rick Fuller (who has done tracking for, among many others, the artists Duffy for Mercury Records, and If These Trees Could Talk for Metal Blade Records). After which, Joe Sims will be recording all the remaining tracks and mixing the album at 'Chamber Studio' in Ravenna, Ohio.

Mascot Records / Hear track taken from supergroup Meshiaak's upcoming debut album 'Alliance Of Thieves'
Posted by: Denis / 09.06.2016
Made up of power house, seasoned musicians, Meshiaak have delivered a savage and crushing slab of Metal the way it used to be done. The twin guitar attack of Danny Camilleri and Dean Wells locked down by bassist Nick Walker and cemented by the heavy hitting drums of Jon Dette (Iced Earth, Slayer, Anthrax and Testament) have created a force de rigueur not seen since Metal's hey day.

In a Thrash world gone metalcore, blackened or conversely, NWOBHM-scrappy, Meshiaak have bestowed on the scene an egregiously confident and 'old soul' record that evokes the magic of Ride The Lightning, Rust In Peace, South Of Heaven, Burn My Eyes.

Meshiaak's debut album Alliance of Thieves will be released worldwide on August 19, 2016 on CD and vinyl.

Watch the video for Drowning, Fading, Falling.
Metal Blade Records / Hammers of Misfortune reveals details for new album, 'Dead Revolution'
Posted by: Denis / 09.06.2016
On July 22nd, West Coast Progressive heavy metallers Hammers of Misfortune will release their sixth full-length, Dead Revolution, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Hammers of Misfortune enlisted Nick Dumitriu (Vhol, Ritual Chamber) to produce this record, utilizing a vintage Trident board and minimizing digital processing. The result is a warm, sharp sound that harkens back to productions like John Leckie's treatment of Pink Floyd's Meddle or David Hitchcock's master work in Camel's Mirage. For a preview of Dead Revolution – and to pre-order the album in various formats! – please visit:, where the title track is streaming.

Recorded at Light Rail Studios in San Francisco, CA, Dead Revolution is more varied than its predecessor (2011′s acclaimed 17th Street), by using different tones, and delving into heavier, darker territory. With tracks like the stupendous The Precipice, the raging Flying Alone, and the riff-organ fest that is Dead Revolution, Hammers Of Misfortune have found a way to indulge their Progresssive and psychedelic tendencies while remaining decidedly Metal. That's not to say Dead Revolution is without its slow-burners: Here Comes the Sky pivots off a Pink Floyd axis (think A Pillow in the Wind) – with its soft strums, careful vocal interplay, and delicate percussion – before jettisoning into traditional Heavy Metal motifs. "Of course, every song stands out to me", says principal songwriter and guitarist John Cobbett. "I've no idea how listeners will react to them. The Velvet Inquisition is probably one of the most ambitious compositions we've ever recorded. I was trying some different writing methods and the results are... interesting. Days of '49 is an attempt to repurpose an old traditional folk song, which is new for us."
    Dead Revolution track-listing
  1. The Velvet Inquisition
  2. Dead Revolution
  3. Sea of Heroes
  4. The Precipice (Waiting for the Crash...)
  5. Here Comes the Sky
  6. Flying Alone
  7. Days of '49
    Hammers of Misfortune line-up:
  • John Cobbett – guitar
  • Will Carroll – drums, percussion
  • Sigrid Sheie – organ, piano
  • Leila Abdul-Rauf – guitar, vocals
  • Joe Hutton – vocals
  • Paul Walker – bass
Y.O.C. new track exclusively on our pages
Posted by: Denis / 08.06.2016
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!

Metal Media / MAUA - Brazilian Technical Death/Thrash Metallers promote new clip and album
Posted by: Denis / 08.06.2016
The Brazilian band Maua, which focus their music on a technical and energetic Death/Thrash Metal, release a new music video. The chosen song is Resist and the video was recorded by Marcelinho Hora and Luã Hora. The edition was handled by Julio Andrade.

The video clip is part of the the new album Unconscience, released recently and has the beautiful visual work created by Indian artist Sajid Wajid Shaikh.
Som do Darma /Former members of Fates Prophecy, Fire Strike and Eyes Of Gaia gather forces on new band Rising
Posted by: Denis / 08.06.2016
The new Brazilian band Rising was formed in 2013 by the keyboardist Zélão Baal. Initially focused on the heavy rock genre, the group released in 2015 the demo Archaic Monolith that was very well received by the Brazilian specialized press. The song Hexencraft, extracted from the demo, took part of the sixth edition of the compilation released by the radio show Roadie Metal.

The good repercussion of the demo was the guarantee that the group needed to invest professionally at the work. Thus, changes in the line-up ended up being inevitable. Besides Zelão, the singer Riq Therrys remained in the team. The search for new members yielded the duo the opportunity to join forces with experienced and respected musicians from the Brazilian Heavy Metal scene: the guitar player Carlos Kippes (Fates Prophecy), the drummer Jean Praelli (ex-Fire Strike, current MadDög) and the bass player Rodolfo Liberato (Eyes Of Gaia).

The music background of the new members has affected directly Rising's sonority, now heavier and focused on the traditional Heavy Metal. The song Road Of Metal is the first registration of this new line-up and sonority.

"Road Of Metal marks the beginning of this new step on Rising, now focused on the purest traditional Heavy Metal", tells Zélão Baal. "It all happened naturally. The fruition of the work, and the new line-up, determined these changes, which will remain from now on."

Still according to Zelão, the lyric of Road Of Metal was inspired on Gleison Junior's work along the Brazilian radio show 'Roadie Metal'. "The music is inspired by Gleison's work along both the compilation and radio show, and his effort to provide the Brazilian Metal bands the chance to have its works promoted. But the lyrics are also a metaphor for the individual struggle of all of us, musicians, promoters, agents, labels, zines, radio and headbangers for the aggrandizement of the Brazilian Metal scene."
Nuclear Blast / RAGE official music video for 'The Devil Strikes Again' released
Posted by: Denis / 08.06.2016
Iconic German Metal trio RAGE will release their upcoming studio album called The Devil Strikes Again, this week via Nuclear Blast. Last week, the band have launched the official music video for the title track.

The clip was directed and edited by Ivan K. Maras.

Nuclear Blast / WOLF HOFFMANN first track from 'Headbangers Symphony' released
Posted by: Denis / 08.06.2016
ACCEPT's guitar powerhouse, WOLF HOFFMANN, is set to release his second solo album entitled Headbangers Symphony, completely dedicated to the grand classic maestros, on July 1st, 2016 through Nuclear Blast. In support of this record, the first single, Scherzo, has been released. Listen to Wolf's interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven's composition here.

Frontiers Music / King Company - One For The Road
Posted by: Denis / 07.06.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release date of KING COMPANY's debut album, One For The Road on August 26th!

Formed in the spring of 2014 under the name No Man's Land, KING COMPANY is a band featuring cream of the crop Finnish Hard Rock scene members. Drummer Mirka 'Leka' Rantanen (Raskasta Joulua, Warmen, Thunderstone, Kotipelto) had been thinking about forming a new Hard Rock/Melodic Metal band for a long time. He wanted to play with people with whom he had worked before and who he knew both as good musicians and as friends. First, he contacted guitarist Antti Wirman (Warmen) who immediately joined the band. Singer Pasi Rantanen was in Mirka's mind from the beginning, as they had played together in a couple of bands before (Thunderstone, Warmen). After keyboardist Jari Pailamo (Kiuas, Ponies To Kill) and bassist Time Schleifer (Enfarce) joined the band, this super group of sorts was finally ready to start working.

KING COMPANY's debut album One For The road is a trip back in time to the Melodic Hard Rock world of the golden 80's and 90's. The band's biggest influences come from legendary bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake, but also from other great acts like Europe, Mr Big, Lynch Mob, Dokken. All this, but with a contemporary twist! Singer Pasi Rantanen has taken his biggest influences from the great David Coverdale and you can definitely hear it. KING COMPANY salutes all these great bands and fans of this genre with their debut album and they are hoping to reach people who are new to this kind of music too. The album's title track, One For The Road says it all. "Some of us got in this ride back in the 80's and we are still on that same road", tells Mirka Rantanen. "It was 1985 we were young and wild and free, We dreamed of playing rock'n roll, and sitting in a black limousine... we still believe!"

Mirka continues: "Our debut album One For The Road should have been done years ago, but there wasn't simply time to form KING COMPANY. We all had our own projects and we were too busy in our personal lives. Many of us have played in Power Metal and extreme Metal bands, but something has always been missing. We wanted to write an album full of songs that we have always wanted to play. And we did. Most of the songs have been written together around Antti Wirman's guitar riffs, but there are some older song from Pasi Rantanen that we re-arranged to a more modern form. The greatest ballad on the album is called Cast Away and it's written by the keyboardist Jari Pailamo. Most of the lyrics are written by Mirka and Pasi."
    One For The Road tracklisting:
  1. One For The Road
  2. Shining
  3. In Wheels Of No Return
  4. Coming Back To Life
  5. No Man's Land
  6. Farewell
  7. Wings Of Love
  8. Cast Away
  9. Desire
  10. Holding On
  11. One Heart
InsideOut Music / Ayreon launch 'Day Eleven: Love' clip from 'The Theater Equation'
Posted by: Denis / 07.06.2016
Ayreon's The Theater Equation DVD/Blu-Ray package is set for release in just under two weeks on the 17th June 2016, and you can now view the second full clip from the production. Watch Day Eleven: Love here.

Napalm Records / POWERWOLF And EPICA join forces for a co-headline European Tour 2017
Posted by: Denis / 07.06.2016
German Heavy Metal giants POWERWOLF and Dutch symphonic Metal stars EPICA are teaming up for an European tour in early 2017. This impressive co-headline tour comes in support of the highly awaited new EPICA album HOLOGRAPHIC PRINCIPLE, which is scheduled for a September 30th 2016 release and POWERWOLF's spectacular DVD THE METAL MASS LIVE, which will be released July 29th 2016.

Comments Matthew Greywolf of POWERWOLF: "In early 2017 we will embark on a special tour, sharing stages throughout Europe with the amazing EPICA. Those shows will become POWERWOLF's biggest indoor Metal masses to date. Be prepared for an amazing stage set and crazy nights full of Metal madness!"

"Woohoow, this fall we're releasing our 7th studio album and the band has exciting times coming up! A new album means a new EPICA chapter and obviously a new world tour. Early 2017 we'll join forces with our German friends in POWERWOLF and together we'll storm stages allover Europe. If you want to hear our brand new songs come to live, if you want to see our brand new visuals and if you simply want to have a good time with us, we expect you on our biggest tour to date! I really can't wait to be back on the road again and to see the music, the energy and our lovely fans become one. Until then!" commented EPICA frontwoman Simone Simons.
  • 12.01.2017 DE - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
  • 13.01.2017 DE - Cologne, Palladium
  • 14.01.2017 DE - Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
  • 16.01.2017 CH - Geneve, Salle des Fetes de Thonex
  • 17.01.2017 CH - Zurich, Volkshaus
  • 20.01.2017 DE - Munich, Tonhalle
  • 21.01.2017 AT - Vienna, Gasometer
  • 24.01.2017 PL - Warsaw, Progresja
  • 25.01.2017 DE - Berlin, Huxleys
  • 27.01.2017 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
  • 28.01.2017 CZ - Prague, Forum Karlin
  • 03.02.2017 UK - London, Shepherds Bush Empire
  • 04.02.2017 FR - Paris, Zenith
Som do Darma / Broken Jazz Society - watch the band's music video about the political and moral crisis in Brazil
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Brazil's political crisis, the police operations against corruption and the manifestations of the people in the streets, all this has inspired Mateus Graffunder (guitar/vocal), João Fernandes (bass) and Felipe Araújo (drums) to write a song called Riot Spring. This song is on the tracklist of the EP Gas Station, new effort of Broken Jazz Society, band that has been the reason to live for these three Brazilians since 2013, when it was formed.

With scenes shot in Uberaba/MG, the band's homeland, and in different locations in the old city center of Sao Paulo, the video clip for Riot Spring is a reliable expression of the moment of revolution that Brazil is living right now. Courtesy of the directors Foster Caldas Rodrigues and the respected Rodolpho 'Rod' Cauhi (Movieheads Film Co.). Riot Spring also counted with screenplay written by André de Vito. Riot Spring debuted on the Brazilian television on the last Saturday.

Gas Station points to a new sonority in comparison with Broken Jazz Society's debut album, Tales From Purple Land from 2014. Recorded by Ricardo Barbosa at 106Studio in Uberaba/MG and mixed/mastered by Gustavo Vazquez (Black Drawing Chalks, Hellbenders, Uganga), Gas Station brings Broken Jazz Society less lo-fi and more centered on guitars and basses, full of fuzz. With references on both the classic bands and nowadays alternative rock, Gas Station is a lisergic explosion of stoner rock, without giving up the richness and complexity in the melodies. This is shown by Riot Spring and the other two tracks of the EP, Mean Machine and the title track.

Gas Station was released in Brazil by Sapólio Rádio, same record label of important names of Brazilian rock like Uganga, Seu Juvenal, Lava Divers.
GlobMetal Promotions / Frozen Hell released new album
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Italian Melodic Death Metal band Frozen Hell released their debut album Path To Redemption. The album was completely composed, recorded and mixed by the band and the mastering operations were made by Jens Bogren from Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.

The band was formed in 2012, by Patrick Stradiotto. In January 2013 the band recorded their debut EP titled Rise!. After the EP outcoming, the band started to play on festivals with HATE, Painful and many more.
VICIOUS RUMORS reveal 'CONCUSSION PROTOCOL' track-list and album cover
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Concussion Protocol will be released worldwide through SPV/Steamhammer on August 26th (EU, USA, Latin America) as a Digipak version (incl.poster), 2LP Gatefold red vinyl edition and as a digital download pack. JAPAN release date: August 24th (incl. a special bonus track).

Concussion Protocol cover art was created by Stripe (Count Raven, Anvil), German artist extraordinary who created the last 4 Vicious Rumors album covers (Razorback Killers, LYTD I, Electric Punishment, LYTD II: American Punishment).

Punishment 18 Records / Myriad Lights new album title and cover unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Italian Heavy metallers Myriad Lights has just unveiled the cover of Kingdom of Sand, their second full-length album that will be released later this year by Punishment 18 Records. Myriad Lights features members and former members of band such as Highlord, Bastard Saints, Furor Gallico.
Punishment 18 Records / Nuclear Aggressor 'Slow Dismemberment' out in September
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Slow Dismemberment, the second studio album from Italian old school thrashers Nuclear Aggressor will be internationally released on September 26th via Punishment 18 Records. The album will feature some guests enlisted from the true Italian and German underground: Alice Murder (GraveLead), LTZ (Black Chain Ritual), Karlo (Screaming Whores), Tracy T., 'Stanley Screwdriver', Valentino Cussigh (Nuclear Storm). A heap of pure fuckin' raw Thrash Metal!
Punishment 18 Records / Vanexa 'Too Heavy To Flight' expected out next fall
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Too Heavy To Fly, the new full-length album from Italian Heavy metallers Vanexa will be released in digipack format on next fall by Punishment 18 Records. Ligurian band can number among its members and former members of bands such a Mastercastle, Necrodeath, Labÿrinth e Hyaena. Their first single, that's the title track, has already achieved position nú14 in the best Amazon Hard'n'Heavy songs chart.

InsideOut Music / Pain of Salvation launch first track of 'Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived)' release online
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Swedish Progressive Rock/Metal innovators Pain of Salvation will release a very special reissue version of their 2002 album Remedy Lane entitled Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived) on July 1st, 2016 via InsideOutMusic.

Therefore, Rope Ends (Remix) is being launched as first impression of the release via a static clip.

With this release, Pain of Salvation re-visit their ground-breaking and ProgPower USA Festival from 2014.

Additionally, Pain of Salvation continue working on a new studio album release entitled In The Passing Light Of Day together with acclaimed producer Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad, etc.) at Dug-Out Productions in Sweden.
    Pain of Salvation - Live 2016/2017:
  • 28.07.2016 Breitenbach / Herzberg (Germany) - Burg
  • 30.07.2016 Sibiu (Romania) - ARTmania Festival
  • 07.-11.02.2017 Tampa (US) / Cozumel (Mexico) - Cruise

InsideOut Music / Fates Warning launch first full song of 'Theories Of Flight' album via lyric-video
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
The July 1st release date for the much anticipated 12th studio album, Theories Of Flight, by U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING keeps drawing nearer.

Therefore, FATES WARNING are now launching a lyric-video designed by Cloud Music Typography for the impressive album opening track, From The Rooftops.

FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder had the following to say about From The Rooftops: "This song is opening track on Theories. The lyrics in this song are about life, and how we only have one, we need to live it to the fullest. We can't hide from things we fear, we have to live, to take advantage of what little time we have here. Take chances, make changes and leave your mark on this world..."

AFM Records / Flotsam and Jetsam 'Life Is A Mess' video clip
Posted by: Denis / 06.06.2016
Shortly after the release of their new studio album Flotsam and Jetsam, the U.S. Thrash veterans follow up with their new official video clip, filmed for the song Life Is A Mess. The clip was directed by Jeremy Tremp.

Flotsam and Jetsam secured charts entries in Germany and the U.S. The album is available as Digipak, ltd. Vinyl (golden and black) & ltd. box set (incl. Digipak, textile flag, patch).

Furia Music Press / Shadowside begins new album recordings with renowned producer Fredrik Nordström in Sweden
Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2016
Brazilian female fronted Metal band Shadowside has arrived in Sweden for the recordings of their 4th studio album. The band has been focused during the past few months on the pre-production of the new album and is already at Fredman Studio in Gothenburg, where they started the official recordings of this new album, that will feature Swedish bass player Magnus Rosén (ex-Hammerfall) debuting as the band's new bassist.

The band is already with producer Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, Evergrey, Bring me the Horizon, Hammerfall, Architects), who had already produced the band's previous album Inner Monster Out, to work together during the next four weeks until the conclusion of the new material.

The new Shadowside album features the collaboration of Andy La Rocque, guitarist known worldwide for his work with King Diamond. Andy La Rocque wrote a few songs together with Magnus Rosén which will be on the new work.

SPV / EDENBRIDGE new album coming in 2017
Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2016
EDENBRIDGE will enter the studio in June to record their 9th full length album THE GREAT MOMENTUM. The album will be released through Steamhammer/SPV in February 2017!

Guitar player Lanvall: "A full year of songwriting and arranging lies past me and I am really looking forward to the actual start of the recordings now. After the quiet and melancholic debut Everflow of the acoustic project VOICIANO and the huge 6 DVD documentation A Decade And A Half.. The History So far about the first 15 years of EDENBRIDGE, it was time to focus on new, symphonic and bombastic sound territories again!I am extremely happy with the new songs, 'cause they continue our trademark style on one hand, but integrate a lot of new facets in our sound on the other. The music seems to be heavier than on our predecessor The Bonding and the orchestra parts and choruses are even more concise and bombastic than in the past!

The Great Momentum for me, transports everything that EDENBRIDGE stands for in the year 2016. This goes from the short, sentimental ballad Only A Whiff Of Life to the monumental 12 minutes longtrack The Greatest Gift Of All.

Furthermore Sabine and I co-worked on 5 of 9 lyrics. We started this creative process on our acoustic project VOICIANO and I believe that songs like A Turnaround In Art, The Die Is Not Cast, Return To Grace are wonderful witnesses!"

Singer Sabine Edelsbacher: "Our new creations show, that we had no standstill, although the frequency of our album releases has larger intervals than in the past. It simply takes time to let such a sophisticated production grow and EDENBRIDGE stands for quality and not quantity! Our co-working process on the lyrics was absolutely amazing again as already mentioned. Lanvall and I are highly complementing one another and the result is profound and hopefully inspiring again for libertines, like we are! I still feel a constant development in my voice although I relatively don´t sing that much in rest periods. Still I am working on expression and dynamics and to record a new album is motivating me even more to discover and allow new nuances in my voice. All in all I can just say: a lot of things happened in our lives and this can be heard and felt on our new album!"

Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2016
DragonForce, the Grammy-nominated Power metallers, are poised to release a comprehensive career-spanning Best Of - the first time the UK band has presented this kind of historical 'chapter & verse' collection.

Killer Elite – The Hits, The Highs, The Vids is scheduled for an July 22 release through Spinefarm Records. The 22-track set —two hours and 30 minutes of music, featuring both studio and live material, with promo clips added to the Deluxe set— fully showcases the ambition, variety and skill of the group's musical output, now taking in six studio albums; elements of Thrash, Speed and Power Metal are spread across accelerated rockers and more measured, melodic offerings.

It encompasses everything, from their biggest hit, Through The Fire And Flames, a staple inclusion on several best-selling video games (i.e. Guitar Hero) and recently used as the basis of a U.S. mockumentary featuring the band and Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey through Dawn Over a New World, a ballad harking back to the early years.

With latest recruit, singer Marc Hudson, now having two studio albums under his belt (2012's The Power Within and 2014's Maximum Overload), Killer Elite... is the chance for new fans to familiarise themselves with glories past and for long-standing supporters to revel in the attention to detail of a multi-format package balancing audience faves with compositions close to the collective DragonForce heart...

Guitarist Herman Li, who started the group in 1999 with fellow shredder Sam Totman, says, "The aim of this release is to give a strong flavour of everything we've recorded so far, and I like to think it shows a lot of diversity. Certainly, we tried to make it as broad-based as possible. Since Marc joined the band (replacing original frontman ZP Theart), we've actually released some of our speediest songs and some our most melodic compositions, too. DragonForce isn't just about the relentless tempos and the flashy solos; ultimately, it'd the feel of the music that counts..."
    The release will be available in the following formats:
  • 2 CD package (The Hits, The Highs)
  • Deluxe Special Digi-Pack Edition, including a DVD featuring all of the band's promo clips (The Hits, The Highs, The Vids)
  • Digital download (The Hits, The Highs)
The band has also set to work on the follow-up to Maximum Overload at Fascination Street studios in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren; this new record is provisionally scheduled for a mid-March 2017 release with a world tour to follow.

DragonForce will be headlining the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta on Wednesday September 7 and a special 'up close and personal' show at St. Vitus in Brooklyn on Saturday, September 10.

At both shows the band will be playing a Best Of set to reflect the tracklisting of the Killer Elite album.

Pure Steel Records / BORN OF FIRE are covering KANSAS Song 'Carry On Wayward Son'
Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2016
Born of Fire are very proud to announce the release of the new single, band's rendition of the 1976 Kansas classic Carry On Wayward Son.

To accompany this single the band has put together a very cool unique style video with some fantastic artistry & visuals. This is definitely a very different type of video from what you would typically see from us but we feel this unique artistry style gives it that epic throw back feel this classic song deserves.

The band wanted to put out a single before starting the writing process for the next album and to show the support to the fans Born of Fire are offering the song as a free download on band's website

Napalm Records / ALESTORM signs contract in rum
Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2016
The pirate Metal band has just announced their worldwide re-signing with Napalm Records and they have inked this contract in blood... OK they decided to use rum instead. Cheers!

Read what Chris and Alestorm have to say about the re-signing: "AHOY! After 8 years, 4 albums, 1 live DVD, an EP and a couple of singles, it is my great pleasure to announce that ALESTORM will be re-signing our record contract with Napalm Records. Seven years ago I was standing naked in the middle of a field at Summer Nights Festival in Austria, screaming at Thomas Caser (CEO of Napalm Records), demanding more money. Now here we are today... looks like our plan worked! Being pirates, we had to sign the contract using rum as ink, nothing else would do! Unfortunately we only had white rum left (all the good stuff had already been drunk), so our signatures are invisible. We'll leave that one to the lawyers to sort out.

Expect the 5th Alestorm album to be released on Napalm Records in 2017! We're taking our time with this one, and it's gonna be good. Maybe."

Napalm Records A&R Nadir Amrioui states: "We are more than proud of ALESTORM and their remarkable success! 8 years ago we[ve received this strange demo CD of an even stranger pirate-Metal-band. That was the beginning of a piratic journey all over the world. We at Napalm are so much looking forward to the next album. This is going to be awesome. It surely is!"

AFM Records / Kissin' Dynamite 'Hashtag Your Life' video clip released
Posted by: Denis / 03.06.2016
Modern Hard rockers KISSIN' DYNAMITE have launched their spectacular new video clip Hashtag Your Life, a track taken from the upcoming album Generation Goodbye, which will drop on July 8th (EU) / July 22nd (US).

Besides all the entertainment value this new clip brings, it also deals with a serious and omnipresent topic: the shocking evolution of 'generation smartphone', losing touch to the 'real' life.

Massacre Records / HIGHLORD Video
Posted by: Denis / 02.06.2016
HIGHLORD recently introduced their new keyboarder, and have posted a teaser for a new video clip.

The official video for One World At A Time, directed by Giovanni Lavagno and Stefano Perlo, is now available.

The song and video features a guest appearance by Linnéa Vikström of Therion.

HIGHLORD's new album Hic Sunt Leones will be released on June 24, 2016 via Massacre Records.

Metal Blade / Act of Defiance's Chris Broderick launches guitar play-through for 'Thy Lord Belial'
Posted by: Denis / 02.06.2016
Currently on tour in North America, Act of Defiance's Chris Broderick has launched a new guitar play-through for the track Thy Lord Belial, taken from the group's debut album, Birth And The Burial. You can watch this video here.
    Act of Defiance tour dates
  • June 1 – Thunder Bay, ON – Rockhouse #
  • June 3 – Sudbury, ON – The Asylum #
  • June 5 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre ***
  • June 6 – Toronto, ON – Opera House ***
  • June 7 – Milvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre ***
  • June 8 – Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall ***
  • June 9 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground ***
  • June 10 – Providence, RI – Lupos ***
  • June 11 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place ***
  • June 12 – Elmhurst, NY – Blackthorn 51 #
  • June 13 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall #
  • June 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #
  • June 16 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s #
  • June 17 – Memphis, TN – The HiTone Cafe #
  • June 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom #
  • June 19 – Lubbock, TX – Backstage #
  • June 23 – Albuquerque, NM – The Co-Op #
  • June 24 – Flagstaff, AZ – The Green Room #
  • June 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky-A-Go-Go #
    #=Act of Defiance headline
    ***=supporting Hatebreed, DevilDriver

Nuclear Blast / RAGE release official 'My Way' fan video
Posted by: Denis / 01.06.2016
Iconic German Metal trio RAGE will release their upcoming studio album called The Devil Strikes Again, next week via Nuclear Blast. Now, the band have released a fanmade live clip for My Way (live), which is featured on the live bonus disc of the 3CD DIGI of RAGE's upcoming release.

Nuclear Blast / SABATON announce first dates of 'The Last Tour' in Europe 2017
Posted by: Denis / 01.06.2016
Swedish Heavy Metal heroes SABATON have announced the first dates for their massive European tour 2017. 'The Last Tour' is the biggest tour of SABATON yet and scheduled to kick off January 7th at König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Very special guests are none other than Heavy Metal legends ACCEPT.

Says SABATON's bass player Pär Sundström: "We have just finished our new album, which is titled The Last Stand and we know we have done a great album, which all fans of SABATON can appreciate for many years. If it is the best album of us, time will tell... But what we can tell for sure is that 'The Last Tour' will be the biggest and best tour of SABATON ever. It is the tour we have been looking forward to do for all these years!"

Added ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann: "Accepting a tour with SABATON is the result of a very cool relationship we have with the band. It was a great pleasure to tour with them in USA and we followed their career with respect over the years. We have not seen a band who has such a clear vision where they want to go and it is rare that bands can translate their visions into real action. SABATON are a hard working band and are a serious role model for aspiring musicians and young bands. We are looking forward to have an exciting tour - especially after we have been in the studio for a while and sure feel some kind of cabin fever..."
    'The Last Tour' - Europe 2017 w/ ACCEPT
  • 2017-01-07 Oberhausen (König Pilsner Arena) DE
  • 2017-01-08 Antwerp (Lotto Arena) BE
  • 2017-01-10 Dublin (Vicar Street) IE
  • 2017-01-11 Glasgow (O2 Academy) GB
  • 2017-01-13 Manchester (O2 Apollo) GB
  • 2017-01-14 London (O2 Brixton Academy) GB
  • 2017-01-28 Ludwigsburg (MHP Arena) DE
  • 2017-01-29 Amsterdam (Heineken Music Hall) NL
  • 2017-01-31 Frankfurt (Jahrhunderthalle) DE
  • 2017-02-01 Saarbrücken (Saarlandhalle) DE
  • 2017-02-04 Bamberg (Brose Arena) DE
  • 2017-02-05 München (Zenith) DE
  • 2017-03-15 Berlin (Columbiahalle) DE

Massacre Records / ASSIGNMENT: Album Artwork
Posted by: Denis / 01.06.2016
The Progressive Power Metal outfit ASSIGNMENT will release its 4th studio album Closing The Circle this summer!

The album was mixed by Norbert Leitner, and mastered by Mike Wulf. The Brazilian artist Caio Caldas (CadiesArt - Digital ArtWork) has created the futuristic cover artwork.

Guitarist and main songwriter Goran Panić about the artwork and the album: "Visually, it's a logical continuation of the previous album Inside Of The Machine and corroborates the digital society.

Conceptually, the sci-fi genre is also part of the songs Entering The Universe and Between Parallel Worlds: 'The day mankind has to leave planet earth'. Quite a few people believe that mankind originally came to existence somewhere in the galaxy, so everything would probably become a full, cosmic circle if they leave planet earth to return where they've come from.

The album's title song metaphorically deals with the closing of circles as well, but more in an emotional, interpersonal context."

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

Posted by: Denis / 01.06.2016
KAI HANSEN, earMUSIC and WACKEN Foundation are happy to announce the release of XXX, the first 'solo project' album by Kai Hansen, one of the most influential guitarists and singers to emerge from Germany during the first part of the 80s. First with ground-breaking band HELLOWEEN (of which Hansen is one of the founding members) and later with GAMMA RAY, one of the bands that contributed to define the genre Power Metal, bringing it to generation of devoted fans worldwide since its first album.

XXX is, in pure Hansen tongue-in-cheek style, a reference to over 30 years of involvement in the world of heavy rock, as explained with the album's sub-title 'Three Decades In Metal'. The album will be released in August 2016 on earMUSIC with further news to be shared soon.

XXX is a magical journey. It is the story of how powerful dreams can be. Dreams and passions big enough to bring a teenager from Hamburg who is in love with Rock music, Glam Rock and the first Heavy Metal sounds from the practicing space in his bedroom and rehearsal rooms to the biggest stages in the world practicing, and ending up influencing and sharing the stage with the very same bands he admired in the first place.

Not strictly autobiographical, XXX is without doubt the story of Kai Hansen but it could very well represent the story of anybody who is not afraid to believe in dreams, with passion and dedication. It is the story of the ups and downs that everybody faces at some point during the journey of life: the lost and found-again friends, the glory, the tragedies and the joys.

After the achievements enjoyed by Hansen lately with Unisonic and especially Gamma Ray's recent work Empire Of The Undead, Kai Hansen has started working on the album with no precise commercial masterplan. Just playing music with the same spirit as in the very beginning. This certainly was the reason for Hansen to communicate to his label the intention of donating the first advance payment he will receive for XXX - which in the meantime was shaping into a proper album - to the Wacken Foundation. A foundation which helps and supports young Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands for over seven years now: musicians full of hopes and dreams, exactly as Hansen had in the beginning of the 30 years story told on this album... in the hope that one day, somebody could tell another 30 years long magic story, also thanks to this album.

Together with Hansen, a stellar band of musicians gravitating around the Chameleon Studio in Hamburg has formed spontaneously: Alex Dietz (guitar player of Heaven Shall Burn) on bass, Eike Freese (who already worked as engineer and co-producer with Hansen on the last Gamma Ray album) on guitar and phenomenal drummer Daniel Wilding (Carcass). The four will be joined by various guests, ranging from friends to followers to heroes – some having played a significant part in Kai's career, some who have expressed the wish to join the project with the same spirit that is leading Kai, Alex, Eike and Daniel to create loud music with joy, freedom and determination.

Kai & friends will do an exclusive one-time performance at this year's Wacken Open Air Festival, introducing the songs from the album to the audience for the first and only time.

Watch the video of Kai Hansen and Eike Freese discussing XXX.

Talking about XXX (while in the studio, recording guitars) KAI HANSEN has declared: "30 years in Metal, that's a damn long time. Over the course of all these years, I never recorded a solo album. It is quite nice and a hell lot of fun to create something without any boundaries and to get a fresh view on music. I am celebrating 30 years of being able to do what I like best... On XXX I am reflecting on my roots, where I come from, how it all started for me. I believe you need a certain drive, passion and of course a bit of luck and coincidence to make it in the music world – and of course some financial support. This is where the Wacken Foundation came to my mind. They are helping people, musicians just like me, who want to make it. And I remember having had help myself, from my family, the families from the other band members – and by doing a paper round. So hopefully, with my donation, young musicians are given the same chance that I was given a long time ago, too. And who knows, maybe we all will be playing together at Wacken in 20 years..."

Wacken Foundation's Thomas Jensen adds: "This is really generous donation to the Wacken Foundation. Heavy Metal is a way of life – and with this this amazing gesture Kai showed what it stands for: selflessness, thoughtfulness and most of all the passion and love for music. The goal of the foundation is to keep this kind of spirit going. With Kai's doing we are one step closer to this goal."

About Wacken Foundation: The Wacken Foundation was founded in 2009 and is a non-profit foundation which dedicates itself to the support of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music. Basically every artist and every band from the Heavy Metal scene can be supported by the Wacken Foundation. If the name Wacken Foundation is a bit misleading, the promoters of the Wacken Open Air do not receive a single cent of the donations. The entire assets of the foundation are solely used to support artists from the Metal scene.

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